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Law exam
under fire
by Nicholas Bradley
UBC law students and faculty fear that a decision by the
Law Society of British Columbia to change its testing
procedure could leave current law students stranded
and future students limited in their choice of courses.
The Law Society—the governing body for the legal
profession in BC—decided in December to create an
entrance examination for its Practical Legal Training
Course (PLTC), which prospective lawyers must complete before they can practice law in BC.
At a hearing held by the Law Society last week, UBC
professor of law Wes Pue called this "the biggest change
in legal education in the past 50 years."
Dean of Law Joost Blom said that the UBC faculty is
unanimously opposed to the decision.
The widespread opposition to an entrance exam has
led the Law Society to consult further with law faculty
and students, pushing back the implementation date-
After law students complete three years of law
school, they article for one year at a law firm. The firm
generally pays the costs of taking the ten-week PLTC,
which students must complete that year before being
called to the Bar.
Although the Law Society maintains that the
entrance exam is merely a rescheduling of the test now
held at the end of PLTC, students and professors charge
that any entrance exam will dramatically affect how students plan their courses.
Richard Margetts of the Law Society said that this
would not be an issue.
"We would want to work closely with the universities
to ensure that we did not significantly impact their cur-
He said that it is ultimately up to students to plan
their courses.
But Jane Ramsbotham, a second-year student in the
Faculty of Law, said that the new exam is creating a -
panic among students.
"I've never seen the UBC law students so together on
one issue," said Ramsbotham, who noted that a petition
opposing the entrance exam and calling for a thorough
consultation process received 200 signatures in two
Much of the controversy surrounding the proposed
entrance exam centres on the mandate of the PLTC. The
Law Society says that the course is not intended to teach
substantive law, but is designed to help law school graduates improve their professional skills.
Complaints most often registered about lawyers deal
with ethical, communication, and administrative
issues—what Margetts called the "human skills" of the
profession—not actual legal details. The course would
address these issues.
"PLTC is not designed to teach you those areas of law
that we require you to know how to practice," said
The reality of the course, however, may be much different.
Law students told the Law Society panel at the hearing that the PLTC does, in fact, cover certain areas of
law. An entrance exam, they say, forces them to study
see "under fire" on page 4
CSIS eyeing universities?
by Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
Reports that Canada's national spy
agency has gained additional powers
to operate on university campuses
have the Canadian Association of
University Teachers (CAUT) demanding an explanation and have the
agency on the defensive.
Last week, The National Post
reported that government documents revealed that, in 1997, despite
the objections of the CAUT, former
Canadian solicitor general Herb Gray
revised the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service (CSIS)'s policy
directive for operating on campus,
giving the director of CSIS the
authority to approve certain activities involving undercover human
sources. And these expanded powers
have university professors up in
"If people on campus...know that
there are surveillance activities in
general, which are not mandated by
a responsibly elected official, then it
could have a chilling effect on freedom of discussion and thought and
expression of thought," said William
Graham, president of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers
and professor of philosophy at the
University of Toronto.
Prior to this change in directive,
the approval of the solicitor general
was required for CSIS to use a
human source on campus. Dan
Lambert, a CSIS spokesperson,
denied that any changes have been
made, and said that this approval is
still required.
Lambert would not comment on
the accuracy of the National Post
story, but said that "the use of human
sources with all investigative techniques must meet the strictly necessary criteria of the CSIS Act There is
a strict accountability regime in
place of managing CSIS activities
dealing with sensitive institutions
such as universities."
The CSIS Act regulates what CSIS
can and cannot investigate, as well as
its use of human sources. It prohibits
CSIS from investigating instances of
advocacy, protest, or dissent that are
lawfully conducted.
Graham confirms that the understanding—dating back to the 1960s—
between CSIS and the CAUT was that
if CSIS needed to target or use informants, it had to gain permission
from the solicitor general. The decision could not be made unilaterally
by the head of CSIS.
The CAUT has written to the solicitor general asking for an explanation and a clarification of the government's official policy. Graham
expects a response sometime next
"What we've done, because we are
concerned about this matter deeply,
that there's been a change in the
understanding, if there has been,
I've written to the solicitor general,
[Lawrence] MacAulay, to ask for an
immediate explanation and a meeting with him as to what the actual
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U of T president caught
lobbying for drug company
the university.
At a meeting of U of Ts executive
committee, he admitted that his lobbying was a mistake. Pritchard
assumed sole responsibility for his
"I judged incorrectly/ said
Prichard. "I thought the letter was
unwise because it could be seen as
inconsistent with the university's
strict neutrality on the fight between
generic and research bast i drug
Prichard's advisor and U of T
Provost Adel Sedra said that he was
not consulted on the matter.
"He's the one who wrote the letter, he's the one who apologised for
it" said Sedra.
"The president sends all kinds of
letters [without consultation]."
Prichard added that he should
not have taken steps that would
have pulled the university into a federal debate between generic- and
research-oriented drug firms.
But Han Ohayon, a graduate student representative on the university's Governing Council, is nevertheless shocked by Prichard's mistake.
Two concerns arise in situations like this," said Ohayon. "In
practice, accepting such donations
leaves the university beholden to
the corporation, which can directly
effect our academic integrity.
"Secondly, when the university
does want to express a legitimate
opinion regarding public policy it
can no longer do so. The university
is no longer perceived to be neutral,
due to its extra-curricular
the Varsity
TORONTO (CUP) - University of
Toronto (U of T) President Robert
Prichard has been caught lobbying
the federal government on behalf of
a drug company.
Over the last few months Apotex,
one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in Canada, has been
negotiating a $20-million donation
to the university.
The grant, explained Apotex
spokesperson Elie Bitito, would go
towards the proposed $90-million
Centre for Cellular and Molecular
Biology Research at the university.
But federal laws have
stonewalled the project In 1993
Ottawa imposed regulations that
impeded generic drug manu-
actures from benefiting from
patents filed by drug research companies.
In 1998 the federal government
revised these regulations, creating
fiirther restrictions—which some
generic drug companies have still
been able to circumvent
"Apotex told us that the new regulation would make it impossible to
fulfil their [$20 million] commitment* said Prichard.
In response, the president of
Canada's largest university wrote to
Prime Minister Jean Chretien and
members of the cabinet, urging
them to reconsider the recent drug
aAfter the media exposed his letter-writing initiative in early
September, Prichard apologised to
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Bring your Studetn ID card to vote THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1999
Taking a stand for Timor
 by Daliah Merzaban
Protesters crowded in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery with signs and placards
Saturday in support of the thousands dead and hundreds of thousands left homeless
in East Timor, and in protest of the recent massacres and the slow international
response to this tragedy.
The protest was targeting the actions of the approximately 20,000 anti-independence Indonesian troops have rampaged through the East Timorese capital of Dili and
the surrounding villages since the Timorese voted 78.5 per cent in favour of independence in a referendum that brought almost 99 percent of the population to the
polls on August 30.
Aaron Goodman, a Master's student at UBC's Sing Tao School of Journalism who
recently spent five weeks in Indonesia, spoke emotionally to a crowd of 40 outside the
Vancouver Art Gallery. Goodman told of a friend of his in East Timor who spent three
days and nights painting a portrait of the leader of East Timor's independence movement leader, which was taken down only twelve hours after it was completed.
Goodman, who spent time as a UN observer in East Timor, can only hope that his
friend has found sanctuary among the hills.
"Right now he may be dead. Hopefully he's still alive with his four children and wife
and mother in the mountains. He told me he was on the death list and if they found
him he would be killed for sure," said Goodman, trying unsuccessfully to hold back
"I saw fear in people's eyes and I can't imagine what they're going through now."
In January, Indonesian president B.J. Habibie offered the Timorese autonomy within Indonesia and said they would get full independence if they rejected the offer. If
Indonesia keeps its word, a parliamentary vote in October will give the Timorese their
freedom from Indonesia for the first time since Indonesia invaded and annexed the
former Portuguese colony 24 years ago.
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: All sorts of people stopped what they were doing to take in
Saturday's activities, tara westover photo
Habibie agreed last week to allow foreign peacekeepers into East Timor, following
previous rejections and a declaration of martial law in the region on September 7.
But peace and order has not yet ,,_, ....
"Canada's idea of putting
peacekeepers in is a good
move...But why did we have to
wait so long? We don't have to
be looking at this as a historical
massacre. It doesn't have to
-Vikki Reynolds
Amnesty International
been imposed. As armed militias
burn their way through East
Timorese villages, refugees have
escaped in the tens of thousands. It
is estimated that 200,000 Timorese
are hiding in the hills, and that
another 100,000 have fled or been
forcibly transported to neighbouring West Timor.
Pressure has been rising for an
international military mission that
would halt the violence and allow
the Timorese to return to their
homes in peace.
Although Australia hopes to have
3,000 troops in the region before
the end of the week, and Canada has
agreed to commit 450 military personnel—100 of which flew out of CFB Trenton yesterday, with another 350 departing from CFB Esquimalt later this week—the protesters still criticised the world's slow response, which came despite warnings from
human rights activists.
"Canada's idea of putting peacekeepers in is a good move," said Vikki Reynolds, a
member of Amnesty International. "But why did we have to wait so long? We don't
have to be looking at this as a historical massacre. It doesn't have to happen."
Other protestors were also angered at the slow global response which has left much
of East Timor in ruins.
"It's a bittersweet thing. When they go back to Dili they're going to see their houses
are burned, their relatives are missing or killed, and there isn't a lot to rejoice about,"
said Elaine Briere, founder of the East Timor Alert Network, and a visitor to East
Timor before the invasion.
Briere, like many of the protesters, would like to pressure the Indonesian army out
of East Timor.
"They're very poor losers. They can't lose. They refuse to lose, even though the
Timorese won in a pohtical and moral sense."
gathered on the steps of the
Vancouver Art Gallery (above)
protesting the continued violence
in East Timor by pro-Indonesian
militias. Jeff Meyers, UBC English
literature student, (near left)
speaks out on the Gallery steps.
Protesters were also distributing lists of products made in
Indonesia and Canadian companies active in the region in hopes
of promoting an Indonesian boycott.
"I want everybody to cease any
operation with Indonesia until
they start behaving. I don't think
it's acceptable for us to be doing
business or to be investing, or to
be doing any form of trade with
murderers," argued Gisele
Gringet, an independent protester
at the rally.
UBC student Jeff Meyers was
among those who addressed the
crowd. He attempted to draw parallels between the massacre in
East Timor and recent atrocities in
Iraq, Kosovo, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia.
"When [the situation in East
Timor] disappears off the front
pages of the newspapers and off
the radio, and off CNN, we'll begin
to forget about it and in a few
months another issue will come
up, another genocide, and another
horrific massacre will come to the
poor, and everyone will be concerned again," he said, adding that
western business practices need to be reconsidered.
But until then, nightly candlelight vigils, protests in front of the Indonesian conso-
late, and the indelible chanting of "No more killing. No more war. Indonesia out of
East Timor," will attempt to draw Vancouver's attention to another case of international injustice.»> THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1999
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But Margetts said that
detailed knowledge of substantive law will not be necessary to
pass the exam.
"We're not so concerned
about whether you know the
answers to the problem, but
rather that you know there is a
He added that, although the
Law Society has not yet determined the specific content of the
exam, the new content would be
"significantly less arduous" than
that of the current test.
The Faculty of Law, meanwhile, is concerned that students will not take
courses on areas
of the law that the
PLTC exam does
not address.
The ten proposed subject
areas to be examined include commercial law, real
estate law, civil litigation, and tax
law, but subjects
such as human
rights law, constitutional law,
and aboriginal law are not covered in PLTC.
Claire Young, who teaches tax
law at UBC, believes that students will feel pressured to take
certain courses they ordinarily
wouldn't need to take.
"I do not believe that every
student at UBC or UVic needs to
take tax. Having said that, I think
that 99 per cent of them will feel
they have to."
UBC professor Tony
Sheppard noted that there is no
consensus on what is necessary
to learn in order to practice law.
But the Law Society supported its decision to implement the
entrance exam by emphasising
its role in ensuring that practising lawyers meet the standards
it sets.
"The Law Society is by defini
tion, the gatekeeper to the profession," said Don Thompson, a
Law Society bencher.
"We as a profession have a
judgement about who comes
in...it's our responsibility," said
his colleague Richard Gibbs,
who noted that the Law Society
does not consider law school
graduates to have sufficient
skills to practice law.
Blom defended the students,
saying that they "[are] not taking
basketweaving courses," and
that the perception that students
don't study enough law at law
school is wrong.
Students are also concerned
that they will be forced to pay for
the   cost   of  the
exam, as well as
take unpaid time
to prepare for it,
since legal firms
would probably be
unwilling to give
articling students
time to study.
But Gibbs
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_    . .   dents would face
Law Society any     additional
expense, since
they are not actually doing any
more work.
Because of the strong opposition voiced at the hearing, the
Law Society has decided to form
a subcommittee to consult with
law school faculty and students.
The committee, composed of
Law Society members, as well as
one professor and one student
each from UBC and UVic-BC's
two law schools—will address
the issues raised at the hearings
and will make recommendations to the Law Society.
Because the committee does
not expect to reach its conclusions before January or
February, the Law Society will
probably not implement the
entrance exam in 2001, as originally planned. ♦
"We're not so concerned about whether
you know the answers
to the problem, but
rather that you know
there is a problem."
policy of the government is on
"We want to know what the
exact policy of the government is
with regard to surveillance on
campuses or the use of informant sources on campuses at
this particular time," said
The CAUT represents 30,000
faculty members and academic
librarians across Canada. It will
inform the university community of the solicitor general's
Meanwhile, the BC Civil
Liberties Association (BCCLA)
"would be very concerned about
the Canadian goverment spying
on students, and especially in a
university context, unless there
was some well-demonstrated
need," said BCCLA president
He added that he thought it
unlikely that university campuses constituted a security threat.
"I don't think that anyone
could successfully make the
argument that there is a pressing concern to Canada from any
groups on campus. Certainly I've
never seen any," said Jones.
CSIS" continued from page 1
"CSIS has a mandate to collect, analyse and retain information on activities that may on
reasonable grounds be suspected of constituting a threat to the
security of Canada and advise
the government of Canada," said
According to Lambert, the two
major threats that CSIS investigates are the planning of terrorist activities or politically-motivated violence, and the clandestine gathering of classified information.
UBC officials could L.ot be
reached by press time to comment
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Coordinator of External Affairs
Nathan Allen said that the AMS
won't be taking a position until it
finds out whether the reports are
well founded.
"If it is indeed mandated to be
now legal and out in the open for
CSIS to be able to do this I think
students might be a bit more
hesitant to get involved in radical ideas, whatever they are, and
I think that's a problem for the
progress of struggle and the
progress of academic thought,"
said Allen.»>
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by Dana Ayotte
As an expected 5,000 women plan
to take to Vancouver's streets next
Saturday night during Take Back the
Night, an annual rally to protest
male violence against women,
women's safely remains an issue on
the UBC campus.
Jeff Bingley, operations supervisor at UBC Campus Security says
that UBC is generally safe for
women, especially in comparison
with the rest of Vancouver.
Although he believes that women
are at greater risk than men,
Detachment Commander Lloyd
Plante of the UBC RCMP agrees.
"We don't have a problem out
here with [sexual assault]."
However, both Bingley and
Plante suspect that many instances
of sexual assault go unreported.
Bingley said that while there
were only two sexual assaults
reported at UBC last year, this number likely does not reflect the actual
number of incidents which took
Statistics Canada, in its 1993
Violence Against Women survey,
showed that only 14 per cent of violent incidents experienced by
women in Canada were reported to
Only one case of sexual assault
has been reported to the campus
RCMP so far this year.
Plante said that sexual assault,
particularly date rape, does happen
on campus.
"I think one would be naive to say
that with the young population like
we have out here, that it is not occurring."
According to Laurie Minuk, counsellor and advisor at the Women
Students' Office, a major cause of
the underreporting of sexual assault
is that women tend to blame themselves for the violence committed
against them.
The 1995 Student Safety at
UBC survey showed that
35.3% of women-compared
to 5.8% of men-reported having unwanted sexual experiences, including rape.
"In many sexual assaults the
assaulter is an acquaintance and the
victim may feel guilty or responsible, especially if alcohol is
involved," said Minuk.
"This feeling of guilt may prevent
the person from identifying what
happened as a sexual assault or
from reporting it as such."
Minuk also pointed out that UBC
does not have an organised system
for reporting sexual assault,
although /AMS Safewalk Coordinator
Sue Brown is currently working to
establish a system For students to
report both sexual assault and other
forms of violence and hate crimes.
Plante said that tfcie RCMP is in
the process of developing a victim's
assistance program on campus.
The 1995 Student Safety at UBC
survey showed that 35.3% of
women— compared to 5.8% of
men—reported having unwanted
sexual experiences, including rape.
Numbers such as these lead
Jacqueline Gullion, an organiser of
Take Back the Night and a worker at
Vancouver Rape Relief and
Women's Shelter, to defend the
event's controversial policy of only
allowing women to participate.
"It raises awareness," she said.
"Every time we have to answer the
question 'Why can't a man be
involved?,' it gives us the chance to
get men thinking about ho.v they
reinforce the system that makes us
Gullion admits that an event such
as Take Back the Night doesn't
directly increase women's safely,
but says that it keeps the issue in the
"It reinforces women's awareness that we need to look out for
ourselves and we need to focus on
getting men to change. Men...need
to unlearn their sexism and they
need to stop the sexist violence that
they commit against us."*>
Migrant supporters stop traffic
by Daliah Merzaban
"Refugee rights under attack,
What do we do? Stand up, fight back!"
This was the sound emanating from a rally of roughly 200 protesters who marched through downtown
Vancouver Saturday to show support for the over 550
Chinese migrants who have landed on BC shores since
July 20.
Stopping traffic and prompting police attention, the
rally, organised by the Coalition for the Rights of
Immigrants and Refugees (CRIR), made its way to the
Vancouver Ait Gallery where, no more than an hour earlier, a demonstration had gathered to protest the massacre in East Timor.
"No human is illegal, and it is really important that
we take the responsibility of challenging the racist, clas-
sist framing of the issue," said aAgnes Wong a speaker
from the Direct Action Against Refugee Exploitation
(DARE), an organisation formed to support the rights of
people-especially women—from China
who seek refuge in Canada.
"One of the responsibilities as citizens of Canada is to eliminate discrimination and injustice, and if we
actually upheld that there would be
so many people who would be forced
to turn over their citizenship cards."
Many activists demand establishing equal rights for the refugees by
stopping the detentions and deportations, and putting an end to the perceived criminalisation of toe refugees.
They argued that present government procedures allow
migrants to be detained and criminalised.
Upon arrival, migrants have been housed at
Canadian Forces Base-Esquimalt and in some provincial
detention centres. They have been given the chance to
claim refugee status in two separate interviews with
immigration officers. If after the second interview they
do not claim fear of persecution, they are ordered
renioved from the country.
Of the nearly 600 migrants who have arrived on BC's
coastline this summer, roughly 90 have not claimed
refugee status, and more than 90 have been ordered
Protesters also denounced the Liberal government's
objectives to replace the Citizenship Act this year with
Bill C-63, which has passed the first and second readings in Parliament, as well has the committee stage in
"No human is illegal, and it is
really important that we take
the responsibility of challenging the racist, classist framing of the issue."
-Agnes Wong
speaker from DARE
May. It is awaiting the report stage and third reading.
According to files obtained from the Library of
Parliament, "the Bill would modernise outdated parts of
the citizenship law, strengthen and clarify some provisions that have been contentious, replace current procedures with a new administrative structure, and introduce some additional powers to deny citizenship. It
would also introduce measures to emphasize the importance of citizenship."
The protesters oppose many of these changes.
"[Bill C-63] proposes many changes to the immigration act that in our view are racist and indicative of the
racist immigration policies in this country," claimed
Sarah Parker-Toulson, a member of CRIR, which formed
two months ago as part of a national campaign against
the enactment of Bill C-63.
According to a leaflet distributed by CRIR, the Bill
"will threaten the rights of refugees, landed immigrants,
naturalised citizens as well as their children," as well as
"significantly increase waiting time for citizenship," and
tighten language requirements.
Speakers drew parallels between
this proposed bill and the recent
mainstream media coverage of the
"We think that one of the reasons
that the media is making such a
huge deal out of this and the government is criminalising it is to make
the changes to the immigration law
pass a little bit easier and to create
this atmosphere of paranoia so that
everybody accepts the changes as
necessary even though they are racist," commented
The rally also attracted many other organisations,
including the International Federation of Iranian
refugees and the International Socialists.
Christopher Shelley, UBC's representative for the
International Socialists, and a Ph.D student in
Interdisciplinary studies, said he was there to support
the cause, and shed light on the small impact refugees
have on the economy.
"We're here to show solidarity and to argue really
hard against the prevailing racism in the mainstream
media," he said.
"Refugees contribute to the economy and we don't
believe that unemployment is caused by accepting
refugees. It's corporations and government that cost
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at The Cavern
no performances remaining
There is nothing as satisfying as
going to see a show and having
all your expectations met. Bib
Works is a play about two 23-
year-old guys living in Toronto
and trying as hard as possible to
figure it all out. "It* cart be anything from dealing with relationships to riding the subway,
to enjoying the simple pleasure
of a couple of beers and some
soda crackers.
Bib Works is written, directed
and performed by Dave Backots
and Graham VogVand the two
are so natural that it's hard to
believe the play is not autobiographical. Together they struggle to find creative ways to deal
with life and all its annoying,
wonderful, heart^vrenching, joy-
filled and mind-bending moments.
Dave takes to leasing the pigeons
and defecating on household
pets. Graham takes u more contemplative, analytical approach
to life, and together they play off
each other to perfection.
When I spoke to the two after
UiP show, they assured me that
the play was onh/ semi-autobiographical at the most. The playwrights are best friends who
stumbled upon the Fringe Festival
when Vogt entered the play,
specifying on the Fringe application the length, fype, and title of
the performance without having
written it yet He proceeded to
call Backus to htformhim of (he
upcoming tour. When I asked
them about the title. Backus
explained that it referred to all
the goop that a baby's bib accu^
As he. puts :*ifc Bib
Works is a collabora-
tioDL of all that has
been spat."
Basically, they're two guys
talking about stuff that people
w.uit to lnur nliout lls- fuvUv
simple. I just wonder why more
performers cannot pull it off as
well as they can. ♦
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AFTER MAGRITTE: can't get enough of those bowler hats.
Bizarre  world
at the Vancouver Performing
Arts Center
no performances remaining
Alter Magritte is a quirky play by
a master of the absurd. Tom
Stoppard writes a story full of
coincidences and seemingly out
of place images that come together
in a climactic revelation: that the
absurd is banal, and the banal,
Harris and Thelma are a
blissfully bickering couple, who
took their mother into their
household and then discovered
the horror of this old lady practicing the tuba. Mother is also an
aficionado of Magritte, who is a
painter, so Thelma and Harris
take her to a showing of Magritte's
work. After the exhibition they
witness a strange one legged,
bearded man with a tortoise
under his arm, hop down the
street. The rest of the play unravels what exactly it was that happened, after Magritte.
The play in itself is a clever
little jaunt through a bizarre little world. The play spoke to me
through it's humour and the cleverness of it's story.
Tyler McClendon as Harris,
and Melanie Yeats as Thelma,
have a connected, comic and, at
times, electric relationship on
stage. These two carry much of
the action. Megan Judson as
mother, is more like an introverted young woman than an
old woman who loves the tuba.
Also disappointing is Rachel
Borwein, in the role of Foot the
detective. I felt she was still in
rehearsal and hadn't opened up
the joy of the story for herself.
This caused the playful energy
between McClendon and Yeats
to drag considerably in the second half.
Director Ginette Morh,
attempts to use different styles to
reflect the varying inner landscapes of the characters, but
where she succeeds in creating
distinct moods with her technical
styles, she does not adjust the acting styles accordingly. Nonetheless,
the set and costumes, though
pragmatic, are humorous, and are
well integrated into the staging.
Alter Magritte creates a very
distinct world as a play; a world
with a limited reach, and a
world view that presupposes
absurdity on every aspect. This
production does well with the
comedy, but misses the mark in
making the absurd truthful. The
moment that this happens is the
moment that the real comedy
nut of this play is cracked.*!*
&w tjUafotin Sfckoiel THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,19991 ■
Something soars  All style, no substance
at the Firehall Theatre
no performances remaining
This play takes, as its starting point, the observation
that we are social chameleons. The fact that your
mother knows you as a very different person than
does your lover, your psychiatrist, or your best friend
Timmy can be a major source of anxiety, especially
when you are unable to distinguish between your
stage persona and your genuine self. Such is the case
with the characters of Something Like That.
The concept is simple enough: a tortured playwright and a group of would-be actors rehearse for an
upcoming Fringe performance. Yet as the play progresses, it becomes more and more difficult to distinguish the characters' scripted personalities from
their authentic selves, and this is where the chaos
ensues. What the audience observes is a whirlwind
of vignettes, half of which are part of the play within
the play, the other half of which are scenes from the
characters' real lives, but drama nonetheless.
The actors—stereotypically neurotic, privately
insecure, and of course, tortured bohemians—seamlessly drift in and out of roles both as they rehearse
for the play and as they live out their lives apart from
the stage. At one point, the playwright even addresses the audience and goes for a stroll in the aisle, further complicating the relationship between reality
and theatre, audience and actors. By the end, we forget what is real, who is acting, and who is observing
Refreshingly unpretentious, Something Like That
provides action, comedy, and even some food for
thought. The fight scene alone was worth the ten
bucks. ♦
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at the Blinding Light!!
no performances remaining
Decadence, directed by Dean Paul
Gibson, is like a runaway train that
plows down everything in its path.
Between the rancid sexuality and the
aAnglo-centric world view of the characters, Steven Berkoff s play paints a
picture of human frailty of most
monstrous proportions.
The play centers on two couples,
Helen and Steve, and Sybil and Les.
One couple is upper class, the other
is lower class. Both stories revolve
around adultery, sex and power
games. The action switches almost
without notice from scene to scene,
creating juxtapositions between the
classes and their beliefs.
Sarah Rodgers and Tracey Olson,
playing the parts of both couples,
perform with utter commitment and
the energy of marathon runners, if
marathon runners were forced to
maintain the pace of a 100 meter
dash. This was the pace of the show
set by these two powerful performers, and by the end of the show, I felt
as exhausted as the two actors must
have been.
The script implies a very distinct
and over-the-top style, with its overt
poetry and rapid shifting of focus.
The company achieved the implied
style, but for me, it was at the cost of
the story. I could not decipher when
the actors were playing which characters, and the design elements didn't provide any insight into which set
of characters were emerging.
The sound was interesting, but
somehow I felt that everyone was trying to keep the pace up so as to not
undercut the style. Instead, it was the
story that was undercut . My main
problem was understanding the
transitions between couples, and
why Berkoff chose to change gears at
each of these points. That's a question for the director.
The choice of script didn't speak
to me either. On one level, I understood very clearly the power and sex
relationships, and also the distinct
world views, but what I didn't get
was a connection with these characters that got past my loins.
However, these characters are
English and so is the playwright. I'm
Canadian and have never been to
England. Perhaps this is why I didn't
get it. A lot of people did, and the
show consistently sells out. So, if
you're into a raunchy, sexy romp
with two stellar actors and a premier
English playwright, this show's for
you. Unfortunately, it wasn't my cup
of tea.*>
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Laughing on the outside
at Main Dance
no performances remaining
"Contents...what lies inside?" This is the question I was confronted with while standing outside Main Dance. The actor asking this question was intense and purposeful. The rhythms of
didgeridoo and drums battled over the drone of traffic and
stirred my passions into active curiosity. "Contents," he said,
pointing to the door of the theatre, "what could be waiting within?"
In her director's notes, writer/director Erin MacCoy described
her concept for Contents as, "What does the phrase Y2K evoke in
each of us...and how can I make people laugh about it"
The plot was loose, and sadly, its importance was not overly
stressed by the company. After inviting us into the building,
Cloon (Rob Walker) led us from the street into the theatre, welcomed us, and then alluded to a mysterious battle to come
between two yet unnamed characters, Finger String (Jon
Weinberg) and .Antithesis (Jennifer Andrews). The Child
(Melanie Walden) was introduced with the bunch. Next our
focus turned to the Y2 Case, the container of "our future," grabbing the audience's attention both physically and as a
metaphor for our own selves.
Contents left me feeling lost and edgy, uncertain about my
place in time, and at a distance from life. This is partially attributable to deft theatrical skill, but mostly to a convoluted play
structure. There is a time and place for new work, and this one
belongs in a workshop. That's not to say that there aren't reasons for getting up and going to this show because all of those
reasons are there, particularly some stunning live music and
charming comedy. What the play lacks is some attention to
who's who, and who's doing what.
.Another problematic aspect of the play is that much of the
action is addressed to the audience directly, and is therefore
dependent on what the audience does. With such demanding material, it is deadly to push the audience away by refusing them the basics of character names and
Being a comedy, this company went for laughs before it went for playing the
comic moments sincerely. As MacCoy states in her notes, her goal was to make
light of the millennium. At this she succeeded, and I enjoyed the comic work, but
the content of the story was sacrificed in the process.
With so many relevant issues facing us as we approach the millennium, I question this company's choice to leave the dirty stuff of our real fears at arms length
and pursue laughter. Personally, I'd be much more inclined to laugh if I was shown
CONTENTS: you'll never guess what's in this play.
something I truly felt was a problem in society, and was then given the opportunity
to make fun of it. The problem doesn't get solved that way, but at least it gets me to
invest my attention into what the actors are saying.
One moment that stood out was a scene near the end. Andrews gives a final diatribe against the millennium and states affirmatively that the hype we have bought
into is part of a bigger system. And with all her focused discernation, she asks us to
really look at the world around us and decide for ourselves what is real. ♦
Sp jlta/ifon ffcfudel  THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.1999
There's one place in this city where
relaxation is the number one pastime.
You probably know where it is, and
you *ve probably never been
by Tom Peacock
Wreck Beach is a nudist beach. Never mind that it
is by far the nicest beach in Vancouver; and it's
only a hop, a skip and a long staircase away from
Place Vanier residence. Never mind that the locals constitute probably the friendliest, "you leave us alone, and
we'll do likewise," self-governed collective this side of
the Strait of Georgia, and that you can buy anything
from a tarot card reading to a hard-shell taco from the
local vendors. Never mind that at Wreck, there's no
screaming little yuppie spawn, no tuned-out Jericho jogging clubs, no chiselled frat boys kicking the sand
around the volleyball courts; that here you can actually
enjoy a beer and a joint in a guilt-free atmosphere, surrounded by like-minded hedonists.
Never mind that Wreck is actually a clothing-optional beach, not a nudist beach, and that nobody at the
beach really gives two threads anyways about what your
chosen style of dress or lifestyle might be. Never mind
that at Wreck, pretty much anything (as long as you
don't gawk) goes. Despite all that, Wreck Beach is a nudist beach, and most people stay away. ,And as far as the
regulars are concerned, that's just fine.
Its not that the Wreck Beach locals don't take kindly
to strangers—they do. They don't mind if you just want
to enjoy the beach with them; they just don't want to be
the topic of your next sociology paper, or television program, or even newspaper article, for that matter.
The less people the better. The less bylaw enforcement, the less notice from the media. The less mess.
The less noise. It's just easier for everyone if the hordes
prefer to stay away.
It's a sunny Saturday afternoon in September, and
I'm sitting on one of the many logs that fitter the
beach. A guy called Wes appears before me seemingly out of nowhere. "You better keep that thing hidden, or they'll break it," he says, eyeing my camera bag.
I tell him not to worry; I'm waiting for sunset and cooler temperatures. Wes sits down next to me and pulls out
a little pipe. Between puffs, he explains how the Wreck
Beach justice system works.
"There's only two rules on the beach. No public masturbation, and no photos." He says this in all seriousness, but then adds with a smirk. "Yeah, we don't want
you takin' any pictures home and jerkin' off to 'em."
There might not be any uniformed officers of the law
in sight, but there are watchful eyes everywhere on the
beach, eagerly searching out any potential threat to the
naturist aesthetic. This is nudity on an earthy level, not
an erotic one. If you're ogling people's more sunstarved
pores, then you just don't get it, and your arrested adolescence doesn't belong here.
Occasionally the outside world gets curious about
Wreck Beach, but usually their queries don't get very
"Whole UBC classes have actually ventured down the
stairs before," says Wes, who's been a regular at the
beach for fifteen years. "You know with their teachers,
backpacks, books and shit. But we got rid of them pretty fast Started yelling at them to take their clothes off,
and they scattered. It was pretty hilarious."
It's not only curiosity that attracts attention to
Wreck. There are various other concerns as well:
commercial, municipal, environmental. You
name it. Wreck Beach has dealt with it, and Judy
Williams was probably there. Judy is a stately, sunkissed
presence of a woman. When she's not teaching special
needs students at a secondary school in Burnaby, she's
the brains (and the brawn) behind the Wreck Beach
Preservation Society (WBPS). The WBPS was formed
under a different name in 1977, when bulldozers and
massive dredgers threatened to tear the beach apart
The WBPS won.
Since then, the Society has tackled proposals to build
new trails, restaurants, condominiums, viewing plat-
forms(!), access roads, and new dykes. As well they have
battled plans to ferry millions of gallons of toxic chemicals in front of the beach weekly, proposals to log the cliff
forest and build a sea wall, and demands made by our
beloved school to undertake massive erosion control
operations which would, in essence, destroy the beach.
"Our mandate," says Judy, "is to preserve the beach
in its  natural  state  from  Spanish  Banks  to  the
Musqueam reserve."
From the looks of it, that mandate has served Wreck
Beach and its denizens pretty well.
I wander up to a table where Judy is selling raffle
tickets to support the volunteer organisation.
She's talking to a gaggle of naturists about a proposal to do a movie shoot on the beach.
"Because the script was written by a Vancouver
woman, they were sucking up to them, and listening to
the proposal, but I said to them, 'if you try to film it on
Wreck Beach itself, I'm gonna have the biggest protest
that you have ever seen."
Once again, the ruthless aversion to any sort of
change, or any sort of attention—this time through the
ridiculing lens of Hollywood—is expressed. The tiresome conflicts with the "people from the top of the
stairs" is neverending. Judy's answers to my questions
are proud, but she's reluctant at the same time. Her sus-.
picion's already aroused by my lack of nakedness.
Perhaps sensing a journalistic slant, she starts bombarding me with questions instead. I buy my raffle, ticket and amble off down the beach.
On the way to the burrito stand, I stop to watch
about ten or twelve big, hairy, naked men playing a
game. They wrestie for control of a large ball, which
they then lob towards the top of an upright log, on top
of which stands a beer. If they survive, and then knock
the beer off, they get to drink it. The game seems to be
called "Free Beer". One guy, who resembles a rhinoceros on two feet, is dominating the game, pulverising
his opponents and winning all the beer. It reminds me
of some prehistoric pastime—the grunting, the animal
movements and animal appearances, and the good-
natured savagery (if there is such a thing) of the game
itself all lend themselves to this anachronistic vision.
To think that this is all taking place just half a mile
from the gridlock of volleyball courts on Spanish
Banks. Who wants to play volleyball when you can play
"free beer" and get your ass kicked by a rhinoceros?
At the burrito stand, the cook responds pretty
negatively to my questions about his finances.
He's planning to go to Mexico for the winter,
but doesn't know if he'll be able to afford it
"If it was a good summer, yeah." says the burrito
salesman. "But this summer was shitty. It didn't pay the
bills." In the end: he doesn't disclose too much information, and seems happier to send me on my way.
Still, even though it might not always pay the bills, loads
of people haul merchandise down the stairs. .Another
entrepeneur wanders by as I'm eating my burrito.
"You can only sell on the nice days," he says as he
stops and readies himself for another tour of duty. He
fills a dripping backpack lull of ice and beer from a cooler stowed behind some rocks, and checks his fanny
pack. Ml of pot and mushrooms. "On the rainy days, I
just stay at home and sell pot"
.Another vendor comes and asks him how he's doing.
"I'm doing great Lots of people, you know. Lots of
sales," he replies. The new guy isn't doing so hot
"There's too many people selling today," he says.
"Not enough people buying." He looks a little green
though; new to the game. He's wearing black shorts and
shirts, and a pallid skin tone that, along with his leather
fanny pack, quickly marks iiim as a recreational drug
peddlar, not a local. He's living a million miles away
from the Wreck Beach locals, in a world of nightclubs,
pagers, and car thieves. No wonder they don't want his
shit To sell here, you've first gotta blend.
I ask another vendor if the law ever cracks down on
the beach's trade.
"Oh yeah, mainly people who sell weed and drugs
and shit get busted more. It's an occupational hazard,
you know? The GVRD guys, the Parks guys really don't
make a big deal." He proffers me an ice cold Kokanee,
and I cough up the three dollar charge. "You know," he
continues, "once they come down here it just slows and
stops everything. 'Till they roll out Yeah, they hassle
people, but it's kind of all part of the game."
It's the end of the summer now, and there's not that
many free days left to get to the beach, before the rain .
comes. On this one sunny Saturday afternoon in
September, there is a calmness that presides. The hawkers are still making their rounds, the skimboarders are
still skimming and whirling on a thin layer of glistening
water, but the fight is a little more opaque, and the
beach people have begun focusing their energy inward.
They're savouring these last moments, trying to harness
that inner calm. But it's already waning. Once they load
their things into a picnic basket, don their clothes and
make their way "towards the "thousand steps" trail, the
calm is all but gone. They know that soon enough the
noise of cars on Marine Drive will signal the inevitable
return to the land of rain, and work, and stress.
For now, the Wreck Beach locals, through tireless
campaigns to raise awareness—led by the WBPS— have
managed to secure a little summertime haven. But for
how long? How long before a restaurant or condominium proposal goes through, or the university starts getting aggressive on erosion? How long before someone
forces the law to become more vigilant, and to start
making regular patrols, thereby ruining the whole
mood of an independent community?
As they reach the foot of the stairs the sun is just dipping below the distant horizon. One local turns, looks
back at the beach, and raises his arms above his head.
He lets out a loud, long howl. Standing next to the man,
I first question his sanity. But then his emanation
returns to us tenfold. I presume that it must be a tradition, an expression of solidarity, a salute to the setting
sun. But it's more than that; it's defiant as well; a primal vow to return.
.And they howled again in the gathering darkness, to
mark the end of the day, and claim it as their own. ♦ 10
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UBC football caps
comeback win
by Naomi Kim
It must have been one inspiring half-
time talk that motivated the
Thunderbirds to come back after the
Regina Rams opened with 11 straight
points in Regina on Saturday. But even
down 11-0 in the second quarter, the
game was far from over for UBC. The 2-
1 T-Birds arrived late, but they arrived
on time to steal the
game after their
own 32-point run,
winning 32-19.
"It was a hard-
fought game in the
beginning," said
linebacker Tyson St.
lames. " [Regina]
came out ready to
For   the   Rams,
1999  is  their  first
year as a CIAU-eligi-
ble team after being
a      championship
junior football team.
Although they've now started the season 0-3, they were an uncertain force in
the   preseason   and   they   certainly
proved what they were capable of in the
first quarter, aided by UBC's sluggish
"We had a slow start...it was difficult
to get things going," said head coach Jay
Prepchuk. In addition to a couple of
errors and critical penalties, Prepchuk
claimed the key for the Thunderbirds
was "being patient and waiting for
opportunities." Once UBC got going,
they dominated the game.
UBC didn't get on the scoreboard
until the second quarter on a 32-yard
field goal by kicker Duncan O'Mahony,
but the scoring did not end there. The
Thunderbirds scoring rampage kept
going until the remaining minutes of
the fourth quarter, during which time
the defense held the Rams scoreless
while the offence rang up 29 consecutive points. Safety Dan Rootes, who
"Basically it was just
defense, giving our
offence a chance to
get the ball and see
what they could do."
leads Canada West with 32 tackles, led
the defense once again with 10 tackles,
followed by St. James with 8 tackles and
one sack.
"Basically it was just stop-and-run
defense, giving our offence a chance to
get the ball and see what they could
do," said St. James of the scoring turnaround.
Birds quarterback Shawn Olson
went 16 for 28 for 330 yards and one
touchdown and
no interceptions,
and added a 1-
yard touchdown
run. Backup QB-
Dan Delong led
pass receiving
with four catches
for a total of 116
yards, and receiver
Brad Coutts
wadded        three
-Tyson St. James catches   for   55
Thunderbird Linebacker yards and 77 yards
in punt returns.
Running back Akbal Singh rushed 19
times for 95 yards, including his own 1-
yard touchdown run.
For defensive backs Craig Briere and
Chris Frankowski, former Regina Rams
junior players, it was a sort of homecoming, and they left with 2 tackles
For rookie linebacker, Javier Glatt it
was his first game on the road and he
left an impact with both the Rams and
the Thunderbirds. He had a total of 7
tackles, and Prepchuk was impressed
with his performance.
Fellow linebacker St. lames also
thought "Javi played really well. It was
surprising, and he did great for a guy
who's never travelled before."
In the end, with a minute" and a half
remaining, Regina had the last say with
a touchdown and convert, but UBC's
scoring blitz was enough to win the
game. UBC now travels to meet the 1-2
University of Calgary Dinosaurs. ♦
The UBC men's soccer team is all gi
rienced rookies, and a lot of optimi
but before they do, they're focusir
"Certainly our goal is to win the
on the other side of the coin is that
on all cylinders come the Canada ^
Health will be a major factor for
son, players such as third-year defi
ond-year defender Aaron Richer
Prentice have all sustained injuries
the 1997 Canada West Most Valuah
bility, has had many injuries throu
player," according to Mosher. The
team's productivity. The accumula
what dictating" Mosher's unintenti
With 23 players vying for 11 sj
bring the best out of his players.
"I think that's healthy for a teai
players, okay, it's now up to you an
There's a large and varied pool <
ers wanting to prove themselves.
In goal, Julian Phillips and Chris
Their strengths and roles in goal
D'Angelo at 5'8". Based on presea!
but once again, it's based on perfc
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for the next Olympic team, will be
ing defenders, Nick Seddon and S]
add to UBC's defensive stringth.
Midfielders will include Chris
Vancouver 86ers, and Aaron Keay,
year. As well, Iain Sheppard from
straight from high school, and Da
performed well in preseason game
Strikers, who didn't produce n
transfers. Steve Dickinson, from L
College, are expected to add to I
Prentice and David Wong will also
a successful season.
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have players that can do it," said a
ter. He decided to play this year on
just because the core group of us [:
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older and experienced players, te<
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Soccer Birds loo
With a raft of new recruits and a new
attitude, UBC women's soccer is ready
to make a quantum leap
by Vincent Lam
Ladies and gendemen: please fasten your seat belts, ensure that
your tray tables and seat backs are in their full, upright, and
locked positions, hold on because the upcoming UBC women's
soccer season is going to be one hell of a ride.
This year is expected to produce fireworks, largely catalysed
by the Birds' new recruits.
"It has been the best recruiting year in the last four or five
years," says Dick Mosher, fifth-year head coach of the UBC
women's team, of rookies Kelly Donaldson, Kristine Jack, Leanne
Westic, Courtneay Matheson, Lysa Wone, and goalkeeper Nicole
Mosher is more than confident in the playing abilities of his
new recruits.
"I think that [experience] is the key to our recruits this year.
They all have had either university or college experience so we've
gone quickly from being a very young team to a very experienced
The team's lone Canada West All-Star last year, defender Sarah
Cunningham, has nothing but praise for her new teammates.
"We have a lot more depth than last year largely due to some
awesome recruits. This is going to be really key this year because
once the starting line gets tired, it's good to know that we have a
solid backup."
Newly appointed Birds captain, fifth-year centre back Gillian
Hicks, further echoes Cunninghams view on the new recruits.
"They are certainly going to add to our team,
the centre midfield. We brought in two great playei
a position that was lacking a little bit last year."
After a disappointing 1998 season, which yield
ular season record and a third consecutive third-
the Canada West Division, the Birds are looking ft
year and so far, they are on the right track. The 1
the T-Birds bolstered a 6-0 record in the preseason
local college teams and Premier A' women's exhit
gallant 4-0 win over the NCAA's Western Washii
highlight of a very impressive preseason stomp.
"This is our comeback year...we're not lookin
more points than last year," says a determined I\
looking to double. Our goal is more in the neight
25 [points]."
The 1998-99 season was indeed a frustrating c
the addition of Gillian's sister, Canada West Rool
striker Ros Hicks, the Birds still lacked the scorini
has proved in the past to be their Achilles heel.
"Well, we just couldn't finish," says Gillian Hick
disappointing season. "Our defense was certainly
we were able to keep them from scoring but...we
when we needed to. But this year with the talent
do it. We even showed that on Saturday when we c
times.. .we tied up the score and then ended up w
showed character right there."
According to Cunningham, another problem ir
attitude, but that problem seems to be remedied t
"We had quite a bit of negativity on the team la
eral.. .just out of frustration was basically what it
everyone is having a lot more fun...everyone is a
five. I think that is going to be the most import THE UBYSSEY ■ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
i's soccer final
by Naomi Kim
i all grown-up. With 11 returning players, older and expe-
ptimism, the 1999 Thunderbirds are ready to take flight,
icusing on the basics: staying on their feet and scoring
n the Canada West," said head coach Mike Mosher. "But
> that we want to make sure that we're healthy and firing
lada West weekend."
or for the success of this year's team. Even in the presea-
r defenders Nicholas Seddon and Spencer Coppin, sec-
icher, and second year forward/midfielder Cameron
uries during practices and games. As well, Chris Franks,
aluable Player, who is returning for his fifth year of eligi-
hroughout his university career and is an "injury prone
The health of the team will most certainly hamper the
milation of injuries has already had its effect in "some-
ltentionally large roster this year.
11 spots on the field, Mosher is sure the situation will
I team, that there's competition for spots..As I told the
iu and it's performance-based."
>ool of talent that Mosher has to work with and 23 play-
3iris D'Angelo will push each other to play at their best,
goal vary like their height, with Phillips at 6'4", and
eseason games, Phillips will be the starting goalkeeper,
performance and Mosher expects that "they'll be com-
:ason as to who will be the starting goalkeeper."
n captain Steve McCauley, who is in the pool of players
II be "the anchor at central defender." The other return-
nd Spencer Coppin are also "high quality players" who
h.   •
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eay, a CIAU All-Canadian and Canada West AU-Star last
irom Pegasus (North Shore), Joseph Marrello, coming
d Daniel Haggart, a returning fourth-year player, have
ce many goals last year, will benefit from two college
m Langara College and Adam Plummer, from Cariboo
to UBC's scoring output. Returning players Cameron
also contribute. Scoring will be key for the Birds to have
GIVING IT THEIR ALL Goalkeeper Chris D'Angelo takes control of the ball in a practice scrimmage. The
1999 Thunderbirds will be going at full-intensity in both practices and games this season . tara west-
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n the holes because we didn't score much last year...this year we
lid a confident Keay, who was a last-minute addition to the ros-
rr once school had started. "I definitely think we'll win it this year
us [returning players]...That's why I'm back."
in addition to 10 players who are new to the UBC team, albeit
>, team chemistry is an issue that Mosher is well aware of; last
ip of 15 players in their first and second years.
i team and that's something I'm looking to address this year, to
:r...through socialising outside of soccer," said Mosher.
team has had chances to come together through playing soccer,
aside from juggling soccer balls during breaks in practice. The preseason provided some
moments, although not the ideal moments, for the team, after finishing 3-6.
"We've had a bit of a rough stretch there, in the preseason...You lose as a team, and in fact, it
brings you together too. You realise you don't want to [lose] anymore," said Dickinson.
After three weeks of preseason games, it's clear that the players have to work hard for everything they get.
"There's no way we should have gone 3 and 6 but we did, so we can't sit and complain about
it, or dwell upon it. It's like 'Okay. What are we going to do about it?' Where it starts is on the practice field." said Mosher. "Without a doubt, the keys to success for this year are work rate, intensity, hard-work and effort, starting in practices. [We want] to make our practices as competitive
as we possibly can and to have that spill-over and carry-over into the games."
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"I think the returning players...have a better attitude this
year. I think they have a feeling that we have a championship
team here. I love the attitude they display on the field and in
In addition to a renewed attitude on and off the field, the
Birds are substantially more physical this year thanks to rigorous
preseason conditioning, the new recruits, and off-season play by
many of the Birds players.
"We're a much more physical team now. A number of the
recruits that we've brought in are very physical. We've showed
everyone in our exhibition game against [the University of Alberta]
that nobody is going to push us around this year," says Mosher.
Cunningham agrees with Mosher and adds, "We played
[Alberta] last weekend and they couldn't believe how much more
physical we were. The coach [of the U of A team] actually commented to us on that."
Overall, the Birds this year seem to have all the ingredients
necessary for a national championship-winning team.
"I think this year's team is the strongest in four
years...because our depth is much better this year. We have a
very strong team all across the board. We have 19 players all of
which can play," says Mosher when asked for his overall impression of the team.
It's tough to make predictions, but it is a good bet to Say that
if in the past you haven't been a fan of women's soccer, you'll be
one this season. Look for a different soccer team this year. The
UBC women's varsity team has tightened up the slack, toughened the body, and polished the spirit. Go catch a game or
three—you won't be disappointed.*!*
BIRDS BLAST INTO NEW SEASON A T-Bird in full stride during the
last week of practice before the regular season begins. After a
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their season on the toad with a win
over the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies. Striker Adam Plummer, a
transfer from Cariboo College; made
his UBC debut with a bang by scoring at the 13-minute mark and then
again at the 43-minute, assisted by
Aiaba Keay. iieay. a CIAU All-
Canadian last year, added a goal in
the 73td minute. Saskatchewan's
dying efforts came too late as Matt
Lambe's goal in the Sist minute was
not enough to match the Birds.
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CANT WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? The Middle East peace quilt exhibit
attempts to open up discussion on the delicate issue of Palestinian and
Israeli relations.
at the Roundhouse Community Centre
September 13-28
 by Aisha Jamal
It is really funny to watch people's expression when you tell
them you are going to see a peace quilt. I wasn't exactly
thrilled to review a blanket. What could you possibly say? It
was nice and warm-looking. It made we want to crawl under
it. But there was no crawling; touching was strictly forbidden
and the squares were hanging from the ceiling on fish wire.
Once I stepped into the Roundhouse Community Centre, I
realized that only Yaletown could have such a yuppie community centre. With extremely high ceilings and mostly
wooden decor, it is more spacious and welcoming than any
community centre I have been a member of.
This is a place of gathering for all privileged folks, you
know, the ones who get organic vegetables delivered to their
doors. But the Middle East Peace Quilt is an exhibit that
speaks to everyone and should be attended by everyone. It is
worth seeing not only for some of the neat individual quilt
work but also for its strong message. The exhibit picks up
from where words have failed.
The exhibit explores the ongoing debate and struggle
between Israelis and Palestinians over land-claims. The quilt
exhibit drives home the message that there has been too
much debating not enough action in the direction of peace.
/Artist-in-Residence Sima Elizabeth Shefrin facilitated the
exhibit. Shefrin has managed to turn the quilt into an international community art project. People from as far away as
England, Germany, and Greece have made a contribution by
making squares for the quilt. There are over two hundred
contributors from various backgrounds.
People of all ages, Palestinians and Jews, artists, and
beginners worked side by side, each producing a small
square. Nine squares have been sewn together to make over
twenty small; individual quilts,with each contributor asked
to explain their square. Doves, peace signs and candles are
repetitive images. You will also find as you go through the
binders of write-ups that they also start to become repetitive, preaching life, love and peace, but every once in a
while you come across a striking piece of work that moves
One such square is Rhea Lazar's depiction of two
women facing each other, one obviously Arab, the other
blonde. The words "I am not afraid of you" are written
down the center between both women. Lazar explains
that on her trip to the Middle East, she spent an afternoon in a refugee camp in Jordan. She was invited to a
lavish dinner by a quiet, doting Arab woman. When the
woman learned Lazar was Jewish she proudly stated, "I
am not afraid of you". Lazar was shocked and shaken
to think that her Jewish heritage would scare anybody.
She was so deeply impressed by the thought that her
faith could introduce totally different dynamics to her
visit, she decided to depict the event on her pjitch.
Although the exhibit is not perfect, it is an important medium for Middle East Peace education. It has
opened up a new venue for friendly dialogue and
discussion between the Palestinian and Jewish
sides. Accompanying the quilt is a very interesting
slide show and a selection of excellent documentaries. The Roundhouse has also scheduled various other events in celebration of the exhibit. An
updated plan of activities can be obtained from
the community centre. Make sure you take this
opportunity and see the quilt because it is
scheduled to hit the road again, growing while
it travels.*!* THE UBYSSEY ♦ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.1999
managed to scare
away most of the
crowd during their
set last Thursday at
the Starfish room.
at The Starfish Room
Sept. 16
 by Alicia Miller
There is only one word to
describe Flashlight and their
performance on Thursday
night at The Starfish Room:
obvious. That is to say that it
was overwhelmingly obvious to
every member of the crowd
that this Toronto band suffered
from a refreshing lack of pretentiousness, a sincere enjoyment of their music, and an
earnest hope that the crowd
would feel the same way.
Loud, hard, fast, and fun, the
band pumped out mass quantities of energy along with their
brand of ska-punk music.
Catchy melodies and light-
hearted lyrics characterised
their quick two-to-three-minute
songs, and the only drawback
to the band's performance was
the fact that the lyrics were
indistinct due to a distorted
sound output. The band consisted of a drummer, a bassist
and two guitarists, the lead
vocals were shared by two
band members but the antics-
including the wild movements
and frequent smiles which
showed that they loved every
minute they got to perform—
were shared by all.
Originally the supporting
band for a tour with Calgary's
Chixdiggit and Australia's
Frenzal Rhomb, Flashlight
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what could have been a detriment to their show into quite the opposite. Between almost
every song, the band could be heard championing themselves as "The only band that survived the Chixdiggit/ Frenzal Rhomb/ Flashlight tour" and the audience, instead of being
bitter, just chuckled along.
Peals of laughter between songs were, in fact, quite common during Flashlight's forty-
five minute set as the band chattered away to hilarious effect. The band's sense of
humour was apparent with remarks such as "Can you guys show me your love? I'm a little sensitive...I'm fucking sensitive" and "Tim [the drummer] is actually dead—he doesn't
look dead, but he is." The band also endeared themselves to the crowd with self-depreciating remarks like "This is the song we just made a video for and you'll never see it, so
you don't care." The song that they were referring to is part of Flashlight's sophomore
album, Running Season.
The band worked hard to win over the audience and, by the end, it worked. People
were smiling, laughing, dancing, and generally having a good time. But as for the following band, last-minute replacements Side 67, it was a very different story.
The only word to describe Side 67 and their performance on Thursday night is
angry. The East Vancouver band's music consisted of lyrics being yelled overtop of
often-incongruous, continuously churning guitars.
Every song sounded similar and seemed to be a catharsis for the band's pent-up
frustrations. Side 67 jumped around on stage, fingered the audience, and yelled
remarks like, "Next time, tell your friends: start a riot." The words most frequently
used in their lyrics were things like bitch, die, fuck, and other such niceties, and one
song even started with the words "BT-T-C-H / Die fucker die."
After the cheeky, amusing antics of Flashlight, Side 67 was a rude wake-up call.
But while it's true that half the crowd left when Side 67's set began, the people that
remained seemed very excited to be there. Personally, however, I would have
rather left with the others.♦
THE RADIO came out on
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at love over forty,
sun-drenched bac
of Peter Mayle's c
the Provence wh
loom over viney
around wine and
The story is of a reclusive winemaker who
finds that with love, as with wine, the aging
process only improves the flavour. Magah
(Beatrice Romand) is 40-something widow
whose two children have flown the nest. She is
left alone to harvest the grapes every fall, but
something is missing from her life; a man.
She admits to wanting one but believes that
such miracles only happen to others. What's a
mademoiselle to do? Her son's girlfriend,
playing the celestina, sets about matching
Magali up with her ex-Philosophy professor
and former lover (what's with these French
girls and older men?).
not so tickle. Winner or tne best bcreenplay
award at the prestigious Venice Film Festival,
Auftimn Tale's love story comes across like an
October evening stroll in Stanley Park; the
chill of night hangs in the air, but the smell is
sweet and rich with possibility.
Rohmer, now in his 80s, is gifted in his
capacity for understatement and subtlety.
These characters are real people, and Magali's
loneliness blushes like the fall leaves as she
falls in love. For all that, our interest cannot be
sustained by interesting characters alone, and
the film is about twenty minutes too long. See it
on a Tuesday and you'lLnot be disappointed.*!* SOfflkHING MORE
now playing
by Vanessa Ho
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Bearing this in mind, I went
into SomeUung More with
very low expectations and
thft movie didn't disappoint
me.'- SoznetliitTg More is a
highly predictable
movie that splits its time
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rives Michael Gooj^ian). He
quotes..;■;•;•' Sartre- =;- h and
Kierkergaard to explain
what is going on, mjhis, life;
which aiakesiioie yonder
v.hiMlu'r oi not ho has m
original thought in hint His
more of
circle of friends are from his Church League
Basketball team and they include: Sam's best
friend, womaniser Jim, recently engaged
Harry, good-guy Dan, and unhappy at home|
Willie. They hangout, play poker, drink beer,
and talk about who their next conquest will be. ^^
For Sam and Jim, it comes in the form of new-| j
girl in town, Kelly (Chandra West). V^ i
AH of this action takes place in the city of
k Regina, but the audience doesn't even know
%the setting until we  see  a Saskatchewan
^license plate in one scene. And that was the
one thing I enjoyed about this movie: that is
wat> filmed in Canada AND it also took place in
Canada, which is a rare sight in film today.
What makes this film truly 3 Will I is that
all til*™ characters, even Sam, are so unlikable
■inri uubying. There is absolutely no character
dcvi'lopim ut in the script. For instance, we
h<ivp no i'] ue what these guys do for a living
bfaitlos drtnl beer and talk about sex. Why is
Willi*' unluppy at home? Why is Jim Sam's best
friend when hf keeps on stealing all of Sam's girlfriends?    Furthermore,     the     direction    of
Saskatchewan native Rob King is disjointed leaving scenes unconnected and incomplete.
^t 98 minute*, tlie movie is also Wciy tOO
long. Just when you think the end is imminent,
the v. riler keeps on adding new plot devices that
come out of nowhere and ruve no point and/or resolution. This also goes for new characters that disappear as quickly as they come on screen. Jennifer Beals
of Flashdanre fame is wasted ah a spurned psychotic
ex-lover of Jim's. ■   l ■
In all, Something More is just another HO
cash   grab   aimed   al   tin?   teenage   demographic.
Frustratingly, the reVoRrtiim to the film is highly predictable and unbelievable at the sahftPime. Something
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Mercedes Five and Dime
by Andrea Winkler
Moist s latest release, Mercedes Five
and Dime, is the result of a new recording approach for the band. This yields a
more relaxed and sentimental sound
with less fragmented lyrics than their
previous two albums. A new vibe fills
the album, possibly inspired by their
move from Vancouver to Montreal.
Rather than working under pressure in
a studio environment Mercedes Five and
Dime was a work in progress with each
band member coming in with their own
ideas. The result is an exciting narrative
on the displacement of people in an age
surging through computer bits and
bites, trying to keep up with yesterday's
news and tomorrow's innovations
Five and Dime]
is an imaginary
place between
where you are
and where you
want to be."
The title of the album is an imaginary place
between where you are and where you want to
be. And, of course, the album includes the ever-
present laments of love. I must admit I had never
really listened to Moist before I was handed this
album to review, but I was taken with David
Usher's voice; yearning for someone to hear
his words, not that I could really understand
what he was saying, but the point was made
nonetheless. Intriguingly, this album produces an aquatic atmosphere with tracks like
"Fish," which actually sounds like the band is
reaching out from underwater.
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Bruce Arthur
Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
Naomi Kim
Tom Peacock
Tara Westover
Todd Silver
iveb Flora Graham
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They told me last night that Tarn Peacock and Laura Blue were the
masters of it all However, the pig herder Eric Jandciu and his sidekicks Rob Peters and Duncan McHugh. told me that it was all a big
cover-up to hide the tact that Daliah Merzaban was hiding Nicholas
Bradley's pickles. The pickles were the key and Dana Ayotte helped
Naomi Kim hide them in Vanessa Ho's sock drawer. Martin Schobel
and Jerefiqy Beaulne were found under the kitchen sink looking with
Vincent Lam tor the missing pickles. Julian Dowling solved the mystery when Jamie Tong and Melanie Streich told where the map to the
pickles were. Fake pickles were turned in by Tara Westover and
Naomi Angel who had bought them from Alicia Miller. Andrea
Winkler told Jenn Neilson and Gabby Reach, who then told tynthia
Lee. Erin Shaw and Flora Graham found pickles too, but not the right
or bs. Todd Silver told Bruce Arthur, who ended up being the mastermind of it alL And the piddefr-they were in the fridge.
Silas Agreement Number 0732M1
On the lawyers' side
It's not easy to feel sympathy for law students. Please. For starters, they're lawyers
just waiting to happen—on top of that, the
clothes and the attitude and the...the sheer
lawyerness of them make sympathy a very
tricky sell, indeed.
But we're on their side this time.
Here's how law school works now: law
students finish their coursework, then they
article for a year. During this year, they
take a course (the PLTC) to learn the skills
they need to practise. According to students, they also learn a fair amount about
the law. They get tested, then they get called
to the Bar. Good. We're cranking out
lawyers like sausages.
The Law Society insists that its course
doesn't cover substantive knowledge of the
law. And that it's easy to pass. But try talking to law students. They're the ones taking
the course, and they say that it's hard. That
you need to study for it. A lot. And we
believe them.
Under the proposed change, students
have to write the exam just to get into the
PLTC. This means that they'd better have
their knowledge of the law down pat. Under
the old system, anything they skipped in
school—tax law at 8:30, anyone?—they
could catch up with in PLTC. But now,
there's no second chance. And this means
no messing around in law school. If they're
going to test you on commercial law, then
you're going to take commercial law. You
can't afford not to.
But what happens when messing
around means taking courses in what you
might think is important, but the Law
Society evidently doesn't? Courses such as
aboriginal law, for instance. You think
maybe that would be useful in Canada? So
what happens then?
What happens is that law students are
not well served. Those students who want
to study constitutional law or human rights
law are not well served. Those students
who want to redefine what a lawyer needs
to know are not well served. In fact, they
are stifled.
The Law Society's decision essentially
ensures that the legal status quo remains
just that. Not every law student will think
that tax law is the most important part of
the law to study. Or that knowing how to
draw up a will is more relevant than knowing how to address native land claims. Or
that the intricacies of real estate law are
more important than knowing how to handle immigration cases.
The Law Society's Richard Margetts said
that he would like to see more diversity
training during the PLTC. Yet, by effectively
telling students that they have to study traditional legal subjects—and that all students must study the same topics—the Law
Society is ensuring that the law schools produce class after class of cookie-cutter
lawyers. Oh, goody. Now that's what the
world needs now.
It's not often that the professors and
the students agree. But when the Faculty
of Law unanimously opposes the decision,
and when the students are up in arms
about it, we get the idea that something's
very wrong.
And very ironic. UBC professor Wes
Pue says that his faculty was not consulted, and the students say that no one talked
to them. The idea that a panel of lawyers—
who, ostensibly, know how the law works
better than any of us—would hand down a
decision without anything resembling a
fair trial is almost funny. It's certainly
The decision to implement an entrance
for the PLTC was decreed to the legal community by the Law Society without consulting law students, the group most directly
affected by the change. And it's a bad move.
Look, we love bashing lawyers as much
as the next paper. But to have the Law
Society bashing them is a little more than
we can handle.**
In this past Friday's issue of the
Ubyssey, Joyce Arthur attempted to misinform us about the
very nature of genocide and the
Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) coming to campus later
this month. I was amazed at the
inflammatory rhetoric and the
complete lack of TOLEIJANCE
to other peoples' view points.
This is most alarming when
such narrow-minded intolerance is used to scare the unsuspecting through fear tactics,
especially at a post-secondary
mstitution. Ms. Arthur, are you
open minded enough to allow
others freedom of expression
even when it does not agree
with your own personal opinion? Are you endorsing censorship to all ideas that you personally disagree with?
As for some of the misinformation, Ms. .Arthur, it is time
for you to take another history
class. Anyone who uses the
Bible to condone slavery (as in
the southern US), is both ignorant and racist. As for Hitler
being 'pro-life,' who are you trying to fool? Hitler killed millions of people. He started off
by 'eliminating' those who he
considered worthless—the
mentally challenged and the
elderly. As for his Roman
Catholic background, you will
find that he was much more
interested and involved in the
occult (especially astrology).
With regards to trivialising the
tragic history of the Jewish and
black peoples, that is being
done every time we as a cul
ture, fail to recognize these
huge injustices. They will continue unless they are
addressed. Since we five in an
image driven society nothing
could be more emotionally
gripping than a pictoral sense
of injustice. Abortion is the
unseen holocaust which also
includes Jews and blacks, Ms.
aArthur, don't you sense a great
injustice still going on? If you
don't like their display, then
don't go see it!
Darwin Dewar
Graduate Studies
£ eedback@ubyssey «b6« ca THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 21,1999
an- • w—
at the Pendulum Gallery
Sept. 7-25
by Julian Dowling
There is something odd about going to a bank to
see pictures of people being killed with machetes
or eating noodles in their underwear. That may be
why the well-dressed clients of the Hong Kong Bank
of Canada shuffle uneasily past this year's World
Press Photo exhibition as they traverse the lobby
where the photos are on display.
Each year   the   Netherlands-based
World Press Photo agency holds a worldwide competition with entries from pho-
tojournalists,  newspapers,  and magazines. Nine judges whittle thousands of
entries down to the 200 that were chosen
for the exhibition. Prizes are awarded in nine
categories with titles such as Spot News,
General News, Sports and The Arts.
Oblivious to the bloody content of the pictures aroiind him, a piano player was serenading the bank's clients with Gershwin tunes. So it
was to the accompaniment of "As Time Goes By"
that one began the photo-tour of starving
Sudanese, homeless Chinese immigrants in New
York, and slaughtered students in Jakarta.
One can't really can't be blamed for feeling
uneasy about the whole thing. It's like walking
into your grandmother's living room just before Thanksgiving dinner and seeing a National
Geographic magazine about the famine in Ethiopia. You feel implicated in some grotesque crime
against humanity that you were vaguely aware of, but from which you are somehow detached.
Wmning first prize in the General News category are Yunghi Kim's photos from Jakarta. His
entries depict student riots' held earlier this year against the (then) Suharto-led regime and are
eerily foreboding of the slaughter in East Timor. In the Daily Life cate-conf/nue^ page 20
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