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Main Library falls...
And Irving K. Barber rises. Page 3
A bloody love story
Underworld proves tasty. Page 12.
Hockey Birds sign
Gough to join hockey Birds.
Team gets a facelift. Page 2.
Canada gives up tobacco
Debating the fate of arts and leisure
events across the country. Page 10.
Critical Mass. Ps. 6
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WHO CARES? A forum on education
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Michael Stevenson and UBC president
Martha Piper. Thurs, Sept 18 7-9:30pm
<8> Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue,
580 W. Hastings. Fri, Sept 19, 9am- .
4:3.0pm. UBC Robson Square, 800
Robson. To participate in the forum,
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Just like new
Former OHL player Mike Gough adds new experience to the young team
by Jesse Marchand
In his second season as a coach,
Milan Dragicevic has made some
drastic changes to the men's ice-
hockey team. After losing 21 of their
26 regular season games last year,
it was obvious that a new coach
wasn't enough to bring the team to
victoiy—they needed a new outlook,
new training strategies and new
"We've kind of revamped the
whole program and built the program with first and second-year
players,' said Dragicevic. Although
there are many returning veterans,
there are 11 new players joining the
Thunderbird team. "We're a very
young hockey team,' added
One of these new players is 21
year old Mike Gough. Gough is a former Ontario Hockey league player,
playing four years with the Toronto
Saint Michael's Majors and one
with the Oshawa Generals. He has
also participated in two NHL training camps—the San Jose Sharks and
the Ottawa Senators. Recently he
was cut from the Senators team and
is now a welcome addition to the
"Mike is a power forward," said
Dragicevic. "He's veiy good down
low in the corner and in front of the
net. His role on the team is to be
tough on the net*
Although Gough has signed on,
there are still three cuts to be made
to the team before, the regular season begins. Those cuts will be determined in the next few pre-season
The Birds are slated to play last
year's Canada West Champions, the
Alberta Golden Bears, in a weekend
double-header Friday and Saturday.
The Bears are the three-time defend
ing Canada West Champs and have
slaughtered the Oilers Prospects in
their exhibition game for the past
three years—winning 7-2 in 2001, 4-
0 in 2002 and 2-0 this year.
Being slated against the number
one team in the Canada-West division may be hard for the fledgling
Birds, but they have an even tougher
challenge next weekend. On the 26
and 27 the Birds fly off to Thunder
Bay where they will take on last
year's Bell Canada Varsity Cup winner, the Lakehead University
"It's a big weekend coming up,'
said Dragicevic.
And the Birds have been preparing. With up to five practices" a week,
sometimes twice a day, the Birds
have been hoping to gather experience and unity in the team.
Friday's game against Alberta
starts at 7:30 and costs $2.00 for
students. ♦
PREPARATION: UBC has to practice hard, if they want it to be a come-back year, michelle mayne photo
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The UBC Farm, located at 6182 South Campus Road,
is hosting a fair this Friday. Come for music, face-
painting, barbecuing and more. A shuttle van will be
leaving for the farm from the corner of Wesbrook
Mall and 16th Avenue every 15 minutes. Admission
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CIS football: UBC Thunderbirds vs. Saskatchewan
Huskies, Thunderbird Stadium, Fri., Sept. 19 at
Come down to Thunderbird Stadium this evening
and help cheer on the UBC football team. The T-Birds
take on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, currently ranked No. 2 in the countiy. Yes, there's a bzzr
garden. Admission is $3 for UBC students.
"Twelfth Night," Presentation House Theatre, Sun.,
Sept. 21 at 8prrt
Bqqr garden, SUB 214/216, Fri., Sept. 19, 7-llpm     A Cambridge University theatre troupe is in town this
week performing this Shakespeare classic at the
Join Pride UBC in its first bqqr garden of the year, Presentation House Theatre. Concession tickets are
underway tonight. Cover, is $1. $8. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, September 19,2003
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U-Town controversy
Public meetings address concerns about campus development
by Jonathan Woodward
University Town public meetings erupted in
controversy this week when UBC professors
demanded answers to six pages of questions- about the University Boulevard neighbourhood plan and students unfurled a
banner protesting commercialisation.
At Monday's meeting for the University
Boulevard neighbourhood plan UBC professors circulated a list of questions about the
development that included concerns over
the economics of the plan, space for future
academic buildings, pedestrian safety, the
impact of the proposed plan on Alma Mater
Society businesses, and the relocation of
the pool.
"These are 100 questions that we think
should be answered by the Board of
Governors and by the president of the university before this development should be
allowed to proceed,* said George
Spiegelman, a professor of Microbiology
and Immunology.
In Wednesday's meeting, the East
Campus neighbourhood plan proposals
brought support from University
Endowment Land residents, but students
attending the meeting hung a banner which
read, 'Commercialization over Education.*
"It becomes clearer and clearer that
there is no commitment to keep commercialisation out ofthe academic core. This is
meant ta be an institution of learning. Keep
developments on University Town- in the
periphery,' said student Quinn Omori while
the banner was unveiled.
University Boulevard and East Campus
are neighbourhoods in an OT£e.i:all; scheme of
campus development that would" increase
the population living on campus by constructing new housing developments and
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ANTI-COMMERCIAL WALLPAPER: Students take down their banner protesting a
plan that would bring more commercialisation while others discuss changes with
UBC VP External Dennis Pavlich. michelle mayne photo
commercial facilities to create a university
town. The draft plans are steps towards
development prescribed by the Official
Community Plan, a bylaw passed in 1997.
Linda Moore, associate director external
affairs for University Town, said that the
university was responding to residents' and
students' concerns. "This is the fourth draft
of University Boulevard. We received 481
feedback forms, and you can see that we
have addressed or incorporated them into
this fourth draft,' she said.
Since the previous draft the university
has eliminated the possibility of extending
University Boulevard as a through road to
SW Marine Drive, 18-story residential high-
rises and market housing.
However; concerns about the tone ofthe
space tp be created at the entrance to the
university have not been addressed, said
Bill Umber, a professor of physics and
'SUB Plaza is where people get together.
That's where demonstrations are held,
that's where storm the wall goes on, that's
where we have the rock bands on the first
day of classes,' he said. 'As good Canadians
we don't demonstrate around people's
houses. Building either student or faculty or
commercial housing right around that area
~. will mean that nothing happens any more.
That would be a tremendous loss for the
Jack Taunton, director of the Allan
McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic, and Jane
Hutton, the associate vice president of
Continuing Education, both spoke in favour
of the plan as it would see their respective
services brought into the core of the
campus. -
"We've been honoured to be included in
the campus development plan, across the
street from dentistry and with a direct link
to our partners in War Memorial Gym and
the new athletics commons. This would be a
tremendous asset,' Taunton said.
'Continuing studies is nestled in the
..Theology building, and is very hard to find/
, Hutton said. "This will be better for seniors
coming to the bus loop.'
Anthony Dorcy of the school for regional
planning and development agreed that the
university administration had been responsive, and called for a discussion of the
themes of commercialisation and university image for campus as a whole. "The plan
of today i$ pf bits and pieces, a cut-and-paste
job. We want to hear the grind story. A
sense of vision.'
Dorcy said he had hoped for more
progress by now. "I'm deeply troubled
we've spent a year talking about this.' ♦
The AMS is holding a student summit on
Monday, September 22 from 4-8pm on
University Town.
Phase I: Demolition begins
Construction ofthe $60
million Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre will follow
by Sam Schroeder
Main Library is being demolished—but don't expect
crowds of jubilant students anytime soon. It's
coming back.
Demolition of Main's north wing is now well underway. The project will make room for the new $60 million
Irving K. Barber Learning Center and will bring the.
library up to seismic standards.
The north wing's reconstruction is the first phase of
the project, scheduled to be completed by next fall. At
that point the library—books, shelves and all—will move
back into the rebuilt north wing so that the south wing
can be demolished and replaced. The entire Learning
Centre is expected to be open in the early months
of 2006. .
The flow of students into the parts of Main Library
that remain open has not been affected by the sometimes
noisy demolition. "We're pretty impressed with the students' resilience,' said Catherine Quinlan, managing
director for the Irving K. Barber Centre.
"It is hard to get around the noise. It is going to happen at some point,' said Amanda Patterson, a third-year
Commerce student. "Maybe if they they did it later at
night when there weren't as many students around that
would be a little better.'
"There is nowhere to buy coffee anymore,' said
Corine Sinengfleld, a third-year international relations
student, .*'.-.
For students bothered by the noise there are ear plugs
available free from Main's Chapman Learning
The completed Learning Center will measure 23,370
square meters and will leave Main Library's original heritage structure—built in 1925 as one of the first three
buildings on campus—intact. The new space will have
750 new workstations, three computer labs and new
research, lecture and classroom space that will be
shared by academic programs for both undergraduate
and graduate students.
The Learning Centre will also offer more social space
to students. "We don't want to become the next Student
Union Building...We plan to have a social element lo it
but also have a learning focus,' added Quinlan.
Maintaining the old library was ari essential element
of creating the new Learning Centre said Joe Redmond,
VP of UBC Properties Trust. The historic core will benefit from seismic upgrades as a result of the
"Currently, there is no earthquake stability at all,'
said Redmond. Once the Learning Centre is complete the
historic section will meet 75 per cent of seismic
requirements but Redmond says that the support of the
newer wings—that meet 100 per cent of earthquake
requirements—will hold the entire structure together in
the event of an earthquake.
The Learning Centre was made possible by Irving K.
Barber's donation of $20 million. Barber is the founding
chair, president and CEO of Slocan Forest Products Ltd
and received his Forestry undergraduate degree from
UBC in 1950.
The remainder ofthe funding will come from the $10
million pitched in by the BC Government and the $30
million UBC is dedicating to the project.
The new space is intended to expand the university's
- research capabilities so that the academic reach of UBC's
libraries may be extended.
"The idea behind the learning centre is how do; we
take the resources that UBC has had to build to support
its own community and make those availible to a broader community that needs them,* said Quinlan.
—with files from Megan Thomas
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Public schools dissected
Panel and audience express
concerns about secondary
by Robson Fletcher
Students in British Columbia's public schools are succeeding like never before, but the education system is
in danger of a major Collapse according to a panel
assembled by the UBC Faculty of Eduaction.
The system, cannot sustain this level of performance much longer, said panel member and former
Deputy Minister of Education Charles Ungerleider.
"I think we will begin to see a tailing-off in terms of
student success. I hope that's not the case, but conditions are not advantageous. I hope Canadians act with
great dispatch,* he said in an interview before the
The forum, held Monday at UBC's Robson Square
campus, was packed with more than 100 concerned
educators, parents; and citizens who came to hear the
opinions of the panel and express their own views.
A key issue for both the panel and audience was
that teachers and parents are having to pick up the
slack because of diminishing resources and expanding curricula.
'We work in a system that is grossly underfunded,*
said audience member Neil Worboys, president ofthe
British Columbia Teachers' Federation.
Concern was also expressed over the increasing
necessity for school boards and parents to fill budget
gaps. Money raised by parents for noii-essential
'extras* such as televisions and VCRs is increasingly
being used to purchase course texts and library
books—basic needs once supplied by the government,'
panelists said.
Reggi Balabanov, former president of the BC
Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, said many
parents embrace the opportunity to get involved in
their children's schools but she personally had begun
to call fundraising the 'F-word.'
Carolyn Shields, panel member and head of the
Department of Educational Studies at UBC, said this
entrepreneurial approach to school funding results in
inequities because schools in affluent areas are able
to raise thousands of dollars from neighbourhood
sales while downtown schools are not.
Discussion also focused on the topic of teachers'
working conditions. Ungerleider suggested that an
indicator of healthy public schools is a working climate that is free of conflict and conducive to productive activity. The panel said this is not the case in
many schools because teachers often feel that the climate is unproductive, even hostile.
Judy Acres, a high-school teacher and counselor in
BC since 1968, expressed a similar impression ofthe
current working climate. "In all the 35 years I've
taught, I've never been in this difficult of a political
scene/ she said in a telephone interview.
Ungerleider warned that if the problems are not
addressed Canadian unity could suffer.
"The responsibility of communicating to
Canadians what it means to be a Canadian...falls to
the public schools,' he said just before the forum.
"We are a fragile nation, deeply divided in so many
different ways, that if our public schools which communicate what it means to be Canadian fail and
themselves become fragmented Canada will
disintegrate.' ♦
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that just simply
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Friday, September 19,2003
Student gets
Master's degree
in poker
by Cosanna Preston
EDMONTON (CUP)-faJdng a gamble on a
Master's degree in poker has proved to be a
windfall for Darse Billings as he puts the finishing touches on the world's best poker-playing
computer program.
The PhD student first came up with the idea
for the program when he came to the University
of Alberta to complete his Master's in poker
in 1991.
Completing a Master's in poker may seem
odd to most, but because of Billings' background
in computing science, it made perfect sense
to him.
"Poker is fun, which is not to be underestimated, and it has a lot of interesting fundamental issues,' said Billings.
"There were not a lot of people doing it, which
meant that I could be at the frontier of the
research in a week," he added. "It's one of the
advantages of being in computing science.'
Billings mapped out some of the basic framework and tactics to build a competitive poker
program during his Master's, but he left the U of
A after the completion of his degree. Unsure of
what he wanted to do next, Billings became a professional poker player for a fe\y years to fine-tune
his understanding of the skills and strategies of
the game.
It was hot until 1999 and after a lot of convincing from the computing science department
that Billings agreed to return to the university as
a full-time PhD student,, ready to create the best
poker-playing program in the world.
The poker program has been in development
since-1991,. and it$- creators hope that it will
finally be ready to challenge the world's best
players in less than a year.
Billings says that being the best is not the pri-
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the* program that can be applied to the wider
field of artificial intelligence.
"We use games to explore research in artificial intelligence,' explained Jonathan Schaeffer,
Billings' PhD supervisor.
'A lot of the research had completed perfect
information domains. So, for example, if you and
I play a game of chess, that's called a perfect
information game because there is nothing hidden. You look at the board and you know where
all the pieces are. There are no secrets. If you
play a game like [poker], it's not a game of perfect information. You can't see my cards. You can
only guess what my cards are.*
Schaeffer went on to note that computers are
now very good at solving problems in a perfect
information scenario but "the real world,* as
Schaeffer put it, does not operate under such
terms. Schaeffer likened poker to a negotiation,
because one never, knows what the other side is
willing to do. He said that creating a pokerJplay-
ing program capable of beating the best in the
world is one small step in the right direction of
programming computers to negotiate and reason. '■■_...
Thanks to Billings, the program has already
accomplished a lot. ......
Aside from receiving media attention from
CBC,'; the Globe and Mail, and the New York
Times, to name a few, the research has been
spotlighted at numerous worldrrenowned computer science conferences and also won the
International Joint (Conference on Artificial
Intelligence/American Association for* Artificial
Intelligence 2003 Distinguished Paper Award.
Billings has become the crucial link in the
development of the program. Schaeffer clairps
that without Billings, the project's progress;
would be seriously endangered. /•,„.''".
"The reality is that we couldn't be doing this
without him because he's the poker expert,*
noted Schaeffer.
"If we build a strong program he's the only
one who can tell us. So we use him in so many
ways, one of which is assessing the program.
Only when it passes his very tough criteria of
excellence do we try and test it against other
humans. He's the key to the whole project' ♦
race heating up
Candidates blow more
smoke than substance
at first debate
Stephen Hui
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Seven candidates hoping to lead the New Democratic Party into
the next provincial election took turns taking
shots at British Columbia's Liberal government, but avoided attacking each other at
their first debate September 9.
Although the candidates were upbeat
about the party's chances of victoiy in 2005,
they shared few details of their plans to govern the province, preferring to stick to broad
statements about their platforms.
"People want, change, the public wants
change, and our party members want
change," said Nils Jensen; a prosecutor and
Oak Bay municipal councillor, in his opening statement.
Jensen and the other candidates admitted
that the party needed to regain the trust of
the public in order to become. a serious
threat to the Liberals.
"There's a perception in this society that
we can't govern well,' said Craig. Keating, a
North Vancouver city councillor.
While most praised the achievements of
the previous NDP governments, two candidates—Mehdi Najari arid Steve Orcherton—
were outspoken in their criticism of the
party's direction during and after its time in
Najari, the most unpolished of the candidates, said he was frustrated by what he
called a lack of resistance to the Liberal government. Orcherton, who is a former member of the legislative assembly, called for an
end to 'middle ofthe road' politics.
One of the few. questions to divide the
leadership hopefuls was whether to avoid
vote-splitting within the political left by fielding a joint slate of candidates with the Green
Party in the next election.
For Najari, the answer was yes. Jensen,
Keating looks on. Stephen hui/canadian university press photo
Keating, and Orcherton, along with Peter
Dimitrov, a proponent of decentralisation
who repeatedly plugged his website during
. the debate, clearly disagreed, while former
Greater Victoria school trustee Carole James
did not make a firm commitment on the
Leonard Rrog gave a pragmatic response
"People want change,
the public wants
change, and our party
members want
—Nils jlerisen
NDP leadership hopeful
to the question.' The former provincial legislator and self-proclaimed feminist said that
such an accord was impossible because the
party would never agree to run Green candidates over their own.
Later in the debate, Krog's closing
remarks revealed his views oh public-private partnerships and the sex trade.
"Private-public partnerships remind me
of prostitution, frankly,' Krog said. "It's generally regarded as immoral, it should be illegal if it isn't, and the one thing you can guarantee about it is one of the parties is being
exploited to the greatest degree possible.'
All of the candidates said they supported
increasing access to, or the affordabilify of,
post-secondary education, and would reinstate the Ministry of Women's Equality.
Najari and Orcherton even said that tuition
fees should be eliminated.
The debate in Vancouver was the first of
12 to be held around the province. The party
will select its next leader at its convention in
November. ♦
I'M MORE PROGRESSIVE THAN YOU: Peter Dimitrov tackles an issue at the first BC NDP leadership debate ih Vancouver.
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Cyclists turned activists flood the streets of Vancouver
by Viveca Ellis
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t was a lucky thing the engine dropped right out of
my car. My beater made it to the far north, puttered
around Alaska and the Yukon without breaking
down once, and then, in the wilds of Kitsilano,
• dropped its guts out onto the street.
Newly car-less and tired of rushing around in the relentless traffic clogging Vancouver everyday, I found my bike
shackled to a rail in a lonely corner of my parents' garage
and dusted it off. After my .first spin around the city I took a
decided turn from the irksome responsibilities of car ownership back to the beautiful freedom of cycling.
Within a day or two of using my new mode of transportation to get around the city, I remembered why I'd abandoned cycling for driving. It's not easy being a cyclist in
Vancouver (or anywhere in North America for that matter).
As beautiful as the city looks from a bike, you get the feeling
it doesn't want you there, pedaling along. You're not legitimate. You're not wanted on the road. If you're not an automobile, you're in the way.
Frustrated and fed-up by what I felt was unnecessary.
abuse from drivers, I wanted to do my bit for cycling
At the end of July I went on my first Critical Mass ride.
Critical Mass is a grassroots bicycle event where hundreds
of cyclists occupy city streets in a fun, celebratory reclamation of public space. I wanted to check out the bike people of
Vancouver. Where had they been hiding? You see a cyclist
here and there when you ride around Vancouver, but
cyclists don't make much of a show in this city. They are relegated to the meandering, inconvenient "leisure" bike ways
that snake around the city, or lost in the honking din of auto-,
mobile traffic.
The Vancouver Critical Mass meets on the last Friday of
every month behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. At the end of
July, I found hundreds of cyclists gathered calmly on the
sun-baked grass.
' It was an incredible ride. We rode down the middle of the
Burrard Street Bridge, the Granville Bridge, and the Georgia
Viaduct, looping through downtown again and again.
Certain cyclists lined up at intersections wheel to wheel,
called 'corking'; forming a temporary fence against the oncoming traffic so that the ride could pass through the centre.
A couple of people pulled their children behind their bikes
in trailers. People waved and smiled from their cars or
talked on their cell phones. Some goofballs raced around
dressed like green dinosaurs, yelling about the "autosaurus-
es.' It felt more like a parade or a carnival than a protest or
a demonstration.
Traffic stopped and then flowed again when we'd passed.
"Either someone doesn't look
and opens their car door, or I
get cut off and I almost have to
bail... this isn't & bij^friendly
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—Naomi Moyer
Critical Mass participant
There wasn't a cop in sight. In the middle of the Granville
bridge everyone triumphantly lifted their bikes.above their
heads and yelled. Most cyclists hollered the definitive chant
ofthe event "We're not blocking traffic, we are traffic."
Often described as an "organised coincidence," the
cycling Critical Mass started in San Francisco in 1992, and
since then it has spread, to over 300 cities. It could be said
that the movement began when Chris Carlsson approached
the San Francisco Bike Coalition—an alliance of thousands
of cyclists who promote a more cyclist-friendly city—with the
idea. The concept wasn't his alone, however, as it evolved
over time in conversation with many bicycle enthusiasts.
I did some research and found that the emergence of
Critical Mass in Vancouver was not the "mind child" of any
particular group or person. In the early 90s there was a
loose group of people who started to have rides in downtown
Vancouver as a combination of political protest and a "celebration" of cycling. The rides tended to stay downtown-
focusing on the Robson area. If 100 people showed up for a
ride it was considered a massive turn out. There was some
help from a Vancouver cycling group called the "Bicycle
People," who have since disbanded.
Now there are supposedly 22 rides in Asia, 18 in
Australia, 122 in Europe, 178 in North America and eight in
South America, as well as rides in New Zealand, Israel, India
and Africa. It is not an organisation, and there is no central
planning, official vyebsite or corporate sponsorship—simply
the collective effort of many cyclists that make it happen in
a particular place.
Numerous participants I spoke with consider Critical
. Miss, a. truly ^nafchist eyept. Somebody just photocopies
some info ancPthen lets tlie word spread. The riders at the
front determine the route of the ride, shouting out suggestions to the other riders.
The Critical Mass is a concentration of bicycles that displaces automobiles for a brief period of time. The World
Wide Critical Mass Hub website states that the Critical Mass
addresses the invisibility of cyclists and the critical condition of urban transportation. The tone and orientation of
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particular ride.
Graham Olds is a long-time cyclist, cycling advocate, and
spoken word "bike-poet" He also works as a special needs
assistant in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at the
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. He was active in
establishing the Critical Mass in Vancouver in the early 90s.
I asked Olds what he feels Critical Mass is about.
"It's about joy. It's about discovering the incredible, ultimate joy of cycling without traffic with all the space you
want, without the fear of being killed by a speeding automobile. It's about, for a brief time, riding without fear."
For many, Critical Mass is also about environmental and
political issues. Critical Mass is a way to reclaim public
space and promote a means of transportation that doesn't
burn fossil fuels and create carbon monoxide pollution. As
the popular sticker says, a bicycle is 'one less car."
When Critical Mass first started in Vancouver only about
45-50 cyclists participated. "It was kind of scary," Olds said.
"We had confrontations—drivers getting mad. That defeated
our purpose. Now it is very different. People understand the
best way to do it, the safest way where everyone has the
most fun."
The Critical Mass that took place at the end of August
2003 was supposedly the biggest one the city has ever seen,
with over a 1000 participating cyclists.
Naomi Moyer, a Critical Mass participant, uses her bike
as her main form of transportation in the city. She feels it is
important, as a cyclist in Vancouver, to attend the Critical
Mass rides every month. Every time she gets on her bike,
Moyer claims,.a dangerous incident takes place. ; _
"Either someone doesn't look and opens their car door,
or I get cutoff and I almost have to bail. There's no space.
There's always, something. This isn't a bike friendly city."
Moyer attends the Critical Mass because she feels the
ride addresses the invisibility of cyclists in the city.
"The bike-paths are inconvenient for really getting
around the city; and just keep us off the road so the cars can
have it all. The Critical Mass means we're seen. I go because
I'm frustrated. Everyday you're being pushed aside. Drivers
have no patience and show no respect. You're invisible on
the road. Without a loud engine or a horn
you have no voice. I've kicked cars, fingered people,' pissed people, off. It's
terrible." <
The Critical Mass, Moyer claims,
allows her to calm down and think of
things she can do instead of just getting
angry. Road rage, it seems, is something
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Prudence Christensen lives on Ontario
St where cyclists stream past her house on
the' officially designated bike path that follows Ontario to downtown. She drives her
car almost everywhere, and does not ride
a bike.
I asked her what her experience of
cyclists   has   been   like   recently   in
.Vancouver, wherever she drives.
"Just the other day," she said, "I was
driving on Ontario. I passed a cyclist and he went nuts. I
knew I had space but I guess he felt I came too close or
something. I wanted him to see me. I wanted him to know
that I saw him. After I passed him he yelled a string of
obscenities when all I did was pass him."
Cyclists, in Christensen's opinion, are coming from a
position of fear. She described cyclists as "the httle guy"
overpowered by the powerful automobiles that already have
control of the road.
"The anger is already there," she added, 'Cyclists are
volatile—they're always yelling because they're always in
Christensen feels that the same logic that applies to the
building of sidewalks should apply to the creation of bike
lanes. "There has to be some designation for them. Ten feet
of a lane?"
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"It's about joy. It's about discovering the incredible, ultimate joy of cycling without
traffic with all the space you
—Graham Olds
cycling advocator
I asked Christenson about the cycling Critical Mass and
how she would feel if she were stopped in her car by a
cycling demonstration.
'Stopping traffic? I don't like that. When I get in my car it
isn't just to drive around. I have to get somewhere, be somewhere. It would be a pain in the ass."
Critical Mass rides, in the past, have been much more
than a pain in the ass. They've exposed ass with their statement about the Molson Indy—a ride entitled the Wholesome
Undy—when participants rode in nothing but their knickers.
Additionally, they have twice made the international news
due to mass arrests and altercations with police—in San
Francisco in 1997 and Los Angeles in 2000.
On July 25, 1997, approximately 115 cyclists were arrested in San Francisco while" participating
in a cycling Critical Mass. The trouble
began when the police, who agreed to
accompany the bike rally, did not show
up. Of the arrested, all but eight were
referred to traffic court or had the
charges dropped.
In LA on August 16, 2000, approximately 35 of the 250 participating
cyclists were arrested for failing to stop
at red lights and for cycling on the
wrong side of the street.
Most participants I spoke with at the
Vancouver ride preferred to keep the
ride celebratory—a peaceful demonstration where conflict with police or drivers
should be avoided.
At the Critical Mass in July the
.response of people in their cars seemed
strangely positive. Blocking a road for ten or fifteen minutes
and then letting the traffic flow is one thing; causing an
extended grid-lock in a downtown core is another.
Compared to other rides, the Vancouver Critical Mass seems
gentle. I like it that way. It allows me, for a brief time, to
experience some solidarity with other cyclists in the long,
bitter battle against the domination of our lives by automobiles. Critical Mass was my first taste of riding in a city without the oppressive force of traffic edging me off the road.
Except for the chatter and laughter of the other cyclists, the
streets were quiet and calm, the smoggy air crisp and clear.
For the first time since my bike renaissance began, I was
cycling without fear. We were something better than angry,
something much more effective: a celebratory spectacle—a
spontaneous eruption of colour and playfulness in the dull,
grey atmosphere of downtown. ♦ 8
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The University is about to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the North Campus and is providing an
opportunity to obtain the community's views on planning issues before we draft a Plan.
The North Campus area is located north of Northwest Marine Drive and the Pacific Spirit Park and
includes lands from Green College to Norman MacKenzie House (the residence of the UBC President).
Please join us for an Open House in the Green College Coach House (6201 Cecil Green Park Road)
and give us your feedback on the future challenges for the North Campus:
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 from 4 pm and 9 pm .
The Advisory Planning Committee for the North Campus neighbourhood welcomes your comments
and suggestions. This Open House consultation is prior to preparing a North Campus Draft
Neighbourhood Plan, which will, be the subject of further consultations in the Fall.
For a map showing the location of Green College Coach House go to:
www.planning.ubc.ea/wayfinding/Finding/dbase.html and enter "Green College"
or call (604) 822-6400 for more information.
Linda Moore, Associate Director
External Affairs, University Town
Tel: 604.822.6400, Fax:  604.822.8102
Email: info.universitytown@ubc.ca
Friday, September 19,2003
Mexican group amalgamates several
styles of music to deliver tight unit
Hola Chicuelos
by Marc Miquel Helsen
From the moment that Hola
Chicuelos begins, you can tell that
the eighteen tracks on the Mexican
duo's third outing are going to function as a tight unit—much like the
chapters in a novel, or better yet,
like the songs on an album.
Now there's a concept.
In a mainstream music industiy
where musicians are placed under
an enormous amount
of pressure to churn
out hook-laden,
potential singles,
Plastilina Mosh's
Hola Chicuelos is a
refreshing experience. While it is the
work of two well-
versed DJs—a mix of
infectious beats and
electronic loops—the
songs on this CD pos-
The contextual
misplacement of
political clips
and commercial
excerpts makes
for a kitsch or
"cutre" collage of
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delightful work
replete with cross-cultural references.
From the surprisingly catchy
Brit-pop-style "Peligroso Pop*—a
play on the Fabulosos Cadillacs'
Clash cover 'Revolution Rock"—to
the heavy electronic Underworld
sounding "Decation," Hola
Chicuelos is full of surprises. Just
when you think you've honed in on
the central theme or essence of the
CD, another song comes along to
throw you off. You find yourself asking, "What is this?"
Who cares? It's good.
Songs like 'Garret Club," whose
schmaltzy disco string arrangement
ends in a symphonic, pastoral landscape full of sampled natural
sounds, or the funky "Pekin Jazz,"
whose back beat is armed with an
upright bass, keep you guessing and
longing for more. The cheesy synthesisers of 'Magic Finger' and
Latin flutes have a 70s sound to
them, while "Te lo Juro por
Madonna (Si 'Ombe 'ta gueno)*
mixes things up with a fast paced
rock n' roll beat and edgy guitars.
'Alo" and 'Grooveman' are cheerful, self-mocking songs that highlight the album's healthy sense of
A personal favourite is
"Naranjada" due in part to its work-
in-progress free-style vibe, as well
as its up-beat optimistic lyrics. Sung
in both English and Spanish,
lyrics evoke an
urgent need to
sing and dance.
Feature singer
Andrea Suarez's
lighthearted chorus adds to an
innocent though
pleasant song
that is inclined
to • make one
throughout the
entire record are
samples of
Mexican      and
culture^ Anyone
familiar with either of the two will
definitely enjoy the references. The
contextual misplacement of political clips and commercial excerpts
makes for a kitsch or "cutre* collage
of sounds, colours and tones, where
what was once official suddenly
sounds silly and grotesque. The
Monterrey duo doesn't even
exempt themselves from this game
of ridicule as is evident in songs
like 'Grooveman" or "Alo* where
they poke fun at the idea that musician equals sexual icon.
Reminiscent of Manu Chao and
Mano Negra—and everything else,
for that matter—Plastilina Mosh's
latest potpourri is postmodern subversion at its best with (thankfully) a
sense of humour. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, September 19,2001!
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You can sing too, you dummy
A beginners' guide.for
tone deaf hopefuls
by Pamelia S. Phillips, DMA
[Wiley Publishing, Inc.]
by Vampyra Draculea
Are you interested in learning to sing? Even if
just to play around with your friends? Or if you
already (think you) know how to sing, are you
interested in brushing up on your technique
or learning more about vocal health? If so,
you'll find the following book interesting and
useful. Just don't be put off by the tide: Singing
for Dummies, by Pamelia S. Phillips.
One of the latest in the For Dummies
series, this book is pretty much what we've
come to expect from the series—tons pf great
information covering almost every level from
rookie to accomplished singer. Just about anyone can learn a lot from this book, including
those who think they already know it all. Even
my voice teacher has expressed an interest—
for his students' sake, of course.
Phillips, herself a vocal instructor at New
York.University, gives tips and exercises on a
wide range of relevant issues, from body alignment and posture through breathing exercises
to resonance, articulation, different styles, how
to make a great practise routine, projection,
audition tips, tips on learning songs, tips for
picking a voice teacher, information on vocal
health and much more. The book also comes
with lots of exercises for all different voice
types and a CD to sing along with. The only
thing it lacks, that I wish it had, is a bibliography—for example, some of the exercises in the
chapter on alignment come from the
Alexander Technique, and I think it would be
useful to have farther references on this, as
well as in some other areas.
Singing For Dummies is organised in such
a way that a complete neophyte can* start with
this book and work through progressively, or
someone more advanced can just flip through
and pick out the bits most useful to them. I'm
doing a bit of both and I've already found a lot
of new ideas that are helping tremendously.
For those of us with voice coaches, a different source can present information from
another perspective and help to foster better
understanding. Phillips has a great talent for
phrasing the same advice most singers
already know in new ways that make a lot
more sense, with some explanations that I had
never heard of before. She is able to clearly
articulate technical information in a very
accessible way, and combines this information with a fresh, informal, humorous writing
style that makes Singing For Dummies an
amusing as well as informative read.
So, if you love to sing, check this book out.
I'm willing to bet you'll find it well worth your
while regardless of your' ability.
Psst; I'd also recommend it as an (anony
mous) gift to persons you may know who only
think they can carry a time—it just might work
some miracles. ♦
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by Mark Pytlik
[ECW Press]
by Vampyra Draculea
I am going to preface my comments
on this book by saying that while I
like the music by Bjork that I've
heard, I'm by no means a hardcore
fan. I really know veiy Uttle about
her other" than that site's from
Iceland and used to be in .the
Sugarcubes. This information may
prove relevant to my comments.
In his book Bjork: Wow and
Flutter, author Mark Pytlik attempts
to present a respectful and balanced portrait of Bjork without
resorting to either the dumb "she's
so elf-like" cliches that everyone
uses, or to invading her privacy to
find new information. The result is
a well-written book that outlines the
history of her career in detail from
the earliest days before she was
even in the Sugarcubes up until the
fall of 2002. I liked Pytlik's mix of
flowing poetic language with the
publicly known facts about Bjork
This' seemed particularly approprt
ate since his focus was on Bjork's
theme of experimentation with
blending natural and synthetic elements of sound in her work. She is
a character of overlapping worlds
and mixed extremes, and so Pytlik's
. style of writing and. even the graphic design fit perfectly.
I also appreciated the Icelandic
pronunciation guide and the extensive songbook appendix listing
details and comments about every
sorig Bjork hgs ever recorded or participated in recording or writing.
I can't be certain whether oi not
Pytlik'^ work really contributes any
thing new for devout Bjork fans. For
myself every tidbit of information
was brand-new—and so I found this
book very informative—but it also
seemed to me that many of Pytlik's
sources were previously published
interviews, so I'm not sure how new
the content of this book would be to
more informed fans of Bjork's work.
Nevertheless, I was impressed,
even if only for myself, and I
learned a lot about Bjork's artistic
vision and ideas. As a result of this,
my interest in her work has been
piqued, and I think I'll be paying
more attention from now on. ♦ '
The university is planning significant changes to
the university campus, as part of the "University
Town" planning and consultation process.
The University Boulevard neighbourhood is
one of the eight neighbourhoods on campus,
which will be introduced in association with
the new University Town. The fourth draft plan
for University Boulevard Neighbourhood was
recently released this June, by the University
If you are interested in having a say about these
plans attend the upcoming Student Summit on
campus development (September 22, 2003 *
4-8 pm) in SUB Room 214/215. The AMS and
GSS have created an opportunity for student
participation through this Student Summit
and dedicated focus groups. The event will
be student-organized, student-focused and
informative. The summit will include a panel
discussion on campus development and focus
groups on the following topics:
New housing on campus;
Transit and the underground bus
. loop;
• The participation/consultation
process; ,
New athletic facilities on campus;
• Shops and services.
For more information contact
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• Wine Tasting and Education
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Emergency Roadside Mechanics
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Safer Today
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• Massage Therapy
For more information on MiniSchool courses and
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contact minischoQl@aivs ubc ca.
Changes to the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan - beginning September, 2003:
The maximum annual dental coverage has been reduced to $500 from $750.
Change-of-Coverage Period:
Students can opt out or enroll their family during the following periods only:
For students starting in September; Sept. 2 - 23,2003
For students starting in January: Jan. 5 - 26,2004 (New Term 2 students only)
Blackout Period
Claims processing is delayed during the first two months of Term 1 while studentcare.net/works
waits for complete enrolment fists, after opt outs and enrolments have been processed. During this
time, you may submit claims, but reimbursement cheques will only be mailed once the Blackout
Period ends. Practitioners and pharmacists can't accept Pay Direct or assignment of benefits
during the Blackout Period.
When . September 23" - September 25 * • 10 am - 3 pm
Where.. Student Union Building Main Concourse
Why? Because you want to get invoked, gain experience
related to your degree, or simply get work experience
For a description of this year's fair check www.ams.ubc.ca.
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New to AMS Volunteer Connections: The AMS is YOUR student society, so get in there and
get involved! The AMS Internship Program offers project and office based positions which are
designed to get you working within the AMS while gaining valuable and interesting experience.
As of September 1* 2003, the AMS Internship Program is officially up and running. Check out
www.am9.ubc.ca/ams jobs/ for the latest listings of internships available. II
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Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
John Hua
Jesse Marchand
Heather Pauls
Michelle Mayne
Sarah Bourdon
Bryan Zandberg
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Frnit flies have dominion. Heather Pauls cries and the sky turn*
grey. Viveca Ellis makes cause of or correlates beyond belief of
Greg ITrsic's tendencies. Where divine cleanliness ends, Hywel
Tuscano hides. Like a pendulum we swing between the polar
extremes of Jesse Marchand and Megan Thomas. Who can
blame the death of music, except to find comfort in John Hua
lies? But it is in Jonathan Woodward where our faiths are shaken, where Laura Blue shudders upon tha blue. Do not name
Sarah Bourdon. Sarah Fung. It disappears or reappears as Paul
Carr swerves within this Biyan Zandberg diaspora. Vampyra
Draculea's angelic hopes conquer Marc Miquel Helsen doubts.
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Since the first restrictions were placed on cigarette advertising five years ago, the air we
breathe—and space we live in—has become less
clouded by the presence of tobacco companies.
With millions of dollars invested in countless
events, their support was seen as integral to not
only sport funding but subsidising the arts and
donating to charities. Du Maurier alone has
given more than $80 million to arts groups in
the past 33 years and Imperial Tobacco gave
almost $ 10 million per year to various charities.
Among other things, Vancouver benefitted for
many years from Benson & Hedges' sponsorship of the Symphony of Fire.
After years of deceitful and misleading advertising it is completely clear now that cigarettes
are extremely addictive, increasingly costly and
deadly. Why has it taken Canada this long to
decide to stop the advertising of a deadly and
addictive product?
The numbers show that smoking rates go
down without the constant advertising assault
When the first wave of advertising restrictions m
Canada came down on October of 2000 billboards and retail displays were extinguished,
and the rate of smoking in Canadian youth
dropped 3 per cent. That is about 60,000 fewer
teenagers smoking. . l
Even studies done by tobacco companies
show that indirect advertising through event
sponsorship is extremely effective in hooking
more people on the nic. Tobacco advertising
does more than change a cigarette company's
market share, it increases smoking.
Bill C-42 is an amendment to the Canadian
Tobacco Act that placed restrictions on advertising and sponsorship for tobacco companies was
a giant step towards public health. The amend-;
ment was phased in gradually over five years to
give time for tobacco-sponsored events to adjust
and the final restrictions will be" put in effect on
October 1. On this day tobacco companies will
no longer be able to use their name or display
their logo should they choose to sponsor
an event
And it's about time.
Still, The Alliance for Sponsorship Freedom
published an ad in the Globe and Mail claiming
that events that have relied on tobacco sponsorship in the past will not be able to survive: 'Our
spirit will suffer. Our culture will suffer/ they
said. With over 250 major events in Canada
sponsored by cigarettes, it seems cigarettes have
a chokehold on advertising spending. This may
be an example of tobacco companies using the
veiy same tactics it focuses on their primary
consumers: making them reliant on cigarettes.
Withdrawal will be painful.
But it will be doable. Here in Vancouver we
gave up cigarette advertising for one of the
biggest tourist events of the year, the Symphony
of Fire. Contrary to what cigarette advertisers
would have you believe the removal of their
sponsorship did not paralyse the event In fact,
the sponsorship was picked up by HSBC, BC
Hydro and local business. Last summer the
event was enjoyed by an estimated half a million
participants on any given night
Another reason to kick the habit of tobacco
sponsorship in Canada is that it is usually not all
it is cracked up to be.
It was found that in the same year Imperial
Tobacco spent $1.1 million promoting its own
sponsorship of photography, it only gave
$39,000 to photographic arts. This is demonstrative of the self-promoting insincere philanthropy that was tobacco sponsorship in Canada.
. Montreal's Players Grand Prix.might be the
first major casualty of Bill C-42. The Formula
One race may be dropped from the 2004 roster
because of Canada's new laws. Players might not
be so interested in generously sponsoring the
event if cars cannot display the logo and their
name can't appear in relation to the event
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is looking
at new venues that have more lax laws on cigarette advertising like Moscow, Russia and San
Antonio, Texas.
Perhaps the Americans might be more receptive. In 1996 companies like Phillip Morris
bowed to pressure and lost $368 billion.
American tobacco advertising limits are restricted to banning outdoor signs and humanlike figures. No comprehensive tobacco legislation
such as the ones we are now seeing in Canada is
coming down the pipes, with only the faint possibility of banning nicotine from cigarettes
in 2009. •:•     •
Americans have similarly been evasive in
joining the World Heath Organization's
Framework for Tobacco Control, signed on
August 12 of this year. This international treaty
would protect both the western world, where
tobacco restrictions are coming in force, but also
Asian and African markets, to whom the tobacco
companies have been marketing aggressively.
The European Union is considering similar legislation to us by 2006. Perhaps Americans will
eventually bow to this peer pressure.
* And as for Montreal's loss: Vancouver's Indy
500 is supported by the beer company Molson.
The newly christened HSBC Celebration of Light
drew enormous crowds. Surely, the next legal
vice will step in and take up the slack. And
maybe if things get even more liberal in Canada
the Medicinal Marijuana Indy might make a
debut ♦
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Once upon a has-been
Now playing
by John Hua
Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the third chapter in the El
Mariachi saga which began in 1992, with the first installment by the same name. The premise of the films follows
an ex-mariachi, whose life is ripped away from a path of
peace and music, and is thrown onto the dark and dim path
of bloodshed and revenge. , -
In this third installment, El Mariachi emerges from hiding to fulfill two missions. The first, to once again seek
revenge, but this time to bring peace to the*murdered souls
of his wife and daughter. And the second, to come to the aid
of Mexico, whose president is to be assassinated during a
coup d'etat organized by a rogue Mexicari general and
drug cartel leader.
Returning to tlie role of the mysterious guitar-playing
gun-slinger is once Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas—
who once again dons the spurs.,"eightyears after premiering
in the role in the second installment titled Desperado. Co-
starring as his unlikely counterpart is actor Johnny Depp,
who takes on the role of CIA Agent Sands, a maniacal psychotic ordained by the US to bring order to Mexico.
Although the film was indeed able to match the mass-destruc-
.tive and bloody precedent set by Desperddo, every other aspect
was painfully lacking.
Let's begin with the dull and shallow performance of Antonio
Banderas. The forty-year old actor has unfortunately fallen away
from his prime, much like his Spy-Kids co-star Sylvester Stallone.
The one-time sex-symbol literally portrays the role of the hero
with fatigue and indifference, despite the fact that the main
character's family and one chance at peace are ripped from his
arms. Banderas loses all sight of a driving force, and becomes an
insignificant character who just so happens to be in almost every
shot The once mysterious character, which was nicely played by
Banderas in the past, has now become nothing but the not-so-tall,
dark, not-as-handsome, boring type.
Contrasting Banderas, and perhaps the only saving grace of
the film, is sudden blockbuster actor Johnny Depp (no, not
Enrique Iglesias). Following up on his highly-entertaining performance in Pirates ofthe Caribbean, Depp draws on the same
energy and portrays the devious and cold-blooded Sands with
menacing accuracy. Depp, who flourishes in the roles of the
mentally-unbalanced, becomes the only interesting character
in the entire film and completely overpowers any hint of acting
by Banderas.
The film does have potential, but unfortunately fails to
become anything outside of an exaggerated clip of a gunfight set
on repeat The use of special effects are done to full capacity, and
if you're interested in mindlessly seeing bodies decapitated in
every which way, then 1 say skip a meal and check out the film.
Other brainless calls to the box office offered by the film include
Enrique Iglesias (pre-mole removal), and a very, very short
appearance by Selma Hayek Think about it, the last documented performance of Enrique's mole.
There's not much more to say about this film, because just
watching it lowered my intellect I do apologize for this harsh
review, especially if you're a Banderas fan. However, I do suggest
that you see him at his best in Spy-Kids, Spy-Kids 2, Spy-Kids 3-D
or whatever other Spy-Kids film he has in the works. ♦
Same old poets, great new friends
by Bryan Zandberg
On the way out to the Van East Cultural
Centre, I wondered about the wisdom of my
decision lo opt out of a midweek potluck in
favour of checking out the Blaser/Creeley
reading. I mean, why was I choosing to listen
to the intonations of two old gappers at some
beatnik shindig over sampling Greek fare
with friends—in the comfort of my own apart
ment, no less? Three hours, reams of verse,
and one rekindled friendship later I was well
and glad I'd come.
Turns out there was equal warmth to be
found at the reading, an endeavour celebrating the 40 year correspondence between venerated American poet Robert Creeley and
Vancouver's own Robin Blaser, a professor at
SFU. I've got to say it was pretty cool to mingle with the folks who turned out:
Vancouver's young and cutting-edge vanguard four decades later. Almost every poem
appended some account or anecdote related
to the vital and sometimes-zany West Coast
scene in the 60s; you could tell by the laughter, sighs and energetic exchanges that many
in. the audience had had a stake in these
events. "
I ran into Ken Belford there, an old friend
and a successful BC poet in his own right We
had a coffee at Joe's on Commercial afterward, and he related the impact Creeley had
on both his own poetry and that of many
West Coast writers. We compared the wealth
of the community of his generation—which
met in the streets and at cafes—and mine,
which seems to have retreated into the universities. We contrasted the profundity of
Creeley's verse with the heavy and almost
lumbering way he communicates his generous sadness; then juxtaposed that with Blaser
the snowy-haired statesman, so at ease with
his- audience, so fluid and musical in his
Things crystallise in age, poetry being one
of those things that tends to get better as the
poet gets older. I think it's the same with
friendships, perhaps even more so when
they revolve around a shared sense of the
pleasure of language. And this is an ongoing
dialogue, one I count myself lucky to have
been privy to. ♦
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with newfound emotions and is therefore largely unpredictable. Michael Sheen acquits himself well as Lucius the shaggy leader of the
Lycans,*an apparent ne'er-do-well whose motivations remain hidden until late in the film.
Scott Speedman is appropriately scrumptious
and tragic as the unwary hero of the piece.
But what would a vampire/werewolf piece
be without special effects?
Underworld takes advantage of all that
Hollywood has to offer: one part Matrix, one
part American Werewolf in London, with a dash
by Greg Ursic
Doomed love is surely one of the few shared
experiences of civilisation—you would be hard
pressed to find any culture that did not have a
representative Romeo and Juliet Regardless of
the reasons that these unions are frowned
upon—religion, culture or creed—the arguments for love will fall on deaf ears, for when
has logic ever triumphed over love? But when ward affairs: undead monster preys on humans     of morphing thrown in for good measure. The
your tribes are age-old sworn enemies, and you (usually a virgin for good measure) and is sub-    vampires' transformation is minimal. They get
belong to different species, you just know that sequently staked by obsessive vampire hunters,     a bit of overbite and ocular enhancement that
things can't end well. Underworld flouts the genre from the outset     distinguishes them from humans. The were-
Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a death dealer: Humans are, at most peripheral characters in    wolves meanwhile get the ribcage-expanding,
an elite undead warrior in the centuries-old war the film, neither mentioned nor preyed upon,    jaw-lengthening, claw-growing transformations
between the vampires and werewolves (aka Indeed, it would more accurately be categorised     that we have come to expect, and the final prod-
Lycans). Committed to the cause, she finds her- as an action/thriller rather than a horror film,     uct looks quite impressive. Thankfully the spe-
self distracted from her task when she falls for Conventions be damned. cial effects are an integral part of the story and
Michael (Scott Speedman), a human who, unbe- Selene  is  decidedly  darker  than  Kate     are not mere window dressing.
knownst to them, has a date with destiny. Torn Beckinsale's earlier roles, both literally and fig- The action sequences are fluid and well cho-
betweenher feelings and a secret that threatens uratively. Her shorn hair is jet black, as is her     reographed, the sound editing is superb, the     drew guffaws from the audience, Underworlds
to tear her world asunder, she must give the skintight leather outfit. Selena is cold, calculat-    editing is tight and the cinematography is     an engaging and entertaining piece of cinema
reins to fate. But just in case, never rule out ing and pragmatic—the qualities one needs in a    appropriately dark without obscuring every-    that is perfect for a Tuesday brain rest And in
high tech armaments. genocidal zealot—which makes her change of    thing. Most importantly, the pacing is even and     the event that it is well received at the box
Vampire movies are generally straightfor- heart all the more shocking. Beckinsale creates     the film boasts a solid story with enough twists     office, they've also left it open for a sequel ♦
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