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Research and education can coexist.
Page 3
A BC student's personal story of transgenderism,
transition and survival. Page 12
Strong winds weren't the only things
sucking. How Bush messed up. PAGE 22
Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
Beef and corn in Italian contexts since 1918
TIME FOR A FACELIFT: Renovations scheduled to finish in late September will add new couches and a mural to the SUB conversation pit. yinan max wang photo
"Hub of student
life" overhauled
by Claudia Li
Salvation is right around the corner for
students suffering on the dilapidated and
foul-smelHng couches of the SUB conversation pit.
On-going renovations in the area wiU
ensure a clean new social space for students. The renovations are scheduled to be
completed by the third week of September
at the latest and wiU cost the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) a total of $80,000.
"If anything we're probably going to be
under budget," said Manj Sidhu, AMS VP
Admin. "Council has seen the budget and
approved it but there is always a built-in
contingency for any of the unknowns/ she
Some of the many changes to the conversation pit include ceramic flooring,
which replaces the deteriorating and diffi-
cult-to-raaintain wooden floors. The walls
and pillars have already been repainted,
and new fighting fixtures wiU be installed.
"It [will be] a more weU lit space, a lot
more inviting," said Sidhu.
The area will also feature a mural commissioned by Lyle McMahon, last year's
VP Admin.
The major improvement to the area will
be new seating to replace the worn-out
couches. The existing furniture was
reupholstered in 1995, which alone cost
the AMS $30,000.
The primary concern for students is the
durabiHty of the new furniture.
"I'm happy [about the renovations] but
they need to keep it from getting dirty
again," said Jennifer Yam, a third-year science student.
To combat this problem, the furniture
chosen by the Renovations Planning Group
is made with Crypton, a material that is
impervious to most liquids, including
blood, sweat and urine. "This is something
new that we're trying because we wanted
to make the furniture 'keepable' without it
getting too worn, too dirty...it's the best
bang for the buck," Sidhu said.
In addition to ease of maintenance, the
new furniture will be more accessible as
some of the chairs in the conversation pit
will utilise bariatric seating, meaning they
will be wider and able to support more
weight. "We wanted to keep in mind some
recommendations that were submitted to
us by Access and Diversity in regards to
seating measurements in pubHc spaces,"
said Sidhu. "While we weren't able to
afford aU our seats to be like this, we did
ensure that some of our seats would be
more accommodating," she added.
"This building is the hub of student
Hfe," Sidhu said, "we're essentially giving
it a faceHft." II
Defective U-Passes to be used
as flashcards by students
by Paul Evans
"InvaHd card" is the message greeting UBC and
SFU students attempting to use their new U-
Passes. This, explained Translink Director of
Communications Ken Hardie, is because of a
coding problem with the cards at the time of
"It simply wasn't done correctly," he said. "It
is an annoying problem, both for the customers
and Translink."
Magnadata, the England-based company
that manufactures the U-Pass, is to blame,
said Hardie. "It was a mistake at that end and
they are on the hook to fix it," he said. Hardie
refused to say whether Translink plans to
pursue legal action against Magnadata.
Rather than reprinting and redistributing
the cards, Translink is telhng U-Pass holders
to keep their current cards and use them as
flashcards, just as standard monthly bus
passes are used.
"For the faU term at least, UBC and SFU
will be operating on a flashcard basis,
where you just show the cards," explained
Hardie. Because SFU distributes the U-Pass
on a term-by-term basis, Hardie said they
will be issued replacement cards in the
2006 Winter term. But what course of
action Translink wiU take for UBC is yet to
be decided as UBC issues only one U-Pass
Long weekend basketball action
ThePBirds were playing ball while you were catching the last rays of summer. Check out page 23 for more of the action.
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New location and increased funding to help SASC's services
by Paul Evans
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) Sexual
Assault Support Centre (SASC) reopened its
doors to students today foHowing a five-
month, closure for internal reorganisation.
SASC now boasts many new services and
two full-time staff. These improvements are
largely due to a successful referendum that
increased funding by $2 per student in
One of the most significant improvements for students, according to Stephanie
Kellington, Program Coordinator for SASC,
is the centre's increased hours of operation,
which increased from 16 to 40 hours a
"That's a huge benefit because it increases our accessibility," she said.
SASC now also offers accompaniments to
the hospital, poHce and courtroom for survivors of sexual assault.
The centre closed March 24 after a human
resource management dispute between the
AMS and Women Against Violence Against
Women (WAVAW) ended their contractual
partnership and led the AMS to suspend SASC
See "SASCpage 2.
We don't want no (evacuation) education:
students in the aftermath of Katrina7 page 5.
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Redistribution of cards would likely be a logistical nightmare
"U-Pass" from page 7.
for the whole year.
"For the time being it's going to
be a flashcard and subsequently
we'll determine what happens in
2006," said Hardie.
While the new flashcard system
will make it more difficult for
Translink to track ridership numbers, AMS VP External Jessica Klug
pointed out that the new system
could benefit students. "In one way
it's a blessing to me because now it
speeds up line-ups when you're
boarding," she said.
But Klug also noted the potential
security problems the flashcard system has for Translink. Whenever a
new U-Pass is issued to a student,
their old U-Pass no longer becomes
vaHd in the reader; but with the
flashcard system, drivers' only
method of authentication will be the
2.5 x 2.5cm photo on the pass.
"There's definitely going to be an
increased risk," said Klug. Translink
may actually want to reprint the
cards come second term on account
of fraud, she suggested.
Hardie acknowledged that
increased instances of fraud are
likely.  "It's something that we're
going have to Hve with," he said.
But he was quick to point out
that fraud is much less of a concern
than redistributing a whole new set
of cards. "The risk or the exposure
that we're dealing with by going to a
flashcard basis is certainly not as
great an issue as the problems that
would arise if we tried to reissue all
of the cards now," said Hardie. "The
delays on the system and all of the
other computations far outweigh
any problems we'll have in the short
term with the misuse of the cards."
Jerome Pasion, a second year sci
ence student, welcomes the prospect
of using the U-Pass as a flashcard.
"[Lines] would go faster if you just
flashed," he said. If the U-Pass heeded to be reissued, Pasion hopes that
they can be mailed out again.
Redistribution is something that
has Klug worried. "It's a compete
nightmare," she said. "I definitely
wouldn't want our students to have
to get back in line."
But this may be the only option—
Klug admitted re-mailing the cards
would be an expensive venture for
the AMS. "I don't think it's something
we could viably pay for ourselves." II
SASC accountable
to students: Keys
"SASC from page 7.
services pending reorganisation of
the centre.
"We disbanded our partnership," said WAVAW Manager
Irene Elhaimer. "We made the
decision and informed [the AMS]
that we would no longer be partnering with them to run the
Sexual Assault Support Center...
because their failure to bargain in
good faith on some issues that
were common to both of us."
AMS President Spencer Keys
said, however, that the contract
was terminated because the AMS
felt that WAVAW had been in
breach of it.
"We felt there was human
resource management that we
we're not comfortable with," he
said. Keys refused to comment further on the reasons for the contract's termination.
Keys asserted that the SASC
being run exclusively by the AMS
OPEN SESAME! The SASC is now open for 40 hours per week, yinan max wang photo
and no longer through an AMS-
WAVAW partnership will have
benefits for students.
"The single biggest advantage is
that the entirety of the SASC is now
accountable to the AMS and by
extension UBC students... and that's
important for this to be an effective
student run service," said Keys. II
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Vancouver Fringe Festival
Various Venues
September 8-18
Add some extraordinary to the
first few weeks back at school,
not just in the drunken making
out kind of way. Check out
page 8 for more detailed
Public Open House
Museum of Anthropology
September 7, 12:00-2:00
Feeling ignored and insignificant? Make a difference to the
UBC community by sharing
your opinions on the proposed
extension to the Museum of
Canucks Prospects versus
Thunderbird Men's
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
September 8,6pm
Get your tickets in advance at
the UBC Bookstore to witness
the future Markus Naslands
duke it out on the ice.
Robson Reading Series
UBC Library/Bookstore,
Robson Square
September8f 7pm
UBC creative writing professor
Rhea Tregebov and UBC Grad
Elizabeth Bachinsky will host
the first reading in the Robson
Reading Series—a series of
free monthly readings by
talented Canadian authors.
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September 6,8pm
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The townspeople had been expecting the tiger attack for
days now. Mayor Paul "Basil" Evans,flanked by his councilors
Nicolas Stemsdoff and Ritu Kumar, was first to sound the
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to beat it off using Jesse Ferreras as a stick, but it was not to
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
News 3
Research doesn't compromise education
Newly appointed VP of Research
discusses the role of research at UBC
by Eric Szeto
John Hepburn isn't one to turn
down a good offer.
"Basically, [the VP of Research
position] was just presented to me.
I really like being the Dean of science so it wasn't like I was looking
for change...I decided it was an
interesting challenge...I got excited about it/ says Hepburn, whose
tenure as VP of Research begins
this October.
As the incoming VP of
Research, Hepburn will be responsible for representing a university
that last year received $364 million in research grants and has
faculty that occupy 120 of the
2,000 Canadian Research Chairs.
While tending to his duties as
overseer of all research at UBC,
Hepburn says he'll still be a devoted researcher to his own projects.
Quantum computing, still in its
theoretical stages, is an area of
work that he has great hope for.
"It's supposed to be the next
generation of computers," he said.
Hepburn's appointment may
come at a tricky time. In a 2005
National Survey of Student
Engagement (NSSE) study, UBC
ranked among the lowest in quality of first and second-year education. Other lower ranking schools
included the University of
Toronto, another large and
research intensive university.
The results of the survey have
lead to concerns about compromises being made to the quality of
education when such a great onus
is put on research at universities.
Hepburn was quick to dismiss
the notion that research equates
into diminished quality of educa
tion. According to him, Oxford,
Stanford and Columbia offer some
of the best undergraduate programs but are all schools that have
faculty that do far less undergraduate teaching than UBC.
"I never hear that their undergraduate mission is compromised
by their research intensity," said
"I think that one thing that is
always in the media is this competition between research and teaching and it's a false dichotomy. The
people who are really passionate
about what they're doing tend to
be really passionate about their
teaching too, because they want
everyone to be passionate," he
A major difference, according
to Hepburn, between UBC and
schools like the University of
Waterloo, which ranked higher on
the survey, is that one is a commuter campus while the other is a
small residential campus.
"For most of the students here
their community is Greater
Vancouver so UBC is something
they commute up to, take their
courses and go home."
"[In] College towns [it] become
their life. UBC and U of T, it's not
quite true, we could work harder
to make it true but unfortunately
for a lot of students there's a commuter mentality. You go to UBC
it's like a job and then you have a
life somewhere else," explained
Hepburn. "So it's an unfair comparison."
However, being recognised as a
research university has certain
"The elite universities are elite
because of their researching.
That's what attracts the top faculty,
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DEAN'S LIST: John Hepburn believes that being passionate inspires people, yinan max wang photo
that's what attracts the top students," he said.
Hepburn also added that because
UBC has a reputation based on its
research it is an opportunity that is
given to students that other schools
can't offer.
"When you study at UBC you are
studying on the front lines of whatever their field happens to be. So
tapping into that can be difficult
for undergraduate students but
that's a challenge for the university as a whole. Even if they simply
hear about the great research as
an undergraduate at UBC, that's
something that you wouldn't get in
a smaller place."
According to Hepburn, unless
every   facet   of  a   university   is
addressed a school can never be a
"I don't think if you're a great
research university you have to
give a crappy undergraduate experience," he said. "I would certainly
not regard that as success...I never
think that you have to do one thing
instead of another, you have to do
them all." 81
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Study shows that our perceptions are altered by what we say
by Colleen Tang
War of the Worlds may have been shortlived in theatres this summer, but the war
of words is occurring every day.
A recent study published by UBC psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn, undergraduate student Moriah Moore, and
University of Virginia professor Brian
Nosek looked at how differences of word
choice in print media affect people's perceptions of issues. The study. The War of
the Words: How Linguistic Differences in
Reporting Shape Perceptions of
Terrorism, focused on two words: patriotism and terrorism.
The study began by finding out if
American newspapers describing the war
in Iraq involving Americans used benign
words to describe the U.S. and its allies
and words implementing destruction to
describe Iraqi and foreign resistance
This was followed by an investigation
on how people view the violence and how
it affects their attitudes.
"We wanted to see if we could get the
same effects with very small changes and
yes, we could," said Dunn.
The sample subjects read three articles: one describing an Oscar party, one
describing a bombing and one describing
the stock market. The article describing
"We're not
trying to blame
the media. we
want people to
think of our
perceptions and
how they can
affect us"
-Elizabeth Dunn
UBC Psychology Professor
the bombing had two versions, an "us"
version—words used in articles describing the U.S. and its allies, and a "them"
version—words used in articles describing Iraq and non-U.S. allies. The subjects
then filled out a survey and answered
questions about the articles they had
The results of the study came with few
surprises for the authors. One thing that
did stand out for the researchers was the
importance of word choice in the articles.
The study concluded that the subject's previous history or biases didn't affect the
judgments of the article, nor did personal
poHtical ideology. The only thing that
altered opinions was choice of words.
"[It] was the most surprising outcome
that came from the study, said Nosek.
"Our research demonstrates that subtle
differences in the media's word choices
can influence the likelihood that people
will view an action as a reprehensible act
of terrorism versus a noble act of patriotism," said Dunn.
It is important to have studies like these
because they prove what political scientists
and politicians already know, said Michael
Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global
PoHtics and International Law of UBC.
"Word choice matters. It is important to
ask questions about what you read...not all
journaHsts are of the same professionalism...and not always good reported news."
said E-yers.
However, this study is not a critique of
journalistic aptitude, claimed Dunn.
"We're not trying to blame the media. We
want people to think of our perceptions and
how [they] can affect us," said Dunn.
"The naive reader doesn't think about
how the story is being told affecting their
interpretation. They think of it the simple
way," said Nosek. "I read the story and
then I make an interpretation not I get the
interpretation from how I read the story.
Word choice is everything here."
"The way we perceive the world can be
formed by subtle things...we need to be
humble about the abihties of our minds,"
he said. VI
News Briefs
Pee freely
The gender-neutral washroom in the SUB will
be reopening today. This represents an important step toward accessibiHty on campus, said
Derek Eidick, male-identified co-chair of Pride
"It's a safety issue," he said. "If you're MTF
[male to female] and you're at the stage where
you're wearing a wig and you're wearing a
dress and that's it, you're going to go into a
washroom in the engineering building and feel
safe? Right? That's not going to happen."
The gender-neutral washroom was originally opened for only a few days last October, but
piping problems and delays repairing them
forced the washroom to remain closed until
The sign on the door to the washroom will
read only "Washroom," said Alma Mater
Society VP Admin Manj Sidhu. There will also
be a symbol denoting that the washroom is
wheelchair accessible.
However, Sidhu added that the SUB directory wiU refer to the washroom as gender-neutral.
When will they stop?
As new students gear up for class, they wiH be
confronted with what seasoned UBCer's are
accustomed to, construction. Along Wesbrook
between 16th Avenue and 10th Avenue, students should be prepared to wait for extended
periods of time as road work will be delaying
all motor-vehicle traffic, especially buses. H 4 News
Tuesday, 6 September, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Home grown
In honour of Alberta's 100th
birthday, we thought it might be
nice to take a closer look at one
of Alberta's lesser known monuments. The giant sausage statue in
Mundare AB. Just one hour East of
Edmonton, the sausage is also on
the way to the giant pysanka in
Vegievilie AB. Nothing says happy
birthday like snapping a photo of
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If THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
National 5
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Refugees swell campuses
Thousands seek emergency help after Hurricane Katrina
by The Daily Reveille Staff
Orleans evacuees, volunteers and disaster
relief workers continued to swarm the Pete
Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) and Carl
Maddox Fieldhouse on Lousiana State
University's campus, Thursday. Both facilities have become temporary hospitals and a
triage area for sorting patients.
'They're getting a lot of patients that have
evacuated out of the New Orleans hospitals/
said a volunteer with the state Department of
Social Services, who has been working
throughout the week in the PMAC.
"A lot of patients are recovering from surgery—transplants and things like that,* she
She said about 19,000 people had been
processed through the triage by 2 am
Lakisha Brown, 27, and Shawn Williams,
29, of Metairie, Louisiana, were attempting to
find a rental car at 1pm. to get to Lafayette.
After fleeing Hurricane Katrina Sunday, they
returned Monday to find their homes had
only received wind damage. But after the
levee broke and the water level began to rise,
the National Guard brought them to the
"I'm feeling down, depressed and sad,*
Brown said. "I've been crying as I pray.*
Brown said she hasn't spoken to her mother and sister in five days. She and Williams
sat on the curb alongside a garbage bag and
bookbag carrying all their belongings.
"It's been depressing,* she said. "But you
gotta do what you gotta do.*
-Lakisha Brown, 27
Katrina survivor
Williams said he is thinking primarily of
those left in New Orleans.
'There's so much death everywhere,* he said.
Bob Johanneson, communications coordinator for the state Department of Health and
Hospitals, said there were about 1,100 evacuees in both facilities this morning.
'They're bringing buses, ambulances and
more people,* Johanneson said. 'They're
being separated according to if they need a
special needs shelter, hospitalisation or general shelters. We're trying to triage them in
and out so that it's a steady flow.*
Meanwhile evacuees outside the PMAC
without immediate medical needs waited for
transportation elsewhere.
She said relief workers began sending
evacuees from the PMAC to the Houston
Astrodome after she ended her shift at 2 am.
Tempers did flare at the PMAC Wednesday
night. A verbal disturbance, which LSUPD
Major Mark Shaw called 'minor,* occurred
among arriving evacuees who expressed frustration and concern about where they would
spend the night. LSUPD officers were able to
control the situation.
As of 2 pm Thursday, 75 LSUPD officers-
most of who are working overtime—are
patrolling the campus.
Universities throughout the country have
offered to accept the students from Tulane,
University of New Orleans, Loyola and other
Universities who are not able to return to
class because of the storm. Many
Universities, including LSU, have offered
to not only accept stranded students, but
also to waive any tuition from these
Universities as far away as Texas, Georgia
and New York have offered to let students
enroll until they can return to their New
Orleans area universities. II
BC Transit to use hybrid buses
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HYBRID OR BUSSED: Public calls for public transit to be fuel conscious cup/the martlet photo
by Patrick Szpak
VICTORIA (CUP) - Ken Wardroper,
president of Bluebird Cabs in
Victoria, BC, and veteran taxi driver of 30 years, believes that he has
one of the nicest cabs in Victoria—
a top of line Buick Park Avenue
with all the options.
'It even turns the wipers on
automatically when it rains,* said
Wardroper. Despite the luxury and
undisputable comfort of his ride,
he admits that sometimes he is
greeted not with approving nods
from his fares, but with expres
sions of mild disappointment.
'They say that they were hoping
they would get to ride in a hybrid,*
said Wardroper, referring to one of
five hybrid-engine Toyota Prius'
used by Bluebird Cabs.
Wardroper's customers' hopes
and expectations are increasingly
becoming the norm in a society
aware of both the environmental
costs of automobiles that emit
greenhouse gases and the economic reality of rising fiiel prices.
Slowly, government and businesses have begun to respond to these
BC Transit unveiled the first of
six new hybrid buses, the first in
Canada, in Kelowna in May. Three
were introduced to Victoria in July.
New Flyer-the largest manufacturer of buses in North America-fulfilled the contract for all six buses.
Another three of the buses will be
used in Victoria.
*BC Transit is committed to
identifying and adopting new technologies for pubHc transit,* said
Greg Slocombe, chair of BC
Transit. 'As well as environmental
quality advantages, the hybrid electric buses has major advantages in
lower fuel costs.*
Tests done on the new buses
show fuel savings as high as 58 per
cent each year, or 100,000 litres.
Greenliouse gas emissions will
reduced by 60 per cent each year.
Unfortunately, the hybrid
buses, which use electric motors to
capture the energy used in braking
to help power the bus, come with a
hefty $300,000 markup on the
usual $530,000 price tag.
BC Transit predicts that they
will have paid for the buses within
10-12 years. BC Transit buses are
typically kept in service for 20
Over 300 hybrid buses have
been sold in North America, and
orders continue to come in.
Skeptics of government purchasing and predictions need only look
at Ken Wardroper's Bluebird cabs
to see that hybrid vehicles make
good business and environmental
sense for high-use automobiles.
Despite the relatively high cost
of buying a new hybrid, Toyota
Prius now make up 15 of
Bluebird's fleet.
'Our younger shareholders who
are buying new cabs are opting for
the hybrid,* said Wardroper. 'If I
were at that stage in my career, I
would do the same thing.*
Like the hybrid buses, the cabs
benefit from lower maintenance
and fuel costs and emit far fewer
greenhouse gases. 'Drivers save
anywhere from $700 to $900 per
month on fuel* with the new
hybrids, said Wardroper.
"That's money directly in their
pockets, and more than makes up
for the monthly payment on the
Many of the younger drivers are
'much more tuned-in to the environment,* said Wardroper.
'That's a good thing.* II
open doors
by Rebecca Morrison
Oxford, MISSISSIPPI- It may not be
the senior year she had in mind, but 17
year-old Wicker Wicker is about to have
a year she will never forget
Wicker is from Metairie, Louisiana,
and evacuated to Oxford, Missouri,
where she and her family will stay until
at least the end of the fall semester.
Wicker has enrolled at Ole Miss
University, where she will be taking
classes equivalent to Advanced
Placement courses at her high school,
McGhee High.
'It's sort of surreal,* Wicker said
Thursday afternoon, on her way in
from a Wal-Mart run. 'It's fine as long
as I get a little bit of a real senior year.*
Wicker was part of a 15-person crew
that found its way to Oxford. Her parents, uncle, brothers Ben and T.C.,
grandmother and cousins evacuated
along with her.
The group left Saturday morning
when a mandatory evacuation of the
New Orleans area was implemented.
'I've been through five or six hurricanes and I always stayed, but this time
they ordered us out,* said Wicker's
uncle Ralph Wicker, a retired lawyer
from Monroe; Louisiana.
'There's never been this kind of
flooding before.*
Ralph is planning on heading back
to Louisiana as soon as possible but
said the gas situation will complicate
his return.
'Even if you get to Louisiana with
gas, you won't find any there to get back
out,* he said.
Schools in New Orleans and its suburbs are not planning on re-opening
T.C. Wicker, 15, is going to be leaving for Houston, Texas, in the next few
days to stay with family and start at a
Jesuit high school that is taking all
Jesuit boys from New Orleans.
Wicker's brother Ben, 13, is going to
be starting the eighth grade at Oxford
Middle School.
*I don't really know what's going
on,* said Ben Wicker about the situation his family is in.
*We're all getting cabin fever,* said
Wicker with a smile. 'We've been
together non-stop for a while now.*
Fredericha Carter, or 'Nana* to the
Wickers, had only been Hving in New
Orleans for two years when Katrina hit
"This is my first experience with a
hurricane and I'll be 82 on Saturday,*
Carter said.
Robert Radice, general manager for
the Inn at Ole Miss, said they have 28
rooms full of people from the New
Orleans area and the Coast
"That's over 100 people just here,*
said Radice. 'Some will be leaving soon
because they have found homes to rent
or are going somewhere else.*
A committee representing Lafayette
County, Oxford and the university is
preparing for more refugees that may
flood the area.
All hotels are at full capacity,
according to Oxford Mayor Richard
Howorth. II
Read more about Hurricane Katrina
in the Ubyssey editorial, page 22.
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the phase two towers  Residences to be constructed by 2007. yinan max wang photo
Since you probably didn't read the summer issues...
Compiled by Eric Szeto
and Paul Evans
Phase two towers good to
go, says GVRD
Despite protests from Wreck
Beach Preservationists, the GVRD
voted in favour of construction of
the phase two towers along South
West Marine Drive. The resolution, however, was not without
controversy. A clause in one of the
resolutions has raised red flags
because it allows for the towers to
be built beyond the height of the
treeline if UBC should suffer any
'undue hardship.' The completion
of the towers will add 1700 much-
needed but highly priced beds to
UBC's   already   anemic   student
housing situation.
UBC must take its designs for
ratification to the next Board of
Governors meeting at the end of
Tuition goes up
For the milk drinkers on campus,
two per cent is a familiar figure. It
is also the latest increase in tuition
for UBC students. Because of the
tuition cap put in place by the
provincial government earlier this
year, tuition cannot increase
above the 'cost of living* from
year to year.
This year's tuition hike has
prompted concern. Many are frustrated by the fact that this is another   increase,   albeit  a  relatively
minor one, that has seen tuition
nearly double since 2001. Some
feel that UBC should not be raising
tuition at all and instead should be
focused on efficiency. Others are
worried that if UBC doesn't
receive its requested government
funding, uncertain until later this
month, it will have to make cuts
that will hurt students instead of
being able to raise tuition to fill
the gap.
Federal government
allocates $1.5 billion for
In an attempt to alleviate student
financial woes, the federal government has promised to handover
$ 1.5 billion in post-secondary edu-
STAYING PUT: The underground bus station on University Boulevard will have to wait until 2007, says
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News 7
this summer at UBC
cation money to all the provinces. This
is welcoming news, considering that the
soaring costs of post-secondary tuition,
over the last five-years, has created
financial havoc for students.
Croquet in Kelowna
With the inclusion of an Okanagan campus to UBC this year, student society
executives from UBC-Okanagan and
UBC-Vancouver met to discuss their
future relationship and play a game of
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Spencer Keys and the UBC-Vancouver
delegation returned from Kelowna
somewhat disgruntled over the UBC
Students' Union Okanagan's (UBCSUO)
reluctance to work with the AMS on a
number of UBC administration and
provincial government issues. The UBCSUO said that they were still figuring
out how to deal with the University and
want to take the relationship one step at
a time. The student societies are scheduled to meet again in October.
Student loan bankruptcy
reduction in motion
The provincial government has recommended that reforms be made to the
Bankruptcy and Insolvency act. Under
the current proposal graduated students are unable to declare bankruptcy
for ten years. Recommendations have
been made to shorten the length of time
to seven years, and while student
groups are reasonably pleased with the
announcements, they are calling for an
even shorter period of time before
bankruptcy eligibility.
Budgeting for Coke
Adjusting to a $160,000 loss in sponsorship revenue from Coca-Cola was a
major priority for the AMS as they
developed   their   2005-2006   budget.
Because UBC and the AMS were unable
to sell the required 33,600,000 Coke
products as specified in their joint
exclusivity contract with Coke, UBC will
remain a Coke-only campus for an additional two years at no cost to the soft
drink conglomerate.
The AMS was saved from having to
make substantial service cuts due to a
very successful year for AMS Catering
and not having to fund AMS
UBC architectural competition
comes to close
And the winner of the UBC Archetectual
competition is: Santa Monica's Ruble
Yudell Architects and Planners and
Vancouver Hughes Condon Marler. UBC
hopes to have the $100 million
University Boulevard transformation
completed by 2008.
UBC intends to make University
Boulevard the gateway for the campus. II
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This mythological half-bull, half-man says, "You're not welcome in this labrynth."
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kooky tourist items, which includes these handmade "tourists."
Head to Granville Island in autumn to check out real people and
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Highlights o
A very special
event listing
Every year the Fringe Festival brings
out the pure creativity of Vancouver's
artistic conununity. Try not to worry
too much about your back to school
woes, take a break and see some of
the Fringe. Ranging from $5 to $12
per show, the Fringe is well within
budget and by the sounds of these
shows, well worth it
Performance Works
(1218 Cartwright St)
Sept. 8, 4:15
This  one-woman-show features  a
woman named Normal who lives in
a storage container.
Maya's Song..An spite of the booze
Carousel Theatre
(1411 Cartwright St)
Sept. 8,6pm
Pregnancy and the past combine to
turn the heroine into Karen the
Villain. Through dance, Karen the
Hero is rejuvenated.
Cosmic Banditos
False  Creek Community Centre
Gym (1318 Cartwright Street)
Sept. 8,6pm
Sex, Drugs, Quantum Physics and
banditos; need we say more.
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Jew! (A Musical)
Sweet Babette Productions
BBQ Pit at Old Bridge Street
Sept. 8, 6:30pm
A woman explores her faith while
planning her wedding. It's a
Three Chicks in a Tub
202-1314 Broughton Street
Sept, 8, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm
Set in a real apartment, in a real
bathroom, this piece about four
women getting ready for a night on
the town certainly sounds unique.
Lazy Susan
Carousel Theatre
(1412 Cartwright Si)
Sept. 8,8pm
Seven people fall in love with one
another upon meeting over a dead
body. An intruiging dark comedy.
Nostalgia Trip Tic
False  Creek Community Centre
Gym (1318 Cartwright Street)
Sept. 8,8pm
A woman moves incredibly slow
through past and future events.
Based on Steppenwolf'by Herman
S.M.LL.E. while you DJ.E.
Playwrights Theatre Centre (1398
Cartwright Street)
Sept. 8,8pm
The quick solution to working in
retail woes.
Broad Comedy
Performance Works
(1218 Cartwright Street)
Sept 8, 9:15 pm
According to the press release it is
described by fans as "The Vagina
Monologues meets Jon Stewart's
The Daily Show." From abortion
issues to oral sex, this one sure
sounds interesting.
Bulletproof Pyjamas
Playwrights Theatre Centre (1398
Cartwright Street)
Sept.8, 9:45pm
The setting is Haiti, after their government is overthrown by a poHtical coup. The star, a young boy
who awakes on the beach in his
pyjamas after the event. He has to
pee really bad. II
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Culture 9
The chronicles of
a princess
by Ritu Kumar
Shauna Singh Baldwin (Vintage Canada)
A blend of history and fiction, with a dash of
thwarted romance thrown in. The Tiger Claw
details the struggles of a Muslim princess
during the Second World War. A nominee for
the prestigious Giller Prize (2004), this is
Shauna Singh Baldwin's second bestselling
book. Baldwin took a character from a page
in history and injected life, passion, motive,
and ambition to create a story wrapped in
human struggles and laid against a backdrop
of the Second World War.
The central character is Noor Inayat
Khan, the real-life daughter of Sufi Muslim
leader Hazrat Inayat Khan, who journeys
home to her native France in 1943 as the
British Intelligence Agent Anne-Marie
Regnier, alias Madeline. Her operative mission is obviously to help in the effort against
the Germans, but her personal motive is to
search for her lover, a man long condemned
by her family and now condemned by the
reigning Nazi powers: a Jew, Armand Rivkin.
Trapped in an internment camp, Armand is
oblivious to Noor's new job and her struggles to find a way to be with him again.
Desperate for communication, she sends
him a message hidden in a sardine can: the
ancient heirloom tiger claw that she wears
on a chain around her neck—a symbol of
strength and protection.
The story is told by juxtaposing two timelines - Noor's free life and imprisoned life -
until the two timelines merge, a framework
supported by Kabir Khan's search for his sister. Thus, as Noor continues to risk her fife
as the only radio operator left in Northern
France we travel the journey with her knowing that she will be imprisoned, but not
knowing why or how.
The resulting story is a saga about more
than a woman fighting for a country. It is a story about a woman fighting for a land that doesn't accept her,
having descended from a land that
doesn't want her, struggling to gain
independence from the men that
surround and control her, while
searching   for   the
only   man   that
has loved her.
This  is   a  story
about    colonialism,
ism,    desperation and
trust.     It is a
story that
evolves  to  show a
woman who comes to
realise all her decisions       %:
and choices were never her
own, but were of someone else's volition.
Noor experiences great evolution and
personal growth as she reflects on her life
and losses from her prison cell. Writing to
her aborted baby, Noor comes to terms with
her personal history. "I write," she says, "not
because [my] story is more important than
all others, but because I have so great a need
to understand it. What I say is my truth and
lies together, amalgam of memory and explication." This evolution is paramount to the
climax of the novel.
Although The Tiger Claw is the story of
Noor Inayat Khan, it is more than just a day
in the life of Noor, as it expands on what
other characters are feeling and thinking.
The reader feels for Armand and sorry for
the pathetic Herr Vogel, the Nazi guard who
"keeps* Noor, as well as the gnawing desperation that absorbs Renee Garry every day.
Baldwin's character portrayal is profound.
She strips the characters of pre-conceived
notions of 'the little old lady' or 'the mean
Nazi guard', for the reader to realize that
these people are not inherently evil, but
forced into unfortunate circumstances.
The Tiger Claw is a medium for many
molds. Baldwin expertly weaves in plotlines
that raise many social and ethical issues. For
instance, from the beginning of the book we
know that Noor had become pregnant, but
was forced to abort the baby in a time where
abortions were both illegal and dangerous.
Knowing that her family already rejected her
relationship with Armand, Noor turned to
her younger sister for help in obtaining a
backdoor abortion. Not until years later
does Noor realise she had options she would
have preferred in comparison to aborting
her baby.
Similarly, Baldwin raises issues regarding the rights of women in a range of countries and faiths. The particular context and
timeframe of this novel allows Baldwin to
compare British colonialism in India with
German conquests in France. Noor is the
ideal medium for these issues to be raised,
as she is not only a woman with restricted
rights in the 1930's, but also a woman who
is  the  child  of a  Muslim-Indian  and  a
Christian-American, hving in France, serving in the war with the British Secret
Service, and in love with a man her family
and Germany rejects.
I'm usually wary when it comes to historical fiction; I find the authors I have read
usually have trouble blending history with
fiction to make a story that flows while weaving both the fictitious plot with the textbook
material to create a successful story.
Baldwin changed all that for me—I was
immersed in the story from page one to page
567. Despite the novel's thick exterior, when
I came to the last page I was truly saddened
by the thought of having to leave the characters I had grown to love. I wish that the novel
had gone on just so I could experience more
of Baldwin's amazing writing. Her style is
natural with a distinguished flair for details
while never going over the top.
I laughed, I cried, I cursed loudly until the
other passengers on the bus shifted uncomfortably in their seats. This book is a definite
must read - two thumbs up. In fact, I wish I
had more thumbs, because they would be
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loves! Genius! 'When you left I lost a
part of me/ it's still so hard to believe/
|6ome Wibaaaaaabyplease cause/we
belong together.' Couldn't have said it
ummer Jamz 2005
This ain't nothin' but a summer
jam/Brown skin and cinnamon
tans, whoa /We're gonna party
as much as we can/Hey-yeah.
Some of this music isn't necessarily
from Summer 2005, but that remains
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in which you listened to it and the firat
few months of this summer were for
me comprised of eveiyboc^y else's love
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immediate nostal^a into this song, no
matter where and when yon play it. I'm
sure it'« made it on hundreds of road-
trip mixtapes already, but sometimes,
the wheel doesn't need reinvention for
a reason.
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them, this is it
Glorious and gorgeous and providing
that little break in the day you need to
remember that life ain't sohad after aH.
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1. The Hook* by Stephen Malkmus&
2. 'Where Cedar Nouns and Advsrbs
Walk" hy «** MostSesaasSepsblic
3. "This Heart's on Fire" by Wolf
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1.1 So the blazin' summer slammin'
sizzlin' single would have to be Killa
Cam'8 Down and out'. The track
screams Kanye, laced with some
smooth 1970s Gill-Scott Heron flow:
I listened to this on repeat as I
walked from my deep in the hood of
my Brooklyn apartment to the G-
train on my way uptown. Uptown
baby: this track would usually be
blasting out some homeys ride outside my window until 4am. But I
ain't mind.
1.2 Bingo-bango-bomb-yo, the album
for my summa' belongs to M.IA.
The album is fresh and fierce, tearing through genres like postcards,
from dancehall to hip-hop to nursery rhymes to'others I don't even
know about. Mia's intention, flow,
and energy is undeniable, and the
same goes for her steez.
2.0 Other summer repeats on the
2.1 Reggae legend Johnny
Osbourne, 'Nightfall Showcase', as I
was thinking about my woman.
2.2 Ghostface, The Pretty Toney
2.3 Some old Foxy Brown from back
when she was with Nas and Az working for the Firm. Remember that?
2.31 Also Foxy's *Oh yeah' is ill-
2.32 On the subject of illmatic, Nas
and Mob Deep on 'It's mine', rapping over that Scarface movie beat.
Such a sick track.
2.321 On the subject of movies.
Bloc Party's 'Banquet' was another
sick track for the summer. The track
just gets you so stoked and it was in
my favorite movie of the summa'.
The Beat That My Heart Skipped.
3.0 As far as the new shit goes,
Teairra Marl's heavy 'Make her feel
good'  remix features none  other
than Kanye, again.
4.0 And the weakest album of the
summer you ask?  Common's Be.
Why  is  he   so  hyped?- Complete
snooze fest. Dash thirty dash.
—Nic Fensom
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by Jackie Wong
Just as all those running around in
their giant rubber gardening clogs
will soon retire their summer of
Keebler elfdom to the whims of calf-
high suede boots in varying shades
of UGGly, the heady hangover of
summer slowly pops its collar
against the new grim of colder
nights and umbrella necessities. But
keep your chin up, kid-we've only
got our toes wet with September so
far, and there's plenty of time to
appreciate the bronze nation around
you while continuing to wake up and
dance to the fruits of your summer
music garden. My two favorites capture kitchen party confections of the
highest order.
The Most Serene Republic's
Underwater Cinematographer and
Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen
Mary were two summer classickz.
Classix. Classics. Sunny and warm
and just ghtchy enough to hook you
into spending an evening with them,
it's hard to lump the Wolf and the
Repubhc into the same generic category, but if describing their sound
could be reduced to penny candy,
Wolf Parade is black licorice and The
Most Serene Repubhc is salt water
taffy. Together, their sugary addic-
tiveness will keep you freckled right
into the fall.
The Most Serene Republic's
debut, Underwater Cinematographer, was first released on Sunday
League Records in 2004, but was
signed to Arts & Crafts Records this
June. Big name buy-in, holla! For
this reason, much of the hype surrounding this band dwells on
album material that is, to the band,
old(ish) news. With virtually zero
kinship ties to the Broken Social
Scene love parade that has come to
characterize the Arts & Crafts label,
The Most Serene Republic and Wolf Parade
march on as most-loved bands of summer
The Most Serene Republic are a
sugar-spun powerhouse all on
their own, Stars/BSS cross-references aside. A keen departure
from the laptop pop of, say. The
Postal Service (though if you like
them, you'd probably dig these
guys too), the Most Serene have
been said to draw influences from
the symphonic complexities of Igor
Stravinsky or jazz king Bill Evans.
Shout-out-loud vocal choruses and
layered hooks lean into one another, creating a wash of intelligent,
tattered-sheets dreamrock flush
with big hearts and wide-eyed
songwriting. Adorable? Indeed.
Listen to "Where Cedar Nouns and
Adverbs Walk" or 'Epilogue* to see
what I mean: you can stream it off
the Arts & Crafts website. If they
weren't so busy making a Hving by
being both cute and marvelously
talented, you might find one of the
band members sitting at the back
of your English class. As a 6-person
crew of high school friends hailing
from Milton, Ontario, the kids of
The Most Serene have put university on hold in favor of touring with
Pretty Girls Make Graves, Stars,
and Broken Social Scene all summer. I arrived too unfashionably
late to see them play at the Media
Club in August, but apparently,
their hve show catapults already-
solid album work out of the water.
Check it out yourself when they
open for Metric at Richard's on
Richards, October 30.
For more quirk and less smirk (or
both, if that's your bag), Wolf Parade's
brand of dumpsterdiving instrumen-
tals, black-lit guitar lankiness, and
lyrical eccentricity draws quick comparisons to the Modest Arcade
Mousefire camp. This pack of
howlers certainty holds their own in
the world of pop-rock morbidity, however, and anthems like "Grounds for
Divorce" and "This Heart's on Fire"
demonstrate the caramel-sticky epic
of their debut LP, Apologies to the
Queen Mary. Hailing from Montreal
and securely belted to the Sub Pop
labelwagon, Wolf Parade's album is a
firecracker of a grower that gets better with every listen. Slick with a little
more elbow grease than The Most
Serene Repubhc, this debut shows
some weighty promise for things to
come. More proof, of course, that
Montreal is so hot right now... but
then again, when wasn't it a site of
Vancouver scene envy? Wolf Parade
teams up with Australian summer
sparkplugs Architecture in Helsinki
for a show on September 24th at an
eastside arts space. 156 West
Hastings, to be exact I don't know
where that is exactly, but follow your
nose and be prepared for one of the
best Hve indie-plosions you'll hear all
year. Apologies to the Queen Mary
hits record stores September 13.
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THEUBYSSEY  Tuesday,6September, 2005
Culture H
Indie music on speed needs to take a breath
You Say Party! We Say Die!
Hit the floor
Sound Document
by Trevor Gilks
When I was given this CD to review, I had
never heard of the eloquently titled band "You
Say Party! We Say Die!* I didn't admit this at
the time, of course, because for all I knew
YSP!WSD! were the hippest, up-and-
comingest band on the scene and I didn't
want to look like an idiot.
So, before even listening to the CD I went
to their website to do a little bit of research. At
first, the slick-looking site bursting with tour
and promo info didn't give me much insight
into how uncool I was for not having heard of
them. However, in the bio section I came
across the phrase "we've played everywhere
from small stuffy suburban basements to
UBC's SUB Ballroom* and a wave of relief
came over me. Any band that names the
Ballroom as the biggest venue they've ever
played is one that I could certainly be forgiven for not having heard of. And, adorably,
their     contact    information    lists    their
myspace site.
Had I gone straight for listening to the CD,
I probably would've assumed they were much
bigger blips on the indie radar. Only a band
riding very high in that scene would have the
balls to give their songs names like "The Gap
(Between The Rich And The Poor)*, "Love In
the New Millennium", and
"He!She!YoulMe!TheylWelUs!Ok!" Their song
titles resemble those of The Hives, but without any of the fun or irony.
The lyrics aren't as bad as the song titles
(how could they be?) although they do occasionally come close. For the most part, the
lyrics are either forgettable, or vocalist Becky
Ninkovic's voice is too low in the mix to be
understood. Every once in a while, however,
a stinker like "I love the cocks that we are
made of" rears its ugly head. The band manages to come up with one of the more obnoxious songs in recent memory with "The Gap
(Between The Rich And The Poor)" by having
Ninkovic squeal "the gap the gap the gap the
gap the gap the gap the gap between the rich
and the poor the poor the poor the poor the
poor the poor* over and over again, until one
hand reaches up to cover my ear and the
other hand reaches for the fast-forward button. The only reason Le Tigre can get away
with repetitive, pseudo-political grandstanding is because their music is catchy
as hell.
In terms of song-writing, the band
sounds like standard issue indie-pop, but on
speed and with Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder.   Guitarists Jason
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and cleanly, but at least once in every single
song (literally) there is a pointless breakdown in which the beat drops and the guitars either come back in a wankier, slower
pace or come crashing back faster and louder. This is even more frustrating when they
actually seem to be coming up with something catchy or fun (as is briefly the case in
"Stockholm Syndrome Part Two").
The production is a curiosity as well. The
guitars sound sharp and are buzzing like they
should, but the drums sound tinny and distant, as if drummer Bruce Dyck was playing
in a garage across the street from the studio.
And the vocals are usually simultaneously
high-pitched, squeaky, fuzzy, and indistinct.
Every once in a while ("You Did It!" "Love In
The New Millenium*) we actually get to hear
Ninkovic's voice, and we find out she has an
engaging (if not particularly emotive) vocal
presence. Krista Loewen's keyboards get the
best treatment, and make her the best part of
the album.
YSPIWSD! are a group of talented musicians, but they are in desperate need of a
deep breath. II
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Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
Feature 13
One student's story of transition
by Emily Sors the peak
Illustration by Yinan Max Wang
From, childhood's hour I have not been
As1 others u?ere~—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
Front the same source I have not taken
Mv sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
' And all I lov'd, I lovfd alone.
—Edgar Allan Poe
as printed in stone butch blues by leslie feinberg
From childhood's hour
BURNABY, BC (CUP)—It began when I was around three or four
years old. My earliest memory of how I feel about who I am is of
looking in the mirror and seeing a stranger's face staring back at
me. Of course, the image was of my face, but somehow I knew it
was not me. My mother looked like my mother; my father looked
like my father. My grandparents looked like themselves, as did
my great-grandmother. I thought, perhaps, it was just because I
was little, and that I would look "right* when I grew up; but even
my cousins, both around my age, looked how they were meant to
look. To this day, I carry that feeling with me every time I look in
the mirror.
I was always very girly as a child. I read girls' books, such as
the Ramona and Babysitter's Club series, and for that, I was
labeled a "sissy* in elementary school. Most of mv friends
were girls.
Without sisters, I never had much of a chance to dress up,
though I would sneak into my mother's high heels and wear my
grandmother's jewellery. At six years old, it's cute when your
"grandson" plays pretend as your granddaughter. At eight, it isn't
so funny anymore.
At summer camp, I found a dress in the costume tent. I wore
it all week—one of the happiest times of my life. My counsellors
were fine with it; the only reason they ever made me take it off
was so it could get washed! Coming home was a different story,
however. Since every picture of me I brought home featured me
in that dress, there was no hiding it from my parents, who made
it clear that it was shameful.
When 1 was 12, my mother mentioned a news article about a
transsexual who had her "sex change" funded by health care. She
commented on how outrageous it was that "such an unnecessary
and ridiculous surgery* would be paid for by taxpayers. I thought
a lot about it that night in bed. What began with imagining what
it would be like to be a woman quickly turned into an anxiety
attack triggered by the thought of never getting the chance. I
imagined what it would be like to sleep with a man, to feel him
thrusting inside me. I envisioned myself in my mid-20s, telling
my parents that I was going to transition. I envisioned them asking me what the hell I was thinking, and then disowning me. I
shut down at that point. There is no way I can convey in words
how scared I became. I cried silent tears all night. By morning, I
had made up my mind to be the best man I could be.
"Despite everything, I doubt I would
—Emily Sors
Transgendered, male to female
The best man I could be
High school gave me a chance to redefine myself—no more girly
stuff for me. I tackled high school by acting tough. I didn't do this
by picking fights with the meanest bullies. I lacked the muscular
strength to ever be perceived as macho, so I found other ways to
assert my masculinity. I took pride in my pacifism, but I also
took pride in my ability to take a punch, which I termed "integrity." I was cold, calculated in my mannerisms, emotionless. I
derived joy from boasting of my tolerance for physical pain.
Soon, I forgot my past and came to believe that I genuinely was
the character I had created.
As my 16th summer began, my then-girlfriend left me, giving
me the classic "it's not you, it's me" line, which left me convinced
that it had to be me. It compelled me to spend the rest of that
year exploring who I was. As a result, I realised how Utile I liked
myself. During this self-exploratory period, I allowed some of my
subtier "feminine* traits to be expressed again, such as my caring and sensitivity. I discovered my spiritual beliefs, as well as
my bisexuality.
Two years ago, I underwent some medical tests, including a
test of my FSH (a hormone of the reproductive system) levels,
which the doctor mentioned were ''more suited to a female
range." I became suspicious of having an undetected intersex
condition. My earlier memories suddenly came back to me,
including that night when I was 12. Having never made any of
the connections before, I started putting the;^Szzle pieces together, and the image I got surprised me: I was Feally a girl, with
a penis.
This realisation scared me. I turned to my partner for support. We had a long conversation about everything, and though
she was supportive, she feared what would happen if her
"boyfriend" were to become a girl. However, as much as we both
tried to keep our relationship stable, it ended the following
February, partially because I was becoming much more withdrawn. As all this happened, I went from being scared out of my
wits to slowly accepting myself as transgendered.
A new name, a new face
At last year's Queer Awareness Week, I attended the drag show in
a dress—looking pretty silly with a beard! One of the Queens
called me up to the stage, and asked me my name. I gave them
my male name, and they retorted it wouldn't do. They called me
by a feminised form of my male name, which I had also briefly
used back at camp when I dressed up. It got me thinking about
my name. A week later, I decided on a name for myself —Emily,
the name I use today when I am in "girl mode."
After taking my name, I gradually became more comfortable
with myself. I went out shopping for women's clothes one week
before Pride to have an appropriate outfit to wear. I jumped right
in, buying my bra first. I didn't realise the price tag had fallen
off, so I was stuck holding up a long line-up while the cashier
explained to the manager that "a young man needs to get a price
check on his bra." After that, shopping became easy!
Things got difficult for me living with my parents. I was hiding who I was, but the frustration was showing. After one particularly fierce fight, I left and found my own place to live, a place
where I could be myself in peace. I began building a new
wardrobe for myself and reunited with my partner. She's still
coping with my transgenderism, as am I, but she is very supportive. At last year's Transgender Day of Remembrance, she
marched by my side. Today, I never wear my boy clothes at
home, unless a visitor doesn't know. I still live publicly as a man,
but occasionally you can see me in girl mode around campus.
To thine own self be true
Some people tell me I have amazing courage. Some tell me that
I'm a freak. In the end, I realise I am neither; I'm just a lost soul
trying to find myself again. I know who I am in my heart. As
Shakespeare wrote, "To thine own self be true." To that end, what
I am doing for myself is simply something I have to do. I was
born a woman, plain and simple. The only part of me that is male
is my physical body. My journey from man to woman began first
when I realised that I am transgendered. I had all the evidence
staring at me in my face, but I only saw it briefly
one night at the age of 12 before I denied who I
was for eight years.  When I realised it again,
I feared what it meant. I tried to assure myself that
I wasn't transgendered,  that this was simply a
phase I had yet to finish; however, after 22 years and
many sleepless nights, I know it is not.
Transitioning is a slow, stressful process that is
emotionally, and sometimes physically, taxing. I have
chosen to wait until I graduate next year before I
begin medically transitioning, to avoid having the two
stresses in my life simultaneously. In the meantime,
while it is extremely distasteful for me, it is enough for
me to live publicly as a "man" for now, as long as I can
Uve privately and socially as a woman. I can also use this
time to get to know myself better and adjust to the
changes to my personality as I allow myself to express
my feminine aspects again.
Getting the body to match the spirit
The transitioning process will begin with seeing a psychiatrist. The goal here is not to "cure" me of transgenderism,
but instead to determine if I am indeed transgendered
or if this is caused by a mental disorder, or a figment
of an overactive imagination. When the doctor sufficiently determines that my transgenderism is genuine, I will be approved to see an endocrinologist for
the  next step—Hormone  Replacement Therapy,   or
HRT. I will continue seeing the psychiatrist throughout the transition process, as it is a highly emotional
journey that requires personal care.
Often, transgendered women begin HRT simply by
taking   an   anti-androgen   such   as   Spironolactone   or
Androcur,   which  is  less   common,   as  it has  not been
approved in the United States. Both have the effect of reducing the natural production of testosterone and other male sex
hormones. There is no significant effect from these drugs, other
than slowing down the expression of some male secondary sex
traits. Usually, these effects don't become visible for at least six
months, though the side effects (tiredness, frequent urination,
and dehydration) appear much quicker. The use of anti-andro-
gens helps the effectiveness of estrogen.
Estrogens such as Premarin or Estradiol are used to promote
the development of female secondary sex traits. These are the
hormones that are most effective in physical transition. Within a
couple of weeks, a noticeable softening of the skin can be expected. Breast development occurs more slowly, usually not appearing for at least six months. Fat distribution shifts too, eventually
producing a more feminine body shape. Body hair slowly thins
out, eventually dropping to a normal female range, though facial
hair growth remains only slightly less than that for a normal
male. The voice does not change, nor does any aspect of skeletal
structure. Facial hair is removed permanently via electrolysis or
laser removal, voice training is used to adjust the voice, and surgery is often used to correct skeletal features, particularly concerning the face.
Hormone therapy will help take me a long way towards being
"passable"—being able to be perceived by others as a woman, not
a man. However, there are still hurdles along the way. I am lucky
in that my face is naturally feminine, so I don't expect to need
surgery to feminise my face.
The final steps
Once I am passable, I will begin what's known as the "real-life
experience" or RLE. This is where I will start living full-time as a
woman. At this point, I must come out to anyone I haven't yet,
including family and employers. The RLE is meant to "prove*
that I am in fact a woman (and can handle living as one) to psychotherapists and other doctors.
After a year of living as a woman, I will be eligible to be
approved for the final step in transition—Genital Reassignment
Surgery (GRS). GRS will be the final step in physically becoming
a woman. Society still tries to define our gender by the genitals
with which we are born. However, this isn't reason enough to
change my genitals, and
many transgendered people do not take this step. I
need  to  change  my genitals
because I am horribly uncomfortable with the ones I currently
have; they simply don't feel right
to me.
The actual surgery is a simple
idea—invert the penis to make a
neo-vagina. The head of the penis is
used to create the clitoris, while the
scrotum can be used to create the
labia. The penile shaft is inverted to
create the vaginal wall. Nerve endings are
preserved, which leaves most "post-op* trans-
women capable of orgasm. The only unused parts of the male
genitalia are the testicles. The depth of the vagina is usually
around five  or  six inches,  but depths  of nine  inches have
been reported.
Long life's journey into day
After all this time is spent transitioning (both medically and
legally—getting that little F on your records isn't easy, and in
some states and provinces it is impossible), suddenly a weight is
removed. What then? Surely transitioning is over, right? Yes and
no. The physical transition is over, but the personal transition
continues. Every day, there will be new things to get used to.
Slowly, I will adapt to life as a woman and become content with
who I am, while letting go of male privilege.
The process can be painful. Many people are not accepting of
transgendered people. My transitioning will disrupt many Hves,
not least of which will be my family's. Until I am ready to "come
"What I am doing for myself is
-Emily Sors
Transgendered, male to female
out,* I must continue to hide my true self from them. My partner
is also impacted by my transition. She loves me very much, but
she's not sure if she can handle me as a girl. She needs to find
herself and where my place is in her life. I'm lucky I didn't suppress this until after marriage; otherwise, the marriage could
have shattered.
Depression comes with being transgendered. Though I've
never personally been seriously suicidal, I've come close many
times. In the past, I was depressed because I wasn't being true to
myself, and I wasn't accomplishing what I knew I could. Now I
get depressed thinking of what society thinks of me. I cannot yet
fathom losing everyone close to me because they cannot accept
me for who I am.
Despite everything, I doubt I would trade this experience for
the world. I've been given a rare gift—the ability to see things
from the perspective of both men and women. I've been given
the chance to be true to myself in a way others cannot. The transitioning process has given me ample opportunity to better
myself as a person. II
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Move aside, Pussilia
Somebody put Steve Carell on the pedestal
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
now playing
by Trevor Gilks
'I dated this girl for a while...she
was really a...nasty freak. She just
loved to... get down with...sex all
the time. It was like...anytime of
day...she was like, "Yeah, let's go!
I'm so nasty.'* And I'd be nailing
her and she'd be like, "Oh, you're
nailing me! Cool!*
Andy Stitzer  (Steve  Carell) is
charming, well-meaning, and totally
hopeless in the pussy department. A
stockboy at Circuit City, Stitzer lives
a quiet, celibate existence with his
action  figures   and  his   kareoke
machine for stimulation. But everything changes overnight when his
co-workers  (Seth Rogen, Romany
Malco, and Anchorman's Paul Rudd)
discover his  titular shortcoming
over a poker game, tipped off by his
bluffs about touching titties: 'it [felt]
like a bag of sand."
Since Carell is a good-looking,
funny and supremely talented man
who I can't imagine has any problems getting laid, it is all the more
impressive that he can so convincingly play a 40 year-old virgin who
has never busted out the no-pants
And despite what the synopsis
and the title might lead you to
believe, Carell and his co-
writer/director Judd Apatow don't
paint with any broad or ignorant
strokes. None of Andy's work buddies play the 'Stiller role'—the sex-
crazed man-pig is tossed aside for
real characters, and their attempts
to get Andy laid are motivated more
by genuine fraternal interest and
not to simply advance the plot. The
'right lady* comes in the form of
LET S go! I'M SO nasty!"
And I'd be nailing her
and she'd be like, "oh,
you're nailing me! Cool!"
Catherine Keener in one of the finest
casting choices in years. Keener
shares Carell's age, offbeat good
looks, and awkward sex appeal;
never belittled by the script or direction, Keener's role is a refreshing
departure from the virgin/whore
dichotomy. This granny just wants
to get laid like anyone else.
While The 40 Year-Old Virgin
may boast profanity, vomit, urine,
and boners, it is by no means offensive. The movie is not a platform to
smugly make fun of virgins, or anybody else for that matter. Andy is
smart, funny, and loveable. Instead
of simply laughing at the fact that he
collects action figures, The 40 Year-
Old Virgin develops a touching rapport between Andy and his Ironman
figurine. The movie lets Andy be an
interesting and witty guy, and we
actually want him to score some hot
ass {but only with the right lady). For
contrast, did anyone really give a
shit whether or not Owen Wilson got
Rachel McAdams to run off with     Steve Carell is just a powerful sex
the frame, The 40 Year-Old Virgin
has almost no misfires (except
maybe for Andy's nymphomaniac
manager who is more scary than
funny). A number of scenes (such
as the speed-dating and the chest-
waxing) seem, in retrospect,
incongruent and take away from
the momentum, but they're funny
enough to distract even the most
anal pace-keepers.
In a summer of hyped comedies (Bewitched, Dukes of
Hazzard, Monster-In-Law) that
failed to make anyone really laugh,
Steve Carell almost redeems the
summer season by sneaking in
this funny, smart, and refreshingly
kind-hearted sex comedy. Perhaps
audiences' desperation for real
laughs can explain how a low-
budget comedy with no big stars
managed to grab the top box office
spot two weeks in a row. Or maybe
him in Wedding Crashers?
And unlike that film, which fell
flat whenever Vince Vaughn left
symbol with immense box-office
prowess. Either way, I'd totally tap
that. Enjoy your orange! II
own for these spunky Aristocrats
The Aristocrats
now playing
by Alex Leslie
There's an old joke that's a classic
fallback for serious comedians: A
man walks into a talent agency and
says to the agent, 'I have an act to
pitch to you." The agent replies,
'Sure, what's your act?" The man
says, 'Well, actually, it's a family act
So, first I'm out there on stage, and I
strip naked and start to masturbate
until the patch of stage in front of me
is completely covered in my own
thick milky jizz. Then I dance and
slide around in it for a bit, kind of
like a figure skater or a J-Lo video.
And then my wife enters stage right
and she sits in the jizz and starts
jacking herself off, so her jizz is
everywhere too. Buddy, she's spraying like an unmanned fire hose; it's
in her hair, it's in my hair, it's pooling in our bellybuttons. Thick, thick
strands of cum. You know, a little bit
like a melted cheese string. And then
we he down in this big pool of our
own spunk and start fucking like
bonobos. She gets out the 11-inch
ribbed dildo and starts giving it to
me real hard, right up the ass and
then our kids come in and my
prostate starts to..."
"Excuse me sir, but what kind of
goddamn show is this!" exclaims the
talent agent, trying to cover his
entire face with his palms.
'Wait, wait! I'm not at the good
part yet," the man reassures. 'So
then our kids come in carrying photos of their dead grandparents. My
son starts masturbating to the photo
of his grandfather and my daughter
starts masturbating to the photo of
her grandmother. Cross-generational photo incest! And then we
all start rolling
around in the huge
mess that's now
entirely covering
the floor and my
son starts giving it
to my wife from
behind. I get on the
other side and I'm
fucking my wife
from the front. And
then my daughter pulls out her..."
"Hey, buddy..."
"Wait! Let me finish! So then our
pet dog, Evelyn comes trotting out, to
lick up all the jizz, right? Clean the
place up real good, you see? But then
she gets excited and joins right in.
And the dog starts masturbating, but
my daughter has to help him out cuz
his paws are all furry and clumsy on
his junk and that gets in the way of
him getting really, really hard. The
dog sort of has to be coached by my
son. They have dog-on-boy sex. Then
my wife takes the photograph of her
mother that's now lying there on the
stage completely soaked in jizz and
impales it with the dog's dick. I start
sucking off the dog and the dog starts
licking my wife's ass, while my kids
watch and finger each other. My son
starts vomiting and his puke mixes
with all the jizz that's everywhere,
that now includes my dogs. And then
the dog takes a shit and we all get up
and start tap-dancing to a hip hop
cover of the song that played at Lady
Di's funeral. Then my son does an
impression of Hitler and I do an
impression of Stalin and my daughter and wife play Churchill and
Roosevelt and kick the shit out of
both of us. Then our big finale: my
son and I he bruised and bleeding on
the ground while my wife and daughter jack each other off while singing
'Stars and Stripes Forever* and pretending to lynch us. To close, we all
get up and take a bow and the lights
go down!"
"Wow. So what's your act called?"
asks the talent agent
"The Aristocrats!"
Go see The Aristocrats for about
two hundred different versions of
this joke intermixed with a bit of
comedy theory, some history and a
lot of spare jizz. Be brave, leave your
fear of vulgarity at the door and be
aware that Bob Saget is one dirty
motherfucker. U THEUBYSSEY  Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
More from the genius that gave you Flubber
The Man
now playing
by Aaron Carr
Who's the man? About a week ago I turned a
corner and became instantly captivated by a
poster advertising The Man. Needless to say,
the mere presence of Samuel L. Jackson
(Jackie Brown) and Eugene Levy (American
Pie) called for a closer look. But any hope
inspired by such picture-perfect casting
evaporated when I scrolled down to read the
tagline: "One of them walks the walk. The
other talks the talk. But only one can be The
Man." It seemed clear to me that this movie
was going to brave new frontiers of crap.
The Man goes something like this:
Federal Agent Derrick Vann (Jackson) has a
banal 24 hours to investigate his partners
death and the disappearance of an arsenal of
weapons. To complicate things, Internal
Affairs Agent Peters (Miguel Ferrer) is investigating Vann's handling of the heist.
In spectacularly predictable fashion,
things go from bad to worse for the streetwise agent when a talkative dental supply
salesman named Andy Fiddler (Levy) arrives
in town for a dental convention. Fiddler
ends up inadvertently entangled in the
drama after being misidentified as a potential contraband enthusiast.
From here on the story is a rotating succession of stock scenes portraying standard personality conflicts and fish-out-of-water scenarios
that inevitably results in a strange friendship.
The Man inexorably suffers from a recycled plot, paper-thin characters, and the
unfortunate absence of any truly gut-busting
laughs. The comedy is mildly humorous but
never particularly clever.
To   his   credit,   director   Les   Mayfield.
(Flubber) keeps the film moving along
relentlessly, finishing in a lean 80 minutes.
The Man is at its best when Jackson and Levy
are together on screen, which Mr. Mayfield
seems to know because he keeps the primary focus on the duo throughout, cutting
anything not directly related to the dyad to
minimal content.
While Mayfield manages to keep the
action and laughs moving along, the movie
has a staleness to it. This sense of complacency is The Man's biggest problem; even
the brilliant casting of Jackson and Levy fails
to live up to expectations as neither talent is
ever fully utilized, leaving the audience with
the feeling that they've just seen yet another
mediocre movie that could have been good.
In the end, The Man is a fairly enjoyable
buddy flick with a good mix of action and
comedy that should entertain most audiences looking for a light summer comedy.
But with the current prices at the box office
and the gas pump, I would suggest waiting
for the rental. II
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The Constant Gardener
breaks new ground
Meirelles moves
forward from
City of God
with another
gritty drama
The Constant Gardener
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
Brazilian director Fernando
Meirelles burst onto the international film circuit in 2002 with his
monumental drama City of God, a
harrowing achievement that
opened the world's eyes to the violent, impoverished world beyond
the vistas of Rio de Janeiro. Three
years down the road, he has
turned his attention to third world
issues once more in his adaptation
of John le Carre's bestselling
novel, "The Constant Gardener.* A
rare thriller that works at every
level of its thick plot, Meirelles
turns his cinematic eye upon the
cost of pharmaceutical advancement, telling the story of reluctant
subjects in Africa. The result is a
surprisingly effective tale of a man
who embarks on a desperate
search for the truth and turns up
more than he can bear.
Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) is
a diplomat serving as the British
High Command's representative
for aid effectiveness in Kenya, a job
that consists, it seems, of filling in
at university lectures for higher-
ranking officials. It is at one of
these substitutions that he makes
the acquaintance of Tessa (Rachel
Weisz), who berates him for the
British government's involvement
in the Iraq war, and soon after wins
his sympathy as she breaks down
in front of her colleagues.
Though she embarrasses him
in front of an educated audience,
Justin and Tessa fall in love, are
married, and he thereafter brings
her with him to Kenya, where she
finds that her husband invests
more interest in his elaborate garden than the atrocities occurring
around them.
With her husband distracted,
Tessa tours Kenyan shanty towns
(which director Meirelles claims
make the violent underworld of
City of God look like Disneyland),
becoming suspicious of the methods being used by pharmaceutical
companies to test a drug known as
"Dypraxa* on its subjects, many of
whom are reluctant to receive
Using every means at her disposal, Tessa comes too close to the
truth, and she is murdered in what
seems at first like an attack by bandits. Justin, driven by rumours of
his wife's infidelity and haunted
by his own refusal to pay more
attention to her ambitious concerns, is forced to question the loyalty of his colleagues and the legitimacy of his superior's intentions,
sending him on a downward spiral
towards truths he suppressed for
far too long.
Fernando Meirelles is a filmmaker who refuses to allow his
audience to remain blind to trou
bles plaguing societies in developing countries. Unlike many other
filmmakers, however, he is successful because he projects disturbing truths upon his audience
in a fashion that is haunting without being preachy. In The Constant
Gardener he gives equal screen
time to his British subjects as to
those who suffer the brunt of civilization's drive to modernisation,
leading to a combination of stories
that are equally absorbing.
Ralph Fiennes has already
proved himself a master of communicating characters with a
haunted past in films such as
2002's Spider, and he is equally
believable as a man who shifts
quickly from a pushover diplomat
to a hardliner risking everything
in pursuit of the truth. Rachel
Weisz is equally impressive, turning out a passionate performance
in what is ostensibly her best work
to date. The real stars of the film,
however, are the stark images
Meirelles casts in bright hues
through digital video, accentuating
the grit of the film's setting.
Combined with a disquieting score
by Alberto Yglesias (Talk to Her),
Meirelles constructs an affecting
work out of the inner turmoil of
his subjects who find themselves
caught in the outer turmoil of the
world's most ravaged societies. W
The fuck stops here
Divorce: rough on the
heart, easy on the ears
Reggie and the Full Effect
Songs Not To Get Married To
by Sean Lee
So, what do you do when you're faced with a nasty
divorce, as well as the poorly-timed decision to dissolve the band that you've been a part of for nearly
ten years? If you're James Dewees, you take your part-
time project, Reggie and the Full Effect, into the studio and record one of the best rock albums of
the year.
The affectionately titled album, Songs Not To Get
Married To, can best be described as a progressive
fusion of everything from heavy metal screaming to
pop-rock ballads. Inspired by the emo-infused sound
that brought his former band The Get-Up Kids international fame, this new album marks a more mature
and diversified musical style for Dewees.
This isn't to say that Songs Not To Get Married To
doesn't have the tongue-in-cheek humour that has
long been a staple in previous Reggie albums. But
while older albums were filled with 'special appearances' by Dewees's alternate musical personas, this
album only features a few of these silly songs left to
the end of track list.
Overall, the latest effort from Reggie and the Full
Effect illustrates not only how music can serve a therapeutic purpose for the artist, but also reaffirms the
old saying, that sometimes change is welcome. Ql
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Transported: the good, the bad, and the Audi
Transporter 2
now playing
by Simon Underwood
Just as unknown numbers of desperate, predominantly " African-
American refugees gathered at the
Superdome in New Orleans and
waited in vain for the buses, 74
anonymous Vancouverites communed at the Paramount theatre
and waited for Transporter 2 to
begin. There is no necessary correlation or conclusion to be drawn
from these simultaneous events,
just the unfortunate irony underwriting the qualitative assessments
to be made sporadically throughout
this review. Tragedy, while tragic,
is never able to bring the first-world
citizens of earth to a total standstill;
the mundane becomes a welcome
reprieve, and so we fold as much
laundry as we can in front of the television until the news clips start to
loop again and it seems we've done
enough. But unlike Condoleeza
Rice, we are not the Secretary of
State of the United States, and
unlike Ms. Rice, our job is to purchase strappy sandals in the midst
of a state of emergency, or in my
case, to buy a ticket to Transporter
2 on an other-wise monochromatic
Saturday afternotm.
Even so, I'd like to think those
shoes distracted Ms. Rice more
than Luc Besson's sequel did me.
As the feature presentation began I
honesdy thought that a mistake had
been made and that we were going
to have to sit through another car
commercial, but it turned out that
Mr. Besson was merely introducing
the star of the film, a four-door
Audi sedan gleaming like a trans-
human phallus. Clearly Mr. Besson
is smitten, but I felt sorry for the
plexiglass Ford police cars left slain
by the wayside, the Audi's 6 cylinders simultaneously emasculating
and eviscerating the flaccid North
American auto industry. If only
Besson loved the star of the film as
much as his wheels. Jason Statham,
former Olympic swimmer and as
penis-like as the Audi, is an imposing lead—if I ever saw him coming
after me full sprint I would empty
my bowels and plead to be his
bitch. But Besson seems to think
that a stern, fixed facial expression
will somehow make Statham some
kind of hypermasculine hero—he's
really just a stiff in a suit.
And all he does is move shit.
Money, viral cures, little European
boys; whatever shows up in the back
seat with a destination. Slumming it
as a chauffeur for a few months,
Statham starts getting harassed by
this Euro-trash dude and his heroin-
chic henchwoman who . want to
infect his young charge with a conta
gious virus. So Statham has to drive
his car around for several circuits to
find the antidote which looks suspiciously like grape juice. It was all
very stultifying, and I couldn t help
but let my mind wander back to the
Big Easy and all the folks still waiting for a ride. Although Transporter
2 is auspiciously European, and
while the automobile seems to
belong to a distinctly American
ethos of individualism, the film still
manages to bridge the Atlantic
divide; Besson's few black characters are either white-ho-corrupting
thugs or materialistic Jamaicans.
Sometimes white people can't stop
seeing black people as stock characters. Check it, Condoleeza. a
british Columbia
Founded in 1993 in San Francisco, the FWE is
the premier entrepreneurial organization for
women aimed at accelerating women's
opportunities to launch, lead, invest in, and build
high-growth and market-leading businesses. With
more than 1000 members worldwide, the FWE
has a national office in the United States and a
chapter in Europe. A BC chapter (the TWE BC)
was founded in August 2002.
The FWE BC is currently looking for women
students at UBC to participate in its Student
internship Program.
The Student Internship Program is a one year
internship program aimed at women students at
UBC, which includes training by industry
professionals on venture capital, private equity
and entrepreneurial topics, a summer work
experience with a private equity or venture capital
firm, and direct mentoring with entrepreneurs.  .
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If you are a female student at UBC who is
interested in learning about private markets,
venture capital, and entrepreneurship; willing to
dedicate your time to the program; and meet one
of the following criteria, we want to hear from you!
a. Enrolled in the Sauder School of Business
MBA Program, or
b. Enrolled in a Masters level Science or
Engineering Program, or
c. Starting your 3rd or 4
undergraduate program in
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d. Starting your 3rd or 4th year of an
undergraduate program in the Sauder School
of Business.
Please come to an fnfonnation Session to learn
more about this exciting opportunity:
For Sauder Students: Sept 131:00pm
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Engineering/Science Students: Sept 141:00pm
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application package, which must include:
• A cover letter outlining why you would like to
participate in the program.
• Student "status".
• A one page resume.
• A copy (internet copy sufficient) of your
transcripts from your last 2 years of
Applications are due no later than Monday,
September 26th:
Students in Commerce: the Drop Box at the
Business Career Centre at UBC.
Students in Engineering/Science: the Front Desk
of Career Services at UBC.
For more information about the Student Internship
Program or about the FWE BC please visit our
website at www.fwe.ca or contact Ashley
Armstrong at ashlevdSrfwe.ca
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You are invited to attend a Public Open House to view and comment on
development application DP 03052: Museum of Anthropology. This
application is for an expansion and renovation to the existing Museum of
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cation that gained her provincial
all-star status in high school are
sure to benefit her performance as
part of the UBC team.
NHL draft pick joins UBC
Goaltender Jeff Weber will add his
name to the UBC men's ice hockey
roster. Weber was an eighth-round
selection of the Buffalo Sabres in
2003. Weber joins Kyle Bruce and
Adam Taylor to become the third
drafted player on the UBC hockey
team. Lacing up for the
Thunderbirds, Weber is part of the
lineup for Thursday's game
against the Canuck prospects.
Women forwards rise above
UBC women's basketball has two
new players for the 2005/2006
season. Forwards Leanne Evans, a
transfer from Southeast Missouri
State and Katie Ward, formerly of
Illinois State, join UBC to help create one of the strongest forward
line-ups UBC has seen in a long
.Along with the men's basketball
team, the women's team is also
gaining height. Evans measures
up at 6'2" and Ward is currently
the tallest female player in UBC
history at 6'6". As a member of the
Canadian junior national team
Evan helped the team win the
bronze and qualify for the world
junior championships. Ward's
two-inch growth spurt during her
time at Illinois State and the dedi-
Team Gets Taller
Matthias Dockner joins the UBC
men's basketball team this season
to play as a forward. Dockner previously played basketball in Austria
but did not receive any money or
financial assistance while playing;
therefore Dockner escapes the professional participation rules and is
entering his first year of CIS eligibility. The average height of the
basketball team is 6'4\ an increase
of two inches, due to the new additions of Dockner, 6'8", and Sean
Stewart, 6'6".
Hardware from Turkey
The World University Games in
Izmir, Turkey came to a close on
August 21, 2005. Throughout the
course of the games, Team Canada
managed to win a total of 12
medals. The medal count included
three gold medals, six silver
medals and three bronze medals.
Canada excelled in the fields of
swimming and wrestling, where
three and six medals were won
respectively. UBC's Lyndsay
Belisle brought home a silver
medal in the women's 51kg
freestyle wrestling. The men's basketball team lost 81-75 against
Australia in their final game.
Scoring eleven points in the tournament finale, UBC guard Pasha
Bains helped the men's basketball
team to their eighth place finish. 81
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Sports 19
Wrestling traffic to become a champion
Lyndsay Belisle's
hard work pays
off in Turkey
by Megan Smyth
Even though UBC doesn't have a varsity wrestling team, the university is
still well represented by powerhouse
Lyndsay Belisle. Although Belisle is
not able to train at UBC, she is still
able to represent her school on the
international stage.
Belisle recently returned from
competing in the 51kg women's
freestyle wrestling event at the World
University Games in Izmir, Turkey.
"The Turkish people were probably the friendliest people I've ever
met in my life/ says Belisle on her
experiences at the competition.
Belisle feels she was able to enjoy the
recent competitive experience in
Turkey because "the games were very
well organised.* The fact that "it was
a university games, which means
there are younger competitors,* also
helps to reduce the stress of the event
,she adds. As this was also Belisle's
third World University Games, she
was already used to the routine and
atmosphere of the competition.
This year the games brought new
memories and experiences for the
competitive wrestler. "It may not be
my favorite memory, but I went to a
Turkish bath. It was a pretty bizarre
experience,* recalls Belisle. After
modestiy stating that she "wrestled a
pretty good tournament," it's pretty
safe to say that Belisle created another lifelong memory by bringing home
a silver medal from Turkey.
Belisle did not become involved
in wrestling until her senior year of
high school. "We had a wrestling unit
in Phys Ed class; I tried it, and I liked
it and I was good at it,* she remembers. Since then Belisle has put in
eleven years on the competitive circuit. Because UBC does not have a
varsity wrestling team, Belisle must
train at SFU; but as she is a UBC stu
dent she cannot be a member of their
varsity team. Over the years this hasn't caused problems or been a deterrent for Belisle. "The location of the
schools is what makes things difficult. The commute is hard. I go to
class during the day at UBC, and then
race across to the other side of the
city to train at SFU," says Belisle.
The biggest challenge for Belisle
hasn't been the geographical distance between her classes at UBC and
her training centre at SFU, but has
been finding time to make enough
money to pay all the bills. "When
you're training all the time and going
to school, you don't have time for a
job," explains Belisle.
The strong competitive spirit in
Belisle has driven her through these
obstacles; none have stopped her
from wrestling in many of the top
international competitions. Belisle's
past achievements have included
placing fourth at the World
Championships in 2001 and 2002,
winning the silver medal at the 2003
Pan American Championships and
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competing in the  2004  Summer
Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Life never slows down for Belisle.
Less than two weeks after returning
from the World University Games in
Turkey, Belisle is getting ready for
her next challenge: the practicum she
must complete as part of the UBC
education program.
"I'm still going to be training and
competing, but my coaches know that
I'm in my practicum and I might
have to ease off training," states
Belisle. As for what the future holds,
"right now I'm at the stage where I'm
taking it year by year," she says. IB
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The Main Event Carnival
3:00 - 5:00 PM @ Koerner Plaza       free admission
Featuring club booths, games and food, and stage performances.
UBC Improv's "Residence Regatta"
7:00 - 9:00 PM @ Totem Park Ballroom    $2.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
Some of campus' funniest people in their first improv show of the year.
Comedy Night
10:00 PM - Midnight @ The Norm Theatre, SUB
$4.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
5 of the best young comics from around Vancouver.
Guest Speaker - George Stroumbolopoious
7:00 PM @ Totem Park Ballroom     $3.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
One of MuchMusic's most popular hosts, he recently left for The Hour, CBC's
new hour-long news magazine.
All Ages Pool Party
9:00 PM - Midnight $3.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
A splash! A giant group of people partying in a pool to beats from CiTR DJsI
First Pit Night
Pit Pub, SUB $2.00 / free with UBC student card
A Firstweek classic - partying downstairs in the Pit and upstairs in the
Partyroom/Courtyard..Your UBC student card gets you free cover at the Pit.
Last year, the lineup for Pit Night started shortly after lunch.
UBC Improv Night
9:00 -11:00 PM @ Scarfe 100 $2.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
Head down to Scarfe, the birthplace of UBC Improv, for an evening of bedtime
stories unlike any you've heard before.
Candlelight Series featuring Buck 65
Doors at 7:00 PM @ Pit Pub, SUB     $7.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
Indie sensation Buck 65 plays an intimate, acoustic show in the birthplace of
intimacy, the Pit. 19+,Two pieces of Government ID required for entry.
Open SUB Night $10.00 / free with Firstweek wristband
A years' worth of crazy fun crammed into one building.
Metric with special guests Elizabeth and Columbus
Doors @ 8 PM - Pit Pub, SUB $ 12 advance, $ 15 at the door
Tickets at The Outpost in the SUB. 19+, 2 pieces of government ID are
requried for entrance.
Concerned about Tuition and Access?
Do you know ail there is to know about your tuition and student fees?
Want to get involved in campaigns to keep university education
affordable and accessibly? Check out a new AMS website:
www.studentsforbc.ca - an online bank of information and resources
about post-secondary education in BC.
Budgeting Blues? Tuition Troubles?
Confused about how to pay for tuition, housing, food, books and still find
money for fun? Want to learn how to budget effectively? Check out
AMS Financial Awareness Days, featuring speakers on a broad range of
topics specifically targeted at student finances. Presenters include the
World Financial Group, UBC Student Financial Assistance & Awards, and
the Credit Counselling Society of BC. Coming to the SUB October 3-5!
Sendee (rrvt^8r/ef&
Get Involved! Volunteer for Shinerama
Shine Day, September 10
Shine Shoes and make new campus friends while raising funds for Cystic
Fibrosis Research. Sign-up at: ams.ubc.ca/shinerama
Can't come to Shine Day? There are other volunteer opportunities:
Sept. 3rd & 4th: 5 volunteers needed for each day from 11:30am-4pm to
sell 50/50 tickets at the NCAA Basketball Games.
Sept. 6-9:2 volunteers needed each day to be at the Shinerama booth in
the SUB to sell UBC football tickets, 11 am-3pm; 2 volunteers each day to
hand out AMS Insiders and promoting Shinerama on campus 11am-
Sept. 9: As many volunteers as possible to shine shoes in teams around
campus and downtown. 15 volunteers from 5:30-10pm to help out at the
football game doing various tasks, and 20 volunteers at the SUB from 4-
8pm and 8-12pm to help with Open SUB Night.
To volunteer contact: 604.822.9268
AMS Food Bank
The AMS Foodbank is located in SUB 58 re-opening for business in
September, Thursdays from noon to 3pm.
All UBC students are welcome to use the Food Bank by showing a valid
student ID card. It offers dry goods, non-perishable groceries and often
hygienic supplies as well. An emergency only service for students during
a time of crisis, we ask that users limit themselves to one bag of groceries
for individuals to make sure food is available for everyone who needs it.
There is a limit of 8 visits per family per semester. Staff will provide
referrals to other Lower Mainland foodbanks and sources of financial
assistance if these limits are not meeting your needs. We will not turn
anyone away and want to help.
Donations of non-perishable goods will also be accepted during
operating hours. Please give generously.
Operated by volunteers from the Ismaili Students Association and the
Red Cross Club
Sexual Assault Support Centre Reopens
The AMS' Sexual Assault Support Centre will be re-opening its doors on
September 6 in SUB 119A&B with expanded services including: full-time
staffed drop-in hours, 1-1 feminist counselling to survivors and their
support people, and education/awareness activities.lt is also developing
a resource area.
AMS Budget for 2005/06
The Budget for 2005/06 has been approved by AMS Council. Check out
its Highlights below - the complete budget is available online at
www.ams.ubc.ca/budget. If you have any concerns you can contact the
AMS VP Finance Kevin Keystone at vpfinance@ams.ubc.ca.
2005/0$ Alma Mater Society Budget Highlights
2004-2005 2005-2006
Budget Actual       [Over (Under) Budget
AMS Student Fees
AMS Pass Through Fees*
Operating Revenues
Sponsorship Revenues
Non-Discretinary Transfers
Discretionary Transfers
10,039,000 ..-.   10,619,336
Over (Under)
Replenished Funds
Non-Replenished Funds
Administration Office
Student Government
Student Services
Programs & Publications
1,720,002  : 1,775,193
f : 2,918 :     ,3,322
13,714 I     14,118 |
580,336   10,645,700
507,421    8,917,500
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hi THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 6 September, 2005
Sports 21
Field hockey star takes on Aussies
Stephanie Quinn
makes the
national team
by Onkarbir Toor
The UBC Thunderbirds women's
field hockey team went undefeated
last season and deservedly won the
CIS championships. In the finals,
they blanked the UVIC Vikes 3-0.
Stephanie Quinn was the best player
in the final, scoring a brace. She was
named to the All-Canadian team for
the second time in her career. Along
with Tiffany Michaluk, Devon
Bromley, Jennifer Tait, Stephanie
Jameson, and Kathryn MacPherson,
Quinn forms an attacking combination which opposing teams dread to
Quinn says "This season was
probably the best season, [we] went
undefeated, a good group of girls,
helps us to play well."
Recendy, Quinn was selected to
represent Canada against the visiting Australian women's field hockey
team. It was a great feeling for
Quinn. "I was so excited. I couldn't
beHeve it It came as a bit of surprise, especially to play against
Australia, a very good team. They
were ranked third in the world when
we played them,* says Quinn.
Playing on a bigger stage was a
great experience for Quinn. "I guess
it was exciting and nerve wracking
at the same time. There was sort of
no chance to think. The pace was
something to get used to, for sure/
she recalls.
A graduate from Kitsilano High
School (1999), Quinn recendy completed her bachelor's degree in
Human Kinetics at UBC and is
presently studying with Canadian
Securities. "In the future, I would
like to become a financial advisor,*
she says.
Quinn got into field hockey at an
early age. "My uncle coached an
Under-10 team at Trafalgar Park. My
cousin was playing too. I played and
just loved it and kept on going,* she
Quinn got a lot of support from
her parents and friends. "I guess my
parents always supported me in
whatever I did. They never pushed
me into things. Friends have always
understood when I need to go away
[for playing],* she says. Stephanie
Jameson, Stephanie Hume and
Leslie Magnus, other members of
the UBC women's field hockey team
have been of great help to Quinn.
She feels that teammates become
really close friends.
About the coaching success of
Hash Kanjee, Quinn says "I think he
has been extremely successful and I
think he has got a winning formula
which combines physical fitness,
tactics, defending strength and a
strong tradition of the program.*
Hash believes Quinn is like a role
model. "She is definitely one of the
best on the team and has contributed to [UBC's] success. She has
one more year [to play for UBC]. I
would love to take her back on the
team. She has been playing great.
She has chosen to go to Germany to
play for six weeks. She is a very good
field hockey player and with hard
work, she could be a veiy good forward. She has got a lot of talent, and
a lot of ability, " Hash says.
Quinn has had her hard times
too. "I guess anytime I haven't been
selected is a hard time. It affects
your confidence. You have to look
and find other perspectives. You
can't hold on to [negative experi-
SMOOTH HANDLING: Quinn takes control of the ball, richard lam/
ences] too tightly, otherwise it really
affects you,* she says.
Quinn believes UBC should do
more to promote field hockey as a
sport. "Maybe if we created an intramural program at UBC, more students will play at the recreational
level and they may take an interest
[in field hockey],* she says.
UBC has just received a new field
hockey turf. This is a good step to
promote field hockey. However, the
turf has its shortcomings too.
"Unfortunately the turf wasn't laid
very flat. There were a lot of bumps.
We definitely need a second turf
with water fountains and washrooms* Quinn says.
Besides field hockey, Quinn likes
yoga, travelling and experiencing the
outdoors. When it comes to other
field hockey positions she hates playing defense. On the field her
strengths include her speed, perseverance and her work ethic.
Quinn admires Silken Laumann,
the Canadian rower who has shown
grace and determination during her
years in the competitive spotlight.
Quinn has had an amazing season and this is just the beginning.
She is a strong player and a very
soft-spoken person. Achieving a spot
on the national team is definitely a
milestone in her career; it adds
another feather to her cap. If she
keeps on her high note, one day she
might be recognised with an
Olympic gold medal hanging on
her neck. Ill
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.nei/worKs 22 Opinion/Editorial
Tuesday, 6 September, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
US administration: unacceptable
Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
worsened by Bush's negligence
It's been one week since Hurricane Katrina
devastated the city of New Orleans. One week,
and still there are thousands of survivors waiting to be rescued, thousands of bodies waiting to
be recovered and thousands more to whom life
as they as they once knew it seems only a distant
dream. One week for incredible stories of altruism, goodwill, and compassion to emerge from
the beneath the rubble, and one same week for
any of these individual acts of goodwill to be
overwhelmed by an administrative failure of the
highest order. While no one can control the
weather—especially at its most frightening
extremes—unpredictable actions on the part of
the elements can and must be minimised and
mitigated through conscientious preparation,
planning, and infrastructure, whether in structural or bureaucratic form.
It is this negligence—this grave failure—on
the part of the Bush administration that has
turned a story from one about a natural disaster into a profoundly depressing chronicle of
man's inhumanity to his fellow man. But
we're not talking about the Tooting', the 'pillaging,' or the 'survivalist' tactics undertaken
by disenfranchised, dislocated citizens (labels
that seem suspiciously dependent on the
colour of the person in question's skin). The
inhumanity that concerns us most is that
taken by the Bush Administration toward its
most vulnerable and impoverished citizens;
the moral failure of an administration unable
to fulfill its most basic duty, and indeed the
very duty upon which an entire election was
fought won, and lost We predicated our case
on the following.
In 2001, Scientific American warned that
the New Orleans levees were woefully inadequate, stating that the city did not have adequate evacuation routes or procedures ready
for its citizens in the case of a likely emergency. A Pulitzer Prize-winning report published a year later by a local newspaper sounded the same warning. In 2004, the US Army
Corps of Engineers Hurricane Project requested $ 11 million dollars for upgrades to levees
that would have protected residents from
surges in Lake Pontchartrain. The project
received $5.5 million. The following year, the
US army corps requested $22.5 million but
received a meagre $5.5 million. The Bush
Administration was slated to allot $3 million
for 2006. A 44 per cent decrease in funding
for construction projects over the past four
years has now left thousands stranded and
thousands feared dead in Louisiana. The hst
goes on.
It seems that everybody knew New Orleans
was under prepared for a serious emergency
"Condoleeza, those look great on your'
"Thanks...ew! Is that a bayou on my shoe?"
situation and yet nothing was done. And let's
face it: the changes that needed to be made
were expensive. They were not within the
reach of the New Orleans civic government,
nor the Louisiana state government—mired in
cronyism, and totally broke to boot Yet
instead of the Bush administration increasing
funding to help prepare New Orleans in times
of disaster, funding was cut and funneled into
other areas.
One of these areas was indubitably Iraq.
President Bush has allocated over $200 billion
since 2003 to fight the "War" on Iraq. It doesn't take a mathmagician, nor an English honours student well versed in high irony to figure out that this funding that could have otherwise been diverted into critical domestic infrastructure, but was instead spent to destroy the
infrastructure of another country.
Unfortunately one of the critical components
of disaster relief and the restoration of civil
order is manpower, the ability to bring responsible security to zones where the social fabric
has disintegrated. Usually this job is left to the
National Guard. But where were those fine
young Louisiana guardsmen waiting to come
to their state's rescue? You guessed it—Iraq!
Or in full-submersion combat: Jackson
Barracks, located just south of the French
Quarter is home to the Louisiana National
Guard, and is currendy still under about 12
feet of water.
Republicans are skilled in playing a zero-
sum game; in this case they gambled, and in
this case they lost; the available National
Guardsman were lost in the post-hurricane
chaos in which timeliness was most critical.
Hurricane Katrina was not a surprise terrorist attack; the hurricane's path and the
damage it would likely cause were known
long before the storm reached the Cajun
Coast. Authorities were able to realise the
wisdom in evacuation but for some reason
they didn't think it necessary to adequately
prepare relief efforts. Effective preparation
and planning would have ensured that medical supplies and food reached beleaguered
residents rather than the anarchy and continued misery that now plagues the New
Orleans. To be fair, a massive relief effort
cannot be mobilised overnight. But if the
danger is predicted and confirmed in
advance, why wait until it strikes to
mobilise? Much has been said about the
inability of the poverty-line population of
New Orleans to afford their own evacuation.
Mobility costs money: Evacuation vehicles
should have been provided days before the
destruction. Barges could have been directed
towards the area to rescue those stranded by
the flooding. Relief centres could have been
pre-prepared for those not evacuated in
time. But nothing was done until far too late,
and the Bush administration is left with a
tragedy that will leave a mark on at least a
generation of Cajun Coast inhabitants. U
Just say no to unfair drug laws
If outspoken Canadian marijuana activist
and seed entrepreneur Marc Emery is guilty
of anything, it's telling the truth about marijuana prohibition. Canada is now faced with
choosing between its sovereignty and US
President George W. Bush's punitive
culture war.
If health outcomes determined drug laws
instead of cultural norms, marijuana would
be legal. And if harsh penalties deterred consensual vices, the United States would be a
"drug-free* country.
The University of Michigan's Monitoring
the Future study reports that lifetime use of
marijuana is higher in the United States than
any European country, yet the US is one of
the few western countries that uses its criminal justice system to punish citizens who
prefer marijuana to martinis. Students who
want to help Canada "Just Say No to the
American Inquisition" should contact
Students for Sensible Drug Policy at
—Robert Sharpe, MP A
Policy Analyst
Washington, DC
how well did the bush
Administration handle
the aftermath of the
Hurricane Katrina?
"I don't know too much about it I
guess they didn't get around to getting people out quick enough. They
should have pulled the army out of
Iraq to help."
—Ben Holzman
"I wouldn't want [Bush's] job for
anything. It's too easy to criticize.*
—Peter Thompson
Arts Alumni
"I guess they didn't handle it too
well. There is not enough disposable army power in the US right
now—they are all in Iraq.*
—Scott MacLellan
Construction Worker
"Not very well at all. I think the
Bush Administration has presided
over the decay of infrastructure in
the south in general, and New
Orleans in particular. They have
transferred their resources over
—Michael ZeMn
"I don't think they handled it veiy
well. The response didn't seem that
quick. There were lots of people
complaining on the TV."
—Parveen Grewal
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Birds bowl over Matadors
in basketball tune-up
Sports 23
by Bobby Huang
The beginning of a new school
year always promises unbridled
potential for students. The
beginning of a men's varsity
basketball year promises this
and then some.
Last year ended on a sour
note for the T-Birds, as they
bowed out in a 2-0 pacific division final series loss to the
Victoria Vikes. UBC hopes to
erase those memories with an
extended playoff run this season that will hopefully culminate in a trip to Halifax to play
for the CIS championship.
To   accomplish   this   lofty
goal, the revamped hoop squad
will have to do it without several key members of last year's
squad. Gone are starters Karlo
Villaneuva,  Mark Tasic,   and
Peter Wauthy.  However,  the
addition of two former Triple A
MVPs in the name of guards
Pasha Bains and Chad Clifford,
should ease the loss of those
three starters.
The quest for a CIS title
began this past weekend at War
Memorial Gym as UBC kicked
off their exhibition schedule
with two games against NCAA
Division 1 opponents. The T-
Birds suffered a 90-74 loss at
the hands of the veteran-laden
University of Colorado team on
Saturday, but rebounded with
an 85-61 romp over the Cal
State Northridge Matadors on
Sunday afternoon.
UBC dominated the opening
minutes of the game, jumping
out to an early lead that they
never relinquished.
Just when it looked like the
Matadors were building some
momentum by cutting the UBC
lead to 41-30 at halftime,
the sharp shooting Casey
Archibald shot a dagger into
any hopes of a Matador comeback by draining a three-pointer
in the opening minute of the
second half.
Archibald, a fourth-year
guard, led all scorers with 18
points, followed by 13 points
from two-time CIS scoring
champion Pasha Bains.
"Pasha and Casey play great
together," said UBC head coach
Kevin Hanson. "They're looking
for each other now, but we have
to be careful that our team doesn't stop playing when those two
guys have the basketball. We
want to get away from relying
on one or two scorers and move
towards being a well-rounded
scoring team."
Every player in the UBC lineup scored at least two points,
including point guard Jordan
Yu   whose    outstanding    11
assists proved his readiness to
fill the starting role.
Spearheaded by Yu, the T-
Birds' high-tempo transition
offence exploited the Matador
team that turned over the ball
21 times. The end result gave
UBC a 24 point difference over
the Matadors.
At times, many of the UBC
players appeared confused
and disoriented on the floor,
symptomatic of a team still
trying to find the right chemistry after practicing for only a
brief time.
"We'll probably start nine
or ten different guys over the
course of the season to find
who's going to be playing
well," continued Hanson.
"We've got many different lineups that will play well together
once they get used to playing
with each other."
As nice as this win was, the
sixth-year coach realises that
the road to Halifax will be an
uphill climb.
"Last year, we peaked early
on, reached a plateau at
Christmas time and played
.500. This year the emphasis is
to peak in March."
The T-Birds now enjoy an
extended lay-off before opening
the regular season at home
against the Trinity Western
Spartans on October 22. U
DUNK TIME: UBC men's basketball player Chad Clifford heads for the net
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