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Furniture gangbanging and D-Pav since 1918
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006
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Creater and resident of venue evicted.
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"Nativity Story" looks with an eye
to history. Page 6
UBC salvages split after lackluster
effort at GM Place. Page 12
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Trek goal for daycare expansion failed
Expansion plan only alleviates ten per cent
of the total 1,200 waiting list applicants
by Colleen Tang
The failure of the University to
secure new daycare spots by
January 2006 has resulted in a
sharp increase in waitlists and
numbers have now surged to over
1,200 applicants.
The number of applicants has
risen 70 per cent every year for
the past three years, said Karen
Bakker, vice president for advocacy faculty representative for UBC
Daycare Parent Council.
"Many people who are now
applying will never get in before
their kids are six," said Bakker.
Most people on the waitlist, she
added, are UBC staff, faculty and
students, while roughly a tenth of
them have no association with the
According to Bakker, waitlists
in the past guaranteed that an
applicant would wait no longer
than two years before they
received a spot, but now there is
no such guarantee.
In addition, UBC Daycare cannot guarantee space for children as
they move through the three different child-minding age groups UBC
offers. Children entering the three
to 12 month-old group, for example, would not be guaranteed
entrance into the one to three-year
old, or three to five year-old group
in the future.
"What parents are finding is that
see "Daycare"page 2.
SOMERSAULT! Kaitlin Vandenbosch teaches gymnastics to children at acadia park. OKER CHEN PHOTO
Archibald outstanding, UBC perfect
Fifth-year guard drops season high 33 as T-Birds hit halfway point 11-0
by Boris Korby
Unlike the rest of the UBC campus,
head coach Kevin Hanson and the
UBC men's basketball team couldn't
wait to tackle their final exam.
That's because the CIS No. 2
ranked Thunderbirds—after wiping
the floor with the 15 opponents
they've faced thus far this season-
could finally find out how they
stacked up against one of Canada's
best after welcoming No. 3 ranked
UVic to the War Memorial Gym
Saturday night.
And in their first and only test of
the winter term, the Thunderbirds
showed they came prepared.
On the back of captain Casey
"After tonight's
performance, i
would certainly put
[Casey Archibald] in
a real special category of one of the
all time [ubc]
-Kevin Hanson
head coach, UBC men's
Archibald, the T-Birds aced basketball
101 this semester, outlasting a second half surge by the Vikes to record
a 78-73 win and enter the holidays
with a perfect 11-0 record atop the
Canada West
"It was really our first test of the
half of Saturday's 78-73 win over
year and we treated this match-up
like a playoff calibre game," said
Archibald. "It's nice, you never want
to have a month off after a loss, so
it's going to make the holiday a little
more joyful."
After Saturday's performance,
Archibald has every reason to be
content heading into the break.
Although the Salmon Arm native
has had some masterful games
over his five years wearing the blue
and gold, his most recent display
was possibly his best yet.
After a stifling defensive scheme
clearly drawn up to keep the ball
out of his hands limited Archibald
to just six points in the first half, the
fifth-year guard absolutely dominated the rest of the way, dropping 27
more on 8-of-12 shooting to go
along with three big assists in just
20 minutes.
"Over his five years he's been a
tremendous scorer for us, but after
dropped 27 points in the second
Victoria, oker chen photo
tonight's performance—I know it's a
regular league game—but I would certainly put him in a real special category tonight of one of the all time [UBC]
greats," said Hanson. "To be able to
put on a performance like that when
we need it in an almost must win
game, he really took it on and took it
to another level, and we're going to
need more of that out of him later on
in the season as well."
Archibald finished the night
with 33 points while third-year
guard Chris Dyck chipped in with
14 in the first half and Douglas
College transfer Cody Berg added
10 to go along with 9 rebounds.
"I was just sort of in the moment.
Shots were just going in for me...and
we needed to score, so I just stepped
up I guess," said Archibald. "Guys
played really hard off the ball, and if
guys aren't playing well I'm not going
Off-campus work
permit removes barriers
for UBC students
UBC is one of the first universities to adopt this program
by Shanshan Lu
Eight-hundred international UBC students can now work off campus,
according to an announcement on
November 30.
The students have been verified
by the International House to get off-
campus work permits to allow them
to work legally for the duration of
their study permit.
UBC student Philip Chen is one
of those students. Many of his
friends don't know that apart from
being a full-time international student at UBC, he also worked nights
as a chef without paying taxes in a
Japanese restaurant.
But Chen will now be able to
work legally because of the new off-
campus work permits.
"With this off-campus work permit, there are employers who could
potentially take me in my own field
now," said Chen, adding that he
decided to quit his present job
because it has nothing to do with his
major, accounting.
Launched last April, the off-
campus work permit is a program
created by the Canadian government to allow foreign students at
public post-secondary institutions
to work off-campus while completing their studies.
UBC, which offered this since
May, is one of the earliest adopters of
this program.
There are many benefits to the
new off-campus work permits,
according to Margaret Murphy,
International Student Development
Advisor with the International House
of UBC.
"The first benefit we see is that the
international students get to practice
what they've learned in class in the
real world," she said.
Within the program, there are
generally no restrictions on the type
of work allowed. Both graduate and
undergraduate students are allowed
to work a maximum of 20 hours per
week during the regular academic
years and full-time during winter
breaks. Undergraduate students are
also eligible to work full-time during
the summer breaks.
For students who want to work in
Canada upon graduation, there is
what Murphy called "a super benefit"
to this program.
After finishing their education,
international students can work full-
time immediately anywhere in
Canada for three months without
waiting for a minimum of 50 days of
issuing post-graduate work permits,
as long as they have valid off-campus
work permits and study permits.
Lily Liu is an international stu-
see "Barrier" page 2.
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Tuesday, 5 December, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
AMS VP Academic deems proposed expansion plan a "drop in the bucket"
"Daycare"continued from page 7.
when their child turns...three all of
a sudden they're told that, 'there
isn't going to be space for you in
the next age group up and you'll
just have to leave,'" she explained,
adding that parents are only given
one month notice.
This has already affected 20
families this past fall, she said.
To combat increased waitlists,
"UBC [had] planned to expand and
they committed to a Trek goal of
expansion by January 2006 and
they missed that goal," she said. "I
think that it would have been wise
for UBC to pay attention earlier to
the obvious growth in waitlists and
to satisfy money for capital costs to
expand the daycares which are a
vital service."
The University Neighbourhood
Association (UNA) may contribute
a small levy in exchange for services from UBC, including access to
According to Mike Feeley,
director of the UNA board, the
UNA is considering contributing
$900,000 towards UBC daycare
from the Community Amenity
Charge (CAC) fund, a tax collected
from developers.
"[The CAC fund is] designed to
be used for community purposes,"
he said. "It seems appropriate for
us...to help provide for daycare."
By contributing to the expansion project of UBC Daycare, "it
really changes the models of how
some of the facilities might operate," he added, stating that members of the UNA community who
are not UBC staff, students or faculty are also in need of vital services like daycare.
However, this may mean a
change in priorities, said Bakker,
"because normally when you
apply if you're a UBC staff, student or faculty you get priority
and everyone else is further
down the list."
"What UBC needs to focus on
doing is [meeting] the gross
demand—which has grown
because UBC's growing—and dealing with the needs of staff, students and faculty first," she said.
Funding for an expansion program has also raised questions
regarding daycare priorities, as
the $4 million future expansion
will only alleviate roughly ten per
cent of the waitlist demand.
Brian Sullivan, VP Students,
has acknowledged the rapid
increase in demand for daycare.
"We proposed 146 spaces for
the next year," he said, adding
that 3 5 spots will open for a new
after-school program proposed to
be completed next summer.
Sullivan indicated that funding for the program could potentially be coming from the
University and the UNA.
"We are having discussions
with the Alma Mater Society
[AMS] and the province about
potential contributions. Roughly
speaking, if you think of each facility as [contributing] a million dollars that won't be too far off," said
The expansion plan will be up
for initial approval at this
Thursday's Board of Governors
Jeff Friedrich, AMS VP academic is not impressed with
their expansion plan, however.
"[The VP students office doesn't]
have a very aggressive expansion
plan in place," he said, describing the extra spots as "a drop in
the bucket..not doing much to
solve the waitlist problem."
Friedrich is also concerned
about where the money is coming
from for the daycare expansion.
He indicated that the University's
Infrastructure Impact Charge (IIC)
account was being proposed as a
funding source.
"There's a portion of the IICs
that is eligible to be used for
childcare," he said, but the other
demands on the IIC account such
as the funding $27 million for
the underground bus loop have
swallowed up funds that would
be otherwise directed towards
Ultimately Friedrich thinks
the University needs "to make a
commitment to fix the childcare
issue before making an investment with IICs. "@
"B-ball"continued from page 7.
to score, so as much as I put the ball
in the hoop, it's a credit to how they
"It was fun, but at the same time
this was just another game for us
along our goal [of winning a championship]. It was a great win, but it
was just another game."
It might just be another game,
but thus far the T-Birds look to
be at the top of the 06-07 class,
and if Saturday's performance is
any indication, Archibald appears
more driven then ever to claim
the crown that's eluded him for
four years. CIS beware. @
"Barrier"continued from page 7.
dent graduating this August
from the Faculty of Arts of UBC.
Despite a good academic record,
she has been turned down by
several companies that wanted
her to start earlier.
"I [would] have joined the program if I knew it earlier," said Liu.
"With the off-campus work permit, if your employer wants you to
start tomorrow, you can start
tomorrow," said Murphy.
Murphy's advice for those
who only want to work after
graduation is "to get your student off-campus  work  permit
while you are a student because
you are not eligible to apply for it
after you graduate."
To be academically eligible, students must be in a degree, diploma,
or certificate program at UBC.
"You don't need a job offer
before you apply," said Murphy.
"This is an open work permit.
You can use it for any job anywhere in Canada."
Grace Han, senior human
resources consultant, said employers are most reluctant to take foreign students because of their
"lack of local working experience."
"The program would make it
easier for foreign students to com
pete with local students on the
same ground."
While visiting, exchange,
unclassified, continuing studies
or access studies students at
UBC, students under Canadian
government sponsored scholarships or students who were registered in a program that consists either exclusively or primarily of English or French as a second language are not eligible.
As an exchange student, Park
Young Jin from Korean University
was very upset about this.
"I wish the program could be
open to exchange students," said
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Claudia Li and Brandon Adams were planning an attack on Leah
Poulton's tree house. With the help of Victor Liang, Shanshan Lu,
Wilson Wong,andColleenTang,they would ambush it Tuesday
afternoon when they were sure Leah and her friends Colleen
Tang, Jesse Ferreras,and Sana Shahram would bethere. Erik
Lauder and Justin McElroy would offer reinforcements if needed,
and Bryce McRae would supply the militia with eggs and toilet
paper. Henrique Barhane and Sarah-Nelle Jackson were supposed
to show up with top-of-the-line Karen Ko water balloons,though
it was uncertain which side they would be on. Andrea Loewen,
Kian Mintz-Woo,Michelle Mayne,and Meredith Hambrock insisted on remaining neutral,though in a battle like this one there
would be no room for spectators. As the group approached the
tree house, Eric Szeto,Carolynne Burkholder,and Boris Korby
jumped out of the bushes behind Xiaoyang Luo's house and
soaked the trespassers with ketchup-filled water guns. Momoko
Price and Oker Chen followed with baking powder and
Champagne Choquer laughed maniacally as Jesse Marchand,
Mary Leighton,and Andrew MacRae writhed in the bubbling concoction. Matthew Jewkeswatched sadly from across the street
and wondered why we couldn't all just befriends.
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Creator and resident of L'Espace evicted
PISSED: Painchaud plans to continue the fight for this space, oken chen photo
UBC AIDS expert slams Conservatives
by Jesse Ferreras
A UBC professor dismissed a government announcement of significant funding for HIV/AIDS as "too
little, too late" on World AIDS Day,
December 1.
Julio Montaner, medicine professor and director of the BC Centre
for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, criticised the Conservatives' handling
of HIV/AIDS prevention despite
over $300 million of federal funding in 2006.
The government announced
last Friday morning a pledge of
$120 million in federal funding
for HIV/AIDS. Montaner, however,
said the funding is insufficient
and lambasted the government's
attitude towards supervised injection sites (SIS).
"Canada is failing badly in terms
of providing the leadership it should
provide at the federal level,"
Montaner said. "Our own political
leadership is turning their backs on
our own work...and arguing that it's
better to put $100 million somewhere out there to solve the prob
lem and ignore the plea for support
to do what is right here and abroad."
The funding is to be divided
between research and prevention
programs in Canada and internationally. It was to be announced at the
World AIDS conference in Toronto
but the government deemed the
issue had become too politicised.
Montaner disagreed, however,
saying that HIV/AIDS has to become
a political issue in the next election.
There are boundaries keeping
those less fortunate from having
access to HIV/AIDS treatment,
Montaner said.
"The reality is that only the fittest
among us have the time, energy and
the know-how to access those treatments," he added.
Maxine Davis, executive director
of the Peter Centre, also addressed
the Conservatives' position on the
SIS. She said that needle sharing is
one of the most common causes for
the spread of HIV/AIDS and that
Vancouver's SIS has been instrumental in combating the disease.
"Research has shown that those
using a SIS are 70 per cent less like
ly to share needles," she said.
"Historically there have been very
few initiatives that have reduced
syringe sharing."
"So, what does the government
do? Prohibit any more supervised
injection sites."
After seeing a photo exhibit at
City Hall, she said that she recognised similar effects of the disease
upon victims in British Columbia
and Haiti. The faces of sufferers are
"strikingly similar, and so is the
underlying suffering," said Davis.
"As citizens of British Columbia and
citizens of the world, we need to
respond to the suffering of both."
Vancouver-Burrard MLA Lome
Mayencourt said that one of the most
effective ways to tackle HIV/AIDS is
to create better awareness.
"I am very proud of the work of
the people that put the red ribbons
on the trees in the west end," he
said. "Finally we have something
that is very demonstrative of how
important it is for us to think
about not only the people living
with AIDS, but the implications of
doing that." @
by Leah Poulton
The future of one of Vancouver's
most unique public venues is
uncertain after its resident and
creator was evicted from the property by the city of Vancouver last
Regis Painchaud occupied the
building under the Granville
Street bridge known as L'Espace
for three years—a 1920s space,
now turned into a storage warehouse venue that was used to host
art and music events. Last week's
eviction was the end result of a
long battle with the city over the
violation of several bylaws.
"The issue is that the building
occupancy permits only permanent warehouse use," said Jerry
Evans, development manager in
Real Estate for Vancouver.
Painchaud rents out the space
for events like wedding receptions
and parties, violating the rules governing building use, he continued.
More importantly, Evans said,
are the "serious safety issues."
"The building would need significant upgrades for these types of
[usage], such as sprinklers, a fire
alarm system and smoke detectors," he explained.
Another issue between Painchaud
and the city was the early termination clause in the lease.
"Any bridge structure in the city
has a termative clause because of
the chance of major structural
damage to the bridge...it allows
people to get in there quickly and
fix it," Evans explained.
He said that the city had extensive negotiations with Painchaud
regarding the lease, and offered to
compensate him for any costs
from an early termination.
"He rejected the lease offer,
and we were very surprised,"
added Evans.
Painchaud, however, tells a different story.
"Those people are so narrow-
minded," said Painchaud of the
city officials. "They refused for
over one and a half years to negotiate or to talk," he added.
Painchaud said that as soon as
he took over the property in 2003,
he approached the city and said he
had the money to bring the building up to code, and he wished to do
so. But, after an initial meeting, he
never heard back from them at all.
He suspects that the city has
ulterior motives.
"There is something else behind
the decision...they have something
personal against me," he explained.
"There's someone there behind the
"There are no projects planned
for this space until after 2008...we
just don't understand," he said.
Evans said that Painchaud
demanded that the city pay for the
costs of seismic and other upgrades,
which would cost upwards of
But Painchaud insists it is not a
matter of money.
"I have the money...they don't
want to do it," he said. "They are
crazy to think I endanger the lives
of people. The building is not
Despite their differing accounts,
both sides agree that they have
reached the breaking point.
"We've come to a point where we
see no other choice," said Evans of
the November 30 eviction.
He said they've explored every
other possibility, including funding through the social works sector
of the city. However, this funding
only applies to privately-owned
buildings that are operated as nonprofit companies.
"[Painchaud] is undertaking a
commercial venture there...but the
rent is just for a warehouse," said
Evans, citing this number at $6 to
$10 a square foot.
Painchaud said that although
he must find another office space
for now, he is not giving up on
"I will fight back for sure...I
have invested too much time and
money in that building to just let it
go," he continued. "Right now, I
just want to be sure there is not a
deal behind my back with someone else."
Painchaud is not optimistic
about the future of the building.
"Like many other city-owned
buildings in town, it will be filled
with squatters," said Painchaud."I
predict a demolition by neglect." @
Lighting up and remembering
Students and supporters stood at Mclnnes Field on the night of
December 1 for a candlelight vigil to commemorate World AIDS
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Students taking drugs
by Sana Shahram
The abuse of stimulants such as
Ritalin and Dexedrine is on the
rise at UBC.
In professional health programs,
such as medicine or pharmacy, students are being equipped with
knowledge that can be used to abuse
the health care system to their benefit. And, while many forego this
practice, others don't.
Students are increasingly finding
that the drugs, such as Dexedrine—a
drug that functions to lessen fatigue,
increase mental activity, as well as
to elevate mood and create a general feeling of well being—can be helpful in increasing their capacity to
study for long hours.
'You can just take a bunch of
Dexedrine in the morning, and then
you can sit in the library for up to 16
hours without getting tired, and it
helps you focus too, fewer distractions," explained a pharmacy student
who wished to remain anonymous.
Ritalin and Dexedrine, both
amphetamines—a drug class which
includes cocaine—act as stimulants
of the sympathetic nervous system
and are intended as therapy for people who suffer from Attention Deficit
Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
"You can get used to it. Once you
experience the relative ease of
studying with Dexedrine, it's hard
to study without," he added. "It's
like why would you put in the extra
effort when you can just cram in
one night with Dexedrine and
achieve the same results?"
David Green, a student at
Harvard, told The Washington Post,
"In all honesty, I haven't written a
paper without Ritalin since my junior year in high school."
High doses of Dexedrine can
result in euphoria, but upon with-
RITALIN? Taking pills to get academically ahead, amber plater photo
drawal it can revert to severe
depression and lethargy. These side
effects, along with the risk of developing heart arrhythmias and a
whole host of related conditions,
were the reasons why the attending
doctor, Elinda Ho, in the student
clinic in the village was surprised
this kind of abuse was happening.
"Students in the health programs at UBC should know better
than anyone else the kinds of side
effects these drugs can have, that's
why I am surprised this would be
happening," she said.
Ho explained that prescriptions
for these drugs are not given easily
because of their potential for abuse,
and because of their street value:
Ritalin is used to cut cocaine, a practice that is common in Vancouver.
The procedure for detection of
ADHD is not fool-proof. If someone
presents with symptoms potentially
relating to the disorder, they are usually sent to an ADHD clinic where
they undergo several tests to evaluate
their condition. The tests are verbal
however, and could presumably be
faked by someone who is aware of
what they are looking for.
"That's a lot of hassle to go
through though, and can potentially
not result in a prescription. I would
think that would be deterrent
enough for these kids in comparison
to the minor edge the drug might get
them," she said.
Still, in the competitive world of
UBC even a minor edge can be life-
altering. But not all students are
choosing this route.
Logan McNeil, a third-year pharmacy student at UBC said that
although he knows he could potentially have access to the drug, he
prefers to study the old fashioned
"It's really a matter of ethics, I
think. I mean, in anything competitive, school or sports or otherwise, there are always going to be
people who are looking for an
unfair advantage," he said.
"Ethically, though, you would
hope most people don't, and are just
willing to put in the hard work.
Especially in professional programs
where knowing the information is
vital to your job." @
Honouring female victims
of gender-based violence
by Victor Liang
UBC campus groups will hold a joint
memorial to honour the National
Day of Remembrance and Action on
Violence Against Women in Canada
and female victims of gender-based
violence on December 6.
"The goal of the memorial itself
is to remember the 14 women
who were murdered at l'ecole
Polytechnique de Montreal back in
1989 on December 6, and also to
acknowledge the passing of women
in the community and across
Canada who suffered the loss of life
because of gender-based violence,"
said C. J. Rowe, UBC Women's
Diversity advisor and chair of the
December 6 organising committee.
The Day of Remembrance is a
response to the 1989 massacre at
the Montreal University which saw
a gunman walk into the school on
the last day of classes before the
December holiday break and proceeded with an execution-style
murder of 14 women.
The man made a point to single
out women as he asked men to
leave the school. It was reported
that upon entering a classroom he
shouted, "I want the women. I hate
the feminists!" and a suicide note
found on his body stated his frustrations at not getting into l'ecole
Polytechnique due to affirmative
action policies.
According to Rowe, the massacre
was a watershed moment in highlighting discrimination and violence
against women.
"The significance of December 6
back in 1989 is that it was the first
time a man walked in and said that
he was murdering these women
because they were women and
because he saw them as taking a
spot that should have been deemed
his or belonging to another man in
the university," she said.
Elizabeth Croft, mechanical engineering professor and one of the
speakers at the UBC memorial
event, also remembered the shooting in terms of how it affected her
position as a woman, both as a university student and as an engineer.
The tragedy of losing those 14
young women could have happened
at UBC, she said. "We can't just say
that it's removed or something that
happened somewhere else."
"It heightened my awareness that
there are still people that really feel
that women do not belong in engineering [and other non-traditional
occupations] in our society, and that
is a real problem."
Deanna Reder, a PhD English
student and sessional instructor in
women's studies, was an undergrad
student in Montreal at the time of
the shooting. Reder stressed the relevance of the memorial in creating
dialogue towards a safer society for
"Besides remembering in itself,
[the memorial] gives us a chance to
question how safe we are as a society. It gives us the chance to bring up
this question and it'll be nuanced
every year; it'll speak differently to
every generation but we have to
make it relevant to us."
This year's memorial will take
place in the main concourse of the
SUB at 1pm. There will be speakers, followed by a candle-light vigil.
There will also be candle displays
set up around campus for people
who can't attend the memorial.
Purple ribbons are to be worn
between November 25 to
December 10 to symbolise support
for the elimination of violence
against women. They will be distributed on campus.
Ultimately, those involved with
the memorial want people to leave
with a better sense of community
and an understanding that we are all
responsible for each other.
"It's a people issue. Women's
issues are people's issues. I don't
want it to be about women against
men, I want it to be about working
together to make it better for everybody...that's what feminism should
be about," said Croft. @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 5 December, 2006
Nativity Story strips Christmas magic bare
now playing
by Andrea Locwcn
If you've ever attended Sunday
school, a Christmas musical or seen
the Charlie Brown Christmas special,
you know what happens in the
Nativity Story. This film tells the story
of Mary and Joseph's journey to
deliver baby Jesus with lots of attention to detail and little soul.
The filmmaker's commitment,
first and foremost, was to the
authenticity of both the religious
text as well as the cultural realities
of ancient Jerusalem. The film succeeds at creating a stunning and
seemingly accurate picture of the
world into which Jesus was born.
Unfortunately, it seems to have gotten so lost on the realistic details
that the film neglected the emotional journey altogether.
There are some moments that
ring true. The moment of Jesus'
birth is beautiful and terrifying and
the scandal that Mary's pregnancy
causes her village is brutal and disturbing. However, the moment
when Mary (Whale Rider's Keisha
Castle-Hughes) reveals to her parents and husband that her unborn
child has been conceived through
the Holy Spirit, the emotional
impact of the moment completely
deflates. She is far too secure in her
stance, a choice that is likely meant
to reflect her faith, but it appears as
though she's brushing off her parents' concerns.
Other key moments feel empty.
Multiple appearances of the angel
Gabriel in dreams and visions seem
unimportant and awkward. Every
time God speaks, the booming voice
and swirling smoke that accompany
it are met with subdued reactions on
the part of the receiving actor. King
Herod's paranoia and ruthlessness
only gets lip service, so his decision
to kill all boys in an effort to repress
an uprising seems to come out of
It might seem fair to expect
that Catherine Hardwicke, director of Thirteen and Lords of
Dogtown, would have a fairly original take on the story. Initially it
seems as though it might go that
way. The film opens with very
dark imagery, and goes on to paint
Mary as a young, playful, popular
girl. The film, however, adds up to
a paint-by-numbers telling of the
"history-defining birth of Jesus."
The embellishments added by
Hardwicke are limited to pasted-
on moments in which the audience is meant to fear for Mary's
safety (and that of the baby Jesus.)
The problem is that everyone
knows how the story ends, so
these moments seem pointless.
It might also seem fair to expect
that when telling a story that is so
well-known, a writer might use a little
bit of subtlety. Instead of letting the
audience see that Mary is a little
frightened to be the one chosen to
bear the saviour of her people, or that
she is a woman of faith, the film
insists on telling us multiple times
through expositional dialogue and
All in all, the Nativity Story is a
nice telling of the Christmas story,
and it certainly won't offend anyone.
Unfortunately, it's also unlikely to
inspire anyone. @
Spain's immigration history makes for Hard Times
at the European Union Film Festival
Pacific Cinematheque
until December 7
by Henrique Barbone
Amidst a class of eager working students, 14-year-old Gonzalo looks forlornly out the window as his perplexed teacher collects his untouched
test paper. On his return home,
Gonzalo shuts himself in his room
and refuses to leave, foreshadowing
the beginning of hard times. What
drives Gonzalo into this hermit-like
Manuel Martin Cuenca's multi-
faceted second film follows a complex and intertwining story line,
which tries to address the problems
that Spain is facing with its short history of immigration while simultaneously examining our responsibilities
for those around us. It follows the
lives of multiple characters living in
Madrid as they all interact in some
way as the story unfolds. Ana is
Gonzalo's single mother who works
at an immigration office. Carlos is a
Cuban refugee and former airplane
pilot, who works with contraband.
He has an affair with Laura, a former
singer, who is married to a bourgeois Cuban emigre, to whom he
renders services. Mikel is a former
world-class chess player, who has
just left prison and is trying to find
his bearings in the frenetic life of
Madrid. All of these lives intertwine
and through a series of tragedies sow
hope and newfound vision into the
lives of the main protagonists.
Reflecting the way in which characters are embroiled in their daily
routines and relationships, the
action shifts amongst different characters rather incongruently in the
film's first part. We are exposed to
the absurdity of bureaucracy, as Ana
is obliged to repeat the words "be
patient" to restless, alienated immigrants, who expect to have their families rejoin them. Carlos, weary of
his life as a smuggler, dreams of
going to the United States to follow
his dream of becoming a pilot. He is
not allowed to do so, as he is refused
a work permit by unjust laws. All the
while, Gonzalo makes periodical
appearances in his hermitage with
his newfound passion for chess,
which is brought about after the
serendipitous meeting between Ana
and Mikel, the latter of whom hires
him as a chess teacher and mentor
for Gonzalo. These appearances
slow the story's pace, and help the
audience and characters to take a
step back to stop and enquire about
the world around us.
Hard Times works well as a
whole. However, one may get the
impression that Cuenca is trying to
bring up too many themes for just
one film. Is Hard Times a film about
immigration and the multicultural
situation in Spain, about our consciousness and the necessity of reconciliation and second opportunities? Or is it about the importance of
taking a step back in order to transcend modern society's callous
automatism? The answer is that it
incorporates a little of each theme.
This combination results in the condensation of too many themes into
one film, which is a shame since
each of the sub-themes is explored
elegantly and insightfully. The common thread that binds all of those
specific themes together, however,
is Cuencas' portrayal of contemporary malaise in modern societies,
and this sense is conveyed very
clearly in the film's first scene,
where Gonzalo shuts himself away
from society.
Cuencas is an inquisitive and
promising filmmaker and a testament to the good health of contemporary Spanish cinema. Many of his
scenes demonstrate the characteristic sensuality of Spanish cinema.
But Cuencas never ceases to be incisive, in a film of insistent, engaging
questions about a society that is
increasingly disconnected, and
incapable of love. @
Belgian film takes aim at nation's far-right
at the European Union Film Festival
Pacific Cinematheque
until December 7
by Henrique Barbone
Perhaps the most significant issue
the European Union will face in the
decades to come is how it attempts to
integrate the waves of immigrants
seeking more promising lives in a
continent that is capable of the best
and the worst. Kassablanka takes
place in the Flemish city of Antwerp
in the week preceding Black Sunday,
a day in which the far-right Vlaams
Block (Flemish Block) party won a
majority of the votes. The film follows
the lives of people living in an apartment block in the plebeian neighborhood of Kassablanka on the outskirts
of Belgium's largest city.
In the words of Moliere,
"Whereas the duty of comedy is to
correct men by amusing them, I
felt that, being in that profession, I
could do no better than to attack,
by ludicrous portrayals, the vices
of my age." This is precisely what
co-directors Ivan Boeckmans and
Guy Lee Thys do as they follow the
lives of drug addicts, racist skinheads, a pious Muslim family and
a xenophobic Flemish family in
their film. Amidst the tense atmosphere of the week preceding Black
Sunday, Wout, the son of a xenophobic  family supportive  of the
Vlaams party, falls in love with
Leilah, the daughter of a devout,
conservative Muslim family. They
engage in a secret affair and have
brief, secret encounters in an
abandoned warehouse. All along,
scenes from the teenagers' pure,
innocent love are there to remind
us of the mindless absurdity of the
racial tensions taking place
around them.
Boeckmans and Thys carefully
keep each family's universe separate. Before the film's tragi-comic
ending, where the two sides engage
in a ludicrous melodramatic brawl,
they never interact nor attempt to
understand each other. By inquiring into each side's ignorance of
reality—as well as by placing some
of the 'hard-line' characters in
absurd, ridiculous situations—
Boeckmans and Thys convey to the
audience how racism in any form is
based purely on ignorance and misinformation.
Kassablanka is an important
film that addresses effectively the
serious, threatening problem of
rising extreme-right sentiment in
Belgium, and more broadly, in
Europe. I also highly doubt that
Kassablanka is a film that reached
the voters of Vlaams Block. It is
instead an indicting, frivolous and
entertaining feature directed at a
more educated and informed audience. After all, isn't this the audience that more insightful films
aim for? @
Grint seeks
license to
come of age
now playing
by Meredith Hambrock
You do not see very many films
these days that comment on the
effects of religion on child development that don't take place during
court trials or small towns in Italy.
Driving Lessons is not the kind of
film that bows to convention.
Protagonist Ben (Rupert Grint, better
known as Harry Potter's Ron
Weasley) is a teenage boy whose uber-
religious mother (Laura Linney) controls every aspect of his life. While
Ben is a nice kid, he lacks confidence
and is described as "socially autistic"
by his employer, Evie (Julie Walters).
A retired movie star, she hires Ben to
help her around the house and the
two develop a friendship that
becomes the central focus of the film.
Julie Walters delivers a hilarious
performance as the fast-talking
"bad influence" with the power to
manipulate Ben into doing anything she wishes. Any fan of the
Harry Potter series knows that
Rupert Grint is a star rarely celebrated for his acting prowess. He
pulls off his role in Driving Lessons
without having to fall back on his
awkward, innocent mannerisms
from the popular series. His performance as Ben is often endearing, yet painfully awkward and
morose. It would be impossible to
leave the theatre without seeing
Grint in a new light.
Laura Linney, meanwhile, portrays the perfect Stepford Wife with
relative ease—you'll hate her for the
way she treats those around her, yet
love the not-so-evil actions she uses
to cover her tracks. Her character
brings an incredibly dark sense of
humour to the film not generally
seen in coming-of-age stories, yet
her character is eerily reminiscent
of the family in Little Miss
Sunshine. Just a little more British,
one might say.
The film is written and directed
by Jeremy Brock, whose latest
script, The Last King of Scotland,
made a splash at the Vancouver
Film Festival this fall. Driving
Lessons is another home run and
while you probably won't see him
accepting an Academy Award next
year, it's very promising and I
think he's definitely a writer to
look out for, adept at both comedy
and drama. He handles the coming-of-age tale with just enough of
both, making the film serious
enough to be believable and funny
enough to be taken seriously. @ Tuesday, 5 December, 2006    THE UBYSSEY
THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 5 December, 2006
The intestinal boot camp of fasting and cleansing
Feature by Kath Stewart graphic by Oker Chen
When I first began investigating
the on-going fad of fasting and
cleansing, all I knew about it
was what my friend went
through while doing the popular "Master Cleanse" last summer. For nine
days, she lived exclusively off lemon juice,
maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Allegedly,
the cayenne pepper was meant to pump her
metabolism, the lemon juice to cleanse her
liver and the maple syrup to provide energy
and "flavour." And surprisingly, my friend,
an otherwise healthy person, enjoyed her fast
and said it'd be hard to take food for granted
ever again. I was skeptical about the benefits
of cleansing or fasting, since most of the websites I came across were akin to fad-diet ads
that promised miracle cures for weight loss
while pushing "specially formulated" herbal
supplements to flush the colon and cleanse
the body. Despite my intrigue and morbid
fascination with the accompanying online
photographs (which I promptly emailed to
several lucky friends) I decided to look into
three books that seemed a little more legit:
The Fasting Handbook by Jeremy Safron,
Purify Your Body by Nina L. Diamond, and
The Detox Miracle Sourcebook by Robert
The two faces of food: a need and a burden
The theoretical advantage of fasting (or
denying yourself food for several days while
living off water or juice instead) is that it
reduces the physical burden put on the body
from the digestion of food. And though it may
appear to have only been embraced by holistic health junkies in the past ten years or so,
fasting for spiritual purposes has been
around for millennia. Over the Hebrew holiday Yom Kippur, no food or drink is consumed for twenty-four hours while people
atone for their sins. During Ramadan, practicing Muslims fast repeatedly from sunrise
until sundown for a full thirty days. In preparation for Native American sweat lodges, participants fast to get ready for the sweat purification ritual. Fasting, even when not done for
religious purposes is part of a self-reflective
and meditative process, making fasting an
emotional as well as physical release of toxic
There are many types of fasts, ranging in
difficulty and commitment. At the most
extreme end of the spectrum, people fast on
air, which contains "prana"—a 'universal
energy source' that can nourish the body.
This fast, which is what I initially thought
fasting was, is for professionals only, in other
words, those experienced with meditation
and self-deprivation like yogis and ascetics.
Your Average Joe would usually try a water or
liquid-based fast, replacing the intake of food
with the consumption of water, which is supposed to flush toxins out of the body. A
coconut-water cleanse, for example, is easier
on the body because of its organic materials
and micro- nutrients. You can also fast on
solid items such as grasses, wheat, corn, rye
and oat. This is where fasting (not eating) and
cleansing (scrubbing out your GI tract) overlap. A grass fast is akin to eating a digestible
toilet brush, removing toxins from your intestinal wall and breaking up "mucoid matter."
Fasts can also evolve into long-term
changes in diet—a 'nutrition' or 'living-food'
fast is essentially a raw food diet that one
would stick to for a period of one to six
months. The living food faster eats only raw
foods with one to two meals a day of 'energy
pudding'—a mixture of avocado, hot pepper,
spirulina, yeast, sea salt, kelp, lemon juice,
fresh sprouts and herbs. Yum.
Many fasts are meant to do specific tasks.
Liver cleanses apparently remove highly
glycemic foods and heavy toxins. Allium fasts
(or limiting oneself to eating pungent veggies
like onions and garlic) remove parasites by
increasing the alkalinity of areas where parasites are found, like the liver, gall bladder
and intestines. Fasting alone will also apparently help to dispel parasites since there will
so little food in your system they'll actually
Where the sun don't shine
Fasting is actually just the beginning when
it comes to intestinal cleaning. While fasting
purges toxins, the notorious practice of colon
cleansing is where any serious program
should really begin, according to Dr Bernard
Jensen. According to colon cleansing advocates, poor bowel movement is the root of
most people's health problems. If one considers the bowel as the sewer system of your
body (which, for all practical purposes, it is)
when there is a "sewer problem" waste poisons back up into the system and pollute the
inner environment. Just as people get sick
when sewage backs up into their plumbing,
people get sick when their bowels back up,
The sight of expelled
parasites and random
rubberised goo is,
ironically enough, one of
the most effective ways to
entice prospective customers to buy herbal
laxatives online.
Most nutrition is assimilated through the
colon, according to cleansing textbooks, but
the colon can also be impacted with mucous
material and old unwanted matter—which
can include anything from animal products
to that chewing gum you shouldn't have swallowed. It can be cleansed through colonics,
cholemas, enemas or by eating foods that are
natural laxatives. Colonics and enemas go
against the body's natural processes by forcing water into the colon and creating reverse
peristalsis (the smooth muscle contractions
that push food through your system).
Although colonics can cause the rapid
removal of toxic materials it is recommended
by cleansing books that a practitioner be
involved and that colonic therapy be undertaken only occasionally. A more aggressive
form of colon cleansing incorporates "chom-
pers": a combination of psyllium husks and
other bulking agents that are eaten or drunk
to literally push material out of the intestines.
Hold on...tumours?
The Detox Miracle Sourcebook outlines
the undesirable ramifications of fasting and
cleansing, euphemistically calling it "the
healing crisis." The book contends that at this
point in the fast, the body eliminates toxins
"through any orifice that will be beneficial to
it, including the skin [pores], ears, nose,
mouth, kidneys [and] bowels." Though not
documented elsewhere, the book claims that
if you detoxify too fast and your body has lots
of toxins, your skin may split open and push
toxins out through the opening. The source
book alluded to a patient who allegedly detoxified so fast that the skin above her navel
opened and a small tumor came out. Whether
a reader wants to believe these B-grade horror movie symptoms or not is up to them.
The book divides other symptoms into
mild, moderate and strong cleansing effects.
Mild effects include cold and flu-like symptoms, minor aches and pains, weight loss and
headaches. Moderate effects include the
minor paralysis of the limbs, symptoms comparable to bronchitis or pneumonia and
nosebleeds. The strong cleansing effects
include paralysis of any major part of the
body and the loss of sight or hearing, all of
which are said to be dependent on how
"toxic" the person is.
After outlining the possible side effects of
a detoxification regime, author Robert Morse
still contends that at the end of the cleansing
process one will have increased energy, deeper breathing, an increased sense of smell and
increased circulation (that is, assuming you
haven't been paralysed, blinded or lacerated
by skin-ripping tumours).
It's in the can...
The shock value of intestinal parasites is
often enough to entice people to purchase
herbal laxatives and give cleansing a shot.
Some herbal laxative websites post pictures
of what their clients expel from their intestines. The sight of expelled parasites and random rubberised goo is, ironically enough,
one of their most effective ways to entice
prospective customers. In all honesty, while
these photos are graphic and pretty disgusting, it was enough to make me seriously consider the implications of parasites in my own
colon and body.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
estimates that approximately 1.3 billion people have the nematode whipworm, 1.25 billion people have hookworms and 200 million
people have flukes, throughout their bodies.
The majority of parasitic infections in
humans occur in subtropical or desert
regions such as Lao's, Cambodia, Thailand,
Africa and the Middle East. And although one
is relatively safe from dangerous infections
in North America, parasites are still a serious
concern. While many parasites may go unnoticed since they don't cause severe symptoms, if they rapidly multiply they can cause
serious and life-threatening conditions. In
this case it is necessary for medical intervention and the prescription of anti-helminthic
drugs, which assure the paralysis or death of
parasites so that they can be passed out of the
body. If through the progression of a fast you
think you may be seeing parasites in your
bowel movements, don't just post a picture
on the Internet. See your doctor.
The dangers offasting...besides 'tumours'
In instances where there is a physically
detrimental reaction, blindness, it becomes
obvious that professional medical attention
is required. Fasts need to be taken seriously.
While the practice of fasting has been around
for thousands of years, its traditional emphasis on meditation and spiritual cleansing
means that the body should spend most of its
time inert, inactive and relatively safe. But
with busy urban lifestyles, this safety net is
often ignored.
Dr David L. Katz, author of The Flavor
Point Diet, denounces the process of detoxification, stating that the body comes complete
with its own clean-up system—the kidneys,
liver and spleen. He advises those looking to
attempt a detox diet to try a wholesome diet
of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to keep
the body's natural clean-up mechanisms
working well. By taking care of these organs
the body is kept "detoxified"  and healthy.
According to Katz, fasting for the purposes of
detoxification is unnecessary for those eating
a healthy diet and getting enough exercise.
Katz  states  that,  paradoxically,   fasting
could actually slow the transit of chemical
waste through the intestines, and the longer
it stays there, the more opportunity it has to
exert harmful influences including contributing to the risk of colon cancer. The Fasting
Handbook also acknowledges the danger of the  accumulation and
concentration  of toxins
that can happen if
you break a fast.
Purify   Your
says that fasting releases toxins into one's
bloodstream so quickly and in such quantities it may result in poisonous toxic reactions
that could be fatal, hence gradual detoxification is best.
At the close of a fast it is important to reintroduce the proper digestive bacteria and to
get digestion flowing again. The Fasting
Handbook advocates juices and fruit then the
gradual movement to sprouted and cultured
foods to bring the digestive bacteria back in
line and renew metabolic processes. Again,
undertaking a fast should be taken seriously,
since extending a fast for more than five days
could be detrimental to your health. Fasting
and cleansing texts largely advocate a com-
monsense approach to fasting and feature a
disclaimer within the first pages. It is important to remember that although using natural
products one can do serious damage to the
body if one does not carefully
follow instructions.
Eyewitness accounts
When Alicia, a third-year animal biology
student at UBC, began her fast last summer
she did so to 'cleanse her system.'
Undertaking the Master Cleanser, she found
it challenging to do the full nine-day period.
Alicia found it difficult to gather a support
system that encouraged her during her
cleanse, especially on nights out or when out
with friends. However, within the first two
days Alicia felt lighter, as if her body had
more energy "because it wasn't using any
energy to digest food." She said she felt irritated for having always taken food for granted. She experienced "real" hunger for the
first time, which she described as craving
food for nourishment alone. She said she
would do another fast, but next time she
would incorporate a change of scenery and
fast in a more natural setting without the
physical distractions of civilisation.
Fasting, for Alicia, was a "good way to feel
good about yourself and your body" and she
considers though rapid weight loss is generally considered unhealthy by doctors, she still
considers it a good way to lose weight in a
short period of time.  She also acknowledges
that a healthy diet and exercise are the
best way to maintain weight loss.
While   her   friend   in   the
faculty     of    nutrition
denounced      the
e ffe ctive-
ness of
the Master Cleanse since "toxins can't leave
your body without having roughage like fibre
and food to grasp," Alicia separates fasting
from traditional nutritional science and considers it a holistic process rather than a scientific one.
Rachel,   a   staff  member   in   the   UBC
Department of Biology, also did the Master
if through the progression
of a fast you think you may
be seeing parasites in your
bowel movements, don't
just post a picture on the
Cleanse fast. She started by drinking approximately six litres a day for the first few days
then went down to about four liters for the
rest of the fast. Every morning she would
drink a liter of lukewarm salt water, which
worked as an oral enema. The saltwater runs
through your system within a two-hour period and "literally flushes out your
Every evening Rachel would also drink a
herbal laxative tea. She came out of her fast by
drinking fresh orange juice for the first day
with some veggie broth and a few vegetables
at the end of the day, eating more OJ and vegetable soup the next day. It was not until the
third and fourth day after the fast that she
began to eat normally. She'd done a fast
before to overcome a coffee addiction
and she endured massive caffeine
withdrawal symptoms to boot.
"I did feel that it cleared
out my system  and
came   out   of   it
f e e 1 i n
refreshed," she said. But the most recent fast
was more of a struggle: as an active elite-level
triathlete she had gotten used to eating more
to keep her body replenished. Cleansing during a low period in her schedule, she "felt like
her intestines were basically purged after the
first or second day." Around day eight she
encountered abdominal pains and decided to
Like Alicia, Rachel shared similar difficulties when explaining her fast, "most of
my family and friends thought that I was
crazy." She thought that with a more supportive environment it might have turned out
better. As a serious athlete who constantly
monitors the foods she eats, she said she didn't feel like her pre-fast body was all that
damaged, anyway.
The experiences of Alicia and Rachel
reflect the seriousness of a fast. Fasting can
be an intense emotional experience and it
requires support and reflection. While undertaking a fast to rid yourself of toxic elements
within the body, it is also considered useful
to consider the other toxic elements in your
life, including toxic life choices and toxic people.
Most people simply do not have the
amount of time or the resources necessary to
do a cleanse right. If you are interested in
starting a fast, I would recommend reading
The Fasting Handbook out of the three books,
as it is written in a clear and direct style and
provides information about activities you can
do while on a fast, like yoga stretches and
breathing exercises.
Despite the dangers associated with
improper fasting, Rachel and Alicia believe
they got a lot out of their fasts in return.
Fasting, it seems, gives one a better understanding of their body, the food that is put
into it and a greater appreciation of food in
general. While the use of fasting to cleanse
and detoxify has been relegated to naturopathic and holistic medicine and remains relatively absent from traditional medical use
and research, it is still considered by many as
a valid practice. If undertaken carefully a fast
might a great way to refocus and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. @ 8
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Campus   &   Community   Planning
Public Open House
You are invited to attend a public open house to view and comment on
development permit application DP 06028: Henry Angus Building addition and
renovations, on the site labeled 'Subject Property' on the location map below. The
proposed expansion and renovations includes a new four-storey addition and
connecting atrium on the west side of the Henry Angus Classroom Block.
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Time:       11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place:       Room 109, Henry Angus Building
2053 Main Mall
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application information is on the Campus & Community Planning (C&CP) website:
H Questions: Caroline Eldridge, Land Use Planner, C & CP e-mail: caroline.eldridge@ubc.ca
l   This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance for
^' persons with disabilities, e-mail rachel.wiersma@ubc.ca
Thank you sincerely to all the volunteers
who wrote for culture this year. May you
all have a warm, relaxing holiday writing
articles about movies, theatre, literature,
and food that you will then hopefully submit to us when school lets in again in
But seriously, we can't wait to have you
all back.
We are giving away
free round-trip
Snowbus tickets!
The Ubyssey has 4 Snowcards for the
Snowbus from/to Vancouver, Whistler and
Richmond and nine free round trip tickets on
the Snowbus departing Richmond, Vancouver
and Whistler.
Be the first to come to the Ubyssey Business
Office this morning. Rm 23, SUB.
Joyous Wedding a chaotic comedy
at Studio 58, Langara College
until December 10
by Sarah-Ncllc Jackson
"My plays are broken, jagged, filled
with sharp edges," said Illinois-born
playwright Charles L. Mee of his
body of work. It's a statement reflective of his own body, permanently
crippled by polio 54 years ago. Life
errs, Mee knows, and he has no
time for perfect, polished plays that
suggest otherwise.
His play A Perfect Wedding, at
Langara's Studio 58 is certainly broken and jagged, but is also a comedy
of love, lust and errors. Those drawn
to its heavily marketed gender-bending elements may be disappointed,
but those hoping for a queer night
out will be perfectly indulged by this
boisterous, darkly hilarious play.
Produced by Langara College's
rigorous acting school, Studio 58,
and directed intelligently by Sherry J.
Yoon, Wedding deals with a gaggle of
characters connected only by blood
or impending marriage. All have a
rather superficial view of love. You
might say they're missing the forest
for the trees—the play literally places
them in the wilderness.
A well-orchestrated chaos ensues.
Challenging scenes range from a
dozen cast members barrelling
across the stage from all directions to
an elaborate Bollywood-fused dance
finale. We can only assume that when
Yoon flips a coin, it always lands on
its edge.
The play's MacGuffin is the marriage of Maridee (played by Trisha
Cundy) and Amadou (played by
Hamza Adam), whose names are
intended as puns on marriage and
love, respectively. When Amadou
goes for a walk in the forest, both his
family and the bride-to-be assume
he's pulling out a la Runaway Bride,
and hurry after him.
What's challenged in the forest is
society's fluffy conception of love
and marriage. Four gay wedding
planners appear in the forest and
regale whatever members of the
marriage party they can find with
potential themes for the ceremony.
These themes draw meaninglessly
on exotic cultures—one planner
even exploits his own culture for the
sake of an elaborate performance.
Meanwhile, gravedigger Karl
(Jacob Blair) tries to explain love by
quoting Plato's Symposium. When a
listener asks what that means, Karl
hesitates, then parrots a few feelgood cliches. A priest appears early
on, and whenever he tries to comment on the marriage or funeral,
others interrupt or ignore him.
The superficialities that make up
the characters' notions of love and
marriage falter in the forest's fresh
air and natural surroundings. Mee
seems to say that pretenses cannot
survive in an atmosphere of earthy
common sense—but that's a conclusion you can draw at your own discretion. The idea of a relationship
for its own sake is replaced by love
for love's sake and lust for lust's.
Set designer Jay Dodge realises
this scenario magnificently. The
first scene is set indoors: on the
floor lies a large rug with designs of
flowers and leaves embroidered in
perfect symmetry. Behind it, on the
wall, is hung a pseudo-Grecian
painting of a naked young woman
languishing in the beauty of nature.
These are stripped away to reveal
the actual forest: a single tree stands
in the background; the ground is
packed-down dirt strewn with dead
leaves. As each character submits to
nature-instilled temptation, their
clothes pick up mud and dirt from
the ground.
Couples introduced at the beginning of the play are broken up and
switched around throughout. But let
those anxious that the show ends on
a sharp note be reassured: by the
end, all is happy and—for some
characters—gay. @
UBC playwright stretches himself thin
The Players Club
December 2
by Karen Ko
Josh McNorton, a self-proclaimed
"songwriter, musician, producer,
playwright, director, journalist,
web designer, agnostic, anti-den-
tite and traveller" manages with
his newest work to exemplify the
dangers of over-defining and over-
extending one's artistic aspirations. Instead of Telling Her These
Things, I Wrote Them Down is an
extremely ambitious attempt to
portray the complexities of human
relationships through a series of
short intertwined monologues.
The project's lofty goal fails to
showcase the cast's evident talent
and often relies far too heavily on
contrived, trite dialogue.
McNorton's script reads like a
rushed, lovestruck livejournal
entry. Redundant cliches dominate; one character's lips were
"frigid and cold." The dialogue is
unable to fully develop any character. We are only given tiny
glimpses of a handful of apparently connected and emotionally dis
turbed people, yet absolutely no
explanation as to how or why
they're connected. His attempt to
touch on the themes of death, sex,
love, religion, relationships, sexuality, parenting and postmodern
alienation would be a serious challenge for any mature talented playwright. In this case, the monologues confuse and overwhelm the
It is nearly impossible to gain
any sympathy for the characters in
their brief appearances on stage.
The cast does its best to transcend
the constraints of the script, yet is
ultimately disadvantaged by the
very nature of the production. The
monologues run as a series of
extremely short and ostensibly connected vignettes, yet they fail to
achieve any sort of cohesion.
Instead, you're left frustrated and
downright confused by the script's
intentional ambiguity.
To make matters worse, Francine
Dulong's minimalist direction falls
short of connecting the monologues
in a meaningful way. There is
enormous potential to explore the
nature of the characters' relationships through the physical interactions of the actors, particularly in
Alec Davin's monologue. Davin
plays a dying strip club patron
expressing his exasperations to a
favourite dancer. Unfortunately,
the awkward and predictable movement between the two leaves a lot
to be desired. Dulong does succeed
in the musical aspect of the play,
but only through a selection of
songs featured heavily in other
films. Gary Jules' cover of "Mad
World" invokes a lot of emotion for
Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko
that doesn't translate very well to
this production.
Fortunately, the cast does contain some genuine talent. Vida Yao
and Gavin Smith's monologues are
played with raw emotional honesty
that leave the audience pining for
more. Yao builds a character we
can identify with and feel for in the
measly seven minutes she was permitted on stage. Strong performances come from Smith as well in
his cheeky, yet touching portrayal
of a young man bidding a final
farewell to his father.
Instead of TeUing Her These
Things, I Wrote them Down possesses enormous potential to
showcase the talent of its cast and
director, yet falls flat due to overly
ambitious and ultimately mediocre
writing. Perhaps McNorton should
narrow his focus to playwright or
director instead of trying to stretch
his potential between ten different
professions. @ 7x
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Mischa Harris
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Yifeng Song
Abbie Goodwin
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Yoka Canrinus
Abigail Sy
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Siobhan Gallagher
Yoshiko Kosugi
Adam Chruscicki
Carmen Lau
Hardy Wijaya
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Monica Lin
Siv Buchmuller
Yovanna Chacon
Adam Parsons
Carolyn Campbell
Haruka Shiramizu
Keira Balderston
Morghain Gibbons
Smitha D Koduru
Yuhong Lan
Adele Wang
Carrie Or
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Keith Evans
Motoi Matsukura
Sonja Ambrosius
Yuki Shichi
Adelle Bueno
Cat Chang
Hayley Workun
Kelly Ko
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Sonja Babovic
Yuki Utsunomiya
Ademola Rabij
Cecilia Lu
Heather Jackson
Ken Ma
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Yukie Li
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Celine Lee
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Charles Park
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Kenneth Ho
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Yuri Yokayama
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Charles Voon
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Kerry Blackadar
Na'im Merchant
Sophie Martin
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Charlie Yao
Helen Hong Zhou
Kevin Keystone
Nancy Chen
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Zelia Lim
Adrienne Clarotto
Charlotte Philippson
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Khatereh Aminoltejari
Nancy Lambert
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Natalie Taha
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Alex Ho
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Kitty Liang
Nathan Lusignan
Stephanie Rudnisky
Alex Ritza
Chris Nixon-Giles
Ian Lowrie
Kshamata Bhupendra
Nav Dhaliwal
Stephanie Ryan
Alex Burkholder
Chris Anderson
Ian McKierahan
Kuljit Dhaliwal
Neal Marks
Stephanie Sandilands
Alex Lough heed
Chris Oatman
Ian Patillo
Kyle Katerenchuk
Neelam Dhaliwal
Stephen Rennick
Alexander Etchell
Chris Valeriote
Ibrahim Achkar-Kerbaji
Kyle Marie
Niamh McGrath
Stephen Cheung
Alexis Assoignon
Chris Little
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Lakh veer Aulakh
Nick Murray
Steve Coyne
All Bouharevich
Chrissa Anagnostopoulos
l-Long Chen
Lana Rupp
Nicola Tarn
Steve Fung
Ali Eberhardt
Chrissie Prehn
Ines Dolic
Laura Herring
Nicola Tarn
Steve Jones
All Khalili
Christabel Seah
Ires Knoepker
Laura Lindstein
Nicole Babuik
Steve Yeoh
Alice Divya Varkey
Christabelle Zhang
Ira Kraft
Laura McMillan
Nicole Bums
Steven Hettler
Alice Leppitt
Christina Lee
Iran Tavakoli
Laura Potter
Nicole Halbweis
Steven Ngo
Alice Wen
Christine Lowe
Jack Lo
Laura Shay
Nicolo Andreula
Stine Mangor Svendsen
Alicia Fruhm
Christopher Bonnet
Jacqueline Wu
Laura Ward
Nikki Freeman
Su Wan Liew
Alick Weber
Christopher Orth
Jade Yumang
Laura Winter
Nina Jing Yang
Sun Chendar
Alina Chan
Ciara Moran
Jae Eun Lee
Lau re Queyras
Ninjeri Pandi
Sunny Wong
Alina Yujia Chan
Allison Carter
Cindy Jen
Jae Sun Yoo
Lauren Hunter
Noah Alexander
Susan Green
Clare Sullivan
Jaimal Johal
Lauren O'Keefe
Norma Paola Gonzalez Carmona Susan Holcapek
Allison Mander
Colleen Sweeney
Jaime Kirtz
Lee-Anna Burgess
Oi Lam
Sydney Kuo
Allison McLeod
Connie Hui
Jainita Dadlani
Leigh Hudson
Olga Yashchuk
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Ally Conyers
Conor Topley
James Antifaev
Leslie Day
Oliver Whalley
Tabitha Li
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James Choi
Leslie Mao
Omar Sirri
Takiko Nakae
Alyssa Cromwell
Courtney Bertram
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James Lee
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Eric Chan
Joanna Mclntyre
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Aylin Tavakoli
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Matthew Tan
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Ayumi Fukushi
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Azmaira Mawji
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Jocelyn Shih
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Azmaira Mawsi
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Jocelyn Yang
Meaghan McAneeley
Samantha Bruegger
XiaoZhu Grace Gong
Barinder Brar
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Megan Wong
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Bastian Ripper
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Eva Robertsson
Jordan Amit
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Bjoem Le kitsch
Bobby Huang
Bowinn Ma
Farren Muscarella
Fatima Gholem
Fiona Sara Deonarine
Josh Levitz
Josh Underhill
Juan-Carlos Villegas
Melinda Wong
Mengxi Hu
Meredith Pritchard
Sarah Ruggier
Sarah Topa
Sarah Wright
As a small way to celebrate and recognize student volunteerism,
in conjunction with the UN International Day of the Volunteer,
Bowinn Ma
Florence Lee
Juhi Shukla
Michael Beer
Sarah Yuille
we have published the names of some of the many students who
Brad David
Brandon Ma
Florence Leung
Frank Yan
Julia Bonner
Julia Boyle
Michael Cawley
Michael Conville
Saren Deonarine
Scott Bowden
contribute to making our campus and our communities better.
Brenda Argue
Fred Jung
Kathleen Campbell
Michael Duncan
Sean Eikerman
Brendan McEwen
Brennan MacLachlan
Brian Li
Frederick Jung
Gabriel Hung
Gemma McFadyen
Julia Lee
Julie Beyer
Justin Stevens
Michael Scott
Michaeia Jedlickova
Michele Haeusier
Sean Kearney
Sebastien Stoltz
Seher Aylin Altiok
To compose this list, we invited many campus and community
organizations to submit the names of students who have
Brian Poole
Geoff Costeloe
Justine Cheung
Michelle Lazar
Serena Shum
contributed their time and talent as volunteers in the past year.
Brian Schick
Briana Adams
Brina Virdi
Gilbert Lok
Gillian Grevstad
Gillian Hsu
Kah Suan Lim
Kaja Gliszczynski
Kaleigh Prentice
Michelle Nochomovitz
Michelle Tung
Michelle Yung
Shane Bush
Shannon Collier
Shilpi Gupta
We were overwhelmed by the response from these organizations
alone and have been unable to print all of the names received.
Gina Eom
Kanako Ujihashi
Miguel Antonio Guanlao
Shirley Ley
We know that such a list can in no way be exhaustive and
Ca eul (Elise) Lim
Caecilia Baik
Ginene Matheson
Glenn Pangilinan
Kara Peet
Karen Ho
Miguel Zhou
Mika Tsuyuki
Shirley Yu
Shirley Chan
apologize, in advance, for omissions. We hope that the volume of
Caitlin Brenchley
Gloria (JingYe) Fan
Karmen Ma
Mike Kingfield
Shitij Vermani
names, symbolizing volunteerism at UBC, highlights the many
Caillin Pollock
Gong Yin
Kasim Husain
Mike Olynyk
Shivani Nair
contributions of students to
our communities and that you will
Calvin Chan
Gorka Zabala
Kate Gah One Woo
Milenia Bak
Shreya Payment
celebrate a volunteer today!
Cam Lavender
Grace Lee
Katherine Coburn
Minami Osumi
Shu Liu
Candice Vallantin
Grace Truong
Katherine Single-dain
Minn an Rowena Yu
Sian Weatherley 10
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Canada's Future
Future Under    \ Under Conservative
liberal Kyoto, -  \      Cleaa-AIrAct
Gasmask Stocks Soar In Canada's Future
Kyoto: Dion's dog and beyond
Ah, the Kyoto protocol...while
in actuality it is a giant international treaty tying together
nearly 150 countries in an
effort to circumvent an environmental apocalypse, lately,
it's been batted around and
manipulated in Canadian politics almost as transparently as
gay marriage and separatism.
For the past few months,
we've watched the
Conservative government
repeatedly denounce Canada's
commitment to meeting our
2012 Kyoto target, stating that
it's unrealistic, impractical
and next to impossible.
Environment Minister Rona
Ambrose declared flat-out this
fall that "we would have to pull
every truck and car off the
street, shut down every train
and ground every plane to
reach the Kyoto target negotiated by the Liberals."
Listening to the
Conservative's anti-Kyoto rhetoric, in addition to their ongoing
promotion of the "made-in-
Canada" Clean Air Act (which
all three opposition parties
vehemently oppose), one might
think that we should just roll
over and give up on Kyoto
entirely—nevermind the embarrassing fact that we were one of
the first countries to sign up for
it in the first place.
But the newly elected
Liberal leader and former
Environment Minister
Stephane Dion refuses to back
down on our obligations to
Kyoto, having dismissed the
Clean Air Act as "a disaster"
that is "completely useless."
A man so committed to Kyoto
that he named his dog after it,
Dion stood out among all
Liberal leader candidates as the
guy who knows climate change.
And according to his 53-page
Energy and Climate Change
Plan, achieving our Kyoto targets
is far from impossible—in fact, it
only takes about 50 specific initiatives to attain it.
But a crucial question
remains: whether our government is Liberal or Conservative,
is our government going to step
up and make reduction of emissions in Canada a real priority,
not only on paper but also in
Dion's plan certainly shows
more promise in terms of
implementation than ambiguous Clean Air Act, whose
methodology incorporates little
more than 'fixed caps,' 'intensity-based standards' and
'ambitious targets.'
He still hopes to reduce
greenhouse-gas emissions to
six per cent below 1990 levels
by 2012. To encourage citizens
to do so, his plan embraces two
strategies: a carrot-and-stick
approach to make emissions
reduction more appealing and
an increase in government
involvement to make sustainable technologies and policies
more financially accessible and
enforceable. Initiatives include
incentives like tax credits, a
venture capital-generating
Climate Fund, the adoption of
alternative fuel sources and
better vehicle emissions
It sounds great, but the reality is that this seemingly innovative proposal is in fact just
an expansion on "Project
Green," which the Liberals
released in April 2005. This
makes it hard to forget that for
a good seven years before the
Conservatives had any say in
the matter, the Liberals still
squandered their chance to do
something about climate
change all by themselves, and
there's always the chance
they'll do it all over again.
A pattern emerges here and
it's that Canadians are continually being fed promises of
environmental legislation but
are never given results. Real
reductions in GHG emissions
will only happen when the government—whichever party it
is—stops using the climate
change issue as a short-term
political tactic and starts taking it seriously as a real problem with real consequences.
Contrary to Rona Ambrose's
bottom-line dismissals, Kyoto
standards are not impossible.
UBC has managed to stick with
its Kyoto targets in spite of
increased urban development,
and while universities aren't
representative of entire
nations, in our small way,
we've managed to meet the
goals. Many cities in the US
like Oakland and Seattle, have
contravened the position of
their federal government and
taken the initiative to meet
these 'unreasonable' and
'impractical' goals. One-hundred and thirty four cities in
the US have signed on since.
Dion says we can hit Kyoto
as long as his plan starts up by
2007. It's still worth a try. Let's
not get swayed by reactionary
platforms, let's push our government to stay on task and
let's give Dion's dog a namesake he can be proud of. @
Do you think Canada can reach Kyoto targets? And do you want our government to try?
—Tristan Lagavolis
Arts, 4
"It would be
expensive, but they
should go through
any measure to get
-Shane Kolmans-Bergerl
Theatre, 4
"I think they can if
they try. And they
—Justine Warle
Science, 2
"It might be
unreasonable, but it's
in our best
—Katie Smysnook
"I don't know
enough about the
topic. But we should
do our best to
improve the
—Per Bengtson
Forestry Post-Doc
"I don't think they
will though they
-Coordinated by Victor Liang and Oker Chen
As long as they're winning
by Daniel Sitar
A dozen years ago, a Canucks fan wasn't
something many Vancouverites could call
themselves. Sure, the team went to the
Stanley Cup finals in 1994—and lost, some
people rioted and then life got back to normal. Over the past decade, however, interest
in the Canucks has been steadily on the rise
in this province. Attending a Canucks game
is now considered the trendy thing to do.
Their current streak of well over 100 straight
sell-outs at GM Place easily proves this point
Just after the beginning of the new millennium, the Canucks' popularity shot skyward
like an errant slap shot The team began to
make the playoffs on an annual basis and
Vancouverites cared about their NHL franchise more than ever before. In 2004-2005
the NHL season was washed away. After starting strong last season, the Canucks folded
down the stretch and missed the playoffs for
the first time in several seasons.
Last summer, the team made significant
changes—Alain Vigneault was brought in as
head coach and GM Dave Nonis traded
much maligned forward Todd Bertuzzi to
Florida for Roberto Luongo. The new season
started with promise but quickly started
going downhill. The Canucks are currently a
.500 hockey team who can barely manage to
score two goals a game. Now that the team is
no longer a realistic Stanley Cup contender,
it seems the trendy thing to do is bash the
Vancouver Canucks.
I am a diehard hockey fan. I have watched
hockey all my life. I attend several Canucks
games each season and watch most of the rest
of TV. I will always be a Canucks fan, whether
they win ten games or 60. It sickens me when
people who know little or nothing about hockey tell me how much the "Canucks suck."
These are the same people who were "fans" of
the team over the past few seasons. Of course,
every professional sports team (expect maybe
the New York Yankees) has a bad season or
two every now and then. Especially in the new
NHL's salary cap system, one team will not be
dominant for more than two or three consecutive seasons.
I have no problem talking impatiently
about the team when it plays a bad game or
two—that is what fans do. We can also boo
the team once in a while when it isn't playing well or wish a player was traded away
when he isn't playing well (cough, Jan Bulis,
cough). But saying the team "sucks" because
you aren't a true hockey fan is moronic. I
honestly don't care if you are a Vancouverite
or a hockey fan or neither, but I do care if
you hop on the Canucks bandwagon every
time they win a few games and then jump
off when the going gets tough. The true fans
of this team will continue to support it
through thick and thin. If you only care about
the team when it wins, please get off the
bandwagon for good, the true Vancouver
Canucks fans don't want or need you along
for the ride.
—Daniel Sitar is in 2nd year commerce
Aquarium is wrong
re: Aquarium a whale of a tail
(the Ubyssey, Nov 21)
With the Vancouver Aquarium expansion lingering over our heads, I am an ashamed
Vancouverite. The Aquarium is a black eye on
the face of Vancouver, keeping wild animals
in captivity is a cruelty and suffering that we
can prevent Education is not an excuse; we
don't need to see these animals to learn about
them—Internet and books provide ample
resources for that, minus the cruelly. Rescue
and rehabilitation is not an excuse: the majority of the animals that the aquarium currently
houses, and the new ones they will acquire
with the expansion, are not rescued and
would be much better off in their natural environment. If the aquarium expands, so will the
pocketbook, and that's all they're interested
in. We know that denying wild animals their
freedom to selfishly keep them for our own
entertainment is wrong, so why are we still
doing it?
Ashley Fruno
Land and Food systems, Agroecology 2 THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 5 December, 2006
Nation a buffet of issues
now playing
by Kian Mintz-Woo
Richard Linklater knows that the
fast food industry is profitable
because it takes people down with it.
From the minimum wage cashiers
to the carcass cleaners, the work that
goes into many of the burgers and
fries is undervalued and underpaid.
Linklater's attempt to bring these
political issues to a wider audience
is, unfortunately, stretched by the
sheer volume of these ideas.
After Eric Schlosser investigated the industry in his best-selling
non-fiction novel Fast Food Nation,
he was initially worried about how
it would work as a film. He wanted
a director who would see the book
with his vision and who would
not bow to corporate pressures
in order to preserve the variety
of issues that Schlosser criticises
in his book.
Linklater fictionalises the novel
by presenting a burger company
called Mickey's and uses it to
explain the impact that the company has on the people at every level
of its corporate chain. Linklater
tries to incorporate all the issues
that Schlosser raises with limited
success. The film follows people
affected by the industry at various
levels, starting with the stories of
illegal immigrants who, lured by
the American dream of work and
financial security, find their way
into  Cody,  Wyoming.  The  most
intriguing of these characters is
played by Maria Full of Grace's
Catalina Sandino Moreno, surrounded in her new workplace by
physical and predatory danger.
When the company discovers that
the meat-processing plant in this
town is producing inferior products, they dispatch a corporate
pawn (Greg Kinnear) to inspect the
plant. What follows is an expose in
the vein of Erin Brockovich—the
deeper Kinnear digs, the more lies
and blame he uncovers.
The problem with Fast Food
Nation is the strength of its source
material: the novel's issues range
from marketing lies to workplace
harassment   to    exploitation    of
immigrants, and they just don't gel
when they're placed on screen. And
that does not even include the passing remark by a teen activist that,
"Right now I can't think of anything
more patriotic than violating the
Patriot Act!" The Patriot Act is an
important issue on its own and cannot be given its required attention
by being casually dropped into any
political film. This is indicative of a
deeper problem: Linklater assumes
his audience agrees with his premise without suggesting why we
should believe him. As a result, the
film comes across as unconvincing
and reactionary, which is disappointing, because its heart is in the
right place. @
Rock rhymes with cock
now playing
by Alec Young
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny,
the new film chronicling the myth of
Jack Black's band, arrives about five
to nine years too late for anyone
reading this article at UBC.
By that I mean that this is the kind
of film I would have loved when I was
about 15 years old. It's got guitars,
dirty words, and it's completely
moronic. But those of us old enough
to drive ourselves to the movie theatre are probably looking for a little
bit more from the big screen.
Pick of Destiny is a phony rock
opera with very little plot. Any
description beyond "Jack Black and
Kyle Gass must find Satan's guitar
pick to form the greatest band ever"
is saying more than is needed.
Don't worry if you get lost during
the film, because it's filled with
musical interludes that update the
audience on the plot, which basically consist of songs like "They must
pay the rent!" and "They must battle
Satan to pay the rent!"
I have always enjoyed Tenacious
D's music and still do to a certain
extent, because it's just as fun and
campy as it is stupid. Besides, the
pair can even play halfdecentry. The
problem is that the film feels as
though it would have worked better
as a five-minute MTV spot than as a
full-length film.
Black has the ability to play more
serious   roles   (i.e.   King  Kong.)
Watching him in this movie is a bit
like spinning a cat on its back on a
hardwood floor and then watching
it run headfirst into a wall. He's
twitchy and maniacal, except when
he trains to become a rock star by
getting stoned. He does not help
himself very much with a script
devoid completely of clever or
funny lines (though his songs and
punchlines make no secret of the
fact that 'rock' rhymes with 'cock.')
There are not very many moments of genuine laughter in Pick
of Destiny. When the laughs do
come, they're usually brief and
quickly forgotten. I enjoyed watching Black get hit in the head with
beer bottles and falling crotch-first
onto a tree branch, but I think it
was mainly because I was hoping
that he does his own stunts.
Take your kid brother (the one
with the T-shirt that reads 'Be
Happy I'm Not Your Kid') to see
Pick of Destiny and he will call it
"wicked, retarded awesome" before
throwing up the horns. Everyone
else should settle for Borat if it's
not sold out. @
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>ugh t to you by your studen t society THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 5 December, 2006
T-Birds fall flat on Friday
by Bryce McRae
Maybe it's the arena.
Much like the Vancouver
Canucks, the UBC men's hockey
team failed to put the game
away when they had the chance.
Defensive breakdowns led to four
consecutive Lethbridge goals in the
second and beginning of the third,
allowing the Pronghorns to leave
General Motors Place with a 6-2
win in game one of the two game
weekend series.
"We had the opportunity to
make it 2-0 on the power play [in
the first period]," said coach Milan
Dragicevic. "It's been the story for
the last five or six games, us not
being able to capitalise and we
didn't this game."
The Thunderbirds sent a message early in the game with
big hits from defenceman Nick
Duff and consistent pressure
in the offensive zone. They managed to strike first with an early
goal from right winger Mike
Gough, which has been important
for this squad, especially against a
team as offensively-gifted as the
However, unlike earlier in the
season, defensive breakdowns in
the second period led to the three
goals for the Pronghorns. A power
play goal early in the second
evened things up before CIS leading scorer Mark Shefchyk used a
great piece of skill and speed to
burn by a UBC defender and score
on a wraparound.
Shefchyk then set up defense-
man Garry Luini for the third goal
of the period. The mercurial rookie forward for Lethbridge finished
the game with one goal and two
Part of the reason for UBC's
recent offensive drought comes
from their inability to capitalise
on power plays. Friday night they
failed to convert on four chances
in the first which would have
given them an early two-goal lead,
but instead Lethbridge's four kills
were a key turning point in the
"Offensively, we've had a hard
time scoring," said Dragicevic.
"And defensively, we're not playing
as good as we did in the past. We're
not blocking shots, we're not winning our one-on-one battles and
that's made a big difference."
UBC gave their faithful fans
hope of a comeback when centre
Lance Morrison scored on a beautiful tic-tac-toe power-play goal
midway through the third, but a
short-handed goal on a breakaway
by  Lethbridge   forward  Andrew
Courtney ended any hopes of the
Thunderbirds making a game of it.
In the final stanza, UBC peppered Lethbridge goalie Brandon
Highton with 19 shots as they
tried to stage a furious comeback
but fell short. They finished the
game with 36 shots compared to
Lethbridge's 23.
"It's frustrating. We came out
early, we had a lot of jump and
as soon as they scored their first
goal we just got frustrated," said
Dragicevic. "Guys are trying to
score. We are not losing for a
lack of work ethic. It's just at certain points of the game the tide
seems to change for us. We get
down, we get frustrated and
we're going through a bit of a funk
right now." @
UBC bounces back Sunday
by Erik Lauder
The Thunderbird's men's hockey
team hammered the Lethbridge
Pronghorns 6-3 in their second game
atGM Place. Coming off a disappointing 6-2 loss on Friday night, UBC
came out strong Sunday afternoon,
dictating the play from the drop of
the puck and sending the over 700 in
attendance home happy.
"Itwas kind of two different teams
this weekend. We didn't do a lot
of things Friday that we did on
Sunday," said UBC head coach Milan
Dragicevic. "We finally did some little
things, our power play got working,
we went to the net harder, and we
played with a purpose and that was
the biggest difference."
UBC managed to get on the board
BATTLE IN FRONT: Former Canucks players—including past stars Cliff Ronning, Greg Adams, Kirk
McLean, and Jyrki Lumme —battled it out with UBC hockey alumni at GM Place Sunday afternoon prior
to UBC's 6-3 win over the University of Lethbridge. The Canucks veterans won 4-3. oker chen photo
first for the second straight game
against Lethbridge. Four minutes
into the first period, Pronghorn net-
minder Brandon Highton's attempt
to clear the puck up the middle
deflected off a leg and onto T-Birds
defenceman Nick Duff's stick; Duff
fed the puck to Ashley Todd
who snapped it by Highton to open
the scoring.
UBC got a chance to add to their
lead minutes later, when Matt
Schneider found himself alone on a
shorthanded breakaway, however,
the Pronghorn defender recovered in
time to hamper his shoL Consecutive
penalties by the Pronghorns gave
UBC a 32 second 5-on-3 advantage
late in the frame, allowing UBC to
add to their lead when a pass deflected to Schneider in front, who made
no mistake this time.
"A big difference was just the continuous effort. We were really good in
the first period last game, and we
carried it through the whole game
this time," said second-year centre
Darrell May. "We're a good team
when we play the whole 60 minutes
and that's kind of something we've
struggled with and I think that was
the difference tonighL"
UBC took a 4-1 lead four minutes
into the third when lance Morrison
took a quick pass from Jon Kress
from behind the net and fired
it before Highton could get across.
Minutes later, Stephane Gervais
roofed a similar pass from May,
extending the T-Birds lead to 4.
The teams traded goals the rest of
the way, but it was too little too late
for the Pronghorns as UBC cruised to
the 6-3 win.
May, returning from a one game
suspension, was named the game's
first star, while Gerry Festa finished
with 28 saves for his second win of
the season. UBC pulled two points
ahead of the Pronghorns in Canada
West standings and now sit at 7-8-1
on the season. @
— With files from Wilson Wong
Men's Volleyball faces tough road to championships
by Justin McElroy
When the 2006-07 volleyball season
began for the T-Birds men's volleyball team six weeks ago, the
stated goal was to reach the CIS
Championships, a destination last
visited by the Thunderbirds 18 years
ago—back when Guns N' Roses and
New Kids on the Block were tearing
up the charts.
Today, half way through the regular season, it's unknown whether or
not the team will attain that goal, but
it's clear that for the first time in
manyyears, the Thunderbirds are, as
head coach Richard Schick put it, "a
team that other teams worry about."
Indeed, at 7-3, and with a heady
ranking of seventh in the latest CIS
rankings, there is much for this
volleyball team to be proud of.
"Things have gone relatively well
for us," admits Schick. "We've won
the games that we've needed to win
so far."
Yet underneath the sunny optimism that greets a team with a .700
winning percentage, there exists a
silver lining. The Thunderbirds have
the unfortunate distinction of playing in the same division as the
Trinity Western Spartans  and the
Alberta Golden Bears, the No. 1 and
2 teams in the country, ensuring that
UBC will have an uphill battle if they
hope to reach the nationals.
Nonetheless, Schick is optimistic. "Our league has gotten
strong in the past year, no question," he says, "but our league is like
the NFL: Every game counts, and
there are no days off."
While it may be tempting to
ignore the first half of the season,
given that the Thunderbirds have
yet to play Alberta or TWU, there are
many signs from the first half of the
season that would give many T-Bird
fans encouragement. The dynamic
duo of captain Andrew Bonner and
freshman Christoph Eichbaum have
thrilled fans and demoralised opponents throughout the year, ranking
second and fourth respectively in
Western Canada in points per game.
However, it's not just the stars
that are propelling this Thunderbird
team. Third-year setter Jared Krause
has shown steady improvement
through the year, displaying an all-
around game that shows very few
weaknesses. And Schick singled out
sophomore Matt LeBourdais for his
play this year while adapting to a
new position.
"Matt has done a fantastic job at
accepting his changing role,"
remarked Schick, who moved
him off of the left side when
Eichbaum moved onto the scene.
"He's stepped back from the limelight, and stepped back from where
he would ideally want to play for the
betterment of the team, and I think
that sets an excellent example for
the younger players."
Of course, detractors will point
to last year, when the Thunderbirds started off strongly with a
12-3 record, before stumbling to a 1-
5 mark in the final three weeks of the
season and meekly bowing out in
the first round of the playoffs to
Manitoba. If coach Schick is worried
about that repeating that fate this
year, he doesn't show it.
"I want to remind them that that's
what teams think of us. We play well
to start, but when the going gets
tough, we crumble," said Schick.
The 64 thousand dollar question
is: Will the motivation tactic work?
Thunderbird fans will have to wait
until the end of January to know for
sure, when UBC plays back-to-back
weekends against Trinity Western
and Alberta. Until then, the jury on
whether this UBC squad has what it
takes to compete with the top teams
in Canada is out. @


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