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Eastside residents allege police
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Hildago reviewed. Page 11.
Seven-t line, champs
UBC swimmers take Nationals and
prepare for the Olympic trials. Page 5.
All hands on deck'
The Cap'n hangs the AMS councillors
out to. dry. Page 10.
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"REALITIES OF RACE IN CANADA"
A week of events leading up to March
21st International Day for the
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A POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTION
PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, March 12f 2004
THE PANEL: Speakers at Commonwealth Day say freedom isn't just
the absence of terror. Madeleine de trenqualye photo
Freedom celebrated
Commonwealth Day celebrations at International House
by Madeleine de Trenqualye
NEWS WRITER
"You know what freedom is when
you don't have it,' said Brenda
Ogembo, a fourth-year UBC international student from Kenya.
The AIDS pandemic in Africa—
where about one in four teenage
girls live with HIV and half a million youth will die from .AIDS this
year—is an affront to freedom, said
Ogembo. She says this is something
that Canadians cannot afford to
ignore.
She was one of five speakers
chosen to give her insights about
what freedom means at this year's
celebration of Commonwealth
Day—a day where 53 Commonwealth countries, comprising a
third of th6 world's population, celebrate peace and democracy. UBC's
celebration was held last week at
International House.
"Nowhere is freedom perfectly
realised—and its enemies are not
only those who terrorise and torture. They are also hunger, poverty,
disease and ignorance," says a
statement from Queen Elizabeth II.
Her statement also urged nations to
alleviate poverty and promote education and health.
Another speaker, Devni de Silva
from Sri Lanka, said that a civil war
has torn her country apart for the
past two decades. Sri Lahkans
"yearn for freedom from terror,
without the fear of suicide bombers,
shootings and death," she said.
Forty per cent of the country's
population live in poverty; many
lack basic necessities like food,
clothing and shelter and its suicide
rate is the highest in the world, say
reports.
Religious freedoms also need to
be promoted around the world, said
Mohamed Chelali.
Chelali, who was honoured with
the medal of bravery for risking his
life in 2002 to abort an assassination attempt on French President
Jacques Chirac, is presently a
French immersion teacher at a
Langley high school.
"Education plays an important
role in enhancing understanding
and appreciation for others," he
said. "The more we know about our
fellow human beings, the less
we fear."
There are many dimensions to
freedom, concluded the Queen in
her statement.
"I firmly believe that if the
Commonwealth is to increase its
role as a force for good in the world,
strengthening democratic freedoms must remain at the heart of
its purposes."»>
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$5 at the door.
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Knock back a few while Jim Guthrie and Bob Wiseman celebrate their first
album in seven years at 579 Dunsmuir St on the corner of Dunsmuir and
Seymour. PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, March 12,2004
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Public duty of
by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
The cost of tuition and levels of student debt are not indicators for
whether a university is fulfilling its
public duty, said a university official
yesterday.
The real test is whether a government is paying enough of each student's education. Right now the bar
is set at 70 per cent in government
contributions, said Brian Sullivan,
UBC VP Students. Otherwise, a university slips closer to the private
realm, he said.
UBC's budget—to be approved
Thursday—sets that value at 71.-5
per cent, just below the Canada's
average and down from this year's
number of 77 per cent.
Government contribution varies
across Canada and is lowest in
Ontario, where the University of
Western Ontario (UWO) has less than
half of its educational costs funded
by the government
"Whatever it means to be a public
institution, [UWO] is not meeting the
technical test," said Sullivan.
It is that number—the ratio of government to student funding—that
drives budget decisions made by
UBC. Next year's budget is projected
to include a 16 per cent tuition
increase.
The tentative university budget
plans for an $8.6 million surplus,
leaving extra money for errors on
guesses about money from the
provincial government and money
for faculty salaries which are still
being negotiated.
Faculty association negotiations
are why the surplus is larger than in
the past, said UBC President Martha
Piper.
"We aren't always in negotiations
with a labour group, so we wouldn't
normally bring something this large
forward," she said.
Faculty sources have estimated
the settlement to cost the university
about $4 million next year.
A 16 per cent tuition increase
would bring in an extra $20 million
dollars. This, combined with an
expected $19 million increase from
the BC government, would give UBC
the money needed to cover the $31
million they would be short if tuition
was not raised and government
funding was lower t£an expected.
But Board of Governors member
Bryce Rositch said more has to be
done to measure a university's educational performance before making
this year's budget decisions.
"The biggest reason we're here is
to graduate students," he said. Other
Board members noted that UBC's
undergraduate tuition, remains low
compared to other universities and
could be raised to similar levels.
Raising graduate student tuition
by 16 per cent would have a detrimental effect on university finances,
said Graduate Student Society
President Carey Hill. Graduate students actually make money for the
university with research money and
spin-off technologies, she said, so it
is the university's interest to entice
good students.
says off
YAY, TUITION! Student representatives prepare for showdown with Board, michelle mayne photo
"Raising graduate tuition is no
way to attract the best graduates,"
she said. Tuition increases have
failed to produce measurable
improvements in education quality,
she added, pointing to increased
class sizes and UBC's low ranking in
recent media surveys.'
The university must also consider
undergraduates when making budget decisions, said Holly Foxcroft, the
Alma Mater Society VP External.
Student loan changes that will make
post-secondary study easier for students won't come into effect for over
a year. An important BC government
grant program was also recently cut,
she said.
Board Chair John Reid said that
these numbers would be considered
before tuition and budget decisions
are made next week. But he also said,
"It's all a question of balance.
"We want to be sure we are maintaining or marginally improving the
quality of the product that we are putting out," he said. ♦
Activists allege politically-driven police beating
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
A group of Downtown Eastside activists say they
were brutally beaten by Vancouver police for
more than an hour, to the point of unconsciousness and broken ribs, because of the work they
do to bring police violence to the forefront—but
the police tell a different story and have pressed
assault charges against the group.
The group of two men and six women say
they were walking home at about 2:30am on
February 2 9 from a hotel lounge when two police
officers pulled up and began to arrest, beat and
pepper-spray them, allegedly refusing to tell
them why.
"I asked why we were being stopped and I
was told to shut up," said alleged victim Megan
Oleson. "They pepper-sprayed me twice in the
face and then they hit this one woman who was
asking why we were being arrested."
But a police spokesperson said there was a
reason the cops arrived on the scene.
"We received a 9-1-1 call from a limo driver
who said that there was an intoxicated woman
who was dancing on his car," said Constable
Anne Drennan.
After receiving the call, Drennan said the
responding officers were able to identify the suspect as being part of the group that was walking
down the street from the witness' description.
She said when the officers tried to speak with the
woman about the incident, she became violent
"Very quickly this developed into a situation
where the woman was fighting," said Drennan,
defending the actions of police. "Very quickly
again the officers were swarmed by the group of
people who were with her."
Drennan also said the limo driver called
police again at that point to request backup for
the officers. But Oleson said she, and the people
she was with, did nothing to resist the arrest
besides ask why they were being detained and
alleges that police were violent with the group
because of their affiliation with Vancouver's
Anti Poverty Committee—a grassroots organisation in the Downtown Eastside that advocates for
the rights of those living in poverty.
"We are involved in a lot of work downtown
that puts attention on the police," said Oleson. "It
just kind of makes us targets when it comes to
the [Vancouver police]."
Drennan said that allegation is unfounded.
"Who these people are or who they're affiliated with had nothing to do with the incident," she
said. "Our people responded to a limo driver's
call of distress and that was it"
The situation resulted in injuries that were
serious enough to send at least one member of
the group to hospital, said an eyewitness who
called for an ambulance during the incident
Seven members of the group appeared in
court Tuesday to face 12 charges, including
assault on a police officer. They will appear next
on March 23.
Oleson also said she and other alleged victims
will be filing civil assault charges against the officers involved as well as a formal complaint to the
police commissioner.
Drennan said the police are not investigating
the incident because they have not yet received a
complaint. She also said no injuries related to
the incident were reported to the police. ♦
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PAINFUL: Woman claims injuries inflicted
by police. But police say that they were
ones assaulted. Kathleen yearwood photo
by Hywel Tuscano
NEWS STAFF
"Sex trade workers for far too long have
been stigmatised, demonised, maimed
and murdered," said Jamie Lee
Hamilton, a long time advocate for the
rights of sex trade workers.
Hamilton delivered a keynote
address last weekend at UBC's first
Sexuality and Gender diversity conference called Resolutions and Ruptures.
Hamilton was drawn into prostitution in 1969 at the age
of 14 and has been a
witness to much of the
activiiy on Vancouver's
streets. Drawing upon
experience from her
involvement in the
queer/transgendered
community, activism
and the sex trade, she
was outspoken about
the need for rights for sex trade workers.
She is lobbying for the abolishment
of a section in the criminal code that
prohibits communicating for the purpose of prostitution in a public place
and another section that bans the existence or use of common bawdy houses—
"any place used for the purpose of prostitution or the practice of acts of indecency.".Prostitution itself is legal and is
usually propagated through massage
parlours or escort services.
Hamilton said these codes criminalise sex trade workers and not those
who are actually making the streets
dangerous.
"Sex trade workers are not criminals.
Places where workers work should not
be criminalised either," she said.
Hamilton admits to running a safe
house for sex trade workers and was
charged with running a common bawdy
house in August 2000.
"There is nothing common about it,"
she said in response to the charges and
attested to the necessity of such a space
for women on the streets.
But there are many opponents to giving rights to sex trade workers. Groups
like the Coalition Against the
Trafficking of Women deem prostitution "exploitative of women, regardless
of consent."
The local Vancouver Rape Relief and
Women's Shelter is also strongly
opposed to prostitution, but could not
comment by press time.
Hamilton's resolve to eliminate the
codes is fuelled by startling statistics
-and the loss of personal friends.
Between 1985 and 1993 over 63 sex
trade workers were murdered and
when murderers were caught their sentences were paltry, she said.
"There was a dramatic increase of
the victimisation of sex trade workers-
just over five a year. If that were happening to any other segment of the population there would be outrage. But
because we were sex workers I guess
those that were in power thought they
could dp whatever they wanted to do to
us," Hamilton said.
The DTES Residents' Association
realised that many women were going
missing in the Downtown Eastside in
1997-1998.
Hamilton filed a Freedom of
Information request to the Vancouver
Police Department and it was revealed
on March 2, 1999 that 22 women
had disappeared in one year. A local pig
farmer, Robert Pickton, is now facing
murder charges for 22 women from the
DTES. The DNA of up to 31 women
has been found at his Port Coquitlam
farm.
While both sides fight for either abolishment or decrirninalisation it is very
clear that the streets remain dangerous,
said Hamilton.
"Sex workers are still very, very vulnerable and still are being victimised,"
she said. ♦ SPlft^oTQ
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Grad Ciass Council Annual General Meeting
T/Ufne and Cheese
Tuesday, March 16th, 2004
Time: 4pm-8pm
Thea's Lounge, Graduate Student Society Center
Upstairs at 6371 Crescent Road
Free drink provided!
Bring 2 pieces of ID and your student card.
The Grad Class of 2004 will be voting (yes/no) on the following
gifts for the university:
(i) Geering up! (UBC Engineering and Science for Kids) funding
of $10,000.00
(ii) UBC Farm funding of $8,000.00
ft.;W<iii) UBC Food Co-op funding of $4,000.00
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Realities of Race in Canada March 15th-19tfi
A Week of Events Leading up to March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racism
The Canadian government marb March 2!sf as the one day of the year dedicated to "eliminating racism," but genuine discussion and action is
supplanted by rhetoric of "multiculturolism" ond "diversify." Our events attempt to move beyond rhetoric and toward critical examination of the
role of the Canadian state in perpetuating and sustaining racial hierarchy. Our hope is to create a space where neglected issues can be discussed:
the dispossession of Aboriginal communities, the marginalizafion of immigrants and refugees, and increasing attacks on the civil liberties of
Arab and Muslim communities. What are the barriers to equality and justice In Canadian society? How can we promote awareness and action
towards creating change in our own communities?
Please join us in a weekiong program of events exploring the different realities of racism in contemporary Canada: personal, historical, and
institutional.
Program:
Monday ffinrth 15th / 2-4 PM / SUB 207-209
"Unspoken Territory" Film Screening ond Discission
Marusya Bodurkiw's film f60 mm.) depicts the lost', unspoken moments in
Canoioh history, told through me'stories of first Nations, immigrant and
Quebecoh women. An open discussion on the role of racism in Canada today
will follow the film screening.
Tuesday March 16th / 4-6 PM / SUB 207-209
Anti-Racism Workshop
facilitated by Philippine Women's Centre.
Wednesday March 17ih / 4-6 PM / SUB 205
Workshop on Residential Schools in Canada (still TBC)
Facilitated by the Indian Residential School Survivor Society
Thursday March 18th / 1-4 PM /
first Motions House of Learning
George Dei - "Unpacking Systemic Racism" Forum
Noted scholar George Dei will lecture on race in the academy. His lecture will be
followed by facilitated discussion of key recommendations for change al UBC.
followed by:
1st Annual "Action lo End Racism"
Recognition Event*
Ceremony recognizing UBC students, staff, faculty, alumnus, program or
inititave for outstanding leadership and committment fo addressing racism.
Friday March 19th / 2-4 PM / SUB Norm Theatre
Keynote Panel "Borders Within: Two-Tiered
Citizenship Post 9/11"
Featuring progressive Muslim activist and writer Torek Fatah (Toronto!, Hind
Charkaoui (Montreal), sister of kli Charkaoui, held under a "security
certificate" since May 2003, civil rights lawyer Amina Sherazee (Toronto), and
UBC faculty Sunero Thobani speaking on differentid rights in Canada post 9-11
and impacts on Arab, Muslim, immigrant, and refugee communities..
Friday March 19th / 8-12 PM / SUB 214-216
Wrap-up Party and Beer Garden - Featuring live Music!
Featuring awesome line-up of local performers: DJ Drastic, DJ Kenya, emcee
Ndii Cascade, poet Sara Kendal, Emmanuel (from Heart and Soul), vocalist
Cene Turner,
Hope to see you there!
For more information: marcb21 ubc@yohoo.cosn 604-822-1421.
Please see www.__is.obc.ca for updated events and venues.
"Realities of Racism Week" is also happening in conjunction with
international Week on campus. Check out
www.sfudenis.ubc.ca/infernational for full program of events!
-*To nominate UBC students, staff, faculty, alumnus, program or
inititiafive, please download form at
www.ams.ubc.ca/downloQds/documents/eliminafion.pdf.
Deadline for nominations: March 12th.
Presented by AMS Colour Connected in collaboration with the Equity Office, international House, Safe Togefher (AMS Safewalk, AMS Speakeasy, AMS Safety
' Coordinator, Sexual Assault Support Centre, Equity, Counselling, Wellness, Personal Security Coordinator, Access & Diversity, Campus Security and Student
Development), and First Nations House of teaming.
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HAPPY TO GO: Egan, Syposz and McMillan look forward to CIS
competition, peter klesken photo
"We are the poorest varsity team at
UBC...we don't actually have enough
money to go [to Nationals]."
—Roger McMillan
Alpine ski coach
Tight-wads?
Nordic skiers stretch funds
to go to Nationals
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS STAFF
Next week, while his classmates are
slogging their way through another
boring lecture, Luke Heckrodt will
be on a 50 kilometre date with pain
and perseverance. But don't expect
him to complain. "It's going to be
awesome," says Heckrodt, unable to
wipe the grin off of his face.
Heckrodt is headed to Charlo, New
Brunswick for the Canadian College
and University National Nordic Ski
Championships, along with his UBC
Nordic teammates Roger McMillan,
Greg Egan and Pamela Syposz.
Nationals will provide the stiffest
physical challenge of any event on
their calendar. "Of the six days we're
there, we are racing on five of
them," says Egan.lt's a very busy
week."
Heckrodt, a distance specialist, is
looking forward to the 50 km race,
while Egan and McMillan are both
entered in the middle distances. All
three will team up to race in the
three-by-five km relay. Syposz is the
only female in the group and hopes
to join a relay emit when she arrives,
but in any case will focus on her
events, a 15 km pursuit race and the
1.5 km sprints.
The competition is run in conjunction with the Canadian National
Championships, which means that
UBC skiers will be measuring themselves individually against the best
skiers in the country. That notwithstanding, Heckrodt has high expectations for himself. "I would like to
finish in the top 15 or better, but
since we're racing against the
Canadian National team, it's hard.
Last year I was 19th in the 50 km for
all of Canada. The goal is to improve
on that," he says.
Egan is looking towards an international competition for motivation.
"Hopefully I'll manage to qualify for
the World University Games in
Austria next year." Both are veterans
of the championships, having made
repeated trips as members of the BC
Ski team.
This year will mark the seventh
appearance at Nationals for
Heckrodt and Egan. As for Syposz,
"it's my first time,' she says. "So
we'll see how it goes."
Last year the T-Birds placed third
overall. According to team members,
the strongest university teams are
based in Ontario, "Ontario has a cluster of schools and it helps that they
are close together, they can compete
with one another," says McMillan.
It isn't just a lack of nearby competition that sets UBC back. The
team is also limited by their small
budget. "We are the poorest varsity
team at UBC," says McMillan, who
doubles as head coach for the team.
"Our budget is $2000. We don't
actually have enough money to
afford to go [to Nationals]."
To save costs the team has found
a billet in Charlo and spent time
fundraising. The lack of funding not
only limits the number of athletes
the team can send, but also limits
their competitive capacity once they
arrive as well.
"Compared to some of the teams
that have $10,000 of waxes to
choose from, we have our little fishing boxes full," says Heckrodt.
McMillan points out that it is usually the club teams that have that
capacity. "They have wax techs and
testing abilities and we show up the
day before the race and ask them
what they've done.
"The other universities aren't
that helpful but the clubs and teams
we. grew up with are usually pretty
cooperative," he says.
The team continues to scrape by
and continues to post results. Egan
finished the year as the top university skier in BC, with Heckrodt right
behind him. Overall, UBC Nordic
sits third in total points amongst all
BC racing clubs. With a proposal
submitted to the Athletics
Department for a larger budget next
year, the team hopes that a strong
performance will bode well.
"Doing well is part of it," says
McMillan. "A lot of it is image and
promotion of the university."
Meanwhile, all they can da is what
they do best: ski. ♦ T
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by Jesse Marchand
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Competing in the University of Oregon
Duck Invitational last weekend, the
Thunderbird women's golf team didn't
do as well as they had hoped.
In the par 72, 5968-yard course, the
Birds placed eighth out of nine teams'
overall in the Western US competition. It
was hardly a repeat of the previous week
when they took first in the University of
California Santa Cruz invitational.
"We played against the toughest competition we are going to play all year,"
said first-year Alison Kirk-Owen about the
Oregon tournament Facing the top teams
in the Pacific ten division the Birds had to
keep scores lower than usual
Kirk-Owen fared the best for UBC taking three rounds of 77,83 and 82 to place
19th overall in individual results. Team
captain Morgan Lederhouse also did fairly well, improving each round from an 8 7
to an 84 to a 79. Other UBC competitors
Christina Mayr, Jill McAuley and Erica
Bennett came away with similar numbers, never going above 89.
Overall the team came away with a
1005 score, 92 points away from the
top team.
"We may not have been happy with our
entire games, but I know every girl came off
- of the~course, saying something positive of
their game, about how they'd improved in
an area, about how they'd made at least a
couple great shots. That really stuck in their
minds," said Kirk-Owen.
As for the low team results,
Lederhouse blamed an off-weefkend.
"It's a combination of your technical
and mental game and whether or not
they're going to work today," said
Lederhouse. "You'd like to be able to say
that you can go out there on any given day
and say, Tm going to do this today and
it's just going to happen,' but the reality of
it is, it's not going to happen that way."
Coach Chris MacDonald didn't take
the low score too seriously. "The scores,
typically, at this time of year don't show
as well as at the end of the year," he said
"The next two events are benchmarks as
to how we did progress over the winter,"
he added.
The Birds' next meet is back in
California at the Santa Clara course on
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. SPORTS EDITOR
Defending a six-year CIS National
title in both men's and women's
divisions, the Thunderbird
Dolphins swim team headed into
the conference with big shoes to
fill. Not only did they have titte title
to defend, they also had do it without media favourites, Brian Johns
and Brent Hayden. Men who, combined with UBC graduate and
Olympian Mark Johnston, won
nine gold and five bronze and silver medals last year.
But the Dolphins didn't let that
stop them. Securing a men's and
women's National title for the seventh year in a row, they created
some new stars.
"Some stars of the team took
the year off [and] the next wave of
athletes had to step up and fill
their shoes," said assistant coach
and head of the varsity team.
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Leading this wave was fourth-
year team captain Kelly
Stefanyshyn. On top of breaking
the CIS record in the women's
100m medley relay—with the help
of Caitlin Meredith, Stephanie
Nicholls and Mila Zvijerac—she
also beat the CIS record in the 50m
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individual and relay performances.
Following her lead, second-
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and the 200m individual medley.
"We rely on our fourth and fifth
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up their game and got a lot of
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Desmond Strelzow, whose personal best finish of 1:58.78 won him
a bronze in the 100m backstroke
while a strong swim in the 200m
backstroke earned him his first
CIS gold. These feats also earned
him the CIS. rookie of the year
award—something that didn't surprise his older brother and men's
team captain Jason Strelzow.
"I expected him to do something like that It's nice to see
somebody in the family do really
well, especially in your first year,"
said Jason.
But Jason wasn't only
impressed with his brother's performance.
"Considering we didn't have
our big guns out... everyone
stepped up," he added. "On the
guys' side everyone was in a final.
Everyone scored points. And for
one of the first years, we were
going on depth."
This depth was even more than
performances by Strelzow,
Stefanyshyn and Meredith. It
included Michelle Landry taking a
gold in the 200m individual medley, marking a personal best with
a time of 2:14.51. It also included
veteran Justin Tisdall taking silver
in the 100m freestyle. Second-
year Matt Huang also took home
three silvers in the 50m race and
100m breaststoke.
"I was hoping to make a clean
sweep of all three, but it was a big
improvement from my first year,"
said Huang, who won bronze
medals in the same three events
at Nationals last year.
But Huang felt that the results
were more, than just individual
records.
"In something like this, a college meet, the most important
thing is the team aspect," said
Huang. "When we're going to club
teams or Olympic trials, yeah, it's
all individual. In [Nationals] and
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to the team and that's even more
fun than your own individual best.
It's not just the relays, it's even the
individual races. You know you're
trying to beat that team beside you
just to gain the point."
Fellow swimmer Stephanie
Nicholls agreed: "You've got to
improve upon yourself to beat the
competition. You always try to do
better than you did before, but it is
a bonus to beat other people."
One of the teams that UBC had
to fight to beat was the University
of Calgary—the school that placed
second this year. With Calgary's
Erin Gammel taking home the
women's swimmer of the year
award after breaking two CIS
records in the 50m and 100m
backstrokes, plus five medals by
Chad Murray, the university
proved to be tough competition.
"I have to give credit to Calgary.
They seem to never go away," said
Schoof. "They were right with us
the first few days of the competition and they will be back
next year."
And next year the Birds hope to
be ready for theml With only Tisdall
leaving the team this year, they will
be in good standing to defend their
title for the eighth time.
But this year's season isn't
exactly over. .Although the varsity
season is over, the club team, the
UBC Dolphins, continues on into
the summer. In preparation for
Olympic trials in July the Dolphins
will compete in several meets,
starting with the BC Senior
-Championships at UBC this
weekend.
Head coach Tom Johnson feels
that events like the CIS Nationals
can only prepare them for the ultimate Olympic goal.
During Nationals, "they can
focus on their teammates and the
team component of it instead of
just focusing on themselves," said
Johnson. "It helps them to do collectively great things and individually keeps them fresh for this
next stage coming up, where they
just purely focus on themselves."
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A bird's eye view of a
bird's eye view
If you're anything like me, then by now
you've had days where your will to slug
it out through school dangles by a
thread. The resolve to stay or go spins
like a coin tossed to decide your lot
heads you leave, tails you'll stay.
When I have days like these I might
be found standing at a chain-link fence,
watching the crew putting up one of the
new buildings around campus. I mean,
don't you ever think it would be cool to
build something like a library or a hospital? Or even just a lowly frat house.
It's fu_y possible: I've been asked more
than once if I want a job by foremen
who've seen me skulking around.
Although I'm never one to shy away
from manual labour, it doesn't take a
universiiy education to figure out that
if I decide to swell the proletarian
ranks out there, I'll stay much drier up
in the cab of one of those tower cranes.
Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire.
That's a' the learning I desire.
—Robbie Burns
Mark Veldkamp will be the first to
tell you there's no better place during a
soggy-bottomed Vancouver winter.
Rangy, unshaven, genial in an introverted sort of way, he seems decidedly
happy to talk about the 20 years he's
spent running all manner of cranes, a
career he kicked off with a three-month
course that qualified him to build
bridges for the railway.
Mark climbs the mast of his
Liebherr 200 crane—the German-built
mack daddy of them all—at 6:30am, six
days a week, and he doesn't come
down until eight or ten hours later.
Suffice to say that the setup of the cab
he works in is paramount _here are,
however, no standards; some interiors
have no more than primitive plywood
boxes with old foamy cushions for
a seat
"If you don't make any noise you
can wind up with anything," warns
Mark. "They can take one of these outhouses {refers to some nearby biffies]
and throw it up there." Which would be
handy actually, because there's not
enough time to climb down to take a
leak during coffee breaks {as one operator kindly explained, brandishing a
four-litre cranberry Ocean Spray jug
brimming with pee).
"I'm not an amateur
psychologist or anything, but I think
there's a bit of hypertension and stuff
involved."
—Mark Veldkamp
inside from that minor inconvenience, cabs can be pretty posh: "I was
on a crane in Calgary one time and the
guy had a microwave, and a TV, and a
toaster oven," says Mark. Nowadays,
he's making due with a kettle and tape
deck. "You're not supposed to have
music but everybody does." Every
morning he flicks on Rock 101 to hear
Neil McRae and Bra Jake. "Then I
switch to country or something a little
more mellow when I start to get agitated." Favourite country songstress? You
guessed it Shania!
'What does education do? It
makes a straight-cut ditch out of a
free, meandering brook."
—HenryDavid Thoreau
One of the first things you learn
about cranes is that as stable as they
seem, there's a whole lot of shaMn'
going on at the outer end of the jib.
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This tends to be where the cab is bolted
on. Some of the lighter-built models
can bounce up to six vertical feet when
it's windy or when a heavy lift gets
snagged. "Most people barf up their
breakfast right away," intones Mark.
"I'm serious. It can be a rough ride."
Maybe that's why Mark posits that the
majority of operators are "pretty
bitchy."
"Take a ten-hour flight every day of
your life and you get kind of cranky,"
he laughs. "I'm not an amateur psychologist or anything, but I think
there's a bit of hypertension and stuff
involved." For him, the stress manifests itself as chronic neck and back
pain. If dangling thousands of pounds
over twenty-odd coworkers' cabbages
doesn't sound stressful enough, imagine straining to look down and side to
side all day to dial in the exact destination. He says the crummy attitudes of
some of the carpenters and concrete
workers can be taxing too.
Occasionally, things fall apart Like
the time he had a lift of 2x4s break
open mid-swing, lumber pelting the
ground all over the site. Or the time
when he was building a ferry terminal
and the site foreman had him lift a
wing wall that wasn't built properly.
The huge wall broke off where it was
attached to the block and the whole section Jell into the bay, landing right on
top of a punt and capsising it About a
minute later, the boat came rocketing
out of the water with its gas tank
cracked open. Mark still recalls the oil
slick fanning out over the water and
the flash of the dozens of cameras
wielded by the ferry passengers that
had just docked.
"Whom are you?" said he, for he
had been to night school.
—George Ade
"A couple of years ago I was running a crane downtown, and I forgot to
close the window one night I come to
work the next morning and there was a
fucking owl inside my cab. I opened
the goddamned door and here's this
owl," laughs Michael Burke, a 46 year-
old operator running a crane at the residential building going up by the
: Vancouver School of Theology (VST).
"He's freaHn out I'm freakin' out I
almost fell off the crane! Last time I left
the window open."
Judging by appearances, Michael's
easy to slot into that 'rough blue-collar
guy' category: he's unshaven with long,
scruffy hair jutting out the back of an
America's Most Wanted haM cap. He's
sporting beat-up work duds and can
swear a mean blue streak. But fact is
he's casually smoking cigarettes and
chatting with me in his Toyota pickup
while his friends are out putting back
what he calls the "standard issue couple of pints" at the Jolly Alderman Pub.
And it takes a good egg to do that
"[We're] a little more responsible,"
he says. "You run into some pretty
gruff characters in this business. A lot
of hard drinkers. They work hard, they
play hard." He reasons that unlike the
other trades, the crane operators have
tons of responsibility (excuse the pun)
and as such they tend to be pretty 'low-
key guys."
"This is it, you can kill guys instantly, kill them dead right now. One flick
of the wrist and that's it they're dead"
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kids; I'm not hurting nobody."
That said, Michael swears up and
down that there's nothing to being a
crane operator: "Anybody can operate
these things. They're easy. It's just
being given the opportunity to do it
Everybody thinks there's such a big
secret to it but there's not"
He definitely makes it sound simple
when he describes how it all works. AH
cranes, he explains, have the same
basic controls, which consist of two joysticks. One controls the slew (which
rotates the jib) and the hoist (which
raises and lowers the load). The other
joystick runs the trolley, which is the
system that runs the hoist hack and
forth along the jib. His right foot controls a deadman pedal—a safety switch
without which nothing can function—
and his left presses a pedal that transmits his voice by radio to his rigger,
Jeff, below. Right now he's running a
model called a Pecco 1200, a 30 year-
old Scandinavian crane that can handle up to 14,000 pounds.
"Well now the money
in the building trades
is gone through the
roof, and you can
make a goddamned
good living doing
this."
—Michael Burke
But like anything else, there's a big
difference between the pros and the
hacks. If you've ever watched these
guys, you've probably noticed how
minute some of the manoeuvers are
and maybe heard the ground crew calling down the operator's mother just
because he's two inches out with a
5000 pound wall. Even before the load
is lowered into place, the operator has
to use counterswing—using the electric
motors against the momentum of the
swinging jib—to stop the boom. "It's
like a brake: you try to feather it in so it
comes in nice and slow." If it's too
windy or if the operator doesn't learn
how to use the controls precisely, the
results can be disastrous.
"Where do you suppose he got
that high brow?"
—Epictetus
So how much do these fellas take
home you ask? I've been told they earn
between $23-38 an hour. Michael says
he grosses over $100,000 a year and
that he's never been in higher demand.
"They're crying for operators in this
town. There's kids running cranes in
this town that haven't even been in
construction for a year," he says. With
the 2010 Olympics coining, demand is
only going up.
"There's all this work coming up
and there's no skilled tradesmen
around," he remarks. "I can see it
in just the last couple of years. The
workforce is just so inexperienced now
I don't know what the hell they're
gonna do."
He says operators can already
name their price and forecasts that
wages will skyrocket up to $50 an
hour. "Construction workers have
been kept down for many, many
years," he intones. "And now is their
time here."
"If I was a young guy coming out of
high school nowadays I would say
'Never mind a university education'
because tuition is through the roof,
you have to borrow money, there's a
million people out there with university degrees and ttte money isn't really
that great anymore, you know?
They've swamped the marketplace
with all these trained professionals.
Well now the money in the building
trades is gone through the roof, and
you can make a goddamned good living doing this."
"The essence of education is that
it is a change effected in the
organism to satisfy the desires of
the operator."
—Bertie Russell
Let's face it: no matter what you
do, work is dull-assed boring if you
can't play tricks on your co workers.
When I ask Michael if he's taken
advantage of the prank-potential of
his cranes he laughs a cloud of cigarette smoke and responds in an exple-
tive-laden affirmative: "Oh fuck yeah!"
he beams. "We picked up one of my
buddies' cars actually. He came back
after lunch and he walks up and
there's his car sittin' on the slab. He
was pissed right offl"
Sometimes, however, it can be
downright dangerous work. Michael
recalls an accident that happened in
the early 1980s. An operator was
working way up on a 50 storey project
when the whole crane detached from
the building and fell to the ground,
killing the operator.
Climbing the cranes, or adding
sections to make them taller, can be
dangerous too, simply because the
operator has to be in the cab when
the new sections are being added in.
Mark remembers a time when his
whole crane started tipping forward
while crews were jacking the' tower
up. "I'm looking at this balcony,
thinking how fast I can open this window and jump out!" he laughs, albeit
a bit nervously.
Running about gives no scholars.
—West African proverb
At the end of the day, it's the vistas
that delight these crane operators after
all the years of swinging loads. Mark's
memories of 9/11 are grafted to running a crane; he was working in
Yaletown at the time and remembers
thinking something must be wrong
because he could see all the air planes
backing up at Vancouver International
Airport He also describes, rather poetically in fact, the process of watching
the North Shore Mountains emerge
after weeks on end of rain.
It's no different for Michael. He's
lovin' the view from VST, where he can
see pulp mill stacks in Nanaimo, ferries coming in and out of North
Vancouver, Mount Baker and even
Mount Rainier on a clear day. "I can
see everything," he raves. "It's fucking
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bands hit their creative peak after,
say, seven or eight years together.
After that point, the songwriting talent fades, the energy flags and the
musical sensibility dulls, leaving
fans to hope the band has the good
sense to break up (or, if not, be run
over while chasing cars).
Fortunately, Vancouver's the
Smugglers have successfully bucked
this trend, surviving both a 15-year
existence and numerous line-up
changes. As their career progressed,
the Smugglers refined and diversified their celebratory combination of
punk and garage rock without losing
any of their initial spark and enthusiasm. The band's new album.
Mutiny in Stereo, further proves that
experience and fun are not necessarily mutually exclusive terms.
Best exemplifying this synergy of
supposed opposites is Mutiny's third
track, "Larry," in which the
Smugglers cram head-bobbing verses, sing-along choruses, a wailing
guitar bridge, call-response vocals
and smart-yet-funny lyrics ("In 1996,
punk broke again/In 1997, we were
broke again") into a joyous three
minutes.
The band sustains that sense of
excitement and adventure across
many of the album's other tracks.
"Pirate Ships" references surf rock
with rumbling drum intro and vocal
"la la las", "Billy Billy* sports squealing guitars and shouted backing
vocals and "Don't Mess with Beez"
exudes sleaze and sweat with its
menacing bass and ska-tinged saxophone.
The band also charms with forays
into dreamy calypso ("Mach 1") and
sunny. Beach Boys-inflected pop-rock
("Suntans"). Best of all, the
Smugglers never need to resort to
the snot-nosed immaturity of mainstream punk-pop to create all this
exuberance.
The only weakness keeping
Mutiny from being an unqualified
success is its production. Though the
album is chock-full of sharp hooks,
the appropriate instrument is not
always prominent in the mix, reducing the songs' impact. Despite this
minor quibble. Mutiny in Stereo
encapsulates everything good about
rock'n'roll without sounding like a
nostalgic throwback. If they keep
making albums like this, the
Smugglers will likely have little difficulty in preventing their career from,
ahem, going to the dogs. ♦
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his inner de-Eamons
EAMON
I don't want you back
[Jive Records]
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE STAFF
Giving the word "bitter* a whole new
meaning, I Don't Want You Back, the
debut album by Eamon, is the perfect
soundtrack for any relationship gone
wrong. Although producing this
album may have been a therapeutic
way for Eamon to channel some of
his break-up blues, I'm not sure that
the rest of the world should be punished by listening to it.
The hit debut track, "F**k It (I
don't want you back)" is cynical, negative and full of revenge—all reasons
for why people are digging it so
much. It has a decent beat and heartfelt lyrics that listeners can relate to,
which cover up the lack of any real
vbcal talent. With writing credits on
almost every track, Eamon refuses to
leave the subject of bitterness and
heartbreak and continues cursing
through most of the album.
Drawing from different genres of
music,  a 50s doo-wop style song
called "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)* .
is a great song with loads of potential, but the foul lyrics don't seem to
work any more on this twack than
they do on the others. This trend continues to exhaust the album with
songs like "Get Off My Dick* and "I'd
Rather Fuck With You."
His latest radio-hit single seems to
be getting lots of attention, but people
may get tired of an album full of
lyrics like "I thought this would last,
but you're just a piece of ass.* In the
middle of all this musical mayhem is
a song called 'All Over Love* {which
Eamon had no part in writing) and is
without a doubt the album's best
track. It's reminiscent of early 90s
R&fB and a piano straight out of a
Harlem jazz club. This song is sweet
and slow yet upbeat and keeps you
anticipating its catchy chorus. For
this Staten Island native, keeping a
soulful street sound can be achieved
without all the cuss words and the
high pitched, angiy shouting.
Being controversial is great; it
worked for 50 cent and Eminem, but
I am drawing the line with this addition to the music world. Signing on
with Jive Records, home to the
Backstreet Boys and N'Sync, Eamon
has what it takes to be the next Justin
Timberlake if only he didn't try so
hard. Unfortunately, first impressions are key in the music industry
and Eamon may be just another one-
hit wonder joining the likes of
Vanilla Ice and Sisqo. The only thing
that can save this up-and-comer from
that career-ending tag is following up
his latest radio hit with the only
other good track on his album, "All
Over Love." That will at least make
Eamon a two-hit wonder. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, Match 12,2004
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by Momoko Price
CULTURE WRITER,
Sitting at our table in Enigma, basking in the candlelight and swaying to
the St Germain pulsing in the background, I assembled my first
impression of the place: upscale and
minimalist, reminiscent of a restaurant that Carrie Bradshaw and the
girls might flock to on a Friday
night. My egocentric fantasy of
being a lady out on a New York City
night hit its peak as I ordered with a
savvy toss of the head, then it shattered. I turned and saw a little blond
boy scratching his face by our table
like he owned the place. I sat back
disillusioned and asked myself,
"Exactly what kind of a place is
this?'
I looked around the dimly lit dining area, trying to ignore the glassy
columns, the high ceilings, the projections of the Three Stooges playfully silhouetting the screen by the bar.
College students sat near the TV,
watching the hockey game. Grownup yuppies reclined in their chairs
by our table, sipping their red wine.
Families of five, complete with three
year-old child, bickered amiably
while they waited for their meal.
And so it became apparent to me
that although Enigma's interior
decor seemed to be marketing
towards the hip, young single
crowds, it possessed a mysterious
allure that appealed to al.
Well, perhaps not as mysterious
as its name would have you believe.
Once we ordered and received our
meal, I realised that Enigma's success was not due to some secret trick
or magic spell; it relied on the age-
old tactic of providing high-quality
food and service for reasonable
prices. We first snacked on an appetizer of Navajo bread (deep-fried
pastry served with a spiced tomato
paste and goat cheese) and before
long our server brought out my pork
tenderloin stuffed with basil and
feta cheese and my friend's salmon
tarragon. Both meals were accompanied With crisp sauteed green beans,
carrots and new potatoes, which
were piled up carefully as eye-catching food sculptures. I started on the
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savory pork stuffed with soft cheese
slowed me down within minutes. I
realised that a meal of this calibre
isn't meant to be inhaled, so I
resigned myself to measured bites,
enjoying the taste of every mouthful.
The lightly sauteed vegetables did
well to lighten the load, and accompanied the heavy course perfectly.
I ended the meal indulging in a
personal dessert favourite, creme
brulee, while my friend ordered a
slew of blended cocktails to start
her Friday night right (frozen
Bellini, frozen Mudslide, chilled
Appletini). Both the dessert and the
drinks were priced at only five dollars each, and all of them were sinfully delicious.
Enigma manages to look like an
esoteric refuge that requires hip
couture and advance reservations
from its clientele, but it is surprisingly unpretentious and welcoming
to anyone who might choose to enter
its doors. Just keep in mind when
you're donning your stiletto heels
before you go, there might be tiny
children underfoot on your trips to
the bathroom. ♦
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Why did Constantinople get the worts, that's no body's business
but Healher Paiil's Hywel Tuscano says there is a chill in ibe air
coming off the river tonight, Melissa Toon is sure is glad she
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The Cap'n: Aye. Listen; I be calling this 'ere meeting t'order. We've
much t' discuss.
Amoeba: OMG, where did you
get this table! It's grody to the max!!
Like, gag me with a spoon!!!
Folly: Squawk!
The Cap'n: Folly, yer saucy AMS
sea-wench: yer motion b'far council
challenged th'ability o' any able-
bodied seaman t' walk Ms own
deck. "Aye," said I, fPass me my
chumbucket, b'far we're swabbing
the decks with tarfeathers."
Folly: Sqawk! Chumbucket!
The Cap'n: I want t' reacfh out
with me meaty hand and swat that
hook from yer arm. Ye don't
deserve to wear that badge o' pirate
honour.
. Gomer Pyle: I'm gonna go
surfin' nar-nar. Heinous. Can I get a
wicked gnarly?
The Cap'n: Quiet, Pyle, 'ere I
make ye walk a plank stronger than
yer termite-ridden election platform. Ye can't _tang ten' in Davy
Jones' Locker.
Pyle: I'm so powerful tired of the
MAN. The MAN always sticks it to
me and holds me down.
The Cap'n: Ye deck-scrubbing
scallywags! Why, in Council th' day
b'far last, ye couldn't even speak
w'out reading from yer parchments. Meet th' eye of yer crew 'ere
ye face a mutiny on the high seas!
Amoeba: And like, what it is up
with these egg-and-cheese sandwiches?!?! Like, totally Flora West
leftovers, for sure!!!!!!
Stocksy: Pooled funds roared
back to health in 2003, posting dou
ble-digit returns that helped ease
the losses suffered during the
three-year bear market.
Offenda: I'm offended.
Pyle: Chill out, bra. I should
have known these facts, but whatever...
The Cap'n: Quit yer quibblin' er
I'll scuttle yer vessel.
Stocksy: Canadian equity is at
the best performing category, with
a median return of 2 5.5 per cent.
Offenda:    I'm    similarly
offended.
The Cap'n: Silence yer
chops! This 'ere vessel is no
granola-powered schooner!
Stocksy: A  14 per cent
return is a significant investor
gain.
The Cap'n: Yer scurvy words
are sea-turtlespeak! How can th'
self-respecting AMS VP Finance
swagger across the bridge as if
she's drunk grog through her
hornpipe?
Folly:    Squawk!    Hornpipes!
Squawk!
Amoeba: Like, Cap'n, I think
we're totally clashing!
The Cap'n: Amoeba, ye pretend to be first mate, but ye've
th'authority of a filthy bilge-rat.
Stand smartly, lass, ye must command  a pirate's respect! Stand
down when ye ask the news editors
at council about items privy to the
officers' mess.
And if ye can't command
respect from yer own crew,
then, when yer holdin' the
ship   t'gether,   locked   in
stormy battle with the uni
versity administration, cannons
sounding, yer vessel ablaze, with
tuition risin' on the bright horizon. ..yer calls will land in deaf ears.
Cap'n Piper will crawl
t'wards yer ship;
M •■ ■
Sullivan will plunder yer gold. Aye.
Ye'll be Boarded.
Amoeba: That's like totally
enough already, Cap'n!! Let's ditch
this heifer market and split for the
Pit!!!! ♦
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Constitutional needs to include LGBT rights to be just
t
by Kevin Walby
Religious fervor has again erupted
over Ihe proposed extension of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
persons (LGBT) rights to include
marriage. Today, even if a person
considers themselves secular, their
justifications for excluding LGBT
people are still primarily rooted in
religiosity. In the
Old Testament,
Leviticus laments
"If a man also He
with mankind, as
he lieth with a
woman, both of
them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to
death'(18.22-23).
These beliefs have been transcribed into our identities and institutions. In the US, it was only on
June 26, 2003 that the Supreme
Court declared sodomy/buggery
laws unconstitutional. In fact, 14
states, Puerto Rico and the
American military had anti-homosexual laws up until the 2003 ruling Lawrence v. Texas. In Canada,
although LGBT persons have individual rights to practice their sexuality, LGBT persons still face huge
prejudice and abuse from the heterosexual majority, through hate
crimes and everyday exclusion.
Homophobia in our society is due
to the fear of LGBT activity, a fear
inscribed in both the biblical and
legal books.
Religious groups across the
country, not only Catholics and
Protestants, but also Muslims and
other minority religions, organised
protests of the proposed same-sex
legislation. The new legislation
seeks to change the legal lingo:
PERSPECTIVE
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marriage would be defined as the
lawful union of two persons to the
exclusion of all other' instead of
lawful union* referring only to that
occurring between a "man and
women." We can disregard the
"sensibility and dignity' arguments
of homophobic persons outright;
when homophobic persons argue
against LGBT union because it
upsets their "sensibility and dignity,"
it is homophobic
sensibility and dignity which should
. ' be in question, not
the actions of
LGBT people. How can religious
groups claim to endorse the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
and at the same time, not grant
equality to LGBT persons when it
conies to marriage?
Equal rights for LGBT persons
have thus far been subverted
because of the religious temperament of the majority population.
Queer-rights activists have now
brought the issue to parliament,
and homophobic persons can no
longer depend on Canada's institutions to organise heterosexism.
Now the argument of religious
groups is that "same-sex marriage
legislation is an affront to the rights
of our religion,' that same-sex legislation offends collective religious
rights. But neither the Canadian
Constitution nor the American
Constitution have much to say
about group rights, let alone the collective religious rights. Rights talk
in North America has an individual, non-collective, orientation.
Section 2.(a) of the Charter grants
the fundamental freedom of conscience and religion. These rights
are granted, to individuals, not
groups. So when religious groups
claim LGBT union is an affront to
their collective rights, they misinterpret their religious rights.
Heterosexual people enjoy nuptial
rights as individuals; it is an injustice to deny LGBT people equal
rights. Section 15.(1) of the Charter
says "Every individual is equal
before and under the law and has
the right to the equal protection
and equal benefit of the law without
discrimination and, in particular,
without discrimination based on
race, national or ethnic origin,
colour, religion, sex, age or mental
or physical disability." Sexual orientation should be added to this list
if our Constitution is to be seen as
just.
-Kevin Walby is a graduate
student in sociology
Coddling Keys? Please!
In my friendship with Spencer
Keys I've often found myself uttering things like "Spencer that's asinine,' or "There is no way in hell
that I'll let that get by council.' That
being said, after reading James
Boucher's letter in the last issue of
the Ubyssey ("Coddling Keys,'
Opinion, [March 9]), I felt compelled to respond in his defense.
Mr Boucher's assertion that the
banning of slates in the Alma
Mater Socieiy (AMS) was some sort
of neo-con plot orchestrated by Mr
Keys is about as valid as Martha
Stewart's trial defense. First of all,
I'd like to point out that the
Students for Students(SfS) platform was hardly "right wing." In
fact, if I were to target one thing for
criticism, it would probably be that
their platform was, for the most
part, quite vague. Second, Mr
Boucher would be interested to
know that Josh Bowman, Laura
Best, Jesse Eckert, and Amina Rai
(the only council members at the
time who ran with the "progressive
slate") all voted in favour of the
motion. Conversely, Oana Chirila
and Sam Saini (both of whom ran
with SfS twice) were two of only ten
(out of 31) councillors that voted
against the motion. In the end, 21
councillors from varying places on
the political spectrum cast the
votes that would decide that banning slates was a benefit for the
AMS as a whole.
Also, while I may not agree
with Spencer's past comments
about the "fledgling peace group"
in question, because of the (at the
time) recent accusations that they
caused a rift in Vancouver's
StopWar.ca coalition through disruptive behavior (that included
but was not exclusive to hacking
personal e-mail accounts), I can
easily see where he may have
formed the opinion that they were
"nutjobs."
Finally, I find it funny that Mr
Boucher alludes to the Ubyssey's
responsibility (as a newspaper that
tries to remain as non-biased as
possible—cue irony!) to criticise
such remarks. The article that
quoted Spencer was "notable"
quotes. Last time I checked the ol'
thesaurus, "notable" was not synonymous with "approval" or even
"like," as he incorrectly implies.
—Quinn Omori
Arts 3 PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, March 12,2004
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CUtffURE
11
Someone shot your pony
HIDALGO
now playing
by John Hua
CULTURE EDITOR
When I was. a little boy, my father
used to tuck me into bed with the high
tales of Frank T. Hopkins. I remember
being mesmerised by the man who
seemed like a myth, as my father
described the grizzled cowboy who
witnessed the massacre at Wounded
Knee, received acclaim as the winner
of over 400 cross-country horse races
and even travelled across the earth to
compete in the most challenging
horse races of all—the 3000 mile
Ocean of Fire. I'm sure that you were
also told about this legendary man,
and experienced the blissful nostalgia
that I write about now. No? That's
right, no one has ever heard of Frank
T. Hopkins, my dad didn't waste my
storytelling time with American cowboy stories nor should anyone really
care about this "amazing true story"
being placed on the big screen.
Hidalgo is Disney's latest attempt
to make it big in the box office without having to rely on a Pixar collaboration. By acquiring the king, Viggo
Mortensen, and placing the actor in
his action-packed element, you'd
think they'd have a good chance at
success. I'm sure Disney thought so
as well.
The film follows the life of
Hopkins, a man who in his memoirs
deemed himself as a legend among
men, a top breaker and breeder of the
mustang, a prized long-distance horse
rider and the only foreigner to win the
infamous—or is that non-existent?—
race in the Arabian Desert Struggling
with the grueling demands of this
almost impossible race, both horse
and rider must also overcome the
prejudice of their mixed bloodlines-
Hopkins is ashamed of his Sioux
blood and Hidalgo's mustang blood is
seen as impure and flawed in the
equestrian world. Following the
Disney manual of "how to end a
movie so the kiddies won't cry," add a
dash of self-discovery and good old
American horsepower and you've got
something to tip your hat to.
Admittedly, Mortensen was the
right man for the role, because
although there was no salvaging this
script, he is still able to hack it as a
horse-riding king, er, cowboy. The
only other notable performance was
the horse, portraying a full range of
emotion and knowledge of the script,
which doesn't say much for the rest of
the cast
I take a deep sigh as I put this
painful review to an end. Hidalgo just
doesn't offer anything worth getting
excited about, which is probably why
critics are spending most of their
time disputing the validity of this
"true story" altogether. But following
the Disney manual for "how to end
reviews without making the kiddies
cry," this movie was great almost as
good as all those wonderful Mighty
Ducks sequels. ♦
The Who's who of Totem
TOMMY: THE MUSICAL
at Totem Park Ballroom
until Mar. 13
by Levi Barnett
CULTURE WRITER
While the majority of UBC, students
head off-campus tonight, consider
staying at school to check out the
Totem Park Residence's annual theatre production—this year presenting "Tommy."
A musical about a murder, child
abuse, singing and pinbaH, the basic
concept of the show is summed up
well by Rohan Menon, a guitarist in
the show's pit band, who said,
"Tommy is a person searching for
himself. Different people "discover
themselves in different ways. Tommy
did it through music and pinball.*
The    Who's    "Tommy,*    first
released in 1969, is a product of a
different time. It was written by Pete
Townshend, lead singier of the seminal rock band the Who. For many
famous bands, by the time they
make their fourth album it's time to
rehash the same material and go on
a world tour. Not so for the Who.
They came out with the first rock
opera, a stage production with the
band's latest album as the soundtrack. Now, 35 years later, "Tommy*
has come to Totem.
The show opens with a young boy
named Tommy (played after the first
scene by Gaelan Beatfy) watching his
long-lost father. Captain Walker, murder his mother's lover. He observes
the action through a mirror, hearing
his parents scream when all is done.
The horrible experience traumatises
Tommy to such an extent that he
becomes   permanently   deaf  and
dumb, mystifying those who
Imowhim. ;
Captain Walker gets away without
punishment and Tommy is subjected
to the cruel treatment of several relatives, who all fail to understand the
i fragility of the boy. One day.
Tommy's life is forever changed
when he learns to play pinball. Using
his overcompensating sense of touch,
Tommy is a veritable pinball wizard.
Amazing anyone who comes in contact with this extraordinary young
man. Tommy's existence is changed
forever as he vocalises his life
through song.
Being a musical, the main appeal
of the Totem production is the
singing, which in many cases is devilishly good—particularly by Amanda
Rnic, who plays a sultry seductress
known as the Acid Queen, sent to
thrill Tommy into speaking. The song
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Accompanying the strong vocal
talent is a concrete performance by
the pit band, consisting of a tight
combo of guitarists, drum and keyboard, who make sure the show
keeps pace. Despite having to study
for midterms throughout their prac
tice period, the band and cast manage to come off as a strong ensemble.
Unless you're going to see the
Broadway deal, you should definitely
take the time to see this impre§siy_
production of the acclaimed musical
"Tommy." The entire cast clearly
enjoy themselves on stage, making it
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Snow Walker a northern triumph
THE SNOW WALKER
now playing
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER
As a bush pilot in Canada's Far North, being an
arrogant ladies man is part of Charlie Halhday's
job description. While on a routine fuel drop, he
encounters an Inuit family who persuade him
with a little ivory bribery to take their ailing
daughter to Yellowknife. Their flight is cut
short, however, when the plane experiences
engine trouble and ditches in a pondf Stranded,
with few supplies, Charlie isn't hopeful that
he'll get out alive, especially when saddled with
a companion who he regards as a hindrance. As
the film progresses, the question becomes who
is actually the extra baggage.
Based on the Farley Mowat short story
titled Walk Well My Brother, The Snow Walker
features local boy made good Barry Pepper as
Charlie. Pepper perfectly captures Charlie's
evolution through the five stages of grief—
from hissy-fit-throwing-know-it-all to resolute
somber acceptance—and runs the gamut
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from annoying to amusing and touching in
the process.
Newcomer Annabella Piugattuk is captivating as Kanaalaq, Charlie's teacher, spiritual guide and saviour. The role isn't much of a
stretch for Piugattuk who is called upon to be
herself—she speaks Inuit, taught herself to
hunt at the age of 14 and possesses the requisite skills to survive in the harsh climate.
Pepper and Piugattuk's relationship comes
across as genuine, without which the film
would fall flat, especially since the bulk of the
supporting cast provide little more than a
temporary diversion. The only other character worthy of note is Mother Nature.
Shot in and around Churchill, Manitoba
and Rankin Inlet, the barren landscape consists of placid ponds, muskeg and barren tundra. Stripped of the trappings of civilisation.
the stark beauty that shines through the desolation hides the accompanying danger—as
one of the searchers notes, "That's death
down there." The cast and crew experienced
the hazards of shooting in such an environment first hand. The crew had to employ
polar bear watchers to ensure that no one got
dragged off, and the clouds of mosquitoes
enjoyed a blood banquet (you see and hear
them buzzing in virtually every scene—I was
constantly scratching).
While the nature-as-teacher motif has
been covered before, the performances,
accompanying score and gorgeous scenery
are enough to sustain the viewer. If you're in
the mood for some entertaining Cancon—I
was relieved that they opted for a powerful
ending that was still muted—Tie Snow
Walker is the film for you. ♦
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