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Wednesday, October 15,2003
Volume 85 Issue 13
Happy birthday to us since 1918
Days numbered for Women Students' Office
Plans for Access SBBKr-
and Diversity in
the works
by Megan Thomas
The UBC Women Students' Office
(WSO) will be combined with the
Disability Resouce Centre (DRC) to
form a broader anti-oppression centre by November 1.
UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan
informed an Alma Mater Society
(AMS) resource group meeting of
the decision last week, leaving some
student leaders- fuming about a perceived lack of consultation.
"The decisions [Sullivan] was
running by us had already been
made,' said Aoife Chamberlaine, a
member of the Women's Centre.
Under the "administrative reorganisation," the director of the DRC
will run the new centre and two new
staff members will be hired to run
the new operation tentatively
named Access and Diversity, said
Sullivan in an interview. - .  .
"What this will enable us to do is
to continue to have a strong focus on
issues related to women and to sexism but to add to it," he said.
"Advocacy efforts should be directed
at the systemic level and should
include other areas of potential
areas of inequity and disadvantage.*
UBC currently does not have a
structure in place to deal with
inequities, such as sexual orienta-
tioii, race and classism, that Eire outside the scope* of the DRC and WSO,
said Sullivan;'' 77 -,     ■ .••    7
Access and Diversity will also
focus on intersecting inequalities
WOMEN NOT IMPRESSED: Members of tha AMS Women's Centre are not pleased with plans to .eliminate the Women Students' Office.
that many students deal with,
he added.
"It will allow much more comprehensive coverage If will allow us
to form a better interface with, par-
tjcuarly, many of the AMS resource
groups," he said.
But some AMS resource groups.
which fight oppression on campus,
have concerns about the reorganisation and the consultation process.
Women's Centre members say
that while they support any efforts
on campus to fight oppression, there
has not been ample consultation
about the new arangement
"They are tiying to make it accessible to everyone and that is a really
positive thing...but I think it really
undermines me WSO and the DRC,*
Chamberlaine added.
While Sullivan would not discuss
the cost of operating Access and
Diversity, he said the reorganisation
is not a cost-cutting measure and
will result in more resources for
. "This should strengthen those
services," he said. "There will be
more' people in the unit, more
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NO WIRES HERE: UBC is now wireless, peter klesken photo
Campus finally WIRED!
Wireless Intemef'substantially complete"
by Megan Thomas
Thanks to the $30 million project to
re-wire UBC, students can surf the
net from one end of the campus to
the other.
The University- Networking
Project required the ni^tallatjoii of
close to 20,000 wired ports and is
'substantially complete" six months
ahead of schedule and on budget
UBC can now claim to be one of
the best-wired universities in the
world, said Program Director Susan
"The. network is important It is
sort of like plumbing: if you haven't
- • See "Wireless" on page 2.
by Jonathan Woodward
If a new provincial law passes- as
early as this month, some residents
of UBC will no longer be protected
by the Residential Tenancy Act.
The Act prevents landlords from
evicting tenants without cause, conducting arbitrary searches - and
unjustifiably increasing rent
Bill 70, a revision of the Act,
awaits only the proclamation of the
Lieutenant-Governor in Council to
become law. Under the new bill,
housing for staff and students of an
educational institution will not be
covered by the Act
The exemption will mean volatile
rents on campus, said Acadia Park
resident Norman Richard.
"They will have carte blanche to
do whatever they want,* he said.
At UBC, the new legislation will
affect housing at Acadia Park,
University Apartments, Hawthorne
Lane and any new buildings on
Because undergraduate rest-'
dences' aire, licensed* to- their' o'ccu-'
pants rather than rented, they do*
not fall under the Act and will not
be affected.
Richard, said the blanket exemption will be detrimental for campus
"There is already a shortage of
housing everywhere in Vancouver
and more so on campus,* he said.
"They will be able to raise the rents
to what the market will bear. This
means that whoever has the money
gets in and whoever doesn't is out
of luck.*
He also alleged that the university will be free to raise the rents of
market-rental housing planned for
University Boulevard.
But operating under Bill 70
would not alter the way faculty housing in Hawthorne Lane is rented,
said Janice Goulais from Village
Gate Homes, a UBC-owned property '
management firm.
'We follow the act. We try to run
this like we would run something
off-campus,* she saidT. "We're
already ahead of these [regulations}
in my eyes," she said.
The revision is needed because •
■ tner current' law" is' unclear about"
which residences are under the
jurisdiction of the Act, said Cindy
Rose, a spokesperson for the BC
Ministry of Public Safely and the
Solicitor General.
"[The bill} is meant to straighten
that but' she said.
Bill 70 lists which types of residences fall outside the Act, including
85th Anniversary: The
Vbyssey turns 851 Flip to the
centre to see some ofthe ups
and downs in the history of your
official campus newspaper.
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Still getting picked up at 85.
Inklines at f/ie Ubyssey
Change in a student-run newsroom
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- by Hywel Tuscano
When I first started at the Ubyssey, we used to call the hour
between 12am and lam our grace period. Our*deadline was
technically at midnight, but if we finished before lam College
Printers would let us off. However, if we got the newspaper to
them after lam we were charged for two hours. There was a
chance for redemption or double the pain in the form of financial cost During this final 60 minutes, we would be making the
final corrections to pages while squinting at the screen with
tjfejpt,jSloodshot eyes;hoping that we could finish before lam
7"T£is/is $&* Ubfisey^'stjmh§ for, objectivity, enforcing
accountability and encouraging heavy drinking shice 1918. On
Saturday, October 18 the Ubyssey will turn 85. For those that
have worked here the name will always be synonymous with
16-hour days, arguments over editorial content, 4am swims in
the outdoor pool after staff parties and any number of typified
liberating university experiences mixed in with the angst of
writing and producing one of the largest student newspapers
in Canada.
But a lot has changed from decade to decade—except some
of our computers...
The transition to submitting our newspaper to the printer
digitally makes me reminisce about how production was done
in the 'old days.' Not as far back as typewriters and camera-
ready artwork, but when it required enough care to make it an
ordeal. The deft hands of careful editors would cut the waxed
sheets of glossy printouts and mount them onto printing flats,
wielding X-acto knives like scalpels in delicate surgery until
we'd go home with our fingers covered in wax hoping that the
last minute changes we pasted down over our mistakes would
survive the car trip to the printers on Terminal Avenue.
The fastest driving time from UBC to Main St and
Terminal Ave was rumoured to be about 19 minutes. The
highest speeding ticket was for over $300. The ordeal
involved frisking and being held at gunpoint—that news editor had a red sports car.
Paste-up is a lost art of sorts. Nowadays the production manager clicks 'Export as PDF and watches nervously as the
progress percentage climbs while praying that our computers
Won't crash. It is~sedate, solitary and hardly a tactile artform.
We were one ofthe last papers still submitting on flats in the
Canadian University Press (CUP)—an organisation of over 60
student newspapers across the country founded in 1938. CUP
allows newspapers to share stories on a newswire, attend conferences for ideas and training and sometimes allows us to
generally commiserate with other student journalists across
the country leading a similar lifestyle.
This insert into the Ubyssey takes a brief look at our last
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eight years of pubhshing since becoming an autonomous
paper from the Alma Mater Society (AMS) in 1995. After being
shutdown for 15 months over funding and editorial issues, a
referendum in January of 1995 approved a student levy that
would support our paper for years to come.
Autonomy has provided us an opportunity for truly objective and critical coverage of the AMS, university and far-reading national affairs. Some of our largest stories in the past eight
years include coverage of the WTO, APEC, a Freedom of
Information lawsuit with the AMS over their Coke contract and
the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In recent years our offices have also been moved from the_
top floor of the SUB—a space we had occupied since the 60s—
. into the depths ofthe basement We can orJy mourn the loss of
our beautiful third floor view and laugh at old photos of
Engineers invading our offices. Editors no longer sit on weathered couches on the balcony and smoke under the beacon light
of Gage towers. We can't stop and stare at squirrels in the middle of serious writing or toss garbage into the bins from up top.
There will always be the photos—we use our waxer to mount
them on the new walls these days.
After three years in the basement the photos are beginning
to overlap, each layer a testament to a time period, and acting
as long standing incriminating evidence for old Ubysseyers.
The walls show what happens in between the production nights
that otherwise punctuate our lives.
The Ubyssey is a forum for students to express opinion,
delve into politics and learn about local culture, sports and
news. We are also a resource to train writers, photographers,
designers and, ultimately, journalists.
I cried the first evening that I was employed* as Production
Manager. Our. ancient network of Macs—somewhat updated
now—was not cooperating; the pressure of deadlines and my
failure the first night 6n the job overwhelmed me. Two years
later in my role as Coordinating Editor my worries have
expanded to a more general heartache as opposed to one specific ulcer. .■,-.'
A long legacy can be traced between the hard covers of the
thick, yellowing bound volumes littered—and often lost—
around our cluttered office. The bloodlines are traceable in ink.
They run long across pages, and continue on in other publications in Vancouver and around the world.
Ink belies a permanence that is a testament to hard work,
frustrating phone calls, bad concerts, worse books and football
upsets, but also tangibly represents our victory as a newspaper
that sits on stands every Tuesday and Friday.   '. -
These long hours and long nights are something that stick
with us, like wax on flats. ♦ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER IS, 2003
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AMS resource groups see
problems with consultation
"Women" from page!.
people committed to women and to other kinds of work."
But Sullivan has not made the new direction of Access and Diversity
clear enough, said Melanie Rasul ofthe Women's Centre.
"There hasn't really been a policy presented and that's something that
we have a problem with,* she said. "We haven't really been consulted to
any extent to what this thing looks like.'
"It's going to be so mysterious that students are not going to know that
it is there/added Women's Centre member Kate Hunc. "When you are
dealing with these sorts of issues mystery is not what you are going for."
Pride UBC, another AMS resource group, is also, uncomfortable with
the change.
"I think there should be widespread student consultation. I feel like the
way the centre is being set up is pretty tokenistic," said Rhyannon
O'Heron, co-chair of Pride UBC. »
O'Heron said there should have been a promotional campaign and full
consultation with the student body before plans were made for Access and
She would also like Sullivan to consult directly with Pride UBC because
he said Access and Diversity will be dealing with inequalities stemming
from sexual orientation.
But she added, "If the centre is created and utilised in the way that it
could be then there is that potential there." ♦
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got it you really notice. If you have
got it, it just fades into the background,* she said.
And even though the project was
expensive, Mair said the university.
is wired for hfe.
"We hope that we will never have
to go through this again," she added.
Originally the aim was to hardwire all buildings on campus for
internet access, said- John Martell,
wireless manger. But three years -
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And that forward thinking has
made UBC a technology leader. 'It's
no longer an 'If you are going to do
it,' it's ceally a "When are you going
to do it?" said Martell, .
Although the wireless network
cost about $5 million to build,
Martell said the low maintenance
costs should allow it to stay free for
students and staff.
"If we do our job, right there
shouldn't be any. additional manpower required for maintaining the
network,'he said.   ■-..
Martell admits that protecting
the network against misuse will be a
-challenge.    '
'It's a remarkably fragile technology. If someone wants to do bad
things it is possible," he said.
But he' added that protecting networks is a Worldwide problem and
UBC has technology in place to deal
with problems. -
About 500 users logged oir to
wireless in the summer months and
that number juinped to'2500 users
in September when most students-1
returned to classes.
All students need to log on is a
wireless card, costing under $100,
said Martell, who expects about 95
per cent of laptops will come with
the technology by 2005.
Students are happy with the wireless network, but would like to see
even more coverage.
"I like the wireless everywhere,"
said Chris Couch, a third-year con>
pCiter*4cient5 «'strlr|epr| 'fij^S^'d;
when you are'in range.*"
Couch added that buying a wireless card is not too much of a burden
for students. ,   .
'It's more than adequate [but]
could have better coverage," said
first-year Science student Allan Liao,
adding that the network speed could
be improved in outdoor areas.
Kate Hutchinson, a second-year
Arts and Science student, would like
to see wireless expanded to mcluda
residences but likes having thewire*
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'It's pretty' speedy,"- she* said.'
"You can go outside, do anything."
Additional finds have been identified to bring the wireless network
to areas not in the original plan.
The next step is to expand to the
Fairview and Acadia residences,
added Martell. He expects the entire
network to be complete by the end of
the year.
'It would be a shame to finish
this $30 million project...without
including student*, residences,"
he said. ♦ 7"      ; -i
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Residential Tenancy Act
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non-profit housing cooperatives, hospitals and educational institutions.
Also, no new exemptions can be applied for tinder this bill-,      7 -
Bill 70 would mean UBC-run properties and areas leased from UBC for a
much longer term could also be exempt from the Act, university legal counsel Mark Crosbie said.
"An area that would be a bit greyer is where the university has given a 9 9-
year lease to third parties,' he said, adding that students or staff living in
condominiums north of the Vancouver School of Theology or Hampton
Place may find their residences exempt as well.
UBC currently has no policy in place to deal with the proposed changes
to the Act because the bill has not yet become law, .said Crosbie.
The potential is.there to make regulatory changes.within, departments,
he added. ♦ II
The Ubyssey resu rrected
After a feud with the Alma Mater Society (AMS), the Ubyssey, a publication of the AMS since
1918, was shut down for a period of 15 months starting in April of 1994.
It was a combination of funding and politics that pushed the Ubyssey's relationship with
the AMS to the breaking point, and the 1994 AMS council voted to exterminate the Ubyssey.
In a 1995 referendum, students voted in favour of a $5 levy to fund the operation of the
Ubyssey and the paper was reborn as an independent publication. -      7^
The firstyear was rocky with bills piling up and advertisers not keen to advertise, but a
profit of a few thousand dollars was turned by the end of the year. 1 \
The Ubysseyhas not looked back since 1995 and is now a financially stable.^ ndeuendent
publication bringing news to the UBC campus community. ♦ y       j
On our own two feet
Independent coverage since 1995
—Meggn Thomas
Not s6 special issues
Oh those crazy engineers
When the UBC Engineers pull outrageous pranks, the Ubyssey is there, but when
they happen on an international scale it's more difficult
Putting a traffic jam and a puzzled California Highway Patrol crew behind them,
a group of UBC Engineers fled the scene February 5, 2001, leaving a gutted red
Volkswagon Beetle—complete with painted Canadian flag and red 'E' on the hull-
dangling above the waters from San Fransisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
Tha exhibition caused delays in traffic as spectators slowed down to see the spectacle before the highway patrol cut the cables, dropping the VW into the bay.
Similar pranks have been pulled to mark the annual Engineering Week activities.
In 1999, a gutted VW Beetle hung from Vancouver's Arthur Laing Bridge while in
2002, they strung another bug from the Molson Brewery. ♦
—Heather Pauls
When the Association of Petroleum Exporting Countries (APEC) came to UBC in 1997, the
Ubyssey was there. '^'*'
Extensive coverage appeared in the Ubyssey and was highlighted by eyewitness accounts
and shocking photos from the day of the summit.
That grey Tuesday, the 25th day of Novermber 1997, was possibly the most violent in the
history of UBC. Approximately 1500 activists turned up to protest the absence of human rights
on the agenda of the APEC meeting and things soon turned ugly. - -
A massive campus rally moved from the SUB to the Rose Garden Plaza where a 'melee of
pepper spray and arrests' ensued. In the words of one student, "They spray us in the face with
pepper spray—they have dogs that are trained to attack."
The police defended their actions saying that the force was necessary to protect delegates
and also dismissed pepper spray, as the inost humane way to restrain the crowd.
When the dust settled, 49 people hacl b.een arrested.
The Alma Mater Society quickly took a stance against the arrests. Then president Ryan
Davies said, "When the [RCMP], went as far as pepper spraying innocent bystanders it was obviously indiscriminate on their part.' ♦
—Megan Thomas
Let's get naked. Or at least you could have thought about it reading the Ubyssey's annual sex issue, featuring drawings of naked folks and articles on everything from orgasm
tips to cybersex. But that's not the only special issue or supplement that's hit the turf in
Ubyssey history. There was once a job/career supplement and a fashion supplement
that asked students what they thought of those infamous Calvin Klein ads that showed
women and men in their skibbies (undies). Less erotically exciting was the animal
rights supplement—or rather one article ori animal testing—and the Pacific of the West
Photo issue, where the photos or photographers were the focus instead of stories.♦
—Jesse Marchand
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There was a time when students could enter any varsity sport for free. But
in 1995, students voted to reallocate money directed to the athletics and
recreation department to other resources and opted to pay for varsity events
to make-up the difference. Other than that, not much else has changed. UBC
Athletes* were always competing, internationally, entering Canada West
Tournaments and taking home awards. The women's soccer team took the
Canada West title for the fourth time in a row in 1995 and came back to
power again in 2002, winning the National title. Even the football team saw
good days, winning the Vanier Cup in 1997. Brianjohns also brought honour to UBC swimming, competing in the Olympics and breaking the CIS
records in the 400 and 200 IM and breaking the Canada West record in the
200 M Back. ♦
—Jesse Marchand
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The third World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial ConfereuoeH^oLnlice in Seattle1 u\J
1999. Thanks to some persuasive letter-writing,to the. WTO press office.trathen-news edi'.ur
Nick Bradley, the Ubyssey-was able to snatch four press passes to covenmS five-day sumr7
And what a five days it was. The 'Battle of Seattle^ecame a zeitgiMstfor the anti-globalis.lr
tion movement Fulfilling the potential that UBC's APEC kerfuffle had hinted at, the WTO saw
tens of thousands of protesters, thousands of arrests and millions of dollars in properly damage. But, more importantly, it showed the world that there were enough people who opposed
the WTO to—effectively—shut down their conference.
I was only at the WTO for one day, bussing down for the day to join protesters. I returned
unscathed, but the four reporters that did go—Nick, Daliah Merzaban, Tara Westover and
Cynthia Lee—had some incredible stories to tell. They had been tear-gassed and had dodged
rubber bullets. They had been questioned and harrassed, but they made it back and the
Ubyssey's December 3, 1999 issue stands as a testament to their remarkable work. ♦
—Duncan M. McHugh
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is .being attacked." . -'"
I turned on CNN and, hktf ilino-t ewij .me, didn't move for hours. We had an editors'
meeting that day, and nine stunned journalists sat down that afternoon. It was only our second week in full production, and while we were hoping for an exciting news year, this wasn't really what we had in mind. There was a lot of "What the fuck?" and 'Holy shit" in the
office that day.
Everything else seemed unimportant next to "what happened today" and "Tuesday's
events'—what eventually became 9/11. We spent the next two days thinking, talking and
writing about nothing else. While going to .class was a bit of a rarity on the best of weeks for
many of us, when we did go, it was disconcerting to talk about chemistry ori 8th century literature when everything in our world had suddenly seemed to change. At the Ubyssey, we
got to talk about nothing else.
In the weeks following September 11, things seemed to return to normal pretty quickly,
and September T1 came to stand for something icky. After that firstweek, UBC professor
Sunera Thobani was attacked for criticising US foreign policy, freedom of speech became a
dirty word and September 11 became an excuse for US invasions. All of which we covered
in the newspaper. ♦
; —Sarah Morrison
How we beat Coca-Colanisation
In 1995, the AMS, UBC, and Coca-Cola Incorporated signed an exclusivity pact—Coke would get
to sell its products on campus in a sanctioned monopoly, and UBC and the AMS would get, well,
But the deal, the first of its kind in Canada, was secret Attempts to find out how much money
was changing hands, where the money was going, ajid even how much Coke each student was
expected to drink were met with silence. Coke argued that disclosure of that information could
hurt prospective deals with other Canadian universities. It was an uncomfortable silence from
UBC—a public institution.
Stanley Tromp, a reporter at the Ubyssey, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to bring
: the deal into the public domain. It was defeated. But the Ubyssey, under then-Coordinating Editor
Bruce Arthur, didn't give up. It filed another one.
Ih 2001, after much legal wrangling and red tape, the Ubyssey won and the deal was unsealed.
It turned out that $8.3 million was changing hands. And it wasn't going to the right places:
UBC disability upgrades received only one tenth of what was promised. And Coke and UBC were
expecting students to drink 33.6 million cans or bottles: an astronomical amount of Coke.
Setting that straight was only part of the victoiy. The decision also set an important precen-
dent for all Other exclusivity deals signed with a university.
The Ubyssey's success showed that students can stand up to something as mighty as Coke,
using the paper as their instrument, and that students can be the ones who make the rules at
UBC. ♦
...... —Jonathan Woodward
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Down by the dumps
At the end of August in 2001, the Ubyssey moved offices from the top corner of the SUB to the basement A
clause in the separation agreement with the AMS that granted us autonomy in 1995 stated that if space ever
opened in the central kitchens in the basement we would move downstairs.
To our dismay, the space opened up.
We had occupied the top floor of the SUB since the 60s and were sad to let go of our view of squirrels,
Gage towers and our smoking couches on the balcony. We axe no longer able to toss our garbage off the balcony right into the dumpsters—now we simply walk down the hall. Three of us sat and ate pizza on an island
of desks in the "middle of our old space before moving down that afternoon. I found hidden lists written in
chalk from past editors saying why they love the Ubyssey. Stress and jellybeans ranked high.
Our new space boasts a minimalist, industrial Yaletown-esque ceiling (read as exposed pipes and dirty
concrete) and in our firstyear downstairs multiple leaks dripped on our copy editor. A "diaper*—which was
the technical term for it—was set up to catch the liquid and funnel it into a bucket Once the kinks were ironed
out, however, we settled quickly and new renovations have made our office more accessible. We turn away
about four people a day looking for the Bike Kitchen or the pottery club, and we do miss the sun. ♦
—Hywel Tuscano THE UBYSSEY
Buses still too crowded; say students
Many routes still over capacity more than a month after start of U-Pass
by Darren .Altmayer
Students say they are still struggling
with public transportation on busy
UBC routes more than a month
after the implementation of the
'Usually between one and three
buses pass us in the morning," said
UBC student Christine Boyle.
On weekday mornings buses are
often too full to let on more passengers, she said. "We have hitchhiked
it before when we're too late."
The U-Pass provides three-zone
bus passes to full-time SFU and UBC
students and was expected to put a
strain on Vancouver public transit.
TransLink—the Vancouver transit authority—did increase service
to ease the pressure, but many UBC
routes are still overcrowded at
peak hours.
'At night the #41 is every half-
hour, it's* too * infrequent," UBC
graduate student Katherine
Buffingtpn. said. "They consistently
filleup until it's stapdirig room'
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'It should only take me 15 minutes in the morning, but I have to
give myself an extra half-hour,"
added UBC student Dan Waldman.
.   The adjustment to the extra vol
ume on UBC routes is ongoing,
says Doug McDonald, a spokesperson for Coast Mountain Bus
Company—the company that operates the buses for TransLink.
"There's an ongoing process to
adjusting services and adding
more on routes," he said.
Early September is a particularly busy time for buses, added
"Complaints since the beginning of September have dropped
off. But now we're dealing with the
fact that bus services are overloading at new times."
McDonald said changes to service will continue in the short term
and a new bus schedule will be
implemented in December.
Relations between dependent
transit users and TransLink are
also strained, say members of the
Bus Riders Union (BRU) of
The : union wa3 banned last
month from TransLink board
meetings until they sign a document promising not to disrupt
future meetings.
The 250 member BRU recently
released the Night Owl report, a
document calling for the reimple-
mentation of all-night buses—canceled in October 2001.
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"Low wage workers are losing
jobs and losing shifts," explained
Jennifer Efting, the organiser of the
Bus Riders Union and an SFU student.
"The cancelation of night owls
shows a grave disregard for transit
dependent people," she added.
Created three years ago, the BRU
is modeled on a similar Los Angeles
based group with a wide mandate
for justice for public transit dependent people.
'A lot of our leaders are young,
are women, are visible minorities.
We are many of the people that are
dependent on public transit everyday," said Efting.
One bus driver, who did not
want to give his name, says that
people must complain to TransLink
for changes to happen.
"Things won't change until people start complaining,' he said,
"There's no use complaining to the
driver, they don't listen to what we
have to say." ♦
Former NB premier swipes at red tape
by Jonathan Woodward
The pendulum has swung too far on
the number of regulations controlling
corporate governance, Frank
McKenna, former premier of New
Brunswick says.
Business, government and universities should also work together to
irripjroveL1 ejhicsi and! accountability,
McKenna said in a Robson Square lecture- hall last Wednesday. .
"At this point in time in this country of ours the need for collaboration
between government and industry
has never- been more acute, never
been more necessary," he said. "We
are living in a different world."
Before the Enron scandal, public
US and Canadian companies were not
-required  to  show their books  to
. "Businesses at one time felt they
could play in their own sandbox and
everything would be fine," McKenna
said.  "
In the aftermath, new regulations
were formed to create more transparency in corporate bookkeeping to
help pick up the pieces of investor
confidence. '
But these rules can be fatal to
quick, low-cost business administration, said McKenna.
"Medium-sized companies in the
US have reported that their governance costs are doubling as a result of
[over-regulation]/ he said. "Some 37
per cent of CEOs are considering taking their companies private to try and
avoid this huge regulatory burden."
Companies that make minor
accounting errors must now walk
ALL BUSINESS: Frank MbKenna talks shop while Tom Ross from the
Sauder School of Business looks on. michelle mayne photo
away from the contract under current
regulations, said McKenna.
"I would suggest to you that this- is
a perverse result from, what, on the
surface, seemed like a logical set of
rules," he said.
But McKenna also provided some
solutions for rebuilding investor
One way would be to allow people
of diverse backgrounds to sit on the
board of directors to create meaningful corporate debate, he said.
"In a situation where a business
person would say, 'This makes perfect
sense,' another person would say,
'Yes, it does, but we can't get it
through the regulatory process,"
McKenna said.
The different worlds of government and business must also come
together, he said, but McKenna recognises it won't be easy.
"A company board meeting is a
genteel affair...but cabinet is the closest thing to a legalised cockfight there
is,' he said.
Universities also face challenges
that could hinder cooperation
between business and government,
added McKenna.
"For an institution that should be
an agent of change and capable of
moving on a dime, they have archaic
rules of governance that literally go
back a hundred years."
To fix this problem, students
should know more about how businesses, universities and governments
are managed to improve communication between the three sectors, said
Currently; UBC has a mandatory,
undergraduate course entitled "The
Roles of Government and Business in
Economy,* which addresses these
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UBC fails to keep
its cool
When the power went out in May
2*002 at the UBC Obstetrics and
Gynecology department at the
Vancouver Hospital more than a
little food was spoiled—the
department lost the sperm samples of 150 men.
It was not until December
2002 that UBC sent out letters
informing people of the lost
sperm, but no reason for the
delay was provided.
Howard Lain, a client who
underwent radiation treatment
for skin cancer and was rendered sterile, initiated a lawsuit
against the university when he
heard the news.
Since his story was first covered by the media, Lam's lawyer,
Sandy Kovacs, has been contacted by'a number of other people
who also lost sperm.
Other stories include that of a
man who donated his sperm
because he suffered from a brain
tumour. His wife wanted the
sperm saved so that after the
death of her husband she would
still be able to have his child.
7 Kovacs is now plannihg on
expanding the lawsuit into a
class-action suit against UBC.
The university is planning on
fighting the suit. Potential
'clients' are'"required to sign a. '
waiver' that says 'the best"
efforts" would be made to preserve the sperm, but no guarantees are given.
According to Scott Macrae,
director of public affairs for
UBC, the department did not
know that there were issues
regarding the power supply
where the sperm was kept
Once the power went out in
May however, the university
moved to deal with the problem.
Beer garden hours
Improved relations between the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) and
the RCMP means that beer garden hours will return to tradi--
tional times starting this week.
Beer gardens can now be
held from 4-8pm, 6-10pm and 7-
1 lpm, as opposed the 3-7pm or
7-1 lpm time slots used so far
this year.
Tne 8-1 lpm time slot could
also be upgraded to 8- 12am with
approval from the appropriate
bodies, such as the Student
Administrative Commission and
faculty representatives, said
AMS VP Administration Josh
He also said the AMS will
work towards having a man-
agable number of events on campus to avoid situations where
many events close at the same
time on the same night, so that
the RCMP can confidently
approve licenses for events.
To preserve the new beer garden times, the AMS will also
work to discourage public drunkenness and the public consumption of alcohol oh campus, added
OCT 15-25
Anatomy of a germ
American Society of Microbiology honours UBC specialist
AU graduating students are
invited to call Artona for their
free graduation portrait session.
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by Peggy Truong
A UBC science professor has received top honours from
the American Society of Microbiology.
Microbiology and Immunology Professor Bob
Hancock was given the Laureate of the 2003 Aventis
Pharmaceuticals Award honouring the development of
new antimicrobial agents, the clinical use of those
agents and the investigation of resistance to antibiotics.
"This is the top award in the world for antimicrobial
research," said Hancock.
He was rewarded for his novel approach to looking at
mechanisisms of innate immunity and the ways this
immunity can be enhanced to promote microbial
But he was quick to give credit to his team.
"One of the things, you have to emphasise is that
microbiology is a team-driven field,* he said. "I'd like to
think that I've helped move things along, but the actual
research done is a team profession."
A native of Southern Australia, Hancock developed
an early interest in science after reading about
Alexander Fleming's penicillin discovery.
"It was the most romantic,, exciting stoiy I've ever
heard. From that, the whole world of antibiotics arose,"
he said.
Hancock's first laboratory research was on penicillin
and he hasn't looked back since. On October 2, he was
inducted into the UBC Quarter Century Club, a society
that recognises faculty members for 2 5 years of service
at the university.
Hancock is also the co-founder of Inimex
Pharmaceuticals, a UBC spin-off company working to
develop medicines that use the innate immune
response to prevent or treat human disease.
The company has identified drug candidates that bat-
tie drug resistance in bacterial infections.
Working with private industiy has supplemented
rather than taken away from his UBC research, said
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Working with companies allows you to make your
l' research" relevant and to move .towards practical applications which I think is an important part of knowledge
acquisition,' he said.
In December 2002, Hancock also co-led Canada's
largest genomics project—a $2 7 million research project that focused on immunity at the site of the mucous
membranes lining the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.
He also discovered a new mechanism called Self-
Promoted Uptake, where antibiotics of a certain character and charge literally force their way through a cell's
outer membrane.
When asked about what he enjoyed more, teaching or
researching, Hancock didn't separate the two.
"I don't really think of them as different. One of the
things that teaching teaches a teacher is a way of explaining things," he said. 'Communication has been a very
large part of my career."
It was Hancock's talent for communication that
hooked former graduate student Keith Poole. Poole said
Hancock provides the excitement of .discovery and an
atmosphere that allows students to prosper and succeed.
"He has had a positive impact on a great many
careers," said Poole. "He has made innumerable contributions to science and is a very well-regarded scientist
who is certainly a worthy recipient ofthe Aventis award."
Despite the need for research, Hancock said there
has been a decline in the number of people entering his
specialty of antimicrobial chemotherapy.
"Antibiotic resistance is growing substantially and
we're under significant threat of losing the effectiveness
of many antibiotics in our society,' he said. "I would suggest that this is a good area to get into."
Hancock also believes he has more work to do. He is
enthusiastic about the growth of science in, Western
Canada and,hopes. to. proyide research funding for
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"I think that my major career goal is to actually see my
science have an impact on society/ he said. ♦
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AIDS research pioneer recognised
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Every year thousands of students want to fly home and back on the same few days,
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by Emilie Stevens
A UBC researcher has been rewarded with the Alumni Award for
Research for his pioneering work in
the area of HIV/AIDS.
Martin Schechter, head of the
department of health care and epidemiology, was also recognised for
his study of disease susceptibility
among marginalised Canadians.
The Alumni Award is given to a
UBC graduate whose research
achievements have advanced UBC's
reputation as a leading research
"The theme of [my] research has
always been dealing with marginalised people who have tremendous
health inequalities relative to the
rest of the population," he said.
"[This is] health not just for the middle and upper classes, but for
Schechter has attracted international attention to UBC as national
director for the Canadian HIV Trials
Network (CHTN}, and head of epidemiology at the BC Centre for
Excellence in HlV/AIDS, but his pioneering work began in the early
days of AIDS research.
In the early 1980s when AIDS
had, been identified in the US, but
not in Vancouver, Schechter became
part of a research team investigating
the health of several' Vancouver
gay men.
While the men appeared healthy,
several suffered from swollen
glands. Investigation into the symptoms led researchers to suspect
AIDS. An analysis of the men's common risk factors led the researchers
one step further.
"People who had the swollen
glands had greater numbers of sexual partners, and were more likely to
put themselves in a situation where
they were at risk for sexually transmitted diseases," said Schechter.
They began to think that whatever was causing the swollen glands
was sexually transmitted. Their suspicions were confirmed in 1985
when the first antibody test for AIDS
was developed. A large portion of
the men had AIDS.
"It was a shock because at that
time the AIDS virus was just a speculation and there was a hope that it
was very rare," said Schechter. "At
that moment we all thought we were,
staring at a potentially massive
epidemic rather than a rare phenomenon.' ■    -      .
St Paul's Hospital was one of the
few Vancouver hospitals accepting
AIDS patients at the.time. There was
a wide range of expertise at the hospital from clinical trials to public*
health research, and to coordinate
their efforts Schechter and his col
league's- formedCthe CHTN. A'year
later, the-province began'funding
the BC Centre for Excellence in
While still involved with the
Centre, Schechter has another project with CHTN. His program, the
North American Opiate Medication
Initiative (NAOMI), is the first medically prescribed heroin trial in
North America.
"[NAOMI is) art innovative and
groundbreaking initiative in a North
American ' context/ said Mark
Tyndall, an * epidemiologist "and
infectious disease specialist; and a*
colleague of Schechter,.   ■-_
"The purpose of NAOMI is to
evaluate the impact on the health
and social stability of people who
are provided medicinal heroin,"
said Tyndall.
This differs from a safe injection
site which provides a place for people
to inject indoors with access to health
and addiction services, he said.
Both Schechter and Tyndall continue to work on AIDS by investigating the transmission of disease
among injection, drug users in the
Downtown East Side.
It's an epidemic, said Tyndall,
and one which 'went largely unnoticed prior to the work that Dr
Schechter and others initiated at the
BC Centre for Excellence in
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points, these people pull off their .thick glasses, carefree hair and unruly beards with
such complete nonchalance that our ironic trucker hats and track suits are put to
. shame. Kids today are obviously tiying too hard and not drinking:or smoking enough
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Digital stitches create unprecedented panoramas
A UBC student's research could
improve ability of digital cameras
by Robson Fletcher
A UBC student has developed software that can match digital
images and "stitch" them together completely automatically.
What makes Matthew Brown's AutoStitch different from
other image-stitching software is that it requires no user input.
Given a set of images, it can automatically identify matches
and stitch them into a panorama.
'One ofthe advantages of this thing is that you can generate
huge images. I've done 2 5 megapixel images just by stitching
together smaller images, which is bigger than any digital camera right now," said Brown, a PhD student in computer
AutoStitch can recognize and create multiple panoramas
while at the same time ignoring unrelated or 'noise" images.
It surpasses existing software that demands images in a
fixed order and limits the ability to rotate or zoom, said computer science Professor David Lowe, Brown's PhD supervisor.
"This is just completely automatic so it's much easier to use."
The software can also produce complete 360 degree images
similar to those used on real estate and tourism web sites.
"When people realise they have this ability, when they're
out at a beautiful scenic spot, they might take many photographs that overlap and when they get home they can get this
super-high resolution picture," said Lowe.
AutoStitch creates panoramas in four steps..
First, matching features are identified using software developed by Lowe in 1999 called Scale Invariant Feature
Transform (SIFT). It can identify matching features in two different photographs even if they were taken from different
angles or with different zooms.
Next, the matching features are evaluated by "Random
Sample Consensus". In this step, random samples of the
matching SIFT features are compared, and those which are not
consistent with the overall group are identified as false matches and rejected. Those that remain are evaluated statistically to
verify that the images truly match,
The third step is "bundle adjustment* where the rotations
and focal lengths ofthe images are adjusted to fit one another.
The images are then stitched together, but the result looks
uneven because of varying brightness in the input images.
The final step smoothes out the uneven, appearance by
decomposing the image into high and low-frequency bands.
The low-frequency band contains most of the colour, and it is
blended to even out the differences. The high-frequency band
contains the edges of objects, and it is preserved so the image
is not blurred. When the bands are recombined the result is a
smooth image with no loss of resolution.
The software may eventually be integrated directly onto digital cameras, said Brown.
"I think that's the end ofthe game: whenyou look at any digital camera panel at the back and you see basically the images
being shown...and you go around and paint the whole panorama and you can see which bits you need to fill," he said. "I look
forward to when that happens because I'll go buy one."
But Lowe added that this technology is five to ten years
away. In the meantime, Brown hopes to sell his software.
"We've had quite a bit of interest so far," he said. 'Local
companies have been interested in licensing it'
Brown will present his AutoStitch software at the tenth
International Conference on Computer Vision in Nice, France
on October 16. After that he will be doing an internship at
Microsoft with Rick Szeliski, a pioneer in the field of computer
science research. ♦
BC teachers' college fee boycott a union scare tactics, says Liberal MLA
by Stephen Hui
BURNABr; BO (CUP)-British Columbia's
teachers^ are thfeatening;l fo withhold their
membership fees from a professional regulatory biddy over what they call undemocratic
changes to its structure.
Seventy-six per cent of the province's
34,000 teachers have signed letters asking
school boards to stop automatically deducting BC College of Teachers fees from their
paycheques. They say the provincial government has seized control of a formerly self-
regulating body.
"We have a first-class education system
that's being dismantled by this present gov-
'through ' deliberate^ "underfuhding *afid
through deliberate attacks on the teaching
In May, legislation introduced by the BC
Liberals amended the composition of the college's governing council from  15 elected
teachers and five government appointees fo
12 appointees and eight teachers. Twenty
interim members appointed by the government currently fill the council. A new council
will be formed next year.
Teachers assert that the legislation makes
them the only profession in the province
without control of their own college.
"Eventually they say that there will be
eight elected, but they don't say who will get
to elect the eight,' Sims said. "That's not
According to the government, the legislation creates a process for the public to file
complaints against teachers directly with the
college. The government also claims the
changes will make the college more accountable-, tip and better representative of the
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lege and we're putting the needs of students
first,'   said   Harry   Bloy,   the   MLA   for
Bloy accused the teachers' union of resorting to 'scare tactics.' .      .
"The BCTF is constantly re-fighting the last
election,* the Liberal MLA said.
The teachers' union says it is consulting
its members and will decide on a response to
the changes during the coming weeks.
Options being discussed include boycotting
the fees, paying them into a trust fund and
even going on strike.
Local teachers' groups are urging school
boards to pass resolutions opposed to the
'We hope that the trustees will respect the
wishes of their employees and not make a
deduction when we're saying that they
should not,' Sims said. "It's our option how
we pay for this fee."
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" According to the president" of the BC
School Trustees Association, school boards
are being caught in the middle of a battle
between the teachers' union and provincial
government for control of the college.
Gordon Comeau said school boards con
tractually obligated to automatically deduct
the fees would continue to do so.
"I think that the government, the teachers'
union and the college should get together
and try to resolve this before it starts to
impact kids in the classroom," Comeau said.
Like teachers, school administrators are
also members ofthe college, but a group representing over 90 per cent of them is recommending its members pay their fees.
"We don't think that they should be jeopardising their employment status by withholding or delaying the payment of their
fees,' said Bob Lindsay, president of the BC
Principals' and Vice Principals' Association.
' Rampant speculation about the future of
the college is doing more harm than good,
added Lindsay, who hopes educators, including administrators, will comprise a majority
of the next council.
The college is responsible for establishing"
education standards for the province's public
school teachers, as well as issuing, suspending and revoking teaching certificates. It has
about 54,000 members. ♦
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"II f ife^ Will* CAJTO PiUif UNLiMlf 10 RIDES
All screenings @ Norm-Theatre, SUB
Admission: $3 and Membership: $20
Film Society Hotline: (604) 822-3697
httpi/www ams.ubc.ca/clubs/filmsoc
Friday October 17
7:00PM - "Tha Big Lebowski*
Bzzr Garden ($5: Includes 1 Drink)
.Note: Both the 'Whale Rider" and
"League of Extraordinary Gentleman"
screenings are cancelled this day.
7:00PM - Whale Rider
9:30PM - League of Extraordinary...
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Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 28 12:15-1 p.m.
UBC's 2003 AGM proceedings will be webcast from UBC at Robson
Square. All students, faculty and staff are invited to view
and participate by submitting questions to the speakers
and university administration via the webcast.
Special guest speaker: Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau,
documentary filmmaker
You are also welcome, to view the webcast of the AGM on campus at
The Chan Centre in the Royal Bank Cinema. To do so, please RSVP to
604.822.3131. Seating is limited. (No food is permitted in the theatre).
Link to the webcast from 12 noon onward
on October 28 at www.ubc.ca
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Protesters pan BC
privatisation efforts
Public-private partnerships called first step to sell-off
by Stephen Hui
VANCOUVER (CUP)-As the legislative assembly reconvened Monday
in Victoria, several dozen protesters
gathered in downtown Vancouver to
tell the provincial government to
stop privatising British Columbia's
public assets.
Demonstrators wielding 'BC not
for sale* signs met outside Canada
Place before marching a couple of
blocks to a building housing the
offices of Partnerships BC, a provin-
cially owned company that promotes public-private partnerships.
'What we stand to lose," Claudia
Medina-Culos from the Council of
Canadians told the crowd, 'are
things that are going to be very difficult to gain control of again."
Public-private partnerships involve contracts between government and industiy to complete projects or provide services. According
to the province, these arrangements
do not constitute privatisation
because the government remains
involved with such projects and generally retains ownership after the
lease expires. It claims the partnerships will get the job done more efficiently and effectively.
Medina-Culos, however, asserted
public-private partnerships only
benefit business, not people.
"They're not just these benign
contracts to ,he.lp-_ us ;qu£ because ,\ye
need the funds to pay. for things,"
Medina-Culos said. "They're essentially a stepping stone into giving it
all away."
Projects listed on the Partner-
■ ships BC website include a bridge,
educational television channel, hospital, rapid transit line and road.
The province is also seeking an
operator for BC Rail and developers
to build power plants on Vancouver
Whatever the issue—education,
ferries, highways, liquor sales or
parks—protesters were adamant in
their opposition to privatisation and
public-private partnerships. They said
the province has already privatised
one-third of BC Hydro's operations
and plans to hand over its power grid
to an American consortium.
Heather Wallace, a registered
nurse, said she attended the protest
because of her concerns about the
impact of privatisation and funding
cutbacks ori health care. '
"Waiting times in emergency
rooms have increased to unacceptable levels," Wallace said. "Hospital
closures have led to people having to
travel hours out of their way and put
' people's1 lives at risk." 7
Privatising parts of trig health
care system, the nurse added, will
put patients in greater danger.
Medina-Culos said she wasn't
disappointed by the protest's low
turnout, which paled in comparison
to some of the large marches generated by government cutbacks in
-recent memory.
"As we start to really take stock of
what's happened in the last couple
of years and understand how it's
jafEjecfgd people .and see. mofe visibly
how it's affected our province, I
think it's going to be building up,"
Medina-Culos said. ♦
—with files from Stephen
Thomson, The Peak
HEY YOU! Don't privatise my province. Stephen hui/canadian
BC education channel changing hands
by Stephen Hui
. BURNABY, BC (CUP)—British Columbia's public education channel is seeking new management in a move that's already garnering bad reviews from
students and teachers.
The Knowledge Network is the provincial government's latest project to
be touted as a public-private partnership. After it selects a new operator for
the television broadcaster/ the province says it plans to redirect the $ 5.1 million it spends annually on the channel to better serve student needs.
According to the government, it's riot privatisation, as critics claim,
because the arrangement does not involve a sale, but rather a partnership
between the province and either the private or public sector. As well, the
province will retain the right to designate the license, which is restricted to
educational broadcasting, to an operator.
"The whole goal of seeking a partner is to ensure the future of quality,
. educational "programming," said Karen McDonald, communications director for the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. However, according to
Geordie Dent, member services officer for SFU, graduates depend on the
Knowledge Network to broadcast their material and public projects.
Changes are part ofthe province's plans to dismantle the Open Learning
Agency, the organisation currently responsible for the channel. ♦
The Pit was full of Gob
in a
New offering from
David Usher not
exactly earth-
by Megan Thomas
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When I fixSjt laid my eyes on the latest David Usher CD, I have to admit
that I was taken with the sleek, sexy
double CD extravaganza—complete
with one of those extra cool half-size
CDs.,That.is.the, ijijin reasoji that 1^
nowTsif hartstfiicf *&rite th|&revfe^. J
Unfortunately, the book does not
quite match the cover in this case
While Hallucinations is far from
offensive, it is far from ingenious.
The offering sticks, for the most
part, to his usual breathy formula.
Most tracks lull me into that mellow
pop-rock trance that is so often associated with David's solo career—no,
I never did get over the loss of Moist,
I'm afraid.
Jfijtmaybe I'm being a bit harsh.
Thef| are some good tracks that are
starting to stick in my head the more
I listen to the album. "Numb* has
that meloncholy, the-world-hates-me
kind of feel that is so appealing for
some reason. And "The time of our
lives" talks about us all being in this
mess together; that has kind of a
nice inclusive feel to it Most of the
tracks seem to have something to
say in a grown-up serious kind of
way. I like that
Truth be told, the only track I
really can't handle is the title track,
"Hallucinations." Picture it you pop
in the CD, the usual quiet, breathy
David Usher starts to play and just
as you have satisfied yourself with
the stereo volume, suddenly he's
yelling at you! What is he doing?
David Usher does not yell! While I
condone experimentation by artists,
I must say you have to know your
limitations. Perhaps I might have
had a better impression of the CD if
that song had been the last track
rather than the first
But don't let my concerns about
the title track stop you from listening to this CD. Overall, it is a good
disc to pop in for background or
when you are having one of those
parties where different groups of
friends are going to be mingling
and you don't know what to play.
Would I buy it? Probably not But if
someone gave it to me it is likely
that you would find it in my stereo
once and a while. ♦
at the Pit Pub
Oct. 9
by Mimi Dar
An invasion took place last week at UBC's Pit Pub
as part of MTV's Campus Invasion Tour which
brought Jersey, Kazzer, and the headliners, Gob.
The night opened up with the punk band,
Jersey, consisting of Sean McNab, Johnny Lubera,
Jordan Hastings and Greg Taylor. Native to
Ontario, Jersey played songs from their newly
released record, Generation Genocide, as well as
tracks from their older albums. They hyped up
the crowd with their punk rock. Rancid-like tunes,
paving the way for Kazzer.
Sporting an "I Hate Punk" shirt Kazzer performed, wowing the crowd with his acrobatic
breakdancing and punk-style rap. For those who
are unfamiliar with his music, he is known for his
debut single, "Pedal to the Medal," from his Go
For Broke album. After his performance, he was
nice enough to not laugh too hard when I
approached him with toilet paper stuck to my
shoe. The light-hearted singer also jokingly said
that he enjoyed doing the small venue and that he
especially likes it when "people are getting naked
and drunk."
Next up was the prize of the night. Gob, who
opened with their song "Lemon-Aid." The livery
enthusiasm of the members—Tom Thacker, Theo
Goutzinakis, Craig Wood and Gabe Mantle—quickly swept over the audience, resulting in a lively
inosh pit and* a crowd surfer landing on. the"
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SMELL ME! Gob sweats it up and the fans
ground with a hard thud. They even pumped up
Kazzer enough to surf the crowd during their set
Although Goh was plagued by illness—Theo
had the* flu and laryngitis and Tom was just getting over a flu as well—did not affect their performance at all. Their show was especially well
done considering they had been "shooting a
movie in Victoria from 6pm to 8am," as Tom
Thacker explained. 'It's like a teen comedy with a
lot of talk about blow jobs...It's a very American
Pie-ish type of film."
Gob played about twenty energj^packed punk
songs, which included "Soda," "No Regrets,*
"Ming Tran," 'Oh! Ellin," "I Hear You Calling' and
"Give Up the Grudge." The group also covered a
couple of tracks like Guns and Roses' "Sweet Child
O' Mine," AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long'
and the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black.' Gob eager
ly encouraged the audience to get involved and
sing along. The crowd was more than ready to
break out in a chant of "Gob! Gob! Gob!" to encourage the band to perform a couple of encore songs.
It was obvious that the band loved the crowd's
enthusiasm and that the crowd loved Gob.
Tom said that performing that evening was
"really fun," especially considering that Gob has
had a "hectic schedule [over} the last few days."
Tq sum things up, MTV's invasion of the Pit
Pub was a successes a final note, here are some
"words of wisdom/' 'with heart and hard work, any
dreams are attainable" advised Johnny Lubera of
Jersey, Kazzer said to simply "be yourself* and
Gob's Tom Thacker added that "everyone has
their own gift." Obviously each of these artists put
their advice into their act putting on a great
show. ♦
It's time to partizzle-izzle
Party Fun Action Committee takes irreverent jab at mainstream rap music
Let's Get Serious
[Definitive Jux]
by Michael Cook
Do you ever find yourself walking
around campus or sitting on the bus,
then all of a sudden you start laughing, and you feel like an idiot because
people are looking at you and don't
understand what's so funny? That's
what happened to me when I started
listening to the Party Fun Action
Committee's debut album. Let's Get
In the comedy sketch intro, Jer
and Blockhead (the real people
behind Let's Get Serious) introduce
themselves as Lars Haighmael and
Stephen Richardson, two executives
for Bring Da Ruckus records, the fictitious rival of Definitive Jux Records
(the duo's actual label). Lars has
called Stephen into the office one
morning to listen to some demo
tapes of artists they might sign, and
they intermittently discuss the marketability of the artists.
Let's Get Serious thus becomes a
collection of tracks ridiculing what
many hate in rap music. Ja Rule and
Nelly suck and the Party Fun Action
Committee knows it After the one-
minute parody tided "Be My Lady,'
which rhymes about how every thug
needs a lady, Lars comments, "that's
the type of thing I could see listening
to in my car, and then on my way to
the club, and then in the club, and
then out the club." Stephen then envisions the video with "thousands of
women in
daisy dukes shaking their asses." The
tape goes into the "definitely-alright-
Probably the funniest songs on
Let's Get Serious are parodies of R
Kelly and the rap-rock styling of Limp
Bizkit "I Shoulda Known" by
ABCDEFGee is a song in R Kelly's
style about accidentally sleeping with
a thirteen-year-old. Also, "Whatchu
Know Now' by Kornhole is a cookie-
cutter track about how rap and rock
are a super-awesome combination.
There are more obscure references on the album: MC Paul
Barman, Kool Keith and other conscious rappers going on about their
lyrical brilliance, German new wave,
free jazz with slam poetry, a cappella
music. House of Pain, early Beastie
Boys music and the countless songs
about how things used to be better in
da hood. The Party Fun Action
Committee knows that all these
things suck.
The most poignant observation on
Let's Get Serious is that the executives deciding which artists are worth
promoting know absolutely nothing
about hip-hop. This is the real reason
that most good rap music today
comes from independent labels and
why there is no shortage of rappers
who will try to tell you how and why
the music is in trouble. If you're seriously into rap, you probably have a
theoiy of your own. It's about time
someone made this album instead of
just complaining. And if you really
like rap but think that a lot of MCs are
weak, you'll probably think let's Get
Serious is cool beans. ♦ 8
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Characters up the wazoo
Tale of a small Irish village meets Hollywood in this hilarious play
at the Playhouse
until Oct 25
by Hywel Tuscano
and Donal Hanrahan
The Playhouse's presentation of Marie Jones' "Stones In
His Pockets' tells the story of a Hollywood film company's
effects on a small Irish village, County Kerry. The production truly shines in its transitions as two actors on stage
assume up to fifteen different roles and scenery swiftly
changes through the Playhouse's, consistently well-built
sets. The scenes easily shift from the main plot to hilarious takes ofthe Hollywood crew trying to film in the countryside to contextual flashbacks in the middle of dialogue.
Both Vincent Gale and Dean Paul Gibson impress in
challenging roles, particularly Gale's portrayal of a drug
addicted local youth, drawing on his experience as a crystal queen in the popular TV drama, Queer As Folk Gibson
plays his characters with the same charisma he displayed
portraying Mercutio in last season's "Romeo and Juliet"
However, the Irish accents of the two actors are an
odd mish-mash of dialects, perhaps partly as a result of
the swift and frequent transitions between all the characters that they play. Though somewhat of a distraction
for those who recognise a genuine Irish accent, it's
doubtful that the majority of the audience were too concerned, thanks to the script that elicited much laughter
from the full house.
Gale and Gibson are convincing and charismatic in
their respective leads as Jake and Charlie, and are a marvel to watch as they transform into a plethora of characters: posture, accent and vocabulary dramatically shift in
animated conversations with themselves. In one moment
they are gossiping about the hot actress across the room
and instantly the hefty, bearded Gibson is giving Gale the
eye and inviting him back to the trailer.
Though the set is more involved than the original UK
production's bare stage, it is still simple enough to appropriately echo the script's stripping away of people's falsehood and misplaced dreams, while allowing smooth
transitions between scenes. Ambition and big Hollywood
dreams persist through most of the play but the excitement is briefly punctuated hy tragedy within the village.
The play does end, oh a hopeful note,' jblowever,
as Gale and Gibsoii build mo'menftim'"-and starf'to
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dream again. ♦ 	
Nothing but a moor-onic play
Delivery of Shakespeare's classic tragedy a grave disappointment
at the Stanley Theatre
until Oct 26
If anyone has been in love, there's a
strong chance that jealousy has
crept up as well. Is it possible to
love someone too well? In
Shakespeare's 'Othello,' one would
truly believe so.
Probably one of Shakespeare's
strongest tragedies alongside
"Hamlet,' 'Othello' offers the
opportunity for any actor to explore
the deep recesses of love and
hatred, breathing full life into the
"green-eyed monster" known as
jealousy. Unfortunately for the Arts
Club theatre's production of
'Othello,' the only thing explored
are the cast's reading abilities.
Being an obsessed fan of this
particular work, I was excited to see
the Art Club's rendition of the masterful piece. But by the end of the
three-hour too long play, I honestly
felt cheated despite having a com
plimentary press pass, perhaps due
to the wasted evening and irremovable stain placed upon the play.
Ther key weakness in'the.TpioR
trajup- - pf- tne - - moor's 7 tragic •
encounter with manipulation' and
deception is the acting. Above all
else, the dialogue, which is filled
with emotion, pain and urgency, is
delivered with unconvincing nonchalance, as if the cast were doing
their first preparatory readings.
Leading the play to its doom was
Iago (played by Tom McBeath), who
was unable to tap into the overflowing duality of the character. The
extremely clever and deceitful yet .
pain-driven character of Iago (isr
reduced to a lifeless drone; who
seems to be the only person con-'
vinced of his mastery of manipulation. McBeath loses every attractive
aspect about Iago, making the
strongest driving force of the play
inconsequential, which does considerable damage as one can
However, in McBeath's defense,
it must be difficult to play on one's
emotions when your victim is as
lifeless   as   the   Othello   of  this
Philip Akin, who plays the
vacant 'moor, asphyxia jes any life
fr'cWtfie tragic Hero, B'reathlng lifeless lines lacking any fndicatidnrof
sincerity. At times, the dialogue
was so audaciously insincere that
the audience giggled at the absurdity (after murdering his one true
love, Othello responds to a knocking door with a 'hey there neighbour' "hello").
But the most tragic portrayal of
all is the butchering of the beautifully dynamic character of
Desdemona (played by Mega~t
Leitjh}. Cpnyenti&najl^ played as" a
slightly 'wild and* extremely 'passionate wife, Desdemona is the perfect compliment to the character of
Othello. However, the Desdemona
portrayed is generally uncaring
despite the ruin of her marriage
and the abuse she suffers. The only
spunk that Leitch displays is childlike defiance against the accusations of her husband despite facing
certain death. Although it is common to play on the wildness of
the war-fascinated noblewoman,
any passion implemented in
Desdemona in this case is a gross
misinterpretation.   , -.
, In an attempt to prove any acting talent in the production, Ben
Bass took the reins and brought the
character of Michael Cassia to life.
Although his performance was by
no means exceptional, in comparison to the rest of the cast he was a
saviour to acting as an art.
One positive note was the simple, yet well-crafted set Using one
stage design with simple changes
in props and lighting, the production is taken from the elegant
Venice to the corroding Cyprus.
The Arts Club theatre's production of 'Othello' not only fails to
test any of the boundaries of the
play, but also fails to meet any of its
standards. This particular presentation of 'Othello' is a travesty but
at least the lines were read correctly. . .for the most part ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Domo arigato Mr Tarantino
Kill Bill flick slices Into everything good about campy samurai movies
now playing
by Greg Ursic
The driver in the other lane just
cut you off and flipped you the
bird. What do you do when someone's done you wrong and you
don't know how to write a coulitry
song? Sages through the ages have
advocated that we exercise
restraint because if you're set on
revenge you'll have to dig two
graves.     ,
But, every so often, theye are
those days when you just need to
get mad and get even. And in the
case of Quentin Tarantino's fourth
film, Kill Bill, there's nothing
sweeter than cutting that ignorant
driver's rniddle finger off with a
freshly sharpened, samurai, blade.
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life is almost the end of it-
ambushed at her wedding by her
former colleagues in the Deadly
Viper Assassination Squad, she's
critically wounded and left for
dead. Waking from her coma four
years later she sets about writing
up her to-do list, and that's one
day planner you don't want to be
scheduled in.
Uma Thurman is ideally cast as
character's, reyenge^hungry drive •
and her cold-blooded delivery
leaves you slightly unsettled.
Thurman undoubtedly did a lot of
training to prepare for the physical
requirements olf the role as she
equips herself quite well in the
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Ippking the worse for wear, has
apparently found her niche delivering largely monosyllabic, stoic
tough gal dialogue. It's surely the
first role where she borders on the
believable. And of course there is
Lucy Liu, who has made a career of
playing off-kilter pan-Asian characters with a penchant for nastiness,
except this time she goes the extra
yard and takes a few heads in the
process. It's poetic.
Anyone familiar with Tarantino's j^ork,knows fthat they're in
and, a little pomposity when the
lights go down. This film is no
exception. Thankfully, however,
Kill Bill is not in the same verbal
masturbatory vein that made
movies like Jackie Brown virtually
unwatchable. It offers other, posi
tive 'Tarantinoisms' such as interesting characters, great action
sequences and intertwining story
lines that fold in on one another.
The initial transition from the
kitschy warm-up to brutal opening
sequence leaves no doubt that the
film is going to be an intense ride.
Along the way, Tarantino pays
homage to 70s martial arts films
(evident in the casting of kung fu
icon Sonny Chiba and Thurman's
character's Game of Death
inspired jumpsuit) and Japanese
samurai cinema, turning their
worst into h^i^?,d
Ego and acting ability aside, the
man must be recognised for his
creativity. Tarantino utilises simple techniques to dramatic effect-
skewed camera angles, quick edits
and near monochromatic shots
are powerful without being tacky.
Breaking out with something completely innovative is the extended
biographical anime sequence
which is brilliantly executed both
literally and figuratively.
Tarantino manages, once
again, to achieve an evocative near
perfect symbiosis of music and
scenery which will prove successful in its assassination ofthe sales
charts. The compilation of great
tracks both old and new fit perfectly well on and off-screen.
This being the adrenaline
installment of the series, you can
expect gore-filled deaths.,with a
gaudy touch of panaclfe. It is a testament to his abilities that
Tarantino is able to devise hyper-
violent scenes that make you
laugh in spite of yourself, while
also crafting that one drawn out
scene that makes you cringe as
you peak through your fingers.
The coup de grace is the
encounter at the House of Blue
Leaves which is without hyperbole
the best action sequence put down
on film since the invention of the
moving picture. Okay, I might be
overstating it a tad, but it is seriously impressive, taking two
months of filming to capture
roughly twenty minutes of nonstop martial mayhem featuring
katanas, decapitations, industrial
sized buckets of blood, low key
wire work, incredibly intricate
fight ^choreography and some •
wonderfully witty dialogue.
Tarantino delivers a film that is
visually innovative, flows well,
boasts astonishing action and
makes great music. My only question is: why couldn't this have
been his third film? ♦
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Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
The Llijbiuy staff decided lo hold a beauty pageant in celebration uf tha pjpci's 53ih aiumersary. Wanting to keep thing*
interesting Chris Shepherd suggested the title be. Tapcake
Queen and King.* Hearing this John Hua and Megan Thomas
, brainstormed thai the winners would be those individuals who
could make lhe prettiest pancakes. Everyone waa inspired and'
ran home, to create tha best recipe they could. Ale* Leung
teamed up with Mlmi Dar and created purple pancakes (hat -
- sparkled in the sunshine. Michelle Mayne and Iva. Cheung  .
decided to make pancakes out of french Cries with gravy on top.
. The hejtf day a giant pancake was wheeled in by I, Vandet Von
Axahder, Michael Cook, Greg Ursic, and Dora! Hoiiraham collaborated. When Weronika Lewczuk, Jesse Marchand, and Paul
Carr saw it they couldn't hold hack and jumped on it starting a
food fight Jonathan Woodward gut nailed in the head Srst with
a large chunk of dough. Seeing tlie antics Emilie Stevens sacrificed her chocolate chunk pancakes and threw them at Heather
Pauls and Peter Klesken, Bryan Zandberg thought this was all
unnecessary however he failed to say anything in hopes uf his
' pancakes winning the tide. Peggy Truong saw Zandberg biding
liii pancakes, and decided to sneai them and enjoy their goodness with Kevin Grove and Sarah Morrisson. Duncan McHugh
restured" order by telling everyone thai it was not nice to have *
foud. fight, while Sarah Bourdon.and Hywei Tuscano were nice
enough to clean up theii mess.. Robson Fletcher and Darren
Allinayer were late arriving, and won liar default because their
pancakes were the only ones left intact.
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Histoiy was made last night when the first of
158 citizens was elected to the new Citizens'
Assembly in Fort St John. This is the first step
towards acknowledging that BC needs profound reform to provincial governance.
One man and one woman will be chosen
from each riding in BC. The citizens will first
learn about democracies and how democracies
elect leaders. They will then hold public hearings to gather input and, after a period of deliberation, suggest a reformed electoral system to
be approved by a binding referendum during
the May 2005 provincial election.
Oh, we know the current system has its
problems. First-past-the-post, the voting system
in place now, is a simple system where the candidate with the most votes in a riding wins.
However,- its simplicity masks glaring
inequities: votes not for the candidate that
wins simply don't count, forcing a voter to
choose between the lesser of two evils—a
Republican vs Democrat conundrum. Both parties compete for the middle ground and
become essentially the same. Election specialists say that the system itself, and not the voters, can be the reason behind continued
sweeps by an incumbent party, like the
Albertan conservatives and the federal
And the popular vote is often not worth considering when choosing a government.
Let's be clear about this. The most recent
and jarring example is when the BC NDP won
21.56 per cent of the popular vote, but only
gained 2.5 per cent of seats in the legislature.
On the surface, it seems that the BC Liberal's
creation of the Citizen's Assembly is a motion
by the governing party to correct that inequity,
and restore a fair opposition to the BC
But the idea of the Assembly comes from a
BC Liberal'election promise before the 2001
election. It comes from when the Liberals were
defeated in the 1996 election 39 seats to 33
seats, but actually won by a popular vote margin of 2.35 per cent. That is the glaring disparity that this citizen's assembly is trying to reconcile. This is a self-serving political measure
and has always been one.
Since* gaining power, the Liberals could not
have been more venal, petty and gangrenous in
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destroying their opposition. Though the NDP
had 21 per cent of the popular vote, the
Liberals denied the two-seat caucus official
opposition status—with the money and staff
that is necessary to have an opposition.
A vibrant opposition is the most important
part of the democratic process. By enacting
thisjissembly, the Liberals will be rewarded for
only one thing: keeping a self-serving election
But it's happening. So, as citizens, we feel
it's our responsibility to keep the Assembly
apolitical. Hey—at $ 150 a day, you could pay us
to reform the Iraqi democracy.
A democratic reform should focus on the
electoral system. The Assembly should not be
looking to make specific changes, such as giving extra representation to the BC's disenfran-
chised hinterland (read: anywhere but the
Lower Mainland), nor should it seek to reopen
old election wounds.
The voting system's structure is often what
'gives rise to these inequities. A system that
offers more than one seat to a riding might
indirectly address these problems. An instant
rai^off system, where voters rank their candidates, accounts for votes outside the strict
So far, the communion of this Citizens'
Assembly seems to be a step ih an unspecified
direction. The nebulous mandate and unspe-
cific options for a reformed democracy leave
us wondering what the Liberal government
wishes to achieve and how these changes will
reform the current flawed and inconsistent
system. ♦
White Ribbon Campaign
far from "pro-feminist"
i re ad with apprehension the
Ubyssey article on the formation of
a new resource group at UBC
('Students have Allies at UBC,*
September 16). The Ubyssey quotes
a representative describing the
group as pro-feminist.' Unfortunately, this claim is not supported
by other information presented in
the article.
The article is vague- about the
proposed function of the Allies
resource group. But it does make
deaf that the new group will put on
the annual White Ribbon breakfast
that was previously organised by a
campus club. Participation in
the White Ribbon Campaign is a
The White Ribbon Campaign
diverts money and attention away
from feminists. It puts on glossy
cross-Canada fundraising campaigns coinciding with the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre and
with Father's Day. Local chapters
organise other fundraising efforts
throughout the year. I don't know
how much the WRC earns nowadays, but it raised over $2 50,000 in
its first year, 1991. It seems that
most of their income is spent on
operating costs. What must be a
fraction of the money, only about
$30,000 per year, ends up being
distributed to a variety of woman-
run projects.
Besides taking money under the
largely false pretext of supporting
an end to male violence against
women (false because there is httle
concrete aid to feminists), the WRC
absorbs the labour of many women
and men who might otherwise support feminist projects.
Any man serious about being an
ally to women's liberation should
approach an autonomous feminist
organisation and ask how he can
help. 1 recommend Vancouver
Rape Relief and Women's Shelter.
Rape Relief is in the business of
helping women escape from brutal
men. Rape Relief provides housing,
paralegal assistance, counseling,
court and hospital accompaniments, public education and many
other important services.
Rape Reliefs House Funding
Committee has been working for
20 years. A handful of volunteers
organise campaigns that raise over
$100,000 per year. Every cent goes
to- Rape Relief, which spends httle
. on fundraising.
I joined the Committee two and
a half years ago, and it has been'a
deeply enriching experience for
-D'Arcy Pocklington
Arts 4
Objections to University
Town ignored
The Board of Governors recently
approved a commercial/residential
development on University Boulevard and East Mall in spite of widespread opposition from the univer-
: sity community. In public meetings
over the spring and summer the
university community, expressed
unequivocal opposition to the concept of a "University Town' on the '
campus. Faculty in\ particular,
expressed their opposition in
impassioned presentations at three '
public meetings.
UBC Properties Trust argued
that the development will make the
public entrance to the university on
University Boulevard more attractive, while at the same time creating a new "University Town*, a nostalgic attempt to emulate older universities in Europe and the US.
The opponents of the plan claim
' that University Boulevard and East
Ma]l are prime academic locations
that will be needed for academic
use in the future. There is concern
that residential* and business stakeholders in the campus core will
impose restrictions on academic
and research activities. One wonders if the ancient universities that
are hemmed in by their 'university
towns" had the options that UBC
has to grow on their own campuses, if they would willingly turn
this space over to commercial
It is possible that the Board of
Governors' decision was driven by
a desire to raise money, but this is
unlikely. Although UBC Properties
Trust has not presented a business
plan—and only sketchy financial
data—relocating the Empire Pool,
building an underground bus station and underground parking,
plus landscaping, should more
than absorb any profits made from
the development UBC Properties
Trust confirmed this early on when
they described the project as a
financial "break-even."
If it's not~ about money, then
why did the Board of Governors
disregard the preferences of the
university community on something as subjective as the aesthetics
of the campus and the need for a
"University Town"?
—Tom Tiedje
Physics and Astronomy
Electrical and Computer
©ubyssey. bc.ca THEUBYSSEY
"\ Killer weekend for Volley Birds
Both the men's and women's Volley Birds had a virtually flawless pre-season weekend by winning almost all their games. In
the women's Saskatchewan Cup the T-Birds opened with a win,
beating Saskatchewan 3-2, then Regina 3-1. On Saturday, they
advanced to the semi-finals after they won every match against
Laurier, Things fell apart in the semi-finals as Calgary beat UBC
3-1 But UBC was on against Alberta, losing narrowly 3-2 and
taking home the Bronze.
Although the men were not competing for medals, they still
managed to crush most of their opponents in the West-East
Classic. The T-Birds successfully stopped York from winning
any matches in their game and did the same to McMaster
twice The game against Queen's was slightly unluckier as the
Birds lost 3-2.
Shrum Bowl rematch fails for T-Birds
There was no reprieve for the football Birds in their last home
game of the season. Hoping to better their results from the
Shrum Bowl, the T-Birds took on SFU again, and lost 20-42, last
night. Despite an increased effort in the fourth, which savvan
uncommon on-side kick,, several receptions by T-Bird Trevor
Gorety and a field goal in the last two minutes, they couldn't
catch up to SFU's soaring score. Having lost all their games, the
Birds are unable to make it into the playoff's but they still play
two away games; one this Saturday in Calgary and the next in
Basketball Birds take on the NCAA
The long weekend had mixed results for the men's Basketball
Birds. They started off on Thursday beating the University
College ofthe Cariboo 91-64. On Saturday they continued their
streak, beatihg the University College of the Fraser Valley 90-
56. But they couldn't quite pull it together for the match against
the NCAA team, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs,
losing 88-76. It has been 57 years since the NCAA has come to
UBC to play basketball, but now new regulations will allow the
NCAA to play Canadian teams in the pre-season. In the NCAA
run, the Birds will next take on Oral Roberts University at
War Memorial Gym tonight at 5pm, followed up by a tough
game against Creighton University on Saturday at 7pm. ♦
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From the OHL to UBC
Mike Gough talks about NHL training camps, the OHL and UBC hockey
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NOT FAZED; Despite multiple tosses and a personal injury in the pre-season, Mike Gough
is optimistic about the Hockey Birds' upcoming season, michelle mayne photo
by .Alexander Leung
As part of a rebuilding campaign this
season, the UBC men's ice hockey team
has added some valuable experience and
leadership in 21-year-old . former
Osh'awa Generals Right Winger; Mike
Gough. The 6 foot 3, 220 pound power
forward will be a nice addition of size for
a team that is relatively small down the
middle. ■;....
The pride of Kingston, Ontario began
his career in 1998 with the Toronto St
Michaels of the Ontario Hockey League
(OHL). In 2002, with the Oshawa
Generals, Gough recorded his best season with 25 points in 62 games. He was
an assistant captain for both teams.
How does UBC hockey stand up
against the OHL? According to Gough, "it
seems like a quicker pace." But it can
probably never match the honour of
being selected for an NHL training
camp. ■ '".
He has been in two NHL training
camps, one with the San Jose Sharks,
and most recently the Ottawa Senators'
training camp. He has played alongside
the likes of Jason Spezza, Daniel
Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara.
Gough jokingly reflects on his training camp days. "I thought I played well,"
he said. "I certainly picked a few fights,"
While being a high profile player,
Gough's priority is a university educa
tion. Being an Arts student, his courses
include criminology and psychology.
After university, his long-term goal is to
play professional hockey. Although the
NHL is quite difficult, it is not unreasonable. Gough would also love to play in
European or East Coast leagues.
"Depending on the level, there are lots of
opportunities after university/he says.
Coach Milan Dragicevic is the man
responsible for bringing Mike Gough to
UgC- "He made a phone call and seemed
like a really nice guy. He was very positive and so were all the other players in
the dressing room," explains Gough.
Like so many other potential students, he came here and he loved the
place. Most importantly, he feels that
"the team has a good opportunity this
year to turn the organisation around."
Gough was part of Coach Dragicevic's
plan to bring players with specific skills
to the team. But in the pre-season, so far
the Hockey Birds have been flailing.
They have ye.1 to win a'pfe-season game
but they have been- facing- some tough
competition who they won't face in tie
regular season.
To make matters worse, Gough has
been sitting out of practice with a mild
concussion after slamming his head into
the boards. With a little luck everything
should be back to normal by October 17
when the Birds take on the University of
Lethbridge at the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre in their season opener. ♦
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