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Wednesday,, November 10, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 18
Remembering stuff since 1918
Maclean's ranks UBC fourth
Up from fifth place
last year, but lower
ratings for teaching
by Sarah Bourdon and Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITORS
Maclean's magazine has announced its 2004
Canadian university rankings, placing UBC
fourth out of 15 medical/doctoral universities in
the country.
Though UBC has moved up one spot from last
year's fifth place rating, the university has not
regained the former second place ranking that it
enjoyed in 2001, and it received below average
marks for teaching from students who had graduated from UBC.
"It's all useful information for us," said Scott
Macrae, director of Public Affairs for UBC. "We
do look at that and if there are things we see in
these and say well we need to improve, then
that's good information for the university."
The University of Toronto was ranked first for
the eleventh year in a row, and was followed by
McGill University in second place and the
University of Western Ontario in third. Queens
University dropped to fifth place after being tied
with Western for third place lastyear.
"I think we've felt for a long time that certainly within the top ten there's a lot of bumping
around/ said Macrae, who added that he does
not see the rankings as an indication of the overall worth of the institutions in question. "It's not
really as though people think that the university
is any better or worse having read our new
position."
UBC did improve in several categories—the
average high school marks of the students entering UBC rose, improving the ranking in that area;
class sizes decreased, bringing UBC up to ninth
place from eleventh for first and second-year
classes, and to 14 from 15 for third and fourth-
year classes.
In addition, the number of tenured faculty
teaching at the school increased, bringing that
Smells like team spirit
EnthusiasticThunderbirds fans got their fix of basketball on the opening night of the regular
season last Friday, November 5. max yinan wang photo
rating up to 12 from 15. UBC's placing in the student awards category remained unchanged.
"Some things are fairly hearSning/ saw!
Macrae. "Things like graduate scholarships.
Classes taught by tenured faculty I think is an
important one because it indicates that we're getting more seasoned senior teachers in front of
students."
But the news was not all good for UBC, as
recent graduates gave the school below average
marks on student services and quality of education. A new feature of the Maclean's rankings had
students who graduated in 1999, 2000 and 2001
evaluate the overall quality of their university
experience.
Macrae believes that the dire economic conditions facing UBC at that time may have had an
impact on the students' responses.
"The real effects of the tuition freeze were
starting to be  felt  [at that time],"  Macrae
explained. "You can see then some of the impacts
ofthat* ,^„./
The tuition freeze cause
erences
between UBC and other Canadian schools, said
Macrae.
"What had happened is that UBC had fallen
more than 50 per cent behind the rest of Canada
in terms of tuition," he said. "It takes a little while
for effect of the new money to show up in the
system.
"I think the fact that we've gone up in the
rankings shows the result of some of that tuition
increase going to these things."
Still, there is lots of room for improvement,
said Macrae.
"It isn't to say that we couldn't be doing better," he said. "There are very few areas where we
could say that we couldn't improve...We are still
See "Rankings"page 2.
Blix blasts US on fraq
WELCOME WORDS: Hans Blix shakes hands with
opening speaker Dr W. Allsopp. levi barnett photo
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS EDITOR
In a sold-out lecture at UBC on Monday
evening, former United Nations (UN) chief
weapons inspector Hans Blix criticised the
US' approach to Iraq and emphasised the
importance of getting things right when it
comes to international decision-making.
"We have witnessed that the swift actions
of the world's superpower have been costly," said Blix, referring to the US' decision to
invade Iraq in 2003. "In foreign affairs, as
in medicine, all problems require a correct
diagnosis."
Blix left his post as Executive Chairman
of the United Nations Monitoring,
Verification and Inspection Commission in
June 2003. He returned to his home country
of Sweden where he was asked to form an
independent international commission on
weapons of mass destruction.
In the lecture, Blix focused on the UN's
role in curbing nuclear proliferation, citing
the organisation's first resolution in 1946,
which stated that nuclear energy only be
used for peaceful purposes. Maintaining
such a focus is still an essential part of the
UN, said Blix.
"The need is still there, only greater," he
explained, adding that although the UN is
often viewed as "a talkshop, unable to act*
and has been criticised for lacking clout in
the Iraq situation, it has an important role
in the world.
"The UN was not created to take us to
heaven, but to prevent us from going to
hell," Blix stated.
Certain changes should be made to
restructure the organisation and increase
the voices of currently underrepresented
states.
"Economic strength and size of states are
important," he explained. Despite this, he
stated that the UN needs to be more representative of the world's population and have
a greater focus on the General Assembly,
not just on the power of the Security Council
nations.
Blix went on to address the changing
face of conflict in the world. While territorial and ideological conflicts have been
See "Blix" page 2.
Students to
analyse SUB's
sustainability
by Will Keats-Osborn
NEWS WRITER
A group of students from the
Agricultural Science faculty are
planning to assess the ecological
footprint of the Student Union
Building (SUB).
The project is being spearheaded by Jill Dalton, a second-year
agricultural science student, and
Maggie Baynham, a third-year
agricultural science student, with
the cooperation of Lyle McMahon,
the VP Administration for the
Alma Mater Society (AMS).
The students are planning
to work with the UBC-based
Sustainable Development Research
Initiative (SDRI) to develop a software program based on QUEST,
a program designed in part by
the SDRI as a way for public and
private interests to organise the
vast amounts of information needed to make decisions relevant
to the sustainability of the
cpmmftinitgr.
"There [arej iiiiie facets of sus^
tainability that it looks at through
a series of questions, and then
from that it can graph where your
strengths and where your weaknesses are," Baynham said.
"We would go in and work with
the AMS managers of each of the
businesses, find out what types of
energy inputs they're using, where
the food's coming from, all sorts
of different categories in terms
of energy, transportation...food
preparation and projection, and
we input all this data into the software," Dalton elaborated. The software then calculates how much
land is required to sustain that
level of consumption.
"We are always working to try
See "Eco-footprinf'page 2.
THIS ISSUE:
FEATURE: 60 years kter,
they remember
A visit to Juno Beach gives a
personal look at D-Day and war
veterans. Pages 8-9.
CULTURE: Seeing Saw
Interviewing the writer of the
newest horror thriller. Page 13.
EDITORIAL: Memories of war
What Remembrance Day should
mean. Page 14.
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Improvements can be made to teaching, says student
"Rankings" from page 1.
struggling with class sizes, but we
have made some improvement
there this year.
"We're trending in the right
direction and we look forward to
even better performance in the coming years."
One UBC student said that teaching is a major area needing
improvement at UBC, and that the
school's research focus sometimes
stands in the way of students getting
the most out of their classes.
"A lot of these professors are
here to do research, and they're on
the leading edge of the research
which is great but they're not great
teachers," said Andrea Dowd, a
third-year Human Kinetics student
"The sacrifice is that the university
wants to be on par with the other
universities as far as leading edge
with their research but then when it
comes to the actual teaching capability of the individuals...They don't
know how to teach."
Dowd explained the situation in
one of her classes, where the professor is unable to meet the needs of all
of the students in the class.
"He doesn't know how to teach
people that aren't at his level," said
Dowd. "I went to him for help and
said I'm a mature student, I don't
have math or physics, and he said to
me, what the hell are you doing in
my class?"
Though this is the situation in
only one classroom, Dowd feels that
there has been a general lack of
improvement in teaching over the
last few years.
"We're paying for the teachers to
be there," she said. "Now, instead of
$175 when I came three years ago,
I'm paying $400 for my course. The
classes are not getting any smaller
and the teachers are not getting any
better."
Another student feels that though
she would not rate UBC at the top of
the pile, the faculty deserves the
fourth-place ranking in Maclean's.
"I think the faculty at UBC is pretty good, they're ok," said the student,
who did not want to be named. "I
would say half of my experience has
been good and the other half has
been so-so. There could be some
improvement
"Fourth place is probably good. I
wouldn't say UBC would be the highest and I definitely know that the
way they teach at some colleges, for
example, they are much better. But
for a big university, fourth is about
right" ♦
Former weapons inspector has pro-UN message
"Blix" from page 1. * terror attack, such as the US'"antic-     including   the   event's   opening
disappearing since the end of the
Cold War, weapons of mass destruction in the hands of "volatile states"
have become a great concern.
"It is Iran and North Korea
which today make us hold our
breath," he said, adding that he
hopes that both countries will
renounce all nuclear activities and
accept international parties' monitoring initiatives.
Blix also made recommendations for methods of dealing with
terrorists, suggesting that "intensified international cooperation in
day-to-day field work* in the area of
intelligence is necessary.
"Terrorists do not live on
clouds, but must have their feet on
states," said Blix, emphasising that
states need to limit terrorist access
to materials and resources, and
ensure that their countries are not
used to harbour such groups.
However, anti-terrorism requires
an international approach, not unilateral action from a single state,
according to Blix, who opposed the
US' choice to act against the known
will of the UN Security Council.
"After 9/11, the mood was to
punish the perpetrators," he
explained. Alternatively, the UN
approach was "mainly about the
best way and best time to tackle the
proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction."
Since September 11, Blix said
that most governments see it as
their duty to take action to prevent a
terror attack, such as the US' "anticipatory self-defense" toward Iraq.
However, such preventative measures depend on intelligence, which
is not always reliable and can have
devastating effects if proven to be
false.
He likened some of the US' antiterrorism operations to "using cannons against mosquitoes," reiterating that "such operations, whether
"The UN was not
created to take us to
heaven, but to prevent us from, going
to hell/7
—HailS BllX    eration."
including the event's, opening
speaker, Dr W. Herbert Allsopp,
honorary consul general for the
Repubhc of Ghana.
"This talk was very good, especially for young people, and the people at UBC, to reflect on where we
need to go from here," said Allsopp,
after the lecture. "It's important in a
multicultural country like Canada
to realise the importance of
discussion."
Several students in attendance
were also inspired by Blix's words.
"It was an exceptional speech.
Especially the part where he
debunked a number of myths,
specifically that the UN has independent capacity to act," said Tim
Radcliffe, a UBC law student "A lot
of people say well why didn't the UN
do this, why didn't the UN do that?
The UN is simply a forum for coop-
Former UN chief
weapons inspector
for punishment or counter-proliferation, are unacceptable.
"I confess I see dangers in the
road we are travelling taken by the
US administration," Blix said.
However, he expressed hope that
the recently re-elected Bush
administration will use US power
to act as a "lead wolf" instead of a
"lone wolf in future international
situations.
The lecture was met by support
from many audience  members,
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such a powerful role, such an
authoritative figure to not just be a
figurehead but to actually have substance and arguments and a real
command of the issues," added
Murray McCutcheon, a graduate
student in physics at UBC.
In concluding his talk, Blix discussed his hope for greater reliance
on international resources in the
future and encouraged the audience
to learn from situations such as the
war in Iraq.
"The most important thing we
take with us is the need for balance
and restraint for people everywhere
in our dealing with others." ♦
Eco-footprint may be a yearly assessment for the SUB
RANDOM GRAPHICS
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"Eco-footprint" from page 1.
to improve the ways that our businesses have an effect on the environment, and we try to minimise
the negative effect that those businesses have," McMahon said, citing the sale of fair-trade coffee
from the SUB vendors, the recently initiated effort to replace siyro-
foam in the SUB with biodegradable alternatives derived from
corn and sugar cane, and the ethical purchasing policy that is
already in effect in all AMS businesses. Baynham also pointed out
the compost facility that is being
opened by the UBC Farm as a way
to reduce waste.
The main goal of the project is
to evaluate the effectiveness of
present and future sustainability
initiatives implemented by the
AMS. "The eco footprint isn't really    the    be-all-end-all/    Dalton
warned. "It's a tool that's used to
measure how much land we're
using and how much environmental impact we have."
McMahon hopes that the project will be ongoing. "Being able to
document that footprint year to
year we can document the success
or the failure of some of those initiatives. It also helps us prioritize
the projects that we might consider," he said. "This is a very valuable source of information that
can lead our managers and the
executive in the right direction in
years to come."
"The AMS businesses have
taken a lot of really great first
steps and we want to recognise
that and acknowledge that...We're
trying to encourage them to keep
taking more and more steps
toward sustainability/ Dalton
said. An ecological footprint "is
something tangible  that people
can look at and say 'wow, we're
actually making some change."
They hope to have a trial assessment of one AMS business done by
the spring.
The project is a student-run initiative based in a program called
Global Resource Systems, which is
a flexible interdisciplinary program that encourages understanding of global sustainability issues
through a very independent, open-
ended curriculum.
Additionally, the students will
conduct the project as a Social,
Ecological, Economic Development
Studies (SEEDS) research project.
SEEDS is a program that is run out
of the UBC Sustainability Office that
encourages interested proactive
students, faculty and staff to participate in improving the sustainability of the UBC campus, and allows
students to earn credit for
their work. ♦
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i
Historical geographer receives Order of Canada
Retired UBC professor honoured
by Canadian government for
work on mapping country's
historical landscape
by Peggy Truong
NEWS WRITER
Former UBC professor Dr Cole
Harris has received the distinguished
title of the Officer of the Order of
Canada for his work in the field of historical geography.
Harris completed his combined
undergraduate honours degree in
geography and history at UBC in
1958. He began by studying early
Quebec, looking at the changes in
French social customs and law as the
French population increased.
Continuing his studies in southern France, Harris took a landscape
history course at the University of
Montpellier before completing graduate studies at the University of
Wisconsin.
"The landscapes in Southern
France are so richly textured - the
human imprint on the land stood out
so obviously," said Harris. "That experience and family history, trying to
make a life out of this different land,
influenced me a lot I've always been
interested in the interface of land and
people, how they are tied to each
other."
Harris began teaching at UBC in
the 1960s and retired in 2002.
During this time, he has had numerous publications, won several awards
and has edited an historical atlas of
Canada.   For the last ten years his
main focus has been BC history
His current project is a book on
pre-Confederation Canada.
Spanning the 1500s to 1870, the
book discusses issues including
native territory, trade, expansion and
settlement
"It's a general account from the
perspective of someone interested in
society and land, space and environment* said Harris. "I find that the
country's rich foundation of aboriginals is amazing."
According to Harris, the biggest
threat to preserving the native culture in Canada resides in resource
distribution. Affected by colonisation
and cultural genocide, native societies are struggling, he said.
"The basic reason is that they've
lost much of their access to
resources," he explained. "Here in BC
we need to rethink our allocation of
fish, forest lands. The basic challenge
is to retumsome larger access to
resources."       '*
BC's Nisga'a treaty is going in the
right direction, Harris explained,
adding that some form of renegotiation needs to happen in order to
return some of the access to
resources to the native people.
Regarding public participation,
he emphasised that policies to-wards
native people have always been driv-
MAPPING A DISTINGUISHED CAREER: UBC's Cole Harris honoured for life's work, nic fensom photo
en by popular values.
"Changes are not going to happen
unless there is a public approval
behind government decisions."
Compared to American native
history, Canadian history is structured very differently, said Harris.
"We are differently composed.
We are a collection of scattered
peoples living across Canada," he
explained. "The native presence
exists at the backdoor everywhere
across the country, which is not
the case in the- VSl" '"'"'-"^
The geography department at
UBC has been very helpful in Harris'
research and he is very grateful.
"To be able to work on the
Canadian past from inside the
department is always appreciated
because of its rich context of good
students, social theorists and
resources."
Ending the interview with an
excerpt from Margaret Atwood's
"The Animals in That Country,"
Harris espriessecl Ms passion
fit'
about this country," he said. "As a his
torical geographer, living in
the borderland of geography and
history has been a very nice place to
be in.
"Just reporting on history isn't
quite what it's about. History is
always selective, always passing
through the prisms of imagination. For me, I want to say exactly
what I want to say, as concisely
and succinctly as I can. I want to
be able to get.''a^iGaufy.iii^cate
thought expressed crisply and
clearly ;as possible^ ^ Writing is
about thinking clearly."*
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Bike corridor funding aimed at increasing number of cyclists
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BIKE FRIENDLY: Cyclists gain space on BC roads, nic fensom photo
by Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
The BC Ministry of Transportation
has announced $2 million dollars
in spending for bike corridors that
it hopes will increase the number
of cyclists who commute to and
from work. Municipalities will
have until November 19 to submit
proposals for safe and efficient
projects to the government.
"By creating these bike corridors, the whole idea is to strength
en what's known as inter-modal
forms of transportation transport," said Dave Crebo, spokesperson for the Ministry of
Transportation. "It's [biking] good
for the environment, it's a good,
healthy form of exercise and hopefully will reduce congestion on the
roads as well."
Individual projects can receive
a maximum allowance of
$250 000 and all funding will
have to be matched by the municipality, said Crebo. The $2 million
would cover this fiscal year and
the next one as well (approximately 18 months altogether) and
Crebo hopes that the initiative will
occupy a $1 rnillion line in the
budget in the years to come. He
suggested that the federal government has shown interest in the initiative in discussions with the
province, which could translate
into even more funding next year if
the federal government decides to
get on board.
UBC TREK intends to take
advantage of this offer and is currently drafting a proposal that
would seek to widen the existing
road along Southwest Marine
Drive and create two 4.3 metre-
wide travel lanes.
"Basically it focuses on improving the cycling facilities along
Southwest Marine Drive. Specifically,
it looks at constructing marked
wide curb lanes along Marine
Drive from...just east of Gate 7 all
the way to West Mall," said Carole
Jolly, TREK Program Manager.
The project, costing approximately "$160,000, will be split
evenly between UBC, the provincial government and Translink.
"What we're looking at is a partnership because this road is continuous with the UBC property line,
between the province, because it's
a provincial road, with Translink
because it's a regionally significant
bike route, and with UBC because
obviously it's being facilitated and
servicing UBC as well," said
Gordon Lovegrove, Director of
Transportation at TREK.
These proposed changes, while
beneficial, don't go far enough,
said Gerry Goodlef, a cyclist who
uses the Southwest Marine Drive
route between four and five times
per week.
"They should have at least a
plan that gives a wide enough and
safe, obviously designated bike
path. And that needs to be one
where only perhaps one cyclist
basically keeps inside a line and
have a comfort level that makes
him feel safe riding his bike. And
that's not there, and it won't be
there, even with these new
improvements."
Goodlef recounted a situation in
which he was nearly brushed by a
truck. He had just cycled past the
Museum of Anthropology and was
heading north when a large truck
attempted to pass him. The situation deteriorated when another
truck coming in the opposite direc
tion became visible. The passing
truck crossed the median in order
to leave enough distance to get
around Goodlef but had to swerve
back into the lane to avoid a collision with the oncoming truck,
nearly knocking Goodlef off his
bike.
Goodlef thinks that UBC needs
to develop a master plan that would
address the issue of cyclist safety
on campus before someone gets
killed.
"I'd love to be sat down in front
of [UBC President] Piper and her
bunch, and almost ring these people's necks and give their heads a
shake. And let's get the big picture
for safety... let's get it right," said
Goodlef
"Let's try to do something that
puts the commuter, the cyclist,
in a safe factor, riot in a marginally
safer factor, but in a safe factor—
that means a designated bike
path."
However, Southwest Marine
Drive does not lend itself to bike
lanes, said Jolley.
"In order to do bike lanes you
have to have a much wider roadway
and because of the location of that
road, it'isfri^gixt bgr; the cliffr there's
erosion to be considered.*
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the existing levels of parking must
be maintained lead Jolly to a decisive conclusion.
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WRITING HISTORY: UBC's program turns 40. trevor gilks photo
40 years of creativity
University celebrates
anniversary of
writing program with
panel discussions
by Michelle Sz
NEWS WRITER
UBC alumni authors from around
the country gathered last Wed-nes-
day to celebrate forty years of creative writing education in UBC, a-
long with the retirement of creative
writing professor George McWhir-
ter. Panel discussions were held
over a period of two days to examine the history and evolution of creative writing teaching.
A series of five panels were held at
Green College Coach House and the
Neville Scarfe Building. Panels consisting of writers and educators explored ideas on teaching methods
used in workshops, vocational angst
in a post-modern age and many other
topics.
"It is high time we had these panels/ said Andreas Schroeder, a creative writing professor at UBC. 'UBC
has produced many well-published
authors, and it's thrilling how such a
huge number of [successful people
have] gathered here to promote and
expand creative writing. *
"[These panel discussions] are
very unique and let UBC students see
what it's like to have a creative writing career out of school,* said Belinda Bruce, author and UBC alumna.
"There's a sense of assurance that
comes out of these gatherings; everyone else, like yourself, is struggling to
maintain the art."
UBC was the first university in
Canada to introduce creative writing
into its curriculum. The panel discussions mark the first time that initiative was taken to publicly discuss
issues regarding this discipline.
"UBC has a revolutionary, highly
regarded program, and as world-
class writers, we all carry pieces of
what we learned here out to the
world," said Cathy Ford, writer and
UBC alumna.
In one panel, writers discussed
the advantages and harm of instruction on theory in the courses. Some
consider theory as damaging. Many
students could be deeply harmed by
the competition and writing is killed
when they follow format
Others criticised the fact that UBC
has little or no theoretical underlying
in its classes. Most panelists agreed
with writer and educator Beth Kaplan, who said "you can't teach writing, but you can teach confidence and
passion."
The majority of the panelists had
a positive recollection of their time
spent at UBC. One writer said that
UBC established an environment for
scrutiny and criticism, yet had a supportive atmosphere at the same time.
UBC provided a retreat from the chaos of the world for writers to focus
entirely on their work.
"Often you feel really alone and
isolated in your position as a writer,"
said Kaplan. "You need someone to
care and trust your work with, and
such a creative partner is really important in the process of producing a
work. It's not enough to write, but you
have to learn how to sell and market
your book."
As for George McWhirter, the professor is retiring after serving as a faculty member in the program for 35
years.
In appreciation of his years in the
department, McWhirter's colleagues
prepared The Book of George, a tribute consisting of reflections by his
peers and students.
Luanne Armstrong, moderator of
one of the panels, said that McWhirter is one of the best teachers she has
ever had.
"He is an amazing human being.
In a period of two years, he transformed us into poets—it was like
magic*
"It is hard to find a teacher who
has such a moving influence,* said
Schroeder, fellow graduate of McWhirter. "George is a special guy. He
is truly one of the mythical teachers
you hear about but rarely find." ♦
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by Cynda Ashton
NEWS WRITER
This past April, UBC was the gathering point
for a group of five acclaimed educators with
the agenda of discussing the importance of a
heart-mind balance in modern society.
Among the panelists were the exiled Tibetan
spiritual leader, his Holiness the Dalai Lama,
a^tid 'i-'his~ fellow Nobel Peace Prize winners,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Shi-
rin Ebadi, as well as Rabbi Zalman Scha-chter-
Shalomi and Dr Jo-Ann Archibald, a professor
at UBC.
Since that time several initiatives have
emerged at UBC that are attempting to further
the message brought to Canada by the Dalai
Lama and the other speakers.
The motivating force behind the Dalai
Lama's visit to Vancouver was the launching of
the Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program,
said Professor Tim Brook, who will oversee the
program.
"It's the perfect time to position UBC,* he
explained, noting that no other Tibetan studies
programs exist in Canada at this point.   The
program will also distinguish itself from other
programs worldwide.
"Rather than being organised around the
Tibetan religious tradition, the program seeks
to understand the complex conditions shaping
the lives and expectations of Tibetans today,"
Brook added.
He believes that the presence of the Dalai
Lama at the opening ceremony will "help carry
the project to completion.*
"It'.s treanendously iraportant to have someone who preaches non-violence,* he said. "It's
not that he has any particular power himself,
it's that he represents an entirely different way
of doing things.*
The impact of the Dalai Lama's visit and the
roundtable is still being felt at the university today. Maraiba Christu explained that she
feels the Dalai Lama's message is a fundamental one.
"It's really important to keep his message
alive and to incorporate it into student life, not
just the lives of educators,* she said
With this in mind, she set about developing
The Heart-Mind Community Circle for students
at UBC.
"Whether we're religious, spiritualist, or hu
manist, it's important that we remember that
sense of the sacred,* she explained, going on to
emphasise how the circle helps students learn
to apply the knowledge they gain at university
to greater social benefit.
The circle itself is adapted from First
Nations tradition, said Christu. A talking piece
is used in order to prevent interruptions and to
promote communication. Individuals are not
forced to speak but all in attendance are given
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"We like to think of it as providing a support
network for students,* Christu said of the circle. "It builds a sense of community."
There is no predetermined topic of discussion in the circle.
Participants are able to share their thoughts
and emotions freely and to help one another to
focus amidst the stresses of academic life.
"It's the first step in a much larger program," Christu mused, adding that "the seed
has been planted." The circle will be holding its
second meeting on Wednesday, November 10
from 2-3 pm in room 207 in the SUB. As well,
CBC's documentation of the Roundtable will be
available for viewing at the Wellness Centre on
Friday, November 12 at 5:30pm. ♦
Langara student union ejects anti-war group
Activists hijacked committee, misused funds, says student councillor
by Jonathan Woodward
BC BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The student union at
Vancouver's Langara College has banned two
"defamatory and disruptive* activists from its
property, accusing them of hijacking a student
committee and trying to funnel hundreds of dollars of student union money into their anti-war
group.
Organiser Nicole Burton and co-chair Kira
Daley, both of the Movement Against War and
Occupation, were escorted out of the Langara student union building Oct 25, when student councillors decided the only way to fix the committee
was to dissolve it and start again.
"We had no idea of the extent to which they
were taking over our peace and social issues committee," said student councillor Erin Sikora. "We
had no idea about the bills they sent us for things
that were not legitimate.*
As part of organising a week of student
activism at the college in mid-September, Burton
was commissioned with making $200 worth of
buttons bearing the student union logo.
Instead, the pins came back with only the antiwar group's logo, and Burton requested reim
bursement for the cost.
Speakers during the week from the group
were given $300, which the student union was
also expected to pay, said Sikora.
The student union is also on the hook for over
a thousand photocopies of the anti-war group's
posters.
"They kept trying new ways to get money, and
the fact that they kept trying to put one by us is
unacceptable,* said Sikora.
The anti-war group can no longer organise on
campus nor accept money from the student
union.
Sikora said when confronted about the spending, the two hid behind charges of racism and sexism, making it impossible for them to work with
the student union. That's why they were expelled,
she said.
But Burton said the expulsion had more to do
with the harassment claim Burton and Daley filed
against a permanent student union staffer,
Richard Bell.
During a meeting, the three got into a shouting match that ended with Bell yelling, "Shut up!"
according to Burton.
"When an older man says such things to two
younger women, these complaints of harassment
should be taken seriously and should be investigated,* she said.
In a forum Nov. 2, Burton and Daley called
themselves the Langara Two and started a petition to repeal their ban from the building, which
they still pay student fees to maintain.
A flyer at the forum, titled Women, Harassment and Abuse, vowed to "outline and expose
the sexist attack and violation of women's rights
that occurred last week."
But the student union's women's liaison saw
the exchange with Bell and had no problem with
it, said Sikora. '      "
"They're claiming that this is about women's
rights?" she said. "It's ridiculous."
The Movement Against War and Occupation
was formed by members of another group kicked
out of the prominent Vancouver anti-war coalition
StopWar.ca a year ago, said Rick Gordon, a philosophy professor at Langara and a StopWar.ca
organiser.
For more than a year they hijacked committees,
usurped power, spent money without approval,
and liberally defamed people who didn't agree
with them, Gordon said.
"The student union," he said, "woke up to this
faster than StopWar.ca did.* *>
Alberta bound
UBC VP Research Indira Sama-
ra-sekera will soon be braving
the cold of Edmonton when she
assumes the presidency of the
University of Alberta on July 1,
2005.
A former professor at UBC's
engineering faculty, Samarasekera has been a part of the campus
community for 28 years.
"I am truly feeling fortunate
that such an opportunity would
present itself," she said.
UBC President Martha Piper
said that the university will
miss Samarasekera's direct contribution.
"Indira's commitment, her
strategic focus, and her thirst for
innovation will be missed. But we
look forward to working with her
in her new role to address the
issues of importance to Canadian universities," Piper said in a
pressrelease.
For more coverage on Dr
Samarasekera's time at UBC and
her jieyrM:appointment watch for
next Tuesday's Ubyssey:
Ujjal giveth
41 health research projects at UBC
have been awarded $18.5 million from the Canadian Institutes
of Health Research (CIHR), Health
Minister Ujjal Dosanjh announced
Wednesday.
The UBC projects are among
442 initiatives nation-wide that
received a total of $ 187 million in
federal funding. The research to
be funded ranges from investigations of improved drug delivery
methods to a hormone involved in
obesity and diabetes.
UBC President Martha Piper
praised the federal government's
commitment to health research
in a statement released to media.
Lest we forget
UBC is moving its annual Remembrance Day service to the main gym at War Memorial Gym in
anticipation of increased attendance for the event.
Held in the main foyer of the
facility since its opening in 19-
51, the ceremony has attracted
more than 500 people in re-cent
years.
The program for the ceremony includes music from the UBC
School of Music as well as an
address from Dr Richard Price,
the associate director ofthe university's Centre of International Relations. Wreaths will also
be laid on behalf of twenty organisations.
Everyone can attend the
event, with doors opening at
10:00 am. The ceremony is
expected to last for approximately 45 minutes. ♦
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MONTREAL (CUP)-TheFeder-ation
Combined Jewish Appeal (CJA)
issued a press release late on the
night of November 4 congratulating Concordia University president
Frederick Lowy for reneging on his
promise not to allow former Israeli
Prime Minister Ehud Barak to
speak at the university.
Originally, the university had
stated it could not guarantee the
security of the high profile guest,
Concordia students or the surrounding community if Barak was
allowed to speak on campus. The
ex-prime minister then denied
an offer from Lowy to speak off-
campus.
It's not clear what has changed in
terms of security arrangements for
the proposed speech, although the
Federation CJA has also announced
plans to invest $3 million in added
security measures at Jewish schools
throughout Montreal.
Concordia's administration was
unavailable for comment, and the
section of its website featuring
press releases made no mention of
the news.
According to the Federation CJA
press release, Lowy communicated
the university's change of heart to
the Israeli ambassador to Canada,
Alan Baker, 'following extensive
discussions with the Canadian
Council for Israel and Jewish
Advocacy and Federation CJA representatives over the last three
weeks.*
It isn't clear if students were
part of these talks.
Sylvain Abitbol, president of the
Federation CJA, called the invitation *an important step in protecting freedom of speech on campus/
and went on to say he commends
the academic institution for refusing to be intimidated by outside agitators.
The announcement provoked a
strong reaction from Samer Ela-
trash, a member of Solidarity for
Palestinian Human Rights who has
been a vocal opponent of Barak's
speech since the possibility of him
coming to Concordia surfaced in
September.
"I mean the university shouldn't
be going out of their way to invite a
man with a lot of blood on his
hands to speak here," Elatrash said.
'It is unimaginable that a university would not only reverse its decision, but also go out of its way to
invite someone. It shows a total disregard for Palestinians.*
Elatrash said the reversal should cause students to question who
is running the university and went
on to harshly criticise the Fed-era-
tion CJA.
"These people's work 24-7 is to
justify an illegal occupation/ he
said.
B'nai Brith, a Jewish organisation dedicated to protecting Jewish
rights across the globe, was preparing to file a human rights complaint against five universities,
including Concordia, for their treatment of Jews on campus.
Earlier this week, the former
Ontario chair of B'nai Brith, Adam
Aptowitzer, resigned after he said
terrorism is an option to be used
by states to prevent the deaths of
their own citizens and. others on a
television panel discussion about
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Former deputy Prime
Minister attacks Martin
and slams media
by Josh Ginsberg
IHE MCGILL DAILY
MONTREAL (CUP)—Former deputy
Prime Minister Sheila Copps hasn't
dropped out of the political scene.
Since the recent publication of
her controversial book, which accuses Prime Minister Paul Martin of
planning to scrap the Canada Health
Act, she's been back in the limelight,
lampooning Martin's right-leaning
Liberals and trying to bring women's rights to the forefront of
Canadian politics.
Copps spoke at McGill University
November 3, criticising Martin's social initiatives and emphasising the
need for women's equality to be set
as a higher priority in public discourse.
Copps's speech, entitled 'Canadian Women, Whither Goest Thou?/
highlighted her own political career,
and called on women to run for pub-
He office.
Copps said that, given inadequate
maternity leave and day-care opportunities, the large gap in pay equity
between women and men, and a
diminishing number of women in
the Canadian cabinet, it is more crucial than ever for women to get
involved in politics.
'These are clearly not issues of
interest to business in a society
where women are encouraged to
inject their faces with poison in
order to appear younger...and they
will not be of concern to the neo-
conservative right, many of whom
believe that all the world's a market
and all the men and women merely
consumers/ she said.
Before her speech, Copps sat
down with the McGill Daily to discuss issues such as women's rights,
the controversy over her book, her
newfound acting career and the
recent American election.
In her book, Worth Fighting For,
Copps blasts Martin for lifting the
federal cap on tuition fees in his
1995 budget and attempting to
eliminate old age pensions.
But what raised the most controversy is her accusation Martin tried
to abolish the Canada Health Act in
1995. The prime minister's aides
have since denied that Martin attempted any such thing.
Still, Copps maintained the validity of her criticism, claiming her
book was intended to draw attention
to the faces of Martin Canadians do
not usually see.
"There's a bit of a disconnect
between Paul Martin the leader and
Paul Martin behind closed doors,
and that's what I think comes out in
the book, which they were obviously
very upset about/ she said, referring
to people close to Martin who have
lashed out against her accusations.
"C'mon eat a few
dogs, get out
there, push a
bit!
//
—Sheila Copps
Former deputy PM,
on women getting
involved in the
male-dominated
political scene
Copps predicted xtliat if the
Liberals continue to slide to the
political right, as she says they have
under Martin, voters would lose
confidence in the party.
'I don't think [Martin] can count
on the public's faith for two elections unless he stands for something,* she said.
Copps also addressed the recent
US election that swept President
George W. Bush back to power and
the evangelical Christian constituency that helped secure his vote,
adding she is concerned about the
consequences for women's rights.
'The frightening thing in the
United States is it seems as though
the balance has been tipped by the
religious right voting block. When
ever a religious group...is holding
the balance of power, it's very
difficult in a secular society/
she said.
*I don't feel any safer now then I
did when Mr Bush started, so I'm
not optimistic*
Copps also talked about the role
of the media in Ottawa. She accused
the press of constant sexism, saying
she was often portrayed negatively
in the media due to her gender.
"There is an old boys' club in the
Ottawa media. I think they tend to
be, generally speaking, afraid of
women/ she said.
As an example, she mentioned
how the media slammed the Liberal
women's caucus for failing to bring
in pay-equity legislation yet ignored
Paul Martin's detrimental role as
finance minister.
'And then when [pay equity] was
brought in, there was never any
credit given to the women's caucus,
who had stuck with it It's sort of
like you can't win/ she said.
To this end, Copps lauded alternative media sources, specifically
online sources, as the fiiture of
positive media, because of their
role in creating more diverse dialogue.
'The media as the message is
being distilled through different
sources because of the Internet and
that democratises the discussion in
ways that weren't possible before
the last ten years/
Copps was invited to McGill to
deliver the annual Muriel V. Roscoe
lecture on women's issues. Susan
Czarnocki, chair of the lecture committee, said Copps's career has
opened doors for other women
interested in holding political office.
Politics 'is a dog-eat-dog world
that is often not appealing to
women/ said Czarnocki. 'Sheila
went after us, and said, 'C'mon
eat a few dogs, get out there, push
a bit!"
While Copps's political fiiture is
uncertain, she will continue to pursue her newfound love of acting.
She will take part in a repeat performance of Steel Magnolias in
Kingston, Ont, this January, and
will re-appear on Global's sitcom
Train 48. ♦
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against, a campus food
bank at UBC
by Carina R. Cojeen features writer
While many students sweat
over exam results and
grades, some have a
more basic and pressing concern-
simply getting enough to eat
Across Canada, 51 university
campuses have student food banks
on site—of those, nine are located in
BC. These food banks yearly serve
thousands of students, providing
them with food not within their
means. This year, the Canadian
Association of Food Banks joined
with the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations to produce
Campus HungerCount, a study that
reveals the hard facts behind the
operations of Canadian campus
food banks. Of those polled, 90 per
cent of food banks cited the costs of
post-secondary education as the reason for their opening. Forty-four
was the percentage of users with
children, while 34 per cent of users
were single parents.
Most campus food banks have
mainly been student initiatives,
precipitated by the rising costs of
pursuing post-secondary education.
When the BC tuition fee freeze was
lifted in 2001, campus food bank
users tripled in number, said
Joanna Groves, chairperson of the
University of Victoria Student
Society.
With these facts in mind and student debt on the rise, the fact that
UBC, as one of Canada's largest universities, does not have a food bank
is thrown into stark relief.
Recently, voices have risen in
support and opposition to the proposal of a campus food bank for
UBC students. Why doesn't UBC
have one? Should we have one at
all? And, if so, what form should it
take?
Operation Canned Goods
The history of food banks in
Canada dates from the early 1980s,
and that of on-campus food banks
runs roughly parallel. The food
bank at nearby Simon Fraser
University. (SFU) was founded
around 1983, while others, such as
the one at the University of Toronto
(U of T), were founded in the 1990s.
Here at UBC, a number of
attempts have been made over the
years to establish a food bank for
students on campus. The efforts
crystallised last year when UBC's
student society, the Alma Mater
Society (AMS), began to seriously
investigate the possibility. But starting a food bank is no simple matter.
Before space—a scarce resource for
student-run organisations on this
campus—can be allocated, a number of other questions need to be
addressed, such as who will staff it,
what form it will take, and, of
course, how to make sure that there
is enough food resources available
to guarantee consistent operations.
Grant Wong, Executive Coordinator of Student Services for the
AMS, knows how much work is
involved. In order to get this project
off the ground, he recently instituted a work-study position dedicated
solely to the project of the food
bank. He decided that in order for
the project to be successful, AMS
needed to partner with other groups
on campus. This is where lady luck
stepped in.
Right about the same time as
Wong was faced with this problem,
the Ismaili Students' Association
(ISA) called his office out of the blue.
As a group, part of the ISA's mandate is to provide education and
service to the UBC community. In
this vein, Shabita Nathwani of the
ISA approached Wong's office to see
if there was a project to which they
could contribute; especially one that
was in heed°oF long-term volunteers. It was a perfect match.
Nathwani and the ISA have
taken the project lead on investigating different models and soliciting
input from the university communi-
tyf But before the hoped-for UBC
food bank can be established, many
possibilities must be called into
question—and the critics of the idea
must be heard.
How would the food
bank work?
Looking across Canada, campus
food banks follow two main systems
of operation. Many are fully campus-run and operated, while others
depend on external resources.
SFU's food bank is sustained by student fees, stocked mainly by campus food drives and occupies space
donated by the university, while the
student food bank at U of T depends
on the support of their local food
bank, supplied with food by Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank.
At first the Greater Vancouver
Food Bank Society (GVFB) was considered as a logical source of food
for a proposed UBC food bank. In
this model, the UBC location would
act as another one of GVFB's many
depots, in a similar fashion to how
the U of T food bank operates.
However, both in terms of food and
logistics, the GVFB, which already
has a 'student depot' on Guelph
Street cannot afford to add another
depot
Catherine Matthews, Director of
Volunteer Services at the GVFB,
claims that they serve up to 25,000
people a week 9,000 through distribution centres and 16,000 through
support of meal programs across
the city. Providing for these numbers stretches their resources as it
is. So, when approached lastyear to
help supply a UBC food bank, the
GVFB had to turn the request down,
putting the onus on UBC and the
AMS to come up with the resources
necessary for a student food bank.
This may not be a problem. The
SFU community is highly supportive of their: food bank: As Negar
Behmardi, the SFU Food Bank coordinator, puts it, 'it takes time but it
builds its own momentum. After a
while, the students get used to it
and they know that at certain times
of year, there is a food drive.' In
fact, although SFU receives funding
from its student fees, this year they
have not had to spend a single cent
on purchasing food; the cumulative
campus food drives have been
enough to stock their shelves.
The key to success, says Tim
Rahilly, Director of SFU's Student
Development and Programming
Centre and supporter of the SFU
food bank, is building partnerships.
This sentiment is echoed by Wong,
who says that he is hoping to
approach a few potential partner-
clubs on campus in order to help
solve the space allocation issues.
Ideally, the UBC food bank could be
co-located with a couple of other
clubs that would also provide main
staffing.
Once established, the food bank
would need strong and continuing
leadership. Krista Vogt Student life
Coordinator of the Student
Development and Programming
Centre at SFU, says that she used to
have to scrape up volunteers to
coordinate the food bank. "When
you get a new person/ says Vogt
"by the time she's trained, it takes
up most of the semester, and then
it's time to change again.' With
Behmardi, who has been coordinator for two years, they've achieved
the consistency they didn't have in
the past
Voices of opposition
Whether or not a food bank is the
best method for alleviating student
poverty, Ihe issue has yet to be
much discussed here on campus.
After two decades of widespread
presence in Canada, food banks are
such familiar charitable institutions
in our landscape that it is often
taken as axiomatic that they should
be started where none exist As
Catherine Matthews of the of the
•Greater Vancouver't^Food---Bank<
Society says, "Your basic right is to
eat The government doesn't seem
to be addressing this need. What are
we going to do? Turn our back on
those in need?' And certainly, students themselves who are in genuine financial straits are appreciative.
But critics of campus food banks
argue that they are simply a way of
letting governments off the hook.
Dr Graham Riches, Director of
UBC's School of Social Work and
Family Studies, has been studying
the growth of food banks since their
inception back in the early 1980s.
He points out that 'food banks
which simply [provide food] are not
really addressing the problem.'
Riches urges that any food security
initiatives on campus 'need to be
involved in public education about
the issues and advocating for different policies,' not just giving out
food. Food banks need rather to be
politically active and advocating
against the need for their services,
he says. In short they need to help
put themselves out of business.
As for what to do about immediate need, Riches is very aware that
in his classrooms, there are likely
to be students who are hungry.
'The ways that we've addressed
that before is to make sure that
they have adequate financial assistance, [and ] UBC has that capacity.'
Indeed, students at UBC may
have an advantage in this regard.
As Martha Piper has stated ad nau-
seum, it is a UBC Board of
Governors' policy that no otherwise eligible domestic student will
be denied a UBC education
because of financial constraints.
In this regard, the university
claims that it puts its money where
its mouth is.
According to Rosemary Panta- .
lone, Coordinator of UBC's Student
Financial Assistance and Awards
office, although funds are limited,
any student who comes in with a
financial crisis can and does go
home with immediate help. 'We
can't administer emergency funds
/cash], but a cheque can be drawn
the same day or the day after.'
However, Tim Rahilly, who formerly worked in the UBC Financial
Assistance office, says that sometimes a cheque does not meet a student's immediate needs. "We could
cut them a cheque,' he says, but
'sometimes financial instituti-ons
withhold money and students aren't
able to access their funds quickly
enough.'
Banking on the future
The need of cash-strapped students for alternatives to lighten
their financial load is clear—as
Rosemary Pantalone says, 'I think
anyone would agree there is always
a need for food banks, whether for
students or for anyone else.'
But the success of a charitable
service is always dependent on the
support of its community and at
this point the question of whether
this a food bank is the appropriate
avenue towards relieving student
hunger on campus remains open.
Whether the establishment of a
food bank goes ahead at UBC or
other avenues are pursued instead,
the verdict should be in by the end
of this school year.
In the meantime, the UBC food
bank project team still has much
work to do in creating the groundwork for the project. But both
Nathwani and Wong seem committed to investigating all the
alternatives, seeking support, and
making the right choices for the
university.
Nathwani remains deeply optimistic about the future of the
project.
'There's a lot of work to do,' she
said; "but it will be worth it because
the benefits will be phenomenal to
the UBC community.' ♦ 8
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004
F E A TJU RES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004
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THEUBYSSEY
60
years
later
On the sixtieth anniversary of the historic invasions
UBC student converses with veterans on Juno beach
by Daniel Burritt features writer
wo hundred grams of black bread a day.
That was the sustenance provided to
Canadian soldier Steve Horan in the
German coal mine he laboured in after he was
captured by the Hitler Youth SS outside of Caen,
France. A short time before, on June 6, 1944,
Horan and thousands of Canadian troops landed
on the shores of Courseulles-Sur-Mer, better
known as Juno Beach.
"flhank God for the Red Cross. They fed us/
Horan tells me.
He punctuates our conversation with his
crisp memory and fatalistic attitude. He
believes this will be his final visit to Juno
Beach after many trips. *I don't expect to be
back/ says the bearded Horan. 'I'm 80 years
of age and I'm starting to feel it. His years do
not damper his gnarled gratitude. Why then
did he come back to this site of such death and
ruin? *I like to come back and reminisce a bit,
you know/ says Horan. "Thank God I'm alive,
a lot of guys aren't. That's the way it is/
Steve Horan's story is amongst many I
heard when I attended the official Canadian
ceremonies for the 60th.anniversary of D-Day
on Juno Beach. Attendance came down to good
tuning. A post-UBC-graduation torn' of Europe
was underway, and I thought it best to begin
my two month adventure at the commemoration of the largest amphibious invasion in his
tory, where some claim Canada's national
character was forged.
I crossed the English Channel from
Portsmouth, England, to Ouistreham, France, on
June 4,2004. It was chilling to imagine the Allied
armada slogging through the cold water, ready to
pierce the Western front of Hitler's Fortress
Europe in the closing years of World War n. Five
thousand ships, battle cruisers, and landing craft
laden with sober, seasick troops, drenched with
spray and fear.
Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied
Commander in Europe and organiser of the invasion code-named Operation Overlord, had
already written a concession letter taking full
responsibility should the invasion fail. Western
Allied forces had delayed opening a second front
in Europe until a sizeable force had been gathered. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, whose Red
Army had borne the brunt of Nazi forces on the
Eastern Front was adamant that a second front
be established. A failure in France, however,
could devastate the Allied cause and prolong the
war in Europe for several years.
Courseulles-Sur-Mer lies along France's
Normandy coast, only ninety miles from Britain.
It was one of five towns which were classified
together as Juno Beach, which was assigned to
the Canadian forces. One hundred and fifty thousand Allied troops of 14 nationalities landed on
D-Day, with American and British forces leading
the charge on their respective beaches. It is a
smalt seaside town which, for almost a week in
June 2004, swelled with war veterans, tourists
and well-wishers. Flags of the Allied nations flew
along the boulevards. Stark olive army jeeps,
trucks, motorcycles and other antique war vehicles clogged sleepy roads while sidewalk cafs proclaimed on their windows, *Welcome
Liberators." Gratitude was in the air.
Courseulles-Sur-Mer is also the location of the
Juno Beach Centre, a magnificent museum and
information centre, and a tribute to Canadian
forces at D-Day. Initiated by Juno Beach veteran
Garth Webb, the Centre sits in front of the shore,
proudly displaying names of Canadian war veterans and statues commemorating the invasion.
It is here the official Canadian ceremonies for D-
Day take place.
Just off the ferry, I meet two other Canadians
who, like myself, had no accommodation in
Courseulles-Sur-Mer and little idea of what to
expect for this momentous anniversary. Jason, a
Vancouverite and UBC Commerce student was
working in Britain for the summer, while Ann-
Marie, a Quebecois of Scottish stock, was attending after she discovered her grandfather landed
here with a Scottish-Canadian regiment Three
Canadians with no directions and plenty of
enthusiasm.
On our first day, Ann-Marie's fluent French
secured us a simple flat for the "bargain" rate of;
130 Euros. Hotels were booked months ini
advance, veterans given priority and homeown-j
ers graciously offering their sofas and spare i
rooms to late-planning attendees.
JUNE5:BENY-SUR-MER j
A taxi whisks us through the flat coastal countryside, dominated by green and red foliage. We
stop at a long, paved road, at the end of which lies
Beny-Sur-Mer, the Canadian war cemetery at
Normandy. French and Canadian dignitaries:
mingle with uniformed soldiers, visitors and
armed security.
A farmer stops to chat as we stroll to the site.
He remembers German soldiers in the surrounding fields, as well as the Allied liberation. A.
French military band stops in the shade for rest
and cigarettes after playing in the warm sun. We■;
meet a member of the French Resistance, clad in •
a striking blue suit He explains in French and,
Norman dialect his own involvement in the war
against  the   Axis.   He  was   nearly  shot  at
Courseulles-Sur-Mer, but was saved when a cannon gunner didn't pull the trigger.vHis family;
was forced to house two German soldiers in their
home. There was no gas, water or windows during the cold winter months.
Ann-Marie translates as his voice tapers to an
unsteady whisper. The destruction he and his
countrymen witnessed in this war and the previous bloodbath are "why they have such a horrific
feeling towards war... too much death, too many
ruins/ she translates.
The Last Post begins to sound. The
Frenchman straightens and Mis silent We copy,
the trumpet competing against wind and children to be heard. I later ask him in my broken
French what he thinks of German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder attending the international
ceremonies for D-Day. He talks to the effect that
the war was long ago, and it is time for reconciliation. He appears to harbour no ill will, only a
powerful disdain for the destruction he witnessed. He also speaks about his leader and liberator, Charles de Gaulle, and we laugh about his,
memories.
Beny-Sur-Mer presents a stark contrast of
green and white. It is the resting place of 2,043
Canadian soldiers. Immaculately well-maintained, each of the headstones are clean and
many bear fresh flowers and Canadian flags. It is
peaceful and eerily quiet the polar opposite of
what occurred at the nearby coast six decades
before. Large trees frame a grassy court and a
marble-white edifice sits in front of the cemetery,
engraved with the phrase, "Their Name Iiveth
For Evermore.*
Each headstones is carved with the maple
leaf, the name of the soldier and the day he perished. The many nameless graves identify their
charge as *A Soldier in the Second World War-
known unto God.*
Jason, Ann-Marie and I stroll the countryside
back to the beach. We end the day with pizza and
red wine at a local cafe, and watch a spectacular
light show and fireworks display along the shore.
June 6, 2004 awaits.
JUNE 6: D-DAY
I am unsure of what to expect today. Armed with
a poppy and a digital recorder, I intend to speak
with veterans, hoping to gain a personal insight
into the hell they witnessed. I have one central
query: what do they remember most about that
day? Their answers are as varied and sobering as
one imagines.
Queen Elizabeth II is attending the Canadian
ceremonies, as are Prime Minister Paul Martin,
the Governor General and various dignitaries.
After passing through security, Ann-Marie, Jason
and myself secure seats on the large bleachers
and head out to interact with the medal-clad veterans before the official ceremony begins.
I approach a seated veteran and ask for a
moment of his time.
Colonel Alex Johnson is, in fact a British soldier who landed with the Canadians at Juno
Beach, and his admiration of his Canadian colleagues is overwhelming. "I saw them being written off by machine gun fire, but the others determined to get up/ he says. I ask what he recalls
most from D-Day. Johnson pauses  a long
moment "Several things, I suppose. The noise,
because you had the big guns firing in country.
You had these people firing out at you. Then you
i had the screams of the men wounded, and espe-
•i dally those in the water who couldn't get out..
-you heard all this and your mind didn't really
^register it, but you heard them.
n     "The other was the unflinching behaviour of
dtheCariadian soldiers, I'm foil of admiration for
r them/Johnson repeats, emphasising the tenaci-
- ty ofhis Commonwealth comrades, and his own
relief. "Relief that I got up unscathed, because we
knew that casualties would be high, and you
hoped that you wouldn't be one of them. So when
you got to the top of the beach you virtually said
'thank-you."
Johnson also engaged in commando raids in
Norway and France, and ended the war in
Germany at the Belsen concentration camp.
"Belsen camp was the last big job we did,
burying the dead. So, I've had quite a war, you
see/
I encounter Corporal Bill Holliday, who drove
a supply truck in France as part of the invasion,
delivering ammunition to US forces. The war
took him from France to Belgium, to Holland, to
Burma in the Pacific theatre, and finally back to
Germany.
"When I came over here I was 18... I knew
nothing,* Holliday states, referring to his naivety
of the realities of war. "I had to wait until I turned
18 [to enlist]...I hadn't even had a shave yet A lot
of us at 18 came over here, and we wasn't old
enough to have a beer." Our conversation is
brief. Holliday conveys his rapid education in
stark terms, from boy to man in wartime.
The official ceremony begins. Ann-Marie tells
Jason and I that she met several members of her
grandfather's Scottish regiment known as the
"water rats." Her late grandfather left a wife and
several small children to participate in the war,
and managed to survive the carnage. She chokes
'up, her pride evident as we watch a ceremonial
flyover by a British Lancaster bomber and two
accompanying fighter planes.
Queen Elizabeth's address cites the triumphant cooperation of the Allied forces and
the willingness of Canadians to fight for the
freedom of Europe. "I know that present and
future generations join me in thanking all
Canadians who took part in this great venture," she says. Paul Martin and Adrienne
Clarkson's speeches are equally fitting, showering praise on D-Day veterans and their fallen comrades. Canadian Forces chaplain
Colonel Bourgeois then reduces me to tears
with the most moving address of the ceremony: A prayer, asking God if He remembers the
kind words of a ship captain, who asked his
men to pray for their comrades storming the
beach. Colonel Bourgeois then offers up the
fallen men who came to fight from every part
of Canada, and blesses their memory. There
are few dry eyes in the gathering.
The act of remembrance and a minute of
silence follow. The Last Post thunders out
across the crowd, as do bagpipes and a hymn.
The ceremony ends with a salute to the veterans, who walk down to the beach to honour
their dead compatriots.
CONVERSATIONS
Robert Graham entered the war in Europe at age
17 as a Sapper in the Engineers corps, destroying mines, demolitions and booby traps. He landed at Juno Beach on D-Day, and recalls his near-
death experience in the water.
"I was trying to cany a para-troop bicycle
into the beach and almost drownjed] because I
had it over my shoulders...I wasn't the only
one. We were supposed to then get on the
bikes and pedal through the first regiment that
got there but we threw them away because the
Jerries were shooting at us with sharpshooters. So you're really a target pedaling down the
road, ©h?" he says rnatter-of-factly. -.   ,    .
Graham says he enjoys returning to Juno
Beach to renew memories, but admits the battle
was a massacre. "It's many, many memories ago
now, sixty years, but it still sticks with you."
Frank K. Breakey's memories are both
sobering and humorous. I did not expect the
latter. "We came in here and there was two
rows of soldiers layin' dead about twenty odd
in each row. And the guy behind me taps me
and he says 'Hey, this looks like the real thing!
I think I'm gonna put in for a leave!" The tall
Company Sergeant Major chuckles. "There
was lots of humour/ he says.
Breakey laughs when he tells how he shot
two bombs into a nearby castle and nearly hit
several comrades. His friend named Smith
told him, "I knew it was you that did that, you
son of a bitch!"
"There was times when I wondered what the
hell I was doin' down here," says Breakey, more
seriously. "But you could see there was a terrific
need for somebody to help these people out and
we just happened to be one of the ones that wanted to do something/
The honesty and modest heroism of Sergeant
Major Breakey is evident in eveiy veteran I speak
with. Lance Corporal Ralph W. Jackson quietly
tells me he is "tolerating* the celebrations, sadness etched on his face. He was part of the first
wave of soldiers to land at Juno Beach. "Ten men
ahead of me, eight of them were killed. That's
why I'm back/ he mutters.
Jackson asks if I have visited Beny-Sur-
Mer, and I answer yes. In the far left corner
of the cemetery lies his platoon. Of 36 men,
six survived.
"We got the shit kicked out of us/ Jackson
states flatly. He then asks my age, and says that at
22 years, I would have fit light in his company.
On D-Day, Jackson was 23, and had spent four
years in the army.
Bill Findlay describes his role on D-Day
with typical veteran modesty. "I was just what
they called a plain old gunner/ says Findlay,
who was part of a 15 gun squad which
destroyed enemy tank formations. Findlay's
presence at Juno Beach today is more than just
commemoration, however. "Today we're here
representing our regiments, we're representing our colleagues that didn't make it We're
here because we have a group of young teach
ers that are going to be teaching history, and
we want them to see the history that this generation made," he states.
Findlay's voice rises noticeably. "Now, by this
time in ten years most of this history will be
locked in textbooks and there won't be people
like me to tell you and so that's what they're here
for—to get the ingredients of what's needed so we
don't have another bloody war like this again. We
don't need a war like this."
Bill Findlay thanks me for my interest,
and leaves me with a sober, resolute thought.
-"^fakeUhe information and just be sure you're
a promoter of peace, not war. It's a hard thing."
I walk down to the beach. The calm, dark
water belies my image of sixty years ago, and
the memories these veterans have shared.
Noise, fear and death enveloping the landscape. Fighting for a personal piece of the
beach the enemy is savagely reluctant to surrender. And humour amidst ferocious
resolve.
I fill a film canister with sand from the
shore, laughing at the memory of one veteran's caustic remark: "Every year people come
here for this and every year the goddamn
beach gets smaller 'cause people keep takin'
it!" Forgive this reporter a small memento.
At the end of June 6, 1944, Juno Beach
belonged to the Canadians, who stormed its
shore, warmed its waters red, and helped to
free a captive continent. ♦
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MOMENT OF SILENCE: Top left: the Canadian flag waves over Juno beach; top right:
the writer talks with D-Day veteran Bill Findlay at the ceremonies; above: a WWII soldier's
unnamed grave, photos courtesy of dan burritt
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The AMS is seeking a Webmaster to assist with maintaining the AMS website. Working
in conjunction with the Marketing and Promotions department, the Webmaster will
conduct routine maintenance, develop databases, and continue to improve AMS.ubc.ca.
Remuneration: $12/hour
Status: Part-time - maximum of 15 hours per week, to end of April 2005,flexible hours
Responsibilities:
Assist with uploading content on a regular, weekly basis.
Develop and maintain relational databases.
Provide training and assistance to AMS executives, staff, and other database users with
regards to the online interface.
Document and organize current code, rewriting as necessary.
Create a technical style guide outlining web page templates, styles, and forms.
Work with the Marketing and Promotions Manager to ensure graphic design standards
are adhered to in the web medium.
Orientation to the current site will be provided for the successful candidate.
Qualifications:
Must demonstrate significant prior experience using ColdFusion Markup Language,
database management, and HTML web design.
Experience using Dreamweaver, CFML administrator and MS Access.
Graphic design and Flash experience beneficial.
Experience in managing e-mail listservs and electronic forums.
Strong interpersonal skills and high aptitude in English writing.
Must be able adhere to challenging deadlines and work with minimal supervision
To Apply:
Interested candidates should email their CVs and references to Linda Ong, Marketing
and Promotions Manager at marketing@ams.tibc.ca, by Friday, November 19.
Please include at least two URLs or websites that demonstrate your skill and
qualifications. Due to time constraints, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for
an interview.
The AMS is calling for artist submissions for the creation of the
Subcultures Mural Project to be displayed publicly in the Conversation
Pit of the Student Union Building. The project's goal is to counteract hate
and bias-motivated graffiti by promoting public forms of art expression.
The mural will be painted on a transportable surface and mounted on a
public wall. Artists - individuals and collective groups - are invited to
submit a cover letter, resume, and examples of previous work for
consideration. Once selected, the successful applicant will collaborate
with the public through an AMS-organized discussion forum in
developing the artistic vision of the mural.
Preference will be given to UBC students and community members,
however all are encouraged to apply. Artists will be provided with an
honorarium of approximately $ 1,000.
Project proposals can be forwarded to Lyle McMahon, AMS Vice-
President, Administration in SUB Rm. 238 or via e-mail to
vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca by Monday, November 15 at 5 pm.
For more details, visit http://urww.ams.ubc.ca.
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Headline for internships
The deadline for AMS Internships is fast approaching
for students wanting to be placed in January 2005.
The AMS Internship Program is aimed at students
looking for relevant work experience in a field of their
choice. Students will be placed with a not-for-profit
organization across the Lower Mainlaod.
The program provides a variety of services, including student-to-student consultation,
direct contact with employers, and access to internship resources.
Students should be full or part-time and returning to school in the fall. Applications are
available at http://www.ams.ubc.ca. Deadline for the January term is December 3,
2004. For more information, e-mail internship@ams.ubc.ca or call 604-822-4994.
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speaker series
■ UBC women of ail ages, ethnicities
and backgrounds are invited to
participate in the 2005 Vagina
Monologues.
Auditions will take place November
20-22.
Email vday@ams.ubc.ca to book an
audition time and location. Auditions
are limited to a first-come,first-serve
basis.
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Speaker Spotlight Series
With: Melanie Raoul, Educational
Coordinator for UBC Food Co-op
Tuesday, Nov. 16
12 pm-1pm
SUBRm.214
Presented by Sprouts and the UBC Food
Co-op
Find out more about the UBC Food Co-op
and the principles behind it. Enjoy free
snacks including backed goods from the
Cook Studio Cafe and fair trade coffee from
Cafe Etico. More details, at
http://www.ams.ubc.ca/speaker.
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ivcomino lectures
Preston Manning -The Lion and the LambrTensions and Opportunities in
the Interface between Faith and Political Discourse
Monday, Nov. 15
5 pm-6:30 pm
Geography 100,1984 West Mall
Drawing on his extensive experience in the political arena Mr. Manning
will speak about faith, politics and their convergence in his life and in
society as a whole. Presented by the UBC Graduate and Faculty Christian
Forum. More details at http://gfcf-ubc.ca.
Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tuesday, Nov. 16
12:30 pm to 2 pm
International House, Upper Lounge
Yuen Pau Woo is Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of the Asia
Pacific Foundation of Canada. He is Canada's representative on the
Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council
(PECC), Director of the APEC Study Centre in Canada, and Adjunct
Professor at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian
Research. Presented by the International Relations Students' Association.
More details at http://www.irsa.ca.
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You may have noticed a few additions to the main concourse level of the
SUB during November.
New AMS ATM Machine (located by Bernoulli's Bagels)
You can support the AMS by choosing to use this bank machine for your
cash withdrawals. Each time you use this machine, you are helping
support the AMS and its many services, such as JobLink,SafeWalk,and
AMS Tutoring. A portion of each transaction goes directly back to your
student society.
Another incentive? Enjoy lower transaction fees than with most
automated banking machines.
New DVD Movie Rental Kiosk (located across from Pie R Squared)
Beginning Nov. 12, there will be a new DVD movie rental machine
installed on the main level of the SUB building, across from Pie R
Squared. Provided by DT Media, the machine looks like a vending
machine kiosk and allows users to conveniently work their way through
the touch screen prompts to rent the latest movies.
I    Faster than waiting in line at a video store and convenient to pick up
Land return at the same location. Try it out for the first month - all movies
are specially priced at $3.99.
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CULTURE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004
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Reclaiming our childhood
FINDING NEVERLAND
opens Friday
by Jodi Carlson
CULTURE WRITER
We are all familiar with the story of
Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, but could
any of us really find Neverland? Without the magic fairy dust from Tin-
kerbell and Peter's coaching to think
of "happy thoughts/ would we be able
to find that magical place? James M.
Barrie, played by Johnny Depp—in his
most paternal role ever—thought so.
Finding Neverland is the story of
the life changing experience that led
J.M. Barrie to create the timeless classic, Peter Pan. After a badly reviewed
play, James runs into the four boys of
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, played by Kate
Winslet—George, Michael, Jack and
of course, Peter. A forty year-old man
befriending four young boys may
sound too Michael Jackson-esque, but
this is Johnny Depp, so we know it's
okay. Entering their lives at a time of
mourning, James is more than just a
friend to the boys, but a vehicle to drive
them into a world where no one needs
to grow up—Neverland.
James, forced to grow up after his
brother's childhood death, reaches
out to the young boys in an attempt
to regain his own lost childhood. As
we watch the moving relationship
between James and the boys develop,
we are reminded of the notion that
childhood may be lost in a minute,
but may also be regained in an instant
—as long as we let our imagination
guide us.
Peter Pan may have visited the
window of Wendy and her brothers
that fateful night but I'm confident
that if he had perched on any of our
windows, we too would have been
taken away to his magical world of
Neverland. The movie Finding Neverland shows us how we too can have
that adventure.
Based on a true story, this movie
offers us the opportunity to know the
man behind the creation of Peter Pan
and follow him on a journey through
the source ofhis imagination, and the
life experiences that lead to the making
of Peter Pan. ♦
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This orchard is all dried up
Classic remake
lacks emotion
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
presented hy UBC Theatre
at the Telus Theatre
until Nov.13
by Jodi Carlson
CULTURE WRITER
As I waited for the first performance of The
Cherry Orchard*, peering at the elaborate
markings of a wealthy Russian family's nursery, I became excited about what was to
come. Then the first scene began. Unfortunately, the dry emotionless lines burst my
bubble.
Anton Chekhov's 'Cherry Orchard* takes
place during the turn of the twentieth century, in a socially evolving Russia. Forty
years after the abolition of serfdom, capitalism has struck Russia hard. Chekhov did an
excellent job of writing the play, including
numertftig images of this change. The plarjr
is directed by Stephen Heatley, a Theatre
professor here at UBC, and also director of
such plays as Good Mother, As You Like It
and II Campiello.
Despite the fabulous script though, the
actors were lacking. There were a few exceptions—Jennifer Braund proves that Chekhov's plays will make you cry one minute
and laugh the next Marie-Eve Boudreau,
playing the role of Firs, a character trapped
in the world of change, was able to convey
the dying social structure while offering us
some much needed comic relief. The slapstick elements that were added to the script
proved one thing: comedy doesn't always
work with Chekhov. When Yermolay, played
by Matthew Kowalchuk, fell over the couch,
the audience cringed at the bad acting
rather than laughing.
What the play lacks in acting, it makes
up for in scenery and costumes. The photos bordering the stage were a constant
reminder of the family's high social status in old Russia. The costumes are fabulous, highlighting the era's distinctly
unique fashion. But most audiences don't
go to a play to see the set and the costumes. Without good acting, any production falls short. No one likes dry fruit,
especially dry cherries—and this play
overall is a dry and lifeless rendition of a
theatrical classic. ♦
Don't call the lifeguard
UNDERTOW
Now playing
by Simon Underwood
CULTURE WRITER
'!W
Plenty of horrible things can cause involuntary physical
pain and repulsion: accounts of chipped teeth at the
swimming pool, the prospect of 'four more years', or
worse, the threat ol an energized Ann Coulter. But few
abominations can provoke yelps of phantom pain quite
like Undertow's close-up of a rusty nail puncturing the
very foot that made Billy Elliot The jarring image, which
snaps the audience out of the cinematic trance that
Undertow so often induces, portends that this is not the
sort of fflrn that will include dance breaks of any kind.
Instead, the latest offering from David Gordon Green,
whose lauded repertoire includes All the Real Girls, is a
meandering thriller set in rural Georgia. Jamie Belt who
eclipses both his ballet-dancing roots and his English
accent entirely, plays Chris, a good-hearted kid that can't
seem to avoid getting into trouble. Along with his
younger brother Tim, played by Devon Alan, the brothers
live on a dilapidated pig-farm with their reclusive, misanthropic father, John, played by Dermot Mulroney. The
setting is hardly idyllic, but the dreamy, rich cinematography of Tim Orr evokes the style of Terence Malick, also
a producer on the film, rendering it strangely sacred.
Everything really isn't that fine and dandy when
John's brother Deel, played by Josh Lucas, enters the picture, but his determination to settle some old scores with
his brother turns the story from grim to gruesome. While
he initially wins over Chris with his fast car and thinly-
veiled insolence towards his brother, warning his
nephew that he is "just one ofhis pigs," Deel later reveals
a streak of sadism triggered by what he sees as a fraternal betrayal. A box of cursed gold coins, fabled to have
belonged to a ferryman on the River Styx, was left to both
brothers by their dead grandfather. When Deel decides
he wants his fair share, the young brothers are soon on
the run along the Southern backroads, barricading themselves in abandoned junkyards and relying heavily on the
kindness of strangers.
Green elicits strong performances from each of his
four leads: Bell, a phenomenal performer, carries the picture; Mulroney benefits from an ugly beard; Lucas, here
an un-sweetened Alabaman, is seriously creepy; and Alan
is about as good as American child actors get Above all
else, each performance is authentic, at least in part due
to Green's meticulous attention to detail, and more so in
his tendency to linger upon a scene that interests him.
The film is brimming with allusions to Greek mythology and the Brothers Grirmn, and the writer-director further entwines road-movie motifs and fairy tale magic-
realism, evoking curses and reminding us of messages
in bottles. As a straight-up thriller, the film may disappoint but the filmmaker's deviations are intentional.
Green's reasoning is found in his script 'sometimes it's
the strange moments that stick/ So while all of
Undertow's 'strange moments' may not resonate, I can
say that I'm still thinking about that nail. ♦
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Shape up, or collapse
A Short History of Progress
by Ronald Wright
[House ofAnansi Press]
by Richard Warnica
CULTURE WRITER
I share an odd trait with Ronald Wright: our skulls. Both
have bony shelves three-quarters of the way back that
swirl around, and over the neck, to create distinctive
buns. But while I've hidden my lumpen skull by wearing my hair shaggy, Wright has embraced his. So much
so, in fact, that he has taken to citing his ridge as evidence that somewhere, thousands of years ago, one
of his, and by association my, ancestors was a Neanderthal.
Only the best kind of book can have you up in the
middle of the night examining your skull for telltale
signs of Neanderthal heritage. Wright's new book, A
Short History of Progress, the latest in CBC's Massey
Lecture series, is such a book. In it he details the emergence of humanity and its myriad civilisations, stopping
along the way to cite his own bony head as evidence that
somewhere in the 10,000 year struggle between the Cro
Magnons (precursors to the modern human) and the
Neanderthals, odds are, someone did some humping.
The central message of Wright's book is that human
civilisations have an awkward tendency to drive themselves into destruction. But while the largest portion of
the book is given over to a review of the rise and ecological collapse of civilisations from ancient Sumeria (modern day Iraq) to Rome, to Maya, to Easter Island, the
main theme is decidedly current
The collapse of former civilisations was regional.
Modern civilisation is so interconnected that an ecological collapse in one part of the globe will only lead to the
faster exploitation of other regions. As Wright puts
it 'the collapse of the first civilisation on earth, the
Sumerian, affected only half a million people. The fall of
Rome affected tens of millions. If ours were to fail, it
would, of course, bring catastrophe to billions."
What Wright suggests then, is that if our civilisation
collapses we might not get another chance.
A Short History of Progress is in the very best sense of the term, interdisciplinary. It is a stew of history,
anthropology, science, politics and environmentalism
that expresses a complex series of ideas and facts in a
tight highly readable prose.
It would be easy to be critical of Wright for attempting to encompass so many divergent, complex ideas in
one remarkably small book. But this is clearly a book
intended not for the professor, but for the general read-
A Short History of
PROQRESS;bj Ro^aup':Wkight
er. Besides, Wright doesn't claim that his book is an
omnibus textbook on the history of humankind. Anybody interested in reading more doesn't have to go any
further than the hundreds of detailed endnotes that
make up the last quarter of the text.
The book though, does tend occasionally into the
preachy and trite. Phrases like 'the thickest walls are of
the mind* border the thin line between stoner wisdom
and just plain stupidity. But, thankfully, they are few and
far between.
Wright concludes the book with the ominous and,
-agairi rather trite: "now is our last chance to get the
future right* But despite the apocalyptic tone it is difficult to dismiss Wright as an alarmist madman baying at
the moon. His precedents are too clear, his facts too
many and his arguments too lucid to read his book as
anything but a fascinating, and more than a little scary,
view of where we've been and where, if we don't shape
up fast we're going. ♦
Intergalactic Hip-Hop Ninja
One deejay with no delay,
no emcees
Mix Master Mike
Bangzilla
[Immortal Records]
by Zach Goleman
CULTURE WRITER
Vknow how they always say don't judge an album by its
cover? Well, in the case of Bangzilla, the cover artwork
gives a great deal away. Muscled cartoon heroes fire
lasers at futuristically armoured enemies while the destruction of a dark city burns in the background. Open the
sleeve, and you see photographs of Mix Master Mike's
workplace: uncountable vinyl records, VHS Japan-ama-
tion, and plastic action figures stack the shelves surrounding his technical equipment—an equally chaotic
scene.
When it comes to talent on the turntables, Mix Master
Mike is at the apex of skill. The former Invisbl Skratch Pikl
is a ninja on the wheels. Mike takes the action-packed
soundtracks of the yesterday's sci-fi programs and remixes them into experimental hip-hop beats, leading the
listener through a tunnel of increasingly fast-paced
turntabling and audio sampling. The tracks begin with
recognisable samples, like the introducer's voice from
The Outer Limits ('do not attempt to adjust..we are in
control..*) and then take you into a dizzying world of
sound effects and perfectly timed record-scratching, from
which you surface occasionally for air, only to hear the
voice of Dr Spock or Lord Vader. It's fun, it's funky, and
it's as entertaining as watching a medley of old
Transformers episodes—if you like that kind of thing.
Mike has frilly mastered the art of re-introducing the
grainy quality of sound, mimicking the audio of older TV
series, and in this case adding a sense of vintage authenticity to his selection of beats.
The shrink-wrap of the album had a small sticker on it,
proclaiming MMM as the 'Beastie Boys' DJ"; a marketing
touch to attract those who aren't as familiar with production as they are with vocalists. The sticker raises the question of why the exciting and experimental tracks of this
piece of work weren't used on the Beasti.es' latest album,
To The 5 Boroughs. Mike set up the tracks for that last
release and although the Beasties held the album together vocally, the beats weren't exemplary. Had Mike used
the Bangzilla sounds on the 5 Boroughs, the Beasties
would have a far more interesting album, possibly as brilliant as 1998's Hello Nasty. Unfortunately, Mix Master
Mike's choice means that less people will be exposed to
the great cuts on Bangzilla.
I especially suggest this purchase for those who need
to see their years of science-fiction fandom justified; ♦
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Cash for
crisis
Dance for Darfur
at the Croatian Cultural Centre
Nov.l3at8pm
$30/$20 for students
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE EDITOR
Displaced by political and ethnic conflicts
since February 2003, some 1.7 million
people have been forced to leave their
homes in the Darfur region in western
Sudan.
These displaced people are in great
need of relief supplies and help as many of
them wait in camps with very little food.
This situation is being called "the world's
worst humanitarian crisis' by the United
Nations.
People like Miriam Jurigova have
decided to take action and raise funds for
this much needed cause. Jurigova, one of
the organizers of an event called Dance for
Darfur, says that, "as [the problems in
Darfur] became more and more evident in
the news...maybe at some point paralleling that of Rwanda, I just felt like a real
urgent need to do something about it*
After contacting Jenny Moss, the
International Services Coordinator for
the Canadian Red Cross in the Lower
Mainland, to find out more on how she
could organize a fundraiser, Jurigova was
put into contact with other people looking to
organize such a cultural event and so Dance
for Darfur became a reality.
The event features the Ebonies of
Sudan Dancers, Kokoma African Heritage
Ensemble, Ache Brasil Academy and many
more. Hosted by guest MC Dj Alibaba of
The Beat 94.5FM, Dance for Darfur will
definitely be a fun event, raising funds for
a very deserving and important cause.
Although the crisis in Darfur needs
large-scale assistance, Moss stresses the
importance of events of any size to raise
amount of funds possible to sup-
whate-
port the cause.
"Every donation counts," Moss says.
Her role in the Red Cross allows her to get
in touch with interested fundraisers like
Jurigova and help get funds to where they
are needed most
Moss points out that the Canadian Red
Cross has so far used funds in "setting up
two mobile health clinics in Sudan and
they'll be providing medical assistance to
people in remote areas that can't get
access to medical." That's where the
Canadian Red Cross is helping, but "the
international appeal has been helping
with providing people with food, shelter,
clean water, hygiene kits, clothing...all
those kinds of things you'll need when
your forced to leave your home," Moss
adds.
Jurigova's advice for people interested
in getting a fundraising project started is
to take initiative and contact a humanitarian organization, such as the Red Cross,
and give them an idea for a project and
begin the necessary steps to get it going.
"The way we did, we just approached
them and did what's considered a 'third
party fundraiser' where we're responsible
for this, but money's going to them/ After
covering the costs for the event, all proceeds go to relief efforts. 'But if your not at
the point where you want to take that
much initiative," Jurigova points out, "find
out from these organizations how you can
contribute as a volunteer/
An event such as Dance for Darfur will
not only help raise awareness and funds
for the crisis in Sudan, but will also bring
our local cultural community together for
an evening of fun festivities. Dance for
Darfur is still seeking volunteers for the
night of the show and can be contacted at
(778) 891-1967. Tickets for Dance for
Darfur are available at any Ticketmaster
location, or at Highlife or Zulu Records. ♦
The
behind Saw
Screenwriter Leigh Whannell divulges his deadly inspirations
Saw
now playing
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER
Sa w tells the story of two strangers
who wake up chained to a wall in
the bathroom from hell with neither man remembering how they
got there. Lying between them, in a
pool of blood, is a body with a pistol
clutched in one hand and a tape
recorder in the other. The pair soon
deduces that they're the latest playthings of a serial killer dubbed
'Jigsaw* by the press. Left with
nothing but obscure clues, and
hacksaws that can't cut through
metal, they have until sundown to
escape.
I sat down with one of the film's
"victims/ Leigh Whannell—who
also served double duty as the
film's writer—to pick his brain
about the creative process. I was
immediately struck by his garrulous disposition and solid handshake. I also couldn't help but
notice his accent—a resident of
Melbourne, he could give the
Crocodile Hunter a run for his
money. I was curious if affecting
an American accent posed a challenge for him. Evidently not. "You
grow up in Australia watching so
much American TV, it's been
going in and out of your head for
so long that you get a pretty good
handle on it...now if I had to play
an Icelandic guy I'd be in trou-
ble/Jhe^, addedwith. a.chuckle.
Talking to him, you have to wonder how a nice guy like Whannell
came up with such a nasty premise.
The answer is a bit convoluted with
its roots in his first acting gig. After
losing out on a meatv role in Matrix
Revolutions, he was ecstatic to be
called back for the role of Axel, a
character with somewhat limited
screen time—*I was onscreen for
five seconds and had two lines:
'Oh Shit' and 'Incoming!'* Still,
Whannell, a self-admitted "obsessive fanboy* could not have been
happier. "I would have played a
tree in the sequel if they'd asked
me" he beamed. He'd been bitten
by the acting bug.
Still aglow after his blockbuster
experience, Whannell cast around
for his next job, but quickly discovered the feast or famine vagaries of
his chosen profession. While stuck
in the acting doldrums he received
a call from James Wan, his former
film school pal, who had an idea for
a script two guys wake up chained
in a room and they aren't sure why
they're there or how to get out "I
hung up the phone and I just
instantly knew...you know that
you've got something good because
you can't stop thinking about it*
That germ of an idea quickly
evolved into a working script Saw
really came about as a result of that
effort to get work. [I decided] if no
one's going to cast me, I'll write my
own goddamn film/
The screenplay originally started off as a thriller, but "...because
we're [he and Wan] such big horror
fans, horror stuff kept creeping in
like dolls and things.../ it quickly
evolved into what he calls a "Dark
thriller/ As with any film involving
quirky serial killers and cops. Saw
has seen its share of comparisons to Seven. Whannell acknowledged that it had an influence "I
loved Seven—the way it wrapped
up was beautiful, it was textbook
plotted. I wanted this film to be as
well plotted as Seven...but story
wise it was more about the two
victims in the bathroom. In Japan, it's [being marketed as] Seven meets Cube, which is interesting as JOupe [a.science. jictionj
mystery] was a real influence."    '
The plan was to shoot the film
as an independent, so that the duo
could retain creative control of
their collective vision. But fate had
other plans, "Once the script was
finished...people were reading it
and saying like, 'this is good!' and
we should do something with it
[and] before we knew it we were in
the States." Thankfully the producers were happy to leave the pair in
the picture both literally and figuratively.
For Whannell, acting in something he'd penned proved to be a
mixed blessing. "I think it's best if
you're a writer not to visit the
set..I'm chained to the wall and see
him [Wan] in the corner with the
AD's [Assistant Directors] and [he
mimics tearing up pages of a script
and throwing them on the floor]
I'm like, 1 spent the whole night on
that you bastards!" In spite of the
occasional heartbreak of filming,
Whannell enjoyed the process
immensely. The same can't be said
for his experiences in Hollywood.
"There's just something in the
air that turns what's fun into
work...it's like you spend a year
climbing Everest and upon reaching the top you don't have a
comfy chair to enjoy the view.../
But he's not about to give up on
acting just yet "Writing is hell,
whereas dressing up and having
people go like Would you like a
water Mr. Whannell? Mr. Whannell
are you okay?' That's fucking
great!*. This was highlighted by his
experience on the Matrix,  "the
time it took to film that five seconds was longer than the entire
shoot for Saw [18 days] and everyone fusses over you. I was like 1
can handle this.' I'm thinking if this
is how [the character of] Axel, two
second guy, gets treated imagine
how Tom Cruise is treated/
Of. course that mindset comes at
a price. "*ffiat>s when you start to
change, that's when you go into an
ice cream store and the guy doesn't
give you your change fast enough
and you say [pretending to be outraged] 'Well I've never been treated
like this before!' and you become a
prick." He has a surefire method of
maintaining his anti-diva status
The good thing about being Australian is you never rate yourself
You're like, Tm never going to be
famous" and Whannell pretends to
be bashful and stares at his feet
We'll see how his humility
stands up after what promises to be
a big hit at the box office. ♦>
One-woman show lets it ail hang out
Fabulous Disaster
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Nov. 13
by Ania Mafi
CULTURE EDITOR
"It's a love story, it's a very strange
love story.* Denise Clarke is describing A Fabulous Disaster, a production she created and stars in.
Now playing at the Firehall Arts
Centre, the play is a solo show by
Clarke, and trying to find out more
about it proved to be quite a challenge for me.
As Clarke points out, Tm being
slightly coy about what it's about
because it's not my thing to give
away my shows. There's always a
nice little element of surprise
in my audience, and I like doing
that" In making this play, Clarke
describes that she "assemble[s] a
series of elements including ideas,
newspaper stories, former sketches of characters [she] had, and put
it all to-gether to make this little
play/ With only one character running the show, Clarke sounds confident that audiences will find
meaning and beauty in her work.
With some parts of the play
performed nude, Clarke sees
nudity as "a costume choice* for
her. She proudly explains that
while she could wear a nylon body suit, she prefers not to, as she
is not ashamed of her body at all.
"There is a kind of humanity that
can be suggested by striping
down... you're looking at a human
body, and you begin to see a lot
about the psyche of the individual/ Clarke adds. The nudity is
minimal, and is done at a very
important stage in the character's
development.
Are people shocked by the
nudity? "I'm kinda startled when
people express fascination or
shock...I've been protected—if anyone's been horrified they certainly
don't let me know...it's really commonplace... it's misleading to suggest it's a piece of nude-theatre,"
says Clarke rather humourously.
I agree with Clarke as I explained to her that the poster for
the play (a naked sketch of the
female form) seemed rather misleading to me, and she interrupts
to correct me, saying 'It's certainly not a drawing darling, that's my
real naked ass.* Without little
insight into the details of this play,
after talking to Clarke, it's easy to
see that this production will be a
reflection of her natural witty
charm.
A Calgary native, Clarke became a permanent member of
the One Yellow Rabbit (OYR)
ensemble in 1986, creating and
co-creating many shows for the
OYR including Erotic Irony of Old
Glory, Featherland, and Sign
Langua-ge. With a background in
dance, Clarke has choreographed
musical theatre for the likes
of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre,
Theatre Calgary and The Canadian Stage in Toronto.
Confident in her body, and her
work, Clarke will surely combine
her graceful artistic form and her
contagious humor on stage for an
exquisite and refreshing performance that is not to be missed. ♦
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Carrio was not there. It was six in the evening, as Colleen Tang and
Claudia Ii observed- 1 wonder if she is in trouble,' Carol Domanko
mused. 'I'm pretty sure she's taking a test* Bazile Evans replied with
confidence. If only they had known the truth. Eric Szeto had seen it all.
while hiding behind Paul Carr's massivs fraine. Carrie was walking
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and Alex Leslie, who shook her down for lunch money. The commotion
attracted Bobby Huang. Matt Simpson and Greg Ursic, who took
Carrie's backpack- Frustrated, Carrie readied for a blue phone but
Jesse Marchand picked up and cackled. Ill send Sarah Bourdon. Ania
Mafi and Michelle Mayne to help,' she said. Relieved. Carrie was then
accosted by Jen Cameron, Carina Cbjeen, Trevor Gilks and Liz Green,
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Rememberance Day may means we get the day
off class, but what it really means depends on
how one interprets the holiday. It could just
mean a day to go skiing and shopping, wearing
a poppy while you do it all, but what does that
poppy pinned to your shirt (or ski jacket) really mean?
In honour of veterans, Bell Canada has tried
to melt the hearts of Canadians everywhere
with their charming commerical featuring a
young man phoning his grandfather from
Dieppe to thank him for defending Canada. It is
a heartwarming message that if it had been
made by the Canadian government to encourage Canadians to pay tribute on Remembrance
Day, would have been very effective. However,
at the end of the commercial, viewers are
reminded that "we are all connected* if we
choose Bell.
Until now, Remembrance Day has been one
of the only holidays left untouched by our consumer culture. People don't buy gifts for one
another or spend money on personal celebrations of the holiday. Pure and simple, for many
it is a day to think about what we are lucky to
have, not a day to think about buying telephone service.
It will be a truly sad day when someone
says "I got this great cell phone at a Remembrance Day sale,* though that day may not
be so far off with commercials such as the one
Bell Canada has run. Remembrance Day clearly has nothing to do with money or selling
products and we should do our best to ensure
it remains that way. Exploiting a holiday that
commemorates fallen soliders for monetary
gain is disgraceful.
Other unsettling changes surrounding Remembrance Day have been seen in the last few
years. The Poppy Fund, a campaign organised
by local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, has been the target of scam artists. The
most recent case occurred in Coquitlam,
where a woman posing as a legion member
collected poppy donation tins from six businesses.
The poppy is a symbol of commemoration
of those who died so that others could live safely; the funds collected from their sales go
towards providing for Canada's veterans.
While the thief did not likely make off with a
large sum, the act demonstrated a pronojinced
lack of respect for an important Canadian symbol and for the people that it honours.
Meanwhile in Quebec, a long-running debate
over the most fundamental Canadian symbol
raised its ugly head last week. Bloc Quebecois
MP Andre Bellavance has refused to distribute a
new Canadian flag to the Royal Canadian Legion
branch in his riding.
Veterans are understandably outraged at
this remarkable flouting of a well-established
tradition. As 88-year-old Bruno Lavoie says, 'we
crossed the Atlantic with Canada marked on our
soldier, and we were very proud of that.*
Bellavance is certaintly entitled to his separatist
beliefs, but he should also respect the wishes of
the men and women who gave so much to
Canada and Quebec sixty years ago.
The Bloc Quebecois leadership should step
forward and insist that Bellavance make the
small yet profound gesture of making the flag
available. The Bloc can sleep peacefully knowing that the flag will fly alongside the Fleur-de-
lis banner.
The willingness of a backbench Member of
Parliament to dismiss the importance of
Remembrance Day's traditions is indicative of
LETTERS
how the significance of the day has waned in
the consiousness of younger Canadians. With
the exception of Canadians who serve in the
military and those who have experienced war
first-hand, many no longer feel the immediacy
of war and the mortal danger of combat in a
personal manner. The grim reality of war is a
distant horror, only imagined for those of us
fortunate enough to live out our days on
secure soil.
Conflict in the world shows no signs of
decreasing; a clear indicator of this is in the
numerous peacekeeping missions our- troops-
are currently undertaking. Canada has taken a
major role in the world resolving turmoil as
keepers of the peace. Over 3,600 of our troops
have been deployed to over 13 countries,
including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
and the Congo over the past 15 years. Prime
Minister Martin has recently announced that
he will visit the tumultuous area of Sudan at
the end of the month to put political pressure
on the Sudanese leader to resolve the internal
conflicts. He has urged Tony Blair and other G-
8 leaders to follow suit.
As Canadians, our national identity was
forged as much in the trenches of WWI as on
the prairies the pioneers traversed towards
the West; as much on Juno beach at the conclusion of the European chapter of WWII as in
Trudeau's creation of our Charter of Rights
and Freedoms. Remembrance Day is the one
day expressedly set aside each year for
Canadians to recall those who paid the highest
price in the events that shaped our history
and reflect on those who now put themselves
at risk to possibly secure a future in which
that price will not be demanded at every
imperalistic turn. ♦
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Americans not following
liberal world trend
Republican George W. Bush's reelection as US President proves
that the United States, the bastion
of liberal democracy, is increasingly out of step with the opinion
of the majority of the free world.
The Republicans moved ever closer to the extreme right during
their campaign by reaching out to
fellow Christian social conservatives and effectively polarised the
American public and created an
indisputable divide with the rest of
the world's liberal democracies.
The pattern around the globe
over the past decade has seen
a sizeable increase in the number
of liberal, progressive parties in
power. Canada hasn't had a
Conservative government in over
ten years, Spain voted Socialist in
2004, Germany chose Social Democrat Gerhard Shroeder as Chancellor in 2002, and even the
British opted for the Labour Pa-rty
over the reactionary Tories. Americans, however, have seemingly
forgotten the progressive politics
of the 1990's Clinton administration and voted last we-ek with
their fears and not their hopes.
In 2000, the 'appointment' of
Bush as President was controversial, but this time around the result is hardly ambiguous. A unilateralist foreign policy and a
socially conservative domestic
policy enamoured the American
public and made it forget (or
repress?) that Bush has mishandled the war in Iraq and lied
about it. They willingly voted for
a man who is pro-life yet supports the death penalty, claims
that his spirituality is a private
matter yet names Jesus as his
favourite philosopher. Americans went hard right last Tuesday
while the rest of the secular free
world watched in astonishment.
The last four years may, regrettably, be looked upon as 'the
good ol'days.'
—Mario Rubio
Arts, 3rd year
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SPORTS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2004
15
Leaving them in their dust
Cross-country
team looking
forward to NAIA
championships
by Matt Simpson
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC cross-country running team was
driving to the Region I Championships
preview meet in Portland, Oregon last
month when dust began to rapidly accumulate on the windshield.
"We didn't know what it was,* said coach Marek Jedrzejek. "When we got to the
hotel we could see plumes of smoke and
we figured it out."
Mount St. Helens erupted at the same
time as the meet on October 17, where
UBC dominated. Both teams fared well:
the women's team placed way ahead of
the pack, and the men's team finished third.
The preview meet was in preparation
for the NAIA Region I Championships in
Portland, which took place this past weekend. UBC battled other universities in the
conference for the chance to go to the
nationals in Kentucky on November 20.
The conference that UBC competes in
is the strongest in the NAIA, said
Jedrzejek, who added that East Oregon,
Lewis-Clark State and Simon Fraser will
be tough competition.
Simon Fraser is having a good year,
with their men's team ranked second and
women's team ranked first But how serious is this rivalry?
Jedrzejek makes it abundantly clear that
it's SFU he wants to beat
"Well, we're in the same town, you want
to say that you're the winner," he said. "It's
the prestige."
The UBC women's cross-country team
is having a great year, currently ranked
fifth nationally. Shannon Elmer (second),
Heather McEwen (third), and Kristin Carpenter (ninth), all of whom finished in the
top ten in the preview meet, will be looked
upon for much of their success.
Jedrzekjek has higher goals in mind.
"Our goal is to be in the top three—
not discounting winning, of course," said
Jedrzejek.
As for the men's side, they are ranked
eleventh, a strong ranking since Jedrzejek
considers this to be a rebuilding year for
the men with the retirement of star veterans David Roulston and Jerry Ziak. Ziak
was cross-country champion last year and
only the second Canadian ever to win the
championship.
The men's side showed real promise
at the preview meet with two UBC runners placing in the top ten—Morgan Titus
finishing fifth and Jeff Symonds seventh.
Hopefully, the men's and women's teams can repeat last year's strong finish
and book their tickets to the nationals in
Louisville, barring any interruptions from
Mount St. Helens, of course. ♦
Over the past weekend the men's and
women's cross country teams competed
in the NAIA Region 1 championships. UBC
placed in the top three and earned their
spots in the NAIA championships, which
will take place November 20.
—with files from Eric Szeto
T-birds swim their
way into first place
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
SPORTS WRITER
Over the past weekend, the seven-time national champion UBC Thunderbirds hosted the
2004 College Cup at the UBC Aquatic Centre.
With Winter Nationals just around the corner,
the UBC Thunderbird swimmers took the College
Cup as an opportunity to give a preview of what
is to come ahead.
The Thunderbirds had strong representation
throughout all the events in the two-day competition, placing first in the men's and women's
division.
Matthew Huang and Caitlin Meredith highlighted day one, as each swimmer finished
first in the 200m individual medley and 100m
breaststroke.
"I performed pretty well and I'm happy with
it, but I'm more pleased with the team...[Our goal
is to] just keep improving, and have fun, and use
[this competition] as an opportunity to practice
later on,* said Huang.
The day was capped off by Malcolm Lavoie's
first place finish in the 800m freestyle. Lavoie
led the pack finishing with a time of 8:17:92.
Coach Derrick Schoof was pleased with the
way his team performed in the competition on
day one.
"We swam really quite well today for where
we are in our training program...We are doing a
really good job," said Schoof. "It's still very early
in preparation coming off the Olympics...but I
feel pretty good about what I see."
On day two of the College cup, the swimmers were more impressive, finishing strongly
in eveiy heat
The day started off well as both the women's and men's finished first in the 400x100m
medley.
The races became more intense as the day
went on, in the women's 200m breaststroke,
Haylee Johnson finished second, falling behind a
mere 0.18 seconds behind the leader.
The men's swim team finished the College
'It's still very early in
preparation coming off
the Olympics... but I feel
pretty good about what I
//
see.
—Derrick Schoof
UBC swimming coach
Cup with 502 points, placing first overall, and the
women's swim team victorious as well with 500
points.
Schoof, who was pleased with the results,
believes that this competition is a measuring
stick to how far the team still has to go.
"It's always good to measure yourself at
this point in time and we have used this competition may time in our preparation towards
the Winter Nationals," said Schoof. "Overall
result I think are encouraging but we still got
work to do. ♦_
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UBC field hockey claims top prize at Nationals
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
EDMONTON-Thirteen wins. That was all that
stood between the UBC women's field hockey
team and winning another national title at the
beginning of the season. By Sunday, their
lucky number turned to one—one win from
maintaining their perfect season and one
win from successfiilly defending their CIS
championship.
Hollywood producers couldn't think up a
better script going into Sunday's game. In the
past seven years, either UBC or UVic has won
the national title. A T-Birds win Sunday would
tie UVic for the most national field hockey titles
at ten. On top of that this game marked the
third time in the last three years that UBC and
UVic have squared off in the national championship. These two teams seemed destined to
play in the final.
Fortunately on Sunday, the field hockey
deities were in the Thunderbirds' favor as they
defeated the UVic Vikings 3-0.
Stephanie Quinn, who was by far the most
outstanding player in the tournament, amazed
all with her superb performance, scoring
twice, including the game winner.
'I've won two including this one, and this
one is by far the best team feeling...I've never
been on such an awesome team/ said Quinn.
UBC's defense, which had been the most
underrated part of the T-Birds play this season,
was phenomenonal. Goaltender Sarah Duggan
collected consecutive shutouts and allowed only
two goals in the whole tournament
Defenseman Christina De Pape, who was
taken to the hospital after taking a stick to the
head in Saturday's game against Toronto was
rock solid against UVic.
'There were a couple of stitches but I was
ready to go today. We played like a team and we
showed we really wanted it We have a lot of
heart/ said De Pape, who credited the rest of
the defense for a job well done.
With both teams struggling to play in the
extremely cold conditions on Sunday, the game
started in favour of UVic as they dominated the
first ten minutes of the game. A few early
chances for UVic had UBC on the ropes, but the
T-Birds prevailed as they were able to deflate
the UVic assault
UBC eventually came out of their shells, and
Quinn, who has been dutch all season for the
Birds, opened the scoring with a gorgeous shot
in front of the goal midway through the first
It was a rough start, said head coach Hash
Kanjee.
*We started off the [first] half and we did a
few individual things and at half time I said
'Lookyou guys, we got to pull this together* and
they started moving the ball around with confidence and it worked out/ explained Kanjee.
Snow began to fall in the second half and
UBC blitzed UVic, pressing hard in offensive
zone and receiving numerous short corner
chances.
Quinn once again made UVic see double as
she scored her second of the match, providing
UBC with a much-needed insurance marker.
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This would eventually go on to be the game
winner.
Player of the year Stephanie Jameson iced it
with seconds left by scoring the third tally of the
match.
Jameson commended UVic for their effort
*UVic really came to play as a team. They
lost some key players throughout the season in
this tournament and I think their young players
really stepped it up../ saidjameson. 'Give them
credit in the second half today, they really came
to play.*
UVic's head coach Lynne Beecroft was upset
because she couldn't dress her strongest lineup, something she believes could have turned
her team's fortunes.
*We had a national team player and two
national junior team players sitting on the
bench with torn ACLs and a wrecked shoulder/
she said.
'It's pretty hard when you have young kids
playing out of position because they had major
injuries.*
Nevertheless, Beecroft looks forward to
another all British Columbia CIS final next year.
*I hope we have a rematch next year. We
hope to be back.*
Kanjee, on the other hand, who has won
more titles than he count, will remember this
win for a long, long time.
'I've been coaching for quite some time
and I didn't win my first one since 1988/ said
Kanjee. 'To do it again back in Edmonton?
It's sweet* ♦
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Men's basketball off to 2-0 start
by Bobby Huang
SPORTS WRITER
Prior to their game against UBC, Lethbridge
Pronghorns basketball coach Mike Connolly said
that their strategy was to make every game they play
this year ugly and on Saturday night against the T-
Birds, he was true to his word.
Coming off a sloppy win against the Calgary
Dinos in their season-opener on Friday night, the
UBC men's basketball team extended their winning
streak to two games on Saturday evening by grinding out an 82-67 victory over the Pronghorns in a
slow-paced game plagued with fouls.
Third-year forward Ryder McKeown had a strong
game, scoring 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and
grabbing seven rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
'Ryder did a much better job of getting to the
hoop tonight and not avoiding contact in the lane/
said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. 'He needed a
breakout game and I think he got it*
UBC began the game by pounding the ball inside
to McKeown who scored a quick eight points in the
opening five minutes, but Lethbridge adjusted
defensively to deny the post game. This confused
the UBC offence.
'They tried to junk it up [with different defensive
strategies] and no matter how experienced your
team is you're going to make some fundamental
mistakes when the other team is changing it up that
much/ Hanson explained. That's not something
we see in our own division so it was tough for us to
adjust to that*
The Birds adjusted with a quick transition game
and some timely three-pointers by third-year guard
Casey Archibald who responded from an off night
against the Dinos with 17 points against the Horns.
Fifth-year forward Peter Wauthy and fifth-year
guard Corey Ogilvie had gritty performances.
Wauthy posted six points and eight rebounds, six of
them offensive.
Ogilvie scored 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting, with
five rebounds, five assists and a career-high four
blocks.
'Every time I look and need a rebound there's
Corey [Ogilvie] ripping it down or Pete [Wauthy's]
body flying on the floor/ exclaimed Hanson.
Wauthy's hard-nosed play was praised by his
teammates as well.
'Peter is just an animal on the boards and you
can't go wrong with a guy like that on your team/
said fourth-year guard Jordan Yu.
The T-Birds demonstrated a well-balanced
offence, scoring 34 points in the paint while shooting over 50 per cent from beyond the arc. Lethbridge didn't help their own cause, as UBC was
able to capitalise by scoring 38 points off the Horns'
27 turnovers.
'I'm pleased that we took care of business and
grabbed two wins in our own gym/ said Hanson. 'If
you are going to be a competitor in this conference,
you have to win at home/
UBC prepares to host cross-town rival SFU
Thursday before visiting Burnaby for the second
game of the home-and-home series Saturday. ♦
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Fizzled
The T-Birds football dreams of a Vanier Cup were
crushed as they were bla-     VOlleytUn
nked by Saskatchewan 39-0
Saturday.
UBC's offense fluttered as
tailback Andre Sadeghian
was the only source of attack.
He managed to run for 81
yards, but fumbled twice.
Quarterback Blake Smelser, who had an outstanding year, fizzled as he threw
for 96 yards and three interceptions.
The women's volleyball team extended their unbeaten
streak to six as they swept
Trinity Western over the
weekend.
On Friday, the Birds beat
the Spartans in four sets.
This marked only the second
time in six matches that they
have lost a set
The men split their weekend against Alberta losing in
straight sets on Friday and
beating the Bears in five on
Saturday.
Three-feated
UBC women's soccer lost
their CanWest semi-final to
Calgary on Saturday. With
seconds left in extra time,
Calgary scored the game
winning goal, officially ending UBC's hopes for a three-
peat
Keeper Kelly McNabney
took a pair of cleats to the
head just before the end of
the first half. She was taken
to hospital and was treated
for a concussion and facial
injuries.
Sunday's bronze medal
game between UBC and UVic
was cancelled due to poor
field conditions.
Breakin'even
The women's basketball
team started off their season
on Friday night with a loss to
fifth-ranked Calgary, 71-62.
Saturday, UBC squared off
against Lethbridge and
defeated them 81-62. Guard
Sheila Townsend led the way
collecting 25 points, five
assists and four steals. The
Birds play Thursday at War
Memorial versus SFU. ♦

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