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Wednesday, November 13, 2002
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Going abroad for peace
and sustainability
UBC students attend conferences in Japan
on global issues
by John McCrank
Two UBC students were recently
chosen to attend two student conferences in Japan that focused on sustainable development and human
Out of over 50 applications,
Rebecca Best, a fifth-year environmental sciences major, and
Siu-Kae Yeong, a fifth-year engineering/English literature major, were
chosen by a committee at
Ritsumeikan House to travel to
Japan. There, they attended the
World Students' Summit in Beppu,
between October 29 and 31, and the
World Students' Peace Forum in
Kyoto on November 1 and 2.
The conferences, organised by
students from Ritsumeikan
University (with which UBC oper
ates a joint academic program),
brought together around 300 students from 82 universities in 45 different countries, allowing an opportunity for participants to create a
global student network to address
pressing global issues.
"You meet so many people from
all over the world," said Yeong,
"with different cultural perspectives
on a whole tonne of different global
issues, and it's really exciting,
because it changes the way you view
things too."
The conference was structured
around ten workshops, containing
around 30 people per workshop. "I
was in the workshop [entitled 'Coexistence of Man and Nature']", said
Best, "in which the main focus was
trying   to   figure   out   the   links
See "Conference"page 4.
NEWS: Take back the night
People march through downtown streets calling for freedom
from violence. Page 3.
SPORTS: All the way to
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The women soccer Birds win the
national title; and the Ubyssey's
Jesse Marchand was there.
Pages 6-7.
CULTURE: Theatre at UBC!
Innovative Falstaff project
Page 11.
by Chris Shepherd
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has
submitted a request to UBC for
$50,000 a year for the next three
years to help support and expand
the Safewalk program that the society runs on campus.
"Campus safety is definitely a
partnership," said AMS Vice-
President Christopher Lythgo,
explaining why the university
should help with the program.
Safewalk is an AMS-run program
that provides teams of two walkers
(one male and one female) who
escort students, faculty, staff and
visitors to their on-campus destinations during the night In addition
to walking teams, Safewalk also provides bike teams and a shuttle van
service that was introduced this
"I think the university is very
See "Safewalk"page 4.
1 J
woman hassled
because she
was born in Iran
by Kathleen Deering
Canadian woman Behnaz Tehrani-
Ami decided not to travel to the'TJS
last week because she was questioned by US customs officials at
Vancouver International Airport, an
experience she described as
Tehrani-Ami, a research consultant, and her husband Stephen J.
Barnes, a psychology PhD student
at UBC were on their way to
Orlando, Florida. Barnes was invited to present at the Society of
Neuroscience Conference.
Tehrani-Ami was questioned
and asked to register at the pre-
clearance facility by US immigration officers after they looked at her
passport and realised she was born
in Iran.
Tehrani-Ami and Barnes were
hesitant to travel to the US because
Iran is one of five Muslim countries
making up a US-developed anti-ter-
rorist target list People who were
born in these countries could be
subject to interrogation by US officials when travelling to the US.
But on October 31, Minister of
Foreign Affairs Bill Graham told the
House of Commons the regulations
had been changed. Visitors carrying
Canadian passports, regardless of
where they were born, would be
treated as Canadian citizens, and
US authorities had stated they
wouldn't fingerprint, photograph
and register Canadian visitors
because they were born in one of
the five countries on the list
"We weren't sure if we could go
or not, and then on [Thursday the
See "Profiling"page 4.
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by Stephen Hui
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-Students at
some BC universities may never
have to open another e-mail entitled
"Add three to four inches," "Lose 50
pounds free," or "Moms who want
horny sex' again.
Simon Fraser University (SFU)
has installed software called Spam
Assassin on its e-mail server, and
the University of Victoria (UVic)
intends to follow suit
All e-mail passing through the
server is analysed by the program
for content characteristics common in unsolicited bulk e-mail and
an appropriate score is assigned to
the message. If the score is five or.
more, the subject ofthe message is
modified to include the phrase
"**SPAM"." Users have the option
of automatically filtering out e-
mails marked as such, or can construct their own filters based on a
certain score.
Frances Atkinson, associate
director of SFU Academic
Computing Services, says the software was installed to combat high
spam levels. About one-third of
incoming mail to the university is
"It's a huge waste of people's
time," Atkinson said.
The associate director does not
think users will have any problems
with the software, with the exception that some messages will be
mistakenly labelled as spam.
"There may be some false positives," Atkinson said. "It may designate a message as spam that isn't
actually spam. As far we can tell
we're running at about 90 to 95 per
cent accuracy."
The universify also subscribes to
the Open Relay Database. It contains
a list of servers that allow open
relaying since these servers are
often exploited by spammers as conduits for junk e-mails. UVic also
uses the database in addition to
three other blacklists.
SFU English student Allison Lee
says the anti-spam efforts have not
had any effect on her.
"It makes no difference to me,"
Lee said. "I don't get spam in my e-
mail anywav." ♦
Serving it up for
a worthy cause
Night of a Thousand
Dinners approaches
by Celine Asril
This December, people will have a
chance to help others across the
world deal with the horrors of landmines simply by having friends over
for dinner and charging them for it
Called the Night of a Thousand
Dinners (NTD), the fundraising
event is organised by the Canadian
Landmine Foundation (CLF) in conjunction with the United Nations
Association ofthe USA and is scheduled to happen on December 5.
The proceeds from the dinners—
which the host determines by setting a price—go towards the Adppt-A-
Minefield program, a group that
raises funds for mine clearance and
survivor assistance.
"The beauty of [NTD] is that anyone and everyone can participate,"
a press release about the NTD stated. Although there is an official
date, the dinner can be held at the
convenience of the host Last year
33 countries all over the world took
part in this event.
People came together on that
night to "alleviate the destruction
of this horrific [invention],* Frank
O'Dea, president ofthe CLF said. A
noteable example was an 11-year-
old boy in Ottawa who raised $350
by hosting a dinner.
The first annual NTD garnered
high profile receptions. In Ottawa
Governor General Adrienne
Clarkson and Deputy Prime
Minister John Manley hosted a dinner. In Washington, Secretary of
State Colin Powell attended a dinner, and in London support was
shown by Sir Paul McCartney and
Heather Mills McCartney.
The proceeds ofthe 2001 dinner
went to various countries such as
Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Cambodia, Croatia, Mozambique
and Vietnam. The same countries
will be benefiting this year. Total
proceeds came to $1.5 million, and
the CLF hopes to raise $1.9 million
this year.
Despite having reached out to
countries all over the world, NTD
hopes to raise university students'
awareness regarding this event.
Leon Ong, a third-year computer
science student at UBC, said that he
will definitely participate, "as long
as it is for a good cause".
"Let's bring the world together
for a good cause," espoused
Those interested in learning
more can visit the NTD website at
www.1000dinners.com. ♦
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www.ubyssey.hc.ca THE UBYSSEY
"We are asking
For a change"
Vancouver women
take to the streets
to march against
fear and violence
by Krista McFadden
Despite persistent rain, around 300 self-identified women gathered at Library Square last
Friday night in order to take part in the annual Take Back the Night march.
The participants gathered to speak out
against violent acts towards women and
march unafraid though the downtown core,
concluding the event on the corner of West
Hastings and Carrall Street
The all-female event began in Belgium in
1973 in response to incidents of sexual
assault and has been a well-attended international event ever since. This year, the march
was organised by the Coalition for Concerned
Women and headed by Geraldine Glattstein,
executive director of Women Against Violence
Against Women (WAVAW).
"The purpose [of the march]," said
Glattstein, "is to demand that perpetrators of
violence against women, the batterers, the
rapists, the murders, be held responsible for
their actions, and we are asking for change."
She'also stated that the march is intended
to increa'se community awareness of violence
against women and to serve as a collective
voice for all women who are and have been
silenced by violence.
The focus was also political: women chanted "take back the province' just as often as
"take back the night* Many of the speakers
protested Liberal cuts to social services such
as WAVAW's 24-hour crisis line and demand
ed that money be spent on preventing atrocities from occurring.
"The provincial government has abandoned women in the province of British
Columbia...[the] cutbacks in so many areas are
having a devastating effect on women who
face violence in this province," said speaker
Angela Schira, secretary treasurer of the BC
Federation of Labour.
"The government is spending $20 million
to sort out DNA samples from a pile of dirt
while they are cutting services, and we need
services way before we become DNA," said
Glattstein in reference to the investigations at
the Pickton pig farm.
Summer McFadyen, representing the
Canadian Federation of Students, briefly
addressed the issue of violence against college-aged women.
One third of women at college and university will be sexually assaulted while at school,
she stated. Like many of the speakers,
McFadyen also spoke about the provincial government's lack of support for women.
"I think that the provincial government is
attacking women," said McFadyen. "They are
taking away all the services that women rely on
and it is women at the end ofthe day who make
sure that their families are taken care of."
This year marks the first year that transgendered women were included in the march.
"As feminists, we believe women are self-
defined and we invite our transgendered sisters to be a part [of the march] because the
women's movement I belong to is an inclusive
one," stated Glattstein.
"Transgendered women are more subject
to violence in these streets...and when [transgendered women] disappear our sisters don't
know where we've gone and our mothers and
true sisters don't acknowledge it We're the
ones the reports don't get filed on," said speaker Robin Ariel.
While crowd members attended for various reasons, many women voiced personal
experiences as the reason for joining the
march. Thirty-year-old Christina Addario stat-
SPREADING THE WORD: An unidentified woman talks at Take Back The Night.
ed, "Personally, I'm.tired of feeling fear in the single mother Tammy Lynne related a stoiy
community, in interactions with men. When I about being refused help in the welfare line,
feel put down I feel like I'm silenced and I'm She said, "The people that need the help are
fed up." encouraged not to get it and I think that that is
Twenty-seven-year-old aspiring actress and an infringement on people's dignity." ♦
UBC PhD student wins medical research award
by Jose S. Velasquez
"I'm happily surprised at all the
attention that I'm getting—it's really nice," Brett Abrahams, a PhD student at UBC, modestly replied
when asked how he feels about his
recent academic success.
Abrahams recently won the
Lionel E. McLeod prize, a $7600
research scholarship that the
Alberta Heritage Foundation for
Medical Research annually awards
to one exceptional student at the
Universities of Alberta, Calgary or
British Columbia. Abrahams is the
ninth such recipient to receive this
"[It is] an incredible honour to
receive this award [and] the award
ceremony was really nice—it was a
wonderful experience," he said.
Abrahams' research focuses on
a nuclear receptor gene (NR2E1) in
the developing brain and eye, and
aims to discover its effects on
aggressive brain development and
behaviour. He described this gene
as being "very high in the hierarchy
of turning [other] genes on and
off...it's an important gene that has
a lot of downstream effects."
When asked what society can
one day expect from his research,
he replied, "As it stands, we hope to
learn about some of the basic
mechanisms underlying brain
Dr Alison Buchan, associate
dean of research at the Faculty of
Medicine, describes Abrahams as
"an outstanding student"
Abrahams did not always know
which academic path he would
take. He never had a predilection
for the sciences in high school, and
never considered a career in medical research.
In fact, Abrahams began his
undergraduate career in religious
studies, a big leap from the neuro-
science work he's currently doing.
When questioned why he started
with religious studies, he replied, "I
like thinking about big questions,
but I got frustrated at not having
concrete answers." He completed
his undergrad career with a BSc,
majoring in psychology.
The people that most impacted
his academic life were Kit Murato,
his grade six English teacher, Ron
Albert, his grade nine music
teacher, and Dr Richard Beninger,
a psychology professor at Queen's
University who inspired him to
pursue   an  interest in  science.
Today Abrahams is on his way to still learning,* he replied. His hob-
completing his hard-earned PhD in bies of yoga and drawing help him
neuroscience. out as well, while his girlfriend.
For being such a busy Lisa Oppheim, holds him account-
researcher, how does he manage to able whenhe immerses himself too
keep a balanced life? "I guess I'm deeply in his work.
HE'S FIGURING YOUR INSIDES OUT: Brett Abrahams in the lab.
Oppheim agreed, "We try our
best to take at least one day off
together a week and do something
that makes us happy."
Despite being so busy,
Abrahams, whose childhood hero
was the Fonz, still finds enough
time to watch Law and Order and
The Bachelor. Yet, there are some
down sides to all his work. As
Abrahams said, "Sometimes science doesn't allow for balance."
When asked where he pictures
himself in five years he laughed,
"All things going well, I'll have
graduated—that'll be really excit-
ing-and hopefully [I'll] be as excited
as I am now, and be doing more
How would he like the world to
remember him one day? "I'd be
surprised if it does," he said. "I'll be
happy if I'm not remembered for
anything. If I were remembered for
something, I'd like to be remembered for being a good, fair, honest
and generous person, and not
just [remembered] for my
His life's ultimate goal is "to
have fun and be happy," and he
plans to continue his research in
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"Profiling" from page 1.
federal government] said they had
revoked that policy so we thought
we'd go ahead and see what happened/ said Tehrani-Ami.
The couple got their boarding
passes, and went to US customs.
"The officer looked at my passport
that says T_>orn in Iran', and asked
me a few questions about that and
sent me over for further questioning,* said Tehrani-Ami.
She said all the questions were
about her birthplace. "It was basically 'when did I come to Canada',
Tiave I gone back', 'do I have family
there', 'do I plan to go back in the
They were sent to the waiting
room. Officials then told her she
would have to register before she
could, enter the US. Registering is a
procedure which involves another
interview, fingerprinting and having one's photo taken.
Tehrani-Ami protested, citing
Graham's statement as a reason this
wasn't necessary.
"It's not that I have something to
hide,* she said. "I just...find itinsult-
ing and racist basically, that because
I am born in a certain country...that
I need to register.*
Tehrani-Ami and Barnes then
told the customs officer that they
would no longer be travelling to the
US, and were sent back to the waiting room.
She was again questioned alone
and sent back to the waiting room.
An immigration officer then came
up to the couple. "She said people
who have something to hide don't
want to be fingerprinted," said
Tehrani-Ami, "and that because we
were in the US they still needed to
finish the registration process."
But Barnes argued because they
were still in the preclearance facility,
they were still on Canadian soil. In a
later Globe and Mail article, Reynald
Doiron, a spokesman at the Foreign
Affairs Department, confirmed the
US preclearance areas at Canada's
international airports are on
Canadian soil, and people who
decide not to board a US-bound flight
have the right to leave unhindered.
Tehrani-Ami was still made to
sign a form that says she refused to
complete the screening process. "It
also tells me that if I tried to cross
the border on land, driving, the car
could be seized. And if I tried to
enter next time, I may be denied
The couple was then allowed to
leave the airport
Tehrani-Ami said the couple
wouldn't have attempted to travel to
the US if Minister Graham had not
made his statment
Barnes said they have received
much support from the community.
"People from the university, like the
Vice President of Research [Indira
Samarasekera], she got back to me
with a letter.*
Samarasekera could not be
reached by press time. However,
Scott Macrae, director of Public
Affairs, was able to comment on the
university's behalf. "It clearly is a
concern with the university," he
said. "Really, a lot of our concern
will be voiced by the [Association of
Universities     and    Colleges     of
Chris Fennell, Graduate Student
Society (GSS) representative on the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) student
council, said the issue of racial profiling is especially relevent to a large
research university like UBC. Some
grad students at UBC, he said, are
born in one ofthe five Muslim countries listed. "As graduate studentfs],*
he said, 'our entire career is based
on our ability to present our work.
We have to present our work to
show it's been accepted by our
He is currently writing a letter of
support in conjunction with the
AMS to send to the university and
show their support. He said because
the AMS represents thousands of
UBC students who could potentially
be affected by racial profiling, it is
their responsibility to comment on
the incident He would also like to
see grad students offer their support
and will bring the issue up at the
next GSS meeting.
Tehrani-Ami is trying to figure
out what will go on her permanent
records, and wrote a letter to the
Department of Foreign Affairs to see
if her rights as a Canadian citizen
were violated, as well as to the US
consulate in Vancouver.
She has yet to hear back from
The couple was not refunded
their airline tickets, hotel reservations or conference fees. "I just want
people to know that the rights they
have, they can exercise their rights,"
said Tehrani-Ami. "If you don't want
to be fingerprinted you have the
right to turn back." ♦
"Safewalk" from page 1.
supportive7<if Y Safewalk,*, said
Executive Coordinator for me Vice
President's Office Michelle Aucoin.
"And we think it's a very important initiative," Aucoin added. "It is
an AMS initiative and in terms of
their request for funding we'll have
to work our way though it"
The AMS has made the request
because fiscal restraints on the society prevent it from meeting
increased usage. Previously the
Safewalk program was partially
funded by grants that are not guaranteed to be available next year.
Those grants contributed just over
$18,000 to Safewalk last year. With
that fiinding coming to an end, the
AMS is trying to find new money to
sustain existing service and to also
help expand Safewalk.
"The bigge st thing too, is... [the university does] pride [itself] on the service," Lythgo added, citing the fact that
the Safewalk service is mentioned by
the university in various circumstances such as recruitment advertisements and at the Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts.
"So basically what we're asking
.for is that.the university enter mto a
partnership with us to assist us in
providing abetter service and a more
enhanced service,* added Lythgo.
The added money would be used
to sustain the program's operating
costs as well as enhance the service.
These enhancements include adding
an extra team per night, improving
the communications by joining an
existing radio system on campus,
and building a second dispatch area
in the south end of campus that is
currently seeing a lot of development
by the university.
Safewalk is primarily funded by
money collected from students and
by money generated by the society's
Currently operating with a budget
of $198,551, Safewalk is the most
heavily funded service the AMS provides. Approximately $138,500 of
the budget goes towards paying the
Safewalk staff, who make between
$8.50 to $10 an hour.
Safewalk, which was created in
1994, has seen an increase in usage
since the beginning of the program
and especially over the last fewyears.
For .the. 2001^02. school -year
Safewalk served 5502 clients and
had to turn away almost 200 because
of a lack of staff.
Liz King, coordinator of Safewalk,
said if the university does not agree
to the request Safewalk will not really suffer.
"It just doesn't let us grow, and
that's going to be a problem as the
campus continues to grow," King
In the letter sent to the university
last week outlining the society's
request the AMS wrote that should
UBC not provide funds, Safewalk
would face the possibility of reducing its presence on campus and
could be forced to consider user fees
for non-student clients.
The AMS hopes to have a
response from the university by
March 1 so that it can make appropriate decisions for when it makes
its budget for the following year.
At press time, Aucoin was unable
to say when the university would
have a response ready for the AMS. •>
"Conference" from page 1.
between human security and sustainable development..It was really
interesting just hearing students
from China and Japan talk about the
environmental issues on their campuses and what people are doing in
terms of education."
Yeong was in the 'Society and
Health' workshop, which was primarily looking at issues related to
"[I]n the room, there were people
who in Ghana worked with the UN,"
recalled Yeong, "they were just students, but they would go out and
educate people in Ghana about AIDS
education, safe sex—using a condom—and they were really passionate about it"'
Each workshop generated a one-
page general statement summarising the issues discussed, and a final
declaration followed, tying everything together, and giving an
overview of what the students found
to be important (go to
www2 4.brinkster.com/studentssum-
mit/about.htm to read the statement).
On the final day of the Summit,
students were required to submit an
Individual Action Plan, which clearly
states how s/he will carry out a chosen project that will contribute to the
establishment of human security
and sustainable development
"I'm really interested in sustainability", said Best regarding her plan,
"I'm working in the [UBC]
Sustainability Office on a program
called the Sustainability Pledge,
which is an effort to get students to
commit to involving sustainability in
their individual lives and having
increased sustainability in their communities—and giving them lots of
resources to do that*
The second summit that the students attended was the World
Students' Peace Forum, where students listened to keynote speakers
talk on issues such as the role of
NGO's in today's world, different cultural perspectives on globalisation,
and women in war.
Both Best and Yeong strongly
encourage UBC students to visit the
Sustainability Office's website at
www.sustain.ubc.ca where they can
sign the pledge, gain information
and resources regarding sustainability and to send a message to the university to act with future generations
in mind. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Experts discuss concerns surrounding genetic testing
by Janet French
Health-policy research experts voiced their
concerns about genetic testing and the
claims that pharmaceutical companies make
about their effectiveness lastYFriday at the
15th Annual Health Policy Conference held
at the University Golf Club.
Hosted by UBC's Centre for Health
Services and Policy Research (CHAP),
"Genetic Testing: Help, Hope or Hype" featured scientific and policy speakers who
were especially troubled by the latter.
They said tests are not a cost-effective
form of disease prevention, and the aggressive marketing campaigns that sell them are
a cause for concern.
Genetic testing is performed to confirm
or rule out the presence of a known mistake,
called a mutation, in a person's genes.
Genetic tests are usually performed when
many family members have been afflicted
with a hereditary disease or if a genetic counsellor feels a patient has a high risk of developing a disease.
Although genetic testing helps predict the
risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular
disease and other medical conditions, Helen
Wallace, the deputy director ofthe health policy group GeneWatch UK, said environmental impacts play a larger role in causing disease.
"If you choose to focus your efforts on the
gene, you will perhaps ignore the majority of
people who are going to get [sick],* said
Discovering a genetic mutation does not
guarantee the onset of disease, said Wallace,
and funding would be better spent on campaigns preventing smoking and obesity,
which put a larger number of people at a
moderate risk for illness. Wallace also said
she is concerned a stigma of weakness will
be attached to those who test positive for
potential disease-causing mutations.
Aggressive promotion of commercial
genetic tests can incite fear, said CHAP staff
researcher Barbara Mintzes who is completing her PhD at UBC in health care and epidemiology. Mintzes said television and magazine advertisements for genetic testing target the healthy population with scare tactics.
These adverts are not regulated in the US as
they are in Canada.
Mintzes showed a television commercial
launched recently in the US by Myriad
Genetics depicting healthy women musing
aloud about their predisposition to developing breast cancer. Myriad holds the patent
for the genetic test for breast cancer in the
US, Canada and the UK. Selling for $3850
each, Mintzes says Myriad is trying to
expand the market for their tests to low-risk
consumers with this message: 'Think you're
healthy? You've got to be kidding."
Mintzes was also disturbed to discover
the test kits aren't regulated by the US Food
and Drug Administration or by Health
Canada. Only their individual components
have been approved for use.
Despite concerns from the public that
patenting genetic materials causes monopolies in the biotech industry, the Canadian
government and universities are pushing for
research that can be commercialised, said
health law professor Tim Caulfield.
An assistant professor at the University of
Alberta, Caulfield said patents on genetic
tests have been allowed because they stimulate economic growth and promote innovation from competing researchers. He would
like to see a compromise between, industry
and government by the dissemination of
fewer patents for genetic tests that would be
in effect for longer periods of time.
"We need publicly funded research without commercial influence," said Caulfield. ♦
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Men splits women sweep
by Sarah Conchie
Kelsey Blair had her first radio interview on Friday
night The Argyle grad and starting forward on the
women's basketball team certainly had reason to be
snapped up by 1he CiTR commentators after her
astonishing 13-rebound performance in Fridays
matchup against the Alberta Pandas. Blair, who
joined the Thunderbird ranks after a succesful high-
school career with the provincially ranked Pipers,
helped UBC beat the Pandas on both nights, contributing 15 points under the boards to Friday's 73-
65 victory.
Although scoring was infuriatingly even through-
" "dut the first half; veteraii Braiidie Spiers rallied with -
r Isn points ifi her TS minutes ori the court keeping
the Birds in the game. And while Alberta had the
height advantage with three post players over six
feet UBC compensated with excellent bade door
passes to Blair, and some beautiful outside shots
- from Sheila Townsend, who returns to the UBC line-
4 up as the veteran rainmaker and the new playmaker.
Sinking three consecutive three pointers in the sec-
; ond halt Townsend capitalised on Panda confusion
and urged her teammates on to rack up 39 points in
the second hal£
"I knew we'd be in for a little bit of battle and a little bit of a coin toss as far as what was going to happen in the game,* said Thunderbirds' coach Deb
Huband. 'Our defence has been outstanding this
year, and we're able to put a little bit more pressure
on all positions.' she concluded. Saturday, UBC pressured the Pandas all the way to a 61-56 win, with
Carrie Watson (17 points) and Townsend (15) putting
up the biggest numbers for the Birds.
In the inen's first game against the Alberta
Golden Bears on Friday, Kyle Russell UBC's very own
legend, lived up to expectations with a 2 7 point showing. But he wasn't backed by the rest ofthe team, and
with Alberta giants Scherer and Sudol scoring a combined total of 38 points, UBC lost the opener 87-83.
Saturday was a better representation of what the
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IN THE PAINT. Coach Huband lays down the
winning formula for the Birds, (top). Pete
Hodson soars over Alberta for the dunk, kris
men are capable of, as much-touted rookie Karlo
Villanueva came alive after a one point performance
on Friday to register 16 points for the Birds, adding
to recently healed Cory Oigilvie's 22. Villanueva,
Oligive and Kyle Russell all spent 36 minutes on the
court, but it was veteran Pat McKay who squeaked
past the final buzzer to win the game 82-81, after capturing the rebound from Russell's wide shot
Both UBC teams will host the Trinity Western
Spartans November 15 and 16 in the War Memorial
Gym. Tipoffs are at 6:15pm and 8pm. ♦
Alberta however, as the
Edmonton Golden Bears easily
iced six winning sets on both
nights. The Birds are now 1-5, and
have just two points in the
Mountain Division of the Canada
West conference, while the Bears
are undefeated with 12 points.
Saturday, keeping Manitoba out of
the net after just one goal.
The women held onto their number one spot in the country
despite losing three straight sets
to the Dinos in Calgary on
Saturday night
Friday saw the Birds prevail in
three out of four sets against
Calgary, who are currently eighth
in the CIS.
The men found no joy in
The bad news is that the
women's hockey team lost twice
this weekend. The good news is
that although the Birds let eleven
goals slide past their posts on
Friday night, goaltender Lucie
Fortin had to contend with no less
than 54 shots on goal from the
. Manitoba Bisons, and she stopped
43 of them. UBC defenders finally
got their sticks on the ice on
The switch from the premier
league of the BC Rugby Union to
the first division has kept the UBC
men's rugby team in the habit of
winning, going 5-0. The points
keep piling up, with the blowout
66-0 match against the local club
team, the Scribes, and the 215
points for and only 43 points
scored against the Birds so far this
year. See them in action this com-
ing weekend on Wolfson Field vs.
Bayside at 2:30pm.
The women seem to have for^
gotten their painful Canada West
tour \$th an 8-5 win over
Capiliano on Saturday. ♦
Eyes on
by Jesse Marchand
After driving through rain and dense fog sans sleep, the
5 am arrival in snowy Edmonton was hardly welcoming.
Things worsened when we found out that Foote Field
was not the usual turf of the Alberta Pandas. With a man
at the wheel, we couldn't stop for directions until we had
been lost for 20 minutes. Finally, after questioning a
parking attendant, we arrived.
Watching the first game from the stands and experiencing first hand the freezing weather conditions made
us appreciate the media/VIP room. Indoors, we were
offered free coffee, chili, and snacks while the brave
spectators endured frozen metal seats, no heat and
expensive cups of hot chocolate.
This is a tournament?
The Friday games remained so low-key that it was
hard to believe this was the nationals. Yes, the stadium
was fancy, but there was only one ball girl on each side
and the main fan base consisted of the UBC men's volleyball team, who were also in town.
The weekend games were much more high-profile,
as one ball girl turned to six on each side, a French commentator echoed the English play-by-play, and Patches,
the Panda's mascot egged on the crowd. Too bad
Patches only showcased Panda pride for 15 minutes and
only for the benefit ofthe numerous television cameras
at the final.
The competition
For the Eaistern conference teams, the freezing rain
didn't seem to be a problem—their uniforms included
long Johns instead of knee-high socks.
While Laval's Rouge et Or, easily beat Queen's Golden
Gaels, the weekend was largely unpredictable. Alberta,
who didn't even make it to the Canada West tournament, outwitted Laval, changing a guaranteed host berth
at the nationals into a well-earned spot in the gold medal
Goingior bronze
It was Laval versus Western Ontario,' and the teams
were so evenly matched that neither was able to grab a
goal until Laval scored in overtime. Both teams showed
they deserved to be there, but Laval proved their second-
place ranking was justified, winning the bronze medal.
What makes a winner?
Rosalyn Hicks—forward
"We didn't want to change anything, change the way
we were playing or adjust...we just focused on 'let's play
our game, let's not change anything because that's what
got us here in the first place."
'Our defense was so solid...[Alberta is] threatening
up front but we contained them, and our midfield
played awesome and distributed to the forwards.'
Sarah Rej^n—striker
'We all came together and worked together, it was
awesome. Lots of support from everyone—that was the
biggest thing I think.'
Pasley Edmonds—defence
"Twenty-two people—right from the coaching staff, to
the bench, everybody on the field—played so well this
season and so consistently...it's only fitting that this is
the way it would end.'
Sarah Nanneiy—defence
'Most of all, I think people just focused on the game.'
Changing ofthe guard
What better way to end a university soccer career
than with a national gold medal? Team captain Kristine
Jack, centre midfielder Lianne McHardy, defender
Pasley Edmonds, and midfielder Lyanne Westie are
leaving the UBC bench with an enviable legacy after five-
years of stellar play. ♦
UBC women's
soccer team wins
first national
championship in
nine years
by Jesse Marchand
Edmonton—The sky was blue, the field was
green, the air was cold and the animosity
was evident. Although the Pandas' had
talked down to UBC in the Edmonton Sun
that morning, they would soon eat their
own words when UBC forward Rosalyn
Hicks scored the golden goal, winning the
final match of the year, and taking home a
well-deserved championship banner.
As the starting line-ups took to the field it
became obvious that neither team was taking any chances. Both started their veteran
players and star rookies.
"They play with that front three," said
UBC coach Dick Mosher ofthe Pandas starting stars AishafarAlfa, CherylCormack and
Tracy Beechey. 'We knew we'd have to neutralise that somehow."
Soon after opening kickoff, the Pandas
wiped the field with UBC, trapping the Birds
in their own end. After winning the kickoff.
Alberta quickly put UBC on the defensive.
Although UBC had beateriAlberta in the
regular season 7-1 and 4-0, tlie Pandas suddenly possessed the same strength that won
them the national title lastyear.
*We sort of talked about the fact that we
had played Alberta before, and beat them,'
said midfielder Lyanne Westie of UBC's pre-
game preparation, 'and that didn't really
have any bearing on the game today,' she
added. 'Alberta is an amazing playoff team,
and in the first five minutes when suddenly
we were on our heels, we know they did
exactly what we expected them to do.'
The fact that the title match was being
fought over by two Canada West teams
came as no surprise to UBC defender Pasley
Edmonds. "The west is a very,very strong
league,' she said.
"I'm not surprised that Alberta was in
the final with us,' agreed defender Sarah
Nannery. "I think it's good that both teams
were representing Canada West'
Despite Alberta's renewed strength and
championship history, UBC began to turn
the pressure around, and in the 24th
minute, centre midfielder Lianne McHardy
scored the first goal by catching a header
from forward Rosalyn Hicks.
While it looked like UBC was about to
begin their usual scoring streak, the Pandas
had other plans. UBC's lead lasted only four
minutes before U of A's best striker, veteran
Aishatu Alfa, caught a rebound and headed
the ball past UBC keeper Hanna Shoichet
"I could feel the pressure when they
pressed up on us," said Shoichet "They
were real fast and aggressive, but the only
real attack that they had was crosses.'
Alberta's preferred strategy was right up
Schoichet's alley. "I knew that one of my
goals for this game was to get up and pick
'up off the crosses.'
At the 30-minute mark, panic seeped in
as UBC missed several opportunities to
shoot through faulty crosses and foot fumbles.
Then the unthinkable happened as two
heads collided over the same ball in the
32nd minute and veteran Lyanne Westie
1 was taken out of the game. This led to five
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minutes of play where UBC was down one
player as substitute Chelsea Hampton struggled to take out her multiple earrings before
getting onto the field.
This also led to injury time at the end of
the first half. A body check against
Schoichet caused a yellow card for Alberta
and penalty kick for UBC. The Birds were
unable to capitalise, and Panda keeper
Laurie Reid blocked the shot
"We created chance after chance after
chance,' said UBC team captain Kristine
Jack, "[but] as soon as we let them advance
a little bit, they caused a lot of trouble.'
In the second half UBC allowed little
Panda advancement Injuries were plentiful
as too many Alberta checks tore at Jack's
knee. Too proud to leave the field herself,
she was pulled in the 54th Tr.rni.tA when
Coach Mosher saw she was hurting badly.
Jack said it felt awful to sit out the rest of
the game because of the injury but added
that she 'really wasn't doing the team too
much good hobbling around."
Losing Jack was a blow to UBC, but it
gave her substitute, rpokie - forward
Adrianne Williams, a chance to play in what
UBC midfielder Lyanne Westie called a 'crucial battle."
The Pandas had the chance to win the
game in the 66th minute with a penalty kick
of their own, but couldn't outwit Canada
West Rookie ofthe Year Hannah Shoichet
Regulation time ended.with both teams
looking confident but the Pandas must
have remembered that the Thunderbirds
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Sunday's gold medal match, shawn benbow/the gateway photo
were a comeback team, winning two
Canada West championship games after
regulation time had ended, and defeating
Western in injury time on Friday.
"In other years, if we were down two-
nothing we probably would have ended it
two-nothing,' saidLWestie of gast UBC play.,,
ing style. "Whereas this year, if we were
down two-nothing we scored two goals in
the last ten minutes."
Rosalyn Hicks wasn't worried. "Being
tied in the national final in overtime anything can happen," said the fourth-year forward. 'I was confident but not relieved
until we put it away."
And UBC, true to form, came back. Only
two minutes into overtime Hicks scored.
giving the Thunderbirds the national title
for the first time since 1993, and only the
third time in UBC women's soccer history.
' "The level of commitment that the girls
showed right from August the 12 th [the
beginning of the season] is what caused
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Coach Mosher after the game. He added
that the work was distributed evenly and
every team member had something to be
proud of.
"I think our team played really well
together as a unit," said midfielder
Heather Smith. "We knew we could dp it
and we knew that if we came out and
played what we were capable of, we could
take the title." ♦
Semi-final success
by Jesse Marchand
Edmonton—Playing the first fflme ofthe CIS
national championship tournament, UBC
and St Mary's were the first to by and use
cleats on artificial turf in subzero Edmonton
Thursday's outcome was set early in the
game and proved consistent with UBC's play
all season. Just three minutes in, team captain Kristine Jack scored the first goal for
UBC. She wasn't about to let the game end
thera however, and in the 35th minute Jack
scored her second goal, assisted by fellow
midfielder Heather Smith
"We were pretty well able to dictate the
play in [the] game," said UBC coach Dick
Mosher, and while half-time ended with a 2-
0 lead for UBC, the women were not going to
give the Huskies any chance for a comeback.
Striker Sarah Regan increased the gap by
scoring UBC's third goal at tha 55th minute
But shutouts are rarely seen in championship play, and the Huskies came back in
the 77th minute as striker Crystal Walton
fired the ball past UBC defence and goalkeeper Hannah Schoichet "St Mary's was
nothing much for our defence" said Shoichet
who wasn't concerned about tha Huskies'
late goal. "I've got such a strong defensive
team in front of me, I don't have to worry
about strikers too much"
And she was right The Birds' defence
managed to keep out any farther goals and
only six minutes after Walton got past
Shoichet, UBC forward Adrianne Williams
scored the final goal.
The women were to face a different set of
challenges on Friday morning as the freezing
rain, wind and a dusting of snow on Foote
Field made cleats useless.
UBC was not about to be discouraged
however, and while the first part ofthe game
was uneventful, UBC turned on the heat in
the 20th minute when Jack opened scoring
for UBC. Things quickly intensified, and five
minutes later Jack scored again. But UBC's
hot streak was broken as Western striker
Cristina Bonasia scored the first goal for the
Mustangs a mere two minutes after Jack's
second goal
"We were up two nothing against Western
and deep down we kinda thought we'd won
it," said UBC defender Sarah Nannery. When
Western scored, and then opened the second
half with a quick goal by midfielder Kristin
Toomsalu, the feeling changed. "It was kind
of like a wake-up call," added Nannery, "that
two goals weren't enough to be ahead."
"I think we were dictating the play,'
agreed Mosher,'then to their credit they
came back and took the game from us.'
The Mustangs controlled the second half
as outs by the Birds gave Western the oppor-
tunify to push the ball forward. But UBC wasn't about to let a berth to the final fly away,
and in the last ten minutes they heated up
that frozen field, pressuring the Mustangs,
Third national title for soccer Birds
COLD BUT WARM INSIDE The winning team flaunts their newest banner, shawn benbow/the gateway photo
and creating many opportunities to attack over to the Bird's defence. Injury time pres- nising wait to see who would advance to the
Western's keeper. One corner kick for UBC sure by the Birds proved too much for the final.
looked   especially   promising,   but   the Mustangs, however, and midfielder Anja "I think scoring in the 90th minute is
Mustang keeper pounced, and after catching Sigloch scored the winning goal, saving UBC huge," concluded Nannery. 'It just set us up
the corner kick she sent the ball sailing back from ending the game with a tie, and an ago- with lots of confidence for the final.' ♦ 8       WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2002
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down walls
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov. 4
by Cait McKinney
People often cringe when, they hear
the phrase 'world music' The Silk
Road Project definitely falls into this
genre, but would appeal to even the
most cynical music fan.
The Silk Road Project is a not-for-
profit ensemble of musicians
founded by Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, to
raise awareness of the contributions of Eastern musical traditions
to the arts. They create examples of
cross-cultural music through the
mixture of various Eastern traditions. This performance, presented
by the Vancouver Recital Society,
was a brilliant medley of Asian
musical traditions that showcased
Yo-Yo Ma's broad musical interests
and his vision in the arts.
Yo-Yo Ma is most often associated with classical cello. It was therefore a bit of a shock to see him walk
on stage carrying a morin khuur, a
Mongolian fiddle. He played this for
the first song of the evening,
'Legend of Herlenm,' a piece that
featured Khongorzul Ganbaatar, a
Mongolian long song singer with
a    haunting    nasal    voice    that
passed over language barriers to
the audience.
The Silk Road ensemble used a
wide variety of Asian instruments,
new to most of the audience. The
program came with an insert that
explained each instrument and its
origin. The list included the sheng—
a rich sounding Chinese mouth
organ—and the pipa, a Chinese lute.
It was the percussion instruments that grabbed the most attention from the audience. The tabla, a
pair of small hand drums native to
India, became the centre of the
rhythm section, featured in several
pieces. It created a really original
sound combination when played
with Yo-Yo Ma's cello.
Maurice Ravel's "Piano Trio in A
minor* was the only Western piece
included in the show. It featured Yo-
Yo Ma on cello, Joel Fan on Piano
and Jonathan Gandelsman on violin. Ravel was fascinated by Asian
culture, which is reflected in the
rapid plucking of the violin and
cello in this composition. The piece
did an excellent job of demonstrating the influence of Eastern themes
on Western music.
Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project is a
huge step in increasing the exposure of Eastern music. Audience
members didn't just get to see Yo-
Yo Ma live; they can now honestly
say that they know what a pipa is. ♦
No stone unturned
Emotional exploration of women's lives
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Nov. 24
by Heather Pauls
From coffee addictions to tree
planting to—ahem—masturbation,
'Larger than Life* leaves no stone
unturned. The play is a music-filled
exploration of, arguably, every single issue related to the social struggles of women. Each song, accompanied by Nicole Schmidt on piano,
produced sympathy and uncontrollable laughter from the meager
Firehall'audience of some 20 people. And however plotless the play
is, the, songs and jokes are well
worth the attendance. Realistic and
comedic, except for a couple -of
sappy numbers, the quirky and
hilarious lyrics (written by S.G. Lee
with musical accompaniment composed by Vanessa LeBourdais) were
sometimes hardly audible over the
peals and snorts of laughter.
It isn't all funny though. The play
deals with love-life issues, parental
pressures and unfulfilled dreams, to
name a few heavier topics. The director, Janet Michael, writes in her
director's notes that 'this show is
about self-realisation but it is also
about community and compassion.
It celebrates human diversity but it
also soundly acknowledges our need
for each other and our need to really
see and feel for each other.' For the
first quarter ofthe play, I thought that
statement was rather long-winded
and idealistic for what the play was
accomplishing. However, towards
the end, I found it to be dead on.
Five women—an organised stay-
at-home mom, a jaded businesswoman, an earth-loving hippie, a
butch lesbian and a sweet childish
woman—share their life stories and
struggles while raising money at a
rummage sale. As time moves on
these women become closer and
come to help and inspire each other.
Each issue emerges with many a sad,
amusing, angry and frustrated song
spliced in for good measure.
Although the play's categories of
women are very cut and dry, the
actresses (Lisa Dahling, Beverly
Elliott, Laura Gavini, Annabel
Kershaw and Seana-Lee Wood) do an
amazing and sensitive job of portraying these characters as realistically as possible. They represent
their respective stereotypes so accurately you'd think that they are just
being themselves up there. If you're
having a bad day, go to this musical
You will relate to their struggles and
walk out feeling comforted and
entertained. It was a Fringe Festival
hit, and you will soon see why. Let's
try to give them larger attendance. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Josh Wink maintains the house
with Kevin Shiu and Henry Mah
at Lotus Sound Lounge
Nov. 7
by Tejas Ewing
This concert surprised the hell out of me. A DJ
like Josh Wink does not routinely play at small
venues for only $12. Contrast this to Paul
Oakenfold, coming later this month to the
Commodore at 43 bucks a pop. Wink has had
some huge smashes, such as 'Higher State of
Consciousness,' and the innovative "Don't
Laugh/ which—as a single—sold over 500,000
copies. On his Ovum record label website,
much is made ofthe fact that Wink has stayed
true to his roots, 'never selling out and always
maintaining his integrity.* Well, there is truth
in that statement—he could have performed at
a much larger, much more mainstream
Needless to say, I was pumped at the
chance to se6 him perform at such an intimate
and laid back club. The Lotus Lounge has renovated their upstairs bar area and this is
where I listened to Kevin Shiu and Henry Mah
warm up the crowd. They did an admirable
job, playing infectious beats that weren't too
fast or energetic. They got the crowd interested and dancing, but made sure not to bring up
the tempo too fast It was a good decision,
because Josh Wink likes to start off with slower textured compositions like his remix of
Radiohead's 'Eveiything in its Right Place,*
before packing the dance floor with huge
beats. His set lasted about two and a half
hours, and the first hour was spent slowly
upping the intensity. It was a bit too slow for
my tastes, and, at times, you could just feel the
crowd itching to break out. I was relieved
when things really took off.
For the next hour and a half, I was able to
lose myself in the pumping music, and sweat
all my worries away. However, I still noticed
the world music rhythms, jungle beats, drum
'n' bass and trance elements that he was mixing in. Josh Wink made sure that this wasn't a
simple house music night, and I think we all
got what we wanted. ♦
A tasty Electric Zorn sandwich
at the Vogue
Nov. 8
by Shaun Stewart
Vancouver was treated to a rare and exquisite
treat on Friday night as John Zorn brought
his Electric Masada to the Vogue theatre to
perform. That's right: John Zorn. Or as one
enthusiastic audience member screamed
during the show, 'John Fucldn' Zornl*
I was wondering, while watching Zorn, if
he ever has a bad performance. He is the
ultimate performer in his field, that is if
there is anyone else in his field at all. And he
has surrounded himself with the best musi
cians available. His band, this particular collective playing for their first time outside of
New York- City, consisted of Marc Ribot on
guitar, John Medeski on organ, Jamie Saft on
keyboards/Trevor Dunn on bass, Kenny
Wollesen on drums, Cyro Baptista on percussion (and in a terrific hat) arid Zorn himself
on saxophone. Any one of them were nearly
capable of stealing the show at various
points, but the collection of them together
was astounding.
This is the sort of music that you almost
never get to see performed live. It takes phenomenal talent and experience to be able to
play this music. The band would go crazy
individually, each member taking his own
direction, each apparently on a separate
course when Zorn would raise an arm and
bring it down, bringing each ofthe members
together to a common theme. The rhythms
were absurdly tight, despite the frequent
tempo and dynamic changes.
Beyond the mere sound of the music produced, watching it was a thrill as well. Ribot's
performance was incredible as he was doubled over his guitar, coaxing more and more
raw beauty from it, and Medeski's perfect
posture over his creepy organ sounds was a
sight to behold. The highlight was watching
Zorn go from bandleader, during which his
manner was like that of the sorcerer's
apprentice, pointing this way and that to turn
the tide of the music, to performer. Zorn's
saxophone playing is a force of incredible
expression, and when it was backed up by
this band, the result was without equal. ♦
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Appreciation Day, November 28* 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping; everything in the
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Vancouver Civic Elections
Meet the Candidates & get informed on November 13*.
Mayoral Candidates Forum
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
SUB Conversation Pit
Youth Candidates Forum
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
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U-Pass Forum
Wondering what's going on with the U-Pass negotiations?
Want to find out more?
Come out on Wednesday, November 20*, from 12-1 pm for a
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Pre-Budget Consultation Forum at UBC
The Honorable John Manley, Deputy Prime Minister and
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Forum at UBC on:
Tuesday, November 12* from 2:30 - 3:30 pm
The Auditorium,in the Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall (at the
corner of Memorial Road across from the Fraser River Parkade)
The Honorable Stephen Owen, MP for Quadra and Secretary of
State, (Western Diversification), (Indian and Northern Affairs) will
act as host and will give a short introduction prior to the
Minister speaking.
Mr. Manle/s remarks will include an overview of Canada's
economic and fiscal forecast for the next five years The Minister
is particularly interested in answering questions, engaging in
discussion and listening to the ideas and concerns of students,
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who's running, where you can vote, and what some of the election issues are, check out Vancouver's Election Services website at
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Applications should be filled out on-line at httpy/www.gss.ubcca/health/applicationhtml, and all accompanying
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staff and faculty. In an effort to enrich and develop the social and cultural climate at UBC the Innovative Projects Fund, (IPF)
provides those with such a vision, the financial backing to bring their idea to fruition. So, if you think you have a really good idea,
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The UBC police have been investigating a recent rash of thefts of personal items from patrons ofthe UBC Libraries.Personal items
such as wallets, computers, cameras and jewelry are being stolen as a result of being left unattended or left in an unsafe location.
The majority of the thefts are occurring during the day.
The UBC police ask students and users of the libraries to be more cognizant of their personal belongings by placing them in a safe
location, and not to leave them unattended/The police ask that anyone using the library report any suspicious persons possibly
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Kris Schawalder and John Rua lays claim to camp 'Ubyssey*
while ^yumi Yamazaki and Chris Shepherd light over the last
ration of plain white rice. Across the river, Kathleen Deering
and Janet French build castles in the sand and make plans Tor
an alliance with Krista McFadden. Meanwhile Celine Asril and
John McCrank silently hunt a live boar in the nearby forest but
Jose Velasques lays in wait to foil the plan. Megan Thomas and
Jesse Mar&and are busy scheming about the day's chaBenge.
Immunity must be kept from Sarah Conchie who laces certain
elimination. Host Michael Schwandt argues with the camera
man about the most Battering camera angle for the tribal council but in the end it is Tejas Ewing's vote that sends Shaun
Stewart packing. Finally the Ubyssiane head bade to camp far
another night of bickering and deceit. Hywel Tuscano, Duncan
; M. McHugh, Anna King and Nic Fensom also conspire to elect
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The Ubyssey
goes to...
The Vancouver civic election will be held this
Saturday, November 16. The Ubysseyhas made
its decision: the Coalition of Progressive
Electors (COPE), led by mayoral candidate Larry
In this campaign, COPE has shown that it is
prepared to address the issues that, under the
Non-Partisan Association (NPA), have been
allowed to stagnate in the years following
Gordon Campbell's election to mayor of
Vancouver in 1986.
These issues include Greater Vancouver's
transportation system, in particular, its public
transit sysfem. While much of this overlaps
with provincial jurisdiction, the city could
spearhead an overhaul of our transit system,
something that—if elected—COPE plans on
doing. This - would include restoring and
expanding late night bus service, as well as
increasing service to UBC.
NPA mayoral candidate Jennifer Clarke has
said that she is dedicated to transit, but she,
along with her fellow NPA councillors George
Puil and Gordon Price, sat on the Translink
board of directors last year while Vancouver's
transit system languished under a four-month
strike. In fact, Puil was chair of that board and,
in many ways, the man responsible for the
strike lasting as long as it did. Those of us who
suffered under that unnecessarily-long strike
should remember his complicity in our misery
when we go to the polls three days from now.
To go along with later buses, COPE has
promised to expand bar hours. They are also
the only party to call for a referendum on die
2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympic bid.
Regardless of which side one falls on the
Olympics debate, a referendum appears to be a
democratic way of addressing whether or not
Vancouver, along with the provincial and federal governments, should spend $6 million to
bring the games to our ciiy.
COPE also advocates re-instating a ward, or
representative, councillor system for City
Council. This would mean that, instead of voting for ten councillors-at-large, voters vyould
elect representatives from their neighbourhoods.    Given    the    disparities    between
Vancouver's rich neighbourhoods and impoverished ones, a ward system would seem the only
way of ensuring that our city's multitude of voices are heard.
For all of the things that seem to be in
COPE's favour, there's someone that's trying to
rain on their policy parade—the NPA. Using an
advertising campaign described as "American-
style attack ads" by COPE council candidate Jim
Green—a central target of the new TV clips—it
would seem that the NPA's desperation is
beginning to show.
The NPA has gone so far as to accuse Green
of "pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars" for his work with a Downtown Eastside
(DTES) bank.
Green, a UBC professor and a longtime
DTES advocate who describes the project (a
community bank founded for 6500 low-income
individuals denied accounts at regular banks)
as "a labour of love," suggests that the NPA
mudslinging is the act of a desparate party.'
Television and print media pundits have
been resounding in their reaction to the NPA
ads. Such moves are usually the last resort of a
losing campaign, and the NPA is certainly losing. A Vancouver Sun poll published last Friday
showed Larry Campbell leading the NPA's
mayoral candidate Jennifer Clarke in support
from decided voters, 59 per cent to 29 per
cent The NPA has found itself unable to win
the election based on their strengths; they have
now refocused on convincing voters of reasons
not to vote for COPE. Problem is, there are
plenty of good reasons to vote for Larry
Campbell and COPE alike.
COPE has shown true leadership and consistency in issues surrounding the DTES, for
example. Where the NPA ousted outgoing
mayor Philip Owen from the party over his
staunch support for harm reduction approaches to addiction, COPE has embraced the Tour
Pillars' approach, hoping to limit the negative
results of drug abuse while recognising it as a
health issue, not a criminal issue.
After the Sun's poll showed her to be trailing so badly, Clarke reacted by saying that
Campbell was "hijacking" the election, by
focusing strongly on the plight ofthe DTES and
the people who make their homes there.
Hijacking? As opposed to ignoring the problems or gentrifying the neighbourhood, the
urban planning equivalent of sweeping it
under an expensive carpet? We think that making an effort where and for whom the need is
greatest is something that Campbell and COPE
should be commended for, not criticised. And
it would seem that most voters agree. ♦
Respect your TAs!
Teaching Assistants at UBC have
been without a contract since the
start of this academic year. Of
course, for employees to be without
a contract is nothing out ofthe ordinary in an age of market forces. Yet
for an institution of UBC's standing
to be willing to rely so heavily on
the work of TAs, thus saving on faculiy wages, whilst not maintaining
TAs income levels is unsettling.
A month ago ("TA Union
begins bargaining a new contract"
[Oct 4]) the Ubyssey reported that
Human Resources Employee
Relations Manager, Kyle Cormier,
"did not wish to comment on the
state of negotiations...[and felt it]
inappropriate at this time to do an
interview with the media." Whilst
a statement was apparently
issued through UBC Public
Affairs, I, as a UBC TA, have
received no communication from
my employer as to UBC's grounds
for contractual delay.
To be a TA at UBC you have to be
a UBC student. Accordingly, the
recent rise in tuition fees can only
be seen as an employer's tax upon
an employee's income or, in the
eyes of many, a cut in pay.
Previous contractual negotiations recognised the validity of the
above scenario by including a
"Tuition Protection" memorandum
of understanding that would, in
theoiy, enable students to recover a
substantial portion of any tuition
increase. Aside from the lapse of
this time-sensitive understanding,
the university no longer accepts
such claims for equality.
This is troubling and unacceptable. It will also likely contribute to
the ongoing problem of attracting
quality graduates. This is a vital
issue for UBC apropos quality of
teaching: an issue that impacts all
Without any direct communication from the employer, I rely on
union updates: the most recent one
stated that UBC's lead bargainer
would be on holiday throughout
December. I, like many other TAs,
will be marking students' work at
this time and am offended that UBC
would consider using such an issue
as a delaying tactic.
A show of united support will
benefit all. A number of departments have written letters of support or passed motions endorsing
their TAs case against a "pay cut".
Many US universities give tuition
waivers to their TAs. UBC's tacit
willingness to reduce their TAs'
remuneration can only serve to
lessen the institution's standing in
the academic community.
I really love my work as a TA
and am grateful for the opportunity
to hone my teaching skills whilst at
grad school. Perhaps more importantly I really enjoy spending time
with my students, yet am now
becoming distracted by the thorny
issue of what I consider to be lack
Please take the time to sign the
TA petition at www.petitionon-
line.com/cupe2278. Even better,
write to Martha Piper and let her
know what you think.
Graduate student, fine arts
Respect the T-cup!
Fm writing to tell you all that T-cup is
so much more than engineering guys
prancing around in drag (those were
actually the Rehabilitation Sciences
Pink Ladies on your October 29
cover, by the way!).
T-cup is a full contact women's
football game. Rehab vs. Nursing, all
in support of BC Children's Hospital.
The School of Rehabilitation Sciences
raised over $4000 from our raffle
and bake sale, with Nursing raking in
a few hundred for the cause as well.
T-cup has been a longstanding
tradition for the past ten years—our
girls practice hard from the first day
of classes to show their stuff on game
day and take the hard hits and bruises for the, kids at Children's Hospital
We love showing off our little Pink
Lady cheerleaders, but give the girls
who played some credit!
And be sure to come out and
watch next year—the last Friday in
—Mira Robin
Preston's point proven
I was going to respond to Kristen
Read's letter in the Nov. 8 edition of
the Ubyssey ("You got it wrong,
Preston!"), which should be seen as
either a great work of fiction or a
bundle of horrible lies. But then I
found out that I was removed from
the UBC Federal Young Liberal (UBC-
FYL) mailing list after the publication
of my perspective piece ("A take on
Paul Martin's 'democratic deficit"
[Nov. 5]). I think this instance has
completely proven my point about
the true "democratic deficit" If the
UBC-FYL is truly serious about being
open to all students and against the
suppression of debate, as Ms Read
maintains, then this will be remedied as soon as possible.
—Graham Preston
Theatre at UBC premieres new take on Shakespeare
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
Nov. 13-23
by John Hua
The 50th anniversary season at the
Freddie Wood would not be complete without the incorporation of a
Shakespeare play, or at least an
adaptation ofthe bard's work. "The
Falstaff Project" is an adaptation of
four of Shakespeare's history plays,
"Richard II," "Henry V," and paying
particular attention to "Henry IV,"
Parts One and Two. The play focuses on the time and events surrounding Sir John Falstaff, beginning with his influential relationship with young Prince Hal, and
ending around the time of his
reported death in "Henry V."
"The Falstaff Project," written by
Dr Errol Durbach, is a collage that
has been in the works since 1999.
Durbach, an active faculty member
in UBC's English and theatre departments, presented the play to the
Freddie Wood committee, which
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agreed to be the venue for the play's
world premiere. When asked how
closely "The Falstaff Project" follows
the original Shakespeare plays,
Durbach emphasised that in the cutting and pasting process of adapting
twelve hours of complex verse into a
two-and-a-half-hour play, one's personal influence and interpretation
rings through in the finished product The lines remain in verse, with
a few additions to make transitions
between scenes seamless.
Taking the reins of direction for
"The Falstaff Project" is John Wright,
whose knowledge and experience in
both theatre and film is required for
this particular piece. Durbach also
had a considerable amount of input
into the production, which includes
characters and scenes from other
Shakespeare plays like the pleasantly plump character from "Twelfth
Night," Sir Toby Belch. The play
doesn't go as far as the Battle of
Agincourt, but it does showcase the
battle of Shrewsbury, a scene which
Durbach described as elaborate,
entertaining and very exciting. In
addition to the student cast two professional actors will be playing the
important roles ofthe father figures,
Falstaff and King Henry. The elaborate preparation and lengths gone to
for this production are testimony to
its promising debut
In an discussion of his interpretation, Durbach emphasised the
relationship between the two fathers
of Prince Hal. The biological father.
King Henry IV, represents order and
restraint, 'a stern authoritarian
ruler" whose one mission is to contain the instability of a rebelling
state for the future rule of his delinquent son. The second father to Hal
is "the fun and jovial" Falstaff, who
is also a serious threat to the state,
law, and future King of England.
Although Falstaff has a major role in
the play, the true theme lies in the
interactions between Prince Hal and
the two father figures. The young
impressionable man must choose
from these polar opposites, deciding
what life he will lead. Durbach's subtitle for the play—"The Prince's
Project"—illustrates the importance
of the young man's role in the
dialectical foundation.
The play has been formatted to
suit a more modern audience of students. The Falstaff Project "calls for
a modern projection, not just a renaissance convention, but the transformation of the renaissance convention into a modern one,"
Durbach explains. "I thought we
really had to do that, just to make the
play live in a contemporary and very
relevant context." The implementation of modern ideas and style is a
path that leads to its particular audience and the present time.
A precedent-setting production,
this play will be an opportunity to
see a raw and original adaptation.
"The Falstaff Project" makes its
debut in a special presentation
Wednesday November 13, and will
run nightly at 7:30pm until
November 23.
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play, see www.theatre.ubc.ca. V
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at Video-ln Studios
until Nov. 16
by Bryan Zandberg
Discussion about John Osborne's
landmark play "Look Back in
Anger" usually includes adjectives
like sizzling, blazing, vital, crackling
and disturbing. Set in the British
Midlands in the mid-fifties, when it
was written, "Anger* was at once a
bristling defiance of conventional
English theatre and by the same
token a voice for the young, disillusioned and educated working class.
The uproar of criticism and adoration over the piece, Osborne's first
resounds today. Time, perhaps, has
smiled on "Anger," which made
Osborne an instant celebrity and
spawned a new era in theatre.
So it was with a heavy heart that
I left the building after British director Henry Woolf s sleepy Vancouver
production at Video-En Studios last
Friday. I had expected the character
Jimmy Porter, a cagey university
graduate turned sweet street vendor, who psychologically shreds his
wife, his roommate and his mistress. I had expected to find the
Porters' frugally-furnished flat
charged with the unfocused energy
of Jimmy's cruel and fruitless questioning, with his mistress Helena's
subtle maiupulatidii and self-righteousness, his roommate's carefree
and sustaining presence, and with
Alison Porter's silence sucking the
soul put of her husband Jimmy.
What met me instead was The
Ensemble Theatre Company's (Etc.)
languid and uninspired handling of
Osborne's play. Given Etc.'s past
auccesses and the talent struggling
beneath "Anger's' murky surface,
it's clear that the cast knows how to
play. That they should have stuck
with something a little simpler is
clear: "Look Back in Anger" is too
tall and complex an order.
This is evident when Tariq
Leslie's scalding monologues fall to
the ground. Yes, often Osborne
intended that they do just that, but
Leslie's Jimmy doesn't go for the
throat when he smells blood, when
he finds a crack in someone's psyche he can tear into. Ditto for Mia
Ingimundson, who does a swell
damsel in distress as Jimmy's wife
Alison, but who seems to neglect
the other half of her role, that ofthe
inscrutable antagonist whose timidity and silence suffocate Jimmy. The
imbalance was clear during the
irrational exchange between Alison
and her father, the retired Colonel
who arrives to rescue his pregnant
daughter from the unbearable
atmosphere of the apartment The
ensuing father-daughter retrospection was ghastly, the angst and
regret of the text superseded by a
doting and chummy exchange that
left me squirming in my seat
Woolf s production- is a daring
but unfortunate attempt While the
cast ably conjures up the humorous
aspects of the work, its treatment of
the vitality and intensity (the very
core and pulse of Osborne's angry
young man) is lamentable. With a
little imagination, you're better off
simply reading "Look Back in
Anger" on your own.. ♦
with Jim & Jennie and the
at the Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 6
by Sarah Conchie
I was in love with a cowboy once, but
never his music. That is, until I stole,
a copy of punk-rocker-turned-country-crooner Neko Case's second
album. Furnace Room Lullaby. It
was the perfect antidote to those
sappy yodelings from Garth Brooks
and LeAnn Rimes that I had endured
for the sake of romance. In the end,
I kept the CD and said happy trails to
the fella.
Case has old flame memories of
her own. Set to the oft-sorrowful,
comfortable music of the loneliest
highways, she somehow manages to
transform the worn-out genre of
country into haunting and lush
music for even the weariest of
folkies. Backed by Jon Rauhouse's
nimble steel guitar and Tom Ray's
rumbling bass, Case held the
Commodore spellbound last
Wednesday night, drawing the line-
dancing crowd into an intimate portrait of her new album—Blacklisted—
and sugaring her performance with
earlier songs.
After the predictable honky-tonk
opening by the American bluegrass
band Jim and Jennie and the
Pinetops, Case quietly assumed her
place on stage, and began a musical
conversation that ended in three
encores and a lingering final tribute
to old-timer Hank Williams. By the
time she had showcased six new
songs and sang Bob Dylan's
"Buckets of Rain," we could all imagine sitting in a warm kitchen and
reminiscing. Case's voice soared
from the fiinky trappings of downtown Vancouver to distant wheat
fields and dusty horizons, and her
heartfelt inflection on standard
"Furnace Room Lullaby' and the
new "I Want to Be the Moon" left
most breathless.
The melancholy mood was tempered by humour as Case responded
to the crass cry of "Show us your
boobs!" by happily singing a gospel
tune, and then imitating Aretha
Franklin while talking about her
beloved grandmother. An impromptu dare for Jon Rauhouse and his
banjo turned most feet a-tappin', and
Case ended the night with an effortless rendition of "You Belong to Me."
Country, in its most raw-edged,
potent form, certainly belongs to
Neko Case. ♦
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED: Neko Case embraces country at the
Commodore Wednesday, ivuchelle furbacher photo
Solo dance uses multimedia to explore love
and birdcage hats
at the Roundhouse Theatre
Nov. 8
by Janet French
It's hard to say if it's agony .or ecstasy. A figure in tight red pants flicks his
arms and hops compulsively
in front of a giant screen
playing   only   pink
television       static.
Impatient, . his
increasingly    erratic
muscular bouncing is
suddenly   greeted   by
silence and darkness.
He pans a shocked and
quizzical look around
the stage, body forlorn.
Volt,       Alvin       Erasga
Tolentino's   third   iull-length   solo
dance, is an exploration and illustration
of love, and the accompanying anguish
and rapture. A tired theme, yes, but the
Vancouver-based Filipino-Canadian modern dance guru shields us from an overdose
of corniness with his quirky humour.
With writhing rebound movements,
Tolentino commands the stage as his prerecorded voice oozes through the loudspeakers. He muses about the disparity
between love's blindness and its wily way of
making you see characteristics in people
that others cannot Just when the audience
is lulled into familiar thoughts with Ms
words, Tolentino scampers offstage with a
birdcage on his head.
Multimedia effects are no longer of back-
row-dancer status in contemporary works,
and Tolentino is notorious for making liber
al use of them in both his solo pieces and
with Co. Erasga, his company. In Volt, a
giant screen projects Tolentino dancing
breezily in a SkyTrain station in full costume, birdcage securely placed on head.
"Have you seen my bird?" he asks commuters. Strange looks and tittering laughter
greet him as he continues his wander
through Chinatown. The irony of longing to
be caged has the audience chortling.
Interspersed with footage of his avian
quest are interviews with people on the
street asked to define love. "Love makes the
world go round, literally," explains a white-
bearded man. "Attraction is part of love, and
sex is a part of attraction...without love the
world would be spinning around without
"Love is everywhere," exclaims
a young waitress effusively. "I
fall in love about 20 times a
Affirming the thesis of
love's omnipresence,
Tolentino's next harsh choreographic set accompanies other
artistic allusions, like k.d. lang and
Ben Mink's song "Long to be Lifted"
and W.H. Auden's poem "0 tell me the
truth about love."
All of the physical and verbal struggling to define and understand the illusive concept is amusing, but not
deeply insightful. Tolentino has a
magnetic stage presence, and maintains a figurative and literal dialogue with the audience throughout
jk.       the performance. The intimate set-
jg      ting of the Roundhouse Theatre
JH       makes it impossible for Tolentino
to alienate his viewers, even as
the show closes with letters read
by his real-life French lover, Gaetan Margot
Although Tolentino's precise molten
motions distinguish him as an adroit choreographer and dancer, his strength lies in his
inspired conceptual performance designs.
The melding of film, spoken work, dance
and music keeps   Volt moving  saucily
through the pithy anecdotes. ♦
n o i
with Pan American
at Richard's on Richards
Nov. 7
by Aaron Peck
Low falls into the category of bands most people say are good
but see no reason to see live, because, they say. Low is so
quiet one might as well stay home and listen to their albums
alone. So wrong. Low has a captivating stage presence.
They commanded a nearly sold out show at Richard's on
Richards last Thursday. Case in point at parts and for effect,
the singers Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker sang away from
the microphone and could be heard perfectly, because the
crowd was so quiet and responsive. Low's in-between song
banter was good and didn't take away from the music at all.
The band mostly played songs off their new album. Trust
One of the highlights for devoted fans was "Over the Ocean,'
a song from their 1996 album Curtain Hits the Cast
When someone placed a Beatrix Potter book on the stage
as a gift, guitarist/singer Sparhawk picked up the book, shook
his finger and jokingly said, "Beatrix Potter is bad, bad!" Later
in the encore, he asked the girl who had given him the book
if she had any requests. She was the only one in the crowd
who had the honour of choosing a song for their captivating
hour and half long set, although there were numerous
requests throughout the night for songs such as "Dinosaur
Act' and Low's cover of Neil Young's classic "Down by the
River.' The girl picked "Lion/Lamb,' a song off Low's 1999
Secret Name.
Other things of interest during the song "Little Argument
with Myself the sound technician's cell phone began ringing.
During the lines "I want to believe...,' sung by Sparhawk, in
the other microphone, Parker responded with a laugh: "Yeah,
but it's hard with that ringing!' To that, Sparhawk responded,
without breaking the concentration or intensity ofthe song, "I
like it, it's part ofthe music now." Then the sound technician
disappeared. A few minutes later another man appeared
behind the soundboard. Not surprisingly, after that, the few
sound glitches, which occurred at the beginning of the set,
Pan American, another Kranky Records band, opened the
show. I was expecting them to suck. They were really good, too.
Mostly laptop engineering and a mouth organ. Not as good as
Low—but how often is anything as enchanting as Low? ♦


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