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Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Volume 84 Issue 37
Stuck-'at the PQ since 1918
You passed the U-Pass 1
Rfeeord-breaking referendum turnout shows UBC students support the pass
by Chris Shepherd
After four years of negotiations with
TransLink, UBC students voted two-
tqone in favour of the Universal Bus
Pass (U-Pass) in the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) referendum held
before reading break.
It was a record-breaking voter
turnout for referenda at UBC. 15,502
people voted in the referendum with
70 per cent (10,742) of students sup
porting the U-lW 4760 UBC students voted No.
AMS Vice-President, External,
Tara Learn was excited about the
results from the referendum. "It
seems like, from the overwhelmingly
positive feedback from students coming out to vote in favour for it, that it's
something that UBC students really
like," she said.
Beginning this September, all'
UBC students will be charged a
mandatory fee of $20 per month for
the pass, which gives holders unlimited access to TransLink bus,
SkyTrain^ and SeaBus services (all
zones). Discounts at participating
stores are being discussed.
SFU held a referendum in
November but only a slim majority
voted in favour of the U-Pass—it
passed by 30 votes. Learn believes
the on-line voting helped with the
high turnout "? think on-line voting
was one of the best things we could
have done," she said.
TransLink Director        "of
Implementation Planning Glenn
Leicester said that TransLink—the
Lower Mainland's regional transportation authority—was very happy
with the strong show of support from
students. He felt the positive show of
support was the result of a good plan
being put before students.
Leicester believes two factors created an acceptable plan.
"I think the university coming forward with three dollars to buy down
the price effectively from $23 to
$20...was one important part' he
said. 'Another important piece was
TransLink will provide the service
and not charge for it,' Leicester
In the past TransLink wanted to
share the expense of additional serv
ice to campus. Leicester said that
TransLink is expecting an increase of
up to 30 per cent in transit usage to
UBC.   .
In response, they're planning on
more buses on routes like the 99 B-
Line, which carries 40 per cent ofthe
people arriving on campus.
Gord Lovegrove, UBC director of
transportation planning, was also
happy about the result of the
The passing ofthe U-Pass will help
See'V-Pass"on page 2.
Students okay funding for
sexual assault services
i -  by Anna King
r The referendum question asking stu
dents if they support adding $ 1 to
their student fees to fund sexual
assault support services passed with
the support of 80 per cent of voters
last week.
7245 students voted on the
mandatory fee, more than enough to
satisfy the requirement of ten per
cent ofthe 37,000 students at UBC.
The new fee will'ensure the survival of the five-month-old Sexual
Assault Support Centre (SASC) and
will allow it to increase its hours of
operation and outreach programs.
Christopher Lythgo, Alma Mater
Society (AMS) vice-president exter
nal, said he was 'ecstatic' about the
turnout for the SASC question.
Although the turnout wasn't as high
as it was for the U-Pass referendum,
which was administered simultaneously, Lythgo said "it was a lot higher
than it's been for any referendum in
the past five years.'
The SASC had previously been
funded through an Innovative
Projects Fund grant and donations
from Arts County Fair. More than
half of its budget, however,, was provided by Women Against Violence
Against Women (WAVAW), which
runs the SASC. Due to recent budget
cuts WAVAW is unable to continue
funding the centre without the fee
See "Centre"on page 2.
Birds bring finals home
MAKING THE PLAYS: Kyle Russell led UBC to a 2-1 series victory overTWU. Michelle mayne photo
Labour issues pack the Chan centre
by Kathleen Deering
UBC President Martha Piper encountered mostly
antagonism from over a thousand members of the
university community at a forum last Wednesday
about UBC's labour situation.
People lined up outside the Chan centre to hear
Piper talk, and several hundred had to listen to the
forum in the lobby, despite an entire empty balcony inside.
"There's nothing more important to our community than our people,' she said amid jeers, "the
people who work here, at all levels, our faculty and
staff, and the people who study here—our students."
Piper spoke about the current labour situation
for about 25 minutes. UBC is currently involved in
bargaining with its three largest unions on cam-
pus-CUPE 2278, 116 and 2950. CUPE ,2278,
teaching assistants (TAs), are currently on strike
over wage disputes. 116 and 2950 both passed
strike votes, with 86 per cent and 75 per cent in
favour, respectively.
In reaching settlements with unions. Piper said
the university was bound to government regulations administered by the Public Sector Employers'
Council (PSEC);
She said the PSEC mandate for this round of
and community members wait outside the
Chan, chris shepherd photo
bargaining was clear. "There are to be no increases
in compensation packages. Zero, zero, zero."
After the forum, Alex Grant, TA Union president said he has never seen the PSEC guidelines
the university claims to be governed by. He. said if
PSEC truly prohibited the university from giving
the TAs a raise based on market values they would
not be able to discuss the raise of seven per cent
over three years offered.
Piper touched on the contentious issue of her
salary, which was recently increased, by 23 per
cent making a total 63 per cent increase since she
was hired in 1997. She is now among the three or
four highest paid university presidents in the
"I believe that the 63 per cent increase that is
being quoted extensively in the media," she said,
"reflects the fact that my previous salary had been
frozen for four years at the salary level that I had
been hired at in 1997-$215,000-placing me as
one of the lowest paid presidents in the country."
But many feel that if Piper's salary is increased
to be comparable with other presidents, a similar
view should be taken for TA salaries.
According to a report compiled by the TA
Union, UBC TAs are paid less per hour than at any
other large university. "The wage proposal you put
on the table doesn't even come up to SFU's hourly
wage," said Kirk Tousaw—a member of the TA
Union's bargaining team—during the question and
comment period after Piper's presentation. The
university has offered a seven per cent wage
increase over three years.
In bargaining, TAs have asked for tuition
waivers. Piper reiterated the university's stance
that tuition issues are addressed under the university's tuition policy. Piper said the university is
unwilling to treat TAs' tuition differently than of
any other graduate student at UBC, adding that
grad students have a variety of financial and
See "Labour"on page 2.
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"U-Pass"'from page 1.
the university to meet its agreement
with the Greater Vancouver Regional
District to reduce single occupancy
vehicle traffic into campus by 20
per cent 7
The AMS and UBC will make a pres-"
entation to the IJBC Boards of
Governors (BoG) on March 20. team is'
confident that the BoG will accept the
U-Pass. A contract will then be signed
by the university, the AMS and
TransLink. ,
The contract will specify various
issues such as price change and how
the AMS could pull out of the contract
Learn said that in the most recent
draft of the* agreement TransLink
would have to give the AMS six months
notice if they want to change the price
of the pass. The AMS would then hold
a referendum to see if students want to
gay the new price.
If the referendum failed, the agreement with TransLink \yould end. "As
s6ont as' [the UT'ass] fails within a student referendum then the pass is no
longer in existence,' explained Learn.
Leicester said the price of the pass
could increase in the firture due to
inflation. "If feres went up for everyone
else it would be fair for the price of the
U-Pass to increase as well," he said. ♦
"Labour" from page!.
employement arrangements at UBC
other than teaching assistantships.
'Currently the TAs comprise
approximately one quarter of all graduate students," she said. "The majority
of graduate students at UBC are not
TAs. Why would we deal with tuition
compensation for only one quarter of
our graduate students?'
Piper then described the tuition
compensation package that will be in
place for full-time PhD students beginr
ning September 2003. Many in the
crowd felt this was a contradiction.
"Aren't you treating PhD students
on this campus differently than
Master's students?" Tousaw later
asked, adding that significantly more
than 25 per cent of grad students will
be TAs over the course of their graduate
"PhD students make much more of
a sacrifice," Piper responded. "There is
an incredible shortage of PhD students
across this country and across this
Piper also discussed some issues of
contention with CUPE 116, whose
{1300 members (including'Plant Ops,
Campus Security, utilities, custodial,
painting) maintain the ufiiversity. The
university is requesting the right to
contract out all construction jobs over
$50,000. This will save UBC money,
said Piper.
"We are in the business of teaching
and research—not construction—and
believe that we need to employ all of
our talent in supporting these two key
activities,' she said, adding UBC wants
its skilled trades workers to be engaged
in the activities that they are best suited for and that meet UBCs needs.
"I'm so mad with everything you
want to do with our people,' said Paul
Cook, president of CUPE 116. "Most of
the stuff you talked about this morning,
with the greatest of respect Mrs Piper,
is bullshit"
Chris Fennell, vice president external for the Graduate Student Society
(GSS), called the advertisment campaign by the university in the media-
organised by UBC Public Affairs-
shameful, pointing out that inaccurate
figures were used.
He felt the university should base
comparative salaries at other universities on an hourly rate, since UBC TAs
worked more hours than TAs at some
other universities.
"Is it efficient to campaign against
your own students?" he asked. "Do you
really feel the grad students at your university are so stupid they can't see
through it?'
Piper said she felt as a public institution it was their responsibilty to communicate with the UBC community.
"We are very aware that the total
amount is different than at other universities,' she said. "But we have a policy that allows our students to work
more hours.'
The forum ended at 11am, with
some union members meeting'afterwards to discuss the forum. Cook felt
Piper didn't really answer any questions directly.
"I thought for a woman of her
stature, she should have been more
careful with her answers,' he said,
telling the TA Union they had the full
support of CUPE 116. ♦
"Centre" from page 1.
The SASC provides a 24-hour
phone line, support groups, one-to-
one counselling and accompaniment
to police stations for survivors of sexual assault It also runs outreach programs for students in residences and
sororities and at the U-Hill elementary
Although WAVAW staff helped run
some of the programs, with only 15
paid office hours per week, SASC
Coordinator Lisa Lafreniere said it has
been difficult to accomplish all of the
centre's goals.
"It will be easier to provide services and will hopefully increase office
hours," she said of the new funding.
Lafreniere said the program has
been successfiil so far and has a number of regular users. She estimates
approximately 60 students have used
SASC's services since the centre
opened its doors in September, in
addition to those who have attended
educational sessions. 7.
While SASC organisers applaud the
AMS and the student body for providing the new funding, WAVAW
Executive Director Geraldine
Glattstein would like the UBC administration to kick in matching funds.
"The administration's position is that
they have a safe campus. One aspect
of the that is to support services like
Vice-President, Students, Brian
Sullivan wouldn't comment on
whether the university would consider funding the SASC because the
administration hasn't been
approached on this issue yet
The wording of the referendum
question concerned to Glattstein. She
said it could allow the new funds to be
diverted away from SASC. "The question said 'Do you support a $ 1 fee in
order to establish a Sexual Assault
Support Fund.' I would have preferred
it to say 'towards the Sexual Assault
Centre," she said, "There are no other
sexual assault services besides the
Lythgo said the wording was chosen to best explain to students what
the money would go- toward. Future
AMS council members could also
decide to channel some of the money
elsewhere, he said, although he
stressed this was not'|Oniething the
AMS was citfrently planning^
•' Lafreniere w4» happy with the out-
cqijuSof tfig, ^eferepdiioiY&ut would
like^fa-'exCeridr an invitation for dialogue to the more than 1000 students
who voted no. "If anyone has any questions or concerns about the necessity
of a sexual assault centre, or about any
of our services, I'd love to talk about
it" she said.
SASC is located in the Wellness
Centre in the basement ofthe Student
Union Building in room 58. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Federal budget gets mixed reviews
Research funding welcome, but core
funding increase missing
by Kathleen Deering
Canada's federal budget, announced last
Tuesday by Minister of Finance John Manley,
elicited mixed responses from the university
community because of its focus on research,
but lack of commitment to long-term funding
for post-secondary education.
Increased money for research and $105
million designated for a graduate scholarship fund that will aid 2000 Master's students and 2000 doctoral students are viewed
as positive steps by UBC Associate Professor
William Bruneau. But Bruneau, who works in
the educational studies department, said he
is worried because there were no increases
to core funding for universities.
"This is what we call smoke and mirrors,"
he said. "This is what looks like a lot of
money. To a person who's perishing in a
desert from thirst, it looks pretty good."
VP Academic and Provost Barry McBride
was pleased with the budget. "It's a fantastic
budget for universities," he said. "I think
UBC is going to benefit and students are also
going to benefit."
He said UBC is predicting that 600 graduate students should be able to benefit from
the graduate scholarship fund.
There are some encouraging changes to
the Canada Student Loan Program (CSLP).
Students applying to the CSLP will now get a
break; the program has expanded to include
refugees, has increased in-study income
from $600 to $1700, allowing recipients tp
earn up to $1800 of merit-based scholarships, and is making debt relief more accessible.
Alma Mater Society President Kristen
Harvey said she felt overall the budget was
positive for post-secondary education. "It's
great to see some movement on student loan
access," she said. 'Now students are able to
earn a higher amount if they get student
loans and keep it without it being clawed
The budget emphasised health care and
social spending, and a separate allocation of
billions of dollars for health care was created. In place previously was the Canada
Health and Social Transfer (CHST), a transfer
payment program to provinces that included
post-secondary education, social programs
and health care.
Bruneau would have liked to see a separate transfer program for post-secondary
. education as well, which he said would force
the government to be more transparent and
accountable regarding where post-secondary
funding was being spent. "Without that we're
at the mercy of the provincial government,
and we have cuts coming from there,' he
Harvey acknowledged there wasn't a "significant increase to core funding in the federal budget but feels the provincial government has a strong responsibility to provide
core funding for universities. "The provincial
government is not stepping up to the plate,'
she said.
Bruneau said implications for students
whose universities lack this core funding are
disheartening. 'It may mean your class size
will keep increasing," he said. '[And] one of
the consequences is that [a significant percentage] of classes are being taught by ses-
He said UBC's increasing commitments
to research (a result of increased research-
based funding) is in part causing the teaching workloads to be redistributed from senior professors to PhD students, and is
increasing the amount of time professors
must spend on thesis supervision and their
own research.  ,
Victor Catario, president of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers (CAUT),
echoed Bruneau's statements. "As long as the
federal government continues to ignore this
reality, there just won't be enough funds to
keep tuition fees down or to hire the faculty
we desperately need."
But McBride feels that UBC won't fall prey
to this problem because of the increase of
funding for indirect costs of research.
"You're not taking money away from teaching—you actually have more money to put
into teaching,' he said.
"It's going to allow us to increase our
research activity, which will benefit both
graduate and undergraduate students.'
The budget will provide $225 million per
year through the granting councils to help
fund the indirect costs associated with federally supported research at universities, colleges and research hospitals. As well, the
budgets of the three federal granting councils—the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada
(NSERC) and the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada
(SSHRC) will be increased by a further $ 125
million per year, or about 10 per cent, beginning in 2003-04.
An additional $500 million for health
research was given to the Canada
Foundation for Innovation, which was created in 1997 to sustain the modernisation of
research infrastructure at Canadian institutions.
A one-time $100 million contribution for
the creation of the Canadian Learning
Institute, with a mandate to 'broaden and
deepen data and information on education
and learning,' was also announced by the
Liberal government. ♦ ;:   Y- -,.  ;
—with files from Canadian University Press
Provincial budget lacks support for students
Status quo budget offers no new
hope for the average student
by Chris Shepherd
The BC Liberals released their provincial budget February 18,
and while students may not have noticed it because of reading break, they didn't miss much.
The new budget doeS not increase core funding to universities, and there will actually be a decrease of $19 million
Not much for students
TWIDDLING HIS .HUiviBS: Gordon Campbell fets an opportunity to fund student initiatives pass by. chris shepherd photo
over the next, three y^ajs.,However, over the same Ijme period, the budget calls for, an increase of 9000-new student
spaces. 7-       y
UBC Associate Vice-President, Government Relations,
Allan Tupper acknowledged that there seemed to be a contradiction in the numbers.
"Expansion of the system requires proper funding," ha,
said, 'and it doesn't seem to us there is any clear funding for
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Kristen Harvey added
that because there is no increase to core funding, universities
will have to increase tuition to alleviate monetary pressures.
"What we're seeing here is a downloading of cost onto students," Harvey said.
The province put $23 million into the BC Leading Edge
Chairs program, which will continue to assign research
chairs around the province in medical, social, environmental
and technological fields. ■    -
"I think it's great that we're getting money for Canadian
research chairs," Harvey added, "but we're paying the cost of
faculty [remuneration] while [the university] is getting this
chair funding."
Summer McFadyen, BC chairperson for the Canadian
Federation of Students, also sees the new research funding as
being a burden on students.
"These projects that [the BC Liberals] are putting out—the
institutions have to match the government's funding,' she
said. "So in many cases they'll be moving resources from,
say, providing seats in the classroom to matching the government's research funding."
, However,;:U$CY Vic^l'resi4est_Stud,eAts>.Bliaii. Sujliyan
does not agree^ He said the university "only has to fnatch^;20
per cent of the funding and it won't be done with students'
"The 20 per cent the university comes up with to match
the research project provincial fund's is raised privately," he
said. .'-     '      '
"It's maintaining the status quo," Harvey said, describing
the budget "And is continuing with the premise of a zero,
zero, zero budget [increase] for the remainder of the [BC]
Liberal term in office."
Associate Professor William Bruneau, from the UBC
department of education, pointed out that his faculty has
seen a dramatic change in the ratio of students to faculty over
the past years.
"We have a 300 per cent increase at the graduate level,
and our professorial compliment is down by just under 60
per cent—you draw your own conclusions about what is gbod
for students there.'
The budget puts a high priority on medical and skills training in the province to meet future shortages in those areas.
"We're going to double the number of doctors that we
graduate at the new [UBC] Life Science Centre," promised
Premier Gordon Campbell in a speech to the BC Chamber of
Commerce last week.
Still, Harvey feels that the province is not helping students
enough.      i
"The federal level [of funding] has changes that are helping students, but at the provincial level there are not, despite
it being their jurisdiction." ♦
TA Union strike begins to escalate
by Kathleen Deering
Early yesterday morning, the first day after
reading break, UBC teaching assistants
(TAs) set up pickets outside the entrance to
the Scarfe building, which is used primarily by the department of education.
Several classes were cancelled and
TAs reported that not very many people
crossed picket lines, showing support for
the striken Pickets were up from ?am to
1 I ani and more picketing is- planned for,
today and the rest of the week
Striking TAs, members of CUPE local
2278, have withdrawn all of their services, including running labs and seminars
as well as monitoring and marking
While they are taking job action, the
TA Union is requesting that professors
not do TAs' work and that students don't
cross picket lines.
The TA Union held a membership
meeting to discuss strike strategy yesterday evening. Action is expected to escalate, as reported on Canada.com. 'It
might be one building for half a day
today, it may be more tomorrow,' said
Alex Grant, TA Union president
Pickets are planned at the
Anthropology/Sociology building from
7am to 5pm today.
CUPE local 2950 (including clerical
and library workers) and CUPE Local
116 (including Plant Operations, food
service and bookstore workers) both
recently held strike votes, with 75 and 86
per cent voting in favour of strike action.
Tne TA Union posts new strike action
for the 'following dav at 5pm on their
website at www.cupe2278.ca. ♦> 4
Municipal plebiscite supports Olympics
by Kevin Groves
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Vancouver residents threw their support behind the
city's Olympic bid after 64 per cent
of those who voted said yes to hosting the 2010 Winter Games last
About 46 per cent of the city's eligible voters turned out for the
February 22 plebiscite. Of the
134,791 votes that were cast, the Yes
side received 86,113 votes, while the
No side received 48,651.
Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell
said the result sends' a powerful message to the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) that Vancover
wants the Olympics.
He also played down the size of
the No results.
"This is a democracy and 64 per
cent said yes, so in a democracy we
go with the majority,' Campbell said.
Campbell dismissed criticism of
the cost of the plebiscite (nearly
$600,000) and said he would have
spent $ 1 million on it if he had to.
"I'm sick and tired of people saying there's a price to be put on
democracy,' Campbell said. "The citizens of this city elected a group of
people, to do a job* and one of the
things they asked for was. a vote/
• The. plebiscite was not legally
binding but its results were being
watched by IOC officials.
IOC President Jacques Rogge
recently said the Olympics would not
be held in a city; where "overwhelming negative sentiment* exists.
Tlie IOC meets in July to vote on
whether     Vancouver,     Salzburg,
Austria or Pyeongchang, South
Korea, will be awarded the 2010
Those who favour hosting the
Winter Games say the Olympics will
create new jobs, generate up to $ 1
billion in tax revenues, produce a $4
billion increase in the gross domestic product and tourism.
The No side asked why the BC
government is willing to spend millions of dollars on a two-week event
while laying off workers and slashing
spending on education and health
Still others have questioned the
fairness of a plebiscite that only
Vancouver residents were allowed to
vote in, when the Olympic issue
affects the entire province.
"I think it's totally unfair for the
provincial government to disenfranchise seven eighths of the population,' said Chris Shaw, from the No
side. "The other seven eights of the
population are going to pay for [the
Olympics) just like [Vancouver] and
they are also the people who are not
going to get any of the so-called
Meanwhile, a South Korean
Gallup poll last week showed 97.2
per cent of people supported the
Games. The same poll showed fewer
than 70 per cent of respondents
knew anything about the
Pyeongchang bid. Current support in
Salzburg hovers at 83 per cent,
according to a recent poll.
The Yes side spent $700,000 on
its campaign while the No side ran
on a budget of $5000.
Games officials project the
Olympics'would break even but hint
at millions of dollars in potential revenue. The Games would operate on a
$2 billion budget with the federal
and provincial governments splitting the cost of $620 million for
The province has guaranteed to
cover any financial shortfall.
But other economists dispute
those numbers, saying the Games
would cost taxpayers $1.2 billion
and generate far fewer jobs. ♦
Recovery centre closure hurts patients
by Vanessa Ho
The Skeleem Recovery Centre for people with
acquired brain injuries is closing its doors next
month. "The centre sits on 65 acres of land owned
by UBC in Cobble Hill, on Vancouver Island. The
closure of the 254)ed facility will affect nine
patients and the 60 workers who care for them.
Its closure is opposed by some in the community and families with relatives there—like Marg
Branscombe, whose daughter, Ha, has been a resident of Skeleem for two years.
"We were stunned,' said Branscombe, when
she heard about the centre's closure in early
"There is no other strictly brain injury rehabilitation centre. They can be rehabilitated back to
their communities, back to their families,'
Branscombe said ofthe uniqueness ofthe facility.
The centre is scheduled to close March 8 and
the nine remaining patients will be transferred to
community placements in the Lower Mainland,
Vancouver Island and Kamloops.
Drjohn Gilbert, vice-chair ofthe Cedar Lodge
Society, (CLS) which runs the centre, said the
main reason for the closure is a lack of provincial
funding and the high cost of repairs to the centre.
Gilbert is the principal ofthe College of Health
Disciplines at UBC. The university was picking up
additional costs of the facility after its funding
was frozen by the province.
Gilbert said the centre had been in financial
trouble for almost four years prior to its
announced closure. .  ^   .
"There is insufficient funding. It is [also] a very
old facility. It needs a lot of maintenance, about
$1 million of maintenance. We have no idea
where that will come from," said Gilbert
Karen Bruce, a care-aide at Skeleem, questioned whether or not the society or UBC had
done enough to save the centre.
"The recovery centre is set up now with 10 out
of 2 5 potential beds that are funded by the provincial government," said Bruce. "That means there
are another 15 beds and [the society] has made
Uttle or no effort to fill those beds with private
paying clients."
However, Byron Braley, the CLS's treasurer—
who is also the treasurer of UBC—disagreed with
Brace's statement
"Third-party clientele was certainly encour
aged and in fact that percentage was a lot higher
in the mid-90s," he said.
"Finding 15 other patients who have private
funding is not an easy task," added Gilbert.
Braley said UBC is not involved in subsidising
the centre and that its mandate is teaching and
UBC had tried for a number of years to integrate its teaching and research mandate with
Skeleem, but was unable to make the idea feasible.
Braley said the provincial government only
allotted the centre $ 1.2 million for a dozen beds
per year with the right to have three to four privately funded beds, He hoped that these private
or third-party paying (by Insurance Corporation
of British Columbia, for example) beds would
help fund the public ones.
"The thing is hopelessly in the hole," Braley
said. "If it went on it will become bankrupt It cannot be sustained."
"The tragedy is the patients. It is the patients
that break my heart They are getting the right
care [at Skeleem]. [But, the CLS] cannot afford to
convey that care, we don't have the money,'
added Braley.
But Branscombe said if she and other family
members and staff were notified earlier of financial trouble they could have done something. ♦
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decided to use resources and actions
other than a closure ofthe Student Union
Building to support CUPE Local 2278 in
their job action and negotiations with
the University. As a result of this decision,
the Student Union Building will be open
regardless of whether the TA union has
decided to picket the campus or selected
buildings. If picket lines are set up, you
have the option to respect them. Please
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information on your academic rights in
the event of a strike on campus.
AMS Council reaffirmed its support for
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AMS wilf now be supporting the TA's in a
variety of tangible ways. These targeted
measures may include financial
contributions to the TA Union's strike
fund, mass media ads to garner public
support and raise awareness, as well
as lobbying the Administration for
an expeditious settlement of the
labour dispute. Measures to support
the TA's are being developed through
consultation with the TA Union.
Students are welcome to join the
picket line in support of the TA's. For
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By Michael Schwandt and
Parminder Nizher
It was a weekend of broken records,
final career performances and
Olympic music as the UBC men's and
women's swim teams captured their
sixth consecutive CIS Championship.
The upset of the Canada West
Championships—in which the
Calgary Dinos pulled out a win over
the reigning UBC champs—was clearly forgotten as the Thunderbirds
dominated the Saanich
Commenwealfh Pool in Victoria.
The women's team finished with
666.5 points. Their closest rivals, the
Calgary Dinos, placed second with
616.5. UBC's men kept a firm hold
on first place all weekend, racking up
618.5 points, and beating the Dinos
by 190.5 points.
While the men were anchored by
the return of top swimmers Brian
Johns and Brent Hayden, the women
were chased closely by Calgary until
the final day of racing.
"It was definitely a battle,' said
team captain Kelly Stefanyshyn on
Sunday night "We were only up by
12 going into the first day, and 23 on
the second. We swam our hardest
this morning, and we sewed it up in
the finals. It just feels so good,
because this has been one of the
toughest battles in CIS so far.'
Stefanyshyn, who swam to three
gold medals and four silvers, says
she never wavered.
'Some people have been questioning whether or not we were
gonna be able to bring home a title
this year, but I believed in us the
whole way and even yesterday when
it was tight I knew we would do it"
Saturday's events were tense. In
the women's 200 breaststroke,
Calgary was able to score significant
points, with swimmers placing first,
third, fourth and fifth. After this
event, Calgary edged into a shortlived lead in the women's points
The UBC women were quick to
react, however, racing well in the
women's 50m freestyle. Although the
University of New Brunswick's Carla
Guerts, a Dutch Olympian, snuck
from her fourth-ranked preliminary
ranking to the victory, UBCs sprint
veterans Anna Lydall and Caroline
Clapham finished second and third,
respectively. The two, finishing only
11 one-hundredths of a second apart.
GOLD: Thunderbird Mark
Johnston accepts a medal, nataue
out-touched Calgary's Erin Gammel
(4th) and Laura Grant (5th).
After a second place finish for
UBC's Jessica Deglau.jn the 200 butterfly, and the points added by other
strong UBC finalists Michelle Landry
(who led the field through the first 50
metres) and Carolyn McNeill in that
event, the Bird women were back in
the lead.
"We knew we were gonna have to
outperform them," said UBC coach
Tom Johnson, who won the CiS coach
of the year award. "They stepped up
INVINCIBLE: After breaking a world record, everyone's talking
about UBC Thunderbird Brian Johns, who is a favourite to win
gold at the Olympics and never grow his hair long again. At 19,
it's a repeat performance, as Johns garnered 7 medals in last
year's CIS Championships as well, nic fensom/ubyssey file photo
to the challenge and actually got
some great swims from not only the
leading kids of the program, but from
second kids and the third line kids in
the program."
He particularly praised graduating swimmer Jessica Deglau. "She
was a little bit off on her swims, but
she's been training hard and she got
a Uttle bit over-tired," said Johnson.
"But she fought well all the way
throughout the meet and looked better in the 200 butterfly and 100 free
and still set the record for the most
medals ever won by a UBC swimmer." Deglau, dubbed one ofthe best
swimmers in CIS history by the
media, finished her career with a
record 29 medals. "She's really given
her heart and soul to this program
and I'm really proud of her as well,"
continued Johnson.
On the men's side, Brian Johns
captured the crowd with his world
record-breaking performance, but
bis teammates were equally entertaining.
Veteran Mark Johnston made no
mistake in the men's 400 freestyle
on Saturday, immediately opening a
large gap on the field. After leading
the race by 2.5 seconds after the first
100 metres, Johnston steadily
widened the chasm between himself
and his nearest competitors. He
stopped the clock at 3:44.99, almost
exactly 10 seconds ahead of a close
race for second between UVic's
David Creel and Dino Jarrod Ballem.
"It wasn't a problem at all" said
Thunderbird rookie Matthew Huang
of the rumours that Calgary might
upset the Birds at the national level.
"That defeat at CanWest, we didn't
have two of our top swimmers, Brian
and Brent, and they just outnumbered us, plain and simple. Come to
DYNASTY: The UBC swim team captured their sixth consecutive
CIS national championship, natalie condrashoff/the martlet photo
a meet like this there's a higher quality of swimmming. They have more
people but not as high qualify. There
was no doubt in our minds that we
were going to win today.*
So confident, in fact, that many on
the men's team considered the meet
in Victoria a secondary event
"Aside from varsity swimming, a
lot of us are going to US Nationals,'
continued Huang. "Preparing for the
world championship trials and whatnot we've sort of just been swimming through this. I prepared for this
personally but I didn't shave down.
It's been good times this part of the
season." Huang now has a CJS rookie
ofthe year title to add to his* medal
Not that the Thunderbird! section
was nonchalant With team bleachers
right next door to the Dinos, the Birds
engaged" -in   numerous   shouting
matches, employing body paint,
homemade flags and noisy chants to
rally their teammates in the pooL
"We stepped it up," said captain
Roland Bauhart. "We knew Calgary
and other teams would be coming at
us really hard. We all knew what we
had to do, and our spirit on deck is
better than it's ever been—I'm
so happy."
Coach Johnson sat in the stands
with his brother Sunday night, comfortably surveying his championship
team.'When you win both championships, you break a world record,
[and] you win the number of gold
medals that we won in. the meet, it's
pretty hard to complain.*" *   *""" *
For complete results, see
—with files from Sarah Conchie
Play it again, JqImis
UBCs Brian Johns swims to seven gold medals In seven events, and
breaks a world record at the National Championships
by Sandra Filippelli
With a glint in his eye and a smile
that could light up the sky on his
face, UBC Thunderbirds swimmer
Brianjohns has remarkable composure for his 19 years. Friday night at
the CIS Championships in Victoria,
the second year human kinetics
major clocked 4:02.72, eclipsing
Australian Matthew Dunn's 1998
world record of 4:04,24. It's
Canada's first world record in swimming since Chris Renaud's 50 metre
backstroke swim in 1997.
This weekend, Johns repeated
his seven-time gold medal performance at last year's CIS Champs, capturing first place in the 200 and 400
Individual Medley (IM), 200 fly, 200
back, 4x100 free relay, 4x200 free
relay, and 4x100 medley relay. He
also broke the CIS National record
in the first leg of the 4x200 free
Last month, he won two gold, two
silvers, and three bronze in World
Cup meets in Berlin and Stockholm.
Johns then headed to Tallin, Estonia
to a biomechanics clinic where Dr
Rein Haljand—formerly ofthe Soviet
national swimming program-
videotaped all of Johns' strokes.
"We watched them frame by
frame and analyzed my technique. I
was able to apply what I saw in the
pool right away," Johns says. He
adds that he works through visualisation. "I get the picture of what the
stroke looks like in my head so I can
be thoughtless in the race and let my
body do what it knows what to do."
Like Curtis Myden—a Canadian
Olympian in this event—Johns
excels in all four strokes. Richmond
Racers coach Craig McCord kept a
watchful eye on his protege, entering him in every event in
"I had a joke with my coach. I
wouldn't be allowed to choose the
events I'd swim until I was 16,"
Johns says. "That's when I decided
to put it all together."
Johns has been putting together a
world-class swim record ever since.
A Richmond native, he began swimming at the age of 13. A year later,
he was inspired by Canada's Curtis
Myden's double bronze medal
swims in the 200 and 40O IM at the
1996 Olympics. "It was a motiva
tional moment for me," he says.
Johns' goal was to make the 2 000
Olympic team in the 4x200 freestyle
relay with a side goal of getting into
the 200 IM. He made the team in
both events, placing 15th in the 200
IM and 7th in the relay with a
national record. "It was a big turning point in my life," he says.
He went on to place 6th in tile
400 IM at the 2001 World Loflg
Course Championships in Fukok'a,
Japan. In April 2002, he won silver
in the same event at the World Short
Course Champs in Moscow, setting a
national record. Then, at the
Commonwealth Games in
Manchester, he took home silver
medals in the 400 IM and the 4x200
freestyle relay. He won the 20Q2
Howard Mackie Award for the
Canadian University Athlete of
the Year.
Johns' ultimate goal is to win gold
at the Olympics in Athens or Beijing.
"I feel like a lot of Canadians in sport
in particular have a mental block
about truly being excellent and being
their best. Hopefully, my world
record swim will inspire them to
realise that we can be the best in the
world absolutely." ♦ *iJ7- "i^L-*_*'■*'
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Guard Pat McKay famously told
media last week that he wasn't concerned about the visiting Trinity
Western Spartans at all.."I don't think
we have anything to worry about at
this point. There's no second guessing. We're the better team and that's
all we need to know.' UBC confidence
was riding that high. After all the
Birds had easily beaten the Spartans
at home earlier in the season by 30-
point margins.
But the three-night playoff series
was nothing short of epic, with the
Trinity Spartans advancing—with
screaming fans in tow—to a door-die
match that was seconds short pf an
overtime decision.
After sweeping the SFU Clan for
the chance to play the Birds, the
Spartans brought their championship
fervour to the Wax Memorial Gym
Thursday night Friesen posted 31
points, hitting 5 of 11 three-point
shots. Trinity forward Logan
Kitteringham dominated the inside
with 18 boards and 23 points. Despite
a great offensive performance by Kyle
t RusselL- who led all player^with 32
points, nine rebounds and six assists,
the Birds fell, short and Trinity
Western took the night in overtime,
winning 90-83., The Trinity fans were
deafening as they continued to chant
"Let's go, faithMI"
UBC took to the floor Friday with a
different demeanour and- a definite
defensive, intensity. Changing* roles,
'r Russell took ovei? tie job of guarding
Friesen and held the high-scorer to
just 11 points.
Late   during   the   second   half.
"This one should
go to Pat McKay.
He doesn't get
enough recognition, and this is
his second game-
winner. Pat
McKay is a god."
-UBC forward
Kyle Russell
Pacific Division MVP
Russell was sent to the free-throw line
after being fouled by Spartan Logan
Kitteringham. Kitteringham then
went on to hand Russell another two
shots as he flopped on the ground in
an attempt to protest the call and
drew a technical foul. TWU head
coach Stan Peters decided Russell
should stay at the line when Peters .
committed another technical foul
arguing with the harried refs. After
, sinking all six shots at the line, Russell
then went on to lead the UBC squad
with 32 points, 9 assists and 9
rebounds. The Birds took the game
easily, 92-66. But the Langley fans
weren't easily quieted, continuing to
out-shout the Bird bunch despite the
point deficit
"We came out flat on Thursday, We
hadn't played in a while, 'cause of the
break," stated rookie L'BC guard Casey
Archibald. "The key to the victories
PARTING THE SEAS: UBC's Corey Ogilvie reaches for the basket in Friday's victory over the Spartans.The Birds went on to beat TWU on
Saturday, winning the playoff series 2-1.They will host the Canada West Final Four next weekend.  Michelle mayne photo
was eijergy. We talked about it Friday.
And we had the crowd. That was
Saturday night, both teams
geared up for the final match that
would guarantee one of them a
chance to qualify for the National
ChampioAships. (•*
UBC sealed the first half 40-27;
and it looked like the Birds would prevail in the same fashion as. the night
before. With multitudes of UBC fans,
some sitting on the sidelines with
chests painted, UBC continued to:
heckle Trinity players and it looked as-
if momentum had swung irrevocably
to the home team. One fan stripped-
down and streaked around the gym
floor. The nudist drew a stern warning from the officials that a technical
foul would be called against UBC if
any more shenanigans occurred.
Coach Kevin Hanson didn't mind
the hype. "I just told the guys, the reason you play the regular season is for
home court advantage. The home
court advantage we got tonight certainly helped us in this game." Even
the streaker garnered Hanson's
praise. "He broke the tension."
-■ The Spartans whittled down the
UBC lead to a mere basket in the final
frame, and all eyes were on the UBC
defense. Straight out of a movie
script Friesen stepped up again and
shot from beyond the three point arc.
Time seemed to stand still as the ball
sailed towards the basket. The shot
hit the rim, but rebounded right into
the hands of Trinity's Jon Lundgren,
who drained the long distance threes
pointer to tie the game up at 67.
Hanson called a timeout "I had
five last-second plays in my mind
designed for the situation, but when I
got to the timeout Kyle was already
diagramming the play. So give him
fidl credit for his decision to do that
and his ability to do that'
The play' was set in motion with
Russell controlling the ball. The
Spartans double-teamed him as he
worked the clock down to the final
eight seconds. Russell passed the ball
off to fourth-year guard Corey Ogilvie,
and the Spartans pounced. Ogilvie
quickly sent the ball to Pat McKay at
the top of the key, and with a hand in
his face, McKay made a shot over the
TWU defenders. The basket took the
game, arid takes the Thunderbirds
straight into the Final Four tournament next weekend.
"This one should go to Pat Mckay,
though," said Russell after being
praised for his performance. "He
does not get enough recognition. That
is his second game-winner—Pat
McKay is a god."
Pat's father, .Bruce, was clearly
elated over his % Son's last-minute
sinker. "It was fabulous. In those last
seconds...I can't believe it!"
McKay himself was a httle more
humble after his earlier TV predictions. "By the, time it came to me, I
just knew I had to throw it up."
The Thunderbirds host the
Canada West Final Four next weekend at the War Memorial Gym. If they
beat the Regina Cougars on Friday
night, they will advance to the
National Championships for the first
time since 1996. ♦      Y
The bats are swinging again as the
UBC baseball team comes off a
successful California road trip.
The Birds—with senior right-handed pitcher Brooks McNiven solidly replacing star left-hander Jeff
Francis on the mound—are now 6-
1, after an.11-6 loss to the
University of Portland.
Vancouver fans won't get to
watch UBC in action until April 4,
when the Thunderbirds play host to
the Oregon Institute of Technology at Nat Bailey
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- The UBC varsity ski team was treated to a
Valentine's day dinner with the "wonderful Duck
family" before competing in the BC Cross-Country Ski
Championships held in Prince George February
15-16. .■       -
. After a full race day, in which UBC skiers placed
in the top ten in most events, the team reaped a few
first-place trophies at an awards banquet
Junior Elliot Holtham earned a first place overall
for his performances in the last three BC Cup races,
and senior Luke Heckrodt was awarded second
place. Carolyn Daubeny and Heather Campbell
placed first and second overall in the Master
Women's category, while master Mike Koehle also
\   garnered first place. .;.■;}
The skiers were back on the hill"
Sunday in a relay event, racing
under the inexplicable name 'Hoof-
hearted.' Roger McMillan, Mike
Koehle, and Andrew Balakshin
placed ninth overall, while UBC's
other team, 'Freaky B and the
Tansies'—yes, the team swears they
chose - it—comprised of Elliot
Holtham, Davey Mitchell, and Luke
Heckrodt, raced to first.
As the snow melts, the team finishes the season fifth in BC's overall
cross-country club standings.
Never fear, the skiers have one more competition
to go—which means there's still another fascinating
press release on - the way^at the National
Championships in Dunfroon, Ontario, from
March 4-9.
Women's basketball
The women's- basketball team finished its season :
short of. a run to the National Championships again
this year. Last season the Birds were kicked out of the
first round of the playoffs by the Winnipeg Wesmen
and this year, it was the Calgary Dinos who stomped
out all Bird hopes. After an easy two-game victoiy over
the winless Bobcats, the UBC squad travelled to
Calgary February 15. After a valiant double over-time
struggle by the Birds, Calgary won 84-78 and went on
to a 69-58 win on Saturday. The Thunderbirds finished their season with a 13-7 record. ♦
Letter from the road
■-' Power hitter Emily Cordonier lends us her diary from
i the women's volleyball Canada West Championships
1 this past weekend. UBC will compete in the Nationals
February 27-March 1 in Quebec City
bed because we still had another match
the next day.
We began our trip to Edmonton and
the Canada West Final Four by boarding the plane to a chorus of the usual
cries exclaiming, "Damn them girls are
tall* and, "Is the circus in town?* Soon
we Thunderbirds touched down in the
snewy city and we began digging out
evoy warm article of clothing we could
find in our bags. Then we were off to
oui hotel for a quiet night in preparation for the next day's big match
against Calgary.
This intense preparation consisted
of, watching the Michael Jackson
Interview repeatedly. It made for a
nice, disturbing bedtime stoiy.
Game Day. We played the Calgary
Dinos, and the winner was to face off
against Alberta in the Canada West
Finals the following afternoon.
Unfortunately, it would not be us.
We lost a heartbreaking, close match,
losing 12-15 in the fifth set. Despite
strong and consistent play from libero
Jasmin Yip, and some amazing connection between setter Amy Schroeder and
middle blocker Kaley Boyd, it was one
tight match in which, we would not prevail. It was particularly aggravating to
lose to Calgary, a long-time rival of our
team. However, still guaranteed a berth
■ 'to the National Championships at
Laval, our team decided to look on this
match as a learning experience. We
Thunderbirds managed to raise our
spirits Saturday night with an entertaining game of Cranium, coaches
included. There were a few memorable
moments, such as when our head
coach tried in vain to act out a 'port-o-
potty' in charades. Then it was off to
Bronze Medal Match. Our team has
earned enough bronze medals already
(having Won third place at Nationals
lastyear). Nevertheless, we did it again,
beating Winnipeg handily in three
straight sets. It was a true team effort,
led by Christine Bonish who made ten
kills, arid a strong debut from setter
Kirby Dow. It was also an opportunity
for the 'Mups' (an endearing term for
our middle blockers) to truly strut their
stuff out on the court. With yet another
bronze medal around our necks, we
were happy to be heading home.
Later that evening our. team grate-
folly boarded the plane home to the
rain and mild temperatures for which
we hold such a newfound appreciation.
With this third-place finish in
Canada West we face a difficult draw at
the National Championships, most
likely playing host-team Laval in the.
first round However, after this weekend, our team is fired up and raring to
bring home the gold and a National
tide to UBC. ♦
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Israeli students
take on terrorism
by Stephen Hui
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-Israeli students _ visiting Simon Fraser
University (SFU) called for an end to
terrorism in Israel and the occupied
Palestinian territories last week.
Hadas Greenglass, a student at
Hebrew University in Jerusalem,
and Yuval Nemlich, from Bar flan
University near Tel Aviv, spoke at
"Terrorism and Its Impacts,* a talk
organised by the SFU Israeli
Advocacy Committee. The two students outlined their perspectives on
the Israel-Palestine conflict,
screened a short documentary and
took questions from a small audience.
Nemlich said that despite
Palestinian National Authority
President Yasser Arafat's commitment to work towards peaceful coexistence between the Israeli and
Palestinian peoples in the 1993 Oslo
Agreement, terrorism has
"Most ofthe people in Israel now
understand that the only solution
would be to give back some lands-
even though we don't trust the other
side," Nemlich said. "From this
background, however, it's very hard
to negotiate."
The Bar flan University student
called the Palestinian National
Authority a "pure dictatorship* and
asserted that there was "no future'
for the Palestinian people with the
status quo.
"There is only one voice being
heard, which is the voice of the
extremists, the righties on their
side, calling for war," Nemlich said.
"Their own regime is sending them
to kill themselves, to explode themselves, only to shake us and to weaken us, instead of educating them
towards peace."
Greenglass said that extremist groups were brainwashing
Palestinians in the occupied territories to hate Israelis. The Hebrew
University: student maintained that
Arafat must go.
"There's too much blood on his
hands," Greenglass said.
"We are just waiting for him to
finish his role," Nemlich added, "to
vanish, hopefully as soon as
Tim Lyons-Howard, a communication student at SFU, agreed with
the students' assessment of Arafat's
"There's not much of a partner
there," Lyons-Howard said.
However, Derrick O'Keefe, a
member of the Palestine Solidarity
Group, said proponents of the state
of Israel often make two false arguments. 'One is that Arafat is the
source of everything and the other is
that Palestinians are inherently
inclined towards terrorism."
O'Keefe maintained that most
local opponents of the Israeli occupation do not support Arafat's leadership. He added that the
Palestinian National Authority is a
corrupt institution established with
the support of Israel and does not
represent the aspirations of the
Palestinian people. O'Keefe further
stressed that Israel's defenders
refused to recognise the state's own
terrorist acts.
"It's not a question of brainwashing when you impose collective punishment when you bomb indiscriminately, when you shoot children,
when you occupy another country,
and when you impose terror against
an entire population," O'Keefe said.
"These are all parts of the Israeli
"You have to be in a hopelessly
desperate situation and see no
prospect in your life to want to conduct a suicide bombing," he added.
"The way to get rid of suicide bombings is to end your occupation, and
stop oppressing another people." ♦
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CASA National Director
MONTREAL (CUP)-Liam Arbuckle,
national director of the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), tendered his resignation
last Friday.
Accusations of an internal
breach of confidence have been
cited as the reason for Arbuckle's
CASA is a national student lobby
group that represents 21 post-secondary student associations,
including UBC.
"The board of directors received
allegations that Liam had potentially tampered with the national director selection process by disclosing
confidential information to one of
the candidates," said Tyler
MacLeod, chair of CASA's board.
"The board found that while information had been disclosed, constituting a breach of confidence, the
information was not determined to
be of material assistance to the
Arbuckle was suspended by the
board on January 2 9 but the reasons were not made public until
U Manitoba law tuition
jumps 91 percent
WINNIPEG (CUP)-Tuition fees for
the University of Manitoba's (U of
M) law program will rise 91 per
cent, after both the provincial government and university's Board of
Governors (BoG) approved a student-backed increase.
Onjanuary 28, the BoG voted
11 to 6 in favour of the increase.
Fees will soon cost more than
$8,300. The current tuition fees of
$4,384 will rise by roughly $1000
this fall, $1000 the next year, and
$2000 in 2005-06. Law students
had previously voted 67 per cent in
favour ofthe increase in a January
"This board was very diligent in
actually asking for additional
information, cross-checking for
information. They showed an
extraordinary amount of concern
for the students," said U of M
President Emoke Szathmaiy, who
is also an ex-officio member of the
BoG. ,;       :
Ian Boyko,! national chairperson
for the Canadian Federation of
Students, called the increase 'disappointing at every level," he said.
"If U of M'3 law school feels it
needs more money, it should find
its backbone and stand shoulder to
shoulder with students, staff and
faculty who are lobbying for higher
public funding." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Mean green mother of a play
Little shop lifts
spirits with two
strong Audreys
presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company
at the Granville Island Stage
until Mar. 22
by John Hua
The Motown-iMuenced musical "Little Shop of
Horrors* has become a cult classic, encompassing the elements of great entertainment such as
powerful music, vibrant acting and dazzling
effects. Accompanying the enthusiasm surrounding the production are strong expectations,
which for the most part are met by the Arts Club
Theatre Company. Although falling short in
some minor areas, "Little Shop of Horrors" offers
a fun and exciting night of musical theatre.
Fully utilising a script that demands
grandeur, the Arts Club Theatre succeeds in
going all out in this production. Although the
roles may not be very demanding, the actors
more than make up for it in the musical department, belting out numbers that would impress
the Supremes.
Katey Wright, a UBC Theatre alumna,
stepped into the role of Audrey with confidence. Throughout the night, Wright continued
to catch the audience off-guard as she literally
exploded out of her squeaky Brooklyn accent.
captivating eveiyone with her booming voice,
which held a combination of power and eloquence. Wright fit the role perfecdy in every
aspect and was obviously having a blast with
the part, bringing life to the stage as she consistency gained momentum with the character. Wright commanded the attention of the
audience, making sure that each- note was
heard and not a single innuendo was missed.
On the other end of the spectrum was the disappointing performance of lead actor Duncan
Stewart; who plays the quirky yet somewhat lovable Seymour. The character-t of Seymour is
meant to be soft-spoken and timid, but Stewart
fails to capture the contrasting confidence and
strength of the ambitious botanical scientist
Stewart was simply unable to sustain stage presence throughout the musical numbers, as his
voice was completely drowned out by the other
members on stage. Stewart's transitions from
speech to song were choppy, due to the nature of
Seymour's Tweety Bird accent. In the few
instances that Stewart was able to grasp onto the
audience's attention with his voice, the words
were slurred and incomprehensible. In all fairness, the accent chosen by Stewart for the character of Seymour was by its nature inarticulate
and sloppy—in a role that relies on singing perhaps practicality should have been considered.
The smaller roles of the production were
superbly performed, compensating in the areas
that Stewart fell short Orin the sadistic dentist
played by Matt Palmer, was absolutely wonder-
frd. Palmer played every lijvcurl and hip gyration
to a tee, causing non-stop laughter and becoming
the undeniable highlight of the night
The puppetry of Audrey II was executed
with masterful precision, creating a flawless.
larger-than-life character. It was delightful to
see the different ways the puppet interacted
with the characters^ as well as the stage itself.
The use of trapdoors and different mechanisms was very well done, and I am still unable
to figure out how it was all accomplished. The
combination of Timothy Bnimmund's soulful
voice and the puppet mastery of Rodrigues
Williams brings to life a wonderfully evil crea
ture not to be soori forgotten.
Although there were some minor kinks in
the production, the overall play was extremely
entertaining. "Little Shop of Horrors" demands"
each cast member to give absolutely everything;
to the roles, and, mostly, the Arts Club Theatre
Company did this without hesitation. In the
end, this production was very enjoyable and a
great way to spend an evening. ♦
We're not jazz...
Startling revelations
from Sparta (they're
not "emo" either)
in the SnoCore festival
with Sparta, Glassjaw and Hot Water Music
at the Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 27
by Chris Dingwall
Sparta's appeal is in their history. In 2001, At the Drive-in,
a punk/emo band dear to hardcore emo backpackers and
nerds in general, broke up and split into two different
punk/emo bands: the Mars Volta and Sparta. The Mars
Volta wept on a tour of Europe, quietly released the
Tremulant EP in April 2002, and rightly garnered critical
praise for the experimental directions they were taking
with ATDI's signature sound (all but abandoning it). Sparta
has been more productive in the studio, releasing the
Austere EP a week before Tremulant came out and then
the much-anticipated Wiretap Scars album in August
Band split-ups are great because of the potential for
sleaze, but Sparta has httle to distinguish itself from its past
Sure, Wiretap Scars is an okay album. "Sans Cosm" is the
best song because it sounds like the band might actually be
having a moment of sincere joy in making music. But such
moments are rare. The songwriting lacks strong poetic or
political grounding, whereas At the Drive In's politics gave
focus to the band's sonic rage. Fugazi, still the most progressive hardcore band 16 years later, does both. Sparta's
loudness is just exercise: formulaic and often dry. And it
turns out that the break-up wasn't very exciting either.
So when I found out that I'd have a chance to talk to
Sparta I asked my friend Aaron Strate—formerly of the
Underground, then of MuchMusic, and how of the
Underground again sort of—to join me, because he really
likes the band for some reason. The interview was by
phone. It was on a Tuesday. It was with the drummer. The
drummer's name is Tony.
Aaron: You guys are going to Salt Lake City. Are you
afraid of the Mormons that are going to be there?
Tony. Okay, that's a funny one. But I think Salt Lake
City has a strong vibe. I remember going there years ago
and seriously being scared. If I were to go to a Wal-Mart
there with my dark hair and dark complexion, I would
stand out like a Martian. Ifs kind of a scary place. But
we've been lucky enough to have toured for many years,
and we have friends in many places, so now it's just another city that we know.
Aaron: See, if I was in Sparta and I went to Salt Lake
City, I'd be sort of afraid because there's a huge jazz influence in Salt Lake City, so much so that they named their
basketball team after that And Sparta isn't what I'd call a
jazz band, so that might bea Uttle scary. Can you comment
on that?
Tony: We're not jazz [laughs].
Chris: By that same token, we have a [Western Hockey
League] team called the.Vancouver Giants. Are you worried? I know that I'm worried about giants stomping me,
crushing my bones, and making a pie. Have you been forewarned about this?
Tony. I've never heard of that before [laughing].
Chris: You're going to find out pretty quick. Thaf s why
so many bands don't come up here.
Aaron: You should get a Range Rover.
Suffice to say, if it weren't for Aaron's sense of humour
and my shameless lack of regard for the practice of journalism, the interview would've been as lifeless as Tony's
drums. He doesn't even have a name for them; he just calls
them 'drums,' for crying out loud.
He did say that At the Drive-In is broken up for good,
and they are all still pals. In fart, things got a bit heated
when I brought up the VICE article about the split ("Drive-
In and Cryin': Life After the Drive-La' V9N4). He said, "I'm
not addressing anything in that stupid flicking magazine
about the gross things they said about my friends.*
True, VICE did report incorrectly apparently, that the
breakup was 'messier than an X-treme Bukake DVD.' But
who expects journalistic integrity from VICE anyway?
Tony, perhaps, isn't the most exciting member of the
Sparta band. Besides laughing at our jokes or getting really angry at me, he didn't do or say anything very interesting. He'd pick Batman ih a fight against Spiderman—most
people pick Spiderman Oh, and—get this—he resents people calling Sparta an "emo' band.
Fugazi doesn't like being called an emo band either,
even though they pretty much invented the genre. But
Fugazi has something going for them that most emo bands
don't and something that At the Drive-in had personality.
Sparta is like Fugazi in no way, and their music amounts
no more than the mediocre sum of their undeniably
gifted parts,
Sparta is headlining the SnoCore Rock show at the
Commodore this Thursday, February 27. Incidentally, the
Mars Volta will be playing the Coachella Valley Music
Festival on April 27. ♦
Dave is dead?!
Local punk band hangs up the hoodies*
with guests
at Heritage Hall (3102 Main St)
Feb. 28
by Anthony Woo
Take a bunch of teenage guys, throw in some guitars and a set of drums, and?
what do you get? Hanson? The Moffats? Well..yes. But add- a healthy dose of
old-fashioned 'rawk' to the mix and you get local indie band My Buddy Dave.
My Buddy Dave consists of Tyler Bancroft (vocals/guitar), Matthew Clarke
(drums), Jeff LaForge (bass) and Matthew Bai (guitar). Taking a whimsical
stance, with quirky lyrics and sound against the generally anger-ridden
punk/hardcore scene, My Buddy Dave has carved itself a niche following in
local music.
My Buddy Dave has been around for quite a while, although not always
under the current band name. Dating back to 1998, the group started out in
elementary school as a quartet of 12 and 13 year-olds who released an eight-
track tape under the name Particle. Asking them about the "Particle Period" is
a httle like kicking them each in their respective crotches. After much prodding, the highest praise they are willing to give their debut recording is "It
blew..it really blew." Particle was not exactly what they had hoped for and
being made fun of every time their science teacher said the word 'particle' in
class did Uttle to help.
Sensing a need to rediscover itself, the band went through an identity crisis as it changed the band name over and over and over, becoming a chimera
of self-described stupid names; first came Nemesis, then The Number 3, and
then, with the help of the Greenlight Society of the Arts, the release of a self-
titled CD under the name Spoof During this schizophrenic period the band
also picked up and then lost an unnamed keyboardist who ran off to quote-
unquote, 'pursue a solo career in Afghanistan.'
Finally, on a cold New Year's Eve in downtown Vancouver, the band met
their impetus, a homeless crack addict named Dave who turned down their
offer of a bag lunch declaring, 'no food, just money,' which became their second album's name. Adopting this character's name, the band then went on to
successes of various degrees, including two more albums under this new
moniker. Girl Massage (2000) and My Buddy Dave...Saves the Radio (2001).
Notable achievements include playing at last year's New Music West and also
performing at CITIfs SHiNDiGI competition in 2001, where they placed second overall in a field of 2 7 bands.
But all of this is coming to an end. My Buddy Dave is planning to split up,
sort of. As frontman Bancroft puts it 'spUtting up sounds so depressing. We
prefer to look at it as being on permanent hiatus.' But whatever they prefer to
call it they insist it is amicable as they are all moving on in life. To commemorate this passing they £lan on playing one final show at the Heritage Hall (at
15th and Main) on February 2 8 with fellow local bands The Letter 3, Complete
and Dust opening up. Expect this to be some show as it's the last chance to see
them before they split up.er, go on hiatus. ♦ 10
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Al an interna tioual bal wearing convention, [va Cheung sported a dashing
fedorawhfleDan Lazin in his sombrero [which sounds like 'I in my nightcap,' but isn't) gave twizzlers to a tuque-wearing Hywel Tuscano and t
toque wearing Chris Shepherd. No one wore a fauque, because lhat isn't
an acceptable spelling, though both tf lhe previous are. Chris Schwandt
repeatedly donned and doffed his ballcap. Laura Blue look lost inside hsr
top bal (she hat t tiny head, seei Bryan Zandberg sat underneath > pith
helmet, and Sarah Conchie showed off her yarmuike. Nic Fenson*. filling
out i ten gallon, applied vaseline to Megan Thomas'( head so that aha
could spin her Stetson around effortlessly. Duncan M. McHugh wore a
bishop'6 mitre. Et was tall So was he. Anna King was less tafl. She. to iha
point, had on a 'coon-skin cap, like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett Did
Daniel Boon* wear on* of those? A pirate hat was seen on Jesse
Marchand; Michelle Mayne had a beanie with a little propeller. Emily
Chan, in her aviator's court sneered at Chris Dingwall in his plastic imitation Kaiser helmetjohn Hmj wore all SOO hats of Bartholomew
Cubbint. And Sarah Bourdon, Weronika Lewczuk, Vanessa Ho, Kevin
Grove*, Rob Nagai, Sandra Fffippelh' and Emily Cordonier? The}' had on,
amongst then), a sailor hat, a bike helmet, a swim cap, a beret a bowler
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pissed off
A lot happened over reading break. Some good
and some bad. While we ai the Ubyssey don't
want to go aU negative, there were a few things
that were just so annoying they have to be
The Alma Mater Society Council
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council decided to keep the SUB open in the event of a campus-wide strike by the teaching assistants (TAs).
This alone is annoying because it rescinded a
motion they passed a week earlier to close it.
But what really pissed us off was that they
debated- the decision while in camera—which
means that only AMS councillors can be in the
room and they can't discuss what was said in
camera elsewhere. What this suggests is that the
financial situation of the AMS is so precarious
that Council felt the need to undo their earlier
One member of Council said they went in
camera because they were afraid to speak their
minds in front of some of the guests. TA representatives were at the meeting but because
Council went in camera, they had to leave and,
presumably, the councillors could say what they
were thinking about the TA labour, situation
without restraint
It is unfortunate that Council was afraid to
speak in front ofthe people who are most affected by its decision. It is also unfortunate that,
because of this fear, Council has prevented
many councillors from explaining what they
know of the AMS's financial situation to those
they represent.
The provincial budget
This pissed us off simply because it is a continuation of the neglect that the BC Liberals
have been showing post-secondary education
ever since they came into power.
Premier Campbell is asking universities to
make room for 9000 more students over three
yeajs, while—at the same time—the province is
taking away almost $ 19 million in funding, all
the while saying it wants to improve access and
quality of education. How are universities to
achieve this with a dwindling budget? Students
should be warned that the university will be
coming to them to cover the bills.
The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) referendum results
Certainly, we were happy with the high
turnout of 7245 voters. We were delighted with
the 5802 voters who said 'Yes' to a new student
fee of $ 1 per student, which will be used to fund
sexual assault support services on campus,
namely the" SASC. The AMS Innovative Projects
Fund and donations from Arts County Fair have
served as generous but unreliable sources of
funding for a service that should be treated as
essential, not as a charity.
What had us seething after the referendum
was the number of people who voted 'No' to this
proposal. 1443 voters were unwilling to put one
dollar per year (yes—as in less than three cents
per day) toward counselling and other modes of
support for victims of sexual assault. While this
number represents fewer than 20 per cent of
voters, it is still chillingly large. We can't fathom
the sort of hyper-libertarian economic thought
that could compel these people to vote the way
they did, but we hope that they won't have to see
the far-tdo-commbn realties of sexual assault
firsthand before they think about reordering
their priorities.
UBCs role in campus labour disputes
Martha Piper's forum on the current labour
situation was a joke and demonstrated the university's lack of interest in students' concerns.
Held at 10am over reading break, when many
students are off-campus, the forum failed to satisfy the concerns of the roughly 1300 people
who showed up to hear it.
What is so frustrating about Piper's views
are that they are often a blatant misrepresentation of the facts and full of contradictions.
Teaching assistants (TAs) are asking for tuition
waivers, since their pay was essentially cut by
16 per cent this year due to tuition increases—
TAs must pay tuition as a condition of their
employment At the forum, Piper said TAs comprise only 20 per cent of all graduate students
and asked why UBC should subsidise such a
small number of its students. But over the
course of their entire education, closer to 70 per
cent of grad students become TAs. And Piper
told the crowd the university refuses to treat
TAs' tuition differently than any other graduate
student on campus—but she then went on to
proudly announce that the university would
begin subsidising PhD students' tuition.
And finally, UBC has taken out advertisements in daily newspapers, claiming that UBC
TAs, in total wages, are among the highest paid
in the countiy—public announcements Piper
said are necessary to maintain communication
with the UBC community. This Is true if you
don't know that UBC TAs are 'lucky' that they
can work more hours than TAs at other universities. It's truly disappointing that Piper can justify her raise by comparing herself to other university presidents, but not apply the same reasoning to giving TAs tuition waivers or pay
increases. This TA strike hurts students most,
and it hurts us that Piper doesn't seem to care
enough to attempt a resolution. ♦
U-Pass's odd coincidences
I decided to educate myself on the
Universal Bus Pass (U-PASS) issue
this week. While I disagree with it,
eveiyone is entided to their own
opinion. What concerns me is all
these odd coincidences that have
occurred over the past week concerning the issue.
Today I read in the paper that
no one stepped up to lead the No
campaign. I think that if people had
known when and where this decision was happening many people
would have been more than willing, myself included.
Deciding that the No side needed a little education, my sister and
I made some signs. What a coincidence it was that they were all
taken down the next day.
Then, when I went to vote using
the computers in the SUB, none of
them worked. I noticed that for
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
people all around me were frying to
vote, But were unable to. What a
strange coincidence, as I had no
problems during the past web vote.
The last coincidence is that this
is a mandatory program. TransLink
has offered the bus riders an offer
that they cannot refuse knowing that
the people who drive will not only
pay the difference, but give them a
nice httle profit Those who drive
(many carpool) do so because
TransLink offers poor, slow service.
Now, I am not pointing my finger at anyone, but do you not think
this is a lot of convenient coincidences all surrounding a single
—Shannon MacDonald
Arts 3
Ubyssey coverage biased
I was sad to see that your coverage
of the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass)
referendum question was so
biased Your February 11 edition
featured! a front page article
("Polling; the masses') on the issue*
which quoted two Yes campaigners
and no one from the (admittedly
invisible) No camp. Of the 12 paragraphs devoted to the U-Pass question, seven extolled the virtues of
the pass; no criticism was to be
found. The half-page editorial
appearing in the same edition entided "Get on the Bus: vote 'Yes" was
just too much. Where's the hard
reporting? Will TransLink profit
from the deal? Is the Alma Mater
Society getting a steal or getting
screwed? How does our deal size up
against deals TransLink has struck
with other BC universities? Maybe I
missed this good stuff hi a previous
edition. Please let me know.
—Geoff Urton
Graduate Studies—animal welfare
UBC rugby rocks Berkeley
Congratulations to the UBC men's
rugby team.
I am a UBC alumnus how studying af the University ot Berkeley
and I was proud to watch UBC play
(and defeat) Berkeley on Saturday
February 15! This game was the
best I have ever seen. Berkeley has
been undefeated and USA college
champs the past two years, and
their coach turned down an offer
from Gloucester in the United
Kingdom to remain here, so winning here was a considerable
The student paper, the Daily
Califbrnian, reported the match in
obituary style, listing the team's
impressive statistics over 2000-
2002: get this, 2182 points scored
by Berkeley to 297 against them.
Their last loss was...to UBC, who
with the University of Victoria, are
considered rivals for best team on
the continent.
I hope UBC continues to show a
strong field presence (I winced continually throughout the match at
the crushing tackles) and the dominant ball-handling which won this
game. Co Thunderbirdsl
—Kaspar Mossmart
Berkeley, California THEUBYSSEY
C'est tres bon, le theatre!
New translation of play draws
francophone theatregoers
at Salle Multi (Centre culturel francophone
de Vancouver, 1545 West 7th Ave)
until Mar. 1
by Bryan Zandberg
Just off Granville, on 7th Avenue, there lies
a hidden oasis of francophone culture. It's
home to ambient French cafes like Zizanine,
BC's French-speaking newspaper L'Express
du Paciflque, and the Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver. Geographically
speaking, it's really quite a small area, and I
imagine I'd never have known about it if it
weren't for the fact that it's home to both
the Salle Multi and Theatre la Seizieme, the
company currently co-staging (with
Ontario's Theatre la Catapulte) the play "Des
Mondes Possibles." It's the first ever production in French of John Mighton's critically successful "Possible Worlds," which
won the Governor General's Literary Award
for Drama in 1992.
The play's appeal lies in the tantalising
possibilities ofthe lengths to which we can
stretch our imaginations and the idea that
we may be simultaneously living in thousands of different possible worlds. This latter theme is a reality for the drama's protagonist,'George Barber, played by Stephan
Cloutier. His portrayal of George is nothing
less than ace. Taking the audience through
the 18 scenes ofthe play's one act, Cloutier
ably evokes the sort of anguished loneliness that befits the strange genius of a man
like George, whose love for Joyce (Eugenie
Gaillard) haunts him in every one of the
billions of possible worlds through which
hehas passed. Although his love is a constant, he is tormented by the fact that even
Joyce's most minute choices render her a
different person in each of the worlds
where he encounters her. As such,
George's pursuit of her makes for a bizarre
love story that sort of stutters forward
across a multitude of actualities in a series
of fits and starts.
Counterpoint   to   George's   tortured
existence is a series of real-time macabre
murders under investigation by Berkley
(Yves Trubide), the chief of police, and
his assistant Williams (Pascal
Patenaude). Again and again these
inspectors arrive at grisly crime scenes,
too late to stop an unknown killer who is
stealing the grey matter of highly intelligent victims. The investigation leads
them to the laboratory of suspect scientist   Penfield    (Christiane    Raymond),
whose perverse experiments on rats—
their brains are kept alive in water-filled
aquariums—do not warrant her implication in the dozen-plus- brain thefts.
Meanwhile, George begins to notice a
string of unnerving irregularities in both
his dreams and his waking world, which
seems to be decaying around him.
To save the stunning conclusion for you, -
I'll go no further with unravelling the plot.
Besides, I don't think I could praise the
production of "Des Mondes Possibles"
enough. Between the lilting score, the
sweet artifices of a well-designed set, and
the sheer dramatic genius of each of the
actors, the play is a resounding success.
The lines are inhabited, not recited; the
body language speaks volumes, and the
interactions between the players soundly
create the sorts of textures the script
demands. Compelling, too, is the way the
actors stay in character even in between
scenes, as they transfer caps or coats
before the opening of the next one. They
turn a technical difficulty into an opportunity to add depth to their respective
It's unfortunate the production's run is
so short, but I guess that's the story of a
French play in an English town. Still, it's
something theatre buffs and francophiles
would be completement fous to miss. ♦
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UBC resident musicians
head into final round
of CBCs televised
national competition
on the CBC Great Canadian Music Dream
Feb. 26, 8pm
by Sarah Bourdon
For all you classical music fans out there, UBC's very own Borealis
String Quartet heads into the national spotlight on February 26. The
dynamic quartet-in-residence recently qualified for the finals of the
CBC's Great Canadian Music Dream competition after winning the
Be/Yukon Region semi-finals. This is a great achievement for the
group, considering that there were 2000 entrants from the BC-Yukon
region alone, one of five semi-final regions in Canada.
The Borealis String Quartet is made up of two violinists, Patricia
Shih and Yuel Yawney; one violist, Nikita Pogrebnoy; and one cellist,
Joel Stobbe. In their performances, they are known for their liveliness
and for the creative approach they take to classical pieces.
"They have said themselves that they want to prove that classical
music isn't boring, and watching and hearing them certainly proves
that,* said Laurie Townsend, concerts and communications manager
for the UBC School of Music. 'Just watching them is electric. The
School of Music is thrilled that the quartet has had this tremendous
success and exposure on CBC-TV."
In the two and a half years the quartet has been together, they have
grown to be a strong presence on both the local and national music
scene. They are going to be a part of the prestigious Vancouver
Ch^mhgr Music Festival and have been featured on numerous CBC
ana $adia-Canada broadcasts. They are also excited to be embarking
on a 32-concert tour of Alberta, BC and Ontario.
, Yawney said that the group entered the contest on a whim. 'We saw
it on television and thought, 'Let's try thatl" said Yawney. According
to him, the contest is not really geared toward classical music. So far,
the quartet has competed against jazz, pop and rock artists. However,
the success of the Borealis String Quartet showcases their versatility
and uniqueness as classical artists and proves that classical music has
an important place in the competition.
The quartet's semi-final performance can be viewed on their web-
site, www.borealisstringquartet.com, as well as at the official Great
Canadian Music Dream site, www.cbc.ca/musicdream. The piece of
music on the web is the same one that they will play for the finals. 'It's
a chopped up, three-and-a-half minute version of a Beethoven string
quartet,' said Stobbe.
Also on the CBC website is the chance for the public to vote for the
group, which can be done between February 22 and 2 6. The winner of
the grand prize, which is a documentary special on CBC-TV and Radio,
will be announced after the final broadcast on Wednesday, February
26. A documentary on national television would provide great
exposure for the group.
'We're representing the home team here and, being from UBC, we
certainly want to bring UBC's name around everywhere that we go,*
said Stobbe. 'We're very grateful to the university for the support that
we've enjoyed for the last twp and a half years. The university has certainly put their efforts behind us and we're very happy that we can
bring them out and represent them in a national competition
like this."
In addition to performing at the competition, Borealis was featured
in a concert on campus over reading break: on February IS, the UBC
community enjoyed the quartet's music at the School of Music Recital
Hall. Winners of the Great Canadian Music Dream competition are
chosen' partially based on voters' opinions, and the string quartet
wants to encourage UBC students and faculty to rally and support
them. 'Voting makes a huge difference,' said Townsend. ♦
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Folk the world
From Victoria (Australia)
to Vancouver, Mr X
is doing it all
at the Railway Club
Feb. 12
by Weronika Lewczuk
Xavier Rudd is an artist who is not new to Canada, and his
exposure is growing every time he visits. Rudd is from
Australia, but is very much in tune With BC. He is very humble while singing on stage, and plays three instruments-
holding the guitar in his hands, beating out the rhythm
with his right foot, and playing a didgeridoo to his side. His
type of music is unique and seems to be inspired by several different styles pouring into one potion. There are strong
blues undertones, reinforced by. the folk-like melody and
upbeat rhythm.
His show on February 12 was a success. The venue he
played at, the Railway Club, was full of listeners. The audience enjoyed his rhythmic style, nodding their heads in
appreciation, and strollers from the street outside came in
and enjoyed the show as well. The atmosphere was at once
, alive with positive- energy. Those who spokes in the audience were shushed with giddy laughter from the audience
across the bar. Rudd joined in the games, incorporating a
smirking shush into the beginning of the "song 'Silence.*
There were no negative vibes between anyone; it was just a
nice show with really good music.
As Rudd plays, he is totally immersed in the music that
is rhythmically escaping his body through his lungs, fingers and feet. It was great just to watch him create this
music on the stage. He played the slide lap guitar and" two
acoustics, which were interchanged constantly during his
set. Throughout the skillful guitar pulse and melody, he
tapped out more rhythm with his bare foot, a combination
that enveloped the room.
.. While- playing the guitar and drumming the rhythm, he
incorporated the didgeridoo, a traditional Australian
instrument. He performed with three of them set up on.
stage, each one with a history and special meaning. He also
used an array of other instruments periodically in his set,
substituting for one of the three core instruments. This
gave the show a greater depth and variety, which was
refreshing to hear.
The interaction between tjie three instruments and
Rudd's voice singing his lyricst is'powerful and profound.
His performance is a great experience that enriches each
person who goes through it-
Rudd toured around the Lower Mainland, the interior
and Vancouver Island over the last few weeks, and has a
few American tour dates before he returns to Australia. He
will be playing in the 14th annual East Coast National
Blues and Roots music festival in Australia with Ben
Harper, and seveal other artists, and is very excited about
the opportunity to play this famous concert. •
Rudd has just released a new album called Live at the
Grid: BC, Canada. Recorded in Courtney, on Vancouver
Island, it is a collection of thoughtful songs and inspired
riffs—a great album, worth purchasing. ♦


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