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Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 40
Sixteen burnm' pages since 1918
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Slates barred from student politics
Ban passes by one vote in council
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by Jonathan Woodward
NEWS EDITOR
Students for Students (SfS),
Students' Progressive Action
Network (SPAN), even the Radical
Beer Faction (RBF)—no more.
In a decision that passed by only
one vote at student council, the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) banned slates
from running in student council
elections. Candidates will not be able
to endorse each other, run under the
same banner or campaign for
"mutual advantage" next year.
This will change student politics
for the better, said Spencer Keys, the
student council member* wno
brought the motion to the table.
"The status quo simply isn't
working," he said.
Slates create a branding' of student politics—a sham left' or 'right'
wing party that students will vote for
on name recognition rather than
because of a platform that they
agree with, he said.
If the five executive member's of
student council do not belong to the
same slate, they feel an artificial
divide between them, pitting one
student politician against another
along slate lines, creating a tense
and adversarial council, said Keys.
The student media often capitalise on this divide and make relations even more difficult, he said.
Keys, who has run for executive
positions three times and lost on a
slate and as aii independent, said the
new rules will take away the powerful branding power of slates, which
stifles independent candidates.
But banning slates helps candidates more than voters, said Dave
Asgeirsson, the Graduate Student
Society Elections Administrator and
graduate student representative on
council, who voted to keep slates.
Eliminating the branded politics
of slates Stops the uninformed from
voting, he said.
"I agree that there are a lot of
uninformed voters, but uninformed
voters should still be voting," said
Asgeirsson. "Everyone's vote is
equally important regardless of how
informed they are."
See "Slates" on page 2.
ibers. michelle mayne photo same slate, they feel an artificial See Slates on page 2.
Study examines medical pot use
80 per cent of patients surveyed willing to try it
by Paul Evans willing to try just about anything;" "The  problem  with  the  way
AMS survey says
UBC education
is not affordable
by Sarah Bourdon and
Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
Sixty-four per cent of UBC students
say that education at UBC is not
affordable, according to the results
of a recent' Alma Mater Society
(AMS) tuition survey.
Seven out of ten students said
they feel tuition has affected them
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financially and two out of three said
that no increase in tuition next year
is acceptable.
The survey, conducted by email,
received 9950 responses—nearly a
quarter of the student body at UBC.
Data from it will be brought to the
Board of Governors, UBC's highest
decision-making body, later this
month when a decision on next
year's tuition increase is expected.
UBC is currently doing tuition
consultation to gauge opinions on
the proposed tuition increase, estimated between 15 and 19 per cent.
This survey gives the AMS a better understanding of how students
feel about tuition increases and
gives the society a more effective
lobbying tool, said Sam Saini, former AMS VP External.
"I tbink it was very beneficial to
have that type of broad opinion from
students with respect to their tuition
issues," he said.
Previous efforts at student consultation, such as open forums,
failed to capture widespread student
interest. Public events demonstrating against raised tuition, such as
the February 4 tuition rally downtown, were poorly attended by UBC
See "Survey" on page 2.
by Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
Even though they have a terminal illness, some patients are worried
about the health risks of using
medicinal marijuana as a pain
relieving drug, says , a recent
BC study. • • >■      ■
The study, done as part of a grant
application to Health Canada, surveyed 60 patients to better under--
stand their feelings about marijuana.
"We wanted to know how people
felt about trying it out for pain and
nausea," said Romayne Gallagher, a
UBC clinical medicine professor and
author of the study. "People had a lot
of concerns about the use of
cannabis and a lot of them centred
around actually smoking it."
Although the patients had a short
life expectancy, they were concerned,
about possible lung damage.
"People didn't really want to
smoke it, they'd much prefer a pill
or some kind of liquid form," said
Gallagher, adding that patients were
also concerned about endangering
the health of those around them by
smoking the drug.
Gallagher also discovered that 80
per cent of patients were willing to
try the drug simply because they
needed relief from their symptoms.
"I just found it interesting that
people were quite willing to try
something even though they had a
lot of worries about it; it just goes to
show you that when people are sick
they are pretty vulnerable and are
willing to try just about anything;"
she said.
Marijuana has been available for
medicinal purposes since July of
2001, when the Marijuana Medical
Access Regulations were established
by Health Canada. Approximately
700 people in Canada are now registered in the program and are legally allowed to possess or grow less
than 30g of marijuana.
But Gallagher says Health Canada
did not do their homework before
making medicinal marijuana legal.
"The problem with the way
Health Canada has gone about doing
it Is that they've kind of released it
before it's really been tested,"
she said.
Because it has not been properly
tested, groups like the Canadian
Medical Association (CMA) have
Come Out in opposition to the program. Since Health Canada gives no
guidelines oh what amounts to prescribe, there is the possibility of
. See "Pot" on page 2.
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NEWS
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THE TUITION CONSULTATION IS UNDERWAY
You are invited to participate!
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"Slates" from page h
But Keys said the slate-based
choices of uninformed voters disrupt the choice of informed voters.
The artificial divide along slate
lines in the student government
could be remedied by electing a
slate en masse, said outgoing AMS
President Oana Chirila. A system
like this is in place in Queen's
University student council elections—if a slate gets the most votes,
it wins eveiy position. This would
provide unity and direction to a student council, she said.
Queen's slates are also named
after the last initials of their candidates, avoiding the branding effect
of names like 'Students'
Progressive Action Network' and
'Students for Students,' added
Chirila.
But this is impossible to implement without changing the AMS
bylaws, which by provincial law can
only be changed with the approval
of ten per cent of the student body—
and bringing that many students
together to vote would be nearly
impossible, said Keys.
Simon Fraser University has a
system that allows slates, but often
there are seven or eight slates that
compete. This gives the system a
balance that UBC simply doesn't
have, said outgoing VP Academic
Laura Best. ,
UBC doesn't have enough interest in student politics and that leads
to a two-party-like system, she said.
Greater interest in student politics and a more diverse slate system
would be better for student government than banning slates altogether, said Best.
One UBC slate is happy with the
new rule and is planning to get creative for next year.
The Radical Beer Faction was
formed in the 1980s as an alternative to slate politics and is the oldest
slate on campus.
"We see this as a victory for the
Radical Beer Faction, the anti-slate,*
said Lana Rupp, who campaigned
for president in 2003 with RBF.
While the RBF will not be able to
legally exist in the next election, she
said there are still ways to impact
student politics.
Instead of having one party campaigning for beer, each candidate
could run on a platform of a single
beer: one for Big Rock, one for
Sleeman's and so on, she said.
"It's never the end of the Radical
Beer Faction," said Rupp. ♦
Alma Mater Society survey gauges student opinion
"Survey" from page 2. will be presented with a summary of
consultation and feedback, she said.
"Certainly, if we have a copy of
the results...it would include comments that relate to the fact that the
AMS has taken an effort to do a survey and the key findings," said
Aucoin.
But Aucoin questioned whether
the university and the student society are using the same terms of reference for their consultation.
When a survey is asking students
to measure "quality of education,"
those terms must be clearly defined,
she said.
"If students feel they are not getting a quality education, it's very
important to unpack that and be
clear about what that means," she
said. "It does mean something different to each person." ♦
students, said Saini.
"Getting students involved in the
[consultation] process of tuition has
been unfruitful," said Saini. "We
were very successful in getting people's opinions on tuition out there
[with the survey.]*
Newly-elected VP External Holly
Foxcroft, now charged with putting
the data to use, could not be
reached for comment before press
time.
The university has not been presented with the survey results, and
cannot comment on how or if they
would be used, said Michelle
Aucoin, a spokesperson from UBC's
VP Students office.
But when the Board of Governors
decides_ on tuition increases, they
Compassion Club exists in a 'grey zone'
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lawsuits against doctors, said
Gallagher.
Gallagher does prescribe marijuana and refers patients to the BC
Compassion Club Society. The
Compassion Club, established in
1996 in Vancouver by activist Hilary
Blacl. now has over 2 700 terminally
ill or chronically ill members who
receive varying amounts of medicinal marijuana.
With only about 70 people legally
allowed pot in BC for medicinal
uses, there are a lot of people in the
club who haven't gone through
Health Canada's lengthy approval
process.
Rielle Capler, a spokesperson for
the Club, admits, "We've always
existed in kind of a grey zone.-.We've
always done things in a way that the
government and enforcement feel
comfortable with."
The Compassion Club provides
its members with safe and clean
marijuana but leaves it up to the
patients to determine what amount
is right for them. All the members at
the Compassion Club have a doctor's
referral and suffer from illnesses
like HTV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis
or cancer.
Capler says many come to the
Compassion Club because they don't
want to buy drugs off the street or
because they don't respond well to
conventional painkillers.
"A lot of people who come here
are coming here because they don't
get the relief that they want from
pharmaceutical drugs and they get
side effects from the pharmaceutical
drugs," she said.
Gallagher's study also looked at
patients' perceptions of existing
painkillers.
"[The study] also points out that
they have a lot of worries about the
[painkillers] that we already know
are safe, she said.
Marijuana can work very well as
a pain reliever, especially for illnesses that entail spasms, said Gallagher.
But she pointed out that marijuana is
not as effective as some of the conventional painkillers.
"I don't see it as a wonderful new
painkiller that's going to work for
everybody," said Gallagher. But she
also said she would like to see marijuana as an option for people
in pain.
Trials on the effects of medicinal
marijuana are currently being done
in the United Kingdom and
Gallagher said she will watch with
interest to see if patients really benefit from marijuana. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2004
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by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
In the wake of the suicide of a
female UBC student in the Totem
Park residence, students need to be
encouraged to reach out to support
services, say health experts.
'If people feel as though they are
contemplating suicide themselves,
or know someone that is...we have
the resources. We would really like >
to help people," said Patricia
Mirwaldt, director of student health
services. !
Mirwaldt said UBC personnel
worked quickly to comfort Totem
residents who were directly affected
by last week's suicide and worked to
get the word out that students have
many support options, mcluding 24r-
hour crisis lines, if they need help
dealing with the tragedy.
Suicides in residences at UBC are
extremely rare. "If is definitely the
first one in a really long time, in the
residence itself," said Mirwaldt   -
She also said that approaching
exams may make this time of year
difficult for students who~ are con
templating taking their own lives.
"Of course we have to be concerned all the time, but as we are
getting close to exam periods [it is]
often a difficult time," said
Mirwaldt
Another high risk period that
may come as a surprise to many is
the December holiday season, she
added.
"Many people don't realise that
holidays are often a time where
there is a great deal of emotional
stress for people."
If you think som.eone is feeling
suicidal, you should ask them about
it, said Tasha Ptasinski, the coordinator of the Alma Mater Society's
Speakeasy, a confidential and
anonymous peer support service on
campus.
"One of the biggest myths about
suicide is that if you ask someone,
you will give them the idea of doing
it," she said. Research shows this is
not the case and that often people
are relieved to be able to talk about
suicidal feelings.
Students affected by suicide
should also not feel ashamed to seek
support, Ptasinski added.
"I just want to encourage students who are feeling upset because
they have been affected by suicide to
approach help. There is no shame in
that," she said.
There were 532 suicides in BC in
2002, the most recent statistics
available, and it is the second-leading cause of death for people aged
19-24, said . Suri Vangolen, a
spokesperson for SAFER—Suicide
Attempt Follow-up, Education
and Research—a community-based
group working to prevent suicide.
The age group with the highest number of suicides is age 40-49.
Vangolen also said suicide rates,
adjusted for population increase,
are currently not increasing.
Men are four times more likely
than women to take their own lives,
in part due to social myths that men
should not reach ouf for help, said
Vangolen. But she also said that suicide is a complex issue and needs to
be dealt with accordingly.
"It isn't ever one single situation
that causes suicide," she said. "[But]
there is help available." ♦
Suicide warning signs
♦sadness
♦lack of interest or energy
♦changes in eating or sleeping habits
♦changes in appearance
♦dramatic behaviour, attitudes or actions
♦unusual quietness
♦unusual aggressiveness or anger
♦dropping out of hobbies, sports, school or job
♦talking about death or cult figures who have died by suicide
♦taking risks (i.e. driving recklessly, unsafe sex)
♦alcohol or drug use
♦giving away possessions and saying goodbye
♦history of previous suicide attempts
♦stress or trauma
source: SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research Program)
Campus resources
Speakeasy
Confidential Alma Mater
Society peer support and
referral service
Support line: 604-822-3700
Info line: 604-822-3777
Administration line:
604-822-9246
Student Health Service
Medical treatment. Psychiatry
referrals
604-822-7011
UBC Chaplains
Pastoral counselling for all
major faiths and religions
604-822-4463
First Nations House of
Learning
Counselling for First Nations
students
604-822-4824
UBC Counselling Services
Daily drop in
604-822-3811
Pacific Spirit Family and
Community Services
Counselling for residents of
UBC Family Housing and
First Nations students
604-822-4824
Off-campus resources
Crisis Counselling and Suicide
Prevention
Vancouver:
604-872-3311 (24 hours)
Surrey:
604-951-8855 (24 hours)
Richmond:
604-279-7070 (9am to 12am)
SAFER
Suicide counselling
604-879-9251
(8:30am to 4:30pm)
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Somebody decided to play dress-up with the
Goddess of Democracy yesterday, giving her a
crown of tightie-whities. No one is claiming
responsibility for the incident that had more than
a few passers-by stop for a closer look. Certainly
one of the less destructive incidents of vandalism
on campus, the underwear was removed before
the day was out. peter klesken photo
OUC students advertise
against UBC takeover
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
Students at Okanagan University College
(OUC) are so concerned about the possibility of a UBC takeover of their campus
that they are advertising against the idea
on local Kelowna radio stations.
The OUC Student Association is
behind the radio advertisements that
encourage communiiy members to'
think about the implications of UBC
expanding to the Okanagan and encourage Kelowna MLAs to support a full status ftuniversiiy instead, said Dave
Westmacott, student representative to
the OUC Board of Governors.
"The idea is just to get people to think
critically about this," said Westmacott. "I
don't think there are a lot of people who
are thinking critically about what should
happen."
BC Premier Gordon Campbell and
Minister of Advanced Education Shirley
Bond met with the OUC Board of
Governors and local MLAs on Friday to
hear concerns about a possible partnership, said Westmacott But he also said
the session did not provide answers for
OUC students and no decision about the
fate of the university college was made.
"We weren't really given any more
information and we didn't really have
any of our questions answered," he said.
OUC students are worried about
becoming a branch-plant operation of
the Vancouver UBC campus if the partnership happens, said Karina Frisque,
president of die OUC Student
Association.
"We are nervous for everyone," she
said, adding that OUC has multiple capa-
puses th^t serve different Student neeasj
and include classes for trades as well as
adult basic education. Frisque is worried
that these' types of classes do not fit
under UBC's mandate, meaning the OUC
"campuses offering these course would
not be included and would have their
status lowered from university college,
to college.
Frisque is also worried a UBC
takeover would mean larger class sizes,
higher tuition and a loss of local decision making power to UBC's Vancouver
campus.
The rumours about the fate of OUC
have run rampant since December of
2002 when the BC Progress Board, a government advisory committee chaired by
UBC President Martha Piper, recommended to the provincial government
that an existing BC university extend its
mandate to include a Kelowna campus-
no campuses were named in the report.
In January, UBC VP Academic and
Provost Barry McBride made a presentation to the UBC Senate that proposed a
governance structure for a takeover of
the Kelowna campus. He said that the
presentation was a response to a government request that UBC specify how a
partnership would work.
The proposal saw a structure with
one president and Board of Governors
based at UBC and a senate for each campus, .graduates of both institutions
would receive UBC degrees, much like
the University of California system that
includes nine campuses around the
state and is continuing to expand.
McBride and OUC officials could not
be reached for comment on the visit by
•'Campbell arid Bond. But a spokesperson
for the Ministry of Advanced Education
said a decision on the future of OUC has
not yet been made and it is not known
when one will is expected.
Frisque said she was surprised that a
decision was not made before the
February provincial budget announcement.
"We were kind of expecting something to come out," she said, adding that
the longer OUC students are left in the
dark, the more sour the idea of a partnership becomes.
She also said she is disappointed by
the lack of government consultation with
OUC students.
"They don't really tell us anything,"
she said. ♦ TUESDAY, MARCH 2,2004
NEWS
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TAKE NOTICE that an annual general meeting of the SLFS
- Student Legal Fund Society (the "Society) will be held at
room 102 of the Curtis Law Building at UBC on Thursday
March 4,2004 at the hour of 12:30 for the following purposes:
1. To recieve the report of the Elections Administrator,
2. To appoint or waive the appointment of auditors.
3.N To recieve and consider the financial statements
of the Society for the year ended and the report of the
directors fo the members.
4. To transact such other business as may properly be
brought before the meeting N
TAKE NOTICE that any student of UBC who wishes to
become a member of the Society, and is eligible based
on the society bylaws, can immediately become a
member by providing the Secretary with their name and
registered address - within 30 minutes of the meeting
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Respite from the streets
Sex-trade workers that brave dangerous streets at night will soon
have a place of respite and safety
that can come to them.
The Mobile Access Project has
converted an ambulance to function as a safe, mobile drop-in centre that can patrol Vancouver during the time most dangerous to sex
workers—night, said Kate Gibson, a
representative of the Women's
Information Safe House Drop-In
Society. It will be outfitted to provide services like emergency medical assistance, condoms, clean
needles and resource and referral
information, including how to
access addiction treatment services, she said.
The van will be available from
11pm to 6am seven days a week,
said Gibson. "We are so pleased
that we have been able to...bring
these incredibly vital services to
the community.'
Belinda will read them...?
Magna International, the company
that was founded by the father of
current Conservative Party leadership candidate Belinda Stronach,
will offer more than $500,000 total
prizes for essays in its As Prime
Minister Awards essay contest. The
essays will be judged for their inno-
: vative suggestions about what the
author would do if he or she was
prime minister.
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reading these essays?
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ten, Belinda would definitely be
reading them."
But Stronach will not be
involved in the judging, she said.
Whether Belinda will read all of the
essays is certainly not decided at
this point, she added. "She will
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defined at this point," said Roe.
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that teE her what she should do if
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done as prime minister," said Roe.
Four candidates who are past
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for various political parties, said
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Belinda was a fifth.
So long, and thanks for
all the free sandwiches
Student society executives elected
in the 2004 Alma Mater Society
(AMS) elections took the torch from
this year's executives at the AMS's
annual general meeting, Friday.
The transition begins their yearlong tenure as student representatives in an organisation that runs
student services such as tutoring
and counselling, operates the businesses inside the SUB and lobbies
in the interests of students.
The new executives, paired with
their positions, are: Amina Rai,
president; Stacy Chiu, VP Finance;
Holly Foxcroft, VP External; Lyle
McMahon, VP Administration;
Brenda Ogembo, VP Academic.
Busing: a primer
Translink's proposal for the largest
transportation plan in Vancouver's
history passed by a one-vote margin
in a nine-hour GVRD meeting,
Friday.
The plan will see a Richmond-
Airport-Vancouver rapid transit
line—budgeted at $1.5 billion—an
expanded rapid transit service to
northeastern municipahties as well
as west through Broadway Avenue
and an expansion of the U-Pass to
include 100,000 students at
Vancouver's community colleges.
The plan will cost an average of
$ 61 more in property taxes, parking
taxes on free spaces and inflation-
based bus fare hikes. The Translink
contingency plan calls for apervehi-
cle levy each time a car is driven
into the downtown peninsula.
It's necessary to get this infrastructure in before the 2010
Winter Olympics, said Trish Webb,
a spokesperson for Translink. This
is because millions in federal and
provincial funding is contingent
on quick completion of the
projects. ♦
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Offshore drilling full of holes, Suzuki says
CBC host calls for more research before lifting the moratorium, not after
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS STAFF
Lifting the federal government moratorium
banning oil exploration and (.rilling on BC's
West Coast will jeopardise environmental sustainability in the future, said renowned
Canadian scientist David Suzuki, Tuesday.
The former UBC professor and host of
CBC's The Nature of Things said humans need
to cut down on fuel consumption, not explore
new sources for oil and gas.
"The obligation that we have in our own
self-interest is to begin a process of ramping
down our dependence on fossil fuels," said
Suzuki. "What then is all this business about
exploring off the shores and putting at risk so
much more? It just doesn't make any sense."
Bans on coastal drilling have been in place
for several years, but the provincial government is now seeking to allow corporations to
look for oil, a move that would open a new
source of economic growth, said Suzuki.
"This consumptive demand that we have is
driven by a globalised economy that now
searches the entire planet for resources,* he
said. "Canada's economic engine pays no
attention to sustainability of natural
resources."
The discussion about lifting the moratorium started with a government-commissioned
report by the Royal Society of Canada.
"Provided an adequate regulatory regime
is put in place, there are no scientific gaps
that need to be filled before lifting the mora-
toria on oil ancTgas development," the report
says.
One of the scientists who worked on the
report said the research doesn't reflect
whether or not development should occur, but
simply comments on what science is needed
to to be done before the moratorium is lifted.
"We are not saying go ahead and start the
industry,* said John Dower, an assistant professor of biology and earth and ocean sciences
at the University of Victoria. "But we are making the assumption that the regulators can be
trusted to set up a proper environmental
monitoring regime."
Lifting the moratorium would open up possibilities for research on what that regime
would look like, said Dower. It would be several years before development would start, he
added, and provided regulations were
enforced, all the necessary data could be collected to determine the safety of development
in the region.
"Dr Suzuki and others are right insofar
that we've made the assumption that the government is going to play by the right rules and
that they are going to put the proper regulatory regime in place," said Dower.
But Suzuki said that it was unacceptable to
lift the moratorium without the necessary
environmental research.
"There are gaps in our knowledge. These
gaps mean we don't know what the hell is
going on," he said. "It doesn't make sense not
to do the research and fill in the gaps before
lifting the moratorium."
Many studies have shown oil exploration
could be devastating for wildlife and drilling
an earthquake-prone area could significantly
increase the risk of oil spills, said Suzuki. He
stressed the importance of considering the
future.
"We have to devise a vision of where we
want this society, where we want this
province to be 20, 30, 40 years down the
line," he said. "We owe it to the coming generations to work towards a vision that will be
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Protest to fight sexual
oppression aims to flip the
script on social stigmas
by Stephen Hui
BRITISH COLUMBIA BUREAU
BURNABY (CUP)-For much of
March 5, Erica Halpern won't say a
word. >
That's because the Simon Fraser
University (SFU) student plans to
observe a Day of Silence to protest
the oppression faced by lesbian,
gay, bisexual and trans students.
Participants will wear black shirts
and stickers and try not to talk from
their arrival on campus until 4pm.
"The idea is this silence would
symbolise the silence that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered
community and their allies live in
everyday as a result of social stigmas related to gender and sexuality,' said Halpern, who volunteers at
Out on Campus, the queer resource
centre at SFU.
"The whole idea is to twist it
around," the philosophy and visual
art student added. "Instead of
silence being a tool of oppression,
on the Day of Silence it's going to be
a tool to protest"
Participants will be given cards
to explain the reasons for their
silence to others. Organisers are
also suggesting they carry a pen and
notepad to help them communicate.
The first Day of Silence was
organised at the University of
Virginia in 1996. This year, students at about 2000 universities,
colleges, high schools and middle
schools in the US will observe a
National Day of Silence on April 21.
. The event will be held on March
S at SFU to coincide with Out on
Campus's annual Queer Awareness
Week and because April 21 falls during the university's exam period.
It was Halpern's idea to bring
the Day of Silence to SFU. Halpern
organised one during her final year '
at a Toronto high school and 100
students participated.
"Homophobia, transphobia and
other stigmas and phobias related
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need to be addressed," Halpern
said. "They're certainly prevalent,
even on the SFU university
campus."
This year's Queer Awareness
Week will focus on gender issues.
Workshops will address sex and
trans identity while a panel will
tackle gender-neutral washrooms.
Discussions around the issue of
gender-neutral washrooms have
made gender a particularly hot
topic on campus, said E. Landoni, a
cognitive science student who is
coordinating the week of events.
Students researching the development of facilities inclusive to people of all genders say they have the
support of SFU administrators.
They are proposing the installation
of single-stall, genderless washrooms on every floor of every building on campus.
"We're trying to engage people
just in a discussion about what
gender is," said Landoni.
Often students don't think of sexism and sexual prejudice as contemporary social problems, according to Day of Silence organiser
Erica Halpern
"Automatically, people are very
defensive," Halpern said. "They will
say, 'Oh no, I'm not racist,' and then
they'll say a racist remark. They'll
say, 'Oh, I'm not homophobic,' and
then they'll use expressions like,
'Oh, that's so gay."
Halpern maintains the heated
debate over same-sex marriage in
Canada and the US is proof that sexual oppression is alive and well. .The
SFU student said she hopes students will support Queer Awareness
Week.
"People have somehow gotten
the idea that you need to be a member of the LGBT communiiy to care
about gay rights," Halpern said, "to
which I respond: 'Do you need to be
black to care about civil rights?
No."'*
Study calls video lottery terminals
a risky government gamble
by Kristine Owram
ALBERTA BUREAU
EDMONTON (CUP)-Video lottery terminals (VLTs) could be more addictive than previously thought according to a study conducted in part by
the University of Alberta (U of A).
After months of analysing government data and interviewing 206 VLT
users from around the province, a
group of researchers concluded that
21 per cent of the users were problem gamblers and an additional 40
per cent were considered moderate
risk gamblers.
Researchers from the U of A,
the University of Calgary and the
University of Lethbridge were
involved in the study.
According to Garry Smith, a gambling researcher at U of A, this is
cause for serious concern.
"In Alberta, only 1.5 per cent of
people fit the category of, problem
gambler and the number of VLT
users who are problem gamblers is
about eight times higher than that,"
he explained. "That implies that peo-
,<}f susceptible to becoming problem
■^"ublers are drawn to VLTs and
that's cause for alarm."
VLTs were introduced into Alberta
on a test basis in 1991 and were officially legalised a year later. VLTs are
legal in all Canadian provinces except
Ontario and British Columbia. The
Alberta government makes approximately $700 million a year from
their use, despite the fact that they're
only the fifth most popular form of
gambling in the province.
"Only 13.4 per cent of Alberta
adults played VLTs in the previous
year and that's not many. But those
who do play them play them hard
and deep," said Smith.1 "So even
though they're the fifth most popular
form, they generate by far the most
revenue. From that, we can extrapolate that thousands and thousands of
dollars are contributed annually by
each person that's playing."
Smith says the government doesn't seem to be taking the study very
seriously. He believes this is because
of the revenue generated by VLTs/
"I'm just speculating, but normally when something comes out the
government doesn't like, they tend to
dismiss it or downplay it, which
they've done," he said.
"They questioned the validity of
the study because we only interviewed 206 people, but we only had a
certain amount of money, and the
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just grasping at straws," he said.
According to Jody Korchinski,
assistant communications director
for Alberta Gaming, the main reason
the study lacks validity is that the
interviews were conducted two years
ago and a lot has changed since then.
She said VLTs now feature scrolling
messages on screens advertising the
Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Commission, clocks telling users how
long they've been playing, and training programs for retailers to help
them recognise problem gamblers
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Men's basketball one win away from Nationals
by Dan McRoberts
SPORTS STAFF
All right basketball fans, you can
breathe again. After two explosively
entertaining victories over their rivals
from the Simon Fraser Clan, the UBC
men's Thunderbirds have emerged to
repeat as Pacific Division Champions.
The Birds will attempt to defend their
Canada West crown this weekend in
Brandon.
A sweep was certainly unexpected, but
the Birds hardly dominated their opponents, needing a final free throw from
Karlo Villanueva to win game one on
Thursday, and then requiring overtime to
finish off the Clan the following night
"This was intense as it gets," said T-
Bird Casey Archibald in the aftermath
of Friday's victory. "Playing last weekend [against TWU] got us ready for this
series and SFU had last weekend off."
The Clan had showed no signs of
rust in the opening minutes on
Thursday as they threatened to run
UBC out of the gym. Just ten minutes
in, the Clan was up 33-16, led by Pasha
Bains, who had already scored 18
points. Facing the potential of a
blowout loss, UBC coach Kevin Hanson
turned to co-captain Jama Mahalela to
limit Bains. Mahalela was nothing
short of brilliant limiting his counterpart to a mere 11 points over the
remaining-SO minutes.
"Jama is a fifth year guy who went out
there and gave everything on defence
tonight," said a proud Hanson after the
game. "He did a tremendous job."
Mahalela was quick to share the
credit with his teammates. "We really
got our balance going offensively and
limited Pasha's touches on defense," he
said. That balance was epitomised
around the midpoint of the second half,
as Villanueva, Archibald and Mahalela
drained consecutive three point baskets to tie the game at 68. A dramatic
final minute ensured another hero
would share their spotlight, as Peter
Wauthy scored off of an offensive
rebound with just 2 7 seconds remaining to tie the game again at 88 apiece.
Wauthy then stripped SFU's Joe
Schow as the Clan attempted to win the
game, sending Villanueva on a sprint to
the far baseline, where he was fouled as
time expired. As an expectant hush fell
over the jubilant UBC fans, Villanueva
calmly drained his foul shot to win the
game 89-88.
The series was far from being in the
bag, however. "Our second games of
weekends haven't always been the
greatest, so we will probably make
some changes to try and solve that,"
said Hanson.
Mahalela proposed a reasonable strategy for victory. "We have to bring energy
on defense, really want to play defense
and bring the same enthusiasm."
On Friday night. Bains started hot
again, but was neutralised by a combination of tough defence and some solid
offensive play from the Birds, who kept
the game close from the opening tip.
Then, with three minutes to go in the
first half. Bains sprained his ankle on a
routine play. The Birds responded by
taking the halftime lead. Bains
emerged from the locker room on
crutches, and it looked as if the Clan
were sunk. Showing great perseverance, SFU took the lead, and had the
better of the play for a long while in the
second half. "They came out with great
intensity. I thought they might fold but
they certainly didn't," said Coach
Hanson.
The Birds did lead by three with less
than two minutes to play, but the Clan's
Chad Clifford answered with a three
pointer to tie the game at 67. Once
again, SFU had a chance to win on the
last shot but John Boateng's attempt
missed at the horn. Overtime turned
out to be anti-climatic however, as the
absence of Bains finally caught up with
the home team. SFU missed an
astounding ten shots in the extra period, leaving Peter Wauthy's layup with
1:16 to go as essentially the clinching
bucket A flurry of free throws later, the
Birds had won 78-73.
The exultant T-Birds were clearly
thrilled to he headed back to the
Canada West Final Four. "We're the
defending champs and we want to
defend our crown," said fifth-year forward Pat McKay. McKay, who had
struggled throughout the regular season, re-emerged as an offensive force
to be reckoned with in the series. "I
obviously realised that this was my last
opportunity and so I wanted to play
well," he said. "I'm going keep riding
this wave as long as I can."
Hanson feels confident that his players will do well this weekend in
Brandon, where they will have to face
the Alberta Golden Bears, and either
the Calgary Dinos or Brandon Bobcats.
"Coming out of this division, you're
either coming out battle prepared or
banged up," says Archibald. "We're fortunate now to not be that banged up."
Archibald agrees that the Birds stand
an excellent chance to make the CIS
Nationals for the second straight year.
"It's a great situation to be in, we just
have to win one more game." ♦
TAKING THE HEAT: UBC guard CraigRollins (above) stifles the Clan defence while fellow Birds (below) block
SFU's Brent Charleton. josh devins/the peak photo
History repeats itself
UBC hockey sees the same playoff fate as six years ago
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
They won't be heading to Nationals, but the UBC
men's Thunderbird hockey team accomplished
something this year that they haven't done in six
years: they made it into the Mountain Division
semi-finals.
Although it has been six years, the playoff scenario was almost the same: UBC once again facing
off against Calgary. But the Birds didn't see the previous battle as a reason for a rivalry. Instead they
focused on this year's stakes.
"I think the rivalry started the week before," said
UBC head coach Milan Dragicevic. "We knew that we
could compete with Calgary. We knew that the
playoffs were going to be a lot different than the
regular season."
And despite losing their first match against
Calgary 2-5 the Birds didn't lose heart, coming out
on Friday and winning 3-1.
"The guys were so hungry to win," said
Dragicevic. So hungry that they scored their first
short-handed goals of the season, recording two in
one night
"Matt Reid blocked a shot He came down the line
and it was just a picture perfect shot," said Dragicevic.
"The second one was Nick Marach. He blocked the
shot [and] made a beautiful break-away goal."
These goals combined with a third score by Ryan
Thrussell and 2 3 saves by UBC goalie Robert File, led
the T-Birds to victory and took them to the 'do or die'
game three on Sunday.
But further playoff advancement was not to be as
the Birds fell to the Calgary Dinos 2-5.
"There are no excuses," said Dragicevic, "Calgary
was definitely the better team on Sunday." But he
also added that "questionable calls" and lack of
"puck luck" both contributed to the UBC loss.
With a 7-19-2 season, the Birds shared more
heartbreaks then tritunphs until learning that they
had made the playoffs. "We put ourselves in that
position," said coach Milan Dragicevic. "It's a real
credit to the hockey team...[and] to the grad players,
all five of them," he added referring to Matt Reid,
Tyler Kuntz, Chris Rowland, Robert File and Casey
Bartzen. "The program is a lot better now from when
they started here."
With these players leaving, the team will be facing
another big year of recruitment Recruiting ten new
players this year, the team is looking to rake in another seven to nine for next year, making it a very
young team.
But Coach Dragicevic is committed to building
a winning group. "There are definitely places we
have to improve," said Dragicevic. Adding that
the main focus next year will be looking for individuals to "step up" and take on the leading roles
that will be absent because of this year's
graduating veterans. ♦
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A POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTION
Baseball ups and downs
The UBC baseball team had another up
and down pre-season set tins weekend
in Oregon. In only the first inning on
Thursday, outfielder Jeff Tobin hit a
home run allowing. Adam Campbell,
who was resting on first, to make the
round. They went on to finish the close
match against Northwest Nazarene
College 8-7.
On Friday, the Birds came out
against Oregon Tech, scoring their first
runs in the third inning as Brett Murray
had two RBIs, sending Tobin and
Johnny "Hu home. And despite four
Oregon rims in the ninth inning, UBC
still took home the win at 6-5.
Later that afternoon, their confidence fell as UBC fell 2-3 against Lewis
Clark State College. The Birds next play
Portland, Oregon at 2:00 pm today.
Cruzin'to first
The women's golf team experienced
success last week claiming first in the
University of California Santa Cruz
Invitational. Team Captain Jill McAuley
led the team with an average of 79 in
the 2 7-hole competition and a par 3 6 in
the second round.
Morgan Lederhouse also scored
well for the team with an 87, placing
third overall. The T-Birds next head to
Eugene, Oregon on March 8. ♦
Schick misses
Canada West
victory
In his first year at UBC, men s volleyball
coach Richard Schick tried to bring some
of his former coaching successes to the T-
Bird team. And it almost worked.
Schick led the team to an up and
down 8-12 season, which culminated
with a last place spot in the Canada West
finals. After splitting a win-loss weekend
with the Alberta Golden Bears, UBC had
sealed their own playoff berth and were
ready to enter into playoff action.
The jubilation was short-lived, however, as the knockout round against the
Manitoba Bisons ended with a 0-3 and 1-
3 decision for the Bison hosts.
In the pre-season, the Birds had
shown strong promise this year, coming
out and winning four games in row—taking all three sets in each—against NAIA
teams McMaster, York and the
University of Southern California. But as
so many coaches have said over the season, CIS Canada West boasts some of
the strongest national competition.
Competition that proved too tough for
UBC to advance any higher than the
Canada West finals this year.
With only two first-years on the team
and one second year, the volley Birds will
be heading for some major roster
changes in the next couple of seasons.
Players like Geoff Emslie and Kichard
Chou will now have to step up and take
on leadership roles as many key veterans
like outside post Steve Corothers leave
the team.   '
—by Jesse Marchand
Gotta get past
by Jesse Marchand
SPORTS EDITOR
Heading' to Nationals today, the
Thunderbirds women's volleyball
team is looking to break a seven-
year curse tradition. Dubbed the
"key to gold/ the women have consistently been pitted against the
future National champion in the
first game, and lost.
"It is a pretty amazing step. It
shows that we've been close/ said
UBC women's volleyball head
coach Doug Reimer.
The T-Birds played out the
Canada West final four this weekend in Edmonton. With three wins
over the University of Manitoba
Bisons and a loss against the
University of Calgary Dinos, the
Birds secured a bronze medal in
the Canada West final and a place
at the Nationals.
While Reimer felt that the entire
team "stepped up" over the weekend, the actions of Stephanie Kurz,
Jasmine Yip and Emily Cordonier
were high on his stars list.
Cordonier in particular recorded
17 kills in the final Manitoba
match (25-15, 25-19, 25-22).
This match knocked the Bisons
out of playoff contention, leaving
UBC, Alberta and Calgary to represent Canada West in the CIS
Nationals.
UBC is ignoring the "key to gold"
label, focusing more on this year's
accomplishments. Reimer feels
that UBC has an edge this year over
years past.
For one thing, there is "no clear '
cut favourite in the tournament,"
says Reimer. "I think our overall
character  and intensity is  very
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had a strong season culminating in a bronze Canada West medal and a berth at this year's CIS Nationals
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good. I like where we are at, mentally, going into it."
And with each game meaning sudden death for one team, UBC's hopes
could be riding on that first game.
"[In] any single elimination
event, you've got to focus on that
first one," says Reimer.
The Birds boast a 16-4 season
and a fourth place CIS ranking.
Amy Schroeder and Danielle van
Huizen have also been named to
the all-star team, with Emily
Cordonier receiving the TSN nominee award.
By season's end, UBC led
Canada West with a .217 hitting
percentage and 2.71 blocks per
game, while also boasting the highest service aces at 1.50. With top
scores like these, UBC will be formidable competition at Nationals
this year.
The T-Birds will be thinking volleyball for the rest of the week as
they head out for Saskatoon
tonight. Their next practice on
Wednesday will be at the competition facility and taolU be followed by
the CIS affl-Canadian and all-stars
banquet. Then they take on Toronto
on Thursday to start their tournament play. ♦
Cougars still hold down Birds
During the season, there was only one squad that the UBC women's basketball team could not
beat the University of Regina Cougars. It was those same Cougars who stood between the
Thunderbirds and their first Canada West championship in nearly 30 years.
UBC gained a spot in the conference title game after beating the Winnipeg Lady Wesmen
78-68 on Friday night in the conference semi-final. Balanced scoring was the key to the Birds'
victory as four UBC players scored ten or more points, with Canada West Rookie team member Erica McGuinness leading the way with 22. In addition, UBC was sparkling from the free
throw line hitting on 26 of 29 attempts to grind out the victory.
The Canada West final had the top-ranked host team, Regina, against second-ranked UBC.
It was a good match-up on paper but it was a blowout on the floor. A stellar defensive effort
from the Cougars led to a 73-36 victory in front of their satisfied home crowd. UBC struggled
against the smothering Regina defence, which managed five blocks and 12 steals. Only Kelsey
Blair could manage to hit double digits in points for UBC as she recorded 11.
UBC heads into the CIS Nationals, taking place in Winnipeg March 12-14, as the second
seed out of the Canada West If they are to take home the National Championship banner,
UBC will likely need to beat Regina for the first time. CHRIS JASTER/THE CARILLON PHOTO.
No competition
UBC T-Bird men's rugby
team boasts an almost
flawless season
With an 11-2 season, a win at the Canada Under-19
championships and a first place finish at the Berkeley
University World Cup, the men's rugby team is one of
the strongest UBC teams out there this season.
The T-Birds currently hold the first place berth in the
men's club competition in Vancouver and only have
four more regular season games.
Last week the men beat tournament hosts the
University, of California,Berkeley in the first match of
the World Cup series 18-14—a match that resumes at
home on March 27.
With Berekley Bears starters Cale Garamendi, Kyle
Khasigian and Joe Welch were out of the game due to
injuries, the Birds capitalised on the dilapidated team.
But the battle was still very close as the Golden Bears
took the first points after exploiting a T-Bird penalty
outside the 22 metre line. But UBC got onto the scoreboard after a fierce 30 minutes of play, leading the
game onto a back and forth battle finally ending in the
18-14 decision for UBC.
The Birds continued their ten game winning streak
by slaughtering the last place Burnaby Lake club team
71-0 last weekend. Knowing competition wouldn't be
too strong, the Birds took the opportunity to rest many
of their veterans, allowing first years like Chase
Sereda—who scored his first five points for the T-Birds
this weekend—to get on the scoreboard. Dave Leslie and
James Wood also got their first chances out on the field
for UBC.
The T-Birds next take on the Capilano club team this
weekend.
—by Jesse Marchand
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We, at the Ubyssey, the official student newspaper of UBC, feel
that we should be doing our most to recognize and encourage activities and
events that develop and strengthen a sense of community on campus. On
our 80th anniversary in 1998, we established a $50,000 endowment that will
fund the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. This annual award
recognizes a returning UBC Student who has made a significant contribution
to developing and strengthening the sense of community on the UBC
campus by:
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
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contribution to campus safety and related services.
The award is open to all returning, full-time, UBC students, graduate,
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CULTURE
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2004
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Talent to live for
Language barrier doesn't hinder great lead acting
THE SUICIDE
at   the   Vancouver
Centre
until Mar. 6
East   Cultural
by Anna King
CULTURE WRITER
Where last month's suicide show,
"A Suicide-Site Guide to the City" faltered, this one stands strong. That's
not to say this suicide was without
faults. But let's try to focus on the positive, please.
Whereas Darren O'Donnell's one-
man show was strong on dialogue and
and lovers, etc., all anxious for him to
die in the name of his or her cause.
Boca del Lupo uses flickering video
projections, a striking set (including a
refrigerator suspended in the air by
pulleys) and Malcolm Dodge's eerie
musical score to make the piece feel
like it was pulled off the pages of an
Edward Gorey book. Dressed all in
white with charcoal eyes, the performers twitch and skulk about the stage.
Design-wise, the production is thrilling
Both the Boca del Lupo performers
and their Mexican compatriots are
masters of physical absurdity and the
best   scenes—like   the   pre-suicide
low on affecting acting and overall     banquet scene—are shimmering feats
vision, Boca del Lupo's newest cross-
cultural oeuvre creates a breathtaking
aesthetic and moral universe as well as '
showcasing a swath of talented actors.
It's a visually stunning piece of work
from a company that's beloved as the
enfant terrible of Vancouver theatre,
and, performed alongside Mexico's San
Banquito Teatro, is an ambitious
attempt at transcending linguistic
boundaries. Frequently, It sours.
Adapted from Nicolai Erdman's
1930 script, "The Suicide" tells the
story of the unemployed Semyon and
his midnight trip to the kitchen in pursuit of a sausage. Sausage in mouth,
Semyon is mistaMngly perceived by his
mother-in-law as about to kill himself
with a pistol- Suddenly he is relentlessly petitioned by revolutionaries, artists
of choreography. Lucas Myers as
Semyon is hysterical and baffling—
you're never sure what fantastic nonsense he will pull next. Myers has a
bold and elegant style so that he slowly but steadily becomes who you care
about in the play. But as Myeri'
nuanCed performance builds with
every scene, the rest of the characters
slowly fall away. While the Mexican
crew Is comprised Of strong physical
actors, the amount of Spanish—
instead of adding to the play's themes
of disconnection and abandonment-
ends up distancing us from their characters and from the story.
The other Canadian actors are
good, particularly the silent Jay
Dodge. And frustratingly, the script
feels like it runs in fits and starts,
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at Performance Works
until Mar. 13
by John Hua
CULTURE EDITOR
In a world where life is too short, time is money and
impatience is an attribute well sought after, very few
are able to take the time to reflect on the significance
ofa single moment Theatre is a vessel that defies the
fast-paced norm of society with its ability to freeze the
sands of time dead in its tracks—encapsulating an
audience, transporting them outside the realms of
time and space, all in a matter ofa couple of hours. Pi
Theatre, in collaboration with The Vancouver
Playhouse Theatre Company, presents "Cloud
Tectonics," a fantastical Spanish play by Jose Rivera,
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'inili-r,'i"n l'v -l'jiji'i'j mi i'id out of the fives of those
vvhn iJ'ji1 to '"\i" her lltr.v.'ver, Celestina is a little bit
■ ilVii-'il, jims-m^iii" l,e ibility to leave a lasting
111,1,1 sm m n_r> \.' uii i i-i only be forged through
v'li.il-i'i-i'is like i I f.-'iM.e oi love. While searching for
l.e ii 1'iT .■! her (..iburn i hil I, she is picked up on the
IpJivvjy by Vnb.il -lii ' i I una, played by Alexander
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In i pm iii 'it sifjwkw iril introductions, Celestina
admits, "time and I don't hang out together," a witty
understatement describing her inability to experience
linear time both cognitively and physically. The two
Spanish descendants flee the rainstorm, returning to
Anibal's quaint Los Angeles horned where they literally lose track of time in a frozen moment surrounding
the love they discover for one another.
Director Bill Dow fluidly captures the mesmerising quality of Rivera's numinous play and places it
neatly on the stage. In a piece that could easily lose an
audience with its paranormal plot, Dow takes an ironically linear approach in order to keep our minds
from being lost in space.
The set design and lighting is beautifully chic, featuring a free-flowing fountain of sand and a delightful
pair of rain-pelted panes of glass, which everyone
would love to have in their loft or living room. The set
transports the audience just as much as the events on
stage, a pride-stirring achievement for set and prop
designers Bryan Pollock and Del Surjik, no doubt
The acting is also charming. Ferguson is heartwarming as the sensitive and contemplative Anibal.
Fully immersing himself in the role, his chemistry
with Aguirre is undeniable. However, near the end of
the play, Ferguson loses pace as his attempts to tie all
the loose ends together become disruptively over-
comedic in comparison to the amusing subtlety of the
rest of the play.
Carmen Aguirre's eyes light up the stage with a
stare that is both ensnaring and extremely unsettling. The monotonous, almost lifeless, quality of her
voice is eerily appropriate for a character that seems
to have lost all track of her existence in confusion
and stoicism.
Michael Scholar, Jr. also puts in a notable performance as the chauvinistic, slick younger brother,
Nelson de la Luna. Although the rambunctious soldier doesn't offer much depth as a character.
Scholar makes good with tie agony of the post-war
version of Nelson found in the later half of the play.
"Cloud Tectonics" is a true love story that will
steal you away from the commotion of your everyday
life for a brief, but unforgettable moment. The captivity of this play is just short of miraculous, and
"what better way to respond to a miracle than to fall
in love with it* ♦
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Romance for old ages
ONE LAST KISS
at The Playhouse
until Mar. 20
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE STAFF
. Getting past the fact that the theme
of this play is retirement and coping
with the 'golden years,' I must
admit that in some ways it was quite
enjoyable. Aaron Bushkowsky's play
focuses on the struggle to rediscover
a purpose in life at the point of
retirement, circling around a family
that has recently lost a loved one.
Lil (played by Rita Howell) is an
elderly woman who has just lost her
youngest daughter. She has become
cynical, difficult and has taken to a
wheelchair. Having decided to move
in with her daughter Kathryn (Susan
Hogan) and son-in-law Tony
(Terence Kelly), who have both
recently retired, she is adding strain
to an already troubled marriage.
Lil's oldest daughter Sue (Anna
Hagan) is trying to keep her family
together, while struggling with her
own lack of companionship.
How will this family be able to
stick together while rediscovering
their love and their lives? Since only
famous people are inspiring, it is
legendary golfer Ben Hogan (Grant
Reddick) and luthier Antonio
Stradivarius (Antony Holland) who
help this family find hope and passion in life once again.
Now, it's not that this production
wasn't well-written or was performed badly—in fact it was very
well-written and the acting was
inspired. The flaw in this play ^as
that it was really only appealing to a
select audience: seniors. I don't
even think that my parents would
enjoy this play much, and generally
I tend to think of them as pretty old.
The biggest barrier I found in watching it was that I really couldn't relate
to any of the problems they were fac-
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ing. The characters had lost a passion for living and I, still being
young and passionate, couldn't
relate to it at all.
That's not to say that it wasn't
funny. Ignoring some of the 'older'
jokes about Starbucks and the
Internet, the play was quite witly.
The characters were well-developed
and likeable and the comedy was
successfully delivered. Lil was particularly funny, with her delightful
cynicism contrasting vividly against
Ben Hogan's romantic attitude. I
also really enjoyed the bickering
between Antonio and his wife Maria
(Micki MaunseU).
However, the play became stag
nant at the more serious and emotional parts and I often found
myself drifting into my own
thoughts as they were more interesting than what was happening on
stage. I wasn't the only one bored
either—the woman beside me was
actually snoring at one point.
I wouldn't recommend going to
see this performance unless you
plan to go with your grandmother.
I'm sure that it was very enjoyable
for those past the age of 60, but completely uninteresting for anyone
else. Aaron Bushkowsky seems to
have a knack for witty comedy, however, so I myself intend on looking
out for his work in the future. ♦
Animal House this really ain't
Brad Land gives a dark
depiction of the
American fraternity
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CULTURE WRITER
Goat A Memoir is a dark window
into a world rarely seen by Canadian
post-secondary students. It exposes
a mysterious subculture that continues to rule many student communities across North America, support
ed blindly by the administration and
yet all the while being hideously corrupted by anger, abuse and alcohol.
Brad Land sheds light on the world
of American fraternities, shattering
the staid portrait of the upstanding,
gentlemanly brother of the 1950s
and the bumbling, beer-bong-guzzling party animal of the 1970s. In
the 1990s, hypermasculinity has
taken over. Be prepared to be
abused, enslaved and ignored, and
if you make it through the rush your
reward will be to join the ranks of
those you've come to hate.
Land begins his story as a quiet,
neurotic teenage boy from South
Carolina living in the shadow of his
cool younger brother Brett One
night, Brad is abducted from a party,
beaten, robbed and left to die. His
physical recovery is gradual and
steady, but his psychological trauma
is hastily repressed as he tries to integrate himself back into a-normal life.
Soon enough, Brett heads off to
Clemson University, where he
pledges Kappa Sigma and becomes
a fraternity member. Brad, left
behind, longs to join his brother and
once again be sheltered by his normalcy. He sees Clemson University
as his ticket to security and popularity. So the next school year, Brad
pledges Kappa Sigma and before
long the rush—the fall season when
pledges are initiated and selected by
their chosen fraternities—begins.
As the rush continues. Brad finds
himself living in a fetid hall Uttered
with beer cans and dirt, surrounded
by hulking angry brothers who bark
orders and belittle him and by tightly clothed vixens with drunken red-
rimmed eyes who lead him, stumbling, into dark empty bedrooms.
No one ever says anything other
than a few odd sentences peppered
with the words 'pussy," 'drink' and
'fuck." He has entered a violent,
ruthless world that echoes the
hatred of his terrible abduction, and
eventually he becomes so traumatized he has no choice but to leave.
Goat (named after the title given
to new pledges at Clemson)
describes a dystopia a hundred
times worse than the most oppressive high school experience. In
short, blunt sentences devoid of
sympathy and emotion. Land illustrates how a shattered soul,
estranged from love and compassion and systematically beaten
down with senseless aggression, will
begin to contort and mutate into
severe mental illness. He depicts
how rush season is not a harmless
rite of passage to be condoned and
ignored by adininistrative councils.
Goat: A Memoir is a hypnotic
read—a rare insight into a hidden
culture that should no longer be
overlooked, whose festering underbelly needs to be overturned, cut
open and aired out for all to see.
Perhaps under the burning gaze of
the public eye, the abusive fraternity
phenomenon will dry out and be
cleansed of its anger. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
G ULTURE
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2004
13
Pet it so it feels it
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
at Richard's on Richards
Feb. 24
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE STAFF
After walking around for a few minutes trying to find Richard's on
Richards—a place that shouldn't
have been hard to find considering
that I've been there several times—I
carefully examined the crowd. Most
of the people attending the show
were about 25 years old or a bit
older and ranged from your typical
young indie-rocker to a thirty-something prep.
I suppose the reason for this
diversity could come from the fact
that the Super Furry Animals have
been around since 1993, and that
their music ranges from mellow,
intelligent rock to techno. Part of the
Welsh invasion of the mid 90s, what
distinguishes them is their ability to
blend satirical humour with a
melodic, clear sound. The members
of the band are Gruff Rhys (lead
vocals, guitar), Hiiw "Bunf* Bunford
(guitar, vocals), Guto Pryce (bass),
Cian Ciaran (keyboards, electronics)
and Dalydd Ieuan (drums).
Everything got started a little
late at their show, since the opening band cancelled. I secured my
spot along the balcony, having a full
view of the band and the projector
screen behind them. The crowd
became energised as Rhys started
off the show with a bright red
power ranger's helmet, pumping
his fist in the air. The screen in the
background then lit up and funny
little cartoons ran across it as the
band began to play.
The intense liveliness that began
the show was lost pretty soon into the
set, however, as a good number of
Very mellow songs were played con
secutively, without any emotion from
the band. Even the biggest fans in the
crowd, who were trying so hard to get
into the show, had difficulty keeping
up the energy. The music was pleasant and enjoyable, but the band just
wasn't delivering.
About three quarters in, the pace
suddenly picked up and the band
rocked out to four harder, more
upbeat songs. The energy that had
been lost was back again, and the
audience bobbed up and down in
approval It seemed that all was not
quite lost, especially when the crowd
pleaser, "The Man Don't Give a
Fuck,' made its way into the set
Then, to my dissatisfaction, all but
Ciaran left the stage. He proceeded to
conduct a completely unnecessarily
long techno synchronised light show.
The crowd seemed unsure if they
were supposed to be cheering for an
encore or enjoying the "music' I
can't say that it was awful, but all of
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the energy that had been recovered
in the previous songs was flushed
right down the toilet.
The rest of the band came back
on stage soon afterwards dressed as
super furry animals, which could
have been hilarious if I weren't
bored by this point To end this on a
sore note, the last few songs were
not particularly memorable.
The Super Furry Animals have a
good sound, but their set was poorly
put together, with emotion and
intensity missing throughout most
of show. It's possible that they've
been around so long that they've
become bored with the humour that
makes them popular, and subsequently bored of being the Super
Furry Animals. ♦
A virtual smorgasbord of contemporary music
UBC Contemporary Players Performance
at the UBC Music Recital Hall
Feb.26
by Raj Mathur
CULTURE WRITER
As the audience slowly entered the UBC
Music Recital Hall, their attention was immediately caught by the contextual improvisa-
tional pre-show performed by the various
musicians, which included vocal renditions
relating to the instrumental performances
that were to proceed. The heart of the performance, a segmented sequence of 20th and
21st century chamber music composed by
acclaimed artists of the time, was presented
by the UBC Contemporary Players Group this
past Thursday.
The players enchantingly presented the
loaded performance, uniting social, scientific
and artistic aspects of sound in order to create
an acoustic environment, which was inherent
throughout the entire performance.
The segments began with R. Murray
Schafer's "Minimusic"—an enthralling musical experience performed by Lena Cuglitta
(saxophone) and Jeanette Searle (clarinet).
The clarinet and sultry saxophone pierced
through the quiet recital hall as the sound
pulsated across the room, striking musical
notes at the audience.
Dan Pin (harmonica), Keiko Tagawa (piano)
and Matthew MacTavish (bass drum) fol-
lowed-up nicely with Rudolph Koinorous's
"The Sweet Queen,' a piece performed in the
eloquent chamber-music style. The serene
tone of their collaboration was tranquil and
seductive, setting the mood for the show's
lone unaccompanied performer.
"Mirage,' composed by Dorothy Chang, was
a soothing solo piece, charmingly performed
by flute player Emily Nagelbach. Enchanting
the audience, all attention was on the mystical
melodies analogous to the pieces title.
Playing the xylophone and double bass
respectively, Bruce Henscel and Peggy Tong
combined their contrastingly sounding
instruments together for "The Duo.' An interesting segment, the performance was a combination of soft feminine tones and strong
brawny bass, which resulted in this unlikely
marriage of music and entertaining, bittersweet harmony.
The mingling of the warm sounds of the
flute, cello and harp, played by Cheryl McHugh,
Alexandria Sia and Andrew Chan, provided
unique listening pleasure befitting the theme
of "Petite Musique de Nuit' Filling the vast hall
with the beautiftilly calm feeling of a cool night,
the audience was cozily wrapped in the
warmth of the flowing melodies.
To bring the performance to a close, the
concert finale featured UBC composition
major Colin Pridy's premiere piece, "Silica
Cascadia,' a powerful and energetic presentation—consisting of soprano saxophones and
violas—in the modern setting. The lively and
invigorating conclusion left an inspirational
afterglow looming over the crowd.
The UBC Contemporary Players fully
utilised the assortment pf instruments, and
deservingly received enthusiastic acclamation
by the audience. The performers are to be
credited with providing exposure td the
ensemble music of the classical, as well as the
modern era. The memories of this event shall
be ongoing with the admirers of this musical
performance. ♦
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TUESDAY, MARCH 2,2004
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seethe
winners...
There's nothing on TV Sunday afternoon. But
sit back. You're not getting up, because Dr
Atkin's carbophobia has stopped your potato
chip run to the fridge.
So you're stuck to the couch, and the Oscars
are going to come on. Not an entirely bad
thing, if you can control your gag reflex at the
entertainment industry's masturbatory televised emissions and Billy Crystal's one hundredth time hosting it with precisely one too
many Janet Jackson's boob jokes.
But an entirel bad thing when the commercials come on. Instead of harmless Hollywood
pap, you see smarmy BC government commercials on BC's tax levels, and BC doctor salaries.
Their slick graphs, pie charts and the low,
explanatory voice must be taken with baseball-
sized grains of skepticism.
How do we verify these facts? When the government says that our health professionals are
among the highest paid in the country, is that
akin to saying that the UBC TAs are among the
highest paid in the country, when they simply
work more hours for less money per hour?
There isn't time in a 30-se'cond spot to go
into the details. It's just not the,medium for
intelligent debate and certainly not dissolved
in movie industry phlegm.
Ads championing the province's position at
the lowest end of the spectrum for income tax
may make residents realise the extreme tax
. cuts brought into play by the Liberal government. But they certainly avoid the fact that
without those taxes, the only way that the BC
government can balance its budget is by cutting a disaster contingency fund—a fine plan
unless something happens, like forest fires.
Government has claimed that health care
will receive money in the coming years, and
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that education will become a priority with
25,000 new seats being added to the
province's post-secondary institutions. But
this has come at the cost of the BC Student
Grant program, which provided over $3 million in aid to UBC students alone. With an
investment only marginally higher than inflation, the government expects BC's universities
and colleges to find room. This will mean
more distance classes—and cfappier education on the whole.
Cuts have already polarised the medical
and teaching communities against the government, promising years of tense negotiations
and divisive polity. Both Alberta and Ontario
are reeling after; disasterous cutbacks, ones
that arguably Mlled people in Walkerton,
Ontario. Ads claiming the government is doing
something by taking only the expedient facts
just divide interested groups further.
And how much do these ads cost? They
could buy the same publicity by funding
women's centres at a paltry $1.7 million...and
LETTERS
actually get something done.
These commercials seem less like useful
information being fed to the public and more
like self-aggrandisement meant to cover up
our provincial government's odd fixation with
a balanced budget—no matter what the cost—
and a throne speech that forecast more privatisation in healthcare and completely obliterated student grants.
In light.of the non-stop cuts to social programs and a stagnating economy, it seems they
have the money to spare on big budget, high-profile commercial slots to toot their own horns.
Their broadcasted pat on the back serves as
pre-campaign propaganda in the next provincial elections. The commercials may be an
attempt to buttress their falling approval
rates—kind of like holding your breath from a
Hawaiian breathalyser.
Well, you're stuck in your seat, watching the
Oscars. Just hope that the commercial's over
soon, so you can watch something more
intelligent ♦
I love Layton, yes I do I
t\
, by Kevin Walby   ;
The last few months in Canadian
politics have been marked by dra-
- matic events which could have the
effect of shifting party" power' in
Parlian^ent. First,
there was the merger ;of the Canadian
Alliance* and the
,P r q g r' e s s i v e
Conservatives to
form the Conservative Party of Canada, spearheaded by tie former party leaders Peter
Mackay: and Stephen Harper. Joe
' Clark condemned the 'uniting-of-
the-right" because it entailed the
demise of Canada's oldest political
party and David Orchard filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing the merger, which subsequently failed
December 5, 2003. This consolidation of votes on the conservative
end of the political spectrum was
forged in order to challenge the
remarkable staying power of the
Canadian Liberals.
Second, the release of the federal
sponsorship scandal report by the
federal Auditor General Sheila
Fraser on February 10,2004 put the
liberals in hot water and Paul
Martin in the hot seat his first real
test   as   Canada's   new   Prime
PERSPECTIVE
i
Minister. Over $ 100 million of public funds went missing to a variety of
communications agencies in the
form of fees/commissions—Martin
was ieft holding the bag. Almost
immediately, the popularity of the
Liberals in the
polls took a dip.
I After years of
; s  paternalism   and
• ; ( i >, j .' right-of-center
,•' political fence-sitting by Chretien, it
now appears that the mantle of trust, ,
which the Liberals for so long stood
upon, is beginning to crumble. The
benevolent democratic totalitarianism of the Canadian Liberals might
soon come to an end.
■ Enter Jack Layton, the avant-
garde head of the New Democratic d
Party (NDP) who became the federal NDP leader on January 26, 2003
in a first-ballot victory. Layton does
not currently sit in the House of
Commons, but has been nonetheless radically forward-__nking and
vocal in scrums and the public
sphere, as he was when he sat on
the Toronto City Council. During his
stint as a councillor, Layton worked
to make Toronto a more bike-friendly city and worked with subculture
leaders to make raves safer. He is
an advocate of the legalisation of
marijuana, gay marriage, Kyoto and
.a "Green trafliportation system,"•-
public health care, and is staunchly
anti-war and anti-aggression.'
Layton-.ha$ recently spoken out^
'against Canada's role in a North
American missile defense systemZ
and stresses his party's new direction in reaching out to activist
groups. Layton has also criticised
F^aul Martin's role in global capitalism as1 former president of Canada
Steamship Linesfa company which
utilised 'unfree' labour in China). In
. terms of education, Layton blames
Martin-era cuts to funding for rises
in tuition; labeling Mm "the grand
architect of the big slice." Layton
believes, post-secondary education
needs td o» addressed at a federal
level. The former professor, who is
spending his first year in 32 away
from university teaching, stresses
the importance of education. The
NDP would create a Post-Secondary
Education Act to increase ' and
ensure continued funding for uinV
versity students.
With a national election looming
just around the corner, we must
ask: what are the chances of such a
progressive and innovative public
servant leading the NDP to form the
next government?
This depends on how both the
left and the right react to the dramatic political events that have
occurred in Canada in the last six
months. If the Liberal rapport with
ft thgftpopulace has truly been dam-
"• aged/., votes will go either to the
ft Conservative Party of Canada, the
Nb/'or the Bloc Quebecois. The
recent defection of a few
-^Conservative MPs suggests that support" for the party is waning. The
upcoming leadership convention
cojald also have consequences for
the party. This does not lessen the
fact that political power has been
consolidated on the right and that
many traditionalist voters will cast
in favour of the new party. The viability of Jack Layton and the NDP
wilidepend on footwork and also on
how the NDP is perceived by the
most radical factions of the population. Many progressive citizens
. have become indifferent to the representative political system in
Canada and choose not to vote, be
partisan or work for a party. And
this is unfortunate for the NDP
because Jack Layton, without a
doubt, has the energy and intelligence to work towards transformative social change.
—Kevin Walby is a graduate
student in sociology. THE UBYSSEY
LETTERS
TUESDAY, MARCH 2,2004
IS
Passion review neglects gratuity
of depicted violence
It's been interesting to see the incredible
range of criticism generated by Mel Gibson's
new movie. Some devout Christians are positively enraptured by it; some Jews think it's
the most racist movie to come along in years.
Clearly, most reviewers are watching the
movie through thick lenses of cultural bias.
With the amount of baggage these reviewers
are carrying into the theatres, you'd think
they'd be charged for extra seats.
Mr Hua's review followed form. Writing
as a true believer [the Ubyssey, Feb. 27], he
was completely enthralled by the beating,
torture and gritty death of his personal saviour. I imagine the ecstasies of St Teresa took
on such fervour. But in his passion, he
makes a few errors. While Ihe film is based
on general events described in the gospels,
none even imply the brutality Mel Gibson
wallows in, and really, isn't the message of
Christ more about love and acceptance than
the .amount of blood one body can spill
before it dies?
But movies have to work in and of themselves. Take away the Christian and Jewish
baggage and you have a slasher flick that revels in the pornography of gore, doing nothing to either exalt Christ or promote
Christian ideals. If we are to believe the
gospels, Christ wasn't a masochist But the
sado-masochist crowd, under the crisp linen
altar cloth of piety; are having a ball smearing his blood all over themselves.
-Chris Petty MFA1986
Alumni Association
Make some noise I
by Trevor Kew
And the crowd goes...quiet?
Did you go to the basketball games last weekend? I did.
Did you enjoy them? Me too.
Did you wonder, at times, if a funeral had
broken out? Maybe.
It may be a bit of an overstatement to liken War
Memorial Gym this weekend
to a funeral parlor or a
graveyard.
I apologise, I renounce, I
rescind. My bad.
A church, possibly?
Okay, okay, I know UBC won. The UBC
Men's Basketball team won Game Three of
their three playoff matchups 74-71 against
Trinity Western University (TWU) to seal a dramatic victory over their crosstown rivals and
now move on to their next step towards a
National Championship. With a large number
of friends on the team, I couldn't be happier for
them. Well done, UBC.
My beef is with the Canadian Inter-university
Sport (CIS). My concern is for the fans.
With scores of fanatical Trinity Western fans
praising and hailing each basket, turnover and
drink from the water bottle taken by the members of their Spartan squad, it was difficult for
the small number of loyal UBC supporters to
make their presence heard.
PERSPECTIVE
We gave it the old college try. We cheered the
Birds and booed the Spartans. We yelled at the
TWU-sighted referees. We drank the bzzr that
the Trinity fans have sworn never to taste.
But we were loudly outcheered by the opposition. What was a fan to do?
In a moment of drunken bravery, I brought
my trumpet to the Saturday game. Hadn't
played it in a year or so, but
figured I could make some
noise. I
fit up the first stoppage of
play    with    a    couple    of
.   "     ".....CHARGE!!" fanfares that
7      got the UBC fans going.
Church security was on top of me (no, not literally) within minutes. They told me to lose the
trumpet or get out I surrendered the instrument, not wanting to miss the game. The lady in
charge of facilities, who was just doing her job,
informed me of the national rules on "noise-
makers at CIS games." The Trinity fans also had
their drums and other accompaniment taken
away by security.
The CIS, Canada's (feeble) body that governs
collegiate sports, does not want noisemakers at
their games because they 'do not want to
become like the NBA' Good calL Because the
NBA after all, is a relatively unknown basketball league. Pathetic fan base. No TV deals. No
money from gate receipts.
Oh wait That's your league.
Aside from the confounding idiocy of hold
ing playoff games during Reading Break, when
most students are away, the CIS's decision to
ban "noisemakers" from their leagues is
absolutely bewildering. The players in their
league, while not celebrities like players in the
NCAA (which has entire marching bands in the
stands) or NBA are extremely talented athletes.
Most fans are friends of these players: they
go to games to have a few bzzrs (or not, Trinity
fans, it's always okay to say "No") and watch
their buddies play. These games let students get
away from the silence and boredom of classroom drudgery for a couple of hours.
I know how the CIS would respond to my
complaints. They'll say that these games are too
serious, that there is too much on the line for
these players. Maybe they'll say that Canadian
Varsity Sports want to promote a more scholastic image of sport than is seen south of the border.
Next year, ihe CIS should ban cheering. After
that clapping. Maybe, eventually, nobody will
go to the games at all. Perfect silence. Amen.
The problem with Canadians is that we feel
compelled to regulate everything. Even from
my very limited knowledge of basketball, I can
tell that the sport already has more than enough
rules. No noisemakers? Lighten up, folksl
Let us have some fun. Let us bring our trumpets, our drums, our kazoos and our air-filled
tubes. Let us make some noise.
—Trevor Kew is a student at UBC
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