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Array An upclose look at the Sundance Film
Festival, page 6
Plans for a baseball stadium at UBC
are on the horizon, page 9
At $2.4 million for a 30 slot, what we need
is our own super powered ad, page 10
Tuesday, 8 February, 2005
Faculty of Arts to create
African Studies minor
Student campaign to
integrate African issues
shows results
by Sarah Bourdon
UBC is one step closer to having an
African Studies program after the
Faculty of Arts announced a plan
to estabHsh an interdiscipHnary
minor in the field.
The announcement was made
by the Dean of Arts during the
opening ceremony for the UBC
Africa Awareness conference and
symposium in the last week of
January. A minor may be in place
in the next two or three years,
according to John Cooper, an associate dean from the Faculty of Arts.
"This is something we've been
looking into for the last six months
or so," said Cooper. "We're trying
to identify courses within the
Faculty of Arts and within the university that have African themes in
them or some content that pertains to Africa.*
In forming a minor in African
Studies, courses from areas such
as political science, economics,
geography and Hterature may be
considered. The creation of a
minor wiU be a step toward building a more comprehensive program in which students would be
able to pursue a major in African
Studies, though the implementation of such a program could take
some time.
"At the moment we're reaHy at
the stage of surveying what we've
got," said Cooper. "A major program would have to be in the
slightly longer run because it
involves hiring in various departments... You've got to make sure
you've got the funding and you've
got the right people."
Members of UBC Africa
Awareness and other student
groups on campus have been
pushing for greater inclusion of
African issues within UBC programs over the last few years and
are pleased with UBC's response.
"This is definitely a good start,"
said Brenda Ogembo, a member of
UBC Africa Awareness  and VP
See "African Studies"page 2.
UBC gets quasi-municipal government
modeled after US company town
by Jonathan Woodward
The University of BC has modeled
how it governs its burgeoning resident population after a Maryland, US
company town ruled by a private,
non-profit company.
And in January, UBC handed over
more control of that government to
representatives elected by the 2,500
people who Hve in the apartments,
homes and condominiums in the
campus-wide development caHed
University Town.
"Now the resident population
reaUy has a say over a number of
municipal-like issues. It's less what
the UBC administration thinks, and
more what the residents think,"
said University Town spokesman
Brad Foster.
Unlike Simon Fraser University's
similar UniverCity development in
Burnaby, UBC is built on land granted by the province of BC, and
University Town residents don't elect
or pay taxes to a municipaHty.
In the past ten years, UBC has
brought about 2,500 people to live
on campus, and by 2020, UBC and
the Greater Vancouver Regional
District plan for 21,000 people-
ten times more.
The proceeds from building and
selling those houses, shops" and commercial space are a powerful motive
for development UBC will net an estimated $580 million, almost doubling
its $700 million endowment.
But with population comes
responsibiHty—for garbage pickup,
security, and a community centre.
For inspiration on how to govern
without a city, UBC turned to
Columbia, Maryland, a planned community of 95,000 near Baltimore.
Columbia was founded, was
planned and is governed by the
Howard Research and Development
Corporation in 1963. The Columbia
Association, a private non-profit corporation, collects taxes and assumes
municipal duties like parking, tennis
courts and swimming pools.
It's caHed a "turn key community," said University Town resident
Jim Taylor. "The developer and the
county make a deal—I'U provide the
services in return for the authority
to plan."
Similarly, the university created
the University Neighbourhood
Association (UNA) in 2002 to operate
outside the bounds of a municipaHty,
to provide services for its residents.
"In deHvering these services, and
making sure they were getting
access, the university decided that we
would be better off doing it on our
own," said Taylor, who is the newly
elected Chair of the UNA board.
See "Democracy"page 2.
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CELEBRATING OUTWEEK: Omisoore Dryden, an Access and Diversity advisor, had the delectable
job of cutting the rainbow flag cake at a Monday Outweek event, nic fensom photo
AMS lends support to same-sex marriage bill
by Sarah Bourdon
Taking a step away from the mandated issues that generally concern
UBC's student society, the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) council passed
a motion Wednesday effectively supporting the federal government's bid
to legalise same-sex marriage.
The motion was originaUy
brought to council at the request ofa
group of students who felt AMS support would encourage students to
consider the issue.
"We thought it would be a good
idea to get the word out," said Jon
Loewen, a UBC student and a mem
ber of Students for Equity. "The discussion in the media has sort of
been dominated by these right-wing
sort of extremist groups and I figure
that most students are probably in
favour of this."
Loewen and his colleagues
have been circulating petitions
over the last week, hoping to garner 5,000 signatures "urging the
government to vote in favour of
the legalisation of same-sex marriage on the basis that it's an
issue of fundamental Hberties."
Though the motion addresses
a much larger issue than the standard AMS-related motions
brought to council and does not
deal directly with university
affairs, it was an appropriate
issue to address, said Quinn
Omori, the Arts counciUor who
presented the motion to council.
"In this case, we felt that if the
AMS lent it's support and got the
word out, they could get students
behind it," explained Omori, adding
that the push for such a motion originally came from constituents.
The issue was met with very Httle
discussion and the motion passed
easily, said Omori.
"There was no debate...it went
really smoothly."
See "Same-sex"page 2,
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Unofficial Referenda Results
U-Pass $2 price increase—PASSED
Indigenous AMS Council seat—
(required 50 per cent of the vote)
Yes: 19,192 (92.7%)
(required 75 per cent of the vote)
No: 1,513(7.3%)
Yes: 5,390 (67.3%)
No: 2,619 (32.7%)
Summer U-Pass—PASSED
(required 50 per cent of the vote)
International AMS Council seat—
Yes: 17,729(91.1%)
No: 1,724 (8.9%)
(required 75 per cent of the vote)
Yes: 6,149 (73.0%)
Sexual Assault Support Centre
No: 2,270 (27.0%)
student fee increase—PASSED
(required 50 per cent of the vote)
Yes: 7,809 (74.0%)
No: 2,746 (26.0%)
*all referenda achieved quorum
Creation of new program will take time
"African Studies" from page 7.
Academic for the Alma Mater
Society. "I think what we've been
saying all along for the past few
years and beyond has been that we
don't expect the program to appear
out of nowhere but some concrete
steps need to be made and a minor
is a good step.*
Ogembo, along with other students, will have the chance to be a
part of the program's inception.
"The process is going to be consultative/ Ogembo explained, adding
that she will be meeting with the Dean
of Arts. "This way we can provide
more direct input as to the areas that
we recognise as needing work.*
Students can get involved by
increasing awareness, forming a student committee made up of both
African students and students who are
not of African descent, and encouraging professors to take an interest in
teaching African issues, she added.
*It is pretty big to see the university responding to the efforts and
responding to the interest that has
been expressed by students and I
think especially that people are
expressing the desire to learn
more,* said Ogembo. "I think often
students are complaining about
school and the challenges, but
where people are actually yearning
for more knowledge, I think that you
have to respond and UBC has.*
As the program is established, it
will have a profound impact on the
university as a whole, according to
'We've become a bigger and better university over the years and
Africa is perhaps the last major
area of the world that we don't
spend enough time studying,* he
said. *I think we'd like to make sure
that if we're going to become a global player, we'll need to be able to
take the whole globe as our area
of interest.* ♦
Motion passed with no debate in AMS meeting
"Same-sex" from page 7.
Speaker Jason Loxton warned councillors about respecting dissenting
voices and mentioned that the issue of
same-sex marriage divides Canada
right down the middle. There was no
debate except to clarify one of the clauses and the motion passed with none
against and no abstentions.
Many present at the meeting were
pleased to see the motion presented
and passed, though more dialogue
might have been useful, said Karen
Ward, a graduate student and member
of Pride UBC.
'It's too bad, I wish we'd had more
of a discussion,* she explained. *I
wouldn't want to shut anybody down,
it's an important discussion to have.
'[The speaker's warning] was necessary to say. but at the same time it
just makes everybody kind of hypersensitive to the point where there's no
debate at all.*
Still, council's actions were an
important contribution to a wider
issue, said Ward.
'I think it has been the first time
this year the student council has
tried to get out of the AMS a little
bit...and look at a bigger issue* she
said. 'If there's any time that we're
going to bother with something
that's outside of ourselves, that isn't
specific to education, and particularly when there are students taking
some kind of initiative about equality rights, this couldn't have possibly
been more timely.* ♦
Elected representatives will look at community issues
"Democracy" from page 1.
At the UNA's inception, the university appointed four out of six
members of the board, students sent
one representative and residents
elected one person. In Januaiy, the
university reduced its share to two
members, and increased the number of elected members to three.
One elected member is also the
chair, gets an extra vote, and secures
control of the board in the hands of
its elected residents.
That means that plans supported
by the residents, like membership to
UBC's botanical garden and the construction of a new conununity centre, can be approved by residents in
consultation with the university and
residents, rather than the other way
around, said Taylor.
'It's very significant,* he said.
There are limitations to the UNA
that cities would not face: the UNA
board collects taxes through a university's service levy and the university must approve its budget.
Because this board's main function
is to fulfill the agreements of the tenants' lease with the university, it
exists at the grace of UBC and can be
dissolved at any time.
And while the student body
sends two elected students to UBC's
Board of Governors, where ultimate
university power lies, no one has
suggested that the UNA send a
'Given the recognition that the
UNA represents a new partnership, it
is natural that there will be ongoing
discussions about representation,*
said University Town representative
Linda Moore.
'This is all relatively new. The
UNA model is an interesting development in democracy,* she said. ♦
Teaching evaluations
database seeks funding
Data issues delaying
launch of comprehensive
web service
by Dan McRoberts
An online database that would allow UBC students
to see how their professors have performed on
evaluations is still months away from being a reality, but the wait could be shortened significandy if
the Teaching Excellence Initiative (TEI) earns valuable funding from UBC.
The TEI was proposed by the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) as a replacement for the AMS
Yardstick, which provided evaluation information
on UBC professors. The website would incorporate biographical information, curriculum vitae
and the evaluation results.
The difficulty with the Yardstick was that professors felt that they were being measured against
one another, said AMS VP Academic Brenda
Ogembo. The TEI would avoid that by including
more information on teaching philosophy and
Although the TEI is intended to be a campus-
wide service administered by the university,
only the Faculty of Arts is actively collecting
evaluation results with the intention of establishing a database that students can access. The
Science and Commerce faculties are waiting for
the Arts pilot project to be completed before any
steps are taken.
The Arts database was originally scheduled
for completion in time for the beginning of this
academic year, but the scope and cost of the
project turned out to be greater than anticipated, Ogembo said. In order to support the addi
tional costs of the project, the Faculty of Arts
and the AMS have applied for $40,000 in funding from UBC's Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund (TLEF).
While the Arts database is complete, much of
the data from evaluation forms is problematic,
according to English professor Margery Fee, who
has spent extensive time working towards the
implementation of the TEI. Because the data
comes from bubble forms filled out by students,
there are inconsistencies and problems throughout the data set, she said.
'We have data for profs that don't exist, course
names that don't exist and so on/ said Fee. 'You
kind of tear your hair a bit.* With such difficulties,
the faculty had to hire an additional person to help
determine which courses and professors the data
might pertain to. This has delayed implementation and drained resources, Fee said.
'Our aspiration is to put up just one year of
data now/ she said. 'We had three but it is taking
too long.*
The TLEF funding would allow the Faculty of
Arts to build the front page for the website and
attach directories for CV data and other information. Without the funding, progress may be stalled
once again.
'Arts had got a lot of computing projects we
want to do/ said Fee. *[TEI] is a priority but not
the only priority.*
Fee praised Ogembo and her predecessor
Laura Best for constantly pressuring the administration to proceed with the new system.
'Without Laura and Brenda it would not have
gone forward the way it has/ she said.
Ogembo hopes that the TEI will receive the
TLEF funding, with an announcement anticipated
in the next few weeks. If all goes well, Ogembo
hopes to see the Arts pilot site operational by the
end of this summer.
'It's already been delayed a year/ she said. 'I'd
love to see it working, if only for one faculty." ♦
U-Pass joy
AMS VP External Holly Foxcroft celebrated the success of the U-Pass
referendum by giving VP Administration Lyle McMahon a big hug
Monday night at The Gallery. Along with the U-Pass fare increase vote,
the referendum for the creation of a Summer U-Pass and the vote to
increase funding for the Sexual Assault Support Centre both passed.
The referenda to add seats for International and Indigenous students on
AMS Council both failed, trevor gilks photo
Strengthening the web
Incoming executive urges update for
overworked WebCT Program
by Dan McRoberts
UBC's computer-based academic
resource is overworked and must
be replaced, according to the
incoming VP Academic of the
Alma Mater Society (AMS).
"The status quo is a temporary
solution at best," said Gavin Dew,
addressing AMS Council last
week. Dew, who serves as vice-
chair of the University
Commission, reported on the
potential costs and benefits of
upgrading WebCT.
WebCT is used to support
classroom teaching in courses
across all faculties at UBC.
However, the base software is outdated and with demand increasing, improvements should be
made, said Dew. There are also
concerns with the implementation of the WebCT system at UBC
Okanagan, this fall.
The cost of installing an
improved iteration of the course
support system, dubbed WebCT
Vista, has been estimated at
$3.65 million over three years,
Dew said. The current system features annual costs of approximately $510,000.
In addition to upgrading the
program itself, an implementation plan calls for a doubling of
instructional support. UBC would
budget approximately one million
dollars for this aspect of the project, roughly equivalent to 15 full-
time support positions. Dew said.
'Why buy a Porsche, in this
case WebCT Vista, and not take it
to a mechanic," he explained.
Almost 6,000 students responded
to an online survey regarding
WebCT services, Dew noted, and
most agreed, that the system
could be improved significantly.
"[WebCT] is clearly relevant to
students, as more of them participated in the survey than voted in
our own AMS elections," Dew
said. "If one of the goals of the
AMS is to be more relevant to students, then this would be something to get behind/
UBC will decide if and when to
begin improving the WebCT system. The installation plans are
currently being discussed by the
university's Council of Deans.
Despite this, Dew told council it
was important for the AMS to
lobby for the changes.
"UBC makes this a priority in
the TREK 2010 document," he
said. "We should be holding UBC
Moments after Dew's presentation, AMS Council voted unanimously in favour of a motion that
will see the society pressure UBC
to make necessary improvements
as soon as possible. ♦
Okanagan student society to be
O m/
renamed "UBC Student Union"
AMS councillors concerned change will cause confusion
by Sara Norman
AMS President Amina Rai
announced OUCSA-K's intended
name change during the January
19 Council meeting, after which
some councillors expressed
"Who's taking over whom here?"
said Darren Peets, spokesperson for
the Firehydrant, a former candidate
for the Board of Governors in the
recent AMS election.
Heated discussion highlighted
worry over the potential confusion between the two very different student unions.
"My concern is that this is
going to be a logistical nightmare," Rai stated.
Some council members-
including former Arts representative Richard Davis—felt the new
title was disrespectful and indicated the feeling that OUCSA-K was
"making a statement that they [will
not be] a colonised university.'
"I was quite surprised when
this came down the barrel," Rai
stated. "[The AMS] hadn't received
much notification. Only two days
prior to a meeting with Barry
McBride [Deputy Vice Chancellor
of UBC Okanagan], I was asked to
write a letter of support... I said I
could not."
Last week, OUCSA-K offered to
meet with Rai, but she was unable
to go to the Okanagan.
When first considering their
name change, OUCSA-K proposed
to the AMS that both campuses
change their student union
names to include the area of their
campus. However, this suggestion
fell through at the time.
"I think that proved a little
too difficult for the AMS. They
couldn't move fast enough... so
we went ahead with what our
members seemed to really like,"
said Jason Harman, vice president of OUCSA-K.
Since it takes 4,000 people to
reach quorum at UBC, an AMS referendum on the name change was
not feasible when OUCSA-K made
the offer, according to Harman.
The proposed name change was
chosen in a referendum by students at Okanagan University
College and was intended to be a
positive step in the UBC takeover,
he explained.
"When we came up with [the
proposed name change], we had
just been taken over by UBC. A lot
of people were feeling very low.
When the name was generated
and suggested by council members, it was just something to
make people feel on par to the
However, both sides may be
willing to negotiate. When asked
outside of council chambers, Rai
stated that she is willing to discuss the AMS changing their
"[OUCSA-K] is willing to negotiate for regionally specified names
and I think that's something that
[the council members] need to
take into consideration."
In the meantime, OUCSA-K 'is
going ahead" with their name
change, said Harman. "The AMS
is supporting us in part, but they
have voiced some opposition."
At present, Rai added that she
thought there should be more
focus "on the greater issues at
length as opposed to the names
and technicalities of what exactly
is going on between the two student unions."
When incomingThe Okanagan
University College Student Union,
Kelowna (OUCSA-K) is changing
its name to University of British
Columbia Student Union—an
adjustment that has UBC's Alma
Mater Society (AMS) Council up in
AMS President Spencer Keys
takes over office, Rai indicated
that the issue will be 'something
[he] will pick up...especially in
determining [the AMS'] relationship with formerly OUCSA-K.'
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Friday, feb. 25/05
@ SUB Conversation Pit
12 noon
The general public is
invited to attend the
AMS Annual General
Meeting on Friday, Feb.
25 at noon in the SUB
Conversation Pit.
Reports will be provided
by the General Manager
and Amina Rai,
President, with remarks
from new incoming
President Spencer Keys.
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Iraqi democracy a sham: Klein
Anti-war roundtable
condemns occupying
forces at home
and abroad
by Brad Badelt
On the heels of the landmark election in Iraq, best-selling author
Naomi Klein told a Vancouver
audience that much of the Iraqis'
freedom has already been negotiated away.
Klein, who spent a month in
Iraq last year, spoke Wednesday
night at an event downtown hosted
by Stopwar.ca.
"Democracy was fought every
step of the way [by the occupying
forces] because it would have nullified the reasons for the war itself,"
said Klein, referring to the two-
year period between the US invasion and last week's election
during which many Iraqis
openly protested their appointed
Klein described a spontaneous
"outbreak of democracy" following
the US invasion.   Towns through
out Iraq elected councils, Klein
said, only to have them nullified
and replaced with US-appointed
In January 2004, over 100,000
Iraqis marched in downtown
Baghdad, chanting "Elections
yes! Selections no!" Similar
protests were held
in Basra, where
30,000 marched.
During the two
years leading to
the Iraqi election,
corporate tax rates
were lowered, foreign ownership
regulations were
scrapped and most
oil exploration rights were auctioned
off, said Klein.
"It was a pre-democracy liquidation sale."
Klein, a left-wing advocate best
known for exposing global sweatshops in her book No Logo, spoke
to a largely supportive crowd. Her
comments come at a time when
many observers—including prominent human rights-expert Michael
Ignatieff—have called the recent
election a democratic success story
and openly questioned whether
"the left was wrong about Iraq."
For her part, Klein believes the
election provided a symbolic and
inspiring gesture of democracy.
But much of the political infrastructure had already been constructed, Klein argued, including
an interim constitution written by
the occupying forces.
The constitution—which the
United Nations refused to ratify—
should be scrapped, said Klein,
suggesting the newly elected government write a constitution that
serves the Iraqi people rather than
outside interests.
The most emotional moment of
the night occurred when Klein was
asked about the role of violent
resistance in Iraq, a question that
drew applause from several audience members. Klein chastised the
crowd for "mindless cheering of
the resistance* and spoke of the
Iraqi people forced to Hve amid the
constant threat of car bombs and
"We should be supporting calls
for self-determination not armed
resistance/ said Klein, suggesting
that protesters from around the
world failed by not mirroring the
Iraqi calls for elections a year ago.
The Iraqi election last month
attracted an estimated eight million voters, with results expected
in the next several days. ♦
Fighting crimes against humanity in
the International Criminal Court
Canada plays large role in shaping tribunals, says Hague prosecutor
by Darryl Korell
The institutions set up by the ad
hoc tribunal involved in the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic are
setting a precedent for future permanent international courts such
as the International Criminal
Court (ICC), and Canadians have
played a major role in this
process, said a former Kosovo war
crimes prosecutor.
In a speech given at UBC on
January 31, Dirk Ryneveld, Senior
Prosecuting Trial Attorney for the
International Criminal Tribunal
for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
at the Hague, talked about his
involvement in the prosecution of
Slobodan Milosevic for crimes
against humanity and war crimes
in Kosovo.
The ICTY, which was set up as a
temporary measure, has gone
about the prosecution for crimes
against humanity, war crimes and
genocide. The lessons learned
from the ad hoc tribunal will set a
standard for other more permanent international courts in the
future, Ryneveld explained.
Ryneveld worked as a Senior
Trial Attorney for ICTY at The
Hague, serving as a part of the
lead counsel that declared rape,
sexual assault and sexual enslavement by soldiers in Bosnia to be
war crimes. He also helped prosecute those who had an active role
in the Keraterm detention camp.
In addition, he was involved in
the prosecution of the former
Yugoslavian President Slobodan
As well as describing the UN
resolutions involved in the creation of ICTY and its organisation,
Ryneveld maintained that the ICTY
and the Rwanda tribunals were
essential in establishing the future
rules of the ICC.
'We believe that the ad hoc tribunals such as the former
Yugoslavian ICTY, the Rwandan
tribunal and the laws and the
precedents are going to be certainly precedent setting pillars," said
"Canada continues to play a
major role in the
development of
criminal law.
—Dirk Ryneveld,
Senior Prosecuting
Trial Attorney, ICTY
Ryneveld. "Hopefully, [the ICC]
will learn from our mistakes and
avoid them."
Ryneveld hopes future international courts will consider the
good things they did and build on
"Canada had a contribution to
make and helped shape the way in
which prosecutions were run/
said Ryneveld. The Prosecutor, the
Chief of Prosecutions, six Senior
Trial Attorneys, the head of the
legal advisory section and the
head of the appeals section are all
Unlike the other ad hoc tribunals set up beforehand, the
United Nations created the ICC to
be a permanent institution. Again,
Canadians were heavily involved
in getting other countries to sign
the Rome Statute, ratifying the
court's status. Moreover, Philip
Kirsch, a Canadian, is the first
president of the court.
'Canada continues to play a
major role in the development of
international criminal law/ said
UBC assistant professor Richard
Price, who specialises in
International Politics, agreed with
Ryneveld's claims about the importance of the ad hoc tribunals.
"I don't believe you would have
seen the agreement to create the
ICC without first the Yugoslavian
Tribunal and the Rwandan
Tribunal," he said. "They were
very important milestones the
likes of which the international
communities haven't seen since
the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals after World War II."
Regarding the prosecution of
rape, Price believes the ICTY has
shown how to deal with such a culturally sensitive topic. Rape testimony may be extremely difficult
to record and in some cases, testimony is done in private or on
"They really sensitised the ICC
[to] the concerns that may arrive,"
said Price.
The talk, advertised as an
update on the ongoing Milosevic
trial, was mainly a discourse on
the institutions of the ICTY with little about the present developments of the trial.
However, Ryneveld did say that
he believes that the ICTY efforts in
prosecution were unbiased.
'[We] weren't prosecuting
because they were Serbs... it's not
countries, it's not nations, it's
individuals/ he said. ♦
A cry for help
It took the firing and reinstate-,
ment of AMS  General Manager
Bernie Peets, but the student society has finally started the ball
rolling towards hiring a human
resources (HR) expert.
Council passed a motion
approving the appointment of a
part-time HR staffer in principle,
while asking that the Budget and
Code committees investigate the
implications of such a position
being added to the AMS staff.
"I think we are all fully aware of
the need/ said AMS VP Academic
Brenda Ogembo. 'It's almost
surprising that an institution as
big as the AMS does not have such
a position/
The proposed position would
not be a decision-maker, but
rather an advisor and trainer for
other senior staffers and the student executive, Ogembo said. AMS
Ombudsperson Michelle Quigg
said that hiring an HR advisor
would allow her to pay attention to
other complaints and issues.
*A significant amount of my
time in the ombuds office is spent
on HR issues," she said.
Executive Coordinator of
Student Services Grant Wong
encouraged councillors to look at
other options for resolving the
human resources situation at the
"Other student unions have student-run HR departments/ said
Wong. "You can hire six students
for the cost of one part-time
With the concept now to be
studied by committee, such considerations may be made, but AMS
President Amina Rai stated her
desire to see the matter resolved
sooner than later.
'There has been debate on this
issue/ she said.  "This has been
ongoing for longer than our terms
in office."
Supporting same-sex
A rally to support the legalisation
of same-sex marriage is scheduled
for this Friday (February 11). Rally
participants will start downtown at
the Vancouver Art Gallery (at
Georgia and Howe) at 9:45am and
will march to the BC Courthouse.
The event is intended to raise
awareness about the federal government's upcoming decision on
allowing same-sex couples to wed,
to encourage the public to support
the legalisation and to inform the
government of support for the bill.
Anyone is invited to participate
in the rally.
Vancouver and UBC residents will
have an opportunity to play a
direct role in setting the future
course of their public transit
TransLink, the City of
Vancouver and UBC will officially
kick off the public planning
process to create the Vancouver
and UBC Transit Plan at an event
on Tuesday, February 8.
The event will showcase
some of the initial concepts that
the public will respond to as
well as outline the consultation
The event will take place at the
Roundhouse Community Centre,
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie and
Pacific), at 10am. The event at the
is free and the public is encouraged to attend. ♦
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by Jesse Ferreras CULTURE WRITER
Held in Park City Utah, this year's Sundance Film
Festival, as always, provided an opportunity for new
cinematic techniques, narratives and genres to be
exposed to an audience of thousands who have often
come from all over the world to experience a new wave
of cinematic artistry. The Sundance Film Festival succeeds at bringing justice to those artists who would oth
erwise have their work remain unappreciated by the
masses. Corporate sponsorship criticisms be damned,
it is impossible to leave Sundance festival without
experiencing underappreciated cinema that brings a
wealth of new techniques and narratives to a vastly-
evolving form of artistic expression.
As a Bachelor of Arts Major in Film Studies, I was privileged to experience one of the greatest stretches of five
days in my life with the exposure to cinematic styles and
techniques I will likely never experience again lest I
return to the festival.
Observing the guide to Sundance 2005's eclectic selection of independent and world cinema, one comes across
a prevailing theme in the films accepted for screening at
the festival —social justice. Whether it be racism, homophobia or the civil rights of aboriginals, the films showcased at this year's festival were intent to convey the struggle to survive in an oppressive society.
With a story strikingly similar to that of Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan's 1989 classic My Left Foot,
Rory O'Shea Was Here became an immediate sentimental favourite at Sundance 2005, telling the story
of two young men learning to live independently
with severe disabilities in modern Dublin. On paper
the film seems, to some degree, a rehash of the aforementioned, but about 5 minutes into the film one is
immediately proven otherwise, as the film bursts
across the screen with fantastic performances by its
central players, giving the audience plenty to laugh
and cry about, and reflect upon thereafter. Damien
O'Donnell delivers an emotional powerhouse with
Rory O'Shea Was Here.
The film introduces us first to Michael Connolly,
played by Steven Robertson, a young man who has
spent most of his life in residential homes. Due to
cerebral palsy he has a world of trouble communicating with anyone, but that soon changes with the
arrival of Rory O'Shea, a quadriplegic with spiked
blonde hair, piercings, and a rebellious attitude to
boot, played by James McAvoy. Rory demonstrates a
strong spirit against the bleakness of the residents at
Carrigmore Residential Home and runs afoul of the
nurses, particularly Eileen (Brenda Fricker), who
does not exacdy take an immediate shining to J^oiy's
rebelliousness. Rory befriends Michael, whose muffled speech only he can understand, to the great surprise of everyone around them. Rory applies for
independent living, but only achieves it when
Michael's own appeal is accepted on the terms that
Rory live with him as his full-time live-in interpreter.
They find an apartment together and enlist the
employment of Siobhan (Romola Garai), a beautiful
young clubber and grocery store clerk, as their home-
care assistant. Together, Rory and Michael face the
difficulties of independent life as they strive towards
the discovery of what it means to be disabled, independent, and ultimately, what it means to be human.
Hilarious when one expects to be made to feel
guilty, touching without accentuating its sentimentality, Rory O'Shea Was Here was the most emotionally
engaging film I experienced at Sundance 2005. The
film is carried the whole way through on the astounding performances of able-bodied actors James
McAvoy and Steven Robertson.
Rory O'Shea Was Here is ultimately a very uplifting film that tells an involving, human story whilst
raising issues of how the disabled are treated
throughout society, as well as how they view themselves. While the film teases its audience at certain
points, preparing us for saccharine sentimentality
that never comes, the story and performances are so
engaging that one forgets altogether the attempts of
the filmmakers to harness the emotions of the audience. The industry will do the film-going public no
justice if Rory O'Shea is not unleashed upon North
American audiences. ♦
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Director Scott Coffey originally met
Naomi Watts on the production of
David Lynch's mind-bending psychological thriller, Mulholland Drive, and
thereafter set upon filming a series of
short films based on the character of
Ellie Parker, a struggling actress who
has emigrated from Australia to
Hollywood in search of stardom. A
series of shorts filmed in 2001 eventually materialised into a full-length film
which saw its premiere in the Dramatic
Audience category at Sundance 2005.
Shot on a Sony DCR-PC 100 camcorder,
and allegedly filmed solely by Coffey
himself, the film is a funny portrayal of
down-and-out actresses doing what they
can to make it big in Hollywood.
The film opens with a hilarious audition sequence in which Ellie Parker,
played by Naomi Watts, overacts her way
into the preference of an eccentric filmmaker producing "Delta Breeze/ a project about a southern belle. She thereafter
rushes out of her character and dresses
herself in heircar on the way to another
audition, where she tries out for the part
ofa "Yankee junkie whore." Ellie's idyllic
vision of Hollywood as she rushes from
one audition to the next is soon broken
as she discovers her deadbeat guitarist
boyfriend, Justin, played by Mark
Pellegrino, having sex with the casting
agent from her first film. At this point,
she leaves him and takes up with her
best friend Sally (played by Rebecca
Rigg), another struggling Australian
actress, and finds that the whole time
she has spent in Hollywood, all she has
been trying to do is survive. "I don't
know who I am" she cries, as again she
rushes to and fro between auditions and
flees the pursuits of a shop owner, Chris
(Scott Coffey), who passes himself off as a
cinematographer, an epileptic, and a
twin brother after he rear-ends her.
Ellie's struggle is a search for success
and, in effect, for herself, within a career
devoted to portraying other selves.
Director Coffey frames Ellie Parker
in a quasi-verite style portraying hilariously the struggle of an idealistic young
actress to make it in Hollywood, which
is in turn causing her steady downfall.
The film functions effectively in snippets, with some hilarious scenes from
one moment to the next, but the film
does not function effectively as a collected work.
Continuity is obvious in certain
scenes, which is an inevitable problem
when filming scenes to connect shorter
scenes, and some are far more effective
than others. Coffey formulates an ambitious project, attempting to form a
longer work out of some excellent short
films he created in 2001, but the film as
a whole does not quite work. One's
enjoyment of the film depends largely
on one's abiHty to identify with the
actress' plight. Some will undoubtedly
relate to Ellie's struggle, but without a
narrative to frame the actress' plight,
the film does not form an effective
anthology of shorter films. ♦
For lack of an animated category, Sundance
2005 pooled its animated submissions together
to formulate the "Animation Program" as part
of its "Special Screenings* bill, showcasing
some of the most spectacular and innovative
animation to be compiled from the previous
year. Animators from across the world were
represented in this category, notably Finland,
Poland, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and,
most particularly, Canada. In every case, the
animation was obscure, ground-breaking, and
exposed the audiences to some visual work the
likes of which none of us ever saw before.
Native Canadian Chris Landreth's Oscar-
nominated short Ryan was clearly the star of
the program, offering an animated documentary short chronicling the rise and fall of Ryan
Larkin, a former Oscar-nominated animator
whose drug cand alcohol abuse led him to a
vagtant's life on the streets of Montreal.
Landreth illustrates Ryan Larkin as a broken
man (literally) whose face chips away with
every drag of a cigarette, as well as thermos
with protruding hands that reach out for Ryan
to represent his temptation towards alcohol.
Landreth aims for what he calls "psychological
realism," employing some beautiful animated
techniques to generate imagery and metaphor
out ofhis attempts to lift Ryan Larkin out ofhis
fallen state. The film is depressing when it
shows the extent of Larkin's success and his
downfall, but it is hopeful at its end when one
realizes the implication that Landreth has succeeded in lifting Larkin out of his slump. The
film is certain to make waves as part of the
Academy Awards' animated short category, and
its success as part of the category will hopefully
bring fiiture success to Landreth as well as the
resurrection of Ryan Larkin's career.
Don Hertzfeldt's The Meaning of Life was by
every means the strangest offering of the program, ending with a disclaimer stating that no
computers were used in the animation—it is,
quite simply, a hand-drawn short film in which
a cacophony of rambling stick figures moves
across the screen in a absurdist universe
beneath a storm cloud of blue and black paint
A completely nonsensical animation that is
innovative merely for the fact that it employs no
computers to convey a chaotic universe of characters searching for "the meaning of life... HA!"
Poland's Tomek Baginski, nominated for an
Oscar in 2003 for his Katedra (Cathedral),
employs 3D animation for Fallen Art relating
an obscure little tale of a mad inventor who creates his own entertainment out of the dead
corpses of soldiers. The film itself is only six
minutes in length, but over that time boasts
some spectacular animation which generates
confused chuckles and an intriguing, yet
ambiguous ending. Baginski's short is dark,
funny and spectacular, enough to earn its creator a standout reputation within a program of
progressive animators.
Although the program boasted some beautiful, innovative animation techniques, Ryan
was clearly the standout, as it has already
garnered 33 awards from festivals around
the world. The animated documentary stood
out spectacularly among some strong creativity and is a favourite to take the Animated
Short Film Award at the 2005 Academy
Awards, hopefully bringing Canada an Oscar
for the second year in a row. ♦
An entry for the Sundance 2005 American
Dramatic Cinema Competition, Between
is a so-called "metaphysical thriller" from
David Ocanas and Robert Nelms, a first-
time filmmaking and screenwriting team.
An undoubtedly stylish film, this is a
story that attempts to involve its audience
in a young woman's search for the truth.
The only truth the audience searched for
at the film's conclusion was how on
Earth, with filmmakers from all over the
world vying for a slot at this prestigious
festival, did Between earn a screening
^at Sundance?
A deceivingly captivating tide sequence
fades into a hazy image of a woman
walking barefoot in a red dress down a
street in Tijuana, Mexico. The faceless
woman walks in daze upon a sidewalk
until she reaches its edge, steps onto the
street, and then suddenly wakes up in a
bed crying out for her husband. This
woman is Nadine Roberts [Without a
Trace's Poppy Montgomery), a lawyer who
has recently been experiencing disturbing
dreams about her missing twin sister,
Dianne. These recurring dreams eventually bring her to Tijuana, a place she has
never been before, where she embarks on
a desperate search for her sister. Nadine
enlists the help of Detective Gustavo
Campos (played by Traffic's Jose Yenque),
who dismisses her case as just another in
a long line of kidnappings that occur in
Tijuana almost every day, but he appears
to hold a few more secrets beneath the
Style is an attribute that director
Ocanas can rely on in his future filmmaking endeavours. He sets up some interesting visuals in various scenes, such as a
confusing sequence in which Nadine visits a junkyard where there are dozens of
clocks embedded into the ground, all
reading 5:30 PM. Unfortunately, intelligent effective writing and intriguing performances are all virtues that Between
sorely lacks. The story seems little more
than a rehash of similar plots from other
such dream-like films such as Vanilla
Sty—but this film's elements are just not
tight enough to hold together.
An ambitious effort by a first-time filmmaker and screenwriter, Between does
have an interesting story that is unfortunately dragged down by the spiritless performances of its cast. Between rerettably
does not work wonders around a formulaic story which, in the hands of a stronger,
more seasoned filmmaker, may not have
collapsed under the weight of its ideas as
it does here. ♦
Playwright and screenwriter Craig Lucas ( writer of
Prelude to a .Kiss) became one of the most popular
filmmakers at Sundance 2005 for The Dying Gaul
his entry for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.
Undoubtedly drawing from his experience on the
stage as an actor, his film has a small cast, few settings, and manages to form an emotionally devastating film out of a great screenplay and the devoted
performances of some very talented actors.
Robert, played by Garden State's Peter Sarsgaard,
is a fledgling screenwriter who has penned "The
Dying Gaul," a script inspired by the AIDS death of
his lover/agent and a trip they took together to Rome
where they saw the famous statue, which depicts a
wounded Celtic warrior lying upon the earth just
moments before his death. Powerful studio executive
Jeffrey, played by Campbell Scott is impressed by his
work and seizes on the opportunity to negotiate the
purchase and production of "The Dying Gaul." Robert
is overjoyed at the prospect of the production ofhis
screenplay, but he is reluctant to sell it when he is
told that "America hates gays" and will be forced to
change one of his characters to a heterosexual with
AIDS, completely removing the point and power of
the screenplay as Robert wrote it
A struggling author, Robert accepts the offer,
knowing that the sale ofhis screenplay for $ 1-million
will help bring order back to his melancholic life. His
success is soon threatened, however, when he fails to
anticipate the emotional toll it will take on him and
Jeffrey's wife, Elaine (played Patricia Clarkson), an
ex-screenwriter herself who is captivated with the
presence of Robert in her otherwise routine life. The
sale of Robert's screenplay is only the first ofa series
of interlocking events that bring an unprecedented
level of anger and revenge to the surface of this twisted Hollywood tale.
The Dying Gaul is one of the single-most affecting
films I have ever seen. Craig Lucas has absolute control over the cinematic elements he employs, especially some beautiful cinematography to frame a
powerful triumvirate of performances from
Sarsgaard, Scott and Clarkson. Structured as a modern Greek tragedy, Lucas' film boasts an intricately-
plotted storyline that raises social questions about
the place of the homosexual in society, as well as
more metaphysical themes such as fate, honour and
success. Lucas' talents as a filmmaker are best exemplified in a simple, yet powerful scene in which
Robert lies mournfully in a bathtub, a single light
bearing down on his face as though the spirit ofhis
dead lover is still watches over him beyond the grave.
Intriguing at its outset and devastating at its conclusion,, The Dying Gaul is the vehicle by which the
careers of Lucas and tragic hero Sarsgaard will
undoubtedly take off ♦
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UBC plays their last home games of the season
by Andy Prest
It was a weekend of hellos and goodbyes for UBC's men's volleyball team.
On Friday the fourth-ranked
Thunderbirds said "hello* to the playoffs with a thrilling five set victory
over third-ranked University of
Saskatchewan. On Saturday three
graduating T-Birds said "goodbye* to
War Memorial Gym for the last time
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the season.
On Friday night the Thunderbirds
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25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13) and clinch
the final playoff spot in Canada West
play. On Saturday afternoon U of S
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"Last night we clinched the playoff
spot and this was somewhat anti-climactic," said Schick, "but at the same
time it was still an opportunity to perform and play and we didn't do that
as good as we would have liked to
For fifth-year players Dave
Beleznay, Ike Onukwulu, and Jake
Cabott, Saturday marked the final
match they will play for the
Thunderbirds at War Memorial. On
Saturday Schick spoke of the legacy of
his three senior leaders. "They're an
extremely tight knit group and what
they've given the program is immeasurable."
The Thunderbirds were led both
nights by Beleznay who registered a
team-high 15 kills Friday and 11 kills
and 10 digs on Saturday. Onukwulu
and Cabott also made significant contributions to Friday's victory.
Following Saturday's match
Beleznay spoke about his experiences at War Memorial. "The five
years here were awesome. I'm
going to miss this place for sure/
he said. "I loved it. The crowds
have gotten better over my five
years for sure. We have some
major loyal fans that really know
the game."
Friday's victory secured third
place in Canada West's Mountain
Division and eliminated the
University of Calgary, a team that the
T-Birds will face next weekend to
close out the regular season.
Yet to be determined is the
Thunderbirds' opponent in the first
round of the playoffs. What the team
does know is that they will have to
travel east to face either Winnipeg or
"I'm very happy and confident
against either one of those teams,"
said Schick. "We matched up well
against them in the past and we've
beaten both teams so we know that
we can do that. We know what we
have to do and we're going to
do it." ♦
Sweet home, British Columbia
Weekend series gives
volley Birds a home
playoff date
by Hiu Lo
The tight race that has transpired
between third-ranked UBC, fourth-
ranked Alberta and fifth-ranked
Winnipeg for spots two and three in
Canada West, has meant that the
women's volleyball weekend series
against the Saskatchewan Huskies
was crucial in their effort to solidify a
playoff berth at home.
The Birds pulled off a four-sets victory on Saturday in their second
match but they didn't make it easy.
The Huskies put in a good effort for
the first two sets, losing 18-25 in the
first set, but charged back to win 25-
19 in the second.
Unwilling to split the weekend
matches or let go of their pursuit of a
playoff berth at home, the T-birds
were able to rise to the challenge as
they dominated the rest of the game,
winning the remaining sets 25-14,
Fourth-year players Emily
Cordonier, Maya Miguel and Shelly
Chalmers finished with ten or more
kills while Carla Bradstock's game
high 34 assists was one more than
the total amount of assists the
Huskies generated as a team.
Coach Doug Reimer felt it was the
second set that was the catalyst for
the win.
"The level of play we showed during the second set wasn't good
enough. It's not [due to] a lack of trying but [the need for] a little better
focus," said Reimer.
"The fresh start in set three was
really good for us. [We were] able to
go from playing poorly to turning it
around and executing in a lot of different areas."
Player of the game Shelley
Chalmers knew that a lack of team-
consistency led to a lengthened affair.
"[The game] shouldn't have gone
to four sets," she said. "We had a
mental lapse. It was good for us that
we lost [the second set]."
Left side Kirby Dow played for the
first time this weekend after missing
two weeks due to an ankle injury.
While she played minimally and was
designated to the back row, she felt it
was necessary to get her back into
game mode.
"[My ankle] feels great," said Dow.
"Next week I'm going to be jumping
and playing front row, so I should be
playing [against Winnipeg]...the next
game is big because it will decide if
we are second or third. I really want
to play for it."
Friday's match was ho different as
the Birds won easily in straight sets
(25-14, 25-11, 25-17) over the
Huskies. With the two wins the Birds
have done their part in their battle to
be in the top three in Canada West.
The Birds play their last pair of regular season games this weekend
against Winnipeg in one of the year's
most important matches at War
Memorial on Friday and Saturday. ♦
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Baseball stadium in the works
Facility will do wonders for player development in Canada
by Eric Szeto
A plan for a baseball stadium is on
the horizon for UBC.
The proposal that was submitted
under the UBC Athletics Business
Plan last May called for a reconfiguration of Thunderbird Park that
also included a new ice rink, track,
tennis centre and baseball stadium.
The new baseball facility is slated to
be built by entrance gate nine on
the corner of 16th Avenue and East
Mall, but an exact date on its completion is still unknown.
According to Bob Philip, director
of UBC athletics, plans are still in the
primary stages.
"We don't have any timeline right
now," said Philip. "The business plan
is out there now... We will do an official feasibility study to see to find out
whether the money could be raised.
"The process is getting to start at
stage one, which is going to the university with a concept and seeing
where we go," he added.
Philip estimates the cost of the
stadium to range up to five million
dollars but this would depend
entirely on the amount of seating
being planned.
According to Terry McKaig,
head coach of UBC baseball, the
impact that this new facility will
have on baseball will resonate far
beyond UBC.
"It'll mean a lot more than just
the varsity teams in the UBC campus. If you look across BC and
Canada for that matter there's not a
lot of dedicated amateur baseball
facilities," said McKaig. "It'll mean
a lot for the baseball community
especially in the lower mainland.
"Players from little league, players
up to senior leagues, players will be
able to come out and access the facilities and I think it'll mean a lot to the
sport of baseball that way,* he said.
The stadium will accommodate
the rainy Vancouver climate, said
"The most important thing is it'll
be built to the weather here in
Vancouver in our college season. Nat
Bailey is a beautiful stadium to play
in, but it's not built for the off-season,
which is when we play," he said.
An artificial turf surface would be
one of the ways to reduce cancelled
ball games, said McKaig.
"For baseball the less dirt the better. Dirt becomes mud when it rains
and therefore all the days we get
rained and all of that having clay dirt
on the field—that's where rainouts
come from," said McKaig. "[With artificial turf it] can rain all night and
morning, and as long as it stops your
fine to play, it just drains like crazy."
With the improvements in turf
quality over the last decade, McKaig
believes that any concern brought
about by unsafe playing environ-
HOME RUN: Baseball coach Terry McKaig is looking forward to the baseball stadium, nic fensom photo
ments is unwarranted.
"It's proven to be quite safe...the
old Astroturf was horrible, thin layer
on top of concrete, you didn't want to
dive," he said. "But this new field
turf—football even swears by this
stuff. It's as soft as grass."
Thunderbird Park is in one of the
two hubs which UBC athletics facilities will be making major changes.
The second hub, Mclnnes field, will
also be seeing major changes that
include the new aquatic centre and
expansion of the Student Recreation
Centre, according to Philip.
"There's a lot of [development]
going on," he said. "If you look
around the university you can't go
anywhere without seeing something going on and [UBC athletics
is] no different." ♦
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events calendar
The AMS is seeking to fill the following
positions: the Executive Coordinator for
Student Services, the Policy Advisor
(permanent,full-time) and the SAC Vice-
Chair/Secretary (part-time).
For full job descriptions, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca. Deadline for the
Policy Advisor position is Wednesday, Feb.
9. Deadline for the Executive Coordinator
for Student Services has been extended to
Friday, Feb. 11. Deadline for the SAC Vice-
Chair/Secretary position is Monday, Feb. 21.
A&1S Annua! General Meeting
Friday, Feb. 25/05
12 noon
@The SUB Conversation Pit
The general public is invited to attend the
AMS Annual General Meeting on Friday, Feb.
25 at noon in the SUB Conversation Pit.
Reports will be provided by the General
Manager and Amina President, President
with remarks from new incoming president
Spencer Keys.
Circle K Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
Wednesday, Feb. 9
7 am -11:30 am @ SUB Partyroom
Bring $5 for this pancake breakfast fundraiser with proceeds going to
the Canadian Red Cross. Enjoy pancakes, fruit, fresh juice, coffee/tea,
music and prizes. Presented by the Circle K volunteers.
Spring Break Haiti
Friday, Feb. 11
The Plaza Club, 881 Granville Street
Tickets: $10, available by phone at 604-782-9154
A great way to start kick-off the Friday before Reading week, this
dance at the Plaza will be a fundraiser to provide medical and
educational supplies to children in Haiti. Presented by the UBC
Rotaract Club.
Stephen lewis - lecture
Stephen Lewis - In Lecture
Where in the World is the World Headed?
8 pm, Monday, Mar. 28/05
The Chan Centre
Tickets: $15/students;$22/general public
Available atTicketmaster or at the Chan Centre box office
Join veteran diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis at
the Chan Centre for this special guest lecture on
international affairs.
Newly returned from several recent trips to Africa, Mr. Lewis
will share his views and insights on current affairs and
global citizenship. Presented by the AMS and the Chan
One Man Star Wars Trilogy*
7 pm, Monday, Mar. 7 @ Norm Theatre
Tickets: $7/students; $10/general public
Available atTicketmaster
diaries ross @ the normN
One Man Lord of the Rings
7 pm,Tuesday, Mar. 8 @ Norm Theatre
Tickets: $7/students;$10/general public
Available atTicketmaster
Charles Ross brings his well-received one-man show to the Norm Theatre for two exclusive
engagements. The One Man Star Wars Trilogy is a one hour, high energy, non-stop blast through the
three films: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return oftheJedi. In One Man Lord of the Rings, he
recreates, without the use of costume, set, or special effects, Peter Jackson's trilogy: The Fellowship of the
Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King.
*Proceeds from this performance will go toward the Restore the Norm campaign - a new initiative from
the AMS and FilmSoc to upgrade the Norm theatre. More details on the campaign can be found at
http://www.ams.ubc.ca under "AMS Foundation".
Support the campaign by buying your tickets and coming out to watch a great evening of
entertainment! 10
Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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Dave Gaertner
Shaiene Takara
Sara Normon and Matt Hayles had a run in with law officers
Claudia Li and Michelle Mayne, and their faithful drug sniffing
canine, Jesse Marchand. They were charged with smuggling
Alex Leslie and Paul Evans into the small eastern-European
nation of Paul Evans. The resident dictator, Nic Fenson, had
them sentenced to three years in Sarah Bourbon Prison (so
named for the country's heroine, who had slain Dan McRoberts,
Eric Szeto, Ania Mafi and Jenn Cameron in one burst of her
trusty Kalashnikov). There, they were harassed by the Head
Guard Carrie Robinson, and her deputy Leui Barnett Upon
their release they secured illegal papers from infamous racketeer Trevor Gilks, but accidentally involved themselves in a
shoot-out with Yinan Max Wang, who trussed them up and
threw them to Dan Morris's pigs, Jessica Kim and Bobby Huang.
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were intercepted by officers Brad Badelt and Darryl Korell.
Unfortunately, Jesse Fereras does not feature in this story.
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Super ads for
the Superbowl
This past Sunday, millions gathered,
armed with several tonnes of beer
and Cheetos, to watch overpaid men
in tight suits run into each other in
complex premeditated configurations, all with a performance by Paul
McCartney and a prized imitation
football hanging in the balance.
That's right, folks—it was Superbowl
time again. The grand match has
come and gone; the remnant
depends in part on your susceptibility to effective advertising.
On Superbowl Sunday, it may
look like the greatest battle is
being waged on the field, but in
truth it occurs in the minutes that
intersperse the game—those bastions of sentimentality, monkey
antics, patriotism and beer-trophy-
ing known as commercial breaks.
This year, advertisers paid a
record $2.4 million for a 30-sec-
ond slot to have their goods play a
part in the game. To put this in
perspective, the top NFL players's
salaries of $10 million could be
paid with the revenue from a mere
two minutes of air-time.
Wow—those must be some good
ads to warrant $2.4 million per half-
minute (in case you're not arithmetically-inclined, that's $80,000
per second, which is approximately
a year's tuition for 16 full-time UBC
students...per SECOND!).
But we didn't want to be left out
of the fun and decided that we would
have our very own ad during the
Superbowl. However, after filming
our ad and sending off the tape, we
were heartbroken to see that it failed
to make it to air. Maybe because of
the small issue of the missing $2.4
million cheque.
We refuse to be deterred, however, and in our determination to surmount this highest peak of aesthetic
suicide and beyond-mass recognition—in a word, the Superbowl ad—
we have decided to take the situation
into our own hands and print the
script of our unaired ad here. For
what do Ubyssey readers care more
about than football? And what is
more powerful than $2.4 million?
Nothing, that's what.
And so, without further ado, our
Superbowl ad, timed at exactly 30
seconds, and worth every cent of the
ink it's taking to print this.
[Darkness. Silence. Then, the
sound of thundering hooves.]
men. Men crashing into men.
[The sound of a horse whinnying
madly. Silence. More darkness.]
FEMALE VOICE-OVER: Cheerleaders. Accidentally exposed
[The sound of typing, accompanied by thundering hooves and
increased whinnying, with the
slightest hint of the sound of a shirt
MALE VO: When you want news,
you want something manly.
FEMALE VO: You also want
something that will bring you
cold beer and bowls of cheetos
while you're watching football on
the couch.
MALE VO: That's why you need
to read the Ubyssey newspaper, your
source for news, and men crashing
into each other, and nipples.
[The screen goes white and the
Ubyssey appears on it, printed in
bold headline font, with flames
rippling around the letters, very
dramatically, and for no apparent
FEMALE VO: The Ubyssey. So
much to do with the Superbowl. And
so much to do with you. And your
[The screen now depicts a wide
green field across which the entire
Ubyssey editorial staff are galloping
on stallions, their long attractive
hair billowing in the wind, while
drinking beer. Everyone is having a
great time, talking about football,
and acting according to powerful
gender stereotypes, with either overwhelming machoness or lascivious
womanliness. Everyone is enjoying
the beer and the stallions greatly
and in equal quantities.]
the Ubyssey. The Ubyssey, the
Ubyssey, the Ubyssey.
[The screen goes black again. The
message "Read the Ubyssey or you
will not be a real man/woman*
remains, then fades out as thundering hooves peter off into the distance. Then: Silence. And Darkness.]
snooting Blanks
This letter is a response to the editorial entitled "Democracy Under
Fire' [Jan 28]. I would first like to
clarify a couple factual/statistical
statements that were made in the
piece. For one, a completely inaccurate assertion was written in regard
to the condition of life in Iraq. It
read, "Their [Iraqi authorities]
nation is in a state of civil war."
When there are foreign occupying forces in an independent
nation-state being attacked by
insurgents who wish to see those
forces leave as soon as possible, it
is not a civil war. The dominant
conflict in this new Gulf War is not
between the separate religious and
cultural factions in Iraq, but rather
a battle of liberators/occupiers
(depending on how you assess the
situation) vs. insurgents, terrorists,
and foreign fighters.
Another point was made in
regards to the 6000 polling stations
that would be in place in Iraq. It was
stated that this would not be nearly
enough to support the 14 million
people eligible to vote across the
country. With the election now over,
it is estimated that 63 per cent of eligible voters in Iraq cast ballots. For
comparison purposes, the percent
of registered Canadians who voted
in the last federal election of 2004
was 60.5 per cent (and keep in
mind Canadian voters were not confronted with the threat of attack by
terrorists if they voted].
Now I understand it is easy to
criticise with post-election hindsight, but that is not what I am trying
to do. I am implying that one cannot
make an assumption (based on
numbers) regarding a country that
has not even experienced a truly
democratic election in 50 years. It is
misleading and inaccurate to do so.
But most importantly, the general point the editorial is making is
that democracy, at this time, cannot
succeed in Iraq. And moreover, that
once power is in the hands of a
freely elected, democratic government, the Americans will pull out
and the process will fail.
In actuality, this is quite a simplistic view of the situation—too simplistic. What must be understood,
way before attempting to assess the
political possibilities in Iraq, is that
the United States has too much riding on Iraq—politically, economically, socially, and internationally.
If Iraq fails as a democracy,
George W. Bush fails as a president,
the US military fails as a world-leading force, and the United States fails
as a hegemon. If this were to occur,
the Bush doctrine of spreading freedom and democracy throughout the
world would be looked upon as
fool's gold for the gullible. The current American government will not
allow this to happen.
Thus, one must truly be careful
in assessing the current situation in
Iraq. It is not the Vietnam of the new
millennium—it is much more complicated. It is a war that has two
nations banking on success: one
attempting to save face, and another
working to create a new one.
—Omar Sirri
Arts 2
Ubyssey incompetent
Your editorial about the elections
[Jan 25] could be best described
by the Ubyssey's recent favourite
phrase: "Rumours swirled"—as in
"Rumours swirled that the
Ubyssey staff this year were actually working to the global standards of quality journalism".
You complained that I, as the
Elections Administrator, was
absent at a key point because
rumours were swirling about
Paul Sutton. I would like to clarify
to your readership that the
Ubyssey did, in fact, contact me
about these rumours. I replied to
you that it would be inappropriate for me to release any decision
to the press before I had had a
chance to communicate with the
candidate himself. Perhaps you
found this frustrating and chose
to circulate a rumour that I was,
in fact, unavailable?
I would also like to point out to
your readership that your news
story about the election results
managed to communicate only
one of the actual vote totals correctly.
You also summarise feedback
that workflow was slow and that
the website had problems associated with it. Had you bothered to
ask me, I could have told you this
has been a major headache for
me throughout the elections. The
real story of elections this year
was that we tried to run a web-
based election when the AMS had
been unable to appoint a webmaster, and had insufficient
expertise to fill the gap with a
stand-in. (And I think you owe
praise and thanks to the
Marketing Manager, Linda Ong,
for stepping into the breach as an
absolute beginner, going well
beyond the requirements of her
serious and busy job). That the
elections team was appointed
more than 6 months late, and so
were forced to try to organise during the winter exam period. That
in spite of requests in previous
years, those five people all still
have to work from a single computer, when each is putting in
about 50 hours a week. That the
webvote system demands its own
computer, but the AMS never provided this, so it also has to be programmed on the same machine
in the middle of campaigning.
That webvote then failed to load
and brought the office to a near
standstill for two days. We knew
there were going to be problems
running 38 independent elections instead of the 4 from last
year, but with the resources available and the lateness of appointments, many of us were simply
unable to do our jobs.
But perhaps any of this is a little bit too much like factual,
investigative journalism for this
year's Ubyssey staff? After all, it is
so much easier just to hang out in
your office and print rumours. I
completely understand. They can
be so much more exciting than
properly corroborated facts.
—Anthony Waldron
AMS Elections Administrator
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Desperate times,
desperate measures
Women's post-season hopes fading but
not lost after diastrous weekend of hockey
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
The Thunderbirds played their final
two home games of the regular season, and with the season winding
down to the final stretch, the T-Birds
were desperate to earn some key
points to stay alive in the race for
the playofls.
Despite the effort, the Thunderbirds were unable to pick up a
win, something they needed more
than ever, losing both games
against the Regina Cougars 4-1
and 3-2.
The weekend's two losses against
the Regina Cougars put the
Thunderbirds in a difficult position,
as the team's hopes for the post-season now all depends on the final two
games of the regular season. Both of
these will be played against Alberta,
who has yet to lose a game this season, and has beaten the Birds 5-0
and 9-0 back in November.
Nonetheless, the team is confident they can still make the playoffs.
"We've got two choices. We can
head to Alberta not believing we
have a chance, or we can head in
there and believe that we've got a
chance to get at least a point out of
there to get us into the playoffs,"
said head coach Daive Newson. "And
I think it's a pretty easy choice for
the group."
Team captain Maijorie Sorensen
"We can believe we can do it or
just forget about it We are going to
go [against Alberta] with 100 percent effort It's a mental thing with
Alberta, and if we catch them on
their bad night, it is all possible."
The first period of Sunday's
game was promising as the
Thunderbirds maintained an early
1-0 lead. Howeve:r, the lead was
taken away in the second period
when the Cougars netted two goals,
and added one more in the third
period. The T-Birds regrouped to
score one more in. the final period,
but their late eflbrtt was not enough
to pick up the win,
"We had the effort tonight. We
definitely threw il all out there,"
said Sorensen. "But our main problem is that we justt don't finish. We
don't get those goails that we should
be getting."
The UBC Thunderbirds will test
how far the team can go in the
series against Alberta this upcoming weekend. ♦
Breathing room
Hockey Birds separate themselves from Lethbridge after split
by Dan Morris
The UBC Thunderbirds took a step backward Friday
night. Facing the bottom-ranked Lethbridge
Pronghorns, who were only five points behind the T-
Birds going into Friday's action, UBC was not able to distance themselves from their low-ranking opponents.
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"I think we played as well as we did some other night,
but you won't get four or five goals every night either.
We had our chances, we just couldn't bury them," said
Bartzen, who collected one assist "We need to play better in the defensive zone, and we need to crash the net a
lot more often."
Star forward Kyle Bruce noted that the early handicap put the Birds in a difficult bind.
"It's tough when you get behind the eight-ball at the
start. We tried to rally after that, but
you have to tip your hats off to their
goalie, he kept our chances to a min-
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it due to a weak play by UBC goalie Doug Oe tOIllgJlt. A
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have had those.
only fifty seconds after their earlier
marker. The T-Birds' frustration could
be easily felt, as they took another string
of penalties late in the period.
Groenstege wanted those early
goals back. "I wasn't as sharp as I
should be tonight. A couple goals
went through me, I should have
those," he said.
Determined not to let the game slide
out of control, UBC entered the second period with a
fury, outshooting Lethbridge 21-10. Despite their
chances, UBC was only able to convert once on the powerplay, the marker an effort from forward Adam Gibson,
which made the score 3-1. The third period proved to be
uneventful, despite UBC outshooting Lethbridge 12-7
but it was evident that the game was over within the first
six minutes.
After the game, forward Casey Bartzen discussed
their inability to capitalise.
Coach Milan Dragicevic said the
team needs to stick with what works.
"They scored two quick goals, and we
shot ourselves in the foot by letting
that happen. We had a number of
power-play opportunities, but we didn't generate enough traffic in front,,
to be successful," said Dragicevic.
"Our [defensive] coverage being as
it was, we tried to be too pretty, and
everyone got outworked, especially
—DOUg Groenstege   on the fourth goal."
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I mras Uroaiieiiaer   compietely different story;  UBC
came quickly out of the gate, scoring two early goals courtesy of John Kress and
Bartzen. This allowed them to sail to an easy 4-0.
Groenstege rebounded from a mediocre performance the previous night and clinched his second
shutout of the season.
UBC is now tied with Regina for 5th place in Canada
West Despite the disappointing Friday night loss, the
Birds were still able to gain a valuable two points. UBC
faces an important challenge against Alberta next
weekend. ♦
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Thunderbirds clinch home playoff berth
GIVING BACK: The Birds get back to their roots and tend to their fans, yinan max wans photo
by Bobby Huang
Win it for the seniors. That was all the
motivation the UBC men's basketball
team needed in their final regular season home game on Saturday night
against SFU.
The Birds routed the Clan 83-60 to
secure second place in the Pacific
Division and a home playoff date in the
divisional semi-final against the veiy
same SFU team in two weeks.
'About 80 to 85 per cent of the games
are being won by the home teams right
now,* noted UBC coach Hanson. "We
haven't been great on the road but we've
played an awful lot better at home.*
True to Hanson's word, UBC
(10-8) rebounded from Thursday's
road loss to the Clansmen with an
inspired effort at home.
SFU forward Brent Charleton who
was chasing Jay Triano's all-time SFU
scoring record, torched the Birds for 30
points and 11 rebounds in the first part
of the home and home series, but the top
scorer in the conference played only a
minor role in the return match because
of some early foul trouble. Charleton finished with 16 points Saturday and
remains 35 points shy of Triano's record
of 2,616.
'Charleton caused some problems
defensively and played a complete game
[on Thursday!,* stated Hanson. 'It certainly helped us with him being on the
bench [Saturday]/
The T-Birds bench chipped in 38
points although Ihe starters inflicted the
most damage. Superlative efforts from
third-year players Casey Archibald and
Ryder McKeown, as well as fourth-year
guard Karlo Villanueva, who combined to
score 49 points, ensured that the team's
seniors would have one more opportunity to play before the home crowd.
"We wanted to win it for our seniors,*
Villaneuva announced after the game.
McKeown and Archibald led all players with 19 points each, while fourth-year
guard Villaneuva tallied all point, 15
assist double double.
"If teams aren't going to defend him
tight we need him to score a little bit to
ease some pressure off of Casey,* commented Hanson.
Whoever wins the divisional semifinal between UBC and SFU will play
the Victoria Vikes, who earned a bye
through the first round of the playoffs
by virtue of their first-place standing in
the Pacific Division. ♦
Payback time
UBC proves they still have
the juice to take on SFU
by Biyce McRae
UBC Was looking for revenge Saturday night after suffering
a 61-54 setback at SFU on Thursday night. The UBC
Thunderbirds were hoping to clinch a home playoff berth for
the first round of the Canada West tournament while sending
fifth-year guard Sheila Townsend off with a win in her final
regular season home game as a T-Bird.
UBC got off to a bad start as SFU opened the game with a
7-0 run but answered back with a run of their own, as the teams
would then trade baskets for most of the half. SFU paced themselves to a 42-33 half-time lead while shooting a blistering 61
per cent from the field. UBC needed to step up its defense in
order to get back into the game.
The Birds managed to take a 55-54 lead with under ten minutes remaining in the second but it was their defense that kept
them in the game as they successfully shut down SFU's two big
post threats, Julia Wilson and Morgan McLaughlin.
The Birds had many chances to seal the game in the final few
minutes but poor execution down the stretch resulted in UBC
scoring their last basket with more than five minutes left to play.
This untimely drought led to a 70-65 SFU victory. SFU's Dani
Langford continued the hot shooting from outside, ending up
with 24 points, edging 18 from behind the arc.
Second-year guard Erica McGuinness led UBC with 16
points while Townsend poured in 14 points while dishing out
six assists. Third-year forward Kim Howe was also a spark off
the bench on both ends, getting four steals and two blocks
while contributing eight points on the offensive end.
"It was an exciting game for the fans,* coach Deb Huband
said after the game. "We played from both sides, and I'm very
pleased with the way the team came out and competed.*
"[We] are just trying to get ready and get better and better
each day out..we're working on team play, gaining confidence
and getting on the same page,* said Huband.
Fifth-year guard Sheila Townsend agreed with her coach,
"There's no doubt we can play with them, SFU's a great team
and so are we," said Townsend. "We just got to bring the intensity into the playoffs and we can make nationals."
Considering SFU had a perfect record going into the
weekend series, UBC proved to without a doubt that they
can compete with the best. They just have to play together
as a team and execute better down the stretch to get back to
where they were last year.
The Birds head for a road trip and battle it out with
Winnipeg and Manitoba in their final two games of the season. The Birds can finish no higher than third in CanWest
standings. ♦
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