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Array Orlando Olan is God since 1918
THE UBYSSEY MAGAZINE Friday, October 22,1999 volume 81 issue 12
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■  When the gathering of BigtOOt believers came together
■   X i   - n in VancouversomeipeoDle told of the Sasauatch
in Vancouversomeipeople told of the Sasquatch as
shape-shifting ahger.oth
I'm in the elevator of the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium on a Friday
evening. The occasion is the Vancouver Sasquatch Society's third
Annual International Sasquatch Symposium. Standing beside me
is an earthy-looking, middle-aged man. We both have MEC backpacks slung over our right shoulders. We're both standing at either
side of the elevator nodding courteously. And we're both wondering
what the heck the other person is doing here. I guess we're looking
for Bigfoot.
A Native elder from Mission named Joseph Page tells me that
"Sasquatch" means "crazy man of the forest" in the language
of the Sto:Lo Nation, which is part of the Coast Salish tribe.
Tales that detail the existence of giant ape-like creatures—called the
Sasquatch, or Bigfoot—living in the wilderness have been passed
down for generations among various First Nations. Nowadays,
reports are frequent, but no less ambiguous—consequently, there
are all sorts of motivations for attending the conference.
Some believe wholeheartedly in what they have seen or what others claim to have seen, while some wish they could believe. Some
are here just to make money—selling kitschy Sasquatch souvenirs and literature, networking, giving talks or lectures—
while some have spent astounding amounts of time and
money passionately searching for the truth.
With the four-day conference being held in Vancouver for
the third year in a row, Sasquatch faithful from around the
world can learn about the phenomenon right in the heart of
what the international Sasquatch community calls "Bigfoot
country." Since 1993, there have been organised gatherings
of Sasquatch enthusiasts—however, it wasn't until 1997
that the Symposium become an official annual event.
It's just moments before the symposium's kickoff, and
my preconceived notions of what types of people would
attend a Sasquatch Symposium are confirmed with a quick
glance around the room. It seems as though there is a
Sasquatch aesthetic, as though you either have to be a plaid-
wearing lumberjack, one of the three dorky UFO experts that
help the X-Files' Fox Mulder whenever he needs paranormal
geek expertise, or a senior citizen couple from the US with
your fully-equipped beige and brown "Campervan/Sasquatch
tracking vehicle" conveniently parked outside.
Beside me sits a girl wearing a toque with dog ears
sewn on it. She introduces herself—her name is
Richelle and she's covering the symposium for CBC
radio. She confides she's wearing the goofy toque to blend
in with the freaks. As the night progresses, I realise she'll
need a lot more than just a silly hat.
■   'Awoman with a slight resemblance to Jackie Kennedy-
Onassis,  is the first speaker.  Elegantly attired,  she
approaches the microphone with grace. Once there, she
places a pair of dorky-looking oversized glasses carefully on
hherface. Her air of elegance quickly fades as the first few
•> words escape from her mouth. And soon it occurs to me
that maybe you don't have to dress like a crazy person to
be one.
Lunetta Woods is from rural Wisconsin, and calls herself "the chosen one." But she also calls herself an "eyewitness," though she has never even seen a Sasquatch.
Rather, she claims to have only felt, and even smelled, its
Her story begins on the night of January 5, 1994,
when she found boot tracks in the snow outside of her
house. However, "these weren't your typical boot
tracks," she explains, "because they merged into deer
tracks, and then just totally stopped." Lunetta's explanation is that there must have been a Sasquatch in her
yard on that fateful winter evening and that this "godlike
continued on page 4
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On October 29 there will be
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For more info call Rii at
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do this
• make a boat out of a copy
of the Ubyssey—and it's gotta
• submit a Polaroid of yourself hugging a member of
Campus Security
• submit a good, 50-word
description of your own
Bigfoot encounter
• Walk into room 245 and
say, "I'm high on Life!"
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anniversary book! Nice!
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against the Coyotes Oct. 28!
• A Ubyssey T-shirt (in any one
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I withold prizes. Winners must be members in good standing of the Ubyssey
Publications Society. So there. Also, any submissions may be published.
Ubyssey staffers are ineligible to win.
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Tkow  do  you  feel  about
where   you  live?
or...what's inside today
[Residences] aren't bad. They're a little
cozy. The price is pretty good, but the
couches are metal and stuff. They could
work on the furniture and the cleanliness.
—Jennifer Delucry
Arts 3
We have two humongous bathrooms which
we would like to be smaller so our rooms
can be bigger, but for some reason we have
two huge bathrooms for four people...I'd like
a few more feet, square feet in my room.
—Kris Fedorak
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Do you know where Pigeon Park is? It's
pretty good, but my fridge smells. My
fridge smells and I can't figure it out... I
live there 'cause its cheaper.
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Rent is probably a bit too high. I suppose it could do with a few touch-ups in
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some improvement that's for sure.
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No Riot at
Hyatt this time
around, but there
were voices to be
heard Wednesday
—Carol Friedrich
PhD student
Counter Attack
stickers ignore
deeper issues
Last April at the Arts County
Fair, Counter Attack was distributing stickers to discourage
drinking and driving. The captions on two of these stickers
were: I'm smashed...give it to
me baby...but first walk me
'home." and "I'm Hammered!
Will work it for a safe ride." This
highlights a major problem in
our society; the attitude
remains that it is perfectly
acceptable to get it on while
loaded. However, the majority
of sexual assaults are associated with alcohol.
I  wrote to  Counter Attack
UBC  and  recently received a
reply which appropriately
acknowledged my concerns,
agreed with them and stated
that the stickers in question
would not be further circulated.
At Arts County Fair this year,
the club will give out stickers
with clean captions. I am completely satisfied with Counter
Attack's full addressal of their
mistake, but I want all UBC students to be aware of the frightening connection between alcohol and drugs and sexual
In BC, non-consensual sexual activity that causes emotional damage constitutes sexual
assault. Consent is not legally
valid if given by an intoxicated
person. 47 per cent of BC
women are sexually assaulted
and during these assaults, 55
per cent of the women and 75
per cent of the men are under
the influence of alcohol or
Every joke about how easy it
is to get someone who is drunk
into bed, every time we laugh at
the mistake so-and-so made
with so-and-so at the party,
every time we watch someone
who is out of control go home
with a person who may have
ulterior motives, we perpetuate
attitudes that feminists have
been struggling to combat for
more than twenty years.
Casual jokes among friends are
translated into attitudes about
what is acceptable, which are in
turn translated into actions.
Through my work fighting date
rape, I have heard a lot of stories. The worst part of them is
that perpetrators often don't
know  they're   doing   anything
wrong. Acquaintance sexual
assault is one of the most
socially accepted forms of
abuse in our society. Everyone
knows the answer to the question: Is it okay for a 30 year old
to have sex with a five year old?
But to the question: Is it okay
for two adults to have sex while
intoxicated? everyone will have
a different response.
The answer to this problem
will come through open conversation, educating youth about
consent, and changing the way
we think and talk about sex to
include consideration of and
respect for a person's right to
choice, under all circumstances.
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being" was able to shape-shift into a different dimension, making it possible for it to disappear at will. I note
to myself that Lunetta's childhood nickname could easily have been "loony."
Lunetta knows she is safe and when the Sasquatch
is near. "When I'm driving my car, and a skunk-like
aroma fills the car, I know that I am being looked after,"
she says. The Sasquatch also visits Lunetta in the form
of other animals, "mostly in the form of birds," she says.
"The bird that most often comes to me, which is actually a Bigfoot, is the hummingbird—because it has the
ability to come to the window and look at me when I'm
feeling lost, and then I don't feel lost anymore"
In short, Lunetta Woods thinks that the Sasquatch
"are a very important part of the spiritual hierarchy that
exists...you just have to open your heart to them."
I look at Richelle. She looks at me with grave concern, and slides me a little note from her pad of paper.
It reads: "I think Lunetta is insane."
She's only partially right, as it turns out, because
the next speaker, John Cotton, past president of
the Canadian Society of Questers, makes Lunetta
look like Abraham Lincoln.
John says he believes that the Sasquatch are "hairy
angels." But after his explanation, I'm still not quite sure
I know what his views on Sasquatch really are. Quite
frankly, I'm not quite sure he does either. All I know is
that I am keeping the tape recording of his talk, just in
case he commits some sort of major crime.
John explains in great detail about how he was in the
Royal Navy during World War II and suffered burns of
2000 degrees up his nostrils into his head. This, quite
honestly, would explain a hell of a lot. He says something
about being able to shift into different dimensions and
visit the Sasquatch on Venus through "vortexes that are
located underneath the cathedrals of Europe and the
temples of the East."
A girl sitting to my left begins convulsing in her seat.
Unlike most people in the room, she just wants to laugh
hard and loud, but she's trying to internalise the laugh
in an attempt not to offend the assembled majority of
hardcore believers like the guy sitting in the next row,
fondling his fanny-pack and nodding profusely at everything John is saying.
There is a break before the next speaker, so I go into
the foyer of the planetarium to wander around and collect my wits. A sad, meek-looking man is standing there
with his hands in his pockets, looking down at his worn-
in sneakers.
Terry Reams of Castle Rock, Washington came to the
conference to share his Sasquatch experiences with
other people like himself. He's obviously looking for support and understanding. So far, he doesn't feel quite
comfortable with what has been presented, "What /saw
was definitely physical, it was a body. It was a definite living creature—it was not something coming in and out of
time, it was not shifting body shapes, and it was not an
His story? Well, on December 6, 1975, Terry was in
the car with his father (who was driving) and Terry's wife
when the cars ahead going east of him started to
swerve, like they were trying to dodge a deer or something. Terry then saw what he thought to be a man wearing a fur coat running against traffic and towards his
father's vehicle.
"My first impression," he says, "was 'what the hell,
is this guy delirious?'"
"Anyway, it then cut just in front of the car just before
us, and he slammed on its brakes and missed it, and it
went right in front of our car." Terry's voice is infused
with excitement as he recounts the nighttime encounter.
"The right fender brushed the creature at about the knee
area. It then was at my window and looked at me."
According to Terry, the creature was in total horror,
and at that moment he knew that this was not a human
being, but something else. After the incident, Terry called
the county sheriff, only to discover that similar sightings
occurred in that place, during that time by other civilians—four of the witnesses were state patrol officials.
He leans in closer. "I'm no scientist, before that I
hadn't read anything and had no involvement with
Bigfoot whatsoever. The first time I saw it, it didn't even
dawn on me what it was. I just looked at it and I noticed
that it wasn't a human being."
What is interesting about Terry's account is the
amount of precision and detail involved in his explanation ("...the creature then made a 90-degree turn into
the right hillside and then ran right into a camper and
bounced off the camper and ran at 60 degrees up the
hill"). It comes out so naturally, so confidently, and most
of all, so genuinely.
At the information booth, there's a whole bunch of
literature: copies of "The Big Foot Times," information on the books that Lunetta and John wrote,
and a pamphlet for a 24-hour Bigfoot Workshop in Trout
Lake, Washington. It reads: "Tired of the X-Files' reruns
in TV? Wondering How Real It is? Experience a New
Reality! Jack "Kewaunee" Lapseritis, MS invites you to
EXPLORE THE TRUTH THAT SCIENCE AVOIDS ACKNOWLEDGING!" The package includes three lectures on
Sasquatch, an outdoor campfire activity, two vegetarian
meals, a "UFO Skywatch," a five-hour "Nature Walk
which includes Bigfoot Ecology," and two group meditation sessions. It can all be yours for $88 per person and
$160 (both in US dollars) per couple. "Call and Register
Suddenly it all seems too cute: the planetarium's
spacious yet somehow cozy interior, the Bigfoot camping
trips, the Kokanee Beer commercials.
Terry walks back into the lecture hall and sits down.
In the sea of vendors, reporters and photographers fixing their cameras, he looks really lost and alone. Unlike
them, he isn't trying to get some nonsense quotes for
his piece due Monday morning, and he isn't trying to
make money off some book he wrote. A man like Terry
is a simple believer who is caught up in the commercial
frenzy of this circus.
It's Monday, which has been designated Science Day at
the symposium, and Dr. John Bindernagel, a wildlife
biologist and former wildlife advisor for the United
Nations, is trying to give some credibility to the possible
existence of the Sasquatch.
He pulls out a plastic cast of a footprint and watches
me as I softly touch it. "We know more about this animal
then what most people think—what it eats, and how it
behaves," he says. In 1988, while conducting environmental impact assessments for the provincial government in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island,
he and his wife found huge sets of prints, 16 inches long
and nearly seven inches wide.
In his book, North America's Great Ape: the
Sasquatch, Dr. Bindernagel raises the hypothesis that
this indeed seems to be a great ape alongside gorillas
and chimpanzees and can be fit into its rightful place in
the spectrum of North American wildlife species.
And Dr. Bindernagel takes the myriad of eyewitness
accounts seriously.
"As scientists we haven't done a good job, we're saying that it can't be here, therefore, it isn't here," he says.
"I'm not saying it should be here, but people are seeing
what looks like an upright gorilla. So we have to try to
explain what they're seeing."
And what does this scientist think about the paranormal issues brought up over the conference?
"It's a taboo subject, and these people just help to
make it even more taboo. There is a much simpler and
rational explanation." He shakes his head disapprovingly and says, "we need to bring a little more scientific
objectivity to this conference so that the report adds up
to a believable animal.
A man interrupts, "One of the problems with people
who try to find paranormal explanation for the Sasquatch
is that it is not necessary." His name turns out to be
Scott Edson, and when I ask him later what he does, he
says, "I'm just from Washington state."
Edson goes on to explain why he thinks it is completely ridiculous to talk about the paranormal. He
believes it is counterproductive to the whole idea he and
some other fellow believers are trying to subsume—that
the Sasquatch is a bipedal creature living in the forest.
"I mean, if it were an angel or whatever, then why
be a eight foot-tall ugly furry being living off of the
During the five-day conference, only one day was
devoted to the sciences, which makes it difficult for a
casual attendee to pin any hard evidence on the
Sasquatch question. The scientists tell me about how
the day before, they observed a group of teenagers
come into the symposium and then leave, laughing hysterically. They probably thought that they got their $12
worth, when, in fact, they learned very little of the hard
facts surrounding the search. On each of the days of the
symposium, people like Terry Reams, Dr. Bindernagel,
and Scott Edson have been edgy and uncomfortable
with what some presenters were bringing to the
Sasquatch's reputation. The problem is, according to
them, that these people just make the subject into a
The weekend is drawing to a close. Three of us—
Bindernagel, Edson and I—are standing in a semicircle, surrounded by the emptiness of the planetarium. Through the doors, out in the parking lot, we can
see people getting in their cars; each one of them no
doubt heading home with a different interpretation of
this bizarre convention.
Later—warm and snug beneath their blankets, or out
in the field somewhere, cocooned in the pretend safety
of their sleeping bags—they'll think of the Sasquatch.
And miles away up on the shady side of a mountain, in
the dark forest, beside a rushing stream, surrounded by
the wilderness that protects him from us, the great lonely man wanders along.«> tough love
Romance .——————■■■-—^—^———
at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
now playing
by Kim The
Oral sex, masturbation, finger-banging, S&M, gynecology and rape.
Romance is a sexually bold, raw and uncensored film depicting a French
school teacher's quest for self-understanding through sexual experimentation and "romance."
Marie (Caroline Ducey) feels frustrated and distressed in her lacklustre
relationship with her boyfriend Paul, a model (Sagamore Stevenin), who has
lost all sexual desire. In reaction to his sexual indifference, she engages in
self-degrading sexual acts: she sleeps with strangers, she tries S&M, and
she allows a stranger to give her oral sex in exchange for $20.
Screenwriter/director Catherine Breillat tackles questions about love
and sex. For example, Marie states in an internal monologue that a
woman's body is separate from the soul; "it is an appendix" that can.be
used and abused. Like the stereotypical male, Marie is constantly fixated
on sex. This perhaps is why she voluntarily acts in such a debasing manner.
Another question that Breillat attempts to answer is why men who are
promiscuous are not seen as self-debasing. Breillat deliberately reverses;
gender roles and implies a more modern and cynical definition of the wor#
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Ducey conveys Marie's sexually compulsive behaviour and anguish with
so much realism that one has to remember she is just acting. Ducey is a
brave soul who allows an invasion of her personal space for the film.
Stevenin accurately portrays Paul as an egomaniac and a detestable tease.
Although the actors do justice to their roles, the characters are so cold that
one questions the authenticity of their love for one another.
Despite Breillat having successfully crossed censorship boundaries
and stirring up controversy, Romance overwhelms its viewers, evoking
feelings of shock, discomfort and disgust. Is there a point to every
graphic scene shown, or is Breillat just trying to see how far she can
push the boundaries of censorship? Is she asking us to reexamine our
values because of the merchandising of sex propagated by mass media
or is Breillat suggesting we should just become voyeurs? One thing's for
sure, Romance this is not.*
Fight Club
now playing
by Ron Nurwisah and
Kathe Lemon
You are not your job. You are not your
khakis. You are not a beautiful and
unique snowflake. Welcome to Fight
Fight Club, adapted from the Chuck
Palahniuk novel, stars Edward Norton as
an Everyman who's fed up with his life.
So sorry is his lot that he resorts to
attending group therapy sessions to
boost his morale. This all changes when
he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt).
Durden takes him under his wing and the
two proceed to create a secretive fight
club, literally an underground forum
where complete strangers beat the shit
out of one another in an attempt to redis
cover whytheyve been missing:
their ma#ullnjfy.
:ihno mistake, this film is
'pen. Blood, sweat and
ostgrone flow liberally in the
>jb little too liberally for some
s. However, saying this is a
film about fighting is like saying
Casablanca was about escaping
from Nazis. The film is wound
around much deeper psychological
themes, and an anti-consumerist
ethic that, though difficult to reconcile for a Hollywood film, is quite persuasive.
Unfortunately, the only woman in
the film, Helena Bonham Carter's
flighty and nihilistic Maria Singer, is
only a shadow of her literary self.
Direly underused, Maria is a disposable sex object who drifts formless-
ly in and out of the less bloody
scenes. Her role seems to have
been reduced in the interest of
length and in order to bring out the
homoerotic overtones of the film, a
theme that, ultimately, goes unexplored.
Fortunately, Fincher manages to
balance this overbearing masculinity with directorial panache. Using
dream sequences, flashbacks, flash-
forwards, animation and varied camera angles, the overall effect is
mind-boggling. There is a great
scene that shows the  narrator's
Edward Norton) apartment as a
Furni (read: Ikea) catalogue.
Still, it can't be denied that he
gets a lot of help from his actors.
Edward Norton plays his "every-
man" character with a palpable feeling of detachment and melancholy.
Later in the film, Norton's physicali-
ty makes a definite impression. In
one scene, he literally beats himself
And of course, Brad Pitt turns in
a spectacular performance, balancing just the tight amounts of
destructive glee and calculating
charm to play his part. His charismatic and ranting Tyler Durden is
the perfect antithesis of Norton's
conservative and conformist world
What David Fincher has in Fight
Club is a subversive and kinetic film.
With a sardonic script and cutting-
edge style to boot, this film could
fuel conversations for months to
come. It is a film that is going to
make some people really angry and
some people think. Maybe they'll go
out and get in fights with total
strangers and lose, or be less
inclined to shop at Ikea, or be nicer
to Starbucks employees. Or maybe
they'll just worry about what's really in the clam chowder. ♦
—with files from CUP
. Fell tan "turn my_««*j^ ^ ;    „,
Call l£OT faG yOC  You want  to know what   I  -
r™ ■ * do?  None   of your  fucking-
business. But Jem Cohen makes
:it hers. She distilled countless hours of
* Super 8 and 16mm footage into "The
_  _    .     ?|gg|f; Fugazi Movie," as Instrument has
become known. She collaborated with
f j her high school pal Ian MacKaye and     -
-■    the other guys in the band to make a
film which, described as the visual «
^equivalent of a seven-inch single, a way
'-""     of remaining outside the Industry.™       !
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, ing Fugazi be Fugazi. This is watching    *
r Pan indie film about whether indie even    V
matters. And it's about four guys being
Sain a band. And that band just happens    ,
ifto be one of the most influential post-
-   !      hardcore bands around. I
^I had a name but  now  I m*
f0   Ha     number. See Fugazi on a high|
g school  TV  show  answering  awkward_
f3C© questions about what the lyrics mean.!
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p You think you re tough, but I saw you>
"f^rPiPyg^TTC.pating  an   ice  cream  cone...You're •_
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er.' See the ice cream-eating mother-g
. fucker get kicked out. See another
guy from the crowd jump onstage to^
play trumpet with Fugazi. Think that7*'
gthis is a pretty punk thing to do.
P 'a
ylt   sounded  like   a  gun.
800 shows. 35 countries. All fifty      {__
_ states. At least once. Five bucks       r
admission. High schools, rec cen-      I'
fitres, lan's basement (and the <L.
I        Dischord Records office), protest
"shows, all-ages clubs, jail. !
Washington, DC to Olympia and
back. No set lists. Lots of noise.
j    don t    have    to
;.     But the kids do. See "
.them line up in New York to buy tick- •"
^ets to the show. Feel like a voyeur.? 'J
Feel the teen angst. See one of them
'' crack a smile. See the preppie standjj IS
y next to the skinhead. Feel that Cohen^ t*
by nicholas brarJley - is ri§ht when she writes that "Punk is®"
what we made it, and what we ™ake&,Q
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at the Norman Rothstein Theatre
no remaining performances
by Julian Dowling
Flamenco, the word conjures up images of Lorca's
Andalucia where mysterious dark-eyed gypsy women dance
the Soleares under a full moon. To most Westerners, flamenco remains something of a curiosity rather than an art
form to be taken seriously. Carlos Saura made a valiant
attempt to capture the beauty of the dance in his wildly
popular film Flamenco. Even so, the film is only a teaser of
the raw passion that sends tingles down your spine in a
live flamenco performance such as Raices.
Raices, 'Roots' in English, is billed as "an
exploration of the tangled roots of flamenco." The
art form has a long and complex history. During
the Christian Crusades, many Jews fled Spain for
Randers in Belgium. There they were allowed to
continue with their religious songs unmolested.
The word 'flamenco,' meaning Flemish in
Spanish, was used to refer to these chants.
But Flamenco's oldest roots trace
back to the Indian subcontinent. It was in
the region known today as Pakistan, that the hand
and finger movements of flamenco evolved.
Gypsies came to Spain from Persia and Pakistan
in the 14th and 15th centuries, bringing with them
the musical ingredients for what would later
become known as flamenco.
Raices opens its show with an offering to Lord
Shiva gracefully performed by Aarti Pole, an outstanding 17 year old dancer who is a first year
political science student at UBC. The expresslver
hand and arm movements in this beautiful East
Indian dance can be seen in the movements of
the flamenco dancers who perform later in the
'■■ The Siguiriyas is performed* by Rosario Ancer,
a native of Mexico who studied flamepoo ir*Spain.
Rosario, as she is affectionately "catted by,*the
other artists in her troupe, is.the mother of flamenco 'in VancouverPSha and her guitarist husband. Victor Kolstee, founded the Qejn&o
Flamenco here in 198§. Shelsas since brought a
ru.mB®f of excsllertPdapcers under her wing
including the four young women who perform
with herHrt Raices.
Ancer (^assesses the stature and jdepth of
o   errjotion that; is necessary to be a great flamenco dancer. She strides and stamps across the
stage as if confronting the demons—what Lorca
would call 'el duende*--~in her soul.
The musicians and singers are all outstanding. Kolstee's skill as a guitarist matches
his wife's intensity, and the voice of Jesus
Montoya, a large man from Sevilla who is also
known as 'El Genio Gitano,' seems to come
from a place where suffering and happiness
mingle into an overwhelming affirmation of life
over death.
Raices untangles some of the rich and varied roots of flamenco and lets us see how they
contributed to the modern form we know
today. The evolution of music and dance
makes for some great cultural anthropology,
and it's a wonderful way to showcase
Vancouver's flourishing flamenco scene.*
so goc
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place \
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launch party lets it all hang out. miriam torchinsky photo
at the Vancouver Int'l Writers' Festtil Oct. 24
by Stephanie Keane
I've been in this city for seven years and I've
always loved books, but I never considered goirjg -
to the Writers' Festival for more thah% second
or two. Please don't make my mistake. 60! *
I got to see Tom King ("Dead Dog Cafe
Comedy Hour," Green Grass, Running
Water), Nick Bantock (Griffin and Sabine), and
Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List) and two more
writers I hadn't read—all in the space of two
hours. I thought that at worst it would be a
"here's my theory of the world and buy my book"
session, so I went. Wow. I honestly had one of
the best nights of my life.
1 won't bore you with an extensive critique of
the writers' opinion (suffice to say that King
stole the show), but if you're a writer or even
much of a reader—you're obviously fond enough
of even a bad tale to read this review—and if
yotteter liked to hear a good story told well, this
is art evert|to!a,ie for;
'"V ; A ticket is just twice the cost of a movie and
ylu get two intimate hours of internationally
recognised writers laying themselves an<| their
art bare.Pxesp,    I^'s"-  ff  promot^Loii
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to   seduce   you./So. what! /Motive ofu
them, including Gait?^be?Gamettf.a local first-
time novelist, supp4me ip cpppietely. I'm in
love!J vvant to be#ead to,especially by authors
who ipiee tJ^mrWmi.words so-gtearly that;
# their vofces are lender eyetl jp anger. Br|ng
back the Beovwlfbaids and somebody, somebody, give me time and tickets enough to get
to all these events!*
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an opening gala to launch itself. And
/as a pretty sexy happening for Vancouver-
id that gathered outside of Performance
le Island was hip, better looking than aver-
to go. Then, predictably, there were
olders attracted by the promise of
king than average, assumably sex-
ive women. These attendees blew their
were even more interesting characters,
ltric sex instructor, was eager to make
)ut her business cards while the Bliss vol-
!" information tables, selling t-shirts, raffle
s, and chatted with media. Illuminated by
ain room was filled with enticing scents,
illoons, and various guest services includ-
il, hair salon, tarot reading, and massages,
iction—the site itself—could be viewed on
rovided in the hallway. "For a good time,
Avw.blissforwomen.com." The leading fea-
th's issue is an interview with Canada's
, the Barenaked Ladies. Oh, and they're
;, very brave, but I question whether or not
been the lead story for a magazine that
:n all hot and bothered. I was simply both-
ague Theatre
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<3ia^ng$exualities. There is also the promise of an erotic tale
.:W&t$to"each issue that's alittle beyond a Hariequin Romance,
and alittle more intellectual than what you get in the back of
3       Piaygirl.
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Also included here are links to other slles that
deal with women's issues and health, as'Well as
updates on women in the news around Hie world.
Book and music reviews can be useful,:ialtt,ougrthe
music reviews do not seem to highpght any newup-
and-comers or women who need more exposure in
the business. Thankfully though, there are no mentions of Sarah McLachlan, praise the lord. „ *
Women who enjoy candles, velvety pillow^, and
the smell of vanilla are well represented at Bliss. My
question is, what about those who aren't so conventionally feminine? Not everyone shops at Ikea
and not everyone buys into the sexuality that this
type of softness and warmth represents. I realise-
that this is only the first issue, and it is my hope
that fifes-will recognise less conventional feminini
ties and sexualities in future issues.*
y a piano on stage, George
delighted Vancouver audiences
nesday night with his Summer
he middle of autumn,
ening number, a medley of tra-
.1 Irish SOngS, was beautiful
ing. His next song "Rain," was
> and moody. It accurately cap-
sombreness and dreariness of
: Vancouverites  are  used  to.
hen brought back fond childhood
> for many in the audience when
i onto the famous theme from
lie Brown cartoons "Linus and
ring this set, one became transits fingering on the piano; his
oved as though they might fly
right off the keys. In between each set, he engaged the
audience by offering up some humorous and interesting
anecdotes behind each of the songs he played.
Winston opened up the second act with another
touching and melodic song called "Fragrant Fields." His
version of "Corrina Corrina" was both bluesy and soulful
and his "Pixie" was reminiscent of ragtime music. His P
next song had a touch of sadness to it and sounded an
awful lot like Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." He also
offered up a haunting version of Garth Brooks' "The
Winston is not only a talented piano
player,   he   is   also   a   great   harmonica
player. He showed off his skills in the traditional
Scottish song "Durant Waters." His stirring playing transported the audience to Scotland.
His encore, like the last song from the first act, displayed
his talents with the guitar. Winston played an exquisite
Hawaiian song and it was a perfect end to a wonderful concert. Winston transported us away from the rain and onto a
beach in Hawaii where we were relaxing under the sun and feeling the ocean breeze across our face.*
by erin shaw
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CUPE targets top UBC officials
by Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
The efforts of UBC's top administrators to highlight the university's achievements at the Annual
General Meeting (AGM) Tuesday were overshadowed by allegations of unfair labour practices, as
dozens of members of Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 116 tried to draw attention to their faltering contract negotiations with
CUPE workers blew whistles, carried signs,
and distributed leaflets to people as they entered
the Chan Centre. The second annual meeting
measured UBC's progress towards President
Martha Piper's objective of making UBC the best
university in Canada.
This goal is outlined in Trek 2000, UBC's
vision statement which was first established in
1997. It outlines UBC's plans for the future in five
areas: people, learning, research, community,
and internationalisation.
During the question period following UBC's
presentation, frustrated CUPE members criticised
the university's vision statement and the slow
bargaining progress.
"Which is the vision of UBC? Is it the glossy
one, or is it the one we see at the bargaining table,
which is really an attack on us?" asked John
Geppert, president of CUPE Local 116, which represents roughly 1800 of UBC's support staff,
including Food Services and Bookstore employees.
Local 116 and UBC have been in mediation at
the Labour Relations Board since late September. The
Local has been negotiating since January to renew the
contract that expired on March 31.
Geppert recommended that UBC take part in a provincial accord with BC's other universities in order to negotiate value-added benefits to stringent provincial wage
He urged administrators to "get on the bus" and join
the University of Victoria, the only university, he said, that
has so far been willing to participate in a sectoral accord.
Terry Sumner, UBC vice-president administration and
finance, defended the university's vision and its treatment of its employees.
"You can go across this country. You can go across
North America anywhere and you're not going to find
another vision statement like this where people are put
front and centre on almost every page," said Sumner.
He also assured the audience that UBC is meeting
with "all parties involved," including the government and
the Public Sector Employers Council to resolve the ongoing contract conflicts with campus support staff locals.
"1 can tell you that the university is working towards a
settlement," said Sumner.
But Geppert warned that CUPE is prepared to fight for
crowded into the Chan Centre Tuesday, tara westover photo
its demands.
Frustrated workers approached the microphone to
express concerns ranging from the lack of representation
of CUPE in Trek 2000 and at the AGM, to concerns about
wage increases.
Again, Sumner addressed the concerns with assurances, saying that UBC is generally regarded as a good
Chancellor William Sauder commended the CUPE
members for staging an orderly demonstration. The AGM,
he said, is UBC's "way of being accountable to the people of British Columbia."
The meeting itself revealed little about UBC's objectives and plans, but emphasised UBC's goal of becoming
one of the top universities in the world.
"Even since the Great Trek of 1922, we have placed
ourselves above the threshold of mediocrity," said
Maryann Adamec, Alma Mater Society vice-president, to
the audience of roughly 700.
Piper ended the presentation with a look at UBC's role
in the next century.
While UBC is a Canadian leader in areas such as scientific research, Piper pointed out that UBC's library has
recently fallen in ranking due to journal cancellations.*
Activists allege police neglect
by Omar McDadi and Mark Samcoe
" the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—An attack on protesters camped in a
controversial old-growth forest near Squamish, BC, has
triggered accusations of police negligence.
Ken Wu, co-founder of a group whose members say
they were assaulted by loggers in
mid-September, said local police
were slow to respond to the attack
and continue to be idle in the ensuing investigation.
"The RCMP have been negligent
in defending the safety of protesters," said Wu. "They were slow in
their communications and haven't
charged anyone."
Members of the Peoples Action
for Threatened Habitat (PATH) were
camping in the Elaho Valley, near
Whistler, in support of the Western
Canada Wilderness Committee's (WCWC) campaign to
convert the area into a national park when the conflict
Protesters allege the logging company, International
Forest Products (InterFor), authorised the assault,
claiming that workers warned them to vacate the area,
then dismantled their camping equipment, uttered
threats and assaulted several protesters.
According to Squamish RCMP, two people were hospitalised following the incident. No additional informa-
"The RCMP have been negligent in defending the
safety of protesters. They
were slow in their communications and haven't
charged anyone."
-Ken Wu
Co-founder of PATH
tion has yet been released.
But Constable Dan Seward of Squamish RCMP said
the police have been "proactive" about informing the
community about the investigation.
"The police are doing a fantastic job in response to
the needs of all parties involved."
Ric Slaco, chief forester for the logging company,
said allegations of a planned attack
are false.
"I don't know what happened,
there have been a variety of stories
from both sides," he said.
Slaco commented on the allegations of police negligence in the
RCMP's defense.
"Let the police do their job," he
said. "The company will respond
[with disciplinary action] on the
basis of the police investigation."
Wu, also a campaign co-ordinator for WCWC, said his organisation
would continue to pursue the issue until InterFor "has
their day in court."
No charges were laid in a similar confrontation that
took place at Vancouver Island's Walbran Valley old-
growth forest in November 1998.
After a lengthy police investigation, Crown council
decided last May that there was not enough evidence
to convict five employees of Hayes Forest Services
Ltd., who were accused of assaulting protesters at
their protest camp on Glade Lake Road.* -page friday—the ubyssey magazine*friday, October 22!
UBC plays host to a
feast for the sciences
by Eric Jandciu
Scientific reseat chers and interested students came
together at the Chan Centre Monday for the 1999
Celc-biaLion of Science, which lecognised and honoured
international scientists who have contributed to the
advancement ot medical tesearch.
"Today, you will have a lot to think about," began
John Dirks, president of the Gairdner Foundation, the
organisation hosting 14 celebrations across Canada as
part of its 40th anniversary of rewarding excellence in
"Wo fire truly honoured that UBC has been chosen
<:is one of these sites." UBC president Martha Piper told
Lhe audience, noting that the event coincided with the
50th anniversary ol both the faculties ot medicine and
graduate studies, and with the Science Council of BC
A wide range ot speakers addressed the crowd,
including Nobel laureates and past recipients of the
Gairdner International Award.
Gairdner-winner Michael Schekman, chair of the
department of molecular and cell biology at the
University of California at Berkeley, conducts research
on how cells put themselves together.
"It is a mystery how this happens," he said of a
cell's ability to coordinate and assemble the proteins
and lipids that make up the cell surface.
Another winner, Jnnut Rowley, addressed women in
the audience about pursuing a career in research.
Rowley, professor of medicine, molecular genetics and
cell biology at the University of Chicago, is also a mother of four children, an avid kayaker, and is past the age
of 70.
Her research has focused on the study of chromosomes and their relationship with the onset of
leukemia. Rowley foresees a day in the near future
when genome analysis will help to determine the genetics behind the disease.
She said "genotypic-specific therapy" will then be
able to correct the problem.
Sporting a UBC "Think About It" cap, Michael
Bishop, chancellor and professor of microbiology and
immunology at the University of California at San
Francisco and Nobel prize-winner, spoke about the utility of mouse models in human cancer research.
All levels of students were involved in the event. UBC
science graduate students led groups made up of high
school and undergraduate students, giving the younger
students an opportunity to work with those carrying out
academic research.
But many found the experience overwhelming.
Jessica Duncan, a student at Crofton House school,
said that although she enjoyed the day, the talks were
"over our heads."
The students were also introduced to various laboratories on campus. Kirily Park, a graduate student
leader, took her group to the Biotechnology teaching laboratory and isolated DNA during the lunch break.
Michael Smith, UBC biochemistry professor,
Gairdner Award recipient, and Nobel laureate, closed
the day's events by noting the significance of having so
many top scientists in one location.
"We have had a feast of science," he said.*
Hyatt sequel fights WTO
line of yellow-jacketed police officers
kept watch over
the crowd protesting the presence of
Prime Minister Jean
Chretien   at
Vancouver's Hyatt
Regency Hotel
Wednesday night
(right). Musicians
lent the protest a
festive feel (below).
The well-behaved
crowd was smaller
than expected, and
protesters voiced
their opposition to
Canada's participation in the World
Trade Organisation
(WTO). A crowd of
up to 100,000 is
expected to protest
the WTO's upcoming conference, to
be held in Seattle
at the beginning of
by Nicholas Bradley
Despite police efforts to contain the rally to a cordoned-
off protest zone, demonstrators occupied the street and
made their voices heard in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel
downtown Wednesday night, where Prime Minister Jean
Chretien was hosting a Liberal party fundraiser.
As the Vancouver Police politely asked demonstrators
to stay on the sidewalk across the street from the hotel in
order to avoid "accidental misunderstandings about intentions," the roughly 200 protesters spilled across the
street, effectively closing it to traffic.
"This is a public space and we shall reclaim it," said   \
organiser Garth Mullins, of the activist group Democracy
Street. "Protesting is our democratic right."
The protest centered around Canada's participation in
the World Trade Organisation (WTO), an international
agency that sets international trade rules, such as tariff
Critics of the WTO say that it encourages economic
globalisation at the expense of environmental and social
After some early tension as bicycle police rushed to
blockade the entrance to the hotel driveway and tried to encircle the demonstrators, the protest settled down into a lively,
but peaceful night of speeches, songs and sidewalk chalking,
while Chretien delivered a speech to Liberal party backers.
The crowd was smaller than the 500 anticipated by organisers, and considerably smaller than the rally held last
December to protest a similar Liberal fundraiser, at which
police clashed with the demonstrators, leading to several
arrests and injuries.
The University of Victoria Students' Society and the
Langara Students' Union (LSU) were among the protesting
"We're opposing the Jean Chretien Liberal goverment's
entire education agenda, we're opposing the massive slashes
and cuts to funding for post-secondary education," said LSU
representative Lou MacDonald.
UBC's Alma Mater Society was not represented at the rally.
Meanwhile, planning is underway for demonstrations
against the WTO ministerial conference that will be held in
Seattle in December. The event is expected to draw over
100,000 protesters.
Local anti-globalisation group Check Your Head will be staging a teach-in against the WTO in the Student Union Building
November 11, and the UBC branch of the Council of
Canadians plans to hold a seven-day hunger strike at the
Social Work building, beginning November 26—Buy Nothing
Day—to protest the WTO.*
UBC grad and former prof wins economics Nobel Prize
by Daliah Merzaban
After winning the 1999 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences last
week, UBC graduate and former faculty member Robert
Mundell has past and present members of the economics
department remembering his days at UBC.
"I think it's really good recognition and reward for what I
think is a marvelous analysis of currency areas," commented
Anthony Scott, a retired UBC economics professor who taught
with Mundell in the late 1950s.
"I don't necessarily agree with all of his opinions, but he's
a brilliant analyst and I'm pleased," he continued.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honoured Mundell
last Wednesday in Stockholm for research he conducted—
mostly in the 1960s—that formed the intellectual basis for a
common European currency, which was implemented this year
as the Euro.
"Mundell chose his problems with uncommon—almost
prophetic—accuracy in terms of predicting the future development of international monetary arrangements and capital markets," stated the academy in a press release.
Mundell, aged 67, is currently in London attending an economics conference and could not be reached for comment.
The Kingston, Ontario-born economist received his undergraduate degree in 1953 in economics and Slavonic studies at
UBC. He went on to study at the
University of Washington, the
London School of Economics,
and earned his doctorate at the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1956.
Mundell then returned to UBC
for a year to teach. Robert Will, a
retired UBC economics professor
and former dean of Arts, shared
an office with Mundell in 1957.
He said that although the two
were just beginning their first jobs, he could already recognise
Mundell's potential.
"You don't go and look at people in their 20s saying 'that's
going to be a Nobel winner,'" said Will. "But the fact is that he
"Apart from just the fact that
he was once a student here,
people appreciate the work
he had done. He's kind of the
father of the modern field of
international finance."
-Ashok Kotwal,
UBC economist
was the kind of person that when you find out 42 years later,
you're not surprised because he was very bright, he had a
good mind...He had all the makings of a great economist,
which he turned out to be."
Mundell has been a frequent advisor to the
United Nations, the International Monetary Fund,
the World Bank, the European Commission, and
governments around the world.
Author of over 100 articles, Mundell has also
written extensively on the history of the international monetary system. He has been a professor of
economics at Columbia University in New York since
Most economics professors currently at UBC didn't work directly with Mundell, but his work and reputation has impacted the department nonetheless.
"There was a very enthusiastic response," said
Ashok Kotwal, head of UBC's economics department.
"Apart from just the fact that he was once a student here,
people appreciate the work he had done. He's kind of the father
of the modern field of international finance."* 10 friday, October 22, 1999* page friday—the ubyssey magazine-
Rumblings from the basement suite
Okay, this may sound a little harsh, but goddamnit, we're
sick of living in basements that leak green liquids from the
walls, whose ceilings are low enough to clean your teeth on,
and whose doors are tied on with string. We're sick of living
in residences with silverfish big enough to carry away the
weaker first-year students, whose meal plans are about as
nourishing as sucking the cafeteria trays the food is served
on, whose rooms are so small you can touch all four walls
without lifting your pivot foot, and whose walls are so thin
that sex two floors above sounds like it's happening in your
closet. It's the way students live, for the most part, and
we're sick of it.
So you can probably understand why the sight of
Musqueam leaseholders, complete with placards and T-
shirts, protesting in front of the Hyatt Regency, fails to touch
our hearts. The Musqueam leaseholders are people who
have been living in houses—big, big houses—for parts of
the last 30 years and have been paying peanuts for the privilege the entire time. The land is controlled by the
Musqueam First Nations band, and the lots were sold in the
1960s and 70s for between $11,000 and $18,000 each.
The leaseholders, to be fair, paid for the development of the
land—power lines and all.
Now, the reason that they are so worked up is that their
annual lease payments—the homeowner equivalent of rent—
are going up. The anger is understandable, since rent is a big
expense, as you probably know from paying $450 for 15
square feet of bedroom, a kitchen that looks like it was built
by Fisher-Price, and a stand-up shower with a five-foot-eight
ceiling. If your rent went up, you'd be upset too, right?
Imagine if it went up by about $22,400 a year. You'd be
pissed off. Even if you lived in a big, big, house, in a really,
really nice neighbourhood. You'd be frothing at the mouth!
Man! And if you were ordered to pay up to $100,000 in back
rent by October 25 or be evicted? You would be one angry
Musqueam leaseholder.
Well, maybe you shouldn't be so angry. Especially if you'd
been paying $375-$455 in lease money per year for the last
30 years. Think About It, as Martha Piper would say, and
does, on baseball caps mostly. Just think about it. Paying
$455 a year to live in one of 70-something houses in one of
the fanciest, quietest, nicest neighbourhoods in town—it
adds up to about $38 a month. It's enough to make a student want to scream. It's disgusting! If you live in a Gage
Towers quad, you pay about $330 a month to live with five
other people, any of whom could be that quiet student who,
one day, sets fire to the beds.
But when the lease between the Musqueam band and the
federal government came up for review in 1995, the
Musqueam was allowed to charge assessed market value on
the homes—about six per cent retroactive to 1995, and that
is exactly what they're doing. The leaseholders got 30 years
of cheap lease in exchange for building up the land. But the
band has waited long enough, and according to the lease and
the courts, they're owed this money.
Granted, the repayment schedule may be a little steep.
But when you see the leaseholders parading around with T-
shirts that read "Fiscal Cleansing Victim," you might just
want to puke on their nice, manicured lawns. There are a few
cases of inequity and injustice that rank ahead of even the
biggest rent increase—the state of the Downtown Eastside is
far more worthy of a media blitz and real change than the situation the Musqueam leaseholders face. Their charges of
racism—based on the fact that non-Natives are having to pay
more in rent and taxes than Natives living on Native land—
are preposterous. It's not non-Native land, after all.
The people living on this land, if they are evicted, should
be compensated for the value of their houses, provided they
own them. And if they can't pay the back rent and are evicted, they shouldn't have to pay the retroactive charges.
The proposed one-year interim solution—that leaseholders pay $10,000 for the year—would supply much-needed
breathing room for everybody involved.
But the placards and the T-shirts are a little much.
Watching people who live in houses that most of us wouldn't
be allowed to look at complain about paying market value to
live there is a little diffcult to swallow. Kinda like those meal-
plan cafeteria trays.*
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Neilson h«. spilled mot beet all over Laura Blue's sleeping bag. Tristan
Winch chase "Dare' when Lisa Denial and Barbara Andersen asked
him to play. Mel Slreich and Sarah Morrison fel asleep at ten o'doct..
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and Cynthia Lee didn't quiet down ri&it now there would be no more
sleepoters ever again. Todd Siher and Miriam Torchinsky wtxidn't let
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tackled by Kim The and Stephanie Keane. Vanessa Ho, Manuel DobJes,
Jamie Robinson, and Tara Weaic*er discussed wtiich Backstreet Boy
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Women's hockey hits the ice
FACING OFF: The 1998-99 women's hockey team has to contend with tough opponents and
the loss of many of last year's top players, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
by Naomi Kim
A hockey game without violence or at least -
a bit of "dancing" is rare—but then there's
women's hockey. It may not be what you'd
expect; it's probably better.
"First of ali, I think [spectators are] surprised by how physical it is. Bodies get
bounced around the rink...No bodychecking
but there is body contact. Players battle for
the puck and get knocked down," said UBC
women's hockey head coach Dave Newson.
"But primarily it's a game based on skill
and speed and smarts...The whole idea of
this game is to encourage and embrace
speed and finesse."
Women's hockey is a growing sport
which has gained recent popularity from the
1998 Nagano Olympics. Until recently,
UBC's women's hockey team has had a
spotty history: established in 1915 and
stopped after 1922, brought back again in
1979, and then folded in 1983. And after
an 11-year break, the team was resurrected
again in 1994-95 by Laura Bennion, a medical student at the time. Bennion played as
captain at centre until last season, the final
year of her degree in medicine, and ended
her career by leading the team in goals,
assists  and  points  and  being  named  a
1998 Canada West All-Star. The team finished in third place (5-3-1) in the Canada
The 1998-99 team was a "really good
team of character, mature players," said
Newson. Most of them were also older students in medicine, education, and rehabilitation sciences. It was these athletes who
made up the core of the team, but unfortunately for the Thunderbirds, six of them
graduated last year,
leaving the team with
only seven returning
"We lose a little
depth up front and offensively," said Newson of
this year's team, "but
it's not just a one player
type of situation. Even
with Laura being our
leader in [scoring] categories, our success [last season] rested on
our depth and having a full team and contribution. This year we put a team together
that is not as deep at all positions as we
were last year starting out, so we've got to
build on what we have...We're looking at a
bit of a rebuilding process this year to fill
some big shoes and some big skates."
"We're looking at a bit of a
rebuilding process this
year to fill some big shoes
and some big skates."
-Dave Newson
Women's Hockey Coach
On defence are the solid veterans
fourth-year Sandra Willing and third-year
Sherie Salie.
Team captain Jana Horsman, a third-
year forward, had a breakthrough year last
year, finishing third on the team in points.
She will be looked upon for leadership up
front. Also contributing will be second-year
forward Jill Hannah, who redshirted last
year, but sat out because she transferred
from Cornell University.
Of the new rookies, first-year forward
Jeanine Saville will be an exciting addition
to the team.
"[Despite losing] a lot of players, we
still retained a pretty good core of leadership and experience," said Newson. But
the emerging leadership from some of the
newer players on the team will be key for
the Birds' success this year and is included in part of the team goals.
"Our goal is to try to establish a bit of a
team identity amongst the team. It's a
rebuilding process and it's up to these
players that we have now to set the tone
similar to what we finished with last year
where we had those players that had been
there for four years and five years in some
cases, that really shaped what the identity
of the team is going to be like," said
With the new players, the lack of depth
in the lines is also of concern. The numbers and talent are simply not there to stay
competitive if the Thunderbirds get into
injury trouble.
And to toughen the competition, UBC is
in a new conference
this season. Rather
than one nine-team
Canada West pool, the
conference is divided
into two to allow for
more regular season
games. There are also
plans to consider
including Eastern
schools next year.
"It's the start of
expanding the league. It's a positive step
in the situation in the long run, but in the
short term it gives us a little bit of trouble
as far as making a playoff spot."
The teams in the Western Division
include the University of Alberta, the
University of Calgary, the University of
Lethbridge, and UBC. Last year, Alberta,
Calgary and UBC finished first, second
and third in the Canada West. With the
new division, only the top two teams will
advance to the Canada West playoffs.
"We've got an uphill battle in the sense
that we have to knock off one of those two
teams to get one of the two playoff spots.
So one of the top three teams from last
year won't be going to the playoffs, and
that's just the way it goes."
The only two teams that beat UBC in
Canada West competition last season
were Alberta and Calgary, two of the three
other teams in the Western Division.
Alberta finished second in Canada last
year, and they only beat UBC by one goal.
"We were a solid third-place team last
year in that [Canada West] conference and
really, one goal away from beating Alberta
and having a shot at first or second."
And UBC will get another shot at the
Pandas in their season-opening and first
Canada West regular season home game
this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre.
"It is a bit intimidating," said Horsman
about the new division. "Especially since
we know that their teams will be as strong
as they were last year or even better. But
I think with our hard work we'll be able to
hopefully maintain the spot we had last
year, or better. That would be even
"We've got the opportunity to start that
process fresh again and we want to get
that good solid foundation," said Newson.
"So to measure things in terms of wins
and losses or positioning in our standings
is probably an inaccurate way to gauge
what our success will look like at the end
of the year."
But regardless of what their record will
be like at the end of this rebuilding year,
Newson encourages people to come out
and watch.
"Most of the time people that come out
to see women's hockey game for the first
time, they come into it a little bit skeptical
before seeing the game. And almost every
comment I've heard after the game is that
people are pleasantly surprised by what
they've seen and that they'd like to come
back and see another game."
And looking at the women's hockey
team entering the rink beside men's alumni players, they don't look so small, nor do
their goals seem too far away. ♦
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Double Ultimate titles
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UBC's Mark Ages (right,
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on the disc during UBC's
15-7 victory over McGill
University en route to the
final match, where they
beat McMaster 17-11.
Sarah Mukai (bottom, also
reaching) showed ferocious
form during the Thunderbirds'
13-11 championship game
victory over the University of
Victoria Sunday for their second consecutive national
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Discs flew, UBC dominated, and celebrations abounded as the
Thunderbirds won both the men's and
women's national championships at
the fifth annual Canadian University
Ultimate Championships, held at UBC
October 15-17.
Varsity teams from McGill University,
McMaster University, Queen's University,
the University of Toronto, the University
of Regina, the University of Calgary, the
University of Alberta, the University of
Victoria, Lakehead University, and UBC
were the teams which participated in this
event that featured the best university-
level Ultimate players in the country.
On the open (men's) side, the UBC A
team defeated Queens 15-3 in the quarterfinals, and McGill 15-7 in the semis.
They went on to the national championship in a 17-11 comeback win against
McMaster, the defending open division
champion, with UBC's Marc Seraglia
named Most Valuable Player.
The UBC B team lost both their quarterfinal and semifinal games, but ended
up winning their final game 150 by default
when the Calgary team failed to show up.
The UBC women's team defended their national title by defeating Calgary 134 in the quarterfinals and Queens 1&4 in the
semis. The finals matched UVic against UBC and UBC edged the
Vikes 13-11. UBC's Jill Calkin was named the women's MVP.
On the coed side, UBC won their semifinal game 11-9
against UVic, but ended up losing in the final to Lakehead.
Although the season is currently over, the UBC Ultimate team
will continue in the spring, this time in the Northwest Division of
the American College Series. The UBC teams will attempt to qualify for the US Nationals with "one of the strongest teams we've
had in a while," said co<:aptain Adrian Liem. The competition features teams from Washington, Oregon, Northern California and
Idaho, and the schedule will include tournaments in Washington
and Oregon. ♦


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