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U-Trek program in danger
 by Sarah Morrison
UBC's plan for a mandatory student
bus pass may die on the table if a
controversial proposed vehicle levy
is not approved by TransLink's
board of directors.
Both UBC and Translink, the
regional transportation authority,
have said that they are close to a
deal after months of negotiations
over U-Trek, a major part of which
is the U-Pass, a mandatory student
discount bus pass.
But recent controversy over the
proposed levy, which would have
vehicle owners pay an annual fee
based on the weight of their automobiles, has threatened the viability of the U-Pass proposal.
The levy, designed to penalise
heavier polluters oh the road, would
raise as much as $100 million per
year to fund improvements to roadways and transit services.
TransLink has indicated that
without a levy or federal funding,
significant cutbacks would hurt the
number and frequency of existing
transit routes and proposed transportation programs.
'If the vehicle levy is not
approved, there would likely be no
U-Pass,' said Bill Lambert,
TransLink's manager of Programs
and Planning.
"No levy, no U-Trek program,'
agreed Gord Lovegrove, UBC's
director of Transportation
Planning, adding that UBC is
encouraging TransLink's boaid to
pass the levy.
UBC has indicated a prefeiente
for a vehicle levy over ano'hi'r
increase in bus fares, citing cor.n?rn
for individual who have no choke
but to commute by bus.
'There are many that just (.an t
afford the cost of an aufomobuV '
said, Lovegrove. He said that the \*\y
is a.small additional expense iela-
tive to the $5000 to $7000 cost of
owning af car, but that another d:e
increase would significantly aifot*.
students who regularly use the Iran
sit system.
The. U-Trek proposal is pari of «
greater transportation plan that 13
aimed at reducing traffic to and
from campus.
Some time in the next two
months, TransLink's board of du ec-
tors must vote on the levy, befuie it
can be considered for final appi o^ al
from the Greater Vancouver
Regional District council.
But Marvin Hunt, a TransLink
board member, says that he will not
support the vehicle levy.
see "U-Trek" on page 3
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Soccer Birds fini:
season against UVic
by Trevor Kew
It wasn't the prettiest soccer match played at
: Thunderbird Stadium this year. In fact at times
it looked a bit like a battle scene from
' Braveheart The UBC women's soccer team did
■ emerge victorious from the swamp after two
muddy hours, however, with a well-deserved 1-
0 victory over provincial rivals the University
of Victoria (UVic) Vikes.
The game was played on a rain-soaked
patch that had experienced a varsity football
■ game less than 24 hours before. The players
sloshed through the quagmire at a fast, even
■ frantic, pace, and there were several tough
tackles from both sides as both teams tried to
set the tone.
;      The T-Birds held much of the early pressure
j but were, pushed back into their own half by the Vikes
later on. The best chances fell to Leanne. Westie,
I whose shot was deflected inches wide, and Jacqueline
Ferraby, who powered a header off the post.
The bog/field continued to play its part in the sec-
* ond half as the game slowed to a midfield battle.
f UBC's patience was finally rewarded in the 57th
? minute, when Vanessa Martino sent across skipping
across the muddy goal area towards UBC forward
• LysaWonet aUVic defender, and the keeper. The
three players collided* arid the ball, squirted loose into
the Victoria goal, ft'.vya'r announced as an own goal.
MVdiie later suggested that.she might have got a touch,
. but added modestly that""where the ball ended up was
most important'' ~    ■      -      ;■
Ex-UBC student suing
debt collection agency
by Natasha Norbjerg
OH NO YOU DON'T: I nird-year defender Leanne vVestie
fights for possession, tara westover photo
'The girls really fought, for that one,' said Wone,
"The goal was a result of our whole team's willpower.'
UBC's defence looked rock solid, with keeper Sian
Bagghawe covering up some minor mishaps. "We can
take a step up, and we know that Sian's back there
holding her own,* explained first year fullback Amber
Brownlee. "It's wonderful.'
The playoffs are set for next weekend in Victoria,
and UBC head coach Mosher's belief in his team's
chances seems to be growing by the day.
"We played good playoff-type soccer, which is what
you need to do this time of year/ said Mosher who"
praised the players for their 6-1-3 record, deapite having seven rookies on the squad in what was supposed
to.be a turnaround year. ♦   Y Y
A former UBC student is currently
entangled in a legal battle with a collection agency over the payment of
his federal student loan.
Stephen Toban, who graduated
from UBC in 1991, says that he was
unemployed for the majority of that
year, which made it difficult for him
to pay the $7000 remaining on the
Toban alleges thai the agency
charged with collecting his loan.
Total Credit Recovery Ltd, used
unreasonable collection practices
when pursuing his debt
"I had every intention of paying
my loan back, but [Total Credit] had
no right to invade my privacy in the
manner that they did,' he said.
Deanna Natali, a lawyer for the
collection agency, declined to com-
feedback@ubyssey.bc. ca
ment on the case, saying that the
company would rather wait for the
court to decide the outcome of the
Toban says that his troubles with
the collection agency began when he
moved to London, England, to look
for work after graduation.
According to BC Supreme Court
documents, while Toban was away
in London looking for a job in the
finance industry, the Royal Bank forwarded his outstanding loan to the
federal government
The government then paid for
the remainder of the loan and made
Total Credit responsible for collecting Toban's debt
Toban said that when he
returned to BC in May 1993, he discovered that because of interest
see "Lawsuif on page 3
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Minimum wage rises
 by Andrea Milek
Beginning tomorrow, minimum-wage earners
in BC will enjoy an additional $0.45 per hour
as the minimum wage increases to $7.60.
But the BC government's decision to
increase the minimum wage is receiving
mixed reviews from economists.
David Green, an associate professor of economics at UBC and co-author of a study that
examined the effects of minimum wage in BC,
Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, said that minimum wage is a useful tool in anti-poverty and
anti-inequity policies.
In his study, released last year, Green and
cc-author and fellow UBC Commerce profes
sor Michael Goldberg determined that full-
time workers in BC must earn at least $8 an
hour to clear the poverty line. The NDFs minimum wage legislation will see the minimum
wage increase to $8 per hour next year.
"A basic standard of society seems to be
that if you work full-time you ought at least to
make the poverty line/ said Green.
But Roslyn Kunin, a consulting economist,
said that increases to minimum wage affect
employment adversely.
"The business community [in BC] is appalled.
It is another reason for people to not start small
businesses and to not hire people/ she said.
While Green agreed that an increase in minimum wage can lead to some unemployment,
he asserts that the effects are often exaggerated.
"What we're really talking about here is not
actually laying people off. We're talking about
some slowdown in employment gains as a
negative side of the impacts, but on the positive side there's actually more money being
, delivered to low income earners/ he said.
According to the BC President of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees Barry
O'Neilf, raising the minimum wage helps
stimulate the BC economy.
"All of that money is poured back into the
communities and small businesses at higher
quantities/ he said.
But Suromitra Sanatani, vice-president of
the  Canadian Federation of Independent
AMS defeats motion to make
fee opt-outs less complicated
  by Sarah Morrison
After extensive debate, student councillors defeated a motion at last week's
Afraa Mater Society (AMS) Council
meeting that could have made it easier
for students to opt out of optional fees.
if passed, the motion would have
had the AMS request that UBC allow
students to opt out of all student fees
over the Internet
But some councillors expressed concern that under such a system, students might opt out without fully considering the consequences, and funding for programs such services as
Safewalk and Speakeasy could be significantly cut
"My first concern over the {motionj
is that students would be just pointing
and clicking and opting out just whimsically/ said Neil de Haan, a Pharmacy
representative to Council.
"But how can you vote against something that makes it easier for students to
do something they want to do?* he added
Lastyear, the AMS promised that an
additional $9 fee for AMS Services that
students voted for in a referendum
would be optional.
De Haan said that the AMS shouldn't throw too many obstacles in thei way
of students wanting to opt out of these
He suggested that students be
required to read a description of the
programs Online before they could opt
out of any fees. An amendment to this
effect, however, was defeated.
In addition to the AMS Services fee,
students may opt out of the AMS
Bursary Fund, the AMS/Graduate
Student Society Health Plan, the
Student Legal Fund Society, and the
Ubyssey Publications Society.
During the meeting, the motion was
divided into multiple parts, one of
which passed.
This motion called for constituencies to advertise more clearly that then-
fees are optional, and on the AMS executive to request that UBC providing a
link from its Student Service Centre
website to the AMS health plan
provider's website, where students can
opt out of the health plan.
'It's so convoluted and complicated,
the motion that went through, I don't
think the administration can deal with it*
said Bev Meslo, an Arts representative to
Council, who stressed that the motion was
just a recommendation to UBC.
During the meeting, there were
questions about whether the AMS could
make recommendations regarding the
Student Legal Fund Society and the
Ubyssey Publications Society, both of
which axe organisations independent
of the AMS.
The   motion   was   amended   to
remove the mention of the two groups
after councillors" repeatedly commented that the AMS was overstepping its :
"[The] AMS has no business advocating on behalf of an independent organisation to the university/ said Rob Nagai,
an Arts representative. ♦
Businesses' BC and Yukon office, said that the
increase comes at a bad time, when BC is just
recovering from a weak economy.
Sanatani suggested instead that the working
poor could be helped out by targeted tax credits.
Craig Riddell, a professor of economics at
UBC, said that the minimum wage's negative
influence on employment is not immediate
and that it does reduce the number of people
living below the poverty line. However, he said
the increase is a 'crude tool."
"You would like to have an anti-poverty tool
that's veiy targeted on the poor and most of its
effect go to help poor families. In the case of
the minimum wage, some of it does, some of
it doesn't," he said. ♦
"U-Trek" from page 1
'My constituents are all opposed to it," said the Surrey city
councillor, explaining that Surrey is a car-dependent community.
"The problem is that this levy has been originally spun as
being a levy for transit, and therefore it's got everybody's back
up," he said. He added that he believes that if TransLink had
publicised the levy more as funding for road maintenance,
then more car owners would support the proposal.
In spite of the opposition, UBC's student union is lobbying
for fee increases for drivers.
In a letter to TransLink's CEO Ken
Dobell, the Alma Mater Society's Vice-
President External Affairs Graham Senft
wrote, 'Given the recent transit fare
increase, it was felt that the remaining
funds should be raised from vehicle owners."
This is not the first time that the U-Pass
proposal has run into problems.
Earlier this term, UBC and TransLink
were unable to reach a deal on who was to
pay the $3 million for the extra buses that SENFT
would be needed immediately if the U-Pass proposal was completely implemented next year.
But bom parties currently favour a four-year phase-in of the
program to begin in September 2001, which would see only
first-year students required to buy bus passes in the program's
first year. In the second and third years of the program, second-year and third-year students would be added, respectively.
By the fourth year, all students would be required to participate in the U-Trek program. ♦
THIS BUS IS LEAVIN' THE BUS STATION! But TransLink's proposed vehicle levy may pose serious problems for a student bus pass program at UBC. tara westover photo
Lawsuit from page 1
fees, he owed $10,000—an amount equivalent to the combined total of his original Canadian and provincial student
In May 1995, Total Credit filed
against Toban. Toban then coun-
tersued, alleging that the collection agency had violated Section
14 of the Debt Collection Act,
which outlines unreasonable
collection practices, and for the
loss of wages.
The Act states, "A person "~
must not exert undue, excessive
or unreasonable pressure on a debtor, or a member of the
debtor's family or household, or the debtor's employer in
collecting, negotiating or demanding payment of a debt"
Toban is claiming that a London employer withdrew a
job offer after contacting Toban's references, who he claims
had all been informed by Total Credit Recovery about his
credit problem. He believes this information should have
remained confidential.
"The whole experience has been terrible and very distressing,' Toban said. "Being in debt does not give a credit
agency the right to take away your privacy and give details
of your loan to relatives and employers.'
a $10,000 judgment
"Situations like Steven's
happen all the time,
Toban is also alleging that Total Credit Recovery made
threatening calls to his girlfriend at the time.
But in a letter to BC's Debt Collection Office in April of
1999, George Keiser, president of Total Credit Recovery,
wrote, "Total Credit Recovery denies all allegations of
wrongdoing and has complied with the Act in all
issues related to this
Peter Dowsett, who was at
that time the compliance offi-
r •      cir  iv       cr t»e cer investisatins ±e case'
'LlSCi oKQMliri, dliTo declined to comment when
contacted by the Ubyssey.
Toban's case, which has received assistance from UBC's
Student Legal Fund Society (SLFS), goes to a two-day trial in
small-claims court in November.
Although Toban has now spent roughly $ 15,000 on his
legal case, he is asking for $10,000 in damages, the maximum amount he can receive in small-claims court
Lisa Skakun, a third-year Law student and member of the
SLFS' litigation committee, has been helping Toban prepate
his case against Total Credit Recovery.
'Situations like Steven's happen all the time, unfortunately. People do not realise the fact that they do have rights
in these situations/jSkakun said. ♦
How to avoid a credit mess
with your student loans
1. When applying for a student loan, plan ahead. Remember that
the money you receive does have to be paid back.
2. Know your rights. Review the Debt Collection Act before taking
out A loan. The Act can be viewed at
3. Lfyour loan is forwarded to a collection agency, do not avoid the -
agency because this could make the situation worse. Try to work
out a payment plan with the agency.
4. If you believe that you are being harrassed by a collection
agency, you have the right to file a complaint with the BC government's Director of Debt CoEections at (250} 387-1627.
5. If you incur damages because of the actions of a collection
agency— ie. the loss of a job—you have the right to address your situation in court under Section 20 of the Act ♦ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2000
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Rugby women get silver
by Duncan M. McHugh
SWAP is a program of the Canadian Federation of Students
VICTORIA—Call it deja-vu. In a game reminiscent of last
year's championship, the UBC Thunderbirds once again
suffered a blow-out defeat at the hand3 of the University
of Alberta Pandas in the gold-medal game of the Canada
West Women's Rugby Championship. UBC earned a silver medal in the four-team tournament after a 65-3 loss
to Alberta in the final game.
'Our definite goal was to be in this game/ said team
co-captain Eleanor Alesi. 'And we made our goal.'
Alberta aside, UBC had a very good tournament,
starting off the round robin on Friday afternoon with a
5-0 win over the hosts, the University of Victoria Vikes.
'We take it the hard way,* said Jaydeen Williams,
UBC's other co-captain. "The score should have been
much higher. If we have the chance to score...we don't
always capitalise.'
"It was our very first game,* added coach Heather
Miller. "We started playing better in the second half, but
the first game, we didn't play well. We had a lot of nervous energy, not making the right decisions at the right
time. I liked to get that one over with and settle down
and play the way we're supposed to play.'
That play came Saturday morning in a 24-0 win over
the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
"That was a much better game,' said Miller. "Again,
[the T-Birds] were a bit tentative the first half Then once
they scored the first one, they started thinking a bit
more and got into what they had to do.'
Saturday afternoon was a different story, though, as
a tired UBC team lost its first meeting with Alberta 3 7-0.
"(The Pandas] are a very well-drilled team/ said
Williams. "They've been playing together for a very long
time. We're just a developing team. We're just beginning to work together, wherea3 these girls have worked
together in [Under-19] programs all summer."
"It's just inexperience [on the part of UBC]/ points
out Miller. "It's just a matter of the girls learning. The
second half was much better than the first half in the
game yesterday. We held them to 12 points the second
half. Unfortunately, the damage was done in the first
half. But to hold them to 12 points, they learned and we
corrected things and the girls did what I asked them to
in the second half."
However, the problems that plagued UBC persisted
into the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon. The
Pandas started the scoring after only a minute and a half
when Alberta fullback Stacy Crozier fought off T-Bird
Cherlyn McKay to score the game's first try. UBC continued to struggle with Alberta's potent offence throughout the first half. After 40 minutes of play, the score was
2 9-3, with the T-Birds' only points coming from a penalty goal.
Alberta continued to dominate in the second half, on
its way to racking up a total of nine tries. The Pandas
were in fine form, scoring on several long runs and winning the majority of scrums and stealing on line-outs.
UBC came close to scoring several times, but couldn't
make it through a much larger Panda defence.
Some of the T-Birds' difficulties can be attributed to
injuries, having lost all-star prop Paula Brouwer and
centre Sabrina Celms. Intensity was also a problem for
the team.
"Despite the scoreboard, we played really great
defence/ said Williams. "Technically it was there, but
then there were gaps and breakdowns and that's where
points were scored.'
"There were some moments of brilliance," said
Miller. "And then we just turned off our brains a couple
of times. We relaxed and we can't relax, we have to keep
the pressure on all the time. And they relaxed in key
areas, where they shouldn't have.
"We were very close to scoring a few times and they'd
have a scrum and they'd relax and the other team just
blew us off. So we^ deserved to lose the scrum, we
deserved to lose the possession we had because we
weren't with it, and we weren't prepared to fight for the
ground we'd just won... We eased up on some key areas,
when we should have been working twice as hard.
"The better team won today. I can't take anything
away from the U of A team. They deserved to win,
they're a very good, well-rounded team," she said.
But despite its mistakes, UBC remained positive. As
Alesi pointed out, UBC was the only team to score on the
Pandas all weekend
"We came out really positive.' said Williams. "We're
definitely not ashamed of the way we played. We played
really hard.'
UBC can also be proud of four players who made the
Canada West All-Star team: Sabrina Celms, Paula
Brouwer, Leslie Mckenzie, and Cherlyn McKay.
And UBC can be proud of its second-place finish. The
Birds have a young team, one that's only losing two
starters to graduation at the end of the year (they lost ten
this year).
"We're happy, we're happy with the way it went" said
Williams. "We came out of the game with our heads up." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Birds lose, but it's not over yet
UBC squeaks through to playoffs despite losing the last home game to Alberta in a blowout
  by Tom Peacock
You had a feeling that Friday night was going to
be rough for the UBC Thunderbirds when they
took the field against the Calgary Dinos, who are
second place in the Canada West And it was.
As the rain poured down in earnest, the
Dinos trampled all over the UBC's defence.
Calgary shot ahead 20-0 by the half, and went
on to win the game 33-13.
This meant that UBC had lost its final regular-season game, and had to wait until the end
of Saturday's game between Regina and Alberta
to see if it had clinched a playoff spot Luckily
for the Birds, third-place Regina pulled off the
win, and the Birds are still in. They'll fly to
Winnipeg next weekend to face the first-place
University of Manitoba Bisons in the Canada
West semi-final.
"The one thing about this year is that we had
inconsistency," UBC cornerback Simon Quinto
said after the game. 'We would be hot one quarter and not another." Generally speaking, this
might have been true, but on Friday night UBC
had very few things hot in any of the quarters.
The game started off relatively well for the
Birds with receiver Scott Rintoul catching a few
slippery balls for some first downs, and defensive back Sandy Beveridge getting an interception. Nevertheless, the Birds couldn't drive
deep enough to score.
Finally the Dinos, led by quarterback Lincoln
Blumell, put something together and drove to
within striking distance. A pass into the end-
zone was called back after a holding penalty,
and the Dinos had to settle for a field goal. But
the Calgary scoring rush had begun," and it
wouldn't stop until the final whistle.
During the second quarter, a rumble by UBC
quarterback Shawn Olson left Calgary with
another good field position, and they knocked
another field goal through the uprights.
Olson, who was playing with a broken pinky
and a badly damaged elbow, decided that he
might not be helping the team by staying in,
and hit the bench. He was replaced by second-
year pivot Rob Kenney.
"I was frustrated when I thought I was hurting the team by playing," Olson said later. "I
think you've gotta try winning the football game
and if Rob Kenney gives us a better chance of
winning the football game, then he's gotta be in
Kenney completed his first two passes, but
the Birds still could not put anything together.
The same couldn't be said for Blumell and his
henchmen as they charged down the field for
the game's first major. Then, just three minutes
later, the Dinos roared at the UBC defence for
■ another touchdown.
At the beginning of the second half, a huge
kick return by Beveridge put the Birds in a position to score. Olson was back in the game, after
receiving multiple shots of cortisone in his
hand and elbow, and a few passes later and the
Birds had their first touchdown.
The fans and
the reporters in
the press box
started to pay a little more attention
once UBC scored,
but all Calgary
had to do to win
was hang on, and
hang on they did.
While the UBC
defence- gave up
223 yards on the
ground and
numerous huge
pass receptions
into the back
field, the Calgary
defence only
allowed 64 yards
on the ground,
and managed to
get eight
'The conditions were unbelievable," said
Javier Glatt, UBC's
leading tackier. "The footing was bad, the ball
was wet..We were expecting a lot of run, a lot of
run, and they did run, but they were beating us
deep. We gave up too many big plays. That's
what it comes down to."
Olson was a little choked up after the game,
though he said that he hadn't really had enough
time to absorb the fact that this was the last
time he would play for the Birds at Thunderbird
"It's weird. It hasn't really hit me yet but I
think it's starting to. People come up to you, saying this and saying that and you start crying a
bit It's gonna be weird..."
Even though his teammates say that the battered and bruised quarterback should have
gone to the hospital four games ago, and his
girlfriend says that he's an idiot there was no
doubt in Olson's mind that he had to see the
season out.
"Should I have played? For Shawn Olson, yes
I should have played because I don't know if I'd
have been able to live with myself if I didn't For
a normal person, probably not If I maybe had
enough brain cells I probably wouldn't have
played," he said.
Olson's leadership role for the Birds has
been a story in itself this year. While many of
his fellow veterans have been sidelined by serious injury, Olson refused to sit out a game in
spite of barely being able to get up off the couch,
and having a hand that looks like a bad
Halloween prop.
"Shawn Olson is the toughest player I have
played with in my life," Glatt said. 'He is probably the best player I have ever played with. I
have never respected someone more...He basically singlehandedly kept us in this season." ♦
Men's Soccer
Hie UBC men's socee* team lost Its final
game of the regula* season this past weekend against the University of Vietotfa Vikes,
M, UBCImished tho season 7-2-1. In second
place in the Canada West behind Victoria.
Tho nien head to lethbridge next weekend
' for tho Canada West Championships,
Women's Volteyball
Hie UBC women's volleyball team was on
the road this past weekend to meet the
University of Winnipeg Wesmen. The Birds
Swept tho Wesjnen 3-0 in both Friday and
Saturday's games, UBC stays home next
-weekend to play the University of Calgaiy
Dinos on Friday and Saturday night at
6:15pm in War Memorial Gym.
iiHeirs Volleyball
Hie ta^n also travelled to Winnipeg this
past weekend where they beat the Wesmen
34) on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. The
Birds faoe the University of Calgary Dinos
in War Memorial Gym this Friday and
FEELIN' NO PAIN: UBC quarterback Shawn
Olson played in spite of a broken pinky on his
throwing hand, tara westover photo
Women's Ice Hockey
Hie UBCwoaien'sice hockey team will play
a^donbMieader at home ist laundeifc&d
Winter Sports Centre next weekend against
the University of Albetta Pandas* the
defending national champions, Game &ne
is 7pm on Friday asnd Saturday night
UBC men's and women's crews competed ;
this past weekend in two head races in i
Victoria. '
In Saturday's Head of the Gorge race, \
UBC finished tfiM in the men's open/var- \
sity eight second in the women's open/var-*
sity eight hi ihe junior varsity eights category, UBC placed third in both the men's
and women's events. UBC picked up first'
place in the men's novice eight race and
third in the women's novice eight race. In.'.
small-boat racing, UBC's Fraser Pearce won '
the men's open/varsity singles race and
UBC was second and tenth hi the women's
varsity double event.
On Sunday in the Head of the Elk race,
UBC'sJV eights were third again, while UBCs ^
novice crews placed second in the men's ,
eight race, second and third in the women's.
eight and first in Ihe men's quad, though
UBC was the only entry in that event In the •
men's and women's open/varsify doubles, |
UBC placed first and third respectively'. ♦     ;
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Men's hoops split series
by Dustin Cook
On/Friday night the UBC men's bas- -
ketball team kicked off its season
with the first of two games against
the     University    of    Winnipeg
Early on, the Birds came out
strong and appeared to be in control
of the game as they dropped three
consecutive shots from downtown,
soaring to a quick 10-point lead. The
Wesmen seemed to have little
desire to get back in the game;
shooting four for 13 from the. free
throw line, they were colder than a
Winnipeg winter.
UBC finished the first half ahead
by seven and in the second looked
well on their way to an easy victory
as they climbed to a 13-point lead.
But with 14:2 7 left in the game, the
Birds went south. Their defence
completely collapsed and their
offence disappeared. The Birds
refused to work the ball down low,
and repeatedly took low-percentage
shots from the perimeter. Winnipeg
capitalised on UBC's inability to
score and took an 8-point lead.
The Birds had trouble containing
Winnipeg's speedy guard, Sukhvir
Singh, who scored 22 points and
was the key to the Wesmen's
offence. However, UBC team captain Courtney Kolla sparked a late
rally for the" Birds as they clawed
back to tie the game with 1:55 left
Unfortunately this was as close as
they would come—Winnipeg scored
on their next possession and held
on for a 65-60 win.
With both teams shooting poorly
from the field and with very bad officiating, the game wasn't pretty to
watch. The Birds shot a miserable 4-
for-2 6 from three-point land and finished the game with a terrible 38
per cent field goal average.
Winnipeg's 43 per cent was only
slightly better, but in the end it
allowed them to squeak out a win.
With 16 points and 5 steals, point
guard Kolla was the lone standout
for the Birds, and was named player Y
of the game.
The game was clearly there for
the Bird's taking but they gave it
away and spoiled new head coach
Kevin Hanson's home debut 'We
started to fall back on our bad habits
and play like individuals,' Hanson
said. He added that his players
lacked discipline, taking 'way too
many* shots from the perimeter.
Saturday night was a different
story. This time it was the Wesmen
who started strong as their standout guard Singh scored 14 points in
the first half and roasted the Bird's
struggling defence. In the first half,
the only life that the Birds showed
was on the bench—an animated
Hanson was warned that his criticism of the referees was not appreciated. Trailing 38-32, at the buzzer
it appeared that UBC was destined
to relive Friday night
However, in the second half the
Birds found their thunder. Scoring
five straight points, the Birds cut
Winnipeg's lead to one. Both teams
traded baskets until a huge steal by
Pat McKay allowed the Birds to
regain the ball. McKay's steal was
the turning point of the game
because it triggered a 10-point run
by UBC. The Bird's charged-up
offence shocked the Wesmen and
within six minutes, the Birds had
outscored Winnipeg 18 to 6. Kolla
followed in McKay's steps with the
next ten points for UBC, and Pete
Hodson threw two free throws for a
10-point lead with 9:28 remaining.
Finally, at 2:39, the game
appeared to be over when McKay
drove to the basket and hammered
down a two handed slam-dunk. But
the Wesmen battled back with a 6-
point run that sliced the lead to
three. With 2:07 left, Winnipeg
called timeout and Hanson gathered his players in a huddle. His
message was simple: "Play to win.'
Following Hanson's game plan,
the Bird's defence held the lead. The
Birds then made some clutch free
throws, going seven for ten in the
final two minutes, that finished
Winnipeg off and cemented a 84-77
The Birds showed a lot of character, battling back to win on
Saturday-they played a solid team
game and almost every player elevated his performance for the
rematch. Their 62.5 per cent field
goal average was a big improvement from Friday's embarrassing
38.9. The Bird's leaders also elevated their game and stepped up when
needed. McKay logged 38:04 minutes of playing time to earn Player
of the Game honours with 27 points
and nine rebounds. Team captain
Kolla played 39:32, scored 20 points
in the second half alone to finish
with 28, and added nine assists.
After the game, Kolla described
the win as *a huge confidence
builder.' If the Birds are lucky,
they'll be able to build on this confidence when they take on the Dinos
next Friday in Calgary. ♦
LUCKY THIRTEEN; Third-year guaid Jufie Smulders rolls with the hot hand on Saturday night
The Thunderbirds lost their first game on Friday against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 79-
73, On Saturday, the Birds fared a little better, beating the Wesmen 69-60. Fifth-year guard Stacy
Reykdai led the team in scoring with 17 points on both nights,   tara westover photo THE UBYSSEY
Nursing team breaks Rehab streak in T-Cup
'$*V &
      by Jo-Ann Chiu
The losing streak is over. The Nursing team
walked away with its first T-Cup victory in
three years Friday afternoon, as Inhee Cho
carried in the pigskin for the only score of
the 7-0 game.
The graduation of key players on the
Rehab Sciences team, including star quarterback Angie Wensink, and the injury of
receiver Christia Mqlriar-Marteris, has
meant a building year for head coach Jay
LeGuilloux, who has returned for his third
year coaching T-Cup. 77
Strong defence by both teams kept the
annual all-women tackle football match
, between Nursing and Rehab in a deadlock
during the first half. The huge crowd of
• spectators witnessed a smashing assort-.
ment of tackles.
'I know you felt that, 71, I know you'
did,' snarled UBC varsity running back and
Nursing assistant coach Julian Radlein as
the Nurses' Leslie McRae knocked Rehab
quarterback Megan Patterson (number 71)
to the ground.
It was in the second half that the
Nurses' option quarterback Christina Estey
sparked a four-play scoring drive. After
connecting on passes to Nicole Lefebure
and Cho, Estey then scrambled for a gain of
15 yards before Cho was able to find a hole
in the Rehab defence and hustle her way
into the endzone.
Despite the drizzling rain, the fan turnout
was high, and the fans oohed and aahed
with the blood-curdling crunch of every tackle. But suffice it to say that when the football
teams are made up of nursing and rehabilitation science majors, and the cheerleaders
in drag are occupational therapists, injuries
can't be too much of a threat ♦
NURSING WINS! The Nurses end a long drought in Friday's T-Cup. tara westover photo
Bears rule rink
Alberta takes two from UBC men's hockey team
by Sara Newham
The last time the UBC men's hockey
team defeated the University of
Alberta Golden Bears at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre,
Ronald Reagan was President.
Thirteen years later, the Birds were
looking forward to erasing that statistic, but faced a daunting task.
Not only were the Golden Bears
the two-time defending CIAU champions, they were also undefeated
heading into this past weekend.
Unfortunately, Alberta's streak
was destined to continue as the
Birds dropped two points Friday in a
5-3 loss, and the other two Saturday
in a 5-2 loss.
'We didn't take anything for
granted. We weren't intimidated by
them," said Rob Teleske. 'We were
trying to come out and surprise-'
them, and we really thought they
were beatable.*
Alberta dominated much of the
play Friday night but its domination
was due in part to the number of
powerplays it was given—UBC couldn't stay out of the penalty box.
Alberta's first goal came on a power-
play at 9:18 of the first after Bird
right-winger Dustin Paul was evicted
for hitting from behind.
Three minutes later, Alberta made
f it 2-0 when the Bears' Ryan Wade beat
Peter Brady from the slot Fortunately,
UBC managed to cut the lead in half
when it received a gift from Alberta.
, Thunderbird rookie Graham Walker
snapped a long shot from the neutral
zone that fooled the unsuspecting
Alberta goalie Clayton Pool
Down 2-1 to start the second,
UBC ran into some penalty trouble
again. With Trevor Shoaf off for
elbowing, Wade managed to'restore
Alberta's two-goal lead when he
■ scored his second of the night after
his shot went over Brady's glove and
into the net But, after some great
pressure in the visitor's territory,
defenceman Markjerant scored his
first goal as a Thunderbird, from
just inside the blueline, making it 3-
2 at the 5:28 mark.
Tension between the two teams
was high throughout the game as
players on each side attempted to
accost their opponents in one way or
another. UBC head, coach Mike
Coflin condemned the officiating,
saying UBC was getting called on
penalties more often than Alberta.
"The call on Dustin Paul early in
the game was a huge factor when
really [it was] a situation where their
player fell and then our player came'
and finished the check as he was
already falling,' said Coflin. "Nils
Antons was run at in the third period and [the referee) chooses not to
make the same call.'
The Thunderbirds received a lift
from Jerant's goal and carried the
momentum into the third period.
Unfortunately, Alberta added its
fourth of the; night at 3:35 of the
final frame.
After some: hard work in the
Alberta zone and a few unlucky
bounces, T-bird right winger Rob
Teleseke, the UBC player of the game,
slipped the Birds' third goal past Pool
at 7:27. But UBC's excitement was
short-lived as Alberta's Ryan Marsh
potted his team's fifth goal, putting
the final nail in the T-Birds' coffin.
"I think the difference was when
they got that powerplay goal in the
third. It really kind of put us down.
It's one of those things that gets you
in the back of the mind as we were
really starting to work hard to come
back and letting them get a goal like
that really hurts,' explained Jerant of
the game's turning point
On Saturday night both teams
changed goalies. UBC elected for
Robert File while
Alberta picked Dustin
Schwartz to start the
game. Once again, the
Birds couldn't stay out
of the penalty box. While
Thunderbird forward
Ian Lampshire and
Jerant were both sitting
in the sin bin. Alberta
secured a 1-0 lead when
Knoblauch started his
goal-fest on a shot from
the slot However, UBC
evened it up after Jeraint
shot the puck through a
crowd of players, allowing Josh Cinnamon to
tip it home.
"There were times
where we had positives,
we played well and guy3
hard, but. there were some
moments where
GEEKS AHOY! The Applied Science boat races ahead, tara westover photo
we had break-
ddwns and they capitalised. We've
got to. make sure we move forward
from this and take the positives out
of it and make sure we recognise
where Nye [fell] short' said Josh
Cinnamon,' who was named
Saturday's player of the game.
Alberta started the second period
on a powerplay. The Bears controlled the zone and Knoblauch put
it past File for Alberta's second powerplay goal of the night Once again,
UBC tied it up, but Alberta would get
two more power play goals to make
it 4-2 by 14:27 in the middle stanza.
The Bears' Knoblauch would
complete his hat trick three minutes
later, on a 2-on-l rush. The bleeding
stopped there and iieither team
would score in the third. By the end
of the game, Alberta had out-shot
UBC by a combined total of 80-4 4 for
the weekend. The game's final score
was 5-2 for* Alberta.
"The story of the game was four
powerplay goals for them, three in
the second period, they out-scored
us 4-1 in the second period. Their
powerplay put on a clinic, arid we
didn't defend veiy well." concluded
Coflin. "There's probably one or two
goals'we need the goalie to stop
because of who we're playing; we
need a perfect game.'
After the game, File, whose goals
against average was a mere 2.46
before the weekend, tried to explain
what happened. "I don't like the five
goals either. I would like one or two at
the end of the game. It's not always
easy [to make the saves], and Alberta
is probably the best team in Canada
right now. They have awesome goal
scoring. When they shoot the guys
are pretty accurate. I should have let
in two goals [instead of] five goals.'
The Birds _fly to Calgary next
week before returning home again
November 10 and 11 to host the
Saskatchewan Huskies, another top
team. ♦
ABOUT TO START: UBC's cross-country team raced at the
8C Championships or* Saturday at Jericho Park. Despite
the muddy conditions, UBC ran weif. in the junior women's
race, Amy Higginbotham finished 7th. Higginbotham, Alice
Miro, and Kim Hall placed first in the team category, fn the
junior men's race {shown at left), Chris Durkin placed 4th,
and Oavid Roulston 6th. Other top UBC performances
came In the senior women's race {which was won by
Olympian Carol Montgomery, Just bade from Sydney! by
Melissa Hungerford and Lisa Stelnke, and by Byron Wood
in the senior men's event Ths cross-country leaves on
Thursday for the NAtA regional championships In
-tewlston, Idaho.
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Have you ever wondered if ghosts really exist? And if
they do exist, which Vancouver houses and venues
do they haunt? „One-and-a-half-hours on the
Vancouver Museum's Haunted House Bus Tour
divulges accounts of horrific murders, encounters
with ghosts, and urban legends—enough macabre
and spooky details to make your neck hairs stand on
Resident ghosts haunt some of the hottest spots in
Vancouver. The Hotel Vancouver is said to be haunted by a 'lady in red,' who patrols the 14th floor. She
has been seen walking on an invisible ledge by hotel
guests, employees and film crews. Most recently, the
X-Files crew saw this lady spectre. Downtown
Vancouver also has the Vogue Theatre housing two
ghosts, one that dwells in the basement dressing
room and the other that lurks in the wing of the left
Next time you are in Gastown craving pasta, think
twice about eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Two
ladies reportedly saw a red-skinned dwarfish man in
a red shirt and red long Johns, exiting a cubicle in the
ladies washroom. After laughing mischievously, this
man then exited the washroom. To the ladies' surprise, staff and patrons did not see the perverted
phantom in the restaurant These women supposedly took a picture of this man, but he appeared as a
After dinner in Gastown, you might want to skip
clubbing at the Purple Onion Cabaret as it has been
haunted by a ghost since 1979 when the club used to
be called Punchlines.
Nearby, the former CPR Terminal—now the
Waterfront sea bus and sky train terminal—also
boasts some paranormal activity. In 1928, a freak
accident occurred while a brakeman was making
repairs in the railyard. After he slipped and was
knocked unconscious on the tracks, a passenger
train ran him over, decapitating him. Since then, several people have attested to seeing the headless
brakeman roaming the tracks in the night
One urban legend that still haunts UBC is the
infamous university hitchhiker who wa3 murdered
over 30 years ago after being picked up by a stranger
at University Boulevard and Blanca. Many drivers
have unknowingly picked up the hitchhiker along the
boulevard, only to later discover that she has mysteriously vanished from the backseat
at the Vancouver Museum
Oct 31
And the next time you drive through the intersection of Fraser and 33rd, be more conscious of the
series of bumps on the road. This isn't just a bad
paving job, but rather the burial site of a very big
man named Simon Hirschberg, who committed suicide by overdosing on opium- The proprietor during
the late 1800s of the now-defunct Leland Hotel,
Hirschberg was allegedly to be the first man buried
at Mountain View Cemetery—the second oldest
cemetery in the city. However, pallbearers had trouble carrying the heavy coffin along the path to the
cemetery, so they buried him just outside the cemetery—now the intersection of Fraser and 33rd.
By far, the scariest haunted house on the tour was
Hycroft Manor, the impressive mansion on McRae
Street near Granville and 16th. Protected by an
alarm system and a black iron gate, this mansion,
now owned by the UBC Women's Club, was originally built for the wealthy and prominent McRae family
back in the early 1920s.
In 1924, Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith was shot
in the head after attending a party at Hycroft, but her
body was transported to the house of her employer,
Dr. Fredrick Baker in order to protect the reputation
of the McRae. Her murder created public furor-
rumours of racism, the international drug trade, kidnapping by the KKK, torture, and political involvement circulated the city.
This contentious murder case has continued to be
an unsolved mystery in both Vancouver and
Scotland., Since Baker was suspected to be involved
in the opium trade, Scotland Yard kept tabs on the
whereabouts and activities of Baker. Next year, the
British criminal investigation department will
reopen the case of Janet Smith in an attempt to
answer remaining questions.
If you want to do some detective work yourself,
visit Janet Smith's grave at Mountain View Cemetery.
And read a copy of the controversial novel Who
Killed Janet Smith? But first, be sure to peruse
Hycroft mansion, which will be open to the public
mid-November for the UBC Women's Club Christmas
Craft Fair.
And if you havfr the guts to stick around after
dusk, maybe Janet will show herself to you! ♦
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by Greg Ursic
Roger Ebert once compiled a list of a thou-'
sand things not to do in a horror movie—
don't split up to search for the killer/monster, never go in the basement, and so on. I
don't remember if Ebert listed it, but one of
the big ones should be 'don't return to the
scene of the crime'—any camper at Crystal
Lake or insomniac on Elm Street can tell you
that. But nobody seems to have told the
witch hunters headed for Burkittsville.
This sequel to The Blair Witch Project
opens with snippets of news stories docu-
menting the effect the first movie had on the
people of Burkittsville, highlighting the fact
that it was pure fiction. Our intrepid travellers—a Wiccan, a Goth, two researches
and their recently released mental patient
guide—are determined to find out for them-5
selves whether or not there is anything to
the legend of the Blair Witch. After a night of
binge drinking and drugs, they awake to discover that, five hours of their lives are missing, but not in the usual Oh-God-I'll-never-
drink-again way, but in the there's-some-
thing-spooky-goingkjn kind of way. And now
they're wondering what actually happened.
The Blair Witch Project either scared you
WAKE THE DEAD: Hundreds of people gathered in and around the
Commercial Drive area or> Saturday night to honour the living and
wake the dead at the 9th annual Parade of tho Lost Souls. The torch-
fit procession began atGrandview Pa«k, continued through the
streets and alleys of the Grandview area, and ended at Britannia
Secondary School. Lots of people got dressed up. like this guy,
New Blair Witch movie disappoints
stupid or bored you silly, but there's no
disputing its* success—costing • only
$30,000 to make, it brought in $246 million at the box office. The marketing for
the film was brilliant—extensive prerelease coverage, Internet hype (the website
drew hundreds of thousands of hits), and
its jerky video style was the ultimate
manipulation of the reality-TV concept.
The combination worked so well that
many people were convinced that the
events onscreen actually transpired. Much
to its'detriment, Book of Shadows (a reference to the journal that witches keep) dissociates itself from the very conventions
that made the original movie so fresh.
I'm suspicious of any horror movie that
peppers its press release with phrases like
/amorphous villains," "general conflation," and 'devolving psychological state.'
Shadows demonstrates a classic maxim—a
bigger budget does not necessarily mean a
better film. Although this movie boasts a
heavy-hitting soundtrack, and is helmed
by a talented director (ironically renowned
for his skill as a documentary filmmaker),
it, falls prey to the curse of the sequel. And
Plagued by stilted dialogue, a disjointed
plot that jumps around needlessly, characters that are pale representations of people,
and horribly amateurish special effects (the
animatronic owl would not have fooled a
child), there is little to recommend about
this movie. More frustrating is, the violence— intended to be shocking, the
sequences are poorly filmed, and the blood
so obviously fake, that the scenes lose any
impact they might have had. But the ultimate death blow for Shadows, however, is
that it's a horror film that isn't frightening.
The only terror you will experience watching
this film, is the time you've lost, and sadly,
you will know exactly what hagp.ened.4> THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2000 11
not your
by   Kate   Stanley
SPELLBINDING: Madeline Sonik links witchcraft and fiction
writing, michelle mossop photo
While many of Vancouver's young
people are swathing themselves iri
black, stealing their mother's
brooms and practicing their cackles today,
Madeline Sonik will be sitting in a Buchanan
classroom, just like another student
That is if you define "just another student*
as a practicing witch who manages to balance
a creative writing masters program with a rapidly emerging literary career, editing several
collections of Canadian short stories, and
mothering two kids. However, the slightly har-
ried-looking Sonik walking towards me, struggling with a Walkman, coffee mug, and backpack, looks every inch like your typical UBC
With her deimt collection of darkly evocative short stories, Drying the Bones, Sonik has
been called many things, including one of
Canada's finest new writers and a innovator in
the New Gothic genre. She is also a Black Cord
Priestess of the 13th Mysteiy House and a follower of Wiccan beliefs.
"Right," Sonik says dryly, as we seat ourselves on the damp bench in the Rose Garden,
looking at the mountains beyond. "The witch
Wicca is an old religion which stems from
pagan folk customs and ancient Celtic and
Egyptian beliefs, explains Sonik. "As well as
notions of the unconscious, intuition, and feminine empowerment," she adds.
For Sonik, writing and witchcraft are inextricably linked. "The 13 th House, or my
'coven,' though we don't like to use that
word...is committed to creative expression of
all kinds," she says. '[People] are encouraged
in their talent or creative outlet*
And if her first book is any indication,
Sonik's talent is writing. After completing her
masters in journalism at the University of
Western Ontario, Sonik worked as both a
journalist and an editor of collections such as
Fresh Blood: New Canadian Gothic Fiction
and Entering the Landscape: Re-visioning
Nature in Canadian Fiction. But Sonik quickly gravitated towards fiction, a move that she
says was integral with 'coming out of the
broom closet'
"I think a lot of the negative 'witch' connotations stem from a fear of feminine
power,' Sonik explains; "I 'came out' to state
that unconscious feminine power is something I value and need to use. Writing is a
particular way of shaping that unconscious
energy. I saw the stories as a bringing forward of feminine shadow energy that needed
to be addressed.'
She takes a sip of her coffee out of her
plastic UBC mug and explains that her next
novel, scheduled to be published by Harbour
Books, is intimately involved with Wicca.
"The novel was actually a dissertation for
my Black Cord," Sonik explains. She clarifies
that in the 13th House, earning a Black Cord
involves the exploration of personal energies and unconsciousness, culminating in a
final creative project. "The whole novel is a
spell of healing," she says. 'It actually has a
ritual right in it," she says, giving an ambiguous smile, not wanting to elaborate.
But the path to publishing her first book
has been long and winding. The 24 stories
were written over a 12-year period, revealing a lifetime of diverse experience, particularly memories of growing up in Windsor,
"The desire to write came about when I
was around 13 or 14. It was a motivation out
of tragedy—my father had just died. Maybe it
came from a realisation of mortality, the
thought that people die and their stories just
go. There's just nothing left... But I keep
going back to that time and place in my stories because I'm interested in what happened there."
Sonik's introspective examination of
mortality, oppression and female empowerment is reflected in the unsettling collection
of short stories that are brimming with
hauntingly disturbing visions of human
nature. "I use a lot of images to address the
reader at an unconscious place," she says.
Sonik explains that the appeal of working
with the somewhat unusual genre 'New
Gothic' is comparing the traditional Gothic
to 'the dark feminine consciousness [that] becomes more
internalised with the New Gothic,"
- Her work's seemingly gloomy outlook
and the book's numerous fatalities weren't
meant to be dark. "If the stories seem dark
and depressing—I didn't see it that way
when I was writing them- I think people's
reaction to them comes from the fact that
the psychic reality has occurred to all of us.
"In our [Wiccan] world view, death is not
something we avoid or fear as anything
other than natural.* Gesturing vaguely
towards the fallen leaves beneath our feet
she continues, 'Like for us, Hallowe'en—we
call it Samhain which is an old Celtic word
for 'end of summer'—is a death time.
Without death nothing new comes.'
When asked what she plans to do on
Hallowe'en, Sonik smiles broadly. "I might
actually be on VTV. I don't know exactly what
they expect...I hope they don't want me to fly
in on a broomstick or anything...But, we
' actually celebrate Hallowe'en on the 28th..."
Her voice trails off enigmatically. Then
she adds wryly, "But not in the woods—it's
too cold.' Giving that indecipherable grin
she adds, "That whole thing of naked dancing in the woods—we don't do that any more
than the average Canadian." ♦
this witch writes fiction
by Madeline Sonik
The world of Madeline Sonik's Drying
the Bones is one of extremes. In her
debut Collection of short stories, Sonik
tells 24 distinct tales, each a shadowy
thread in her dark narrative fabric.
Fluctuating between elusive, dream-like
visions and startling realism, Sonik's
style defies easy labelling.
Previously recognised for her contribution to a genre loosely termed 'New
Gothic' as editor of the anthology Fresh
Blood: New Canadian Gothic Fiction,
Sonik cites both the Gothic and magic
realism as shaping forces in her work.
These genres blur the line between fantasy and reality. New Gothic, in particular, is marked by a concern with the suppressed unconscious, psychological dis
turbances, and internal terrors.
In Drying the Bones, horrifyingly real
situations collide with fantastical departures into the depths of disturbed psyches. The result is a compelling landscape of shifting realities where the only
stable image is a dark vision of human
nature: abuse, violence, insanity,
repressed sexuality, death, and decay
that suck the light out of the human experience. Young \vomen are forced into
prostitution, desolate men lose themselves in alcoholism, and children are
drugged into oblivion by mental institutions. The characters and settings are
unified by an overwhelming sense of
crushing oppression.
At times it seems that Drying the
Bones will sink under the burden of its
subject matter, However, Sonik's vivid
imagery, from hyper-realistic views of
Ontario cornfields to surreal visions of
flying horses, transcends the weighty
storylines. Drying the Bones also succeeds in portraying the resilience of
the human spirit. In the end, hope
counters despair, and rebirth conquers death.
Sonik manipulates words and
language  into powerful  imagery
with electrifying ease. Although
Drying the Bones sometimes runs
the risk of sinking beneath an
overload     of    overwhelmingly
potent pictures,  Sonik has an
uncanny knack of finding healing
potential  in the  most horrendous of circumstances. Sonik's
provocative first book succeeds
in challenging our conceptions
of life and death, fantasy and
reality. ♦
- Kafe Stanley
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by Nicholas Bradley
Mass Romantic
It was a safe bet that the Yankees were
going to win it all again. It makes sense:
they rounded up all the stars that the other teams didn't
want and put together a team that's more talented and
harder working than all the others. But even the
Yankees might have a tough time beating the New
Pornographers, who have all the stars and they play like
they're not even trying. No Jose Canseco, either.
If you were a band in a dark alley late at night, you
wouldn't want to run into the New Pornographers.
They've taken all of this city's cred and put it into one
band, making it the perfect target for terrorists who hate
pop, or maybe just disgruntled metalheads. If you did
blow up the band, then there'd be a whole bunch of sad
countiy fans across the countiy—Neko Case, who's paying the bills for Mint these days, sings lead and backup
on a few of these songs, backed up by the all-star band
of Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Carl Newman (Zumpano),John
Collins (the Evaporators), Kurt Dahle (Limblifter), and
Blaine Thurier, the filmmaker who made a movie, Low
Self Esteem Girl starring Newman as a very creepy
Christian and Bejar as, well, not himself, but some other
shaggy guitar player.
Mint band assembles
the heavyweights of
Vancouver's pop scene
The Yankees
might beat them
in the end, though,
'cause the New Pornographers are definitely a summer team. They're not playing softball, exactly, but
their music is very, very pop. The two best Neko tracks,
"Mass Romantic" and "Letter From an Occupant'
(which was one of the hits from Mint's Vancouver
Special compilation earlier this year) are catchy, but
still sound like the work of a garage band, if an especially good one. "The Body Says No," however, is closer to synthy new wave than anything else. The whole
album is saturated with a variety of organs and synths,
and the songs are unashamedly sugary. Mass
Romantic 13 glam rock—it's over-the-top, you can sing
along, and it all demands to be played on the radio.
This all works, mostly. There are moments on the
album that simply sound too dated to take seriously,
and the production is polished to the point of seeming
commercial. But still, it's catchy, and you'll sing along
whether or not you feel good about it As an example of
local talent, it's a good one. And it's one that people
outside of Vancouver—even in New York—would do
well to take notice of. ♦
snow is
by Tom Peacock     HaS
Mind on the Moon
Snow is white.
He's from Ontario but he sounds
like he's from somewhere hotter. He's
not He's from Ontario. But that's not
to say that Snow isn't skilled in copying the reggae stylings of say Junior
Reid or Eek A Mouse. His 1993 hit,
"Informer/ even though most people
loved to hate it, was pretty darn
catchy. And let's face it Snow brought
something new, white, and a little bit hyper, to a tired
form of black music. But that was 1993.
Snow, perhaps sensing that his place on the reggae
dancehall landscape is no longer such a novelty, has
branched out in different directions on his new album
Mind on the Moon. The album is really soft, and consists mostly of jingles about girls. There's plenty of jan-
gly acoustic guitars and barely a hint of the steamy
world of dancehall. Basically, the album sucks.
Sure the beats thump, and the sound is clean, but
there's only so much overproducing can do to save a ter-
rible song. On Mind on the Moon, Snow clearly reveals
his limited song-writing abilities, and leaves you wondering whether he was actually on the moon when he
wrote this crap. He's certainly far from the rough
Toronto suburbs where he first honed his vocal abilities.
In 'Crazy Feeling," Snow sings, "You know I never
stopped believing/You turned all my loneliness to
truth/Baby don't you break this feeling/Whether or not
my heart starts beating/Did I mean a thing to you?"
Someone should tell Snow to stop whining and start
rhyming, 'cause what else is a white man gonna do? ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Spiralling patterns of
SPEEDING TOWARDS GOD: Well, Godspeed You Black Emperorl was actually meandering
and twirling, but whatever, duncan m. mchugh and tara westover photo illustration
by   Duncan
with Jean Smith and Mecca Normal
at the Vogue Theatre
Oct 26
Upon entering the Vogue last Thursday, I had only heard a couple of
Godspeed, You Black Emperorl songs before, but I was intrigued. The   y 4%
amount of critical praise that follows this unconventional Montreal non- ^J A
tet is astonishing, and it was evident why. v   i
Godspeed You Black Emperorl is one of the tightest bands around, the
marriage of Sonic Youth at their most avant garde and Hemyk Gorecki. The
concert, in support of their new double album, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like
Antennas to Heaven, was much more akin to a classical music performance
than to the punk rawk show you'd expect from a motley crew of scraggly
French Canadians or the indie boys and girls who showed up to listen.
Despite what seems like an improvisational style, Godspeed are, in reality,
quite faithful to their recordings. The band builds their songs on patterns, which
they then spiral and invert It can sometimes take 20 minutes for these songs to
peak, which was draining for the audience, but once the songs did climax, the
results were euphoric. It was those moments when Godspeed showed how hard they
really could play and, though I would be on the verge of dozing off, it was a worthwhile pay-off.
Visually, the band is something of a non-entity and stage presence is not one of
Godspeed's strong points. They spent most of the concert diligently crouched over
their instruments though they compensated for this somewhat with Super 8 loops
and slides, which were projected onto a screen behind them. The visuals did a great
job setting the mood for the show and, the loops in particular, emphasised the shifting patterns of the music. For one song they looped a pan of a building over and
over, eventually doubling and tripling the image, until, at the song's breaking point,
whole cityscapes, shot in a frantic hand held style, took over the screen.
At an hour and a half, the show was just long enough. Godspeed You Black
Emperor! gave a stellar performance that left a very full Vogue Theatre very satisfied and proved them worthy of the praise that's been heaped upon them.
I was late and missed the openers, but my friend caught them the previous
evening in Victoria and was quite unintentionally amused. Jean Smith replaced the
originally scheduled Beans, which would be fine if she weren't one of the two members of Mecca Normal, the other openers.
As it turned out Smith performed a bunch of songs and then invited guitarist
David Lester on to the stage, at which point they became Mecca Normal, Awesome!
Apparently, I missed some very earnest, very hard-to-listen-to singing about growing
up on a farm and Lester's rock-star-god-channelled-through-the-body-of-a-suburban-
dad schtick. Maybe it's best I was late. ♦
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y   Nicholas   Bradley
by Douglas Coupland
Douglas & Mclntyre
Douglas Coupland's entire literary output
can be boiled down to the simple story of a
disaffected but rather idealistic young man
in a charmingly crappy car trying to make
his way back to the fictionalised North
Vancouver where he grew up and thought
up all of those cute pop culture references.
Coupland's half-dozen novels are all, to
varying degrees, concerned with Doug
himself, and his hometown has never been
well disguised. He's never been a great
novelist—he tends toward the maudlin
(Microserfs), his plots have a habit of spiralling out of his control {Girlfriend in a
Coma) or fizzling out altogether (Life After
God), and he gets caught up in endless
digressions (Generation X). Having said
that, by ripping" off the name of Billy Idol's
old punk band and slapping it On his book,
he became perceived as a cultural critic
par excellence. Generation X came out in
1991, the time, as the band Mudhoney had
it, of "all things flannel and thermal," and it
struck some kind of a chord—Coupland
had the final say in what was important for
the post-Boomer crowd. But he was still
obsessed with writing his way home.
So now, with City of Glass, Coupland has
abandoned the trappings of fiction and
written what is essentially a guidebook to
Vancouver, which he calls the best city in
the world. Coupland is a better essayist
than a novelist—Postcards From the Dead
made that quite clear. One of the essays in
that book, "This Bridge is Ours," is his best
work: a thoughtful reminiscence about
what the Lions Gate Bridge means to
Vancouverites, and its symbolic effect as
'one last grand gesture of beauty* before
the city ends.
"This Bridge is Ours' is reprinted as
"Lions Gate* in City of Glass, but it overshadows the rest of the book, which fails to
become anything beyond an alphabetical
series of brief essays about aspects of
Vancouver. This could have been much
better than it is: Coupland's choices are
fairly obvious—Fleece, the Grouse Grind,
Kits, Stanley Park—and he has little new to
say about Hemp, Main and Hastings, or
This is not to say that it's all bad. Much
of the book is clever and interesting, and
he gleefully anticipates the Big One, when
"Ikea and the big-box stores nearby...will
become glorious rubble within ten seconds some future rainy afternoon." And
the photos are good, too: colourful, full-
page scenes from Vancouver life: the jocks
on Grouse Mountain, the wrinkly old guys
tanning in the park, the grow-op bust, the
sulphur piles on the North Shore. There's
even a useful map showing which
Vancouver neighbourhoods correspond
with other parts of the world, or at least
what they'll look like in a movie shoot
(UBC north of University Boulevard doubles as Monterey, CA; the rest stands in for
But overall. City of Glass is too superficial, too predictable to say anything new
about this city. It might appeal to tourists,
or expatriate Vancouverites, but anyone
who lives here would learn more about,
say, the West End by actually spending an
afternoon there. Coupland's new book is
pretty, funny, and full of in-jokes. Like his
novels. But also like his novels, City of
Glass feels tossed-off, as if it were written
in one go and then forgotten about,
Coupland has finally done what he's hinted at all along and written a whole book
about Vancouver and its mythology, but he
still hasn't really found his way home. ♦
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America just off tha coast of Brazil Regina Yung overheard them
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Laura Blua they shared a giggla cux they'd once peered at Tristan
Wtnch'a atlaa and they knew that tha page with Canada had been
ripped out by Nicholas Bradley. Nick had made a gift out of that
page to Holland Gidney back in grade school but sha couldn't
remember much of it cux Michelle Mossop had stolen it when she
heard that Trevor Kew and Kate Stanley were paying $ 100 a square
inch for any cartography. Kim The made her milliona when sha
bund a map cache in Diana Slech's attic She sold most of them to
Parm Johal who'a dad knew Greg Ursic. tha map baron of
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Ghosts and ghouls
Hallowe'en provides a rare chance to hide
behind a mask—the chance to discard our day-
to-day appearances and all the baggage that
just being ourselves entails.
Since it takes a lot of time to come up with
a costume, we've taken it upon ourselves to
come up with some costume suggestions for
some of the people on and off campus who
have graced our pages or otherwise come to
our attention so far this year. Please remember
that these are just suggestions.
Martha Piper, UBC president: a ghost,
because she disappears after Imagine UBC and
only comes out for breakfast
Gord Lovegrove, director of Transportation
Planning: a flat tire, because the U-Pass ain't
goin' nowhere.
Garth Mullins, campus shit disturber a
fluffy bunny, because he's oh-so-quiet when he
Danny Ho, assistant director of Parking: an
electromagnet, because he seems to pick up all
things metal—cars and change for parking
fees—from students on campus.
David Strangway, former UBC president
Flash Gordon, because he was a "superhero*
here at UBC. Besides—Strangway in tights,
whoo hool
Maiyann Adamec, AMS president a chipmunk, because she's chattering ceaselessly.
Graham Senft, AMS VP external affairs: a
mad scientist, because he was once seen on
campus with a brain in ajar.
Bernie Peets, AMS general manager
Scrooge McDuck, because profits in the SUB
are soaring.
Byron Hender, executive coordinator in the
VP, Students office: A greaser, because we have
these old pictures of him on file from his days
as AMS president where he's wearing sunglasses and this crazy hat And we swear we'll
print them as soon as get the chance.
Stockwell Day, Alliance leader a clown.
Because he's a clown.
Jean Chretien, prime minister a clown.
Because he's a clown.
Mark Fraser, AMS vice-president administration: a mime, because he never talks during
AMS Council meetings—you know, the meetings where he's supposed to be working.
Brian Sullivan, VP, Students: Charlie
Chaplin, because he already, wears bow ties-
all the time.
Lloyd Axworthy, UBC-bound former federal
minister of foreign affairs: a lumberjack. Ax,
get it... we use that joke too much.
The CASA Brain: a beautiful Spanish villa,
because CASA means house in Spanish and it
doesn't mean much else to most students at
Neil Guppy, assistant vice-president of academic programs: a cat, because cats eat gup-
pies, and Hallowe'en is for dressing scary, and
guppies aren't scary.
Nardwuar, the Human Serviette: a fork,
because forks are scarier than napkins.
Tieg Martin, AMS representative on the
Board of Governors: A seahorse because he
was last seen dissolving in the SUB courtyard
David Suzuki' Jesus, because he has a lot of
disciples. They're called the David Suzuki
So tonight is the night when ghouls and goblins will haunt the dark corners of campus. If you
dare to venture out, remember you were warned.
And if someone walks past you, and you try to
take their mask off to see who it is, and realise
that it isn't a mask at all, but actually grotesque
rotting human flesh, don't scream, because he or
she might be your teacher next semester. ♦
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No instant
i/ a
converts here
at the Vancouver Asiari Film Festival '"'
at Tinseltown Theatre
Nov, 4
For those of us accustomed tq Hollywood blockbusters,
Gordon Wong's Beyond The$a! Walls will certainly not
inspire instant conversion to independent films. This
seyen-minute short beirig'shown at the Vancouver Asian
. Film Festival, traces the psychological after-effects of a
homosexual relationship gone bad. Awful lines such as
"Does he think' of me?" litter the film,
and are accorded the weight of
Shakespearean soliloquy.
But this movie sure ain't the stuff
Shakespeare's made of. In fact, film
school drop-out springs more readily to
mind. The camera follows a sole actor
through his daily routine of .waking up,
shaving, making food, and eating. Odd,
camera angles, slightly distort reality
vyithout adding "any sort of aesthetic
. appeal, and a disproportionately long shot of a running
faucet is quite disconcerting.
At the same time, however, the faucet provides a
much-needed escape from the words of the narrator.
The internal voice of the protagonist is yoicedover so
that we hear his thoughts as_he walks through,the
motions of his day. Maybe somebody should walk Wong
through scriptwriting, with the protagonist spurting
by   Diana   Stech
such pseudo-philosophical lines as "I neglected my
friends, avoided my family, became a prisoner and life
ceased to exist beyond these walls."
So the ultimate conclusion that can be made from
Wong's film is not to neglect our friends, not to avoid
our family, and not to become a prisoner in a relationship. This advice sounds vaguely reminiscent of the
relationship counsel within the pages of magazines like
CosmopoHtan, YM, Seventeen, and women self-guidance books. Yet, at least these magazines have other
useful articles such as "How to know if he's right for
you," and don't subject you to odd
camera shots of running faucets
and strange men.
But maybe this wasn't the sole
philosophy propounded by the
film. In an attempt to capture the
psychological fallout of this relationship, the narrator darkly says
'the torn flesh was nothing compared to what he did to my mind."
Perhaps, in a vain attempt to be
dark and elliptical, Wong tries to evoke psycbological
trauma. However, the words are quickly dropped and
the idea goes absolutely nowhere.
But at least it goes there quickly. The one redeeming
characteristic of Beyond These Walls is that it is short
Only seven minutes of your life will be wasted if you
decide to watch it And at least you'll have had time to
reflect on the image of that running faucet ♦
film festival
playing at the Vancouver Asian
Film Festival
at Tinseltown Theatre
Nov. 5
Taking place in the heart of
Manhattan, Karma Local is a look into
the life of an Indo-American male living in New York City. Bali, played by
director Darshan Bhagat, is a South
Asian slacker working at his uncle's
subway station newspaper stand. Bali
gets caught up in a mess with some
small-time criminals and finds his
way out through the experience of
karma, . 7»*
■ - In the film, a tag of stolen money
is handed to Bali by the low life thug
Charlie. When this money is, stolen
and the criminals' boss finds put. Bali
and Charlie have to come up with the
money—fast Bali discovers that it is
karma-the Buddhist belief that your
actions affect you in the future—which
helps him' overcome his obstacle.
Bhagat does a good job of portraying Bali as a quirky character, but overall this film is diy and lacks adventure.
There is very little dialogue in the film,
which minimises the on-screen chemistry between the characters. But the
murder scene at the end of the film is
intriguing,^ demonstrating karma at
work—you get what you deserve.
•, The film shots, are pretty good, capturing the multiculturalism of New
York through timelapse photography.
Huge New York crowds as well as the
infamous New York subway are
Far from being a religious and con-
notative film, Bhagat displays karma
by using an everyday setting and
exploring the values and stereotypes
of South Asians in a foreign land.
While it should be considered that
this low budget film took five years to
produce, it is the film shots, not the
plot, that are engaging. Maybe
Bhagat's karma will be better in his
next feature film. ♦
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