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Friday, 8 September, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
An Atmosphere of starry-eyed devotion
at the Commodore Ballroom
Septermber 5
by Momoko Price
"I guess I'm a hopeless romantic. I
don't really know what I'm looking
for, but I have an ideal..."
"Man, it sounds like you're a
hopeful romantic, not a hopeless
"Yeah, but who isn't, really?"
I listen to two guys discuss
heartbreak between sets outside the Commodore nightclub
Tuesday night. And I think to
myself, 'yep, I'm definitely at an
Atmosphere show.'
I kid. Though the underground
hip hop group Atmosphere is
known for its exhaustive lyrics
about broken relationships and
destructive love addictions, fans of
the group flocked to the show this
week with high expectations of
complex rhymes, danceable beats
and confident showmanship. And
all three acts, Mac Lethal, Psalm
One and Atmosphere, accompanied by live band and DJ, delivered
the goods.
I wonder sometimes if well-
respected hip hop groups are
even capable of leaving a crowd
dissatisfied. In my experience,
the intensity of starry-eyed devotion that radiates from the audience at these shows before they
even begin is almost scary. This
is probably because it's largely
expressed through aggressive
yelling by a tightly packed army
of guys who look bigger than they
actually are because of their oversized clothes and ballcaps.
But praise was definitely well-
earned for opening acts Mac
Lethal and Psalm One. Mac Lethal,
in spite of being the first one
onstage, pulled off the near-impossible feat of getting the majority of
audience members away from
their chairs and onto the dance
floor before they could even get
drunk enough to think they're
good dancers. Mac Lethal, along
with accompanying MC Joe Good,
riled the crowd with his well-
rehearsed theatrics and scathing,
mischievous song themes. The
song "Make-Out Bandit" was
laughably arrogant with its Don
Juan-isms, coming as it was from
Mac Lethal, a short, pudgy, bird-
faced white guy.
Psalm One's stage presence
was so playful in contrast to her
heavy studio sound that I was
taken aback by how PG-13 her
performance seemed live. That's
not to say that it wasn't serious,
talented MCing—she's incredible—it was just surreal how her
open smile and funny faces managed to make the signature thunderous bass in her music seem
like nothing but fun and games. I
couldn't help but think how her
antics onstage would have made
crying babies start to laugh.
And then there was the head-
liner, Atmosphere. The army of
fans was in full force when MC
Slug and accompanying MC/pro-
ducer Ant grabbed the mics.
Chants of the group's name were
pounded out along with the
stamping of giant sneakers.
Arms waved, girls screamed,
lighters were lit, and joints were
secretly sparked in the darkness.
They centered their set list
largely around their 2005 album,
"You Can't Imagine How Much
Fun We're Having," with a few
tracks from the Lucy Ford LPs
and other albums. I was slightly
disappointed when Slug started
up the broken-hearted ballad
"Don't Ever Fucking Question
That" and then slid straight into
"Little Man" after only a few verses. Perhaps the song, written
years ago in reaction to an agonizingly on-and-off long-term
relationship, was too reminiscent of a state of mind long past
for him to perform it.
Though I overheard people
say it was the best Atmosphere
show they'd seen in years, I do
have to say that Slug seemed a little tired. His lyrics are so slick
that it'd be hard for anyone not to
walk away impressed, and he
performed hard enough that he
reached the point of being
soaked in sweat. It was a great
show, but somehow I felt an
intangible sense of routine in his
performance, and a touch of contempt in his between-song banter. But then again, Slug's public
persona revolves around perpetual dissatisfaction, and so perhaps this was just another
nuance of Atmosphere's angst-
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Friday, 8 September, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Poetry in motion
by Meredith Hambrock
Slam Poetry is one of those rare art
forms that tons of people have heard
of, but few can actually define—one of
Vancouver's top slam poets had a bit
of trouble herself.
"Even the term 'spoken word
artist' I find a little irritating," said
Barbara Adler. "I'm not a slam poet
anymore because that term pretty
much means that you just compete
in slams all that time, and I don't."
It does sound a little goofy, but
there are few other words that one
could use to describe what her
brand of artistic expression is all
about. She got her start at a poetry
slam when she was 18 and "looking
for something Bohemian to do." She
tried to get into jazz clubs, but being
cursedly underage, she turned to the
Vancouver Poetry Slam where she
eventually became one of the top
slam poets in the area. A recent
graduate from Simon Fraser
University with a double major in
Art and Cultural Studies and Fine
and Performing Arts, it is evident
that Adler has found her niche.
"I always knew in the back of
mind that I wanted to be a writer,"
she said. "It took me a while to
admit it, but once I did I decided
that I would be a writer, and if I was
a bad writer, so be it."
"Music and humour help me connect with the audience," she added,
referring to many of her poems
where she incorporates one or both
elements. While she isn't a musician
herself, the symbiotic relationship
of the two often adds the humour
and ambience necessary to make an
often over-emotional art form accessible to anyone.
Brendan McLeod, meanwhile,
was Vancouver's Grand SLAM
Poetry champion in 2005 and the
runner-up at the World SLAM
Championships in 2005.  He  also
competed on the Vancouver Slam
team with Adler.
McLeod began slamming when
he moved back to Vancouver after
completing his MA in Philosophy at
the University of Waterloo and
"ended up living right around the
corner from Cafe Deux Soleils,"
where the Vancouver Slams usually
take place.
"I had been writing in my basement, this long novel that sucked, so
I thought I would try slamming," he
said. "My first performance was
nerve-racking. It was a bad poem,
but it was a good reception because
I was so excited."
He really had nowhere to go but
up. McLeod is the kind of performer
whose words pin you to your seat
and refuse to let you out of their vice
grip. He uses less music then Adler,
though his sense of humour is
charming enough to win over any
audience. The CBC has called him
"Canada's top SLAM spieler"—they
don't lie. You haven't seen slam
poetry until you've seen McLeod
throw it all down on the stage.
After their recent stint on the
Vancouver Slam Team, McLeod and
Adler hooked up with CR Avery and
Mark Berube, other acclaimed
poet/musicians in the area, and
then they were invited to England
for a four nations poetry slam. From
there The Fugitives were born. They
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Formula for success
Wolves in Wolves Clothing
Fat Wreck Cords
by Scan Lee
There are some artists who have
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their colleagues have long faded
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Beginning with two EP releases
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icons Bad Religion, and subsequently became one the of the first
bands to sign under Mr. Brett's
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indie label, Epitaph Records. With
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guitarist Eric Melvin, and drummer Eric Sandin, NOFX managed
to refine their sound in the deluge
of releases that followed.
Ultimately, NOFX's identity
became cemented with the release
of 1992's The Longest Line, which
marked the debut of the band's
second guitarist Aaron Abeyta (aka
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It was in the mid '90s that
NOFX ultimately found "mainstream" popularity by tirelessly
touring the world, and consistently releasing good albums that,
while maintaining punk rock sensibilities, remained loyal to the
band's stable of quick-witted lyrics
and good old-fashioned toilet
humor. Only NOFX could release
the epic single The Decline, a
largely serious 18-minute social
commentary, and then follow it up
with the album Pump up the
Valuum, which gave us the classic
ballads "My Vagina" and "Clams
Have Feelings Too (Actually
They Don't)." The band's 15th
and most recent full-length
release, Wolves in Wolves
Clothing, unequivocally proved
that sticking to the same formula
for over two decades can serve as
a recipe for success.
To some critics, NOFX is made
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illustrated in their most recent
album, this is also what makes
them popular, and ultimately iconic. The CD's first and last tracks,
comically titled "60%" and "60%
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major label bureaucracy—serve as
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They may not be on MTV or seek
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stay true to the D.I.Y. spirit of the
punk movement, as Wolves
in Wolves Clothing marks the
band's second full-length release
on Fat Mike's own label Fat Wreck
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tightly-wound tracks (plus one
secret rehearsal track) which
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performance by Diane Lane, was
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from Reeves' fiancee, Leonore,
played by Robin Tunney. She
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the police after he was shot is
very suspicious.
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Recruitment critical to success for T-Birds hockey
by Jessica Kim
In the midst of the excitement surrounding the arrival of some of the
WHL's top players to UBC, it can be
easy to miss the hidden perils that
the recruitment madness brings.
Varsity recruitment is all about
the business of making it big, and
UBC's expansion of the Thunderbirds
is no exception. Add to that UBC's
recent interest in applying to
the National Collegiate Athletics
Association (NCAA), and the quest to
make it big is more important
than ever.
There's no doubt that the NCAA
will bring UBC the highest level of
competition, giving the T-Birds a
chance to make a mark across
North America; however, the induction into the NCAA will also bring
UBC a handful of obstacles, particularly the University's hockey
recruitment policy.
Under the current CIS regulations, Canadian universities are
eligible to pursue former CHL players.   Without   competition   from
HANDS OFF! Former WHL playerTyler Dietrich mixes it up for
American universities, UBC has an
edge when it comes to recruitment.
UBC's academic reputation and
school spirit, along with the benefits of being a varsity athlete, gives
the recruits enough reason to settle
down in Vancouver.
"Mitch Bartley...was heavily
recruited by some of the top universities, like U of A, or U of MB," said
Milan Dragicevic, head coach of the
Thunderbirds men's hockey. "[There
were] various teams that he could
have picked and itwas important that
we got Mitch because he is local and
he played for the Vancouver Giants.
Everyone knows him here...and now
that they recognize his name, they
know he plays for UBC. Now that is a
huge benefit to UBC."
Under NCAA rules however
UBC would no longer be able to
recruit CHL players, and instead
would look to the Junior A level for
player recruitment.
"I think if UBC goes the NCAA
route, it's [going to have] a big
impact on everything that we do
here. I think a lot of things are [going
to] change. I think the NCAA is very
different than CIS—you are recruiting totally different players."
Dragicevic explains that even if
NCAA regulations make CHL players
off-limits, UBC will still have a significant edge in recruitment.
"This past year, over 50 players
got NCAA scholarships. I think what
you will find [if UBC joins the NCAA]
is that these players who are
Canadians [will] want to stay in
Canada, close to home, and still get a
very good education. [They will] pick
UBC over some American schools."
UBC's recent interest in joining
the NCAA brings many questions
with it. With some NCAA Division I
colleges maintaining a budget that
rivals a third world economy, (where
a professor's salary is a mere fraction
of a football coach's), UBC may find it
difficult to match the funding available to many American Universities.
"it was important that
we got Mitch [Bartley]
because he is local, and
he played for the
Vancouver Giants.
Everyone knows him
huge beneht to ubc."
-Milan Dragicevic
UBC men's hockey coach
But with the 2010 Olympics and
a $50 million arena on the way,
UBC's varsity development presently seems unstoppable. @
Men's Soccer
The defending national champion
UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer
team is ranked number one in the
first CIS poll of the season. UBC,
which beat Toronto to win the CIS
Championship last year, plays against
the third-ranked Trinity Western
Spartans in Langley on Saturday.
Women's Soccer
UBC is at number five in the first CIS
Top Ten poll. The Thunderbirds open
their season against the defending
national champion UVic Vikes this
Saturday in Victoria.
The UBC football team was rusty in
their 22-16 season-opening win over
Calgary, but impressed enough voters
to move into the CIS Top Ten ths week
at number nine. The T-Birds have a
bye this week before returning to
action against against Alberta in
Edmonton September 16. Defending
Vanier Cup champions Laval retained
the top spot in the poll despite not
playing last week, followed by
Saskatchewan and Montreal.
The men's golf team is starting their
tryouts for the upcoming season. The
candidates are playing 3 6 holes today
at Fraserview Golf Course and 36
holes at Point Roberts, Washington
on Monday. The women's roster has
already been confirmed.
Men's Volleyball
UBC is in Korea to prepare for the
upcoming season, which begins in late
October. The T-Birds are still seeking
their first victory of the tour, which has
seen them fall to the Korean national
junior team, LIG and KEPCO (Korean
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MedicAlert sets up first office in BC
UBC community can join MedicAlert with reduced prices
by Colleen Tang
MedicAlert, the world's leading provider of
emergency medical information services, is
now offering UBC students reduced membership prices as part of their expansion
into BC.
Their new BC office is the first in the
West and the second in Canada. As part of
MedicAlert's expansion, UBC students have
been offered a membership cost reduction
of $20.
"Being the largest university with the
largest population, we can reach the most
people there," said George Gould, Western
Coordinator of MedicAlert, "I want to reach
the most people I can."
Another reason UBC students were chosen is because "UBC is home" to Gould, a
UBC alumnus.
The company felt there was a lack of emergency medical information services—education, outreach and awareness programs-
available on the west coast, said Gould. He
added that MedicAlert only had one office in
Canada, located in Toronto.
"Unfortunately there have been precious
little services here in BC because of [the
one office in Toronto] and a lot of the outreach services and school education programs ...haven't been able to run here sim
ply because we don't have an office here,"
said Gould.
MedicAlert's goal is "to establish the foundation firmly in [BC] with a solid membership base that will then help us carry the
foundation forward into doing great things in
BC," said Gould.
Due to financial constraints, MedicAlert
was unable to afford a space during this
week's first week event in the Student Union
Building as they originally intended.
"It was just prohibitive," said Gould.
Regardless, MedicAlert will have a presence on campus, said Gould. "We're determined to get the service out there and
David Yuen, AMS VP Administration, said
the AMS would be happy to provide other
avenues to help MedicAlert offer their services to students.
But as for the service itself, "I guess that
depends on if you think that would be a valuable service for you," he said.
Kristin Foster, Pacific and Western director
of StudentCare, supports MedicAlert's expansion into BC.
"I think it's a great idea. I think that the
bracelets [serve] a really worthy purpose,"
said Foster, adding that her sister relies on
this service.
However, there is little that can be done
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to provide insurance coverage, according
to Foster.
"From an insurance point of view I don't
know if there is anything we can do," said
Foster. But she said StudentCare would be
willing to help promote awareness
of MedicAlert.
Janice Robinson, Director of Residence
Life,  said  they  are  working to  promote
MedicAlert by setting up tables in the residences and displaying their brochures.
"I'm happy to help them have a presence
in residence," said Robinson.
MedicAlert has a total of nine foundations worldwide. The non-profit organisation started in 1961 in Canada. Currently,
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With more than 1000 members worldwide, the FWE has a
national office in the United States and a chapter in Europe.
A BC chapter (the "FWE BC") was founded in August 2002.
The FWE BC is currently looking for women
students at UBC to participate in its Student
Internship Program.
The Student Internship Program is a one year internship
program aimed at women students at UBC, which includes
training by industry professionals on venture capital,
private equity and entrepreneurial topics, a summer work
experience with a private equity or venture capital firm, and
direct mentoring with entrepreneurs.
If you are a female student at UBC who is interested
in learning about private markets, venture capital, and
entrepreneurship; willing to dedicate your time to the
program; and meet one of the following criteria, we want
to hear from you!
a. Enrolled in the Sauder School of Business MBA Program,
b. Enrolled in a Masters level Science or Engineering
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c. Starting your 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate
program in the Faculty of Science/Engineering, or
d. Starting your 3rd year of an undergraduate program in
the Sauder School of Business.
Please come to an Information Session to learn more about this exciting opportunity:
Engineering/Science Students: Sept 12th 1:00pm, CEME Building, Room 1206
For Sauder Students: Sept 14th 1:00pm, David Lam Forum in the Henry Angus Building
Interested students should submit 4 copies of their
application package, which must include:
• A cover letter outlining why you would like to
participate in the program.
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• A one page resume.
• A copy (internet copy sufficient) of your transcripts from
your last 2 years of university/college.
Applications are due no later than Monday,
September 25th:
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Students in Engineering/Commerce: the Front desk of career
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