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Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
DENCES. The .UBC Housing Office has
vacancies in single and shared (double)
rooms in the junior residences for September. Room and board (meal plan) is
available in the Totem Park and Place
Vanier student residences for qualified
female and male applicants in single and
shared (double) rooms on a flrst-come-
first-served basis. Please come to the
UBC Housing Office (1874 East Mall)
weekday's during working hours
(8:30am-4:00pm) to obtain information
on rates and availability.
The cost for room and board from September - April is approximately $4,660-
$5000 depending on meal plan selection.
Students may select one of three meal
UBC Housing Office
1874 East Mall, Brock Hall
Teh (6Q4) 822-2811
Email: information@housing.ubc.ca
Selection may be limited for some areas.
WORK STUDY POSISTION: Computer Lab Administrator/ Web Support,
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HTML). For completejob description
please contact RhodaThow, ph: 822-"
5326, fax: 822-3787, email:
rhodaS'imerchange. ubc. ca.
tween classes
Public forum on the sanctions    * Y*     Gl<
against Iraq '■'l;'-"'- \f ' Or.
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Denis Halliday    Sef
Sept.237:bbpm Var
First Baptist Church, 969 Burrafd Street Fre
,Free adrriission ;    ; " Var
S   'tween classes is a service of the
Ubyssey Publications Society
Global Climate Change Lecture
Dr^AndreW J. Weaver, UVic
Sept. 28 7;30pm %: y
Vancouver Museum •
Free admission
Vancouver Natural History Society
733-4024 YYY'-*y:'y- :. . ■■■: --i)^ ■' YY. C V
VEGGIE LUNCHES, EVERY TUESDAY, 12:30 - 2:30, in the penthouse
(3rd Floor) in the grad center (6371 crescent rd.) suggested donation: $4. the
food is vegetarian and mostly vegan.
orthopedic set and frame, never opened,
cost $1200, sell for $495. call 839-8589.
door, red and reliable, recently serviced,
$2500 obo, call 739-2860.
SHOP-Oct. I4&21,10am-3pm. SUB
205. You do not need to be physically fit
to take this course! Register @ Subcetra
in the SUB by Oct. 12, 2000. Space
limited.. $30 for both.days, sliding scale
for students.
ACCOUNT. Come and listen to the
story of a woman's personal experience
with abortion. Denise Mountenay
speaks. Monday, September 25th 12:30 -
1:20pm Angus 210. Sponsored by the
AMS Lifeline Club.
Looking for a roommate?
Got something to sell?
Or just have an
announcement to make?
II you are a student,
you can place classifieds
For more iiifoniiatioii. or
to iiiace a dasslfied visit
Room 245 in the SUB
or caB 822-1654
0ike Kitchen Grand Re-opening   Y
Basement (nbrtr. side) of SUB ;
_ Sept, 25-2S 11:QCkrrk6;Q0pm Xi :Y       :    1
Wirte and Cheese soiree Y
Sept, 2^6:00-8:00pm
What are you hungry for? Food,
weight, body ihiage and self-vvorth issues
Sept. 266:15-8:00pm
YWCA downtown
Jacqui Gingras/Karen Dias 225-0505
Social Justice Centre
Annual General Meeting
Sept. 27 12:30pm
SUB Room 247   ;
Narmada Valley Project in India:
Development and Displacement Yyy
Medhd Patkar"   " '"J; J}:- : v;" ^ y-'y J'J;^i(^~.
Human' rights and environmental activist
Sept. 29 7:00pm       Y     Y y Y    f
SFU Harbour Centre Rm 1800 Y"   X    ;
UBC Alumni pay
October 1
Free Parking at Rose Garden Parkade
Battered women support services
Free drop-in support groups twice a week
Childcare and bus tickets available
For more information 687-1868
If you can answer the
following question, you may
win a copy of Baby Blue
Soundcrew's new "Private
Parly Collectors Edition
Mixed CD"! Come lo SLB
Room 245 wilh your answer:
What is the name of the new album [released
Sept. 12th) or single from LL Cool J?
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Wanna Hob Knob with a Big Wig?
Assistant to the AMS President
Maryann needs some help! If you are a detail oriented and highly
organized individual with time to spare and a curiosity about the
inner workings of the AMS, this may be the job for you.
As the Assistant to the President, you will:
■^    Assist with administrative duties
V"    Handle correspondence
■^    Take minutes of meetings and at her request, attend meetings
on behalf of the President
V    Commit 10 hours per week to the completion of duties
♦    Receive $2000-$3000 for a one-year term
Those interested in this fantastic opportunity should submit a
resume no later than September 25 to:
Erfan Kazemi, AMS VP Academic and University Affairs, SUB
Room 238 Or: vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca
No telephone enquiries please.
Courage under fire?
Elections Administrator
The AMS is seeking a highly organized and brave individual to coordinate the administrative details concerning
the following elections to be held this January:
AMS Executive, UBC Board of Governors, Senate and Ubyssey Publications Society Board of Directors
Duties include:
V The hiring and supervision of approjdmately 80 poll clerks
■^   Acting as Liaison with Council, the UPS and the Registrars office
$   A time commitment of 3 hours per week in October, November, February and March and an average of
30 hours per week during January
The successful candidate
V Will have supervisory and organizational experience and the ability to thrive under pressure.     •
V Must not hold any elected or appointed positions within the AMS or Constituencies
■^    Will receive $2000 for a one-year term
Those interested in this exciting opportunity should submit a resume, no later than September 25, 2000 to:
Erfan Kazemi, AMS VP Academic and University Affairs, SUB room 238 or: vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca
No telephone enquiries please.
The last day to opt but of the AMS/GSS health plan is
September 29, 2000.
To opt out in person visit the Health Plan Office
SUB lower level. Room 61
To opt out on-line, or for more health plan details visit
An initiative of the Arts Undergraduate Society to build
a new Arts Students Centre
For more information drop by Buchanan A207 of call 822-4403
Polling Stations: Buchanan, Koerner Library, SUB, Geography
Bring your student card to vote
SPAC6 TO CALL OU3 OWVIM Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 22,20001Q
by Nicholas Bradley
There are some" days that never
get noticed. Secretaries' Day,
Grandparents' Day, Some Dead
Queen's Birthday Day—no one cares
unless it means a day off work or
another trip to Hallmark. But yesterday wasn't one of those days.
Yesterday never happened. At least
not here. Yesterday was World Car-
Free Day. And Vancouver could
hardly have cared less.
Car-Free Day (CFD) is being celebrated in countries from Argentina
to Luxembourg to Slovenia to the US.
Canada, too, but not in Vancouver,
not really. "There's nothing large
that's planned here right now," said
Tom Liacas on Wednesday afternoon, less than 12 hours before CFD
would actually begin.
Liacas, the campaign manager
for the Adbusters Media
Foundation, seerned a bit sheepish
about this inaction. After all,
Adbusters magazine is known
around the world for its agitprop
stance, and the Media Foundation is
the operation behind Buy Nothing
Day, which has become established
in cities around the world as a daylong action against commercialism.
Arthur Orsini didn't know any
more than Liacas. "I've let it
slide...because there's nothing going
on in Vancouver," admitted Orsini,
who is a program coordinator at
Better Environmentally Sound
Alternatives (BEST), a local transportation alternatives organisation.
To be fair, it's not exactly true
that nothing is happening.
Adbusters has made bright yellow
posters that have sprung up around
town, and Liacas explained that
some people would be spending the
day leafletting and ticketing cars
downtown with fake traffic tickets.
And, of course, not using any cars.
That's a far cry from what's happening in Europe, though. Liacas
said that street parties and neighbourhood events were held in an
effort to reclaim the public spaces
that are usually occupied by cars.
Car Busters, the Prague-based
resource centre that started CFD,
has touted public art festivals, and
tree planting as elements of CFD.
It's a party, and Vancouver chose
not to show up. But get ready—next
year our city wants to join in Ihe fun.
'We see CFD as having the potential of Buy Nothing Day to spread
worldwide," said Liacas. 'It could
catalyse a cultural shift*
CFD started as an offshoot of the
European Union's announcement
in February that September 22
would be a Europe-wide car-free
day. But that was too easy—having
the day on a Friday would mean that
people could simply take a long
weekend and not have to drive to
work. Holding a car-free day on
another weekday would mean that
people would be forced to confront
the issue of whether or not to drive.
In short, CFD allows people to see
what life without cars would be like.
And that's exactly what some people
in this city are doing.
But if you're 16 years old, life
without a car often means a life
hardly worth living. Like really, who
doesn't have a car? That's the problem that Orsini faces when he goes
to local high schools to talk about
transportation issues, trying to get
the word out that walking, cycling,
and taking public transit are better
ways to get to school than driving.
"At every school, there's always a
group of environmentalists—kids
who are interested in these issues,"
he said. As for the rest—'that's the
age when kids are getting their
Liacas points out that this habit is
typical of North American culture.
'Our infatuation with car culture
runs even deeper here than it does
in Europe."
' Orsini. hopes to build momentum through his work in schools so
that next year, there will be enough
interest in the schools—and in
Vancouver at large—to do something
for CFD. But another major roadblock is the fact that for many
teenagers, driving to school is
deeply ingrained.
'Parents start driving their kids in
kindergarten, and by the time they're
old enough to drive themselves,
that's what they're used to," said
Orsini, who mentioned that he doesn't own a car and has no desire to.
And apparently, this pattern of
driving everywhere doesn't change
when these teenagers graduate and
come to UBC.
"We still have 45 per cent [of
ELBOW GREASE: Bikes get repaired at the Bike Kitchen in the SUB (above). Old bikes (below) get
recycled into the Bike co-op's fleet of Purple and Yellow shared bikes, tara westover photos
commuters] who feel it's absolutely
necessary, every day, to drive
alone," laments Gord Lovegrove,
UBC's director of transportation
According to Lovegrove, that's
the bad news. The good news is that
UBC is making progress towards
reducing that figure, which until
recently was actually climbing.
'The biggest thing to hit is, and
we're really excited about it because
it seems to be working beautifully, is
a ride-share [program].* The program, brought to UBC by Commuter
Connections, a Victoria-based company, allows people to log on to a
website that matches them with like-
minded commuters who live near
them. Users can even select their
matches based on whether they're
students or faculty, or whether or
not they smoke. Although the rough
ly 50 registered users are hardly the
1500 that Lovegrove sees as the critical number needed, the site has
only been up for a couple of weeks,
and is growing quickly.
The biggest priority remains, however, the U-Trek card—the universal
bus pass that all students would have.
The plan has been slow moving, but
Lovegrove says that it is now closer
than ever to becoming a reality.
'We're really pushing hard at
every level to get TransLink on
board. They are showing some sign
of movement which is really good
news," he said, adding that the final
stages of negotiations are proving to
be the toughest
Lovegrove say3 that UBC's
biggest asset in moving transportation issues along is its size, as well
as its status as the number-two commuter destination in the Lower
Mainland, following downtown
'We exert a pile of influence that
makes the region and TransLink
take notice."
The U-Trek card is a concern for
the Alma Mater Society (AMS), too,
but the student union is not yet
ready to hold a student referendum,
which is necessary before the bus
pass is implemented.
4 - 'We've run into a couple of fairly
major stumbling blocks," said
Graham Senft, the AMS vice-president
external. Senft explained that the AMS
is negotiating with both TransLink
and the university, trying to get each
to assume a greater portion of the cost
of the U-Trek program.
Senft noted, though, that he was
still hoping to hold a referendum in
for CFD oh campus,
.ovegrove said that there wasn't anything going on, other than the
Bike Co-op annual general meeting
and some clubs days activity. But if
there wasn't much happening in the
way of planned events, the Bike Coop didn't seem to care.
"We are all avid cyclists all the
time," said Kari Hewitt who handles
communications for the Co-op. "In
fact we are taking it as a car-free
month," she laughed.
If anything, CFD served as a
notice that there are alternatives to
driving, and that a societal dependence on the car is responsible for a
host of problems, environmental
and social. And while cycling isn't
the only alternative, it's the one that
the Bike Co-op is most excited about
"There's still a lot of parking lots
on campus," said Co-op President
James Zhuang, pointing out that the
cheap parking on campus makes it
convenient for people to bring their
cars to school. In contrast, he said,
riding a bicycle to campus is often
very inconvenient for a wide range
of reasons, such as bad road surfaces, a lack of showers and lockers,
and insufficient bike racks.
The enthusiasm of Lovegrove
and the Bike Co-op members recalls
Liacas' belief that people are beginning to realise that traffic—car traffic, that is—can't increase forever.
The university has a commitment to
reduce single-occupant vehicle traffic to UBC by 20 per cent by
November 2002. The jam-packed
parking lots on campus and the
stream of cars racing along
University Boulevard every morning
suggest, though, that this will be difficult to achieve.
The deadline for this goal is in
jusr over two years. The next World
Car-Free Day is in one year. And if
next year, on the day after CFD, people know what was going on the day
before, if CFD is a day that people
care about then these lofty goals, of
reducing car traffic, of making more
days car-free, just might have a
chance. ♦ Friday. September 22.2000
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SEP 27-OCT 7
Last September, ubc students   u
voted by referendum in favour of a
mandatory health and dental Insurance
plan, at a cost of $168 per year,
charged automatically to your tuition
bill. The good news is that you might not
have to pay. There's one week left to
opt out—here's what you need to know.
by Nicholas Bradley
Well, the cost, for one thing. Last
year, because the plan didn't kick in
until January, students only had to
pay $112. Now, for full-year coverage, you have to pay $ 168.
In terms of coverage, there are
two major additions, according to
Kristin Foster of Studentcare
Networks, the company administering the plan on behalf of the Alma
Mater Society (AMS). Scaling and
root planing, two dental procedures,
are now covered up to 70 per cent
Students who are away on academic exchange now have out-of-
countiy coverage for the duration of
their time abroad. Students out of
the country just for travel are only
covered for 60 days, however.
Other than these two changes,
Foster said that the structure of the
plan 'hasn't really changed."
'Student input is what drives the
coverage," she said, promising student surveys about the plan sometime in the second term.
Every UBC student gets a copy of the
health plan guide in the mail. This
year, a week's delay in mailing led
to many students being unsure of
what was happening with the plan
Although Studentcare Networks has
hired extra staff to deal with this,
you may not know whether you
need to pay or not
The short answer is that you
need to pay. All full-time and part-
time students are assessed the full
fee in addition to the usual student
fees. This works out to $14 per
month. However, if you already
have extended medical insurance,
you have until September 29—that's
next Friday—to opt out
Last year, 23 per cent of students
opted out of the plan, slightly less
than the 25 per cent expected by
Studentcare Networks, based on
their research. Foster said that she
didn't know the number of students
that have already opted out this
year, or the breakdown between
undergraduate and graduate users
. of the plan. Last year, the plan came
under criticism for being overly tailored to the needs of graduate students; indeed, the Graduate
Students Society was one of the key
players behind the plan.
If you don't opt out, then you owe
the full price of the health plan,
regardless of whether or not you
want the coverage. According to the
UBC Calendar, if you don't pay your
tuition and fees on time, you will be
placed on financial hold, meaning
that you can't register or change
your classes, you can't access your
transcript, you can't graduate, and
you may have restrictions on your
library privileges. You may also be
charged a $25 processing fee, and
charged interest on your outstanding fees at prime plus six per cent
per annum. You've been warned.
You don't have to pay if you already
have extended
health and dental
coverage, whether
your own or your
parents'. Just health
or just dental coverage isn't good
enough—you need
both. And basic
Medical Services
Plan (MSP) coverage
doesn't count as
extended coverage;
you need an additional policy. The
health plan guide
says that you need
"equivalent" coverage, but your policy
doesn't have to be
identical to the AMS
plan, just similar. If you have
extended coverage, you should be
okay. After you opt-out the fees are
removed from your UBC account
You can do this on the Web or in person at the health plan office in the
Student Union Building.
Here's what you need:
1. Your student ID number
2. Your Studentcare Networks
PIN-this is on the form the AMS
mailed to you. If you don't have one,
you need to pay a visit to the health
plan office.
3. A photocopy of a card or certificate proving that you do have
extended coverage
4. The name of your insurance
5. Your insurance policy number
(or instead, you can have a letter
from the insurance company or the
plan sponsor—eg your employer—
that says that you are covered)
If you have all of the above, you
can opt out online at www.student-
care.net and then bring or mail
your proof of coverage to the health
plan office. You can also go through
the whole process in person at the
office, but be prepared to stand, in
line, especially as the deadline gets
If you opted out last year and
want to again, you need to follow the
same procedure, but you don't need
to mail in proof of coverage again.
If you did not opt out last January
and want to now, or if you only
enrolled in classes for January-April
2001, contact the health plan office
for special instructions
MSP is the basic level of health insurance in BC, and is administered by
the provincial government You
need MSP, but it does not count a3
extended health coverage. You may
not be registered for MSP if you are
an international student or if your
parents' plan no longer covers you.
A single person who makes over
$20,000 per year pays $36 per
month for MSP. If you earn less,
then you pay a pro-rated amount
There is a standard three-month
waiting period when you first register for MSP. Contact Studentcare
Networks for information about
CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE: The sign points to
the, um, heatlh plan office, tara westover photo
temporary MSP-equivalent coverage.
You do get dental coverage under
the AMS plan, but there's a catch.
You only get the full coverage (90
per cent on basic services) if you go
to a dentist who has signed on to the
Student Dental Network. Otherwise,
you only get 70 per cent coverage.
There are around 35 dentists
already in the Network, but any dentist can join for free. As Foster says,
it's 'a great way for [dentists) to start
developing a patient base." A list of
participating dentists is available on
the Studentcare website.
"I think if s gone really well," Foster
said of the plan's first year. "I definitely see a lot,of students using the
If you're not one of those using it
however, you're not alone. Kathy Lo
and Matthew Laird are two students
who don't like the plan at all, and are
circulating a petition to have the
plan revoked. Laird says that
between 400 and 450 students have
signed on so far—Lo ajid Laord have
collected signatures largely by dropping into classes to pass the petition
around; if they collect 1000 signatures, then the matter will go to referendum.
"Things are going well," said
Laird. "We've only been yelled at
once." He said that he hopes to have
1000 signatures within another
three weeks.
Student Care Networks
Health Plan Office
SUB Room 80 (in the basement
near the used bookstore)
(877) 795-4421 (toll-free)
Maryann Adamec
AMS President
SUB 256
683-7151 ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 22.2000
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In individual (-writs, Lijiipert c.imo
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liiiihhi'il fourth followed by U-am-
ma'jo Joanne MiJ ir in the 200m
indivldu il medley (LM).
Kelly .Stohnj^vu, a rOnkie
nit-inher of Use UB.C U'.nn, ]w* qualified f"r the firuls in the 20f 'm bjck-
On tl.f mon'? wde, Tim Peterson
did not qa?liry for Iho funis of ihe
1500m, MdrkJcilinsUui finished 7lh
on llw 1x200m froi" rt-by team, and
(Justin llcrsco and Brim Johns did
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Olympic Rowing
Lurry Varga. UBC var.^ily team
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,in'i Romans.'* in ihe re-pec h^ge.
In Iho women'1? oi^lit, former
I'BC vai«ily rowers Heather Davis,
Laryssa UiOin'nlL.il and Emma
Robin-'on, advanced from the
re'i'i'fhdge lo the final in the
women's eight whkh will be held
on Sunday.
Robinson, who is a three lime
world rftanjpi'in. also qualified for
lomt« roWs final along wi ih 11 wrtsea
Luke in the women's pair. 'Iho loam
won the terni final after being surprisingly ousU-d to llw reprhage
when Uioy were defeated by the
Sou'h Africa pair.
Traty Duncan, who twod for
UBC from 1997 to 1908, SxAvd to
advance lo Iho iuuds in wnnlen's
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Men's Soccer
After an upset victory over the top-
ranked University of Victoria Vikes
last weekend, the Thunderbirds'
mens soccer team is 1-0 going into
a busy away weekend in
Saskatchewan and Alberta.
On Saturday, the men's soccer
team will face the University of
Alberta Bears. Last year, the Bears
defeated UBC in the Canada West
On Sunday, the Birds travel to
Saskatoon to play the 0-2 Huskies.
Women's Soccer
The UBC women's soccer team is on,
the road this weekend to face lite
University of Alberta Pandas oa
Saturday and the Huskies on
Last weekend the new-look Birds
tied UVic in their first regular se*
son game 1-1.
Women's Field
UBC women's'varsity field hockey
will start on the road to defend their
baek-to-back CIAU titles at the first
From the gym to the beach
Conrad Leinemann's Olympic dreams were cut short last night, but the defeat
didn't signal the end of his quest for gold.
by Sara Newham
Last Sunday, down 14-9 against
Americans Kevin Wong and Rob
Heidger, the Canadian men's beach
volleyball'    team     of     Conrad
UBC @ the Olympics
Leinemann and Jody Holden was
one point away from defeat, and one
point away from being relegated to
the second chance match. But drawing support from the strong
Canadian contingent in the crowd,
Leinemann and Holden managed to
rally back, and eventually defeated
the US team 17-15.
For Kelowna's Conrad
Leinemann, the Sydney Olympics
are a long way from his days playing
for UBC from 1992 to 1994. Back
then, he was still playing indoor volleyball, and had his heart set on playing for Canada's national team on
the indoor circuit Back then, making
the Olympics was still just a goal.
"Like any elite athlete, he
dreamed about being in the indoor
Olympics," said UBC volleyball coach
Dale Ohman, a close friend of
Leinemann's one chance at making the national team came after he
graduated with a human kinetics
degree from UBC. He tried out for
the World Student Games, but was
unable to make the squad partly
because even at 6'3" he was deemed
too short
"I think the coach didn't show a
lot of foresight in writing him off
regular season tournament in
Calgary this weekend.
The UBC team might haw a
tough time of it this season, since
two key players, national team
members Ann Harada and Lesley
Magnus, have left the team.
On a more positive note for ihe
team, lg93 CL\U All Canadian Jen
Dowdesweil is back for her fifth and
final year of eligibility, as are
Canada West AD Stars Mo O'Connor,
Wieske van Zoest, Kim Buker and
Andi Shannon. Harada will be
replaced in goal by Em% Menzies.
UBG is 2-i so far this season going
into Friday night's 7pm game at
Thunderbird stadium against tha*
Bears. \
Alberta is not looking very strong;
after losing to Regina last weekend i
3S-31.   ' "'
And the reward for all the fens
who make the long walk out to;
Tbwndejrbird stadium for the Birds' |
second home game is once again i
beer. UBC athletics will host another'
beer garden after the booze up at the s
home-opener helped to draw a size-'
able crowd. '%
Men's Hockey
The hockey Birds will face the*
Southern Alberta Institute of.
Technology in exhibition games this \
Friday and Saturday at Thunderbird \
Winter Sports Centre. The games';
begin at 7:30 pin.*
pretty quick," Ohman said, "[but] I
think in retrospect if you go back
and see how [Conrad's] career
evolved and who he was and what he
was made of, I think it was the right
decision for everybody."
It was Leinemann's rejection
from the indoor squad that accelerated his jump to the beach circuit,
another chance for him to prove
himself in international competition. After playing professional volleyball for one year in France,
Leinemann returned to Canada
ready to make his mark on the outdoor scene.
It wasn't long before that happened either. Leinemann and
Holden, teammates for the last four
years, rose to the top of the Canadian
ranks quite quickly before stepping
onto beach volleyball's international
Beach volleyball demands a different sets of skills and a different
style of play than indoor volleyball.
And on the international level, these
skill sets and nuances are perfected
only through experience.
In the beach game, there is a
greater emphasis on fitness and
agility as each side has two players
instead of six. Players have to be versatile, since they don't really play a
specific position This and the sand
surface make the vertical game less
Ohman explained that in beach
volleyball the emphasis is on ball
control. "[Players] have to learn different kinds of shots because there's
a lot more open area on the
court..You don't have to hit the ball
hard all the time."
Leinemann and Holden's international career received a huge push
when they started training with one
of the best volleyball players in the
world, Karch Kirali, and his partner
Kent Steffes.
This tandem
qualified for the
1996 Summer
Olympics in
Atlanta and
Leinemann and
Holden as their
The entire
experience had
a profound
influence    on
Leinemann and
Holden In February 1997, they finally made their own mark on the international scene, picking up a bronze
medal at the World Beach
In 1999 they managed to surpass
their previous achievements when
they won a gold medal at the Pan
American Games in Winnipeg.
According to Ohman, the atmosphere at the Pan American Games
closely resembles that of the
Olympics, and consequently, gave
them a better idea of what to expect
"That was a big confidence booster for them" Ohman said.
The tandem have been able to
carry last year's success into this
year as they have four top-10 finish
es in 13 tournaments this season
and were seeded 18th for Sydney.
The Brazilians are the favourites, but
Jody Holden told Volleyball Canada
before the Olympic Games, "It's
going to be an extremely tough competition All 24 teams can make the
top-three. There's been a lot of parity
on the world circuit this year."
Holden further stated, "We've
been playing against the world's best
teams all summer long, and we've
beaten everybody at least once. Now
it's just a matter of putting it all
together at one tournament"
Leinemann and Holden made it
through to the second round, where
there are 16 teams competing for a
spot in the quarter finals.
Unfortunately the team was eliminated last night by the German team
of Axel Hager and Jorg Ahmann
After taking an early 6-2 lead, the
Canadian duo's game fell apart and
the taller Germans put 13 straight
points over their heads for a 15-6
victory and a spot in the quarter
But rather than being a negative
xperience, Sydney was just one more
building block in the young duo's
quest for Olympic gold
The Canadian team of Mark
Heese and John Child did advance to
the quarter finals when they defeated the Russian pair of Sergei
Ermishin and Mikhail Kouchnerev.
Heese, a Toronto native, won a
bronze medal in beach volleyball at
the Atlanta Games with a different
teammate. ♦
Coaches down under
by Dirk Schouten
Along with over 25 student and
'alumni athletes, UBC has sent four
coaches to represent Canada at the
Sydney Olympics. Swim coaches
Tom Johnson and Randy Bennett
have accompanied members of the
UBC swim team to Sydney, UBC
women's basketball coach Deb
Huband is the assistant coach for the
Canadian women's basketball squad,
and Marek Jedrzejek is the middle-
distance coach for the national track-
and-field team.
This is Huband's second time
representing Canada at the
Olympics. She has been the head
coach of the UBC women's basketball team since 1995, and has a
resume few could top. Referred to in
a recent newsletter as "one of the
finest [basketball] players Canada
has ever produced," Huband has
spent over two decades playing and
coaching at the national and international level. She played for (and
captained) the Canadian national
team from 1978 until 1988, a
tenure which saw her team to
bronze medals at two World
Championships ('79 and '86) and a
fourth-place finish at the 1984
Olympics. Huband has since been
inducted into the Canadian
Basketball Hall of Fame.
In a recent e-mail interview,
Huband expressed her excitement at
being able to hold a coveted position
on the national coaching staff, "to be
involved with the elite players in our
countiy and to immerse myself in
the basketball culture at the top
According to Huband, the team is
learning a lot about player development—while the Canadian players
have each played an average of 30
international games, players from
opposing teams have each played
an average of 100 international
games. As a coach, Huband sees
the Olympics as "a unique learning
experience where you are involved
with the scouting of various playing
styles and strategies."
"The atmosphere, climate and
living situation are ideal for the athletes," Huband said of the Sydney
"The organisation and quality of
the facilities have been top notch
thus far."
Unfortunately, Canada suffered
a frustrating loss to France earlier
this week, and yesterday, the team
lost to Slovakia, and. so will not
advance to the quarter finals.
Off the court and'on the track,
Jedrzejek has coached the UBC
men's and women's cross-country
teams since 1988. In 1994, he was
named as the CIAU coach of the
In Sydney, Jedrzejek will coach
Canada's middle-distance runners,
focusing much of his attention on
Jeff Schiebler, a UBC alumnus and
Canadian record-holder. Schiebler
holds a series of CIAU and national
, records and may run in both
thelOOOOm and 5000m events.in
. Sydney. Jedrzejek has coached him
since the late 1980s.
A native of Poland, Jedrzejek was
introduced to running at the age of
15, but he soon realised that his talents as an athlete were limited. He
saw coaching as a way he could stay
in the world of athletics and contribute to it After defecting from the
Polish national team, Jedrzejek
arrived in Penticton in April, 1983,
and with the help of friends he began
watches a UBC player during a
game last year, tara
his coaching career in Canada.
"Marek is a world-class middle-
distance coach," says UBC athletics
director, Bill Philip. "He's been
extremely^ successful with the athletes he's coached and is highly
sought after because of this."
Winning national coaching
awards and being chosen to guide an
Olympic squad has not distracted
Jedrzejek from his passion to make
good runners better—he continues to
help aspiring runners as a coach for
the Richmond Kajaks, a local athletics club.
The UBC cross-countiy team has
its first meet this weekend at Simon
Fraser University. Allan Klassen is
acting as the team's interim coach
until Jedrzejek gets back, from
Sydney. ♦ I Friday. September 22.2000
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Foreign Affairs minister takes position at Liu Centre
by Maya Papineau
UBC's enthusiasm for the newest
employee of its Liu Centre for
Global Studies may have bubbled
over yesterday at the official opening of the think-tank's new building.
UBC's acting Vice-President
External Affairs Charles Slonecker
introduced Canada's Minister of
Foreign Affairs under a rather
ambitious title.
"Please welcome the honourable
Lord Axworthy," Slonecker told the
packed room.
"Thank you for the promotion,"
a laughing Lloyd Axworthy
answered as he took the podium.
"Eat you heart out Conrad Black."
Axworthy, who recently
announced that he was retiring
from politics to join the Centre,
went on to speak about his excitement for the prospect of returning
to a university.
"I welcome this chance to return
back to academia", he said. "My
task is to see if I can put some theory back into my practice."
Axworthy had taught at the
University of Winnipeg for two
years before he embarked on a 27-
year political career, which will end
when the Prime Minister shuffles
his cabinet, expected to be sometime before the spring election.
Axworthy, who will be a
researcher at the centre no later
than January 1 and will also teach
in the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
says he is excited about the opportunity to work with students.
"I am looking forward to working with students in order to generate and communicate new
ideas...to arrive at global solutions
to global issues. We need people
who think out of the box, and young
people think out of the box,' he said.
Currrent Director of the Centre
Olav Slaymaker says that he expects
THOUGHT ABOUT IT™: Terribly-kept secret is finally done with as the federal
his new place of employment-UBC's Liu Centre for Global Studies. Mr. and
minister of Foreign Affairs (above) makes it to
Mrs. Liou, the centre's main donor, pictured
that Axworthy will research issues of
human security such as landmines
and small arms control. Slaymaker
adds that he is very excited about what
Axworthy will bring to the interdiscpli-
nary global think-tank.
'In my perception of the evolution
of the centre I was expecting to draw
someone of his quality five to 10 years
its creation, to
t someone that early
yond my expecta-
' he said.
ivmaker says
rthy was attracted to
intre partly because
> research possibili-
lat centre offers,
e feels so pressured
member of parlia-
You can't choose
issues you get
'ed with. You have to
vith everything they
m your plate," he
worthy will be part
igh-profile research
which includes for-
deputy minister of
.gn Affairs Gordon
Smith and Ivan Head—a
foreign policy advisor to
former Prime Minister
Pierre Trudeau.
Axworthy was joined by other officials yesterday afternoon, including
United Nations' Earth Council Chair
Maurice Strong and BC deputy minister of Advanced Education Gerry
Armstrong. UBC president Martha
Piper, and her counterparts at the
University of Victoria and Simon
Fraser University also attended.
Strong said that he likes the direction UBC is taking with the Liu Centre
and added that he believes that interdisciplinary centres can contribute to
the improvement of the world.
The Liu Centre which was created
in 1997 by Head, who is also a former
professor of Law at UBC, is a research
centre which brings together faculty
from such diverse backgrounds as climate change, political science, forestry
and economics, addressing such
issues as food security, population
growth and ecology.
The Centre recently moved into a
new multi-million dollar building created by Arthur Erickson. The building
includes innovative sustainabilify features, including the extensive of use of
fly ash, a waste by-product of the coal
industry, in building materials, ♦
—with Slea bom Alex Dimson
On a wall in Desmond Rodenbour's office hangs a
black-and-white photograph of a student protest
against nuclear weapons held at UBC on September
30, 1969.
'I use that to inspire me and remind me that
even the day that I was born there was activity going
on up here," explains the outgoing policy analyst for
the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
The presence of the photograph fits in with
Rodenbour's long-time hopes for an actively
involved student body both at UBC and across
But today Rodenbour will end his ten-year
career in student politics. Prior to working at the
AMS, where he has been a fixture since 1996, he
served on the student council at Vancouver's
Langara College.
"It's a strange thing to want to leave, but after
ten years, it's about time for me to go try something
new," he says.
"There was once a time when the possibility of
another referendum excited me, but I'm getting to
the point now where the thought of another referendum is just a day-to-day thing."
Rodenbour may not be as well-known among
UBC students as the elected Council representatives, but he has been instrumental in the creation
of many AMS policies over the years.
'Desmond has definitely been at the forefront of
the student movement in British Columbia," said
AMS President Maryann Adamec. "He is an invaluable friend of students in the province."
analyst says
by Cynthia Lee
leaves the world of student politics.
Rodenbour was a key supporter of four UBC students who filed a lawsuit in 1997 against the university, charging that UBC had illegally hiked fees
paid by students, in violation of the BC-wide tuition
freeze that was in place. The students subsequently
won the legal battle, which forced UBC to refund
over $ 1 million to students in 1998.
'We set a precedent [for students] that had never
bye to
been set before in BC's
history," he says, later
adding that the tuition
freeze has consequently
become "a meaningful
and powerful thing for
"Sometimes when the
university... does something wrong, we need to
stand up to be the David
against the Goliath," continues the 30-year old,
who counts thi3 event
among his favourite
moments during his time
at the AMS.
While Rodenbour frequently speaks critically
of the university, he
admits there is also room
for improvement within
the AMS.   .
He says he would like
the student union to place
more effort into encouraging students to vote and
to participate in the democratic process.
Rodenbour also notes that he is at times a little
critical of the approach on student advocacy taken
by the AMS in the past
'I don't think it is the role of student societies to
encourage debate but not take a position," he says.
"I think it's their responsibility to decide what is
by Alex Dimson
UBC Housing is hoping to build a junior residence that could
double the capacity of Place Vanier Residence.
Trie plan, which was presented at a recent Board of Govenors
(BoG), meeting, would create 800 to 1000 new beds in one of two
locations—either the site of Place Vanier Residence or on Lower
Mall where several Agricultural Sciences buildings are currently
situated. •   '   •
BoG documents indicate that the Vanier site is the favoured of
the two. ' s
Place Vanier Residence Association (PVRA) President Kirsten
■ Goodnough offered a mixed reaction to the plan; • j ■
"I'm concerned about the effects construction could have on
students,* she said. 'However, it's an amazing iniative...we need
more junior residences." • •.
The plans call for the construction of eight new five"-storey, and.
two new seven-storey buildings designed to accommodate roughly 970 new residents in Vanier," which currently houses 920 students.        .-/..'■' ■
In addition, the plan would enlarge Vanier's Commonsblock
and install elevator shafts in the current Vanier buildings.
At a recent Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council meeting, AMS
Vice-President University and Academic' Affairs Erfan Kazemi—
who was a PVRA co-President last year—said he is concerned
■ about the possibility of Housing shutting down Vanier completely for 12 to 18 months rather than to disrupt residents in the, middle of the academic year, .-
• Cottons acknowledged the potential difficulties of heavy con-
■ struction at Vanier,. but emphasised that the plans are only pre-
- liminary. ' /   '     ',•''"' "'"'.■ . ' '
"I think it is a legitimate concern an(f it will be part of a decision-making process. Is this kind of interference something that
we want to deal with on behalf of students? That, in the end, influence our choice of sites/ she said.
Cottons added that building the residence on the Agriculture
Sciences site could also create problems because the site is currently used for academic purposes. "       *
Tieg Martin, a BoG student representive, said he's in favour of
the plan because if would allow more students to live on campus.
' Under UBC's Trek 2000 initiative, £5 per cent of UBC students
."should be; able to liWon campus by 2002, which requires an
" increase of around J 500 beds.:        '       ' -        ''•'■<■
right fnd what is wrong and to state it clearly. To
state [for example], 'I think tuition should be low
enough that no student has to not go to university
for financial reasons."
The assortment of paraphernalia in his office
reflects Rodenbour's own interest in student advocacy beyond UBC.
Above the photograph of the 1969 protest hangs
a black sweatshirt emblazoned with slogans from
the annual Day of Action organised by Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), which is one of two
major national student lobby groups.
A photograph of the Board of Directors of the
other major lobby group, the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA)—of which UBC i3 a
member—is positioned directly below the black-
and-white photograph.
Rodenbour has a history of personal involvement in both organisations, working both as the
CFS executive on Council at Langara and as the onetime chair of CASA's bylaw committee.
Arid since the time Rodenbour first entered student politics, the national student movement has
for the most part split into a CFS-CASA dichotomy.
"We're both lobbying for post-secondary education in Canada. It's just that we have different
methods of achieving those goals," said CASA
National Director Mark Kissel.
"It's unfortunate there is a division...we obviously have different philosophies and different tactics," CFS National Chairperson Michael Conlon,
who declined to elaborate further.
Kissel, however, said the major difference
between the two groups is in their
structures and the issues for which
they lobby.
The CFS requires that any
school wishing to join its membership seek the direct approval of
students through referendum,
unlike CASA, which requires only
the approval of the student council.
The CFS speaks out on a number of student issues—from tuition
to racism to date rape—while CASA —
focuses solely on post-secondary education.
Both organisations have indicated that it is
unlikely that they will unite any time in the foreseeable future.
"I have taken a fair amount of flack for it over
the years, but I have advocated strongly the need
for them to rejoin," says Rodenbour, adding that he
has concerns that one organisation may be misunderstanding the other.
"As long as [the movement] remains divided,
then it cannot adequately serve the average
Canadian student"
The AMS will likely be hard-pressed to find a
replacement who can match the qualifications and
experience that it found in Rodenbour, who even
adopted a new name in order to enter student politics.
Because of strict rules that governed Langara's
student elections, Beau Rodenbour was forced to
use his official name Desmond, a name that
Mar tin noted, however, that the plan may cpnflict with a unt
versify initiativf to build, a new international house oijl the-VanielH
"site,- ' ■■-''''-, J-;*'.-' '' ''.'"• ' ' •" ,,-'-';" ;.; " •"■ .- 1
;' The project, which Martin says- the univer'siy is 'very keen to*
pursue,' would include H central instructional 'building surrounded by residences with 1000 to 1500 beds for interhatipnaf
students. .,    ■-      ';,.•■■
According to Martin, UBC already has partners for the project
in Mexico, Korea and Japan. Neil Guppy, UBC's associate vice,-,
president, academic programs-who Is in charge of the initiative—is currently in Korea pursuing the project and could not bje
reached for comment
Cottons added that financial constraints may also stand in the
way of the initiative, which is currently estimated to cost appyox--
imately $4.5 million.    5
Housing has spend over $6 million in the past few years making repairs to various residences that suffered from the
Vancouver-wide leaky condo syndrome/ which has plagued
newly-built housing units with leaks. ♦
appears on his official documents but one he rarely
goes by in day-to-day life.
"No one calls me that other than if I'm at work,"
he says laughing.
The AMS has not yet began the search for a new
policy analyst, but will publicise the job opening
next week.
"He's left big shoes to fill," said AMS General
Manager Bernie Peets, who added that he hopes
there will be a number of qualified candidates who
will apply for the job.
So, after a decade in student politics, Rodenbour
says it's time to go.
He plans to devote his efforts to working with
non-profit groups through Gaia Consulting, a personal business that he has kept on the side until now.
A self-dubbed 'oddball,' Rodenbour remarks,
"It's a strange creature that has more than ten years
experience in student politics, which is by its veiy
nature a one- or two-year experience.' ♦ 8
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Poverty is the great equaliser. At
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that in addition to financial instability you're a young Latina woman with
no aspirations, opportunities, or positive role models, who does poorly in
_ school, and has a powder-keg temper. Welcome to Diana Guzman's
life. Welcome to GirlfighL
Whether it's because she refuses
to talk about lipstick and boys, or
because she settles disagreements
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Rodriguez) is an outcast After her
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"Whatever," and curses her detention as she heads to a squalid little
athletic club on an errand for her
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of sweat, testosterone, and boxing. In
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decks one of the boxers after he takes
a cheap parting shot at her little
Anyone expecting a female Rocky
will be disappointed. Girlfight i3 not
about endorsements, glory or bone-
crushing, slow-motion boxing
sequences—boxing here serves as
the background for the film, not the
main attraction. The film would
more appropriately be described as
a coming of age story.
But Diana is much more complex
than the typical lead in this genre.
She struggles not only with the issues
we normally associate with adolescence, but also with discrimination,
blinding rage, and expectations that
are constantly forced upon her. As
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grows both literally and as a person-
she learns to control her anger, walk
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romance. The acting is superb.
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the physique to match.
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her trainer Hector, and Santiago
Douglas, as Adrian, her sensitive
partner in love and in boxing.
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both in the locations and the cinematography. From the dingy gym
plastered with mottoes to the crumbling projects where Diana lives,
everything has an unpolished grit
that is difficult to fake.
The director also departs from
the accepted standard of boxing choreography. Instead of slow-motion
whiplash sequences, the sparring is
shown from the first person's perspective, with the glove coming
straight at the viewer's face. I
flinched more than once.
This originality, along with the
fine acting, means a very effective
film. If you see this movie, you will
agree that Girlfight works on every
level, and disappoints on none. ♦
Pag e a nt    P a i
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by Cassidy Olivier
at Park Theatre
opens Sept. 26
The last Minnie Driver movie I saw was Return to Me, co-starring David-
Duchovny. It was shown on a flight and it was the most horrifying experience of my life. This experience, as well as Driver's recent list of duds,
made me pessimistic about the outcome of Sally Field's big screen directing debut.
Surprisingly enough. Beautiful is a decent movie. Driver's performance
is far from Oscar-worthy, but she does a good job portraying a highly insecure and vulnerable beauty queen, as well as contributing to the darker side
of the movie.
Joey Lauren Adams (Dazed and Confused, Chasing Amy) and Hallie Kate
Essenberg [The Insider) deliver solid performances and support the story
well. Though very young, Essenberg shows great understanding of the art
and brings an astonishing amount of energy and vigour to the screen, helping propel many stagnating scenes. Adams, on the other hand, was unable
to show her true abilities—her character was limited to mild development
This was quite disappointing, since she showed such promise and diversity
in Chasing Amy.,
Beginning in the mid-'80s. Beautiful te)ls the story of Mona (Driver) and
her dream to become the next Miss America. The film begins when Mona is
a young girl, and follows her heartbreaking climb to the top of the pageant
The two subplots tell the story of the relationship between Mona and her
parents, as well as her relationship with her daughter Vanessa (Essenbarg).
These provide the story with more depth, and inject themes of parental negligence and sources of insecurities into the film. Mona, with the help of her
life-long friend Ruby (Adams), is eventually forced to reevaluate her life's
goal and decide what is truly important and what it truly means to be beautiful. On the surface, Beautiful appears to be a story of a woman who overcomes the odds and fulfills her dreams. Her countless defeats and humiliations challenge the preconceived roles women hold in our society. But this
movie has a lot more depth—it deals heavily with the issues of how society
sees women and how women are often objectified, stripped of their personality, and viewed as sexual objects. This movie was indeed intended to make
us reevaluate our definition of what real beauty is. ♦ Page Friday-trie Ubvssey Magazine
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What is art? UBC Masters of Fine
Arts students Heidi May, Cheryl
Larson, Evan Lee, and Mohamed
Somani have some answers. The
works of these graduates—who use
media ranging from photography to
television to polyester resin to the
basic pen—show just how diverse
art can really be. The result is an
intriguing, sometimes confusing,
production that will leave you either
in love or curious about what art is
all about
Mohamed Somani's works display both photographs and sinister
drawings. 'Feud" features a rhinoceros-headed human holding hands
with a man and a young child. Puff
marks are coming out of the rhino-
man's nostrils. Behind this trio is a
curtain, which is being held by a
skeleton. All of this is drawn like a
messy scribble—the entire piece
looks like a doodle someone drew
while attending an extremely dull
lecture. This is frustrating because
the rest of Somani's other pieces
reveal that he. clearly can draw. (An
example of Somani's work is shown
at left)
Evan Lee, whose works are purely photographic, is a lot easier to
understand. His first series features
a fridge, balloons, oranges, and
flower arrangements in a monochromatic tone. There's nothing
flashy, or technologically hip about
Lee's images.
In fact, you almost get the
impression that these photos were
taken decades ago—like they don't
belong in our slick era. Lee captures
Coming up onscreen
accurately the sights of women talking at a party; a man reading the
paper on a bed; and people dancing
at a party.
Cheryl Larson's works are just as
abstract as those of Lee and Somani.
She uses dried milk, antifreeze,
detergent and toxic chemicals to
produce three very clean, multimedia sculptures, and several compositions.
Her very detailed drawings have
ironic titles. A picture of a three-
dimensional trapezoid, with a cylinder on top resembles nothing like a
bull. But, you guessed it "The Bull*
is exactly what it's called.
You may not necessarily get it
but it's all part of Larson's attempt
to explore the allure of modern
materials. These materials may be
used to create a factory-finished
product but here appears to be a
hand-made object
Heidi May's footage from television and paintings raises questions
about how the media affect our
memories, resulting in a retro feeling for the viewer. Images of a
Smurf, the 20th Century Fox logo,
and the movie Saturday Night
Fever, combined with blurred
images of childhood photographs,
brings a sense of nostalgia. The
result is visually bold imagery that
speaks to a wide audience.
This exhibition is so varied in
tone, medium and colour that each
artist really stands out as having
their own distinctive style. The MFA
exhibition should be checked out if
only for this reason. ♦
The Ubyssey previews
Vancouver International
Film Festival movies
at the Vancouver International Film Festival
Sept 22 at the Ridge
Sept 29 at the Visa Screening Room
Oct. 3 at Tinsel Town /
In the beginning, there's only the heartbeat of a windshield wiper gliding across wet glass. Then the screen
flickers with filtered pictures of street cars, roads, and
highways. The car stops and the face of an exhausted
woman peers out into the darkness, and we meet Jane, a
child protection social worker from Surrey who is having
a pretty rough day.
In Bruce Spangler's debut feature, Protection, the line
between victim and protector is blurred. Jane, played by
Nancy Sivak, faces a difficult case involving two children
of a drug-addicted mother and her abusive boyfriend.
Although if s her job to protect the children, the film
explores the question of who really needs protection.
Brian Johnson's cinematography is notable, exuding a
sense of desolation in its traffic lights and blood stains.
This, and the film's solid cast proves that Spangler did
not take this project lightly.
In fact, every moment resonates with raw emotion,
which can be attributed, in part, to Spangler's screenplay,
which is so convincing in its portrayal of contemporaiy
social problems that even the most jaded viewer will take
The film openly questions the moral hypocrisy of an
ill-funded, negligent social system that prides itself more
on good media coverage than on the welfare of the children at stake. Moreover, the portrayal of the macho city
cop challenges a justice system that is both insensitive
and ineffective in serving its citizens.
Spangler, it appears, is not the poster boy for catch
phrases or cliches, but is, instead, passionate in depicting
the harsh realities of low-income families and the people
who try to help them.
In one remarkable scene, Jane is speaking to a man
whose wife has started slashing her wrists again after a
period of recovery. With pain etched across her forehead,
Jane asks the husband why his wife chooses to hurt herself. "I don't know,' the man sighs heavily, 'she says it's a
form of release." The scene then cuts to blood dripping in
running water. The next shot shows that its Jane's blood.
Whether the film is viewed as a semi-documentary, or
a blunt statement against public policy, Spangler'3 debut
promises to awaken HoUywood-numbed brain cells. ♦
-Natasha Chin
at the Vancouver International
Film Festival
Sept 28 at Vancouver Centre
Sept. 30 at Tinseltown
L+R, by the Austrian filmmaker
Edgar Honetschlager's is ■ a pure
declaration of love for Japan. L+R is
a film essay that explores the differences between East and West man
and woman, modern and traditional. The film achieves a very light-
hearted tone, but tries to tackle a
serious subject
Honetschlager uses a great mixture of different approaches to see
how Japanese and Western societies
have perceived each other. L+R
opens with post-war footage of Japan
and goes on to incorporate clips of
Japanese and American propaganda
films, interviews, and personal
While cutting between these different'sources, Honetschlager uses
an interview with his girlfriend,
Yukika Kudo, to hold the film together. Sitting on a boat floating through
the canals of Tokyo, Kudo muses on
a number of different subjects. At
first it's very hard to comprehend
why she's in the film because most
of what she says sounds like gibberish. She says cute, perky things like
'People are sleeping," "I am happy,"
'I can play around," "Meanwhile
traffic jam," and "I am like cockroach."
But as the film goes on,
Honetschlager asks questions about
the differences between her native
Japan and the West to which Kudo
gives some thought-provoking
answers. Kudo comes to the conclusion that it's impossible for her to
answer the question simply because
the countries that are considered
'Western' are very different from
each other.
Kudo refuses to group the countries together because she thinks
that Italy, for example, is different
from the US, or from Spain, which is
not like Finland. You are not comparing one country to another, she
says, but one country to the whole
other half of the world.
Honetschlager's background as a
painter and artist helps L+R in
moments when the film dwells on
the same subject too long. And
though it may seem like the interviewee is heading nowhere, the fascinating camera-work keeps your
eyes glued to the screen and the
images become more meaningful
than the speaker. ♦
-Aisha Jamal 101
Friday. September 22.2000
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Lauri Btta stared out ovet the ocean Cynlhii Let was somewhere put there on
Captain Daiiah Menaban'g ship. She'd left with Holland Cidney ■ few weeks before.
and then the weather had turned bad Michelle Mossop had told bet ad to worry,
and Alei Dimsoa had suggested that there was bop* Nkfaoia* Bradley sadly shook
hit bead and said that be would pray for her safely, but Tom Peacod and Daniel
Silverman weren't so optimistic, the Mays Papineau bad been lost in ■ much weaker slot IB years ago. aod she'd been captained by Ihe legendary Tart Westover. The
\teA crew in the business. Tristan Wihdt Duncan Mcilugh, San Newham, Dirk
Schou ten, and Aisha Jaxnat hadn't been able to fight mother oatur* The entire crew
had perished There was oo word on the radio she'd borrowed tram Cassidy Olivier.
Al H carried was sport* Natasha Chin had won t medal, beating Grog Crsie in
straight setl. and Regiia Yung had won (he hammertosi, but none of lhat mattered
right now. She stood in the cold at jhe tup of the cull The chip wind bufletted her
endlessly. Earlier Lena Sin and Joyce Rosario had brought bet food, and Graeme
Worthy bad urged her to go home and get some rest but she couldn't. Not until she
knew. It was getting dark, again. ♦
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UBC must chip in for U-Pass
Yesterday was World Car-Free Day, but tens of
thousands of students, faculty, and staff drove to
campus anyway, just like they do every single day.
Around 20,000 UBC students and staff drive
to school alone every day—quite a large number
for a university supposedly committed to reducing traffic coming to campus.
The UBC administration claims that it is trying to reduce single occupancy vehicle (SOV)
trips to campus, and trying to provide students
with affordable transportation options. But as
bus fares creep up, and traffic to campus stays
as bad as it is, it's hard to see how exactly they
are doing this.
So just what happened to the U-Pass, which
was supposed to be the great solution?
In its 1997 agreement with the Greater
Vancouver Regional District, UBC committed itself
to reducing SOV travel from 19 9 6 levels by 2 0 per
cent by 2002. In order to achieve this objective,
UBC was expected to increase parking costs,
reduce the amount of commuter parking, and
investigate bringing a U-Pass program to UBC.
So parking prices have gone up (in B-Lot by
$ 1.50—that's as much as $ 168 per year per student for four days of parking a week). But the
university still hasn't given many drivers a convincing reason to leave their cars at home and
take the bus.        ;
In 1997, the Trek Program Centre estimated
that if there was no attempt to reduce SOV traf
fic, 53,500 single-occupant vehicle trips would
be made to and from UBC in 2002. While the
levels have stabilised this year, the university is
still far from reaching the 42,800-trip goal that it
expects to achieve in two years.
What seems like the only viable solution to
the problem—the U-Pass—seems to be in limbo,
and has been for some time.
The idea behind the U-Pass is that eveiy student pays for and gets a discounted three-zone
bus pass—regardless of whether they ride the
bus or not—at a cost of$20to$25a month for
eight months. That's almost $40 less than the
current cost of a monthly bus pass, and $20 less
per month than parking at B-Lot
Factor in gas and other car-related expenses,
and even the most adamant car enthusiast would
have to consider surrendering to mass transit
Those who create the expense of parking lots, traffic jams, and air and noise pollution will have
another good reason to stop driving to school.
In order for the U-Pass to have a chance, the
Alma Mater Society will need to hold a student
referendum this November.
But right now, too much of the program's
cost is falling on the shoulders of students.
Under UBC's current proposal, students would
pay around $6.5 million of the $8 million needed to get the program started, and UBC would
cover the other $1.5 million.
It doesn't help that TransLink, the local trans-
portation conglomerate, is demanding UBC pay
100 per cent of the roughly $2 to $3 million cost
of the additional buses that the added bus traffic
will require. They want to pass the buck as well.
Still, UBC cannot afford to drag its feet when
it comes to transportation. It has an official obligation to improve transportation to campus—
and an ethical obligation to meet the needs of
students. And if this ends up costing them a little more in the short run, so be it It benefits
everyone in the long run.
At the University of Washington (U of W), after
a similar pass was implemented and parking
costs were increased, SOV trips were reduced by
16 per cent in one year. And U of W isn't the only
example: 25 other American universities purchased unlimited free transit for their students.
Right now, driving to school is a luxury that
we're all indirectly paying for—on top of the $63
per month we pay for our bus pass. So, rather
than catering to the demands of drivers, let's
demand some alternatives. Let's demand a U-
And let'3 demand it from UBC. This is a project that will help the university as a whole, and
students are not the ones who should bearing
the full brunt of its cost We are willing to pay,
but we are not willing to pay everything. The university administration has the clout to make this
happen, and students need to insist that the university makes the U-Pass a success, and soon. ♦
Bookstore ordering
claims challenged
I personally challenge the validity
of a statement made by UBC
Bookstore Director Debbie Harvey.
In a recent Ubyssey article
('Bookstore questioned" [Sept 19,
2000]) she said, 'ninety-five per
cent of the time we get it bang-on"
when referring to the ordering of
course required books.
The reason for my scepticism in
this statement and the Bookstore
institution is founded in the fact
that 80 per cent of my courses had
a problem with textbook ordering
and printing this fall. In other
words, four out of my five classes
did not have required textbooks
available in the Bookstore my first
week. It is now week three and two
of my classes are still waiting on
the arrival of textbooks.
Therefore, in Bookstore terms,
40 per cent of my classes are still
waiting     for     required     texts.
Furthermore, two out of three—or
67 per cent—of my required custom course material packages
printed by the Bookstore were
missing articles that were, to the
best of my knowledge, correctly
submitted by the printing deadline
by the professors.
As a student I find this frustrating and unacceptable. To date, by
my estimation, I have made six
trips to the Bookstore in three
weeks due to poor ordering and
poor printing practices on behalf of
the Bookstore. It is no wonder students are turning away from the
UBC Bookstore and to Chapters. It
is not because they want to; it is
because they must in order to get
required textbooks in a reasonable
time to pursue an education on
schedule. At this slow calculated
rate I'll be happy to get my textbooks by Thanksgiving with the
UBC Bookstore.
-Thea Andruff
Sociology 4
And the Lord said unto the students of UBC, "lake
thy pens in thine hands arid write glorious missives
of great wit and insight and send them to
feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca/, And the students did so,
and lo, the Letters section was filled. Page Fridav-trie Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 22.20001
hearing poetry in Williams' words
by Joyce RosarioCJ   jL J
at Sonar
Sept 13
"Not until you've listened to Rakim on a rocky mountain top have you heard hip-hop,' says Saul Williams in
Twice the First Time. And not until you've listened to
the words of Saul Williams have you heard poetry.
He is a "hyphen-artist extraordinaire,' (actor-poet-
spoken word artist-writer) and has published two books
of poetry, The Seventh Octave and, more recently, She.
The crowd at Sonar on Monday night included some
familiar faces from the Vancouver spoken word and
hip-hop scene, and others familiar with Williams' performance in Slam, the breakthrough film that Williams
co-wrote and starred in.
The night opened with ai genre-defying set by Dana
D and Dr J, residents at Sonar and the Chameleon,
including tracks ranging from BDP to Suzanne Vega.
Then Peace—a, spoken word artist from Seattle—came
before an audience that was hungry for the words of
Saul Williams.
Whatever brought people to the show, they stood,
minds mesmerised and souls held captive by the sound
of the six-piece band that accompanied Williams. The
music leaned towards impassioned rock with phat
drum-and-bass beats, including turntablism with a
viola and cello thrown in. The bass was so overwhelm-
. ing that your heart could not help beating to the same
But there were those who did not agree. At the end
of the first piece, a few voices shouted "Turn down the
bass, turn up the mic!'—they wanted every precious
word of Williams' voice to be heard.
Williams, amid laughter, replied that 'As Jimi
Hendrix once said, 'This is going to be loud. Cover your
ears!" And, even though I couldn't make out every single word, Williams reassured me, "Sometimes you have
to be loud. The words plant a seed in your subconscious...later you'll understand."
In an interlude, Williams spoke about art, and avoiding categorising artists with labels that tend to stifle
creativity. But it's hard not to label someone like Saul
Williams. Jessica Care Moore, another heavyweight on
the slam poetry circuit, has already defied Williams'
wish, calling him 'the Khalil Gibran of the hip-hop generation."
And Saul Williams could very well be a prophet
Some of the most poignant moments of the evening
were his candid yet eloquent analyses of aspects of
global culture. He spoke of a trip to West Africa, of the
dissemination of American culture, and the distorted
images of American reality created by media conglomerates.
He spoke of underground versus mainstream culture. He said that the underground, by its, very nature,
isn't easily accessible, and that it's useless to remain
underground, "I want to be able to hear music I like on
MTV," Williams protested. -   ~ -
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