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Initiations over,
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by Douglas Quan
UBC's number one-ranked varsity men's
swim team has vowed to put a stop to all
rookie initiation activities after a team
member complained that the practical
joking had gone too far.
While UBC Athletics discourages any
type of initiation activities, department
officials quietly acknowledge that they do
exist—not just within the swim team, but
probably within every varsity team.
The decision by the T-Birds—who won
their second consecutive CIAU national
championships last month—brings to an
end a tradition that has gone on for years.
About a month ago, head swim coach
Tom Johnson called for a team meeting to
discuss the matter after a rookie had
relayed to him an ujisettling piece of news
the veterans had told the rookies.
The rookie, who asked to remain
anonymous, told the Ubyssey that just
before the Canada West championships in
Calgary last January, veteran swimmers
gathered the rookies to tell them that they
had ejaculated into a spaghetti dinner
eaten by the freshmen during their 'rookie
day" last fall.
" [The vets said], 'Do any of you remember the pot where the spaghetti dinner was
made was in the bathroom?' When I found
out, I was like 'Oh my god, that's pretty disgusting'. . .That really flipped me out.
"It had an effect on my social environment I went quiet I was kind of mad. And
I couldn't say anything."
But veteran swimmers insisted last
week that the incident never actually happened, and that it was nothing more than a
verbal joke. They added that as soon as
they heard from the coach that there had
been a complaint they went straight to the
rookies to tell them it was just a joke.
"It was a practical joke we didn't think
through," said team captain Greg Hamm.
At the hour-long team meeting, the veterans apologised to the rookies. It was also
then that the whole team agreed that all its
initiation rituals, including its unofficial
'rookie day,' would be abolished.
While no current or former members of
the team contacted by he Ubyssey last week
would say exactly what goes on during
'rookie day,' they acknowledged that "it
was a day of drinking and running
around," and a day "to let the rookies know
that they're rookies—a weird shaming."
But they also insisted that the events
were "always controlled...by no means
hazing," and "[a way] to get the team
For Coach Johnson though, one complaint was one too many. "I think the
opportunity presented itself for me to be
able to say, 'Guys, as much as you think you
are getting this, you still don't really get this.
This is not right'" Team members agreed.
While some lamented the loss of a longstanding tradition within the club, they
also acknowledged that activities that
some consider to be fun may be deemed
offensive by others.
"Going into it, I was kind of bitter about
giving up something that was a good tradition. But the more I reasoned with it... [the
more I realised] humiliation was not one of
the tools we needed [to build a strong
team]," said current team member Jeremy
Said teammate Mark Versfeld: "I felt
responsible for not respecting that other
people might be showing up at university
with wide eyes, and might not have been
exposed to a lot of things in the past So
things can be a litde overwhelming [for
Former swim team members also welcomed news of the team's new stand on
rookie initiations. "It's counterproductive,"
said Steve Meredith (97-98). "Image is very
important to the swim team."
Martin Zaleski (94-97) said, "What was
appropriate a couple of years ago.. .isn't as
appropriate now, now that everyone has
the potential to be on the national team."
see "hazing" on page 2
AMS elections over and done—honestly
by Nicholas Bradley
This year's AMS elections are finally over,
but changes to next year's election process
are already being considered.
Mark Beese will join the previously elected Jesse Guscott as the other student representative on the UBC Board of Governors
(BoG), according to unofficial results
released by the AMS Elections Committee.
Beese said he didn't want to make a comment until the results are approved by the
UBC Senate Elections Committee (SEC).
The SEC overturned all of the original
BoG election results—except for Guscott's
first place finish—stating that "some of the
results were materially affected by the
advertisements given to [candidate] Ben
Liu" in the Ubyssey. (Liu was allowed to
have an ad in the student paper during voting week after his name was left out of the
Election Supplement.) The remaining candidates were allowed to run again.
AMS   Elections  Administrator   Chris
Gawronski said he is satisfied that this election was run properly and that there have
been no complaints made. He did acknowledge that voter turnout was low, but he said
this was anticipated especially since the
elections were held over only two days
instead of the usual five. Just over 600 votes
were cast, with Beese earning 299.
"We didn't really know what exactly to
expect," said Gawronski. "We had hoped
that we would have at least half of the
turnout [of the first BoG vote]. So it looks
like we just made that."
He noted that confusion over why a second vote was being held and campaigning
for other elections on campus may have
distracted voters.
"We did it on a week where there were
no other elections going on because we
wanted to make sure that people understood this was a distinct election, that none
of the candidates would be favoured as a
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"hazing" from page 1
"It was fun while it lasted," he
While Hamm said he considers
the matter a "non-issue for the team
now," Coach Johnson said that since
the incident he's been trying to find
an expert who can come in and give
the team "sensitivity training."
"To try and find somebody who's
an expert in this area who can come
and be listened to and heard.. .is not
easy," he said
One section of the UBC
Athletics Athlete's Code of Conduct
reads: "I will conduct myself in a
manner in which my behaviour
will not be considered a form of
harassment, including comments
and/or conduct which is insulting,
intimidating, hurtful, malicious,
degrading or otherwise offensive
to an individual or group of individuals, or which creates an
uncomfortable environment."
But while officials acknowledge
that there was a breach of the code,
they say that they're satisfied with the
way the team dealt with the matter,
and don't plan on penalising them.
"hacks" from page 1
result of being in one of the
undergraduate society elections, that type of thing. I titink
it's as good as we could have
The UBC student society is
now taking steps' to make sure
that next year's elections are held
wtthout procedural violations
and irregularities. Desmond
Rodeubour, AMS policy analyst,
is currently looking at elections
codes   from  McGill  and  the
"It was handled properly, correctly," said Kim Gordon, UBC's coordinator of interuniversity athletics.
However, Gordon admitted to the
Ubyssey that when Coach Johnson
informed her of the incident, he didn't tell her the whole story.
"He spared me the details. He
gave me some insight, and said 'the
less you know the better.' [But] I
trusted Tom to handle it properly."
Last term, the men's volleyball
team was put on a two year probation after a photograph of several
naked players holding beers outside the Student Union Building
was published in the Ubyssey. If the
team is caught in violation of the
code again, they could lose program funding.
Athletics director Bob Philip, who
was only informed of the swimming
incident last Thursday, said, "As far as
I'm concerned, ifs not something
that I find is a type of behaviour I'd
want to see."
But he added that it was much
more difficult to deal with this matter
because of differrng interpretations
of the word "hazing."
University of Alberta to see what
changes could be made to UBC's
Elections Code. Gawronski said
that he and the Elections
Committee will review proposed
changes to Code
AMS President Ryan Marshall
expects that these recommendations will be made in three
weeks. He said that AMS council
must take responsibility for running fair elections.
"As much as it's the [Elections]
"We don't have a policy to ban
them. The coaches don't want that,
they don't want it going underground, they want it above ground
as much as possible so they can
control it."
However, the code itself asks
athletes to "agree to respect my fellow teammates by adhering to and
upholding the principle of the
Department of Athletics and
Recreation's Hazing and Initiation
Policy." Gordon, though, admitted
that no such policy actually exists
on paper.
UBC's response did not come as a
surprise to University of Calgary sociology professor Kevin Young.
Young, who has spent the last
four years investigating socialisation
and identity in sport, says while
teams will often deny any involvement in hazing, in reality, the hazing
still goes on.
Young added: "It continues to
shock me that people involved in
athletics comfortably rationalise this
away as though it's acceptable and
legitimate in the name of fun. It's
clearly not"*
Committee itself, its the AMS
executive and council that have
to ensure we follow the rules that
are in place"
Marshall suggests that a
number of revisions to Code
must be. made. "There's pretty
much no rules [for a referendum] so we have to implement a
lot of things...with elections it's
hard to say. lust to ensure that a
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visit us at www.ams.ubc.ca THE UBYSSEY
For years, there have been rumours of an underground
tunnel system at UBC. Now, The Ubyssey takes you there.
by Jo-Ann Chiu
It was a dark and drizzly night during the
last weekend of January, when four
women armed with flashlights and
dressed for the rainy weather wandered into
the civil & mechanical engineering building
around nine or 10 o'clock They were looking
for a UBC engineer—any engineer.
They accosted the first gentleman wearing
an engineer's signature red jacket. He turned
out to be the president of the Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS), Don Nash.
"They wanted to find out how to get into
the steam tunnels," says Nash, who was with
several other fellow Applied Sciences students at the time.
Nash doesn't know why the women chose
to ask them, but admits he doesn't know if the
women really were looking for a student engineer in the first place.
Presumably, the geers have brought the
predicament onto themselves. As part of the
two original faculties established when the
University of British Columbia opened in
1915, the student engineers flaunt a long history of exuberance and ingenuity, and are
proud of it.
They are distinguished as the
only students on campus who can
conceptualise and execute the!
visionary ideas required to sjf&al
giant $16,000 inflatable elephants;
from rock star Bryan Adams arid
place them on top of the Molptm.
Brewery on Burrard, reprogr$Bl~
ming its digital clock to print "HEX]
TO E-WEEK 1999," as they did for
this year's jubilant celebration of tigg.
faculty's annual Engineering We^ki
Little wonder, then, that when
the women were looking for Jfee
mysterious tunnels rumoured to be
beneath campus, they went straight
to the society which excels at theait|
of mischief and decoding abstractions. The women found the tight
people, but were stopped by a hard
fact: Men In Red don't share their
secrets. At least, not to outsiders*
For years, it has been open
knowledge among hard-patty*
ing UBC students, particularly
those who live on campus in fraternity
houses or residences, that the underground tunnels do exist But the scope of
their factual knowledge varies among each
"Ifs kind of weird and eerie," says "Andrew"
(he didn't want to use his real name), a civil
engineering student who learned about the
tunnels by word-of-mouth. Engineers are not
the only people who roam the pipes. Andrew
has been in the tunnels twice, on a tour with
fraternity friends. He has never gone all the
way to the end. Wandering the steam tunnels, Andrew explains, is something to do
after the Pit Pub closes.
There are students who have mastered
the tunnel routes so well that they conduct tours of the steam tunnels.
"Yo" is one of the original tour guides,
the man who set the standard by which others measure themselves. That's because Yo
Years ago, Yo had been shopping in the
Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility (SERF)
on campus, which sells off excess faculty
equipment at low prices. Yo spotted a plywood backboard that was for sale. What
caught his attention about the backboard,
however, was that attached to it were about
15 different blueprints for all kinds of university operations, such as for hot and cold water
plumbing and electrical wiring. But Yo was
most intrigued by the blueprint documenting
the steam tunnels.
Not knowing the reason for Yo's interest,
the SERF salesclerk offered to discard the
blueprints in the recycling bin. Yo paid $10
for the board, but declined the clerk's offer to
dispose the papers.
Yo doesn't remember what has become of
his tunnel blueprints, but he says the steam
tunnels did go all the way to Totem Park
Residence. Those walkways have now been
blocked, he adds.
He doesn't know when the practise of
wandering the steam tunnels began, but estimates that it has been going on for as long as
the passages themselves have existed.
"What's neat about the tunnels," says Yo,
"is you enter from one end of the campus,
and you come out another. That's the cool
I ed", a chemical engineering student, is
getting a breath of fresh air outside the
"heeze Factory, the engineers' cheerful
crimson hangout.
She has words of advice for students
An employee of UBC Utilities warns that
this is not a tunnel at all, but a spiral drain
with a 200-foot vertical drop straight into
the ground, and is unsafe for any kind of
Then there are the military tunnels underneath the Museum of Anthropology, originally built to protect Point Grey against possible
Japanese invasion during the Second World
War. Construction of these tunnels began in
1940 and was finished one year later, estimates UBC history professor Dr Peter Moogk,
who served on the army reserves for 17 years
before leaving in 1993.
"This campus emerged from military
reserves established in the 1860s," he says.
"And it was used for both World Wars."
The military tunnels were used to deliver
ammunition to three guns lined along the
front at Point Grey Fort, according to Moogk.
Rooms which have since been welded shut
were built inside the tunnels to house shells
and ammunition, and a radio and communications chamber. ,
As for the steam tunnels, however, Moogk
says they served no military purpose. So
much for the theories of "experiments" and
carcasses or pus-spewing genetic mutations?
Could this be the end?
I had to make sure my potential last words
were secured with a messenger. I turn to my
tunneling companion, Fed, and tell him that
if anything happens, he must make sure to
take care of my football books.
The bottom of the hole is pitch black, true
to gossip. To the left is a tunnel in darkness.
On the right, there is a lit, concrete tunnel. We
head for the tunnel with the light. It leads to a
wide, concrete passage, as spacious and well-
lit as if it were day, and high enough to walk
through comfortably.
It is warm and muggy in the concrete tunnel, like being at an indoor pool. Also true to
testimony is graffiti on the walls and the large
pipes lining the sides,.including lettering in
posh gold metallic paint and outlined in jet
black Shaft confirms that the graffiti is not
the work of UBC engineers. "We only
explore," he states.
The lit walkway eventually leads to a dead
end. Shaft suggests trying the opposite direction, to the black tunnel.
We plod through the black tunnel, illuminated[onlyby Jhe flashbulb light of a little
quick-snap camera. No one
BENEATH      h.K. brought a flashlight
1HESUR-     because the main tunnels
™T' are supposed to have light
under- switches,   and   no   one
ground tun-expected that me tour
nels cnss- ^^ wouid forget how to
0035 *"6 access them because he
UBC cam- wasn't intoxicated enough.
pus-some, The black tunnels are
however, shorter in height and can
don't have only be travelled by squat-
quite this ting as you walk through.
much illu- They are also clearly older
mination. and lined with cobwebs
JO-ANN ouu that graze your face as you
preparing to travel the tunnels. "Tie your hair
back," she says. "Don't carry ID, and wear a t-
shirt That's what I was taught"
Red also recommends wearing a jacket
over a t-shirt. The jacket is for walking to the
tunnels. "But know that at one point, you will
be carrying your jacket once in the tunnels."
Some hypothesise that the tunnels might
underlie the entire campus, but many passages have been sealed off. What is known for
sure, however, is that the tunnels do run
beneath the bookstore and the bus loop.
Red says that if you're at the right manhole
at the right time, you can look up and see the
bus drive right over.
Extraordinary images fuel the legend of
the tunnels, mostly through rumours
and innuendo. There are tales of mysterious extra rooms lined in tile and additional
tunnels not used for steam, but which are
now alleged to be bricked off. Perhaps they
had something to do with the World Wars, so
the stories go.
A spiral 'tunnel' is mentioned in the book,
Secrets of the City, published by Vancouver
magazine. The book states that the tunnel,
built in 1936 by the Vancouver and Districts
Joint Sewerage & Drainage Board, was meant
to drain water from the cliff sides.
"surgery" possibly being conducted in the
supposed extra rooms.
I haft" a bio-resources engineering stu-
k dent, has agreed to give me a tour. There
'is just one problem.
Shaft can't remember which door is the
one to get into the steam tunnels. Prowling
aimlessly inside a building, unsuccessfully
trying door after door, the potential tour
would seem a bust.
There are different ways of getting into the
tunnels, either from outside on the ground,
or from inside buildings. The passages not
only extend beneath the campus, but they
actually connect to the inside of buildings.
Shaft had intended to begin his tour from
inside, but his memory fails him.
"This is the first time I've done a tour
sober," he claims, frowning at a cord wired
into the top comer of one door. "That one's
got an alarm," he surmises, and passes it over
to look at the next door.
Sobriety foils the tour kick-off. Shaft
agrees to try entering from a manhole outside. It works.
Climbing into a hole in the ground on
metallic rungs feels like submerging yourself
into the dirt-pressed stomach of a ghasdy
monster. What would be down there? Rotting
waddle along. At the end of the passage is a
watering hole loaded with empty spray paint
cans and beer bottles.
We are wading through a second tunnel in
the black maze when the light from the flashbulb gives out Shaft terminates the tour and
redirects everyone back. He suspects that
continuing forward will eventually link to the
main tunnels, but there's no point in pursuing
them without light
Climbing out of the manhole and back
into the icy cold darkness of the night
is a relief after wallowing through the
steam tunnel sauna.
"What's neat is that it's a tradition that's
passed on from generation to generation,"
said Shaft earlier.
Mystery of hanging Volkswagens off
bridges, solved. Secret of the campus tunnels,
UBC engineers pride themselves on their
curiosity and reverence for public safety,
despite the antics of their practical jokes.
But how many more secrets lurk in the tunnels of the geers' own minds? That is perhaps the greatest intrigue of all. As for the
steam tunnels, the tour wasn't finished, but
enough was seen. We got the idea. Got the
photos, and the story. Best of all, I got to
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Welcome to the 100th meridian ... doors @ 7 PM
and Hole
At the Pacific
by Monique Stevenson
At some friends' house before thel
show, helping them with their j
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appropriate way to start off the}
evening. If it was any indication of I
what to expect at the show, I was in I
for an interesting evening. And I certainly wasn't disappointed.
Hole started off their energetic set with "Violet" from Live Through
This, followed by a great variety of songs from their two most recent
albums. I didn't really expect Courtney Love to be as lively as she was,
mostly because I had her pegged as a sell-out with her new
glam/Hollywood starlet image. Looking like a dark angel in a transparent black dress, and leather leggings, with sparkles in her blond ringlets,
she bounded around the stage just like she used to. Her voice was as
strong as ever and her angry yelling was packed with enough emotion to
give me goosebumps.
There was a lot of friendly banter between Courtney and Canadian
bassist, Melissa Auf de Maur, with Courtney continually insisting that
Melissa take off her shirt. As well, Courtney had a pretty good handle on
the audience—she'd shout "Lighters!" before starting ballads such as
"Doll Parts" and "Northern Star," and the crowd would instantly obey.
Hole did a good job of getting the audience pumped up, finishing
their set with a cover of "Paradise City," but it wasn't until Marilyn
Manson made his entrance on a crucifix made of TVs that everyone went
Wearing a black body stocking with a dark blue
feathered collar over a g-string, the self-proclaimed
"God of Fuck" looked like an X-rated character out
of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The stage was
littered with over-sizedprops (a huge, blinking sign
that endlessly flashed "Drugs," a podium from which
Marilyn 'preached'), all of which gave the set a surreal quality. He even came out on stilts, like some giant, looming spider, and I saw more of his ass than I would care to, as he insisted on
mooning the audience every chance he got (amongst other not-so-
wholesome acts).
For the duration of the performance, I felt like I was inside his twisted nightmare, and it was this element that brought the show home.
Though it was nice to sit back and watch the spectacle, I was more than
a little disturbed when Marilyn had the audience chanting: "We hate
love, we love hate!"
People may not like Marilyn Manson or Courtney Love, but you've got
to admit that they certainly know how to put on a performance. And, assuredly, everybody at the show went home feeling
that they'd gotten their money's worth.<» BY TDM PEACOCK
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East in 1992, in search of some answers to
life's   lofty   questions.   He   reluctantly _
describes it as a sort of spiritual journey, an is the same age as the thirty-something ex-journalist but
organic approach" to figuring out the roots looks to be a well-worn fifty; Espejo says, ^ could see it in his
of his fears. As he journeys deeper into the eyes, that he had already crosseti the border."
heart of the region, "off the beaten camel Unfortunately Espejo's poignent descriptions of a land torn by
trail," his anticipation mounts, and he war and its contradictory inhabitants are offset by bis ingrained ten-
begins to recognise signs of the fear that he dency to revert into stale boy's club-style humour. Obviously such a
so urgendy seeks. weighty tale of self-realisation begs for some light subject matter, but
. This 'Fear' works well as a descriptive Espejo's efforts too often fall flat. Long-winded descriptions of a
levice for Espejo, and it gives his work some thwarted attempt at seduction and a lonely hotel room trashing ses-
nuch needed continuity. When he defies it sion just refuse to be funny. They are perhaps too rehearsed, or even
d goes a little further, boldly transporting too cautious, and they don't carry enough of the self-indulgent yet
is into a strange and frightening land of self-deprecating tone that a Mailer or a Bukowski might bring to such
tractable differences, what he sees is at things,
es intensely moving: "the winter sun      Espejo succeeds in his subjective descriptions of the fascinating
ihedding its thin light across fields, sur- places and people he encounters, but when he tries to endear the
ounding a military convoy like a halo," or audience with his own somewhat quirky, coffee-obsessed Kitsilano
'the great expanse of the desert that seems mediocrity, his story falters. As for helpful travel tips, don't expect too
is though it could swallow fear in one cool many. His memories are more poetic than they are practical,
wig." Of his encounter With the driver      jtod in spite of his mocking treatment of phrase-books, I would
" an Iraqi-bOUnd UN relief tniCk, WhO still suggest carrying one. You never know when a gay, AK47-toting
police officer might ask you to go dancing. Why? Don't ask, but if, for
some strange reason, this piqued your twisted curiosity, go and see
the show. It might just help you find "that fear that you can't quite put
your finger on."<»
at the Chan Centre
by Ronald Nurwisah
I have to admit, I had high expectations for the
recent Academy of St Martin in the Fields conceit
They are, after all, touted as one of the best ensembles
in the world, with a 40-year track record of excellence
to prove it So, when I arrived at the Chan Centre, I
was expecting to be dazzled.
The concert began with the classical music equivalent of an appetizer, Mozarfs Divertimento in D
major. The ensemble's rendition of this sunny and
light Mozart work was good and well emoted, though
they soon changed gears. Jumping from the light-
hearted Mozart, the ensemble then delved into the
decidedly sombre and, at times, savage Bartok
If the concert's opener was a little ray of musical
sunshine, then what followed was more like a dark
grey cloud, and the Bartok Divertimento they chose to
play was nothing less than schizophrenic. The piece
shifts quickly and the ensemble responded perfectly
to every emotional jolt and transformation. It was a
performance that clearly left some in the audience
The ensemble then seemingly returned to their
senses with an energetic chaconne by Henry Purcell,
one of the great English composers of the 17th century. Still, the logical baroque machinations of Purcell
felt almost boring and domestic alongside the exotic
and primal sounds of Bartok, but the ensemble
seemed to have no problem with this dramatic shift
if energetic
in temperament
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where the ensemble played the strongest, attacking the lively piece with a dramatic gusto, but still rendering the pastoral themes of piece with an effectively delicate touch.
Ifs a testament to the skill of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields that
they were able to play such a wide repertoire with a strong sense of mastery
and technical skill And while they didn't leave the audience dazzled, everyone
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1999 was supposed to be the
year that the UBC women's
volleyball team won it all—
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were cheered by friends and relatives in
the nationally televised final (above).
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too far
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anything about."
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The number one-ranked Birds Ifefl to the tl^'Sa^arirl:
host Pandas 3-1 (17-15,13-15,15-11,15-12) balr^ made ^1'
the more devastatingby its unexpecttkin^ss: O^ had wbrt;:
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point of the match.
"The whole time I thought we' weiie g6ri^td(^-iti"-'jjaia' :
UBC power^ hi^rSaiitdiSferxWeU, whotiad: i^loW'.fod' k"
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everythingttf make it happen, and itstill didn't happen.": ■    *
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Alberta's winning point against the Birds Saturday, richard lam photo
In the critical third set, the pattern held again. The T-
Birds rushed to a 9-4 lead, but lost the next nine points
on a combination of Alberta aggression and inexplicable UBC mistakes. The Birds couldn't duplicate
Alberta's comeback heroics—the set ended 15-11 after
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of A crowd went berserk.
And so the fourth set began, and UBC was in trouble.
But with every pass, every dig, every attack magnified,
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lead. A Maxwell kill made it 8-4, and the din quieted. And
Alberta again roared back, shooting off four points in a
row to tie the game. The Pandas' passing was near-flawless, and when Ross had to sit down with leg cramps,
Alberta's momentum seemed almost inevitable.
But Lunam, in her final UBC game, came back with
a spike kill, a tip kill, and a block in the next
five possesions, and UBC was five points from
a fifth set.
It was then that a gunfight for the tide
emerged. Lunam was blocked, and Alberta
setter Christy Torgerson made it 10-9. Ross
returned    after    eating    hastily-supplied
"I had nothing left to give," said an emotional
Maxwell afterwards.
Afterwards, some players couldn't pinpoint where
their season-long dream came apart.
"I can't really say it was this or it was that," said
Bellini, her eyes welling all over again. "It just didn't
happen. Everyone out there just gave everything. I don't
know what else to say."
The Birds lose Ross and Lunam to graduation, and
Bellini will likely train with the national team until
January 2000. But the future of this team doesn't help
the pain now.
"This team will be in another final, there's no doubt
in my mind," said Russo. "But when you build it up, and
you build it up, and to not complete it is just
so...it's...it's exhausting." She sighs. "It's unfinished."*
"I can't really say it
was this or it was
that...lt just didn't happen. Everyone out
there just gave everything. I don't know
what else to say?
—Barb Bellini
bananas, and the two teams grappled back
and forth at a fever pitch. Bellini, who had 22
kills and 20 digs, put down a cannonball spike.
Torgerson sent back a second hit kill. Bellini
sent the ball ricocheting off a dig. Torgerson
did the same. Who would blink first?
A Maxwell spike grazed the aerial, and it
was 10-10. Three more back-and-forth side-
outs, and Cartmell sent a kill from behind the
attack line that made it 11 -10 and set the gymnasium rocking. But UBC pulled back on a
Maxwell kill, a Cartmell error, and a Bellini kill
to make it 12-11. Three points from a fifth set,
and Alberta called for time.
Alberta tied it, and the match was spinning
in the balance. Four rallies, four sideouts.
Alberta made it 13-12. Ross was blocked on
the step, and it was suddenly match point.
The crowd stood, and the noise was deafening. But UBC withstood one match point,
then another. Maxwell went flying for a one-
handed dig, and they saved another. On the
fourth match point, Maxwell was set, swung,
and the ball was blocked. It floated over her
head, hung, and landed on the line as she
looked on in disbelief and the gymnasium
erupted. Her face slowly fell apart amid the
tumult, and she slowly walked in the arms of a
teammate to the bench. Many UBC players
watched the presentation of the championship trophy with tears streaming down
their cheeks.
Notes 'n' quotes
—Had the match been played under next year's probable rule
changes with the exact sequence of plays, UBC's fast starts
would have produced a win. The CIAU is considering changing game scoring to rally points up to 21 points (no sideouts—
instead each rally produces a point) next season. UBC would
have won the first set 21-16, won the second 23-21, lost the
third 20-22, and won the fourth 21-18. However, the comparison is facile since under rally point a number of factors would
probably change, such as strategy, crowd behaviour, and each
player's reaction to a given situation.
—UBC's Joanne Ross and Barb Bellini were named to the All-
tournament team along with Alberta's Christy Torgerson and
Katrin Schnadt, Manitoba's Christa Walker, and Laval's Julie
—Bellini also found herself on the post-season All-Canadian
team—the first and second teams, along with the major
awards, were announced at the All-Canadian brunch
Jenny Cartmetl, Alberta
Jenny Cartmell, Alberta
Barb Bellini, UBC
Kathy Hrehirchuk, Manitoba
Julie Morin, laval
Christa Walker, Manitoba
Mamie Simpson, Western
Chelsea Crimson, Saskatchewan
Lindsay Weils, York
Christy Torgerson, Alberta
Marianne Melanson, Montreal
Naida Melon, Manitoba
Dominique Duchaine, Laval
Janna Kuffher, Regina; Ginette Canon, Moncton; Sarah
Maxwell, UBC; Melanie Hanson, Dalhousie; Sarah Hogarth,
Toronto; Kim Barette, McGill
Dominique Duchaine, Laval
Lesley Irie, Saskatchewan
QUOTABLE: "The most frustrating part is that it's happened over and over." —UBC's lanna Lunam THE UBYSSI
Contemporised to death
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Rims until Mar 27
by George Belliveau
With his new adaptation of Moliere's comedy,
Tartujfe, David King has unfortunately managed to
create a work that plays more as a TV sitcom than an
engaging piece of theatre. After the great success of
the Playhouse's previous production, Skylight, artistic
director Glynis Leyshon offers a dumbed-down version of a classic that reads more like an episode from
with Children than
a play from France's most
renowned playwright.
Contemporising and adapting classical texts is
a frequent practice, and these ventures are either hit or
miss. Sadly, King's Tartujfe, set in Vancouver 1999, falls
in the miss category. It is already dated (despite having
been written during the last few months), ridden with
cliches, and, aside from leads Orgon and Tartuffe, full of
one-dimensional characters.
The story is quite straight-forward. Wealthy protagonist, Orgon, fears the arrival of the millennium;
therefore, he entrusts his spiritual and material
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figure, the so-called Tartuffe. Tartuffe, brilliantly
interpreted by David Storch, fools the Point Grey millionaire into believing that he will save him from the
upcoming catastrophes, but unable to deceive the
rest of Orgon's family, the antagonist is eventually
unmasked. However, it is too late. Orgon has already
transferred all his possessions to the cunning Tartuffe
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waterfront home. But wait, the naughty fraud cannot
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David Storch (Tartuffe) gives a superb performance and Tom Wood (Orgon) has some strong
moments, and both live up to their reputations as
prominent Canadian actors. Storch's superb physical acting and well-timed line delivery restore some of Moliere's original
humour that is sadly lost in this adaptation. Wood is especially effective
when he is being manipulated like a
marionette by Tartuffe; unfortunate-
, ■ ly, his acting tends to only function
r „,, i from the neck up. And worse, the
majority of the supporting cast fall
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doing the acting.
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Hazing isn't all that funny
They say that it's tradition. We say it's an unacceptable one. And they seem to agree.
When veteran members of UBC's national
champion swim team told rookies that there
had been semen in the freshmen's pasta, they
broke the rules.
And this is not a completely isolated incident. Throughout the year, rookies—not just in
swimming, but probably on all varsity teams—
are pressured to do a variety of degrading acts.
Veterans acknowledge that it's all about asserting their dominance.
Obviously, the veterans don't intend to hurt
the rookies—especially when they're part of the
best team in Canada. And making the rooks
work by carrying the bags or fetching the water
is fine. But incidents like this aren't harmless
fun. They are harassment.
While it seems that the veterans have
learned their lesson, it is difficult to give much
credibility to the swimmers' claim that their
team is completely rid of initiations and rookie
days after a single one-hour team meeting with
the coach.
In addition, coach Tom Johnson is a no-
nonsense guy who says he doesn't tolerate this
sort of activity. So why has it taken him over a
month to find an "expert" to give his swimmers
some sensitivity training? Is it that difficult to
find someone who specialises in that area? In
the late 90s?
But Johnson isn't to blame for this. What
about the Athletics department's bizarre policy (or, rather, non-policy) on hazing? At the
start of the season, athletes promise to follow
the department policy on initiation and hazing. But as it turns out, there is no such written
Let's get this straight. Athletics says it has a
policy on hazing, but no policy actually exists.
Perhaps this inconsistency explains how penalties are handed down. Last term, the volleyball
team was given a two-year probation for running around naked outside the SUB. Yet when
the swimmers have clearly violated the code of
conduct, all they're required to do is meet with
the coach. At least the volleyball rookies were
having a good time.
Varsity athletics is a vital component ofuni-
versity life. No question. And when you have a
group of young athletes training in close-knit
quarters day after day, there's bound to be a
number of pranks. But there are a number of
questionable activities that go on—for the sake
of maintaining tradition—that don't need to
happen. The line has to be drawn somewhere.
Varsity athletes represent UBC and, for the
most part, they do a terrific job. Look, they
don't have to be saints. There's nothing wrong
with having a little fun and blowing off a little
steam. But incidents like this mar that image as
surely as they mar the accomplishments of the
athletes themselves.^
Secretary of
Golden Key
I am writing with regards to your
series of articles concerning our
student society, the Golden Key
National Honour Society. On
behalf of the student executive of
our chapter, I would like to reaffirm our commitment to our organization, and its goals and ideals.
Despite the fact that we are all
full-time undergraduate students
with heavy course loads, we have
enough confidence in the organization and care deeply enough
about its goals and ideals that we
are willing to volunteer coundess
hours each week to organise such
activities as our upcoming lunch
hour Golden Key forum series,
blood donor clinic, and book-
drive (to raise books for local elementary schools), not to mention
establishing the administrative
framework necessary for a new
student organisation.
In these endeavours, we are
fortunate to have had a positive
and supportive relationship with
our chapter members and with
the Golden Key National Honour
Society as an organization.
Throughout the four months
since the establishment of our
student chapter, we have learned
a lot from our members and from
the organization of the Golden
Key National Honour Society and
we see this positive relationship
continuing as our organisation
grows and becomes more well
Yes—it is true that we have
experience the growing pains one
would expect of a student organisation in its infancy. However, as
students who are building the
foundations of what we believe
can be one of the most active and
vibrant student societies on campus, we would like to express our
sincere belief that we are now, and
will increasingly be, a positive element in the lives of our members
and in the community at large.
Andrew Lim
Corresponding Secretary
UBC Chapter, Golden Key
National Honour Society
letter received via e-mail
Glen Clark
I think Glen Clark may have been
savvy enough to send BCTV to his
own door! Like with Clinton—it
would be a great way to get sympathy—make the public believe
you're being persecuted!
The bigger story I think is the
BC Ferries fiasco! $250 million
cost over-runs—all the work given
to NDP hacks and hangers-on—
like that big slob Jack Munro -
short of the phoney "BC Forest
Alliance!" From one sleazy outfit
to another! Birds of a feather and
all that!
Ken Hawley
letter received via e-mail
feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca Working on the frontline
against violence	
by Sandra Ka-Hon Chu
Sitting down to chat with Yvette
Ipsaralexi over tea at the Vicious Cycle
laundromat, she appears subdued.
Yvette seems to enjoy a lifestyle similar to many other 28-year old women:
she holds down a full-time job at a
media monitoring agency; she likes to
hang out with friends, check out new
bands, and snowboard. Right now,
she anticipates moving into a new
home. But Yvette's quiet mood is not
due to a weekend spent coasting
down the slopes on her snowboard-
she has spent the last two days with
other members of the Vancouver Rape
Relief and Women's Shelter planning
for the coming year.
However, when asked how she ini-
tiallv pot involved with Ranp Rplipf
the energy seemingly lost to a hectic
weekend is re-ignited.
Her tea is left untouched as she
animatedly describes her first exposure to Rape Relief: "I was at my first
Take Back the Night rally in 1989 and
was handed a megaphone, with a
Rape Relief sticker on it...I was on the
megaphone throughout the march
and by the end of the night, I decided to call the number on the sticker
to see where I could return it." Yvette
had dialled Rape Relief's crisis line.
Her experience at Take Back the
Night had been empowering, and
Yvette considered volunteering.
Still, a few years passed before
Yvette decided to become a volunteer.
"I had thought about it for four or five
years before I figured I was stable
enough and serious enough to start
Today, Yvette has been a volunteer
collective member at the Vancouver
Rape Relief for over two years. As a
collective member, Yvette acts as a
feminist crisis worker, trains other
women in crisis work, overlooks the
smooth running of the transition
house, directs the tin can fundraising,
and has a vote in the collective.
"At first I decided to volunteer
because I figured I would be doing
something good...I wanted to help
other women, but now I feel I am
"At first I decided to
volunteer because I figured I would be doing
something good... I
wanted to help other
women, but now I feel I
lam working for myself
as much as for others. I
will not feel free until
every woman is free—
Iso it is me working for
[my own liberation."
clicking, when there is dialogue, and a
relationship is building, I feel good. I
enjoy consciousness raising."
Tin can fundraising is another
aspect of Rape, Relief that excites
Yvette. It is not an easy task—the
enlisting of volunteers, the organisation of location, the scheduling...but
Yvette puts it all together every
month. She Dulled it off last week:
despite the threat of a transit strike.
Another weekend spent as an active
feminist crisis worker.
The work has taken its toll on
Yvette...her voice softens, and Yvette
has the air of a woman needing
sleep. She has phones to answer and
women to help. So if you've seen
Rape Relief stickers plastered on the
bathroom stalls at UBC and forgotten the number by the end of the
day, despite having had the intention of calling, it's 872-8212, 24
Sit and rot in the
Gallery with your
smarmy, self-
absorbed friends,
or come and help a
bunch of know-it-
alls put together a
newspaper.  Vour
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When WE go to the bargaining
table, we want sessionals' issues
to be the ONLY issues.
Have you signed your
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We are Sessionals Organizing Sessionals. Call us at
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13,485 shots
just to make
it to 17.
at The Vancouver
The U.B.C. Cricket Club is
welcoming new players
for the 1999 season.
For more info call Paul
buy, a child gets to play.'" -''v?!**-
On-Une Interactive Newspaper
Feb. 23rd. UBC, Community Friendly?
March 2nd. UBC & Polygon - Partners in Profit?
March 9th. Victorias Beast: BCALC & Conflict of Interest
March 16th. UEL Governance & Legal Defense Fund
March 23rd. Where is our M.LA?
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ANDREW RHODES and William MacDonald in Adult Entertainment.
by Duncan M. McHugh
When encountering a series of plays entitled
Suburban Motel, one has to figure that there are
going to be some unusual and downtrodden characters. Rest assured, playwright George F. Walker
uses them to full effect. Be it a talk show-obsessed
ex-con or an alcohol-swilling, prostitute-soliciting cop, everyone here is a little off-kilter.
Showing two of the six Suburban Motel plays,
the Playhouse and Green Thumb Theatre companies, mounting Adult Entertainment and Problem
Child respectively, offer gritty, funny and insightful looks into life on the wrong side of the tracks.
Both take place in the same scuzzy motel room
and share a four-character cast.
Problem Child is the story of Denise and RJ.
She's a reformed drug addict, he's an ex-con, and
they are trying to get their baby back from a foster
home. Their biggest challenge is to prove to
Helen, a moralising and slightly judgemental
social worker, that they are fit parents.!
Add Phillie, the alcoholic motel manag-j
er, to the mix and things get really
messed up.
Through addressing issues such as|
addiction and desperation, Problems
Child is at heart sardonic and farcical.!
RJ's obsession for TV talk shows and
Phillie's outlandish behavior garnerl
consistent laughs, as do some incredi-j
ble plot developments. In all, it's anj
enjoyable and quite funny story.
The       second       play,       Adulti
Entertainment, isn't as accessible. Here,!
a police detective and public defender!
rekindle an old romance, both secretly!
hoping to exploit the other for cases!
they're working on. Soon, Max and!
Jayne wise up to each other and plans|
start spinning. With Donny, Max's self-
destructive partner, in on the plan.j
things start to go wrong.
Unlike Problem Child, this play takes a turnl
towards the dramatic. Unfortunately, this morel
serious approach is not as enjoyable as the!
humour, but it does provide a more realised message: in this case the grim realities of police workl
and the decay of values and principles. f
There's a lot to like about both of these plays.
David Roberts' motel set was so lifelike I wondered if they would hand out shower caps and free I
soap. The acting also stood out, from comedicl
timing to overwrought emotions. Crowd favourite I
Dean Paul Gibson as Phillie was particularly!
great—slime, saliva and all.
Both of these plays are terrific, though my preference is Problem Child. With its one-liners and I
bizarre situations, though Suburban Motel pro-1
vides solid entertainment. There might not be any I
answers here, but the ideas presented make fori
some good pondering. Also of note, tonight's performance is the only Pay As You Can performance.
Otherwise, tickets are a tad pricey.^
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Graduate Student Suciety offers an IMMEDIATE
CASH REWARD RF $250 for a return of any of the
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