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And he's whistling a twisted Dixie.
Page 8
Thunderbirds bounce back in second
face-off against Cougars. Page 4
One bureaucratic roadblock at a time.
Page 6
Tuesday, 18 October, 2005
 Who's got the Jack? since 1918
Population growth may
strain campus security
RCMP planning for expected increase in crime
by Boris Korby
As UBC's permanent resident population
continues to grow, security officials on campus will be faced with additional strain on
their resources, according to both the RCMP
and campus security.
Over the next 15 years, UBC's population
is projected to more than double from
approximately 12,000 students and permanent residents currently living on campus
to about 28,000, said University Town
spokesperson Brad Foster. In addition, two
new large commercial districts will be built
as part of the University Town project.
UBC RCMP Staff Sergeant Kevin Kenna
said that despite the explosion in the population, the UBC RCMP wiU be equipped to
cope with the current and future population
"We'H manage. If we see an increase in
crime, we can call in additional resources or
do submissions to get an increase in manpower," said Kenna. "It's an ongoing process...
we look at it on a yearly basis, and if the
crime starts to become that rampant we'd
have to take another look at it and deal with
it accordingly."
Both Kenna and Iain McLeHan, Associate
Director of Campus Security, expect the population increase to result in a greater number of criminal incidents on campus.
"I guess we probably do expect some
[increase in crime], but to what degree and
what impact that will have on the university and
the communiiy is not clear," said McLellan.
McLellan echoed the same sentiment as
the RCMP. He claims that campus security
—Iain McLellan
Associate Director of
Campus Security
will be prepared to handle the strain the
campus's growing population brings.
"We realise there's going to be some
changes occurring on campus, and we always
take that into consideration when we go
through our budgets, and when we look at
staffing levels and tasking levels."
Both the RCMP and campus security have
been involved and will continue to provide
input as the implementation of the
University Town project progresses. The
RCMP have been assigned extra staff on campus this year as a result of recent increases in
residential housing. Campus security is currently undertaking an awareness campaign
through its community relations unit to help
reduce crime on campus.
"It's focused on training and reaching out
and working more closely with the student
groups [of UBC]," said McLellan. II
Following Americans on security means
sacrificing Canadian values, says UBC prof
by Leah Poulton
Canada and the US are closer than ever when
it comes to security poHcy, said a panel at the
annual North American Security lecture held
at UBC last week.
Since 2001, Canadian procedure and poHces have
become similar to those of
the US, said Dr Allen
Sens, International Relations
Program Chair.
"PoHtics in North America
have shifted permanently to
the right," Sens argued.
"Government, military,
police...there has been a
change in mindset and it worries me."
After 9/11, Canada had to make a choice
between barmonisation—an increased cooperation with US security procedures—or risk
a shutdown of the border over which $1.35
billion worth of Canadian export travels each
day, Sens said.
"Our choice was cooperation," he added.
He noted that the Canadian government
has implemented stricter immigration and
visa poHcies, which mirror those currently in
place in the United States.
A security agreement signed in 2002
between Canada, the US and Mexico created
a "regulatory wall* around North America,
and produced  an  expectation  for  future
agreement between these  countries.   Sens
There are more of these integrated poHcies, including one that aUows US soldiers to
cross the border and patrol Canadian soil in
the event of a terrorist attack, than there have
ever been before, even during the World
Wars, he pointed out.
"This cooperation with the US is causing
the Canadian government and people to turn
inward and create a fortress-like environment," he said.
The enormous cost of maintaining these
poHcies is leeching much-needed funds out
of other areas that were formerly a high priority for Canada, like international aid, said
Professor Michael Byers of the Liu Institute
for the Study of Global Issues.
Instead of putting its energy and
resources into peacekeeping, Canada is now
joining forces with the Americans in their
strategy of peacemaking, Byers said.
"Why doesn't Canada have thousands of
soldiers on their way to Kashmir? Because
we don't have the kind of soldiers that go
and do earthquake relief anymore," Byers
Instead, Canada has drastically increased
miHtary spending, Byers said, purchasing new
equipment and investing in computer technology to ensure that our soldiers can link up with
American soldiers when going into battle.
He said that Canada is falHng victim to
the  US  obsession with terrorism  and is
Devil clown in solidarity with schoolteachers
Sometimes it just takes a man on stilts with a piercing horn and a pair of
plastic pants to really get the troops rallied. This towering demonstrator
teetered along the picket line at a West End public school last Thursday to
lend his support to striking teachers,  michelle mayne photo
ignoring more tangible threats to North
Americans, like the expected flu pandemic
and climate change.
Just last week, Canadian soldiers under
US command in Afghanistan handed over
detainees to US soldiers, said Byers, despite
the US's poor treatment of prisoners.
"We are foUowing in the US's footsteps,"
Byers said. "It is corrupting the very values
that we stand for, like human rights, international humanitarian law and peacekeeping
around the world."
"We need to continue to fight for poH'y
space," he said. II 7
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Tuesday, 18 October, 2005  THE UBYSSEY
From sci-fi to reality
by Matt Hayles
This week UBC will be sending a
team of Engineering Physics students to the first Annual Space
Elevator Games at NASA's Ames
Research Center in California. One
of two Canadian entrants, UBC
Team Snow Star will be up against
strong competition from the private
sector and industry.
The eight competing teams are
challenged to build a robot that
can carry a payload up a fifty-
meter tether.
"The goal of this challenge is to
make a robot that will be a stepping stone to an eventual full
scale space elevator/ said Team
Captain Steve Jones.
The final product will consist of
a cable that stretches 62,000 miles
into space. 'Climbers would move
up and down the cable, moving people and materials to space for a fraction of the cost of rocket based
space entry/ he explained.
First introduced in the 1960s by
a Russian engineer, the concept ofa
space elevator was largely relegated
to science fiction for the next thirty
years. But in 1991, a new material
called carbon nanotubes was developed, and the problem of making a
tether both strong and light enough
was theoretically overcome.
The design featured at the competition was proposed by Dr Brad
Edwards, president of Carbon
Designs Incorporated, and consists
of a long ribbon kept taught by the
Earth's rotation, like spinning a ball
on a string above your head. A
climbing chassis at the base would
UBC ELEVATING: Members of UBC's Team Snow Star prepare for the first Annual Space Elevator games
which are to be held in California later this week. PHOTO COURTESY OF TEAM SNOW STAR
use energy from a strong spotlight
on the ground to power its ascent
up the outside of the ribbon.
Edwards hopes to have a full elevator in use within fifteen years, but
he admits that despite recent breakthroughs, there's still a long way to
go. 'It's really just getting started/
he said in a June interview on
National PubHc Radio.
'Right now there's not a dramatic amount of funding for it.
But since it's new it always takes a
bit of time to be accepted. People
look and the first thing they think
is that's crazy/
With $80,000 in prize money
garnered jointly from NASA's
Centennial Challenges program and
the Spaceward Foundation, the
Space Elevator Games take a cue
from the X-Prize and solar car races
to promote public interest and to
overcome current technical limitations through competition.
According to Marc Schwager,
press liaison for the Foundation,
'the benefits to humanity of
research in this area are substantial, and [we] would like to encourage increased research on space
related technology as well as
increased curriculum content in
our schools/
Based on their documentation
and work thus far, he expects
Team Snowstar to make a good
showing. "They have been very
enthusiastic and we are looking
forward to seeing their climber
compete/ said Schwager.
The full team of twenty undergraduate engineers has been volunteering time to work on the project
'The biggest challenge is maximizing the power to weight ratio/Jones
said. For next year's competition, he
hopes the team can improve its
design with more exotic materials
and higher quality solar cells.
Damir Hot, who will be Team
Captain for the 2006 competition,
says that while the team doesn't
expect to win this year, they're hoping to have a much stronger showing for their sophomore entry. "We
saw early on that the rules were
changing around non-stop and that
we probably wouldn't be able to
design a climber that can compete
for the win,* he said in an interview
via email. 'For next year, we have a
great place to start from, and many
of the mechanical elements that are
on this year's climber will carry
over in some form/
The Games will be held in
Mountainview, California, from
October 21st to 23rd. a
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1 THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 18 October, 2005
News/National 3
Loans reduced for 25,000 BC students
We [heart] teachers
About 60 students, staff and faculty
gathered at the Transitions School site
at UBC to demonstrate support of
teachers early Thursday morning. The
BC teachers' strike is in its second
week and UBC faculty plan to hold a
rally and "teach-in" this Wednesday at
the Scarfe as part of an ongoing campaign to support teachers.
Happy oak plus tin, AMS
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) of UBC
kicked off celebrations for it's 90th
anniversary in the conversation pit
last Friday. AMS executives offered
cupcakes to students and according
to AMS President Spencer Keys, the
message of the event wasn't Hmited
to the AMS. "This is the 90th anniversary of the AMS, but it's also the 90th
anniversary of students at UBC."
Keys said that the AMS has several
other events scheduled throughout
the year including an Inter-Faculty
Cup in November: "These are all really exciting events that will draw out
the message that UBC was built by
Growing pains for UBC-O
EnroUment numbers from October
first show that UBC Okanagan (UBC-
O) is 15 per cent short of its projected
target of 3,600, having only 3,059 full
time students currently attending the
Kelowna campus.
No programs were cancelled as a
result of the shortfall and UBC-0 officials said the low numbers are just a
part of the start-up process. UBC-0
has is hoping to increase the number
of registered students to 7,500 by
2009. a
by Bryna Hallam
VICTORIA (CUP)-Nearly 25,000
students in British Columbia had
their student loans reduced as part
of a new government program.
"We're opening up access to
higher learning by focusing on
students who have more need
of financial assistance to complete their education and reaHse
their dreams," said Murray
Coell, Minister for Advanced
"With this program, the deeper the need, the greater the
A total of $65.5 million in
provincial student loans is being
forgiven, with an average debt
reduction of $2,644.
But some student groups say
the new program doesn't provide
as much non-repayable provincial financial assistance as students enjoyed under the previous
Lisa MacLeod, BC chairperson
of the Canadian Federation of
Students, says the program isn't
as effective of the old grant
program, which was eHminated
in 2004.
"It's better than nothing," she
said of the new program, "but it
isn't as good as the grants."
The grant program provided
eHgible students between 20 and
40 per cent of their loans as nonrepayable grants. Unlike the debt
reduction program, students
knew as soon as they received
their loans if they had received
Under the old program, single
students received an average of
$3,500 as non-repayable grants,
while students with dependents
received $8,000. In comparison,
those amounts are now $2,500
and $6,600, respectively.
And depending on the annual
budget of the program and the
number of students who qualify,
the amount of the reductions
could fluctuate.
"Students don't receive a stable amount of funding," said
MacLeod. "They don't receive
[the money] up front. It just isn't
as effective."
The program has a budget
of $67.1  milHon, with the pro
vincial government contributing
$30 milHon and the Canada
Millennium Scholarship Foundation contributing the remaining
$37.1 milHon.
Students with dependents will
benefit the most—those who borrowed the maximum amount will
receive either $6,584 or $7,820,
depending on how many years
they have had student loans.
Single students who borrowed
the maximum amount will
receive a $2,504 reduction.
For the 2004/05 year, the BC
student loan threshold was set at
$36.34 per week of study. For
students with a typical 34-week
course load, any BC student loans
they had beyond $1,235.56 will
be forgiven if they successfully
completed their courses.
Tuition in BC has increased
88 per cent since 2002/03, when
a six-year tuition freeze was lifted. Tuition fees rose by an average of 2.9 per cent this year,
thanks to a government cap that
limited tuition increases to the
rate of inflation. II
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UBCOB Ravens soar above Thunderbirds
by Sulynn Chuang
Having opened the season with a loss
to Meralomas and a narrow victory
over Seattle, the UBC Thunderbirds
had high hopes of reversing their fortunes in last Saturday's match at
Wolfson Field. Their hopes however,
went unrealised as they received a 48-
5 thrashing at hands of the University
of British Columbia Old Boys Ravens.
"It was a poor performance by us,
especially in the first half," said rugby
coach Spence McTavish, making no
excuses as he cited mediocre offensive
skills and a weak defense as contributing factors to the ignominious loss.
To their credit, the T-Birds opened
the game well with spirited attacking
by the forward pack, immediately
pushing deep into the Raven's territory. However, the size and strength of
the older team was felt quickly as the
T-birds lost the ball during a vicious
maul, giving Raven winger Fabien
Leither a clear path to the try line in
the sixth minute of the game.
From then on, it all went downhill,
as the Ravens managed to pin the T-
Birds in the latter half of the field. With
the T-Birds backline scattered and
seemingly disoriented, there was little
that could be done to halt the inexorable advance of the Ravens as they
made swift turnover after turnover to
net three more tries and one conversion by the end of the first quarter,
bringing the score up to 24-0.
A valiant effort by T-Bird inside
centre Brendan Singbeil before he was
overtaken by a maelstrom of the opposition forwards managed to send the
ball back into the fiercely guarded
Raven territory, giving the home team
a chance to redeem themselves with a
lineout within the 22m of the tryline.
However, this golden opportunity was
lost—as were many other such openings that day—with the T-Birds making
simple handling errors and therefore
losing ball possession.
The first half thus ended on a sour
note with Raven fly-half Jason Hartley
T-BIRDS TACKLE RAVENS: UBC's young guns took on the UBC Old Boys—but younger isn't always better, kellan higgins photo
punting the ball across the field, only
to race unopposed across the pitch to
score a try himself. This was speedily
followed up with another unconverted
try by back Scott McKeen, leaving the
T-Birds grounded at 36-0.
Initially, it seemed as though the
second half would go the way of the
first, with the Ravens garnering yet
another easy converted try at the 43rd
minute. The try managed to fan some
life back into the flagging hearts of the
T-Birds who finally managed to hold
back the Ravens onslaught, conceding
only one more try for the rest of the
The Thunderbirds were finally able
to squeeze in an unconverted try prior
to the final whistle.
Coach McTavish was  a slightly
more pleased with the performance in
the second half, given that the Ravens
probably had one of "the best forward
packs in the province" and that more
than half of the Raven players were ex-
Thunderbirds who had previously
trained under McTavish. "I think they
were extremely motivated to see if
they could give the university guys a
bit of a hiding," he said.
Fortunately for the Thunderbirds,
it is still the beginning of the season
with a long way to go and sufficient
time to improve. Coach McTavish certainly intends to work the team hard
in the coming weeks.
The rugby team travels to Klahanie
Park, North Vancouver next Saturday
to face the provincial champions,
Capiiano Football Rugby Club. IB
T-Birds rebound from loss to tame Cougars
UBC women's hockey picks up the puck and breaks a 16 game losing streak against Regina
by Onkarbir Torr
It was a sweet revenge for the
Thunderbird women's hockey team
this weekend after coming off a 3-5
loss to the Regina Cougars on
Friday and finishing on Saturday
with 3-2 win. The T-Birds were definitely the underdogs against the
strong Regina team, whose great
CIS season last year placed them
second in the conference.
The Cougars played aggressively
from the start and made several
forays into the T-Birds defense.
Regina dominated in the initial
minutes of the game. While the
strong goaltending of UBC's Lisa
Lefreniere kept them at bay for a
while, a Cougars powerplay allowed
Kelsie Graham to score the first
goal eight minutes in. But thankfiil-
ly the goal seemed to wake the T-
Birds up. Retaliation began with
UBC moving in on Regina's net.
After Kelly James's shot found
the back of the net, both teams left
first period with a goal under their
In the second period, Regina
started off on the same aggressive
note. But so did UBC and T-Bird
T-BIRDS GUARD GOAL: UBC wins against Regina. yinan max wang photo
Lefreniere managed to deflect
some good shots by Regina in the
first five minutes. UBC was ahead
for the first time when
Thunderbird Anne-Sophie Larsson
put one past the Regina goaltender.
With a one-goal lead, UBC was looking strong on the ice and Larsson
helped set up room for UBC's
Norwegian import Julia Staszewski
to stir up some on-ice excitement. A
couple of minutes later, James
scored again as she shot a lose puck
into the Regina net. It was 3-1 for
In the third period, UBC held on
to their two-goal lead. Halfway
through the period, Regina got
another power-play, but could not
capitalise on their advantage.
The match turned a bit physical
towards the end. With six minutes
to go, a UBC player collided with
one of the Cougars. In the next
minute, a Regina player deliberately went after a T-Bird. The referee
sent the Regina player off the ice.
UBC went on a power-play, but
unfortunately could not score.
With less than a couple of minutes to go, Regina got a power-play.
They pulled their goalie out. UBC
almost got their fourth goal, but the
shot was deflected of the post. The
Cougars put another shot past UBC
and managed to reduce the margin
with twelve seconds to go on the
clock. UBC held on to a 3-2 victory
in spite of the fact that Regina out-
shot the T-Birds.
After the game, UBC coach Dave
Newson was very pleased with the
team's performance, especially
after suffering a defeat at the hands
of the same team previous night.
He remarked, "We are ecstatic. We
knew Regina is a very tough team to
play against, and with starting
against them at home, we knew it
would be a challenge to get at least
one win. We made a lot of adjustments from Friday's game to
Saturday's game and it allowed us
to be more successful." He added,
"It was a good team effort."
T-Birds captain Katrina Malysh
felt "awesome" about the match.
She said, "It was a great team effort.
Everyone played so wrell. I think, we
kept our calm and kept the momentum."
Top scorer of the night, James,
was glad that "our team kept composure. The team was short-handed
in the last few minutes. It is really
detrimental to our game. I am really proud of our team."
UBC goalie Lefreniere saved 34
shots. She said "The team just came
together unbelievably. The last couple of minutes were very tense.
[Defense] stepped up, forwards
stepped up, the centre stepped up.
Everyone just came together at the
"We have been working so hard
and coming up to win like that after
we could never beat Regina for 16
straight games. It just elevates you
to the next level where you have
self-confidence, and with that type
of confidence I think we can really
take anyone," Lafreniere added.
The win gives UBC a much-needed boost before they travel to the
Prairies and face the University of
Manitoba in Winnipeg on October
21. H
Win number Three
The UBC football team took on the
Regina Rams in an away game on
Friday, October 14. UBC pulled off its
third straight win with a final score of
32-13. This puts the T-Birds in fourth
place in the Canada West standings.
UBC takes on SFU at Thunderbird
Stadium on Tuesday night.
Can Am Weekend
The UBC men's volleyball team played
in the Can Am Challenge in Edmonton
over the weekend. On Friday the T-
Birds fell to UCLA with a score of 3-0,
but came back later that day against
Pepperdine when UBC won 3-0. On
Saturday the Thunderbirds challenged
Lewis and won 3-0. Unfortunately BYU
beat UBC in the later game on Saturday
with a score of 3-0. The Canada West
opener takes place at War Memorial
Gym on October 28-29 when UBC
takes on Calgary.
Dino spikes
The UBC women's volleyball team took
part in the Husky Dino Cup hosted by
the University of Calgary last weekend.
The Thunderbirds took down Alberta
on Friday with a score of 3-0. In their
second game on Friday, UBC lost to
Calgary with a final score of 3-0. On
Saturday, UBC played a close game
against Montreal. The T-Birds managed to pull off a 3-2 win. The UBC
Thunderbirds took on the Calgary
Dinos on Sunday in a battle for the
gold medal. Unfortunately, the
Thunderbirds lost 3-0.
Canada West Tournament
The women's field hockey team dominated over Calgary on Friday in the
third tournament of the Canada West
series held in Victoria. Saturday's
game against UVIC was a Httie closer
with UBC pulling off a 1-0 win. On
Sunday the T-Birds tied Alberta 1-1.
Birds lose to Bears
On the ice in Edmonton this weekend
the UBC men's hockey team wasn't
able to keep up with Alberta dining
Saturday's game. Alberta came away
with a 4-1 win over the T-Birds. UBC
comes home to take on Lethbridge on
October 21-22.
Sunday shutout
The women's soccer team triumphed
over Manitoba on Saturday winning 4-
0. On Sunday UBC trampled Regina
pulling off an 8-0 win.
T-Birds take down Vikes
The men's soccer team took on
Victoria in an away game that resulted
in a 2-1 win for the Thunderbirds. The
next game is at Swangard Stadium
against SFU on October 18. 81
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Tuesday. 18 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Wheels of disaster relief grind slowly
Natural and social disasters have
wreaked havoc around the globe
since time immemorial. With the
creation of the Disaster Assistance
Response Team (DART) in 1996,
Canada was supposed to have a
rapid response team ready to be
dispatched anywhere in the world
at the touch of a button to respond
to ecological fever.
And with the recent devastation in Pakistan as a result of the
7.6 magnitude earthquake on
October 8, it would be expected
that DARTs services in the
region would be extremely beneficial—right?
But the lack of immediate
action taken this past week after
Pakistan's devastating earthquake—where an estimated
50,000 are believed to have died—
one has to wonder why Canada
insists on dragging its feet.
Two days after the earthquake
in Pakistan, a small Canadian
task force was deployed to the
region hit by the quake. For the
most part, the force was entirely
inconsequential to the relief
effort in the frantic aftermath.
And until the entire force of 200
arrives, DART will be running on
what is essentially a skeleton
crew of 12. The remaining 188
personnel members are scheduled to arrive October 25, more
than a fortnight after the emergency began.
It seems reasonable to question why the Canadian response
suffered from considerable delay.
The DART mandate is to provide
relief and assistance to regions
affected to natural disasters, and
its services are wide-ranging,
contingent upon a meager
$500,000 annual budget.
Deploying DART, however, is
not an easy and direct process.
The Canadian government is not
the sole arbiter when it comes to
sending DART into disaster
regions. A request from the country experiencing the disaster or
from the United Nations must be
received by the Canadian government before a decision is made
on sending out DART personnel.
Once Canada decides that DART
would be beneficial in attending
to the disaster, a team of 12
people must travel to the disaster
region and survey the damage
in the area.
This convoluted deployment
process has hampered DARTs
response time in previous disasters. In 2004, after the tsunami
hit south-east Asia, DART was
prepared to leave for the region
less than 24 hours after disaster
struck. But it took two days for
the Canadian government to officially declare that DART needed
to be dispatched.
And it wasn't until two weeks
after the tsunami that members
of DART actually boarded a plane
headed to the region. Canadian
officials engaged in an unnecessarily lengthy debate about the
merits of going to Sri Lanka;
some were even initially opposed
to sending help. There's nothing
wrong with a good ol' fashioned
policy debate, but maybe we can
expedite the process and cut the
poHtical posturing when an
entire geographic region is
underwater. Or, for that matter,
when an entire geographic region
is reduced to rubble.
There is also another problem
plaguing the quick and efficient
deployment of DART forces—the
lack of national air transportation
capable of transporting Canadian
personnel and materials need to
assist with relief efforts.
The federal government has
faced criticism for their lackluster response to recent disasters.
Their reply is that that DART cannot be rushed because Canada
needs to be sure they would be
welcomed by host nations.
It's understandable: the host
nation needs to exercise its
autonomy before the response
teams come swooping down without their consent. But what the
government fails to realise
amidst all the political rhetoric is
that the first 48 hours are the
most vital. And once the need has
been expressed, we need to
respond. Stat.
There seems to be a disconnect between policy and
response. And while we do not
deny the efficacy of DART once
they have arrived on the scene,
we do question the timing of the
decisions where the efficacy of
existing institutions could be
Otherwise, the callous message we send is as follows: the
wheels of justice turn slow—take
a number, ll
An Open Letter to the AMS
Dear AMS,
Congratulations on your birthday! The propaganda looks especially nice this year. It took you
and your friends half a century,
but you have finally accomplished your goal: to squeeze
every last penny out of every one
of your students, while serving
them the best way the Party sees
fit—all this while making it look
like it was the students' fault.
Our own friendly community-
home-grown AMS, systematically
made sure with meticulous care
to purchase bigger and better
'necessities/ like those
wonderful automatic doors and
the soon-to-come Whorebucks,
instead of making sure hundreds
of people in the SUB would not
have to wait in 20-minute lineups to get their overpriced and
hastily-made Victory Burgers,
and then, looking for a clean,
well-lit place to eat, find one
seating area that resembles a
21st century battleground, and
one resembling a bus station, at
best, with all seats taken—
everywhere. Where are those
dastardly bums, for whom we
had to sacrifice one of our few
comforts when escaping from
the dilapidated walls of the
Buchanan complex? I guess we
all know the bitter truth by now:
if we are pricked, we no longer
bleed; between a credit-card
issuing university, the
government that put before itself
to make us all into Starving
Bohemian Intellectuals and the
drive to whore, out all we can to
condo living and corporate
interests - well, we've run dry.
And the best part? Your gift of
apathy to us gave you your
power, so, whether I have to eat
my lunch like an Iraqi refugee
while paying $4,000 yearly or
whether my concerns are being
placed much below expedient
administration, the betterment
of humanity through crushing of
teaching by Research, Holy
Postmodern Theory and Robots-
it's my own damn fault.
Congrats, big bro'.
—Michael G. Khmelnitsky
English Honours 4
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Do you think Canada
"I don't know/but I guess compared to other countries, we probably do pretty well.*
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Arts 3
*I think that Canada is pretty well
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—Joy Boo
Arts 2
"In terms of helping other people,
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consistent effort.*
—Richard Pitman
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"Initially I don't think Canada does
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Carolynne Burkholder THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 18 October, 2005
Culture 7
Domino: America's next top bounty hunter?
Also: Ian Ziering Is
still working in fil
Now playing
by Aaron Carr
*My name is Domino Harvey. I am a
bounty hunter.*
Repeat this line a couple times.
Record it Play it back on infinite loop.
Now start ramming your face into a
brick wall until your vision begins to
blur and the colours start to bleed
into one another. If a brick wall is
unavailable, substitute something
dense and blunt Go ahead, be creative! Once you've developed a
headache on par with a tequila-binge
hangover, take a break. When you
start to feel a little better, like maybe
all of this nastiness is over, do it
again. And again.
And again.
This is what it's like to sit through
Domino. But if you're still curious—
or just masochistic—here's the scoop.
In this loose adaptation of the true
tabloid story, British-born, US-raised,
Domino Harvey (Keira Khightley) is
the daughter of actor Laurence
Harvey (of Manchuxian Candidate
fame) and Vogue cover girl Paulene
Stone. After a short stint as a model,
Domino decides the privileged life
isn't for her and lashes out at everyone around her, which ends up costing Domino her modeling job and
gets her expelled from school.
Then one day the angiy-at-the-
world/ would-be femme fatale stumbles across an ad for a bounty hunter
seminar. This leads to her big break
in the world of bounty hunting when
alive and well and
m and television!
she lands a job with aged and hardened bounty hunter Ed Mosbey
(Mickey Rourke) and his partner in
ass kicking, Choco (Edgar Ramirez),
who both work for legendary LA bail-
bondsman Claremont Williams III
(Delroy Ldndo).
Life as a bounty hunter begins
well for Domino. She even scores a
deal for a reality TV show that documents the exploits of her bounty
hunting team, hosted by Ian Ziering
and Brian Austin Green of Beverly
Hills 90210 (as themselves).
Everything goes downhill from there
as they all get caught up in a deal
gone wrong that finds them trapped
between the Mob and the FBI. Much
of this story is told through flashback
as Domino recounts the story to FBI
investigator Taryn Miles (Lucy Liu).
To say that Domino director
Tony Scott is past his prime is an
understatement. Scott had his
biggest hit almost two decades ago
with Top Gun, and the best film of
his career is the Quentin Tarantino
scripted True Romance, released in
1993. With his hey-day long behind
him, Scott seems to have turned to
music videos for inspiration.
Maybe the geriatric director
thought making an entire feature-
length film in the same style as a
music video would make it a hit
with today's youth. Maybe he
thought it would be cool—even sty-
fistic. It's not: the result of this gimmicky filmmaking comes much
closer to annoyance. Any style, coolness, or actual content there could
have been in this film simply gets
lost in an amazingly aggravating
series of ridiculously quick cuts,
unnecessary shaky cam shots, and
an unmitigated barrage of badly
photographed, unfocussed, over-
saturated shots that melt into each
other in a nonsensical visual mess.
I realise that this type of style
has become a bit of a fad in
Hollywood of late (curiously, mostly
with older action directors struggling to stay afloat), but in this
case it's all the film has. What little
plot and characterisation exists in
Domino is clouded over, or outright
omitted, to give way to yet more
unneeded stylistic elements.
To its credit, Domino does sport
some good performances. Mickey
Rourke is in top form as tough guy
bounty hunter Ed, Lucy Liu is
superb playing yet another cold
hearted bitch, and even the 90210
duo are hilarious, albeit while playing themselves. Keira Knightley
turns in a spotty performance as
the titular character. Because Tony
Scott was apparently too busy taking notes from MTV and Pokemon
to bother directing his actors,
Knightley does the tough bad girl
very well, but fails to deliver anything else. For the central charac
ter, she's incredibly one-dimensional
and boring. The shining star of the
flick is of course Christopher
Walken, playing Mark Heiss, the
producer of Domino's reality TV
show in the film. As always, Walken
is spectacular and completely
steals the show, despite his limited
screen time.
As good as Mr Walken is, however, I can't recommend Domino. It's
too painful. In fact,, if you should
ever find yourself facing the choice
between watching Domino or pouring mouthwash down your urethra,
say 'pass the Listerine.* II
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Tuesday, 18 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
"A good night for a heart attack": get some Pussy on your platter this Friday at the Arch
Get Some
Spitfire Records
by Nick Fontaine
For anyone who loves Motorhead,
Texas Union Underground, or any
other  turbocharger  rock group,
there's a new album out on the
street and it kicks some serious
ass. Nashville Pussy is back on
the prowl, with a new look, a
new line-up, and a new CD
full of fire, Get Some.
This is Pussy's fourth
album to date, but it's
their first under a new
label — Spitfire
Records—and the first
with  their  new
bassist,   Karen
Cuda,   who
adds one hell of a bottom end to
thirteen all-new tracks. The band's
sound has come a long way since
their Grammy-nominated Let
Them Eat Pussy was released way
back in 1996. Nine years later,
they're still together, and they've
still got it.
The husband/wife team of lead
vocalist  Blaine   Cartwright  and
lead   guitarist   Ruyter   Suys   (a
Canadian?—now     you     respect
them!) have set up a real-
 ^^^     ly fun and lively ass-
jfH^^Jk       kicker in Get Some.
Songs like   'Pussy
Time* and 'Good
Night    For    A
Heart Attack*    &
are armed with Cartwright's self-
destructive sex 'n' drugs attitude
and blazing drum tracks by Jeremy
Thompson, master of the grunge
rock-a-billy fill. The covers on this
CD are spiced up too: Cartwright's
take on Ike and Tina Turner's
'Nutbush City Limits* screams
along, with a thick and fresh bass
line from Cuda, who shows off a
nimble, grounded style. Their
cover of Ace Frehley's
'Snowblind* is another
favourite, as Cartwright's
throaty scream-
<?„ s,^as^ speaking and
/lyHHKfll^i   Pus-h power
a frenetic bass/guitar progression
As far as production value
goes, Daniel Rey (former producer of White Zombie, The „
Ramones   and   Masters   of ^
Reality) has definitely put his
experience down on this CD.
However, if I had to pick one
fault   with   Get
Some, it would
be   that   the
solid back-up
vocals     are
almost completely   lost
behind  the
heavy mix;
if Rey had
been a little more diligent in his
^ blending, this could have been
Ultimately, though, this CD
will not disappoint.  The best
words tp describe its sound are
Cartwright's    own:    'It's    like
AC/DC     making     out     with
Motorhead     while     Lynyrd
Skynyrd watches.*  And he's
right. Get Some   is a sharp,
fun-doing-it    album    that'll
have you whistling
a twisted Dixie
all   the   way
to the mosh
pit. II
and mines, moles, and wormholes without sunlight
Six Shooter Records
by Ritu Kumar
Elliott Brood's debut album.
Ambassador, left me perplexed. It
seemed that no words could fully
articulate the pain involved in the
Ambassador experience. But imagine
a hybrid of alternative, folk, and blue-
grass with a little Radiohead and The
Travelling Wilburys thrown in for
good measure. Add acid to the mix.
Stir until it simmers.
Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso, and
Stephen Pitkin—the trio that form
Elliott Brood—seem to be confused
about where they want to go with
their sound. At the beginning of
Ambassador they sound mellow
and folksy, but soon their music
acquires a more country-esque
twang. Signed to the (usually
strong) Six Shooter Record label
(which also carries bands like The
Weakerthans), Elliott Brood is in a
class of its own. The label's slogan
argues that "life is too short to listen to shitty music* So why did
they sign Elliot Brood?
With passable instrumentals.
Ambassadors most glaring flaw is
the vocal talent—or rather, the lack
thereof. Choosing not to project his
voice to better showcase his harmonics, lead singer Casey Laforet preferred to just whisper. But alas, his is
not the sexy, husky, deep susurrus
that drives the girls crazy. Instead,
the result is the complete inability to
make out the lyrics to his poorly composed songs. Maybe it's some big
secret, but I couldn't for the life of me
figure out what the man was whispering about.
The best part of this CD sadly had
nothing to do with the music. You
should buy this CD, not to listen to the
less-than-stellar track listing, but just
so that you can play with the CD case.
Designed as a travel kit, the cover has
a pocket with an Elliott Brood souvenir postcard, a project invoice with
remnants of an angry letter on the
back, and a one way Great Lake
Railways train ticket to Detroit. Sure,
I'll go to Detroit, Elliott Brood: just so
long as you're not there.
As you can see, Elliott Brood
just wasn't able to make a positive
impression. Their musical style
seemed more cacophonous than
innovative, and despite their
instrumentals being strong, their
vocal harmonics didn't show the
strength or range necessary for a
high-calibre band. Nice cover—in
fact it's better left wrapped.
Make Love! The
Bruce Campbell Way
by Momoko Price
On the back of the promotional
release CD of Make Love! The Bruce
Campbell Way, Bruce Campbell (of
Army of Darkness fame) recalls the
initial impetus for his latest creation:
"I'm knee-deep in actor pals, why not
record the book like a radio play?*
Um, because it sucks, Bruce.
Don't get me wrong, assessing a
work by the man behind brash,
big-chinned space cowboy who
starred in Brisco County Jr. is not
a task to be taken lightly. It would
have been great to be the first to
unearth the next Campbell cult
classic, but pseudo-fictional dialogue with few jokes and no music
just can't compete with current
pop releases. Besides, putting
Bruce out in the public without his
chin, his smiling brown eyes or his
burly physique is like throwing a
boy to the wolves. Worse, it's like
throwing Ash Williams into the
14th century without his boom-
stick. It's just plain wrong.
Apparently the CD I got is only
Disc One of a six-CD set, which was
in turn created to accompany a
new book that Campbell has
released. I can't fathom how they
decided that six discs narrating
Campbell's faltering acting career
would bring a profit. The story fol-"
lows Campbell through a mildly
humourous anecdote about trying
to play a minor part in a major
motion picture called Let's Make
Love. Unfortunately, anecdotes are
supposed to be short—this one ran
for over an hour.
Nevertheless, no one does self-
mockery quite like Campbell.
While he can slap his own face
harder than an angry Frenchman
with lines like 'The weight of
hypocrisy would be too much to
bear if I was to write a book on a
subject oh which I was essentially
retarded,* he can also be quite
subtle (*I hadn't read this much
since my six months in college*).
His ability to kick himself when
he's already down is impressive,
even if it only holds your attention
for fifteen minutes.
Brisco, I tried to love it, but in
all honesty if I tried to make love
the Bruce Campbell way, I'd be as
lonely as you. Sorry, buddy.
The Tales of Don
Organik Rekords
by Ann Hui
'Lay down, we'll blanket you in darkness,* 5th projekt vows. And on The
Tales of Don Quixote, the recent 11-
track extended EP released by the
Toronto band, Canada's 5th projekt
pull out all the stops to keep that
promise to you.
The band sounds something
like My Bloody Valentine's little
sister—if said hypothetical sibling
had been birthed in a dark
enchanted forest and christened
with a streak of dark red lipstick.
5th projekt belongs to that exclusive circle of oh-so-hipsters who
spell their 'c's with a 'k,' and know
that Roman numerals are back in
black, baby. Nominated for Best
Alternative Artist at this year's
Toronto Independent Music
Awards, and with a band member
named 'SkoDT,' the group is well
on their way to indie-legitimacy.
Self-proclaimed 'pioneers of
neo-classical romanticism,' the
four-piece group has a sound that
is best described as cinematic; giving new meaning to the term
'mood music,' 5th projekt creates
rich atmospheric music that is
both evocative and incredibly dramatic. Picture 'bushfires igniting
in deserts,* "landmines, moles
and wormholes without sunlight,*
and you'll have some idea of what
their new album sounds like.
With The Tales of Don Quixote,
released earlier this year by their
own label, Organik Rekords, 5th
projekt interjects lush instrumental interludes to relieve listeners
from the intensity of vocalist Tara
Rice. The frontwoman sounds like
a cross between the vocal acrobatics of Sarah Slean and the passion
of Evanescence's Amy Lee; Rice's
voice gliding past the madness of
the music below her.
The 'romanticism' in 'neo-classical romanticism' is most obvious on
the short instrumental track entitled
"Glockenspiel." As you well know,
romanticism was all about imagery,
and "Glockenspiel" brings to mind a
vision of twinkling fights in the foggy
night, or a fairy tale gone horribly,
horribly wrong.
The range of the group is seen
as the album builds up into a
dizzying frenzy with "In a Coma,"
while displaying impressive
restraint on the haunting
"DISTRAKTid." The album ends
with the pretty and incredibly layered "Resistance," easily the best
track on the entire album. Anyone
looking for a soundtrack to accompany them in the dark, dreary
October world can take solace in
this album. U


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