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HARDCORE HEAVY METAL
UBC wins 66 medals at Canada West meet.
Pages 6-7
FRANCO SHIRTLESS, AGAIN!
Marine movie surpasses low expectations.
Page 8
YOUR PAPER, YOUR VOICE
On hypocrisy and handsome barley yields.
Page 11
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
Vol.LXXXVII   N°32
Tuesday, 31 January, 2006
Get thee to a nunnery, Colin FarreU since 1918
Keystone moving on up
BoG results not yet
released, appeal
decision pending
by Paul Evans
NEWS EDITOR
Slowly but surely the unofficial
Alma Mater Society (AMS) election
results trickled in to an eager audience gathered at the GaUery on
Friday night.
Current VP Finance Kevin
Keystone took the race for
President, securing 1949 votes,
more than doubling his opponent
Jeremy SheU.
"I didn't know how this was going
to end up," remarked Keystone.
This election marked SheU's
second bid for the AMS' top spot
and after hearing the results, he
said, "I don't think I represent what
this campus wants."
With 1617 votes, David Yuen
won his bid for VP Administration,
beating rival Sean Kearney, who
received 1032 votes.
"I'm very pleased with the win,"
said Yuen. "I felt that the race was
weU run by aU the candidates."
The highly anticipated decision
for VP Academic went to Jeff
Friedrich, who claimed just over
half of the votes cast (1605). He
beat Laura Levine (674 votes),
Mariana Payet (663 votes), and
CoUeen Atherton (254 votes).
"I thought it was going to be a lot
closer than it was," said Friedrich
after hearing the numbers. He
added that his campaign's focus on
the issue of the UBC Farm helped
form an important gathering point
for generating support.
Sophia Haque, whose only opponent for the VP Finance spot came
from joke candidate Dan Anderson,
said that she would have welcomed
more serious competition.
"I think the race could have been
more legitimate if more people had
run," said Haque.
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CHEERS AND JEERS: AMS hopefuls await their fates Friday night at the Gallery.This year marked
highest voter turnout in the last seven years. See election results chart on page 2. trevor gilks and
MICHELLE MAYNE PHOTOS
She garnered 2352 votes for
the win.
Like Haque, VP External candidate Ian PatiUo needed only to beat
a joke candidate to secure his position. He did so handily, -earning
1818 votes and beating Cameron
FunneU (678 votes).
The only results not announced
were for the Board of Governors'
seats. The candidates wiU have to
wait until an appeal launched by
Lyle McMahon on January 11 is
resolved, said Chris Eaton, academic governance officer.
McMahon, an international stu
dent, is appealing a ruling rejecting
his BoG nomination. The University
Act prohibits international students
from sitting on BoG.
"I think it's unfortunate but I
understand the need the need for
See "Election Results"page 2.
No bulldozing on the Boulevard, yet
High demand on booming construction market adds further delays to UBC developments
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
Skyrocketing prices in the volatile
Lower Mainland construction
market have caused UBC to delay
renovations to one of its major
developments.
The University Boulevard project, an ambitious $100 million
redesign that was supposed to recreate the entranceway to the
University for the spring centennial
celebration in 2008, wiU now be
broken down into three different
phases.
Parcel A, the area containing the
underground bus station and
University square, wiH be pushed
back until December 2008 while the
subsequent parcels, B and C, won't
be completed until 2010 and 2012
respectively.
Given the overly aggressive
nature of this project, Gavin Dew,
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
Academic, said he wasn't surprised
by the announcement.
"Previously there had been a
goal to complete phase one of the
project by 2008 and I think that was
just ludicrous," said Dew.
"Itwas an overly ambitious schedule," he added. "It wasn't viable...to
try to get it down in that time."
While disappointed, Linda
Moore, director of external affairs
for U-Town, said that breaking down
the project into increments wiU
make it financially feasible.
"WE KNEW THAT THERE WOULD BE A BUILDING BOOM
WITH THE OLYMPICS BUT I DON'T THINK ANYBODY
REALISED THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT WOULD IMPACT
PROJECTS NOT JUST AT UBC, BUT PROJECTS IN THE
LOWER MAINLAND."
-Linda Moore
Director of External Affairs, U-Toum
"The whole approach is a Httie
more conservative," she explained.
Since the announcement of the
2010 Olympics, demand for construction has exceeded avaUable
resources in the Lower Mainland.
Sharp spikes in that have already
caused UBC to delay its planned
construction of a new Empire Pool.
This delay resulted in UBC being
forced to forgo the hosting of the
2006 Pan-Pacific Swimming
Championships.
Nobody,  according to  Moore,
See "Boulevard Delay"page 2.
Phasing in
the towers
Phase two design
gets approval from BoG
but delays cost UBC
additional $20 million
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
The UBC Board of Governors (BoG)
quickly approved the phase two
designs for the Marine Drive
Towers last week, agreeing to
make the two remaining buildings
18 and 17 stories.
The second portion of the towers is expected to dehver another
1000 beds.
This decision was made with
news that the year-long delay of
construction has added $20 million to the $ 100 milHon project—a
sum that students Hving in residence wiU eventuaUy have to foot.
This could translate into a
$240 per year increase for aU students in residence when the towers are completed in 2007, said
VP Students, Brian SulHvan.
The loss of beds from the
tower reductions and delays in
design approval contributed to
this, he added.
"We were very, very concerned
because that's a significant impact
and we didn't want this to drag on
any longer/ explained SulHvan.
The increased costs have come
as a result of compromises with
outside forces, said Gavin Dew,
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
academic.
"It's not a good thing that this is
more expensive, conversely it's a
dehcate balance," he said. "It is
not the students' fault that this has
occurred. Unfortunately this is
how the business model works
and how it's recovered."
The original proposal for Marine
Drive Residences called for 2000
new beds. But when the GVRD determined that the first tower exceeded
regional district regulations, UBC
was forced to redesign and
subsequently lost 400 beds in the
process.
The phase two designs came
under the same scrutiny from
Wreck Beach advocates.
The towers, according to Judy
Williams, chair of the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society
(WBPS), wiU exceed visible tree
lines from Wreck Beach and in
effect destroy the view.
The Wreck Beach Preservation
Society has already sent letters of
complaint to the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD).
WilHams hopes that the GVRD
wiU reconsider the designs and
request that the towers be lowered
to 16 stories.
"There is no compromise
here...all they've done is bring [the
18 storey towers] into compHance
[with GVRD guidelines]," said
WilHams.
"Every bit of [the BoG] meeting
was orchestrated," she said.  "It
See "Marine Towers"page 2.
A 2 News
Tuesday, 31 January, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Keystone 1949
r'" Shell 862
 Omori 490
PRESIDENT
Friedrich 1605
Payet 663
Levine 674
|Atherton254
VP ACADEMIC
Anderson 800
VP FINANCE
Thompson 395
VP ADMINISTRATION
Kearney 1032
Funnell 678
VP EXTERNAL
$20 million increase could lead to $240/year
increase for all students in residence in 2007
Two exec positions lacked serious candidates
"Election Results" from page 1.
due process," said BoG candidate Tim Louman-Gardiner.
"I don't find [the delay] surprising, Lyle has a good case,"
said Darren Peets, speaking on
behalf of the Fire Hydrant BoG
candidate.
Initial indications show that
more students turned out to vote
than in previous years but that
those students voted for fewer
positions each.
"You have a very interesting
situation here... not in that you
have apathy but a lack of
conviction in the choices before
them," said AMS President
Spencer Keys.
"[Students] showed up to
vote but not for every position."
Elections Administrator Ian
McKechnie said that in terms
ofihe total number of voters,
this year marked the highest
turnout in the past seven
years.ll
"Marine Towers" from page 1.
was a mockery of due public
process."
UBC officials beHeve that the
consultation,was fair. According to
Denis PavHch, VP External and
Legal Affairs, UBC is pleased to
move forward with the development.
"I'm happy with the way the
board decided this," said PavHch.
"They looked at the manner from
a very principle point of view and
they did a fair reconcUiation of
the two competing interests." II
"Every bit of [the
BoG] meeting was
orchestrated... It
was a mockery of
due public process."
-Judy Williams
Chair, Wreck Beach
Preservation Society
New proposal calls for trolleys buses to stay
above ground while diesels go below ground
Boulevard Delay" from page 1.
would have been able to anticipate
the way the construction market
has taken off.
"We knew that there would be a
building boom with the Olympics
but I don't think anybody reahsed
the extent to which it would impact
projects not just at UBC, but projects in the Lower Mainland."
Among the changes that have
been made to the designs is the
structure of the underground bus
station. TroUey buses wiU now stay
above surface, rather than the original plan, which called for all buses
to descend underground, said
Transportation Consultant to UBC,
Richard Drdul.
"Anything that isn't a troUey bus
wiU be in the station," said Drdul.
"It'U stiH be below grade, the only
change from what was originaUy
presented is the troUey buses are
going to be on the surface."
The idea is to stiU have the
busses come as close to the station
as possible, he said.
Drdul said that if the underground station was to house the
troUey busses, another $7 milHon
would be tacked onto the already
cash-strapped project
Moore rebuked claims that this
would compromise the original
vision for the University Boulevard
development.
"We don't think the troUeys wiU
have a negative impact, in fact, we
think that the troUeys might even
have a positive impact in terms of
bringing more life to the street,"
she said.
Also announced as part of the
modifications, the General Service
Administration Building (GSAB) on
East MaU, originaUy slated to be
removed as part of parcel C's criteria, wiH not be removed after aU. II
'Tweens
Lunar New Year Celebration
C.K. Choi Building
February8,11:30-2pm
This is a free event to celebrate
the year of the dog. Come see
the bootylicious lion dance.
Lyle Wilson Carving
Museum of Anthropology
Now to March 31',
Tues-Sun 11am-5pm
Like poles? Come see a live
totem pole carving in progress.
If you'd like more detailed
description of this event, go to
www.moa.ubc.ca/exhibits.
University Singers
The Chan Centre
February 2,12- 1pm
UBC's school of music hosts this
free event.
Nicola Cavendish in
Conversation with Jerry
Wasserman
Frederic Wood Theatre
February 1,12-1 pm
Nicola Cavendish comes to UBC
to talk about her art. And the
best part: it's absolutely free!
www.theatre.ubc.ca
"Managing Canada's
Nuclear Waste: The Ultimate
Engineering-Sustainability
Challenge"
MacLeod Building, Rm 202
January31,11-12:15pm
If you want to listen to garbage,
come out today!
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Tuesday, 31 January, 2006
Vol.LXXXVII  N°32
Editorial Board
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news editors Paul Evans SC Eric Szeto
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photo editor Yinan Max Wang
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volunteers Colleen Tang
volunteers@ubyssey.bcca
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by Ross Prusakowski
THE GATEWAY (UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA)
EDMONTON (CUP)-Students across the
University of Alberta campus might soon be
able to exit a building without having to plunge
into a cloud of smoke or trample on a carpet of
cigarette butts if third-year Physical Education
student Shereen Kangarloo gets her wish.
Kangarloo, who has been involved in tobacco-reduction groups for four years, is circulating a petition in the hopes of putting the question ofa campus-wide tobacco ban on the ballot
during the student union elections in March.
With the petition only 400 short of the 1600
signatures required, students will likely be presented with a plebiscite banning the use and
sale of tobacco products on University property, to be effective July 1, 2006.
An exception would allow for smoking
around residences until July 1, 2008, at which
point the same conditions would come into
effect. This would bring the University of
Alberta in line with Dalhousie University in
Halifax, which has been leading this type of initiative in Canada. If implemented, it would
make the U of A's smoking ban more stringent
than the city of Edmonton's.
"Ever since I became involved and began to
know about tobacco and its effects, I realised
that tobacco should be off campus, and that's
kind of my goal," said Kangarloo. 'I'm pretty
hopeful that the situation on campus will
change through this, but I don't know if it will
be the drastic, full-on change as proposed in
the question.*
However, achieving any change could be
difficult because of the way the electoral system
is set up. Plebiscites are not legally binding on
the student union, or the university administration and serve only as a sign of student opinion on issues.
But according to science councilor Steve
Kirkham—who has previously tried and failed
to have the student union cease selling tobacco
products—the student union and the University
would be foolish to ignore the results if students voted overwhelmingly in favour of the
ban, particularly since a wellness report produced by the University's Senate in July 2003
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recommended a campus-wide tobacco ban.
"I certainly hope [the University] will pursue this in good faith/ Kirkham said. "It could
get the ball rolling a httie faster, and if it's
something that students support, they could
actually have it implemented. *
"That's exactly why there are dates here:
to try and convince the University to do
something.*
A University administration official
declined to comment on how the University
would react if students voted in favour of a
ban. However, current student union VP
Operations and Finance Jason Tobias said it
was extremely likely the student council
would use the results to make a final decision about tobacco sales.
"Eventually we're going to have to come to a
consensus on if we should be selling tobacco
products and using that revenue to fund student services, or whether it's just unacceptable
for us to be doing that,* he said.
"Council has yet to come to a decision on
that, and once they have a plebiscite result to
illustrate where the wind's blowing from the
electorate, then I think that's going to send a
pretty strong signal either way.*
Although a vote would be non-binding,
Kangarloo is optimistic a majority of students
will support a ban, given that only 3.9 per cent
of them smoke regularly, according to a 2004
survey. She also believes that, at the very least,
her petition and plebiscite drive will create
some debate about the issue on campus.
"It's not that.[the student union and the
University] don't care; it's that they just don't
seem to want to change anything if students
aren't saying anything about it,* said
Kangarloo. "So if I can get a good number of
people signing the petition and then voting for
[a tobacco ban], then they may do something
about it.
"I just want the word out and people talking
Translink and Rock the Vote go to court over ads
NOT COMING TO A BUS NEAR YOU: The advertisement pictured above was rejected by Translink. yinan max wang photo
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
A BC Supreme Court case that would determine whether Translink's ban on poHtical
advertising is constitutional is expected to
come to a decision in March.
Rock the Vote BC, a coalition of different
organisations that includes the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS) and the British
Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF)
mounted an advertising campaign aimed at
increasing voter turnout for the 2005 BC
election.
Things turned sour when Translink
abruptly pulled the plug on the project, ruling the ads were too poHtical.
"We were told [by TransHnk] first that
they were partisan," said Scott Payne, CFS
BC national executive representative.
Translink has a strict poHcy that prohibits the running of any advertisements
that are poHtical or controversial in nature.
"When [the CFS] went through the arguments about why they weren't overtly poHtical... we   were   referred   to   a   policy   of
TransHnk, regarding what ads go on buses,"
he said.
One of the ads said: "Register Now. Learn
the issues. Vote May 17, 2005.* It also contained the words tuition fees, minimum
wage, and environment, and had the organisation's website plastered along the top.
Payne claims that ads that have run in
the past have been far more political,
however.
"We've run ads encouraging participating in various poHtical events that we've
organised, days of action...addressing specific issues in regards to post-secondary
education that were much more pointed
than anything these ads said.*
"The decision was arbitrary and more
poHtically motivated on TransHnk's part
than in terms of the poHtical content in the
ads themselves,* Payne said.
Catherine Boies Parker, a constitutional
lawyer representing the students' and teachers' federations, echoed Payne's remarks.
"As I understand it, they've rim pro-
Olympic ads, at least one of the bus systems
have birth-right ads which people would
argue are poHtical,* she said.
"They can't have any poHtical ads, and
they can't have any controversial ads—and
we say that is an unjustifiable infringement.*
A blanket prohibition on all poHtical ads,
said Parker, is not legitimate unless there is
a compelling reason to do so.
She claims that prohibiting ads restricts
certain charter rights, specifically poHtical
speech.
"PoHtical speech is...the most important
kind of speech there is to Canadian society
so you have to have a real strong justification before you're going to limit it*
The judge has not ruled yet whether
there is an infringement on whether its not
justified or not, said Boies Parker, but it will
come out in the next decision.
The CFS is also seeking a damage claim
of about $10,000 for the costs "thrown
away,* said Mark Underhill, a constitutional
lawyer also representing the students and
teachers federation.
TransHnk has declined to comment until
a verdict is made on the case. 81
Blood drive at McGill
shut down after protest
by Sarah Colgrove
THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP) — Hema-Quebec shut down
its on-campus blood drive at McGill this week
after students lined up in drag and blasted
"Tainted Love* to protest the collection
agency's poHcy that excludes men who have
had sex with men (MSM) from donating blood.
About 30 would-be donors, half of them
demonstrators, had registered and were waiting to see a nurse when the blood drive was
closed, about an hour after demonstrators
lined up inside the building where the drive
was taking place.
Hema-Quebec director Pierre JuHen said
that prior to shutting down the centre he
had received a tip that people would appear
and He about their sexual history. Posters
that appeared across campus on Tuesday
invited students to "act faggy, do drag, and
He about [their] sexual history,* in sohdarity
with MSM.
"We cannot accept people who are lying—we
can't take that risk,* said JuHen before he closed
the drive. He refused to comment further.
However, demonstrators said they were
not encouraging ineligible people to He and
donate blood, but urging people who were eH-
gible to invent unusual circumstances that
might prevent them from donating.
"People are going to He...in order to expose
the sexual prejudices underlying the exclusion
poHcies," explained Adrian Bondy, a third-year
Linguistics student. "We're not trying to
include anyone who couldn't donate under the
current restrictions.*
Bondy said that the current poHcy is left over
from early conceptions of AIDS that equated
homosexuality and deviance with the virus.
"This is overt discrimination that limits the
blood supply," he said.
Some demonstrators were planning to say
that they were women who had had sex with
an MSM, and to ask why they were eligible,
while their partner would not be.
Hema-Quebec's current poHcy permanently bans any man who has had sex with a man
since 1977 from donating blood, whereas a
woman who has had sex with an MSM is
excluded for only one year.
"Why can an MSM who has always worn
protection not give blood whereas a woman
who has always had unprotected sex can?*
asked Jamie Cudmore, a second-year
International Development Studies student.
In an impromptu meeting at the beginning
of the demonstration, Hema-Quebec organisers said that they would not close down the
drive as long as demonstrators did not He during the screening process.
However when student union President
Adam Conter and VP Communications and
Events Roz Freeman tried to explain that
demonstrators would only He to make a statement, not to become eligible, JuHen threatened
to block demonstrators from giving blood. The
executives said that they convinced JuHen not to
shut out the demonstrators. But at 3:30 p.m., he
shut down the entire blood drive, saying it
would open again in the morning.
Freeman said the student union would be
increasing its pressure on Hema-Quebec to
revisit its poHcy in the coming weeks, beginning with a meeting with the blood organisation's chair. Last semester, the student council
sent a letter requesting a reevaluation, but
Hema-Quebec has taken no action so far.
Marcel Beaudere, who has volunteered
for eight years with Hema-Quebec, reiterated Hema-Quebec's stance that MSM are the
highest-risk group for HIV infection, and
that excluding them from donating blood
protects blood recipients. He added that
nurses may mark a donation if they think
that a recipient is lying, and that it might be
thrown away.
One HemarQuebec employee, who spoke
under the condition of anonymity because
employees are not allowed to speak to the
press, speculated that the blood drive was
closed to save money.
"If those people give blood, their samples
are going to be questionable, and if we have to
throw away a bag of blood, [that's] between
300 and 400 dollars," said the employee, a
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OTTAWA (CUP)-After narrowly winning the federal election, Stephen
Harper said his government would
"get to work on deHvering change,"
starting on February 6.
On that day, the Governor-General
will swear in new MPs, read the
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Prime Minister Designate Stephen
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"There wiU be difficult situations, minority governments are
never easy, but aH parties recognise
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"They want us to get to work on
deHvering change, and we will be
ready to lead that change."
First in French, then foUowing
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plan for the next week and repeated
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Accountability legislation is
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follow the second Gomery report on
February 1. Tax reductions, including cutting the GST, and resolving
the fiscal imbalance between the
federal and provincial governments
are also on the agenda.
For social issues, Harper said he
would implement their day-care plan,
toughen up the criminal justice system and consult with the provinces to
reduce healthcare wait times. Harper
also said he would like to call a free
vote on same-sex marriage "sooner,
rather than later."
Harper said he wiU work on
issues that are supported by aU
parties. Although aU parties included a dedicated post-secondary education payment to the provinces in
their election platforms, education
issues did not make Harper's Hst
ofpriorities.
In preparation for the speech
from the throne, Harper said he
would consult with the other party
leaders when drafting the speech.
"I'll be open to hearing as much
input as they want to give, but it
wiU ultimately be my decision,"
said Harper.
In Paul Martin's first term,
Harper and Bloc leader Gilles
Duceppe introduced amendments
to the throne speech, which were
accepted by the Liberal party.
After speaking with provincial
and several world leaders, including US President George Bush,
Mexican President Vicente Fox, and
Governor of the Bank of Canada
David Dodge, Harper said he would
be meeting this week with the Chief
of Defense Staff Rick HiHer, "and the
head of the RCMP.
Harper said his conversation with
George Bush was largely congratulatory, and he did not discuss any seri
ous issues. Harper had been strongly
critical of Paul Martin for failing to
discuss many issues with the
American president, including softwood lumber, mad cow disease, and
the situation in Iraq.
Frank McKenna resigned as
Canadian ambassador to the US on
January 25. Harper said he would
replace the diplomat with someone
close to the Prime Minister. In the
past, he had been critical of the
poHtical nature of the appointment,
saying the job should be a nonpartisan position.
Harper said it remains to be seen
whether his government will recognise the Palestinian election results.
"We support a secure Israel and
a democratic Palestine, but for a
nation to be truly democratic that
nation must renounce any use of
terrorism," said Harper.
Arctic sovereignty was an important issue for Harper, as he specifically responded to US ambassador
David Wilkins's statement that they
don't recognise Canada's claims to
the Arctic.
Harper said that they would be
reinforcing Canada's presence in
the North. "The Canadian government wiH defend our sovereignty,"
said Harper. "We have significant
plans for national defense and
defense of our sovereignty, including artic sovereignty. We beHeve we
have a mandate for those from the
Canadian people, not from the US
ambassador to Canada." II
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T-Birds sweep over Calgary Dinos
UBC's second-ranked women's volleyball team pulls through tough
third sets over the weekend
by Cheata Nao
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC women's volleybaU team
cleaned house this weekend as they
won both games against the
Calgary Dinos, both times needing
four sets to dispatch of the Dinos.
Saturday's game was  a game
that the second-ranked
Thunderbirds should have won in
three sets, but a rash of errors and
mental mistakes in the third set
forced the women to take the game
in four against the third-ranked
Dinos. In the end the T-birds defeated the Dinos 25-18, 25-22, 24-26,
25-19.
In the first set of Saturday's
game both teams were see-sawing
for points until Calgary was able to
take a 15-12 lead. However, that
didn't last long as UBC went on to
take the next eight points. The:
Dinos tried to fight their way back
into the set, but strong serves that
looked as if they were barely going
to clear the net by middle SheUey
Chalmers and a block by feUow
middle DanieUe Van Huzein won
the set for the birds 25-18.
Again in the second set Van
Huzein took the set point.
The third set was not as dominating for the Birds as the first two
were. They came out strong and
were on serve for match point at
24-23, but the resilient Dinos
fought back to save match point by
capitaHsing on T-Bird errors and
taking the next three points and
ending set 26-24 in their favour.
"Against a team like Calgary if
you give them a Httie bit they'll take
it," said coach Doug Reimer. "I
could see them playing with a little
bit more bite."
The Dinos came out hitting in
the fourth set, but it wasn't enough
against the Birds. UBC got strong
net play by Chalmers and Van
Huzein and powerful hitting by
Emily Cordonier, including the kiH
to win the set and the match.
Cordonier lead aU players with 23
kills in the match. While Chalmers
and Van Huzein, combined for 20
kills and nine blocks. Defence was
key to winning Saturday's game as
fifth-year Kirby Dow had a team
high of 14 digs and no player on
the Dino's reached double digit
numbers in kills.
"I felt the game belonged to our
middle blockers. When we have
great middle blockers it opens it up
for our outside hitters. It was a
good team effort," said Cordonier
of how the team was able to win
Saturday.
Sunday was much the same as
Saturday. The Birds came out and
dominated the first two sets of the
match. They took an early lead in
the first and wouldn't let the Dinos
get back in it.
It was again the third set that
gave the Thunderbirds trouble.
UBC was leading the set 16-13, but
Calgary went on to take seven of the
next eight points and the next thing
you know it was set point for the
Dinos. A cross-court kiQ from Dow
managed to save one set point, but
it wasn't enough as the Dinos went
on to take the set 25-22.
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The Birds could have let the
third set bog them down, but as a
true testament to their character
they fought back to take the set easily 25-16. In the end the T-Birds
defeated the Dinos 25-17, 25-15,
22-25, 25-16.
"It was more of a character-
builder today," said ChaJmaers. "We>
didn't have that energy and we had
to push harder in certain aspects of
the game."
The T-Birds were strong in all
aspects of their game on Sunday.
Fifth-year   players   Van   Huzein,
Cordonier, and Chalmers led the
offense with a combined total of 39
kiHs.
The hard hitting by the Birds
was too much for Calgary to handle
as they only racked up a total of two
team blocks on Sunday. The T-Bird
defense was firing on aU cylinders
during Sunday's game.
"We needed to bring our blocking more," said Chalmers. "They
were beating us a lot cross court
yesterday from their right side and
we need to bring that in and I think
we did. We shut them down for
a while."
UBC heads out to Langley for a
pair of games against conference
rivals Trinity Western on Friday
and Saturday. Trinity Western is
currently sitting in second place in
the Pacific division just behind
UBC.
"Trinity runs a really fast
offense," said assistant coach Jesse
Knight. "I expect a packed
house....and a lot of energy and a
playoff atmosphere for sure. [UBC]
is excited about that situation. We'U
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Tuesday, 31 January, 2006
Sports 7
Swimming by the numbers
by Tia Town-Schon
SPORTS WRITER
Numbers on the clock are the most important aspect of any swim race. UBC Swim
Birds managed to put up some strong
numbers this past weekend. Hosting the
Canada West Championships, UBC took it
to the visiting teams. Records fell, medals
were won, times were bested, and another
Canada West Championship (CW) was
bestowed upon the swim team. UBC finished the weekend in first place, the
women collecting 864 points, the men
948. Calgary came in second; their men
had 569.5 and their women 507.
Out of 38 events UBC won 28, came
second in 22 and third in 16, meaning out
of a possible 114 medals UBC took 66.
UBC placed a swimmer in the top three of
every event, except one. There were 118
top eight finishes by UBC swimmers. Eight
pool records and 11 meet records were
broken. Scott Dickens broke one of the
longest standing records, from 1990 in
the 200m breaststroke. Second-year
Callum Ng broke the meet record in the
100 backstroke, previously held by Mark
Versfeld; Ng's turns and starts pushed
him far ahead of the pack.
Swimming, however, is also a team
sport. UBC swept the relays, with the
men's 4x100m medley relay smashing the
CW record. The swimmers worked together to sweep five events: men's 100 butterfly (placing one through six), women's
200IM and men's 200 Fly, (one through
four), men's 200m backstroke and 100m
breaststroke (one through three).
Rookies Erin Miller, Sandy Lockhart,
READY, SET, GO: Block and Cooper take to the water for the Thunderbirds.
YINAN MAX WANG PHOTO
Leo Ho and Carmen Block all strongly contributed to the medal count. Miller tying
and breaking records in the 50m and
100m fly. Lockhart swam to a second
place finish in the 1500m freestyle, to win
male Rookie of the meet. Ho and Block
also placed in the top three. Rookie Agatha
Soful achieved her CIS standard time in
the 400m Freestyle while being cheered
on by the team from the deck.
Commonwealth team members Scott
Dickens and Brian Johns were golden in
five  events  each.  Following her  recent
World Cup successes Caitlin Meredith took
home the most hardware with eight
medals. Directly behind her were Hayley
Doody, Ng and Commonwealth team member Darryl Rudolf with seven. Doody also
won the female swim of the meet for her
400m freestyle in which she broke ex-Bird
Jessica Deglau's record. Rudolf also broke
meet records in the 50 and 100m fly.
Pushing all the way to the wall and losing by .04 seconds: heartbreaking. Beating
your closest competition by the largest
point margin ever recorded: priceless. U
YINAN MA& WANG PHOTO
UBC wins
low scoring affair
Sixty-five points—a season low for high-octane T-birds
GOING IN FOR THE KILL: T-Bird Casey Archibald, #11, jumps up for another shot during last Friday's game against UVic. The Birds reigned supreme, yinan max wang photo
by Boris Korby
SPORTS STAFF
UBC has been winning with offence this season,
but it's their unheralded defence that's the reason they remain undefeated after Saturday
night's win at the War Memorial Gym.
The T-birds were able to escape with a 65-
62 victory despite scoring a season low
against the Nation's No. 4 ranked University
of Victoria Vikes.
"I think [our defence] is overlooked because
we score so many points and we like to play that
up-tempo style of basketball, but we know that
when push comes to shove we're able to guard as
well," said guard Chad Clifford, who earned player of the game honours.
Pasha Bains led the way for UBC once again
with 20 points, eight rebounds and four
assists, and Clifford came off the bench and
chipped in with 13 points, including four critical free throws down the stretch to push the
Nation's No. 1 ranked T-birds to 16-0 in conference play and 22-2 overall.
The Thunderbirds managed to hold the
Vikes to 39.7 percent shooting from the floor,
containing a UVic team that had won nine of
its last ten before entering the weekend series
against UBC.
"Sixty-five to 62 is definitely more suited to
the UVic style of basketball but I feel like that just
shows you how versatile we are as a team. We're
able to guard, and to hold a great team like UVic
to only 62 points is a great accomplishment
defensively for our team," added Clifford.
The T-birds dominated most of the first half
before going cold in the last five minutes to let
UVic back within seven as they headed to the
dressing room.
A 13-5 UVic run to start the second half got
the Vikes back into the lead for the first time
since the opening minutes at 41-40. The teams
traded leads the rest of the way until Chad
Clifford took control with the Vikes ahead 60-59
with two and a half minutes left to play.
Clifford completed a three-point play after
going hard to the rim and then got to the line and
drained a pair on UBC's next possession to put
the T-birds ahead by four.
After Bains sunk one of two from the stripe
to put the Thunderbirds up 65-62 with 30 seconds left, former UBC guard Brandon Ellis
missed three attempts from long distance in
the game's final seconds, giving UBC the sweep
in the weekend series.
"We didn't score for the last four or five
minutes of the first half and then the first
couple minutes of the second half. Credit to
their defence, but at the same time we were
just unable to execute some of the things that
we wanted to do on the offensive end, and I
feel like when we got our low post estabUshed, got some easy buckets, then we were
able to get a Httie bit of a rhythm. But at the
same time Uvic is a great basketball team
because they force you to play their style of
game," added Clifford.
Ryder McKeown scored ten points, Casey
Archibald had nine points and eight rebounds,
and Jordan Yu added eight points and four
assists for UBC in the victory.
The win allowed the T-birds to clinch first
place in the Canada West Pacific Division with
four games still to play in the regular season,
guaranteeing them home court throughout the
playoffs, which begin in mid-Februaiy.
In Friday night's game, Casey Archibald
dropped 32 points to lead UBC in a 93-74
route of UVic.
Next up for the Thunderbirds is a home
series against rivals SFU at the War Memorial
Gym on February 2 and 3. U
T-Birds hane on for hard-foueht win
UBC continues their winning
ways with 2-1 victory over
the University of Regina
by Boris Korby
SPORTS STAFF
Centre Darrell May got the game winner on
the power-play with four minutes left in the
second period and goaltender Gerry Festa
made 23 saves, as the T-birds held on for a 2-
1 win over the University of Regina Cougars at
the UBC Winter Sports Complex on Friday
night.
With head coach Milan Dragicevic serving
a one game suspension for a post game altercation in Saskatoon last Saturday, the
Thunderbirds elevated their play in his
absence, out-shooting the Cougars 30-24 and
outplaying them throughout most of the game.
Special teams were the difference for UBC
Friday night, as the T-birds went two for six
with the man advantage while the penalty kill
was perfect in killing all six Regina power-
plays.
'Our power-play won us the game tonight,"
said Dragicevic. "We've been working on specialty teams all week and we were rewarded
with two power-play goals."
"We generated some offence putting the
puck on the net. The biggest thing was
defencemen getting some shots through and
getting some rebounds and that [allowed us] to
score."
Gerry Festa had a stellar performance in
goal for UBC in the victory, making a number
CLOSE CALL: UBC goalie Gerry Festa blocks out Regina's goal, keeping theT-Birds in
the lead, yinan max wang photo
of difficult saves in the second and third periods to preserve the win.
"I thought Festa was dominant throughout
the whole game but especially in the first ten
minutes of the second period when we didn't
play very well. I thought he really rose to the
occasion and really won the game for us right
then," added Dragicevic. "He was the difference [tonight]."
Regina opened the scoring mid-way
through the first period on a goal from forward Jason Weitzel. However, UBC was able to
equalise six minutes later on the power-play,
when defenceman Jarrett Winn snuck down
from the point and fired a one-timer from the
high slot past Regina goaltender Clint
Chalmers. UBC took the lead for good with
four minutes left in the second frame when
May slid a rebound past a scrambling
Chalmers for the eventual game winner.
In the backend of the two game series,
Jarrett Winn, Chad Grisdale and Kyle Bruce led
the way for UBC with two points each, as UBC
rolled to a 6-2 victory over Regina.
The T-birds have won six of their last seven
games and maintained their slim one point
lead over the University of Calgary in their
quest to secure a home playoff berth for the
first time in 35 years.
The Thunderbirds are in Alberta in the
upcoming weeks, facing the University of
Alberta in Edmonton on February 3 and 4, and
then traveling to Calgary to face the Dinos in a
critical series the following weekend. II
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CULTUREWRITER
I'll admit that when I sat down to
watch Annapohs, I did have my
doubts. The premise just seemed so
cliched; a kid from the wrong side
of the tracks achieves his dream of
entering the naval academy, but
once he arrives, nothing is as he
expected.
Sounds an awful lot like the standard feel-good-movie formula—kid
has hard time, kid thinks of quitting, kid receives motivational
speech that inspires him to try harder, musical training montage, kid
reaches his goal and wins adulation. Oh yeah, and somewhere in
there he also gets the girl.
To be fair, some of the aforementioned narrative is retread in
Annapohs, but the film provides
enough twists and surprises to
make you forget the expected cookie-cutter pattern.
For one, the casting is excellent.
There are no huge names making
an appearance simply for the sake
of being big names, and the actors
make their characters quite
believable.
James Franco, in particular, does
a commendable job. His portrayal
of Jake Huard's desire to attend the
academy is intense. Even though
Huard's reasons for wanting to
attend are a little ambiguous,
Franco makes you believe that this
kid really wants to go.
The direction is likewise praiseworthy. Justin Lin is clearly a talented director. He effectively captures the intimidation of academy
instructors without making it too
over the top. He also manages to
develop close friendships between
classmates without coming off too
sappy.
No one is claiming that
Annapohs is a brilliant ground
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however, is a fun way to kill a couple of hours, and isn't that what
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Our musical melee
In which Korn gets unforeseen props, Big Boi
brings perp,and System ofa Down returns
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\BIG BOI PRESENTS
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[Perp?Vol.n
Virgin
by Kian Mintz-Woo
CULTUREWRITER
Big Boi wastes no time reminding
us that the other half of Outkast wiU
not appear on his label's debut
disc. But can Big Boi's gritty flow
can succeed without Andre 3000's
poetic lyricism?
Big Boi has been busy assem-
bHng an answer, preparing a
diverse mix of the Dirty South's up
and comers (Scar and JaneUe
Monae) and a few estabHshed artists
(Bubba Sparxxx and Sleepy Brown).
The success of Big Boi Presents...Got
Purp? Vol. IT hinges on the combination of these artists and Big Boi
knows it—when this album works, it
is because of the contrast he creates
between the guest stars.
In the lead single "Kryptonite (I'm
On It)," Big Boi and his new crew
carefully discuss narcotics against
what sounds like an Egyptian ring-
tone. This is classic Big Boi; the track
could have easily fit amongst the fare
of 2003's Speakerboxxx. But what's
interesting is where Big Boi takes the
rest of the CD.
Sleepy Brown's "Me, My Baby and
My Cadillac," is a straightforward pop
road tune that almost evokes the spirit of Britney Spears' Crossroads. "It's
just me and my baby in my
Cadillac/Fifth wheel on the
back/Yeah, rollin', rollin'...* Sleepy
croons. It's such an interesting and
contradictory musical choice that the
song works in a cartoonish way.
Unfortunately, Big Boi isn't often
so successful. His bouncing "808* is
the kind of lazy rap that permeates
the mainstream. G-Rock brags:
"Superstar grills /1 reflect like a mill."
And JaneUe Monae's "Time Will
Reveal" is an empty exercise in R&B
money-making. She lacks vocal
strength and charm so the beat
inevitably feels stronger than her. It
seems that Big Boi needs more than a
strong single to propel his entourage
forward.
MEGAN MCCAULEY
Megan Mccauley
Wind-up Records
by Colleen Tang
CULTURE STAFF
Megan McCauley is your typical I-
have-something-to-prove-I'm-so-
angry-and-badass teenage girl. And
the American pop-rock singer-songwriter's self-titled EP other angst-rid-
den members of her ilk. McCauley
must be doing something right—one
of her songs, Die For You, was featured in the Fantastic 4 soundtrack.
But I've long passed this adolescent stage—Avril got to me first
This eponymous LP consists of
four tracks, each written by
McCauley. The songs do have nice
rhythmic and guitar sequences that
don't overpower the singer's voice.
In fact, her range is quite powerful
and her voice is distinct enough. But
the songs are unbearably melodramatic. They aren't particularly
mind-blowing, and the lyrics seem
oddly familiar. For example, in
Fragile, she sings, "I am fragile but
I'm strong enough". These lyrics
remind me of songs of tortured
souls and screaming agony performed Evanescence-style. Not to
mention that McCauley looks like a
mini Bif Naked and has the trademark smoky voice to boot
I would definitely recommend
Megan McCauley to those of you still
grappling with whether to hate your
self or the world you inhabit—these
songs will definitely give your fuel. I,
on the other hand, won't get any
fonder of Hstening to "I'll pay you to
shoot him now. I will pay you to take
him out I will pay you to shoot him
now. I'll pay you to blow his brains
out," over and over again.
KORN
See You on the Other
Side
Virgin
by Aaron Carr
CULTURE STAFF
Hardcore Korn fans may have been
fearful of what hideous lovechild
could be spawned from the union of
Korn and production team The
Matrix—best known for their work
with such acts as Avril Lavigne,
Michelle Branch and Hilary Duff. But
breathe easy: See You on the Other
Side is a Korn album through
and through.
In the absence of departed guitarist, Head, Korn has become a
tighter quartet, expanding their
soundscape to new stygian depths of
chaotic cacophony. Added to the mix
this time around are the pop sensibilities of The Matrix and the svelte eleo
tronica stylings of synth maestro
Atticus Ross (half of the trip-hop/alt
rock duo 12 Rounds)—who recently
worked with Trent Reznor on the last
Nine Inch Nails album, With Teeth.
The result of this amalgamation of
aural oddities is a rich, brooding
brew of eerie sounds, pounding
rhythms, and—of course—crunching
guitar riffs.
From singer Jonathan Davis's
creepy echo in "Throw Me Away,"
to the ghostly synth background of
"Love Song", to the ambient static
noise behind the melancholic
piano melody in "Tearjerker," each
track is layered intricately. The
whole album is one massive
stereophonic clusterfuck. Trust
me, this isn't a bad thing.
See You on the Other Side isn't a
complete departure from what came
before. Songs like "Coming Undone"
and "Getting Off" showcase the chugging crunch of guitarist Munky's 7-
string onslaught, while bassist Fieldy
keeps the rhythm cemented to the
auditory depths with his hallmark
synthesis of jazz-inspired slap n' pop
swing with typical metal chug.
Drummer David Silveria keeps the
beat rock sohd throughout it aU.
Hardcore Korn fans wiH also be
happy to know that they can hear
Jonathan Davis's breed of metal scat
on "Liar*. And oh yes, never fear, the
bagpipes are back!
In the realm of lyrics and message, this is perhaps the deepest
album Korn has released since
Issues. Davis covers a broad spectrum of topics here: from perennial
musings about love, life, and misery
in tracks like "Souvenir"; to the rehgious indictment that is "Hypocrites*;
to the antisocial manifesto of poHtical
ranting in "PoHtics" ("Don't want to
talk about poHtics/Don't preach or
talk about poHtics/Don't make me
talk about poHtics/Don't give a shit
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pornographic in songs like " 10 or a 2-
way" ("Doesn't matter she'll be doin it
her way/Doesn't care if it's a 10 or a
2-way") and "Getting Off* ("Licking
your own skin, so trippy/Squeezing
your own ass, so pretty/ Suck the
ways it's used for shitting?*).
See You on the Other Side sees
Korn steering towards what appears
to be a fusion of their roots in raw,
aggressive metal and ambient electronic synth-pop. The album's first
single, "Twisted Transistor*—remixed
to no end for the mass-market night
club scene—may not be a good measuring post for the whole album, but
given the new direction the album
alludes to, it may be indicative of
where the band is headed.
WE ARE SCIENTISTS
With Love and Squalor
Virgin
by Serena Lam
CULTUREWRITER
"Lucid, discerning people with amazing taste and salacious physiques.*
According to We Are Scientists,
these are the people that make up
their fan base. The imphcit message
here then is to make haste to the
nearest record store and pick up a
copy of their debut LP, With Love
and Squalor.
The quirky Brooklyn trio consists
of Murray (guitar, lead vocals), Cain
(bass, backing vocals), and Tapper
(drums, backing vocals). This typical
indie rock band arrangement coupled with an early UK release have
led some to dismiss the band as mere
latecomers to the increasingly over-
saturated genre of danceable pop
rock led by Franz Ferdinand and the
Killers, We Are Scientists dispel such
notions upon closer Hsten.
Standout tracks include the fan-
tasticaUy frantic, "The Great
Escape," complete with an infectious yell-along chorus, "Cash Cow,"
with its with hooky guitar riffs, and
the sHghdy slower but stiH melodious "Lousy Reputation.* Given the
fast pace, energy, and lyrical and
vocal style of their CD, We Are
Scientists are perhaps then best
described as a slightly cooled Hot
Hot Heat. Throughout the twelve
tracks, the band commendably provide just enough variation to estab-
Hsh their sound yet keep fresh,
floundering only on their last two
tracks, which are altogether forgettable. Overall, the band does a soHd
job of blending soaring guitar and
bass lines with catchy lyrics, produc
ing a genuinely fun album that
showcases their potential.
So although We Are Scientists'
debut is not groundbreaking for the
new new-wave pop rock scene, it does
succeed in distinguishing itself from
its peers and serves as an enjoyable
Hsten as we wait for the next band to
revive this revivaHst movement
SOMETIMES
City and Colour
(Dallas Green)
Dine Alone Records
by Sean Lee
CULTUREWRITER
Black and white; dog and cat; Hberal
and conservative—each are diametxi-
caUy opposed by their very nature. If
we extend this simple line of reasoning, one would not logically align a
set of acoustic ballads with any of the
members of Alexisonfire, let alone
guitarist Dallas Green. In this case,
however, making such assumptions
would serve only to 'make an ass out
of u and me'.
Following Alexisonfire's massive
success in both Canada and the
United States with the 2004 release
of Watch Out!, many would expect
Dallas Green to kick back and enjoy
the success his band has enjoyed
recent years. But befitting of a tortured artist, Green has proved that
there is indeed no rest for
the wicked.
To be perfectly blunt, City and
Colour, Green's solo acoustic side
project, is an astounding showcase
ofhis abiHties not only as a guitarist,
but also as a singer/songwriter.
While he has lent his vocal skills to
many of the melodic Alexisonfire
tracks, this new creative outlet
reveals his wide range as a vocahst
The Sometimes EP, released in
late 2005, is truly an amazing
achievement: it not only manages to
totally blindside the Hstener with its
stark contrast to Green's work in
Alexisonfire, but also wins you over
thanks solely to the talent and passion that oozes from every track.
While I've admitted to liking sappy
emo rock in the past, this doesn't
really fit that narrow classification—
Sometimes is a collection of heartfelt
songs, and while it may embody a
few central themes of the emo movement, this record is reaUy more
about reHving a time when music
was a more about the art itself rather
than the massive marketing
machine behind it
It'd be sacrilege to compare this
album to anything released in the
heydays of other great singer/songwriters such as Johnny Cash or Bob
Dylan, but in the back of my mind
I'm temped to say it reaUy is that
good. With this fantastic first effort,
Dallas Green has proved that he
refuses to be classified or labeled as
a one trick pony— the man is truly a
well-rounded musician and deserves
to be acknowledged as such.
Sometimes is undoubtedly one of the
best albums released in 2005, and
one can only hope that we'll get to
see the sophomore release roll onto
shelves in the next twelve months.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
Hypnotize
Sony
by Aaron Carr
CULTUREWRITER
Six months after the release of
Mesmerize, the folks that make up
System of a Down have finaUy
released the second half of the
double album. In what is possibly
one of the coolest packaging concepts in recent memory, the
Hypnotize case actuaUy slides into
the one that came with Mesmerize
to bring the two halves together
as one.
SonicaUy, Hypnotize is a much
more unified album than its predecessor. Each song on the album
flows seamlessly into the next to
create a solid, cohesive whole,
highUghting the fact that this is,
after aU, a concept album. Anyone
familiar with System's lyrics wiU
notice that they've changed very
little on this outing, ranging from
from radical left-wing rants, to
over the top sarcastic mockery, to
the just plain ridiculous—aU in the
same song. The tag-team singing
of Serj and Daron continues in this
motif, often shifting from serious,
emphatic singing, to frenzied
screaming, to a sort of high-
pitched parody of singing that
sounds like a chorus of Smurfs on
crystal meth.
For long-standing System of a
Down fans, Hypnotize is a must
own. Not only does it complete
what they started with Mesmerize,
but it's also a great SOAD offering
in its own right. Starting with the
opening song, accurately titled
"Attack", it gets your blood pumping and your vocals vibrating, only
occasionaUy letting up to mix in
some Pink Floyd inspired spaced-
out grooviness in songs like "Holy
Mountains* before plunging headfirst backing to its frenetic hyper-
riffing of skirling guitars and vocal
acrobatics that have come to typify
System of a Down, a
«.*■, 10 Opinion/Editorial
Tuesday, 31 January 2006,   THE UBYSSEY
v
Today's lesson: thinking beyond the ballot box
With the close of the AMS elections, the federal elections and
even the Palestinian elections,
the Ubyssey is now officially in
election withdrawal. After much
debate we had to ask ourselves: is
it really possible to write an editorial on something that doesn't
have to do with an election? We
thought we'd take the chance, so
here's a look at some of the
things that have been going on
behind the election scenes in
Canada and abroad.
Municipal government:
Remember back in  November
when we voted in the Vancouver
municipal election? (That's right
we  couldn't resist sneaking an
election   topic   in   here   somewhere). But remember the back
of that monster-sized ballot that
asked if we approved of borrowing x dollars for x amount of services.   Well  for  many people  it
seemed like a good idea at the
time. There isn't really anyone
who  doesn't support increased
library hours, better roads, higher pay for police officers and so
on. But what most voters failed to
realise was the word "borrow."
Now Sullivan has announced that
this year's budget is $29-million
over budget. And since they don't
want to cut what's already been
promised it looks like homeowners and business owners will taking care of a big chunk of the
shortfall by paying up to 7.6 per
cent more in taxes.
With Vancouver already coming in as the most unaffordable
housing bracket in Canada and
the 15th worst in the world, an
increase in taxes is hard to swallow. If Vancouver housing gets
anymore expensive our advice
for the UBC grads of 2010 is to
hightail it to Alberta.
Olympics:
The Olympics belong to Canada
not just Whistler, Mr Harper. At
least that's the tune that our
municipality is singing now that
$80 billion Olympic costs have
escalated 40 per cent higher due
to rising building costs. When
you factor in that Vancouver is
not only footing the bill for new
Olympic facilities but also for
new roads, including huge
upgrades to the Sea-to-Sky highway, and a new sky train line to
the airport, it's not surprising
that the Olympic budget is quickly turning into a gong-show.
Oscars:
Nominations were an-nounced
today. Unexpect-edly and unfortunately, the Ubyssey didn't receive
an advanced secret copy of the
nominations last night, so we
have had to make our own predictions. Brokeback Mountain has
already received four Golden
Globes, but did not receive any in
the acting category. Jake
Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
played the lead roles in the complicated and touching story about
love and life in the 1960s—both
actors deserve nominations.
Liberal leadership:
How many Liberals does it take to
lead a party? Well just one, but that
doesn't stop the rumour mill from
putting forward a slew of names.
While Frank McKenna and John
Manley both thwarted whispers
that they would try to take the
Liberal helm many more are still
making the hst of hopefuls. Among
them    are   journalist    Michael
Ignatieff, other wise known as the
"thinking woman's crumpet*—
whatever the hell that means-
Brian Tobin, who's not even in politics right now and practicing law,
Scott Brison and Bob Rae. Who we
don't want to see? Belinda
Stronach. After losing the race to
become the Conservative leader,
jumping fences and dumping her
ex in front of the whole country, we
hardly feel that Stronach is ready
to head up the official opposition-
just yet. SI
Ask Coach Steph
Dear Coach Steph,
My life has become so boring. I
wake up, go to class, do my work,
workout, go to bed and just
repeat the next day. I have a pretty high GPA, am fit, have good
friends and all that, but somewhere along the way I seem to
have lost excitement in my Hfe.
What do you think?
—Charles
Dear Charles,
Take a risk! Try something you've
only dreamed of! Make a mistake! Do something that totally
excites you, makes you feel kind
of nervous, and does not guarantee success!
You're playing in your comfort zone.- And while it's bringing
you okay results, it's not allowing
you to experience your true
potential or enjoy your hfe to the
fullest. So get out of it.
While it's all well and good to
have a routine, study hard, get
good grades, and play it safe doing
what you know you should; making
mistakes isn't necessarily a "bad
thing" either. Sometimes it's the
best thing we can do to learn new
things and create different results
in our life. You've probably heard
it before—if you keep doing what
you've always done, you'll probably keep getting what you've
always gotten. And it doesn't sound
like that's what you want.
If taking risks and being okay
with the mistakes you could
make is new for you, start small.
Spice up your life with one of the
following, or make up your own:
* Get a new haircut and/or color.
Let your hair stylist choose
what they want.
* Paint your room a wild color.
Get an artsy friend to choose
what it is.
* Be the first one on the dance
floor. Request Peaches.
* Go running when it's pouring
rain. Wear bright pink.
* Ask out your secret crush. In
person.
Once you've done a few silly
things, try something that will
shake up your routine:
* Start playing a sport you've
never tried before.
* Apply for a different kind of job
than you've ever done before.
One-up your last one.
* Become actively involved in a
cause you feel passionate about
If none of these sounds like they'll
do the trick, what's something
you've really wanted to do for
awhile? Take one step today to
move yourself in that direction.
Sometimes the biggest mistake we
can make is trying to avoid making them. Ii
Ask Coach Steph is a bi-weekly
advice column appearing in the
Ubyssey. If you have a question
pertaining to life management,
career preparation, self
actualisation or just need
general advice email
steph@visionswithoutborders.ca.
Stephanie Tait is a Personal
and Professional Leadership
Coach who works with young
professionals helping them
create the lives and careers they
truly desire.
Perspective Opinion
AMS accomplishes far more than pageantry feature implies
lyS"
by Trevor Gilks
I would blast Alex Leslie's recent
feature ("What the AMS election
and the Miss America Pageant have
in common," Jan. 24, 2006) for
being too long, full of factual errors,
and embarrassingly unfunny. But
what was more important to me
and a host of others, was that the
article served as nothing more than
a bitter endorsement of apathy and
ignorance.
Just like Miss America can't save
Africa, no AMS Executive is going to
overhaul the campus in a year. It's a
constraint many student organisations—including the Ubyssey newspaper—struggle with: accomplishing
something lasting in the short time
their members study at UBC.
But by contending that our student society is irrelevant to students
by asking the question, "Why is it
that, year after year, the AMS executives accomplish nothing to change
the hves of students at UBC?," Leslie
sacrifices reality at the altar of sarcastic hyperbole. Did she fail to
notice tens of thousands of students
using their U-Passes to commute to
school, hundreds of women having
benefited from the Sexual Assault
Support Centre, new spaces for
Sprouts, the Bike Co-op, and the food
bank? And don't forget that just
three years ago campus was going to
be  cut in half with a highway:
because of meaningful changes to
campus development voiced by students, that hasn't happened.
That was just in the past three
years. I wouldn't call the campaign
promises that led to these actions
"slogans with no necessary connection to future performance."
If she wanted to write a hilarious, relevant feature, Leslie might
have penned a scathing rebuke of
the AMS's real shortcomings: its
wastefulness, its restrictive bureaucracy, or the handful of candidates
who don't understand the limits of
their power.
Leslie did touch some real
issues: the poorly attended debates,
the incomplete, idealistic platforms
and the disheartening election
turnout. One explanation for these
problems is that the AMS consistently fails to attach its accomplishments to its identity. But another
explanation is typified by Leslie
herself: students who sit in the
vapid, fact-free world of the beauty
pageant, ignorantly indulging their
own imagined superiority to all
those who are just so silly and
naive to stand up and make a positive change for a student body they
care about.
— Trevor Gilks is a fifth-year psychology student and the executive coordinator for the AMS
Student Services
Streeters
What was the best film
of 2005 and why?
Brokeback Mountain
"Because it challenged the status
quo of the movie world."
—James Beresford
Arts 4
Walk die Line
"I don't know, I just liked it/
—Ashmeet Kapoor
Engineering
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Batman Begins
"It totally turned the whole franchise around."
—Brian Hori
Engineering 3
Scared Sacred
"It took him six years to make... it
was so beautifully shot."
—Rebecca Geddes
Science 4
Brokeback Mountain
"It simply broke boundaries with
regards to conventional views about
what homosexuality is."
—Millie Bogie
Arts 2
—Streeters coordinated by Paul
Evans & Kellan Higgins
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THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 31 January, 2006     	
Wanted:
fresh ideas
Perspective Opinion U
by Patrick Bruskiewich
While listening to the David Orr
talk entitled the 'End of
Education* at the Chan Centre last
Friday, I cringed when he mentioned staring "down the barrel of
the gun* to effect change. I was so
disturbed by this that I asked a
question after the talk about *a
young American president taken
from us before his time with a
legacy that hved on...and whether
the race for the moon is a good
model to use to change the body
politic.*
John F Kennedy understood the
potential of democracy and technology. He was able to build concordance towards a grand challenge. His legacy hved on because
it embraced the imagination of
what JFK called 'the best of all
mankind.* My point in asking the
question was that at the end of the
day you solve great human problems by building consensus, not
by a call to confrontation. Much of
the technology that we have today
that allows us to communicate
across, study and understand our
planet comes from the Apollo era.
The solar cells that Orr described
were developed.
My question represented an
antithesis to some of David Orr's
comments. We should not turn our
backs on technology, nor presume
to lead public debate about complex issues unless we have taken
the time to learn and understand
the fullness of these issues. If we
are uneducated, we are limited in
our options as to how best to solve
our human problems. Disraeli's
observation that 'the more extensive a man's knowledge of what
has been done, the greater will be
his power of knowing what to do*
is a plea for a well-rounded education. David Orr's pedagogical philosophy goes more along the lines
of Dewey and social engineering.
I am tired of listening to media
celebrities lament about the environment. It is time to expand our
horizons and listen to tangible
experts. If UBC had invited a
Toyota engineer to talk about
Hybrid cars, or Dr Ballard to talk
about fuel cells, or an engineer
from say a wind turbine project
then we would learn something
new—instead of the "same old
same old.* You don't have to look
far to find such expertise.
Some three decades ago the
Oakridge shopping centre won a
federal government Award of
Excellence for energy efficiency
using a novel heating system. A
member of the team that recendy
won an engineering award for
UBC's Health Sciences project is
the mechanical engineer on
record for both award-winning
projects. He has worked on some
2,000 projects over fifty years
including UBC's EcoTrek audit. He
knows more about energy and
engineering than the likes of
David Orr. I'll share a with secret
(in the late 1950s he worked on
one of the technical reports which
outlined the operational needs
and costs of the Avro Arrow, a
report which landed on the desk of
the Prime Minister of the day). The
University should be drawing
more on this type of proven
Canadian expertise instead of
media celebrities.
If we heard a talk about the
Nexus Fuel Cells, I bet Dr Ballard
he could tell UBC how replacing
the central steam plant with his
technology would provide both
heating and electricity, dual generation, at the same time. Their fuel
cell technology is being installed
in homes in Japan, the most modern nation in the world.
On March 13th instead of our
resident media celebrity, why
doesn't UBC show a little imagination and invite the leader of the
Green Party of BC to come talk.
She is a UBC alumnus and has
earned the right to speak.
Recently, I walked her over to the
Main Library and introduced her
to the 21 st century. She in turn
informed me that the Province
was looking for candidate projects
for solar power. I suggested the
new hbrary and five other UBC
sites. Dr Piper, will probably go to
bat for her old alumni and help to
get solar cells here on campus. If
you do I will go to bat as well, and
your odds on getting solar cells at
UBC goes up 1,000 per cent.
So many of us are frankly tired
of the "same old same old.* There
are those who generate ideas and
see them to fruition. They represent the 'best of mankind.* At the
end of the day we will sort out our
human problems by grace of intellect, consensus and a well rounded
education, and only if hsten and
learn from those who have something noteworthy to teach us.
—Patrick Bruskiewich is a
graduate student in physics.
The Knoll and UBC
Third Party hypocritical
by Quinn Omori
While I'm sure most of the student
population was blissfully unaware,
some of the drama in this year's
AMS elections came in the form of
a leaflet turned blog—the former
put out by the Knoll and the latter
by the *UBC Third Party'-both of
which promoted the same selection
of candidates. I have no qualms
about people promoting who they
think are the best candidates. In
fact, as someone who's been
involved with the AMS for the last
three years or so, it's encouraging
that anybody cares enough to weigh
in on the election. That being said,
I feel compelled to comment on the
characterisation of Sean Kearney.
Let me be clear, that this is not a
shot at VP Administration-elect,
David Yuen, who himself was the
victim of anonymous slander during the course of the campaign. I
have the pleasure of knowing both
David and Sean, and during the
election was confident that either
of them would do a great job, and I
remain confident that David will be
a fabulous VP Admin. Again, my
issue is onfy with some of the comments about Sean.
The UBC Third Party blog
asserts that Sean's campaign was
'largely devoid of content.*
Ironically, both David and Sean
admitted during the campaign at
several points that their platforms
were quite similar. Also ironic is
that they'd attacked a lack of substantive content, since the rest of
the blog's critique of Sean is based
on a) what he looked like in his
posters ("smiling like a used car
salesman"), b) the fact that he's in a
fraternity (overlooking the fact that
David is too) and c) anonymous
hearsay that Sean would allow beer
gardens to become "a horrific dis
aster for anyone concerned about
safety."
Throughout the blog the word
'progressive" is thrown around a
lot. And, while I would never deem
n^yself the arbiter of all things progressive, I question how progressive it is to judge someone based,
not on their actions or ideas, but
on appearance, membership in
the Greek system, and what—no
matter how you phrase it—boils
down to unsubstantiated rumour.
Also ironic, and even hypocritical,
is that a group that contains several members of Allies—a group that
promotes judging individuals, not
on preconceived notions, but on
their own merits—would make
such a superficial (not to mention
stereotypical) judgement of some
one.
—Quinn Omori is 4th year
arts student
The challenge of eating locally
by Chris Hergesheimer
THE PEAK (SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY)
BURNABY, B.C. (CUP)-Eating an
entirely local diet today is by no
means a small feat But in the days
before advanced refrigeration and
subsidised fossil fuels, eating a local
diet was commonplace out of necessity. It also provided food consumers
with a sense of place in relation to
their most basic necessities of life:
good, healthy food.
These davs. it is not at all uncom-
mon for all kinds of food to be making the trek thousands of kilometres,
passing through warehouses, bathing
in preservatives, and being trucked
to your local grocery store because of
a comparative price difference of a
mere few cents per piece.
But the social, ecological and poHtical injustices that this destructive
system perpetuates cannot continue.
These days, it's not just food activists,
but ordinary people who are beginning to question the current system's
validity and then search diligently for
alternatives.
An experiment in eating locally
produced a set of articles chronicled
on thetyee.ca and gave some people
their first wake-up call as to what it
really means to "live on the 100-mile
diet." For all basic purposes, this
means eating nothing that does not
grow or cannot be harvested from
outside of a   160-kilometre radius
from Vancouver proper.
One thing made obvious to those
with a sweet tooth was that we would
have to kiss sugar goodbye. Yes, I
cringed too. Another thing, and a
more traumatic find for me, was that
there are next to no places within this
target radius where we can find
grains—at least ones that are not destined for the mouths and stomachs of
livestock. The corn grown in this
region is not for milling, thus eliminating the possibilities of cornbread,
corn cookies, corn pie-crust.
Working in collaboration with a
community group called Farm Folk
City Folk, whose mandate is to
spread the message of healthy,
local, sustainable food production
and consumption, I have embarked
on a collaborative search for historical testimonies about local grain
production while also exploring the
possibilities of renewing grain production on a local scale.
Testimony from The Mainland
Guardian, a journal published out of
New Westminster in 1872, shows
that not long ago, our own local
Fraser Valley area was producing
wheat, oats, barley, and other cereal
grains at quite handsome yields. The
existence of grain-threshing machines at the BC Farm Machinery and
Agricultural Museum in Fort Langley
along with pictures online showing
farmers at work in vast fields of oats
and wheat in Surrey and Chilliwack
confirm the region's potential for this
type of agriculture.
In an age of rapidly decreasing
fossil fuels, heart-breaking environmental degradation due to technological and industrial large-scale
agriculture and the flight of capital
to international markets which
leaves community and family
farms with no choice but to create
mono-cultured food products, the
movement to eliminate the separation between us and our food could
not be more appropriate.
The search for local grain needs
to become a community-based project with community-based support
behind it. We cannot let food
become a commodity controlled and
distributed by those in power at the
expense of ecological systems and
small cooperative farms that are
part of the foundation of strong community life. The search for local
grain goes on.
Who knows, maybe five years
from now you could be eating a loaf
of bread or an apple pie made from
grains grown, milled, produced, and
consumed locally—keeping the capital where it ought to be: in the hands
of those in our bioregion who work
hard and commit to social, ecological
and economic justice as well as produce good, healthy food.
—Chris Hergesheimer
SFU student
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Tuesday, 17 January, 2006  THE UBYSSEY
A tale of two Vincents
VINCENT IN BRIXTON
Playhouse
til Feb 11
by Amanda Truscott
CULTUREWRITER
"Vincent in Brixton," which dramatises
Vincent van Gogh's interactions with the
women who ran the boarding-house in
which he stayed during his time in Britain,
takes place entirely within the confines of
the residence's simple, Victorian-style
kitchen. There is httie in the way of physical
action or spectacle, making the success of
the play largely reliant on the skill of the
actors in conveying the threads of passion
embedded in the play's sometimes subtle
dialogue.
Luckily, actor Vincent Gale does an excellent job of capturing van Gogh's volatile sensitivity. His accent may leave something to
be desired, but Gale otherwise convincingly
delivers often poignant lines such as, "That
man had been robbed of his sense of beauty, when beauty was right in front of his
face, in his builder's hands." Indeed,
"Vincent in Brixton" is as much about awakening to the existence of beauty as it is
about love and the triumph of inspiration
over madness.
Seanna McKenna is utterly captivating as
Ursula Loyer, the middle-aged schoolteacher and boarding-house proprietress,
whose repressed passion and secret need
for love throws her into fits of despair that
only Vincent can understand. Likewise,
Moya O'Connell is charmingly pert as her
beautiful, down-to-earth daughter Eugenie.
Andrew McNee is also endearing as
Eugenie's lover Sam; together, he and
O'Connell convincingly project both the
electricity of young love and the resignation
of marriage. Meg Roe is hilarious as
Vincent's sister Anna, who's excessive but
well-meaning bluntness offends the sensibilities of the subtler, more decorous
Englishwomen.
"Vincent in Brixton* not only successfully depicts the repressed sexuality of the
Victorian era, it also demonstrates the comical  misunderstandings  that  sometimes
occur as a result of cultural difference. The
script is heartbreaking and funny, and the
cast is skillful and sincere. Just as van Gogh
created beauty from a pair of old leather
boots, the play succeeds in making beautiful
a kind of love that might otherwise appear
grotesque, and making poetic the insanity of
genius. H
Don't be dissuaded by the yienue-'Jhe Seagull" is a theatrical gem with grandiose wings
THE SEAGULL
Beaumont Studios
Feb 1-4
by Jill Orsten
CULTUREWRITER
The day was drawing to a close and the night
was settling in with a slight sense of anticipation as we drove towards what seemed to be the
wrong address. In a dark and quiet
industrial/commercial     area,   . we     found
Beaumont studios (316 W 5th) where a performance of Russian writer Anton Chekhov's
play "The Seagull" was to be performed.
A "play" on Hamlet, "The Seagull" tells the
story of several characters interlocked by covert
and overt love, and differing opinions on art
and talent. Although the main conflict is
between the fading actress mother and her
fledgling writer son and their lovers, the aspiring actress and the mediocre popular writer, all
the characters in the play are very well developed. Each character and their role in the plot
feels complete, but is revealed subtly through
indirect conversations laden with innuendo.
I mounted the stairs to the theatre feeling
as though I had crashed some sort of private
party. The foyer, a room with several
unmarked doors leading to perhaps strange
art studios and possibly dusty storerooms
housing jilted relics of since deceased theatre
companies, was white and varied, smelling
of a wood-shop.
But as I sat in the ratty fold-down seats
interspersed with wayward, chairs, I was mes
merised by the calibre of the acting and the
derelict quality of the theatre was soon forgotten. Housed in this extraordinarily small
venue and performed with grandeur befitting of a much larger venue, this play
impresses the audience to feel as though they
are witnesses to very private goings-on. All
the characters were believable—most notably
the doctor was played with marvelous zest
and attention to detail. If you have a chance
this weekend, I strongly suggest attending
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