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by John Zaozirny
So I guess it's your quintessential Scott Thompson answer.
When asked what's going on
in his life, the first thing out
of his lips is that he's "just
waiting for Ei Nino to come."
That's fair
"I'm very excited
because I've always
missed all the apocalypses here. I'm
never been in an
earthquake or a fire,
so I'm hoping I can
get caught in a flood."
While he's not flirting with disasters,
Thompson's a busy
man, juggling his
"openly Canadian" role
en The Larry Sanders
Show with his upcoming Canadian stand-up
comedy tour. He's
even managed to put
together the first draft
of an upcoming novel, Buddy Babylon, the fictional
autobiography of Buddy Cole of Kids in the Hall
This seems to be Thompson's secret weapon,
his ace in the hole. Who wouldn't be excited about
finally finding out what drives Buddy, the queen of
queens? How many other CBC characters hit
homeruns in pink tutus?
"It's going to freak people out, because in the book
we get to go further than we ever did on television.
There's sex galore!", he says of his first literary exercise set to come out in June.
That's a long time for Buddy fans, who were even
denied a glimpse of the stylish bar-keep in The Kids
in the Halls big-screen debut Brain Candy. But then
again, where were
Chicken Lady or any
ofthe rest ofthe family? "We decided that
it would be too easy
to put our hit characters in the movie,"
Thompson explains,
sighing, "So we shot
ourselves in tlie foot
and decided not too.
We might have gone
too far the other way.
We didn't want to
make it seem like we
were being whores."
Braincandy was, in the kindest possible sense, a
disappointment for all Aids fans, who'd come to
expect so much, but, far worse, it nearly resulted in
the breakdown of any communication between
members of the group. Everything seemed to have
gone wrong.
"It was a very difBcult time. We were fighting a lot
There was a lot of personal tragedy," Thompson recalls.
"It was a rough time." This summer though, the group
was reported to have reconciled their differences,
Lesbians are
really easy to take. Fags
are a whole different story.
Fags are just way harder to
which Thompson confirms, and even
to have begun preliminary work on a
new films, which Thompson says isn't
true, though he'd like it to be.
"We would love to. I think enough
time has passed, and every member
of the group would love to do something together again. I think we know
that together, we are
invincible." Which very
few of their fans would
disagree with, especially in the Kids heyday, a
time when it seemed
like watching their
flamboyant show was
an act of rebellion in a
conformist culture.
Kids broke down
barriers, and it's something Scott Thompson
is immensely proud of
and tries to continue.
"We did see ourselves as storming the castle. I know
for myself, that's sort of how I see my life. That's why
I think I'm here. I like to do that."
People seem to forget Kids was around, with all of
Thompson's flamboyant queens and the cross-dress-
-Scott Thompson
ing, light-years before anything even remotely close
to it came on the major American network. Before
some show called Ellen was around. It's something
Thompson has very little patience for.
"I've just been so shocked at where people are. I
though people were a lot further along. That's why the
hoopla   over   Ellen
made    me    think
"Wow!'. I watched
the  episode and I
thought,  "We dealt
with all this years
ago."     But     even
Thompson admits a
bit of envy about all
the fuss. T was jealous, to be perfectly
honest Very jealous, because I came out seven
years ago on TV and nobody blinked, nobody
said anything."
Still, Thompson doesn't exactly see Ellen as
a great victory for the gay cause, for a simple
reason "Lesbians are really easy to take. Fags
are a whole different story. Fags are just way-
harder to accept... Male homosexuality is a
completely different
thing. It's a fall from
grace, I think, and
female homosexuality,
in many ways, can be
seen as a step up. So I
don't think it's the same
things at all. I think lesbianism falls under the
umbrella of feminism.
You're a women first.
And I don't think people
are threatened by it the
same way. Even women
don't fantasise about
men together. And plus
you have AIDS, so you
have this stink of death
clinging to male-male
sexuality. It's a very different road."
This still-rampant
homophobia makes it
even harder for
Thompson to find roles other than "that gay guy" in the
States, which he rightly finds more than a little frustrating. But to many people, Scott Thompson seems to have
"made it" something he reluctantly recognises.
"I guess making it is being able to do what you
really want, which I actually get to do now, pretty
much." But to do that requires a sacrifice, as
Thompson points out. "The truth about Canada and
show-business is that if you're ambitious and you
want to go the next level, you have to go into exile in
America. And I did not create that."
It's a sad realistion that ends with the Canadian
being torn between two nations, of which Thompson
simply says, "This country [the US] doesn't understand anything, and it doesn't have any interest in
anybody else. Canadians are interested in everybody
else but them." And Scott Thompson would seem to
have found the best of both worlds, keeping his
Canadian identity while looking for stardom in the
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Subprogram THE UBYSSEY «ifRlAY,OC»t)Bf*2i?l9«.B
Summer vacation to be extended an extra week next year
bySonyaHan    time to organise their lives before the school
Students wiD get an extended summer next
year aad a few extra days in the first week of
September could make a financial difference
for some.
September 8, 1998 will be the start for
mat students might subsequently collect an
extra wrfswjri of wages and have more
Astrid Wilson, assistant to the faculties
Registrar, is responsible for the initial draft of
the school calender which determines the
year's official dates according to a Senate-
approved guideline. And she is pleased with
me break the calender year will give students.
'For some students, it could mean a good
five task hundred dollars,'said Wilson.
Jodie Summers, a 4th year Landscape
An-hitecture agrees. "If I had an extra week
last summer, I could have definitely collected
an extra five hundred dollars.'
But not all students are as pleased with
the change. The late start will mean the
Christmas break will be shortened. First term
will officially end December 3 and Christmas
exams will last until the 22. Second term will
Some students are unhappy about a shorter winter break. 'After having spent four
months with your parents, you can't wait to
conse back to school but after four months of
hard woik, you need a long enough break to
get enough energy for another terao," said
Susie Joe, a 2nd year Science student
MofiMrBC schools will open on the same
date but there may be a few variations on
dates across Canada.*
Stone lecture saps funds
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
AMS councillors and staff are pointing fingers after AMS
Programs took a $20,000 bath presenting Oliver Stone to
a half-filled Orpheum theatre on October 15.
According to Pam Tagle, AMS Programs manager,
Quest K&F, the Boston company selling the Stone lecture
tour to promoters promised a surge of publicity around
the director's trip to Vancouver. Tagle said she was told
Stone's publisher, St. Martin's Press would promote the
lecture along with the book tour.
Tagle said the local company doing promotions for St.
Martin's Press, Kate Walker and Co., didn't do enough to
promote the lecture. "Quite frankly the support I was
promised from them never materialised—we got
absolutely no support from them," Tagle said.
But Julie Pithers of Kate Walker and Co. said Thursday
the finger pointing is a big surprise. Pithers said she
never heard of an agreement to do publicity for the lecture—her job was to publicise the book tour stop Stone did
in town the day ofthe lecture.
Stone, who directed Nixon, JFK and Platoon, spoke
October 15 to a crowd of about 1000 people. The
Orpheum can seat almost 2400.
Pithers said the publicity she did for the lecture was a
favour, not a responsibility.
"Oh really, well you know I did them a huge big fat
favour that I certainly didn't have to do by setting up a
major with hirn at The Province on my own time," Pithers
said. She added the interview with the newspaper didn't
go through as was planned.
"I really didn't have to do anything for the UBC event
at all and I helped out a lot."
At an AMS council meeting last Wednesday the AMS
coordinator of external affairs, Shirin Foroutan laid
blame on Quest K&C and St. Martin's Press. "They were to
have guaranteed a lot more publicity on their behalf, it
was not supposed to be the AMS'," said Foroutan. She
added AMS staff would try to find out whether they could
withhold money from Quest.
"It's like when a band comes and they're supposed to
play for an hour and a half and they only play for half an
hour-you don't pay them the full amount," Foroutan said.
But Tagle and Foroutan admitted they never got any
commitment in writing that anyone besides Programs
would do publicity. "There was notfiirig written in the contract or anything like that but when we bought the show
there was an understanding that St. Martin's Press would
be all over this," said Taigle. She said the publicity was
promised in a "gentleman's agreement."*
OLIVER STONE hmm, how much is this speech costing? richard lam photo
by Sarah Galashan
The future ofthe Thunderbird Shop is in limbo until AMS council has a chance to review the council executives' decision not to
renew the store's lease.
Council decided to reconsider the executives' decision last
Wednesday after David Borins, a Board of Governors (BoG) student representative and past AMS president complained the
decision to call the lease should have come from council, not just
the executive.
"What I don't think is fair is
[for the executive] to make
decisions that have major
repercussions on this society,
the finances of this society,
without even bringing it up at
this council at all," said Borins.
"Certainly it's not an executive decision, it's a council
decision And as far as it being
a done deal, it's not a done
deal—this council can do what
it wants," Borins said. "If this
council says the Thunderbird
will remain in this building
then the Thunderbird will
remain in this building."
He also noted that the derit-
sion came without any financial or business plan for the
space. "Usually before you
boot out your 25 year old tenants you decide what you're
going to do with the
space," said Borins. "We
haven't even seen a
(business plan] to say
how    much    money
we're going to make on this space," he added.
Borins contrasted the steady $65,000 the aAMS earns annually from leasing the space for the Thunderbird Shop, to other AMS
businesses that do not make as much money in spaces that are
much bigger.
Council will make a decision on the future of the space after
they are given a full presentation on what the student union can
do with the 1000 square foot location
But Shirin Foroutan, the coordinator of external affairs, ini-
tially defended the executive's decision saying it would be inappropriate to bring a decision about people's jobs to open council.
She also slammed Borins, saying the decision had to be made
during the summer. "As a former executive David, you should
know that some decisions have to be made even when there
aren't a lot of people around," Foroutan said.
Ryan Davies has suggested in interviews with the Ubyssey
that the Gallery Lounge could be relocated to a renovated
Thunderbird Shop site, complete with patio seating. He suggested money for the project could come from a $10 AMS fee
increase the executive is hoping to win in a possible referendum
this spring.
But Vivian Hofrman, AMS treasurer, told council the AMS will
use uie Thunderbird Shop space as a retail outlet in the short
term. The outlet will likely be similar to the Thunderbird shop,
she said.
Both Davies and Bernie Peets, the AMS general manager,
were absent from last Wednesday night's meeting and could not
be reached for comment
John Lecky, the Thunderbird Shop owner, was happy to hear
the decision not to renew their lease is no longer final and hopes
the AMS will decide to grant the shop a new and extended lease.
"I hope [the coundllors] will take into consideration the fact
that right now they've got a total risk free income for just over
1000 square feet" Lecky said. "I don't believe they will generate
that much money if they turn around and spend $400,000 or so
renovating the space."
Bob Gray, the store manager, said he is excited about the decision and would be pleased to make a presentation to the council
in defense ofthe shop.
"The Thunderbird is a student-friendly environment
Something stupid like giving out change for the bus, which
should be a given—in this environment we're the only place that
does. We've always been here for our customers...and we think
that's critical" said Gray.
Both the management and employees of the shop have said
they will not leave without a fight* AlflfrlEY <f RI»Y, ©OOBER 24, 1997
A Campus
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Piper goes face to face in forum
 by Todd Silver
UBC President Martha Piper is doing what she said she would—she's listening
to students.
At a forum held on Oct. 20 in the SUB, Piper stood alone before a microphone and faced the pent up anger of students whose concerns had previously
fallen on deaf ears. The mood was confrontational.
Issues raised ranged from the upcoming APEC conference to the future of
the endowment lands and lab hours for medical students. Students took the
opportunity to let Piper know what they feel about the university.
Even the student forum itself was critised as a method of consultation. The
subject of forums came under fire when one student said they were a method
of keeping students in the dark because they are always held after the Board
of Governors (BoG) has made a decision. Increased corporatism was used as
an example.
In a past interview with the Ubyssey, Strangway stated that consultation
occurred after he came to a decision, and that it only served to answer how
something would happen, not if.
Piper told students they can expect to have their voices heard before BoG
"We are going to be holding a forum sometime in November for the discussion regarding corporate business relationships in an open forum...the
forum is being scheduled before the Board meets again, that's the point."
Piper also said that several student freedom of information (FOI) requests
dealing with a poll taken on corporate partnerships, that had been rejected by
the university, should have been accepted. "I was not aware that the survey
was not out there...to my knowledge there is no reason that you shouldn't be
able to see it."
Piper added that she had not been made aware of the refusal to grant the
Former diplomat honoured as a Great Trekker
by Jerome Yau
UBC alumnus Maurice Copithorne never dreamed he'd
receive the Great Trekker Award, but his 30 years with
the Canadian Foreign Service earned him the honour last
Monday night
"I guess when I first heard about this, I was very
quizzical...my next reaction was that it was perhaps ironic that as a failed AMS pohtician, I should be honoured
this way," said Copithorne, who during his years at UBC
ran unsuccessfully for the executive position currently
filled by Jennie Chen.
Copithorne's career in the Canadian Foreign Service
ended with his position as High Commissioner to Hong
Kong. He said developments within the British and
Chinese governments during the time of his posting
made his job "exciting" and "very interesting." It was at
this time that the two governments signed the Joint
Declaration on the future of Hong Kong.
As well as marking the 75th anniversary of the Great
Trek, 1997 is Canada's year of the Asia Pacific, but
according to the AMS the diplomat's ties with the region
had nothing to do with the honour.
"It was completely coincidental," said Shirin Foroutan,
AMS coordinator of external affairs, who presented the
award to Copithorne in a ceremony held by the AMS in
conjunction with the UBC Alumni Association.
Copithorne, an /Adjunct Professor of Law at UBC, is no
stranger to many students who have studied international law. And after he graduated from UBC Law School,
Copithorne said he did not plan to join the Foreign
"I wasn't born with a diplomatic career in my life,"
said Copithorne. He described his career choice as something that "started out a bit as a joke but became very serious."
Of his 30 years of diplomatic life, Copithorne said his
assignment to China during the Cultural Revolution was
unique because "that will not happen again and no one
will have that experience."
He says his main reason for leaving the Foreign
Service was his wife, and the "horrific thought of yet more
winters at Ottawa." He has since accepted a visiting professorship at UBC and subsequently a position offered by
Lander Downs which he described as "another accommodating entity in [his] life [and] part of a very successful
second career."
Teaching at UBC means something special for
Copithorne. He said it's like rehirning to his roots: "I
value my teaching more than research," he said.
The AMS presents the Great Trekker Award annually
to commemorate the Great Trek that took place on
October 28, 1922 when 1,200 students marched from
UBC's Fairview Shacks at 12th and Oak to the unfinished
Point Grey campus. The trek came in protest of the
provincial government's inaction over the construction
of a new campus for UBC.
Since the award started 47 years ago, many distinguished UBC alumni have been honoured, including former Prime Minister John Turner, community activist Jim
Green, and the late Nathan Nemetz, former Chief Justice
of British Columbia ♦
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The art of colour
Gordon Smith: The Act Of Painting
Oct. 19-Jan. 11
at Vancouver Art Gallery
by Jo-Ann Chiu
Looking at Gordon Smith's paintings is a psychological experience. They affect the viewer physically, emotionally and spiritual-
Vancouver Art Gallery has
meticulously presented a retrospective of over a hundred works
by Gordon Smith. The works not
only reflect the artist's external
struggles with the exploration of
colour, but also his internal
struggle between representation
and abstraction. The exhibit
begins with landscape and still
life renderings not untypical in
the early careers of every budding star artist, with the occasional totem pole and raven representation which seems to be
almost de rigueur for every artist
schooled in BC, as Smith was.
Smith's paintings soon take
on a dark turn, abandoning conventionalism as Smith began to
define himself through his art.
Jagged lines and swirling masses
of blacks, browns, and moss
green typify Smith's paintings in
the fifties. Smith mellows into
soothing, peaceful turquoises in
the "warm" section of the exhibit.
The predominant use of blue is
not restricted to the sixties alone,
as the colour continues to play an
important role in works created
much more recently.
In a stark contrast to the predominantly-cool tones of the rest
of the exhibit, one lone spot of
unusually warm colour presents
itself in the delicious Summer
Garden (c. 1966). The piece is a
delicious puree of mulberry,
raspberry, and mango hues,
boldly presented with the gruff
physicality of an athlete.
As the journey continues,
Smith's work becomes more and
more abstract as he experiments
with geometric designs and horizontals in the late sixties, before
mellowing into pastels by the seventies and eighties. Most notably
is the tranquil Tidal Reach (c.
1975), of which the thick, luxuriant strokes of pastels in sand,
peach, mauve, azure, and grey
surely could, to the MTV generation, seem a precursor to the
immortal wardrobe colours displayed on any episode of Miami
Most intriguing of all are
Smith's recent works. At the start
ofthe decade, the works are awash
in whites, greeting cardesque
"winterscape" scenes or the icy
crashing spray of a waterfall. All of
the pieces are conveyed with the
in-your-face righteousness of an
expletive and the frenetic energy
rexniniscent of Jackson Pollock.
The white disappears and Smith
moves into earth tones, chocolate
brown, burgundy, and the occasional smattering of white creeps
in. The paintings conjure up a
mood of 1940s war-era romance.
After walking through the
exhibit and arriving in the late
nineties, viewer as well as artist
appears ready to relax with the
times, and Smith delivers, with
serene pond images in relaxing
Always beautiful, never subtle,
Gordon Smith's art is a journey
not only for the eye but also the
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Paper Tiger gets burned
Running Dog, Paper Tiger
Oct.16 - Nov.1
at the Gateway
by Bryce Edwards
It's a nmriing joke in theatre circles: how many
issue plays does it take to change a light bulb? Two.
One to change it and the other to explain to the
audience they weren't better off in the dark.
It's a problem faced by any play that deals with
'social problems'. How to get a message across
without crossing the line and becoming pedantic,
boring and patronising.
Running Dog, Paper Tiger, now playing at the
Gateway Theatre in Richmond, is not quite prattle.
But it falls a long, long way short of artistic transcendence.
The play, written by Simon Johnston, was
inspired by the Quebec referendum. But Johnston
shied away from setting his examination of culture and identity within our own tenuous borders.
Instead he moves the action to Hong Kong in
1967, during the time of the bloody Communist
demonstrations. So we get to consider the terror of
nationalism and ideology tearing families and
friends apart from a safe distance.
Of English descent, Simmons' family has been
in Hong Kong for four generations. Trying to
maintain their loyalty to Mother Britannia while
also being inevitably drawn into the Chinese society they now live in, the Simmons fight for a sense
of identity amongst the clashing cultures. And
when there is a Communist uprising against
British rule, the farnily gets caught in the political
storm. Police officer father is co-opted against his
sons, sons are pitted against friends, mother is
torn asunder by the disintegration of her family,
and the audience is invited to consider just what
makes a person a person. Race? Background?
What is unfortunate about most plays dealing
with these issues is that they ask good questions
and then fail to provide answers. We know racism
is endemic and nationalism is another name for
it. So now what? Running Dog Paper Tiger shows
us how destructive it can be. How it is all a darn
shame. How at heart, we are all fighting for the
same thing: dignity.
Running Dog is not all sentimentality, though.
Johnston handles the scenes exposing the family's
history with deftness and agility. And the interplay
between the sons and their Chinese house boy
approaches the level the play as a whole misses:
incisive and multi-layered action that hints at the
issues underlying but doesn't let them crowd out
the human angle.
Special credit should also go to Marilyn Norry
as the mother, for her pinpoint accuracy in the pivotal scene revealing the Simmons' checkered past.
Unfolded with power, grace and grit, her sardonic
tone is the note the larger strokes of the play
ignores, to its own downfall.
It is not until the climactic battle scene, though,
that the play falls face first into a shell crater.
Embarrassingly melodramatic cries of despair in
ill-timed outbursts combine with the tinny sound
of marching feet and half-hearted battle cries for a
theatrical head-plant at this crucial moment.
Inventive staging, with the members of the fractured group in separate spotlights while fighting
one another in a violent street clash, is the only
thing that saves the play from being torn to ribbons by the shrapnel of derision. The staging beautifully symbolises the isolation and self-delusion
that ideology and heritage can create.
Running Dog Paper Tiger is not a complete
failure. But Johnston plays with fire when he picks
up such weighty issues and tries to address them
in art. This time, he got burned.-*
at theatres everywhere
by Vince Yim
From the same team (John Hodge,
Andrew McDonald, and Danny Boyle),
that brought you Trainspotting and
Shallow Grave comes this surprising
romantic comedy featuring Ewan
McGregor as Robert, a janitor who
loses his job after being replaced by a
machine and as a result goes a little
loopy and kidnaps his boss' daughter
Celine (played by Cameron Diaz). The
two hit the road and fall in love. Does
the plot sound familiar? It is. Sort of.
At a glance, this film seems to be the
typical, run-of-the-mill, kidnapping-
romance-road movie. After a string of
films that fall into this genre (Excess
Baggage and Drive She Said to name a
few) it is easy to dismiss this film, as
another film with a recycled plot. As
expected, this film follows the standard
formula for a romance—boy meets girl,
boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl
have falling out, boy and girl have resolution, boy and girl live happily ever
after. Thankfully, A Life Less Ordinary
is anytiiing but formulaic. Many extra
elements are thrown in to ensure this
is not a standard film.
This film is a departure of sorts for
the   production   team   of   Hodge,
McDonald and Boyle. Their last two
projects featured dark subject matter,
low-life characters, and grim anti-
heroes. A Life Less Ordinary is of a
much lighter tone yet has the signature features of a film by the same
team. Boyle incorporates many inter-
' esting storytelling techniques, such as
the film's conclusion, in which has
Robert and Celine discuss the notions
of fate and relationships while flashbacks run in the background. Hodge's
script is well crafted, as he has the
ability to make you laugh at tilings that
you shouldn't normally laugh at.
Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz
are among two of the most versatile
actors in the business. McGregor is
more than effective as the clueless kidnapper and Diaz has a charming onscreen presence, providing a likeable
portrayal of a bored victim. Holly
Hunter also pulls off a wonderful performance as O'Reilly, one of the
angels sent to make sure that this
romance works.
A Life Less Ordinary is indeed a
romance less ordinary. While the
romance is formulaic, the film is otherwise fresh and well crafted. There
are many comedic moments, with
some romantic moments that thankfully do not degenerate into sappi-
ness. The film is surprising and entertaining. ♦
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UBC hockey post-season party?
by Wolf Depner
The last time the men's hockey team made the playoffs, the Tories were still in power
ana George Bush just asked Americans to read his lips.
After seven years of losing and not making the playoffs, head coach Mike Coflin has
had enough and put together an ambitious plan to get this team on the winning track.
If this plan pays off, the Birds might get to the playoffs before Preston Manning takes
house calls at 24 Sussex Drive.
There are eight new players on the 2 4-man roster. Gone are those not willing to pay
the price in the corners. So are talented, but disgruntled malcontents or those not willing to stay in shape.
Office training and social activities that were optional last season are now mandatory. And there are a lot more this year.
A travel dress code for the team is also back. Jeans and sneakers? Forget it Suits and
ties are back in style with the Blue-and-Gold.
So has Coflin turned into, say..Iron Mike?
"No," chuckles rookie assistant coach and former captain Brad Edgington. "He is
completely different from Iron Mike. He really treats you like an adult. But he feels that
these little things will keep team energy up."
Edgington seems genuinely upbeat about UBC's chances. "Barring injury and if the
guys play like they can, we are going to have an excellent team. We're going to make the
But Coflin sidesteps die P-word like aClaude Lemieux hip-check, saying it's too early
to talk about it And he sounds like a Zen Master when he says the team has to take one
step at a time on the path towards a successful season. His cautious philosophy is
"It seems like every year we're excited around this time of the season and then the
results don't come," says new team captain Jamie Burt with memories of last year's 7-
18-3 season fresh in mind.
Talk was the Birds would make the playoffs, but thatdidn't happen for a number of
reasons. One big one was injuries on the blueline. Another one was a lack of scoring and timely
The Birds were next-to-last in goals scored—8 5 in 2 8 games—and led the league in one-goal losses with eight To address UBC's pop-gun attack, Coflin recruited four new forwards, the two biggest
names being left winger Geoff Lynch and centre Chris Low.
Both are highly skilled and just came off pro tryouts—Lynch with .Anaheim and Low with
Edmonton. Playing on the first line, they had an immediate impact as UBC opened the regular season last weekend.
Low had one goal and two assists while Lynch scored twice as the Birds split two games against
CIAU finalist AlbertaGolden Bears.
Both play on a line with last year's leading scorer, right winger Corey Stock, one of only two UBC
players to crack the Top 50 in league scoring with 29 points.
The other Bird was winger Steve Williams who now plays on a line with Sandy Hayer and Dan
Nakaoka, giving UBC two potent scoring units. Coflin also moved defense man Loui Mellios
upfront to play on a solid third line with Troy Dalton and Andy Clark, former Mount Allison team
captain and 1995 winner ofthe Randy Gregg award that honours academic achievement and ath-
TOPTRIO: RW Corey Stock, C Chris Low and LW Geoff Lynch will give UBC much needed scoring.
"Our goal [in the off-season] was upgrade our forwards and I think we have done that," says
But the blueline corps must do without last year's top defense man Cal Benazic who bolted UBC
to play pro in Europe. His spot will be taken by Andrew Kemper, an East Coast League veteran.
Dave Trofimenkoff and Jon Sikkema are back between the pipes and the Birds will need more
consistent performances out of tlie duo if they want to make the playoffs. They will also need to
start wirjTiing at home for a shot at the post-season.
UBC posted a Canada West-worst 3-10-1 record on home ice in 1996/97 and Edgington
said winning on home ice has become a mission, starting this weekend when the Birds
host the powerhouse Calgary Dinosaurs.
Whining on home ice is also the first of many steps this team has to take if wants to be
credible. "We got a lot to prove," says Coflin. "Teams in the league, to be honest, don't give
us any respect and perhaps our past record shows why should they," Burt said.
It is said respect is earned, not simply given. And this may be the year the Birds will
stop paying lip service to winning and finally earn the respect that comes from making the
playoffs. ♦
Changes abound for women's volleyball team
 by Wolf Depner
Change is the one constant as the women's volleyball team prepares for the 1997 season.
UBC—second in the nation last season—will open this year with four rookies
in the line-up and brand new uniforms.
But the biggest change is far from cosmetic. There is a new head coach pacing the
sideline and her name is Errninia Russo.
Since taking the job, she has had to
deal with the daily grind of being head
coach, run several high school tournaments and to top matters off, move into a
new, smaller office.
She admits it's been overwhelrning.
"But now that I have settled in, I'm a much
happier person," she says, sitting in her
office where the paperwork seems to pile onto
every available square inch of space.
But such is life at the dawn of Year 1 ADR
(After Doug Reimer), the departed head coach
who in three years led UBC from last place in
the Canada West to the national final, and now
coaches the national team.
But it's not like Russo, a former Olympic and
national player, is new to the pressures of being
a head coach or new to UBC. The Kelowna
native and former UBC star was head coach at
the University of
Western Ontario before
she returned to Point
Grey last season to serve
as an assistant to
Reimer, also a Kelowna
native and a long-time
But while both share
volleyball as a common
bond, the difference in
personality and coaching style between the
two is marked, if not substantial.
Russo is out-going while Reimer is reserved;
Reimer is the consummate strategist drawing
up elaborate game plans while Russo is more of
a motivator and teacher who prefers to be as
close to the action as possible.
And Russo will have plenty of teaching to do
Errninia Russo
because this team is short on age and experience compared to the one that came within four
points last year of winning UBC's first national
title since 1978.
But this team will be hard-pressed to take the
next logical step and win it all. Veterans Jenny
Rauh, Jeannette Guichon, and Taaya Pickerell—
key players from last season—graduated.
Another key veteran, Joanne Ross, made the
national team and will be back only in January.
Until then, Russo will have to make due with a
team that features only two starters from last
season, 1996/97 Canada West Rookie of the
Year Sarah Maxwell and Izabel Rudol, the
team's only fifth-year player.
But while the Birds are not likely to win a
national title, they won't suffer through a losing
either. All six starters—Maxwell, Rudol, Melanie
Griswold, Janna Lunam, Jay-Anna Major, and
Barb Bellini—are solid athletes who know what
it takes to win in the Canada West
The same can't be said about the bench.
Only one bench player—Joanne Langley—was
with the team last season and she saw limited
action, playing only in seven games. This
means Russo will rely heavily on her starters.
But Russo made it clear she—unlike Reimer—
won't hesitate to go to the bench when a starter
Another major concern heacling into the season is overall team height Standing 6'4",
Joanne Ross led the Canada West in blocks last
season and ranked third in kills, but she's away
until January. Add her into the mix and all ofthe
sudden, UBC is a different team.
But Russo doesn't want to take credit away
from the current group."Some people say, just
hold your head above water [until Ross comes
back].' But I think we can do better than that,"
said Russo. While that remains to be seen, one
thing is for certain—the league as a whole will
be more competitive than last year.
No longer is it divided into superpowers-
Alberta and UBC—and banana republics like
Calgary. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are teams
on the rise and Russo says this season will be a
dogfight as everybody beat everybody in the
pre-season. But Russo can't wait to get the season underway and find out what her team is all
about Her team.*> to
THE'UBYSaY •*BDAY.O€lOBER 24, 1997
October 24, 1997 • volume 79 issue 14
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Deciding the future of the T-Bird shop
There's a sense of betrayal among the shot
glasses, school supplies and cheezeball greeting cards for sale in the Thunderbird Shop.
After 25 years in the SUB the store is getting tossed out so the AMS can open its own
business in the location. Rationale: the
Thunderbird Shop, a private enterprise, is
successful; if the AMS did the same thing in
the same space the AMS could make some
serious coin.
The AMS executive—five well paid and
occasionally myopic politicos—decided last
summer to end the lease, without council's
approval and without any business plan for
the space.
They think they can make more than the
$65,000 per year they're earning right now
from the Thunderbird lease.
They're assuming, without benefit of a plan
or cost assessment, that they'll be able to turn
a tidy profit from the Thunderbird Shop's
Councilors might ask to take a look at the
elusive rough draft of the five year business
plan that's been tucked away in the executive
offices. We've seen it and it doesn't say a lot.
What it does say is that rattier than outlining their ideas in a plan, the executive seems
to have based their decision on faith in their
general manager's 'brilliance.'
Never mind that the AMS financial planners' 'brilliance' has the society eking out a
pathetically slim profit in locations like the Pit
Pub and the Moon.
$65,000? Not even close.
The Thunderbird Shop does what it does
well. It's always busy and tries to keep its customers—UBC students—happy. So does the
Delly, another private business in the SUB. So
does To the Letter, the privately-owned word-
processing shop in SUB basement.
What?! Someone is successfully meeting
student's needs and making a significant contribution to the AMS' finances?! Shame on
Shame on the executive.
Apparently the five assumed the council
wouldn't call them on the Thunderbird Shop.
That their flock of sheep would follow blindly
baaaing. But when Board of Governors student representative David Borins challenged
the current executive on their decision many
of the greenhorn councilors around the table
had the fire of mutiny in their eyes.
Concerned students outside the AMS circle
have been alerting some of the councilors to
the Thunderbird Shop's demise. They want to
know why a loyal business is being kicked out.
Last Wednesday's council meeting saw a
unanimous vote to withhold the finality of the
executive decision until all councilors are
given an opportunity to review and vote on the
possibilities for the space.
Now that councilors have finally been
given the chance to decide the future of the T-
Bird Shop let's hope they make it carefully and
will be able to justify their decision—not just to
the accountant, but to the students they represent as well.»>
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Afshin Mehin
The sun rose upon the castle parapets and tlie
entire Ubyssey to the morn of the Middle Ages.
Guardsmen Jerome Yau and Mike McGowan yawned
conlendly as thev ambled off homeward bound. Vince
Yim and Sonya Han having come to relieve their tired
bones. King Chris Nuttall-Smith and consort Jo-Ann
Chiu walked upon their balcony in glamour, trailed by
their court of the Princess of Surrey. Sarah Galashan,
the Duke of Das Boot, Wolf Depner and bhe Wonderboy,
Ronald Nurwisaii. But for Holly Kim. none of this mattered. For upon the platform in front of her. Jailor
Richard Lam led Federico Barahona, better known as
the infamous outlaw. Crazy White Pants, to the chopping
block. While Ed Mackenzie stood stoic guard, Emily Mak
screamed for the freedom of the famed fighter, and
Richelle Rae cried out for his bloody, severed head. All
were silent, though, as Judge Jamie Woods read out the
statement of condemnation. Douglas Quan looked on
with a steady gaze, while Penny Cholmondeley and
Afshin Mehin turned away from the horrid scene soon
to unravel Barahona called out a final plea for aid, but
none was to come. His beady eyes grew frantic as death
approached. John Zaozirny swung the axe straight and
true The croud cheered.
Qiim iXuri.
Keep the
Thunderbird Shop
An AMS intention to evict
the UBC Thunderbird Shop
from SUB is bitter news to
the many of us who deplore
a 'let's go for the big bucks"
attitude on campus.
This shop has been a fixture in SUB for twenty-five
years, paying its own way,
and providing students and
staff alike with quality service and affordable prices.
For students dashing to
an 8:30 class the
Thunderbird Shop is a last
minute life-saver. For staff
hurrying through a short
lunch hour the shop is a welcome purchasing stop. A
successful commercial institution for its 25-year term in
SUB, the Thunderbird Shop
retained its ideal of customer service - a not inconsiderable achievement at
The AMS would not get
rid of this unique business
in favour of God-knows-what
as long as it "generates" lots
of monej'.
Such a decision puts profit before people, a social lesson well taught on campus
by a corporate UBC administration more in tune with
profitable land development
than academic ethics and
Nancy Horsman
UBC crowned
King Ralph
Apparently Ralph Klein has
decided that it is time we
Canadians got over the
Tianamen Square Massacre
and got down to some business. In a recent interview
Klein told reporters, "If you
want to keep Uving and reliving those events, then I
guess nothing will be accomplished." Klein also indicated that we as Canadians had
done plenty to voice its criticism at the time of the massacre and "we've expressed
our feelings since. How long
do you keep doing this?"
The   fact   that   it  was
Chinese youth, students and
pro-democracy demonstrators makes it easy for Klein
to want to forget this monumental event in history, but I
wonder if he would still be
offering this opinion if it was
his family that was murdered in 1989. I would
imagine that had it beeh his
family members that died in
the massacre then Klein
would be demanding the
death sentence for every
member of the Chinese government and a complete
ban of communication with
that country.
We don't have to go to
Alberta to find this type of
behaviour. We've imported
our own little piece of
Alberta to UBC and as you
read this she is impatiently
waiting to shake the hands
of some of tlie world's most
notorious dictators. She's
got a resume a mile long and
she is well educated so you
would assume that she was
pretty bright. However, do
you think that she has the
moral integrity to lean over
to Suharto's ear and whisper, "How does it feel to be
responsible fo the deaths of
so many innocent people?"
as she squeezes his greasy
hand, or will she just put on
her best plastic smile and
offer, "UBC welcomes you
President Suharto."?
I think we all know.
Patrick Williston
Botany Grad Studies
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by Vivian Hoffmann
This August saw over 12,000youngpeoplefrom 132
countries gather in Cuba for a week of political and
cultural exchange. The Fourteenth World Festival of
Youth and Students was held in Havana along the
themes of Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace, and
The Festival, born in 194 7 out of the peace movement became more politicised over time with the
development ofthe Cold War. Most years, the event
was held in Eastern Bloc
countries; Austria has been
the only capitalist host The
character of the Festival varied from year to year, depending on the global political climate of the moment and the
nature ofthe host country.
Given the current political
climate, this year's Festival
was, more than anything, a chance for 12,000 idealistic young people to prove that there still are 12,000
socialists in the world. It was also a chance to cheer
on the Cuban people.
With cries of Solidaridad! and Viva Cuba!, the
Canadian delegation rolled into the neighbourhood
where we were billeted. True to form, Canada went
divided as four separate delegations, including a con
tingent from Quebec, a Dukhoubour choir, and an
agricultural work brigade. We numbrered 250.
Slogan-chanting was all that kept us going for the
first couple of days while suffering the triple Cuban
curse of heat diesel exhaust and chronic disorganisation. By day three the Festival finally began in
earnest Overwhelmed by the number of delegates,
organisers had asked that a third of us give up our
places in the political discussions. This turned out to
be less of a disappointment than it was initially felt to
be; the huge conference halls were hardly conducive
to meaningful exchange.
During the formal discussions, delegates gave
five minute speeches about their nation's history
related to the topic at hand, and stated the position of
(   Perspective
the organisation they represented. The assortment of
delegates was diverse to say the least From a troupe
of primly dressed young women from Myanmar
reciting the government brochures they carried, to
gay rights activists from the States, to drunk Brazilian
teenagers, as a group we defied definition
Of the discussion topics, which included the environment, peace and disarmament employment
democracy, health, and education, human rights
proved to be the most controversial. When a nationalist from Iraq shouted Viva Saddam Hussein! althe end
of his statement all hell broke loose. Ofihand comments during breaks were often the most revealing.
An aquaintance from Zambia commented, "They're
having a bit of problems   in   Rwanda...
there's a little bit of
genocide going on"
Too often the discussion deteriorated into the
rhetoric readily available in any of Vancouver's factional socialist groups. Tiring of this, I decided to
focus instead on the people with firstliand experience of socialism.
Upon leaving the conference halls, there were
plenty of opportunities for independent research. I
needed only to ask for directions on the street and
was granted a half day's tour of the city and more
Spanish conversation than I could keep up with.
Propaganda is Cuba's equivalent to American billboard advertising. Peeling paint declaring "We
believe in socialism we believe in dreams," reminded me that newer slogans related to the Festival will
remain on crumbling walls long after my departure.
Less permanent posters plastered on lamp-posts,
walls and in windows commemorated the thirtieth
anniversary of Ernesto Che Guevara's death. The
national revolutionary hero was celebrated everywhere, in Cuba's folk music, art, and tourist kitsch. By
using Che's persona, Castro has to a large degree
averted creating a cult of personality around himself.
Che's memory will live on long after Castro is gone.
Some suggest that with the death of Castro will
come the death of socialism in Cuba. But to some
extent that death has already occured. The American
dollar was recently legalized for Cuban use, and with
this change came increased prostitution, an employment shift of highly trained professionals seeking
work in the tourist industry, and increased inequality-
Some Cubans I spoke with see the increasing
level of inequality as the country takes steps toward a
freer market system as inevitable, even positive.
Others defend the socialist ideals they grew up with:
"Yes, things are difficult here, but everyone has
enough to eat we have free education, free health
care, and there is peace,"was a common theme.
What struck me was tlie freedom with which people expressed their views on socialism the free market, and the many problems facing Cuba. This is,
after all, touted as a dictatorship with severe restrictions on freedom of speech.
Of course, it is difficult to judge just how much is
not being said. The editor of La Tribune de Habana
newspaper commented, "As long as we support the
Revolutioa we have complete freedom of speech. If
we are against the Revolution, we cannot say anything." He went on to argue that while constructive
criticism is valued, no patriotic Cuban would oppose
the nationalistic revolution. "There are those who are
willing to sell out to American dollars and oppose
Castro, but they are few, in isolated groups with little
support" Mind you, the Party member ofthe paper's
editorial board was in the room.
A Cuban joke attests to Castro's popularity;
whether that popularity is genuine or enforced
remains nebulous. "When Castro tells the people, 'For the next month, we will only have
rocks to eat,' the people say, 'It is okay; for now
we only eat rocks.' Anyone else tells the people,
'For the next month, we will have eggs to eat,'
and the people respond in outrage: 'Eggs? Are
you crazy? Never will we eat eggs!"»>
Vivian Hoffmann is a second year
Arts student and
the director of Rnance
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