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Array \jBC Archives Sana.
Drug rumours
arise from Pit
Posters warn of Rohypnol
incidents around campus
by Cynthia Lee
i^s <£ respect
other
Campus groups are concerned
about recent reports suggesting
that drugs used to facilitate sexual
assault have shown up at UBC.
"Recently, several reports indicate that individuals have had
memory loss drugs slipped into
their drinks at UBC. This is occurring in bars and parties, so please
take precautions," reads a poster
sponsored by a coalition that
includes the Women's Students
Office (WSO), the Alma Mater
Society (AMS), and AMS services
such as Safewalk.
Individuals who have ingested
these drugs—among them the high-
profile Rohypnol—suffer from
symptoms that are similar to the
effects of.-, consuming alcohol,
including disorientation, a lack of
coordination,' slured speech, and
drowsiness.. .
Safewalk said that it is aware of
the reports, but declined to comment specifically on any incidents
because of its confidentiality policy.
"The idea
that people.are
r.:-j on campus acting for so little
for
people
and potentially
putting people
at risk is a concern to us,* said
Jon     Hanvelt,
         the      assistant
EFF0RD        director of
Safewalk.
Another poster endorsed by the
WSO specifically names Rohypnol
in its warning. Rohypnol is prescribed as a sleeping pill.in some
countries, but is illegal in Canada.
Laurie Minuk, the WSO representative responsible for the initiative, did not return the Ubysse^s
calls by press time.
Despite the warnings on the
posters, the campus RCMP said no
conclusive cases of Rohypnol use
have been reported to the police.
But Constable Danielle Efford of
the university RCMP detachment,
added that the lack of reports does
not necessarily mean that incidents
are not occurring.
*A lot of sexual assaults don't
even get reported to us. For whatever reason, they don't want the
police involved,' she said.
Efford also said that tracing
Rohypnol and similar drugs can be
difficult
"For people who suspect they
have been drugged [and] don't get
to the hospital and get tested right
away, [the drug] is gone within [a
short time],' she added.
'People should be aware and
keep their drinks covered and keep
an eye on their drinks when they're
out But there isn't as far as we
know, a big scare.'
' However, a female UBC student
told the Ubyssey about two separate
incidents that took place during the
past few weeks in which her friends
had been drugged by Rohypnol on
campus. The student requested her
name be withheld, saying she
feared the two women could be
traced.
In both incidents, the student
alleges that the women had been
drinking at the Pit Pub with friends
when they began acting very
strangely. In both cases, the student
said that doctors determined that
Rohypnol was slipped into her
friends' drinks.
"None of her friends felt there
was a possibility that she had been
drugged,' the student said of one of
the incidents. 'But..they ran a toxicology and found that her. blood
alcohol was very high because she
had been drinking a lot that night
She'd also been flipped a drug.'
AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets said. that these incidents
could have occurred at the Pit Pub,
but he added that the AMS doesn't
. "know for sure that that's where it
happened because nobody witnessed it* ■ ; - ' -
..■ Peets also warned that similar
incidents have the potential to_
occur at other places oh campus,
including residences.
"It's a matter of people being
aware that the potential is there, so _
we're taking some responsibility.
Our security people are keeping
their eyes open and we want our
customers to keep their eyes open
as well,' added Peets. -
Corporal Scott Rintoul of the
RCMP's drug awareness unit said
that while two drug seizures
involving Rohypnol had occurred
since January 1999, RCMP investigations indicate that a positive test
for Rohypnol in a sexual assault
case has never occurred in
Canada.
"Having said that, there are prescription sedatives that are substitutes for Rohypnol,' he added.
Rintoul said that gamma
hydroxy butyrate (GHB), a central
nervous system depressant, is"
another illegal drug that has been
associated in two recent cases of
sexual assault in BC. GHB is even
more difficult to trace than
Rohypnol since it leaves the body
only six hours after ingestion.
According to Vancouver Rape
Relief and Women's Shelter, roughly one-quarter of the 1400 calls that
it receives on its crisis line implicates drugs or alcohol as a factor in
an attack against a woman. ♦
SANCTIONS
IN IRAQ
CONDEMNED
by Jason Steele
Dems Hall id ay, a former United
Natons (UN) Assistant-Secretary
General, joined nearly 1000 people
downtown Saturday night to protest
continued economic sanctions
against Iraq.
Halliday, a Nobel Peace Prize
nominee, described the catastrophic consequences that United
Nations (UN)-imposed sanctions
have had on the Iraqi people.
"You have malnutrition widespread throughout the adult population and chronic malnutrition
amongst many children leading to
permanent damage. You have
extensive social disruption, broken
families, divorce rates, crime...people giving up, having no hope,' said
■ Halliday.
Halliday once served as former
UN humanitarian coordinator in
Iraq, but said he resigned from his
position after seeing the impact of
the sanctions, which have completely banned imports to and from Iraq
since the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
"This is a path that cannot succeed, has not succeeded, and has a
totally unacceptable phenomenon
which is the slaughter of thousands
of individuals
every month,' Halliday said.
According to UNICEF between
5000 and 6000 children die each
month in Iraq as a result of the sanctions.
The sanctions have been maintained by the UN Security Council
since the war in an effort to force
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's
. see "UN"'continued on page 4
Arts space planned
- , by Alex Dimson
Voting has begun in an Arts Undergraduate Society's
(AUS) referendum that asks Arts students for permission to build a new, area for social space in the
| Buchanan building.
The referendum, which will be
| held until Friday of this week, asks
Arts students to approve a $5
increase in student fees to go
towards the construction of an Arts
student centre and a $ 1 increase to
| fund club events.
The plans would see a 5,800
I square-foot complex—including a
^ ^ stage, a bar, a lounge and rentable
FAST space for clubs—built on a site in
basement of Buchanan D-Blpck that is currently empty.
Dea Lloyd, a project organiser
and an Arts representative on the
Alma Mater Society (AMS), says the
centre could enhance UBC's learning environment for Arts students.
"You're not going to remember
the professors you've had...you're
going to remember when you're
hanging out with your friends and
the incredible relationships you
made. You need space for that/ she
said.
According to Jonathan Fast,
another project organiser and AMS
Arts representative, the construc
tion for the centre is estimated to cost between
$600,000 and $700,000 and will take approximately six
months to build.
Fast says that while he believes I
that students will support the plan,
he is worried that there may not be
enough votes to validate the refer- j
endum result.
* At least 10 per cent of all Arts I
students, or roughly 1000 students,
must vote in the referendum. Of I
this number, a majority must vote |
in favour of the proposal. ,
Lloyd says that voter turnout has LLOYD
been "good" so far. Yesterday—the first day of voting-
saw about 550 votes cast
She added that she hopes if the trend continues she
will have a "huge mandate" to bring to the university.
see Arts"continued on page 4 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2000
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NEWS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2000
Into the ocean we go
Public concerned about Point Grey cliff erosion
by Stephanie Sork
Members of the public expressed concerns when authorities outlined the options for managing the eroding
Point Grey cliffs at a public meeting last week.
While the sands that make up the cliffs are not subject to collapse under heavy loads, they are highly sensitive to the effects of running water and are slowly crumbling due to water runoff and tidal action.
A - committee of representatives from UBC, the
Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the
Musqueam Nation presented a package of options for
stabilising the cliffs, which focused primarily on water
management to keep running water off the cliffs.
The meeting drew a diversity of participants, including beach users, engineers, ecologists and architects.
Many of those in attendance at the meeting voiced
their worries about the options that were presented.
Audience members expressed concerns that the recreational, aesthetic and spiritual values of the cliffs and
beaches below would not be respected and maintained.
As well, some individuals highlighted the importance
of keeping the environment on and around the cliffs as
natural as possible, including the use of native vegetation wherever re-vegetation was planned.
David Greg, UBC's associate director of Campus
Planning and Development, said that because public disapproval has accompanied previous attempts to stabilise cliff erosion, any future plans would take into
account input from public meetings and beach tours.
"It brings balance [to the proceedings]," said Greg,
who added that he was pleased with the diverse turnout
at the meeting.
The cliffs of the Point Grey Peninsula occupy UBC
property in some areas—including the Museum of
Anthropology—but are mostly under the jurisdiction of
the GVRD Parks Board.
According to Greg, repairs related to cliff erosion
■ were made earlier this year, including construction on a
berm—a large earthen wall that will keep excess water
from running over the cliff face—near the Coach House,
a UBC heritage building. ♦
eansaysnoto
ommerce building
by Alex Dimson
Commerce students looking for a
place to drink last Friday night had
to walk all the way to the Student
Union Building (SUB), thanks to a
recent decision by the Dean of
Commerce to prevent beer gardens
from being held in Commerce'3
Hehiy Angus building.
Brian Bemmels, the Faculty's
associate dean for academic programs, said there are several reasons behind the decision, which
prevents the Commerce
Undergraduate Society (CUS) from
holding their traditional "Piss on
it-tomorrow's Saturday* (POITS)
beer gardens in Angus.
"Part of it is legal issues. I mean,
we are concerned about legal liability and it's not completely clear that
we—the people in the dean's office,
the faculty, ihe people who sign for
these—would not be completely
clear about any legal liability,' he
said.
But according to John Welch,
UBC's Risk and Insurance
Manager, such club-related activi
ties as beer gardens are covered
under a general university-wide
insurance policy.
"[The] activities of individuals of
the CUS...are covered under the
university's liability insurance programme. This would include any
event organised by the society in
which alcohol is served, regardless
of location.'
Welch said there's always a risk
that an individual may sue, but he
added that for the university, it happens very rarely.
At a recent Alma Mater Society
Council meeting, Rosalin Wang-
Foong, CUS president, complained
about the decision, but indicated
she was willing to go along with it
Wang-Foong did not return the
Ubyssey's calls by press-time.
Bemmels said that the Faculty of
Commerce has other plans for the
basement level of Angus.
'We're planning on quite a few
renovations in Henry Angus
because we simply need the space
down there that's not utilised,' he
said, explaining that Commerce
would like to put 50 offices, and a
computer lab, in the basement
Bemmels also cited concerns
about CUS' planning of beer gardens.
"With the year-end POITS last
year, we had a huge problem with
the crowd. [It] got very large and it
just spilled out into the hallways
and up and down the stairways and
there was beer spilled everywhere,'
he said.
"The next morning people were
trying to work down there and I
went down and walked down there
and my feet got stuck to the floor...It
smelled horrible down there. It
smelled like an old pool hall.'
CUS will keep the basement
room in which POITS was held, but
the room will be renovated into student study space.
Bemmels said that the Faculty is
not trying to discourage students
from drinking.
"It's not to be prudes, we're not
trying to say you shouldn't be
drinking. We encourage them to do
this, it's good for the student body,
this just isn't the place for it,' he
said. ♦
NO SUDS IN THE ANGUS BUILDING: Because of a decision by the Dean of Commerce they had to
go elsewhere to hold their beer garden, tara westover photo
NO LONGER SAFE: Point Grey cliffs are crumbling away, tara
WESTOVER PHOTO
AM S ads
criticised
.      ■   ■  : by Ailirt Choo
The recent installation of advertising frames into bathrooms in the Student
Union Building (SUB) has some students concerned about the potential for
corporate advertising on campus.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS), however, contends that the frames will be
used only to promote AMS services.
The AMS purchased the frames from New Ad Media for a little over
$ 1500. Councillors had previously rejected a proposal by New Ad to implement corporate advertisements in SUB bathrooms.
But some students are concerned over the implications of using an advertising agency to install frames for internal use.
"I think that by using New Ad Media, the present council might be leading future councils to consider the option of corporate advertising,' said
UBC student Izuini WakakL
The frames—which currently display a series of AMS ads—are a consequence of a recent decision by AMS Council to use bathroom advertising to
promote its student services.
AMS President Maryann Adamec acknowledges that bathroom advertising can be a 'profitable endeavor,' but adds that it is an effective way of giving the average student information about the AMS and its services.
"I think that people are going to see a value from the use of this service,'
she said.
While AMS Vice-President Finance Mike Warner said that he believes that
UBC traditionally ha3 had an anti-corporate climate, he did hot deny the possibility of future corporate advertising in the SUB.
"There is the possibility that Council would approve corporate advertising, but I think that councillors are intelligent enough to know the difference
between corporate and student advertising,' he said.
Ivan Chiew, a third-year political science student, meanwhile, said that
allowing corporate advertising on campu3 could be beneficial.
"I have no problem with corporate advertising on campus and think that
students would have a lot to gain from the extra money that it will bring in,"
he said.
In its 1997 proposal aimed at bringing corporate ads into the SUB, New
Ad Media predicted that the AMS would make a $100,000 profit over five
years. .
" The AMS' Pit Pub currently uses New Ad corporate bathroom advertisements as a source of income.
Other Canadian universities are facing similar situations. Concordia
University recently concluded a five-year contract with Zoom Media and its
student council will be holding a binding vote on the possible expulsion of
corporate advertisements on campus. ♦ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2000
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THE UBYSSEY
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plans attacked
by Darren Stewart
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-A coalition of environmentalist and First Nations
groups opposed to a plan to ship
Toronto's garbage to Northern
Ontario took their concerns to
Parliament Hill on Thursday.
The proposed landfill site near a
town called Kirkland Lake, Ontario,
would receive 1.3 million tonnes of
mixed solid waste over the next 20
years. Toronto would ship the waste
to the lake by train.
The project has been discussed
as a solution to Toronto's waste disposal problem for the past few years
and city council is scheduled to
make a decision in two weeks.
Benoit SerreY the Liberal MP for
Timiskaming-Cochrane, vowed to
bring the message to his colleagues
in the federal government "loud
and clear."
"Today we are begging the federal government to protect us from
Mike Harris," he said at a press conference outside Parliament
Thursday. He added that he has
heard from dozens of municipalities and native bands opposed to
the plan.
Environmentalists and local residents are concerned that poisonous waste from the site could leach
into the drinking water supply.
Brennain Loyd, spokesperson
for the environmental group
Northwatch, said that her group
waited so late to take the issue to the
federal government because they
assumed that the Ontario govern
ment would heed the widespread
opposition to the project and look
for a more appropriate solution.
Maude Barlow, chair of the
Council of Canadians, agreed that
the Canadian and Ontario governments should step in to protect
what she called Canada's pristine
and valuable supply of fresh water.
"This shows the absolute arrogance of the [Ontario] government
in Toronto. If they want more
Walkertons on their hands then
that's what they'll get."
Matthew Coon Come, National
Chief of the Assembly of First
Nations, also showed support for
the groups.
"This project is ecologically disastrous," he said 'It will jeopardise
the health of all citizens in Northern
Ontario and Quebec."
Federal NDP leader Alexa
McDonough raised the issue at
question period in the House of
Commons.
"It's time for the federal government to pay more attention to safe
drinking water than the safe rafting
on water," she said, referring to
media coverage of Prime Minister
Jean Chretien's river rafting trip.
"This project is lunacy, it's madness."
Environment parliamentary secretary Karen Redman spoke for
Environment Minister David
Anderson, who was absent from the
House. She said that Environment
Canada wa3 investigating Toronto's
proposal and would conduct an
environmental assessment if they
deemed it appropriate. ♦
W" continued from page I
goverment to comply with UN
demands to destroy all of its
weapons of mass destruction.
In the last nine years, Iraq has
tried to obstruct the UN's requirements, leading many government
officials and academics to fear that
Iraq might proliferate weapons to
terrorits groups and attempt to
rebuild its military potential
But Allen Sens, a UBC Political
Science lecturer, says that the issue
is a lot less cut and dry. Sens says
that people who wish to have the
sanctions revoked have to answer
two challenges.
'First, they have to ask themselves if the suffering of the (Iraqi]
people will be alleviated?...Arid secondly, what.to do about the possi-.
bilty.of Saddam Hussein acquiring
weapons of mass destruction-"
Sens says that there is a possibility
that the lifting of sanctions would have
nd effect on many of the Iraqi people,
because Hussein may not distribute
the wealth to, the sufferemg people.
But despite that he says he still supports the revoking of the sanctions.
"I think it's a tough call. But at the
end of the day [sanctions] are not
working, and for that reason 1
believe they should be revoked."
But despite the complexity of the
issue, Svend Robinson, the MP for
the Burnaby-Douglas riding, and
Foreign Affairs critic for.the NDP,
joined Halliday in denouncing the
sanctions.
Robinson, who visited Iraq in
January, said Canada must act now
and withdraw its support for the
sanctions.
"The response, of our government has been shameful," said
Robinson, who added that a report
released by a foreign affairs committee on Iraqi sanctions in April
called on Canada to withdraw its
support of the sanctions.
Many Iraqis in attendance at the
meeting agreed with Robinson,
emotionally testifying to some of the
conditions in Iraq.
UBC Arts student Zoe Jacksoa
meanwhile, was impressed by the
level of official support for throwing
out the sanctions.
"It wa3 really good to hear people
who have authority to say we've got
to change," Jackson said. ♦
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"Arts" continued from page 1
The proposal has received support from the President's Office, the
Faculty of Arts, and the AMS.
Fast says that if the referendum
passes, the AUS will immediately
begin negotiating with the university to iron out the details of the
arrangement for the rights to that
area in Buchanan.
He says the area would be a
unique student space in the university.
'It's about Arts community...It's
not a cast-off space that's alloted by
the university. It will be built by students for students and we will control it'
Byron Hender, the executive
coordinator in the VP Students
office, said the university is- prepared to enter negotiations with
the AUS over the space even
though the details have not yet
been discussed.
Harris asks
schools to
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Task force announced]
by Stephen Wicary
Ontario Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUPJ-OnMrio's uni-
M'lSJ'K's and colleges mus>t now
piove lo the guu'riimenl thai
they .ire being .is frugil and efficient as possible.
To the dismay of many students fvulfy, <md administrators., Dianne Curiiiinglum,
Ontaiio's minister of lr<miint),
colleges <md umvoisilii"*,
innuiinml Tuesday JiiJ < umIioii
of (be Investing inSludeiils Task
Force
The task fujco will e\ci::i,iu*
<ipi>r<tlijifi fin^etJuitiiJ -it post-
fucoKildiy in.ulilu!if>ns across
the. province t'i en»uro that .ul
fund-? ore bfirg spent well .c.d
without wo&k*.
It will ■ii-*) A'k inolilnlirtns lo
Mibinll pr«pi'S«N »ri uu.iif2 n.j.v,
tvMt Ife'tive lothnuK;; ii-!> ond
unctices, ,td wvil as the pusHJiJ-
iiy of oirvugamdliori of idimrus-
Irohvo semens, The laak force
will submit its final report ond
recommendations l<>
Ciinninghjm IWoie she.
announces operating grouts fur
school.-* next January.
"We hove great confidence m
our colleges ond universities,
but it makes sense to review cur-
lenl administrative, practiced to
ensurp tint Ihey can support
growing numbers of students,"
Cunningham said.
Response lo die new initii-
Uve from the post secondary
community was scathing.
"This Usk force is ju«-l another attempt by the go\ eminent to
deflect the anger sui rounding
the stale of postsocondory education away from themselves,"
hjid firm George, chairperson
for the Cansdirtii Federation of
Sludenls' Onlaiiu division.
"They're tailed for more eill-
t iim'itja, but thanks to die. SMO
million in utfs they've already
nude, (hero i1* no moio for to
trim from uni\eililies and colleges in thin province.'
Henry Jocek, a political sa-
L'lice professor al McM.Wer
UniwmlY and president of the
Ontario Confederation of
University Faculty AsMjciotiorts,
apjoed.
The bjM." problem with
Ontario's universities is that
thuy have been grossly under
funded by the present government," lie said.
'The bccuvh fur administrative elficienuos is not on appropriate response '.o thai situation." •>
"We certainly understand that if
the students are going to be putting
up the money to enclose and
improve some space, then there will
be some assurance that they will
continue to have use of that space."
While Lloyd says that construction could begin almost as soon as
these negotations are completed,
the cost would be paid for with the
increase in student fees over the
next ten years. ♦ J»*,
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played at the Vancouver
International Film Festival
It's lunchtime at Mather, Mather &
Mather, and Tom is having one of
those days. Not
only is he having visions of
. , super-heroes
and being accosted by the suicidal
boyfriend of a sexy store clerkr he's
also trying to pick up a retirement
gift for his boss, who's stolen just
about everything in the mall. All'this
and he can't even step outside for a
breath of fresh air.
Awarded the distinction of Best
Canadian Feature at this year's
Toronto International Film Festival,
way-
downtown
tells the story of four
young Calgary office
workers—Tom,
Sandra, Randy, and Curt—who have
bet a month's salary to see who can
stay indoors the longest This is entirely plausible since the downtown core
is completely interconncected by a
maze of glassed-in bridges and underground passageways.
Written and directed by Gary
Burns (The Suburbanators, Kitchen
Party), the film throws satirical
punches at office life, commenting
on the quotidian aspects of the work-
Not just
another
fight scene
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN
DRAGON
played at the Vancouver
International Film Festival
Although Jackie Chan helped change
the Western view of martial arts
films—infusing them with humour
and acrobatic fight sequences—few
people outside China have seen a
traditional Chinese martial arts film
in'which fealty, moral dilemmas,
a^d "spiritual purity are as important to the plot as the fighting.
Director Ang Lee decided that it was
time to rectify this with
Crouching
Tiger,
Hidden
Dragon.
Li Mu
Bai, a legendary warrior monk,
has grown
weary of
fighting and
iongs for a
normal life.
To that end, he entrusts his sister-in-
law, Yu Shu Lien, with the task of
delivering 'Green Destiny"—a sword
on par with Excalibur—to an old family friend. The sword is immediately
stolen, leading Li and Yu on a quest to
confront old enemies, struggle with
loyalties, and possibly experience
love.
I will start with several caveats
about this film. First of all, although
the main actors (Chow Yun-Fat and
Michelle Yeoh) have recently
starred in Hollywood films, this
movie is in Mandarin, which means
confusing subtitles for anyone who
hasn't brushed up on his or her language. Secondly, some people may
be put off by the fantastic elements
of the story—characters fly after one
another and perform incredible
feats. And finally, the plot can be
place with funny, quick
dialogue. The result is a refreshing,
candid, and thought-provoking film
about .the ills of urban life.
Filnled in the architectural catastrophe of Calgary's Plus 15 walkway
system, Burns' film illustrates the contrast between the unrelentingly fluorescent atmosphere of offices and
shopping malls and the clarity of the
natural light of the outdoors by switching between digital video and 3 5mm.
The extreme close-ups of ventilators and ant farms, the use of different film speeds, and the intentional
changes of wardrobe allow Burns to
capture the claustrophobic mood of
the characters.
The cast, led by Fabrizio
Filippo as Tom, is superb. Marya
Delver gives a great performance as
Sandra—the supervisor of the company's kleptomaniac boss—who is
tortured by what lies outside the
mall. Don McKellar is hilarious as
the suicidal video game addict who
spends his lunch hour stapling company mottoes—such as "Don't compromise, Prioritise' and 'Don't
make excuses. Make improvements'—on his chest
But what really makes way downtown a success is its very original
screenplay, which takes the nuances
of the mindless office world and
twists it into an entertaining film. ♦
-Michelle Mossop
somewhat difficult to follow at
times. Having dispensed with these
minor unpleasantries, however, I
can now focus on the positive
"aspects of the film.
The locations and scenery border on the mythical—from the lush
bamboo forests, to the cloud
enshrouded mountains, to the stunning recreation of Beijing in its
ancient glory—and the viewer is
treated to a spectacular visual kaleidoscope. The intricate action
sequences are second to none—
exquisitely choreographed by the
same man who gave The Matrix its
oomph. Finally, the story, in stark
contrast to its Hollywood cousins,
has substance—multidimensional
characters that do more than just
make the hero look good.
With Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon, Ang Lee has crafted a striking film, one that examines the possible foibles of misguided loyalties
and rigid traditions, and one that
will appeal to any viewer who appreciates fine cinema. ♦
-Greg Ursic
Hope for
change
OTOMO
at the Vancouver
International Film
Festival
at Vancouver Centre
Cinema*
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Oct. 5, 9:30pm
In his new film, Otomo, Frieder
Schlaich comments on Germany's
troubling immigration laws and
racist attitudes. The film centres
around the true story of Frederic
Otomo, a refugee from Liberia who
lived with the help of a Catholic
charity in Stuttgart .Germany, for
eight years until one fateful evening
in 1989.
The film opens with Otomo packing his things in a room with a poster
of the Crucifixion on the wall. Kicked
out by the Church, Otomo begins an
unsuccessful job hunt, meeting racial
discrimination every step of the way.
While Otomo is sitting on the
tram, two ticket controllers accuse
him of using an invalid ticket.
Frustrated, Otomo assaults the subway controllers, resulting in a city-
wide manhunt with a tragic end.
Otomo's case is famous in
Germany, one that had been twisted
and turned by German newspapers.
The details of the case were not well-
known, and since Otomo didn't survive the ordeal, the press drew its own
conclusions about Otomo's motives.
Isaach de Bankole skilfully conveys Otomo's frustration and fear,
especially in a scene where he's
being chased by the police. The compelling score adds to the tension the
film is trying to create.
There is very little dialogue, but
we see Otomo's interactive, personal side when he befriends an older
German woman (Eva Mattes). And
though a bit scared at first, she
appears to be the only one willing to
listen to Otomo, and even offer help.
In this very sombre and grim film,
Mattes' character becomes a sign of
hope for change in Germany. ♦
-Aisha Jamal ir
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Thin blue lines falter
UBC football loses its first regular season home game since 1997
by Tom Peacock
During the pre-season, UBC
Thunderbirds quarterback Shawn
Olson said that if injuries didn't
plague the team, then they would
have a chance at contending for the
Canada West championships.
After last Friday night, he's
probably wishing that he'd knocked
oft wood when he said that, because
injuries are looking like the key factor iii a season that's turning sour.
In their second home game of the
seasoa the battered and bruised
Birds, at least those who could actually take the field, handed over the
win on Friday night to the Alberta
Golden Bears, 23-12. The Birds are
now 2-2 on the season.
Friday night's game wasn't so
much decided by who was on the
field, but by who wasn't/
Olson's go-to receiver,. Brad
Courts, was sidelined by a knee
injury sustained in last weekend's
game against Calga^. As well, veteran centre Chris Paterson is
watching his last season of eligibility unravel because? of a torn hamstring. .'.■•'
The offensive line was further
compromised by the absence of
guard Darren Sharpe, out with a
knee injury. Key linebacker Javier
Glatt played the game with two
bruised kidneys, and running back
Julian Radlein had to sit out from
time to time after hurting his shoulder and leg.
Radlein still managed to run for
119 yards on IS carries, even
though he had to sit out a few crucial plays, and Glatt sucked it up
long enough to make 10 tackles.
But when Radlein was pulled, there
was nobody to replace him on the
running attack. The game was
forced into the air, and without
Courts, the Birds' receiving game
was less than exceptional.
After the game, Olson admitted
that he missed Courts.
"The thing we missed the most
is [Court's] game experience, his
savvy, his coolness under pressure.
You get a ball that you need to tie
the game or get a first down when
you're driving, he's going to make
that catch. Today we missed that,*
Olson said.
The Birds better get used to it
though, since Courts may be out for
the season. An MRI scheduled for
Today will determine whether
the ACL in his left knee is completely or only partially torn.
Judging from Friday's game, if
Courts is a scratch for the year,
Olson has reason to worry that the
team won't be able to compensate
adequately and re-adjust offensive-
ly.
'Guys just have to step up, and
right now we're not getting it, and it
hurts us because everyone's playing hard but they're looking around
saying, 'Okay Shawn, you make the
play or Scott [Rintoul] you make the
play,' when they should be thinking, 'give me the ball, give me the
ball. I want to make the play.' We're
missing that"
Sandy Be ve ridge did a good job
filling in on kick returns in Court's
absence, and the special team's
coverage on - kicker Duncan
O'Mahbn/3 punts was more than
adequate. Indeed, special teams
were one of the few bright spots in
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ground when their habitat came under threat from migrating Bears (above). Olson tucks one under and heads
for the endzone during first-half action atThunderbird stadium (below). After Friday night's loss, the Birds
dropped to 2-2 on the season. There are four regular-season games left,   tara westover photos
the UBC game, although O'Mahony
missed a couple" of field goals that
might have made the difference.
But the major elements of the
UBC game just weren't there. The
offence fizzled, and the defence was
nowhere to be seen when Alberta
running back Nathan Connor was
on the warpath. Connor ran for a
game-high 140 yards a3 the Golden
Bears plowed up the field.
"They made plays, we didn't
That's what it comes down to," said
Javier Glatt, rubbing his tender
mid-section after the game.
"Especially at the end of the game,
when it was 16-12. We went two
and out a bunch of times, and the
defence wasn't holding 'em...It was
a tight game, but they won."
Head coach Jay Prepchuk said
that the problem was caused by the
thinning team's inability to dig
deep within themselves and get
into a winning mindset
. "We obviously didn't play with
veiy much enthusiasm
• tonight..Football's a game of emotion, jt's a game of passion, it's a
gama of pride, and we didn't show
that tonight"
If the Birds pull up their socks,
they can still
contend for the
Canada West
championships,
since no team is
clearly dominant
This weekend, Calgary
and
Saskatchewan
scored upset victories over first-
place Manitoba
and second-
place Regina,
respectively. All
the teams in the
Canada West
conference have
now posted a
loss, and four of
the six teams
are 2-2 on the
season.
UBC heads to
Saskatoon next
Friday night to
face ; the
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Saskatchewan
Huskies. ♦
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Birds second after
Prairies weekend
Two wins and two ties for field hockey
by Tom Peacock
This weekend, the UBC women's
varsity field hockey team left sunny
Vancouver for the harsh wind-blown
expanses of Calgary, and their first
CIAU tournament _
While their friends here enjoyed
a few days of Indian summer, the
team members stepped off the
plane to a less than balmy six
degrees below in Alberta.
Though the cold was a factor, The
Birds were more concerned with the
dry, sticky surface of McMahon stadium. Usually the artificial surface
used for CIAU field hockey is
watered prior to a game, but in
McMahon stadium, home of the
CFL's Calgary Stampeders, such
watering is not permitted.
And ten minutes into the first
game, against Manitoba, veteran
forward. Stephanie Hume sustained
a serious injury to her thumb, which
UBC head coach Hash Kanjee said
was most likely a direct result of the
unforgiving turf.
"If that field had been watered
for Stephanie, when she fell, her
hand wouldn't have stuck to the turf
She would have slid, and that's the
difference,' Kanjee said.
Without Hume, and in spite of
■' sweeping chailges to the roster, a
young UBC side rallied to beat
; Manitoba, and went on to play to a
2-0-2 record for the tournament
showing that they are once again
contenders for the- Canada West
Championship.
Kanjee admits that the team is
young, however, and so players will
have to step up to balance the UBC
attack.
"Last year, we had ten players
who were fourth- and fifth-year, and
we've gone down to five players in
fifth year, and a few more players in
first second and third year," Kanjee
said.
Fourth-year player Jennifer
Regan, who switched from midfield
to right defence this year, said that
she missed having Ann Harada
behind her in goal, but added that
Emily Menzies had a decent showing in her first tournament as UBC's
starting goalkeeper.
"Em's not as confident but she's
finding her space...She learned a lot
from Ann, and she's just going to get
better," she said.
"It was the first time out with a
lot of new girls, and we figured out a
lot of things that will help next
time."
"You don't know what the other
teams are about so [the first tournament] is always like a fact finding
mission," added Kanjee.
The Birds might have all the facts
they need now for a repeat performance of their back-to-back CIAU
championship wins in the last two
years. But if Hume is out for the season, that just means more hard
work for everyone else.
Regan, her teammate for four
years, felt her absence during the
last three games of the tournament
'[Hume] is one of the hardest workers out there, it would be tough to
lose her." ♦
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BABYBLUE SOUNDCREW
Private Party Collectors Edition
Universal Records
Baby Blue SoundCrew has been hitting the high waves
this summer, coming out with its latest compilation of
urban vibes. This group of four multi-talented musicians from Toronto (Kid Kut, KLC, Single foot, and C-
Boogie) have been helping out the weak Canadian hip-
hop scene with their sweet R&B sounds., They show
their love of diversity in music by including a variety of
tracks from various Canadian, American, andjamaican
' R&B, hip hop, reggae, and calypso musicians.
If you enjoy artists like Nas, Ginuwine, Sisqo, JayZ,
Juvenile, DMX, BeenieMan, and Mr. Vegas, you will definitely enjoy this album. Far from focusing on guns and
violence, these tracks talk more about love, money, sex,
and big butts.       '
Although Baby Blue SoundCrew has come out with a
wicked compilation that I can't stop listening to, it's
failed to properly represent Canadian artists. Canadian
hip-hoppers appear in only five of the 2 5 tracks—showing that although Canadian hip-hop has developed over
the past few years, it still depends highly on the
Americans.
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the sounds of R&B, hip-hop, and reggae in an album
that will definitely make you bounce—so go out and
help support the Canadian hip-hop scene.♦
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SCRATCHING POST
This Time It's Personal
Independent
Scratching Post is straight out of Toronto with its third full-
length album, This Time It's Personal. Led by singer Nicole
Hughes, Scratching Post is a hard-driving, intense-sounding collaboration of bass, guitar, drums, and seductive, inviting
vocals. ...*-''
The first anthem, 'Fade Away,' shows all these facets of
Scratching Post's sound, which is a bit like Veruca Salt Hughes
seduces the listener with her scandalous, inviting voice, spouting out charged lyrics about a failed relationship. The rest of the
ensemble backs her up with the sound that resonates throughout the entire album.
Other highlights include the songs "Make It Easy* and
"Sleepwalking,' which continue the heavy sound and solid
lyrics. The only weak point of the album is the final song, "Wake
Up You're on Fire,' which sounds like, a bad adolescent garage
band doing a Slayer cover.
Scratching POSt iS a hard-driving, This Time It's Personal is a good, solid album from one of
intenSe-SOUnding Collaboration , Of Canada's more successful indie bands. Scratching Post's last
haSS,t guitar, drums, and Seductive, two albums have provided campus radio with top-ten hits and
inviting VOCalS. their latest will no doubt provide similar results. Heaven forbid,
they may even end up on the MuchMusic's top-20, somewhere
in the maelstrom of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. ♦
-Andrew Bowyer
CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Mi Reflejo
Universal
Latin pop music is the biggest thing this year to grip the
North American music market with artists like
Santana, Enrique Inglesias, and Ricky Martin dominating the music charts. With this genre being hotter than
ever, Christina Aguilera's Spanish-language edition of
her successful self-titled debut album is certainly keeping within the trend.
Mi Reflejo, which translates as "My Reflection,"
includes Eve of the hit singles from her English album.
Aguilera fans will find that the popular singles including 'Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants,' and the
single 'Reflection' from the Disney movie Mulan
sound just as good in Spanish as they do in English.
In fact, Aguilera, who grew up in a predominantly
Spanish-speaking household, actually sounds a bit better singing in Spanish because it allows her to escape
the tired and generic sound that plagues other English-
speaking female pop musicians. Although she is no
Jennifer Lopez, Aguilera sings gracefully in Spanish
and she dedicates her album to all of the Spanish people in the world who she claims have inspired her to
explore her Latin roots.
This inspiration has allowed Mi Reflejo to debut at
number one on Billboard's Latin 50 Chart and Top 200
Chart The album includes a few upbeat dance numbers like 'Genio Atrapado' and "Una Mujer' and is layered with soft ballads like "El Beso Del Final,' "Pero Me
Acuerdo De Ti,' and 'Por Siempre Tu." Aguilera also
sings an excellent duet — "Si No Te Hubiera Conocido"
— with Puerto Rican recording star Luis Fonsi.
As an added bonus. Mi Reflejo is an enhanced CD
that includes videos for the songs 'Genio Atrapado'
and 'Por Siempre Ti," However, the videos are not very
exciting, having been designed for teenage girls and
young men who are r drawn to he? Barbie-doll looks.
Nevertheless, Mi Reflejo reflects Aguilera's talent as
she switches languages with remarkable ease and
finesse. ♦
-Dustin Cook
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2000
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by Parm Johal
When you think of garbage cans,
you think smelly, dirty, and foul. But
the 14th annual Garbage Can Art
Contest and Auction proves that
garbage cans could be used for
something other than collecting
your everyday trash.
Organised by the art therapy program at BC Children's Hospital to
help kids heal faster through artistic
expression, Sunday's event at
Granville Island, showcased 25
local artists, from amateur to
accomplished. The contestants had
four hours to shape their metal
bins, gluing, painting, sewing, and
snipping their way towards their
final goal of beautifying these cans.
The colourful mosaic of
Vancouver art culture was seen, but
as time ticked by, all the artists were
feeling the pressure.
With furrowed eyebrows and
hurried hands, artist Daphne
Harwood, a 1992 graduate of UBC's
fine arts program, worked at her
sewing machine to sew the last remnants of her quilt onto her can while
Niles Blishev stood proud beside
his life-size, spray-painted
Campbell's soup can.
As the artists put the finishing
touches on their cans, two judges
went around and scored each of the
displays based on originality, technique, design and overall presentation.
Sandra Glygsdal arid Monica
Forburger tied for third place.
Glygsdal painted a beautiful mural
of a Mexican city with cobblestone
streets, and Forburger transformed
her can into a New York Fries label,
using carved sticks a3 French fries.
In second place was Cynthia
Frenethe—her colourful can was my
personal favourite. It reminded me
of those humourous Hallmark cards
with cartoon-like figures and inspirational words like "I can be what I
want to bel' What struck me the
most was her use of detail. On the
can lid she glued small square mirrors as well as shiny bead3 and
sparkles to attract the eye.
First place was awarded to Gilles
Giguere's can, entitled "Happy City,
Sad City.' One side of the can was
'sad,' with dark images, while on
the other side, the 'Happy City' was
vibrant and colourful with toy figures like Garfield, Snoopy, and Bugs
Bunny.
If you didn't make it this year,
make sure you go next year to see
some funky artistic talent and support a worthwhile cause. Garbage
cans and art. .who knew? ♦
THAT GAHBIGGE CAN LOOKS
MAHHVALOUS, DAHLING:
Sandra Glygsdal's mural of a ,
Mexican city tied for third place
at the 14th annual Garbage Can
Art Contest held at Granville
Island this past Sunday.
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Visit us at the Computer Science Career Fair on
September 27th in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Come to our information session September 27th from 5:30 p,m. to
7:30 p.m. in the Westbrook Hall, Room 100 (free food).
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We're almost there folks,...
You may have noticed the dust and debris around the SUB lately and
wondered "What's going on?" Well, your student dollars have been
hard at work, and have reached the final stages of a make-over that
will help us serve you better.
People at your beckon call
Our information booth, Safewalk and Speakeasy are up and running
from the main concourse, so drop by to walk, talk, and ask a question
or two.
More space for constructive creativity
(Get hcked-up, clever and dirty downstairs)
The Pottery Club and AMS Bike Coop have moved to the north side -
lower level, with extended space for cfdy-creations and bike lock-ups
or fix-ups.
Roof-top oasis
Eat your lunch amidst unicorns and butterflies, catch q snooze or just
bask in the sun upstairs, outside in the SUB courtyard. Its just so darn
pretty up there.
Used books, Cheap tunes, cool mags and more:
SUBTitles'is open for business!  Located beside the Pendulum, SUB
lower level. We do consignment and sales.
Sensational Services
Come upstairs! Joblink, Volunteer Services, Advocacy Office,
Ombudsperson, Tutoring and AMS Orientations have moved to the
upper level of SUB in a swank hew setting. They're your services - use
them.
DID YOU KNOW?
-♦•The Board of Governors is contemplating a cost-based tuition model
that will mean different prices for different undergraduate degrees.
♦ The AMS and CASA (our national student lobby group) are working to
ensure post-secondary education gets its needed injection of funding
through the Canadian Health and SocialTransfer increase of $23.4
billion over the next 5 years,
(check out www.casa.ca for more details)
♦The University administration is considering changing class start
times. If approved, this plan will see one third of 8:30 am classes shift
to 8:00, and the remaining two thirds shift to 9:00 - effective September
2001.
Questions? email feedback@ams.ubc.ca
DON'T FORGET...
AMS/GSS HEALTH PLAN
OPTED OUT YET?
$168 dollars is a lot to pay when you're already covered, so
opt out if you need to.
POCKETS FULL OF LINT?
Apply for a bursary to cover your health plan costs.
DEADLINE is SEPTEMBER 29!!!!
Drop by the health plan office - Room 61 SUB beside Travel
Cuts * or visit:
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AMS Services Days
Come check us out.
Wednesday, Sept. 27th - Friday, Sept. 29th
10am-2pm, Sub concourse
Advocacy & Ombudsperson
Believe it or not, they want to hear you complain - Check out "Gripe for
Grapes" you'll walk away with a clear conscience and a full belly.
Internship Program
Lots of incredible opportunities that may open the doors to your future.
Joblink
On-line job searches, part-time job listings and resume writing tips that will
showcase your awesome potential.
Safewalk
Reaily nice people who know a lot about safety and they make walking in
the dark fun. Find out about "BLUE Light Education"
Speakeasy
Is it a speech clinic? A chat line? Come see for yourself.
Tutoring Services
For many 1st year courses, plus helpful skill seminars. Get on top of your
grades people, you're not here to party.
Volunteer Fair
Cuz it's a great way to gain experience and volunteering is so much fun.
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THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBIT
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBIT
at 885 IV. Georgia (Hongkong Bank of Canada Building)
until Sept. 23
A single protester dressed in white brandishes a stick against a dark wall
of Indonesian police. A Shaolin monk crouches, impossibly balanced on
his thin metal perch. At the edge of the refugee camp in Kkes, Albania, a
Kosovar girl grips her staff as if it were her last hope of salvation. The
images leap out from all sides, silent testimonies to.the wonder and terror
of life. Open your eyes and prepare to be shocked: the World Press Photo
Exhibition is here. -
A bank lobby may not strike "many people as the best viewing space for
well, anything really, but on a sunny Saturday with the light pouring in, I
can't find much fault with it Once I figure out the doors (hint the revolving ones don't work) and get over the massive pendulum's heavy swing,
I'm free to wander past the panels of award-winning photos. I recognise a
few from the headlines this year; all are powerful. I pause before each one,
considering.
- The images come from eveiywhere, and cover a wide range of subjects,
but although World Press Photo's membership spans time zones and continents, a large number of winning photos were taken in the devastated
regions around Kosovo, and during the blood-spattered elections in Dili,
Indonesia. These are the photos documenting life in a war zone, the camera making us witnesses, uncertain and afraid. The murder of Bernardino
Guterres by Indonesian police unfolds in seven horrifying steps—no words
are necessary. Photographer John Stanmeyer received second place in one
of the categories for these photos. I'm still not sure how I feel about that
How can we judge the artistry of death?
Photographs are powerful because they pull us in, exploiting the connection between the eye and the imagination. Far more than text can, these
pictures provoke a physical response, calling up laughter, fury, revulsion,
fear, and sometimes an elusive awe. They elicit an immediate, visceral
response, not requiring the long abstract development of prose. A good
photo acts as a lens, reducing entire ideologies down to human dimensions. Suddenly the six o'clock news lead stories have strained eyes and tattered clothes, feet exhausted from carrying a child for hours through the
fog; trying to escape a horrible nightmare. Pictures bring distant events
into the here and now, forcing us to pay attention; they become irrefutable
evidence of moments of which we would otherwise be ignorant Now,
though, we cannot forget, because we have seen them. If only for this, the
World Press Photo Exhibit is valuable. It acts as a time capsule, a small
chronicle of the human endeavour at the end of the 20th century, with its
beauty and its pain. ♦
by Regina Yung
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2000
VOLUME 82 ISSUE 6
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old not that precious a metal
There are still Olympic stories about overcoming
adversity, about winning against all odds, but
they are fewer and further between. The Games
have turned into some kind of freakshow for
genetically pre-disposed children who have no
real conception of losing. Heck, they were born
winners. It's losing that's against the odds.
Okay, so maybe we, as Canadians, have a
small, very minor, case of sour grapes.
But Australia is pulling what seem to be
• mutant kids out of school and throwing them in
the pool, and that's not fair. In our opinion,
Olympic gold is starting to lose a bit of its lustre.
A bit more, that is.
Of course, the Olympics are still about perse-
verence: it takes a certain type of dedication to
win, no matter how big an athlete's feet are (the
National Post printed a photograph last week of
Ian Thorpe's feet at their actual size. And they
were at least rwice as big as any of ours).
Canada has won only seven medals at the
Sydney Summer Games to date. Even Belarus is
far out of our reach with ten, so yeah, we're bitter. But our bitterness is not directed at our athletic programs in Canada. In fact, Canada is
starting to look like a spot of calm in a world
gone gold-medal mad.
But Canada is showing signs of buckling
under the pressure. The Post may have dedicated two whole pages to Thorpe's flippers, but it is
not the only Canadian media outlet applauding
other countries for plucking potential medal
winners right out of grade-school classrooms
and dumping them into expensive training programs. It is also not the only one condemning
Canada for its all too laissez-faire approach to
athletic recruitment and training.
After all, what parents would realistically let
their kids play just any old sport—or even more
than one sport—when Canada's medal standings
at the next Olympics hang in the balance?
Yesterday's Vancouver Sun proudly
announced that BC will be a testing ground for a
new recruitment system currently sweeping
through the school system Down Under. The system screens high school kids to find out for
which sport they are physically pre-disposed,
based on 80 different criteria. Sitting height,
arm span, and vertical jump are some of the less
eerie indicators used. But doesn't it all sound a
bit sinister?
We don't let people into schools to tell our
children they're too stupid to ever become
lawyers, but we're going to let them march into
gymasiums to quash a kid's dreams of glory in
whatever sport he or she may have latched onto
during gym class? That hardly seems fair.
'But I like playing netball."
"Too bad, kid, we need you in platform diving-'
At the moment, Canadian athletes often get
into the amateur sports at which they excel
almost by accident, according to Wendy
Pattenden, president of Vancouver's National
Sports Centre. Can you imagine—people actually
making up their own minds about which sport
they want to play?
After her fourth-place finish in the 200m
individual medley, UBC Olympic swimmer
Marianne Limpert was responsible for a bitter
outburst in the media about the state of athletic
funding in Canada.
Limpert's point is well-taken. When you compare the $62 million a year that Canada spends
on amateur athletics to the $280 million a year
Australia spends, losing makes all too much
sense.
We're not arguing that we shouldn't support
those who have chosen to become athletes.
Funding them is ona thing, and something we
support But performing physical examinations
on children to measure their future medal
worth—choosing who is fit to become an athlete
before they can really think for themselves—is
something else entirely.
So maybe Canada's low Olympic medal count
isn't such a bad sign after all. In fact, maybe it's
a sign of our country's healthy lack of obession
and our collective mental health when it comes
to protecting the well-being and well-rounded-
ness of our younger citizens. -
Besides, we can always clean up at the Winter
Olympics. ♦
LETTERS
U-Pass another
AMS welfare plan
It is interesting to see how some
UBC students are starting to realise
that the $168 per year might be a
bit steep for a health and dental
plan they feel they don't really need
('Students sick of health plan"
[Sept 15, 2000]). If your health
expenses involve physical therapy
or a chiropractor instead of laser
eye surgery, you might agree with
them, because, surprise surprise,
they're not covered by the planl
Well, another sweet mandatory
Alma Mater Society (AMS) 'welfare
plan" is coming to town, and again
some people will get shafted. I'm
talking about the U-Trek card, the
three-zone bus pass for just $20 (or
more) a month. A great deal if you
bus to school. Not so great if you
drive, but that's the idea; get more
people to switch from the car to the
bus.
Unfortunately in the holy war of
Trek UBC against the single occupant vehicles there might be some
collateral damage. I'm talking
about all those people who don't
drive, but don't bus either. You
know, people who bike to school
everyday, people who live on campus, people who work at home and
telecommute. All these people who
are already using an alternative to
the environmentally-unfriendly
cars and to the not so much better
buses. What these folks will get in
recognition for their contribution
to the UBC community i3 a nice
$240 (or more) a year tax, and a
bus pass they don't need.
Of course, the U-Trek card propaganda talks about some benefits
for bikers as well, but none of them
are in my opinion really worth the
money. $20 a month for showers
and bike cages doesn't sound like
such a sweet deal, does it?
As for people who live on campus, what are we getting out of this
card? Lovely Friday night trips to
Maple Ridge? A thrill ride on the
SkyTrain once in a while? Sunday
morning brunch in Deep Cove after
a romantic trip on the Seabus?
Geez, I'm looking forward to pay
my $240 for this card!
As in the case of the Health and
Dental Plan, the devil is in the
details. A plan that is a great deal
for some students is a total rip-off
for others.. UBC has a lot of students, with different needs. It
would be nice if this time the AMS
and the Graduate Students' Society
(GSS) would think of all (or most) of
them, before they go ahead with
another mandatory "benefit"
-Marco Albanl
PhD Candidate
Forestry
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2000
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Sequel really bad
URBAN LEGENDS:
Now Playing
THE FINAL CUT
Dial J for junk, because that's all you're
going to get in John Ottman's Urban
Legends: The Final Cut Unless you count
the forgettable cast and predictable plot-
lines that dominate this entire mess, you're
better off spending an evening perusing
your stamp collection.
Banking on the public's insatiable
demand for formulaic teen horror flicks,
Ottman follows the same guidelines that
made I Know What You Did Last Summer
and Urban Legend bubble gum bits for the
Dawson's Creek Crowd.
After watching a teen-slasher flick, it's
easy to see the recipe: throw together some
attractive characters, make them scream a
lot for no apparent reason other than a few
slashings, and wait for the bust shots.
Unabashedly borrowing from Scream 3,
the story centres around a movie set Amy
Mayfield, played by bright-eyed Jennifer
Morrison, is a film student at Alpine
University, dreaming of her big break in
Hollywood.
The road to stardom lies in her thesis
film's winning the prestigious Hitchcock
Award, for which all her fellow classmates
are competing. The catch is that just as she
starts making a film about urban legends,
she almost becomes one herself.
All I can say about the serial killer is
this—get a day job, or at least a new coat
Dressed in the typical killer costume of a
black trenchcoat and fencing mask, the
murderer seems to have no motive for
chasing around a bunch of silly college students other than too much spare time.
This doesn't do much for the suspense.
In one scene, Amy is hiding underneath a
grand piano while the killer attempts to
find her in the dark. He edges toward the
by Natasha Chin
instrument, places his gloved hands on the
keys and plays a harrowing rendition of a
horror tune. Suspense aside, these snippets
of humour offer the only compensation for
the viewer, and they are often more banal
than entertaining.
This is a film based on stupidity. The
cast offers upthe usual nude shots and the
earnest expressions picked up from Acting
101 classes. There are the usual high-
school caricatures: the blonde bimbo, the
innocent virgin, and the jock. As well, the
entire campus seems to be populated
entirely by rich white kids. There are no
adults, ho parents, and no figures of authority other than a neglectful policewoman
who spends more time dancing to Foxy
Brown than protecting anyone's safety,
even when three students have gone missing. Of course, no one knows or even
reports these strange disappearances
around campus because the stupid
teenagers are in charge.
Again, I wonder about the quintessential
killer that appears in all teen horror flicks.
He is always portrayed as a fool who is outsmarted by pimple-popping youngsters. I
really feel for the guy, because underneath
that fencing mask is a soul that just needs
some anger-management classes and a professional make-over.
But the killer is, after all, only a comical
figure. Director Ottman isn't interested in
either the moral or psychological roots of
the murderer's psyche. If he were, he
would have been attempting to build on the
genius of such greats as Hitchcock or
Patricia Highsmith. What he is actually
doing in Urban Legends: The Final Cut is
reselling the packaged horror flick under a
new title. And in the end, the film lives up
to its own limitations. •>
ALMOST FAMOUS
Now Playing
by Greg Ursic
Rock star. Dot-eon* billionaire. Cowboy, Roger
Boerfe co^bost. At some point in Me, everyone
fantasises about working tib&r dream job (okay,
thatlastone was ubine). Unfortunate^, however,
most people end up doing ihe 'sensible' thing,
and spend the rest of their lives wondering 'what
1ST
It's 1973, and William Miller is determined
to never ask that torturous question. He has it
tough. He's 15 years old, bright, awkward, and
[friendless. He lives with a shrewish, doinmeer-
ing, antt-eveiything mother who is convinced
that anyone who listens to rock V roll will
become a drug-addled sex fiend. None of this
makes his aspirations to be a rock journalist any
easier.
Not to be dissuaded from his goal William
pounds out articles on his trusty Smith Corona.
And then the unthinkable happens-the music
editor for Rolling Stone magazine, intrigued by
William's fresh and novel style, calls, with an
offer he can't refuse: to go on tour with
Stillwater, an up-and-coming band and report
on his experiences. Oh-and he'll get paid a
princely sum.
Having been around in the' 70s is not a prerequisite for enjoying this movie. Written and
directed by Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous is a
semi-autobiographical account of his first job
with Rolling Storte. Ihe Gacarhuzz began even
before the movie was finished, and
with good reason: Crowe writes great
screenplays {Say Anything, Jerry
Magtiire) and Almost Famous shows
that Ms winning streak is intact
Crowe skillfully combines the com-
ing-of-age and life-on-the-road elements of the story with complex characterisations, well-scripted dialogue,
and a unique soundtrack which
enables him to capture the spirit of ihe
era.
Thankfully, casting was given as
much consideration as the rest of Ihe
film. Billy Crudup finally, gets the
recognition he deserves with his portrayal of Russell, Stillwater's enigmatic lead guitarist, who shuns the spotlight and lives the music. Crudup is
able to balance detached passion,
keen comedic sense, confused sincerity, and lightning-fast mood swings.
Newcomer Patrick Fugit shines as
William. This shy, ingenue teenager
struggles to remain objective when
thrust into a world awash wish temptation.
Also, Kate Hudson, daughter of
Goldie Hawtj, stays true to her lineage,
playing the ditey and worldly Penny
Lane, the leader of the groupies. In
spite of her worldly ways, however,
she betrays a guarded vulnerability.
Finally, the supporting cast-Jason
Lee {Clerks) - and Philip Seymour
Hoffman {The Talented Mr. Ripley}-
also deliver top-notch performances.
My only quibble with the cast is
Frances McDormand, whose over-the-
top manic behaviour is distracting
and annoying.
Except for one especially ridiculous sequence near tha end of the film
(I can't reveal more without spoiling a
key plot twist) Almost Famous would
be perfect But almost perfect is close
enough for me. ♦
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