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Array this issue:
Campus bands, Canadian film, world
music. Pages 3, 7.
a family that debates
together, stays together
Short but sweet
TA Union rejects UBC's offer. Page 2.
Iraq: the good and the bad
The threat of war is bringing out the best
and the worst in people. Page 6.
A conversation with Karlo
The Ubyssey talks basketball. Page 8.
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the Ubyssey's annual literary competition supplement
the ybyssey magaiine
TA Union rejects UBC's offer
The university has made a new offer
to the TA Union, but union members aren't considering it The university offered to increase the wages
of teaching assistants (TAs) by ten
per cent over three years.
The university's previous offer
was for seven per cent over three
years. TAs are asking the university for an increase in wages that will
bring them up to market levels—
but the university and the TA
Union disagree on what market
levels are.
Last Monday TAs withdrew all
services, including marking homework and supervising labs. They have
kept a steady stream of picketing this
week around various buildings on
campus. The Scarfe building
(Education) was picketed Monday,
the Anthropology/Sociology building
Tuesday, Math and Geography buildings Wednesday, and Buchanan
Tower and the Forest Sciences building yesterday.
Today, the TAs plan to picket the
Music Building as well as the Old
Aministration building, where the
president's office is situated. The TA
Union says they will support Music
students who wish to go inside the
building to retrieve musical instruments to "play a song for Martha."
Information is updated daily about
the union's strike activities at
Science kids vote on space
The Science Undergraduate
Society (SUS) is holding a referendum March 1-7 to increase student
fees to build a student space, intended to be situated between the
Chemistry/Physics building and
Hebb Theatre.
The referendum asks students if
they want their Science fees to
increase by $10—from the current
$12 to $22-to help build a student
space. Nine dollars of this increase
will go toward the Science Student
Centre (SSC) and $ 1 to club funding.
The fees would be mandatory for all
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Science students.
The Arts Undergraduate Society
recently opened the Meekison Arts
Student Space—their new student
social space in Buchanan D block. It
was partially paid for with a $5
increase to student fees.
The SSC building will have two
floors and a basement and is estimated to cost $1.7 million. The
building will be able to hold 410 persons and will house the SUS office,
study and meeting rooms, a lounge
area and a rooftop patio.
If the referendum passes, construction is slated to begin in
January 2004 and be completed in
September of the same year.
Science students can vote online at
Students  doing  students'
UBC students are ready to start
filing your taxes. Volunteers with
UBC Tax Assistance Clinics (UBC
TAGS) commit a minimum of 6
hours of volunteer time assisting
students and low-income individuals prepare their tax returns.
Clinics will take place March 1 to
27 at the International House on
West Mall. They will be taking
booked appointments on Tuesdays
from 2:30pm to 6:30pm and running drop-in clinics on Wednesdays
and Thursdays from 10:30am to
4:30pm. ♦
Hard Rubber Orchestra and Michael Blake
Local jazz marvels perform new works at the Roundhouse Community
Centre on March 1. Show starts at 8pm and tix go for $12/15.
Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Restored, re-scored and revitalised version of the 1920's dystopian
masterwork that changed the face of pop culture. Good watching and
good for you too. At the Pacific Cinematheque. Check out www.cine-
matheque.bc.ca for details. Fri.-Sun. 7:00 and 9:20pm.
Art Crawl
Five-person colour photography show that records the mundane
scenes of ordinary life. Kitchy, blurry, cool fotes for skaters and their
friends. Located at Antisocial on 2425 Main St until March 10. PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 28,2003
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(Nashville) Pussy licks the competition
with Spread Eagle and Stag Racer
at Richard's on Richards
Feb. 24
by Aman Sharma
When you hear about the opportunity to
review a band with a name like Nashville
Pussy, you generally approach the assignment
like someone else's used Kleenex. With me
being the sucker for punishment that I am, I
grabbed that soiled tissue and stuffed it in my
pocket like it was my own. The band advertises itself (as if you couldn't tell by the name) as
a down n' dirty bunch of rebel flag-waving substance abusers from the Deep South. Music
made for making out with your cousin to usually isn't my thing, but sometimes you just
gotta put yourself into tough situations and see
how it pans out. Last Monday night at
Richard's on Richards was one of those times.
The first act was a country/metal act
called Stag Racer, and they didn't do too bad
of a job. They managed to salvage some of the
more enjoyable musical sins ofthe 1980s in
their set, and for the most part, the three-
piece group did an admirable job of warming
up the meat-locker that was Dick's that
Monday night.
My aptitude for eavesdropping had me
interested in the second group. 'Spread Eagle
is up next, and they fiickin' rock, man!* said a
COASTER! The Northwest gets a taste of the deep south sound, emily chan photo
nearby patron. Maybe the guy.thought their
disc was good, because I thought they looked
like pretenders from start to finish. Whether
they were spitting beer on the crowd or*
screeching out-of-key obscenities, they just
didn't look like uhey bought their own schtick."*
At one particularly depressing point, three
guys were attempting to mosh, at the band's
behest There's no better advertisement for
Paxil than watching three guys half-heartedly
bumping into each other to bad tunes.
A long break after their set gave time for
the wounds inflicted by Spread Eagle to fester,
and I was not in a good mood. Lucky for me,
the headliners reached elbow deep into the
toilet and pulled out my chances of having a
good time. All of a sudden it seemed the floor
was full of people. Cowboy hats were perched
atop mounds of feathered and teased hair. The
air was thick with the smell of black leather
jackets and cigarette smoke. Denim was
applied to asses by aerosol can, and those
asses were soon shaking to the heavy groove
put out by the southern metal stylings of
Nashville Pussy.
The show was all about sleaze, and the
trashy axe-wielding Ruyter Suys was the queen
of this smut. At one point she was standing on
the bar, ripping away on the guitar in a
swirling mass of hair and distortion. Suys and
hip-swangin' bass player Katielyn Campbell
stole the show, and the crowd was freaking out
at every solo and reference to drug abuse. At
one point, the guy next to me was testing the
heft of a barstool. 'Just in case things get out of
hand!' he screamed into my ear. Whoa.
The best part of the whole thing was that
Nashville Pussy didn't take themselves too
seriously. Which is good, because I don't think
you can sing a song tided 'You Give Drugs A
Bad Name* without a Uttle bit of a smile on
your face. The goals of this band are to destroy
brain cells and eardrums, and on Monday
night they succeeded on both counts. I don't
know if they have the same appeal on a CD,
but their live show isn't to be missed. Just
don't forget the Megadeath T-shirt. ♦
Bent Roads at a crossroads
Campus-based band just says no
to categorisation
by Jonathan Woodward
When they started in their firstyear at UBC, they were
called 'Practice Room A' after their venue in Place
Vanier residence, where they welcomed jammers
from any musical background (but always before quiet
hours). Earlier this term, Bent Roads Tavern played to
three packed crowds at the Gallery. The final concert
raised funds and support for the campus organisation
Afghan Women and Children's Education Project.
The seven talented musicians are a diverse bunch:
Anthony, Graham and Liz are classically trained;
Collen plays rock; Brad plays jazz; Christian and Brian
are self-taught. Between them, they play instruments
from the guitar to wind chimes to a handmade ashiko
drum, and find identity in the eclectic. 'I heard someone say that I'd better not bring a drum kit to the
show,* notes band drummer Brian. 'Here, the pressure is not to conform.*
With influences that include Phish, Bela Fleck &
the Flecktones, the Dave Matthews Band and Edvard
Grieg, what could they possibly play? Consensus
wavers: 'We play acoustic rock jazz,* say Graham
and Collen.
Christian, who shares writing credit with Collen,
laughs as he disagrees. "No, it's jazzy folk.'
'The rest of us play what fits in, until Graham tells
us to change it," reflects Brad.
'Good,* retorts Graham. 'You can't have wind
chimes in everything.*
They played the AWCAP benefit shows at the
Gallery to clapping, whooping Bentheads, their fans'
self-ascribed moniker. During a cover of Van
Morrison's Brown Eyed-Girl, which bled into the
Counting Crows' Mr Jones, couples danced despite the
Gallery's limited space. This was followed by BRT
originals, like 'Let's Go to Newfoundland,' 'You Can't
Dance a Waltz that Ends in 4/4 Time,' and the UBC
favorite, 'Wreck Beach Summers.'
With seven instruments, their sound saturates the
audible range. At times it becomes almost too rich,
when the melodies and harmonies verge on integrating into homogeneity. Still, the band prizes some
excellent showmen: you, haven't lived until you've
seen Brad wield his hulking stand-up bass in a jazz
solo, or seen it dwarf the violin in eveiything but the
smaller insturment's arcing sounds. I won't ruin the
surprise for their next performance, but their live
finale was a number I will only call masterful.
Through it all, the eclectic band produces electric
rhythm. As for their future, they are,content to improvise. Christian explains: 'We play because...we.love it-
it doesn't have to be music, but if ends up
that way.' ♦
Perfectly passe
Canadian dramatist's first film lacks
compelling storyline
now playing
by Erik Hers
Charlotte and Cecil meet on a
flight from Halifax to Vancouver
when seated together. Their initial
conversation is awkward but
inevitably they warm to each
other on the long flight.
Meanwhile, intermittent flash-forwards to two years later show
them as a couple living together—
unhappily. As we see the beginnings of a romance on the plane,
so we also witness the sad reality
of domestic partnership.
Past Perfect is the feature film
debut for Nova Scotian director
Daniel Maclvor. He is already an
accomplished playwright and
actor, both on stage and in
cinema. A promising future as a
film director, however, is not
shown here.,
The highlight of the film is the
performance of Rebecca Jenkins.
She succeeds in portraying the
vulnerability of Charlotte without
an overdose of pathos, and has a
natural comic sensibility which
mercifully lightens the film. Her
achievement is more impressive
given the character she is up
against in Maclvor's Cecil. He is
entirely unlikeable, which is a
fatal flaw for a film that is so
dependent on our sympathy with
the couple. Maclvor is a great
character actor but not a romantic
lead. The character just might
have been salvaged had Maclvor
not let himself take on the role,
though Maclvor the screenwriter
offers Maclvor the actor little leeway to begin with.
The idea of the film may have
seemed inventive on paper but
the result is uneven and uninspiring. The segments of the relationship in its crisis, while trying to
open up the story, are simply
depressing. They take us in but
lead us nowhere, doing nothing to
complement the dramatic arc of
the airplane narration. By the end,
the story shows conciliation both
in the plane and later, but by then
it is too late; our attention already
waned long before. ♦ fE^EuRB
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ahim Moloo and Kevin Massie,
senior members of the UBC
debate team, have been wearing
their best suits on Sundays a lot
lately. This is a very big deal. In
the world of university debate
tournaments, Friday is casual wear, Saturday is
business casual and Sunday, if you're still in die
tournament, is the day you put on your best suit
"There's a special feeling Sunday morning if
you're dressing up,* Kevin told me recendy,
although he likes to play the rogue and sometimes doesn't wear a suit at all. He wears a
dress shirt and his lucky Simple brand sneakers he's had since grade ten, which gets him
odd looks at the prestigious debate tournaments he's been to recently, like the McGill
Winter Carnival in Montreal and the World
University Debate Championships in South
Rahim, a first-year law student with a voice
like a deep river, prefers pinstriped shirts and
cashmere scarves. Both are among the most
talked-about veterans in a world-wide subculture that I, until about a month ago, didn't know
Kevin's got a name-in debate circles for a
few reasons. He's one of the country's deepest
university debaters—'deep' in debate language
meaning smart, philosophical and/or experienced. He has won top speaker at three tournaments this year, he was last year's Canadian
University Society for Intercollegial Debate
(CUSID) president, and—most notably—he's a
bit of an ass.
Kevin likes to debate offensive propositions
for fun, like 'Child labour is justified,* or
"Teachers should be able to beat and/or sleep
with their students.* And he likes to insult his
opponents in as crude a manner as he can get
away with, which is taken asr the mark of a
great debater by some and of a jackass by others. Kevin seems to savour his reputation as a
troublemaker. .
'Once in a while, at tournaments, when I
introduce myself to somebody for the first time,
they turn around and walk away, because
they've heard so much about me," he told me
once, grinning. He says he only makes off-
colour jokes or argues offensive cases if he
knows eveiyone present realises he's joking,
which he claims is the prerogative of the senior
"You have to be a somebody to run cases like
that," he said, 'you have to have been around
for a while.*
Although not many people know it, UBC
debaters have been around for a while.
No one's exactiy sure when the team
started, but Mike Kotrly, the team's president,
thinks it was in 1908 or so. The team has been
getting serious in the last few years; they practice twice a week and have about 50 members.
This year Kevin and Rahim, debating as a team,
and Mike and Rahim, in an individual public
speaking competition, l>roke' to quarter finals
Cbreaking' meaning they got to put on their
good suits on Sunday) at the World
Championships in South Africa, a move Mike
says means the debate world will remember the
name UBC for a long time.
Reputation is paramount in debate, and
news travels fast Hard-core debaters—maybe a
third of the UBC team-check the CUSID web-
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at what tournament, or to contribute to the
ongoing message board wars over bylaws or
judging rules or style issues. I recendy overheard a heated discussion over whether CUSID
should adopt World Championships style and
make judging panels rule by consensus. These
are the kind of conversations debaters live for.
Debaters love debating, it's true, but even more
they love talking about debating. Who's broken
at which tournament, which cases are considered 'tight' (a case that's so one-sided there's no
real room to argue against it), which cases are
overly 'opp heavy' (too easy for the opposition
team), which styles are better (the Americans
have a completely different, utterly ridiculous
style, Rahim once told me).
"Yeah, we're total nerds," Mike said the day
I met him, "but we love it."
•recendy watched one of the many weekend-
long debate tournaments in the North
piAmerican circuit, the Pacific Cup Debating
Championships, which the UBC team hogts.
Thirty-eight teams from across Canada and the
States competed in what is regarded as a more
relaxed, fun-filled tournament than some ofthe
others. That means no one will leave the room
crying, ideally, and joke rounds aren't frowned
Kevin isn't debating this time, he told me,
because it doesn't look good if the host team
sweeps the tournament, and, he said a littie
sheepishly, he'd probably be the one sweeping.
He's the chief adjudicator instead, a position of
substantial prestige. Rahim, however, is debating; his long-time partner Mike Saposnik flew
in from Queen's University in Kingston the
night before, which makes them a hybrid team
(yet another topic of contention). I wait for Mike
and Rahim to show up on Friday afternoon in
the Buchanan Arts Lounge, while Kevin yaks on
his cellphone.
"Where the fuck are you, Rahim? The newspaper is looking foryoul Nah, just joking, man."
Rahim arrives dressed impeccably and
introduces me to Mike, a polite pre-med-turned-
political science student who wears khakis, a
collared shirt under a trim navy sweater and,
oddly, hiking boots.
Debaters are arriving from
all sides, many who obviously know each other and
some who don't but are
talking a mile a minute
nonetheless. The only people not talking loudly are
the judges, those sitting
wide-eyed on a bench
against the wall, coerced
mto the job by very persuasive debater roommates or girlfriends.
Rahim is talking with
another veteran, Rahool,
about their girlfriends,
both of whom aren't
debaters but have learned
plenty about the game.
"Sometimes we're talking about something, like,
personal," Rahool says, "and my girlfriend says,
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Mike Saposnik and Rahim Moloo laugh off their
i make it to the lecture hall where the
tournament organisers thrill tlie
crowd with a homemade video featuring veteran debaters singing "Oklahoma* (the
tournament's theme is musicals). Master
Adjudicator Kevin then lays out the basic tournament rules. Western Canadian tournaments,
he explains, generally run 'squirrelable* resolutions.
After hanging around with the debate team
for the past few weeks, I actually know what this
means. Fifteen minutes before each round of
debate, the tournament directors will announce
the "resolution," or topic, for debate. Teams are
paired up against each other, allocated to different rooms, and, as rounds mimic a parliamentary debate, designated as either the 'government' or 'opposition' side. The government
team then has fifteen minutes to prepare a,
'case,' which is a narrower version of the initial
resolution. 'Squirrelable' resolutions are wildly
vague, and can be narrowed down into virtually anything so long as some attempt at a link to
the resolution is made. The first resolution I;
ever heard was: "We're living in the ghetto in
Sowetto.' It turned into a case on whether gay
students at Berkeley University should be
allowed a specially designated residence.
Earlier, Kevin explained that 'canning'
cases, or having them prepared long in advance,
while technically illegal, is
accepted in practice everywhere as a way of making,
teams engage in a deeper
level of debate. His case
binder has over 100 prepared cases, he told me, and
he knows them so well he
can recite the points and the
opps in his sleep.
Kevin continues laying,
down the law.
"Truisms, statements
that are factually correct,
like 'Humans are carbon-
based life forms,' and tautologies, that use circular
logic, are absolutely prohibited,' he admonishes.
Later, he tells me there is
an unofficial list of cases that are so contentious and done to death that if you try to
run them people will walk out of the room:
abortion, capitol punishment, euthanasia,
hate crimes. Anything to do with Hitler. The
list can be challenged if you've got an innovative spin (I once heard "This house supports
televising Timothy McVeigh's execution"
floating around) or you can be funny about it,
so long as you're not so offensive that you disgrace your entire school, but again, you'd better "be somebody" to do that.
Kevin explains the scoring to the judges,
which is technically out of SO, but in practice
runs between 33 and 44.
"A 3 5 is reserved for when you want to physically beat the person," Kevin says. "A 42 is so
good it makes you cry. A 43—don't do it. There's
no one here who can justify getting a 43." He
looks at a tall blonde debater in the front row.
'Greg, that means you too.'
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—Mike Kotrly,
president of
UBC Debate Club
ie first resolution and the list of teams set
against each other are put up on a board
and Mike and Rahim rush off to prep a
case, having come down as a government team.
We run up the stairs to Buchanan B223.
'I've got this great case," Mike says. "It's a
time place set You're The New York Times. The
case is, "This house would tell you not to report
on the Raelians."
'Yeah, but here's the opp," says Rahim. 'We
publish the stoiy and say there's no proof.
That way you can say you are educating the
*I admit, it's somewhat tight* Mike says.
'Somewhat?! No, no, here's a better case,'
Rahim says. "The case is 'Coaches should get
medals at the Olympics.' It's wide open.'
We arrive at the room. Mike is panting.
"What's the purpose of a medal?* he asks.
"That's key." But Rahim isn't really listening to
him; he's talking a mile a minute and scribbling
things down on a clipboard.
"It's that you're involved while the actual
game is being played," Rahim says. "And the
selection process is important You get chosen to
represent your country. You're not hired." Mike
is pacing around the room to look for whiteboard markers.
"It all really just comes down to one point"
he says. "You're part of the team. It's just one
huge point. I'm going next door to try and find
There are five minutes to go. Rahim is writing furiously, and draws four columns on the
page, one for each speaker, in order of their
presentation: the PM (Prime Minister, on the
government team), the MO (Member of the
Opposition), the MC (Minister ofthe Crown, government) and the LO (Leader ofthe Opposition).
He draws an extra column for the PMR (Prime
Minister's Rebuttal), the government's last ditch
three-minute speech at the end.
Mike is back, without markers. He's stressed,
maybe because he doesn't like sports cases or
maybe because it's the first round of the tournament or maybe because it's the debaters' way to
be stressed.
"I'll just go oif on their points," he says. "Just
don't get up there and tell them I'm going to
have, like, three points, or something, because
I'll just figure it out from what their MO says."
The opposition team, a mid-level team from
Calgary, arrives with the judge in tow. Rahim
and Mike punch their fists together; "Wasn't that
what we used to do?* Mike whispers.
"I now call on the Prime Minister of the government team to deliver his first five-minute
speech,* says the judge, a languorous girl with
long black hair. Rahim stands up and races
through an intro.
"Thank you. Madam Speaker. It's great to be
here and to see Mike Saposnik out West—this is
the only time I'll say that all weekend, Mike, just
in case you're wondering. What is the resolution
we have before us today? 'Be it resolved that the
greatest thing we've learned is how to love and
be loved in return.' What we'd like to propose,
Madam Speaker, is that there is a particular
group out there that is just not being loved. And
that group, Madam Speaker, is coaches.
Specifically, coaches of team sports.*
The round goes well. Rahim and Mike are
polished, poised. Rahim focuses his
intense and spectacled gaze directiy at the
judge and speaks faster than I thought was possible, pointing emphatically with his right hand,
lifting his eyebrows for emphasis. He's the
sports junkie, and brings up an example from
the Russian hockey team where a coach took a
medal away from a backup goalie who never got
off the bench. The opposition team is a httle
rough around the edges, but no novices. The MO
has a nasal, professorial manner, and uses
words like "panoply," but blunders by insisting
that recognising coaches is the same as recognising players' parents, to which both Rahim
and Mike leap to their feet right hands outstretched, left hands behind their heads, as is
the custom for a Point of Information.
"I will not take your questions at this time,"
says the MO. "So sit down and stop wrinkling
your pants." The LO is wild-eyed and verging on
frantic, and Bring In Da Noize, Bring In Da Funk
(that's our team—it's a htdeknown musical,
apparently) walks away fairly confident that
they've dropped the opposition into the gutter.
We meet up with a glut of debaters on the
stairs, and they instandy start quizzing us.
"We said we wouldn't back-tab this tournament!' Mike says to Rahim, grinning. Back-tabbing is an addiction for debaters. It means trying to figure out where you're ranked and who
won the previous round based on who you and
everyone else is matched up against in the next
round. It's madness. It's an obsession. By
Saturday afternoon, it will have every single
debater locked in its steely grip.
I watch a novice round between Desiree, a
soft-spoken anthropology student from UBC,
and her partner Ryan against a flashy government team on the topic of privatising prisons.
When the flouncy PM says "They didn't clash
with my first point at all* (meaning they didn't
address it), Desiree shouts out in her usually
demure voice, "You probably weren't listeningl*
I stiffle laughter.
Friday night, I head to a bar in Kits with the
debaters and sit at the loudest bar table of
my life. The best way to get to know
debaters, I figure out after making small talk for
half an hour, is to argue with them. I throw
myself into a discussion about whether attempted murder should have the same punishment as
murder and surface 20 minutes later, shaken,
exhilarated and soundly defeated. I make a brief
appearance in a TA strike argument (too tight I
decide), and then suddenly find myself spearheading a bias in journalism round, which rapidly spirals out of my hands, since most of my
companions read three newspapers and at least
as many websites a day and know recent issues
of the debater's bible, The Economist, by heart.
(One debater told me his goal in life is to get an
obituary in The Economist)
After a few beers, a girl named Ashley spills
out a bunch of reasons why she loves debate: "I
can get my pretentious, petty side out/ "It helps
me get focused," "It fills the void where my acting career was," "It gives me an edge," "It's the
only place guys really let me talk politics.'
Meanwhile, Kevin tells war stories in the corner
about the round where he dropped his nemesis,
Scott Thurlow, at the McGill Winter Carnival.
I ask him what his favorite case of all time is.
'Probably the one where Rob Silver and
Jamie Springer ran 'This house would blow up
the Temple Mount," Kevin grins.
"What about the ficus plant case, man?"
someone says, and everyone laughs. The ficus
plant case is famous. It's based on a New Jersey
congressional election where Michael Moore
ran a ficus plant, a knee-high shrub, against
Congressman Frelinghuysen, a Republican.
Somehow Moore got the plant a voter registration card, and since technically 'Ficus' was over
the age of 2 5, born on American soil and a registered voter, he was a completely legal candidate.
Eventually the state ruled
votes cast for Ficus were
spoiled ballots, but Kevin's
case is they should re-count
the ballots and, if Ficus wins,
Ficus should be sent to congress.
"I've never lost that case,"
Kevin told me. "I never lose
the case that orange juice
makes you gay either."
places the burden." Mike heads for a bench
where he passes out for half an hour. In the
washroom, I hear a girl crying and being comforted by a friend in the stall next to me, embar-
rased about a round.
"I will not take
your questions at
this time. So sit
down and stop
wrinkling your
jnffhe next two days rush by. I don't make it
I   to the morning rounds on Saturday, but
JL Rahim gets me up to speed when I arrive.
"We think we're undefeated," he says excitedly. "I got mad at an MC—yelled a bit It was
great" He and Mike are scanning their casebooks for something interesting, new and, hopefully, deep. Rahim convinces Mike to go with a
case arguing that the category "race" on the federal census is not legitimate. First though,
they're up against a veteran government team,
and Mike is worried.
■'■•~- "Greg's going to pull sports on me, man."
Mike's only partiy right The government
case is an interesting one: "You're Mr
Williamson, an excellent black rugby player in
' South Africa a year after Apartheid has ended.
The national rugby team, which used to ban
' black players, is now asking you to be on the
team. Do it"
Greg Allen, the government's PM, is very
"Jackie Robinson happened. 15 years before
the civil rights movement" he says. Mike is
whimpering "I got nothing!* and sucking hard
on a mini apple juice box. Rahim and the government MC have strong but scattered speeches
and then Mike gets up.
"What no one has talked about yet. Madam
Speaker, is how accepting the position would
impose a political role on Mr Williamson he
never asked for. And what will happen on the
team? Will the players pass him the ball? And if
Mr Williamson is truly supposed to represent
how things have changed, why is he the only
black player being asked? Short of doing an
interpretive dance, I don't know what Greg in
his PMR can possibly do to explain these issues."
After, Rahim slaps hands with Mike. "This
guy gave the deepest speech, mani* Mike
exhales. "Yeah. It all depends where the judge
uddenly, it's Sunday
and Bring in Da Noize,
Bring in Da Funk has
broken into the quarter and
semifinals. I miss the morning rounds again, but watch
the novice finals while Mike
and Rahim madly prepare a
final case. The novice round
is a riot
"This house would force
North America to adopt a
world standard Scrabble dictionary." Kevin and Mike
Kotrly groan and shake their
heads. Only one novice team is funny and, predictably, they win. In front of a much larger
crowd, the Sunday rounds are more like performances, and comedy is often what saves or
sinks a team.
The championship round, between Rahim
and Mike Saposnik and Rahool Agarwal and Ajit
Singh, is impressively deep. Rahim runs the
case that prisoners should have the right to vote
and throws in a littie Rawls, a littie social contract, and a littie gentie mockery. Rahool's MO is
as polished as a river stone, and Mike, although
he spent the day racing around like a ten-year-
old, is suddenly dissecting the issue with a craft-
man's precision.
"There's no option of changing the system if
you're outside the system, if everyone who
smokes pot and gets caught can't vote on
whether pot should be legal." Agit, who won the
public speaking rounds at Worlds and who is
feared and respected in debate circles, speaks
eloquendy, but something's lacking.
As the judges file away to vote, I place my
bets: Mike and Rahim, first place, Greg, best
speaker, Mike, second best speaker. I turn out to
be right except that Mike, suddenly turning
pink, wins best speaker along with sharing top
team. Carolyn, one of the weekend organisers,
hands out plaques, photos are snapped, and
debaters crowd around the top teams to offer
praise and begin what will inevitably be a length-
ly post-round discussion about the merits of
each team's argument the biases of the judges,
the style of the round, whether the case should
be taken to Nationals, and every other related
topic possibly conceived of.
In the debate cult 1980s movie Listen to Me,
the team's coach tells star debater and loverboy
Kirk Cameron, 'Debate, as practiced here, is
rougher than football, meaner than ice hockey.'
That may be going a bit far. Debaters aren't that
tough, they just like to talk. And talk. And talk. ♦
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Friday, February 29/ 2003
Anna King
Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Anna King
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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fur-lined handcuffs and no one answered (unless you count a
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Kathleen Deering turned bright red at the mentioi^uf them. Ryan
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but couldn't find one to match the Swedish configuration power
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but was worried his beard would get caught in ihe zippers. Sarah
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War in Iraq: cheers and jeers
The looming threat of an American war against
Iraq is bringing out the best in some and the
worst in others. For every council that has
passed an anti-war motion, there's a wacko
who's pleading for a unilateral attack.
Vancouver's City Council should be commended for leading the way. Council has resurrected its peace and justice committee. The committee, which was created by then-mayor Mike
Harcourt in 19 8 5, was disbanded in 1994 by the
NPA. And while some current NPA councillors
balked at the $25,000 price tag on such a committee, that's less than a dollar for each of the
more than 30,000 people who attended a peace
march in Vancouver on February 15.
Even our Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council
passed a motion condemning a war in Iraq. Let's
hope the AMS doesn't rescind this motion a
week later, as they did with their TA Union
solidarity motion.
Most importantly, the Canadian government
has come out against a US-led war without the
sanction ofthe United Nations. While many of us
would rather see Canadian forces avoid combat
in Iraq altogether, it's heartening to see that
Prime Minister Chretien is not simply toeing the
US's company line, as has been the case in the
past. Furthermore, while it appears that the
'Canadian compromise' (a proposed compromise that would see Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein given until the end of March to comply)
looks as though it's not going to gain widespread
support, the fact that there is a Canadian compromise garnering attention at the UN shows
that the federal government is trying to promote
peace and avoid war.
Instead of recognising the growing dissent in
his own countiy and around the world, US
President George W. Bush has decided to blackmail the world into accepting an invasion of
Iraq. On Wednesday, Bush claimed that overthrowing Hussein would help pave the way for
Palestinian statehood. It is reprehensible that
Bush would drag an issue as important and
pressing as the creation of an independent
Palestinian nation into his,war drive. By arbitrarily tying Palestine to his drive for war, Bush
is showing both his contempt for Palestinians
and Israelis and his desperation. He may as well
be offering free toasters to those he is trying to
convince of his plan. •
Of course, the inclusion of Iraq into the so-
called 'war on terror' is arbitrary itself. There is
no decisive evidence linking the attacks of
September 11, 2001 to Iraq, nor is there evidence linking Iraq with Osama bin Laden or Al
Qaeda. It's hard not to see the impending war as
having more to do with Bush finishing off what
his Dad started in 1991, making a grab for oil or
attempting to distract the American public from
ever-worsening domestic conditions, rather than
a genuine desire to liberate' the Iraqi people.
No one should be defending Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein. He has proven time and time
again that he is an irresponsible and murderous
dictator and, undoubtedly, his departure would
be to the benefit of the people of Iraq. Does this
give legitimacy to a unilateral attack on Iraq by
the US? Certainly not. Does having a terrible
leader mean that the people of Iraq deserve to be
killed by bombs, forced from their homes or
forced to starve? Of course not.
Yet those are the real repercussions of this
war. Democracy in Iraq is a noble goal, if that is
really what Bush is hoping to accomplish with all
this, but it is not the place of the US to use military might to force that goal. ♦
// the potential for war has you concerned,
make sure to participate in the Pan-Canadian
Student Day of Strike and Action Against War in
Iraq, happening Wednesday, March 5.
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Rising tuition necessary
I would like to pledge my support
for the university administration
with regards to the current teacher
assistant (TA) job action. While I
generally prefer to defend a neutral position in university politics,
in light of what appears to be a
campaign of misinformation by
the TA Union I must side with the
university. Specifically, I object to
the Union characterising an
increase in tuition as a pay cut.
Tuition has increased for all students; TAs would be paying this
increase regardless of whether
they were employed by UBC.
Furthermore, I feel the Union is
not being honest regarding whatever health benefits they are losing. As they have so insistently
communicated, tuition is a necessary condition of employment;
however, health insurance is a
mandatory feature of paying
tuition (via the Alma Mater Society
health policy). Therefore, UBC cannot be revoking health insurance
as CUPE is claiming but rather
some extra coverage. As a concerned student, I would expect to
be told exactly what coverage the
TAs will no longer receive. For
these reasons, I must conclude that
the TA Union is not being honest
with university students in their
strike campaign.
Thanks to coverage in The
Vancouver Sun, among other
places, I have learned that TAs are
without a contract This fact is not
widely known among campus, and
I have encountered students who
have flatly contradicted this fact
Because the union is not making
this fact a part of their campaign, I
take this to be an implicit admission that it is without a contract
because it is refusing to consider
the offers made by the university. I
would consider lack of a contract
after a reasonable attempt at negotiation as grounds for job action;
however, as I mentioned above, I
cannot believe that a reasonable
attempt has been made.
Please consider this letter to be
a reflection of a student's view at
UBC. While I, too, have difficulty
paying the recent increases in
tuition, I understand the need for
them after several years of frozen
fees. I hope that the increased revenue will be spent in ways that will
enhance my education: the elimination of 'photocopy fees" and the
replacement of TAs with professors
as the primary teachers in certain
first-year courses.
—Devon Cooke
Arts 2
Who benefits from a strike?
While the campus braces for a
strike of its lowest paid workers,
who will benefit?
Does the electrician or the janitor want to strike?
They want to have a job tomorrow and not find a private company
has taken it away.
Does the financial clerk want to
strike? He wants to come to his
workplace and send in those requisitions to reimburse the faculty for
their conference in San Diego. He
needs enough take-home pay to
cover the rent and feed his family.
Does the teaching assistant want
to strike? She wants to work and
earn enough money to buy her groceries and pay for her books.
UBC is committed to not rolling
hack wages. Doesn't that sound
noble? Yet by backing out of their
financial support for medical, for
example, the result is less money
on our paycheques at the end of the
Is UBC bargaining in good faith?
Ask any current or past member of
a bargaining team for CUPE 2278,
116 or 2950. Contracts expire—
UBC's 'negotiators' break their
stony silence and tell us what they
want back.
Who benefits?
Is it middle management? Hard
to think so. They put in longer
hours than ever during strikes.
Is it the faculty members?
Doubtful The stack of papers to
mark is starting to pile up.
Is it we workers, at the bottom?
Ask a support staff member who
was on strike ten years ago if they
ever saw the money they lost.
The answer is no, and we never
Lost wages, desperate times.
So, thousands of us who make
up the poorest sector of the university community contemplate the
sad reality of walking a picket line.
Where does the money UBC is
saving go?
Who benefits?
—Kelly Campbell and
Eileen Campbell
Teaching Assistant and
Program Coordinator
CUPE2278 and 2950 PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 28,200}
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SHAKING IT UP: Musical sounds from all corners of the globe
come together in Vancouver, bryan zandberg photo
not mundane
World Music Day party a trip
various artists
at the Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 21
by Bryan Zandberg
For the past couple of years, Caravan World Rhythms has been bringing
sound and dance from around the world and across the country to
Vancouver's world music aficionados. A not-for-profit charity, Caravan is
dedicated to promoting cultural and spiritual awareness of different music
and dance traditions, providing exposure for local world music artists and
encouraging an interactive performer-audience relationship.
At last Friday's World Music Day party, Caravan undoubtedly met these
three objectives, with the help of various sponsors. The fair-sized crowd had
a rump-shaking agenda and when the all-adolescent locals Jabulani started
cranking out their infectious Zimbabwean-inspired marimba tunes, everybody hit the floor. Feather-plumed maidens on stilts strutted amongst a
diverse assemblage of people grinding away, which was a welcome sight
since normally the words "world music" seem to be closely associated with
hippies. Has anybody else noted the profusion of events sponsored by
Celebration 2010? They've been great, and this one was no different Even
though the referendum was in the past and the Olympic debate is pretty
tired, the arts community is sure enjoying those effusive dollars.
The Zimbabwean theme continued with Victorian ensemble Zimiire,
who performed with less youthful zest and a fuller palette of up- and down-
tempo pieces. One of their songs was like a Zimbabwean blues number, with
one of the band members plucking at an instrument called a chlpendan,
which he held in his teeth, while a companion struck a drum with a
strangely curved stick and the fingers of his other hand. Beautiful music.
From there, the African thread ended and a Latin American thread was
taken up by another local troupe, the not-so-inventively named BC Salsa. It
wouldn't have been so bad if they hadn't kept on reminding us of it, but the
fact was that the words "BC" and "salsa" figured in a lot of the songs. But we
carried on, because the Latinos' amplified blend of horns, percussion and
guitars absolutely tore the lid off the place. I think everybody in attendance
was on the Commodore's dance floor. There, it dawned on me that even
though somebody may be a fan of world music, this affinity does not deductively imply that one can actually dance to the music. This epiphany was
made painfully clear to me when BC Salsa attempted to initiate us into 'the
new macarena." Maybe only Latino music performers can look cool
scissoring their legs together with their hands in the air; I know I looked like
an ass.
There was a parting of paths over the next performance. A 'Moment of
Zen' was achieved by the clarion twin melodies of bamboo flutes played by
Pepe Danza and Alcvin Ramos, accompanied by the interpretive dance of
Ziyian Kwan. It was unbelievably calming which of course doesn't jive with
people who, well, want to jive. But there are many ways of enjoying
music, right?
The shifting musical moods continued with the Sandy Scofield
Ensemble—joined by fiddler Oliver Schroer—and a batch of ambient,
original First Nations songs. Schroer, a personal icon of mine, remained on
stage to accompany Mad Pudding a Celtic-funk band, and the Commodore
literally shook with vaulting and bounding Celtophiles.
Global Vibrations was a whole lot of diverse and interactive entertainment for the paltry fee of $15 a ticket Caravan's next project, Les
Percussions de Guinee, presents West African drumming and dance
performed by the 16-person National Republic of Guinee (see www.cara-
vanbc.org for more information). Pounding out the rhythm at the Vogue
Theatre, this presentation promises to set bodies in motion once again, perhaps free of last Friday's 'to dance or not to dance' quandary. ♦>
It's not too late ...
Sure, there's only about a month left of
school, but we'd still love to meet you.
Write Culture. Meetings at 1pm on
Wednesdays, SUB 24,
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Large Selection of
for your enjoyment!
Reservations 604-221-9355
The ASI Exchange - BC's premier technology event to stimulate and accelerate
connections, opportunities and innovation
March 11, 2003
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Enterprise Hall @ Plaza of Nations
Vancouver, BC
exchange research ideas  * visit over 250 academic and industry displays
listen to 13 innovative speakers •   expand your professional network
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ASi Exchange After Party
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Cost $10 per person
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Teltus what you think
In keeping with UBCS evolving University Town, a draft neighbourhood plan is being developed
for the University Boufevard local area.
A campus and community consultation process is being conducted to gather feedback on the
draft plan prior to its finalization and presentation to the UBC Board of Governors in May, 2003.
You can participate in this consultation in a number of ways:
1. Internet: You can learn more about the University Boulevard draft plan by reading
the Discussion Guide at www.universitytown.ubc.ca and give your opinion via the online
feedback form.
2. Open Houses
March 3, 9:30 am to 3 pm at the UBC Bookstore
March 4, 9 am to 3 pm at the War Memorial Gym
March 6, 9 am to 3 pm at the War Memorial Gym
March 10, S pm to 9 pm in Room 212A of SUB
March 11, 6 pm to 9 pm in Room 214 of SUB
March 13, 9 am to 3 pm at the Aquatic Centre
3. Small Group Meetings (Feb.10 - March 31)
Your group can request a presentation by contacting the University Town inquiry line
at 604.822.6400 or e-mail info.universitytown@ubc.ca
4. Campus and Community Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 1. - 7 pm
Room 214-Student Union Building
How Campus & Community Feedback Will Be Used
Feedback gathered through this consultation via the web, fax, campus publications, open
houses, small-group meetings and public meetings will be recorded and summarized in a
Consultation Summary Report, which will be presented with a Technical report and revised
neighbourhood plan to the UBC Board of Governors. The Consultation Summary Report will also
be posted on the web.
For further information contact:
Linda Moore
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Karlo Villanueva has a midterm on Monday. But unlike
most of his astronomy classmates, he won't be spending the weekend studying. Come Friday night, he's
going to go home, take a nap, and then play the biggest
game of his career. Villanueva is the point guard for the
men's basketball team, and he spared the Ubyssey fifteen minutes of his time to talk about his past, his
unusual height, and what it's like to lead the best
Thunderbird squad in seven years into the Final Four.
The Ubyssey: So, you knew most of the guys on the
team before you came to UBC. It's kind of like a high
school reunion.
Villanueva: Yeah, I played high school ball with Brian
Host and actually, Kyle Russell'coached me when I was in
high school...He came back from San Diego and was the
assistant coach. And I've played with the other guys at the
provincial level.
U: You've been called 'ambitious" and "a diminutive
dynamo' by the press. Why did you leave Ryerson after
playing there for a year?
KV: I came to UBC for the academic programs, but
mostly for the basketball. I pretty much came here
because [head coach] Kevin was here...We had a pretty
good relationship, and I just wanted to play for someone
that I wanted to play for, and Kevin was the guy, and it
seems to be working out so far.   . . -
U: How's school?-' Y*
KV: School's treating me well so jar. I'm in general Arts
right now, but I want to get into education and become a
teacher, hopefully.
U: And coach, maybe?
KV: Maybe. We'll see how much stress I can handle.
U: The team manager called you "the midget' a few
weeks ago. Is that a team nickname?
KV: You know wfiat, that's only Scott I don't know
how...well I know how he got the name, but my teammates don't call me tnat ever.
U: Exactly how tall are you?
KV: I don't even know. Probably 5'3'. Whenever anyone asks me about my height, I say 5'3".
U: Did anyone ever tell you that you wouldn't be good
at basketball because of your height?
KV: I don't think anyone ever told me directly, "You
won't be good because you're too short' Nobody was
- crude enough to do that, but I had doubters and people
that thought I wouldn't make it this far.
U: You're kind of a road runner—very fast What's your
strategy up against those bigger guys?
KV: Using my advantages on the court-I'd like to say
that I'm a good ball handler and that I'm quick. And so trying to stay as far away from the big guys would be
my strategy.
U: Were you always a basketball star?
KV: I made the grade five team when I was in grade
three, but I didn't start getting serious competitively—I
guess it was pretty young—until I was in grade seven
or eight
U: Do you like reading?
KV: I just picked it up ayear or two ago, and right now,
I'm reading a book that my friend just gave to me yesterday. It's called Who Moved My Cheese ? and it's kind of an
"inspirational book..it's a super easy read.
U: How do you prepare for games?
KV: Before every single game, I have a pre-game nap,
and I've done that ever since I was in grade nine.
U: So you just conk out in the locker room?
KV: No, (laughing) I go home and I eat sleep, wake up
and come to the game. I bring my litre of water, finish the
water and then am ready to go.
U: Do you have a girlfriend right now?
KV: No, I recently broke up with...wefl, not really
recently, but this past summer we broke up. We dated for
like, three years.
U: Have you kept the same friends through your
whole career?
KV: You know what I have a handful of really close
friends that I always see.
to the top
J       N
TEAM LEADER: Karlo Villanueva, the UBC men's
basketball point guard, is third in the country for
his ability to dish out the ball, averaging 5.95
assists per game, ryan wilson photo
U: Do they come to your games?
KV: A lot of them do, yes...yeah, they all come.
U: If you met someone who didn't know you were
UBC's star point guard, what would you want them to
think about you?
KV: I have no idea. Just a regular person. I don't
know-just a 21-year-old kid.
V: Okay, so you probably won't tell me about the hazing, but did the guys make it tough for you when you
first came?
KV: Actually, it was a very smooth transition, because I
knew already last year that I would be coming to UBC. I
was lucky enough to play with the guys in the spring
league over at Langara College. So I learned their playing
styles and learned to play with the team, and knowing
guys on the team helped a lot.
U: This weekend is going to be big for you, but what's
on your mind right now that isn't basketball?
KV: I'm thinking, "Wow, I've got to read chapters four
through six in astronomy.'
U: What do you think about playing Regina?
KV: It's so big—what's riding on this one game is
incredible. If we lose, we're out—if we win, we're going to
Nationals, which is what we've been working for this
entire year. So this is huge.
—the #3-ranked Thunderbirds take on the #8-ranked
Regina Cougars at the War Memorial Gym this Friday
night The winner advances to the National
Championships in Halifax, March 8-10. TipoEf is at
8pm. ♦
Icy victory
The UBC Alpine Ski Club was suitably rewarded for their 4200km
drive to Steamboat Springs,
Colorado last week. The men's varsity team took first place in the USCSA
Western Regional Championships
and the women also qualified for the
biggest hill of all: the National
Championships in Lake Tahoe,
California. The last time either team
competed at the National
Championships was in 1997, when
the men's team won bronze.
A bigger trophy case, perhaps
Brianjohns, the UBC swimmer who
broke a world record at the National
Swim Championships ~ this past
weekend, has been named the CIS
athlete of the week. Johns shaved
almost two seconds off Australian
Matthew Dunn's 1998 time, and led
his team to a sixth national title,
while stepping up to the podium
seven times for his seven swims. He
also won the CIS Male Swimmer of
the Year award for the second year
in a row. ♦


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