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HOME WIN: The football team won for the first time this season in an impressive second-half rally against the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Full story on page 6.
xworthy asks
by Ai Lin Choo
While many people are still coming
to terms with Tuesday's terrorist
attacks in the US, evaluating the
ways in which Canada can assist its
neighbour is crucial, said Lloyd
Axworthy, the director of UBC's Liu
Centre for the Study of Global Issues
and former Canadian minister of
foreign affairs.
Students and faculty crowded
into the Liu Centre on Friday for an
open discussion with Axworthy and
two other UBC professors. Together
they observed a moment of prayer
and silence for the victims of
Tuesday's attacks, in which two
hijacked planes crashed into the
World Trade Centre and a third
attacked the Pentagon.
All three speakers cautioned
against US military action and
expressed concerns about Canada's
involvement in the American retaliation strategy.
"The impact of it will shake the
planet of ours...It will shape to the
very core the basic notions and principles with which we will govern
vourselves," said Axworthy.
Axworthy stressed the importance of global governance and said
that, when supporting the US,
Canada should provide effective
input that will reflect Canadian values of justice. He said that instead of
focusing on military response,
Canada should push to have those
responsible for the terrorist attack
put before an international court
"That's the way you preserve
the rule of law, " Axworthy said.
"We can't turn it into a holy
war...That would be [the terrorists']
real victory."
UBC political science professor
Richard Price said that he also
thought it was extremely important
for the US to respond appropriately
to the attacks. He said that he felt a
hasty decision would simply guarantee a prolonged war.
The US has not acknowleged a
definite plan of retaliation so far, but
President George W. Bush has cited
Osama bin Laden, leader of an
Islamic terrorist group, as
America's prime suspect.
While Bush has asked American
citizens for patience, he has made it
clear that the US will use 'all necessary and appropriate force" to pun
ish the perpertrators of the act
But Paul Evans, a professor specialising in global issues said
Canadians should use their influence to ensure that military domination is not the primary focus of
American retaliation.
"The United States deserves support, but not uncritical support," he
While MPs are still debating
Canada's path of action, Prime
Minister Jean Chretien said in his
speech to the legislature yesterday
that Canada must assist the US as
much as possible.
"The world has been attacked.
The world must respond. Because
we are at war against
terrorism...Canada—a nation founded on the bebef in freedom, justice
and tolerance—will be part of that
response," he said.
John Manley, Canada's minister
of foreign affairs, also stated that the
"outrage must be answered."
"We are at war against terrorism
now," he said, "but it is unlike any
we have fought before. We must be
precise, even clinical, in our actions,
and be prepared to use all of the
tools at our disposal—diplomatic,
legal, financial, as well as military
resources—to combat this evil."
"In our determination to punish
the perpetrators, we must ensure
that we root out the evil without
enabling the creation of a new army
of dedicated extremists," he said.
Meanwhile Axworthy said that a
more immediate concern is the
treatment of Muslim minorities in
Canada and the US. He said that it
was important for all countries and
citizens to remember the importance of protecting people as individuals, and not merely states.
"The risks we now face are
human risks...Defence of the state is
not veiy effective in defending the
individual," he said. ♦
Overcrowding leads to textbook shortages
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Crowded classrooms and residents sleeping in
lounges are not the only problems that have
developed due to an increase of students this
year. The extra enrolment has left many students without textbooks for their classes.
UBC saw a 13 per cent increase in applications to the university this year, as well as an
increase in the percentage of students who
were accepted and who- decided to register.
And after the university made changes to its
admissions procedure, UBC ended up accepting 1400 more new first-year and transfer students this year than expected.
While university administrators predicted
that this number would go down after the first
week of classes, UBC still has about 1300 too
many students—and not enough textbooks.
Third-year Science student Jenny Lai was in
the UBC Bookstore Friday, scrambling to find
books for many of her classes.
"I haven't seen too many math books
around," she said.
"They ran out of books for one of my geog
raphy classes, also, either because we've got
too inany people in the class, or they just
haven't ordered enough."
And Lai isn't alone. She said that there are
other people in her class without textbooks
who have brought the issue to the professor's
attention, and extra books have been ordered
from the publisher.
"I've got most of my textbooks, I'm just
missing one right now," said fourth-year geography student Robert Chan. "The one that I'm
missing I had to borrow from the public
library...Everyday I make a habit of coming to
the Bookstore [to see if it's in]."
Director of the UBC Bookstore Debbie
Harvie said that while the store has a shortage
of texts, she expects that most students will be
able to buy their books in the next few weeks.
"The reality is that we order based on the
estimated enrolments that we receive
throughout the rest of the summer," she said.
"And they obviously have gone up, so we're
responding to that as fast as possible by checking with faculty members and reordering.
"The sad part is, of course, with the issues
that happened in New York this week, [that] the
air freight is not coming. Our truck freight is
coming, albeit a little slower, so we're receiving
orders every day, and we're on top of it, and
hopefully they'll be here within the next week
or two."
Harvie explained that the Bookstore does
not have a specific formula for determining
how many textbooks to buy each year, but
issues such as how many textbooks were
sold the year before and whether the
textbook is brand new are all taken into
But others say that the issue of absent textbooks is not a one-time problem.
"I just kind of wish they'd order all the
books they think they would need ahead of
time," said Chan. "It seems like a pattern that
happens to them every year."
Returning students like Kaftiy Pong—in
fourth-year Arts—say that they have learned
not to wait too late to buy their textbooks.
"I came early and got them early," she said.
"I've been here for a few years...so I've come
early and I know when to come." ♦ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2001
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"I think it's an excellent idea and I thought the
service in Ottawa was just amazing...l think in the
past we had a little bit of tension between Canada
and US...but now I think we've really come together as one North America and that our relations
will be better for it."
"I think Canada should be neutral. I've always felt
we should be like Sweden or Switzerland or
those other neutral countries because, although
we're next to [the US], I think our policies differ a
lot, just like our ideologies and stuff. I don't like
that Canada is supporting the US in all this."
"I think it's good that they're sticking by their side
because we're all together...! don't know if it's
something we really can support, because war is
bad. If we could resolve it some other way, it'd be
much better."
Information and applications available at the
Student Financial Assistance office or online
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Deadline is OCTOBER 1.
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"I guess it's good, I guess. I don't know. It's fine
with me."
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"I feel like it's a little bit much, but you know, my
politics are little bit more liberal than most people.
Everyone seems to be jumping to a lot of conclusions here and maybe too quickly, we're a little too
ready to fight. We don't know what that means, we
don't know who they're fighting against."
"I think they are not being realistic because, the
US probably doesn't need that much support,
because they're good enough. They're strong
enough. They might need a little alliance, but we
shouldn't be supporting them unconditionally." THE UBYSSEY
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Posters question opt-out process
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
An anonymous poster, plastered around
Buchanan, is calling into question the opt-out-
process for the Alma Mater Society
(AMS)/Graduate Student Society (GSS) Health
and Dental Plan.
The photocopied piece of paper suggests
that there is no way for employees at the
health and dental plan office to confirm proof
of coverage for every student opting out from
the plan.
"To opt out, all one must do is submit a letter from a [Human-Resources] type person of
a company, stating that you are covered for
extended health and dental," the poster reads.
"Just a letter, not proof."
The poster goes on to say that 11,000 students opted out of the AMS's mandatory
health plan last year, and that if it takes ten
minutes to contact an employer to confirm a
student's coverage, it would take 15 people
working 7.5 hours a day and 5 days a week
16.30 days to confirm all opt-outs.
"Health-plan employees also handle enrolments and answer questions from students—
they are very busy," the poster reads.
The letter ends with: "Those are the facts,
now you make the conclusions about opting
But according to AMS Vice-President,
Finance Yvette Lu, the poster gives students
an inaccurate impression of the opt-out
"The poster's a little misleading. There's a
• lot of facts that aren't very accurate," she said.
Lu said that it isn't actually the employees
in the SUB health office that confirm the status of students, and that it is done at the office
of Studentcare.net—the AMS's health plan
"The people who verify it aren't the people
who are working the health plan office," she
"It's pretty easy to verify. All it takes is a
two-minute phone call," Lu added.
Damian Giesinger, Studentcare.net's service manager at UBC, explained that when opting out, students must provide proof of extended health and dental coverage equivalent to the
AMS's health plan. This can either be done
through a health plan card or a letter from a
company, attesting that the student is covered
by the company's extended health plan.
But Giesinger admitted that not every letter is confirmed, and that if someone were to
forge an employee letter, it would be possible
for them to opt out of the health plan without
having equivilant coverage.
"The potential is there for verification to
take place," he said, adding that verification
takes place regularly.
The mandatory AMS/GSS Health and
Dental Plan was implemented in January
2000 after it was approved by referendum in
the fall of 1999. It provides students with
extended insurance coverage beyond that of
the provincial Medical Services Plan.
Students may opt out of the plan until
September 25.
Lu added that out of 22,000 students
[enroled] last year, about 7,000-not 11,000-
had opted out
"I am disappointed that something would
be put out like that given the plan has been
strongly endorsed by students," said
Giesinger. Both he and Lu pointed out that
students had endorsed the plan in two referenda.
Lu also said that she didn't approve of the
way the poster suggested forging letters.
"I think it's unfortunate that the tone of
[the poster] encourages students to falsify
documents," she said. ♦
Allan Rock talks health at
by Al Lin Choo
Allan Rock, Canada's minister of
health, addressed UBC students
and staff last Friday on the federal government's role in global
health issues.
"It used to be that
we thought of health as
a domestic concern,"
Rock said. "But in
health, there are no
Rock said that
Canada should not only
be putting resources
into addressing the "90
per cent of diseases
that are left unad-
dressed by the world's
reseirch," but also ensuring that
Canadians continue to follow
their tradition of being good global citizens.
"Security includes being
secure from the influence of global health issues," he said. 'At the
last G8 meeting, its participants
made poverty an issue, but that
doesn't happen without addressing issues of health."
Rock added that as the host of
the next G8 summit next summer,
Canada's government will ensure
that "concrete and practical
progress will be made in that area."
But while Rock was focusing
health     related
on Canada's role in global health,
UBC students at the meeting were
more concerned with the federal
government's role in Canada's
health issues.
" UBC medical student Renee
Fernandes was worried
about the limited number of seats in Canadian
medical schools and
addressed the minister
with questions on the
issue. She said that she
had been forced to go to
school in Australia for a
semester before coming
to UBC as there simply
wasn't enough space.
"My concerns are
to access in terms of
tuition costs and in relation to
decreased class sizes. They're
affecting the future of Canada's
health infrastructure and
Canada's health professionals,"
she said.
Rock said that since 1998, he
has been encouraging provinces
to increase seats in medical programs. He said that in the long
run, he'd like to see increased
enrolment in medical school
rather than rely on foreign
In terms of funding. Rock said
while he feels that the government has done an outstanding
job in the past few years, he'd like
to see a return to targeted funding instead of bulk transfers
through the Canada Social Health
Transfer system.
"I do acknowledge that more
help is needed from us....One way
or another, we have to meet those
needs," he said.
Bryan Woo, a fourth-year Arts
student, took the opportunity to
voice his concerns over considerations for a two-tiered health care
"I'm for just a single health
' care [system], I'm not in support
of a two-tiered health care system
at all because there might arise a
situation in which a corporation
could try make money off the sick
' and that's just wrong," he said.
The proposal for a two-tiered
health care system was a controversial issue in the last federal
elections and was supported by
the Canadian Alliance parly.
Rock, however, voiced his
opposition towards such a system
and said that during his time
spent as health minister, he has
heard nothing but praise for
Canada's health care system from
foreign health ministers who
mostly come from two-tiered systems.
"Canada health care system
gives us a great deal of pride as it
reflects our values," he said. "I'd
far rather see our resources go to
these solutions [shortage on doctors, nurses, information technology, prices on pharmaceutical
drugs] than to set up an ill
But the issue that got most
smiling was a question raised by
a student that hit closer to home.
The student wanted to know why,
with BC's reputation for growing
good quality marijuana, the government chose to harvest it in
Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Rock grinned while he told his
audience that they shouldn't discount their "professional counterparts in Flin Hon." He said that
he hadn't really received any
offers from people in BC, but
added that he was impressed
with the product that suppliers in
Manitoba were producing, calling
it a "damn good product"
But he acknowledged that the
system is still far from perfect.
"After we [legalised medical
marijuana], we got into this crazy
position that people who needed
it, couldn't get it They'd maybe
go to the streets and their dealers
would be arrested so we had to
supply it," he said, adding that he
is hopeful that one day marijuana
will be available at pharmacies
across Canada. ♦
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To Korea and back
A family, some friends, a few textbooks and a volleyball:
searching the contents of Ryan Cawsey's suitcase
by Julia Christensen
Ryan Cawsey is a big softie. To eveiyone except his
friends and family, it might not be that obvious. If you
saw him at the gym, in class or on the volleyball court,
it might even come as a surprise. After all, Ryan
Cawsey can also be very serious. When it comes to
volleyball and especially to school, he is one
determined guy.
Playing middle position with UBC men's volleyball,
Ryan is a key part of the team. He excels at hitting,
thanks, in part, to his incredible height of 6'6. He
came to UBC because he wanted to play volleyball and
Dale Ohman, the men's coach, was encouraging him
to play on the varsity team.
A fourth-year Human Kinetics major, Ryan doesn't
take the easy road on anything. Balancing a difficult
course load and a starting position on the UBC men's
volleyball team takes a lot of work. And when Ryan
talks about volleyball or school, you can see determination written all over his face.
But get him to talk about his family, and his face
JUMPING AT THE OPPORTUNITY: Ryan Cawsey uses his height advantage
for the UBC volleyball team, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
lights up. His voice changes, he smiles more (and he
already smiles a lot), and for a guy who's a little on the
shy side, he won't stop talking. He strikes you as the
type of guy that everybody loves—the type of guy who
parents can't stop boasting about, the type of guy who
commands the undying attention of siblings, the type
of guy who has given a lot of piggybacks to younger
cousins in his lifetime.
Ryan gives you the impression that he loves his,
family more than anything. He speaks matter-of-factly
about his unique family situation and takes things in
stride,  appreciating the  support network created
around him.
"I have one step-sister,' he starts off. "She's 22 and
her name is Lindsay. Then I have a half-sister named
Jillian, who is 13. She just started high school. I have
my dad and a step-mom named Lois. And then my
mom just recently remarried a guy named Bill. He has
two kids as well."
'It's tough to keep track of, that's for sure,' he
adds, laughing.
Ryan was born on the Sunshine Coast and moved
to Vancouver when he
was three. He went to
Kitsilano High School,
where he started playing
volleyball when he was in
Grade 9. In the summers
following Grade 9 and
Grade 10, he played volleyball at the BC Summer
Games. He started playing club in Grade 10 arid
continued all the way into
"I played on the junior
varsity team at UBC when
I was in Grades 11 and
12 because they were just
a club team and they
needed some more guys,"
he says. "Since I lived in
Vancouver, it was easy
for me to practice with
them. Then when I came
here for first year, I
played on the varsity
Ryan is sitting in his
living room, on a futon
folded into a couch—classic student style. His stepmother, Lois, calls to
check up on him and he
blushes a bit when he
says, "I'm sorry, I can't
really talk right now. I'm
being interviewed for the
school paper."
One gets the sense
that Ryan is in daily contact with' different members of his family. His
parents, especially, seem
to be guiding forces in
his life.
"My parents have really pointed me in the right
direction a few times,' he
"They've been really
supportive," Ryan adds.
"When it wasn't volleyball, it was soccer. And
my parents have always
been ready to drive
me to whatever practice,
whatever game. Yes,
they've definitely been
"And especially this
summer and into this
year, financially," he
says, laughing sheepishly. What Ryan is referring
to is the summer he has
just spent in Korea, training, playing and living
with the Sung Kwun
Kwan (SKK) University
men's  volleyball  team. THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER Id, 2001      5
Usually he would spend the summer working to save money
for school, but with his parents completely behind him, he
jumped at the opportunity to live and play in Korea for the
The summer program with the SKK University men's volleyball team was the first time an exchange like this had
taken place between the SKK and UBC teams. The idea was
born from conversation between the SKK men's team coach,
Dr Eom, and the Thunderbirds coach. Dale Ohman.
"[The SKK men's team] came and toured with us last
September and we went around BC and into the interior and
played against a couple different colleges with them. They
played against the colleges first and then after that, we'd play
[the SKK team] and we still lost every game," Ryan laughs.
"At that time, their coach was kind of talking to our coach
about bringing a player from UBC over to Korea for the summer," Ryan says. So he spoke with both his coach and the
Korean coach and was selected to go to Korea and train with
the SKK team for the summer.
While he was in Korea, Ryan lived with the team in a four-
bedroom house in Suwon, a community about an hour south
of Seoul. The coach also lived there most of the time. A whole
men's volleyball team stuffed into a four-bedroom house? If
everyone on the team was as big as Ryan, who awkwardly repositions his tall body on the futon-couch about every two
minutes, the house in Suwon must have been a little
"It was [cramped]," admits Ryan. "But we had a woman
who came in and cooked for us. It was a pretty good deal," he
adds, smiling.
Dale Ohman says that he and Dr Eom plan to continue the
program, arranging for a similar exchange each summer. He
says that this past summer was a perfect time for Ryan to
participate in the exchange as he is about to start his final
- two years with the varsity team.
While Ryan was a bit nervous about teaching, he says, "It
was pretty easy because it was just conversational English.
The biggest challenge was just finding enough things to talk
about." So Ryan talked about what he knows best: his family, ,
Canada and volleyball.
On the court, the experience in Korea was pivotal for
Ryan. Training-wise, he says, he learned a lot, especially
from the very different style of volleyball played in Korea.
The biggest eye-opener for Ryan was the team's highly
disciplined training sessions.
"One of the first days I got there, we went into the weight
room and the coach brings a little club...if you're not trying
hard enough at a certain exercise he gives you a snap on the
leg...it was pretty weird. The club comes to practice, too, and
the same rules apply."
When asked if he ever "got the club," he shakes his head
and says, "I was left alone." Phew.
What makes the style of volleyball on Korean courts different is 'that Korean teams "focus more on speed and control."
"The way their offence works, they try to beat you with the
speed of the set and the speed of the hitters, whereas in
North America, in general, we focus on the height at which
we can hit, and how hard we can hit, and don't worry so
much about the speed," Ryan explains.
"When we played [the SKK team], blocking was so difficult
because you have so many combinations coming at you so
quickly," he says. "And in order to have such a low set, such
a precise set, they have to have really good ball control—and
they do. They spend hours and hours passing, practicing. In
North America we don't generally have the ball control to
play that kind of system."
Yet while it was interesting for Ryan to see a different
style of volleyball and a different way of training, he recognised the huge price that the SKK players pay to be good.
"Those guys have no fife outside of volleyball," he says.
"They're chosen out of Grade 8, or even earlier, to play volleyball and from that time on they only take two classes
through high school and they pretty much live f
with this team. And in university they don't go |£
to class at all, they just train and they end up
with a degree in volleyball...I mean, they're f
amazing athletes and it's an amazi'iji leuin   1'dl
it does come with a price. I don I know .f I'd   J
want to live my life like that. They'i e ai\ '"•3 >.p a
lot just to have a good volleyball pi uyjni "
Men's volleyball here at UBC ha*  i "iihv
anced approach to life on and oil' he nn.il, y\s
Ryan. Coach Ohman recognises   he   h.i.I. :"ir
achievements of his players and . ui'H.r
ages them all to excel at school.
"The rest of the team can benefit
from Ryan's experience,"  Ohman
explained, since Ryan still has .1
substantial amount of time left
with the team. It also helps Ry<'.:i
gain a new focus on the court.
.   But Ryan didn't just play
volleyball in Korea. He  also
gave teaching a try, leading
conversation English class to Dr
Eom's graduate students at the
"I would sit down with the
students and have a conversation about whatever. They just'
wanted to practice speaking and
Ask Ryan about what else he
learned during his time in Korea,
and he'll pull out a Lonely Planet
journal, each page filled with writing. Ryan doesn't always keep a
journal, but he did for this trip. In
fact, he kept the journal "pretty
much everyday." You can't "help
but smile, watching this tall, lanky
guy, practically folded up with the
futon he's  sitting  on,   flipping
through this tiny journal, reminiscing about his trip.
He picks out stories about the
difficulties of learning Korean, the
fancy meals the team was treated
to before  the  national  championships, the bits of travelling he
was able to do with the team, and
the US military presence in Korea.
"A friend and I...we were on our
way to the  military museum  [in
Seoul] and all of a sudden, the road is
blocked by thousands of riot police.
There were thousands...way more riot
police than there were protesters. And
then a huge parade of protesters came
by with signs calling for the end of US
military presence in Seoul."
Ryan adds that his stay in Korea
opened his eyes "to the way things
happen in different countries, espe- ,
cially in a country like Korea
with its political past."
All of this is interest- yXl
ing, but what about the '*^J*
women in Korea? Did he have a lot of female attention?
Blushing, Ryan says, "Yeah, but Korean girls are very shy
in general."
He quickly changes the subject by telling a story of a
father he met in the community he was living in who held
his children up to Ryan so they could touch him. His face
breaks into a smile as \i& recounts the story. See"? He's a
big softie.
Ohman says he has seen a lot of change in Kyan over
the years, and especially now that he has been in Korea
l"r Hie ^ii"'nier Mthough Ryan has always commanded
a (.erl.iin di'tyie of maturity on the court, Ohman says
he i'! iw r't irk.! .u!y is even more apparent now that Ryan
i.i-. ^pi'iit 'he m.hmiht training in Korea.
'His 1 'L'lnjj is 'larder and faster, too," says Ohman,
aliu a l'.N   li.it the rest of the team can see the
1 'i Ryan as well.
■t > inly is Ryan mature on the court, but
ni.in says that Ryan has outstanding
i"ik ethic on and off the court. "Ryan
A'-rks extremely hard at school. He is
1 ly diligent and does very well."
That diligence has also paid off in
Kvan's volleyball.  He  saw his most
n stable improvement during his first
\ear with the varsity team. However,
1 ast year he hit a plateau, which frus-
■ rated him. The plateau came mostly
ls a result of a difficult school year.
I had difficult classes and I had to
1 '1 1 more time on school that I wanted
Ryan said. "It took away from volleyball
1 I didn't like that."
R\ an hopes this next year will be.a step up
h'Ln. To make this happen, he has set
ne big goals for himself. With his eye on a
.ln.ite school, he continues to work hard at
i>< 1   Concerning volleyball, however, the
|or goal is to improve his blocking, as well
tie things that go along with blocking: beat-
g the play, predicting the direction of the
posing team and making quick decisions
on their actions.
Overall, Ryan has continued to grow in
ms of skill, dedication, and maturity. The
.idual transition from first year to fourth
•.it has brought with it a change in mindset
>r Ryan.
"Apart from getting stronger and being
le to perform new skills and perform
I hem better, I guess as you become more
nature, it's easier to deal with little things
en the  court—frustrations,  distractions,
■'tuff like that," he says.
And this maturity is going to help Ryan as
he takes on the challenges of the upcoming
%."i vear. Not only is it his fourth year playing
Thunderbirds volleyball at UBC, it's also
the beginning of the end of his university
career. With two years left to go, he's got
a lot of decision-making ahead.
"Over the next two years, I'm going to
have to decide whether to pursue volleyball further or continue with [graduate] school or get a job. Those are the
decisions I'm going to have to make
coming up. If I were to continue in volleyball, I think it would be more likely
that I would succeed on the beach,
rather than indoors. I just think the
skills that I have complement the beach
game a bit more than the indoor game.
So we'll see. I tnink next summer I'll
really give the beach game a shot
and see if I can set myself up for
something in the future. And if
not, after I get my degree, I'll just
go from there." ♦>
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First win for Foot Id all Rfrds
Team steps up in second half to claim much-needed victory
by Scott Bardsiey
i   -*-/:*■».• •,~ 7;^?77 "
GROUNDED: Alberta's David Roy races past a downed Bart Szarzynski. nic fensom photo
For the UBC football team, last Saturday was do or die.
The young team had already suffered a disastrous season opener against Saskatchewan, losing 50-13, followed by a heartbreaking 34-28 overtime loss to Calgary
two weekends ago. Going into last weekend's game as
the only team in the Canada West conference without a
win, UBC needed to win their third game of the eight-
game regular season to keep any playoff hopes alive.
They got one. Never mind that the win was against
Alberta, who could only get two wins last season, or that
the T-Birds trailed 13-1 until they finally kicked it into
gear. UBC gave fans an exciting second half and a satisfying home win. And in the end, the win—18-14—was all
that mattered.
The game started with two missed
field goals—one by Alberta's Robert
Rawcliffe and one by UBC's Leon
Denenfeld. A bit later, the Birds, stuck
on their own 14-yard line, punted. The
kick wasn't long enough, however, and
Alberta made it back up to UBC's 32-
yard line. Alberta followed up with a 3 5-
yard field goal bringing the score up 4-1 in their favour.
Midway through the second quarter, UBC coach Jay
Prepchuck switched quarterbacks, replacing Zack
Silverman with Rob Kenney, who started the Birds' first
game of the season. The results weren't very good.
Kenney completed one out of eight passes and threw an
interception, UBC's only turnover of the game. Before
the quarter was out, Silverman was back in the game.
Alberta continued to run the show. Shortly before the
half, the Bears ran a punt return up to the 45-yard line.
The Bears then played the ball right up to one yard short
of the UBC end zone, and with a quick rush from Nathan
Connor, Alberta had its first touchdown. The Golden
Bears were ahead 10-1.
"We weren't awake. I myself was not awake the first
half at all. We were just slack-assing," Thunderbirds tailback Nathan Funk said.
"We just went into the locker room [after the first
half], looked around, looked at each other and just said,
'What have we got to lose? We're down right now, we
know our position in the season and if we don't come
out flying, it's going to be a downhill slopeY" he said.
The Birds looked a lot better in the second half, but
before they could stage a comeback, Alberta scored
again. The Birds conceded a safety, bringing the score to
But the comeback did come. Soon UBC scored on a
punt, taking them up one point. Then UBC's first big
opportunity came when Alberta fumbled on their own
30-yard line. With a swift pass to Nathan Beveridge, UBC
was on the two yard line. Sean Dovre punched through
the Alberta defence giving the Birds their first
Midway through the last quarter, Alberta
caught UBC by surprise with a brilliant fake
punt on a third down. The Bears capitalised
and made it to the Birds' 25-yard line. But
Alberta missed the field goal again, gaining
just one point for the miss.
With five minutes left in the game, things looked bad
for UBC, trailing 11-14. But the T-Birds came together
under pressure.
With only two and a half minutes left in the game,
Silverman faked a pass to tailback Nathan Funk and
rumbled up to Alberta's 37-yard Une. Silverman hoodwinked Alberta again, and the Birds found themselves
on the Alberta 20-yard Une. Then Silverman made the
pass of the game, a long deep throw into the end zone to
receiver Ryan Branting. A Denenfeld conversion sealed
up the game 18-14.
"We started off pretty rough, but we came together as
a team together in the last quarter and we pulled off. We
played like winners in the end and we came out with a
victory," Branting said.
"When you get a team
into adversity there
are... two reactions.
Either you fold or you
step up to the play. I
think we stepped up to
the play and we sort of
grew a little bit as a
team," Silverman said.
"We've got a lot of young
guys here and getting
that win under their
belts should help build a
lot of confidence."
"Our defence came
up with a couple of
turnovers for us. That
was great," said
Prepchuck. "Leon
[Denenfeld], as a kicker,
made a couple of really
great punts for us.
Offensively, obviously
Ryan Branting made
some great plays for us.
Julian Radlein did well
for us. Nathan Funk
made some big plays for
us. I look at it as a real
team effort and a team win."
Combined with a point from their overtime loss to Calgary, and losses last weekend
for other teams in the conference, this win
catapults UBC from the bottom to third place
in the Canada West, behind the Regina Rams
and the Manitoba Bisons.
Next Friday, the Birds fly to Regina to
play a tough game against the undefeated
Rams. ♦
TAKE 'EM DOWN: Thunderbird
Joe Masi wrestles an.Albertan
down to the ground with teammate Brad Newman backing him
Soccer women
give UVic a tie
Field hockey dreams...realised Soccer men tie after debated call
by Scott Bardsiey
The UBC women's soccer team
tied the UVic Vikes 2-2 last Sunday,
but many may feel that it should
have been a different story. The
Birds were leading well into the second half, only to have their 2-0 lead
demolished in the last 20 minutes
by two quick UVic goals.
The tie followed a poor showing
last Thursday against Trinity
Western University where the Birds
lost 3-1, and lost their captain
Lyanne Westie to injury.
But the injury of one of their most
experienced players
didn't seem to affect
the Birds for most of
the game. The UBC
offence clicked early
as Vanessa Martino
planted a header into
the UVic net in the
Erst few minutes of the game.
UBC controlled the first half. The
Birds' defence managed to keep the
Vikes from getting a shot off, keeping things easy" for the
Thunderbirds' star keeper Sian
And halfway through the first
half, UBC midfielder Keiko Read
brought the ball up the Centre and
slid it past UVic's keeper, bringing
the Birds up 2-0.
"[Before the game] we talked
about the way they were going to
defend and the way we were going
to attack, and...it paid off inacouple
of goals," coach Dick Mosher said.
But something changed in the
second half. Maybe the Birds grew
complacent with their two-goal lead.,
maybe they got tired, or maybe they
just lost their focus, but whatever it
was, an otherwise one-sided game
suddenly got a lot more competitive.
The UBC goal wasn't safe any
more. UVic opened the second half
with a speeding shot to the top left of
the UBC net, only to have it stopped
by Bagshawe.
In the last 20 minutes of play, the
team fell apart and handed UVic's Liz
Hansen a breakaway. Hansen didn't
waste any time, sending the ball into
the corner of the UBC net. A few minutes later, Hansen scored again,
keeping good control of the ball
amidst a crowd of players and shooting right into the net.
With only five minutes left, UBC
tried to recover.
Midfielder Keiko Read
had a weak chance at
fJjkS1     the   UVic   net,   but
gt ./     couldn't get the all-
,1 "**> important goal. The
win slipped out of the
Thunderbirds' hands.
"Should have, could have, would
have," laments Read. "We just lost a
bit of intensity and that totally
killed us."
"We should have wrapped this
thing up long ago. We should have
wrapped this thing up in the first
20, 25 minutes," said Mosher. "It's
a young team and it's going to have
to develop some killer instinct."
"Whenever you give up a 2-0 lead
that's a sign of a young team, and
it's something we've got to correct
or we'll be on the sidelines pretty
quick," Mosher said, "Because at
this level, to give up a two-goal lead
is inexcusable. Inexcusable."
UBC wiU try to make up for its
mistakes on the road this weekend.
They take on the Calgary Dinos and
the Lethbridge Pronghorns, the
first- and last-place teams in
Canada West. ♦
by Scott Bardsiey
UBC's field hockey teams have been behind
the times. Thirty years ago, other Canadian
field hockey teams started playing on syn-
, thetic turf—synturf—instead of on grass.
Synturf changed the game. Gone were the
•days of poor field conditions, mud - and
soggy ground. The game went from an ,
imprecise hit and run affair to a faster and
more technical game. But UBC was still
playing on grass.
Today UBC's field hockey teams still
practice and hold games at Andy Livingston
- Park, near the Downtown Eastside. But
soon this will change. After years of
fundraising, this fall, the Birds will be moving to a new synturf field in Thunderbird
Park. -     -
And, hopefully, this will help the Birds
recruit new players.
"Nobody's said, 'I'm not going to take
- part because you have to travel everyday,,
s you have to go downtown,' but it certainly ,
i hasn't helped us bring more'people into the
- sport." said Hash Kanjee, coach of the
«' women's field hockey team. "[The nien],
' have Teally struggled to maintain the pro-
; gram because they bave to travel off cam-,
- pus and they don't have the budget to hire a
coach." ...     , .    ,.-
"One of the drawing cards for a campus
like ours is to have a facility on campus.
t Alberta has campus turf. UVic has campus
'■ turf. Calgary has campus turf. Manitoba has
' campus  turf   We don't -and that's just
wrong." Kanjee said.        ■   ,   , ■     -   -
Practising in Andy Livingston Park poses
problems other than just commuting.
"There's a lot of interesting characters
down at Livingston, and every so often
you're going to get some religious freak running across the field telling you that the end
is near," said fourth-year sweeper Laura
Balakshin. 'You don't want to reach into a
bush and get a ball because you migh1 gel
pricked by a needle. You use your st ck *
Stephanie Jameson, a second-yea- i.ilri
fielder, said that during the team's pr.n-li<-<
last Monday, "There was a guy smoking pi 'I
right by,the field and we could smell it the
whole time. It's pretty'scary, and people p-'l
their cars broken Into all the time," sV s mi
"though we're kind of used to it sinct- w'u-
been playing there for a few years."
Kanjee said that the field hockey te.irti*
have also had difficulty drawing crowds to
their  games  and  hosting tour'n.ini"til-
- because of their off-campus grounds
- 'The field hockey ;team .has re.il'\
received the short end of the stick, uiii^i"!
ering that field .hockey has one of the
longest histories of any sport at I PC A
women's team was created in 1915. a.!'"1 a
men's team in 1923. The sport rea< h"<! it-
peak here at UBC in the -1960s and 1 fi70s
in 1963, seven players made the H-"j.1
national women's team and two men made
it onto Canada's first Olympic field In"1' !>e\
team. In T979 UBC,even hosted an 1-
nation world field hockey'toufhamer i
: the Women's team remained sut ■ e—•!',.'
when it entered the CIAU in the X 980- v. ii
ning no fewer than-six fchampio'.-'.ij -
between 1980 and 2000.. But jh.e i::i <;\
team dropped out of sight, largely tvi .>•.<■•
there is no CIAU men's league.
But after years of difficult fundr.n-'Ti_
- the team has raised the required $ 1 2 v~. !
--Mori, and a brand new synturf fa< i''l_. i-
- under construction in the middle of Imp
-Thunderbird fields. The'synturf ecu!<! l,-e
finished as early as late October.  ' -
And the players couldn't be happier
"It's very exciting. It's gonna make j r.n
tices much easier," said Stephanie H.i:ii'\ a
fifth-year captain. "To be on campus is g^inti
to be great. We can go from class...and nol
have to drive and organise how we're all gel-
ting to practice."
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  by Laura Blue
The Thunderbirds men's soccer team dominated the
second half of their first home game of the season this
past Sunday, but they couldn't get the win against rivals
UVic, finishing the day with a 1-1 tie.
"It was sort of a tale of two halves," said
coach Mike Mosher after the game. "I didn't think we played well in the first half,
and then in the second half we showed
what we can do. We pretty much dominated the second half and [it was] unfortunate
not to get a win,"
The two teams looked evenly matched
in the first half, with both teams shut
down offensively until late in the half. UBC put on some
good pressure about 15 minutes before the break, but it
was UVic that got the only goal. With just over nine minutes remaining, a foul inside the UBC 18-yard box gave
UVic a controversial penalty call. UVic midfielder Nico
Craveiro scored from the spot, giving UVic the 1-0 half-
time lead.
The penalty call was so controversial that UBC coach
Mike Mosher got ejected from the game for arguing
about it with officials.
"The refereeing was crap," Mosher commented after
the game.
But the players remained cool.
"You take what you get. Obviously there's good and
bad calls for both squads and everybody gets a little
irate at the ref at times, but you can never really worry
about them," said fourth-year defender Rob Hall.
And despite losing their coach from the sidelines
and losing co-captain Aaron Richer, who left the pitch
bloody with a possible broken nose in the last two minutes of first-half regulation play, the Birds returned for
the second half with renewed vigour.
"Our team stuck together," Hall said. "I've been on
tftahis before where we go down from a suspect call
from the referee...Most teams fall apart and they find a
way to make an excuse to lose. Our team actually made
"a conscious effort to come together and ensure that
UVic didn't go away with the full points."
"We talked at half time-lift the intensity, lift the
work effort," said Mosher. "That happened, and then
the movement of the ball was a lot better."
UBC's offence picked up early in the second half, nar
rowly missing a chance to score on a corner kick when
UVic goalie Jordan Robinson was caught out of his net.
But the equaliser did come five minutes later. A
rough tackle ten minutes into the half brought a second
penalty call, this time in UBC's favour. Midfielder Steve
Dickinson, UBC's only fifth-year player
this year, took the shot, handily beating
the UVic keeper with a low drive.
UBC could have had a couple more as
weR. Dickinson, forward Steve Frazao, and
centre midfielder co-captain Shawn Bobb
all had chances on the UVic net as the
intensity picked up later in the second half.
"We got our chances, but didn't capitalise on any," said Bobb.
"Their goalie was good as well and made a couple
good saves, and that really affected the game."
The draw leaves both UVic and UBC 1-0-1, tied for
second in Canada West.
"For us it's a disappointment, getting a tie," said
Bobb, "and for UVic it's a victory...because they came
into our house and came out with a tie."
"We just need a 90-minute effort. These guys inow
what it takes to get results here. They're going to have to
work their butt off for a whole 90 minutes," said Mosher.
The Birds will play a scrimmage against the White
Caps on Tuesday before heading off to Alberta this weekend, where they'll play conference games against the
Lethbridge Pronghorns and the Calgary Dinos. The team
seems confident about its upcoming CIS games in Alberta.
"Certainly going in, we want six points. We want two
wins," said Mosher. "I think this team can compete for
first place in this league."
"I think we'll come back...with a couple wins, and
anything less will be a disappointment," said Bobb.
"I think we've just got to relax, go out and do the stuff
we've been doing, and it will all come together for us,"
said Hall. ♦
AGGRESSIVE PLAY: Both goals scored on penalties, a UBC co-captain leaves with a possible broken
nose. It was a fast-paced game at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Jordan ko photo 8       TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2001
at the Vancouver East
Cultural Centre
Sept 15
The fact that the Waifs made it to
Vancouver for their concert shows how
dedicated the folk-pop band from
Australia is to their fans. Stuck in San
Francisco after the airports were closed
last week, they drove up to Seattle—even'
playing   a   show   in  ^ _ _,	
Victoria along the way.
But on Saturday night,
the Waifs provided more than just their
work ethic as a reason to fall in love
with them.
You have to-like the Waifs. Despite
constant touring, they still seem like
they are having a good time. They're
friendly and they quickly build a rapport with the audience. Sisters Donna
and Vikki Simpson are warm and
hilarious. Vikki told a story about her
and Donna visiting a nude beach for
the first time, being really nervous
about it, and then being recognised
as soon as they stripped down.
There's also a hint of sisterly competitiveness, as they both make fun of
the other's musical talents.
The third full-time member of the
band is Josh Cunningham. A shy, quiet
type, Josh's on-stage personality contrasted with those of the two sisters. He
camouflaged himself in black while the
sisters were decked out, definitely not
looking like 'waifs'
It was not until two-thirds of the
way into the show that the audience
heard a peep out of him, as he sang "A
Brief History." Josh sang about meeting
Vikki and Donna, and about the band's
experiences touring. The song ends
with, "I can honestly say that I love the
both of you. It was a bit on the cheesy
side, but it elicited an "awwww" from
the audience. .
The Waifs sing songs that people can
identify with. Josh writes songs about his
mom and his grandpa that, when sung by
Vikki, are real tear-jerkers. The band's
lyrics are simple, honest and comment on
everything from not
j trusting the media
("Lies") to working shitty
jobs ("The Waitress").
Throughout most of the show Vikki
seemed to dominate the stage, and her
incredible voice filled the Cultch. She
stepped away from the mic a few times
and her unassisted  singing sounded
even better. Donna's singing was mellower and seemed overshadowed by
her sister's, but when the band left her
alone   on   the   stage   to   perform
"Haircut," I knew that this wasn't the
case. "Haircut' has the best "fuck
guys" line ever: "I've got my hands
down my pants, down my Calvin
Kleins, I don't need you no more: I
can come every time." Lyrics like
that are another reason to love
Donna and the band.
Throughout the  concert,   all
three    Waifs—performing    with
their drummer David McDonald-
showed themselves to be musically
versatile. They sing and play guitar,
as well as other instruments, and
their musical influences range from
folk to pop to blues to something
else entirely. But it wasn't just their
amazing talent that made the Waifs
amazing on Saturday. After one concert,   I   felt   like   I   knew   them.
Enthusiastic and charming, they are
impossible not to love.»>
with Jonathan Richman
at the Orpheum
Sept 14
It hasn't been easy for Belle and
Sebastian fans.  If we're not
being beaten up for listening to
such wimpy music, we're having to put up with albums like
Fold Your Hands Child,   You,
Walk Like a Peasant, their last
full-length   album.  And  with
Belle  and  Sebastian
cancelling a planned j
tour last year, we fans
had   only   1998's   If You're
Feeling Sinister and the latest
Aislers Set album to console us.
This summer offered hope
though. A new single, "Jonathan
David," was released in June,
with another, "The Season Has
Changed,"     to     follow     in
November. Belle     and
Sebastian also recorded half of
the soundtrack to the new
Todd Solondz (director of
Happiness) film Storytelling,
which will be released this fall.
The other half was recorded
by Nathan Larson (ex-Shudder
to Think).
The biggest news of all,
however,     was     that    the
Glaswegian octet (who performed as a 13-piece this past
Thursday) was launching its
first  North  American  tour.
Since forming in early 1996,
Belle    and    Sebastian    have
remained an elusive bunch.
Interviews with frontman
and chief songwriter Stuart
Murdoch are extremely scarce
and, aside from a couple of
dates a few years ago, they've
never played North America.
I was conflicted with excitement and fear as I got ready for
their   concert   last   Thursday.
Excitement because, to the envy
of my friends in other parts of
the country, I was getting to see
one of my favourite bands play
their        first
show.       The
show was in the Orpheum too, a
setting considerably more elegant than the smaller Croatian
Cultural  Centre,   where  the
show was originally scheduled.
The fear was there because of
Belle and Sebastian's notorious ineptitude playing live and
the weakness of their most
recent records.
The opener, Jonathan
Richman, though quite different from Belle and Sebastian,
did a good job priming the
audience. The ex-Modern
Lovers' heartfelt and unpretentious performance was a
Belle and Sebastian certainly began  well,   playing   "La
Pastie'de la Bourgeoisie," from
their  3...   6...   9...  Seconds of
Light EP. In a mess of organs
and guitars, Murdoch sings of a
gangly teenaged lifeguard wanting to run away to America.
Sounding like a '60s garage
AM radio classic, the song is
Belle and Sebastian at their
best. They continued with
"Dirty Dream Number Two," a
swelling Northern Soul dance
number that quickly sold me
on the show. If Belle and
Sebastian were willing to play
these two songs—two of my
favourites—up front, the show
held promise.
In person, the band certainly doesn't stand out. Cellist and
occasional       singer      Isobel
Campbell is the only member
with     any     sort     glamour.
Murdoch" looked   more   like
Sting when he played the bass
late in the show, certainly not
the reclusive indie-pop darling
who works as a church custodian when not playing music.
In all, the band seemed more
nervous and in awe of their
setting than anything else.
Though they played a few
too many songs from Fold
Your Hands... and only one
song, "Mayfly," from If You're
■Feeling Sinister, the crowd
seemed to love it all. "The
State I Am In" and "The Boy
with the Arab Strap" were
both highlights. Another was
"There's Too Much Love?
complete with dancing audience members on stage.
In all, the show was good,
but not great. Belle. and
Sebastian were charming and
competent. It wasn't quite the
stellar show I've been waiting
the past few years for, but it was
enough to remind me why I
liked them so much.»>
A message from your AMS President
On behalf of the students of UBC, I would like to express my deepest condolences to those affected by the recent tragedies in New York City and the tri-state
area. Here at UBC, we are rallying around our campus community, especially those most affected by this tragedy. I urge all students to take advantage of the
many resources on campus that have been set up in light of these events. Please check the UBC website for a complete list of resources available, or drop by
Brock Hall. As part of our show of support, the AMS, the GSS and the University is inviting and encouraging the university community to gather on
September 18th by the flag-pole near the Rose Garden, to recognize, reflect on and communicate over this tragedy. Thank you.
Erfan Kazemi, AMS President
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to opt out by September 25th, 2001.
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WiniS S§P¥8 Ilka MiniiS? Drive like Andrew, or be as popular as Gandhi? AMS Clubs Days at the SUB September 19, 20 & 21
This is your last chance to meet with like-minded souls at Clubs Days and join in all the fun. You can be part of any number of clubs and
learn to play the guitar, repair your bike, sail into the sunset or act your heart out. That's not all, you can try scuba diving, surfing or
sailing. Or maybe you would like to learn how to play the guitar, drive a sports car or join a philanthropic or political club. You will even
get tips on how to "get in" with your Profs by joining a faculty club.
AMS Clubs Days is your opportunity to get involved on campus. The AMS has over 225 clubs and groups waiting for you at their
booths in the SUB. There are more groups to get involved with than you could ever dream of! Don't miss this event during the third week
of September... it could be the start of a beautiful friendship!
AMS Clubs Days - September 19, 20 & 21 - Student Union Building, concourse and second floor.
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Back by popular demand - Laughs at Lunch. De-stress and get ready to face the rest of the week at this free event every Wednesday
at 12:00pm. Come and join us in the Norm theatre in the SUB and watch the great line-up of comedic acts in store. You will be treated to
free admission - and the first people through the door will get free pop and popcorn. What more could you ask for?
Please join us on September 18th at 12:15 PM for an informal gathering at the university flag-pole near the Rose Garden, to
acknowledge and reflect on the events that transpired on Tuesday. There will be a brief program followed by a few moments of silence,
and then students will be given the opportunity to talk with each other and share their thoughts. THE UBYSSEY
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at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
until Sept. 30
A labyrinth made of pipes? UPC symbols on
canvasses? Leaning walls and skeleton structures? You'll find it all this month at the
Belkin Art Galleiy, as it exhibits works from
UBC's Master of Fine Arts graduates.
If you've never been in a maze, this is your
chance to try. Daphne Locke has created a maze
out of copper pipes and transported it from her
backyard into the gallery. Take some time and
delve into this creation. But be warned: your
head will spin, and you might end up lost
If you're still diz2y from the labyrinth, you'll
be excused if the debris that makes up Keith
Langergarber's work confuses you a little.
"Removed" is a surprisingly realistic re-creation of the fascinating ruins that you may have
once discovered in your explorations of rural
British Columbia—such as that lonely, rundown, gold-panner's cabin with five-gallon
buckets around back. The chaos is there: the
leaning room, iron-ore core samples, instruction manuals. The work makes us think about
impermanence and destruction. "It's a little
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scary," said one bystander.
And for those of us concerned with commodifica-
tion in modern society, Sylvia Grace Borda's collection
may be just as disturbing. Her large prints may be
rather too familiar for consumers and all retail
cashiers. UPCs are so common you'd say it's boring.
But it's the titles that really tell the tale. How long will
it take you to realise the distillation of reality into barcodes. "4 Vegetable?" "Two Chicken Noodles?" "36
Minestrone?" For me, "the Chicken with White and
Wild Rice' made me realise that eveiything around
us can be turned into a string of numbers and stripes.
In direct contrast to Borda's works are the
paintings of Misa Nikolic, who has painted what
appear to be parts of buildings. To hilly appreciate
the works, try starting from far away and slowly
walking closer. If you recognise the trusses, that's
because they're from the Eiffel Tower—the site of
the first hot-air-balloon launch, and one of the earliest man-made structures to provide humans with
a bird's eye view of the world.
The works in the collection show the great
diversity in the UBC fine arts program and raise a
number of thought-provoking themes and questions. The exhibit is well worth seeing, and it's definitely more interesting than those readings you
might have been planning on doing. ♦
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Bardsiey horse. At least jt wouldn't, ifjulia Christensen hadn't
run it over in her late '60s Laura Blue truck. Meanwhile Nic
Fensom chassed the chickens—Hywel Tuscano, Graeme
Worthy and Alicia Miller—with an Adrian Liu shotgun. The
mother chicken, Jesse Marchand, was too busy to notice
because she was watching her baby chickens hatch. Here
come Rob Stotesbury-Leeson, Adrian John Burras, Natalie
Book and Sara Young1 into the world. "How adorable! It's the
miracle of life," explained Jordan Ko, the mule. Then Lin went
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The events of last week have elicited an understandably strong reaction in the United States and
around the world. Once the shock
of what happened in New York and
Washington started to wear off
though, Americans began scape-
goating and trying to lay blame.
Thus the grieving has been usurped
by jingoism, prejudice and veiled
Is waving or wearing the stars
and stripes an appropriate way of
honouring the victims of last week's
terrorist attacks? American nationalism and hubris undoubtedly
inspired the destruction of two of its
most potent symbols—the Pentagon
and the World Trade Centre.
Furthermore; is threatening to
bomb a country as poor as
Afghanistan "back to the Stone Age'
the response befitting a democratic
and ,'freedom-loving' nation led by
a born-again Christian?
One needs only to look at the
attacks on Muslim and Arab people
across North America to see how
Our generation's
finest hour?
The sad events of this past week are
' a watershed in the history of North
America. The attack on the World
Trade Centre was a calculated act of
terror. It was the continuation of
politics by other means—means
brutal and disturbing. It was also
the first attack on the soil of the
North American continent in over
200 years.
Before the 11th of September,
2001, the closest acts of similar
barbarity occurred in December,
1941, with the attack on Pearl
Harbour by imperial Japan, and in
early 1942, with the commencement by Nazi Germany of unrestricted submarine warfare on the
east coast of North America. These
acts were part of the great human
tragedy we now call World War If.
Both of these traumatic events
from the 1940s occurred two generations ago when our grandparents were the age of the students at
our university. We all know the out
come of this great human tragedy.
The outcome is found in the robust
wrong-headed US reaction to this
event has been. Canadians and
Americans of' Middle Eastern
descent are living in fear, not going
to work, not going to school, hiding
their background, and who can'
blame them? Last Tuesday, a
mosque in Montreal was fire-
bombed and stories of racist
threats and attacks are seemingly
One should consider who has
benefitted from last week's attacks
in New York and Washington. The
hijackers are dead. Osama bin
Laden will be dead as soon as the
US can find him. Afghanistan—and
any country that doesn't bend over
backwards to appease the US—may
well face substantial military wrath
as soon as NATO can mobilise its
forces. So who really benefitted
from these attacks?
It is hard to imagine that the US
could have possibly benefitted from
an event which destroyed thousands of lives, cost billions of dollars and affected millions of people.
But if you're the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA), the military or a news agency, you've done
pretty nicely this past week.
Look at the situation as it stands
now. The US has a free hand in any
retaliation it sees fit. The CIA can
look forward to the rescinding of
pesky laws about assassination and
other terrorist acts. Companies
who produce military equipment
and supplies can look forward to a
boom. And, according to a New
York Times-CBS News poll.
President Bush's approval rating
has shot to 84 per cent, up from 50
per cent last month.
This is not to implicate any of
these people in last week's horrifying attacks, but it is thought-provoking. Those who stand accused are
likely to lose everything, while
those who are to punish the
accused stand to make tremendous
"It's going to be vital to use any
means necessary."
"It is a mean, nasty, dangerous,
and vibrant democracies, of which
Canada is but one. Decency and
compassion prevailed.
The world has changed considerably since the 1940s. Countries
are no longer isolated entities.
Political and economic organisations do not exist as solitary and
separate entities as they did in the
Great organisations like the
United Nations and the North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation exist,
~ and reflect grand and "compassionate ideals that solidly stand as the
pillars upon which our democracies are built. They will not come
• crumbling down no matter how
hard a handful of terrorists push.
Men and women from some 40
nations were killed in the attack on
the World Trade Centre. This
tragedy touches more than just the
United States of America. Within
hours of the attack on the World
Trade Centre, the 18 members of
the North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation evoked the "mutual
defence clause" and closed ranks
with their friend the United States.
This means that the governments
of some 800 million people here in
North America and Europe are now
acting as one. People throughout
the world are uniting.
By the end of September, we
may in fact see the majority of the
106 nations represented at the
United Nation's standing beside
their friend and ally, the United
States. Opposite will be two or three
isolated rogue states. The political
message will be quite clear.
Many may feel helpless by what
is going on. People feel this when
they are swept up in great historic
events. Our government in Ottawa,
as well as other like-minded
nations, will do everything that is
possible to protect the life and
livelihood of its citizens.
This may be an opportunity to
learn. I encourage you to read
about both the United Nations and
the North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation, and the important
role Canada played in the establishment of both of these insitutions.
You will feel less threatened having
done so. I know when I got home
from UBC the evening after the
attack, I opened my copy of the
memoirs of Lester Pearson to
remind myself about the great
events that brought these two
important organisations into being.
For many, the graphic happenings of the 11th of September are
dirty business out there, and we
have to operate, in that arena."
"We...have to work the dark side,
if you will. We have to spend some
time in the shadows."
This is the rhetoric that US
Vice-President Dick Cheney is
using to comfort his citizens. By
the sounds of it, Cheney and his
colleagues are advocating to do to
someone, seemingly anyone,
exactly what was done to the US.
This is petty,. hypocritical and
flawed reasoning that will only
serve to create more death, more
destruction and more misery. If
the US and Canada—and the
countless other-countries that
have given the US unconditional
support—truly are the great
nations they believe themselves to
be, we hope they can look beyond
swift, brutal and unjust retaliation. Instead of last week's attacks
serving as the pretense for the US
to go to war, we hope they concentrate on finding justice in a rational and peaceful way.**
the most disturbing psychological
events to occur in their lifetimes.
We will see incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are
hurting from the psychological
trauma from this terrorist attack,
please do not try to 'deal with it' by
yourself. Turn to your family and
friends. Go talk with your doctor or
a psychologist It is not a sign of
weakness to do this. No one will
think the less of you. When you look
at the outpouring of feelings and
sympathy across Canada and the
world, you quickly realise that as
individuals you are not alone in
feeling this way.
Some 20 years ago I served as a
naval reserve officer. From a very
young age, I was taught to make
life-and-death decisions. To come to
terms with what has happened, I
reached one very basic conclusion:
If I feel threatened by what has happened, the bastards have won. And
I will not let them win. I will not let
terror push aside everything else I
feel is important. To borrow a
phrase from Franklin D. Roosevelt,
a great political figure of our grandparent's age and the prime architect of the United Nations, "We have
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"Courage" continued from page W
nothing to fear but fear itself."
Some of our generation are worried that this terrorism will push us
into global conflict. I do not believe
it will. Terrorism is an attack by a
non-governmental group. The fanatics who planned and executed this
attack are few in number, and
although they may have friends in
some countries, they are not governments. With patience and determination, they will be brought to justice. The extremists who attacked
Student abroad
on US tragedy
Despite the shock, horror and obvious disbelief shared by so many people worldwide after the surprise terrorist attack on New York and
Washington, Tuesday has unmasked
no less than its fair share of surprises
and startling revelations. Aside from
the frightening political and social
implications, a stunned North
America has been confronted with
both extreme facets of the human
spirit. On one hand, live reports from
the shattered cities reveal daily the
dedication and support of American
people—they line the streets, cheering on rescue workers, and they pack
into medical centres in order to
donate blood to the injured. At home,
Canadians across the country have
banded together to aid their southern
neighbours, donating thousands of
gallons of blood themselves and volunteering their private homes to airline passengers forced to land in
Canada following the shut down of all
US airports.
At another extreme, all watch,
glued to their TVs, while more information is revealed about the loathed
perpetrators of this horrible crime.
We learn their background, their
training and the question in the forefront of everyone's mind remains:
why? What terrible causes could have
led them to plunge to their deaths
that day, taking thousands of innocent lives with them? We watch and
learn of a group of terrorists that
hated America so much that they
attacked its heartland and killed people, most of whom had nothing to do
with government or politics, people
whose only crime was being at the
wrong place at a terrible time.
Despite the horror of the terrorists' actions, perhaps the most
shocking revelation resulting from
this tragedy is the realisation of
America's vulnerability. It is not
only the spectre of a possible war,
nor the scenes of carnage littering
Manhattan and Washington, but
also the knowledge that on other
streets in North America and
Europe, people show their escalating anger at these heinous crimes
and seek someone close at hand to
blame. Some hidden and dark
aspects of human nature are
revealed in the harassment and
abuse of Muslims around the
world, many born and raised far
from the Middle East and Arab
Throughout the world, reports
circulate of innocent people being
held responsible^ for the attacks
because of their ethnic origin. One
such report tells of a man in the US
attempting to run over a Pakistani
woman with his car, blaming her for
"destroying his country."
Newspapers tell of Muslim schools
in Europe and America being closed
because of threats to the children's
safety, and of mosques vandalised
with rocks and bricks. In Canada,
- where we pride ourselves on equali-
the World Trade Centre think that
their political agenda will prevail.
For those of us who know our history'and character as free and democratic nations, for those who have
listened and learned from our
grandparents, the courage, character and determination by which we
respond to this- act of terror will be
our generation's finest hour.
—Patrick Bruskiewich
Graduate student-physics
ty and tolerance, Muslim-Canadians
are harassed, threatened and physically harmed, for no reason other
than their religion.
It is this kind of dormant racism
that lingers in so-called civilised
countries, and it is always especially
shocking to see it surface in one's
own country. It is this kind of ignorance and need to find a scapegoat
that led, years ago, to the mass support and anti-Semitism of Hitler's
Germany. This time, luckily, it is
only an ignorant few who punish fellow Canadians for the actions of an
isolated extremist terrorist group. In
fact, the attacks on Arab shops in
Europe and North America are reminiscent of black and white photographs from 1930s Germany, and
remind us eerily of Kristalnacht,
with the screams of Jewish slurs
replaced by insults against Islam in
today's version. Is this the (civilised)
world we live in? Has the world progressed so little that humans allow
prejudice and fear to overcome
logic? Understandably the world is
angry. But that some are harnessing
their anger in such terrible ways is a
shocking reality in the dark days of
the World Trade Centre crisis. It
makes us no better than the terrorists we loathe and segregates people
from their neighbours when now is
the moment to encourage solidarity.
However, despite the logical
words and thoughts of conscientious
people everywhere, the world, and
especially the USA, remains angry.
And there is good reason to be
angry. But before the US blindly
begins pointing fingers at someone,
anyone, and begins to take revenge,
caution must be observed. With the
entire world calling for blood, very
little proof will be necessary to provide the population with an effective
focus of that fury—regardless of the
truth, somebody will have to suffer
for the American lives lost. But the
question remains—is it justice to pay
for innocent lives lost with the lives
of more innocents?
Time magazine, in a special edition following the attacks, called for
a "unified, unifying Pearl Harbor
sort of purple American fury."
However, if that kind of rage leads
to another Hiroshima or Nagasaki,
the world should avoid that type of
fury at all costs. The best, indeed
only, solution to an unsolvable
event, is to hope that this sorrowful
and horrific event can be resolved
in the least devastating way possible. Despite this optimistic wish, in
these confusing weeks that follow
the attack, it is easy to equate the
belief of 'an eye for an eye' with the
possibility of war—where the price
would be paid, not by the masterminds behind the terrorist attacks,
but by ordinary people. The penalty
would be paid by normal citizens,
trying to live their lives in tumultuous times, just as most of the
unsuspecting workers in the twin
towers were trying to do on the fateful morning that forever changed
the western world.
-Erin Hetherington
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Nikolai Korndorf Memorial Concert
at the UBC Recital Hall
Sept 13
On May 30 of this year, Nikolai Korndorf,
one of Canada's most distinguished composers, passed away suddenly. To the
Vancouver music community, his death
was a tragedy. Korndorf was not only an
esteemed composer, whose works were
regularly commissioned by the CBC and
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, but
also a well-loved professor at both UBC and
Born in Russia in 1947, Korndorf immigrated to Canada in 1991. In the brief ten
years he was here, he made a name for himself by being a prolific (he wrote over 4,000
pages of music) and creative composer. His
pieces are very technically demanding and
often require performers to play in the
extreme ranges of their instruments.
So it was no surprise that Vancouver's
music scene came together on Saturday,
September 13, to pay tribute to its colleague, mentor, instructor and friend. The
concert served as a fitting memorial to a
musical giant who inspired so many.
Many of Vancouver's most noted musicians performed five of his works. The concert opened, quite appropriately, with
"Yarilo" (1981), Korndorf s most performed
piece for solo piano. Performed by Janina
Kuzmas, this demanding work requires the
performer to pluck the piano strings while
still playing on the piano's keyboard. The
piece is meant to portray the renewal of life.
In the finest Russian tradition, the listener
hears the melting away of the winter
'Snowmaiden' and the gradual appearance
The chaotic, yet humorous "Music for
Owen Underhill and His Magnificent Eight"
(1997) was easily one of the highlights of
the night. This enigmatic piece calls for a
variety of interesting instruments, including the bass flute, and showcases
Korndorf s interest in the extreme ranges of
instruments. From the highest notes of the
piccolo to the lows of the bass flute and double bass, Korndorf often juxtaposes the two
extremes to create a wall of sound. His
humour shines through the piece as well—a
fire engine siren sounds midway through
by John D. Briner
and a gunshot ends the piece. ,
Also performed were "Lullaby" (1984)
for two pianos, "Mozart Variations" (1990)
for string sextet, and "Amoroso" (1986) for
chamber ensemble. "Mozart Variations"
was a real treat that demonstrated
Korndorf s remarkable musical plurality—
the way he was comfortable writing both
atonally and in the finest classical, tradition.
The entire concert was an impressive
tribute to a conductor who affected the artistic development of many students, inspired
his colleagues, and left behind an incredible body of work that will challenge many
performers for years to come.
A remarkable composer, Nikolai
Korndorf will be missed by those he has
influenced and by the music community at
large. The concert was a moving one, and
those who knew him and his music came
away greatly affected. But that is the way
Korndorf would have had it. As he himself
once stated: "As much as possible I strive to
ensure that every one of my works contains
a message to each listener and that my
music leaves no one indifferent, but aroused
with an emotional response." ♦
Something about the
by Kim The
The Vagina Monologues
at the Vogue Theatre
until Sept. 23
K «.>< hie snortcher, dug-out south pacific, pee-pee, who-
\ho wee-wee, twat, muff, beaver, cunt, vagina. Raging vagi-
^ i happy vagina, 'violated vagina, mutilated vagina,
n awakened vagina, shy vagina, proud vagina, liberated
\ iji'na, beautiful vaginas.
On Tuesday night at the Vogue Theatre, vaginas of dif-
fi icnt comportment, ethnicity and age collectively cheered,
h'niled and rocked in their seats with gut-aching laughter
while listening lo the opening-night performance of play-
.M'sjht activist and screenwriter Eve Ensler's award-win-
i i"J4 play. The Vagina Monologues.
\ctors Margot Kidder (known for her role as
Sup'Tman's Lois Lane), Geneva Carr and Lisa Tharps ani-
"i iti'dly performed emotionally candid, witty and hilarious
nit uologues based on Ensler's interviews with a diverse
m \ of women on the hush-hush subjects of female geni-
1 d' i and sexual experiences. They spoke about the com
mon woman's vagina-related phobias, from declaring and
embracing vagina as a beautiful word, free of its cringing
connotations, to freely perusing, playing with and pleasuring one's vagina.
They divulged answers to bold questions like "What
does your vagina smell like?" and "What does it like to
While most of the monologues were hilariously entertaining because of their voyeuristic and confessional overtones, others evoked more sober emotions as they recited
horrible statistics and addressed serious issues of sexual
abuse and genital mutilation.
Carr hushed the audience with a poignant monologue
about a girl who loses her levity and innocence after soldiers rape her and invade her with broomsticks and bottles. While Tharps titillated the audience with her rollicking
rendition of the kinds of orgasms ranging from the muted,
body-flailing, epileptic WASP to the Tina Turner soulful
holler. .And Kidder, with her deep, raspy, smoker's voice
verbally tickled the audience with her fluid changes in
accents as a Southerner, New Yorker and, most memo
rably, a Jewish granny who describes her vagina as an inaccessible dank, moldy cellar that hasn't been entered since
her damaging experience of vaginal flooding.
Although the content sometimes seemed trite and overdone, such as the jokes about bashfully scrutinising one's
vagina with a hand-held mirror and collectively masturbating in workshops, the strong performances of Kidder, Carr
and Tharps overshadowed these minor glitches.
What is most worthy of applause is Ensler's ingenuity
and courage in embarking on a project that has raised social
awareness and awakened a growing positive response internationally. Ensler's turn in the 1996 premiere run of the
show in New York, garnered acclaim and the show continues to be performed in the USA and internationally. The
world tour of The Vagina Monologues also initiated V-Day,
an event that reclaims Valentine's Day as the day to raise
awareness about stopping violence against women. Ensler's
play is successful because it appeals to both the mainstream
arts scene and feminists by asserting the importance of
female sexual expression in a society that is still largely
dominated by phallic imagery, iconography and art ♦


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