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THE UBYSSEY MAGAZINE Friday, October 8,1999 volume 81 issue 9
HANDS LIKE BEAR PAWS: UBC defensive lineman Tyson St. James has "the biggest hands I've ever seen," according to 270-pound teammate Chris
Paterson. St. James looks like the toughest sheriff in Dodge, and on the football field that's just what he is. But off the field, it's a different story
entirely, tara westover photo
by Bruce Arthur
Start with the face, because everyone else
does. Tyson St. James looks like a street
tough, a leather-jacketed leg-breaker, a
thug. His nose looks like it's been broken a number of times, and there's a glaring cut across its
bridge from a football game three weeks ago. His
eyes crouch under angry eyebrows, and a scar
runs between his mouth and chin. His wide, sharp
face says that this is a serious man. That this is
not a man to mess with.
Then there's the rest of him. Six-foot-two, 235
pounds, sleek and powerful and muscled. He is
especially wide across the chest, and he carries
himself with the confidence of a man who has
fought and won, and knows he can win again.
He's a football player, a former rugby player, a
bouncer, a doorman. Look at the guy—he's probably a macho knuckle-cracking jerk, loud and
brash and full of himself.
If you think that, you don't know Tyson St.
"Most people consider me a teddy bear," he
laughs in a short staccato burst. "Don't put that
The above description is partly right. The nose
has been broken only once, in a rugby
match, when his face crashed off another
player's head. Tyson is a star football player, a
bouncer and a tough guy. He is serious about
everything he does, from football to studies to
working in his parent's machine shop to Pit security. Tyson is not a loudmouth jerk, or brash, or a
leg-breaker, or full of himself.
"Someone asked me the other day, 'Is Tyson a
problem?'" smiles Bob Little, UBC's genial equipment manager. "And I said, 'No, Tyson's not a
problem. But he could be a problem if he wanted
When the 24-year old laughs, his hard face
crinkles up and those sharp eyes disappear in
crow's feet. "I like to think I'm someone who's
outgoing, and makes people feel comfortable
around me."
So Tyson laughs a lot, and why shouldn't he?
He might be the most destructive defensive football player in Canadian university football. He
leads the nation in sacks with four, and is eighth
in the Canada West in tackles with 23, one ahead
of his roommate, fifth-year linebacker Nathan
Tyson's a tough player, but he's not the thug
that he could be. Instead, he's a devoted son and
brother—his youngest sibling, his sister Jillian, is
12, and the two of them hang out when he can
find time in the summer. He takes her to see
movies like Tarzan, or they walk around downtown—because "she likes that kind of stuff." And
when she contracted chronic hepatitis, he kept on
"Someone asked me the other day,
'Is Tyson a problem?' And I said, 'No,
Tyson's not a problem. But he could
be a problem if he wanted to.'"
-Bob Little
UBC's genial equipment manager
hanging out with her in the hospital.
"Your brother, when he's that much older, can
get real distant," he says. "She came down with
chronic hepatitis, losing a lot of weight and getting
real sick...that can be real tough for a little kid."
But he's not pure gladiator, day in, day out.
Sometimes the rest of Tyson's life even follows
him into his football life, and onto the field. Last
week, his grandmother died, and the funeral was
held Sunday. So he drove out to Abbotsford,
served as a pallbearer, attended the service, and
then drove straight to Swangard Stadium to play
the Shrum Bowl. It took the warrior Tyson a while
to find the great ease that he usually takes onto
the field. Of course, he eventually found it, but
throughout the game, his mind was clouded.
"From one extreme to the other," he says.
Tyson St. James has bear-paw hands that
could snap a tree in two. But even with that,
and the snarling game face, he's genuinely
friendly. He smiles broadly when he's introduced
to someone, and he remembers people's names.
After practice at the stadium, Tyson's getting his
picture taken. As the photographer walks away, he
yells out to her: "Hey, thanks!" There are no football star-pretensions^just a sincere thank you
that would have been easy to avoid. It's a nice
With all the talent he's got, the talent is augmented by a fierce work ethic. He's been working
for his parents for as long as he can remember—
they quit their jobs to start a drywall tool-making
business over twenty years ago, and Tyson, the
eldest of their four children, is now a qualified
machinist who can program and run computerised
lathes and milling machines. He ran the machine
shop for a year, but was bored by the lack of person-to-person contact.
"I'm not really interested in being in a little
shop, working on a machine all my life," he says.
"When I was younger, I'd sit there in that shop,
and I'd be like, 'I don't want to be in this little
shop—I want to be out there doing bigger things.'"
The scar on the chin didn't come from a fight,
or even from football—it came from work. He was
grinding a piece of metal in a centrifugal grinder
when it flew back and opened a gash below his
mouth that took ten stitches to close. Even
between that and the nose, he's still lucky—by
any standards. He was working at a club downtown once when some Hell's Angels started a
fight that involved broken beer bottles and a lot of
blood. He waded in—he laughs hard again—and
"had a couple of beer bottles fly by my head." He
walked away unscathed.
This time next year he'll likely be playing football for money, probably in the CFL—UBC defensive line coach Corey McDiarmid "definitely
forsee[s] him getting drafted next year." But coming out of high school, he was looking at a career
in business. He still has his parent's business to
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fall back on, but he also wants to see where his political science major will take him—he has
two years left in his degree, and he says he'll finish if he is playing professional football. Even
while playing football, Tyson's taking three courses this term and four next term after taking four
and four last year.
"I take academics seriously, because when I enjoy the courses, I want to learn," he says. "I
mean, why go to school if you're not going to be learning something? So I look to every course
as giving me something to use in life." Mellalieu even says that Tyson's studiousness helps his
own work habits. He adds he couldn't have picked a better friend or roommate.
So Tyson St. James is not a goon. But he's aware of how people might look at him, of how
he can be seen.
"In a game, he puts on the warpaint, and sometimes he just goes nuts," says first-year linebacker Javier Glatt. "He just gives you jitters."
That's the persona that everybody sees, once a week—the game persona. It's why other players are scared of him. Two weeks ago against the University of Calgary Dinosaurs, he recorded
a signature play, one he considers an all-time favourite. He burst through the offensive line on
Dinos quarterback Lincoln Blumeil's blind side, took aim, and crushed Blumell just as the ball
was released. The ball went straight up as the poor Calgary pivot's arms and legs went akimbo,
like a marionette getting its strings yanked in different directions. He got up slowly as Tyson jubilantly showboated to the sideline and the crowd, and Blumell played timidly the rest of the game.
"Pure...pure exhilaration," Tyson breathes, savouring the memory. "That's why I play," he
adds, laughing hard. "I mean, when I'm running down the field...and there's an o-lineman coming at me, and somebody's made the tackle, I'll just hit him for the hell of it. You're going to get
hit anyway, so why be timid about it, right?"
r someone to be as good at football as Tyson St. James, a lot of factors have to come
For starters, he's strong—Mellalieu says that Tyson "throws around 300-pound lineman like
they're nothing." But he's also one of the fastest players on the UBC football team—he runs the
40-yard dash in a blazing 4.6 seconds. Plus, he says he's got "about eight moves, plus combinations...[and] I think I can use them all." He's a genetic freak, a Superman athlete, and he
works harder than anyone else as well.
But when Mellalieu compliments him..."All I get is a chuckle out of him, and 'Oh, come on.'"
Tyson also has instincts for football, for the whirl of violence on every play. "With me, I'll see
things that will clue me in on what's going to happen," he
says. "Sometimes, you just smell it, like you can
see the guy standing across from you ai
you just know what he's going to do.. .And
all of a sudden he does it, and it's like,
'Wow. I knew that was going to happen.'
"Sometimes you can just look in a
guy's eye when he comes to the line. You
can just tell."
Tyson works on his game all year
round, with weights and sprints and j
footwork drills. He gave up rugby after |
high school when he realised year-
round  full  contact is  a  painful
game, and he chose football as        -*<
his sport. It's paid off.
And all this points right back
to the image. He's a beast on the
field, angry and tenacious, full of
aggression, a junior football mercenary who played for three teams in six
years. In his third year at UBC, he's
already accomplished about everything
he could. He played every down in his
first year and won the Vanier Cup, then ;
came back last year and was named an
All-Canadian. This year, he's feared by
just  about everybody.   So  how does  h
describe himself?
"I like the word relentless. I like that. '
like to pursue things, and sometimes I don
I'm doing it...I'm just doing it."
You might think he's talking just about football but
he's not. That last statement describes Tyson
St. James' whole approach to life, because,
there's more to his life than just helmets and warpaint.
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mondayTocrober S
sets the mood at
Sonar on Tuesday
night, tom peacock
{I can't stand labels—having to isolate bands into musical genres made up
| mostly by people who mass market music. But if you ever want to find Lamb's
J album at a store, try trip-hop or electronica.
I, on the other hand, would describe their sound as this: it's the kind of
| music that an old boyfriend or girlfriend puts on a mix tape for you, but it's still
f on heavy rotation on your stereo long after the relationship is oven It's the
I album that your best friend buys and lets you borrow. Three months later you
! still have it, and you're hoping he or she will just forget to get it back.
j I still love that mix tape, and I love Lamb's first self-titled album. When I
? heard about a second album coming out. Fear of Fours, I headed downtown
[ to buy it the day it was released. And when I saw posters for the show, I had
Sonar is probably one of the most intimate venues to see a live show With
'■ the stage located at the far end from the entrance, the band was no more than
two feet raised from the audience on the dance floor. There's the balcony for
a bird's eye view and if you're standing in the front you're right in nose-hair-
counting range.
The show opened with the same
instrumental that opens the new
album, and the crowd's focus was gently coaxed to the|§!lge. From my vantage point just off of stage right, the
first band membli||. saw was double,
bassist, Jon Thorne, one of the most
generous performers I've ever seen.
He had a frenetic energy that he
passed on to the crowd, and he literally tore down the tilth wall. Thome's
stage presence stood in perfect juxtaposition to vocalist Lou Rhodes' calm,
zen-like lucidity.
At the show's peak, the relationship
between audience and performer was
a symbiotic experience. It was clear
that one could not exist without the
other. This was articulated at one point
by Lamb member Andy Barlow to the
crowd just before playing "Ear Parcel"
(during which, Thome seemed to reach
a state of near-ecstasy with his double bass), "The more you give, the more
you get," said Barlow. "That's the moral." That's what makes a memorable
show. That's what you can never get from just listening to an album at home.
The most amazing part of the show was during "Fly." As Rhodes sang the
lyrics— "angels come take me/ on silver wings/ carry me up to the sky/
angels come free me from earthly dreams/ and I'll fly" —she began raising
her arms, slowly until they were all the way up in the air, as she did this the
crowd raised up with her, jumping up and down to the music. The whole crowd
including the band was living in the same, collective moment
At the end, the crowd was screaming for an encore, and the band finally
came out to do "Cottonwool" from the first album—probably one of the most
lyrically tight songs I know—and "Bonfire" from Fear of Fours.
I got my first exposure to Lamb on Valentine's Day two years ag6, on that
mix tape labelled only with the words "chill, sleep, think, feel, seduce." I think
"seduce" is the word that comes closest to describing the effect of Lamb's
music and their live show, but not in that way, that is, in merely physical terms.
This is music that seduces your mind towards thought and your soul towards
Thelong, hard road to success
«:mS^J,"',^11  W"gW   ^-^ '    tne Ubyssey talks to Frank Robideau, a UBC film student whose short film,
' Ubyssey talks to Frank Robideau, a UBC film student whose short f ilm, The
Agoraphobic Road Movie, is being screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival
FRANK ROBIDEAU: Hits the VIFF. eve moreau photo
 |         by Alicia Miller
Frank Robideau, a fourth year film student at UBC,
has received recognition for his work. This recognition
comes from the prestige of having his film, a ten-
minute short accepted at The Vancouver
International Film Festival. Like all stories of success,
however, it wasn't always this sweet.
Frank's interest in film began as a desire to be an
actor. For him, this desire is "really where it all came
from. I mean I've always loved movies arid what they
do, and I've always loved performance."
Born in Vancouver, he moved to Montreal with his
family when he was 11 years old, spent his high
by alicia miller
school years there attending a performing arts
school, and eventually moved back to
Vancouver. Frank's desire to be a filmmaker
began when he was given a video camera as a
high school graduation present. He spent the
next year working, travelling Europe, and making
short movies.
Undecided as to whether he wanted to be an
actor or a filmmaker, he went to Langara for a
couple years. During this time, he taught a video
production class at an elementary school. "I
taught there for two years and it was basically
every week we would go in and make a short
movie. I've made 58 movies in total. Most of
them are kids' stories but it got me to really
understand myself as a filmmaker."
Having made the decision to pursue filmmaking as a career, Frank applied to several film
programs. Despite his experience, however,
Frank was turned down everywhere he applied.
He attributes this to the entrance interviews
where he acknowledges, he was "a total cocky
Instead, Frank took some film history and
production classes at UBC and worked on his skills
as a filmmaker. "I tried to up my standard of work. I
really wanted to move into being a filmmaker that
does work with a lot of integrity."
The next year, Frank was accepted into the film
program at UBC. "I was a lot more humble. I really
understood how to take criticism and how to listen to
what other people were saying and sort of roll with
Shot on 16mm, The Agoraphobic Road Movie was
initially created last year for a film class. The film is
exactly what it sounds like: a road movie about someone who's afraid to go outside. Frank describes the
concept as something "that's just funny." He comments, "I was really just trying to create a slice of the
The film, like all of Frank's movies, is a narrative
and the end result of throwing together numerous random ideas. "Because I've been an actor all my life,
I'm basically very in tune with what's going on inside
myself. When I get a good idea, I don't just dismiss it.
The stuff that comes into my head before I got to bed,
I find that that's the best stuff I could possibly create.
Narrative for me is not difficult: [it's] the end result of
a lot of little pieces of detail put into a greater
When asked how he feels about his accomplishment, Frank replies, "Amazing. So much of filmmaking is just about the process and about doing the
work itself—it almost becomes the point. When you
get recognition on a piece of work that has just
become a piece of yourself, it's not yours anymore
but it's sort of like sending off your baby into the
world or something like that. I'm proud of my creation,
I'm proud of what it's doing, how it's doing, how people are being receptive to it."
As for the future, he says, "the role I would like to
have is basically writer and director." Currently working on developing a TV series, Frank acknowledges
that eventually, "I would like to make my first feature
in Vancouver." While he realises that the road there
might not be easy, he is committed to his goal.
"If I was interested in making something that is
completely mainstream without my own vision, then I
think that I would have an easier time because I have
a good personality for marketing myself, but I'm not.
Therefore, already, I have upped the stakes. I've
made it more difficult for myself to be successful But
that's what I'm going to do. I will be a filmmaker.
Whether it's easy or hard, that's what I'll do."«> DlMl%,lc4feGljer 8, 1999* page friday—the ubyssey magazine ■
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Thug Life is a documentary that goes
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splices insightful interview footage
with scenes of arrests, and shots of
children playing.
Levin focuses on Aundrey Bruno
who is awaiting trial for a police
shooting. In some of the initial interviews, subtitles were actually shown
to accompany his statements. This
was completely unnecessary, however, and only draws more attention to
the divisions in American society.
Thug Life tries to look at the fatalistic attitude among young African-
American men. For the most part, the
documentary is enlightening because
Levin attempts to get inside the
minds of people like Bruno. This ain't
an episode of The Fresh Prince, that's
for sure.**
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by George Belliveau
As usual, Canadian director Mort
Ransen (Margaret's Museum) has
some superb scenery and lovable,
yet feisty characters in his film
Touched. Lynn Redgrave plays a
widow who discovers some family
secrets that were perhaps better left
unsaid. To balance these ugly events,
a passionate yet perplexed young
man (Tygh Runyan) enters her life and
provides her with temporary warmth.
The romance between this unlikely
couple, a 60-year-old alcoholic
(Redgrave) and a 20-year-old schizophrenic (Runyan), offers some light
moments to an otherwise sad story.
Set in a Native village, the film presents land claim struggles, abuse
and alcoholism.
Redgrave gives a fine performance, peppered with humour and
pathos, despite losing believability on
a few occasions. Annick Obonsawin
plays the 14-year-old lovestruck Dixie
beautifully, completing a bizarre love
triangle with Runyan and Redgrave.
Graham Greene's cameo appearance
is superb, but too brief and undeveloped. At the end of the film, a few
loose ends are still left dangling,
especially regarding the background
of Runyan's character.
I recommend seeing Touched, but
don't expect the brilliance of
Margaret's Museum this time.*>
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by Lisa Denton
Dysfunctional families are a popular
subject for modern pop culture. And
why not? We can laugh at them, feel
sorry for them, and thank God (most
of the time) we don't have to be
them. If you want to see a film that is
full of dysfunctional familial relationships without having to submit to the
mainstream offerings, ie. American
Beauty, go see the New Zealand flick
Via Satellite. This film quite possibly
contains the epitome of the stereotypical, quirky, incestuous, completely
neurotic, otherwise normal family.
When one family member makes it
to the 1996 Olympic swimming final,
a New Zealand television station
decides to interview the entire family
on the day of the big race. But there
is a slight problem: the family can't
seem to co-exist in the same room for
longer than 30 seconds without tearing each other's heads off.
The end result is a very far fetched
but hilarious comedy which unfortunately takes some melodramatic
turns just as the interview is about to
take place. Danielle Cormack plays
the dual role of twins Carol/Chrissy
and demonstrates quite a range as
Carol, the overachieving athlete. She
then reverses gears to play Chrissy,
the angst-ridden, bar-hopping under-
achiever. There are a few unbelievable surprises in the film such as one
sister unexpectedly giving birth to her
illegitimate child just as her mother is
electrocuted by a live wire in the
punch bowl (she survived), but these
events are comical due to a slapstick
script which makes light of the insane
household. Via Satellite is a funny,
quirky film which provides an escape
from the normal offerings; I highly recommend it.*>
Oct. 8
by Rich McKay
Opening in the aftermath of the 16th-
century massacre of the Aztecs in the
Spanish invasion, The Other
Conquest charts the beginning of a
new culture in Mexico. Showing the
interacting influences of host and
migrant groups at the beginning of a
new history, Salvador Carrasco's film
asks the audience to consider
whether two ostensibly different cultures can live together without antagonism.
The two sides are each given a figurehead. Representing the Aztecs is
Topiltzin (Damian Delgado), illegitimate son of the dead emperor
Monteczuma, and an artistic scribe
devoted to the recording of his people's history. Friar Diego (Jose Carlos
Rodriguez) is a Spanish missionary,
devoted to converting the violent,
human-sacrificing Aztecs to
Catholicism. When Topiltzin is put
under Friar Diego's charge, the
Spanish missionary faces his greatest challenge: an intelligent and defiant opponent to religious suprema-
In the film, religious
images make up the dominant contrast between
the two cultures. The icon-
based codices of the
Aztecs find their counterpart in the carved figures
of the Virgin and Child,
and the film is quite successful in its attempt to
show the great similitude
between the two supposed opposites, especially in terms of violence
carried out in the name of
religion. Though the story
drags at some places, the
film nevertheless offers
an intriguing and ultimately enlightening vision of
cultural assimilation.
Made for an astonishingly low $3.5 million, the
film's epic quality is greatly enhanced by its splendidly colourful cinematography. Salvador
Carrasco's first film is an
impressive directing
debut, which, by shattering
Mexican   box-office   records,   has
shown that the topic of identity is still
of paramount concern to that country's people.**
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by Aisha Jamal
It took a while to recover a regular
breathing rhythm after Youssef
Chahine's new movie, The Other.
Chahine, the subject of this year's
tribute, presents an over-the-top love
melodrama set in modern-day Egypt.
In the movie, the son of a wealthy
businessman named Adam (Hani
Salama) falls deeply in love with the
naive amateur journalist Hanane
(Hanane Tork). Unfortunately, his
money-hungry mother Margaret
(Nabila Ebeid) cannot let go of her
one and only son. Margaret greatly
dislikes Hanane and goes as far as
hiring Hanane's estranged, terrorist
brother to deal with the new wife.
Under this main plot, Chahine plays
out several social commentaries on
modern Egypt, ranging from fundamentalism and class distinction to
globalisation and terrorism.
The Other moves at such a pace,
it is hard to catch your breath and
digest the action. The characters
move from one irrational action to the
next. Most of the actors, especially
Tork, exaggerate their characters
physically so much that they could
have played their parts totally mute
and you would still be able to follow
the story. But the movie is enjoyable
exactly for that reason. The melodrama is so intense, the translated musical lyrics so pathetic, the characters
so extreme that it makes you giggle
non-stop. That is, until you get to the
HOSKINS: Someone's hiding a secret.
last ten minutes, when you are
reminded about how easy it is to forget the seriousness of the underlying
issues presented. The end makes
such a strong impact that you leave
the theatre emotionally confused,
wondering if you should laugh at the
tragic and sudden climax or ponder
its implications.♦
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by Katy Gilliam
News headlines came alive in My
Father's Angel, a new BC film, directed by Davor Marjanovich. The film,
beautifully shot by cinematographer
Bruce Worrall, with simply superb
music by Schuan Tozer, addressed
the complexities of the strongly
embedded and ongoing feud between
Muslims and Serbians in Bosnia.
The beauty of this film is the manner in which the two sides of the feud
are presented. If both ethnic representatives had been in Bosnia, we
would have lost the poignant feel of
ignorance of the mainstream
Canadian public. Regardless of
whether the Serbs in the film have
first-hand experience or not, they defiantly defend their own people, convinced that it is the Muslims who are
the monsters. The sad and almost
unresolvable aspect is is that many
Muslims feel the same about the
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a great film. This
surprise to anyone
ector Errol Morris'
previous documentaries. Morris is
one of the most clever filmmakers
around. He is a savage ironist with a
delicate sense of decorum. His films
maintain a striking degree of objectivity, and it is often difficult to pinpoint
his precise views on any one issue.
Obliqueness is his secret weapon.
If Leuchter's name is at all familiar
to the reader, it is probably because
of his literary endeavours. He is not, I
should explain, a poet, novelist or
essayist of repute, nor is he even a
lowly playwright. Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
is the author of The Leuchter Report,
a document which denies the existence of gas chambers in German
concentration camps. He is a darling
of the Holocaust-denial conference
circuit, and he is an object of disgust
for the cogniscenti.
Mr. Death details the life of Fred
Leuchter, a Massachusetts-born
expert on the manufacture and repair
of capital punishment equipment.
Electric chairs are his specialty. In his
annoying Kennedy-on-Novocaine
voice, he explains that his aim is to
ensure painless administration of the
death penalty. It is apparent from the
start that Leuchter is a little different.
One's suspicions are rapidly confirmed when he avows that he has
been drinking coffee since the age of
four, and now ingests 40 cups of coffee and six packs of cigarettes per
Mr. Death is probably the best film
Errol Morris has made in the past
decade, which is an amazing feat in
itself. There is not a single element of
this film, from the musical score to
the lighting, which is not praiseworthy. Although this film is a documentary, it reminds me of a horror film
from the early 1930s. And despite of
his beliefs, one cannot walk out of
this film without feeling extremely
sorry for Mr. Leuchter. ♦
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by David Jurasek
A philosophy professor wanders
through intellectual circles,
depressed about his life. He cites
Freud as an authority to his decision
to abstain from sex—it turns your
brain to mush, according to the psychoanalyst. But odd events lead him
to a plump and simple teenager,
whom he is supposedly disgusted
and repulsed. Right from the start, he
is obsessed with figuring out what it
is about her that drove another man
crazy, and ultimately, to his death.
Immediately, the two engage in a
pitiful (yet humorous to us) and utterly dull affair, mentally. But, then
there's sex, which is the puzzle. The
psychology is truthful, the performances are acute and the action
moves with such speed that you are
hopeless to understand how exactly
you became involved with such an
obviously flawed set-up between the
The attraction is total and unrelenting. Our hero unravels, turning
compulsive, obsessive, monstrously
jealous and childishly violent. In the
end, he is incapable of conquering
her. He is driven mad like his
predecessor and—beware—
he almost takes us with him
Oct. 8,9
Hollywood-like stereotypes, obvious
symbolic devices, and Jerry Springer
resonances, forces the viewer to look
on with a Western gaze, and unfortunately the irony isn't always
by Rob Peters
The sad truth in present-day
Bombay, as in most major
cities, is that corruption is
rampant. Seedy entrepreneurs sell everything from
water to innocent children in a
city so overcrowded that buyers of even the most perverse
commodities are everywhere.
In a city of such glaring economic disparity, the rich are
better off silent and the poor
better off silenced. It takes a
young, hip, sexy talk show host to
bring these issues to the surface—
Jerry Springer style. Through interviews and candid confessions of your
not-so-average citizens, Bombay is
"split wide open."
We learn about women who sleep
with their sons-in-law, servants who
sleep with their married masters, and
daughters who are abused by their
fathers, we are supposed to get a
sense of the sexual dysfunction that
underlies polite society and feeds the
sex trade of the city. It's funny, but it
shouldn't be.
Intertwined with this storyline is
the tale of a young hustler and his
involvement with the water mafia, a
group of men who illegally monopolise the water supply in the slums. His
relationship with his "sister," as he
calls her, a ten-year-old orphaned
flower seller, is the one pure human
bond that inspires him to survive. The
two become estranged, however, and
the young girl is caught in the undertow of the sex trade.
Unfortunately, too many minor storylines compromise the director's
control of the film. The ending is trite
and obvious, and loose ends tied
together too obviously. The film manages to succeed, however, in its
graphic political message; if we are
not disturbed, we should be.
The film's faults are primarily artistic. Apart the connection between the
water motif and the sexual theme,
there is really little left to the imagination. The fun of a movie is filling in
the gaps, and this film has just a few
left open. The most dramatic
moments of the movie are ruined by
the casual appearance of Coca-Cola
cans and phallic Toblerone bars, as if
the Western imperialism motif needed blatant embellishment. Again, it's
funny, but it shouldn't be. The entire
film,   in  fact,   complete  with   its
THE LETTER: We'd return this movie to sender.
by Julian Dowling
Some European films, like this one by
Portuguese director, Manoel de
Oliveira, are too pretentious for even
the most avid festival goer. The
Letter, starring Chiara Mastroianni,
the daughter of Marcello and
Catherine Deneuve, is a cinematic
adaptation of the novel Princesse de
Cleves by Madame de Lafayette. The
novel, written in 17th century France,
is about the relationship between
Madame de Cleves and a much older
man, the Prince of Nemours.
In this version, Oliveira attempts
to transpose the story to our own century, with limited success. Madame
de Cleves, played with smoldering
intensity by the beautiful Mastroianni,
falls for a real-life rock star, Pedro
Abrunhosa, who plays himself. The
catch is that her aristocratic upbringing, and marriage to a wealthy gentleman (Antoine Chappey), forbids her
from consummating the attraction.
The contrast between the propriety of Madame de Cleves' family and
the clips of Abrunhosa's rock concerts is interesting, but the scenes
drag on too long and it's not long
before the audience is wishing that
the lovestruck couple would stop talking about it, and just get it on.
The ending is all the more frustrating because nothing comes of all
the hot air, except...a letter. Poor
Abrunhosa is left to mope around in
his dark sunglasses and (very French)
space boots that elicited chuckles
from an otherwise bored audience.
The conflict between a woman's
need to preserve her reputation and
her desire to break out of her societal
role is centuries old. It has been
expressed eloquently in works like
Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter
(another letter!), and Theodor
Fontane's nineteenth century classic
Effi Briest. Princesse de Cleves may
be worth reading for its historical context, but Oliveira's adaptation,
although showcasing the astounding
beauty of Mastroianni, cannot maintain enough intrigue to keep us interested for two hours.♦
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by Lawrence Chew
The film Onegin is, basically, a
Fiennes family affair that handed Liv
Tyler an invitation and forgot to bring
Joseph. Sister, Martha, directed;
Ralph both starred and produced;
while another of the brood, Magnus,
composed the music. As the credits
rolled, I heard a woman behind me
quip that "they probably also invited
the guy down the street." On the way
back to my car, I thought about that
and she was probably right. They
must've invited the butcher, because
that's what happened around the
end of the movie—it got butchered.
Based on Russian author
Aleksandr Pushkin's classic poem
"Yevgeny Onegin", the story revolves
around Onegin (Ralph) and his move
from a posh lifestyle in St.
Petersburg to the rural countryside
after he inherits his dead uncle's
land. There he meets young Tatyana
(Tyler) who falls madly in love with
him, but is rejected. Six years later,
Tatyana marries and Onegin returns,
only to fall in love with her and having
to cope with his missed opportunity.
The film starts off well, with some
very funny lines and a generally good
feel. Visually, the film is stunning.
Remi Adefarasin's cinematography is
fantastic. The meticulous lighting
and rustic setting greatly enriched
the picture. However, as much as I
enjoyed the look of the film, too many
shots were superfluous.
Consequently, the pace of the film
slows to a crawl after the first two
thirds and goes nowhere.
For her part, Martha does an
excellent job with her actors and the
camera on an individual basis, but
when it came time for the two main
characters to express their emotions, I felt drawn neither into the
story nor toward the characters. The
final scene was filled with dialogue
that could come from almost any
piece of Victorian writing and was
undercut by Fiennes' and Tyler's total
lack of chemistry. In fact, the teary-
eyed exchange between the two is
due to plastic, almost laughable acting.
While Onegin starts out promising, you may notice that the ending
isn't quite as inspired. Assuming, of
course, you're awake. And not snick-
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GO AWAY: UBC's defending national champion women's field hockey team
practices at Eric Hamber Secondary, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
by Naomi Kim
The UBC women's field hockey team hosts the second Canada West tournament this weekend in the quest to defend their national championships.
But if you want to see any of the action you've got a long ride ahead of you.
Despite being the top-ranked women's field hockey team in the country
and the defending CIAU champions, with six national championships and
over a dozen national medals during their 14 years of existence it UBC,
the team has no home field. Although there are many grass fields throughout campus, field hockey requires artificial turf.
"Since 1976, all major tournaments have been conducted predominantly on artificial surfaces, to the point that now, if you want to host any
international, or national event, you have to have an artificial surface,"
explains UBC head coach Hash Kanjee. "In all Canada West and CIAU play,
it's conducted on artificial surfaces."
The University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba,
and University of Victoria—UBC's peers and competitors in the Canada
West—all have easily accessible artificial turf fields. For UBC's field hockey team to play and even practice, they have to deal with a serious commute.
Their adopted homes have become Eric Hamber Secondary School for
practices and downtown's Livingstone Park for games. Thunderbird
Stadium might seem like a far walk from the SUB, but it's nowhere near
the distance field hockey players have to go several times a week. Eric
Hamber is located at 33rd and Oak Street, while Livingstone rests on the
west edge of the Chinatown distict.
"I've actually timed it," said Kanjee. "Walking to class [and] back to the
residences, driving down to the field, warming up at the practice facility,
practicing for an hour and a half, warming down, driving back...is roughly a
four-hour round trip."
But despite this hassle, the travel time is only part of the concern.
"I guess the transportation and the time commitment to drive down to
the turf is one issue," says fifth-year co-captain Ann Harada. "But | think
the other issue is that you get greater exposure if you're on campus, and
greater student support, so that would be the main benefit from being on
campus and also...the area of town that [Livingstone Park] is in (downtown)
isn't the best part of town—it's the centre of the drug trade. You have to
be careful when you go looking for balls and stuff because there are needles around."
Many feel that an artificial turf field on campus would serve the university
and that it would accommodate other students as well—hosting events ranging from drop-in and intramural sports, to varsity soccer, football and rugby
teams. Kanjee, for one, sees a great demand on campus for better facilities.
"I think the [Student Recreation Centre] is an absolutely brilliant facility
and you can see that it is being used to the point that it is overflowing.
There's obviously a demand for facilities and opportunities for students to
participate in activities, health, what have you."
And despite his self-acknowledged bias, Kanjee sees an artificial turf
field and a "real running track" as the next facilities that the university
Although artificial turfs have been able to pay for themselves by generating sufficient revenue in a short time, there are obviously financial factors to consider.
Roughly a million dollars in construction costs stands in the way of the
homeless field hockey players. With funding cutbacks and a tight university budget, there have not been many places to turn to for support.
"Field hockey has taken the initiative to go out and try and help ourselves," says Kanjee. "So we are in the middle of a large fundraising campaign, predominantly from our alumni and field hockey's friends and supporters. It has received a lot of support. However, the financial support has
been a little bit slower in coming."
But Kanjee is optimistic and would like to see a turf field at UBC "within the next 12 months."
In the meantime, Kanjee and his field hockey players will just have to
continue waiting and hoping. "If we had a turf out [at UBC]," he says, "I
think a lot more students would look at us to come to the university. I'd be
able to work, probably much more intensely with the student athletes, and
they would just get that much better. The artificial surface is really a major
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CUPE negotiating to avoid strike
START SPREADING THE NEWS: a CUPE rep speaks to an incoming motorist during Local 116's job
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by Daliah Merzaban
UBC and the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 116 are continuing
negotiations in an attempt to avert a campus-
wide support staff strike that could create massive disruptions.
After negotiators for Local 116 were refused a
request last week to "book out," which would
have given them leverage to declare strike
notice, UBC withdrew its much-contested proposal to change the sick leave model this week.
Local 116 represents roughly 1700 campus
workers, including Food Services and Bookstore
"The university felt it needed to have more
conversation about that particular proposal, and
so it withdrew it," said UBC official Paula Martin,
who added that the proposed changes are still on
the table for Local 2950—which represents
UBC's 1300 clerical and secretarial staff.
The proposal, which Local 116 President John
Geppert called one of CUPE's "big five concessions," included plans for an annual bank of
three days and a two-day unpaid wait period for
illness. These proposals would replace the cur
rent procedure of having workers earn a day and
a quarter of sick time each month, to a maximum
of 162 days.
CUPE wants to improve the sick leave model
by including a short-term disability plan for members who run out of sick time.
Three additional days of mediation have been
scheduled for later this month, and UBC administrators are confident that an agreement will be
"We've got [additional] mediation dates, and
that's a considerable amount of time to sit down
and talk on both sides of the table about the proposal," said Martin.
But Geppert doesn't think progress has been
quick enough.
"If the university was going to start moving,
taking the concessions off the table, I would
have expected more [than the removal of the sick
leave proposal]."
CUPE wants to prevent UBC from having an
increased ability to contract-out jobs without consulting the union first. CUPE is also concerned
about how student workers are paid.
"Students doing our work shouldn't be paid
less," said Geppert.
"We're seeking that they get our rates of pay
and be members of the union."
Because of CUPE's demands—including wage
and benefit settlements similar to the rest of the
public sector—job action is likely, said Geppert.
"We don't intend on granting any concessions," he said.
"My sense is that there will be some job
action here at some time. Whether this will be
the full blown strike of 1992 or something a little
bit different, it depends."
Meanwhile, Local 2950 headed for mediation
this week. The Local recently voted in favour of
"work to rule," which.means members will not
work outside their specific job descriptions, but
business manager Frans Van de Ven says that
the Local still wants to negotiate.
In the spring of 1992, Locals 116 and 2950
walked off the job for almost three weeks when
UBC failed to satisfy their demands for pay equity and wage increases.
Professors were required to respect students'
rights by holding make-up examinations for students who refused to cross picket lines and by
not testing students on material covered during
the strike.
However, the Ubyssey reported in 1992 that
some professors encouraged students to cross
picket lines, threatening them with academic
punishment despite official assurances that
students would not be punished for supporting
the strike.
Many students crossed picket lines as a
Martin said that the university would carry on
as normal in the event of a strike, but exceptions
would be made for strike supporters.
"It was fairly clear in 1992 that the university remained open and endeavoured to keep
classes running as usual. But at the same time
[UBC] stated clearly that it was up to an individual to decided whether they would cross a picket line or not."
The Alma Mater Society, meanwhile, voted
unanimously last month in favour of supporting
students' right to respect picket lines should a
strike occur on campus.
Faculty Association President Mary Russell
also guaranteed faculty the right not to cross
picket lines. She noted, however, that faculty
members could be docked pay for missed days
of work.
Local 116 held a strike vote for employees in
August after 21 bargaining sessions with UBC to
replace the contract that expired on March 31
yielded only four agreed-upon provisions. Three
quarters of the membership cast ballots and
89.3 per cent favoured serious job action. ♦
Dal Senate looks at Indonesian dealings
by Shelley Robinson    one.'
Atlantic Bureau Chief
HALIFAX (CUP)—Dalhousie University's senate is
calling on the university to disclose all its dealings with Indonesia.
"These are very important human issues and
we're all involved in it," said Professor Andy
Wainwright, who drafted the senate motion calling for the information's release. "I don't want to
accept what I don't know," he said.
The motion says that the current political turmoil in East Timor makes the disclosure of the
university's Indonesian dealings a pressing concern.
"[With] evidence that points to Indonesian
government funding and training of [pro-
Indonesian] militias, and the denial of movement
towards independence in East Timor, there
[should] be immediate disclosure of all university dealings with government, business and acad-
emia in Indonesia," the motion reads.
But not everyone at Dalhousie agrees.
"At any given time there are a whole lot of
countries in the world whose governments are
oppressive," said Dalhousie professor Ismet
Ugursal. "I don't think we should single out just
"If the Senate is going to look at Indonesia it
should look at everything else."
But Wainwright says if people knew about
Dalhousie's contracts with places like Indonesia,
the campus community might think about the
school's other contracts.
"The university is not an ivory tower separated from politics," said Wainwright.
"At any given time there are a whole
lot of countries In the world whose
governments are oppressive. I don't
think we should single out just one."
—Ismet Ugursal
Dalhousie professor
However Sam Scully, Dalhousie's vice-president (academic and research), says he found
only three projects at the university operating
with Indonesian co-operation.
All three were funded and approved by the
federal government's Canadian International
Development Agency. Dalhousie professors offer
their expertise on the projects.
"I could find nothing that spoke to direct dealings with the [Indonesian] government," said
Ugursal agrees that the projects are intended
to help the people of Indonesia—not the government.
"I haven't heard of any project at the university level that shows how governments can
exploit their people better," said Ugursal.
But Scully says he didn't look at the university's investment portfolio. Investigating all of its
investments, he argues, would be an enormously difficult task.
But this excuse doesn't wash with Ben Hirtle,
who studied corporate involvement at Dalhousie
for the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research
Group (NSPIRG).
"Of course they didn't look," said Hirtle. "If
they were to do that I'm sure they'd find all kinds
of things."
"If you are buying a company's stock you are
profiting off of what they do, and if that company
happens to be profiting off a military dictatorship
[that violates human rights] so are you."
But Scully says one incident should not
change everything.
"Indonesia is very much in the news, East
Timor is very much in the news," said Scully.
"[But] this is something that should not be
sparked by one country or part of the world." ♦
Another CUPE
Bay of Action
As part of a province-wide day of
action to protest faltering contract negotiation, UBC's support
staff siowed down traffic and
leafletted campus Wednosday
Dozens of CUPE members
also attended a rally outside
the General Services and
Administration building.
"This is where the administration is. This is where the people
that sit across the bargaining
table from us work out of, so we
wanted to send a message to
them." said John Geppert, president of CUPE Local 116 which,
along with Local 2950, represents roughly 3000 support staff
on campus.
"Next time it will probably be
one step higher up the food
chain," he added.
Similar 3*tfons occurred at
BC's three other universities: the
University of Victoria, Simon
Fraser University, and the
University of Northern British
Columbia. In addition to traffic
back-ups, roughly 200 members
of the UVic's support staff locals
marched across campus during
lunch hour.
This is the second day of
action since CUPE contracts
expired on March 31st. CUPE is
trying to call attention to the common issues that face provincial
locals at the bargaining table,
including greater job security,
pensions, and equitable wage
Increases. The Locals are trying
to force the universities to negotiate their contracts collectively.
"We don't see how they can
come up with a satisfactory settlement proposal unless there is
a provincial accord of some
kind," said Frans van de Ven,
2950 business manager.
Friday: your hst
chance to vote
Today is the last day of voting in
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) referendum.
On the baHot Is a proposed
health care plan, which if passed
would give students a mandatory
health and dental plan at a cost
of $14 a month ($168 for a year),
and a student fee increase of $9
to fund services such as CiTR
radio, Safewafc, and extended
free swtoming hours  at the J
The th&dj tjuestion asks stu-
dents whether they support the :
AMS adopting a hanri-reductton
policy towards drugs, including
the legalisation of marijuana.
AMS President Ryan Marshall
told coundi Wednesday night
■ that about 5600 students had
voted by the end of the day
j Wednesday.  Roughly 3300 yes
\ votes must be cast in order to
reach quorum.
"it's looking likely that we can
! achieve quorum," said Marshall. i
The referendum ballots will
be counted   Friday night   The
\ Ubyssey will have full coverage of
the referendiBT. in next week's
Wednesday issue. ♦ 3er 8, 1999 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine ■
Feeling quizzical? Take the Ubyssey test
After a solid month of the UBC Experience™ ringing in your
ears, with midterms coming up fast, and with the mental
health of our lovely readership in mind, we at the Ubyssey are
proud to offer up an old favorite. It's a test you can comfortably ace—and if you don't, then at least you're bound to learn
something. What, we're not sure. Welcome to the brain-bending 1999 Ubyssey quiz! Score one point per correct answer.
1. The Pit is...
a) job training for the football team
b) job training for the sororities
c) the reason why baby-tees exist
d) the place where no one's ugly at 2am
2. President Martha Piper Is...
a) watching you right now
b) drug-addled
c) probably upset with that last answer
d) Thinking About It a lot. If you know what we mean
3. UBC's mascot is....
a) often beat up
b) a large fried chicken
c) inflatable
d) a very dehydrated student in a very sweaty, very furry suit
4. B-Lot Is...
a) an engineering prank
b) the testing grounds for Robosaurus, the giant car-crushing
metal monster
c) not in Kansas anymore. No, wait. It's in Nebraska
d) Badger country
5. Tuum Est is Latin for...
a) it's yours
b) up yours
c) it was yours, but they sold it
d) die, freshman scum! Die!
6. The 432 is...
a) the square root of The 186624
b) funnier than the competition
c) fully recyclable
d) edited? Ha!
7. Place Vanier and Totem Park are...
a) Hell with a meal plan
b) a sure thing on a Friday night
c) breeding grounds for dissent. Also disease
d) underwater. Really. Go look
8. Campus Security is...
a) wishing they had guns. Big, big guns
b) determined to get back at them book-learnin' types who
went to "collidge"
c) powerless against the raging hordes
d) cruisin' for dates
e) all of the above
9. The AMS stands for...
a) Alma Mater Society
b) Ack! Marshall, Stop!
c) Anti-Mating Society
d) All the Money we can Steal, suckers
10. Gage Towers are...
a) a launch pad into the unknown
b) a bad place to park your car
c) totally bombable
d) a voyeur's paradise
11. The Frats are...
a) losers
b) big losers
c) losers who buy each other's friendship
e) none of the above. They're assholes
12. Human Kinetics Is...
a) bigger than you
b) waiting to get at those high school girls
c) gym class for those who can't get enough of climbing that
fuckin' rope
d) laughing with us, we hope
13. The UBC Dance Club...
a) is hard on the cutting edge of swing, daddy-o!
b) foxtrots alone on weekends
c) is rich. Really, really rich
d) fights crime in tight-ass pants
14. Snack Attack is...
a) where Kraftwerk gets its falafels
b) raving mad
c) milkshake heaven
d) boom! boom! boom! boom!
15. The Ubyssey is...
a) desperate for copy
b) desperate
c) goooood lookin'!
d) waging a holy war
Correct answers: ° "ST P'frT
o'ET P'ZT 8'TT O'OT B"6 8'8 &L Q"9 e-g p-fr p/e"£ o-£ p-j.
0-5: You are a know-nothing twerp. With the possible exception
of the Board of Governors, you are the most misinformed,
ignorant person on campus. As a reward, read every issue of
trie Ubyssey for the rest of the year to figure out what the hell
is going on here at SFU.
6-10: Middling to fair. You have a reasonable modicum of
knowledge about the campus where you live your life. But ask
yourself: is it worth knowing?
11-15. Wow. You are way too involved. Leave campus immediately. Experience life "on the outside."♦
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Tom Peacock Tara Westover
Duncan M. McHugh Nicholas Bradley
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David Roh thought it was worthwhile. Melanie Stretch considered it, but
Cynthia Lee and Jenn Nellson convinced her otherwise. Tristan Winch
wanted to, so Bruce Arthur put a stop to that quickly. Todd Sliver and
Daliah Merzaban debated back and forth over it for a few hours while
Nicholas Bradeyjust laughed. Tara Westover said it was immature, but
Jaime Tong overheard Duncan M. McHugh telling Naomi Kim that it was
the best thing ever. Tom Peacock disagreed, but Laura Blue shouted
about it and influenced Jeremy Beaulne to try it once. George Beltlveau
raved over it, but Usa Derton and Rich McKay dldnt And it altogether
that exciting. Aisha Jamat whispered to Julian Dowling tha Katy Gilliam
refused to do It on principle. Ron Nurwisah figured it out alone.
Meanwhile, Joyce Rosario and gossiped with Alicia Miter about it far
days. And Jesse Boparal, David Jurasek, and Rob Peters found out
about it from Lawrence Chew. AH the whle, Eve Moreau ashed Amanda
tabterwtiy everybody was making such a big deal about it anyway.
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The law is out of AMS' hands
by Patrick Bruskiewich
I enjoyed Ms. Andruff s letter [Ubyssey, October
1, "Examining the pot question"]. I can also
appreciate her deep concern for the issue of
drug addiction in Canada.
However, asking that "we
legalise a narcotic in an effort to
reduce drug addiction" is like claiming you can put out a fire by throwing in more firewood.
Conclusive scientific and med-
ical evidence shows that reducing
the supply and the availability of a
narcotic is one of the most effective ways of
reducing the rate of drug addiction and reducing
the growth in the number of new drug addicts.
The other side of the equation is to deal with the
demand aspects of drug addiction.
I invite Ms. Andruff to contact the National
Institute for Drug Addiction (NIDA) at the US
National Institute for Health (NIH) at John Hopkins
University in Baltimore for more background on
the causes and the consequences of drug addiction. It may help her to appreciate my comment
about the firewood.
I  did  read  the  referendum  resolution.  It
reminds me of Mr. [Brian] Mulrbney's Meech
Lake referendum question when' he tried to
water down the criticism of his "Distinct Society"
clause by adding to his Meech Lake resolution
motherhood and apple pie issues. The referen-
representative government really means.
Under the Constitutional Act of 1867, matters relating to the Criminal Code lie solely within the responsibilities of our parliament in
Ottawa. Junior bodies, such as student govern-
H;   1 1^11 %bpM ill
dum question also reminds me of Premier ment, do not have the powers to deal with matters that relate to the Criminal
Code. Nor do they have any powers
to represent anyone in those matters which are the sole and exclu-
         sive     responsibilities     of    the
Parliament of Canada.
While we are free to express our
views as individuals on matters
such as the Criminal Code of Canada, we must
be careful when we start to think that election to
a junior governing body gives us a right, a power
and a mandate to represent people on matters
that are the sole and exclusive responsibilities
of the Parliament of Canada. We should respect
Parliament and the Canadian Constitution.
You may wish to look up the term ultra vires,
or ask your legal council to explain the concept.
[Jacques] Parizeau's referendum question to
Quebeckers when he asked for a mandate to
"Separate yet stay part of the Canadian family".
Such disingenuous questions only serve to feed
the legal appetites of solicitors.
The marijuana referendum question is
framed in the same fashion. The clear focus of
the referendum question is the attempt to push
for the legalisation of a narcotic. The other
clauses are just motherhood and apple pie
I hope the AMS' governing body takes particular note of my earlier comments about what
Ignorance of
health plan
not bliss
Though the current referendum on
the health plan is not over yet, I suspect that voter turnout will once
again be low due to the traditional
apathy and ignorance on campus. It
might be higher than previous refer
enda because of the bigger bucks
at stake and the marijuana question, but I'd be still be surprised if
we reached a 40 per cent turnout.
Usually, this high level of ignorance
would bug me because of the serious student and potentially expensive issues involved. But not this
time. In fact, as long as we reach
quorum, I hope there's a high
degree of ignorance. Perhaps, just
perhaps, the students who are
unaware of the health plan vote
now, will remain ignorant should the
health   plan   pass.  Chances  are,
they'll attribute the extra $168 in
their school fees with something
else other than the health plan like,
"Oh, it's just a minor tuition
increase," or "Damn! My library
fines are catching up to me!" Either
that or they'll not even notice the
increase at all! Whatever the case,
the more the students ignorant of
the plan, the better. Maybe then
they won't take advantage of it and
thus the premiums can be lowered
in the future for the students that
actually care enough to be aware of
the plan. That's the advantage of a
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mandatory plan with a difficult opt-
out clause—you snooze and you
lose when you end up paying for a
group health care plan you don't
use. Alas, if the plan is passed, we
will have the AMS to thank for
informing those who didn't care
enough to be informed or have an
opinion before the vote to come out
en masse to use a health plan they
didn't care about not so long ago.
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that Edwin, the former lead vocalist of I Mother Earth, is leaving the band and1
before you know it, rumours of breaking up the band surface, spreading fast and furious. Music fans from coast to coast start to panic. One of Canada's most successful1
bands is about to call it quits, after only two albums.
But wait. It's all a lie. It's not true. I Mother Earth is back with a new album and new front man.'
Fans of the quartet, oafrslsting of the brothers Jagori and Christian Taenia; Bruce Gordon and new1
man Brian Byrne, can fest assured there were never any plans to break(up the band or rename ft.
Brian firmly states "there was absolutely no way the band was going toS&nge the name or break up.
"The Tanna brothers, Jag and Chris, started the band. They named the band and they wrote all of the 1
music and lyrics for the previous two albums. They knew things within weren't working out. But when those]
guys, Chris and Jag, are writing albums they are happy with and are actually selling, why not continue? Theyl
love doing what they do. They just wanted to continue with somebody else and make the band a little happier."
And the chosen new kid on the block was a blond punk from Halifax, Brian Byrne.
"It was weird for me to come into it, but for them it was a breath of fresh air." He modestly continues, "I don't I
think I've changed the band and I don't think the band style has changed. It has just gone in a natural new direc-1
tion, like it should."
The new album, Blue Green Orange, was recorded in Toronto and mixed by David Bottrill, who has worked j
on albums for the I'^es of Tool and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. With his diverse experience*, Bottrill has managed j
to give the band a riMdepth and sound. On it, the band explores a new musical landscape. The trademark k
jams and percussive, elements are there, but the music has branched out ff$|pcluded new Brazilian, k
African, and Latin rhyttjms.
Recording the alburhwas not the easiest thing for Brian though, whojpl nervous about the record-,
ing sessions. He is trying hard to adjust to the new lifestyle "The privacy issue can get a bit weird k
sometimes it gets lonely on the road," but he passes his time reading books by Henry Miller i
and musical autobiographies.
Brian turns to his favourfte^artists and bands to|e1p|5#.:the long trips between shows, J
I love Bjork, Radiohead andxSc^ndgardenr«difu2 is my band. If 1 had to pick anyone _
I'd love to play with, it'd be them:" He also tries to keep active on the road, unlike j
the rest of the band. "I am heavily into sports not like the other guys.
"I guess I am like the Sporty Spice."
He looks more like Baby Spice to me as the newest [and
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