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Friday, 6 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Scorsese Departs futile Oscar race
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
Since 2002, Martin Scorsese's quest for an
Oscar has proven more elusive than he initially
hoped. Gangs of New York went zero-for-ten
nominations, while 2004's The ^tviator,lost out
to Million Dollar Baby in many of the most
important categories. As Jon Stewart remarked
at last year's ceremony, "Three 6 Mafia one,
Martin Scorsese zero." It's refreshing, at the
very least, to see the veteran filmmaker return
to the genre that made his name—crime drama.
From an adaptation of the Hong Kong action
classic Infernal Affairs comes The Departed, a
story of greed and betrayal transferred to
Boston's criminal underground. The film is
almost certain to upset some purists who
adored the original, but for anyone looking for
one of the best films of the year, they need not
look much further.
Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has grown up
with a father figure in Frank Costello (Jack
Nicholson), a mafia boss who has his hand in
nearly every business in town. As an adult, he
rises up quickly through the ranks of the
police academy and lands a lucrative job as
detective in a department midway between the
police and the FBI. Billy Costigan (Leonardo
DiCaprio), meanwhile, is a smart but hotheaded police recruit who comes from a long line
of criminals and refuses to tread the path himself. Kicked out of the academy, he is recruited
by Captain Oliver Queenan (Martin Sheen) and
his mouthy assistant Dignam (Mark Wahlberg)
to serve a light sentence in prison and infiltrate Costello's gang as their rat. While
Costigan finds himself at Costello's right hand
from the inside, Sullivan plays mole for
Costello in the police, tipping him off at every
point that he may get caught. With two police
officers playing a cat-and-mouse game on
either side of him, Costello becomes the focal
point of a chase in which loyalties are compromised and resolve is tested to the brink as
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both parties work diligently to conceal their
The Departed is a film loaded with great talent that shows incredible chemistry on screen.
A big-name cast starring Damon, DiCaprio,
Nicholson, Wahlberg and Sheen would normally be a formula for clashing egos. Here, the
actors find the right balance in a film with an
energetic director who manages to keep a complex script compelling and intelligent to the
end. One of the film's biggest highlights is its
snappy, foul-mouthed dialogue, communicated
through only marginally convincing, but always
entertaining, Boston accents. Wahlberg has the
lion's share of great lines as the trash-talking
Dignam, getting a rise out of DiCaprio and
Damon as often as he chooses. Jack Nicholson
as a mafia boss is a huge draw as well, as he
should be. Slimy, intimidating, yet strangely
charming, Frank Costello is the Devil himself.
Every member of the cast shines, thanks in
particular to a snappy script directed to a
breakneck pace. Although at certain points the
film becomes so complex that it is difficult to
follow the plot (some audience members complained that Wahlberg's character was an
unnecessary complication) it never lags and is
always entertaining. Quite simply, this is
Scorsese's best film since GoodFellas. He may
have had to do it at the expense of originality,
but it is very encouraging to see the master of
American crime drama return to form. @
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 6 October, 2006
Mann brings Rat Fink into history
by Jesse Ferreras
Many documentaries are notable because
they provide a view into grim social realities and project strong political messages—
not so much the case for Ron Mann's work.
The documentarist, recognised as one of
the country's best, has made his name after
taking on such eclectic subjects as marijuana
prohibition, free jazz and environmental
activism. He is currently screening Tales of
the Rat Fink as part of the Canadian Images
program at the Vancouver International
Film Festival. His latest is a film combining
animation and archival footage to tell the
story of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who helped
make famous the "Hot Rod" and created the
anti-Mickey Mouse character "Rat Fink."
Discussing his sophomore film Poetry in
Motion, a film about performance poetry
featuring luminaries such as Allen
Ginsberg and William Burroughs, Mann
describes himself as less a filmmaker than
a proponent of a movement to bring alternative and counterculture into the historical record.
"I felt I had a certain responsibility," he
said. "Because I don't consider myself a
documentary filmmaker, I consider myself
a cultural historian...It was about preserving the record of post-beat poetry. So, 100
years from now we would still have a record
of these poets."
"A history of the 20th century is basically
an audiovisual history, and so if it's not
recorded it simply didn't happen. And of
course it did," he continued, "and there is
dissent and there is alternative viewpoints ...
a lot happens outside the mainstream which
I think actually has a great impact on the
realm of art."
"Roth pulled up in some
contraption and he had
told me that he had slept
under his car that night
driving to los angeles."
-Ron Mann
Director, Tales of the Rat Fink
A particular feature of Mann's work is
his attempt to have his films' styles mirror
those of his subjects. A case in point is his
documentary Grass, about marijuana prohibition. The film, screened at VIFF 99, combined archival newsreel footage with animations that satirised the hyperbolic tone
of anti-drug propaganda aimed at impressionable youth.
Tales of the Rat Fink is no different. For
this film, Mann employed the services of
Mike Roberts, a car fanatic and graduate of
Sheridan College, to help capture the "zany"
style of Roth's artwork. He describes the
outcome on film as a "Devil on Wheels
meets Fantasia."
"This film is kind of a collage of many different artifacts that were left over after Ed
passed away," he said. "I met him in
Reno...at Hot August Nights, and we're going
from air-conditioned room to air-conditioned room, and Reno was really hot. And
Roth pulled up in some contraption and he
had told me that he had slept under his car
that night driving from Los Angeles.
"And I thought, oh my God, this is a perfect character. I mean he's like Wolfman
Jack...He was a rockin' tour and he kept
telling me story after story and I thought it
was important to capture on film."
Already working on "Fungi Film," a project about mushrooms, Mann's attempts to
bring alternative culture into the historical
record have given him a fan base that has
developed into a kind of cult following. He
explains that the imminent disappearance
of a countercultural artist is something that
drives his work.
"That's why I make these movies," Mann
said, "so there's a record of these
artists...otherwise there's history in the air
and it disappears. Especially alternative
history, which doesn't get recorded." @
Hyperreal camerawork is highlight of Still Life
Vancouver International Film Festival
October 4
by Kian Mintz-Woo
Still Life depicts a town that is washed away.
The people on the banks of the Yangtze are
being evicted as a result of the Three Gorges
Dam. In this film, Jia Zhangke examines the
city of Fengjie as it is demolished to make
space for diverted water and its citizens try
to cope with the loss of their homes.
That theme is clear in the stories of the
central protagonists, both of whom are looking for their partners and, by extension,
some sense of completion in their lives. A
woman (Zhao Tao) comes from Shanghai to
look for her husband who has left for
Fengjie and whom she has not seen for two
years. Meanwhile, a man (Han Sanming)
comes from Shanxi to find his wife and
eventually connect with his daughter.
Cinematographer Yu Likwai utilises incredible camerawork—his medium shots pull the
audience in and the handheld camera heightens this effect. His color saturation also lends
itself to a hyperrealistic feel as the city is
destroyed. Most of the film revolves, literally or
figuratively, around the destruction of the city
as people are evicted and young men hammer
at the shells of buildings until they burst.
Zhangke's script has a brilliance that is
grounded in the minutiae of life. One of the
most wonderful, truthful and hilarious
moments in the movie comes as a boy in his
underwear wanders into a man's room,
takes a cigarette, lights it, begins to smoke
and walks away. Zhangke's script is full of
such vivid details that elevate it far beyond
the central stories. @
Kutcher believable
prey in Open Season
now playing
by Cody Burdett
Hunting season is only three days away
when we meet Boog, a 900-pound performing grizzly (voiced by Martin Lawrence),
who has everything a bear could wish for.
Fully domesticated in the garage of the
ranger who raised him from a cub (a playful
Debra Messing of Will and Grace fame), his
comfortable life of flush toilets and salmon
cookies is transformed after an encounter
with a wiry, one-antlered mule deer named
Elliot (Ashton Kutcher).
who better to play the
enormous thieving bear
than Martin
Lawrence...He seems
rather familiar and
sensitive to the fear and
panic induced when
loaded guns are wielded
in public."
Strapped to the hood of a truck belonging to
the crazed local hunter Shaw (Gary Sinise),
Boog's claw saves the young buck from an
inescapable fate to become another creature
adorning the walls of the hunter's cabin.
Feeling indebted to his saviour, Elliot prods
Boog to join him in a late night junk food buffet
that awaits the pair behind the locked doors of
a convenience store. This meal is one of their
last in civilisation, as the animal odd couple
soon awake in the wild just days before open
season. As shots echo through the forest, Boog
finds himself leading a motley crew of forest
dwellers determined to outwit the Heston-like
intruders and survive another summer.
With the success of animated features
like Toy Story and Shrek, it was only a matter of time before Dreamworks and Pixar
had more competition. Friday's release of
Open Season is the first attempt by Sony
Animation Studios to deliver a feature-
length animated film. A predictable storyline combined with amazing visual effects,
particularly in Imax 3D, allow it fit snugly
with the other CGI films, which seem to
open every other weekend.
The only thing that sets Open Season apart
is excellent casting. Who better to play the
enormous thieving bear than Martin
Lawrence (think Blue Streak meets Big
Momma's House). He seems rather familiar
with the fear and panic involved with a loaded
gun being wielded in public, only this time the
story doesn't take place on an LA freeway.
Real life cougar-bait Ashton Kutcher, meanwhile, is perfectly believable as a fast-talking,
scrawny deer, and considering that Gary
Sinise signed onto CSI: New York, it's not
much of a stretch to see him play a lunatic.
Overall the film accomplishes what it
sets out to do. The audience of ten-year-olds
will laugh for 90 minutes and whoever
drove them there might chuckle just
enough to forget how bad traffic will be on
the way home. @ Tuesday, 6 October, 2006    THE UBYSSEY
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The Beirut you came to
MONTREAL (CUP)—One week before I left for Beirut, my family had dinner with an uncle visiting from
Beersheva, Israel. Halfway through the evening, he turned to look at me. He put down his fork.
"So. You're leaving in a week." I nodded. He asked if I was excited. I told him, excitedly, that I was. He
exploded."You're insane and naive and you're going to get killed! The Syrian secret police are going to
follow you. Hezbollah is going to kill you. I'm not e-mailing you there because your Internet usage will
surely be tapped. My God, Ariana, why are you doing this?"
For months, I had heard the same argument against my decision to go to Lebanon: You are female,
' American and above all, Jewish. According to people like my uncle, I was gazing dreamily into the mouth
^    of a volcano.
But I thought my belief that Lebanon would be safe was well-founded. I had read countless books and arti-
cles,talked to professors, Lebanese people and others who had lived in Lebanon to work or study. The
■ country is far and away the most "westernised" in the Arab world, resulting from when Lebanon was considered the "Switzerland of the Middle East" and much of the country's revenue came from tourism.
By the time I left in late January, I had concluded that, while Lebanon is inherently unstable, the likelihood of conflict in the near future would be low, particularly since Syria had withdrawn from the country. The precarious security situation in Beirut was, as the president of my Lebanese university explained
to me, "a nasty game being played out by politicians" far above my head.
Beirut "by night
The first night I was in Beirut, I was on the verge of sleep when my new suitemate walked out of her room
in sheer, black patterned stockings and a loose-fitting, deep-plunging green blouse that I immediately
wished I owned.
"I'm so sorry I'm not dressed," she apologised in flawless English. "I'm Sara. It's wonderful to meet you."
Sara proceeded to offer me all of the food in her refrigerator and invited me to bar-hop with her in Monot.
I had no idea what Monot was, but it was clearly a posh place: Sara had put on a short skirt that flared
out, huge earrings and high heels.
When we got out of the cab in Monot—a hub of Beirut's legendary nightlife—I felt like I was in a movie.
Palm trees lined the sidewalks, every light seemed like it was a different colour, and music emanated
from all of the open doorways around me. Hundreds of people, talking, smoking, and dressed to the
■ nines, promenaded by. I had never been anywhere so glamorous.
A uniformed soldier passed by us with a rifle slung over his shoulder. I asked Sara why he was there.
"You know, the security situation," she answered, referring to the spate of bombings and assassinations
throughout 2005 that began with the death of the former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
"Has anything happened here?" I asked nervously.
"Yeah, about 100 metres that way." She indicated the direction we had just come from. "But it was nothing big, really."
Lying in bed that night, I half-expected to hear an explosion. There was one within the week, but I did not
hear it. In fact, I didn't even know it happened. There was minimal damage and no casualties, so people
either didn't know it happened or ignored it if they did. It was the exact mentality a Lebanese friend of
mine once described when I asked him how people respond after a bombing.
"You look around and then you keep driving to a different place. There's no bomb at the other place."
Soccer politics
A month later, I went to see Lebanon play Kuwait in a soccer match. Waiting for the gates to open, I heard
a group of people to my left begin chanting. I asked someone from my school what they were saying.
"They are singing...they are talking about the suburbs of Beirut where Hezbollah is very strong."I asked
;' him why. "They love Hezbollah. They do it everywhere, I don't know."
A moment later, a group of people to my right echoed the same melody, but with different words. They
were chanting for Hezbollah's political foe, the Future Bloc, which holds a majority in Lebanon's
" Parliament. The two groups began going back and forth, the volume escalating with each successive
l: round. Eventually, riot police and soldiers quelled the impromptu political standoff. I was uneasy.
In the stadium, I found myself next to roughly 500 Hezbollah supporters. At some point during the
match, the man sitting closest to me took out his wallet and turned it over to reveal a photo of Hassan
Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader.
"What do you think of this man?" he asked my American friend. Not knowing whom the man in the picture was and not wanting to offend anyone, my friend said he thought that the man pictured was fantastic. The Lebanese man's face lit up.
"My brother! Welcome to Lebanon! Where are you from?"
"We're from America."
"Oh! America is a very good country!" And then, astonishingly, he began chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!" Picking
up on the call, his friends joined in. Five hundred supporters of Hezbollah were chanting for the United
States of America. A friend of mine from the US told me how relieved he was that no one taped the scene
and let it fall into the hands of the Republican Party. I never would have guessed that Hezbollah would
,   be erecting furious banners emblazoned "Made in the USA" over fresh mounds of rubble within the
next six months.
Around the time of the soccer game, I discovered Lebanese hospitality. Lebanese friends of my McGill
classmate invited me for dinner and insisted I stay with them for the weekend. A girl I met in a shared
taxi, Zahya, gave me her phone number in case I needed anything. The middle-aged couple with whom I
shared a bench on the waterfront one night invited me to their house in the mountains, telling me from
the moment we met that I was their sister. Fruit vendors regularly sent me home with more than
I paid for.
For me, being a foreigner in Lebanon was an asset. The Lebanese are both very proud and acutely conscious of their country's reputation outside the Middle East. As a result, they go out of their way considerably for foreigners in hopes that their actions will counter any negative conceptions of Lebanon.
I remember watching the news with a friend. Following a segment about Iraq, she clucked her tongue in
disapproval. A moment later, she turned to me anxiously.
longer exists.1
"When you go back to America, you will tell them we're not like that, right? I think many Americans
believe we are all the same." BBb      -Jv
The country's burgeoning tourism industry, which came to an abrupt halt when the war broke out on July
12, was an indicator that post-civil war reconstruction had been successful and that people were regaining their confidence in Lebanon and Beirut. The summer was projected to bring 1.5 million visitors to a
country of only 3.8 million people.
The limits of wealth
Successful does not mean perfect, however, and even within Beirut there are glaring instances of inequality. After Lebanon's devastating civil war (1975-90), the downtown area was literally rebuilt from the
ground up by the late Prime Minister Hariri, a multi-millionaire owner of a Saudi-based construction
City planning from scratch with nearly unlimited resources can yield dazzling results and downtown now
looks as if it were constructed of gold. It is a city within a city, with its own generators, security, and cleaning and maintenance services.
Directly south are Beirut's southern suburbs. These areas are far more dilapidated than downtown. The
buildings are close together and mostly monochromatic and the ones that sustained damage during the
civil war were often just refurbished rather than rebuilt, some having been left unfinished. Driving on
the overpass separating downtown from the suburbs, I occasionally saw the city centre in its golden
splendor to my right, while on my left the suburbs sat shrouded in the darkness of a power outage.
Lebanon's biggest problem, as the recent conflict clearly illuminated, is that the Lebanese government
has yet to extend its sovereignty over all of Lebanon's territory. This chronic weakness is the result of a
number of factors. The country suffers from an ever-changing demography due to mass migratior
fluctuating birthrates. The political system has not kept up with these changes and has thus led to the <
enfranchisement of major sectors of the population and the institutionalised dominance of other groups.
Unable to accommodate all of this, the government is in a near-constant state of paralysis. As a result,
along with the massive debt following the civil war and the cost of reconstruction, the government's
reach is limited and resources do not flow to every part of the country. Exacerbating everything is the fact
that other countries and groups have continually exploited Lebanon's weakness and liberalism, hijacking
Lebanese territory for use as a base for their activities.
Despite all this, the Beirut I left in late June was raucous and celebratory, teeming with life and aware
that it was finally regaining the status of a sophisticated metropolis. There were spontaneous fireworks
shows on the beach nearly every night, two major music festivals were slated for July and August and a
rowdy parade on my street in honor of a Brazilian victory in the World Cup lasted for hours. I was
crushed when I left.
Just a few weeks later, thousands of people were hastening to leave or relocate. I saw two of my American
friends interviewed on CNN as they were being evacuated. Other friends were travelling when hostilities
began and found themselves stranded on holiday, with all of their belongings in Beirut. In a civil war-
style move, many of my Lebanese friends retreated from Beirut to their villages of origin. Others moved
elsewhere in Beirut and those with dual citizenship left the country.
Basic goods like bread, rice, and milk became scarce. The price of gas increased six-fold. A taxi from
Beirut to Damascus went from $50 to well over $500.
One week into the war, I received an e-mail from the international students coordinator at my
university there.
"The Beirut you came to know," she told me, "no longer exists."
The Beirut lighthouse, where I always began my walks along the beach, is now only half there. Beirut's
port sustained heavy damage, as did the airport. The southern city of Tyre, where I went for a day at the
beach my last weekend in Lebanon, was bombarded for weeks and the road I took to get there is now
impassable. Oil has washed up on the beaches in the entire northern half of the country because of the
bombing of a power plant in Jiyyeh, a bit south of Beirut.
"I'm proud of being Lebanese, of being an Arab, and I love my country," said my friend Nizar. "Yet I can't
help but think this every minute: Screw being born in the Middle East. You can't live one second without
knowing that everything is just transient, temporary. You can't even make plans for the future because
you know that nothing is guaranteed in this region of the world, not even staying alive."
Since the ceasefire on August 14, the Lebanese have attempted to steer their lives towards normality.
Those in south will find the task of reconstruction far more arduous than elsewhere in the country.
People in these areas tend to be poorer and the conflict has already destroyed thousands upon thousands
of their residences. Some villages in the South essentially no longer exist. As for Beirut, the city I came
to know is "almost back, but not quite," according to my friend, Reem. "There are no lights in the streets
at night, so it's very dark. I'm almost afraid of walking back home in the evening. But apart from this,
people are back to going out, you know the Lebanese."
Indeed, The New York Times reported that within hours of the ceasefire, thousands of internal Lebanese
refugees began to stream back to their homes. The massive return was indicative of the national
resilience. As a Lebanese blogger wrote, "Nothing has exploded in a few hours, so I plan to be in
my house by dinner."
ilham and Mazen are currently looking for a house, but "Mazen is worried, like most of the Lebanese people, that there will be another war," Ilham told me. "Hopefully things will be much better sfTOiat we can
see you again in our country." @
Story by Ariana Markowitz*
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
Photo by Oker Chen
f Opinion and Editorial
Friday, 6 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
This Joke Is Pretty Lame....How About Those Canucks?
The best defence is a good defence
For the past five years, the
Canucks have been nothing if
not electrifying. A year ago,
Vancouver was coming off two
consecutive 100-point seasons
and four straight playoff appearances, while possessing what
was widely considered the best
line in the NHL. For a short
time, the sky was the limit.
But with one playoff series
win in four years, the city's
patience was wearing thin on
a team that never had more to
show than regular season
So when the Canucks failed
to make the playoffs last season, sweeping changes were
made. Gone were the scorers
that characterised the uptempo style of play we were
used to being entertained by.
As the new season begins, a
new coach—known for his
emphasis on defence—and
new players will put on
Canucks sweaters, hoping to
turn around the fortunes of a
franchise that only has two
finals appearance to show for
in 35 years of NHL hockey.
But, in a city that has been
spoiled by offence for the past
six years, will a defensively oriented system cause hockey
fans to scoff at their home
team? And while we can hear
critics rattling their sabers as
they denounce these changes
as sacrilege, it raises an interesting question: what do hockey fans in Vancouver want
more? Goals or wins?
Some would argue that we
have become our own worst
enemy. After years of criticising the New Jersey Devils,
Vancouver management has
decided to pattern Lou
Lamoriello's management philosophy, now willing to
sacrifice scoring for a chance
to win.
Amidst a flurry of player
moves over the summer our
offence was left diminished.
With pickups like Willie
Mitchell and Marc Chouinard,
our beloved-yet-oft-criticised
home team was beginning to
resemble the only team
Vancouver fans would not pay
money to see when they came
to town: the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild were dreaded
because they epitomised everything that was wrong with
hockey and so now too
might we.
Even the skeptics agree that
this new team lacks the firepower of previous years. No
one can dispute that the departure of Todd Bertuzzi(71
points), Ed Jovanovski(3 3
points in only 44 games),
Anson Carter(55 points), and
Nolan Baumgartner(34 points)
has left a 193-pointvoid on the
Canuck's scoresheet.
To compensate, Nonis has
added Taylor Pyatt (12 points),
and Jan Bulis (40 points) to go
along with two former Wild
players Marc Chouinard (30
points) and Willie Mitchell (10
points)—not exactly household
But with Roberto Luongo's
signing, the hope is that the
off-season subtractions won't
be as detrimental to the club's
record as anticipated. Luongo
is undoubtedly one of the best
goalies  in the  NHL, but we
have to question whether we
also lost what we loved the
most about the Canucks for the
past five years: entertainment.
There's no doubt that the
Canucks will continue to be a
huge draw. But for how long if
success doesn't quickly follow?
Vancouver went from a marginal hockey town into a
Canuck-crazed city over the
past six years after their most
recent transformation.
They went from an unprofitable team that was losing
approximately $30 million a
year to one that was pocketing
millions a year. GM Place has
seen 127 straight sellouts of
18,630 fans. There were huge
TV numbers as well—the city's
media is now centered almost
completely around the
The new approach and new
system isn't as glitzy, and its
success will definitely determine its future. The Minnesota
Wild have managed capacity
crowds for five straight seasons with a stale lifeless style.
Can Vancouver do the same? @
How do you feel about the changes to the Canucks this year?
—Michael Emrick
"I could care less.
I'm just not that
—Claude D'Souza
"I think they're
definitely going to
be stronger in the
defensive end. I'm
just hoping they'll
have more depth'.'
—Bryce Miller
"I think they were
needed. All in all, I
think they were
good. I agree with
the changes."
—Robert Taddei
"Even the things
that are still the
same are different.
Naslund's still here,
but who's on his
—Laura Kosakoski
Science 4
"I think they lost a
lot of their old
boys. It's a
different team."
-Coordinated by Mary Leighton and Mian Higgins
The importance of
sticking to student issues
by Patrick Bruskiewich
It is good to be back at UBC for another term, and it
is equally great to read the well-written Ubyssey articles about UBC opting out of the Maclean's annual
survey of universities in Canada, as well as the article about forced early retirement.
Both of these articles remind us students of
how important it is that the Fourth Estate (the
print media) and our student representatives at
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Graduate
Student Society (GSS) keep focused on the important student issues at our university.
On the flip side, there are some political hacks
that still try to drag students into those murky
realms that our members of parliament, diplomats and peacekeepers find intractable and difficult. The recent Svengali letter on Middle Eastern
politics (Ubyssey continues to be biased,
September 29), which did not bear the name of a
UBC student and which was obviously scripted, in
the eyes of the knowledgeable scholar calls into
question the integrity of the Fourth Estate. A true
scholar is never afraid to put their name to their
work, nor would they stand to script or front for
the thoughts and ambitions of others.
Maclean's decision prior to the last federal election to publicly comment on the misbehaviour of a
former member of parliament should be understood for what it was: a call for a higher level of conduct, a greater respect for parliament and most
importantly a call for greater respect for international law. This commentary was in the finest tradition of the Fourth Estate and was supported by
many editors and scholars across Canada.
I will never forget the sad and bizarre sight of a
renegade MP, breaking ranks with his caucus and
with parliament, surfacing in Sarajevo in the
spring of 1999 and criticising the actions of the
international community (in particular the North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation) for coming to the aid
of the thousands of non-combatants who were
being systematically murdered by soldiers of the
Serbian army. I can never forgive this politician for
his lack of respect for international law and for his
actions, which served to undermine the efforts of
the international community and of Justice Louise
Arbour who was acting on behalf of the
International Court.
A few years ago I was glad to see UBC recognise
Judge Arbour with an honourary degree in law for
her courage and dedication in support of international law and humanitarian relief. Such dedication to international law is a national tradition set
down by such great Canadians as Lester Pearson,
Pierre Trudeau and David Suzuki.
I am personally happy to see Dr Suzuki support
the Green Parry and the Kyoto Accord, an international undertaking that he has dedicated so much of
his personal and professional life to. My estimation
is that in the next provincial and federal elections
there will be some Green candidates elected to the
House in Ottawa and to the Legislature in Victoria.
By such courageous and conscientious action, Dr
Suzuki stands true to the longstanding parliamentary traditions of our nation.
Here at UBC, one area I think more should be
said about is the lack of Canadian content. I encourage our new president to dedicate some of his time
and effort to address the need for greater Canadian
content at UBC and would invite him to start at the
Faculty of Education.
I frankly think the University should appoint a
Blue Ribbon external review committee to make recommendations to the Board of Governors about how
best to bring that Faculty in line with the scholastic
and academic standards of the rest of UBC, and how
to bring more Canadian content into that Faculty.
As we go into this fall's student elections, my
view is that issues like UBC opting out of the
Maclean's annual survey of universities in Canada,
as well as forced early retirement are worthy of the
best efforts of our student representatives. Were I in
a position to advise these bright and talented student leaders, perhaps a referendum on one or both
of these issues would find favour with your constituency here at UBC.
I would like to thank the Ubyssey for your fine
reporting on these and many issues and encourage
you to keep up your excellent work in support of the
Canadian traditions of the Fourth Estate.
—Patrick Bruskiewich is a PhD student in the
department of physics and astronomy THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 6 October, 2006
Coursework becoming community based
by Amanda Stutt
UBC was recently awarded a $ 1
million grant by the J.W McConnell
Foundation that will enable students to expand their educational
horizons out of the classroom and
out into local communities.
The grant supports Community
Service-Learning (CSL)—for students to participate in projects in
non-profit organisations as an
aspect of course work.
Professor Margo Fryer of the
School of Community and Regional
planning is the director of the UBC
Community Learning Initiative. She
explained that "Community Service-
Learning is the integration of students' volunteer work in community
settings with academic course-
work...complementing what students are studying."
"We want students to be demonstrating learning related to their
experience in the community," she
said, "for example in place of a
midterm, students would do their
community service and then write
a paper based on their reflections
about what they have experienced
in the community and how that
connects with their coursework."
Students have participated in
CSL in non-profit organisations
such as the Dr Peter Centre in
Vancouver's west end for people
with HIV, and the YWCA's
"Crabtree Corner," a facility on the
Downtown Eastside for women
and children.
"Community Service-Learning
is a really effective way to increase
students' sensitivity to community
issues, increase their understanding of [what] can...be done in community  settings  [and]  what the
complexities of the issues might
be," explained Fryer.
"The initiative is aiming to
expand the territory that we're
bringing students into, not just
downtown, but other parts of the
Lower Mainland, and potentially
over time the whole province, as
well, we're looking to broaden the
thematic scope to include issues of
agriculture and projects with First
Nations communities," she added.
"With this funding we're able to
expand both the geographical territory that students are working in
and the kinds of issues they're
working in relation to."
Fryer said that one of the reasons UBC is committed to advancing CSL is because, "we see it as an
effective way to develop the qualities of global citizenship, which is
part of the University's strategic
plan, Trek Vision 2010."
The central themes of Trek
Vision are preparing students to be
global citizens, promoting the values of a civil and sustainable society
and conducting outstanding
research to serve the people of
British Columbia, Canada and the
World. Trek Vision was developed
when Martha Piper was UBC president, and current president Stephen
Toope is committed to following her
iniative, Fryer explained.
"We're committed to this
because we've seen students saying...it's transformed my thinking...about my role in the world, my
ability to make a difference," she
said. "It's helped students to clarify
their thinking about their education
goals and their career goals."
UBC zoology instructor Alice
Cassidy implemented CSL as part of
Biology 345, a course in Human
Ecology, and found that the CLS initiative, "works really well. Students
are motivated...it becomes more to
do with something that's real to
them. They choose it, it's theirs, they
own it."
Students in her class worked at
the UBC farm where they "helped
move greenhouses, and prepared a
field for planting." Students also
participated in a project at
University Hill Elementary School,
where they "worked with students to
make the school grounds greener."
Cassidy explained that community work connects to academic work
as a marriage of theory and practice.
According to Cassidy, CSL "is
the right thing to do...for social
justice reasons, but also to help
students learn."
Former UBC student Francie
Hayward completed a degree in
women's studies and sociology,
and is now coordinator of community partnerships in the CSLI.
Hayward recounted her experiences as a student with CSL as an
opportunity "to see how my degree
could be used in a real setting. I felt
like I could practice the theory I was
using in my coursework," she said,
adding that she then understood
how to use those theories as well as
applying it to her degree.
Hayward believes learning how
to apply theory and research to a
real setting is essential, and found
that she was able to "apply knowledge, and contribute successfully...to serious social issues."
Hayward explained the overar
ching theme for her was learning.
"I have a lot to give, and also a lot
to learn." Hayward sees opportunities for "contributing to communities in a meaningful way. I really
believe that this way of learning is
beneficial to both students and
community organisations."
Margo Fryer explained the aspirations for the future of the initiative. "We're looking at not only
how we can integrate [CSL] into
existing courses, but [also to] work
with faculty to develop some new
courses that integrate CSL in
a potentially innovative and different way."
"We're in the process of getting
the word out that we have this funding and we are able to offer some
resources to faculty," she said. @
Engineers Without Borders Co-Founder
George Roter
will be speaking at UBC on Tuesday, October 10th,
at 5:30pm, in the Norm Theater (SUB).
Come join us for this inspiring look into the world
of international development and the fight
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BCIT BIG Info Session
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Visit bcit.ca/biginfo.
Be one of the first to stop by SUB 23, to pick up
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Friday, 6 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
More than pride on the line at Shrum Bowl
Birds gear up for XXIX game against SFU Clan
by Boris Korby
There will be more than city bragging rights up for grabs Saturday
afternoon as UBC and SFU square
off in Shrum Bowl XXIX. The T-
Birds' playoff dreams will be on
the line as they face off against
their cross-town rivals in the
home and home series that finishes Wednesday night at Swangard
"The rivalry is huge. It'd be
nice to get that trophy...but it's a
playoff game for us, too, because
we've got to keep winning," said
fifth-year quarterback Blake
UBC has entered the halfway
point of the season at 2-2, holding
down the fourth and final playoff
spot in Canada West. Last weekend's shootout win against Regina
put UBC in control of their own
playoff destiny as the second
half of the season
gets underway, but
that will quickly
if the T-
can't take advantage  of the struggling SFU Clan.
"We're hoping to get better and
better every week, and that's what
this game is about for us, to continue to improve, despite the
opponent," said Thunderbirds
head coach Ted Goveia.
Meanwhile, the Clan are battling through a rebuilding year
under rookie head coach Frank
Boehres. SFU has dropped 13
games in a row dating back to
2004, but a victory in the Shrum
Bowl would erase a lot of the
pain of the last two years,
which includes last year's 40-33
overtime defeat in Shrum Bowl
"Any game we play, it's a critical game...but because this is
[against our] cross town rivals
there's an added interest," said
Boehres. "Then when you factor in
that this is the 29th Shrum Bowl,
[you realise] this
?ame has a lot
of signifi-
s o
important to show well.
"When I first came to UBC, we
were 0-8, and one of the first
things the alumni said to us was
'just win the Shrum Bowl,'" added
Goveia, speaking on the importance of the game.
Though UBC is clearly favoured
going into the weekend matchup,
the Thunderbirds will not be taking
their opposition for granted come
Saturday, according to Goveia.
"This game is going to be a good
challenge for us. And there's something about the Shrum Bowl, you
never know what's going to happen," said Goveia. "Last year we
were favoured to beat SFU pretty
good and they gave us all we could
handle, and if they hadn't missed a
field goal at the end of the game,
they would've won. So I expect that
they'll play [a] great game."
"We've got to win all the way
out if we want to make the playoffs, and that's the goal for us,"
said Smelser. "It's not just the
Shrum Bowl to us; it's the season
on the line." @
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
In university, there are a few
notable events that highlight one's
undergraduate experience. At
UBC, the first Pit Night, Storm the
Wall and Arts County Fair are
among the top.
Then there is the Shrum Bowl;
the monumental event between
SFU and UBC that decides who will
have bragging rights for the
upcoming football season.
But the Shrum Bowl isn't just
about football or cross-town rivalry. It is also the celebration of Dr
Gordon Shrum, the founder of the
"A lot of people don't realise
who Shrum was. Gordon Shrum is
no longer with us, but he was a
physics professor here at UBC. He
wasn't an athlete but was very
much an academic. But he had
interests in sports, football particularly. [He was interested in] ways to
profile a fairly young university like
UBC," said UBC athletics historian
Fred Hume. "He tried his hardest to
promote football and to hire high
profile coaches, all in
the quest of trying to
achieve this high
profile for UBC."
But UBC's
vision didn't
quite match
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and eventually he moved on. After
retiring from teaching, he spent a
few years as the CEO of BC Hydro
before becoming the first chancellor of SFU at the request of the BC
"He was the catalyst of beginning of Simon Fraser University.
[There] he created a football program that featured athletic scholarships, the only one in Canada.
And they had to play in
the American league because
the Canadian league did not
allow this."
And in the midst of SFU and
Shrum's quest to build a high profile university, Shrum created a
competition between the two local
The first match between SFU
and UBC was celebrated in 1967,
with SFU taking the first win by
32-13. And since the first game,
SFU and UBC took turns taking
home the win; SFU triumphed
while playing under the American
rules, and UBC dominated under
the Canadian rules. The rules in
which they played under alternated every year until SFU joined the
CIS in 2002.
Going into the 29th Shrum
Bowl, Simon Fraser leads the all-
time series by one game, 14-13-1.
"It's nice to meet your cross-
town rival. Everyone knows there
are two universities in BC playing
football, one of them SFU and the
other UBC. Meeting a cross-town
rival means a lot in terms of it
helps with our recruiting, it helps
establish what team is on top in
community, and gives sense of
pride to those who played in the
past," said Thunderbirds head
coach Ted Goveia.
This Saturday, the Thunderbirds
will host the Clansmen on their
home turf to not only defend their
title, but also to honour Shrum's
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