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Transit Woes
Commemorating 124 days of transit frustration, this eclectic
collection of shorts includes Jeff Cunningham and Adam
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Byron Lamarque's After (British Columbia, 12 min).
Sat, Sep. 29,3:00 pm, Pacific Cinematheque
Wed, Oct. 3,8:00 pm, Blinding Light
Wed, Oct. 10, 9:00 pm, Tinseltown
Congratulations to UBC students and
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The Bitter Ash (British Columbia, 1963)
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Thu, Oct. 4,12:15 pm Pacific Cinematheque
tin the basement uehiiHl the arcade) Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 28.20011
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
until Oct 6
UBC Theatre presents the audience with a
fragmented and disturbing drama in its production of "Lion in the Streets." The play displays an abundance of repulsive human
behaviour and the societal root of these
frightening acts. Judith Thompson's script
strings together a myriad of unpleasant scenarios in her attempt to construct a picture of
the 'underbelly' of society. The end result is a
visually grotesque and emotionally traumatic
marathon of a play.
What is most memorable about "Lion In
the Streets' is the roller coaster of emotions.
There is no clear emotional climax in the
play. Instead, it is a number of scenes, each
with its own crisis and intense circumstance,
ranging from the rather trivial problems of
overprotective parents to grimmer topics
such as sexual abuse and murder. This creates a disjointed and jolting viewing experience. It is a play that relies heavily on flash-
hacks and surreal scenes.
For the actors in the play, it is a gruelling
task. The character of Isobel (Tara Avery), a
murdered girl, is the only thread that seems
to link these crises. As a ghost, she defies
rationality and is essential to the emphasis
on the surreal. The rest of the actors bounce
back and forth between roles,
changing appearances as though
they are chameleons, radically
transforming themselves and slipping into personalities without a
While the actors successfully
create the emotional ambiance of
the play, the set creates a number
of problems. The design is simple:
a number of catwalk-like platforms
are scattered on a deep stage so
that the characters are able to
assert their physicality by climbing
them or hiding under them when
necessary. But the cavernous
Freddie Wood stage sometimes
swallows the actors' voices, especially when they are standing near
the back of the stage. Often, characters would have to be yelling in a
fit of rage in order to be audible.
Due to the vast amount of space
onstage, the action rarely confronts the audience. This creates a strange
irony these characters, who are condemning
and criticising society, often cannot be heard.
Despite the distracting depth of the stage,
the rest of the technical aspects add to the
play's grim atmosphere. Lighting is frequently used to project imbalances and fluctuations in temperament, adding an uneasi
ness to the play, while jolting sounds and
music bridge the gap between the unfamiliar
and the recognisable, this helps to form the
play's strange reality.
"Lion In the Streets* is often lewd and darkly humorous, but it is also an extremely frightening depiction of the most undesirable
aspects of human nature. UBC's production
captured the complexities of Judith
Thompson's script effectively, providing an
indelible collection of human sufferings,
exposing truths that are often concealed by the
projection of social norms. It's an emotionally
exhausting experience, for both actors and
audience, but one that creates lasting impressions, as well as many provocations. ♦
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Sept 24m
What's the deal with the New Deal? It seems everyone's heard that they're good, but no one actually
knows what they sound like. These guys are apparently regulars in Toronto and New York. Spin magazine
even went so far as to characterise their sound as "the
Kraftwerk of the new millennium." After this Monday,
I can finally see why the Toronto group deserves the
praise. Playing at Richard's on Richards to mark the
release of their breakthrough self-titled album, the
New Deal put on an inspired and memorable performance.
The show seemed to get off to a slow start, probably due to the opening act a lonely DJ, spinning background house—hardly enough to keep my attention. I
found myself counting the minutes until the New
Deal hit the stage. At first glance, these guys appear to
be a Revenge of the Nerdsstyle rock band, carting
along their instruments: a keyboard, a five-string
bass, and what can generously be described as a puny
drum kit, composed mainly of cymbals. The set began
as ambient house with a strong beat As the concert
gained momentum, the music ascended into high-
energy break beats and funky house that had the audience dancing along.
The music itself wasn't overly exciting or anything
terribly original, comparable to any good house act
But what really sets the New Deal apart is the fact that
they play this stuff live—their seamless and energetic
improvisation showcases their jazz roots. The sound-
scape is created with a three-piece band that a DJ
would have to sample and mix to mimic. Scratching
sounds normally achieved with a turntable were
made by the drummer, beat-boxing while he kept up
the drums. And really, why srynthesise when you can
beat-box? The musical virtuosity of the group was
clearly a crowd pleaser.
The New Deal is quite an act to catch five. I definitely recommend checking them out the next time
they're in town. Their album is in stores now; if
you've never heard their music, give it a try, and
remember that it's guys with instruments, and not
samples, that you're hearing. ♦
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by John Briner
at the Chan Centre
Sept 30
Jane Coop and Andrew Dawes are two of Canada's most prominent classical musicians. So with dozens of recordings and
hundreds of performances behind them, it's surprising that the
duo still enjoys playing some of the standard pieces in the classical canon, Beethoven's violin sonatas.
Dawes and Coop will be performing all ten of the sonatas in
a series of three Sunday afternoon concerts, taking place on
September 30, 2001; February 10, 2002; and April 7, 2002.
This Sunday's concert will feature the first four of Beethoven's
ten violin sonatas, and will showcase the more tender side of
Beethoven's work
According to Coop, although these first four pieces have the
high drama, clarity, subtlety and force that are so characteristic
of Beethoven, they also show an underlying transparency and
tenderness that listeners don't often hear in Beethoven's works.
"Beethoven really knew what he wanted to express," Dawes
said. "He was able to convey the most wonderful emotions. He
once said that he felt like he was speaking to his Maker."
Perhaps the most powerful thing about Beethoven's music is
the composer's connection with his audience. It's something
that can be heard most clearly in a work like Symphony No. 9,
with its stirring and humanistic "Ode to Joy" movement The
sonatas, on a much smaller scale, also reflect this aspect of
Beethoven's music.
"Beethoven loved people, loved humanity, and longed to
communicate with his audience," said Dawes.
"This music is about as good as it gets for violin and piano.
It's not particularly spiritual, but it speaks to the listener; it resonates within people, and satisfies the soul," he said.
While some scholars criticise the sonatas for not being reflective of Beethoven's more 'serious' works, such as his later symphonies or opera "Fidelio," both Coop and Dawes are quick to
defend the music. The sonatas themselves, Dawes declared, are
a conversation between two performers. There is a sense of
interaction that the listener can discern between the performers.
And there is a real quality to the music. Coop added.
Although the pieces were written near the beginning of
Beethoven's career, they are just as moving and experimental
as any of the composer's later works.
The concert series is an opportunity for Coop and Dawes to
revisit the music for which they are renowned. The two musicians performed this same series in 1994, and have just recently completed a recording of the sonatas for Vancouver-based
Skylark records.
So, seven years after their first performance of this series—
and a three-CD volume of the pieces later—will Dawes and Coop
approach the works differently? Coop thinks for a moment
before responding.
'Andrew and I have been playing these sonatas for years,"
she said. 'In that time, we've become more [attuned] to each
other, and how we play the music. These are pieces that you
can actually grow with...They mean more to me every time we
play them." ♦ 4 Friday. September 28.2001
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Friday. September 28.2001
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Deadlines and due dates. Lectures and
exams. The 99 B-line and the B-lots.
For many of us, our lives revolve
around these human inventions and constructions. Our lives are dictated by them, not
to mention by the forces that we're exposed to
whether we're students or not—mainstream
media, cultures of consumption, the stock
exchange. More and more, life is a complex
web of interlocking forces, pushing and
pulling us in different directions. It's hard to
find rhyme or reason in it all; many of us try
to rationalise it all away.
Yet no matter how hard we try to control
our world through human-made creations
and institutions and theories and ideologies,
no matter how we try to juxtapose science and
religion, when disaster strikes—as it did in the
US on September 11—many people turn to
faith to make sense of tragedy.
The university environment is rarely seen
as a hotbed of religion and spirituality.
Whether you are in Arts or Science, you are
taught to understand the world in a broad
series of theories and scientific explanations
based on rational, analytical thought.
Certainly there exist theological schools-
small planets,of faith amidst a universe of secularism—but they are divided, left separate. At
university, it is difficult for many of us to reconcile the perceived distance between science
andjejigion. A common belief is that, in order
for people to truly have faith in a higher
power—a Creator, a God—they must leave
their brains at the door of the temple, the
church, the mosque, the synagogue.
'I think there are a lot of historical reasons
for why science afld religion are isolated from
one another in a university setting,* says
Bruce Hindmarsh, associate professor of spiritual theology at Regent College. "Religion
has...gotten sectioned off as this specialisation
that's just dealt with as a religious studies
department...Because we can't favour one
religion over another, [people say that] therefore there will be no religious discussion, as
opposed to saying that a secular approach or a
decision to opt for no faith at all is, actually,
one faith among others."
Despite a trend of rejecting religion and
reducing things to concise explanations, spirituality and faith in a higher power still exist
And in a university environment where science and religion often seem irreconcilable, a
close look at the people of many different
faiths who are attending university helps dispel the myth that faith is blind. In class, in the
SUB, at the library, there are students at UBC
who live strong lives of faith There are students who live lives where a higher power-
God, Allah, the Creator—is the focal point
Jelana Bighorn, a second-year Arts
student and executive member of the
Campus Association for Baha'i
Studies, is a member of the Sioux nation. Born
in Seattle, she grew up in the United States
before moving to Vancouver Island when she
was a teenager.
Faith has always been a central part of
Jelana's life. Her mother and father were both
spiritual before Jelana was born—her mother
was a Baha'i, and her father was a Christian
who converted to the Baha'i faith when Jelana
was nine years old.
Teenage life was difficult for Jelana. The
only Native American student at her junior
high school, she felt the sting of racism and
discrimination on a daily basis. But it was during this time of incredible frustration that
Jelana turned to God and began her own spiritual journey as an adult, stemming from the
spiritual upbringing she had received from
her parents. Had her life not taken this turn,
Jelana believes that today, she would be "a
person consumed with anger."
"I don't think I would have been able to
deal with that [racism] in a productive way
had I not had a relationship [with God]. I think
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I could have been a very violent person had I
not found something to explain to me why this
racism existed and that there is actually a positive solution to the racism that I experienced
in my everyday life," she says.
And so, at the age of 15, Jelana adopted the
Baha'i faith as her own. Shortly after, her family moved to Vancouver Island, where Jelana was
fortunate enough to attend the only Baha'i
school in North America—the Maxwell
International Baha'i School on Shawnigan Lake.
The commonality she felt with fellow Baha'i
students and the comfort she found in the
teachings, allowed Jelana to establish a deeper
understanding of the fear and ignorance
fuelling the racism and discrimination that
were directed towards her as she was growing
up. The sense of solitude and isolation that had
left her longing for something more melted
away in the new community of faith that she
encountered at Maxwell It was largely this
process of healing and reconciliation that led
Jelana to come to UBC, intending to focus on
ethnic relations and cross-cultural studies.
I IT' aren Ho and Vicky Chiew are both
C members of the Campus Crusade
j^Jbr Christ Karen is president,
Vicky is vice-president, and both see their service to God—not grades, not exams—as thejr
biggest priority here at UBC. While succeeding
as students is certainly important for both of
them, Karen says that it is not school she thinks
about when she wakes up in the morning,
"I wake up every morning excited to see
how I can change the world for Christ and
how I can live for God," says Karen. 'And
especially in light of what happened in New
York with the attack on the World Trade
Centre, to focus on things that are eternal and
not just about getting my own degree and my
own future success, but how I can change
other peoples' lives."
Karen and Vicky have similar stories on
how they came to have faith in God. Both were
raised in Christian families, but didn't begin
to realise until they were teenagers that spirituality and faith in God were about a lot more
than just attending church every Sunday.
"When I hit high school...I started questioning and wondering, you know, what is
being a Christian all about? And so as I attended Bible study and learned more frpm God's
word and watched my youth pastor, watched
his life, and others around me who have
known God more or for longer... I just saw
how God has changed their lives and is changing their lives. And I was struck by how
incredible that change was," says Vicky.
She began to see that there was more to life
than just pleasing other people—her parents,
her teachers, society in general.
"I started to see things from a more eternal
perspective. What are the things that are going
to last?" Vicky continues.
But where does faith come from? Vicky
and Karen are continually asked how they
know God exists, what makes them believe in
a power greater than humankind. For both,
the answer is simple:
"Why do we believe anything exists?"
Karen asks. "Some people just brush it off as'
spiritual realm; it can't be known. I believe
that God has touched me and I live every day
knowing there is a God. I talk to Him. He talks
back. It^s, alive in ^is word and ifs just an
i experience {hat's undeniable. I niesux look at'
,^1he-creation^ Even,the bi|*bang. They don't-
knov/"what formed-it And if? goes back to
cause and effect If there is an effect there
must be a cause. All cultures have worshipped
some sort of cosmic force and I believe that
this is the God that we know. And this is the
God in the Bible."
But for many, it is this perception of faith
being blind that makes understanding spirituality and religion so difficult However,
Jelana says the perception that science and
religion are, by definition, separate, is where
things go wrong.
"One of the main principles in the Baha'i
faith is that science and religion must be in
accord...Ithink when you get so caught up trying to figure things out—to label them and categorise them, and try to understand the entire
picture—I don't think humans are capable of
understanding the entire picture, the parts
that can't be explained. We don't have all the
facts; we're still learning every day. There are
always new explanations," she says.
- ^erumi Taylor agrees. A graduate student in microbiology—a scientist-
she is also deeply spiritual, something that many people might see as paradoxical in this day and age. But Terumi says, for
many of her fellow scientists, it is the study of
science that compels them to believe in a
higher power.
The complexity of creation, Terumi says, is
"The realisation that something so much
greater than all of us must be responsible for
all of the creation around us is what leads so
many scientists to be deeply religious. On the
other hand, some scientists can't handle that
so much will remain unexplained, and so that
only fuels their drive to know and explain."
Even though she was raised by Christian
parents, Terumi had never really felt a strong
connection with God. The church they were a
part of, she says, felt "lukewarm* to her.
But after high school, she lived in France
for a year, where she became friends with
many Muslim students of North African
decent As she spent more time with her new
friends and learned more about their faith,
Something inside of her began to click.
" . Back in Canada, she pursued an under-
'"gradttate degree in Science at Simon Fraser
University. At the same time, she developed a
friendship with a Muslim man from Egypt
Terumi was struck by the man's faith. She
felt an incredible desire to learn about the
source of his faith and why she herself did not
possess a sense of spirituaUty like he did.
"When you see that faith in practice, it's so
admirable," die says. "Of course bad things
happen to you, but when you see someone who
has so much faith, they just know everything is
going to work out everything is for the best I
was like, Tiow can I get that?' You start to feel
that maybe you are missing something."
And thus began Terumi's journey. Fuelled
by questions and the need to know more,
Terumi took out stacks of books from the
library. She not only read up on Islam, she
read up on many religions. She says she felt
the need to compare different religions, to
find the path that seemed right for her.
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"I was asking all these questions, and finding out so much on Islam," Terumi says. "It
got to the point where it wasn't 'should I or
shouldn't I?' It was a matter of, T have to.' You
feel it That was kind of strange; it just happened like that"
Wliile the choice, of religion differs greatly among these students, there are many common threads, common beliefs tying them
together. Popular culture, with its materialism and TV worship, is commonly seen as an
unfortunate substitute for faith among many
people, and is especially prominent oh
"I think a lot of people are unfulfilled. I
think you get caught in a really vicious circle,
always wanting more thinga You get caught in
a cycle of identifying yourself with something. . .that's presented to you in the media or
presented to you in other things, and you really let TV and Cosmopolitan [magazine]
become your Bible," Terumi says.
In a similar vein, Vicky says, "Many of us
here are looking for purpose in our lives. We
have a hole or something in our hearts and
it's something that we strive to fill and, for
some of us, we try to fill it with academic pursuits or a house or other material things. But
I believe that in the long run, those things
aren't going to fully satisfy us because we're
always left wanting more."
For these students, the recent terrorist
attacks in the United States have only served
to strengthen their conviction. Faith in God
has helped them come to terms with the
tragedy and view it as part of a bigger picture,
a larger commentary on the state of the world.
"I think all of this is very much a mental
test for us. Mankind is not heeding... warnings. We're not looking at ourselves and saying how am I making this situation worse,
how can I make it better? And I think it's going
to take events like this and possibly even
worse ones to follow in order for people to
really, really look inside themselves and make
that fundamental change in the way that we
view the world," says Jelana.
For Hindmarsh, the tragedy is not so much
a test as it is testament to the fact that God is
the only thing eternal in our lives.
"I think there are a lot of things in the world
that inspire us to create the illusion that we
can do things independently without reference
to God, and I think that's one of the shattering
aspects of what happened on September 11.
People saw [the World Trade Towers and the
Pentagon] as symbols of things that could
never fail—our economic system, the military,
the whole sort of Western culture. AU of a sudden, it comes down and everyone's talking
about prayer," says Hindmarsh.
We are made more aware, he says, of our
mortality. Dimensions of life that we have
long repressed bubble up, and we are forced
to re-evaluate our direction and consider the
importance of faith. For those people who
already have strength, tragedies like this serve
to strengthen the resolve.
"A lot of people," says Terumi, "come up to
me and say Tiow can you be religious in the
middle of all of this?' And for me, it's like, how
can you not be? I don't know how you couldn't
have some sort of faith."
"It doesn't take away from the tragedy to
look for good things in how we respond to it,*
Hindmarsh continues. "It puts us in touch
with our mortality. We are not little gods. We
wake up in a world that is not of our choosing
and is greatly mysterious...I think that is very
much what this kind of tragedy can do,
because it's amazing how all of us feel threatened by it We don't have to have a relative
who died there to feel like our whole world
has been shaken and feel vulnerable.
"We think these things are invulnerable.
And eveiy aspect of human culture and
human creation will, in the end, fail. I think
that's the shocking thing for us—is this world
can come crashing down." ♦
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Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Duncan M. McHugh
Ai Lin Choo
Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blua
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Miller
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'Smells like you're going ripe, boys," saytt Duncan
McHugh, the Big Cheese, to the lonefy pair of eggs Ron
Nurwisah and Nic Fensom. 'It's not our fault our friends
the hashbrown Hywel Tuscano and the sausage Ai Lin
Choo hath been murdered!' "That's why we're growing
roots," say the sprouting spuds Graeme Worthy and Sarah
Morrison. "They can't take us aH.* 'That's toy babyl"
exclaims Alicia the Tomato Queen' Miller as Laura Blue
Cheese accosts the cherry tomato quintuplets, Julia
Christensen, Michelle Rosa, Ayako Kobayashi and Tessa
Richardson. Suddenly an eerie light appears as the fridge
door cracks open. The eggplant Brian Liu buries his head
in the humua. The leftover chicken salad Steve Oldridge
scurrieB to the corner and tips over the jar of gherkins.
Shouts of outrage ensue as Rob Stotesbuiy-Leeson, Adrian
Liu and Guido Cutchos tumble out of the jar. "Where's my
Nyquil?' moans the sick human, Scott Bardsiey, as he fumbles through the top shelf grabbing hot tamale Emily Chan,
molesting Smoky 'Beef Larue and flicking stray caper Lisa
Denton to the ground. Fear nils Samantha Tse and Sarah
Fung, the artickokes' hearts, and the green pepper Julia
Church turns greener with fright The steak, John Briner.
trembles and leaks red sauce all over Jesse Marchand, the
loaf of sourdough. "Eww,* shrieks Janet Yuen, the pretentious gala apple. *You need Pampers." At this point, Scott
unceremoniously loses his lunch. The onion Lars Goeller
sheds a single tear, and wails, 'It's a sad day for alL'
to Port Sate AaraaRwat KunitMr D7U141
So you think you're pretty hot?! Think you've got
it all figured out? Find out what you really know
about this school.
Practice question;
The Vbysseym
a) happy that you're reading this   .
b) deadly to hamsters
c) probably getting rickets
d) all of the above.
The answer is & Get it? Good.
1. Storm the Wall! is
a) the best reason for UBC students to get in
shape. Start training now!
b) an annual Engineering contest involving siege
c) the weather enthusiasts' club's architectural
d) more fun with a canoe
2. The Pit Pub is
a) a dark Kafka-esque hole that sucks your will to
b) the reason people sell shiny tank-tops
c) a sure thing on a Friday night
d) more fun with a canoe
3. Tha Bike Kitchen is
a) a great place to pick up some tasty tires and
sauteed gears
b) a great place to pick up
c) in an even more obscure location than the new
Ubyssey office
d) where you can fix your own freaking bike
4. AMS stands for
c) Alma Mater Society
d) All the Money we can steal. Suckers!
5. The Aquatic Centre is
a) the UBC aquarium
b) not technically open at night, but still a fun
place to go visit
c) hot 'n' steamy
d) bad for chlorine-induced swimming-lesson
6. Gage Towers are
a) many units with four rooms and two storage
b) a voyeur's paradise
c) several different and intriguing shades of grey
d) really hard to hit with a golf ball from the top
of Buchanan Tower. Just try it!
7. The Thunderbirds are
a) fun, fun, fun till yer daddy takes 'em away
b) oh my God, outside your window right now!
c) bigger and stronger than you, so don't piss
them off too much
d) a weird animation series from the 1960s
3. He If Squared is
a) ...dependent upon the radius
b) the only place to find food in the SUB after
c) a starch lover's dream
d) stomach turning after two months of nothing
9. Totem Park and Place Vanier residences are
a) where the Dave Matthews Band gets most of
its royalties from
b) unnecessary suffering. But you'll still miss it
once you leave
c) hell with a meal plan
d) a sure thing on a Friday night
10. Martha Piper is
a) 'Thinking About It' a lot
b) probably not reading this anyway
c) using the wrong bowl whenever she gets a
d) more fun with a canoe
11. The network of steam tunnels running
underneath UBC is
a) nothing more than a Faculty of Applied
Science rumour
b) seeping deadly radon
c) kept as secret as possible by Plant Ops
d) lamentably well-padlocked
12. The dock Tower is
a) a rocket set to launch to Alpha Centauri in five
b) counting down to the next millennium
c) still set to chime at the wrong time, putzes.
d) home to 15 different species of birds
13. The SUB Arcade is
a) secretly funded by the UBC Bookstore
b) where all the Dance, Dance/kids hang out
c) host to the best Bubble Tea outlet this side of
Taiwan, mofo
d) sadder than a twobit suburban casino
14. AMS Vice-Fresideat, Administration, Mark
a) a Prince William look-alike
b) ha ha ha ha ha!! Yeah right
c) the proud owner of no fewer than four nipples
d) officially nominated to Ubyssey Clean-Up
Committee Beta—1 lam, Oct 10
15. The Underground is
a) not funny
b) really not funny when they try to spoof us
c) hereby challenged to a game of mud soccer at
a yet to be announced date
d) okay, funny.. Jookin'
IS. The UBC calendar Is
a) not for eating
b) no longer printed
c) pretty much worthless because they didn't
offer half of those courses anyway
d) 50 per cent off at Oscar's Books
1. d; 2. b; 3. d; 4. b; 5. d; 6. b; 7. a; 8. b; 9. c; 10.
b; 11. d; 12. c; 13.c; 14. c&d; 15. c; 16. c.»>
The West: certainly
more civilised
Does the editor really believe that
the Western world is riot more
civilised than countries like
Afghanistan ('A question of civility,'
Editorial [Sept 21])? Surely there
must be some misunderstanding.
Does the editor realise that women
in this countiy and others like it are
forced to remain completely covered at all times under threat of violence? How about female genital
mutilation conducted in an attempt
to reduce sexual pleasure for
women? In countries like the Sudan
and Afghanistan, women are so
severely oppressed and abused that
they have almost no influence in
There are other aspects of barbarity in such countries as well. For
instance, foreign missionaries are
imprisoned and charged with a
capital offence for offering a viewpoint other thanlslam. Have people
forgotten already the senseless
destruction of ancient artworks in
Afghanistan because they were a
supposed offence to Allah? How
about the fact that in the Sudan,
Christian men, women and children are bought and sold as slaves?
Obviously there can be no comparison between these places and
the West Nowhere in the Western
world can one find such systematic, violent oppression of women
and any point of view other than
Islamic fundamentalism. The editors' attempt to compare the fate of
First Nations people in the modern
age with the state of things in
Afghanistan is an insult to those
people around the world who are
really suffering from violent
oppression and genocide. Sure it
was a bad thing to leave the man
out to walk home in the cold, but
this has happened to many non-
Native people as well, so don't try
and act as though there is some
kind of 'silent ethnocide.' Natives
and the rest of us here in Canada
receive benefits and freedoms that
people in other countries can't
even imagine. Although things are
obviously not perfect here, they are
a hundred-fold better than in
places like Afghanistan, This is why
we say they are barbaric when compared with the West
—Matt Campbell
Forestry 4
"Good Gracious,
Glorious Day"
Greetings! This letter-poem of mine
I think is uplifting, especially with
so many things going on around us
and with the students' busy lives
(and our lives too, as their servers).
The beauty of our job is that we're
witnessing the growing, the ripening of maturity of these millenium
kids (young women and young
men). I'm very proud' to see them
turn into well-rounded, courteous,
responsible individuals.
'Good Gracious, Glorious Day*
by Rosario Larion
Now you have to think
The things (the really good ones)
that you made today.
You started with a big smile
Across your bright shining face
Being courteous enough to say,
'Good morning,' 'Thank you,'
"You're Welcome,'and 'Have a
great one."
Seconds of chat a civil greeting of
"How areyouTs will not hurt a bit
Of course, everyday is not always
There's some left turns, tumbles
and Bares
Come on, close your eyes
Say a prayer, breathe deeply
Count your blocks from one to ten
Come back again to reality.
It ain't so bad, eh?
You just had a good day
With lots of smiles from all the
people that you've ju^t talked to,
met, served and made Mends
Goodness gracious, what a glorious day!
—Rosario Larion
UBC Food Services
Shame on th@
In an exceedingly poor editorial
decision, the Ubyssey placed a
letter from a Mr Kevin Annett on
the opinion pages ('Churches:
spare us your hypocrisy at this
tragic time,* Opinion (Sept. 25])
which described the so-called
hypocrisy of the church in calling
for peace in the wake of terrorist
attacks in the United States. Mr
Annett claims that anyone in the
church calling for peace in the
wake of attacks which killed thousands should be reminded of the
'50,000 children that died in residential schools run by [the
Anglican, Catholic and United
churches]." He further claims that
these churches committed acts of
mass murder and genocide equivalent to Nazi Germany and should
be tried in international courts.
Could any of these claims be correct? It is instructive to note that
he is a former minister of the
United Church. In fact, officials
from the United Church of
Canada published a letter to
church members on April 17 of
this year after memrJers were
apparently contacted by Mr
Annett making similar claims of
genocide, mass murder, etc. The
church official points out that the
United Church has acknowledged
and apologised for its involvement in the federal system of
First Nations residential schools
and that the church "actively
seeks paths of justice, healing and
She further notes the RCMP
has said that it has never received
any evidence that would support
any of the claims of Mr Annett,
including his claims that the
church masterminded any of the
atrocities he refers to in his letter
to the Ubyssey. In fact, Mr Annett
resigned from the church in 1995
and was removed from ordained
ministry in accordance with
church procedures in 1997, after
he was deemed 'unfit for ministry.' Church officials further
point out that the Secretary
General of Amnesty International
has disavowed any involvement in
the 'case* of Mr Annett and investigation of any of his alleged atrocities, and that the Circle of Justice
has distanced itself from Mr
Annett in a public statement in
which they say he has 'spread
unproven gossip," and 'slandered
and libelled trusted and dedicated
First Nations activists." The
church official concludes by saying that "no known, recognised
First Nations group still endorses
the work or words of Mr Annett'
The Ubyssey should apologise to
all UBC students for printing this
unsubstantiated,     self-effacing,
inflammatory  rhetoric' from  this
widely discredited, outrageous
individual. The decision to publish the letter is an affront to any
institution that purports to provide news or information to the
university community, and indeed
would only be printed by a paper
ignorant of the many UBC students who attend churches and
. church services. Spreading discrediting lies about an organisation in a public medium is against
the law.
—Adam Weathermon
Applied Science 4 Pane Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 28.20011
After their lopsided loss last Friday
to the Regina Ranis—currently
ranked first in the Canada West
conference—the Thunderbirds have-
another tough game ahead of them
this weekend against Manitoba, the
number two team in Canada West
Last season the Bisons shut down
the Birds consistently; UBC lost
three games^ (including, a Canada
West seni-ajal) to the Bisons. Sa
far this season, tha jf-3 T-B&ds arJ
fourth in the conference,     I 1
Since UBS's first Jiom$ game of
the seasjjjy was pc-stpeiied , ia
recognition. 6f the National,' Day of
Mourning for the September if
terrorist attacks kt New York aiad
Washington, the football team is
playing its fiptj regularly,, scked-
uled hoi£e gazae of tfie^ seisin
tonight at 7:30pm at Thund&rjbird
Stadium. *
women are currently tied with UBC
for third place in the Canada West
standings, while the 2-1-1
Saskatchewan men's team is in
fourth place, just one point behind
-Ae-joint-second-placed T-Birds. The
women's game start at noon and the
men's game starts at 2pm.
On Sunday, the women play at
noon against the Alberta Pandas,
who have played ircily q*ra game so
far this season. At 2pm, the 2-1-1
mea^ face ijie 2-0-1 Algeria Golden
B«ars, who are currently tied with
UBC for second in jhe Canada West
are   at
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A government decision to close
Vancouver's Residential Tenancy
Office (RTO) will limit access to people living in poverty, say advocates
of the poor and tenants.
The Solicitor General's Office is
merging Vancouver's RTO—an office
that handles disputes between tenants and landlords—with the two
offices located in Burnaby and
Vanessa Geary, coordinator of
the Tenants' Rights Action Coalition
(TRAC), said that she is among many
who believe the government's decision has simply shifted part of the
cost of this service onto the public.
Vancouver has the highest concentration of renters in the
province, said Geary, who added
that when tenants are faced with the
inconvenience of travelling to
Burnaby or Surrey to resolve a dispute with a landlord, many will
decide simply to put up with the
'We're concerned that students,
seniors, people with limited English
and people on fixed incomes may
not try to go in," she said.
Terry Hamley, a representative
of the Downtown Eastside
Resident's Association (DERA),
expressed similar sentiments. She
feels that this move will cause serious hardships for the people that
she represents.
'Most of the people that DERA
represents are on a fixed income
and would probably balk at the idea
of making a trip to Burnaby to lodge
a complaint," she said.
Hamley said that DERA will probably have to assist with the transportation cost to send tenants to
Burnaby or Surrey. Anyone who
wants to lodge a complaint against a
landlord or tenant must travel to an
office to submit an initial complaint,
and then return again for a hearing.
'Effective April 1, 2002,
Richmond tenancy matters will be
handled through the Lower
Mainland South regional office in
Surrey, as will those in Pitt Meadows,
Maple Ridge and Mission...All other
landlords and tenants who are now
served by the Vancouver office will
remain part of the Lower Mainland
North region, and will be served by
the Burnaby office," stated Acting
Director of the Residential Tenancy
Head Office Kathy Brerton in a letter
to Geary, informing the TRAC coordinator of the province's plans.
"As a result of a review of
Residential Tenancy Office operations, the Office will be restructured
in order to achieve cost savings
through efficiencies," she wrote.
Geary stated that she is disappointed with the lack of consultation
carried out by the Solicitor General's
"I certainly know that this is not
going to result in cost savings or efficiencies for either tenants or landlords." she said. "How can they close
offices which [provide] vital services
to both groups without any consula-
Despite repeated requests for
further information about the office
relocation, the Solicitor General's
Office could not be reached for further information. ♦
First-year Commerce competitive
by Brian Liu
An extraordinary 92 per cent was
the benchmark average required of
high-school students entering UBC's
Faculty of Commerce this year, the
first time that high-school students
have been directly admitted into the
- According to Lisa Miguez, communications coordinator for UBC
Commerce, out of the 1400 students
who applied for admission this year,
only 150 were accepted.
This is the first year that
Commerce has accepted students
through direct entry. In previous
years, the faculty only offered a pre-
Commerce year, where students
enrolled in a different faculty at
UBC for their first year, and then
subsequently applied to the
BComm program,
'The minimum GPA for admission into the first-year Bachelor of
Commerce program is over 90 per
cent," confirmed Miguez. 'A number of schools in the nation now
offer direct entry into first-year
Commerce, sa in order to increase
competitiveness with these schools,
UBC Commerce is offering entrance
into first-year for those exceptional
students that have demonstrated
high academic averages."
Those students who- did not
achieve that standing may still enter
the undergraduate Commerce program > through   tile   traditional
' method, Miguez added.
Miguez said that the rationale
behind the decision to implement
the direct-entry system stemmed
both from popular demand and the
need to remain competitive nationally. She said that a student accepted
directly into a Bachelor of
Commerce program at another university, such as Queen's, would most
likely accept that offer over UBC's
due to the uncertainty" associated
with UBC's pre-Commerce year.
Miguez acknowledged that there
would be fewer offers of admission
for second-* or third-year students
hoping to get into the program.
"The direct intake will detract
from the number of students admitted into Commerce in second year,"
said Miguez. "On average, we have
about 400" spaces. For the 2002-
2003 academic year, we will be
admitting between 275 to 300 students into second-year Commerce."
Meanwhile, Summer McFadyen,
BC chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students, raised the
issue of diverse exposure for those
in the direct-entry system.
"I would caution the Faculty of
Commerce not to remove the
breadth of education that it offers
those who enter the faculty directly.
It is important that students who are
new at university experience different courses from a variety of fields,"
she said.
But Patricia Shanahan, assistant
dean of the Faculty of Commerce
undergraduate program, said that
students entering the faculty
through direct entry are required to
take the same pre-requisite courses
in English, economics and math as
other pre-Commerce students.
StilL achieving a 92 per cent
average in secondary school is simply beyond belief for some students.
"Whoa," said current Commerce
undergraduate student Queenie
Yuen. 'It can't be that high!"
But Edison Chua, a third-year
Commerce student, said that he
wasn't surprised at the high academic standings required to get into
the faculty through direct entry.
'I know a lot of people that got
marks that high," said Chua/I guess
it's relative to the averages in high'
school right now." ♦>


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