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Culture
Riding Alone makes investment too eas
RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE EDITOR
Chinese director Zhang Yimou has made his mark in recent
years with martial arts extravaganzas such as Hero and House
of Flying Daggers. These films have unfortunately obscured his
more solemn, introspective work in such films as 1999's The
Road Home and Not One Less. Before his next martial arts epic
hits theatres in December, Zhang has returned to his minimalist roots with some success in Riding Alone for Thousands of
Miles. Although it is not as emotionally captivating as his earlier work, the film manages to tell a touching father-and-son story
through very simple narrative means.
Gon-ichi Takata (Ken Takakura, recognisable to western
audiences from Black Rain) is a lonely, sombre old fisherman
who has whiled away his time pining over his strained relationship with his son, Ken-ichi. He has spent many a day staring out
to the horizon, isolated and alone with his mournful thoughts.
One day he gets a call from Rie (Shinobu Terajima), Ken-ichi's
wife, giving him the news that his son is now in the hospital suffering from liver cancer. Although Takata goes to Tokyo to see
him, his son will have none of it. The only gaze he is allowed
into his son's life is through a videotape given to him by Rie.
The tape shows an interview with a performer of Chinese mask
opera, revealing that Ken-ichi is an expert of Oriental folk arts.
Prompted by the tape, he ventures to China's Yunnan province
in order to film a performer singing the traditional song,
"Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles." On the way, aided by an
ineffectual interpreter, Lingo (Liu Qiu,) Takata seeks a stronger
understanding of the son that he missed out on in all the years
that he has not seen him.
A minimalist work such as this requires the presence of
*asy
an actor who can captivate the audience's attention from
beginning to end. Ken Takakura fills this role with immensity, delivering a strong yet emotional rendering of a lonely
old man who has tried hard to obscure his feelings, and in
so doing has lost all that is dearest to him. The film is
extremely effective at representing Takata's isolation, often
dwarfing him against vast, mountainous landscapes, as
well as his difficulties of communication through technology and translation. His means contact with others are cellular phones and visual technology, and Zhang goes to great
lengths to emphasise this. Also effective is the film's gentle
satire of Chinese bureaucracy, which manages to induce
laughs out of the difficulties faced by individuals trying to
cross boundaries through appeals to the emotions.
Unfortunately, the film is hampered from achieving greatness by its tendency to use voiceovers to communicate the
thoughts of its characters. Too often, beautiful shots of Takata
staring at mountains are disturbed by needless voiceovers that
communicate insights the audience can already perceive.
Zhang Yimou's Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles is a
touching work by a director who has perhaps strayed from
this style for too long to remember how to properly absorb
his audience. The film is a wonder to look at, but it does not
quite reach its potential. @
Snow Patrol fails to stun
SNOW PATROL
at the PNE Forum
September 21
by Isabel Ferreras
CULTURE WRITER
The PNE forum was smothered with an ambience of
drunk British men, 14-year-old girls, loud middle-aged
women and a general sense that what would appear
that night would be something worth seeing. The concert on September 21 brought together a diverse group
of people to listen to one of Canada's favourite Irish
bands, Snow Patrol.
Snow Patrol's breakthrough album was called Final
Straw. With it came the unforgettable hit "Run," which
shot all the way up to number five on the UK charts,
and also resulted in Final Straw reaching number
three on the album charts. It sold 1.2 million copies in
the UK alone, and propelled the band to stardom after
years of hard work. After Final Straw, Snow Patrol
knew that the next CD they were to record would have
to either match, or surpass the quality of their current
one. Out of this came Eyes Open.
On September 21, to promote their new album, Snow
Patrol played to an audience of over 600 eager fans in
Vancouver. Once they finally hit the stage (after an excellent opening act called Augustana) there was no chance to
escape the noise the crowd made. The audience's enthusiastic screaming was even louder than the sounds of the
band's speakers. For the amount of screaming and admiration that came out of the audience, you would expect the
concert to stun. Unfortunately, for many of us, Snow
Patrol did not do that
While most of their greatest hits were played, and
played well, Snow Patrol did little to make themselves
stand out. Nothing that occurred during the concert was
anything out of the ordinary, and while their audience
interaction was sufficient, it bored many fans. That said,
when the band played "Chasing Cars" and "Run," you
could not deny the sense of bliss coming out of the crowd.
A common sentiment among the crowd was that the show
could have been a lot better, had it been played at the
Commodore Ballroom as originally planned. The PNE
Forum proved to be a bit too impersonal (and large) of a
setting for a band of this character.
Snow Patrol, a band that has many admirers and followers, failed to exude their effect on an audience to its
full potential. For a band with as many hits as they have,
they must improve their communication with the audience, should they hope to continue playing big venues.
However, judging on how many fans they have garnered
in such a short time, it doesn't seem like Snow Patrol is
going anywhere soon. @
DJ a Shadow of his former self
DJ SHADOW
at the Commodore Ballroom
September 19
by Eric Szeto
CULTURE STAFF
I knew it was an ominous sign that
the sold out DJ Shadow event was
going to be more hype than substance after an extremely awkward
encounter I had with my ex-girlfriend
last Tuesday at the Commodore.
Shadow's set started off great.
The crowd was buzzing with anticipation and the opening track had
the crowd jacked up to the max.
And before the novelty of thinking
to myself that I was actually in front
of DJ Shadow wore off, I was completely drawn into the show. The
visuals and dark, down-tempo style
that Shadow fans are familiar with
gripped the audience. One of my
favourite moments was when Chris
James, who is featured on his new
album, came and performed
"Erase You" while Shadow spun.
But as the set wore on, it became
more of the same—dreary, repetitive.
It's not a knock on Shadow. He is one
of the great DJs out there right now.
Associated with Quanuum of Ninja
Tunes, Shadow stands out among the
rest. But with a DJ of that standing
comes great expectations.
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He sampled cuts from his previous albums—Entroducing, the
Private Press, In Tune and On Time—
and a few tracks from his new CD
The Outsider. I don't know how you
would describe his new CD, but it's
definitely unconventional Shadow. A
couple of times while listening to his
new album I had a recurring thought:
"Is this DJ Shadow?" I believe others
in the audience can attest to that.
Evolving as a
musician is essential...
it's simultaneously a
huge risk.
Unless you are a die-hard fan,
which I thought I was before the
show, you really can't appreciate his
new album or his attempt to branch
out. The crowd's gradual disinterest
with his set is also a good indicator.
This is not a knock for trying new
things. Evolving as a musician is
essential and that's what Shadow is
trying to do. It's simultaneously a
huge risk.
Needless to say, a performer of
DJ Shadow's stature needs to put on
a performance that matches his
monumental standing. His show at
the Commodore did not do that. @
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ALMOST HOME: UBC rowers can finally have a place to hold meetings, change into dry clothes and train in away from the natural elements. Laurence butet-roch photo
Six million dollars and over six years in the making
UBC's most successful varsity program finally has a home
by Colleen Tang
SPORTS STAFF
UBC rowing teams finally have a
home to call their own—a $5.7 million home.
The new UBC rowing facility—the
John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse,
located in Richmond BC on the banks
of the Fraser River, is set to open on
September 30 for UBC rowers and
community members to enjoy.
"To actually have a home to call
our own is pretty nice," said captain and manager of the women's
rowing team Ava Storey. "It's really
nice to be the first crew in. It's very,
very awesome."
Storey added that previous to this
facility both the men's and women's
rowing teams have not had a place to
change out of their wet clothes,
adding that "there's been a desire to
have a new home...for decades."
A big portion of credit for the
newboathouse's construction is due
to the past alumni that helped make
this desire into reality, says Storey.
This was a vision in the making for
over 40 years.
"It took a really strong group of
alumni [to make it happen]," she
said. The group of alumni sought
out to fundraise enough money
and with the help of UBC they
managed to accumulate the funds
necessary—including funding
from over 100 past alumni, the
province of BC, St. George's school
and private funding.
According to Storey, the new facility will give them a new body of water
to practice in, adding that their previous practice area in False Creek "wasn't very long."
"We have over 5km of open
water and hardly any boat traffic,"
said Storey of the new area in
Richmond. "You don't have to be
worrying about aqua buses...and
tugboats," she added. "They're not
exactly something you want to get
in the way of."
Practices will be more efficient
now, said Storey.
Craig Pond, coach of the women's
rowing team shares her excitement
"It increases the efficiency of
practice because we don't have to
cart the coaching equipment and
the rowing shelves as far as we did
in the past. It's going to allow us
more time to actually train," he said,
adding that the team always had to
deal with weather that decreased
their efficiency.
"We're moving from nothing
into a brand new six million dollar
facility."
The team will finally have a place
to hold meetings indoors instead of
in a parking lot, said Pond.
"It's exciting to think that we
are going to be able to keep our
stuff inside from now on," added
Pond. "The team [will] be able to
train in better stuff which ultimately helps with the level of com
petition and the level of effectiveness of our training."
"It was the best body of water we
could find in the lower mainland that
was still within a sufficient and close
enough distance from UBC that we
could run our practices there during
the day," explained Pond.
In addition to serving as the
homebase for UBC athletes, who will
have access to the facility 50 per
cent of the time, the facility will also
be at the disposal of Richmond community members, and the St
George's school rowing team.
"The Richmond agreement is in
place because they have given us the
land...[but] it's not free to people of
the community. They actually pay to
use the facility," explained Steve
Tuckwood of UBC Athletics development office.
According to Tuckwood, St
George's had a similar agreement-
paying some operational costs—however, they also contributed to the ini
tial fundraising.
This facility will be attractive to
potential rowers.
"The main use is going to be for
the UBC varsity rowing program,"
said Alnoor Aziz, associate director of finance, UBC Athletics. "It's
also [for] community rowing
which [will] generate the interest
at the grassroot level and get the
city of Richmond...excited about it.
For us, it works for UBC too
because that's where our future
rowers comes from."
"In the past, a lot of
athletes...developed...because of
their own initiative to want to succeed at that level," said Pond, "I
think now that we have these facilities, we are able to attract more and
better athletes than we have in the
past so we should be able to start
producing numerous national
team Olympic athletes than only
the three or four we have developed over the past few years."®
Week four review: last second score dooms UBC again
1st
2nd
3rd    4th    Final
UBC
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10
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SASK
7
7
HHS
by Boris Korby
SPORTS EDITOR
The Thunderbirds went into
Saskatoon and gave the Saskatchewan Huskies all they could
handle, but ultimately came up
short against the #2 ranked team in
the nation, suffering their second
final second loss in as many weeks
Saturday afternoon at Griffiths
Stadium.
Down 27-28 with less than a
minute left in the game, fourth-year
running back Chris Ciezki managed
to break free of the Saskatchewan
defence on third and short, running
66 yards for the touchdown and putting UBC ahead 33-28. But UBC's
failed conversion of the subsequent
two-point attempt would prove costly.
With 50 seconds left on the clock,
Saskatchewan quarterback Bret
Thompson occistrated a five-play, 79
yard drive that ended with a two-yard
touchdown pass to receiver Dan
Houle with six seconds left, robbing
UBC of its fist victory in Saskatoon in
over five years.
"It was a tough loss, but I was
proud of the way our guys played.
We played with a lot of passion, and
went with them blow for blow, but
unfortunately at the end of the game
we didn't come out with the result,"
said Thunderbirds head coach Ted
Goveia. "At the end of the game in
the fourth quarter, twice we had the
lead and we weren't able to stop
them but these are all kind of
growth opportunities for us as the
season goes on, and I think that our
guys now realize that they can play
with anybody in the country.
Fifth-year quarterback Blake
Smelser had his best game of the season Saturday, one weekend after getting hooked in the third quarter of
UBC's 18-17 loss to Alberta. Smelser
finished 21-31 with 295 yards and
one touchdown.
"[Smelser] had a great game.
Our offensive line did a better job
of giving him time to throw the
football, and that's what happens
when Blake has a little bit more
time," said Goveia.
Following the last two weeks'
tough losses to the perennial top
teams in Canada West, UBC now
faces a less daunting task in the
upcoming month, with contests
against Regina, SFU twice, and
Calgary now on the schedule. The
three teams have a combined 1-8
record, and the T-Birds recognize
they will have to take full advantage  of their  opposition  in  the
TEAM STAT COMPARISON
1st Downs YDS     PEN
UBC
SASK
19
30
449   I    6-50
554
2-19
AIR/GROUND LEADERS |
UBC PASSING
C/ATT   YDS
TD     INT
Blake    21/31     295
Smelser
1         1
SASK PASSING
C/ATT   YDS
TD
INT
Thompson 21^33     275
3
2
CAR    YDS
TD
LG
Chris         a          ioi
Ciezki       8         liz
2
66
SASK RUSHING
CAR    YDS
TD
LG
Scott       31       175
Stevens
1
19
upcoming weeks  if they  are  to
make the playoffs.
It's two close games in a row
[that we've lost], but they're two
close games that weren't close
games in years past...I definitely see
it as a positive, and I don't think
there's any curse or reason for us
losing the games other than some
finer details that we need to continue to get better at," added Goveia.
"[Next week's opponent] Regina has
got a good football team, and it's a
game that we have to win, but we're
going to have to win all of our games
going forward."®
UBC RECEIVING
REC    YDS
TD
LG
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Wilson       6         144
1
44
SASK RECEIVING
REC    YDS
TD
LG   |
Leighton     4         59
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Women's Hockey Preview
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
SPORTS WRITER
Having finished the last five seasons in last place, there is no doubt
that the Thunderbirds women's
hockey team will be travelling the
road to redemption in their 2006-
2007 season.
UBC's women's hockey concluded their 2005-2006 season with a
record of 5-11-4, failing to secure a
spot in the playoffs once again. And
after bidding farewell to five graduating players, the 2006-2007 season
appears to be more challenging
than ever.
However, the Thunderbirds are
quick to dismiss these concerns and
doubts. With a strong off-season
recruitment effort, combined with
the return of All-Canadian defence-
man Haleigh Callison, and Canada
West All-Stars Lisa Lafreniere and
Kelly James, the Thunderbirds are
eager to return to the ice. "There is
a sense of optimism among our
team. We have a lot of new players
who are itching to get into the
games. [There is] a lot of excitement
and apprehension," said head coach
Dave Newson.
UBC welcomes three NCAA
transfers this season; Emily
McGrath-Agg joins the Thunder
birds from Wayne State University
where she was a College Hockey
America Second Team All-star; she
is joined by Kim Coates from
Clarkson University in New York,
and Hilary Spires from Saint Cloud
State in Minnesota.
Newman is pleased with the new
faces joining the T-Birds' line up.
"We are pretty confident [that] we
WOMEN'S HOCKEY GEARS UP FOR NEW SEASON: TheT-Birds
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have done a great job recruiting. We
filled the holes we needed to."
With four players coming in
from BC's under-18 team, the
Thunderbirds will have no time to
dwell over the past, and instead
must focus on rebuilding the team
around their young, promising
new players.
"We were in the position where
we have been separated by three
points [from the teams that qualified for the playoffs], so it's [all]
right there in the open. We have
some good speed, new rules, new
officiating standards for hooking
and holding. Also, we do bring
back some experience in defence
and  strong goaltending...we  are
going to make a big step."
Now entering her third year
with the Thunderbirds, Canada
West All-Star Lisa Lafreniere has
nothing but optimism for the
upcoming season.
"Last year we were only two
points away [from the playoffs]... I
think this year we really have the
motivation to put it over the edge.
We are confident that we are, at
minimum, getting into the playoffs this year. Everyone is just
geared up to go—not just to the
playoffs but Nationals, too."
With this determination and
the recent upgrades to their lineup, it seems the T-Birds are
already off to a great start. @
Waterloo's Ciesielski sizzles at Canadian Open
by Adrian Ma
CUP ONTARIO BUREAU CHIEF
WATERLOO, Ont. (CUP)-Just like
any other good student, 21-year-
old Canadian golf phenom Victor
Ciesielski reported to campus
when his classes started.
Ciesielski is now a famous face
at the University of Waterloo—the
Cambridge, Ont, native became a
media darling at this year's
Canadian Open golf tournament
when his surprisingly strong play
made him one of four Canadians
to make the weekend cut.
While most university students
were in the middle of orientation
events, the amateur-status Ciesielski
was busy holding his own against
his professional contemporaries,
and hanging out in the players'
lounge with golf superstars like
Vijay Singh.
"I'm missing frosh week at
school right now, but I can't imagine
it being any more fun than this—it's
just a dream come true," said
Ciesielski.
The Canadian Open is a prominent stop on the PGA Tour and
has, in years past, featured golf
legends such as Arnold Palmer,
Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, and
Tiger Woods.
While there were no players of
that stature in the mix this year
(and despite Canada's odds on
favourite Mike Weir failing to qualify for the weekend rounds), the
Canadian crowd was kept entertained throughout the tournament, with the shaggy-haired
Ciesielski providing much of the
excitement.
On the Friday of the competi
tion, Ciesielski nailed a hole-in-one
on the sixth hole, which elicited a
boisterous response from the audience. Dave Hollinger, head coach of
the University of Waterloo's golf
team, heard all about it on Monday
when Ciesielski met with him for
his first practice with the team.
"When he hit that hole-in-one,
Jesper Parnevik [a star golfer from
Sweden] came up to him afterwards and said, 'That's the loudest
scream I've ever heard,'" Hollinger
said.
Hollinger is in his second year
as head coach of the Waterloo
Warriors golf team and has played
the sport for 45 years. He says he
is excited at the prospect of working with a talent like Ciesielski.
"He will present a challenge,"
said Hollinger. "He's now moved
to the next level. He's very pleased
with what he's done so far but he
wants to play on the PGA tour [as a
professional]. He has to keep
improving."
Ciesielski is joining Waterloo's
university team at a time when
Canadian varsity golf is improving
by leaps and bounds. Recently,
Hollinger worked as an assistant
coach with Team Canada at the World
University Golf Championship held
in Turin, Italy. The team ended the
tournament with a fourth place
finish.
"This year we were within two
shots of medaling—that was a
great showing for Canada," said
Hollinger, who noted that the
national varsity golf team has finished near the bottom of the pack
in recent years.
Hollinger attributes the increasing calibre of Canadian varsity golf
to "stronger players" and "better
coaching," but is concerned that
many young Canadian golf talents
are lured away to the US in the
hope of gaining more exposure
and playing higher levels of competition.
"We currently have 43 5 kids
going to the US on scholarships, but
I would say that 20 of them are on
full scholarships," he said.
Some members of his team are
students that have already tried the
US circuit, and have since returned
to Canada, Ciesielski noted.
"They didn't like the schedule,"
said Hollinger. "They weren't happy
with the level of competition they
played—it wasn't as strong as advertised. They couldn't afford to keep
going to the school in the US either."
Although many universities
across Canada still consider golf "a
minor sport," Hollinger is enthusiastic about the support varsity golf
is getting from schools in Ontario
and Quebec.
Men's and women's golf runs
under Canadian Interuniversity
Sport's flexible funding and service model, meaning the Royal
Canadian Golf Association takes
responsibility for the largest part
of the costs and organisation of
the yearly Canadian university
championships.
Hollinger is hoping that young
Canadian student golfers following Victor Ciesielski will be
encouraged to hone their craft in
Canada.
"We certainly have an education
system that's second to none and
our kids are now getting the opportunity to play all year around against
higher level competition." @ -- \A THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 26 September, 2006
Culture
Passion and anarchism with Bakunin
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SFU Professor Mark Leier aims to dispel
some myths about anarchism
by Andrew Cheng
CULTURE WRITER
Mark Leier, Professor of History at SFU, has
recently put out a new book titled Bakunin: The
Creative Passion. To celebrate, a book launch
was held at the Vancouver Public Library downtown on September 20 with a talk from Leier
about his new book, followed by a question and
answer session. The event attracted a diverse
crowd of about 80 people, and the atmosphere
was positive and friendly.
Leier explained that part of the reason he
decided to write a book on Mikhail Bakunin,
one of the founders of anarchism, was
because of the similarities he saw between
BC labour (his area of specialty) and the anarchist workers in the early 20th century.
Another reason he wrote this book was that
although there were many books on Bakunin,
many of them narrowly focused on the
"facts" alone, trivial points such as what
sweater Bakunin was wearing at a particular
time, and they contributed little to a fuller
understanding of what he was all about.
Leier's book is meant to get Bakunin's central ideas across and avoids making it a strict
biography by offering some 19th-century history as well.
Leier describes Bakunin as someone who
represented the politics of optimism. He wasn't one who liked to settle for less, and not
one to buy into what elected officials often
said "is the best we can do." This attitude
always made him ask the bigger question,
and not settle for temporary immediate success. Bakunin saw those who settled for less,
like  the  "compromising reactionaries,"  as
threats to freedom because of their cunning
tactics such as opening the door to reforms
but slamming it shut when it came to real
meaningful change. These people included
so-called "Liberals," who would claim to
embrace revolutionary ideas, but always
ended up selling out. He also considered
institutions such as the Church, the media,
and the state as threats to freedom.
There are times
when revolutions
are impossible and
others when they
are inevitable
With regards to social change, Leier says
that Bakunin believed historical events,
facts and the moods of the time played an
enormous role. Therefore, although he
believed strongly in political organisation,
he thought that revolution could not be artificially induced, as a Leninist might believe.
There are times when revolutions are
impossible and others when they are
inevitable, he adds. It makes one ask, with
the increasing frequency of massive
protests erupting around the world (such as
those in France over the proposed change to
unjust labour laws this past summer, as
well as the rallies around the United States
against the War in Iraq), are we living in a
time of social change?
Anarchism is probably the most misunderstood political philosophy in existence,
and Leier's talk helped clear up some issues
surrounding the ideology. The word anarchy is often used in political and popular
culture to mean chaos and destruction.
However, most anarchists reject such ideas
and instead stress cooperation. The word
anarchy is derived from a Greek word that
means "no ruler," and the idea isn't as radical as it sounds; although many people do
not call themselves anarchists, many will
perhaps identify with some of its ideas once
they're explained.
Anarchism is essentially a rejection of all
illegitimate forms of authority. Prominent
anarchist and retired MIT professor Noam
Chomsky said that to him, anarchism "is an
expression of the idea that the burden of
proof is always on those who argue that
authority and domination are necessary.
They must demonstrate, with powerful
argument, that that conclusion is correct. If
they cannot, then the institutions they
defend should be considered illegitimate."
It is important to note that anarchists generally believe that social change is most effective through direct action, and not through
representatives in Parliament or Congress.
Examples of direct action can be found in
the actions of the Civil Rights movement in
the US such as leafletting, forums, sit-ins,
bus boycotts and rallies. Looking back, one
wonders whether the gains of the movement were a result of the benevolence of the
elected officials, or of mass organisation. @
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