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Tuesday, January 7,2003 <"*? **&»* ^riq- Volume 84 Issue 26
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Where is our LKPass?
TransLink's 2003 plan pledges
to increase transit access
by Kathleen Deering
TransLink unveiled its 2003
Transportation Plan oyer the holidays, and the most relevant statement for students at UBC being a
pledge to complete negotiations
with UBC about a universal bus pass
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
. and TransLink are in the fourth year
of discussion over the U-Pass, which
is planned for September 2003. VP
External Tara Learn said she is happy
that UBC was a focus of TransLink's
2003 plan, since UBC is,the second
largest commuter destination in
Vancouver after downtown.
She said the AMS will vote on
whether or not they support the current negotiated agreement with
TransLink during the January 15
council meeting.   ■
If the AMS passes the proposed
agreement, UBC might hold a referendum in February to determine.
student support for the pass—which
would be mandatory for all students
and cost $20 per month..
Almost 6000 SFU students voted
in the school's U-Pass referendum,
which was held November 12-14. A
majority of students voted in favour
of the U-Pass with results
announced in December.
The SFU U-Pass will be implemented in May 2003, and will cost
$23 per month.
One concern voiced is that more
students will take buses when the U-
Pass is implemented. "What happens if all of a sudden 36,000 students have this pass? Will you now
see, instead of two buses passing
you by, twelve buses passing you
by?' asked Learn. *UBC is a high
ridership area."
Bill Lambert, program manager
of project planning for TransLink,
acknowledged increased bus services must accompany the probable
increased use of TransLink's services following agreement on a U-pass
plan with UBC.
TransLink has pledged 23,000
new hours of additional service to
UBC in September, adding 34 additional trips to various well-used
Translink will also be piloting the
re-introduction of the  Night Owl
$63 DOLLAR RIDE: Third-yea? creative writing student,' Karen Black, flashes her pass to get on the
bus. Hopefully next year she" will only pay $20 for a U-Pass. nic fensom photo
Service, bringing back the popular
late-night transportation1' service
that was cancelled in October 2001.
One ofthe routes will likely link UBC
to the downtown core, said Lambert
The Night Owl service bugea.will
run four or five routes from downtown, operating only ori Friday, and
Saturday nights until 5am—essentially creating a 24-hour bus service.
"We're going to moniter the performance and see how it does and
expand or cancel it depending on its
See "Transit"on page Z
Women back on fop!
NUMBER ONE IN CANADA WEST! Libero Jasmin Yi-p contributed
10 digs to Monday's win over SFU. See page 8. nic fensom photo
NEWS: Dropping out
National student organisations
face change. Page 3.
CULTURE: Ooh, Leo...
Movie, music and book reviews.
Pages 4-5.
SPORTS: It's a split!
UBC men's hockey splits with
Regina in high-scoring series.
Page 8.
FEATURE: Pleasantville?
Is UBC's south campus development all it was cracked up to be?
While you were gone.,,
r Campus events over the holidays
by Chris Shepherd
and Kathleen Deering
The campus is still standing. It didn't burn down while you were busy
studying or busy not studying. News
at UBC was pretty tame but here is a
• summary of a few things that hap-
Liquor store opens!
After   more   than   a year   of
rumours that a liquor store would
open,   near    UBC,    it    opened
December    18    in   the
University   Marketplace
'amid little fanfare.
The store was almost
completely stocked and
- ready to open for business
September 12, but instead
remained closed due to an
order by the BC government, which put a hold on
the opening of all new
liquor stores. The provincial government was con- PIPER
sidering privatising the'1
province's liquor stores,    j
A petition organised calling for
the store to be opened was subsequently delivered to Premier
Gordon Campbell's  constituency
office. The petition was organised
by BC Liquor store workers and
merchants and had over 6000' signature The liquor store is in the
Campbell's Vancouver-Point Grey
riding. , ~
The   fate   of  the   store   was
unknown    until    it   "opened   'in
December. '
Piper's pay purriped      ?
2 I
Dr Martha Piper received aij.
early Christmas present when she
was re-appointed president of UBf
and received a 30 per cent increase
in pay this December,    t
Piper now earns
3350,000 a year and is eligible for up to $50,000
more if she meets performance standards set by the
UBC Board of Governors
Piper last received a gay
increase in July 2001 when
her salaiy increased 2 5 per
cent   from   $215,000   to
$2 70,000.  That increase
came about after a survey
was done of Canadian universitjes
and"their presidents salaries, which
found Piper's pay lower than her
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"Transit" from page 1.
performance," said Lambert
He said transportation pfanners ,
do not know for sure when the service would be implemented, but
named June or September as
For students who live on campus,
Learn said, night buses would be
ideal since bars downtown close
later than the last bus. Offering an
alternative method of transportation
to drinking and driving would help
ensure students' safety.
"I guess [night buses] would be a
pretty good idea. Convenient for
people who live on res," said first-
year   Science   student  Peter  Tse,
adding he would support the U-Pass
when it comes to student referendum.
Other pledges TransLink made
are new services connecting
Richmond Centre to Metrotown,
services connecting North Delta,
Richmond City Centre and
Vancouver International Airport, as
well as continued enhancements to
. the, 4 80, route to Richmond.
' "I would use [the new services] of
course," said, third-year art history
student Suzanne Carlson, while
waiting  for  the   number  2 5   bus.
Carlson often has to wait for Eve or
six buses to goby before she can get
to campus    -   Y
"It's frustrating that everyone
always deals with the same thing at
the beginning of the year every
year," she added. "At least
[TransLink] is making an effort.
We'll have to see whether the
changes actually help and. whether
they occur at the right time." ♦
"Holidays" from page 1.
Colleagues'.      ,-
Her salary is described as being
on par with presidents of similar-
sized Canadian universities such as
the University of Toronto and McGill.
Piper became president in 1997
and her re-appointment will run
until November 2007.
Continuing with the consultation
process on tuition increases begun
late lastyear, UBC will be hosting several open forums across campus in
These forums will be held at Gage
(January 8) and Fairview (January 9)
residences, the SUB conversation pit
(January 10} and at the Graduate
Student Centre (January 17).
The university is proposing a base
30 per cent increase to all students'
tuition and greater increases for engi-_
neering  and  pharmaceutical  sciences.
These forums will give students a
chance to hear the university's rea-
- soning for the increases and to ask
questions about the proposal.
The university will present the
proposal to the BoG at the board's
January 27 meeting.
Both the Alma, Mater Society and
the Graduate Student Society have
asked that the consultation period be
extended to allow for greater consultation with the students. That request
has not been granted.
The BoG has to approve the new
tuition levels before they can be
administered to students. Should
they be approved they will take effect
starting with the upcoming summer
Don't forget to bring your, Brian,
Sullivan consultation mask with you,
found in the Ubyssey's December
TAs stuck in mediation
, <> ■■•  - - *
TAs and markers took a strike
vote just as school was ending in
December, which resulted in an 87
per cent vote in, favour of job action.
TA Union President Alex Grant
said in an e-mail that Union execu-
tives did not
want to wait for
the university
to approach the
TAs over the
because they felt
they would lose
influence closer
to the end ofthe
A 72-hour
strike notice was issued by the
Union, meaning TAs would have
been in a legal position to strike at
8:30am on December 19. The university, however, responded to the
notice by applying for mediation,
and appointed a chair of mediation
services to help the two parties
arrive at an agreerhent'*
While in mediation, no legal
strike action can be made by an
employee under BC Labour
TAs plan to hold a General
Membership Meeting January 9 to
discuss preparations for strike action
and the results of mediation. •>
/-tuition .;,... . •; ■■  .*
The University Administration is once again planning to
raise your tuition fees. This will mean that, if the
Administration's plan is approved, those of you in Arts or
Science undergraduate programs will be paying 30%
"|more (or approximately an $800 increase) in tuition.
Engineering, Pharmacy, and Commerce students will pay
even more than that.
The AMS, your student society, is extremely concerned
that the UBC Administration is making this proposal
without providing sufficient information to justify the
tuition increase. The Administration has failed to provide
information on where the money from this tuition
increase would go; it has also not issued a quality report
card to demonstrate how the money from last year's
iricrease actually improved the learning environment; and
it has not provided the promised report on operational
efficiency, which would show whether the University is
spending wisely.
The AMS believes that students must be offered a chance
to provide feedback on the tuition proposal. The
University is currently planning to approve the tuition
increase at the Board of Governors meeting in January,
which leaves very little time for meaningful consultation
with students.
Be sure to voice your opinion on the tuition proposal,
and/or send your comments directly to the UBC
Administration at: tuition@interchange.ubc.ca. To get in
touch with your AMS President directly, email:
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Check out our website at: www.ams.ube.ca/sle for more info on how you can become a better
leader and make a difference on campus. We are looking for motivated students to get involved and
learn through a series of workshops and mentoring networking sessions. Take the lead-the future is
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the 3rd annual UBC Sustainability Conference titled: "Future Connections - Connecting Students to
Professionals in Sustainability". The keynote speakers this year include: Dr. Bill Rees, Helen
Speigelman, and Dr. Freda Pagani. Interactive discussion panels will focus on topics such as land
policy and development, energy and architecture, economics, and international development.
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"I think it's good because the university is
already kind of a community so now we
can have our own, yay, our own liquor
store1 so now we don't have to go far
places...and it'll be good for beer gardens—
for example, if you run out of beer, you
don't have to go all the way and get more.
It's already easy, enough to get liquor on
campus so I don't think it's going to make
much of a difference."
—Eagranie Yuh
Science 5
"I guess it's a good idea. I mean, people
are going to go and drink and get alcohol
wherever, so maybe not having to drive
and get it [would be a good thing]. I mean,
I know a lot of people who go to parties
and they go to pick up some more alcohol...it might be good to have it close."
—Vanessa Hume
Arts 3
What do you think of the new BC Liquor Store
at University Marketplace?
"A large part of university life is drinking copious
amounts of' alcohol.-1 guess it's a good thing. I don't
know if everybody could handle having that much booze
that close to them...they might go a little hardcore. For
those who are mature enough to handle it...I guess it's
fine-- I'd use it for sure. It would be a convenient place to
buy booze,"
,7 —Hugh Egerton
"'■■■ .4':     "'■" Arts 3
"I don't think it's a great idea, but I don't
think it's a bad idea. I just don't think it's a
big deal. It's school, you know. People are
going to get it one way or another. I don't
think we should be supporting drinking on
campus." .    ;..
—Keilani Lee
Arts 3
U of A drops
out of CASA
Alberta becomes
second school to
leave the national student organisation in 2002
by Jhenifer Pabillano
Alberta Bureau '   :
EDMONTON (CUP)-The Canadian
Alliance of Student Asspciations
(CASA) lost another member in early
December when the University of
Alberta Students' Union chose to
withdraw from the national student
lobby group. ',:
After three hours of debate, piem-
bers of Students' Council, the governing body of the students^ union,
approved a motion to withdraw* from,
CASA by a vote of 25 to T8.: This
moves'come: on the heels of Grant
MacEwan College's exit from the
lobby group. ;
Supporters   of  the  withdrawal;
argued that the money speiit oh
CASAr a^average of $41,750 per year
over the past- four years, was not-
worth the  results  seen  from the
"I'm not sayingthat federal lobbying is nojt a-concern," said Anand
^harriia,' vice-president (external) during the debate. "What I am asking is, is
it worth the money we are putting into
the organisation? My answer is no."
Sharma sparked debate over CASA
membership after returning from its
annual general meeting in May and a
lobby conference in October- with.,
questions about the organisation's
structure and its effectiveness on the
" national scale^   ' •
Sharma and Chris Jones, the engineering   councillor,   say  that  the
money for CASA fees could be better
used to concentrate on provincial lobbying, which they say would most
directly address  student concerns.
j Suggested uses of the funds included
2' strengthening the Students' Union's
provincial lobby group, the Council of
•   Alberta University Students (CAUS)Y
But Councillors supportive of CASA
membership said that the Students'
Union did not have to choose between
federal and provincial lobbying, but
could instead put money into both.
Mike Reid, the Students' Union
Undergraduate Board of Governors
representative, said a presentation
given to council by a delegation of
CASA members last week convinced
him of the effectiveness of their federal lobbying efforts.
"We are being, for lack of a better
word, pissy. If they don't want to play
our game, we want to take our ball
and leave," said Mike Reid. "If we
want to spend more money on provincial lobbying then do it, but I don't see
a principled reason for us to pull out
of CASA at this stage. I don't think saying federal issues are not important is
not a reason to get out of CASA."
"Staying in CASA is a risk, but it is
by far more beneficial to take this risk
and to try and to put every effort we
can into making sure that CASA is
being cost effective," said Chris
Samuel, a science councillor. "It is far
more important than removing any
element of chance of doing anything
on the federal level."
After the meeting Sharma said the
victory was a relief. After months of
working through the debate, his view
that CASA is a flawed organisation
was vindicated.
For the next four months of his
term, Sharma said he would focus on
the CAUS and attempt to provide
more organisation and continuity to
the loose coalition of the four Alberta
Liam Arbuckle,  national' director
. of CASA, said the U of A's departure
was definitely disappointing, but said
CASA harboured no animosity toward
the studentsY .union. :•
"First and foremost they'll be
missed at the table," said Arbuckle.
"The U of A has been one of the ISad-
..ers in CASA,- and thatwilTba missed,
as well as the obvious financial
effects. But I think for the most part
it'll be business as usual."
Arbuckle surmised that since the
student movement often changes
with each year, U of A's priorities and
perspective this year simply didn't
coincide with the ideals of CASA.
But Arbuckle was sorry to see the
U of A go at a time he considered to be
the most exciting. "With a new prime
minister coming in, this is the time
when you get to influence policy.
Chretien stayed for too long—10
years—so when is the next time going
to happen?" ♦ ;
!CFS unveils fresh tactics for New Year's campaigns
by Kevin Groves
BC Bureau Chief
Tired of being defined as irrelevant protesters in the media,
the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) plans to use new tactics in 2003 to continue their campaign against higher tuition.
Leaders of the student lobby group said they plan to form
closer ties with other special-interest groups—such as seniors
organisations and labour councils—to create broader public
support for lower tuition in Canada.
"Right now we know there is incredible public support for
lower tuition but we're hoping this move will make the idea
more of a priority to governments," said Summer McFayden,
BC chair ofthe CFS.
To help create that broader support, the CFS—which represents 425,000 students across the country—has planned summits in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Ontario and Sydney,
Nova Scotia this semester. A national summit will then be held
in Ottawa.
The idea is to raise public awareness of what the financial
impediments to a university education are and what possible
solutions are, CFS leaders said.
"[The summits] are not designed to be a demonstration,
and they're not about the number of people who turn out," said
Ian Boyko, national chair of the CFS. "They're about getting
groups in the community together and making people feel
more included.'
Michelle Kinney, chair ofthe University of Victoria Student
Society (UVSS)-a CFS affiliated school-added that another
new tactic being tried this year is "silent protest." This uses theatrics, such as binding and gagging protesters to represent
their views falling on deaf ears, to get the message across.
"What we're trying to do is find ways to accentuate the pos-~
itive, so we can get away from the perception that our demonstrations are just another angry protest," said Kinney.
It is likely that there will be some success this year in CFS
campaigns, the leaders said.
Boyko said the CFS is due for some progress in BC. This is
because the province is in the second year of a three-year 90
per cent tuition hike, said MacFayden.
Boyko believes the CFS is slowly winning a public relations
battle in the Western province as more ofthe electorate warm
to the idea that higher tuition fees hurt accessibility.
"The more the current BC government [does], the more they
show that they're not interested in the public good, and now
the honeymoon period is quite over," said Boyko.
According to a December 19 Ipsos-Reid poll, the BC
Liberal government currently has the support of 44 per cent
of decided voters. That's down from 71 per cent after the
2001 election.
Boyko added that the CFS had a fairly positive fall last
semester in terms of recruitment.
The lobby group added the University of Toronto to its
membership after a November referendum held at that school.
Its main competitor, the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA), recently lost the University of Alberta and
Grant MacEwan College, two of its major members.
"So we're riding that wave right now, and we're getting
stronger," Boyko said. "It's going to be a good year."* ri'CSi ,Sis...
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by Michael Schwandt
Catch Me If You Can is a film based on a book based on
a true story. Although most audiences know nothing
about Frank Abagnale Jr—a man who defrauded countless banks and others of $2.5 million, all the while posing as an airline pilot, a physician and a lawyer—this
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As a teenager, Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) inadvertently learns the basics of the con's art by watching his father,
a failing businessman (played to sad-eyed perfection by
Christopher Walken), attempt to evade the IRS through
small financial deceits. Soon, Frank is getting his kicks—
and Frank Sr's approval—by masquerading as a teacher in
his own high school. Of course, it's only a movie minute
before Frank is cashing forged cheques for thousands of
dollars. 'You always told me that an honest man has nothing to fear," he writes to his father, "so I'm trying my best
not to be afraid."
DiCaprio, who with continued quality performances
may yet shed the unfair shackles of his teen heart-throb
public image, delivers an exuberant portrayal of the
young con artist. Constantly grabbing at opportunities and
dodging the law, he is always confident enough to be compelling yet in the same breath endearingly insecure. Tom
Hanks makes for an affable straight-man as Carl, the FBI
agent who seems to drive himself mad in chasing Frank
across the country and around the world.
Unfortunately, the film's portrayal of women is quite
disappointing. The minor female characters serve
entirely as unpleasant accessories to the escapades of
the males. Eventually, the stammering and helpless
woman that Frank Jr hopes to marry nearly leads to his
capture—luckily, he escapes with an entirely new group
of women that he rounds up the next morning: he uses
a bevy of attractive stewardesses to distract ogling police
as he walks through an airport This blatant objectifica-
tion might be amusing if the film contained a single positive female character—it doesn't
For a lighthearted movie, Catch Me If You Can contains
considerable tension, courtesy of the actors and director
Stephen Spielberg; the movie's sequences more than
carry the weight of its 140-minute running time. Some
heavy-calibre acting and directing talent make this lightweight movie worth seeing. The marketing slogan for
Catch Me If You Can reads, "The true story of a real fake,"
and while that phrase is more challenging than any of the
storyline, good things can come in plain packages. ♦
Those are the breaks: breakbeats
Global Underground: Barcelona
by Patrick Lok
Whether journeying through the epic
trance of Sasha and Digweed or the
deep house of Danny Tenaglia, the
Global Underground crew, in its 23-
release existence, has always been
synonymous with quality. Its newest
member, James Lavelle, head of the
trip-hop label Mo' Wax, was handed
the decks to mix up the latest two-disc
installment, GU023: Barcelona.
James Lavelle's reputation for
blinding breakbeat sets has always
included a love of hip-hop—he is a
former member of legendary innovating group U.N.K.LYE. This mix
varies from the traditional 4/4 beat
a state of auditory ecstasy.
Disc  Two's  beginning   sees   ac
,. return to the 4/4 kicks of house,,
music;  the layered drum patterns!
and  deep vocal of Pitch Black's
"Underground Sound" set the tone.
The album concludes with an Oasis- •
sounding number,  a  downtempo
vocal mix of Doves' "There Goes The
Fear," produced by who else but
James Lavelle's Unklesounds.
Judging by the stark contrast
between this Global Underground
release and its predecessors, give
credit to the CJuboxed label heads for
taking a chance on a new direction
and_ attempting to_ develop their
sound. However, their gamble does
not go unrewarded; with Lavelle's
sparkling melodies and soulful
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that has marked all previous Global
Underground releases; it is the meticulous construction of Lavelle's mixes
that has garnered him rave reviews
as a DJ.
Disc One ushers us in with
Lavelle's own Unklesounds intro,
quickly melding into the blinding
"Mongrel...Meets His Maker." A protege of Lavelle's Mo' Wax imprint, DJ
Shadovy's guitar-led track is set in an
unconventional yet relaxed 6/8 time
structure. Its melancholy pianos lead
into Leftfield's "Dusted," with a
harsh rap vocal'over slow, steady
breaks. Lavelle finally mellows out,
unleashing his mind-blowing
Unklesounds rework of indie singer
Ian Brown's "FEAR." As gentle
strings fade in, the male vocal and
drum patterns kick the listener into
Walkmen kill the radio
lyrics with eyes-closed, gritted-teeth
soul and nostalgia, while the band
teases you with heat and patience.
They understand that all the fun is in
the seduction.
Tracks like "French Vacation," "It
Should Take a While" and "We've
Been Had" have atmospheric pianos
and guitars that hypnotise you, and
in "Roll Down The Line" a defibril-
lated heartbeat rhythm pushes you
out and keeps you  from floating
away at the same time. The plodding
beat ofthe outstanding "Wake Up" is
as  close  to  radio-friendly as  the
Walkmen will stray, but repeated listenings  of other
tracks,   like   the
slow   inferno   of
the    title    track,
slake my thirst for
thoughtful rock n'
If    you    like
spending      time
thinking       hard
about your music,
this   album   will
give     you     the
breath of fresh air
that you just don't find too often.
This   album   moves   at   different
speeds and in opposite directions
simultaneously. Thankfully, a band
is recognising that there are some
listeners who want a bit more out of
their tunes. Going by the fact that the
major record stores in Vancouver
still aren't stocking this title regularly, this might be the biggest secret
that eveiyone else knows about. Do
what it takes to get the disc in the
tray, because it won't be leaving once
it's in there. ♦
Everybody Who Pretended to Like
Me is Gone
[Startime] -
by Aman Sharma
Try to tell me you haven't noticed it.
There's a glut of bands right now, all
of them very garage-indie in a conspicuously popular way. Most of
them have similar styles, with the
Messy Indie Hair and the Tight Indie
Pants that show off the requisite
Indie Packages-. Also, most of these
bands sport a
name that is a
throwback to the
late fifties and
early sixties—I like
to call them The
Plural Nouns. The
Hives. The Vines.
The Strokes.
The Walkmen
are a plural noun
band, but plu-
ralised a bit differently than the rest
If the Strokes are full-bodied Merlot,
then the Walkmen are Be^aujolais:
they're less obvious, less widely consumed and much more thoughtful.
The Walkmen are not going to give
you a bushel of mega-hits, and that's
the best thing about them.
Their 2002 album Everybody
Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone
is a diaphanous layering of harmonies and rhythms. You get the
feeling of a guided wandering
through the album. Frontman
Hamilton Leithauser delivers his
•%, rj.«si   s  %r: |ij
10) Interpol, Turn on the Bright
New York, New York; 'garage',
'rawk'; whatever. This decidedly
smooth NYC band conjures up a
wall of sound, textured with shimmering guitar and a pelting rhythm
section. Mostly droning prettily,
with well-timed petulant outbursts,
Turn on the Bright Lights is like
your old Joy Division tapes on
designer uppers. On behalf of
Vancouver, the Ubyssey would like
to apologise for the fact that the
band's gear was stolen when they
graced the Royal over the summer.
—Michael Schwandt
9) Sleater-Kinney, One Beat
Back from having babies and
coping with September 11, Sleater-
Kinney sounds stronger than ever.
"Far Away" is the best song to
address the attacks on the World
Trade Centre so far. Not all the
songs are so heavy; One Beat is fun
without trying too hard, while still
heartfelt and inspiring.
—Duncan M. McHugh
8) Quix*o*tic, Mortal Mirror
Sisters Christina and Mira
Billotte, along with bassist Mick
Barr, play lush, moody rock
music, perfect for cleaning your
room on a rainy day, which, if
you're a messy Vancouverite like
myself, means quite a bit.
"Anonymous Face" and "The
Breeze" are two of the most beautiful songs I heard all year. —DM
7) Sigur R6s, ()
Obviously, a band that releases
an album with blank pages for
liner notes—titled (), for goodness'
sake—is just begging to be
called pretentious. That said, we
just love (), this pretentious band's
pretentious follow-up to their pretentious 2000 breakthrough
album Agsetis Byrjun. This
Icelandic group's vocals are sung
in a fake language, but this
is music to build towering ice
sculptures to, not to sing along to.
Replete with majestic piano and
bowed guitar, the results are ■>
gorgeous. —MS
6) People Under the Staira,  Original
Soundtrack (OST)
An early release that preceded—
and frankly, defeated—Jurassic S's
Power in Numbers, Original
Soundtrack brought laid-back delivery of impressive rhymes, with
smooth-flowing beats and bass courtesy of producer Thes One. Beating
the sophomore jinx after People
Under The Stairs' also-acclaimed
Question in the Form of an Answer,
OST was hailed as a 'Soundtrack to
Summer' at many block parties. If a
few cynical heads refused to bob, it's
only because this 20-track opus may
come across as simply too much of
an unabashed celebration, but few
sane asses were left unshaken. —MS
5) Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Batties the
Pink Robots
Although this band has been serving up the psychedelics, with varying
doses of hallucinogens, for nearly 20
years, far too many people slept right
through their consistently blissful
releases. Finally, they've put out a
cloud-hopping dream of an album
that was able to wake just about
everyone up. Wayne Coyne, the war-
blingest singer out there, brings
every instrument you can name into
the mix with the rest ofthe venerable
Oklahoman trio. —MS
4) Young and Sexy, Stand Up For
Your Mother
The Nasty On's City Sick proved
that Vancouver can get ugly and rock,
but it was Young and Sexy who confirmed that residents of the ocean
city can be dowriright pretty with
their pop. A highly-anticipated local
release and a national campus radio
hit, Stand Up For Your Mother features the songwriting smarts—dare
we say genius—of Paul Pittman,
whose vocal harmonies with Lucy
Brain have been stuck in our heads
for months. — MS
3) Mountain Goats, AU Hail West
John Darnielle, an acoustic guitar
and a tape recorder—that's all that's
needed. Darnielle is one of indie
rock's greatest storytellers, and he
shows why with songs about Texan
death metal bands (check out the
"Hail Satan" chorus), fallen high
school running backs and lost loves
of all flavours. — DM
2) Sonic Youth, Murray Street
Murray Street proves that Sonic
Youth aren't the irrelevent New York
art rockers they've been portrayed as
the last few years. Accessible, immediate and noisy, this is their best
album since 1990's Coo—just listen
to "The Empty Page, "Plastic Sun" and'
"Karen Revisted." And their Vogue
show in August was incredible. —DM
1) Spoon, KiE the Moonlight
A party album for the mildly disaffected and those reluctant to
dance, Austin, TX's Britt Daniel and
his band Spoon hit their stride on
this, their fourth album. Be it
human beat-boxing on "Stay Don't
Go", or, thej twinkling^ organ riff of
"The Way We Get By/ Banief takes
indie white-boy soul to a new level.
A masterpiece. —DM ♦
It's a dope, dope world
by Brian Preston
[Grove Press]
by Shaun Stewart
2      -   CULTURE WRITER r    *
After reading Brian Preston's Pot Planet, I have
decided'two things about it First, despite my
expectations, it's really good. Most pro-pot literature is more along the lines of propaganda.
Pot Planet is just good story-telling. Second, it
took a lot of balls to write this thing.
Preston traveled across five continents in
search of marijuana culture, seeking out regular pot-heads along with those who view pot as
a vital part of religious celebration. I'd like to
know what he told border guards he was doing
in their countries.
The book is like the stoner's version of a
travel guide. But more fun. Preston's done an
excellent job of mixing his own story with
accounts of each area's history of marijuana
acceptance os grphibitioii. It is one of those rarities that is* actually both entertaining and
informative. .,,,,, '.<~-i
The tone of most of the book is pretty light,
as the author travels through areas where the
people are used to North American back-packers asking them where they can score some
weed, even though it's not likely many of the
visitors want to sit and talk about things that
can go into their global marijuana culture
books. Many of these areas, particularly in
Asia, have had the right to grow marijuana
freely for thousands of years, and have only
recently had to succumb to America's war on
drugs and prohibit this plant* .
There is also a focus on the movement in
North" America to supply people with marijuana medicinally, especially sufferers of epilepsy
and AIDS, and America's fear-induced move
away from the practice despite its success.
The book does get a little preachy toward
the end, as Preston tries to tack together the .
right mix of closing thoughts, but by then the
issue feels like it deserves it. Marijuana prohibition has had many ugly side-effects (and seriously, this is prohibition of a plant in its natural form, a plant that has been on this planet
for thousands of years longer than we have),
and Preston is right in suggesting a change is
required. ♦
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Immigration Lawyer*
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Skilled Workers
Family Sponsorship
PR Card Applications
Reasonable rates
Personal attention
Available after hours & weekends
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British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association
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Duncan M. McHugh
Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Anna King
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
The Ubyssey '<$ the official student newspaper of tte University of
British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday ard Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
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and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarly reflect the
views of Tlie Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University P^ess
(CUP) and adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in Vie Ubyssey is the property of Tlie
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artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the
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Letters to tlie editor must be under 300 words. Please include your
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A drunken Anna Kins swaggered into the fouui. Tin drmiu-
ii(ik!" she wheeled. "So am-blaaaaaaaah* Graeme Worthy spoke
int.i the toilet bowl. 'My parents are (jouna kill me i.[ lhey find
out we're trashing their joint.* said Nic fensom .18 he glided
into the room. Laura Blue downed her third mickey. "It's time
for.... teijuila., .vvhuooouou!* exclaimed Megan Thomas.
'Arrrrrribai* sang Michael Schwandt as he twisted his way into
the room. Joe Geary chugged down with Kathleen Deering. 'We
better not mix our alcohol,* she said lo Sarah Conchie 'ur else-
blaanaaaah.' They joined Worthy's prayers around tlie toilet..
Patrick Lok brought down the vodka. 'Just hook il up to a IV,
babyl* said Duncan M. McHugh, "whooooouo." "Just cha-cha!'
said a bootilidous Jesse Marchand .is ,-Vman Sharma downed a
shut of samlmca that didn't mix with the six Christinas Ales he
stole from Shaun Stewart. "This is exactly why I don't drink!"
shouted Hywel Tuscano as a strange herb smoked in his hands.
"Yahoooeee, it's utmost midnight*, sijuealed Chris Shepherd
and Parminder Nizher started counting down the seconds to
lhe New Year. "Three, two, one...Happy New Year,' yelled Kevin
Groves. Then designated driver Dan Morris .spoke up soberly.
"Uhh. guys. New Year's was List week!"
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we wish
that they
had made
We could all use a little self-improvement. Who
wouldn't like to lose a few pounds or get better
grades or take up a hobby...you get the idea. So
we all make New Year's resolutions of one kind
or another. But some people need a little more
than a slimmer figure or a more flattering transcript. Here are the resolutions we hope some
people made last week.
UBC President Martha Piper
Dr Piper resolves not to let details of future
massive pay raises be publicised while the university is in negotiations with the TA Union,
who is hoping to- recoup a pay cut Piper will
now be earning $3 50,000 a year (with potential
bonuses of $50,000, because—you know—someone earning $3 50,000 needs a little extra something to push them along), a 30 per cent raise,
while TAs, who earn an average of $9000 a
year, were hit with a 16 per cent pay cut
because of the rise in tuition costs.
Movie and music star Jennifer Lopez
J-Lo resolves to quit putting Ben Affleck in
her videos, because it is totally gross and we
don't like it.
Readers ofthe Province
Province readers (or at least those who write
in to the paper) resolve to not be such intolerant
fuckwits when it comes to gay marriage, adoption by gay parents and other issues. Check out^
Monday's letter section (page Al 1) for evidence
as to how not to do this. And by the way Miss so-
and-so from Burnaby, it's "add," not "ad," you
Vancouver Mayor Lany Campbell
Mayor Campbell resolves to uphold the
numerous promises made in the course of his
campaign for mayor. Larry afloV the COPE party
won the election because of the their strqng_
stances on the big issues of drugs, homeless
ness, transit and the Olympics. Since taking up
office the hard action has not been immediately obvious, but hopefully Mayor Campbell will
show those who voted for him that they didn't
mess up as badly as they did when they voted in
the provincial elections.
The Delly wraps
The wraps at the Delly (SUB basement)
resolve to get more moist and more filling.
Your prof
Your prof resolves to mark your papers and
tests in a timely fashion—when you're getting
docked ten per cent per day late on an essay,
maybe Dr Selfish could pull it together to get it
back to you within a month. And not to make
your TA do all the marking either.
BC Premier Gordon Campbell
Premier Campbell resolves to eliminate that
pesky opposition to all of his brilliant schemes
for the province. To do so, of course, involves
silencing those watch-dog groups and special
interest groups like students, teachers, parents,'
seniors and women. This would best be
achieved by making BC an island nation and
deporting anyone who isn't a rich white male.
The annoying issue of reproduction and replacing the aging population can be solved by bringing oyer Rael and his scientists and cloning
The Point
The Point, and every other nan-Ubyssey campus publication, resolves to turn down the suck
and turn up the good. Although we are waiting
with bated breath for this year's Official Cutest
Couple. Really.
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien
Prime Minister Chretien resolves to end the
pain of the country and his party and retire
right away. The man has been hanging on to the
top seat in the country like a tick on the neck of
a back-country hick. Wait Chretien, with his
whole little-guy-from-Shawinigan schtick, is a
back-country hick, which means...ewww.
The guy at Snack Attack
The guy at Snack Attack resolves to quit
checking to see if your $5 bills are counterfeit
and to maybe smile a bit more.
US President George W Bush
. President Bush resolves to take a chill
pill...seriously! He acknowledges that he has
gone mad with war lust and that he will stop trying to distract the US and the world from
America's dire domestic problems.
Furthermore, he resolves to fund alternative
energy programs so that he can let the oil-rich
Middle East be. ♦
Provincial Liberals' attack on student unions unjust
by Desmond Rodenbour
At the recent BC Liberal party convention, Shirley Bond (the"
Minister of Advanced Education)
openly admitted that she and her
government are considering making student union membership
'optional' in BC. This is an overt
attempt to attack and weaken student's rights to organise—simply
because. those
organised students
have voiced their
opposition to the
way the, government is managing  - -
post-secondary education in BC.
Ms Bond argues that the issue is
about freedom of choice, and that
students shouldn't be forced to
donate money towards
political/social messaging that
they might not support. This, of
course, is a convenient red her-^
ring—but more on that issue later.
Student unions play a pivotal
role, both on and off campuses.
They offer a means for students to
collectively voice their opinions to
campus administrations, the
media and the public at-large. They
offer services like tutoring, job-find
programs, campus safewalks, peer
counseling and more. And it's
patently unreasonable to try and
imagine the two-tiered advocacy or
services that might come to pass
with optional union membership.
If the student union succeeds in
opinior. J
fighting for a reduction in tuition
(or other fees) on campus, should it
only apply to those who have joined
the union? And if student representatives have fought for and forced
administrations to create programs
to improve campus safety, should
such safety be member only?
Should student unions start placing
staff at the doors of SUBs, checking
member ID?
Until recently,
our public post-secondary education
system in BC was
one of the best in
Canada; with stable funding, frozen tuition fees and
financial grants for up to four years
of study. And in less than 18
months, the BC Liberals have
attacked the post-secondary system
on all these fronts. Tuition is skyrocketing, student loans have been
gutted, and first-year grants cancelled. And the only viable people
who could raise these issues into
the public forum are under direct
attack from the government—their
very ability to exist might be legally
removed because the BC Liberals
don't want you to hear what they
have to say.
Recendy, student union officials from the Kwantien Students'
Association (KSA) met with Ms
Bond to discuss educational
issues. In the meeting, Laura
Anderson (the KSA Director ofthe
Surrey Campus)  challenged  the
minister on the issue of skyrocketing tuition—which numerous public polls have shown broad opposition to, both among students and
the public at-large. Ms Bond's
answer was that she had talked to
some students who supported
raising tuition. Rightly so, Ms
Anderson pointed out that even if
a small percentage of students
supported hikes in tuition, the government should consider the opinions of the majority of students,
and the opinions of the individuals those students had elected to
represent them—namely student
councils. Ms Bond disagreed—and
asserted that to her, every student's opinion was valid.
It's hard to believe that Ms Bond
and the BC Liberals can seriously
consider this as a valid way of
determining public opinion. Ms
Bond...there are tens of thousands
of post secondary students in BC.
I'm sure that with enough looking
you could find some that support
slavery or even public hangings.
But surely no rational person in
government would choose to act on
such madness, under the claim that
"every student's opinion is valid."
In a democracy, we should be
guided by the will of the majority,
while respecting the rights and
opinions of the minority—student
unions in BC operate this way.
Students have significant rights (far
more than BC voters) to participate
in the democratic process on their
campuses. Student fees, bylaw, are
raised or lowered only in accordance with bona fide referendums.
. Most student unions have easily
accessible impeachment processes
so that students can remove elected
officials they are not happy with.
Student representatives in BC are
chosen in open elections, where all
students can vote in an open and
fair process. For the most part, the
BC government does not abide by
any of these principles. Yet they'd
like you to believe that they're considering stripping student union
organising rights in order to make
student unions more accountable.
For decades, student unions
throughout the first world have
advocated on political and social
issues that matter to their membership. Student unions were at the
heart of stopping an unjust war in
Vietnam. They have become, to
some, the youthful conscience of a
democratic society. As such, many
second and third world dictatorships strip away students' rights to
organise, because they fear that
open opinion, debate and discussion of the issues are threats to
their propaganda and control.
Well...second and third world dictatorships...and the BC Liberals.
—Desmond Rodenbour is
the Policy Consultant for
Kwantien University College and
the University College of the
Fraser Valley. Call for Comments
The draft policy and accompanying procedures entitled "Consultation with Students about Tuition and Mandatory Fees" were presented to the
Board of Governors for information and review on December 2, 2002. They were prepared by a review committee of ten members, drawing from a
broad cross-section of the University community, and are now being presented to the community for public comments. The members of the
committee that formulated the proposed policy and procedures were:
Hubert Lai, University Counsel (Chair)
Derek Atkins, Associate Vice-President, Academic Planning
Michelle Aucoin, Executive Coordinator, Office of the Vice-President Students
Brian Bemmels, Associate Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration
Chris Fennel, Vice-President Academic & External, Graduate Student Society
Denise Lauritano, Director, Student Academic Services, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Tara Learn, Vice-President External, Alma Mater Society
Christopher Lythgo, Vice-President Academic, Alma Mater Society
Peter Marshall, Associate Dean, Faculty of Forestry
Brian Silzer, Associate Vice-President and Registrar, Enrolment Services
Feedback may be submitted by email to the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel® ubc.ca. All feedback should be submitted by
3:00 pm on January 14, 2003.
Subject to feedback from this public consultation process, it is expected that these proposed documents will be submitted to the Board of
Governors with a request for final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in January of 2003.
Policy #71
Consultation with Students about Tuition and Mandatory Fees
Approved: December 1994 Amended: January 2003 (Anticipated)
Responsible: Vice-President, Students
In order to have full information in making its decision about changes to tuition and mandatory fees and to meet deadlines for decisions in an
orderly fashion, the University will consult the elected student leadership and the affected portion of the student body. For the purposes of this
policy, "mandatory fees" are charges that require approval by the Board of Governors and that a student must pay to complete an academic
program. The general steps that shall apply to the consultation process are as follows:
1. There should be provision of information to the elected student leadership to allow informed advice.
2. There should be an opportunity for the elected student leadership to give thoughtful consideration to pertinent issues, consult their members
in concert with the University administration and tender their opinions and advice to the University administration.
3. In making his/her decision on a recommendation to the Board of Governors, the President should take into consideration the opinions and
advice of the elected student leadership. '
4. The elected student leadership should be given the decision of the President and the reasons for it.
5. The views of students should be conveyed through the elected student leadership directly to the Board of Governors before it makes its final
At any time, but especially in the second or third year of an approved multi-year tuition program, the University and the Alma Mater Society and
Graduate Student Society may agree upon simpler arrangements for consultation on a case-by-case basis.
Pursuant to Policy #1, "Procedures may be amended by the President, provided the new procedures conform to the approved policy. Such
amendments are reported at the next meeting of the Board of Governors and are incorporated in the next publication of the UBC Policy and
Procedure Handbook."
Consultation on proposed changes to tuition and mandatory fees will include affected portions of the student body and elected student societies.
Annual Report:
Annually, the University administration will publish a report of results from the previous year's tuition and/or mandatory fee changes.
Consultation Process:
The consultation process will include formal and informal discussions with the University administration, student societies and students.
Consultation may occur at any regular or special meeting with students, the student societies and the University administration.
Informal Consultation
Informal consultation may include general discussions about proposed changes to tuition and/or mandatory fees, student financial
support, the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, comparisons with other universities, student financial needs, and principles
guiding tuition discussions.
Informal consultation may be conducted at any time during the year
and may be initiated by the University administration or elected student societies.
Formal Consultation
Formal consultation will be conducted based on a schedule of formal
meetings and mechanisms prepared by the University administration,
in consultation with elected student societies.
The formal consultation schedule will allow sufficient time for students
and elected student societies to respond in an informed manner to
proposed changes and will be established as follows:
1. Within five working days after the Board of Governors has established projected tuition approval dates (which normally occurs at
their first meeting during the academic year), the University
administration wil! communicate the projected tuition approval
dates to the Alma Mater Society and, where applicable, the
Graduate Student Society.
2. During the 30 day period after the Board of Governors has established projected tuition approval dates, the University administration will prepare a proposed schedule for the consultation process, taking into consideration recommendations and feedback
from students and elected student societies.
The formal consultation process for the establishment of tuition and/or
mandatory fees will include the following elements:
1. In presenting its proposal for tuition and/or mandatory fees, the University administration will identify proposed changes to tuition
and/or mandatory fees and the rationale underlying those changes.
2. The University administration will request and receive recommendations and feedback from students and elected student societies to
inform the University administration's deliberation of changes to tuition and/or mandatory fees.
3. The final recommendation of the University administration for
changes to tuition and/or mandatory fees will be forwarded to the
Alma Mater Society and, where applicable, the Graduate Student
Society, in advance of the meeting at which the Board of Governors
will be asked to approve said recommendation.
The formal consultation process for the allocation of increased tuition
fee revenue will include the following elements:
1. The University administration will prepare a proposed allocation
plan for increased tuition revenue.
2. The University administration will request and receive recommendations and feedback from students and elected student societies to
inform the University administration's deliberation on tuition allocation recommendations.
3. The final recommendation of the University administration for the
allocation of increased tuition revenue will be forwarded to the Alma
Mater Society and, where applicable, the Graduate Student Society,
in advance of the meeting at which the Board of Governors will be
asked to approve said recommendation. 8
Block this!
Fourth-year Slovakian goalie Robert
File is serving a four-game suspension for his performance in the UBC
men's hockey November 30
matchup against the Saskatchewan
Huskies. File punched a nippy
Husky with his blocker pad in the
road series, and will watch from the
sidelines as backup Chris Levesque
takes up residence in the net for the
next three matches.
'. Rookie Kelsey Blair blazed
through the weekend with 26 points
for the women's basketball team as
the Birds improved to an 8-2. record
over the visiting Regina Cougars.
Blair, a first-year forward, headlined
a full-strength Bird squad to defeat
the Cougars 74-67 on Saturday after
a 71-62 win Friday. Coach Huband.
was pleased with the sweep, noting
that the team's beefed-up lineup,
especially the return of third-year
powerhouse forward Annie
Krygsveld, was a major factor in the
wins. The Birds will need all the
strength they can muster for the
upcoming gauntlet of home games.
Next week they're off to Langley and
the Trinity Western Spartans, before
preparing_ior   the   invasion—the
New Year's
7-3      Victoria
Vikes and the
still-tower-   "~~~~
ing SFU Clan will be
coming to  the  War
Memorial   Gym  for
the Birds' final home series ofthe
Those painful New Year's practices paid off for the men's basketball team as they handily defeated
the Regina Cougars on home court
this weekend. Fourth-year forward
Pat McKay dazzled fans with a 32-
point game in Saturday's 91-76 win.
while fellow front-courters Kyle
Russell and Corey Ogilvie contributed 5 5 points to Saturday's
102-78 victory.
'Last year," said Coach Kevin
Hanson, "othe'r teams focused on a
single player, but this year, they're
having a hard time handling our
Hanson will coach his team
through a weekend joust with the
Trinity Western Spartans in
Langley before turning his
thoughts to that other top team in
the Pacific Division. The Clan is
currently tied with UBC for first
place, and will battle the Birds the
following weekend.
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The men's team split their early
season start with the Winnepeg
Wesmen, dropping three sets to the
visitors on Friday night, and digging
out a 3-1 victory on Saturday night
Currently ranked tenth in the country,
the Birds are now 3-11, and will host
the Trinity Western Spartans January
The women have regained their
step after taking a tumble to the number-two spot in the country over the
break. They beat the unranked SFU
Clan in four sets on Sunday, and three
straight sets on Monday night ♦
Ice Birds split 19-goal weekend
by Dan Morris
The start of a new year meant the
chance for redemption for the UBC
men's hockey team. Ending 2002 on
a rather dismal note, the Birds had
amassed a lowly 2-14-0 record for
the first half of the season. Sitting in
the cellar of the league, however,
UBC was only Eve points back of
Regina and the last playoff spot heading into Friday's game against the
visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns. And
there was no better way to start
afresh than against the 'Horns, who
had issued two easy defeats to the
Birds in their last encounter.
With star goalie Robert File serving a four-game suspension for a
scuffle with a Saskatchewan player,
and five offensive players out with
various injuries, the 2003 debut
wasn't going to be easy, Coach
Milan Dragicevic put four defence-
men on the ice, a rare occurrence in
the hockey world. But first-year forward Nick Marach rose to the occasion, scoring 55 seconds into the
opening frame Friday night, as he
flicked a wrist shot past the
Pronghorns' goalie. The rest of the
period saw mostly even play with
Lethbridge fumbling the chance to
tie the game on a two-man advantage late in the first frame.
In the second period, UBC's
power play got to work, and star forward Corey LaFreniere banged in
the rebound off a shot from the
point to increase UBC's margin.
Before the crowd could react,
LaFreniere once again displayed his
offensive flair on a wraparound
effort, making the score 3-0. After
swapping a few minor penalties,
UBC put the gama,away with a
beautiful feed from
fifth-year forward Nils Antons to fellow frontman Steve Wilejeto, thwarting the opposing goaltender. It wasn't until 19:24 in the second period
that Lethbridge finally beat UBC
goalie Chris Levesque.
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exciting. Aftir sfoppmgl several
powenjilays with their strong penalty killing. UBC forward Jjlatt Reid
notched his fourth goal of the season. Several minutes later, teammate Antons converted pa a perfect
pass to set up a breakaway. He made
no mistakes, and Steve] McEachen
was ready in the slot to score again
for the T-Birds. Antons capped the
game off with another power-play
marker for the 8-1 UBC blowout.
After the game, coach Dragicevic
commented on the team's new attitude.
"We came in with a different attitude," he said. "We put the team
through a boot camp
to get prepared." The team
was on the ice every day during
the break, often for double practices.
LaFreniere, who scored twice, said
that the holiday break gave the Birds
a chance to reflect on their poor
record, and do something about it.
"We were hungry for the win,"
LaFreniere said, adding that consistency would be the key to the Bird's
continued success.
Levesque filled the net for the
suspended File this weekend, and
praised his team's defensive play.
"We take care of our own end, then
scoring will come naturally. The
defence did a great job." Levesque
will likely stay on the ice for the
next four games, with first-year netminder Joel Gibson as his backup.
Unfortunately, Saturday's outcome was a step back for the
Thunderbirds. Due to many defensive lapses, Lethbridge was able to
capitalise on numerous chances
and returned the favour, beating
UBC 8-2. This time around, much
of what was evident in the Friday
win was lacking, as the aggressive
intensity was only seen in small
pockets. LaFreniere did deliver a
parting shot to the victorious
' Pronghorns, however, scoring his
third goal of the weekend series.
UBC has shown the offensive
capacity to win, but their inconsistency continues to haunt them.
The beatable Manitoba Bisons,
second in the Great Plains
Division of the Canada West conference, hpst the Birds in
Manitoba this coming weekend. In
order to win, not only must the T-
Birds maintain their intensity
through 60 minutes, they must
also commit to team defence. ♦
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