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Several of Sian Bagshawe's teammates have suggested that she's
just a wee bit superstitious.
Well, even 'extremely superstitious'
might be a bit. of an understatement
Bagshawe, the goalkeeper for the
UBC women's varsity soccer team,
maintains that her routine is an
important part of her consistency.
* "Every game day I have this huge
routine that start3 the minute I wake
up. I have my lucky cereal, a banana,
my lucky cup I have water from,
what I wear on the way to the game,
lucky elastic in my hair. I just do
everything in the same order," and
the routine of it makes me focus, not
be so nervous...When I get into the
changeroom, I sit down and put my
headphones on and no one comes to
talk to me.',
Anyone willing to tackle the dangers and difficulties of goalkeeping
must, of course, be slightly eccentric;
In the high-pressure atawsphere
of varsity soccer, a goalkeepers job
just
TARA WESTOVER PHOTO
can often be thankless. Playing well
goes unnoticed, but one small mistake that ends up in the back of your
net turns everyone's eyes towards
you. In spite of this, Bagshawe, a
fourth-year Human Kinetics student,
has anchored the UBC team for the
past four years, and has proven to be
a pivotal player for the Thunderbirds
so far this season.
Bagshawe was fortunate enough
to earn a starting position for UBC in
her first yearA which allowed for her
' to develop and improve quickly into a
high-calibre keeper. "It was great,
first year, being able to play all the
time." says Bagshawe, "It was a bit
rough, though, because I was thrown
in. right away. I wouldn't change it if I
could. It was good for me to know
that I had to work hard to do well at
this level because my first year I didn't do very well Second year was
much better.'
Bagshawe was born in Zimbabwe,
and moved to North Vancouver at an
early age, She attended Sutherland
Secondary School, where she played
soccer. But she wasn't always the last
line of defence.
'I made the BC team in grade
eight as an out player, and then in
grade nine I started playing goal,'
explained Bagshawe, "I liked the
independence of it, doing my own
thing. The coach put me there and I
didn't complain.'
Bagshawe still makes use of the
skills that she acquired playing out
With her foot skills, she complies
with the an old soccer adage—just
because the goalkeeper is the only
player who can use her hands, doesn't mean that she should be the only
player who can't use her feet
The best save that Bagshawe has
made at UBC, in her memory, was an
acrobatic, full-stretch save against
Alberta two weeks ago that preserved a 1-Q UBC lead. When asked
about the other side of goalkeeping,
the thankless side, she said that dur
ing the first home game of her UBC
career, her first touch on the ball gifted a goal to an opposing player.
Although the first year might
have been a bit tough, this year
Bagshawe has lead the T-Birds to
their (somewhat surprising) best season in recent memory. Despite having seven rookies on the team, UBC
has lost only one game all season.
"On paper, for sure, last year was the
best team but this year if s more of a
team. Everyone gets along. We were
supposed to be rebuilding, but now
we stand at 6-1-3 and second in our
conference...The team chemistiy
this year could get us farther than
our talent last year did.'
Bagshawe admits that she is usually a bit distant from other keepers
on her team, but has made an exception this year with rookie keeper
Claire Lawrence. "Usually I'm not
overly friendly to other keepers...but
Claire and I get along really well...if
she needs help or advice, I help.
By Trevor Kew
With one year of eligibility left,
Bagshawe,^ among other veterans,
would love to have a shot at the CIAU
national championships this year.
UBC's Canada West semi-final
against UVic is tonight at 8pm in
Victoria, and the bronze-medal and
gold-medal matchups are set for
Saturday night Bagshawe says she
will be proud to wear the blue and
white this weekend.
"When I step on the field for UBC,
its a pride thing. You don't want
another school to beat you and your
school...you want to be the best My
goal all summer was to make the*
Canada West All-Star team, but [that}
really doesn't matter if our team
does well, so I don't even think
about that anymore. It would be,
great if our team won, that's all."
Of course Bagshawe wants to
win, but in keeping with her pre-
game ritual, she's keeping quiet,
staying focused—she doesn't want to
jinx it ♦ I Friday. November 3.2000
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Friday. November 3.200010
Strangway still generating questions
         by Ailin Choo
Even three years after he stepped
down as UBC president, David
Strangway is still being criticised for
his conduct during his 12-year presidency, and for his current influence.
At UBC's Annual General
Meeting (AGM) last week, Joe
Sutherland, an electrician with UBC .
Plant Operations, voiced his concerns about Strangway's role in
plans to establish a private university in Squamish.
Strangway spearheaded a campaign to start the private university,
which is expected to be a $ 100 million project which will serve
between 800 and 1200 students per
year.
While no plans for the university
have been finalised, Strangway
recently indicated that he is searching for funding to purchase the land.
Sutherland said that he is worried about the potential loss of UBC
faculty to the new institution. He
also expressed concern over the lack
of information available about a two-
year-old investigation into
Strangway's alleged conflict of interest in starting up the new university.
Through a Freedom of
Information request to the BC Office
of the Ombudsman, the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) initiated the investigation, asking for the details of
$10,000 in travel and personal
expenses claimed by Strangway
while he was on UBC payroll.
'I think we have a right to the
information and the right to know
what's going on/ said Sutherland.
Strangway did not return the
Ubysseys call3 by press time to
respond to the criticisms.
The AMS has indicated that it
received its first reply from the
Ombudsman last March, stating that
the initial request for the information had been received.
AMS Vice-President of External
Affairs Graham Senft said that he
does not anticipate that the case will
conclude soon.
The Ombudsman's Office
declined   to   comment   on   the
progress of the case, citing that its
statute requires that investigations
remain kept confidential.
Strangway's appointment as
president and CEO of the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation (CFI) also
sparked criticism at the AGM.
The CFI is an independent corporation set up by the federal government in 1997 to distribute scientific
research funding to Canadian post-
secondaiy institutions.
"He's got his fingers in so many
things that you wonder what his real
motivations are," said Sutherland,
who worries that this position may
also present a potential conflict
But David Pink, a member of the
CFI board of directors, said that he
sees no problems with Strangway's
numerous commitments.
Pink, who is also a physics professor at St Francis Xavier
University in Nova Scotia, called
Strangway an "excellent leader."
"Personally, I'm perfectly happy
with his commitments and with
what he does for the CFI," he said.
Strangway is well-known for suc
cessfully raising money for UBC,
much of which came from corporations.
' UBC graduate student Victoria
Scott, who actively protested against
Strangway during his term at UBC, is
particularly concerned by the use of
corporate funds on campus, specifically citing the extensive use of these
funds in building Koerner Library.
'I think corporations have no
place in libraries,' said Scott, who
added that she believes Strangway is
too concerned with profit
But Mary Anne White, another
member on the CFI board who is
also a Killam research professor at
Dalhousie University, said that the
annual renewal of Strangway's contract with the CFI is evidence of his
good performance.
"He's been renewed his position
by a. vote of confidence of the
board...I think this speaks for itself,"
said White, who added that
Strangway had competed with other
individuals for the position, and that
background checks were performed
on all of the nominees.
STRANGWAY: Members of the
public are questioning his role-
with the Canadian Foundation
for Innovation, richardlam/
UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
'He was the most qualified person for the position and there is no
information that leads me to be concerned,' she said. ♦
Youth less likely to vote in federal election
AMS campaign to promote voting, post-secondary education
by Scott Bardsley
A trend of low voter turnout among young people has led
UBC's student union to try to publicise the upcoming federal election.
An Elections Canada study from the
federal election in 1997 indicates that
people under the age of 2 S are 11 per
cent less likely to vote than older eligible voters.
As a result, the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) External Commission plans to
run a $2600 campaign encouraging
students to vote using a combination of
poster advertisements and events,
including forums for local election candidates and election-themed beer gardens.
Graham Senft, the AMS vice-president external affairs,
said that many students who are living away from home are
SENFT
simply unaware of how to vote.
'We just have to take the initiative to inform students
[and] it will be really effective," he added.
According to the Elections Canada study, voters are
seven per cent less likely to vote if they are unaware of voting options.
However, the AMS' strategy may not address the major
cause of low youth voter turnout, according to a UBC political science professor.
'Voting turnout is something that is greatly assisted by
integration into a stable community," said Richard
Johnston, a specialist in elections and polling. "In general,
people under 2 5 haven't yet hooked up with those kinds of
networks."
Johnston also said that because UBC is a commuter campus, only a fraction of students will be around during the
planned events. He asserted that a more direct campaign,
such as distributing information to students in classrooms,
would be more effective.
In addition to promoting voter turnout, the AMS plans to
spend $26,400 to advocate post-secondary education as an
election issue by running ads in local Vancouver newspa
pers and radio stations. The student union is hoping to raise
the profile of post-secondary education among the general
public and influence party opinion and public policy.
"A cynic might say that's a total waste of money, but that
fund was created by the students and I think we need to
make the case for education," said Senft, referring to the
AMS' External and University Lobbying Fund, which is
financed by a $3.50 levy paid by every student.
"The parties haven't really raised this [issue of eduction].
What we're trying to do is start the debate."
Johnston, however, said that the political parties set the
election agenda and that the Liberals and the Canadian
Alliance—which he considers the two major parties in the
election—do not likely have much incentive to talk about
post-secondary education because issues like health care
currently have more resonance with the public.
"Education is a veiy long-term kind of social investment
[that] trains skilled personnel for the next half-century, and
it's very hard for politicians to focus on that," he said.
The AMS campaign will span the last three weeks of the
federal election. ♦
Liberal platform weak on substance, say student groups
by Alex Dimson
As the Liberal Party opened its Red
Book policy statement for the
upcoming federal election this
week, student groups criticised its
promises for post-secondary education.
The Red Book—a 32-page document which lists the party's primary
goals if elected to govern Canada for
a third consecutive term—has devoted two pages specifically to education.
But this fact has disappointed
student groups, including the
Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS), which lobbies on behalf of
over 40 universities across Canada.
CFS national chairperson
Michael Conlon said that the election statement 'shows that post-seo
oridaiy education is really not a
major priority for the Liberals."
Mark Kissel, national director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, another national student lobby group, added that he
would have preferred to see 'more
concrete initiatives and more solid
proposals" in the policy booklet
But Stephen Owen, Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Quadra—the riding which includes UBC—defended
the policy, saying that education is a
priority for the party.
"You've got a party that's been in
government for the last seven years
and it has to be seen as additional
items on top of what they've done,'
said Owen.
The new statement contains
three specific promises related to
education, including establishing a
Registered Individual Learning
Account which the Liberals intend
to be an incentive for Canadians to
put money aside for education. The
plan sees the government topping
up the funds, with more going to
lower income earners.
In addition, the booklet promises
to improve the loan system for part-
time students, and to add to tax supports for learning, but does not give
details on how the Liberals would
implement these proposals.
Conlon said that the Red Book
fails to reflect the importance of education for Canadians.
He cited a recent Ipsos Reid poll
commissioned by the CFS, which
found that 76 per cent of Canadians
believe that Ottawa should increase
current spending to post-secondaiy
education.
Ted McWhinney, the retiring
Liberal MP for Vancouver-Quadra,
also said that education has been a
priority for his party.
"For education, the two Liberal
governments have demonstrated
concretely we're there," he said,
adding, "Eveiything in this period of
surplus is going to build on what
we've done or forgotten."
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McWhinney cited the introduction of the Millennium Scholarship
Foundation, a national system of
loans for students with financial
needs, as one way the Liberal government has benefited post-secondary education.
He also named the recent expansion of the Canadian Health and
Social Transfer (CHST) from Ottawa
to the provinces, and the Liberal's
emphasis on research funding as
signs of the party's commitments.
But some groups have taken the
party to task oyer its track-record on
post-secondaiy education since the
Liberal's took power in 1993.
Between 1993 and 2000, the
Liberals have cumulatively cut CHST
payments by $7 billion.
But McWhinney said that the cuts
were necessary given the high-
deficit budget the government faced
in the 1990s, but also noted that the
government is restoring the funding. In Febuary, the government
announced its plans to restore CHST
funding by $2.5 billion over the next
four years.
The CFS chair for BC, Anita
Zaenker, said that since the Liberal
government has been in power it
has been a 'wolf in sheep's clothing"
because of its massive cuts to the
CHST.
Conlon also added that this
year's increase to the transfer has
not gone to education. The
provinces and the federal government agreed that recent increase to
CHST would primarily go to health
care.
And until universities are actually compensated for the cuts,
Conlon said that the Liberal Party's
intention to increase research and
development funding is misdirected.
'It's Uke the want to renovate the
kitchen while the roof is leaking,' he
said.
Meanwhile, Jim Turk, executive
director of the Canadian Association
of University Teachers, which represents 30,000 university teachers-
said that the Liberals have taken
steps towards creating a twb-tiered
university system in Canada by
developing the Canadian Foundation
for Innovation (CFI) in 1997.
The CFI is a federally-funded initiative which provides $1.9 billion
in federal funds to universities and
colleges for research infrastructure.
Turk complained that the way
these grants are distributed allows
only some universities to flourish,
while other institutions which are
smaller or emphasise the liberal
arts are be ing le ft behind.
UBC received CFI funding for 19
projects last year, compared to one
project funded at Toronto's York
University.
But Owen said that the Liberals
recognise the importance of supporting research initiatives at all
universities.
"I think different universities
have different strengths and emphasis," said Owen.
The federal election will be held
on November 2 7. ♦	 ^[Friday,
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THE NEW WEST DOLLS
at the Picadilly Pub
Oct 31
'Who are the New West Dolls?' the handbill read. A Vancouver
super-group, including members of the Black Halos, Spitfires
and the Nasty On put together to pay tribute to the New York
Dolls. Who were the New York Dolls? The New York Dolls were
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Inspired by the MC5's ground-breaking album. Back in the
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foundation for CBGB's-era punk rock. Their first two records,
full of Stonesy rock clearly defined themselves through subject
matter. For all of their lack of success, people still buy their
records and even pay tribute to them.
The Picadilly Pub was filled with costumed rock revivalists
on Tuesday night to see New York punk brought back from the
dead. With Lester Bangs, Andy Warhol, and Dee Dee Ramone
walking around, it became clear that this event was not just a
tribute to a band but to an era. It was as if CBGB's had thrown
a costume ball.
The evening began with the Filthy Rockets' set of Ramones-
inspired rock that was pale and only incited the crowd's interest when they actually covered Ramones' songs. The other
opener, Bubble, gave an inspired set of unique and catchy '70s
punk. The female lead singer bashed away at her guitar and
bantered with the audience, complaining about the trouble
crossing the border.
"Turns out I'm in a band with three convicted felons. Don't
laugh, I'm fucking serious," she said. Bubble was an interesting mix of glitter and punk, making for a perfect opening act
for the New West Dolls.
The Dolls pranced onto the stage and immediately demanded booze. These local rockers had obviously done their homework. Every member of the band was dressed meticulously
like each New York Doll he was supposed to emulate. The lead
by Matt Whalley
singer, in red bell-bottoms just barely gripping his hips
brushed, the feather boa from his face and began speaking into
the mike as if he really were David Johansen. The whole band
struck their poses then asked what we wanted to hear.
Sounded like a test to see if anybody had actually ever spun any
New York Dolls records. One of the two Hunter S. Thompsons
present demanded to hear "Its Too Late," and their set began,
Johnny Thunders bobbed around knocking into things just
like the junkie icon would have. Killer Kane stood like a giant
over the rest of the band in beautiful knee-high boots and
stared.
The boys ran through a slick set of the Dolls' most famous
songs, sounding more like the Dolls of records than that of live
concerts. Hearing "Subway Train' and "Babylon" live was
incredible and helped eliminate any nervousness that the
band wouldn't be able to pull off a decent tribute to the bizarre
and influential New York band.
The Dolls put on a great show, perfectly mimicking the real
New York Dolls, but the acting between sets became tired. The
lead singer, David Johansen, did a great imitation, but listening to Thunders whining about wanting some beer in a fake
Bronx accent was boring.
The band had great energy that got the crowd hopping up
and down and screaming along with the lyrics. Near the end of
the" set they pulled two girls on stage from their ring of friends,
and played a Shangri-Las coyer, 'Great Big Kiss." This was preceded by Johansen's attempt to have a kissing contest that the
audience appeared not to take seriously. He had a bottle of
champagne for a prize, but with a lack of participants, the band
ended up drinking it
After a short set, the band left the stage, Johnny stripped his
wig off, and Andy Warhol joined the band onstage. They
encored with what sounded like a Black Halos tune that simply
didn't stand up to the Dolls' glam rock. The strong material
that the New York Dolls provided made this event a wonderful
reminder that rock and roll is still great music to hear live. ♦
Eimm
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EQLDEUT 15 STILL FRESH
COLDCUT
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Oct 31
The'Ninja Tuna record label's tenth
anniversary Xen Tour stopped in
Vancouver on Hallowe'en with a performance by the UK-based Coldcut The show-
was a trippy experience for both the eyes
and the ears, exhibiting the diverse talents
of Jonathan More and Matt Black, the duo
that makes up (Joldc ut
Amid Uii! barrage of equipment (including turntables, a video camera, .it lea>»t
three laptops, and a couple of mixers),
Colde ut produced some wonderful sounds
futed wiQi captivating video simultaneously projected onto two Vi'-by-Vi'
screens The experience began with .-oine
dam ehall--the sweet ragga vocals were
plentiful and tlui crowd atv up the old-
skool breaks.
In trademark Coldc ut ->tyk>, the samples were abundant The crowd showed ita
satisfaction when Coldcut subtly l-emixt-d
mo Orb's "Little Huffy Clouds* and sain-
plcd Maestro Fresh Wcs' "Let Your
Backbone Slide." The s-ounds wooed both
danceis and tramspolters alike
Joined by UJ OK halfway through tlie
s>how, tlie tone turned more introspective
as the music moved into downtempo and
the video scenes became more political.
Images of protegers being hoisted out of
trees in tlie Newbury B>pas>s incident {in
Newbury, England in 1996} illustrated
Colckut's awareness and interest in sodo-
polilfcat issues. Hie duo also gave .lirtiine
to the Adbusters commercial for
Greenpeace-huge, reeling dinosaurs
made of >.ars cast a cynical look at tlie environment
The show picked up 3gain with a rousing jungle trark integrated with footage
from Bruce Lee's original Enter the
Dragon. Another highlight was a video clip
from the Jungle Book, where Mowgli and
King Louie share soma time singing and
rhyming. Mixed over funky breaks, this
scratch sequence was delightfully childish.
yet complex in its execution. There were
also some shots of Vancouver scenery and
graffiti sent in, no doubt by viewers at the
show. The week before the show, Coldcut
a*ked people to t*«ul in images, making
the presentation fluid, uniting the local
with the global.
At times I wondered whetht r trie audio
and visual peiibrnnnce really w-iriTiled
throe (tux's plaxing with so imvh equipment What, exactly were t!vv do/'g'* I
'.uuU see that some of the video sequences
were prerecorded, and granted, mixing
videos, mixing sounds, and then combining the two is a bit of .1 job. but it .seeiu-.d
like a lot of posturing, too. Bat no matter
the effect was sensational. And it didn't
hurt that the three looked genuinely
appreciative for tlie appLuihp and thus
pLyed three, count \:m, three encoies.
1 felt as though I'd really gouen my
money's xvorth with this one: somti mental
stimulation, some parly hits, some dancing. Us»ii.ilty when I attend Ninja Tune
events I find that I enjoy the music, tint get
a little bored because the mu&it: xvas too
soothing or intelligent to dant e to but not
with this show. As 1 stepped onto a rainy,
leafy Water Stieet, I felt as though I had
been given plenty to laugh and Ihink
about And even though no words were
spoken (the show was ended with a
'Goodbye' message flashed on tho s< reen)
I felt as though [ had a < ham.ti tu *.ee into
Coldcut's thoughts, an wipejH'nco mora
intimate than your usual Uub run in. ♦
-Carmen Desormeaux
BONJOUR, LA, BONJOUR
at Telus Studio Theatre
until Nov. 11
To fully appreciate Michel Trembla/s plays, it helps to
have an understanding of the political climate surrounding them, since it is a key thematic device in his
writing.
Tremblay's Bonjour, La, Bonjour was originally produced in the mid 1970s—a time of political tension in
Canada, with Quebec struggling to define itself. The
Qaebecois playwright, one of Canada's most prominent, considers it his best work.
Bonjour, La, Bonjour deals with complex issues of
one family's quest to find love and understanding.
Serge (Jesse Cadotte) has just returned home from a
•_hree-month trip to Europe. He must confront his family members, who are all dependent on him for love
and sympathy.
Samantha Tse
Each of his four sisters needs and wants Serge differently. Lucienne (Meghan Gardiner), the eldest of his
sisters and Serge's mother figure, hides behind a
facade. She has betrayed her francophone identity by
marrying an anglophone doctor. However, she is
unhappy in her marriage and is having an affair with
one of Serge's friends.
Lucienne wants Serge to help her hide the affair and
bribes him with an apartment When Serge refuses the
offer, she threatens to expose the incestuous relationship he is having with his sister, Nicole (Nicole Braber).
Monique (Eva Lau), Serge's pill-popping sister is trying
to lure Serge into bed as she is hopelessly lonely and in
a constant drug-induced daze. Monique is also in a
failed marriage and looks to Serge for the love and support her husband never gave her.
Finally, Denise (Jessica Clements) is the sister who
suffers from weight and self-esteem problems.
Denise has had previous sexual relations with Serge
and although she tries to force herself upon him, he
rejects her. There are also his two elderly aunts
(Jessica Brunt and Lori Kokotailo) whose are more
concerned with food, pills, and TV than with love. In
the end, Serge refuses everyone but Nicole and his
■ father (Alex McMorran).
Theatre does not often touch the heart the way this
masterpiece succeeds in doing. Bonjour, LA, Bonjour
is difficult for actors as they are onstage for the entire
play, but the UBC cast met the challenge well.
What really made the performance work was the
timing of the actors. In a play where there is continuous action, timing is crucial to making the play work.
The cast was very well rehearsed and their delivery
was smooth and perfectly synchronised.
Many of the performances were memorable:
Jessica Clements plays the vulgar, crude Denise with
much audacity but without diminishing the importance of Denise's conflict; the ever-comical Eva Lau's
portrayal of Monique was another highlight, as was
Meghan Gardiner playing the grande chienne,
Lucienne.
Another strength of this production is the use of
sparse sets, The Telus Studio Theatre is an intimate
space, and larger sets would have been overwhelming. The few chairs and the round, plush centerpiece
served this production well. The minimal props were
sufficed in defining each of the characters.
Bonjour, La, Bonjour is a great production. Not
only, is the content strong,.but the individual performances are outstanding. «J> ■
BUTGH MEETS BALLET
X-ROADS
at the Performance Works
Nov. 3, 7, 8, 11
Stillness
preceded
movement at
Kokoro Dance's
X-Roads on
Sunday night.
Thirteen dancers stood in darkness, silently breathing
in the last stillness they would experience before a grueling one-and-a-half hour performance.
In the beginning, music, light, and movement were
absent, a blend of the Hindu and Judeo-Christian
beliefs that sound and light were the first things created. Gradually, light filtered in, creating shadow, and
revealing dancers robed only in sarongs, chastely covered in white chalk powder. At the same time, music
punctuated the stillness, and the dancers began to
move. They moved as if pulled out of their standing
posture by some unseen force that sometimes allowed
them to return to their original position before calling
them to a different one once again. At first, movements
seemed individual to each dancer, until closer" observation revealed a "shadow" dancer somewhere in the
ensemble, mirroring the same, seemingly random
movements—impressive because of the non-melodic
drone of music.
The tableaus integrate elements from the East's
avant-garde-style of Butoh, and the West's ballet tradition. Sometimes the dancers demonstrated the controlled precision of ballet, other times they moved with
savage, abandoning ballet postures, especially in one
'Rite of Spring'—esque dance. A woman shouldered
another woman with extreme strength and lithe while
a quartet of males struck poses of aggression. But this
was all done with a light tone, as if sharing with the
audience the delightful secret that they were indeed
having fun.
This theme carried through into the choice of
music. A velvety flute and violin—arguably instruments
closest to the human voice—played. The rest of the
music, composed by Robert Rosen, featured synthe-
sised music and percussion. Dancers also provided
music. They stomped, and breathed audibly, articulating their internal rhythm.
The one-and-a-half hour program was very long,
especially in a culture where a live show without an
intermission is rare. But if anything, the length of the
performance served as a testament to the supreme athleticism of the dancers. At the end of the night, their
energy left etchings of chalk and sweat on the floor, a
lasting art left by their spent bodies. ♦
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THE UBYSSEY
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2000
VOLUME 82  ISSUE 16
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explode. In a twist of fata, Trevor Kew, Helen Eady, and Tom
Peacock wert saved because of * car accident Karen McCann had
put them on th* rc«ter, Jen Dolen and Matt Whafley had trained
them, and Carmen Desmoreaux had personally selected them, but
Lee-Ann Siu and her green Toyota took them out of the running and
onto spineboarde. Lisa Denton and Samantha Tse't ambulance was
first on the scene and Dr. Michelle Mossop and Dr. Laura Blue
worked long into the night to save them. No problem-for them. But
Graeme Worthy, the flight engineer and Helen Eady, the deckhand
on th* world'i first and last corporate space flight, were dead in
milliseconds. The reactor that ChantiQe Viaud had worked so hard
to miniaturise was now strewn across the upper atmosphere, and
the logo that Tara Westover had spent months designing, tweaking
and perfecting was now and forever to be associated only with
death, tragedy, and the end of the human race. Tristan Winch cried;
he had been so sure that it would be safe. Holland Gidney and Lucat
Tos's shuttle-anti-explode-formula was foolproof. They didn't count
on Hywel Tuscano and Nicholas Bradley's acts of blatant terrorism.
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ELECTION WAS/ .    pi
Day's a-wreckonin'
By the end of this month, both Canada and the
United States will have new leaders—or, north
of the border, we might have the same leader
all over again. With the two elections being
held so close together, it's hard not to compare
the two electoral systems, which differ dramatically in the ways in which they target their
respective electorates. (Okay, it's not that hard
not to compare them, but we have do a point-
keep reading.)
Elections Canada has limited campaign
spending for this federal election at roughly
$65,000 per candidate per riding, and approximately $12 million dollars for each party running a candidate in every constituency in
Canada. That's around $8 million (US) total in
allowed expenditures for any one party.
This is a far cry from the $99,848,724 (US)
that Vice-President Al Gore has spent on his
election campaign so far. And the only thing
worse than Gore spending almost $ 100 million
(US) to advertise himself is that George Bush
has already spent over $166 million on his
campaign. Both have spent enough money to
wipe out the debts of several small developing
countries.
The US presidential candidates are banking
on the fact that a greater media presence will
bring them greater chances of winning the
election. So, the deeper the pockets you have,
the bigger the media exposure you can buy.
Whether this increased exposure actually
informs voters more fully is highly debatable.
MTV creates uninformed voters, too, and they
don't pay Kurt Loder nearly that much. Rock
the vote, yo. Encouraging such a system effectively excludes any candidate who isn't able to
raise enough money to compete.
So when people call for the Canadian electoral system to become more Americanised, as
the Canadian Alliance Party recently has, there
is reason for concern.
While Canadian rules on party spending are
dearly articulated, the Court of Queen's Bench
in Calgary recently granted a request by the
National Citizen's Coalition (NCC) to suspend
several sections of the two-month-old Canada
Elections Act, which had set a cap on the
amount third parties may spend on elections
campaigns to $150,000 nationally.
The suspension means that individual or
special interest groups may spend as much as
they like to support a party.
This clearly gives the wealthy more power to
have their voice heard. The government has a
responsibility to protect and promote public
debate, and this can only be done by limiting
the amount people are allowed to spend on
advertising. And limiting it to a reasonable
amount far from "irreparably harm[ing]" peoples' right to free speech, as NCC head Stephen
Harper has related, placing limits on electoral
advertising fosters the equality that is missing
south of the 49th parallel.
In the US, lax regulations allow a single contributing corporation to donate, oh say,
$233,425 to the campaign of the candidate of
choice. That's what MBNA America Bank contributed to the Bush campaign. Average citizens don't have that kind of cash to have their
voices heard.
But beyond the fact that this spending is
unfair, it doesn't even seem to be making a difference. Even though it seems like the the
American campaigning goes on forever, only
49 per cent of eligible voters in the US excer-
cised their right to vote in the 1996 presidential election. Nevada embarrassingly wins the
award for the lowest state voter turnout at 38
per cent
Compared to the Americans, Canadian voters turn out in droves. The last federal election
hit 67 per cent turnout, albeit down from
roughly 75 per cent about a decade ago.
This Canadian federal election, however,
allows parties only 37 days to campaign officially. There's no sense in rushing something
as important as an election for the leader of a
country, but there's also no sense in changing
a system that seems to be working. After all, if
StockweU Day wants to be involved in an
American-style system, he's more than welcome to head south... ♦
letters
Men assault women
because they don't
know any better?
In the Ubyssey of Oct 27, I read
with outrage that some people
think that 'there just isn't enough
information out there for men to
know what is and is not appropriate" ("Sexual assaults at UBC go
unreported"]. Translate: Men don't
know what constitutes sexual
assault Poor menl How can they
help growing up in a sexist society
having been taught over and over
again that women are inferior?
How can they know what is appropriate when they never see a
woman suffer under sexist behaviour (because they turn a blind eye
on it)? We can't expect these poor
men think about and change their
own sexist behaviours. We have to
tell them what they did wrong.
Every time. Over and over again.
And forgive them, of course,
because they didn't know any bet
ter. Poor men. I pity them. (Please
note the sarcasm.)
-Katja Cronauer
graduate student,
Interdisciplinary Studies
BC government
responsible for not
stopping construction
of Washington state
power plant
During an election, politicians
often inundate us with rhetoric
and vague generalities about
issues. So let's look at something
concrete, like the plan to build a
new power plant just south of the
BC-Washington border.
I am opposed to Sumas
Energy's plans to build a new gas-
fired power plant in Sumas,
Washington. The plant will burn
natural gas imported from Canada
to produce electricity. Waste water
used to cool the exhaust gases will
be exported to Canada, to be treated in Abbotsford and dumped into
the already polluted Fraser River.
The plant will disgorge undetermined amounts of oxides of nitrogen. The prevailing southwest
winds will blow the noxious air
emissions across the border—located conveniently one mile away-
adding to the high levels of smog
in the upper Fraser Valley. Fish in
the Fraser River and Canadian people will suffer.
I am appalled that the federal
Minister of the Environment David
Anderson, and predecessors such
as Christine Stewart did not stop
the project Anderson, who was
also the Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans, should know better. He is
a long time environmentalist and
resident of BC. At one time, he was
even on the executive of the BC
Steelhead Society. As a prominent
member of the Federal Cabinet
since his election in 1993, he had
every opportunity to act.
The provincial government is
also to blame. Joan Sawicki, the
minister of Environment, Lands
and Parks, has worked as a consultant dealing with land-use
issues that the Sumas power plant
presents. Yet neither she nor her
predecessor, Cathy McGregor,
stopped the project The MLAs in
the NDP government talk about a
'Green Economy." Why do they
just talk? Why do they not act?
Prime Minister Jean Chretien,
too, loves to talk. Chretien talks:
fight, fight and fight! How many
times have we seen him since he
called the election, standing on a
podium—fists clenched—talking
fight? Well let's take a look at our
'street fighter's' record. With Paul
Martin, he beat up on Canada's
poor, sick, aged, children and disadvantaged. With the help of
Anderson, he beat up on the environment. Liie most street fighters,
Chretien is a coward at heart
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at  the   Vancouver Asian   Film
Festival
at Tinseltown Theatre
Nov. 5
What do you do if nature has not
endowed you with blond hair, blue
eyes, and double eyelids? That is
the question that 16-year-old Julie
asks herself everyday, in Jane
Kim's Wide-Eyed. Julie is obsessed
with her looks and endeavours to
conform to the ideal Western standards of beauty. She is convinced
that using the "right" colours and
fashions will camouflage her
Korean self. If that doesn't work,
then double eyelid surgery, to alter
her epicanthic fold, will definitely
rectify the situation.
Jean, Julie's younger tomboyish
sister, is disgusted with the idea of
surgically altering eyes for cosmetic effect. In fact, Jean rather
admires the way Julie looks. She
shyly says that she thinks Julie is
pretty, a remark that the older sister scoffs. Whenjulie looks into her
mirror, she does not see a face like
the ones she idolises in her fashion
magazines.
No matter how hard Julie tries
to conceal her natural face, she is
constantly reminded of her background by her younger sister and
mother. The mother, like many
well-meaning Asian parents, continuously throws out unsolicited
advice, especially regarding aesthetics. For instance, Julie's mother
suggests that she wear her hair a
certain way because "that way, your
face doesn't get so round.'
While Julie is not openly antagonistic towards her mother, her
behaviour towards Jean is somewhat shameful. Jean is the typical
little tomboy who does not care
much for makeup and hot rollers,
but she is still curious why Julie
thinks all that is interesting.
Unfortunately for Jean, Julie sees
her as the personification of everything she does not want to be,
namely a 'dark-skinned rice pick
er.* Both girls want and need to be
accepted, one by her sister, the
other by society and herself. The
poignant closing scene shows Jean
taking Julie's words to heart; the
younger sister is shown scrubbing
her arms after washing the dishes.
However, the film is not a
moralising one. Jane Kim presents
a fairly common scenario, in Asian
and non-Asian contexts—the need
for acceptance. There is humour
liberally sprinkled throughout the
film. The portrayal of the family
dynamic is realistic and accessible,
as the setting is an everyday one.
Wide-Eyed may not radically alter
your life, but it may make you take
a. second look at yourself in the mirror. ♦
- Karen McCann
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CRICKETS
at   the   Vancouver  Asian   Film
Festival
at Tinseltown Theatre
Nov. 4
Being a child is hard. Being a child of
colour is more difficult Jane Kim's
Crickets explores life through the
eyes of ten-year-old Sue, a Korean-
Canadian who is caught between her
two cultures. This 12-minute short
being shown at the Vancouver Asian
Film Festival reveals the consequences of Sue's curiousity and
naivete.
The film portrays a young girl
who is frustrated with being a
Korean child. Sue wants to try
Western things and experience adult
privileges like smoking and kissing.
However, the only person she can
share these desires with is Jeff, her
closest and only friend. The two children share a disdain for their classmates, which brings them together,
Their passion for capturing crickets in jars, and then examining them
also makes another connection
between them. The Film depicts the
two youths as prepubescent insect
lovers who are trapped in their individual circumstances as the crickets
they capture are trapped in their
jars. The climax of the film is their
game of hide-and-go-seek in a nearby
field. While Sue is hiding from Jeff,
she encounters a teenage male who.
she has seen before. What ensues
are ambiguous, grainy images of the
children chasing crickets interspersed with the real-time action of
the teenager attacking her.
Crickets uses dichotomy to highlight the tension of Sue's experiences. The most obvious is the juxtaposition of Western and Korean culture. Sue spends her days at a
English-Canadian school, where
English, blond hair, and white bread
dominate; and her evenings at
home, where the Korean language,
white rice, and kimchi reign
supreme. The only authority figure
in Sue's life is her father, but he is
busy working and rarely offers her
the emotional support she desperately craves.
The main dichotomy, however, is
male and female. The relationship
between Sue and Jeff and the shocking climax leaves Sue bombarded
with more conflicted messages, feeling more confused. She is despondent enough to release her crickets
at the end of the film, perhaps vicariously.
This film leaves one thinking
about its subject matter. The austerity of the cinematography is striking,
as is the simplicity of the dialogue. At
the end of Crickets, Sue's father asks
her where she was. His daughter
flatly responds, "Nowhere."
Unlike Sue though, after 12 minutes, we will have travelled 'somewhere,' sympathising with her situation. ♦
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