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Get warm and snuggly on Granville
Street for once. Page 6
UBC Thunderbirds triumph over Calgary
Dinos. Page 11
Some conditions apply.
Page 10
of Mexico
visits UBC
by Paul Evans and Eric Szeto
Mexico's partnership with Canada will bring
new horizons and expand opportunities for
both nations, said the president of Mexico
last Friday.
In front of a distinguished audience at
the Life Sciences Building, Vicente Fox
Quesada spoke about the important strategic alliance that Mexico has with Canada,
particularly UBC.
"[Our countries] have common values,
goals and dreams," he said. "[The partnership] will not only provide better knowledge,
but better understanding."
"Peace is the result of knowledge and
understanding," he added, recalling a
speech delivered by former Canadian Prime
Minister Lester Pearson.
The Mexican Canadian friendship
reflects the growing number of students
that are exchanged between the two countries, said Fox. Currently, around 10,000
Mexican students are studying in Canada.
UBC houses around 100 students from
Tec de Monterrey—Mexico's leading private
"We feel very proud of you, your everyday
work, and your enterprising spirit," Fox said
to the Mexican students in attendance.
"KeeD workina. keeD fighting for a hieh
Tuesday, 4 October, 2005
SUB to be Beyonce-free since 1918
VIVA EL PRESIDENT!!: Martha Piper looks on as Vincente Fox delivers a speech at the Life Sciences bulding. yinan max wang photo
standard. You are our best ambassadors.
There is no greater cause for a great nation."
UBC President Martha Piper echoed Fox's
comments about the importance of the partnership between Tec de Monterrev and UBC.
"In a world where mistrust and misunderstanding have become our gravest enemies, our two universities reached out to
one another — for the benefit of our students and from a nationalist perspective, for
the benefit of .OJW-Citjz^ens," Piper said.
-    Fox made the stop at UBC as part ojf a
tour of western Canada aimed at expanding
See "Presidential"pape 2.
FLIGHT 32 NOW BOARDING: Students cram for midterms in the conversation pit. john wang photo
Mixed reactions to SUB renovations
Comfortable napping space traded for improved hygeine, says student
by Michael Kenacan
The $80,000 renovations to the
SUB conversation pit that were
finished last week have been
drawing mixed reactions from
The renovations marked the
first change to the area in ten
years and involved changing the
wooden flooring to ceramic as
well as installing new seats made
of Ciypton, a material impervious
to liquids like blood, sweat, urine
and sticky beverages.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
Administration Manj Sidhu, said
she is happy with the changes.
"Since 1999, student social spaces
have been an area of concern,"
she said. "[The Conversation Pit]
is one of the most used social
spaces but it had not been touched
since 1995. The furniture was in a
shabby condition and there were
hygiene issues brought up by students."
An increase in student social
space was one of Sidhu's campaign planks in the AMS election
last year. But the new seating,
which features arm rests between
every seat has left students with
mixed feelings.
"It looks like an airport," said
first  year   arts   student   Nadja
See "Renovations"page 2.
Corpus Christi Gollege
close to joining AMS
by Heather Travis
Corpus Christi College may soon
be enjoying the benefits of UBC's
Alma Mater Society (AMS).
Many students from the
Christian college have been lobbying to join the AMS and they have
scheduled a referendum for the
second week of October to decide
the matter. If it passes, students
will have access to services including the AMS Health and Dental
Plan and the U-pass in addition to
a seat on AMS council as well as
voting privileges in student government elections.
"I think that it is a win-win situation for everyone involved,"
said David Sylvester, Principal of
St Mark's College and President
of Corpus Christi College.
AMS President Spencer Keys
echoed Sylvester's optimism.
"It is exciting," he said, "that a
group is excited to join the AMS
and that we are offering people
additional representation."
Corpus Christi students have
been advocating for membership
in the AMS for many years, however this is the first year that they
will have the opportunity to join to
student society. AMS bylaws
require that in order to obtain
membership, a group must have
an affiliation to UBC.
"This is something that [Corpus
Christi] has wanted to do for some
years," said Keys, "but our bylaws
only allow for us to represent students who are either UBC students or
students at an affiliated institution."
Students at St. Mark's College,
as an affiliate of UBC, are represented by the AMS society. Many
Corpus Christi students are
enrolled in the theological courses
offered at St. Mark's College, as
well as numerous courses offered
at the University of British
Columbia. Corpus Christi now has
a direct affiliation with UBC
because beginning this year,
Corpus Christi students are
required to enroll in one, four-credit course at St. Mark's College-
making them affiliates of UBC.
Corpus Christi College offers a
two-year undergraduate Arts program; however, many students
choose to complete their degree
at the University of British
Columbia, said Sylvester. "Every
course we offer transfers."
"The majority of Corpus Christi
students want to complete their
degree at UBC."
There are currently over 100
full time students enrolled at the
six-year old college.
If the referendum is successful,
the AMS membership for Corpus
Christi students will take effect
in January.
"It is a natural progression for
Corpus Christ! students," said
Sylvester. "They have something
to give and something to get." S
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Tuesday, 4 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Students are ambassadors: Fox
"Presidential" from page!.
business and trade opportunities.
Fernando de la Mora, President of the
International Relations Student Association, said that
he believes the partnership will expand economic
opportunities for the whole continent.
"An exchange of views between Mexican and
Canadian students will lead to a better relationship
and greater prosperity for North Americans," he said.
He suggested that the one of the most important
benefits of educating Mexican students at UBC is that
they can return home with their advanced skills and
training acquired at UBC and can use them to
improve life for Mexicans.
"That's the greatest gift UBC can give." a
New seats made with Crypton
"Renovations" from page 1.
Komnenic. "It was better before, with the couches,"
added her friend, Michele Ghanchim, in second
year arts.
Both were sitting on the stairs surrounding the
Conversation Pit because they said they were more
comfortable than the new seats.   .
Brendan Taylor, a second year Arts student,
echoed Komnenic's observations. "It's like an airport
lounge or a BC ferries terminal. You can't sleep
because of the armrests, but at least it doesn't smell."
Jesse Yamaguchi, 4th year arts, commented that
not much has changed, "I don't see any difference...I
mean, the old chairs were pretty good."
Sidhu noted that the changes were not perfect but
that the AMS had tried to make the pit as comfortable
as possible. "We need more coffee tables. There's not
enough space for students to put their feet up," she
said countering that "some the furniture is also
designed to be moveable."
Sidhu, however, feels that overall the $80,000 cost
was well spent. "It would have cost $40,000 to
$50,000 to reupholster the furniture," she said
adding that reupholstering "wouldn't have eliminated
the hygiene problems."
"The new furniture is easier to clean, as is the new
ceramic floor, which replaced the old wooden one,"
added Sidhu. "I'm happy with the results and so, I
believe, is AMS council." a
A good ol7 tar and feathering
Normally reserved as a punishment for dissenters in the British empire,
the Engineer's beloved "E" underwent some 'artsy' modifications last
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October 7,8 pm
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ft THEUBYSSEY  Tuesday, 4 October. 2005
News 3
SUB soon
to be free
of asbestos
UBC to remove toxic
material starting
next summer
by Eric Szeto
Patrons of the SUB will soon be able
to breathe a little easier, but can
expect heavy disruptions starting
next summer as plans are being
drafted to remove all asbestos from
the SUB's main concourse.
The renovations are forecasted
to take up to three months to complete at a cost of around half-a-mil-
lion dollars.
The main floor of the SUB contains asbestos that rests primarily in
the ceilings between the light fixtures. While the basement and the
first floor of the SUB also contain
asbestos in the mechanical fixings
and in the dry wall, it will be unnecessary to remove it because the
amounts are not enough to effect
human health, said SUB architect
Michael Ktagsraill.
Asbestos doesn't pose a health
risk unless there is something that
disturbs it, he added.
"I say that with earnest, it's not
[a health risk]/ said Kmgsmill.
"Unless you actually took a tool
and actually scrape it you could
not dislodge it."
Asbestos was a commonly used
product when the SUB was built in
1968. It wasn't until it was discovered that high exposure to the material caused respiratory diseases that
the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), in 1989, issued a ban
on most asbestos products in the US.
Canada's provincial and federal governments have also sanctioned the
use of asbestos and use it only in
very controlled conditions.
While there are no exposure limits for asbestos under the UBC's
Occupational Health and Safety regulations, most North American regulatory agencies require levels to be
kept as low as possible, said
Supervisor of the Asbestos Program
at UBC Russell English.
In 2000, UBC made the elimination of asbestos from campus buildings a priority.
"The University embarked upon
the removal of asbestos spray insulation, asbestos containing ceiling tiles,
and the clean-up of contaminated
spaces," said English.
"The University makes eveiy
effort to ensure that the materials we
manage-in-place are kept that way
until they are removed," English said.
English added that clean up of
contaminated spaces has already
been done in numerous buildings,
including the Hennings Building, the
Leonard S. Klinck Building, and the
Music Building. II
Government addresses beetle threat
Federal funding not enough, says UBC Forestry professor
by Amanda Stutt
British Columbia recently received 100 million
dollars in federal funding to address the mountain pine beetle infestation plaguing BC's forests
and threatening the sustainability of the forestry
"The pine beetle epidemic is the worst natural disaster ever to hit our forests," remarked
BC Premier Gordon Campbell. The mountain
pine beetle is native to BC's Lodgepole pine
forests, but recently the number of beetles
attacking trees in the Interior has spread at an
uncontrollable rate.
According to UBC Forestry Professor John
McLean, "The beetle is doing what it has always
done, clearing out old wood...but now the beetle
will attack young trees."
"The Lodgepole pine is being killed before we
can use it," he said.
The pine beetle has historically attacked and
killed old pine during warm temperatures, and
then died out during the winter months, preventing excessive damage being done to the forest
But Professor McLean explained that the beetles are now surviving the winters because temperatures are not dropping low enough—a consequence of global warming.
According to Professor George Hoberg,
Forest Resources Management Department
Head, in addition to climate change, human
intervention such as fire suppression, is to blame
for the infestation reaching such a magnitude.
"We repress fires because we've been operating under the idea that it's the right thing to do to
manage the forest," he said. "In the past several
decades we've really reconsidered that...the
result is that we've ended up with this very overcrowded, unhealthy forest in many areas because
we've prevented fire from playing its natural ecological role," said Hoberg.
He added that the epidemic could have been
prevented if action had been taken at the outbreak of the infestation in the 90s.
Massive salvage harvesting operations are
currently underway in order to make use of the
wood that is affected by the beetle infestation, and
that means a temporary raise in the maximum
annual allowable cut, after which will follow a
reduced allowable cut
McLean explained that, "They are logging as
fast as they can go."
"The politicians are concerned about the necessary cutbacks that will follow the raise in the
annual allowable cut. It will have a negative effect
on communities...investments in mills will not be
returned...it will present an economic challenge...there will be far less profits," he said.
In regards to how realistic the recent spending initiative is and how it can help BC's economy, Professor McLean commented, "They have
to do something about limiting the spread with
the crude instruments that we have. It's the
best they can do."
Professor Hoberg said that he believes that the
initiative is a beginning, but that greater co-ordination will be required to put it into action.
"This is considered only a small downpay-
ment on a much larger investment from both
levels of government..this is not enough," he
said. "We need to move from the high-level
planning to more detailed plans about specific
policies and how to coordinate them across different agencies."
Professor Hoberg emphasised some major
issues that need to be addressed if the spending
initiative is going to work.
. "I think the government needs to come up
with a new governance framework that allows
them to address this issue without having to
worry about the multiple jurisdictions of different
agencies...there is not sufficient coordination at
this point There also needs to be protection for
environmental values and a strategy for reforestation after salvage."
Karen McDonald, Communications Director
from the Ministry of Economic Development,
said, "The legislation we introduced last week for
additional funding, 50 million dollars to the
Mountain Beetle Initiative (MBI), 30 million of
which will be targeted towards pine beetle. But
it's up to the MBI to decide how it will be
But Hoberg said that it is the economy of the
whole province that will be affected.
"The biggest impact over the long-term is
soins to be on the economy of British Columbia
in communities in rural areas. That will affect the
lower mainland as well because our economy is
tied to the resource-based economy in the interior," he explained. "People are not sufficiently
focused on the magnitude of that problem yet"
Trish Fougner, PubHc Affairs for the Ministry
of Forests and Range, said that the community
planning initiative is still in the works.
"They are still consulting communities and
will have a plan shortly on how much and where."
For Hoberg, however, the main concern is
how to maintain the economies of communities
that have historically been dependant on the
forest industry.
"We repress fires because
we've been operating
under the idea that it's
the right thing to do to
manage the forest...the
result is that we've ended
up with this very overcrowded, unhealthy forest in many areas because
we've prevented fire from
playing its natural ecological role/
-George Hoberg
Head of Forest Resources
Management Department
"Diversifying the economies is going to be an
immense challenge...to find other sources of
investment and economic activity to replace
Another concern is how all this will affect
the already tense cross-border lumber issues
said Hoberg.
"It's a very big issue. It makes it more difficult
for us to resist entering into an agreement that
limits the volume of lumber exported to the
United States," he said. "We are going to be creating a wall of wood that needs some market and it
would be quite disruptive to the American market
if there aren't some kind of limits put on that." II
HE'S NO CHICKEN: VP Academic and University Affairs Gavin Dew poses with his
consituents at the third annual Farmade held at UBC Farm, yinan max wang photo .
Farmade harvests student support
by Paul Evans
A large crowd was in attendance for the third
annual Farmade, an Alma Mater Society (AMS)
sponsored event featuring a barbecue, bzzr garden and hve music aimed at generating support and fiind-raising for the UBC Farm.
"Student support for this whole initiative is
critical," said UBC Farm Program Coordinator
Mark Bomford, adding that the turnout was
much higher than in previous years.
The 40-hectare farm has been plagued
with uncertainty over its future on the campus. UBC's Official Community Plan and
GVRD planning documents lists it as future
housing development.
But UBC VP External and Legal Affairs
Dennis Pavlich said that that the farm falls
under the rubric of the Faculty of Land and
Food Systems and has been earmarked for
academic rather than residential purposes. He
said that any changes to the farm's status
would likely not come for a long time and
would require considerable consultation and
approval from the Board of Governors before
any action was taken.
AMS VP Academic and University Affairs
Gavin Dew said that events like Farmade are
helpful to the farm but so is student involvement on a more general basis.
"The more students can do on a day-to-day
level is more important," he explained
Dew said that talks with the University
Administration thus far have been positive.
"UBC seems to understand the value of the
farm," he stated, but added that concrete
actions need to be taken. "Talk is talk but policy means something."
Inivitations to Farmade were extended to
UBC officials, none of whom were able to
attend the event.
They missed out on an important opportunity, said Dew. "It would have been a nice
gesture for the Administration to have
been here."
Bomford is confident that UBC Farm serves
an important role on campus and has a place
at UBC. "Something that differentiates the
farm from other university farms...it gives students a chance to take an idea and make it a
reality," he said.
"If we still have the same levels of research,
student and community involvement in 2012
as we do today, I'm confident there will be a
farm in the University's future." Hi
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UBC Fine Arts grad banks
on first place in competition
by Leah Poulton
A UBC student has
won first place in
an art competition recognising
the most promising Visual Arts
graduates across
the country.
Kyle Dickau, 22,
who completed his
degree in Fine Arts in May, was
selected as the British Columbia
regional winner in the Bank of
Montreal's (BMO) 1st Art Invitational
Student Competition. This distinction
earned him a $1,000 prize and the
opportunity to have his paintings
displayed in BMO offices accross
"My mom started yelling and
freaking out because she had just
heard the message on our voice mail
that I had won,* said Dickau. "My
first reaction was disbelief— I never
thought I would win.*
Dickau and two other UBC students were selected by the Visual Arts
faculty to enter the competition,
along with students from hundreds
of other art programs in Canada..
"The exciting part of winning was
knowing that other people who have
no connection to me at all appreciated my art work,* said Dickau.
This is Dickau's first official recognition for his work, though he has
been painting since he was a child.
The Richmond native is currently taking a year off to save up money for a
Master's degree in art
'This has given me the confidence to continue with my art
career,* said Dickau.
Dickau and the twelve other
winners will attend an opening for
the exhibition displaying all of the
winners' artwork in Toronto.
*We are staying at the Four
Seasons for two nights,*. said
Dickau. 'I've never stayed in a hotel
that nice before, I've never been to
Toronto before and never been on a
real flight before. It's going to be an
experience I'll never forget*
Dickau's paintings. The Looking
Series, can be viewed on the BMO
website along with the other winning
Dickau's exhibition will open in
Toronto on October 5 and will be
featured alongside other famous
works including pieces by Emily
Carr. II
New appointments shed light on
importance of Canada-Asia relations
by Matt Hayles
Universities and their students are
becoming increasingly engaged in
international affairs, according to
UBC professor Paul Evans. Evans was
recently appointed to the Asia Pacific
Foundation, a Vancouver-based
think-tank on Canada-Asia relations,
leaving his position as director of the
Liu Institute for Global Issues.
'There's been a whole generational change in what students want
to do and expect to do,* said Evans,
who added that student initiatives
are a key part in not only bettering
university relations but also creating
better working relationships for
fiiture graduates and their international counterparts.
One way that students are getting
involved in international affairs is
through the International Relations
Student Association (IRSA). The 230-
member club probes the pubHc and
private sector to help fund its model
United Nations and model NATO off-
campus, and invites prominent persons from the international community to its speaker-series. 'We've gotten a lot of consulate generals from
within Vancouver,* said IRSA VP
External Jenn Schoffield. 'They're
really keen on coming to the
University and getting to know this
demographic. They don't really
have much access to people our
age otherwise.*
But it is not only students who are
crossing the traditional boundaries
between academia, and business and
government Yuan Pau Woo, appointed concurrently with Evans as co-CEO
of the Asia-Pacific Foundation, hopes
to catalyse greater tripartite exchange
between professors and researchers,
businessmen, and government bureaucrats. *We try very hard to work
with scholars in identifying aspects of
their research that can be tailored for
a publio-policy or a business audience...but I think the interchange of
ideas and policy hasn't been quite as
one would have expected.*
Evans sees his appointment from
the Liu Institute as a sign that this sort
of exchange is becoming increasingly
important in the modern world. *I
think that we're now on the edge,* he
These appointments, commonly
referred to as secondments, allow faculty members whose profile extends
outside of academia to impart their
knowledge to a public forum.
According to Tammy Brimner,
Manager of Faculty Relations at UBC,
this benefits both the community and
the university, by strengthening the
"We put a lot of
emphasis on cultivating
the next generation
of researchers...this
is an important investment in the future
of...the scholarly
-Yuan Pau Woo
co-CEO of Asia-Pacific
connections between the two. 'Faculty
members can experience other
avenues that are outside the norm of
teaching and research. We view all
secondments as valuable in their own
right* But, she admitted, secondments are rare, and the university has
no specific plan to increase the number of faculty on exchange.
But Evans and Woo remain optimistic about the future. Recently, the
Foundation has announced a package of new internships for graduate
students, and a professorial appointment at SFU. They hope to see more
collaboration among other organisations in the future.
*We put a lot of emphasis on cultivating the next generation of
researchers and scholars,* said Woo.
*We think that this is an important
investment in the future of scholars,
the scholarly community, and
Canadians in general.* II
m. THEUBYSSEY  Tuesday, 4 October, 2005
The entheogenic effect
Orpheum Theatre
September 27
by Glen Chua
Call it the Entheogenic Effect, or the
Out-of-Body Auditory Experience.
Icelandic bands that gain international recognition appear to be
excelling in fields that we can only
awkwardly label as "experiment-
rock/pop/electronica." We need
only mention the name Bjork, or
perhaps Bellatrix, to illicit a sense of
this enigmatic musical experience.
Joining the ranks is Icelandic quartet Sigur Ros, who recently left an
audience utterly mesmerized at
Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre.
There is a certain futility in
attempting to describe the music of
Sigur Ros. They create a dreamy,
alluring type of sound that is hard to
define. Instrumental, with httie to
no hooks or licks, there are few
definable components to pounce
our analytical paws on. So I am left
with a number of nice adjectives
and abstract emotional responses.
And bear with me, because I can't
help but turn to the cliched
metaphors of vast glacial landscapes and pastoral life.
The band began the show with
"Glosoli," set against silhouettes of
the backlit upon a white stage curtain. Joining them on stage is
Anima, the opening band made up
of four women (one of whom plays
the saw very beautifully). With the
cloth retracted, the audience settled in for the highly-anticipated
Pulsing drum beats flow through
each song, breaking out into palpitations among sudden bursts of
severe guitar hammering. A violin
bow saws at the steel guitar strings
of lead singer J6ii Thor Birgisson,
who provides the most memorable
component of Sigur Ros: the banshee vocals. Sure, there may not be
any sing-a-along choruses, but
nobody should honestly care. Sigur
Ros intends its musical language—
what it calls Hopelandish—to be an
opportunity for listeners to sing
along and to add their own words
and meanings to the melodies. This
is best seen perhaps in "Olsen
Olsen," where I can't help but picture immense stretches of land and
cold oceanic tides.
Accompanying Birgisson's
haunting falsetto are simple light
shows and rather eccentric screen
projections. We see a child jumping in the air, white lines streaking
through shadows, and what
appear to be falling stars. The
lights attempt to follow the rowdy
progression of beats, but fall short
of precise timing. Still, there are
beautifully matched visuals to
accompany the music; scenes of
birds flying down from a wire and
random moving blobs coalescing
into forms, as open to interpretation as Hopelandish.
The show comes to a close with a
barrage of sound, somehow still elegant with vocal echoes from liquid
feedback. After several standing
ovations to such parting songs as
the powerful "Untitled #8," Sigur
Ros re-emerges for their final bows.
With the lights a tangerine glow, I
am tempted to lapse into talk of
dusk and sunsets. And as I contemplate the experiential nature of this
xmfsfc;;T can't help butwbnder what
more Iceland has in store for us. a
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What has NIN become? My
sweetest friend, With Teeth
Pacific Coliseum
September 26
by Jesse Ferreras
After a five-year hiatus from touring, Trent Reznor and the minions of Nine Inch Nails finally
returned to the Vancouver stage
at the Pacific Coliseum on
September 26th. Although they
ostensibly set out to promote
NIN's latest, the #l-selling album
With Teeth, Reznor did not disappoint long-time fans, blasting a
set-list that drifted all the way
back to the band's beginnings .
Following a raucous opening set
by Queens of the Stone Age, Reznor
and company entered the arena
shrouded in darkness, obscured
by a translucent curtain that
enveloped the stage. Reznor's face
was all that was visible during the
band's opening track, "Love is Not
Enough," until the curtain was
whisked away to reveal the artist
front and centre in his trademark
black vest and leather pants, his
hair cut significantly shorter than
ever seen on tour before.
Launching first into "Wish," the
concert played like a technologically toned-down version of NIN's last
tour, "Fragility."
NIN backed out of the 2005
MTV Movie Awards when MTV
refused to let them to perform
"The Hand that Feeds" against an
unaltered, king-size portrait of
George W. Bush. The band's penchant for political subversiveness
was again in full force for "Eraser,"
one of the angriest songs from
1994's The Downward Spiral. The
curtain fell to the stage, awash in
war imagery: the smiling faces of
suburban families juxtaposed
against the horrific image of
bombs dropping from the sky.
The projections were spectacular,
filling the Pacific Coliseum with surreal images of plankton following a
performance of "Gave Up," and the
aforementioned images of war
thereafter. The band performed a
wide variety of their songs, giving
The curtain fell to
the stage, awash in
war imagery: the
smiling faces of
suburban families
juxtaposed against
the horrific image
of bombs dropping
from the sky...
Angry music hasn't
made me this happy
since i was 18
equal attention to those that audiences would easily recognize and
their lesser-known favourites,
although I'm not sure anyone in the
audience was pumped to hear
"Deep," their forgettable track from
the Tomb Raider soundtrack. But
"March of the Pigs" had the audience on their feet, and the crowd
lifted lighters into the air for "Hurt*
Angiy music hasn't <:made; me this
happy since I was 18. a
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Self-loathing to self-love
Oct. 7
by Lia Poblador
Ah, indie films—always on the verge of
hysteria and manic tears, always teetering
on that precipice of quasi-divine revelations and grandiose insights, always smug
with self-indulgent heartbreak and long,
gloomy silences. Director (and screenwriter) Mike Mills' first feature flick carries on the indie-movie torch with sufficiently moody aplomb.
In Thumbsucker, adapted from the
novel of the same name by Walter Kirn,
we meet Justin Cobb (Lou Pucci), anyone's
typical poster boy for alienated youth who
still sucks his thumb at age 17. His thumb-
sucking, of course, is but the symptom of
other deep-seated insecurities and the
inability to accept his frailties and quirks
as the gems the average moviegoer is
expected to believe they are. The film also
tries to explore the ways such typical
growing pains transcend the boundaries
of age brackets. Justin's father, Mike Cobb
(Vincent D'Onofrio) is unable to escape
the ghost of his failed college football
career and face the painfully mundane
realities of his family and middle-aged-
ness. Justin's mother, Audrey Cobb (Tilda
Swinton), deals with her similar shortcomings and incapacities through her
obsession with the TV-stud/drug-addict,
Matt Schraam (Benjamin Bratt).
The film tries to cram as much insight
as it can into its 95-minute bulk. There
are a few dubious instances when the
film's engendered pensiveness can seem
a Httie too deliberate and overbearingly
dreary. But beyond, those, Mills uses an
admirably subtle hand in daintily rousing
effective plot and character development.
Coming from a more than respectable
background of graphic art, short films,
music videos and commercials, Mills'
dynamic understanding of visuals doesn't
hurt either. The moody and oddly soaring
soundtrack—featuring music by the
always-effervescent Tim DeLaughter and
performed by the equally effervescent
Polyphonic Spree, with additional songs
by the not-so-effervescent Elliot Smith-
adds another cushy dimension to the film.
Add an interestingly oddball supporting cast comprised of an endearingly
snotty little brother (Chase Offerle), an
orthodontist with too many reincarnations to count (Keanu Reeves), and an
insecure and neurotic debate coach
(Vince Vaughn) among others, and you've
got yourself a pretty decent way to
kill time.
Thumbsucker ends on an invigorating
and satisfymgly heartening note. The film
makes it quite clear early on that the narrative cares for Justin Cobb, obscure
pansy that he is. And any ending that didn't glorify his journey from self-loathing
to Self-love (with the help of oral fixation,
various nefarious substances and kinky
sex) would be simply unacceptable.
Thumbsucker, overall, is a rather charming take on the way that some hves seem
relegated to that proverbial gray place—that
muddled state of forgone conclusions and
imposed, collective aspirations—and how
free onself from such mucky constraints.
Thumbsucker opens on October 7 in
Vancouver and Toronto. M
All families are psychotic
Swedish version of Home for the Holidays contrasts
hilarity with tragedy—even without Claire Danes—
and brings the Norman family even closer together
Oct. 5, Granville
by Sara D. Norman
Sibling rivalry, doomed romance,
an uncatchable cat, guns, divorce
and a whole lot of alcohol. It all figures into Maria Blom's
DalecarHans. The story of three sisters, reunited by their father's 70th
birthday party, contrasts points of
hilarity with those of absolute
tragedy, and will leave you with the
realization that what your own family goes through on a regular basis is
probably, in fact, quite normal.
Each sister Hves a different life
than the other, each feigning pity for
the other sisters' choices. Evior
envies Mia for being a professional
and Gunilla for divorcing her husband and finding exotic younger
boyfriends to pass her time. Mia
envies Evior for having what she
thinks is a simpler life with a family
and children close to their parents'
home. Poor Gunilla envies everyone, and mostly feels lonely and
sorry for herself. They aU come
together for one last showdown at
their father's party in the end, with
both honest moments and fatal
results for one of the sisters.
What was refreshing was the representation of Gunilla, a divorcee
well into her forties. Gunilla is starting again, and is thankfully able to
do so without being forced into the
chastity belt usually designated for
divorced, 40-plus women in mainstream cinema. A Swedish version
of Home for the Holidays,
Dalecarhans stays true to the usual
comedy-drama cliches: an equal
amount of humorous cliche family
conflicts paired with genuinely moving twists, though the plot of the
movie is predictable at best If nothing else, it's a movie that every
member of the family will find
entertaining and maybe when they
leave the theatre, they'll call that sister they haven't talked to in a
month—I know I did.MI
Oct. 2
by Greg Ursic
Two undercover officers are dispatched to the capital city to root
out the culprits responsible for
flooding counterfeit money into
the country and destabilizing the
domestic economy. What they discover there is a conspiracy that
reaches the highest levels of the
government, a string of dead suspects, a skilled forlorn assassin,
and a battle of lovers to the death.
Lee Myung-Se's Duelist features
gorgeous cinematography, ingeniously choreographed bichromatic
cityscapes, slapstick humour and
martial arts sequences that transcend into gorgeous and lyrical
blade ballets. I was pleasantly surprised by Lee's decision to incorporate predominantly European classical music, which proved to be an
interesting twist for the action genre.
I also enjoyed Haji-Won's turn as the
bullheaded heroine Namsoon and
Kang Dong-Won's disquieting performance playing her nemesis. With
his distinct pallor, Dong-Won looks
like he stepped right out of a manga.
Unfortunately, the director gets
too enraptured by his own images.
Lee lavishes far too much attention
on appearances and keeps the story
hidden inside: we know virtually
nothing about the characters or their
motivations and the supposed love
affair that frames the plot makes Httie
sense within the context of the film.
He also falls victim to gimmicks. The
seemingly   endless   slow   motion
sequences only succeed in dragging
down the pace—several viewers at the
screening I attended nodded off.
Duelist ultimately falls victim to an
anaemic storyline and the end result
is just a pale imitation of Hero, a
Desolation, BC: it's right here in your own backyard
Oct. 13, Granville
by Kian Sffinfz-Woo
Even though I caught a screening
of Desolation Sound at the film festival, I couldn't fight the feeling
that I was somehow still watching
television. Whether it was a TV
movie of the week or a dramatic
series is beside the point. From the
plot crux, which sends in an elderly cop in to sort out a small town
writhing in Hes, to the editing that
failed to emphasize any particular
relationship—even the swelling-
piano score in-between scenes—I
couldn't fight the feefing that
Desolation Sound was just a mid-
rate ensemble TV drama.
Scott Weber's first piece suffers
from an unfortunately predictable
script. Laurel ElHot (Helene Joy) has
just moved to a small town with her
daughter Margaret (Emily Hirst) and
her largely absent husband. When an
old friend Elizabeth (Jennifer Beals,
in a eerie turn) comes to visit, long
held secrets come  out that with
tragic consequences.
Helene Joy's eccentric performance is so hard to swallow that when
she seduces another character,
there was risible laughter among
the audience. Lothaire Bluteau's
performance as the reclusive Benny
eHcited more respect. I enjoyed
watching Bluteau's subtle frustration and anger. Ed Begley Jr. looks
natural and composed as the grizzled cop Doug Shepard.
It is really is pleasant to see
British Columbia playing British
Columbia; there are lovely backdrops
of evergreens in Desolation Sound.
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Theatre brings justice
to Anne Frank's Diary
Stanley Theatre
Playing until October 23
by Sarah Bourdon
In her private diaiy, Anne Frank once
wrote the following: "In spite of eveiything, I believe that people are really
good at heart* This is a truly remarkable statement considering the
author faced the threat of Nazi persecution for much of her short life.
Frank often wrote about generosity and forgiveness, even
though her family and Mends were
victims of persecution. She would
still linger on the joys of growing
up, life with her family, and her
first romance, despite the fact that
she was hiding away from the
world up in a tiny attic.
The innate vitality and inspiring
hope of Anne Frank are the driving
forces behind the theatrical version
of her famous journal. In the Arts
Club Theatre's production of The
Diary of Anne Frank at the Stanley
Theatre, UBC theatre graduate
Anastasia Phillips plays the young
protagonist with charm and honesty, winning over the audience with
her youthful optimism. Frank was
only thirteen years old when she
and her family went into hiding with
another Jewish family, the Van
Daans, and a dentist named Mr.
Dussel. For a year and a half, these
eight people shared an atic above
Anne's father's office building, hving on rations brought to them by a
kind co-worker of Mr. Frank's.
Like Anne's diary, the play is supported by the distinct personalities
of the characters and by their reactions to confinement and isolation.
The limited space of the stage perfectly captures this aspect of Anne's
experience and forces the audience
to feel the captivity of the characters.
^ The acting in the production is
outstanding, striking a fine balance
between humour and tension in the
scenes. Gina Chiarelli as Mrs. Van
Daan and Bill Dow as Mr. Van Daan
provide many of the light-hearted
moments. Anne's father, played by
Richard Newman, is generous and
calm, while Anne's mother, played
by Jennifer Clement, has difficulty
hiding her anxiety and fear. The
characters are united in their desperate pursuit of survival, an aspect
of the diary that is never forgotten in
the play.
The Diary of Anne Frank is heartbreaking to watch. The inevitability
of the story's tragic ending is always
present, even in the most joyful
moments. However, seeing Anne as
a character on stage is inspiring. As
she says in the play, she wants to be
useful and bring enjoyment to everyone she meets, even those she doesn't know. Through her diary, and the
theatre version of it, she is able to
do both. II
The House of jealous lovers
Frederick Wood Theatre
Playing until October 8
by Hannah Hardy
Aeschylus would be proud. UBC
Theatre's take on "The House Of
Atreus" is well produced, well directed, and well performed. With hplp
from New York director ¥J Sanchez,
a former member of the internationally acclaimed SITI Company,
and a recipient of a Drama League
Directing Fellowship, the production soared without (many)
mishaps. Sticking close to the original greek tragedy, House respects
Aeschylus's masterpiece, yet adds a
few contemporary flares to the
music choice, lighting technique,
and set design to keep a modern
audience engaged.
"The House of Atreus" is the story
of one family's journey through
blood and guilt Based on the Orestia
trilogy,  this  condensed theatrical
version covers all three plays.  It
begins with Agamemnon, the warrior and conqueror of Troy, returning  home  to  his  beloved  wife,
Clytemnestra—and  to  his   doom!
Clytemnestra has been having an
affair with Aegistus, Agamemnon's
cousin,     and    the    murder    of
Agamemnon     is     revenge     for
Aegistus'    father    Thystes,    who
Agamemnon's father tricked into
eating his own children. To top it off,
Agamemnon   has   sacrificed   his
daughter Iphigenia to the gods for a
speedy sea voyage.
Despite the intricacies and difficulties of putting on a play over a
thousand years old, the UBC Fine
Arts students did a surprisingly professional job.
The modern stagecraft, techniques made the performance for
me. The use of Hans Zimmer's Black
Hawk Down soundtrack and the
drastic lighting effects masked the
fact that the audience doesn't actually witness the murders being committed off stage. These effects
allowed imaginations to run wild
with imaginations of graphic and
horrific murders.
Although the actors performed
well, some performers lacked a familiarity with the text which caused
them to slur or fumble over lines.
Some parts of the performance
showed a lack of commitment to the
text and the elements of Greek
tragedy, causing the audience to
laugh at certain unintentionally
humourous sections of the play. But
shout outs to both Jennifer Braund
and Keegan Macintosh, who
remained loyal to their characters
and the text, which made them stand
out as performers as they led the rest
of the cast throughout the play.
The one criticism I do have with
this production is the costumes.
Each member of the cast seemed to
be coming from a different show.
The chorus at the beginning
appeared to have walked on straight
off the set of Ohver. And whilst
Agamemnon and his troop pranced
about in modern army uniform,
there was Clytemnestra, fresh from
shopping at the Salvation Army
thrift store, returning with her new
bargains. Finally Apollo the pimp
appeared, clad in a pinstriped suit.
Although I actually really liked most
of the more modern costumes, the
fact that only half the cast conformed to them made no sense
whatsoever and confused me as to
what genre they were trying to
But "The House of Atreus" is well
worth going to see. If you look
beyond the weird costumes, there
lies a dark tale that is anything but
out of place in the modern era.
Dysfunctional families, marital
affairs, murder: not much has
changed, Aeschylus.il
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Sports 9
Row, row, row your longboat
The annual UBC event Day of the
Longboat took place on October 1
and 2 at the Jericho Sailing Centre.
Saturday brought warm-sunshine to Vancouver's panoramic
ocean and mountain views. UBC
student teams and community
teams joined together to create a
festival atmosphere.
Entertainment on the sand
included hula girls, a flame-thrower,
an eating contest and a couple of
(sandy and dirty) hot tubs!
Racers showed up with antennae, crazy, wigs, smiles and enthusiasm! After donning life jackets
and grabbing paddles the teams
were ready to race. The competitive spirit ran high as the longboats raced along chanting loudly.
Some unfortunate paddlers ended
up in the ocean.
UBC Rec volunteers worked the
crowd and vigilantly kept canoes
ready and heats running smoothly.
Day of the Longboat is definitely a challenging, unique and fun
event that leaves you with amazing
memories, and leaves your clothes
salty and wet.
Team Civil Unrest, from the
Engineering Undergraduate Society
took the title for the men's division.
For the second year in a row, team
Back in Black, from Gage residence,
won the women's title. Hot Pink
Orogeny, from the Science
Undergraduate Society, won first
place in the CoRec division. II
—Megan Smyth
UBC Students run for the cure
Sunday, October 2 marked the
annual CIBC Run For the Cure to
raise awareness and money for
the fight against breast cancer. As
usual, thousands participated in
the one or 5km event.
Despite the grey weather, many
UBC students came out to support
the cause including several teams
from local sororities, fraternities
and the UBC Sexual Assualt Support
Services (SASS).
For some the run is just physical activity, for others the day is
an inspirational event. The question of the day was, "Who are you
running for?"
"I'm running for my fiance's
aunt, a breast cancer survivor,"
said Andrea Hemming.
"I'm here with my sister, she's a
survivor," replied Patricia Newton.
Personally, I ran for my mother,
who has survived treatment for the
disease, and also my grandmother,
who died before there were multiple
treatment options.
Whatever the reasons for participation it was great to see UBC
students involved in the search
for a cure to end breast cancer. M
—Megan Smyth
Big win weekend
On Friday the UBC women's field
hockey team flattened Calgary 3-0.
The Saturday game against the
UVIC Vikes ended in a 1-1 draw. In
the final game of the weekend UBC
took on Alberta and pulled out
ahead with a final score of 2-1.
UBC holds top spot in the conference standings.
Fifth consecutive win
The UBC men's soccer team pulled
off a 2-0 win against Calgary. The
Thunderbirds won their fifth consecutive game after a 2-1 final
score in Sunday's game against
the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The T-
Birds take on Trinity Western
University on October 13.
T-Birds unbeaten
The women's soccer team's road
trip weekend began with a 4-4 tie
against Manitoba on Friday night.
Saturday the Thunderbirds pulled
off a 1-0 win against Calgary.
Sunday's game against Lethbridge
ended scoreless in a draw with
Lethbridge. In conference play
UBC remains unbeaten.
B-Ball in the Okanagan
The Thunderbirds men's basket
ball team had some non-conference action over the weekend. On
Friday UBC triumphed over UBC-0
with a final score of 116-85. On
Saturday the UBC men's basketball team traveled to Penticton to
take on Lethbridge and pulled in
another win of 101-81.
Hockey injuries a plenty
Thursday night the UBC men's
hockey team pounded York and
the game ended in a 5-1 victory for
the T-Birds. The Steel Blade
Tournament took place on Friday
and Saturday. In Friday's game
against Brock, UBC pulled through
for a 2-0 win despite the loss of
many key players due to injury.
UBC right-winger Kyle Bruce
lay on the ice for almost two minutes after a hit. Bruce was left with
a broken jaw and was scheduled to
undergo surgery yesterday; he
isn't expected to play again until
January. Before Friday's game
ended UBC suffered the loss of two
more players.
Captain Dustin Paul was overcome by a knee injury and left-
winger Tyler Dietrich received a
concussion. It is not known when
Paul and Dietrich will be able to
return to the roster. Saturday's
game against Waterloo resulted in
a 3-2 loss for UBC and the addition
of another injured played to the hst
Jordan Biernes, a forward> left
the game duringthe second period due to cracked ribs. The
Thunderbirds face a difficult challenge as they face off against
Manitoba on October 7. «
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December 6th Commemoration,
A December 6th Memorial Committee at the University of British Columbia is
requesting preliminary designs/ideas for a public commemorative site on campus
that will appropriately acknowledge the murder of 14 women on December 6th,
1989 at L'ecole Polytechnique, Montreal. Diverse proposal ideas are encouraged, (e.g.
Proposals for monuments, interactive media, film, gardens etc). The winner will
receive $750. Finalists will receive $250.
Stage One, Deadline: November 25th, 2005. Please consult the "call for submissions" criteria at www.ams.ubc.ca/content.cfm?ID=122
Send Submissions To: David Grigg, Campus and Committee
Planning, 2210 West Mali, UBC Email: david.grigg@ubcca
For further information: Mariana Payet, AMS Safety Coordinator
Email: safety@ams.ubc.ca    Phone:604-822-9319
.OS 10 Qpimon/Editorial
Tuesday, 4 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
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It would seem that King Ralph has outdone
The infamous and over-rated Premier—Ihe
very man who opted for a drunken late-night
sojourn at a homeless shelter so that he might
berate the startled inhabitants into embracing
the Alberta Advantage—plans to continue with
his compassionate tradition of reaching out to
all Albertans, everywhere, by continuing with
the Natural Gas Rebate Program.
While many Albertans are undoubtedly looking forward to more money in their bank
accounts, it might be prudent to think twice
about what the rebate actually means beyond
the short-term satisfaction of seemingly 'free
money.' Perhaps this is one gift horse that
needs to get its mouth looked at.
When the program began in 2003, the first
government cheques arrived at voters' doors
mere months before the provincial election.
Perhaps Klein wanted to give voters several
hundred good reasons to re-elect his government. Well at least vote buying is better than
voter intimidation.
Any student who has sat through an economics lecture will surely be familiar with the
term 'opportunity costs'—getting one benefit
usually means forgoing another. The rebate
could have been redirected into social programs to help the poorest Albertans. It could
have been targeted at homes where the energy
bill eclipses the family budget instead of merely
inconveniencing it. Rather, the money is being
given to all Albertans, including your favourite
oil barons and millionaires, and is not being
directed at constituencies where it could create
the most benefit—the oft-forgotten, under-the-
poverty-line residents of the province, both
urban and rural.
Alberta currently funds programs that aid in
providing protection and services to children
and will be increasing funding for benefits programs for lower income seniors. Total spending for social programs was $2.1 billion for
2003-2004, while total rebates reached $314
million. Simple arithmetic would say that this
accounted for under a quarter of total spending. Common sense would say that further
spending is needed.
Receiving that chunk of change every year
may seem like a good deal but this money
could provide more in terms of overall benefit. Throwing a few million dollars into one
program can arguably have a greater effect
than an individual receiving a couple hundred
dollars at best.
There are a whole slew of citizens that
could prosper. What about setting up funding
for support networks, education resources
and medical services for the large aboriginal
population infected with HIV in inner-city   ■
Edmonton? Oh wait, they don't vote
Conservative—and addressing a problem this
large would require more than just writing a
couple million mini-cheques.
Obviously this quick cash will enable many
Albertan citizens to pay the bills on time this
month, but in the long run they may be paying
more than they otherwise would. Heating bills
are expected to skyrocket to $ 12.26 per giga-
joule next week for Albertans. That means heating costs have increased 87 per cent since last
year. The average Alberta homeowner can
expect to fork out $ 162 to heat his or her home
in October.
It seems that rather than having consistent
gas prices, Klein is using a cheap tactic to boost
his support. It's like doubling the price of a
pizza arid then offering a tWc^for-one special.
Wow, think of the savings! II
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Obstacles to Education: A Comparison
of Conditions for Students
In Canada, students face a number of obstacles
in getting a university education. First and foremost among these is the steady rise in tuition
over the last few years, which makes it harder
for students to afford school. At UBC tuition
increased 25.7% in 2002/2003, 30.4% in
2003/2004 and 16% in 2004/2005. The average
amount of debt for a student who graduates
from university is in Canada is $25,000.
These increases in tuition and student debt
have gone along with an increase of $ 12.8 billion to the Canadian military budget over the
next five years, partly to support the deployment of 2,000 Canadian troops to Afghanistan.
This is $ 12.8 billion that is not going towards
alleviating student debt or decreasing tuition
across Canada. Meanwhile, the education system in Afghanistan has also been deteriorating
after four years of military occupation.
According to the United Nation Development
Programme, Afghanistan 'now has 'the worst
education system in the world." This pattern is
similar to Iraq, a country also under occupation, since the 2003 invasion by a US-led coalition of forces. According to Jairam Reddy, director of the United Nations University
International Leadership Institute, approximately 84% of Iraq's institutes of higher education "have been burnt, looted, or destroyed'
since the 2003 invasion.
However, this downward trend in the accessibility of education is not universal. Cuba has
managed to maintain free higher education not
only for Cubans, but has also offered medical
training to prospective medical students from
around the world free of cost Cuba has opened
500 spots in the Latin American School of
Medicine in Havana, with full scholarships, to
low-income prospective students from the US.
There are currently nearly 80 students from the
US of the more than 7,000 international students studying there, all free of charge.
—Andrew Winslow-Hansen, Arts 2
UBC shouldn't be a marketocracy
The Ubyssey, in a recent front-page article
titled 'UBC one of top ten patent powerhouses
in North America*[Sept. 27], has lauded this
university for the number of patents it can lay
claim to; but, concomitantly, has also implied
that such research and patent-development
lies at the core of what a university should be
about. I strongly disagree!
It's a misconception that research should
inevitably lead to development, with patents
to follow. This is very much an industrial
model and is appropriate to that venue but it
is largely inappropriate to any major university, including UBC, whose core mandate, along
with teaching, is to engage in scholarly
research, driven by the spirit of academic
inquiry, not marketocracy!
On the other hand, as the Ubyssey article
alludes to, and as printed remarks from
University spokespersons reinforce, there is
more and more a trend here (and in other
research-intensive universities), reinforced as
well by PR publications like 'The Academic
Plan,' where research is indeed thought of
synonymously with patent-development. Thus
UBC has a large office of 'Industrial Liaison'
strongly overlapped with the office of the VP
Research but no parallel infrastructure support for basic research. Where, for example,
does the scholar of English literature fit in
such a 'market model?'—a key question that
the Ubyssey article also raises.
This kind of a trend to thinking of
research synonymously with development
demands strong rebuttal and in the process
the raison d'etre of the University, where
scholarly research (in ANY discipline) is an
end in itself, needs reinforcement. Otherwise,
university research will also become synonymous with 'job training' and that is NOT
what any university should be about!
—Donald Fleming
Nuclear and Physical Chemistry
professor, UBC
Turned down by UBC Counselling
Today was the second time I went to UBC
Counselling Services and was turned away.
The first time, I wanted to book an
appointment but was told that the first
appointment must be done as a drop-in and
was given the hours for drops-ins and told I
could sign up in the morning and the afternoon at 1pm.
Today I arrived at 1pm and was told that
all drop in appointments for the day were
booked. The waiting room was empty and
when I asked what time they were booked at
or how many appointments they have each
day, the receptionist was reluctant to tell me,
but said there are a 'few' each day and they
were all booked that morning.
I asked the receptionist if I could please
book an appointment but she said I would
have to try again the next day to see if I could
get one of the 'drop-in' appointments and
explained that this is a much better way of
doing things than the way appointments
were made last year, by booking an appointment over the phone or in-person, because of
a lengthy wait-list.
I do not think this is a better way.
Could you imagine if you had to book a
dentist of doctor's appointment in the same
way: show up at the dentist's office first thing
in the morning of the day you want an
appointment and hope you get one of the few
spots available? I would have been much
more satisfied to have made an appointment,
even if I had to wait a month to get one.
I am a working student and am not able to
pitch my tent outside the office so I can get
an appointment the next day as though I was
waiting for the latest Harry Potter book.
I suppose I will have to look elsewhere for
counselling support. I wonder how many
other students have done the same?
— The author is a UBC student who wished
to remain anonymous
If you recieved a
natural gas rebate
worth $70 what would
you use the extra
money for?
"Any kind of shoes—I love shoes.'
—Peggy Chun
"I would go and buy some type of
video game.'
-David Chong
Bio-Physics 2
'I'd spend the money on gas later.'
—Heidi Lam
Economics and Geography 2
"I'd give it to the woman that picks
up bottles and eats left-over
lunches...I feel so bad for her.'
—Michael Lai
Psychology 2
"1 really have no idea.'
—Jadon Harrison
Integrated Engineering 2
■Streeters coordinated by
Carolynne Burkholder
yi THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 4 October, 2005
Sports 11
Winless no more
T-Birds dominate Calgary to earn first win of the season
by Justin McElroy
Heading into Friday's game against the
Calgaiy Dinos, UBC was winless, anemic on
offense, and in danger of slipping out of the
playoff picture in the Canada West
Conference. That all changed on Friday at
Thunderbird Stadium in front of 800 fans.
The T-Birds stepped on the gas pedal early
and never let up en route to a resounding 43-
4 victory over the Dinos.
"We're taking steps in the right direction,*
remarked UBC head coach Lou DesLauriers
after the game. "We thought we were taking a
lot of positive steps last week playing
Saskatchewan, the number two ranked team
in the country, and this week, we had a solid
performance in every facet of the game."
It was a dominating performance for the
T-Birds, who scored an incredible 24 points
in the first quarter and baffled the Dinos
defense the entire night. Much of that was
due to a superb performance by fourth-year
quarterback Blake Smelser, who threw 271
yards and led a UBC offense that scored on
each of its first four possessions.
The beneficiaries of Smelser's play were
the receiving corps of the Thunderbirds,
which got a much-needed boost in the return
of veteran receiver Mike Lindstrom from the
injured Hst Lindstrom, along with receivers
Alan Pepper, Marc Estaban, and Anthony
DesLauriers, were continually able to get
open for Smelser, and were a large part of
the T-Birds' success on Friday.
Also heading the attack for the
Thunderbirds was fullback Chris Ciezki,
who rumbled for 157 yards on just 16 carries—the highlight of which was a scintillating 66 yard romp for a touchdown midway
through the fourth quarter. "When we play
together as a team we get results, and that's
what happened tonight," said Ciezki, who
also added a one yard touchdown run in the
first quarter.
Not to be outdone, the Thunderbirds'
defence also shone, shutting out Calgaiy, as
their only points came by way of two conceded safeties by the T-Birds. Relentless and
unforgiving, the defense limited Calgary to
just 259 yards of total offense (compared to
CAN YOU FEEL IT? A couple of airborne T-Birds warm up for the Shrum Bowl.
the 542 yards put up by UBC) and made life
miserable for quarterbacks Charles Guedo
and Mike McPherson, sacking-them seven
times and giving them few opportunities to
get near the end zone.
The Thunderbirds look to get one step
closer to the playoffs this Thursday at
Swangard Stadium when they take on Simon
Fraser in the 28th annual Shrum Bowl. The
Clan are currently 0-4. Always an intense
game between two fierce rivals, Shrum Bowl
XXVIII takes on added significance for coach
DesLauriers this year: "It means eveiything.
If we lose that game, we'd be very hard
pressed to make the playoffs, but if we win
that game, we're back in the hunt." II
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