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THIS ISSUE:
CULTURE:
The Ubyssey review.
Two films, two concerts, two CDs, Pages 45.      down. Page 6.
NEWS: Tuition waived >
For PhD students only. Pago 3.
SPORTS: Getting their game back
The women's basketball team looks to
snap a 5-game losing streak. Page 7.
EDITORIAL: We'll pay more for
sweet views real soon
BC park3 fees going up, BC Liberals going
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THE UBYSSEY
GIVEAWAY
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- President
Elected: Oana Chirila 1448
i Kate Woznow 1402, Lana Rupp
266, Justice Patrick Pilarski 119, His
Excellency Aviv Keshet 72, Comrade
Michelle Babiuk 46, Pardoner
Rachel Empson 45, The Bard Angela
Melick 35, Kaiser Carolyn Putt 31,
Lady Adam Pauls 29, Regent Jordan
Yow 28, Courtesan Patrick Littlejohn
25, Cap'n Adam Stokes 25, Sister
Sarah Ramey 22, Frauline Tristan
Laing 20, Elise Haynes 15, Queen
Jessica Sweezey 15, Emperor Neil,
Landela 14, Katina the Elegant"
Deichsel 6, Weasel Laura Engstrom
6, Prez Taryn Eyton 5, Archon
Madeleine Wade 4, Lord. Alasdair
George Reid 3
VP Academic
Elected: Laura Best 1739
Dani     Bryant     1528^     Dan
Anderson 456
VP Administration .
Elected: Josh Bowman 1391
Spencer  Keys   1330,- Graham
Hicks 443
VP External
Elected: Sam Saini 1193
Jason Podur 1067, Daniel Grice
720, The Pylon III 388    7
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Elected: Brian Duong 1648
Leah McKenzie-Brown 1435,
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EVENTS
UBYSSEY
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Cold Fusion with Wide Mouth Mason on January 31
The UBC Science Undergrad Society presents their annual bash in the
SUB Ballroom, with tickete available at LSK 202 and at the Science
Week booth in the SUB. No minors, please.
MOVIE
Trembling Before G-d opens January 31 at Cinemark Tinseltown
Sandi Simcha Dubowski's latest; documentary is about the difficulties
suffered by homosexuals in Orthodox Judaism; Rated PG.
Kurosawa Festival continues until February 12 at Pacific
Cinematheque
The month long festival showcasing legendary Japanese director Akira
Kurosawa continues at the Cinematheque. See the timeless classics
that have inspired countless Hollywood knockoffs, including A Fist
Full of Dollars, and The Magnificent Seven. Th£ current selection is
Rashomon, opening Friday, January 31. For details see www.cine-
matheque.bc.ca
WRITING CONTEST
Submissions! Room of One's Own announces Fiction and Poetry
Contest open through to February 15
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Look for info at www roommagazine.com. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 31,2003
the ubyssey magazine
NEWS
$1 for support services'?
3
AMS passes motion to include sexual assault
services question in U-Pass referendum
by Chris Shepherd
NEWS EDITOR
Students will decide if they want to pay $ 1
more in Alma Mater Society (AMS) fees to
help sexual assault support services on campus when they vote in the U-Pass referendum next month.
The money would go toward the Sexual
Assault Support Centre (SASC), located in
room SUB 58, because it is currently the
main provider of sexual assault support
services on campus.
"The SASC provides support for survivors
of sexual assault, but as well to provide
awareness and education • about sexual
assault before it happens," said Lisa
Lafreniere, the coordinator of the SASC.
The SASC was created last August when
the AMS and Women Against Violence
Against Women (WAVAW) agreed to open the
centre on campus.
■- Geraldine Glattstein, executive director of
WAVAW, believes UBC needs the centre on
campus because the rate of sexual assault in
BC is extremely high. Sixty per cent of
women assaulted are between the ages of 14
and 25, ages which Glattstein said includes
the majority of women attending UBC. *■• •
*■ The AMS provided the space for the cen-
treY although WAVAW paid for much of the
renovations to the room. One of the main
changes made to the location was the addition of a private door linking the centre with
the AMS Wellness Centre.
The $ 1 per student funding is necessary
because WAVAW was forced to cease financial support ofthe centre past this year, due
to funding cuts by the BC Liberals.
"Fm in a position at this stage to make
sure that a centre that has been in existence
for 23 years survives the [BC] Liberal government,* Glattstein said.
"If you look at cases of sexual assault.it's
very important to have services that are
available for people, whether it be to talk
about it, or, in. the case of a crisis, to get
some professional assistance,* said
Christopher Lythgo, AMS VP Academic.
Lythgo also pointed out that the closest
location capable of dealing with a rape crisis
is the Vancouver General Hospital.The AMS
Council debated whether or not to ask for
more money in the referendum question,
but they eventually decided to leave the
amount alone.
The $ 1 amount was arrived at after discussions between WAVAW and the AMS and covers what Glattstein believes is needed to
increase the number of SASC's open hours.
Glattstein hopes the university will support the
SASC by matching funds collected by the AMS.
*I believe that the university administration needs to put their money where their
mouth is," Glattstein said.
If the referendum fails, the future of the
SASC is unclear, Lafreniere said one alternative is to seek out other sources of funding—
but she hopes the referendum passes so stable funding to the centre can be provided. ♦
HOPING TO KEEP THE DOOR OPEN: SASC coordinator Lisa Lafreniere hopes stu-
—with files'from Kathleen Peering dents wilt vote yes to give $1 to the Sexual Assault Support Centre, nic fensom photo
New PhD students get tuition waived
by Parminder Nizher
NEWSSTAFF
UBC administration announced at
last Thursday's Board of Governors
(BoG) meeting that incoming
research-based (PhD) students will
receive a tuition waiver for their first
four years studying at UBC, starting
in September 2003.
Typically a PhD student takes
four or five years to complete their
degree. UBC has close to 6600 graduate students—PhD students make
up 30 per cent of this number. This
is low compared to UBC's major
competitors.
In most major Canadian universities, PhD students make up an estimated 40 per cent of the graduate
student population.
Chris FennelL VP Academic and
External Affairs for UBC's Graduate
Student Society (GSS)> feel3 the university is missing some key points
with the proposal. He is concerned
that the university will only give
waivers for incoming PhD students.
" 'What are we going to do for the
students that are already here?' he
askedt "We're supposed to be retaining students* [The administration]
say they want to recruit and retain
yet I feel a lot of the time they ignore
the retaining point*
, The tuition waiver comes at a
time of the school year where students are searching for prospective *
schools. UBC is competing internationally and nationally for the best
PhD students in the world
Michelle Aucoin, the executive
coordinator for the VP Students
office, said UBC wants to remain an
attractive choice for these students,r-
although she does not yet know how
it will affect students already in PhD
programs at UBC. >
"We want to provide excellent
research facilities—of course we
have to look at how graduate shi- •
dents are funded,' she said 'It's a
very competitive environment and it
is one that we want to be successful
in.'
Although Fennell believes the
recent announcement is a step in the
right direction, he feels UBC is still
behind the University of Toronto
(UT), UBC's major competition. "
Since 2001, UT has offered a
tuition waiver to research-based PhD
students, plus a minimum $12,000
guaranteed funding. UT also waives
tuition for first-year master's student; whereas UBC will raise tuition
for master's students by 20 per cent
in May*
'In a way we did get something;
but when you actually look at it as a
population of graduate students,
most of us got a 20 per cent
increase," said Fennell.
Karen Ward, a second-year master's student feels her tuition should
also Be funded. "The decision to
waive PhD tuition could have the not
surprising effect of pitting PhD students against master's students,' she
said.- Not funding master's students
will lead to a long-term decline in the
quality of academic work."
GSS President Brian de Alwis said
waiving PhD tuition could mean UBC
will see an increased trend of students being accepted directly into
the PhD program, increasing the
amount of federal funding.
"The federal government wants
us to produce more PhDs,* he said.
"They're looking at how to apply
more funding to the universities so
they could encourage that"
"If we could get more PhDs, then
we could presumably get a bit more
of that funding."
Fennell also wonders whether
or not the tuition waiver will apply
to international students, when the
waiver would be implemented-
May or September—and where the
funding for the waivers will come
from.
Fennell is also concerned the
university may cut down on the
amount of funding guaranteed to
an individual department to compensate. 'How are we going to
recruit new students [if] we're losing all the money [guaranteed to a
department]?'
Aucoin said the university itself j
does not know yet how it will fit the
new proposal into the budget "I
think that's part of a process that's
going to be undertaken between
now and March,* she said.
'Hopefully there will be some
discussion about it during the consultation process," she said, adding
the university will listen carefully
to what undergraduate and graduate student leadership have
to say. ♦ ■
AMS elections still clouded
by Anna King
NEWSSTAFF
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) electionsalinost got a little messier this week.
Spencer Keys—an Arts representative on''the AMS
Council and candidate for vice-president, administration—recently petitioned to have newly-elected VP
Administration Josh Bowman disqualified for handing
out promotional flyers at T'otem Park residence during
the elections campaign.
The AMS elections committee rejected the appeal,
claiming that the punishment imposed on Bowman's
party, Students' Progressive Action Network (SPAN),
was sufficient
SPAN was ordered to take down all campaign posters
at lpm on Friday for violating a rule against pamphlet-
ing in residences. Bowman was also banned from campus until the end ofthe elections Friday at midnight
Bowman said he was not aware of the rule and said
he had gotten permission from Totem Residence Life
Manager Joanna Waggott, which would have overridden
the anti-pamphleting rule.
Waggott however, has denied giving Bowman permission to hand out pamphlets. Waggott was unavailable for comment at presstime.
Keys, who ran in the election for the same position as
Bowman on the Students for Students (SFS) slate, said
he is no longer calling for Bpwman's disqualification.
He is still upset with what he thinks was an unfair hanr
dl|ng of elections violations.
Keys said the punishment imposed.on his party for
ejections violations was disproportionate to that
imposed on SPAN. SFS members were banned from
actiye campaigning for 48 hour*,.beginning Tuesday at,
midnight after current AMS VP Administration and
President-elect Oana Chrilia sent an e-mail to the Active
Artsjes listserve, wrote an apology in her AMS office,
and then lied about where she had written it All of those
are violations of elections regulations.
Existing SFS posters, however, were allowed to
stay up.   .,»      :■■■■
'At thai late in the campaign, posters don't make
much difference anymore,* said Keys. 'It's active campaigning—pamphleting and handbilling—that makes a
difference at that point*
After being refused by the elections committee twice,
Keys isn't pushing f<?r SPAN'S punishment "There's
more important stuff that needs to be addressed, like
the upcoming U-Pass [referendum],* he said.
, Nevertheless, Bowman said he is upset at being
accused of lying. "I've done my time for something that
at worst is a mistake,* he said. 'What upsets me is that
my personal integrity has been called into question.". ♦ _ „-:S'*?'*l«I-«f >-t'fiiS ;
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UBYSSEY
CTi-v e a w a y
City of crime
Compassionate, unflinching look
at Brazilian street kids ,
V
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CITY OF GOD
now playing
by Erik Hers
CULTURE WRITER
The 'top ten' lists of.2002 still fresh in
my mind, it is clear after seeing this
Brazilian film that it should easily
make the cut for. 2003. City of God
(directed by Katia Lund and Fernando
Meirelles) is a deeply violent yet
remarkably beautiful picture. It is also
yet another example of the powerful
and original Latin-American cinema
from young directors that has
emerged in the past couple of years.
The film opens in the 1960s, in a
recently-built ghetto in Rio de Janeiro
nicknamed 'the City of God7 Young
loner Rocket is too scared to join his
older brother in the local gang called
the 'tender trio.' Meanwhile, crafty
Li'l Ze ha3 no such qualms and
despite his age has designs on masterminding the inept criminal gang.
Happy-go-lucky Benny is content to
share the burgeoning spoils of his
best friend Li'l Ze. Before the film
• moves' on in time, we see that the
lives of the older 'tender trio* mem-
; bers have taken tragic turns. The film
. picks up in the 1970s when the three
younger boys are now teenagers-
indulging their interests in girls,
drugs and crime. Rocket, the central
character ofthe film and its narrator,
tries to keep a straighter path amidst
the chaos and develops an interest in
photography. Benny, on the other
hand, has discovered the life of a
playboy while Li'l Ze has turned into
the local drug baron.
Some of the film's scenes send a
shiver down the spine. This is especially the case in scenes involving
brutal violence inflicted upon
women and children. But right from '
the opening shots, there is a poetic
• sensibility to the film reflected in the
photography and overall direction
which makes City of God utterly
engaging for the viewer. Music is
effectively used in the film both to
accent the mood and reflect period.
The power of the film, though, lies
ultimately in the credible narrative
point-of-view and the strict focus on
the lives of young people stuck in a
seemingly hopeless world. The
directors have created this film for
them, the children. It is their film
made for our eyes.
The gangster film has a long and
storied history. Back in 1930, Little
Caesar was a hit in the early years of
talking pictures. More recently, in
1990 Martin Scorsese gave U3 the
classic Goodfellas. City of God contains elements that are reminiscent
of these two touchstones. We see
both the rise and fall of a ruthless
gang leader as in Little Caesar and a
portrayal of three male characters
from the wrong side of the tracks
spanning several years, as in
Goodfellas. What makes City of God
so unique, however, is that is manages to be brutally honest while
retaining ah air of youthful hope
throughout the film.
After Amores Perros from
Mexico and La Cineaga from
Argentina, City of God is the third
superbly-crafted film in as many
years to come from Latin America.
Its violence and class-consciousness
link it to these other films. It is, simply, a film that should be seen by
anyone with a social conscience. ♦
lt#s a dry thing, OK?
Jason Lee, Julia Stiles engaging,
but limited by weak script
A GUY THING
now playing
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER
A wedding is a sacred union between two people. It allows them to share
their commitment to one another with those they hold dear! Or at least
that's what it's supposed to be. With today's 'trial-run marriages,' you're
just as likely to have spent a few hours getting to know your significant
other and have your nuptials presided over by an Elvis impersonator. And
even if the wedding ceremony goes perfectly, there's always a 50/50
CULTURE
chjanca tftal you covdd becQme one of the jadecf statistics that is dragged
through a soul-shattering divorce and doomed'to join the ranks ofthe permanently emotionally scarred. Love is a wonderful thing.
After having a mediocre time at his bachelor party, Paul Morse (played
by Jason Lee) awakens to a nightmare-naked beside him is a beautiful
woman who isn't his fiancee, whose name is a mystery to him. He has no
idea what happened. Wracked with guilt, he debates whether or not to tell
the love of his life (the flange), but on the advice of his best friend decides
to bury the incident and marry the woman of,his dreams. Unfortunately,
Paul continues to bump into his one-time bedmate, and her contagious
optimism and carpg-diem mindset lead him to call his straight-laced 'safe'
approach to life into question. ■ ' "' ';
I'm accustomed to the persona that Jason Lee has cultivated in Kevin
Smith films-dark, brooding intellectual slackers who have little use for
anyone else. In contrast Paul is about as average as you can get, content
to blend in with the background; he is a yes man at work, in love and in
life. Lee manages the transition well, with a palpable shy awkwardness
that keeps Paul off-balance yet believable.
Playing Yin to Paul's Yang is Julia Stiles as Becky, the^unknown beauty.
Stiles, who shone in such films as 10 Things 1 Hate About You and Ohas
yet to find the role that will give her the exposure she deserves. She won't
find it here. Stiles is effervescent as the quirky, unrestrained Becky and
she maintains a bubbly enthusiasm that is infectious without becoming
obnoxious. Unfortunately, she, like her fellow cast members, is confined
by the limits of a weak script.
The first half of the film plays well: the characters are engaging, the
pacing is acceptable arid there are several amusing scenes. (The one that
inspired the tide is hilarious-well, okay maybe only for the guys in the
audience.) My friend and I also enjoyed" playing' 'spot the'shot,' as
Vancouver once again stands in for Seattle. (My apartinent faces the back
of the record store featured in this movie, ending months of speculation
on my part regarding what they were filming.) This diversion probably
explains our ability to overlook the repeated ludicrous 'coincidences' that
continually cropped up in the storyline. Unfortunately, the novelty soon
wore thin: the second half of the film is hampered by increasingly stale,
stilted dialogue, waning momentum, and a plot device (with which the
viewer is repeatedly beaten over the head) that culminates in a shamelessly ripped-off wedding sequence at the end ofthe film. A Tuesday night
date movie, when eveiything else is sold out ♦
Perfectly aged, rich in ideas
Self-assured
confidence,
genuine songs:
this new Reed
pleases a small
Vancouver
audience
GETTING DOWN WITH THE AXE: The oldest young heart-throb in
rock shows the kids how it should be done, heather Pauls photo
JONATHAN RICHMAN
at Richard's on Richards
Jan. 22
by Heather Pauls
CULTURE WRITER
No amount of Jonathan Richman is
ever enough. Cheers, laughter and
applause filled the already-packed
Richard's on Richards for Richman's
Wednesday gig. Standing with the self-
assured confidence one would expect
from someone with thirty years of
songwriting, Richman encapsulated
the word 'entertainment* as he took
the stage, accompanied by drummer
Tommy Larkin.
Aj magnetic performer, Richman
caught everyone's eye and attention as
he imitated conversations, danced
with his guitar like a suave, wiggling
salsa dancer, and sang hi3 heartfelt
tales of lost love. He brings the words
'sexy' and 'scrawny' back into the
same sentence.
If you want a comparison,
Richman's music is a little bit like a
more enthusiastic Lou Reed, or
Hawksley Workman in his less popular
songs. His meticulous, diverse and
original fingerpicking style flows from
one song to another without breaks,
creating a sort of non:techno Richman
mega-mix. t
Having been dubbed one ofthe only
musicians who hasn't sold out, most
critics note that Richman won't sing a
song-in any language-if he doesn't
feel it or can't relate to it anymore.
At first seeming, silly, Richman's
music turns genuine and true to life.
It's hard to explain why Jonathan
Richriian evokes so much laughter. He
isn't sarcastic, brash, or cynical. He
doesn't mock; he mimic3. Donning the
persona of a woman' who can't leave
her lover, he tells 'all the female
women out there* to dump their lazy
uncommunicative boyfriends.
Recreating past conversations with
friends, Richman reenacts both voices,
coming to the conclusion that couples
ought to fight.
Admirably, his songs aren't laced
with superfluous words to elevate people above their average human state;
he sings of women looking beautiful in
everyday clothes, how boys shouldn't
try to hook up with their ex-girlfriends,
and that 'true love is not nice." Lucky
for Richman, the audience was more
than receptive, and perhaps learned a
few life lessons. ♦
Eastern
GHAZAL
at the Vogue Theatre
Jan. 24
by Shireen Nabatian
CULTURE WRITER
Indian and Iranian classical music traditions have been mingling.
and influencing each other for centuries, ever since traders travelled the silk roads, cross-fertilising the two cultures with spices,
traditions and music.
Ghazal is a reunion of these two traditions. Kayhan Kalhor
plays the kamanche, Shujaat Khan plays the sitar and Sandeep
Das, the tabla..lTie kamanche is a classical Persian type of spiked
fiddle, the sitar is Indian, and Iranians arid Indians still bicker
over the origins of one of the world's most intricate percussion
instruments, the tabla.
If I learned one thing from this concert, it's that the origin of
leaves the crowd gasping
the instruments doesn't matter at all. Ghazal was proof through
music that the unfounded source of fear that separates-
humankind from one another can be transcended and even
eradicated through the universal expression of love. This truth
permeated the whole theatre, arid it was so powerful that people
left the show with tear-stained cheeks. Personally, I was so
happy to be deeply touched by music from my own heritage that
■ I went back and forth between tears and smiles as the sounds
took my heart to its happiest places, and also those I have tried
to forget
The template of improvisation in classical Iranian and Indian
techniques allowed the musicians to explore new territory with little
constraint so every concert and every recording is absolutely unique
and absolutely beautillu. As Shujaat said before starting the first set,
"Someone asked me how many songs we're going to play...Well, I'ni
really not sure, maybe one or two. Well see how it goes.*
Improvising together from the foundation of a raga or dastgah
for over four years now, Kayhan, Shujaat and Sandeep have developed a musical language that maintains space, time, harmony and
respect This language is so effective that I believe few people left
the theatre uninspired by the simple" message of the music—to
nurture our own subtle inclinations to express love for ourselves
and for each other must be the path to inner peace and happiness
among all people. ♦>
Strong vision
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Higher Ground
[Real World]
by Daniel Silverman
CULTURE WRITER
The Blind Boys of Alabama have been around for a
long, long time. Since the founding members met
in 1'939 at the Alabama Institute for the Blind, they
have become versatile  in a number of musical
styles, only getting
better with age.
Nowhere is this more
evident than on their
latest album.
Higher Ground is a
predominantly gospel
album, but it includes
the styles that gospel
has influenced, arid
vice versa: rock,
rhythm and blues, and
their various permutations. Thet Blind Boys are
backed up by Robert Randolph and the Family Band,
their usual accompaniment in recent years, and
joined on several tracks by Ben Harper ori voice
and guitar.
There is no problem adapting songs from some
very different styles, as is shown with a Red Hot
Chili Peppers cover: "Higher Ground,' turned into a
rock gospel tune which is uplifting and encouraging
fronj the outset, sjmply by the virtue of the voices,
full of promise arid hope.
"You and your folks/2 3rd Psalm' is a blues jam:
repeating bass and guitar with the singers improvising through most of it, singing and speaking,
with a deep and gracious voice right in the middle
of the song reading Psalm 23: 'The Lord is my
shepherd.' Don't ask me why it works. It just does,
and beautifully.
"Precious Lord,' which finishes the album, opens
with a voice duet with Ben Harper on guitar. Harper
answers each sung line with lots of pedal effects,
bringing in background vocals to seamlessly create
a haunting last track.
What I like the most of the Blind Boys of Alabama
is that they work as a group. There is no lead singer,
and the voices meld beautifully to create some
haunting harmonies and memorable songs. Even
with Ben Harper 'featured," he is still a part of the
group, not upstaging or outplaying anyone, just
adding to the entire ensemble, coming together to
create an incredible sound. ♦
ounge noir
BLUE STATES
Man Mountain
[XL]
by lan Duncan
CULTURE STAFF
I have found the lounge at the edge of the world. I have
looked into the depths of the earth, and beyond the fathomless blue ofthe atmosphere. It is timeless mere. It is distant
and, sinister, but also astonishing and sublime. I am both
frightened and intrigued by its existence, manifested in the
medium of music. It was a long journey, and I didn't go by
bus or plane or car, but by Man Mountain, a new release
from Blue States (aka Andy Dragazis).
Man Mountain, from the time ! pushed play, transmitted
me through barren landscapes of the Midwest flat and endless, a beautiful emptiness. Deserts, plaips, distant mountains,
and a blue infinity we've decided to name the atmosphere. Tlie
secrets of Man Mountain warned me and called me on.
Track one, 'Metro Sound,* had me stopping at every
roadside diner. I was usually the only one there, drinking
coffee with Sweet-and-Lo sweetener and. bad service.
Throughout track two, "What We've Won/ I wondered at an
abandoned barn, a skeletal remain, a clue that gave me
nothing about the nobody who lived here in nowhere. It is
the perfect soundtrack for a David Lynch movie—film noir
and exquisite sense of the deranged Track seven, "Season
Song': Pandora's box opened. I got exactly want I wanted
and didn't want, the secret of the lounge at the edge of the
— ... „_~™™™__-_ world. It is like Pink Floyd's
-V^-^^ i% The Wall merged with
''-* **°- "      Orwell's   1984,   and   the
secrets of the universe. It is
harrowing and beautiful;
truly I have experienced the
sublime. In track 8, "Man
Mountain;" the fall of action,
all. secrets of the Man
Mountain were revealed to
me. Part of me has been sat- ,
isfied with the knowledge,
the other part wishes I could have just kept on travelling in
blissful ignorance, my goals hazy in the distance. TTiere was
nothing left for me at the edge ofthe world, and the rest of
the album carried me broken and changed across familiar
and strange landscapes.
I have no idea where I will go from here. Truly this is not
just music; that is a crude term to describe this tripping fantastic. It is a transmission of imagery through the ear and
projected from the mind's eye. Cinematic and complex, it is
just as visual as it is audible. In other words) you will not be
getting this album merely to listen to—you will be getting it
in order to see. ♦ EDITORAL
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Parks from
our pockets
The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection,
patted itself on the back a couple of days ago,
much to our chagrin.   ' ' Y
Camping fees are going up from between $8-,
18.50 to $9-$22. Fishing licences will increase
from $30 to $36 for BC residents, up to $80 for
non-Canadians. Parking at provincial parks,
including 28 in the Lower Mainland, will now
cost $3-$ 5 per day—it. used to be free.
The idea behind the increases, particularly
parking fee8, is to make day users—who comprise 90 per cent of park visitors—pay their
share of maintainance costs, instead of making
overnight campers shoulder the burden alone.
The genius (according to the Ministry) is to
put this revenue directly back into the parks
budget instead of dumping it into general revenue, as has been done in the past Thus the government will be "protecting and expanding BC's
world-class outdoor opportunities while main-
taming conservation values," says the Ministry
press release.
The Ministry also asserted that it would keep
parks themselves under government ownership
and control, while contracting out some management services to private companies.
; Doesn't sound too bad, does it?
Maybe we should pay a little more for enjoying the natural wonders of our province. And,
making day visitors, many of whom may not be
from BC, pay a little for their views sounds
sorta savvy.
The stoiy starts to fall apart when ypu recall
this government essentially gutted the provincial parks system a year ago when it cut funding
td the Ministry responsible for parks by a drastic
35 per cent, including a 30 per cent staff cut Its ,.
not entirely clear how much damage those cuts
have done yet but annecdotal evidence tells of
closed roads and trails and poorly-maintained
facilities.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
(CPAWS) is right when it calls the new fees a
"band-aid solution" that doesn't address the
long-term   sustainability  of the   provincial ,
parks system.
The current budget for provincial parks is
PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 31,2003
approximately $30-$ 3 5 million. CPAWS thinks
$80 million would cover park management
wildlife inventory and research and conservation regulation enforcement and would allow
parks to reinstate interpretive and public education programs, which were cut due to last year's
budget slash. $80 million doesn't sound like too
much to ask for maintaining the entire provincial park system, especially if you accept
CPAWS's claim that BC parks contribute about
$ 170 million annually to the provincial tax base,
mainly through tourism. (The Valhalla
Wilderness Society estimates that amount to be
closer to $480 million) Suffice to say parks play
a key role in our province's economic machine,
nevermind its ecological integrity.
And while the Ministry says it will not allow
parks to be privatised, the new plan calls for a
"greater private-sector role." We'd like to know
what that means. If it means greater "intensive,
revenue-fopused recreation locations," as the
first draft of the government panel's report recommended back in September, we're not so cool
with that According to the Valhalla Wilderness
Society, such developments would be modelled
on the Cypress, Manning and St Seymour
Provincial Parks—ski hill and restaurant-clogged
'entertainment centres,' more than parks,
in our minds.     -
"We will not be having fast food oudets in'our
parks," said Minister of Water, Land and Air
Protectionjoyce Murray, in a recent Vancouver
Sun article, and we'd like to believe her. Why,
though, do her words seem so hollow? Maybe
because we're not convinced this government
puts a priority on conservation, nor, for that
matter, on equal access to provincial resources.
Opening the door to commercial interests in
parks is a slippery slope we'd rather not
hike back up. ♦
LETTER
VP Admin hurt
In response to the most recent
issue of the Ubyssey, I wanted to
express my dismay about allegations contained therein regarding
the recent election campaign. I was
interviewed on the Monday before
the issue came out for one article in
the paper, yet I was not asked about
election irregularity issues whiri^r
appeared in the same paper,
though in a different article
('Controversy clouds AMS elec- ,
tions" [Jan.. 28]). While I was apparently "unavailable for comment", I
was accused of elections irregularities and it was suggested that I was
nearly disqualified! Even.though
the irregularity (flyering in a residence) had actually been sanctioned by the residence life manager, the entire Students' Progressive
Action Network (SPAN) slate was
severely disciplined, and I was temporarily banned from campus, as
my word was not initially believed.
As a result of the said article and
the actions of several interested
parties, my integrity has been questioned/and this is unacceptable to
me. As somebody who has worked
as a peer counsellor, in anti-violence work and as a well-respected
and trusted member of the UBC
community, I am truly hurt that my
integrity and honesty were ever put
into question.
Thank you.
—Josh Bowman
Arts 4
The pylon speaks back
I am the individual in question who
"identifies herself as a pylon* on
the Radical Beer Faction (RBF) slate
and ran against Daniel Grice for
the position of vice president external. I am writing in response* to
Grice's recent attack on the "misrepresentation and mockery"
("Real AMS issues stifled under personalities and mockeries," Opinion
[Jan. 22]). apparently rampant in,
this year's, Alma Mater Society
(AMS) elections.
Grice's article is littered with
passionate and unfounded state-.
ments, perhaps in a last ditch
attempt to discredit his opponents. He
fails to substantiate the
claim that
there is a
"level pf
honesty
present only
with independents' and why "they are the..
only ones committed to...serious
issues". I beg to differ with Grice's
allegation that students such as
Lana Rupp, presidential for RBF,
'fail to stand up in a serious
issue". I seem to recall that at
every single forum, Rupp spoke
adamantly why she believed
tuition should in fact go up. This
is a very serious issue which Rupp
did much justice to, giving rational explanations to her stance. Dan
Anderson, RBF candidate for VP
Academic   advocated   a   sexual
PERSPECTIVE
opinion
assault centre needing to acknowledge both men and women as victims. Both myself as "The Pylon
III" and Graham Hicks, RBF candidate for VP Adminiiistration,
spoke extensively on the merits of
a diverse council as opposed to
last year'3 single-slate victory.
This was in stark contrast to
Grice's choice to focus on the
plight of the independent candidate. Apparently vying for the.
sympathy vote, he repeatedly
voiced his fears of not making the
ten per cent quota to get campaign cost3 reimbursed and the
difficulty of having to work 'ten
times as hard" to get his message
out there.
Grice condemns those who are
running as a
\ joke, stating
that they do
nothing tp
help the apathy on campus. Yet a
record, number of students ran in the elections, indicating
a higher level of student participation. Perhaps the sight girl waving a
bright orange pylon or a chain-mail
clad Justice Patrick Pilarski was
enough to make a normally apathetic student pause and listen to the
debate in the Student Union
Building (SUB). Might I also point
out that the RBF were the only candidates to use a megaphone, assaulting the campus with repeated pleas
to get out and vote (though admittedly mixed with our ongoing beer
mantra). These 'joke* candidates
J
did much in the way of raising the
profile of the AMS elections, ironically enough without any hope of victoiy for themselves. The only difference between our campaigns and
Grice's is that we know we don't
stand a chance. Hicks challenges "If
Mr Grice has a problem with the
dozens of hours put in by joke candidates, he should remember that in
the 2001 election, the only time in
the last five years that the RBF has
not run candidates, voter turnout
was over 2 5 per cent lower."
The RBF, established in 1988
and UBC's oldest slate, fills a niche
at UBC that has long been present
in higher level politics. Following in
the tradition of the Rhino Party, the
Marijuana Party, the Natural Law
Party and perhaps even the Green
Party, we offer radical views and
give studente hungry for change an
opportunity to vote even when they
fail to deem any of the 'serious*',
candidates worthy. I would go as
far as to suggest that so-called joke *
candidates/parties are a good
barometer of UBC's student politi-*
cal climate. The more votes we get
the more dissatisfied'students are*
with current student government
On that note, I would like to point
out Grice gained only 332 votes
more than an inanimate lump of
orange plastic. Even if Grice had
gotten all of my votes (which is
highly unlikely) he would have still
come up short It's called democra-,
cy folks, and the voters have spo- __
ken.
—Kate Bottriell is a
fourth-year Forestry student PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 31,2003
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SPORTS
Birds on the rebound
by Sarah Conchie
SPORTS EDITOR
It's the road trip from hell, says women's basketball coach Deb Huband but the bumpy road
to Brandon, Manitoba this weekend seems
tame in comparison to the storm her team ha3
endured over the past month.
Struck from a solid six-game winning streak
by the Trinity Western Spartans three weeks
ago, the squad almost fell apart losing their
lowest scoring game ofthe season^in front of
1500 fans—to rivals SFU the following weekend. Then the UVic Vikes rolled into town and
the Birds suffered another pair of defeats. The
players were clearly frustrated and nobody
seemed to have a solution.
"I mean, obviously we're in a slump,* said
graduating forward Brandie Speers after
Saturday nights loss. "Everyone is searching
for an answer and looking for something, and
whether you believe in zen or superstition or
things like that, people are just trying to find
something to get us back on track.*
"Things just aren't clicking right how,"
added a visibly disappointed Carrie Watson,
UBC's top guard. "I don't even know what to
say—its just hard."
And then there were the socks—white cotton
tubes pulled right up to the knee—worn in unison by th& Thunderbirds. Speers said it was a
show of team iinity, and although the ritual didn't stop the Vikes from sweeping the weekend,
it was a telling display that the flightless Birds
were desperate for an answer. ,   *
If Wednesday nights practice is any indica
tion, they just may have found it Coach
• Huband devoted the time to careful tuning of
the Bird's offence, but the practice was punctuated by laughter and good-natured teasing
Even point guard Sheila Townsend, whose
game face has been stormy lately, was smiling
laughing, and ready to talk.
"I think that the main thing we're fighting is
the confidence issue,' said Townsend after
practice. "We're doing fun things to keep us
together.* '
The good mood seems to have stuck.
Teammate and first-year post Kelsey Blair
agreed with Townsend. "We were getting so
uptight and tense when we played, but practices this week have been good.* Blair revealed
that the team now writes down their goals
before each game in order to be more accountable to. each other. And of course, there are the
usual sports rituals. "I wore pieces of a necklace
around my neck that I used to wear, in my
socks, and everyone's been trying something
new to get us going again. Whatever helpsl*
Assistant coach Jim Day thinks the turnaround has more to dp with improved communication than lucky sock3.
After the first loss to SFU, Day said, "We just
sort of self-destructed and that just carried
through to the next game. We might not have
been as tight as we thought we were. You know _
when you're winning" [those problems are]
masked, and then you lose some game? and
thats kind of exposed.* , Y
Cancelling practice on Monday night the
, team held a meeting instead.        «•
"We all talked about how we were feeling, ■
LACING UP: Forward Annie Krygsveld gets ready for practice. With four games to
go, the Birds are bracing for a playoff run. NIC fensom photo
about how we could help each other, and what
we could do to encourage one another,* said
Day. "We got a lot done that way."
The Birds need to win their next four games
to make the playoffs, but with opponents like
the Brandon Bobcats, who have yet to win a
game, and the Saskatchewan Huskies, who trail
UBC by four points, the competition isn't going
to be the biggest factor.
"[The Bobcats] are hot the strongest team in
the league, but they are a CIS team,' said Blair.
'It should be a good opportunity for us to play a
Httle bit of a weaker team with lower confidence—even lower than ours—so it should be a
good chance to go out and play and have fun
again.' And as for their outfits? "We may just
switch it up and wear one sock down and one
sock up next game, because we didn't quite get
the win in the last game," joked Townsend
"You know, litde things that just tell people
we're a team and we have that team chemistry
and friendship with one another.' ♦
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Nordic news
The UBC Nordic Ski team was up at
100 Mile House for their second BC
Gup challenge of the season this
past weekend, which meant another entertaining press release for
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named Chateau Campbell aside*
the skiers did pretty well.
Carolyn Daubeny won twice in
the Master Women's category (skiing 5km), and Elliot Holtam
grabbed two victories in the Junior
men's category^
In the Master Men's group (skiing 3x3.5km), Mike.Koehle took
home two first place ribbons, while
the duo of Karen Miller and
Kathiyh Fairweather chased each
other—finishing first and second
on Saturday, and second and third
on Sunday in the Senior Women's
category racesi
The waxing for the BC
Championships begins next week,
and the event will be held in Prince
George February 15-16.
Adventures in alpine
The downhill skiers opened the season at Mount Hood, Oregon.
"Torrential" rains and difficult conditions didn't stop the men's team
from placing second overall, with
Paul Boskovich nabbing a silver
medal in Saturday's slalom event.
Sunday saw the men's team slide
into first place ori the strength of
Boskovich's top finish.
Ashleigh Mclvor was the top UBC
woman on the hill with her fourth-
place finish on Sunday, and team
captain" Stephanie Rodenkirchen
bolstered the women's team to a
third place finish by placing sixth.
Next weekend both teams will be
atop Mount Spokane in
Washington, competing in two
Northwest Conference qualifiying
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As the World Universiade came to a
close in Tarvisio, Italy on January
25, the Canadian contingent took
home ten medals.
First-year forward Nick Marach,
who clocked in 16 penalty minutes
for the men's h°ckey team over
seven games, scored the opening
goal against Finland in the 3-1 semifinal victory. Team Canada, after
losing an all-out brawl to Slovakia,
went on to* beat Italy 6-3 for the
brpnze medal.
Downhill skiers Trevor Bruce
and Alexandra McLean cracked the
top 30, with Bruce posting his best
time in the slalom, placing 2 7th,
and McLean speeding downhill to
21st place in 1:42.38..
Luke Heckrodt, UBC's Nordic
representative, placed 58th in both
Men's volleyball
The men's volleyball team has one
last chance at the playoffs this weekend. Right now, they have four
points for the season, in a division
where the top team. Alberta, has 24.
The 3-15 Birds are three points
back of Winnipeg, who holds the
sixth and final playoff spot To nab
that final spot UBC will have to
sweep the visiting Regina Cougars,
and hope that Winnipeg loses at
against the #3 Saskatchewan
Huskies. For more information,
stats and standings, see
www. canadawe st org.
Games start at 6pm in the War
Memorial Gym Friday and
Saturday. ♦
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PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January It, 2003
Critics worry that deal with city
will not be enough for homeless
building sold
by Kevin Groves
BRITISH C0WM8IA BUREAU
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Vancouver's social housing activists were pleased to. see Wednesday's
sale ofthe Woodwards building to the city, but
believe more work needs to be done to shelter
the homeless in the drug-plagued Downtown
Eastside (DTES).
Thats because the new memorandum of
understanding between the City of Vancouver
and the BC government includes provincial
funding for only 100 units of non-market
housing in the building, for people at risk of
homelessness, as well as those with low
incomes and disabilities. •
That's 300 less than previously asked for
by social housing activists during a lengthy
occupation of the building lastyear.
'Quite frankly [the terms] are insufficient
because that would only scratch the surface of
deep core need," said Calvin Woida, a
spokesman for the Vancouver Anti-Poverty
Committee (VAPC). "Anything that is not
affordable for the poorest of the poor and
does not provide a significant number of
units for that population is not good enough.'
Bruce Gongpla, a homeless man'who participated in the Woodwards squat, agreed.
"The sale of the building is a step in the
right direction, but eveiything else about it is
just wrong,' he said. 'A hundred rooms for
people on welfare while the rest goes to yuppies is unacceptable.'
To address these concerns, the VAPC may
conduct more demonstrations or trips to city
Council in the next few months to lobby
Vancouver's new city council to improve the
current agreement, said Woida.
"Those options are certainly possibilities,"
he said.
The Woodwards sale was announced at a
televised press conference in the BC
Legislature Wednesday.
At that time, BC Premier Gordon Campbell
said the provincial government agreed to sell
the vacant building to the City of Vancouver
for$5.5inillionY
During the conference, Vancouver Mayor
Larry Campbell also said the Woodwards
deal is a major step toward cleaning up the
city's skid row. It could soon be the sUe of
commercial and retail businesses and social
housing, he added.
Premier Campbell, a former Vancouver
mayor, said the government had tried to sell
the properly but realised it was best to turn
that job over to the city.
"The options for redevelopment are both
complicated and difficult to deal with,' he
said. "The best body to decide oh the future of
the Woodwards site is the city of Vancouver.*
Mayor Campbell added that development
6f the former Woodwards department store is
seen a8 a key to revitalising Vancouver's troubled DTES.
"The problems of the DTES are not just
Vancouver's problems, they are British
Columbia's problems,* he said. "We can find
poverty and addiction in almost every community in this province, but the worst poverty
and the most destructive cycles of addiction
and misery are concentrated in our city's
DTES.*
Campbell, a left-leaning mayor, said he was
elected last November to tackle the city's
poverty and drug problems.
"The Woodwards site is another key to our
city's future," he said. "It can be an anchor to
our community in the best sense of the word.
Or it can remain what it has been, an anchor
that is dragging down entire blocks of the
downtown core."
The 1903 heritage building became a symbol of homelessness and affordable housing
after the Woodwards chain went bankrupt in
1993.
Last fall, the building became a battleground for Vancouver's homeless and anti-
poverty activists.
About 2Q0' protesters surrounded the
55,740-square-metre building and formed a
squatter's camp that included tents, mattresses and a volunteer kitchen.
That Woodward's Squat did not break up
until mid-December when Vancouver's newly
elected left-wing council moved 53 permanent
protesters to an eastside hotel about three
blocks from the building.
Disputes with squatters and; affordable
housing protesters have also become issues in
other Canadiait cities recently.
Police in Toronto evicted about 12 S people
last fall who had been camping at a contaminated lakefront lot that became known as
Tent City.
Protesters called on all levels of government to provide affordable housing in a rally
in front of the Tent City following the mass
eviction.
Meanwhile, Vancouver's Woodwards building sat empty for several years before it was
bought by private developer Kassem Aghtai.
The former BC New Democratic Party (NDP)
government spent months negotiating a deal
with Aghtai that would have seen some social
housing incorporated into the rebuilt store.
The deal collapsed when Aghtai backed out
and then sold the property.
The NDP bought the building for $22 million about one month before the May 2001
provincial election with the intention of converting it to social housing.
After the BC Liberal government inherited
Woodwards, it tried to sell the building, but
was unable to find a developer willing to buy
it for the price the province was asking.
It was estimated it would cost $6Q million
to $ 100 million to redevelop the heritage-designated building. *>
NOW WHAT HAPPENS? While the Woodwards building is now owned by the City of Vancouver, activists wonder what will be
done to accommodate social housing, lisa Johnson photo
UBC orof reaches out with film
"Frames
of Mind"
educates
the public
about mental
Health issues.
,.  by Megan Thomas
■:.,   * NEWSSTAFF
A professor at UBC i3 using films to
bring information about mental
health issues to the community in 4
monthly movie series called
"Frames of Mind.*
Dr Harry Karlinsky, the director
of continuing medical education for
UBC's department of psychiatry, created the series to help enlighten the
public about mental illness.
"We feel that feature-length films
and documentaries can be very useful in the educational field and
because of our interest in that area
we have launched a mental health
film series," said Karlinsky.
On the third Thursday of each
month, Karlinsky shows a film related to mental health at the Pacific
Cinematheque in Vancouver.
Following the film there is a discussion by an expert in the medical
field to elaborate on the issue featured. Audience members are then
given an opportunity to ask ques*
tions. and discuss the subject
the films chosen for the movie
night include* both documentaries
and mainstream flicks." Karlinsky
says that he tries to pick films that
are of excellent quality but that
have largely escaped mainstream
attention. '7
He feels that the medium of film
is an excellent way to draw people
out to learn in a creative way.
"The movies have really been an;
excellent springboard for discussion. In the audience you have consumers, family members, the public, you have your film buffs, [and
you) have health professionals,"
explained Karlinsky.
The inspiration for "Frames of
Mind' came from a similar project
in Victoria called "Movie Mondays."
Bruce Saunders, the co-ordinater
for Movie Mondays, says that educational film series are an excellent
way to diseminate information
about mental illness,
"The thing with movies is that
they are popular entertainment.
People trust movies, they'll go to a
movie. They won't go to a lecture
about [something like) schizophrenia,* explains Saunders.
He also feek that there is a real
potential for workers in the health
industry to learn from the experience of watching films. That is
- where Karlinsky's vision for continuing education comes in.
By attending an event in
Karlinsky's series, community
health professionals enrolled in the
Faculty of Medicine's continuing
education program are eligible for
credits towards their studies.
*A very powerful way to make
your educational point is...to illustrate issues with images from film.
A picture is worth a thousand
words,' said Karlinsky,
Karlinsky is also looking to reach
out to undergraduate students. He
recently brought the idea of movies
for education to the attention of the
UBC Pre-Med Society and the Health
Sciences Studente Association. Both
groups are considering running a
similar movie night on campus.
Amandeep Randhawa, vice-president of Pre-Med, feels that there
would be a demand on campus fof a
series dedicated to films discussing
medicine and the health sciences in
general.
"We have done movie nights in
the past and when we show a commercial film, we get very few people
out When we show a film related to
medicine we get a lot more people—
they want the exposure,' said
Randhawa.
Members of the community that
attended last Thursday's screening,
which focused on Alzhiemer's, were
generally complimentary about
Karlinsky's concept.
"I liked the discussion a lot simply because it gave me information I
felt I needed to have," said Laura
Kaufman, a visual artist in
Vancouver. "I don't know about the
mental health stuff because it is
pretty hea^ but I like discussions
of this kind. It makes the movies
richer.* ♦>

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