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Tuesday, November 5, 2002
Volume 84 Issue 18
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Report, legal statements assert
widespread torture, beatings
TO SERVE AND PROTECT: Katrina Pacey helped write a report that
says the VPD isn't doing it. mic fensom photo
by Anna King
Excessive police violence and abuses
of power are frequent occurences in
the Downtown Eastside (DTES),
states a recently released report
At a press conference held
October 29 by the Pivot Legal Society,
an organisation that aims to defend
the interests of marginalised persons
through legal means, individuals
described witnessing and being victim to beatings by members of the
Vancouver Police Department (VPD).
Jill Weiss, the director of a nonprofit society and recipient of a
YMCA Women of Distinction Award,
said she was driving through ihe
DTES when she saw two police officers beating an unarmed man.
"One [police officer] held [the
man] down while the other hit him
repeatedly with a baton. All during
the beating I never saw the man on
the ground hit back,* Weiss said.
Weiss said she got out of her car
and she and a friend told the police
officers to stop. "Then [the police]
pepper-sprayed us and shoved me up
against the wall," said Weiss, who is
confined to a wheelchair.
Weiss, who doesn't live in the
DTES, said the experience revealed
See "Pivot"page 2.
by Kathleen Deering
Community and university groups
are joining together to express their
concerns about diniinished ice time
at UBC hockey rinks. They worry this
might happen if the Vancouver-
Whistler bid to host the 2010 Winter
Olympics is successful.
Central to their concerns is the
resolution by UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG) that gives preliminary support for a new two-rink facility to be built on the area ofthe existing hockey rinks at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre (TWSC).
According to the current users of
the TWSC, the main problem with
this proposal is that if the four older
rinks are replaced with two newer,
Olympic-quality rinks, the total available ice-time at UBC for both university and commuiiity user groups will
decrease significantly.
Point Grey resident Keith
Morrison, who plays with Grad
Studies Alumni Hockey, wrote a letter summarising concerns he felt
would be echoed by many users of
the TWSC.
"What we're trying to do in this
letter is to determine if there are
other users who have the same concerns," he said, "and if there are
enough people who have the same
concerns we will then get together
for a meeting, hopefully to come up
with an approach."
Morrison said a logical step
would be to make a presentation to
the BoG and show the community
and university support for keeping
ice-time available.
Last week, the letter was signed
by     representatives     from     the
Thunderbird Minor Hockey
Association, UBC Thunderbird
Hockey Alumni, the Duffers League
at UBC as well as Robert Hindmarch,
director emeritus of the department
of athletics and recreation at UBC,
and Michael Tan, league manager of
intramural sports.
"While we believe that the
Olympics is [sic] a very positive thing
for our community, this particular
aspect of it has very negative implications for the university body,'
Morrison said, "and the surrounding
community, who have a very serious
vested interest in the liability ofthe
Michael Tan, league manager for
UBC intramural sports, said due to
the lack of available ice time on the
west side of Vancouver, there is a
possibility that intramural hockey
won't exist during the years of construction. No rink facilities will exist
on UBC's campus during this time.
Right now, Tan said close to 2000
students participate in intramural
hockey each year. "And those participants, it should be stated, are not
strictly guys," he said. " This year,
we've seen a large increase in the
women's division."
Both Morrison and Tan agree that
keeping the main rink—which has
recently been renovated—at the
TWSC would be the best option for
the university and community users.
Brian Sullivan, vice-president,
students, said the idea for decreasing the existing four rinks to two
stemmed from a study that was done
by an external group. The group recommended that, given the amount
of ice available in the Lower
Mainland in general, there could be
fewer surfaces, that two at UBC
would be adequate to meet the university community's needs.
But the current users ofthe TWSC
emphasise that the opposite is true
and that ice time is in high demand
for rink-users on the west side.
Sullivan said there is a study
being conducted by the department
of althletics and recreation at UBC to
address these concerns, and to determine exactly which groups need ice
time most He said findings conclude that there is in fact not enough
ice to meet community needs. "We
need at least three surfaces," he said.
The university will put $ 5 million
See "Rinks"page 2.
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CULTURE: Ani DiFranco
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by Carly Fay
A recent study conducted at UBC
with the help ofthe RCMP has found
that most ecstasy pills also contain
numerous other drugs, other than
what the buyer is looking for.
Dr Keith McErlane, a UBC professor of pharmaceutical sciences
who is working with the RCMP as
part of their drug awareness programme, has been analysing the
ecstasy pills and says that the pills
are not contaminated by accident
"Contaminants are something
that shouldn't be there. These are
put here on purpose," McErlane
He speculates that they are finding other substances in ecstasy
because people prefer the effects of
more then one drug.
Over the past four years the
police have seized over 1200 pills
from raves, clubs and other locations. These drugs have been sent to
a lab at UBC to be tested for the presence of 14 different kinds of drugs.
Other drugs found in the seized
pills include methamphetamines,
cocaine, heroine, cough suppressants, and frequently caffeine.
Ecstasy is a hallucinogenic and
stimulatory drug and is reported to
increase the user's awareness of
sound and colour. Its side effects
include grinding ofthe teeth, loss of
appetite, and dehydration.
Corporal Scott Rintoul, a drug-
awareness coordinator with the
RCMP and part of a task force that
monitors drug trends, said that
there has definitely been an
increase in ecstasy usage.
In addition, the last four years
have seen the use of ecstasy move
from raves to night clubs and even
to house parties. The drug is being
more widely used and isn't linked to
specific subcultures anymore, said
"We've seen disturbing trends
and the trends are getting worse,"
he says, "now ecstasy has become
very mainstream."
Dr Patricia Mirwaldt Director of
Student Health Services, at UBC says
that she is not aware of any problems with ecstasy on campus but
there have been students who have
admitted to trying the drug.
"We don't have evidence it's a
particular problem at UBC,"
Mirwaldt said.
Students who report having anxiety or trouble sleeping are common-
ly asked if they have used the drug,
Mirwaldt added. She also says that
students "are warned about the negative effects of ecstasy, and in the
case of a serious problem with the
drug students would be referred to
the counseling office or a psychiatrist located on campus or to a 12-
step programme near the school.
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"Pivot" from page 1.
to her that there is a different standard of police behaviour in that
Her statement is one of 50 affidavits—statements sworn in front of
lawyers—that document abuse by the
VPD in Pivot's recently released
report, titled "To Serve and Protect"
The report states torture, beatings,
illegal strip searches, unlawful detention and illegal entry into homes,
among other violations, take place
regularly in the DTES.
According to the report 12 of the
50 statements detail excessive and
unjustified violence that meets the
United Nations definition of torture,
and eight others describe beatings
that took place after individuals had
surrendered or were placed in handcuffs.
Pivot Director John Richardson
said that after the nine-month study
he feels there is a credible basis for
believing that police abuse of authority is systemic and widespread.
"I talked with around 200 people
who said they had experienced excessive violence at the hands of the
police," he said.
Most however, were too worried
about repercussions to give formal affidavits, Richardson said.
The Pivot report states police rarely
lay charges against the people they
allegedly abuse. Outside ofthe formal
criminal justice system, the report
says, police behaviour is beyond the
scrutiny ofthe courts.
Scott Drimiemel, media spokesperson for the VPD, says he can't respond
to the excerpts of affidavits he's seen in
the Pivot report "We're not able to
respond to two or three lines in a capsuled statement until we can see the
full statement [And] an affidavit simply means it's been sworn to, it doesn't
mean its true," he said.
"It's terribly disappointing that
someone would sit on a complaint for
a six-month period knowing full well
the ability to do a thorough investigation would be severly hampered by the
delay, for the purpose of making a
political statement" Drimiemel
The Pivot report asserts that lodging complaints against the VPD is a
complicated and lengthy process, and
those complaints that are made are
usually ignored.
Drimiemel disagrees. "Complaints
are thoroughly investigated and the
reports that come out are reviewed by
the Office of the Police Complaint
Commission (OPCC), which is a civilian commission," he said. Drimiemel
says that even though the investigation itself is done by the VPD, the existence ofthe OPCC means substantiated complaints will be addressed.
Richardson says Pivot has made
repeated presentations to the VPD.
"The board has told us they don't
believe there are any systemic problems," he said.
The report says it is Vancouver's
war on drugs' approach to dealing
with illegal substances that is partially responsible for police misconduct.
' "Enforcing drug laws puts police
in a difficult position," said Mark
Tyn4all, a co-author ofthe report and
a doctor who works in the DTES.
"My understanding is this kind of
police violence happens in cities with
similar drug laws. It's inexcusable
behaviour, but in a bigger picture, it
all comes down to how we deal with
drug enforcement"
Tyndall said police become frustrated when they send individuals to
jail for drug-related offences, and
then see the same individuals back
on the street days or months later. It's
this frustration that can lead to unreasonable violence, he said.
The report recommends a public
inquiry, headed by an independent
commissioner, to investigate the
Katrina Pacey, a co-author of the
report and a second-year law student
at UBC, said Pivot is considering taking legal action if nothing is done to
address the problems of police misconduct "If [the VPD] is willing to use
the info in a really constructive way,
legal action might not be necessary,"
she said.
The Pivot report can be accessed
at www.pivotlegal.org. ♦
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"Rinks" from page 1.
towards building the rink. But
Sullivan said the 40-year old rinks
currently need refurbishments that
would cost close to $5 million as
BoG student representative Mark
Fraser, who plays intramural hockey,
said renovations to the current rinks
are necessary. "I think the ice would
be a lot better in the new rinks and,
in that way, I think the minor hockey
league teams will benefit," he said.
"But then, minor hockey league
teams don't need 5500 seats...5500
seats seems like quite a lot"
The 5 500-seat capacity in the new
two-rink facility would be used to
hold large concerts, lectures and
other events. Morrison is concerned
that holding concerts in this space
will also take away from rink time.
Sullivan agreed there could be
conflicts, but said the university
would be sensitive to the needs of
Although current users of the
TWSC say they have not been consulted thus far, Sullivan said input
from these groups will be solicited in
the coming months.
Sullivan said the university will
negotiate some additional ice time
elsewhere, during the year that construction takes place. He said there is
money budgeted into the proposal
for renting ice time on outside rinks,
although he acknowledged it is difficult to predict availability of ice time.
He said he will continue to welcome input from user groups. "I
think what I wanted to make clear is
that the arrangement does not mean
there can only be two surfaces. It just
means that the financial arrangement we're talking about is costed on
the basis of there being two new surfaces being built"
No decisions on the number of
ice rinks need to be made, he said,
until the final choice is made in July
about which city will host the 2010
Winter Olympics. ♦
"Ecstasy" from page 1.
awareness, the RCMP have published the findings ofthe study and
copies have been sent to school
counselors and police agencies.
"Taking synthetic drugs could
put you at a high degree of risk,"
says Rintoul, "the big question is:
does it lead to dependency? The evidence suggests that it does."
While research on specific drugs
is currently going on worldwide, not
many researchers are studying the
effects of a mixture of drugs, said
"We don't know the toxicity of
taking methanphetamine, ketamine
and ecstasy together, we don't know
the side effects or long term effects
yet," Rintoul added.
Either way, he suggests that people taking synthetic drugs could
face problems in the future. "I think
that you only have one life.
Make healthy life choices," Rintoul
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isters in solidarity
Women of the working class unite at
anti-war conference this past weekend
by Sarah Tsang
"Militant greetings to everyone!" was the rousing welcome address to a group of mostly
female delegates at Vancouver's Chinese
Cultural Centre for an anti-war conference
this past weekend.
The four-day event, entitled "Towards Our
Liberation: an International Women's
Conference Against War and Plunder," began
on Friday morning.
The conference, which was co-sponsored
by Grassroots Women, a local women's rights
group linked to Vancouver's Philippine
Women Centre, and GABRIELA-Philippines,
an alliance of over 250 women's organisations in the Philippines, drew together
around 225 delegates from over 17 different
The event, first conceived at the founding
congress of an anti-imperialist organisation
called International League of People's
Struggles (ILPS) in May 2001, sought to
encourage delegates to overcome apathy and
to take a stand on issues that concern them.
Rachel Rosen, one of the founders of
Grassroots Women, called the conference a
historic effort because it brought delegates
from around the world to develop a united
and much-needed response against encroaching imperialism.
Rosen said she got involved with
Grassroots Women after realising that just
offering services was not helping those who
were really struggling.
"It was only a band-aid," she said, "it wasn't addressing the root causes of why people
were being exploited."
She also decried the anti-terrorist hysteria
that has gripped the international community
since last year's September 11 attacks. She
said some delegates were denied visas by
Immigration Canada to attend the conference, on grounds that were either extremely
vague or outwardly discriminatory. A woman
from the Philippines was denied a visa, she
said, on the basis that her English was not
good enough.
In her keynote address, Liza Maza,
Secretary-General of GABRIELA, who is also a
congresswoman in the Bayun Muna {People
First) party in the Philippines, said her country was basically offered "on a silver platter"
to the US, which has since stomped over its
national sovereignty by stationing more US
troops in the Philippines since lastyear.
Mae Fe Ancheta Templa, another delegate
from the Philippines, joined Maza in
denouncing the US presence in her country.
Templa says that near the US military bases
in her country, there are many cases of sexual exploitation that go unreported, and that
even the wives of Philippine soldiers are not
She believes that these forms of abuse continue because ofthe low level of political consciousness among those in poverty, who are
enticed by the employment packages, which
often come with many strings attached.
Filipino women in Canada also have their
own struggles. A delegate from the
Vancouver-based Philippine Women Centre,
who wished to remain anonymous, became
involved after seeing some domestic workers
turn to prostitution in order to support their
families back in the Philippines.
She said the conference is very important,
and wishes that more women would get
involved, as they are often the ones who suffer and bear the burden of exploitation.
One of the few male participants in the
conference was Ray O'Light, a delegate from
Boston, He came to show his support as one
of the two ILPS representatives in the US.
When asked if his gender posed any particular challenges to his advocacy of women's
rights, he responded: "Women's rights should
be everyone's interest, not just for special
interest groups."
"As a man, I'm not a bourgeois feminist,"
he added. "I believe working-class men can't
be free without helping the emancipation of
O'Light finds it encouraging that in the US,
there is now a growing resistance movement
to the Bush administration, as evidenced in
the large demonstrations in Washington, DC
and other major cities last week.
Because delegates come from around the
world and face different problems, part ofthe
challenge for the conference lay in forming a
Statement of Unity, which was a concrete
action plan created over the course ofthe four
days, through input from the delegates during
workshops and discussions.
It is the hope of the conference organisers
that these resolutions will then be brought
back to the delegates' respective countries
and organisations, where they can raise general awareness through workshops and public
The conference ended with a rally at the
Vancouver Art Gallery yesterday at noon, in
which many local groups also participated.
The mass demonstration echoed the closing
words of Maza's keynote address: "[I] am not
speaking in the name ofthe Parliament ofthe
Philippines, but of the parliament of the
streets, where there are no boundaries." ♦
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Student sues,
alleging religious
A UBC graduate student in English
is suing the university, claiming
administrators and professors discriminated against her because of
her religion.
In January 2001, Cynthia
Maughan, an Anglican Christian,
refused to attend a session of her
English 553 seminal1 since it was
being held at a classmate's house
on a Sunday, a holy day for
Maughan appealed to the UBC
Senate to have her grade in the
seminar raised from 73 per cent to
79 per cent. The Senate refused
her appeal and dismissed the
claim that Maughan had been
penalised for missing the Sunday
seminar. The Senate declared,
however, that the English department had "mounted an irrelevant
and unseemly attack' against
Maughan when she launched her
The lawsuit claims the professor made inappropriate comments
about Maughan's beliefs when
grading the student's written work,
and solicited personal criticisms
from other professors and graduate students to counter Maughan's
Senate appeal. The university is
denying the charges.
The suit has been filed with the
BC Supreme Court. Maughan and
the four past and present UBC professors named in the suit have all
refused comment while the case is
before the courts.
Bicycling accidents on campus
The RCMP responded to a accident involving a cyclist October 28
that is a just a sign of a larger problem on campus, says Corporal
Maxine Schwartz.
"It's quite a problem out here on
campus with people who are
cycling without a helmet and people
jaywalking without even looking,"
she said.
Schwartz added that a majority
of cycling accidents are not reported to the RCMP but that she believes
they occur frequently.
Monday's incident saw a cyclist
hit by a car as the car passed
through a green light The cyclist
(who the RCMP would not name)
sustained injuries to his leg and
abdomen and was the cause of the
Schwartz pointed out that it is
required by law for cyclists to wear
helmets, and that the number one
cause of head trauma for cyclists is
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Res kids still occupying temporary rooms
by Chris Shepherd
Some. residents still don't have a
lounge to relax in at Totem Park.
Thirteen lounges are currently still
being used to house 38 male students who were placed there at the
beginning of the term.
"They most probably will be
there for the remainder of this first
session," said Director of Housing
and Conferences Fred Fotis
Hansie Mundhenk, a first-year
Arts student living in a lounge with
three other residents, wasn't very
upset about his current living situation.
"I think it would be easier with a
double [room], but what can you
do?" he asked.
Mike Gunther, a first-year Arts
student whose lounge is currently
occupied, was unhappy with the
absence of lounges.
"I was disappointed, but its my
firstyear so I didn't really know any
other [setup,]" he said
The last female residents in temporary housing were assigned per-
manant housing by the first week of
Johanna Waggot, Residence Life
Manager for Totem Park, said the
women were moved faster because
female students generate more
vacancies in the residence system.
She doesn't know why that happens.
"It's been a topic of a lot of conversations [among Residence Life
Managers] though, it's hard to pinpoint/ Waggot said.
The 38 students were part of
approximately 90 first-year students placed into temporary rooms
in September.
UBC guarantees a spot in residence to every student who qualifies
for the Undergraduate Scholar's
Program, and to every first-year stu
dent coming directly to UBC from a
high school outside the Lower
Mainland and who accepts academic admission before May 31.
Last year, almost every student
placed in a lounge was moved into
permanent housing before
December. There was one group of
male students that decided, along
with their floor, that they would stay
in the lounge for the rest of first term.
Fotis was unsure whether the students would remain in the lounges
in the new year.
"I guess we don't know for sure
yet who is staying and who is leaving
after final exams. So once we have a
better idea of that it will give us a
better idea about what the numbers
will be [for moving students]."
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carried the show on her own; I barely noticed
that the only instrument was an acoustic
She opened with the crowd-pleaser,
"Fuel," off Little Plastic Castle. Because
DiFranco was playing without a backup
band, this was a unique and much quieter
version of the song. It was the first in a line
of songs from that album, which included
"Swan Dive* and "Independence Day." Also
notable was her performance of "Anticipate,"
from her second album, 1991's Not So Soft,
an unusual treat for older fans.
The highlight ofthe night was the spoken
word piece that finished off the pre-encore
part of the show. Titled "Self Evident," this
poem was an anti-war protest Coming from
an American performer, her words had an
authenticity that brought DiFranco—and
some ofthe audience—to tears.
I was most impressed with DiFranco's
guitar playing. She managed to create her
own rhythm section with her powerful
strumming. I learned later that she uses electrical tape to strap a pick to each finger, and
then pulls at the strings in a claw-like
motion. It was amazing to watch her create
the   sounds   that   she   made   with   one
acoustic guitar.
The  show was an interesting m!\    I
DiFranco's old and new work. However
audience seemed to sit in silent defi
eveiy time she played a new song. Aftei
show I learned that there is a conse
among many die-hard fans that she        1
out" with the album Revelling/Recko
and that everything on, or after that albi   i
too commercial. Granted, the album      1
mark DiFranco's transition from cult-
icon to a more mainstream girl-with-gi     r
The album cover does look like a winteJ '   (
ad, and it was a featured album at Cha!
last year, but from an unbiased perspe1
her new songs are much more mature       '
introspective than her older work.
Also worth mentioning was the ops
act, Toshi Reagon, a solo guitar player i
Brooklyn. Her song "You are the Only '
was personal and featured powerful £ i
playing. Her set got the audience singing
along and brought DiFranco on stage providing background vocals.
Overall, a great night for Ani DiFranco
fans, new and old, and a rare chance to see
her play without the band. ♦
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you right in the soul
at Presentation House
until Nov. 16
by fan Duncan
Have you ever played that game "Would You
Rather?" as in "Would you rather have no fingernails or be made of only fingernails?" That
kind of game? What if the game twisted into
something closer to reality, and closer to terror? William Mastrosimone's psychological
thriller "Extremities," a two-act play directed
by Neil Minor and running at Presentation
House in North Vancouver, poses a "Would
You Rather" question I hope no one ever has
to answer.
From its beginning, the play (mounted by
the Don't Stop Riding the Pony Equity Co-op)
grabs you by the throat and fucks you right in
the soul. The play opens when a young
woman, Marjorie, is attacked in her isolated
farmhouse home in the country. The attacker
attempts to rape Marjorie, forcing her to
smile, to tell him she loves him, to undo his
belt and "touch him down there." Marjorie
manages to escape, blinding her attacker with
Raid, tying him up and chaining him to the
fireplace. Her roommates come home to find
Marjorie coming down from panic, arid a
strange man tied up in their living room. The
three women can't let him go, as he has
already threatened to come back and do
Marjorie in. They can't go to the police
because they can't prove attempted rape. He
however, could prove that they have tortured
him, and then the attacker will be free while
the women rot in prison.
The only other option is to kill and bury
him, in the garden, between the tomatoes and
the flower pots. So the twisted stakes are as
follows: would you rather go to jail, or live in
fear of a rapist/killer your whole life tasting
your vomit every time the door opens? Or
would you rather kill a human and cover it
up? He's a rapist, right? Won't the world be
better off without him?
The walls begin to close in on all the characters as anxiety, personal insecurities and
domestic issues rise between the women,
while the man in the fireplace plays them
against one another, destroying their confidence in themselves. The action is carried
vividly and convincingly by Marjorie (played
by Christ! Arellano), her roommates (Donya
Metzger as Terry and Janet Glassford as
Patricia) and the rapist (referred to as "the
animal* and played by Mark Carter) do an
eerily successful job of melting into one entity and reversing their roles of predator and
Though the themes may seem to hit the
audience repeatedly over the head, this amazing and sick play examines a modern reality
where judicial systems don't always deal in
justice. Most importantly, it deals with the
fine line between humanity and
the darkness that lives in its shadow. In
the tradition of Heart of Darkness,
"Extremities' blurs the line between victim
and criminal, innocence and justice, human >"
and animal, sanity and insanity. We can
never really tell which character we are supposed to like and which we are to hate. The
worst part, though, is how the play ends and
one has to leave asking, "would I have done
any better?" ♦
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at Waterfront Theatre
until Nov. 17
: by Bryan Zandberg
"Bobby, Bobby, Bobby baby, Bobby...." Days
later, and I still can't get the catchy tunes of
Stephen Sondheim's "Company" out of my
head. The Vancouver production of the hit
Broadway musical comedy gave a successful
debut to a full audience at Granville Island's
Waterfront Theatre on Halloween night,
although almost all the theatre goers neglected
to wear a costume.
The musical is a non-stop lyrical joust, an
apt musical parody of the unremitting voices
of carefree bachelor Robert's circle of married
friends, who have an endless supply of advice
for their "pitiable," licentious and hopelessly
non-committal pal. He's the perfect playboy:
not overly randy, not wholly won over by vice,
a conversationalist truly interested in other
people (or ladies, I should say). As the play flits
between birthday parties, Robert's uptown
New York apartment, and dinner invitations,
it's crystal clear that three is company, and
that Robert is the sought-after (yet stigmatised)
third. Spectator to the amorous and the unfulfilled married lives of his friends, Robert is
also the object of both their envy and criticism,
and occasionally the victim of spousal karate
There can be no doubt that all 11 members
ofthe cast have a good time on stage. From the
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opening theme (which runs through my head
even as I write this) to the closing bows,
"Company" has a dynamism and energy that
will hopefully be a staple until the show's last
performance. It's the same energy that bubbles out of Robert, played by Vancouverite
Sanders Whiting. Although no vocal powerhouse. Whiting creates a Robert that absolutely oozes with charm and character. Best of all,
unlike some of the Roberts previously cast in
Broadway renditions, Whiting doesn't look like
a Ken doll, a choice which I think adds a lot
more punch and panache to the musical.
But if I'm going to talk about punch, I can't
go without mentioning the line-up of ladies in
"Company," amazons of voice and witty
drama. Several of them, including recent UBC
graduate Meghan Gardiner, play two characters—one a wife, the other one of Robert's
short-lived romances. It occurred to me more
than once that these ladies had to consciously
tone down their parts so as not to outdistance
the men. That is, with the exception of Lenore
Zann (Joanne), whose raving "The Ladies Who
Lunch" song was like Cruella DeVille with one
too many martinis in her. I think the audience
was actually a little frightened.
All in all, "Company" is well worth a watch,
though I wonder if bachelors in their mid-30s
bear the same stigma today that they did in the
early 1970s, when George Furth penned
"Company." Tickets are half price if you bring
a friend on Tuesdays. Then you, too, can have
this incessant Sondheim loop running through
your mind for days on end. ♦
Vordohrs very good
Renowned classical trio visits campus
at the UBC Music Recital Hall
Oct 30
by Raj Mathur
The Verdehr Trio, an acclaimed and leading
group in the sphere of new music, presented a
performance that molded and defined their collective musical personality. The performers
were Walter Verdehr (violin) Elsa Ludewig-
Verdehr (clarinet) and pianist Silvia Roederer.
The trio has performed in Europe, South and
Central America, Asia and Australia, as well as
in major cities of the United States.
The program was highlighted by "Voyage,"
"Trio," "Night Song," "From Nourlangie,"
"Terzina" and "Tibetan Dance Music."
According to musician Timor Selcuck, the
transformation during the process of survival
is called the "Voyage." By putting forward the
values ofthe human being, our helplessness is
transformed to a productive usefulness.
"Trio* is a condensed work in three movements which contain melodic and harmonic
patterns. "Night Song," an early work for soprano and piano, is an arrangement of "The Stars
Turn," originally composed by Tony Morphett
The mood of this arrangement is derived from
the following verse:
"The stars turn, the sun turns,
The earth turns forever."
"From Nourlangie" was inspired by the
artists' first visit to Kakadu National Park in the
north of Australia and the surrounding sites,
which he perceived as musical. The music of
those places fused in his mind. "From
Nourlangie," a guitar concerto, is the outcome
of that fusion, which metamorphoses into a joyous melody.
The title "Terzina" is indicative of a unit of
three parts, as in a triplet, or the other meanings of a piece for three instruments or a short
composition accompanied by three related
movements. The piece concludes with an
exploitation ofthe rhythmic content in all the of
The basis of the material of the "Tibetan
Dance* is the rhythm and melodic motive of a
Tibetan folkdance from the Chinese province
Qinghai. The first two movements provide the
feelings of reminiscence, much like hearing
songs from a long past memory.
The performers of Verdehr Trio won enthusiastic applause from the audience, an audience that was immensely delighted by the
performance. ♦> j
Tea Party show
mired by added
performers, stolen
at the Orpheum
Oct. 29
by Vampyra Dracufea
Well, I had planned to give the Tea Party a
mediocre review based on the merits of this concert, but the morning after the show I woke up
and discovered my wallet was gone, along with a
cigarette case containing all my ID. Spending
the morning on hold with various government
agencies tends to make me give bad reviews.
I know that the wallet was stolen while I was
waiting to get out of the Orpheum, where the
promotions bimbos were creating a bottleneck
by making sure everyone got a lame two-song
commemorative CD on the way out In other
words, they created a pick pocket's dream. But, I
must add, it's not like the show itself offered any
spectacular memories to offset this.
The Tea Party didn't do a lot of their songs
that would have fit best with the orchestra and
tabla players that joined them for this concert-
no "Babylon," no "Angels" (despite it being on
the commemorative CD), no "The Bazaar," no
"Heaven Coming Down.* They did start with
"Temptation* and finish with "Sister Awake,'
but—in between—the show re ally lagged.
The band themselves were pretty good,
although having to keep to the orchestra's slower pace and not improvise too much, which was
a real disadvantage. At times it felt way too slow,
like they were holding back, and while the
orchestra played nicely, it was basically background filler. The tabla players were okay on the
few songs they played. The cellist, Sheila
Hannigan, was also good, when she could be
heard. And I really liked the circus acrobat
Ekaterina Arnaoutova from Circus Eos, whose
rope acrobatics were stunning, though perhaps
The soprano, Christine Willimas, should
have been left under whatever rock of an opera
company she was found at—all she did was warble "aaahh* on one song and 'oooohhh* on
another, and when she did try to sing some
words, her voice was so overtoned and muddied
that you couldn't understand her. Fortunately,
she was allowed to ruin only two songs with her
basic boring backing vocals. Strangely enough,
she got really loud cheers and applause, but I
suspect those were from guys, thinking the same
thing as Tea Party frontman Jeff Martin (who
mentioned that she was cute in her tight leather
The dancer, Joanna Das, was equally useless,
though she didn't actually ruin the music like
the soprano did. She had no real room to move
or do real dancing, so she stayed in a small confined space in front ofthe drums striking poses
and trying to look exotic. It seemed to me like
her inclusion was a seedling of an idea that
never grew to useful fruition.
All in all, this was a concert that I was glad to
have not paid to see. The Tea Party should have
done much better, and while I thought the guy
behind me was obnoxious in his constant
shoutouts like "C'mon, let's rock!" I did under-
stand his frustration. I kept myself amused by
trying to pick out all the Aleister Crowley ("The
Great Beast 666') allusions and vampiric references in the lyrics.
In case anyone is wondering, I actually do
really like the Tea Party, and I thought this show
was going to be awesome. I expected much
more than we got. It just goes to show, sometimes more is just more. Their music works
perfectly well,and is very potent as a trio—why
bother putting in the extras when they just
cloud it all? The orchestral and tabla colouring
was nice but unnecessary, and the rest of the
additions just dragged the performance down
and made things boring. At a certain point,
these collaborations just become mental masturbation for those involved.
In conclusion, I'd like to say to whoever took
my wallet, return it and the case to the Ubyssey
offices, or I'll hunt you down. I'm not joking. ♦
Vancouver New Music Festival
at the Sugar Refinery and The Scotia
Dance Centre
Oct 24-27
by Phoebe Wang
This year's Vancouver New Music Festival
offered a mixed menu. Its Pan-Asian focus put in
one place a range of musical traditions which
wouldn't usually be categorised together.
Asianness seemed not to be as important for
many of the musicians as their work and their
sense of hybridity. The festival presented interesting, though sometimes disparate, flavours,
presented on the common plate of Canadian
identity. It tasted more like Vancouver identity
to me—served in a new Asian fusion restaurant
as you sit behind Japanese paper screens and
sip a sake martini Here are a few of the dishes
I tried:
Nobekazu Takemura: With Takemura's reputation, I expected something more palatable. His
set was long and uninterrupted. Thoughts dispersed when they found no bbvious continuity.
Not a whiff of Takemura's hip-hop past was
detectable; instead, he presented understated
laptop looping, tracks that forwarded and back-
warded on themselves. A childlike sensibility
pervaded his piece as well as Aki Tsuyuko's
accompanying film. Throughout his set, I felt
him resisting typical configurations of catchi-
ness or club stylings. Tasted like a fusion broth.
Bland and subtle.
Minn's Ami Sitting behind the band on one
ofthe Sugar Refinery's comfy seats, the feathery
cymbals and guitars flooded the room. Pleasant
strumming, lovely femme vocals and the infamous Christa Min. The Vancouver indie-kids,
wide-eyed and hungry. Slow pop songs that tasted of tofu scramble.
Maza Anzai: Music for an artistic killing
spree. Sitting quietly with an array of effects pedals while twiddling knobs, Anzai didn't seem
like a chef who would put a razor in your food. I
found mixed metal samples and screams abrasive and difficult to swallow. It was the perfect
soundtrack for a gorey and campy kung-fu
movie. Funny and yet disturbing. Not your typical DJ. Undanceable. My throat throbbed with
anxiety. Not for your typical vegetarian. Tasted
like shark fin soup and red vinegar.
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble: I can't
pronounce the names of the traditional instruments they played. Zithers, Chinese pipes, Chinese harpsichord and violins. The traditional
pieces were the most satisfying, because it's
what these instruments were intended for.
Compositionally complex folk songs as courtly
as the instruments themselves and the flying
fingers of their players. The solos showed off
individual instruments and the players' skill.
The modern arrangements were difficult to
take in; they were a strange juxtaposition
of ancient instrumentation and Western
contemporary deconstruction. This is the kind
of East-meets-West meal that Vancouver handles well. The group's precision carried off the
splattered phrases and odd tones. For one's
value, this had the widest palate. Tasted like
Shanghai dumplings with a ginger vinaigrette
on the side. ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2002
Michael Schwandt
Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Anna King
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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Hypocrisy, pure and simple
In a speech made October 31, Premier Gordon
Campbell relayed the sad story of his father's
suicide, precipitated from undiagnosed alcohol-related depression. It was his father's alcoholism that also caused him to lose his job as
Assistant Dean of Medicine at UBC, according
to Campbell.
"How many people would have lost their job
if they had broken their leg?" he asked.
Campbell's message that depression and
anxieiy disorders need to be treated as health
issues framed his announcement that $125
million will be devoted to a recently revealed
mental health plan and $138 million towards
new mental health facilities.
The announcement was timely; after the
recent tragedy in Kamloops, where a public
service worker, under pressure from government cutbacks, committed .suicide after shooting two co-workers. Concerns about mental
health issues are in the spotlight and, for most
the new funding comes as welcome news.
However, it is also a veiled attempt to backpedal from all the slashing 1he Liberals have
already done. When it comes to health and disability issues, the Liberals have been far from
sympathetic. The province's Employment and
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act,
which came into law September 30, will drastically reduce the number of people who qualify
for disability assistance, by changing the definition of who is 'disabled.'
It's estimated 18,000 ofthe 50,000 people
currently classified disabled will no longer qualify under the new regulations, and will have to
go through a lengthly reapplication process
before January 15, 2003. Individuals will have
to prove, with testimonies from a doctor, that
they need extensive help with "daily living activities" (meal preparation, shopping, using transportation and basic housework are considered
part of this definition).
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities
states that falling under the classification of a
'person with a mental disability" (what's
required if you're not physically disabled) will
be harder under the new law. According to their
review of the act, persons with clinical depression or anxieiy disorders will not qualify—persons like Campbell's father.
The government's plan is simple: a 23-page
reapplication package will be too complicated
and intimidating for lots of people to fill out
before January (if they even find out about it)
and the remainder won't be able to demonstrate that they need help with all those tasks
and thus won't qualify. The result will be a
reduction in monthly benefits from approximately $700 per month to $550 per month for
social assistance recipient
Liberal cuts are taking a toll on our health.
Cuts to the Pharmacare program and the elimination of coverage for physiotherapy and eye
exams will result in a deteriorating state of well-
being for those who ar<=> already at a higher risk
of falling ill—the poor and the elderly.
And a recent Health Canada report .states
that the results ofthe past decade's downsizing
and restructuring have been increased anxiety
and depression for millions of Canadians.
It will take awhile to assess what the
province's massive job cuts—approaching one-
third ofthe public sector—will have on our mental health. The Ministry of Water, Land and Air
Protection employee who killed two co-workers
in Kamloops last month was a tragic example of
what can happen to people when they're abruptly laid off, but there are already less dramatic,
but equally disabling effects.
If Campbell is serious about providing
resources for those in need, especially those
with mental and physical disabilities, then he,
and the Liberal government, shouldn't have
screwed them over in the first place. ♦
A take on Paul Martin's "democratic deficit"
by Graham Preston
With the recent speech by Paul
Martin on the "democratic deficit"
[in Parliament], it is important to
examine Mr Martin's personal
record on democracy on a variety
of levels. In short, Mr Martin and
his formidable organisation have
attempted to subvert true democracy from Parliament Hill in Ottawa
to right here at UBC.
First, Mr Martin has masterminded an amazing "democratic
deficit" of his own on the national
level I am referring here of course
to the summertime 'coup d'etat' in
which Mr Martin pushed the sitting prime minister to resign, thus
denying Jean Chretien the opportunity to fulfill his mandate as voted
upon by the Canadian public. In
this unprecedented move, Mr
Martin put his own ambitions -
above the wishes of the electorate—surely a serious act of
"democratic deficit."
Next, Mr Martin's organisation
has put substantial limitations on
access to memberships for the
Liberal party. In Ontario, BC and
Alberta, members are only allowed
to acquire five membership forms
at a time, while Martin organisers
hoard thousands. Those not connected to the Martin camp are left
struggling to match the demand for
membership with their limited
supply of forms. Further to that,
these rules suffocate the growth of
the party in many ethnic communities by allowing members to only
five forms at a time when—at
times—hundreds are needed to sufficiently meet the demand for
membership in these communities. The membership rules effectively seal the party within its current boundaries and do not allow
for growth into newly politically
mobilised groups.
Finally, students should realise
that these issues extend onto our
very campus. Recruiting efforts by
the Martin camp have hit the political science classrooms of our university where students have been
known to ask other students if
they support Paul Martin and if
they would then want to join the
Liberal party. In another instance,
as documented by Peter O'Neil in
The Vancouver Sun on Oct. 5,
2002, Don Stickney—president of
the UBC BC Young Liberals (i.e.
Gordo youth)—sent an e-mail to
the Greek communities promising
free liquor, accommodations and
good times at a federal Liberal
convention in October to a "Paul
Martin-supporting crowd."
Accordingly, over a hundred
"Young Liberals'—apparently
financed by the Liberal Party of
Canada in BC—were wined and
dined at the convention in
exchange for their blind support
of Martin camp-approved constitutional amendments.
Among those in attendance at
convention were members of the
UBC Federal Young Liberal club
(UBCFYL)-ostensibly the party's
representation on campus. Led by
a mostly rabid pro-Martin executive, the UBCFYL acts as a conduit
for the recruitment of youth into
the Martin camp. Using the promise of summer jobs and, from
time to time, free liquor, the club
does its best to ensure a continual
flow of new recruits into the
Martin organisation, in order to
fulfill Mr Martin's ambition. The
executive suppresses debate on
leadership within the club's mem
bership by encouraging a "democratic deficit* in which most
members of the executive act
without transparency and without
regard to the health of the club.
For example, earnest volunteers
have been denied the chance to
help out at certain club events or
on the executive in any capacity
based solely upon anti-Martin
leadership feelings. The end
result is a lack of democracy and
absolute power—precisely the
things that Mr Martin is supposedly fighting against.
Part of Mr Martin's appeal
comes from his ability to be all
things to all people. At times he's
the champion of the corporations
and other times he's the man to
help the Third World. He champions solutions to the "democratic
deficit" yet allows—and perhaps
encourages—a lack of democracy in
an array of levels. Thus, if one is to
take Mr Martin seriously on the
"democratic deficit," one must
demand that he fix the mess in his
own organisation first ♦
—Graham Preston is a
second-year Arts student THE UBYSSEY
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Women's soccer team wins the CanWest
by Jesse Marchand
LANGLEY-After two close calls at
the Canada West Championships,
the UBC women's soccer team is off
to the CIS Nationals in Edmonton
next week.
Unlike most of UBC's home
games, the women were not able to
secure the win in the first half by
netting several goals. Not only did
they have to contend with the biting
cold, they also had to compete
against two very formidable teams
that were not going to give up that
On Friday, the Trinity Western
Spartans proved they were contenders for the championship and
not just tournament hosts.
"I thought they played us
stronger than they played us all
year," said UBC head coach Dick
Although Thunderbird striker
Sarah Regan scored a goal in the
34th minute, the game didn't warm
up until the second half.
Trinity's fowards were speedier
than UBC but they had difficulty getting past the blue and gold's impenetrable defence.
To the frozen spectators, it
looked like the Thunderbirds were
going to shut out the Spartans for
the win, until the last minute of play
when Trinity scored, propelling the
game into overtime.
UBC started to show a little
fatigue in the front, but defenders
like Pasley Edmonds maintained
momentum and kept even the
fastest Spartans away from the net
In the 2 5th minute of overtime,
T-bird team captain Kristine Jack
scored the winning goal.
While defender Pasley Edmonds
chalked up the win to "UBC luck,"
Sunday's game against the
University of Calgary Dinos was
even luckier. Calary controlled the
first half, pushing UBC towards
their own net. While the 'Birds
defence only allowed two shots-
only one of them on goal—their forwards didn't have enough strength
to keep the ball in Dino greenspace.
Forward Rosalyn Hicks finally
scored the first goal in the 35th
minute, but with only ten minutes
left in the second half, Calgary
swiftly answered with a goal of
their own.
Emotions ran high, and the
game quickly turned ugly. UBC
midfielder Chelsea Hampton was
seriously injured in the first scoreless overtime period and had to be
carried off the field. Calgary
defender Burdine Chmilar
received a yellow card for constant
interference and told vocal spectators to shut up. UBC star defender
Jaqueline Ferraby also received a
much deserved red card for jumping on a Dino ball destined to enter
UBC's net. Luckily for UBC, the
Dinos missed the penalty shot that
The game was won when the
Dinos missed the first shot of the
final shoot-out, while the
Thunderbirds netted them all. But
although UBC won the tournament
Mosher stressed the skill of all four
teams that played. Team captain
Kristine Jack considered the win the
culmination of a big team effort that
was evident the entire season. ♦
—with files from Sarah Conchie
QUE SARAH, SARAH: Thunderbirds Sarah Regan and Sarah
Nannery revel in their first conference championship since 1995.
The women were run off the road
this weekend, losing  7-0 to the
Saskatchewan Huskies, and 9-1 to
the    still   undefeated
Regina   Cougars.   The
Birds are now 1-4.
The women's team
improved to 4-0 after
two wins against the
Manitoba Bisons this
weekend. They're off to
Calgary next
The men's team couldn't keep the
number-one ranked Bisons from
stampeding on Friday and Saturday.
The Birds lost 3-0 both nights.
After a thrilling
3-2 victory over the
Alberta Golden
Bears, the men's
soccer team
squared off against
the University of
Victoria Vikes in
the Canada West
final Sunday. But
the Vikes prevailed, striking
early and ending
the match 3-0. The Birds, who last
year fought their way to a silver
medal at the national championships, ended their regular season
7-4-1. Several Birds were honoured
in Edmonton: still-injured Steve
Frazao made the first team, while
fellow All-Canadian defender Aaron
Richer got the nod as the conference's MVP. Terry Bell and Darren
Prentice, both midfielders, were
named to the second team.
Field hockey
The defending national champions, thu UBC women's field hockey
team, and their Victoria counterparts, the Vikes, have been on a collision course all season. And after decimating the competition in Halifax,
the two teams faced off in the gold
medal final on Sunday. The Vikes
won 2-0, taking home their eighth
national title in the last 14 years.
Steph Jameson, UBC's top midfielder, was named tournament MVP. ♦
Small Bands, Small Venue
Featuring:The Salteens,The Spitfires and Sam
Tuesday, Nov. 12th at the Pit Pub - 8:30pm
The $5 cover at the door goes directly to the bands
Big Band, Small Venue shows presented by XFM:
Spirit of the West, Nov. 28th at the Pit
Tix $20 at Subcetera
Doors at 8:30pm
Bif Naked
Nov. 30th at the Pit
Tix. $ 17.50 at Subcetera
Doors at 8:30pm
Pottery Ciub's Annual Gallery Show
Grand Opening Reception Nov. 4th, at 4pm
SUB Gallery open for display and sales Nov.4th-8th
Come and see the artistic talent and creativity of
the UBC Pottery Club. Members will be displaying
and selling their work!
UBC Wellness Information Network Workshops
Various dates from Nov. 4-19th
Free workshops on topics such as: self esteem,
nutrition, wellness balancing, healthy relationships
and sex education.Open to aH UBC students. Held
in the Wellness Center, SUB Room 56B. For more
information on times and dates, please contact
Molly Steward at: mollyes@interchange.ubc.ca
UBC Debating Society
The Debating Society is proud to invite you to an
intimate evening with Ujjal Dosanjh. Tuesday,
November 5th, 7-9pm. Dodson Room - Main
Library (beside the Chapman Learning Commons.
Please RSVP to: ilnyckyj@interchange.ubc.ca.
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AMS Council meets on November 6th and 20th in the council chambers, SUB 260.To find out how you can become an Undergrad
Society rep, contact your Undergrad society.
The AMS Council will be discussing the Lower Level SUB renovations on November 6th. All AMS councillors are urged to attend;
guests are also welcome, please arrive by 6 pm in SUB 206. If you have any questions, please contact Oana Chirila, AMS VP
Administration at: vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca. Don't forget to visit www.ams.ubc.ca to take part in our online survey about safety
services on campus.
innowafiYe projects fund
Do you have a vision?
Each year the Alma Mater Society makes a donation to the University.This gift is in the form of a fund available to all students, staff
and faculty. In an effort to enrich and develop the social and cultural climate at UBC, the Innovative Projects Fund, (IPF) provides
those with such a vision, the financial backing to bring their idea to fruition. So, if you think you have a really good idea,drop by SUB
room 238 and pick up an application. Deadline for submissions: November 29th, 2002.
Vice-Chair, External Commission
The External Commision ofthe AMS is responsible for communicating with other student groups and national organizations to
discuss and analyze the impact of Provincial and Federal Government education policy.The external commission also works to
lobby the government on issues of interest to students such as post-secondary education funding and student loans.
Pro-rated honorarium.Time Commitment: Approximately twenty - twenty five (20 - 25) hours per week including fifteen (15) office
hours. For more information, go to: www.ams.ubc.ca
New for this year, the UBC Sustainability Pledge is your chance to show how important social and ecological issues are to you. it's
also your chance to get connected to sustainability at UBC. Sign the Pledge at: www.sustain.ubc.ca/2ourinitiatives/pledge.htm and
you'll receive monthly emails with information about things you can do for sustainability, groups you can work with, courses you
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Vote in the Municipal Elections
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who's running, where you can vote, and what some of the election issues are, check out Vancouver's Election Services website
At the AMS, your student society, we will ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed vote. For more
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oil opponents
By Michael Schwandt and
Parminder Nihzer
This year's Colleges' Cup swim meet
saw club teams (the UBC Dolphins
and the University of Calgary Swim
Club) compete alongside varsity
teams (the UBC Thunderbirds and
the University of Calgary Dinos and
the UVic Vikes). The SFU Clan was
absent this year, replaced by
University of Alberta Bears &
Pandas and the abysmal Albertan
Mount Royal College Cougars.
Although the competition was
somewhat less stiff than in previous
years (past attendees include the
NCAA powerhouse Stanford
Cardinals), the Thunderbirds produced many excellent early-season
performances, and some very exciting racing.
In the men's medley relay UBC
took the competition apart. One by
one, Brian Johns, Matthew Huang,
Darryl Rudolph and Brent Hayden
increased the gap between themselves and the other teams, completing the race in 1:43.66. UVic
and the U of C varsity team were
left five seconds back, fighting it
out for second and third place,
Head coach Tom Johnson had no
complaints. 'It's encouraging that
we're setting the number of meet
records that we're setting." Out of
the 11 meet records broken this
past weekend, the UBC team was
responsible for five. UBC swimmers
figured in the top five in almost
every event
'Things are looking really good
for the rest of the season," said the
female team captain, Kelly
Stefanyshyn. "We came out there
with everything we had, and all of a
sudden we left [Calgary] in
our dust"
At times, the meet seemed to be
a duel between archrivals U of C and
UBC. The men's team rocked the
Dinos with a total score of 530 to
Calgary's 413 points. The women
beat their own club team (UBC
Dolphins) with a score of
496 points.
"We were expecting a bit more of
a challenger from the Dinos," said
Stefanyshyn. "It's almost a bit of a
let down, we're racing their club
team—their club team is doing better than their varsity team."
Brian Johns—third year student,
Olympian and 2002
Commonwealth Games silver
medallist—swam a record time of
4:17.96 in the 400m individual
medley (IM). Johns also contributed
to the four wins in the relays and set
a record in the 200m IM, putting on
a clinic on the discipline of medley
swimming. Tied with the U of C's
Chad Murray after the first 50
metres of butterfly, Johns proceeded to leave Murray half a length
behind, winning the event in a meet
record of 2:00.90. This four-year old
record had previously belonged to
Curtis Myden, an Olympic medallist
in the event
"Kids like Brian Johns are
always going to swim fast, and it's
great motivation for other kids that
need that motivation," said men's
team captain Roland Bauhart. "He
goes out and wins pretty much
eveiything he swims, and it gets the
ball rolling and all of us feed off of
that energy."
In the 100m backstroke Bauhart
received some of the best crowd
support of the meet After taking
the lead with a very solid first 50m
(split time: 28.5 7), he barely slowed
down in the back half of the race,
splitting 2 9.18 to win the race.
To many spectators, the distance
events in a swim meet are not seen
as the most exciting, but to watch
such an exercise in controlled
speed as national team member
Jessica Deglau's victory over
Calgary's U of C Carrie Burgoyne in
the 800m was truly a treat One of
the jewels of UBC's varsity program, Deglau also won the 400
freestyle, with a record-breaking
swim time of 4:14.45.
The rookies are also diving nicely
into the holes left by six fifth year
swimmers this season. 18-year-old
rookie, Matthew Huang, shines
through. A member of the National
team, Huang set a record in the
200m breaststroke, clinched first in
the 100m breaststroke, and con-,
tributed to two winning relay swims.
The men's 200 freestyle was
marked by the conspicuous
absence of UBC's Mark Johnston.
Johnston, a veteran of varsiiy and
international competitions, was ill,
leaving the door open for his U of C
Swim Club rival Rick Say to take
first place. Say, whose winning time
of 1:49.40 was over two seconds
short of Johnston's meet record
from last year, placed ahead of
UBC's Brent Hayden, a sprinter
who stepped up to display impressive range in this longer event, placing second.
In all of the relays, UBC showed
great depth, with the
Thunderbirds' 'B' teams frequently
beating the 'A' teams from the
other competing schools. When the
mist had settled, both the men's
and women's Thunderbirds had
won the team points rankings.
Early in the season, the aqua Birds
are showing immense promise for
a great year, and the distinct possibility of a sixth national title at the
2003 CIS nationals in Victoria. ♦
UBC breaks ice
by Dan Morris
After an agonising first month of play, the UBC
Thunderbirds men's hockey team finally bagged
their first win. UBC desperately needed to obtain
their first points ofthe season after a horrendous
0-8 start. The 1-7 Regina Cougars proved to be the
perfect test.
Unlike some of their previous games, UBC did
not get on the scoreboard first Five minutes in,
the Cougars struck, and soon after were able to
beat Bird goalie Robert File, quickly taking a 2-0
Capitalising on some sloppy Regina defence,
first-year defenceman Ryan Thrussell soon cut
the points margin in half. But with only a few
minutes left, the Cougars were able to restore the
two-goal lead with a hard slapshot off the right
Determined to stay in the game, UBC started
the second period with more disciplined play. Off
the power play, Thrussell buried the puck off a
great setup by forward Matt Reid. Minutes later,
former Vancouver Giant Nick Marach tied the
game with a beautiful wrist shot off the left wing.
However, the Birds' sudden spurt of confidence
also came with a lack of defensive coverage, and
Regina quickly scored two sloppy goals to reestablish their two goal margin at 5-3.
Going into the third frame, the
Birds found themselves down
two goals once again. The stagnant UBC crowd was energised
by several rallying fans, and the
players were immediately
enthused, translating this aura
into strong play on the ice.
Veteran forward Steve Wilejto
stormed in with his first pair of
goals on the season, and the
Birds tied up the game. Finally,
Corey Lafreniere delivered midway through the period to give
the Birds the 6-5 edge, sealing
the victoiy.
"We scored five powerplay goals tonight, and
we generated offence off the rush, in the neutral
zone, and off the cycle," said coach Milan
Dragicevic of the win. "We wanted the game, we
started skating, and our best players were our
best players tonight"
Corey Lafreniere, who scored the winning
goal, pointed to the team's determination. "It was
a comeback win, and tonight we didn't give up.
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We wanted to prove to ourselves that we could do
this. We kept the game simple, and we went for
rebounds. We shot the puck, and we [did] what
was necessary."
Saturday night proved to be a
different story. Lacking the focus
and determination of Friday's
game, the Thunderbirds were
not able to withstand the Cougar
barrage. Defensive zone coverage was also weak, and heavily
outshot, UBC fell prey to the
Cougars in a 5-1 defeat
The weekend might be a sign
of things to come for the Birds,
as they have the potential to create sustained offensive pressure.
UBC's first victoiy is a crucial
launching pad for the playoffs.
But with a lack of consistent play
on a nightly basis, the Birds must become more
focused very quickly if they have any chance of
getting into the postseason. With a bye next week
and an upcoming series against the undefeated
Calgary Dinos, UBC will have to play like never
before in order to make the cut. Currently ranked
last in the Canada West Conference, UBC is
one point behind Regina, with just two points in
nine games. *♦♦
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