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"ovember 25, 1997: Over 2,000 protesters took to
the streets for a rally that peaked at Rose Garden
Plaza. Pepper-spray filled the eyes of student
demonstrators. They writhed on the ground in agony. Some
were cuffed and couldn't wipe away a chemical normally
used in riot control. Tears flowed from protesters7 eyes and
frightened screams filled the air. see 'apec i page 4,5
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countless arrested
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ThSJjbyssey I November 23 rd, 2007
MON     A Talk on Japan's
Nuclear Policy
Where: Multipurpose
Room in Liu Institute
Time: 12:30pm-2pm
The 100 Mile Diet
Where: Chan Centre _
Time: Noon
Authors of "The 100-
Mile Diet" look into the
world of food politics,
economics, and culture.
Night of a Thousand
Where: Marriott
Time: 6pm
Cost: $45 for Students
Learn about the global
landmine crisis.
Rally for Robert
Where: Vancouver Art
Time: Noofi^-.
What: Peaceful protest
against excessive force
used by RCMP.
CVC Asian Movie
Night: Infernal Affairs
Where: UBC Ladha
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Price: $4 members/$5
Rogers Santa Claus
Where: From
Broughton and Georgia
to Davie and Howe
Time: 1pm
Akbar Ganji on
Iranian Nuclear and
Human rights
Where: Liu Institute
for Global Issues,
Multipurpose room
Time: 3
World's worst filmmaker' visits UBC
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
Uwe Boll. The man is infamous
for directing critically ravaged film adaptations of video
games, (BloodRayne, House of
the Dead (HoTD), Alone in the
Dark) though he has produced
original works as well. All three
of his current video game movies have been failures, to say
the least. HoTD and Alone in the
Dark are currently on Internet
Movie Database's Bottom 100
films list, and BloodRayne was
on the list in the past. Boll is
considered by many to be one
of the worst filmmakers of all
He has not been shy in confronting his critics. In September 2006, he organised a critic
boxing match, in which he challenged his most vocal detractors to "put up or shut up." Boll
fought and won against four
critics back to back at the Plaza
of Nations in Vancouver.
Boll came to UBC in early
November. Thankfully, his aim
was not to direct another film,
but to promote the screening of
the documentary Earthlings.
CR: Have you been taking a
break from your film directing
to distribute Earthlings7
UB: In January my In the Name
ofthe King: Dungeon Siege movie
starts [being shown in theatres],
and in February my other
movie, Postal, starts. Right now
I  am focusing on promoting
movies, not shooting. Perhaps
the middle of next year I will get
back to shooting.
CR: How did you start making film adaptations of video
UB: Basically by accident, to be
honest. I got the House of the
Dead script and didn't even
want to do it. But they asked me
to go out and ask kids if they
knew about House of the Dead.
So I did, and eight out often said
, 'Yes, I know the game, I played
it.' ...So I thought why not?
So, I did HoTD, and it was a success, it made a lot of money. If
something makes money, you
look out for other video games
to do. I tried to find more
games, different genres, so it's
not always the same movie.
CR: You said HoTD made money
but I read that it lost money.
UB: No, the budget was $ 7 million, and the US box office was
$10 million, but worldwide box
was over $20 million, and the
video sales was $28 million.
And the thing is, if you believe
the stuff on the internet, how
could I keep making movies that
are getting bigger and bigger, if
they're all disasters, all flops?
CR: How do you respond to the
fact that your video game movies have gotten bad reviews on
the internet?
UB: I think some people are
jealous because they don't make
movies...I think they're not really looking into the movies
anymore. They think, It's Uwe
Boll, eh, it's all shit.'
CR: Do you think they are all
predisposed to dislike your
UB: Absolutely. There are directors that make one good movie
their whole life, but this movie
creates a buzz around the director, then they get like forever
good reviews. Till someone 20
years later says, look, to be honest I liked only the one movie of
that guy. In my case it's exactly
the opposite. I get trashed for
whatever I do. They don't see
any difference in what I'm
CR: Recently, Wired magazine
posted an angry email they
claimed was from you. Is that
UB: Absolutely, this is true. It
was not about writing negative
about the movie. It was the
guy came to the San Francisco
screening of Postal. There was
a big audience, loud applause,
the people laughed their asses
off, they really liked it. Then the
guy comes after the movie to
me and says, 'Congrats, super
movie, I loved it.' Next day, he
wrote on the website, 'It's a
piece of shit, another Uwe Boll
disaster.' So then I wrote him
the email that he should fuck
his mother. I would never write
that against a bad review. I get
so many bad reviews I would
never flip out on this. But to
have this behaviour, coming to
me, congratulating me on the
movie, having a drink with me,
saying I laughed tears in that
scene with Osama, then writing
a review like this, this was too
much for me.
CR: About Postal, it seems your
plot is quite different from the
video game plot.
UB: Postal is a politically incorrect movie, and also a politically
incorrect game. I think if you
have a game where you can use
a cat as a silencer, you cannot
make this as a serious movie.
So it must be a funny movie. It
should be an absurd comedy.
CR: About the critic boxing
match last year in Vancouver,
what do you feel it accomplished, if anything?
UB: The whole point of the evening was: all the critics know is
to talk and talk, and they lost all
their fights. Imagine if I were to
prepare my fights, my movies
like they prepared their fights.
So you see there is a difference
between doing something professional, and only talking about
it. And all that people there in
the Internet, bashing or whatever, they cannot tell a fucking
story for 5 minutes. It's nothing what you learn. I did short
movies for 12 years, I wrote 20
scripts, they're all in the garbage
container. It's not that I started
like, 'I am a genius, and I make
now movies,' it was a long work
in progress. And my movies got
better over time, uf
Editor's note: According to a
number of Internet sources,
HoTD s worldwide grosses
were well under Boll's stated
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News     3
Arts County Fair cancelled
After 16 years as the University of British Columbia's year-end fixture the Arts County Fair has been cancelled due to decreasing turnout and rising costs.
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Arts County Fair (ACF), the giant
party/rock concert which has become an end of school tradition
at UBC over the last 16 years, has
been cancelled.
Held on the last day of classes
in April, the event has attracted
up to 15,000 students annually. However, according to Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS)
President Stephanie Ryan, ACF
has simply been losing too much
money for it to be financially
"It was obviously a very sad
decision for us to have to make
and we took no pleasure in making it. Over time the event has
ebbed and flowed in terms of
success, some years we've made
money, some years we haven't,
but it's come to a point where the
event has become fiscally unsustainable," said Ryan.
"Our numbers in terms of student attendance are way down,
we've found that there's a very
reduced demand from students
for this event, and I know a lot of
students disagree with this, but
the number of tickets that we've
sold in the pastyears have shown
us otherwise."
Ryan also indicated that
event costs—including first aid,
ambulance, and security services—have risen dramatically since
ACF's inception, contributing to
its financial problems.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
Finance Brittany Tyson said that
ACF has accumulated a $50,000
debt since it began back in 1992.
"Most outdoor festivals don't
last this long, and definitely don't
make money, so the fact that this
is a student-run event, not a professional event, and that it was
going on for 16 years is a testament to how much work students
have put into it," said Tyson. "It
has been really successful in the
past, but it has just come to a
point where it's not a sustainable
model unfortunately."
Reaction to ACF's cancellation has been overwhelmingly
negative. The "Bring Back Arts
County Fair!" Facebook group
began Wednesday morning and
had over 2400 members at press
The creator of the Facebook
group, Alex Lougheed, said ACF
has evolved from being just a
concert to part of UBC's culture.
"It's one of those things that
when people ask 'what is UBC?'
it's one of those things that you
can list. UBC is ACF, and it's one
of the best parts of our University. It's a student experience, it's a
highlight of UBC, and the reason
I made this group is because I
think getting rid of ACF gets rid of
the last light of campus culture."
The AMS has already said
that it will be running an end-
of-school event at Mclnnis Field
on the last day of classes in the
absence of ACF, however Tyson
said the AMS event will not be
ACF 17.
"We're not trying to replace
of replicate or duplicate Arts
County Fair, so we wouldn't take
that name," said Tyson.
Shea Dahl, AMS Events
Manager, said the event would
likely be patterned after the AMS
Welcome Back BBQ, which drew
between five and six thousand
students this September. vl
How it started
Arts County Fair began in
1992 as Arts Country Fair. Back
then it was actually more like
a fair,complete with rides and
It was started by the AUS
to outdo the engineer's Ok-
toberfEUst, at the time the
biggest party of the year on
That year the AUS booked
one band to come and headline, a little-known group
called the Barenaked Ladies.
But between the booking
and the concert, the Bare
Naked Ladies exploded onto
the music scene, and tickets
for Arts Country Fair got to
be in such high demand that
the event was moved from
Mclnnis Field to Thunderbird
Stadium, where it's been held
ever since.
One is the loneliest
number...except for none
ACF was the only event licensed by the UBC RCMP to
sell alcohol on the last day of
classes. That's the reason you
don't see a hundred other
beer gardens on ACF day.
Sgt. Dan Wendland of the
UBC RCMP said that there are
normally an additional 50-60
officers on campus for ACF
day, and that almost all of
them are at the Fair."It's a lot
easier having [students] all in
one spot."
But what's going to happen now with no ACF?
Staff Sgt. Kevin Kenna
said that the trend of only issuing a single special events
liquor license on the last day
of classes will continue, and
indicated the license would
most likely be reserved for the
AMS-run end of classes event.
Fatal car accident
Crash kills 36-year-old driver
early Tuesday morning
by Tracy Fuller
News Writer
A fatal car crash took the life
of an unidentifed 36-year old
male driver just east of campus on Fourth Avenue Tuesday
The accident, which occured
between Northwest Marine
Drive and Trimble Street was
Vancouver's 20th traffic fatality
this year.
Surveying the shattered
glass and bloodstained sidewalk,
Constables with the Vancouver
Police Department's Collision
Investigation Unit confirmed
that the driver was dead when
emergency vehicles arrived on
the scene shortly after 1:45am.
"Obviously speed was a
factor here," said Constable
Sheridan Soo, a six-year veteran
ofthe VPD's traffic enforcement
According to investigators,
the accident occurred when the
tires of the westbound Honda
clipped the curb running along
the north side of the road. Due
to the speed the vehicle was
travelling at, the strike caused
the car to jump the sidewalk and
blow through a road sign before
colliding, head-on, with a hydro
pole. The driver was pinned in
the car and had to be cut out by
the Vancouver Fire Department
rescue crew.
No other vehicles were involved, and there were no witnesses at the scene, according
to police. Despite Tuesday's
cold temperatures, road conditions were also ruled out as a
contributing factor.
It is not yet known if alcohol
or drugs were involved.
The car's sole occupant was
a 36-year-old male who died on
impact. The man's dog, also in
the car, was rushed to an animal hospital but appeared to be
Speeding is an increasing
problem in Vancouver, police
investigators said.
Speed is the cause of more
vehicle fatalities than any other
factor, including alcohol, according to the Insurance Cor-
The wrecked Honda Civic after hitting a pole, killing the driver.This is Vancouver's 20th traffic fatality this year.
poration of British Columbia
In 2005, the number of
speed-related fatalities climbed
to 176 in BC. That's a 5 per cent
increase from 2004, according
to ICBC's most recent statistics.
With speed factoring into
38 per cent of 2005's traffic fatalities, versus alcohol's 28 per
cent contribution, speed was
deemed the primary cause of
MVA deaths in 2005.
The increased number re
verses what had been a steady
decline in the number of deadly
accidents between 2000 and
To prevent these types of
accidents, Const. Soo recommended "More public education, better young driver training, and certainly more traffic
enforcement by law enforcement agencies in Vancouver."
The VPD cautions students to
slow down and obey the rules of
the road
On Tuesday morning, cars
and most buses were detoured
around the crash site between
2am to 10am so that VPD investigators could reconstruct the
events precipitating the unseen
crash. Their investigation is
Memorial flowers and candles can now be found around
the base of the hydro pole to
commemorate the swift and
senseless death of another Vancouver driver. \a 4    Feature
November 23 rd, 2007 | ThSJjbyssey
Feature    5
The first of a three part series depicting the
events surrounding the APEC conference held
here at UBC 10 years ago, this Sunday.
by Jesse Ferreras
Ten years later. ••
Looking back, the major players in the landmark APEC protests tell their stories
from "APEC" | page oi
...This was the UBC campus on the
final day of APEC 1997, a summit
that brought together 18 Asia-Pacific statesmen to discuss how to
lower trade barriers and encourage
economic growth. Known dictators
were guests of Prime Minister
Jean Chretien, who ushered them
into the Museum of Anthropology
on a red carpet. The leaders sought
a retreat. What they got was were a
noisy neighbours.
Peaceful protesters were arrested for putting up signs that said
"free speech"; prominent actvists
were hauled off in unmarked cars;
snipers sat on rooftops and surveillance helicopters circled overhead.
For two days in 1997, the University of British Columbia became the
setting for the climax of a political
Ten years later, questions remain, but fate has dealt a sweet
hand to those who stood up for
their rights as the government
entertained dictators in their
One year earlier, an excited buzz
filled the air as Jean Chretien arrived at Canada Place on November
21, 1996. He was making a pit stop
on his way to the Philippines, where
he would take part in the APEC
summit at Subic Bay, just outside
Manila. There he would meet with
leaders of 17 other nations to ratify
the Manila Action Plan that would
set out new goals for participating
countries to liberalize trade.
An audience of students, faculty
and business types awaited him in
a mid-sized conference room. UBC
President David Strangway introduced the Prime Minister, who got
up to a podium and gushed about
his government's commitment to
Asia-Pacific relations.
"We said in the Red Book that
we would strengthen Canada's
trading relationships with the nations of the Pacific Rim. And we
set to doing that the day we were
sworn in," he said.
"Just two weeks after taking
office, my very first trip as Prime
Minister was to the first APEC
Leaders' Meeting in Seattle. And
we haven't looked back since."
1997, he said, would be
"Canada's year of Asia-Pacific,"
a time that would celebrate the
Great White North's place in the
region. He promised a "wonderful
party" that would include business
forums headed by federal ministers. Guests of these parties would
discuss commercial opportunities
in the Pacific Rim, focusing on areas such as energy, transport and
financial services.
The crowning moment of
Chretien's party would be the 1997
APEC Leaders' Meeting, which
would be held in Vancouver the
following November. The meeting
would bring 18 world leaders to
Vancouver for four days of discussion towards lowering tariffs and
liberalizing trade between them.
A student speaker thanked the
Pied Piper ofthe Pacific Rim before
he hopped a plane to Manila.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was at that time made
up of 18 countries. In addition to
Canada and the United States, the
conference would also bring heads
of state from China and Indonesia,
countries not known to the rest of
the world for their unfettered respect of human rights.
Opposition to APEC centered
in particular around Suharto,
president of Indonesia. Suharto
annexed the former Portuguese
colony of East Timor to Indonesia
in 1975 and since then dealt with
opposition by the force of an iron
hand. Student protesters were
jailed; prisoners were tortured;
over 100,000 were believed killed
throughout over two decades of
The news of APEC's imminent arrival came as an affront to Jaggi
Singh—a blow made all that much
worse by the January announcement that the final day of the summit, comprised of the Leader's
Meeting, would be held at the Museum of Anthropology.
Singh was a linguistics student who helped organise APEC
Alert, which formed in January as
a branch of Vancouver's "No to
APEC" coalition. Its members were
comprised of activists who had
already made their mark protesting the perceived "corporatization
of UBC"—and Singh was one of its
loudest members.
In 1996, he and a group known
as the "Culture Jammers" protested
having a McDonald's on campus.
They held rallies outside its eventual location in the University Village.
They deflated a towering blow-up of
Ronald McDonald stationed outside
the Student Union Building (SUB)
during Storm the Wall, an annual
intramural sports event.
Some of their most vehement
organising came in response to
an exclusivity deal signed between
UBC and Coca-Cola, whose ratification meant that students would
be swallowing Coke-brand liquids
exclusively for the next eight years.
The Culture Jammers argued that
Coke was purely interested in
making a profit and lambasted the
cloud of secrecy that shrouded the
"Student administrators and
student politicians and the administration in general were becoming
pimps for a multi-national corpora-
These trade accords...
such as APEC... they are
inherently accompanied
by police repression.
They cannot be
implemented without a
level of political coercion
and repression.
Jaggi Singh,
long-time activist
tion," Singh said in an interview.
The opposition to Coke, he
added, left a strong foundation of
anti-corporate sentiment that later
contributed to organising against
APEC. For Singh, having a repressive dictator like Suharto as a
guest of UBC was like having your
parents invite the schoolyard bully
into your home.
"These trade accords, this set
of economic policies such as APEC
or the G8 or the Free Trade Agre-
meent of the Americas, they are
inherently accompanied by police
repression," he said. "They cannot
be implemented without a level of
political coercion and repression."
Alert landed its first strike
against APEC January 7. The Museum of Anthropology played host
to delegates of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), one of
a series of mini-conferences leading up to the summit. Delegates
included diplomats from China
and Indonesia, who were present
at the reception. David Strangway
was also there, and he would announce a day later that that very
venue would provide a roof for the
APEC Leaders' Meeting.
He told the Ubyssey in '99 that
APEC "is not about money... It's
about helping us to learn."
Singh gained entrance to the
reception wearing press credentials. He carried the red, yellow
and black flag of East Timor in
his hands, hoping to hand it to an
Indonesian delegate present at
the reception. Once inside, he approached the delegate and tried to
hand it off before he was asked to
leave. A plainclothes RCMP officer
confronted him, ripping the press
credentials from his neck and dragging him out of the reception in a
He writhed and struggled with
the officer but was eventually
ejected. Delegates were stunned at
the intrusion but soon went back
to an evening where they would be
served oysters and wine under the
concrete and glass of the Arthur
Erickson building.
Outside, Singh was threatened
with atrespassing charge if he didn't
leave immediately. It wouldn't
be the last time that a "wonderful
party" would be interrupted.
Following the announcement
that APEC would come to UBC, the
one who took the brunt of Alert's
anti-APEC organising was the Goddess of Democracy, a statue erected
outside the Student Union Building
in 1991 to commemorate the 1989
crackdown on student protesters at
Tiananmen Square.
The Goddess was gagged in
early February and a sign hung
around her neck urging students
to "Remember Tiananmen! Remember East Timor! No to APEC
at UBC!"
Beneath her on the ground,
someone chalked out a new name
for her: "The Goddess of Hypocrisy." By April there would be chalk
outlines of imaginary bodies representing victims of East Timor and
Tiananmen Square.
Months went by and protests
continued. When students returned
to school in September they witnessed a massive redecorating of
the UBC campus, courtesy of APEC
Alert. Posters throughout campus
advertised, "APEC is the beast" and
"Fuck APEC," with an outstretched
closed fist pumped in the air.
The Goddess underwent a remarkable facelift come September.
Where once she wore a gag, now
she wore lipstick and eyeliner, a
makeover for which Alert took no
credit. Orange and green circles
began to be painted at her base to
set out an "APEC free zone" that the
group hoped would one day include
the Museum of Anthropology.
Singh, who was heavily involved
with organising since his arrest,
had originally planned on taking a
year out of his linguistics studies,
but ended up never going back.
"School got in the way of my
education," he said.
The first of three phases of resistance was in effect. "Refuse APEC"
would run to November 17 and
include weekly ball hockey games
at Norman MacKenzie House, the
official residence ofthe UBC President, where APEC leaders would
meet for lunch on the day of their
"Summit Under Siege" would be
the next phase—beginning November 17, a tent city would be erected
on the lawn to the west of the SUB
as a kind of headquarters for protests. During this time members
would extend the "APEC Free Zone"
from the Goddess of Democracy as
far as it would go."
All hell would break loose for
"Crash the Summit," beginning November 25, the day that UBC would
welcome APEC. A march would
begin at the SUB and go to Rose
Garden Plaza by the flagpole.
"We weren't being vague, saying we're against bad things and
we want good things," Singh said.
"We had an analysis that rejected
the vision and the agenda behind
APEC and we were rejecting the
entire model of privatization, of
capitalist globalization."
Break their backs
Singh's activities would take a
drastic turn November 7, just
over two weeks before the summit
made its way to UBC. APEC Alert
members had gathered at Norman
MacKenzie House after spending a
day spreading anti-APEC slogans
across campus in chalk. They
would do the same for the atrium
at the President's house.
Just a week earlier, on Halloween night, three APEC Alert members were arrested for doing the
same thing and campus security
was present for the group's latest
Singh was there, megaphone in
hand, and was confronted by patrol-
ler David Goodrich, who was watching protesters chalk up the atrium's
windows. Singh approached him
and asked for his identification.
Goodrich's version of events says
that Singh then walked behind him
and yelled into his ear through the
megaphone, amplifying his voice.
Over 2000 activists and onlookers turned out near the Rose Garden and the Chan Centre to protest the Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation [APEC] conference. Police responded with pepper spray
after protesters took down part of a security fence during the 1997 event.The APEC protests set the stage for more escalated protests, such as in Seattle against the WTO in 1999.
The patroller then threatened
to rip Singh's arm out, a threat
repeated to protesters through the
megaphone. Goodrich, complaining of an injured ear, took his grievance to Staff Sergeant Lloyd Plante
at the RCMP's UBC detachment.
Goodrich asked if Singh could be
charged with anything and Plante
responded that an assault charge
could be considered.
For months the police had been
gearing up for inevitable protests
on the day of the summit. Taking
Singh into custody on an assault
charge was a prime opportunity
for police to break the back of the
anti-APEC movement before it
Plante directed another officer
to conduct a criminal investigation
into the incident. Without contacting
Singh or any potential witnesses,
he submitted his results to Plante
on November 14. But on November
13, Plante had already put word out
to four detachments asking for four
officers to be present on campus on
November 24, the day before the
APEC Leaders' Meeting.
He wrote, "an anti-APEC group,
APEC Alert, have several planned
demonstrations which may involve civil disobedience from
now until the conclusion of APEC
on 97/11/25...It is hoped we can
obtain support from Crown which
may result in a charge of assault
against the obvious leader of the
group, JAGGY SINGH. It is our
intention if we can get a "no-go
UBC" with respect to SINGH, we
may basically break the back of this
November 24 rolled by, and
Singh said the campus turned surreal. The south end of campus had
been turned into a security zone
by way of a steel fence that encompassed prominent campus areas
such as the Museum, the Graduate Students' Society building and
the Rose Garden. Helicopters flew
overhead and snipers covered the
Amidst the surreal, APEC Alert
occupied the Student Union Building and Brock Hall that morning to
set them up as "teach-in" spaces.
Retail vendors ready to start their
Christmas sales on the SUB's main
concourse were dismantled to
make way for couches where students could sit and listen to speakers that included Maude Barlow,
a Canadian author and anti-free
trade activist.
As an organiser, Singh floated
between the two buildings throughout the morning. Unbeknownst to
him, the four RCMP officers who
had been summoned to campus
that day had orders to arrest him
for the alleged assault committed
two weeks earlier. They were at
UBC just in time to "break the back"
of APEC Alert.
Singh was walking from Brock
Hall toward the SUB when he
came upon a group of four men
at the building's south end. The
men immediately recognised him
as a protest leader. One of them
approached him and asked when
the next forum would be held that
day. Singh barely had a chance to
answer before another man approached and informed him he
was under arrest. Suddenly he
realised that four police officers
surrounded him. He resisted, but
they took hold of him as he tried to
escape. He fell to the ground and
was handcuffed. With hundreds of
students witnessing the arrest at
the north end of the SUB he cried
out, "Help me, help me, my name
is Jaggi Singh. This is Canada, I
have not done anything wrong."
An unmarked, two-door black
/ think people look back
at pepper spray and
protest as kind of quaint
Jaggi Singh,
long-time activist
car pulled up to the scene and Singh
was thrown in the back face-first.
The officers didn't take the time to
sit him up straight in the backseat.
The car drove off with Singh face
down on the floor, his hands cuffed
behind him. He would remain this
way until the car reached Chancellor Boulevard, when Singh said the
officers were suddenly nice to him
and sat him up properly.
He was taken to the UBC
RCMP detachment, followed by
a crowd reportedly composed of
200 protesters who demanded to
know what happened to him. Staff
Sergeant. Plante, having just got
his man, worried about an emotional scene intensifying. He told
them there was "breakage of blood
vessels" in a security patroller's
ear after Singh yelled in it with a
megaphone. He felt if Singh were
gone from the detachment, the
protesters supporting him would
leave too.
Singh was taken to the RCMP's
Richmond detachment. He went
before a Provincial Court judge and
was forced to sign an undertaking
that he would not return to UBC.
The movement's back was broken,
or so the RCMP believed.
After his release from Richmond he returned to UBC, using
code words on a cell phone to have
fellow APEC Alert members pick
him up. He hid in the back of the
car and continued with protests the
group already had planned, violating the terms of his undertaking. He
would be arrested again with fellow
organiser Aiyanas Ormond at Rose
Garden Plaza as they walked to the
Museum of Anthropology to make
the final extension of the APEC
Free Zone.
Singh tore up his release affidavit in front of a crowd of 200 protesters who shouted "Shame on the
police!" as the RCMP made their
way to the plaza and hauled the two
of them away. More than 75 RCMP
and Vancouver police officers arrived on the scene, some of them
with police dogs, trying to move the
crowd back from the Rose Garden.
A ten to 12 foot fence surrounded
the area that would witness the climax ofthe next day's protests.
Singh recounts his story from
his home in Montreal where he now
organises with No One is Illegal, a
group devoted to advocating for immigrants' rights. He has since been
involved with demonstrations at
the 2001 Summit ofthe Americas
in Quebec City and the more recent
Security and Prosperity Partnership in Montebello, Quebec. He has
been arrested many more times
since APEC 1997.
"Ten years down the road, this
all seems like Alice in Wonderland," Singh said. "We've now seen
protesters get killed at protests, like
what happened in Genoa, and of
course after 9/11 in 2001, I think
people look back at pepper spray
and protest as kind of quaint."
Be that as it may, the events surrounding Jaggi Singh at APEC 1997
were key to changing UBC's perception at the time as the "University
of Bigoted Conservatives."
One of Canada's highest-profile
social activists signs off with a mention that organising has already begun for 2010, when Vancouver will
host the world for the Olympics.
Jaggi, returning to his old haunt, is
certain to be behind it. vl
The story will continue this
Tuesday with Green College's
Craig Jones 6     Editorial	
No Arts County Fair? What the fuck?!
ThSHjbyssey I November 23 rd, 2007
Waking up at 6am to a bowl
of beerios and a shot of
Jagermeister before heading to class with a beer in hand
isn't the way students normally
start their day here at UBC.
But for one day a year for
the past 16 years, it has been a
Arts County Fair (ACF) began in
1992. It was the one day out ofthe
school year that everyone, no matter whether they were an engineering, science, or art student, came
together to celebrate.
But the Arts Undergraduate
Society (AUS), which organises the
event, announced Wednesday that
due to financial concerns ACF 17
will not go ahead as scheduled.
In one day, over 2000 students
joined a Facebook group dedicated
to bringing back ACF. Students
have commented on the site saying, "I can't help but feel shame
and disappointment in my school,"
and "ACF was one of the only good
things about UBC." One student
even called ACF the best part of
his undergraduate degree and the
years following.
It's pretty clear that despite
decreased attendance in the last
couple of years, this event still has
a strong and vocal backing on campus, including from the Ubyssey.
ACF isn't just an excuse to
get drunk for a lot of UBC students—believe us we don't need an
excuse. ACF is a community event.
And we're talking about UBC's real
community: the students, not the
new, keep your voice down after
6pm community.
With multi-million dollar housing covering more of campus all
the time, and everyone from the
administration to the government bending over backwards to
turn the University into a suburb
instead of a campus, ACF was
the last thing that was for us that
reminded us that we the students,
and not the condo-dwellers, own
this university.
On ACF day, we went where
we wanted, celebrated where we
wanted, and put on one hell of a
party—one that was the envy of
students across the country.
It has been said time and time
again that this campus is rife with
apathy and that commuters are
willing to come and go without being a part of something greater.
To take away the one event that
has been passed down from generation to generation of students for
16 years is to further undermine
the already sparse community
here at UBC.
Getting a university degree
isn't about a piece of paper or
sitting through classes; it's an
experience. You won't remember
most of what you learn in class or
read in texts, but you will remember the frivolous, ridiculous, and
unjustifiable things you do. You'll
remember ACF—however blurry
your memories may be.
If anything, UBC needs more
events like ACF.
If we lose ACF, UBC will
never be the same. No matter what
comes out of the woodwork to replace it, it won't be able to replace
ACF. Nothing ever will.
So here is our proposal: ACF is
not just for Arts students, so why
is the Arts Undergraduate Society
left to foot the bill? As a great UBC
event that is attended by students
in all faculties, maybe it is time
to get support from all faculties.
Perhaps a contribution from other
faculties' student associations
could keep this festival alive. We
at the Ubyssey are dedicated to the
cause and are willing to promote
the hell out of ACF if it rises from
the dead. ^
The Ubyssey shamefully slanders Quebecois
I was rather surprised to see the top ofthe front
page of the November 20th issue of the Ubyssey adorned with the "new" slogan "Crushing
Cocky Quebecois since 1918".
The alliteration that seems to be an attempt
at humour falls flat, considering that the paper
hasn't crushed much recently except maybe it's
own reputation.
The real question is what is an official student newspaper is doing making derogatory
comments towards an ethnic group that is also
represented in the UBC community. It is hard
to label such actions—not really racism, maybe
bigotry, and somewhat ethnocentrism. Either
way you spin it, comments like these should
not be tolerated in the public sphere from a
student-funded paper.
And what is the crime that these Quebecois
committed to incur such strong words? Apparently, to protect their student rights, they
participated in a protest that turned ugly when
they were confronted by riot police. So does the
Ubyssey make these cynical remarks because
it disagrees with their methods or motives,
or simply because they are Quebecois? With
the limited information we're given, we can
only assume the latter. And even if this was a
disagreement based on principles, ethnic background has no place in this discussion.
Moreover, the bizarre decision to include
this blurb is a betrayal of journalistic principles
and the commitment to be an objective and
unbiased source of information. It is questionable whether words like "cocky" have a place
in opinion pieces done by staff, let alone out of
context on the front of the paper.
Given that there is no excuse for this lapse
in judgment on the part ofthe editors, the Ubyssey needs to retract this comment and issue an
apology to all involved.
"Quote me censorship and I will quote you
the Charter."
—Michael Serebriakov
4thyear Psychology
Submit a letter to the Ubyssey and see your
writing in print. Letters to the editor must
be under 300 words. Opinion pieces know as
"Perspectives" range from 300 to 750 words.
Streeters is a twice weekly column
in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to    UBC.
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.bc.ca
How do you feel about the cancellation of Arts County Fair?
Colin Throness,
Creative Writing 4
"I always thought
they could have
had better bands. If
they want to bring
it back they could
work on getting
some better talent."
Anton Foudimov,
Visual Arts 4
"It was getting
pretty terrible over
the last few years...
the bands were
getting worse. The
vibe died down
and it wasn't that
much fun slopping
around in the mud
Kayla Tyndall,
Economics 3
Elizabeth Hand,
English Grad
JeffSc he lien berg
Commerce 3
"There's going to be
nothing to do on the
last day of school
now...It could create
more problems
because they're going
to be all over the
campus drinking
instead of having
all the drinking
congregated at one
Coordinated by Jordan Chittley, Paul Bucci and Amanda Stutt
"It's such a well
known event and
brings so many
students together
at UBC. It's a big,
exciting end-of-year
thing. I don't think
they should cancel
"I think people
are going to be
pretty upset. I
think it is one of
the best things this
school has to offer
in terms of social
please write us a letter
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and for the record,
I was quite bored,
I tried to write a rhyme,
but instead it was a crime
it sucked pretty bad,
and you would have been
quite sad
but instead I wrote this
lame rhyme
and now I am work only
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Production Manager
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Phantoms, fiddlers, and the Sound of Music
A few of your favourite things come together in That's Another Story
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
This friday, the Gilbert and
Sullivan Society starts it's first
broadway-style show ever, called
That's Another Story. The society grew from the ashes of the
Music Society after it folded.
Written and directed by UBC
alumnus Meghan Crosby the
show plays like a musical theatre
aficionado's iPod set on 'shuffle'.
Which—let's be honest—sounds
like a catastrophe.
However, the overhead-projector spotlights, feel-good storyline, and enthusiastic tunes tend
to endear more than distain. This
is no serious undertaking—it's
cute. Real cute.
The story begins with our favourite musical theatre charac
ters meeting in a bar, run by the
narrator from "Into the Woods"
(played by Nicholas FitzGerald).
Max Bialystock from "The Producers" (played by Justin Yap),
falls in love with Yenta, the
matchmaker from "Fiddler on
the Roof", as Amos from "Chicago" (played by Stewart Yu)
woos Liesel from "The Sound of
Music" (played by Rebecca Las-
cue). They decide to make Leisel
a star, calling on the help of an
old friend of the narrator's, the
Phantom of the Opera, played
by Mario Cruz (if you don't
know where that one's from, go
to the nearest theatre and ask to
stand under their chandelier for
a minute).
As   one   costume   designer
mentioned, the people involved
in the production are largely
non-theatre students.
"[We're] from all different
faculties," said Crosby, who is
an registered nurse outside of
the theatre. Cruz is studying for
a double major in cell biology
and genetics and German. Las-
cue is in physiotherapy and is a
singer/songwriter on the side.
Most come to the society to
balance their academics with
something creative. However,
the   society  primarily   focuses
The cast is really strong...
many of them are in the
chorus in lolanthe."
Meghan Crosby,
on the operetta style of musical
theatre, which left many of the
members out.
"Every year, there are these
kids who come in...and are not
cast, or are cast in the chorus,"
said Crosby. "Once you're not
cast, you tend not to come back."
To retain these students, the
society ran a Broadway-style musical, hence, That's Another Story.
"The cast is really strong,"
said Crosby. "Many of them are
in the chorus in lolanthe [an
upcoming Gilbert and Sullivan
Society production]."
If you want a good laugh, stop
by tonight. If you're feeling adventurous, sit front and centre.
You won't regret it. vl
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Nov. 26 from Noon -1 pm, or watch at one of our campus locations.
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ThSJjbyssey I November 23 rd, 2007
A ballet with mallets, croquet draws players to UBC grass
by Trevor D'Arcy
Sports Writer
The sun was ironically shining
on the classy UBC croquet players for their annual November
Reign Tournament Sunday at
Jim Everett Park adjacent to the
UBC village.
"We call it the November
Reign tourney and it's never
rained," said Croquet Society
president Brandon Taylor, "but
it snowed lastyear."
Though the sun was out
and the smell of french fries
and gravy wafted over from the
neighbouring McDonalds, the
air was chilly and the players
had to keep moving in order to
stay warm.
Once play got underway, the
field resembled a peaceful, aristocratic courtyard with players
exchanging pleasantries amidst
playful gibes. Members of the
club displayed professional temperament and rarely resorted to
use the nefarious "croquet" tactic, which allows players to strike
opponents' balls off the course.
Instead,  players  were  focused
on steadily advancing, and used
any extra shots earned through
"roquets" (intentionally striking
the ball of an opponent with your
ball) to continue through the next
It wasn't until teams neared
the finish line that things heated
up and players began to get
tense. As teams grew desperate
to defend the final peg, croqueting became more commonplace
and balls flew from one court to
the other.
"Tournaments are competitive by the end when people are
getting close to winning," said
Taylor won the tournament
along with teammates Chris Amy
and Roger Pylypa. The November
Reign Tournament is the second
tournament held by the Croquet
Society in a four part series. For
each tournament, players are
awarded points based on how
well they place, with first place
receiving a maximum ten points.
The player with the most points
at the end ofthe year will become
the Wile Cup Champion.
The Wile Cup Championship
A player shows off the'croquet'tactic used during Sunday's tournament.
ciety during a road trip down to
"Yeah, that would be hilarious," replied Fischer, who said
the club was easy to start because
there wasn't anything like it.
is named after Daryl Wile, the inaugural president, who founded
the club in 2003. Corey Fischer,
a friend of Wile's and co-founder
of the club, said Wile first suggested the idea of a Croquet So-
For more information on
the Croquet Society and
for upcoming matches see
"We gained a lot of popularity
by playing out in open places on
campus...the randomness of it
helps the club's image," he said.
Both Fischer and Taylor describe croquet as the perfect way
to pass the time while at school.
A simple one-on-one game takes
less than an hour to play, so it
makes for a great break in between classes, Fischer said.
As well as organising tournaments, the UBC Croquet Society
hosts many "friendlies" for its
members throughout the year.
These casual matches are usually played during afternoons
on patches of grass throughout
campus. The friendlies are designed not only for practice, but
also to offer a less competitive
atmosphere for members.
"I try to make it a proper
environment for both the casual players and the competitive
ones," said Taylor. "I think I've
done well with that." vl
Fans have reason for optimism despite no BC teams in Vanier, Grey Cup
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
If you're a fan of Canadian football, this weekend is as good as
it gets.
The Rogers Centre will play
host to the Vanier Cup tonight,
which will determine university
football supremacy. But the football action doesn't stop there:
on Sunday the Grey Cup will be
played on the same turf to determine the CFL Champion.
Sadly, for those on the left
coast, both games will be lacking
a hometown team. In the Grey
Cup, this is a surprise—the BC
Lions were the No. 1 team in the
nation all year and most people
had pencilled in Dave Dickenson
and company to be in the big
game the entire year. However,
Kerry Joseph and the Rough Riders outplayed the Lions in the
Western final to take that spot.
As for the CIS, the Thunder
birds not being in the big game
didn't really shock anyone.
Yes, it was "one of those
years" for the T-Birds in 2007.
One where an unholy trinity of
injuries, inexperience, and poor
play conspired against the team
from the very start of the year,
as UBC stuttered, stumbled, and
eventually splattered to a 3-5
regular season, missing the playoffs, and making it an even ten
years since UBC last captured the
Vanier Cup.
Some years, it's difficult to assess how the hopes and dreams of
a team can be washed away over
the course of a season. Football
is a fluid game with many components and it can be impossible
at times to pinpoint one or two
reasons for a team's downfall.
This is not one of those seasons. The realistic chances of
UBC competing with top tier CIS
teams ended the moment sophomore quarterback Doug Goldsby
separated his shoulder in the first
offensive series against Regina in
week four. The injury to Goldsby
meant that Marc McVeigh, an
18-year-old rookie, would lead
the T-Birds the rest ofthe season.
Ultimately, this was too big of a
hurdle for UBC to overcome. The
team that started 2-1 ended the
season with losses in four of its
last five games.
McVeigh isn't exactly to
blame here though. Howard
Tsumara, long-time university
sports writer for The Province,
said McVeigh "did more and
learned more than could have
reasonably been expected from a
pure freshmen pivot. How many
pure freshmen QBs win Shrum
Bowls?" referring to the 31-2 destruction of SFU that highlighted
an otherwise dreary second half
ofthe season.
But freshmen quarterbacks
rarely start for a reason. It takes
considerable time and practice
to learn how to compete in the
CIS, to read the defenses, and to
get used to the size, speed, and
skill levels of foes that are miles
ahead of what most players have
ever experienced.
Opposing teams knew this as
well. This is why time and again,
defences stuffed the box against
UBC. Opposing defences limited
the usefulness of first team all-Canadian running back Chris Ciezki,
and forced McVeigh to constantly
throw to a receiving corps that
was never fully healthy. And the
result was all too predictable.
That's the bad news. The
good news is that the future is
considerably brighter for these
Thunderbirds. Tsumara credits
head coach Ted Goveia with doing "an excellent job in recruiting, and recruiting beyond this
He notes that although "you
often don't see immediate results" with prospects, you can
start to see some of these players
making an impact already for the
T-Birds. Junior Scott McCuaig led
the team with ten sacks in just
six games this year, and he'll be
back for another season. So will
sophomore Tyler Hamade, who
led UBC receivers with 26 catches for 397 yards. And Tsumara
believes that linebacker Shea
Emery, who paced the T-Birds
with 52 tackles, is "another Ted
recruit who could well be the best
linebacker in the country by the
time he graduates."
So there is hope for football fans at UBC. This football
team will never be a perennial
contender for a championship.
There are just too many strong
programs in the Canada West
Conference to let that happen,
but with a healthy and hungry
team next fall, Coach Goveia and
company will be in good position
to lead the Thunderbirds back to
playoff contention, vl
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