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Women's Field Hockey
national chapionships
UBC student Daniel Chen stars
in Richmond's Faultlines
Med students call for
return to rotating internship
raising the dead since 1918
Douglas Todd has made
a living getting others to
talk about their beliefs.
Now it's his turn.
by Peter T. Chattaway
Douglas Todd wants people to take religion seri-
ously. And for the past seven years, as the religion & ethics
reporter for The Vancouver Sun, he has written features,
news and entertainment stories to highlight the role religion already plays in our everyday culture.
He has also written two books: The Soul Searchers
Guide to the Galaxy, released two years ago, and his newest,
Brave Souls, a collection of interviews with 28 writers and
artists, most of them expanded from articles he wrote for
the Sun's Saturday Review.
Todd says he wrote the new book because, as church
attendance declines and fewer people identify themselves
with religious institutions, artists have Med the void to
become the spiritual shapers of North American society.
But they are rarely allowed the chance to address spiritual
issues directly.
"These people are so insightful in their song lyrics and in
their novels about human nature and society, I thought they
must have something to say about religion,' says Todd. "But
nobody ever asks them. Certainly journalists don't because
they're so afraid of religion. Academic biographers don't,
because they're a/sq afraid of religion or anti-religious. So I
wanted to ask them the hard questions: what do they really
believe, when they wake up at three o'clock in the morning,
about God and death and what makes life worth living?'
Not all of Todd's interviewees are religious them- , . ,
selves; in fact, of his 28 sub-     Todd SaVS he Wrote
jects, only six fall into the                      Brave Souls
category that Todd calls      because, as church
The New Ancients.   (This
group   includes   Susan  attendance declines
Aglukark, Lynn Johnston and fewer people
and Robertson Davies.) The identify themselves
rest of the book is divided f _
between   'The   Atheists' With religious
(Mordechai Richler, Jane       institutions, artists
Rule, W.P. Kinsella), "The     . ....    . „. . .
Doubters' (Douglas     have f,,,ed the vo,d
Coupland, Evelyn Lau, Paul to become the
Verhoeven), and the largest     Spirjtua| Papers of
section of all, the more       r ,        '
vaguely denned 'Emerging North American
Mystics'   (Nick   Bantock,
Loreena McKennitt,
Timothy Findley).
But for all their differences, the one thing these figures
do have in common is that they are artists who approach
spirituality from a personal, creative perspective, and not as
religious authorities (though Todd thinks he may have
cheated by including best-selling 'essayist' and former
Unitarian minister Robert Fulghum).
Todd cites Tony Hillerman and Bruce Cockburn as
artists with whom he feels a particular affinity, but he says
he was impressed by all of the people he talked to. Well,
except for one, maybe. In the October issue of Vancouver
magazine, W.P. Kinsella wrote that Todd was 'the worst
columnist in Canada,' and Todd is visibly perplexed by
Kinsella's assessment of him.
'He's a very angry, bitter, cynical person. I don't know
why he's mad at me, other than that he's virulently anti-religious. I don't know what it was, either because I want people to take [religion] seriously, or because ofthe profile I did
on him, which I never heard that he disliked. I thought I
gave him the benefit of the doubt.
'I did appreciate his honesty, actually, quite a bit. But
Jane Rule, she's an atheist and she has a heart of gold, and
Alex Colville doesn't have too much time for Christianity but
he's a very wise person. Carol Shields thinks that love is the
force that holds the universe together, which I agree with. I
think that's great, because 'God is love.' That was one ofthe
first lines I ever heard, and I think there's a lot of truth to
DOUGLAS TODD, on top of the world, well, at least on top of the Pacific Press Building
with his new book, Brave Souls., richard lam photos
Todd can appreciate the nonbeliever's point of view,
because he grew up in an atheistic family himself. He used
to pick debates with the Christian missionaries that visited
his North Vancouver high school. But it was the positive
example of one of his teachers, who happened to be a
Christian, that convinced Todd not all religious people were
"kooks.' Todd's skepticism turned on his own lack of belief.
'She just made me realise that religious people maybe
have something I don't, which is a sense of hope and a kind
of drive to create a world. I was a kind of cynical person, and
she wasn't So I was drawn to that, and so I just started getting more and more connected with Christians and studying the Christian tradition, which was totally new to me,
because I hadn't even been to church before.'
Todd's investigations led lum to UBC's religious studies
department, where he earned his
bachelor's degree in 1976. He also
wrote for The Ubyssey, and after
studying at the Claremont School of
Theology in California, he worked the
community-paper scene before getting hired at the Sun in 1983. Six
years later, the religion beat was his.
In the interests of fairness, Todd is
reluctant to disclose the finer points of
his own religious belief, but admits
his search led him to identify with one
specific tradition: Christianity. 'I studied Buddhism too, actually. And while
I'm attracted to Buddhism, I just think
Christianity is a better religion." A nervous laugh slips out "Oh shit, what
did I just say?'
Todd composes, then qualifies,
himself. "Unlike Buddhism, it takes
society seriously. Some aspects of
Buddhism do, but not most of it. It takes history seriously,
that we're responsible for society and history and each
other. It's not a form of escape
from life, but a way to get into
it more."
But while Todd says that
Jesus is "the central figure" for
him, he prefers not to define
his Christian beliefs more
specifically. "I'm still a bit coy
about that, being pigeonholed, 'cause it's so dangerous. I mean, I don't want to be
written off, I want to be seen
as a journalist who's trying to
be fair to everybody, despite
my views."
And he hasn't given up his
skepticism altogether. He is
suspicious of claims that the
Bible or any other religious
text can be a supreme exclusive authority. "I don't think
scriptures   have       all   the
answers, which some biblical
literalists might believe. But
there's collective wisdom, there's a lot of good stuff, but not
to accept it blindly. Don't accept anything just obediently;
you have to test it for yourself.'
of Todd's subjects point to nature as a source for their spirituality, and Todd agrees, but only to a point 'Farley Mowat
says there's nothing evil in nature, but I don't necessarily
agree, because there is something evil about being eaten,
even though that animal needs to survive, whereas sometimes humans kill for sport Somebody said that nature is not
good, but it is beautiful. And that's more important An
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avalanche comes down and kills people; that's not
good, that people got killed, but overall, nature is
beautiful, in a tragic sort of way."
Some have seen such tragedies as evidence
that God is either cruel or nonexistent, but Todd
disagrees. In his view—influenced by a school of
thought known as "process theology"—God and
the world live in a sort of symbiotic relationship,
affecting one another without either having a complete control over the other.
"God is changing too," Todd says. "That's
where I sort of agree with Bruce Cockburn. That's
not exactly the way he said it, but in his song 'The
Gift,' he says, 'Everything is motion, to the motion
be true.' God is changing along with humans and
the world. God's in this relationship with the
world, and God doesn't control everything, but we
do have freedom, real freedom to make mistakes.
"People say, 'Why didn't God stop the Holocaust,'
right? That's where human freedom comes in,
human corruption. I don't think God had the
power to stop the Holocaust It required humans
to be in touch, to respond. It's scary, but humans
have the capacity to make horrible mistakes, and
God can't necessarily just magically fix [them] God
is drawing us to make better choices in life, but it
requires co-operation. So I think God's all-loving,
but not necessarily all-powerful"
But might that not make God irrelevant? "Not
to me," Todd says, smiling, "but it might to some
people. We wouldn't be talking if it wasn't for God,
right? I wouldn't know how to form a sentence.
That's where  I  agree
with Colville, too, that
God is the thing that creates order out of chaos.
For us to speak requires
God to constantly help
us find new orders in
the chaos that would
exist if it weren't for
The process is an
ongoing one in Todd's
life, too. Brave Souls
began as a sort of intellectual exercise, but the
artists who met with
Todd challenged him to
"People say,
'Why didn't Cod stop
the Holocaust,' right?
Thaf s where human
freedom comes in,
human corruption.
I don't think God had
the power to stop the
Holocaust.. I think
God's all-loving,
but not necessarily
-Douglas Todd
make    spirituality    a
greater part of his experiential life. "Carol Shields
was talking about these transcendent moments
she heard about and was taken by, and then she
asked me, "You write about those, being a religion
writer,' and I realized I don't. I should really be
keeping a spiritual journal or something like that,
that delves into my own spirituality in a more personal way, for myself.
"That's why I call most ofthe people in the book
T^rave souls.' They're not afraid to just venture out
on their own and ask really hard questions,
and they just go where they are led by the
creative spirit, a spirit of curiosity. I wonder if I don't do that as much. Maybe it's
because I have three kids. I should be
spending time in silent retreats and really
exploring my spiritual heart, and that's
some thing I learned from the book."
The job of creating a space for sober
spiritual discussion also goes on. Todd
hoped to interview Alice Munro, Rudy
Wiebe and Madeleine L'Engle, but the
plans   just   never   worked    out.    He
approached Margaret Atwood two years
ago, "and she said, 'Perhaps when I'm a tittle older or wiser. Ha-ha." (He finally spoke
with her at this year's Writer's Festival.)
"There are so many viewpoints," Todd
says. "It's a way to let them understand where they
are, rather than where lam."
He laughs. "Maybe my next book will be all
about me." jf
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Love and
by Robin Yeatman
at the 5th Avenue Cinema
As a lover of all things Victorian,
seeing Michael Winterbottom's
adaptation of Thomas Hardy's
Jude the Obscure is a treat for the
soul. Not unlike the time in which
it is set, Jude casts in sombre,
gloomy tones as it tells one ofthe
most tragic love stories in English
The story focuses on Jude
Fawley (Shallow Grave's
Christopher Eccleston),  a stone-
JUDE (Christopher Eccleston) and Sue (Kate
Winslet) stare down Fate in lude.
mason by trade but an intellectual
at heart, and Sue Bridehead
(Sense & Sensibility's Kate Wins-
let), a bright and modern thinking
girl for her time, who happens to
have the misfortune of being
Jude's cousin. It is soon apparent
that happiness is not their fate.
The source of their unhappi-
ness, suprisingly, is not the fact
that the lovers are cousins. Their
grief stems from the bare fact that
they are not married—to each
other. Jude's wife Arabella (Rachel
Griffiths of Muriel's Wedding) left
him not four months after their
marriage. Sue is married to Jude's
former teacher, Phillotson (Liam
Neither has ever cared for their
spouses, and their passion for
each other results in Sue leaving
her husband to begin a life with
Jude. Eventually, Sue
gives birth to two children, even as she and
Jude raise his son by his
first wife.
The unwed couple
encounters prejudice
and low tolerance for
their living arrangement in each town they
live in. Drenched and
exhausted, the couple
and their three children
search for lodgings only
lo be turned away time
.iiid time again. Their
lovalty and determination to their love hold
fast through it all, and
finally Jude finds a job
in a stone yard. All will
be well—or will it? Just
as a shaft of light man
ages to peep through the gloom of
their world, tragedy strikes.
The intense heartbreak of this
film will penetrate the stoniest
critic. Winterbottom has done a
fantastic job of taking a Victorian
story, making it modern and
accessible, yet retaining the gut-
wrenching passion so reminiscent
ofthe time in which it was written.
Winslet's performance is both
convincing and charming. Shot in
Yorkshire and Edinburgh, the
scenery provides an appropriately
rural background.
The problems faced by Jude
and Sue seem insurmountable,
yet they remain dedicated. This
film provides a contrast to the
mainstream attitudeihat relationships are disposable. Take some
kleenex to get you through the sadness, but expect to be encouraged
by the reminder of what true love
really is. jf
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that filling
by Teresa Yep
at the Capitol 6 theatre
What do feral gypsies have to do
with losing weight?
Everything, if you are a 300
pound food-loving lawyer named
Billy who has mows down an old
crone with your car. Robert John
Burke stars as a successful attorney who cannot lose weight
despite the doting efforts of his
Hey, is this mic working?
Bob breaks the mould
by Judy Chun
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Bookslore last Tuesday, richard iam photo
watchful wife Heidi (Lucinda
Jenney, a cross between Jane
Fonda and June Cleaver).
Billy's weight problems lift
temporarily after he, with the help
of his friends, the police chief and
a judge, is absolved of all responsibility for running over and
killing a circus gypsy woman. As a
result, Gary miraculously begins
to shed his spare tire(s) at an
alarming rate, but he soon discovers that this blessing is actually a
Angered by Billy's acquittal, the
dead gypsy's father condemns
him to die a slow death by starvation. Billy then goes on a mission
to reverse this curse when it turns
out that his friends are also cursed
with physical deformities (one
metamorphoses into a lizard
while the other sprouts boils the
size of saucers).
Thinner is a complete disappointment in every department,
including the most basic area: the
physical deformities. Blame it on
the special makeup effects crew
that Billy's emaciation never
reaches Tori Spelling's proportions and that his obesity does not
convey the same authenticity as
the early stages in Richard
Simmons' Dial-a-Meal plan. The
prosthetic flesh on Billy's face
looks stiff enough to repel flying
marbles, while the protruding
cheekbones meant to give Billy
that gaunt look make him look
more like a poster child for hyperactive bone growth.
That's the good news. The storyline has inconsistencies that
might bepuzzle those who haven't
read the book (such as moi). The
reasons for Billy's resentment
towards his wife are not fully
developed, and the magnification
of that resentment into homicidal
tendencies is completely unjustified. J
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T-Birds flock to fields of Victoria
by Wolf Depner
Underdogs are as sly a species in the sports
kingdom as the fox in the animal kingdom:
you never know when one will sneak up and
tweek you in the you-know-what.
Just ask the women's field hockey team.
Heavily favoured to win it all in 1995, the
Birds were upset by the Victoria Vikes in the
final 1-0.
But this year, the situation is different.
CANADA WEST rookie OF THE YEAR Jen Dowdeswell pre
pares to take a whack at the competition this weekend.
While the Birds played well enough down
the final stretch to qualify for this year's CIAU
nationals in Victoria, they are by no means
the favourite as the six-team tournament gets
underway today with pool play.
And head coach Hash Kanjee ^makes no
bones about that. "We are obviously considered underdogs, but we're by no means out of
it," he said after the team's final practice
Wednesday night. But Kanjee doesn't mind
that position at all.
Nor are the players too concerned about how the team is
"We can't even think of [being
underdogs]," said Canada West
All-star Jen Dowdeswell, who was
also named Canada West Rookie
of the Year.
"I flunk every team has pretty
much a chance," said second-year
centreback Genvieve Adams. "I
think it's going to be close."
The Birds have shown over the
season that they can play with the
big dawgs.
They split the season series
against the Victoria Vikes (1-1-1)
and battled the Canada West
champions Alberta Pandas all
three times the two teams met.
In fact, the Birds handed the
Pandas their only regular season
loss (3-0) at the third and final
Canada West tournament. UBC
faces the Pandas in Friday's
opening game of Pool B.
"[The Pandas have] got a lot of
Puckbirds off to a red hot season on ice
by Normie Chan
Puckbird forward Ryan Douglas is about
to join pretty exclusive company.
Douglas is one point away from
reaching the 100-point career plateau as
the Birds entertain the defending
Canada West champs, the Calgary
Dinosaurs, this weekend.
He will be the 31st Bird to reach that
milestone in team history, and the first
since Doug Ast, who achieved the feat last
Douglas said he might tiiink about the
100 points a tittle bit on Friday, but he is
more worried about Friday's game
against the 3-0-1 Dinos.
"My job is to contribute, so if I get my
points, I get my points," said Douglas
who so far has scored twice and added
three assists in six league games.
"Ryan is off to a great start. He's playing really well without the puck and is
showing a lot of veteran leadership,"
commented head coach Mike Coflin.
"He is full value and a real important
guy in terms of giving us some offense, I
think [reaching 100 points] is a big
accomplishment and I'm sure Ryan will
be pretty proud when it happens."
Douglas' story is the first of many positives six games into the season.
The Puckbirds are second in western
division with a 3-2-1 start and have
outscored opponents by a 27-22 margin.
Overall, it's a substantial improvement considering that, at the same time
last year, the Birds were flopping with a
1-4-1 record and 32 goals against.
What makes UBC's early success so
much more remarkable is the fact that it
has come without last year's two top scorers, Doug Ast and Matt Sharrers, who are
no longer with the Birds.
Ast is currently playing with the
Syracuse Crunch, Vancouver's AHL affiliate, while Sharrers is with the Canadian
national team.
"Yes, we are off to a great start," said
Team depth and solid goaltending
have been the keys to success so far.
"We've got a bit scoring from everybody, every night there's a different
hero," said Coflin. "There is some depth
in our scoring, and the defense also contributes to our offense."
"It seems whoever we put on the ice,
they're playing well," said veteran team
captain Brad Edgington.
Another positive aspect of the season
so far has been good attendance as over
1500 attended the first home series
against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
"We really get a lift playing at home,"
said Coflin. But so far the Birds' road play
has caught their opponents off guard.
UBC is 2-1-1 on the road with wins
against Brandon' and pre-season
favourites Alberta.
And it has been a long time since the
Birds won in Alberta, the last time on
November 26, 1994 to be exact.
But not all is well in the Puckbirds'
pace and experience," said Kanjee.
Featuring four senior national team
member and four from the junior national team, Alberta is the team to beat on
"When you have 23-year-olds playing against 18-year-olds, it makes
big difference," he said.
He explained that the key to beating Alberta will be to keep it close
and hope for breaks up front.
—But those have not come easy
this year. The Birds' offence has
been inconsistent at best,-averaging  little more  than  two
goals per game.
"Goal scoring has let us
down during the season,"
Kanjee said. "But if we got
hot with goal scoring, we
could be in the thick of
While the Birds know
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Forward Gunnar
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broken clavicle in
Saturday's 5-4 OT loss
to the Alberta Golden
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at times has struggled.
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Canada 6 THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996
NOVEMBER I, 1996 • volume 78 issue 16
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ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
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CULTURE JAMMERS Fiona Steele, Karolina Sobus and Shiraz Dindar strut their stuff at the alternative fashion show, part of the Corporate
Buttkick Week celebrations, richard lam photo
Corporatisation: trick or treat?
You walk across the street to the bookstore on
a lazy September day. Suddenly, you're surrounded by treats! Free stuff! But there's a
catch—it's all a trick. It is not free.
We all pay for the corporatisation of universities. And the costs are high.
This week's Corporate Buttkick Week is a
kick in the butt for students as well as corporations. Advertising and corporate logos have
become ubiquitous on campus; so much so
that we don't even consciously see them any
more. The organisers of Buttkick week are
showing the students of UBC what is in front
of their faces everyday that they just don't
think about.
Owens Wiwa's speech on Monday was a
big part of that. He showed those of us who
were there what Shell means to the Ogoni
people. To them it is not just a place to get gas
and a| complementary oil check, it is the corporate giant that has devastated their homes
and taken away their livelihoods. He told the
audience at the SUB auditorium, "Shell oil
contains our blood."
While we are not being physically displaced by corporations in Vancouver, our culture is. Corporate culture has taken over
everything from campus computer labs to
hockey. Has anyone noticed that our national
sport is now GM's biggest billboard this side
of the Rockies?
The Culture Jammers, the group behind
this week's festivities, are one of the few
groups on campus who are dedicated to
showing us what this corporate tidal wave is
doing to our culture. Culture jamming, a term
made popular by AdBusters, means the subverting of modern corporate culture.
Through creative and non-violent means,
the Culture Jammers attempt to teach people alternative ways of thinking. Thinking
that goes beyond the logos that dominate
our cultural landscape, and ask why they are
That is what makes Corporate Buttkick
Week different from other protests against
commercialism. Unlike last year's protests
against Coke or McDonald's, this week was a
preemptive strike; proactive not reactive.
Instead of trying to mobilise students against
the corporate evil of the week, they are giving
people the tools to spot the danger before it
The moral behind Corporate Buttkick
Week is that we can and should be questioning corporate clout if we want our campus to
reflect us, not some corporate agenda.
Longtime librarian
is pleased about
I was pleased to read in your
issue of October 29th, 1996 Chris
Nuttall-Smith's contribution,
"Koerner Library to get 2nd
Elevator." The lack of a second
elevator has been keenly felt by
everyone using the part of the
Koerner Library which opened in
June, and we are all delighted at
the thought of having a second
one (which with luck will likely be
in operation by April, 1997, by
the way).
No one is happier than I, as
Facilities and Preservation
Manager for the Library and as the
person responsible for the liason
between the Library and Campus
Planning and Development,
Architectura (the architects), Plant
Operations, the suppliers of furniture and equipment, my collegues
in the Library—everyone involved
in the construction of the new
bunding. As you noted in the article, my husband and I were very
pleased to be able to contribute to
the new elevator through our private donation.
So, I just had to point out that
the statement "Mrs. Dodson was
a long-time UBC librarian" is not
quite correct. Mrs. Dodson IS a
long-time UBC librarian, and
intends to continue to be here
even longer if she's spared!
Suzanne Cates Dodson
Facilities and Preservation
Manager, UBC Library
Aquarium makes
a killing on
killer whales
So obvious a success is the confinement of killer whales that the
practice functions nicely as a
symbol, one especially appropriate for youth who seem completely spellbound by the spectacle.
Small wonder the Vancouver
Aquarium is financially viable.
The economically dominant class
and culture is busy impressing
youth with new values for a new
era. This is as it should be. It is
young people especially who
must tighten their belts, reign in
expectation and tune in to the dictates of their high tech future.
The Aquarium is a high tech
holding pond. Through miracles
of science the giant intelligent
mammals can be maintained,
and certainly they can be trained.
Because it can be done, it is done.
The symbolism works in a number of ways: increasingly this is a
civilization with its nose pressed
up against the glass. Financial
viability so often seems to be just
beyond the glass—not quite within reach. The Vancouver
Aquarium is financially viable
even if the progeny of the whales
are not viable. They make good
press. More can be imported. The
killer whale should be on a new
Canadian flag and on all that's
left of Canadian paper currency.
Let's put killer whales in uptown
hotels and restaurants, and, as
far as the flag is concerned, the
banner should be flown vertically
to accommodate their shape
which better represents the
south-north flow of culture and
trade. Also, the province should
park the dogwood as a provincial
symbol and rev up the fast-lane,
Hollywood North image of the
place, with the whale gyrating
into space.
Children who are so often
trapped in front of TV screens in
their living rooms or computer
screens in their classrooms,
eagerly relate to performing
whales. Recently a young student
was brought before a public meeting to advocate for whales serving an important educational
function. This is just the point.
The spirit and stamina of this
animal is amazing and it's obvious that human beings are entitled to profit from them. Where
would the whale be without
human intervention—a little
understood big thing out htere
going bump in the dark of the
ocean? It takes the civilizing focus
of capital gain to shed light on
this giant. This is a big concept.
Let them go? Hell no! They're
financially viable even when
they're nuts from their own
boomerangig sonar signals; even
as they swim in lethargic circles
with dorsal fins drooping. [How
like the third hour of Saturday
morning television ad sugar-coated cereal!]
Let's see what it does. How
long will it live? Science makes
this possible. Surely the best profit to be made from the upkeep of
these popular giants is the rich
symbolism involved.
Donna J. Tanchak
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Finding fault with fear and values
TThc magic of opera,
the mustcry of childhood
Engelbert Humperdinck's
UBC theatre student
Daniel Chen tries to find
the connections between
Chinese and non-Chinese.
The faultlines await.
by Peggy Lee
Having recently moved to Richmond himself,
UBC theatre student Daniel Chen has observed
first-hand the issues raised by Faultlines. In the
play, now on at Richmond's Gateway Theatre,
Daniel plays Raymond Chan (no relation
to the Liberal MP), a whiny high school
student who worries about his grades and
struggles with his cultural identity and
conflicting parental values.
Chen says the "faultlines" of the title
represent Richmond's fear of earthquakes—"There is this loose sand thing,
Richmond will just float away"—but it also
serves as a metaphor for the cultural tension between Chinese and Caucasian. "If
anything goes wrong, there is that idea
that there could be a quake," says Chen. "It
could shake them all up. Same thing with
the parent and the son, living side-by-side,
there's always that potential of that earthquake. Is it going to be good or is it going
to be bad?
"But it's not about who's right and
who's wrong. It's about the need to get to
know individuals and communication."
Chen says the play has received mixed
reviews for being both too realistic and not realistic enough. But overall, he says, "the response
from both Chinese and Caucasian audiences
was 'Wow, it was great! Y'know, finally we get a
chance to bring it out in the open.'
"I think some people said that these kinds of
concerns were more relevant a year ago
because that was when things were more
tense. Now there isn't as great of a tension but
it's still great to bring those issues out,"
The most important thing for Chen, as an
actor, is to connect with his audience. "It's gratifying to know that they can look at [the play]
and not one person has been, like, oh well'
and really distanced themselves from the issue
or anything. Whether they come out and it's
pure entertainment... or people can come out
and say yeah, they really see that, the most
important is that they enjoy the show."
ALANNAH ONC holds on to Daniel Chen(right) in Faultlines.
Perhaps the most rewarding connection
he's made so far was in a matinee performance for over 400 Richmond high school students. Unlike adult audiences, he found Lhe
"kids" connected with different aspects of Lhe
play. "With the high school today, they may not
have understood Lhe cultural stuff with the
adults, but they really understood my conflict
with the parents. Just that whole idea of the
father being very heavy handed with the son—
y'know, gotta be here,' money and all that,
stuff, or when 1 was yelling back at my parents."
The connection he felt with the students
made him see himself as something of a role
model figure. "Seeing so many Chinese kids
out there and other ethnic groups out there...
somehow I got this feeling that, as a whole,
because they were so interested in all our stories, maybe one of them might identify with
that or identify with the character."
Apart from this production, Daniel
also studies theatre full-time at UBC. Last
summer he had a principal role in the
television series New York Tempest After
Faultlines he will be busy again in
November with a second run of the popular show Mom, Dad, I'm Living With a
White Girl at the Firehall Theatre.
Although he is barely in school now,
Daniel speaks fondly of UBC's Theatre
program. "I'm taking theatre at school
and that's going to be my degree. I have
the most awesome teacher. Last year
when I was doing Mom and Dad, Kate
Weiss was my acting teacher. [She
understood that] ultimately we are
working towards being in professional
theatre or TV or whatever, so she said,
'We'll give you the opportunity to do
that.' And this happened again this
They were okay with me taking some
time off."
Call it sucking up if you like, but he's doing
a great job outside of school anyway. It does
sound like he is living the thealre student's
dream. j>j
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by Clare Atzema
UBC medical students say they are being forced to
specialise too early and are calling for a return to the
year of rotating internship training that was
scrapped in 1993.
"Medical students are being forced to choose a
career path before they have adequate exposure to
the various medical fields," says Medical
Undergraduate Society (MUS) President Ben Chew.
"Consequently, medical education has become more
about choosing a specialty than getting an education."
The rotating internship was a year-long apprenticeship in several areas of medical care that all students took after completing their medical undergraduate degree.
Hospitals each ran their own internship program,
during which most interns spent eight weeks in each
of medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics . That was followed by four weeks in each of psychiatry, emergency, and family medicine. Upon completion of the year students were given a General
Practitioner's license, and could work as a family
physician or go on to train further in a specialty.
But in 1993 the system changed. The common
rotating internship was dissolved and each specialty,
including family medicine, now runs its own internship which students begin immediately after completing their undergraduate degree.
Medical students now begin making career choices in their third year with the selection of their fourth
year electives. There is little chance for students to
change their minds because of the high costs of medical training.
"Instead of using their electives to broaden their
knowledge base, students choose electives to fortify
their residency applications," Chew said.
Chew and Dr. Andrew Seal,  UBC Medicine's
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, were scheduled to
address UBC student concerns at a meeting of several western medical school associate deans in Calgary
They may have some convincing to do.
While a recent survey shows an ovenvhehning
majority of UBC medical students favour increased
clinical exposure, many doctors and medical students in other parts of the country prefer the current
system. According to sources that wish to remain
unnamed, the Post-Grad Associate Deans of
Manitoba and Calgary oppose reinstating rotating
Dr. W. Bingham, Associate Dean of Post Graduate
Medical Education for the University of
Saskatchewan, is undecided on the issue. It will be
difficult, he says, to return to the old system of non-
integrated internships "having just convinced teaching programs of the need of an integrated basic clinical year." He also worries about the cost of a new
aclministrative structure. Bingham did say, however,
that he is "convinced that an internship would allow
for better career selection by means of greater clinical exposure."
The MUS acknowledges a number of important
concerns with a return to rotating internships. It isn't
clear who would take responsibility for residents
because students don't want the hospital-controlled
programs back, nor is it yet known how satisfactory
completion of the year would be judged.
But whatever the solution, warns Allyson Davie,
vice-president of the MUS, the general public is part
of the equation, since they "will ultimately bear the
brunt of the results, be they good or bad."
UBC professor Dr. Bill Maurice agrees. "I think
that in 20 years time this will have a big impact on
the general population, and I think we have an ethical responsibility to look out for our patients now by
resolving this issue," he said.jf
Wiwa urges Shell
 by Sarah Galashan
Nigerian human rights activist
Dr. Owens Wiwa urged students
to take action in a lunchtime
speech to UBC students Monday.
After giving a vivid description
ofthe environmental damage and
inhumane treatment Shell inflicts
on the Ogoni people, Wiwa urged
students to take a stand in
defense ofthe Ogoni.
"Though we are small, poor
and peaceful we intend to
mobilise people to tell Shell to
stop killing,* said Wiwa.
Wiwa's brother Ken Saro-Wiwa,
former writer and
activist was executed last November
along with eight
other outspoken Nigerian professionals
by Nigeria's military
dictatorship. In remembrance of the deaths, activist
groups around the world are
organising events to protest Shell's
treatment ofthe Ogoni.
According to Wiwa more than
2000 Ogoni have died as a result
of Shell's partnership with the
Nigerian regime.
Wiwa encouraged students to
boycott all Shell products, and to
write to the company voicing
their outrage at the Ogoni's loss of
freedom. "(Shell thinks] they are
God at times, that they are not
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