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Tuesday, February 11, 2003
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Volume 84 Issue 35
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NEWVOiGEFOR
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS
by Jesse Marchand
NEWSSTAFF
After a 12 per cent increase in international undergraduate tuition was
proposed in September 2001, the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) began to
realise that there was no unified
way to notify international students
for consulations or notification.
In response to the problem, the
AMS appointed an International
Students Commissioner (ISC), but it
still did not solve the problem of
communication. While the ISC,
Brenda Ogeinbo, connected to
International House, International
House could not really connect to
the students.
On January 20, 2003, the
International Students Association
(ISA) was recognised as an official
AMS club, which could represent
and voice the concerns of UBC's
international students. "There were
a couple of [previous] organisations," said ISA member Regina
Lyakhovetska, a Master's of
Education student "but they were
not registered with the AMS, they
were under the umbrella of
International House."
What makes the ISA different
from International House (IH),
according to Acting President Suhas
Taneja, a first-year engineering student is that IH is run by administration and has more of a social aspect
"International House is a UBC
department," clarified AMS VP
Academic Christopher Lythgo.- "The
whole point of it is lo facilitate ,the
See "International"on page 4.
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ON THE LINE: Geography TA Adrienne Smith and her union are demanding fair compensation from the university, nic fensom photo
TAs begin strike
action in front of
women's studies
building
by Kathleen Deering
NEWS EDITOR
Teaching assistants (TAs) took their first steps
of job action against the university by picketing
at exactly 12:40pm in front of the Centre for
Research in Women's Studies and Gender
Relations (CRWSGR) building yesterday.
Members of CUPE local 22 78 gave their 72-
hour strike notice Friday afternoon before the
Labour Relations Board closed, which means
they could take action any time this week. They
needed to take some kind of strike action by.
yesterday at 12:40pm or they would have to
give 72-hour strike notice again.
"This is merely a symbolic gesture," said
Adrienne Smith, chair of the strike planning
committee and a geography TA.
The TA Union feels that since tuition went
up this year and TAs* wages stayed the same,
and because paying tuition is a condition of
their employment TAs, essentially received a
16 per cent pay cut The university has also not
offered a health plan for TAs this year, unlike
previous years where pne was provided.
About 25 TAs turned up for. the optional
gathering outside the CRWSGR, and the building emptied pf students and professors. Alex
Grant TA Union president, said that particular*
location was chosen because the department;
has been sympathetic of the TA Union's conflict
with the university. ,-' ;■
"They passed a resolution in support of us
and TAs here understand how badly off we
See "Strike" on page 4.
Polling the masses
AMS asks if students
support Sexual
Assault Support Centre
and U-Pass
by Chris Shepherd Y,Y
NEWS EDITOR •'• "
UBC students are being asked to return to
their on-line voting booths again as the AMS
asks students to support two different projects, the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) and the
Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC).
"The UPass is...a $20 per month—basically unlimited- bus pass- that would allow
you to take transit for all three zones at any
point during the day. If you're in residence
it goes down to $15 per month," said AMS
VP External Tara Learn, The pass is only
charged for eight months, so the cost of the
pass would be $160, $120 for students in
residence/
Half of the U-Pass fee wpuld be collected
by the AMS in the first; term and the other
half in second term:* *
If students Say yes to the U-Pass question
the university Board of Governors will then
ratify the pass. Students will th^n receive
the pass starting in September this year.
The AMS provides up to $ 1000 both for
a "Yes" and "No" campaign for each of the
questions. No one came forward for the
"No" campaign for. either question, but a
"Yes* campaign was "organised For the U-
Pass question: To begin a campaign students niust bring 500 signatures specifiying
five students to head up the committee.
Kamala Rao, a Master's student in the
School of Community and Regional
Planning, is part of the "Yes" campaign.
Rao's studies focus on transportation issues
and she firmly believes in the U-Pass.
'Cars and single occupancy vehicles are
not a sustainable transportation form," Rao
said.
Rao has been concerned by some "No"
posters that have been appearing around
campus, especially in the residences.
The'posters incorrectly inform the reader that the U-Pass will cost $240. They also
assert that only bus riders will benefit from
the U-Pass and that anyone who does not
■y     See "Referendum" on page 4.
THIS ISSIJg:
NEWS: Black History
month event
Actor Lesley Ewen describes
growing up with mixed
ethnicity. Page 3.
FEATURE: 40 years later
The film that the AMS banned
returns to Vancouver Page 5.
Volleyball victory
CULTURE! Learn to freestyle
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SPORTS: Bears maul Birds
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Plebiscite approaching
On February 22, the City of
Vancouver will be holding a city-
wide vote on Vancouver's bid to ;
host the 2010 Winter Olympic.;
Games and Paralympic Winter
Games. The plebiscite, as it is being
called, wul be held from Sam-8pm
in 3 9 locations throughout the city.
'■ Polling stations nearest UBC include
Southlands Elementary School
(5351 Camosun St), Queen
Elizabeth Elementary School (4102
West 16th) and Kitflano Secondary
School (2550 West loth).
To be eligible, one has to be 18
years of age before the voter day, a
Canadian citizen and a resident of
BC for the past six months arid of
Vancouver for the past 30 days.
The voting process will be the
sarrie as in the civic elections.
Registration is required to vote and
will,take place at the voting locations on voting day. Remember to
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held at City Hall on February 12 and
18 from 8am-8pm.
For more information contact
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Vote Infoline at 604-873-7688.
CASA director
suspended
MONTREAL(CUP)-Liam Arbuckle,
national director of the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), has been temporarily suspended. The organisation's board of
directors, which made the decision
to suspend Arbuckle last week, is
evaluating whether or not he will be
reinstated.
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The rea&uns behind Arbuckle's
suspension have hot yet been made
public.
Nick Vikander, a McGill
University student union executive,
told the Canadian University Press
(CUP) that he is relatively shocked.
'We'll have to wait to find out more,
but this is definintely not a positive
thing for the organisation," he said
to CUP.
CASA, a national student lobby
group, is made up of 23 post-secondary student associations, including UBC.
A note to readers
In the event of a strike by the
Teaching Assistants (TA) Union,
CUPE local 2278, the Ubyssey will
move production of the paper from
its offices in the Student Union
Building to an off-campus location.
The Ubyssey has, however,
received permission from the
Union to cross picket lines to distribute the paper on campus.
Look for special strike coverage
this Friday, February 14, in addition
to our annual Pride Issue. ♦
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Help celebrate Pride's "Outweek" and get drunk at 3 pm. Honestly, what
else do you have to do?
Valentine's Day (aka make all your single friends sick day)
University Singers at the Chan Centre, Feb. 13 at 12pm.
Go to this. It's kind of like a Valentine's date, but not on Valentine's Day.
If you play your cards right that special someone will keep their calendar
open for the next day. (Gag.)
Discussion—Black History Month
Tongues Untied at TBA, Feb 13 at 12pm.
Check out this film that explores the issues of racism and homophobia,
and then participate in the discussion afterwards.
Let's Talk about Sex at the Wellness Centre SUB room 56 B at 12pm.
Let's talk about sex, bay-bee. Let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about
the good things and the bad things that may be. Good old questions and
answers for making intimate relationships fun and healthy. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
Bringing awareness of brown
Black History
Month event
combines theatre
and discussion
by Kathleen Deering
NEWS EDITOR
Lesley Ewen's one-woman show about growing up with mixed ethnicity was performed to
a crowd of about 25 people at the SUB's Norm
Theatre last Tuesday evening as one of the
events of Black History Month.
Titled 'An Understanding of Brown,' Ewen
pointed out to the audience that hers was only
one person's understanding of mixed ethnicity; and that there may be many. Before she
began, she asked those in the audience who
may have had similar experiences to her own
to think about questions they might like to ask.
Facilitator Natasha Aruliah explained the
event's purpose. "We use the theatre piece to
open the discussion on racism and how
racism affects our lives,' she said.
Ewen used a brown box as a prop, indicating that it held shadowy parts, parts about
accepting herself and her colour and secrets
that haven't been brought to life: "The shadowy box in that corner of the room.'
The play's creation began with that Une; it
woke her up at four in the morning one night
She wrote the piece in 1995 and performed it
once before she shelved it "I just put it away
until...I could come back and deal with it as an
actor, and also deal with talking
about it afterwards without having
any of those things inside triggered."
Ewen was brutally honest as she
described her childhood growing up
with a caucasion mother and stepfather, and a black biological father
she would not meet until she was 26
years old—the same age her single
mother was when Ewen was born.
"Brownness was the 'official' word
we used to describe my colour,' she
said.
Her mother, a biochemist, was uncomfortable about Ewen's brownness, thankful that her
daughter 'didn't have one of those afro things.'
When Ewen was excited about a new boyfriend,
she was brought down with her mother's hesitant query, "Is he...brown?' and her mother's
subsequent relief expressed when Ewen said he
wasn't
She described how difficult it was for her to
find her own identity. She didn't feel she fit in
with either side, not with the 'Brady Bunch
kids my mother put me in a class with,' nor
the stereotypical black person who liked rap
and not classical music. She didn't meet
another black person until she was 16 years
old.
"Confession: I am a white supremacist,"
she said, performing lines of the play. "I
bought the idea, the myth, the he that white is
supreme, something to aspire to."
She admits it's an inflammatory
statement In her experience, there
are as many types of racism as there
are relationships between people.
"But I think there's a difference
between the racism we experience in
Canada and the racism that's experienced in the United States," she said.
"I think the racism here is much
more subtle, and there's a discomfort," she said, "not necessarily for
white people with black people, but
sometimes Asian people with south Asian, or
black people.'
At the end of the performance she opened
the box, and pulled out a brown sweater, and
put in on over her white shirt and black pants,
facing the audience. She describes herself as
being transformed into a new skin.
"I have the courage to look inside [the box}.
It's my past and my inner self and it's this
sweater,..an accepting of the new colour, the
colour I've decided to call the colour that is
me, the space that is me, the synthesis of my
two parents."
The floor was then opened for discussion,
as it has been for most of Ewen's performances of the show. Ewen explained her mother
has seen the show and understands Ewen's
need to express herself in that way. A member
from the audience asked if the performance
was still emotionally challenging for Ewen.
"I've gone far enough away from this
place," Ewen replied, 'and now it's almost like
an acting job. But it still tickles me sometimes
because it's coming from me.'
Some members of the audience talked
about not knowing veiy much about their own
black history, only getting it from the skewed
version portrayed by the media. People of
mixed ethnicities described the difficulty they
had identifying themselves as either colour.
Ewen will be performing again at UBC at
International House on March 6. "It's great to
offer my Utile bit,' she said. Ewen thinks the
voice of people of mixed ethnicities, whatever
the configuration, is a very important voice
because it's a voice that can perhaps help its
speakers to heal.
"We can't trade off half ourselves just to
belong. We have to hold both those sides in
our hearts, even if those sides hate each other
sometimes...so the stronger that voice can get
I think helps to weaken the 'either or' [and] is
a counter to it' ♦
Unhappy UBC graduate returns his PhD
by Megan Thomas
NEWSSTAFF
"They don't have to call me doctor anymore—as if anybody ever
did,* said Michael Baumann, a UBC graduate who returned his
PhD by mail to the President's Office onjanuary 15 because of
discontent with the institution.
Along with the original copy of his PhD—earned at UBC in
1998 in Earth and Ocean Sciences—Baumann sent a letter
addressed to UBC President Martha Piper outlining his concerns about the university.
Baumann said that he has been voicing his concerns about
the way universities—UBC in particular—operate for the last
five years, but two specific triggers prompted his recent
actions.
He felt that the 23 per cent raise received by Piper in
December lastyear was in stark comparison with his salary of
$31,2 50 per year, although he has the same level of education.
This led to concern about the way in which funds are allocated at UBC. "I think there is enough money, I think it is the
distribution that is just terrible," he explained.
According to Herbert Rosengarten, executive director for
the president's office, Baumann's letter was given consideration and the university administration decided that a response
was not warranted.
"We felt any reply we were likely to make would not be likely to satisfy him,' said Rosengarten. He explained that it was
the tone ofthe letter that factored into the university's decision
not to reply.
'It is always a matter of concern when somebody expresses
unhappiness about their education. I think it was the terms in
which Mr Baumann chose to express his complaint that..did
not engage sympathy or concern of the kind perhaps he was
hoping for."
The other trigger for Baumann was the three-year limit
placed on faculty housing at UBC. He feels that the university
UNIMPRESSED GRAD: Michael Baumann says he has been fed up with UBC for years, michelle mayne photo
should make more of an effort to accomodate faculty members
because of the high cost of Uving in Vancouver.
According to Faculty and Staff Housing, the aim of faculty
Fire near Bishop's leaves 39 students homeless
According to Marjorie Gear, director
of Bishop's Student Health Services, she
came across the fire 'purely by accident' as she was driving and noticed the
large number of students outside in
their sleepwear. A special city bus had
been provided as a temporary shelter to
provide heat for the students who did
not want to leave the scene. The university has donated food vouchers, textbooks, clothing and arranged emergency loans.
"They were all in a state of disbeUef,"
said Gear. "Nobody wanted to leave.' ♦
by Steve Campbell
THE CAMPUS
LENNOXVTLLE, QUE. (CUP)-Students at
Bishop's University were shocked to witness the destructive force of a fire that
ravaged a downtown building and left
39 students homeless onjanuary 26.
Rescue crews closed several blocks in
order to control the fire. The students
who Uved in the building were used to
false alarms and when the fire struck
they banged on doors, ensuring that
everyone knew the fire was real. All of
the building's occupants escaped the
destruction, though one student went to
hospital to be treated for smoke
inhalation.
During an interview with CBC Radio
on Monday morning, Bishop's Dean of
Student Affairs Bruce Stevenson called
the evacuation of the students 'miraculous.' Firefighters responded to the call
at 8:30 am, but fire crews stayed well
into the night hosing the building and
searching for possible causes. Fire Chief
Richer was unable for comment concerning possible causes of the blaze.
Shortiy after the firefighters arrived
to confront the blaze, community and
university officials began preparations
for the displaced students.
—with files from Duncan M. McHugh
for housing on campus is to provide a transition for new faculty until they find permanant housing in Vancouver.
- Other concerns Baumann has about UBC are directly related to education. He feels that the structure of degree programs
stretches students too thin in order to benefit the university
financially.
"You need time to actually digest these things, you need
time to appreciate art or science," he explained. He is concerned that students are forced to take more credits than are
necessary in an effort to boost per student revenue.
He sees this as compounding the,issue of plagiarism at universities. "The cause for plagiarism is not that the students are
generally la2y...I think the cause is that they just get overwhelmed by too much work," he said.
This concern was echoed in a recent Vancouver Sun article
by University Counsel Hubert Lai.
As a result of these grievances Baumann felt the need to
make a statement to UBC by returning his PhD. He still values
a university degree, however.
Baumann also made a certified photocopy of his diploma.
"I don't want to dismiss the idea of a university education. I
think it is important too, but it is not the way I think it should
be done. That is where I disagree," he said. ♦ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
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"Strike" from page h
are,* said Grant. 'It's a good central
location, small, easy to do.'
The TAs have set Wednesday as a
deadline for a resolution between
the university and the union. The
two parties last met face-to-face to
talk about tuition issues on January
17 and have used mediation since.
Essential services won't be affected by a strike. Scott Macrae from
UBC Public Affairs said these services include technician staff in
research, some CUPE local 2950
members in medicine (possibly
including both UBC Hospital staff
and Faculty of Medicine staff) and
some security staff. Macrae said
more staff this year than in 2000 (the
last time a strike was threatened) are
deemed essential services.
Exempt university management
staff will be consolidating in Totem
Park and Place Vanier residences to
feed res kids, whose regular food
service providers were not deemed
essential services.
"We're still hopeful that the
administration will see sense/ said
Grant "There does not have to be
major strike action on this campus.
It's unfortunate we've even had to
take this action."
He said he hoped the support
from students, departments and the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) will persuade the university to come to a
deal with the TAs.
"We do not want to strike,"
emphasised Grant
Macrae said the university would
be happy to begin mediation with
the TAs again at any time, but hasn't
been in contact with the Union since
Friday.
The AMS will close the SUB if TAs
picket the entire campus and buses
will turn around at Blanca,
"We would hope it wouldn't come
to that," said Macrae, "and if it did
the university will remain open, but
what effect that will have on this
community remains to be seen."
If the union decides not picket
the entire univerisity, TAs may picket select buildings. Grant urged students not to cross any picket lines,
" however.
"If people cross picket lines it's
going to drag on all term. It's going
to endanger our term. And we know
that without TAs, nobody graduates,' said Grant. "So let's not even
get anywhere near April, let's get it
done before April.'
Smith said anyone can join the
picket lines—undergraduates, faculty members, or other CUPE locals.
Many students stopped to talk to
TAs yesterday, seeming confused
that TAs were already striking
Monday instead of on the planned
Wednesday. Third-year Agricultural
Sciences student Fiona Lemon said
she won't cross picket lines for the
first several days of a possible strike.
"In general, even if I didn't support
everything I still support people's
right to strike/ she said.
'I think tuition ha3 raised and
tuition is a condition of their
employment and they should be
compensated/ said first-year
Science student Aaron Ling.
Ling feels TAs needed to picket
the entire campus for their protest
to be effective. "There's no one in
here," he, said about the chosen!
building. "They should start picketing at the entrances outside the campus and it will actually get people's
attention.' ♦
"Referendum" from page 1.
ride the bus should vote no in the
referendum because otherwise they
will be subsidising bus riders.
"In terms of car drivers saying
'we don't want to subsidise bus riders/ well, people who don't drive
cars have been subsidising car drivers for a long time," Rao said, referring to costs of maintenance and
construction of roads and parking
lots.
"Society has been catering to car
drivers for long enough/' Rao
added, "and in this day and age transit is not a privilege, it is a right*'
The question remains regarding
what non-bus riders gain from voting yes for the U-Pass.
"They'll get less traffic on the
road [for drivers]/ AMS VP External
Tara Learn said. She added that
there will be an AMS appeals com
mittee that will be available to students who wish to try and get their
money back.
Cyclists will get more covered
bike racks and end-of-trip facilities,
Learn said. She added that representatives from the Bike Co-op had
given their support to the U-Pass.
The other referendum question
deals with the Sexual Assault
- Support Centre. The centre was
opened in September last term.
Because of provincial funding cuts
to Women Against Violence Against
Women the SASC must find funding
from other sources. The question
asks students to pay $ 1 each year to
fund the centre.
Geraldine Glattstein, executive
director of WAVAW, has worked
closely with the SASC and hopes
that if the referendum question
passes university administration
will match the money raised by
the referendum
This week's referendum will be
the first AMS referendum done online. The AMS first used the on-line
voting for its executive elections late
Januaiy where 4047 students voted.
Voter turnout is a concern for the
referendum because results can't be
accepted unless the majority of ten
per cent of eligible voters vote in
favour of the question.
The AMS executive was concerned that a possible teaching
assistant (TA) strike this week could
reduce voter turnout This concern
has been proven false however; as
of Monday afternoon there were
around 5500 votes on the U-Pass
question. The SASC question had a
smaller voter ' turnout, having
around 2700 votes on the issue.
Minimum turnout needed is 3654.
The results will be announced shortly after midnight on Friday. ♦
A NEW VOICE." The ISA can represent international students at UBC. chris shepherd photo
"international" from page 1.
transition [of international students
to UBC]. But it's done from an administrative point of view. Stuff like
tuition consultations are not done
with them because they're not a
recognised group of students...They
just come for social activities."
By becoming an AMS club the
ISA can offer both social activities
and be a voice for UBC international
students of UBC. According Lythgo,
the ISA's status as an AMS club gives
the new group the opportunity "to
have a budget, have account codes
[and] have insurance on a project
they want to run."
They also can have more of a connection to the AMS through the ISC
position.
But while the ISA deals with
international student issues, their
club membership is not limited to
international students. "We wanted
to have an organisation that would
be visible for the UBC community,"
said Lyakhovetska, 'and we wanted
to have an organisation that would
also interest domestic students.*
Gina Eom—a domestic first-year
Science student with an international background and member of the
ISA—found that safety on campus
was a huge issue for international
students. While crossing campus
late at night can be terrifying for
anyone, it is, especially difficult for
students who are just learning
Canadian culture.
Eom has worked with UBC's safety commissioner to discuss the possibility of an increased frequency of
the security bus service and creating
a service to help international students in the event of an attack.
The ISA also focuses on finding
ways to raise money to send international students to social events
and conferences that would other
wise be unreachable.
Master's of Education student
Ying Fan, another member of ISA,
was dismayed that many UBC students had a misconception of the
financial stability of international
students. "Someone called international students cash-cows," she said,
adding that the misconception was
that international students could
afford to throw away money and didn't care where they spent it.
In reality, many of the executives
of the ISA struggle to make their
tuition, which is over $ 51S per credit, compared to the domestic rate of
$88.70 per credit for undergraduate
tuition.
While the ISA is still new, it has
been working on many changes
and plans on being an active voice
at UBC for years to come. For information on joining the ISA, e-mail
inter national_student_council
©yahoo.ca. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
FEATURE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
"I think it's a scandal"
Forty years after it was banned by
the AMS, Vancouver's first feature
film is getting another screening
by Duncan M. McHugh
FEATURES EDITOR
In the early 1960s, there were no independent filmmakers in Canada. In fact in Vancouver, there
weren't really any filmmakers at all. That changed
in 1963 when Larry Kent, a 26-year-old UBC student, raised $5000 and made the first modern feature film in Vancouver's history. Kent and his
■.-• debut feature— The Bitter Ash— are being toasted
this week in a seven-film retrospective  at the  Pacific
Cinematheque.
..Kent is looking forward to screening his films in Vancouver
once, again. "This is the most exciting, of course, because this
is wheref it all started," he says.
The retrospective, which has also played in Montreal and
Toronto, has gained even more significance in Vancouver,
because Kent will be premiering his very first film, the 1963
short Hastings Street
The film, which was abandoned because of sound problems
before the filming of The Bitter Ash, is being dubbed this week
and will be seen for the first time on Thursday night Because
of the attention given to the Downtown Eastside lately, Kent is
eager to show what the street used to look like.
"Hastings Street seems like it's boarded up and there's not
much life except really down-and-out life," says Kent reflecting
on the Hastings Street he saw this week. "When you see the
film, the one thing that will get you is how full the street is.
There's all sorts of people walking about We go through beer
parlours, we go to the Blue Eagle—a heroin hangout—we go to
pool halls and we go to rooming halls."
The $600 film may be exciting for Kent today, but in 1963,
it was a major disappointment
"We were standing around kicking our rear ends, and I suddenly said.'WelLyou know, if it costs—which it did—$600 to
make a half hour, it's only going to cost 1800 bucks to make a
feature film,' which had never been made [in Vancouver)
before. So we went on to shoot The Bitter Ash."
SEX AND DRUGS A-PLENTY: Larry Kent gives directions the during the'filming of 1967's High.
THE BITTER LINEUP: Students got turned away when
the AMS banned The Bitter Ash. ubyssey file photo
The difficulty iii bringing The Bitter Ash to the screen was
nearly immediate. With httle money and controversial subject
matter, the film hit a number of snags. The cameraman Dick
Bellamy had to leave for six weeks during the shoot and the
film, again, suffered from sound problems.
"When you dub a film, you generally dub it in 20 to 30 second time frames," says Kent "We had no knowledge of filmmaking. You must remember, there wasn't a film school in
Canada, The only filmmaking in Canada was the National Film
Board (NFB) or the CBC, so making an independent film—'
nobody knew anything about it
"We got all the actors, they sat in a row, and we dubbed it at
half- hour intervals. We would be going through it, they would
run to the mikes, say their lines, run away, the next guy would
come up."
The problems did not stop with the sound. When they took
the film to a lab to get it mixed and developed, the lab refused,
due to the film's sexual content and threatened to take the film
td the RCMP. Eventually, Kent managed to negotiate to get the
negatives back and tried to find someone else to process his
film..
"There was one other lab—a small lab—that processed news
footage...They didn't know anything about Ash. They processed
it and then they screened it because they wanted to make sure
that.it was okay. So they screened the first reel, the second reel
and we were coming up to the sex scene and I screamed 'Okay,
that's great, that's terrificl' And they said 'No, we want to see
it' And I said, 'No, no, we've got to go, we can't Give us the
film.' So, they never saw it" remembers Kent proudly.
The film had another holdup when one of its stars refused
to allow the screening. Lynne Stewart was worried about having appeared nude in the film.
"We brought it to UBC and then Lynne Stewart, on the morning of the screening, got cold feet, crying and stuff. She said,
'No, no, we can't show it, I can't show it Please don't.' And I
got furious and said, 'How could you not show it? We done all
of this work, all those fights,' and eventually she succumbed
and signed the release and we put it on."
When The Bitter Ash made its premiere at what is now
UBC's Old Auditorium on Monday, October 7, 1963, the result
was a major sensation. The first showing had been a matinee
and had attracted 250 people. That evening, word of the film
ensured a full house.
"We came in [for the screening that night} and there was
pandemonium. Of course, there was hell to pay," says Kent
"We had invited the downtown critics and they were just furious and outraged. And we hadn't put this before the censor
board and there were [questions of} how we could show it and
all that'    "
The film's frank depiction of youth, sex and drugs was
slammed by some as immoral. The film critics present were
disgusted, calling it "a grubby, gauche film.* After a few days
and several phone calls from irate parents, UBC's Alma Mater
Society decided to step in.
'On Thursday, which was the big day at UBC for a screening, the student union closed us down. They slammed the
door. But they negotiated with the censor board and we were
opened again...it was a great kerfuffle and it was just terrific'
For Kent, who had emigrated from South Africa to
Vancouver in 1957, the film was meant to cause a stir. He had
already staged an anti-Apartheid play—Toe Afrikaaner— in
1962, but was, attracted to the cinema because it was new
ground.
"The theatre department was a bunch of very, very controlling freaks," says Kent "It's one of the reasons we wanted to
make a film—to get out from [under their thumbs}. It was not a
good department in those days.*
Kent and his friends in the department were frustrated by
the lack of student representation in plays, which were frequently cast with professional actors.
"We wrote an article in the Ubyssey which was a manifesto
against the theatre department I think it was very stifling...To
break out into film was really great*
Kent went on to make two other films in his time at UBC,
1964's Sweet Substitute and 1965's When Tomorrow Dies,
before moving la Montreal in 1967 to take a job at the NFB.
After six frustrating months, he quit the NFB and made his
most notorious film: High. Kent calls the film loose with "lots
of sex and drugs and a menage-a-trois."
Despite the f aciness of the content, the film was accepted
for the Montreal Film Festival only to be banned by Quebec
censors. What was left after the censors were done was a shadow of its former self. Though Kent gave up on the film, in the
1990s, Dave Douglas, a film prof at Concordia, tried to
revive it
"Dave Douglas had seen it and he wanted me to tell him
what was cut out, but I refused to look at it. I just said, 'I can't
look at it' One day he came up to me and said, 'You know, I've
got a feeling that the Quebec Cinematheque has a copy of it,
because somewhere, I. think, they screened it' So, I phoned
and they said Tes, we nave a 35 and a 16." The unedited,
16mm print of High i3 a part of this week's retrospective.
Kent is still busy as a filmmaker. In 1992, he made the film
Mothers and Daughters and he is currently trying to finance a
film called The Hamster Cage.
. "It's a film about a bourgeois family, and there's abuse,
murder, mayhem and all of those dark things...but it's a comedy," he says, laughing.
Sail, for the next week, it is his Vancouver films that he'll be
paying attention to.
"For a while, we thought we'd go back and do the sound
effects in the film, because we had very httle or few sound
effects. But I thought, 'No, I don't want to change anything.' It's
a historical document, you know, leave it'
He rejects, however, the idea that the films were created to
document the times, because they were too personal.
"I think I was telling a story that was very important to me,"
he says. "It was a very personal movie. We did know what these
were; we didn't know personal movie, independent movie, all
that.it never struck us that 40 years later, we'd be showing it
Remember, nobody, but nobody was making film in Canada.'
It's a milestone that has not been lost on Kent He is critical
of UBC for, not doing more to pay tribute to the work that he
and others did four decades ago.
/In 1963, the first independent film is made in Vancouver.
In 1963, the first film made by a university student in Canada
is made' and it's a UBC film. Nobody has recognised or done
anything about this—why? I think it's a scandal.'
Good or bad, scandal always seems to follow Larry Kent ♦
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The Grad Class Council is now accepting proposals
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Coming Ir^sh to freestyle
FREESTYLING WORKSHOPS
with Kia Kadiri
presented by the UBC Improv Society
Feb. 5,12,19 and 26 (Wednesdays)
by Johnny Hua
CULTURE STAFF
Vancouver's underground hip-hop scene remains
inconspicuous to the general population, opening
its doors only to those, who are able to seek it out.
From a personal standpoint; lam among the many
who have been oblivious to underground hip-hop,
contentedly listening to Jay-Z and collaborations
between Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. The
UBC Improv Society's: Freestyling Workshops not
only offer a chance to learn about the process of
becoming a- lyricalYgangster, but also present a
much-needed glimpse into local hip-hop.
6:30 pm—The doors; open, and a crowd of
. about 17 or so people begins to creep in. I make
the key observation that those who are about to
participate are vastly spread out in age, possessing their own style and reasons for attending. The
overall atmosphere is of eager anticipation, laced
with a touch of nervous anxiety. The anxiety is
raised a couple of degrees once two microphones
. axe set up pn opposite sides of the stage, a set-up
that resembles the freestyle battle scejte in
Eminem's 8 Mile.
6:55pm—The leader of the workshop, locally-
renowned freestyle artist Kia Kadiri, slips in with
nonchalance and a light bounce in her st^p. As Kia
sets up, an Improv Society rep lists the prices for
attendance and memberships: for one night's
attendance, it is $5 for students, $15 for non-students. Memberships in the Ipiproy Society are
also available at $10, which entitles you to free
access to any of its workshops or other events..     (
7:04pm—After the fees are collected and memberships given out we gather close to the stage
where Kia takes her places at one of the microphones. She walks to her portable stereo and
puts on a common beat that we have all heard
before yet cannot identify. She begins by spitting out a dizzying demonstration of rhymes
and lyrics, which is La turn our lesson plan
for the night Mouths drop in pure amazement, and a slow clap develops as we individually snap out of our mesmerised trances.
7:07pm—After this point, all knowledge of
time is lost The workshop totally consumes
each participant commanding our total concentration. All concepts of time and space
are forgotten as we are completely
enveloped by the intricate process of
freestyling.
The most important element of the"
entire night was the level of comfort among
the participants. Although we were all
involved in an event that could have easily
ended in ridicule and humiliation, the positive and intimate atmosphere commanded a certain level of respect and support.
When asked what level of experience this workshop is targeted toward, Kia replied, "it's for all lev
els, the things that I want to share are going to be
applicable to you whether you are an advanced
freesiyler or a total beginner. There are concepts
that are the same for everyone, and I can enhance
them in some way no matter \yhere you're, at" Her
overwhelming expertise on the subject in combination with her outgoing nature allowed the entire
group to lose all inhibitions. Using such tools as the
phonetic alphabet and musical theory a deep
understanding of .rhyme and rhythm is
constructed—the foundation that leads
the letting go" necessary to freestyle.
With the fundamentals in place,
the class was split into small groups in
-■-&> order to put their newly acquired
knowledge to practice. Surprisingly,
freestyling with three complete strangers
wasn't at all nerve-wracking, and everyone
was soon kicking it and having fun.
Needless to say, there were stumbles and
■nistakes, but progress was shockingly easy
' J achieve. By the end ofthe class, there were
a few who could bust out eight bars of flowing
rhyme without a break in the beat, and everyone had their chance at the mic. the workshop
was cut short, as time caught up with us, but all
in all we all had a great time, leaving with a couple of new friends.
Seriously, don't be intimidated by the process
of rhyme. Anyone can flow, and spit it to beats" in
time. So instead of staying at home on Wednesday
with your mom...come out to the workshop, check
it at www.ubcimprov.com. ♦
Fina basqitarr!   Diana goes underwater
4&S0 OPERA UNDERWATER     - explored    people's    reactions    t
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not to be confused with the International Noise Conspiracy, or the
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OPERA UNDERWATER
by Modern Baroque Opera
at Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Feb. 5-8
by Vampyra Oraculea
CULTURE WRITER
Last week Modern Baroque Opera put
on an incredible show of two theatrical cantatas describing the deaths and
transformations of two princesses. I
thoroughly enjoyed both cantatas.
The first was Ino, George Phillip
Telemann'a, 1765 work about the
death and deification of Ino. She is a
princess in GreekY mythology who is
hunted down by her husband after he
is cursed with madness by Hera. Hera
was enraged after Ino's sister had an
affair with Hera's husband, Zeus, the
supreme Olympian god. Essentially,
Heri want! to wipe out the whole
"family. Pretty screwed up, like most
myths, but this is all background to
the actual action ofthe cantata, where
Ino must choose between death at her
husband's hands or suicide: by leaping into the sea, where she is rescued
by the nymphs and made a goddess
by the merciful Neptune, who has
been'moved by her plight. Tlie cantata then takes a more joypus turn as
she. discovers her saviors and
expresses her joy and gratitude.
. The role of Ino was sung by local
soprano Phoebe MacRae, who did a
wonderful job of getting across the
nuances of both the; character's journey and ofthe music. She has a beautiful, crystal clear soprano voice with
loads of power, easily heard above the
small orchestra.
The nymphs .were portrayed by
four dancers. Deb Madison, Poupak
Mohebbi, Mutya Macatumpag and
Andrew Olewine,. who was also the
choreographer. They did a great job of
meshing with the music's fluidity,
expressing the waves and floating
motions of the sea, but also its dramatic and sometimes hidden power.
The second cantata was The Diana
Cantata, a brand new piece with
music by Peter Hannan and a libretto
by Peter Hinton, the same team who
brought us 120 Songs for the Marquis
de  Sade last year.   This   cantata
explored people's reactions to
Princess Diana's life and death, both
through the eyes of a woman named
Diana who watches the funeral on TV
and questions why it matters so much
,to her,  and through the eyes  of
(.Princess Diana's ghost Both Dianas
were played by Vilma Indra Vitols,
who had a beautiful mezzo-soprano
voice but who had some serious
issues with projection over the I
orchestra at times, despite wearing a
mic. At times she was nearly impossible to hear at all, and at others I could
hear her, but not well enough to make
out what she was saying^
This pigce looked at the mass reaction of people to Diana's death and
also the mass consumption of her as
a media product during her life. It
seems to indirectly raise the question
of what happens when we  treat
■ humans as products to be consumed,
what responsibility do we bear for the
impact on their lives, and do we even
care about these questions?
Diana'3 ghost is rueful and angry
that no one ever noticed or cared
about her pain, that it simply became
more copy for the press and public to
feed on. Tlijs is especially evident in
the scene where Diana sings of the
Huntress becoming the hunted, using
the line "felled by my own hounds"
while the ,four dancers become the
paparazzi flashing cameras in her
' face, and another scene where the
dancers become a small audience listening to their friend, sing a song
about Diana being an angel while
Diana goes among them singing and
then screaming, "I was never an
angelf Of:course, they can't see her,
and once again she is unable to affect
her public image.
The overall effect is to humanise
Diana and her pain, and to attempt to
get the audience to think about the
impact the inedia has on its victims. It
is of course ironic that this message
comes in tlie form of a media product
itself, albeit on a smaller scale, and
that perhaps many of the people who
might have seen it were consumers of
the Diana media products in the first
place, but t suppose this will be an
unavoidable irony for some time
to come. ♦      '        '
We are not r-'Kruited
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER
Over 2 500 years ago, Sun Tzu, author of the seminal
work The Art of War, wrote: "Spies are a most important element in war." Every wise ruler since then,"
whether monarch, despot or elected, has hearkened
to these words. The cat-and-mouse spy game
reached its peak—or nadir—during, the Cold War
when thousands of undercover operatives spanned
the globe, trying to gather information, spread misinformation and sow discord where they could. With
the fall of the Wall, many of these geopolitical
gamers were assigned desk duty, only to be reactivated when the post 9-11 world brought their skill
sets back into vogue.
James Clayton (Colin Farrel) and his colleagues
have designed an innovative communications software program that could revolutionise the computer
industry and make them rich. It also brings James to
the attention of one Walter Burke (Al Pacino), a
recruiter for the CIA. Burke tells James that he has
the perfect combination of attitude and aptitude to
be a great operative. Burke also alludes to possible
information relating to the disappearance of James'
father, who may or may not have worked for "the
Company" leaving James with a no-brainer choice:
go for the sure thing, which promises wealth and
security, or opt for a life lived in the shadows,
marked by danger and double crosses. And the winner is...spy school]
The Recruit has several things going for it a slick
marketing campaign, the timeliness of the subject
matter and bankable talent that appeals to a wide
demographic. Colin Farrel, in all his perpetual five
o'clock shadow glory, is not only a hit with the
women (of all ages apparently, having been linked to
both Demi Moore and Britney Spears in the past
month), but he's also cut his teeth on several solid
roles. For the rest of the audience we have the statuesque Bridget Moynahan, probably best-known as
Mr Big's wife on Sex In the City. Finally there is Al
Pacino, the consummate actor, known for his
intense portrayals of many a hero and villain. How
could this film possibly go wrong?
Even with a collective pool of talent, elaborate
set design and solid camerawork, there isn't
enough story to sustain The Recruit The script is
flat leaving the actors with httle material of substance; character development is uneven and the
film's pacing is sporadic, changing tempo too often
and without reason. The relationship between
Farrel's and Moynahan's characters is poorly developed, and they lack chemistry. Also, any sense of
suspense is destroyed by repeatedly hammering
home the notions that you can 'trust no one* and
"nothing is what it seems," leaving litde doubt as to
what will happen next
Ultimately, what could have been a suspenseful
thriller ends up being an exercise in banality, wasting the talents and efforts of those involved. A wholly average film, it's worth the cost of a rental if you're
left with nothing to do on a Wednesday evening. ♦
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DAREDEVIL
opens Friday
by Greg Ursic
CULTURE WRITER
Back in the dark ages, BT (Before
Television), when kids walked ten
miles uphill both ways to school, there
were limited entertainment options.
One ofthe cheapest avenues of escape
was the comic book Often crudely
drawn- with-simple storylines, they
provided a pleasant diversion without
all that pesky reading. Their success ~
continued on the small screen—who
could forget the campy 60s Batman
with its ubiquitous Biffs and Kapows—
but their transition to the big screen
was definitely bit-or-miss. While
comic-to-screen films.like Batman did
boffo box office, they spawned a legion
of comic megabombs like Howard the
Duck and The Punisher, and super-
heroes dropped off the studios' radar.
It would take more than a decade for
the quirky X-Men to rejuvenate the
genre, and inspire A-list actors and
directors to jump back on the bandwagon. Luckily Daredevil won't be seeing Ben Affleck's performance in this
movie anytime soon.
When a freak accident robbed Matt
Murdock (Affleck) of bis sight it ajso
enhanced his remaining senses and
allowed him to 'see' in a whole new
way. A lawyer by trade, Murdock goes
on to live a dual life, defending the dis
advantaged in the courtroom, and in
the guise of Daredevil meting out his*
own brand of justice for those thugs
that live beyo nd the reach of the law.
• Fleshing out a comic book character onscreen is a delicate balancing act
between humor and drama—stray too
far in either direction and what you're
left with is parody. Ben Affleck,, often
- pegged as Hollywood's next big leading
man, plays Murdock with soft-spoken
amiability, providing a character that
audieiKes will easily accept If only he
devoted the same attention to the character's alter, ego. Every time Affleck
dons the mask he slips deep into melodrama, delivering his lines with such
overblown self-importance and mock
menace that they simply fall flat (several serious scenes spawned outbursts
. of laughter). The supporting cast offers
equally mixed performances.
Jennifer Garner is disarming as
Daredevil's kindred spirit the strdng-
willed' and beautiful Elektra, simultaneously delicate and deadly. Qarner
demonstrates remarkable screen
presence which begs the question of
why her character wasn't more thoroughly developed. If we knew a little
more about Elektra it would have
given some much-needed balance to
the story.' Instead, Elektra is essentially reduced to window dressing. Pity.
This also extends to the big villain of
'■; the piece: in spite of his menacing
physical stature, Michael Clarke
Duncan is tepid as Kingpin, hampered
both by poor writing arid pedestrian
delivery. Audiences are supposed to
hate the bad, guy; the most I coyld
muster was apathy.. ,.''.
, Thankfully, there are several well-
choreographed fight sequences (courtesy of Cheung Yan Yuen of The Matrix
fame) to help distract the viewer from
these piddling details. Although
Affleck noticeably stumbles a few
times, Garner's movements are virtually flawless, no doubt honed during
her time on Alias. Nothing like a
leather-clad bombshell kicking butt to
keep you mesmerised (works for me,
_ anyway). Mix in some above-average
(and sparingly-used) fluid CGI for
added eye candy, an energetic soundtrack, and a few comic-creator cameos
and you're left with a mediocre watch-
able popcorn flick. Just don't hold your
breath for the sequel.
Warning: if you're concerned about
your cholesterol, this film's heavy •
cheese content could be detrimental to
your health. ♦
A whole new bard
f
HAMLET
at Studio 58, Langara College
until Feb. 23
by Parminder Nizher
CULTURE STAFF
I have a confession to make: I have a weakness
for "Hamlet," Not a bad thing, except it leads to
high expectations for any performance on the
Dane. Studio 58's rendition of "Hamlet" does an
excellent job in controlling my expectations.
If you're expecting a typical and ordinary
Renaissance-style version of "Hamlet," you're
out of luck. Studio 58 twirls a modern twist into
the play and the result is a humourous (don't
worry, the intensity ofthe play is left intact) and
thoughtful performance. The costumes, speak
for themselves, with influences from throughout the 20th century. Ophelia wears an innocent
pink tanktop, denim skirt and knee-high socks.
Hamlet's stepfather, Claudius, reminded me of
a pimp—leather cowboy boots, heavy gold chain
and a long fur coat. The music is from the
1920s and conjures up images of swing dancing. The atmospheric fog throughout the play
,was a constant ren}incjer of the dark subject
matter of "Hamlet." I    ;
Kyle Rideout plays the part of Hamlet, and he ■■
does the part justice *Alt|iough it was initially difficult for me to believe he was Hamlet, by the end
ofthe play he had me;. He has the intense passion
to play Hamlet, and tie \*ay he is in tune with his
body is amazing. Thiers,'are times he made me
believe he was truly mad; I had to remind myself
he was acting. For example, Hamlet smears himself and Ophelia witS crimson lipstick, and he is
left th|s way for a handful of scenes—he goes onto
remove his shirt and'ruri around like a madman.
Although Hamlet was great, my highest praise
is for. Lara Gilchrist, 'who did a breathtaking job
as Ophelia. With her wilq hair, dirt-smudged skin
and lost eyes, my heart went out to Ophelia when
she went mad. Out of the many soliloquies in the
play, it is Ophelia's, when Hamlet shuns her love,
that fugged at the emotions.
There are some things I just didn't understand about Studio 58's play. For example, when,
going into intermission Hamlet rips off his shirt
like a superhero transforming into his other self,
and heavy metal music blares out of the speakers, which just didn't do it for me. I also got the
impression   that   Hamlet   is   crazy,   which.
Shakespeare's play does not suggest. ;
This play was modern and edgy—definitely
worth a view, even if you don't drool
over Shakespeare. ♦ 8
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
CULTURE
THE UBYSSEY
Root down
THE ROOTS
Phrenology
[MCA/Universal]
by Lars Goeller
CULTURE WRITER
Holy Crap. They did it again. There's
just so much bad hip hop out there
that it's nicewhen some artists can
put out material that just keeps getting better. You can keep reading if
you're really patient, but if you don't
already care enough to own this
album, maybe you shouldn't be
wasting your time reading this.
The Roots have always been
strong. To make sure that we all
know how long they've been at this,
they keep numbering their tracks
through from the first album. With
Phrenology, we're up to 102 now
and they've all been solid tracks.
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The production on every song on
this album is outstanding and
they're showing the same versatility they've displayed on their other
alburns. Though this album has
more tension than some of The
Roots' earlier releases, they've got
a good mix of tracks: some are hard
and fast, and some are smooth, but
the beats on all of them are awesome. Black Thought remains as
strong as ever and hasn't lost his
touch for witty and inventive lyrics.
• Just like' any quality hip-hop
album, this one gives respect to its
influences. You'll recognise contributions from the Jungle Brothers'
early tracks and from a few others.
The Roots show diverse influences
and a lot of quality contributors on
this album, with guest appearances
from Talib Kweli, Nelly Furtado
and Jill Scott They aren't bound by
the traditional hip-hop
song format either.
Hpw many other hip-
hop acts would include
almost an entire classic techno track to
showcase their beat-
box styles? Rahzel
kicks ass; I can't
believe what he
can do.
When there's just
so much crap out
there, there's really no
excuse for you not to
own this alburn. It
doesn't matter if it's
on sale or not—just
buy it ♦
Collection on
the Edge
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Forever Delayed: The Greatest Hits
[Sony]
by Jeff MacKenzie
CULTURE WRITER
Occasionally, we all seem to be
careening towards the edge.
Tumbling, battered and bloody, we
can grind our fingernails into some
rocky shelf and precariously hang
over a great chasm of pain, failure,
sadness, loneliness and despair.
Stunned, we wonder how did we get
here? How did things get so bad, so
quick? The Manic Street Preachers
are the poet laureates of these
moments; their new album, their
dangling rope.
Forever Delayed: Manic Street
Preachers the Greatest Hits is a collection of the more famous of the
strongly melodic guitar-driven
melodies that drove the band's turbulent andi erratic career. Often
tritely referred to as 'spacey' or
'airy,' the Manics have always had
a difficult-to-describe sound, at
times lifting; and ethereal, such as
their peak single "If Ypu Tolerate
This Your Children Will Be Next,'
and at times pure "rock, through the
lyrically ever-changing "Motown
Junk." Forever Delayed varies
through these styles-, and like the
band, is bold, distinctive and complex.
The element that links this body
FOREVER DELAYED
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
THE GREATEST HITS
of work together is an
undercurrent of deep
sadness. Neither a spiel
of pure terror, nor a collection of mild despondency, this sadness is
rather the uncomprehending despair suffered on the cusp of
loss, and the painful
realisation that no matter how many
pints one hoists, or how much bad
poetry one writes, tragedy is
coming.
"Tsunami" hints at this power-
lessness in a beautiful way, but also
draws attention to another characteristic of the band: their intelligence. Like the unwished-for testimony of truth of the brain to the
heart, the Manics approach the pain
of life in a deeply literate and intellectual manner. This is reflected in
Forever Delayeds liner notes, a
striking photo collection consisting
solely of placards with song tides
placed next to thought-provoking
quotes from major authors, singers
and wits. Simplistic and moving,
this juxtaposition casts the familiar
songs in a new light, with the taste of
brilliance that should be expected of
the band that produced the straightforwardly intense "The Everlasting.'
., The hopeful aspect of this collection, the rope that it dangles, can
perhaps be explained best by the
tragedy that has grown to define the
band. Subsequent to the release of
their 1994 album Faster, the
Manics' guitarist/lyricist Richey
Edwards began to display the mental problems that culminated in his
January 1995 disappearance and
suspected suicide. At the risk of
being classical, Richey flew like
Prometheus, bringing home fire but
fatally burning himself in the
process, faffing to earth after a meteoric rise. The rope is not a line to
survival, but rather the connection
between the lost and their memories of beauty. As we eventually
always lose our grip and fall, we can
clutch this rope, reminding us all
that even in our moments of
absolute desolation we are attached
to the knowledge that we have once
been part of love and life. Richey
was lost, but we remain; through his
and his bandmates' later work we
are left with1 Forever Delayed, a brilliant, absolutely essential collection
of sadness with an intrinsic message of hope. The message is that
the sadness came after happiness;
there was a point to it all. The point
was to love. ♦
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You have a choice,you can still go to class. However, the University respects the right of a faculty member or a
student,as a matter of conscience, to refuse to cross a picket line in a labour dispute.
Won't I miss classes and labs if I don't cross a picket line?
Yes,you will But UBC Senate Policy says:you cannot be examined or evaluated on dasses or labs you do not
attend because you chose to respect the picket line. However, you must send an email to the Dean of your
Faculty informing them that you will not cross the picket line. See: www.cupe2278.ca for the full policy.
Will my TA stijl have office hours or mark exams if he/she is on strike?
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Will the whole campus be shut down?
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How Tong will the strike go on for?
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
Volley Birds flying to
HANGTIME: UBC swept Manitoba this weekend, rose bouthillier photo
By Jesse Marchand
SPORTS'" STAFF
The music was loud and tensions were high
as the UBC women's volleyball team took on
the Manitoba Bisons for the first round of
the playoffs this weekend.
As they have been doing for the last of
their final games, the Birds honoured two of
their five retiring players, (Christine
Bonish, Kaley Boyd, Isabelle Czerveniak,
Kathryn Peck and Judy Schiller). They also
announced team captain Jasmin Yip and
right side Christine Bonish as the winners
ofthe Sandy Silver Scholarship.
"The goal of the scholarships is to help
keep the best players and good students in
Canada," said Coach Reimer. The Birds
proved they deserved the scholarships by
playing two intense games.
Friday's game saw the Birds snatch victory from the Bisons in_three of out of
five sets.
"It was a pretty incredible match," said
Reimer. "We were up two games to zero and
then Manitoba fought back hard. The fifth
set we were down 13 to ten and came back
and won.'
While Friday's game showed the Birds to
be a comeback team, Saturday's proved that
they were simply a winning team, earning a
trip to the Canada West Championships in
Edmonton with three straight sets. When
UBC scored their first point of set one in the
first second, it was easy to speculate that
they would be victorious. But the Birds had
a problem staying in the air and in every set
they allowed the Bisons to catch up to their
leads. In fact, the Bisons caught up and surpassed them in set one, winning 2 5-21.
Set two saw the Birds take a seven-point
lead to the non-scoring Bisons, but once
again, Manitoba battled back to a tie.
"One of our biggest problems is that we
tend to dwell on things for two or three
points," said left side Izzy Czerveniak. While
she couldn't pinpoint anything in particular
that was bringing the team down, she recognised that hitting errors often evened out
the scores.
UBC managed to regain the lead at the
end ofthe second set, winning 25-23. In set
three, the Birds flaunted their strength
and won 25-16.
But set four was where the real action
was. The already frenzied crowd got even
louder, and various members of UBC varsity athletic teams moved in behind the
Bisons' bench to heckle Manitoba. Wearing
camouflaged hunter's caps and using bird
calls, the fans tried to psyche out the opposing team. They went as far as to call the
Bison coach a "pyscho," but stayed away
from personal attacks on the women. At 19-
13 (UBC) the worked-up fans began to yell
"warm up" the bus" to the Bisons. The chant
backfired, infusing the visiting team with
strength. Manitoba brought the game back
up to a tie but was unable to finish, and UBC
crushed the team 25-20.
With 44 kills—compared to the Bisons'
36—the Birds not only secured themselves a
trip to the national championships as one of
the Canada West's four contenders, but they
also put an end to the Manitoba legacy. The
Bisons have been to nationals
sixteen years running.
Next weekend UBC will be in Edmonton
at the Canada West Championships to determine the seeding at the national tournament. The Birds are currently ranked third
in the country, behind Laval's Rouge et Or
and the Alberta Pandas. ♦
31 years of
women's varsity
volleyball
Trips to the Nationals: 13
Trips to Quebec City: 1
Current UBC players who speak French
fluently: 2
Canada West teams quahfying this year: 4
Quebec (QSSF) teams qualifying this year: 1
Current UBC players with last names longer
than 8 letters; 4
Months star Kaley Boyd was going to take a
break from the court: 12
Months she lasted before returning to the
team roster: 3.5
Gold medals: 4
Silver medals: 2
Bronze medals: 3
since 1981
UBC players as tournament MVP's: 0
UBC All-Canadians: 15
UBC players who were honoured twice: 6
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
VOLUME 84 ISSUE 35
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You're busy, we know. You're stressed and
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and labs and the pukeocity of Valentine's Day and
the guy down the hall who plays squash against
his wall and now a goddamn strike maybe. And
you're broke, of course. And sick of dry chicken
wraps from the Deh. And you're supposed to visit
your great uncle in Ladner over the break. Where
the fuck is Ladner?
Yup. We at the Ubyssey understand your misery, because we're utterly miserable, too. And yet,
still, somehow, we find a wee spark, a wee ember
of hope burning alive in these dark days. It's
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But seriously, folks. We're excited about the
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a decent package—$23 per month—and the UBC
administration will kick in $3 to bring it down to a
solid 20 bones. Now all we need to do is vote it in
To pass, ten per cent of students—around
3 7 00—need to vote, with over half of them voting
"Yes." As of press time last night, approximately
5,500 students had already voted, which means
no matter what, this referendum will reach quorum. We're hoping it means people are coming
out to support the plan, so that next year, it won't
be an $8 dollar round trip to Ladner.
A few people in our office don't entirely support the U-Pass. They're drivers—they live in North
Van and Surrey (and Kerrisdale), they already pay
a bucketful for parking passes and they don't feel
like shelling out more. Our lunchtinte editorial
'discussion,' however, was pretty tame, maybe
because we bound and gagged them, maybe
because they were too preoccupied shelling
peanuts, or maybe because, at somev level, they
recognise the necessity of a U-Pass for a large university in a metropolis like Vancouver. They see
how much campus land is surrendered to parking.
They realise how much their car use is subsidised—TransLink pays for the upkeep of their
roads, not just stinky buses. They figure $20 isn't
such a bad deal for fewer cars on the road, less air
pollution and unlimited bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus
trips. Or at least they should.
According to Better Environmentally Sound
Transportation (BEST), taxpayers subsidise $2.7
billion of the- $ 11.7 billion per year cars cost the
Lower Mainland (transit costs us $ 1 billion). Those
bucks go to road and parking construction and
maintenance, mitigating air, noise and water pollution, and road land value, among other things.
There are countless'costs'we don't even think
about that stem from driving, such as the $8.8 million per year damage smog ipflicts on crops in the
j Lower Mainland, or the yearly $9 billion loss in
property damage and sick time from collisions.
Alright We're not going to rant on endlessly
about the evils of driving. We know how firmly
LETTERS
cars are entrenched in our world, how stats aren't
going to keep people from the convenience of
their singe-occupancy vehicles. But we also know
how beneficial it is to support transit, and how a
viable bus system is worth the everyone's support, even those who maybe don't use it all that
often And maybe cheap bus passes will bring out
the bus rider in eveiyone. At the University of
Washington, a U-Pass has had dramatic effects.
Although in the first year of the pass driving levels dropped only 10 per cent, after ten years 75
per cent of students were using an alternative to
driving. And because of the pass, the university
administration avoided building 3600 new parking spaces, saving the school US$ 100 million
But waitl That's not all There's another brief
spark of February goodness^ sorta. The AMS is also
, asking students to vote on a new yearly $ 1 fee,
which would go towards keeping alive the Sexual
Assault Support Centre (SASC). Due to provincial
funding cuts, the SASC is very close to shutting
down; the spark of goodness would be that for a
mere 50 cents per term we could keep.a critical
service afloat That's a no-brainer. Just vote yes.
And yes. Vote yes for the U-Pass I And yes for SASCf
And yes, vote yes for Ladner. We know-yoti can. ♦
Cartoon is "the famest"
The editorial cartoon on page ten
ofthe Tuesday's issue ("An early
report card for Mayor Campbell"
Feb.4) is the lamest fucking thing
I have ever seen.
—Jeff Mottershead
Graduate Studies, Physics
Find a good artist, guys
The cartoons you have on your
editorial page are consistently
really, really bad. The drawings
are so crude that I can barely
make out the message, which
doesn't seem to matter anyways
because they coincide with the
written editorial. Aren't the cartoons supposed to speak for
themselves, without the assistance of text (specifically the editorial)? The problem is your cartoons don't mean anything.
When an artist has a chance to
express his/her opinion with a
witty, smart, analogic drawing,
he/she should be as creative as
possible. I hope you guys can
find a good artist and then brainstorm some smart ideas that
make people think, which is that
whole art form of editorial
cartoons.
—Simon Wong
Arts 4
Editors' note: The Ubyssey holds
staff meetings every Wednesday
at 12pm; new volunteers are
welcome.
SUB should not be
closed during strike
I want to inform students that the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) has
decided to neglect its duties. On
February 5, the Council had an
emergency meeting and voted to
close down the Student Union
Building (SUB) and all AMS operations and services not deemed
essential for up to three days.
This is if the CUPE Union 2278
sets up picket lines on campus. As
of now, I have tendered my resignation as an AMS councillor,
because the AMS is breaking its
own internal bylaws and constitution in passing such motions.
Clubs won't be able to use the SUB,
events will be canceled and commuter students and campus residents will not be able to rely on the
SUB for food.
Services as well may be canceled. And guess what, your AMS
fees are going to pay the employees who will be locked out,
because your student politicians
think that is a good use of $6000 a
day of your money. It was not the
Students for Students Executive,
it was your Undergraduate
Representatives who did this to
you. Students should be angry; I'm
sure pissed.
The AMS Council won't even
respect students' rights to attend
your classes and cross the picket
lines. Your student union is putting a wage dispute before the services and operations that you pay
for. Unfortunately it's too late to
opt out of fees, so you're paying for
services you can't even use.
Whether or not there is a strike, no
one should be gambling with our
education or with our campus life.
I think the university needs to
offer a competitive wage for teaching assitants (TA's), but we should
not be gambling student services
and using access to food on campus as a bargaining tool. I hope
students contact their undergraduate societies, and tell their representatives to start representing
them.
—Dan Grice
Arts 4
Reasons for war
unfounded
Over the past few weeks, the
George Bush administration has
been gearing up for a war. Yes, a
war. American media bombards
the public with what can only be
termed poorly-veiled propaganda,
trying to stir up widespread support for the coming conflict. In the
face of allied opposition to the
war,, the United States (US) government has stated, again and again,
its willingness to act unilaterally
against Iraq.
Add to this the fact that there is
no 'smoking gun,' so to speak, that
would justify US intervention in
Iraq. M°re and more, it is the US
that appears to be acting like the
very rogue States that she claims
to be defending herself against.
The fact that world leaders are
already talking in terms of relations with/involvement in, a post-
Saddam Iraq is frightening.
Frightening because we have
accepted that conflict with Iraq is a
given, and that nothing short of a
miracle can stop that. How have
we come so far? Are we really comfortable with the United States as'
the sole guardian of freedom and
democracy?
The United Nations (UN) was
formed in part to reign in the
power of sovereign states to dictate foreign policy unilaterally.
While nowhere near perfect, it is
not the inadequate, incompetent
behemoth that American media
makes it out to be. Not by a long
shot. UN weapons inspectors,
including Hans Blix, are competent trained individuals, whose job
it is to find out whether or not Iraq
really is harbouring weapons of
mass destruction.
But given the Bush administration's stated position, and their
apparent disinterest in the UN
weapons inspectors' report (which
provides httle if any evidence of
the fabrication of weapons of mass
destruction by Iraq) it is quite
clear that the coming conflict is
not about weapons of mass
destruction at all. Whatever it is
about, whether it be oil, or a
'regime change' and the complete
remaking of the political landscape of the Middle East, if the
same scenario were being played
out between two individuals, it
would be nothing short of an old
Mafia-style vendetta. Except in this
case, the stakes are far, far higher.
—Zubin Adrian Menon
Arts 3 THE UBYSSEY
S P O RTS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003
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New York report
While a snowstorm outside slowed things
down to a crawl, the inclement weather in
New York on Friday had ho effect on the
fast times being run ingide Madison
Square Garden, where the UBC men's
track team wasf competing in the 4x§00m
at the 96th Verizon Millrose Games.
Over 11,000 fans were in attendance to
experience what is regarded by many as
the world's greatest indoor invitational
track meet. More importantly, T-Birds
Chris Williams, David Roulston, Jerry Ziak
and Mathew Jedrzejek were also in attendance, running a time of 7:56.22 to capture fourth place in a field of nine teams,
and marking their arrival into the mostly-
American NAIA league after leaving th$
CIS lastyear.
The team's ability to hold their own at
this highly competitive meet shows great
promise for future competitions, as well as
carrying on a rich tradition of track at UBC.
In 1982, the UBC men's relay team ran a
blistering 7:27.37 in the 4x800m event, a
time that still holds as the eighth best all-
time performance at the Millrose Games.
The next big meet for the T-birds,
coached by former Canadian Olympic
team coach Marek Jedrzejek is the Husky
Classic in Seattle, March 15.,
Bear attack
The men's volleyball team managed to
fend off the Alberta Golden Bears for a
while this weekend, but the number-one
ranked team in the conference eventually
shot down all Bird hopes of advancing to
the National championships after an
exhausting two-game series ih Edmonton.
The Birds stretched'out the second losing
game to five sets after dramatically winning the third set 25-23.
Alberta's kill success rate was tellingly
higher than UBC's, posting a .319 percentage as compared to the Birds' .246. Steve
Corothers led the valiant UBC effort with
19 kills and five digs on Saturday night,
and Mike Tuekwood and Robyn English
had 13 kills apiece. Fifth-year Bear Brad
Bell thrilled the home crowds with 24 kills,
and fellow veteran Sandy Henderson contributed 18 kills and 11 digs to the sweep.
, The semi-final match was UBC'a first
chance at the playoffs in four years. The
last time the Birds won the championship
was the 1982-83 season, when they hosted
the event.
Basketball
The women's team has their toughest
Weekend ahead of them, as they gamble in
Calgary thia weekend for & berth to the
second round of the playoffs and a chance
at nationals. The 12-8 Dinos and the 13-7
Birds match up fairly evenly in numbers,
with Calgary averaging 69 points per garde
and UBC 65.9. Calgary's outside shooters
might fee trouble for the Birds, as the Dinos
average 5.14 three-pointers per gaine and
UBC's blocked-shot percentage is one of
the lowest in the Canada West It's too bad
the series is in Calgary, as the Birds have
pulled in 2000 more fans this season than
the Dinos, with an average 359 people per
game. *
The men's team takes the week off after
a high-scoring weekend against the
Saskatchewan Huskies, endingthe regular
season 15-5. They will host either the
Trinity Western Spartans or the SFU Clan
on home court, February 21-23.
Bad pun's,gopcl competition
T-shirts emblazoned the 'Mix for Six'
have been popping up around campus,
and the UBC swimmers are likewise gearing up for their sixth crack at a national
tide in as many yearsY The championship
event, held at Saanich Commonwealth
Place in Victoria, promises to be one of the
closest competitions yet. After the Calgary
Dinos surprised UBC, taking the Canada
West championship banner, the Birds are
bracing for a potential up§et The two
teanis have been pegged in the top two all
season, with Calgary's women edging out
" the UBC pool by a tiny two-point margin in
the national rankings. The men have more
of a lead, reigning 570-455.5 over the
Dinos. Both teams have storied histories,
with UBC's head coach Tom Johnson winning Coach of the Year honours in both the
men's and women's categories nine times,
and the Calgary men taking ten Swimmer
of the Year prizes over the last 31 years.
Icing the season
The Alberta Golden Bears will be in
town to play the men's ice hockey team for
the last series of the regular season
February 14-15. The Bears have skated to
ten national championship titles, are currently Mountain Division Champions and
are ranked first iii the nation.
The Birds have been to the final tournament three times since 1962, but have yet
to bring home a trophy.
Alberta has beaten UBC four times
already this season. The 5-21 Birds may
have a home-ice advantage, however, having won all five victories within the chilly
confines of the Winter Sports Centre. The
puck drops at 7:30pm both nights. ♦
They ask
for our grads
by name
We like to attract the brightest, most imaginative rhinds.^
BCIT grads have proven to be great additions to our teatfi.
Kathy Enros ,
Corporate Human Resources
Development Manager *
Ipsos-Reid
BCIT students have a great grounding in science. When they
mi^ke a decision they've got the science to back it up.    ,'
Dr. John Blatherwick
Chief Medical Health Office;
Vancouver Coastal
Health Authority
BCIT's BIG Info Session Feb 19
BRITISH COLUMBIA
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
A POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTION
604.434.1610
www.bcit.ca
W  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
"l President's Service Award
ror Excellence Nominations
The committee is seeking nominations of
outstanding staff and faculty who have made
distinguished service to the university
For a nomination form, please go to
www. external-affairs, ubc. ca/ceremonies/
Please mail nominations to.-
Presidents Service Award for Excellence Committee
do Ceremonies Office
2nd Floor, Ponderosa B
Campus Zone 2.
Deadline for nominations is Fed 28,2003
send <& M        n*
valentine
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plan®
Show your "plinet—and your wallet—some, love this
Valentine's Day by voting YES for U-Pass. U-Pass is a
sweet deal: just $20/month for a transit pass, valid
September through April anytime, anywhere Translink
travels. This Valentine's Day is your chance to vote
for a sustainable future.
FOR MORE INFO,. VISIT:     S~ V0 * t.
www.upass.ubc.ca
FEB. 10-14
VOTE ON-LINE AT:
www.ams.ubc.ca/elections
Q-PJVSS in the U-Pass referendum
online Feb. 10-14
The Universal Transit Pass (aka U-Pass) is a comprehensive transportation
package designed to provide students with universal access to public
transit and other sustainable transportation programs.
If approved, U-Pass would require a mandatory fee increase of $20 per
month, and would provide UBC students with the following benefits:
* Unlimited access to TransLink^
Sgabus service (all .tones),
^D^counted West Coast Express fares.
... / Increases! service and capacity on UBC routes
(aU nightservice will be restored s«mmef2G037
regardless of the outcome of the referendum),
/. Discounts at participating merchants
• Continued access to programs and facilities for
cyclists and carpooters
(provided by the UBC TREK Program Centre).
wwMpass.ute.ca
AH students are strongly encouraged to vote on this vory Important Issuo!
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