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Array Consultation or
An adversarial method of
consultation regarding
University Boulevard has
laboured through four years of
planning. UBC has done worse.
But can it do better?
by Jonathan Woodward
\\ i-nty-eight acres of houses and
apartment blocks make up
Hampton Place, a residential
development on the corner of
16th Avenue and Wesbrook Mall. It's on campus, but very httle reveals that fact. It's the
suburbs; it's Coquitlain on UBC campus.
Million-dollar homes sit on wide streets and
these residents, on university land, have very
Httle to do with the school itself.
Students and faculty knew next to nothing
about Hampton Place during its construction.
Public meetings were sparsely attended and
controversy was ignored; it seemed to appear
by divine university will. "I remember that
the first I knew of Hampton Place was seeing
that a whole clump of trees had been burnt
and were still smoldering on a piece of land,'
said Dennis Pavlich, who was then a professor of law at UBC.
"Hampton Place was a done deal," he said.
"There was no consultation whatsoever."
The land was developed for two reasons.
The first was to bring density and population
to the university to create a cosmopolitan
space. The second was that the sale ofthe land
placed $ 116 million into UBC's endowment
for scholarships and academics. But the unilateral decision to proceed with construction,
despite the entrenched sides in this debate,
showed all spectators that without consultation about its land use UBC has the ability to
make very large mistakes.
Today, the entire campus totters on the
precipice of a profound change. It is poised to
reshape itself in the form of the Official
Community Plan, a legal document that mandates population and urbanisation of UBC
campus. Eighteen-thousand new residents
and 48,000 square feet of commercial space
will be brought to campus. The Plan is intended to bring a culturally rich neighbourhood to
the academic core.
University Boulevard's neighbourhood
plan calls for the grassy knoll and the plaza in
front of the Student Union Building to be
replaced with a new University Square. The
bus loop' will be pushed underground.
Commercial space will proliferate in the first
floor of a new dentistry building, while the
floors above will house a dental clinic. The
outdoor pool, a campus landmark, will be
relocated from its prominent position on
University Boulevard to a space behind the
War Memorial Gym.
On October 2, the neighbourhood plan of
University Boulevard will go for approval to
UBC's Board of Governors (BoG), and the
See "U-Town"on pages 4-5.
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Final encore for ER
No emergencies at UBC Hospital. Page 3.
Highway talks bingo
■ Tomson Highway offers a Uttle of everything. Page 2.
Rebuilding not going as planned
Why is Bush asking the UN for help to
rebuild Iraq when he decided to go to
war without UN support? Page 6.
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The Highway speaks
First Nation Longhouse
Sept. 17
by Heather Pauls
"Now, because of how many people
showed up tonight, we'll have to
play bingo,* said playwright and
author Tomson Highway in his
September 17 appearance at the
First Natipns Longhouse, Sty-wet-
tan (Great Hall). The event was
funded and organised by the
English Students Society of UBC.
He's hilarious. From the
moment Highway stepped up to the
microphone, all that came from his
hps were Canadian and Aboriginal
jokes and shameless flirting with
the audience. He, says that he's
funny because his jokes are Cree
in English.
Sharing a recent experience,
Highway told of his work with a cast
consisting of a Lebanese-Canadian,
a French-Canadian, an African-
Canadian and a Peruvian-Canadian.
He became increasingly aware of all
the spliced nationalities involved in
describing Canadian people, which
made him think of altering the flag.
"Do away with the maple leaf
and just put a hyphen," he said,
with peals of laughter shortly following. He also added a bit of trivia.
"Did you know that Canada
means 'pudding' in Cree?" he said,
adding that bad things happen
when you don't consult Indians
when you write the constitution. I
had always heard that it meant 'the
village,"   but  perhaps   that's   in
another language.
The bulk of Highway's talk concerned his journey from the snowbank where he was born in northern Manitoba to his new musical,
Rose, that concerns building the
largest casino in the world on a
Highway's first language was
Cree, so he found English difficult
He appreciated the works of English
literature like Faulkner and Woolf,
but found that there was nothing to
relate it to the nomadic lifestyle of
his youth. This frustration turned
into motivation while he was study-
tog piano performance in Ontario
when he finished high school.
"I was going to speak it better
than Peter Mansbridge. I was so
angry at Peter Mansbridge," he said.
Literature gained a new energy
when Highway read a story that took
place in a setting he was familiar "
with and he gained an appreciation
for writing about First Nations people in Canada. To do this he wanted
to draw upon their mythology.
"It felt like I had been to a library
that had burnt to the ground,"
Highway said because he felt that he
had to pick up the remnants of his
ancestors' mythology from the
ashes. Highway uses First Nations,
Christian and Greek mythology as
multiple layers in his works.
Why mythology, and better yet,
what is mythology? After giving
some examples of what mythology.
means   to   some   other   people,
Highway gave his own impression.
Mythology is "the pail of magic
you're stirring through." If this
explanation is too cryptic for you, he
continued to explain that the mysteries of life are too much for us to
ever understand, or find a language
for, so we have these stories.
Mythology is the language of our
My job paraphrasing his expla-
- nation is but a pale shadow of the
vibrant depiction he gave during
his speech. We were entranced in
our seats, eyes dancing as we heard
Highway's words mould themselves
into a magical tapestry of mysterious tales and wonders. I was on a
spiritual high. A mood was set that
sparkled with tranquility, like the
moon dancing over a lake. It was
enchanting. Unfortunately, and yet
humorously, the mood was soon
broken with the question and
answer period.
That was the highlight of the
evening—no, the highlight of my
week. One remarkably inquisitive
student followed up the lightheart-
ed inquiries with an ever-pressing
question: In the play The Rez
Sisters, during the scene where the
women are playing bingo and the
audience is made to be part of the
scene, is it a statement of de-colo-
nialisation as it breaks down the.
Western construct of audience and
performer and unites the two
aspects as one, thereby undermining Western ideas of us and them?
"No," a baffled Highway said, "I
just wanted to have a good time,"
and continued that he felt life is too
fun and precious to become tangled
up in such things like that. ♦
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the uby$s«v maaaxine
No more ER at UBC
Emergency room now an Urgent Care Centre
by Sarah Bourdon
Recent changes to health care in
Vancouver means UBC Hospital no
longer has an emergency room
(ER). That has some concerned that
patient care my be compromised.
Instead of an ER, UBC hospital
now has an Urgent Care Centre
which offers treatment for non-life
threatening emergencies. It operates similar to a walk-in clinic but is
staffed by emergency-trained physicians and nurses.
Life-threatening emergencies
now go directly to Vancouver
Hospital (VH).
The changes.will not benefit
patients, says the BC Ilealth
Coalition, a Vancouver-based
watchdog group.
"We're actually seeing. the
changes as cutbacks. We are seeing
that health care is being compromised at a whole" number of different levels," said Terrie
Henbrickson, of the Coalition. "The
changes that they're making might
make things better budget wise in
the short-term, but we're really
worried about the long-term."
Henbrickson said more government money must be injected into
the system so more services are not
lost and called for community consultation for changes like the one to
UBC hospital.
The official government opposition agrees.
"It does seem to me to be penny-
wise and pound-foolish," said NDP
MLA Joy McPhail. "[UBC patients]
must now travel an extensive distance through heavy urban traffic
to receive emergency care."
Hospital authorities say the
move makes sense and will not
compromise patient care.    -
"If someone goes to UBC
Hospital and it's determined that
they need a service at Vancouver
[Hospital], they would be stabilised
and sent. That procedure is in place
if it is required," said Donna
Kairns, spokesperson for
Vancouver Acute, a division of
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH),
the group that manages , UBC
UBC still has the capacity to
resuscitate a patient if absolutely
necessary, added Kairns.
The decision to implement
changes was not a direct result of
any specific government cutbacks,
said Vivianna Zanocco, a
spokesperson for VCH.
But she admitted that because
funding has not increased accordingly with the rising costs of operating medical facilities, pressure
has been placed on VCH and hospitals to find ways to efficiently allocate resources and cut costs.
Zanocco added that the change
at UBC was made to enhance the
strengths of eagh hospital.
By sending major traumas to
Vancouver Hospital, the VCH aims
to cut treatment waiting times for
minor emergencies, day surgeries
and recovery programs at UBC.
"UBC Hospital and Vancouver
[Hospital] are very close to each
other, so we considered what one
was doing better than the other,"
said Zanocco.
The changes to services were
made after a review of the past
three years indicated that the UBC
ER was not seeing a large number
of life-threatening cases.
ERs rate the acuity of cases on a
scale of one to five; one being a
major, life-threatening trauma
requiring resuscitation. UBC
Hospital had not seen any level one
cases in three years, while VH sees
two or three per day.
The review also determined
that UBC Hospital was not properly
able to deal with major emergency
surgeries on evenings or weekends
because of a shortage of anesthesiologists.
VCH says that the transition
from ER to Urgent Care Centre has
gone smoothly and there are no
indications that patient care has
been compromised.
"It's been business as usual,"
said Kairns. "We are seeing as
many patients as we were before
and we are treating as many
VCH has also moved UBC's
intensive care unit and vascular
surgery to VH, wh^e maintaining
the brain research centre, psychiatry unit, continuing care ward and
student health services at UBC. ♦
NO EMERGENCIES HERE: UBC Hospital now only takes urgent
care patients, peter klesken photo
BC women still face discrimination
UBC professors critical of cuts that unfairly effect women
by Nick Maggisano
Due to recent BC government cutbacks
women are facing more discrimination
based on gender, say UBC professors.
With 54 per cent of Canadian single mothers below the poverty line, BC government
cuts to social welfare programs constitute dis
crimination against women because women
are more likely to need social support, said
Margot Young, a UBC Law professor.
"The problem is socioeconomic," said
Young. "For example, recent government cutbacks to daycare and social assistance have
made it much harder for single mothers to
attend UBC."
Cuts to social programs in BC include
LISTEN GORDON: Law professor Margot Young is not pleased with government cuts
that descriminate against women . michelle mayne photo
legal aid, welfare assistance and child-care
funding. ■    -
Another UBC professor said the Liberal
government is disinclined to offer social support and this results in the discrimination
described by Young.
"The current Liberal government is run
on a basically conservative philosophy which -.
is defined by the belief that everyone ha$ an
equal opportunity to compete within the capitalist market for jobs and capital," said
Dorothy Seaton, a professor of Women's
Studies at UBC. "It is contrary to- their most
basic, informing philosophy to offer extra *
public help to people wfro struggle." '
Seaton added that women are overrepre-'
sented among the poor because of a gendered wage gap and because of their continued role as the primary child-rearer. She said
this means women are harder hit b$ current
Liberal policies.
Government cuts to social programs have i
implications here at UBC, especially for single mothers.
"Women are unable to access, any kind of
welfare support if they're attending university," said Aim Vanderbijl, former co-head of
the Single Mother's Support Croup on cam-;
pus who has experienced being a single
mother while attending university. "They're
basically being penalised for tiying to get the
education they need to take care of their
Vanderbijl added that the cuts to social
services such as daycare will make it even •
harder for single mothers to receive an
Seaton agreed: "The desperate shortsightedness of this policy must be noted," she
said. "The children of highly stressed aiid
impoverished parents, especially single parents, of either gender don't do as well in
school, have lower self-esteem and are far
more likely to end up in the legal system."
Lastyear a Canadian Feminist Alliance for
International Action report, co-created by
Young, described concerns about the mar-
ginalisation of women as a result of government policy.
The report entitled "British Columbia
Moves Backwards on Women's Equality" was
presented to the United Nations Committee
on the Elimination of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW) this January. CEDAW
responded to the report by singling out BC
for criticism.
Section 35 of CEDAW's report states: "The
Committee is concerned about a number of
recent changes in BC which have a disproportionately negative impact on women."
The BC government responded to the
report, saying that they are working to
improve services for women in the province
despite recent cutbacks.
"Fdon't think that [group is making] an
accurate, or a fair assumption at all," said
Minister for Women's Equality Lynn
Stephens. She said the government is working to strengthen access to childcare and
other services for women despite cuts that
have reduced services.
Young responded by saying the BC government is simply paying lip service to
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"U-Town"continued from page I.
university will gain the mandate to
reshape the land in the likeness of
the Official Community Plan.
The area is not on the periphery
like other neighbourhood plans, but
at the campus' veiy centre. It is the
traditional student space where antiwar protests were held last spring,
the bosque of trees where the teaching assistants' tent city was erected
during the strike, and the grassy knoll
where all kinds of people eat lunch
every day. It is the entrance to the
university: a visitor to campus would
see this area first as he climbs from
the underground bus loop. The
square is uncomfortably close to academic buildings and to the Alma
Mater Society businesses that would
have to compete with the shops and
services in the square.
The university has not gone the
path of Hampton Place—so far it has
shown a commitment to consultation. But incorporating the many
needs for an area from so many
diverse backgrounds is no small feat.
The university has put the current
draft plan through the ringer. Four
revisions, often driven by the furious
reactions to draft plans presented by
the university, have eliminated 18-
story high rises near the bus loop.
Gone is the extended vehicle-access
Boulevard through campus to
Marine Drive. Market housing—that
would sell apartment spaces at
prices neither students or faculty
could afford—was retracted after
harsh criticism.
"This is not an easy process. It's a
difficult and complex process," said
Pavlich, now the vice-president,
external and legal affairs, whose
office oversees the university's
design plans.
What is especially difficult for an
administration who has been working on this plan for four years is
informing students about the vision
that was articulated over four years
ago. The student population has
undergone a complete turnover since
the process began.. "Students don't
have memories," Pavlich said.
Educating them about decisions
made with their input before they
were here must happen before they
can agree on the plan.
"We want to get a plan that really
has consensus," he said. To that end,
the university has arranged countless
special meetings, amassed 481 feedback forms and arranged three public forums where the university community can ask what is going on.
But the problem, says Ajithony
Dorcey, director of UBC's school of
regional planning and architecture,
is that those meetings—with the public in the audience and the university
administration at the table—are
unavoidably adversarial.
At one of those public meetings,
Dorcey stood and spoke. After four
years of seeing an adversarial
process, he was deeply troubled. He
felt that UBC was eternally presenting
its vision of a denser, more urban
core to a public that had felt that it
never had the chance to contribute
creatively and powerfully to that
vision, and as a result did not share
it. Shackled by its mandate for consultation, he saw the plan drop its
fundamental tenets purely to appease
the public. A vision articulated in the
Official Community Plan lay in tatters
as controversial pieces, like the high
rises, were simply removed in the
face of controversy.
"The plan has evolved in response
to people addressing concerns. As
those came, pieces were taken out of
it. The road goes through. It is taken
out. The high rises. They were taken
out," he said.
OR IS IT? A display in a development showroom welcomes potential
buyers with UBC's motto, michelle mayne photo
"The plan of today is bits and
pieces; It's a cut and paste job. There
is no thematic coherence and no
strength of vision that gets us excited
about it. What we end up with
is something that reflects things
taken out more than creating an
exciting plan."
The problem, then, is finding
some compromise where the university does not unilaterally decide what
it will see on its campus, while not
fracturing a vision as a cowardly
response to criticism. Somehow the
voices of opposition together with the
university must come up with a
vision not in opposition to a plan
already presented.
On a university campus we would
expect to find the interest, talent and
motivation to do this.
Last spring, students in Dorcey's
school organised a design charrette—
a one-day, intense brain-storming
workshop during exams where students locked themselves in a room
and sweated out four alternative
design plans. for University
Boulevard. The plans were drawn up
hastily, but even in a day they came
up with plans that were radically different from the university's but still
followed the OCP.
One group's plan showed
University Boulevard squeezed into
two lanes and pushed south, as close
as possible to the medical school and
Wesbrook building.
"One thing that you don't notice is
how big the spaces are," said Peter
Whitelow, a student who participated
in the charrettes. More than two football fields of area were opened up by
moving the road. "This space could
be used for anything that the OCP
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encourages—academic buildings, or
commercial space, or a green-way."
The plan welcomed density, framing
the entrance road to the university at
Wesbrook with two high rises.
Another group produced a plan
that featured a longhouse in prominence by the current Empire Pool. It
was meant to be a state-of-the-art
building that could showcase UBC's
sustainability as a theme at the
entrance, or could be a prominent,
visible acknowledgment of BC's First
Nations heritage.
"This was the most valuable and
useful contribution, which goes far
beyond the utterly conventional
plans that are being drawn by the university," Whitelow said.
The charrette was not important
for its ideas, he said, but because
these ideas were different and came
from residents who know the space.
The values for the plan of
University Boulevard come from the
values of university planners,
Whitelow said. "This is in contrast to
a plan that asks the community, and
it is the community who produces the
ideas. Those ideas can then come
through on the ground."
Although the charrette's products
were welcomed by Dennis Pavlich's
office as input, the true thrust of the
effort—a different process where citizens who were more empowered
could produce a better plan—was
ignored, said Dorcey. "They could
have taken some ofthe ideas, but that
wasn't as important as illustrating
what could happen with the process.
It happened because people wanted
to have a different opportunity to contribute to this."
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Across campus, the creative, formative process prescribed by Dorcey
has a small enclave—existing with
considerable support from the university.
Campus and Community
Planning secured funding from the
eaching and Learning Enhancement
Fund to hire seven graduate
students for the summer—students
with backgrounds ranging from
landscape architecture to business
The goal of the students was to
explore an aspect of campus development apart from University
Boulevard: to make residential development in accordance with the plans
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MAKING HERSELF HEARD: AMS VP External Laura Best comments
at a University Town public meeting, michelle mayne photo
to have a low parking ratio tied to a
A PLAN OF ACTION: SCARP director Anthony Dorcey^xamines one ofthe condominiums proposed as
part of University Town, michelle mayne photo
transit pass somewhere in the academic core. The students were
charged with finding a radical way to
house people in the academic core.
It was called the Innovative
Housing Project.
- "We left them to their own devices
in terms of where they put the project,
what it would look like, how many
units there would be," said Manager
of Special Projects Lisa Johnson. "We
let them be broad about it. When
you're conceptually coming up with
something that's really innovative
it makes sense to say, "The door's
wide open,' not to say, 'Don't be too
The students took that opportunity
and ran with it. They looked at multi-
use buildings, climate-sensitive
designs and were unafraid to make
unorthodox suggestions as to where
to put the new buildings. One plan
was considered that would see the
Henry Angus Building renovated for
staff and faculty housing, while other
plans explored the possibility of filling
in empty lots and fields near the
Scarfe Building. They settled on a site
on West Mall near President Martha
Piper's office.
Their centrepiece was the Solar
Aquatic Waste Treatment Facility.
They planned to place 12 tanks and a
pond on the roof of their building as a
filter for grey water produced inside.
It's like having an aquifer on the second floor.
"We're creating a marsh in a man-
made environment," said Chris
Atkins, a landscape architecture student. "You use plants and other
species and microbes that will break
down waste and treat it naturally. The
purified product surpasses the purity
requirements of the [Greater
Vancouver Regional District] for
waste water treatment."
In this way, campus development
became more than an exercise in
design. It became education.
"We can challenge the traditional
development paradigm methods. We
can look at it as an educational opportunity first for the students to educate
themselves, which is what we did, but
also use it as a tool to educate a larger
audience. A lot of cities look to
Vancouver to see how we are developing, so it would be great to present
many different concepts rather than a
single one," he said.
Dorcey hopes that this will become
a model to take to the larger community and address the issues of student
involvement "This is one small piece
in the right direction, I think," said
Dorcey. "It's part of seeing an example of creative ideas of people coming
oi}t and brainstorming, learning
about the constraints. When you put
people around a table and stop being
adversarial it has the ability to generate some exciting ideas," he said.
"There is the potential for UBC to
do this again."
Last Monday, about 100 students
gathered with several representatives of the administration, the faculty and members of the BoG to fill a
room on the second floor of the
Student Union Building. This was a
student-organised summit on the
changes to University Boulevard.
There were questions and
answers, but critics who had been in
the audience before were now on the
panel. Dennis Pavlich sat alongside
Earth and Ocean Sciences Professor
George Speigelman and AMS Vice
President, Academic Laura Best.
After each panel member had a
chance to speak and answer questions, they joined the audience in
focus groups to discuss each person's vision for the campus, for communication, and for the consultation
process itself.
Suggestions for the University
Square ranged from graffiti space
and a secondhand clothing shop to
moving the UBC Bookstore to the
UBC Village past Wesbrook Mall.
They suggested that planning documents be arranged not just on paper
or on the internet, but with Lego in
the SUB plaza. To make sure citizens
are aware and involved, the vision
could be discussed in classes, for
projects and advertised thoroughly.
One student suggested, "I want our
vision to be posted on every lamp
post. I want to be sick of the vision."
The focus groups brought out
incredible creative input, said
Dorcey. "The mood was different
here than at other public meetings."
The focus groups are a powerful
way to brainstorm—but this process
should have happened four years
ago, and not on the eve of the plan's
approval at the BoG, said Best. "But
this is a model. We're hoping to
transform the way the university
performs the consultation," she
said, looking to the undeveloped
lands south of 16th Ave.
"We're not going to chaiige this
plan tonight," said Best. "We don't
have a commitment that they will
react. They have been listening
this far."
Pavlich's office welcomed the
forum, but regarded it as input into
the process set up by the university.
"We put a lot of effort into thinking
and doing to inform people that
their views matter. We listened to
them and changed our plan to
respond to them. Not every ideal
was there."
Whether UBC has listened in a
way that takes into account the
tremendous well of inspiration that
a university has to offer can only be
decided by people themselves.'
"We've responded to suggestions,"
Pavlich said. "Look at whether there
have been changes to the plan as a
result of the process."♦
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2003 Health Care Team Challenge
THURSDAY. OCTOBER 2,2003 12:15 - 1:30 P.M.
The objective of the Health Care Team Challenge is to enhance students'
knowledge about other health professions, and each other's professional
roles in the clinical arena. Once again the Challenge will be held before a
live audience. A case study will be given in advance to two student teams
from each of the participating programs. Both groups will be challenged to
develop a team approach for the management of at least two issues and
make a summary presentation of that information. Each presentation will
be followed by questions from representatives from the Faculty present.
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Discover Japan!
Experience Japan for a year with The Japan Exchange and
Teaching (JET) Programme as an Assistant English Teacher or
Coordinator for International Relations, beginning August 2004.
Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, hold a Bachelor's
Degree by July 2004, and be under the age of 40.
Information Sessions at UBC
Tuesday, September 30 -12:30-2:00 PM
Buchanan D, Rm 244
Thursday, October 9 -12:30-2:00 PM
Asian Centre Auditorium
Application Forms and Information
UBC Career Centre
Consulate General of Japan
Tel: (604)684-5868. ext 415
November 21, 2003
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Itntis bagging fc*r t}ii s>ipport of tX-s Urifed
Nations (UN) to rsb-iiildlr^i?
Tlwr-s ar* Xnmdj*is of tillic'ris of dollars in
t]w US to gs 1» var but wiH'-en it 'ionvts to
r-sbuilding a var-tc'm nation on*^ j-trouss
oonvs fiomtlu nation's podc-tts. Tlii war -sffiot
■was ctrtain^r iNfirsiv-s -snoug^.: Donald
RiimsfiH Kas istiniat-sd tXat ^v« US spin* J-3.9
billion US pir rnontX on th* wax effort inlraq..
War siexits to bs a private irtv-tstrn-tnt-isps-
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tLs retyxilrling of a ■»iinti^' is a public
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than the proosssofr-sbiildin^
Th* answ-sr itiagr lis inioononucs and niulti-
national corporations with d-tsp US roots.
Big var means tag biisintss &r largjs US
The number one ciontraictor for the
FerrtagHtv Lool-he«l Maitirtj. has definitely be rr
efitsl from, nulituy operations inIra<}-to -4.e
tune of £3QQ million fcr various v«aporis ?ys-
terms. Boeing contracts ton the Penta^n
ircrease'i ly about ti bLQion &on\ 2001 to
200i in prepaiaticTi. for battle. Maybe these
companies don't produce thir^ Kie bridts or
water sanitation e^ripmer* for rebuilding
efforts Perhaps that is why the US is not so
interested in shouldering the wJiole oost of
rebiiil'iinga nation.
This has not stopped, the US from, reaping
the benefits of <he vox. hovvever, partxipaling
in 45.5 per cent of worldwide oonventioral
weapcris deals in 2002. Ss wi& all the income
reaped fron* their uiJaov£4 invasion they
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is not gpingtoo vftH. Military intervention hasn't -SMac+ly been met with a warm, welcome
from the Iraqi people. ''Male the US insists that
its efforts so fer are all about retumingstatii
i$r to a war-torn Iraq, reports tell a different
tale. Rumours camulats that more dea&s have
oosuned after the war in Iraq than during it,
and reports are increasingly confirming this
suspicion. Mor gies in Baghdad axs boimming
■with victims of the post-war violence vAich
demonstrates no sigri of abating And sadly, it
is civilians, not just soldiers, vAo are djingin
the turmoil that has pipped the nation. Add
their numbeis to tJie estimated 8J0OO IciH-sd
and 20,000 irguied in just the Baghdad area
alone during the vox. Among the occupying
American, forces the casualties are mounting
79 US soldiers and service personnel have
beenltiled since the wax ended on M^ 1, ard.
a* least 5 74 soldiers have beenwounded.
Bush's plea* £r iirtematiMial help have
also been hampered by the recent rash of vio-
lence inEaghdad, which culnuiiafed.yesterd^y'
in UN Secretary-General Kofi Anran's scaling
bade staff in Iraq, The reco,mm*ndationwmes
in. the aftermath cf car bombii^gp that ItiHed
over 120"people *s •v«Eajtv/o o A er bombing
attacks onthe UN head^'iaxters in Iraq. This is
on top of the ten. tr&ops a day &a* +-X*
Washin^on Post daims have been wsuxded
in action since the declaxaion on May 1. The
US maintains its prominent military occupation while the 170111 bitter^1 vaits to start
cleaningup the mess.
Unless A.e US surrenders its~ position of
power in Ira^ the UN and other countries
can't effectively move to rebuild a shattered
nation. Addior^Hy mar\y countries are critical
of US m.otivations s>ino,undingIraq and axe
therefore hesitant to offer aid. The result is
people who are suffering because ofthe hesitation. Will these people have to suffer in
"peace" just Jiie &.ty have in wax?
All of this is talcing ptce in the countiy
that the US said it's military mi^it could calm
by force, 'the country over vAich the US has
declared a military victoiy. V&th all of its
propagjffuia and bold-faced declarations
severely lacJcixig in even +h.e tiniest morsel of
substantial evidence, the US seems Kite it is
being run by a gyoup of actos who tend to
overstate for "effedf'. How comfbrtingis it to
hear from, a man with Rumsfeld's pull admit,
"Sometimes I overstate for emphasis'.
Perhaps thsy axe overstatixig &e need for ail
now simply because &-*y don't want to foot
the Tjll—if thsy don't male a gpod enough
profit, what will the wax have been worth Jbr
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at Pacific Theatre
until Oct18
by Marc Miquel Helscn
It is truly surprising how a minimalist setting can develop throughout
the duration of a play, so that by its
end you are seeing things for the
first time despite the fact that they
were present from the beginning.
This can also be said of acting.
Lucia Frangione's "Espresso,"
which opened on Friday for its second run, functions much in the same
way. As the play's two actors delve
and fuse from one character into
another with httle or no indication
other than a quick and witty dialogue, I found my imagination and
sentimental inclinations being won
over. It was as if I was seeing an act
of magic or an optical illusion taking
place before my eyes. Without ever
changing their costumes, other than
removing what they already had on,
the two-actor cast was left to rely on
strong performances and a connection with the audience.
A testimony of the somewhat
absurd human existence, where
humour, tragedy, religion, spirituality and sexuality bleed into one
stream of Hfe, the play tries to make
sense of these complexities through
its trinity of woman—mother,
daughter and "unholy" wife, as they
come together when the man o£
their lives is hospitalised after a serious car accident. As Vito, their love,
■undergoes his operation, the three
women come together to drink
espresso and discuss why the other
cannot fulfill her role as a mother,
daughter or wife. The result is a
hilarious comedic effort with memorable punch-lines and quotes that
one remembers long after the per
formance. Even though "Espresso"s
humour does come close to being an
Italian version of Nia Vardalos' My
Big Fat Greek Wedding, there is a
difference. Despite the fact that
much of "Espresso"s hilarity is
drawn from the same fountain of
humour—the stereotypical—the play
seems to lend the exhausted cliche a
human authenticity not found in
superficial portrayals of the ethnic
experience. It is as if Frangione is
conceding that while there are certain truths in stereotypes, what is
more important is what lies beneath
them: the individual experience.
"Espresso* is also unique in the
way that it amalgamates several different genres and blends them into
one seamless product. The play
functions much like the human subconscious, where earthly rules, societal taboos and traditional edicts do
not apply. In "Espresso"s spiritual
realm, the lines between traditional
Catholic Biblical interpretation, personal fantasy and erotic sensuality
are blurred so that the figure of
Amante, the lover, is Christ, father,
son and lover all rolled into one.
This play evokes the duality of a
'bitter' but pleasant cup of coffee-
life and death, happiness and sorrow, being Italian or not and the
. rejection of an external spirit one
turns in times of trouble.
"Espresso" digs beneath the layers
of the stereotypical and of the mundane, and taps into the ultimate
complexity of life. In an ending full
of delightful ambiguity, Frangione's
play seems to offer us a Uttle secret
hidden in its namesake: to be godly
is to acknowledge these complex
dualities and to accept them in pure
Franciscan simplicity: "Don't add
sugar to take away the truth," says
Nonna Rosa, "take it straight—feel
like a god." All this in a small cup of
dark, bitter espresso. ♦
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