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Friday, 28 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
GAMERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! Your low culture has become high culture. It's time to come out from the basement. Rejoice.
Super Mario theme gets symphonic treatment
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 30
by Luke T. Johnson
Anyone foUowing the business pages knows
that video games are much more than
mindless escapism for deadbeat twenty-
somethings and neglected nine-year olds.
The video game industry is officiaUy bigger
than the television industry, and is steadily
challenging movies as the dominant entertainment medium, at least in terms of
With the release of the Xbox 360 next
month, the next generation of gaming is upon
us. But as we usher in this new era, it is the
cultural impact of the industry that is the real
story. Video games have become a form of
artistic expression and are increasingly more
expensive to make these days, due in large
part to the high-profile talent production
teams attract. Steven Spielberg and
Electronic Arts last week announced a deal
for Spielberg to direct a new series of original
games not based on a movie.
Video game soundtracks have also moved
beyond the bloops and boinks of generations
past: fiiU-fledged musical scores now colour
the most successful games. Video Games Live
is a groundbreaking effort to highfight the
music of many popular games, exploring
these elaborate compositions with a full
orchestra and choir, back-dropped by a video
laser Hght show.
Co-founder Tommy TaUarico describes the
event as "kind of like a symphony orchestra
combined with the special effects of a rock 'n
roU show mixed with stage show production,
and a Hve, interactive video game."
The show includes performances from
popular game series such as Mario Bros.,
Zelda, Myst, Splinter Cell, Warcraft, Final
Fantasy, Everquest, and Halo. When the show
played in Los Angeles (to a crowd of 10,000),
the LA Philharmonic closed with a medley
from such classics and Pong, Donkey Kong,
and Frogger.
The tour comes to Vancouver (via Seattle)
with a heavy heart. When overly optimistic
attendance predictions for the tour failed to
materialize, organizers were forced to cancel
the remaining 23 dates on the schedule.
Performances were planned in Toronto,
Boston, New York, and Chicago, among
The performance wiU be held at Queen
EHzabeth Theater on Sunday at 8 pm, and a
costume contest wiU be held in the lobby at 7
pm. (the winner in LA came as The Fury from
Metal Gear SoHd 3). a
Stanley Park Ghost Train
Stanley Park
October 28- November 2
The Ghost train is back and
things to look for this year are
dancing skeletons, ghostly serenades and many other surprises that will frighten you. Or
if you prefer, animals dressed
up in Halloween gear is also
available. Get your tickets for
Attack Of The Killer
The Furios, Nim Vind &
Vincent Black Shadow,
The Lamplighter
210 Abbott Street
October 29,8pm
Are they your music? Well you
can get $12 tickets but if
you're a student you can get
tickets for $10.
Spitfires Halloween Bash:
The Spitfires with guests
Darkest of the Hillside
Thickets & The Manvils
UBC Pit Pub
October 29,8pm
Here's a rock concert you can
go to if treat-or-treating is not
your scene.Tickets are $10 for
students and $15 otherwise.
PlayBand's Fright Nights
PNE Grounds
October 28-31,6pm-11pm
The annual Fright Night at PNE
is running again. Gather your
friends and have a night of fun
getting haunted and mystified.
Tickets are $20 at the door but
$ 17 at Safeway, 7-11, and
Cuban Music Spectacular,
"La Charanga Habanera"
Croatian Cultural Centre
November 5,8pm
Get your Cuban groove on and
head out to this night of
music.This night features
David Calzado y su Charanga
Habanera who are believed to
dance while they play. Tickets
are $25 in advance or $35 at
the door available at
Ticketmaster, Highlife Records,
and Zulu Records.
A Superhero Halloween
Celebrities Night Club
October 29, 9pm
Come dance your hearat out
this Halloween and head out
to Celebrities.There will be a
costume contest and prizes to
be won. Admission is $15.
Click-or-Treat for UNICEF:
On-line Challenge
Check out www.unicef.ca/tot
and gather with your classmates and teachers together
to help fundraise money that
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Q &L A session with guest speaker Michael
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Friday, 28 October, 2005
Editorial Board
coordinating editor Jesse Marchand
news editors Paul Evans 86 Eric Szeto
news@ubyssey.be ca
culture editor Simon Underwood
sports editor Megan Smyth
features/national editor
Bryan Zandberg
photo editor Yinan Max Wang
production manager Michelle Mayne
volunteers Liz Green
volunteers@ubyssey.be ca
research/letters Claudia Li
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The night was young and the lights were dim and the following remained: Andrew MacRae, Champagne Choquer,
Carolynne Burkholder, Claudia Li, Megan Smyth, Paul
Evans, Eric Szeto, Jesse Marchand, Simon Underwood,
Bryan Zandberg, Colleen Tang, Greg ursic, Yinan Max Wang,
Jackie Wong, Michelle Mayne, Sarah Costa, Jen Collins, Joel
Libin, Becky Ferreira, Liz ween, Leah Poulton, Matt Hayles,
Miachael Keuocan, Sarah Buck, Jason Webb, Alex Barrett,
Luke Johnson, Sukki Atti and Justin McElroy. Some tried
makeup, while others opted for decorative accessories and
interesting headgear.There were pumpkin guts spilling
out, plastic weapons with questionable blood splattered
on them and bits and pieces of chocolate bar wrappers
scattered evemvhere.Who did what and who ate what
are unknown out one thing is for certain: Xena Warrior
Princess is among them with the background song going,
"I wanna do ya I wanna do ya...whoawhoawhoa. Fuck ya.
I love you Boris Korby.
Cover design Michelle Mayne
and Simon Underwood
Cover photo Yinan Max Wang
editorial graphic Joel Libin
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m THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 28 October, 2005
Culture 3
What is this man doing?
Performance artist takes phenomenology to such great heights
Live! Biennial of Performance Art
October 29
by Alex Barrett
'Don't clap—it's art* scolds a bossy
young woman wrapped in a ridiculous designer poncho. Ashamed, I
twist my face into the best art-appreciation-look I can muster. I'm standing in a crowd of fifty or so people,
staring up at a man wedged into a
narrow gap between two brick
columns high above the ground.
Intrigued by the eye-catching
brochure, I set out eagerly for the
Helen Pitt Gallery. Anthony Schrag,
a local artist participating in Live
2005, Vancouver's own biennial
performance art festival, is scheduled to lead us along a phenomeno-
logical tour of Gastown. What this
actually means is anyone's guess—
the expectant audience is mostly
made up of art students who invariably arrive atop stylishly rusty prewar bicycles. Some manage to
smoke while they ride.
Mr Schrag comes charging out of
the gallery a bit after nine dressed in
a white t-shirt, weathered jeans and
flat-soled canvas sneakers. Without a
word, he sets out in an easterly
direction at a Hght jog, the crowd
surging after him down the street.
But the artist hasn't travelled more
than a few metres before he promptly scurries up one of the trees lining
die sidewalk. Hooking his feet
around a few branches, Schrag is
suddenly upside-down, dangling
over our heads.
I briefly consider whether I want
him to fall or not, but before I can
come to any conclusion, Schrag is
right side up again, back on the
ground and cheerily skipping down
the block. The crowd spills out onto
the street to keep him in sight.
Over the next twenty minutes,
Mr Schrag proceeds to climb buildings, shimmy up poles, crawl along
fences and dance precipitously
along networks of guardrails. Some
firemen emerge from the station as
we pass.
'What is that man doing?* they
ask, as Mr Schrag slithers down a set
of concrete steps on his belly. 'What
is going on?* We pretend not to
hear; it would have been embarrassing to admit that we had no idea our-
SOMEBODY CALL SOMEBODY: Anthony Schrag collapses to the
floor at the Helen Pitt Gallery for phenomenological purposes.The
artist was unharmed by the tumble, john wang photo
selves but were following him anyway. Later, Mr Schrag climbs a bus
shelter and waltzes across the glass
roof before leaping to the ground
and continuing onwards. The two
women inside stare after him, and
then at the enthusiasts clamouring
along the street after him.
T don't see how this is art,* comments my friend, who I had bullied
into accompanying me, knowing
that she hates this sort of thing. 'My
brother and his friends go out eveiy
weekend and do the same sort of
thing on their skateboards. Sure
they use public space in ways other
than intended, but they don't call it
phenomenological performance.*
Her point is difficult to refute,
but somehow I disagree. Why can't
art be some guy climbing around
on a wall? And doesn't art have
more to do with intent and context
than form or forum?
Later, over coffee with another
eerily well-read friend, she comments that, 'art is just an act of
communication, coupled with
some sort of an attempt to manipulate form. Seeing the Picasso
exhibit is no more an artistic experience than watching a woman
nail her dress to telephone pole in
the downtown eastside. It's all
about performance:*
Certainly art has exploded over
the last century. The definition of
what is art has thrown its boundaries outward to infinity. I suppose reactions that deny something's identification as art are
part of the implosion, the turning
back and searching for the authentic centre of art.
But I, for one, am all about art
being whatever it wants to be. Mr
Schrag's performance was one of
the most interesting cultural
events I have seen in a long time,
and it was certainly the best performance by a Vancouver artist
that I have witnessed.
Why? It was unpredictable. It was
suspenseful. It was dangerous. I
liked it for the same reason that I
might prefer to rent a movie than do
my history homework. It was exciting and stimulated the senses. Itwas
something new, and, like most well-
behaved North American consumers, I get excited when 'new* is
printed in bold capitals on the box.
The procession takes a shortcut
back to the gallery through an alley.
On the way, Mr Schrag scales a
chain-link fence laced with razor
wire. The audience, having grown
larger as we go along, looks distinctly nervous. An SUV stops at the end
of the alley and some guys get out to
stare. We manage to get back to the
gallery without incident, and there
we watch Mr Schrag climb about on
the broad wooden rafters before toppling to the floor.
The brochure promised a surprise end to the evening, and the
treat turned out to be a whole lot of
wine—hardly an unusual finale, but
probably appropriate. U
Live 20051 runs until November 25.
Visit www.hvevancouver.bc.ca for
more information.
The wit of a good writer
Vancouver International
Writers Festival
October 23
by Jason Webb
The last thing I expected when I
walked into the Stanley Theatre
Sunday night was a loud boisterous
crowd mingling in the main lobby.
Here was a crowd waiting to hear
AHce Munro, Canadian literary
icon, give a hve reading on stage. In
my experience, most people under
thirty can't be bothered to read the
master of the southern Ontario
gothic, so seeing an older demographic swilling wine and shouting
like excited kids was a surprise.
With the set for The Diary of
Anne Frank still on stage behind
her, Munro explained that she
was going to read from her latest
work, which she promised would
be her last. 'But we'll see,* she
went on to quip.
The reading was from an
unpublished story fragment based
upon her own family— something
of a departure from her usual
work. Typically, Munro sets her
characters in southern Ontario,
her place of birth, but the characters are usually not derived from
any direct individual. A quasi family biography, with Munro's own
speculations thrown in, was the
subject of the night's reading.
As she read, the audience waited
in rapt anticipation for the author's
trademark razor sharp insight into
human behaviour, eliciting knowing nods from the audience as they
popped up in her prose.
To Munro's credit, her literary
weight could be felt in the theatre
that night. Not many authors can
receive an award, read for twenty
minutes then waltz off the stage
without having to go through the
question and answer session that
has become a tradition at the festival. Which is fine, actually, because
I really didn't want to sit through
Munro chatting with doe-eyed
English majors about how they can
make it in the business.
And as she signed books and
conversed with her fans in the
lobby, I couldn't help but notice
how vibrant, warm and endearing
Munro was in the spotlight. A quality, I hoped, that would remain in
Canadian literature, even if Munro
does happen to write her last book.
When asked if she had a chance to
read her new biography, Alice
Munro: Writing Her Lives, she
replied with a charming grin: *I
just looked at the pictures.* 11
A life-long discourse with the sea
Vancouver International
Writers Festival
October 23
by Jessica Roberts-Farina
T think you should write what
you love, it should fascinate you.*
With this statement, Jim Lynch
perfectly summarises the literature
of the Pacific NorthwesL Along with
Bryan Brett and Audrey Thomas,
the two other authors at the 'Tales
of the Coast* talk last Sunday,
Lynch and co. are kindred spirits
with the Romantics, but with an
even heftier dose of genuine
human experience in nature and
heartfelt exploration of the human
soul. In fact, the name of Brett's
prose and poetry memoir that he
read from is named after a Keats
phrase, Uproar's Your Only Music.
Lynch, a writer from Olympia,
Washington, read from his debut
novel, The Highest Tide, an innovative narrative about a thirteen
year old boy from Puget Sound
who finds a giant squid on the
beach and attracts attention from
all around the globe, later discovering himself through a spiritual
discourse of sorts with the sea.
That boy, I believe, is also Lynch,
a man who told the audience of
walking the tidal flats of Puget
Sound in the darkest hours of the
day with a flashlight on his head
watching the unknown nightlife
of the sea, utterly immersing
himself in that world.
Brett, a giant but gentle man,
also noted the influence of the
ocean on his life, simply stating,
'It's me. It's just me.* Currently
residing on Saltspring Island,
Brett is a coastal man through
and through, and a superbly tal
ented writer to boot. His memoir
is bursting with humour, a giddy
love and fondness of the coast
that shone through as he chuckled through his reading. There is
a melancholic quality as well in
his writing, acting as a sort of
window to his soul and his lifelong discourse with the sea.
Thomas, a seasoned and award-
winning author and Galiano
Islander, read a short story that
opens with the unforgettable line T
came to the sea because my heart
was broken.* Although far more
abstract and philosophical in
nature than Lynch and Brett's literature, The Man with Clam Eyes still
speaks to its audience with an undeniable force. Wholly unable to rip
myself away from Vancouver and
the Pacific Ocean for more than a
month, this story spoke to me.
The power of the ocean to
induce the most profound introspection and heal the deepest
wounds is articulated not just in
Thomas, but in all of these
authors' literature. For anybody
who loves the coast, listen to
them talk, read their work, and
be swept away. 81
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Friday, 28 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Greater Vancouver Regional District
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2005 General Local Election
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of Electoral Area A that an election by voting is necessary to
elect an Electoral Area A Director to the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District for a three year term
expiring December 2008 and that the persons nominated as candidates at the election for whom votes will be
received are as follows:
Electoral Area A Director - One (1) to be elected
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Jurisdiction of Residence
Vancouver. BC
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Vancouver, BC
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City, District, Island, Town, or Village municipality, or any land, foreshore, or land covered by water that may be
hereafter incorporated within the boundaries ofa municipality. (This includes University Endowment Lands,
University of British Columbia lands, Bowyer Island, Grebe Islets, Passage Island, Barnston Island, and those
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Barnston Island:
1.. Should the Greater Vancouver Regional District establish a fire suppression service area for Barnston
Island with the costs of operating that service recovered from the residents of Barnston Island by way ofa
property tax or a combination of property tax and a fee for service? Yes or No
2. If you answered yes to the first question, should the Greater Vancouver Regional District provide fire
suppression services for Barnston Island by way of:
i) a fire aid agreement with the City of Surrey? Yes or No, OR
it) an on-island volunteer fire department? Yes or No
GENERAL VOTING DAY will be on Saturday, November 19, 2005 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at
the following locations for those qualified electors who reside or own property in Electoral Area A:
• University Hill Secondary School, 2896 Acadia Road, Vancouver, BC
• Student Union Building, Room 212, 6138 Student Union Building Boulevard, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC
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• the elector is a candidate or a candidate representative; or
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Wednesday, November 9, 2005
• Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver, BC
• West Vancouver Municipal Hall, 750 - 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC
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• Greater Vancouver Regional District, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
• University Hill Secondary School, 2896 Acadia Road, Vancouver, BC
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Big Fucking Gongshow
now playing
by Greg Ursic
It's 2046 and something has gone
terribly wrong in the secret underground base on Mars. An elite crew
of Space Marines lead by the aptly
named Sarge (Dwayne Johnson) is
dispatched to rescue the scientists
and deal with the problem. Their
first task is to determine the exact
nature of the crisis: is the complex
beset by dormant martians, alien
invaders, or is something more sinister at play?
After weeks of sitting through
serious cinema, I was ready for a
totally mindless movie. Something I
trusted Doom could deliver. And
after the opening sequence, with its
gory deaths and glimpses of creepy
creatures, I was pumped.
But Doom quickly commits action
movie suicide, wandering aimlessly
and passively for sixty plus minutes
while the writers attempt to flesh out
some semblance of a plot and pause
to investigate corporate greed, the
ins and outs of militarism and the
very nature of man. This focus does
not bode well for the cast.
In interviews, Dwayne Johnson-
otherwise known as 'The Rock*—
always comes across as polite, well
spoken, and positively oozing with
charisma. It's too bad that Sarge, a
foul-mouthed tough guy with a bad
attitude and flagging morality at the
best of times, fails to tap into
Johnson's strong points. Karl Urban,
who plays John Grimm, Sarge's second-in-command, faces similar hurdles. Despite his best efforts, the
actor just can't overcome the lame
Perhaps you're thinking: 'Who
gives a damn about dialogue in
Doom? It's the guns that do the
I couldn't agree more. There is
some kick ass action with beasties
getting blown about, the first person shooter sequence is sweet, and
it's awesome to see the BFG—every
Doom junkie's favourite weapon—
in action. The monsters also look
appropriately nasty—not something
I want to meet in a dark sewer (why
I'd ever be in a dark sewer is another question altogether).
The main problem is that we
have to wait until the final twenty
minutes of the movie to get to the
action, and by then it's too Httie
too late. Also, we don't get to see
enough of the monsters, and several of the CGI sequences are poorly rendered.
I fully expected Doom to be
bad, but in a good way. It turns out
I was half-right: this attempt to
render a popcorn flick into a
bonafide film leaves us stuck with
too much 'plot* and not enough
things going 'boom* and 'splat.* I
predict a precipitous decline at
this week's box office. 11
Bring someone to argue with
now playing
by Meredith Hambrock
Have you ever spent hours and
hours rewinding a video only to
have your VCR eat the tape? The
River King will leave you with a
very similar feeling—frustrated.
Edward Burns plays a small town
cop named Abel Grey, complete with
a sordid past and just enough self
righteousness to make him endearing. At least that's what Betsy
(Jennifer Ehle), his love interest,
seems to think. Abel is investigating
the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a local teenager, whose body is frozen in the town
river. While the plot revolves around
a search for the true cause of death
in the face of an easily corrupted
police force and an elite private
school, the central conflict lies within Abel Grey and his inability to face
the truth.
It's a surprise that this is only
director Nick Willing's second big
project. The scenes are beautifully
filmed, carefully mixing artistic
ideals with harsh reality and creat
ing the perfect balance. The casting isn't bad either. Ehle's Betsy is
truthful and humorous, and my
only complaint is that we don't get
to see enough of her. Her involvement in the plot was minimal and
her scenes are glossed over,
cheapening her interactions with
Norton's Abel. While the plot of
this film is one of the more frustrating that I've experienced, it's
most definitely worth the trip. Just
make sure you bring someone to
argue with. 11
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Women's T-Birds triumphant
by Sukhi Atti
The number three ranked UBC
women's basketball team swept
the Trinity Western Spartans, 79-
57, in the home opener on Friday
October 21 at War Memorial gym.
The game was a great preview
of what the season holds for the
team, as the T-birds demonstrated
depth and intensity throughout the
Head coach Deb Huband commented on the game saying, "I was
really happy, I thought it was well-
balanced. Kelsey Blair was phenomenal on the boards. I just like
the overall feel of the intensity
level, particularly on the defensive
end and I think [intensity] was carried through the game."
The T-birds hit an impressive
50.9 per cent of their shots. Every
player on the T-birds seemed to
have a significant impact on the
outcome of the game, including
expected impressive showings by
Blair, Erica McGuinness and Cait
Blair recorded a double-double
with 15 rebounds, 11 of them being
on the defensive end, while adding
15 points to the score board. Third
year McGuinness chipped in 17
points, followed by another 15
points from second year Julie Little.
Haggarty showed notable, well-
rounded versatility by dishing out
six assists, scoring seven points of
her own and working hard on the
boards on the defensive end, picking up six rebounds for the Birds'
Kim Howe is still on the sideline nursing back problems and
will only povide additional
enforcement for the Birds once
she's fully recovered.
The Birds left at half time with
a 34-14 lead, which was crucial to
the game due to a 17-0 run on the
Birds's behalf. The run helped set
the intense tempo of the game and
sent the T-birds on cruise control
for the rest of the game. The 17-0
run came after a somewhat jittery
start in the first few minutes,
which had resulted in an 8-8
standstill between the two teams.
On the Spartans side, tenacious
efforts were made by forward
Kelly Conrad and guard Taylor
Stuart to try to keep the Spartans
in the running. Conrad ended the
game by chipping in ten points
and'Stuart added a game-high 18
points and four rebounds.
The women of Trinity Western
otherwise were not too stellar
from the field, including scoring
an atrocious 17.2 per cent from
the field in the first half. They did,
however, improve in the second
half with a field goal percentage of
42.9 per cent.
As a tribute to Huband's distinguished ability to recruit, Candace
Morisset of Brookswood Secondary
School hardly looked like the rookie
that she is in her home court
debut. As last year's high school
AAA MVP, she showed her deserving nature of the title by seemless-
ly adapting to the calibre of university play and fit right in with
the Birds's fast-paced style of play.
Morisset scored right away on her
first two field goal attempts and
chipped in a couple of steals for
the duration of her limited time on
the court.
The next Women's home hoop
action is on November 11, at War
Memorial Gym, when the T-Birds
will take on Thompson Rivers. 11
Rowers number one
The UBC men's rowing team brought
home a victory from the Head of the
Charles    Regatta   in    Cambridge,
Massachusetts. Despite being far
bade in the starting order, the men's
fours team pulled off a time of
16:19.72 in the three-mile race.
Additionally, the UBC men's
eights placed 13th with a time of
16:35.46 and the women's fours
placed tenth with a time of 20:03.12.
These results allow both teams to
make the 2006 qualifying standards.
Straight shutout
The   UBC  women's   soccer  team
shutout both Saskatchewan (2-0) and
Alberta (3-0) this past weekend. With
two games left before the playoff season, the women's T-Birds now stand
at 10-1-3.
Soccer slip
The UBC men's soccer team
dropped from their number one
ranking after losing to Saskatchewan
(1-0) and Alberta (1-0) over the weekend. With a win this weekend against
Lethbridge, the Thunderbirds could
regain the number one conference
The UBC women's rugby team took
the bronze in the Canada West
Championships held at UBC last
weekend. Alberta claimed their sixth
straight title.
Varsity shake-up
Five members of the UBC football
team have been suspended after a
fight broke out at the Pit during the
early hours of Sunday morning.
"The incident is under investigation,* said head coach Lou
DesLauriers. 'At this point we are
just going with the suspensions and
once everything has been decided
we'll go from there.* One member of
the UBC men's basketball team was
also allegedly involved in the altercation. At this point no names have
been released as the RCMP are still
conducting the investigation. 11
Peter Trovers,
The film recalls 'Los* in Translation' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
while finding its own personality."
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Dream sky high
After two years in the States,
Calgarian Katie Ward is a standout addition
to the Thunderbirds'Women's Basketball Team
by Justin McElroy
Katie Ward is tall. Very tall. As in,
six feet, six inches tall. She has
been one of the tallest players in
every basketball league she has
ever played in. She will be the
tallest player in CIS women's basketball this year. She's tall. You get
the picture.
That being said, I felt compelled to ask her right off the bat
in our interview, 'How many comments do you get about your size?*
"Almost daily, just walking
around the campus I get comments about how tall I am/ she
responds. "It probably annoys people around me more than it does
me. I've gotten used to it now."
But there is more to Katie Ward
than just her height. While attending St. Mary's High School, Ward
was a standout athlete, who competed in equestrian events, played
soccer, and also garnered her
school's MVP in volleyball.
"My dad played basketball, HE USED TO
-Katie Ward
T-Birds basketball
Basketball, however, was
where she thrived, something
Ward partially attributes to her
father: "My dad played basketball,
he used to coach me as a kid, and
basketball was the sport I just
stayed with."
In her graduating year at St.
Mary's, Ward flourished, using her
size and skills to lead St. Mary's
with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and
seven blocks per game. In addition, she was the MVP of the
Alberta all-star prep team, which
attracted the attention of manv col-
lege programs. She eventually
chose to go to Illinois State, where
she played on a team that won
the Missouri Valley Conference
Championship last year, but lost
in the first round of the NCAA
tournament to eventual champion
Baylor University.
Even though she was primed to
have a breakout year. Ward decided to leave Illinois State after two
seasons, deciding that UBC would
suit her needs better. "I didn't feel
like I was getting the balance
between academics and athletics
that I was looking for down there,
and knew I could get that [at
UBC]," said Ward. "The courses
down there weren't challenging."
That isn't to say that Ward isn't
passionate about athletics. As she
puts it, "I'm looking to get into the
business side of athletics...I definitely want to remain involved
in sports."
Unfortunately for Thunderbird
fans, Ward will redshirt this year
due to CIS eligibility rules and will
be unable to help the women's
basketball team rebound from last
year's disappointing playoff elimination against UVic. Next season
Ward will play for the T-Birds in
her third season of CIS eligibility.
Ward is patient, however, as she
knows she has to "get adjusted,
learn the system, so next year when
I play, I have the system down."
And as for 2006-07, when she
will be able to play in all games for
the T-Birds as a fourth year? "I
know I can make impact on the
program and help out the team,"
she says confidently. "They're
already a successful team, and I
hope I can contribute." a
i THEUBYSSEY   Friday, 28 October, 2005
News/National 9
War resister seeks refugee status, shares horror of war in Iraq
by Charles Mostoller
MONTREAL (CUP)-DarreU Anderson earned a purple heart in Iraq.
Now, he's in Canada fleeing a second tour of duty.
The former American soldier
was at McGill this week to recount
his personal story of resistance and
to bring international attention to
the thousands of soldiers who
oppose the war in Iraq.
Anderson joined the military
three months before the war
began because he wanted to earn
money to go to university. Like
many other young Americans,
Anderson was working a minimum wage job with no healthcare,
and found that he had few career
options that would provide the
benefits offered by the Army.
"In high school the military
recruiter would come up to us and
we'd just laugh in his face. But
then we were rock bottom and
ended up in the recruiter's office,
asking how to join," he said.
After a year of training in
Germany, he arrived in Baghdad,
unsure of the cause he was fighting
for. After a few months, Anderson
found that the reasons he had been
given were far from the truth.
"It was obvious after the first
month that there were no weapons
of mass destruction. We knew we
were fighting an illegal war, but
we're there, in downtown Baghdad,
and we have to survive—so we fight."
In Baghdad, Anderson quickly
reafised that figuring out whom to
fight is no easy task. The guerilla
tactics used by the insurgency
were quickly wearing down
American forces, and the Army
introduced a new policy regarding
enemy combatants.
"[They told us that if] you're
fired upon in a public place, open
fire on everyone there," Anderson
said, recalHng the horror of killing
"I'd killed civiHans, that was it.
There was nothing I could do to stop
it," he continued. "As a soldier it's
our duty, our obHgation, to choose
not to commit war crimes. In Iraq,
the whole war is a war crime."
In April of 2004, the scale of
the civilian casualties became
apparent when his unit was sent to
Najaf. Anderson recaUed a long
night battle between his unit and
what they believed to be ten insurgents firing mortars at their position. His unit responded with
large Howitzer artillery, much
more powerful than the Iraqi mortars. The next day he found out
that they had killed almost 100
people, mainly civilians.
While home from Iraq last
Christmas, Anderson fled to
Canada to seek refugee status on
the grounds that the war in Iraq is
illegal. If his application is rejected, he faces deportation and one
to five years in prison in the US.
Citizenship and Immigration
Canada has already denied two
other soldiers refugee status, but
because both have  appealed the
SOLDIER: Darrell Anderson spoke at McGill this week, cup photo
decision,   they   still   remain   in
There are 15 other American soldiers who have appHed for refugee
status, and Anderson beHeves that
hundreds more are in hiding. The
US army has said that 5,000 soldiers
are absent without leave. By applying for refugee status, he beHeves
that they are bringing the anti-war
cause into the limeHght, fighting to
end the war, and bring their fallow
soldiers home.
"If I were [Iraqi], I know I
would be fighting this occupation.
A huge part of our history is fighting the occupier, but now we're
the  [occupier].* II
Mo' buses
TransLink has announced the foHow-
ing service  changes that will take
effect on December 12.
► #44 service wiU be extended until
► #49 will see increased frequency of
mid-day trips to UBC.
► #480 service will be extended until
9:40pm Monday to Friday.
► #43 will run more often.
► #99 Special wiU be phased out
because it isn't running at capacity.
► #99 B-Line service in peak hours
(7:00-10am, 3:00-6:00pm) will increase
from every four minutes to every two-
three minutes. Saturday service wiU
be improved from every 12 minutes
to every 10:00 between 11:00-5:00.
► #84 wiU be created and operational on January 6. It will run from
the near completed Millenium
Station along the Great Northern
Way, 2nd, and then 4th Avenue
before arriving at UBC.
Mayoral matters
Sam SulHvan, Non-Partisan Association candidate for mayor, met with
UBC students Thursday at a talk sponsored by the UBC PoHtical Science
Students Association. Despite starting late and being interrupted twice
by other mayoral hopefuls, including
UBC student Austin Spencer, SulHvan
articulated why he thought he should
be Vancouver's next mayor.
Givin' and givin'
For the first time UBC's Ismaili
Student's Association along with
the UBC Red Cross Club wiU be
starting a Ramadan Food drive that
wiU coincide with the Holy Month
of Ramadan.
AU food items coUected wiU be
donated to the UBC Food Bank.
Remembering Dean Curtis
George Fredrick Curtis, the founding
dean of UBC's Faculty of Law, has
died at the age of 99. Although he
officiaUy retired in 1971, Curtis
maintained an office at UBC and
made routine visits to his beloved
campus, until he succumbed to the
flu on Sunday, a
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Friday, 28 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
The boiling point
It's an old adage: drink eight glasses of water a day if you want to stay
healthy. Sadly, the people in northern Ontario can't do this without
getting sick. 1,900 Kashechewan
residents hving on a Native reserve
near James Bay are currently being
evacuated to Sudbury as a result of
the dangerous E. coli virus infecting their drinking water. Images of
children covered with scabies and
impetigo flood the evening news.
Doctors and nurses in the area
relate the deplorable conditions on
the reserve, which can only be
solved by evacuation for the present, and huge injections of money
to rectify the problem later on. The
federal government shifts blame to
the provincial government, and
vice versa.
There are so many red flags
raised by this issue that it's hard
to know where to start. How
about with the water? Two weeks
ago, the drinking water became
infected with the E. coli virus.
Why? Because the intake pipe
that supplies the reserve with
water is only 135 metres away,
and downstream, from a sewage
lagoon. As if the absolutely negligent planning weren't bad
enough, the residents in the area
have been on a Iboil water' advisory for the past two years. But
instead of fixing the pipes or rerouting the water supply, a poHcy of inaction was taken. To compound the problem, the water
treatment plant in the area compensated for the beige-coloured
water by adding dangerous quantities of chlorine.
A mother in the area lamented
that in order to treat her child's
skin condition—a condition caused
by the highly chlorinated, borderline toxic water in the first place-
she had to spend her welfare
cheque buying bottled water in
order to give her child a bath.
Then, about a week ago, the
water treatment plant stopped functioning properly altogether. And
now 1,100 Cree residents being
evacuated from what have been
called 'third world conditions.* Up
to 60 per cent of them may require
medical attention.
The reaction coming from both
the federal and provincial governments in the emergency has been
abysmal. The only measure to be
taken before the evacuations began
was the delivery of bottled water to
the community. Bottled water, even
delivered by the caseload, cannot
begin to meet the needs of a community' that has been dealing with
health concerns related to water
conditions for over two years.
Additionally, when the provincial government offered 100,000
doses of vaccine for hepitatis A the
federal government declined, stating it wasn't necessary. Officials
failed to make the connection that
boil water advisories often lead to
hepatitis A outbreaks.
.The grim truth is that there are
approximately 100 more Native
communities on boil water advisories in Canada. The people of
these communities aren't receiving
the same rights and protections as
every other Canadian.
Even when the government dedicated 600 million dollars to the
First Nations Water Management
Strategy to ensure the safety of
water supplies across Canada, it
was unable to prevent other outbreaks.
In March 2004, the Ontario
community of Ohsweken had 86
wells test positive for E. coli contamination. As this water problem is currently affecting Native
Canadians Hving on reserves, the
issue is consistentiy pushed aside
and forgotten, lost in battles over
the Indian Act, and in arguments
of whose jurisdiction covers the
water supply systems on First
Nations reserves.
The displacement of Native
Canadians in order to solve a
'Native problem' isn't a solution. It
is not about relocating the 'problem' to another jurisdiction.
In 2003, 700 inhabitants of
Davis Inlet near Newfoundland
were picked up and moved to
Natuashish after it was discovered
that many of the children were
huffing gasoline as a pastime. Not
surprisingly, there was gas in the
new town and the problem lingered. Bandaids don't fix problems.
People and poHcies do.
And while the move to Sudbury
will save the people of Kashechewan from the disgusting conditions that they have been Hving
with, it is a problem that could
~J>—-behave been entirely prevented.
Someone should have taken control
of the situation before it became
this disaster. Before nearly 2,000
Canadians were forced to leave the
land they grew up on, and move to
a commercial mining town hundreds of kilometers away.
But the method of ignoring the
problem—in this case, water quaHty
in Kashechewan—is characteristic
of the approach of the Canadian
government, and maybe Canadians
in general. It goes like this: if we
don't address it, maybe it will go
away. The ol' head in the sand
approach to poHcy. Future emergencies and tales of squaHd conditions on reserves should come as
no surprise; there's no such thing
as "water under the bridge* until
you deal with the problem first II
Perspective Opinion
Two sad stories: in defense of peacekeeping
by Patrick Bruskiewich
Two sad news reports that have
appeared recently include a
story from Afghanistan about a
farmer who had provided some
land to build a school for his
children, only to have his throat
sHt by the Tahban. The second
news report was the discovery of
another 70 bodies from the
1995 Srebrenica genocide.
These two sad stories serve as
reminders of how perilous the
world is and how important it is
that Canadians remain actively
engaged in UN Peacekeeping and
ReHef efforts. There are Canadian
soldiers in Afghanistan protecting
the innocent and Canadian forensic experts at work in Srebrenica
helping to bring the guilty to trial.
The massacre of 8,000
Bosnians in July 1995 was the
largest civilian atrocity in Europe
since the Second World War. Most
of these people were shot by fanatics wielding AK-47 assault rifles.
Although aware that Serbs were
executing Bosnians, the Dutch UN
force in Bosnia fled the area.
Before that, Dutch soldiers even
helped separate the Bosnian men
from the women.
Canadian UN soldiers in
Yugoslavia refused to leave their
post. They were fired upon and
they returned fire. They were
threatened by tanks and the3r
stood ready with their anti-tank
weapons. They were prepared to
fight and die to fulfill their respon-
sibiHties under the Geneva
Conventions. No civilians were
massacred in the Canadian sector.
This is very typical of our soldiers'
commitment to international law
and to the protection of innocent
men, woman and children.
By having Canadian soldiers on
the ground in the former
Yugoslavia we not only helped
save the life of countless men,
woman and children, but this also
gave Canada the moral legitimacy
to act as lead prosecutor in this
modern day tragedy.
Louise Arbour, before joining
the Supreme Court of Canada, and
becoming the newest UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights,
from 1996 to 1999 was chief prosecutor of war crimes for the former Yugoslavia before the
International Criminal Tribunal in
the Hague. It is because of her
work that many of the key figures
involved in the Bosnian massacre
have been tried or have warrants
for their arrest before the
International Court.
In war torn Afghanistan,
Canadian soldiers, in particular
the Army Engineers we have sent
over, are keeping the peace,
removing some of the countless
landmines and coUecting Soviet-
era ordinances. These Canadian
soldiers, many in their 20's, are
rebuilding roads, pubHc buildings
and schools. Some of the
reservists in this deployment
come from Canadian universities.
If you Hsten closely, they will
tell you a thing or two about the
world. They will teH you that the
AK-47 in the hands of fanatics is a
weapon of mass destruction. They
wiU remind you how lucky we are
in Canada. They ask you to help
them in their Peacekeeping
efforts. As a Canadian, I am proud
of the sacrifice of our servicemen.
I am also glad they visit our
Universities looking for volunteers. Other groups who have
worked beside Canadian soldiers
are glad they are here too, groups
like the UNAC, Medecins sans
Frontier and the Red Cross. I offer
this as a challenge to anyone who
may think otherwise. For the poHtical activists in the news recently
criticising our Peacekeepers
("Recruiters Begone," [Sept. 20]),
why don't you set down your childish banners and do something
useful. For God's sake, stop poHti-
cising the misfortunes of innocent
people and help them.
The schools our servicemen
are rebuilding in Afghanistan have
poor children in them that don't
have pencils, paper or any of the
other things that school children
need. If you coUect these things, I
will make sure they are dehvered
to these needy children in
Afghanistan. I wiU even help to
arrange for you to deHver the
school materials in person. By
assisting our Canadian soldiers,
you wiH end up directly helping
innocent people in so many ways.
Along with the some 50,000
Canadian serviceman who died
in the two World wars and
Korea, some of whom are UBC
Alumni, there have been some
five thousand serviceman killed
or seriously injured while serving under UN and NATO mandates since 1945.
I invite the University of British
Columbia to remember that this is
the Year of the Veteran and do
something appropriate and
respectfiil to thank Canadian
Veterans, young and old, for their
sacrifices. Perhaps a fitting
Ceremony on November 10 at the
Rose Garden would be in order.
—Patrick Bruskiewich is a PhD
student in Physics
do you think the
Canadian government
has done enough to
help the reserve in
northern ontario, that
is suffering from the e.
coli outbreak ?
"I haven't heard anything about it.
It sounds terrible though.*
—Rachael Lipetz
Arts 2
"The news said that it has been
two years that the reserve has
had dirty water. It makes me
question how much the government has done for them."
—Travis Gibson
Chemistry 2
"The provincial government
shouldn't have to take care of
things like that. It should be the
federal government's job."
—Antlers Hammerberg
Arts 2
"I don't reaHy know about the E.
coH breakout*
—Michael McDiarmid
"I haven't been following it that
—Barbora Dej
TRIUMF Staff THEUBYSSEY   Friday, 28 October, 2005
News \\
Bottled oxygen: placebo or progress?
by Leah Poulton
The latest performance-enhancing
product to hit fitness store shelves
doesn't come in pill, powder or shake
form. It doesn't have a distinctive
colour, taste, or smell. In fact, it is all
around you. It is oxygen.
The Oxia is a personal, handheld oxygen canister that is small
enough to fit in a purse or briefcase. Just two shots of oxygen from
the slim, stylish metal canister can
help enhance athletic performance,
alertness, and even cure jet lag,
claim its supporters.
At $80 per canister and $15 per
refill, the Oxia is currently only available at upscale hotels and fitness
"Used as an antioxidant to neutralise toxins, oxygen is reputably a
powerful tool for combating hangovers," claimed the website for
Vancouver's Opus Hotel, which offers
the use of Oxia canisters in all its
rooms. "Other benefits include
strengthening of the immune system,
aiding in digestion, and overall
improvement of cognitive performance," it continued.
The canisters' contents are 90 per
cent oxygen and 10 per cent nitrogen.
The average North American breathes
air made up of 19-21 per cent oxygen
and a mix of other pollutants and
gases, including carbon dioxide. There
are few safety concerns associated
with the canisters, as it would take
about four straight hours of pure oxygen consumption to be at risk for oxygen toxicity.
"Professional athletes regularly
use oxygen to reduce their lactic acid
buildup, extend their limit of exhaustion, and promote faster recovery,"
said the official Oxia website.
"Oxygen is vital to the production of
your body's energy."
While this may be true, it is
extremely misleading, said Jordan
Guenette, a UBC human kinetics
graduate student
Guenette, whose key area of
research involves the effect of respiratory disorders on athletic performance, believes that any success Oxia
has had so far is due only to their
marketing strategy.
"If you promote something hard
enough, people will buy it," he said.
"You're out of breath during exercise,
so in theory getting more oxygen
should help
The main problem is that in order
to have any affect on an athlete, even
if this person had a chronic respiratory disorder, it would have to be a
single, steady supply of oxygen, he
explained, not just the two or three
shots provided by the Oxia.
"It's pointless," he said. "Any
reported improvements are probably
due to a placebo effect"
Dr Jack Taunton, director of UBC's
Allan McGavin Sports Medicine
Centre, was also unimpressed. He
said that although it is a novel idea, it
just won't work.
"Unless you had an oxygen tank
strapped to your back while you were
exercising, it would not be effective,"
he explained.
"At above sea level, we can't store
any more oxygen because the hemoglobin in our blood is already 99 per
cent saturated with it," he said.
He stated that only in a situation
such as scuba diving, where one is far
below sea level, would oxygen work
as a performance enhancer.
Taunton dismissed the product
as just a passing fad. Despite this
lack of confidence from some
experts, Oxia shows no sign uf slowing sales. It has been picked up by
several NHL hockey teams, including the Dallas Stars, the company
claimed. Many high-end locations
all over North America, including
Vancouver's Studio 55, an elite fitness club, are distributing Oxia.
UBC's Student Recreation Centre,
however, has no such plans. "The
only time I would use oxygen therapy
is to help someone who was in dis-
tress," said Linda Roseborough, head
personal trainer at the Student
Recreation Centre.
"Even if we were allowed to recommend external aids, I wouldn't
use the product," she said. "It's not
Despite its many critics, some athletes are intrigued by the Oxia product and its potential benefits.
"I would definitely try it," said
UBC baseball player Nic Lendvoy.
"...it would help with one of the main
problems for athletes—fatigue." SI
Liu Centre report shows that global conflict is in decline
by Matt Hayles
A recent report released by the Human
Security Centre (HSC) at the Liu Institute
for Global Issues contradicts the conventional wisdom about the prevalence of
war across the globe. Modeled on the
United Nations' annual Human
Development Report, the report argues
that the 21st century has seen a dramatic decline in the frequency and devastation from war and armed conflict
PoHtical Science professor
Richard Price called the report a
tremendous success.
"We haven't really had a comprehensive, comparable statement on
how well or how badly the world is
doing with large-scale poHtical violence/ he said. Price expects that the
report will become an important lit-
mus test for poHcy-makers.
The report, funded by the governments of Canada, Norway, Sweden,
Switzerland, and the UK, is the
brainchild of Andrew Mack, the
director of the HSC. Mack explained
that no government or UN body has
ever pubHshed a report of this
nature because the content is too
poHtically sensitive. "Nobody at the
UN or any of its agencies really had
any idea whether wars were increasing or decreasing around the world,"
he said. "There was just no data out
Since the end of the Cold War, the
number of armed conflicts has
decreased by 40 per cent, while the
number of exceptionally deadly conflicts (those which accumulate more
than 1,000 battle-related casualties)
has dropped off even more steeply
by 80 per cent. Since 1950, the number of combat-related casualties has
decreased by a staggering 98 per
cent, the report goes on to state.
"We know that international wars
are now obsolescent if not obsolete,"
remarked Mack. "They're a tiny fraction of the total, less than five per
The report also determined that
the majority of conflicts occur within
state boundaries, and it is in this
sample that the most dramatic
decreases have occurred.
The only type of conflict that saw
an upsurge of activity through the
1990s was international terrorism,
but the death-toll associated with
these movements is so small that it
is insignificant, the report states.
While data for the report ends in
2003, Zoe Nielsen, associate direc
tor at the HSC, doesn't expect recent
developments in Afghanistan or Iraq
to change the trend in terms of the
number of conflicts. But, she cautioned, "obviously it will have an
impact on the number of people
being killed."
The report didn't examine secondary deaths resulting from conflict, incidences of national terrorism, or the number of casualties
resulting from genocides and other
one-sided conflicts. In all cases, the
numbers are considered to be too
unreHable to include.
The end of the Colonial era and
the Cold War account for a large part
of the findings, but Mack and
Nielsen put most of the responsibiHty on increasing UN activism
throughout the 1990s. According to
Nielsen, "the increase in the number
of peacekeeping missions, the
increase in the number of peacemaking activities, the increase in the
number of post-conflict peace-building [missions], is really what is
But despite the optimistic developments, the authors of the report
caution against complacency. There
are still some 60 conflicts ongoing
throughout the world, with certain
high-profile cases in Iraq, Darfur
and the Democratic Repubfic of
Congo taking a lot of the available
media attention.
"We certainly wouldn't say that life
is any better for those people Hving in
conflict zones," said Nielsen. "What
we can say is that there are fewer
wars, there are fewer people being
killed directly as a result of conflict,
and this is a positive thing." II
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Friday, 28 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
SUB Starbucks draws student protest
Students upset about lack
of consultation as UBC's
fourth Starbucks opens
by Carolynne Burkholder
Armed with gongs, flutes, and posters, a
small but vocal group staged a sit-in demonstration on Wednesday to protest the opening of a new Starbucks outlet in the SUB.
The protest was organised by the UBC
Social Justice Centre, a resource group of
the Alma Mater Society (AMS), and sponsored by several campus clubs, including
Oxfam UBC. The groups' main point of contention over the Starbucks—the fourth to
open on campus—was with the lack of consultation with students before its opening.
Marley Ulhuel was among the most vocal
of protesters, bringing attention to the
cause by dancing and playing a large gong.
Ulhuel's biggest problem with the new campus Starbucks is that "no students have
been consulted, but this is a student union
Former AMS VP, Lyle McMahon, who
was there on behalf of the Social Justice
Centre agreed with Ulhuel. "The University
and Starbucks showed disdain for the AMS
policies," he said.
The policies state that, "the University
agrees that the society will be consulted
from time to time with respect to the management and operation of the said space
[the SUB] and of the Food Services therein."
According to AMS VP Finance, Kevin
Keystone, there was not adequate consultation with the students before the Starbucks
opened on campus. "AMS council feels very
strongly about corporations and their presence in the SUB and in general isn't thrilled
to death," he said.
STICK IT TO THE MAN: Carrying placards, students staged a sit-in at the new Starbucks on campus, yinan max wang photo
However, Andrew Parr, director of UBC
Food Services, said that there was consultation between food services and the students.
Throughout the process of negotiating
the new Starbucks he was in communication with the Social Space Committee, which
includes a representative from the AMS,
and AMS management—although he admitted communication with the AMS executive
was lacking.
Protesters also expressed concern over
Starbucks competing with student-run businesses, the most notable being Blue Chip
Cookies, which is operated by the AMS. Blue
Chip Cookies' profits are transferred direct
ly to the AMS and are used to support student services.
"If you buy coffee [at Starbucks] it doesn't
support student services and the AMS," said
Ulhuel. "And none of the profits are going
into student services and because they are
not franchised it's not being spent locally."
But Parr asserts that Starbucks' profits will
benefit students. Although a small percentage
of the profits do go back to the Starbucks
Corporation—the exact amount is confidential,
but it is less than 10 per cent—the majority goes
back to food services and is used for improving
their facilities, he said.
"They say that they support community
involvement and all those things, but they
haven't supported anything in Vancouver
that I have seen," he continued.
Not all students agree, however, that
Starbucks should not have been allowed to
open a franchise in the SUB. Student Ryan Saab
said thathe doesn't mind Starbucks' infiltration
on campus because there are so many other
coffee shops. He frequents Starbucks regularly
because it is close to his office.
Student Cole Hendrigan, a regular
Starbucks patron, said "if I could find a good
Mom 'n' Pop shop that sold good dark,
organic coffee, I would go there a 100 per
cent of the time." II
U15^> student runs ror mayor
by Sarah Buck
A UBC student could be running Vancouver by
the end of November, if third-year political science student, Thunderbird linebacker and
mayoral candidate Austin Spencer has anything to say about it. Normally backed by campaign manager and fellow student Phil
Cawdeiy, Spencer headed to the all-candidates'
meeting at the West End Community centre
last Saturday alone. Cawdery had two papers
and a mid-term to work on.
Spencer took his place at the front of the
hall alongside the other 12 would-be mayors
who have decided to attend—a total of 20 filed
nomination papers for the Nov 19 Vancouver
elections. He was sandwiched between two J
Green candidates: independent James Green to
his left, and Vision Vancouver candidate Jim
Green to his right.
The moderator of the meeting is Rick Cluff,
host of CBC Radio's Early Edition. Each candidate gave a two-minute opening statement.
Spencer said the most important issues involve
seniors, and improving the Downtown
Cluff then allowea questions from the floor
with the stipulation that they must be directed
to one candidate. Jim Green got most of the
questions, followed by Non-Partisan
Association candidate Sam Sullivan. Spencer
got none.
His chance to talk comes later after the
radio session. Spencer says his reason for running for mayor comes from a place of altruism
and "love for the city of Vancouver."
Spencer's weblog says he is "a solid believer in connecting with the community and is
UBC Thunderbirds football head coach Lou
DesLauriers's initial reaction may certainly be
an indication to Spencer's relative anonymity
in the race.
Said DesLauriers, "He's ininning for mayor?
Mayor of what?...I'm kind of speechless...Good
luck to him, if it's true."
DesLauriers said Spencer's football experience means he knows about "hanging in there,
sticking with things" because "there are a lot
bumps, highs and lows."
Phil Cawdery doesn't play football, but he is
the man with the game plan for the campaign.
He declined to name the candidate or the
party that Spencer is affiliated with, saying he
doesn't want to prejudice voters' views of
Spencer by association. Nor does he want the
poHtical party to think he is using them to gain
himself credibility.
So what can the campaign manager talk
about? On why Spencer is running for mayor at
age 20: "There's no time like the present when
you see issues that need to be addressed."
Cawdery, however, was candid with
Spencer's chances in the race. "His odds are
pretty slim. At the same time, he will make a
difference by running and talking about the
issues he thinks are important."
Vancouver residents Frieda Luk and Iain
Macfadyen are fourth-year economics students
at UBC. Both say improving transportation is
important. Macfadyen says the transit system
is "slow and ineffectual, never on time." He
would like to see buses run later at night.
Spencer's plans for improving transit
involve extending the U-Pass to BCIT and
Langara College students.
Jim Green, during the all-candidates'
meeting praised the current U-Pass system
but suggested it is now difficult to get on the
buses because they are so full. But Spencer
said, "I don't think it's a problem. If the first
one goes by because it's too full, there's
another one coming by in the next two or
three minutes."
Spencer will make his next appearance
November 2 on Shaw's Cable's televised mayoral candidate debate at 11.30 AM. II


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