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A VALIANT EFFORT: UBC's Stacy Reykdal deals with some human traffic in victoria this
past weekend.TheThunderbirds lost both semi-final games to the defending national
champion Vikes. For the story, see page 8. tara westover photo
UBC swims to CIAU title
by Ron Nurwisah
The Birds cruised to their fourth title in a row last
weekend at the CIAU Championships held in
Guelph, Ontario. UBC came out strong, took the
lead on the first day of the competition, and never
looked back. The UBC men went on to win the
meet with 671 points, well ahead of Canada West
rivals Calgary who had 539.5. The women had a
tighter meet but still won handily, holding off the
University of Calgary, 539.5 points to 485.
'We knew we had a really strong team that was
going to be hard to beat...It was nice to go in there
with that kind of confidence," said men's team
captain Mark Versfeld.
Points and confidence aside, UBC still faced
some tough competition. 'I think we really needed
the competition and we needed to go into the meet
and race really hard. Calgary kept us pretty honest
all the way through the meet. We had to swim well
to win and we did/ UBC swimming head coach
Tom Johnson said.
Rookie Brian Johns was arguably the most successful Thunderbird at the meet, continuing what
has been an amazing season. Johns finished the
weekend with three individual gold medals, and
two relay golds. He also picked up a silver, narrowly losing the 200m freestyle to fellow
Olympian Rick Say. It would seem that Johns has
recovered from the flu that was affecting him earlier in the month.
Meanwhile, Garrett Pulle sprinted to a victory
in the 50m butterfly, breaking a CIAU record in
the process.
On the women's side, rookie Kelly Stefanyshyn
won her favoured event, the 200m backstroke,
breaking a CIAU record and coming within 0.09
seconds of breaking her own national record.
Veteran Jessica Deglau was also impressive, winning the 200m butterfly in commanding fashion.
Deglau touched the wall more than two seconds
ahead of second-place finisher Julie Gravelle from
the University of Toronto.
There were a number of close calls for UBC.
Kelly Stefanyshyn wasn't able to out-touch
Toronto's Jen Button in the 100m butterfly, losing
by only 0.06 of a second. But Stefanyshyn wasn't
upset with the result
'I surprised myself in the 100m butterfly, coming second and taking a second and a half off my
see "Swimming" on page 8
Assault rumours
prompt warning
by Alex Dimson
Rumours about a possible sexual assault
on campus have prompted the university
to issue an official notice warning students about the potential dangers of walking alone.
The notice, which was issued by the
office of UBC's Personal Security
Coordinator Paul Wong, cites "information..,that a sexual assault occurred
recently when a student was walking
alone on campus at night' and informs
students about the various safety services
offered on campus.
Wong said that while the details of the
possible assault were not known, information he received from campus
resources groups led him to believe there
was a genuine threat.
Copies of the notice have been appearing in residences and around campus
since last Friday.
"There was a bunch of information
going around the university that a sexual
assault had occurred and we thought that
although no formal report had been made
that it was necessary to make the university community aware that there may be a
potential concern there,' Wong said.
Constable Danielle Efford of the campus RCMP detachment acknowledged
hearing the rumours, but said that the
RCMP has not received any formal complaints.
"We would like someone to report it so
we can do something,' Efford said, indicating that she hopes the posters will
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A WARNING:   One of the  notices
recently posted, tara westover photo
encourage any victims to come forward.
Studies indicate that the majority of
sexual assault victims do not report the
crimes. While in a 1995 UBC survey eight
students out of 1127 reported being sexual assaulted in the last year, the campus
RCMP received only three sexual assault
reports—one of which was from an incident in 1992—last year and only one the
year before.
Director of UBC's Women Students'
Office Marsha Trew said that women are
see "Assault" on page 4
VST FACES SERIOUS
FINANCIAL WOES
by Kathleen Peering
Escalating maintenance and renovation
expenses for buildings and facilities have
led to financial troubles for the Vancouver
School of Theology (VST).
Matt Gallinger, a graduate student at
VST, is concerned about the financial difficulties his school is currently experiencing.
"The School in general is having
finance problems and has been for several years, and figures that it will be for several more years,' he said.
Tom Young, the head of operations
and personnel at VST, admits that the next
few years will be uncomfortable, but said
that while the school's budget is not currently balanced, it will be by 2003.
"We're all in a short-term position
where we have to restrain ourselves until
we get to this point,' he said.
VSTs funding comes from student fees
and tuition, grants, donations, an annual
gift income and VST housing, as well as
from churches affiliated with the School.
Though the school is not bankrupt,
Gallagher said that problems relating to
the lack of funding have started to become
more and more apparent over the last few
years.
"It has an effect on the general courses
offered. The first thing that's cut is extra
courses and sessional professors,' he
said. "We've all had at least one course
canceled on us because of insufficient
numbers.'
see "Theology" on page 4
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
Conference discusses impact of NMD
__. by Sarah Morrison
Looking at ways that Canada and
other American allies can change
the direction of US arms policy was
a major goal of a recent conference
at UBC's Liu Centre for the Study of
Global Issues.
The conference, entitled The
Impact of National Missile Defense
Program on Global Nuclear Policy,
was held to investigate how the proposed program would affect Canada.
Since George W. Bush became US
president in January, his interest in
developing a National Missile
Defense (NMD) program has generated international concern. NMD
would see the construction of a
series of anti-nuclear missile
defences around the US.
The US military has repeatedly
indicated that the NMD is necessary
to protect the country from attacks
by so-called 'rogue' states like Iraq
and North Korea, which are suspected of possessing nuclear weapons.
Many countries worry, however,
that the American plan could desta-
balise the current arms balance and
lead to the end of treaties currently
in place.
Recently-appointed Director of
the Liu Centre, and former
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister
Lloyd Axworthy said that while
Canada has been a very close security partner with the US over several
decades, it has also taken a very
strong role in arms control disarmament issues.
'We were the first voluntary non-
nuclear state, we had the capacity to
build nuclear weapons but decided
not to do it,' he said. 'I think it
would be very difficult to maintain
those two roles if in fact national
missile defense...helps to ignite a
new arms race.'
Axworthy hopes that the conference will provide solutions for
nations concerned about the NMD
program.
But Gloria Duffy, a member
of Stanford University's Center
for International Security and
Cooperation, pointed out that while
the US wants to investigate the program, it is far from reaching a firm
commitment on a missile defense
system.
'There seems to be a strong presumption of commitment by the
Bush administration...but I don't
think that's a final or conclusive situation," she said. "I still think
there's somewhat of a possibility for
the position to go in a variety of different directions.'
Participants in the conference
expressed concern that if the US
begins work on the NlviD program it
could cause irreparable damage to
fragile international relations.
Director-General of the Chinese
Department of Arms Control and
Disarmament Sha Zukang said that
China is very concerned about
American plans, and that he hopes
the conference would open up discussions on NMD.
'We don't like the idea, to put it
MISSILE DEFENSE NECESSARY? Former Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy was one of the
speakers at a recent conference discussing National Missile Defense, sarah Morrison photo
mildly, and we are fully aware of the
fact that the US administration is in
the process of reviewing its policies.
We wish to take advantage of this,. .to
have a say to them to have a second
thought on the national defense
program.'
John Polanyi a chemistry professor at the University of Toronto and
a Nobel prize-winner who has been
involved in discussions on missile
defense since the 1960s, said that
given that most NATO members are
opposed to the plan, Canada is in a
good position to oppose NMD.
He pointed out that Canada
objected to US President Ronald
Reagan's similar "Star Wars" missile defense proposal in the early
1980s,   when   many   European
nations supported it.
'Canada, in effect, said no to
[Star Wars]. Britain said yes,
Germany said yes, France said yes.
Now...all of these countries I just
mentioned have great reservations
about it as well. This time we should
say 'no' but we don't have to say it
in as lonely a way as last time,'
Polanyi said. ♦
Two observers sent to Tunisia for student's trial
by Jean-Francois Cliche
Impact Campus
QUEBEC CITY (PUIQ-CUP)-The Canadian government and a
coalition of non-governmental organisations are sending two
observers to Tunisia to witness the trial of a former Laval
University student
Laval law student Haroun M'Barek was trying to gain
refugee status in Canada, but was deported last month by
Immigration Canada, despite the possibility that his life could
be threatened if he went back.
When he was deported, M'Barek wa3 taken directly to
prison, where he may have been tortured, according to his
Tunisian lawyer. The Tunisian government has accused
M'Barek of "organising thieves" and 'participating in a collective project that aims to attack people and goods.'
These accusations are linked to his association with two
groups—the An-Nahdha Party and the General Union of
Tunisian Students—that have been declared illegal by the Ben
Ali government Both organisations are said to be non-violent.
M'Barek faces a 12-year prison sentence. His trial started last
week.
'Mr. M'Barek wa3 not granted any legal recognition by
Canada," said Marie-Christine Lilkoff, an aide at the
Department of Foreign Affairs. 'Our observer will not have
'consular access,' which would permit him to speak directly to
Mr. M'Barek. But the Canadian Embassy in Tunis has
approached local authorities in order to inquire about Mr.
M'Barek's state, as well as to assure that he will have a fair and
equitable trial."
Meanwhile, the International Centre for the Person, the
Haroun M'Barek Support Committee, and Amnesty
International have all delegated Nathalie Blais to observe the
trial.
However, the Tunisian consul to Canada, Abdelazuz
Ghodbane, said that he wasn't aware that observers had
been sent He also called the An-Nahdha party an extremist
organisation.
Lise Garon, of the Haroun M'Barek Support Committee,
said that she has doubts about the impact observers will have
on the trial.
"Tunisian justice does and continues to do the same work,
year after year, with or without observers."
Canadian Immigration Minister Eleanor Caplan has not
commented publicly on the M'Barek affair, despite the pleas of
human rights organisations for a public inquiry concerning
why M'Barek was deported despite possible threats to his safety back in Tunisia.
"The minister has to answer, and it's getting urgent," Garon
said. 'Canada has already been condemned by the United
Nations in the fall of 2000 because it wasn't treating refugees
correctly." ♦
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for lie dentistry bidding have been SOlidi-
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.:. 'For all the; others, |<j?atk>n, size, and how
they are going: to be placed along University
Boulevard, a tot of that is still in the discu^:.;
sion. stage/ he said.;
:.;:: vTheYOCP stipulates that tM;a?ea: along
: University;; Boulevard; include da;y; and
: evening conveniences,: M^h an emphasis on
pedestji4#)ind transit! in order to reflect the
road's Status as the most important entrance;.;
to.&e.unive|sity,Y;
4 :P M Poettckeri CfiO of UBC Properties Trust,
: the ancSlfxy group chairing the project said
■:. the planned. developments should make the
campus a more inviting place to stay,
< TThe main goal of the planning process is
; to hopefully reduce the amount of eonimut-
; ii%thatYstu,dents have;:t» do everyday and
hopefully encourage: transit usage and more
2 socialising oil; campus, essentially create .$.
community that; Has a MofYiiie after; four
o'clock in the aftemcion/ he said.;"'■■■ Y
... Tieg Martin,, a student representative on
UBC's Board of Governors, said that he thinks
the plans shrjuld improve the campus atmosphere. Y'7'
ii;::.':;: "The existing campus isMsed. on the <$<$-
style, ffcrth American model of city planning
where you have business and daytime industry work that goes on in the middle, arid then
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said.
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: &iirs/is :this dead zone that is totally:;
; unsafe...Inriew developments what they want
to do is avoid repeating the same mistakes,"
: WKife Martin rests in favour' of the development others, like Alma Mate$2;\.Society
(AMS} General Manager Bernie Peets, are hot
Ysosure, Y.   .   .
"From a business perspective, it probably
is the best location on campus for this development but I. don't know that Eve retail units
are going to be a destination," said Peets. "It
may not be a success until they finish the
development oij the other buildings that they
■: ate planning.'"
2'2' The 'impact, of the University Boulevard
deveiopnierit oh AMS businesses in the SUB is
also an issue, but Peets said he is not concerned.
;:Yl/Any hew retail establishment may have
;some inipact; however, currently the food
fair over ^t..the Village has had basically min-'
imaJ impact There's a lotof demand on cap-
pus, grained, but the SUB is the busiest building, on eimpus and so we benefit from the
amount pi traffic that comes into the building," he said,;;":
;    OutgcsingY AMS: President   Maryann
■Adamec Expressed her hope that the univer-
' sity consults with the AMS and student
groups aireut the type of retail vendors; they
will be bringing onto campus,
'We want to make sure that sound community planning principles are put into place
and that the people who are coming onto
campus, external renters, etc, have the campus* needs at the forefront* she said.
Plans:'jfor the Dentistry building will riot be
finalised iuatil plans are created for the surrounding neighbourhood. Poettcker expects
the plans will be finalised this spring and that
construction Will begin in January 2002. ♦ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
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Automatic remission
Alberta students given a break on their loans
by Christie Tucker
Alberta Bureau Chief
EDMONTON (CUP)-Starting in August, Alberta students
will receive automatic remission on their loans when
they graduate. Graduating students' debts will be
capped at $5000 per year that they attended school, and
all further debts will be forgiven.
The introduction of loan relief to first-time, first-year
students is a new addition to the Alberta student loans
program. If the student fails to graduate or switches programs, the loans are not eligible for remission.
"This is going to help a lot of students coming out of
school," said Naomi Agard, a vice-president of the
University of Alberta's student union. "It's something
we've been asking for all year."
Agard, along with other members of the student
union and representatives of the Council of Alberta
University Students, has been lobbying the provincial
government since October.
Randy Kilburn of the Alberta Ministry of Learning
said that after consulting with students, the government
realised that loan remission reform was necessary.
"It was clear the government needed to find a simpler way to offer remission. Some students were missing out on a valuable benefit," Kilburn said.
Agard said that she would like to see further progress
in loan relief in the area of graduate studies and in private bank and credit card loans, but she does see this
move as a great step forward.
As for future plans, the government has announced
that over the next few years it will provide relief payments after every year of study.
Kilburn said discussions on many issues will continue
with student associations across Alberta. The government
will spend $ 70 million on the project in the next year. ♦
Sexual assaults often go unreported
"Assault" from page 1
often afraid of the response they will
receive if they report an attack.
"Sometimes women feel like
the/re victimised again by the system, because sometimes people are
sceptical...most of the time the
assailants are known to the victim.
And then when the guy is pulled in
then sometimes you get into he said,
she said."
A recent study by the US
Department of Justice found that it
is rare for a student to be assaulted
by an unknown attacker, with nine
out of every ten on-campus sexual
assault victim's knowing their
assailants.
UBC's decision to post the notice
came under fire from Suzanne Jay, a
crisis worker with the Vancouver
Rape Relief and Women's Shelter.
"I would call this fear-mongering
on campus,' she said. "There are no
specific details about the man who
attacked. It doesn't sound like the
administration is taking any responsibility to ensure that women are
actually safe on campus other than
to put the responsibility back on the
individual women," she said.
But Wong and Efford disagreed.
'We have got a responsibility to
let the people know that there is a
potential for this. What we wanted to
do was to let people know that the
university is committed to dealing
with these concerns and that we
have a whole bunch of programs
that are available for people to
utilise," Wong said.
"It's our duty and responsibility
to acknowledge this rumour that's
going around because it may in fact
be true, and to encourage the person
or persons who are the victims to
come forward," Efford added.
While representatives from several campus resource groups admitted
to hearing the rumours, none would
disclose any details about the person
attacked, the location or any suspects.
The warnings come after a series
of reports were issued about the use
of Rohypnol, a date rape drug, on
campus last term. ♦
School plans fundraising effort
"Theologf from page 1
But Wendy Fletcher-Marsh, dean
of students, said that only one
course has been cancelled this year,
and that the decision had nothing to
do with the School's current financial situation.
According to Fletcher-Marsh,
VST has set thresholds on the number of students necessary to maintain elective courses, but added that
this policy can be overruled, and no
course that is critical to a student's
graduation will be canceled.
But Gallinger and other students
are still concerned that their education is being affected by the School's
financial situation.
'Greater amount of work has
been put on the professors and less
time can be spent on students," said
Mark Davis, a first-year graduate
student
"I notice that office hours are
very short and all of the professors
are very rushed," added Gallinger.
But Fletcher-Marsh said that she
doesn't understand these worries,
indicating that she has been
extremely impressed by the level of
care the facility gives the students.
However, there are still financial
problems that need to be dealt with,
according to Young.
VST has developed a short-term
plan to lower costs and increase revenue, and a long-term plan to
improve the School's overall financial situation for the future.
The School hopes to quickly
increase revenue by expanding its
Doctor of Ministry program to
bring in more students, as well as
by promoting its residences as
accommodation through Tourism
Vancouver.
The VST has also planned a
fundraising program which will
look for donations from churches
and other organisations, with the
objective of raising one million dollars within the three years.
The long-term plans focus on revenue from the buildings,' upon
which Gallinger feels many of the
problems are based.
"In part, [financial problems] are
happening because VST owns its
own buildings, and there's a lot of
work to be done on these old buildings," he said.
But Young said that although the
buildings contribute to the financial
problems, they may also be the solution. He said that the School is considering several proposals involving
the buildings that will bring in long-
term revenue.
The castle-like Iona building will
be renovated, and two half-acre sites
beside it are being considered for
student or faculty residences, or
market housing. The school also
hopes to use the five acres it owns
by Chancellor Boulevard for market
housing such as townhouses or
apartments.
UBC's Board of Governors is currently reviewing all the site proposals for the land development, which
Young hopes to use to increase the
school's capacity and let it recruit
more students. ♦
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Boulevard trees being cut
 by Sarah Morrison
The silver maple trees which previously
lined University Boulevard are being
removed for posing an "extreme risk to the
public,' according to the Ministry of
Transportation and Highways.
Fifteen trees that have been deemed at
risk due to problems such as weak branches
and decay are being removed, to be
replaced by 34 new trees more appropriate
for the area.
"The type of tree they planted is called an
American Sweet Gum...they're quite nice
trees,' said Laura Lemp, a Ministry
spokesperson. "It's a really hearty tree, and
it's a lot more resistant to diseases
and...poor climatic conditions than the silver maples were."
The silver maple trees along University
Boulevard were
individually evaluated and given
a hazard ranking
based on general
health and structural integrity,
according to
Lemp.
• "The 15 trees
that came down
are considered-
extreme-risk trees
by the independent arbourists,'
she said.
The Ministry is also pruning the other
silver maples, and an additional 60 campus
trees identified as high risk will be closely
monitored in the future.
"The 15 trees that came
down are considered
extreme-risk trees by
the independent
arbourists."
—Laura Lemp
Ministry of Transportation and
Highways spokesperson
The trees, which
were planted about
80 years ago, were
inappropriate as
street-side vegetation, according to
Peter Wharton, the
curator of the David
C. Lam Asian
Gardens at the UBC
Botanical Garden,
and one of the
arbourists who evaluated the trees.
He explained that
the silver maple is
vulnerable to decay and that as the tree ages,
the connection between its trunk and branches
becomes very weak. As many branches hang
over roadways, this poses a serious risk for
motorists.
"It's really a very large forest tree.
Unfortunately, it was planted...in the small
grass strips between the hardtop of the road
itself and the sidewalks," he said.
This is not the first time that the Ministry
has tried to deal with the silver maples. In
1995, after a report from an arbourist
detailed the risk posed by the trees, the
Ministry removed several of them.
"This caused an incredible public
uproar, partly because this was done with
no real public consultation, which is unfortunate,' said Wharton. A public consultation
was later held by the Ministry.
Lemp said that the new, full-grown trees
cost about $400 each, but each tree will cost
the Ministry about twice as much after paying for transportation and things like soil
and fertiliser.♦
Toronto college wants campuses in China
by Alexander Dobuzinskis
The SFU Peak
TORONTO (CUP)-A Toronto college
that was part of Team Canada's
trade mission has plans to create a
technical school in China, which
would mark the first time a foreign
post-secondary institution has been
permitted to establish a permanent
presence in the country.
The Seneca College of Applied
Arts and Technology says that the
federal government is backing the
plan, which requires approval from
UBC
UVIC
the Chinese government.
"They are very pleased with it,"
said Seneca's marketing and communication director Martha
Lowrie.
The announcement came on the
same day that Prime Minister Jean
Chretien called for reforms of
China's judicial system in a speech
before China's National Judges
College.
In order to tap China's technical
and vocational training market,
Seneca plans to establish one campus in Beijing and another in
U. Calgary
Guangzhou..
The curricula would match the
training that students receive at
Seneca's Toronto campuses, with
special emphasis placed on business management, accounting,
computer science, and English.
According to Lowrie, the move
would not run counter to Canada's
stated commitment to promote
human rights in China.
"We feel that this is a global
endeavour,' said Lowrie. "There
are always concerns about the
respect for human rights, but we
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Canadian student leaders, however, have a lengthy history of criticising any educational links
between China and Canada, charging that such links are primarily
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China's human rights record led a
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Med Students for Choice
fights for better teaching
Canadian medical students claim abortion is not taught enough
by Barbara Haas
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-One of the most consequential-and
persistently controversial—surgical procedures performed on women is one that few medical students ever
learn, fewer plan to practice, and even fewer are willing
to talk about. But according to Medical Students For
Choice (MSFC), an international organisation of medical
students that has been fighting for better abortion care
education since 1993, all this has to change.
The MSFC coordinator at McGill University says that
one of the biggest misconceptions about the organisation is that it is pro-abortion. 'Med Students For Choice
means just that: that it should be an option that's available for women and something that should be discussed
between a woman and her physician, and not anything
that should be legislated."
The statistics are surprising. According to recent
reports, between 30 and 40 per cent of Canadian
women will have an abortion at some point during their
lifetime. About half of the women who seek abortions
are under 25, while 45 per cent already have children.
In spite of these numbers, however, few students in
Canadian medical schools expect to provide abortion
when they are practicing doctors. According to many
members of MSFC, the reasons for this are not hard to
understand.
Some medical students are simply scared. They are
familiar with cases such as those of Barnett Slepian, a
doctor who was killed in Buffalo, New York in 1998. Of
course, Canada has also had its share of violence.
Garson Romalis, an associate professor of obstetrics and
gynecology at UBC, has been the victim of two near-fatal
attacks—once when he was shot near his Vancouver
home and a second time last summer, when he was brutally stabbed.
'Rachel/ who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is
the coordinator of McGill's chapter of MSFC. Like many
others involved in MSFC, she doesn't want her real
name published in connection with her pro-choice activities. She thinks that the fear of violence is a major factor in the reluctance of students to learn about abortion.
'It's a very good reason to say T didn't go into medicine to be threatened.' Whether there's a threat on your
life, or the threat of feeling like people are going to hate
or really judge because of what you do, for a lot of people that's not what they want in medicine. [But] for other
people, they see this very much like a calling or something that needs to be continued," she said.
But Rachel also knows that the small number of medical school graduates willing to provide abortions cannot
be blamed entirely on a handful of pro-life activists who
have turned violent Instead, she says, the problem
begins in medical schools.
'[Abortion] is presented in lecture style during
[obstetrics] and during family medicine, but it's not
taught in depth, really, and it's definitely not mandatory," explained Rachel. Students do learn the procedure,
she continued, '[but] it's definitely not presented as an
easily accessible option. It's something that's easily
avoided and a little bit harder to seek out'
At other Canadian universities, however, receiving
instruction on abortion seems to be even harder.
'Catherine,' who also spoke under the condition that
her real name not be used, is in her third year of medical training at the University of Western Ontario. She
describes abortion education at Western as 'not accessible to students."
The only talk of abortion that she's heard in classes,
she said, was during a discussion of how to take a
patient's medical history. She said there are no courses
that deal with abortion issues or techniques. Catherine
instead took advantage of the 'externship" that MSFC
provides, in which students are provided with a stipend
and the opportunity to spend a month working with
abortion providers. Nonetheless, she doesn't know of
any other students at Western getting that sort of training. 'In the residency program, there's only been one
resident in years who's shown interest in learning," she
said. 'At this point, it's not an openly discussed topic."
But according to many of those teaching at medical
schools, enough is being done to give students the
opportunity to provide abortions when they graduate.
"Every student passing through their clinical clerkship gets exposed to the subject of family planning and
abortion with at least a one-hour session. They're made
aware of when and where procedures are being performed, and there's an invitation to show up if they want
to see and learn more, but few avail themselves of that
opportunity," said Paul Fournier, an obstetrician and
gynecologist who teaches at McGill.
Fournier says that abortion, as a surgical technique,
should be learned during residency as an elective, and
not in medical school, because there just isn't room in
the medical school curriculum. "It maybe that students'
expectations are not realistic," he said.
Peter Mitchell, who chairs the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alberta, agrees
with Fournier. In fact, Mitchell was surprised by the level
of "anti-choice" sentiment among his first-year students.
"There's not interest to do it Why force them to?" he
asked. He said that the curriculum at the school includes
discussion of abortion ethics and counselling, and
added that there are opportunities to learn.abortion
techniques during residency. He explained, however,
that few students take advantage of that opportunity.
'One in ten shows any interest in learning the procedure," which means about one resident every two years,
he said.
However, according to many advocates of far-reaching abortion education in medical schools, such as
MSFC, that sort of attitude is dangerous.
Stephanie, a first-year medical student at UBC and a
member of the school's MSFC chapter, thinks that
neglecting to teach students about abortion-related
issues, such as counselling and post-operative care, puts
women who choose to have abortions at risk. She
believes even doctors that are not abortion providers
should be well informed about how to treat abortion
patients.
'If they choose not to be part of the abortion, that's
fine, but they're still responsible for the care," she said.
This feeling is shared by many already in the business of providing abortions.
'Women are consistently being told that their abortion wasn't well done, that it was incomplete. People
have told us that there's pieces of the fetus left when we
know that we did a procedure on somebody and there
wasn't even a fetus. For us, that's a problem," says
Genevieve Smith, co-ordinator. and head nurse at
Montreal's Morgentaler clinic.
Henry Morgentaler, the founder of the clinic where
Smith works, had access to abortion in mind in 1988,
when he challenged Canadian abortion legislation
before the Supreme Court At the time, section 2 51 of
Canada's Criminal Code stated that women could have
abortions only when they could prove to a hospital's
therapeutic abortion committee that their lives would be
endangered by a pregnancy.
Morgentaler, who had been accused of providing
illegal abortions, convinced the Supreme Court that section 251 meant that many women did not have sufficient access to abortion. The Supreme Court struck
down section 251 and, to date, Canada remains without
any law on the books regarding abortions.
But according to Smith, access to abortion remains a
problem for Canadian women in many rural regions.
Data shows that, in most provinces, the majority of abortions are performed in a few locations. For example, in
Quebec, 75 per cent of abortions have to be performed
in Montreal, while on Prince Edward Island, there are
no abortion faculties at all.
Rachel says that while the situation in Canada is not
nearly as bad as in the US-in 1996, 86 per cent of all
counties lacked an abortion provider—the problem of
access continues to loom large in Canada. 'Rural communities are unable to attract people who are trained in
this care. It's difficult to attract physicians to rural areas
just to practice medicine,' she said.
Abortions performed in clinics represent 30 per cent
of the Canadian total and are an alternative to hospitals,
which often have long waiting lists.
That's a problem, Rachel says, because it is critical
for a woman to be able to get an abortion as soon as she
has made up her mind to do so.
'You can't wait with an abortion. I think it's something that's acute, in that sense, and if the hospitals
aren't capable, aren't willing, to keep up, a clinic will
keep up with that I think the Canada Health Act actually
supports the idea of paying for clinic abortion care if it's
not provided in hospitals and supports that all provinces
should include it in their coverage."
In the end, MSFC is seen as a way to begin building
networks of support for pro-choice students." With
MSFC, I see a resource to allow people to see that, 'Yes,
there's other people interested in this and wanting to do
this.' And we can network and see each other as a collective in which it's easier to say "This is something
that's important," Rachel said. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
by Daiiah Merzaban
Twenty year-old Kimberly Strain hasn't played her violin regularly for over a year now, after practising with the instrument
caused her excessive pain in her left wrist, elbow, and upper
back.
Strain, a third-year student at UBC's School of Music, suffers
from tendonitis, one of a number of repetitive strain injuries
increasing in incidence in the music profession, and prompting concern within the School about potentially career-threatening disabilities.
Repetitive strain injuries, also known as overuse injuries,
occur when any biological tissue—such as muscle, bone, tendon, or ligament—is stressed beyond its physical limit.
Strain, who has been playing the violin since she was four
years old, said that the injury has been emotionally and physically strenuous because it calls into question her future in
music.
'Right now I'm not sure where I want to go," Strain said.
'Being injured, it takes you off of the path where you're going.
People would ask me 'what would you do if you didn't do
music' and I don't know."
Bob Pritchard, a music professor at the School, said stories
like Strain's are increasing in number. He relates this
increase to enhanced competition within the music profession—which has prompted teachers to demand more of students, and students to practice harder and for prolonged periods of time.
"I think we have to recognise that we do have a problem of
injuries within the School [of Music], and it's not surprising,"
Pritchard said. 'My experience from being at the same university, in the same School, as 20 years ago, is that I believe students are at greater risk."
The School conducted a survey in December to assess the
incidence of instrument-related injuries among students. Out
of 99 who responded to the survey, 77 per cent indicated that
they had been injured by their instruments. Of those, 41 per
cent said that they were currently injured.
'Some performers are taking it as a given that they will be
in pain as part of their career. That's really unacceptable,"
Pritchard said, adding that because of the on-tour demands on
students, UBC should consider setting up a fee structure for
music students similar to that offered to the varsity athletes,
who pay an annual fee for medical assistance.
Pritchard said that greater communication with injury specialists is necessary to combat the problem.
PAINED: Playing the violin is something that third-year music student Kimberly Strain hasn't been doing much of
lately, after being diagnosed with tendonitis, a repetitive strain injury, over a year ago. Officials at the UBOSchool
of Music are concerned about the greater incidence of these injuries, dauah merzaban photo
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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: Theatre prof Cathy Burnett
technique that helps relieve pain, dauah merzaban photo
Rhonda Willms, a specialist in physical medicine and
rehabilitation with the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre,
agrees. Willms said that while overuse
injuries have always existed, recognition of
them is growing.
"The problem is that musicians aren't
really understood by the medical community," Willms said,
emphasising that it's important
for the injuries to be properly
diagnosed.
The overuse injuries,
according to Willms, stem from
such factors as inadequate
physical preparation, sudden
changes in practice schedule,
and improper techniques leading to muscle imbalances.
Cathy Burnett, a theatre professor who teaches body movement techniques that can help
remedy the injuries, added that
it's important for musicians to be aware of their
bodies.
In March, Burnett will be offering actors
demonstrates a and musicians two free non-credit trial courses teaching different movement remedies,
which she says release tension and promote healthy movement,
stretching, and breathing.
Burnett said that the demand for the two courses—which
are already full and have long waiting lists—attests to the need
of for-credit movement courses to be available for students in
the future.
The importance of
preventing overuse
injuries is also emphasised by Janet Mee,
director of the UBC
Disability Resource
Centre (DRC).
While the DRC
accommodates injured
students with such services as note-takers and
scribes, Mee said that
the key to prevention is
education, something
that is not yet fully developed on campus.
As for Strain, she said that -such education could have
helped her prevent a great deal of uncertainty.
'I really love music, it's a huge part of me," she said. 'It's
how I define myself...Having it not there, it's like a shock. It's
like a slap in the face." ♦
"I think we have to
recognise that we do
have a problem of
injuries within the
School [of Music], and
it's not surprising,
//
—Bob Pritchard,
UBC music professor
Nuclear industry plans new Ontario storage site
 by Darren Stewart
Environment Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Ontario Power Generation is
one step closer to building a controversial
nuclear waste storage facility east of Toronto.
The provincial utility launched an environmental assessment for plans to build an
above-ground storage facility for waste from
its Darlington Nuclear Station last week. The
project is expected to be completed by 2007.
The problem, critics say, is that the facility
is only a temporary solution, given that the
proposed storage containers last up to 100
years, while the waste remains dangerous for
200,000 years.
"The key question is how we're going to
ensure that there's enough money around to
dispose of the waste properly in the long
term," said Irene Kock,
spokesperson   for   the
Sierra Club of Canada's
nuclear campaign.
Kock said that even if
the nuclear industry can
operate without dangerous incidents like the
much-publicised
Chernobyl accident in
the Ukraine, there will
always be dangerous
waste remaining.
'No country in the
world has discovered how to.dispose of this
waste safely and properly," she said. 'It's a
problem without a solution."
Darlington spokesperson Phil LeSauvage
said that the environmental assessment is
intended to find safe
storage for the waste for
the next 50 years, while
longer-term storage is
under the jurisdiction of
the federal government
"[The federal govern-
_ ment] has been looking
—Irene KOCk, into this for years," he
Sierra Club of Canada s™a£"
the facility is essentially a
big warehouse, and that the assessment will take
into account the safest possible site with the least
environmental impact He added that the study
"No country in the
world has discovered
how to dispose of this
waste safely and
properly."
will leave room for much community feedback
The new facility is the same type that met
with strong opposition from community and
environmental groups in the Kincardine area,
which was slated as a site for the disposal of
waste from the Bruce Nuclear Station.
Residents lost their battle to block the unpopular project last May.
The federal government has investigated the
option of storing spent nuclear fuel 500 metres
below the ground in the plutonic rock of the
Canadian Shield, in containers designed to last
500 years. The government and Atomic Energy
of Canada released the results of an environmental assessment for the project in 1997.
The plan, however, has received much criticism from First Nations groups, environmentalists, and communities in the area. ♦ 8
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
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SOARING TOWARDS GOLD: Sara Cummings (above) and her teammates on the UBC women's volleyball
team will head to Winnipeg this Thursday for. the CIAU Championships. During the first weekend of    •■
reading week, the team defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies in a thrilling, sudden-death 3-1 semi-final at
home. Unfortunately, the semi-final saw the Birds injury/sickness woes continue; Cummings sprained
her ankle, libero Alison Padfield got food poisoning, and backup libero Jasmin Yip came down with
appendicitis. The Birds then dropped the Canada West Final in two straight matches to the Calqary
Dinos this past weekend in Alberta. In spite of the loss, their national ranking allows them to advance to
the Nationals on a wild card. The team will look to its deep bench for inspiration this weekend in
Winnipeg, nic fensom photo .
Swimmers win fourth
title in as many years
Men's Basketball
The UBC men's basketball team traveled to Alberta this past
weekend to face the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in the
Canada West quarter-finals. Despite beating the Pronghorns
twice in War Memorial the previous weekend, the Birds lost the
first game of the playoff series 81-80 in overtime. UBC bounced
back to win 100-84 Saturday night, forcing the series to a third
game. But the Birds' season ended in a rout when the 'Horns
came out on fop of a 90-64 decision Sunday.
Track
The UBC track team won five medals at the Canada West
Championships in Regina this past weekend. David Milne won
gold in the 3000m with a time of 8:32.46. He also won bronze in
the 1500m in a time of 3:55.32. Byron Wood finished third in the
3000m in a time of 8:38.90. Chris Williams won silver in the
600ni with a time of 1:21.4 5, and Jon Luckhurst won bronze in
the 1000m with a time of 2:31 52. Seven members of the track
team will head to the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec in two
weeks for the CIAU Championships.
Baseball
The UBC baseball team traveled through the States on a 12-game
road trip over the break and came back with an 114 pre-season
record. The first Saturday, the team beat George Fox College 6-0,
and then dropped an 8-5 decision to Laverne College at the
Laverne tournament in California. The Birds faced the same two
teams the following day, and won both games.
The Birds then played two mid-week games against Concordia,
and Point Loma, winning the first 3-2, and the second 13-0.
This past weekend at the Lewis-Clark State Tournament in
Idaho, the Birds beat Eastern Oregon twice, lost to Northwest
Nazarene, and lost two to the Lewis-Clark Warriors, the host team
and the defending NAIA champions. ♦>
"Swimming" from page 1
best time. But I knew I was kind of
ready for something in the butterfly,
my training had been leading up to
it," said Stefanyshyn.
Stefanyshyn was once again
denied the gold in the 100m backstroke. The winner of the race, veteran Toronto swimmer Julie Howard
ended up breaking the CIAU record
for the event
Laval University's Sophie Simard
in particular was a thorn in UBC's
side: The second-year swimmer,
another Olympian, dominated the
freestyle events, winning the 100m,
200m and 400m. Simard, who won
Swimmer-of-the-Year honours, also
managed to shave almost two seconds off the CIAU record for the
200m freestyle.
Like the women, the Thunderbird
men were not immune to upsets.
National team veteran and University
of Calgary Dino Rick Say outswam
Johns in the 200m freestyle. Say
scored three more victories for
Calgary by winning the 100m, 400m,
and 1500m freestyle events. He set a
new Canadian record in the 400m
free and capped off his stellar meet
by outpacing the field by more than
20 seconds in the 1500m Freestyle.
Say was named Swimmer of the Year.
Another disappointment for UBC
was Mark Versfeld's absence from
the top step of the podium. The
Commonwealth Games medalist and
Olympian has been a Thunderbird
for five years, and will be leaving the
team at the end of the year. Versfeld
was outraced all weekend by the
University of Guelph's Sean Sepulis.
Versfeld lost both the   100m and
200m backstroke by less than half a
second.
"I didn't have many expectations,"
Versfeld said'after the meet "The
training level I've been at so far this
year has been pretty low. I've been
swimming at most just once a day. So
I Was happy to be able to contribute to
the team with my experience. I didn't
think I was going to be in the best
shape that I could be, but I was happy
with my times and the places they put
me in."
Mark Johnston, another strong
UBC swimmer, spent most of the
weekend trying to contend with the
flu and migraines. Nonetheless,
Johnston was able to nab a silver
medal in the 400m freestyle, and also
swam in two of the relays.
Both the UBC women and men
also conceded the breaststroke events
to the competition Rootye Kelly Kaye
had the best performance among UBC
women, finishing seventh in the
100m breaststroke, while Jake Steele
placed fourth in the 100m breast-
stroke.
"The girls who did the breaststroke
definitely stepped up and did well,"
said women's team captain Kelly
Doody. "It might have looked worst
because the national calibre, especially of the Calgary girls, for the breast-
stroke is really strong."
The depth of the Calgary women in
the breaststroke translated into first-
and second-place finishes in the 50m,
100m and 200m breaststroke. On the
men's side it was UVic that took control of the pool, taking first and second in the 100m and 200m breast-
stroke.
But in the long run, the upsets and
shortcomings didn't matter. UBC
dominated the meet, winning! 4 gold
medals in all, and winning all six
relay events. UBC finished the meet
in style, breaking the CIAU record in
the 4x100 medley relays, and beating
arch-rival Calgary in the process.
'We knew they [Calgary] would
really rub it in our faces if they won
the women's medley relay, so we had
to strategise all weekend so we still
had enough swims left, because
you're only allowed six swims per
girl," Doody explained.
For Versfeld, the 4x100 medley
relay was an emotional race. 'I hardly realised it was my last race
until...we were swimming that relay
It kind of put into perspective that
five years goes by pretty quick
There's been a lot of mostly highs
that went with that. I'm pretty happy
with the experience, and I'll never
forget it,' he said.
"It's nice to finish on a high note
of a meet that also went really well for
almost everyone on the team.'
So where do the Birds go from
here? Head coach Tom Johnson said
that the UBC program can become
more competitive, and not just at the
varsity level.
'I think that the next step for us is
to swim faster, to swim even better in
terms of world performance levels.
Swimming to the Canadian record
standards, like Stefanyshyii did and
the relay teams, swimming CIAU
records," Johnson said.
The Birds will get a chance to see
whether they're up to snuff when
they race at the Spring Nationals held
in Edmonton later in March, where
the Birds will be racing against the
best in Canada for an eventual berth
in the World Championships. ♦
STANDING TALL: UBC's Mark Versfeld collects a silver for a
backstroke event in Guelph. ian wagg/the ontarion photo
Women's season ends in Vic
by Tom Peacock
Well, the end result was a little predictable in hindsight,
looking back over the past few years in recent memory
when the UBC women's basketball team has come up
against UVic in the post-season and lost But that isn't to
say this past weekend's Canada West semi-final match up
didn't showcase some good nail-biting basketball. No
ma'am. Not in the least
The UBC women's basketball team won two out of
three games against the University of Alberta Pandas last
weekend during the Canada West quarter-finals series in
War Memorial Gym. Then, this past weekend, as has happened the last five years in a row, the Birds traveled to
Vancouver Island to have their play-off hopes squashed by
the University of Victoria Vikes.
Friday's game in McKinnon Gym was anything but
exciting. The Birds came out timid and didn't score until
four minutes into the game. The Vikes shot ahead to a
comfortable 12-point lead by the eight-minute mark, and
they didn't look back.
Occasionally ball players complain about the different
rims in gyms, and the Birds might well have wanted to do
just that as every shot they took bounced everywhere but
in the basket Stacy Reykdal, UBC's leading scorer, hit one
of six attempted field goals. Teammates Carrie Watson
and Jennifer Washburn didn't fare much better, combining for a total eight points after 13 attempted shots.
'We came out flat," Reykdal said simply of Friday
night's game.
"We didn't come out fired up. I'm not sure why," she
continued, adding that the same thing happened last
weekend, when the Birds gave in to the Pandas Saturday,
after dragging Friday's game into double-overtime and
earning the emotional win. The Birds won the quarter
final series, but it was apparent that no one, least of all the
players themselves, was sure when they would turn up
ready to play.
This past Friday, the Birds came out cold and there was
no reasonable explanation for it given the must-win circumstances. Thea for whatever reason, the next night the
Birds were ready to play again, and gave the Vikes cause to
worry that they might have had to play a third game Sunday.
After five minutes, UBC point guard Charmene Adams
had already made two three-point shots, and the Birds had
a 12-2 lead. Carrie Watson and Sheila Townsend won
offensive rebounds off their taller opponents, and on
defence the Birds made it clear to their UVic counterparts
that they were going to have to fight for every point
UBC post Carlee St. Denis went on a six-point run midway through the half as the Birds held on to a five-point
lead. Then Carrie Rogers went four-for-four at the line to
close out the half, and UBC was ahead by four.
But something happened in the UVic locker room,
because when veteran head coach Kathy Shields brought
her team back into the gym for the second half they immediately went to work taking apart the UBC offence.
"They played man-to-man in the first half. Then they
brought out their press, and that put us back on our heels
a bit" Huband said.
The Birds soon surrendered the lead they had held all
game as they struggled to retain possession. Kim Johnson,
UVic's most lethal weapon, went to work scoring baskets
like it was something she usually does with a blindfold on
and balanced on a rubber pylon. Johnson had 31 points
during the game, 24 in the second half.
But in spite of the dogged effort of the Vikes, the Birds
did not back down, and the score stayed close up until the
final minutes. With just over two minutes left Carrie
Rogers sunk a basket to bring the Birds within fc-ur. A
minute later, the Vikes handed the ball to post Angela
Mangan who popped it in extending Ihe Vikes' lead to six.
As Adams desperately fouled, trying to force a turnover, the
clock ran down. Then Johnson went to the line and sank
two and the game was out of reach for the Birds.
In spite of the fact the loss signified the end of the season for the Birds, coach Huband was happy with the effort
shown by the UBC team Saturday.
"There is no comparison between tonight's game and
last night's game. Tonight we came out and we played and
last night we didn't" she said.
'We thought we had a pretty good chance," Rogers said
after the game. 'Of course there was the intimidation factor, but we tried not to think about it'
Rogers added that the team wasn't really too phased by
UBC's history of losing in McKinnon.
'It's a little different every year," she said. "They've had
different players over the years, and so have we."
Huband agreed.
'Every year's different I don't care about what happened in the past," she said, adding that what's important
is that the Birds came out ready to play and to compete, and
to show a good team like the Vikes that they can compete
against them.
For Lisa Nevoral, Washburn, and Reykdal, this weekend
was their last as a member of the team. After five years
playing at the varsity level, they are no longer eligible.
'It's going to be strange going to school with no basketball," Reykdal, who is returning to UBC next year to fin-
ish her degree in Human Kinetics, said. "It will be the first
time since like Grade 6," the emotion after Saturday's final
game showed clearly on her face.
Reykdal says she'll still be a big fan and is even hoping
to help out with some coaching if possible.
As for the rest of the team, there's always next year
when UVic will lose five of its players, including three '
starters. So next season will be indeed a whole different
ball game. ♦
REACHIN': UBC's JenniferWashburn swats at a ball, tara westover
PHOTO 10
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UBC men's team ends disappointing season
by Sara Newham
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The UBC men's hockey team can
pack their bags, air out their equipment, and take their skates home
because their disappointing season
is finally over. The beleaguered
team played its final two games this
past weekend against the 8-13-5
Regina Cougars.
The weekend's match-ups were
meaningless in terms of points for
the T-Birds since, despite their
much-improved play in the second
half of the season, the Birds were no
longer in the running for a spot in
the playoffs. Still, the Birds were
intent on winning.
'We had some goals of finishing
. 5 in the second half and some goals
of establishing some winning things
and that's what the last few weeks
have been about,' explained Head
Coach Mike Coflin.
So after losing their 19th game of
the season 4-2 on Friday, UBC ended
the season on a high note with a convincing 7-2 victory Saturday to finish up with a 6-19-3 record.
Last Friday, with the score tied at
one, The^irds took their first lead
early in the third period when
rightwinger Dustin Paul converted a
pass from forward Sandy Hayer. The
lead held up until 12:22 of the .final
frame when Regina scored on a
powerplay.
UBC pressed Regina more
aggressively to tiy to regain the lead,
but the Cougars' defence came up
big when needed. Unfortunately for
the Birds it was Regina who got the
go-ahead goal at 16:25 to make it 3-
2. After a brief time-out for the
Birds, Robert File was pulled for the
extra-attacker but UBC was unable to
force overtime with a tying goal and
Regina added an empty netter to
seal the win.
'I think it was a pretty close
game,' said Josh 'Cinzies-Buns'
Cinnamon, who is graduating this
season. "I think for the most part we
played pretty well. We really battled
hard and it was evident in the score
until the last five minutes [when]
they capitalised on us. It was sort of
emblematic of the season, I guess.'
With five T-Birds playing in their
final game for UBC, Saturday was a
completely different and very special game. The veterans got the ball
roiling early Saturday night when
Hayer put it past the right side of
Cougar goaltender Graham Cook
just 23 seconds into the game.
Regina tied it up on the powerplay at 3:04, but that was the last
goal they would score for a while
because Saturday night was one for
the Birds. Everything seemed to
click. Goaltender Peter Brady gave
them the big saves, the defencemen
were great when they had to be, and
the forwards were aggressive in
their pursuit of the puck and had
plenty of chances and goals to show
for it.
"I was thrilled for the guys,'
Coflin said after Saturday's game,
"It's an emotional night...Your team
comes together in the fall and when
you realise that it is your final game
there is a lot of emotions tugging at
everybody involved, so quite often
it's a difficult game to play. I thought
our old guys got us off to a good start
and we never looked back.'
By the third period, the Birds
were already up 4-1. Fourteen seconds in, forward Nils Antons scored
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BRINGIN' THE NOISE: UBC's Nils Anton, nic fensom photo
his fifth goal of the season, and the
team's fifth goal of the game with
assists from defenceman Chris
Sotiropolous and forward Derek
Dinelle. UBC went ahead 6-1 at the
3:20 mark when Chris Rowland
tucked the puck in the net
Regina's second goal of the game
came at 11:2 9 of the third, but it was
too late to mount a comeback.
Antons scored his second goal of the
game, doubling Regina's total, and
making the final score 7-2. While
"There's been
a lot of times
when we've
played this
well.'
//
—Trevor Shoaf,
UBC defenceman
there were a few standouts such as
Antons; Cinnamon, Trevor Shoaf,
and Ian Lampshire, who had three
assists; Hayer, whose two goals and
two assists marked one of bis better
outings this season, was named
UBC's player of the game.
"There's been a lot of times
where we've played this well,' said
Shoaf, who intends to continue his
hockey career in England next year.
-'Obviously we never played every
single game like this, but if you
watch the games where we lost, we
played with the same kind of effort,
just sometimes things bounce your
way.'
When asked if he wants to retract
his earlier statements made after the
January 2 8th game where he said that
the team would make the playoffs,
Shoaf replied, "I hold my ground. I
really thought we were gonna make
the playoffs, it came to that one key
game [the January 29 game against
Calgary], [and a] key call against us
where Jag [Bal] made an awful call
against us. As far as the statements I
made about the Ubyssey, I'm the only
one that seems to be speaking
up...The paper has been nothing but
unkind to the team.'
On top of all the bad press the
team has received, this has been a
difficult year for the men's squad.
Not making the playoffs again is a
tough pill to swallow for a team that
works so hard. There have been a
few positive things about this season, however. This is a team with a
great work ethic. The majority of the
games have not been blowouts, but
rather, close contests in which they
could realistically compete for a
win.
The Birds' major problem this
season has been finding a way to
win. Before the Christmas break, the
team had only one victory and could
not finish games in which they led
or tied at some point After the
break, however, the Thunderbirds
managed five wins and were close
or robbed in a few more.
"I didn't think we were a very
good hockey team in the first half,'
Coflin said. "We weren't quite as bad
as our record indicated, but we
weren't doing things that were
gonna win games. I think that
maybe some people weren't quite as
prepared, or we misjudged their
ability to help us win right off the
bat We did have really, two first-
year goalies, four first-year defence-
men, [and we] lost Chris Fleury, lost
Rob Petrie. We weren't ready. We
thought we were ready in the offseason and that's the coach's fault'
Another positive thing about
this season, perhaps even the last
two or three seasons, has been the
amount of support the team has
had from students, faculty and
players' parents. There were many
proud parents in the stands each
night. Lampshire's mother, David
Penner's parents, and Rob Petrie's
family, among others, attended
every game. Petrie's father, Bob,
drives in from Kamloops for each
homestand, phones his wife to tell
her the score after every period,
and drives back to Kamloops on
Sundays—supporting the team
right up until the. end.
Now that the season is over,
Coflin must begin to prepare for
next season and hope for a better
record.
"I think maybe as coaches and
maybe as returning players we can
prepare this summer for how hard
our league is, how competitive it is,*
the coach continued. "I think we
thought because we had a fairly positive finish to the season before things
were just going to happen. But you've
always got to make it happen." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
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Words into dance, opera into ballet
hy Ronald Nurwisdh
BUTTERFLY
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Feb. 22-24
What's the recipe for a good opera? Start with music, a
great libretto, and a story that can pull on the heartstrings of the most jaded audience. Giacomo Puccini was
a master of this formula. Take for example Madama
Butterfly, with the story of an innocent Japanese girl who
falls in love and is betrayed by her lover Pinkerton, an
American sailor. The story is a tearjerker, with equal
parts sappy romanticism and tragedy. Butterfly's longing
and her eventual suicide have to be among the most moving moments in opera. It's a story that translates well
into almost any form, including ballet
There are many advantages to adapting an opera for
the ballet The music is already there, and if it's Puccini,
Verdi, or Wagner, it's probably pretty good. Plus you
don't need a pesky librettist or a writer to come up with
a convoluted plot involving swans, transformations, or
sleeping princesses. Just slap together the choreography
and you've got yourself a brand-new full-length ballet.
Of course, that in itself is a challenging task. For
Butterfly, choreographer David Nixon had to convey the
tragic nature of the Puccini opera without using arias or
words, while creating a watchable and memorable ballet
Butterfly succeeds on both counts—this ballet is filled
with moments of pristine beauty, and it communicates
the depth of tragedy that exists in the original work.
Butterfly's marriage duet with Pinkerton is moving and
sensual. Equally moving is Butterfly's suicide dance. Set
to music traditionally used for Japanese kabuki theatre,
her dance fully conveys the suffering and the turmoil
inside the soul of the young bride cast off by the only man
she ever loved.
While Nixon's choreography was excellent, credit
must also be given to the members of the Royal Winnipeg
Pallet Lissette Salgado is a moving and graceful
Butterfly. The role is both physically demanding and
emotionally complex. Salgado filled both criteria easily.
White Rock-born Johnny Wright also shone as Pinkerton.
This role has some great moments, including a poignant
duet with Butterfly, and a haunting dream sequence in
which Butterfly dreams of Pinkerton's seduction of
countlesa women.
One minor complaint was the lacklustre accompaniment provided by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The strings often sounded laboured, while the woodwinds and brass seemed tired and out of synch for most
of the evening. It wasn't until the crucial third act that the
orchestra played to a standard worthy of what was taking
place on stage.
But this was a small concern and one that didn't
detract from my enjoyment of Butterfly. This ballet is a
splendid and moving work blessed with dancers that
communicate the story and move the audience. It's a
major accomplishment, and a few flubbed notes can't
take away'from that ♦
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Candida, a romantic comedy written
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plays, exploring the relationship
between a husband and wife, and
examining the impact an outside
admirer can have on such a relationship. The Vancouver
- Playhouse's production of Candida
features solid acting, an innovative
set, and, of course, a script from a
Nobel laureate. Despite these
strengths, however, the production
falls flat
Shaw, like Candida's Reverend
James Morell (Robert Wisden), was a
passionate socialist and a popular
speaker. In the play, Reverend
Morell is married to the witty and
vibrant Candida, with whom he is
madly In love. An honest, pragmatic,
and forthright man, Morell is so
infatuated with his wife that he
thinks catching the measles would
be a blessing because his wife would
then nurse him back to health.
Enter the young poet Eugene
Marchbanks, also madly in love
with Candida. Invited into the house
by Candida, Marchbanks is, ironically, found by Morell, who welcomes
the young man. A dreamy, bright,
insightful, but insolent 18-year-old,
Eugene is horrified when he discovers that Candida performs manual
labour in the Morell household, and
states that he would much rather
her "be idle, selfish, and useless,
that is, beautiful and free and
happy." Eugene presumptuously
believes that he is obligated to
inform Morell that he too is in love
with Candida Not only that, but
Eugene informs Morell that he does
not deserve his wife, and furthermore, that he does not understand
her.
Morell is tempted to kick Eugene
out of the house, until Eugene points
out that Morell would be doing so
only because he is afraid that
Eugene is right Thus, what ensues
is a contest between the melodramatic poet or, as Morell labels him,
a "little sniveling cowardly whelp,"
and the goody-goody clergyman.
Several other characters wander
in and out of the plot, including
Proserpine Garnett, Reverend
MoreU's typist, and Mr. Burgess— "
Candida's father. These characters
add little to the plot; but add comic
relief. For example, Proserpine tells
the insistent Eugene that his truth is
not applicable to her and that, if it's
original conversation he wants, he
had "better go and talk to piim]self."
Mr. Burgess, a devoted capitalist
and ruthless businessman who
opposes Morell's politics and ideas,
is for the most part only funny when
others are laughing at him, like
when Proserpine calls him a "silly
old fathead."
The set features a triple-tiered
protruding stage framed with gilt
The stage, coupled with the period
props and furniture, gives the audience the strange sensation that
they're watching an animated painting. Cherubs are found in various
locations all over the set—climbing
on the stage, peeking beneath it, or
hanging from the curtain rod—and
serve as a reminder of the more
mischievous aspects of love.
For a romantic comedy, the play
did not boast many laughs. The acting was solid and the accents were
good, but the characters were too
incessant or stereotypical to come
alive. The set though creative, gave
an impression of falsity and illusion
Overall, the production was flat
Mildly interesting, but dull. ♦
Platonic love, haunted
WHO HONEY
at the Jericho Arts Centre
no longer playing
WUd Honey explores the suffering and humour created by one man's love. Mickhail Platonov (Alexander
Williams) passionately loves each woman in his life.
When he is with one woman he loves her completely—
seemingly devoid of compassion for anyone else.
However, when he leaves the presence of one girl for
another he takes his love with him, now bestowing it
solely on the new girl.
When the audience first meets Platonov, he is
married to a child and biding his time as the local
philosopher. He is attending a social held by the local
duchess (Attdree Karas), who is in love with Platonov,
and is spewing forth a bleak and sarcastic vie w of the
world As the play progresses we are introduced to the
maxry women who love Piatonov and their ignorant
male counterparts. Every male in the play, except
PktonoV, loves one woman and all of the women love
Platonov. Not surprisingly, this unbalance of love generates problems like death and despair.
Intertwined with this love story are many subplots
meant to lighten the heavy topic of unquenchable
love. Characters such as Colonel Tviletzky (John
Munro), Qsip (Igor Tugelsman) and Glagolyeo (Derik
C. Carr) provide multiple moments of drunk comedy
by John Fenton
that make you laugh out loud, momentarily forgeting
the seriousness of the theme This balance between
laughter and tears is cruciaL not only for the audience's enjoyment, but also for the accurate depiction
of real human emotion.
One would imagine that Platonov woos his women
with soft words and praises—yet this is not the case. In
fact his gospels are bleak and insulting, Platonov
repeatedly converses with women in such an indignant fashion that you expect him to be hit but instead
he is only revered more. The anger that Platonov
shows is not merefy an act to lure in another distinguished damsel but instead is his true feeling about
the torment in his life.
Unlike his Latin counterpart, Don Juan, Platonov is
not haying several lovers. Instead Platonov focuses on '
the chaos and unhappiness of having multiple part- .
ners. When he is with a woman, he truly loves her and ;
no ontfelse, but thifc does not stop him from worrying ■
about the other women. This is Platonov's Achilles
heel; he is completely captured by the moment but is
unable to enjoy it This particular point struck a chord
in me as I have found that it is truly difficult lo participate in infidelity without remorse—no matter how
good the new nookie is, it cannot completely erase the
loving that you have previously received. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
13
LDLITAS ND LONGER
BY DUNCAN H. HCHUGH
THE DONNAS, WITH TUULI AND
THE BLACK HALOS
at Richard's on Richards
Feb. 16
Perhaps the title of the Donnas' 1998 album, American Teenage
Rock n' Roll Machine, was a little too apt Like a slick punk rock
engine, the Donnas' recent Vancouver stop was smooth and
dependable. Unfortunately though, other than having the show
over before 10 o'clock (in order to accommodate the traditional
Richard's on Richards crowd), the show offered no surprises.
There was a time when the Donnas were rock 'n' roll's
Lolitas, and, essentially, a Ramones cover band made up of the
"bad girls" from your high school. But, as their latest release,
The Donnas Turn 21, would indicate, Palo Alto, CA's finest have
all grown up. This does have some benefits, of course. Bassist
Donna F. no longer acts as though she's kept in a cage between
shows, and singer Donna A. did a masterful job of dealing with
the underwear thrown at her (though one has to question the
hygiene of picking up and twirling a pair of boxer-briefs).
None of this is to say the show was bad, it was just unre-
markably good. There were songs about boys, Camaros, hot
pants, and boys in the back of Camaros, wearing hot pants. This
is all fine, of course, but the whole performance seemed perfunctory."
I missed most of Tuuli's set, but from the four songs I did
hear by the Toronto four-piece, I wasn't too upset about arriving
late. Despite looking like the Punk Rock Spice Girls (each with a
different hair colour!), the girls of Tuuli seemed tired and
uncomfortable in front of a largely indifferent crowd.
Next up shoiild have been Bratmobile but, due probably to
the hassles of getting through Customs, instead the Black Halos
took the stage. Now I have no problem with most of the Black
Halos. On Friday, they played a tight set with lots of good songs
that didn't repel me. But their lead singer, Billy Hopeless, is
quite a different story.
Someone pretending he or she is drunk is pathetic. Someone
as skin-crawlingiy unattractive as Billy Hopeless prancing
around half nude is pathetic. Someone with an undersized
reproductive organ flaunting his leopard-print thong-beclothed
crotch is pathetic. Ladies and gentleman, Billy Hopeless is
pathetic.
Sobriety, ugliness, and a lack of genital endowment is fine in
most sectors of society, and these traits should not for the most
part form the basis for discrimination. But when someone
aspires, as Billy desperately does, to be a rock star, certain
things must be ensured. Hence, I offer these suggestions to help
Billy out
1. You're going to have to get actually drunk. Maybe then
your posturing will seem less contrived. If you are actually
drunk already, you should move to harder stuff, like oven cleaner.
2. You should get better looking. This is going to be really
hard and, probably, futile, but a rock star isn't supposed to
look like a Faulknerian idiot man-child. Cut that beehive/skyward mullet, get that dumb-looking sneer off of your face, and
don't take your clothes off. You are a gross, gross man and you
are supposed to allure the teenaged groupies, not repel them.
If you simply must take off your shirt and pull down your
pants (which, given that you do so with as much inevitability
as a Penthouse stripper, you probably do), then, for Christ's
sake...
3. Put a sock in your ginch. With all the swagger you have
onstage, you're supposed to be hung, and waving that too tiny
package around isn't going to get you anywhere.
But sadly, I feel this advice is going to go unheeded. If, as
Georgia Straight music writer Mike Usinger suggested in his
recent profile of the band, the Black Halos are "the shit you cannot fuck with," I guess Billy's not about to change. But let this be
a warning: Billy Hopeless is a nuisance to music fans everywhere. I only wish that he, and Mike Usinger, find the pool of
vomit they so richly deserve to die in. ♦
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THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2001
VOLUME 82 ISSUE 37
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One foot in the grave
Even though the sun's been shining and it's not
really that cold out and thank God we don't live
in Newfoundland, it's getting pretty bleak
around here. It's that time of year when reading
break is over and the only thing keeping you
going through all the exams and term papers
and problem sets and miserable professors is
the knowledge that someday in the distant
future, the term will end. Until then, the sun may
shine, but you're more than entitled to shake
your fist at the sky and curse your sorry fate. But
just in case you're having any trouble getting in
a truly bad mood, we at the Ubyssey have made
a big list of some of the things we hate. Just think
of the list as a few helpful suggestions. And when
you're done, let the hate flow. So, in no particular order, we hate...
• Boy bands
• Boys in bands
• Boys in bandanas
• Bandanas
• Small dogs
• Small dog owners
• Small dog owners in bandanas
• Cell phones
• Cell phones that play songs
• People who talk on cell phones on the bus and
start their conversations by saying 'Guess where
I am? On the bus!'
• Not being on the bus and being on the sidewalk
half an hour late for...shit
• Movies starring Adam Sandler
• Leather pants
• Professional wrestling
• Any combination of the above three items
• Losing
• Losing your watch
• Thinking you've lost your watch and then realising at three in the morning that you know precisely where it is and MAKE THE BEEPING
STOP!
• Being late
Shift magazine
Olives
Oliver
Feta cheese
Fetishes
Mike Usinger (and other boys who wish they
were in bands)
Dust
Beige
Hockey
White shoes in February
Hippies
Fourte e n-y e ar-olds
Smoked chicken
Fourteen-year-old smoked chicken
Smoking chickens
Smoking
Sweater sets
Inadequacy (yours, not ours)
Moving
Fluorescent lighting
Teen romance novels
Teen romance
Love (not the band—Free Arthur Lee!)
Temptation Island
Regis Philbin
Leah McLaren
amihotornot.com
noyouarenot.com
The way Colin Powell can't pronouce his name
like everyone else in the world named 'Colin*
Colon cancer
The cost of food in the SUB
The Golf Channel
Golfers
Jennifer Love Hewitt She's so two years ago.
Susan Musgrave
Roommates
Styrofoam
Sleeveless shirts
Boy bands in sleeveless shirts. Boy bands!
Studded belts
Anything heavy metal
• Except Judas Priest
• Ravers (yeah, we still hate 'em)
• Salt Spring Island yuppies
• Victoria
•BC Ferries
• Away games
• Breakfast cereal
• Pets
• Tpyos
• People who think they're clever (see above)
• Dick Cheney
• The NRA
• Cafeteria food on Saturday
• Manchester United Football Club
• Matchbox 20
• The Georgia Straight
• Disease
• Pestilence
•War
• Famine
• The horses they rode in on
• People who think high school was the best time
of their lives
• All the people who picked on us in high school
• The way i occassionally free-associate and start
typing all stream-of-consciousness-like kinda
like that time in junior high school, man i was on
top of the world...
• Wah-wah pedals
• Actors
• When possessive's aren't used correctly
• People who think they're being clever. Ahem.
• The prison-industrial complex, man
• Afasic(l986, starring Cher and Eric Stolz)
• Grease 2
• Winter
• Taco freakin' Bell
•Art
• Music
• Sports
• Nature
• People
• Life ♦
LETTERS
Lifeliner asks "Why
treat our displays
differently?"
As I walked toward the SUB last
Tuesday afternoon, I noticed that
the Origami Club had set up a display. As a member of another campus club, I was extremely surprised
and concerned to see it considering
'the club never informed student
groups about the decision.' Sounds
a bit silly, don't you think? This is
the same concern a student had
about Lifeline's Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) display, as
stated in the Ubyssey on Tuesday,
Feb. 13 ("Time for the university to
fill in the info GAP,' Editorial, [Feb.
13])
The student maintained that all
UBC student groups and students
should be given warning about
where and when the display is to be
held. However, Lifeline did not
withhold any information once the
final details had been confirmed.
In addition, warning signs were
placed well in front of the display in
various directions to ensure that
students who did not wish to see
the display could easily change
their path. Students who did choose
to walk through the display area
were not approached if they did not
decide  to  look  and  discuss.   If
Lifeline must inform the whole
campus about their educational display, then so must all other clubs-
regardless of the type.
When any surrounding issues
about GAP are removed, one can't
help but admit that the display once
again achieved its goal: to get people talking about the abortion issue
in a civil manner. Abortion is a
topic usually left in the shadows as
something rarely of a conversation
piece. I believe that people are not
educated enough about the issue
and the majority of their education
comes from misleading and fact-
less sources.
GAP provides a new perspective
on abortion, full of facts and argu
ments that are scientifically, philosophically, ethically, and morally
sound. GAP challenges students to
see abortion for what it ACTUALLY
is and strips the argument for abortion of its rhetoric, encouraging discussion about when life REALLY
begins. If we are to be charged that
the comparison between past
forms of genocide and abortion is
invalid, then it better be proved,
without a doubt, that unborn
humans are not people. This brings
us into essential debates about
exactly that 'what is the unborn?"
-Andrea Martens
Human Kinetics 2
Active member of Lifeline THE UBYSSEY
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BIKE ART SHOW
at the AMS Art Gallery
Feb. 26-Mar. 2
This week Vancouver cyclists will
show their love for the multi-spoked
vehicle when they pedal down the
bike lanes towards the AMS Art
Gallery for the Bike Art Show, presented by the UBC Bike Co-op.
For those who don't know
already, the Bike Co-op is an on-campus club that helps recycle and
repair bikes ridden on campus. Its
home in tlie SUB, the Bike Kitchen,
is where you can purchase parts for
your bike and have it repaired by Coop members. The Co-op has also
established many programs, such as
a Bike Repair 101 course and an
upcoming 202, course for students
interested in training to become
professional bike mechanics.
The bike art exhibit is a multimedia presentation that will showcase
the work of 15 artists, around 11 of
whom are Co-op members. The display is designed to reflect cycling as
a way of life—as a natural adrenaline
rush obtained by riding en all terrains, in any weather, at any time.
"From my point of view, it's the
culture of bicycling brought to the
public,' explained Kari
Hewett, coordinator of the Coop. "The bike is not just a utility vehicle, but can be seen as
one's expression of the self.'
Hewett said the idea
stems from a trip that she
took to the University of
Arizona, where art is used to
help attract people to bikes.
They have planners and
builders interested in transforming bike racks into
forms of artistic expression,'
to show how far they can
stretch the limits for cyclists."
Here     at     UBC,     the
cyclists/artists have repaired   NUTS 'N' BOLTS: UBC cyclists do more than ride their bikes —they make art with them. UBC's Bike Co-op is
or taken apart their bikes  displaying these artforms in the AMS Art Gallery this week.The bright pink monstrosity pictured above plugs
using various art and media  into the wall and vacuums up peanuts. We're not making this up. Go see for yourself.Too bad you missed the
supplies to create a visual dis- wine and cheese at the launch. Suckas. tara westover photo
play portraying the bicycle as
an incarnation of their identity.
"Bicyclists will tend to outfit their
bikes with both environmenalist
and anticonsumerism messages,'
explained Ted Buehler, a member of
the Co-op and coordinator of the art
show. "The bikes are non-contu-
sive—they're not going to destroy the
world.' Alongside these activist messages are other artistic pieces,
including a bicycle-powered sleigh
with headless reindeer and a collection of helmet art
The public will also be given a
chance to add to this exhibit by creating one square of a bike patchwork
quilt that will be slowly created during the course of the week. This invitation is extended to all who want to
proudly show off their bike attire or
bike parts, whether it's spandex
shorts, helmets, or banana seats.
This commemoration of bicycle
culture is on display indoors in the
art gallery, but how long until bicycle art is seen around campus?
Buehler said that arts funding is
necessary before bike racks or bike
paths at UBC can be transformed
into artistic works. He added that
the Bike Co-op is invited to decorate
the bike racks outside the SUB.
It might be a while before you see
bike racks turrfed into funky postmodernist forms, but the Bike Coop
will stay busy coming up with new
ways to better the condition for
cyclists on campus. In the meantime,
cars are busy knocking out cyclists,
and cyclists are busy knocking down
pedestrians. The only place anyone
will be able to understand this cycling
culture will be at the Bike Art Show
this week at the AMS Art Gallery. ♦
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CULTURE
THE UBYSSEY
Far from a turkey of a film
WHAT'S COOKING?
now playing
Holidays are a time for families to
come together. These little
"reunions" manage to bring out the
worst in people a&f unpleasant
episodes from theipast get dredg-J
up and brutally |dissected for U^
thousandth time.lor your pleats
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may take turns pushing
tons (which of coiifses* taey programmed in the first place) and
aggravating you with a neveVending
barrage of life questions. "WrW are
you getting married?" 'When are we
• getting grandchildren?" "What do
you intend to do with your life?"
Small wonder that the suicide rate
jumps during these times of joy...
Rather than liihit herself to one
family's deluge of dysfunctional dialogue at Thanksgiving, writer/director Gurinder Chadha>zooms in on a
multi-family multicultural view of
the holiday. W\are^ introduced to
the Jewish family with the lesbian
daughter and her lover, the
Hispanic family with the philandering husband and newly liberated
wife, the cross-generational
Vietnamese family's struggle with
old traditions vs. new realities, and
the sucj^ssful yet fractured African-
Agiefican family. Happy holidaysl
Unlike Big Night, in which food is
intended to inspire pure sensory
decadence,   or   Like   Water   for
BY GREG URSIC
Chocolate, where food takes on a
mystical, magical quality, Chadha's
film uses food to illuminate the contrasts between the families in the
piece. While turkey is served as the
main course at every dinner table, it
is prepared, cooked and presented
very differently by each family. The
roasted polenta, fajitas, spring rolls,
and homemade macaroni and/
cheese that supplant the side dishes
typically associated with
Thanksgiving—corn, cranberry sauce
and     mashed     potatoes—further
enhance the feelixTa (and reminded %
me that I had missed dinner). But
movies do notlive'Dy food alone.
What sets this film apart from
its contemporaries is its execution.
Any of the plots could easily provide enough fodder for a full-length
movie. This makes their skillful
amalgamation in 106 minutes that
much more impressive. It is more
remarkable when one takes into
account that no one in the voluminous (there are dozens of speakin,
parts) and talented ensemble cas
is there as wjndow dressm^eyery
charaderis solid and has a cj&arly
defined.purpose. Rarer still is trie
fact that the lion's share of Icreea
time isfdevoted to the development
of stroag female charactersAwhica
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The diajdgue is realistic and welK
■>^|itten,' and the situations, though
sometimes tongue-in-cheek, are
familiar and believable. The pacing
is quick, only slowing down to take a
breather when the audience heeds
it, but never leaving the viewer
behind. The editing is tight and
clean, rarely allpwm'g anj^one scene
to run too long. Finally, the cine-
matographer deserves congratulations for the exceptionally sumptuous- fooct sKoS—I s^vear I coufd smell
the turkey. In nqovies>^s^rflife however, nothing is perfectly
The movie does lapse into stereotypes in several instances. For example, could anyone be as trur* annoying and clueless as the character of
Aunt Bea (played to wonderful
excess by Estelle Harris)? I hope not
The film also goes to the sentimentality well a little too often.-and the
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ending, while clever, is contrived.
Though noticeable, theyf flaws are
'merely mildly distracts and do not
overwhelm the filf
A§'the- saying goes, I laughed, I
cried, I cringed: it was an experience. Well, I didn't actually cry, I just
got a little something in my eye.Y ♦
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