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First year student killed on UBC highwa
by Douglas Quan
It was supposed to be Chris Stuffco's night.
The first year UBC student just had to get
through one more exam in a summer math
course, and then hed be free. Free to hang
out with his buddies at a Gastown nightspot.
Free to be an 18-year old.
"Finally he could relax, have some fun,"
said Jason Kidd, one of Chris' friends.
Chris made it
through his exam
just fine on July 22.
In fact, when he
called his mom at
9:40 pm to see if she
needed a lift home
from work, he told
her that he "felt
good" about his
But Chris never
made it to his mom's
workplace. Nor did
he get a chance to
meet up with his
friends later that
Campus RCMP say at 10:07 pm, Chris
was racing southbound down Southwest
Marine Drive (near 16th Ave) in his 1992
Dodge Stealth. He made a quick lane change
in order to pass another vehicle, and lost
control. The car flew sideways down the
highway, flipped over and crashed into a
cluster of trees bordering the road.
Chris was taken to Vancouver General
Hospital with massive internal injuries, and
pronounced dead on arrival.
He had been driving at an estimated
speed of 120 km/h.
A week and a half later, some of Chris'
closest friends return to the scene of the accident. The splintered trees look like snapped
dreams, young life cut
short by accident
toothpicks, a graphic
reminder of the enormous
force of the crash.
But a little closer to the
road, a single, untouched tree
stands alone, encircled by a
wreath of flowers, candles and
cards. At the centre of this
roadside memorial is a cross
with   the   words   "Loved,
Missed,   In   Our   Hearts
Forever" engraved down
the spine. There is a photo
of Chris with his friends
during their  graduation
from    Richmond's    J.N.
Burnett high school.
Chris had big plans for
the future they all say. He
wanted   to   be   a   busi-
nessperson or a stockbroker. His dream was to celebrate his 21st birthday on a
cruiseship. He had choreographed the day in his
head, waltzing into the
casino   at   the    precise
moment he turned 21.
On top of school, Chris was
working two jobs this summer, at the Quilchena Golf
and Country Club and Knight
& Day Restaurant, to help
finance his sports car. An
appreciation for the finer
things in life was one of Chris'
But it definitely wasn't his
only one. His friends describe him as a
down-to-earth guy who could make just
about anyone laugh.
"We could be serious about something,
and he'd still joke around," says Louis Fong, a
life-long friend and neighbour.
MEMORIAL: Chris Stuffco's friends gather around accident site, peter kao photo
His brother, Jesley, also recalls Chris'
sense of humour: "We'd be walking down the
street, and he'd be the crazy one, making all
these loud jokes."
"What stands out is his smile," adds
another friend, Paddy Gallagher. "You'll
notice his smile's from ear to ear. It literally
lights up a room."
As much as he liked to kid around, Chris
could be relied upon to be there for his family and friends.
see Stuffco on page 2
AMS employee resigns after secret investigation
by Sarah Galashan
The discovery that a long-time AMS
employee mismanaged student society
funds has led to that employee's resignation. But the manner in which an AMS
executive went about uncovering and
releasing that information has created a rift
among student council members.
A secret investigation by AMS director of
administration Scott Morishita uncovered
that AMS comptroller, Gerry Wan, had
unnecessarily used his visa to make purchases on several occasions, and requested
repayment before his visa bill was due.
"We were concerned because senior
managers have a feduciary duty that they
have to be of the utmost," said Morishita.
"The interests of the society have to be put
ahead of their own."
In one instance, Morishita said Wan
purchased several items at a computer
store, and sought reimbursement right
away even though payment for his visa bill
wasn't required for almost 30 days.
Further, Wan arranged to be reimbursed
by using AMS funds to purchase bank
drafts from the Bank of Montreal, which
were then deposited at the Richmond
Savings Credit Union.
Wan, who banks with that credit union,
later admitted wanting repayment in the
form of these drafts because, done this
way, the AMS would not be able to trace
them easily, said Morishita.
"If we saw all these checks for $16,000
going out to Gerry, obviously we'd start
thinking What the hell's going on' and start
looking into things," said Morishita.
Morishita estimates these early repayments may have cost the AMS $65 to $70 in
lost interest in some cases.
Wan refused to tell the Ubyssey what he
used the money for. "It's been a very trying
situation," he said. "Whatever decision I've
made, it was in the best interest of the
Morishita's investigation started after
June 8 when a female AMS staff member
discovered one of Wans personal cheques
made out to the AMS for $2500, and postdated June 11, in the AMS office cash float.
The next day the same cheque had been
altered to the sum of $3,900, and the date
was changed to June 12.
"What he had done was taken the
money out and put the cheque in to
replace that money," said Morishita.
Wan had given himself an interest free
loan from the cash float.
Before the staff member approached
Morishita,  she went  to AMS  General
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Stuffco cont'd
"I felt like there was a man in
my life," says Halina Stuffco,
Chris' mom, a single parent.
At the Stuffco home in a quiet,
Richmond cul-de-sac, Halina and
Chris' two sisters, Mary and
Elizabeth, sit around a collage of
photos of Chris taken throughout
his life and try to make sense of
his death.
Halina replays the chain of
events of that night in her head:
waiting at work, wondering where
her son is; sensing that there's
something wrong, calling hospitals, friends and the police, desperate for answers; finding out
her worst fears have come true.
She still has a lot of questions
surrounding her son's death. "I'm
doubtful," she says of the RCMP's
version of events. "The accident
doesn't make sense...I want to
know the truth."
But Halina readily admits that
she may never get a completely
satisfactory response.
And at the same time that she
pursues these lingering questions, she struggles to accept the
fact that her son will not be
returning home tonight. "I feel
he's gone around the block, and
he'll pull up any minute."
It's a struggle not only for her,
but for all of Chris' family and
friends. From now on, they'll have
to get endure their loss of him: his
spontaneous hugs, outrageous
laugh, and smile that could light
up a room.
student input makes  it happen
Welcome back everyone,
hope you're ready for a great year!
As usual, your student society has been busy over
the summer. Here's an outline of some of the
issues we've been dealing with over the past few
Professional Program Tuition
Because new programs are not covered under the
Tuition Freeze Act, the University has been able to
set tuition for such programs at levels far higher
than those of other UBC programs. The two-year
Masters of Genetic Counseling, established in
1996, comes with a price tag of $30,000, making it
by far the most costly degree offered at UBC.
Joining student representatives on the UBC Board
of Governors, the AMS took a firm position this May
calling for the Genetic Counselling fee to be reduced. The issue has prompted the UBC Board to
reconsider the University's policy on tuition fees,
which currently allows full cost recovery rates to be
charged for new professional graduate programs.
Transit Fare Changes
BC Transit is considering decreasing the discount
offered to students who travel through more than
one transit zone. Changes to the FasTrax. program
could mean that students traveling across three
zones will pay up to $94.00 for a one-month bus
pass. The AMS has been working with the SFU
Student Society in opposing these fare increases and
suggesting alternative solutions.
RCMP Pubic Complaints Commission
The Public Complaints Commission hearing regarding
the conduct of RCMP officers at last November's
APEC protests on campus is scheduled to begin on
September 14. Most of the 45 people filing complaints, which also include UBC President Martha
Piper, are UBC students. While the RCMP have
access to eight publicly funded lawyers, many of the
complainants are unable to afford legal counsel. The
Federal Court of Canada ruled on July 20"1 that without
state-funded legal assistance, the complainants would
be at a great disadvantage. The AMS is lobbying the
Federal government to provide funding for these costs.
Communities Against Racism and Extremism
The AMS joined community groups around the lower
mainland this June in helping to organize an anti-racism|
rally. The rally was in response to the alleged racist
slaying of Nirmal Singh Gitl, aJSurie.y_resident ofj
Asian origin.
If you have any comments or questions about the AMS,
the positions we take or how you can get involved, please |
get in touch at feedback@ams.ubc.ca
The 1998/99 office/locker/parking allocations are now
official and posted on the SAC Board on the upper
level of the SUB. Please be advised that you must be
moved out of your office/locker by August 31,1998. If
your club has received a parking pass, you must
submit your License number to Val Levens, Executive
Secretary in Room 238 by August 15,1998.
Finally, clubs will be receiving information in their
tresurers files regarding Clubs Days booth applications in late August.
Some important dates to remember:
August 31
September 23-25
October 29
Club Office Moving Deadline
Clubs Days
SAC Wine and Cheese
Imagine UBC is looking for volunteers to help out with
the first day event on September 8th. Tasks range from
ushering at War Memorial Gym to helping-run the Main
Event Carnival in the afternoon and early evening. We
are looking for a four-hour time commitment between 8
am and 9 pm.
Contact Allison Dunnet by e-mail:
adunnet® unixa.ubc.ca or phone: 822-8698
■ Communications Working Group needs your help to:
I Improve two-way communication between the AMS
[and our members.
I Contact: Vivian Hoffmann, AMS President
[president® ams.ubc.ca or phone 822-3972
I Assistant to the President
I- handles correspondence, keeps minutes at meetings
[Speaker of Council
lairs Council meetings
|To apply for Assistant to the President or Speaker of
[Council, drop off your resume and a cover letter to
] Patrick Lum,- Chair of Nominating Committee, Room 238
| SUB by August 12. •      .,, THE UBYSSEY' WEDl^ESl
AMS-CFS relations frosty
after decision to join CASA
by Douglas Quan
UBC's elected student reps threw the Alma Mater Society
into the often politically hostile world of student lobbying on
July 8 when they voted 16-5 to become a formal member of
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
Some, including the AMS' own president, worry that
council's decision to spend $24,000 to join CASA could
jeopardise future relations with the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS), the other major student lobby force in
Canada, with whom CASA has not had the rosiest of relations.
"That's definitely one of my fears when this went to a
vote," said Hoffmann, "I was concerned about the relationship with the CFS."
But Hoffmann added: "At this point, as a member of
CASA, we can take a lead in trying to bridge the gap
between the two. I do have good relations with the CFS."
But building that bridge will not be easy.
"We believe the student movement in Canada should
be a united movement and that CASA spends more time
criticising the CFS than it does anti-student government
policies," said CFS BC chair Maura Parte of the AMS decision. "It's unfortunate that the AMS would choose to join
such an organisation."
. AMS coordinator of external affairs Ryan Marshall, who
spearheaded the campaign to join CASA, said that he too
hopes to continue to interact with the CFS at the provincial
level. However, he readily admits that many students on
council, including himself, question both the lobby techniques and aims of the CFS.
"I guess it's the means that they do things. Like when
they were doing the National Day of Action, Hoops
[Harrison, CASAs executive director] was meeting with
Paul Martin," said Marshall. "And we have realistic ideals.
The CFS mandate is free tuition. We're looking at something fair."
Marshall says it was time for UBC to step up its lobbying
efforts at the federal level and insists holding the vote over
the summer when most students are absent from campus
was not done on purpose.
Marshall cites last spring's failed referendum vote by
graduate students to join the CFS as an indicator of how
students feel.
Michael Hughes, a Graduate Student Society rep to
council who voted against joining CASA, said he felt more
consultation with UBC students was needed.
"The vote was passed on a minimum of information,"
said Hughes, who was critical of holding the vote in the
summer. "It might be a big deal if the AMS consulted with
students, but that rarely happens anyway."
One of the founding members of CASA in 1995, the AMS
withdrew from the organisation one year later after CASA's
national director was charged with embezzling thousands
of dollars.
Since then, however, CASA's membership has grown to
17 student associations which claim to represent over
300,000 students. While the CFS acknowledges an even
greater membership list and more resources, Marshall says
that it was time to step up UBC's lobbying efforts at the
national level.
CASA lists its key goals as harmonizing the provincial
and federal student loan programs and achieving equitable
tuition levels regionally and nationally.
Hoffmann says she would have preferred holding a referendum (a requirement of all student societies before they
join the CFS), but now she'd rather just move forward.
"I've taken some flak from people involved in CFS for
our affiliation with CASA. I don't know how much of an
impact that'll have in the long run. Logically, I don't see why
it should. Politically, I see why it would. But for god's sake,
let's just do something positive."
When good grades aren't enough
by Douglas Quan
UBC is defending the way it assigns
on-campus housing to students
after a Vernon father claimed the
policy was discriminatory.
Ross Shannon, whose 17 year old
daughter Erin will be entering her
first year at UBC in September, said
it is unfair that she must be put on a
waiting list when hundreds of other
students are being assigned rooms
during the summer because they
have better grades.
"In my daughter's case, she's
been an honour roll student, she's
been an athlete, 83 per cent average,
meets the entrance requirements,
and all of sudden your average isn't
high enough, and you don't get a
room. That doesn't seem fair."
Under UBC's housing policy,
high academic achievers—18 and
under—who fall under the
Outstanding Student Initiative (OSI)
program, are given first crack at
housing in one of two junior residences, Totem Park or Place Vanier.
Non-OSI students are placed on
waiting lists. During the 97/98 Winter
Session, about 515 of the 1,000 available beds were taken up by OSI students.
"UBC's intent is to attract the top students," said Bob Frampton, UBC's assistant
director of residence administration, of the
near decade-old policy. "The package of
early admission, early registration, scholarship, housing and parking privileges, have
been a really successful way to promote and
encourage the top BC, Canadian and international students to come to UBC."
Fewer beds have been assigned to OSI
students for the 98/99 Winter Session, 447,
because of stricter OSI eligibility requirements put in place last year, said Frampton.
But he admitted the waiting list is 200
names longer this year, (about 900 this year
compared to 700 last year), and said this will
still result in "a lot more" students being
forced to look for alternative places to live.
One of those students may end up being
Erin Shannon. Even though she got her
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forms in by March 2, the first day for processing applications, she still ended up 219
on the junior, female resident wait list.
Frampton said it is true that she got her
application in on the first day. But so did
hundreds of other women applying for
junior residences. The reason she placed
219? Some lived farther away than she did,
and were, thus, bumped up on the list.
Otherwise, they're all placed randomly by
"She did everything right. But she's competing with thousands of students for a limited resource. Because she didn't get the
OSI, she didn't get brought forward for priority consideration."
Ross Shannon said if UBC insists on giving OSI students housing priority, there
should at least be an effort to build more
first year housing.
"If you're a 19, 20 year old you stand a
better chance getting a room here than you
do if you're a first year student," said
Shannon. "You should be catering it to the
group that needs it the most."
It is true, said Frampton, that the number of junior residences has not changed in
30 years. But because more senior residences have been built, that has relaxed the
demand on junior residences by seniors
students, he said.
So far this summer, 183 women who
were on waiting lists have been assigned
beds in junior residences. While it would
seem that Erin Shannon is close to getting a
spot in residence—she's 219—Frampton
recommends she have a back-up plan.
"I'm not optimistic we'll have anything
for her before the start of the term."
As it turns out, Erin did have a back-up
plan. She's been admitted into residence at
the Vancouver School of Theology.
GERRY WAN Former AMS Comptroller, file
AMS split over
money misuse
continued from page 1
Manager Bernie Peets and AMS President
Vivian Hoffmann, who ordered a spot
audit to ensure no money was stolen.
But when she
mentioned the problem to Morishita, he
decided to conduct a
fuller investigation,
but without telling
anyone he was doing
Hoffmann said it
was not necessary for
Morishita to have
kept the investigation to himself. She
was also unhappy to
learn he disclosed all
the details to the
Ubyssey. AMS executives, she said, had
agreed not to publicly discuss internal
staff issues.
"This is such a mess. It could destrov
[Wans] reputation which is exactly what
we wanted to avoid," Hoffman said.
But Morishita said he felt he needed tc
go public to ensure there was no cover-up.
said it was
not necessary for
to have
kept the
investigation to
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Pumpkin smashing
Smashing Pumpkins
Now, there are two types of album reviews
in this world—those written by fans and
those not. So first off, I thought I'd say that I
am most definitely a Smashing Pumpkins
fan, having invested much time, thought
and a very large amount of money into Billy
Corgan and company. Hell, I even bought
that overpriced "limited edition" b-sides
collection Tiie Aeroplane Flies High! And so,
whenever a Smashing Pumpkins album
comes out, I receive it with a strong mixture
of joyful excitement and painful trepidation. Will it be good? Will it be bad? Will Billy
finally go headlong over the deep end?
When I first put. on the new album,
Adore, that horrible prophecy finally
seemed realised. The first song, "To Sheila",
sounded like nothing so much as a lame b-
side from James Iha's solo album. All the
hallmarks of a terrible overkill seemed in
place: Billy's mysterious proclamations of
this being the start of a whole new
Smashing Pumpkins, the loss of the powerful James Chamberlain behind the drum
kit, the wacky song titles ("For Martha" "To
Sheila" "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete"
etc..) and a rather lackluster first single.
Adore sounded nothing like the Pumpkins
previous album, the highly acclaimed,
highly selling and highly guitar-rock driven
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. As
the reviewer for Discorder wrote "They
sound like frickin' Depeche Mode!"
Put then, when I listened again, it started to sound better and better and better.
For those expecting a Mellon Collie Part II,
this certainly isn't it. It's a piano and sampler-driven album and there's nothing even
close to "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" here.
When Billy Corgan said the new album
would sound like "1979" and "thirty-three",
he wasn't joking. Adore is an album of ballads where even the more rock-based tunes
resemble to a vaguely disturbing degree the
aforementioned Depeche Mode.
But if you can push past your guitar rock
expectation, you'll find a complicated and
tuneful album that'll last far longer than
Mellon Collie. Adore is a step in an evolution that'll hopefully continue. I don't have
a clue what the next album's going to sound
like, and that's pretty cool.*>
by John Zaozirny
Garbage is long lasting
Version 2.0
It's amazing how dated Garbage's first
album sounds when you go back and have
a listen. As one of the first groups to make
it big with a mix of rock and electronica,
Garbage created an appealing sound with
big beats and squealing guitars. Of course,
having genius producer Butch Vig (who
just happened to produce the Smashing
Pumpkins' Siamese Dream album as well
as Nirvana's Nevermind) in the band didn't
hurt. Nor did having unknown Scottish
singer Shirley Manson transform into a
kick-ass femme fatale. But put the album
on again and you'll be surprised at how
poorly "I'm Only Happy When It Rains",
"Queer" and all the others have aged.
Maybe it's because so many bands have
done it better since, or maybe it's because
Garbage create perfect pop music; It's
great and fizzy at first, but flat and tasteless
an hour later.
So when Version 2.0 was finally
released, I didn't have great expectations.
But just like the studio wizards that
Garbage are, the band has reinvented its
sound. Garbage's Version 2.0 is the same
basic blend, but it's been updated for the
post-trip-hop era. The soundscapes
behind the songs are much fuller and richer, while Shirley Manson's voice and lyrics
bear marked improvements. There's still
the same angry, spiteful, pessimistic tone
but it's got a lot more, well, style this time.
I'm sure Version 2.0 will be a longer lasting brand than Garbage, but whether it
stands as something more than timely pop
music is up for debate. But then again,
Garbage haven't really been aiming for
posterity—hence the name. As a catchy
collection of songs, Version 2.0 works and
it's certainly better than most of its competitors. But it leaves you waiting for
Version 3.0 and the next big sugary high.«>
by John Zaozirny
Quartet plays on all fours
Quartetto Gelato
Aria Fresca
The recent popularisation of opera has
been a fairly sad affair. Luciano Pavarotti
can be seen singing with everyone from
Brian Adams to the Spice Girls. My Secret
Passion, Michael Bolton's attempt at
opera, is at best laughable.
So what happens when Quartetto
Gelato, a group known for playing "lite"
interpretation of classical music, delves
into opera? The result is an at times interesting but ultimately mediocre mix of
operatic favourites played by a capable,
but not outstanding, quartet.
The disc begins with the hummable
aria, "La donna e mobile" from Verdi's
Rigoletto, and from there goes in almost
every direction. Attacking everything
from the heart rending "Butterfly's
Lament", from Puccini's Madama
Butterfly to the show stopping "Nessun'
Dorma" from Turandot.
times falls short as a vocalist. This
becomes especially obvious in difficult
moments during "Nessun' Dorma" and
"La Donna e Mobile".
The other instrumentalists in the
group also fare quite well but not spectacularly. Cynthia Steljes plays a fine but not
terribly outstanding oboe, while Claudi'o
Vena's accordion playing is lively and
often more than enough to stir one out of
But the quartet's interpretation of
these opera classics can be lacking and
often downright tedious. By about the
third or fourth track Vena's accordion
becomes more of a gimmick rather then
an interesting addition to the ensemble.
Coupled with De Sotto's minor failings as
a tenor, the disc begins to look a bit tarnished. Quartetto Gelato had an interesting concept on their hands, combining
opera with a small ensemble.
Unfortunately their lacklustre interpretations and musical shortcomings result in
i Went Down
Opens Granvillle Cineplex
August 7th
by Coralie Olson
As I came rushing into the movie theatre late for the
preview, I felt like a bumbling amateur among professionals. Luckily, the movie was behind schedule and I
was still about to embark on my very first movie review
ever. I had no expectations about the film, though I
had heard it was a big hit at the Sundance Film
Festival, and the highest grossing independent Irish
film ever made. After viewing / Went Down, I'm left
wondering why.
Irish director Patty Breachnach presents a gangster
tale set in the Irish underworld. First time screenwriter
Conor McPherson gives us the story of two inept criminals brought together in an unlikely alliance; somewhat
reminiscent of the Coen brothers' movies, but less violent. Screen newcomer Peter McDonald plays Git
Hynes, a criminal just out of jail, while actor Brendan
Gleeson plays Bunny Kelley, an older small-time hood.
This is a character-based movie, but unfortunately
there's a lack of ease while speaking dialogue. However,
the reliance on characters is saved by the fresh performances these two actors bring to North American audiences.
The duo is in debt to small-time Irish crime boss
Tom French, who brings them together to track down
his old criminal accomplice Frank Grogan, who's left
French with a twenty-five thousand dollar debt. As the
pair travels across some less than picturesque areas of
Ireland, their situation turns into a series of humorous
misadventures as they eventually abduct their intended hostage—Grogan.
Through Grogan manages to escape, a close call
and an anticipated rendezvous with French finally
bring the movie to its climax. I do stress "finally" as the
movie certainly could have been shorter. Though Peter
Caffrey as Grogan does an excellent job in helping
keep the audience in suspense, I couldn't help finding
myself waiting for the climax to finally occur.
This isn't to say that / Went Down didn't have its
comedic moments, usually brought about by Hynes's
naive and shocked reactions to Kelley's harsh actions.
McDonald's Hynes has charming innocence, which
found somewhat captivating, as opposed to the little
depth or wit given Gleeson's Kelley. / Went Down isn't
worth your movie dollars, but you might want to catch
it at the video store.**
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le making believers out of his former classed talking about his trips to the States to
here ever believed me! I think everyone in
crackpot. But now those people who think
lieve me now, because they'll see it in the
ad across his face and he started chuckling,
le faces of his doubling classmates,
aven't seen Smoke Signals yet, you've heard
or talked about it. And if you have heard
seen him in the paper, you'll know that it
snce award and the Filmmakers Trophy at
n Fesival, where it premiered. And if you
lopefully have heard that it's a fine film.
he traditional coming-of-age/on-the-road
native culture and a native sensibility. Or
ulture and a native sensiblity with a tradi-
n-the-road tale. Either way, the result is a
s non-native viewers a peek into the native
as been so long ignored and stereotyped by
both western society and western filmmakers.
Hollywood films are often criticised for stereotyped portrayals of
native society, allowing for little humanity beyond a single characteristic. When asked whether he, a native himself, worries about his
culture's acceptance of silver screen stereotypes, Adams replies in
the negative. "I don't worry about us accepting the stereotypes of
native people, I worry more about non-native people accepting the-*
stereotypes of who we are. I think very often non-native people
who don't know any native people at all personally think that we're
either noble savages, kind of heroic, up on a pedestal or that we're
drunken, down-and-out Indian problems. Of course, we're neither.
We're in between, we're just people. The film, through my character,
tries to illuminate that."
Simply put, Smoke Signals is the journey of two native youths,
Victor Joseph (played by Adam Beach) and Thomas Builds-The-
Fire (played by Adams), to pick up the ashes of Victor's father from
his home in Arizona. But, of course, there's much more to it than
that. Victor's father hasn't been seen by either since he picked up
and left home ten years ago, and then there's the fact that Victor and
Thomas aren't really even friends. It's a film of subtleties and unspoken relationships. Contrary to Hollywood tradition, the flashbacks
and stories throughout the film serve to bring up more questions
than answers, but these questions are often more intriguing than
any pat answer could ever be. Unspoken relationships between
characters pervade the film and the dialogue merely hints at the
true emotions characters feel for each other. As Adams says,"The
film is really not a huge story. It's more about how we love each
other. It's more about the mystic quality, the spiritual connection
between souls. And it's done in a very funny way."
Adams himself plays a large part in the humour of the film, acting as comic relief through the role of Thomas Builds-The-Fire, the
almost annoying very endearing and incessantiy talkative narrator
of the film. There's no story that Thomas won't tell at least thirty
times, even though it's always to the same person. Adams pulls out
all the stops for his portrayal, and when Thomas tells a story, well,
you can't help but listen. As one character says of him in the film, 'A
fine example of the Native oral tradition!"
It's a role that's gained him a lot of acclaim. But Adams is quick
to dismiss any illusions of movie stardom being in his future. "I'm
not lured by the thought of celebrity. A couple of people have said,
"Smoke Signals is going to change your life.' I don't think it's going
to. I've been an actor for a while and actors very seldom get to do
roles that change peoples' lives. There won't be many roles like
Thomas-Builds-the-Fire, even if I were to become a big superstar.
There are so many actors and celebrities who do unimportant work
for their entire career. I don't want to be one of those people."
That's part of the reason that most of next year will see Adams in
Calgary, working on his dream of becoming a doctor at the
University of Calgary of Medicine. He'll still be on film sets though,
this time around working on next adaptation of Sherman Alexie's
Indian Killer. "When I came back to school two years ago," he says.
"I was sure that I was leaving acting behind. I felt like an animal in
a leghold trap, that I had to chew my leg off to save the rest of me.
That I was going to leave behind acting, which I loved, in order to
have the rest of my life. What I discovered is that I can have them
both and I am going to have them both. That's why while I'm studying medicine in Calgary, I'll also be shooting two other movies in
the next year, at least. I want to keep that balance."
Still stardom does have its perks. When asked about the
Sundance Film Fesival, Adams automatically brightens up. Of the
celebrities gathered there, he had the opportunity to meet Sally
Field ("which just made my day"), Matt Damon ("which was great")
and... the Indian from the Village People. That's right, the Indian
from the Village People.
"He came up to me and said, "Hey man, I'm from the Village
People.' And I laughed, I thought he was joking. And he said, "No
seriously, I'm the Indian from the Village People.'...he would always
get... "Hey man, I thought you were dead!" So instead I just shook
his hand said, "Wow, I met the Indian from the Village people. Not
many people can say that.'"
At this, Adams breaks into another big grin because—well, it's a
pretty good story.*
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Shalene Takara
It was the Ubyssey crew's annual summer getaway to exotic Bora Bora As usual
party animals Dale Lum and Todd Silver
had brought the beer. While Ron Nurwisah,
still too young to drink brought the beer
nuts. John Zaozimy was surfing when he
was scared out of the water by Cecilia
Parsons dressed up as a shark. Sarah
Galashan and Tara Westover were building
a giant sand castle when it collapsed and
smothered Doug Quan under its weight.
Bruce Arthur tried to dig him out to no
avail. Coralie Olsen, Federico Barahona
and Peter Kao were playing a mean game of
beach volleyball, but were distracted by
Shalene Takara going by on rollerblades.
CASA is a summer coup
d'etat, but does anybody care?
It's summertime, and the livin' is easy. Sure,
maybe you're working two jobs, or sweatin'
abroad. Well, summertime is still easy livin'
for some. The AMS, for example.
The AMS likes to believe that by representing the largest student body in British
Columbia, they should have a say when the
educational football is tossed around Well,
often, UBC's lobbying efforts are a whisper in
the wind. We just don't make a lot of difference.
It seems that no matter the size of the
student body, politicians don't seek out
advice from student government. Lately,
the politicos seem to bend their collective
ears to student lobbyists whose political
stance and methods conveniently mirror
their own.
So the AMS decided to join a national student lobbying force. One with clout, and with
a clear political stance. This summer, while
students have been sunning themselves at
the beach, our council took it upon themselves to join a national student lobby group
of their own—the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA).
All it took was a majority vote by council,
which was a 16-5 breeze, and $24,000 of
AMS student fees. Where's all that money
go, you ask?
It would be nice to know. $24,000 can go
towards any number of worthy ends. But students never got a chance to ask whether
CASA is a worthy end. Of course not. The livin'
is easy.
Ryan Marshall, AMS coordinator of external affairs, defended the timing of the vote.
"When you need to get things done, council has to make those decisions.... Obviously,
with summer, you can't communicate, but
that's when things get done. If I'd waited to
September...what, you want me to do, nothing [during the summer]?"
No, not nothing. Nothing underhanded,
maybe. Making a decision which will so clearly affect students' lives while those same students aren't within shouting distance is a concerted attempt to avoid consultation. The
lrviri is so easy for the AMS right now it could
make you cry. Ideally, of course, they'd never
have to consult with students at all. Too much
The AMS can't exactly call students at
home to talk policy during the summer, but if
the research for this move was underway well
in advance, the least that the AMS could have
done would have been to mention it to students before the year's end.
Instead, they joined CASA while the
place was a ghost town. In choosing CASA
over the archrival Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS), the AMS skirted the need
for a student referendum, as required by
the CFS.
It would be great if UBC had a greater voice
in the making of educational policy. But it
would be even better if the AMS allowed students to decide how that goal should be pursued
The AMS found a voice that they want to
speak with. Does it speak for UBC students?
Ask them. We don't think so.
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Not just Bible
It is heartening to know that UBC
religious groups recognise that
proselytising can go too far
("Bible pumping at UBC",
Ubyssey, 04/07/98), but I suggest
that this sort of thing has been
happening on campus for years.
Alas, being a student at UBC is to
have people after your money,
your loyalty and ultimately your
mind. Religious groups are not
the only culprits; partisan political groups, sports and hobby
groups, and business interests
can tantalise us with grand
promises. I look forward with
mixed emotions to Clubs' days in
September when students will be
subjected to another barrage of
"respectable" come-ons, many of
which will try to exploit our
hopes, dreams and insecurities.
Eric Darner
Please return
To the two drunk male students
that my son and I gave a lift to
on the evening of Arts County
Fair. You know who you are but
here's a refresher. Your two
female friends asked for a lift
from the stadium parking lot
after the fair and we gave you a
short lift along Frat Row in our
brown and cream Chevy van.
When you left us you stole my
Pentax instamatic camera in a
turquoise carrying case. Thanks
for your appreciation. Keep the
$250 camera. But please return
the film. My son and I had just
returned from a holiday in New
Zealand, and that film has on it
many wonderful friends and
memories! Send it to me please
to Steve Lamb, Lasquet Is. B.C.
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Back in the saddle
Bruce Enns walked a way from the game he loved while he
still could. He's back
by Bruce Arthur
In late February 1997, Bruce Enns was a beaten man.
His UBC Thunderbirds men's basketball team, which at
the outset of the season he'd expected would be returning to the national championships in Halifax, had just
been swept at home in the final series of the regular season by the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The Thunderbirds
would now finish fourth in the six-team Canada West,
and Enns was worn out.
Dark circles ringed his eyes, and his shoulders
slumped heavily in his sportscoat. "If I was a pro coach
they'd fire me for the way this team is playing," he said
then in a voice still hoarse from the game. "I don't know
what to do."
It was his first
break from basketball since
1960, when he
was confined to
a basketball-
induced body
cast. He was
It had been a trying
season. After going into
the nationals ranked
number one the previous
year and losing to archrival the Alberta Golden
Bears, the Birds had
reloaded and were
strong, deep and hungry.
That was before Curtis
Mepham, their leading
scorer, quit school over
Christmas break due to
stress. Before injuries to
forward Eric Butler limited    his    effectiveness.
Before cloudy team leadership and chemistry turned
UBC into a highly talented, but highly unpredictable
and difficult team to coach. After an 8-4 start in the
Canada West, they went 3-5 the rest of the way before
losing in three games in the first round of the playoffs to
eventual national champion Victoria Vikings .
"That weekend [at home against Lethbridge] was the
low point of our season," said Enns. "It was certainly
one of the more difficult. I felt very beat up."
After asking head assistant coach Ross Tomlinson,
who was unable to take the job due to his own full-time
job, Enns settled on the highly respected Terry Fox
Secondary co-coach Rich Chambers, a longtime friend.
And Enns, after preparing his friend as best he could,
stayed away from the job that had been his life since he
came here in 1985.
He had been planning a sabbatical since October
1996 to take the year off that had been promised him
since he took the job. It was also be his first
break from basketball since 1960, when he sat
out a season of high school basketball while
in a basketball-induced body cast. He was
due, he figured. He first started coaching in
1957, as a ninth-grade player-coach and
coach of the younger grades at the MBCI High
School in Winnipeg. Due? Hell, he was overdue for a break. But that didn't make the
break easy.
"The first two weeks were probably the
hardest," he laughed. "I was at home. It was
hard to stay away, but I was very committed to
the things I was doing."
He was in Toronto for three weeks in
September, scouting Ontario high school talent, then traveled to Baltimore for six weeks,
watching local university practices and
sponging information. But the Eastern
recruiting herd, though deeper, was substantially thinned by UBC's high academic standards, and Enns would return to Toronto
twice more to assess and attract young talent.
Home in November, Enns joined the team
for a 30-minute session, but that would be the
only time he'd see them until the final home
game. He wouldn't even watch the scintillating playoff series against Victoria—instead he
would huddle by his radio and agonise to
CiTR's static-filled broadcasts.
"I think the worst thing that could have
happened would have been for the guys to be
looking over their shoulders wondering how I
was reacting to things," he said of his distance. "I really
wanted it to be [Chambers'] team, and it was his team."
In December, he and his wife Alice went to Paris,
where Butler, a favourite of Enns, was playing professionally. Enns and his wife did "a lot of tourist-type
things—a lot of art galleries and architecture."
He then traveled to see former UBC star J.D Jackson,
who was playing with a top pro team in Antibbes. He
landed back in Vancouver for good in late February, and
was in the office March 1st.
Now, Enns is back where he belongs—coaching. He
has claimed his office, although interim coach Rich
Chambers could hardly have made a dent in the decor;
framed photos of every UBC team Enns has coached
adorn one wall, along with various momentos from a
CIAU coaching career that dates back to before many of
BIG BRUCE ENNS The UBC men's basketball head coach is back for
his 13th campaign with the Thunderbirds. dale lum photo
his players had been born. His four CIAU Coach of the
Year awards (won singly with UBC in 1990 and 1996,
and as a co-winner in 1991 and with the University of
Winnipeg in 1977-78) have been dusted off, and Bruce
Enns has the fire again. He's come a long way from that
Lethbridge series, and he knows it.
"It's not too tough to feel better than that," he said.
"Yeah, I feel a lot better."
Best of all, though, Enns seems refreshed. His eyes
are no longer racoonlike, and his shoulders have been
relieved of the weight that held them down. Chambers,
who did a superb job of keeping Enns' job warm for a
year, summed up what his friend and colleague needed.
"Bruce needs to learn to have fun at this again," he said.
Enns seems to agree.
"I wish we could start today," he laughs, half serious.
"I certainly intend to enjoy it."
Johnson interim football coach
by Bruce Arthur
UBC has named defensive coordinator Dave Johnson interim head coach
of the Thunderbirds football team for
the 1998-99 season. Johnson will take
over from head coach Casey Smith,
who will sit out the upcoming year to
battle liver cancer.
"In my high school yearbook,
under life goals, was to be half the
man that my father is," said the 33
year-old Johnson. "I feel very much
the same in this scenario—to be half
the coach that Casey Smith is."
Johnson will move from defensive
to offensive coordinator in addition to
assuming head coaching duties, while
defensive backs coach Neil Thorpe
will temporarily fill Johnson's shoes in
directing the Thunderbirds defence.
Johnson realises that he will be a
focal point of the defending national
champions, but he is adamant that he
has no intention of replacing Smith.
"Those are big ol' shoes to fill, and I
don't even want to fill 'em. This isn't
the Dave Johnson show by any
stretch—if anything, I'«hi leaning on
the guys who know how to do it better
than I do."
Johnson points to the superb crew
of assistant coaches Smith has assembled and to the already-existing struc
ture of the program as
aspects that will help
keep UBC afloat. And
although Johnson
believes that the quality of returning players is high enough to
keep UBC competitive, the major adjustments will be in off-
the-field operations
as Smith is absent
from the day-to-day
routine. Time is running out fast until the
September 5th season opener at Alberta,
and Johnson and his
staff are preparing
Johnson himself
has a varied and impressive resume.
Drafted by the BC Lions as a linebacker in 1988, he instead became an
assistant with the BC Junior Football
League team the Abbotsford Air Force
for two years until he was named head
coach in 1990. From Abbotsford he
moved to Scotland, where he spent
the 1991 season as head coach of the
World League Glasgow Lions. He also
spent six years at Abbotsford Senior
Secondary, three of which were as
head coach. He then returned to helm
INTERIM COACH Dave Johnson (centre), at last year's Vanier
Cup, will lead the Birds. Richard lam/ubyssey file photo
the Abbotsford Air Force before being
hired by Smith as defensive coordinator as the Thunderbirds rolled to the
1997 Vanier Cup victory over the
Ottawa Gee-Gees.
But while all of that experience may
have helped to prepare Johnson, he
knows that his job will only get
"The real challenge comes the 21st
[the first day of training camp] when
we're on the field, and Casey's not
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CIAU All-Canadians last season for the" Canada
W$t$itgmpion Thunderbirds.
; Head coach Erminia Russo douhts that Ross,
who r the first half of the 1997-98 season
due to national team competition, will rejoin the
BirdVat any point next year. Bellini will play fgx
UBC this year, but it is unclear at what^ointjSf
the season she will rejoin the team. Maxwell will
be back at UBC for the beginning o£|Ee Ip98-9t
season. " - % •
"I'm very happy for all of these greatplayers,"
said Russo, "But at the same time I need to prepare for the CIAU season and I probably won't
know until August or September who'll be
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