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Provisional grads
facing extinction
 by Sarah Morrison
Graduate students are concerned
that an avenue that allows students
with sub-par grades to get into graduate school on a trial basis may be
cut off after an upcoming senate
Currently, the Faculty of
Graduate Studies has an admissions
policy that accepts some students on
a provisional basis, even though
they may not meet the academic
requirements, or have all the prerequisites.
The students are required to take
specified classes and achieve set-out
marks before they are accepted as
regular, full-time graduate students.
Provisional graduate students are
often students who have worked for
several years, or have not been in
university for several years.
Members of the Graduate
Student Society (GSS) are worried
that these students might be neglected if the provisicmal admissions policy is eliminated at the next Senate
meeting on February 21.
'Generally, there's a feeling, I
think amongst the [GSS] councillors,
that we shouldn't be putting barriers
up in front of people getting into
grad school, and as long as there
were requirements on the provisional admission...they should be
admitted,* said GSS President Roger
"It's overall, a better situation to
have students admitted provisionally, because this allows the department to have some flexibility for students that have worked beforehand,
and perhaps didn't do so well in
their undergrad, or maybe don't
have exactly the required courses,'
added Annick Gauthier, a GSS councillor.
The proposed amendment first
went to Senate on January 17, but a
decision was postponed until the
next meeting on February 21.
According to Deborah Robinson,
an assistant dean of graduate studies, the change evens out inequalities between regular students and
provisional students, who face much
higher standards to remain in their
"The proposal is to eliminate that
status, thaf s not to say that those
same students wouldn't get
in...What we're saying is that if you
think that they're good students,
admit them as students. Don't admit
them as provisional students where
they might be facing higher standards than others."
Grad Studies Director of
Students Services Katriona
Macdonald offered the example of a
student admitted provisionally who
might receive a grade lower than
that required to stay in the program,
but higher than other students in the
' "Their argument is, "Well, I got a
higher mark than many of my
cohort and yet I have to withdraw',
and they think that is unfair, and we
tend to agree with them,'
Macdonald said.
Gauthier and Miller^ also
expressed concern that students
wanting to switch disciplines would
riot be able to enter graduate studies. .
But according to Macdonald,
most students entering a new facul-
See "Grads" on page 5
Court says go
Health plan question gets okay
  by Scott Bardsley
Students will be asked to vote on the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Health
arid Dental plan by March, after
Student Court approved the re-wording of a referendum question on the
Last September computer science
students Matthew Laird and Kathy
Lo circulated a petition calling for
the AMS to withdraw from the
AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan.
After collecting the 1000 signatures required to force a referendum
on their question. Laird and Lo submitted their petition to the AMS late
last December. But the AMS council
voted unanimously to refer the question of the petition to student court
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SATISFIED Petitioner1 Matthew Laird smiles at the decision.
The original petition question
would have had the AMS withdraw
"immediately" from the health plan,
which would, force the AMS into a
breach of contract
It also called for a referendum to
approve any future health plans.
However, that clause is redundant as
a AMS bylaw requires a referendum
to approve any increases in student
fees* ■       .
With those two problems in
mind. Laird and Lo re-submitted
their question to the court as "Should
the AMS withdraw from the
AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan at
the end of the current contract.
(August 31st, 2001)?"
. j Monday afternoon, the court,
which' hag not been active in over
five years, convened in the Law
Building tp announce their approval
of the new wording.
The court was. responsible, for
ensuring that the question can be
answered in a yes/no manner and
does not violate any laws. It received
written submissions from both par-'
ties and then came to a decision after
viewing those submissions.
The amended question will now
be sent to the AMS Council for
: approval*   ..' •
'The court has 1$ days to present
their"  judgment   to   the   [AMS]
See "Court" on page 5
by Kathleen Peering
Hot on the heels of his wine library
proposal, UBC professor Hennie van
Vuuren has come up with the ambitious idea of hosting an international wine-making competition, offering an unparalled cash prize, in
The winner of The Chardonnay
of the Century Contest will go home
with $US 1 million and in return,
UBC's proposed wine library will be
the proud owner of nine bottles of
wine from each entrant
While the prize may be
grandiose, van Vuuren expects the
event, tentatively scheduled for
spring 2001, will turn a profit, helping to fund the research he and his
team of graduate students do at the
BC Wine Research Centre, as well as
fund scholarships for students interested in wine research.
"There are many wine competitions all over the world, but all that
the wine makers get are a bunch of
gold medals. I wanted to do something different* van Vuuren said.
Van Vuuren emphasised that
UBC is not responsible in any way
for the $1 million. Funding will
come completely from sponsorship
and entry fees.
The plan has been given the
blessing of UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG). At the most recent
BoG meeting, members approved
the creation of the International
Wine Trust, the organisation that
will be responsible for presenting
the competition.
-     See "Chardonnay" on page 5
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No cabinet post for Owen
 by Pan Poon
Even with a comfortable win in Vancouver-
Quadra after being hand-picked for the riding
by the Prime Minister, UBC officials were not
surprised when new MP Stephen Owen was
not chosen to sit on Jean Chretien's Cabinet
"He is obviously someone the Prime
Minister wanted in parliament,' said political
science professor Don Blake.
According to Blake, who specialises in
Canadian politics, and Dick Johnston, a professor of Canadian and American politics,
Owen was not chosen for Cabinet for reasons
of representation and experience.
Johnston explained that, apart from looking for personal expertise, the Prime Minister
must ensure that the MPs who sit in Cabinet
represent Canada's regional, ethnic, gender
and linguistic diversity.
There are 24 Cabinet positions for the 172
Liberal MPs in Canada.
Out of the five elected Liberal MPs, BC currently holds three Cabinet portfolios: David
Anderson, Minister of Environment, Herb
Dhaliwal, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
and Hedy Fry, Secretary of State for
Multiculturalism and the Status of Women.
In Ontario, by contrast, only 13 out of 100
Liberal MP3 hold Cabinet positions.
If Owen had been appointed as a fourth MP
from BC, said Johnston, MPs from Ontario
would not be pleased, since they represent the
province that solidified the Liberal victory
before the ballots were even counted in BC.
Two of BC's Cabinet ministers are members of visible minorities. Beyond their expertise, Dhaliwal and Fry play secondary roles as
ethnic and gender representatives. Anderson,
meanwhile, has a lot of experience in
Parliament, something that Owen still lacks.
According to Blake, cabinet ministers 'are
valued for their managerial abilities, their
political smarts and those sorts of things.
"I think, myself, the Prime Minister is waiting to give [Owen] some experience in
Parliament, because one of the biggest jobs of
a Minister is defending the Government and
the portfolio in Question Period in the House
of Commons and someone who is completely
green, as Stephen Owen is, might be a risk.'
Having Owen in Cabinet could mean significant benefits to UBC.
"From the point of view of Martha Piper, the
UBC President an MP in a powerful position in
Cabinet would make him more accessible and
that would definitely be a plus,' Blake said.
Johnston added that there has been a historical pattern of increased funds allocated to
the ridings of cabinet ministers.
But even without a Cabinet minister representing its riding, UBC still receives a fair
share of attention, due to the number of people who work and study on campus. The university currently has over 13,000 employees
and over 3 5,000 students. Johnston states that
without any foreseen infrastructure needs for
the riding, UBC could become the next viable
destination for federal funds.
Subsequently, he notes that UBC already
receives most of its infrastructure and
research funding from the federal, not the
provincial, government
"People complain about how far Ottawa is
from UBC, well, Victoria is even farther,' he
said. ♦
UBC mail slow,
students claim
by Ian Sonshine
Delayed credit card bills and flyers
for sales long forgotten are common
realities for students, staff, and faculty who rely on campus mail.
'It's extremely slow," said Gage
resident Crystal Nyhus. 'And even if
you get packages expressed, if they're
not special delivered, it'll take three
or four days to get here. It takes a long
"I've had stuff never get to me
when I lived in Totem," complained
another student 'My Visa bills are
always late and everything takes an
extra week or two...it's terrible.'
However, Supervisor of Campus
Mail John Howe insists that his team
operates under a strict mandate.
"The first class mail comes in
from Canada Post at 7:00am and my
guys sort and deliver it within 24
hours. With campus mail (going from
one department to another) we pick it
up today and we deliver it tomorrow.
Then there's the bulk mail, second
class parcels; it's our second priority
and that gets out the next day.'
287 branches and
Howe relates
the discrepency in
mail delivery to a
sheer increase in
the volume of mail ^ rJ2$r
to be delivered.
Since Howe first
started with
Campus Mail in
1961, he said UBC
has expanded
from nearly 120
departments to
"It means more mail' said Howe.
'And it takes us longer to sort and
Howe said that he relies on only
nine full-time employees and one
part-time courier to pick up, sort and
deliver nearly 20,000 letters and
packages each day. The annual volume of mail exceeds 1.5 million
For his part, Howe insists that his
crew has no trouble keeping up.
"The only time we've had a backlog this year is when there's been
trouble in the Vancouver post office
and it takes them two or three days
before they get it sorted out,' Howe
He pointed out that 90 per cent of
residence mail is hand-sorted at an
auxiliary office of Canada Post From
there it is loaded onto a truck, sent to
Campus Mail, and unloaded into the
various zone bins.
UBC is divided into four mailing
delivery zones on campus: North
East, North West, South East and
South West Howe explains that each
zone has its own area code. When
campus mail arrives late, it is likely
that is has been mis-sorted by Canada
Post and delivered to the wrong zone.
According to Howe, sloppy
senders are often as much to blame
for lost and late mail.
'Our biggest problem is people
not knowing the addresses on campus. They will put a name like John
Doe, UBC and no other address or
department If it just comes John Doe
at UBC, and if we don't know the
fella's name, then it's put aside until
we have time to go through the directory,' he said. ♦
INTO THE VOIP? Residents are complaining that the mail service
is too slow, but UBC says it isn't a problem, sheena westover photo
Gas takes its toll
by Alex Dimson
STEAM ON THE RISE: Recent increases in the cost of gas have
cost UBC over $3 million since September, nathan westover photo
Members of the university community should prepare for higher utility
prices, as the recent increase in the
cost of gas begins to burn a hole
through the university's budget
Dana Meritt
director of UBCs |
Budget    Office,
confirmed  that I
the recent wave
of the gas hikes
have      already
begun to take a
fiscal   toll   on
UBC, forcing it to
pay $3 million |
more   .     than        MERITT
expected  for  natural  gas  since
September 2000.
"We operate the steam plant by
burning gas. The higher cost of natural gas has resulted in an increased
cost of steam for heating the build
ings," Meritt said.
While heating and electricity for
most of the buildings on campus is
paid for by the university, ancilliary
operations, sub-companies of the
university which are run as independent companies, will be asked to
cover the cost of the higher gas
UBC Housing is one such operation, which means that Housing residents will face higher rents next
UBC Housing Chief Financial
Officer Brian Heathcote said that the
cost of gas is expected to go up by 2 5
per cent this year and the cost of
steam by 12 5 per cent
"To a limited degree it has to be
passed on to residents, the cost of
the operation is reflected on the
rents we have," he said. 'However
we're trying to reduce our cost to off- ;
set those [gas hikes].'
Heathcote declined to speculate
on the amount of the rent increase
because Housing's budget for next
year is not yet finalised.
Since gas rates are expected to
remain high throughout the next
year, UBC forecasts needing an additional $5.9 million over the next 12
months to cover the costs.
Meritt said these monies will
come from the general operating
budget leaving less funds for academic or other purposes. She said
that UBC is turning to Victoria for
additional funding.
"We've approached government
for compensation of these costs, at
this point we don't have an answer,'
she said.
The gas hikes are not expected to
have an impact on the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) and the SUB. AMS
General Manager Bernie Peets said
that the cost of utilities is covered by
the university under the AMS' contract with UBC. ♦ 4     TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2001
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monies potter       fred die prime, jr.
U of T prof
found dead
 by Richard McKergow
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-The recent stabbing death of a senior lecturer at the
University of Toronto remains unexplained as Toronto police continue
their investigation.
David Buller, a 50-year-old art
painter and art professor, was found
dead last Friday in his studio in the
university's fine arts faculty building. Buller was found shortly before
7am on Friday morning by a caretaker in his art studio. He was last
seen the previous day at 1pm, but
did not attend his 6pm lecture.
An autopsy revealed that the
cause of death was multiple stab
wounds. A statement issued by
Toronto police reported that there
were 'obvious signs of trauma to
Mr. Buller's body.'
With no suspects in the unexplained death of Buller, his family
is asking anyone who might have
any information to call police.
Toronto's homicide squad is investigating the case, and Ontario
Provincial Police officials are exam
ining Buller's e-mails.
But police have said that from
their understanding of the case, the
violent act was an isolated one, and
they do not believe that the incident
represents a danger to the community.
"The police have not said that we
have to be concerned about a random murderer,' said Susan Bloch-
Nevitte, director of public affairs at
the university. "This is not an issue
of fear on campus, but one of sadness."
However, police have stepped up
security around the building
Buller's was found in.
Buller was a lecturer in the faculty of fine art who had received
degrees from the Ontario College of
Art and Design and Concordia
University. He had been teaching at
the university for 15 years.
"Some of the folks who knew him
very well said that he was a wonderful arid very popular teacher,' said
He taught classes on foundation,
painting and interdisciplinary
visual studies at the university. ♦
New Vanier project
moves forward
UBC Housing's plans for the installation of two new buildings at the
Place- Vanier residence is moving
on tu its next stage after a recent
Board of Governors (BoG) derisioa
The plans, which call for the
loiutrurtion of two new buildings at Vanier, are designated
mainly for exchange students
from Mexico and Korea, and
include renovations of several
existing buildings.
UBC's new Housing Director
Fred Fotis explained that the university is now going ahead with
finalising design plans for tlie
construction, which is estimated
to tost around $12 million, but
that BoG still has to approve die
plans before construction can
'It also has to bo approved by
tho very constituencies in the
Vancouver area. At Ihe «;ame time.
[Ihe BoG] needs to approve the
financial performs/ he said. "So I
knuw that those are two steps that
llio board has to approve before
we ran put a spade in the earth,"
Fotis said that a series of consultations with residents would
be conducted before any construction is done.
"We're hoping- that construction can begin sometime in this
fall, but there are a lot of ifs
between now and then that have
to be resolved."
Fotis said that he hopes to
begin construction at the start of
the next school year.
Axworthy named
director of Liu Centre
One month after officially starting work at UBC, Lloyd Axworthy
has been named director and
chief executive officer of the Liu
Centre for the Study of Global
Axworthy. Canada's former
Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially began work at the university on January 1, although he was
active on campus several months
before that
John Fraser, a representative
from the Liu Centre, explained
that Axworthy's new title reflected the work that he would be.
"Lloyd's very much representing tlie Centre and Ihe university
on tha r=jad,' hi said. *Tho uni-
versity felt it was important to
give him a title that reflected that
kind of work."
The multi-disciplinary Liu
Centre, part of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies, examines
international issues and affairs,
doing research in a number of
fields related to $obal issues.
Olav Slaymaker, the Centre's
former director, has taken over
the job of Academic Uuvc'-'.r
"He's changed roles, he's
focused now mo&tly on de\olup-
ing the academic side of tilings
here," said Fraser. ♦ r
The Cheeze open again
 by Ailin Choo
The Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS)
resumed its weekly Cheeze Pub beer garden
last Friday for the first time since the RCMP
suspended the event two months ago.
The beer garden, which usually takes place
every Friday evening, was suspended throughout December and most of January after allegations that the EUS illegally distributed alcohol.
RCMP spokesperson Wayne Pride said that
the RCMP had begun to keep an eye on engineers last year after receiving a number of
calls from people concerned about the engineers' conduct
Pride said that the RCMP was mainly concerned with the possible illegal distribution of
alcohol at the Cheeze Factory, the engineering
lounge where Cheeze Pub is held.
"Because of that, they were being watched
closely, and there were some indications that
they were breaking a few rules" Pride said.
The decision to suspend the event was initially made by Barry Hickman, detachment
commander of the campus RCMP, after a
number of incidents involving the improper
consumption of alcohol.
Pride referred to an incident that occurred
last December, when a few people were seen
drunk outside the Cheeze Factory, after the engi
neers went Christmas caroling around campus.
EUS President Julia Steele said that the people were not part of the group of carolers, and
that Hickman only caught a few people drinking there without a liquor license.
Student groups are usually required to
obtain a permit from the university, allowing
them to hold a function where alcohol will be
served, because drinking in a public building
without a liquor license is illegal.
"There were about two or three people finishing their egg nogs and rum, and maybe
another two or three people having a beer"
Steele said, adding that it is customary for
engineers to drink after Christmas caroling.
Steele added that despite Hickman's later
decision, which left the option of closing down
the Cheeze Factory to her, the EUS decided to
close the Cheeze Factory during December
and suspend Cheeze Pub Fridays during
January, to show their interest in cooperating
with the RCMP.
She added that a letter, which outlined
measures that the EUS would undertake to
improve how it deals with alcohol, was given
to the RCMP a few weeks ago.
Pride said that he has been impressed by
the EUS's cooperation. There have been no
additional problems reported this year, he
added. ♦
"Chardonnay" continued from page 1
Each entrant must be an established winery and each Chardonnay
entered must already be available
commercially on the market
Why Chardonnay? Van Vuuren
said he picked Chardonnay because
of its versatility.
"I wanted to do research on
Chardonnay wine because I really
like Chardonnay wines. There are so
many different types of Chardonnay
and so many different styles. And
each and every winery makes
Chardonnay," he said.
This will allow for a vast range of
wineries to enter the contest, which
is exactly the kind of diversity Van
Vuuren is looking for.
Since each entrant will be asked
to submit 12 bottles of wine, and
only three will be tasted, UBC's new
wine library will obtain nine bottles
of the finest wine being produced in
the world—providing invaluable
information about each wine for
future research by UBC students.
Collectively, the thousands of bottles of wine will be used as a one-of-
a-kind, database, making UBC's new
wine library into the world's premier Chardonnay reference and
opening up many research possibilities., •  .
Van Vuuren said he hopes the
contest will also put Canada's wines
on the world stage.
"There are some very good wines
here. [However], very few people
outside know that fine wines are
"Grads continued from page 1
ty need at least a full year, or at least
a full term, as unclassified students,
before they can even become graduate students.
"Students who are switching disciplines normally aren't even eligible for provisional status. They have
to do what's called a qualifying term
or a qualifying year, because they
don't have any prerequisites," she
"Health" continued from page 1
Council," explainedJared Wright the
AMS's policy analyst.
'Once it's presented to
Council, the clock starts
ticking on the referendum."
Once the question is
accepted by Council, the
referendum must be held
within the next 30 days,
putting the date of the referendum between late
February and early March.
Laird said that he
"[feels] good that all our hard work
has finally paid off. He is part of the
five person committee that submit
ted the petition to the AMS.
The committee will promote the
'Yes' option in the referendum and
being produced [in Canada]/ he
Van Vuuren also wants to expand
public awareness about his passion.
He hopes that the contest will
become like a Wine Olympics, where
certain countries with excellent samples can be recognised. The public
will also be educated about what a
good chardonnay looks and tastes
like, and where good chardonnay
comes from.
The competition will be judged
by wine experts from all over the
world. Van Vuuren said he would
prefer to stay in the background during the contest, helping make sure it
runs smoothly.
Agricultural Sciences Dean
Moura Quayle said she supports the
plans and lauds van Vuuren's creativity.
"What I liked [about the idea] was
that he wasn't just thinking conventionally about funding research,"
Quayle said.
While thinking of and setting up
an event of this singularity could
daunt even the most devout of connoisseurs, Van Vuuren is nonplussed.
"If one does something, he might
as well do it big—because [it] takes
as much time to do something small
as to do something big," he said
Plans are also being organised
for other events every four years
after Chardonnay of the Century,
including Merlot of the Century, and
Cabernet of the Century. ♦
Out of 6709 students in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies, 242 students are currently classified as provisional students, although some of
them have already fulfilled the
requirements of a full-time graduate
student, said Macdonald.
Macdonald estimated that 85 per
cent of the students accepted with
provisional status are able to obtain
full-time status. ♦
will receive $ 1000 from the AMS to
pay for their expenses.
AMS President Maryann Ademec
says that leading up to the referendum the AMS will probably just provide a neutral
information campaign 'to
raise awareness about the
question and the outcome."
• While AMS code requires
the council to remain neutral,
Ademec says that several parties have expressed interest
in forming a 'No' side. She
thinks that "it's a definite"
that they will consolidate into
one committee, which will also be
eligible for $ 1000 in funding.
Health coverage for this school
year will remain untouched since the
referendum only applies to next
year's Health Plan. ♦
A CAUSE FOR CELEBERATION UBC professor Hennie van Vuuren (left) is
host a Chardonnay of the century contest, with a million-dollar prize at sta
UBC at the beginning of the last school year photoq photog photo
proposing that
ke. Van Vuuren
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Jan. 26
You would think that an event called Sex-Rated, one that
"promises to be an unforgettable evening of sexy films,
dance, music, song and spoken word performance,' would
be extremely sexy and hot—as sexy and hot as lounging
naked in a steam room with a dreamy date. Or at least sexier than an audience of desperate 30 year-olds waiting to
be stimulated while dressed in street clothes, slumped on
chairs around wobbly tables lined with plastic table clothes
and green baskets of strawberries in a dingy pink-lit room.
Yet this sex event failed to titillate—it barely aroused or
entertained me.
There was nothing sexy about this multimedia sex-
cabaret—not the bumbling Masters of Ceremonies, the
blaring sound, or the vocalist crooning about a "Chocolate
Jesus" to the wheezing sound of an accordion. Where were
Boticelli's Venus and the curly-locked Dionysus look-alikes?
Instead of hosting a swinging soiree, Pigs Can Fly Film
Productions hosted a disorganised, non-interactive, mishmash of events that induced a lot of yawns rather than
orgasms. Vital ingredients of passion and romance were
missing. In fact, there were skits that mocked sex and sexiness. The four "Hot Toddy Girls" dressed in pink and red
camisoles, who would have better lit the moniker "The
Humpy Dumpy Girls," danced and humped on stage to
some French music. Later on, while performing "The
Virginity Monologues," they assumed various character-
roles and told stories about their first time. Instead of
entertaining us with funny or erotic stories, they recounted
trite tales acting as the innocent prude, the dimwitted jock
and the foul-mouthed pig.
Of course, there was a lot of X-rated sexual content, but
not the kind that excites and makes you horny. Shawn
Chappelle's short film, ~, which was supposedly "a psychedelic space-age video-porn odyssey" was really an incoherent and disjointed visual barrage of technicoloured spliced
porn-shots that assaulted the senses. Michael Turner's
video Heir to a Felt Fortune showed gritty, grainy close-ups
of a guy licking a girl's anus. International Rocketship's cartoon called 'Pink Komkommer' entertained the audience
with its sick andjwisted dream images accompanied by a
string of gross, repetitive Sounds. And flamboyant former
UBC creative writing student Michael V. Smith read his sexual, confessional poetry about getting smashed, defecating,
sucking lots of cock, and prostituting.
Just in case this wasn't enough crudity, they also played
a low-budget film by comedians Roman Danylo and
Richard Side called Porn King about breaking into the
cyber-porn industry. This 20-minute short was actually
hilarious at times, but would have been funnier had it been
ten minutes shorter.
After watching Porn King those who still hoped to be
titillated probably stayed to groove to songs spun by DJs
Rufus and Sweetback. But having a low tolerance for bad
sex, or, more specifically, boring sex-events, I quickly left.
I've come to the conclusion that you're more likely to be
turned on while devouring a box of See's chocolate and
fresh mangoes in an intimate setting with a date, or even
by yourself. ♦
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In on th© success
At the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
until Feb. 3
Any theatre production that involves Daniel Maclvor (Twitch City) i3 usually worth seeing, and In On It, premiering at the Vancouver East Cultural
Centre, is no exception. Written, directed, and starring Maclvor, the seventy-five minute contemporary tragedy is potentially the Canadian playwright's best theatrical endeavor to date.
At the play's beginning, a black sports coat lies on centre stage lit by an
intense blue light The sound of opera singer Maria Callas fills the theatre.
Maclvor enters and talks directly to the audience about the randomness of
life, and then shares a story about a driver who was killed while trying to
find a radio station on his car stereo.
A second actor, Darren O'Donnell, appears from the audience and
begins to criticise Maclvor's story. All of a sudden, with an effective lighting change and a soundscape of a pulsating heart, the two actors play doctor and patient and interpret Ray King's life. Ray is diagnosed'as having a
fatal disease, and when he tries to get support from his wife she lets him
know that she is sleeping with a friend of theirs.
Ray's story is the play within the play, and Maclvor and O'Donnell
exchange the role of Ray by tossing the black sports coat back and forth,
playing numerous roles in this fragmented soap-opera-like story. Then the
outer play begins to pick up and we realise that the two actors interpreting Ray's story were actually lovers for a while, but had a falling out The
trials and tribulations of their story begin to parallel the play within the
In On It is so intricate and crafty that it's worth seeing simply to listen
to its clever script However, the script marks only part of the brilliance.
The effective use of sound and lighting intensifies the drama and compliments the text with subtle and effective segues that facilitate the many
scene shifts. Though there are only two chairs onstage, sound and light
by George Belliveau
designer Richard Feren takes the audience to various places throughout
the eveningr-a hospital, a bar, a park—with precise sound and lighting
The crisp technical elements are also parallelled with strong acting performances by both Maclvor and O'Donnell. Both actors interpret several roles
during the evening sometimes switching from one role to another within seconds, and at no point is the audience confused by who is playing who.
Maclvor'3 timing is impeccable and he plays his roles straight faced
most of the time, never missing a beat in his script His interpretation of
Louise, Ray's drunken wife, is superb, as well as his portrayal of Terry, the
friend Louise is now sleeping with. In both these roles, Maclvor finds subtle and effective gestures that bring these people to life, yet he slips out of
these roles with ease to return the audience to the outer play. At moments
he plays fii both the inner play (Ray's world) and the outer play almost
simultaneously with quick shifts between one role to another. O'Donnell is
equally as talented and his rendition of Leslie Gore's "Sunshine Lollipops"
is worth the price of admission alone.
Maclvor ties all the loose ends near the end of the play and the audience
realises how Ray's story, the car accident the sports coat and the lover's
story all connect However, this neatly tied up ending is too contrived so the
actors provide a few alternate' endings to conclude the piece. In effect the
play does not really end, it stops. This stopping rather than ending is part of
the philosophical element the play offers, along with its theatricality. The concept of randomness, never knowing when illness or an accident may strike,
discussed in the opening monologue comes full circle.
The repetition of the speech resonates deeply at the close of the show
and reflects the mortality within us all There is nothing preachy about In
On It, yet the underlying message provokes and offers the audience something to think about once they leave the theatre. The clever and layered
script, the technical precision of the lighting and sound, and the strong
acting by both performers combine to create great theatre that is not to be
missed. ♦
at Grandview Schezuan Restaurant
Jan. 28
Where else could you belt out Scottish ditties
and commit the sin of gluttony by eating a 12-
course Chinese meal, including hot and sour
soup, Peking duck wrap and tiger prawns, with
a side helping of Haggis? At Vancouver's only
party that celebrated the Year of the Snake and
the 242nd birthday of the infamous Scottish
bajd. For the fourth year. Rice Paper magazine,
Celebration Dragon Boat Team, and tha Asian
• Canadian Writer's Workshop hosted their annual Chinese New Year/Robbie Burns' Day dinner
party at Grandview Schezuan Restaurant
What made this evening event so unique was
the eclectic mix of food, entertainment and people. I didn't think that the traditional Scottish MAKING BRAVE WAVES Drummer Neafamjit Dhilfon, bagpiper
poor-man's dish made of sheep entrails, suet, Joe McDonald and MC Catherine McClellan kjmth£ photo
liver and oatmeal stuffed in a sheep's stomach
would compliment a Schezuan meal. But, suprisingly, this
combination was delicious.
Tony Wong and Louise deBruijne deserve praise for coordinating a multicultural event that succeeded in bringing
together people from diverse backgrounds, not just Chinese
- and Scottish, but also South African, Malaysian, Irish, French,
Korean and East Indian.
Cultural diversity was also reflected in the entertainment
Between dishes, different entertainers performed a chosen
fpriri of artistic cultural expression. Scottish-Canadian Joe
McDonald played his bagpipes while his Indo-Canadian
bandmate Nealamjit Dhillon drummed on his Dholdrum.
McDonald, a keyboardist anct veteran bagpipe player, and
Dhillon, an accomplished tabla drummer and saxophonist,
recently formed a band called Brave Waves. Asian-Canadian
Trevor Sue-A-Quah, author of the historical non-fiction book.
Cane Reapers, sung his "BC Blues/ mocking everything from
fast ferries to fish. Scottish-Canadian Catherine McClellan
acted as the Master of Cermonies and lead in the singing of
"Amazing Grace/ 'Loch of Lomond* and "Imagine." Asian-
Canadian singers Sean Gunn and Qloyyda Ounehii Shine
sung their political song "Redress for Head Tax Blues/ in reference to the class action lawsuit filed by three plaintiffs who
want redress for the $23 million in head taxes collected by
. the Canadian government
»    Asian-Canadiah poet Jim Wong-Chu had two friends read
his poem "Recipe for Tea" about the evolution of tea which
province of China.
After the entertainment eating, singing and mingling, I
noticed how former strangers became closer acquaintances.
I can't remember the last time I ate dinner with a group of
people ranging in age from 19-80 and had such enlightening
dinner conversations. I learned about the red-faced deity
Kwan Kung, who protects Chinese immigrants, the contentious Head Tax Redress issue, and the Origin of the word
tea. Usually dinner conversation at home consists of inane
topics, like my sister's escapades with her boyfriends or the
gossip of trashy reality TV shows.
But what was really amazing was how comfortable everyone felt after chatting with each other over the course of a
three-hour banquet dinner. Before leaving everyone sang
one last song together, 'Auld Lang Syne," while holding
hands, standing in a snake formation and rocking to the
music of the bagpipes. Although this sounds like one of those
cheesy, politically correct Tommy Hilfiger ads where each
mpdel is a different race and looks overly cheery, I can assure
you that it wasn't at all cheesy or contrived. Everyone in the
restaurant looked radiant and revived, as if waking from a
deep hibernation Rarely have I felt so content after spending
time with a group of strangers. But, maybe that's just it-
nobody acted like strangers. Rather, we were friendly and
candid, openly sharing our stories and laughing. This year.
New Year'3 has actually been different and been what it
"should be about—celebrating a future that embraces diversi-
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at Performance Works
Jan. 27
Five minutes into the first movement of Digital Analogy,
I began to compile a list entitled "The Ten Frightful
Things About This Performance.' Not a good sign.
The first frightful thing about this performance was
watching an awful cha-cha or samba performed by an
imconfident, forty-something year-old man, struggling to
find a beat where there clearly was none. It was so bad,
but the kind of bad where you can't avert your eyes and so
you just have to keep watching every painful second—kind
of like watching someone pick their nose. I'm wondering
if there's any legal recourse I can pursue for enduring
such a traumatic event Note to future promoters: don't
include the lame Latin booty-shakers, and if you must
include an idiot doing the samba, don't show the creature
off in the first five minutes, lest you want to get reviewers
making jokes about it In retrospect, it was a blessing. I
was distracted by Mr. Dance Mania because the musical
component was self-indulgent bland, and pointless.
■The second frightful thing: an annoyingly poor, prerecorded audio track guiding the live music. I looked on
enthusiastically when the second duo was preparing to go
onstage with a cello, an electric clarinet and a theremin.
Sadly, the beauty and texture of these instruments was
obscured by an overlayed tape recording. This prerecording reminded me of the band tapes I used to make in fifth
grade—a bunch of stops and starts with scraps of music
and silence haphazardly placed. Unfortunately, this set
had the effect of leaving the performer uncomfortably idle
and the audience just plain uncomfortable.
There was slight reprieve from my earlier misgivings
about the night when the third performer hit the stage.
Julian Gosper tinkered with knobs and dials, producing
something that came out sounding like Pansonic on a
bad day trying to remix Pole. This piece began simply
and leisurely, before a crescendo to a more chaotic
soundscape, with lots of bleepy electronic sounds.
Though definitely of amateur calibre, my eyes and ears
told me this performer had more substance than the
previous two acts combined.
I decided to do away with my "Ten Frightful Things
List' during the fourth performer's set Perhaps the
placement of the first two acts was a subversive psychological tactic to highlight the refinement of the last three
acts. Lawrence Sim's minimal frequency-manipulation
was void of tones, filled with cracks and pops, and at
times extraordinarily ear-piercing. His rhythms were
analagous to a tap dance, and his subtle use of filters
gave the set the slightest touch of funk.
Finally, Hans Samuelson and David Murphy provided
an electronic music experience with all the proper visual
accoutrements. With sights like old record players, the history of keyboard instruments, and kaleidoscope images of
flora and fauna, I was impressed with the qualify and diversity of the visuals. The acoustics consisted of ambient and
downtempo that at times veered into some pretty fast
breaks. Though this duo is not quite ready for a record deal,
they would certainly be an asset at your next get together.
Luckily the last five minutes of the evening were far
better than the first, as free sushi always ended things
on a good closing note. ♦
JAZZ WITH A TWIST: The Peters Dairy Trio displayed their—get this—rapping skills
last Friday Night, refqa abu remaiheh photo
at Capilano College Theatre
Jan. 26
If anything will confirm the consistent appeal
of jazz, it is the vibrant young Peters Drury Trio
from Whitehorse, Yukon. This exceptionally talented group— made up of brothers Jesse Peters
(piano and vocals), Graeme Peters (drums),
and Caroline Drury (vocals), along with special
guest Rick Kilburn on bass—played for an
enthusiastic crowd last Friday night
The young performers, all under 20 years
old, displayed a musical maturity and sophistication that was both inspiring and enjoyable.
Peter's command of the piano was remarkable,
Drur/s unique voice displayed an amazing
vocal range, and Peter's solos demonstrated
his talents as a drummer. They all had a feel
for the music that was natural and infectious.
Obviously influenced by Ella Fitzgerald,
Louis Armstrong and Bill Evans, the perform
ance featured well-known jazz classics, such as
"Fly Me to the Moon," "My Funny Valentine,'
"Summertime,' and "Beyond the Sea.' But the
trio didn't only perform covers, there were
orginial songs, including one written by Peters
entitled "Not Meant to Fall."
But all songs were given a modern twist-
some of them even included a rap, a reflection
of the youth of the trio, something noticeable
even more after Peters stood-up from behind
the drum set As the youngest of the group,^it
was a relief to be reminded that someone
could be this accomplished as teenager drummer.
Clearly, the trio enjoy their music, enjoy performing, and enjoy each other. It was inspiring to
see passion so young and so energetic on stage.
Although it took a bit of time for the pace to pick
up, The Peters Drury Trio managed to create a
relaxed and comfortable atmosphere where the
only expectations were to enjoy and appreciate
the music. ♦
V-Birds bowled over by Bisons
 by Dirk Schouten
The University of Manitoba Bisons came
to UBC campus this past weekend for two
matches against the Thunderbirds, and
were anything but polite guests. The
nation's top-ranked team defeated UBC in
both matches to prove once again why
they will be the team to beat at the upcoming national tournament
The Thunderbirds, knowing that they
probably won't make the playoffs, used
the weekend to rest their starting lineup
and give hard-earned playing time to second- and third-string players who have
spent most of the season watching from
the bench.
Friday evening, the Bisons defeated the
Thunderbirds in three straight sets, 2 5-20,
25-21, and 25-14.
Saturday evening, the two teams met
again   at  War   Memorial   Gym.   The
Thunderbirds, who came out with a different line-up than their usual six, started the
match well. The Bisons, however, controlled the play from the onset, jumping out to a 16-10 lead on
strong offensive work by 6'4" Ryan Pomeroy and 6'5"Michael
Munday. The Birds came back midway through the set led by
feisty Ben Feist and Jake Cabott, two high-energy players who
may assume leadership roles over the next few seasons.
Feist, who may have the team's best jump-serve, dropped
two aces on the Bisons side in less than a minute to cut the lead
to 16-13. Regular errors by the Birds, however, resulted in the
GET IN THE GAME: First-year UBC power Jake Cabott gets over one during
Friday's match against the Bisons, megan johnson photo
visitors taking control of the set With a barrage of kill shots at
the tail end, Manitoba won 25-19.
In the second set, a rejuvenated UBC squad jumped out to
an 8-7 lead. Chad Grimm and Ryan Gandy led the charge with
a collection of kill shots and blocks at the net However, the
Bisons caught on to the Birds' strategy and made the necessary
adjustments to outwit the two UBC leaders. The Bisons began
to set the ball to Bryan Enns, a 6'5" offside with a thunderous
kill shot. Enns' offensive display kick-started the Manitoba
squad's confidence while simultaneously killing the Birds' confidence. The Bisons took the set 25-16.
The third set belonged to the visitors. Manitoba jumped out
to a 7-1 lead, whooping and yelling each time they scored.
David Windsor and Steve Corothers offered a bit of offensive
dynamite for the Birds, but it was not nearly enough to topple
the nation's best volleyball team. The Bisons continually
blocked the Birds at the net and set up either Enns or Pomeroy
for a kill shot Manitoba took the straight-sets victory, winning
the final frame 25-15.
"They play with so much confidence," Cabott said of the
Bisons after the match. "When we start to lose, it becomes
work. But those guys were having fun the whole time.'
The Thunderbirds were able to use the weekend to their
advantage. Coach Dale Ohman gave extended playing time to
some of the players he believes will lead the team in the near
future. Brooke Day, a 6'8* middle, played most of the third set
and got a taste of what it's like to play against the best team in
the country.
Steve Corothers, another young Thunderbird, showed his
aptitude at the net, hammering seven kills during the match.
While Corothers' vertical leap may not be as awesome as
Grimm's, it will certainly help the 6'3" offside gel into a fine
offensive weapon. With a sure increase in playing time next
season, Corothers could develop into one of the team's pivotal
offensive players.
With the weekend matches, UBC dropped to 7-12 for the
season while Manitoba improved to 11-0. The Thunderbirds
suit up for one last home match against the University
of Saskatchewan Huskies tonight at 8pm in War
Memorial Gym. ♦
Ice Birds robbed
by Sara Newham
They say life isn't always fair, but the UBC men's
hockey team must have felt particularly cheated
Saturday night when bad luck and a dicey call
robbed the Thunderbirds of their last realistic
chance to make the playoffs.
The Birds had a great opportunity to take
their playoff prospects into their own hands this
weekend as they faced off against the struggling
University of Calgary Dinos at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre. Heading into the weekend,
the Birds were just three wins behind the Dinos
in the race for the last playoff spot but after they
skated to a 2-2 tie Friday and lost 1-0 Saturday,
the Dinos shot ahead to an 8-point lead, and the
Birds' hopes for a post-season showing dwindled.
On Friday night the two teams had barely
touched the puck before UBC's Chris
Sotiropolous was sent to the sin bin for crosschecking. On the ensuing powerplay, Calgary's
Colin Embley netted his 22 nd goal of the seasoa
That was the last of the goal scoring action
until the 7:26 mark of the second. The Dinos took
a two-goal lead after Calgary centre Ronnie
Grimard received a pass off the faceoff and one-
timed a shot over UBC goaltender Robert File's
'I think we were the better team on the ice
tonight" File said after Friday's game. 'But with
two stupid niistakes we were down 2-0...but we
knew that we are able to score."
The Thunderbirds gradually increased the
tempo of the game and finally managed to work
the powerplay long enough for Tim McEachen to
wire a shot past Calgary goalie Aaron Baker. The
goal which came at 5:01 of the third, marked the
beginning of the Birds' comeback.
Both teams picked up their intensity immediately after McEachen's goal—each side was fighting for their playoff lives. With about four minutes remaining, UBC called a time-out to discuss
strategy. Whatever was said during the huddle
worked, because at 19:20, with File out of the net
for the extra attacker, UBC right winger Dustin
Paul flicked it past Baker to tie the game at 2-2
and force overtime. Despite a great effort by the
home team in the extra five minutes, the game
ended in a tie.
"I thought guys played really well...We saw a
lot of character coming back 2-0 in the third period," stated team captain Trevor Shoaf "[We] kept
ourselves in the chance for a playoff hunt even
though you guys don't really think that we'll ever
make it but we're going to be there."
"It was a playoff game. Both teams played
tremendously—tough, physical, intense hockey,"
explained Head Coach Mike Coflin after Friday's
game. "Every game is going to seem like an
important game, but obviously tomorrow is a
must and then we're not going to think too much
from there."
With the weekend still undecided, both teams
came out hard on Saturday night determined to
be the victor. This game was filled with thunderous bodychecks and great scoring opportunities.
However, both File and Baker were solid in their
nets stopping everything thrown their way until
the third period.
It was at 4:33 of the third that the game, and
perhaps even the playoffs, were decided. With
Calgary in UBCs territory, the Dinos were putting pressure on the Birds as they fired several
shots at the net File got them all.
Or so he thought
"All I know, is that I made [the] save, there
was a rebound, I made another save. I thought
FEELING THE PRESSURE: UBC goalie Robert File stops a shot during Saturday's
game against the University of Calgary, nic fensom photo
that I freezed it I knew that it was somewhere,
but I wasn't sure where. So I tried to freeze the
puck, to lie down, [but] it just fell off and this guy
tipped it in the net Even he [the referee] said he
could see the puck in my jersey. I don't know. I
owned the puck," explained File after the game,
who then sighed and said, "Damn it"
Referee Jag Bal took the game, and perhaps
UBCs playoff aspirations, into his own hands
when he failed to blow his whistle to stop the
play. From almost every corner of the arena people could tell that File had frozen the puck, so
when Calgary's Matt Holmes tapped in the
rebound, everyone was shocked that it was not
immediately waved off by BaL Not surprisingly,
the crowd, the team and especially head coach
Mike Coflin were extremely upset over the blown
"I think the goal's a joke. His explanation
makes no sense, it's a joke. He said that RobertN
File had the puck, but it was in his jersey so that
meant he didn't have control of it That's not a
good enough explanation. He didn't referee the
game... I thought he took away a game for us
Unfortunately for the T-Birds, they didn't get
the must-win Coflin had earlier said they needed,
but they'll have another crack at it next week
when they take on the Saskatchewan Huskies on
the road. Their next—and last—homestand of the
regular season will not be until February 16th
and 17th against the Regina Cougars. ♦
At a World Cup meet in Paris, UBC swimmer-
Jessica Deglau placed seventh in the 200m
freestyle, Kelly Doody placed seventh in the
200m medley, and new Thunderbird Kelly
Stephanyshyn managed a second place finish in the 200m backstroke. Sunday, Deglau
placed third in the 200m butterfly and
Doody placed first in the 400m medley.
The Thunderbirds will host the annual
Colleges Cup at the UBC Aquatic Centre this
Men's Basketball
The 7-li UBC basketball boys travelled to
Brandon this past weekend where they suf-    . f   ..     .
fered through two losses against the Brandon    Women S HOCKey
Bobcats. With the two losses, the Birds fell to
fifth place in the Canada West They head to
Burnaby next weekend for two games against
the SFU Clansmen. Tip off is at 8:15 pm.
Women's Basketball
The UBC women's basketball team managed
a split in Brandon this past weekend. The
Birds lost 47-55 Friday, but bounced back for
a decisive 60-37 win Saturday. The 9-9 Birds
will also play two games at SFU this weekend.
The UBC women's hockey team suffered two
losses to the defending champion University
of Alberta Pandas this past weekend. The
Birds are now 3-7 and will look to bounce
back into contention with two wins this weekend against the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies at the Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre. The puck drops at 7 pm Friday and
Saturday. 10
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Sarah Morrison
Michelle Mossop
Tom Peacock
Nicholas Bradley
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Tara Westover
Holland Gidney
Graeme Worthy
Laura Blue
Ernie Beaudin
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Scott Bardsley and Ernie Beaudin sang the national
anthem. Tara Westover tripped on the jockstrap that
Tristan Winch forgot to put on. Tom Peacock slapped
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connected by strings. George BeUiveau, the linebacker
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oft Alex Dimson caught the ball and handed it oft to
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Sara Newham called him on it Helen Eady ran out of
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Wine is good
Wine tasting 101, a wine library, the international wine tasting competition?! What's next, a
wine fountain in the SUB? UBC professor
Hennie van Vuuren is busy turning the UBC
campus into a wine connaisseur's destination
resort But thafs okay by us.^
Because wine is good.
Wine is important
Wine is classy.
Wine comes in at least three different
Wine gets you drunk.
Parents and other old people drink wine. And
though most of us young people are probably a
little more partial to beer—except for pretentious
fine arts students (okay, that was a cheap shot)—
we're probably going to have to start drinking
wine pretty soon ourselves, and talking about
our favourite vintages. Boring but inevitable.
But even though wine signifies growing old,
and is usually served out and talked about at
lame old-people parties, having people studying
wine on campus is hip and groovy. Yes, we have
to admit that van Vuuren's speciahty-oenology,
the science of wine—is enough to raise a few eyebrows. But van Vuuren and his colleagues and
students are serious. They are taking wines
apart gene by gene, tiying to figure out how to
replicate the good ones and eliminate the $6-bot-
tle, screw-top, vinaigrette varieties forever.
And while his ideas may seem rather outlandish, van Vuuren is applying creative, and
maybe even brilliant solutions to the perpetual
problem that plagues Canadian researchers:
finding funding.
While most UBC researchers turn to the government or private industry for handouts to
fund their research, van Vuuren's funding ideas
have a much more creative flair.
Rather than have the traditional sources fund
his research directly, van Vuuren is using private companies to fund his research materials
instead. And van Vuuren has convinced the wine
industry to help him build a massive storage
area for his research material—a wine library—
and he's persuaded them to donate their bottles
of wine for his research, no strings attached.
But perhaps his best idea yet is the international wine tasting competition, an event which
will be entirely funded by the wine industry, and
which will help stock the WRC's brand new wine
library. So wine companies from all over will
bring their best Chardonnays to the table to be
tasted and hopefully chosen as the Chardonnay
of the Century. The entrants will first have to
hand over nine bottles of their best Chardonnays
to the wine library, thank you very much. Then
three bottles go to the tasters, and the winner
walks away with a million bucks. Van Vuuren
expects the corporate-funded event to turn a
profit And profit is never a bad thing.
The expected cost of all these initiatives to
UBC: absolutely nothing.
Van Vuuren will have netted himself a massive collection of research material, boosted
BC's wineries and all the while keeping private
industry at arms-length from his research.
We think that's impressive.
It's too bad all research facilities on campus
don't attract as much attention as the Wine
Research Centre has. The Canadian wine business is starved for attention, and having some of
the best researchers in the business working in
conjunction with them, and having research and
contests going on that will attract wine people
from all over the world to our neck of the woods
shouldn't hurt businees. Everybody wins.
No doubt about it, van Vuuren's a visionary.
He has taken his passion for a refined taste and
built an institution around it, and soon he will
synthesise the best tasting wines of the century.
And they'll serve it on campus at Wzzne gardens.
And we'll all turn into pompous asses! Hurray
for van Vuuren! ♦
Party platforms differed
In Tuesday's issues of the Ubyssey
the editorial stated that it was hard
to discern the difference between
the two major slates running. A3
the Presidential candidate for
Students' Voice I disagree. The keystone of our platform was improving safety on campus, fixing the ills
of the health plan, and making sure
we communicated better with the
student body. Students for Students
agreed with these issues, yet they
ran on improving First Week and
Mini School and fighting apathy on
I would not disagree that these
are important issues, though I felt
there were more important issues
to be addressed. I can say I was glad
to hear that some of the current
executives reported that they were
looking into the issues put forward
in this election. This validates the
election process for me. Students'
Voice was committed to making
sure that these issues came to the
forefront of debate.
I congratulate Students for
Students on their sweep and I hope
that they will implement many of
the changes Students' Voice ran on.
If they do, Students' Voice will have
to change our platform.
-Rob Nagai
Students' Voice
Legalise drugs, put biker
gangs in the poor house
In Response to "Biker gangs are a
pain in the ass' (Opinion Jan. 23):
You missed the obvious one-
legalise and regulate drugs, and the
bikers will lose 90 per cent o£ their
income with the stroke of a pen,
and without a shot being fired.
Imagine—impotent bikers, all
dressed up with nowhere to go,
hardly able to afford their Harleys.
We'll then have so many cops available to catch real criminals—as
opposed to wasting their time and
my money chasing drug users—that
the few remaining bikers will be so
outnumbered and so demoralized
that they'll join the police, lawyers,
jailers, and judges in calling for the
good old days, when the western
world was governed by morons,
drugs were illegal, and a man could
make a decent living in the drug
-Dean Fournler
Ottawa r
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2001   11
Flu-besieged Birds split against Manitoba
A BLOCK FOR A BLOCK: UBC captain Kaley Boyd and a
teammate block a Manitoba kill during the game Friday
night.The Bird's won the game 3-0, but succumbed 3-1 to
the Bisons Saturday, megan johnston photo
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 ■      by Trevor Kew
Flu season has kicked into high gear on campus, and the varsity women's volleyball team has not been immune to the
pesky illness. Many of the players were sick just prior to, or
during, this past weekend's two home games against the
University of Manitoba Bisons, and it showed in the varying
The Birds hadn't met up with the Bisons in league play
until this weekend, but they beat them earlier in the year
during an exhibition matchup. As the teams took to the floor
Friday night, the UBC Thunderbirds realised the importance
of the task at hand: the University of Calgary Dinos stood tied
at 28 points with the Birds, but with one match in hand.
Things went well for the Birds
Friday as the Bisons, who were 5-3
going into the weekend, showed definite signs of road weariness. UBC
Captain Kaley Boyd lead the offence
with 11 kills and a 55.5 per cent kill
efficiency. Izzy Czerveniak also had an
extremely strong game with 11 kills
and a 45 per cent efficiency.
The T-Birds cruised to 25-20, 25-23
and 2 5-21 victories for a 3-0 match victory. But the scores didn't reflect the dominance of the Birds. "The scores were much
closer than the games actually were," said fourth-year veteran
Michelle Collens.
Saturday night, however, was a whole new ball game.
Manitoba came hard out of the starting blocks, and the
ailing Thunderbirds seemed to find adversity at every turn.
They struggled to pass the ball anywhere near setter Amy
Schroeder, and missed several serves. Manitoba's heavy hitters and strong blockers dominated the net, and UBC could
only respond with a barrage of free balls. Leah Allinger was
stuffed at the net, and that put an end to one of the Birds'
worst sets of the year, a 2 5-13 loss.
In the second set, coach Doug Reimer threw everything
he could at the Bisons, calling timeouts and making substitutions every few points. UBC did not play much better, but
did manage to stay in the set this time. They found them-
They blocked the
heck out of us."
—Doug Reimer,
UBC head coach
selves tied at 2 5, before Boyd and Christine Bonish sealed
the deal with two clutch kills.
In the third set the Birds again struggled to find their
form, as the Bisons smashed their way to a 19-13 lead.
Bonish, along with most of the other UBC hitters, saw most
of her spikes come straight back down off the Manitoba
blockers. "They blocked the heck out of us/ Reimer said.
At 24-18 Manitoba, Boyd went down awkwardly on her
right ankle and went off the court limping. Seconds later, the
Bisons took the set 25-19.
First contacts and missed serves continued to be a problem for the Birds as they fell behind again, 6-3 in the fourth.
A courageous Boyd cinched up her shoe and returned to
actioa but, though she continued to play well, she was obviously hampered by the injury.
The downhill slide continued as the
Birds went behind 24-15, before bowing
out at 25-16, and surrendering the
match 3-1.
Coach Reimer was not pleased with
the result, but gave Manitoba credit for
a strongly-played game. "It was a whole
different team out there tonight When a
team passes and serves significantly better than you, they are very difficult to beat'
The flu-ridden Birds came out flat and suffered the consequences. Reimer said his team was hit hard by the flu bug,
with over half of the team getting sick.
With just three matches left in the regular season, UBC
will look to recuperate after a tough weekend. First-year setter Alicia Allinger was calm and collected after the loss. "I
don't see any reason for us to panic. We just need to work on
our execution, that's all," she said, adding that most of the
team was starting to recover from the flu.
The Canada West and Great Plains Divisions are really
heating up right now. Nationally, Calgary is ranked third,
Manitoba fourth and UBC fifth. "The betting table for
Nationals is wide open," Reimer said, laughing.
The Birds host TWU at 7:30pm on Wednesday before
travelling to Calgary this weekend for their last two regular-
season matches. ♦
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