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UBC'S OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER
BYS SEY
Vol: LXXXIX No. 14 I www.ubyssey.bc.ca I October 23rd, 2007
Former T-Birds star to open World Series
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Saturday's UBC baseball alumni
game was cancelled because of
the rain. But former T-Birds ace
Jeff Francis probably wouldn't
have been able to make it this
year anyway.
Francis pitched for the T-
Birds from 2000-2002 and often attends the alumni games,
but this year he's a little busy
with other priorities. He will be
taking the mound for the Colorado Rockies in game one of the
World Series against the Boston
Red Sox tomorrow (5pm PST,
Sportsnet) instead.
"We're pretty proud of him,"
said UBC baseball coach Terry
McKaig, who coached Francis
during his time at UBC and remains in frequent contact with
baseball's newest superstar.
"He's very well respected by all
the players he used to play with,
and even our present players.
He's a hero to some of these
guys."
And for good reason: Francis
Right: Former
T-Birds standout
Jeff Francis pitches
in game one of the
National League
Divisional Series
against the Philadelphia Phillies on
October 3rd, 2007.
Far Right: Jeff
Francis spent three
seasons at UBC before being drafted
by the Colorado
Rockies ninth overall
in the 2002 MLB
entry draft.
went 17-9 with a 4.22 ERA this
season, no small feat considering Coors Field in Denver is
known throughout baseball as
the hardest place to pitch in the
majors.
"We (UBC baseball) also do
our summer camp programs
now with 11, 12, 13-year-olds,
and you ask them who their heroes are and it'sjeff Francis, and
that's pretty cool. That shows
what he means to baseball in
this country."
But it was never been the
stats or the accolades
which earned Francis the respect of his former coach.
"The thing that impressed
me the most about Jeff was that
he was in the physics department here at UBC. He was a very
gifted student who took his academics very seriously, as much
as he did his baseball."
"He was such a focused kid.
I honestly believe that even
back then, when he first came
to UBC, he truly believed that he
see "Jeff" I page 09
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PHOTO COURTESY OF UBC ATHLETICS
Film program
back in action
By Jacob McNeil
News Staff
UBC's film production program
will be reopening next fall after
nearly being shut down last year
due to structural problems. The
program, which did not accept
admissions in the 2006/2007
year, will return in an expanded
and altered form.
"It's fantastic that the Faculty
of Arts and the dean have done
this," said film program chair
Sharon McGowan. "[Dean Gallini]
has spent so many hours learning
how our program works, meeting
with people...we're really grateful
for that."
Much of the last year was
spent revising the old program,
which closed due to a lack of
courses, staff, and functional
equipment.
"The curriculum needed to be
redesigned to take into account a
lot of the gaps that existed," said
Dean of Arts Nancy Gallini. "I was
really serious at one point about
closure. I was not going to reopen
the program to one that wasn't
excellent for our students."
The new film production BFA
will feature a number of changes,
including expanded class sizes,
new facilities, and course exchanges with institutions such
as Emily Carr and SFU. The
program's length has also been
altered; "instead of it being a two-
year program that began in third
year, [Film Production is] going
to be a three-year that begins in
second year," says Jerry Wasser-
man, acting head of the theatre,
film and creative writing (TFCW)
department.
see "Film" I page 02
Musqueam land claim
sparks debate
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Duffers may have only 26 years left to play at University Golf Course if it is transferred to the Musqueam in 2033.
by Amanda Stutt
News Writer
Environmentalists gathered at
St. James Community Hall on October 18 to hear panelists voice
their concerns over the fate of
Pacific Spirit Regional Park,
which sits adjacent to UBC's
Point Grey campus.
Members of the Pacific Spirit
Park Society (PSPS) want to preserve the park in its entirety, and
oppose to the proposal that ownership of 120 acres of the park
be transferred to the Musqueam
First Nation in exchange for the
University Golf Course.
This proposal was brought
forward by Non Partisan Alliance (NPA) Parks Commissioner
Marty Zlotnik,  founder  of the
Save the Golf Course Society.
The Musqueam have long
asserted their title to the golf
course. In 2005, the BC Court
of Appeal ruled in favour of the
claim, and as it stands now the
golf course will be handed over
to the Musqueam in 2033.
While the Pacific Spirit Park
Society respects land claim negotiations, they object to the park
becoming a pawn in an ongoing dispute over development
rights.
Davis Farsythe, spokesperson for the PSPS, said that their
main concern is preserving
the dwindling green spaces in
Metro Vancouver, and that their
interests are "outside of First Na-
see "Musqueam" I page 02
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"One of the goals is to create larger classes that everyone at the University can access"
from "Film" | page oi
Another significant change
will be increased access for
students not majoring in film
production.
"One of the goals is to create
larger classes that everyone at
the University can access," said
McGowan. Whereas old film
production classes were limited
to 15 students, classes in the
revised program will have 20
seats with the additional 5 set
aside for students from other de
partments. Preference for these
additional seats will go TFCW
students, but there are plans to
expand access to programs as
diverse as First Nations Studies
and computer sciences.
"We've been talking to First
Nations Studies," said Wasser-
man, "[and they're] very interested in making a connection
with film production, having
First Nations students learn documentary as a tool of advocacy
and activism."
Not   everything   is   settled
with the program, though. Was-
serman states that there will be
"ongoing curriculum revision
over the next few years," including the hiring of a third faculty
member and exploring ways to
bring in professional filmmakers as guest lecturers. Many of
the proposed changes still need
to be approved by the UBC Senate and the Faculty of Arts. The
changes will also have to work
around budget restraints in the
department, including the hiring freeze in the Faculty of Arts.
Despite these issues, students are expected to be able
to apply for program by early
spring.
"There was so much consultation with the students that
I can't imagine there'd be any
resistance," said Dean Gallini.
"[Everyone] feels very passionate
about keeping the program". vl
(Editor's note: in an effort to unify
coverage, this is the first of two
stories on the film program.
See page 3 for the Culture
aspect.)
"Everyone is defending their [own] interests. Who defends the interests of the park?"
from "Musqueam" | page oi
tions land claims. Musqueam
are free to pursue their land
claim...everything we're going
to talk about tonight is outside
of land claim negotiations."
Gary Gibson, the Metro
Vancouver (formerly GVRD) director who represents Electoral
Area A— where Pacific Spirit Regional Park is located—stressed
that negotiations have been
ongoing since last spring, and
are confidential between the
Musqueam Nation and the provincial government
The matter is being dealt
with exclusively between the
provincial government and the
Musqueam, and," not between
the GVRD and UBC."
Gibson wanted to dispel
myths and said, "Speculation...should be avoided until
we get an announcement from
the government"
Maria Harris of the University Endowment Lands
(UEL) Ratepayers Association
said that UBC is involved only
"because the University Golf
Course and Pacific Spirit Park
are geographically within the
University Endowment Lands."
But she stressed that "use of
the Park and the Golf course are
of concern to us."
Shelagh Dodd of Friends of
Pacific Park is more concerned
with environmental issues and
the fate of the park than politics.
"Everyone is defending their
[own] interests. Who defends
the interests of the park?"
Dodd objects to ownership
of any portion of the park being
transferred to the Musqueam
because it would "set a dangerous precedent for future land
transfers in the province."
Neither the provincial government nor the Musqueam
First Nation  sent representa
tives to enter into Thursday's
dialogue.
According to Ivan Bulic,
communications director for
the Coalition of Progressive
Eletors (a civic political party
in the city of Vancouver), the
Musqueam First Nation was
contacted and invited to attend
last week's forum, but didn't
respond.
The Musqueam are "not returning calls to any media until
January, at which time they will
be prepared to make a joint
statement with the provincial
government vis-a-vis the land
claim," he said. vl
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Students bring film program back to life
A cultured look at UBCs newly resurrected major and how it was brought back
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
Alumni passion saved the UBC
film production program. As word
spread that the program would
be closing indefinitely last year,
people stood up and took notice,
rallying public support and industry leaders to their cause.
The program had been on
shaky ground for a number of
years, which kept students and
graduates worried as they waited
for the final word. A member of
the film department contacted
an alumnus, who contacted
other alumni, alerting them to the
problem.
"[They] said that there was
possible writing on the wall about
the closure of the department,"
said Sidney Chiu, who graduated
in 2002. "I've always heard that
they were going to shut down the
program 'this year.' The warning
signs were there."
According to Chiu, the actual
announcement was not supposed
to be made, making it difficult
to start taking action against the
closure without endangering their
informant's job.
"We did a press conference
to show our support for the program, specifically, [without calling
against the closure] because we
weren't allowed to know that the
program was closing," said Chiu.
Once the official word was out,
the campaign began.
"A good fundraising effort was
done through the alumni," said
Professor Sharon McGowan, chair
of the program.
"[We] put the pressure on to
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let people know that we were not
going to go out quietly," said Chiu.
"[We] put the voice out there, saying, 'The film program, an arts
program is in a crisis here, it's
going to get potentially shut down,
and will no one speak up about
it.'"
Although Nancy Gallini, Dean
of the Faculty of Arts, was serious
about shutting the program down,
it wasn't an easy decision. According to Gallini, the old program
became obsolete due to "benign
neglect."
To remedy this problem, it was
decided amongst alumni to create
a panel to advise and promote the
program.
"We got a bit of flak for that,"
said Chiu. "We needed a voice to
do that, and we decided...[to] have
an alumni association so that we
could have a formalised body
that could deal directly with the
faculty."
Once it was decided that the
program could have a viable future,
the problem was restructuring it.
This took a massive effort from
both the faculty and the alumni.
Emphasis was put especially on
building ties within the industry,
both between UBC film production
students and graduates, and the
program and industry players.
"[Students were] really in formal negotiation that will provide
mentorship. That's a huge thing,"
said McGowan. "That gives a little
program that's not very rich hundreds of thousands of dollars of
support, in terms of expertise and
opportunities for students."
"We've been contacting all
these organizations...to try to get a
paid internship going," said Chiu.
The most important thing now
is informing the public.
"[We want] people to know
it's open, that we are accepting
students," said Chiu, "We have to
build from that." tl
(Editor's note: this was the second
part of an attempt to unify coverage.
See page 2 for News.)
Chretien memoirs recall 1997 APEC conference held at UBC
Former PM discusses controversial comments about pepper-sprayed protesters
By Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
Former Prime Minister Jean
Chretien blames a "bad ear" and
yelling for comments he made
about the pepper-spraying of
protesters at the 1997 APEC
summit at UBC in his memoir
released this week.
The former Liberal Prime
Minister says in Jean Chretien:
My Years as Prime Minister that
his famous comment, "For me,
pepper, I put it on my plate,"
came as a result of people
shouting "something about pepper" at a press conference that
made it difficult for him to hear
because of a bad ear.
A YouTube video shows the
comment coming in response
to a question from Nardwuar
the Human Serviette, a reporter
covering the summit for UBC's
CiTR Radio. Nardwuar asked the
prime minister about a punk
song called "Suharto Stomp,"
and whether the prime minister
himself would write punk songs
and protest against APEC.
People present at the conference laughed at the question as
Chretien responded, but Nardwuar then moved on to questions about the pepper-spraying
of demonstrators.
"Do you think that mace
equals freedom? Some of the
protesters were maced," Nardwuar asked.
"What do you say?" Chretien
responded.
"Some of the protesters
were maced, does mace equal
freedom?"
"But I don't know what you
mean by that."
"Mace, pepper spray?"
"But I don't know, this technique did not exist in those
days."
Reporters at the press conference laughed before Chretien
said, "For me, pepper, I put it
on my plate."
Forme, pepper, I
put it on my plate.
Jean Chretien,
Former Prime Minister
Chretien writes in his book
that if he had known what
people were yelling about, he
would have "sounded less light-
hearted," but not a word about
pepper is heard from anyone
but Nardwuar on the YouTube
video.
The questions, he said, were
the first that the prime minister
faced about the pepper-spraying of protestors at the 1997
summit.
"Nobody was yelling pepper
at him," Nardwuar said recently
in an interview with the Ubyssey. "I was about the third or
fourth person to ask a question,
and nobody had even mentioned the pepper spray before
that! You see the full question,
and it's totally calm, and it was
nothing to do with people yelling at him!"
The pepper-spraying occurred on November 25, 1997,
when a group of approximately
50 protestors opposed to APEC
blocked a road that world leaders were expected to traverse after meetings at UBC, according
to Ubyssey archives.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Hugh
Stewart is said to have warned
demonstrators thathe would use
any force needed to make them
clear the road, according to a
Ubyssey article from November
28, 1997. Protesters were pepper-sprayed by "canisters the
size of fire extinguishers" within
seconds of the warning.
A CBC piece by reporter Terry Milewski showed an officer
spraying demonstrators and a
camera man with a red canister
said to have discharged pepper
spray.
The incident helped trigger
a three-and-a-half year inquiry
into events that surrounded the
summit and resulted in a 453-
page report about the actions of
the RCMP.
Chretien writes in his memoir that Indonesia's President
Suharto threatened not to attend
the conference if there were protests against his government's
actions in East Timor, which
are believed to have included
killings of over 100,000 people
during the course of Indonesia's
decades-long occupation of the
region.
Chretien adds thatthe protestors were given "plenty of room"
to express themselves and that
many concerns about globalization were contradictory.
"Anti-globalisation is often
just another form of protectionism: people don't want to lose
their jobs at home to someone
somewhere else," he writes, "At
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the same time, they say they
want to help the poor in Africa,
Latin America, or Asia. [...] The
very consequence of protectionism is to deny others the opportunity to produce and sell more
goods."
November marks the 10th
anniversary of the APEC summit at UBC. ^ 4     News
ThSJjbyssey I October 23rd, 2007
UBC, UBC-O grads leave with same degree
Despite Vancouver
campus having higher
standards there is no
degree distinction
by Kalyeena Markortoff
News Writer
As bachelor's degrees become
increasingly accessible to the
public, in order to maintain a
competative advantage many
are seeing the need to graduate
from a reputable school. UBC
itself is among the top 50 post-
secondary institutions in the
world, according to several well-
known surveys.
So what does it mean when
an entrance average of 75 per
cent guarantees admission into
almost any faculty where you
will obtain the same degree as
UBC Vancouver students? This
has become the case with UBC
Okanagan.
"Since the beginning three
years ago, UBC-O has been growing by 900 seats each year,"
said Deborah Robinson, a UBC
Vancouver official involved
with student recruitment. "This
[guaranteed average of 75 per
cent] is making it much easier
for people with a lower high
school average to gain access to
post secondary."
Let's compare the entrance
averages between UBC and UBC-
0. Forestry admissions to either
campus requires a 75 per cent
entering grade average, while
Arts students applying to UBC
Vancouver require an addition-
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al five to ten per cent to reach
the 80-85 per cent average of
admission. Human Kinetics and
Science both boast entrance
averages of 85 per cent and up,
leaving a ten per cent discrepancy between average entrance
marks for Okanagan and Vancouver. The Sauder School of
Business here in Vancouver also
joins the rankings of 85 per cent
and up, while the UBC-O average
is only 75 per cent.
This may not seem like
much, but for those in the university system a few per cent
can be a deciding difference in
choosing schools. Georgia Des-
jardins, a first year commerce
student from Toronto, said that
"if a program is challenging to
get into, it says something about
the people who are in the program and what you will get out
of it."
Though entrance admissions vary between the two
UBC campuses, Robinson said
that upon graduating, students
receive equivalent degrees.
The only distinction comes in
at the bottom of the certificate
where it reads "Granted at" and
finishes off with "Vancouver" or
"Kelowna."
The undergraduate degrees
are the same," said Robinson,
"They are UBC degrees."
Signey Wilson of UBC Career
Services downplayed the attention employers paid to one's
alma mater on a resume.
"Certain schools have reputations for being outstanding,"
said Wilson, "But what is valued
highly by employers depends
on, well, the employer." Wilson
continued to  say that,  "Some
BC employers like BC colleges
and universities, while some
employers prefer students who
attended the same schools they
did. Even extracurricular activities can have an impact."
In the job force, where you
get your degree can seemingly
grab the attention of the employer or simply pass by the
radar undetected.
"If UBC wants to keep this a
reputable degree, there should
be some distinction between
the degrees of UBC and UBC-O,"
said Desjardins. "At least until
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BC Green party elects new leader for '09 Premier race
Party makes affordable
education a priority
by David Karp
CUP Western Bureau Chief
VICTORIA (CUP)-On October 20,
Jane Sterk was elected leader of
BC's Green Parry to guide the
party into the 2009 provincial
election.
Sterk is an Esquimalt, BC
councillor and member of the
Capital Regional District board.
She also teaches commerce and
business administration at University Canada West, a private
university located in Victoria.
The announcement was made
on Sunday, October 21 at the
Green Party BC's 2007 annual
general meeting and leadership
convention in Victoria.
The previous provincial leader, Adriane Carr, stepped down
to become deputy leader of the
federal Green Party.
The Green Parry has maintained public support of at least
15 per cent in Ipsos polls since
December 2006, and in an August
2007 Mustel Group poll, went as
high as 16 per cent.
As environmental issues become more important to voters,
the message of British Columbia's
Green Party is reaching more ears.
But the Greens have yet to win a
seat in the provincial legislature.
While the parry's newly developed fiscal policies have a
conservative edge, renewable
energy, post-secondary education
and sustainable development initiatives will all sound familiar to
past supporters.
Sterk's campaign platform
was based on "immediate investment in transportation that works
for people—rail, commuter rail,
light rapid—anything that provides people with an attractive
alternative to cars."
Sterk added that she doesn't
want to see any new polluting
sources of energy and an end
to importing coal power from
Alberta.
Despite the parry's reputation
as hardcore environmentalists,
their platform isn't limited to
"green" issues.
"It's a mistake to regard the
Greens as NDPers who somehow
lost their way. The Greens are
capable of picking up seats from
both parties," said retired political scientist Norman Ruff. "I think
the Greens today...are more aquamarine—there's a blue Tory tinge
to them.
"The Green Party, I've learned
over the years, has a whole dynamic of its own," said Ruff.
One such policy includes a
focus on cities. "I would want to
see a financial investment in municipalities," Sterk said, adding
that she's also in favour of debt
repayment.
The Green Party also places
a strong emphasis on post-secondary education. Some party
members advocate for a tuition
reduction, while others push for
free tuition.
"I believe that tuition should be
free," said Ben West, BC organizer
for the Green Party of Canada, who
sat on Capilano College's board of
governors for four years. "And not
only free—we need to ensure that
there's grant money available for
those that need it."
Green Party co-founder Sil-
vaine Zimmerman agreed. "I
grew up in part in a land where it
is free—still free—where housing
subsidies are still given to all students to a tune of about $500 per
person, and I don't see any reason
why we couldn't do the same,"
said Zimmerman, who grew up in
Germany.
Sterk, meanwhile, is reluctant to make tuition free with no
strings attached.
"I don't want education
deemed to be free," said Sterk.
"What I'd like to see is some
charge for post-secondary education, which can be forgiven over a
five-year period if a young person
decides to stay and work in BC."
Party members had their own
views on where the funding would
come from for these initiatives.
West said it's a matter of
changing how society views education. "If we look at education
as a commodity instead of an investment, we go down the wrong
road."
"Everything's a choice about
how you spend your money,"
Sterk said. "We subsidize our
oil and gas industry in BC The
provincial government, in its last
throne speech, added another
quarter of a billion dollars to oil
and gas subsidies. For me, that's
not a choice I'd want to make. I'd
rather invest in young people and
education." \a
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MONTREAL (CUP)-For much
of the 1990s, the UN Human
Development report ranked
Canada as the best nation in the
world to live. We've been slipping downwards ever since and
currently hold sixth place.
When the UN looks at child
welfare, Canada's ranking is
even bleaker. In February 2007,
UNICEF ranked Canada 15th out
of 21 developed nations. A large
factor in the slide was poverty.
When social services took
away Pilar Espinosa's two-year-
old grandson, they told her she
could only get him back if she
moved out of the slum apartment she shares with her 20-
year old daughter.
Espinosa's daughter works
to help with the rent. They
can't afford anything better and
they're on a waiting list for social housing—number 870 out
of 1,098 in the area.
Meanwhile, the Espinosas
are stuck in a cockroach-infested apartment where the
tap water runs brown.It's been
eight months since they've had
a working refrigerator.
Espinosa told her story to
an audience at Montreal's Old
Brewery Mission that included
Miloon Kothari, the United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing.
When she was finished she
pulled out a ziplock bag filled
with dead cockroaches. "The
government is not going to give
me back my grandchild because
of this," she said, on the verge
of tears.
Espinosa was one of about a
dozen people who shared their
stories of poverty and survival
in Quebec. The stories are part
of a two-week nationwide study
being conducted by the United
Nations, assessing the status of
housing in Canada.
Nassim Fathallah has been
living on welfare since he lost
his taxi licence. He said it is
shameful that a rich nation like
Canada needs the United Nations to intervene. "We spend
billions on the military, but the
government will not spend one
more penny on the poor," he
said.
Canada invited Miloon Kothari to study the housing issue
and to make recommendations.
He was appointed by the UN in
2000 to examine nations' ability to provide adequate housing,
considered to be a human right.
He told reporters at the Old
Brewery Mission that he believes social housing programs,
shelters and transition houses
are essential in fulfilling this
right.
"It's a question of rearranging economic policies," he said.
"I think civil society has a very
important role to play, both in
terms of providing us information but also in terms of making
use of the recommendations,"
Koharthi said.
He insisted that half of the
consultation took place with
civil society, not only with those
in power.
According to housing rights
group Regroupement des Comites Logements et Associations de
Locataires du Quebec, 218,000
renters in the province spent
more than half their revenue on
rent in 2001.
RCLALQ spokespersonAndre
Trepanier said that considering
rent increases in recent years,
the situation hasn't improved.
The Montreal non-profit
housing federation (known as
FOAM), reports the average cost
of a one-bedroom apartment
in Montreal is $572 a month.
Spokesperson Toufik Nid
Bouhou said people on fixed income, especially elderly people,
find it hard to afford rent.
"People don't have enough
money from the government to
live," he said.
While the waiting list for
social housing isn't getting any
shorter and more and more
rental property is being converted into condominiums, many
people fall into the shelter system, or find themselves on the
streets.
It's hard to get a firm handle
on the number of homeless people in Quebec, but the number
in Montreal has been estimated
to be around 15,000.
"Here in Montreal there's
been people who have been so
fed up with not having access to
social housing that they've gone
out and squatted under bridges
and taken over parks where you
can get just a little bit of shelter,"
said Alex Berthelot.
We spend billions on the
military, but the government will not spend one
more penny on the poor.
Nassim Fathallah,
former taxi driver
Berthelot is an outreach
coordinator with Homeless
Nation, an online social forum
dedicated to homelessness.
In Montreal a number of
squats have grown up, but each
one has faced clashes with local
authorities. The fine for sleeping on a park bench is $ 140.
A divorced father, Berthelot says he sometimes feels bad
complaining because at least he
has a roof over his own head,
but he says he has yet to pay
his October rent. The court has
ruled his son can't stay with him
overnight because there isn't
enough room.
"Yes, I have a place, but I
don't have a place where I can
have my son," he said.
Kothari said Canada must
keep its commitments to the
UN.
"If Canada is not complying
with those international commitments, what is the impact of
that?...
"When you look the types of
violations, when you see that
people are homeless in a wealthy
society ... The solution has to be
a more socially oriented policy
that recognises that everybody
is born with human dignity and
the right to housing is one of
the fundamental rights that is
recognized globally" vl October 23rd, 2007 | The Ubyssey
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PHOTO COURTESY OF BLACKALICIOUS WEBSITE
by Julie Pickering
Culture Writer
The Ubyssey: Hey there, Gab.
Wanted to talk to you and ask you
some questions because I know
you had a show at Vancouver's
Commodore Ballroom on October 21st. You've got a big group of
fans up here.
Gift of Gab: Well, every time
we're in Vancouver, man, we feel
the love. We like performing in
Vancouver.
U: So, let's start big. What have
you been up to recently?
Gab: In the studio spending a lot
of time in the studio. And we've
been doing lots of shows, too. I've
actually been working on three
albums. Been doing this record
with Lateef the Truthspeaker and
Hypnotic Crown City Records,
calling ourselves the Mighty
Underdogs. We're putting out an
album called Dropping Sun, and
an EP album called Prelude, just
to let people know about us. The
whole album (Dropping Sun) is
based on fictional story-telling.
It's all fiction-based. Part outer
space, part gun fight in the Wild
West. Great sounds—some Slick
Rick shit. And we have a lot of
people joining us in the studio
for that. Damian Marley, Ladybug
Mecca, Tash from Tha Alkaholiks,
Zion. It's a comedic album, itwas
fun to do. Then I've been working
on another solo album, and then
Blackalicious is gonna be putting
out another album by 2009.
U: How are things different when
you're not working with Chief
Xcel (of Blackalicious)?
Gab: The thing about working
with Xcel is that we have amazing
chemistry. It's instant chemistry.
We understand each other and
have similar views towards music. What I like about working
with other producers is stepping
out of that zone of comfort. You
can learn from other producers,
which is why I like working with
so many. I equate it to traveling.
You can be living in a dope, dope
city, but it's always fun to go see
Miami, New York, or Chicago.
U: What can someone expect from
a Blackalicious show?
Gab: Energy, lots of energy. Raw
hip-hop, too. We like to think of
the show as an experience for the
audience. Like a really intense
movie, it should take you a few
minutes to get back to reality at
the end of the show. Everything
should come out during that experience, all your emotions.
U: How does Blackalicious fit in to
hip-hop today?
Gab: Well, the thing about us is
that we've spent a lot of time
working on building our fan base.
We wanted to build it from the
group up. That means a lot of
touring. The key though, and of
course I'm gonna say this, is making consistently good albums.
That's the simple key to longevity.
You have to be passionate about
the music, but consistency is key.
When I watch what they're playing on BET and MTV, I think, we
do something different.' We're
not mainstream like that, we're
not pop sensations. Our blessing
is a huge fan base.
U: Can you tell us a bit more about
your upcoming solo project?
Gab: I've been trying to branch
out sonically, try something different. It's gonna be Three Feet
High meets The Miseducation of
Lauryn Hill meets The Beatles
[the White Album]. It's a logical
progression of my music. I've
been working with Asa Taccone
and Danger Mouse's production
squad in LA.
U: What's it like for you when
you're freestyling?
Gab: For me freestyling is almost
religious. You can't even thinkyou
just have to let go. Music and the
moment and the mood bring the
words out. You have to trust, and
then you can tap into something
within yourself.
U: On a lighter note, a lot of celebrities have been publicly giving
Britney advice on her road to
recovery. Does Blackalicious have
anything to say to Britney?
Gab: Yeah man, I'd tell her, just
keeping making music. Fuck what
people say. If you keep up with
that shit that's what you become.
U: Alright, I just have to ask. Can
you make rhyme for UBC?
Gab: UBC we coming out soona/
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by Adrianne Davidson
Culture Writer
Like a warm piece of lasagna
against the cold steel pan, "Futur-
isti" was steaming up the Frederic Wood Theatre last week.
Bella Luna Productions presented this Italian avant-garde
night, full of live performance,
dance, acting, singing, art, film,
music and auditory intensity.
"Futuristi" is a self-mocking,
self aware, and conscious postmodern manifestation of the
artistic world. Its superb use of
visuals, with everything from
a power drill to life-sized paper
dolls, allows it to be a quick
passionate flick with an Italian
tongue and a smooth, sophisticated Italian sonata.
Depicting how the natural
world reacts to the industrial,
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the audience," says Director Gerald Vanderwoude, especially in
terms of visual materialism.
In a show where a limp
vacuum cleaner can represent
the dead artist, audiences are
moved. Incorporating some elements from the Theatre of the
Absurd, "Futuristi" draws on
ironies, puns, and paradoxes to
critique the institution of art,
proving that the death of the artist may be upon us as the ideals
of the modern world die out.
Vanderwoude remarks that
"Futuristi" has lined up one of
the "best mixed creative teamjs]
I have worked with. [They] are
a balance [of] professionals and
students."
With a cast and crew of forty-
one people, "Futuristi" is an
aesthetically simple but moving
art show. Only in the "Futuristi"
style would the show bring its audience back for an act two which
consists of a very postmodern
anti-ending of both substantial
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Women's Field Hockey Tops Canada West
T-Birds look for fourth CIS championship in last five years
WILSON WONG PHOTO / COURTESY OF CiTR
Forward Chelsea MacPherson butts heads with the Pandas defender while
both fight for the ball Saturday. UBC split their weekend series.
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC women's field hockey
team split their final regular season series with the University of
Alberta Pandas this weekend and
clinched the top spot in Canada
West for the fourth time in five
years.
Saturday
Alberta 1 - UBC 3
Sunday
Alberta 2 - UBC 0
Their wins last week over the
University of Victoria Vikes also
gave the women an automatic
bid at the national tournament
taking place in Toronto in a week
and a half. The women only lost
two games all year, but head
coach Hash Kanjee said that anything can happen at the national
tournament in Toronto because
they will be playing on grass field
instead of the turf they are used
to.
"We are playing on a longer
turf, which is a totally different
game," said Kanjee. It's a much
slower game, a lot of the skills
you use on this field you can not
use on the other field."
On Saturday, Samantha
Smith opened the scoring for
the T-Birds in the 31st minute.
Chelsea and Kathryn Macpher-
son kept the trend going as they
scored the next two goals.
Pandas forward Rachel Sanders gave the Pandas something
to smile about as she got one
past goalie Katie Graham in the
45th minute to put them on the
board. But the lone goal was not
enough for the Pandas to make
any run at a comeback.
Despite UBC's win, Kanjee
still considered the game "a bit
of an ugly win," as turnovers and
sloppy play gave the Pandas scoring opportunities.
Sunday was a much different
story. The T-Birds managed to
keep the ball in the Pandas end
most of the day, but were unable
to capitalise from either the constant offensive pressure or short
corner plays.
After a scoreless first half,
Rachel Sanders and Jennifer
Zwicker were both able to get
the ball past Graham in coast to
coast break-aways.
"I think we had lots of chances but we just didn't put the ball
in the net," said Kanjee. "I think
we played better than we played
yesterday, so I'm quite happy
about that. Our skills were at a
higher level, we moved the ball
around, we created chances we
just couldn't find the net."
"We just need to put this
behind us," said Kanjee. "Next
week [we'll] start playing on field
turf and get ready for CI's" referring to the upcoming national
championships.
Despite the loss, third-year
defender and midfielder Laura
Dowling gave UBC fans something to cheer about in the rain
as she accepted Canada West
player of the year honours.
Kanjee has spent his tenure
at UBC trying to get the team up
to this consistent level. "I took
over 15 years ago and we tried to
build it up and build it up," said
Kanjee. "I think we are on a bit of
a roll and I'm happy with what
is going on, with the kids we get,
the skill level we acquire and the
teams we put together so it is a
good program and I'm hoping it
continues."
/ think we are on a bit
of a roll and I'm happy
with what is going on.
Hash Kanjee,
Head coach women's field hockey
The T-Birds have won three of
the last four nationals including
a 3-1 win over the University of
Victoria Vikes on their home turf
last year. Last year also marked
the eleventh time the women
has taken the McCrae Cup since
it began in 1975.
They now have the next two
weeks to practice on grass before
traveling to Toronto.
While Kanjee wouldn't make
any predictions for winning their
third straight championship, he
did say that, "With the turf we
are going to play on in Toronto
anyone can win." til
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Francis putting UBC 'on the map'
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would one day pitch in the
big leagues," said Mckaig.
"He was such a pleasure
to coach just because of
his daily work ethic and
his attitude. He was such
a good kid to be around,
and worked his butt off for
us."
UBC Athletic Director
Bob Philip said Francis'
success has put UBC 'on
the map' in some sporting
circles as the University
continues  its  attempt to
join the NCAA.
Years ago coaches and
scouts would see Francis
training during the offseason and say that "he's
a really great pitcher, but
he comes from a school
nobody has heard of."
"By US [standards],
nobody had heard of the
University of British Columbia. I think that that's
really changed," said
Philip. "Jeff Francis gets
so much [North American]
publicity, front cover of
Sports Illustrated, really all
over the place and its unbelievable how much the
University is recognized
based on what Jeff has
done."
"To have a UBC player
playing in the World Series
and playing such a role in
it —it's not just that he's
on the team, he's their
[number one] pitcher— it's
really a big deal for the
University as a whole,"
said Philip.
While the pitching
mound Wednesday at
Boston's historic Fenway
Park may seem a long
way from UBC, McKaig
said ultimately, the Rockies' burgeoning superstar
is still the same guy who
pitched for the T-Birds at
Nat Bailey Stadium just
five years ago.
"He looks exactly the
same as he did at UBC, he
still looks so young, he's
still kind of skinny," said
McKaig. "Other than the
uniforms having changed,
I'm like 'that's still Jeff.'
He's just like I remember
him in a UBC uniform." til
Bruce Pearl: Court Jester of Tennessee i»gbantwahl § ■
Francis makes cover of
Sport Illustrated
Jeff Francis, a familiar face
for UBC baseball fans, was
featured releasing a pitch
on the cover of Sport Illustrated magazine's Oct. 10
edition.
He was awarded the
honour after leading the
Colorado Rockies to 21
wins in 22 games for
one of the best runs in
baseball history, which
not only got them into the
playoffs but has put them
in a position to contend
for the World Series that
begins tomorrow.
Francis led the Rockies in wins with 17 and
will take the mound in the
first game.
As for the famous
Sports Illustrated cover
jinx, Francis told the Denver Post that, "it doesn't
matter." He continued to
say that his plan to overcome the curse is just to
"pitch well."
His teammates also
have confidence going
into tomorrow's game
mostly because Francis is
from north of the border.
Outfielder Cory Sullivan
told MLB.com that, "Francis is Canadian, jinxes
don't apply."
—Jordan Chittley
PHOTO COURTESY OF UBC ATHLETICS
Above: Jeff Francis on the mound for
theT-Birds. The southpaw—who signed a
four-year, $13.5 million contract in November 2006—still returns to UBC regularly.
Left: UBC baseball coach Terry McKaig is
among the many who say Francis looks the
same today as he did when he pitched for
the Thunderbirds five years ago.
From UBC to the World Series: how Francis made it
Jeff Francis played for the T-Birds from
2000-2002.
2002
In 2002 he was selected 9th overall
by the Colorado Rockies in the Major
League Baseball entry draft.
That summer, he didn't allow an
earned run in his first 16.2 professional
innings, which he split between the single A Tri-City (WA) Dust Devils and the
Ashville (NC) Tourists. His season was
cut short when he was struck with a line
drive while sitting in the dugout.
2003
In 2003, Francis played for the Visalia
Oaks of the single A California League.
He threw a no-hitter vs. the Modesto
Oaks that season, becoming the first
California League pitcher to pitch a no-
hitter since former Blue Jay Ted Lilly in
1989. Following the season, Sportsticker
rated him as the seventh-best left-handed
pitching prospect in the minors.
2004
In 2004, Francis was named Minor
League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today, joining
Andruw Jones (1995-96), Rick Ankiel
(1999) and Josh Beckett (2001) as the
only players to win both awards in a
single season. He went 13-1 with a 1.98
ERA for the double A Tulsa Drillers before moving on to the Triple A Colorado
Springs Sky Sox where he went 3-2. In
late August he was called up to the Rockies, and earned his first major league
win on September 5 in San Diego. He
went 0-2 in his first two starts before settling down and ending the year 3-0 with
at 2.30 ERA in his last five starts.
2005
In 2005, his first full season in the majors, Francis went 14-12 with a 5.68 ERA
in 33 starts. He led all Colorado pitchers
in wins, starts, and innings. He had the
most starts ever by a Colorado rookie,
and led all major league rookies in wins.
2006
Injusthis second full season in the major
leagues, Francis led the Rockies in wins
for a second consecutive season, going
13-11 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 games. Opposing batters hit just .250 against him
on the season, the lOth-lowest mark in
the NL. His 4.16 ERA is the fourth-lowest
single season figure in franchise history,
and second-lowest ever by a left handed
pitcher. He defeated the Blue Jays on
May 20th to become just the 16th native of Canada to start against Toronto, a
team Francis followed as a kid.
2007
This season Jeff went 17-9 with a 4.22
ERA. His 17 wins led the Rockies, and
ties the club record. He was a key component of the Rockies 14-1 season ending streak which saw them earn the NL
Wild Card berth and their first trip to the
MLB playoffs since 1995.
He started and won his first career
MLB   playoff   game   in   Philadelphia
against the Phillies on October 3, holding baseball's highest scoring team in
check, pitching six effective innings
while allowing just two earned runs. The
Rockies went on to sweep the Phillies in
three straight games.
Francis won his first ever National
League Championship Series start on
October 11 in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. The Rockies went on to win
the next three straight, sweeping the series and becoming the first team in NL
history to start the post-season 7-0.
Francis is now set to make his first
World Series start of his young career.
He takes the mound tommorow against
Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox.
—with files from the UBC Thunderbird Baseball Fanpage and the Colorado
Rockies official website, til
Vancouver's walk through Uganda
GOH IROMOTO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
This year's GuluWalk—a campaign that
began in 2005 to raise awareness on
northern Uganda's child night commuters—followed from the Vancouver Art
Gallery south west to Ceperley Park.
The rainy walk concluded with music and speakers, on of which was UBC
professor Erin Baines. Baines spoke
about the lengths some children walk
daily to avoid forced recruitment by the
Lord's Resistance Army, led by Joseph
Kony. Also addressed were the efforts
to reclaim and reintegrate these child
soldiers back into society.
Since      southern-born      President
Museveni's acquisition of power in
1986, northern Uganda has suffered
torment from the LRA with no effective
recourse from Uganda's government.
Rape, marauding, mutilation and abductions are the LRA' top crimes.
Many turned out to support the
Vancouver walk, promoted on campus
by the AMS interest group, Forum on International Cooperation UBC (FICUBC).
For more information, visit ficubc.word-
press.com.
—Laura Morrison 10   Editorial
ThiQjbyssey I October 23rd, 2007
Current police behaviour shocking
POP! A pair of air-propelled barbs
sail through the air, hooking
into your flesh, lodged several
millimetres below the surface of your
skin. Milliseconds later, ZAP!, 50,000
volts switch on and off, electrifying
the barbs buried in your hide.
Regardless of your pain tolerance
or mental focus, your nervous system
is inundated and overcome with
intense pain; you immediately stiffen
and fall, helpless, to the ground.
At this point you might realise that
you were hit with a device originally
dubbed the Thomas A. Swift's Electric
Rifle, now best know as the Taser: a
device carried by tens of thousands of
security and law enforcement officers
across North America.
Provided you're young, calm,
unrestrained, and were only shocked
once, a run-in with a Taser would
most likely leave you with little more
than a pair of puncture wounds,
sore muscles, bruises from the
inevitable fall, and, at worst, soiled
undergarments.
If, on the other hand, you were
drunk, high, had heart or respiratory
problems, or any number of other
possible conditions, the 50,000 volt jolt
produced by a Taser could do far more
than 'restrain' you: it could kill you.
Electrocution or Execution?
Early on Sunday October 14,
Robert Dziekanski, a 40-year-old Polish national immigrating to Canada
who had just arrived at the Vancouver
International Airport, was shot by an
RCMP officer with a Taser, and died
shortly after. A week later, 39-year-old
Quilem Registre died in a Montreal
hospital after being Tasered by police.
Prior to these recent deaths,
fifteen people had died in Canada
after being shocked by Tasers. This is
disturbing. What is more disturbing
is that Tasers were not reported to be
the actual "cause of death". While Amnesty International, who allege that
the weapon is inhumane, has documented over 245 deaths worldwide
which have occured after the use of a
Taser, Tasers have never once been
named the official cause of death in
Canada. Instead, pre-existing heart
conditions or intoxication are cited.
In the Dziekanski case, the
Vancouver police have suggested
his death was caused by "excited
delirium," which basically means
My safety phrase is lawful citizen"
agitated behavior. The term is highly
controversial and is not recognised
by American Psychiatric Association
as a cause of death.
What we would like to know is
why other force options weren't
considered. In the Vancouver International Airport case, reports indicate
that Dziekanski was not armed. Was
the Taser necessary?
The decision whether to use one
of the estimated 3000 Tasers available to Canadian police is left to an
individual officer's discretion. Police,
whom, in order to use the weapon
must experience its effects themselves, are trained to use it in a level
of force above pepper spray. Thus, if
pepper spray is or would be ineffective, a Taser is the next option.
In newspaper accounts of both
recent incidents, little indicates that
the use of Tasers was ultimately
necessary. Additional incidents in the
US, documented on YouTube, show
Tasers being used by police in situations where force may not have been
necessary.
Shocked into Action
It doesn't take a medical researcher to divine that Tasers have played a
key part in deaths, either by causing
heart failure, respiratory failure, or
other potentially deadly conditions in
tased individuals.
With this is mind, it is impossible
to understand why police officers
are equipped with a weapon like the
Taser: there are few, if any situations
where a Taser is the only option officers have in dealing with individuals
they feel are a threat. Police officers
are trained in methods of restraint
which range from 'bare-handed' tat-
ics, to the use of billy clubs, to pepper
spray.
With the range of potential tactics,
why are Tasers in wide distribution
among police officers? Maybe it's
to protect officers from potential
accusations of police brutality that
commonly arise when old-fashioned
physical force is used. Or because the
Taser has all the psychological impact
of a pistol without the paper work
and public criticism. Or maybe it's
because modern police officers see it
as a catch all device, able to be used
in almost any situation.
Whatever the case, the Taser
shouldn't take such a prominent
place in the arsenal of day-to-day
police work.
iStTREETERS
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked
a  question  relevant  to   UBC.
Do you agree with police using Tasers? Are there any alternatives?
Marie Tse,
Researcher
"People think
before they
do something
like that. It's a
Taser, it can hurt
people. People
shouldn't be so
radical about taking actions like
that."
Jane-Ann Kay,
Alumni
"I would say that
I disagree with
police Tasering
because it seems
very violet and a
very heavy-handed
approach to keeping people safe."
Kyle Choi,
Commerce 2
"It's better than
using their guns.'
Simone Osbourne,
Opera performance 3
"I totally disagree
with the use of
police Tasers.
There was a study
done...they don't
reduce the amount
of crime that
happens."
Frank Halderman,
Political Science 3
"I think it's
unfortunate that
someone died using
the police Taser...
For me the more
important issue is
that the individual
wasn't handled well
at immigration."
THEtfBYSSH
IS FULL OF
STRAIGHT
WHITE MEN.
STOP THE
INSANITY!!!
VOLUNTEER FOR
THE UBYSSEY
AND GIVE TOUR
CAMPUS PAPER
THE DIVERSITY
IT NEEDS!
KQl!UNrT.EER'SPJJBY'SSEYfB]C!CAl
-Coordinated by Samantha Jung, Shun Endo, Matt Hayles and Brandon Adams October 23rd, 2007 | The Ubyssey
Sports
Martz wants collection to be read
from "UBC" | page 12
packing business allowed Martz
to travel much of the world, play
golf and foray into obscure areas,
inspecting every shelf imaginable
for interesting books. Once found,
price was of no concern—the
book had to be obtained. If the
copy was in bad shape, he would
upgrade whenever possible, or
have it restored.
"When I first heard about the
collection, I thought to myself,
how will this work? Will this work
in a rare books area at a university?" said Ralph Stanton, librarian of the I.K Barber rare books
and special collections division.
"Then you see the collection and
you realise there has to be scholarly interest in this material, its
not just for golfers."
The range and depth of golfs
influence is clearly reflected in
the Martz collection. Every subject from psychology to ecology,
economics to Shakespeare, and
architecture to urban planning
can be found in his books.
"The longer you think about it
the more it comes out, you start
to think about who plays golf:
Right: Sam Martz
holds a wood carving
of himself.
Far Right: Sam
Martz brandishes his
favourite instrument
for the golf course.
presidents, potentates, captains
of industry," said Stanton describing the breadth of the sport.
From an academic perspective, it is golfs relationship with
upper class society that makes
this collection so valuable. With
books describing the histories of
golf organisations from around
the world, the collection provides
windows into historical figures
and forces that still influence our
lives. Even histories of particular
regions can be described through
golf.
It's two thirds of my life
time, so I want to see
it enjoyed by people
Sam Martz
In sheer number of volumes,
the collection is historic and one
of the largest in the world. Stanton could not find any academic
collection that came close to rivalling UBC's, the closest being The
Arthur W. Schultz Golf Collection
at the University of Chicago, with
about 1600 titles.
Martz decided to donate the
books to UBC because he was unable to find anybody in his family
able to take over and wanted to
give the collection. And he wanted a stable, secure home for the
books. As a resident of Vancouver,
he appreciated the longstanding
potential of UBC.
"I just want to make sure
that it's there in perpetuity," said
Martz. "[At UBC] its open and free
to be seen and, of course, preserved...It's two thirds of my life
time, so I want to see it enjoyed
by people."
Having seen a considerable
portion of his life's work packed
up and shipped off, Martz has
since converted his library into a
bedroom. A few shelves remain
and they now hold the latest additions to his new collection. Martz,
it seems, hasn't missed a beat.
Roughly 100 books from the
Sam Martz Collection are catalogued in a week by UBC libraries, and it is hoped that some
books will reach library shelves
by Christmas. Due to the amount
of time needed for processing, it
will take more than a year before
the whole collection is available
to the public, vl
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The Ubyssey | October 23rd, 2007
UBC receives half million dollars in golf books
82-year-old man donates entire collection that
took him half a century to compile
by Trevor D'arcy
Sports Writer
Retired businessman, Sam Martz,
has donated the largest known
collection of rare golf books, estimated to be worth $450,000, to
UBC's Irving K Barber Learning
Centre.
The library has just begun
processing the 4 7 3 0 books, which
due to sheer volume, will take almost a year to be processed.
"We were a reading family...
when I was 101 was already reading books that kids in high school
were reading," said Martz. "So
when I saw a golf book, I grabbed
at it."
At age 10, Martz also got his
first taste of golf, but he wasn't
swinging any clubs. He did a short
stint as a caddy at a golf course in
Montreal, the city where he grew
up. But it wasn't until he was in
his thirties that he really began
amassing his collection. This is
when he began playing and appreciating the depth of the game.
"Golf is unique! It's you versus
yourself," Martz said in a hushed
voice. "It covers so many aspects
of your life. Technique, patience—there's a whole bunch of
other things that go into the golf
personality. If I went out to play
with you...I'd know what you're
like. I could call your mother and
tell your mother."
Working in the family meat
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
see "Martz" | PAGE II     Sam Martz, who donated the large collection, is seen here showing off some of his other golf collectibles.

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