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NEWS* Spike & Mike's brings it back to yuks.
Creative ways of funding colleges    paSe?-
Soccer nears Canada West
UBC men take on SFU in exhibition and
hope for a championship berth. Page 5.
The kids aren't all right
A focus on youth violence. Page 10.
After cuts, VCC bends the rules. Page 3.
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Date:        Thursday, October 30, 2003
Time:       5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chancellor Lounge, 6050
Chancellor Boulevard
(adjacent Chapel, entry off
of lona Drive)
Ramsay Worden Architects (for Intracorp
Developments) submitted a development
permit application for 42 dwelling units
in two apartment buildings on Lots 43
and 47 in the Theological
Neighbourhood.You are invited to attend
the public meeting to learn more about
the project and the Theological - .
The project applicant and UBC Campus & Community Planning staff will be
present to receive comments. Free parking will be available along Theology Mall,
lona Drive and in the North Parkade.
Subject to Development Permit Board approval, the project applicant anticipates
construction to begin in May 2004 with completion in August 2005.
All non-institutional development permit applications are also available for viewing
on the Campus &C Community Planning website at;
This event is wheelchair accessible. Contact Kaxly Hennev (Phone: (604) 822-6930, Email:
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On Tuesday, Oct 21,
the Ubyssey stated
that in e-mails written by StopWar.ca
and distributed by
Fire This Time,
FTT memberj
Ali Yerevani was
referred to as a 'confused, arrogant, bel-
ligerant man-boy."
This is incorrect
I Instead, Ivan
Drury was being ref-
ered to.
Also, Leah
MacKenzie -Brown
does not speak on
behalf of the Social
Justice Centre as is
implied by the
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HOBBIT HOUSE? Christina Bellis and Gavin Wright working on a
sustainable structure, michelle mayne photo
by Emily Sufrin
Through 'greeji architecture' a UBC
student is showing the campus that
condominiums are not the only construction projects in University
Under the direction of UBC student Deanna Del Vecchio, a team
made up almost entirely of UBC
Farm volunteers is building a series
of handmade, sustainable structures
through a traditional building
method known as cobbing
The project which began during
the summer, is nearly complete, said
Del Vecchio. It aims to educate the
university cojnmunity about natural
building, looks to create a cobbing
community at UBC and also hopes to
raise awareness of the UBC Farm.
The project includes the construction
of a garden wall, archway and oven.
"I wanted to help make [the farm]
a more visible part of campus,' said
Del Vecchio, adding that she got the
idea for the project after attending a
conference on natural building in
California lastyear.
The project is the only
sustainable building project
of its kind going on at a
Canadian University, said
del Vecchio.
Cobbing is a natural
form of building that dates
back to 15th century
England. The term comes
from an Old English word
for 'lump', which is an
accurate description ofthe
building process. The material, a
mixture of sand, clay and straw, is
mixed by foot and then literally
lumped by the handiul onto the structure being built No machines are
necessary to build cob structures.
Being free from mechanical
devices is what one experienced
builder enjoys about the project "We
just jump right in there and mix it all
hi with our feet* said Gavin Wright
Machines can be used to ipix the
cob, but Wright said, 'It's neat to use
the; traditional method, and it feels
really good [on your feet].*
The result of the process is natural looking, monolithic walls, which
Wright says resemble* something like
a Flintstone's or hobbit's house.
While Wright is enjoying the proj-
ect, he admitted cob building would
not be an appropriate construction
method for a project the scale of
University Town.
But Wright is optimistic about the
future of cob building in Vancouver
because he says the cob method is
more Earth-friendly than modern
methods of building.
*In terms of putting in up to two-
story family dwellings, it's a good way
to go...it's totally viable and that's
where we need to start' he said.
Freda Pagani, the director of sustainability at UBC, agreed that cob
would be a poor choice for building a
condensed structure of apartment-
style residences, but she also said it is
not appropriate for Vancouver's climate. "[Cob] makes sense in certain
locations,' she said. "It's more suited
to a sunny climate.'
But she also said the University
Town project is concerned with sustainable methods of building, citing
UBC's 1996 Official Community Plan
that stressed sustainability.
"UBC is very interested in raising
the bar for, sustainable development," she said.
"Residential green building
is very close to being
Steve Taylor, a professor at the UBC School
of Architecture, also
expressed reservations
about the cob project and
pointed out that sustainability is possible with
more conventional building methods.
- "You get green architecture points
for [sustainable building projects]
and everyone thinks it's a great idea,"
he said, adding that he is wary of
what he calls 'fads' in sustainable
But Del Vecchiq maintains that
cob is suitable for ihe Vancouver climate, and is enthusiastic about the
project despite the challenges.
'People talk about sustainability
all the time," she said. 'But it's good
to see projects with actual results.
'Having a tangible example of
sustainability on campus is really
important' she added.
The cob project will be unveiled to
the public on Saturday, October 2 S in
conjunction with UBC's second annual PumpMnFest ♦ ,' -
Hieroglyphics Full Circle Tour, Sat. Oct 26. .'-,.,
The likes of Del the Fiipky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief and Pep Love
reunite. Del's humorous rapping is a breath of fresh air in the saturated world
of "bling-bling' within hip-hop. At the Cave, 750 Pacific Blvd. For info, check
out www.spectrum-events.coii!. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, October 24,2003
the ubyssey magazine
Community college counting creatively
Government cuts bring
unusual funding measures
by Jonathan Woodward
BC's biggest college is counting single students as more than
one by using a tutorial service and reporting students who
have taken courses outside the school to receive additional
provincial funding; sources say.
When the provincial government redefined funding to
exclude vocational students after April 2003, Vancouver
Community College (VCC) changed how it counted students in
order to be able to fund current programs—by counting almost
a thousand more.
Krista Peters, a student at VCC, says the new counting measures are not in the spirit of education that per-student funding
is meant to measure.
"This is like counting services like a library as instructional
education,' she said. "There should be other funding avenues,.
VCC, a university upgrade, adult education and part-time
vocational college, is like other post-secondaiy institutions in
BC in that it is funded by the amount of full-time equivalent students (FTE) an institution teaches.
The BC government funds as many students as they expect
to enrol each year by that estimate.
VCC was hit hard by cuts to major services. 'Financial challenges forced the College to eliminate a number of student
spaces,' said Steven Barrington, the director of communications and marketing at VCC.
Enrolment shrunk by over 900 students. Chief among the
courses affected were faculty-intensive courses like English as
a second language, which are expensive to run compared to
university-style lectures.
To avoid a reduction in provincial funding the college started counting students using a different method developed in
accordance with provincial government rules and in consultation with the Ministry of Advanced Education
The Learning Centre* a free tutoring service offered by VCC
on a drop-in basis, was included in the student count to
increase the FTE count Some students enrolled at VCC were
counted more than once even if they do not use the
Learning Centre.
VCC also assesses experience that new students have from
outside the school and counts them into the FTE as if those
courses were taken at the college.
The college is not funded for these staff-intensive assessments, said Barrington, but it is an educational service and
putting it into an FTE is a better reflection of the actual education happening at the college.
"We've been able to capture and recognise those activities
more throroughly,' he said.
VCC follows the same stringent procedures for reporting its
FTE that all colleges do, said Karen McDonald, a spokesperson
for the Ministry of Advanced Education. Third-party auditors
THREE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE; Vancouver Community College is counting students in a few ways different its students in creative ways, michelle mayne photo
approved the counting procedure, she said.
"There is nothing untoward going on with VCC from our
perspective,' she added.
But Lucas Schullar, a Canadian Federation of Students representative and VCC student, believes that the college is taking
extreme measures to make ends meet
"In order to have the funds to make the programs that
remain happen, we need to basically deceive the government
and the public into thinking that more students are being
served," he said.
Walter Sudamant director of planning and institutional
research for UBC, said FTE calculations must correspond to the
education received in a course actually delivered,
"It should be part of a program described in a calendar and
give credentials,' he said.
UBC, although funded differently because it i3 a university,
does not count FTEs for tutoring or assessments for the sake of
the educational system, Sudmant said.
"Unless this is done according to rules and definitions, then
it's meaningless. If it is meaningless to government, then it
starts to become meaningless to students, and it becomes
' meaningless to employers, and it becomes meaningless to
graduate school. The whole thing falls apart It's chaos.'
Deanna Rexe, the manager of institutional research at VCC,
said assessments and the Learning Centre are valuable.
VCC certifies nurses, engineers, and gives computer training, allowing skilled immigrants to work in Canada, "The college has a unique position to evaluate these things and give
credit for them," she said.
"We have a social, problem where foreign immigrants that
are highly trained have skills that are not recognised,' she said.
Because FTEs are the only way a colleges' educational output is measured, VCC must count the Learning Centre and the
assessments, she said.
"The downside of not counting [these programs] is that they
become dead weight that we're carrying...and it becomes a
matter of survival,' she said.
Rexe said the BC government is in the process of standardising counting methods across colleges.
'It's unlikely that we'll be able to count [assessments and
the Learning Centre] under the new manual,' Rexe said. "The
question then becomes, 'If we can't count it will we be able to
fund this? Will they be able to give us a grant?' It's hard
to know.' ♦
Student loan income threshold rises threefold
But some say changes
are not enough
by Megan Thomas
Changes to student loan eligibility
announced by the provincial government this week could mean thin student wallets will get a httle fatter, but
some say the pickings are still
pretty slim.
Effective immediately, provincial
student loan criteria will allow students to earn up to $ 1700 during the
school year before their incomes are
considered in the loan assessment
This is almost a threefold increase
over the $600 previous maximum.
On top of that students can now earn
up to $ 1800 in scholarships before it
affects their eligibility.
"I think students will feel some
relief if they are able to get a Uttle bit
more money in their pockets,' said
Summer McFadden, BC chairperson
for the Canadian Federation of
Students,. a national student lobby
group. But she added, 'It doesn't
even make up for the increase in
BIGGER LOANS? Student line-ups at Brock Hall show financial aid
is still popular at UBC. michelle mayne photo
tuition fees that they have put
in place.'
BC is conforming to changes to
student loans announced in
February by the federal government
which provides 60 per cent of a student's loan. BC provides 40 per cent
Individual provinces could decide
when to implement the changes.
BC did not make the changes earlier because the budget was already
set for this year, said Karen
McDonald, a spokesperson for the
Ministry of Advanced Education But
after a meeting of education ministers from across the country in April,
she said the decision was made for
BC to adopt the federal changes.
'As they started going through the
process they realised it would be
ideal to do it right now,' said
McDonald. "Because they were a Uttle bit behind in implementing some
of the systems they weren't able to
launch it in time for September.'
McDonald is optimistic that
the new loan criteria will
benefit students.
"This is $4 million in the pockets
of students right now, this year," she
said. "That is a lot of money that
enables students to fund their own
While loans may help students
get through their education,
McFadden says it is important to
remember that student loans put
people in debt
"There is this idea that if you- are
given a loan you are fine but a loan is
a debt and I don't agree with increasing student debt,' she said. "I think
the fix is more government funding
so that institutions don't increase
tuition fees again this year.'
The changes are something the
university lobbied for and is happy
to see, but they aren't enough, said
Deborah Robinson, associate registrar for UBC.
"We need to try to do more. We
need to try to get the funding to higher levels," she said.
There's a gap between assessed
need and the real financial need of
students, said Robinson. But she
added that the recent change
'allows the students to narrow the
One solution proposed by
Robinson is to take into account
which area of the province a student
is looking to study in and adjust the
maximum allowable for Uving
expenses to each area.
"You are allowed what the ministry describes as a moderate standard of Uving, which is really quite
moderate,' she said, adding that
the maximum allowed for Uving
expenses is $947 per month for a
single student
'We need to see those Umits
raised a Uttle bit to more truly reflect
either the different parts of the
province...or just that they need to be
raised altogether.'
But McDonald said the Minsitry
is not currently looking at such
an option.
"At this time they are not looking
at reassessing that* she said. ♦ SPORTS
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THE SEASON AHEAD: The men's basketball team brings together
new and old to take on the regular season, michelle mayne photo
by Dan McRoberts
The UBC Thunderbirds men's basketball team is eagerly awaiting the
start of the regular season and a
chance to repeat last year's Canada
West win. Following an entertaining
series of exhibition matches against
Division one NCAA Competition,
expectations are high as they ready
themselves for their debut on
November 7 against the University
of Victoria.
This season, the Birds will feature a strong backcourt led by 5'2"
dynamo Karlo Villaneuva at the
point. His lightning fast speed and
precise passing has made
Villaneuva a fan favourite at War
Memorial Gym. It has also made
him team captain this year.
Casey Archibald enters his second year playing on the wing for
UBC. Casey and shooting forward
Pat MacKay are touted as potential
leading scorers by Coach Kevin
Hanson, along with Ryder
McKeown, who will likely start as a
power forward.
Freshcgan Pat Sponaski is likely
tq be the starting centre. Hanson is
ho'ping that SpdnasH has an impact
defensively as a shot blocker and
intimidatpr^in the post.   •
A strong group of tench players
are also set tq. play major roles In
the upcoming weeks. Craig Rollins
and Jason Birring are two guards
whq aire playing their first year for
UBC. According to Coach Hanson
both can 'flat out score.'
In last week's NCAA exhibition
game against Creighton University,
Birring, a. transfer frorq Langara
College, looked especially impressive coming off the bench. His
shooting keyed a run for the Birds
that kept the game close in the first
Also new to the team is Peter
Wauthy, a fourth-year transfer from
the University College of the Fraser
Valley (UCFV). Wauthy had a
tremendous last season, as he was
named the Canadian Colleges
Athletics Association MVP after
leading UCFV to the national title.
With the Thunderbirds his role may
be a bit different, but Hanson is
clearly expecting a solid contribution from a player he describes as "a
real warrior."
Another new addition is Jordan
Yu, a Capilano College transfer, who
will back'up Villaneuva as point
Aside from these new additions
the team has changed by players
leaving. Adjusting to life without last
year's CIS Player of the Year Kyle
Russell will take some time, but
Hanson sees positives in Russell's
departure. "We were looking for
Kyle a lot last year on almost every
possession. I think our scoring will
be more spread. otit this season."
The *pre-season;, results against
Creighton, Oral Roberts and
Southern Methodist seem to bear
this out, as UBC featured a very balanced offensive attack.
Many of the players who will be
expected to play key minutes are
very young, but thanks to UBC's success last year, they have had the
opportunity to play in some high-
pressure situations. Hanson thinks
this will give the Birds a competitive
advantage this year. Tour of our
five starters this year were on the
floor at the end of the Canada West
final last year. That experience far
outweighs anything you can do in a
practice setting."
Another positive indicator is the
excellent team chemistry that has
already been built. In his four years
as coach of the basketball team,
Hanson says that this year's squad
is the most cohesive and "tight" he's
seen yet "I'm really enjoying practice and the atmosphere around the
team," beams Hanson, "And often
that team chemistry can take you
quite far."
Just how far can it take the Birds
this year? Only time will tell. The
campaign to defend their Canada
West title begins on November 7 at
8pm in War Memorial Gym. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, October 24,2003
the ubyssey magaiint
Holding a grudge
Men's soccer team loses annual bout against SFU
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by Jesse Marchand
BURNABY—Despite torrential rainfall forcing the game
from Swanguard Stadium to the Burnaby Lake West
Sports    Complex,    a    biting    cross    wind,    the
mixed smell of baked
bread and sewage .mil
unforgiving   astro-turf,
the Thunderbirds men's
soccer   team   took   on ,-
archrivals   the   Simon /
Fraser University (SIU)
Clan last night and lo*t
While the game w.is
fairly even, SFU took the
lead in the first half after
Clan captain Kevin
Crouch kicked in the
first goal of the evening.
Despite avid possession
by UBC, the Clan's
defence proved too
strong to allow in any UBC goals.
The teams fought back and forth without many shots
making it to the nets on either side. But in injury time,
SFU's Ryan Cleary deflected his own rebound shot past
UBC's keeper, Dan Holloway, making the final score 2-
"Two-zero flatters [SFU] a bit. We had more of the
possession. We just didn't execute in the final third,'
said UBC Coach Mike Mosher. According to him, UBC
managed to control the ball in the defending third but
couldn't execute in the final third where it really counts
on the scoreboard.
While the team felt it was important to beat SFU, it
wasn't important enough to risk injuring key players
that could battle for the last playoff spot in the Canada
West T-Bird Aaron Richer and at least two other key
0,f <' 2
players were off the field and nursing injuries.
"It pains myself as a coach and pains the players
to be playing that game a little bit short-handed,* said
Mosher, but he was quick to add that subjecting injured
players to artificial turf was not a risk
worth taking.  Even if it meant closing the gap
between UBC's lead
of 9-7-4 in the all-time
.v grudge-match series.
To make the playoff
spot UBC has to win
both of their upcoming
games this weekend in
order to beat out UVic
who is currently one
point behind them.
Currently, UBC stands 5-
3-2 for; the seasdn,
just below , Trinity
Western . University
(TWU) and < the
University of Alberta.
They play the
University of Lethbridge on Friday, which should be an
easy team to beat. Currently Lethbridge is out of playoff contention, with a score of 6-9-1 after lpsing last
night to TWU 5-0. This leaves them nine points behind
the Canada West host, the University of Saskatchewan.
But the Birds could come up against some trouble on
Sunday as they take on the University of Calgary who
was just kicked out of playoff contention last night after'
losing 3-1 to UVic.
This year's Canada West title should be hard to claim
with Trinity Western just, barely above Alberta and
every team with at least two losses this year. If UBC can
beat out last year's defending champs, the UVic Vikes,
the Birds will be able to fight for tha title, or at least,
repeat last year's bronze. The Birds play their next
game Friday at 3pm at UBC's Wolfson field. ♦
FIGHTING WITHOUT THEIR ALL:  Injuries kept the Birds under-manned, michelle mayne photo
Bronco Classic Golf
The UBC women's golf team had
an admirable finish last weekend
placing ninth out of 20 teams at
the Boise State University Bronco
Fall Classic. UBC's top scorers
included Morgan Lederhouse, who
took a 78 and Jana Haggins with a
79. The team's next challenge is
adapting to a new physical trainer
as they prepare for the Spring golf
Ziak runs to second place
UBC was no turtle at the Evergreen
State College Open in Olympia
Washington last weekend. A fast
20:21 landed T-Bird Jerry Ziak a
second place standing in the
6.4km run and helped the UBC
men to place third overall. Other
UBC men competing were David
Roulston, Morgan Titus and Jeff
Symonds, who were 10th, 14th,
and 25th respectively.
• The women's team also fared
well in the 5km, placing fourth
overall, just behind SFU. The top
finisher for UBC was Celia Ambery,
who took fifth with a time of 18:29.
Other competitors included Amy
Higginbotham, Shannon Elmer,
Megan Huzzey, Kristen Carpenter
and Megan Doherty, who placed
12th, 20th, 23rd, 26th and 30th
The next big competition is the
Regional Championships which
will be held at Jericho Beach on
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Not too many people are willing to admit
they hail from Chilliwack, BC. I'm afraid
that I am an exception. That's right. I grew up
in the small town of Chilliwack, also known as
'the wack' to those who don't live there. My
youth was spent chicken farming, swimming
at Cultus Lake and attending the annual plowing festival. I'm proud of my hometown with
its incredible fishing holes and stale-smelling
strip malls.
Everybody complains that there's nothing
to do, but they're wrong. Chilliwack boasts a
stunning natural landscape * of old growth
forests, salmon-filled rivers and breathtaking hikes.
And I figure logging is a good thing, an"
opinion mirrored by most in Chilliwack
where I've noticed a shared industrial sentiment. Forestry is a critical part of BC's economy, providing employment and revenue for
many of its citizens. When I heard that
Cattermole Timber is logging a certain area
called Elk Creek, it's a wonder that I took up
the cause to investigate how and why protesters have been working to preserve one of the
most ecologically delicate areas of Chilliwack,
let alone BC.
The area known as Elk Creek
Elk Creek is a section of Chilliwack south
ofthe Annis Road exit off of the Trans-Canada
Highway. In the first half of the 1900s, the
area was Chilliwack's only source of drinking
water •until the discovery of an aquifer.
Besides its use for water, the area is currently a delicate ecosystem of old growth forest.
and endangered species.
>...-■ Cattermole has permission to log about
110 hectares of this crown land, and is currently approximately halfway through cutting
plots 101 and 101 A, which is five per cent of
the total Elk Creek area.
In order to maintain the ecologically delicate area, logging is conducted by airlifting
the logs out with helicopters. This way roads
will not disrupt species within the site. The
majority of logging is selective, while a few
sections—totalling six hectares—are clear cut
After logging, an estimated 60 per cent of
the trees in the logged area will remain
"The lower slopes of the hillside [had}
been selectively logged for cedar years ago,'
. says Joe Foy, director of the Western Canada
Wilderness Committee, adding that, 'the
majority of the area has never been logged.'
Elk Creek is garnering attention as home
to some of the oldest and largest douglas firs
in BC, some even reaching heights of 2 80 feet
and 28 feet around the base at shoulder
height., _  7    '
"In my terms, that's five and a half people
lengths to get around one of the biggest trees
■ in there,* says Gabriella Friesen, spokesperson for the Elk Creek Conservation Coalition,
a group of local residents and field naturalists
opposing the logging.
The sheer size of the trees renders them
valuable, both in terms pf the lumber market
and in terms of environmental concerns. Elk
Creek is the home to. at least four red-listed
endangered species: the marbled murrelet,
the spotted owl, the mountain beaver and the
Pacific giant salamander.
pretty big. I mean they're quite startling
really,' says Foy.
The salamanders are dependent on the
area while marbled murrelets are more
dependent on the old growth trees themselves.   They   are   the
aviary equivalent of a
commuter,     travelling
out    to    Vancouver's
ocean waters to catch
fish every day before
returning to Chilliwack
to nest and feed their
young. They depend on
the massive limbs of old
growth trees for their
"They    need   large
branches because
they've evolved so their
legs have migrated far
back on their body to aid
their swimming, so they
can't walk. When they
land, they belly flop on
these things,' says Foy,
with a bit of a smirk in
his voice.
"Well, if I was a bird, that's where I'd want
to be too," joked Friesen, referring to the
mossy, wide limbs. In addition to their
dependency on old growth branches, the
murrelets only raise one chick a year so they
are very susceptible to predators. By logging
the arfea, the murrelets will have less places
to live and will be more exposed to
predators.  .,....-.„
Water and mudslides
and bury eggs and gravel that salmon use to
spawn in," explains Foy.
June Quipp, junior elder and former chief
of  the   Cheam   First  Nations   Band   in
Chilliwack, feels that preserving the watershed is one of the most pressing
reasons to keep logging- out of
the region.
"I would say it's number
one...the Chilliwack District
water supply," says Quipp, while
also stressing that th§ area is a
very sacred place for her people.*
Quipp is also concerned about
mudslides in the afe& and the
way surrounding residents feel.
about the logging.
"They're   afraid  once  they
start logging they're going to be
hayiiig landslides Coming down
from there,' says Quipp. "They
_   .        sometimes create pockets or
—June Quipp dams up there and all of a sud-
former chief ^en ^e^ break i°ose ahd boom,
, down comes everything.'
Cheam First Nation    chilliwack has a history of
landslides, and Foy is also concerned about the possibility of such an event
affecting the people and houses at the base of
the Elk Creek hillside.
"Residents have found that up-slope logging can render their property worthless in
the worst case scenario, and leave them with
decades of additional taxes,' says Foy, referring to residents of the Cascade Creek region
in neighbouring Mission where logging in the
80s instigated mudslides, requiring home
owners to pay additional taxes for flood
"We're looking at
a big invasion...
it's very similar to
having someone
go with a chain-
saw to a church
and start tearing
it down."
In 1905, Elk Creek was declared a watershed reserve and for the most of the 1900s
was Chilliwack's main supply of drinking
water. Since 1997, with the discovery of an
aquifer. Elk Creek, along with Dunville and
Nevin Creek, was dropped as a water
"The drinking water issue is not front
burner because the three creeks together
really supply a minimal amount of water to
Chilliwack since we're on artesian well," says
Elk Creek has faced silt issues in the past,
and logging could increase debris and silts in
the water. This isn't a large concern for drinking witer, except that it could make
the water more difficult to filter for
But sediments-in the water put salmon
at risk.    •;
"Elk Creek is an important salmon spawning stream. Dirt can move down the stream
Spirituality and the church
Besides a concern for water, Quipp and
the Cheam Band have strong spiritual attachments to the Elk Creek area.
"We're looking at a big invasion—intrusion—defacing our mountains, our sacred
areas...it's very similar to having someone go
with a chainsaw to a church and start tearing.
it down/ says Quipp. "We have a handout
expressing pur concerns about the defacing
of our sacred mountains and that being our
place of worship."
Last Thanksgiving* Sunday, October 12,
Quipp anda group of Cheam Band members,
accompanied by investigators from
Indymedia—an independent news coverage
group—approached Sardis Community
Church to give these handouts to congregation members as they entered the church.
The group had two goals in mind: to contact
Red-listed species
Of the red-listed species, the health of the
marbled murrelet—a rare sea bird—and the
Pacific giant salamander are of high concern.
The salamanders are rarely found in Canada,
and, according to Foy, they are "only existing
really in the Chilliwack area.'
, Just how giant are these salamanders?
"They could reach up to a foot They're
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Chilliwack-Kent MLA Barry Penner, who
attends, and to gain the solidarity of church
"To our dismay he only attends [the service] once in a while," says Quipp, who discovered that Penner was out of town that Sunday.
The handout addressed issues of sacred
space, claiming that "all religions ofthe world
must be able to practice* their faith as they,
know it If the proposed developments continue, to be approved on our sacred moun-
' tarns, we the Pilalt will be denied from practicing our beliefs.
"We ask that you as people of the Christian
"" faith support our call in putting a stop to the
destruction of our sacred places NOW."
Allan Rempel, Youth Pastor for the Sardis
Community Church, shared his version of the
encounter.       •. " 7>
"I, noticed outside there were a bunch of
people with video cameras and I thought they
were actually German tourist* videotaping
people coming into the church," laughs
Rempet "I knew a family in our church had a
whole bunch of German relatives.'
After being told otherwise, Rempel went
to greet the group. The head pastor, Graeme
Isbister, was away on Denman Island- for
Thanksgiving and the associate worship pas1'
tor, Jim Kearsley, was leading worship
inside while activists were congregating
"I said 'welcome here, will you please let
our people through the door,' which they
did," says Rempel. "I was very much listening
and trying to diffuse the situation."
Quipp requested that Rempel read the
handout to the congregation, but having not
read the statement himself, Rempel felt that a
meeting with the Cheam Band would be more
helpful. He invited them in for coffee and to
use the washrooms and to attend their
upcoming church meeting.
"We thought setting up a good venue for
discussion and open dialogue would be
great," says Rempel, but communication
seemed to fall through. "They never
called...and we didn't call them either"
Quipp mirrors this miscoromunication.
"They were supposed to be having meetings...but we haven't heard back from them."
The reaction from church members was
"They were kind of cqnfiised. Some
thought it was a same-sex marriage rally,"
says Rempel, adding that others thought that
it was a drama set up to be worked into the
church service.
When the worship part ofthe service was
done, Kearsley ..came out* to greet the
activists. *
"I introduced June to Jim,and Jim is part
Iroquois from Ontario,' sayi Rempel. "June
extended her right hand of fellowship and
said 'welcome to our territory' to Jim. It was
kind of humourous and she kind of chuckled
too, so that was kind of a light moment'   .
After being notified of what happened,
Penner left a phone message at the church
'   ' "empel didn't get an opportunity to talk
i" .n personally.
I l»jCN rail line incident
i tndirig out photocopied statements at a
■' ■ h pales in comparison to previous
■      i taken by the Cheam Band under the
1 rship of Quipp.
i i Thursday, October 2,. local residents
i ! nembers of the Cheam Band blockaded
"i ■ ;M rail line that runs through their
s ve to gain a meeting with BC Minister of
I ■. ts Mike de Jong. The CN railway does
i'U I'ansport logs and isn't in any way con-
1 .■     d to logging at Elk Creek.
I it the  connection,  Foy explains,' is
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"The Cheam people that did the blockade
also feel that they were not consulted on
the rail Une running through this reserve,"
says Foy. '-'.'■*'■
"It's a big enough corporation that if you
shut them down you get action from somebody," says Quipp. After being forced off the
tracks by the RCMP and Commander in Chief
Bud Mercer—at 3 am and lien again at
7:30pm on October 3-the Cheam band
achieved a meeting with de Jong.
Member? of the executive of the union of
BC Indian Chiefs, including their president,
Stewart Philip, along with members of the
Cheam Band and local residents met with de
Jong at the Rosedale Community Hall in a
small locality outside of Chilliwack. As a
result of the meeting, all logging was postponed from October 4-12. Despite this
achievement, many felt dissatisfied with the
"It went nowhere," says
Quipp. Friesen reflects this
sentiment and said that the
meeting was "initially incredibly disappointing," explaining,
-Jimehadlaidherdemandson   Qf them asked
the   table   and   he   offered
absolutely nothing." the logging not
"This is probably one of the first times
we've ever had locaj support in any action we
take," says Quipp.
With so many community groups opposed
to the logging of Elk Creek, I began to wonder
how it !was that logging was permitted
there in the first place. The investigation
The consultation process
"There were over
and virtually all
-Joe Foy
director of Western
Canada Wilderness
During    the    one   week .
reprieve, members regrouped   to prOCeeCl.
and got their much needed,
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In addition to such drastic
measures as blockading the
CN rail line, community members have actually entered the
logging site to confront loggers
during their work hours. By ■
occupying the forest, work is
made difficult, and in some cases, everi
halted.   . .-; _  '"*
Knowing Chilliwack quite well, both the
lay of the land and its industrial sentiments*, I
find it surprising that so many of its'citizens
are helping to stop logging, when I'm used to
hearing complaints that there isn't enough
employment in forestry. The call to stop logging, incidentally, is one ofthe few times that
so many citizens have actively protested in
Chilliwack. I'm not the only one to notice this.
"There's never been this type of opposition before," says Friesen.
For the Cheam Band, a very politically
active group, the support is unprecedented.
When a logging company intends to gain
permission to log a specific, section, it is
mandatory to give the public 60 days to comment Cattermole Timber was no exception.
Their public consultation was held on March
14, 2002, collecting feedback and written
comments on the proposed logging. After the
consultation, the fate of Elk Creek lay_in the
hands of Chilliwack District Forest Manager
Kerry Grozier, who made
the decision to go ahead
with logging."
After the consultation
process, the -Western
Canada Wilderness^
Committee filed a freedom
of information act
"There were over 700
comments arid virtually all
of them asked the logging
not to proceed,* says Foy,
who adds that Grozier
approved the logging plan
iWithout any changes. "The
company and government
really only have to say that
they've heard the complaints and taken them
? into account." ;
According to Foy, the Cheam Band has
complained that they were, not consulted,
"which* they say is legally required." Elk
Creek, however, is a part of crown land and
not a part of the Cheam reserve.
Half of the Elk Creek lot is already logged
and.cutting continues, weather permitting. I
asked Friesen and Quipp if they were optimistic about stopping logging in its tracks.
"It would probably be a big confrontation
in order for us to do it," says Quipp. Friesen
appears more hopeful.
"I'm very optimistic/ says Friesen". "Some
of that has been lost and that's quite sad but
there's still so much to protect* ♦ 8 annual
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best Sick and
Twisted in years
at the Ridge Theatre
until Nov. 9
by Greg Ursic
As with every year's outing of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of
Animation, you can count on guest appearances by past favourites, this outing includes repeat entries Sittin Pretty, which fulfills both the sick and
twisted requirements with a careful blend of infanticide and cannibalism.
Billys Balloon (from perennial favourite Don Herzfeldt), featuring stick figures
beset by rabid balloons and Beyond Grandpa, a delightfully disturbing drama
about a septugenarian gentleman engaged in various activities, none of them
wholesome. But allay your fears, there are still warped minds but there ready
to deliver a few fresh yuks (and yucks).
First TU dispense with the unpleasantries: Sickcom—a supposed 'sitcom'
about a warped family—was too short, too tame and plain boring. Joining the
banality bandwagon is Mama I'm a Thug, with an Eminem style homeboy who
gets his comeuppance, only you don't even get the satisfaction of seeing it—a
few well placed whacks with a bat would have livened this up. Now, on to the
good stuff.
Snowman, a crisply rendered G-rated CGI short follows the misguided
exploits of a crew of miscreant aliens that are bent on world domination.
Peepshow is a humorous stop motion piece with a bouncy score and cute
sound effects that follows a pair of bawdy bulimies (think Energizer) engaged
in carnal acts. Free Will Press Start is a charcoal skit that features the ultimate
video game experience, only this time we're the played and not the players.
The darkly droll How to Cope with Death features a golden-ager who's not prepared to go gentiy into the light As good as these are, they pale before the funniest of the fest
Spoiler alert—in order to discuss this short I will be giving away some of
the plot so don't say you haven't been warned. Here Comes Doctor Tran is
another CGI short that looks more like traditional cell-based animation. It features the kind of flashy title shots and baritone voiceover normally reserved
for Michael Bay-style action-fests that feature spectacular pyrotechnics over
plot The main difference here is that the ultimate action star being hyped is
actually a five-year-old boy who wants to be left alone to eat his breakfast The
sublime clash between fantasy and reality includes a 3-D sequence that had
me tearing with laughter. The receptionist at Spike and Mike's headquarters
said that Dr. Tran has been hugely popular at every screening: many attendees
have gone back for seconds and fans have been flocking to the creators, asking when the short will be available on DVD.
Though a tamer version than previous years, thisyear's Spike and Mike's
Sick and Twisted has more .than enough fresh and funny content to be recommended. I'll be heading back for the exploits of the amazing Dr. Tran and
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So darn cute
Nice is so sugary you'll get a tummy ache
by John Hua
Imagine this: you're at home watching TV and the Snuggle fabric softener commercial flashes on the
screen. Who else do you see but the
httle Snuggle bear, that cute httle
teddy that hugs onto a blanket, and
in its soft Uttle voice tells you how
the blanket smells April fresh. Cute
isn't it. Now, picture the cute
Snuggle bear busting through the
screen, wrapping the spring scented
cotton towel around your neck while
bashing you with his .terry-clothed
paws. Scary isn't it This is an analogy of the feeling you get from Puffy
AmiYumi's new album, Mee, which
is so cute it makes you want to suffocate yourself with a Hello Kitty
After creating a fren2y in their
native Japan, thej-pop duo (consisting of Ami Onuki and Yumi
Yoshimura) decided to pull up their
torn jeans, tie up their Converse All-
stars and take it to North America.
Breaking through cultural boundaries and onto North American
music charts, Puffy made their mark
in 2001 with their debut album.
Spike, and their hit single, 'Boogie
Woogje Nq. 5." Since then. Puffy
AmiYumi has been hard at work to
bring out two more albums, including their latest titled Mee.
Their latest effort follows the
same formula as their previous two:
take   hold   of   trends   in   North
American music history, drown them
in cuteness,. slap their cute faces on
the cover and wait for the yen to roll
in. At times they're so darn cute it's
hard to find fault in their music, however, after watching How The Clinch
Stole Christmas several times, I feel
that I can work past that
Puffy's newest album gives you
that feeling of familiarity. Their
music taps into the recesses of your
mind, making you think of a.
school dance, Discotronic at the
Commodore or even the music playing in your car on your very first
date. Wait a minute! It's the same
music! Taking sampling to a whole
new level, Mee is a cute refurbished
version of all of our favourite hits.
Take the track "Tokyo Nights' for
example, which is a fluffy httle number about love in Tokyo mapped
oyer the Buggies' hit, "Video killed
the Radio Star.* They even go so far
as to duplicate the famous picture of
John Lennon pnd Yoko Ono's bed-in
for peace for their cover—perhaps
they're protesting piracy and the
protection of music copyright
Although Pufiy AmiYumi can be
a fun listen and can definitely cheer
you up whenyour "heart's an empty
hole' or 'you've got garlic in your
soul," they are definitely neither
new nor exciting. But hey, they are
really, really disgustingly cute. ♦
Fanny Packs were most
excellent in the 80s
So Stylistic
[Tommy Boy]
by Michael Cook
Remember the 80s? Me neither, I was born in 1984.
But now everyone's got trucker hats, Mr T is a celebrity again and some people are actually rocking to
Tiffany. This is the time for Fanny Pack, a bunch of
high school girls from Brooklyn bringing old school
flow as if no one's ever rapped about selling crack, and
killing pigs, --
There are two DJs named Matt and Fancy. They've
got drum beats and bass fines like Afrika Bambaataa or
Grandmaster Flash, dance hall clapping breaks, xylophones, decent scratching and a library of 80s effects.
■■-- According to their website, Matt was in a mall in
Brooklyn one day and he saw these three girls making
up raps and joking around. The girls were Cat (the
white one), Belinda (the black one) and Jessibel (the
Asian one). They're all hot and stylish and supposed to
represent the diversity of Brooklyn. Matt and Fancy
decided to approach them to form a rap group. The
girls sound like L'Trimm with Brooklyn accents, which
means they rap simple and cute about girl stuff like
school, parents and sexual innuendo.
The fact that the MCs only share writing credits on
two of their songs shouldn't bother anyone—Stevie
Wonder didn't write his own stuff when he was a kid
either. But their first single, "Cameltoe,' is a poorly
delivered gimmick—the rhymes are awkward and
cameltoe jokes are played out anyway.
The best song on the album is "The Theme From
Fannypack." It includes a throw-back sample of "throw
your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't
care,' and rhymes about what makes New York City so
much better than any other place. "Sugar Daddy" is
another stand out. Matt and Fancy drop a rump shaker
with a million samples accompanied by scratched-up
sex clips from the girls.
The interludes ori this album are a collection of
superfluous   audio   snippets   demonstrating   how
-'Brooklyn' these girls are. I'm getting seriously tired of
the obligatory interludes on hip hop albums. Seriously.
Fanny Pack's debut So StyUstic, is worth hearing,
but I wouldn't buy it if I were you, By the way. Beck was
doing this whole 'we like the boys* 80s rap revival
thing in 1999 on Midnite Vultures. It was all subtly
ironic and funny, but even that album got slept on like
your Mom's futon. ♦        .    7
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Hywel Tuscano
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Michelle Mayne
Paul Carr
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As the Ubyssey reached the midpoint of its octogenarian status,
Trevor Chu and John Hua stood on the roof of the SUB, buck
nai^d, paying their respect* to the papef to which they owed
their, uncontrollable successes, while Carina Cojeen, Jesse
Marchand and Joni Low stood below gawking at the spectacle;
Oops, they saw joul Shouted Marc Miquel Helsen and Dart"
McRoberts, who promptly ran off drunk and giggling to catch the
latest go-go dance routine at _Ceasar't nearby "palace'. Emily
Sufrin was too busy tiying, lo see how many different words she
could "make out of LV Vandef von Axander's name, while
Jonathan Woodward, Megan Thomas, and Michelle Mayne all
feigned ignorance of the Ubyssey's birthday because of their
LSAT exams - they desperately needed to pass ill order to become
more successful than.their forefathers/mothers! Meanwhile,
back at the ranch (just north of Chilliwack), Heather Pauls, Biyan
Zandberg and Sarah Bourdon held a solemn celebration with jaa-
mine incenst and teacandles^ medilating,while Paul Carr
breathed heavily and clutched his worn teddy bear underneath a
nearby haystack praying for it to ALL END... Hywel Tuscano was
too busy chasing his runny nose with a handful of Gingko Bilboa
to realize the commemorative date, though Greg Ursic and
Michael Cook DID send him a text msg over a sushi lunchl
Honesuy, some people just don't know technology.
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The kids
A lot of us couldn't wait to get out of high school.
In university the cliques and bullying were
replaced by distant—and less threatening—faculties and more often the criticism of professors
slices deeper than that of our peers.
For some, high school is a rough ordeal
Eveiything changes. Torturous adolescent insecurities mount, and hapless students are forced
to endure the juvenile realpolitik of 'cool'.
Sometimes that social game turns ugly. Every
day kids are bullied for arbitrary reasons.
Sometimes the only way to get through this is to
get help from your loved ones, and hopefully
your parents are there for you in your time of
On October 23, a thirteen-year-old student
from Rockridge Secondary School in West
Vancouver assaulted a sixteen-year-old by slicing
a five inch gash into his neck with a knife.
Students helped the victim to a nearby strip mall
where he was attended to by an off-duty
The assailant, not yet named by the press, is
currently in a youth forensic psychiatric unit to
assess his mental and emotional state.
According to his father, the incident is a cultural
misunderstanding, saying that things like this
always happen in Chinatown. When asked if the
youth was depressed his father said that he wasn't and that he "bad eveiything. Toys. Games
with the Computer."
But for some reason, all the other kids knew.
It's hard not to notice when your classmate has
been suspended for five days, and had already
been reprimanded after a previous incident
where he brought a knife for show and tell. There
were some cases of bullying against him—all of
which his parents seemed to know nothing
While the media sensationalised the incident.
in a triad of Vancouver Sun stories and the
child's parents focused on a cultural misunderstanding, no one seemed to address the concern
that this child has been showing warning signs
for some time.
The kids knew, and so did some faculty.
The child was known for being a loner, carrying around knives and threatening other students. A father told the police about a threatened stabbing, but it went nowhere from
there. The school had confiscated knives in
the past but the student just returned with
them again.
The recent assault is a wake up call for parents who think the kids are all right The abundance of material possessions the youth has in
his West Vancouver home are no substitute for
emotional and mental stability. Leaving kids
alone in their room with their computers and
thinking they are content does not facilitate emotional growth and maturation. These are precious things impossible to evoke from a distant
Perhaps the parents are right in defending
their son, but they do it with vague statements:
"It was just boys fighting," said the mother; "It's
a culture problem," said the father. Yet even if it
is a cultural problem, does that make it okay for
students to begin slaying one another?
This is not the interaction and affection so
important to growing minds. It is not good
But no one is a product of only one influence:
there are many. In assessing this problem, people
must realise that youth crime is something that
comes from multiple factors including problems
with home, school* friends, mental health or substance abuse. It is not attributable to just one.
While youth-related crime is often equated
with poorer neighbourhoods, this incident happened in West Van—an area known for its affluence. Evidence is showing that the case seems to
be more due to neglect than anyone one person's fault The boy needed help for a long time
and it culminated in violence before anyone
would take action.
_ It would seem there is a breakdown in communication within the school environment. It
begins with the silence of students and passivity
of faculty and worsens at home with oblivious
parents. Instead of sensationalising yet another
occurrence of, violence in schools, the media
should take this opportunity to address the inadequacies in education that allow this sort of thing
to happen. ♦
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Involvement of men is
instrumental to stopping
violence against women
I am writing to address the concerns of Mr Pocklington in regards
to the new resource group, Allies at
UBC ("White Ribbon Campaign far
from Pro-Feminist," October 15).
While it is beyond the scope of this
rebuttal to concern itself with the
national White Ribbon Campaign, I
would like to draw attention to certain facts which may have been
overlooked regarding the specific
nature ofthe UBC campaign.
To date, our annual pancake
breakfast has raised over $9000 of
which approximately $500 was
used to cover operating expenses
and $800 was returned to the
national campaign to cover promotional materials for the breakfast
(the nature of which were entirely
awareness-raising). The remaining
$8000 was distributed to a second
stage- transition house in
Vancouver and the recently formed
Sexual Assault Support Centre here
dn campus, both clearly front-line
Beyond that it is a fundamental
premise of Allies at UBC that there
is a* concrete role for men to play in
pro-feminist actions aimed at creating a more just society. This is
because we believe that the feminist
movement is one which offers real
and tangible benefits not only to
women but to men as well.
Several of our active members
volunteer giving anti-violence
workshops both on campus and in
the community, work with the AMS
safety committee on campus
issues, and volunteer with Women
Against Violence Against Women,
another rape crisis centre.
A final principle that animates
the work that the Allies are engaged
in is that of collaboration and cooperation. We recognise that as
men, it is important for us to take
direction from feminists, anti-
oppression workers, and others
involved in similar projects. To
that end, we would like to extend an
open invitation to Mr Pocklington,
and anyone else who's interested,
to come and meet with us such that
we might work together to improve
our communities.
—Chris Ste Croix
Graduate Studies
Sociology of Education
Offensive ad,
offensive policy
The AMS Women's Centre and
Resource Group would like to draw
your attention to an offensive
advertisement that is in several of
the women's washrooms in the
Student Union Building.
The ad has two scenes. The first
.is a photo of a man and woman
embracing, the caption "Good
Time." The second photo is of a
woman alone, holding an infant
with the caption "Life Time."
Under both photos is the text "For
every action there is an equal and
opposite reaction. Be prepared.
Talk to your doctor," There is no
evident sponsor of the ad and no
contact information.
Below are some of the concerns
that we raised with the AMS last
Tuesday. The AMS, through the
communication Planning Group
(CPG), has the authority to remove
Zoom Media ads in the event that
these ads are deemed offensive to
the student population. The
Women's Centre was excluded
from the meeting in which the
decision to keep these ads was
made and therefore we feel it is
appropriate to voice our concerns
to the larger student body:
1. These ads were only displayed in the women's washrooms, implying that pregnancy is
only a woman's responsibility.
Birth control is eveiyone's responsibility, regardless of gender, and
this is the position that the AMS
should be promoting.
2. The ad only makes refer
ence to reproductive issues.
Other options available in the
event of unexpected pregnancy
and issues related to sexual
health are excluded. If the AMS is
taking it upon themselves to
inform students about safer sex
and birth control, they need to
present all the information to
allow students to make an
informed choice.
3. The use of scare tactics to discourage women from engaging in
sexual activities is juvenile
and entirely inappropriate.
Furthermore, these ads are hetero-
sexist and do not recognize a diversity of relationships.
4. We also have serious concerns regarding the process by
which the AMS oversees advertising in the SUB. Ad sponsors should
be clearly displayed. In this case,
the advertisers were anonymous.
People who disapproved or were
offended by the ad had no way of
contacting those responsible for it
Furthermore the criteria by which
ads are determined to be acceptable relies more on the personal
opinions of CPG committee members than on a transparent process
based on a defined set of
—The AMS Women's Centre
with the support of the AMS
resource groups PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, October 24,2003
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now playing
Mare Miquel Helsen
Clint Eastwood's latest directorial
endeavour, Afystfc River, is without a
doubt one of this year's finest movies. A
crime thriller with a strong, engaging
plot and an illustrious cast (Sean Perm,
Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence
Fishburne, Laura Iinney, Marda Gay
Harden), Eastwood's latest entices its
audience with luring suspense yet never -
loses sight of its deeper thematic concerns. The final result is a seamless picture that blurs the lines between the visceral, the intellectual and the visual—all
of which are driven by a need to sate
one's- curiosity. Even while the siis-
penseful machinations of a strong plot
are at work, you are drawn into the characters' lives so that their pain is made
real and their losses become yours.-
Set in working-class Catholic Boston
Wenn ist das
Nunstruck git und
Beiherhund das Oder
die Flipperwaldt ger-
Die ist ein
Kinnerhunder und
zwei Mackel iiber und
der bitte schon ist den
Wunderhaus sprechen
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Das ist besser.
Schreibt fur die Uni
News meetings are
every Tuesday at 1:00
in our editorial office,
room 24 in the Student
Union Building.
Pretending to speak German
since 1918
Mystic River begins by showing how a
terrifying event in the lives of three
young friends affects them and continues to do so well into their later years.
When the film shifts to the present (2 5
• years later), we see that the past is not for
gotten but only thinly veiled by the years .
and distance in between. When another
tragic event occurs in the present and
the three estranged friends are reunited
once again, the haunting past is given
birth anew.
. Through the unfurling of these
events and the affliction that they
impose on the lives of Jimmy Markum
(a phenomenal Sean Perm), Dave Boyle
(Tim Robbins) and Sean Devine (Kevin
Bacon), we witness the ironic relationship between the forces of love and
rage, of creation and destruction, and
learn that the line between these oppo-
sites is often fragile—through loss, the
weight of suffering can transform a
Though a heavy film. Mystic River is
more than just a portrait of the ugly side
of humanity, the characters are complex
individuals and it's through their suffering and coming together in times of trouble that the vulnerability of humanity is
revealed What compels these individu-
als to commit the heinous crimes that
they do isn't an inherent evil, but human
weakness in all its contexts: bad timing
acting upon impulse, giving in to fear,
suffering and misinformation.
Fortunately Mystic River does not
give in to self-righteous moralising or
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oversimplification, nor does it shy away
* from the big and perhaps unanswerable
questions, thus making the film difficult
to forget like memory, like nostalgia or
like regret Mystic River has a haunting
way of lingering in your mind long after
you leave the fteatre. ♦
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You care about your child's future.
So do we.. . ' 7
It's why we're building University Town, for
future UBC students, faculty and staff who will
need more from a university campus than just
a destination with classrooms. ,-
University Town will consist of eight
neighbourhoods to enrich campus life with
a mix of housing* shops, parks and other
amenities that will majse the campus as vital
in the evening as it is during the day.
While half of the new housing is earmarked for-
campus members, our vision is to make
University Town a true community that allows
others to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings
and live closer to attractions such as the
Museum of Anthropology and the world-class
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Plans are proceeding carefully with widespread
public consultation to create an environment
that is as sustainable as it is vibrant, while
preserving the most beautiful university campus
in Canada.
• UBC's innovative U-Pass transit discount for
students has already dramatically reduced
car traffic to campus. By building housing
where students, faculty and staff can live
where they work and study, traffic will be
reduced even further.
Revenues from University Town will be
used to create endowments to ensure that
UBC remains affordable and accessible with
leading-edge teaching and research, placing
B.C.'s largest post-secondary institution in the
forefront of Canadian universities.
University Town. Preparing for the future.
For more information visit www.universitytovvn.ubc.ca or call 604.822.6400. 12
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Atomically above average
Friday, October 24,2003
at Presentation House
until Nov.l
by Carina Cojeen
Quick, pop quiz: what do Jim Henson's muppets,
themes of Christian mythology and the politics of
oppression have in common? Answer: I don't really know either, but they're all mixed together into
one big happy play called "Wedgie."
The play is a comedy about a group of sixth
graders who are stuck in a seemingly inevitable
cycle of conflict with the neighbouring junior
high's seventh graders. "Wedgie* reminds us of
how silly we adults can act when we blindly follow
tradition and it does this in a lightheaded manner.
The scene is the year 1990. People are wearing
tacky clothes and listening to good ol' 80s music
Jim Henson, creator ofthe Muppets, has just died
(this turns out to be a recurring theme throughout
the work but why this is so is never made clear). The
grade sixes of Anderson Elementary are in the middle of planning yet another retaliatory attack against
the grade sevens ofthe adjacent Jacobs Junior High.
The rivalry is apparently generations old—a tradir
tion of 'war* which is made even more ridiculous
by the feet that the grade five "allies* of the grade
sixes will become their enemies within ayear when
the sixes themselves move up to be sevens.
The things the kids fight about are definitely
pre-teen issues and are thus hilarious. For
example, the latest escalation in the conflict was
a seventh grader stomping on a grape juice-box,
with explosively disastrous results—the satire is
also quite biting.
The conflict's perpetuation is ensured by
techniques that are all too familiar to the adult
audience: slogans, brainwashing and enforcement of a strict party Une. Conscientious
objectors—those who have never retaliated—
are made to perform humiliating acts to guarantee their acceptance into the group.
Vocalisation of alternate views (like mentioning a mysterious "prophecy*) is put down with
brutal force. In addition to the main conflict
against the sevens, there is a sideline of
oppression (run by a girl ringleader) whereby
all students in the school, of any grade, are
tested to make sure that they stay within the
proper bounds of thought Whoever is the latest object of hatred (as decided by the current
ringleader) needs to be properly despised, and
this is enforced with great zeal.
The pacing in the main part of the play i3
brisk and lively—with the exception of the Lucy
monologues, which tended to drag on—and
show a nice balance between comedy and biting social commentary. However, right at the
denouement the script stumbles and enters
some kind of weird mythic-symbolic twilight
zone, Bogged down in a sappy, fairy-tale-like
sentimentality of prophetic miracles and Jim
Henson. The contrast is jarring and the writing could be tightened up a bit to keep the pacing more even.
. Overall, the play is a fun idea and the
ensemble cast attacks it with energy. I'd give
"Wedgie* a B+. ♦
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