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Tuesday, 19 September, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Almost like traveling, says Museum of Anthropology curator
"Asia"continued from page 7.
rather than directly [with] the
fine arts department...we are hoping to reach the broader community," explained Behr. She added that
hopefully with this project as a
motivating force they can "continue to offer [more] programs."
"Opportunities to both partner
up with professor Tsao and
Canadian Society for Asian Art just
seemed ideal for us to...build a
relationship. We too are interested
in expanding the existing collection at the museum," said Jill
Baird, curator of public programs
and education at the MOA.
Although there is a collection
of Asian artwork already in the
museum, it is unrecognised in the
MOA, said Baird, adding that
when people think of the MOA,
they immediately think of the
First Nations art collection.
"We don't have a
museum that colLECTS Asian art in a
-Hsingyuan Tsao
Art History Professor
"We're bringing scholars of
international repute to Vancouver
as part of a project to bring the discussion more generally about
Asian art and its influence and
importance and current scholarship around it," she said.
"Sometimes [students] can get a
bit too focused on [their] school
work and [they don't] see the other
world around there."
"For me it'll be fascinating to
hear and learn some depths of different Asian arts: Japan, Mongolia,
India," said Baird. "It'll be almost
like traveling."
This project will commence
with a lecture by Timon Spreech,
professor of the history of arts at
the School of Oriental and African
Studies, University of London.
"I am very delighted to be here
and I'm very glad that such a series
is happening...given the demography of the city there should be a
huge amount of interest in Asian
arts," said Spreech.
Spreech will be speaking mainly about Japanese art—origins and
contemporary themes.
"UBC has not traditionally had
Japanese art offered...and so I want
to support and encourage Japanese
studies here."
"We want to incorporate people
from the outside," added Spreech,
indicating that he wants to engage
groups from both the UBC community and outside communities. "I'm going to try to give a
talk which will expand those
Asian Illuminations, in
progress since May, will commence at the MOA tonight. @
UBC parents frustrated with the lack of
campus child care
"Child care"continued from page 7.
out proper child care it is tough,"
said Millar.
Mueller said waiting two years
for child care is ridiculous. "[UBC]
could have told us how long the
waitlist is when we applied...we've
been stuck around 120 on the waitlist for half a year" she said.
Millar recognises that students
need to be proactive about child
care options, but she said UBC also
needs to do a better job of letting
incoming students know the structure of the waitlist and the amount
of time they will be waiting.
"When we get into UBC we
should have enough information
to get the right education and to
give it to our children as well
because it is not just the student
that is going to UBC but the whole
family...and there are many people here who lead different lives
and we all make it work, but with-
-Darcelle Cottons
Director of UBC Child Care
"The sad thing is that we have an
amazing child care system here
and it's just not enough...We're in
crisis mode right now...and this is a
UBC problem that the UBC community as a whole needs to deal with,"
Millar added. @
Forged transcripts "blackening our
name": Columbia College Principal
"Transcripts"continued from page 7.
[their] systems and the
Canadian university system."
Toone said the forgeries
have negative implications for
the College. "It's cheating...It
proves that [they] are not serious students. It's taking places
away from students who are
working hard, and it's blackening our name, our
reputation...I'm not happy
about it."
Toone said international students in Canada with permits
don't need to be enrolled in a
school, and enrolment only
becomes an issue when a permit expires—a renewal cannot
be obtained without proof of
Toone is worried about the
issue and said he has been
"pushing [Citizen Immigration
Canada] to do something."
Fourth-year UBC student
Coral Wagner said this is an
issue she thinks UBC needs to
look into. "I would be concerned
with what is driving these students to the point that they
feel they need to forge documents, and what kind of
pressures are on them," she
said. "It could be reflective of
larger issues."
"It's also important that people that are here as valid international students aren't marred
by that," said Wagner. "People
tend to extrapolate from
little incidents and could think
of it as being reflective of all
international students. I think
that needs to be cleared up." @
Asian Illuminations Lecture:
online experience to tackle the
Timon Screech
challenges  and   opportunities
Museum ofAnthropology
facing journalism in the 21st cen
September 19,7pm
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"At the Centre of Shogun's Realm:
the Brown Bag Lunch lecture
The 'Bridge of Japan' and its
Symbolic Meaning." Admission
by donation.
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p83S| THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 19 September, 2006
Riveting display of creativity and strength
At the Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 15,2006
by Jessica Roberts-Farina
On the cover of the program for the
Fringe dance production Switchback,
the subtitle reads "accessible and
artistically daring." Few would disagree that modern dance is an
embodiment of the artistically weird
and wonderful. However, considering the fundamental relationship
modern dance holds with the
abstract aesthetic, some eyebrows
may be raised at the idea that it
is "accessible."
Performed by Canadian soloist
Jolene Bailie, Switchback is, a modern
dance act that succeeds in achieving
a surprising level of accessibility. The
show is divided into four 15-minute
performances, beginning with the
title set Switchback, which was choreographed by Bailie and "inspired by
insect imagery." Performed on a
black stage framed by black curtains,
Bailie's sheer blue leotard and multicoloured mohawk that extends from
her head down her back is dramatic
and highlights her phenomenal core
strength, supple back and flexibility.
Influenced by contortionism and
yoga, the piece is characterized by
poses held on or close to the floor for
extended periods of time, and is
punctuated with graceful and forceful
transitions between poses. As
provocative as a peacock's bravado, it
is a riveting display of physical
strength and visual creativity, and the
best of the four pieces.
The second piece, "Short Voyage,"
concerning "hidden anxieties and
emotions," is the most abstract and
perhaps least accessible work of the
show. However, Bailie inhabits the
desperation of her character with
such sincerity that it is difficult not to
be affected by her performance. She
is able to shift from deliberate to
unwieldy movements flawlessly and
makes use of an impressive array of
facial expressions.
"Escape" is the third performance in the series and introduces
some black chairs as an addition to
the otherwise bare stage. Languid,
dreamy movements and costuming
distinguish this piece, and give balanced contrast to the pose-based
Switchback and the conceptually
abstract "Short Voyage." Bailie cap
tures the work's themes of desire,
eroticism and bliss, as well as its message that the sole pursuit of sexual
satisfaction often leads only to emptiness and frustration. Partly because
of its balletic overtones, "Escape"
gives the strongest proof that if beautiful choreography is left in the hands
of a talented performer such as
Bailie, modern dance is not only
accessible but also moving.
"Walking thru myself is the final
piece and mindful of the quirky spirit
of the Fringe Fest There are random,
wood-block letters strewn on the floor
instead of the black chairs, and Bailie
wears a short black wig and a gauzy,
lime-green dress. The choreography is
spastic, quirky, and reminiscent of
both the abstract art of Salvador Dali
and the colourful film Amelie.
Although it is the least alluring of the
four performances, Bailie maintains a
steady current of intrigue and entertainment nonetheless.
Despite the occasional failure of
the choreography to connect with
the audience, Bailie delivers a compelling performance and inhabits
each piece with the ease of a
chameleon taking on a new camouflage in the rainforest. Switchback
is indeed a slice of modern dance
that tastes of both artistic daring
and accessibility. @
Caught in the Act a cycle of deja vu
At the Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 13
by Laurence Butet-Roch
In his welcome address, David
Jordan, Acting Executive Director of
the Vancouver Fringe Festival, challenges us to "imagine a festival
where the acts are not auditioned,
where the quality and content are
uncontrolled." Many will indeed
applaud this open and daring mission to promote original and unconventional performances. However,
as a viewer this means that anything
can happen once you step foot in one
of the venues. You're just as likely to
witness a bomb as you are to uncover a theatrical jewel.
"Caught in the Act," pitched by the
team at Genus Theatre Productions,
at a glance, sounds promising. It is
intended to mock some of life's more
commonplace moments with the
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situations with a new perspective
afterward. The show opens rather
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accident. Although it's mildly shocking to see the passersby go so far as
to take pictures with their cell
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in no particular order, leaving the
spectator searching for some structure that would make the entire performance more than just amateur
skits. Nevertheless, the acts themselves did, at least, make me smile.
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exaggerated means by which one
actor convinces another to offer them
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seem to have a true artistic purpose,
including one where the actors convincingly compare childbirth to a
child defecating. Using film between
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and prevented jarring transitions.
"Caught in the Act" turns out to
be no real eye opener on the
ridicule of everyday acts, but more a
reinforcement of mockeries made
by other comedians in the past. If
what you  are looking for  at the
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Your World Right Now THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 19 September, 2006
O.C's high school priss graduates to movie screen
Rachel Bilson shoots to fame on the big screen opposite Garden State's Zach Braff in remake of Italian film
by Megan Turnbull
Rachel Bilson is known to fans of the hit program
The O.C. for her portrayal of spoiled rich girl
Summer. However, outside of this fan base she
remains relatively unknown. That may change
when Bilson's promising first feature film, The
Last Kiss, opens in theatres across North
America this Friday.
This could be the role that launches Bilson
from teen idol status into a bona fide actress.
The Last Kiss is an American re-make of the
Italian film, L'Ultimo Bacio, and boasts a
strong cast including Zach Braff, Blythe
Danner and Jacinda Barrett. It's the story of a
man (Braff) who has recently turned 30 and is
soon to marry his long-term girlfriend
(Barrett). As he reflects on his life and his
future, he begins to feel anxious about losing
the spontaneity of youth and following the
clear-cut road into adulthood. When he meets
a younger girl (Bilson) who represents the
freedom he feels he's leaving behind, he starts
questioning his current situation and what he
wants out of life and love.
I joined student journalists across North
America in a chat with Bilson about her upcoming movie and her career in film and TV.
Question: Being your first feature film role,
was it a lot different than television, and was
there any good advice they gave you during
Bilson: "Well the difference is you really get
to work on the scenes and the character. With
Tony Goldwyn, who directed the film, he really gave me time with the scenes and gave me
as many takes as I needed, especially for my
emotional scenes. I had a hard time getting
there, but Zach really helped me and Tony
really helped me."
Q: What kind of approach did you take to this
character as opposed to the one on The O.C?
B: "This character was a little more natural
for me because she's a little older and the adult
conversations and the situations she was in
were a little bit more mature. To have a conversation with Zach Braff s character was more
realistic than some on The O.C. because [The
O.C. is] very high school and dramatic. I went
with [this character] and naturally played her
out as I probably would have done myself,
except with a few alterations. I would never pursue someone like that or be that ambitious."
Q: What attracted you to this role?
B: "Well originally, Zach Braff because I saw
Garden State and was such a fan. And then I
found out Tony Goldwyn was directing and I
read the script [When] I saw the original I just
thought it was a beautiful piece and to be able to
be a part of it would be such an honour."
Q: Media, trailers and TV spots suggest that
Michael's character becomes involved with
yours while he's already involved with Jenna.
What did you personally add to your performance in order to keep the scenario from falling
into the stereotypically cheating love triangle?
B: "Well, I thought it was really important for
my character to be likeable and maybe show a
very realistic side where she wasn't just the
seductress, the temptress; she was a very likeable
girl that he met and they had chemistry and so it
naturally kind of went in that direction, not to say
that's always the case. But it was really important
just to make her as likeable as possible."
Q: Not to disagree with you or challenge
your interpretation, but I saw the movie and
I really did feel like your character was a little bit evil. She served as a sort of sexual
temptation for Zach.
B: "Good. Well, that's what she represents.
My point being, just to try to make her likeable
so it's a little bit more forgivable, and Zach's
character is a little bit more forgivable in the
ending. But, of course, she represents that and
that is what she is. So if you felt that way, that's
OK. [giggles]"
Q: Music's a big part of this movie, as it is on
The O.C. What do you think music can bring to
a movie, or what did it bring to this movie?
B: "Oh I think it's really amazing when a
movie has certain music in it and when you
leave and you hear the song again it brings
you back to that scene. I think it's really nice
when a song can hand you a feeling and I
really feel like Zach captured it in this movie
like he did in Garden State."
Q: Are you hoping that The Last Kiss will
keep you from being pigeon-holed in the copies
of roles of Summer?
B: "Yeah, sure, of course! [Laughs] If a role
comes along that's similar to my character
on The O.C, if it's a good project and good
people I want to work with I would still do it.
But hopefully this shows me in a different
light and shows the other things that I am
capable of."
Q: You talked about what attracted you to
this role and this film. What is your favourite
film genre, and do you see yourself pursuing
acting in this genre in the future?
B: "My favourite? Oh gosh, there's so
many. I am such a fan of musicals though. If
I had a chance to do a movie version of a
musical that would be amazing!"
Bilson concluded this forum indicating a
career in film is ideal.
B: "Any sort of movies, I just like to work
with really good people, really good directors, and characters that I want to play," she
said. "I don't have a really specific type of
movie I'm out for. I'm up for anything!" @
Useless Three Wise Men make Jesus Christ: The Lost Years funny
at the Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 15
by Mara Kardas-Nclson
When I saw the title of the Monster
Theatre production, "Jesus Christ:
The Lost Years," I knew I had to see
this Fringe Festival treatment The
play, which chronicles Jesus' life
from ages 13-30, is humorous, lively
and completely politically incorrect.
Dozens of different famous and infamous historical and contemporary
figures grace the stage, from a very
sinister John the Baptist to the incompetent and totally unhelpful Three
Wise Men, allowing the audience to
catch up on their biblical history
while having a few inappropriate
laughs along the way.
Only two actors, Katherine
Sanders and Ryan Gladstone—director of the play—appear in "Jesus
Christ: The Lost Years," but the
effect is astounding. Sanders and
Gladstone are superb, and easily
make the transition from one character to another, sometimes playing
a handful of personalities in one
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short scene. Both play Jesus during
the many different stages in his life,
giving the audience the pleasure of
seeing two actors deal with the
same subject within a span of seconds. Through over-exaggerated
body language and hilarious
accents—Sanders brilliantly transforms the Virgin Mary into a stereotypical Jewish mother, while
Gladstone gives life to all Three
Wise Men in one breath—each
Biblical character hilariously makes
their mark in young Jesus' life.
Although the play's enthusiastic
comedy and use of lewd language
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was at the back of my Grade 5 classroom again, making farting noises
with my under-arm and giggling at
the enormity of my teacher's backside. It was very clear that the actors
were having a good time, and that
the audience wass happy, mindlessly laughing at silly dance moves and
cute voices, but at times this overly
simplistic humour took away from
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show's creativity.
Does this play include strong
character development? Not really.
A strong moral or political message? Hardly. Although "Jesus
Christ" pokes fun at religion, it also
makes amends with Christianity
and doesn't really seem to condemn or condone the Church. In
short, this play is unadulterated
good fun, with no take-away message and no discussion to follow.
Like all Fringe Festival productions, the audience goes to see The
Lost Years to laugh, and this expectation is effortlessly fulfilled. @
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T-Birds ready to hit the road, new home on the way
by Cheata Nao
The UBC men's and women's hockey
teams will have to take to the road to
play their 'home' games this season,
as Olympic construction has
orphaned the teams until next year at
the earliest
According to Mike Rose, Winter
Sports Centre manager for UBC
Athletics and Recreation, the new
arena is not expected to be finished
until the latter part of 2008. However,
Athletics expects the men's and
women's varsity hockey teams will be
able to play home games in the new
arena by the 2007/2008 season.
"The first phase will be completed
sometime in the spring/summer of
2007," said Rose. Until then the hockey teams will have to play their home
games in a number of different venues across BC.
Minoru Arena in Richmond will
be the site for men and women's
practices as well as host of four
home games for both teams. The
women will also play two home
games on Vancouver Island, two
in Maple Ridge, two in Mission,
and two in Prince George. The
men will play two home games in
Kelowna, two in Surrey, two in
Whistler, two in Burnaby, and four
at General Motors Place.
Dave Newson, coach of the UBC
women's hockey team, believes that
not having a home arena is a blessing
in disguise that will ultimately help to
build better team chemistry and pull
the team closer together.
"We'll spend a lot more time
together traveling together on the
bus," he said. "That gives us a little
more time to build together as a team
and more head coach interactions
with the players."
As for how the new arena is going
to look compared to the old Winter
Sports Centre, the best way to
describe it would be to say that it's
like the old arena, only on steroids.
According to Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS), the new rink will cost
around $40 million dollars, with UBC
contributing approximately five million for the project Though it will
only contain three sheets of ice compared to the previous arena's four, it
will be able to host more than just
hockey games. The arena will be able
to be converted into a hardcourt for
basketball and volleyball, as well as to
host concerts or conventions.
"Typically a conversion like that can
happen between six and eight hours,"
said Rose. "You can see one thing
happening one night and something
else the next, no problem."
One concern of having an arena
that will go from an ice surface to
hardcourt is the quality of the ice
itself. There is a possibility that by the
later stages of hockey games, ice can
become softer and slush-like, which
can cause injuries.
"It is a concern when the ice is
being taken in and out and covering it up and clearing it out again,"
said Newson. However, Newson
has been assured that the ice is
going to be the best quality possible
and said he's only heard positive
feedback regarding the conversion
process and the technology that will
be used to implement it.
Newson stated that the project is
going to be closely monitored by
VANOC, the Vancouver Olympic
Committee. VANOC is determined
that the quality of ice and the facility
in general meets the high standards
of the Olympic games. The Winter
Sports Arena will be used during the
2010 Olympics as a practice facility
for the competing countries and as a
secondary venue for both men and
women's hockey games. @
Picking your hockey pool: the Ubysseys guarantees for success
by Eric Schneider
Hockey. It's about as Canadian as
maple syrup, Mounties and any other
stereotype you care to throw in.
Whether you're new to the sport or
grew up teething on a puck, there's
an extra level of enjoyment to be had
by participating in an NHL hockey
In the hopes that more UBC students can join in, I've collaborated
with pool expert Mark MacRae to provide an intro course for the curious-
Hockey Pool 101. Mark is the commissioner of one of the longest running "keeper" leagues on the internet, www.sichl.com, and has generously parted with a couple of his projections for the benefit of you, the
First things first, you need to figure out what type of league you want
to join. There are two main types of
pools, namely the draft and non-
draft. Non-draft pools tend to be the
most user-friendly, as players of similar caliber are put together and a set
number of players are chosen from
each grouping. This style is popular
with large groups, particularly
employers and newspapers, and it
seems half the time the winner
picked the names out of a hat. In
draft pools, participants take turns
drafting players until the preset
quota is met, usually on a positional
basis. These pools require a fairly
strong working knowledge of NHL
players, as you are essentially ranking your choices both in the order
you make them and by which players
you exclude. Yahoo's fantasy hockey
section is a great place to get the
basics down—you can join a random
friendly league and try out a draft in
person before betting against your
If you do opt for a draft, you can
choose between single season and
keeper league formats. Commit-o-
phobes beware, keeper leagues and
their participants frown on members
leaving after one year or, pardon my
language here, mid-season. Leagues
like www.sichl.com survive by
screening their applicants carefully—
as Mark pointed out, nearly half his
league has been around all nine seasons since its inception. On the other
hand, if you're serious about joining
a keeper, try to find an established
one. Far too many leagues shut down
after the initial season is run, leaving
managers dedicated to the long-term
wondering why they bothered.
Now, a few tips on drafting.
Check the points system in
whichever league you opt for;
some leagues just do points for the
skaters and wins and shutouts for
the goalies, others run full stats
for shots, penalty minutes, saves
and goals against. If your league
does reward penalty minutes,
Sidney Crosby should be taken
over Alexander Ovechkin any day
of the week, and Brendan Morrow
turns from a sixth to a second
rounder. Also, elite goalies and
defencemen are at a premium, so
get in early and take Kiprusoff and
Lidstrom before taking one of a
dozen top forwards (unless, of
course, you think they'll make it to
the next round).
Sold? Not quite? Here's a couple of picks and cautions for the
upcoming season.
Lubomir Visnovsky is being
joined by Rob Blake on defence in
Los Angeles. That's a big step up
from his past partners. Look for him
to compete with Lidstrom for top
defensive scorer.
Andrew Brunette played on the
first line with Joe Sakic and Milan
Hejduk at the end of last season and
in the playoffs, and he'll be back
there this year. His 63 points were no
fluke then, and you can expect an
improvement on that this season.
Marc Denis has been stuck in
Columbus for five seasons, all the
while putting up an impressive save
percentage and goals against average. He could win 35 games in
Tampa this year.
Keith Tkachuk missed opening
day last season because he was 30
pounds overweight. When he did
rejoin the Blues, he was immediately
injured. Despite his, ahem, physique,
Tkachuk put up close to a point a
game in his half season. He's lost the
weight and is joined by Doug Weight
and Bill Guerin on what's being
dubbed the "Old Glory" line. I smell a
monster season.
Potential Busts:
Simon Gagne finally had his overdue big-money season last year. Now
that he's on a cushy contract, will the
production stay up? Even if it does,
will Forsberg stay healthy long
enough to feed Gagne his goals?
Marc Savard. MacRae and I are
conflicted on this one—as he put it,
"did anybody notice he nearly had
100 points last year?" I noticed, and
so did Boston, who lured him from
Atlanta with a four-year, $20 million
contract. Too bad he'll be stuck
behind Patrice Bergeron on the depth
charts. Expect his ice time, and subsequently his production, to drop.
One last thing to remember: picking all established veterans generally
puts you in the middle of the pack.
You have to take one or two chances
if you want to get into the money in
your pools. Ride those darkhorses,
and thank me later. @
Football review: Week Three
UBC Thunderbirds at Alberta Golden Bears
1st       2nd      3rd
UBC (11)
ALTA (2-1)
September 16,2006 — Foote Field
Thunderbirds loose last second heartbreaker in Edmonton
UBC fell victim to a final second,
45-yard punt single in a heartbreaking 18-17 loss at Alberta's
newly renovated Foote Field
Saturday afternoon. After coming
back from 13 down to tie the game
in the final minutes of the fourth
quarter, Alberta managed to drive
into UBC territory before first-year
punter Adam Fagomeni's single
with no time left on the clock prevented the T-Birds from pushing
the game to overtime. After taking
an early 4-0 lead in the first quarter, UBC allowed 17 straight
Alberta points, including two touchdown runs by CIS rushing leader
Tendayi Jozzy. Thunderbirds head
coach Ted Goveia tapped first-year
pivot Doug Goldsby to start the
third quarter, but returned to starting quarterback Blake Smelser in
the fourth. Smelser then managed
to engineer an eight-play, 79 yard
drive to tie the game with less than
four minutes left.
UBC is in Saskatoon next
Saturday to face the CIS #2 ranked
Saskatchewan Huskies. @
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