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Tuesday, September 3, 2002
HHO fteeMvew'Seiial
Volume 84 Issue i
Heart attacks already since 1918
UBC admits
more students
than it's
funded for
by Shawn Joseph Seiler
UBC has accepted more students
than the provincial government will
fund this year, but the university
registrar feels the quality of education at UBC will not be greatly compromised.
Official enrolment figures will
not be available until November—
but, like last year—UBC has admitted more students this year than it
will be funded to teach by the
provincial government.
Last year, UBC accepted more
than 1000 students over the funded
limit because the interim mark for
UBC acceptance was set too low.
This year, UBC has once again
accepted students beyond its admission quota, this time in an attempt
to keep new student enrolment relatively equal from year to year.
'Although our over-enrolment is
going to be up, it will be stretched
over four years/ said Registrar
Brian Silzer. "We've reduced the
new student intake this year relative
of last year, but it is still going to be
a little over the ideal.*
Students entering the largest faculties this year needed to obtain
higher marks than those entering
over-enrois again
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lastyear. Minimum final grade averages for incoming Arts students
increased from 77 to 78 per cent,
while those for Science students
increased from 82 to 85 and those
for Applied Science dropped from
83 to 81.
Silzer estimates that 37,608 students will be attending UBC this
winter session, of which 81 per cent
(30,598) will be undergraduates
and 19 per cent (7010) will be graduate students. 6776 of these are
new students, with 5085 in their
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President Kristen Harvey is concerned that over-enrolment will
become a long-term trend at UBC,
See "Enrolment"page 2.
mtion up, pay aown
TA's want compensation for the tuition increase
by Kathleen Deering
Fuming teaching assistants (TAs) at
UBC are calling on the university to
compensate them for a 16 per cent
pay cut and threatening action if they
don't receive it
"TAs are desperate," said Alex
Grant, president of the TA Union.
"We're not prepared to take this sitting down and we are prepared to do
anything necessary."
*Just imagine if every TA at UBC
decided to mark every paper with an
'A'—100 per cent Just imagine that,"
he said.
TA salaries are currently set at the
same levels as last year, despite
increasing graduate tuition fees
which must be paid if the TAs are to
keep their jobs.
"Paying tuition is actually a condition of employment" said Grant, also
a zoology graduate student, "and if
you don't pay tuition you don't have a
Students across BC are facing
tuition increases following the
provincial government's decision
earlier this year to lift the province's
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ALEX GRANT: TheTA Union is
threatening job action.
six-year-old tuition freeze. Graduate
student tuition at UBC will increase
by about $500 for the 2002-2003
The TA Union and the university
have yet to solidify a date to start bargaining the TAs' new collective agreement Grant said the university has
cancelled meetings twice so far.
The university and UBC Human
Resources were not available for.
comment by press-time.
In the last round of bargaining,
TAs won a letter of agreement saying
that if tuition went up they would get
a rebate of 50 per cent
According to Grant, however, that
letter expired on August 31—before
the university's newest proposed
meeting time of mid-September. "We
want to keep that agreement, that letter, and improve on it," said Grant
There are four types of TAs at
UBC. Markers and Undergraduate
TAs   are   paid   $4425   per  year;
See "Strike"page 2.
NEWS: More time to drink?
BC bars now allowed to stay
open until 4am. Page 3.
SPORTS: First game; first
loss for football team
Rams beat T-Birds 15-10. Game
story. Page 5.
CULTURE: Moby brings it
AU the way to the West side.
Concert review Page 12.
Business students call tuition
hikes unfair.
by Chris Shepherd
Christina Huckvale, a fourth year
metals and materials engineering
student at UBC, died August 2 5 in a
hiking accident on Mount Elizabeth,
near Kitimat in northern BC.
September 2 would have been
her 21 st birthday.
"Christina enjoyed life," said
Christina's father, Cuthbert
"She was an excellent snowboard-
er, loved hiking and camping, and
played the French horn in a brass
band," he added.
Christina took pleasure in her life
at UBC and was active in the
Engineering Undergraduate Society
(EUS), serving as the secretary for the
EUS throughout the 2001/02 school
EUS President Cameron Reeves
described her as someone who was
very involved with the engineering
community and pleasant to have
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"Enrolment" from page 1.
and that the university will consistently accept students over the quota
suggested by provincial funding levels.
'It is especially concerning
because next year we will face the
'double cohort' from Ontario,* she
said. "The elimination of grade 13 is
doubling the class-size [there]."
The provincial government
receives funding from the federal
government's Canadian Health and
Social Transfer to give to post-secondary institutions. The institutions
are granted funding depending on
the number of FuU-Time Equivalent
(FTE) students that they are expected
to serve, as determined by previous
years' enrolment figures. The FTE
figure is meant to ensure that an
appropriate number of classes are
offered and professors are hired.
The AMS feels the university's
decision to admit more students
than its FTE quota could affect students' education.
"Recent enrolment practices
place the quality of education at UBC
at risk," stated the AMS in a resolution passed at its June 5 Council
"When we accept more students
than we have funding," Harvey said,
"[there is a] concern of students having to take a reduced course-load
because they can't get...the courses
they need."
Kristen Harvey acknowledged
that greater enrolment could
increase accessibilty to UBC.
However, she said, increasing the
number of students beyond FTE
funding is not a real solution.
"The real solution is increased
core funding, be it increased funding
from the province or the federal gov
ernment That is the solution, not
accepting more students beyond the
grant that we currently have."
But Silzer feels that extra funds
from recently raised tuition fees will
compensate for the higher number
of students.
Dr Paul G. Harrison, associate
dean for students in the Faculty of
Science, said the individual faculties
and departments are trying their
best to accomodate students and
move them off of waiting fists and
into classes. He also said Science will
give registration priority in every
class to the students for whom that
course is required.
Many students, however, are
angry. When he went to register,
first-year student Ian Wilson was
frustrated because several of the
classes he wanted were full. "Why
couldn't they add just one more
seat?" he asked. ♦
"Strike" from page!.
Graduate TA II (Master's students)
are paid $8873 per year; and
Graduate TA I (PhD. students) are
paid $9221 per year. Each type is
paid for 384 hours over the winter
session, which is roughly 12 hours
per week.
However, President of the
Graduate Student Society (GSS)
Brian De Alwis said many TAs are
overworked, putting in far more
than the 384 hours they are paid for.
"It's important to note that TAs
are not free money. They are 'work,"
he said. "Really the only difference
between [working as] a TA and work
ing externally is that you don't have
to worry about getting to and from
your work."
De Alwis said competition for
good graduate students is fierce
between universities. "Grad students
are the workhorses of the university,
and do much of the legwork of
research," he said. "Because of this,
universities have had to provide
money as a lure."
The GSS proposed a policy last
year designed to protect graduate
students from unexpected tuition
increases. The university did not
approve the policy, however, which
would have kept tuition for incoming
graduate students at the same level
as when they were accepted.
Graduate student fees are lower
at UBC than at many other major
universities, including the
University of Toronto and McGill
But Grant feels that in order to
continue providing the excellent education UBC is renowned for, the uni-
verisity must continue paying TAs
the salary they received lastyear.
"We're pretty cheap educators,"
Grant said. "We don't want a pay cut
"[Our] demands are precisely that
[we] don't have this pay cut We don't
care what the formula is, some
rebate or fund, or whatever. We
don't care, as long as it happens." ♦
"Huckvale" from page 1.
"A beautiful person in every way
that the word means," Reeves
summed up.
Christina had been hiking with
Christopher Markoff, a Commerce
student from the University of
Victoria, when the two went missing
on August 25.
A search for the two students
commenced when friends noticed
Huckvale and Markoff had not
returned from their hike. Family of
both Huckvale and Markoff went to
Kitimat to help with the search,
which included approximately 80
rescuers on the mountain.
RCMP officers believe Huckvale
left the trail and then lost her footing
in the area, which is full of sudden
drops and gullies.
Christina was in Kitimat working
at the Alcan Aluminum smelter for
an engineering co-op program.
A place to leave comments for
the family has been set up at' the
UBC engineers' webpage at
www.ubcengineers.ca. In addition.
Reeves said the EUS plans to organise a permanent memorial for
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Christina's name and donations can
be left at any Royal Bank of Canada
branch. A celebration of Christina's
life will be held at 2pm on
September 7 at her high school.
Magee Secondary in Vancouver.
The search for Markoff was officially called off September 2. After
nine days of searching on foot and
with helicopters, no sign of Markoff
was found. ♦
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Longer bar
hours may
come to UBC
by Kevin Groves
Pit night may soon stretch long into the morning
hours, if UBC adopts new guidelines for pubs and
bars recently passed by the BC government
In a press statement. Solicitor General Rich
Coleman said BC pubs and bars will soon be able to
stay open until 4am, provided the guidelines get
municipal approval. Pending this approval, the
new law will take effect December 2.
Because UBC operates on an autonomous liquor
license from the City of Vancouver, the UBC Board
of Governors will make final approval or disapproval of the new law.
UBC Vice-President Students Brian Sullivan said
he plans to hold a meeting with campus leaders in
the second week of September to discuss how UBC
could implement the new laws.
"There are obvious implications that will need
to be addressed," he said. "We may have to review
our liquor law in light of the changes that have been
But obtaining final approval will likely be a long
process, said Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Kristen Harvey. She said she expects this issue to be
hotly debated in the fall semester. "To be honest I
don't know if it will go through," she said.
Some bar managers on campus aren't exactly
clinking glasses over the idea of longer bar hours.
Food and Beverage Manager for the AMS Nancy
Toogood said she doesn't feel it is necessary to have
bars open until 4am. She said she is worried about
how longer bar hours could translate into more
noise complaints from the UBC residences.
"We already have constant problems with people going back to their residence from the Pit
[UBC's campus bar]," she said. "With longer hours,
I cotdd see this for sure becoming a bigger issue."
Simon Couverette, food and beverage manager
for the Graduate Student Socieiy (GSS), said he has
concerns about how extended hours might affect
staff at Koerner's, the GSS pub.
"Our staff are all students," Couverette said.
"Obviously it's not beneficial for them to be working until 4am every night'
Sullivan said that both of these concerns will be
discussed before any decisions are made.
The new law also allows restaurants to dedicate
a maximum of 40 seats to a lounge where customers can order drinks without food.
Toogood said the Pendulum restaurant, located
in the lower floor of the UBC Student Union
Building (SUB), might adopt this change if UBC
decides to approve the new laws.
- "But we still don't know yet; we're waiting to see
what happens," she said.
The new law also lifts a moratorium on building
new cold beer and wine stores. Corner-store owners in BC have already launched a campaign for the
right to sell cold beer and wine. Small stores in the
Alberta, Quebec and the US are currently allowed to
sell liquor.
But Toogood said UBC currently has no plans to
open a cold beer and wine store. "For that you'd
have to go to the Village across the street from
UBC," she said. "There's a liquor store being built
Responses to the new laws have been negative at
BC's two other large universities.
UVic SUB Business Manager Jim Gibson said his
student society has no plans to adopt the new law
because Vertigo, UVic's nightclub, has permanently
closed. He also doesn't see any reason to keep the
campus pub open past 2am.
"In my experience, if we run the pub well until
lam, that's the healthiest time for business,"
Gibson said. 'After that, the sales really start to
drop off so there's not much reason to stay open
SFU SUB Business Manager Peter Grant said his
student society is unlikely to institute longer bar
hours for security reasons.
"The student society obviously doesn't want to
be promoting people getting drunk later and knocking over trash cans after Pub Night," Grant said.
In a statement, Coleman said he felt the longer
bar hours would allow police and liquor inspectors
to focus on public safety issues like underage drinking and intoxication. ♦
Summer highlights
Things you missed
while you were
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If you weren't caught up this
summer in the insular community that is UBC, you may
have missed some of the
things that happened here.
To help bring you back up to
speed in time for the new
academic year, the Ubyssey
sums up the summer's
For full stories, see past
issues of the Ubyssey online
at www.ubyssey.bc.ca.
Angus crank
bomber caught and
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Henry Angus Building was evacuated and classes were cancelled lor
three and a half hours while the building was searched for explosives by Campus Security and the RCMP. No bomb was found.
Police narrowed down the hoax suspects to a class with a
midterm the day of the bomb threat Officers played the students a
recording of the 911 call, and the crank caller was identified by
classmates who recognised his voice.
Making bomb threats is a criminal offence, and a perpetrator can
be sent to jail for the crime. Charges were not pressed in this case.
G8 Summit free of violence
CALGARY—On June 26 and 27, leaders of eight of the world's
most industrialised countries gathered for the Group of Eight (G8)
Summit in Kananaskis Village, deep in Alberta's Rocky Mountains.
The G8 meets annually to discuss economic issues affecting its
member states. This year's summit focused on global economic
growth, partnerships with Africa, and the war on terrorism.
Snake marches and a major counter-conference in nearby
Calgary drew large crowds of people opposed to the G8's global economic policies, while the protests themselves remained peaceful.
Security for the event cost the federal government approximately $300 million, and included a 150km no-fly zone around
Kananaskis and on-site military guards as well as extra police in
Attempted assault at
Totem Park
A visiting Japanese student was attacked in the early hours of
Saturday, July 2 7. The attacker gained access to the victim's room in
Totem Park Residence when she responded to his knock on her
door. He attempted to sexually assault her, but fled the building
after she fought back.
The victim was unharmed during the attack, and was able to provide the RCMP with enough information to generate a composite
drawing. No arrests have been made yet
Totem Park operates as a hotel during the summer and has year-
round security. According to Paul Wong, personal security coordinator for UBC, residence staff carry out frequent security checks and
Campus Security visits residences during patrols.
Sexual assault centre open
on campus
A Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) satellite
office is now open on UBC campus, providing support and information to victims of sexual assault
Opened last month, the office is staffed 15 hours per week by
coordinator and UBC student Lisa Lafreniere. It is located next to the
Wellness Centre in the basement of UBC's Student Union Building,
with a private door linking the two offices.
Funding for the Alma Mater Society pilot project comes from
money raised for WAVAW at last year's Arts Country Fair, as well as
from provincial government grants and a $4500 grant from UBC's
Innovative Projects Fund.
Scads of ads coming to
the SUB
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS) has ratified an agreement with
Zoom Media, a company that sells advertising space. The deal will
bring about 90 new ad frames to the Student Union Building.
In exchange for signing the five-year deal,'the AMS will receive
approximately $100,000 in the first year of the advertising agree-
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ment, and $85,000 in each subsequent year. $34,000 of the money
will be received directly, with the rest coming as scholarships, and
advertising credit for the AMS with the Montreal-based advertising
Installation of the frames to hold the ads began late August
Mapping the pleasure trail
UBC graduate student Shorma Penhale is studying the nerves
that carry messages of sexual arousal through a woman's body.
Penhale has spent the last two years staining slides of different
levels of female genitalia and examining them to locate erectile tissue. With the help of a computer graphic artist, she has built a model
tracing the path of nerves.
This research has never been done before, and is a first step
towards finding treatment for female sexual dysfunction, a disorder
that has been researched relatively little in comparison to the equivalent problem in males.
This research will also help surgeons performing hysterectomies
and other surgery to avoid cutting or removing the pleasure nerves,
preserving a woman's ability to be aroused.
Fraternity Village on
the horizon
Seven of UBC's eight on-campus fraternities will be moving next
summer to a new Fraternity Village, to be located on Wesbrook Mall
near Osbourne Gym and the campus RCMP station.
The seven fraternities are currently leasing land from UBC.
Although none of the leases are set to expire until two years from
now at the earliest, the university and the fraternities are already
negotiating a new agreement that would give the student groups 99-
year leases on the new properties.
The fraternities are all expected to move by the beginning of the
2003-2004 school year. Housing for university faculty and staff will
replace the current fraternity houses.
Beta Theta Pi, the one fraternity on campus that owns the land
where its building stands, was given a chance to join the Fraternity
Village but turned the offer down.
Former UBC student runs for NDP leadership
Bev Meslo, a former Arts representative on the Alma Mater
Society Council, has announced her candidacy for leadership of the
federal NDP. She will run with the NDP Socialist Caucus, and has
said she believes the NDP must take more of an anti-war/anti-
racism/anti-corporate-globalisation stance.
Sustainabilty pledge
for students
This fall, UBC student Rebecca Best is spearheading a project that
encourages UBC students to make a personal commitment to sustainabilty.
The UBC Sustainability Pledge Program is a pilot program where
students sign a pledge saying they will consider and be accountable
for the social and ecological consequences of their decisions.
Students who sign the pledge will also be added to a mailing list
that provides resources and information on making sustainable
decisions at UBC.
The Campus Sustainability Office and Student Development are
also collaborating on the project. ♦ TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2002
The AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan
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clearings, checkups,
fillings, root canals, gum
treatment, extractions,
and more-
Health benefits
prescription drugs, travel
insurance, psychologist,
medical equipment,
ambulance, vaccinations,
and more...
Vision benefits
eye exam, laser eye surgery
For a complete list of benefits,
visit  www.studentcare.net.
More information will be available
in the Reference Guide - available
online and mailed to you in
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medicare and a parent or spouse's plan.
Coordinating benefits
If you're covered by another plan (i.e. a parent or spouse's
employee benefit plan), you can combine this plan with the
AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan to maximize your overall coverage
and eliminate out of pocket costs.
Family enrolment
You can enrol your family (spouse and/or dependants) by completing
an Enrolment form and paying an additional fee, over and above your
fee as a member of the AMS/GSS. Common law and same sex
couples are eligible. Forms are available at www.studentcare.net
Change of coverage
Additional enrolments and opt outs must be completed between
Sept. 3-24, 2002.
The cost of the Plan is included in your student fees. It covers
you for the whole school year, from September 1, 2002 to
August 31, 2003 or from January 1 - August 31, 2003 for new
Term 2 students.
Note: There are changes to the AMS/GSS Health Plan benefits,
effective Sept 1,2002. Visit www.studentcare.net for details.
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Kitchen training
program leaves campus
by Chris Shepherd
The Musqueam Food Services
Training Program (MFSTP), a program to train First Nations students
in kitchen skills, is leaving the
Graduate Students Society (GSS)
The move comes after prolonged discussion between the GSS
and Local 116 of Canadian Union
for Public Employees (CUPE).
In September 2000, the GSS was
approached by the MFSTP, who
asked to use the second-floor
kitchen in the Thea Koerner House
as a training centre for cooks. The
kitchen, originally run by CUPE
116, closed more than five years
ago because it was losing money.
But since plans for the First
Nations training program included
selling lunches five times a week,
CUPE 116 intervened in the deal
between the GSS and MFSTP,
claiming that food services on campus fall under its jurisdiction.
After much discussion, the
MFSTP and CUPE came to an agreement that allowed the program to
run a catering service from the
kitchen, but only if the food was
served off campus.
After seven months of catering,
the MFSTP has decided to move to a
new location where it can operate
as a restuarant
"Not being able to serve lunch or
to cater on campus completely
impedes the program," said Jenny
Spencer, operations manager at
The MFSTP will be moving to the
Fraser Arms Hotel where it will run
the dining room. Doing so will
allow the program to prepare its
students in a more realistic job
GSS President Brian de Alwis is
not happy with the program's
"The whole goal of this from our
perspective, was to provide cheap,
affordable and nutritious meals for
graduate students," he said.
"We tried our damndest to
accommodate [CUPE's] requests
and each they time threw up further roadblocks," de Alwis said.
CUPE 116 could not be reached
for comment by press-time. ♦
brief f:
Tuition increases
outpace inflation
Tuition has increased more than six
times faster than the rate of inflation
in the last ten years, according to a
Statistics Canada report released
August 21.
The annual report on tuition and
living costs revealed that across
Canada, average tuition for post-secondary education is $3733, up 4.1
per cent from last year. Because the
inflation rate was lower than this,
students attending university will
likely face even higher debts than
"When tuition is rising six times
faster than inflation measured by
the [Canada Price Index], you recognise governments aren't investing
in our future," stated Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations representative Liam Arbuckle in a press
British Columbia, Nova Scotia
and New Brunswick had the highest
tuition increases in the country last
AMS calls on UBC to
maintain digital archive
of calendar
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Council passed a resolution at its
August 28 meeting, calling on the
univeristy to maintain each on-line
version of its course calender for a
minimum of five years.
The official UBC calendar is kept
on-line and is updated four times a
Academic regulations allow students to graduate by meeting either
the requirements that were in effect
when they first enrolled, or the
revised requirements approved by
the university Senate during their
degree. This is on the condition that
a student does not take an "extraordinary number of years to complete
their studies."
The archive would give students
access to the official degree requirements that were in place when they
began their degrees.
The AMS expects to begin lobbying the university this month. ♦
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is much Improved
But still drops season opener
against Regina
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by Daryl Wener
REGINA-The UBC football team
came into its 2002 season opener
with a new coach, a brand new attitude       and       a
squad     that    the
Thunderbirds predict will produce
far more victories
than the  two-win
team of 2001. But
while the team did
look much better in UBC
its season opener
in Regina on Saturday, it was not
good enough.
It was truly a case of two UBC
football teams at Taylor Field. The
defence arid special teams unit
repeatedly gave the offence excellent chances to score points, but
except for a last-ditch effort in the
final minutes, neither the rushing
or passing attack was able to produce for the T-Birds. UBC's offence
gained just 118 yards in the game,
while the Rams made 423 and went
on to win the game 15-10.
UBC Thunderbird starting quarterback Zack Silverman feels there
are several reasons the offence had
so much trouble.
"You can't just put your finger
on one thing," he said. "It's early in
the season and that's always tough.
When it's the first game, you're not
positive what they're going to do,
and what they ended up doing was
kind of the opposite of what we
thought they were going to do. And
we just didn't execute when we had
the chance."
There were many defensive
stand-outs for the Thunderbirds,
who were repeatedly threatened by
Regina but never gave up the big
score. The most notable of these
was fourth-year safety Sandy
Beveridge, who produced UBC's
only touchdown of the game with a
43-yard interception return to tie
the game 10-10 late in the first half.
"We were blitzing on the play,"
said Beveridge, "so I came up on
the man coverage. He ran a quick
little out on me, and I just stood in
front of him and -there was just
green grass the rest of the way."
The defence looked much
improved over that of last year's
squad, and this was evident in the
play of the rushing defence—UBC's
weakness the last two seasons.
While Saturday's Birds still gave up
190 yards, they were, against the
Rams' excellent running back Neil
Hughes (26 carries, 185 yards).
And each time the UBC defence
absolutely had to stop the Rams,
the Birds stepped up big.
"The key to the game
was...mainly we bent, but we
didn't break," said
Beveridge. "Once
they got down to
that red zone we
stepped it up and
tried to limit them
to only field goals,
which we did."
Other standouts
for   the   Birds   on
defence were, defensive lineman
Jason    Taylor    and    linebacker
Michael Hitchborn.
UBC opened the scoring just
3:42 into the first quarter on a 30-
yard Leon Denenfeld field goal, set
up by Dan Lazzari on an excellent
45-yard punt return. Regina came
back early in the second quarter to
tie the score with a 34-yard field
goal. The big play for the Rams
came midway through the second
quarter as Mike Kissinger intercepted Silverman near midfield
and ran the ball all 59 yards into
the end zone, giving the Rams a 10-
3 lead. The Beveridge interception
tied the game just before halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, the Rams added a 19-yard field
goal. A safety by Regina's Jeff
Zimmer, who sacked UBC back-up
quarterback Troy Therrien with
just over a minute left in tlie fourth
quarter, was all the Rams needed to
claim a five-point victory.
"We have to run the football a lot
better, but there were some really
good signs as well," said new
Thunderbirds head coach Lou
DesLauriers the next day. "I think
we did a real good job on special
teams, and on defence we didn't
give up a touchdown, so those are
some things we can build on."
It's still unclear who will fill the
UBC quarterback position this season since Silverman, a first-year
Law student, was relieved late in
the third quarter on Saturday by
SFU transfer Troy Therrien, only to
return for UBC late in the fourth.
Coach DesLauriers is not sure
whom he will choose for UBC's next
game, in Manitoba on September
14, when there maybe three quarterbacks available if third-year Rob
Kenney is healthy. "We will have to
watch the tape, and see where
some of the breakdowns were," he
said. "There is no way all of those
mistakes are the quarterback's." ♦
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'Biodiesel Van," a hulking
orange VW Westfalia beauty,
which doubles as both his home
and the only existing vehicle at
UBC running solely on 100 per
cent biodiesel, a fuel made from recycled vegetable oil. .
I admire the new decal pressed to the back window of the van: 'We combust your fat*
When the Ubyssey wrote a stoiy about Geoff
Hill's unique project in February, Hill had made
only one litre of biodiesel. It was made in a
blender in the UBC Bike Kitchen, and Hill's VW
Jetta served as a test car. He admits he probably
could have poured the same amount of peanut
butter as he did biodiesel into the tank and his car
would still have run-
Skip forward six months and we find a much
different biodiesel-making operation existing at
UBC. Thanks to 1he generous support of the UBC
Farm, Hill's fledgling idea is taking on enormous
proportions in the back room of a cavernous building near the Animal Science building on
Wesbrook. The building is a former pig barn, but
once he leads me past the vacant stalls, we come
to a spacious room with wide doors to the outside—essential for Hill to bring in the grease he
collects from around campus with bike carts.
Every drop of used grease on campus is converted into the biodiesel that rims his van. Each
week, he and his two staff—paid by the
Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)—pump out
about 200 litres of fuel. Hill follows a recipe for
making biodiesel used by someone in the US—he
says   improvisations   are   necessary  because
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vegetable pil.
'I'm really keen on using the recycled vegetable oil, and especially oil from UBC,* says Hill.
"We just 4id a trip a week ago on a bike cart and
filled up about 130 litres of vegetable oil from all
the various restaurants and cafes around UBC.
Totem, Place Vanier, taking it from the Pit
Pub...the Sage Bistro...*
The beauty of the project lies in its simple
transfer of energy.
Using human energy (the bike carts) he takes
used vegetable oil and recycles it into something
that can power vehicle. The by-product, glycerin, is
also useful Use of biodiesel helps reduce harmful
toxins in tjhe environment like carbon monoxide,
hazardous diesel particulate and acid rain-causing ,
sulphur dioxide.
Why use biodiesel? Pure biodiesel is good for
the environment as a renewable resource and
reportedly produces an aroma similar to that of
french fries when combusted—much more pleasant than tie smell of regular diesel and gas. It is
biodegradable, nontoxic and essentially free of sulphur and aromatics. For any vehicle, biodiesel
provides horsepower, torque and miles per gallon
similar to diesel.
I request a ride in the Biodiesel Van, which is
outfitted with all the essentials-fridge, stove, and
sleeping area. It roars to life and sputters noisily,
but Hill assures me this has nothing to do with the ,
biodiesel, the van just needs some work. I sit in
the back seat and listen to Hill talk about his passion. He started in the Bike Kitchen in the SUB
basement mixing the fuel in a blender and then
moved to his bathroom with a large coffee urn.
"Everyone started slipping when they went into
the bathroom because there was grease all over
the place/ he says.
It was clear he had to expand. Joined by graduate student Peter Doig, the biodiesel project
moved to a tiny bio-resource engineering lab
about the size of the current Biodiesel Van. The
two found it difficult to make large enough quantities of fuel for the project to be viable—the 200
litre reaction vessel took up a lot of space, and Hill
had higher aspirations. 'Now with the farm
space,* he says enthusiastically, 'we're going to be
able to scale it up to make 1000 litre or S000 litre
batches, really big drums.'
Hill wants to power UBC with the large quantities of fuel he will be able to make-selling it com-
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mercially is his next goal. He already has contracts
with UBC Plant Ops, and biodiesel is expected to
power emergency generators around campus. He
takes us past some campus lawn mowers he
expects to be powered by biodiesel next year.
Currently the biodiesel is being tested for quality,
and must be approved before this next step goes
Ihere are other alternative fuels that are
also good for the environment, but Hill
feels that biodiesel has abetter chance than
most at becoming popular. 'Oil products have just
been way too easy,* he says, suggesting that solar
and wind as fossil fuel alternatives haven't been
picked up because too many changes need to be
made to a vehicle to make use of them.
Literally no changes need to be made to a regular diesel-chugging car in order for it to use a partial mix of biodiesel. Some small differences exist;
biodiesel has a higher heat capacity than regular
diesel—it burns at a higher temperature—so it
needs to warm up longer before use than regular
diesel does. This high flash point actually makes it
safer than any other alternative fuel to use.
To run on 100 per cent biodiesel, as Hill's vehicle does, the only change needed was switching
the rubber tubes that run from the fuel tank to the .
engine to plastic ones.
Many people use a mix of regular diesel and
biodiesel in their vehicles because of its natural
lubricative properties. *A lot of people use it just
as a mix: [for example] B2-biodiesel two per cent,'
Hill says.
"When it's used in such small concentrations,
it's mainly as a lubricant because it lubricates the
engine much better than regular diesel does. And
as people are decreasing the sulphur content of
diesel, it's becoming a lot more abrasive, so the B2
is really good for the engine.*
Despite the many, many hours Hill has spent
during the last eight months getting the operation
running smoothly, he can't even leave biodiesel at
home when he goes on vacation this September-
although the metaphorical wrench has been
thrown into his plans. Originally he was going to
drive to Yosemite, California in the Biodiesel Van
to help create awareness about sustainable fuels,
and complete the entire trip combusting nothing
but 100 per cent biodiesel.
Unfortunately, a safety inspection last week
grounded those plans—the VW Biodiesel Van is
staying in Vancouver to be fixed up. But, Hill
stresses, none of the problems hindering the van
have anything to do with biodiesel. In fact, he says,
the engine was just about the only thing working
properly with the vehicle.
Nic's Garage, a car maintenance shop in
Vancouver's Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood, has
donated time and parts to the project and, according to Hill, has been extremely supportive of the
project They even changed the fuel lines running
from the fuel tank to the engine for free.
When I called Nic's Garage to ask about Hill,
the van happened to be in the shop for its safety
inspection. "I think it's great,* said Sandy Spicer, a
Nic's employee, "because it's an alternative fuel
and it helps the environment to help reduce emissions. Just because you have a garage doesn't
meanjon can't help the environment'
le Biodiesel Project has come far in a short
period of time. Hill is determined to make
it go even further, and has his eyes focused
on the used grease created by your favorite restaurants in Point Grey and Kitsilano. Although he
likes the idea of using only bike carts to transport
the grease, he says they wouldn't be the best
option for grease transportation up some of the
steep hills leading to UBC.
To expand his project, he'll need money.
Although everyone he talks to about the project is
incredibly enthusiastic, he says funding has been
difficult to come by. He does get paid for part-time
work by EYA and he has applied for the VanCiiy
EnviroFund grant, worth $25,000.
Still, with funding or without, it is the connection to the environment that appeals to Hill, and
keeps him dedicated to his project "There needs
to be a shift of paradigms of values to sort of
reusing and recycling,* he says, 'and just connecting and a lot more with what's available." ♦>
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ysffunctional porno
by Hywel Tuscano
The Flutter
now playing
I guess this is better than that live floppy
phallus show, Making Pom, they sent me to
last year that tried to be a satire of the gay
porn industry. The sjory centres around
Sean McGinnis, played by Michael Cunio,
who gets involved in the Men of Janus porn
company after he accidentally rents a gay
porno—he rents Citizen Kane and gets
"Citizen Cum* instead. Real clever, I know.
Aside from camera work, Sean also
fluffs (keeps the porn stars aroused
between takes) and falls in love with porn
star Johnny Rebel (played by Scott Gurney)
while on his knees. The movie is filled
with many hopeless relationships, including the straight home life of Johnny Rebel
and his stripper girlfriend Julie, played by
Roxanne Day.
The best comments are usually from the
mouth of Silver, played by Adina Porter, a
cynical, black lesbian working at the company. "People get messed up working at K-
Mart and in Hollywood. This is an adult
industiy and you have to be an adult to
work in it*
For a movie that targets gay audi
ences—it originally screened as part of the
Queer Film Festival—it is strange that
none of the main characters really admit
to being gay. The queer focus is instead
put on internalised homophobia ia Sean,
who had negative gay sexual experiences
early on, and Johnny, who is scarred by
the porn industry.
While The Fluffer does not always leave
the bad porno dialogue within the bad
porno scenes, it sometimes redeems itself
with some witty dialogue and well done
beginning and end sequences. It's a
mediocre movie not entirely perverted and
not entirely serious, satisfying the same craving one would have for Boogie Nights. ♦
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When It's Dark and It's Summer
[Hive-Fi Recordings]
The brainchild of founding members Nick Krgovich and
Larissa Lovya, p:ano has been calling Vancouver's attention
to their delicate music for around three years. The band has
gradually added instrument after instrument, layer after
layer to its sound, a progression that has recently seen the
release of p:ano's debut full-length album, When It's Dark
and It's Summer.
Althojigh Krgovich is the group's principal songwriter,
many Vancouver musicians have lent their talents to the
album. Collaborating players on When It's Dark and It's
Summer include a long list of celebrated Vancouver innovators, notably Veda Hille, as well as Ida Nilson and Stefan
Udell of Beans.
The songs are mostly piano-based, slow and quiet, with
intriguing titles like "C'est Hi* and "Billions and Billions.' (Is
Krgovich a Carl Sagan fan?) The keen arrangements (which
include instruments from guitar and accordion, to organ
and pop rocks) put p:ano in a class of its own, albeit in the
same frame of reference as lullaby pop touchstones such as
Low or Belle and Sebastian.
In the opening track—"All of November, Most of
October'—Krgovich's lilting acoustic guitar sets the stage, as
he barely raises his voice over a hum to exhale his nostalgic
lyrics. By the time shadowy horns and strings build into the
mix, the sound couldn't be better for an autumn stroll.
'Be Flat,* one of the best of the album's nine songs, toggles between time signatures, seamlessly shifting from a
slow lament into a buoyant waltz and back. This track shows
off some of the musical agility found on the album, and
finds Lovya contributing vocals to the chorus. The effect of
this male-female vocal section is greater than the sum of its
parts; the combination of the two is movingly fragile. Such
vulnerability, often seeming to belie Krgovich's formidable
songwriting, is a hallmark of this album.
—Michael Schwandt
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You 7/ always remember your first!
AMS Firstweek Sept 2nd - 6th
Get ready to kick-off an awesome year at AMS Firstweek.This
year's round-up of free events include: BBQ's, Pit Night, Karaoke,
Beachfest, live bands, and performances by Default & Baby Blue
Sound Crew.
Tuition deferral
Students who are waiting for student loan funds, or those who are in need of this service, may
request a one month deferral of tuition at the beginning of every term (September, January and
May). Requests may be directed to the Information Centre, the Records and Registration
counter, or the Student Financial Aid counter. In September, this service will also be available at
the Robson Square Registration and Information counter. Students who need a longer deferral
are encouraged to contact a Financial Aid Advisor (who may be aware of other available
funding sources or options).
Opt out deadline for AMS fees
The deadline for opt-out is on September 17,2002. Please apply in person at the AMS
Administration Office, Room 266 in the SUB. Office hours are 11 am to 2 pm.
You may opt out of the following fees:
• Student Aid Bursary Fund $12.00
• Student Services Fund   $9.00   -
• Student Legal Fund   $1.00
• AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan  $ 180.00 *
• Provided you have equivalent coverage
\n& UBCs
September 3rd to 14th
Give change to make change
Round Up is your opportunity to make a difference at UBC! When you
make a purchase at the UBC Bookstore or the AMS Outpost, you will be
asked if you want to "round up" your purchase to the nearest dollar.
Remember, every penny counts. We are aiming to raise $20,000 for
various campaigns, including the Shinerama 2002 campaign (raises
money for Cystic Fibrosis research), as well as student bursaries through
the AMS Special Bursary Fund.
Day to Shine
UBC is participating in Shinerama - a national student-run fundraiser for the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation.
Some fundraising events to watch for during the week of September 2nd to 6th are:
Shinerama Bookstore Round-up (round up your purchase to the nearest dollar), Shinerama
Lollipop Sales, and a "Stop the Pop" booth outside the SUB.
On September 5th, come out to "UBC's Day to Shine" and take part in the AMS car wash at
the War Memorial Gym, a Spam-eating contest, dance demonstrations by the UBC Dance
Club, hair braiding by the Caribbean African Club, a dunk tank and Z95.3 on location outside
the SUB. All monies raised will go to Shinerama.
If you would like to become involved, please contact Eran Norton at: shinerama@ams.ubc.ca
or at 604-822-6273
Are you Volunteer-X?
AMS Volunteer Services offers a new flexible program to help you get involved on campus.
Volunteer Services wants to make the experience of volunteering on,campus what it should be: simple, fun and
meaningful. Do you want to get involved? Are you too busy to search out volunteer opportunities on your own?
Then join an active volunteer team designed to meet your schedule. Members of the program Volunteer-X, (aka
VeX) will play a role in three key campus events during the year, including Storm the Wall and the Trek 2000
Volunteer program. VeX members will be employed as spot help at these events, making your time
commitments more flexible and your experiences more varied than traditional volunteer opportunities. We
ant you to be a part of VeX! Visit www.ams.ubc.ca/services/volunteer, or come see us in the SUB, room 249A. 10
Laura Blue (interim)
Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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Fernie Pereira
Karen Leung
Shalene Takara
Laura Blue, billowing with ennui, decided to commission the
first Kumite Resale, pitting one crazed associate against
another. It began quite by accident when ffywel Toscano paid
Nic Fensom a fair sum to pour Kosher salt into Chris
Shepherd's eyes. As the latter was writhing in pain. Duncan
McHugh threw a hardened brick of Fraser Valley butter
straight into the gullet of one Kevin Groves. Vampyra Draculea
took advantage of the volatile situation by taking bets from
Michael Schwandt andjeff MacKenzie on the highly anticipated towel-whipping confrontation between Kathleen Deering
and Elietha Bocskei. Daryl Wener was noted for his cheap
shots on Jesse Marchand and Shawn Seller, attacking from
behind and diligently tearing out hair, one follicle at a time.
Iva Cheung, attempting to escape the madness with her life,
ended it as she slipped on a pool of wbipping cream and
cracked four vertebrae in the falL No other hazelnut torte
would see so much blood.
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What has
us really
The Ubysseyis brave, yes, but only a fool has no
fears. There are loads of things that can ipake
you nervous this time of year, especially if, like
many, you're starting a new set of courses or are
new to the ciiy. But don't worry too much about
finding your classes and getting your textbooks.
You'll figure it out Chin up, now. Here's the
stuff that you really should be worried about.
Tuition Hikes: Terrifying
Obviously. Most UBC students are preparing
to pay almost 20 per cent more for a full course-
load than they did last year. Those in the MBA
program are having their tuition fees quadrupled. Yes, quadrupled. With the provincial government threatening to gut programs like work
study, an education at UBC is only becoming
less accessible. And why stop with this year?
We're frightened about not having a tuition
freeze at all any more. What will protect us from
even more hikes next year? Yikes!
Imagine UBC: Irksome
For some reason, someone somewhere
decided that the best way to make newcomers
to UBC feel welcome is to pack them into a
dark, crowded gymnasium and encourage
them to scream at each other while weilding
wooden stakes with little signs attached to
them. How is this a good idea? As if the leis
and mediocre bands weren't frightening
enough by themselves.
Extended Bar Hours: Horrifying
Provincial law has changed to allow bars
and pubs to extend their serving hours until
4am. Whether or not on-campus establishments will be allowed to stay open this late is up
to the university's Board of Governors. Here's
hoping the board maintains the current 2 am
closure. Frankly, the idea of drunken res rats
and frat boys stumbling their noisy way home
even later is, well, scary. Dorm fire alarms
going off at 2:30am every Pit night is bad
enough. Fire alarms going off at 4:30am is
BANZAI: Baffling
This TV show is a British parody of Japanese
game shows, and features some of the most
ridiculous, sexist and repulsive competitions
imaginable. In a recent episode, a man chugged
three pints of gravy in a race against the clock.
We keep watching, though) like moths drawn to
a flame. Weird? Maybe. Frightening? Definitely.
School of Music Performance Tests: Gut-
Sure, theoretically being able to sight sing in
movable-do solfege syllables might be a useful
skill in the real world—in the same way that
being able to balance golf balls in a column
could be useful. But when even those who do
well on these tests are stressed, crying, faint,
nauseated and contemplating a career change
to selling encyclopedias instead pf music,
maybe changes are in order. The terror factor
far outweighs their mark value.
Councillor George PuiL Petrifying (or is it
Last year, George Puil was the chairman of
Translink, making him, essentially, the person
responsible for the four-month long transit
strike that hit the Lower Mainland—and students in particular—very hard. Sure, a strike
was likely, but for it to go on for four months
reveals Puil's arrogance and his contempt for
those who rely on public transportation.
Puil also happens to be a long time
Vancouver city councillor, and recently confirmed that he will seek re-election this fall.
This cannot happen. Puil must be punished for
the pain and suffering he was responsible for
last summer Burial in the political graveyard is
the only fate that Puil deserves, besides maybe
being forced to take transit himself.
Translink's new website: Puzzling
What's the dilly-yo with the link's new site?
Trip-planning, my ass; give us back the full
Anti-Gay Marriage Law: Absurd
The federal government moving backwards
instead of moving forwards and towards equal
human rights is the main concern here. As well,
leaving anything to the sole jurisdiction of the
church is quite terrifying.
Friendd Last Season: SCARY
We'reYbothered not by the fact that they are
going off the air, but the fact that the sitcom's
sextet will now have more time to lend its
celebrity to cheesy romantic films. The scariest
part? That people actually think the full feature
revamps of their TV characters are funny and
endearing. Not to mention Jennifer Aniston
now has time to procreate with Brad Pitt. Could
Hollywood get any fucking cuter? ♦
Enjoy your tobacco-free paper
$20,000 is a lot of money. We could
all use $20,000. The Ubyssey is no
exception. Sure, we get money
from ads and from students, but an
extra $20,000 would certainly
made things a lot cushier for us.
Well, it just so happens that the
Ubyssey was recently offered
$20,000 worth of full-colour ads-
ads which would allow us to publish bigger issues and in full-colour,
full glorious colour.
But as with most large sums of
money, this $20,000 came with a
catch. The catch was that these ads
were from a tobacco company.
Granted, the ads weren't advertising cigarettes directly. They were
publicising'some scholarships the
company has for fine arts students.
But the reality is, a tobacco company is eager to pony up 20 grand for
ads to get more people to smoke.
Cigarettes. Cigarettes that are
addictive and kill people. The scholarship information will be readily
available to the relatively few people on-campus who are eligible to
' apply; the company is willing to the
drop the cash to get their logo in
print, not to inform a small group
of students.
All of this was a bit of a non-
issue because tobacco ads have
long been at the top of the
Ubysser/s ad boycott list, up there
along with ads for fur companies
and the armed forces, amongst oth
ers. Still, with the amount of money
involved, and the freedom that
money would have given us, we did
some serious thinking.
Some people said we should
take the money and run, that our
readers were intelligent enough to
decide about cigarettes for themselves.   While   we
don't doubt the The reality is, a
intelligence of our ■.
readership, we also   tODaCCO Company
p™" Sis eager to pony
a newspaper with. up 20 grand for
out having to wade A            °
through ads from ads tO get IllOre
companies that sell 1                       .
harmful products people to smoke.
and have dubious
ethical records,
and we are loath to
support these companies by printing
their material. We
have high stan- kill people
dards for the articles that we publish (despite what
you might think). Why would we
compromise ourselves by selling
ads to companies we are so philosophically opposed to?
Others argue that it's hypocritical for us to publish car ads or alcohol-related ads if we're not going to
take cigarette ads. When you look at
the amount of pollution and death
related automobile use,  and the
Cigarettes that
are addictive and
pervasiveness of alcohol  abuse,
this becomes relevant
Still, cars  and beer  are not
purely bad things, and many people use them responsibly and
without     dire     consequences.
Despite  making you look cool
(right) and giving you a bit of a
buzz,   cigarettes
are totally evil.
Cars or alcohol,
used with proper
caution, need not
be harmful; cigarettes,   used   in
have      addicted
and  killed  millions. And cigarette advertising,
in particular,  is
something     we
don't   want    to
support;      cigarette  ads  make
false connections
between    smoking and active, athletic lifestyles
and are usually geared towards
young people with their whole
smoking lives ahead of them.
So, the next time you look at the
Ubyssey and bemoan how thin it is,
or how it only has one colour (we
were lucky today), remember there
is one luxury you will get; you get to
read our paper free from the influence of tobacco ads. Enjoy. ♦
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Aug 17
by Jeff MacKenzie
Moby's latest video, for "We Are All Made of
Stars," features an oddly eclectic collection of
celebrities—including Kato Kaelin, Verne
Troyer (a.k.a. Mini-Me), J.C.'from *NSYNC, and
the ubiquitous Ron Jeremy—robotically
singing along. In a fine example of life imitating art, crowd members at Moby's recent concert at the Plaza of Nations also seemed to
have no correlating factor, other than then-
ability to mouth tunes together. While it was
odd to see baby boomers and young children
shaking arhyihmically beside the most fashion-conscious of Vancouver's twenty-something Prada generation, even more startling
was that no one appeared even mildly uncomfortable in the odd mix.
The concert-goers seemed tacitly self-conscious, however. The opening act. Dirty
Vegas, performed a workmanlike set that
sounded almost exactly like the band's previously released material. This was probably
aided by the on-stage presence of most of the
essential elements of a recording studio. The
insecure crowd greeted the set with a mere
smattering of applause, showing genuine
appreciation only after a reassuringly sim
plistic Pink Floyd cover.
True response was saved for the appearance of Moby and his more familiar tunes.
Moby was well backed by a large stage band
that performed mainly live material,
unmarred by sequencers. Special attention
should be given to the exceptionally talented
back-up vocalist Diane Charlemaine, and to
the strangely dominant sounds of the three-
member string section. In fact, the back-up
band's acoustic instruments provided the
most memorable part of the entire show: raw
live music.
This is not to say that the show was
unrecognisably fresh. Many of the numbers
performed were nearly indistinguishable
from their studio versions. Yet, even to these
songs, the live performance still added an
urgency and inescapable realness that is often
unfortunately lacking in electronic-music performance. As if to complement this, the stage
show was refreshingly free of overarching and
distracting visual displays and effects. As the
night grew reassuringly dark, the crowd
became more and more animated, and inhibitions were lost in a raucous, pure pop-music
While there were occasional moments of
schmaltz—such as the frantic hand grabbing
and teenage promises of eternal love during
'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"-for Moby
fans the show was generally excellent The
well-known and loved melodies flowed, with
just enough variation and presence to create a
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angered by the lack of new material. However,
the general crowd, myself included, showed
its contentment with the familiar presentation
by booing the malcontent Moby probably has
some new material hanging around that will
perhaps make its way onto a future album or
tour. But this time, it was nothing but the overplayed old favourites...and that was just fine
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