UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

The Ubyssey Oct 24, 2000

Item Metadata


JSON: ubysseynews-1.0128683.json
JSON-LD: ubysseynews-1.0128683-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubysseynews-1.0128683-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubysseynews-1.0128683-rdf.json
Turtle: ubysseynews-1.0128683-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubysseynews-1.0128683-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubysseynews-1.0128683-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

Array y8CA»<A*v8»Soria>'
- voiuMEM: immu
. a.a,.t„.»,i -a—-■ -^ '**•- ■   ,    if   -■ i_*.
OCTOBER & 2flqq«|feyMl!fflEM0B ami SINCE ifltiy
Students rally against GAP
Pro-choice demonstrators gather in anticipation of GAP's planned arrival tomorrow
 by Julia Christensen
Pro-choice supporters rallied yesterday to protest tomorrow's
planned return of a controversial
anti-abortion display to campus
this week.
Organised by Students for
Choice, a UBC pro-choice student
group, the rally, which attracted a
crowd of about 100, protested the
expected display of Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) images
The GAP display juxtaposes
large graphic images of aborted
fetuses with photos of acts of genocide such as the Holocaust, racial
lynchings, and slavery in the US.
According to Hannah Roman,
an executive member of Students
for Choice, the main objective in
holding the rally two days prior to
GAP's arrival is to prepare the
campus community for the graphic and controversial images the
display presents.
"We want people to have an
opportunity to hear what we have
to say and be prepared before
GAP arrives,' said Roman.
"Last fall, people weren't prepared and that's why so many students were so deeply disturbed.'
When the GAP- display
appeared on campus for the first
time last November, three protesters tore the images down, and
were subsequently disciplined by
the university.
The display went up once
more in February 2000, drawing
a large but peaceful group of protesters, who gathered opposite the
But members of Lifeline said
that the decision to hold the rally
two days before the GAP display
was a way for pro-choice supporters to deliver their message without opposition.
"They're using the power of rhetoric and slogans to try
to misinform people,' said Stephanie Gray, president of
Lifeline, the Alma Mater Society pro-life club which will be
displaying the GAP images in the lower plaza by the front
of the Student Union Building tomorrow.
At today's protest Gray said that
Students for Choice members
attempted to still cameras and video-
cameras operated by Lifeline members from trying to record the rally.
"Blocking the cameras was an
attempt to stifle our freedom of
speech. What are they so afraid of us
having on record?" said Gray, who
asserted that the recorded material
would be used to show "what the
GRAY other side was saying and how they
were saying it' "
Katie Riecken, a member of Students for Choice,
defended her part in helping block Lifeline's cameras.
"Bringing their cameras here is an intimidation tactic.
They want to be able to record faces so they can identify
who is here,' Riecken said.
Roman said that on Wednesday, Students For Choice
intends to 'create a buffer zone' around the GAP display.
"Those who don't want to see the display will be able to
avoid it while those who do wish to see it will be able to,"
said Roman. "No one should be forced to see the GAP dis-
ANOTHER PROTEST: Student protesters gathered in front of the Goddess of Democracy yesterday to demonstrate against the Genocide
Awareness Project, a controversial anti-abortion display that will hit campus tomorrow for the third time in a year, tara westover photo
play against their wilL'
Lifeline member William Howarth, meanwhile, said
that his group already presents students with a choice.
"When people see our images, they make a choice as to
whether or not they wish to approach the display or
leave,' he said.
Kristen Gilbert, one of the Students for Choice members who spoke at the rally, told the
crowd that the GAP display unfairly
targets women who decide to have
abortions, making them feel like
they are part of a genocide.
"I'm not ashamed of having had
an abortion," Gilbert told the crowd
gathered at the rally. "But why am I
afraid to talk about it? Because of
groups like GAP. Because they use
images that equate me to Hitler or
the KKK'
Gray,  however, believes that ROMAN
Students for Choice "is up in arms about the GAP display
because they are realising that 'choice' is an action that
kills a baby in the womb.'
But Roman refused to see the issue as simply a debate
surrounding abortion.
"We refuse to say a fetus has an inherent right to life.
They refuse to say that a fetus doesn't Neither side is going
to change their mind on that..This rally is about whether
or not women have the right to walk around campus without having people call them murderers or Nazis.' ♦
UBC wins West
Women's field hockey team heads to
the nationals with a conference title
by Bruce Arthur
are ranked second and third in
the country, respectively, behind
the University of Toronto. But
despite their excellence, the Vikes
, seem unable to defeat UBC when
the game really matters-and
The UBC women's field- hockey
team played at both extremes o.f
the spectrum this, weekend eik
route to winning its second coi|?,
secuuve Canada West regular-sea^ ' Sunday, with the Canada West
son title
After sleepwalking tcf a shock
. ing l-Q upset' at the hands of the
' - University   of , Calgaiy   Dinos
Saturday morning,  theY Birds
needed to, win their last two
games to take the conference
.' crown. Sd witift their destiny id
their own hands, the Birds demolished the'University of Alberta
-Pandas 4-0'Saturday afternoon,
and set up a Sunday showdown
'" against the University of Victoria
Vikes,   --- .    - ,   ,
UBC and Victoria have wort the
1 last three CIAU titles, with UBC
- beating the Vikes in the last two
national finals by identical 1-0
scores. -This year, tha two teams
title on the line, it happened
- In the final regular-season '
game last season, Victoria handed j
the Birds i crashing 5-2 loss" after |
UBC had clinched the conference I
title. But Sunday; UBC rode a text- I
book short-corner goal by fifth- J
year forward Kim Buker in the 1
16th minute to a tight, tense 1<J |
win! Now, the T-Birds will focus 1
on the national championships, I
to be; held November 2-5- at 1
Victoria. But given the Birds' rela- *
Uve inconsistency this weekend- |
Buker's goal was UBC's lone goal
in four first halves—a third title
isn't a sure thing.
se$ "Field heckef on pm < &>ito£ mMnA 3%t!
2>      TUESDAY; OCTOBER 24, 2000
COMPUTER - Celeron 633, 64M,
15G, 48 x CD, 56K modem, 10/100
network, brand new $600. (604) 951-
Orthopedic set and frame, never opened,
cost $1200, sell for $495. call 839-8589.
1986 NISSAN MICRA - 5 speed standard, sunroof, aircared, recent timing
belt and epgine job. $1500.00. call 438-
9494. Y
CALL FOR ART - Eating Disorder
Awareness Week (EDAW): Feb 4rl0,
2001. Do you have a story to express
about your experience with disordered
eating? The Eating Disorder Resource
Center of BC (EDRCBC) is looking for
your original, artistic expression for our
public exhibition and silent auction. All
ages and levels of artistic ability welcome.
Submission deadline: Dec 21, 2000.
Entry form and info: EDRCBC 806-
9000 Email: rcbc@direct.ca
DIAL: 25-Party* Ads' Jokes* Stories &
MORE!!! Free Call! * 18+ • Try it
ALTERATIONS, Laundry, Drycleaning
and dress-making available at 105-5628
University Blvd. (UBC Village) Ph. 228-
9414. Special discounts for UBC students.
WIN $250 - Play the new investment
strategy board game Corner the Market
at UBC Christmas Gift Fair, SUB Nov
20-24. No cost to enter www.corner-the-
rharket.com to reserve your place! or call
Nigel at 736-4466.
vacancies in single and shared (double)
rooms in the junior residences for September. Room and board (meal plan) is
available in the Totem Park and Place .
Vanier student residences for qualified
female and male applicants in single and
shared (double) rooms on a first-come-
first-served basis. Please come to the
UBC Housing Office (1874 East Mall) '
weekdays during working hours
(8:30am-4:00pm) to obtain information
on rates and availability.
The cost for room ana board from September - April is approximately $4,660-
$5000 depending on meal plan selection.
Students may select one of three meal
UBC Housing Office
1874 East Mall, Brock Hall
Tel: (604) 822-2811
Email: information@housing.ubc.ca
Selection- may be limited for some areas.
Montreal readies for the G-20
Economic summit expected to draw protesters
To place qn^Id or Classified,
call 822-16-54 or visit
$av@<f>n classifieds
STUDENTS WANTED - a few hours a
month can earn you an extra $500-1500
per month & qualify you for a free trip
for two to Mexico. Can work from "
Home/Dorm/Fraternity! Call for further
info 1-888-813-5842
WANTED for tutoring intemaitnal est
students. 5-20 hours/week, $10-15 hr,
depending on experience. Call Sean @
G.CG. 684-5846.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION - Professional tutor with experience in TOEFL, LPI, University Prep,
High School English including grade 12,
and ESL all levels. Phone 737-1851.
- the only Russian/English Bilingual
Publication in CanadaTOur focus is
broad with articles about local cultural
events, Russian history, current events
. and outstanding individuals. We offer an
opportunity to gain professional work
experience and reference. Call 681-0648.
by Jon Brlcker
.   --.- The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-Finance leaders of several of the
world's leading economies are meeting today in
Montreal, and the summit is expected to draw large
crowds of protesters from across Quebec.
Starting today,- member countries of the G-20 will
meet downtown to discuss globalisation and the drafting
of a constitution for the new organisation.
The G-20 is an extended form of the G-7, which is a
loose association of the world's seven biggest economies.
The new group includes countries with emerging'
economies such as Brazil, Thailand, and Mexico. At the
helm of the two-day meeting, only the second ever for the
G-20, will be federal Finance Minister Paul Martin.
"The objective is to gather the strongest economies
and some of the emerging economies at the same table,"
explained Scott Reid, Martin's spokesperson.
"Economies are more open than ever before [and]
like it or not that's the reality. But with the G-20, we can
approach globalisation so that it doesn't just work at the
whim of the wealthy."
Reid said that the two-day event's guest list includes
international finance heavyweights such as US Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers,
the current US treasury secretary and the World Bank's
former chief economist
But the meeting is also expected to be the target of
vocal protests. Posters announcing a range of protests
and anti-globalisation events have covered McGill's
downtown campus all week, and the university will be
home to a demonstration today.
According tojaggi Singh, one of Canada's best-known
anti-globalisation activists, the G-20 is just another name
in the long list of international bodies that includes the
IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation
(WTO), and the G-7.
"The G-20 is a PR exercise to make the G-7 look good,
to make it look like the G-7 wants to hear from less-developed countries," he said. "That's why there's a lot of energy and serious organising going on."
Singh is a former UBC student who gained notoriety
for his part in leading opposition to the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that took place in
Vancouver and at UBC in 1997. ;
Phil Ilijevski, Quebec chair of the Canadian
Federation of Students, said that protesters are trying to
draw attention to the G-20, just as protesters did during
last year's WTO meeting in Seattle, and during a recent
summer meeting of the Organisation of American States
in Windsor, Ontario.
"After Seattle, people said, 'Wow, we can stop the WTO
from getting together and making oppressive laws," said
Ilijevski. "Now there's all kinds of affinity groups coming
together to combat the G-20's arrival in Montreal. It's
really amazing to see."
Ilijevski also criticised Paul Martin for cancelling a
speaking event originally scheduled for last Friday night
at Concordia University. The event had been slated to
coincide with this week's summit But on Wednesday, a
finance department official postponed the event, citing
Martin's busy schedule and security concerns.
"Paul Martin is afraid of students," said Ilijevski earlier this week. "He was afraid that, going into a federal
election, he'd get bad press."
But Reid defended the decision to postpone Friday's
event, saying that in addition to security concerns, recent
goings-on on Parliament Hill had forced Martin to
rework his schedule.
"The minister was disappointed that he had to postpone," Reid said "But this event was set-up in advance of
[last Tuesday's federal mini-budget announcement] and
the obvious likelihood of an election call."
"We're still going to do it though. Hopefully, it will
happen some time in January," he added ♦
The profile of Annabel Lyon [Oct. 20, 2000] printed in the Ubyssey, Erroneously reported that she wph the
Absolut Vodka advertisement writing contest, when in fact she did not. The Ubyssey regrets the error. ♦
Pood Dd V<!
Atttqtiori Ghosts, Gljouls, and
otjKt RUid cr*atlir*s:
Support thos< kss fottUqak
ii] <foUr cornn\Untt^; Drop off
Q0Q-tKrisl)abl<s to tl}< SUB
Information booty W*t»k
of October 23.
Foe mot* information
or to g<t [i)VoIV<d i«j tlj<
October 31 food driV<,
pkas< contact:
Erfan Xa^n\i, UP
academic and University
Attention    alf
UBC Students, Staff
& Faculty.  If you have an
[idea that will develop and]
^enrich the UBC community^
kthe Innovative Projects^
Fund    can    make,,
four vision
So, If you think you have a really
good idea, drop by SUB 238 or
the office of the VP Students and
pick up an application.
Application Deadline: November IO, 2QOO
Just when .you'd thought they'd gone forever.....They're BAACK,  from the depths of the AMS.
The Inside VBC
If yours has gone missing pick one up at Subtitles (SUB lower level). THE UBYSSEY
Bank donation divides students
by Ailin Chop
Scotiabank's recent $600,000 donation to UBCs Faculty of
Dentistry lias students divided over the question of corporate
sponsorships of universities.
The donation from Scotiabank,' announced last week, funds
the development of business management software, called the
Scotiabank Practice Management Technology Program, which is
to be developed by the Dentistry faculty.
Deborah Sperice, from Scotiabank public affairs, said that this
donation is an extension of the bank's continual support for UBC.
Scotiabank has previously sponsored UBC beer gardens and
hockey leagues.
But Sima Zerehi, communications coordinator for the Alma
Mater Society's Social Justice Centre, questioned the principle of
corporate sponsorship on campuses.
She said that by using corporate donations, a university
engages in a dangerous partnership that could affect the quality
of education in that institution.
"By selling out our university to the highest bidder, we're
allowing corporations to use our institution as a laboratory," she
said, adding that she would rather see universities exclusively
involved in community issues and not in partnerships with corporations.
This particular program will include a free web-based service
available to all dental students and practitioners across Canada
and will be phased-in over a three-year period. The first project,
an online business plan writer, will be completed early next year.
Kai Siperko, a fourth-year Arts student, said that while he does
not fully support the principle of corporate sponsorship, the
problem lies with lack of government funding.
Over the past 20 years, governments have cut the money
spendt on post-secondary education. In 1979, the federal government spent 3.5 per cent of its total spending on social programs on post-secondary education. In 1998-99 that amount was
reduced to 1.5 per cent
"If Canadian universities were properly funded, I would definitely be opposed to it But because we obviously aren't we have
to depend on corporate support and donations/ he said.
Lee Darichuk, president of the class of first-year UBC den
tistry students said that he is looking forward to using the new
software, but he agreed with Siperko's assessment of donations
from corporations.
"The provincial government is not coughing up enough funds
to keep us in pace with the rest of the world," he said 'So if it's
got to come from corporations, then it has to come from corporations."
The Faculty of Dentistry is excited about the partnership with
Andrea Wink, Dentistry's development officer, believes that
the software will enable dental students and professionals to
acquire the business skills essential to setting up successful
Robert Heinkel, a Commerce professor who specialises in
finance, agreed that the software program would be beneficial to
UBC students, but added that Scotiabank stands to gain financially from its partnership with the Faculty of Dentistry.
"They see a business application here and they're basically
employing UBC to provide the software development," he
said. ♦
Students protest C SIS seminar
 by Azar Mehrabadl
Student protesters gathered in front of the
Wesbrook building last Thursday to speak out
against Canada's national spy agency during a
career information session the agency was
holding for UBC students.
" Organised by the Spartacus Youth Club, the
protest centred on the effect the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has allegedly
had on freedom of
speech, student protests,
and student activism.
"Students have the
right to express dissenting viewpoints without
fear that they're being
spied upon," said protester Garth Mullins.
"It stifles arid freezes
debate and free speech to
have a spy organisation infiltrated into cam- ■
pus life, and that's why CSIS should not be on
campus as a recruiter or a3 a spy organisation."
CSIS public liason officer Margaret Janes
said that CSiS was on campus to offer students
information about pursuing a career with the
federal government agency, which reports to
the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
Mullins claims that he was denied access to
the session, and was told by UBC Campus
Security that he "would cause some kind of
|                K
\       W""»»
But Assistant Director of Campus Security
Mike Sheard denied the allegation, saying that
no one was refused entry.
"I don't know why he chose not to go in.. .If
[the protesters] wanted to go in, that would
have been fine by me, within reason," he saidi
Mullins said that he wasn't planning to disrupt the session, but admitted that neither was
he thinking about a career with the spy
One of the protesters' concerns was that
CSIS unfairly targets immigrants and
refugees, as well as anti-globalism activists, in
its spy activities.
"Universities are generally considered
hotbeds for radicalism, so that generally
means narcing on students," said Tynan
Liebert a UBC student and member of the
Spartacus Youth Club, who attended the
Janes, however, maintained that CSIS is
mandated by Ottawa to investigate issues such
as espionage and sabotage, and conducts all of
its investigations "in a lawful manner according to the CSIS Act'   .
"We are very sensitive to any issues regarding to allegations of spying or investigating
activities on campuses and we have very strict
policies in that regard in terms of when we
conduct investigations of any type," said Janes,
who noted that all CSIS investigations are subject to review by the Security Intelligence
Review Committee, an independent body.
SPIES AMONG US: Protesters welcomed Canada's intelligence agency to UBC in the
rain. CSIS held a on-campus recruiting seminar last week, tara westover photo
Last year, the National Post report reported
that revisions to government policy gave CSIS
more power to approve unilaterally certain
undercover operations involving human
sources on campuses.
While CSIS denied the allegations, asserting that ministerial approval is still required
in most cases of campus spy activities, students remain concerned about the possible
lack of restraints on campus spy activities.
But Dennis Pavlich, UBCs legal counsel
said that CSIS does not have jurisdiction over
the university's right to allow lawful protest
"The protest happend and that'3 great"
said Pavlich. 'People should be able to express
their point of view." ♦
-with files from Daiiah Merzaban
Alliance's post-secondary platform critiqued
■   -   by Cynthia Lee
The Canadian Alliance is gearing up for its first federal election,but the "party's stance on post-secondary education is not
getting the vote from student groups.
The Alliance-composed of members of the now-defunct
Reform Party and a number of former Conservative Party
members—was formed in January to offer an alternative to the
federal Liberal Party, which has been in power since 1993.
The upcoming November 27 election, called on Sunday by
current Prime Minister Jean Chretien, will be the Alliance's
first chance to challenge the Liberals for seats in Parliament
Both the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA),
the national student lobby group to which UBC belongs, and the
Alma Mater Society (AMS), have indicated that the single policy on post-secondary education in the Canadian Alliance's
Policy Declaration is too ambiguous.
In the policy, the Alliance recognises the key role of education within provincial jurisdiction. ~-
'Quality post-secondary education and training are essential to Canada's future in the knowledge-based economy of the
21st century...We will respect the provinces' jurisdiction in
areas of education and training," it reads.
Ryan Dunford, CASA's government relations coordinator,
said that the policy is not explicit enough in explaining the
Alliance's beliefs about education.
"The opposition party doesn't seem to have any clear idea
about what they would do if they were the government for post-
secondary education," he said,'
AMS Vice-President External Affairs Graham Senft added
that the policy implies that the Alliance's well-known position
for a more decentralised federal government would also apply
to education.
This should be a concern for students, according to Senft,
who, along with CASA, advocates national standards of education and mobility rights for students.
Both groups are concerned that provincial differences in
financial aid programs and course transfer regulations
penalise out-of-province students.
But John Reynolds, the Alliance MP for West Vancouver-
Sunshine Coast, indicated that the party respects the provincial
jurisdiction of education as stated in the Constitution.
"We consider education of the highest importance. We also
respect provincial rights," he responded in writing.
The Alliance maintains that Ottawa's role in post-secondary
education centres on providing transfer payments to the
provinces. In a letter to CASA last month. Alliance leader
Stockwell Day proposed to restore $4 billion to the annual education and health care transfers.
The Alliance is also facing criticism over a proposal to
replace the Canada Student Loans system with an income-contingent loan repayment (ICLR) system, which would see stu-
' dents repay loans in amounts dependent on their ability to pay.
The proposed ICLR would have relatively low interest rates.
Randy White, an Alliance MP for Langley-Abbotsford, said
that thi3 system would be an improvement because Canada
Student Loans puts too much stress on graduates looking for
their first job.
"Even if they are looking, they've got debt hanging over
their head," he said.
Reynolds added that the proposal would benefit low-wage
earners who are able to make very low payments over a long
period of time, encouraging them to seek higher education.
But the Canadian Federation of Students, (CFS), another
national lobby group, strongly opposes ICLR, saying that it
would not make education more accessible because individuals with a low income tend to avoid debt
Most models of income-contingent loan3 bear interest until
the loan is fully repaid, which the CFS says is regressive
because the current loan program is interest-free until graduation.
While the CFS admitted that ICLR would offer a more flexible repayment plan, it would rather see increased flexibility in
the Canada Student Loan repayment than overhauling the
entire system.
CFS National Chairperson Michael Conlon maintains that if
combined with increases in tuition, income contingent loans
would generate money for universities and colleges.
"It's cheap. It's a way of getting the federal government out
of the Canada Student Loans program," he said.
White said that he believes the federal government is also
obliged to keep tuition fees low by granting a certificate for
lower tuition to every university student but the Alliance has
not stated that this is official policy. However, the former
Reform Party made such a proposaTin a private member's bill
three years ago. ^
Liberal MP Ted McWhinney, who represents Vancouver-
Quadra, the riding in which UBC is located, questions the
Alliance's commitment to post-secondary education.
"I think we view the Alliance's projects as...conditional,
never been demonstrated in action. And one wonders about
the level of commitment and whether people would fight for
it," he said. •> - You are invited to join ubc President Martha Piper and the Board of Governors at ubcs
third campus Annual General Meeting.
Come celebrate the ubc innovators who are contributing to the community at home and
abroad, making positive changes on campus and creating new opportunities for students.
UB£       team more about UBCs innovators on-line
Do you
love hews?
THE UBYSSEY i$ (oQkin|fibr
a clever ancj pnfhusrc|siic
individual;tc^ frTI  t
f 611 p wi ri g  p os ft i o h "■:     r f
Wevvs £df|pr
Responsible for coordinating
the hews secHoii for eve|^ r
issue of the Uby$^
assigning stories, editing
cp py, and free r u j t i fig a na train-
jng news d^
re por tin g d n d w r i tin g i s e s se ri -
tidj fPtMs pdsitipn.^^^^^       , 7'
jpb begins^fjri^jcrjfiija'¥x^<>?ili^iJ>S
E;<pectpd fr
at fepsf 50$hpur$ per week7
Come to SUB Room 24IK for
m o rein form a ti on' an d to see a
job description. Ask for
Position Papers clue November 8.
Voting begins November 15.
Must be a Ubyssey staff member to vote. THE UBYSSEY
Victoria says no to NATO
City declined to host conference due to excessive policing costs-Victoria mayor
 by Ben Isitt
The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-Victoria won't be
hosting a meeting of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
next year because the city expected to
get stuck with millions in policing
NATO will now meet at another
Canadian city instead, says an Oct 5
letter to Victoria mayor Alan Lowe
from Prince Edward Island MP
George Proud, chair of the Canadian
NATO parliamentary association.
Delegates from the defense ministries of NATO's 19 member and 11
associate-member countries were to
gather in Victoria for a series of meetings in Victoria next October.
Lowe had requested $3 million
from the federal government to cover
anticipated costs of policing the
expected protests. When the federal
government balked at the request
the mayor asked Proud to pull the
The decision to request ,
federal funds was made
"in light of the recent experiences of other North
American cities that have
hosted 'globalisation' conferences, and who have
incurred significant costs
as a result" Lowe said.
"The security of our
community and its financial well-
being is the priority."
In September, Constable Paul
Battershill, head of the Victoria Police
Department, submitted a report to
Lowe, members of city council, and
the Victoria Police Board.
The report considered four international conferences targeted by
large-scale protests: the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) meetings in
Seattle in November 1999, the annu-
"The security of our
community and its financial
well-being is the priority."
—Alan Lowe,
Montreal campuses
site of debates over
Mideast question
Jewish, Palestinian students at odds over
crisis in contested Middle East regions
by M^g.^Kneir^RobeTte
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-The violence
in die Middle East has led to tensions on some Montreal campuses.
Palestinian students organised two large rallies in the past
two weeks to condemn what they
say has been an excessive use of
force by the Israeli army in
attempts: to' quell Palestinian
Jewish students responded by
criticising the Palestinian students' actions^ and holding their
own rally to show solidarity with
"We are all suffering in this
situation, Peace is necessary in
the [Mlddk East|, and this is
what people on all sides are looking for/ said Michael Assarat a
University of Montreal student
and executive at HUM House, a
Jewish student group on campus.
Assaraf was one of the organisers of ihfc rally. He says that
after the provocations had
occurred at the Palestinian
demonstrations, the Jewish community could not sit back.
"We felt that we had to
respond somehow, and to
respond in a positive way,* he
But Rasha Ayouby, a
Palestinian and member of
Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights, a student group at McGilL
saw things differently.
"The rally was in solidarity
with Israel," she said. 'But since
Israel is a country which is
killing my people, it seems like a
contradiction to say that the rally
was also for peace.*
Ayouby said that while the
rally may have been intended to
stimulate dialogue, it served only
to worsen tensions with the
Palestinian community.
"Given the events in the
Middle East, it' not terribly surprising that groups on campus
have fears, and are angry, and
want to express their views, and
want to affect government policy/ said McGill Professor Rex
Brynen, a specialist in Middle
East polities.
Meanwhile, at Montreal's
Concordia University,
Palestinian student leaders
reported that they received
threats of violence and several
Jewish students have reported
recent incidents of harassment
The source of these threats is not
yet clear. ♦
-with files from Simon
Rabinovitch and Ariel Troster
al meeting of the International
Monetary Fund and World Bank in
Washington, DC, in April 2000, and a
meeting of the Organisation of
American States held in Windsor,
Ontario, in June.
"We have collected enough infor
mation to advise council that we have
concerns that there is potential for a
very significant level of protest directed toward the assembly and individual members of the delegations,"
Battershill wrote, in his
: "Victoria has a unique
character and tourist-oriented downtown," he continued. 'If the NATC*r parliamentary       assembly
occurs, the city will look
Victoria maVOr very different for a lOday
period in October 2001.
This will include am exclusion zone in
prime tourist areas, barriers, fencing
and a large number of police officers."
The report also pointed out
Victoria' proximity to cities with large
potential   protester   populations,
including Vancouver, and Eugene,
The immediate cost to Seattle for
the WTO exceeded $9 million,
Battershill wrote, and that didn't
include 'over a $100 million in
potential liability' stemming from
outstanding lawsuits against the
police department
Activists who had been planning
to spend the next year preparing
protests said they were pleased that
Victoria has decided to reject the
NATO meeting.
'It's a victory for the anti-war
peace movement,' said Bruce
Wallace, acting director of the
Vancouver Island Public Interest
Research Group. 'Many people in
Victoria don't want the war machine
here. We weren't welcoming and so
they moved' ♦
March hits Ottawa
Protesters call on federal government to make
changes to policies affecting women, children
by Karen M. Kaufman
The Fulcrum
OTTAWA (CUP)-More than 5000 people marched
through Ottawa last Sunday, in the Canadian culmination of the World March of Women.
With a list of 13 demands dubbed the "feminist
dozen,' men, women and children gathered on the
lawns of Parliament Hill, marking Canada's last event in
an international protest against female poverty and violence against women.
"We need to continue to work together to eliminate
violence and racism/ said Montreal's Mimoo
Nehramoor. "We need to eliminate domestic violence. If
we start in our own country, we can reach out to others
around the world.'
The 'feminist dozen' demands called for an increase
in federal funding for social housing and services for
women, action to counter violence and poverty, funding
for a national childcare program, and changes in post-
secondary education. The document also asked for
changes to help the elderly, minorities and the disabled.
After the march, organisers met with Prime Minister
Jean Chretien, to talk about the demands, but left disappointed.
Over the past few weeks, protests with similar goals
have taken place all over Canada and in 157 countries
around the world.
Alana Kenyon, a Canadian Union of Postal Workers
. representative, came to Ottawa from Vancouver, where
she attended peaceful demonstrations before her march
on Parliament Hill.
"The movement is definitely growing but we need
more funding," she said. "There has to be more communication within communities. Rural areas, especially,
need to become more involved.' ♦
SFU kid calculates pi
  by Chris Stenberg
The Peak
BURNABY (CUP)-Just when you
thought it was safe to calculate the
circumference of a circle, Simon
Fraser University mathematics student Colin Percival has recalculated
pi again.
Percival set a new record by calculating the famous number to its
quadrillionth place.
'Calculating pi has been something that people have done for a
long time/ says Percival. 'It's not
one of the more mature things that
mathematicians do. It sort of falls
along the same lines of people modifying their cars to get 400 horsepower instead of 380.'
Over 1700 computers from 56
different countries were involved in
the calculation, each donating its
Idle' computing capacity to aid in
the calculations. In total, the combined time for all of the calculations
was approximately 1.2 million computer hours.
Percival is interested in increasing the amount of computing power
available to researchers.
'I've read far too many
researchers who have concluded
[their reports] by saying that 'We
could have done this ten years ago if
we had the computing power,' or 'If
we had more computing power we
could do a lot more right now."
He claims that increasing the
amount of computing power avail
able to researchers could help in
making major scientific breakthroughs, such as developing vaccines or designing nuclear fusion
power plants.
Perhaps even more impressive is
the fact that Percival is only 19, and
has been attending SFU since the
age of 13.
At the end of this semester,
Percival will have completed the
requirements for his BSc in honours
mathematics, with a minor in computing science.
After graduating he plans to fill
an eight-month break with more
research, and then will likely venture on to the campus of Oxford
University next fall to begin work on
his PhD. ♦
Home Opener weekend;    (if
Friday and Saturday       l-^
vs Calgary
: Friday
us Alberta
Friday arid Saturday
vs Victoria
>■ 11
TUESDAY, OCTOBER   24,   2000
Wmm Madi FwshD&M
Perfect (or Students Ontlie -Got
Tofu Wrap
^ Thai Chicken Wrap
Thai Seafood Wrap
Gourmet Tandoori Wrap
We've Been Satisfying Hunerv VBCStudents for 25 Years!
; '       Open Monday to Friday * 7:00am to 6:30pm
On The Lower Floor or the SUB;
Isn^rr      SPRING BREAK
Iffoail-Gi.   WMAZATLAN
only *799
FEBRUARY 17 - 24, 2001
Join over 750 students from Western Canada
for the biggest Spring Break Party ever!
IROflCAM «uw     5"»"
trim   «i4»
poueit tw
FIESTA INK   <WA»      $»l»
TRIPU    t<M
mm «io4»
fttltiM Met luliidet: ^
Round-tft> tirfar* from Vancouver      K
It Mutttu 01 Alitki Airlines
7 night* it till Tfofieini or thi Fietfi (ni
in flu heart of tki ColJoa Z'oaa, anal
admittota it all Buttlooja activities', & eVentt.
Book nov/...orily $100 deposit needed to hold your space.
Don't miss out... this trip sells out every year.
Student Travel Experts Since J 969   '" °	
SUB Buildinj, Lower Level 822-6890
UBC Villi}* 5728 Univertify BM 2nd floor. ..659-2860
n» j..(1^« t'..i.fl>.jit jwtT.ji.tm.rrpi
The Government of Japan
university graduates
to Japan
as Assistant English Teachers
Coordinators for International
One Vettr In *J«ponr Exchanging Ideas
Application Deadline: November 24th, 2000
For application forms or information contact:
The Consulate General of Japan
900- U77 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC    Canada    V6E 2K9
Tel: 604-684-5868 ext. 223 or 240
download an application at www.embassyjapancanada.org
Field hockey Birds will try for third straight
i. ■      ■ '        .    . • * -
Jen Dowdeswell, UBC       '
Annabel Duncan-Webb, Alberta
• Anna Grimes, UVic .   •' '       ,
Meggan Hunt, UVic
jenny Johnson, Alberta
Diana Jokic, Manitoba
Theresa McLachlan, Calgary
', Andea Rushton, UVic,.
Andria Shannon, UBC   .-
< Kjistal Tinimer, UVic      ;   '•-"".
Wieske van Zoest, UBC      .
Player of the Yean
• Theresa McLachlan, Calgary
Rookie of the Year:
Stephanie Quinn, UBC
Gail Wilson Award (dedication
and sportsmanship);
Annabel Duncan-Webb, Alberta
Coach of the Year:
Megan Barritt-Fitt, Manitoba
._• Barritt-Fitt won the Coach of
the Year award even though the
\ Bisons went 0^12-0, and scored
- just one goal while surrendering
54. But even that was an accom-
. plishment Manjtoba gave up 93
goals last year and scored three.
That improvement of 39.
- goals led to .the selection, of
Manitoba goalie Diana Jokic as
ahAll-Sfar.   . v    /
• It's a safe bet to figure on UBC,
UVic, or Toronto to win the CIAU
championship—the last time
anyone other than those three
' won it was way back in 1976,
when Dalhousie somehow man-
• aged to pull it off. Dalhousie no
' longer has a. team. UBC is looking for its third.consecutive title
for the first time in school histo-'
ry. They repeated in 1982-83."    f
• UBC head, coach Hash Kanjee 4
was none too pleased with the 1
All-Star selections." only three I
Birds were chosen, while four |
Vikes and two Pandas were |
named to the squad. The All-Star j
selections are made on the basis i
of voting by head coaches, and 1
Kanjee clearly was upset that j
more UBC players weren't |
included. I
"Alison [Taylor] as far as I'm f
concerned had a great tournament again, and...they keep
missing her—both her and Kim
Buker. Canada West..we just
don't seem to pick the right peo-"
pie,' he fumed. ♦    . .
Held Hockey continued from page 1
"We struggled. We had patches of very good
hockey, but we also had patches where we really struggled. We gutted it out," said UBC head
coach Hash Kanjee.
UBC came into this third and final Canada
West tournament with a 5-1-2 record, having
dusted the Vikes 3-0 in tournament number
two in Edmonton This weekend showcased
the best and the worst of the defending
champs, who as a team seemed to have a split
personality. There were the vacant automatons
who lost on Saturday morning, and then there
were the razor-sharp killers that destroyed
Alberta Saturday afternoon. Sunday showed little of the former'and lots of the latter, with a
tiny bit of tentative play thrown in. UBC finished the year with an 8-2-2 record—identical
to Victoria's—and won the season series with
the Vikes 2-0-1.
"I think that if our heads are in it, which
they probably will be, we'll be fine," said second-year forward Mo O'Connor.
Friday, UBC opened the tournament with a
routine win over the University of Manitoba
Bisons, the perennial Canada West doormat
But even then, UBC struggled, going scoreless
in the first half. But the Birds exploded for four
goals in the second, and all seemed right in the
world again.
But Saturday morning, the Birds' focus
slipped, and it cost them. Calgary, who in the
resolutely predictable Canada West are the
annual fourth-place finisher, scored in the
fourth minute on a short corner shot by Ashley
Raeburn that eluded second-year goalkeeper
Emily Menzies.
"I thought I had it, actually," said Menzies.
"I felt it on both my feet'
UBC spent the rest of the half playing like
someone recovering from a nasty bump to the
head. The ball kept sliding away from the players, who seemed to be working with blinders
on, each in her own limited-vision world. It didn't help that the Birds wore out the turf at the
Calgary end after halftime—scoring chance
after scoring chance seemed to slip through
their fingers. The game of catch-up got more
and more harried, but the goal never came and
the Birds trudged off the field dazed and disappointed.
"I wouldn't say it's a lucky goal," said fifth-
year forward Jen Dowdeswell. "They got a goal
against us because we weren't out there to
play. I don't know what it is."
"At the end of the day, [UBC] just didn't
come to play, and I have to take responsibility
for that," said Kanjee. "And [the players] said in
the [post-game] meeting that the first half, they
just weren't all there. And the second half was
all one-way traffic and we just couldn't put the
ball in the net"
But the loss—the first to Calgary in Kanjee's
eight-year tenure as head coach—meant that
UBC now needed to win both of its remaining'
games to win the Canada West And Saturday
afternoon, UBC came back swinging, overcoming another scoreless first half to blitz Alberta
for four goals. After Wieske van Zoest scored
on a pretty backhand, second-year forward
Giovanna Piccone banged in two more within
eight minutes, and the rout was on Piccone
added one more for the hat trick, and the stage
was set for Sunday.
"Mentally, if you're not there—I don't know
how to explain it—you're just not there,' said
And Sunday, the Birds came out awake and
alert with their eyes a little wider and their
feet moving at full speed. Buker's goal gave
UBC a lead that they wouldn't relinquish, as
the defence stiffened and turned back a storm
of Vikes pressure in the second half. It wasn't
as dominant a performance as the 3-0 victory
in Edmonton, but it was enough for the win.
"I think we played in this game, and I think
that that was missing for part of the Calgary
game," said fifth-year defender Andria
Shannon. "We're a team, and that's why we
win. That's why we've won championships the
last two years, because we [play as] a team."
So UBC heads into the nationals as the prohibitive favourite, and they may have to make
this one count The Birds will lose several all-
star-calibre players next year: team captains
Dowdeswell and Shannon, Buker, and Alison
Taylor are all fifth-year seniors, while defender Jen Regan is also graduating, and van Zoest,
a 1999 second-team All-Canadian, is returning
to the Netherlands after a two-year stint in
The Birds won't be taking anyone for grant-
VIKES IN VAIN: UBC's Maureen O'Connor beats UVic player Anna Grimes to the ball.
ed in Victoria, and they'll likely be alert If they
are, and providing there aren't too many early-
morning games, a third straight title is a definite possibility. ♦
UBC gets bronze
- by Dirk Schouten
The UBC men's volleyball team
didn't win this year's Thunderball
tournament, but it learned the true
meaning of the expression
'revenge is sweet'
The   15th annual Thunderball
Invitational tournament began
with opening matches last
Thursday, and concluded with the
medal round on Saturday. UBC
hosted a four-team, round-robin
tournament at War Memorial Gym
that included squads from York
University,      Trinity      Western
DENIED: TheThunderbirds throw a block during the bronze-
medal match against York University, tara westover photo
University and the University of
California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).
On Saturday evening, the UCSB
Gauchos, a NCAA Division I team,
defeated the Trinity Western
Spartans in the championship
match, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23.
But for the 150 spectators who
came out on Saturday, the main
event was the earlier bronze medal
match between UBC and York. On
Thursday evening, the Yeoman
beat the Thunderbirds in what was
. considered by many a poor effort
on UBC's part. On Saturday, the
Birds returned with a different attitude.
"We showed up to play tonight,"
said Dale Ohman, who is in his
24th year as UBC's head coach.
"We came out and played like a
team, which we didn't do Thursday
The Thunderbirds fell behind 8-
3 in the first set, but fought back to
tie the score at 18. They took a 24-
21 lead following a kill by veteran
Cam Secret and won the set 25-21
when a kill attempt by York's Eric
Ostopkevich landed out of bounds.
In the second set, York opened
with a lead again, but this time, the
Thunderbirds responded aggressively. Kills by second-year power
Robyn English and rookie middle
Jake Cabott kept the Thunderbirds
in the game. Ryan Cawsey, a 67*
third-year veteran power/middle,
continually blocked smashes by
the Yeoman, frustrating York's
strategies and swinging the
momentum to UBC's side of the
court Late in the set Cabott ended
York's chances for a comeback
with a kill down the middle.
The third set was a formality.
.Secret came alive with numerous
smashes at the net, while fifth-year
veteran power John McParland
contributed strong serves and consistent play at the net UBC won the
third set 25-11.
"We think we're a better team,"
McParland said after the match.
"We've been struggling as a team
lately, and we wanted to win this
one badly."
Coach Ohman noted the all-
round effort, but highlighted the
leadership of McParland and
Secret, and the play of fourth-year
setter Kyle Recsky as pivotal to
UBC's win.
McParland was named to the
All-Tournament team, along with
Darren Goss of York, Ben
Josephson and Mark Huberts of
Trinity Western, and Dave Kohl of
UCSB. Anders Bengtsson of UCSB
was selected as the tournament
Kohl, a junior at UCSB, was
impressed with the kind of volleyball played by Canadian teams.
"The volleyball here is very technically sound," he said. "You can
see that Canadian teams have the
fundamentals down."
The Birds, who are preparing
for the opening of the CIAU season,
have been playing without captain
Chad Grimm, who sustained an
ankle injury during an exhibition
match. For the past several weeks,
the team has been restructuring
itself around the loss of their star
"We've been trying to find an
identity for ourselves after losing
our captain," said Ohman. "We had
to keep moving players from position to position until we- found the
right combination."
Ohman is optimistic about the
season, but realises the challenge
the team faces.
"We're playing in the toughest
league in the country," Ohman
"We're playing, literally, a
championship match every weekend."
Ohman admits that the squad is
not an extremely strong blocking
team and needs to depend on good
defense to beat teams with strong
offense. Ohman sees Manitoba,
Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan,
Trinity Western, and Laval a3 the
top competition for the Birds. ♦
time, 4-3. On Saturday, the road
weary Birds surrendered 5-1 to.
the Pronghorns, putting their
regular season record at 1-2-1.
Women Ice Birds get a win
Ming Tan gets a hat trick on Saturday as Birds finish weekend 1-1
by Tom Peacock
The Thunderbirds fell to fourth
place in the Canada West after
losing to the Regina Rams 47-
37. However, the Bird? will
clinch the fourth and final playoff spot if they beat the
University of Calgary Dinos this
Friday at Thunderbird Stadium.
Women's Soccer
The women's soccer team was
in. Lethbridge ori Saturday,
where UBC stomped the
Pronghorns 5-0. On Sunday, the
Birds headed to Calgary where
they, tied the second-place Dinos
0-0.     • •;    . ■"•
Men's Soccer .
The. men's soccer team also,
travelled to Alberta this weekj
end where it pulled off two consecutive 2-0 wins- against
Lethbridge and Calgary. The .
' men stand in first place, ahead
of the University of Victoria
Vikes, who share their 7-1-1
record but are behind based on
the point differential.. •
Men's Hockey
The hockey Birds' had a rough
weekend in Lethbridge, losing
their first game with, the
Pronghorns ori Friday in over-
Women's Basketball j
-  s i
The  UBC women's basketball j
team travelled to the University j
College of the Cariboo for the |
UCC Invitational. The Birds won \
their first, two games and beat j
UCC 66-36 in the finals. Julie j
Smulders was named a tourna- j
ment MVP.
Men's Basketball
The' men were in Montreal for ]
the McGill Tournament where ,
they didn't fare as well, ending,
the weekend with one win and j
two losses. i
UBC men's and women's crews s
competed at the Head of the ,
Charles regatta in Boston this,
weekend* The men's varsity %
eight placed 26th out of 55j
teams with a time of 15:44 in,
the men's championship eight]
"event UBC's women's varsity j
eight finished 32nd out of 57.
teams with a time of 19:00 in,]
the women's championship j
eight event. , ■
The UBC men were the sec-|
ond fastest Canadian university |
crew (only Brock finished ahead j
of UBC). J
In the women's event, UBC l
was also the, second fastestt
Canadian university, crew,
(Western, finished 29th), \
notable since UBC raced with a i
virtually brand-new boating j
order, ♦ .   , -j
--'•"■   I
Despite out-shooting the Calgary Dinos 32-
16, the UBC women's hockey team lost
Friday night's game 2-1. The next night, it
looked like the Birds were once again going
to control the game but still wind up losing.
Fortunately for them, that was not the case.
"We had to fight through some frustration at not being able to get the goals last
night when we needed them...and for a
time tonight," said UBC head coach Dave
Newson. "It was something that the coaching staff had confidence that it was going to
come, and we knew it was going to take
some time."
On Saturday night, the Calgary Dinos
opened the scoring seven minutes in. But
UBC tied the score less than three minutes
later when Ming Tan one-timed a pass from
behind the net
The Birds' pressure in the Calgary end
was relentless, but the score stayed tied
until the first buzzer.
After the break, the Birds stormed onto
the fresh ice determined to get the go-
ahead goal, and sure enough Tan knocked
another one in when the Calgary goalie left
the puck uncovered after a save.
UBC consistently kept the puck out of
their end, but they relaxed their attack
somewhat and that was all the Dinos needed. With eight minutes left in the period, a
flukey backhand shot slipped by UBC's goal-
tender Tanya Foley and the score was tied
"We had a couple of lapses in the game
today...When you're outshooting a team
like that and they get a break the other way
and you have a cold goalie, it's a tough position for tha goalie to be in when your first
shot of the period is a two-on-one rush,'
Newson explained.
This is exactly what happened just over
a minute later, when the Dinos stormed out
of the deadlock in their end, and scored
another undeserved goal on a sleeping
It all happened so fast, but there was
still a lot of time left for the Birds to get
back into the game.
Meagan O'Hara had a shot soon after,
but was denied by Calgary's goaltender
Tina Velestuk, who stopped 24 of 29 shots
during the game. Then UBC defender Julie
Hamilton wristed one up from the point,
but it went wide, and it looked as though
the Birds were going to go into the intermission down by one.
Luckily, an untimely Dino penalty lead
to a UBC powerplay with just over three
minutes left in the period. For what seemed
like an hour, the Birds tossed the puck
around the perimeter of the Calgary zone,
until Tan stickhandled the puck out in front
of the net and nonchalantiy tossed the puck
in past Velestuk. After Tan's hat trick, the
score was tied at three.
After the dog's age it took for the ice
maintenance crew to fix a problem in the
ice surface, the third period got under way,
Quickly, the Birds made it pretty clear they
were not about to lose twice to the same
team in one weekend. Shortly after defender Sherie Salie shut down an early Dino
breakaway, centre Jeannine Saville scored
an unassisted goal for the Birds, and they
had the lead. .
Calgary kept the pressure on, but UBC
stayed firmly in control of the scoreboard
for the rest of the game. Foley showed she
was back in the game with a stick stop and
a glove save, and Meagan O'Hara—cheered
on by a crowd of boisterous friends that
filled half the stands behind the UBC
bench—banged in another dropped puck by
Velestuk for UBC's fifth point.
For Tan, the main difference between
the two games this weekend was a combination of chances and taking advantage of
those chances.
"It was a good win today...We felt we
played a really good game last night, but we
didn't get a lot of bounces. Today we capitalised more, so we took advantage of what
we had."
. The Birds have next weekend off, and
then play host to the University of Alberta
Pandas the following weekend. The Pandas
are the defending CIAU champions. ♦ 8     TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2000
Droit McGill Law
Faculty of Law / Faculte de droit
lOt i
Do you want to Travel? Come attend our crash course from
tha student travel experts who have the answers to your
travel questions. Don't just dream about traveling, get
prepared to venture out there and experience those
places you have always dreamed about!
/ ! ~ ~" "^
Wednesday, October 25th
Room 216, Student Union Building
Time: 12:50 &3.00
Student Travel Experts Since 1969
SUB Building, Lower Level &22-6&90
UBC Village 572d University Blvd 2nd floor. 659-2360
Owned end operrted by t+ie C*n*dlen FWerrUo* of dtudent*. AH office* ere registered wtth the B,C Travel Ro^ietrar
Looking for
Christmas Cash?
We are currently looking for Sale Associates to promote
Cell Phones in malls across the Lower Mainland.
Great Atmosphere. Good Hours. Mo Hard Selling.
Just helping customers make the right Christmas gift choice.
Pay $ll/hour and bonus. Paid (raining.
Starting Date: October 15th, 2000
. Temporary Position. Daytime shifts.
(50 openings)
Your positive altitude and retail sales experience
will be your ticket to success!
Interested? Please email your resume to
bejobs@na.drakeintl.com or fax to 682-8523
with the heading Attn. Angela Yewen
Writers weekend
at the Vancouver International Writers (& Readers)
Oct. 21
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and Granville
Island had run out of parking spaces. Very annoying.
Nonetheless, the warm, wide-windowed space at
Performance Works was full of people listening to
other people talking about one person sitting quietly
in the aisle seat of the front left row-P.K. Page.
For students living in a caffeine-fuelled haze of
Dryden and Wordsworth, it can be hard to remember
that poetry is a living, breathing art form, especially
in Canada. That afternoon was a brilliant reminder,
not just because of Patricia Katherine Page, who has
played a major role in shaping contemporary
Canadian poetry, but because of the response she
received at this celebration of her life and work.. The
people reading poems and telling jokes all had names
found in textbooks on Canadian poetry, except for the
people whose names can be found in textbooks on
Canadian novels. All of them spoke of how Page had
influenced them, in writing and in life. Their stories
were by turns funny, awed, sweet—each person shar-
at the Vancouver International
Writers (& Readers) Festival
Oct 19
Although Young Tongues was
advertised as "a showcase of lbs
holiest literary and musical talent
from coast to coast/ il seemed
more like a parly for the most inner
circle of young Canadian literati.
Sitting at round tables decked
with white tablecloths and lea-
lights, writers drank beer, laughed
at inside jokes, and chatted about
their personal lives arid avant-
garde writing projects, The rest of
us-reviewers, dedicated fans, and
family members-sat in chairs lining the rest of tho fioo* space.
Most of the iraagisllc poetry-
read was inaccessible because of its
largely solip&istic and confessional
nature. If you were unfamiliar with,
contemporary poetry or the
writer's personal history, the poetsy
was oblique and obscure. One wonders who these poets are addressing in their poetry—themselves, or
perhaps their lovers. As a well-
known poet confessed to me at
mtennission, "l don't understand
contemporary poetry. Who wants to
see thera -waving their dirty laundry?*
Nonetheless, there were writers
whose dirty laundry was somewhat
appealing: Jennifer Duncan, Keh
Babstock, Sick Maddoeks, and
Michael V. Smith.
Duncan, a write* from the Banff
Centre of Arts 'where all writers go
to get laid/ denied getting any
action there. However, her short
story, 'Confounding Hounds/
made me think otherwise. In her
nasal drone, Duncan recited a story
about an ultra-sexy Lolita who
transforms herself into a spitting,
slouching, sloppy tomboy after
engaging in too many upsetting sex-
Newfoundland-born poet Ken
Babstock, who nowlivesin Toronto,
read from his award-winning book
of poetry Mem. He entertained the
crowd with his poem called 'Flea
marked* a funny, but weird love
story involving a man, a woman,
and a new Hoover vacuum,   -
Poet, singer/songwriter, and
guitarist. Rick Haddocks integrated
poetry and music for some easy-iis-
ing warm memories of the intelligent, mischievous
woman, de-iconising her back into humanity. The sun
slanted sharply through the windows as bill bissett
free-associated about diamonds and social conscience. Page laughed and shook her head as the
audience clapped, bemused.
On and on it went, brilliant people paying homage
to the quiet woman in the front row. And there was a
lot of cheerful noise, but at the end of the day, when
she got up to read, Page received the tribute of
absolute silence. Her confident voice filled the room
as she read her long poem "Alphabetical" with the
self-assurance and perfection of a master. The audience was reminded of why they had come.
After the standing ovation, when the laughter and
the clapping had faded into the murmur of conversation, a line of people began to grow behind Page's
chair. Sunlit and awkward, eager fans waited, wanting her autograph. She wrote and spoke with the kindness of good manners, letting the fans babble in
admiration. Outside, the geese, flying in V-patterns,
announced the sunset, and the crowd left inspired. It
was time to go home and start writing. ♦
^Regina Yung
tening, while former UBC creative -
writing student Michael V. Smith;
entertained the audience with his-
antics and his "dirty poetry." The
flamboyantly gay Smith,  also a'
'filmmaker, novelist, poet, andf
drag queen known 38 'Cookie," was-;
only   memorable   because   his<
poems were so, well, gross. "Sad
Truth* fold the story of a drunken
guy who goes outride a club to take
a piss, but to his horror discovers
he has crapped in his pants. Is this
funny Or is it disgusting? Judging by.
the audience's uproarious laughter—hilarious.
Other poets read as well: Anne
Stone, a Montreal text-based per-'
fbrmanca-poet, Gillian Jerome, the
"hottest young poet* in Victoria,"
and     John      Mackenzie,      the'
'Testosterone Poet' from PEL After
-the readings, singer/songwriter-
And guitarist, Lily Frost and her-
band played songs from their new*
album, Lnnamarium. ?
If you are a poet, this poetry will*
probably move you. However, if you
are new to the poetry scene, then it-
may only be as evocative and
informative as reading a foreign*
language. But hey, who knows?'
Maybe it's time for the uncultured
to become acquainted with this new
language of poetry, ♦
-Kim The
at the Vancouver International Writers (& Readers)
Oct 19
Catherine Gildiner sat waving impeccable red nails, talking about how at the age of six she delivered narcotics to
Marilyn Monroe, while Kathy Reichs talked about the
Solar Temple Cult murder victims she studied in
Quebec. What do these women have in common? They
both balance full-time jobs with lucrative writing careers.
For Gildiner—a self-described pioneer in the field of
attention deficit disorder (ADD) who has written a Ph.D.
thesis entitled "Darwin's Influence on Freud"—writing
was something she stumbled upon due to her "immense
rage." Livid at the banning of Roald Dahl books from a
children's library because of their "violent content,"
Gildiner wrote a letter to a newspaper, and got a job
there. The material for her memoir, Too Close to the
Falls is from her unusual childhood. She was prescribed
an eight-hour work day at the age of four by a doctor who
at first diagnosed her ADP as "worms," delivering prescription drugs for her family's pharmacy. She works as
a clinical psychologist, writes for Chatelaine and the
Globe and Mail has a murder-mystery novel in progress,
and gets up at 4 o'clock most mornings to go rowing.
Reichs—who has five majors to her degree—was a
professor, an anthropologist, and now spends the bulk of
her year as one of the 50 registered forensic anthropologists in North America. She was often told that she
'oughta write a book," which is no easy task for someone
who commutes between North Carolina and Quebec,
works at the war dead identification lab in Hawaii, and
gives body recovery workshops all, over the continent
But Reichs turned to writing not only finance for her
children's education at their private, American colleges,
but also to talk about the disturbing elements she faces
each day at work.
"Violence does not only affect the immediate families
and friends of the deceased," she said. "It affects the
police, the coroners, and the forensic anthropologists as
well." But Reichs' reading from the first chapter of her
book Deja Dead, was awkward, and dependent on the
graphic details of a child's cadaver to retain the reader's
Gildiner was mOre adept at telling her anecdotes verbally, but her transition to the written word was less convincing. Her reading from her memoir—an excerpt dealing with the delivery of sedatives to Marilyn Monroe, on
the set of Niagara—smacked of sensationalism.
Gildiner's character, intended to be the voice of a. six-
year-old child, came across as the Hollywood child actor
smart-ass whose lines are written by a team of adults.
Her description oi Marilyn's state of undress, cleavage,
and her flirtation with the delivery man, seem way too
worldly and jaded for a six-year old.
Though witty and engaging in the discussions with
facilitator criminologist Neil Boyd, the readings of both
Gildiner and Reich seemed lacklustre and flat, making
Fun with Forensic Anthropology not very run after all.«>
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2000     9
Barbara Nichol,
Shannon Stewart all
read at Think Ink, a
celebration of the UBC
creative writing department's
35th anniversary.
: tpiriatqeis;;f^:iT^yYY7i:•YY
■■ bananas .3^-W-^
.prsmges; 2-.Jyi2:
pih0appl(i" | y7':^
' ■ kj\Vt'fruiJ^rYY'YS*' k
^bt|tO05(;^ ^7§7> v'y7:
cherries y y^7>y V
get alt your friijjts
and vegetables by
reading TH$ UBYSSEY.
just one issue twice
a week for all your
essential vitamins
and minerals.
Thinking Ink
by Diana Stech
at the Vancouver International Writers (& Readers) Festival
Oct 19 !
Omething goes on
over at UBC's ere-'
ative writing department that no other department knows
about-they have,'fun. At least that was the
"sentiment expressed last Thursday night at
the Vancouver International Writers (&
Readers) Festival. Seven writers shared fond
memories to celebrate the 35th anniversary
of the department, displaying the legacy of
the formidable writing talents cultivated by
the department
The department, which split from the
English department in 1963 (which would
make it the 37th anniversary...somebody
has obviously done some creative math),
was originally headed by renowned
Canadian poet Earle Birney. Since then, the
department ha3 committed itself to nurturing creativity and writing techniques. The
success of the department is evidenced by
its impressive portfolio of current and past
students. And last Thursday night, the
department featured some of these names-
Bill Gaston, Zoe Landel, Barbara Nichol,
Morris Panych, Shannon Stewart,
Madeleine Thien, and Terence Young.
The department adopted 'Think Ink,"
perhaps a derivative of Martha Piper's
"Think about it/ as an apt title for its cele-
tp. bration of words and stories. However,
the organisers should have thought
. about the choice of venue a Utile more
carefully. Held at the Waterfront
Theatre on Granville Island—a theatre with stadium seating more
appropriate for plays—the venue
didn't communicate a sense of
intimacy or of celebration.
The set was sparse and
inappropriate. In the middle of a
harsh black stage were a tapestry carpet,
a wicker chair, a table, and a bouquet of
flowers. Perhaps this was an attempt to
establish a sense of intimacy by recreating
someone's living room in centre stage.
Staff it^riti^
However, the writers' microphone was
set up at the side of the stage, the chair
remained unused and nobody dared tread
, upon the carpet The effect was disorienting.
Morris Panych best expressed this at the end
of the evening. 'What is this set all about?"
he asked. "An empty chair...whoa."
The words and stories of the writers,
though, made up foi all of this. Peggy
Thompson, the master of ceremonies for the
evening, made abrief introduction. Then the
lights went down in the theatre, the audience
hushed, and Terence Young, a writer who
graduated in 19§&/ lumbered up on stage.
Pushing his glasses up on uje bridge of his
hose, he started.   .
"We were asked to bring an anecdote that
reveals quirky, off-beat elements of the [creative writing] department' he pauses, looks
up at the audience, then, deadpan, continued. "I can think of nothing." With that.
Young began the pattern of the evening-
laughter and the 'serious' world of art mingled together.
And although Young was unable to think
of any quirky stories, the other writers had
no such problem. Stories ranged from the
'Open Letter to the Cockroaches" that
Madeleine Thien found posted in the department, to Shannon Stewart's story about
going into labour as she delivered her master's thesis to Special Collections. The best
story was alumnus Bill Gaston's account Of
the differences between creative writing and
the English department English students,
according to Gaston, walked around
Buchanan talking in 'Oxonian accents" in an
attempt to imitate intellectuals, whereas the
creative writing director wore blue-jeans, a
flannel shirt, and swore into the phone.
All of this peculiar behavior was best
explained by Zoe Landel, remembering
advice that her mother-in-law gave her: 'If
you're a writer you have a ticket for the rest
of your life," she said. rY0U can be eccentric."
And eccentricity was certainly noticeable
at Think Ink. Landel, for instance, talked
about recent research she was doing for a
thriller. She had her neighbour tie her up,
place her in the trunk of his car, and drive
around town.
But eccentricity did not overshadow the
range of talent and subject matter. Towards
the end of the evening, all of this thought-
provoking literature began to get a little
heavy. The sound of the rain outside pinging
on the roof was clearly audible within the
theatre—a reminder that we would soon
have to reenter the outside world and brave
the stormy winds. Morris Panych was an
appropriate final reader.
Perhaps known for his role as 'Gray Man'
on The X-Files, Panych commanded a powerful stage presence, managing to capture a
waning audience's attention. He rose'to the
stage/dressed in a gray suit and read from a
script he's working on about a man with
superhuman hearing. Panych spanned a
warped universe where lines such as 'I'm
jealous of your robe/ and 'I love the sound
of your little bum* seemed plausible.
Peggy Thompson had the final say of the
evening—'Here's to another 3 5 years." This
should be no problem if the feelings
expressed during the evening were accurate.
Each writer agreed that UBC's creative writing department is something special. As
writer Barbara Nichol commented, she finds
it hard to believe that she was able to produce so much writing in such a limited
amount of time. The program nurtured
intense creativity and inventive expression.
Although not always easy, the creative writing program, Nichol
gave her "a
place to get
some writing done,
even if it
involved a
blood." ♦
Buy Nothiirig Dd y'."■ ,.,v :7y;'y' ^'k^k-^'^tk^"';
R "d.'ri t ■-". y'7^7'^7'? ^.v^:-:fi7-^^';'-;V^T":"'': V^Y v\V
Wom0n's coucus: , ;7" *■-''. '>7-77'~-0y y.y,7
Semindrs-news, pro'tf'u'c'UPny f>h01os
P o st - m:6 r ie njv^'Y^y -Y: 7- C;7;7
01her bvti'il'ti£s/s7yyy r*■ V 7.77;>yC?;;V--':"''>'7:7'
The Madeleine Sophie Qarat^flward
Subiect: "The creative and reponsible use of freedom."
Choose your own focus, e.g. Literature, Art,
Capitalism, Philosophy, the Environment,
Interpersonal Relations, Economics, History, etc.
Eligibility:   Open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate and
graduate students of UBC and affiliated
theological colleges.
Deadline: Friday. June 1st. 2001
Prize Awarded: Friday, September 28th, 2001
PRIZE: $1000
Application forms may be picked up Monday to Friday,
10a.m. to 4p.m. at St. Mark's College, 5935 Iona Drive.
Enter our Lucky Draw to win
on Friday, October 27th
at G.M. Place
CimetisuBBeem 245 ti enter.
.$ - 10
Daiiah Merzaban
Alex Dimson
Cynthia Lee
/ Michelle, Mossop
, Tom Peacock
Nicholas Bradley
.'- Tristan Winch
*,        PHOTO EDITOR
Tara Westover
.   , Holland Gidney
Graeme Worthy
Laura Blue
Ernie Beaudin
77)9 Ubyssey is the official atudenf newspaper of the
University of British Columbia It is published every
Tuesday and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation, and al students are encouraged to participate.
EditonaTs are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff.
They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not
necessarily reflecl the views of The Ubyssey Publications
Society of the University of British Columbia.
77ie Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian Unp/ersity
Press (CUP) and adheres to CUP'S guiding principles.
Al edrtonai content appearing in 77?e Ubyssey is the property of The Ubyssey ftjblcations Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein cannot
ba reproduced without the expressed, written permission
of Ita Ubyssey Publications Society.
betters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please
include your phone number, student number and signature
0x4 for publication) as wel as your year and faculty with al
submissions. 10 wi be checked when submissions are
dropped off at the editorial office of 77ie Ubyssey, otherwise venficatibn wil be done by phone.
"fV3pecfjves" are opinion pieces over 300 words but
under 750 words and are run aocorcfing to spacer
"Freestyles" ara opinion pieces written by Lfcyssey staff
members. Priority wil be gp/en to letters and perspectives
over freestyles unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion
pieces wi not be run untf t^he identity of the writer has
been verified
R is agreed by al persons placing display or classified
advertising that I the Ubyssey Publications Society fals to
pubfish an advertisement or if ian error in the ad oocurs the
liability of Ihe UPS wi not be greater than the price paid
for tho ad The UPS shal not be responsiblo for slight
changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the
value or the impact of hi »<iY
Room 241K, Student Union Building,
'6133 Student Union Boulevard,
-     Vancouver, BC. V6T 121
tel: (604)822-2301
•mail: f«edback®ubystey.bc.ca
Room 245, Student Union Building
.     advertiwngs (604) 8221654
business office: (604) 822-6681
-   ubyssey_ads9yahoo.com
Fernie Pereira
Jennifer Copp
Shalene Takara
Julia Chrisfensen was a deeply paradoxical woman. The oViighiar of
Axar Mehrabadf and Ailia Choo, she wai tha prototypical Texan,
and lie tfatasha Korbjerg she was i self mad* woman with a poh>
ical persona a little lik* Holland Gidney'*. Despite her coarsenese
aha had taken a shint to Cynthia Lee, Alex Dimson and tha rest of
iha crew. When she'd Erst coma to tha office she'd mat Michelle.
'My name i» Michelle Cm Mossop and I own tha judong floor you
stand on, girl' She was unimpressed hy this show of bravado and
instead turned to Tom Peacock and Dirk Schouten to offer some off
colour eommentaiy on Bruoe Arthur's choice of shoes. Despite, thit
seemingly inauspicious introduction, the two eventually became
tiuite close, much to the chagrin of hfiehoia* Bradley, who through
Diana Stech and Kim The* owned moat of the pacific northwest In
her office Lee-Ann Sia and 1yfer Bradford had analysed the protester* outside their window* witii a nostalgia for their generation.
Each remeinbered the time George Jfefliveau and Kegin*, Yung had
set Matt Whafley ablaze to protest Tristan Wlnch'i violence towards
Graeme Worthy but in the end it wa« Tara Westover who eventually undermined the expectations of the ert and granted the presidency U> Mel Streich. May her name gO down in histoiy,
, Press
On**, Port SslM AerM«ifnt.Mumb« Q7UH1
A gap in Lifeline's logic
Whenyou get off the bus first thing on Wednesday
morning, you may notice a familiar sight on your
way to class. Images from the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) will be on display in
front of the Student Union Building for the third
time in less than a year. And there will be, of
course, a rally vehemently protesting GAP. And
chances are, as you make your way to class, you
won't notice anything out of the ordinary.
GAP i3 a vitriolic, anti-abortion display which
bases its message on equating abortion with acts
of genocide such as the Holocaust This message
offends not only those who believe that abortion
is a woman's personal decision to make, but also
many people who feel that the display demeans
the suffering of, for example, Jews during the
Second World War.
In case you haven't been following the news
on campus, here's a brief summary of GAP's history on campus: Last November, despite vocal
opposition. Lifeline, an anti-abortion student
group, brought GAP images to UBC after much
negotiating with the university. Three pro-choice
protesters tore down the display, and found
themselves facing a lawsuit from Lifeline and
disciplinary action from UBC. Lifeline brought
GAP back in February, and there was another
demonstration against it Advocates on both
sides of the abortion debate have attacked each
other's positions in the local media, and questions of free speech have become a large part of
the GAP debate.
All of this has been so acrimonious and,
frankly, so repetitive, that any actual issues in all
this controversy have long since been overshadowed. When it arrives at UBC tomorrow, GAP
will already have lost its ability to contribute to a
debate about abortion rights. And it's about time
that groups that oppose abortion find a new way
to voice their opinions.
The GAP display is fundamentally an anti-
intellectual way of promoting the anti-abortion
agenda. It relies on shock value and emotional
impact using the graphic reality of abortion in
an attempt to convince people that abortion is
morally wrong. It does not provoke rational
debate so much as it prompts outrage and
But beyond this, GAP's repeated visits to campus, and the attendant controversy each time,
have dulled people's responses to GAP itself and
any interest in the issues surrounding abortion.
Each time GAP comes to campus, there is an
accompanying protest and a strident public
debate over which side is acting more objection-
ably-Lifeline for bringing GAP to UBC, or pro-
choice lobbyists for allegedly trying to stifle
Lifeline's right to free speech. And every time
this happens, more and more people lose interest GAP is becoming a regular fixture on campus, and nothing less than a circus has grown
around it GAP is a spectacle that serves no purpose, and it needs to go.
The Ubysseyhas already stated its opposition
to GAP's tactics and its presence on campus. But
even those who agree with GAP's message must
realise that the display and the controversy that
surrounds it have ceased to have any impact on
legitimate debate. Tomorrow night, when GAP
leaves campus for another day, most students
will not have seen it the same people who are
always outraged by it will be outraged again, and
abortion will still be legal. GAP has always been
morally unconscionable, and it still is. But now
that its message has been lost it is hardly more
than an inconvenience on students' way to class.
Lifeline would be doing eveiyone a favour if it
kept GAP away from UBC from now on. ♦
Lifeline response
First off, let me wish a belated
happy Person's Day. Wednesday,
October 18, marked the 71st
anniversary of women's status as
persons in Canada. That's right—
until 1929 women were not 'persons' under Canadian law. This, if
nothing ielse, illustrates the danger
of giving the courts the power to
grant or withhold personhood.
Currently, the unborn are on the
'not' list where women used to be,
and this leads to their legalised
extermination. Let'3 hope no one
else ends up on that list
Now let me address Hannah
Roman's and Joyce Arthur's letter
('Response to Lifeline's last GAP letter' [Letters!, Oct 20]). I'm sorry that
they find the Genocide Awareness
Project (GAP) photo3 'tasteless,' but
abortion is not an aesthetic issue.
And while they state that Lifeline is
'perfectly free' to display the photos, I see ou page three of the same
issue of Page Friday ('Protest
Planned* [Oct 20]) that Students for
Choice intends to construct barricades. I find it hard to believe that
Students for Choice would go to so
much trouble if the issue is, as Ms.
Roman claims, our alleged insensi-
tivity to Holocaust survivors. Some
honesty, please, ladies.
As for their claims that the display is Kate propaganda against
women, having two X-chromo-
somes myself, I find this ridiculous.
The GAP display is not hate propa
ganda in any way, shape or form. To
question a person's behaviour, even
to denounce that behaviour, is not
by extension to promote hatred
against Ihe person or people
involved. Lifeline views with compassion women who have had, and
continue to. have, abortions. This
was best said in Susan B. Anthony's
publication, the Revolution, over
100 years ago: '[wjhen a man steals
to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong
is society—so when a woman
destroys the life of her unborn
child, it is an evidence that whether
by education or circumstances she
has been greatly wronged." (Mattie
Brinkerhoff The Revolution [Sept 2,
1869]). Women have been told for
years that Ihe fetus they are aborting "isn't human' and is "just a
bunch of cells.* Neither of these
things is true, a fact that is immediately obvious when one views the
tiny, but distinctly human, dismembered arms and legs in the GAP display.
Women are neither "helpless
victims' nor 'unthinking twits'—
which is why we feel they are able to
view the GAP display and make
their own decisions about the content If Roman is so sure of women's
intellect why would she seek to prevent women from seeing these
Lifeline's argument is simple.
The unborn are human beings with
the same rights and privileges as
born human beings. Students for
Choice's argument is that the
Lifeline members are a bunch of
anti-Semites and women-haters. I
ask you to ponder, exactly whose
agenda is it that is political?
- Gillian Long
Unclassified 5
Lifeline member
SFC response
We feel strongly that the juxtaposition of a headline stating "Protest
planned* [Oct 20] and a photo of
Erin Kaiser tearing up images from
the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) display last November was
inappropriate and misleading.
Students for Choice i3 not a militia
group. We are a constituted Alma
Mater Society club established with
the mandate of educating UBC students about issues of reproductive
Kaiser is not currently a member
of Students for Choice. Her actions
and the actions of two other students
last fall were reactions of shock, horror, and understandable anger at
the hateful message of the GAP display. While Students for Choice
stands in solidarity with those who
are outraged and hurt by the display,
Kaiser, Jon Chandler and Lesley
Washington did not act on behalf of
Students for Choice, and we do not
plan to take such destructive action
against the display in the future.
Lifeline charges us with attempt
ing to stifle their freedom of speech
by creating a buffer zone which will
allow students to avoid seeing the
display if they wish. In fact we are
simply attempting to give students a
choice about seeing the display,
which is offensive and hurtful to
women and to members of various
minorities. We are doing so in order
to prevent what happened to Kaiser
and others fast year from happening
It is ludicrous to insist that since
we oppose GAP's presence on our
campu3, we are trying to "hide*
something, and that Lifeline and the
Centre for Bio-ethical Reform must
therefore be 'right' The logical
extension of GAP's message is that
since abortion is genocide, women
and abortion providers are perpetrators' of genocide, and deserve
punishment This kind of hateful
rhetoric leads to violence and
harassment of abortion providers,
pro-choice activists, and women
who choose to have abortions.
This is not 'ancient history* [the
photo caption for "Protest planned").
This is happening now, on our campus, and Students for Choice does
not intend to sit quietly by and let
more women face GAP's hateful
message alone.
.-* Martin Hauck, Sasha Webb,
Hannah Roman, Kristen Gilbert
Members of UBC Students for
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2000 11
Should have been called Salieri
by George Belliveau
After all the
play deals
almost entirely
with composer
Salieri's life,
rather than
than that of
Mozart, with
the action
unfolding from
Salieri's point
of view.
at The Stahley Theatre
until Oct29
Since Peter Shaffer is considered one of the great British
playwrights of the past centuiy, I was very eager to see
Amadeus at the Stanley Theatre. But although Bill
Millard's production was worth the price
of admission, my high expectations of the
playwright were not fulfilled.
It's a wonder why Shaffer called his
play Amadeus, and not Salieri After all,
the play deals almost entirely with composer Antonio Salieri's life, rather than
than that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
with the action unfolding from Salieri's
point of view. Set in 1823 Vienna, the play
traces Salieri's memories of how he may
have killed Mozart However, at the heart
of the play lie jealousy and envy-Salieri
wonders why God granted such talent to
Mozart and not to him.
Only Salieri understands Mozart's true
talent, but his envy forbids him to accept
his genius. So Salieri sets out to destroy
Mozart Salieri's tragedy-his inability to
accept his own mediocrity and his guilt
over destroying the most talented musician of his era—is what drives the drama.
The production contains some theatrically compelling moments, partially due to
the wonderful lighting design by Marsha
Sibthorpe. Her design-captures the mood
of the play with a superb use of colour and intensity. Ted Roberts' set design and Alison Green's costume design depict the flavour of the eighteenth
centuiy. Roberts' concept of incorporating an inner
proscenium constantly reminds the audience that
the play is framed by Salieri's memory.
The charismatic Alvin Sanders as Salieri commands the stage, but spends too much time narrating, especially during the first half of the first act
which becomes didactic. Background information is required and
crucial to the understanding of the story, but more of it could be
shown rather than told. For example, if earlier scenes in the play
showed the building tensions between Salieri and Amadeus, the
audience would have felt more pity, fear, and compassion for the
characters. Haig Sutherland is lively as Amadeus, and convincingly
displays the eccentric and licentious side of the famous composer.
Greg Rogers gives a memorable performance as the Emperor of
Austria, and two UBC Theatre grads, Zain Meghi and David
Peterson, also made an appearance.
Near the end of the play, Salieri states that his operas were only
ordinary depiction of the lives of legends, whereas Mozart's work
made ordinary characters into legends. Maybe if Shaffer had
focused more closely on the legendary Mozart, his play would have
surpassed the ordinary. As it stands, the production was tight and
enjoyable, but the passion that I had hoped to find in the script wasn't there. ♦
TELL tf$)WH^ VPl/^
v    P°?t ft to: feed back@u by ssey.be.ca
7 Y Tuesday, October 3il, ,
7. .c\:;3;C>ppn%:,SIJBMl|c^YY.i;
•7 7 Basic cairtera use7
'.'■■■■' F-stopsYshutterjspe$dsYY
7 camera cafe, film speeds, '■'.
j basic composition. firing, a »
camera if you tlave bheY"
Film provided: 1:'
7J.00PM. SUt3 241K
MATH 101... NOV.
ty Tyl«ir l?r4<Jior<J
Marcel Dzama
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art
until Dec. 3
Marcel Dzama's drawings are twisted,
bizarre, and sexually charged. More
Famous Drawings, at UBC's Morris arid
Helen Belkin Art Gallery, is the Winnipeg
native's first major solo exhibition
Vancouver and consists of one video and 100
ink/watercolour/root beer-washed drawings
on manila paper.
His cartoon drawings—of bears, cowboys,
robots, trees in dinner jackets, decapitated
women, and pornographic images—seem to
be broken down into various categories, influenced by either The Wizard of Oz, Alice in
Wonderland, or TV game shows. Starting with
a brown bear (who appears as a contestant in
a game show, as a wrestler, and then as the
victim of several shootings) the exhibit then
features cowboys and the gangsters, followed
by depictions of Alice in Wonderland.
There is also an intriguing, but slightly disturbing pornographic section. A cowboy
climbs out of a woman's butt to shoot another
cowboy, and a women defecates on a masked
man. More shocking are the drawings involving bestiality, in which a woman receives oral
sex from a fawn, and a woman is taken on by
a lion. I was left wondering whether this was
merely for shock value or whether this is really the world Dzama sees in his head. Either
way, it's disconcerting to know that one of
Canada's top artists is either a pervert or
knows that such pictures will draw the inost
attention from viewers.
The pictures are all on beige matting, with
bleached-oak frames set against the barren white
walls of the gallery. With so many drawings in
the exhibit I found myself floating from picture
to picture, with
only  the   occasional   drawing
,   standing     out
This style of presentation, together with the
eccentricity of Dzama's cartoons, left me feeling as if I were under the influence of some
cool hallucinogen. ,
The video that follows the drawings feels
as if it was tacked on to the exhibit Rather
than add to the exhibit, the video—a montage
of twisted shorts—seems out of place. Perhaps
this is because it's" not exclusively by Marcel
Dzama, but rather the Winnipeg art collective
he works with, the Royal Art Lodge.
But the most amazing thing about the
exhibit is Dzama himself. He's done more
than 2500 drawings in this style, and even
more in other forms and media. And since
he's only 26, one has to wonder what lies
ahead for this prolific young artist ♦
'/,7 r*f ;'7 - '■ »
h^ - -fc\* ft <l    >l
-  JeV'A \\K   *'     •
I WAV V • •
t .  *   i\       *    *
<. *MJMi
IP &'^
^* »   +1 * ■
www. myf w; com


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items