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Vol. LXXXIX No. 18 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | November 6th, 2007
Dan Rather. UBC students make news
Dan Rather, accompanied by several UBC School of Journalism students, tapes a stand-up for his HDNet feature on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Firm envisions new SUB
Budding architects and engineers plot the future of new student space
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Iconic newsman Dan Rather
was in Vancouver Thursday and
Friday shining his investigative
light on the Downtown East-
side. But what you won't see
when the story airs in January
is the group of UBC Journalism
students who were responsible
for producing and editing the
Rather, the former anchor
of the CBS Evening News, took
several aspiring journalists
with him across the city to get
a first-hand look into the world
of TV news. Students were present with Rather as he met with
Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan
and various addicts and sex
trade workers in the Downtown
The legendary anchor chose
to come to Vancouver and work
with UBC students at the behest
of professor Peter Klein, who
worked with Rather at CBS's 60
Minutes and now teaches at the
School of Journalism.
"I'd worked with him before,
see "Dan Rather" I page 02
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
The results are in: The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has taken your
opinions on the redesign of the
SUB and is beginning to make
them a reality.
Last Friday, the AMS hosted
a design forum dedicated to the
conversion of student ideas into
concrete vision.
Cannon Design, an international engineering and architectural firm, participated in the forum, which began last Thursday.
Professionals, young architects,
and engineers from 11 different
cities in North America were divided into six teams, according
to Ken Wiseman, president of
Cannon Design. A few students
from Landscape and Architecture
were also placed on teams for the
experience and student representation. Each team was assigned
a colour of one of the Olympic
rings, plus white, and then given
two days to come up with a visual design plan for the new SUB.
Teams presented their designs
on Saturday morning, and then
compiled the information and
gave it to the AMS.
"As the process [of the SUB
redesign] goes forward and the
AMS is debating and talking about
it," said Wiseman, "[the forum is]
to give the AMS tools."
Common ideas shared among
the teams, stemmed from student
opinion, were to create a more
sustainable, more modern and
more open SUB, while maintaining the original structure.
Carl Hampson, the key leader
of team green, thoughtthe current
SUB is too isolated. One of the
ideas posted on his team's board
stated exactly that: "Deconstruct
the Box—open up to campus and
"One of the concepts we're
looking at is that the original
building is [a] very contained, traditional building," said Hampson.
"It's contained within four walls,
and we're looking at a concept
now that expands the definition of
studentunion to more of a village,
rather than a single building."
see "Firm" I PAGE 03     Ken Newbert and Christopher Rowe discuss the proposed SUB redesign.
Dallaire asks students: 'Do you kill children who kill?'
by Peter Holmes
News Writer
Canadian senator and retired Lt.
Gen. Romeo Dallaire spoke Sunday to a nearly packed Chan Centre aboutyouth, power, weapons
systems, and Canada's role on
the international stage.
His extensive and tragic experience as commanding officer of
the failed UN peace keeping mis
sion in Rwanda allows Dallaire
to provide a unique insight into
Candian foreign policy. His best
selling book and recent movie
movie Shake Hands With the Devil summarise the tragedy—which
saw the systematic slaughter of
over 800,000 Rwandans—as the
failure of humanity.
Dallaire began his speech
by criticising nuclear weapons
systems due to the astronomi
cal cost and the fact that they
are targeted at civilians. "The
existence of nuclear weapons is
an affront to our human rights...
they are genocidal."
From this perspective he
reveals a newer weapon system
developed in the late 1980s,
the use of child soldiers, as "the
most sophisticated low-tech
weapon system...we have conflicts around the world where
the main weapons system is a
child and we are not trying to
stop it."
Dallaire argues that adults
using children as tools of war,
mutilation, and murder is a
new phenomenon that needs to
be fundamentally understood.
Then, "maybe we might be able
to neutralise it, to eradicate it."
see "Dallaire" I page 02
The existence of nuclear
weapons is an affront
to our human rights...
they are genocidal.
RomEo Dallaire,
Retired Lt. General
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Urine inspired fashion I page 04
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Retired Lt. Gen. Dallaire questions nuclear armament; role of youth at Chan lecture
from "Dallaire" | page oi
To do this, he suggests that
Canadian youth become involved in politics and NGOs to
influence the future rather than
be dictated by it. "They [the
youth] could create parties that
could actually take on the big
parties and move them aside, if
they decided to vote...Youth it is
not the future, it is today."
Dallaire is not too shy to
admit that a real international
commitment will bear a significant cost, not only in dollars
but in sweat, tears and "maybe
also have to invest in some of
the blood of our youth." That investment would be served protecting fundamental freedoms
and actively affirming that every human being is equal.
In closing, Dallaire posed
several hard hitting questions
to the audience: "Do you kill
children who kill?" and "How
is it that you end up in situations like that?" The frustration of being ordered to stand
aside as killing progressed in
Rwanda—and progresses still
today drives Dallaire to confront policy makers and citizens with disturbing realities
that have solutions but lack
political will.
"We have a responsibility to
protect...in Darfur, in the Congo and wherever other trouble
spots exists. Because that is the
responsibility of the great nation that we are." \a
Retired Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire talks to UBC students about the responsibility nations have in world affairs.
Legendary journalist sweeps through UBC like a tornado through a trailer park.'
from "Dan Rather" | page oi
I know the kind of journalist
he is, and he's very earnest,
and even though people criticise him for being overly earnest—he's almost preachy in
how much he cares about journalistic ethics and integrity—I
think he's very sincere about it
and I think he just really embodies what we are trying to do
here and teach here at UBC,"
said Klein. "So in that respect I
thought having him come was
Students in Klein's advanced television reporting
class presented Rather with
three prospective stories for
his news magazine program,
Dan Rather Reports, which airs
on cable station HDNet. Rather
chose the city's harm-reduction approach to coping with
drug use and prostitution in
the Downtown Eastside over
film piracy and private health
care. The class proceeded to
do all the background research
for the story, setup interviews,
pen Rather's questions, and ultimately accompanied Rather
on the streets.
First-year Journalism
student Dan Haves has been
working on the story for the
last month, and despite Rather's brief stay in town, he was
able to absorb a lot from the
57-year journalism veteran.
"As first-year [Journalism] students, we often find
interviews really hard to do.
You just feel uncomfortable
because you feel like you're
wasting this person's time. But
he obviously doesn't feel that
way, so he takes the time and
asks a question, and he might
[Dan Rather] is very earnest, and even though
people criticize him for
being overly earnest-
he's almost preachy
in how much he cares
about journalistic ethics
and integrity— / think
he's very sincere about it.
Peter Klein,
UBC professor
have to ask it three or four
times, but he gets the right response," said Haves. "He's just
really good at understanding
Rather said he was initially
worried how having students
accompany him would affect
the dynamic of interviews.
"Frankly, I love it when I can
shoot my own material or
maybe just have a camera
man with me," he said. "I was
a little concerned that having
so many students around—we
had maybe 12 or 15—that it
would affect the quality of the
He added that having UBC
students around ultimately
didn't affect his ability to get
the story. "It's been a very
pleasurable experience for
me. I would do it again in a
"I love to be around students. I know what it is to be
a student and to burn with that
white hot flame to do [journalism], and so I like to give back
in my own wee small way anything I can." \i
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 News     3
Pit Pub plagiarises poster
Emily Carr student's design is raised from the dead for Pit Halloween poster
Design teams focus on giving the SUB an identity
from "Firm" | page oi
Hampson's team thought the
new SUB should interact more
with the landscape, and expand
out on all sides, similar to how
UBC is spreading out more globally. They wanted to create a connection between the SUB and the
proposed underground bus tunnel so students can engage with
student life as soon as they get off
the bus.
Team blue, led by Craig Hamilton, felt the current SUB is too
"bunker-like" and the floors are
too isolated from each other.
His team wants to create an
"identity for the SUB," as well as
make it more transparent and
"A lot of our conversations
have been around...creating an
identity for the SUB, giving it a
sense of place, a meeting place,
where if you come to this build-
ingyou know where the 'there' is.
Right now you can ID where the
building is, but the centre of the
building isn't identifiable," said
Hamilton's team likes the
idea of the outdoor agora on the
second floor, and wants to create
more space like that, as well as
more spaces for students to just
"hang out." They want to make
the SUB more sustainable by allowing for natural lighting and
Sarah Naiman, AMS VP administration, said the AMS gathered information from approximately 2000 e-mail surveys sent
out in August and from about 100
one-on-one student consultations
held in October. The consultations focused on three aspects:
concepts, such as sustainability and flexibility; facts, which is
what is currently working in the
SUB; and needs, what students
want to see in the SUB, including a free gym and more defined
study space.
The purpose of the design
forum was to convert the consultations into a functional plan and
cost analysis. Naiman estimates
the most logical student fee
increase would probably fall between $50 and $60 per student.
A referendum will be held at the
end of February or the beginning
of March, along with a referendum for the U-Pass.
"What we're trying to do is
put together a plan that's based
on consultations students want to
see with the SUB," said Naiman.
"And then from that we can move
forward and say, 'this is what
we're going to give you and this is
how much it's going to cost'". \a
by Celestian Rince
News Staff
In late October, the Pit Pub had
a poster advertising a Halloween
party being hosted at the Pit. The
problem? This poster was virtually identical to one designed in
2006 by a group of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD)
students, led by Jeff Werner. The
only difference was the text.
According to Werner, a fellow
ECIAD student was at UBC and
happened to see the poster, and
thought it looked familiar. The
student brought it back to Emily
Carr, where it was recognised
that the designs were the same.
"They erased the name Emily
Carr off of it and put UBC," said
Werner submitted an official
complaint to the AMS about the
situation. Krista Riley, an AMS
ombudsperson, replied that
an employee of the Pit Pub had
found the image on Google. The
employee did not know that he
was not allowed to use it. Since
then, the employee, as well as
other AMS business employees,
have been instructed to follow
copyright laws. She added that
the posters were taken down
immediately after the complaint
was recieved.
Allison Henry, communications manager for the AMS, emphasised that the Pit Pub employee was not a member of the AMS.
"The AMS Communications and
Design Department...[does] not
take images off of Google."
Werner stated he is particularly upsetbecause the Pit's event
had a $5 charge, whereas the
original     poster
was designed for
a free , non-profit
event. While Werner is happy that
they dealt with the
issue      promptly,
and took preventative  action  to  ensure this situation
will not arise again,
"it's like they were
abusing our work to
make money."
Ironically, Werner
normally allows and
encourages people to
borrow and copy his
work under a creative
commons        license.
People may copy his
work, as long as they
give proper credit and
do not use it for commercial   purposes.   In
fact, Werner explains, a
group of students from
SFU had recently contacted
him about the very same
design  appropriated by
the Pit. Though the SFU
students    planned    to
charge a small fee for
a student association,
Werner told them they
could use the design if
they wished, "whereas at UBC they just
went ahead without
asking."   Had   the
Pit asked Werner's
permission,    (and
if the event had no
charge)    Werner
would   have   allowed his design
to be used. \a
Above: The orignal poster
by Mr.Werner
Below: A similar poster
from a Halloween Pit event
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Caitrin Innis walks down the runway for the Engineers Without Borders
fashion show to raise money to send members of the organisation to Africa.
Fashion show raises money for Engineers Without Borders
by Samantha Jung
Culture Staff
The aroma of fair trade coffee
and the sight of local fashion
filled the Kaiser building last
Thursday, as the UBC Chapter
of Engineers Without Borders
(EWB) hosted their 100 Mile
Fashion Show.
The atmosphere exuded
sophistication, with neat rows
of chairs and cute tables with
tablecloths, on which rested
trays of hors d'oeuvres. Tape
was laid on the floor to establish
the runway.
The evening was spearheaded by EWB project leaders Alice
Kruchten and Jessica Murphy.
But why a fashion show?
"This is one of the events that
we decided to put on this year.
It's apilotproject, it's never been
done by EWB," said Kruchten.
"And we had an idea that we
wanted to bring in a crowd that
was not so engineering-oriented;
there's a lot of engineers in EWB
and we wanted to branch out."
Kruchten added that, like
the 100 mile diet, where participants only eat local foods, the
100 Mile Fashion Show only included local Vancouver fashion
designers such as Miss Coquette
and Hum.
The show appeared professional, complete with MCs, pulsing music, and a crowd of photographers at the end of the runway. The 15 models displayed
50 outfits from the designers,
and elicited cheers and catcalls
from the crowd.
A trunk sale followed the
show, where the audience could
The sky was black
and white. It was very
strange. Sol peed...
this beautiful golden
river, like bright, punched
out golden colour...
Gretchen Elsner,
mix and mingle with the designers, as well as buy their creations. One designer, Gretchen
Eisner, makes what she calls
"soft electronics with conductive
fabrics." Each piece of hers tells a
story. One of hers, called "Vision
Steam", is a dress that depicts an
interesting trip to a cliff.
How do my buying
practices, my ethical
or non-ethical buying practices, affect
people...whom I don't
know but should probably be caring about?
Michael Kang,
Pres. of Engineers Without Borders UBC
"I was up on a cliff the other
day, and I really, really needed to
pee. So I climbed up to the top of
the rock and I looked up into the
cedar tree," Eisner explained.
"The sky was black and white. It
was very strange. So I peed, and
then this beautiful golden river,
like bright, punched out golden
colour, started flowing down the
rock in front of me and over the
edge of the cliff and this huge
cloud of steam just emanated
from my body."
As well as showcasing local
fashions, EWB used the evening
to educate others about their
cause. President Michael Kang
summarized EWB as an organization "that's dedicated to making a contribution to the end of
poverty globally."
Proceeds from the event go
towards sending members of the
EWB to Africa to for a technology-
access project, as well as raising
money for a national conference
in January.
Kang hoped that the show
led people to gain awareness of
their everyday lives. "How do
my buying practices, my ethical
or non-ethical buying practices,
affect people...whom I don't
know but should probably be
caring about?" \j November 6th, 2007 | The Ubyssey
Culture     5
Coming up for air and entertainment
Leslie Mildiner s Orwell adaptation draws extra curtain call opening night
by Tracy Fuller
Culture Writer
Coming Up for Air
Presented by Theatre at UBC and
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Until Nov. 10
Don't be fooled: behind George
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and charming chatter is a
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And he's right.
Or, he was right in 1938
England when, on the brink of
WWII, the skies over London
were peppered with war planes
and prematurely ejected test-
bombs were killing thousands
of civilians in the countryside.
But alone on stage he
transforms from a romantically nostalgic
wanker into a harbinger
of unavoidable doom.
For those unacquainted
with George Orwell's 1939
novel, Coming Up for Air follows
George Bowling (played in this
adaptation by Bernard Cuffling),
an ordinary overweight accountant, as he ditches his wife and
kids for a weekend to return to
his small-town roots. Twenty
years later nothing is the same
in Lower Bingfield and George's
expectations of enlightenment
are mercilessly crushed.
Poor George: he is the only
one in the theatre even slightly
surprised. Haunting the houses
and hillsides of his history,
George finds that his parents are
now buried among strangers,
his home has been converted
into a tea house, and his fishing
hole is now filled with the refuse
of suburbanites.
The play works in spite of
its insipid plot. Yes, George is
suffering an unoriginal mid-life
crisis, but alone on stage he
transforms from a romantically
nostalgic wanker into a harbinger of unavoidable doom. He
remains, however, surprisingly
likable and even sympathetic
—even if he is revealed to be a
deceitful cad.
Cheered on by the Pope and
sideswiped by "Stalin and Hitler
on a tandem bicycle," George
is living in a rapidly changing
world where morals mean nothing and history is about to be
blown to bits.
Sound familiar?
When "two women's legs are
found in the railway station,"
his bar mate barely raises an
eyebrow. Returning to Lower
Bingfield, George thinks he
sees a stampede of black pigs
descending a hillside, but then
realises it is actually the town's
schoolchildren, outfitted in gas
masks, fleeing their mistakenly
bombed classrooms.
"Doesn't seem to do much
good, does it?" the hotelier asks
George of the war. No it doesn't,
he realises. But is there any alternative, he wonders? Now that
the wheels of war are in motion,
can anything be done to stop
them? What can he do except
wait? And will there be anything
worth waiting for, once it's all
over? For, as the hotelier wonders, "how can you put a gas
mask on a baby?"
How can you put a gas
mask on a baby?
George Bowling,
Character from Coming up for Air
The stage version of the
story, adapted and directed by
Leslie Mildiner, sticks to the
plot outlined in Orwell's novel.
Mildiner has modified the conclusion to make it, thankfully,
more theatrical and thus more
resonant. The lighting and audio-visual accompaniments,
designed by Rebekah Johnson
and Stephen Courtenay, respectively, add to the momentum of
the script, transporting George
from one location to another
without having him lift a finger.
Despite a few technical difficulties, which literally left
everyone, actor and audience,
in the dark, the pacing and
progression of the plot kept
the play interesting and earned
Cuffling an extra curtain call on
opening night. til
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ThSJjbyssey  November 6th, 2007
'.'..I couldn't hear you over the sound of tunnel construction"
Let's create a SUB that serves student needs
The AMS, no doubt upset over all of the
attention being given to the University's
U-Boulevard development, has begun
holding student consultations regarding the future of the Student Union
Building (SUB). As a longtime tenant of
this concrete block, The Ubyssey has a
few ideas for future student-run space
on campus.
While its exterior doesn't exactly appear minute, the thing most noticeably absent from our venerable SUB is
space. The SUB is short on every kind
of space: from the long waiting lists for
club space to the obvious lack of desirable social space, the complete lack of
space in the SUB is glaringly obvious.
To be the centre of student communities on campus it must be accessible.
We believe that the SUB needs to be
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
After all, we're students, not seniors;
late nights are the norm, not the
Our student union building should
reflect the oft-nocturnal habits of the
student body. Even if the second floor
and basement were closed, a single
floor with some quiet study spaces and
couches would accommodate the many
students looking to study at 4am.
A 24-hour coffee shop or pizza joint
wouldn't be a bad idea either, and they
could certainly support themselves if
students knew they would be open 24
hours a day. As far as we are aware,
there is nothing that isn't a bar open
past midnight, and while faculty might
go home at 4pm, many thousands of
students remain on campus well into
the night.
The spirit of access should also
extend to where resources are located
within a future SUB—resources like the
Bike Kitchen, and student groups like
the Varsity Outdoors Club shouldn't
be hidden away in the bowels of any
student building simply because they
aren't under AMS control. Front and
centre or not, the AMS shouldn't have
a monopoly on prime SUB space. Any
future SUB designs should make student services more prominent, keeping in mind that the more students are
aware of a resource, the far more likely
they are to use them, whether it be a
campus club or service.
A more centralised calendar and
notice board space would also do wonders in giving students better access
to campus events, binding students
together in a tighter community. The
AMS and UBC calendars are a mess,
and the paper five-day calendar in the
main floor of the SUB is a joke. A large
electronic or regularly updated paper
board open to student submitted events
isn't too much to ask. Something that
is clear, concise, and doesn't involve a
mess of loose papers could be a simple
way to involve more students in campus culture.
Yes, when it comes to design 'sustainability' seems to be a cheap buzzword,
but we feel it should be one of the central focuses of future SUB designs. This
emphasis on sustainability should include considerations regarding building materials, water use, and power
The green space surrounding the
SUB should also be a primary focus in
future development—it should extend
far beyond a mere grass-covered dirt
pile and should inform the entire area
surrounding any future buildings.
Low maintenance, native plants and
shrubs should take precedence in future gardens; large expanses of turf or
concrete should be avoided at all costs.
Grey water recycling, ground heat
exchanging, and alternative power
generation should all be considered in
future designs.
Meanwhile, the student union garbage is filled with unecessary amounts
of paper and food waste. Each restaurant located in the SUB should have a
corresponding compost bin for food,
paper and drink containers. Recycling
is an easy alternative for students and
should be instilled as a viable option at
every turn.
The architects of any future SUB concept should seriously consider not only
the layout and architecture of student
space, they should also consider the
services that are placed within that
One solution we have for creating a
more usable student space may sound
radical but will reduce the ecological
impact while simultaneously easing
the burden on the lives of students.
The installation of a Japanese capsule
hotel, or something like it, should be
considered in future SUB plans—this
would not only give students studying
late a place to grab a quick nap, the addition would also give students the option to stay overnight at school, instead
of wasting energy commuting home
only to return to UBC the next day.
Plans should also focus on creating
space that not only meets the needs
of students, but also the interests
and moods of students—areas like an
arcade and billiards would be great
for students needing a relaxing break
from exams and essay writing.
Ultimately, what we as a student
population desire is a SUB that can
fit our growing needs. These issues,
some serious and some not, need to
be addressed for the SUB of today and
tomorrow. yj
Streeters is a biweekly column
in which students are asked a
question   pertinent   to   UBC.
What would you like to see in a redesign of the SUB?
Rebecca McConchie,
Arts 5
"I just want more
seating...I think
seating is at a
Evan Penkov,
Phil. &PoliSci4
"More computers,
computer labs."
Jennifer Hardie,
Psychology 4
"A lot more study
space...in my
experience, just
finding a seat
in the SUB to eat
your lunch or study
is very difficult."
Will Tang,
Commerce 4
"More study
space...it might be
good to have study
locations that are
more quiet."
Laura-Lee Lindstein,
Arts 5
"It's really big and
kind of awkward
looking...maybe a
bit taller, it seems
really short and
dark, maybe more
Gateway to an unsustainable future
Playing on the frustration of gridlocked Fraser
Valley commuters, the BC government touts its
mammoth Gateway Project as crucial for easing the Lower Mainland's horrific traffic congestion. In reality, the multi-billion dollar twinning of the Port Mann Bridge and construction
of what amounts to more freeways along both
the north and south banks of the Fraser River is
nothing of the sort. Rather, its primary purpose
is to expedite the movement of truck traffic to,
from, and between the various port facilities.
Despite government claims, Gateway will
be little more than a very temporary solution to
a problem which daily threatens the high quality of life Lower Mainland residents enjoy and
take such justifiable pride in. As for its much
hyped "green" benefits, the colossal project will
result in bike lanes over the bridge and the addition of 20 buses (to a fleet of 1300), hardly
worth the loss, for example, of a huge swath of
Burns Bog, an important and unique part of
the regional ecosystem covering an area larger
than Stanley Park. And if BC wants to get serious about reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, increasing roadway capacity will never
be the solution.
There is no question that a continuing
inflow of people and ever-upward spiraling
costs of housing in and around Vancouver are
fueling a population boom in the Fraser Valley.
Adding extra freeway capacity will certainly
ease congestion in the short term. But, in the
long run, the continued development of commuter-focused subdivisions that will then be
encouraged mean it is inevitable traffic will exceed capacity again within a very years, as has
been shown time and again in cities that have
favored freeway expansion throughout North
The horrendous congestion that already occurs in the Fraser Valley can only get worse unless practical, long-term solutions are found. In
the short term, construction of queue-jumper
lanes for buses and creating a rapid, reliable,
and frequent bus service along Highway 1
would provide a temporary improvement while
more complex and longer-term plans are devised and initiated. These have to include commuter rail service to the Fraser Valley, similar
to the West Coast Express. Existing train tracks
are already present from Surrey to Chilliwack
that could be adapted easily for convenient passenger service. In addition, there is little doubt
the world class planning and engineering talent now being attracted to the region can come
up with other, creative solutions—if given the
If we choose to ignore these options and
invest in expanded freeways, Vancouver will
join the plethora of North American cities disfigured by sprawl and hurtling into an unsustainable future.
Whether or not Gateway goes ahead will
determine whether one of the modern world's
greatest cities soars into the 21st Century, or
remains mired in the 20th.
—Britt Rogers
Co-chair, SFU Environmental
Sciences Student Union
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Participants pitch new ideas for Olympic sports
Bocce hall may he next
Olympic sport
by Alec Young
Sports Writer
How soon will it be before you
see Canadian Olympic Bocce
players or a skip-rope team on
the front of a Wheaties box?
Players from these sports
could be winning Olympic medals sooner than you think.
In the 1 Will Dream Big' contest currently taking place across
Canada, contestants pitch their
ideas for the next Olympic sport
to a panel of judges that includes
Olympic athletes. The winner
will eventually be granted the
chance to present their idea to
the Canadian Olympic Committee. People are encouraged to
come up with any idea they like
so long as it fits with the spirit of
the Olympic games.
The winning suggestion at
the Vancouver audition held last
Friday was for Bocce, already a
favourite of people who enjoy
summertime barbecues and
drinking on the beach. It is a
popular sport enjoyed by all ages
and in many countries. According to contest judge, Olympic
swimmer, and former UBC
Dolphin Brent Hayden, Bocce is
already an "unofficial" Olympic
sport. This is because it is played
by many athletes on days off in
the Olympic village.
A far more athletically impressive display was put on by
the contest runners-up, in the
form of a competitive skip-rope
team from Abbotsford. I must
admit my male sensibilities
were skeptical at first as to the
rwits of jumping over a rope all
the way to a gold medal. But the
demonstration they put on was
fast, dexterous, agile, and highly
coordinated, as skippers often
choreograph themselves in four-
member teams.
Competitive jump-rope is a
cross between gymnastics and
Cirque du Soleil, as skippers contort themselves at high speeds to
pass the rope around their arms,
legs, knees, and perform handstands in mid-routine. According
to the Skipping Sensations team
coach Deirdre DeGagne, the
sport is found on five continents
in countries such as Australia
and South Africa.
While it is primarily a female-
dominated sport in Canada, with
males constituting only 20 per
cent of competitors at the national level, that ratio is much
higher globally. Team rope skipping might only become more
widespread if it is elevated to the
Olympic level.
Judging is similar to figure
skating, with points awarded
for difficulty, creativity, and
With a Canadian national
championship already in place,
it is entirely plausible that the
next step would be to make this
an Olympic competition.
The potential sport that
Hayden said he would like to
win a gold medal in was not one
of the top ideas. The idea was
for downhill speed skating. The
sports sounds insane, like luge
or mogul skiing, but on skates.
Currently there is a sport that is
similar sponsored by Red Bull
called "Crashed Ice" where four
athletes battle side by side out of
the gates at the top of downhill
ski run covered in ice. Throwing
elbows seems to be part of the
race. Crazy! y|
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Soccer teams head to CIS championships
ThiQjbyssey I November 6th, 2007
by Mark Phelps
Sports Writer
The UBC Thunderbirds women's
soccer team captured their first
Canada West title since 2003 on
Sunday as they shut out the UVic
Vikes 3-0 in the finals.
With a rank of No. 1, the
Birds had automatic entry into
the semi-finals and home field
advantage. But the T-birds had
trouble early against Trinity
Western. Neither team got on
the board until the 82nd minute
when Caitlin Davie scored the
game winner on a 25-yard free
kick. The T-birds were able to
add another late goal to secure a
2-0 win.
In the final, Sarah Treloar
opened scoring in the eighth
minute for UBC, when she received a pass inside the box, getting enough on the shot to see the
ball trickle past the outstretched
hands of the goalkeeper.
UBC head coach Dick Mosher
called the first goal "tremendously important," as the team
was able to build on the early
momentum and play a "defense
first" strategy.
UBC continued the pressure
and increased their lead late in
the first half. Janine Kerr blew
past a defender and crushed a
strike into the top left corner of
the goal. The Thunderbirds had
many scoring chances in the first
half but the UVic goalkeeper, Ka-
sia Gwaizda, held the Vikes in the
game. UVic came out strong in
the second half, pinning UBC in
their end of the field for the first
ten minutes. The UBC defence
was up to the challenge, keeping
the UVic attack to the perimeter
of the field and setting the stage
for 'Birds goalkeeper Jackie Dunnett to record the team's sixth
straight shutout victory. UBC was
quick to counter the UVic pressure when Caitlin Davie nailed
home a thunderous strike from
outside the box sealing the victory for the T-birds.
Up next for the T-birds is a
trip to the CIS national championships in Cape Breton Nov.
8-11. The 'Birds are on a mission to become back-to back national champions for the second
time in school history. The last
time the women's soccer team
repeated as national champions
was in 2003-2002.
The men were also in Canada
West championship action this
weekend. While they also made
it to the finals, they lost in an
overtime nail-biter to Trinity Western 2-1. Because of their
performance and the fact UBC is
hosting the CIS championships,
the men also have a spot in the
finals. The games begin Thurday
at Thunderbird Stadium. \a
Members of the team hold their Canada West Championship trophy on Sunday.


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