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It's referendum time again!
Council proposes fee increases, rejects confidentiality bylaws at marathon meeting
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) will
be calling students back to the polls
next month for another referendum.
Students will be asked whether they'
support changes to the student society's bylaws and an increase in student fees, as well as give their opinion on the university's proposed differential tuition policy.
In a record-breaHngly long
Council meeting, which lasted
almost eight hours, the AMS
approved two referendum questions
and one 'issue' question which stu
dents will have the opportunity to
vote on from November 5 to 9.
Students will be asked whether
they support an incremental
increase in their student fees in
order to improve and expand AMS
student services, and whether they
will accept several proposed amendments to the AMS bylaws—the society's entrenched laws, supposed to
represent the interests of the students, the AMS's membership.
Students will also be asked a non-
binding question about whether
they support differential tuition, a
policy being considered by UBC
administration that would allow the
university to charge students in different faculties different tuition fees
per credit. The UBC Board of
Governors plans to make a decision
on the issue this year.
If approved, the first referendum
question, on service fees, would
increase AMS membership fees by
$3 annually for four years in a row.
Seventy per cent of the money
would go only to fund student services such as AMS Tutoring, Safewalk
and Speakeasy; the rest would go to
AMS Events and New Safety
Currently, UBC students pay
$73.50 in AMS fees, of which students can opt out of $22-worth of
services. In a referendum two years
ago, the AMS asked for, and
received, an increase of $9 to their
student-service budget, a fee which
students can opt out of. If approved,
this new fee increase would be
mandatory, although councillors
decided that this would not be mentioned on the referendum ballot
The second referendum question
deals with the AMS bylaws, the society's governing rules. A controversial topic  prior to  Wednesday's
Council meeting was proposed
changes to Bylaw 18—including
plans to keep confidential any information which, if revealed, could
harm negotiations between the AMS
and third parties, or which could
harm the competitive position or
financial interests of third parties.
The proposed changes would have
allowed the student society to keep
secret from students some information protected from disclosure by
contracts that the AMS signed.
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1 hursday to present to others
on campus the hard truth abo-Jt
war and what it really means to
people living in the battle zone.
A simple gesture with a powerful message, passers by were
noticeably startled by the
somber display. So while students milled around outside the
SUB enjoying autumn sunshine, almost 20 'dead' lay
motionless on the pavement to
make an important point about
who the real victims of the war
in Afghanistan will be. surita
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UBC holds discussion on US strikes
by Natasha Norjberg
I THINK THAT GUY'S SLEEPING: UBC profs and other experts discussed the
US attacks on Afghanistan, surita bainsi photo
In response to the bombings in Afghanistan which
began last week, approximately 150 students gathered in a Buchanan lecture hall last Friday to hear
four academic experts ask for peace.
The pinel, moderated by political science and
international relations professor Mark Zacher, was
made up of Richard Price, a UBC political science
profcs-s^r and expert on international violence;
Andre .v Mark, former director of strategic planning
in the Cilice of the Secretary-General at the United
Nations, and who is currently a visiting scholar at
Harvard University; Haider
Ni/wmmi, a visiting scholar at UBC's Institute of
International Relations and
a spetiihst on South Asian
s.f( urity; r-nd Brian Job,
J'rcttor uf UBC's Institute
of In'.erndlional Relations
and an expert on Canadian
foreign policy.
Price opened the panel
with the question, "Are the attacks on Afghanistan
by the US in response to the September 11 attacks
in fact justified?"
Although Price argued that military action will
not deter terrorism, he said that, in this case, it was
used by the US as a last resort, after the country had
made several requests to the ruling Taliban regime
to hand over Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaeda
network has been accused of leading the attacks on
the US.
"Who are the targets of these bombings? The US
See "Discussion" on page 2.
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basically/ explained Chris Eaton, chair of the AMS's
Code and Policies Committee.
In 1995, the AMS, UBC and Coca-Cola signed a confidential exclusivity contract refusing students access to
the details of the contract, despite the fact that, currently.
Bylaw 18 permits any student who is an AMS member to
inspect the books and records of the society between
10am and 3pm on a school day. The exclusivity deal was
made public in May of this year following six years" of
legal battle between the Coke-deal signatories and the
Ubyssey, which filed two Freedom of Information (FOI)
requests to unseal the contract details.
Council decided almost unanimously on Wednesday
night to strike the most controversial amendments to
the bylaw, but several other proposed changes will still
go to referendum. These additions to Bylaw 18, if
approved, will allow the student society to keep confidential certain documents containing personal information about AMS employees, draft recommendations or
policies not yet implemented, and information which, if
revealed, could compromise the security of the SUB or
of computer systems.
"I'd like this society hot to be able to have the power
to make the Coke deal," said AMS Engineering representative, Andrew Tinka.
While AMS President Erfan Kazemi said that the executive was in favour of removing the controversial clause
rejected by Council on Wednesday, Vice-President,
Administration, Mark Fraser was the only member of
Council who voted against the motion to strike it Several
other councillors abstained from voting.
Kazemi said that the student-fee increase, proposed
in the first referendum question, is essential if the AMS
is to be a financially stable society that does not have to
rely on corporate sponsorship.When the AMS's contract
with Coca-Cola ends in 2005, the student society will
lose $240,000 in annual revenue.
AMS Vice-President Finance, Yvette Lu will be chairing a focus group on the AMS's financial viability and
stability, and said that one of the topics to be discussed
is "whether or not we want to depend on sponsorship in
the future, and how much we want to depend on it"
"This campus, especially, has a lot of sensitivity about
corporate sponsorship and things like that. I think that a
lot of students are against corporate sponsorship," she
said. She added, however, that there are probably many
others who would think such sponsorship were useful.
Lu said that there are questions regarding the influence
sponsorship has, but that decisions about sponsorship
in the future will have to be made by students.
"It depends on the feelings of students at the time,
but I think whatever is done has to be transparent,"
she said.
For a referendum question to reach quorum, ten per
cent of UBC's day students must vote. While regular referendum questions—including the one on the student-
fee increase—require a simple majority to pass, since
the AMS bylaws are the student society's constitution,
75 per cent of voters must vote to approve the proposed
bylaw changes for them to take effect ♦
Profs question justification for military action
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"Discussion" continued from page 1.
cannot hurt the people that hurt
them, because they are all deadly,"
Price stated.
The question of crime-fighting
versus war-fighting was also
addressed by Price.
"The use of the word 'war' creates more of a tolerance for the loss
of civilian casualties. So far other
Arab and Muslim states have not
objected to the US military strikes,
but civilian casualties [caused by the
bombings] will quickly evaporate
support These states won't tolerate
it and we shouldn't either," Price
Mack followed, his main point
being that if the root causes of terrorism are not addressed and
understood, then terrorism will not
be stopped, but just paused.
"The problem in this situation is
that people do not want to understand a person like bin Laden; they
just want to destroy him. We also, in
addition to this event, need to
address causes of all political vio
lence," he said.
According to Mack, political violence kills 500,000 people per year
in the developing world, whereas in
the last 25 years, international terrorism has killed, on average, less
than 1000 people annually.
The panel was wrapped up by
Job, who spoke about Canada's position in the current world events.
"The September 11 attacks
brought the reality to all Canadians
that civilian life is not a comfort we
once thought it was. This is an
extremely significant event in all
Canadian lives," he said.
Job also argued that Canada can
no longer ignore its position in the
world and in North America.
"[The Canadian government]
needs to change its foreign policy
creatively and effectively in order to
preserve civilian lives. Our current
military involvement is more of a
symbolic act to show that we are
there. Where we are going to be useful in the long term fight against terrorism is in the humanitarian relief
aspect," Job said.
Several students who attended
the conference said that they
appreciated hearing academics
call for peace.
"The discussion today was
encouraging for me because [the
bombings in Afghanistan] were
addressed in a more critical sense,
said Elain Ryan, a third-year student
studying international relations.
"The mainstream media is constantly pushing for support on the current actions being taken. It's nice to
know that just because you're
against the bombings does not
mean that you're some sort of crazy
left-wing rebellious type."
"I thought it was very encouraging to hear Professor Price speak on
some level to how war is an inappropriate action in this matter," said
Priya Bala, a fourth-year political science student. "Although he sounded
like he understood the reasons [for
the bombings], it was still encouraging to see that there are alternative
forms to dealing with this
matter that need to and should
be explored." ♦
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I SEC DEAD PEOPLE: Yes, you do. A group of UBC students organised a 'die-in' last Thursday in
peaceful protest against the war in Afghanistan, surita bains photo THEUBYSSEY
UBC groups hold a day against hate
 by Sarah MacNeiH Morrison
Construction-paper doves carrying messages of
peace by people such as Martin Luther King,
Socrates and Helen Keller were featured at an
anti-hate display presented by UBC's Equity
Office, the Women Students? Office (WSO) and
Equity Ambassadors last Thursday.
The event—held on the one-month anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the
United States, where two hijacked planes
crashed into the World Trade Centre twin towers—was organised in response to reports of a
rise in discrimination on campus.
"In the last few weeks since September 11,
the advisors in the Equity Office became aware
that a number of students of colour were experiencing a backlash because of the US attack," said
Margaret Sarkissian, senior equity advisor at the
Equity Office and a main organiser of the event
"I felt concern that for some students, UBC
was perhaps feeling like an unsafe place,"
she said.
Sarkissian said that there were several groups
on campus who wanted to hold an event "which
would highlight the fact that we are all of the
same community."
"It's important that we stand together when
something as tragic as September 11 happens,
and that we really walk the talk of being an inclusive community and that we don't, in any way,
move into divisiveness, and factions, and blame
people who have nothing to do with September
11," she said.
"I just think it's really great if we get students
to think and talk about what we want this campus
to be, which is a real community, a safe community," she added.
To open the event, held in the SUB's south
alcove, Clyde Griffiths, manager of International
House and a former UBC student, gave a drum
performance. The event display provided antidiscrimination and anti-harassment resources.
Beaded bracelets symbolising a diverse UBC
commuiiily, as well as the doves, were given
away attached to anti-hate messages.
Much of the display was organised by the UBC
Equity Ambassadors, student volunteers in a program formed this year to combat racism and
"We are a group of 15 people and we promote
anti-racism and we're anti-discrimination, anti-
harassment," explained second-year Science student and equity ambassador Priya Bubber. "We
do workshops and promote ideas that are against
backlash from the September 11 attacks."
The ambassadors, according to Bubber,
advise students who have complaints of harassment or discrimination, and either provide information for them about where to go to or speak on
behalf of students.
"We're a resource group," she said. "People
come to us and we can tell them where to go for
different resources."
Bubber said that while the group was founded
before the September 11 attacks, its role is especially important now.
"There has been a lot of backlash on UBC and
throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland,"
she said.
"Most [incidents] have actually
happened...when students are travelling on the
bus or in the community," added Bergum Verjee,
a staff member at the WSO. "Then they come to us
on the campus and they've talked about incidents
of backlash and they certainly are very prevalent*
But while the recent attacks on the US have
certainly been a central focus of much debate
and mourning, Verjee added that there have
been countless other tragic events that cannot be
"We really need to remember people who've
died in wars across the world, across time," said
Verjee, "and that we've come together to say we
are coming together to join together to promote
a hate-free environment" ♦
MUSIC OF PEACE: Students performed at anti-hate day. surita bains photo
Activists protest Canadian
role in new war
New record for earthquakes set
by Jodi PiMenna
by Mark Greenan
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-As representatives attending the
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Parliamentary
Assembly in Ottawa last week pledged support for
US military involvement in Afghanistan, activist
groups gathered in the nation's capital to
denounce the 'war on terrorism.'
On October 6, less than 24 hours before the
commencement of air strikes against
Afghanistan, hundreds of people marched from
Parliament Hill to an Ottawa church to hear
speakers from a wide variety of labour,
women's, religious and student groups opposed
to Canadian participation in any military
Richard Sanders, coordinator for the Ottawa-
based Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, the
organisers of the event, strongly condemned
the American military.
"War is terrorism and if war is terrorism,
then the biggest terrorists are militaries," he
said. "The armed forces of the United States
have killed more people than Noriega, Hussein,
bin Laden and McVeigh."
Mel Watkins, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Toronto and president of
Science for Peace, also addressed the crowd. He
said the fight against global terrorism could be
waged within the framework of international
"We plead for our response to terrorism
within the framework of law and not the framework of war," he said.
The rally coincided with the meeting of the
NATO Parliamentary Assembly, held in Ottawa
from October 6 to 9. The Assembly brought
together parliamentarians from the militaiy
alliance's 19 member states to discuss defence
and security issues.
NATO Secretaiy General Lord Robertson,
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and
Speaker of the US House of Representatives
Dennis Hastert were among the dignitaries who
addressed the Assembly plenary session.
Chretien spoke of the Canadian forces' committment to militaiy action in Afghanistan and
praised US President Bush for his "patience and
"The terrorists are now getting a painful
wake-up call of their own. Their days of being
able to run and hide are over," Chretien said.
"They have fatally underestimated the will and
resolve of free and civilised peoples."
On October 8, the federal government
pledged 2000 troops, six warships and six aircraft to the multinational forces gathering in
the Persian Gulf. Dubbed Operation Apollo by
the military, it is the largest Canadian deployment since the Korean War.
Despite the commencement of strikes during the NATO conference, the agenda was dominated by a proposed declaration on terrorism.
The final declaration approved by the Assembly
endorsed military, political and financial
actions against terrorism and the alliance's
invocation of Article Five of the North Atlantic
Treaty, which states that an attack on a member
of the alliance is an attack on all.
The declaration also stated that the US has
the right to define the response to the
September 11 attacks.
Jen Anthony, deputy chair of the Canadian
Federation of Students, was present at the rally.
'We don't want Canada to participate in a
war," she said, adding that Canada should
instead assume a leadership role in promoting
peace in the world.
"We want to see the funds that they're now
considering diverting towards military spending and to solve the security frenzy diverted to
where they can actually make a difference—education, health care, housing." •>
The record for the number of earthquakes
occurring in a single event has been broken in a swarm of quakes that occurred off
the west coast of Vancouver Island this
At least 14,000 earthquakes occurred
over a period of about three and a half
weeks, said Christopher Fox, principal
investigator of She National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)
Acoustic Monitoring Project in Oregon.
The swarra of quakes occurred about 200
kilometres *est of To£no. and broke an
old record of about 10,000, he said.
'[the area] often gets swarm activity
eveiy two or three years," said Alison Bird,
a seismologist with the Geological Suney
of Canada. However, the length of the
recent swaim—which lasted from
September 6 to 23-has scientists excited,
she said, because activity "usually lasts a
little less than one week."
Scientists were able to measure quakes
as small 38 1.5M—too wcail to be felt—on
me area's local magnitude scale. The local
magnitude scale calculates the intensity of
an earthquake based on ihe maximum
amplitude recorded from it II is similar to
the Rirh'jer scale, which is the local mrgni-
Lude scale for California. Bird explained
that although some of the earthquakes
were fairly large—up to 6M—residents
should not be alarmed.
'The activity was far enough offshore to
not pose a ihreat,* she said. "These types of
earthquakes do not create tsunamis, and
[this activity] is not a precursor lo a mega-
thrust event*
Fox said that while no threat of danger
is posed by these recent events, research is
stJl being conducted to investigate possible long-term implications of the swarm.
'[Scientists) are still Uying to understand if the swarm activity will increase
the risk of earthquakes along the subduc-
tion zone in the long term,* he said. The
subduction zone is an area along the
Pacific coast where the oceanic tectonic
plate slides tinder North America's continental plate and where the largest earthquakes occur.
The only way to sustain this type of
activity for raoce than three weeks is to
have a magma system involved, s>aid Fox.
He added that the duration of the swsrm
could suggest that earthquake activity is
due to a volcanic eruption Li the sea floor
that occurred a3 a result of spreading
along the fracture zone.
Research \essels with the Canadian
Department of Fisheries and Oceans will
be locking at the site of the earthquakes for
hot water plumes and chemical anomalies
that may come from sn underwater volcanic eruption, Fox explained.
Both Canadian 3nd American scientists
will cooperate as they continue to study the
data from these earthquakes and 'jy to gain
a better understanding of the geology and
tectonic pressures in the area, he added.
"[The American] programs ha\ e worked
very closely with Canadinn scientists," said
Fox. "The whole research effort m the
pacific Northwest has been very fruitful."
According to Bird, the data collected
from these events vail gi\ e scientists a better understanding of tectonic attivily and
stress regimes on he ocpan floor, and that
people are paying close attention to the
events off Vancouver Island's coast as. "it
is an area of Western Canada that still
needs to be explored."
Scientists at NOAA have been recording
these events with underwater listening
devices called hydrophones, which were
developed by the US Navy during the Cold
War to monitor Soviet submarine activities. Fox explained that the equipment is
now used for environmental science-
monitoring seismic activity, as well as
monitoring whale activities for marine
ecology studies. ♦ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2001
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Live and Teach in Japan!
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The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
Free Information Session
Tuesday, October 23
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
8226, Buchanan Building
The Government of Japan invites university graduates to
participate as Assistant English Teachers or Coordinators of
International Relations in a one-year, cultural exchange
programme beginning July 2002.
Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, have a Bachelor's
degree by July 2002, and be under the age of 40.
Application forms available from:
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Pool and bus loop to move
by Jeff Fung
UBC landmarks such as the bus loop
and the Aquatic Centre's outdoor
pool may soon be relocated, according to a first draft of the
Neighbourhood Plan for the
University Boulevard area.
The plan, which proposes construction of new buildings and relocation of old ones over the next ten
years, calls for a complete renovation of the area along University
Boulevard between Wesbrook Mall
and East Mall.
The land-use section of the plan
says that, because it is so prominent
the area currently occupied by the
bus loop could be better used commercially.
"[The] preferred option is to relocate the transit exchange to Site D
[where the outdoor pool currently
stands]. This will require relocation
of the outdoor pool, most likely to a
site immediately east of the Aquatic
Centre," states an excerpt from section 7.1 Phasing Plan of the
Neighbourhood Plan.
Moving the outdoor pool is not an
unreasonable option, according to
those involved in the planning, since
major renovations are already needed to repair the pool's present leaks.
"It would cost approximately $ 1-
to $1.5 million to move the present
pool, which is a little more expensive
than fixing it But if the pool was
moved, it wouldn't be built the same.
It would be longer and wider," said
Al Poettcker, UBC Properties Trust
chief executive officer and president
According to Robert Phillip, director of Athletic and Recreations, UBC
Plant Operations had already
assessed repairs to the pool at $1
Pritchard said that project is supposed to make Ihe university more
attractive and promote a sense of
community between students, faculty, staff and the public.
"The commercial [outlets that]
would be attracted to University
Boulevard would serve the students'
and the university's needs and provide an opportunity for the residents
of the university to have a place to
go," he said.
But although restructuring is
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LOOP NO MORE? This fixture of campus life may soon be moved to
make space for commercial buildings, surita bains photo
supposed to provide students with a
pedestrian region with retail and
commercial establishments, not all
students look forward to the renovations.
Sebastian Arboleda, a first-year
Engineering student, said he feels
that funds could be used more
"Funds should be used to expand
and renovate present commercial
buildings, such as the SUB, and
more vegetation should be added
and better maintained before more
buildings are added," he said.
Erfan Kazemi president of the
Alma Mater Society (AMS), also has
"There is obviously some concern
with competition that would arise
[between] these businesses and the
student union businesses, but I think
there is generally a lot of support for
our AMS businesses and services
inside the SUB."
Renovations are not expected to
begin soon, but plans are to be
finalised in the near future.
Pritchard said that plans will be on
hold for three to six months while all
' aspects of the Neighbourhood
Plan are addressed.
Funds for the construction
will come through a mortgage
or bond to be arranged by UBC
Properties Trust, and which
will ensure that the university
maintains complete ownership
over all buildings built under
the plan.
Before construction can
begin, UBC must consult with
Translink about possible locations for a new bus loop and
UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG) must approve the plans.
The BoG held their first committee meeting regarding the
renovation plans on October 3.
Completion of a final report is
expected in Febuary. ♦
New NDP party discussed
by Mark Heath
the New Politics Initiative {NPI}-
aa initiative spearheaded by Lower
Mainland NDP MPs ybby Davies
and Svend Robinson, who hope to
form a new political par^r-has met
with approval from NDP supporters. At UBC, however, the proposal
has garnered a mixed reaction.
Members of &e NDP decided to
embark on the NPI after the existing parry's dismal result in last
year's federal election.
At a public forum to promote
the NPI held two weeks ago at the
Pacific Coliseum Lounge, Murray
Dobbin, a long-standing political
activist, said that there are two
main weaknesses in the NDP as it
stands now.
"The principal weakness is that
it has become a parry that really
only engages with ordinary citizens
when mere's an election. What we
need is a party that is...active in
communities across the countiy on
a year-round basis," he said.
"The second weakness, which
flows out of that, is that there's a real
disconnectjion] between the NDE
social movement organisations and
environmental groups,, Jike
Greenpeace, anti-poverty organisa-
tionS; and the Coisncfi of
Canadians/ he said, "So one of the
objective* we have is to reconnect
what I would call the two branches
of progressive politics, one being
parlimentary and the other being
But Doug McArihur, a UBC senior fellow in public policy, sees the
NPI movement as a "divisive solution* to the NDP's problems.
"I don't think its going to work,
I don't think its credible,* he said.
"I don't see what it has to offer as
overcoming the problems of the
He likened the NPI to 'Waffle,' a
movement in the 1960s and 1970s
by members of the NDP who
thought the party was going soft on
issues such as sovereignty and
unions. The wafflers were later
expelled from the party In 1972.
McArthur also said that the
ND? has problems that the NPI
does not address.
"The NDP hasn't learned that
people want the things the NDP
stands for—like Medicare and
social programs—but don't see
them in extreme terms," he said,
However, Shaan Frost; a fourth-
year political science student at
UBC, thinks the NPI might be a
good idea.
"If they incorporate lie Greens,
and maybe other fringe parties, it
might broaden their voter base,"
he said.
But Frost too, said that the NDP
baa problems thatthe NPI does not
address and that he thinks there is
a media bias towards large parties
which leads fewer people to vote
for the smaller parlies.
"In the last election [the public
was] were frightened into voting
Liberal because the Liberals played
the Alliance card, saying, "Well, if
you don't vote for us you might get
Stockwell Day," he said.
At the forum, however, support
for the new initiative seemed overwhelming. The hosts, including
Robinson and Davies, also made it
clear that they would bring the NPI
to the federal NDP convention in
Winnipeg this November.
While Dobbin said he felt lhat
the NPI was probably a gamble, he
said that it was still necessary.
"If you look at what people say
they want from government, the
NDP should be getting 40 per cent
or 50 per cent of the vote. Most of
the NDP's policies...are what people say they want/ he said, "I think
what's happened [to] people [is]
instead of voting for their values,
which they no longer believe governments will Hsten to, they end up
voting according to their expectations. I think that ultimately what
we have to do is,,.work on creating
a new hope in people mat things
can be better,"
There will be a second public
ibram. In Vancouver on the NPI on
Sunday, October 21, at 9:30am at
the downtown SFU campus. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
■MHMtiMH.- >mr i.;i'j:iri.rirri_PJ ■i^U.'MSKS^KISSi
[Radioactive Records]
I've always w >r>'!r:e<l >f T jw ,\a« fr>"i^ to
be cheeky when ihey ni-n,*-} iV^-ir iW3.l
After listening to U.eirbtost.iibu'n V, abetter question vw'ild ?■•» -vill LJvycor:- Jv'J 'o
V departs from 'he nni'p,| foi.-n'-Ia
of edgy altenulhe rock lhat Was a Lrada-
mark of the band's past work. The sparser, more organic sound of Live's previous
albums is displaced by a glossy sheen of
samples, drum machines and rap, marking what seems to be the requisite shift
for today's rock bands to a hybrid
rock/electronic sound.
It had to happen some day. All bands
must evolve their sound to keep their
audiences' interest and remain popular.
But does Live's evolution work?
Fortunately some of it does. Lyrically,
Eastern philosophies still have a big
influence on the band and its music. "The
Ride* employs a sitar, and "Intro" and
'Fo;cur .May not!►*Long Enough* sjjowf -
Ir.cl'..n :r.Cffinie. These eclectic, arMex'ot-' ,
ie   U'Uskji.   ^n^s   complement ^ Ed> '
KyA.-!i <j)k's Kr'ii s «nd work well within,
ihe ' ". e vh:r. nc • N   '   t
V'.s 3 inure torsistently catcliy album
■hd'i 5m -ft Saod-thi or The DisUmm'to
Jh're, bat she biui seems to havij sacri-    ',
fic-1 its musical ^)uL Live's strengths— -,  ,
Ed Kowaic^yk's powerful voice and the
rest of ihe band's* Jjeen sense of rhythmic -
interplay—are cloaked by multi-trac&edY
guitars and synth fills. Instead of relying  2f
on their strengths. Live has committed-'^''
the sin that plagues so many modern rock
groups: making slick production a higher
priority than the songs themselves. One
can only wonder how this alburn would
have turned out if the production team
had gone a bit easier at the mixing board
and put more care into arrangement In
the case of V, less definitely would have
meant more. What could have been a very
good album is instead merely decent ♦
-Brian Jung
-■j Wonders of the World
-~. ED/earmarks}
The Iate^t,rel|a|^ from the Long Beach Dub
,A|^x|^LBpA) is | clever, trippy and often
dijipy foriiy'iibto t>|a worlds of reggae, punk,
ro^k, hip-hop snd raV Wonders of the World
is the band's most' recent attempt to capitalise on the success! of their now-defunct
reggas/fOck predecessor Sublime.
ft LBDA'co^tlatte^ Sublime's penchant for
^cksbialilg many^diilirent musical elements, "Sunny Hoists,* the first single off the
aSmts, is a i^i^frjendly^litry featuring an
interesting p#ir. afYguest; artists: Wifl.LAm
from hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas on
vocabgnd—in a truly head-scratching turn—
Jeffskunk" Baxter from Steely Dan on
pedal steel guitar.
But anyone expecting more of the cookie-
cutteresque "Sunny Hours" should probably
keep away from this album. That track's
beige-sounding melody and pop-inspired
production is incredibly mismatched with
the rest of the album.
Listening to the album, it's pretty obvious that the boys are having lots of fun writing asinine lyrics and hazily jamming along
to reggae beats, and it's clear that the band
knows how to express the carefree nature of
the SoCal lifestyle. "Kablammin' It" is surely
destined to become a classic anthem for
repressed horndogs and leathery-skinned
beachgoers everywhere.
On the other hand, the boys of LBDA have
done a lot of soul-searching to come up with
much of the subject matter for the album. A
handful of tracks deal with some rather lofty
issues. "Lies" deals with instilling morality in
a seemingly corrupt society, while "life Goes
On" addresses living everyday to the best of
our ability. On the band's official website, the
boys refer to the track as a symbol of their
feelings about the events of September 11,
coincidentally the release date for the album.
With the help of a huge musical cache of
talent, Wonders of the World is a wild ride
through a variety of musical genres. The
album's many ideas sprout in a million
directions, but still manage to work and
become evocative of the hazy, fun-loving attitude of the band. They busy themselves with
name-checking various DJs ("Listen to DJs"),
getting over a broken heart ("It Ain't Easy"),
and generally causing chaos ("Every
Mother's Dream"). Wonders of the World
showcases LBDA's ability to slither between
having a little too much fun and having a
real sense of social consciousness and
responsibility, while still showing off some
major musical skill. ♦
—Elizabeth Liu
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The New Deal
[Jive-Electro Records]
Critics can't seem to figure out the New Deal.
Sparing no hyphenations, Toronto's innovative electronica trio has been described as:
"improvised-breakbeat-house," 'ambient-pro-
gressive-rock-funk* and "instrumental-dub-
jazz." To the band's credit, the myriad epitaphs rarely do them justice.
Their newly released, self-titled venture
has created quite a stir in music circles since
its release in late September. This studio
album marks the band's official debut with
their new label, Jive-Electro Records, following
three previous live recordings released independently since 1999.
While the New Deal's hybrid sound has
confounded some music connoisseurs
(purists distressed by the conflation of techno
and actual instruments), the band's overriding musical aspiration, according to bassist
Dan Kurtz, has been simple.
"We are an improvisational band who try
to sound like a DJ," the McGill University
graduate explained.
To describe the band as a mere fusion of
styles, though, belies the vitality and skill that
makes them something special With Kurtz on
bass, Darren Shearer r-n drums and Jamie
Shields on keyboards, /oroder *nd glass, the
band is abold sonic evperirvnt, "i^Lrig She otiund
and philosophy of techno with a m'ire traditional,
jazz-influenced, instrumdiit-b >-*d -Inict1 je.
The result on this recording is a mesmerising amalgamationoi beats :-nd molodi« «, mide
all the more impressive when one considers
that each sound is beir>g ma>!e m Jiuialry
The New Deal knew (hev are not cunquenrg
any musical frontier *'i!h fiJwr their s> nilii sis
or this new album. The h >nd re -^nililt-s .irial.jrr.t
masters, Medeski Martin and Wood -ji wand
and skill, and their iiumc-J phi'^'hy mirrors
groups like Stereola'v and Jazz P^ariUiiy. They
-ire distinguished from this elite pack, however,
by !x>lh their pedigree and experience.
Keyboardist Jamie Shields gained local
ret-ped m Jie 1990s with the progressive rock
unit One. Step Beyond. D-«rren Shearer, whose
•>ti'dJy, Tiu'id-numbing beats float seamlessly
'hrou^hout the album, placed with Toronto
legends Gypsy So-J.
\V;th Iht'ir tr.sftBrnan-.bj>, ability and drive,
th'.'' band may in fact be 'the deal,' but they are
definitely not new. This ;vi«bm should make
th-* band* sophomore release something all
n.ii.-'jc levers r.«i kirk foiw^nl to. ♦
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Making Pom
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Oct. 21
Making Porn, an "oif-Si'oadway hit comedy about
the _jy por!) nd'i&'iy," boasts actual porn stars in
its ra«.t. On a shalhiw lovel—muscles and nudity7
">is < o-ild be a g-.>od -.1 jig, but the problem with
d.:s proJ-ictijn js ihe fact that they're not just
piv'.rndifg *V>t il,>y \re bad porn stars, they
ai lually areb-ad porn stars. -
Tne two min < hvaiters, Ricky and Jack, played
by Kyle Bradford (rumoured to have had an affair
■a'i'Ji Tom Ci-ti.-p) and Vince Rockland, contributed
'in- iiut re perfonra'n cs to the show, acting bubbly
cind butt h ri-^ctn ely. '-Jut queeny Scott Matthews,
pl-iyirij Riy Tdruvr, t-uuld barely deliver his lines,
ofti-n norvo'jsly tumbling over phrases.
'I"he nudity uf the actors didn't save the per-
f.un.dnce but at loa«t added humour to their
sta^e presenLe, ur filtering, flapping, flaccid
phallust s bounced around onstage providing
smne comic rolu f bot .veenthe spurts of awkward
' The sho'v had its moments, however. For
iix: mjtle, Jack tried to hide his gay porn career
from I :s -.ufa only to find out that she would
encourage him and even wants to \--_U h. Billy
Masters, playing Arthur, the porn dii.-t,t.ir, s^tjji-
ningly ordered the others around tho s'age
yelling things like, "Butch it up'" >nd 'Stop!
Romantic moment! You look up, jail jiri look
down." He worked himself into on i \ol>"l frt-irry
eventually raising his arms in a red tpoLl-'^bt tin 1
screaming gloriously to the appl.iuso of 'J«! a..Ji-
ence as the practice run of his porno shot «';-
maxed—the actors were clothed but \iruus-ly pi intending to have sex. Nudity wasn't \ece,-&e»iy In
this case.
The audience, composed mainly .if C'i.'rr i-vn
with women sprinkled throughoi.t, e'-jojed 'Le
gay humour—it develops over !"me, ':ke a !*ne
wine, really. Those who felt seci.re on-j-igh freely
interjected "You go girlfriend!" The au hence »,_&
often in an uproar when g'iy or sp\u.U
euphemisms were communally u'ub'.'s'ooJ
After the bad dialoque, awkward m-merits of
undressing onstage and a very odd c^-iax :'.\olv-
ing a carton of milk, there rema-ned ->*• ur.-.loiii-
able void as everyone left the theiiL-i4 Tho «N. v
was mediocre at best, with bad acting s-ir-'e'^ncs
saved by jokes or a naked strut and a -,\ ,iv; *ig t« n:*.
I won't even hazard a guess whether .h: £>!j^> ~ich
of 1970s funk music was a good or 7 1 thlr.4. ♦
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The Shape of a Girl
at the Cultch
until Oct 20
When we first meet Braidie, the 16-year old girl in Joan
MacLeod's "The Shape of a Girl," she is telling us about
ihe angst-filled dramas occurring in her life; her mother's nagging, or the self-declared decision to be home-
schooled. Nothing seems out of place. But as flashbacks
reveal her childhood, we begin to see that the dark spectre of violence hangs over her life.
Braidie finds herself fascinated by the murder of
Reena Virk, the 14-year old Victoria girl beaten and left
for dead by a group of her classmates. She traces her
own experiences of bullying back to childhood when
she takes part in bullying a girl named Sophie.
This violence and bullying lead to the present when
Braidie's best friend, Adrian, commits a horrific act of
violence. Braidie, like your average teenager, just wants
to fit in, so she turns a blind eye to her friend's heinous
actions and must suffer with her conscience.
Jenny Young plays Braidie with energy and ease. In
the 85-minute monologue, she brings to life the violent
situations that occur as well as the characters involved.
Macleod's script is handled masterfully by Young who
switches back and forth between past and present with
ease, and traces the childhood roots of violence.
Macleod's play intertwines real life accounts of Virk's
murder with Braidie's fictional narrative ultimately
making this already powerful story an impact based on
Surprisingly, this show is refreshingly subtle and
doesn't overdo it with a preachy 'moral of the story.'
The play's message isn't just that teen violence is bad,
rather it's a more subtle and disturbing look at how
adolescents punish those who do not conform to ideals,
or 'fit in' to the group. At one point in the play Braidie
utters on stage that "we are all perfect girls." But we ultimately realise the tragic and unavoidable truth that
'perfect girls' cannot exist without imperfect girls the
'outcasts/ the 'rejects,' the 'nerds,' all too often, the victims of violence. ♦
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ig closing the Vancouver filun fest and open
ing the Toronto festival, Vancouver filniniaker Bruce Sweeney is in demand
jr— ~| enital mutilation. A topic one
/ ■■ wouldn't expect to have come up in
I _ conversation with Vancouver film-
l | maker Bruce Sweeney, despite the
V__ " unconventional sexuality in his
films. But Sweeney is describing a Vancouver
International Film Festival (VIFF) panel discussion that he participated in earlier in the week
"[It] was pretty good. We discussed sexual
taboo. We brought up issues like mutilation,"
he said. "There's a [movie] where a guy cuts off
his dick with an electric carving knife. It's
called The Last Man. So, we determined that
there weren't that many frontiers left. Nothing
with bestiality in a mainstream film. That's the
one thing I can think of."
It's been an unusual—but wonderful—VIFF
for Sweeney. In addition to the panel discussion, he selected a film to commemorate VLFF's
20th anniversary line-up (he chose Guy
Maddin's Careful). Most importantly though,
his third feature, last Wedding, was given the
coveted finale slot as the closing film for the
festival, an honour beat only by the film's selection as the opening film for the Toronto
International Film Festival, a remarkable distinction at one of the world's most important
film festivals.
"Toronto was great," said Sweeney. "It was
quite amazing to be the centre of
attention...That's usually reserved for films that
have a $ 10 million budget a much bigger budget or bigger stars...So we got to be centre stage
and it was great [The big directors] can watch
us party."
Still, Sweeney remains modest about the
"I think what Piers Handling, the director of
the Toronto festival, was doing was that he was
rewarding Western Canada for. becoming a
player on the national scene. I think there are a
lot of good filmmakers from Vancouver that
were before me that helped create a nucleus of
Vancouver filmmakers or west coast filmmakers that needed that recognition. "
Dubbed the 'Pacific New Wave,' the
Vancouver film renaissance of the past few
years has been spearheaded by UBC grads such
as Mina Shum, Lynne Stopkewich and, of
course, Sweeney himself He attributes this to a
shift in attitude by filmmakers themselves.
"I think what's good is that some filmmakers are realising that you can 'screw the budget, let's just get the film done.' And that's a way
of thinking that didn't exist ten years ago really..! worked on John Pozer's The Grocer's Wife.
But until that point who were the feature filmmakers in Vancouver? Well, we had experimental filmmakers, and there was no one that
I looked up to at that moment at all Whereas, I
think now, there's a lot of filmmakers—and
The Edible Woman
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until Nov. 3
The nostalgia of the 1960s is a powerful
element in Dave Carley's "The Edible
Woman" (based on the novel by Margaret
Atwood). The brightly coloured sets and
costumes, along with sing-able music,
allow the production to connect with the
audience, capturing a light-hearted view
of some zany characters.
Topics such as single motherhood,
wifely duties, and women in the workplace
present themselves, giving the play a feminist tilt Marian (Jillian Fargey) stumbles
her way through one predicament after
another. She slowly falls into a depression
as she finds herself trapped by others'
expectations, and is eventually forced into
confronting her own inner demon's
While the play is riddled w:th %-rtou
themes, the dialogue of thft play ss
extremely funny and all of the «ct->rs ore
effectively able to transport the text onto
the stage effectively. Duncan 'Jlaig
Sutherland) is a wonderfully bzy graduate student whose ironic statements
counter the neurotic behivio,:r >)f
Marian. Ainsleyis Marian's pru' nscuoiia
and pregnant roommate. She bo'iiies
around the stage in garishly col i !ri?d
dresses, drinks scotch straight vp ; nd is
another equally zany countermart *.o 'he
responsible straight-laced Marian.
The play contains other boistfroua
characters that spew forth their lints as
though they are in competition with one
another to get the attention of the audience, and it seems to work every time.
When Lucy, this office virgin, ss swoimirg
dfitT .some 1'ui.hiilors .-it a parry, her des-
pi-ration is at best njVJy amusing, b-it
'J.e najority of die audience thought 'he
pathetic virgin was^ hilarious. Having
Marian exclaim "fiddlesticks* every time
she is perturbed also gets old quickly,
although the au'ik-iice see ''-.ed si'ntimen-
*A for 19ii0s shng. 'Tho Edible Woman'*
is a yve't cori>.'dy, but -it 'imos, .his pro-
ducMon r.slies on o'.eikul to pro !u«.o *he
coiaiedic i'-TiMLs.
In addition to fj.iTiy I'.rii's al- I '.h«:r.ic-
tfr portray--Js, the play's .>*btr s!n-rjrth
Ii-s i i visu-d st-''mjii in _,_ f,f ii of >vis
rf.ni '.':■.-!> tries. VI of s_bn p>.-.ps -.:e -in
"■vhoelj so the* hi_ fiasfl" trji-t "jited
onstage by the characters during the
many scene changes. The constant movement of sets works well, although transi
tions could h^e b-^n simplified by the
oiii&bion of sumo scents, (watching
VArinn .\hcf-l L-:r b-vi onstage three
X-iu. s j>'co-:ics a bit iei-yjJ.tdit). And the
contrast of Ainsley's «$& Outfits with
Marian's conservative dres$|is a visual
metaphor for ,the societal straitjacket
'Marian imposes on heisejf| All of the
props and the 'pop art' backdrops pro-
- vide vjsual eye candy, whSe^contrastmg
' with tfea drabness of Mariaa's clothing,
andJisr deinsanor.   , - -, _ |
'the Edible Woman* Is a light piece of
enierfa&Bi&iit that uges al'tfp elements
of stage' production to kspe'tae audience
iato another 8ma end place. |lthough the
play deals with important issues like identity and feminism, in the end it's clear that
"The Edible Woman" focuses on entertaining, rather than preaching a message. ♦
there's a lot of good young filmmakers—that
are coming up that are seeing how we've done
it and trying to carry on that tradition.
. "I thirik that peoplejiow, young filmmakers
now, realise that it's quite hot to be a filmmaker.. .[PJeople are recognising that you can make
a film and then take it on the festival circuit and
then you can gain some validity and then hopefully make another film. Whereas before, there
wasn't even a path set in motion to go to."
Sweeney got his start at SFU, grduating with
a BFA in visual art, moving Onto UBC's film program for his MFA. UBC afforded him tremendous freedom to make the film he wanted to
"I think what is so great," he said, "is that
they don't try to compete with you or stall you.
You want to make a film. Tthey want to facilitate that It's not about forcing a style down
your throat; it's^about saying, 'Okay, here's the
equipment here are a bunch of guidelines, but
your personal style cannot be taught. We're not
going to teach you personal style. We'll teach
you how to use the equipment and grasp the
basic filmmaking fundamentals, but aside
from that, let's see what you got' And I think
that's a good way to approach it"
His time at UBC yielded 199S's Live Bait,
which won the Best Canadian Feature Award at
the Toronto film fest that year. Sweeney's first
film tells the story of Trevor (Tom Scholte), a
young man moving out for the first time and
trying to overcome significant sexual anxiety.
The piece displayed Sweeney's penchant for
gritty realism. It was also a film that garnered
him comparisons to such cinematic mavericks
as John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh.
"I think everyone has their own sensibility,"
he said. "I like mise-en-scene. I take different
things from different directors. From
Cassavetes, I took a real never-say-die attitude,
the kind of filmmaking that puts emotional,
psychological issues on the forefront From
other filmmakers, like Jean Renoir particularly,
for me it became mise-en-scene, real time, and
a reasonably fluid camera, and storymakmg or
filmmaking, that wasn't overly glamourous but
following the characters and watching what
they do, and hopefully having thematic notions,
which are about the nature of human beings,
on a certain level."
Finding the dramatic in the everyday is
something that became very important to
"My gut instinct in relation to filmmaking,
is to have characters that we recognise in our
everyday lives and put them into crisis situations and see how they react I'm not interested
in the kind of genre filmmaking or a filmmaking that celebrates the idea of 'supernatural' or
'the other.' That's just not my style. I feel
unrooted when it comes to that"
His next work, 1998's Dirty, was a much
darker work, adapted from a play by Scholte.
An ensemble piece with several intertwined
stories, it centred around Scholte's character,
David, and his disintegrating relationship with
Angie, an aging drug dealer played by Babz
Chula, the actor who played Scholte's mother in
Live Bait
The film's story was based largely on
improvisations and workshopping done for
weeks before shooting began. It meant that the
actors developed a huge investment in their
"As a process, I don't view the actors in my
film the way some directors do, in that they're
kind of pawns for them. They all have a certain
meaning. They all are about the central theme,
whereas I'm from the other end of the spectrum, which has characters. Once we create an
emotional, psychological template, then that
gets put into motion and we watch [these characters] go through all these different emotions."
last Wedding took a slightly more structured approach. Sweeney felt he had a lot to say
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about disintegrating relationships, as a result
last Wedding has three of them.
"I think you have to honour your subject
matter," he said. "In this film, I wanted to write
it because I wanted a firmer grasp, a firmer
hand in the narrative. I think with Dirty, and
with improv work in general, you're somehow
secondary to the main thrust of the improvisations, right You can't graft on a narrative that
makes much sense without risking imploding
the whole thing on itself."
As with the preparations for Live Bait
Sweeney and his cast spent several weeks
rehearsing and working out dialogue for Last
"We did tonnes of workshopping with the
actors...[to] up the ante with carving out characters that have some emotional and psychological complexity."
One of the most interesting elements of Last
Wedding is how familiar many of the actors
are; Scholte, Chula, Vincent Gale, Nancy Sivak,
Frida Betrani, Jay Brazeau and Benjamin
Ratner are all Sweeney veterans. Many of his
casting choices for Last Wedding were based on
his knowledge of the actors.
"I don't work against type very often. I like it
if there is some kind of equivalent in their life.
For example, Ben and Frida, they've been married before...With Tom [Scholte] and Nancy,
she's been that woman, in a way, and he's been
that man...You're dealing with a behavioural
truth that also exists in the actor. That's something that can go a long way as well, which I like
to bring out"
The central issue to the film is how relationships are destroyed by infidelity, jealousy, and
poor communication, all of which hinge on what
Sweeney views as men's inherent weakness.
"Men, when they're threatened, are really
quite pathetic...Women can more easily talk
about relationships:..with their female friends,
whereas men have a tendency to use their
time.. .When they get together, it's not about 'Oh,
this is how I'm feeling,' or anything. It's about,
'Let's just chill out, the less I feel like this the better,' you know, this kind of denial that men are
very familiar to fall into, which I understand.
"I think, when it comes to male weakness,
that's something that seemed like a natural
extension of what I was talking about with this
film...We get to know how the men's group
deals with these problems, which isn't particularly well."
As to be expected of a Sweeney film, the film
ties this 'male weakness,' of course, to sex.
"I think that in the first two films, I was very
interested in older/younger, male/female relationships; symbolically, in quite a large way,
they were mother/son. With this film, it's a
breakup film I wanted to take men who were
relatively sophisticated, university-educated,
who are thrown into a chaotic state."
"Sex is so powerful in our society and in our
psychological drives and I think we're more in
tune with our sexual drives than sometimes we
admit to," he said.
Another standout feature of the film is its
setting: Vancouver. Despite a thriving film
industry, Vancouver rarely gets to play itself.
There's something invigorating about seeing
Vancouver playing Vancouver on screen, but
it's something Sweeney has never much questioned. All three of his features have been set in
Vancouver and his next film, American Venus,
is to be set here as weE.
"I've lived here for 20 years and...I make
films that have characters that live and work in
Vancouver and I think I can represent those
characters in a veiy accurate way. I think the
character of the city acts as a backdrop.. but it's
a very specific backdrop. There are comments
that comes from regionality that are specific to
this area.
"I like to live here, and I'm comfortable here,
and I like to work here so, that being said, what
better thing to do than set your film here?" ♦
-with files from Sara Young TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2001
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by Dustin Cook
The UBC men's hockey team knew
that things were not going to be easy
as they kicked off their season with a
two-game homestand against the
University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Not only were the Birds up against a
team that lost only once last year in
regular play, but they were also going
into the game plagued by injuries. To
make matters worse, the Birds had a
poor pre-season, winning only one of
seven games.
Early on, things did not look good
for the Birds. One minute into the
game, goalie Robert File mishandled
a weak shot by Alberta forward Steve
Shrum and the Birds were behind 1-
0. Seven minutes later—before UBC
had even managed to get a shot on
goal—Alberta's strong passing game
resulted in another goal Filch didn't
even have a chance.
Down 2-0, the Birds were stunned
and played cautiously; they gave the
Alberta forwards too much room and
before the period was over Alberta
scored again. Badly out-played and
out-shot, the Birds headed into their
locker-room dejected, while many of
their fans headed to the Thunderbird
sports bar to drown
their sorrows.
However, much to
everyone's surprise,
the Birds emerged
from the locker-room
energised and played
like a different team.
They carried the play
for most of the second period. While
File danced on his head to keep the
puck out of the net, the Birds found
a way to get more shots on Alberta's
goalie. But even though the Birds
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out-hit, out-skated and out-worked
Alberta they couldn't score by the
end of the period. .,.
But the Birds had momentum on
their side. Their hard work paid off in
the third period when forward Derek
Dinelle knocked an Alberta player off
the puck and set up a wide-open Tim
McEachen. McEachen made no mistake and wired it into the top corner
over a sprawling Alberta netminder.
Though the Birds controlled the
play, they were down 3-1 and running out of time fast But things got
interesting in the last minute when
centre Nils Antons carried the puck
into the Alberta zone. In what can
only be described as a highlight reel
goal, Antons undressed two defenders, and with a masterful deke,
scored on a helpless Alberta goalie.
"Nils [Antons] scored the nicest
goal I've ever seen at UBC, and that's
11 years [of coaching] plus four when
I played," said coach Mike Coflin.
"The thing about Nils is that he
responds by competing even harder
and in that situation, even down 3-1,
he just wouldn't give up on the play,"
he added.
But nothing could prepare Alberta
for what happened next After calling
timeout, the Birds
lulled their goalie and
3 with 5.5 seconds left,
v|^»   Antons scored again,
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'It was a scramble
for the puck. We were
all at the boards. Derek
Dinelle had the puck in
his feet and just gave it out to me,"
Antons said. "I was kind of battling
the puck, just going towards the net
and I knew there wasn't much time
left so I just shot and I don't know it
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went in...it was kind of lucky."
Overtime would end up settling
nothing and the Birds hung on for the
tie. File kept the Birds in the game,
making 44 saves including one just
17 seconds before the end of overtime. The Slovakian also stopped four
"I was lucky on the breakaways, I
got one post in the second and one
guy hit me in the head in the third
period," said a modest File. "That's
what you expect when you play
Alberta. They have very strong forwards and they play very offensively.
They shoot a lot"
Saturday night would end up
being a different story. Once again
the Birds were slow getting out of the
gate and fell behind 2-0 in the first
and goalie Robert File keep the
period. But like Friday, the Birds
screeched to life.
Again the Birds were all over
Alberta, but they couldn't score.
However, four minutes into the
third period, Antons scored on a
powerplay. But hopes of a comeback
died when Alberta responded with a
goal of their own just 43 seconds
later. The Birds lost their cool, took a
couple of penalties and Alberta
buried two powerplay goals. By the
time the horn sounded, the Birds
had lost 6-2.
Although the final score didn't
show it the Birds were the best team
on the ice for most of the game. In the
end a few critical mistakes cost them
the win. "Give [Alberta] a lot of credit
When you turn over the puck they
jump on it* said Coflin. "They filled
the net and made us look bad in the
third period, and that hurts a bit"
Though the Birds did not win this
weekend, they proved they can com-
, pete with the best team in the conference. Antons' superb play was another bright spot With three goals and
one assist the S'3" centre was a scoring machine.
The Bird's next game will be this
weekend in Calgary. But the Birds
will need to improve their powerplay
and their transition game if they
hope to beat the Dinos this weekend.
"Next weekend in Calgary is a big
weekend for us. It's early in the year
but that's a team that we're trying
to beat out for a playoff spot,"
said Coflin. ♦
Calling all International Students
The AMS is looking for ways to increase and improve International Student Representation on Campus.
Current ideas include: creating a position on student council, adding an International Students
Commissioner, or setting up an advisory body that will represent your special concerns.
The AMS encourages all International students to get involved. We are keen to hear from you in
Order to find solutions that best address your concerns. Please submit your suggestions to Evan
Horie, Vice President Academic and University Affairs, at vpacademic@ams.ubc.ca or call 604-
Visions of Huma nity Po step C ontest
Share your vision of inclusivity for a chance to win over $1,000 in cash prizes
Submit your poster showing your vision of Global Harmony by November 7th, 2001. For
information and contest rules, please visit our web site at:
www.geocities.com/inclusivity/index.html, drop by the UBC Equity office in Brock Hall,
Room 2306, or call 604-822-2153.	
Upcom lug Events
Like aiteraauve mueie?
The Pit Pub is featuring a new evening of weekly entertainment every Thursday night.
Tons of prize give-aways including a Bus Loose trip for 2 to Mazatlan, CD's and Travel
Cuts prize packs. Come and get some I
Halloween Party Celebration wltt Joyilrop
The HALLOWEEN BEER GARDEN BASH gets underway on October 31st in
the SUB BALLROOM. Line-up includes: Joydrop who will be playing their hit
single "Sometimes Wanna Die", and special guests the Pocket
Dwellers Tickets are available at Subcetera for only $5.00.
Clubs need a savior
The following clubs will be de-constituted: The Fitness & Physique Club and
the Recreational Baseball Club, if you are interested in either of these clubs
and would like to see them survive, please e-mail: sacoffice@ams.ubc.ca or drop
by SUB Room 246 before October 26, 2001.
Wa want your Inpir
The AMS, your Student Society, wants to know what we can do for you.
We are in the process of creating a multi-year plan to optimize the
programs, services, events, businesses and advocacy that we
offer you. Our first step will be to create a closer bond between the
students and the student government.
Please give us your input on the following questions:
• Where should the AMS be headed in the next few years?
• What should our strategic goals be?
• How can we best fulfill our mandate?
• How can we provide continuity to students and yet be flexible
enough to make changes?
• How can we provide direction yet not be restrictive in our
Please e-mail your comments or suggestions to Krissy Price, Assistant to
the President, at: pres-assistant@ams.ubc.ca or
We are also looking for volunteers to get the game plan
rolling - so get involved!
We need students for the following committees:
• Long Range Focus Group on Academics, Learning & Support
• Long Range Focus Group on Financial Viability and Stability
• Long Range Focus Group on Community & Relevance to the
• Alpha Appointments Committee - Responsible for making
recommendations for hiring Elections Administrators, Ombuds
personnel, Student Court Judges, Speaker of Council and other
Court Officers
Come out and be part of a team that decides your future.
If you are interested, please get in contact with Evan Horie, Vice President
Academic and University Affairs, at vpacademic@ams. ubc.ca or call 604-
822-3092. THE UBYSSEY
T-Birds send Cougars and Vikes packing
 by Scott Bardsiey
With another two strong wins this
weekend, the women's soccer team
jumped to the top of the standings in
the Canada West On Thursday afternoon, the Thunderbirds claimed a 4-
1 victoiy at home against the winless
Regina Cougars. Then on Friday, the
Birds went off to Victoria, where they
beat the 4-3-2 Victoria Vikes 3-0.
The Birds controlled Thursday's
game, scoring just four minutes into
the first half with a high shot from
sweeper Amy Diewert The ball flew
just below the crossbar, leaving
the Regina goalie speechless
The Cougars had only a few good
shots on the UBC net With ten minutes left in the first half, UBC
increased its lead. From 20 yards
out defender Heather Smith fired
off a low shot through a crowd of
players and right into the corner of
the Cougars' net UBC was up 2-0.
With UBC holding on to a solid
lead, coach Dick Mosher replaced
veteran goalie Sian Bagshawe with
backup goalie Claire Lawrence.
Lawrence had only played in one
' other game this season, but since
Bagshawe will be leaving the Birds
next season, giving Lawrence some
game experience now maybe invaluable for the Birds next year. One
minute into the second half, however, the Cougars planted a lucky 20-
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yard shot past Lawrence into the top
of the UBC net bringing the score to
'It's certainly not a confidence
booster when you get on the field
after not playing much soccer and,
bam, two minutes into the half and
you get scored on, but you've just got
to deal with it* Lawrence said.
/It's tough when I'm going in
after Sian [Bagshawe] because she's
such an amazing player,* she said. *I
have some big shoes to fill in that
regard. I just have to work on getting
comfortable in there, so for next year
when she's gone, hopefully I'll be
able to step up a little bit more.'
But even though the Cougars had
two other scoring opportunities,
UBC's defence held. And with a pair
of goals for UBC from forward
Vanessa Martino, who redirected a
cross from the left wing right into the
centre of the goaL and then from
Westie, who sent a cross flying from
left wing past the goalie, the Birds
handily won 4-1.
On Friday, the Thunderbirds
downed the UVic Vikes 3-0. UBC's
offence, in the first half was relentless. Anjali Nayar headed a cross
into the net just nine minutes into
the game, and 20 minutes later, mid-
, fielder Kristine Jack took a Westie
pass and lobbed it between the posts
for a second goal. The Birds wrapped
up the half with a third goal, this
time from Sarah Nanneiy, who
whacked a chipped ball into the net
Captain Lyanne Westie is confi
dent that the young team has developed over the season into a mature
contender for the conference title.
'[Friday's game was] probably
one of the stronger games we've
played all season,' she said. 'All the
girls were working hard.'
But even though the Vikes failed
to score, the Birds still felt that they
gave the Vikes too many scoring
opportunities in the first half.
"There were times when we had
totally lost possession and they were
in complete controL but once we
tightened up defending they weren't
really able to play how they wanted
to play,* Smith said.
"Our new sweeper. Amy Diewert
because she can see the whole field
from her position, she was having a
really frustrating time telling everyone where to go because no one was
picking up their marks.' she said.
'We were frustrated because we
weren't doing what we were supposed to be, marking up. In the second half we fixed that'
The extra six points tie UBC with
Trinity Western for the top spot in
the Canada West at 18 points. But
with Calgary and Alberta only one
and two points behind them and
with UVic hanging on to 14 points,
the Birds can't afford to be complacent in their five remaining games.
The Birds will be off on a three-
game road trip this weekend, playing Alberta on Saturday,
Saskatchewan on Sunday, and
Regina on Monday. ♦
Soccer men break four-game winless streak
'  by Laura Blue
It was a well-deserved win for the Birds. On
Saturday, the UBC men's soccer team broke
out of a four-game winless streak and ended
its goal drought with a comfortable 2-0 win
over UVic, the second-place team in the
Canada West conference and a traditional
rival of the Thunderbirds.
"It was probably our best 90-minute effort
of the whole year,' said coach Mike Mosher.
UBC had a commanding first half against
UVic, controlling the play and out-shooting the
Vikes 13-2. Just ten minutes into the game,
first-year defender Graham Poole picked up a
loose ball in the UVic half to score his first goal
of the season and UBC's first of the game,
UBC continued to pressure UVic for the
entire game, and the Vikes struggled to create
good chances until the second half. The T-
Birds cemented their lead right before the end
of regulation time. Forward Steve Frazao,
anothef first-year, scored his first conference-
play goal. More importantly it was also the
first goal, excluding penalty shots, scored by a
UBQ forward this season.
'People said that UVic didn't play all that
well, but I think it's hard to play well against a
team that just controls the whole game,* said
co-captain Aaron Richer. "We didn't give them
any opportunity to get a flow, or anything of
the nature.'
The win, which is the Birds' first since their
5-0 rout of Lethbridge on September 22,
should come as a relief to the team. The Birds
have had solid performances all season, but in
recent weeks they've had difficulty converting
chances into goals. Before Saturday, the
Thunderbirds had scored just two goals in
their previous four games despite dominating
the play and creating dozens of scoring
The T-Bird's home game last Wednesday
night was frustrating. The Birds controlled the
play, but couldn't get a goal
"Same old, same old,' said goalkeeper
Julian Phillips as he left the pitch after UBC's
0-0 tie with the Trinity Western University
"It's very disappointing,' said team coop-
tain Shawn Bobb after the game. "It should
have been at least a 4-0 game. We had our
"We carried all the play but couldn't capitalise. It's the story of this year so far," he said.
But as Saturday's victory shows, persistence pays off. "You just kind of grind away,
and good things will come to those who wait'
said Richer, "It was just our time.'
The 3-2-3 Thunderbirds are currently tied
in the Canada West for fourth place—the last
playoff spot—with the Calgary Dinos, who still
have a game in hand. The standings are tight
however. With eight games played and four
games remaining, UBC is only five, points off
the conference leaders, the Alberta Golden
"Every game from here on in is going to be
so important' said Mosher.
Next week, the Birds take to the road. They
play the conference leaders. Alberta, on
Saturday and third-place Saskatchewan on
'To be honest where we finish anywhere
in the top four is fine by me, because...I know,
I think the players know, that we can beat any
team in this league,' Mosher said. 'I think the
quality of play that we've had so far this year
has been good, and it's just a matter of us capitalising on opportunities.'
'At this point in time, we've just got to get
ourselves in the playoffs," he said. "From
there, I mean, we're one of the last teams anyone wants to play.* ♦
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Sarah Morrison slept like a baby next to Jeff Fung. Her thoughts
far away from Natasha Norjberg and Justin Robertson. What
they'd done to Marie Heath. The horrible stench, when they
found him in Jodi DiMenna's apartment seemed like years ago.
She was safe now. Safe from Scott Bardeley's cronies. Ai Lin
Choo'd made sure of that when she sent Dustin Cook and Hywel
Tuscano to the chair, and Carty Hollander to the grave with a
bullet in her chest Only Lisa Denton knew where she was now
or who she was. Elisabeth Lhi'd done a good job on the plastic
surgery, and Brian Jung got her new papers that were more official and more real than the ones she'd had before—the real
ones. Next door lived Ian Sonshme, a little boy with a tricycle,
and Duncan McHugh, a little girl who liked to dress like a
princess aH the time.
Across the tree lined street, however, Graeme Worthy was
suspicious. Where Julia Christensen's once lived was now this
'couple,' like something out of an Emily Chan film. The husband
looked like Chris Shepherd and (he wife like Ayako Kobayasbj.
shiny happy people who join the PTA, and go to Becky Koskela's
soccer games, but thfy never talked about their past Nic Fensom
was a private investigator he knew, he'd hired Nk lastyear when
he figured that Surita Bains and hie Alicia Miller were fooling
around on him. Nic'd get to the bottom of this, any way he could. -,
Even if it meant using—the Sofa Nagai method.
Laura Blue wanted to send Jeremy Nelson an envelope
full of baking soda. Barbara Anderson wouldn't let her and Sara
Young had to wrestle her to the ground.
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Spending eight hours watching an Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council meeting can provide
more insight into the student society than anyone would ever want But after last week's
marathon eight-hour meeting, the AMS
deserved both criticism and praise.
The AMS's decision to withhold clarity
the student body deserves to be, and should
be, questioned. However, other times the student representatives showed themselves worthy of commendation.
The motion to hold a referendum to raise
student fees was heavily disputed last
Wednesday, and one would think that after last
year's fiasco regarding the wording of the
health plan referendum. Council would've
learnt its lesson. r
In September lastyear, two UBC students circulated a petition against the Alma Mater
Society (AMS)/Graduate Student Society (GSS)
Health Plan stating that students were misled
when they were asked if they had wanted to be
members of the plan. The confusion that most
students experienced last year had to do with
the exact same issue AMS councillors spent an
hour and a half arguing about last Wednesday-
mandatory fees.
During what proved to be the longest AMS
meeting ever, the majority of councillors decided that adding a note to the motion, clearly stating that the proposed fee increase would be
mandatory, would be a bad idea.
Some argued about the agressiveness of the
word "mandatory." Others disputed a watered
down term "optout-able" [sic], stating that if students were reminded of the rigid terms of an
increase, they would most definitely vote
against it.
The majority of councillors at the meeting
decided it was more important to leave out a
word that could ultimately jeopardise months of
their work, and the expansion of their services
was more important than being clear and honest
Last Wednesday the AMS decided that raising student fees is more important than actually finding out if students really want an expansion of services.
So, if the AMS is so certain of the importance
of their services, why are they against clarity?
Are they afraid that students might turn around
and decide that they don't want more services
or decide that they shouldn't be paying for most
of the services that the AMS offers?
An interesting point raised by several councillors was whether the AMS—and students-
should even be paying for programs like
Safewalk. Why should students have to take so
much responsibility in ensuring their own safety on campus? Shouldn't the university administration ultimately be responsible for our safety? Students shouldn't have to pay an extra $3 a
year to feel safe walking around campus at
night For eight months out of the year the campus is home to many and safety should be a
basic service provided to students.
But while it can be easy to criticise the AMS,
our student representatives deserve credit
after they rejected several proposed amendments to Bylaw 18, amendments which would
have limited students' access to contracts
signed by the student society.
In an almost unanimous decision at last
Wednesday's Council meeting, councillor after
councillor stated their objections to a proposed
bylaw which would allow future AMS Councils
to enter into confidential agreements with corporations, such as the existing Coke deal.
In 1995, the AMS entered into a confidentiality exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola,
exchanging their accountability to students
for financial gain. But last week, the current
AMS took a stand against confidentiality. At
Wednesday's Council meeting, representatives stated their objections to enacting a
bylaw that could leave students in the dark.
Despite a few councillors who voiced contrary
opinions, most showed their dedication to the
principle of student representation.
As frightening as an eight-hour Council
meeting sounds, councillors gritted their teeth
though it and struggled to find some consensus
regarding the best interests of students. We can
honestly say that they rightly deserve credit ♦
Clarifying the games
On July 14, 2001, my heart filled
with joy when China won the bid for
the 2008 Olympics. Finally. You
might say I'm partially biased
because I'm Chinese myself. I'm
sure when we win the bid for
Whistler 2010, we as Canadians will
feel this same sort of pride too. But
to me, China's victoiy means more
than patriotism. In over a century of
modern Olympics, China is the only
major country that has never hosted one. I remember as a child, looking down the list of Olympic hosts
in the encyclopedia, I always wondered why China wasn't there.
"Dad, why isn't China here? It's
always hot here. The perfect climate
for the summer Olympics!" Well
now, finally, China will get its shot
Of course, I knew that it was just
a matter of time that someone at
UBC was going to protest against it
And that just so happened in the
Ubysseys recent article, "Human
rights still a hot topic* [Oct 10].
, Kate Woznow does not want
China to host the Olympics. She
implies that this event won't
improve human rights. So, does
she believe her endless campaign
to protest against China will some
day turn one billion people
against its government? Sounds
incredulous to me, but China
using the Olympics as a stepping
stone for improvement is equally
incredulous to her. The point is
that no one knows. You can't just
guess at the future like this. No
one protested the 1996 Olympics
in Atlanta. And then a bomb
exploded in the Olympic Village,
killing one and injuring many others. This incident, the first of its
kind in Olympic history, happened in a countiy that is the pinnacle of human rights.
So how can anyone really predict what change, if any, will happen to China at this point in time? I
don't know, and I'm guessing Ms
Woznow doesn't have psychic powers. Why start making conclusions
when it's still seven years until the
event? I hope that Ms Woznow will
wait until at least 2009 to make her
final analysis. And I hope, for just
one month in 2008, that the political protests will be replaced by a
celebration of athleticism.
-Kevin Low
Arts 4
Clarifying the truth
I'm writing to clarify some statements made in the article "Human
rights still a hot topic* [Oct 10]. In
particular, Canadian Secretary-
General for Amnesty International
Alex Neve's comment that "China
could decide to mount some sort of ,
brutal crackdown, as it has in the
past with respect to Falun Gong
practitioners" will have left many
readers with a wrong impression.
China isn't at risk of mounting a
brutal crackdown against Falun
Gong, but rather, it is currently
engaging in a brutal crackdown
against Falun Gong and has been
concurrently since July 1999. Over
290 practitioners have been tortured to death, and tens of thousands have been sent to labour
camps. As we speak, practitioners
are being located, illegally detained,
and tortured until they admit they
practice Falun Gong. And if they
admit it they are sent to labour
camps where they are tortured until
they sign pre-written statements
condemning Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, also known as
Falun Dafa, is a non-violent non-
political group of people from various ethnic, cultural, and class back
grounds, here and in China, who
work at being more truthful, compassionate, and tolerant as a
means of spiritual growth.
—Ben Larkman
Arts 3
Clarifying the protest
I believe Ai Lin Choo mistakenly
described the recent anti-war
demonstrations occurring around
the world as "pro-Taliban" as a result
of a miscommunication ("Protests
mount as US strikes," [Oct 10]). To
clarify, these anti-war demonstrations are not in support of President
Bush's military actions. Nor do they
support the terrorists or the oppressive Taliban regime. The peace rallies object to the loss of lives of innocent Afghani cilivians who are
threatened by the boipbings. They
also condemn the racist backlash
occurring in the US and Canada. The
term "pro-Taliban" was used erroneously in an article which otherwise captured the essence of the
October 9 anti-war/anti-racism rally.
—Abeer Majeed
Science 4 Clarification of
My comments that were printed in
the October 10 edition of the Ubyssey
are easy to misinterpret, and I
thought that I should write this letter
in order to clarify my point My statement that "most of us have been to
enough rallies to know that just showing our dissent in this way is not
much more than a symbolic gesture,"
was in reference to the idea that earlier anti-war events had not prevented the United States, Britain, Canada,
and their allies from initiating
their bombing campaign against
Afghanistan. I think that the majority
of the participants in the October 9
rally and other similar gatherings
recognise that while these events are
essential to the process of building
and strengthening opposition,
actions of an even greater scale and
scope will be necessary to get
Chretien, Bush, Blair and the rest of
their shoot-'em-up posse to holster
their six-guns and head back to the
At the same time, I feel that it's
important to recognise the impact
that "symbolic" acts do have, both as
catalysts for future mobilisation and
as a way of communicating people's
immediate opposition to the war
and the racism that both fuels and is
fuelled by it I think that this is very
well illustrated by Abeer Majeed's
comments from the same paper,
stating that the rallies had "made
quite a bit of difference," and had
shown that there is a wide spectrum
of people who "don't believe in
racism and are standing up to it."
—Mwalu Jan Peeters-
Agricultural Science 4
Lurking Americanism
I suppose this may be ill-timed as
well, but the first thing that struck me
upon hearing the Thobani story, was
that the Canadian government and
society has begun to unthinkingly
side, not with the individual victims
of this age (be they American or
other, or most likely both), but with
the American nationalism that has
unsurprisingly sprung up from wherever it has been (mankfully) lurking
for the last five or so years. Of course,
this was before I knew that Professor
Sunera Thobani was "a strong
woman of colour.* (That changes
everything, I suppose.)
Let's not forget how accusingly we
look at American senator McCarthy,
and how blushingly the American
government tries to excuse the communist witch hunts on the grounds of
mob mentality—oops—I mean fear.
"Well, by and by, somebody said
Sherburn ought to be lynched. In
about a minute everybody was saying
it; so away they went, mad and
yelling, and snatching down every
clothesline they come to do the hanging with." —Mark Twain
Please continue to stand up in
defence of our right to have thoughts,
UBC. I don't know where I'd go if I
had to stop thinking.
-Julia MacArthur
Arts/Science 2
University of Toronto
Campus groups
support Thobani
What Sunera Thobani stated in her
speech about the effects of globalisation and American foreign policy in
the world is what millions of people
are thinking because they experience those effects. Many of us live a
sheltered life here, while others are
constantly under attack. However,
the mainstream media's interpretation of Dr Thobani's speech, like
their coverage of any events or opinions that go against the status quo
(such as the protests in Seattle and
Quebec City) is mostly biased and
manipulative. The people involved
(in this case Dr Thobani) are condemned before there has been any
productive debate around the issues
The treatment Dr Thobani has
received is enough to make anyone
think twice before making any comments crticial of US policy. This produces a climate of fear and tension,
discouraging critics from speaking
up. Thankfully, we have people like
her with the courage to speak out and
many others who are ready to support
her and not hold their head down for
fear of the same harassment that Dr
Thobani has received. The racist
aspects of many of the negative reactions to her sp'eech cannot be denied,
and it is really ironic that she herself
should be accused of racism and
hatred. It is also ridiculous to imply,
as many have, that she is in some way
supporting the Taliban or does not
care about the rights of women in
Afghanistan. People like her were
already speaking out against that
regime back when the Americans
were funding them.
Dr Thobani's speech attacked
American policy, not American people, and was motivated by a desire
for social justice, not revenge or religious fanaticism. It did show that
words can be powerful weapons to
make people think. In a university
and in a democratic society, we
shouldn't be afraid of them. Let's
"Think About It*
—Social Justice Centre
Mobilisation Against War and Racism
Colour Connected Against Racism
Amnesty International of UBC
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Features writing
Applicants must be willing to write and submit their works for editing.
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Squeaker loss
for Birds
Football team at bottom of Canada West
by Scott Bardsiey
Normally UBC football fans can
head home a few minutes before the
end of the game, knowing who won.
But last Friday, at the Thunderbirds'
game against Saskatchewan, it came
down to the last six
The last time UBC
and Saskatchewan
squared off, the
Huskies roasted the
Birds 50-13. This
time, the game was
an awful lot closer.
The first half was virtually deadlocked as both teams' defence put
in solid performances. Ten minutes into the game, a series of
Huskie passes put Saskatchewan
in UBC territory. Huskie kicker
Brett Czarnota missed a 27-yard
field goal, but Saskatchewan did
get a touchback, putting the
Huskies up 1-0.
Right before halftime, however, a
deep 39-yard pass from Huskies
quarterback Sheldon Ball to Aaron
David put Saskatchewan on UBC's
one-yard line. With a quick rush into
the end zone- and a successful
Czarnota conversion, the Huskies
were up 8-0.
UBC's offence, on the other hand,
was stymied. Tailback Nathan Funk
made a pitiful 15 yards on eight
runs in the first half and quarterback Rob Kenney, starting only his
second regular game of the season,
completed just a handful of passes.
"The first half was definitely frustrating,' Funk said after the game.
"They were rushing the gaps well.
They were blitzing well...There just
wasn't much time to think about
what [to do]."
The second half was different
for the Birds. After UBC kicker
Leon Denenfeld sent the Huskies
back to their own eight-yard line
and the UBC defence contained
them, Saskatchwan made a weak
punt on the third down. With the
help of a penalty, the Birds found
themselves only 30 yards short of
pay dirt A pass to Funk earned
seven yards, but Saskatchewan's
defence tightened up and forced
the Birds to try for a field goal.
Denenfeld didn't miss. The
Huskies' lead was cut by three.
"In the second half we all just
grouped and said, 'We've got to
solidify and come out like a cannon
and blast. We've just got to blow it
up and open some holes/ and then
we just started clicking as an
offence/ Funk said. "We started
playing as a team."
The Huskies struck back in the
third quarter. UBCs Ryan Branting
fumbled the ball on the Saskatchewan
38-yard line. The Huskies then rumbled up to the UBC 2 3-yard line before
being stopped and forced to kick.
Czarnota made the field goal, taking
his team up 11-3.
Things were starting to look bad
for UBC at the start of the fourth quarter. Even so, the Birds made a huge
play three minutes later. After a
Huskies punt, Kenney passed to Dan
Lazarri, who made a 30-yard run to
put his team on the
Saskatchewan 20-yard
line. Then Kenney landed another long 20-yard
pass to Matt Lyons in
the end zone. Denenfeld
missed the conversion,
but the Birds were energised, back in the game
and only down two points.
"People were getting fired up.
People were getting positive. People
wanted to get creative out there,"
said Funk.
With only two minutes left, the
Huskies punted up the field and
safely Sandy Beveridge made an
amazing 38-yard return to put the
Birds on the Saskatchewan 34. A
swift pass from Kenney to Radlein
took them up to the 16. UBC's
offence stalled and Denenfeld was
forced to kick again. He made the
21-yard field goal, and took UBC into
the lead, 12-11 with only 59 seconds
left UBC was poised to claim its second win of the season.
Then the unthinkable happened,
UBC's solid defence was caught off
guard. In just 40 seconds,
Saskatchewan methodically moved
the ball up 51 yards to UBC's 24. On
the Huskies' third down, with only six
seconds left in the game, Czarnota
made a 30-yard field goal, snatching
the Thunderbirds' upset victoiy.
"Sometimes that's just the way it
goes. Sometimes the last team with
the ball is going to win," Lazzari
said. "We should have come up with
that win. I really don't have any
excuses as to why we didn't."
"Overall I think this is one of the
better games we've played this year
and I'm really proud of our offence.
We really started clicking tonight
Our defence, like always, did a solid
job. It's unfortunate that in the end
the ball didn't roll our way,"
Denenfeld said.
"Our defence really sucked it up
in the second half and they made
some big plays. The thing that our
defence did that I really liked is they
created turnovers for us. They created situations for us to excel on
offence," said coach Jay Prepchuck.
The loss leaves UBC with slim
playoff hopes. The Birds are currently at the bottom of the Canada
West standings, but are only one
point behind Calgary and Alberta,
who are tied for fourth. If the Birds
win their last two games against
those teams, they can sneak into the
fourth and final Canada West playoff spot The Birds play their next
game at home against Calgary on
Friday. Kick-off is at 7pm at
Thunderbird Stadium. ♦
Women's Rugby
Short several of. its starters, the
women's rugby team played UVic on
Saturday. The T-Birds lost 27-17,
making their season record so far 0-
3. The team has a tough weekend
ahead of it: UBC will be hosting the BC
Canada West Rugby Championships
Thursday through Sunday. •>


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