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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Volume 84 Issue 3
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Science funding low
increase not
enough to
cover costs
by Kevin Groves
UBC's Faculty of Science is still
. struggling to keep lab sections open
despite a.23 per' cent tuition
increase this year, leaving some student leaders worried about the quality of education on campus.
Iii a report released by UBC
administrators, the university
announced plans to give $454,000
to the Faculty of Science, which is
only 2.3 per cent of the extra $19.3
million that UBC gained from this
year's tuition hikes.
"I certainly would have liked to
see more money {for Science]/ said
UBC Science Undergraduate Society
(SUS) President Reka Sztopa. "We
should be able to get enough lab
experience to be competitive and I
don't think we're getting that now."
Kristen Read, an Arts representative to the UBC Alma Mater
Society (AMS), agreed.
"No, [the Faculty of Science] didn't get enough money and it's not
going to meet student needs because
right now they're looking for other
ways to fund labs," Read said.
In 1998, UBC's Faculty of
Science began to cancel lab sections
due to lack of funding. Numbers of
available lab sections for Science
students have continued to
decrease since then.
UBC Dean of Science Maria
Klawe said her faculty has done
everything it can with the money
available to keep more lab sections
from being closed.
She said that although the
Faculty of Science has more money
to spend than last year due to the
tuition increase, her faculty still had
to find $500,000 to fund Science
lab instructors after the BC government cut the Work Study program.
To make up for that lost revenue,
Klawe said her faculty spent the
majority of its tuition allocation,
plus another $500,000 from the
departmental budget, on purchasing newer lab equipment and funding more teaching assistants (TAs)
to run Science labs.
"So the level of service {now]
should be about the same as last
year," Klawe said. "We would like
more money, of course, but I also
realise that there were other important things that the tuition increase
was spent on."
Klawe added that she's grateful
for the tuition increase because
without it there would have been
even more Science lab closures.
"It probably won't make me very
popular for saying this, but because
of the increase I feel great that we're
not cutting more sections right
now," she said.
See "Funding" on page 2.
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A TOAST, TO US: Virginia Marks celebrates opening day. nic fensom photo
Not your average library
Wine library opens today in Nutritional Sciences building
by Kathleen Deering
A library filled with shelf upon shelf
of wine, not books, will be opening
on Tuesday in the basement of
UBC's Nutritional Sciences building.
Attracting worldwide attention as
the first wine library to be used for
wide-scale wine research, the BC
Chapter of the Canadian Wine
Library has been the dream of
Professor Hennie van Vuuren since
he arrived at UBC three years ago.
"I'm very pleased with it," he
said. "It's a beautiful facility.'
Each year, researchers at UBC
will taste all of the wines produced
Real students treat CyberPatients
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DR KARIM QAYUMJ: With his CyberPatient software for training
by Kathleen Deering
Medical students at UBC will learn
about how to be doctors online this
fall with the introduction of new
technology resembling a video
Called CyberPatient, the program simulates what it's like to
diagnose and treat a real patient
and is functional on any computer
or laptop. The web-based resource
was developed over the last few
years by UBC surgery professor Dr
Karim Qayumi and his son Tarique
as a learning aid for second-year
medical students.
He wants to revolutionise the
way medicine is taught "People
learn more theory in school and
then...they cannot implement their
theoretical knowledge in practical
medicine," he said.
Med students work with anatomically correct virtual patients that
are designed with an enjoyable and
impressive  level  of detail.   The
See "CyberPatient"on page 2.
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in British Columbia, and then select
the wines they feel have the potential to age well. The BC wineries
each donate 24 bottles of selected
wines to the library, which can hold
close to 30,000 bottles.
Currently, the pleasantly fragrant
library holds only a few thousand
botfles of wines from all areas of BC.
Van Vuuren expects the shelves to
be filled soon, providing vast
resources for UBC researchers.
"There's very little information
available about the capability of
wines produced in British Columbia
to age or not to age," said Van
Vuuren, "so what we want to do is a
scientific study and follow the aging
of the top wines made in British
Studies by graduate students and
professors will be done on wine
yeast, to see how the process of making wine affects the expression of
genes in the yeast cell.
"Each and every litde vineyard is
mapped," Van Vuuren said, "so we
know exacdy what conditions are
present in those vineyards."
Researchers can then follow the
aging of the wines and correlate
their ability to age well or poorly
with.enology (study of wine) and viticulture (study of the vine) practices
in the Qkahagan.
Advice can then be provided to
these BC vineyards so they can stay
on the cutting edge of wine technology, reaching the upper limit of aromatic complexity and prevent
problems such as sluggish fermentations that lead to the spoilage of
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Commerce fees go back to faculty
"Funding" from page 1.
Brian Sullivan, UBC vice-president, students, agreed. He said the
allocation to all faculties, including
Science, was an intelligent application of the funds available, but
more money is necessary to
fundUBC's faculties properly.
'I'd certainly be sympathetic to
discussion on this issue,* he said.
The report also said that UBC's
Faculty of- Commerce would
receive a tuition allocation of nearly $1.8 million this year, nearly
four times as much as has been.
allocated to the Faculty of Science.
But Sullivan said the numbers
are misleading because undergraduate tuition increases in
Commerce were beyond the base
rate of 23 per cent—or $11.70 per
credit—that was instituted campus
In addition to paying the
$11.70 base rate, this year's
undergraduate Commerce students in second year or higher will
pay another $20.37 per credit For
a Commerce student in second
year or higher, that's a total per
credit increase of $32.07, or an
increase of $962.10 per year for a
30-credit courseload
Meanwhile, graduate students
in the Master's of Business
Administration (MBA) program*
will pay $28,000 for their tuition,
an increase of 300 per cent
from last year.
"90 per cent of both' these
increases will be returned to the
Faculty [of Commerce] so that
explains the large allocation figure,* Sullivan said. ♦
Cellar to be filled soon
"Wine" from page T.
wines. This will parallel research
in France, where researchers have
found certain regions that will produce the best quality of a particular
type of wine. For example,
in Bordeaux, only Cabernet is
'It's miraculous what [BC] has
achieved,*, Van Vuuren said.
"Twenty years ago the wines were
undrinkable, and today we see
really top-class wines on par with
•what's being produced anywhere
else in the World.*
"Master's of Science student.
Brad Greatrix, enjoys combining
his passion for wine with a career
in science. "There's so much more,
to it than such a drink...so much
work that goes into it. When you
have that just ardazing wine, it
changes your life forever.*
Only one year ago, the library
was in an old storage room—a far
cry from the new temperature-and
humidity-controlled space that is
hidden behind solid doors and is
heavily guarded by a' security system.
"When I started here last year it
was just'an empty room and a
bunch of blueprints...To see this
come together in the last few
months is really exciting...The
wines are here; it's starting to
smell good," said Greatrix.
The Wine Library will supplement     UBC's     existing     Wine
IN THE DEEP, DARK CELLAR: Dr Hennie van Vuuren and grad student Brad Greatrix show off the goods, nic fensom photo
Research Centre, created in 1999
with fully functioning molecular
biology laboratories for grad students and professors to use to
study the chemical breakdown of
Although most of the cellar
holds BC wines, there is an international section—called the
Vinotequeoa collection—of some of
the best wines from around the
world which have been donated by
the public. Any avid wine collector
can add a bottle to the diverse collection. A tax receipt will be provided based on the current market
value of the wine.
Located adjacent to the wine
library is the Mission Hill Family
Estate Tasting Salon, a wine-tasting
room containing a long oak table
and wine glasses. It will also be.
opening on Tuesday.
The Wine Library, new laboratories and equipment were funded
in part by a grant from the BC
Knowledge Development Fund.
UBC also made $300,000 available
for the project, and $600,000 was
raised from the wine industry.
Food Science PhD student
Virginia Marks' interest in wine
science was piqued after she
worked at a wine cellar for a few
years. She is glad for the media
attention focused on the new
library. "It's fun for us to take
something so stereotypically
square and add some glamour to
it,* she said. ♦
New technology enhances student education
"CyberPatient" from page 1.
program is the first of its kind in
North America.
"We are the first ones to make
something this comprehensive-
there are some other programs
with more writing, reading," he
said, "but nobody has brought the
precision we have in quality and
the depth of the knowledge embedded in this technology."
Initially tested in Japan, the program was incorporated by UBC's
medical school curriculum this
September. Fourteen other schools
will soon be making use of the technology as well. The goal, Qayumi
I said, is for any student at universi-
' fy, not only med students, to be able
to access the program.
The opening frame of the program will look familiar to residents
of Vancouver. Users are shown an
aerial view of a hospital modelled
, after Vancouver General Hospital,
with snow-capped mountains nestled in the Pacific ocean visible in
the background.
Once in the hospital, future doc-
- tors select a patient to treat. They
ask questions of, and examine, the
patients who are afflicted with various   ailments.   These   simulated
patients are modelled with great
detail after real people. "It's as realistic as it can be in a PC-based environment," said Qayumi.
If treatment is needed, a steady
hand on the mouse will perform
virtual surgery to relieve patients of
tumours, cysts and kidney stones.
When the student finishes treating
the patient, he or she must take a
diagnosis to the virtual head surgeon—tired, cranky and unshaven—
for tense approval. The student is
then scored on his or her performance as doctor in the program.
"Every examination a doctor can
do is in there," Qayumi said. "It
condenses the life expectancy of a
doctor and gives it to a student in
'one hour."
The program will be successful
in helping students learn as they
utilise practical knowledge time
and again.
"The, message is here that the
students will learn the practical
knowledge many, many times like a
video game," Qayumi explained.
"You go through all these steps and
make mistakes; the next time you
come by you won't do it again—so
you are improving as you go along.*
Along with a group of
researchers, Qayumi is starting to
build hybrid technology that will
take virtual learning to the next
level. "Right npw we can deliver the
knowledge—but it doesn't have the
forced feedback,* Qayumi said.
Combining computer science
research from SFU and BCIT,
Qayumi's team intends to build
something for hands-on use.
"That's the most important part for
surgeons. If you want to find a
breast tumour you have to feel [that
it's there]."
He is currently negotiating a
grant for the project in the tens of
millions of dollars from the
Canadian Foundation for
Innovation. If this funding is
approved, creation of a physical
CyberPatient can begin in earnest.
Right now, the CyberPatient
program is continually being
improved, and more diseases for
students to diagnose are being
added. "Now we're calling it
Interactive Medical Curriculum-
it's not just the patient anymore.
We have cyber .lectures, educational material and evaluations," he
While the website is not yet up,
people will eventually be able to find
more information on the Internet at
www.cyberpatient.com. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Minimal reaction to tuition increase
by Kevin Groves
With post-secondary students lining up to pay
BC's first increased tuition in six years, some
students at UBC appear to have accepted the
tuition hike with little complaint.
"(The tuition increase] seems pretty steep,
but compared to other schools in other
provinces [tuition] is still not that bad,* said
William Huckvale, a first-year UBC Arts student interviewed at the end of a line of students waiting to pay tuition.
Vera Chen, another firstyear UBC Arts student in line, agreed.
"I wanted to go to the University of Toronto
(U of T) but didn't have the money to do it,"
Chen said. "Compared to U of T, tuition here is
still way less."
x Huckvale and Chen's sentiments seem to
have been echoed by many other students on
campus, said Deborah Robinson, who directs
the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office
in Brock Hall, where students pay tuition.
"To my knowledge, none of the staff have
reported any incidents of students complaining about paying increased tuition," Robinson
said. "For first-year students, UBC still has the
third lowest tuition in Canada."
Robinson said her department's aggressive
campaign to emphasise the UBC Board of
Governors' (BoG) access principle, which
states that no qualified domestic student
should be denied the opportunity to attend
UBC solely for financial reasons, can be partly
credited for the lack of complaint on campus.
She said that the message has been pitched
to students through Financial Aid's website, in
admission letters, workshops put on by the
Financial Aid office during first-week orientation, and distribution of free copies of The
Debt-Free Graduate, a book by Murray Baker
about how to make it through university free
of debt.
"The message seems to be getting
through," Robinson said. "Even though
[tuition fees] went up a lot this year, a lot of
students still seem to think they're getting a
pretty good deal."
But complaints about tuition at BC's three
other universities have been, made more
vocally lately.
At UVic, University of Victoria Student
Society (UVSS) Chair Troy Sebastian said his
office has been inundated with complaints
about paying higher tuition.
"We give [students] a copy of our SUB
handbook and the cover says 'reduce tuition
fees," Sebastian said of a document given to
all students. "The first thing students usually
say is 'exactly'."
Sebastian said the UVSS has started a petition demanding that UVic's administrators
stop increasing tuition. He said the response-
from students has been enthusiastic.
"We haven't even been trying to get people
to sign the petition, they're doing it all on their
own," Sebastian said.
At SFU, Simon Fraser Student Society
President Carlos Garcia said SFU students
have also complained about paying for the
tuition hike.
"Right now people are more worried about
other things they have to be done in the first
weeks of September but the complaints have
been coming in continually," Garcia said.
To address these complaints, Garcia said
his student society has planned a theatre presentation in the SFU SUB, visual displays, a letter writing campaign to the SFU BoG and distribution of a newsletter as part of a campaign
to reduce tuition.
"We'll start campaigning big after
September 12, a few days before tuition needs
to be paid on September 15/ Garcia said.
At the University of Northern British
Coloumbia (UNBC), Northern Undergraduate
Student Society (NUGS) President Rob
MacEachern said that while students have
raised concerns about the tuition increase,
they are more concerned about the loss of the
Work Study program due to BC government
MacEachern said UNBC does not have the
money to fund the Work Study program,
which provided campus jobs for students with
student loans, so the university will have to go
"That will cause an even greater pinch than
the tuition increase because it saves our students from getting hit harder with student
loan debt," MacEachern said.
MacEachern added that he hopes his student society will be able to conduct a major
campaign for Work Study funding in January
when many students are running low on
Meanwhile, UBC's Alma Mater Society
(AMS) remains quiet about what campaigns it
has started in order to reduce tuition fees.
AMS President Kristen Harvey could not be
reached for comment by press time. ♦
LOOK MOM! NO WIRES! Tara Klikach makes use of free wireless internet in Main Library's Chapman Learning Commons, nic fensom photo
UBC offers wireless internet access across campus
by Dennis Wang
The end of long lineups at computer
labs may soon become a reality, as
UBC has launched one of Cariadas
largest wireless networks with fifty
per cent of campus buildings already
hooked up.
If all goes well, UBC will be completely wireless by the next school
The new network makes UBC one
of the leading universities in the
wireless network field.
"UBC is in ahead of the pack,"
says Wireless Network Manager,
Jonn Martell. "We're probably going
to be one of the top five in North
America to become wireless."
Funded by the University
Networking Program—a program to
ensure the campus is on a network,
either wired or wireless—the UBC
Wireless Network allows students,
faculty and staff to hook onto the
Internet at high-speeds from almost
anywhere on campus, without plugging in cables.
To connect to the network, users
need only have a laptop or personal
digital assistant (PDA)—similar to a
palm pilot—equipped with a built-in
antenna and wireless network card.
Psychology student Justin Barrett
is excited about the latest Wireless
network, but fears that a shift in
funding to the new program might
take away from traditional computer
"It seems like a great idea. But
there are lots of us used to the current computer labs," he said. "You
have to wonder whether they'll be
missing out on something."
Martell is aware of this concern,
but states that the wireless network
will only add to the current system
and not take away from it   '
"Wireless technology will eventually allow any classroom to be used
as a lab," he said. "The existing computer labs will not go away and many
students, at the same time, will likely benefit from the new service," he
But English student Leslie Chan,
who wishes to use the Wireless network, may hot have the means to do
"Tuition rises are as high as can
be, and many of us simply cannot
afford to purchase a lap top," she
Martell understands the financial
difficulties many students face, and
adds that the University has implemented a free lap top loan system.
Network-ready laptops can be
borrowed from Main Library for two
hours at a time.
In addition, several faculties like
Education have been fairly aggressive in purchasing lap tops that they
can lend to students, Martell said.
At the Chapmans Learning
Commons Centre in Main Library,
there are already thirty laptops ready
to be loaned. Demand for the service
became so high after the first day of
school that the support staff had to
shut the service for a while.
Third-year political science student Johannes Ebelin expressed
pleasure with the new service. "It
makes it more personal, efficient and
fast I can bring my own lap top to
school and access the Web," he said.
While high speed is one of the
wireless networks laudable features,
its largest benefit lies in its low
"The technology is really cheap,
that's the beauty about the wireless
network system. At any given access
point, we could potentially have a
thousand people connected to it
without any of the usual entanglements,* Martell said.
"But if you tried to replicate that
with a wired network, it would be
very expensive for the equipment,
cable installations, spaces, and so
forth," Martell said.
Users interested in accessing the
wireless service can log onto
www.wireless.ubc.ca for more information about campus buildings and
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One card to rule
them all
by Heather Neale
The days of toting a photocopy card,
library card, student card, residence
food card, and a Visa card around
campus might soon be over if UBC
agrees to ratify the Smart Card this
The proposed card is armed with
a microchip that holds students' centrally-controlled money. The final
form of the banking system is not yet
known, but it is expected that a campus account would be set up for students. Students could then transfer
funds from their own bank account
into the campus account
The card will also have a magnetic strip to sign out library books and
will have the capacity to buy food
and drinks, open doors at residence,
and pay for photocopying.
Alma Mater Society President
Kristen Harvey is excited about the
"The potential convenience of it
is awesome," said Harvey.
Smart cards have already been
successfully implemented in other
schools across Canada, such as the
University of Toronto,' the University
of Alberta, and SFU.
Before the school agrees to grant
the go-ahead for the project, the committee needs to take steps like continuing with on-going student consultations—these meetings will play
a heavy roll in the overall design of
the cards.
"We want the card to evoke a
strong identity with the institution,"
said Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator for the vice-president of students and member of the committee
in charge of implementing the Smart
Card. "[Therefore] it is important for
us to get feedback from those it will
Clear policies to protect students'
personal information must be established. Sorting out the funding and
developing the appropriate technology required for the card's implemen
tation is also necessary.
The committee hopes that funding normally allotted for UBC
Student Cards will transfer over to
fund the Smart Card.
If the card gains approval from
the university administration, new
students will receive it in January of
2003, followed by all other students,
staff, and faculty between February
and April, the card will grant access
to many on-campus services and
potentially could be used to buy merchandise and food from off-campus
businesses as well.
An off-campus business could
sign on to be another service available on the card if they help pay for
the general cost of the project
All the card's services will not be
ready immediately, however. Items
such as library and photocopier
access will be ready when the cards
come out, but other services will
have to wait until the various businesses gain the necessary technology to accommodate the card.
Furthur improvements will be
made by a change in the card's
"Anything would be better than
the student cards we have now," said
Spanish literature grad student Kate
Pattison, glancing down disapprovingly at what she calls the "questionable taste" of its layout
The idea for the project was born
almost fifteen years ago when a feasibility committee assembled on
campus to unify access to the various
services students use each day. The
fact that the campus' photocopy
machines alone required different
cards in different buildings seemed
tedious and a waste of resources.
But due to a number of obstacles—including lack of revenue and
bad timing—the project was repeatedly shelved. This year is the first
time the plan has a good chance of
being completed.
"We're tired of talking about it"
said Aucoin "This group has the
commitment and energy to make it a
by Sarah Conchie
A small crowd of students gathered in
Student Union Building (SUB)
214/216 at noon yesterday to get
financial advice from bank counsellors and Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Vice-President Finance, Nick
'A lot of people don't know that
there's money out there for them, so
the biggest issue is communicating
that to them," said Seddon
The sessions, organised by
Seddon in response to this year's
tuition increase, are a joint project of
the AMS and the Student Financial
Assistance and Awards (SFAA) Office
intended to help students cope with
student loans, and to make the most
of scholarship and bursary programs.
Sessions run from Monday to
Wednesday this week in both the
SUB and UBC residences.
"We have, in the past, had
Financial Aid Awareness Days, but it
was simply booths set up where students could come and ask questions,"
said Seddon.
The SFAA Office, which received
almost $400,000 from the tuition
increase, is sending members of its
staff to speak at the residence sessions. The presentation itself received
no funding from the university and is
being organised by volunteers.
Seddon is confident the Financial
Aid Awareness Days will continue at
UBC in the future.
"It's a great way for [the SFAA
Office] to get the word out, and it's a
good control for the AMS to be
involved to ensure that they are
improving their services," he said.
"Next year, if all the presentations
are successful this week, then all the
first-year orientation programs like
Imagine UBC and others will be
asked to promote it more," he said.
"I'm not just thinking about the short
term; I really want to make it a long
term project. It's so important"
Seddon and SFAA staff will be presenting at Place Vanier Residence on
Tuesday and at Gage Residence on
Wednesday. Both sessions begin at
6pm and finish at 7:30pm, with question periods following.
Financial experts from CIBC and
non-profit organisations will be
speaking on Tuesday and Wednesday
in SUB 214/216 from 11 am to lpm.
The presentations will alsobe
available online soon at http://stu-
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Anthrax scare at McGill
by Roberto Rocha
MONTREAL (CUP)-The Stewart Biology building at McGill University was evacuated last
Wednesday after an anthrax scare was called in
to 911.
According to sources present at the scene, a
white envelope containing white powder was
opened in a biology department office shortly
before 2:50pm, when the emergency call was
A biology professor teaching at the time, but
who asked to remain anonymous, said the
envelope was opened by the department's secretary for graduate studies in her office.
Fire and police officials on the scene could
not confirm the identity of the victim, but said
the envelope that the department received contained nothing but white powder.
Chief of Operations for the Montreal Fire
Service Richard Liebmann said that eight people feared contaminated were kept inside the
building until public health officials could confirm the nature of the powder and guarantee
the safety of those remaining in the building.
"Only a couple of people are really thought
to have been directly exposed," Liebmann said.
"We're keeping the eight inside for safety precautions. They all feel well, so there is no reason
to take them to the hospital."
According to Liebmann, a team of police
and fire specialists kept the building sealed off
until it was deemed safe to reopen at 10:30pm.
A Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) technician
who spoke to The Daily on condition of
anonymity said fire vehicles were present at the
scene three minutes after" the call, and the
Hazmat unit arrived two minutes after that He
added that a SWAT team was expected at the
site for further investigation.
No one wished to comment on who the
sender of the powder might have been, or on
the sender's possible motives.
Spokesperson for the Montreal police Lynne
Labelle said later in the evening that the powder was probably not anthrax, but that it would
be sent to a lab for analysis anyway. She had no
information on the condition of the eight people kept in the building.
For students taking classes in the building, it
was a unique first day of school.
"When the fire bell rang and we left the build
ing, there were already al these police cars and
ambulances outside," said Melanie Greffard, an
environmental studies student. "Now I'm
stranded. My bag is in there with all my things,
and I can't go home. They won't let anyone in."'
Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by
bacterial spores, made famous after several
cases sprouted in the US last fall. Symptoms
closely resemble those of the flu, including
severe pains, although the disease can also
have varying effects on the lungs, intestines and
skin. Anthrax is readily treated by the antibiotic
ciprofloxacin (Cipro). .
Dr Dalius Briedis, a professor of microbiology and immunology who specialises in hazardous organisms and who was present at the
site, said that if the tests for anthrax were positive, the effects would not be very severe.
"Worst case scenario, the people infected will
have to take Cipro for a while," Briedis said. ♦
Dalhousie second-most expensive school in Canada
Tuition hike sets undergrad
fees at almost $6000
by Chris Walsh
HALIFAX (CUP)-Dalhousie University has welcomed students back this year by raising
tuition fees.
Tuition is jumping eight per cent, which
makes the price of an undergraduate Arts or
Science degree close to $6000 a year for full-
time students.
, The university has raised fees consistently
for the past 20 years explaining that the hikes
are the only option left to keep Dalhousie a
competitive and attractive place to attend
"We regret the need to apply this tuition
increase," said Tom Traves, president of the
university, in a statement to the media. "We
realise such fee increases are difficult for our
students, but without adequate government
funding we have few other alternatives for covering our costs."
The Costs, as outlined in the statement
include increased wages for faculty and staff,
increased scholarship and library costs, and
increased building maintenance fees.
Some programs at Dalhousie are suffering
an even larger increase in tuition. The faculties
of Law, Medicine and Dentistry have all added
an 'auxiliary' or 'deferential' fee on top of the
eight per cent tuition hike to cover extra
expenses these specialty courses often require.
The Faculty of Law instituted a $1,000 def-,
erential fee this year to absorb some of the
forecasted rising costs. This has increased the
price Law students are paying by $2,000 over
Dalhousie spokeswoman Stacey Lewis said
the extra fees were based on improving the
quality of these programs as well as other
"Something else that's taken into consideration is the earning potential of individuals
after they graduate and become doctors and
lawyers and dentists...They have more wage
earning capacity," said Lewis.
Johanne Galarneau, Dalhousie student
union president, doesn't agree with the administration's decision to raise tuition and deferential fees, or how they determined the total
"Yeah, yeah, that's a great argument by the
university base [tuition] on potential future
earnings, not present earnings. I love that
argument...but it doesn't work," said
President of the Law Student Society Angie
Morris said the tuition jump has come as a
shock to many Law students who had no idea
about the increase until they paid it
"The administration has explained to us
that a lot of [money] will come back to us in
bursaries," said Morris. "But I think more students would have been in favour of keeping the
money themselves."
Students keeping money for themselves has
become less of a reality as tuition continues to
skyrocket The university has said it has no
other choice because government funding has
not increased this year.
A spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia
Department of Education said the provincial
government is close to announcing a debt-
management program for recent university
graduates who are having difficulty paying
back their student loans. It is not yet clear what
the government is planning to assist current
students with debts.
Dalhousie University has the second-highest undergraduate tuition in the country. The
University of Acadia has the country's highest
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theatre. The Vancouver Fringe Festival-
running from September 5 to 15 this
year—is an 18 year old tradition here,and is
perhaps the best chance a theatre fan has
to check out quality plays at a reasonable
price. This year, over 100 companies will
present their work in the Fringe Festival's
various Granville Island venues.
Interested? First, you need to find a
program. This step is accomplished quite
easily by visiting the Fringe Club, which is
located at Granville Island Brewing.The program includes complete play listings and a
map that will guide you to all of the venues.
Next, get to some plays! Choose something that appeals to you in the program,
talk to other Festival patrons for tips on the
hottest acts, or take some advice from us...
Locked in
at Venue 2
until Sept. 15
Physically, the performance takes
place entirely within a washroom
stall at Janey's workplace (she is a
telemarketer). Emotionally, though,
the play spans decades, taking us
inside Janey's head as she encounters memories from throughout her
It is quickly made clear that Janey
suffers from depression. We are
shown conversations with her concerned mother and doctor, showing
us their frustration with her condition while exposing Janey's own confusion. She literally leans on the
fourth wall to deliver introspective
monologues through a mirror
between her and the audience, a stirring technique. Actor Jennifer
Fawcett ably switches from portraying Janey to taking on the character
of Janey's grandmother. The grandmother, who also suffered from an
affective disorder, becomes able to
interact only with young Janey as the
play progresses and her condition
If Fawcett is impressive in playing
both Janey and Janey's grandmother,
Kathleen Phillips is astounding in
her representations of no less than
seven supporting characters, including young Janey, Janey's mother,
Janey's ^grandfather and Janey's psychiatrist
The play includes only the darkest
of comic relief, which comes as welcome levity given the weighty subject
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matter. At one point, Janey's boss
(Phillips) barges through the washroom door, interrupting Janey's self-
examination by imploring her to sell
more products—as he urinates in
front of her. Another great moment
sees Janey pitching her product—
"Bug No More*—to a cheerful customer (Phillips) who just needs someone to talk to. There is no sale, as the
potential customer believes that her
life has recently been saved by fate
and a praying mantis.
A gentle treatment of difficult subject matter, "The Disappearance of
Janey Jones" runs a fittingly difficult
emotional gauntlet, and challenges
the audience to examine preconceptions about mental health.
Intelligently conceived, brilliantly
executed. See this play. ♦
—Michael Schwandt
Dodgy dicklessness
at Venue 8
until Sept. 15
I have never been alternately so
impressed and so annoyed by one
piece of theatre as when I was watching "Dickless...Female Cabaret* It
started off painfully, with the MC
attempting to get the crowd to do aerobics and sing, all the while flipping
her hair inanely. Doesn't eveiyone
know audiences hate that crap?
But while the MC made me wince
and a few of the pieces barely limped
along, there were a handful of perilously funny sketches. Becky
Johnson's wondrously self-despising
clown made the whole show worthwhile, and the bashful pyjama dance
by Michelle Field was darn cute too.
"If Mamet Wrote Scenes for Women"
was clever, albeit a bit too long, and
Louisa Marshall's Tina Turner
impression was right on the money,
although she should have stuck to
one song. All in all, go see the show
for Johnson or else just check her out
in her own fringe improv show,
Theatre In A Box. ♦
—Anna King
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Comedic connoisseurs
at Venue 7
until Sept. 15
Three guys, Pat, Tai and Gary make
up the cast of Todd's Lunch, a group
that presents a self-titled series of sitcom-like comedy sketches that will
satisfy your appetite for dumb jokes.
There is little plot development,
beyond the early insight that Pat
doesn't want to work with Tai anymore, and the fact that Tai is subsequently upset. Sometimes stupid, but
more often stupidly funny, the trio
play themselves and different characters in the show with self-explanatory
names such as 'Applejuice Nose' and
'Eats the Paper' to make the audience
Laugh we do, as each maladjusted
character enters himself on a dating
hotline, 'accidently' get confused
about which sketch they are supposed to be performing, and fights
It's silly, but funny. Pat plays the
ghost of former Prime Minister
Mackenzie Bowell, who is jealous of
his popular successor Sir Wilfred
Laurier, of five-dollar bill fame. He
haunts Gary, lamenting his suspicion
that Gary would rather take Laurier
(Tai) to the swimming pool than him.
Gary finally admits that Laurier is
better company, and out jumps
Laurier's own ghost: "Sweet! I'll get
thy swimming trunks!*
The audience is teased by a never-
performed sketch called "Pat's Greek
Salad Sketch", which relates to the
also ambiguous title. Because there is
no real beginning, no middle, and
basically no plot, the show is difficult
to end at any particular moment The
trio solved this problem during an
earlier performance on the Fringe
Festival circuit-they simply start spinning chairs around on a one-legged
axis when finished and make fun of
the audience for staying to watch
them do it Yup, we stayed, too.
Come see why it's called Todd's
Lunch-a delicious way to spend a
Saturday night. ♦
—Kathleen Deering
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it's good to be a man
at Venue 4
until Sept. 15
It seems that being a man ain't so
hard: it's all about babes in trucks, fixing cars and scoring at the bar. Sure,
maybe there's more to it than that,
but for "Be A Man" by Kibbit
Productions, testosterone-laden physical comedy is enough. More than
enough actually-this show is great.
■ Each of the four Edmonton eveiy-
guys acting in this comedy have been
friends since acting school and have
a phenomenal energy together, racing from rap to soliloquy to parody
with what I would call a sinewy grace,
but is, uh, still manly, of course. The
show works best when it satirizes
man culture, like in the Canada Day
sketch when the raucous punk, middle fingers raised, screams
"Everyone's . fighting! And looting
stores! It's fucking awesome! Happy
Canada Day!"
And there's enough serious content to keep the audience from choking on sperm. Perhaps these Prairie
boys' greatest skill, though, is transitions between scenes-they bounce
from character to character with a
limber professionalism that's exhilarating to watch. Even if you don't
watch hockey, you'll like "Be A Man*-
these guys work so hard you can't
not. Hard...get it? Yeah. ♦>
—Anna King
An introduction to
at Venue 9
until Sept. 15
This play is bizarre, even by Fringe
Festival standards. From start to finish, I was baffled. I liked it
Mistaken identities, mistaken genders and mistaken species, mixed
with love and lust, bring generally
humorous results in this play. A
young man (dog?) argues with his
father (mother?) about the girl (goat?)
he pines for. Confused? You should
be. This play strives from the outset
to wrinkle the collective brow of a
bewildered audience, which at times
makes "An Introduction to Hell*
seem like what I've read about purgatory.
There are some truly pleasurable
moments, though, due in so small
part to the talent of the cast members, who stride through this fun-
house without batting an eye. Solid
delivery of ende aringly quirky line sis
the name of the game for these
actors, especially in the love scenes:
"You have nice calves. They remind
me of cream.,." gushes a young male,
who is soon checking his prospective
mate's hair for bugs as a prelude to
making love.
Given this play's modest price, I
may see it again, if only to figure out
what (if anything) I'm missing. ♦
—Michael Schwandt
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Pubescent puppetry
at Venue 5
until Sept. 14
Having never seen an adult puppet show, I went
into "The Left Hand of Frank" fairly excited. As I
soon found out, however, the 14+ audience rating could have easily omitted the "+," as the show
was filled with too much adolescent humour.
Quite honestly, I am not usually one to shy
away from unpretentious, juvenile fun. But let
me give an example: one of the puppets was
"Tampy, the little white mouse", created from a
little white tampon with black felt-marker eyes
on a stick. Tampy decided to go to the beach for
a day of little white mouse fun. Of course, it
Oh, it wasn't that bad. The star and host of the
show was Pinky, simply the hand and arm of the
puppeteer. Pinky was an excellent actor who
showed depth and emotion rivaling that of his
human counterparts at the Fringe, eliciting
laughter with every exaggerated movement
Pinky began the show as the host of "The
Minimalist Puppet Show", and the audience
watched him alternately try to come to terms
with his success as host, and failure as a
Shakespearean actor.
The audience seemed to enjoy the shows.
There were some moments of quirky fun. The
minimalist theme was appealing, as another
character. Fly, was made from only a ping-pong
ball with wings. He bashed himself repeatedly
into a lightbulb, revealing the myth of the amazing retentive memory of a fly.
More complicated characters included a
human-chastising dog, a truck-driving monster
musing on love lost, and a puppet giving lessons
on how puppets can successfully integrate themselves in the world of the legged (read: never sporadically remove your eyes in public company).
While I appreciated the talents of puppeteer
Frank Meschkuleit,. I didn't find the show to be
that funny, overall. Worth watching, however,
for the creativity and occasional moments of
goofy fun. ♦
—Kathleen Deering 8
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Wed - Sat: Dr. Strangelove
presented by Women in Film &
Video Vancouver
at Pacific Cinematheque
Sept. 5
by Alison Bones
For someone looking for non-
Hollywood cinema and in the mood
for a diverse night of film. Summer
Shorts was a great event. Every year
for the past three years, ten films
created by members of Women in
Film & Video Vancouver (WIFVV)
have been selected and screened at
Summer Shorts, an annual event
first held in September 2000.
This year, the chosen films came
from various genres, including
comedy, documentary, drama
musical, and animation. For any
film connoisseur, or anyone looking for a little inspiration, Summer
Shorts was definitely worth
Seeing the filmmakers' different
stylistic techniques was very amusing. One film, appropriately entitled
My Hands, focused on a pair of
hands for two minutes and revealed
the character's vulnerability, insecurity and personality. On a completely different note, another film,
Hysterical The Musical, relied on
animation and a simple tuba to represent the different technologies
involved in giving birth.
I must warn you not to go to
future installments of Summer
Shorts expecting to understand
every film. Some of them were
about as comprehensible as
Mulholland Drive. According to the
program, the experimental short
Taken, was apparendy about "the
knowledge that it's all been done, or
shine in
is being done, by everyone.* I saw
nothing even remotely related to
that theme hi the film. Despite the
confusion of the messages, however, I did appreciate that Taken
allowed each viewer to have their
own interpretation and to take a different meaning from the film.
One of the featured filmmakers
at Summer Shorts will receive the
Kodak Image Award at the WIFW
Spotlight Awards. If I coidd choose
the winning film, it would definitely
be Room. What I enjoyed about
Room was that it didn't completely
rely on dialogue. Although there
was some conversation, the story
was equally told through the camera work, and the visuals were
allowed to take precedence. The different styles of camera work and
the understandable plot kept the
film interesting.
The evening of film was very laid
back and comfortable, a pleasure
for anyone with an appreciation of
creativity and stylistic work. ♦
Turn on the Blue Light
Upstairs Recordings puts
together one smooth ride
Blue Light One
[Upstairs Recordings]
Blue Light One is one of the most
exciting downtempo compilations
I've listened to in a long time.
Upstairs Recordings, the Vancouver
company which also produced
Deepdown Tempos, delivers again
on Blue Light One with a flowing
but eclectic compilation that mixes
familiar and emerging artists.
The William Casion Experience,
an up-and-coming artist, starts off
the album with "Valis,* a smooth,
haunting groove. In fact, that vague
haunting undertone weaves
through most of the tracks, and one
never gets the feeling that Blue
Light One is just a hodgepodge
thrown together. Each track flows
into the next; do not set your CD
player to random mode for this
For me, the true realisation that
I really liked Blue Light One came
as I got out of my car. Listening to
the CD on the way back from school,
I almost wished my commute were
a few minutes longer. (I did say
almost.) ♦
To Bard, or
not to Bard?
Not a rhetorical question—the Bard on
the Beach festival pleases crowds with
Shakespeare for yet another year
at Vanier Park
until Sept. 21
by Carly Hollander
"We are the makers of manners," says King
Henry V to Katherine, his newly betrothed.
With the utmost respect and decorum, the cast
and crew of "Henry V" prove again that the
Bard on the Beach festival is a maker of great
Shakespeare. Even Sir Ian McKellan (himself a
great Shakespearean actor—and audience
member at "Henry V") agrees this year's performance was a delight. Whoever has complained that history plays are a bore (myself
included) will prove themselves a fool if they
witness this year's performance of "Henry V".
Although the play is severely violent and
nationalistic in its unedited form, the director
tastefully cut scenes of violence from the script
and effectively played the battles offstage.
The focus of the play, Henry, played by
Scott Bellis, is a brilliant portrait of a once-
reckless prince, now tamed by his duties as
King. Admittedly, as a usual critic of the
Crispin Crispian speech, I was electrified by
his intense delivery of monologue. With both
pride and enthusiasm, Bellis motivates both
his world-weary troops and the wine-weary
The play's treatment of the French—neither
as the diabolical opposite of the English, nor
the real enemy—coincided with its humanistic
portrayal of the court and of war. Director
Christopher Gaze commented on the treatment of the French, calling the Dauphin an
"ass," but saying that "the rest of the French
were just trying to keep eveiything in balance."
His treatment makes the eventual climactic
union between Katherine and Henry believable.
Gaze himself appears in the show as the
Chorus, the go-between of players and audience. Initially thrown off by bis dominant
role in the play, I found that Gaze's delivery
brought wit and ease to the role, making him
a highlight of the show.
Unfortunately, the dynamic between the
characters died in part due to the blocking;
the physical placement of the actors took
away the play's energy at some points.
Limiting movement in a dialogue-based
scene is an unsuccessful technique. The semicircular blocking which was employed in this
performance is effective in major moments,
when the focus is only on one character, but
otherwise ineffective. There were too many
moments of standing around aimlessly
onstage, when the stage space should have
been better utilised.
Yet, once again, this was a truly enjoyable
presentation by Bard on the Beach. It was a
brilliant success, bringing summer contentment to many Vancouverites. ♦
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AMS Welcome back BBQ
Friday, September 13th, Maclnnes Field
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In memory of those who died on September 11,2001, on Wednesday, September 11,2002.
At 9:00 am there will be a short ceremony on the main UBC campus on the flagpole plaza at the north end of the
campus. There will be a brief reading and some music, to be followed by lowering of the flag to half-staff.
From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, there will be a concert, interspersed with readings, at the UBC downtown campus at
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Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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Fernie Pereira
Karen Leung
Sha.ene Takara
And L.V. Vander von Axander strolled onto the stage singing "Yo
do lay lay hoo*. While Phoebe Wang overheard the soft timbre
of her voica While gazing lovingly in one another's eyes lhey
conceived a son Shaun Stewart, and his twin sister Lauren
Emberson. But lhe evil seeker of lands Rob Lewis frowned upon
children born out of wedlock, as did his stunning wife Erin
Hope-Goldsmith. They hatched a plan to wed him to the unrav-
ished Anna King. But her heart belonged to Ashfan Ranyi, the
son of the weaver, Duncan M. McHugh and his continuously
child-hearing wife, Jesse Marchand. So thq' sought ihe help of
the soothsayer. Laura Blue and Michael Schwandt They sent
their messenger Nic Fensom to the soothsayers. Along the way
he stumbled upon the sleeping beauty. Heather Neale. Their
passion gave birth to John Moon, Carly Hollander, Raj Mathur,
Allison Bones and Kevin Groves. Ttie king was just pissed. He
sought to put an end to aH of this crap. In a blind fury he pulled
out his sword, (he shining Dennis Wang, and called upon his
horse, Chris Shepherd. He found the lovers and chopped off
their heads. A weeping Kathleen Deering said "You moron
that's your freakin* son!" The son had been conceived out of
wedlock along with Elietha Bocs&ei Sarah Conchie, and Parm
" Nizher. Out of anguish the king entered the Hywel Tuscano
Institute for Mental Disease and practiced Michelle Furbacher
Pilates to achieve zen. THE END.
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Do you hear that noise? It's kind of quiet, but
it's stOl definitely there. It sounds like the
ocean, but in reality it's just the sound of emptiness between the ears of 52 per cent of
Canadians. You see, these are the Canadians
who, according to a Gallup poll released this
week, are in favour of a US invasion of Iraq.
The talking heads south of the border have
certainly made an effort to convince
Canadians—not to mention Americans—of the
necessity of war. This past Sunday, Vice-
President Dick Cheney, National Security
Advisor Condoleeza Rice and Secretary of
'Defence' Donald Rumsfeld all took to the airwaves to campaign for an invasion. But the big
day is this coming Thursday, when US
President George W. Bush addresses the UN
and, basically, tries to convince the world of the
danger that Iraq poses.
The timing is hardly coincidental. Bush and
his 'splosion-hungry generals know that with this
week's anniversary of the attacks on the World
Trade Centre and the Pentagon, what better time
to stoke the fires of jingoism and militarism?
Why is the US going to attack Iraq? Well, in
his State of the Union address (that of 'axis of
evil' infamy). Bush gave three reasons, yet
these points are just as applicable to the US as
they may or may not be to Iraq:
1) 'Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility
toward America and to support terror.'
What about the US's perpetual bombing of
Iraq since 1998? How much more hostility
could you flaunt than to—as the Bush administration has—try to start an unprovoked war
despite the lack of any support from anywhere
in the world, save for Britain? And how could
an unsupported, unprovoked war on a countiy
that has been ravaged by US-led UN sanctions
for more than a decade not be considered an
act of terror?
2) "The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop
anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for
over two decades.'
Correct us if we're wrong, but hasn't the US
had anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear
weapons for more than five decades? Given
the hostility directed its way, is it not 'logical'
(militarily speaking) for Iraq to stockpile
weapons? Furthermore, if anyone would know
about Iraq's weapons testing 20 years ago,
wouldn't it be George W. Bush, whose father
was vice-president back then, back when the
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administration supported Hussein's regime
and sold it weapons?
3) "This is a regime that agreed to international inspections, then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide
from the civilised world.'
Odd that the US should pick on a country for
being uncooperative with the UN, considering it
was the only countiy unwilling to make its soldiers accountable to the International Criminal
Court. This refusal also extends to American
politicians. If the US thinks countries like Iraq
shouldn't be hiding from the UN, why shouldn't
its elder statesmen, for example Henry
Kissinger—former US secretary of state—take
the lead and show those Iraqis how it's done?
Maybe Hussein isn't the only one .with something to hide.
We do not support Iraq, nor are we condoning Saddam Hussein's treatment of his people
and his aggression towards other countries.
What we are condemning is Canadians' knee-
jerk acceptance of a US invasion of Iraq. What
evidence do we have? The US has yet to back up
any of its claims about Iraq. The one person
who would seem to know what he's talking
about, former UN weapons inspector Scott
Ritter has said 'Iraq has notbeen shown to possess weapons of mass destruction.'
Maybe we're just being paranoid. Maybe
George W. Bush does know what he's doing.
Maybe he is trustworthy. Or maybe we should
ask the people of Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam,
Iraq, the Sudan and Afghanistan just how trustworthy American presidents are.
In the words of federal Foreign Affairs
Minister Bill Graham: "There are lots of countries around that have weapons of mass
destruction. We can't, presumably, attack them
all.' We couldn't have said it better ourselves. ♦
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Until you've seen Scratch,
Doug Pray's new documentary
on turntablism
now playing
by Shaun Stewart
Doug Pray's Scratch features Q-Bert,
Mixmaster Mike, Babu* DJ Shadow,
Rob Swift and the X-Ecutioners, Cut
Chemist, a whole lot of Grand Mixer
DXT, and a bunch of other turntab-
lists, known and unknown. If you
know these names, you already
know you want to see this movie.
You will not be disappointed—
Scratch captures these artists in top-
notch performances.
For those who do not know these
names, they are among the finest
hip-hop DJs on the planet. If you've
ever wondered what the appeal is of
someone cutting back and forth
across someone else's records, look
no further than this movie. Actually,
watch this movie, and then you'll
want to look further..
It-features artists who are passionate about the music they make,
and who know they're the first generation of artists working with this
medium. But they never take themselves too seriously. This movie is
fun. It's silly. It's exciting. It matches
' the tone of the music it showcases.
And it's not afraid to poke fun at
itself. One sequence takes place at a
music conference,, where the salespeople at booths for guitars, violins,
and pianos lament the fact that
turntables are starting to out-sell
their 'real' instruments. One guitarist observes that DJs will be out of
work when electricity runs out. He
then plays a series of tired soulless
guitar licks. Instrumentation isn't
Doug Pray's last movie, Hype!
was about the Seattle grunge scene
at its height It wasn't long after its
release that grunge music began to
crumble as it was over-taken by new
popular culture. The DJs in Scratch
are concerned that this is what
could soon be (or is already) happening to their music. As they say in
London, 'All good things must come
to a trend.' But for now, turntablism
fives and breathes.
. Any fan of this music will delight
ih seeing DJ Shadow shopping for
records in the basement of his
favourite shop, where stacks and
stacks of decades worth of rejected
music wait to be discovered. Or seeing Mixmaster Mike create an on-
site remix of Rob Johnson's "Delta
Blues.* Or watching Rob Swift
instantaneously deconstruct beats
he's juggling to recreate them into
an entirely new-sounding song. And
any non-fan will be struck by the life
breathed into old music by a good
Or, they may hold to the idea that
DJ music is, as one corn-fed, white
American woman with terrible
glasses (you know those glasses) in
the documentary observes, "kind of
a silly way of making a noise that's
not too pleasant to ears." ♦
This is your last chance
to join the editorial staff of
the Ubyssey.
Position papers are due Wednesday
(that's tomorrow) by noon sharp.
In one or two pages, tell us why you're
right for the position of
Copy Editor or Coordinating Editor.
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Theatre at UBC
The Frederic Wood Theatre's
50th Anniversary Season
Help us celebrate!
Add yourself to our list:
A Streetcar
Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
Sep 26 - Oct 5, 2002
•   Frederic Wood Theatre
The Secret Rapture
David Hare
Oct 17-26,2002
TELUS Studio Theatre
Errol Durbach's adaptation of
Shakespeare's Henry plays
. Nov 14-23,2002
Frederic Wood Theatre
Oh What a
Lovely War
Joan Littlewood
Jan 23-Feb 1,2003
TELUS Studio Theatre
The Bartered Bride
Bedfich Smetana
' Mar 6, 7, 8, 9, 2003
Chan Centre
a co-production with
The UBC School of Music
The Marriage
of Figaro
The play by Beaumarchais
~    translated by David B. Edney
Mar 13:22,2003
Frederic Wood Theatre
Dirty Hands
• A festival of student work
Mar 31 -Apr 11,2003
various campus venues
For a free brochure call
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Season openers are breaking out all over the
place this week, and UBC's Thunderbirds are
on the road as far away as Manitoba
The Canucks are coming to UBC on
Wednesday night Rumour has it that Fedor
Federov, Jason King and Nathan Smith Will be
some of me star Canuck prospects facing off
against the Birds at the Winter Sports Centre.
UBC's new head coach, Milan Dragoveic, will
be testing out future line combinations with
his newest recruits, while he tries to improve
on last year's 7-2 loss to Vancouver's NHL
finest The puck drops at 6pm.
The UBC squad plays its second game of
the season in Winnipeg on Saturday against
the 2-0 Manitoba Bisons The last time the
two teams met, the Bisons trampled the Bu ds
23-0. With quarterback Rob Kenney and fullback/tailback Sean Dovre still on the injured
list, it's shaping up to be a tough contest for
the 0-1 Birds.
Thunderbird Stadium will turn on the
bright lights this Thursday as both the men's
and women's soccer teams play their season
openers. Both teams are up against the
Trinity Western Spartans, who are just starting their second season in the CIS. The UBC
men's team beat the Spartans thrice lastyear,
each time by a score of 3-1,- but the female
Birds had a harder time handling the fiesty
Spartans, tying once and losing once. Kick-off
is at 6pm for the women, the men follow
at 8pm ♦
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