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UBC's safety phones
broaden their scope
by Chris Shepherd
The blue light phones—the blue pillars that make up
UBC's network of phone connections to Campus
Security—will soon be used for more than basic emergencies.
The blue light phones, also known as blue lights, are
going to be a resource to contact Campus Security, said
UBC Personal Security Advisor Paul Wong. Students can
use phones to report a crime, or if someone is afraid or
lost on campus, or even to contact the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Safewalk service.
'Anytime you need to call security, the blue phones
are for that purpose now. They're no longer just for
emergencies," said Wong.
There might eventually be a physical change to the
blue lights, although that has yet to be decided. One possibility is to change the word on the side of the lights
from "emergency" to'assistance.*
The blue light system first came onto campus in
1996 and the number of units has increased to a total of
22. The final goal of the blue light program is to make it
possible for someone to stand at one blue light and have
that person be able to see another blue light elsewhere
on campus.
Wong explained that the reason for the expansion of
responsibilities is so that people will not be hesitant to
use the phone because they are unsure of whether their
situation constitutes an emergency.
"We don't want students or anybody on this campus
to be in a situation where they can't determine what an
emergency is or not," said Wong.
Sue Brown, the AMS Safety Coordinator, supports the
blue light program and the proposed additions to the
Brown feels that typically people have not been sure
how to use the blue lights. She hopes that the changes
will make the lights more user-friendly and take away
the barrier she believes is present with their current
emergency orientation.
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were only there for emergencies," Brown said. She
added that she felt that the word "emergency" scares
people away from using the blue lights.
Students like the idea of a broader scope for the system even though their previous knowledge of the system was limited.
'I think it's probably a good idea because now it can
help more people," said Tara Hynn, a fourth-year Arts
"I was lost a couple of times and it would have been
quite helpful if I could've asked for help," said Thomas
Chan, a first-year Science student
During the period from January to the present there
have been 70 calls on the blue light phones, though only
three of them have been for actual emergencies. The
othpr 67 calls were attributed to mischief or accidental
activations. ♦
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Jared Leto, you'll want to head down to the Rage
Friday night when Leto's band, 30 Seconds to Mars,
plays on this fairly mediocre bill. Tickets available at
Zulu Records, Scratch Records and the SUB Box
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Shrum Bowl at the Thunderbird Stadium, Oct 4 with
a 7 pm kick-off.
It's ye old grudge match versus SFU. What more
needs to be said? Tickets can be purchased at the War
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An interesting look behind the mask of a twenty-
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it's a steal for live theatre. Grab a meal in the attached
restaurant beforehand, stay for a coffee afterward.
Carolyn Mark And the Roommates at the Railway
Club, Oct. 4
Mint Records country crooner Carolyn and her
roommates—yes, her actual roomates—are one of the
city's favourite acts (even if she's from Victoria). End
your week with a cold beverage and a hot band. Jon-
Rae Fletcher opens.
MTV Campus Invasion at the Rage (Plaza Of
Nations), Oct. 4
In this world, there are Jordan Catalano people
and there are Brian Krakow people. If you, like My So-
Called life's Angela, pined for the character played by
Spirited Away at Tinseltown, opens Oct. 4.
A new Anime offering by Hayao Miyazaki, the
director of Princess Mononoke. The movie follows the
adventures of a ten year old girl as she explores a
secret world.
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$60 million for Learning Centre
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre will
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by Kathleen Deering
In a ceremony held in the UBC Main
Library Learning Commons yesterday, UBC alumnus Irving K. (Ike)
Barber was honoured for his $20
million donation, which will go
toward extensive revamping of the
Main Library.
Barber graduated with a Bachelor
of Science degree in forestry in
1950, and founded Slocan Forest
products Ltd., one of the leading
lumber producers in North America.
His donation is the largest capital gift
in the university's; history.
;-^Guests at the event included UBC
President Martha Piper and Head
Librarian Catharine Quinlan, who
presented Barber with a plaque symbolising the university's gratitude.
Also in attendance were Premier
Gordon Campbell and provincial
Minister of Advanced Education
Shirley Bond. The university donated $30 million to the project and the
provincial government donated $10
Construction of the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre will begin
next year, and is slated to be completed in 2005. It will be constructed around the core of the Main
Library, and will be the first of its
kind in Canada to integrate infoma-
tion resources, services, research
activities and interdisciplinary
learning support in one building.
Open computer labs, seminar
rooms, distance learning support
activities and a laptop loan program
are some of the new resources the
library will house.
Quinlan said students would still
have access to all of the resources
located in the wings of the library
while construction takes place.
The 'new additions include a fireproof and climate-controlled vault
for the library's rare collections, and
an automated storage retrieval system, which Quinlan said will allow
the university to store print material
in a cost-efficient, space-efficient
The technology has been around
for a few years, said Quinlan, but
has never before been used at a
Canadian university. "For a very low
cost, you build an automated system
which is manned by robotic
hydraulic cranes—you put in a
request and that signals the robot to
activate the crane to go and find it in
the box and take it to the checkout
desk," she said.
In 90 seconds, a student would
have access to the information he or
she desires.
Barber expained to the seated
crowd that he decided to donate the
money to make the facilty an icon
for the future. "The centre will be
much more than an excellent new
facilty for UBC," he said.
"The learning centre will be a
gateway to the university's extensive
educational infomation," he said.
Campbell was pleased with how
the centre will provide access for
people regardless of their location.
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A NICE PLAQUE FOR $20 MILLION: Premier Gordon Campbell (left), Irving K. Barber (centre) and
UBC President Martha Piper were all smiles at yesterday's announcement, duncan mchugh photo
"It's beyond the boundaries of
British Columbia, but it reaches
thousands of homes of people in
these parts."
"Smart classrooms...video conferencing...high-speed internet..for
human exchange and human interaction, for building creativity and
innovation and creating a culture of
learning," he said.
But some people were hesitant to
support the university's contribution to the new Learning Centre.
Chris Fennell, Graduate Student
Society representative on the Alma
Mater Society Council, said he was
impressed by the $20 million com
mittment by Barber to the university. "I think that's all wonderful," he
said. "Whereas perhaps the university's [donation of] $30 million
could be perhaps funnelled to more,
not necessarily physical improvements, but to actually human
improvement on this campus."
Piper said the money for the
Learning Centre is not coming out of
the general operating budget for the
university. "It's one-time money
which would not be able [to] be used
for operating costs accounts for the
budget," she said.
"The question is, 'is this the best
capital project?' and we believe it is
right now, because it serves not just
students but all people—so you can
always argue that your priority is
more important than another priority but [we] felt this was the best
use," she said.
Fennell also questioned why the
province donated only ten million
dollars, when it has so many more
resources than the university.
Minster Bond said, "We have a
lot of jobs to do across the province.
We have other institutions, and we
believe that this is a great partnership. It's a $60 million dollar commitment and we were happy to provide ten million dollars of it" ♦
Students protest at Main Library
THE ULTIMATE INSIDER: Kate Woznow rallies the
by Kathleen Deering
While the creation of the Irving K. (Ike)
Barber Learning Centre was being celebrated inside UBC's Main Library yesterday, protesters outside could be heard
expressing their discontent with BC
Premier Gordon Campbell in a rally using
chants and music.
While the premier was on campus for
the university's announcement, protestors
gathered to draw attention to a multitude
of grievances, many unrelated to UBC.
Inside the library, UBC alumnus Irving
K. "Ike" Barber unveiled his $20 million
donation to the Learning Centre's construction. The provincial government
donated ten million dollars and UBC
matched the combined donations with a
$30 million offering of its own.
An estimated 200 people gathered outside the front doors of the library, carrying placards, banners and signs.
Representatives from various organisations spoke to the crowd.
Kate Woznow, member of UBC's Social
Justice Centre (SJC) and Arts
Undergraduate Representative on UBC's
Alma Mater Society Council, said she
thinks the money donated from the
provincial government is going to the
wrong place right now.
"I think money for libraries [is] very
important," she said, "but I think there are
more important ways to spend the people
of this province's money at this time,"
said Woznow.
"I think some of those issues are
affordable housing for students on campus and [the] general public—especially in
the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of
Vancouver. I think the fact that tuition is
going to be raised...for undergraduate students is something that needs to be
addressed with that ten million dollars."
Campbell defended the government's
decision to donate money to UBC's new
project "The ten million is a critical component of a $60 million project, so I think
this is a very exciting project for all of
British Columbia and frankly, the people
outside should should be cheering someone like Ike Barber—who is giving $20
million to make sure this access and
research and facility is available to people
all over British Columbia."
"I think first of all the people outside
are showing how narrow their vision is
for the province," said Premier Campbell.
"There's a lot of problems in British
Columbia, and as Ike Barber said, he
wanted to provide a facility that would
reach out to people everywhere, from
First Nations in the far North to small
towns in the Kootneys to larger towns in
the interior."
But it was these statements of accessibility of education for all that caused students, such as Teaching Assistant Union
President Alex Grant, to be concerned.
"There is no future for education in
this province," said Grant.
"We're not going to stand for it," he
said, referring to the tuition hike and subsequent pay decrease for TA wages this
September. "Watch out for what's happening on this campus over the next couple of
months. We're going to fight back, and we
can win."
Squatters from Vancouver's Woodward's
building and their supporters who want the
provincial government to increase social
housing in downtown Vancouver arrived on
a bus paid for by the SJC and the Simon
Fraser Public Research Interest Group.
"There's no other place for any of us to
go. That is our home and [Campbell]
takes it away from us," said Sky, a squatter from Saskatchewan, referring to being
evicted from the Woodward's building.
"While I understand the issues they
are raising outside, I can tell you I think
we have responded positively to creating
housing for the frail elderly and housing
for people most in need—and we're going
to continue to do that in a constructive
and a positive way," Campbell said.
Other speakers included Simon
Fraser Student Society External
Relations Officer Jagdeep Mangat and
Geraldine Glattstein, representing the
Vancouver-based organisation Women
Against Violence Against Women, which
was recently informed that its 24-hour
rape-crisis phone line will no longer be
funded by the provincial government
starting in January.
Katrina Pacey brought a banner to the
protest. She works with the Pivot Legal
Society, an organisation concerned with
social issues in the DTES. "We have a lot
of concerns about...the effects of the cuts,
particularly around welfare issues, violence against women, cuts to legal aid,
that kind of thing," she said. "So we've
taken action on a number of fronts, and
this is an opportunity to be here, make a
public statement."
Protesters dispersed quietly around
12:30pm after Campbell left. ♦
—with files from Michael Schwandt SPORTS
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A time bomb on defense
by Dave Brindle
When in the presence of Javier Glatt,
the distracting thing—besides his
imposing physical presence—is his
left leg. It's always shaking, like a detonator, or a timer ticking away the
seconds. The leg reveals the explosive energy that the all-star
Thunderbird linebacker contains
when he isn't on the field punishing
opposing offenses. It's the energy
that beats time to the megawatt
music from his favorite guitar-rock
bands: The Hives, The Strokes, The
Vines, Incubus, and especially
"'High and Dr/ is the best song
ever/ he says, unequivocally.
It's a song about the risks of being
a daredevil. That's one interpretation, anyway, but only Thorn Yorke
knows for sure. It could also be a
song that reveals something about
Glatt his gentle side that is seduced
by one of Radiohead's few melodic
songs, and the menacing side that
hunts opponents.
Excluding his first year at UBC,
when the Thunderbirds narrowly lost
in the 1999 CUWAA finals to the
University of Saskatchewan, Glatt has
had to endure three straight losing
seasons. This year, his last in a
Thunderbird uniform, has been the
"It's been unbelievable," he says
of the team's 0-4 record.
He was a high school star with the
St. Francis Wisemen, a Calgary football dynasty. The Wisemen had won
that city's championship 19 of the
last 22 years, three while Glatt was
with the team. But, things change.
"Losing has taught me a lot about my
character, and how I react to adversity," says the two-time all-star.
Glatt admits to getting down in
the dumps a few times this season—
a tough thing to own up to for a team
captain who is supposed to set an
example by leadership—but such
honesty is one of the valuable lessons learned from losing. It was
most deeply felt two weeks ago when
the Thunderbirds missed too many
opportunities and lost to the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
"I've never wanted to win a game
so bad," he says.
Rougher still was last week's
fourth loss in Calgary in front of his
THE FACE OF TOMORROW: Javier Glatt, UBC Linebacker, roberto
entire family and many former
friends and high school teammates.
So, where, or who, does he turn
to when times are tough?
"My big brother is the single
most influential person in my life.
He raised me because my mother
was working a lot"
When Glatt talks about his brother, J.P. Izquierdo, his tone is one of
deep devotion. "I call him before
and after every game."
Izquierdo is now the head coach
of Glatt's old high school, and was a
Canadian Football League utility
offensive back during the 1990s,
with the Toronto Argonauts,
Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary
Glatt will be following in his
brother's footsteps to the pros. But,
while Izquierdo played when the
league was waning (remember the
Baltimore Stallions?), Glatt will
enter when Canadian football is on a
high, and he is expected to be picked
high in April's CFL draft of junior
and university players. He should go
in the top six.
Given his leadership role with
the Thunderbirds and the games
remaining in the season, Glatt tries
not to be distracted by the draft He
may rack up amazing individual statistics, but he is true to the team,
and he believes the Birds can still
salvage some victories.
"There's been a tonne of hype
about the draft," he says, "and I'd be
lying if I told you that there isn't an
element of pressure on me this season. It would be a dream to play pro
ball, and pretty good money for a
punk 21-year old."
It'll be pocket change compared
to the millions his playing hero-
linebacker Brian Urlacher of the
NFL's Chicago Bears—earns, but
Glatt isn't in it for the money. "I
watch, think, play, anything to do
with football," he says, adding with a
smile, "Anything, but school." ♦
What to look for at the Shrum Bowl
by Dave Brindle
Special teams
JaVi Glatt, Javi Glatt, and Javi Glatt at his middle linebacker position: he defends, returns kicks, and sometimes plays fullback. He wears number six. Watch him
and remember the intensity he plays with because you'll
see him again in the CFL. On the whole, the
Thunderbirds' defense is formidable with linebacker
Chad Oatway (#42) and in the defensive backfield, twice-
named Canada West defensive player of the week. Art
Tolhurst (#8).
On Special Teams, kicker Leon Denenfeld (#10) was
inconsistent against the University of Saskatchewan
when he put the boot to some boomers, then fluttered
and squibbed some. But he is 7-7 from inside the 40-
yard line, and is also ranked fourth in the Canada West
with a 3 7.7 average.
Arch enemies
As for Simon Fraser—according to a source close to
the Thunderbirds—they're scum and so are their fans.
Get to Thunderbird Stadium early so there is nowhere in
the stands for them to sit.
Quarterback Rob Kenney (#11) is not the most
mobile pivot you'll ever see. A scramble for him is a few
steps rolling right or left He doesn't pick favorites and
likes to spread the hall around to his receiving corp. He
likes to stand in the pocket which puts pressure on a
Thunderbird offensive line that's been hit with injuries
and rookie inexperience this season. If Kenney and
coach Lou DesLauriers go with a balanced attack, then
Julian Radlein (#33) will get the call to carry the ball.
Radlein has given the Thunderbirds a 100-yard game
this season.
Oh, behave!
Expect a very long line up at the women's washroom
at halftime. Some frantic first-year females have been
known to crash the men's, much to the amusement of
surprised spectators.
After last year's dry evept at Swanguard Stadium, the
Beer Garden is back. It has no shrubbery or flowers, just
overly enthused students, who require no watering.
And of course, streakers will, at some point during
the game, grace the field with their presence. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
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by Sarah Conchie
When Dr Gordon Shrum spoke about rivalry
as the "spice of sporting life" at the very first
Shrum Bowl, water balloons hadn't yet come
into common usage. In 1967, there was no
security guarding the mascots from marauding students, no would-be nudists, and no
hidden kegs. Things have*1 gotten downright
spicy over the years," and the Shrum Bowl has
been the preferred showcase event for wild
fans, illegal projectiles and way, way too
many kilts.
1980s—the favorite tool is the well-aimed
water balloon. Both UBC and SFU fans still
share the grandstand, with a ten foot dead
zone and a short orange fence to separate
them. To get around security, pranksters
sneak into the stadium the night before and
stash their balloons, even burying a keg of
beer in the turf for extra ammo.
1992—The water balloon saga continues.
Jessica Bratty, a third-year UBC student, is so
miffed about her interrupted sunbathing that
she warns future Clansmen of the consequences in that year's game program. "They
didn't get me, but they'd better watch themselves this year. It doesn't take much to get
our Engineers agitated, and if {the Clansmen
are] not careful they might find all their cars
bii the stadium roof after the game this year."
1984—SFU's unfortunate Gorilla mascot
suffers slight burns when UBC fans light his
kilt on fire during the game. Pyromaniacs
abound at the Shrum Bowl: a few years later,
SFU fans somehow burn a giant "SFU" into
the lawn during the game.
1S95—In retaliation for the ape barbecue,
SFU fans maul Mr Thunderbird and a small
riot ensues. As a result, UBC and SFU students no longer share the grandstand, and
are seperated by the field and some very
burly security.
1996—UBC students are seated on flat risers at Swanguard Stadium, and can't see over
the players onto the field. At half-time, a
horde of disgruntled students sprints over
the field armed with crates of eggs and douses the grandstand and all SFU fans within
range. That same year, several UBC wiseguys
steal the Cup as part of a radio publicity
stunt They cart it down to the FOX for an
interview, and still laugh about it, six years
1998—Running out of water balloons,
SFU fans rip up clods of earth from the
Thunderbird field and start hurling them at
UBC fans. A slugfest ensues, but most of the
crowd is wet already because of the nasty
1999—A very nervous UBC mascot is
guarded by a phalanx of security guards. SFU
has hired a professional firm for its security,
but while the entire SFU rugby team hungrily
eyes the hapless Thunderbird mascot, the
hired security simply tell UBC staff to remove
their mascot from the field to avoid a riot
The rugby team throws menacing glances for
the rest of the game.
Some years, the players wore their helmets at all times to avoid getting hit by everything from dairy products to seafood. One
year, UBC students snuck into the gardens
behind Thunderbird stadium and staged a
deluge—throwing buckets of fish over the
walls onto the trapped SFU fans.
We at the Ubyssey don't advocate violence, damage of public property or offensive
behavior, but we would love to see something
freakin' spectacular at this year's Shrum
Bowl. Don't be late—Mckoff is at 7pm. ♦
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The man who
started it all
by Sarah Conchie
The liquification of helium is not a simple
process. Neither is the building of a decent varsity football team, but Dr Gordon Shrum did
both during his career at UBC.
In 1924, the newly minted UBC football
squad-now a firmly established varsity
Thunderbird team—was a sitting duck. Rugby
players hated the team and openly criticised
the players, turning up their collars at the
thought of the sissies with protective padding
who cribbed real rules. Others scoffed at such
an obvious stab at Americanism—in Canada,
the real men played without helmets.
The university itself was just ten years
old—still a scrawny kid with lots of energy and
not much experience—when football came to
its lawns. When Shrum arrived in 1925, he
immediately turned his mind to the sport he'd
never played, but always loved. As a physicist,
he wielded considerable influence on campus
and used his impressive presence on behalf of
the fledgling football program. During his
glory days, many remember that nothing got
done without consulting Shrum first.
By the mid-19 30s, UBC football was the
sport that freshmen flocked to, that employed
a stable of Vbyssey commentators, and that
inspired some of the most ingenious campus
pranksters. Shrum wasn't quite satisfied,
however, and dreamed that the Tjlue and
gold' would eventually compete at the Rose
Bowl, among the most prestigious of
American football games. But kicking around
pigskin soon faded into the background, along
with most school activities, as the Second
World War began. As a military man with a
chest full of medals, Shrum directed his fearsome energy into spearheading the UBC war
effort, and organised campus-wide drills,
marches and fundraisers, efforts that, no
doubt, benefited some of his 'boys' abroad,
who now wore completely different uniforms.
When the shadow of war passed, UBC once
again opened up its fields to football. Twenty
years later, after becoming the head of the
Physics Department and keeping his place as
the number one Thunderbird football fan
firmly intact, Shrum was nearing retirement
True to form, instead of kicking back and
picking up a few rounds of golf, Shrum left
UBC to nurture another project in its infancy:
BC Hydro. For three years, Shrum ran the
show at the premier's behest, but still couldn't excise his df earn of Canadian varsiiy football competing in the most prestigious
American leagues.
His chance came in 1963, when the premier gave Shrum another choice assignment:
to build a university atop Burnaby Mountain.
Naturally, a proper football field was included in the plans, and Shrum left ample time in
his busy schedule as chancellor of Simon
Fraser University to begin building his second football team.
While UBC athletes played for free in
Canadian leagues, SFU players benefited
from full athletic scholarships and squared
off against major American universities. The
Rose Bowl looked closer than ever. But if
Vancouver varsity football couldn't go to the
big time, Shrum would bring the big time to
Vancouver. British Columbia was to have a
cross-town grudge match of its own, and pitting UBC and SFU against each other took on
epic importance. Shrum's two children battled for the very first time on October 16,
"Dear Football Fans:
This game tonight is a realisation of a
recurring dream...that many of us have
had...during the past forty years. Big time
intercollegiate football has arrived in British
Columbia.' —from the 1967 Shrum Bowl
So the Shrum Bowl began, with as much
pomp and circumstance as the Superbowl.
No doubt, Shrum also penned the very first
"Game Outlook," which appeared on the third
page of the game's program.
"Call it what you like, cross-town rivalry,
inter-city rivalry, provincial rivalry. No matter how you slice it, tonight is born a new
chapter in the history ofBC Sport.
Collegate football. Big-time collegiate foot
Big-time crowds turned up to watch the
game, and a 90-piece band filled Empire
Stadium while cheerleaders from both
schools tried to out-dance one another on the
sidelines. For Shrum, it must have been nothing short of a fierce and fabulous family
reunion—he had personally hired both UBC's
irrepressible head coach Frank Gnup and
SFU's personable Lome Davies within the
space of ten years. For the football players,
the fans and the students, it was the beginning of a 35-year contest for bragging rights,
and a rare chance to proudly wear school
"Out at UBC, they say: SFU, who are they?'
Out at SFU, they say, 'UBC, what's that?' The
hijinks that preceded this game were fun. The
accusations were mostly in jest...the moment
of truth is here.' ♦
—with files from Fred Hume
Shrum: Index
First Bowl: 1867
Shrum players who became lawyers: 2
Games played since: 25
Fans who braved the monsoon to attend
Gap years: 10
1969's epic 'slugfest': 4,001
SFU games won: 12
Fans who braved 1978 to attend the first
UBC games won: 11
Shrum in 6 years: 16,500
Bitter, indecisive ties: 2
Number of points scored on UBC in the first
Number  of times  the
words  "big-time"
five years: 168
appears in the inaugural
1967 program: 13
Number of points scored on SFU in the first
Shrum players who made
it to the pros: 26
five years: 32 ♦ CU_TURi
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Oct 7 and 9
Having read the script and toured
the set of this film during shooting,
I eagerly anticipated seeing it on
big screen. I waaflT disappointed.
Directed by Nicholas Racz, a
local boy. The Burial Society follows the flight of a 'milquestoast'
of a man, Sheldon Kasner (played
by Rob Labelle), as he enters into
the exclusive circle of the Jewish
burial society. He is met with
resistance until he explains that
his former bosses from a Jewish
loan agency want to kill him and
are on the hunt for a missing
$2,000,000. The question: Is this
meek accountant capable of ripping off his money-
laundering bosses, or is he simply an innocent man
looking to start his life anew among the dead?
Rob Labelle inhabits his character with alacrity,
bringing a nervous charm to a man to whom there is
more than meets the eye. His three old, crusty burial compatriots, played by Allan Rich {Quiz Show,
Amistad), Jan Rubes (Witness) and Seymour Cassel
(Tie Royal Tennenbaums, Rushmore) are character
studies in themselves. Their faces, mapped with the
passage of the years, are a delight to watch as they
nail the time honoured 'three amigos' screen rou-
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tine and make it seem like they've known each other
all their lives. Individually they shine well, each a
very distinct personality.
Humour, dry and black, is
sprinkled throughout. One line in
particular stands out: "It's not like
there's an army of Jews breaking
down your door to get in,"
Sheldon says in response to the
reluctance of the three old men to
admit him to the society.
Another rich moment comes
when Sheldon's brother, played
by David Paymer {Mr, Saturday
Night, State and Main) is grilling
him about the missing moolah.
Without saying anything," Sheldon
gives his brother the scoop with
his facial expressions in a brilliant bit of acting.
The cinematography is excellent, bringing the
movie to life with deep lush colour, similar to the
look of Pulp Fiction and Mulholland Drive.
Shot in Vancouver (the interiors were,, done in
the Roret Building in Gastown and one frightenings
scene was filmed on the Burrard Street bridge), the
movie was done in just under a month on a tight
budget. The finished project is not rushed, however,
and enters the ranks with the rest of Canada's
quirky but very professional movies. ♦
—Daniel Conchie
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Oct. 4
You may have seen the last movie
on schizophrenia to come out on
the big screen—A Beautiful Mind
While I must admit I enjoyed it, I
went into Spider expecting more
than the wonderful—feeling shellacked Hollywood ending that I got
from A Beautiful Mind I wasn't
Made as a British/Canadian collaboration, Spider is about as far
from Hollywood as you can imagine. Sometimes it is a little overdone, but—for the most part—the
metaphors are fitting and the settings superb. It's safe to say that
there were no weak links in the cast
and, working together, the actors
showed an amazing artistry in-
dare I say—weaving the web of the
film. As for the plot, the stoiy never
lags. While at times confusing
(mostly due to the fact that Miranda
Richardson plays three roles), the
plot is intriguing and balances dark
humour with the serious condition
of schizophrenic Dennis Clegg
(played by Ralph Fiennes).
But I know what's really on
your mind...why call it Spider?
■ Don't fool yourself, there are
no gory schizophrenic nightmares
involving eight-legged creatures.
Dennis gets the nickname Spider
from his mother (Miranda
Richardson) after he displays a
unique interest in her stories on
the lives of spiders. His favourite
part? When the mother lays her
eggs, and then deserts them to die,
without looking back.
This becomes the basis of
Spider's Oedipal obsession with
his mother. He begins to hate his
father (Gabriel Byrne), a no-good
drunkard with no regard for his
This is where the plot gets twisted. The film is centred on Spider
staying at a halfway house in
London, where he recalls the
tragedy of his childhood, during
which his disease began. His father
killed Spider's mother and replaced
her with a local hussy. One of the
twists? The new mother is also
played by Miranda Richardson.
Whether it was the trauma that created the disease or the disease that
invented the trauma, the movie is
not very forthcoming. Well, I won't
be either. The suspense in Spider is
an integral part of the movie and I
urge you not to let anyone give away
the plot to you.
If you can't make it to the film
festival screening, watch for
Spiders mainstream release. I
can't guarantee that you'll like it as
much as I did, but if you watch the
cinematography, pay attention to
the setting, see the depth in the
characters and watch for the
metaphors that draw them all
together, you will get something
more out of this film. If not, may I
remind you that this film is loaded
with incestuous lust, sex, murder
and mystery—isn't that reason
enough to see it? ♦
—Jesse Marchand
with the Ubyssey
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A 16-year-old boy and a 20- (or 30-) something woman while away time on their trip across the English Channel, discussing
relationships and getting naked. Catherine Breillat's latest effort is not as controversial as last year's Fat Girl or 1999's
^omancs-May/December relationships just aren't that shocking anymore. The fihn's streana of venomous man-bashing, thinly disguised as musings onrelationships; grgwsfirespme after the first 20 minute$yet.itcoj^tiinues virtually unabated for over
an hour. If it wasn't for the ending's subtle twist, this film would have been an utter waste of time.
Oct. 7 and 10
Sjaak Meilink's Stiltwalkers is a stoiy about the power
of imagination. A combination of claymation and hand- j   ^J A   ***
drawn animation results in an interesting melange of two- ff
^ dimensional and and three-dimensional imagery, complemented by stark mythic figures, and a rich score.
Oct 7 and 10
In Patrick Bouchard's The Brainwashers, two chimney sweeps are injected into a man's head and, with cleaning tools in
hand, embark on a journey through the labyrinthine passages of his mind. The dark cavalcade of gothic claymation grotesques
is a deeply disturbing, literal take on brainwashing. It will send a shiver down your spine and keep your eyes riveted to the
iscreen. ♦,
—Greg Ursic
Oct. 4
Being the best at something is great (or so I hear):
you get to bathe in the limelight, be adored by
legions and, quite possibly, get loads of cash. But
whether you're the heavyweight boxing champ or
king of the tiddly-winks set, there's one annoying
downside—someone is always trying to knock you
off your throne. Throw superpowers into the mix
and things get even more complicated.
Expelled from school yet again for fighting,
Kyeong-su Kim is transferred to Volcano High, a
cross between Harry Potter's Hogwarts School for
the Magically Talented and the X-Men's school for
gifted super-children. The students possess a
stunning range of martial and mental skills.
Unfortunately for Kyeong-su-who has sworn off
fighting—he finds himself caught between warring sports clubs, vying for control of the school
and a secret book of magic. Being the powerful
new kid, everyone wants Kyeong-su on their team
(or out of the way). And you thought your high
school was tough.
From the opening sequence, with its pounding
score and action teaser, you know that this film is
going to be a lot of fun. Boasting a retinue of strutting characters with pompous sounding names,
hilarious slapstick, physical humor, strong
female roles, leather-clad villains, intricate
Matrix-style wire work and great digital special
effects, this film offers martial arts aficionados
everything they could want. There's even a
fleshed out subplot that addresses the rote style
learning and nonconformist obedience typical of
old-style Asian schooling. But I digress.
The fight sequences are carefully staggered,
leaving the viewer wanting more, but the payoff is
well worth the wait—the final showdown has the
best combination of choreography, visual effects,
mood and scoring that I've seen in a film in this
If you like your martial arts films loud and
flashy (and who doesn't?), this is one you definitely want to see on the big screen. I'm already
waiting for the sequel. ♦
—Greg Ursic
The Vancouver
International Film
Festival continues until
October .11.
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Sept. 28
by Aman Sharma
All day long, the sun had that weak
warmth that makes you content
when in its light, and cold when out
of its rays. By the time I was walking
up to the velvet rope at Richard's on
Richards for the early evening performance by Ron Sexsmith, it was
raining lightly.
The warm brick and heavy wood
of Richard's was a haven from the
chill outside. Inside, the house wasn't jam packed, but the small crowd
(made up mostly of Yaletown 30-
somethings) seemed to be eager for
the show—a tradeoff I will take gratefully. At 8:20pm Toronto'-s Ron
Sexsmith, who is touring in promotion of his latest album. Cobblestone
Runway, took over the small stage.
All of a sudden, it seemed like I
' was in a great big living room with a
bunch of my friends. Sexsmith has a
shy humility to his stage manner,
and he instantly made the venue a
comfortable and familiar place to
enjoy his performance. A bashful,
awkward introduction made the
cherubic singer and his band more
human, putting everyone further at
ease. Sexsmith worked through his
set like a timid craftsman, singing
with confidence and patience. Songs
like "Cheap Hotel* and 'Nothing
Good" are so well built and well performed that it makes me wonder
why he is playing venues as small as
Richard's, a fact that I am neverthe-
less thankful for.
Ron Sexsmith's clear, mournful
voice and bittersweet lyrics share a
quality of melancholy hopefulness.
We're all familiar with the feeling he
creates—just think of how you feel
when you know you've done something wrong, but harbour the hope
that it still could turn out right
While his crooning voice was very
affective and, at times, downright
poignant, I noticed a couple of special moments where Sexsmith's
voice got a bit rough and sandpa-
pery. I thought it was a real treat to
hear this different phase of his
voice, and I wish he had used it
I felt the same enthusiasm for his
other departures from the straight-
up version of the set Near the end of
the show, Sexsmith played a version
of his song "Secret Heart' that
included an affectionate tribute to
George Harrison, with the familiar
guitar solo from Harrison's
"Something." The solo set the crowd
on fire, and set up the spontaneous
seven-minute ovation at the end of
his show. I loved the digressions in
the performance, however infrequent and short they were, and I
think that his solid act only stands to
benefit from including more of
these little side trips.
The show ended promptly at
9:30pm. Despite the never-ending
cheers, stomps, and whistles of the
crowd, the club was handed over to
the beautiful people ready for the 10
o'clock conversion from live music
venue to dance club—a ridiculous
decision when you consider how
appreciative the crowd was.
Nevertheless, the crowd went home
satisfied, and as I stepped into the
chill bite of the night air, I realised
that autumn had finally arrived and
that Ron Sexsmith was the perfect
guy to bring us into it. ♦
Down the same ol' trail
The Black Monk
[Mint Records]
Country and western is the most
ridiculed style of music since Afro-
Cuban disco. Everyone swears to
hate it, but then taps their feet like
jackrabbits on crystal whenever
"Folsom Prison Blues" comes on the
radio. Sure, it is correct of you to hate
new country, just like it's all right to
hate new metal. Keep in mind, anything that claims to be new is by definition a waste of time. There isn't
anything new under the sun," and
country is the same.
It all trickles down directly from
Hank Williams. Drinking and sleeping in the back of cars defined the
genre and Utile has been added to it
since. His'music was hard blues full
of sadness, humor and most of all
attitude. The attitude makes^ the
music interesting. The attitude is
what makes people buy the records
and listen to them. After years of soft
country music it's even harder to
make an album with this kind of attitude.
John Guliak and the Lougan Band
have made an imitative album of traditional' country. The style is pure
and well-crafted, but there is no attitude. The songs are pretty and fit
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together well but the edge has been
dulled. Nothing really sparks your
interest As the album comes to a
close, a distinctly pop-ish track
seems to be just tagged on. The song
is radio-friendly but has no connection to the country music that runs
throughout the rest of the album. It
doesn't make sense in the context of
the album. It's as if they thought that,
if all the other songs didn't catch our
attention, a solid pop song would.
The most striking aspect of the
album is the Dwayne Eddy-style
twangy guitar sound. Throughout the
album, the guitar brings Dwayne
Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" to mind. The
Black Monk helps recall great songs
or bands, but never fully realises anything itself ♦
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COAST TO COAST: Cage performs in Vancouver for the first time, RJD2 spins in the background.
New York hip-hop label
blesses Vancouver
with El-P, Mr Lit, RJD2, DJ Facts
One, Copywrite and Cage
at Sonar
Sept. 29
by Michael Schwandt
New York City hip-hop label DefJux
is in the middle of a five-week road
trip that they have dubbed the
Revenge of the Robots Tour. The
travelling caravan of six artists—two
DJs and four MCs—rolled into
Vancouver on Sunday, unleashing
some of the best beats and rhymes
that the city is likely to see this fall.
When the Ubyssey crew arrived
at the spot, DJ Facts One was setting
the crowd in motion with a mix of
fresh and classic breaks. ^JD2, the
recently-popular DJ that much of the
crowd had come to see, was next on
the turntables, blending heavy beats
with jazz and classical samples.
"Everybody in the place who's
high, say Tiol" yelled Cage, one of
the first MCs to take the stage. The
crowd responded with the appropriate noise, while an unfortunate soul
in the back Mt up a joint and was
promptly kicked out by security.
With RJD2 supplying the beats. Cage
partnered up with Copywrite, and
the pair of MCs traded verses for a
short but impressive set Skilled but
annoyingly macho—the pair's
rhymes often verged on outright
misogyny—Cage and Copywrite
were more impressive in terms of
their chemistry than anything they
had to say.
Brooklyn's El-P (short for El
Producto) is famous to hip-hop fans
both as the founder of Def Jux
Records and as an exceptional lyricist. Earlier this year, his album
Fantastic Damage brought critical
raves and international recognition
for himself and Def Jux. On Sunday,
he spit his mindbendingly rapid-fire
polysyllabic rhymes- ail oyer the
crowd. His set, during which he
shared the stage with his own discovery Mr Lif, demonstrated
impressive precision but little visible passion.
Mr Lif, with his unique vocal
style and implausibly huge dreadlocks, had by far the most presence
of the evening's performers.
Scorching in delivery, and scathing
in content, he bounced verses from
his new Emergency Rations album
off of El-P, who almost paled in
comparison. Mr Lif implored the
audience to think critically about
the state of the world (his favourite
target being the Bush administration), and his sheer intensity and
commaijd of meter .and rhyme
made sure that everyone in the
room paid close attention. Fans
looking for the next Gang Starr
should take note. ♦
now playing
by Alison Bones
If you're planning on running out to see the new Reese
Witherspoon flick, Sweet Home Alabama, don't get your
hopes up. The mediocre screenplay, cheesy plot and
disappointing ending do not make the movie worth a
full-priced ticket.
Sweet Home Alabama is about an Alabaman girl
named Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) who desperately
tries to hide her Hicksville past from her new successful life in New York City. When her Yankee politician
boyfriend proposes to her, Melanie is forced to return
to Alabama to clean up a few issues, such as divorcing
her husband. As can be predicted, conflict arises, and
Melanie ends up torn between her new life in New York
with her fiance and her past life in Alabama with her
husband. All you have to do is watch a trailer to get the
whole story.
Sweet Home Alabama was at its worst at the beginning and the ending of the film. The movie opened with
a corny introduction accompanied by over-the-top
music. It then concluded with an unconvincing and disappointing ending. I won't give the ending away—all I'll
say is that I wish she had gone for the other guy.
One of* the few saving graces of Sweet Home
Alabama was Ethan Embry's (Can't Hardly Waif) character, Billy Ray. His character was the only one I could
bring myself to care about. As in every performance
I've seen by Embry, he made his character likeable and
If you wind up at the theatre in the next week or two
and are deciding to see Sweet Home Alabama or another movie, I would suggest that you go see the other
movie. The predictable jokes, cop-out ending and the
complete lack of Lynyrd Skynyrd made me wish I had
seen something else. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, October k, 2002
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UBC Bike Co-op
turns bicycles into art
at the AMS Art Gallery
until Oct. 4
by Michael Schwandt
"It's just to show people how beautiful bikes are, and a little bit about
bike culture."
James Zhuang, one of the artists
contributing to the UBC Bike Co-op's
current Bike Art show, puts the goals
of the exhibition in simple terms.
Every year, the organisation mounts
the Bike ArtShow, demonstrating one
of the less intrinsic uses of the practi
cal mode of transportation: visual art
These artists devise ways to decorate,
destroy and reconstruct the bicycle, a
labour of love for avid bicyclists like
Zhuang, who says this artistic pursuit
is not especially difficult
"I think bicycles are beautiful as
it is, and you don't have to do a lot to
make them exceptionally beautiful.
They're artwork by themselves."
In "Erotica," Maya Ersan represents the beauty of the bike with a
set of fiber prints, each one a portrait of some detail of a bicycle.
Warm representations of handlebar,
seat, brake, and every other inch of
the bicycle are arranged in a grid.
seemingly with random placement
Zhuang's own contribution to the
show, entitled "110/ is a huge
metallic snake. The body, constructed almost entirely of discarded
brakes, curls around a bike wheel.
The snake's rattle is a set of bike
chains, and its menacing jaw is a
chain ring folded in half.
Any effort to use bicycle parts as
a medium to create art is by its very
nature creative, and Zhuang's snake
is immediately striking. Although
the piece took him three full days of
work to piece together, the forthright artist says that the idea didn't
take long to germinate.
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"I think it just came to me. I didn't think really hard about it," he
says. "Just looking at a bucket of
brakes that nobody every uses, they
looked like some vertebrae for some
kind of animal."
Other pieces include photographic art (bicycles and their users are
the subjects, of course), notably
Sarah Bryce's "Bikes at work, play,
and on pilgrimage," a set of photos
depicting the fives of bicyclists in
Santiago, Chile. Cara Fisher forms
bicycle inner tubes into evening
wear, with reflectors as. accessories,
in "A fun night outl", and Guy
Cross's "Silhouette in G* combines
misty video footage of a bicyclist
with an eerie musical track.
Some of the works at the show are
informative as well as aesthetically
pleasing. One piece is composed of a
large plexiglass box with a plastic
globe-the world-suspended inside. A
pipe extends from the side of the
box, and lettering on another side
reads, "It took less than one minute
to fill this box with car exhaust*
The Bike Co-op is committed to
the use of bicycles as an environmentally sustainable alternative to
cars, and the pieces at the Bike Art
show reflect this. Another piece, a
plaster cast entitled "Diversity,"
finds an army of identical miniature
cars driving away from a bicycle
wheel and over a cliff.
The bicyclist/curators offer
copies of Momentum ("the magazine for self-propelled people") to
visitors, and gladly talk about the
advantages of using a bike to get
around, or just as a tool for recreation. Or, of course, to create art ♦
MADE OF WHAT?! Made of bike parts, these works demonstrate
the artistic and fashion potential of the bicycle.
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Libraries are good, right?
Yesterday's announcement of the new $60
million Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is, in
many ways, incredible news. The centre,
which is scheduled to open in 2005, will feature, among many other initiatives, a laptop
loan program, lecture and classroom space
within the Main Library, a wireless computer
network and automated access to library
materials in storage. By all accounts, it will
become a centrepiece for the UBC campus of
the future.
Financing for the project is being split
between the university, the province and the
Learning Centre's namesake. Barber, a UBC
alumnus and the founder of Slocan Forests
Products, is contributing $20 million to the project, with the province kicking in ten million dollars. $30 million, the brunt of the cost, however,
is being shouldered by the university.
We like fancy librairies—no doubt about it,
robots getting books out of storage in under
two minutes is a dream come true—and we
don't want to be killjoys in the face of UBC
President Martha Piper's obvious exuberance.
but we have a few concerns about the university's expenditure.
Was it not just last March that UBC raised its
tuition fees because it could no longer provide
quality education at the then-current levels?
Isn't UBC the university that's balking at matching teaching assistants' wages to tuition increases? What about cuts to Science labs and
increased class sizes? What about UBC's decaying infrastructure (i.e. the Math and Geography
buildings), or inadequate campus residential
space? A rule of thumb at UBC: if something's
not up to par, the company line is that it's due to
lack of funding.
$30 million may only be three and a half per
cent of UBC's annual revenue, but it's still a
huge chunk of money. The increased revenue
that UBC acquired from this year's tuition fee
increase, an additional gross of $13.5 million,
doesn't even cover half of this expenditure. So
how is it that UBC can afford this?
Piper's reasoning is that this money did not
come from UBC's operating budget, that this a
Board of Governors' (BoG) initiative and that
this money could not be spent on the university's operating costs. But unless we're missing
something here, there was nothing tying the
BoG to this decision, or this project $30 million
is still $30 million, and that's money that could
have been spent on any number of projects at
the university.
Developing a state-of-the-art library on campus will be great for students (and for Piper's
resume), but is it really necessary? Given the
financial constraints of the university, is this
akin to UBC using a student loan to buy a
PlayStation when it can't afford its books?
We're grateful for Barber's generosity
(although it is money that was made, we suspect, at the expense of this province's forests),
and we praise the university's ingenuity and
forethought (we can hear the committee now:
'way to think outside of the box, guys."), but
excuse us if we're not quite as excited as the
university's movers and shakers. While yesterday was a tremendous day for the UBC of
the future, it was another in a long Une of disappointments for the UBC of the present. ♦
Lifeline has rights, too
I would like to thank Abram Moore
("Protest was about 'rights," Letter
[Sept.2 7]) for clarifying the issues
provoked by the Gray et al vs. the
AMS court case featured in last
Tuesday's Ubyssey ("AMS answers
in court" [Sept.24].)
Citing Abram Moore, "this
woman was defending her RIGHTS
and the right to her own choices."
Which rights did she defend?
Was she defending her right to
have an abortion or was she
defending her right not to view
offensive material? Since Moore
refers to multiple rights—abortion
is not a right protected by the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
here in Canada. The Morgentaler
case in 1988 merely rendered the
previous 1969 abortion law unconstitutional. In fact, only one of the
nine Supreme Court justices recognised a 'right to abortion' within
the Charter.
Secondly, her right not to view
offensive material is protected
under Section 2; the right to freedom of conscience and religion.
This was not violated by the GAP
display in 1999 because Ms Kaiser
was not forced to view the display.
Rather than 'defending' her
rights, Ms Kaiser violated the personal security of Lifeline members.
In destroying the display, she
exceeded peaceful opposition,  as
contended by Ryan Marshall, the
former Alma Mater Society (AMS)
The AMS has a duty to equally
protect the rights of all UBC students, even those whom they disagree with on contentious issues
such as abortion. To do this, they
must allow Lifeline to present the
truth on abortion inside the
Student Union Building.
—Sean Ollech
UBC Lifeline Vice President
Arts 4
"So—repeat after me..."
This letter is in reference to your
frontpage story on October 1, titled
"Uniting Against Globalisation," by
Leah McKenzie-Brown.
Since Ms McKenzie-Brown is by-
lined as a news writer, I have to
assume that this article is not an
editorial. Since there was no evidence of journalistic professionalism I have to assume that Ms
McKenzie-Brown is either new at
this, or has an axe to grind. In
either case, allow me to make the
following observations:
1. In the first paragraph you
claim that one of the two issues that
the rally was to address was "the
Isreali occupation of Palestine."
Point one is that you should learn
how to spell Israel if you're going to
write an article about it Don't you
have a spell checker?
2. Also, there is not now, nor
has there ever been, a country
called "Palestine." I'm not sure
how the Israelis are "occupying" a
country that doesn't exist, but I suggest you do some homework on the
history of the "occupied territories." To refer to the land as
Palestine lends an air of legitimacy
to what some of the ignorant
blowhards you quote in the article
say. They don't deserve this legitimacy. So—repeat after me: "there is
no country called Palestine, there
has never been a country called
Palestine." It may also be helpful to
remember that Yassir Arafat was
offered the "occupied territories"
as a country (to call whatever he
wanted) at Camp David and rejected the offer (which he now, by his
own admission, regrets).
3. In the fourth paragraph, you
say that the massacres at Sabra and
Shatila were attributed to
"President" Ariel Sharon. Ariel
Sharon is the prime minister of
Israel, the president is someone
else entirely. Again, these are just
basic facts that you have wrong.
4. The massacres at Sabra and
Shatila were perpetrated by Arab
. (Lebanese) Christians. The worst
that can be said for Ariel Sharon
is that it happened on his watch.
To imply that he was directly
responsible for the massacres
legitimises another tired lie of the
anti-Semitic rumor mills of the
Middle Eastern dictatorships. You
have just perpetrated a lie started
by fascists. Good job.
5. In the sixth paragraph you
define the intifada as "a resistance
against Israeli occupation."
There's that tricky truth again.
How can you resist an occupation
of a countiy that never existed?
Yassir Arafat cynically threw away
a chance to end Israeli "occupation* at Camp David because he
figured that he could trick the
gullible west into accepting terrorism as legitimate resistance. In
your case he succeeded. Score
another one for the fascists.
6. In the eighth paragraph you
equate "globalisation" and "economic disparity." Two totally different issues, and it's very la2y
journalism to let the ideas blend
(because it's harder to tease out all
those subtleties.)
Basically, I don't look to the
Ubyssey for news. I doubt that anyone does. But by printing this kind
of drivel as "news" you're exposing
some people who may not be aware
of your bias to a kind of brainwashing. To refer to the intifada as
"resistance" and the territories as
"Palestine* proves that you've
already swallowed the big lies that
the fascists are selling; please let
the students at UBC have a chance
to avoid your fate.
—Jeff Carroll
Friday, October k, 2002
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by Phoebe Wang
with the Frames
at Richard's on Richards
Sept. 29
Take a quiet fall evening, add an
unwound crowd in a Yaletown
venue, a few guests from out of town
and some familiar faces from home,
and you have a formula for an occasion that tries to be more than the
sum of its parts.
Young and Sexy's rise has been
as formulaic as it's possible to be in
this town. They have a debut album
with Vancouver's own precocious
Mint records, and in the past
months, they've floated up the CiTR
charts, opened' for The New
Pornographers in front of a capacity
crowd and played a few industry festivals. Sunday's show was their first
as headliners at home,
Absent from their live performance was the whimsical, found
sounds present on Stand Up For
Your Mother. Their schizophrenic
pop medleys have both won fans
and found critics. Even without the
looser pastiche quality of their studio sound, the songs still worked
well live due to the band's timing.
And Lucy Brain brandishes the most
precise tambourine I've ever witnessed. Young and Sexy's performance is becoming tighter, which is
particularly- important as many' of
their songs axe intricately built up.
They played quite a bit of new
material, and it sounded as if the
band is more at ease with writing
together rather than just providing
back-up to frontman Paul Pittman.
Their new songs are upbeat to the
point that they're almost ahead of
Despite their precision, there
were times during the show when it
sounded as if they were standing
very far apart from each other. At
one point, Pittman motioned to keyboardist Ted Bois that the sound
was "off," but the problem
remained. It took away from Bois's
keen playing and the overall sound
as well, as the piano lines are an
integral part of the band's songs.
Everywhere I stood, the sound
seemed to be in little units.
It was not until the encore, when
they performed a few quieter ballads, that the band members finally
blended together. It may have been
a technical problem, or it may be
that Young and Sexy, for all their
pristine ability, have still to pin
down that elusive state of fusion.
It was the first time both in
Vancouver and in Canada for the
Frames. There were long-time fans
in the crowd for their tuneful folk-
pop.'The five-piece from Ireland is
touring to promote their latest and
fourth album. For the Birds, which
is being praised as their best so far.
Their songs have a delicate, sit-
ting-'round-the-fireside sincerity, but
they also burst into a full-on storm.
Years of performing prove the band's
heart is well and beating; yet taken
in parts, the band's separate
elements are not unique. Colm
MacConlomaire's violin was a pleasant touch, but Dave Hingerty's drumming was monotonous." And Glen
Hansard's vocal manner falls into the
category of the ubiquitous Brit-pop
charmer. The Frames are a band that
puts forth pleasant and tender
melodies. They have already added a
dimension of production to their folk-
based songs and it seems demanding
to expect more, but I do. ♦
Open mic on the Drive
at El Cocal Restaurant
by Heather Neale
Monday nights, while you sit on the
couch eating nachos and watching
re-ruits of Seinfeld that lull you into
varying degrees of vegetation, a
montage of creativity is gathered at
El Cocal Restaurant on Commercial
The evening, dubbed "Twisted
Poets," and hosted by long-time
poetic talent Bonnie Nish, is a biweekly opportunity to read the stuff
you've been writing in front of an
audience, or just listen for new
ideas. Despite the event's small
beginnings, it has grown into a fullblown artistic serenade • complete
with a harpist for interludes and a
Japanese shakuhachi player.
"The more people that come out
to read, the richer the night is," said
Nish. "This event is one full of talented individuals that I hope will
one day grow into an anthology."
One-gentleman spun a musical
rendition of "Casey at The Bat,"
based on curling instead of baseball.
A British sonnet writer talked of
Tanqueray and unrequited love. The
host herself pined for Ashley Judd's
looks in a moving and comical ode.
Yet another lady cursed the snooty
high class diner where she served
All the work, while black and
white in terms of style and theme,
left an impression on its audience. It
demonstrated that poetry can be
about anything, and that everyone
has something valuable to gay.
The man behind the shakuhachi
music was Alcuin Ramos. Prior to
playing, he explained a little about
bis instrument and its significance
to Japanese culture. "Hie flute is
made, entirely from bamboo and is
meant to symbolise the connection
between heaven and earth," he said.
The knotty roots at its bottom connect with the land and humanity,
and the pointed tip looks skyward to
the divine. The sound itself emulates cranes flying.
The restaurant, lined with icicle
lights and faux-stone walls, has a
quaint charm to it that invites
return. It has that sort of funky hole-
in-the-wall atmosphere, offering a
refreshing change from yuppie franchise cafes and expensive restaurants. The El Salvadorian waitress,
Elisabeth, with witty humour and a
beautiful Spanish accent, serves a
mean apple pie, "organic, [and] free
of white sugar." But the most delicious part, of course, is the organic
The next Twisted Poets Open Mic
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Commercial Drive. Be there at 7pm. ♦
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Friday, October 4,2002
TA Union begins bargaining a new contract
by Kathleen Deering
Representatives from UBC's
Teaching Assistant (TA) Union participated in what Union President
Alex Grant called 'opening arguments" with the university this
week, to try and reconcile the 16 per
cent wage decrease TAs have
incurred this year.
Because tuition has increased
but TA wages have not, and because
TAs must pay tuition, Grant said this
results in a pay cut. "I'm hopeful,
but not optimistic,* Grant said about
the first meetings between the
union and the university, which took
place last Thursday and this
Tuesday,   .
Proposals from the union focus
on tuition rebates for TAs, as well as
a pay and benefit increase in line
with; other employee groups, with
specific reference to faculty pay
increases. ■
During the two initial meetings.
Grant said the university did not
support lhe idea of a wage increase,
and that UBC considers a tuition
rebate to be the same thing as a
wage increase.
"They said there [is a provincially
mandated] three-year wage freeze,
so they say no increase in wages,"
said Grant, adding the TA union
wants, a letter from the province
detailing the freeze.
Both Grant and Brian De Alwis,
the president of the Graduate
Student Society said the demand for
TAs at UBC is high, and that UBC is
losing quality- grad students to other
A normal amount of hours for a
TA to work is 12 per week, said
Grant, although many TAs work
much, more than this. Departments,
however, are currently asking the
union permission to hire TAs for 18
hour per week.
"We keep getting calls from different departments who want to
hire TAs at more than 100 per
cent appointments [more than 12
hours per week],* said Grant, *or
wanting to hire non-UBC TAs,
^because they can't find anybody to
take the position.*
The union reps also have submitted a proposal to put a cap on class
sizes. According to Grant, the university bargainers disagreed with
the notion of regulating class sizes.
"[It] makes you wonder why all the
tuition consultation process is all
about,* Grant said.
In this year's university's
Undergraduate Tuition Survey,
smaller class size had the second
highest priority for students.
Dr Carl Douglas, the head of the
department of botany, said there is
strong support for the TA's requests
from his department "At a departmental meeting in September we
unamidusly passed a motion in
favour of [the TAs]," Douglas said.
"Our faculty are all completely
behind them."
The department of zoology
passed a similar motion to support the TAs request for an
increase in pay in the amount of
the tuition increase, said Dr. Bill
Milsom, the department head of
Human Resources Employee
Relations Manager Kyle Cormier is
the bargaining representative for
the university. He did not wish to
comment on the state of negotiations and issued a statement
through UBC Public Affairs that the
university is pleased with the
progress they're making in negoti
ations but feel it is inappropriate at
this time to do "an interview with
the media.
Grant said the union doesn't
want to continue bargaining past
Christmas, and that possible actions
will be discussed at the October 16
General Membership meeting.
"I would like to bee them come
off with a funding package that
allows grad students to have some
sort of a life,* said De Alwis, "that
doesn't leave them at the poverty
level.' ♦
Bringing their ancestors back home
by Michael-Owen Liston
At a presentation last Tuesday at UBC's Museum of
Anthropology, Irene Mills, spokeswoman for the Haida
Repatriation Committee, spoke about the group's successful repatriation efforts in a recent trip to New York City.
The group brought with them 47 sets of Haida
human remains that had been held at the American
Museum of Natural History. Mills described how the
delegation, which represented BC's Haida community,
returned from New York on September 22.
A completely volunteer-driven and community-led
project, the mission was the result of over two years of
preparation and fundraising within the participating
communities, said Mills.
Mills explained that the Haida term for the repatriation efforts is "yaghudangang," a more literal translation
of which is "to pay respect*
The Haida's strong and vibrant respect for their culture drives this initiative, from start to finish, said Mills.
She contrasted it with the more paternalistic intentions of
the 'explorers' who removed the bones from Haida Gwaii,
on the Queen Charlotte Islands over 100 years ago.
Explorers saw themselves as trying to preserve a
record of a race, said Mills, which seemed to them on a
path of steady decline. But Mills affirmed that her people are still very much alive.
"We are a living, breathing culture, and we do work
within our own history, and we bring things into the
time in which we live," Mills said, acknowledging that
such initiatives as her groups repatriation efforts are
still a new experience for the museums involved.
Mills spoke about the importance of involving tribal
elders at all levels of the process, and ensuring that they
were part of the travelling delegation. Often, she said,
elders recognised individual pieces in a collection, and
therefore, enriched the cultural record of their community, as well as that of the museum, i
Bringing their anscestors home meant honouring
them as they would their deceased loves ones, said
Mills, and the ceremony of wrapping the remains and
preparing them for the trip home was a very "emotionally draining endeavour...you could only be in there for
a few hours at a time before you needed a break."
Mills illustrated the ways the repatriation initiative
had strengthened the participating communities.
Remains were wrapped in button-blankets made by elementary school children, and then placed in bent-wood
boxes, which had been painted by high-school students
and other youth.
Ten people received training in the methods of making the traditional bent-wood boxes, and local artists
donated templates for the clan designs which would decorate them as well as signify the particular affiliation of
the anscestor.
"It brings people in our community out to do these
traditional activities, that we forget .are traditional
because it's part of our lifestyle, but in re-educating the
young people we tell them that this is a traditional activity," said Mills.
Jill Baird, the MOA's Education and Public
Programmes curator spoke well of the project, and
described the current repatriation efforts as providing
an "opportunity for museums to build relationships
with communities, so we can support each other in
those endeavours...to take a much more development-
relationship approach." ♦
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