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The Ubyssey Oct 30, 1998

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not our victory lap since 1918
A season can
turn on one
game for some
teams. But for
UBC women's
rugby, one game
last week meant
more than that.
It meant
by Bruce Arthur
Tossing a rugby ball back and forth, Tessa
Trethewey and Erica Slack hobble up and
down one side of the practice pitch. Both
have suffered severely sprained ankles in the
last two weeks, but neither will rest them. It is
October 20. The game is only four days away.
"I have to play," pleads Tessa, wide-eyed,
to trainer Gillian Honeyman. She tells her
the only way to heal the ankle is rest. Tessa
leans closer, and whispers, "I have to play."
Erica looks away, silent, and paces gingerly
in circles.
Honeyman allows them to run for five
more minutes. She can hardly stop them.
"I wouldn't want to speak for them, but
from what I've seen, [Saturday's game] means
everything," she says quietly. "I'm not going to
tell Tessa she can't play until Saturday when
she can't run full force. If she plays Saturday
she puts herself out for the whole season."
Tessa and Erica go back to the bright side
of the field so they can better see their footing in the fading light. They keep hobbling,
small shadows under the glare of the field's
been knock
giant floodlights. Neither is likely to play on
"If I can't play, I'm just going to cry all
weekend,"  says Tessa.  "This is so big! ;
Nobody understands that!"
For the UBC women's rugby team, r
one game has become the focus of
their program. Seventy minutes
will decide the fate of not just this season,
but the next. In four days, they will play the
University of Victoria Vikings for the chance
to go to the first-ever CIAU national
women's rugby championships November
12-15 in Hamilton. It is an opportunity that
has been a long time coming.
"If we win it's like a doorway," says veteran scrum-half Sam Cook. "We've been
knocking on the door for so long, and it's
like now we've been given a key. If we win
it's the key."
Sam will not play on Saturday. She suffered a concussion in last week's 20-0 win
over Douglas College, one of four UBC head
injuries in the final two minutes of the
game. The only reason Sam came back to
the team for a final year is this game against
Victoria, and now to not be able to play is .
excruciating. She watches practice with a
faraway look. "We all want to play this weekend," she says.
"Last weekend took its toll. Sam is a big,
big loss," sighs Heather Miller, the team's
head coach. "When the girls are a bit tight,
Sam can get 'em thinking and get 'em moving. Now, they just have to get the confidence in themselves."
SOLID, UBC, SOLID! The Thunderbirds' Kristyn Gray (left) screams to her teammates in
Saturday's game. The contest against the University of victoria Vikings decided the winner of the first-ever Canada West championships, mary vallis photo
In 1991, women's rugby started at UBC
as a club sport. No varsity status, and
no funding. Since then, it's developed
into a program that fields two teams and
plays from October to April with over fifty
players. The roster turnover ratio is staggering—this year, 39 of 65 players listed on the
contact sheet are rookies. The numbers are
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variable, though. Many new players can't
handle the extremely physical nature of the
game or the time commitment required,
while new prospects can show up at any
time at practices and start working out with
the team. There is never a set roster.
As the program has grown, UBC women's
rugby's status as a club team has largely
stayed intact. Although they were granted
varsity status in name in 1995, the team was
not put forward as a candidate for the
"We didn't declare 'cause I didn't think
they were as organised as they were," said
rum-half Sam Cook
id it's like now we'1
Kim Gordon, UBC's coordinator of interuniversity athletics. "But I commend the players. They're driving this."
With a win, UBC Athletics will try to fund
women's rugby as they do other varsity
sports, and the T-Birds will go to Hamilton.
What will happen in the event of a loss is
uncertain. For the team, it's a big opportunity
"[If we win] we get recognition," says
team captain Sabrina Celms. "We've always
been blown off as 'just women's rugby.'" But
it's not just about validation. With legitimacy comes funding. And respect.
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Student calls for release of censored APEC documents
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—A UBC student is
asking the Federal Court to quash
government attempts to withhold
certain documents from the APEC
inquiry in Vancouver.
Earlier this month, RCMP and
government officials filed five certificates of exemption preventing
the release of whole or partial e-
mail messages and memos relating
to last year's summit of 18 Pacific
Rim leaders.
In response, UBC post-graduate
student Jonathan Oppenheim—
one of the organisers of last year's
protest    at    the    Asia    Pacific
Economic Co-operation summit
on the university's grounds—last
Friday signed a court application
demanding the full release of all
the censored material.
"We're going before the
Federal Court and asking for a
judicial review," Oppenheim said
in an interview.
But federal government officials insist the documents in question must be censored for reasons
of national security, foreign relations, third-party interests and
cabinet confidence.
"Releasing information of this
nature could reasonably be
expected to have a chilling effect
on the degree to which the repre
sentatives of Canada and foreign
states may be forthright in their
negotiations and relations,"
wrote John Donaghy a director in
the Department of Foreign
Affairs, in an exemption certificate filed Oct. 9.
Full disclosure of the requested
files, said Donaghy, would reveal
the identity of sources in the
Indonesian government, harming
relations between the two countries.
Police authorities also joined
their government counterparts in
calling for the deletion of certain
passages from the APEC-related
In  an  exemption  certificate
dated Oct. 13, Vancouver RCMP
Supt. C.R. Kary said the contested
APEC material contains RCMP
secrets detailing the police force's
surveillance methods and identities of undercover agents.
"The release of information disclosing security arrangements,
plans, confidential and secret
[RCMP] methods or techniques of
protection would render them
ineffective," wrote Kary.
But Jaggi Singh, a former UBC
student who was arrested during
the APEC protest, says it's
absolutely necessary to disclose
the kind of information Kary
wants to hide.
Prior and during last year's
APEC conference, says Singh,
members of APEC Alert were spied
on by the Canadian Security and
Intelligence Service (CSIS).
"I was part of APEC Alert and I
know it was never a threat to the
life of any Asian leader," said Singh.
"What was CSIS saying about
us? What was the nature of their
surveillance?" he asked. "[And]
why can't we see these documents?"
In order to find out the answers
to these questions, Singh argues,
Ottawa must release all APEC-
related material in its possession.
The Federal Court is expected to
rule on Oppenheim's motion in
about a month-and-a-hafi»
Value of UBC space
research in doubt
by Julian Dowling
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off into
orbit Thursday with the hopes of two UBC
researchers on board. The seven-astronaut
crew, which includes 77-year old US Senator
John Glenn, will be monitoring—among
other things—biology and chemistry experiments designed by UBC scientists Kevin
Forkheim and Donald Brooks.
But back at home, some UBC professors
say the scientific value of this research may
not warrant all the excitement that has surrounded the nine-day mission.
Several professors in UBC's astronomy
department told the Ubyssey this week that
they think the shuttle launch is little more
than a publicity stunt for NASA.
"I'm not really convinced about this [mission] with John Glenn," said Gregory
Fahlman. "It's not clear to me why NASA is
doing this."
Colleague William McCutcheon sees the
launch as a means for NASA to boost public
support. "It's garnering a lot of publicity for
NASA, but I suspect that [the research] is
rather questionable."
McCutcheon said NASA's decision to go
ahead with the launch despite cancelling a
critical experiment to do with aging a few
days ago, "suggests that the main aim [of the
mission] was not the research."
Forkheim, a radiology resident, is overseeing an experiment that will test
whether a drug called 1,25 Di-hydroxy
Vitamin D can slow the progression of
osteoporosis—a disease that causes bones
to become brittle and fragile.
He is running the experiment in partnership with Canadian pharmaceutical
firm Allelix.
As the human body ages and metabolism
slows down, cells called osteoblasts, which
normally work to rebuild bone cells, grow
For Dr. Forkheim, the advantage of conducting the experiment in space is that the
weightless environment speeds up the aging
process that osteoblasts normally undergo.
In an interview from Cape Canaveral,
Forkheim said he was confident the shuttle
experiment will be an ideal laboratory to test
the new treatment. "If we can use micrograv-
ity to cure osteoporosis in space we will have
a cure for osteoporosis here on earth."
One in eight males and one in four
females over the age of 50 will suffer from a
fracture related to osteoporosis.
"If we can use space to solve a medical
problem that occurs here on earth, we can
, more than justify huge budgets for sending
satellites and space shuttles into orbit,"
Forkheim said.
Another application of the research
relates to the planned two year mission to
Mars and future manned space stations.
Astronauts in orbit lose bone mass at a
rate of one to two per cent a month, despite
three to four hours of exercise every day.
Forkheim said an astronaut who is in space
for one to two years could benefit from the
new research if Vitamin D is shown to retard
the aging of osteoblasts.
But another UBC astronomy professor,
Douglas Scott, does not believe the history of
scientific experiments in space warrants
more research. "Experiments in space aren't
reaping great rewards," he said.
Scott said he believes there is nothing
special about the weightless environment in
space, pointing out that there are ways to
simulate zero gravity here on Earth.
According to Scott, research experiments,
such as those on board the Discovery, are not
as important as building space stations or
launching satellites—things that cannot be
done on earth.
McCutcheon agrees. "The results from
the launches of telescopes and probes have
yielded more results than other types of
experiments have."
Forkheim still insisted the possible long-
term health benefits of scientific research in
space, such as his, more than justifies NASA's
$5 billion budget.
Dr. McCutcheon, referring to scientific
research in the past, said that space exploration is worthwhile, but "whether the cost of
space missions justifies those results is
another matter. "♦
RAFFI: Long-time children's entertainer Raffi came to UBC on Wednesday to read
excerpts from his autobiography The Life of a Children's Troubadour. Speaking in front
of one hundred students at the SUB Conversation Pit, the congenial folk singer and
environmentalist remarked: "A regenerative world—thafs what I live for." Students relived their childhoods for a brief moment when they joined Raffi in singing "Baby Beluga."
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Nova Scotia student unions
form new lobby group
HALIFAX (CUP)—More than 30,000 students in Nova
Scotia are now represented by a new student advocacy group designed to fill the void left when the
Student Union of Nova Scotia dissolved last year.
The Nova Scotia Student Advocacy Coalition was
formed by student unions from eight of the
province's 11 universities.
The group, which will be strictly consensus-driven, will only tackle issues all members agree are
"Nova Scotia is split with CASA [Canadian Alliance
of Students' Association] and CFS [Canadian
Federation of Students], so obviously there's a lot of
different political viewpoints and philosophies on
how student advocacy should be done," said Chris
Houston, president of the student union at Acadia
"What we did is create the structure where we
only tackle issues that we all have common ground
Houston says tuition is a contentious issue that
likely won't be addressed by the coalition.
"CFS schools are really pushing for a tuition
freeze, or zero tuition, whereas the CASA schools,
and even some of the [independent] schools, may
not believe in that," said Houston, whose student
union belongs to CASA.
—source: Atlantic Bureau Chief
Income gap growing, study says
TORONTO (CUP)—Canadian youth are affected
drastically by the growing gap between the rich and
poor, and rising tuition fees only make the problem
worse, a left-wing think tank says.
In a report released last week, the Centre for Social
Justice says the gap between the richest and poorest
families in Canada is growing at an alarming rate,
with workers ages 15 to 24 making an average $8,199,
20 per cent less than they did in 1990.
Changes in education funding are making it harder for youth from low-income families to attend post-
secondary institutions, the Toronto-based group
says. "Tuition increases are part of the growing gap,"
said John Anderson, co-chair of the centre.
Referring to Statistics Canada figures, the report
says in 1996 the average high-income Canadian family earned 314 times as much as the average low-
income family—up from about 14 times as much in
"We are a society that super-values the people at
the top and treats the rest of the population as disposable," said labour economist Armine Yalnizyan,
who prepared the report.
—source: Varsity
Stamped, sealed, delivered
The UBC Bookstore is not renewing the lease for
Canada Post's campus outiet. Until the end of the
summer, the store was able to collect 17.5 per cent of
the postal outlet's stamp sales. But since then, the
national postal agency has allowed the store to collect only five per cent of those revenues.
Bookstore director Debbie Harvie says that
arrangement makes it impossible for the store to
continue to run the postal outlet. "We did not believe
we could continue running a post office at a profit
now," Harvie said.
The AMS is hoping Canada Post will move its outlet into the Student Union Building either next to
Subcetera or Copy Right. AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets says a post office would attract more
business to existing AMS outlets.
Bookstore cashiers will continue to sell stamps.
—by Sarah Galasfuin
Tuition deposit up to $250
The university is considering raising the summertime tuition deposit which students pay to secure
their winter course load from $100 to S250.
The proposal is aimed at those students who register for courses, but then decide they don't want to
come to UBC anymore. If this proposal goes ahead,
those students would get $150 of their deposit back
in return for de-registering. This move is intended to
shorten the list of students waitlisted for courses.
In an email to the AMS, UBC Registrar Richard
Spencer wrote that the proposal would also benefit
those students who didn't meet their tuition payment
deadlines. He said those students would no longer be
penalised by having all their courses de-registered.
Despite the benefits of a less-clogged registration
system, AMS councillors have been cool to the idea.
"[The university] really just want to hold students'
money," said Patrick Lum, AMS dentistry representative.
—by Sarah Galasluin
Dwindling AMS lobby fund
AMS councillors voted Wednesday night to allocate
$3,000 from the University and External Lobbying
Fund for the purpose of petitioning the provincial
government on post secondary education issues.
Ryan Marshall, the AMS director of external
affairs, says the provincial government has not provided adequate post-secondary education funding to
compensate for the tuition freeze. He is also concerned about the government's consideration of differential tuition for out-of-province students and the
uncertainty over future tuition levels.
Marshall says he believes that presenting education minister Andrew Petter with the signatures of
12,000 UBC students this January will force UBC student representation on provincial committees.
"They're not even listening to us," said Marshall.
The $3,000 will go towards photocopying and paying students who help collect signatures and compile
the petition.
—by Douglas Quan
Ladybug, ladybug fly to Cage
Ladybugs are lining the window ledges of several
Gage residence apartments but so for students aren't
The infestation was at its worse the week of
October 21 when residents in Gage said warm temperatures brought the bugs out in droves.
"I'd say at least one hundred," said Esther
Elmessih, a third year science student, of the number
of ladybugs covering the ledge just outside her bedroom window.
"I don't know if they were breeding or what, but
there were so many bugs. It was just gross."
Still, Elmessih did not complain to authorities
about the bugs. "I guess I was just too preoccupied
with mid-terms at the time."
Residence life manager Val Holtam says if a complaint was filed, then something would be done, but
to this point no one has come forward about the
The problem is not isolated. Sarah MacCormack,
a fourth year sociology student, has lived on the top
floor of the Gage South Tower for two years and says
bugs appear annually.
She adds that she's never complained because
she doesn't believe much can be done.
"As far as I know it's occuring in all towers and all
floors," says MacCormack.
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Erica Slack
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"If we win, they'll fund us like any
other varsity team," says Paula Sharpe,
the club's president. "But if we don't
win...I don't know how far back we're
going to be."
"I've had butterflies in my stomach
for three weeks," says Tessa.
"I've been nightmaring about it,"
says Sabrina. 'All I want to do is think
about rugby."
The plane tickets to the nationals in
Hamilton have been booked. All UBC
has to do is beat Victoria.
It's 5:45 Saturday morning when
the team meets at the UBC
rugby fieldhouse for the game
which starts in six hours. It's cold,
windy, and pitch dark as the team
straggles together.
Nervousness gives way to loose banter that comes from knowing that it's far
too early in the morning. The team is
loose, and they joke, laugh, and shiver
as leaves blow from the trees.
"Anyone want a bowl of half-
mushed Life cereal?" says one player.
No one takes her up on the offer.
The cars arrive one by one, and by
shortly after six everyone has arrived.
Coach Miller heads to the fieldhouse
to get the jerseys, but comes back fuming. The locks have been changed on
the clubhouse, she says, and new keys
can't be found.
Prop Laurie Hamilton is dispatched
to her home in Richmond to pick up
the second team uniforms. Just afterwards, the keys are tried again, one
works, and the jerseys are recovered.
Crisis averted.
The 19 remaining players count off
by position, load into the five remaining cars, and drive off into the dark. It
is 6:05 am. Four and a half hours to go.
On the way to the ferry, coach
Miller worries. The team has had problems with ferries in the past. Once, a
car full of players got waved onto the
ferry to Nanaimo. Her team's inexperience also weighs on her mind.
"If they can just forget how young
they are," she says.
Everyone makes the ferry. The
sun rises as the team crosses
the Georgia Strait, and the
players still seem relaxed. Many fall
asleep. Flanker Kristyn Gray gets
everyone to paint their fingernails blue
and gold so they will know when to rip
at the ball in the frenzied piles of bodies and anonymous hands.
Off the ferry and on the way to
breakfast, players in one car do the T-
Bird wave out the windows. Players in
another perform an impromptu fire
drill, ninning around Sabrina's mini-
van at a stoplight and handing off the
ball. The team loses Prop Jana
Douglas' car, which has stopped at a
gas station. The six-car caravan is an
At the restaurant, the girls fill seven
tables after Jana's car arrives. Several
players clutch rugby balls in the restaurant, and one ball gets passed back and
forth between tables while Paula hands
out bananas bought from a 7-11.
It is nearly 10 o'clock when the team
is seated, and time is getting short.
There are nine ankles and a wrist that
need taping, and Honeyman will have
to do them all before the game. Miller
keeps glancing at her watch. The
servers are quick, though, and breakfast
is over and paid for by 10:20. Scrum-
half Sandy Peel's ankle is taped in the
parking lot. Nerves are beginning to
bubble up, and stomachs are beginning
to churn. One hour to the game.
The clouds are high, but still
threaten rain. UBC spends a
long time in the locker room.
Meanwhile, the Victoria team trots en
masse out to the warmup field in their
sharp blue uniforms. There is no
sound but the click-clack of cleats on
UVic is huge. They run warmups
easily, and are much bigger than UBC.
With the ankle injuries to the scrum,
Victoria's power will be all the more
effective. But while UBC is not big,
they are fast. If UBC can get the ball
out of the scrums and rucks and out to
their backs, they will have a chance. If
UVic keeps the ball in the middle of
the field, UBC will have difficulties.
They must get the ball wide to win—
Cher McKay, a rookie, is the team's premier weapon. She is the furthest wing
from the scrum. The ball must get to
UBC comes out nervous for
warmups at 11 o'clock. Bails get
dropped, as if the players are squeezing too hard.
The players stretch and warm up
their necks to prepare for full-speed
contact. Erica will start, but Tessa will
not. Coach Miller speaks quietly to the
team, and everyone puts their hands
in for a final team cheer.
"One, two, three...SOLID!"
The preamble is finally over. It's
time to play.
It is 11:37 when the ball is kicked
off. The game starts badly for
UBC. UVic drives the ball down
the middle of the field, winning ruck
after ruck, and their power is tremendous. Sabrina kicks a weak ball out of
bounds from her own goal line, but
UVic keeps pounding until they score
a try straight between the uprights.
The convert is good, and it is 7-0 for
"They're doin' exactly what we told
'em not to do!" barks assistant coach
Cibben Jackson. He is the tough coach,
and a longtime rugby player. He
clenches his jaw tightly.
The second drive is the same. The
shock of UVic's power drives right
through UBC, again right down the
middle. The UBC sideline is dispirited,
but keeps shouting. "Come on, UBC!"
"Solid, UBC, solid!" There is desperation in the cries.
The Vikes are relendess, and push
deeper into UBC territory, until
Sabrina sends a kick over midfield to
relieve the pressure. UBC is being punished physically, and their tackling and
passing is poor. The nerves are evident.
Somehow, UBC keeps the ball out
of the endzone. But they cannot get
the ball outside—the strings of passes
are broken again and again by
dropped balls and UVic defenders.
The decision-making is questionable,
and kicks are Muttering.
Erica's ankle laMs tinlil 11:55.
She is helped off tin* field, in
"I wasn't doing am one any
good out there," she says.
The half mcrcilully ends. UBC
is down only 7-11.
The second half starts at
12:21.   The  skies  are
darkening some, but it
is still windless and dry.
Erica is elevating her ankle on
the icebox. She says, "It'll be OK.
Cher's got legs."
Erica is prophetic. Early on,
UBC passes finally click, ihe hall u ei ks
quickly out left lo Cher, anil si m breaks
outside and blazes paM Ihe UVic
defence for UB( Is, first try. The i.onu'ii
is missed, but UBC is on the bo.ird. It is
7-5. The sideline is buoyant. Cher's
speed is thrilling. She is lightning.
But Victoria pushes back. They
slam down the field again, forcing a
Sabrina kickfrom deep. But again UBC
gets the ball wide, Cher is too fast, too
strong, and she explodes to the outside, arms and legs pumping fiercely.
She breaks through and scores a second time. The convert is again missed,
but UBC leads 10-7. The bench is dele-
rious. The half is not even ten minutes
The passing is crisp and fast, and
UBC is winning scrums and rucks
now. And Cher's lightning comes a
third time. She breaks through Victoria
arms clawing at her shoulders and
ankles, through four tackles that fail.
She dives into the endzone and is
buried under a pile of bodies. She is
exhausted—all three tries have covered more than 60 yards and have
come in a span of 10 minutes. She is
picked up by her teammates, but
bends to plant her hands on her knees,
nearly frothing at the mouth with
fatigue. She is nearly done.
Players from the UBC men's team
chant "we're not worthy" and fan Cher
with their arms as she walks back. The
convert is no good. It is 15-7.
But Victoria is a good team. They
respond by driving UBC deep again,
and score a questionable try—the ball
appeared to slip from the player's hand
and to land outside the goal line, but
it's ruled good, and the gap is closed to
UBC is nervous again. The sideline
is full of furrowed brows and screams
of encouragement. Sam and Tessa are
nearly bursting with intensity.
The half is long. Has it been 35 minutes yet? The referee keeps the game
clock, but doesn't seem to look at his
watch. UVic pounds inside the 10 yard
line again, and again Sabrina kicks it
away. Cher makes a tackle that saves a
try. UBC is barely holding, and has not
won a throw-in all day. They are scraping and scratching and fighting to
keep the ball out. How much time? It
must be over. How long? The time is
12:50. It has been 35 minutes since
Cher's first try. How much longer?
UBC cannot hold out forever. A
Vike barrels in over Cher, flattening her
into the endzone. Too long. UBC trails
"It should be over!" cries Tessa as
they line up the convert.
The   convert   ricochets   off  the
uprighl. Il is slill ;i three-point di'Iiril.
Bui there c.uinul be much Unit- li:ft.
Vic-Lorin retains comml ol llu: bull,
and UBC is desperale. A scrum is
lallt'd on ihe 1.11'iC side ol midfield. A
UBC bulls the scrum forward and
gets the ball, and the passes are there.
The ball swings out to Cher, 20 yards
from the sideline and 60 yards from
scoring. She appears cut off between
the sideline and a defender, but her
speed is too much, and she breaks
through and blazes down the sideline
past the screaming UBC bench and
cuts past two more UVic defenders
before planting the ball triumphantiy
in the middle of the endzone. The convert splits the uprights. UBC leads 22-
17. The world seems implausible.
But how much time is left? It is
nearly one o'clock, and UBC is worried
that the referee may be timing 40-
minute halves. It is Victoria that is desperate now, and they pound back
towards the UBC endzone. They are
inside the 10 yard line, but Laura
Salmon, who alternates with Sam at
scrum-half, dives on the ball in the
UBC endzone. The screams for time
from the UBC bench are everywhere.
How long? It is 1:03, and the half will
not end. The ball is inside the 10 again.
And again. And again.
Everyone is making game-saving
tackles now. The ball is finally pushed
out into a ruck at the 25 yard line. How
much longer?
The referee raises his arms, suddenly.
The whistle blows, the game ends,
and all is bedlam. UBC's bench
explodes, bounding across the field,
laughing, screaming, hugging. Tears
are everywhere. 22-17. All is bedlam.
It begins to rain.
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West for women's rugby,
you guys," says an
incredulous Cher afterwards. "The first
Canada West." She will later be named
the conference's player of the year.
Victoria is the epitome of class in
defeat. They host the victors with food
and drinks, congratulating them on a
great game, and ask the Thunderbirds
to bring the championship back from
UBC walk away from the clubhouse in t-shirts and their dress pants,
beaming. Erica is hobbling badly on
her ankle. But Tessa's limp is nearly
Trethewey (above,
right) in a celebratory
hug after UBC's
emotional come-
from-behind win.
Wing Cher McKay
(below) was exhausted after scoring all
four UBC tries in the
second half of the
T-Birds'22-17 win.
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Six-String Samurai
out of tune
Opens today at the Caprice
by Kristoff Steinruck
The truly amazing thing about Six-String
Samurai is that it began as a student project while director Lance Mungia was still
in school in L.A. The film's kitschy
appearance (maybe 'ready-made' is a
better word) isn't fake—it's a result of
necessity. Other than this, though, the
film's charm slowly dissipates and
becomes vacuous as you realize that
you've pretty much seen this all before.
You begin to find yourself wishing the
narrative would just disappear and leave
Kristian Bernier's incredible camera
work to stand on its own.
"It was essentially Bernier's work as
director of photography that won Six-
String Samurai its prize at the Slamdance
film festival, and if you see the film you
will understand why—California's Death
Valley lends the movie the post-apocalyp-
ticf ambience it needs. Thrown into this
environment is half-samurai, half-Buddy
Hdtlly Jeffrey Falcon, who can spin-kick
like Bruce Lee, move his hands almost as
fast as Jackie Chan, and is a character
about as convincing as Cindy Crawford.
He's accompanied by the whiniest kid to
ever hit the screen, and together they
make their way to Vegas to claim the
throne of the post-nuclear apocalyptic
world from Elvis. And, of course, to get
there Buddy naturally has to slice and
roundhouse-kick his way through a myriad of stock evil bad guys, including Death
himself (who happens to bear an unmistakable resemblance to Slash).
Superficial Six&fringSamumsowids
like a lot of fun, but the film's script is
intensely lacking just that—fun. Ripping
off everything from Kurosawa to Mad Max
doesn't make for interesting content and
the filrrv ends up redundant and predictable.' Six String Samurai could have
worked better as a silent film. The dialogue
is flimsy or simply unnecessary, especially
in comparison to the images which surpass the plot in terms of artistic excellence.
In the end, when you're dealing with
kitsch, sometimes it's better to let it domi-
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Swing: the good, the
OF SWING 1998!
[Universal Music]
Swing, swing, swing. As of late the "swing craze"
has been picked up by the mass media and
rammed down our collective throats. Hence, it's
very easy to take a cynical view and dismiss all
these neo-swingers as bandwagon-riding victims
of the latest Gap ad campaign.
After listening to Jive's Alive!, a compilation
dubbed "the Best of Swing 1998!", that's where I was
at. However, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's self-titled
major label debut did force me to acknowledge that
there is some substance to the whole swing thing.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's big break came with the
release of the 1996. movie Swingers, which gave
them their first real exposure. Now, with a major
label release and respectable record sales, they
seem poised to make it big.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy opens with "The Boogie
Bumper", mmlUd&m^m&imia»e&tai.thai kicks things
off with a bang. This style of song is definitely
BBVD's strong suit. And while many of BBVD's
songs do start to sound the same after a while,
they're fun enough that it doesn't really matter.
Where BBVD are less successful is when they
start to fiddle with their formula. Their cover of
Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" prompted
one critic to say that, had they been around in
the thirties, BBVD wouldn't have qualified "to
wipe the spit off of Cab's microphone." This is a
bit harsh, but any attempt to improve upon
Calloway's original is an exercise in futility.
But BBVD's real blunder comes with the track
"Please Baby". Evoking a bluesy lounge mood, the
track is completely out of sync with the rest of the
album. I guess one dud track is acceptable—"You,
Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)"
could make up for three of "Please Baby."
This album proves that BBVD's brand of swing
f pill @&
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i Stanley Theatre reopened its dooii on "ifiursday aft|r a seven year hiatus. Tfe historic build-
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wing. Future productions will focusfbn Canadian actr|rs and content—three ofjt of five produc-
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ing has a place in the nineties. Tho|igh this album
wears pretty thin if overplayed, it's ajgreat collection
of songs and definitely recommerfied to anyone
lopking to get in on the swing movejnent.
Unfortunately, Jive's Alive! does j|ot deserve the
same recommendation. You can practically hear the
drooling of record company executiles in the background of this 15-song compilation|as they eagerly
await to have this latest craze fill the|r pockets.
The album opens with thej Brian Setzer
Orchestra. Setzer's tenure as a Str|ycat may have
turned him into a guitar hero sout|i of the border,
but this doesn't excuse him for fmtchering his
song with unruly guitar. j
Any sort of "jive" that his f>rchestra can
muster is cut down pretty quick|y by his over- •
the-top rockabilly-flavoured guitlr chops. Yuck.
Next up is redemption in the forfn of the Royal
Crown Revue's "Hey Pachucolf Similarly to
BBVD (whose "Go Daddy-O" is alio here), Royal
Crown Revue plays straight swiri| with a casual
earnestness that lends them an at: of authentic
ity in a sea of hanger-orjfe. Another high point is
jJNanaimo's Diana Krall. fler laid-back rendition
fpf "Hit That Jive Jack" is jk soulful treat amidst all
fhis blaring brass . Dig tfcat piano work!
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I Big Time Operator do a decent job of Duke
fellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got
IThat Swing)", but then there's the god-awful Indigo
pwing with their smarmy "Swing Lover".
I If you're looking for swing music to dance to,
Prima, Glenn Miller andDuke Ellington are all
much more intriguing than this stuff. And if you
insist on Nineties-swing, pick up Big Bad Voodoo
Daddy, or better yet Vancouver's own "The
Molestics", a swinging band with the best lyrics on
this side of the twentieth century.
—Duncan M. McHugh
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At the Rage
October 27th
by John Zaozirny
Arriving at the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's latest tour stop in
Vancouver, the question that floated above everything was
"What now?"
Having spent nearly a decade turning out top-quality, bare-
bones rock and roll, Jon Spencer and Co. had finally given into
the inevitable and messed with the formula. Instead of the
usual straight ahead two-guitars-and-a-drum-kit aggression
that they'd built a career on, their latest release, Acme, sees the
band pulling in famed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, the
Pixies) alongiWith hip-hop irLUOMator-of-thfemoment Dan the
Automator (Cornershop, Dr Octagon).
What results is unexpected. There are turntables, samples,
and even an acoustic guitar. So when it came to the concert,
what was up in the air was whether the Blues Explosion would
throw their famed live act out the door in favour of a new, high-
tech style.
And the answer came the moment Jon Spencer walked
onstage. No. Hell no.
Vocalist and guitarist Spencer, guitarist Judah Bauer, and
drummer Russell Simmins, all dressed in shimmering, shiny,
rock-star style, simply walked onstage, plugged in and started
in. It was as if, since their last stop two years ago, they'd never
left. Sure, they were in a new venue, and sure, they had a couple
of new songs, but who's to notice?
And that's the Blues Explosion's greatest strength. The second Spencer strutted onstage and dove into "2 Kindsa Love,"
from Now I Got Worry, the Rage crowd went insane. Jon Spencer
is at this point, in indie rock circles, something akin to a god.
Having formed noise-rock avengers Pussy Galore (from which
three bands, the Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, and Royal Trux
were formed) and with enough charisma to win an election as a
Reform candidate in rural Quebec, Jon Spencer is a tnan who
inspires intense loyalty and devotion. Think of the reaction of
wrestling fans to the appearance of Hulk Hogan and you get a
good idea of what the Rage was like Tuesday night. And, just like
those professional wrestlers, Spencer works the devotion to the
hilt, alternately screaming and pleading with the crowd to
believe that 'The Blues is Number One!" If Jon Spencer could
have come down to each audience member individuaHy to convince them that the Blues Explosion was indeed the greatest
rock and roll band on Earth, he surely would have.
And to watch Spencer, Bauer, and Simmins work themselves
into a musical fervour isn't just a concert—it's an experience.
When they finally played the last note of the night, they were so
exhausted that they could do little but stare dazedly out at the
It was a classic Blues Explosion performance, with everyone
staggering out of the club at the end and eyeing each other
wearily, as if they'd just witnessed some miraculous event or
been part of a mass hallucination. But while the pared down
overdrive of the Blues Explosion is glorious to watch, one can't
help but wonder what Spencer makes of having done it for
nearly a decade. Maybe next time the Blues Explosion comes to
town, they will have those turntables. It won't be the same ol'
Blues Explosion, but a little change has gotta come sometime.* EDWARD
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Hip_Ho|,heroeshitthe mark
The state of hip-hop today is pretty sad. Now,
that's an easy thing to say, because nobody's
going to rush to the defence of Puff Daddy or
Mase. But it goes deeper than that. You've got
to have a Van Halen for there to be a Nirvana,
but nowadays it seems that there really aren't
any Nirvanas in hip-hop. Just a hell of alot of
Van Halens promoting the virtues ol (a*; ti
song by Puffy proteges The Lox goes) Mom \
Power and Respect. It's time for a change.
So it was with relief and hopeful expectation that I picked up l^auryn Hill's solo debut
and DJ Spooky's latest. Both albums represent departures, both from their own previous styles and from the general sway of hip-
hop. They've got little in common, except the
fact that both steer clear of the usual and stay
true to themselves. But that in itself is notable
Hill's is the more well-known, and appropriately so. The Miseducation ofLauryn Hill
debuted at the number one spot on
Billboard and sold more copies in its first
week than any album by a female artist ever
has. Not bad for an album that's about breaking up, having a child, being a single mother
and dealing with a large amount of shit.
Of course, before all of this, it should be
noted that Hill is also a member of the
Fugees, who just happen to be one of the
best-selling hip-hop acts of all time. And Hill,
with her silky-smooth voice, was one of the
biggest reasons for that success. But all that
Various Artists
[Zombie A Go-Go Records/ Geffen]
It's Halloween again and like every good holiday, All
Hallows Eve has its own selection of musical holiday
favourites. But after listening to "Monster Mash" for
the umpteenth time, you might be ready for something a little different.
Look no further than Halloween Hootenanny. With
bone-chilling tracks such as "Ribcage Mambo",
"Psychic Voodoo Doll" and "The Creature stole My
Surfboard," this album is a ghoulish compilation of all-
beautiful vocal talent doesn't mean you can
actually write a song. And that's one of the
remarkable tilings about this album. The
Miseducation ofLauryn Hill is almost entirely written and produced by Iauryn herself,
unlike so much of hip-hop nowadays.
While Hill's songwriting accomplishments
are impressive, if the tunes don't work, it's all
for naught. So it's incredibly encouraging that
songs like 'To Ziori, 'Ex-Factor' and Hill's
warning to young black women, 'Doo Wop
(That Thing)' can deal with realistic and
intensely personal issues while remaining
delightful to listen to. Making important,
real-life topics hummable is The
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill's most triumphant accomplishment.
Turning! out hummable tunes, though.
isn't exactly what DJ Spooky's about Known
mostly for his complex theories, drawn out
remixes and incredibly unlistenable 'found
sound' projects, DJ Spooky always seemed a
great deal larger than life. If anything, he
seemed to be much ado about nothing. His
earlier projects consisted mostly of strange
mumblings, street noise and irritating
sounds, which was probably the point.
Spooky refers to these recordings as his 'academic' work and if that means removed from
reality, theti they most certainly were.
Riddim Warfare is his 'hip-hop' debut, which
translates as this being his listenable album.
And surprisingly, it all comes together.
Beifatise DJ Spooky is DJ Spooky, he's able
to corral in an eclectic mix of collaborators,
probably the strangest a hip-hop album has
ever seen. The usual number of guest rappers show up, including Kool Keith (whose
Dr. Octagon guise fits
well here) and the Wu-
lang Clan's Killah Priest,
but it's the other guests
who really spice up the
album. Sonic Youth's
Thurston Moore shows
up for some guitar
work, while Arto
Lindsay and band add a
strange percussion element to 'Quilombo Ex
Optico.' Karsh Kale,
Akim Atoms, and
mutantrumpeteer Ben
Neill allow Spooky to
indulge his jazz stylings,
and 'Dialectical
Transformation II [Du
Nouveau Monde]' even
throws in a symphonic
orchestra.    1 his   is   what   DJ
Shadow's UXklJi should hau-
While Riddim Warfare isn't
exactly something you'd throw
on to gef aparty moving, it is an
album that challenges your perceptions of what hip-hop is a
about. Which is how it's supposed to be in hip-hop, remember? As a child says in Spooky's
own 'Synchronic Disjecta', 'It is
the business of the future to be
—John Zaozirny
Music minded
new Halloween anthems.
But Halloween Hootenanny is more than a fun collection of scary stuff—it's a great introduction to the
different genres of rockabilly.   Legendary   bands
like   Rob   Zombie,   The
Dead Elvi and Southern
Culture on the Skids as well as relative newcomers like
Rocket from the Crypt and The Amazing Crowns make
this album one of the most comprehensive overviews
of rockabilly to hit the shelves in recent years. Not only
do you get traditional rockabilly, but you can discover
surf-a-billy, punk-a-billy and all with a healthy dose of
Whether it's because these guys took the "devil's
music" epithet a little too literally or just because
they're freaks, rockabilly seems to revel in the scary
stuff. Songs about zombies, demons and ghouls
are regular features on most rockabilly records.
Maybe it's because they like to scream.
If you like rockabilly and its many genres, then
you'll love Halloween Hootenanny. That said, if you're
not a fan, this album may not send shivers down your
spine. But even if it doesn't make it onto your regular
playlist, it's sure to liven up that frighteningly boring
Halloween party.
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UBC's First Annual General Meeting
You're invited to join UBC President Dr. Martha Piper and the Board of
Governors at UBC's first-ever Annual General Meeting. This will be an
opportunity for the community to learn more about UBC's
accomplishments and highlights over the past year, as well as our financial
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Date: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998 AOOUt \t.
Time: 12 p.m.- I p.m.
Place: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,
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ParklngavaHab.e (Rose Garden Parkade  ^^^rT
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Federico Barahona
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
Bruce Arthur
Dale Lum
Richard Lam
Todd Silver
CUP Cynthia Lee WEB Ronald Nurwisah
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The staff of die Ubyssey was out trick or treating.
Cowboy lohn Zaozirny, exterminator Todd Silver and
accountant Bruce Arthur were comparing the sweets
they'd received when detective Graeme Williams, Spice
Girls Cynthia Lee and Andrea Milekand Elvis-look-alike
Ian Sonshine bumped into them. "Wanna see something really gross?" Ian asked the rest of the group. Ian
took them to a haunted house on the comer of die street
where diey discovered lane Taylor, Jo-Ann Chiuand Alex
Bustos taking turns swallowing blood dripping from die
thecorpsesofjoe Clark, Kristoff Steinruck and Duncan
McHugh that were hanging from a chandelier. In another room, Federico Barahona, Dale Lum and Richard
Lam were dissecting the eyeballs from live mice, then
eating them. The trick or treaters had seen enough and
ran out lo see astronaut Tom Peacock, sumo wresder
Nick Bradley and RCMP officer Julian Dowling running
down (he street. "They're chasing us!" yelled Julian
pointing at chainsaw wielding Ali Thorn and John
Alexander, lust at the point, Doug Quan came driving by
in his wonderfully stylish minvan and saved everyone.
Oh. Sarah Galashan stayed at home because she had no
Happy Halloween
The counterrevolution
is on to us!!!
Mary Prinz is on to us.
Our insidious plan to destabilise
the western democracies and
impose a United Nations-run,
Soviet-style dictatorship is in serious peril.
Where did we go wrong? Was it
when we had Andy Scott, APEC
inquiry chair Gerald Morin,
Chretien and CBC reporter Terry
Milewski all make so called "stupid"
comments, thus inadvertently
exposing both sides as being in on
our conspiracy? Was it when we had
the Malaysian government arrest its
prime minister on spurious
grounds just before this year's APEC
summit? Did we really need to go
that far? Or was it even earlier, last
November, when we calculatingly
goaded the RCMP into responding
to our so-called "peaceful protest"
with physical force? I always
warned you that to use signs saying
"Free Speech" and "Democracy"
was such a patent fraud that any
discerning citizen would see right
through it.
Fortunately, all is not lost. I have
prevailed upon friends in England
to arrest General Pinochet as a distraction, and with any luck we can
get Chretien to say something even
stupider than before—he really has
been the greatest asset to our plot.
Today the Progressive
Conservative Party...tomorrow the
Scott "Groucho Marxist-
Fourth year Arts
should lay off
According to your front-page article
["Temps hit hard by bookstore's
cost-recovery plan," Tuesday, Oct
27] the UBC Bookstore, in '98-'99, is
making seven million profit. Is the
Bookstore happy? No. The
Bookstore is laying off some of its
staff. Management's rationale is
that it projected an eight million
dollar profit.
Morale has been very, very low at
the Bookstore for a long time. Staff
are ovenvhelmingly disillusioned,
part-time workers may rescue a
hoped-for profit for the manage
ment of the Bookstore, but will,
inevitably, cost them in increased
resentment and bitterness. Keep in
mind that Bookstore employees'
contract runs out March 31,1999.
. What has Bookstore management done lately? Reduced the
number and quantity of titles.
Reduced the hours of operation.
Reduced customer services, such as
Special Orders. Eliminated the Post
Office as of this January. Laid off
some staff and cut the number of
hours of others. Seems like no more
cutting can be done.
Acutally, there is one big area
that could be cut. And area with lots
of big salaries and perks. It is called
A bookstore employee
Third world
exists in our
own backyard
Jean Chrietien's use of the RCMP as
his private political police force in
crushing anti-APEC protestors
bears all the traits of a Third World
society; but then, take a walk
through any aboriginal reserve in
BC,  or through our Downtown
Eastside, and our proximity to
Indonesia is pretty obvious.
What I find more disturbing
than the RCMP doing what they've
always done—smashing dissent—
is how too many activists cannot
bring their analysis and action
home, and confront the colonial
society right in our own back yard.
I've worked with an independent inquiry into Indian residential
schools in BC for several years now,
and the simple fact that over 50,000
native children died in this system
has been hidden from the view
even of "progressive" people.
Right here in BC, natives were
being killed, tortured and medically
experimented on in these schools,
as recently as the 1970s. But where
are the mass demonstrations
against this holocaust? Or against-
the ongoing violence aimed at aboriginals who are not part of the puppet band council system and its
government payroll?
Che Guevara said that he envied
North American activists, since we
were in "the belly of the beast." Isn't
it time that we acted on this fact,
instead of gazing overseas for our
"issues," and our inspiration?
Kevin Annett
Graduate Studies
feedback® ubyssey.bc.ca
allows hurt to
be swept away
The article printed in your Oct. 27
issue—"Closure near in 1995 Poli
Sci fiasco"—was a stark example of
naive journalism and a sad coda to
once important but now trivialised
events. Why should a controversy
that drew so much attention and
tore at the guts of so many students
and faculty here and across the
country be described as a "fiasco"?
Why does the reporter apparently
join the official celebratory
response to the Commission's dismissal of the students' long held
complaints, the adjudication
process, and the reasons for the outcomes? Why does the reporter allow
the findings of the McEwen Report
to be lampooned by not interrogating current attempts to "revisit" and'
formally repudiate it, when its recommendations were supported by
such upstanding figures as the
University President and the Dean
of Graduating Studies? And how far
is the reporter's account from
recognising that these efforts to
negate the complaints, the people
who registered them, and the hurts
that they suffered, are but another
display of the very administrative
arrogance that led sutdents to seek
redress in the first place? Alas, they,
their protests, and now the memories of what transpired are all swept
into the dustbin of history, proving,
with Orwelian clarity, that he who
holds the broom wins. In the lost
meaning of our struggles, we all
appear as fools and vermin.
R.S. Rattier
Professor of Sociology
against prof
Douglas Quan's ariticle "Prof misconduct investigation stalled" provides us with an opportunity to do
something that we have long wanted to do: declare publicly our support for our colleague Dr Millie
Creighton.' We know her as - a
researcher who has always sought
to conduct her work in accordance
with the ethical standards laid down
by her profession and by this university. She treats those whose lives
she researches with the same honesty consideration and respect that
she shows to students and to col
leagues here.
It is hard to exaggerate the damage done by the accusations made
against Dr Creighton, first inside the
university and then, when these
were not sustained, to SSHRC, the
most important funding agency of
social scientists in Canada.
Damaging a reputation through
repeated accusations is easy, even if
those claims can be shown to be
false; restoring a reputation is
immensely hard to do.
Dr Creighton was accused of plagiarising the student's work. The
Dean of Arts found no evidence.
Let's say that loudly and clearly: of
-this charge Dr Creighton is innocent.
She is accused of not following
proper research procedures for her
fieldwork in Japan, yet we have the
evidence in the files that she always
sought and received approval from
UBC's Ethical Review Committee.
Dr Richard Spratley, Director of
Research Services states unequivocally that in his view, the allegations
or misconduct are unfounded.
A letter is produced from a Mr.
Kaizawa who makes various damaging complaints, but it is evident
that these have been solicited by Dr
Creighton's accusers. They are not
spontaneous comments, they are
not corroborated by others who
contribute to this research, and they
sit very curiously against the record
of Mr Kaizawa's interactions with
Dr Creighton. As an Ainu
spokesperson, Mr Kaizawa was first
encountered by Dr Creighton here
in Vancouver. Together with the
eminent Japanese professor who
accompanied him, he later helped
arrange Dr Creighton's visit to
Nibutani where she and her husband (a native Japanese speaker)
interviewed on the Russian trip she
was chasing around after Mr
Kaizawa, dependent upon a graduate student as interpreter. Our colleague was conducting research in
Japan long before the student was
even enrolled at UBC, has published in Japanese, worked as a
translator and held a diplomatic
appointment that was dependent
on proficiency in Japanese.
The Kaizawa's letter is used to
suggest that an article written by Dr
Creighton on the plight of the Ainu
was full of errors and misrepresentations and was offensive to Ainu
people. It is strange that these
objectives were not voiced when
parts of the article (translated into
Japanese) were sent to Mr Kaizawa
prior to publication. The one negative criticism of the article that Dr
Creighton has received suggests
that it is to sympathetic to the Ainu,
but from several key scholars there
are only compliments. There is no
evidence here of a researcher treating aboriginal peoples disrespectfully.
For months we have been voiceless as one of our colleagues
endured these accusations. While
enquiries were being pursued,
names and events have been protected by privacy provisions, but at
last we are able to declare openly
our support for Dr Millie Creighton
and our respect for her as a good
colleague and a responsible
Brian Elliot (Head)
and 23 members of
the Department of
Anthropology and Sociology and
The Museum of Anthropology
Michael Ames, HiroshiAoyagi,
John Barker, Yunshik Chang,
Miriam Clavir, Gillian Creese, Julie
Cruikshank, Tissa Fernando,
Sharon Fuller, Anne Goodfellow,
Janice Graham, Betsy Johnson,
Graham Johnson, Marjorie
Halpin, Patrick Kachuk, Thomas
Kemple, Patricia Marchak, R. G.
Matson, William McKellin,
Charles Menzies, Bruce Miller,
Ruth Phillip,
Blanca Muratorio,
and Becki Ross
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by Jo-Ann Chiv.
When women play contact football, they show that they have
balls. And if they don't have them,
they grab them from varsity football player Art Tolhurst.
The accident occurred during
a practice for T-Cup, the annual
all-female contact football game
between students from the
schools of Nursing and Rehab
Sciences. Tolhurst, an assistant
coach with the Nursing team, was
helping one of the guards practise
at the line of scrimmage by blocking her with a square pad.
The purpose of the
T-Cup game is to raise
funds for charity, but
the women admit the
real reason is that it's
a lot of fun.
But the guard challenged
Tolhurst to take the hit without
the cushion and he tossed the pad
At the hut, the guard pounced
forward, intending to grab a piece
of Tolhurst. She got one, but not
where he expected.
"She didn't mean to," says centre Erin Seal. "He wasn't injured
but he was very surprised."
Being out on the field and getting muddy is a welcome respite
after spending 12 hours a day in a
clinical ward at the hospital.
Player Michelle Marisi adds that
being a contact footballer is
refreshing. It's the opposite of the
"sex kitten" stereotype of nurses.
Accidental crotch-grabbing
aside, the Nursing football team is
in top form. Since the last week of
September, they have been practising for two hours a night, twice
a week, and are coached by members of the Thunderbird varsity
football team. UBC quarterback
Shawn Olson is head coach along
with linebacker Dan Elliott.
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