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Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 44
For chicken racial equity since 1918
Temporary home for Pacific Spirit
AMS and UBC team up to stop extinction
of campus counselling service
by Sarah Bourdon
A counselling service on campus
sinking under the weight of BC government funding cute and the loss of
its office space has been thrown a
lifeline by the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) and UBC.
ft Pacific Spirit* Family and
Community Services,* a free counselling service for students and their
families on campus for the past 14
years;, will be relocated, from the
Family and Social Work building to
the SUB after approval from student
council last week. The space comes
just in time to save Pacific Spirit
from the May 1 deadline that would
have otherwise closed the service.
Because 75 per cent of Pacific
Spirit's clientele are students and
their families, the AMS felt it was
important to help find a new space
and save the service, said Lyle
McMahon, AMS VP External.
"We believe that it's an important
service because it directly affects
our student community as well as
the greater campus community,*
said McMahon. "We're trying to
work in cooperation with all parties
to do everything that's possible to
ensure that the service does stay
Pacific Spirit will be given two
offices in the lower level of the SUB
for a maximum of one year. During
this time, its value as a university
service will be evaluated by UBC, a
factor that will determine its future
on campus.
But some AMS councillors are
concerned that giving SUB offices to
a service not run by the AMS would
deny precious space from student
clubs that vie for offices each year.
"The SUB has generally been
reserved for students. Allowing an
outside group is unprecedented,*
said Dan Yokom, an .AMS science
representative. "There is currently a
high demand in the SUB for space.
We need to consider the needs of
our clubs.*
While Yokom said the AMS
should support the counselling service, he feels giving Pacific Spirit SUB
space is not appropriate.
"I don't think we should support
it with our own resources when
we're already so limited in what we
have for our clubs," he said.
But AMS executives say all clubs
that applied by this year's deadline
were given space and that the decision would not jeopardise club
"We don't believe that we are act
ing contrary to the best interests of
our students," said McMahon,
adding that the space in the SUB is
not permanent "The space that
we're allocating [to Pacific Spirit] is
temporary and it is interim because
we're hoping to work with the UBC
VP Students to find them space in a
university building,* he said.
UBC has also made a six-month
funding commitment of $ 15,000 to
Pacific Spirit to help with the transition and to offset the recent loss of
its provincial grant that made up
most of its $65,000-a-year budget.
"In recognition of the unique
service and educational contribution and the long-standing history of
Pacific Spirit, we have come up with
an amount that would assist them in
remaining able to offer services at
the current level,* said Brian
Sullivan, UBC VP Students. "Before
six months is over they will have a
much clearer idea of strategic direction and their own plan for fiscal
The university will also help look
for future locations for Pacific Spirit,
including a possibile home in the
new University Town development
along University Boulevard. In the
meantime, the counsellors at Pacific
Spirit are excited to have space in
the SUB and look forward to the
opportunities that will provide, said
coordinator Gwen Bevan.
"Having Pacific Spirit [in the
SUB] will really contribute to creating a sense of community for the
students and their families," she
said. ♦
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SERVICE WILL CONTINUE: Staff and clients of Pacific Spirt have
been given some breathing room, michelle mayne photo
Students advising Paul Martin
UBC students say the
Prime Minister will listen
in an election year
by Megan Thomas
Bright young Western Canadian
minds with a penchant for discussing global human security
issues met at UBC last week to create
foreign policy recommendations
SPORTS: Thirty-year wait
over for T-Birds
Women's basketball takes
Nationals. Page 11.
FEATURE: Back in the game
When injured athletes are on the
sidelines, sports doctors are at
work behind the scenes. Page 7.
that will be presented to Prime
Minister Paul Martin and his government at the end of the month.
The Human Security Conference
brought together over 100 high
school, undergraduate and graduate
university students for four days to
come up with a report commissioned by the government.
"This is the first group of youth
that will be giving foreign policy
advice to the Prime Minister,"
said Michelle Hassen, conference
And she says Martin will listen.
Because of recent commitments
to listen to the voice of the West, "he
will definitely be paying attention,"
said Hassen.
The students came up with policy
recommendations for human security issues like peace building, disarmament and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. These will be compiled in a
report that will be circulated to universities, the government, non-governmental organisations and lobby
After discussions about the three
branches of human security, diplomacy, defense and development,
delegates were treated to a talk by
one of those branches.
"We are prepared to die to protect
See "Security" on page2.
Jewish groups say AMS
shouldn't support Chomsky
Chomsky responds to allegations of anti-Semitism
by Carrie Robinson
UBCs Israel Advocacy Committee
(IAC) and Jewish Student Society is
demanding that the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) "formally rescind its
public support" for scholar Noam
Chomsky's lecture this weekend on
the grounds that he is anti-Semitic.
The allegations are based on correspondence by Chomsky where
they say he supported a petition by
French professor Robert Faurissdn
in the early eighties. Chomsky also
allowed an essay to be used as a
foreword in one of Faurisson's
books, they say.
That professor expressed views
of a "notorious anti-Semite and
Holocaust denier," the letter says,
and claims Faurisson's research
shows "the Jews were responsible
for World War II and that no Jews
were gassed at death camps."
The letter was written by IAC
President Ariel Zellman, a political
science student at UBC.
ft, "Through supporting a speaker
who holds such controversial views,
the AMS has identified itself with a
political stance that is offensive to
our members and has damaged its
relationship with students," wrote
Chomsky denied the allegation,
saying it "is revealing as an illustration of the desperate fanaticism
of [the IAC's]
The allegation,
at its source, is in
reference to a statement in a personal
letter, he said,
something "no person pretending to
be serious would
AMS President Anrina Rai said
she has received the letter and will
respond this week to the concerns of
the LAG and the Jewish Student
Society. But Rai could not comment
on what that response would be by
press time.
■ The student government should
remain neutral regarding foreign
policy, the letter said and an
endorsement of Chomsky shows,
"support for a particular side In _ie
Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
Chomsky's views are also unacceptable to the groups. "Noam
Chomsky has repeatedly called for
the abolition of the State of Israel in
favor of a secular bi-national state,"
the letter alleges.
Chomsky said he does not think
it is unusual for a student government to support speakers on campus, even if they are controversial.
"If UBC is like other universities I
am familiar with, campus societies
publicise invited lectures on all sorts
of topics," he said. "Many are surely
offensive to one or another group of
students, maybe even a large majority. But that is entirely proper,
indeed obligatory, in a university
that takes itself seriously."
Chomsky said that his views on
See "Chomsky" on page 2. TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2004
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"Security" from page 1.
the innocent. We are prepared to
kill to defend the weak,' said
Canadian Forces Major-General
Andrew Leslie to the delegates.
Leslie just returned from a tour
leading the Task Force in
He spoke about the vital partnership between military, humanitarian aid and diplomacy in trying
to repair fractured nations like
Afghanistan. He also complimented the Canadian government for its
concerted effort in Afghanistan,
saying Canada is second only to the
US in military presence, diplomacy
and aid to the country.
"It has been a long time since
Canada has been in such a role,'
said Leslie^ "Instead of approaching the Afghanistan issue in a
penny-packing and- relatively
unproductive fashion, as we did in
Croatia, as we did in Bosnia, as we
did in East Timor, as we did in
Rwanda, this time we have got it
certainly better.'
Leslie was optimistic about the
progress that the allied forces have
made in Afghanistan, saying the situation is much better than it was
seven months ago and that troops
have been welcomed by the majority of the population. But he also
warned of imminent danger still
lurking in and around Kabul.
"There is a very small minority
who actively want to kill you
because you are doing good work,'
he said, telling of factionists who
want to kill school teachers for trying to educate young women, and
warlords who assassinate those
who attempt to drill wells for the
But not all delegates agreed that
progress ' has' been made in
Afghanistan;   '■ *■ '  ;       ' • '     •
"I don't agree with a lot of things'
said today,' said Gabriel Giauque, a
King George Secondary student.
"I am quite disappointed with
the actual outcome of this conference,' said Giauque, adding that he
thought many of the polity recommendations were similar to those
already put forth by the Canadian
He called for more drastic
changes to government systems.
"Real change comes from the people,' he said.
But another secondary student
said he felt great ideas were
exchanged at the conference and
that being an election year, Martin
will listen to the recommendations.
"There is a lot of room for what
the public wants,' said Alexei
Byllnskii, a University Hill
Secondary student.
Leslie finished by urging all delegates to consider careers that will
help put their policy recommendations to'good use and help ailing
nations around the world.
"My hope is that some of you,
once you finish here, will not in the
first instance go off and find that
job that is going to get you that
BMW. What I hope some of you do
is go to Afghanistan,' he said. ♦
Universities should support free speech: Chomsky
"Chomsky" from page 1.
Israel were part of a larger opinion
about the way countries govern.
"If you have in mind some considerations about how future societies might be organised, then I
think that the nation-state should
be eroded in favor of other forms
of association," he said. "But those
are issues that go far beyond the
special case.'
Freedom of speech on campus
is essential even if the views
expressed are offensive, he said.
"Clearly, you either believe in
freedom of expression for views
you do not share, and even detest,
or you do not believe in freedom
of expression at all. Even Hitler
and Stalin supported freedom of
expression for views of which they
approved,' said Chomsky.
But Zellman said in the letter
that his group supports free
speech on campus, but wants the
student government to remain
Zellman said he doubts that the
AMS will withdraw their support
for Chomsky's lecture.
"I'm expecting a courtesy
phone call, but no action,' he said,
adding that he will be attending
Chomsky's talk. "I already have my
ticket." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Higher tuition not improving UBC: report
Promised quality "failed to
materialise/say students
by Jonathan Woodward
Even with tuition increases, UBC gave a lacklustre performance in its own university survey—proof that higher tuition isn't improving
education as promised, say students.
The university recently used key educational measures to examine how it compared to
other post-secondary institutions and evaluated whether an education at UBC had increased
in quality since tuition increased, documents
obtained by the Ubyssey show.
The report reveals broken promises of educational improvements said, Carey Hill,.
the president of the Graduate Student
Society (GSS).
"Promised quality improvements have
failed to materialise,' she said, pointing to an
increase in average class sizes for upper-year
students and a dramatic drop from first to
fourth in Canada regarding the number of faculty members per students.
Raising tuition is not having the desired
effect and raising tuition by another 16 per
cent—a proposal the Board of Governors Will
decide on Thursday—won't help, she spid.
UBC's national standing in the number of
research awards per faculty member declined
in three out of four categories, the report said.
The number of top high school graduates,
measured by the Premier's
Excellence Awards, also fell
by 50 per cent this year and
UBC ranked dead last in the
number of first-year classes
taught by tenured faculty.
But the report iilso
showed that more UBC *-tu-
dents who start their degree*
graduate and they tend to
make more money than their
colleagues at other BC universities. UBC performed well in research categories, being the
top university in Canada and among the top
ten in North America for creating spinoff
companies and in filing patents.
Although- the report ranks UBC against
peer institutions, it is nearly impossible to
compare as they differ substantially across the
country, said VP Students Brian Sullivan,
whose office compiled the report.
He said UBC will use each number that
deals with university ratios like class sizes and
faculty/student ratios only as information to
consider when it decides how to change its
own faculty/student ratios or tuition to government funding ratios. "What is the right
ratio? We don't know,' he said.
Tuition increases are necessary to cover
the $31 miTlioq shortfall that is expected if
UBC fulfills all of next year's financial commitments, including new funding for undergraduate bursaries and for graduate tuition
awards, he added.
When looking at university reputation, the
report concluded that the amount and quality
of UBC's media exposure last year was worth
$8.5 million and that the university received
less negative coverage than other universities.
The report also examined the effect of recent
magazine surveys like Maclean's where UBC
was ranked fifth in the country.
"More work will be necessary to reverse
the trends illustrated in...our Maclean's ranking,' the report said.
At $800,000, UBC's public affairs budget is
significantly smaller than schools like the
University of Toronto (U of T), the report said.
This can handicap the university's ability to
influence the media, said Scott Macrae, the
director of public affairs at UBC.
With other universities like the U of T closer to larger media outlets, UBC could do more
to work with them to raise UBC's reputation,
he said.
The reference to the Maclean's ranking
was part of a first draft of the report but was
removed from the second draft. The VP
Students office could not be reached for comment on the change by press time.
.After three years of collecting numbers, the
report has enough data that; should convince
UBC's Board of Governors to hold off increasing tuition, said GSS VP External Joshua
"If there are any doubts, we should wait.
Students have spoken. We don't want a tuition
increase,' he said. ♦
This UBG student won't be dealing with student loans
by Carrie Robinson
Soaring tuition: has not lightened
the wallet of UBC student Matthew
Cumming—as a member of the
Canadian Armed Forces, his education is paid for by the military.
In exchange for a free four-year
bachelor degree, Cumming will
give roughly five years of military
service to the Armed Forces,
including combat overseas, if necessary. So- far, the only overseas
missiotf.Gumming" has been on
was his father's military service in
Lahr, Germany from 1989 to 1993.
But he said he will ready to ship off
if the time comes.
"It would be better obviously if
we didn't have to even do it, but I
like the idea of helping people,"
he said.
As an armoured officer
Cumming will be in command of
tanks and reconnaissance vehicles—small, lightly armoured vehicles. His job will be to go out ahead
of troops and do advanced searches of battle areas during combat.
The military pays for post-secondary education because all qffi-
cers in the military are required to
have a university degree, said a
spokesperson from the Canadian
Forces Recruiting Centre (CFRC).
"Officers are paid from the second they start until they leave,
said Gwen Rowley.
Since Cumming is an armoured
officer, he receives money for :his.
tuition, books,; supplies arid is.eyen
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An officer going through university receives a monthly salary of
$1256, before taxes. Cumming calculates that the military will have
given him between $100,000 to-
$ 150,000 by the time he graduates.
The majority of Canadian military students attend the Royal
Military College (RMC). But the
Canadian Forces will pay the
tuition for any recognised institu-
_ tion in Canada. The program they
will pay for depends on the level of
education needed for an individual's military rank.
"On average we offer 200 positions a year at the Royal Military
College and subsidise about 100
. students at civilian universities as
well," said Rowley, adding that the
CFRC receives more than 1000
applications a year.
The military is not the only
organisation   that   uses   tuition
incentives for recruitment.
"Some companies will pay a student, of reach an agreement with a
student where they will pay a student so much for student loan, up
to $10,000 a year, which adds up
to $40,000, to work in a rural community for a couple of years,' said
UBC Associate Registrar Deborah
Although some students may
benefit, Robinson said there is concern that these "signing bonuses'
are on the increase. She also said it
is recognition of how expensive
professional programs are, such as
UBC's $36,000-a-year Master's in
Business Administration program.
UBC's financial aid office tries
to ensure that needy students can
access alternative funds so they
don't feel they have to rely on these
incentives, said Robinson.
All the deans want assurance
that financial aid will eliminate
'steering'—students choosing certain careers in order to pay off student loans, she said.
But Rowley sees the way the military pays for school as more of a
leg up than steering.
"Four years after your degree
you're making $60,000 a year,
with no student loans, and job
experience," she said.
Cumming does not see the military paying for his education as a
bribe. Instead he sees it as an
opportunity to help people by
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as an officer without a degjgg,- JsitfA
they-want you to havft the skills
that come with a degree,'' he said.
Cumming plans to stick around
after his mandatory service is completed, saying the military is his
career choice.
"I just feel like it was my calling,
the people are great, there is a very
high level of camaraderie in the
military and everyone kind of runs
along the same vein,' he said.
The ability to meet the entrance
standards of a recognised institution is not the only requirement for
students like Cumming. All applicants for the armed forces must
pass a standard fitness test to be
considered. Because Cumming's
rank is officer, speaking both
English and French is mandatory. .
Cumming says that the military
students are permitted to major in
subject areas that suit their job or
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trade. There is more flexibility in
some positions—his major is classical studies. But dimming said he
only wears his army greens on
Rememberance Day.
He also takes a full courseload
every year. If a military student
fails a course, they must take six
courses the next semester because
summers are spent in military
basic training.
"The idea there is to see if
you've got what it takes to be in the
military,' said Curnrning. Rowley
calls it the military's "boot camp.'
dimming has three phases of
training left to do and will be joining ten to fifteen other students
like himself for the next phase
this summer in Gagetown, New
Brunswick. ♦ TUESDAY, MARCH 16,2004
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by Eric Szeto
From being a Sri Lankan diplomat to
being head of the United Nations (UN)
disarmament affairs department,
Jayantha Dhanapala has seen more
than most people will ever see in a
After five years
working at the UN,
Dhanapala's done a
little of everything.
Delegating with former Iraqi leaders,
advising Hans Blix
before he went to
inspect Iraq—that's
just a typical day at
the office.
But the world is an unstable place,
Dhanapala explains from a well-positioned office inside UBC's Liu
Institute for Global Issues. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, smal arms and conventional
weapons means uncertainty looms.
"Today military expenditure is
over $800 billion per year. For every
person in the world, we are spending
$ 128 per annum," he says disapprovingly. "There are over 3 million people living on under $1 per day. This is
a gross disparity between the expenditure on arms and what is being
spent on people.'
He elaborates: "With agricultural
subsidies in the [European Union]
alone, the result is $2 a day for cows,
so this is the kind of anomaly and the
inequities of the international system
that have to be dealt with."
But the news is not all dire.
Dhanapala gives credit to Canada for
its efforts in contributing to the mine-
ban treaty and also Canada's role in
helping form the International
Criminal Courts.
"Mine-ban is one of the great
achievements and Canada is to be
complimented as being the van
gaarde along with Norway in achieving that landmark convention,"
applauds Dhanapala.
"Since the mine-ban convention
there has been a substantial reduction
in the use of landmines, in the sport,
in the manufacture of land mines and
we have to thank the mine-ban convention for having made that great
step forward in eliminating that
destructive force," he says.
But then there is the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty. Dhanapala says
hypocrisy exists in countries that
advocate disarmament while possessing nuclear weapons themselves.
"How can you have two standards?" he questions. "One standard
for non-nuclear weapon states and
one for yourself? It's a kind of
apartheid, so there is always going to
be this tension and unless you have
nuclear disarmament and nuclear
non-proliferation at the same time,
going hand in hand, focusing on
nuclear proliferation alone is not
deemed credible."
And Dhanapala would know. While
working for the Foreign Service in Sri
Lanka, he represented his country at
the 1995 Nuclear Proliferation Treaty
UN extension conference. He then
became the ambassador to the US.
Shortly after, UN Secretary Genral
Kofi Annan offered him a position in
the newly reestablished UN department of disarmament affairs.
And then there is the troubles of
the UN- Trying to get such a diverse
spectrum of differing opinions to
cooperate can be tougher than drawing a political map of the former
Soviet Union from memory. "'
. "The UN does hot have the luxury
of pursuing national interests like
countries because we have 191 countries—an entire constituency," he says.
"We to have to try to blend the national interests of all countries, a very difficult challenge, but at the same time
we must have a cooperative and common structure and to advocate that"
Since bullets began flying in Iraq,
many have compared the failings of
tfhe UN to the former League of
Nations, which failed to prevent
the Second World War—something
Dhanapala is quick to refute.
"First, I think the UN is indispensable, there's no question...there are
fundamental differences between the
League of Nations and the UN," says
an adamant Dhanapala. "The League
of Nations suffered from the absence
of the US, but also being far too idealistic in achieving its goals. But the UN
family has done enormous good. Look
at the World Health Organisation and
the elimination of small pox, what the
UN has done for women's rights, for
AIDS. This makes it very clear that the
UN has had enormous achievements,
not counting the peacekeeping effort."
This list of accomplishments often
does not make headlines, he says.
"What happens, unfortunately, is the
mass media highlights the failures of
the UN in certain specific cases and
anything else is forgotten easily."
But the diplomat admits that
international law does have its
"Frankly, if countries want to break
international law, there is nothing
that can prevent them to—except
international public opinion," he says.
"If one of the five permanent members of the Security Council commits a
major violation of human rights or
international law, I cannot see there
being an agreement in the security
council because there will be a veto of
one of the five countries. So there is
this imbalance, which unfortunately
we have to live with."
But Dhanapala does add, "Security
Council reform is very much on the
agenda. It's been on the agenda for a
very long time."
Eight now, there are three ways
countries can be convinced to follow
international law, he says.
"[There] is a gross
disparity between
the expenditure on
arms and what
is being spent on
—Jayantha Dhanapala
UN official
"First and foremost, public opinion must be much more vocal and
much more forceful. Secondly, we
need to, on the part of leadership,
have a great compliance with international treaties and international law.
Thirdly, now with the international
criminal court, comes the concept of
individual culpability."
And you can be sure Dhanapala
will keep all of these initiatives on his
radar screen in the future.
"He really works at making the way
he works and his work is making the
world a more peaceful place, harmonious and consistent," explains
Jonathan Granoff, president of the
Global Security Institute, who's
known Dhanapala for years.
"He walks the talk." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
UBC could see
food bank for
its students
Tuition, "Student loans
create need, say officials
by Dan McRoberts
Students struggling to make ends meet could
have a new source of support come
September—plans are in motion to open a
campus food bank in the SUB in time for the
fall term. ■    ,
The campus depot to donate food for needy
students would be a branch of the Greater
Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB), but would be
run by the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
"We see a growing need with students for a
food bank,' said Arlene Kravitz, a spokesperson from the GVFB.
There is already a student depot on Guelph
street that provides hamper service to clients
who present proof of registration, but locating
a food bank on campus would be better/
she said.
The on-campus depot would have the same
procedures for identification of students, but
would avoid the access problems and 'stigma"
students face when going off-campus for
donated food, she said.
While the idea of a campus food bank has
been around for several years, now is the time
to pursue the initiative, said Dani Bryant, the
outgoing coordinator of AMS student services.
"With tuition increases and the fact that student loans haven't increased, students do
need more help,'she said.
If the service is approved, UBC would join a
growing number of Canadian post-secondary
institutions that have food banks.
In 1991, the University of Alberta started a
food bank run independently of other
providers in Edmonton, said Teena Pasay, the
food bank's manager.
But insufficient donations arid funding continue to be a challenge, she said.
'At one point during the summer of 2002
we had only expired tomato soup and Special
K,' Pasay recalled. But service is picking up:
while only 2 50 students received donations in
1991, the service, has now expanded to over
1700 clients.
Potential abuse by students is dealt with by
an interview process located in a public building, which can discourage students from taking advantage of the system, she said.
The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Food
Bank is also an independent student service,
relying on food drives and support from the
university. Manager Negar Behmardi says the
system works, well and serves about 15 to 20
students a week:
They've had enough food to get through the
last semester and SFU groups hold fundraisers that provide money for the service to continue. "Support on campus is, fantastic," said
Behmardi. , T
- But there is a problem with abuse by
clients, she said:'JWe, used to Be able to giye
clients Safeway gift certificates, but because of
budget and abuse we had to stop. The gift certificates were basically free cash, so that was
abused," she said.
UBC's new food bank will avoid these problems by having an external organisation provide all donations and by having the GVFB
screen applicants, said Biyant.
"Criteria [for use] is not very stringent, but
we will be careful to ensure that we hit the students that really need it," said Kravitz.
The UBC proposal still requires approval
from, the GVFB board, which should happen
later this month, said Kravitz. The AMS will
see a proposal in the coming weeks, said
Meanwhile, Biyant and her successor have
been given the responsibility of arranging a
physical location for the food bank.
Kravitz expressed optimism that all will fall
into place. "We are intending to start in
September and we still have time to do that" ♦
$ 108,000 U-Town promotion
Galled "excessive" by students
Public relations campaign
included $45,000 glossy insert
by Jonathan Woodward
Students are calling a $108,000 price tag for
University Town advertising, including
$45,000 on an eight-page glossy colour insert
in The Vancouver Sun, 'excessive."
The money spent over the past year to
make the glossy ad was far beyond what was
necessary, said Joshua Caulkins, VP External
of the Graduate Student Society.
"This is exactly the kind of thing that proves
that there is more of a push for high-quality
public relations than for meaningful interaction with people who actually care about UBC,"
he said. "It's excessive. What are they trying to
sell us?"
The 240,000 inserts appeared in the
Vancouver Sun, Province and UBC Reports. It
described future housing and commercial
developments at UBC as "a place where students, faculty and staff and new residents live
side by side and share the cultural riches of
one of the world's best universities,"
Another $56,000 was spent on advertising
in the'Vancouver Courier, UBC Reports, V6T
News, Trek Magazine and the Ubyssey, as well
as The Sun and Province, docuinents obtained
by the Ubyssey show.
"It's not mud." said UBC VP External
Dennis Pavlich, whose office oversees
University Town. "We've tried to keep it efficient." •
It cost about $ 17,000 for UBC to distribute
its insert in The Sun, said a representative in
The Sun's advertising department and about
$30,000 to print the glossy eight pages. It
could cost as much as $23,000 per page for a
similar ad in the regular pages, he added.
The advertising was part of a campaign to
ease concerns about campus development
and increase public input, said Linda Moore,
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The money spent on advertising was directed at telling the campus community where
and when public meetings would happen, said
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broader community have consistently requested broad and timely notification of all
University-Town-related consultation," she
said. "We have responded with advertising
placements in a broad cross-section of local
UBC has also been reaching people in other
ways, said Moore, pointing to over 18,000 fact-
sheet downloads from the University Town
University Town, especially the plans for
University Boulevard, generated much public
controversy last year, when students doubted
the affordability of the proposed housing.
Faculty members also rejected the idea of
commercial developments in UBC's sacred
academic core. The plan was approved last
University officials say the developments
are designed to provide a vibrant community
at UBC and pull millions of dollars into UBC's
endowment, a fund where interest is spent on
scholarships and research.
Hampton Place, a collection of homes and
apartment buildings near 16th Avenue, provided oyer $85 million to UBC's endowment
in 1997, §. figure which has since grown to
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Study shows 25
per cent of teenage
girls face depression
U of A researcher calls statistic'worrisome'
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by Paul Knoechel
EDMONTON (CUP)-Canadian girls
are more susceptible to depression
than previously thought says a
recent University of Alberta study
on teen depression.
Within a four-year period, 25
per cent of girls aged 16 to 19 experience a major clinical depression—a psychiatric condition.
Nancy Galambos, a psychology
professor, studies adolescent problems and developmental issues.
Working in collaboration with
Bonnie Leadbeatef of the University of Victoria and graduate student Erin Baker, Galambos said the
team came across some unexpected results.
"I was surprised at the 25 per
cent figure. We're talking one in
four girls will experience major
depression. I remember when we
looked at the analysis, asking. Is
this right?' And we re-ran it because
we wanted to be sure,' she said.
In Galambos' view, this statistic
is worrisome.
"If you experience one [bout of
depression], you're likely to experience another, and if you don't get it
taken care of, it can get worse and
worse," she explained.
The research suggested, for
instance, that smokers and adolescent girls with little social support
are more prone to depressive
symptoms. But the study raises
many questions as well.
1 For example, the research sug
gests that girls are much more likely to suffer depression than boys.
But while this finding affirms the
results of other studies, the cause
of this increased likelihood was not
"We were trying to find out why
there were gender differences and
we weren't able to find any [reasons]," said Galambos.
But numerous hypotheses have
emerged, she explained. It has been
suggested that girls are more vulnerability to interpersonal stresses
than their male counterparts.
Another hypothesis speculates that
girls are simply more genetically
prone to depression.
"In identical twin girls, if one
girl is depressed, then the other
one is likely to be depressed. This
wasn't the case with identical twin
boys," Galambos explained.
"None of it is very satisfying—
it's kind of an age-old question why
girls are more depressed. People
have been looking at it for a while,
but no one has gotten a really good
handle on it* ♦
.U of A professor
creates online index
of dung references
Site includes paper analyzing
latrines of old
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EDMONTON (CUP)-A curator at
the Provincial Museum of Alberta
has opened herself up to ridicule
from four-year-olds everywhere by
creating a catalogue of more than:
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The Dung File is a bibliography of
research about animal and plant
remains found in latrines, as well as
feces from archaeological and paleo-
environmental sites. It was created
by Alwynne Beaudoin, a curator at
the museum and a joint faculty member at the University of Alberta.
For a student taking archaeology, paleontology, nutrition, parasitology and other disciplines, such
a site could prove highly useful.
Thanks to the site, research that
could take days to track down is
now catalogued in one convenient
Beaudoin created the site after a
number of her students, working on
related research, had trouble finding information.
"I didn't have a lot of literature
to help them. They were bringing .
material back from the library but it
was all from really obscure sources,
places where you wouldn't think to
look. It took them a lot of searching,* Beaudoin said.
"I thought it would be useful to
pull together what they'd done, and
put it in a bibliography so future
students   wouldn't   have   to   go
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To ensure top quality, Beaudoin
reads every piece of research before
she adds it to the Dung File. For
most of the references that are on
the site, she has appended a summary or recommendation to help
the reader in their search.
The references on the site
include a paper comparing the
latrines from different social classes in a 19th century Michigan town,
an analysis of a Roman centurion's
diet in first century Netherlands,
evidence for cannibalism in prehistoric Colorado and the study of honeybee feces in southeast Asia.
The study of dung and other
remains provides a lot of information about ancient organisms and
their habits. Knowing exactly what
an animal ate explains things scientists could only speculate on if they
relied on traditional archaeological
evidence. It is particularly helpful
when studying extinct species, like
the woolly mammoth.
In terms of human study, latrine
samples offer invaluable insight
into the diet, nutrition and health of
the humans who left the fecal matter. Archaeobotanists can learn
what parasites attacked ancient peoples and research can also indicate
some of their habits. For example,
scientists can determine the time of
year that an archaeological site was
used by examining the amount and
type of pollen in the fecal matter left
behind by its inhabitants.
Currently, there are approximately 250 references on the site,
but Beaudoin says she has at least
200 more waiting to be entered as
soon as she has time to read them.
Still, the site regularly gets over
400 hits a month, which surprises
its creator, considering its specialised nature.
"Much to my bemusement, I am
probably better known for compiling the Dung File than for any of my
other research," said Beaudoin.
The Dung File can be viewed at
www.Scirpus.ca/dung/dimg.shtmL ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Tough lady T-Bfrds fall to the Blues
but head to the playoffs
by Jesse Marchand
While the far off mountains may
have been glistening with snow, the
women's rugby players at North
Vancouver's Klahanie Park were
basking in the warm sunshine and
taking in the cool breeze. Well, perhaps basking wasn't the right word.
In fact, the UBC women's
Thunderbird rugby players were
fighting their last battle of the regular season and taking on the number two Capiiano College Blues.
And while the weather couldn't
have been more perfect for the
small group of spectators and their
numerous dogs, the breeze didn't
blow the right way for UBC.
Having already snagged a playoff spot, coming a full ten points
ahead of the last place JBAA, UBC
was fighting to increase their 5-10
record. But it wasn't to be.
Five minutes in the Blues scored
thei? first try, which led to a fierce
shoving match up and down the
field for most of the game. Unlike
teams in the past, the Blues didn't
underestimate the UBC team by
focussing on their track record and
the game proved to be a close
At one point in the seOond half,
the Blues were completely blocked
by T-Bird defence, unable to cross
1 the line for a try. Bjit while the
Birds had started out the season
with strong offence, they couldn't
get it together on Saturday, spending most of the second half in their
own zone.
Near the end it looked like an
easy win for the Blues as they stood
wett ahead of the Birds, but UBC
finally kicked their forwards into
high gear scoring a last try in the last
few minutes. By the final whistle the
score was 15-18, making it a close
match between the second best and
second worst in the league.
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season," said fifth-year inside cen- son we started slow...that's where
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After beating the Meralomas 18-9 on Saturday, the UBC
men's rugby team had built an even more comfortable first
place lead in the Vancouver Rugby Union division one league.
With a total of 52 points and a 13-2 season, the men are well
ahead of the second place Seattle team which only holds 401
points with a 10-3 record. UBC's division one and division two
teams also hold comfortable positions taking seventh and
fourth respectively. All teams will round up the season in the
next month then head to playoffs. The men's division one
team next plays the Rowers in Brockton Oval field in Stanley
Park at 2:30pm, March 20. peter klesken photo
point in the end."
Fourth-year lock and flanker
Eleanor Alesi agreed that the close
game played out like many games
before. "We're always competitive,"
she said, "tiuf games are rarely a
Now that the regular season is
over, UBC is set to play in the playoffs. Being the lowest team in the
playoff run, they have to play the
best team, the SFU Clan, who stand
with a 13-2-1 record.- .-
But the UBC women aren't worried;. "There is no undefeated team,"
said Jackson. "Anyone's beatable."
The first game of the finals
series kicks off on March 20 at
11:30am, at a location yet to be
determined. ♦
fttalifies of laie in Canada March 15th- 19th
A Week of Events Leading up fo March 21st International Day for the Elimination of Racism
Hie Canadian government marks March 21st as ihe one day of ihe year dedicated io "eliminating racism," but genuine discussion and action is
supplanted by rhetoric of "multiculfuralism* and "diversity." Our events attempt to move beyond rhetoric and toward critical.exomlnalion of the
role of the Canadian state in perpetuating and sustaining racial hierarchy. Our hope is to create a space where neglected issues can be discussed:
the dispossession of Aboriginal communities, the marginalization of immigrants and refugees, and increasing attacks on the civil liberties of
Arab and Muslim communities, What are the barriers to equality and justice in Canadian society? How can we promote awareness and action
towards creating change in our own communities?
Please join us in a weeklong program of events exploring the different realities of racism in contemporary Canada: personal, historical, and
Monday March 15ih / 2-4 PM / SUB 207-209
"Unspoken Territory" Film Screening and Discussion
Marusyn Bodurkiw's film (60 min.) depicts the lost', unspoken moments in
Canadian history, fold through the stories of First Nations, immigrant and    :
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facilitated by Phllipioe Women's Centre.
Wednesday March 17th / 4-6 PM / SUB 205
Workshop on Residential Schools in Canada (stlil TBC)
Facilitated hy the Indian Residential School Survivor Society ..
Thursday March 18th / 1 -4 PM /
first Nations House of Learning
George Pel - "Unpacking Systemic Racism" Forum
Noted scholar George Dei will lecture on race in the academy. His lecture will be
followed hy facilitated discussion of key recommendations for change at UBC
followed by:
1st Annual "Action to End Racism"
Recognition Event*
Ceremony recognizing UBC students, staff, faculty, alumnus, program or
iniiifave for outstanding leadership and committment fo addressing racisifl.
Frij{py iKsr<h l?fh / 2-4 PM / SUB Norm Theatre
Keynote Panel "Borders Within: Two-Tiered
Citi___sWp (Post 9/11"
' Featuring progressive Muslim activist and writer Torek Fatah {Toronto), Kind
Charkaoui (Montreal), sister of Adfl Charkaoui, held under a "security   :-
certificate" since May 2083, civil rights lawyer Amino Sherazee (Toronto), and
UBC faculty Sunera Thobani speaking on differential rights in Canada post 9-11
and impacts on Arab, Muslim, immigrant, and refugee communities.
Friday March 19th / 8-12 PM / SUB 214-216
Wrap-up Party and Beer Garden - Featuring live Music!
featuring awesome line-up of local performers: DJ Drastic, DJ Kenya, emcee
Ndidi Cascade, poet Sara Kendall, Emmanuel (from Heart and Soul), vocalist
Cene Turner,
Hope fo see you there!
For more information: _t_rcfi21 _bc@y__oo.c_m 604-322-1421.
Please see www.ams.ubf.<a for updated events and venues.
"Realities of Racism Week" is also happening in conjunction with
international Week on campus. Check out
www.students.ubc.ca/internalional for full program of events!
*To nominate UBC students, staff, faculty, alumnus, program or
initifiative, please download form at
Deadline for nominations: March 12th.
Presented by AMS Colour Connected in collaboration with the Equity Office, International House, Safe Together (AMS Safewalk, AMS Speakeasy, AMS Safety
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When injured athletes are on the sidelines, sports
doctors work to get them back in the game.
by Alexander Leung
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"One time, in the New Zealand
under 21 championship, I saw a
player dislocate his hip. I've
never seen anyone in so much
pain...l don't even want to talk
about it," says Varsity rugby
player Eric Wilson.
Injury in sport has become a common and often
overlooked phenomenon. Athletes are bigger and
stronger, yet accidents happen. This makes the job
of the people who stand on the sidelines that much
more important Dr Rob Lloyd-Smith is one of these
people at UBC football and hockey games.
Smith attends games more often as a fan than as
a working sports physician. Most of the day-to-day
injuries aren't that serious and can be taken care of
by the wide variety of team medical staff, which
includes trainers, physiotherapists and kinesiok.
gists. Smith sees the tough cases, which usually
result in time off for the athlete.
The name 'sports medicine' spans far beyond
athletes. As Smith explains, 'Sports medicine deals
with the interplay between physical activity and people in a number of different contexts." It is the industry of injury management and, ideally, prevention;
With great access to fields and resources, UBC
provides an ideal environment for trainers and kine-
siologists—two professions that are more long term
than sports medicina "We keep up with the latest
developments in sports,* says Ted Lorenz, a UBC
trainer. "We try new things on them and, in that way,
they're kind of like guinea pigs."
Lorenz works with athletes, looks after injuries,
coordinates the efforts of medical personnel and
designs strength and conditioning programs custom
made for each sport These programs work to make
exercise routines as similar to game time activity
as possible.
Training helps athletes reach their peak at playoff
time, while kinesiology is more of a technical field
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that looks at body mechanics to determine causes of
and solutions to injuries. The kinesiologist also looks
at injury prevention and often acts as the intermediate between the coach and trainer, in conjunction
with a physiotherapist
"Physiotherapy is condition specific. They will
help you resume a normal life. Kinesiology brings
you beyond that point," says James Wendland, a professional kinesiologist who works closely with UBC
athletes. "There's only so far you can go in physio, it
needs to be complimented by kinesiology."
Common injuries and treatments
Smith deals with a variety of injuries varying according to sport and time of year. Most injuries don't
require operations and are taken care of by the student trainers and physiotherapists. But the more
serious cases, such as fractures, dislocations and ligament tears, require a sports physician's attention.
For Smith, fractures of the leg and knee injuries are
the most common serious injury, occurring about
three to four times a week.
Smith's five pillars of injury recovery include
strength, balance, flexibility, fitness and maintaining
range of motion. As soon as possible after an injury,
he tries to balance these variables. This might
require some unique exercises like running in
a pool
"Routine is very important to healing," says
Smith. "It's common sense, getting adequate sleep,
nutrition and hydration." When athletes are injured
and distraught, their sleep patterns are disrupted
and their energy levels are low. Thus the most
important part of healing is to focus on the basics of
a balanced life, says Smith.
The most common injuries seen by the trainers
and physiotherapists are ankle sprains from basketball, finger and wrist sprains from volleyball,
concussions from hockey, rugby shoulder injuries
and a wide range of muscle strains from football. As
a medical personnel coordinator, Lorenz directs
athletes to the resources they need.
But according to Lorenz, during rehabilitation,
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trainers generally push varsity athletes harder than
normal athletes. Much of this stems from the added
pressure of letting the team down by not playing.
"It's a credit to the athlete. Even when they're
injured, they're thinking about the team, not themselves," says Lorenz.
Rehab of most injuries averages about two to
three weeks, but how long should athletes be kept
out of the game? "It's a judgment call based on the
degree of injury, how well we know the athletes
and the time of the season," says Lorenz. "We want
them actively participating back in the sport
as soon as we're confident they won't re-injure
One of the worst and, unfortunately, fairly common injury is the concussion. Smith estimates that
one concussion every two years ends a varsity athlete's career at UBC. "It's not a magic number of concussions" that will end a career, according to Smith.
"It's worse for some than others." The likelihood of
further concussion can usually be predicted by
observing how long an individual has symptoms-
including headaches, lightheadedness and
decreased concentration—after a certain degree of
concussion. In sports like rugby, athletes always take
mental tests, such as memory retrieval, before and
after games.
Eric Wilson, a Human Kinetics student and varsity rugby player, recently recovered from a grade
three concussion that sidelined him for four
months. But with concussion rehab there is not a lot
that the trainer can do. Wilson simply tried to stay fit
keep up in school and wait until the headache symptoms disappeared.
"It's tough to be in school with a concussion when
five minutes of concentration gives you a headache,"
he says. He also comments that injured athletes are
not treated any different than other students.
"There's no special favour for athletes. They want to
make it equal for everyone," he says.
The psychology of healing
In sports medicine, as in many aspects of health
treatment, there's often disagreement between
the doctor and patient concerning injuries and
"Is a young adult always compliant with suggestions and treatment plans? No, I would say they are
not" explains Smith. Athletes are under more pies-
sure to maintain a high physical level or risk being
cut from their team and looking bad to the fans.
Understandably, dealing with athletes can often be a
difficult process for medical staff.
"Athletes can be peacocks," remarks Wendland.
"Naturally, they're good at what they do and they
know it There's a bit of an attitude, "to, strut their
stuff. They've had coaches all their lives and if you
don't know what you're doing,.they'11 know it and
they'll tell you."
According to Smith, many of his patients hide
injuries or avoid coming to see him because they
think he always implements a treatment plan.
"Sometimes all that's needed is reassurance.
They have involvement with the decision of the
[treatment] to be had," says Smith. 'Am I going to be
there to stop them from playing game night? No. It
is not the physician's right to tell the athlete what to
- do. We make recommendations."
Recovery for sidelined athletes becomes a
tougher process with the added pressure that comes
from being out of the game too long. Wilson says,
"It's definitely hard when you're used to playing
daily to then sit out for long periods of time. It
changes you...when you're playing you have the com-
raderie of teammates and you're playing the sport
you love. It's pretty hard when you're sitting at
home, especially if your team is losing."
In addition, because making a varsity team is just
THE NUTS AND BOLTS: James Wendland points out the inner workings of the typical Varsity athlete, michelle mayne photo
as competitive as playing for a varsity team, the
opinion of coaches becomes an added distraction.
"When it's so competitive you always want to be playing," says Wilson. "If Tm out of position, guys can
take my spot."
However, the coaches themselves are very athlete-centred, are more concerned with the long-term
health of their players than winning and don't abuse
players by making them play harder when they are
"We're lucky we get to look after athletes in a
place where athletes don't get abused," says Lorenz.
"The coaches look out for the best interest of the
program at large." Often times it's the coach that
asks the trainers to look at a player they don't think
is playing up to potential. With minor head injuries,
the players often dont even realise they're injured.
However, as many athletes would concur, the
greatest pressure isn't from coaches, it's from teammates. "You don't want to let them down or look like
a wimp," says Wilson. "There are the obvious guys
on the team. You don't want to call them wimps, but
they seem to get hurt a lot more than most people."
Vafsity athletes, while looking to their teamates
for assurance, also loojK towards the supernatural,
an area where even sports medicine can come into
play. "Players have a lot of superstitious rituals and
we do a lot of work with their heads," says Lorenz.
"If they think something is wrong with their ankles,
whether or not there's truth to it, we'l tape their
foots. We try to take away distractions."
But even after a few weeks of rehab, physical
recovery doesn't always spell complete recovery.
Psychological healing takes even longer. "I never
thought about injury before I got hurt," says Wilson.
"But once you have a serious injury, you think about
it a lot more. It takes a while to get back to playing
without the fear." Fear itself can be physically dangerous on the field. Wilson explains, "You're more
likely to be hurt when you're afraid of getting
hurt...if I'm going in to hit and I don't go in full
strength, the other guy's gonna run over me."
Sometimes counselling is needed, but most of the
times the trainers are the ones that help the most.
"Sometimes what they want is someone to put an
arm around them and tell them things aren't that
bad," says Lorenz. "Just being someone to talk to is
so much a part of what we do. We act like the mother hens." .
Smith shares this role. "For their emotional well
being, it's important to put things into perspective,"
he says.
The profession pays off
"It's so rewarding working with athletes," says
Lorenz. "You can't be in a bad mood on this job.
Athletes will pick up on it and they'll tease you. It's
such a positive atmosphere around here."
For Wendland, the reward comes from challenging work, which can often be a handful working
with ICBC through his company kinesiologistca.
But however stressful it can be, success is based on
attitude. "Show them respect and they'll show you
respect," says Wendland. "Fundamentally they're
really good guys." As a trainer with the BC Best Ever
hockey league, Wendland feels especially privileged
to be working with high level junior athletes who are
so dedicated and committed to their sport "The best
players boming out of this league suit up for the
World Juniors," Wendland enthusiastically remarks.
And as one would expect, a sports medicine doctor is often the biggest fan of the athlete. "Varsity athletes are a wonderful level of athlete. To find the balance between pursuing academics and sports at a
high level, like they have, I really commend them,"
says Smith. "I am in awe of them." ♦
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5*, at ihe Ubyssey, the official student newspaper of UBC, feel that we should be doing our
most to recognize and encourage activities and events that develop and strengthen a sense of
community on campus. On our 80th anniversary in 1998, we established a $50,000
endowment that will fund the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. This annual award
lecognizes a returning UBC Student who has made a significant contribution to developing
and strengthening the sense of community on the UBC campus by:
Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
Promoting activism and awareness In an academic, cultural, political, recreational, or
social sphere, "
The 2003-2004 award went to Christopher Ste-Croix in recognition of his contribution to
campus safety and related services.
The award is open to all returning, full-time, UBC students, graduate, undergraduate and
unclassified in good standing with the Ubyssey Society. We will award $3,000 to this project
and the award will be disbursed to the successful candidate in September 2004.
Nominees for the award will be judged on:
1 The impact of the contribution made - the number of people involved or affected.
2 The extent of the contribution - the degree to which it strengthens the sense of
community on campus. '
3. The innovation of the contribution - preference will be given to recognizing a new
.    contribution over the administration of an existing one.
4. The commitment of the individual to UBC as a community.
Nominations should include a cover letter by the nominator, either an individual or a group,
briefly stating the nature of the contribution made, the individual being nominated, contact
information of the nominator and the nominee and a letter (approximately 500 words in
length) describing the contribution made and how the above four criteria have been met.
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those doing so must attach a letter of
support from another member of the campus community. The award will be judged by a
committee chaired by a representative of UBC Student Financial Assistance and Awards office
and members from various parts of the campus community.
Deadline for submission of completed nominations should reach the Ubyssey, room 23, SUB,
no later than Monday, April 19f_, 2004.
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Dolphins dominate
The UBC swimmers'continued to be water stars at the BC Senior
Championships held at UBC this weekend. Among many top
results, Kelly Stefanyshyn and Mike Mintenko took the 50m and
100m butterfly, Mark Johnston the 400m freestyle, Michelle
Mange the 200m breaststoke, Brent Hayden the 100m freestyle,
Cailtin Meredith the 200m backstroke and Brian Johns the 200m
back stroke, peter klesken photos
Coyotes blasted
on home turf
UBC baseball has mixed weekend
by Wilson Wong
IDAHO-UBC Baseball Coach Terry
McKaig knew exactly what it would
take for his team to .beat the
Albertson College Coyotes on the
road in Idaho. Before UBC's first
conference game of the. year,
McKaig told his team to "play clean
basehall" in order to win.-
"If we get out there and make
some errors or miscommunicate
and have some mix-ups, that is
when a team like this will get some
confidence' and can kinda of roll on
you a little bit,' said McKaig outside
the dilapidated Simplot Stadium in
Caldwell, Idaho.
McKaig's comments about clean
baseball were highlighted in the
first game as Albertson's five
errors lead to seven unearned runs
as UBC beat the Coyotes 12-5 in the
first of two Saturday games. Adam
Campbell paced the offense, which
scored ten runs in the fourth
inning, by going 5-5 and stealing
three bases. Albertson was kept off-
balance by the Thunderbird pitching staff, who were lead by a strong
six-inning performance from
starter John Campbell.
Six-foot-seven leftie Brad
Ashman then took the mound for
UBC and pitched seven innings of
one-run ball as the T-Birds took out
Albertson 6-1. Centre fielder Adam
Campbell led the team offensively,
going  3-5   and   8-10  overall  on
Saturday. Among the other notable
performers was shortstop Tyler
Hughes, who hit his first career
home run in the top of the ninth
UBC split Sunday's games losing
the important conference game
14-7. Five Thunderbird errors were
amongst the reasons for the loss as
well as the 15 men left on base.
Starting pitcher Doug Grant took
the loss giving up seven runs in
three-plus innings while Hughes
. and Mark Cagone led UBC with
three hits each.
The 11-hour bus ride back to
Vancouver was made a little more
enjoyable as UBC took the last
game, a seven-inning exhibition
match-up, 9-6. Dan Woelders got
the start for the Thunderbirds and
went three shutout innings before
giving way to the bullpen. The win
would not go to Woelders as the
Coyotes fought back and closed the
game to 7-6 before Hughes hit his
second home-run of the weekend
over the left field fence and into the
bleachers of the Caldwell Rodeo.
This week, UBC, with a record of
11-9, will head off to Klamath Falls,
Oregon to play the Hustlin' Owls of
Oregon Tech. Once again, the two
teams will face off four times with
the first three counting in the conference standings. The team will
then come back to Vancouver on
Monday for their home opener
against Pacific University at Nat
Bailey Stadium. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Thirty years later, Winnipeg is the key
by Jesse Marchand
and Wilson Wong
The Thunderbird women's basketball team
may have come into the Nationals as underdogs, but they left making T-Bird history. For .
one thing, they won the championship for the
first time since 1974, the last time the
Nationals were held in Winnipeg. And another, the team's gold brought UBC's medal count
up to five—more medals than any other university in Canada this year.
ft: But it wasn't easy. With eight teams competing for ultimate CIS supremacy, the stakes
were high.     . ft
UBC was slated to play the Ottawa Gee Gees
on   Thursday,   who   were   attending   the
CIS women's basketball
award winners 2004
Player of the year: Cymone
Bouchard (University of Regina)
Rookie of the year: Cassandra
Carpenter (Laurentian University)
Defensive player of ihe year: Carrie
Watson (University of British
Coach of the year: Deb Huband
(University of British Columbia)
TSN award: Kiystal O'Bryne
(University of Victoria)
UBG all-Canadian winners
Second team all-Canadians:
Carrie Watson     -      .    •_.
All-rookie all-Canadians:
Cait Haggarty
Nationals for the first time in their 33 years on
the court. The Birds just barely squeaked by
this fledgling team, winning 72-69 after two
free throws in the last 22 seconds by UBC
guard Erica McGuinness secured the win.
The game recorded much of its action in
the last minutes of the second half after the
Gee Gees broke a 17-point UBC lead with only
five minutes remaining. This was answered by
McGuinness, who re-established a seven-point
lead with only two minutes remaining. The
Gee Gees then pushed out two three-pointers
coming within one, until McGuinness worked
her final magic to bring the Birds to the
final score.
In the end, McGuinness led the Birds with
25 points overall after only 29 minutes on the
court, recording an all-time personal best.
The game brought the Birds to the semifinal match and saw them face SFU. Once
again, defence was the key for the T-Birds as
they took the Clan for the third time this year,
winning 65-46—propeHing them to the title
game. Carrie Watson was the catalyst for UBC
on both ends of the floor. As the best defensive
player in the country, she performed with her
usual vigour under her own basket, while scoring 14 of her UBC-leading 20 points in the
first-half. This allowed the T-Birds to take an
eight point lead into the second half.
An 11-3 run for UBC to start the second
frame ensured a significant victory for the
Point Grey school in this cross-town rivalry
and more importantly, the win placed the
Thunderbirds into the National
Championship game against the top-seeded
University of Regina.
The Regina Cougars, a team with an 18-2
season record and an undefeated home
record, looked like favourites to win. In addition, they had defeated UBC on two previous
occasions, once during the season and once in
the playoffs.
However, the Birds were not intimidated
by the prairie squad. After the final,! Watson
said to CiTR play-by-play man, Sam Charles,
that the team took a relaxed and optimistic
attitude going into the final. Toy play a team .,
enough times, you got to beat them some-
CENTRE SLAM: UBC battles against the Cougars, leighton klassen/the uniter photo
time,* said Watson after the game.
It was that attitude that helped UBC take
home their first CIS Championship in 30
years. With both teams concentrating on
defence, the game—broadcast on national television—was close and entertaining. A tight
first half that saw both teams battle fiercely for
each of their baskets ended with' UBC on top
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Half-way through the final half, Regina took
a one-point lead but it was quickly erased with
UBC outscoring the Cougars 100 (including
five from Kim Howe) over the next five minutes to take a nine-point advantage with four-
and-a-half minutes to go. Clutch baskets down
the stretch also came from McGuinness, the
North Vancouver rookie who scored a team-
high 17 points in the final of her first National
Championship appearance.
However, the star for UBC was undoubtedly fifth-year senior Carrie Watson. With her
parents in the crowd, the Agassiz native saved
the best for the final game of her career. She
scored 16 points and her defensive prowess
kept Regina star Cymone Bouchard at bay.
Watson had tihree steals and took numerous
charges that eventually led to Bouchard fouling out of the game. In addition to the charges
and steals, Watson was diving all over the floor
for loose balls and ended the game with a
plethora of bumps, scrapes and bruises. Her
effort was definitely worth it as she was then
awarded the tournament Most Valuable Player
When asked about her injuries, Watson
could only think of her reward. "My parents
came out and said the same thing: how's your
finger? How's your elbows? I'm like, 'I don't
feel anything right now, I can't keep this grin
off my face." ♦ ft
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by Ania Mafi
As he packed his instruments into
his car, I caught up with
Vancouver's Mark Berube last week
to talk to him about his latest
album. Sketches from the Sidewalk.
The second album of this
French-Canadian singer's career is
a perfect reflection of his multi-talented and down-to-earth personality. Described as - "loungey-roots,
cabaret pop/ the album*shows evidence of a number of Mark's musical influences from Tom Waits and
Bob Dylan td South African pop.
It's a relief to know that artists
like Berube, who writes every track
and plays a wide range of instruments, still exist. Although it may
sound like he's singing straight
from a journal entry, he says the
majority of the tracks are actually
not autobiographical. The sweet
and soothing part of this album is
how free-flowing and unrehearsed
the lyrics sound.
With a desire to break into creative music for modern dance and
theatre, Berube recently wrapped
up a project at UBC composing
pieces for the theatre production
"Song of this Place," a play about
Emily Carr. With another upcoming
musical/dance piece in the Press
Play Dance Festival this April at the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre,
Berube is happy to be venturing
into different musical genres.
, The ability to be a versatile artist
is something in which he takes
great pride. 'Vulnerability is the
greatest asset we can have," he
says. In opening up to different creative forms of expression, an artist
can only grow in his or her craft.
The experience of performing in
cafes and various venues while living in Montreal for a year gave
Berube a chance to get in touch
with his Quebecois roots and
absorb the vitality present in a city
full of character and charm. Soon
after came the birth pf Sketches.
Staying true to his heritage and
also his life experiences, Berube
picked up his South African rhythm
from living in Swaziland as a child.
With no plans of making any
French albums, the fusion of his
different musical backgrounds
makes quite a unique and refreshing sound.
Already halfway through writing
his third album, Berube is planning
to take a couple months off and
resume touring again in the summer. Be sure to catch him at UBC
this Thursday at Koerner's Pub.
With an original sound and a love
for creating music, Mark Berube
may be the next great artist to come
out of Canada. ♦
Cavalcade of contrast
Dingwall and Bowman upended by Triple 3's powerful urban freestylings
with Triple 3 and the Mujicians
at Scarfe 100
Mar. 12
by Momoko Price
Josh Bowman, of CJCJ had emphatically promised "real bands" for the
opening act of the duo's last show.
When the Mujicians—two guys with
one pink plastic kazoo—came on
stage and began to encourage the
audience to shout "yeah" along
with their very rudimentary beat-
boxing and stone-faced kazoo-play-
ihg, I began to get a little worried.
pventually the Mujicians ended;
their painful imitation of real
music and Chris Dingwall and Josh
Bowman. took to the stage.
.Enthusiastic cheers erupted from
the scattered audience as the
spectacled pair stood placidly
onstage, and before long CJCJ was
under way.
They began with a gentle rendition of "Keep Smiling" (changed
from "Keep on Smiling" to avoid
copyright infringement), which
waS received by the audience with
whoops and laughter. I felt a tad
out of place because I didn't find
the song that funny, although
Dingwall's and Bowman's complacent demeanour did make me
chuckle inwardly. When the crowd
exploded in appreciative cheering
in response to Dingwall's punchline of "I pooped my pants" in the
second song, I wondered if some of
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the audience members were actually getting paid off.
We had just sunk to watching a
UBC Improv performer blow soap
bubbles by the stage when three
young women burst into the auditorium. It was Triple 3, the "real
band" that was supposed to open
for the show. They were late, but
ready to perform.
Right off the draw, Triple 3 blew
the audience away with their tight
flows and sharp rhymes. Group lyricists GreenTaKA and Ndidi Cascade
duelled playfully with each other's
poetics while Deanna upheld the,
vocal accompaniment like a siren.
They ended with the overtly feminist "Woman Ain't Nothin' to Fix,"
at which point CJCJ returned to the
stage and sang innocently about
Dingwall's fears of caumilingus and
women's devilish natures. The contrast was enough to make me laugh.
The CJCJ show included some
benign bits like "Quiet Old Jew," and
a few crowd-pleasing numbers
fraught with double-entendre like
"Mother's Pie" and "Swallow, Lovely
Swallow." The absurdity of the
entire performance was personified
at the end of the show as Dingwall
shuffled and snapped his fingers,
dancing like a broken puppet to
Bowman's gentle strumming.
CJCJ is a nonsensical parody of
the amiable acoustic folk concert,
made that much sillier when set
against Triple 3's professional edge.
The humour is not for everyone, but
it's the only show you'll find where
songs of friendship are peppered
with references to vermouth and
handguns. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
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'  by Jenn Cameron
The gallery was small, but it was filled with a
wide variety of contemporary Iranian art ranging from largely abstract pieces to politically
themed works. I wasn't able to detect a style
trend of any sort, as the only thing relating
these pieces was the fact that they were all
painted by Iranian artists. The backgrounds of
these artists varied widely as well—some of the
men and women featured had won numerous
awards, while others were less critically
acclaimed. However, if price is any indication
of talent, all of the featured artists are very
The art was contemporary and abstract
and, as a result, I wasn't sure what to make of
many of the pieces. There was an unsurprising
focus on Iranian culture, but I am at a loss to
try and explain the specific message these
works were trying to convey. I can say, however, that they are all very unique. Some of the
artwork is even slightly three-dimensional
through the use of clay and metal, providing a
lovely sense of texture.
A majority of the pieces were mesmerising,
causing the viewer to take more than just
a glance. Mehrdad Moheb Ali's untitled painting depicting a man bound to a book by his
wrists is an example of the raw power behind
the pieces.
The great thing about this exhibition is that
it is free, with a suggested five-dollar donation
that goes to the Iranian quake relief fund. The
exhibition was put on by the Society of Iranian
Painters, a non-profit association devoted to
promoting Iranian art and creating a dialogue
between Iranian artists. By supporting this
exhibit, not only do you get to see some fabulous artwork, but you also have the opportunity to help out a minority of extremely talented
and under-represented artists.
I would have to say I was really impressed
with the art displayed. Whether I was fully
able to grasp the concepts or not remains
questionable. ♦
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Let's get this straight.
In a combination of lethal co-ordination
and tuning, ten bombs went off in 15 minutes
in a Madrid subway, killing almost 200 people
and injuring over a thousand. It was a tragedy
that enraged Spaniards, who turned out by the
minions to demonstrate against terrorism's
savagery. "We were all on that train," one said,
as the body count revealed that this was the
third most deadly terrorist attack since the
2002 bombings in Bah and September 11,
A day after, there were elections, and Spain's
government—which had staked its reputation
on taking a hard line on terrorism with the Bush
administration—was overturned. According to
most polls, that government was going to win
the election. The bomb changed that
So, has terrorism won?
A pro-Bush government was toppled. The
Spanish army is now withdrawing from Iraq. If
al-Qaeda was behind the attacks, then they
should be celebrating right now—any objectives they could have had in the country have
been met
"This is one occasion I can remember
where there is specific cause and effect: here's
an election, and we can affect this election,"
said David Claridge, the head of a British security consulting firm. "I think this will give
them a lot of succour for the future as they
plan more attacks."
In a tape found near the Masts, a man
claiming to be an al-Qaeda representative said,
• "This is an answer to your cooperation with
the Bush criminals and their allies. This is an
answer to crimes which you committed in the
world, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, and
there will be more, so help us God."
It must be a very different political climate
in Spain compared to that of the US, or even
much of the English-speaking West Whereas
terrorism ended a popular government in
Spain, support for the American president skyrocketed to levels all but unprecedented after
the September 11 attacks. That terrorism must
be defeated is a mantra Mr Bush repeats to the
exclusion of all else and his views on the war
on terror are just that: it is a war, with one
good and one evil.
While the pursuit of terrorists is essential,
the way terrorism is fought is the critical element in the elections. Presumably there is
something different between supporting terror and supporting the way it is fought—a hard
line drawn in th§ sand on one side, a much
more skeptical and cautious opposition on the
other. Hopefully, that's what the Spaniards
decided on.
Hopefully, they did not turn their anger and
sadness against a government that had taken a
stand against terrorism, and was attacked in a
war. Hopefully, they did hot let terrorists
manipulate an election.
Hopefully the terrorists have not won in
Hopefully, the new government of the
Socialist Worker's Party will take a stand
against terrorism in some form, if not in the
clumsy, direct way uf Bush's war that Spain's
people rejected. Perhaps they will act in a way
that speaks to global injustices and sways the
Arab world's popular opinion in ways as profound, but not as deadly, as recent events.
The worst thing the new government can do
is do nothing at all. The worst thing it can fear
is to fear further "crimes* and their "answers."
The worst thing it can do is fear that "there will
be more, so help us God."
Otherwise, despite the millions marching,
despite Spain's tremendous emotion, the ten
bombs and 200 dead cowed an entire country.
It is a victory for al-Qaeda, and more bombs
will explode.
If fear of attacks and retribution change voters' minds—either paralysing them or mobilising
them to a blind extreme—terror will have won. ♦
An open letter to former
VP External Sam Saini
I am writing to inquire why graduate
students are not considered equal
members of the UBC community. I
ask this question because that is how
it appears when one examines the U-
Pass policies regarding graduate students.    •
Even though graduate students
attend (and pay fees for) university
year-round, our U-Passes are only
valid until the end of April—the end
of the undergraduate year.
And since the Fast4rax program
is no longer valid for UBC students,
[a two dollar sticker once available
that turned a student one-zone pass
into a three-zone pass—ed ] we hive
to resort to paying the standard fare
to get to UBC during the summer,
months: So, while'the U-Pass system
has achieved its goal of increasing
the degree to which students use the
bus, it is clearly intended to serve
only the undergraduate community.
Graduate students that are dependent on Translink services are left out
in the cold.
Consider the case of a graduate
student commuting in from Surrey.
Under the Fast-trax system, that student had to purchase only a one-
zone bus pass ($63 monthly, a yearly total of $756).
Under the "vastly improved" U-
Pass system, that same student pays
$20 per month for eight months (the
undergraduate school year), but
then has to pay $87 per month for
the four summer months. That's an
annual total of $640.
That student saves only $116
annually.     «
, An undergraduate living in the
same area, however, saves $344 in
just an eight month period.
My question then is this:, why
cannot the U-Pass be extended for
the summer months for graduate
•students (as it is for SFU students),
or at the very least, allow us to put a
Fast-trax sticker on our" student
cards? Other institutions still use
them, why can't UBC students?
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Graduate Studies
Manji's credentials
This is in response to your previous issue's article on Irshad
Manji's recent visit to UBC
{"Muslim broadcaster urges
reform," March 9, 2004]. It is
highly disturbing, to;- see such
activities on campus which aim at
creating an anti-Islamic inclination, especially when no one was
invited to present the other side's
viewpoint. The Muslim community of UBC was at its weekly congregational prayer on Friday during the program—conveniently
scheduled so as to minimise
Muslim participation?
I would like to point out a few
points concerning the respected
author. Firstly, can she have a firm
basis to speak on Islamic theology
or viewpoint, when she herself
confesses that she cannot read
Arabic (since the Quran is in
Arabic) and calls herself a self-
made Muslim scholar? Also how
can anyone trust her viewpoint to
be neutral and balanced, in view
of the political inclinations of her
sponsors? And finally, how can
she prove the facts as mentioned
in the article: "At madrassa, Manji
said her teacher instilled in her
two messages—that women were
inferior and that Jews were treacherous"? Can she show us some,
concrete proof such as lecture
notes," since I' have never come
across such baseless allegations
while I attended the very same
madrassa she is referring to.
Instead, all children are taught
about various world religions and
their historical commonalities.
I am in no way interfering with
her right to freedom of speech, but
it would be quite helpful in better
understanding her -viewpoint if it
were backed up. And it would be
highly appreciated if some representation was given to differing
viewpoints in the future, so as to
foster a more all-inclusive and harmonious environment on campus.
—Assad Dharsi
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I first threw the Haymakers into my
CD player after deciding to clean my
room before the UBC squirrels
robbed me of every possession
weighing less than two pounds.
This odious cleaning task went
exceptionally we]], and I owe it all to
the independently released self-titled
album by the Canadian indie group. I
sorted out random papers on my floor
to "The Kide Home" and organised
laundry to "Lullaby.? I even felt like I
was back in my small hometown contemplating the loss of my high school
sweetheart to the vocally layered and
melodic "November Moon."
The Haymaker^ offer lyrics of
quality, depth and often humour
("And I can't seem to keep from ciy-
ing/But it won't keep me from trying/From shooting bullets at your stupid face"), which permeate throughout the entire album.
When I completed my houseclean-
ing, I had already listened to the CD at
least twice. Any band whose music
can inspire repeated listening and
cause you to become more attached to
it each time is well on its way. The
band's sound ranges from the echo-
filled and melancholic new-age ballad
of "Levels the Answer to Everything"
to the piano filled, off-beat frequency
of "Melting." A number of the songs
have mellow and intimate sounds that
provoke in the listener memories of
dead or dying relationships of both
lovers and friends—the song "One
More Trip* is a testament to this.
The exceptionally we]l:written
songs include musical interludes
and abrupt changes in style and
vocals, all of which blend together to
produce a unique sound. The
Haymakers' ability to construct
musical bridges of radically different
-sounds made me determined not to
lose the copy I had beeij given.
If I stayed true.to my regular
musical preferences, f wouldn't technically like every song on the
Haymakers album. Some of them
have overtones of country music, a
style that I have always disliked in
the past Yet the talent and blend of
styles made it impossible to cringe at
the country flow.
On the downside, the Haymakers'
music is not for everyone. Their dissonant vocals might be misconstrued as "off-key" as a friend of mine
thought. In spite of the low production value of this independent
album, I agree with their self-description of it as being "an all-over sonic
With so few flaws and so many
positives, it is obvious that the
Haymakers' album merits picking up.
From musical ability to integrity and
unique creativeness, this is definitely
a band worth checking out ♦
Singing alongside giants
Juan Diego Florez
presented by Vancouver Recital
at the Orpheum Theatre
Mar. 13
by Regina Yung
A well-looking young man in impeccable white tie and tails, with shoes
buffed bright enough to blind, would
attract attention anywhere he chose
to walk. If the young man in question
were to walk across the Orpheum
stage, open his mouth and proceed to
rock his audience from the mezzanine to the balcony; well, you would
have nothing less than tenor Juan
Diego Florez.
Dark-haired and not over-tall,
the young tenor from Peru has
been widely hailed as the next big
thing, the new Domingo/Pavarotti/
Carreras. While his voice does hold
the promise of true magnificence,
on this night Florez's tone was too
*closed-up to deliver 100 per cent.
However, his precision, charisma
and sheer showmanship carried
the night.
Florez began the evening at half-
voice. Despite any lingering opening-
song butterflies, only the occasional
left-handed tug at his white vest
betrayed any physical reaction to the
packed house. He is a very physical
singer, alternately rising to his toes
and relaxing into the grand piano's
curve as the song's tensions ebbed
through him.
Florez's unflappable accompanist,
Martin Katz, had an admirable ability
to match phrasing and feeling, and
was almost telepathic on the slow
downs. Katz's fluid technique allowed
the pianist to make a joyous feast of
both .Mozart's scintillating piano
work and Beethoven's trademark
passion. "The Rossini," a watermark
for any young singer, went well.
Florez's tone had wanned enough to
allow him flexibility and ease as he
went for the high notes—he did look
rather proud of himself after an
admittedly lovely high 'B.'
By the intermission, it was clear
that Florez's audience loved him. It
was also clear that the narrowness in
his tenor was simply a feature of his
youthful voice that night, although it
may also have been lingering nerves.
The return to the music brought
us to his native Peru, with songs by
Sas and Morales loosening his tight
tone. Morales's "Hasta la guitarra
flora" was a moody, lyrical success.
Donizetti's "Allegro io son," which
ended the night was a piece of froth
that nonetheless gave the night's best
view of what Florez might someday
accomplish. The song celebrates the
glee of newfound bachelorhood, and
Florez hit everything right from the
pitch (which was never an issue) to
the feeling of giddy freedom. He even
relaxed enough to bring a playful finger up to hold back eager, premature
applause. His arms moved over the
phrases, legs bending and sweeping;
Florez was all but dancing along the
They called Florez and Katz
(whom Florez never forgot to
acknowledge) back for about seven
curtains and three encores, all of
which were a delight It would seem
that being sure of his audience
made a big difference to Florez's
performance. And if his voice alone
did not quite mark him the fourth
tenor that evening, his charisma
vaulted him into those heights
regardless. As for the voice, it will be
only a matter of time. ♦
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Depp's talent is no secret
now Playing
by Jenn Cameron
Tucked away in a secluded lakeside cabin,
author Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) labours
over his latest novel. Clad in a bathrobe
and dirty pyjamas, Mort divides his time
between staring at his computer screen
and sleeping on the couch. He is in the
midst of a painful divorce—his wife having
left him for another man—and cannot
seem to focus his energy into his work
His life becomes slightly more interesting when a stranger from Mississippi,
played by John Turturro, arrives at his
doorstep claiming that Rainey has stolen
his story. Turturro's character says he will
go to any length to "set things right"
Rainey ignores the stranger until his persistence and disturbing capabilities
demand his attention. It seems, though,
that no matter what Rainey does—including calling the police—he cannot evade the"
stalking presence of the stranger.
Let's get the negative aspects of the
movie out of the way first To a certain
extent, the film tries to be more than it is.
Based on a Stephen King novel, you expect
it to be a groundbreaking psychological
thriller in the essence of The Sixth Sense.
Slowly you realise that it. is not quite that
intelligent of a film. The movie tries to play
tricks on you, and although you may be
confused to a certain degree, there is nothing the filmmakers could brag about in
that respect As the film progresses, each
new development is less and less surprising, and your expectations pf a shocking
plot twist are left unsatisfied.
The most annoying part of the film was
the need to overexplain things to the audience. Obvious things which could have
been explained in a sentence were instead
explained in long speeches. It seemed as
though the movie was geared towards a
stupid audience in this respects
So what did I like about it? Well Johnny
Depp was sexy and peculiar as usual,
exposing the torment of an abandoned
husband and the anguish of a writer with
just the right amount of cynicism. He provided the comic relief as well as the drama
to the movie, spending a lot of time on
screen alone.
The cinematography was impressive as
well, with interesting camera angles and
the use of mirrors to add to the drama. I
believe that in many ways it is the cinematography that made this movie much
more intellectual than it would have been
otherwise. It isn't overly graphic, but succeeds in being very disturbing.
Secret Window is worth seeing as long
as you don't expect it to be incredibly
clever or shocking. It follows the criteria of
a psychological thriller, giving you lots to
talk about after you've seen it, even if it
doesn't prove to be a film that everyone
will be talking about for years to come. ♦
of its
at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
until Mar. 19
by John Hua
Amidst the political strife occurring in the Middle-
East, there has never been so timely a production
as Touchstone Theatre's "The League of Nathans."
A heart-wrenching play surrounding the overseas
political effects on the Jewish-Canadian community, Canadian playwright Jason Sherman passionately comments on racism, fear, hatred and the
resulting self-discovery.
Connected by their Jewish faith and the stumblings of puberty, three young boys of the same
name create the ultimate boy's club: The League of
Nathans. Nathan Abramowitz is the bonding member of the group, whose friendship is as reliable as
his fart jokes are funny. He faces his Bar Mitzvah in
horror. Unable to break through the words of the
Jewish stories he knows by heart he longs to understand what it means to be "a good Jew." Nathan
Isaacs is the league's official loudmouth, the epitome of the sex-crazed prepubescent whose biggest
interest aside from sex is being as obnoxious as possible. Nathan Glass is the strongest-willed of the
three. Sick and tired of the abuse he takes as a Jew,
he longs for Israel and to stop the oppression from
its source no matter what it takes.
When Glass inadvertently crosses the line in his
naive fight against Jewish oppression, his sudden
departure disbands the league, leaving the remaining members to face life entirely on their own.
Years later, when Glass calls for one last meet-
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Thompson's seamless transition from child to
man occurs without loss of evolution and believable transition.
The emotion of the play is brought to the forefront through the extremely in-depth performance
by Josh Drebit—hands down the best actor of the
production. In a role that could be seen as the weakest in the play, Drebit takes full advantage of
Isaacs's growth, demonstrating the vast spectrum
of his acting talent Drebit brought the audience
along with Isaacs as he developed from a hilariously obnoxious boy to a contemplative, sensitive man
whose heartwarming need for meaning brought
tears to the audience's eyes.
In comparison to the two aforementioned performances, Nathan Schwartz falls short as the hardhearted Glass. Despite shining in certain scenes as
the self-proclaimed leader of the group, Schwartz
confuses strength with rigidity, losing an underlying humanity where it needs to be present the most
Although the set design was beautifully sim-
ii 'ie primary stage was contained within
! ' 'teral triangle made with reflective tape
i ther stage props besides two chairs and
,' ijections—the addition of two audience
-. placed onstage at the other two faces of
1  i  gular acting space lead to huge prob-
' "i blocking.
■»,   :e these minor flaws. Touchstone's pro-
i  of "The  League  of Nathans*  is  an
■v powerful piece of theatre. Touching
■ ii 5 of the audience on the level of human-
1    i -'ality and timeliness of its commentary
i li's to its impact. ♦
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