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Axworthy takes UBC job
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     by Alex dimson
As expected, current Minister of
Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy has
officially announced his intention to
quit politics and work for UBC's Liu
Centre for Global Studies.
In a letter addressed to Prime
Minister Jean Chretien on Friday,
Axworthy announced that he will not
be running in the next federal
'After more than 27 years in
'elected office, the time has come to
pursue other opportunities outside
goverment," the letter read.
Axworthy will work for UBC's
Liu Centre, an interdisciplinary
research centre that focuses on
international issues such as the
environment, trade and migration.
UBCs Vice-President Academic
& Provdst Barry McBride said that
despite. previous rumours to the
contrary, Axworthy will not be in
charge of the Centre.
"He's just going to be a member
of the Liu Centre and it will work
itself out after that,' said McBride.
McBride, who said he has been
talking to Axworthy for the last three
or four months, expects Axworthy to
join the Centre in the 'next two or
three months."
Neither Axworthy nor officials, at
the Department of Foreign Affairs
could be reached for comment by
press-tim6- Y
Axworthy will remain Minister of
DIRTY POLITICS: Board of Governors representativeTieg Martin (centre) takes a bath with friends in
the reflecting pool outside the Alma Mater Society offices in the SUB last Friday afternoon. The
Board of Governors makes major decisions concerning the university. Martin said he wanted to
protest for the right to swim in the pool. Martin also said he'd been drinking. Nicholas bradley photo
May to leave for US
Head of UBC nursing calls for funding increase
by Cynthia Lee
When Kathaiyn May leaves
Vancouver for the United States at
the end of the year, shev will follow
the same path taken by many other
nurses who have worked in the
But May is the director of UBC's
nursing" school and her decision not
to renew her contract with UBC goes
beyond the lucrative opportunites
offered by Canada's neighbour to
the south.
'My reasons...do focus a lot
around the situation of funding for
nursing education in the province
and my frustration with what seems
to be" the response of the government with the growing [nursing]
shortage," she said.
A report released by the BC
Ministry of Health in March fpund
that 30 per cent of nurses in BC will
reach the age, of 55 by 2006.
Currently almost two-thirds of registered nurses in BC, meanwhile, are
over the age of 40.
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"The retirement impact of nurse
workforce demographics will continue to grow for the next 20 years," the
report states.
According t6 the BC Nurses'
Union (BCNU), the BC nursing shortage is intensified by a worldwide
"We've never had these demographic^ before," said BCNU Interim
President Ivory Warner, who added
that many nurses are leaving BC for
better-paying jobs elsewhere.
With the Canadian Health and
Social Transfer (CHST), announced
by Ottawa last week, provinces will
receive 35 per cent more social program funding, restoring it to 1994
levels. Individual provinces will
determine how to spend the funds,
although health cafe has been mentioned as the major target
"There's no question that the dollars needed to pe restored and this
is a step in the right direction," said
May, but she warned that BC has yet
to make any commitment to
increase   funding   for   nursing
Foreign Affairs until Chretien
shuffles his cabinet, which is
expected to occur before the spring
McBride said Axworthy's arrival
will enhance the already highly-
respected roster at the Liu Centre.
Axworthy will be joining other
officials at the
Centre, namely
former Deputy
Minister       of
Foreign Affairs
Gordon  Smith
and Ivan
Head—who was
once   Foreign
Policy "Xdvisor       McBRIDE
for       former
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
"[Axworthy]'s a very important
addition. He's very high-profile
internationally [and he's] highly
respected. It's a wonderful opportunity for UBC and for the students of
UBC," commented McBride.
Current Lui Centre Director Olav
Slaymaker declined to comment on
the matter, but indicated that he
expects to make an announcement
in the next few weeks.
Axworthy will be on campus
Wednesday to deliver an address for
the opening of the newly built multi-
million dollar building which will
house the Liu Centre. ♦>
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Michelle Stewart a spokesperson
for the BC Ministry of Health, confirmed that BC ha3 not specifically
designating the CHST funds for
addressing the nursing shortage.
But Stewart said the government
has bngoing initiatives—including a
task force for the renewal and retention of nurses—to address the situation. .■'■'■.'...'■
"The government can only go so
far and the hospitals have a great
deal of the responsibility still for hiring staff and recruiting staff,"
Stewart said. "There are thing3 that
the government can do, but we don't
do it alone, unfortunately."
BC has devoted $50 million over
a'two-year period to hire" 1000 new
nurses and establish 400 new
spaces in BC nursing schools.
Warner said that,creating new
seats is a step in the right direction,
but added that there are no guarantee "Health" continued on page 1
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"Health"continued from page 2
tees a similar increase will occur again next year.
In the past, BC nursing schools have not produced
enough nurses to fill vacant positions and have relied on
importing nurses to make up the difference.
In 1994, May's first year as director, a $3.5 million
budget cut forced UBC's nursing school to halve its
roughly 120-student enrolment and let go almost 40 faculty members.
May says that even if UBC had the funding to hire
back the faculty members lost in 1994, UBC would still
have difficulty finding enough nurses to fill positions as
a result of the nursing shortage.
Public concerns over the health care system have
even led student groups to shift their strategy to lobby
for post-secondary education funding.
Mark Kissel, national director of the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations (CASA), a student lobby group,
said that the training of doctors and nurses, and medical
research, form the foundation of the health care system,
and cannot exist without post-secondary education.
'We're asking the government to invest in the health
and well-being of our nation," he added.
The shift in strategy is a response to last week's CHST
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agreement The student organisation is disappointed
that the agreement did not specifically mention post-secondary education.
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS), meanwhile, is planning to approach the BCNU to jointly lobby the BC government
"I see this as is an opportunity to point out to the
provincial government that there is a connection
between the quality of the health care system and education funding," said AMS Vice-President External
Affairs Graham Senft.
And despite her reservations about the nursing shortage and the 'serious transition' undergoing Canada's
health care system, American-born May said she is still
impressed by the system.
"The Canadian health care system with its emphasis
on social responsibility and universality of access and
comprehensiveness of services, lines up very well with
nursing's core values about how health care should be
organised for people," said May, who will be assuming
duties as Dean of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin
early next year.
"This health care system is definitely worth keeping
and worth fighting for." ♦
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Contentville.com crackdown
American e-commerce website to remove Canadian graduates' research papers
by Chris Sorensen
Graduate students are one step closer
to winning a battle to remove
Canadian research papers from the
controversial American website
At a meeting held in Ottawa last
Friday, the National Library of
Canada (NLC), the federal government institution responsible for
archiving graduate theses and dissertations, agreed to students' demands
to have all Canadian titles removed
from Contentville's online bookstore.
The meeting was held in order to
address complaints that graduate
research entrusted to the NLC was
being sold for profit on the Internet
"It's a huge victory," said Joel Duff,
National Graduate Council
Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), a national student lobby group. "No Canadian
ever signed a contract with
Contentville—we [Canadians] were
essentially funding American business."
However, David Balatti, NLC director of bibliographic services, cautions
students that the agreement reached
on Friday is only a 'temporary solu-
The issue first surfaced in the
media earlier this summer after several Canadian academics inadvertently stumbled across their theses and
dissertations being peddled for
US$30-$60 on Contentville's website.
Contentville acquired the
Canadian work through American
publishing company UMI, which was
subcontracted by the NLC to reproduce and distribute post-secondary
After the federal government
made cuts to the library's budget
Balatti said the NLC decided to sub
contract a for-profit publisher that
could administer the distribution
more efficiently.
Currently, all students submitting
graduate work to the NLC are
required to sign a non-exclusive
license granting the Library "unrestricted authority to reproduce and
sell copies of the theses in microform,
paper, or electronic formats."
But many students believe that the
terms of the current arrangement are
In contrast, the agreement
between students and the UBC
Library explicitly states that theses
may not be copied or published for
financial gain without the author's
written permission.
Duff, however, says that the real
issue is not one of copyright infringement but rather "the privatisation of
public research."
Although Duff says that the CFS is
strongly in favour of making graduate
research widely available, he maintains that the ultimate goal should be
to have the NLC regain control of its
Canadian Theses Service program.
The CFS is recommending that
theses be reproduced and distributed
by the Library strictly on a cost-recovery basis.
While Balatti admits that the NLC
"never asked for [its] citations to be on
Contentville,' he said he is not convinced that excluding private publishers from the Library's theses service
program would necessarily be the
best option.
Meetings involving the NLC, the
CFS and other relevant organisations
have been scheduled for later this
year to discuss whether or not for-.
profit organisations should be
involved in the reproduction and distribution of Canadian academic
research. ♦
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remain undisclosed
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MARCHING: Women take to the streets in dovwttowrt Vancouver on Saturday nfght-to protest
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Women-only protest
took back the streets
Hundreds participate in annual demonstration
by Stephanie Sorfc
Hundreds of women marched
through downtown Vancouver1
Saturday night to demonstrate
their concern about tiolence
against women In tha annual Take
Back the Night protest
Women took to the streets
shouting, sftiging, and chanting
such phrases as "whatever we
weaf, wherever we go, yes means
yes, and no means no," and
"women unite, take back the
According to two of the event's
organisers:, Jennifer Moreau and
Suzanne Js»y, the march is a way
for women to band together and
voice their demands to end -violence.
They said that the march
demonstrates that when women
gather together, they are a powerful force lobe reckoned with.
Moreau said that It's important
that the march be a women-only
event to emphasise their demand
for women to be safe when walking on the streets without a male
Men are encouraged to pro
vide support by making donations, offering rides to participants, and by becoming active listeners on women's issues, but do
not participate in the march
She also commented on the
presence of the Vancouver Police
Department (VPB), saying that
'the bika cops are unwanted and
uimeeded* and insisted that the
group of women was powerful 0x1
its own.
The VPD monitored the march,
with officers on bicycles posted at
most major intersections.
The police presence sparked
shouts from marchers of "if cops
don't work for women, then cops
don t work."
When asked to respond to the
suggestion that police presence
wasn't needed at the march.
Constable Richard Michaels disagreed.
'Unfortunately, that's just not
true", he said. 'We're just here to
make sure iio body gets hurt"
The protest began at the
Vancouver Art Gallery, where several speakers addressed the
One speaker, Onna Tatum, told
the crowd that the march was a
political action, not just a demonstration. She spoke of the need to
eliminate poverty and violence
against women and indicated that
"rape will stop when men stop
During ihe protest, women
matched along downtown streets
carrying signs that.demanded
reproductive choice and protected, women-only spaces.
Protesters reacted when the
contingent passed by the Hooters
restaurant on Robson Street
where marchers and patrons
exchanged shouts and rude gestures.
The event drew positive comments from participants.
Sarah, a student at Simon
Fraser University, said "it's
important that women come out
for this event to draw attention to
ihe issue of women's safety."
Lynn, a self-employed accountant agreed. "{The march) raises
awareness about women's issues
and it feels good to be a part of a
group of women marching in support of one another.' ♦
by Alden S. Enns
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) spent over
$15,000 for the main event concert entertainment held during UBC'3 orientation
week that featured high-profile performer
The AMS budget indicates that $21,900-
including $15,250 for "band expenses,"
$2500 for "staging," $3000 for "sound," and
$600 for "security*—was allocated for the
cost of the event
Despite the budget allocations, the student union says it cannot specifically indi
cate what amount was paid to Edwin or
other performers during First Week, the
series of back-to-school activities organised
by the student union.
t Adamec said that the AMS' refusal to disclose the contract is a standard because of
the competitive nature" of the entertainment
"There is a lot within the contract that
isn't just money costs. It involves arrange-
ments between this venue and another
venue," she said. She added that other factors like demographics may make it more
attractive for a performer hold a show at
UBC than at other institutions.
'So they may actually charge us less than
they would, say, the Northern Alberta
Institute of Technology."
As a result, she said, entertainers do not
want the amount they were paid to be disclosed.
Representatives of most entertainment
companies would not speak to the Ubyssey
on the record to verify Adamec's statements.
But Lou Blair of Lou Blair Management in
Vancouver, which manages international
performers such as Loverboy, did provide a
"Anyone who wants to ensure that he or
she has accessibility to agents, booking agencies and managers and bands in the future,
has to respect the privacy of the business
relationship that they have between the act
and themselves," he said.
The student union's budget allocates a
total of $41,425 for First Week, which was
paid for through a combination of revenue
sources including student fees, sponsorship
and transfers from AMS business profits.
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Bookstore questioned
by Daiiah Merzaban
Patty Biernacki, a fourth-year International Relations student, has had
trouble finding four required books
for her courses this month because
there weren't enough copies available in the UBC Bookstore.
Even though most students at
UBC have purchased all of their
books by the third week of classes, it
is cases like Biernacki's that have
prompted officials in the UBC English Department to question the UBC
Bookstore's ordering policy.
'It happens every year. There's
always a few students who come to
me and say, 'the Bookstore is out of
copies," said John Cooper, an associate professor of English.
Cooper, who teaches English
410-20th Century British Literature—said that while he always
orders the correct number of books
for his classes, only a fraction of
those are available to students in
Of the 45 copies of Bernard
Shaw's Major Barbara that he
ordered for his course this year, for
instance, only 25 books came in.
And one student, said Cooper, was
told by a Bookstore employee that
the wait for the book could be as
long as five weeks.
"By that time, we've finished
studying books and we're on to
other things,* added Cooper, who
cited the seven-day book ordering
system offered at Chapters Bookstore as an alternative.
But UBC Bookstore Director Debbie Harvie asserts that the Bookstore
has an efficient ordering policy.
She explained that employees
consider 10 to 15 different factors-
including the demand for a given
book in previous years and how
many used copies of the book are
available—before placing an order.
She added that while professors
will request books based on the
number of students they expect will
be registered in the coOrse, not all
UBC students shop at the Bookstore.
"If s not that we're under-ordering. It's based on, sales experience,'
said Harvie. "Ninety-five per cent of
the time we get it bang-on/
Associate Head of English Dennis
Danielson, who is planning to write a
letter to the Bookstore about its
ordering policy, said that insufficient
ordering is a widespread problem.
"It makes it extremely difficult to
teach a text-based course," said
Danielson, whose concern is mainly
with third- arid fourth-year'courses
that require books which are difficult to find in a used bookstore.
Students in first- and second-year
English normally don't run into
problems because the English
department directly orders books
for these classes.
Harvie said that over-ordering
books is not a solution, however,
because the Bookstore must incur
the costs of inventory, freight, shipping and labour to return extra
books to the publisher.
'It's a significant cost," said
While Danielson acknowledges
that low volume ordering for text
books does save the Bookstore
money, he believes that the Bookstore should not be profit-driven.
Instead, he said, the Bookstore
should aim at guaranteeing that students are able to find all of their
books when they return to classes in
September and January.
And students agree that they
should be the Bookstore's top priority.
'[The Bookstore] sends the books
back to the publisher anyway, so
they might as well order more," said
Biernacki. ♦
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CHST under attack
by Darren Stewart
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Student groups are
saying that funding for post-secondary schools was forgotten in a deal
between the federal government
and the provinces that was aimed at
restoring billions of dollars to health
"The government has made it
abundantly clear that it has the
resources to increase access to education. In the early '90s there were
some strong political arguments
about debts and deficits that limited
spending, but it's now time to step
up our demands,' said Michael
Conlon, chair of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
The federal government recently
agreed to increase Canada Health
and Social Transfer (CHST) funds to
the provinces by $21.1 billion over
the next five years. BC is expected to
receive over $500 million of the
fund. Most premiers say that the
increased funds will go towards
improving the health care system,
which has suffered since the federal
government cut funding to the
provinces in 1994.
Mark Kissel, national director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations said, however, that all
social issues in Canada are insepa-.
rably linked.
'Health care is but one issue," he
said. 'And we didn't see any indication yesterday that education is also
a priority. That's unfortunate."
Conlon agreed, and said that
there is widespread support in
Canada for allocating more public
money to education.
'The position we're advocating is
not a particularly radical one," he
said, adding that the BC and
Newfoundland governments have
been particularly vocal in asking for
Ottawa to reinstate funding for education.
Jeff Gaulin, spokesperson for the
BC Ministry of Health, said that
CHST funding is typically split
between health, education, and
social services, though all of the new
funding included in Monday's deal
would go to health and early childhood programs.
"This will likely free up funding
for other spending priorities in the
province," he said.
The new deal will bring the total
cash transfer to the provinces and
territories to $ 18.3 billion next year,
and $19.1 billion the following year,
reaching a peak of $21 billion by
2005. It includes $2.2 billion for
early childhood programs, but there
is no guarantee that the provinces
will use the money for childcare. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
York part of 2008 Olympics bid
by Shawn Jeffords
The Excatibur
TORONTO (CUP)-York University
has announced that it will serve a3
an Olympic venue for water polo
and soccer, should the Toronto bid
to host the 2008 Summer Games
be successful.
University President Lorna
Marsden said that the Olympic bid
will doubly benefit York by providing greater exposure to the university and enabling the school to
enhance its facilities.
"We anticipate significant
growth over the next decade and
the expansion of our facilities,
including our sports and recreational facilities, is essential."
York Stadium would be renovated, and its seating expanded to
accommodate 20,000 spectators,
compared to its current capacity of
5000. A new swimming complex
would be built adjacent to the other
athletic facilities
on campus.
would begin in
2007 in order to
have the facility
completed for the
pre-games competitions in early
George   Gross
Jr., a former Olympian in water
polo, said that new facilities will
help the water polo programs in
"It gives us a chance to attract
high-calibre international athletes
and increase interest in the sport,"
he said.
Laurie Allison, a member of
"[These renovations] would
mean the world to younger athletes
who have aspirations of being on
the Olympic team," she said.
Patricia Murray, York's director
of sport and recreation, says that
the university will
be able to generate the capital
needed to build
the new facilities.
"We;il be
fundraising, look-
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team thinks that this i3 great new3    this project"
for her sport There is also a possibility that
"It gives us a chance to attract
high-calibre international athletes
and increase interest in the sport."
York may also play host to the
Olympic tennis events. York and
Tennis Canada are close to signing
an agreement on the current facilities that could add that venue to the
Olympic bid.
Should Toronto's Olympic bid
fail for 2008, Murray says that York
will continue with the construction
plans for the aquatic facilities, but
probably not with the seating
upgrades for York stadium.
Murray remains confident the
Toronto bid is strong and the university has a good partner. Toronto
officially made the short-list of candidates along with Paris, Beijing,
Osaka and Istanbul on August 29.
The final selection will be made
in Moscow in July 2001. ♦>
Zooming out of Concordia bathrooms
 by Pierre-Olivier Savole
Quebec Bureau Chief
MONTREAL (CUP)-Undergraduate
students at Concordia University
voted on Thursday to oppose advertising on their campus after an hour-
long debate about the future of Zoom
Media's bathroom ads.
About 250 students supported a
motion calling for a ban on "all
forms of advertisement space at
Concordia University* and an end to
'the practice of selling advertising in
The vote wasn't binding because
the general assembly failed to reach
the 500-student quorum. However, a
previous agreement with the university administration includes a provision saying that if quorum failed, the
student association would hold a
binding vote on Zoom Media's expulsion from campus.
Student association president
Rob Green said that his council had a
responsibility to represent the students at the assembly that voted
against advertising.
During the assembly, students
were given a choice of whether to say
no to bathroom advertising or to
split the advertising between the university administration and the stu
dent union.
About 50 people voted in favour
of keeping the ads.
'Students have spoken and
reclaimed this public space to show
who this university is really for. This
space is not for corporate advertising, it is for students," said Green.
The motion also stated that the
university can't enter into a similar
contract in the next two years without giving notice to the student association six months in advance.
Dean of students Donald Boisvert
refused to comment on the issue
until the student council's vote.
Opponents of on-campus adver
tising said washroom ads were just
the tip of the iceberg. They added
that students should reclaim university space, forcing the government to
reinvest into education
"If we don't stop this right now,
when people will learn the alphabet
in kindergarten, the letter 'P' will be
brought to them by Pepsi-a taste for
a new generation," said student
Christopher Schultz.
Zoom Media could not be
reached for comment before press
Concordia students first took a
stand against on-campus advertising
last March, plastering washroom ad
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lopsided halves, the UBC women's
soccer team settled for a tie against
the University of Victoria Vikes at
Centennial Stadium.
The first half was all UBC's, and
third-year veteran Rosalyn Hicks
was eventually able to capitalise on
a scoring opportunity two-thirds of
the way through to put the Birds
ahead by one.
But after the halftime break,
things changed drastically. The
Vikes emerged from under the
stands with a different idea of how
they were going to play the game,
and the UBC side was slow to catch
on. UVic's offense unleashed a
merciless assault, and the end
result was a tying goal by Vikes
midfielder Wanda Rozwadowska,
'In the second half, I think they
pushed another player foward, and
we sort of got comfortable with
how we were playing in the first
half, and were just a little slow to
adjust,* theorised UBC captain
Lyanne Westie after the game.
The Vikes fired away at the UBC
goal repeatedly during the second
half, outshooting the Birds 12-2,
and barely ever letting the ball
cross the centre line. But once the
Birds adjusted to the game's new,
quicker pace, they came very close
to scoring on a number of occasions.
"I think once we figured it out in
the latter part of the second half,
we started to move it around' again
and create chances," Westie said.
One late chance for the go-ahead
goal by centre-forward Katie McRae
was a breakaway shot that, for no
other reason than sheer bad luck,
just glanced off the post
'The chances *&]/%
on our set pieces, f;,
our long throws **■
and our corners, 6
the    ball    was
bouncing    here, • -
there and every- v
where, we were „
really unlucky not»
to get one," said
UBC head coach
Dick Mosher after
the game.
'I       thought''  Y3
maybe Katie wa3 if* *V
going to get that
thing at the end,
but not quite."
UVic and UBC
both have a lot of
new players this
year, and this was the first matchup between the two rookie squads.
With little idea of how the game
was going to go, the UBC team was
happy enough to head to the ferry
with the tie.
"I think we really picked it up
today," Westie said. "We started
playing it around, knowing where
people were, so I'm pretty happy. I
think a lot of the "girls are as well,
because we didn't know what to
Coach Mosher shared Westie's
optimism about how the team
measured up,;
"If we can tie here, then beat
'em back [in Vancouver] against a
decent club, that's not too bad. We
certainly don't want to tie them at
home, but a tie here, we can handle
it,* Mosher said.
It's too early to tell how well
UBC can be expected to do this season in what's shaping up to be a
very tough Canada West conference, but on Friday night they
proved that they at least have the
potential to be effective under pressure.
Whether the Birds will
dominate both halves
games this season will
largely on the health of
Injuries are already cropp
the team-on Friday, aches and
scrapes forced Mosher to make
some quick position changes late
in the game.
Veteran forward Vanessa
Martino played the first half of the
game, but concerns about her knee
injury put her on the bench for the
second half. As well, a recurring
ankle injury grounded midfielcjer, f
Kelly Donaldson for" a few minuses* '
in the second half,' though she was
able to resume playing.
UBC women's soccer have a
busy away weekend coming up.
They will face the University of
Alberta in Edmonton next Saturday
and the University of Saskatchewan
in Saskatoon on Sunday. ♦
Football beats Dinos
O'Mahony shines again in 17-9 win over Calgary
FEEl THE THUNDER: The U8C men's soccer team won Saturday's,
game against the number one-ranked University of Victoria Vikes 2-0.
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The UBC Thunderbirds improved
their season record to 2-1 as they
defeated the nationally-ranked
Calgary Dinosaurs 17-9 in Calgary
on Friday night And once again,
UBC place,kicker Duncan
O'Mahony made his mark with a
record-setting evening.
O'Mahony followed up last
week's game-winning field goal
with a kick that will be etched into
the Thunderbirds record book. Just
over six minutes into the second
quarter, with UBC ahead 8-0, Birds
head coach Jay Prepchuk sent
O'Mahony onto the field to attempt
a field goal from 52 yards out To
the shock of the 5300 fans in attendance, O'Mahony made the kick—a
UBC record—with incredible ease.
"I knew I was going to hit it,' an
exuberant O'Mahony boasted after
the game. 'The thing is, I only got
about 85 per cent of it I just
thought to myself, 'about bloody
time.' We won the game, and that's
the important thing."
This was a game that the Birds
should have won with ease, but
questionable officiating and a poor
UBC rushing defense kept the
Dinos in the game. UBC took a 7-0
lead midway through the first quar
ter, as quarterback Shawn Olson
hooked up with wide receiver Scott
Rintoul, for a 31-yard touchdown
pass. Rintoul ended the game with
seven receptions for 101 yards.
'Shawn threw a nice ball,'
Rintoul said after the game. 'As
soon as I caught it, I was gone. It
was a pretty easy touchdown."
UBC went into halftime with a
14-9 lead after O'Mahony added a
punting single and two field goals.
Calgary wa3 able to counter with a
one-yard touchdown run by halfback Dean Fisher, and two singles
off the foot of kickerjimmy Hartley.
UBC did all the scoring in the
second half, as a Calgary errant
snap led to a safety 1:03 into the
third quarter, and Duncan
O'Mahony capped off his 9-point
night with a missed field goal single ten seconds into the fourth
quarter. The Birds' barely held off a
last minute Dinosaurs drive for the
The Achilles heel for UBC was
the defense's inability to contain
the Dinos' rushing attack. Two
Calgary running backs went over
the 100-yard barrier a3 UBC, which
came into the game giving up a
CIAU West worst average "of 239
rushing yards against per game,
was scorched for 258 yards.
Fortunately for the Birds, the
Dino's passing game was less than
ferocious, as Calgary quarterback
Lincoln Blumell was constantly
forced out of his rhythm by a UBC
defense that scored two sacks and
created four turnovers.
Julian Radlein led the UBC
ground attack with 110 yards on 17
carries, and Olson had a fine day,
completing 15 of his 21 passes for
191 yards and one touchdown.
Olson also added 3 5 yards on the
Coach Jay Prepchuk was happy
with his team's performance. "I
was proud with the way our guys
hung in there. This is a tough place
to win.'
The game was not won without
cost, however. On the opening kick-
off, UBC star wide receiver Brad
Courts, the team leader in career
receptions and receptions yards,
suffered a knee injury.and was
done for the night The extent of his
injury is unknown, but Courts was
clearly hobbling after the game.
'I tried to jump over a guy, and
the knee just wobbled,' he said. "I
wore brand new shoes, and maybe
I should have worked them in a bit
The field was really soggy."
UBC's next game is Friday night
at home against Alberta, ♦
The U13C athlete? on the Canadian Olympic
swm team have so &r xmt with, disappointing results.
Both Marie Johnston and Mark Versfeld
' failed to advance out of their preliminary heat$.Johmtoii placed 21st to qualifying for the 200m freestyle and the 400r» &<?& Versfeld placed 23rd in qualv
fying for the 100m backstroke, Dustto Hersae swims the 200m backstroke on
■ Wednesday.
On the women's side, Jessica Degjati did not qualiJry for the final in the 200m
freestyle, the 100m butterfly, and the 200m butterSy. She and Marianne
limpert swam on me 4xiQ0m freestyle team that placed 7th. Kelly Stefanyshyn
placed lOto tothe semi-JSnaiof the iOOmbackstroke, and did not make the final.
Marianne limpert has qualified far the final of the 200m individual relay.
Results were not available as of press time,
Several former Tliunderbird rowers competed over the weekend in the rowtog
heats, and aU were relegated to repackage races fen- a second chance at qualify-
tog for the finals. Traty 30uncan competed to the lightweight women's double
with her partner Fiona Milne; iaryssa Biesenthal HeatJier Davis, and Emma
Robinson raced in the women's eight; Robinson also rowed the women's pair;
and tanry Varga rowed in the men's eight AS erew3 will row again later this
Field Hockey
The Canadian men's field hockey team, which features five former or current
UBC players, tied the riighly-ranked Pakistan in its opening match this weekend
but then lost to Germany 2-1 in tournament play. ♦
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The one thing that you can always
expect from a Disney production is
extravagance. Detailed sets, lavish
costuming, and expensive pyrotechnics are as much a part of the
Disney experience as sappy
romance and slapstick humour.
Fortunately, Beauty and the Beast
gives more than all this. The musical
is plucked entirely from the animated movie, and tells the well-known
story of a prince who is doomed to
live as a hideous monster until he
finds a woman he loves and who
loves him. Enter Belle, our charming
heroine, who learns to love the
Beast, thereby proving definitively
that true beauty comes from within
(awww, thaf s so sweet!).
If nothing else, the ever-changing
sets are enough to keep the audience enthralled. Every detail, from
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elicited gasps from the audience,
and you begin to get a sense of the
scale and beauty of this production.
In addition to the technical
aspects of Beauty and the Beast,
there is also some pretty worthwhile
acting and musical talent, notably
Ron Bagden as the irate Cogsworth,
Jay Russell as the over-sexed
Lumiere, Edward Staudenmayer as
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(Danyelle Bossardet as Belle and
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interesting chemistry and do a good
job in their respective roles, but the
overall seriousness of their performance tended to be eclipsed by the wild
antics of their supporting cast
Unfortunately, whenever the Beast
reverted to the same sort of physical
humour as his castmates, it ended up
coming off as awkward and disenchanting, one of the only weak points
in an otherwise excellent show.
After all. Beauty and the Beast
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The Vancouver Playhouse season
opener is a play from one of
Canada's leading playwrights-
Michel Marc Bouchard-under the
direction one of the country's most
prominent directors, Marti
The Coronation Voyage takes
place aboard a luxurious ocean
liner bound for London, and tells
the story of two corrupt, yet pronii-
aent, Canadian families. The Chief
(Leon Pownall), a Montreal mobster, is fleeing Canada with his two
sons in search of a, new identity
overseas, but his sinful past comes
back to haunt him. His sons,
Sandro (Eric Bojpoa) and EUenne
(Kevin MacBonald), become the
innocent victims.
The play, originally performed
in. French in 1995, is translated by
Linda Gaboriau, arguably Canada's
tnoi>t successful theatre translator.
original poetiy, and the tension, j_
between, the Quebecois and tho |
Imperialists loses some of its i
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scrutinise tlie telling of histoty.
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visually enjoyable. There are no ,
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and Elizabeth Shepherd, in the role *
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The road to Sydney. Or something.
Everybody watches the Olympics,
but we live in a hypermediated
society with no regard for history.
Beyond the medals, there is a rich
history of Olympic glory, and folly,
that is being neglected. To _ help
ameliorate the contextless void in
which we now consume our trivia-
based-media we offer a humble list
of what we feel are the most important points in understanding the
modern Olympics.
Truth; Ninety-six per cent of all
Canadians will tune into the
Olympics at some point in time.
The whole truth Two per cent
of those people will time into a
Canadian station. Two per cent are
watching something other than
women's beach volleyball.
Truth: 80,000 cellular phone
calls were made from the Olympic
Stadium during the opening ceremonies.
The whole truth: 2314 of them
were wrong numbers and 9013 of
them were prank calls.
Truth: The Olympic Games have
an illustrious history dating back to
776 BCE.
The whole truth There is nothing funny about this.
Truth: In 19 64 Abebe Bikila was
the first man to sucessfully defend
a marathon title. He only wore
shoes for the second race.
The whole truth: He only wore
Truth In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in
Athens, Greece with 300 athletes
competing in 43 events.
The whole trulh: More athletes
than spectators attended the
Truth: The 1928 Olympics was
the first time women competed in
the Games.
The whole truth: The male athletes wore skirts and corsets in a
show of solidarity.
Truth Croquet was contested at
one Olympics Games in 1900.
The whole truth: It was discontinued after a protest by real athletes.
Truth: The burning of the
Olympic Flame from the start of
the games to the closing was first
introduced in 1928.
The whole truth: The power
came back on in 1932.
Truth: The 1956 Games in
Melbourne, Australia, were the
first games to be held in the southern hemisphere.
The whole truth: Australian discus throwers spin counterclockwise.
Truth: In 1896, silver medals
were awarded to the winners and
bronze to the second place athletes.
The whole truth Third place finishers were given tickets to the
Truth The song that ended the
closing ceremony at the 1956
games in Melbourne was 'Will Ye
No Come Back Again?*
The whole truth: Yes, the
Olympics are once again being
held in Australia. But how was this
allowed to happen?
Truth: No gymnast had ever
earned a perfect score of ten, until
Romanian gymnast Nadia
Comaneci scored perfect 10.0
seven times at the 1976-Montreal
The whole truth: The judges
were all Romanian.
Truth: Of 56 people polled leaving the Olympic stadium, 52 said
they recognised at least two countries' flags.
The whole truth: The other four
people were from the United
Truth: Numerous different
cities all over the world, chosen for
their location, scenery, and civility
have hosted the Olympics.
The whole truth Calgary also
hosted the Olympics.
Truth: At every Summer Games
an archer invariably shoots
him/herself in the foot
The whole truth: At every
Winter games someone freezes.
Truth 78 per cent of all amateur athletes say winning a gold
medal is their biggest dream.
The whole truth: Of them, 14
per cent said they wouldn't care if
the medal was real or not, 23 per
cent said they would cheat to get
one, and 65 per cent said they
would trade their medal for a
decent job.
Truth: 69 per cent of all
Olympians say they count their
competitors among their closest
Tha whole truth The other 31
per cent choose not to lie.
Truth: At every Olympics, the
host country is allowed to introduce a sport
The whole truth: In Atlanta, the
Americans introduced women's
softball, and in a desparate gesture
to measure up, the Australians
have started awarding medals for
the intensely gripping sport of ballroom dancing.
So... the Olympics have finally
started. But when will they ever
First we had the Summer
Olympics, then we had the Winter
Olympics, then we had the
Olympics every two years instead
of every four years. What's next?
The weekly Olympics? The extreme
Olympics? The Olympics for
moody adolescents? The Olympics
all year long, with one event scheduled for every week for the whole
year—the year of the Olympics.
Cancel Christmas this year—we're
having the Olympics instead.
You're not getting any presents for
your birthday this year, because
everyone's too busy watching the
Olympics. This week, they're going
to introduce the highly competitve
and rigorously difficult sport of
bungee boarding. Australia. Where
is that again? Oh yeah, we forgot,
it's that place about a zillion miles
away and about 1.35 days ahead of
us or something totally annoying
like that Well, keep watching, you
wouldn't to miss anything. ♦
As a student covered by the
AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan,
who also works in the student
health plan office, I would like to
respond to last Friday's article
regarding the AMS/GSS Health &
Dental Plan ('Students sick of
Health Plan* and editorial 'Health
plan still hurts" [September 15,
2000], which I believe to contain
some misleading information.
I disagree with the statement
that the plan was forced on students, or that it was rushed. The
AMS and the GSS began consulting
students about a possible health
and dental plan in February 1999.
I became involved in the beginning
of September 1999, because I
thought it was an initiative that
was long overdue, and I was excited about the possibility of UBC students finally getting some extended health coverage. During a six-
week intensive information campaign in the fall of 1999, there
were many discussions, articles in
the Ubyssey, posters, flyers, classroom announcements, and ample
opportunity for student input.
Following this campaign, the AMS
held a referendum; in which 70
per cent of students voted in
favour of adopting a health and
dental plan. In fact, 7,007 students
turned out to vote in this referendum, one of the largest voter
turnouts in recent history.
Some individuals have claimed
that the referendum question was
unclear, but it seems completely
clear to me. The following is the
exact wording:
"Do you support the implementation of an extended health and
dental plan, jointly managed by the
AMS and the GSS, at a cost of $ 168
per year, for twelve months of coverage per student, indexed to CPI
(Consumer Price Index)? This
increase will be automatically
applied to your current AMS fee
unless you have a similar/ equivalent health and dental plan and you
choose to opt out of the AMS/GSS
I think it is important to understand the opt-out procedure makes
the benefits accessible for all students. The higher premium associated with an opt-in plan would
make the plan too expensive for
many students on campus, including myself. Students have always
had the choice to purchase individual insurance; at almost 3 times
the price. An option obviously not
financially feasible for most students. On a personal note, between
a root canal and the extraction of
my wisdom teeth, I paid almost
$1000 for dental care-the year
before the plan came into effect If
it wasn't clear to me before, it is
now: unforeseen costs can arise,
whether it's emergency dental,
ambulance rides or antibiotics.
Low-cost   group   coverage   will
ensure that the students who need
it the most have coverage. If you
are already covered, it takes only a
few moments of your time to fill
out a form on the Internet, or to
drop by the health plan office in
the SUB. If you don't have any
extended coverage, the AMS/GSS
plan offers the best benefits and
the Jowest cost
I think that the AMS has better
ways to spend our money than on
another referendum, on ftn issue
that was already passed with overwhelming support less than a year
I would like to ask that before
you sign the petition opposing the
health plan, you take a look at the
person sitting next to you in class,
because you may be signing away
his or her access to needed health
care, if not your own.
-Pryde Foltz
Agricultural Sciences 3 r
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Sept 16 at the Brickyard
The hipsters were out in full force on Saturday
night for Destroyer's appearance at the Brickyard.
But even the scenesters had to line up first—seems
that the Brickyard has run ino some trouble
regarding capacity, meaning that no more than
DAN IS THE MAN: Dan Bejar is the guy
with the cool voice who fronts Destroyer.
about 150 people could be inside at once,
which meant that the bands played to a
small, if appreciative, crowd.
Which is too bad, since Destroyer has
built quite the reputation around town as
one of Vancouver's best bands. Singer and gui-
' tarist Dan Bejar has surrounded himself with a
more-or-less permanent lineup of bandmates to
perform his smart but not smarmy songs, which
fall just this" side of pop.
- Absently strumming his guitar, Bejar began
Destroyer's set by telling the crowd—or maybe he
was just talking to himself-that 'some people say
this rock 'n' roll thing is a lot of hard work, but
really it's effortless."
And that's always been the knock against
Destroyer, that they're almost too effete to be
taken seriously. But on Saturday night the band
turned the rock up plenty loud enough to convince
everyone there that this wasn't just a silly art project And if the now-bearded Bejar can rhyme
'Damascus',with 'never asked us' while his band
makes a good deal of noise, then so much the better.
Bejar, who has the most nasal voice this side of
Highway 61, sang mostly new songs, but also
played the crowd favourite 'Falcons
Released/Canadian Lover' and ended the show
with an enthusiastic 'City of Daughters.' Even if
the music was supposed to seem easy, the band
put enough effort into the set to make the crowd
dance, in a swaying, head-nodding, I'm-not-really-
dancing kind of way. On the strength of the City of
by Nicholas Bradley
Daughters and Thief albums, Destroyer has
gained a devoted local following for their structured, almost baroque rock songs, and this show
was one of their best in recent memory.
If there was a down side to Destroyer's set it's
that there was no dancing from bass player John
Collins, who was perhaps hampered by his larger-
than-ever hair, which swept up and back as if he
were an Elvis impersonator who just got out of
The second band on the bill, Citroen, was also
good, and good and loud, with drums straight out
of the Steve Albini school of production.
Unfortunately, they didn't sound quite so good on
Carrall St where I had to stand waiting to get into
the Brickyard. The cops inside the bar, presumably there to check that there weren't too may
people there, didn't seemed too impressed,
though, and didn't even stick around for
Destroyer. I guess the boys in blue don't dig the
rock. Either that or they had some more homeless
people to stare down outside. Saturday night's a
busy night for everyone.*>
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strummed on hH guitar
before ripping all the strings
from its poor neck in a try at
ironic angst Unfortunately,
Joel's antics were enough to
sway the judges at tho opening round of CiTft's weekly
band battle, and he was
advanced to the next lound.
More Shindig action will take
place toniyht at the Railway
Club and every Tuesday night
until the end of time. TOM
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Something °'d' something NEW
by Andrea Winkler
by Gordon Smith
at the Equinox Gallery
until Oct 14
Gordon Smith is renowned in
Vancouver's contemporary art circle
for his ability to find balance
between abstraction and depictions
of the British' Columbia wilderness.
Rather than resting on his fame and
recognition, however, Smith shows
through his latest collection. New
Paintings, that he can constantly
challenge his own history and ability-
The paintings are acrylic on canvas—vibrant explosions of daring
colours displayed on the stark white
gallery walls. The works reflect an
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vas, one can't help but note Smith's
amazing eye for mixing beautiful
colours, deep reds, for example,
with splotches of forest green. Smith
is the master of expressing the
province's fantastic seasonal
These abstract splashes of colour
are surprisingly intriguing. I couldn't help but note the colour combinations tnat would suit my soon-to-
be-painted living room. Even if you
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attachment to the physical and emotional act of painting, as well as
Smith's affection for the land.
Wandering from canvas to can-
dont freqaeut ait shu.\s, I recommend this one, if only to take in
Smith's, strong ability to provoke
emotion through colour.
Take it from the well-to-dos who
were sipping the complementary
wine and champagne in the confined spaces of the Equinox gallery.
"Some need sex, some need alcohol,
and others drugs/ someone said.
"But for me, it's art!" After seeing
Smith's works, I must say that I
agree. ♦>
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