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The Ubyssey Jan 20, 1998

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Documents shed ight on APEC planning
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
When UBC holds a post-APEC forum at the
Chan Centre today many ofthe people there
will be armed with detailed knowledge of
the university's APEC planning and the
intensity ofthe APEC fallout
That knowledge comes largely from
some 1100 pages of university e-mail, correspondence and planning documents
about APEC released last week to lawyers,
activists and media under freedom of information legislation
One of the e-mails sheds some light on
the battle between the Graduate Students
Society, which hoisted a Tibetan flag atop its
offices a few days before aAPEC leaders met
at UBC, and proChina activists, who were
offended by the flag.
Lindsey Korchinsky, the receptionist in
the Old Administration Building, asked campus security to remove the flag on November
26. She later sent an e-mail to Piper's secretary explaining her action
These students...there were about five
very angry Chinese students, I had voice
mail, they were threatening some sort of
semiviolenr. response to this and you know
afl we need is more trouble,' Korchinsky told
the Ubyssey. 'I thought it would diffuse the
situation bv giving them what they wanted.'
"Why leave something up if it's never
been there before, I mean what was the
point, it's ridiculous. I mean why not have
a Ukrainian flag on my building?*
The flag had already been lowered once
on Novemlier 25 when RCMP made the
contentious decision to take it down, reportedly because of threats from proChina
activists—btt GSS staff put it up the next day
and RCMP refused campus security's
request to lewer it a second time.
The university also seems to have taken
steps to limit UBC's involvement in the leaders' meeting—at least in the public eye.
While Pijier stated several times following
APEC that she didn't meet any of the APEC
leaders besides Chretien, the documents
make references to UBC's hopes that Piper
could meet'vith the leaders.
'Our uniierstanding is that at the very
minimum, the President will greet Prime
Minister Chretien on arrival at Norman
MacKenzie House [Piper's official campus
residence] for the luncheon,* reads an
October21,1997 e-mailfrom the UBC APEC
*We would hope that at this time or perhaps following the luncheon there might be
a brief opportunity to meet the Leaders and
welcome them to her residence.'
The documents also show the university
thought Chretien cancelled a UBC event
because of a disagreement over campus
security arrangements for APEC.
A chronology of APEC events reads:
'November 22, 1997-APEC officials indicated to the university that as a result of the
divergence of views on the demonstration
area the Prime Minister was not prepared to
participate in a signing with the Australian
PM on a Centre for Australian Studies at
An explanatory note accompanying that
entry says staff in the Prime Minister's Office
later told Piper the cancellation was because
of a scheduling problem. ♦
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Students may pay more for UBC sports
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by Sarah Galashan
Our position is not
in favour of a
UBC's varsity teams could get an extra $ 15 from
full time UBC students in the next few years, but
students won't get a say in the fee increase.
In an effort to limit the
effects of budget cuts on
varsity athletics, UBC
administrators want students to pay an extra $3
athletics and recreation
fee next year, rising to
$ 15 in the next five years.
The fees are currently
$ 130.25 per year and the
increase would put them
at $145.25.
But don't expect a referendum. With support
from the university president and upper level adniinistration, the fee is
set to increase once it gets approval from the
UBC Board of Governors.
University administrators are also
looking for an endorsement the student
government despite AMS policy that the
council opposes fee increases without
approval in a student referendum.
'Our position is not in favour of a referendum. We think it's reasonable that
[the AMS] modify their resolution not to
include small increases,' said Maria
Klawe, UBC vice president of student
and academic services.
We think its
reasonable that
[the AMS] modify
their resolution
small increases
-Maria Klawe
ubc vke president
Last year's referendum on a $90 technology
fee failed four to one and
according to AMS President
Ryan Diivies, the university
arhninislration fears the proposed athletic fee increase
would suffer a similar fete if
put to a student vote.
A referendum requires
a great deal of preparation
and advertisement, said
Davies. "[UBC] fears that
rumours would start and
that atl iletes would become
hard to recruit That's why
[Athletics is] so cautious of
talking about funding problems."
Klawe said the student
fee increase could be matched with part of the revenue from campus monopoly deals.
*We asked the
university not to put the burden on
students and to find money elsewhere,' said Bob Philip, UBC athletics and recreation director, who
added that without more money students will see substantial cuts to
UBC's athletic programs.
'Recommendations on cuts
would be to Intramurals or varsity
sports,' Philip told the Ubyssey.
"We really can't close facilities. Our mandate is to operate facilities and make cuts else-
PAY FOR THE WIN Varsity athletes may see more money go into their programs, richard lam photos
where first'
Facility maintenance used to cost about $ 1
million per year but the price has more than
doubled with the addition of the Student
Recreation Centre.
Since 1996, when UBC Athletics became
an ancillary body—funded in part by user
fees—because of university budget changes,
the department has seen its cost increase by
25 per cent
Funding from the university to Athletics is
being gradually phased out by $200,000 each
Nextyear is intended to be the final year the
university will financially support athletics,
and the proposed fee hike, plus matehing corporate funding would bring in an estimated
$800,000 to the department
'.Athletics and athletes bring a huge, high
profile to the university,* said Lisa Archer,
Thunderbird athletic council president and ex-
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to be Olympians in the year 2000. The money
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by Andrea Breau
Prairie Bureau Chief
EDMONTON (CUP)-Albe:rta is set to become
the first province in Canada to offer fully private college degree programs.
Private post-secondary institutions in
Alberta until now have had to be affiliated
with an Alberta university. The introduction of independent organisational evaluations signals the transition to allowing fully
private degree programs.
Critics are concerned about what the
change could mean for the future of public
post-secondary education in the coimtry.
"I'm concerned... that [this is] part of a
much bigger picture. This [initiative] may
create a market for private [post-secondary] institutions in Canada,' said
Howard Sapers, Liberal critic for Advanced
Education in Alberta.
The new evaluation process is a recognition of the changing face of post-secondary education in Canada, says Marilyn
Patton, head of Alberta's Private Colleges
Accreditation Board.
'It's a recognition of non-traditional
institutions that maybe didn't fit into the
mold. There are many different types of
[education] providers,' she said.
Patton adds that the changes do not
mean private post-secondary institutions
in Alberta will have full authority over the
degree programs they offer.
'Every new program [a private college]
wants to offer must go through a {thorough] process of evaluation... recommendations are [then] given to the Minister of
Advanced Education and an Order in
Council must be given to grant [a college]
the ability to offer a particular program,'
she said.
But this does not disspell the fears of
Elizabeth Carlyle, national chairperson-
elect for the Canadian Federation of
Students and chair of the federation's
Manitoba component
'These are businesses we're talking
about [I think] it's a loss of commitment to
public education,' she said.
Carlyle adds that the federation has
heard complaints from students across the
country about the quality of education at private post-secondary institutions.
"Students in other provinces [have
reported] substandard teaching and false
advertising. It's disturbing,' she said.
There is also concern among those who
will be directly affected by the changes.
Davin Overland, student union president at Augustana University College, one
ofthe province's four private colleges, says
the removal of his school's affiliation with
the University of Alberta could have mixed
While he says private colleges in Alberta
will now have more freedom to expand, he
is concerned about the cost implications.
As the evaluation program will operate
on a cost-recovery basis, schools will have
to pay a fee to participate.
'[The fees] will soak up a big proportion
of [the college's] funds. It may result in less
programs being offered, but [those programs] might be well thought out,' he said.
Patton says though final details have to
be worked out, it is her understanding that
the private institutions will continue to
receive money from the provincial government.
'I don't foresee a divorce from funding,' she said.
Semper says he's worried about the
effect this will have on public post-secondary institutions.
'Creating competition for grants will
affect the [public education] infrastructure,' he said.*?'
Trent TA's launch
union movement
by Sarah Btecfcstock
The Arthur
PETERBOROUGH (CUP)-Student employees of
Trent University demanded job security, better
wages and good working conditions as they kicked
oil their drive to unionise January sixth.
. The Trent Academic .Assistants Workers
Committee [TAAWC] announced the beginning of a
unionisation drive for Trent's teaching assistants,
research assistants, lab monitors and markers.
"My job as a TA is crucial to me. I need that
money to complete my studies," said Morgan Gay, a
{graduate student and TA at Trent "But with all the
(nits to education, everything is threatened and
because we are not unionised we are the most vulnerable."
As members of a union, the student workers
would be able to negotiate a collective agreement
wMch would formally establish me rights and oblig-
ations ofthe university and the student workers.
Trent administrators say they don t see the need
ipr student academic assistants to organise.
"I disagree strcaagjy that jtheyj are so vulnerable," said Paul Mealy, dean of Research and
{graduate Studies at Trent
'Although unionising can simplify negotiation
processes, labour unrest can also occur," he said,
pointing to the feet that there have been two feailty
y-^e^atT^ntmSjfi past six years. /•'.
Union members at other university campuses
cay organisation is helping to protect them.
"Last year the administration wanted huge rollbacks. If we hadn't been organised we would have
liad our pay decreased, we would have lost our job
.•-ecurity and many of our benefits,* said Andrew
Gray, a student teaching assistant at the University
of Toronto and treasurer of CUPE local 3902.
TA's at UBC are unionised, as are student academic assistants at 10 of Ontario's 17 universities.
Union drives are currently underway at both Brock
University and Queen's.*
student input  makes  it happen
The AMS would like to
create a database of UBC
students who have
expressed an interest in
becoming involved in
campus issues. Students
who would like to be contacted with opportunities to
participate in various committees on campus should submit a resume to Ruta
Fluxgold, AMS Vice President.
Students can drop
resumes off in SUB Room
Part of your campus community
For futher information, contact Ruta Fluxgold at
822-3092 or email vicepresident@ams.ubc.ca
V@\e Jan IP-lZr
AMS Elections
Board of Govenors
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On January 28th, the AMS will join dozens of student
societies across the country for a National Day of Action.
Check out the info tables outside the SUB this week and
sign up for a ride to the rally downtown.
Students face a debt crisis as the average student
debt grows to $25,000. Between 1993 and 1997 the
federal government cut 40% of funding to post-secondary education, tuition fees increased by 45%, and
student debt rose from an average of $13,000 to
Debt is a barrier to education. A recent Maritime study
shows that 57% of low-income families are worried
enough about debt to consider not sending their children
to university at all. We need a national system of grants
to reduce student debt.
Tuition fees will skyrocket if the federal government
goes ahead v/ith an income contingent loan repayment
scheme. This scheme extends debt repayment over a
period of up to 25 years, and could justify further funding
cuts and massive tuition increases. The Ontario government recently announced the implementation of an ICLR
scheme accompanied by tuition hikes of up to 20%.
It is time to reinvest in education now that the federal
budget has been balanced. For every dollar of funding
put into post secondary education, $1.25 is returned to
the economy through the income tax of graduates. It is
vital to the future of our country that quality education is
available and affordable for all.
1:00 pm meet at the the
South entrance ofthe SUB
Wednesday, January 28 THE ubyssey •
Acadia students up in arms over talks
by Cherri Greeno and Michael Nash
The Athenaeum
WOLFVTLLE (CUP)-Students at Acadia University responded to
the threat of a faculty strike by sitting-in. On January. 12, hundreds of students occupied the main adnunistrative building on
the Nova Scotia campus to express their displeasure with the
current state of contract negotiations between adniinistration
and faculty.
Talks are currently at a standstill. A provinrialfy-appointed
conciliator was called in earlier this month to help the two sides
reach an agreement but left after just two days.
The highlight of the sit-in was a twoand-ahalf hour question
period during which Acadia president Kelvin OgiMe and faculty
association president Jim Sacouman fielded questions from students.
"I think the students were really pleased about the forum,"
said Paul Black, president of Acadia's student union. "They got
to ask the questions they wanted to ask, and they got to ask them
to the people the way [they] wanted to."
Black himself is currently sitting in as a student observer to the
negotiation process. It is an unprecedented opportunity and he is
using it to report back to students on negotiation development
During the emotionally-charged forum, however, there were
signs of frustration among the students as the two presidents
belittled each other. One student asked how they could stand
there and expect to be taken seriously while virtually laughing
at each other, and there were repeated calls from the audience
for the two to "grow up."
The faculty is calling for a five per cent raise retroactive to last
November and in each of the next two years. The administration
is only willing to give faculty the five per cent retroactive raise,
with smaller increases in each of the next two years. There is also
disagreement over the language of the new contract
Acadia students have taken other actions to encourage the
two sides to sit down and work out their differences. Many have
formally refused to pay their tuition this semester, and some
are sporting red and blue ribbons to protest the stalled talks.
Black has announced that if the situation is not resolved
soon, the student union will call for the resignations of both
Ogilvie and Sacouman.
"Having allowed the situation to escalate to this point it is
apparent that neither is capable of competently holding their
position,' said Black
While Ogilvie refused comment on the matter, Sacouman
said, "If it were seen to contribute to the negotiations, I will
resign immediately at the same time that Kelvin Ogilvie resigns
as president ofthe university."
Black also announced that if a strike or lockout occurs, the
student union will pursue legal action against both parties.
Student frustration has been exacerbated by a work-to-rule
action launched by Acadia faculty at the beginning of Ihe month.
Professors refused to take part in the "Acadia Advantage," a program through which students use laptop computers as a major
learning tool.
Students in the program who now number over 1,400, pay
an extra $ 1,200 on top of their regular tuition and are issued a
laptop computer. Using the computer and one of the network
connections found in Acadia's classrooms, residence rooms
and common areas, students can download material provided
by their professors, access class notes found on web sites or join
with others in chat groups.
Sacoumaa says professors have not received pay for helping
to make the program a reality. Other faculty say they are participating in the job action to drive home the fact that they should
have the choice as to whether or not they will use computer
technology in their classrooms.
Acadia faculty will hold a strike vote in late January or early
Students rally against debt
by Todd Silver
Tuition costs, student loans and student grants are all reasons for
a national protest on January 28, says the Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS).
The national student lobby group is asking students from
across Canada to take part in their annual National Day of Action.
And they're hoping the event will spark more interest in BC than
the flicker it did last year.
While tens of thousands of students in Ontario marched en
masse to protest the actions of their provincial government BC
students sat and discussed tuition rates in a series of forums,
workshops and speakers in various cities across the province.
But according to BC CFS provincial treasurer Mark
Veerkamp, the tuition freeze, which is set to thaw on March 30,
and a growing student debt load should act as incentive for students to join the protest and make themselves heard.
"This year the major focus is on student debt which reached
crisis levels for students. Well over 50 per cent of Canadian students now are boiTO*      / said Veerkamp.
Veerkamp citi 1 a drop in federal support for education, the
lack of a federal gaant system and youth unemployment as reasons to why student debt has reached what lie called "epidemic
Federally, the CFS intends to use the day to raise support for
a national grant system as well as the end of contingency loan
repayment plans, which effectively turn a student loan into a
mortgage. The Ontario government is currently attempting to
introduce such a plan.
In BC, the CFS is urging students to ask for the maintenance of the current tuition
Tlie march is planned to
begin at the Vancouver Public
Library and then proceed
through the city stopping at several federal buildings and
major banks. Magnets and
pamphlets will be used to
inform protesters of the BC
Money to produce these
materials is being partly supplied by the student unions
across the province. The AMS
will support the day with
Desmond Rodenbour, AMS
poli'ry analyst said that even
though the student union is not a part of the CFS the two organisations share enough goals that the AMS is ready to support the
day of action.
He said a federal grant system is "a very rational step for the
government to take," and that the AMS has been pushing for
such a system. This is not a new step for the AMS," he said
Day of Action organisers hope for a better turnout this year, ubyssey file photo
Veerkamp, meanwhile, says he's unsure whether turnout will
be sufficient to sway provincial policy.
"Always when people feel the sting of policy they are more
likely to come out to something than if they don't But I think that
the crushing effects of debt..[students] are very concerned about
the default rates and the bankruptcy rates when they graduate,"
said Veerkamp.*
Universities tag along for "Team Canada" ride
BY Meg Murphy
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)- As a whirlwind of networking and deal-making sweeps through Latin
.America, representatives of Canadian higher
education are doing their best to secure a piece
ofthe action.
Eighteen universities are participating in
the current two week "Team Canada' trade
mission to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
The trade mission comes as a precursor to a
free trade agreement with the Americas
(excluding Cuba), scheduled to be signed in
According to a Karen McBride, a spokesperson from the Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada, the trip enables the sectors
to promote prosperous trade relations with
Latin .America.
'Canadian businesses have a real interest
in expanding into Latin America," she said.
"And it is Canadian universities' mandate to
prepare students to operate in an environment
which is now global"
McBride says post-secondary participation
in this mission will make Canadian cultural
ties to Latin America that much stronger,
adding that collaborative projects and student
exchanges will accomplish the goal.
Building partnerships with educational
institutions in the mission's four stops is
another goal, says McBride. It will both help
trade relations and promote international
diversity on Canadian campuses, she says.
a-\n aspect of these blossoming relations will
be student recruitment which is highly profitable for Canadian universities since foreign
students are often charged three times what
domestic students pay.
Four Canadian Education Centres will be
opened for this purpose. They will be located in
Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela. Prior to
this mission, the only Canadian recruitment
centre in Latin America was located in Mexico.
The other primary incentive for the educa
tion sector to participate in the mission, says
McBride, is the development of more partnerships with Canadian businesses.
But as higher-education officials are swept
into the free trade frenzy, some say they should
look at the types of collaborations they are carving, as well as the ethics of those around them.
"One thing is very worrisome," said Ricardo
Grinspun, director of the Centre for Research
on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at
York University. "A lot of these contacts are
being started around business-university linkages. To what extent are these university links
established around a business agenda and to
what extent are they established around academic priorities?
There is a clear tradehusiness agenda
here. Unfortunately, this arrangement has not
been shaped up taking into account the societal
implications of these connections in terms of
how they will impact Canada and Latin
America," he said.
But McBride says universities, for their
part, will encourage Latin American countries to address some of these social issues
through collaborative courses.
"From the universities' perspective, acad
emic cooperation allows you to work with
these countries around areas of concern, like
environmental and human rights issues," she
said. "It is through sharing expertise that we
can make improvements."
Several key universities decided not to
take part in the Team Canada trade mission
this year. These include York University,
University of Victoria, Concordia University,
Dalhousie University, University of British
Columbia and the University of New
Of those contacted, several suggested that
scheduling problems prevented them from
attending, particularly because the government did not provide adequate notice of the
trip's timing. A few also said their interests in
foreign student recruitment is centred in
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UBC BEATS Calgary's Scott Rideout for another powerplay marker as the Birds went 3 for 5 on the powerplay in Friday's 4-4 tie. UBC won 2-1 Saturday night to earn three valuable road points as they challange for the final playoff spot. They currently trail Lethbridge by two points, richard lam photo
by Federico Barahona
Ca\LGARY-The men's
hockey team made a
point this weekend-
three to be exact
Like bats out of hell,
the Birds rolled into town
this weekend, and did
what few—iiiduding the
16 UBC fans who made
the trip—thought they
could do: go home undefeated.
The Birds entered the
weekend with a 1-5-0
road record, having
lost their last four
away from home, and
they weren't exactly
on a roll as they rolled
But one by one the
pieces came together
and no matter what
Calgary threw at UBC,
the Birds responded
Friday night the
Birds got two goals
from Chris Low and
came back three
times to tie 4-4. Sandy
Hayer and Chris
Stock added singles.
Saturday night was a different story.
Tied 1-1 after the first period Chris
Kerr's power play goal at 2:37 of the
second period proved to
be   the   winner.   The
Birds were able to stay
ahead thanks to solid, at
times spectacular, goal-
tending      from     Jon
Sikkema. "You look to
your goalie to pull you
through these situations,'
said  UBC head  coach
Mike Coflin. "I thought
Jon was exceptional.'
*I felt good I was pretty relaxed out there," said
Sikkema. 1 was having
fun. When you have
fiiathings go your way.'
UBCs special teams also clicked along nicely this
The Birds scored four power play goals and UBC
penally killing was superb.
Adding insult to injury, Father David Bauer a\rena at
alberta 11 3
calgary 9 7
lethbridge 6 8
Brad English congratulates Corey
Stock (left). Sandy Hayer (14)
scored the tying goal Friday night
times turned into a Bird nest as a
group of UBC fans overpowered the
"1 wish they made every trip,'
said fifth-year forward Loui Mellios.
It made the game so
much better for us.
You  can   actually
hear people in the
stands cheering for
While the Birds,
6-10-2, continue to
trail Lethbridge in
the standings (UBC
is two points behind
after Lethbridge
swept lowty Regina),
they passed a major
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s. hayer   18 6 9 15
a. kemper 18 3 10 13
c. stock   18 6 5 11
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g. lynch
test this weekend.
As a result the Birds are far from
being out of the playoff race -which will
reach a temporary climax at the end ofthe
month when UBC faces Lethbridge on the
But UBC cannot look too far ahead
since they have another tough assignment when they play host to
Saskatchewan this weekend.
"It doesn't guarantee anything,' said
Coflin about his team's play against
Calgary. "We're in a real tight race, but it
gives us a chance.'
But Mellios added this wouldn't be his last trip to
Calgary in a UBC uniform. "I don't think it will be our
last trip—come playoff time, most likely, we'll be
here," he said.**
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Men's Birds a
skeleton crew
by Bruce Arthur
You can count the Birds' manpower
problems on one hand.
There were all of five players on
the floor—starters Nino Sose and Joel
Nickel and first-year players Beau
Mitchell, .Alex Seal, and Nick Seredick
as Tuesday's 6:30 pm practice started.
They were joined by a player coach
Bruce Enns cut two years ago, and the
result was a quiet gathering.
To put this in perspective, players
were outnumbered by observers in
the near-empty War Memorial Gymnasium (seven students watched
with varying degrees of interest) and
they were almost outnumbered by
their own coaches, (head coach Rich
Chambers and assistants Maurice
Sampson and Simon Dykstra, all trying to •figure out whether to coach or
play themselves).
"I'm finding that it's difficult,"
said a frustrated Chambers. "We
have to prepare for Alberta, and without ten guys, we don't get as prepared as we should. It's almost
By seven, Domenic Zimmermann
was on the floor. By serven-thirty,
John Dykstra, Gerald Cole, and former Bird Dave Buchanan were all
playing, and with assistant coach
Dykstra joining in, UBC could finally
play five-on-five.
Another former Bird, John
Dumont was seen wandering
around, but nobody asked him to sit
in on this sparse practice.
Chambers scrapped practice the
next day because Joel Nickel
sprained his ankle, Gerald Cole had
sore ankles, and Alex Zabori was ill.
"If.I know beforehand, it's fine,"
fumed the frustrated Chambers. "I
can design the practice. But this..."
As it turned out, Chambers was
right to worry about preparing for
alberta's veteran squad—UBC lost
both games decisively.
To address the team's lack of
depth, the team has added 6'7" forward Jamie Wilmott to the team, but
he has not played organised basketball since he left high school four
years ago. "He's a quick learner, and '-
he is big," said Chambers.       *   .*.
While the Birds are not deep.
Chambers has this team playing pretty good basketball. They are %% in
the Canada West-^not bad for a
squad picked by some in the preseason to win three league games all
year—andlast weekend they biuaded
lethbridge (7^1) their first loss'of the
year to Canada Westplay, rolhag the
Pronghorns 95-84.
The veteran leaders have been
spectacular. Both sMhgman■i-Niho'™
Sose and forward John^Dykstia are
top 10 performers in four statistical
categories and coming into the weekend, Sose was second in league scoring (19.4 ppg) while Dykstra was
With those two sharpshooters
combining with steady guard Gerald
Cole (11.8 ppg) and surprising third-
year post Joel Nickel (third in
rebounding at 6,8 ppg), the Birds
have a terrific core to work around.
Sose was subpar, as he suffered a
mild concussion Friday. He scored
only 17 points all weekend.
As for their record, two of UBC's
Canada West losses have been to
firstplaced Victoria, and one was by
only four points.*^
Talent not T-Birds' problem
by Bruce Arthur
The women's basketball team had a
chance to make a statement this
weekend. Instead, they were
silenced by the Alberta Pandas, who
swept the Birds by scores of 77-70
and 70-63. "I'm disappointed
because I think we were able to take
at least one, and if eveiything went
right, two games from them," said
head coach Deb Huband. "But it didn't happen.'
Friday night, UBC showed many
of the weaknesses that have
plagued this team all season. The
lack of consistent production from
more than one or two players was
Laura Esmail scored 20 tough
points, but Jessica "Boa' Mills struggled, going 8-for-21 from the floor
against constant double and triple-
"More people have to perform
on the same night," said a fatigued
Huband. "We haven't had all our
starters working together [since]
early preseason.'
UBC also showed constant lapses
in concentration, and never led in
the second half. "Against a good
team, if you go to sleep for a two
minute period here and a two
minute period there, it's going to
make a difference," said Huband.
UBC charged back behind pressure
defence and Esmail's scoring, but
Alberta buried the Birds with
perimeter jumpers at the end.
The story of Saturday's game
was written in the first four minutes
when Mills, UBC's leading scorer,
committed two early fouls, forcing
her to sit the rest of the first half.
She picked up her third foul
early in the second half, fimshing
the game with thirteen minutes
played and a season-low two points.
Alberta centre Jackie Simon
bulled her way to 16 points and 15
rebounds. Roj Johal and Esmail tried
to rally UBC, but the Birds lacked
focus to complete the comeback.
"That [mental toughness] is our
weakness," said a frustrated
A UBC sweep would have propelled the Birds (5-5) into sole possession of second place in the
"More people have
to perform on
the same night.
We haven't had all
our starters working
together [since]
early preseason."
—Deb huband
Head coach
Canada West Instead, they now sit
fourth, midway through season. As a
result, many questions are being
raised about this maddeningly
inconsistent team. Can the Birds
find the mental toughness to match
their talent? And can those frequent
concentration lapses be minimised?
The answers to these questions
may come next weekend, when the
Birds host Saskatchewan. The two
teams split their season-opening
series at Saskatchewan, and if UBC
fails to sweep the Huskies this weekend, this team may not make a
sound for the rest ofthe year.-*
LAURA ESMAIL payed well over the weekend in a losing
cause against the University of Alberta Pandas. The sweep
drops the Birds' record to five and five.
Alberta bludgeons barely conscious Birds
NINO SOSE before forgetting where he was. tara westover photo
 by Bruce Arthur
UBC's Band-Aid, bang-thfrdrum, walk-with-a-limp squad hobbled
out of War Memorial Gym Saturday night even more beat up than
they were coming in. The Alberta Golden Bears' veteran, bruising
squad left with a pair of victories while the Thunderbirds had nothing to show for but five stitches, countless bruises, and one mild
The mayhem began early Friday, when Nino Sose was slammed
in the face while holding the ball, suffering a cut over his left eye
that required five stitches. It was later revealed he had also suffered
a concussion. No foul was called on the play.
"In the second half, I called Nino over to the bench and asked
him what defence wei were in, and he told me, 'we're in UBC,'" said
head coach Rich Chambers, who subsequently removed Sose.
"I remember some stuff, but not much," laughed Sose after scoring 12 points Saturday.
And UBC could hardly afford Sose to be stumbling through the
Starting centre and leading rebounder Joel Nickel was unable to
play all weekend due an ankle injury he suffered in practice. He
should be able to play this weekend, but he was missed against
Alberta's backcourt did most of the damage as the Bears won
98-90 Friday night. Darren Semeniuk (three three-pointers) and
Mark Filteau (six) plucked UBC's wings from afar, combining for
44 total points. The duo shot the Bears to a 44-36 halftime lead,
and Alberta pounded, their way to 31 free-throw attempts in the
second half.
UBC rallied at the end behind forward John Dykstra (24 points)
and the gutty effort by guard Gerald Cole (21 points, five
rebounds, and eight assists), but their barrage of late threes fell
Saturday' game followed a similar pattern. UBC started strong,
but wilted under Alberta's inside pounding, falling 96-81. Second-
year post Nick Hughes used his 6'7' frame to drop a startling 20
first-half points in only 11 minutes.
Mark Filteau killed the Birds from the outside again, knocking
down six three pointers en route to scoring 26 points.
"What I didn't like about tonight is that we didn't compete," said
Chambers. "That's only the second time that's happened this season. We just didn't compete. [Friday], we never quit."
UBC is now fourth in the Canada West at 4-6, and will host
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Gord Liw-fv ■'"*- is relentless. He seizes any thu^ce he gets to
discuss his vision for a greener campus community. On this
day, he's meeting with four members of the Student
Environment Centre over cinnamon buns and hot coffee.
They're discussing plans to hold an environment-awareness
day in March. Lovegrove is taking notes, and he nods in
approval when they suggest a bike rally and double parking
rates that day. "Good stuff, I like it, I like it, I like it a lot," he
tells them.
Back in his office in the ultra-modern University Services
bunding, he proudly shows off the website he's created. Halfway through our interview, I mention some of the transit
gripes I've heard. He stops me, leaps forward in his
chair, and slides out his computer keyboard so he
can take notes. "Tell them to e-mail me!"
Whether it's through his website, informal meetings with students, focus groups,
forums or discussion papers, Lovegrove,
in the short two months he's been on
campus as UBC's new director of transportation planning, has sought just about
every means to get feedback.
Tomorrow,  he'll barrage  all  38,000 UBC
e-mail account holders with a transit survey. Those who
respond will be eligible for over $4,000 worth of prizes.
With a job description like Lovegrove's it's small wonder
that he's so passionate. Lovegrove, a transportation engineer
of ten years and a UBC alumnus, is tcharged with finding a
way to drag more UBC students, staff and faculty out of their
cars, and onto buses. Currently 45 per cent ofthe 62,000 people who come to UBC every 24 hours come alone, and in cars.
While Lovegrove admits that many will resist changing
their old habits, he says "there is a tremendous amount of
latent desire among students and staff to be environmentally
conscious." .And Lovegrove isn't ashamed to dangle a few carrots to cultivate that consciousness; carrots like prize-giveaways. Nor is he ashamed to use a few emotional appeals
every once and a while.
"We've got some of the cleanest, greatest air and water
around, but we're not going to have it for long if we keep driving the way we are.
"The fact of the matter is, if we want to be responsible for
the future generations, it's our responsibility to do something
about it now. I have a daughter that's three-and-a-half, and I
don't want her to grow up and have asthma."
As head ofthe UBC TREK Program Centre, Lovegrove's job
is to develop and implement a Strategic Transportation Plan
as outlined under the UBC Official Community Plan (OCP),
adopted last summer.
That plan commits the university to reducing single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) traffic to and from the campus by 20 per
cent, mostly with a discount bus pass and higher parking fees.
The so-called TREK Card is a single credit card-sized pass
that would enable its users access to all non-SOV travel
modes, with flexibility to switch between modes. "It doesn't
say you have to abandon your car forever, it's giving you
options,* explains Lovegrove. With this card, transit users
would have unlimited monthly rides and access to an
improved night time campus shuttle; car/van poolers would
have reduced parking prices; cyclists would have secure bicycle parking and access to showers and lockers.
A similar card called the Universal Pass (U-Pass) was established at the University of Washington six years ago, and is
reported to have increased transit ridership by 60 per cent,
and reduced SOV traffic by 21 per cent.
Lovegrove says the card would cost less than the average
monthly transit pass, somewhere in the range of $30 to
$40 per month. "I just think what we've
got to offer is so attractive, people
will just say, 'Look, I've got no
choice,  it's the  best deal in
Awhile few would object
to Gord Lovegrove's plans to
*mmt any twme sooi.
UBC has committed $250,000 per year towards the card.
.And Lovegrove says he's confident that once in place the
card will fund itself. "We're saying, 'Look, Mr. Transit, [cur- j
rently] you're getting four to six million dollars each year
from UBC students and staff. That's risky money. We're prepared to take that risk on. If you work with us, we will-
through the TREK program—guarantee you that base
While negotiations with BC Transit started last month,
Lovegrove hopes he can convince the Crown corporation to
jump on board within the next two months so the TREK program can be launched in September. "Transit isn't sure they
"There's nothing. I
drive from Surrey. It
takes too long.
Carpooling is an
option if I could find
—Mandbir Sandhu,
3rd year Science
"Quicker bus that
would come from
downtown so I don't
have to change
buses. Coffee served
on the bus."
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can keep up with me, but we're going to do everything we can
to get it started in'98," he said.
Lovegrove is so confident that in the discussion paper he
completed this month, he sets out to achieve the 20 per cent
reduction target in five years.
But while Lovegrove is pitching the Strategic
Transportation Plan as a "made in UBC" solution, it won't
happen without outside support.
Glen Leicester is the executive director of strategic planning at BC Transit He says it is unrealistic to expect a deal on
a subsidised transit pass will be reached this year. "Given tike
lead time of the funding constraints," he says, "it'll be 1999
[at the earliest]."
Leicester says while "[BC Transit] looks at uni-
■ * versifies as key markets," it just doesn't have the
^H^^.. money under current funding arrangements
"[Availability of] resources is the biggest constraint we have.
We're at full capacity now."
aAnother probable cause for BC Transit's hesitation is the
fact that the province and the GVRD are likely to approve the
creation of a new transportation governance structure very
soon. The proposed Greater Vancouver Transportation
Authority (GVTA) would be composed of 12 GVRD members
and three MLAs. It would oversee regional transit and roadway planning, operation and funding—duties currently
shared by BC Transit, the GVRD, and the Ministry of
Transportation and Highways.
But Leicester says that won't stop BC Transit from proceeding with negotiations. .And he says he's confident the
GVTA "would be consistent with where [BC Transit] is going."
Yet, there is still another potential problem down the road.
The university area—Electoral Area A—is governed by the university Board of Governors and
the province. But there's a movement underway
to shift control of the area to an elected municipal
government. If that happens, transportation planning responsibility could shift to the municipality.
A governance committee set to study the issue
should report by late 1999.
In the meantime, Lovegrove will continue to
work on getting other projects off the ground. The AMS
recently allocated $10,000 from its Innovative Projects Fund
towards Lovegrove's plan to install more bike racks on buses.
Lovegrove is also applying for $50,000 from the provincial
Cycling Network Program to repaint road lines on University
Boulevard. Ultimately, Lovegrove says he would like to limit
car and bus traffic to just one lane, and turn the other into a
bike lane. He is also trying to improve existing vanpool services.
A creative program to make use of the 150 bicycles found
abandoned on campus each year is also in the works.
But Peter Boothroyd, a professor in the School of City and
Regional Planning at UBC, says he'll just be watching to make
sure the university stays true to its OCP commitments.
"We should interpret [OCP] in the spirit it was meant," he
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4th year Arts
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routes. It's crazy
when you come
down I Oth. There's
no room to ride the
—Lloyd Mackenzie,
graduate student
TREK Program Proposal
For transit users:
•unlimited monthly rides (replaces existing
reduced price passes)
enight time campus shuttle
For carpoqlers and vanpoolers:
■""reduction in monthly fare
•"■preferential parking
For cyclists and pedestrians:
°f ree use of secure bicycle parking
°access to showers and lockers
For everyone:
•one fee gains access to all non-SOV (single-
occupancy vehicle) travel modes, with flexibility to switch between travel modes at little or no extra cost
•TREK Card will be required for parkade and
HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) parking
•unlimited monthly transit rides
•occasional daily parking at reduced price
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The good, bad, and the ugly: a year in film
 By John Bolton
I'm not going to insult your intelligence by attempting
to objectively assess the year in film. I hereby forego
any airs of impartiality and offer here memories recollected in tranquility, some of the things that moved me
and forced themselves into my mind during the cinematic annum that was 1997.
No matter how one measures filmmaking nothing
else made in 1997 really came close to Titanic. Without
question the greatest theatre-going experience of my
life, this was a truly miraculous movie that was at once
shockingly new and original and as familiar and old-
fashioned as great Hollywood films ofthe past It's rare
enough for a fragile artistic vision to survive the various
stages of big-budget film production; in Titanic,
writer/director/producer/editor/occasional camera
operator/ and special effects supervisor James
Cameron's vision not only survives but informs every
aspect of what is really the biggest art-house film ever
made. Cameron has proved himself with Titanic a
genius of logistics, a master storyteller and a true
visionary who's earned his comparisons with Lean,
GrifBfth and even Cocteau.
There were, of course, many other great films:
Boogie Nights, LA. Confidential The Wings ofthe Dove,
and Tie Ice Storm. These were all as good as everyone
said they were-including the PR hype, even if The Sweet
Hereafter and in the Company of Men weren't And
please let's not overlook The Peacemaker. Who would
have thought that George Clooney would follow up the
worst action film of the year (Batman and Robin) with
moments in Titanic than I can, of course, possibly
recount every shot was memorable, every edit point a
masterstroke, every special effect in the service of the
story. Then there was John Cusack ordering an
omelette in Grosse Pointe Blank : 'Look, I don't want to
get into a debate over semantics, I just want the protein.' Matt Damon's wonderful monologues in Good
Will Hunting. And Robin Williams's response to
Damon's 'fuck you': Tou're the shepherd.' .Along similarly profane lines, Woody Allen swearing for what
seemed like the entirety of Deconstructing Harry. Mike
Meyers performing 'Dr. Evil's Dance' in Austin
Powers. Jennifer Love Hewitt's white tank top in I Know
What You Did Last Summer. The climactic sequence in
Contact in which a fundamentalist freak succeeds in
destroying that massive machine and everyone near it;
these ten minutes are the finest Robert Zemeckis has
ever directed. The climactic sequence in Tie Lost
World where Julianne Moore ends up lying prone on a
slowly fracturing sheet of glass at the tail end of a
Mercedes trailer hanging from a cliff, an image more
inspired than anything in Amistad. AnA the dimactic
sequence in Boogie Nights where Wahlberg and friends
attempt to rip off disco-crazed drug-dealer aMfred
Molina while his manservant lights off at least a hundred firecrackers. Here, amidst all the sound and fury
and suspense, director Paul T. Anderson holds his
camera on Wahlberg's bewildered face for almost a
minute; who would have thought a static shot could be
so exhilarating?
It was a good year, then, for film, and I have no
choice but to conclude with some final thoughts on
the film of a Canadian-born visionary who
made his mark last year with stories of
innocents dying horrible deaths in freezing
bodies of water. No, not Atom Egoyan (I
still refuse to believe that The Sweet
Hereafter was the best reviewed film of the
year); I'm back on board Cameron's
Titanic. The most complete motion picture
entertainment I've ever seen, haunting,
poetic, technically astounding, romantic
and terrifying, it simply afforded audiences
something that no other film in 1997
could: the sheer drama of great filrmnaking
in and of itself. ♦
the best? This was tense, terrific, even revisionary
big budget action filmmaking.
1997 also saw a glut of great acting. Leonardo
DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and just about everyone
else in Titanic. The unbelievably beautiful and talented Helena Bonham Carter, Allison Elliot and
Linus Roache in The Wings of the Dove. Guy
Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger in LA.
Confidential. Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in
Donnie Brasco. Sigourney Weaver, brilliant in both
The Ice Storm and Alien: Resurrection. Kevin
Kline, Joan Allen, Christine Ricci, and Tobey
Macguire in The Ice Storm. Pam Grier and Robert
Forster in Jackie Brown. The entire cast of Boogie
Nights, especially, I have to admit Mark Wahlberg.
Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown. Vincent D'Onofrio in
Men in Black Emily Watson in The Boxer. And
finally Sean Penn in She's So Lovely and U-turn
(especially in scenes shared with Claire Danes and
Joaquin Phoenix).
But it's certain moments that stick out in my
memory more than anything else. More of these
Ibogie Nights THCUB'
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The Toadies ain't bad—Pleather is hard-rockin' rock n' Roll
from a gang of hard-rockin' good ole boys from Fort Worth,
Texas. Unfortunately, lead singer Todd Lewis sounds an
awful lot like home-grown Prairie ' bad-boy Burpin' Coming,
or whatever his fuckin name is! (You know, that burni-out,
sold out former hippie from the Guess What) If the Grangers
had been inspired by the Guess Who instead of that other
homegrown Prairie rock n' roller, this is probably what
Nirvana would have sounded like. It has its moments.
"Happy Face," despite some typical 70s style rock cliches
Burton Comings et al would have been proud of, has definitely got a good hook or two. Straight forward and simple,
there's a truly delightful aura of cynicism in the Toadies
lyrics which easily puts this band more than a cut or two
above our Prairie bad boys. I bet these guys kick ass in concert! ♦
—Andy Barham
Bran Van 3000
It doesn't matter if you don't know
what a "couch surfer" is, only that it is the
title feature of pop group Bran Van 3000's latesty
' single. This fun and original song is a great follow
up release to the band's first hit single, 'Drinking
in L.A." The song basically consists of a man
mumbling along to a background melange of a
guitar, a kazoo, and occasional farm noises.
However, this odd combination results in a great
toe-tapping kind of song. With an interesting beat,
and a quirky sound, this song would be great to
take along on a boring summer drive in a
Volkswagon Beetle. It is nice to simply sit
^back and enjoy, just don't bother trying to
figure out what a "couch surfer" is. •*>
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Sit back
Constant Companion
Real World Films Inc
Global Television,
Jan 17
by Penny Cholmondeley
Needles, crime and HIV are words that have
become synonymous with Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. IV drug use is a very visible and disturbing characteristic of the area,
but less visible are the individuals behind the
addiction. Constant Companion attempts to
give them a voice, and documents the experiences of two different groups of addicts - one
group working towards recovery, the other
struggling to set up a safe site for addicts to get
a fix downtown.
Producers Carmen Henriquez and Denis
Paquette deserve credit for tackling such a con-
trovei*sial subject in their first post-Vancouver
Film School project Visually, the documentary
works—there is a mix of shocking images that
don't fall into the trap of becoming sensational.
Watching a man inject heroin as he talks about
his dead wife's overdose has as much emotional power as a moment in a recovery house
when a man is accused of resuming his drug
use. The movement and behaviour in front of
the camera is natural, and the writing behind
the scenes never overwhelms the voices of the
addicts themselves.
The film works best when examining the
"Together We Can" men's recovery house in
East Vancouver. Footage of the group discussions are on the whole revealing, but it is the
interviews with Pat D, a recovered addict,
which are the most engrossing. His candour
and wit make him particularly accessible.
Although his big grin and burly appearance put
audiences at ease, they are also reminders that
junkies don't always fit the stereotype.
However, the film fails to provide the same
insight into the "Innovative Empowerment
Society," a group of addicts attempting to put
together a safe fixing site. Ultimately, the two
filmmakers dig up more questions than they
seem equipped to address. Unfortunately, illustrating drug abuse only through the eyes of the
addicted has meant sacrificing objectivity and
clarity. Likewise the decision by Paquette and
Henriquez to use the term "lifestyle" to describe
the cycle of abuse, poverty and addiction plaguing the Downtown Eastside does not seem
appropriate. It's not enough to show the viewer
heroin users shooting up as they reflect on their
addictions. In order for those of us watching
this documentary from the safety of our living
rooms to understand the realities of drug
abuse, we need to understand addicts as
human beings first That means more detail
about what happens to them once they're high,
how they support their habit and how they exist
on a daily basis.
Likewise, too many important players are
missing from the picture. Crime control and
the role ofthe police in the area are only briefly
addressed, raising questions about how balanced a view this documentary presents. We
aren't shown how IV drug users interact with
social workers, business owners, other East
Side residents, hospital staff or family members. All of these people are tied into the
"lifestyle" of a drug addict Sadly, the female
addict is virtually nonexistent in this film. The
majority of female IV drug users in the
Downtown Eastside support their habit
through prostitution. How does that affect their
It's unclear whether the subjects of Constant
Companion didn't fill in these blanks on purpose, or because the filmmakers failed to ask
the right questions. Had the development ofthe
safe fixing site been placed in its larger context
it might have been easier to understand exactly
why it was shut down. Of all the questions
Constant Companion should have attempted to
address, the most important was left
untouched. That is, if society is willing to recognise that drug addiction is a disease, then why
are we leaving addicts to try and find solutions
on their own?*
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JANUARY 20 AT 12:30. OR ELSE to
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JANUARY 20, 1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 27
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Richelle Rae
Wolf Depner
Jamie Woods
Richard Lam
Federico Barahona
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is published every Tuesday and Friday by
The Ubyssey Publications Society.
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student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
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Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
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It was a cold January morning and Dough s Quan
was driving to the Ubyssey office. Along the v.ay. he
saw Joe Clark and Chris Nuttall-Smith who were
waiting for the bus. Doug just laughed and continued driving. Soon after, Todd Silver drove by a bus.
It was empty except for Sarah Galashan, Bruce
Arthur and John Bolton, who were quietly sleeping.
As the bus was about to leave. Penny Cholmondeley
came bolting round the corner screaming, "Wait for
mel* Todd Silver, a victim of road rage, continued
driving. Soon after, Federico Barahona and Tara
Westover arrived, dragging along with them
Richard Lam. "I've been waiting for that bus for 15
minutes." sighed Penny Cholmondeley. Not long
after that Emily Mak arrived driving her large
orange VW van. The happy four jumped in and .
Emily Mak started driving. A few blocks down they
picked up Ron Nurwisah and Andy Barham. By this
point they had too many people in the van and had
to leave Jamie Woods, Charlie Cho and Wolf Depner
behind. 'How am 1 gonna make it to my lO'o clock
class?" rried Wolf. But as soon as he said that,
zoomed by Gloria Ma and Colton Dennis in his
shiny new convertible. "Get in!* he exclaimed. Just
as they got in. they saw a police cruiser drive by.
with none other than Richelle Rae sitting in the
There's a plan afloat to buoy UBC's athletics
programs with a shot of much needed cash.
Your cash.
Athletics has been in a tight spot since the university made Athletics an ancillary department—
that is until they took away funding and gave the
department the right to charge user fees.
But the tickets to varsity games, the BirdCoop and tennis centre fees and the field rental
fees haven't done enough to offset Athletics'
new responsibilities. Aside from the funding
cut, Athletics also pays many of its own bills
now, and mamtaining its fields and bufldings
like the Student Rec Centre isn't cheap.
By Athletics' figures, they're paying an extra
$2.2 million every year in maintenance costs
So in comes the university and athletics with
a plan to save varsity and intramurals programs
with a little dab of student money and a peck of
matching corporate cash. If students will only
agree to pay an extra $3 next year, $6 the next
year, $9 the next and so on for the next few
years, everything will be okay. And if students
don't agree?
This is the catch: we won't have a chance.
After the failure that was the proposed $90
Student Technology Fee last year (or the huge
majority of students who voted against it might
call it a success) UBC's administrators aren't taking a chance with public opinion. There will be
no referendum on this fee increase.
Maria Klawe, the UBC vice president of student and academic services, asked the AMS
council a few weeks ago to support the fee
increase. The endorsement would effectively
replace a student referendum and directly contradict the AMS' position that all student fee
increases should go to a vote.
They might argue that only substantial' fee
increases merit student referendums. Or as one
AMS executive hopeful said last week, that student representatives can decide for students—
that's what they're elected to do. But those arguments are weak, at best.
First, what exactly is a 'substantial' fee
increase? Substantial to whom?
The precedent of the ill fated Student
Technology Fee shows that students want to
be included in the discussion when extra fee
hikes are at issue.
Denying students that chance would be antithetical to the representation our AMS representatives are supposed to give.
There is, of course, an argument for the fee
hike. Athletics is an important part of university
life. UBC produces world champions and
Olympians. We won the national football title
and men's soccer won silver this year. These
achievements are more than just trophies. They
gain international recognition for UBC and help
bring part of the very small sense of community we have.
But on the other hand, there are a lot of other
programs at UBC that help create a sense of
community and deserve to be better funded-
theatre and music come to mind. The issue here
is priorities. It is students who should be directing these priorities, because it is out of their
pockets that this money will come.
If indeed there is no other means of finding
finances for Athletics (ie. Glen Clark, Paul
Martin) and students think sports are important, then they will chose to pay. The AMS and
the university should give them the choice.♦
RCMP used as
political force?
Was the RCMP improperly
subjected to political control
during last month's APEC
meetings at the University
of British Columbia?
No, no, no, says Peter
Donolo, spokesman for the
prime minister. True, the
PMO did muddle in security
arrangements for the event
(something the RCMP and
the PMO had previously
denied). This, however,
"was operational involvement, not political involvement', he said. (Vancouver
Sun, 16/1/98, B5).
When, pray tell, is the difference? When is "operational control" of police by
politicians and their staffs
NOT political control?
Does Mr. Donolo forget
the "operational indepen
dence of the police is one of
the fundamental principles
that underlies the democratic and criminal justice
framework in Canada..:"
(observation of four police
officers—three of whom are
lawyers—writing in the
Vancouver Bar Association's journal, The Advocate,
November, 1997, 847).
Does Mr. Donolo forget
that civil control of police,
like civil control of the military, is the OPPOSITE of
"control exercised by public
servants", Ministers and
bureaucrats? (Somalia Inquiry Report, Volume 5,
Does Mr. Donolo (The
Prime Minister himself,
perhaps?) forget that Canada is governed by the Rule
of Law and that there are
limits even on the Prime
Minister's power?
Does Mr. Donolo forget
the constitution?
It is time for Mr. Chretien
to put his staff right, to
assure Canadians that he, at
least, understands the idea
of constitutional governance.
W. Wesley Pue,
Professor of Law, UBC
Tuition: the price
of growing
your brain
Is the tuition freeze a good
thing for students? As a
third year student taking
first year Computer
Science, I can see the
effects of the freeze in the
monitors that are so fuzzy
my head aches, computer
networks that are so slow
that half the time I just quit,
library books that are
falling apart, the list goes
on. So why do I think the
freeze is bad for us?
First of all, how much of
the actual cost of our education does the tuition we pay
now actually cover? And has
this ratio gone up, down, or
stayed level over the past ten
or twenty years? Instead of a
freeze, and especially
instead of any old big
increase (like Ontario,
ouch), let's index the tuition
increase to the annual rise
in the consumer price
index. Isn't that fair, that we
pay our share?
Secondly, tuition is not
the major cost of going to
school, not by a long shot A
full undergrad course load
is about $2500 including
student fee's etc. For eight
months. Living costs me
that much every 4 months.
And what about the full
time job I'm not doing and
not getting paid for? That's
worth tuition every month.
So how big a deal is an
extra 10%, $233, a year.
Finally, I don't want to
get into a big thing about
politics of universal access
to post-secondary education, but it is true that a
publicly funded and subsidized university education
is not right, it is a privilege.
It is hard to find the money
and live eight months on
what you earn in four
months to borrow. Accept
it, it's the price you pay for
growing your brain.
As an aside, I will probably graduate with $40,000
of private debt (I didn't
qualify for student loans
and probably won't in the
future); this means I am
paying the interest cost
now on the debt and I will
not be eligible of any loan
remission. But it's worth it!
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anuary 21 AMS faces
by Staff
JANUARY 23, 1970-The Alma Mater Society could cease
to exist as a functional organization.
The future ofthe AMS is dependent on the outcome of
a referendum being forced by John Cherrington, arts 2.
The petition urging the referendum asks if students
are in favor of "being given the choice of joining or not
joining the AMS or contribute (sic) funds, thus rernoving
the present compulsory requirement"
500 signatures must be collected on the petition
before the referendum can be held.
"a^s far as I'm concerned, Cherrington is just a right
wing shit-disturber," said AMS
president Fraser Hodge.
"The AMS would be nothing
more than a tea party if that referendum were passed," he said.
Hodge went on to say that students would still be responsible
for a $ 15 levy to pay the mortgage on SUB.
However, he said that holding
the referendum would be good
for the AMS because "every organization needs to re-evaluate its
and objectives."
"A referendum of this sort
would do the AMS a bloody lot of
good," said AMS vice-president
Tony Hodge. "It will get people flunking where their
money is going. It will make the people aware of the
He said if AMS resources were not available, students
would be unable to take part in operations such as the
Blaine border crossing demonstration.
He felt confident that students would support the AMS
if the referendum were held.
At Carleton, after facing a similar petition, the remnants of the student council decided to remain in bust
ness Wednesday despite the student mandate to dissolve
During a two-day referendum Jan. 19 and 20, students voted 744 to 45 7 to abolish the council and replace
it with two new bodies: one controlling services, and one
taking charge of "political" functions of student government
But the referendum turn-out only amounted to 19 per
cent of the full-time student population of Carletoniess
than the one-third of Carleton's 6,200 students necessary
to make the decision binding.
The proposal to split the duties ofthe council-consigning service functions to a five-man board of directors, and
political functions to a "grand council" composed of student representatives to the university's decision-maldng
bodies-was originally forwarded by members of the student council executive Jan 6.
At the same time they made the proposal, seven members of the eight-man executive
Wednesday, the remains of
the council rejected a proposal
by former student council president Lorenz Schmidt asking that
the council dissolve itself anyway, even though members
were not bound by the referendum results.
"A valid political comment
to draw out of the referendum
is that a majority of the people
who bothered to vote think
changes are necessary,"
Schmidt said. "I think this
council should recognise that
fact and act accordingly."
The councillors voted 7-1 to defeat the motion.
"You want us to dissolve ourselves so your dreamchild
will come through," arts representative Dave Egan told
Schmidt "But right now we don't have enough participation. Let's wait until we get people at Carleton who will
make this sort of change possible."
The council appointed Brian Hamilton, former
finance commissioner, as interim president of the group:
five other executive positions left vacant by the Jan. 6 resignation will not be filled until new council election take
place Feb. 6.-»>
Tbe AMS did survive, with 5489 votes for keeping AMS membership compulsory, 2855 against
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1998 UBC Transportation Survey
A "made-in-UBC" Strategic Transportation Plan requires
your input — Tuum est!
On Wednesday, Jan. 21 a letter and questionnaire will be sent
by the UBC Trek Program Centre to all UBC e-mail
addresses regarding the future of transportation to, from
and on the UBC campus.
Students, staff and faculty are urged to respond on this very
important issue to be eligible to win one of over $4,000
worth of prizes, including:
• 1 of 2 "Trek" mountain bikes (total value over $1,200)
• 1 of 12 monthly transit passes to anywhere BC Transit
serves (total value over $1,200)
• 1 of 12 monthly van pool vouchers from the Jack Bell
Foundation (total value over $1,200)
• 1 of 5 $20 gift certificates for local merchants
• 1 of 4 $50 gift certificates for the UBC Bookstore
While telling us valuable information on how to make a
"made in UBC" Transportation Plan that works best for
everyone, you'll be eligible to win one of the 35 randomly
drawn prizes above, to be awarded at noon on Thursday,
Feb. 5 in the SUB Conversation Pit. Be There!
All responses will be kept strictly confidential and used only
for transportation planning purposes, in accordance with
UBC and Provincial Freedom of Information / Protection of
Privacy Regulations.
Blank questionnaires will also be faxed to UBC students,
staff and faculty on request.
To find out more about the UBC 1998 Transportation
Survey, the UBC Strategic Transportation Plan and/or the
UBC TREK Card Program, feel welcome to contact Gord
Lovegrove at the UBC TREK Program Centre via:
e-mail: lovegrove@exchange.ubc.ca,
web site: www.trek.ubc.ca
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by Jim Carroll and Rick Broadhead
[Prentice Hall]
by Ronald Nurwisah
Now in its fifth incarnation, Jim Carroll and
Rick Broadhead's Canadian Internet
Handbook and its cousin. The Canadian
Internet Directory, have become an annual
Canadian tradition. Every year Carroll and
Broadhead try to change the look and content of these books. They add pages and
pages of useful data, all in the seemingly
futile attempt to keep up with the incredible
growth ofthe Internet
Tne 1998 edition ofthe books have some
dramatic changes. The most noticeable
would have to be the size of the books. The
1997 Handbook boasted some 700 pages,
while this year's edition weighs in at under
400. The 1998 Handbookis also much easier to read. The books are designed in a very
accessible fashioa* for example, important
hints and information are highlighted an
olive colour. Technical information, such as
setting up software and hardware, is also
handled well in the book. The authors
include good photos and screen shots and
try to use the clearest possible language in
explaining these programs. The end result is
the most eye-pleasing edition to date.
The Handbook is also nicely divided into
sections dealing with such topics as leisure,
the media and government, and legal
issues. More importantly, at the beginning
of each chapter is a short list of important
points that will be covered in the following
pages. This feature allows more experienced
Internet users to quickly determine whether
they want to continue reading or skip ahead
to a more relevant topic.
Perhaps the most unique thing about the
books of Carroll and Broadhead are their
uniquely Canadian slant on issues and top-
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discussed. But perhaps the most important
topic the Handbook missed is the proper
use of search engines. This critical aspect of
the Internet is saved for another Carroll and
Broadhead work. The Canadian Internet
Directory and Research Guide.
Tbe 1998 Canadian Internet Directory,
like its handbook counterpart, has been
redesigned, though design was never of
great importance. Functioning as a Yellow
Pages for the Internet the book shows the
failings of text as it tries to cover something
as rapidly changing and evolving as the
Internet Even before it is published, the
$J n
ics. This year's Internet Handbook delves
into some very Canadian topics. Everything
from the CBC's use ofthe Internet to how the
Internet was illegally used in the last federal
election to the benefits and risks of Roger
Cable's new highspeed Wave Internet service.
/Although the authors do a good job
exploring many relevant and contentious
topics in the book, they seemed to have
ignored and overlooked a great deal more.
Completely missing in the book is a section
on Internet browsers and their respective
plug-ins. Important net technologies such as
Java, Real-Audio and Shockwave are also not
book is already out of date. A quick scan
through the directory, revealed that far from
being complete the book had several important omissions. A list of student radio stations ignored UBC's CiTR but saw the
University of Lethbridge's CKUL radio station get a listing. .Although the major
Canadian newspapers such as The Globe
and Mail received listings, not one Canadian
student paper received recognition.
aAnother useful feature would have seen
the book n*iirrored on the CD-ROM included
with the directory. Instead the directory
includes an offer for a free month of Internet
service with Sprint Canada-^ffectively ren
dering the CD into a shiny coaster for drinks, -^jk
similar in nature to America Online or The
Microsoft Network's disk mail-outs clogging
your mailbox. Carroll and Broadhead, or at
least their publishers, seem to be trying to
make as much money off the Internet as
they can. Along with the directory and guidebook, the duo have published four other
online books this year, ranging from an
investment guide to a guide on health J*ffp
resources online.
The Canadian Internet Directory, like too
many other computer books, is better off left
on the shelf. At its best it can only the meet
the needs of the users intent on finding
Canadian content or those inexperienced
with search engines. Even these readers will
quickly be bored as what the directory lias to
offer quickly becomes outdated. The
Canadian Internet Handbook on the other
hand, is perhaps the best reference of its
kind. It is written so even the most inexperienced Internet users can learn from if but-
more importantly, the handbook deals with
topics unlikely to go away in the near future,
topics such as censorship, online commerce
and electronic junk mail Having been there
since the Internet first arrived in Canada,
Carroll and Broadhead have seen its rise as
a technological tool a media form, and a
forum for activism. In the latest edition of
The Canadian Internet Handbook this
knowledge and experience stands out and
translates itself as a great Internet book. ♦
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