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More money for education
 by Nicholas Bradley
VICTORIA—As expected, the new provincial budget extends the
tuition freeze for another year, but it also includes additional funding for post-secondary education in BC.
The budget, announced yesterday by BC Minister of Finance
Paul Ramsey, increased funding to BC's universities and colleges
by $85 million—a jump of 7.5 per cent over last year's spending figure—and confirmed that tuition fees in BC will remain at their current levels.
"The freeze has helped enrolment grow faster in BC than anywhere alse in Canada," Ramsey said in his speech to the Legislative
"Enrolment is growing throughout the province, reflecting our
commitment to provide quality education and opportunities in all
regions," he continued. The new advanced education funding will
be granted to post-secondary
institutions to help offset the
cost of the tuition freeze, to
increase core funding, and to
pay for new courses.
"One of the focuses [of the
budget] is investing in vital services, including education/
Ramsey told the media yesterday.
Of the $85 million, $39 million will go towards creating
over 5000 new spaces at universities and colleges. A ministry
official explained that these
spaces have not yet been allocated to individual institutions.
The new funding has not yet
been divided among BC's various schools, although some has
been earmarked for Royal Roads
University and the Technical University of British Columbia (Tech
A capital development fund of $ 133 million will go towards university infrastructure. A ministry official said that although
Minister for Advanced Education Graeme Bowbrick will announce
new projects at a later date, approximately $97 million of this fund
will be allocated to ongoing care and maintenance projects.
Another $ 117 million will go to research infrastructure.
The budget received an enthusiastic response from provincial
student and university organisations.
"This budget is a great-news budget for students," Mark
Veerkamp, BC chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS), told the Ubyssey.
"The tuition fee freeze has been the most important policy for
improving access to post-secondary education, and we're glad to
see it continued in this budget, and also glad to see that there's
more spaces in the colleges and universities," said Veerkamp, who
added that although he expected the tuition freeze to continue, the
number of new spaces was far beyond what the CFS had called for.
Douglas College's Neil Nicholson, of the Advanced Education
Council of BC, agrees with the CFS that the 5000 new seats is a positive development, but notes that more spaces will be needed in the
future. He hopes to see an additional 4000 spaces created each
year in order to fulfill the demand. Nicholson suggested a cost of
$45 million per year would be necessary to accommodate these
new seats.
Maureen Shaw, president of the College Institute Educators'
Association, BC's largest post-secondary education union, is also
pleased with the budget.
"When you consider we have colleges and institutes and university-colleges throughout the province in  110 communities, it
see "Ramsey" on page 2
"Enrolment is
growing throughout
the province,
reflecting our commitment to provide
education and
opportunities in all
-Paul Ramsey
BC minister of finance
SATURDAY was a beautiful, bright, sunny day. At around 2pm, some people were having lunch, some were
having breakfast, some were still sleeping off hangovers. Some people were buried away in the library
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BC increases spending
 by Nicholas Bradley
VICTORIA—British Columbia's new budget brings
the province new funding for social programs, tax
cuts, and an increased deficit.
What the government is touting as an "open
and transparent" budget includes increased
spending on health care and education, and
introduces tax cuts, aimed primarily at the middle class.
"We have chosen a moderate course that bal
ances the priorities of British Columbians," BC
Finance Minister Paul Ramsey said at a press conference held yesterday in Victoria.
Ramsey admitted that the debt is rising, and
that the budget has a deficit of almost $1.3 billion,
but said that this deficit is better than the target
the government had set, and that the debt is at a
manageable level. He did not say whether there
would be any debt-reduction strategies announce!
in the future.
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means more students will be
able, everywhere, to get post-
secondary education,* she said.
Shaw applauded the creation
of 400 new nursing spaces, but
noted that areas such as trades
training and English as a second language programs need to
be included as well.
"This goes a heck of a long
way," said Robert Clift, the executive director of the
Confederation of University
Faculty   Associations   of   BC,
which represents academic
staff at the province's four universities.
"Now that they've done it
once, hopefully they'll do it
again next year, and we'll get
the rest of the way [there]," he
said, calling for further financial support of post-secondary
education in future budgets.
Clift emphasised, however,
the need for the province to
support university research.
Details of such support were
not made clear in the budget.♦
"budget" from page 1
Much of tlie announced lax cuts, however, come as a result of
lux cuts introduced by the federal govvrnment in its own recent
buc.«i.l. 'Ihe provincial budget adds $5U million in cuLs lo tho
$ 17:1 million reduction in provincial taxes crwitfd by Ottawa, and
will add another $75 million next ji;ar.
In addition the new budget promises a small-business tax
reduction, tax credits for the high-tech sector, child care funding,
and several multi-million dollar health care initiatives.
The Hospital Employees' Union was supportive of this funding,
and applauded Ramsey s insistence thai BC would not adopt a privatised health care system.
Not everyone is pleased with the budget, however. Karen
Wristen of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund is highly critical of a $6
million reduction of the budget of the Ministry of the
Environment, which she argues will be crippled by the cuts.
'It means jhat effectively they've got no money left at all for
enforcement,* said Wristen, who had hoped, for new tax strategies
that would help cleanup the environment
"We'd certainly expected a lot more of this government," she
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Manitoban Entrance GPA may rise
shut down
by Dave Leibl
Manitoba Bureau Chief
WINNIPEG (CUP)-Some students at the
University of Manitoba say that student
leaders acted too aggressively when they
passed a motion that will effectively shut
down the school's student paper, the
Earlier this month, the University of
Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU) voted
in favour of dissolving the autonomy
agreement between the union and the
After a forum held by the student union,
architecture major Darrel Ronald said that
the student union's move to dissolve the
agreement "assaults [students'] right to
freedom of speech."
Ronald, co-founder of a group called
Students at Large, says the group wants student union councillors to reconsider the
"We demand the immediate and complete reinstatement of the current autonomy agreement, given that UMSU presented
and passed this motion both unjustifiably
and illegitimately," he said.
Student union President Steven Fletcher
says that the move was made in response to
the concerns of several faculty associations,
student presidents, and a student group
named "the Association for the
Improvement of the Manitoban" (MM).
Romel Dhalla, a member of AIM, says
that councillors have made a "good move"
in deciding to terminate the autonomy
Dhalla—last year's Faculty of Arts student president—said last year's Manitoban
staff attempted to "demonise" and "discredit" him, and believes a new agreement
could prevent a similar incident from
"I think the [current] autonomy agreement doesn't provide for certain restrictions on 'Toban staff who go too far," he
The motion stipulates that the Manitoban
will lose funding and support services from
UMSU, and will be required to vacate its
office space no later than April 8.
One week after the motion was passed,
the student union scheduled several forums
billed as opportunities to assist in the creation of a new agreement with the paper.
But students at a forum on March 14
instead asked Fletcher to explain why
UMSU had taken the drastic measure of terminating the agreement already in place.
Discussion was interrupted several
times as students applauded demands for
UMSU to overturn the motion.
Fletcher rebuffed calls to restore the
agreement, but he says students who
oppose the motion aren't being ignored.
"Their voice was absolutely heard," he
said. "We're going to try and incorporate
their point of view into the agreement."
Fletcher says he needs more input to
accurately gauge students' opinion of the
Manitoban and the autonomy agreement.
He added that five more forums have
been scheduled across campus.
Manitoban editor-in-chief Kevin
Matthews says he is glad to see students
voicing their concerns over the motion.
"UMSU maintains that they were representing University of Manitoba students in
trying to contravene the agreement," he
said. "From what I've seen of these forums,
students are letting UMSU know that they
weren't representing their interests at all.
"UMSU wants suggestions, but what they
are getting is an expression of students'
shock and mistrust of their actions."**
 by Vanessa Ho
A proposal to increase grade point average
(GPA) admission requirements may make
it more difficult for college transfer students to attend UBC.
UBC is planning to raise the GPA
requirements for college students from
2.8 to 3.2. GPA is a commonly-used grading system that ranks a student's grades
between zero and four—four being equivalent to an A.
The change will affect college students
transferring into such programs as second- and third-year Arts and Sciences.
Comparatively, Simon Fraser University
has set its GPA requirement at 2.7.
UBC Associate Registrar Mary Cooney
said the change is a result of too many
applicants for too few spaces available for
college students. UBC anticipates an
increase of up to 20 to 30 per cent in the
number of applicants this year.
Lastyear, 1700 students applied for the
455 spaces available for transfer into the
second-year j\rts program. The number of
applicants also increased from 1330 the
previous year.
The story is similar for students applying to the faculty of Science, where there
was a 19 per cent increase in the number
of applicants in the last year.
College students, however, think the
proposal will discourage new students
from attending UBC.
Langara College student Samantha Tse,
who has applied to the third-year .Arts program, said the new standard is unrealistic.
"It's unfortunate but I will look elsewhere,"
she said.
Stephanie Callaghan, also a Langara
student, agrees. She said she would look at
attending school elsewhere if the GPA
requirement were to be set at 3.2.
"If UBC wants to raise it to 3.2, then
they will probably miss out on a lot of great
students," she said.
But Cooney said the new GPA requirement may be temporary and could
"It means the students with the higher
grades are sure of getting [in], but we can't
admit at a lower GPA right now until we
know how many applicants we have and
where the GPAs have fallen," she said.
"We hope it won't stay at 3.2," she
Adminstrators at colleges across the
Lower Mainland say they would be worried if the GPA requirement was raised
"I would have a concern because that
definitely would cut back oh the number of
students transferring," said Trish Angus,
registrar at Douglas College.
Penny Noble, a spokesperson for
Langara College, agreed, adding that the
proposed GPA change will cause students
to feel more stress and pressure to do well,
which may have an impact on Langara's
student support services.
According to Mark Veerkamp, BC
Chairperson for the Canadian Federation
of Students, one solution to the problem
may be to increase the total number of
spaces available at universities through
provincial government funding.
Veerkamp said he hopes that increasing the number of spaces will lead to a
decrease in the GPA entrance requirement
for college students.**
Loan information still unclear
by Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—Neither government nor
banking officials cannot provide key information about Canada's student loan system,
a Canadian University Press (CUP) investigation has revealed.
Earlier this month, three of Canada's
largest banks—the Royal Bank, CIBC and
Scotia Bank—announced they were no
longer administering the Canada Student
Loans program for the federal government,
citing monetary losses and lack of financial
guarantees from Ottawa for loan defaults.
But immediately following the announcement, conflicting reports began to circulate
about the real cost of the program and the
true demands of the banks.
Media reports said the loan system cost
anywhere from $1 billion to $1.8 billion a
year to administer. .And questions about the
true number of student loan defaults were
rampant, as critics accused the banks of
inflating the default rate numbers. Clarifying
details with those involved has proven very
"That sounds like an industry number.
Have you called the Canadian Bankers
Association?" asked CIBC representative
Shannon Bonus, when asked how many student loans the banks financed.
But when CUP contacted Sharron Wilks of
the Canadian Bankers Association, she
replied that only Human Resources
Development Canada (HRDC) and the banks
involved keep these numbers.
Meanwhile, Steve Dyck, a representative
from the Royal Bank, said the default rate on
student loans is at 2 7 per cent, citing HRDC
figures he said that he saw—the same figures that have been
reported in the media.
When asked how much the banks spent in administering
the program, Dyck wouldn't commit to numbers.
Upon suggestion that some media outlets reported the
amount to be $ 1 billion, he responded, "I don't know if that's
an accurate number."
The government did not provide much more information
than the banks.
Gino Trifiro, an HRDC spokesperson, told CUP he didn't
know how much the student loan system cost the banks to
"We can't calculate the cost last year because we were not
administering the system," he said. "What we can say is that
starting August 1 we will have to raise the capital to run the
program, and that is $ 1.8 billion."
Government critics say that the system is likely losing
"This program was a disaster and the banks realised the
situation wouldn't improve," said Henri Sader, a researcher
for New Democratic Party MP Lome Nystrom.
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Accurate loan default rates are also hard to come by.
The latest figures from Ottawa show 80 per cent of students repay their Canada Student Loans without incident,
while 13 per cent repay their loans after defaulting at least
In other words, 93 per cent of students eventually repay
their federal loans.
These numbers, however, date back to 1995—the same
year Human Resources Development Canada transferred the
loan system to the private sector. The banks have not since
released conclusive data to indicate the current default rate
Student leaders, meanwhile, say they are pleased the government will begin administering the loan program rather
than the banks, but add that the lack of concrete numbers on
the program is problematic.
"From our standpoint, the lack of information on this oixif
shows the lack of transparency in the student loan program"
said Michael Conlon, national chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
Such figures as the cost of administering the student loai
program were public information until 1995 when the st>
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UBC Ultimate champions
look to win US nationals
by Naomi Kim
The UBC men's and
women's Ultimate teams
are vying for the ultimate
After winning the
Canadian National
Ultimate Championships
during their fall season,
both teams are looking to
continue their success
down south in the US college nationals—the highest level of competition
available to disc-flickers—and dominate the
Ultimate world.
The teams play under
the College Division of
the aAmerican-based
Ultimate Players
Association (UPA). The
US college series rims
from April to the end of
May with the 2000 UPA
College Championships
taking place in Boise,
Idaho from May 26-28.
But to get to the top,
the teams will first have
to win sectionals, then
finish in the top two in
regionals before reaching the US nationals. UBC
plays in the Northwest
section which includes
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British Columbia (UBC and the University of Victoria being the only Canadian teams), Alaska, Washington,
and a small section of Oregon.
UBC will face some tough US competition, but they are a strong team. The women's team has won their
section every year since the team started four years ago. The team has qualified for US nationals for the past
two of three years. Lastyear, the women finished in fourth place and were the only Canadian team there.
This year, the team is ranked second out of over 100 US colleges.
Regionals will basically be an early glimpse of what to expect at nationals. The Northwest is the biggest
and toughest region—which also includes California, Oregon and Washington—because all of the best teams
are in the West For the women, their biggest rivals are Stanford University, the University of Oregon and
the University of California at Davis.
"It's like those teams always vie for the two [US national qualifying] spots," said Lara Mussell, one of four
co-captains on the team.
They'll face the best competition in the US, but they're optimistic.
"Our goal is to win US college nationals," said co-captain Wiljo Captein, now in her third year on the team.
"Our chances this year are really good," continued Mussell, "because we've had a core group of girls that
have been growing with the team over the past fewyears...that's why our goal is so high. But not..."
"...unattainable," finished Captein.
Their 7-0 UPA record is reason enough for their confidence. Included in those wins are victories over
Davis and Stanford. Earlier this season, UBC participated in the annual Stanford Invitational, featuring some
of the toughest competition in the country. UBC won the tournament this year, and took the title away from
Stanford, the host and reigning champion. It was a first for UBC, but that was not all the women accomplished.
"It was a pretty big deal that we won," explained Mussell, "because we were the only Canadian team. It's
the first time a Canadian team has won and it's the first time that Stanford didn't redeem their title."
On the men's side, this season could prove to be one of the biggest as they try to qualify for the US nationals for the first time. UBC, the only Canadian men's team, is ranked 22 out of over 100 American teams and
their record is 3-3. They recently won a tournament in Oregon in which they faced competition from other
teams in their region.
And hopefully the tournament will be a good indication for how the team will perform at regionals, where
they will compete for spots with Stanford, Santa Barbara, and Oregon—Northwest teams ranked in the US
top ten.
Despite the sports popularity in Canada, there is more funding in the States with schools even offering
Ultimate scholarships.
Ultimate is probably one of the lowest maintenance sports, with cleats and discs being the only necessities. The UBC team received sponsorship by Gaia, who provided their practice uniforms. This year, the
team's game uniforms were provided by Concrete Graphics.
The largest expense for the team is travel, since all of their tournaments are in the States. In addition to
money out of their own pockets, the key for the team is fundraising.
"We do all our own fundraising," said Mussell.
The team is able to raise about 25 per cent of their costs through raffles, pub nights and selling discs.
Right now, the team is fundraising for their upcoming trips to sectionals and regionals.
There is little doubt that a trip to Boise, Idaho is also on the minds of the women's team that has consistently finished well in the UPA.
"Every year we keep getting better and better," said Mussell. "I'm not surprised by the success because of
that core group of girls that we've got growing with the team."
Many of the original team players will be graduating this year, giving them even more incentive to finish
well in their final year on the team. The large turnover will be the first for the fairly new team, but some
strong players will remain, including players on the practice roster.
Both men's and women's teams have a good chance of qualifying for the US nationals, and if there's a
time for the women to win it all, it's this year. For the many graduating players, they'll definitely want to go
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High school's best come to UBC
 by Naomi Kim
Grade 12 athletes from all over the province found their
way to UBC for an all-star sports Saturday. The weekend
was a chance for BC M-Star high school football and basketball players to play on Point Grey turf, and for some,
it won't be their last
If any of the UBC coaches have their way, we'll be seeing at least a few of these rising stars around campus
next year.
The Senior Bowl gathered the top 120 BC high school
football players at Thunderbird Stadium. Coaches from
UBC and SFU, in addition to coaches from Queen's,
aAlberta, and McGill were on hand to watch the the game.
Team Blue demolished Team White on the ground to
win 21-10. Blue finished with 157 yards rushing compared to White's 30 yards—including just one yard in the
second half.
Sporting a UBC baseball hat, 5'9", 189 lb. linebacker
Adam Smith from Delta is one of the UBC recruits who
made a commitment early on
"I just really liked the idea of playing for Vanier Cup,"
said Smith. He also got along well with the UBC coaches
over the weekend and says he looks forward to playing
for them.
Vancouver College product Sean Hepple, a 6'4", 205
lb. defensive lineman will also be coming to UBC. He
plans on eventually becoming a teacher, and his reasons for choosing UBC hinge around the strong academics and the good football program.
"Close to home but far enough that I get to hve in
res," he added. "And the coaches here are very competent coaches, I think that's the problem at some of the
other universities."
"After this, the big push for us as far as recruiting
[which started in August] is now putting on the squeeze," said UBC defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe, who coached the defensive backs on the blue team. "We identify
which guys we want and we want to make sure they're coming to our place."
Also taking place on Saturday was the BC high school basketball all-star game at
War Memorial Gym.
The girls took the court first and the Red Team, which came up from an early small
deficit, sealed their win with a long pass to Duchess Park guard Laura Foster with
eight seconds remaining.
It was the players' last game as high school students, and many have not committed to a post-secondary school yet. Those who have committed had different reasons
for their choices.
"I didn't have any interest in CIAU schools," said Devon Campbell, who wanted to
play in the NAIA and committed to SFU earlier this year for that reason. Recently however, SFU abandoned the NAIA to join the CIAU. "Circumstances changed a little bit,
so I hope to still go there...that's the plan right now," said Campbell.
The boys' game followed the girls' match. It remained tight throughout, and was
tied at 103 with just over a minute remaining. Then, 6'3" Yale Secondary guard
Adam Friesen scored from the top to bring the Red team ahead, and with less than
12 seconds left, 6'3" Oak Bay guard Chris Trumpy nailed his two free throws for the
Red to end the game 107-103.
"You get to meet all the guys you wanted to kill during the season and be friends
again," said Blue Team co-MVP guard Karlo Villanuva from Richmond Secondary
School about the game. He stands at least five inches shorter than his listed 5'9" and
is not sure where he'll go next.
Nathan Ashmead, a 6'6" forward from Stelly's Secondary School in Saanich is considering UBC. He had received a tour of campus earlier in the day.
"I'm looking here. I'm also looking at UVic. I've applied to both schools," said
Ashmead who has not yet decided between what he considers are both excellent
schools with excellent basketball programs. His decision will basically come down to
whether he "want[s] to go away or stay home."
Former UBC head coach Bruce Enns considers Friesen "the best player in the
WHICH WAY? BC's best high school athletes head in every direction
after graduation. Some to UBC, some to the States, many still undecided. Above, Blue team quarterback gets his hand on the ball in Senior
Bowl play, winning 21-10. On the courts, the Red teams won in both the
men's (107-103) and women's (84-81) basketball action. Blue team forward Paul Marr goes up for the basket, right, tara westover photo
province," who he recruited earlier this year. The Fraser Valley
and BC All-Star set a new scoring record at the provincial
championships and leads the
all-stars with 33 points per
game. He also maintains an A-
plus average in school.
His commitment in January
was secure, but he admitted that
his consideration has changed
since Enns announced earlier
this month that he was leaving
"I still would like to come
here but just with the new
coaches," he said, pausing. "It's
still one of my top choices."
Like the other recruits, he
wants to go to UBC partly
because of its good location.
And while he is still waiting to
see how the coaching situation
turns out, Friesen and many of
the other senior athletes at this
weekend's all-star games agree
that UBC's academics are a definite drawing point
"This school is good for education," said Friesen. "So I
couldn't see any real negatives. "♦>
The UBC baseball team played against
Central Washington University (CWU) in
Ellensburg, WA over the weekend, losing
both games of the double header 7-6 and
The team will have a chance to
rematch against CWU this weekend in
two double headers, one on Saturday, and
one on Sunday. The Birds will also play
Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA on Friday.
The men's team played in the annual
Spring Cup tournament in Victoria and
had a practice on their endurance in two
overtime games.
Saturday, UBC played against SFU with
midfielder Aaron Keay scoring the only
goal for the Birds in a 1-1 regulation time
tie. The game went to penalty kicks with
UBC coming out victorious 5-4. Sunday,
UBC lost in the final to UVic. UBC midfielder Danny Haggart scored for the
Birds, but the game was lost after double
overtime for a final score of 2-1.
UBC went to Victoria over the weekend
and took the Spring Cup from the host
Victoria Vikes.
After defeating SFU 2-1, the Birds
played UVic and won 3-2 with goals from
forward Rosalyn Hicks (2) and fifth-year
midfielder Lyndsey Burkinshaw.
At the 79th Annual Bird Block Award
Banquest, UBC athletic accomplishments
were awarded at the Hyatt Regency on
March 23. Jessica Mills and Guy Davis
took home the top honours of UBC
Athletes of the Year.
The Marilyn Pomfret Trophy for the
female athlete of the year was a talent-
filled nomination category, but Mills, the
UBC all-time leading scorer and two-time
CIAU First Team aAll-Canadian and Royal
Bank Academic All-Canadian won the
award. This season, she led the women's
basketball team in scoring and rebounds
in addition to finishing her first year in
medical school.
The Bobby Gaul Trophy for the graduating male athlete of the year went to
Davis who, after missing the first half of
the season with an abdominal hernia,
blasted his way up the CIAU standings in
kills and helped the men's volleyball
team defeat two number-one ranked
teams and drastically climb the CIAU
team rankings. The Birds went on a second term reversal and racked up the
wins, just one win short of making the
national championships in the wildcard
The Thunderbird Team of the Year
was really the teams of the year. The Du
Vivier Award were the national champioi
women's field hockey team and men's
and women's swim team. In addition to
winning the CIAU title this year, it was the
second consecutive championship for the
women's field hockey team. For the swim
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SEVEN LONG YEARS: Lucio Munoz, seen above with his daughter Lucia, will be taking UBC to court for his treatment during his time as a grad student between 1993 and 1998. He claims that his time at UBC was replete wi
total procedural failure, and that he should have had his Ph.D as far back as 1996. tara westover phto
In his townhouse at Hampton Placeon the edge of campus, Munoz has two nearly lined-up piles
folders sitting next to the couch in his living room. They're filled with documents—letters of recoi
mendation, e-mails, written appeals, professional opinions. Over the fireplace are photos of him wi
his daughter Leticia. In another room downstairs, more mountains of folders are neatly piled on tl
floor. Munoz, 44, is anxious to talk about them.
Directly opposite the folders is a row of three computers. He is only using one of these. Each of tl
other two contain one of two Ph.D-level theses that Munoz has written since he first came to UBC
1993. Munoz considers this an impressive achievement—but he has not yet been given the opportui
ty to make his formal defence of either thesis.
"The only thing I came to UBC for is my Ph.D," he says. "And the only thing I am looking for is n
Ph.D aAnd I've been working all this time for my Ph.D."
All this time adds up to seven years. Munoz began studying at UBC in 1993, and since then he hi
been trying to obtain his Ph.D in Forestry. Along the way, he has found himself caught in administr
rive and policy loopholes that have left him and his family in limbo—emotionally, personally, and fina
dally. /After seven years of fighting the university internally this week Munoz will formally launch a
administrative lawsuit against UBC in a case that questions the idea of a university's service to its st
He will argue that he exhausted all reasonable venues at UBC to try to obtain a degree that he believt
he should have been granted in 1996. He will argue that the university failed to provide a healtt
research environment to support his thesis. Despite the fact that his research is considered cutting-eel^
in some forestry circles, the university has continually insisted that it is right to deny him a Ph.D
Born in El Salvador to a poor family, Munoz began university in 1973 at the National University <
El Salvador. It took him nine years to receive his diploma in aAgricultural Engineering because for ha
the time, the university was closed by the army. After finally receiving his degree in 1984, Muhc
worked for a land reform company. In 1986, he was offered a scholarship to do his Master's degree i
aAgricultural Economics at Ohio State University, and he accepted.
aAfter completing his Master's, Munoz had to decide whether or not to return to El Salvador. Becaus
of pohtical instability at home, he decided to seek refugee status in Canada in 1988. He lived in Calgai
and worked for a company called Western Inventory Services. While there, he married a Japanes
woman named Tomoko Murakami in 1991, whom he'd met at Boston University in 1986, where the
were both learning English. Munoz and his wife moved to Vancouver where Munoz hoped to obtain hi
Ph.D at UBC. Without one, he believed he would be unable to get a job that employed all of his skills.
Initially, he thought he and Tomoko would be able to have two children, one year apart Instead the
had Leticia in 1993, and waited until 1998 to have their second daughter, Lucia. Tomoko is now suj
porting the family on her small office assistant's salary. Munoz thought that he would receive his Ph.]
by 1996. He's still waiting.
When he thinks of all that has happened to him and his family in the seven years since he came t
UBC, he becomes overcome with emotion.
T can take a lot of pressure, but not my family," Munoz says, in tears.
"At one point somebody told me, your family or your diploma?' I said, 'without family, I have notl
ing. And without the diploma I cannot support my family' I was caught in a situation where I feel ther THE UBYSSEY ■ TUESDAY. MARCH 28.2000
was no way out."
Cornelius van Kooten, a Forestry professor at UBC—who agreed to take on Munoz as a
Forestry Ph.D candidate. They agreed to a three-year program in which Munoz would spend
one year studying the next year applying his knowledge in field work on Vancouver Island,
and the third year writing and defending his thesis.
But in January 1995, only a year into the program, Munoz discovered that van Kooten
would be going on sabbatical leave to Europe. /As well, no supervisory committee was established despite Faculty of Forestry guidelines stipulating that a full committee must be constituted by the end of the first year of study. It is up to the supervisor to ensure that this happens. .As well, no funding was secured to pay for Munoz's research—something which van
Kooten might have assisted him with.
Munoz was left to find a new supervisor, and the full-time student paying full-time tuition
had no office or computer to use—something almost all graduate students are provided.
By March, Forestry Professor David Tait had agreed to be Munoz's next supervisor.
However, Tait considered Munoz's first research proposal—developed in concert with van
Kooten—to be unacceptable and encouraged him to come up with a new research proposal.
Munoz decided to drop his first thesis, despite the fact that he had been working on it since
he left Ohio State, and van Kooten had been strongly behind it In a letter of support, van
Kooten praised Munoz's initial proposal, but worried about whether funding would be available to complete his research on forest resources management Even though his first focus
was theoretical, Munoz required funding to apply his theory and collect survey data.
"aAU that time was lost," says Munoz. "By the time I withdrew that thesis I had practically
written the whole thesis. We [were] discussing the whole thesis, not one chapter. [Van
Kooten] described how good my thesis was, how good my theory was, how I had been able
to develop the whole model by myself and that the only problem was that I couldn't get
money." But despite the mistakes that were made, Munoz adapted himself to the demands.
"At that point I was still positive," he recalls.
Within three weeks of withdrawing his first thesis, Munoz developed a second. His new
proposal centred on a rapid deforestation assessment and planning methodology for
Central aAmerica, using qualitative comparative analysis. He says that his professors
believed that his second thesis was better than the first one.
Suddenly things began to fall into place. Within three months, Munoz had a full committee to supervise him, he had secured funding to complete research in Central America,
and he had Tait as a supervisor.
By the summer of 1996, Munoz was ready for his oral examination. Despite the fact that
he hadn't yet been able to apply his research in the field, he was told by the committee that
his theoretical model was strong enough for him to start defending his thesis.
Between April and June of 1996, the committee met several times to aid Munoz in the
completion of his thesis. His Ph.D oral exam was scheduled for June 26, 1996. Only four of
the six committee members attended. Two supported his thesis, and two opposed it. Munoz
was given until October to make revisions—a common practice amongst graduate students.
A letter reporting on the results of the examination prepared by Antal Kozak, the associate dean of Forestry at the time, says that Munoz "did not show adequate depth in any
specific area. He is not an economist, a statistician, a forester...and so on. The committee also recognised that his proposal does not actually require that he be of any particular discipline."
For the next few months, Munoz worked—with the advice of Tait and committee member Peter Boothroyd—on preparing a revised proposal. Munoz says that the two were
pleased with his progress, and he says that he was assured that the changes he made would
be approved by the committee. At this point, Munoz's world began to spin out of control.
Five days after assuring him that three members of the committee had stated their support for his thesis, Tait informed Munoz that his newly-revised thesis proposal was facing
rejection. Tait didn't explain any further, and to this day, Munoz doesn't know why the decision was made. He had received e-mail after e-mail from committee members in support
of his revised thesis. He had received no indications that there were any problems with it.
And then all of a sudden, Tait was giving him three options: to withdraw, to improve his current thesis, or to change the entire proposal.
Munoz says that the news took him by surprise. "I could not believe it Really I was not
there," he says. "At that point, I came to think of the people in the Faculty with little, little, little, little good faith."
When contacted by Ihe Ubyssey, Tait declined to commentdue to the pending legal suit.
In a memo to John McLean, acting dean of Forest Sciences, Tait indicated that, after
reviewing the first three chapters of the revised Research Proposal, the committee "unanimously concluded that the candidate had been unable to provide a focused Research
Proposal that would lead to a defensible thesis," and recommended that Munoz not be
admitted to Candidacy.
According to Munoz and Alma Mater Society (/AMS) Policy Analyst Desmond Rodenbour,
who has been assisting Munoz, the omission of an oral examination was the next big policy failure—Munoz had improved the same thesis that had been one vote short of approval
in the previous oral examination.
Kenneth Craig associate dean of Graduate Studies, suggested that Munoz should be
allowed to present and defend his revised research proposal. He said in a letter to the committee that techniques similar to Munoz's were successful and were being published. There
was a lot of support for Munoz's ideas.
But after the first negative assessment of his work, Munoz doubted that the committee
would provide him with a fair hearing. "It hurt me because they appear to prefer in the
Faculty of Forestry quantitatively-based research which is fine. [But if that were the case]
they shouldn't have taken my thesis in the first place, and that really hurt me."
Munoz spent the next months trying to find a place for his thesis in other university faculties, such as the School of Planning or the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate
Program. He no longer trusted the Faculty of Forestry to treat him fairly. He continued to
compile research for his thesis.
Munoz took his ideas to dozens of professors. He obtained dozens of professional opinions of his thesis from faculty members across campus and from Simon Fraser University,
as well as from international experts. And many—because over 30 positive responses from
UBC faculty alone—saw his research as truly oitring-«dge.
"The thesis represents a superior piece of work which...should make a significant contribution to the field," read one letter from SFU geography Professor John Brohman.
"In my opinion, Mr. Munoz has produced a Ph.D-level thesis on his own combining
rapid assessment techniques and qualitative comparative research, which represents
an excellent and original contribution to knowledge," writes Daniel Selener, regional
director for Latin /America at the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction in
Ecuador. Munoz has many more such letters.
But because his proposal covers such a broad range of topics, his efforts to find a new
faculty were fruitless. Munoz began to investigate his options for appeal. aAfter appealing to
the Faculty of Forestry, to the Equity Office, and to the /AMS, Munoz decided to
launch an academic appeal to the UBC Senate.
"It was obvious that the Faculty of Forestry was not interested in solving my situation, either formalising my second thesis or to name a committee, so I asked the
dean of the Facility of Forestry to request my withdrawal," says Munoz.
He could not appeal until he had formally withdrawn from Forestry. In the ensuing academic appeal to the UBC Senate Appeals Committee in 1998, Munoz, with
the help of Rodenbour, outlined in a 23-page summary why he thought he should
be granted his Ph.D. The appeal asserts that "the research environment provided
by UBC was clearly unreasonable and a violation of the contractual agreement with
Mr. Munoz."
Rodenbour outlined in detail each stage of Munoz's rigorous academic career
at UBC, which he says was "plagued with policy failures and poor academic support" /As well, Munoz asserted that he "no longer has any trust or faith in the UBC
academic structure." He says that at every level he had fulfilled his obligations as a
graduate student, and that the procedural failures warranted a fairer solution.
"It would be unreasonable to suggest that he re-enter the system that has created such extensive hardship and strife in his life," his appeal continues. The remedy he sought from the Senate Academic Appeals Committee was a Ph.D. That's not
what he received.
Senate Committee admitted that there were procedural failures.
'You have some serious and valid criticisms of your experience at UBC," the
committee told Munoz in a letter.
"A supervising committee should have been established both to guide you in
your research and to assist you in the preparation of your thesis."
But still, the Senate Committee did not believe that granting Munoz a Ph.D
would be the proper remedy. It said a "properly constituted examining committee
within the Faculty of Forestry has determined that you did not pass the comprehensive examination and should be required to withdraw. You did not satisfy the
Senate Committee that there was anything improper or unfair about that decision."
Rodenbour and Munoz agree with the vast majority of the Senate Committer's
decisions, but assert that Munoz did not fail the oral exam because a second one
never occurred. They believe that this wasn't allowed to happen because Munoz
was caught in a web of policy failures and intricacies, and that the Senate
Committee should have come up with alternate remedies to the problem.
"The university has yet to provide any evidence that Lucio ever failed anything,"
says Rodenbour. Munoz agrees. He has countless e-mails and letters of support for
his thesis, but has never been provided with any firm evidence that his thesis is not
"During the past several years, no one has come to counter-argue any of my
ideas," he says. "Whenever I present something I support the alternative. So academically I feel very good...If somebody comes academically to show me you are
wrong, I would be very grateful."
Meanwhile, other international studies similar to his are being published.
Munoz says that there are numerous books in his line of research. He says companies in Latin /America are demanding his work. But he must wait for publication.
"I could have been the first," he says.
After being turned down by the Appeals Committee, Munoz could have quit "As
anyone who has been in a position to fight the bureaucracy or to fight for their
rights against what appears to be insurmountable odds, the tendency is to give up,"
says Rodenbour. "The tendency is to cut your losses and walk away."
But that's not what Munoz chose to do. He appealed the Senate Committee's
decision to the UBC Board of Governors and to UBC President Martha Piper. In
her reply, Piper stood behind the Senate decision, asserting that "the Senate has
delegated this authority to the Committee and so it would be inappropriate for
me to intervene."
And the university still stands by the Senate's decision.
"The Senate is the superior governing body of the university," says Dennis
Pavlich, the university's lawyer. "From the university's point of view, [the decision]
is final and we think that the Senate handled the matter very fairly."
/Although Pavlich acknowledges that there were policy failures, he argues that
the Senate made a fair review.
"In substance, it was a fair process," he says. "The conclusion is entirely
Munoz, in despair, is doubtful that there will be any quick resolution. His wife
is still supporting their family on her small salary, and Munoz has considered leaving home, he says. He doesn't want to be a burden on her any longer.
"She gets angry at me and she screams at me. That's fine because I understand
it's my fault. I didn't foresee what would happen to me," he says.
The AMS and the Graduate Student Society have supported Munoz from the
beginning. The AMS has devoted $3 000 towards any legal expenses involved in his
"Likely the one student who could have put UBC on the map for that has been
systematically destroyed by the institution for those unique and innovative ideas,"
says Rodenbour. "That's a travesty of a societal level and an academic image level
for the university as well as a tragedy for an individual student"
LEVEL, Munoz took his case to the BC Ombudsperson. He was appealing the
Senate Committee's decision not to grant him a Ph.D or to come up with an
alternative solution.
After reviewing Munoz's case, Eileen Diersch, the ombudsman officer, decided
not to investigate his complaint, asserting that it was not substantiated. While the
Senate Committee did identify procedural failures, she concluded in her report
that these failures did not play into the decision that Munoz should withdraw.
"The university's position was that you failed to meet the standards of the Ph.D
program in 1996 and that the university had been within its rights to have you
withdrawn," she wrote.
Pavlich says that this just further confirms that the Senate Committee's decision
was appropriate.
One more stone in his path. But Munoz continues to fight
"We had hoped that [Diersch] would be able to mediate some sort of solution,"
says Rodenbour. "Lucio has never wanted anything more than to be treated fairly,
to have an opportunity to present his work, and to be granted a Ph.D degree based
on the value of his research."
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This week, Rodenbour and
Munoz will direct lawyer Robert
Pryer to launch an administrative lawsuit against UBC. They
would like the Senate to explore
more options.
"A judge wouldn't reverse a
decision. The most that could be
hoped for would be a referral back
to the Senate Appeal Committee
for re-evaluation, basically to redo
it," explains Pryer.
"Our argument would be that
the university did not provide
their side of the deal," adds
Rodenbour. "They must work with
him to hve up to their end of the
Munoz has endured a "David and
Goliath" experience.
At every stage—from failing to
convene a committee to oversee
Munoz's first thesis, to failing to
provide Munoz with the opportunity to defend his second thesis, to
deciding that there was no other
alternative than for Munoz to withdraw—Munoz and Rodenbour
believe that UBC contravened its
obligation to provide each graduate student with a supportive
research environment
Munoz is willing to settle out of
court He wants to be given guarantees of unbiased judging. But,
more importantly, he wants to
find a job so he can help his wife
pay the bills, and buy some nice
birthday gifts for his daughters.
But most of all, he wants his Ph.D.
"I tell my wife I'll die, but this
research will stay," he says.
"I think that this series of
events should outrage students on
this campus," says Rodenbour. "It
should outrage citizens of British
Columbia who are paying for this
Munoz hasn't been back to El
Salvador since September 9,
1986. It's been over 13 years since
he has seen his father and brother.
He says his father might die soon.
"If I had been able to get my
PhD in 1996, the first thing I
would have done was go back to El
Salvador," he says, more tears
welling up in his eyes. He also
promised his wife he'd send her to
Japan to visit her family, and he'd
like to keep that promise. aAfter two
hours of talking, Munoz can only
end by reiterating the point he had
been making the entire time:
"Since the first day, the only
thing I want is to formalise my thesis," he says.
Now it's up to the courts to
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 by Graeme Worthy
1) Gel a Master's degree, and
apply to the Ph.D program.
(Sometimes a student can apply
directly after bring accepted into
a .Master's program.)
2) Spain, a supervisor. You are
responsible for identifying at
least two additional committee
mi'mbers, but the chair of the
committee is ultimately responsible for determining the composition of the ujiuiiiiltet:—usually
three or more academics doing
research in the same field. You
will meet with the committee at
least once a year.
H) The Jirtit two years of the Ph.D
program are normally spent
studying fur a comprehensive
exam, and taking rourses. .A 68
ppr rent average is required lo
pass the exam.
4) Submit your thesis proposal. If
your thesis proposal is accepted,
and you pass the comprehensive
i.xain, then you become a Ph.D
candidate. If not, you will either
have the opportunity to rework
tlie proposal, or will be asked lo
5) Research. This takes about
three years. Write your thesis.
6) Defend your thesis. This consists of two parts: the departmen
tal defense, and normally six
weeks later, the university
defense. AI the departmental
defense, your advisory committee proposes minor changes and
asks questions. Ii' you pa.ss this
defense' you go on to tlie university defense. An external examiner
and an oul-ofdupartmenl chair
join Iiii' committee and _\ou present your Ihosip once more. Alter
tliis presentation, the rummittue
decides if the thesis is acceptable.
7) If you are successful, your
thesis will be submitted to the
library for publication. And
then there's concovation—
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 by Fara Tabatabai
There's something incredibly
amusing about people who don't
want to get married being forced
to against their will. Not to mention tlie hiimaur inherent in the
liyes%f people who are already
married. And that's what the
four one-act plays in Studio 58'$ ■
production of It s a Farce are all
about—love and marriage, and
the hilarious situations that can
The one-acts are all content
porary versions of FrenSli plaj|S
by such famous playwrights as
Moliere and Ionesco and they
are all, on the whole, pretty
damn funny. The first play,:;
Wooed and Viewed by Cieoorge?
Feydeau, opens with aiovery
happy man named Hector fScott
Fee) explaining to the audience
that his wife, jealous of what she
perceives to be her husband's
affair with the maid, has gone to
her mother's house, leaving
Hector to savour the first taste of
bachelor bliss he has had in
years However, beforejyi^can
settle down to his dinner, a busty
Brazilian woman named Bmma~
(Jody-Kay Matklew) hursts in and
delflt^ds%itMiirtor mile lovW
fl§|her—sjot, of course, %cause
she is actually attracted to bim,;:S
but In Oatder.,^ punish H$r husband far aU iy# jealous suspi-'
cions. The dialogue is hilarious,!!
but what really pulls the play off
is the incredible acting, particularly on the part of Fee. Marklew
is good as well, but she is largely
eclipsed by the dynamic energy
of Fee; whose physical actions
and facial expressions are per-
fe ctly timed.
The next play, Jack, or The
Submission, is Unfortunately not
nearly as good. Still, there is initially a lot to laugh at in this
absurdist Ionescp piece, including a house where the only sitting room is a pile of feces and a
mam character who refuses to
marry a girl with three noses
becaufe Sh>: "ilr^lugly enough."
If the play luilers, it's not from
lack of actmg*talent, but rather
from the tedious and drawn-out
nature of the play itself.
Eventually, the absurdity
becomes so banal and the jokes?
jo repetitive that the whole thihg
simply ceases fco be amusing.
The last two plays, A Matter of
Wife and Death by Eugene
£ahiche and The Forced
Marriage by lylbliereo far^ ably
the most amusing and energetic
play of the entire^ production),
are botrt;excellent. The act§ng in
bothfs superb an4 the mbiatipns
simply   hysterical.   Beyond   a
of Wife and Death, which has an
otherwise bold and intelligent
Gaston (Adam Underwood)
crouching downss:jubmissively
before Erm Monahjn's to-the-tee
rendition of VMane,  there is
fnothlng negative to say about
either of these plays. Really,
apart from the slow failure of
:^|ic!^4he entire production is a
.After all, it's love and mar-
jjage   that  take   centre   stage
here—and there isn't a thing in
all the  world that has more
comic potential. ♦
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Sot so slick this time,  Oasanora
at the Telus Studio Theatre
until Apr. 1
by Julian Dowling
One thing that's certain about recent UBC
Theatre productions, you never know
whether you're going to be appalled or
entertained. The most recent Freddie
Wood production, Life and a Lover, about
the relationship between Virginia Woolf
and fellow Bloomsbury Groupie Vita
Sackville-West, featured superb acting.
Unfortunately, Casanova, Constance
Congdon's play set in the 18th century, is
an incoherent feminist drama that fails
to create much dramatic tension.
Director Gregory Berry chose a conventional seating arrangement, with the
audience looking down on the action.
However, some scenes occur on a platform that divides the audience, meaning
that those seated in the lower half must
crane their necks to catch what's going
on behind them. Also, without a raised
stage, the audience can see behind the
wings where the actors waiting for their
cues off-stage are clearly visible. All this
is distracting and detracts from the overall impression of the play.
Peter Hall as Casanova does a fine job
in the lead role, though he doesn't get
much support from the rest of the cast.
There are too many scenes between the
very gay, but not very funny, Bobo
(Joshua Reynolds) and Casanova's
estranged daughter Sophie (Jennifer
MacLennan). Many of the actors play several roles, which wouldn't be so confusing if the scenes weren't so jumbled. The
play is a series of flashbacks narrated by
the aging Casanova who is en route to the
Dux Castle with his companion, Uta
(Heather Redmond). Though it's never
made explicit in the play, Casanova has
been hired to work as curator of the castle's library.
During the voyage, Casanova recalls
the adventures of his youthful self
(played with gusto by Zain Meghji).
Casanova the younger, plagued by a medical condition that makes his nose bleed
periodically, goes to a fortune teller who
predicts that he will be loved by many
women. Casanova entertains the idea of
becoming a priest before his lust for
women becomes too great. He begins by
seducing Bellino (j\lexia Hagen), a choirboy whom he suspects is a girl. The
scenes that follow are smutty snapshots
from Casanova's amorous adventures
around Europe.
Casanova senior, while traveling with
Uta, hears voices in his head which are
actually the words of his jaded ex-lover's
ghost, Therese (An Kosurko). Therese
tries to warn Uta of her companion's
lecherous reputation, and berates
Casanova for his infidelities. These
scenes are cleverly scripted and well performed.
In the second half, Casanova's desperation, arising out of poverty, leads him to
service various wealthy women who
desire him for his reputation. He convinces Madame d'urfe (Laura Clarke)
that he can make her wish—to be reborn
as a man—come true if she gives birth to
a male child. After Casanova delivers his
seed, he takes the money and runs.
Another woman. Mademoiselle
Charpillon (Heather Redmond), mocks
Casanova's pride and is raped as a consequence. After these degrading scenes,
the audience is left feeling no pity for
Casanova, who pines for his first love
Caterina (Sarah Henriques) whom he
spurned years ago.
Casanova is a feminist play that
seethes with rage against male privilege
and rips apart any romantic notions surrounding Casanova. Even if he was as
bad as Congdon makes him out to be, it's
a shame that in remembering his adventures, we must deny any possibility that
true love can exist uncorrupted by male
On this note, the 1999-2000 UBC theatre season comes to a close. In a year
that has seen some great productions
like Crimes of the Heart and Life and a
Lover, Casanova is one of those that takes
on an angry feminist script, and fails to
breathe much life into it. Still, with such
a deep pool of acting talent in the;BFA
program, we can look forward to next
year's season.**
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horizon. You see Tara Westover and Naomi Kim had awoken the
Army of Darkness when they had failed to listen to Calum
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'Necronomicon.* a sacred book of the dead that Jaime Tong and
Julian Dowling had made with the help of Fara Tabatabai.
Melanie Streich readied her "boom stick' and Regina Yung and
Cynthia Lee prepared the flaming arrows. Todd Silver called for
the Sword Boy (Graeme Worthy) and Tom Peacock secretly
wished he hadn't shaved off his 'stache. Jeremy Beaulne and
Lisa Denton were manning Tristan Winch's station wagon, fully-
equipped and ready to smash some living dead skull when
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freedom of the press. For those who
weren't here in 1994, this newspaper was
once shut down in a political power play.
So when another newspaper has its financial and editorial autonomy threatened,
we get our backs up.
aAnd it's happening in Winnipeg. The
Manitoban is the official student newspaper
of the University of Manitoba (U of M). And
it's good. It's a funny, irreverent, interesting
newspaper that has existed for 86 years.
But their student union isn't so
impressed. The University of Manitoba
Students' Union (UMSU) has long clashed
with the 'Toban, which isn't too surprising.
Campus politics at the U of M make our
own AMS elections look like a kindergarten
class, and we have heard the student politicians there have a reputation for power-
mongering. The Manitoban is the only real
check on the student union's activities. So
if and when UMSU does something stupid,
the Manitoban prints in their newspaper
that UMSU did something stupid. It makes
for a tense situation, sometimes.
So UMSU decided to try to do something about all that negative press coverage. Without consulting the Manitoban,
they passed a motion in council to terminate the autonomy agreement between
UMSU and the newspaper, which regulates the newspaper's funding and keeps
the 'Toban and UMSU nice and separate.
The motion involves cutting off the
Toban's funding and giving an order to
evict the newspaper from its offices by
April 12. UMSU President Steven Fletcher
claims that the move was made because of
three points: one, a financial statement
was delivered late; two, the newspaper
had not filed affadavits under the
Newspaper Act; and three, for refusing
UMSU advertising space, which is specified under the Separation Agreement
between the two.
Well, the financial statement came late
after an extension had been agreed upon,
affadavits had been filed consistently since
1985, and the Manitoban contends that
the ad copy contained misleading and
'defamatory* statements. But even though
Fletcher has said that "reasonable people
should sit down and talk this out," UMSU
has refused to consult. Why did they act
with so little regard for the student and
public interest?
It's not like the Manitoban hasn't
endured enough this year. Even before
UMSU decided to try to muzzle them, the
'Toban had to deal with mass dumpings of
the National Post on campus, which was
cutting into their pickup and distribution.
So while they've been fighting the Post, it
seems to us that UMSU jumped them from
All of this amounts to a transparent and
blatant attempt to silence a free press that
enjoys the support of its readership. And if
UMSU had a shred of decency and sense,
they'd back off now. Unfortunately, that
doesn't seem to be the most probable scenario. So we hope that the Manitoban
takes them to court, and we hope they win
this political tug-of-war. While a student
union may never stop playing their little
games, a free student press is the only way
to keep them playing by the rules.»>
Tom's article
Tom Peacock's article, "Prison
Issue Volunteers," was published in the Ubyssey [Mar. 10]
and the SFU Peak [Mar.20]. We
are writing because we want
you to know the truth, which
was unfortunately, not presented in the portion of the article
dedicated to the LINC group.
If one were to extract the
comments made by the ex-
offenders from the article, it
would be very easy to identify
the honesty, integrity, and commitment these individuals
show in choosing a path that
leads away from the wrongs of
their pasts to a more positive
and       prosperous       future.
However, these truths are
masked by Tom Peacock's
condescending commentaries
regarding the group and its purpose. Unfortunately, it is the
very labels that were utilised in
this article (i.e., reservoir dogs,
disenchanted carpenters...) that
make it so difficult for ex-
offenders to come back into
their community and change
their life for the better—which
we all benefit from. For example, Mr. Peacock used the label
of "reservoir dogs" (someone
who kills with no remorse) to
describe the men in this group.
Firstly this blatant generalisation of these individuals is
false! We find it very disappointing that a young, educated
individual could not have the
ingenuity to sense the inspiring
goodness  of this group.  Mr.
Peacock entered this group as
an outsider; yet no one questioned his presence. On the contrary, we all welcomed him,
even though the most intimate
and personal issues of the self
are shared in our circle of support. It is a shame that Mr.
Peacock did not listen with an
open mind because an article
true to the realities of this
group would benefit the community in a positive way.
Instead, on his first and only
visit to LINC, Mr. Peacock was
so quick to report the negative
judgments and misconceptions
of ex-offenders, which are so
predominantly found in today's
mass media. The youth of today
have to step outside the very
traditional ideologies that Mr.
Peacock put forth in his article,
and open up their minds to
begin to understand the underlying faults of our criminal justice system and its effects on
the public (ex-offenders included!).
There are many LINC meetings around the Greater
Vancouver area, and we definitely invite you to our group,
which meets on Wednesday
nights at the Dunsmuir House
7:30-10pm. LINC is a circle of
support network where people
share and learn as equals. We
encourage the public to
become active to better our
futures together.
Lara. Condello,
Rebecca Brask and
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Im not quite sure
what to make of
Vancouver Opera's
latest production, Don
Giovanni. On the one
hand, Mozart's score is a
pleasure to listen to, but
on the other hand, the
performance is three hours long (and I haven't even told you what the opera's about, yet). Not
that this is a negative factor, but if you have the misfortune of sitting very close to the stage, at
the right side of the theatre where I was, you'll understand what I mean.
For one thing, it is cold and drafty enough that everyone sitting around
me had to wear his or her coats for the entire performance. But most
importantly, the sightlines are horrible. I was sitting so far to the side
that I sometimes missed the action, and my head and neck got quite
tired from craning all the way up to read the surtitles.
If you're planning to see Don Giovanni, then save yourself a couple
of bucks and buy seats in the upper balcony section. Opera is probably
one of the few events where one is better off sitting farther back in the
theatre. If only I had remembered this on _..._     ^—..... ... «.     ■* ■>* >■■ •*•
opening night THIS   REVIEWER   DIDN'T
In spite of my own predicament, the
production proved entertaining enough.
The set is very simple: there are three,
possibly four large blocks that double as
castle walls. When the action moves from
inside to outside, the stagehands rotate
the blocks by going on stage disguised
black monks' robes. The set changes are
unnecessary for the most part though,
because the lighting design is excellent in
conveying the time and location of the
Since there isn't much to look at on
stage, visual attention is drawn to the costumes and wigs. Cheryl Barker,
who puts in an excellent performance as the scorned Donna Elvira,
wears the most striking dress in the production—a strong splash of red
in an otherwise neutral-coloured set. And Stacey Butterworth, wig
designer, envisioned the perfect wigs for each character. Don Giovanni,
played by Peter Coleman-Wright, has the requisite long hair, a la Fabio.
The singing is pleasant, especially wheh'the singers are harmonising,
such as at the end of the first and second acts. Barker is the highlight of
the evening, delighting the audience with her expressive movements and
voice. Taras Kulish, who plays Don Giovanni's servant, Leporello, provides
all of the comic relief, but also manages to bring some depth to the character. Coleman-Wright sings and acts the part of Don Giovanni well, but—
and this is where it becomes a bit sticky—his character is a rapist and murderer, and in this day and age, he doesn't really come across as all that
The opera opens with him trying to get away after he has just raped someone. A scuffle ensues and he adds murder to his resume. If this isn't enough,
Don Giovanni has his servant, Leporello, document all his conquests in a not-
so-little black book, which provides some funny moments.
The music is excellent and the performances are solid. But this reviewer
didn't find the story of a licentious Don Juan, who feels he can pick and choose
women to rape, that attractive. Maybe I was just struck by an attack of political
correctness on the way to the opera; whatever it was, Don Giovanni just didn't
entertain me, aside from some moments of nice singing. ♦
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