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Suharto might skip APEC
by Sarah Galashan
The president of Indonesia, General Suharto, could stay away
from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at
UBC this fall for fear of protest.
Indonesia's foreign minister, Ali Alatas told foreign press at a
luncheon last week that Suharto might not attend the summit if
the Canadian authorities can not guarantee control of Vancouver
demonstrations over East Timor.
"This was the first public statement that we heard from anyone
in the Indonesian Government that this might be a consideration..." said Rene Cremonese, a spokesperson for the Canadian
Embassy in Jakarta.
But Chris Brown, executive interchange officer for the
Department of Foreign Affairs looking in to Asia Pacific issues
said the university won't restrict legal demonstrations.
'The university is working with the federal government to
ensure that protests or demonstrations are conducted in a reasonable manner," he said.
There is an active movement in Vancouver to protest
Indonesia's \iolent annexation in 1976 and continued occupation
of East Timor. Recent protests over Indonesia's involvement in
East Timor have included a mock arrest warrant for Suharto delivered to Vancouver's Indonesian consulate, graphic puppet shows
at UBC depicting fictitious meetings between the Canadian and
Indonesian leaders and postering of the SUB and other campus
According to Jaggi Singh, a member of both APEC Alert and the
East Timor Alert Network (ETAN), two key groups responsible for
protests in Vancouver over the upcoming APEC conference, their
methods are non-violent.
Singh added that a senior official from the Indonesian
Embassy in Ottawa attended a public meeting held by APEC Alert
in the SUB conversation pit. Singh told the Ubyssey it is not likely
that protesters will actually come in contact with President
Suharto, but added that both groups are resourceful.
"This is the largest security operation that I've seen. There's
going to be snipers on the rooftops," said Singh. "But also keep in
mind that we're pursuing official channels," he added. "There is a
Canadian law, war crimes legislation, that states that people
who've corrirnitted war crimes or crimes against humanity outside
PROTESTS like this one during Imagine UBC have put Suharto's
presence at the APEC summit in question, richard lam photo
the country are allowed to be tried for those crimes in Canada."
Singh said he is in the process of writing a letter to the
Attorney (ftneral of Canada and after presenting evidence to the
RCMP, he hopes an arrest will be made.
"Certainly unofficial actions are also ready to be used," said
Singh. "These include protests, street actions and non-violent disputes."♦
Bank's future may be tied to campus monopoly deal
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The AMS thought they had the leverage to
ensure their involvement in the campus
banking monopoly deal being negotiated
by the university. They found out two weeks
ago they might not.
Until now, the student society thought it
held the lease for the 7700 square foot space
in SUB now occupied by the Bank of Montreal. But recently the AMS archivist, Sheldon Goldfarb, discovered that the university
holds the lease for almost all the space and
might not have to return it to the AMS.
The Royal Bank and Hong Kong Bank of
Canada won a joint bid this summer to do
all of UBC's banking and to be the only
banking service providers allowed on campus. An official with Royal Bank said the
proposal—accepted by UBC Business Relations and to be presented to the Board of
Governors for approval this October—included the Royal and Hong Kong Banks taking over the Bank of Montreal's SUB space.
At the time, the AMS general manager,
Bernie Peets, said he wasn't sure how the
university could agree to a proposal that
included the Bank of Montreal space. "The
Bank of Montreal is there until 2004 at
which point in time the space becomes the
property of the AMS to renegotiate with the
Bank of Montreal, another bank, or whatever," said Peets.
But the original lease agreement, as well
as a 1966 Board of Governors decision
about how the university and the AMS
would share the SUB, might allow the university to keep the Bank of Montreal space.
According to that decision, when the
bank's lease expires, "some 6,000 square
feet in the Student Union Building will be
added to the area leased to the Alma Mater
Society." It does not specify which 6,000
square feet will revert to the AMS.
"I think that the intent of that clause was
the 6000 square feet of the Bank of
Montreal. I think it's a matter of a turn of
phrase that perhaps wasn't constructed as
perhaps they would have liked but I think
overall that they were talking about the
6000 square feet that the Bank of Montreal
has," Peets said.
He added the AMS hasn't consulted a
lawyer for clarification since it isn't worried about the arrangement. But behind the
scenes some AMS staff said they are worried that the Board of Governors decision
might allow the university to give the AMS
space in the SUB other than that now occupied by the Bank of Montreal. UBC holds
the massive Pacific Spirit cafeteria and a
Food Services kitchen in the SUB.
Clint Meyers, an analyst with the UBC
Treasury, said the university has not decided what will happen with the space, or
whether UBC will renew the Bank of
Montreal's lease.
"Hard to say at this point in time because
ofthe various options available with the new
exclusive partnership agreement, so it's
hard to say again, that option hasn't really
been looked at yet," Meyers said.
Peets said he hopes the university will
tell tlie AMS what their plans are for the
space. ♦
AMS won't sue
for money owed
By Emily Yearwood
The AMS tried to close the book on a $24,000
bad debt and two year's worth of embarrassing questions last week.
The student society's budget, which passed
last week, included a $12,000 write-off of the
money that was left when the AMS shut down a
newspaper it was funding. When the council
shut down the paper, Pacific Post had received
some $24,000 in loans from the AMS, more
than half of which were not properly authorised.
"We know we're not going to get that money
back so we're going to do the responsible thing
and write down $12,000 of that debt," Ryan
Davies, the AMS president, told council last
But until now, the council had planned to
sue the directors of Asia Pacific Ventures
(APV), which published the newspaper.
In 1994 the former AMS director of
finance, Randy Romero, and the director of
administration, Tim Lo, authorised a $ 10,050
loan to APV to get Pacific Post started. But APV
was not an AMS sanctioned club or service
organisation and the loan was not authorised
by AMS council.
The following year the director of finance,
Tara Ivanochko, discovered Romero had
authorised an extra $ 14,000 in loans to APV.
APV was supposed to start repaying the debt in
1995 but never started. Then in February
1995 the AMS executive shut down APV, locking its editorial staff out of its office.
AMS council voted in July 1995 to sue
PaciGc Post editor Chung Wong for $ 10,000 in
Small Claims Court. It also passed a motion to
examine the possibility of suing Lo, Romero,
and the former AMS president, Bill Dobie, for
their alleged role in the APV affair.
"[The AMS] will file a small claims
suit...against Chung Wong and/or Asia Pacific
Ventures and/or any other name under which
he may have previously or may be currendy
trading, to recover $ 10,000 that was loaned to
Asia Pacific Ventures and which has yet to be
repaid," council decided at the time.
But last week Davies said the AMS won't
sue anyone for the debt. "It could be held that
the AMS was just as responsible for the production of that paper. These people could
argue that the AMS can't go after us for money
because it was the AMS's project," Davies told
council. He added it would cost too much to
sue for the money.
Almost $12,000, the remaining amount
owed, will be taken from surplus funds at
year's end. The other half of the loan was written off last year. Davies referred to the write-off
as good bookkeeping, commenting that
"although it wouldn't be proper accounting, no
one would ever call us on the issue. We could
just leave it on our books forever."
When questioned about future safeguards
against similar problems, Davies said a new
accounting system set up since the APV affair
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Ottawa Bureau
OTTAWA (CUP) - The Supreme
Court of Canada may have written
the final chapter in one of Concordia University's most tragic
stories by refusing to hear an appeal by multiple-murderer Valery
Fabrikant on September 11.
Fabrikant is the former engineering professor who shot and
killed four of his colleagues in an
August 24, 1992 shooting spree
at the Montreal university. He
also wounded a departmental
secretary and took a professor
and security guard hostage for
more than an hour before being
overpowered by his prisoners.
Fabrikant is currently sitting
in Donnacona Prison, serving a
life sentence with no chance of
parole for 25 years. In 1995 he
began his quest to sue Concordia
for $900,000 and legal costs
from his prison cell.
In his application Fabrikant
claimed the university
had been scheming to
threaten his life. He then
tried to prove the university was responsible
for what happened. He
said his murderous rampage was an act of self-
defence and his victims
were part of a university-wide plot to deny him
"From  the  university's point of view the
lawsuit was ridiculous and frivolous from the outset," said Bram
Freedman,    Concordia's    legal
The Quebec Superior Court
dismissed Fabrikant's application on several points in the fall
of 1995, saying it was an abuse
of process with no reasonable
grounds for a lawsuit.
Fabrikant tried to have the
decision revoked by the Superior
Court and appealed to the
Quebec Court of Appeal. He was
unsuccessful in both attempts.
On February 7, Fabrikant
asked the Supreme Court of
Canada to hear an appeal. The
country's top court's refusal may
have put an end to any further
legal action by Fabrikant.
"Unfortunately I don't think it
provides a sense of closure,"
Freedman said. "I don't suspect
this is the last we will see of
Freedman says Concordia has
spent almost $20,000 defending
itself from Fabrikant's civil suit.
The 1992 shootings shocked
the Concordia community and
forced a harsh examination of
the university's structure and its
Fabrikant's exhibited abusive
and threatening behavior—going
as far as to threaten people's
lives—in the years leading up to
the slayings.
There had been numerous
warnings that Fabrikant was dangerous. Secretaries, on the frontline when it came to dealing with
the professor, were so afraid of
him that several had panic buttons installed.
Fabrikant was convinced that
people were conspiring to deny
him tenure and he often bullied
and threatened people to get
what he wanted. In the months
leading up to the shooting he
mounted a vicious e-mail campaign that accused many professors in his department of academic fraud and claiming co-
authorship of his papers without
He spoke openly about getting a gun and settling problems
"the American way." But the
threats were largely ignored and
the professor was constantly
advanced for promotion by his
department because he was considered a brilliant and prolific
Concordia's Board of Governors initiated two independent
inquiries after the shootings.
One, headed by John Cowan, a
former University of Ottawa vice-
rector, painted a picture of an
ineffective senior administration, riddled with dissension and
Unfortunately I don't
think it provides a
sense of closure. I don't
suspect this is the last
we will see of him/'
—Bram Freedman
Concordia's legal counsel
Top administrators had heard
of, or had been witness to, many
instances of threatening and disturbing behavior by Fabrikant
during his 13 years at Concordia.
However, administrators proved either unable or unwilling to
take action. While preparing his
report Cowan found a warning to
police about Fabrikant's behavior
written only weeks before the
murders, but it was left unmailed
for a week so it could be translated into French.
In the following year the
Board of Governors refused to
reappoint Rose Sheinin, its vice-
rector academic, and it fired
Patrick Kenniff as rector, saying
the board had no confidence in
his ability to lead.
The second report, written by
a committee chaired by former
York University president Harry
Arthurs, looked into allegations
made by Fabrikant before and
after the shooting that the university tolerated widespread academic fraud in the engineering
The Arthurs report reluctantly
admitted Fabrikant was right in
many of his claims. The report
blamed an over-competitive
research atmosphere, in which
professors are valued by how
often they publish, for what
amounted to plagiarism on the
part of several professors.
"We have confirmed the validity of a number of Dr. Fabrikant's
more specific allegations," the
Arthurs report says. "We take no
pleasure in acknowledging that
[this report] lends support to so
malevolent a purpose and credibility to so unsavoury an individual."♦ University employee target of racism
 By Matt Green
Imagine walking into your office one morning to discover that someone has shoved a
threatening message through the locked
door. That's what happened to a university employee last Monday.
Late Sunday night someone scrawled
violent racist slurs across two posters outside an office in Brock Hall. The posters
were found the next morning slid under
the door of a worker in Brock Hall.
This is not the first time posters have
been defaced," said the person who found
the posters, "but this one really affected me
because it was more personal." The
employee asked not to be named because
of concerns that publicity* would lead to
increased harassment and greater targeting of the office. "Such an incident does
affect people's safety," the person said.
Laurie Minuk, a counselor with the
Women Students' Office, agreed that incidents like this affect many people at UBC.
"Women and other visible minorities do
not feel safe on campus," said Minuk.
"Fear for personal safety puts limits on
the time [students) can spend in the
library, in classes, or in study groups," she
And these fears are not groundless.
There were 85 assaults and 14 sexual
assaults reported to the University RCMP
detachment in 1995. Most estimates put
the reported assaults at about ten percent
ofthe actual incidences.
~ Awareness is a big issue," states Victory
Hegedus, director of Safewalk. "Many students don't even know we have our own
RCMP Detachment on campus."
Fortunately, groups like Safewalk, the
Safer Campus Peer Educators, and the
Women of Colour Mentoring Group are
working to raise awareness and increase
safety. "Peer educators have the enormous
task of educating people on how to keep
safe in both personal and public spaces,"
said Minuk, one of the two Safer Campus
facilitators. •
Working out of the Women Students'
Office, the Peer Educators raise awareness
through displays and giving workshops on
Campus Safety and Acquaintance Sexual
Safewalk volunteers, meanwhile, conduct foot patrols, escort students, and offer
a new drop-by service for students and
staff working late. "Upon request we will
check on people working late in a lab or
office," said Hegedus, "So they are not so
According to Hegedus, people at UBC
don't have to be helpless. "People just don't
know about their options, about Safewalk
and Safer Campus," she said. The Safer
Campus Peer Educators will provide personal safety workshops upon request and
Safewalk is accepting applications until
October 1.
Above all, as Hegedus adds, "If it's
something criminal, it should be reported
to the police."*
AMS businesses showing
signs of improvement
by Casey Sedgman
After two years of shrinking profits, the AMS businesses are showing signs of recovery.
This year's first quarter profits are over the anticipated $125,000. This is welcome news after a dismal 1996/97 that saw AMS business profits fall 30 percent from
their 1994/95 high. The shortfall
forced the AMS to transfer money
from the Coke exclusivity deal,
money that the AMS had earmarked for special projects, into
the general operating budget.
The AMS uses business profits
to support programs for students
and to cover past debts. The businesses include the SUB Arcade,
the Pit Pub, the Pendulum, the
Gallery, and Copyright, as well as
David Borins, an AMS councilor and former AMS president,
said the declining revenue up to
now is a serious problem that's
cutting into what tlie student
union can do. "We've had three
austere budgets in a row...year
after year we're being forced to
do less and less," Borins said.
He also objected to using the
money from the Coke deal for
general operations. At last Wednesday's student council meeting, he suggested that
the AMS hire a financial analyst to recommend a
business plan to ensure the society's stability and to
get it off the Coke money.
"At worst [outside consulting] would confirm our
current course of action, and at best it would find
areas for improvement...$30,000 for a new perspective, is, in my opinion, a good investment," Borins
Vivian Hoffmann, the AMS director of finance,
however, didn't agree "We hire managers to do just
that. It's unnecessary to pay a lot of money to outsiders to come in and tell us how we should be doing
things" she said. "We already pay for expertise."
Hoffman   cited   an   increase   in   Workers'
Compensation Board payments, competition from
businesses in the University Village, and an
increase in Innovative Projects Funding payments
(money that the AMS pays the university to maintain   the   Student   Union
Building) as reasons for the
drop in profits.
In an effort to maintain a
stable source of income
from the AMS businesses in
the future, the AMS finance
commission has been charged with developing financial
targets for the business operations. Borins said that although this is a step in the
right direction, it may be too
much to ask of a volunteer
student comrnittee with no
real management experience.
"We have to recognise
that as students we have certain limitations, we don't
have the management experience and I think that it
would be extremely arrogant
to assume that [the commission] will be able to solve all
of our financial problems,"
he said.
Bernie Peets, the AMS general manager, is also
working on a 5 year strategic plan for student union
building operations that will include future business goals. "We've had four focus groups, with one
more planned, with input from clubs, service directors, [AMS] executives, and employees to look at our
strengths, weaknesses, threats and overall vision of
where we want to be."
Peets also noted that even now, "the businesses
are being run better than they have been in the
past...the bottom line is looking very, very positive."
Peets hopes to have this plan ready for council
by October.*?*
"We have to recognise
that as students we
have certain limitations,
we dont have the
experience... it would
be extremely arrogant
to assume that
[the commission] will be
able to solve all of our
financial problems"
BUSINESS is booming, or so it seems, richard lam photo
Gov't internships not for students
 by Daniel Silverman
The federal government announced September 8 it will spend
$90 million on a new internship program for young people,
but the program won't target students.
Ofthe three year, $90 million cornmitment, almost $9 million will go to adminstrative expenses, said Paul Armstrong, a
spokesperson for the federal Treasury Board.
According to Armstrong the internship program is
designed for people aged 15 to 30, and will target the so-called
youth at risk.' He denned this as anyone without a post-secondary education, as well as students who have already grad
uated from a university program.
He added that students currently in school will not be able
to participate because the positions will be fuU-tirne.
"The purpose of this program is to give skills and knowledge," said Armstrong. He stressed that the interns will not be
replacing existing positions, but over three years, they will fill
about 3 000 year long, full time, government-created positions.
While finances and adinirustrative questions have been
answered, according to Armstrong, they have yet to determine
exactly what these public service positions will include.
People without a university education will be paid the minimum wage in their province, which is annually between
$9,880 and $ 14,560. Students with degrees will earn approximately $ 15,000.
The program was designed by the Treasury Board in cooperation with the YMCA and Career Edge, a national non-profit
organisation that finds internships for the unemployed and
the under-employed. It will be run by Career Edge, with funding from the federal government.
"They're going to run a pilot phase on October 1, of this
year in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and
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The Alma Mater Society is about to embark on one of
its largest projects to date. On September 29,
1997, the first ever Asia Pacific Student Summit will
officially begin
The idea for the summit sprang from the controversy
surrounding tne upcoming APEC Leaders Meeting to
be held at UBC in late November The AMS prides
itself on being able tc facilitate student initiatives
and encouraging debates and discussions among our
peers. For this reason, a five week student summit
has been created tc encourage awareness about the
Asia Pacific region
;Jach of the five weeks will be themed after a particu-
lar topic and they are: culture; business, human
rights; the environment; and international relations.
Activities will include panel discussions, lectures, film
festivals, food fairs, and displays  Keep your eyes
open around campus for more information regarding
the summit.
For more information, please call Shirin Foroutan,
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs, at 822-2050.
or head up to her office in SUB 235
The staff and student participants of IMAGINE UBC would
Alma Mater Society
Alumni Association
Food Services
Intramural Sports
& Recreation
ubc library
Museum of Anthropology
Marking, TRANSPOPTA'aoN?* Campus Security
Thunderbird Shop
Thunderbird Winter Sports Center
Axion Internet
BC Tel Mobility
Benny's Bagels
Blockbusteer Videos
Canadian Airlines
Clearnet Communication
Coca-Cola Bottling
The Eatery
Greyhound Coachlines
Harbour Cruises
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Naam Restaurant
Over-the-Moon Chocolate
.Royal Hudson Steam Train
Science World
Sophie's Cosmic Cafe
Virgin Megastore
Wespoint Cycle
h4M '97/98
You are looking at a summary of the AMS Operating
Budget. Non-discretionary transfers are mandated by
AMS bylaws and past referenda. Some of these funds
are transferred out of direct AMS control, while
others are earmarked for specific purposes of the
AMS. The Administradon Office is the accounting
and processing centre servicing all AMS clubs,
undergrad and grad societies and businesses. Student
Council's budget consists largely of photocopying,
legal fees, and computer support. The five executive
budgets include the costs of their activities and the
committees under their direction. The Tangent,
Yardstick and Web Page were funded last year out of
the New Initiatives Reserve Fund. If you have any
questions, or would like a more thorough
explanation of the budget, please come to the
Presentation of the Budget at 11:30 on Friday,
September 19, or check out the AMS web page.
BudaMt 96/97     Actual      Bua-flart. 97/98
AMS Student Fees
Other Student Fees
Business Revenues
Investment Income
Cold Berverage Agreement
Total Income
Art Gallery Fund
Capital Projects
Constituency Aid Fund
Lobbying Fund
Intramural Sports
Undergrad Societies
SUB Management Fund
WUSC Refugee Student
Resource Groups
Student Council
Vice President
Director of Finance
Director of Administration
Co. of External Affairs
Board of Governors
Elections and Referenda
Policy Analyst
Archives and Research
Student Union Dev. Symposiurr
Web Page (NIRF)
Club Loan Write-off
Student Discounts
Used Bookstore
Summer Info Desk
Volunteer Services
Services Planning Group
AMS Programs
Inside UBC (Day Planner)
Art Gallery
Student Leadership Conf.
Club Benefit Funding
United Way Committee
Halloween Food Drive
Drug & Alcohol Awarenes
New Initiatives F'ind (NIRF)
Tangent Magazine (NIRF)
Yardstick Course Eval. (NIRF)
Yardstick (IPF)
CONTINGENCY (5% of total)
2,224,681     2,183,169.     2,254,999.
1,099,665     1,141,683       1,172,250
TOTAL DISC. INCOME 1.125.016      1,041.486        1.082.749
University tuition fees up across the board
by David Cochrane
Ottawa Bureau
OTTAWA (CUP) - Tuition fees are
up this year by almost nine per cent
nationally, according to a recent
report by Statistics Canada.
The soaring tuition fees continue
a trend that has seen the cost of the
Average undergraduate arts tuition
4   -
average postsecondary arts program
double in just ten years, while the cost
of living has gone up by 3 7 per cent.
Newfoundland saw the biggest
increase, up 18 per cent from a year
earlier. Ontario was next with a 10
per cent hike. Tuition fees in university rich Nova Scotia went up by just
6.8 per cent but that province is still
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arts with an average tuition cost of
$3,737, according to the Statscan
report released in August.
The cheapest tuition is in
Quebec, where the provincial government decided to freeze tuition
fees at 1990 levels for Quebec residents. Arts tuition fees average
$1,726 but out-of-province students
have to pay an extra $40 per credit to
compensate for the tuition freeze.
Nationally, tuition fees jumped from
$2,867 in 1996-97 to $3,117 in
1997-98, an increase of 8.7 percent.
"Nothing in society is increasing
by nine percent," said Brad Lavigne,
chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Wages aren't
going up by nine percent, funding to
the system isn't going up by nine
percent, inflation is not going up by
nine percent."
The Federation has long advocated a zero-tuition policy and Lavigne
is calling for at least a tuition freeze
and the re-ins tatement of a national
system of educational grants. If that
doesn't happen, says Lavigne, fewer
middle and working class students
will be able to go to school.
And for once it seems the country's two main student organizations
are singing the same tune.
"Less affluent people will be
scared out of the system by the sticker shock of tuition," said Hoops
Harrison, the executive director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student
The Alliance does not support the
CFS' zero tuition policy because
CASA says it believes students
should invest in their own future,
Harrison said.
But even so, says Harrison, an
average student debt of $25,000 is
getting out of hand.
"Not only do we need a radically
restructured student aid program
but we also need national standards
for quality and accessibility so that
costs and cutbacks do not erode our
system any more," he said. ♦
Last minute lawyer switch delays CASA fraud trial
by David Cochrane
Ottawa Bureau
OTTAWA (CUP) — The fraud trial of a former student politician accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a
national student organization has been delayed until early
next year.
Patrick FitzPatrick was supposed to appear in a New
Brunswick court on Sept. 8 to stand trial for fraud. But
three days before tlie trial was set to begin, FitzPatrick
switched lawyers and asked for a delay until his new counsel could study the case. The crown objected, but Judge
Hazen Strange granted a continuance until January.
"The trial should go ahead today," said Kevin Connelly,
the New Brunswick crown prosecutor handling the case, at
the time the continuance was granted. "People were inconvenienced. We had witnesses coming in from out of
FitzPatrick is officially charged with defrauding the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations of more than
$5,000. Some reports have placed the actual amount clos
er to $40,000. If convicted, FitzPatrick faces up to ten years
in jail.
The charges stem from a two-month period in the fall of
1995 when FitzPatrick was serving as CASA's interim direc
tor. CASA alleged that FitzPatrick used his position as coordinator of a national conference on higher education to
access and misuse the funds.
The conference ran up nearly $30,000 in unaccounted
expenses and when suspicious bills began to appear, like
one for $10,000 worth of letterhead, the organization
began an internal investigation.
FitzPatrick also had access to a CASA-funded credit card
while serving as director. Charges to the credit card during
that period include bills for pizza, a stay at the Chateau
Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, and a $ 169 shopping spree at The
In January of last year CASA met with police to launch a
formal investigation but formal charges were not laid until
earlier this year. The missing money forced CASA to cancel the conference and gave a black eye to the two-year old
Hoops Harrison, the Alliance's executive director, says
CASA is trying to forget about the trial and start fresh.
But he says the Alliance is considering a civil suit against
"It certainly is a very large priority for our members that
we recover the money," he said. "But the criminal trial is
our first priority."
CASA was just a few months old and had a total annual
budget of $128,000 when the money went missing.
Harrison says it was easy for someone deceive the inexperienced Alliance.
"We were a veryyoung organisation when this happened
and it was easy to take advantage of the new organisational
structure," he said.
CASA currendy represents 13 student unions and more
than 200,000 students.
FitzPatrick could not be reached for comment. He
recently worked as a photographer for a student newspaper
in New Brunswick where his brother Joseph FitzPatrick is
now the editor in chief. ♦
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Factoring in the soccer hooligans
John King
The Football Factory
Ten years ago, John King's novel The Football
Factory wouldn't have gotten past the publisher's
desk. The British public at the time knew all they
needed to about soccer hooligans. Tabloid photographers snapped up juicy images of off-field
confrontation and spread them across the country the following morning. Today, however, the
police video cameras that are installed at every
major stadium in the UK have caused a shift of
the battlefields. A pub or a street corner is now
the most likely fight venue, with only those on
the inside knowing where to find the opposing
team's followers. Hooliganism, to the average
Brit, is no longer visible. King, brutally points out
King, in his first book,
has bigger ideas on his mind
than paying attention to plot-
he wants to make an issue
of something the British
Parliament would much
rather ignore.
in The Football Factory that it hasn't gone away
The Football Factory follows the
life of Tom, a warehouse worker in
London who in his spare time, his
slow time, and during sex, fantasizes of volleying the winner for
Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.
Travelling around the country every
other week to follow The Blues, Tom
and his mates manage, unlike the
video cameras, to find trouble everywhere, even next to an East Anglia
cow patch.
But the book isn't funny. The
Football Factory is so lacking in dramatic buildup that if King had left
the vernacular out, the book could
have been issued as a sociology text.
From pub scenes to street fights,
from restaurant running to ladding
about, the book doesn't attempt to
build tension. The only exception is
a briefly foreshadowed showdown
with hated cross-town rivals
Millwall, but even then the outcome
is predictable. No, King, in his first
book, has bigger ideas on his mind
than paying attention to plot—he
wants to make an issue of something the British Parliament would
much rather ignore.
A bit of history
is required here.
After 95 people
suffocated to
death on the
stands  of Hills-
oudawed. The Football Association, the governing
body of the English game, insisted that teams in
the upper divisions remodel their stadiums into
all seaters. At the time, those teams were becoming increasingly commercially viable due to TV
contracts, and with the higher ticket prices of the
all seater stadiums and increased security in the
form of police cameras, to most onlookers it
appeared as though the image of the sport was
being tailored more to the tastes of the middle
class. Hooligans, it was hoped, would be priced
King shatters that hope. His hooligans have
jobs, albeit of the dead end variety, and can afford
to pay the bus fare to Newcasde for an away game.
And they're smart—they know how to avoid the
police, and in the one case where they don't, they
manage to get a few kicks in on a sergeant before
getting away. Angry about a hopeless future,
the condescension of the upper class,
and what they see as a self serving
government, their greatest
source of pride comes not
from the women they occasionally seduce, but from
the damage they inflict on
the opposition's fans.
What  makes  the  book
work is King's phenomenal
power as a writer. His characters are fighters, physically and
psychologically,   and   are   determined  to  demonstrate  that  despite
everything they've ever been told, their lives
have significance. That significance comes from
being part of an underworld that contributes to a
soccer club's mystique. Sure, they take pride in
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Thatcher government ordered an inquiry that
eventually yielded the Taylor Report, a searing
indictment of the state of Britain's soccer stadiums. Up until the late eighties, fans would pay
about $10 general admission to stand on the
equivalent of an enormous staircase, or terraces.
Popular not only for their cheap price, terraces
also housed a noisier and more devoted atmosphere than the higher priced seating areas
towards the centre of the stadium. A traditionally
working class sport, soccer in Britain was, at the
time, accessible to all.
Upon the release of the report, terraces were
staying a step ahead of the authorities, and in making a mockery of a
government that wants to marginalise them. More than that, though,
they see themselves as the most passionate supporters of the club, the
fans who set the standards of devotion and for whom the players are
willing to go the distance.
For Tom and the boys, soccer club
executives are nothing more than
business executives; the real drive behind the
team is its support. After reading The Football
Factory, you won't be able to say that you can't
relate to soccer hooligans.
With extensive dialogue and a vocabulary
resembling that of Clockwork Orange, The
Football Factory is worth picking up just for a
sense of working class life in London. Following
the direction of straight-from-the-housing-estate
writers like Irvine Welsh, King will undoubtedly
become enormously popular for The Football
Factory. Expect to see it on screen within a couple
of years. ♦
Australian actors Guy Pearce (best known for his role in
Priscilla) and Russell Crowe {Virtuosity, The Quick and
The Dead) both deliver performances equal to Kevin
Spacey's {Usual Suspects, Seven). Jack Vincennes
(Spacey), Ed Exley (Pearce), and Bud White (Crowe), are
the trio of protagonists who are forced to work with one
.mother in order to solve the multifarious mystery that
surrounds them.
Seasoned actor Danny Devito as the inventor of
:abloid journalism Sid Hudgens, James Cromwel, as the
ill knowing police captain, Kirn Basinger as the cut hook-
Just when you thought corporations had taken a lethal
stranglehold on Hollywood film making, choking every
last ounce of creative and original thought from it, a
pulse has been found!
LA Confidential, opening next week, brings to the silver screen a movie that has not been coldly calculated to
bring in "%" amount of dollars. This is a movie which has
characters. Not only that, but throughout the course of
the movie the characters evolve, adapt and change due
to their surrounding circumstances. I know it sounds
wild and innovative, like out of some kind of foreign
film, but I checked. From the title to the director to the
production company, this film is 100 percent
Hollywood made. Which is surprising, due to the film's
sparkling originality—contrasting with Hollywood's
most recent instantly forgettable summer line-up.
Based on James Ellroy's novel ofthe same name, LA
Confidential takes a look at Los Angeles in the early
fifties. Atime when all the glitz and glamour of
Hollywood was still fresh,tabloid journalism was new
and freeways had yet to be built. The new LAPD, restruc-
"Our number one directive was to create the period, but
then to put the period in the background. The movie is not
about cars or set dress, but it's about the characters and
the emotion. Our hope was that the audience on a scene by
scene basis could almost forget they were watching a period movie, and to think it was contemporary." Hanson said.
The film is successful in this endeavour. Even though it
was entirely shot on real locations in LA with the vintage
cars, houses, fashion and music, the focus remains on the
characters and their pursuit for the truth. Hanson kept the
cinematography fresh and inventive, no grandiose sweeping shots of a recreated LA or dead-still talking head
Ironically, many of the problems that existed in the
movie's time frame still exist today: Corruption in the
LAPD, scandal running amok in Hollywood, the thick
glossy allure of California which still smother the inner-
city problems. These modern incongruous parallels combined with author James Elroy's own hard-boiled LA. style
puts LA. Confidential immediately into the film noir
"When you don't eliminate the negative, what do you
do? You repress it and pretend it's not there. That to me is
what noir really is. It's looking at the darkness underneath
the light," Hanson explained, "When you think of film noir,
you naturally think of darkness. I wanted our world to be
colourful, like the magazines of the period. I wanted
humour in the movie to capture the tone."
Movies like Trainspotting and Shallow Grave were successful in using humour to accentuate the seriousness of
the situation. Likewise, Hanson was able to use humour
effectively without undercutting any dramatic tension.
CURTIS HANSON (left) takes time to speak to his actors
during the making of LA Confidential.
Confidentially yours
tured on a military ideal, was a respected
force which had a zero tolerance for organised crime. Nothing is ever without a dark
side, and it is underneath all the pomp that
the story takes place.
Warning! This not a movie for linear
minded people. If you found yourself lost in
the Lost World, you may want to skip this
one entirely. The plot is amazingly complex but whole.
Curtis Hanson, screenplay writer/director/producer, with
the help of Brian Helgeland, took the better part of a year
adapting Ellroy's book into screenplay format.
When asked what attracted him to this monumental task
in the first place Hanson answered, "I got hooked on these
characters, and the more I thought about them, the more
compelled I became to try and make a movie out of them."
In turn, Hanson compels us to watch his film by enlisting the aid of an outstanding and remarkably even cast.
in his new film LA Confidential,
Curtis Hanson proves that
Hollywood is capable of
producing good movies
er Lynn Bracken, and David Strathairn as die enigmatic
Pierce Patchett, more than fill out the remaining characters. The end result is a film where the characters and their
development drive the plot forward in contrast to the normal Hollywood convention.
The most important character in this movie is not listed
in the credits, and that is the 1950's setting. Unlike most
period movies, where the focus turns from the plot to the
fabulous recreation of the era, Hanson strived to keep his
story from being overshadowed.
Having Danny Devito's character narrate the beginning
was just one of the many humourous interludes in the picture.
Enough with this serious analysis of production, let me
get to the straight goods. Is this film worth eight dollars of
your.hard earned money?
In Hanson's own words: "Being commercial was not the
first thing. With this one (LA. Confidential), I wanted to
make one that was for me, that I loved and my hope was,
that a lot of other people would be entertained by it as well,
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[Meter met muscle Friday when
j UBC English TA, Mark Cochrane,
[read his new poems about athlet-
■ics and gender at the BirdCoop
weight room in the SRC. Jocks
stared at the artsy outsiders and
[they stared back.
Due to a short-notice hi scheduling, ten minutes into his first
English class, Cochrane had to
invite his discussion group to "sit
among a bunch of sweating jocks
in the gym and... read some
Despite a few acoustic and
technical difficulties, the audience
basked in the novelty of being
bombarded by the rhythmic lyrics
of "Dancing on the Machine" at
the feet of the row of puffing
patrons on the StairMasters.
".After two years of thralldom to
the StairMaster, the Master of
Stairs, the rack with a name
straight out of S/M or D&D / two
years to climb program by program, each with its twelve stations
of hardship (twelve being the perfect rational number for self
Nearby stationary cycler Dave
Mitchell found the reading "interesting."
"I was wondering if he was
directing it at the people sitting
down or directing it at everyone
else working out. I heard some of
it, but it's pretty hard to concentrate on what he was saying when
you're working out."
Cochrane expected "a less-than-
perfectly-hospitable environment."
"It felt almost necessary to me
to take the work back into the
space in which I tend to generate
it," Cochrane says.
The poems, inspired by Walt
Whitman and Calgarian Richard
Harrison's (Hero ofthe Play), are
to be a part of a project in
progress that will either be titled
Soft Men or Hard. Cochrane says
he is curious about hockey as "a
vocabulary for working out sexual identity...how men express personal philosophy, work ethic and
how they construct the masculine
through talking about hockey
"The poems written about the
fitness club experiences tend to be
more overtly sexual," said
Cochrane, "There's a kind of
onanistic relationship with the
machine. I think there are a lot of
queer ambivalences in the ways
that tough men relate to one
another in [the weightroom]. It's
complicated and that complication is something I'm trying to
/ A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
. Take tlie ambient soundsctipes of Orbital, throw
in a dash of the easy listening electronic of
Sneaker Pimps, and mix it,all together with llie
sampling and lilting vocalp cf Portishead and
you've got Hooverphonic.    j
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would seem lo be the musiclexe.c's reaction to the
electronic music phenomenon, combining
Jready successful ingredients in a "brand new"
package. I wouldn't go j as far as to say
Hooverphonic, like . aforementioned Sneaker
Pimps, were merely tlie rhutant creation of a
record company. I'm sure tlie band is really quite
sincere. It just doesn't sound that way.
All  tlie  hallmarks  of vbur usual  electronic
music album are in place, from the well-known
sample (here it's from Isaac Hayes' "Walk On") to
"found" vocals, ranging from tlie beyond-cliched
monotonous fifties Voice-of-Authoritv to trucker's
CB chatter. And it's all done passably well. But il
doesn't work, for the simple fart that it's all
instantly forgettable.
The unappealing blandness of Hooverphonic's
vocalist doesn't help, nor does the fact that tlie
songs blend together into a muddled mess of
repeated guitar riffs and irregular drum beats.
That uniqueness that makes bands like Orbital
and Portishead isn't present in any form on A
New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular, and it's a
true shame. And what with tlie new Portishead
album two weeks away, it's not even worth a lis-
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Brit pop wankers sound like surfer;
Ocean Colour Scene
Marchin Already
They're British, but they sound like Yanks.
Ocean Colour Scene just might be the
American invasion ofthe UK's pop scene.
With their new CD, Marchin'Already, you
can imagine them stepping out of
Heathrow Airport, past the palace and
onto Picadilly Circus. Except that they
already live there.
This album might confuse some listeners. The band sounds a lot like UK pop,
but with a twist of the states. It seems as
though the album is the result ofthe band
trying to come to terms with their musical
tastes and their origins. To do it they've
had to somehow create a mesh between
surfer styles and Brit beats. They've succeeded.
Ocean Colour Scene's sound is a
unique combination and one that
requires the mix of two very different
musical moods. Perhaps best described
as the end result of a Stone Roses single
with a splash of The Mamas and the
With their latest album the group has
managed to throw in a borderline Simon I
and Garfunkel ditty called Foxy's FolkX
Faced. This is followed by what I swear is I
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"Super Lemon. A zine about nothing in particular." How
I can any self-respecting slacker resist? Admittedly it's
hard to do. A zine that aspires to nothing leaves no room
for disappointment. Perfect for
your average underachiever.
Page one: a comic strip with two
I slackers waxing philosophical,
titled "Stay as You Are." The graphics are good, but the dialogue could
I have used some work.
Page two:  a welcome speech
| from John Lucas, editor and creator of the zine. In his opening
Lucas berates his readers, "Well
dear readers, you disappointed
me. The response was pretty
pathetic; two people sent in stuff."
Feel like reading more?
After  this  initial  rant Lucas
I moves on to give a motivational
pep talk, "If all goes well, I can quit
my lousy, less-man-minimum-
wage job pumping propane and
stop sleeping on my mother's
couch. The slacker life was fun for
a while, but I look forward to getting a real job, a real place to live
and, at long last, a real life." I
thought this was funny, someone
actually willing to admit that he
lives up to and fulfills a stereotype.
I decided to read on.
What follows are a collection of letters, comics, sto-
I ries, and articles that revolve around one theme: UFO's
and supernatural phenomena. This is a little odd, given
the fact that the zine claims to be about nothing in par-
| ticular. Hmnimrn, more irony.
For the most part Super Lemon is mildly interesting,
A   zine  about   nothing   in   particular
and at times genuinely funny. The "Weird World" news
section excels beyond banality and dry wit. A true news
story titled "Good News For People with Mcjobs",
reveals  a  startling  scientific  discovery:  depressed
employees are better workers.
The only thing missing was the
caveat stating that the study
had been funded by federal
The major problem with the
zine is it never really progresses beyond the initial "ha-ha"
stage. This problem is particularly evident in the comics that
are interspersed throughout
the zine. The comics that have
been chosen for this issue, save
the first one, do not correspond
with the overall theme of UFO's
and supernatural phenomena.
The illustrations themselves
are good, but the text that
accompanies them is obscure,
and at times nonsensical. The
stories are neither insightful
nor humourous.
Super Lemon is so busy
proving that it's "a zine about
nothing" that it never really
gets off the couch. This hastily
put together zine is a testimony
to slack. It is a safe bet that all
of the stories included in the
zine have been downloaded off the internet. Super
Lemon has the quick fix feel of fast food.
Perhaps I was expecting too much. In a world where
what is advertised rarely is what the product is all about,
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Depending on your perspective, the glass was
either half full or half empty for the women's soccer team this past weekend. The Birds, ranked
tenth in the country, kicked off the 1997 season
with a 3-1 road loss to the fourth-ranked Calgary
Dinosaurs, then bounced back Sunday afternoon
with a convincing 3-0 win over the unranked
Lethbridge Pronghorns.
But as far as UBC head coach Dick Mosher is concerned, the results are less than what he had expected. "We certainly would have liked to get a draw out
of that Calgary game," said Mosher who saw his
team trail 2-0 at half time as the Dinos converted
two set plays for goals.
The Dinos added a third goal in the second half
before Kim Spencer scored UBC's goal with ten minutes left in the game. Lianne McHardy had an excellent chance to pull the Birds within one just two
minutes later, but couldn't put the ball into the old
onion bag.
"Saturday's game was not really a game of
missed opportunities," explained Mosher. "We
struggled a bit against a little bigger, little bit older
But he conceded Saturday's game showed the
team is still struggling to score goals against the veteran teams. "Our players know that we have to
improve on that and that's what we're going to work
on," Mosher said.
All things considered though, he was encouraged
by the Birds' play against the Pronghorns. "Our
speed showed up," he explained. "I think we're starting to know what we have to do on attack and our
speed certainly is a part of that. We have to use it up
front and on the flanks to get behind people and we
got four or five great chances in the Lethbridge
game just from that," he added.
For once, UBC took full advantage. Captain
Robyn Dunn scored a first half goal while Tanya
Genovese and Lyndsey Clerkson added second half
goals to give the Birds' their first win in what could
be an interesting season.
The Birds will now face archrival Victoria this
weekend. "That'll be a dandy game," said Mosher.
"They're one of the most improved teams in the
country and a win against them will put us right
back in the fight [for the playoffs]."
Making the playoffs, meanwhile, is assumed for
the men's team which opened its season with a
hard-earned 2-1 victory over the Calgary Dinosaurs.
Trailing 1-0 after forty-five minutes, UBC got
solid goal tending from back-up Jeff Taylor and
goals from Nick Hopewell (62nd minute) and Mark
Rogers (64th minute) to win the game.
The Birds, however, may have lost two valuable
points as they managed only a 0-0 draw against the
much improved Lethbridge Pronghorns.
"It's disappointing to have lost two points in
that game, especially after the game the previous
day, but [Lethbridge] will take some points off
teams on their field," said Birds' head coach Mike
One factor in the Birds' somewhat disappointing
result had to be the absence of several key players-
Chris and Mike Franks, Jeff Skinner, and Aaron
Kaey are currently with the Vancouver 86ers.
Another factor may have been UBC looking past
Lethbridge and towards Friday's much anticipated
game against the Victoria Vikes.
Mosher, however, said that was not the case at
all. "We're sharp," said Mosher. "We played fairly
well I thought; it is just that we didn't create as
many scoring opportunities as we would have liked
to and when we did, we didn't capitalise."
While Mosher admitted Sunday's result against
Lethbridge has the potential to hurt the team down
the road, Mosher put a positive spin on it.
"We got everything in front of us," said Mosher.
"Even though it is a short season, we control our
destiny. If we go into Victoria this Friday and win,
then we are in first place."
And Mosher and the Birds have been looking forward to Friday's game ever since UVIC defeated
UBC 3-0 in last season's Canada West final en route
to wirining the national title.
"It means a lot," said Mosher about the match.
"It's an opportunity to tell UVIC,' Hey, you got away
with one last year and we're not going to let it happen again.' But it's also important for down the road
because our goal is to host the Canada West final
again. A tie won't hurt us but we're going to trying
to win the game."
But the Birds will have to get the job done without Chris Franks and Skinner who will be the
Vancouver 86ers as they take on Milwaukee in A-
League semi-final action.
Mosher hopes to have Mike Franks and Kaey
back for Friday's game.»>
Defensive half back Paul Girodo
(above) was the man of the hour
as the UBC Football Thunderbirds defeated the winless
Alberta Golden Bears 14-10
Saturday afternoon to even their
record at one and one. With
UBC trailing 10-6 late in the
third quarter, Girodo picked off
Golden Bear quarterback Sean
Zaychowsky and returned the
ball 45 yards for a touchdown.
Although a win is a win,
Saturday's game is still nowhere
near where the Birds could be.
Yes, the defence played exceptionally well and special teams
were much improved,
but UBC's offence continued
to struggle Saturday as the Birds
only gained 239 yards in total
"There is a lot of work left to
be done," said UBC head coach
Casey Smith about his team's
offensive unit, which has scored
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TORONTO (CUP) — Two years after Canada signed a 183-country
pact to make womens' rights a priority, the federal government
has done nothing to help women, Canada's leading; women's
organisation charges.
The National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC)
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The federal government promised to "advance the goals of
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women than men because women are, on average, poorer than men
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Transition Houses. "Government leaders need to examine the conditions for women in Canada."
In Beijing, the Canadian government recognised the increasing
poverty of women and children and made a commitment to grant
women greater control over their economic rights, bul; since the
Beijing conference poverty is on the rise in Canada. Over five million people in Canada are poor and 70 per cent of them are women
and children.
"We have not seen any action from the provincial or federal governments to deal with women's poverty, in fact, what we have seen
is regressive policies," said Joan Grant-Curnmings, president of
While NAC is corning down hard on the federal government's
policies, government officials are questioning the organisation's
motives. "There seems to be an effort to score political points [with
the public] on NAC's behalf," said Jennifer Lang, a spokesperson
for the Prime Minister's office.
"[If implemented, NAC's] agenda would lead to negative ramifications for this country," Lang added.
NAC also criticised the federal government for failing to provide
adequate access to post-secondary education for all women.
"Young women's access to post-secondary education has been
drastically eroded," said Grant-Cummings. "This affects their economic and political rights and their ability to participate [in decision making] is sidelined."
A Statistics Canada report released last year reveals that
increasing tuition fees cost women more than men because they
take longer to pay off their student loans.
Current proposals being considered by the federal and provincial governments for income-contingent loan repayment schemes
will also be detrimental for women because they could be making
payments on their loans while still seeing their loans increasing in
size, according to Jennifer Story, national deputy chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students.
Story says this means the trend of more women moving into
Canadian universities could start to reverse.
"It may not be overnight, but it seems inevitable that if this continues women will be reluctant to go to university because they
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by Rachel Furey vice president of Ryerson's student
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September 16, 1997 • volume 79 issue 4
Editorial Board
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Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Richelle Rae
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Dawn broke. Emily Yearwood cooked eggs for
all as Daniel Silverman ate icecream. Matt
Green turned green when he sampled some
of the left over steamed rice. Casey Sedgman
cleaned up the mess left by Sarah Galashan,
who still thought that the room was spinning.
Chris Nuttall-Smith was brushing his teeth,
again, with Wolf Depner's toothbrush. Charlie
Cho, whose toothbrush had disapeared long
ago, decided to cut off Jamie Woods' ponytail.
Alec Mcneil-Richardson committed the
eighth deadly sin when he dyed Richelle Rae's
hair back to its original colour. Emily Mak
would have danced her way to the Olympics if
Craig Reynolds hadn't smacked her in the
knee with a billy club. Douglas Quan died, Joe
Clark buried him and Federico Barahona said
a few words. Richard Lam licked his chops as
he came across the photo opportunity of a
lifetime. Todd Silver's shattered corpse,
killed in some sort of explosion with a bicycle
pump clutched in his arms, thus reinforcing
John Zaozirny's belief in a just world.
Ideas to put AMS businesses over the top
For the past year AMS businesses have lost
money at record pace, Although some within
the AMS are now optimistic about the student
union's business future, (after all, profits are
starting to rise), former AMS President David
Borins said the council ought to hire a financial consultant to clean up the mess.
But hiring a consultant would be a waste of
student dollars. If AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets' five year plan included some of
our suggestions the fiscal future of the AMS
could be quite bright indeed.
1. Snack Attack. Now this little snack bar
is well on its way to creating the disco
atmosphere necessary to draw in the huge
crowds. The current stream of mind-numbing, eardrum-assailing techno music is
merely the first step, though. Much more
needs be done to create our very own
Electric Circus.
A disco ball is of course a must for the new
'Snack Shack,' along with some scantily clad
caged go-go dancers. Customers will flock to
groove to the funkadelic music. And, hey, it
wouldn't cost too much to have the B-52's
come in for some promotional work. Shake
your booty!
2. The Pit Pub, quite honestly, is in need of
some drastic changes. Students (or, as we like
to call them, consumers) need entertainment.
An occupied student is a happy student, and a
happy student drinks more beer. More beer
means more money. This...is....good.
And of course when you think entertainment, you think cockfighting. UBC has already
established its reputation as a world-class
cockfighting centre, and the Pit would merely
serve to focus the massive interest already
present Fowl would be provided, although
customers would be encouraged to bring their
As the event gains popularity, a weekly
mudwrestling championship might pull in
the intellectuals. And with the good wholesome fun of midget-tossing bringing in the
family values crowd, the Pit would soon be
a place for both the alcoholic and the too-
young-to-be-an-alcoholic. The campus night
would fill with the sounds of glee as those of
smaller stature are propelled through the
air like so many medicine balls. And, if all
else fails, the messy fun of Bear Baiting
could bring back that old-fashioned feel to
the Pit. Animal rights, schmanimal rights.
3. Now the Sub Arcade already makes
money but profits can  always be increased.
Change machines could, and should, be
altered to accept fifty dollar bills, thus saving
all those annoying return trips. And haven't
you ever wished that the Mortal Kombat
Fifteen machine accepted direct payment?
Come on and 'swipe the stripe' to get to that
next level.
And following the Albertan trend video
gambling terminals are on their way! At least
with these video machines you have a chance
to win back that lost rent check. If Ralph
Klein says it's ok, who are we to argue?
4. Copy Right creates its own deficit by
ignoring how much of its business is supported by the large number of students who enjoy
photocopying their asses. Haven't you ever felt
that primal need to give world-wide distribution to this lily white body part?
Windex and paper towels would be provided, after all the AMS will be rolling in the
money, and the following motto posted in
large clear letters to avoid a messy copy catastrophe: If Nature Harks, Wipe Up Your Own
Skid Marks!
We sincerely hope the AMS takes this
free advice to heart. With careful financial
planning and some innovative thinking
even the Pendulum could make money.
let there
be parking
After a summer of long, hard,
and laborious work, I have
returned to UBC only to find
that the dictators of UEL bylaws and parking regulations
have yet again added to their
conquest of controlling students. It is blatantly obvious
that in their shortsighted blunder of eliminating parking on
16th and NW Marine Dr., that
they intent to make the pursuit
of higher education a painful,
inconvenient, and frustrating
affair for domestic students as
well. These new parking
restrictions are akin to jacking
up tuition for international
grad. students. It seems that
the agenda of improving the
campus and levels of education has an alterior motife of
making  UBC  exclusive  for
wealthy students. Let's face it,
UBC wants money so that they
can make people "ooh and
ahh" about just how special
this campus is. However, by
restricting  parking   without
increasing or improving public transit services, and forcing
students who have no option
but to drive to UBC because of
a long time-distance relationship from campus to work
and/or home, the university
has made use of the campus
exclusive to those who can
afford  monies  for  parking
"technology     fee"      tuition
hikes,and monopolized food
Why should those who
attend UBC unfairly achieve
any direct or indirect benefits
resulting from the possesion
of a degree from a "presti
gious" university ? Canadians
like to think of their country a
free, somewhat classless,
equal, unsegregated, unfailingly indiscriminatory society.
Why should the student who
attends a college or institution
in a less prestigious institutional area have to because of
financial constraints ? Why do
the administrators and councils of UBC not address the
issues of making UBC more
accessible by all, in new "policy
and not-so-new policy"?
Clearly, the present administrations of UBC and the UEL
are incompetent at formulation and application of a neutral, innocuous policy which
will benefit UBC as a whole in
the name of the widely held
Canadian values of equality
and not exclusivity!
Andrew Szabo,
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Canada Post Publications Sales Agreement Number 0732141 Dear Mr. Clark...
I recently stumbled across an idea which I wanted to share
with you. Obviously, I wouldn't write to you if I didn't think
that this idea was inspired, practical, and relevant to your
NDP government.
When I say relevant to your government, I mean that the
idea fits into your attempts to make corporations responsible members of society. While business and free markets
play useful roles in making people's lives better, these are
essentially mindless beasts that rarely look past next quarter's profits. Long term concerns, like the environment and
employment, do not concern the average stockholder or
successful CEO. Businesses must be cajoled or even forced
into helping people.
The dOemma, of course, is to create a low tax, "business
friendly" environment to encourage economic growth
while also raising funds which are necessary to fix the problems which the capitalist system ignores or even creates.
My idea could be used to partially redress this conflict.
The idea is simple: the Government of British Columbia
should set up a small foundation, minimally staffed, to
record charitable donations made by successful, profitable
corporations. The crux of the idea is this: corporations
which donate a modest percentage of their annual profit,
say 2-3 percent to charities and present evidence of this to
the foundation will be allowed to display a small crest on
their supermarket products, on business cards, in the
phone book, etc. Essentially, the corporations are allowed
to advertise to the consumer their pro-people, pro-community outlook.
I believe most people would like to use their consumer
votes wisely, however, who really has time to research cor
porate morality? You could give people an opportunity to
reward charitable corporations. This type of positive
advertising has been proven to work—almost all tuna in all
supermarkets nowadays is "Dolphin Friendly", despite the
fact that being "Dolphin Friendly" costs money. Businesses
do it because it is more profitable to be "Dolphin Friendly".
Similarly, companies, by virtue of competition, will be for
forced to become more charitable.
There are a number of reasons why I think this idea
should be implemented and tested immediately.   First, it
gives the ordinary consumer more information. Second, it
can not be seen as an obtrusive government act as the
donation of money is strictly voluntary. The government
acts only as a disinterested third party as companies can
donate to whichever charitable institution they deem fit.
Cultural groups, scholarship funds, and homeless shelters
will all benefit. Third, it costs the BC government almost
nothing, as a few bureaucrats and computers could easily
keep track of the donation receipts and
which corporations have earned the
right to sport the crest. Fourth, many
CEO's and executives will appreciate
the plan as it allows them to be charitable without angering their shareholders.
At the very least, my idea gives busy
people an easy way to shop with a conscience. If the idea is as successful as I expect it could be,
then you will have essentially harnessed the common good
to the energies of capitalism.
Thank you, Mr. Clark for your time. Please carefully con
sider this idea, while realizing I have presented only a
general framework.  The framework is, however, based
on a legitimate problem: why aren't businesses recognized
and rewarded by consumers when they contribute to our
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