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TUESDAY. OCTOBER 5. 1999
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The student society at Surrey's Kwantlen
College (KSS) has decided to withdraw
from the Canadian .Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA), a national student
lobby group. At the same time, the college
will retain its membership in the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), CASA's rival
student lobby group.
At an executive meeting last month,
KSS councillors voted seven to one in
favour of pulling out of CASA.
KSS Vice-President Dawn Barron
moved to withdraw from the lobby group
because she believes CASA is ineffective,
and doesn't take an active role in improving conditions for students.
'CASA isn't very respected on our campus," said Barron. "None of the students
know what CASA is. So when they're asking
us basically to choose, our board decided to
choose CFS because it's more effective."
And although UBC's Alma Mater
Society (AMS) is a member of CASA, AMS
Coordinator of External .Affairs Nathan
Allen agrees that CASA doesn't serve students weU.
".As someone who's disapproved of
continued on page 2
AMS services: it's referendumania
by Nicholas Bradley
-Although the student services question on the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) referendum ballot hasn't attracted
the same attention as the health care plan and the legalisation of marijuana questions, approximately
$ 100,000 in sfudent fees are riding on the outcome of
the vote.
The second question on the ballot asks whether students support an increase of $9 in their student fees,
which the AMS would use primarily to fund UBC's radio
station, SafeWalk, and increased hours at the Aquatic
Centre. Should the referendum pass, the student services
fee will be refundable on request The AMS doesn't want
the fee to be pro-rated for part-time students.
CiTR radio and SafeWalk are currently subsidised by
the AMS out of its discretionary income, at a total cost
of about $100,000. CiTR also receives approximately
$ 15,000 per year from the AMS's fund reserves.
If the referendum passes, this money would be freed
up, and these services paid for from a student services
fund created by the increased student fee. CiTR would
receive roughly $115,000, SafeWalk $75,000, the
Aquatic Centre $35,000, and the balance would go into
a student services reserve fund and a special initiatives
reserve fund.
According to AMS Coordinator of External Affairs
Nathan Allen, the CiTR and Aquatic Centre portions will
be deducted from the total revenue. The remainder will
be available to fund other student services. The .AMS has
earmarked SafeWalk as a priority for the next few years.
Aaron Nakama, interim station manager at CiTR,
said that the increased fee would provide the station
with the funding it badly needs.
"We're really operating under our required budget"
This year, the AMS budgeted $73,300 to fund CiTR.
Over the past two years, CiTR has received roughly
$70,000 eachyear-significantly less than the $85,000
that Nakama said CiTR requested.
The station generally contributes over $20,000 in
"What happens if one day our transmitter
gets ripped off Gage?...We need a nest
egg to sit on."
-Aaron Nakama
CiTR station manager
revenue to its operating budget, mostly from membership fees.
In the current CiTR budget, however, there is no provision for capital replacement, which Nakama said is
the station's biggest need.
"What happens if one day our transmitter gets
ripped off Gage?" Nakama asked. "We need a nest egg
to sit on."
Of the $4 that CiTR stands to receive from every student, $3.50 will go into the general operations fund.
The remaining 50 cents will be put into a capital
replacement fund.
Nakama added that the student fee would mean that
CiTR could rely on assured funding from year to year.
The SafeWalk portion of the fee increase will go
towards paying volunteers in order to make the service
more reliable.
The Aquatic Centre will help increase the time during which UBC students can swim for free. .AMS
President Ryan Marshall, who chairs the AMS Aquatic
Centre Management Committee, said that the committee would probably survey students to see how they
wanted hours increased.
"What we looked at so far would be opening earlier
for sure and possibly staying open later," he said.
Marshall noted the scheduling must take into
account other Aquatic Centre users, such as the varsity
swim team.
Other student services will be able to draw on the
remaining money in the fund. Brian MacLean, director
of Speakeasy, said that the funding is very important to
the AMS counselling service, even though it is not one
of the primary beneficiaries of the increased student
fees.
"It's really important that our volunteers have really
rigorous training," said MacLean, who explained that
their main funding requirement is to train volunteers
in suicide intervention.
In addition, MacLean said that financial constraints
make it difficult for Speakeasy to advertise its services.
"Our biggest concern right now is making Speakeasy
peer support much better known so that when people
are in crisis, this will be the first place they think of."
The AMS has suggested using the newly-available
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UBC's membership into CASA, I
see it as a good thing that
Kwantlen pulled out. I expect
other schools, hopefully if they see the hght
of how useless CaASA
actually is in terms of
affecting anything, will
want to pull out"
Ryan Marshall,
AMS president, and
CASA's regional director, refused to comment on the decision
when asked by the
Ubyssey.
Marshall and Jason
Aebig, CASA's national
director, reportedly
attended Kwantlen's
council meeting to
make a presentation
in an effort to dissuade councillors
from passing the
motion.
Kwantlen's decision comes after the
announcement of CASA's
"Education Builds a Nation"
campaign, which will be
launched in November. The
campaign raises concerns about
funding cuts to post-secondary
education, and proposes $4 billion in new funding.
"Our universities are worse off
than our hospitals by a long shot,"
Aebig said at an AMS forum earlier this month.
But Barron says that CASA's
strategies don't help students.
"[CaASA is] not a student movement," she said. "CASA is ineffective because it doesn't let its stu
dents choose whether or not they
want to be a part of CASA, it's up
to the individual student society,
and [CASA] says it represents
240,000 students when in acuali-
ty it only represents the student
society itself, not
the students."
She pointed out
that the CFS membership relies on
support of the
entire student
body, not only the
student society.
CASA has had a
turbulent history at
UBC. The AMS
voted to join CASA
last summer, leading to criticism
that the decision
was made unde-
mocratically and
without adequate
student consultation.
In a referendum earlier this year, a majority
of student voters supported withdrawing from CASA. Voter
turnout failed to meet quorum,
however, and the .AMS, along with
15 other student societies across
Canada, is still a CASA member.
.Allen doubts Kwantlen's decision will have immediate implications at UBC.
"It looks like [the .AMS] obviously, even in light of the massive
referendum vote against CASA,
still didn't listen to students and
still wanted to remain part of it
Well see what happens with the
next counciL**>
"[CASA is] not a student
movement CASA is ineffective because it doesn't let its students
choose whether or not
they want to be a part
ofCASA...[CASA]saysit
represents 240,000 students when in acuality
it only represents the
student society itself
not the students."
-Dawn Barron
vice-president,
Kwantlen Student Society
Question #1
Do you support the implementation of an extended health and dental plan, jointly
managed by the AMS and the GSS, at a cost of $168 per year, for twelve months of
coverage per student, indexed to CPI*?
This increase will be automatically applied to your current AMS Fee unless you have an
equivalent health and dental plan and you choose to opt out of the AMS/GSS plan.
*CPI (Consumer Price Index)
The Plan will provide the following benefits until at least August 31, 2001.
HEALTH BENEFITS:
• 80% of the cost of Prescription Drugs,
• Dental Accident: unlimited coverage
• Vaccinations: up to $150/ year
1 Vision Care: $75 every 24 months for eyeglasses
or contact lenses
• Refractive Laser eye surgery 40%
• Ambulance: unlimited coverage
• Counselling Services: up to $300/ year
Out of Canada Travel Insurance: up to
$1,000,000
Question #2
Do you support an increase in your AMS fee of $9, refundable
upon request, to create a special AMS Student Services Fund,
which will be used to improve and expand AMS services such
as:
•Safewalk • The Aquatic Centre
■JobLink • CiTR
■Speakeasy Peer Support
Note: This fee increase may only be applied to AMS Student Services, and
cannot be placed within the general operating budget of the AMS.
I      I YES
I      I NO
Question #3
DENTAL BENEFITS:
Diagnostic & Preventative^ check-ups per year)!
Minor Restorative (Fillings)
70%
70%
+20%
+20%
90%
90%
Oral Surgery (Wisdom Teeth)
50%
+20%
70!
Endodontics (Root Canals)
50%
+26%:
70%
Periodontics (Gum Treatment)
50%
+20% I
70%h
Major Restorative (Crowns)
20%:
20%
Annual Maximum
$750 -i
! no max
$750+
<st
Note: After August 31  , 2001, the AMS and GSS may modify benefits in negotiations with the Plan Provider.
Although the benefits may change, the cost of the plan will not exceed the amount approved in this referendum.
I      I YES □ NO
Do you support the Alma Mater Society of UBC adopting a
stance that calls for a comprehensive harm reduction drug
strategy that includes:
•the legalization of marijuana;
•an increase of health services, including detoxification
centers and access to needle exchange programs;
• an increase in social housing, to decrease the number
of homeless and increase the number of safe healthy
homes;
• the prescription of injection drugs set up under
safe medically monitored conditions.
□ yes I    I no
Vote in Referendum '99
September 29 - October 8 1999
Bring your Studetn ID card to vote THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,1999
What happened in Ipperwash?
 by Mark Kay
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Four years after an aboriginal protest at
Ipperwash Provincial Park, there is a striking lack of clarity
and detail about what exactly happened at Ipperwash and
what role the provincial government played.
The information available ranges from unconfirmed
speculation to outright lies, as Judge Hugh Fraser termed the
testimony of two Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers.
What is known is that on September 4, 1995, a group of
30 unarmed, Native protesters—men, women and children—peacefully occupied Ipperwash.
They declared the park the site of an ancestral burial
ground of their ancestors, that it should be recognised as
such, and that they should be given some right to the land.
In response, nearly 300 OPP officers converged on the
area. On September 6, at 11 pm, without any attempt at
negotiation, the officers tried to oust the protesters from the
park. This action resulted in the beating of Bernard George
and, ultimately, in the fatal shooting of Dudley George by
Kenneth Deane, an OPP officer.
Deane was later convicted of criminal negligence causing
death, given a two year suspended sentence and ordered to
perform 180 hours of community service. He is currently
appealing his conviction.
However, an OPP document distributed two days before
the confrontation said that the police objective was "to contain and negotiate a peaceful solution." The gap between the
OPP's stated policy and their actions have led many to question what role the then newly-elected Ontario Tory government played.
According to the office of Liberal Member of Provincial
Parliament (MPP) Gerry Philips, the premier's chief aid. Deb
Hutton, made it very clear at an mter-ministerial meeting the
morning of the demonstration that the protesters were to be
removed from the park.
A memo from Marcel Beaubien, the Tory MPP whose rid
ing includes Ipperwash, further suggests government
involvement Beaubien was with the OPP at their command
post when he sent a message to Harris, saying that "We are
dealing with thugs.. .The government must take back control
before something irreparable happens."
Pierre George, Dudley's brother, was blocking a gate with
his car a mile from where Dudley was the day of the police
raid. He saw some of the protesters approaching him and
realised they were carrying his wounded brother.
"I can't really describe the emotions I was going through
when I saw my brother," said Pierre.
When he demanded to know why no one had attempted
to give Dudley care when he had been injured, the other protesters told Pierre that the OPP had only brought one ambulance with them, and that right after Dudley was shot, the
police and the ambulance quickly fled the area.
"After Dudley was shot, all the police left the scene," said
Pierre. "Others told me they took off and ran down the road."
Pierre left for the hospital, stopping once to call 911.
"My sister was in the front seat with me, and Dudley was
in the back," he explained.
Despite the fact that every car leaving the scene both
before and after Pierre George was stopped by the OPP so
that its occupants could be escorted to hospitals, Pierre himself never saw a single officer his entire trip. He drove his
dying brother the full distance in his broken down 18-year-
old car.
When Pierre finally reached the hospital, the OPP were
waiting, and arrested him and the other occupants of the car
for attempted murder, before^ taking Dudley for medical
treatment
"If I think about what happened that day," said Pierre,
"then it seems to me that it was the goal of the OPP officers
for Dudley to die."
It has been very difficult, however, for Dudley George's
family, their supporters, and opposition politicians to establish the hard facts of the case. Many of those involved believe
that an inquiry is the best way to establish the facts.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC)
supports this view.
"We strongly urge the government to hold an inquiry," the
UN committee said recently "Only the provincial government can efficiently inquire into all aspects of this matter,
including the role and responsibility of public officials."
A group called the Coalition for a Public Inquiry into the
Death of Dudley George has also been formed. Ann Pohl, the
coalition's spokesperson, is confident that an inquiry will
take place.
"In spite of the best efforts of the Harris government, I am
certain that an inquiry will be held and the truth will come
out" said Pohl.
"In the 30 years I've spent as an activist, I've never seen
so many groups and individuals from so many different
backgrounds get behind a single cause so strongly."
Groups ranging from .Amnesty International to the
Hamilton diocese of the Roman Catholic Church support the
call for an inquiry. Pohl believes many groups have been
attracted to the case because it so clearly threatens a basic
human right the right to assemble and hold non-violent
protests.
But Robin Conte, spokesperson for the Ontario New
Democratic Party (NDP) caucus, is much less optimistic.
When asked how far the provincial NDP would go in pursuing accountability if an inquiry was called, he responded
with evident frustration.
"Frankly, if we could just get to the public inquiry it would
already be something," said Conte. "We have been with this
issue from the beginning and we are committed to pursuing
it until a resolution is reached, even if this takes a few more
years."
Meanwhile, Pierre George worries that the real cause his
brother was fighting for may be lost due to the support his
brother's case has attracted.
"These groups should not be focusing on the right to
protest" said Pierre. "They should focus on aboriginal land
rights claims. This is the issue that Dudley died for."<»
Health students
given booster
Thunderbird headaches
by Maureen Hari
BC health-rare students will now be eligible
to receive additional provincial scholarships, BC Minister of Advanced Education,
Training and Technology Andrew Petter
announced recently.
The latest batch of awards will hand out
$ 3, S 00 to 177 registered nurses, paramedical professionals, and health-support
workers. The scholarship program, gives
out up to 300 awards annually, lending
financial support to BC health care professionals attending post-secondary institutions.
"It's not providing more seats in nursing, which we need," says Soma Acorn,
associate professor in UBC's School of
Nursing. "But itwill help those who want to
come into the [nursing] program and perhaps need some financial assistance."
The purpose of the scholarship is to help
health care workers cope with technological change, according to Jesse McNelly,
spokesperson for the Ministry of
Education.
"[The scholarship is] designed to help
people who work in health care return tu
post-secondary institutions in order to
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McNelly added that the program will
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health care in BC.
"By supporting initiatives to improve
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improve the quality of care. The intention is
to help more people learn what they need
to become better at what they do."
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"The noise makes it
difficult to study. I
try to avoid being
home as much as
possible during the
construction times."
-John Macobin
Thunderbird resident
MEN AT WORK: work continues at Thunderbird. Jennifer neilson photo
 by Alex Dimson
Although the Thunderbird Residence is still trapped under scaffolding and machinery, as its $4.7 million dollar repair job continues to inconvenience students living there, residents won't
have to wait much longer for the repairs to end.
Earlier this year, the residence, built in 1995, was found to be
suffering from building envelope failure—more commonly
known as the "leaky condo syndrome"—in which rainwater gets
caught in walls. If the problem is left unattended, rot sets in, leav
ing the affected building unstable.
Since then, UBC Housing has started an expensive repair job
which Thunderbird Residence Life Manager Elizabeth Marshall
called "noisy, messy, dusty, [and] dirty."
The complex repairs—which
involve the replacement of most of
the stucco walls, the installation of
glass skylighting to prevent rain
shear, and the remodeling of the
third floor drainage system—has
left residents complaining about
living in a construction zone,
despite the 10 per cent reduction in
rent they receive during the repair
period.
"The noise makes it difficult to
study. I try to avoid being home as
much as possible during the construction times," said resident John
Macobin.
In an effort to accommodate students, Marshall said that there is "a study unit available, with
desks set-up for study during the day."
She added that at times, students have been temporarily
moved, either to another section of Thunderbird or to the
Ritsumeikan-UBC House nearby.
Bob Frampton, UBC assistant director of housing, said that
four residents were forced to move permanently because of medical reasons.
During the summer, Frampton noted a "slightly higher than
usual" rate of turnover, but said that it is difficult to gauge how
much of this was due to the repairs.
Students hoping for relief from the on-going construction
don't have too long to wait The first phase of the repairs began in
May on three of the residence blocks and, according to Darcelle
Cottons, UBC Housing's acting chair, these repairs are expected
to be completed by October 31. The second phase isn't scheduled
to begin before May, 2000.
Thunderbird is not the only building to suffer from the problem. Last year the University Apartments received $2.7 million
worth of similar repairs.
Cottons said that another UBC residence, Ritsumeikan-UBC
house, also faces repairs. Alhough the final report is still being
drafted, Cottons said that "any reconstruction will begin next
year" and that the repairs probably won't be as bad as at
Thunderbird.
Between repairs to Thunderbird, the University Apartments and
Ritsumeikan the cost is expected to be upwards of $8 million. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. OCTOBER 5,1999
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Food debate heated
by Nicola Jones
"Frankenfood." "Farmageddon."
The words used to describe
genetically-modified (GM) foods
are loaded with emotion, and so
is the debate.
Activist, author, and food
industry critic Brewster Kneen
insists that the growing use of
biotechnology has 'little to do
with social need, and a lot to do
with profit.
"You make money by making
people sick and polluting the
environment," he adds.
Brewster addressed these
concerns last Thursday night in
a public lecture hosted by UBC's
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
But Doug Powell, assistant professor of food science and director of the Science and Society
Project at the University of
Guelph, implied that much of the
concern over GM foods originates from fear of the unknown,
resulting in false information
and impressions.
"Bullshit is the grease on the
skids of innovation," said Powell.
The GM foods debate centres
on the practice of splicing genetic components, usually from
other species, into crops. This is
done to make the food more
appealing to consumers, to
make the crop more consistent
and less costly for farmers, or to
reduce the environmental
impact of farming practices.
The commonly found Bt corn,
for example, has a bacterial gene
added into the corn seed so that
farmers don't need to spray their
fields with pesticide; the inserted
gene produces the same chemical
that's in the spray.
Some people, however, are
concerned about the unknown
effects of such practices on both
people and the environment.
The science is inherently imprecise, and there are differing
opinions on what it means for a
crop to be "substantially equivalent" to "natural" foods.
Kneen argued that the possible health hazards of GM foods
are unknown, pointing out that
there have been no long-term
"Bullshit is the
grease on the skids
of innovation."
-Doug Powell
Assistant Professor of
Food Science
human tests done with GM
foods. Therefore, he said, they
simply shouldn't be on the market.
Powell conceded that there
have not been human tests, but
pointed to 20 years of lab data
that showed no evidence of
harm from products that have
gone to market. The evidence, he
said, does not eliminate the possibility of risk, but does make it
unlikely.
However, Powell does worry
about some health risks. On a
recent farmyard field trip with
his kids, he was concerned about
the unpasteurised apple juice,
and the strawberries fresh-
picked from a field spread with
manure. But Powell said that the
issue is about food safety in general—not just GM foods.
"Nature, is not benign," he
said. "Risks are everywhere. The
question is can you manage
those risks?"
Kneen said that industry has
promoted a lopsided view of the
issue. Corporations, he said,
have the money and the power
to control the distribution of
crop seeds, and the government
agencies that are supposed to
regulate them are often controlled by corporate interests.
He also argued that bioengi-
neering has led to a devaluation
of life in our society, where
"nothing is taken as a given,
everything is up for
grabs...Whatever you are, you
could be better." That kind of
thinking, he argued, could lead
us away from foods to other
areas of genetic experimentation.
"When we say improved seed,
we have to be thinking improved
babies."
Powell countered that while
the science of genetic engineering is imprecise, nature itself
can be random. "DN<* is a
promiscuous molecule," he said.
He pointed out that, in the case
of Bt corn, consumers are eating
the same thing they get from
specks of dirt in their non-GM
vegetables. He pointed out that
the number-one cause of food-
related deaths in North America
is from bacteria on fresh fruit
and vegetables, and argued that
we should concentrate on known
health risks.
Both speakers agreed that regulatory agencies need to be separated from those people who
have an interest in promoting
GM foods, and that if GM foods
do enter the market, they should
be labelled in order to provide
choice for the consumer. ♦
CAREER DAYS '99
A career and educational opportunities fair
• Your chance to meet recruiters, ask questions,
and find out about careers
• 60 companies and 20 educational institutions
attending
• Bring your resume
• Work-appropriate attire suggested
October 5, 6, and 7
SUB Main Concourse
10 am to 4 pm
Info: 822-1432 or www.careers.ubc.ca
Career Services.
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Referenda hard to pass at UBC
 by Alex Dimson
UBC's aAlma Mater Society (AMS) has
caught a lot of attention by including a
question about the legalisation of marijuana on the ballot for the ongoing referendum. Although AMS executives have
admitted that, at least in part, it is an
effort to attract more voters, students may
not realise just how hard it is to get a referendum to pass at UBC.
Since 1990, 21 of 28 referenda have
failed due to lack of quorum.
Students, most of whom do not live on
campus, are typically unaware of the referendum and do not turn out to vote. Low
voter turnout is hardly unique to this cam
pus, but what is unique are the guidelines
that control the voting process.
In order for a referendum to pass, the
majority of voters must vote yes and at
least ten percent of the student population—this figure is currenly 3300— must
have voted yes on the referendum to
acheive quorum.
The quorum requirement is different
at other universities. A survey done by the
Ubyssey last year revealed that the rules
are among the toughest in Canada.
At Dalhousie University in Halifax
voter turnout is sometimes as low as five
per cent, but no matter what percentage of
students vote, the referendum is considered valid. The same  is true  at the
University of Manitoba, the University of
Alberta and Queen's University, among
others.
According to the British Columbia
Societies Act, the statute that governs student unions, a referendum must be held
by any society trying to raise fees or
change bylaws, and that quorum must be
reached. At Simon Fraser University, however, quorum is counted with the total
number of votes.
Ironically, to change the quorum rules,
a referendum would have to be held.
AMS President Ryan Marshall said that
"it's difficult to interest students to vote
for a by-law change." In 1990, a referendum was held to change the quorum by
law. It failed due to lack of quorum.
Instead of tackling the bylaw directly
the AMS is now trying to work around it.
The .AMS has suspended current referendum procedural code, as a complete
overhaul of the AMS code of procedure is
currently taking place. The change was
implemented in part to solidify referendum rules that Marshall calls "vague."
The voting period has been extended
from four to eight days. Marshall and AMS
General Manager Bernie Peets hope that
the longer voting period will help the referendum reach quorum.
"These issues are important and it is
important that students make themselves
heard," said Peets.♦
Decriminalisation
of pot debated
A Canadian senator who participated yesterday in an .Alma Mater
Society (AMS) forum on the
decriminalisation of drugs will
bring the debate back to Ottawa.
Senator Pierre Claude Nolin
said he is considering input
solicited from the forum as a part
of his proposal to the Senate to reopen discussion on the current
Canadian anti-drug policy.
The two other speakers at the
forum, Vancouver-Richmond Health
Board representative Bud Osborn
and Gil Puder of the Vancouver
Police, advocated a stance supporting decriminalising drugs.
Nathan Allen, AMS coordinator
of external affairs said the forum
was originally planned to be a
debate, but speakers from the
RCMP, Vancouver Police, and
UBC's Faculty of Medicine
declined to oppose the issue.
Men said he was pleased with
the "active turnout" of about 60 students who attended the discussion.
The forum was held by the
/AMS as a kick-off to the 4 remaining days of voting in the on-going
referendum. One of the referendum questions asks UBC students
whether they support a drug
harm-reduction plan that
includes the decriminalisation of
marijuana.»>
—Cynthia Lee
wm$r1Mlh@ mi Lft\mm]®vP IsMtmrnsr    CUPE talks continue
SPINNING YOUR WHEELS: Students trying to study at Koerner Library were distracted by more than
just the view this morning when a bicycle was suspended from tho library's roof. Bikes were also
found in trees around campus before being fished out by security, iara westover photo
Pro-life barred at MUN
by Karen Griffin
The Muse
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-Memorial University is
engulfed in controversy after a pro-life group
was barred from distributing promotional
material in the school's orientation package.
This past August, the St. John's-based Care
Centre for Women Incorporated asked
Memorial's Council of the Students' Union
(CSU) if they could include either promotional
pens or brochures about their group in the university's frosh packages.
CSU President Leigh Borden responded by
writing the centre a letter saying that the council does not endorse pro-life organisations.
"As an organisation that supports the right of
women to make their own choices about their
bodies and reproductive systems, it is best not
to promote a group whose ideologies are in
direct opposition to our own," stated the letter.
Connie Duff, a spokesperson for the Care
Centre, says the group was "floored" by the
response.
"University, I thought, was an open area of
discussion and debate and views," said Duff.
In their pamphlet, the Centre says it offers
help and advice to women in need of information on natural family planning, pregnancy,
post-abortion counselling and fertility awareness.
Although they do not directly say they are a
pro-life, group in their promotional material,
Duff says the centre will not refer women to
have abortions.
"I'm not saying I'm neutral, I'm pro-life,"
said Duff. "But I'm not going to try and make
you see my side. I would just want you to think
about what you are doing."
Duff says part of the reason the centre does
not state its pro-life stance in its brochures is
because of the stigma attached to the term.
"Pro-life unfortunately has a very bad name,"
she said. "Everybody thinks of pro-life as fanatics who are out there killing abortionists, and
you know, harassing women."
Duff says the centre has even been referred
to by some as the "scare" centre for women
because of its alleged scare tactics to discourage
visitors to the centre from getting abortions.
She says the centre is only trying to help people make informed decisions. But Borden says
the centre should be open about its views.
She says if their promotional materials had
specifically stated their pro-life views, the situation may have come out differently.
"We would have certainly reconsidered our
stance had the centre been forthcoming with
information about its philosophy," she said.
In the past the centre has been allowed to
distribute brochures in the orientation packages.
Borden, however, says that this issue has
come up before about whether or not to take the
materials even though they do not state that the
centre is pro-life.♦
CUPE Local 116-which represents roughly 1700 campus workers—is entering its fifth and sixth
days of mediation with UBC this
week. The union's demands
include preventing UBC from having an increased ability to contract-
out jobs and change the sick leave
model. "We don't intend on granting any concessions," said John
Geppert, president of CUPE Local
116. The Local would also like to
receive wages and benefits similar
to the rest of the public sector.
UBC's Local 2950, representing roughly 1300 clerical and secretarial staff will also be heading
to the Labour Relations Board
(LRB) this week. Although the
Local's negotiations with UBC
have been more successful. Frans
Van de Ven, 2950 business agent,
says mediation is necessary
because of doubts that further
negotiations would be favourable.
"[The] university doesn't have the
ability to make meaningful wage and
benefit settlements," he said. Similar
action has been taken across the
province. Two University of Victoria
locals voted strongly in favour of
strike action. "I imagine that across
the sector.. .there'll be a turning up of
the heat" said Geppert ♦
—Daliah Merzaban
Alumni day at UBC
UBC's past, present, and future
students gathered together
Saturday at the third annual
Alumni Day, for a full day of festivities.
UBC President Martha Piper
addressed the alumni, and
declared October "Great Trek
Montfi", to commemorate the
1922 march of 1500 students to
demand the completion of the university.
John Turner, former Canadian
prime minister and honorary
chair of the Class of '49, who
marks its fiftieth anniversary, was
one of the speakers remembering
their time spent at UBC.
The Class of 1949 was largely
made up of WWII veterans. When
they attended school, the total university population was about
10,000. Today, the student population alone, is nealy four times
that amount.
Turner, prior to his speech,
gave his own description of the
changes at UBC.
"You want to talk about change?
I'm the only man on the platform."
UBC has approximately
160,000 graduates in 120 countries around the world. ♦
—Andrea Lobo THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,1999
this is the ubyssey's 1999 fall elections eligible voter list:
bruce arthur, todd silver, tristan winch, daliah merzaban, Jaime tong, tara westover,
naomi kirn, nicholas bradley, duncan m. mchugh, torn peacock, eric jandciu, cynthia
lee, Julian dowling, mel streich, laura blue, lisa denton, and michelle mossop.
if you think you should be on this list, but you aren't, then either come to the
Wednesday, October 6th staff meeting (sub 241k, 12:30pm) and petition staff,
or contact mel, laura, or bruce before the Wednesday staff meeting, thanks.
PRESIDENT
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President Martha Piper on
Tuesday. October 12 th irom
7:30-9:00a.m. please contact
tne Ceremonies Orrice (pnone 822-2484
or email kkingf@excnange.ubc.ca) and leave
your name, iaculty, year, student ID#,
pbone number and email address.
Tne rirst 50 names will be entered into
a draw to be one or 25 students to win
breakiast with the President.
Deadline lor entries is
Thursday, October 7 at 4:30p.m.
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Birds on top
UBC inns past UVic to tie for first in Canada West, tara westover photo
 by Vincent Lam
The UBC women's soccer team showed good form over the weekend
with a decisive 1-0 win over the nationally second-ranked University of
Victoria Vikes (3-2). This victory puts the Birds, who came in ranked
fourth in the CIAU, at 4-1 for the season and tied with the University of
Alberta Pandas for first place atop the highly talented Canada West
Birds goalkeeper Sian Bagshawe provided some first-half fireworks
during the 15th minute of the game with a brilliant save after a UBC
defensive fumble which led to a clear breakaway.
Vanessa Martino scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute
of play with a shot from the top of the crease that just trickled past the
Vikes goalkeeper Megan Olesky. Despite being a little unsettled during
the first few minutes of game, the Birds went on to dominate the first
half.
Numerous scoring opportunities by the Birds in the first half of play
produced by, most notably Lynsey Burkinshaw, failed to convert into
goals thanks to Olesky's stellar play. At times during the first half, she
looked more like an acrobat than a goalkeeper with some unbelievable
saves.
Dining the 63rd minute of play, a nasty mid-air collision between a
Vikes defender and the Birds' Vanessa Martino led to a shaken Martino.
Martino eventually recovered uninjured to the relief of her teammates
and coach. The disgruntled Vikes defender was given a yellow card for
her efforts.
The women have next weekend off but are at it again the following
weekend when they will be travelling to Calgary to face the 2-3 University
of Calgary Dinos.<*
CROSSCOUNTRY
At the Stanford Invitational on
Saturday, UBC's David Milne won
the men's open race with a time of
24:42. Overall, the Birds finished
14th in men's open university
division scoring.
RXTIBALL
UBC   (3-1)
Manitoba (3
Friday, Octol
Thunderb
MEN'S HOCKEY
The men's hockey team was away
in Edmonton over the past weekend at the Brick Invitational
Tournament The Birds went 1-2
with David Penner, Josh
Cinnamon, Rob Teleske, Cory
LaFreniere, Matt Reid, and Rob
Petrie scoring in a huge" 6-1 win
over the Northern Alberta Institute
of Technology. Trevor Shoaf
scored the loan goal in a 5-1 loss to
the University of Lethbridge, and
Jason Deleurme scored UBC's
only goal in a 7-1 loss to the
University of Saskatchewan.
The Thunderbirds will host the
Father Bauer Classic this coming
weekend at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre, playing
against the University of Regina,
the University of Calgary, and
York University. The Birds play
Regina, Friday night at 6pm;
Calgary, Saturday at 7pm; and
York Sunday at 6pm.
MEN'S
soccer team was shut
tfthe  University of
te 4-0-1 Vikes, drop-
record on the season
e Thunderaiils were in exhibition game action on Friday
and beat Trinity Western
University 4-1.
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY
The field hockey Birds will host
Canada West Tournament #2,
Friday to Sunday at Livingstone
Park .After the last tournament in
Edmonton, UBC is tied with the
University of Victoria for first
place, but have fewer goals for
than UVic. UBC plays the
University of Calgary Friday at
6pm; the University of .Alberta,
Saturday at 1 lam; the University
of Manitoba, Sunday at 9am; and
the University of Victoria Sunday
at 1pm. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,19991
SFU
• II
wis over UBC in Shrum
by Naomi Kim
It's not easy, but someone had to say it.
"We got whooped," said UBC defensive coordinator
Noel Thorpe of the Thunderbirds' 41-14 loss to the
Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clansmen in Shrum Bowl
XXII at Swangard Stadium Saturday.
"We lost the battle for field position...We had our
backs against the wall for most of the game. Special
teams—we didn't execute, we blew it there. [SFU]
blocked some kicks and they took it to us. We missed
some tackles, and obviously, offensively, we need to do a
better job at execution."
It was just that kind of night. But although SFU wound
up with a lopsided victory, the first half was a different
story. SFU started the scoring early at the seventh
minute with second-year running back Mike Vilimek,
who played secondary school football under UBC head
coach Jay Prepchuk, running in a 1-yard touchdown run.
And that was not the last UBC would see of Vilimek, who
added another touchdown, this time a 6-yard run, after a
blocked punt only two minutes later.
But UBC's offense decided to reply to SFU's first two
touchdowns three minutes into the second quarter.
Backup quarterback Phil Deeks, filling in for injured
starter Shawn Olson, tossed a short pitch to running
back Akbal Singh, who then threw an 11-yard touchdown
pass to flanker Brad Coutts. And towards the end of the
second quarter, Singh ran in his own 27-yard touchdown, tying the game 14-14.
But another SFU touchdown in the last minute of the
second quarter put the Clansmen ahead at the half, and
they never looked back.
After some UBC fans broke loose onto the field during
the halftime to harass the SFU mascot, the Thunderbirds
also fell apart, starting with the offense. Deeks, who was
7 for 10 at the half, completed only 2 for 16 in the second half before being replaced late by first-year pivot
Rob Kenney.
The Birds could only hold for so long in this year's
four-down American rules football game.
"Our defence played their
hearts out, but again, when
you have the defence on the
field for that long, it's sometimes tough for you. So,
offence wasn't really helping us out in that regard,"
said Prepchuk.
UBC's defence was led by
cornerback Art Tolhurst,
who had 16 tackles, followed by linebacker Nathan
Mellalieu with 14 tackles
and one sack.
Midway through the final
quarter, a 43-yard touchdown by Vilimek, the eventual game MVP, made the
score 34-14. SFU added a
blocked punt return with 6
minutes remaining, sealing
the win for the Clan. The
Shrum Bowl series is now at
11-10-1 for SFU.
"SFU played really hard
and kind of avenged their
selves from last year," said
UBC defensive end Tyson St.
James.
In the end, UBC's biggest
positive came from their
lack of injuries.
"As much as you hate to
lose to them, we're glad to
come away with no major
injuries as of now," said centre Chris Paterson. "But it's hard, because I know basically 90 per cent of [the SFU] team, and [their win] is all
I'm going to hear about, for the next year, but you know,
we've got bigger fish to fry."
"I think [the loss] is going to give us more fire to come
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start for Shrum Bowl XXII Saturday against the hated SFU Clan. But Deeks and the Birds
got steamrolled 41-14 by the Clan, tara westover photo
out and beat Manitoba next week," added St James.
The T-Birds, 3-1 in the Canada West, will resume their
CIAU regular season against the 3-1 University of
Manitoba Bisons at Thunderbird Stadium on Friday. The
two teams are currently tied for second place in the
Canada West.»>
Opportunities, for Student Oo/unteers
Consistent with the intention to strengthen UBC's links with the community as
outlined in Trek 2000, student volunteers are wanted to assist in health and social
service agencies, schools and community centres in Vancouver's downtown
eastside. Volunteers must commit to working a minimum of three hours once a
week from November 1999 to April 2000. Orientation sessions prior to placement
and ongoing support during placement will be provided.
These volunteer placements will give students insight into health and social issues,
opportunities to develop valuable skills, and experience relevant to future
employment.
Please submit a brief resume along with a one-page statement indicating the type
of volunteer work you would like to do, and the reasons for your interest, to:
Dr. Herbert Rosengarten
Executive Director
President's Office
University of BC
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T1Z2
Please mark envelope "Student Volunteer Programme".
Applications will be accepted up to Friday, October 29th, 1999.
Some examples of possible placements:
O STRATHCONA AND RAY-CAM COMMUNITY CENTRES
Volunteers needed to assist with after-school tutoring and homework
progress. Students fluent in Chinese, Vietnamese or Spanish would be
especially useful to work with ESL students at both these centres.
DSOS
A storefront society providing settlement and orientation services for new
immigrants is looking for volunteers to help adults improve their English
skills.
O ST. JAMES CHURCH
Volunteers required for the literacy programme at local schools to read to
students on a one-on-one basis.
Z> FIRST UNITED CHURCH
Volunteers needed to perform a variety of tasks interacting with
community residents in the provision of services.
Z> SHEWAY
Sheway provides support for pregnant women and young children and is
looking for a student volunteer is needed to help in a variety of tasks,
Z> TRIAGE
Triage is an emergency shelter for men and women with mental health and
substance abuse problems. Triage seeks volunteers to interact with clients. 8
THE UBYSSEY * TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,1999
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Travel During Christmas
Owing to the Millennium New Year, reservations for air
travel are heavier than normal. All students are therefore
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disappointment later. Student Class    airfares, between
Canadian cities, are available exclusively from
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Two offices on campus:
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Lower Level SUB ... 822-6890
Owned and operated by the Canadian Federation of Students.
Poll stations operating every day of the referendum:
SUB 9am-9pm
Koerner Library 9am-9pm
Woodward 9am-9pm
Buchanan A 9am-5pm
Forestry Centre 9am-5pm
Poll stations operating Sep 29-Oct 1:
Bookstore
Scarfe
Totem
9am-5pm
9am-5pm
5pm-9pm
Poll stations operating Oct 4-5:
Angus 9am-5pm
Civil/Mechanical Eng.    9am-5pm
Gage 5pm-9pm
Poll stations operating Oct 6-8:
Graduate Student Cntr. 9am-9pm
Chemistry 9am-5pm
Vanier 5pm-9pm
NOTE: All polls will close at 5pm on Fri, Oct 8 (there will be no night polls)
THE TOASTERS
WITH EASY BIG FELLA AND THE MALCHIKS
at the Starfish Room
Oct. 2
by Jenn Gardy
Ska music is notoriously
difficult to explain, mostly
because it exists in multiple hyphenations, from
two-tone to ska-pop
to swing-ska. Saturday
night's show at the Starfish
Room would have been
the ideal my-first-ska-
show, blending ska-punk,
traditional, and two-tone
music, a good crowd, and
the overpriced merchandise table endemic to
today's ska scene.
Vancouver's own
Malchiks (all of whom
managed to get day passes
from the institution where
they're held) opened the
show with their rather
unique take on ska-punk.
Though not as tight or as
traditional as Easy Big
Fella or the Toasters, the
boys managed to get a
good crowd response. This
may or may not have had
something to do with the
fact that lead singer Scott
torched himself mid-set.
Next on the bill was Easy Big Fella. One of the few West Coast
bands signed to NYC-based Moon Records, EBF play goofy, traditional ska, characteristic of the Pacific Northwest. Opening
with "Rumpshaker," a tribute to the female posterior, they
plowed their way through favourites like "Road Alone" while the
crowd on the dancefloor multiplied like crazy bunnies.
Headlining the evening's show were NYC's Toasters, though
the number of actual Toasters present was only three.
Designated imports included one Skoidat and two Specials,
LIFE WITHOUT INSTRUCTION
at the Frederick Wood Theatre
runs until Oct. 9
P
including Two-Tone  legend
Lynval Golding on guitar.
Formed in 1982 by UK expat Rob Hingley, the Toasters
took the Two-Tone
sound    of    the
Coventry   scene
and turned it into
the more varied
sounds of what
came     to      be
known    as    third
wave. After over 20 releases, many c
Moon Ska label, they've become one <
tive bands of the current ska scene.
Having last played Vancouver i
Toasters promised the crowd they'd
their absence and that they did. r
fast, hard, and loud, stopping betwi
rally the crowd against the governn
show—in
show typi
cally brings out a crowd
of suburban low-lifes in
hoodies expecting to
hear Goldfinger covers, they managed to
attract the last of the
believers. People came
to hear tight, traditional
ska and not a single person left disappointed. ♦
white trash in the crowd, and
cavity searches. Lead singer lack
Ruby, despite falling off his monitor mid-rant, worked the completely inebriated crowd into a
skanking frenzy for nearly two
hours, capping the evening off
with an encore blending ska, hip-
hop, and some insane toasting
(slow rapping over ska or rocksteady).
Easy Big Fella and the Toasters
deserve a medal for Saturday's
a  city  where  a  ska
Mm
Some people
in the audience wer
so appalled they
walked out.
by Julian Dowling
Here we are on the verge of a new millennium, and UBC
Theatre produces a play that treats the delicate subject of
violence against women as if gender relations were still
struggling to get past the middle ages. Life without
Instruction falls embarrassingly short of the high expectations that the intriguing title sets. By comparison, Bernard
Shaw's Joan of Arc does a much better job exploring the fate
of a woman driven to meet violence with violence.
Sally Clark has described her own play as a
'revenge comedy' What she doesn't get is that
revenge for a crime as heinous as rape, however
justified it may be, is not a laughing matter.
Sadly, the primitive feminist rage that drives
this play is not its only flaw. The execution, only
somewhat excused by opening night jitters, is very
poor for the high standard set by past UBC Theatre productions. The actors, working with a script that swings from
anti-male cliches to plain vulgarity, seem to flounder within
lirredc
the   limits   ot
their characters.
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Rome in 1610. Her father, a painter struggling to e
Caravaggio's shadow, arranges for his daughter to be 1
'perspective' by a renowned artist/sex fiend, Agostino
Against her will, Tassi teaches Artemesia more than juj
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ludith and Holofernes, she plots to g
revenge on the men in her life whc
betrayed her.
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Artemisia, deserves credit for her !
performance. Of the others, only
lohnston as the Interrogator has any
of his character's moral hypocrisy.
Agostino Tassi, a slimy, sex fiend {
by Fabrice Grover, gets the bulk of the
'funny' lines. But the humour is less
than absurdly grotesque, as most <
cracks come during a rape scene.
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unwatchable. Some people in the auc
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nature of the subject matter. Of 0
rape is violent and terrible and disgt
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new to offer an audience that remei
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acting could not redeem Life's overly simplistic treatm
such a loaded subject as rape. ♦
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BEN
FOLDS
FIVE
mrnss^   at the Rage
Sept. 30
by Lawrence Chew
"But there's only three of them!"
That's usually the first thing mentioned when
Ben Folds Five is brought up. And it's usually the
reason you remember them. That, and the fact
that they're one of the most innovative bands to
come around in years. But for those of you still
pondering the name—it's a joke.
There's Darren Jessee on drums, Robert Sledge
on bass and Ben Folds plays a full-sized Baldwin
grand piano, which he records with and brings to
all their shows on tour. But what makes them so
popular and fun to listen to is probably what
makes other current rock bands so boring and
run-of-the-mill: the guitar, or the lack thereof. Yet,
when asked if they felt like rock stars, all Ben could
do was shake his head and ponder the question
and say: "No, no. I mean—I don't know. It's a job."
This trio has grown a loyal and almost cult-like
following in places such as Japan, where they
recorded a Japanese version of "Song For the
Dumped," from their last album. But, apparently,
they still like to play the English version on the
Japanese radio stations.
According to Robert, "We wouldn't say that we're
huge in Japan. I'd say we're successful. Jamiroquai is
huge in Japan." Darren, however, jumped in and
added, "Australia. I feel like a rock star in Australia."
You wouldn't believe their humble denial of rock
star status after seeing them live. Even without the
six-stringed weapon of choice, these guys put on
an amazing show. On September 30th at the Rage,
each one of them pounded the living crap out of
their respective instruments.
But not until the first band was done.
Opening for Ben Folds Five was Train, a guitar
rock band with some good songs. In music today,
it's difficult to make an impression. It's difficult to
find that elusive quality that sets you apart from
every other band. Like say.. .using a piano and for-
THEY SURE DONT LOOK LIKE ROCK STARS: Ben Folds Five's (L to R) Ben Folds, Robert Sledge
and Darren Jessee slum it in Yaletown. david Hoffmann photo
get
ting the guitar. Unfortunately, Train
doesn't have that. But with a nice mix of
folk, rock and distortion, they're definitely in for some radio play (despite their
new single sounding suspiciously like
Sheryl Crow's "Leaving Las Vegas").
Fortunately, for us, none of this stopped
them from putting on a fun show
(including the gratuitous mentioning of
"Vancouver" to get on the crowd's good
side) and playing some good music.
Finally, the good old Baldwin was
wheeled out onto the stage and a black
sheet was removed to expose Darren's
massive drum set, featuring a giant gong
right behind his seat. The sight of that
gong got a lot of people riled up just
thinking about the possibilities.
Suddenly, the lights disappear and so
does my hearing.
Ben Folds Five has taken the stage
and the fan/jerk behind me is whistling
with a pinky in each corner of his
mouth—and directly into my ear.
No sooner does Ben touch the ivory
than a sea of people begin to sing along.
They started off the set with a string-less
and horn-less version of their latest
single, "Don't Change your Plans,"
but the energy and quality of song-
writing are so amazing, you'd never
remember any other instruments
were used at all. They'd either sing
the parts, play them on the piano, or
use various instruments to help
bring it all together on stage. Even
new instrumentation on their latest
album has carried over onto the live
show. This is most evident on the
song, "Magic." Darren moved over
to a classical set featuring two tym-
panis, a triangle and, of course, that
giant gong that we've all grown to
love, while Robert moved from the
bass to a synthesizer keyboard.
When I asked Ben if including all
the horns and strings takes away
from what the three of them do, he
said, "What we do is really going out
of style, so if you just put [them]
over it, it makes you sound smarter.
Even if it's not a really good idea,
you put strings over it, it makes it
sounds more important.'
Needless to say, one has
to take some answers
with a grain of salt.
The majority of the
set   consists   of songs
from their new album,
with a sprinkling of older ^^^^
songs for the fans. "One Angry
Dwarf "reallypulie^ouila lot of stops, wTtlTBen
doing his signature move of grabbing his seat and
bashing the keys of his piano with it, then stepping back and bouncing it off the keys to end the
song.
Robert was taking full advantage of not being
tied down by his instrument and jumped around
like a child who missed his dose of Ritalin and, at
times, looked like he was suffering from some
kind of epileptic shock. Even Darren was drumming standing up, pummeling his kit into the
ground. Now that I think about it, the band spent
about as much time off their seats as the crowd
did. Playing old songs live has its disadvantages,
though. Midway through "Uncle Walter," Ben
stopped singing, looked up at Robert with an
expression of shock and confusion, and then,
barely audibly, uttered, "I forgot the words."
Mind you, playing live has its advantages, too.
One of the most studio-worked songs,
"Narcolepsy," (on their new album) is given an
amazing, live rendition. To have Darren's swelling
drums and Robert's grinding, distorted bass suddenly dissipate and leave a solo spotlight on Ben
quietly singing and playing is awe inspiring.
The best song of the night by far, "Song For the
Dumped," was also their finale. Apparently this
song undergoes a transformation show after show
and that night we definitely got something *un. By
the end of the song, it turned into a jam session
with Ben standing atop his grand piano holding
up two microphones to two sides of the crowd. He
would then get each side to scream at his command by pointing the mike at them and alternating between the two. Soon, it just turned into a
chorus of people singing along to the infamous
line "Give me my money back! Give me my money
back! You bitch!" The only disappointment of the
set had to be the lack of both "Brick" and their
cover of "Video Killed The Radio Star."
But you can't really complain after that last song.
After watching the show, one has to wonder if
it's hard to get pumped up night after night. As far
as Ben is concerned it cai* be, but it's more the
touring that takes its toll. "We've been taking it
pretty easy for now... [but] I have a hard time
adjusting to touring, then once I adjust, say a
week or so, I'm okay."
Even once you adjust to touring, it doesn't make
it any easier. In fact, Robert thinks it's nice for the
band members to get away from one another. "You
know, honestly, the break? I mean, we spend a
whole lot of time together. It's gotten to the point
where if most people spend this much time together, it can be a little
destructive." So
the obvious
question is, how
do you deal with
it? "We make
money," answers
Darren. Robert
adds, "Plus, we
like to make fun
of people." ♦
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gong got a lot of
people riled up just
thinking about the
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Oct. 2
THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,1999
11
aster of his trade
by Aisha Jamal
Having attended the Vancouver International Film Festival
religiously for four consecutive years now, I have realised
that almost everybody I have met there is an aspiring filmmaker. So, it was no surprise to see many familiar faces at
Saturday's "New Filmmakers' Day." About 200 ambitious
cinephiles dished out $60 each (the cheapest of the conference tickets) for the three session day held on the last day of
the Trade Forum. The conference attendees were a curious
mixture of the bohemian artsy, with the turtlenecks and dark
rim glasses, and mid-life older folks looking to empty out the
film ideas stored in their heads.
The day was divided into three panel sessions on topics relevant
to first time, unestablished filmmakers. Sitting on the first panel were
MICHAEL CHAPMAN LN CONVERSATION
at the Vane. Int'l Film Fest Trade Forum
Oct. 1
by Rich McKay
To those who had been looking forward to a discussion of lighting techniques from this cinematographer's
famous films (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Fugitive), Michael Chapman's first words at his Trade Forum talk
were initially disappointing. He did not want to talk about the past. Instead, he had other plans in mind,
saying "I want to talk about the future of filmmaking."
He went on to discuss his views on the future of film production, specifically addressing the rise
of digital video and computer generated images. Digital video is going to be a part of the future
of filmmaking (most likely taking the reins from the celluloid stuff in the next century), he
stated, whether we like it or not.
Chapman went on to emphasise that this development in technology should not
be seen as a setback to artistic aesthetics,but that in the end it would enhance and
two low-budget filmmakers whose movies are being shown at the festival. improve the film medium as a whole. Having said this, Chapman then put
Producer, writer, sound recordist and researcher Jill Sharpe from the docu- forward rather mischievously that this was in fact easy for him to say,
unior
filmmakers'
field day at
mentary In the Company ofFear joined Reginald Harkema, director of A Girl is
a Girl   to discuss the various stages and hurdles in the
.»•••****"•••.».,    financing, production and post-production of a dramatic feature and documentary.
||£ Catching only the question and answer period of the
* first session, I felt a bit lost and was unable to feel a part
t      *m of Jill Sharpe's intense and long answers to questions.
She gave detailed answers I failed to place in a frame of
s reference since I had missed the excerpt of her film.
^J Reginald Harkema was much wittier and amusing to listen to
p but, unfortunately, most questions were directed at Sharpe.
i   Dreading the rest of the sessions as painfully slow and uninteresting, during the breaks I dragged myself from table to table in
•   the lobby collecting neon pens, yummy mints and pamphlets I
• most likely will never read.
,• The second session featured Kellie Benz, the director of the
acclaimed short The Second Coming, and the president of Big Film Shorts
Distributors, David Russell. The topic concerned itself with launching a creative career with a short film. Luckily, this time I caught the whole session and fully
enjoyed it, although it didn't do much in the form of encouragement.
Benz reminded everybody every three minutes that you will never make back what you invested into your
short. Russell emphasized the point that shorts should be a funny and brief sell, killing the aspirations of those filmmakers who like to film a garbage bag gently swaying in the wind for thirty minutes. But Benz and Russell did supply some useful
ideas for contacts, the presentation of your short and how to maneuver your film around the festival and television marketplace.
The third and last session was by far the most entertaining and interesting. Using clips from 15 international digital films, the president of Next Wave Films,
Peter Broderick, gave an overview of successful features shot digitally. More and more filmmakers, new and established, are turning to new digital tools to make
films. With new high-end digital production costing anywhere from $ 1,000 to $5,000, the lower costs allow for greater creative freedom and higher shooting ratios.
To drive this idea home, Broderick showed an amazing collection of beautiful film clips, such as a clip from the impressive and original features Big Monday and
Windhorse. Broderick also shared the tactics and lessons learned by the directors during the making of their feature.
After the final presentation, the panel participants stuck around for some small talk in the lobby, where everybody got the chance to congratulate them and dish out compliments in person on how great their particular discussion went. In retrospective, attending the New Filmmakers' Day is not only a valuable source of information, but it
also provides a reality check on the state of the ever changing film industry, giving you possible scenarios of success and failure. ♦
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because he was at the retiring age anyway and did not need to worry
about being made redundant by technological development.
Having said what he wanted to say on this topic. Chapman
spent the last hour of the session fielding questions from the
audience, most of these being concerned with the great
films of his past Good-naturedly venturing into the territory he had expressly stated he would like to avoid,
Chapman told some old battle stories. He talked of
how he had been terrified on the set of The Last
Detail, the first film he had shot; of how the crew
for Taxi Driver had been required to cut through
the roof of their apartment building location to
film the climactic overhead tracking shot; and
of how the flashes of light illmninating Robert De
Niro in the opening sequence of Raging Bull had
been achieved with an old-fashioned flash bulb,
held by Chapman himself running around in a
black velour outfit to avoid detection on film.
By the end of the session, both the audience and speaker had gotten what they
wanted, a discussion of the past and
the future of filmmaking by one of
its great masters. ♦
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Fest
Trade
Forum
Responding to the few dwindling naysayers in a
packed trade forum on the digital revolution,
panel leader Peter Broderick cited that
1000 independent films ('independent' meaning, financed mostly by friends and family)
were made in the States last year. How many of
those did we see?
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generally in the worst crisis of the last fifteen
years. What is significant and exciting though is
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"For, the first time in decades, it is putting the means back in the hands of the filmmakers.... My crew consists of just myself and my producer... I edit on my home computer, which I prefer,., [and] I am allowed the freedom and flexibility, the luxury of working with the actors."
On the subject of his budget, and responding to the smile of his producer, he declined to
answer. The aflbrdability of digital technology offers the filmmakers the ability to shoot
unhampered, without waiting months for funding, and so, getting emotional, he was
emphatic that they should-return to worrying about how to make their films (expressing
themes, styles and forming stories) rather than to what has been destroying the art for too
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that, with digital technology, just about anyone is in a position to pick up a small camera and make a film that will stun us all. Cinema is ready and waiting, patiently. ♦
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Oct. 2
by Rich McKay
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Help! 1 fell on a Dan Silverman and cut my Cynthia Lee. There
was Sara Newham spilling all over the Hilary March. I was
screaming Laura Blue when when Jen Gardy came in and threw
a Sarah Morrison at me. My Mel Streich hurt so bad that I took
a Bruce Arthur and an Andrea Lofao for the pain, and fell into a
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Jaime Tong was stuck to my Duncan McHugh. I pulled out my
Naomi Kim and poked at my Tara Westover. The Flora Graham
was cozing out of the Jeremy Beaulne. when I went to the Alex
Dimson, but they couldn't save my Jennifer Neilson. It was
dead before they even got my Nicola Jones off. Julian Dowling
complained that his Aisha Jamal was hurting but I told hi™ to
hold on to his Vincent Lam until the David Jurasek arrived. But
then Rich. Mckay came and kicked him in his Katy Gilliams.
That's alright, he's still got his Lawrence Chews.
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Pass on the pot question
When you vote in the aAlma Mater Society
(.AMS) referendum this week, think about
this: of the three questions on the ballot, the
one that's generated the most word of mouth
(that would be question number three, on the
legalisation of marijuana) is by far the least
important. A health and dental plan? That's
important. Student services? That's important, too. But legalising pot? Yeah, it's important, but this is the wrong time and forum to
ask the question. Right now, it's a gimmick.
We'd rather talk about the relevant stuff.
Last week, we profiled question number
one. This week, we're looking at question
number two.
"The Student Services Fund" is a loose
term, but under the broad heading, you'll
notice the little things that you use everyday; little things—namely Safewalk, CiTR,
and the Aquatic Centre—that could stand to
benefit from the $9 tacked on to your
tuition.
The contributions these organisations
make to campus life are inarguable, and
Safewalk and CiTR are almost tragically
underfunded. Last year, on a campus of
over 30,000 students, Safewalk escorted
6000 people. Why so few? Its partly because
they don't have the money to pay the volunteer Safewalkers. They need this money.
CiTR, meanwhile, broadcasts 24 hours a
day, seven days a week, and their equipment is being held together with paper
clips. They need this money, too.
As for the Aquatic Centre—well, there
doesn't appear to be a plan for the money,
for starters; as well, the Aquatic Centre is
not an AMS service (it is only partially funded by the AMS); and thirdly, the reason that
students get free swims now is that student
money built the Aquatic Centre. So the
Aquatic Centre is a little iffy.
And just where the rest of this student
money is headed is murkier than the ballot
question suggests. CiTR and the Aquatic
Centre's cuts are clearly earmarked for a
combined $145,000. But the rest of the
money that this fee increase will generate-
approximately $125,000—isn't as clearly
marked. Instead, it will go into a general
fund that student services will be able to
petition for money. So you're voting for
pretty much every student service, with
Safewalk and others just the priority. It
would be nice to be able to see where our
money is going to go, even if it's only for the
short term—it is our money, after all.
But still, this isn't money that the student
executive will use to pad their office walls;
this is money that can be used to directly
benefit you. And you know what? If you
don't use the services, come next year, you
can opt out of the Services Fund.
While it's a pity that the apathy on this
campus is so ingrained and insurmountable that the only way to get students to the
polls is to throw an attention-grabbing-but-
meaningless marijuana question into the
mix, the end results—at least on this question—are worth it.
And it's too bad that the only way to get
funding for meaningful services is to package them together without giving students
the ability to judge each on their own merits. If good causes like CiTR and Safewalk
benefit, then good. But it would be nice if we
were given a clearer picture of what it is
we're voting for. ♦
The GSS prez
talks health
I wish to congratulate the
Ubyssey, and specifically Daliah
Merzaban, for her well-
researched and lengthy article on
the proposed Extended Health
and Dental plan currently before
UBC students in the referendum
("Does the health plan measure
up?*, Sept 28). I am glad to see
ihe Ubyssey fulfilling its role of
sparking debate on campus and
informing students.
Regarding two points raised in
the article. The comparisons
made with Quebec university
health and dental plans are a Utile misleading. The Quebec government pays part of prescription drug coverage in the
Province of Quebec. Since the
cost of reimbursing prescription
drugs is roughly 75 per cent of
the cost of the health insurance in
most student plans, any govern
mental subsidy will significantly
lower the price of the overall plan
to students. No such subsidy is
available in British Columbia.
Also, the Calgary plan forces students to visit a handful of dentists, leaving students with no
choice.
Secondly, regarding the suggestion that the AMS should not
have worked with the GSS to propose a joint plan, covering all
UBC students: exclusion of any
one constituency of the AMS
(grads are also members of the
AMS) in such a major initiative
would be tantamount to asking
them to withdraw their membership of the AMS (and paid fees)!
Perhaps we should exclude sick
people from the insurance plan.
That would certainly bring the
cost of the plan down.
Furthermore, such suggestions
overlook the unprecedented
cooperation between the two UBC
student societies and their joint
effort on the health and dental
plan to work, where possible, tor
the benefit of all UBC students,
undergraduate and graduate.
Roger MLUer
president
Graduate Student Society
I support the
UBC U-Pass
I'm all for the reduction of single-
occupancy vehicles that travel to
campus. I would like to moderately support a more inexpensive
public transport rate for students
(I mean, we need all the financial
help we can get!). However, I am
one of about 3000 students who
bike to school daily. Presently,
my student fees subsidise those
who park on campus. Soon, that
could all change. Considering the
possible introduction of the U-
Pass ("New U-Pass coming to
UBC," Sept 28), I may be obliged
to personally pay more personal
expense to subsidise students'
public transport. I want to help
out my fellow students, but why
should I have to suffer tlie financial burden when I already positively contribute to a "livable
region?"
I support the concept of the U-
Pass, although I do not support a
mandatory U-Pass. Should the
medical plan and U-Pass go
through, our student fees may
rise an estimated $300.
However, not all students need
these services, nor can all students afford them.
Currently, I subsidise parking. I don't mind helping a little
with the U-Pass through student
fees. However, I want the ability
to financially opt-out of the service. This potential service doesn't help my transportation situation, neither does it help my
pocketbook. I want a U-Pass alternative to the current proposal. I
have to make rent!
TheaAndruff
3rd year sociology THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5,1999
15
Coitus claim
is full of shit
Until advocated in the Vancouver
Sun on September 19, 1999, I
hadn't noticed coitus interruptus
(CI) mentioned since Dr.
Ravenholt of Seattle trashed it
years ago. He was the first
Director of AID's Office of
Population based in Washington
DC, which he felt would have
defeated population explosion
worldwide. Unfortunately Jimmy
Carter felt he needed the Catholic
vote in his first campaign to be US
president so delivered control of
this organization to Catholic officials, in exchange for electoral
support Had such blows to reducing population growth not happened, we would not be looking at
Y6B on Oct 12th when the world's
population passes six billion.
CI is a 'Vatican-sanctioned'
procedure in which the penis is
withdrawn from the female just
before ejaculation so there is no
danger of conception. Other
methods of contraception such
as condoms, contraceptives,
sterilisation and abortion are
said by the Pope to be against
God's will, so are forbidden.
Since these have been necessary
to reduce population growth
worldwide and since population
growth must be stopped to save
the environment/it is necessary
to question Papal teaching on
these issues.
Can CI be made effective in
preventing pregnancy? To make
up for the lack of reports of test
trials, I hereby submit my evaluation of the procedure in my
own life. About 28 years ago I
decided that my hind end just
wasn't important enough that
trees should be cut down to
make toilet paper for its wiping
and tons of water should be used
to carry off my sewage. I defecate into a recycled ice cream
bucket, supported by a recycled
wobbly plant holder. One day in
mid bowel movement I noticed
one of the slats had fallen out of
the plant holder so it was likely
to collapse. I couldn't bring
myself to stop the movement
and grab the bucket filled with
liquid and excrement so it
spilled out
Just as a bowel movement
will not be interrupted even to
avert a messy spill, so sex will
not reliably be interrupted to
avoid conception. CI is as fraudulent as the rhythm method in
allowing people to have a few
children as they wish. In the past
when there was no threat from
population growth, such teachings were the church's own business. Today they are everybody's
business.
Support Catholics for a Free
Choice in its efforts to get the
Vatican removed from its special status at the UN. Contact me
for steps you can take at
kmclean@alternatives.com.
Ken McLean
Tsmrr>r Mainland Siistainahla
Population Society
GAP facts "false"
In reference to your continuing
coverage of GAP, I'd like to say I
am disturbed at the myriad of
false accusations on the
Ubysseys part
Since your coverage began,
I've heard everything from how
to react to GAP, to opposing their
presence. On top of that, we've all
learned from the paper that GAP
is racist and that they use bullhorns to shout at students. Where
did you get this information?
GAP never has used any bullhorns; furthermore, their staff is
a mix of backgrounds, including
.African and Jewish.
There was a point the Ubyssey
"conveniently" failed to mention
from the open forum on abortion. .After staying for only about
ten minutes, pro-choice demonstrators left Not long after, the
fire alarm went off. This was an
open forum; why didn't the individuals stick around to discuss or
present their views like adults?
Why the attempt to suppress discussion? This of course raises the
question of whether these people
were interested in the pursuit of
truth, or if they were more interested in hiding behind their
catchy slogans.
When dealing with abortion,
there must be honest dialogue.
Instead of making untrue statements, let's have some discussion and exercise our right to free
expression.
Philip Htzpatiick
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almost impossible not to imagine performing such acts upon
yourself; it becomes a personal
experience. She is real, and
uses her body to address these
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IS IT ART OR IS SHE JUST POSING? Balkan
Baroque takes us into the utterly peculiar
world of performance art.
laid out a series of knives in
size increasing order on the
floor in front of her, and then
proceeded to play that daredevil game of stabbing the
knives in between her outstretched fingers. The knife
would sometimes hit her fij
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inevitable she was going to cut
herself, but I think it also drew
curiousity and fascination that
she was able to bring herself to
a mental position where she
could    employ   chance    and
almost overcome the fear of
pain.   Embracing  chance,
Abramovic's     relationship
with another performance
0   artist, Ulay, eventually deteriorated,   and   they  were
unable to perform together.
Balkan  Baroque   is   an
incredible film which tact-
11   fully displays  the  genius
and beauty behind Marina
Abramovic. Her interweaving of art and life is indica-
11   tive of much of the avant-
garde art and theatre move-
~-   ments which spanned from
the very early 1900s until
the  1970s. For those who
are familiar with
Abramovic's work, Balkan
Baroque will serve to further
educate viewers on her life and
provide an insight into the raw
and personable emotions that
govern Abramovic and her
work; for those who have never
heard of the artist, this film
,be shocking, unnerving,
piticing and often
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