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The Ubyssey Apr 4, 2001

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Students call on
Sauder to resign
by Alex Dimson
A group of UBC students is calling
on UBC Chancellor William Sauder
to resign because of his majority
ownership of a major BC logging
Members of Students Against
Unsustainable Destruction of
Forests (SAUDOFF) argue that
Sauder's ownership of International
Forest Products (Interfor) conflicts
with his position at UBC.
"We think it's detrimental to the
university that the chancellor, [who]
is a figurehead of the university and
who is supposed to represent everything that is good for the university...is a man who is the head of one
of the most destructive logging companies in BC," said Robert F., a
SAUDOFF member who asked that
his full name not be used.
Interfor has been the focus of a
series of protests by environmental
activists who argue that the company's logging in the Great Bear
Rainforest threatens the area's rare
tree and animal species.
SAUDOFF is calling on Sauder to
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with bus strike
by Hywel Tuscano
UBC students carpooled, cycled and
walked to class this week, after a bus
drivers' strike forced regular transit
users to find alternative means of
Coast Mountain Bus Company
bus drivers belonging to the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 2500
and office employees represented
by the Office and Professional
Employees International Union
(OPEIU) began the strike on April 1
after seperate negotiations between
the two organisations and
TransLink fell through.
As a result, most transit service
in the Lower Mainland has been
shut down. But despite the halt, students were are still expected to show
up to university their classes. And
while most still made it, they complained about the inconveinience
the strike has caused them.
*I have friends with cars who are
kind enough to give me a ride to
school," said education student
Tracy Quinn 'But otherwise it's a
big inconvenience because I can't go
anywhere other than school or
home because I don't have any other
means of transporation so it's very
Tamara Allan, a graduate student
agreed. *I think students who usually try to be environmentally friendly
by taking transit are being punished.
It's hard to bike or walk in the rain,
so more cars are on the road.'
Coast Mountain and the CAW
union are negotiating for the bus
drivers' new collective agreement,
as their old one expired March 31.
The bus drivers say that they will not
return to work if their concerns
about the transit company contracting out work and hiring part-time
drivers are not addresssed. .
"This has to be removed off the
table in order for us to move forward,' said Doug McLeod, CAW
Local 2500 president
Negotiations stalled last week,
and the union issued notice of a
strike on Monday.
SkyTrain workers—who belong to
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A LONG CLIMB AHEAD: Former AMS Director of Administration
and current NDP hopeful Am Johal has his work cut out for him if
he is to dethrone Liberal leader Gordon Campbell in UBC's riding,
Vancouver—Point Grey. But hey, when was the last time you saw
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either step down from his position
as chancellor or end Interfor logging
in sensitive areas.
But Steve Crombie, Interfor's
director of public affairs and communication, defended Interfor's
record, noting that the company
engages in "variable-retention logging,' an environmentally-friendly
alternative to clear-cut logging.
"I think what's happening is that
we happen to be associated with
some areas that some environmental groups have decided are sensitive and that's why we're associated
with those campaigns,*' Crombie
Interfor announced in March
that it would put its logging in the
environmentally-sensitive areas on
hold, and has since reached an
agreement over its logging practices
with a consortium of environmental
groups, including Greenpeace.
UBC Vice-President of External
and Legal Affairs Dennis Pavlich
said that he is upset that protesters
are focusing their attentions on
Sauder specifically.
See "Sauder" on page S
 by Alex Dimson
Am Johal readily admits that he is in
for a David-and-Goliath battle against
BC Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell
in the upcoming provincial election.
Johal, a 27-year-old government
worker just four years removed
from his term as Alma Mater Society
(AMS) director of administration is
running for the provincial NDP
party in UBC's riding of Vancouver-
Point Grey.
But while he is running for the
party currently in power, Johal said
that he knows that he is facing an
uphill battle to win the election.
'Our party is at 17 per cent in the
polls and I'm running against the
leader of the opposition party," he
said. "I certainly have quite the challenge ahead of me...[but] I don't
have a lot to lose.'
Pollsters and pundits favour the
Liberals to all but sweep the upcoming provincial election. Despite the
difficulties, Johal said that he thinks
he has the ability to bring Campbell
'Campbell is beatable,' Johal
said, noting that Campbell won the
riding last election by only a very
narrow 1500 votes. *I wouldn't be
going ahead and running if I didn't
think I had a chance."
According to Johal, if students
could be properly educated about
the election issues, the majority
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Parties gear up for BC election
 .       by Ailin Choo
Gearing up for the upcoming provincial election, the two main political
parties have been outlining their educational platforms, both promising to
increase accessibility to post-secondary education.
The NDP and Liberal parties
agree that given the importance of
higher education in the present
economy, the number of graduating
students much increase.
Cathy McGregor, the current
Minister of Advanced Education,
said that the NDP considers the cost
of post-secondaiy education to be
the main barrier to accessibility.
She said that just as free access to
high school education is deemed
fundamental in Canada, post-secondary education should be considered essential.
'We want to head in a direction
that sees post-secondary education
as a basic right for all students, not
one that's based on your ability to
afford it,' McGregor said.
McGregor said that the NDP's
decision last month to cut tuition by
five per cent is a positive step
towards tuition elimination. Under
the NDP, tuition has been frozen for
the past six years.
But John Weisbeck, the Liberal
advanced education critic, said that
the quality of post-secondary education in BC has been compromised by
NDP education policies, such as low
tuition fees.
"The fact is that the NDP has only
compensated a little bit and there
has always been a shortfall. I think
the universities claim there is about
a $25 million shortfall in the last
five years and we find that is not satisfactory,' Weisbeck said.   "
Weisbeck added that since the
tuition freeze was implemented, the
NDP has failed to adequately compensate BC post-secondary institutions for
the money lost in tuition fee collection.
As a result, he said, the quality of education has declined in BC.
The Liberals are widely expected
to win the upcoming election, which
must be called by June.
UBC Associate Vice-President of
Academic Planning Derek Atkins
agrees that the university has suf-
Girls with ADHD ignored
UBC researcher has new theory about behavioural disorders
by Sarah Morrison
A UBC graduate student says that the
way behavioural disorders are diagnosed may mean that many girls are
not being diagnosed and treated.
Jeneva Ohan, a PhD candidate in
clinical psychology, is concerned
that the criteria used to diagnose
behavioural disorders like Attention
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) may not consider gender
ADHD, a common psychiatric
childhood disorder, affects about
three to five per cent of elementary
school-aged children. Common
ADHD symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive
According to Ohan, her studies
reveal that the criteria used for diagnosing the disorder emphasise
behaviours more typical among
boys—such as fidgeting and fighting—and not behaviours, like whispering to friends or doodling, typical
in girls with the disorder.
"There are inattentive and hyperactive behaviours that girls are
doing and that parents see are typical of girls, and yet they're not being
used as criteria to diagnose the disorder. It's the criteria that are
descriptive of boys that are being
used to diagnose the disorder,'
explained Ohan.
Ohan and her supervisor
Charlotte Johnston noticed that
while boys suffering from behavioural disorders outnumber girls
two or three to one, about six to nine
times more boys than girls are treated in clinics for the disorder.
Johnston said that Ohan's
research should help to identify
behavioural disorders in girls in the
"I think it's really important that
we come to understand what this
disorder looks like in girls. We know
much more about boys with ADHD
than we do about girls with ADHD,'
Johnston said.
Ohan said that ADHD predicts
many problems in adolescents:
smoking, underperforming, failing
grades, dropping out of school,
teenage parenthood, and driving
"If we can catch the girls early by
using behaviours that are more sensitive to the way that they're showing ADHD, maybe we'd have a better
chance at helping them develop to
the best of their ability, and to avoid
some of these problems,' Ohan said.
The inspiration for Ohan's current study came when she was
doing her Masters degree at UBC.
Ohan began interviewing adolescents about their ADHD medication
and found that many girls were frustrated that it had taken so long for
them to be diagnosed with a behavioural disorder.
Many of these girls had brothers
who were properly diagnosed early
on, before their parents started
noticing similar behaviours in their
"They were brought years later,
when the girls would say to me,
'That's not fair. I deserve as much
treatment and as much assessment
as my brother does.' And I agreed
with them that they do,' Ohan said.
After researching literature on
behavioural disorders, Ohan
noticed that there were enormous
differences between the ratio of girls
and boys believed to have behavioural disorders and those actually
Ohan first worked with girls with
behavioural disorders as a camp
counsellor during her undergraduate years. While the girls were very
challenging to care for, she fondly
recalls the time she spend with
"Although it was much more
challenging because you had to try
and keep up with them-it was
exhausting—it was also more
rewarding,' Ohan said.
In her dissertation, Ohan hopes
to expand upon her earlier research,
using the characteristics parents
have identified as hyperactive and
impulsive in their daughters to bet-
fered from the lack of government
compensation. He cited an increase
in class size as one example,
"It's not so much the number of
people in the classroom. It's the ability to have a certain number of
assignments graded by the professor rather than by a [teaching assistant], it's the availability of the professor in office hours...it's the whole
context in which the student and
professor have to work which I think
has suffered because of the increasing ratio of students to faculty,'
Atkins said.
But McGregor contends that institutions have been compensated each
year of the tuition freeze to ensure
that the quality of education is maintained. She added that the NDP will
fully compensate institutions for the
Eve per cent tuition fee cut the NDP
implemented last month.
"Tuition is a very, very, very
small amount of what any institution garners in the way of revenue,
so it's a fallacy to suggest that a
freeze in tuition has harmed universities,' she said. -
Atkins acknowledged recent
efforts by the NDP to increase funding, and he is hopeful that the funding gap will eventually close.
Weisbeck, meanwhile, said that
the Liberals intend to produce more
spaces in BC universities. He added
that consultation with 'all stakeholders in post-secondary education' is
required before any policies are
adopted. ♦
HELPING HYPER GIRLS: UBC PhD candidate Jeneva Ohan hopes
her research will make it easier to identify behavioural disorders in
ter detect behavioural disorders in     now is can I use those problems to
girls. identify girls that have ADHD," she
"What I want to want to know     said. ♦
Art collection belonging to AMS not on display
by Chris Shepherd
■ UBC students^ own an art collection
that is worth over $7GO,0QO-but
most students are unaware of its
:  The Alma: Mater Society (AMS)
art collection—which includes work
>byY members of the  Group of
■Seven—is rarely displayed 'and,
; because of space limitations and
security reasons, cannot be regularly observed by students.    . . •
7: For almost 4 5 years, the AMS has
been, building an art collection using
:,student fees. Every year, $1500 is
: put in a fund for the collection.
::;:■:  This fund currently has $22,000
saved up to buy new pieces of art
and to pay for works that need
restoration. ■'■■;:
4.2 \ *lf you look at the AMS mission
statement it is to improve the education and all the different aspects
of student life. And one thing the
art collection does is to give students an opportunity to get more
into art, to get exposed
to art they would only
ever see if they were in a
fine  arts  class,*  said
Stephanie   McKernan,
the AMS' Art Gallery
But due to a large
demand for gallery space by students who wish to display their own
"artwork, pieces of the AMS art collection are displayed for public
viewing only once a term.
McKernan said that this i3 unlikely to change in the near future.
"We could show it all the time in
the art gallery, but that would pre
vent students from showing then-
own work," she said
Scott Watson, curator and director of the Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Galleiy, said that it is very com-
wThe best security is people
not knowing where things are/'
There are 60 pieces in the collection from a wide variety of
artists, including two works by
members of the Group of Seven,
and a sculpture by
Rodney        Graham,
which Watson says is
'probably        worth
about ten times they
—Jane Barry, paidfor.*
AMS Facilities Development Manager    'Some things they
have bought over the
mon for galleries not to display
most of their collection.
"Only really big institutions can
show constantly part of their collection," he said. 'It would be ideal if
there could be a gallery [specifically
for the art collection J, I mean,
what's the point of having a collection unless you can see it?,' Watson
years have been very astute, other
things maybe not so."
The collection—which was
appraised last summer at
$731,150—is protected by a humidity-controlled vault in a top-secret
"The best security is people not
knowing where things are,' said
AMS Facilities Development
Manager Jane Barry.
When the collection is displayed, the Art Gallery Commission
(AGC) meets to decide what pieces
will be shown, basing its decision
on what has been shown in the
past, and whether there is a theme
it wishes to follow.
The AGC recently began displaying one piece from the collection in
the art galleiy alcove over the SUB
conversation pit McKernan said
this was done 'so that there will
always be at least one piece shown.'
The AGC hopes to rotate the piece
each week.
Adding new works to the AMS
collection is done in consultation
with the AGC, The AMS has added
three new pieces to its collection in
the last three years. ♦ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001
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One of Greenpeace's founders, who
left the environmental group 15
years ago and now works in the forest industry, came back to his old
university last week to speak to
UBC's Faculty of Forestry.
Patrick Moore, a graduate of UBC
and one of the directors of
Greenpeace and its forerunner for 15
years, spoke to a group of Forestry
students about the importance of sustainable forests to BC's future.
"I think it's unfortunate that the
environmental movement, in general...has taken such a strong anti-
forestry position, and has kind of
demonised forestry in the eyes of
the public, as if forestry is responsible for an awful lot of bad things."
Moore studied at UBC from 1964
to 1972. While at school, he joined
the group that would eventually
become Greenpeace.
"We started, of course, focused
against nuclear testing and nuclear
war, but eventually campaigned to
save the whales, stop the seal
slaughter...drift-net fishing, supertanker traffic..and just about every
other issue you can imagine, we
tackled during those 15 years that I
was a director of Greenpeace." he
told the Ubyssey.
But in 1986 Moore left the environmental group, saying that he
wanted to work with, not against,
forestry groups to promote sustainability,
'I left Greenpeace...with the idea
that I wanted to move from the confrontation phase of telling people
what to stop doing, into trying to figure out what the solutions were to
the environmental problems."
Now Moore is coming out
against the environmentalists
whom he used to work with so closely, and claims they are not effectively solving any problems.
Abram Moore, the Student
Environment Centre's university liaison, said that he agrees that there are
better answers to environmental
problems than confrontation.
Abram Moore said that there
needs to be "more solidarity
between loggers and environmentalists, because we're all part of this
infrastructure which none of us
really feel is working."
Patrick Moore claims that much
of the protest over forestry focuses
on aesthetics and said that, 'the
look...of forestry is the worst enemy
of forestry." At his presentation last
week, Moore compared photographs of a recent clear cut to farming scenes.
"Everybody thinks these," he said
pointing to the farming scenes, "look
better than this, even though this is
going to be reforested again, and these
aren't" Moore added that words like
clear-cutting have bad connotations
they don't necessarily deserve.
But Tamara Stark, Greenpeace's
forest campaign coordinator, said
that now even logging companies
are admitting that clear-cutting is
not a sustainable method of
"Patrick, unfortunately, has chosen to continue to defend clear-cutting of ancient rainforests as a sustainable practice, even though many
of the logging companies in BC have
now recognised and are publicly
willing to state that our rainforests
are special," she said.
Now, Moore is focusing on his
'Wood is Good' campaign. He feels
that using more wood is actually a
very environmental way of living
and argues that instead of trying to
use less wood, we should be just be
trying to make forest practices more
Moore claims that the forestry
industry has come a long way since
the 1980s—when terms like sustainability and bio-diversity didn't even
exist—and that completely sustainable forestry is possible.
"The cutting edge of sustainable
forestry is a style of forestry where
bio-diversity is the highest concern,
where you're allowed to cut trees,
but only if you can show that in the
that landscape you're maintaining
habitats for all the other things that
five there. It can be done," he said.
But Stark maintained that sustainable forestry in BC has not been
reached yet, citing a report by the BC
government announcing that about
one in eight plant and animal
species are considered 'at risk.'
"They" acknowledge that habitat
loss caused by destructive logging is
the leading cause of the threats to
the species. At present, it's not possible to argue that [logging is] truly
sustainable, because if it were, we
wouldn't be seeing the number of
species on our endangered list grow
every month." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
UBC fish study supports evolution
 by Kathleen Peering
A UBC zoology professor's study of stickleback
fish is offering new support for traditional theories of evolution,.
According to Dolph Schluter, the stickleback is remarkable because two different
species of the fish appear to have evolved on
separate tracks in the short-by-evolutionary-
standard period of 13,000 years.
"They are two of the youngest species in the
world," Schluter said.
The stickleback was first discovered by
retired UBC professor Don McPhail in small
coastal lakes. McPhail found two types of fish
so physically different that he suggested they
formed two separate species.
Schluter said that upon closer examination,
more than just physical differences were
found between the limnetics' and the Tjen-
thics'—the two types of stickleback fish.
The two species, he explained, vary greatly
in appearance and behaviour—the limnetics
live in the centre of the lake and feed on zoo-
plankton, while the benthics live near the
shore and feed on invertabrates and vegetation.
Schulter said that studying stickleback fish
has provided insight into a subject that is often
discussed, but is difficult to research.
Schulter said that during a trip to the
Galapagos Islands, where he observed the
finches studied by Charles Darwin—the
founder of evoluntionaiy theory—he found it
difficult to track the genetic mechanisms that
can cause a single species to evolve in different ways.
"I thought the only thing to do was create a
separate space where species could interact,"
Schulter said.
Experimental ponds have been set up at
UBC for scientists to test the theory that competition produces divergence in species, and
leads to natural selection over time.
Schluter speculates that between 10,000
and 14,000 years ago, with the receding of glaciers by the Georgia Strait, lakes were formed
along the coast, which were colonised by
organisms from the sea.
One of the organisms was the marine form
of the stickleback—a fish that fed on zooplank-
ton in open water. Many of the lakes' nutrients, however, were found at the shallow
edges, so the stickleback evolved to feed on
those nutrients.
Years later, the hypothesis claims, the sea
level rose again, and deposited more water—
and marine sticklebacks—into the lakes. These
fish continued to feed on open-water zoo-
Although the two forms of stickleback five
in the same lakes, they do not interbreed willingly. As Schluter explains, "We can force
them to mate in a lab environment and coerce
them when they wouldn't directly do so."
A species exists when two members are
able to mate and produce healthy offspring
capable of reproducing. In Schluter's lab, the
offspring of the interbred fish don't survive as
well as their parents in either open water or
near the shore.
If two members of a species never come in
contact with one, another, and never mate,
Schluter said, the two forms will eventually be
unable to mate, diverging far enough apart to
be considered separate species.
FISH GUY: UBC'S Dolph Schluter studies sticklebacks, tara westover photo
Eric Taylor, an associate zoology professor
at UBC who studies _the sticklebacks on a
genetic level, said that he thinks their development is an excellent example of natural selection.
"I think the sticklebacks are a good example of a population that shows evolution in
action," Taylor said.
Entomologist Karen Needham introduces
the stickleback research at UBC to her first-
year biology class as an excellent illustration of
a classical approach to science.
She believes that the experiments provide
support for evolution and the theoiy of natural
selection. "If you define evolution as change
over time, this is it," she said. ♦
Student groups concerned
about new loan provider
 by Pattl Edgar
National Bureau Chief
TORONTO (CUP)-An American company that
owns nearly half of Canada's new student loan
provider has spent more than $7 million lobbying
American politicians and is suing the US
Department of Education.
This concerns student groups on both sides of
the border, who worry that the company's business practices will be replicated in Canada.
"They are heavily involved in setting public policy on loans here," said Corye Barbour, the legislative director for the US Student Association, the
country's largest student organisation. "And I
don't think they would change that in Canada. They
have a lot of money riding on this."
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) National
Chairperson Michael Conlon said that Canadians
saw private companies influence student loan policies when the country's largest banks took over the
loan program from the federal government in
On March 1, Edulinx began a three-year contract to manage student loans for publicly funded
post-secondary institutions. While CIBC owns 51
per cent of Edulinx, the rest is owned by USA
Education Inc—an American holding company that
owns Sallie Mae, one of the largest private
providers of federally guaranteed student loans in
the US.
Sallie Mae spent $7.2 million lobbying politicians between 1997 and 1999, according to the
US-based Center for Responsive Politics. In 1998,
the company was one of the top 100 spenders on
lobbying in the US.
And Sallie Mae has some of Washington's most
influential lobbyists working either for the organisation or on contract, including three former
members of Congress, said Ivan Frishberg, the US
Public Interest Research Group's student rights
Martha Holler, a'spokesperson for Sallie Mae
and USA Education Inc, wouldn't say who lobbies
for the company or what the lobbyists do. She said,
however, that in order to provide students with the
"best services and loan products available," it is
common for the student loan industiy to maintain
a "constant dialogue" with the federal government,
which administers the student loan program in the
Barbour and Frishberg said that while Sallie
Mae sometimes fights the same causes as students, protecting a profit is the company's main
concern. They point to examples of federal government decisions that benefitted the company, such
as a bill that gave student loan companies an extra
$1.7 billion in profits, despite the concerns of former president Bill Clinton and universities such as
Last fall, Sallie Mae joined other private student
loan lenders in a lawsuit against the US
Department of Education, which has granted loans
directly to students since 1994 as part of a public
loan system.
By offering students a cheaper originator fee
and reducing interest rates for people who paid
their loans on time, the department said that it
could save student borrowers $590 billion over
five years.
Companies like Sallie Mae, however, say that
the department's public loan system shouldn't be
allowed to undercut the private system by offering
deals beyond the limits set by Congress.
In Canada, meanwhile, Edulinx spokesperson
Wally Hill is quick to separate Sallie Mae from his
"They are very different markets and very different systems, quite frankly," he said. "The system
in the US is more privately oriented, so you have
stronger participation by all the players in the policy debate than you have here."
. Hill said that, Canadian banks participated in
policy discussion more than his company ever will
because they owned the loans, unlike Edulinx,
which just administers them.
"We are able to make a contribution to policy
' formation as an organisation that services the program, but our approach is to provide the best service possible," he said.
Despite such assurances, Conlon said that the
CFS is worried that Edulinx could later become
more aggressive, lobbying governments to expand
private universities beyond the borders of Alberta
and Ontario because the tuition, and therefore the
loan, is higher. •>
 by Michael Mclenaghan
TransLink will go ahead with a plan to
cut $5 million of funding to public
transit, despite protests from several
hundred angry Lower Mainland residents at a public forum Saturday.
During the day-long meeting on
Saturday, individuals and groups
spoke before TransLink's Board of
Directors about the proposed cuts—
which include cutting bus routes
throughout the Lower Mainland, and
having bus service end at 1:30am,
instead of 3:30am.
The Board voted in favour of the
cuts later Saturday evening.
Objections to the cuts centred on a
number of transportation, environmental and class issues.
A representative from the David
Suzuki Foundation emphasised the
importance of renewed commitment to
the public transit program, increased
lobbying of the federal government and
greater cooperation with Canada's other
major cities to maintain transit systems,
expressing his discontent with the transit cuts.
Several UBC students and faculty
were on hand to criticise the proposed
"This is unfair," exclaimed James
Earl a UBC student who spoke in the
meeting. "Most students can't afford
an alternate form of transportation."
The cuts come after the BC government announced in February that it
would not enforce a proposed $75
annual vehicle levy in the greater
Vancouver area.
TransLink Manager of
Communications Ken Hardie said that
the cuts are necessary, and any alternative solution would have met similar criticism.
'What it came down to was simply
you could take it from someplace else,
but then it would only be fair to hold
another hearing for the other people
disadvantaged," said Hardie, emphasising that the board was particularly
concerned with cuts to 'night owl' service, but the cuts were a necessity.
Jennifer Clarke, a Vancouver council member, said that many people at
the meeting failed to turn out in support of the $ 7 5 vehicle levy when a similar public meeting was held for it
On Monday, Hardie criticised those
people at the meeting who voiced their
support for the currently striking bus
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there were ten hours of
people not very happy
voicing against a four
per cent cut in service,
and a lot of voices supporting the union guys
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service today.*
Hardie added that if
Translink funding is not
settled soon, "20 per cent
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UBC chancellor also Interfor president
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"I think it's very, very valid to
protest a particular issue or a cause.
The cause itself of the protest
becomes a lot more dubious when it
becomes harassment of an individual as opposed to speaking about the
concern," Pavlich said.
"The cause for the university is
that the office of chancellor should
not be the subject of political despoliation and that's maybe what is happening here."
But Robert said that Sauder's corporate role sets a bad example for
the university.
"We think it's bad that UBC has
such a strong tie through the figurehead of both organisations," he said.
Crombie, meanwhile, said that
Sauder's role in Interfor has no
effect on his position as chancellor.
"I don't think it's appropriate to
be targeting [Sauder] just because he
happens to be the chairman of a forest company...It's not a very worthwhile or fair thing to do," he said.
"He's a major contributer to the community and society in Vancouver." ♦
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Former UBC politician aims for Victoria
"Mai" continues" from page I
would favour the NDP because of its
emphasis on social programs, like
education and housing expansion.
"When it comes right down to it,
people believe that social house
expansion has value," he said.
But the Liberal Party has criticised
NDP social policies for crippling the
BC economy and reducing the job
prospects for BC residents. The
Liberals have promised to cut taxes
in order to stimulate the economy.
Johal admits that the NDP's five
years in power in BC have hardly
been smooth sailing. 'As a government they've done a lot to undermine their own characteristics," he
But Johal said that he will not
"run under the central NDP message," but rather as an individual.
Johal said that his time with the
AMS, during which he organised a
drive to implement a child-care student levy, as well as his experience
working in the Downtown Eastside,
demonstrate the strength of his con
Johal must also convince voters
that he can represent their interests, despite his age. He said that
his youth, and his experience with
student politics, will prove to be an
asset for the Point Grey community.
"University students should take
solace in the fact that I know what
they're going through. I've been in
residence, and I take TransLink,"
Johal said. "I can't imagine that
Gordon Campbell has been taking
the bus lately." ♦
Students scramble to find alternatives
transportation after bus drivers strike
NO MORE: Students are scrambling to find transport alternatives, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
"Bus" continued from page 1
the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Local 7000-are
not involved in the strike, as they
have a collective agreement with
CUPE that ensures continued service. But while skytrains were still
running on April 1, OPEIU workers
began picketing the mass-transit system on the second day of the strike,
and it was shut down.
Transportation* Alternatives
Walk Simple, Easy.
Bite: For people who don't
usualry bike to school, safety tips,
traffic rules and people looking
for bike buddies can be found at
www.trek ubc.ca. Other-wheeled
alternatives include rollerblading;
and scooters.
The central issue in both disputes, is the union demands for pay
increases. The CAW union is
demanding an 18 per cent pay
increase over three years and the
OPEIU union is demanding a 15 per
cent pay increase. Coast Mountain
has countered their demands with
an offer of an eight per cent increase
over three years.
Coast Mountain spokesperson
*   Carpool or Vanpool; Vanpools are
community- or organisation-
sponsored vans where 7-8 people
pay $90-140 per month (the
driver is excluded from paying  '
the fere), www.ride-share.com
explains carpooiing and
vanpooling, as well as offers
services to search for carpools or
join vanpool programs. You can
search and place free ads for
George Garrett said that it is impossible to know when the strike will be
resolved, but that the transit company is working hard to resolve the
The CAW union also says that it
hopes to successfully negotiate a
new agreement soon.
"We are prepared to meet 24
hours a day and bargain 24 hours a
day," said McLeod. ♦
carpools at
www vancouverprovince com or
www vancouverstm com for the
duration of the strike.
www trek.ubc.ca also offers
information about vanpools
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a ride home, to school or to work
you may resort to this frowned-
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don't get picked up by crazies. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
UBC report proposes major changes
by Aaron Orlando
Streamlining the operation of UBC's
students services was the goal of a
new report which proposes a major
overhaul to the way the university
handles student interactions.
The report, entitled On the Edge
of the Future and commissioned by
Student Services, looks at aspects of
the university's dealings with students, including registration, advising, fee payments, housing, and
The report's proposals include
expanding hours that services are
available on-line to 24 hours a day,
and centralising student profiles
and fee payments. The report also
focuses on the recruitment process,
proposing that scholarships, parking, housing, and other incentives
should be offered early to exceptional students.
The report also recommends
guaranteeing new students places
in required first-year courses. A
proposed automatic scheduling
system will allow students to select
the best timetable from personally
generated parameters. The report
also recommends a common registration date for first-year students
regardless of their incoming GPA.
The report's findings have
received a number of endorsements, including including that
Alma Mater Society President
Erfan Kazemi, who feels that the
"client-centered" initiatives presented in the report are 'generally
Hoping to implement some of
the report's recommendations,
Maggie Hartley, the assistant regis
trar records and registration, said
that a cost-analysis of the proposal
is underway.
'Currently there is a team...scoping out the design. They are looking
at costs, timelines, [and at] some of
the quick wins that we can get in
place now," she said.
Acting Registrar and Director of
enrollment services David Holm
hopes to have all of the proposed
changes implemented within two
years. 'Within the next two years
we'd like to see everything. I qualify that with 'we'd like."
Many of the specific improvements recommended in the report
centre around the creation of an
individual student portal, through
which students could access personal information and conduct
almost all university-related affairs.
The report calls for "a consolidated
bill from UBC reflecting all fees,
charges, and credits available by
mail, e-mail or published to the student's portal."
The department hopes to
attract more students by making
the UBC portal a first stop for
potential students planning a post-
secondary education and by
attracting more students from two-
year college programs.
The recommendations come in
the midst of a massive reorganisation at Student Services, according
to Holm.
"By next month there'll be some
huge changes and the Award and
Financial Aid office is a part of that
change so we're doing everything
we possibly can to assist
students." ♦
Quiet racism in Canada may
create issues at conference
by Scott Bardsley
Recent statements by the Canadian representative for an upcoming United Nations (UN)
conference on racism has cast doubt on
Canada's ability to effectively impact the conference.
The UN World Conference Against Racism
is a large-scale summit aimed at building a
framework for the world-wide elimination of
Hedy Fry, the Secretary of State for Women
and Multiculturalism and conference representative, said that she believes Canada has a
lotto contribute the conference.
'Canada is seen by the rest of the world as
almost a model for globalisation. We have
achieved a kind of tolerance that's the beginnings of respect (among] 180 different linguistic, ethnic, minority, [and] racial groups living
in one country,* Fry said.
She added that Canada can provide a world
model for tolerance that proves that "you don't
have to give up your sense of self* to be a part
. of the community.
But Gurmant Grewal, the Canadian Alliance
critic, questioned Fry's policy of tolerance.
Fry has been criticised recently for claiming in the House of Commons that crosses
have been burned in Prince George. She has
been publicly scrutinised over the comment,
and has since apologised.
"We have to accept ethnic minorities in the
country, not just tolerate them. Tolerance is
not enough," he said.
Grewal said that Fry's words threaten
Canada's credibility at the conference.
Larry Nicholson, a fourth-year Fine Arts student, added that Canada's legitimacy is also
undermined by its treatment of Aboriginals.
The 1995 Final Report of the Royal
Commission on Aboriginal Peoples found that
aboriginals face a lower life expectancy and
graduation rate then the rest of Canada.
Aboriginals, he said, "don't have a say on
our future. We rely on whatever is convenient
for the MLAs or the people in Parliament,"
But Jason Watson, a fourth-year Forestry
student said that he thinks Canada could be a
good model for the world 'because Canada's
trying to make things right again.'
Fry admitted that Canada does have some-
unresolved issues, but she indicated that the
difficulties would not undermine Canada's
position at the conference.
The conference also has had more than its
share of international challenges.
Representatives in the  Middle  East and
Asia have called on the conference to condemn
Zionism as racism, prompting the US to say
that it will boycott the meeting if it degener-,
ates into country-specific arguments.
Human rights groups have also criticised
the conference for not placing incidents of discrimination based on class, such as India's
caste system, on the agenda.
These groups are pleased, however, that
some issues, like European treatment of the
Roma, have been addressed at the conference.
The summit will be held this summer in
Durban, South Africa, from August 31 to
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The Muse
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-Newfoundland
Premier Roger Grimes is proposing
bulk water exports in order to provide free post-secondary tuition, a
move which worries both his opponents in the legislature and, ironically, students.
Last week Grimes said that he
would be in favour of exporting water
from Gisborne Lake "if it was in the
best interests of Newfoundlanders
and Labradorians.* The comments
reopened a debate that was thought
to have ended in 1999, when the legislature adopted a complete ban on
water exports.
Newfoundland's fresh water supplies would not be endangered, said
Grimes, who noted that the revenue
would be about $70 million. This
would allow students at both
Memorial University and the
College of the North Atlantic to have
free tuition.
Student groups, however, called
the statement a slap in the face for
post-secondary students,
"The students in this province
have struggled too long toward a
tuition elimination to take such a
ridiculous idea seriously," said
Allison North, spokesperson for the
local chapter of the Canadian
Federation of Students. "We refuse
to have our concerns pitted against
environmental concerns."
North said that she is insulted by
the premier's assumption that students would sell natural resources
in order to have a free education.
"We want the premier to remove
this idea from the table immediately
and take some real initiative by going
after the federal government for
monies which should be rightly
appropriated for the purpose of social
program funding," said North. "We
are no more in favour of losing control of our natural resources under
NAFTA than we are of losing control
of education under the terms of the
Free Trade Area of the Americas."
Memorial Students' Union president Keith Dunne echoed North's
"Three weeks ago we were talking to [Grimes] about post-secondary
education not only presently, but in
the future, and [Grimes] didn't mention anything about this water deal,"
he said.
"We have worked very hard for
years...[for] more accessible education and less student debt load, and
we don't like the fact that [he] is trying to hook [Gisborne Lake] onto this
to try and get some popular support
We think that they're totally unrelated issues," he said.
Jack Harris of the provincial New
Democratic Party called the move
blackmail on Grimes' part.
'Must [we] give away our water
in order to get free tuition for our
students?" he asked. ♦
Reference letters now open
 by Christie Tucker
Alberta Bureau Chief
Information and Privacy
Commissioner has ruled that universities must release reference letters to students who request them.
The decision will apply to all students looking for access to their reference letters, from high school
through to graduate school, but only
for academic purposes.
The decision comes after a student who was refused admission to
the doctoral program in anthropology at the University of Alberta (U of
A) asked the university for access to
her academic reference letters.
" Prior to the ruling, it was the university's policy that letters of reference remain confidential in order to
protect the privacy of the professors
who wrote them.
The student argued, however,
that there was no reason to keep the
letters confidential, since the only
personal information about the professor included in each letter was
his or her name, position and phone
number-details which the student
of course already knew.
The university, with the support
of the professors who wrote the letters, argued that the personal information about the referees could not
successfully be separated from the
other pertinent information, and
therefore the rights of the referees
could only be upheld by maintaining
the letters' confidentiality.
Under Alberta's Freedom of
Information and Protection of
Privacy Act, a person's signature,
race, educational history and other
attributes are considered personal
The commissioner, Robert Clark,
agreed with the university's interpretation of personal information
included in the reference letters, but
ruled that a student's right to the
information precluded the referee's
right to privacy.
"The point is that information
expressed about you, which is
recorded, is information to which
you have access," said Information
and Privacy portfolio, officer John
Ennis. "That is the cornerstone of
[the act]."
Doug Owram, U of A vice-president of academics, said that he is
worried that professors will now
either refuse to write reference letters or that the letters will become
bland and uninformative.
"The tradition in universities has
been that reference letters are confidential in order to get a full and
frank assessment of the student," he
From now on, Ennis said, the
university is obliged to make it easier for students to access their letters
of reference.
"The public bodies must adjust
their processes so they can do this
on routine procedure instead of
going through the hoops of the act
every time a student would like to
see his or her references,' he
Owram said that the university
pursued the issue with the commissioner because 'we thought it would
not be a change for the better." ♦
Diabetes research at UBC
to benefit from $2.5
million private donation
British Columbia will become only the
second province in Canada to offer an
alternative to pancreas transplants for diabetics, after
UBC received $2.5 million from a private donor.
The donation, from logging company executive
Irving Barber, will allow researcher Garth Warnock to
become the head of UBCs department of surgery.
Warnock, who currently works at the University of
Alberta, is the first diabetes researcher in Canada to
successfully transplant healthy insulin-producing cells
into a diabetic patient
The Irving Barber fund will go towards supporting
Warnock's laboratory.
Catherine Adair, executive director of the Canadian
Diabetes Association, said that Warnock's arrival
should be a boon for those who suffer from diabetes.
'We are thrilled to have Warnock come to BC and
help moved diabetes research forward," she said. "His
research [is} welcomed by British Columbians who suffer from the disease."
It is estimated that roughly two million Canadian
suffer from diabetes.
AMS sends observer to FTAA
In an effort to learn more about the Free Trade Area of
the Americas (FTAA), the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
will pay for a UBC student to observe the FTAA summit
in Quebec City later this month.
Matthew Smith, events coordinator of the AMS Social Justice Centre,
was given $600 by the student
union to attend the summit, which
begins April 21.
The FTAA summit is expected to
see massive protests by anti-globalisation protesters who fear that the proposed FTAA agreement will hamper a government's ability to regulate
AMS President Erfan Kazemi said the student society provided the funding under the strict provision
that Smith's observe the events peacefully and report
back to the AMS with his findings.
'Matthew's report will help shape AMS policy on
the [FTAA|,* he said.
New AMS safety officer
Trying to better address student safety concerns will be
the goal of a new Executive Project Officer for Safety,
recently created by AMS Council.
Recruiting is expected to begin shortly for the officer, who will help organise a safety awareness week,
and help the AMS more effectively lobby the university about safety concerns.
The officer will work with a Campus Safety
Committee which was created alongside the position,
and composed of members of the campus community.
AMS President Erfan Kazemi said that the new position should help the AMS more effectively address
campus safety issues, something the student society
has been criticised for in the past ♦> THE UBYSSEY
Another year has come to an end. The Ubyssey looks back at the top stories.
by Alex Dimson
To call this year at UBC boring does
not do it full justice. It was boring,
yes, but far more boring than anyone
might have expected. While in recent
years there was an on-campus strike,
the arrival of a new president, a soft-
drink exclusivity deal, and just three
years ago the turbulence of the Asian
Pacific Economic Co-operation conference, which turned UBC into an
armed camp, this year lacked virtually any controversy. Indeed, many
of this year's top stories were lingering issues from years past the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) Health and
Dental Plan was debated and put to a
referendum for the second year in a
row; the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP), a controversial anti-abortion
display, became a frequent visitor to
campus; and the perennial possibility of a mandatory UBC student bus
pass continued to tease students.
But while no issue managed to sustain much interest the year was certainly not without its highlights (and
lowlights). The year saw the arrival of
political heavyweight Lloyd Axworthy,
while the university lost its most
famed scientist when Nobel Laureate
Michael Smith passed away. UBC student Kate Woznow showed the world,
or at least a few Chinese businesspeo-
ple, that at least one UBC student isn't
apathetic and indifferent
With this week the last week of
classes for another year, the Ubyssey
takes a look back at the major stories
of the past year:
The Ax makes the
cut at UBC
The rumours about then Foreign
Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy
making a move to UBC began in
early August and ended when he
was introduced to the university
community in November.
Axworthy, originally a professor
at the University of Winnipeg,
announced his decision not to run
for re-election on September 18,
ending a 27-year political career,
which culminated in his Foreign
Affairs cabinet position.
Shortly afterwards, he acknowledged the badly-kept secret that he
would be working at UBC's Liu
Centre for the Study of Global Issues,
an interdisciplinary research centre
created in 1997 to focus on international issues such as environment,
trade, and migration.
Axworthy was to join a high-profile team including Gordon Smith, a
former deputy minister of Foreign
Affairs, and Ivan Head, a former foreign policy advisor to the recently-
deceased former Prime Minister
Pierre Trudeau.
While he did not officially take his
position as director of the centre
until the beginning of January,
Axworthy gave the university community a taste of what he could bring
to the world of academia in early
AXWORTHY: One of this year's major figures.
December. Just hours after returning
home from leading the Canadian delegation at major environmental talks
in the Hague, Axworthy spoke to a
packed room about the negotiations,
and quickly found himself under
attack by prominent environmentalist David Suzuki.
Since then, Axworthy has brought
several other prominent figures to
campus, organising a summit on the
proposed missile defense plan, and
given several other talks about various world issues. Axworthy is the
most prominent addition to hit the
university's political science community in a long time.
Funding avalanche
for UBC research
UBC was the recipient of a staggering amount of government funding
over the past year.
With Canadian universities being
forced to replace over 30,000 retiring faculty members over the next
decade—even as current professors
are being lured away by cheaper
taxes and greater opportunities to
the South-the so-called 'brain
drain' certainly continues to be one
the most important issues facing
Canadian universities.
But while all levels of government seem to struggle to understand the benefits of directly funding post-secondaiy education, they
have willingly provided a large number of hand-outs to combat the brain
drain and UBC, as Canada's second-
largest university, received a significant portion of the funding.
The funding avalanche began last
summer    when    the    Canadian
Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a
billion-dollar federally-funded program aimed at promoting research
across Canada, announced that UBC
was receiving $68 million to fund
22 research programs.
The funding announcements
continued with smaller government
grants, like the $1.3 million provincial grant that funded UBC's participation in the Networks of Centres of
Excellence, another federal government initiative.
The last bit of funding came in
early March when the Canada
Research Chairs—a $900 million federal program which funds research
positions—announced that UBC had
received $25 million in the first
round of funding for professors.
But while it is hard to attack any
increase to funding for post-secondary institutions, the aim of the
grants came under fire by some critics who worried that the grants only
deepened the relationship between
private companies—which often
benefit, or even directly fund, the
research initiatives—and public
institutions. Others argued some of
the money should be directed
towards funding a university's core
infrastructure needs.
Despite the concerns, the direction of federal funding seems likely
to remain the same, given the reelection of the federal Liberals in
Date rape scare
In September, the danger of so-
called date rape drugs being slipped
into students' drinks in on-campus
bars was raised.
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The rumours began after a series
of posters organised by a coalition of
university women's groups
appeared on campus. The posters
stated that several individuals had
reported having drugs causing memory loss—notably Rohypnol—slipped
into their drinks at campus bars and
In the fallout from the posters,
several campus groups claimed to
be aware of some incidents. The
Ubyssey spoke with one student who
claimed to have knowledge of two
incidences of Rohypnol use. The
campus RCMP never received a
report about the incident, however.
At the time, the RCMP indicated
that a positive test for Rohypnol in a
sexual assault case has never
occurred in Canada. Rohypnol is
prescribed as a sleeping pill in some
countries but is illegal in Canada.
The reports stirred up quite a
scare on campus, prompting a
series of media stories on the use of
Rohypnol and similar drugs and a
high-profile date-rape awareness
campaign co-sponsored by the BC
government and the Canadian
Federation for Students.
UBC loses its
Nobel laureate
The university community lost one
of its greatest scientists, and one of
its greatest assets, when professor of
biochemistry Michael Smith, 68,
died suddenly of leukemia on
October 5.
Smith won the Nobel Prize for
Chemistry in 1993 for research conducted mainly at UBC, where he had
worked since 1966. While in recent
years he had shifted his emphasis
away from science towards administration, UBC and the rest of the
province continued to gain from his
The university created the
Genome Sequence Centre—a cancer-
research facility managed jointly by
UBC and the BC Cancer Agency—
almost solely for the purpose of
housing Smith and his researchers.
The centre received $28 million in
CFI funding last year. Smith was
also instrumental in the creation of
Genome Canada, a $ 160-million federal research fund.
Smith, lauded for his modesty
and friendliness, had used his prestige to secure a great deal of funding
for cancer and genomics research in
BC and was instrumental in the fight
against the brain drain, helping to
keep and recruit world-class
researchers to the province.
In the weeks after Smith's death,
UBC announced the creation of a
series of Michael Smith fellowships.
The university's announcement was
later followed by the BC government's announcement of the
Michael Smith Foundation for
Health Research, a $100 million
grant which will fund health
researchers across the province.
But while these initiatives should
help to combat the financial impact
of losing Smith, the fame and
respect the presence of a world-class
researcher at UBC creates is much
less tangible and much harder to
U-Pass failure
part of bus woes
Despite three years of effort by the
AMS, the proposed mandatory student bus pass proved as elusive a
goal as,it ever has been.
This year, the U-Pass proposal—a
series of transportation initiatives
aimed at reducing the traffic to and
from UBC, bundled around a
mandatory student bus pass—failed
after the AMS and the university
couldn't reach an agreement over
how much each side should pay. As
a result, the proposal seems to be no
longer a possibility for the time
In perhaps the only permanent
reminders of the U-Pass proposal,
the university agreed to start classes
a half-hour earlier, easing the load of
university students using the buses
during rush hour. Starting next year,
one-third of current 8:30am classes
will be moving to the bleary-eyed
time of 8:00am, and the other two-
thirds moving to 9:00am.
The failure of a proposed vehicle
levy—which would have car-owners
pay $75 annually to subsidise transit and road maintenance—not only
put the nail in the coffin of the U-
Pass, but also set the stage for what
is expected to be a massive series of
transit cut-backs, which will see the
elimination of all bus service after
TransLink woes also promise to
continue: a wildcat transit strike on
the first day of school started the
year off with chaos, and it appears
that the end of the year will be
marked by much more of the same,
after bus drivers began what promises to be a long strike on Sunday.
Health Plan
Round Two
When Computer Science students
Matthew Laird and Kathy Lo began to
collect the 1000 signatures required
to force a second referendum on the
AMS Health and Dental Plan, they
had no idea how long a process it
would turn out to be, and how futile
their efforts would finally be.
Lo and Laird's quest to overthrow the current AMS Health and
Dental Plan began in mid-
September when they found out
about an AMS bylaw which states
that if 1000 signatures are collected
on a petition question, then the student union must hold a referendum
on the question.
But the process of collecting the
signatures dragged on and it wasn't
until mid-December that the required
number of signatures were obtained.
Organisation issues and student
union bureaucracy also delayed the
process for another month.
In the end, Lo and Laird did get
their referendum". But on
Monday, March 12, after a voting
period marked by a distinctly onesided advertising campaign from
the supposedly non-partisan AMS,
the results were released. In a
near duplication of the referendum results from the year before,
3870 students voted in favour of
current the plan, and 1354 voted
But even with the seemingly overwhelming support the plan has
received, the plan promises to stay in
the news. Contract negotiations with
the health plan provider are continuing next year and the AMS has already
upped the annual cost of the plan by
almost $9, to $176.75 per student
NOBEL LAUREATE: UBC lost one of its greatest scientists when
Michael Smith passed away in October. During his career at UBC,
Smith made major advances in biochemistry, and became a
prominent figure in cancer research. He won the Nobel Prize for
Chemistry in 1993.The university has created a series of Michael
Smith fellowships in honour of the respected scientist. THE UBYSSEY
YAWN: GAP returned several times this year, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
A tuition what?
In a country where tuition has gone
up 500 per cent over the past
decade in many provinces, BC continued to be the envy of the rest of
the nation's students when the
province's NDP government
announced that beyond simply
maintaining the existing five-year
freeze on tuition levels, it was actually going to reduce tuition.
The five per cent reduction,
announced on March 2 by Premier
Ujjal Dosanjh, caught many by
surprise and was followed up by a
$46 million one-time lump-sum
payment to post-secondary education.
The NDP's good news train kept
on rolling with the provincial government's budget, which
announced, to almost universal
applause from post-secondary
groups, an eight per cent increase to
the post-secondaiy education budget, and the creation of over 5025
new student spaces.
But the news is likely the parting
shot from the NDP government,
which seems doomed to be violently derailed in the upcoming election by Gordon Campbell's BC
Liberals, whose policies on post-
secondary education remain guarded and, for the most part,
Legal shenanigans
Legal issues were alive and well at
UBC this year, and not just during
Law School lectures.
Former Thunderbirds football
assistant coach Noel Campbell
Thorpe kick-started this year's legal
season by suing the university for
wrongful dismissal after he was let
go by the team last April. While the
case has yet to be heard, Thorpe
alleges that the university fired him
without any cause and further
humiliated him by releasing a press
release that indicated he had voluntarily resigned.
The university was also on the
offensive—in early September a
series of National Post ads revealed
that the university had trade-
marked its 'Think About it' catch-
phrase. Protecting its intellectual
property was the theme of many of
the university's legal actions this
year: in mid-November the university sent a series of letters requesting that the stores in the Village
remove any mention of the UBC
name and in early February
launched a still-to-be-resolved lawsuit against internet 'cyber-squat-
ter' Stephen Norton, who owns the
website wwww universilyofbritish-
Meanwhile, UBC professor
Donald Dutton, fined lastyear by the
BC Human Rights Tribunal for
allegedly sexual harassing a former
student, also returned to the news-
bringing a still-to-be-heard appeal of
the tribunal's decision to the BC
Supreme Court
The Supreme Court did make a
decision about the alleged misconduct of a former UBC professor.
James Tyhurst, the former head of
UBC's psychology department, was
found liable in a BC Supreme
Court civil trial on March 10 and
ordered to pay damages to one of
his alleged victims. The court
heard evidence that Tyhurst
repeatedly whipped patient Jill
Gorman during one-hour therapy
And finally, the university community also learned that no one can
escape the long, and unforgiving,
arm of the US Justice Department
50 year-old TRIUMF worker Allen
Richardson—also known. as
Christopher Perlstein-was forced
to serve the remaining seven
months of his sentence in jail for
dealing' $20 worth of LSD to an
undercover New York cop in 1970.
Richardson escaped from prison
and to Canada where he lived until
an informant reported his location
to the US government in 1997. His
release at the end of March marked
the end of a fairly eventful legal year
at UBC.
UBC student
actually does
While it wasn't the year's most
important story, second-year student Kate Woznow showed the world
that at least one UBC student still
has a conscience and a pulse.
Woznow, a member of Students
for a Free Tibet (SFT), brought the
issue of Tibetan oppression to the
people who can most change it, and
would least like to hear about it
During a meeting between Canadian
and Chinese business people
Woznow, along with University of
Alberta graduate Sam Price,
unfurled an SFT banner, and chanted pro-Tibet slogans.
Chinese security quickly moved
in to grab the two, detaining them in
a hotel basement for several hours
before Canadian authorities convinced the Chinese to let them go.
Woznow's actions also stirred up
a political hornet's nest back home
after members of the trade mission
taunted the pair as they were led
away. Political leaders all weighed in
on the business members reaction,
and the legitimacy of the Prime
Minister's attacks on Chinese
human rights abuses was publicly
In a year dominated by recycled
news, Woznow's actions stood out as
one of the few brave, public acts
taken by UBC student this year.
The Year
in Quotes
"We haven't been approached by UBC
about it, but we would take out the
line from the ads if they didn't like it
Our intention was not to steal their
-Klaus Hoechsmann frcm the
Pacific Institute for Mathematical
Scientists on using the university's
trademarked phrase 'Think about it'
"Please welcome the honourable Lord
—A thick tongued acting Vice-
President of External Affairs Charles
Slonecker, when introducing the new
UBC academic for the first time.
'Several reports indicate that individuals have had memory loss drugs
dipped into their drinks at UBC.'
—A poster sponsored by campus
women's groups.
The next morning people were trying
to work down there and I...walked
down there and my feet got stuck to
the floor,. .It smelled horrible down
there. It smelled like an old pool halL'
-Brian Bemmels, Commerce
associate dean for academic programs, on one of the reasons why the
Commerce Undergraduate Society is
not allowed to have their beer gardens in the Commerce building anymore.
There's absolutely zero....Basically
you have to buy water at the Coke
machine or fill up your mug in the
—Robin Duschesneau, president
of the Forestry Graduate Students
Association, on the rather suspicious
lack of fountains in the new forestry
"We've lost a wonderful colleague, a
man of great wisdom and energy who
was dedicated to seeing science develop to the very highest level on this
-Bany McBride, UBC's vice-president academic and provost, the day
after Michael Smith's death.
'If [MP] Rick Cassens from
Lethbridge is already giving us a
response, that's one mind that's
—Canadian Alliance of Students
Associations Director Mark Kissel on
the effectiveness of the national student group's annual postcard campaign.
This postcard campaign has postcards coming to me? I understand
A whole  lot  of
WOZNOW: UBC student Kate Woznow made headlines after
protesting in China, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
While finding the year's most interesting stories took a bit of scrounging, finding the non-issues wasn't
very difficult at all.
The year of non-issues was perhaps best highlighted by the GAP
display, an increasingly less shocking anti-abortion display which
first came to a campus last year
under a cloud of controversy. This
year the display became a regular
event, returning five times. While
some concern was expressed over
the university's poor method of
informing students, the protests
were completely peaceful and in
the end, the display's frequent
presence on campus made it
they got a few in my Ottawa office but
I haven't seen one here. I don't even
have one in front of me.'
—Lethbridge MP Rick Cassens on
his knowledge of Jie postcard campaign.
'I cannot conceive of any way in
which research in the fields of fine
arts, classical studies, philosophy,
anthropology, modern languages and
literature, or medieval studies...contributes to any understanding of
Canadian society or the challenges we
face as we entere the 21st century.
Research into such fields...constitutes
a personal pastime, and has no benefit to Canadian taxpayers.'
—North Vancouver Canadian
Alliance MP Ted White's comments
about humanities research in a letter
to a UBC administrator.
I'm just wondering—did we get shafted?*
—Student petitioner Matthew
Laird after the AMS decided to refer
the health plan referendum to
Student Court
'Because I know dogs very well. I
know they can run. So I thought 'I will
calmly rush down the stairs.' So I held
the handle and went down the stairs.'
—School of Journalism Secretary
Maiy Luk on her run-in with a coyote.
'Campus Security doesn't catch
—Security Director Mike Sheard on
what can be done if you see a coy jte.
1 heard it this morning when a radio
station in San Francisco phoned me
up and asked for my comments... My
comment to them was 'that does not
start my day off very well"
-Associate Dean of Applied
Sciences Bruce Dunwoody soon after
hearing that the Engineers had strung
a VW Beetle across the Golden Gate
In order to protest the integrity of the
TJBC mark, we must request that you
cease using the TTBC mark in any
—The letter sent to the owner of
the former 'UBC Grocery.'
'I want to have a beer at the Pit*
-Second-year UBC student Kate
Woznow on her future plans after
being released by Chinese security.
The administration's feeling is we're
not going to have a U-Trek card this
—UBC Director of Transportation
Planning Gordon Lovegrove on the
failure of U-Trek negotiations. ♦
-compiled by Alex Dimson
almost completely uninteresting.
Meanwhile, the university's proposal for differential tuition—a controversial plan which called for different faculties paying different levels of tuition—also turned out to be
non-issue. The proposal's defeat left
many students breathing a sigh of
The year of non-stories was
rounded out by the AMS elections,
which were swept for the second
straight year by the UBC Students
for Students slate after a startlingly
dull election. Even the issues
around APEC took a hiatus this
year, with the RCMP inquiry wrapping up early last summer and the
final report not expected until late
All in all, it was a year easily forgotten for a student body hardly
interested in such things the first
place. And so life continues on Point
Grey. ♦ 12
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Interviewing student activists isn't
easy. Sure, once I finally get them
to sit down and talk to me, everything goes fairly smoothly. But tracking them down, arranging a meeting
time, actually having the meeting—
that's where it gets tough. Why?
Because they're so damn busy trying
to save the world and get a university degree at the same time that they
hardly have time to sit down, with all
the facilitating workshops and organising demonstrations and writing
term papers and all.
University campuses have a longstanding reputation as hotbeds of
political and social activism.
Campus life bears certain romantic
connotations of heated debate and
radical ideologies. Whether this is a
reality or not is another story, but
university students have managed
to be central to some of the most significant protest movements of the
20th century.
Here at UBC, as at many campuses across Canada and around
the world, student activists find
themselves drawn into a new movement, one that had only slowly
gained momentum until 1999's
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
protests in Seattle pushed it into the
forefront This is the anti-globalisation movement—a movement that
many say represents the most dramatic development of the Left since
the counter-cultural revolution of
the 1960s. Given the pedestal on
which many seem to place the
1960s' movements, the coining of
the anti-globalisation movement
as 'the next big thing' is hugely
But what makes the anti-globalisation movement so unique?
Many student activists at UBC say
that it's the first movement that
has managed to bring together so
many different groups and encompass a diverse range of issues.
Globalisation, it seems, applies to
everybody. The lines between global
and local are not so easily drawn
anymore, activists say, because
everything is connected in one capitalist world order.
'Anti-globalisation is definitely
the most all-encompassing movement that has arisen in a very long
time, because it affects every aspect
of everything that you could think
of," says Mia Amir, a prominent face
in activist circles at UBC.
Globalisation, she adds, ties together
everything, from environmental
degradation, to consumer issues, to
human rights. This, in turn, unites
different groups with different
issues under one common movement
"The anti-globalisation movement in general is helping to bridge
the gaps that have existed between
different movements. People are
beginning to realise you can't just
focus on the environment without
focusing on the social, on the political, on the economic—you can't
sever any of those because they're
VERY BUSY: Protester, organiser, student—and that's just before breakfast! While you're putzing about trying to find a clean pair of socks, and scarfing down your Cheerios, she's saving the world, tom peacock photo
all interrelated in a way that you
can't take it apart,' says Mia.
t seems fitting to meet Mia at the
Goddess of Democracy, the
dingy white statue between the
SUB and the bus loop that thousands
of students walk past every day.
After all, the statue was a central
symbol during the,fight against the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative
(APEC) conference, which was held,
in part, at UBC in November 1997.
Currently a first-year Arts student,
Mia was not a UBC student when
anti-APEC fervor was in full swing.
But she recognises the role that the
anti-APEC protests played in the
anti-globalisation movement
Many activists believe that those
protests, made famous by the
images of RCMP officers pepper-
spraying students, set the anti-globalisation movement in motion: it
later gained momentum during the
World Trade Organization (WTO)
protests in Seattle last year, and the
movement now looks towards the
Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) Summit in Quebec City on
April 21 as the next big event
"There's a visible progression of
where we're going and where we've
come from,' says Mia. "From
Vancouver to Seattle to now Quebec
and all the things that have happened in between. It's a momentum
and it's definitely building.'
Mia has been heavily involved in
activism since she was 15. She became
involved with the Students Across
Vancouver Environmental (SAVE) network and helped organise the first
Check Your Head (Youth Global
Education Network) conference. She
has also been involved in the
Vancouver Grassroots Alliance,
Continental Direct Action Network and
was a member of the Biotech People's
Dinner organising committee.
Today, Mia focuses her attention
on Mobilisation for Global Justice
Vancouver (MobGlob), Check Your
Head, Environment Canada Youth
Roundtable for the Environment
and her work as finance coordinator
for the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Social Justice Centre (SJC). Lately,
she has been concentrating her
efforts on the final stages of Flying
Towards Another Alternative, a campaign she founded to raise funds to
pay for a group of around 20 local
activists to attend the FTAA .Summit
in Quebec City.
That's quite the resume, but
Mia's busy schedule is not unique
among student activists at UBC—it's
the norm. While the student activist
community may be small, every individual is involved in various projects. Still, having so many groups
involved tends to create some friction. Even though the goals may be
the same, the groups often disagree
on which strategies to follow.
'I'm going to be very blunt.
-Dysfunctionality was the first thing I
noticed when I first became
involved with student activism at
UBC," Mia says, noting that internal
politics cause major rifts within the
movement at UBC.
"In the past couple years, what
has been happening is a rebuilding
of the Left. Everyone is coming
together and I think in very similar
ways that is what's happening here
[at UBC]. We're also trying to work
through problems that cause many
divisions, but the biggest problem is
these divisions are very divisive in
themselves," she adds. THE UBYSSEY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001   13
going to break, or we're going to
reach our full flowering.'
'One of the biggest objectives for
me," says Matt, "is raising awareness on the process of globalisation
and how every individual is
involved in this larger system. You
are a part of that, and therefore you
are able to enact change."
Although Matt says that many
governments and corporations are
not willing to admit that the anti-
globalisation movement is gaining
the power to enact change, Darnien
says that the fact that trade summits
like the WTO and FTAA are scheduled during exam periods gives a
clear message that the capitalist
world system is well aware of the
force students can exert.
HOBO DAYS? Not quite, but this was the idea behind Board of Governors repTieg Martin's harebrained scheme.The original Democracy Village
was a tent city outside the SUB in protest of APEC, back in November, 1997. And it was cold, let me tell you. tara westover/ubyssey file photo
Such "dysfunctionality' can make
it tough to encourage people to take
part in campus activism. Mia stresses that a creative and energetic environment is vital for making activists
feel positive about their work and
fighting what she calls the "hotbed of
conservatism' that exists on campus.
She explains, though, that she finds
that desired level of creative energy,
encouragement and support from
the many organisations she is
involved with off campus.
Damien McCoombs, a third-year
Arts student, and a member of the
Board of Directors for both the AMS
Bike Co-op and Check Your Head,
who is also heavily involved with
MobGIob, believes that activism has
everything to do with ideology. And,
he says, those ideologies often clash.
"Some [ideology clashes] are
quite detrimental and other times
people understand we're trying to
get to the same thing, maybe just in
different ways," he says.
But the SJC has, in some people's
minds, successfully linked many different campus activist
groups together.
"There's [normally]
not much interaction
between groups, and
the SJC has really
been trying to encourage Lhat network,"
says Matt Smith, a
fourth-year Arts student and SJC events
coordinator. Smith is
also involved with the
Student Environment
Centre (SEC) and the
AMS Bike Coop.
Sima Zerehi, a
fourth-year Arts student and the communications coordinator
for the SJC, says that
she wouldn't be so
bold to "argue that as
soon as the SJC
walked in, the face of
activism at UBC
changed." She stresses, however, that this
year has, in many
ways, only been a
'coming out' year for
the SJC and that there
are still many areas
that need improvement
"[Has it] made a
great change to UBC?
No, I don't think it's
done that yet But I do
think it has the potential to do that," Sima
says. And she doesn't
like the suggestion
that student apathy is
working against the
future success of the SJC.
"It gets me really upset to hear
people harping on apathy when,
again and again, we've seen that
UBC campus has the potential for
great levels of activism," she says.
Mia, on the other hand, believes
that apathy is alive and well on campus. "This is the most active time of
our lives and it's the time when
we're doing the most
questioning...it's such an organic
process that it's totally natural, and
the lack of activity here is an unnatural thing," she says.
Ideology clashes are not limited to
UBC activism. The larger anti-globalisation movement spans a broad spectrum of activist activity, including
gender issues, environmental concerns, First Nations land rights and
child poverty. For groups that tackle
such seemingly disparate issues, getting along is not always easy.
he night before my deadline,
I'm still transcribing interviews when Garth Mullins
calls me on the phone. "Is it too late
for an interview?' he asks. We've
been playing phone tag and I had
lost hope that I would talk to him in
time. A graduate student at UBC,
Garth is writing his PhD thesis on
the sociology of globalisation. Like
Mia, Matt, Sima, and Damien, this
guy has a lot on his plate. His reasons for not calling earlier? An FTAA
teach-in, a trip to Bellingham to discuss plans for an FTAA protest at the
Canadian-American border and, oh
yeah, he had to move.
Still active in Democracy Street, a
group that formed after APEC,
Garth's main focus is his work as
media spokesperson and organiser
of MobGIob. He also does a lot of
individual activist work, travelling
around Canada to speak about globalisation.
"You have to act with your heart
and act with passion I have a great
deal of faith in the creativity of human
beings," Garth explains. "I want to do
things to liberate that creativity and
make people feel empowered and be
able to speak out and act out"
Garth is excited about the FTAA
Summit in Quebec City. What sets
the anti-FTAA preparations apart
from other protests, he says, is how
involved people have become in
what he calls 'the lead-up."
"We're seeing lots of different
groups across the world already acting and planning actions, not just in
Quebec City, but in other places
around the world. The FTAA is going
to help continue to build and help
deepen the movement. It's also
going to help develop the movement
to being a more general movement
against capitalism," he says.
Mia agrees. "This moment in
time is pivotal," she says. "The
FTAA is the biggest thing yet.All
the agreements signed within it
must go beyond the provisions
signed within the WTO, and I think
in that sense it's of the biggest
threat to us. And it's also in the
most pivotal moment in time for
the movement itself because this is
a breaking  point.  We're   either
hen the FTAA summit convenes at the end of April,
Jean Chretien will be there.
W. Bush will be there.
Vicente Fox will be there. And so will
Mia, Matt, Sima, Garth and Damien.
They may not be included on the
official guest list, but they will be
arriving in Quebec City with swarms
of other activists.
As Mia and I wrap up our interview at the Goddess of Democracy, I
ask her if being an activist is a central part of her identity. She pauses
in thought for a few moments, looking down at her hands.
"I don't know who I would be if I
wasn't involved in progressive,
social change," she says slowly, as if
realising this for the first time.
"It's the bulk of my life. It's where
my passion is. It's where I see
myself focussing my energies for the
rest of my life. It's also becoming
more of a social part of my life and
that's what's so exciting about the
Vancouver movement as of late.
We're becoming a culture. We're
becoming people connected," she
"We're finding commonality in
our position as humans, as people
living in the world...In that sense,
it's completely my life." ♦
DONT RAIN ON THEIR PARADE: Marchers of all descriptions walk down the streets of Seattle to protest the WTO at the end of November, 1999. This
peaceful march was a precursor to a week of clashes between protesters and police. And yeah, it was cold. And wet. tara westover/ubyssey file photo 14; WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001  15
Another vear in T
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by Tom Peacock
It's Wednesday morning, April 4. The days
have suddenly gotten longer, school is
almost over, and Thunderbirds all across
campus have hung up their uniforms and
are cracking open their textbooks and
cramming for finals. Once again, it's time
to look back on another year of varsity
sports at UBC.
So what happened?
After rolling over the competition in the
Canada West, the defending national champion UBC field hockey team failed to three-
peat at the national tournament, losing a 1-
0 heartbreaker to the University of Toronto.
To make it worse, the disputed Toronto goal
came on the Varsity Blues' only shot on net
"It was the best game we've played since
I've been here," fifth-year midfielder Alison
Taylor said of the loss.
On a more positive note, both the
women's and men's swim teams managed
to win their fourth consecutive national
championships—the only two CIAU titles
won by UBC this year.
In February, the men's and women's
swim teams smashed their closest rivals,
the University of Calgary Dinos, at the
Canada West Championships. Two weeks
later at the Nationals, UBC again asserted
its dominance, winning both sides of the
Earlier in the year, eight Thunderbird
swimmers represented Canada at the
Olympics. Though none came home with
medals, many managed personal bests.
In the CIAU, the swimmers were the
only unstoppable force for UBC this year-
most of the other teams did well, making it
to the Canada West or National
Championships, but were unable to pull it
all together in the final games.
As its season got underway, the UBC
football team found its roster compromised by injury after injury. Players were
pulled off the bench and dumped into the
fray, and the team's inexperience brought
the season and the career of UBC's fifth-
year quarterback Shawn Olson to a premature end.
Olson wasn't given long to lick his
wounds before being dragged into the
headlines again a month later when the
results of a drug test he had failed earlier
in the season were made public. It turned
out that Olson had tested positive for
ephedrine, a banned substance in the
CIAU. The veteran quarterback was handed a retroactive suspension which had no
effect on the team's record. Olson said that
he made an unfortunate mistake in taking
the herbal supplement ma huang to help
. him lose weight without knowing it contained the banned substance.
As the weather turned colder, both the
men's and the women's soccer teams finished up their regular seasons in top form.
They boarded the bus for the Canada West
Championships, ready to bring home the
bacon. Unfortunately, both teams were
stopped short of the gold-medal games by
their University of Victoria rivals—the men
in the Canada West Championship after
beating the University of Calgary Dinos in
the semi-finals, and the women in the
Canada West semi-finals.
After winning the opening game of the
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Canada .West Championship tournament
against UVic, the UBC women's rugby team
got pummelled by the University of Alberta
Pandas in the finals. The loss came after
the team had already played three tough
games in two days—a schedule that makes
the rugby championships seem like Utile
more than an endurance test.
In volleyball, the women found themselves starting the season ranked number
one in the country. Coach Doug Reimer
pushed his young team to reflect the ranking, and the women came through. In the
end, however, their efforts fell short of a
gold medal.
While the volleyball women had a solid
season, the UBC men's team never really
fulfilled their potential. With on-court skills
but a serious lack of cohesion, the Birds
only managed an 8-14 record and missed
making the playoffs.
The basketball men were likewise hot
and cold, but they were at least hot enough
to earn a playoff spot. Any hopes of them
going the distance were shortlived however—one week after destroying the
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in
War Memorial, the Birds succumbed to the
same team on the road in the first round of
the Canada West playoffs.
The basketball women managed to beat
Alberta in the first round of the Canada
West playoffs, but the tradition of excellence associated with the UVic women's
basketball program once again caught
them out, and they lost to the Vikes in the
Canada West semi-finals. It marked the
fifth consecutive time that UVic has ended
the UBC women's playoff hopes.
And of course, the hockey teams. The
UBC women's hockey team showed that it
is gradually improving—its 3-9 record
earned UBC the final spot in the Western
Division round-robin playoff tournament
AIRBORNE: UBC's Randy Celebrini takes flight during a game last fall, tom peacock/ubyssey file photo     OLSON: Our choice for Most Inspirational Male Athlete throws a pass in the rain, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
Still the Birds proved no match for the
strong Prairie teams, suffering losses at
the hands of Alberta and Lethbridge.
The men's program has had a tough
time over the last few years, and this year
was no exception. The Birds finished with
a 6-18-3 record, an improvement on last
year's effort, but still not enough to earn
them a spot in "the Canada West playoffs.
Now for the more important
matter at hand, the stuff you've
all been waiting for, namely the
fifth annual Ubyssey Golden
Coyote awards.
Rookie of
the Year
Even though she only started
school in January, Kelly
Stefanyshyn quickly became one
of the most important swimmers on the UBC team. The 18-
year-old Winnipeg native came
back from Sydney—where she
posted eighth-place and tenth-
place individual finishes and a
sixth in the 4x100m medley
relay—to lead the UBC women to
victory in the CIAUs and the
Colleges Cup. Stefanyshyn
earned three individual golds
and one relay gold at the Canada
West Championships. At the
CIAU championships, the young
phenom won gold and set a new
CIAU record in the 200m back"
and helped win two relay golds .
'Nuff said.
Honourable mentions:
Sheila Townsend, women's basketball (transfer)
Stephanie Quinn, field hockey
Male Rookie
of the Year
Eighteen-year-old Brian Johns played a
pivotal role in sending the men's swim
team to the top of the CIAU podium for the
fourth year in a row. In the pool at Guelph,
Johns was literally unstoppable, earning
three individual gold medals—in the 400m
IM, the 200m butterfly, the 200m IM-and
two relay golds in the 4x100m free relay,
and the 4x200m free relay. The young
Richmond swimmer also put in an appearance at the Sydney Olympics earlier this
year where he helped the Canadian team to
a seventh-place finish in the 4x200m relay.
Honourable mentions:
Pat McKay, men's basketball
Dan Lazzari football
Male Athlete-of
the Year
David Milne was sick during the fall crosscountry season, but the middle distance
runner bounced back so hard he won a
gold medal in the 3000m and a bronze in
the 1500m at the CIAU Championships in
Sherbrooke, Quebec last month. Just over a
year ago, Milne finished fourth in the
3000m and won bronze in the 1500m. His
improvement is proof that this runner's
going places, and fast
Honourable mentions:
Mark Versfeld, swimming
Duncan O'Mahony, football
Julian Philips, soccer
Female   Athlete
of the Year
Selecting any one female athlete for this
award was no easy task—and the various
team results didn't make it any easier.
There were plenty of standouts—even on
the teams that struggled, individuals players came through with huge performances.
One individual who demonstrated a consistent level of excellence and a commitment to her team is volleyball player Kaley
Boyd. The third-year captain is a presence
on the court, motivating her teammates for
the next play, and discussing strategy with
her frontline. And once the ball's in play,
you can be sure the 6' 1" middle blocker is
killing it
Honourable mentions:
Jessica Deglau and Kelly Doody, swimming
Jen Dowdeswell, field hockqr
Veronica Lie, woSnen's soccer
Coach of
the Year
Since it's not always clear exactly who
coaches who on the UBC swim team, we
decided to award this to the entire coaching staff of Tom Johnson, Randy Bennett;
and Derek Schoof.
Honourable mentions:
Hash Kanjee, field hockey
Doug Reimer, women's volleyball
Team of the Year
The   UBC  Thunderbirds   swim  team.
BOYD: Kaley Boyd (right) was our pick for female athlete of the year.
tara westover/ubyssey file photo
OVER THE TOP: UBC's Ben Sansburn goes up and over
during a home game, tara westover/ubyssey photo
The ranks of the UBC women's basketball team dwindled throughout the
season—players quit the team, players
got sick and players injured themselves. Charmene Adams was on the
injury list after spraining her ankle
during a home game against Trinity
Western. For the next couple of weeks
Adams sat out practice, but she only
sat out one weekend of games. Adams
was favouring her good ankle, but she
played on, and played hard, leading
her decimated team all the way to the
Canada West semi-finals.
Athlete (Male)
A controversial decision perhaps,
but this one goes to UBC quarterback
Shawn Olson. Supplement stupidity
aside, Olson was a man on a mission.
He went apeshit in his last year as
UBC's pivot—so apeshit in fact, that
his roommates said he was too sore to
get up from the couch most of the
In the last part of the season
Olson's broken throwing hand looked
like someone's idea of a sick joke. Still,
he threw a total of 121 passes for 193 6
yards with it. And when nobody
stepped up to run the ball, Olson did it
himself, barging down the field, and
logging 404 yards and two touchdowns. Olson was the clear inspiration
for the young UBC team, and the main
reason they got as far as they did. ♦
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TEAMS TO BEAT: The swim team (second from top) and the field hockey
team (above) were the top contenders again this year.
tara westover/ubyssey file photos 16
me as every year
by Holland Gidney
VlCTORIA-The/re the top two university rowing teams in Canada, so
you'd think that the annual grudge
match race-off between the
University of Victoria and the
University of British Columbia
would be one of the most anticipated and exciting races of the year. But
it's not, because the results are
always the same: year after year, it's
UVic first and UBC second.
Held this past weekend in
Victoria, the Brown Cup is a race
between the top UVic and UBC
men's and women's eights. At stake
is a place for the names of the winning rowers on the $20,000 trophy,
and bragging rights. This year's
event marked the tenth anniversary
of the Brown Cup, but it might as
well have been any year.
The first Brown Cup was held in
1992, with men's eights from both
schools pitted against each other; a
women's race was added the following year. Every year since, UVic has
won. Sure there have been some
close races-in 1993, when the race
was held on Vancouver's Coal
Harbour, the UVic men's crew only
won by a slim 1.79 seconds, and in
1996 the women's crews finished a
mere five seconds apart-but the
end results are always the same.
Every year, UVic wins and UBC doesn't
At the Canadian University
Rowing Championship (CURC) in
November, UVic and UBC finished
first and second respectively in pretty much every event The best race
of the regatta came in
the men's eight, when
UVic beat UBC by only
1.5 seconds (over an
1850-metre course.)
Many people were looking forward to this year's
Brown Cup after witnessing such close racing
between the two crews
this fall.
"After the CURC race,
we thought this would be
a big test," said UVic
men's rowing coach
Howie Campbell. 'UBC
has some really good
athletes so we weren't
taking [Brown Cup] lightly—we felt we would
have to be on our game
to defend our title."
But with what he says
is the fastest eight he's ever coached
in the water against UBC, Campbell
didn't have much to worry about;
UVic easily finished a full 24 seconds ahead of its rival from
Vancouver, in a time of 8:42.32.
With three carded national team
athletes in the boat, and five other
athletes who'll most likely be trying
out for the national team this summer, it's easy to see why UVic was
the winning crew.
"UVic's certainly faster than us,"
said UBC men's coach Mike Pearce.
"If we'd had a good race we could
have been within 15 seconds of
them, but we didn't'
Pearce said that in order to be
more competitive against UVic, his
rowers simply need more rowing
NOT IN THE SAME BALLPARK: The UBC women's eight finished wel
annual Brown Cup race in Victoria. Holland gidney photo
behind its competition from UVic in the
"If we can boost their experience
level, there's a good chance of us
pulling even [with UVic]. There's
nothing that makes the boat go fast
like experience," said Pearce. "After
this year, the guys know what it will
take to close the gap."
On the women's side, UVic also
had the faster crew. Just back from
racing in Los Angeles against the
University of Southern California,
Victoria was rowing like a fine-tuned
machine, despite having two subs in
the boat
At the 1000-metre mark, the two
boats were as far apart as in the
men's race, with UVic comfortably
in the lead. The UBC rowers were
able to maintain contact with their
rivals until a crucial turn in the
course. UBC took the turn too wide,
which allowed the leading UVic boat
to move even further ahead.
"In the first half of the race, we
were only 10 seconds back but our
coxswain took a bad turn and we fell
to about 30 seconds behind," said
UBC women's coach Craig Pond.
UVic crossed the finish line in a
time of 9:40.14, with UBC finishing
almost 43 seconds back.
Still, Pond was happy with his
crew's performance, noting that it
was his boat's 'technically best"
race. Having lost the majority of his
top eight in December to graduation
or retirement, the crew that raced at
Brown Cup was made up of relatively young athletes with far less row-
Athletes awarded at Big Block
Annual awards banquet recognises achievements of UBC sports stars
by Tom Peacock
EXCELLENT!   Mark Versfeld  poses  with
Bobby Gaul trophy, tom peacock photo
Over the past few years, the name Mark
Versfeld has been synonymous with swimming
excellence at UBC. So it was no surprise to anyone when Versfeld was awarded the Bobby
Gaul Memorial Trophy for UBC Male Athlete of
the Year last Thursday night at the annual Big
Block Banquet This season, the fifth-year swim
team veteran led the men's team to its fourth
CL\U title in as many years.
During his five
years at UBC, Versfeld
has won 26 CIAU
medals, four of them at
this year's national
championships. He
holds the Canada West
record in the 100m
backstroke, and the
UBC school record in
the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke.
Versfeld's excellence in swimming extends
beyond his collegiate achievements. Nationally,
he has earned 11 titles, and while representing
Canada at the international level, Versfeld has
won 28 medals. He holds the Canadian record
and the Commonwealth record in the 200m
Also nominated for the Bobby Gaul were
Tom Montes from football, David Wong from
soccer, CIAU champion David Milne from
track, and Trevor Shoaf from ice hockey.
On the women's side, fourth-year swim captain Kelly Doody was nominated for the
Marilyn Pomfret trophy for UBC's Female
Athlete of the Year, but she was beat out by fifth-
year field hockey player Jen Dowdeswell. Also
nominated were Kaley Boyd (volleyball),
Veronica Lie (soccer), and Stacy Reykdal (basketball).
In her three years as co-captain of the UBC
field hockey team, Dowdeswell led her team to
During his five
years at UBC,
versfeld has won 26
CIAU medals.
two national titles in 1998 and 1999. She just
missed leading them to a third this past season—the Birds were narrowly defeated by the
Toronto Varsity Blues in the semi-final match.
Dowdeswell was named a CIAU All-Canadian
for her last two seasons.
The Du Vivier Trophy, awarded to the outstanding team of the year based on performance, was won by the UBC men's and women's
swim teams. Both teams won their fourth consecutive national titles this year.
The     swim     team
received even more decorations     when     the
Thunderbird     Athletic
Council      Outstanding
Performance Award was
awarded to rookies Kelly
Stefanyshyn and Brian
Johns. The two swimmers       were       clear
favourites for the award, given to the male and
female students for excellence during an individual performance.
The Thunderbird Athletic Council
Leadership Awards were presented to UBC
women's rugby co-captain Sabrina Celms and
men's volleyball captain Chad Grimm.
The Arthur W. Delamont Award for freshman spirit was awarded to Darrell Yip from the
men's field hockey team. S. Myles Constable,
editor of the Point was also nominated for the
award. Astoundingly, no sports editors or
sports writers from the Ubyssey were nominated for the prestigious award for this year.
The Carolyn Dobie Smith Award, awarded
to the most dedicated student trainer, was
awarded to D'Arcy Boulton, student trainer for
the men's soccer team.
The Kay Brearley Award for exceptional
service to women's athletics was awarded to
Sean Rollo for his work with the women's basketball team. ♦
ing experience than their competitors from UVic.
"If it was the same crew as I'd
had in the fall I would have been disappointed, but with this crew I'm
just happy that we could be, in the
same ballpark as,UVic in the first
part of the race," said Pond.
With its entire Brown Cup eight
returning next year, it looks like UBC
could be in the same ballpark as
UVic for the whole race next year
and maybe even be a contender for
the Cup.
"I look forward to the day when
we don't know whether or not we're
going to win [Brown Cup],' said UVic
women's coach Rick Crawley.
You can bet he's not the only
one. ♦
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The UBC baseball team took
two games off Central
Washington this weekend,
barely losing the third game
8-7. The Birds came back to
win the fourth game of the
weekend 4-1. The team is now
ranked 40th in the NAIA. This
weekend UBC will play four
home games against
Concordia University at Nat
Bailey Stadium. Games start
at 12pm and 3pm Saturday
and Sunday.
Men's Rugby
The UBC men's rugby team is
playing in Burnaby this
Saturday. Coach Spence
McTavish. says the team
should qualify for the league
quarterfinals, which start
April 21. The Birds may
decide not lo play, however,
since the quarterfinal games
fall right during the middle of
exams, and five players from
the team will leave Vancouver
for summer jobs before the
playoffs begin. ♦
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Apr. 10-21
Design Arts Gallery and Asian Studies Building
They're out there. Hidden in a building near the Rose Garden
and secreted in the ancient bunkers behind Scarfe, these paint-
stained, performance-ridden, film-loaded, theory-soaked people walk around campus every day with pictures boiling up in
their heads. These are the UBC Bachelor of Fine Arts grads of
- 2003, and they're gonna put on a show. It's called Thirty-Nine
Why do you make art?
""Why is Bruce Wayne
in a cape?"
The gallery opening invitation says 7-10pm Apr 9, 2001 at
the Design Arts Gallery. The very idea brings images of swank
crowds with martinis in hand, examining indecipherable
swirls of paint. That doesn't seem to be the case at UBC.
Flipping through the thick grad catalogue nets pictures and
biographies of digital-imagers, shoe-users, silk-dyers,
installers, and photographers. There are painters, yes, but they
aren't the ones who sit in corners and twirl mustaches, their
oeuvre a strange mix of 19th century Romanticism and
Hollywood cliche. The inspiration for this group seems to come
from other sources.
by Regina Yung
1) Who and what are your influences and motivations, both
for art and in life?
"There have been a great number of influences, but I
would have to say that I've always considered art to be a
space of discourse and dialogue. That space of conversation
has motivated me to make work and to articulate views that
would otherwise remain dotmant within my mind."
—Gwenassa Lam
By all accounts, the department of fine arts is almost
hyper-reflexive; it promotes the relentless consideration and
questioning of the artist's self, purpose, and art. Students cannot just create, they must create with intent; to think about the
thought that thought the thought is pretty standard issue
around here. But on page after page of the catalogue, the grads
have retained contact with the human, even as they use the
concrete to represent the most abstract ideas.
2) What is your work concerned with, and what does it mean to
"I focus on social human conditions, political reflection. But
no matter [the issue] the focus is on the human, and that's very
important to me. "—Howard Lung
"Much of my work addresses issues of memory
as well as communication. I want to question how
we appropriate images, and in turn how these
images shape our own identities.'—Gwenassa Lam
They're leaving, now. Years of learning to capture ideas visually—for marks!—are about to come
to and end. This is not to say that these students
have finished thinking about it Although some will leave the
critical analyses behind.'A quick survey of future plans shows
paths diverging quickly after graduation.
3) What are your future plans?
"After four years of making things that end up in my shed
and closet never to be seen again, I am going into architecture
where I can make and design things people need or think they
need.'—Grace Chan
'Quoting a great fellow artist, Ingrid Petro, 'it is yet to be
written.'"—Gwenassa Lam
"To teach at the secondary level. This is why I want to be an
art teacher: [so that] everyone will know...knowledge will not be
confined to the gallery.'-Howard Lung
Soon this collective will separate and migrate off to individual destinies, but for now they are indubitably present and
active, and they have Thirty-Nine Questions to ask. Come see
for yourself.
4) What would you like to say to the people are coming to see
your work?
'Slow down and have fun." —Gwenassa Lam ♦
Being Brave
With Shahnaz
Apr 11-22
at the Freddy Wood Theatre
Performance anxiety: a phenomenon where no matter how
much you have to go, you can't take a whiz with other people hanging around waiting for their turn.
Erwin Rosales has extreme performance anxiety. Not
only does he have to pee in front of two complete strangers
at a party but from April 19-22 he also has to perform in
front of a few hundred eager onlookers as well.
Letting Go is a play about three people with one simple
dilemma: who gets to use the toilet first? Director Gioia
Breda says it was the quirkiness of the play that attracted
her to Dina Bucchia's script
And quirky it is. Rehearsal is in progress and Toby
Mollett is wondering how he's going to jump on and off the
rim of the toilet bowl without falling in. Breda tells him he'll
by Ghita Loebensfein
have to practice at home on the weekend.
Mollett, along with Amy Belling and Erwin
Rosales have been running around the bowl for
the past hour delivering a stream of teasing
anecdotes and flirtatious deliberations on who
should be the first to relieve themselves. So
which one of them loses their pants first? You'll
have to wait until the Brave New Play Rites festival to find out
Now in its 15th year, the Brave New Play
Rites festival features new works from student
playwrights at UBC. A collaboration of students
from the UBC's creative writing and theatre programs, the festival gives student playwrights,
directors, and production staff an opportunity
to present new work for the first time.
For the festival's producer, Sherry
MacDonald, it's a refreshing presentation of
new voices in the theatre. "We're seeing new
voices. Maybe some of them are a little rough
around the edges but the important thing is that
it's new voices and a new take on things and I
think that's what art is all about'
Letting Go is one of sixteen short plays in
this year's line-up. With titles like Joint Venture,
Plunge, and Screwed Together the tone of the
plays varies from playful to pensive. Director
Erica Kopyto chose Dawnya Isbell's play Phyllis'
Poem precisely because of its more complex
subject matter. Phyllis is a recovering alcoholic
and the play examines the expectations of her
family and society in general. "It focuses on the
idea that society tries to mould us into being
perfect little objects and she's not," explained
Kopyto said she has loved the process of directing in the
festival arid being part of a collaborative team of young the-
atreticians. Phyllis' Poem is her first directing experience at
this level of quasi-professional theatre. Is she afraid?
"It is a scary process, but that what university's for," said
Kopyto. "I think it's important to get involved in theatre at
university level because there's a safety net available for
you. They give you a show, a writer, a stage. I don't have to
worry about renting or organising anything."
With all the technical details taken care of, students can
then throw themselves into the process of creating and
enjoying their plays. And it's that element of raw energy
that gives this festival its edge. "People love the festival and
people from all over Vancouver come to see it," said Kopyto.
If they're lucky enough, this year's patrons will catch
Rosales with his pants down. ♦
by Hiro Mcllwraith
Oolichan Books
by Daniel Silverman
On the surface, Shahnaz is a story of an Indian woman who emigrates to the United States with her husband. It traces the process of
immigration, their settling in a new country, and the discovery of a
world very different from her native Bombay.
Most importantly, however, it deals with what Shahnaz is running away from. Between chapters set at the University of Oregon,
we learn about her childhood and some of the horrific experiences
she and her family endure.
Shahnaz' mother is a manic-depressive who systematically
destroys her family's life. She fires all the servants and even forbids
members of her extended family to visit, all because of a series of
painful and inexplicable delusions. On several occasions, in her
delerium, Shahnaz's mother even tries to kill her daughter.
And there is literally nothing that anyone is willing to do about it,
since to publicly acknowledge the illness would bring shame on the
family. Nonetheless, everybody knows what is going on except for
Shahnaz' and her sister Roshan, who are treated as all adults treat
children who ask difficult questions: with the explanation that their
mother is ill and they'll
understand when they're
The novel is filled with
constant reminders of the
society she left Shedding
light     on     the     civil
upheavals   in   Bombay
and the politics of caste
and religion, we get a
very good idea of what,
it means to live in such
a system.
One   instance   is
when        Shahnaz's
childhood   servant,
Sunder, has a marriage arranged for
her daughter. After
acceding to unreasonable      dowry __
requests and being forced to bribe
the matchmaker not to tell the other family that
her daughter is literate, the wedding goes ahead.
Some time later, she receives news that her daughter had died in
an "accident" Sunder's daughter's husband was an important supporter of a political party, and had managed to pay off the authorities. This sort of thing wasn't out of place in Shahnaz's India.
Shahnaz is full of vivid and beautiful descriptions of scenery,
events, and people whose clashing with the situations that she grew
up with. Her past, her family relations, and the disintegrating relationship with her husband come together to produce a complex and
enjoyable novel. ♦ Today
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AMS Council is a representation of Students from all faculties on campus, who gather
bi-weekly to discuss issues important to students.
The Alma Mater Society of UBC is seeking a decisive and articulate person to act as
AMS Speaker of Council.
The Speaker's term of office shall be from April 1, 2001 - March 31, 2002.
You are well versed in Robert's Rules, and hold no other elected, appointed or staff
position within the society.
The AMS Speaker of Council shall:
• Chair bi-weekly council meetings
• Notify Council members of up-coming council meetings
• Ensure adequate security for Council chambers
• Post accepted council minutes in public areas
• Accept other duties outlined in code or assigned by council
• Receive a remuneration of $3000 for a 1 year term
First Week Coordinator
First Week is an AMS funded event designed to orient new students to life at UBC.
This week long event combines entertainment and orientations activities while
maintaining a focus on student life outside the classroom.
The AMS is seeking a UBC student to help organize this festival. The First Week
Coordinator is a dynamic position, reflective of your many interests and aptitudes. Your
tremendous energy and organizational skills enable you to multi-task in a fast paced
environment, while maintaining a vision of the overall purpose of this event. As this job
involves coordinating mail-outs, bookings and work schedules, your fierce attention to
detail is an asset. A natural communicator with leadership ability, you feel comfortable
recruiting and training support staff, and communicating progress reports to the
executives. Numbers don't scare you, you love talking on the phone to arrange
speakers and entertainment and to top it all off, you're a blast to work with.
While this position is part time between April 15-July 1, it increases to 35 hours/week
between July 1- September 30. Remuneration is approximately $7,000.
Further responsibilities include:
• Coordinating all entertainment and amenities for First
• Coordinating all marketing endeavors
• Recruiting and Training volunteers
• Overseeing First Week budget
• Communicating progress and final reports to the executive.
Student Events Coordinator
The AMS Campus events committee plans events and activities to enrich the social
and personal lives of all UBC students. This committee is in need of a Student Events
Coordinator to not only have a hand in the conceptual stages of event planning, but
more importantly, in brining the party to fruition.
You are an enthusiastic UBC student with a wide range of extra curricular interests.
You know what students want and have the desire to give it to them. In addition, you
are exceptionally creative, responsible, and posses a dazzling proclivity for multitasking and time management.
Working an average of 20 hours per week from April 15, 2001 to March 31, 2002, the
Student Events Coordinator shall:
• Assist the Executive Coordinator of Student Services in the
operation of the Campus Events Committee
• Help this committee to plan, and provide events to UBC students
• Assist in the marketing and promotion of these events
• Provide a monthly written report to the Executive Coordinator of
Student Services and the AMS President
• Accept other duties as are assigned by the President or
Council from time to time.
• Receive remuneration of $8,500.
Campus Safety Coordinator
The AMS Campus Safety Committee works to improve campus and student safety by
assessing current practices through campus-wide audits and student feedback. The
committee then works to implement change in these areas. The AMS Campus Safety
Coordinator plays an integral role in all aspects of this process.
You are a free-thinking UBC student with an interest in safety issues. Your frugal
attention to detail will enable you to spot glitches in UBC's current safety practices,
and your exceptional creativity and articulate tongue enable you to communicate
ideas that will make UBC safer.
The Campus Safety Coordinator works an average of 20 hours per week from May
1st, 2001 to April 30, 2002, and receive a remuneration of $8,500.
The Student Safety Coordinator shall:
• Assist the VP Academic and University Affairs in the operation of
the Campus Safety Committee
• Advise the VP Academic and University Affairs on issues of
campus and student safety
• Present an annual report to Council on Committee activities
• Accept other duties as are assigned by the AMS President or
Council from time to time.
So, if you've got what it takes to cut the mustard, please forward your compelling application, by April 13, 2001 to:
Evan Horie
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UBC has frequently been recognised for its achievements and contributions
in science, politics, and business. But we often forget that our university has
a vibrant artistic community that has given the country some of its most
important actors, writers, musicians and visual artists.
After talking to the departments of theatre, film, creative writing, music and
fine arts, the Ubyssey spoke to a host of UBC grads to watch for. Whether
they're finishing their undergraduate or masters degrees, the following list
of up-and-coming talents may not be household names yet, but they may be
very soon.
Department of Theatre: Kelly-Ruth Mercier
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ft hough Kelly-Ruth Mercier is only in her early thirties, her young
age belies her many accomplishments. Mercier began her post-secondary education in the Acting Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax
and continued on to various other adventures before coming to UBC to
complete a Master's of Fine Arts (MFA) in Directing.
In 1985, at seventeen, Mercier started university intending to go
into.Pre-Med but, after taking some theatre classes, she had a change of
heart Three years later, she graduated from theatre school. Mercier left
Dalhousie and began to study directing part time. Eventually, she got a
job as an actor in Newfoundland and toured for two years.
After Newfoundland, among other things, Mercier began performing for the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, doing theatre for young
audiences. "They're an internationally renowned puppet theatre
troupe. I'd never done [puppetry] before, but I'd studied dance, and to
my amazement, I discovered that I could relate to puppetry through
dance. I had a blast'
After touring in every province except BC, Mercier ran her own theatre company in Nova Scotia and became involved with television and
During that time, she started work in film production. "I really liked
working in front of the camera because I had already done that directing my own theatre company and at university," she said. "I was interested in what was going on behind the camera," Mercier added.
Then, 'through a series of accidents," Mercier was offered a job to
run a theatre in Ireland. She accepted. *I picked up in about three
weeks. I sold everything I owned; I gave my cats away; and I moved to
Ireland with little intention of ever coming back."
But when Mercier returned home to Canada for a visit, she was
offered another job here. She had also been in conversations with
UBC about grad school. 'While I was in Ireland, I was thinking, "Well,
I could go back to Canada and do these other gigs I had lined up and
then, after those, go to grad school' So, that's what I did. I stayed in
Ireland just shy of a year. In August of 1997,1 came to grad school at
UBC and the program is two years long. I've been thesis writing since
Mercier was attracted to UBC because of its integrated theatre and
film departments. 'I couldn't decide if I wanted to go to theatre school
or film school, and then discovered that UBC had a department of theatre and film." That realisation, combined with the fact that Mercier had
never worked or been to BC before, led to her decision to go to UBC. 'It
was an adventure of sorts," she said.
During her studies at UBC, Mercier directed two UBC Theatre productions, Glace Bay Miner's
Museum and The Bacchae. The latter served as both her thesis production and the topic of her
written paper. 'My thesis paper documents the production to some degree, but also purports a
thesis. My angle is an investigation into the derivation, the evolution, and the continuing role of
the director in western theatre through my experience of having directed that play."
Among her inspirations, Mercier counts her partner, "because he is an an unswerving optimist [who] attacks life;" Laurence Olivier, an actor and a director who "remained a craftsman
until the day he died," despite the shift during the twentieth century away from acting as a craft;
and William Blake, who wrote words to the effect that 'if one has the capacity to be an artist, it
is their duty and their responsibility to their community to act on it" Blake's words, Mercier
said, meant something to her during the times when she and her partner faced empty cupboards.
Another quotation that inspired Mercier is 'Don't mistake having a career for having a life'
which, she admitted, "is completely working in contrast to William Blake's statement, but is also
Mercier, above all, sees herself as a storyteller. 'For me, in order for any community of any
size to survive, it is imperative for [it] to remain connected through the sharing of experience.
The sharing of experience does a number of different things: it educates, it comforts, it provides
inspiration and entertainment, and, by doing so, it keeps you connected to other people. How
A VETERAN RETURNS: After her graduation this year, Kelly-Ruth Mercier wil
of theatre, nic fensom photo
be returning to the world
we stay connected and communicate, for the most part, is through storytelling. And for me, I
want to be part of the telling of the story."
Mercier feels fortunate that her range of abilities and her experience in different roles allow
her to participate in each project in the most appropriate way, whether it is as an actor, a director, or a production coordinator. Mercier commented, "That's not only kept me employed, it's
enabled me to stay truer to my purpose. It is my passion to have good stories told because there
is nothing like the moment when someone hears a story or has a little experience and walks
away and they're altered—their life will never be the same again."
After working for ten years in the industry Mercier admitted that she came to grad school to
try to find a focus in her career. 'I was really fortunate to always be working, but I felt like I was
becoming a jack of all trades and a master of nothing at all. And so by going to grad school and
studying directing, it was a deliberate attempt to concentrate on something that I felt was my
particular ability," she explained.
With grad-school behind her, Mercier plans to focus on building her company, twobitshows,
which produces live theatre, film documentaries, and feature-length and short film drama. The
company mounted their inaugural production, 7 Blowjobs, at last year's Fringe Festival.
Mercier, still the jackof-trades, co-produced and directed the political satire.
'Now having done that," she said, 'I've gone right back to what I used to do before which is
a whole mess of different things, but I'm still working as a singer and an actor and a director
and a teacher and an administrator and working in production." ♦ 20
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Department of film:
hat do Canadian film directors Bruce Sweeney,
Mina Shum, Lynne Stopkowich, and Sturla Gunnerson
have in common? They were all once UBC film students.
Sure to join the ranks of these innovative filmmakers, UBC film graduate student Maureen Bradley has
already gained some attention with her master's film
project. The Chosen Family which premiered at the
Vancouver International Film Festival last year.
Bradley's film is about a young woman whose sense
of reality is shaken when all her siblings come out of the
closet This 13-minute comedic short is scheduled to
play both at the Inside Out festival, Toronto's gay and
lesbian film festival, and the New Festival in New York
this May. If that's not impressive enough, Bradley came
up with the idea for the first web-based student film festival in the world, to be hosted from UBC, featuring the
films of the third-year film production class she teaches.
And this all from someone who started out in music and
fell into film and video by accident.
Bradley did her undergraduate degree in communication studies at Concordia, specialising in sound. Right
after she graduated, she witnessed a demonstration in
front of a Montreal police office that resulted in a near
"The police attacked a group of peaceful protesters. I
decided to make a documentary about the whole situation. So, becoming a film and video maker happened as
an accident It started out as a form of activism," Bradley
explained. Her video was later used at the Police
Academy in Montreal to educate trainee officers about
police brutality.
Halfway through her first Master's degree in cultural studies at Concordia, Bradley was asked to be on the
CBC TV show Road Movies. The show sent eight young
people across the country with camcorders. Bradley
found her time as a videographer with the show as a
"both amazing and terrifying" time. Her experience
with a national TV show pushed Bradley into a visual
direction and she abandoned academia after finishing
her degree.
"After working on Road Movies, I began making my
own videos at quite a frantic pace. My work started
screening at festivals and galleries around the world. I
was working as an editor to pay the bills," she said.
While attending numerous independent and underground film festivals in Montreal in 1991, Bradley met
the African-American lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Dunye,
who became a major source of inspiration for Bradley's
work. 'Cheryl makes work that is really clever and very
funny. Her work is very politically astute but not really
preachy. She always tells a good story and she's very
amusing," she explained.
Bradley decided to switch to narrative filmmaking
and applied to do her second Master's degree at UBC
because "the graduate program here is so small and so
many other talented directors have come through the
Finished with her work on her Master's film and
graduating from the program, Bradley has a few projects in development and has applied to teach at a number of universities. "I'm trying to get funding for my next
short film. It's about a young boy caught in a horrible
custody battle, torn between his two parents," she said.
The script for the film was written by another UBC student, Sherry McDonald, who just finished her BFA in
creative writing and is starting her MFA next year.
Bradley is also working on a feature script, based on a
novel a friend of hers wrote. "It's called Two Ends of
Sleep and I hope to direct and produce it within the next
four years but making a film is a huge ordeal. It's like
having a baby."
For now, she is concentrating her efforts on launching the first web-based student film festival in the world.
"It's a great exercise for the students and an opportunity to show their friends and family and future employers
what they've been up to at school...this site will be a promotional tool for the students." For now, the site contains promotional clips from each student film along
with a brief synopsis. After the Persistence of Vision
(POV) screenings, the annual UBC film program festival
at the Ridge Theatre in May, the complete films will be
uploaded onto the site. ♦
THE CHOSEN ONE? UBC grad Maureen Bradley is set to take over Canadian cinema. Watch
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001   21
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w'd0 BC creative writing student Amta Bidinosti is sipping spoonfuls of spiced yam soup in the
Vancouver Art Gallery cafe when I arrive a few minutes past 11:30. While waiting for her fellow
creative writing student Jason Rothery to join us, we chat about various subjects from Martha
Stewart's soup recipes to upcoming creative writing events. After about ten minutes, Rothery
arrives with the quintessential West Coast breakfast staple in hand-a homemade tofu and berry
smoothie. After confirming that he isn't drinking one of those protein powdered concoctions
(the latest food trend among 20-something image-conscious guys), we shift the conversation to
more fascinating topics—creative writing, reading and jazz.
Since Bidinosti and Rothery will be graduating from UBC's two-year undergraduate creative
writing program in May, the Ubyssey wanted to find out more about these talented writers, what
they're currently working on, and where they'll be going.
Like most writers, both Bidinosti and Rothery read voraciously as children. Unlike most of
her peers who probably grew up watching Sesame Street, Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood and cartoons, Bidinosti grew up without a television. Rather, she and her siblings thrived on the written word. For fun, every weekend her family would take a trip to the library. Having older siblings who read constantly, Bidinosti felt competitive and aspired to keep up with them and, thus,
devoured the children's classics from Enid Blyton to C.S. Lewis to Judy Blume.
Similarly, Rothery recalls reading at a very young age. Reputedly, at 17 months Rothery was
able to recite most of Mercer Ayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet While his peers were
reading See Spot Run, he was reading books like The Never Ending Story or The Black Stallion
Soon, both Rothery and Bidinosti's love for reading translated into a love for writing. At the
age of seven, Bidinosti wrote her first story about why men were bad at housecleaning from the
point of view of a dust bunny. Even earlier than Bidinosti, at the age of four, Rothery wrote a fantasy story about a gnome who came upon a secret portal and unleashed evil into the universe.
After penning their first short stories, they fell in love with the craft of writing and have been
writing ever since.
Rothery, who currently writes plays, short fiction, and creative non-fiction, remembers being
a tall, skinny kid who liked reading writing and playing the violin better than kicking a soccer
ball or bouncing a basketball. Frequently he would rush home after school to write short stories
and dramas. Between the ages of 12 and 16 he went on a 'Stephen King binge." His absorption
in the horror genre probably led him to explore macabre themes in bis writing-like his musi-
cal-in-progress about zombies, which he was inspired to write after listening to the song
"Unsquare Dance* by Dave Brubeck, or the scary story he wrote in the same vein as Edgar Allan
Poe's Telltale Heart When he's not writing, Rothery is acting (most recently, he played the beggar in UBC's production of The Beggar's Opera) or working with the theatre company that he
started up with his friend Matt Hoos called Laughing Day. After graduating, he will be touring
with his theatre company and performing in his one act play called Perilicious at the Fringe
Festivals across Canada for a year.
Bidinosti, who currently writes poetry, fiction, and children's fiction, recalls being quite
active as a kid, but also quite introverted—she was happy reading or playing outside with lady-
bugs. While studying haikus in grade two, Bidinosti first became attuned to the lyrics of poetry.
More recently she just finished editing the Chameleon, UBC's Children's Literature anthology
and has submitted pieces to the BC Festival of the Arts. She's also finishing her chapbooks and
compiling pieces to submit to publishers, and applying to get into graduate studies in creative
writing at several universities across Canada.
So, how do these writers come up with their ideas for stories? Rothery describes his writing
process by using a machine metaphor. He starts off with one gear (idea) and fits together two
gears until he generates an intricately structured story. In contrast, Bidinosti speaks more
abstractly about what goads her to write.
"Writing is this idealistic world that ends up creating the tension for me that makes me want
to write. There's the world I live and think in and the world I fantasise and dream about Writing
gives me the opportunity to dive in and create those things in."
Since UBC's creative writing program focuses on sensory-oriented writing—how characters
interact with their physical surrounding—Bidinosti says music has been integral to her writing.
A couple of her latest stories came out of jazz riffs. She cites Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Joe
Sealy as sources of inspiration. She also talks about writing as an experiment of mixing different elements and ideas together, much like creating a recipe. Rothery extends this analogy by
saying 'there are no new ideas, just new ways of telling them." He cites "pacing rhythm and
style" as elements common to the act of writing and making music. Charles Mingus, the bass
player, is Rother/s example of someone who improvises and stylises jazz standards by creating
A WAY WITH WORDS: Anita Bidinosti has just finished editing the Chameleon,
UBC's children's literature anthology, tom peacock photo
his own distinct interpretations.
Both Bidinosti and Rothery also agree that it is their insatiable curiosity and fascination with
the world that provides them with an infinity of ideas. Although Bidinosti says she 'never runs
out of ideas," she has a hard time "getting to the final word," which she attributes to being born
under the sign of Aries. But finishing things isn't Rother/s weakness, rather, it's his 'writer's
ego." "It's very easy to think something you've written is fantastic and then wake up and think,
'Jeez, what was I thinking?'" He also sheepishly admits that he sometimes just writes to "entertain himself.'
So, while Bidinosti and Rothery will be enjoying their freedom from critiquing classmates'
writing in the stuffy, shoddy classrooms of Buchanan E block, Bidinosti will miss the program.
She loved the program and is thankful to the professors who taught her the discipline and
importance of revision. Although she is looking forward to taking the summer off to read, she is
'feeling trepidatious about coming out of [the program]." After knowing how all her classmates
critique her writing, her mind often conjures up images of them singing commentary like members of a Greek chorus. Rothery, on the other hand, who has had a "love-hate" attitude to the program is already moving on. Although he was accepted into the MFA creative writing program at
UBC, he has decided to postpone this for the opportunity to tour with his theatre company across
Canada. Eventually, Rothery can see himself becoming an English or theatre teacher someday.
But for now, he's pursuing acting and directing.
After talking with Bidinosti and Rothery for two hours about their passion for the integrative
art of reading, listening to music, and writing there is little doubt that these two will have their
writing published and sold in bookstores. Perhaps, Bidinosti's childrens books will share shelf
space with the bestselling Harry Potter books. Or maybe Rothery will pen a chilling story about
vampires of zombies that will scare Anne Rice fans. We will have to make sure to peruse the local
bookstores to find out ♦
Department of
Fine Art:
Pickering and
ou may not think that Main Library and the
dingy corridors of the Buchanan building would
be the ntiost obvious spots for to find art Perhaps
you should look a little closer.
In Main Library's Ridington Hall, in the centre
of the room between the tables of diligent stu-
,„.,.,m   ...... ..... ,.        ,.,,.,.     ...   dents, stands an unassuming presenta-
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tion—books on library carts. Hardly unusu
al for a library, except that these are books
with their pages glued together and the
information cut out
Jennifer Pickering, the fourth-year visual arts
student who created the "book art" says that the
essence of the art is "using a book in a way that is
critical of what that book is and questions the way
that information is communicated."
In the Buchanan stairwell is a presentation of
a different type—although it, too, comments on
books and academia. The mural, depicting a butterfly and a tangle of growth, was commissioned
by UBC during recent graduate Heather
Passmore's second year here. The university
wanted to "show the spirit of arts and learning, or
something clich^d," comments Passmore, who
designed and painted the mural. However, what
they got subtly undermined that goal.
"It's actually an offtake of the children's show,
Reading Rainbow," Passmore begins, "so it
explores the relationship between university, the
children's program, and mass media."
The inquisitive nature of their work has both
Pickering and Passmore questioning the veiy
nature of art and the dissemination of knowledge •
in society. Because of the high quality of the work
they have done, the two women may both be
entering UBC's MFA program for the visual arts
next year, pending acceptance by the department
Pickering, friendly and outgoing, twists her
coffee cup in her hands as her brown eyes dart
around the room. After a thoughtful pause she
leans forward in her seat, commenting on her
academic aspirations. "Art," she says, 'is
informed by so many different areas—philosophy,
writing other artists—and I want to be able to
draw from that, to understand my place within it'
She is well on her way. After spending her first
two years at the Kootenay School of Art and a year
in France on exchange from UBC, Pickering has
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been influenced by a wide range of styles. "I don't think my art is [regional] because I've moved around so much that I'm not really rooted in one
place," she says. Pausing she looks down at the table. "But you can't help
being influenced by the place you're living in."
Working in a number of different media—painting multimedia, sculpture—Pickering characterises her style as 'experimental and playful." A
piece she is working on right now, for instance, explores the relationship
between the human body and mapping. Her painting divided into three
sections, works off a map of Rotterdam after being bombed in the Second
World War in order to highlight the process of personal reconstruction after
trauma. Coming at a time when the human genetic code has recently been
mapped, her painting has resonances outside the canvas.
This is precisely what she wants. Art, she says, is informing. Her art,
specifically, aims "to make you question what your experiences are and
your role as a reader or an art viewer."
Heather Passmore, who graduated from UBC last year and has since
been tutoring and maintaining part-time jobs at the Chan Centre and the
Vancouver Public Library also questions "the authority of art to speak about
certain issues, such as class." She recounts her transformation from a naive
young artist to one who understands some of the dangers inherent in art.
Who has the right priorities?
Ujjal Dosanjh
tuition fees
Always pro-choice
on abortion
Gordon Campbell
Won't rule out
tuition hikes
Divided party on
on abortion rights
Stronger Weaker
environmental protection     environmental protection
Yes to minimum wage
No to minimum wage
You decide.
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HAVE YOU SEEN MY PAINTBRUSHES? Jennifer Pickering characterises her style as experimental and playful, diana stech photo
"I had some really romantic ideas about art after high school," she says.
'But university changed my perspective. I had a tendency to mythologise it,
but now I think about [art's assumptions] a lot more."
After spending five months in France as a nanny and in London as a
court reporter, Passmore ended up at Simon Fraser University for a year
where she 'tried a bit of everything...excluding all sciences." In her second
year, she came to UBC, drawn by the broad perspective of the program, and
its theoretical basis.
Her art, which she describes as having "residues of 1960s nostalgia* as
well as depicting contrasts between the "country and the city," draws upon
an older art movement called conceptualism. According to Passmore, con-
ceptualism always "looks back on itself and 'offers more than aesthetic
qualities" because "it questions everything."
A piece she has recently been working on, for instance, uses family
snapshots. Although she, as the artist, ultimately has power over the presentation of the object, the fact that the photos may have been taken by anybody throws into question the authority and involvement in the production
of an art object
Today, she cites among her role models local photo-based artists as well
as Richard Billingham, and German artists Andreas Gursky and Gerhart
Richter, somewhat widely known because his paintings appeared on the
cover of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. Although she now has a more
sophisticated view about the art world, she always had indications that she
would become an artist "You know when you do those book reports," she
says sitting up straighter and smiling "it was always the tide page that was
most fun for me."
Both artists plan to continue working on art throughout their life.
Pickering hopes to be 'travelling and making art' when she is done her
schooling at UBC, while Passmore admits that she does "want to get recognition and paid for [her] art" because it's "not very satisfying to do calendar
shots." The life of an artist, both admit, is hard and without a lot of pay. To
solve this problem Pickering says that she will either 'teach to make
money, or win the lotteiy."
Either way, money or not, art will probably be showing up in more
unusual and unexpected places if these two students have their way. ♦
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001   23
School of Music.
Chris Nickel,
Alycia Au,
Melanie Krueger, and
Katy Bowen-Roberts
if itii liiiiisiii
0. our students out of 250 really can't be considered representative of the singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors at the UBC School of Music. The four students in this
profile are only a snapshot of the talent that graduates each
year from the school. Many graduates end up becoming teachers or back-up musicians. A lucky few join high-profile ensembles, and an even luckier few make it big. Big enough that they
might get recording contracts and magazine articles, even
become household names.
Chris Nickel might just be one of these lucky few. It's hard
to imagine what was going on through his mind last summer
as the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra started playing a piece
that he had composed. Eight-
thousand people listening to
something that had been
thoughts inside his head just
months ago. After all, at that
time, he was just a third-year
UBC music student. But every
Phillip Glass and John Cage has
to get his start somewhere.
But that feeling of amazement
is something that Nickel still
can't shake. When asked about it,
he was stuck for an answer.
'It was quite an experience
having a professional orchestra
playing something I had done,"
he said.
If Nickel has his way, plenty
more than 8000 people will be
listening to his music. The
music student has ambitions to
compose music for film, and it
seems he's already well on his
way. He's already composed
scores for a number of UBC student films.
"I've always had a love for film
music—it kind of drew me in."
But Nickel's initial experience
with music wasn't entirely a positive one. Nickel started with the
piano in grade nine. "I hated it,"
Nickel joked.
He took up the oboe in high
school and began conducting in
grade ten. It was these high
school years that, Nickel feels,
really pushed him into music. "I
had a very influential band
director when I was in grade
nine, his passion for it really drew me into it"
Years after, Nickel's love for music and his determination
seem to be stronger than ever. After graduation, he hopes to
make his way down to Los Angeles in search of work and his
big break.
For Alycia Au, a violinist graduating this year from UBC,
music came to her much earlier. Seeing her older brother playing the viola, Alycia insisted that she start the violin. She was
three. It wasn't something born just out of sibling
rivalry.though, and Au remains close to her brother, a violinist
with the Edmonton Symphony.
Things seem to have come full circle. The Lethbridge-born
Au will be returning to Alberta to do a Master's at the
University of Alberta, where her brother is also an instructor.
Yet Au's path could have been very different "Music was
just a hobby for me, I didn't even want to do music,' she commented. Au remembers her junior high years where she was
also an athlete. In fact, when she graduated from high school,
she contemplated doing an education degree, and thought
about being a PE teacher.
In the end, music won out With the support of her parents
MAKING MUSIC: Sopranos Katy Bowen-Roberts [left] and Melanie Krueger [right] are some of the talented
graduates from UBC School of Music this year, tara westover photo
and her brother she entered UBC's School of Music. 'Now I
can't see myself without it, it's part of my heart," she added.
Like Au, soprano Kary Bowen-Roberts's path could have
been very different The soprano started her musical life as a
pianist and singing in high school musicals. But when she
entered university she instead chose the opera program rather
than pursuing musical theatre.
'I didn't just want to do solo work. I wanted the performance aspect of it, the drama, the movement, and the dance,"
she said. "In the end, I thought the best way was to do opera,
where you get to work on the voice mosdy," she added.
For someone who, until university, had never sung opera,
Bowen-Roberts has shown herself to be very capable. Last summer she played the role of Ida in Die Fledermaus, and in her
four years here at UBC, she's been in a number of other UBC
opera productions.
And like so many others in the opera program, Bowen-
Roberts has been strongly influenced by department head
Nancy Hermiston, 'I've learnt so much, vocally and dramatically, I think she's a wonderful actress and teacher."
This summer, Bowen-Roberts, along with the rest of the
opera program, will be making
her way to the Czech Republic.
Started three years ago as a way
for the singers to receive international training and exposure, the
trip has become something of an
annual tradition for the program,
and something that Bowen-
Roberts feels has been one of the
highlights of her time at UBC.
After graduation, she's off to
London to try to make it in the
city's musical scene. But it seems
that her conflicting passions for
music are kicking in once again.
"I'm still kind of torn between
musical theatre, and the more
classical musical theatre, like
In direct contrast with her fellow soprano, Melanie Krueger
seemed to have decided that
music was going to be her life
from a very young age.
She got her start singing in a
choir from the age of seven and
she never stopped singing. 'It's
something I've always wanted to
do, and I couldn't really see
myself doing something else. It
was just a natural decision to
Krueger will be graduating
this year with a  Master's in
music. She had her last big role
as Abigail Williams in the UBC
production of The Crucible. This
summer she'll be headed to
Europe along with the rest of the
Opera program, where she will
be playing the title role in   The
Cunning Little Vixen.
The future doesn't worry Krueger. "Things are starting to go
weUJ little gigs here and there and the ball is starting to get
rolling," she said. 'I'll go wherever the work takes me,' she
"I'd like to be making a living from singing not having to do
anything except sing," she explained.
It's a feeling that Chris Nickel, Alycia Au, Melanie Krueger,
and Kary Bowen-Roberts understand as well. Music, like anything else in the fine arts, is a cutthroat business. But whether
they like it or not, music will always be in their lives. ♦
17 24 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2001
Artropolis rocks the metropolis
CBC Broadcast Centre
Apr. 7-Apr. 28
In 1983 a group of artists, upset over
the narrow focus of a Vancouver Art
Gallery retrospective on BC art,
launched an alternative art show.
Originally entitled The October Show,
the art show would eventually grow to
become Artropolis.
Born out of the tradition of the Salon
des Re fusees (literally translated, 'Salon
"A lot of grads  [from art
year we've had to work hard to re-establish the traditional format and let people know that, and really make it successful to get the society back on track."
It's a job that has been difficult Due
to a lack of funding Artropolis has been
run by a skeleton crew.  Helped by
grants from Human Resources and
Development Canada, Artropolis had 12
paid staff members working on the
Woodward show. Today there is one
paid staff member along with Tryell
who has volunteered to be Artropolis'
coordinator.       The
core teams
schools] don't become artists. outbyaS
Artropolis can help them get i%nlT0
The end
result looks
like it will
be impressive. The show will be housed
within CBC Vancouver and, like the previous shows, will have the works of hundreds of artists.
"There's a component to the exhibition called the self-portrait show and it
has 500 pieces in it That's extraordinary to look at,' Tryell commented.
"[The show] is like a compilation CD,
it's hundreds of different styles. It
would be impossible to be alive and find
something that you didn't like."
Ultimately Tryell hopes that
Artropolis gets people talking about art,
and also gives the hundreds of artists
that people might not have ever heard
of a chance to break out. "A lot of grads
[from art schools] don't become artists.
Artropolis can help them get started.
Many of them get started on a career. It
can lead to people getting discovered, it
can give a sense of validity to their
schooling, to be exhibited, it can give
them a taste that makes them try harder." ♦
of the Refused"), Artropolis, explains
coordinator Chris Tryell, tries to show
off the vibrancy and variety that exists
in the visual arts in BC.
Now in its seventh installment,
Artropolis is at a crucial crossroads.
Previous versions of the show have
been very successful—1993's was especially so. Housed in the recently emptied Woodward building, over 245
artists contributed to that particular
incarnation of Artropolis, a huge
increase from the 120 that participated
in the 1983 show.
"So many people came to that show,
30,000 people, it was such a large building—huge—and it was a name that
meant a lot to a lot of people," said
But it seems that the attention span
of the public is short, especially when it
comes to art. Four years after the successful Woodward show, Artropolis
shifted gears and came out with
Browser, a much smaller and intimate
"It was critically successful in terms
of the artist, but in the population at
large it was a bomb," sida Tryell. "This
Movies about marijuana and other evils
by Greg Amos
at the Blinding Light!!
Mar. 20 and Mar. 21
Imagine yourself as a typical middle-class suburban teenager
of the 1950s. It's a sunny afternoon, your high school social
studies class is about to start watching a reel-to-reel film. Up
until now you were blissfully unaware of the dangers of drugs,
depression, and poor judgement, but that's all about to
Ephemeral Deviance is an assemblage of these socially-relevant 1950s and 1960s educational films that feature stories
of teenage 'DRUG ADDICTION," persons undergoing 'PSYCHOLOGICAL TURMOIL,* a man named 'DICK SMITH: DRUG
ADDICT,.' and a hasty marriage that is 'DOOMED TO FAIL."
This collection strikes at the heart of many modern social
commentaries. With their 1950s moralistic themes, these
films more than implied that conforming to the norm is the
safe path, while deviations from socially determined standards lead one down a slippery slope indeed.
More propaganda than education, these films are fun to
watch. I especially enjoyed tiying to determine what special
interests were at work behind the scenes. Each movie had its
own distinct and peculiar angle of critique; the films' different
filters on essentially the same society made for an interesting
glimpse into the ideologies of 1950s America (and Canada).
In Drug Addiction, the naive young protagonist makes the
well documented transition from MARIJUANA CIGARETTES to
HEROIN in just a few months, starting as a user, and soon
enough, becoming 'the pusher.' He finds that DRUG ADDICTION is really a bad thing, as he has tremendous difficulty in
rebuilding his life after former friends shun him. The proposed solution to ending tragedies like these? A WAR ON
DRUGS, to get all the pushers thrown in jail.
Your Psychological Turmoil is the story of an unassertive
young woman who experiences chronic TURMOIL (such as
headaches, depression, and constant fatigue) in her daily life.
The individual is not the focus of the blame in this film-the
problem is traced back to the parents, who 'train' their daughter too well, crushing her spirit As a little girl compering for
her parents' attention with her younger sister, she dances
around, trying to get noticed. Her mother just eyes her contemptuously, and says coldly; 'Nobody likes a showoff.' Using
flashbacks and a quasi-scientific rationality not unlike James
Burke's method of deduction on Connections, this film had a
remarkably modern, intelligent take on the situation causing
TURMOIL in the first place.
Dick Smith: Drug Addict was the lone Canadian entry in the
lineup. Heroin addict DICK SMITH goes really nuts under the
effects of DRUG WITHDRAWAL. While in prison, he advises a
convict played by Bruno Gerussi (previous to his role as Nick
Adonidas on CBC's Beachcombers) to stay away from heroin,
before he himself spirals back into a narcotic skydive. The
twisted psychotic derangements make poor Dick undergo.
sick-looking contortions, leading him to bash his head repeatedly against his cell wall, unequivocally demonstrating the
rigours of his withdrawal
Doomed to Fail was probably the best film shown. In it, a
young academic researcher falls for THE WRONG GIRL—a
simplistic, spontaneous, and energetic woman who could
never fit into his world of high society. Their future demise is
foreshadowed ominously throughout the film, from Ken's panicked objection to Winnie picking flowers, to Winnie's insistence that stubborn Ken should write books for fame and fortune. This film features possibly some of the most brutal dialogue ever written, as seen by the modern viewer. Lines such
as 'I want to die before you, Ken!' and "If you didn't love me,
I'd kill you, Winniel' are delivered with such earnest glee, one
would think these two psychos are the ONLY matches for each
Despite the simplistic moralising undercurents, there are
some inescapable good points made about drug addiction and
neglected children. Despite the twisted spins on reality presented in these films, it wouldn't be hard to imagine yourself
back in the 50s high school classroom, taking it at face value—
who could blame the Silent Generation for harbouring such
irrational prejudices about social homogenisation and normalcy? This was a time before 'sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll,';
there were few outlets for counterculture to show an alterna-'
tive view of things. So did these films work educationally? Not
for me, but I'm not so sure about some of our parents... ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Tips for Anthro 427
Re. the letter from Anthropolgy 427 ("Imagine
UBC...withoutboredom,' Letters [Mar. 27]):
I remember when I was doing my under-
grad degree and my head was shoved so far up
my ass that I thought 'average' people were
intimidated by the experts of academia, and
couldn't viably critique their (my) work.
I also remember writing long aca-babble
letters and essays, believeing that if I could use
big words, and be very specific, my points
would be taken seriously.
As someone who has recovered from my
degree, I'd like to offer a few tips to
Anthropology 427:
1) Write clearly and without jargon. If your
point is valid, it will stand. ('Faculcentric ori
entation activity?')
2) The only people who are intimidated by
the 'expert knowledge' coming fr$n} 'th-e
citadel" are other academics.
3) There is no excuse for becoming an
expert without also having significant experience in what you are an expert on. The two are
not exclusive at all.
4) No matter what you study in your under-
grad degree, you won't learn anything about it
until you get out of university. Interdisciplinary
studies are a great idea for this very reason.
Good luck, anthropology students, and
everyone else surviving at 'the citadel." I wish
you a quick recovery.
-Pieta Goudron
SFU graduate 1998
by Rollen Lee
It is becoming increasingly clear that the point of criticism
today is to drag down those willing to create something new
and different rather than to aid in the discussion and production of improved art. Frequently, this seems to be couched in
either envy or laziness. Your paper's critique of UBC Theatre's
production of The Beggar's Opera by Lisa Denton ("Three centuries of practice put to waste" [Mar. 2 7]) seems to feature both
shortcomings: unwillingness to meet a production halfway,
and envy of those with ideas.
Generally, a critic at least takes some time to read the programme, as it will tell them such basic things as the name of the
director or some idea of the background of the play in e&esfcfoa. *
Sadly, the very first sentence of the review is already out of Jrvnc
with the programme, as the original production ran fc>£ 62 pef-
formances, not "over one hundred nights.' If this is a piecp of
knowledge that the programme got wrong and thA this review I
er knew to be incorrect, I am surprised that she did not utilise
it to prop up her critique. The director's name is John Wright,
by the way, a stalwart member of the theatre faculty. It might
have been easier to address him by name and to havgjggjgned
perceived shortcomings with the play to him, rather than to
avoid the issue by making it seem as though the play directed
(and adapted) itself for the stage. Of course, to know these basic
facts, the critic would have had to have read the programme, but
that's already a dicey supposition.
, The notes from the head of the department, Ronald
Fedoruk, make it clear that The Beggar's Opera was written in
a time of political patronage and general callousness, and that
this canonical master-work condemned such practices through
satire and by demonstrating the plight of London's poorest
inhabitants. However, since Walpole (Britain's first prime minister, taking power around the same time) and his political
gang aren't that well known nowadays, Wright has taken out
the puns and references of the politically corrupt and oligarchical 1720s, and replaced it with commentary about the
politically corrupt and self-serving political scene of BC and
Canada in the year 2001. How effective is it to have lines
thrown in that only a handful of British historians and 18th-
century literature scholars are going to get? If theatre is going
to work as a vehicle for social change—as this work was intended to be—shouldn't it make sense? Or should it remain in the
past, fossilised, staid and inoffensive, vivid only to the most
dedicated? This is commented on within the play, with Matt O'
the Mint (Hayden Thomas) speaking his lines in a Jamaican
patois (referred to in the review as 'ajar Jar Binks revival').
The dialogue is largely incomprehensible, just as the play
would have been to the audience had it not been largely recon-
textualised and represented. If you doubt that 18th-century
plays can be incomprehensible to an audience that has no
experience with it, ask about last year's production of The Way
of the World at the Frederic Wood Theatre. The connection that
this play makes between BC politics and present social slums
should be obvious. The issue isn't with 'a magical door that
transforms homeless people and prostitutes into beautiful
singers who are coacernki with notityis of honour,* the'issue
ij with poliuc,ians acting al though they are unaccountable and
all-powerful, aiit^ the pepp" Is that the3governments suppose *
f| try and talp b^nl forgotten. AnyorJ^ who thinks tha
QfhottQur ar§,aEeaio those.bsyood UBQ.of the ecficc
only listen to people talk about the upcoming election, wanting
to turf the incumbents and dreading the incoming Liberal
With this said, it is clear that the play isn't dragged into a 20th
century context, as is stated in the review. The initial stage
encountered by t^e a&diagice f| of I "*edv,bSck alk&,' efntred
on a 'p«^> tru^ *|Varipuach|nkct*s fliat people geptraw connect to this Sort of>>a ^ttap.g»*-tl|e Downtown Eastsidje, for
Vancouver, wpeia it begins-fiegin to arrive oastagje: a gang of
thieving punks, an assortment of prosututesYeven a police officer. This is the setting for the people that the play originally
addressed, making it clearer that this play is not a romantic period piece. The panel truck that opens is the Beggar's, and he acts
as the director and impressario of the play. The wonder of the
play, not the mistake of it, is in the juxtaposition of the play's
original seiling-within the panel track—and the modern-day
equivalent of the setting. (And just because the reviewer saw
Rent— the only play she actually ever references—doesn't mean
that the stage looks just like it A set is a set, with a message' to
convey through setting. Was this the wrong setting for an updating of The Beggar's Opera? Honestly.) At first, the characters
don't take on the role of the character. This conceit is winkingly
joked at when Macheath (Mark Weatherly) enters the stage as a
criminal on the run, encountering Polly (Nicole Braber), and getting caught up in the play, singing without even knowing why.
Like method actors, the Downtown Eastside characters generally take on their 18th-century roles whole-heartedly as they get
further into costume. This veneer occasionally cracks, though, in
moments where their 18th century roles collide with their 20th-
century lives, driving those playing the wenches to yell 'fuck
you' to each other. This is a style that we call post-modern. It is
very popular, and, in this case, is done marvelously well. Just
like Neil Postman recently did with his similarly titled book, this
play builds a bridge to the 18th century.
It takes work to develop something genuinely different,
and it should also take effort to appreciate such a creative
construct. This is not Star Wars: The Phantom Menace or
Mission: Impossible, this is a work of insight and compassion. Theatre critics should try to watch more shows than just
tne big name traveling revues like Rent, and should most definitely avoid relying on The Georgia Straights Colin Thomas
Is a sjyle reference. Criticism should be more than simply a
slazy denunciation, but instead a presentation of the good and
the bad in a play. Starting a list of "mistakes'—which are
largely the critic's opinions or issues, to which she is entitled
if she does a better job of defending them—and only going
throughtvvo ofmany of them, saying 'I don't want to go on
listing individual mistakes in this production. There are too
many* is as ineffective as putting 'etc' at the end of an
abridged list. Remember the basics of essay writing—if you
can't find at least three points to defend your hypothesis, you
should probably reconsider it Otherwise, one just ends up
sounding like Comic Book Man from The Simpsons, crying
"Worst episode ever!" I won't claim that this is the Ubysse/s
worst review ever, as this school of slagging by people envious of the ability to stand up and create is endemic, and not
just in the Ubyssey.
Clearly, this is a long letter, and I do not expect it to be published in its entirety (or even in pieces). I offer it, therefore, as
a suggestion to future critics and as a defence of a play which I
found enjoyable and intelligently conceived. The fact that it is
negative is not the issue here, rather, it is the slipshod and
unengaging product that was displayed on Mar. 27. I would
suggest that reviewers take Theatre 245, as it generally helps
reviewers learn something on the craft. ♦
-Rollen Lee is an incoming
graduate student in history.
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Fernie Pereira
Jennifer Copp
Shalene Takara
Alex Dimson was fed up. Sarah Morrison said, "To hell with itT
Daliah Merzaban and Nicholas Bradley just wanted to forget the
whole thing, and Holland Gidney couldn't believe she had wasted
so much time on it Tom Peacock couldn't even wait until it was
over, and Tristan Winch was out tlie door almost before it had even
begun. Tara Westover wanted to go see home and see her pet gorilla, and Laura Blue wauled \B go see her grandfather in Winnipeg.
Michelle Mossop waa looking forward to all of the spare time she
would have to stall employees of crown corporations. But Graeme
Worthy was sad to see everyone go, and Hywel Tuscano said that he
loved eveiyone, even Helen Eady and Alicia Miller. 'Damn, that's a
lot of love, yol* said Daniel Silverman. Scott Bardsiey would miss
the people. Ailin Choo would miss the good times, and Julia
Christensen would miss ihe free alcohot Ron Nurwisah remembered how good it was before his loss of innocence, before he was
corrupted by the mad antics of Duncan McHugh and Nie Fensom.
They could still afl remember the time when Chris Shepherd and
Kathleen Deering threw the banana peel at Mike McLenaghan. and
then Aaron Orlando slipped on it Diana Stech and Aisha Jamal
looked back fondly on those sunny afternoons on the balcony, and
Kim The said she would never forget tlie 'monkey incident' But
Regina Vung reminded them of all the hearts and doors that had
been broken, and Ghita Loebenstein warned them all to never forget the lessons they had learned from the experience. "Those who
forget histoiy are condemned to repeat it' said Greg Amos.
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Here is a poem: Aaron Licker ripped my
sticker. Adam Rudder has a mudder.
Aidea S. Ennes has no friends. Ailin
Choo has lots to do. Aisha JamaJ went to
the mall. Alan Tong was wrong. Alex
"Themopilus the Third' Dim3on is a
slim son. Alex Schiller is not called Alicia
Miller, but close. .Alana Stevenson and
Alicia Logie are fogeya,
Andrea Lobo, Andrea Milek and
Andrea Winkler are not related- Andrew
Bo wye r not Tom Sawyer, Andrew
Kostynink said, what's that stink? Andy
Barnaul lives on a farham. .Anna King is
no queen Anne-Marie Smarasinghe is...
Azar Mehrabadi is a baddy, Bettina
Teodoro will see ya tomorrow. Bruce
Arthur has gone farther. Carta Klassen
comes unfastened- Carmen DesOrmaux
has hormones, Cassidy Oliver knows
Gulliver. Catherine Denton is not John
Fenton, Nic Fensom or Lisa Denton.
Chantille Viaud rhymes with Chris
Ruffatto, Chris Shepherd, Chri3
Sorenson, Christa Min and Christine
Paul are not related. Colin MacMillan is
no villain. Cornelia Sussman rides the
bus, man. Cynthia Lee is so happee,
Daliah Merzaban is a date. Daniel
Silverman is not silver, man. Dan Poon
is on the moon. Daryi Wener is a weiner,
David Issac Stasser is a basserd- Diana
Liao says ciao, baby. Diana Stech is a
wreck, Dirk Schouten is a countin'
Doretta Lau likes to plow. Doug Sanders
does no-handers.
Duncan Cameron likes stammerin.'
Duncan M. McHugh said the wind blew.
Dustin Cook is a crook. Elizabeth Capak
smokes the crack. Emily Chan is not a
man. Eric Jandciu likes science, Erin
Hoult threw the bolt Ernie Beaudin, a
horse he rode in. Ethel Tungohan is
a...nothing rhymes with that. Fara
Tabatabai...or that Frans Kouwenhoven
keeps 'em movin. Gary Magee said, "Oh,
gee.' George Belliveau said, 'I don't
smelliveau.* George Fuller is no buller.
Ghita Loebenstein drank a stein...of
beer. Graeme Worthy is a research slave.
Greg .Amos (and Andrew.) Greg Ursic, no
I'm sick. Helen Eady, tee-hee, Holland
Gidney went to Sydney. Hywel Tuscano
likes to canoe. Ian Sonshine...sunshine.
Irene Isaacs goes to school. Izumi
Wakeki is a freaky. Jaime Tong was
wrong. James Hvezda is a fezda. James
Stansfield lay down in a field, Jane
Chapco lovesjason SteeleJastine Chen is
a wren Jay McKinnon is a sinnin' Jeff
Bell said, go to hell.
Jeff Musgrave is very grave, Jeffery
Wong...wrong. Jen Chen...wren. Jen
Dolen went bowlin' Jessica-ann Dozois
was a gozois. Jesse Jackson is the president Jesse MoranU stepped on an ant
Jo-Ann Chiu is a cheerleader. Joe Clark is
the prime minister. John Briner could be
finer. Joni Low likes dildos, Jordana
Greenblatt lies down Cat Joyce Rosario
goes to the show. Julia Christensen is a
Christian son. Julius Elefante is an elephant Justin Berger is a burger. Kalev
Hunt gave the ball a punt Karen McCann
kicked the can. Kar Yan Cheung brought
cake! Kate Burritt sat on the turritt Kate
Ingram swims fast Kathleen Brooks is a
crooks, Kathy Deering's eyes were tear-
ing. Kat Siddle told a riddle. Keith Bell
said he fell. Keyino Nedd touched his
head, Kim Koch touched his rock. Kim
The1 said, uuhh, okay. Kris Grunert is a
frunert Laura Blue is not blue, Laureen
Stokes says she chokes when Lee-Ann
Siu says it's true that Leah Sen!is a frenf.
Lena Sin said to Lisa N'eilson that Lucas
T de S called Mandy Merzaban a date.
Matt Lovick Ut the wick. Matt Whalley
went all £ralley. Matthew Friesen is
frozen. Maya Papineau is a butterfly.
Megan Johnston is a star. Melanie
Streich is the moon. Melinda Jette is
beautiful roses in Michael
McLenaghan's heart Michael UrseU is a
lover Mike Brazao is his brother.
Michaela Jeffery and Michelle Bastian
and Michelle Mossop and Michelle Siu
and Miie Harris are not related.
Minna Su feels it's true, Mwalu
Peeters is no cheater, Natasha Chin is a
sin. Natasha Norjberg is a Norwegian
iceberg, Nicholas Bradley is so radley.
Nyranne Martin won't stop fartin.' Parm
Johal is a vohal. Parm Sidhu is a vidhu.
Per Walle is no fall. Priya Bala went to
the balla. Rebecca Koskela is a roskela.
Refqa Abu Ramaileh is a favela. Regina
Yung is young. Reginald Khoker is a
poker. Rob Brownridge has a frown
ridge. Rob Peters is no beater. Ron
Nurwisah is not Chinese, Rowan Hodge
drives a dodge. Samantha Tse is a Fse.
Sarah Morrison has tattoosl Sara
Newham likes hockey, Sara Young is
Scott Bardsiey is the bardselator,
Siobhan Carro sat in a wheelbarrow.
Sonia Grewal eats gruel. Shaun Dychko
is a psycho. Stanley Tromp...that's classified information. Stephanie Sork knows
a stork. Steve Oldridge lives, on an old
ridge. Tamara Allen is a villain. Tanya
Boteju is a Boteju.
Tara Westover eats leftovers.
Terumi Taylor worked as a nailer. Tim
Wood is good. Tom Abbott is an abbott
Tom Billingsley is willingsley. Tom
Peacock is a cock. Trevor Kew eats stew.
Tristan Winch wears the golden ginch.
Tyler Bradford is so rad. Ford, >
VP responds to Arts
vs. Science debate
Re: More on Arts and Science
'   I have personally found the airing of views on this topic quite illuminating. A few reflections:
Trek 2000 states that 'graduates
will have the critical thinking, communication, and team work skills
to equip them for responsible citizenship." Do we know to what
extent this is happening and what
more can the university do to
ensure that all its graduates are sufficiently literate in basic Arts and
Science concepts to support this
expected outcome?
Similarities in student experience across all programs are often
more powerful than differences.
Regardless of course of study, first
year students report higher levels
of satisfaction with their academic
experience if they live on campus.
This is particularly apparent for
students with high (90 per cent +)
entering averages. What can we
learn from this that will benefit all
A few Canadian universities
have developed four-year bachelor
degrees in Arts and Science. These
programs provide for substantial
work in the disciplines of Arts and
Science and foster the art of scholarly enquiry into issues of public
concern. Why not at UBC?
My hope is that the faculty-based
student societies will take up this
discussion into the next academic
year and broaden the degree of
involvement. I am one of many
staff and faculty who I am sure
would be happy to contribute in
that process.
-Brian Sullivan
Vice President, Students
Race Issue article
The article 'For a few dollars
more..." (Race Issue [Feb. 16]) written by Mwalu Peeters is probably
one of the more uniformed articles
I have read this year. Peeters accuses the multinational drug companies of gross prejudice and conspiracy with the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) to withhold
Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS) medication from
African countries. Clearly this article was meant to inflame the issue
and add racial considerations
where none previously existed.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a
biotech industry giant, developed
and received the patent on AZT and
3TC (drugs used to treat AIDS and
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
[HIV]). Peeters doesn't seem to
understand why a company would
be allowed to protect the products
that it develops (at the expense of
Africans, as he accuses). In fact,
Peeters calls it "bullshit'-a highly
pervasive argument! Well, I will
enlighten him. The reason that we
have patents and copyright laws is
because no one would bother
researching a drug or treatment
without them. As Peeters points
out, Cipla can produce a pirated
version of Fluconazole for $0.64
per unit, whereas, the real drug
sells for $10.56 per unit. Sure,
Fluconazole may only cost $0.20
per pill to make, but people don't
realise that the first pill cost $300
million to make. Now think about
this—if you were a drug company
and you were told that you would
not be allowed to protect any of
your research, would you bother
doing any in the first place? Of
course you wouldn't! Someone
would just come along and steal
your design and sell your product
for a fraction of the cost to make it.
You wouldn't even be able to pay
your researchers! Then there would
be no medication for anybody at all.
Another problem, as Peeters see
it, is that because of very low salaries
in African countries, Africans cannot afford to purchase the name-
brand drugs. Therefore, as he would
suggest, they should either be given
the drugs for next to nothing by the
big drug companies, or should be
able to purchase pirated drugs with
impunity. Again, some fairly fundamental ideas about capitalism have
been missed. If you give (or sell for
next to nothing) valuable drugs to
poor and impoverished states (or
any state for that matter), what stops
a corrupt government official from
selling the drugs on the black market and using the profits to finance
his own agenda at the expense of the
people? In the unlikely event that the
drugs actually reach the patients,
what stops the patients from selling
it back to the state that gave it to
them in the first place for say, half of
what the price of the drug goes for
there, in order to buy food (if you
were starving and had AIDS, what
would you want—retroviral drugs or
food?). In either case, the world
price for the drug goes down and the
drug company has less incentive
($$$) to produce another (better)
drug. This also yields'an even more
perplexing question—why does
Peeters feel that a poor person in
Africa should receive cheap retroviral medication and an equally poor
person in the United States or
Mexico should have to pay full price
for the same drugs?
The single valid point that
Peeters raises is that there exists an
unacceptable level of infection and
suffering at the hands of a terrible
disease in the world. It is easy to
point fingers at 'faceless' corporations, but that doesn't mean that it
is the right thing to do. As for the
racial implications that Peeters
raises, corporations don't see in
terms of black and white, yellow
and red—they see in terms of green
(the colour of money). If GSK could
sell a product profitably in Africa,
but couldn't in North America, I
wouldn't hold my breath while I"
waited for it to show up at the local
-Kelsey Blevings
Engineering 2 THE UBYSSEY
Storm the Wall "cheapens"
To UBC Director of Athletics Bob Philip:
I wonder if you're aware of the effects of
the Storm the Wall activity. If I'm not mistaken, the event is sponsored the Intramural
Society with the university's permission.
If I may offer the following observation: I
see a trivialising of education, a cheapening of
university life that is systemic and simply too
obvious to ignore. I've been a student off and
on at UBC for 30 years and during this time
I've seen the university becoming more and
more like the corporate-sponsored, 'in your
face,' pop-culture-driven' society celebrated
everywhere 'outside the gates.' If the university was true to its original mission, if the pursuit of noble ideals such as 'critical thinking,'
carpe diem, tuum est were something more
than just rhetoric, \he university would be
making every effort to provide students with
an intellectual sanctuary from the chaotic, hostile, pervasive world of American-style popular
culture. Students more than ever require an
alternative environment where the spirit of
intellectual engagement is nurtured, and
where academic interests can be pursued in
an atmosphere of reflection and tranquility.
The music, the corporate radio, and brand
name sponsorship, the hawking and vending
that now characterise university fife, cheapens
UBC's image and amounts to an endorsement
of a lifestyle dedicated to the 'art' of consumption. I would argue that a responsible academic institution ought to be making every effort
to offer students the best that humanity has to
offer, instead of the 'lowest common denominator.' The 'music' (heard from one end of the
campus to the other) together with the profoundly antisocial lyrics, create an atmosphere that is particularly disruptive. There is a
hostility to the event (and others just like it)
that is very unsettling. It's a shame really,
because ultimately the real losers are the students, who deserve something far better.
If I can anticipate the charge of elitism,
may I say that UBC shouldn't have to apologise
for its 'elitist' roots. A university education by
definition is elitist The charge would quickly
disappear if in holding to classical notions of
intellectual development and academic pursuit, the suggestion would always be made that
everyone else become elitist as well. If everyone took this approach, we might be able to
'smarten up' the agenda and offer students
something truly valuable.
-Hugh Nevin
War on drugs is the same
as totalitarianism
Though the drug war comparison with
Vietnam seems almost natural ("It's Vietnam
all over again,' Editorial [Mar. 23]), the proper
analogy is to the former Soviet Union's war on
capitalism. In Russia belief in capitalism was
treated as a mental illness and dissidents were
sent to psychiatric institutions for treatment
Today using the wrong social drugs, or belief
that you have a natural right to self-medicate
with whatever substance you damn well
please, is treated as a mental illness; addiction. The cure in Russia was to renounce capitalism and embrace communism. Today the
drug cure is to renounce self medication and
to embrace state-approved medication forever
what might ail a free man.
Drug courts are currently being introduced
in Canada for the purpose of corrective thinking. You accept the government position or
you are a sick individual in need of coerced
treatment When compared, all this is eerily
similar to accepting Jesus Christ as your savior or burning at the cross, for your own good,
you heretic.
All this exposes the ugliest aspect of the
war on drugs; in order for the state to control
what substance a man may put in his body the
state must also control what ideas a man may
put in his head. That is called totalitarianism.
Restore our natural right to drugs, all of them.
It is a right owned by mankind since time
began. Ceremonial drug use is as old as
mankind is itself and the idea that it ought to
be stamped out, born of moral righteousness,
is amoral.
"Was the government to prescribe to us our
medicine and diet our bodies would be in such
keeping as our souls are now.'
—Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia
Q.XVII, 1782. ME 2:222.
-Chris Buors
Winnipeg, Manitoba
'Healthy debate' doesn't
start with accusations
Lifeline frequently claims that the purpose of
the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) is to
stimulate 'healthy debate' over the abortion
issue on campus. Last week, Lifeline raised its
GAP signs without any prior warning lo anyone,
and in protest and to give those who did not
want to see GAP a choice, Students for Choice
erected their signs directly in front them.
'Healthy debate' does not begin with an
accusation. Lifeline believes it is okay to
accuse the pro-choice population of UBC of
genocidal murder. They believe it is okay to,-
without notice to the campus community, and
with ineffective and minimal warning signs,
erect their display in high-traffic areas of campus. GAP is hurtful and dangerous. It is not
just an opinion. While eveiyone is thankfully
allowed to voice their opinion at UBC, they
should not be able to unfairly accuse others of
genocide. Accusing the Chinese government
of committing crimes against the Tibetan people is quite different from accusing me personally of actively participating in genocide. It
is because we consider GAP to be hateful, and
not because we are intolerant of Lifeline's religious views, that we attempt to prevent GAP
from being displayed at UBC.
Some may accuse Students for Choice of censoring Lifeline and GAP images, but we did not
nor ever will do such a thing. When we erected
our 'Choice' signs in front of the display, we
were making it possible for those who chose not
to see GAP to walk by unharmed and unaccused. We did not prevent anyone from viewing
the images, but always made room so that those
who asked lo see them were able to do so.
Until such time as Lifeline stops accusing
us of violent crimes to humanity, and ceases to
display GAP unannounced and in high-traffic
areas, Students for Choice will continue to
stand in front of the display, in a defence of
women's rights and in an attempt to make our
campus at least appear safe for women.
-Matt Lovick
Arts 2
UBC Students for Choice 28
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Storm the Wall is all over for another year except for the crying.
And the big pile of bark mulch that someone has to clean up.
ALMOST THERE: Lauren Hunter climbs her way'up
the wall in the SuperlronWoman category of Storm
the Wall on Friday, which means that she did the
whole race by herself, and then got over the wall
with only a helper at the top of the wall. What were'
you doing, watching? Slackers.
OPEN: On a fantastically sunny
day, hundreds and hundreds
look on as Bryce Burger tries to
catch the top of the wall in the
SuperlronMan category (top).
Unfortunately, that dude with the
video camera was checking out
girls instead of getting the damn
race on tape. Oh well. At right,
teams head up and over the wall
and towards the finish line in the
corec divisional finals on Friday
morning, tara westover photos
PRODUCT PLACEMENT: Craig Rollins does his best to make Nike happy as hegoes over
the wall in the SuperlronMan category. But hey, if a headband can help him make it over
the 12-foot wall alone, who are we to give fashion advice? tara westover photo


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