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TUESDAY. JANUARY 26. 1999
Islanders fight to
save UBC dairy
research farm
by Douglas Quan
It's Sunday morning, before daybreak, and Ron Shann is ready to get down and dirty.
Wearing a plaid shirt, jeans, coveralls and a down-vest for warmth, the 46 year-old
dairy herd manager chases a couple hundred cows from the bam into the milking
shed.
Once they've been milked, they're fed. Shann drives a tractor out, wagon in tow, and
dumps its contents into the feed manger. Today's menu: com silage, grass silage, alfalfa hay, ground barley and canola.
To the west is a clear view of Mount Washington. Over the Strait of Georgia lies the
Coast Mountain range, and all around are fir trees and eagles.
Shann, who's worked at the 750-hectare Oyster River Farm for the last 22 years, can't
think of any other place he would rather be working. "I just love the rural atmosphere,"
he says of the farm located midway between Courtenay and Campbell River.
But lately, his future at the UBC-owned research farm, along with the futures of the
other eight full-time staff here, have come into doubt. That is because the university
has decided to close down the farm's dairy operation, and concentrate its dairy
research at another one of its facilities in Agassiz, 100 km east of UBC.
The university, which has owned the property since 1982, says that the Island farm
was just too far from the main campus, and lacked the infrastructure to properly support the kind of research it wanted to do.
Shann and his colleagues, as well as community residents, are worried about the
impact that ceasing the dairy operation may have— not just on the rest of the farm, but
in the community whose relationship with the farm extends back for decades.
For the last two months, reaction to UBC's decision in local Island newspapers has
been swift—all of it angry. Many residents are worried about the impact the closure will
have on the local Dairyland plant which receives five per cent of its volume from the
farm.
They also say the farm still serves as an important base for research in sustainable
farming, dairy catde nutrition and reproduction. Teachers bring students out here on
field trips. The farm sets up work experience programs for university students in the
summer.
Some of the more forested sections of the farm are used for agro-forestry research,
and the local Oyster River Enhancement Society has set up joint projects with the farm
to examine salmon restoration methods. They won't be affected by the changes.
"The farm is [still] a big part of the community," insists Shann who admits the farm's
research productivity has been slow. But he added that the farm is self-sufficient, gen-
See "Residents fight" on page 2
PARDON ME, MY GOOD MAN: Dominic Zimmermann (24) eases his way past University of Victoria
guard Steve MacDonald in this weeknd's two-game series at War Memorial Gym. Friday, UBC fought
to tfie end but couldn't come all the way back, failing 75-72. But Saturday, both UBC teams scrapped
and scraped their ways-.toupsets—the men won 65-61, while the women handed top-ranked UVic
their first Canada West loss of theseason. richard lam photo     -.  _ x..« _«_-.. ^.. «—^ n
See full story on page 9
Difficult keeping biotech research in Canada
by Cynthia Lee
An alliance between a UBC spin-off company
and a major Seattle-based gene discovery firm
raises questions about the status of biotechnology research in Canada
Initially, advancements in cancer therapy
made by UBC's ImmGenics Pharmaceuticals
caught the eye of the US Corixa Corporation.
Now the two are working together to produce
an anti-cancer drug.
But says UBC medical genetics professor
Patricia Baud, Canadian pharmaceutical companies should do the best they can to market
their research within their own country.
"If you have research that has been publicly
supported at universities in this country which
then spin-off into commercial opportunities,
then it would be very desirable that those are
picked up, if at all possible, in Canada," Baird
said.
But Kevin Leslie, CEO of ImmGenics,
insists Canada's current biotechnology base
cannot support advanced technologies such
as those developed by his company. Therefore,
companies like ImmGenics often look to the
larger market and expertise base of the United
States.
"Canada doesn't yet have the sufficient
biotechnology and pharmaceutical base to be
able to commercialise products like these,"
said Leslie. "Canadian companies try tn do as
much as they can in Canada, but there comes
a time when...you have to go south of the border."
Richard Spratley, UBC's director of research
services, said while the preference is to transfer
technology within the local BC economy, spinoff companies often make deals with
American firms.
"We don't draw philosophical lines that go
with borders," Spratley said. "Lots of spin-off
companies have strategic alliances of various
sorts with US companies. It's probably a fact of
life."
He added that opening doors to foreign
capital and markets while keeping the operation in Canada is a "pretty good compromise."
ImmGenics was approached by Corixa
early last year following a presentation of its
Selected Lymphocyte Antibody Method
(SLAM), a discovery made at UBC's biomedical research centre. SLAM involves the
cloning of antibodies which prevent the
growth of malignant cells, such as cancerous
tumors.
Under the deal, ImmGenics will supply
Corixa with these monoclonal antibodies to
co-develop anti-cancer diagnostic and therapeutic products.
Corixa has invested nearly $4.5 million into
the ImmGenics already.
Kevin Leslie calls the alliance a "perfect
match." "Both the alliance and the investment
enable ImmGenics to move ahead into its next
phase of scaling up commercial development," he said.
He added that UBC will still benefit as
ImmGenics branches out because UBC
remains a shareholder in the company. In fact,
the university owns SLAM technology, but has
licensed its use to ImmGenics. ♦ 2 THE UBYSSEY ' TUESDAY. JANUARY 26,1999
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Residents vow to fight on
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erating over $1 million from dairy
production each year, so it doesn't
cost the university anything to operate.
"It's a short-sighted decision," he
said.
He's also worried that the university may end up selling most of the
370 Holstein cattle, rather than
transferring them to the Agassiz site.
He says if the university sells the cattle, the continuity of the research will
be lost. "We've got records dating
back 40 years."
The debate over the future of the
farm has reached the halls of the
provincial legislature. Comox valley
MIA Evelyn Gillespie (NDP) has
publicly stood behind residents in
demanding that the university make
it clear what its intentions are.
"Nobody is saying UBC has to do
the same thing over and over on the
land... but clearly, we need some
indication from UBC," Gillespie said.
Contacted   at   her   office   on
Monday, Moura Quayle, dean of
UBC's agricultural sciences department, would only confirm that UBC
is exploring a number of options—
including possibly leasing the dairy
operation to someone else.
"There have been
a number of expressions of interest," she
said.
Even though the
dairy operation was
successful, that isn't
enough reason to
continue running it,
she continued. "We
have to keep our academic mandate in
mind," she said,
adding: "I'm not sure
universities are the
best operators of commercial operations."
Quayle said that it was more efficient to amalgamate its dairy
research operations, and that the
Agassiz site has the proper infrastructure thanks to support from
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
(AAFC) and the BC Dairy Industry.
But Quayle insisted that UBC has
no plans to completely shut down
., . the farm, and recognises that
I mnOt Slire me farm still has "lots of poten-
universities tiai-"she said she expects to
arP thp hpct have a better picture in about a
_ month.
Operators Of      That's little comfort to farm
Commercial workers like Ron Shann. Back
nnoratinnc at ^e ^ann' it's earty hi the
Operations afternoon, and Shann has to
—Moura Quayle, attend to some lame cows,
dean of 'oac* *he wag°n with feed
agricultural aSain- and finish some paper-
. work.
. , He says he intends to stay at
department me farm ^ me last aiimg]s
are out.
"I was born and raised on a farm
in northeast England. It's more
than a job for me. I'm going to be
losing my way of life."«>
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STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
AMS
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visit us at www.ams.ubc.ca
Sessional Lecturers: You Have our SuDDort
One of UBC's key goals, outlined in the Trek 2000 vision paper,
is to "acknowledge the contributions made by sessional, part-
time, and adjunct faculty". So why are sessional lecturers paid
less than their teaching assistants? With no benefits, and
salaries far below those of their colleagues at other institutions,
UBC part-time sessionals are right to demand fair wages and
working conditions. We hope that UBC is serious about its
aspirations to provide an equitable and positive working
environment.
Sessional lecturers give a lot to the students at this University.
We wish you success in your struggle to achieve the
compensation you deserve.
Vivian Hoffmann
AMS President
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We are looking that special person to to design and coordinate
our annual student agenda, the Inside UBC.
We need a well organized person who is able to manage a
complex project schedule, meet critical deadlines and able to
work with minimal supervision. Familiarity with commercial
printing and ad sales is an asset. Expert knowledge of
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The successful applicant will be responsible for the 1999/2000
Inside UBC - a detailed guide to UBC and the AMS, university
life, campus resources and other topics of interest to students.
Apply with cover letter, resume and a
representative sample of recent work no
later than Friday, February 26, 1999 to:
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c/o SUB Room 238
The Future of Teaching and Learning at UBC
Give us your ideas on the Academic Plan
Wednesday, February 3 1999 -SUB Conversation Pit
12:30-l:30pm
j Director of the New Student Orientation Program
We are still seeking applications for this position. For more information
please see the Joblink Board or contact Neena Sonik at 822-3092 or by
email at vicepres@ams.ubc.ca THF UBYSSEY » TUESDAY
Loan review
raises student ire
FOUR CORNERS: Planning to be running in the black within the next three years. Robert faulkner photo
Support for Corners
by Robert Faulkner
The barred windows at Main & Hastings are mute reminders
that Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is a world away from
the UBC campus. But, having passed a motion to support a
development bank, the AMS, UBC's student council, hopes
to establish closer ties and remove some of the barriers facing residents in the drug-ravaged community.
Jeff Oliver, head of marketing for Four Corners
Community Savings, solicited public support from the
university community at last week's student council meeting. "Basically we want to brag that you guys are behind
us. That's what marketing is all about," Oliver said.
Council passed the motion easily, with Arts representative, Nathan Allen, its most vocal supporter. He noted
afterwards that, "AMS links with the Vancouver community at this point have been very weak."
Four Comer's, located at 390 Main Street, grew out of
an NDP initiative to generate jobs and investment in
downtown communities and to improve area residents'
quality of life. It currently caters to over 4,000 patrons.
"I see it as an extremely successful project," said longtime Downtown Eastside activist and Four Corners
founder Jim Green. "The area was lacking a bank that
served the community's needs and is now able to get
around the problems of huge transaction fees, the need
for personal ID, and a home address. And the police say
crime rates are down."
Some area residents receive training and employment at the bank—a step intended to reduce social
assistance and foster job skills in the economically-
depressed community.
The AMS decision to publicly support Four Corners
follows an earlier resolution to invest $50,000 with the
institution. But the bank's persisting deficit concerned
some AMS councilors along with the society's financial
comtroller Henry Chan.
"What we were concerned with was the business perspective," Chan said. "Was our money going to be
insured? What were their service levels and market rates?
That's why we didn't invest very much."
The bank is half-way through its first five-year plan,
and in true entrepreneurial spirit, its officers are unperturbed by the deficit Loans officer Frank Bollard assured
student council members that Four Comers would be
"out of the red" within three years. The AMS investment—
a term deposit—is insured for $2 million, and the bank
can draw unlimited funds from its guarantor, BC's ministry of employment and investment
AMS president Vivian Hoffmann hopes the community project can recover from the deficit. "The question," she said, "is whether they will be as close with the
government in the future."
Hoffmann is not alone in asking how long the NDP can
keep up its support for social programs. Two months after
the bank opened in April 1996, it, along with other initiatives under the Main & Hastings Housing and Employment
Project, fell under a capital spending freeze. The finance
minister then ordered a review of the province's expenditures, with the goal of reducing short-term debt
Just last week, prominent New York credit-ratings
agency Standard & Poor threatened to downgrade BC's
credit ratings. Faced with dismal economic forecasts, the
province may reconsider programs like Four Corners that
offer little promise of economic return.
In addition to the bank's obvious need to attract large
investors, UBC Finance professor Maurice Levi thinks that
"micro-credit" may be a way to breach the double hurdles
of spending cutbacks and socio-economic need.
"Like the UK's credit co-ops, or India's micro-loans,"
said Levi, "small-scale, progressive lending can help people who want to contribute do so."»>
Ad discriminates—BCCLA
by Douglas Quan
UBC's board of governors (BoG) is defending a Physics
department job posting that a civil rights group claims is
discriminatory against men.
The ad, which was posted by Physics department
head Tom Tiedje last term, invited applications only from
women for a tenure-track faculty position.
The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) sent letters
to both Tiedje and the board of governors claiming that
the ad contravened the spirit of UBC's own hiring policy.
"We thought this [ad] was unfairly discriminating
against male candidates," said BCCLA policy director
Murray Mollard.
Mollard said while the BCCLA "doesn't oppose" affirmative action, it supports such methods only when there
is evidence of discrimination in the work place.
But Tiedje defended the ad last week, arguing that
there is an "embarrassing shortage" of female faculty
within the department—of the 46 faculty teaching
Physics, only two are women, he said.
He added that half the funding for the position was
coming from the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) which has a program
designed specifically to increase the number of women
in the field.
NSERC provided an opportunity to deal with the
"serious problem" of female underrepresentation, Tiedje
said.
The university is standing by the ad. Sharon Kahn,
UBC's associate vice president of equity, who helped BoG
chair Harold Kalke write a response to the BCCLA letter,
said the ad was "entirely consistent with UBC's policy [on
hiring]."
That policy's statement of principle reads in part:
"The fundamental consideration for recruitment and
retention of faculty and staff at the University of British
Columbia is individual achievement and merit.
Consistent with this principle, the University will
advance the interests of women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities."
But the BCCLA's Mollard said that there are plenty of
other ways to increase the role of these minority groups
on campus without excluding others.«>
by Derek Chezzi
excalibur
TORONTO (CUP)—If the proposals that have been kicking
around Parliament Hill for the
past few months are any indi*
cation, the turn of the century
may herald some major
changes to the Canada Student
Loans program.
Ottawa raised the ire of students in December, when it
announced it would spend the
next six months considering
whether to deny loans to students attending post-secondary institutions with a high
number of loan defaults.
The Canada Student Loans
program expires August 1,
2000.
Under the proposed "institutional designation," universities
and colleges with a high level of
student loan delinquents would
be ineligible lo participate in the
national program.
Privately-run vocational
schools would be hardest hit by
the proposal since they have
the highest rates of student
default, according to the
Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS).
Elizabeth Carlyle, national
chairwoman of the CFS, says
she's opposed to institutional
designation because it punishes universities and colleges for
social and economic factors
beyond their control.
"There's a lot ot places
where students just cannot
make ends meet, not because
ol their own fault but because
unemployment is 20 to 30 per
cent or higher," she says.
Not surprisingly, university
administrators were also concerned by the idea.
"It needs to be discussed
very extensively before being
instituted," says Teresa Aim.
president of the Canadian
Association of Student
Financial Aid Administrators,
which represents loan administrators at post-secondary
institutions across the country.
But Ottawa's decision to
examine institutional designation
is just the latest in several changes
for those with student loans.
Idle last year, for example,
the federal liberals amended
the Bankruptcy and Insolvency
Act, extending the wailing period for students who need to
declare bankruptcy from two to
10 years after leaving school. At
the same time, observers say
changes to some provincial
loans programs an. also casting
students adrift as large financial institutions scale back their
involvement.
Most recently, the Royal
Bank or Canada made headlines when it pulled out of the
loans programs in New
Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island, citing heavy financial
losses and high default rates as
the reason.
The risk premium rate of
five per cent was .it issue in
both provinces, which the
Royal Bunk said wasn't enough
to cover the actual rale of
default.
Royal Bank's decision will
affect more than H,0l)() students, now left wiih only tin:
National Bank to administer
their provincial loans.
The changes raised concerns ihiii the National Bank
alone won't be able to ude-
qualeh meol the needs ol .student lt'iidfis.  It also sparked
"There's a lot of
places where students just cannot
make ends meet
not because of
their own fault
but because
unemployment is
20 to 30 per cent
or higher/
warn
—Elizabeth Carlyle
CFS National Chair
criticism from students who
charged that the bank was bailing on the program because it
wasn't turning a profit.
But Royal Bunk spokesman
Sean Kirby disagrees, saying
Royal Bank remains very interested in Nova Scotia and I\'c:w
Brunswick's loans programs.
"We're not in die business to
make money on .student loans,"
says Kirby. "We do it because we
think it's important."
Carlyle says she finds it hard
to believe that a for-profit company would be involved widi a
student loans program if didn't
expect to make money.
"Why else would they be in
it?" she says. "What other reason would they were to be
involved? Wc should by no
means believe that they are
philanlhropical."
The Royal Bank isn't the first
big bank to decide not to renew
its contract widi a provincial
student loan program. Since
the federal and provincial governments handed over full
administration^fstudenl loans
to banks in 1995, there have
huen several cases, of back-peddling by financial institutions.
In the past two years, the
Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce has withdrawn
from the loans programs in
Nova Scotia and Manitoba,
leaving the Royal Bank as the
sole lundcr in those provinces
at the time.*
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PLAYING AT POLITICS: Delegates Derek Grass and Erin Malley were
part of the recent UBC Model UN. julian dowling photo
by Julian Dowling
A UBC student shocked those attending a mock United Nations debate
in Vancouver last weekend, condemning the UN for being a "pawn of
the U.S." and accusing fellow delegates of hypocrisy.
Gurpreet Singh Johal, a sociology student from UBC who called himself "the Talking Sphere," left delegates stunned after he unexpectedly
seized the podium and launched into an anti-UN tirade directed at
members of the committee on indigenous peoples.
On leaving the conference room Johal, who came as a member of the
Coalition of Indigenous Peoples (a non-governmental organisation),
was visibly irate. "The dialogue was something I couldn't stand. I had to
speak, but I was silenced and that has gone on far too long," he said,
referring to the lack of representation for indigenous peoples in the UN.
Claiming to be a voice for indigenous peoples around the world,
Johal labelled the UN an "elite bourgeois bureaucracy."
The director of the committee, David Plunkett, later conceded that
the committee would have benefited from better representation of
indigenous peoples.
Johal was pessimistic indigenous peoples could be fairly represented
in a UN committee, even a mock one. "It's not going to make any difference... that doesn't work whatever the hell they do in there. We don't
need that shit."
This conference, UBC's sixth annual Model UN, hosted delegates
"[The UN] is not a pawn, but it is
constricted by the policies of the
US."
-Rebecca Clapperton,
Secretary General of UBC Model UN
from schools up and down the west coast in an intensive two day student debate intended to give global issues a student spin.
Kamryn Clarke, a student from the University of Southern California
representing Kenya, was sympathetic to Johal's viewpoint. "He was a little bit inflammatory, but I think he was doing it on purpose to help us
understand that the forum is pompous and elitist. We discuss issues of
indigenous rights without giving them any real power," she said.
Clarke echoed the comments of Plunkett and Johal, and said delegations at the real UN need a better understanding of the plight of indigenous peoples. "They need to know what it's like to have limited rights
and watch your children starve."
The Universal Declaration of Indigenous Peoples failed to pass on
Sunday due to a disagreement over what constitutes self-determination.
In his closing address, Plunkett suggested that the committee had
encountered problems similar to those that have prevented the real UN
from passing any universal resolutions on this issue.
Underpinning the debate over the rights of indigenous peoples is a
growing awareness that the state-centric system of the UN may not be
as relevant today as when the UN was formed in 1945.
Clarke suggested that the Westphalian system of government is being
replaced by a system of complex interdependence between states that
includes a greater role for multinationals, and non-governmental
organisations (NGO's) such as the Coalition of Indigenous Peoples represented by Johal.
The difficulty, according to Clarke, is how the UN will be able to
accommodate these changes. "It may already be too late," she said.
Rebecca Clapperton, the Secretary General of the Model UN, said
that the conference was a success, but admitted that there was some
truth in Johal's accusations. "[The UN] is not a pawn, but it is constricted by the policies of the U.S.," she said.
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One of the first things you notice about
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Show, is how much the human element is
played down.    Prozzak consists of two
band members, "Simon" and "Milo", but
the band's slick image eclipses these two
individuals. In the cover and liner notes of
their CD, snazzy cartoon figures stand in
their place. Furthermore, Prozzak's web site
continues the charade, displaying a fantastical story about the band's history.
As for the actual album, many of
Prozzak's songs possess the cool detached
quality of the plastic cartoon characters who
'make' the music. While the band knows
how to craft a slick pop music sound, the
lyrics seem stuck in a superficial jet set/party
rut. The worst offender is the laughable "I
Like to Watch (Milo's Night Out)." This song
features Milo singing lyrics in a pseudo-
German accent. Although all the songs have
an interesting hook that introduce the listener to their catchy brand of guitar-laced
dance-pop, they ultimately fail to satisfy.
Though, in the end, Hot Show is an
acceptable, easily listenable album, all the
songs lack any sense of emotion and
imagination. But then again, what do
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arrest by suspending themselves from
trees. We observe first-hand as women
work for change at the "peace camp", the
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A moving account of grassroots social history in the making, this documentary talks about much more than the trees: it shows us what can happen in
the larger society when consciousness and politics are divorced.
Thursday, January 28th
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The screening will be followed by a talk by the filmmaker,
Shelley Wine, on the current situation in Clayoquot,
and a question-and-answer period.
Presented by the Student Environment Centre.
THE TOM GREEN SHOW
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As Glenn Humplik is fond of saying, there are two kinds of r
pie in this world: those who love the Tom Green Show and t±
who hate it. But whether you like the show or not, you hav
admit there's nothing on the air quite like it.
Here's the first two minutes of the latest show: we're in
downtown of a big city. A farm pen has been set up and a ,
resides inside it. A frantic network publicist explains to a en
of journalists what's going on. Then Tom Green, clad in
RCMP uniform, marches onto the scene, and explains that to
we're going to get a little lesson in mother nature. He clii
under the cow, and begins to drink milk straight from the c<
udder. As photographers click away and television cami
zoom in, Tom sucks on the udder, sprays milk all over him:
spits it up and shrieks "I love milk!" Then Tom gets up, «
everyone if they're having a good time and stomps off. Cue
opening titles.
And Glenn's the co-host of all this. Some have tried to a
pare him to Andy Richter (of Conan O'Brien fame) or even
McMahon. But the comparisons don't work. Glenn speaks
the viewers, the silent majority, trying to make sense of wt
going. He gets mad at Tom. He laughs at Tom. He becomes
gusted at Tom. But that's not all. What Glenn also does—and
figures more prominently—is get ceaselessly abused by T
Tom pours milk on Glenn. Tom laughs at Glenn's car. Tom {
claims that Glenn's cheated on his girlfriend. Tom beatsdi
up with loafs of bread. Basically, Tom is an asshole to Glenn
thirty minutes.
The question that most people would probably ask Gle
after they ask whether he's for real, is why does he put up wil
all? Why does he allow himself to be so horribly humiliated
national TV?
Glenn has an answer for that.
'Anything Tom's done to me," Glenn says. "I know he wc
do to himself twice as bad. I know him, he's fuckin' nuts."
Which is something even a casual viewer of the show cc
assure you of. One of the most hilarious and most pail
aspects of the show is seeing poor Glenn go through inte
humiliation. It's funny because Glenn never knows what's gc
to happen to him.
"Most of the time [on the show], I'm kind of half-in fear,'
says.
You can't help but wonder what the hell is happening
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adds. "Just keep it real. I'm not an actor, I'm just doing this THE UBYSSEY « TUESDAY. JANUARY 26. 1999 7
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getting intensely drunk and vomiting on-camera, Tom attempted to make Glenn throw up by violentiy shoving his hand down
Glenn's throat. After that failed, along with Tom's attempt at
sticking that same hand down his own throat, Tom and Glenn
could do little but stare at the camera in a sickened daze. "What
kind of show are we doing?" was all Tom could say. "Can we really be proud of ourselves?"
Glenn could only shrug.
Whether it's running onto the field at a children's soccer tournament or foisting a dead pigeon on an unsuspecting passerby,
Tom's the kind of guy who does things that everyone else has
been taught from birth not to do. "That's what Tom does. But
you know what? That's what Tom's been doing for years," Glenn
says. "It's kind of weird for me, because I watch these segments
and I go, 'Holy shit man, you did that eight years ago when we
were at McDonald's.' A lot of the ideas are razzes that he did ten
years ago and they keep on coming back. That's the way Tom is
and people like it."
Still, one day all of it might all catch up with Tom, which is
fine with Glenn. "Personally, I'd love to see him get the shit
kicked out of him," he admits. "I don't want to see him get really
hurt, maybe just a black eye. As long as they get it on film, it'd be
wicked."
What most people don't realise is that the Tom Green Show
actually springs from the heads of four friends: Glenn, Tom,
writer Derek Harvie and Phil Giroux (who simply sits behind
Tom). It's kind of like a twist on every kid's high school dream—
to form a band with his friends and hit it big. Instead, Tom and
friends put out a TV show.
And ten year-old razzes or not, the show has gotten big. It's
certainly moved on from its start as a radio show on CHUO-fm
at Ottawa University nine years ago. After five years on the radio,
they moved the show to the local Roger's cable before being
picked up by Comedy Central two years ago. Now, nine years
after Tom and Glenn first met doing their respective late-night
radio shows, the Tom Green Show has been picked up by the seventh-heaven of networks, MTV Last night, in fact, the show was
televised for the first time.
But the big bucks aren't rolling their way just yet. "You'd actually be surprised by how not big the bucks are with MTV I know
a lot of people are saying, 'You guys are richW... The host gets a
lot, but Phil and I and Derek are basically getting free trips to
New York [where the MTV show is taping] and lots of beer
money. It's nothing to quit your day job over.
"I think if everything had happened overnight, the show
would have failed. Tom has worked his ass off for so long. He's
been doing this show for no money for nine years. If you go back,
he did Yuk-Yuks when he was 16 and he's 28 now. He's been
doing this for 12 years and he really didn't get a paycheque until
last year."
Still, nine years later, even Glenn is a bit fazed by everything
that's gone on. Moving from campus radio to MTV Thinking
about dealing with celebrity status. Wondering about the future
of the show.
"I don't know what to tell you. It's weird for us. I was with Tom
last night and we were like, 'Holy shit, this is it.' It's a weird road
and where it leads to who knows? We look at each other and we
go, 'What the hell is going on?' Last night, I was in NewYork and
I had my own dressing room. I'm looking at it and my name's on
it and I'm like, 'What the fuck?' I think the normal human would
go, 'Oh my god!' but I was just looking at this, thinking, 'This is so
stupid.' In Ottawa, our room had a stack of 50 cans of paint that
were used. That was our dressing room. All four of us in the same
room, in underwear, changing. Then we get to NewYork, and it's
just kind of funny."
But dressing room aside, what with the lack of paycheque,
unending humiliation, and being forced to live in fear, it would
seem that being Tom Green's co-host isn't exactly the most glamourous occupation. So, nine years into it, why still do it?
"One of the good things about doing the show is that I've met
so many people doing it," Glenn explains. "I don't mean celebrity-type people, because I'm in Ottawa, there are no celebrities in
Ottawa. Just meeting interesting people, if it's some weird guy on
the street or some guy who cuts hair and he's got a big nose. You
meet these interesting characters who come on the show. People
you normally wouldn't meet, normally wouldn't talk to. It's kind
of opened up a whole new life for the four of us. That's totally the
paycheque for me."<»
THE SUPERSUCKERS, THE MURDER CITY DEVILS, THE SPITFIRES
January22
at the Starfish Room
by Nicholas Bradley
The spirits of Johnny Thunders and Iggy Pop found a home Friday night, as three
local bands paid tribute to punk's roots. Black T-shirts with orange flames were
the dress code for a sold-out evening of trashy, sweaty rock.
Past Shindig contestants the Spitfires started things off, throwing beer at the
audience and having it thrown right back at them in true rock.'ri roll style.
Unfortunately, the band's attitude overshadowed their music. This four-piece
has the old-school look and moves down pat, but their music falls short of
tighter bands such as Tricky Woo or the New Bomb Turks:
The Murder City Devils, on the other hand, have it all: beer, spit, fire.and
songs to match. Formed from members of past Seattle hardcore bands like the
Unabombers, they deliver a scissor-kickin' live show. Playing selections from
their self-titled first album and last year's Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts, the
Devils showed off their sense of punk tradition, especially on old favourites like
"Dancin' Shoes," an early highlight of their set.
The band draws heavily from the legends of dead punk icons: before launching into "Johnny Thunders," singer Spencer Moody gave the crowd a brief history lesson about the former singer for the New York.Dolls. Dressed in black
leather, heavily tattooed (except for keyboardist Leslie Hardy), the Murder City
Devils spat and drank their way through the set, and then capped it off in their
trademark pyrotechnic style by lighting drummer Coady Willis' kit on fire. "
Despite calls for an encore, the band left the stage all too soon to make way
for their Sub Pop labelmates, the Supersuckers. One of Seattle's most notorious
live acts, they played a strong set of their stoner hillbilly punk. The band that
manages both to use a banjo and to convince Breeders leader and indie legend
Kelley Deal to perform a duet on their latest album played to a packed room of
dedicated fans. Although following the Murder City Devils is no easy task, the
Supersuckers thrashed and stumbled their way through a whiskey-and-ciga-
rettes flavoured performance that echoed in your head as you drove your pickup truck home drunk.
The smell of white gas and stale sweat that lingered after the show seemed to
be evidence that this show was worthy of the ghosts it invoked. The three
Johnnys—Rotten, Thunders, and Cash—would have been proud.»>
TAKACS QUARTET
At Vancouver Playhouse
January 19
by Ronald Nurwisah
In a string quartet, four instruments, four pairs of hands and four minds come
together to form a single unit in an oftea tenuous collaboration. The Takacs
Quartet have been doing it for more than 20 years, and although only half of the
original quartet remain, at their recent performance they show that they're still
one of the world's foremost ensembles.
The quartet began their concert with Beethoven's String Quartet in D Major,
Op. 18 No. 3, one of his earlier string quartets. Establishing their clean, polished
style early on in the piece, their rendering was adequate but lacked a burst of-
energy that could have made the piece much fuller.
The second piece, another string quartet by Beethoven, replaced the calmness and lyrical quality of Beethoven's earlier work with a melancholy and disturbed mood. Takacs opened the strifigqpartet memorably by playing in unison
for one bar, like a musical flash of lightning, while the ending of the work, a sustained display of showmanship from the quartet left some in the audience
breathless.
Showcasing the extent of their abilities, the quartet began the second half by
contrasting the classical Beethoven with a string quartet from the more playful,
Slavic influenced Dvorak. It seemed to energise the quartet, as they were not
plagued by the slightly tired playing which occasionally spoiled the Beethoven.
Coupled with the quartet's technical brilliance, the Dvorak was by far the
strongest performance of the night.
It even detracted somehow from the quartet's encore, a movement from a
Bartok string quartet which had the players plucking away madly at their instruments. The disturbed and discordant sounds of Bartok were simply not in tune
with therestofthe concert. It ultimately left me perplexed, and was the only flaw
in an otherwise commendable performance.**
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by Bruce Arthur
Victoria's unbeaten streak is done,
but UBC's may be just beginning.
The 5-7 women's basketball
team played their best games of the
year and came out with a split
against the number one team in the
country. UBC has now won five of
their last six games after opening
the Canada West season 0-6.
"I think people know that we're
young but very capable, and they
know we're not too far off from
where they sit," said UBC head
coach Deb Huband.
The Birds had a good chance to
pull out a win Friday night. The
game was a close, defensive battle
as Victoria led early but couldn't
shake UBC, who closed to within
26-22 at the half on the strength of
third-year guard Stacy Reykdal's 12
points. The 10-0 Vikes, meanwhile,
couldn't get into a rhythm and
weren't able to unlock their characteristic pressure defence.
The second half was more of the
same, but UBC's inside physicality
pulled them back into the game.
Third-year forward Naomi Dove
dominated the glass, finishing with
nine rebounds in only 13 minutes,
while first-year forward Jen
MacLeod pulled down seven second-half boards. UBC led 44-38
with five minutes to go, but
Victoria's Megan Dalziel led the
comeback with two three-pointers,
the second of which gave the Vikes
a 47-44 lead with 54.1 seconds left.
After some free throws, UBC trailed
48-46 but had the ball with 21.7 seconds to play.
But their final possession was all
bumbled passes under pressure
until Alberta transfer Brandie
Speers, one of UBC's best perimeter
shooters, got a good look at a
potential game-winning three-
pointer. But the ball bounced
harmlessly off the front rim with 0.3
seconds to go, and UVic won 49-46.
"She's been hitting threes for us
the last few games," said Huband. "I
was happy with [the shot]."
Saturday was another defensive
struggle, but UBC's inside game
was the difference. UBC leading
scorer Jessica "Boa" Mills, held to
only 11 points Friday, busted out for
10 in the first half, and she and
MacLeod controlled Victoria inside.
UBC led 25-24 at the break, and
kept up their tough play in the second half. MacLeod finished with a
tough 10 points and six rebounds,
while Mills was terrific, scoring 21
and hauling in nine boards.
Down the stretch, UBC kept
their poise against the veteran
Vikes, and pulled away down the
stretch for a 58-48 win that was easily their biggest this year.
"They played with such desire,"
said an exuberant Huband. "They
just went for it, and that's what I
want them to do."
The young Birds are finally starting to come together, and it showed
this weekend. The young players
refused to be intimidated, the
defence was extraordinary, and as a
result UBC nearly swept the
defending national champion
Vikes. The Birds now travel to meet
the 8-4 University of Calgary Dinos,
who swept the Birds at War
Memorial in late November. But
they feel pretty good about their
play of late.
"We've been improving since the
begining of the year," said
MacLeod. "If we just keep playing
ball the way we are, we can beat
anybody." ♦
Aqua Birds win
Canada West
by Bruce Arthur
UBC's by now habitual dominance
in the pool was again on display
this weekend as the Birds dominated the Canada West
Championships held in Calgary.
The defending national champion T-Birds broke nine meet
records and outswam the number
two team in Canada, host
University of Calgary Dinosaurs.
The UBC's women's team demolished Calgary by a score of 780-
592.5, while the men narrowly outpointed a Dinos squad featuring
stars Chris Renaud and Curtis
Myden by a score of 763 to 740.
"We were pretty confident, a little bit cocky, but we figured we had
a right to be," said UBC swimmer
and 1996 Olympic silver medalist
Marianne Limpert, who broke
meet records in both the 100m
Freestyle      and      the      400m
Intermediate Medley. "Considering
they had home advantage, I think
we all swam pretty well.
"The depth of the women's
team is better that I've seen in my
six years here," agreed assistant
coach Randy Bennett. "I thought
the whole team [men's and
women's] stood out."
Sarah Evanetz, who has been
training in Calgary but swimming
for UBC this year, broke meet
records in the 200m IM, the 100m
Butterfly, and the 200m Free.
Bennett expects the CIAU
championships to actually be an
easier meet for the Birds, as UBC's
depth is superior to Calgary's and
in a bigger meet, that depth will
win out.
"I would expect that because we
have the depth, and they probably
don't, we're just going to keep coming at everyone else in wave after
wave after wave," he said. ♦
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UBC hoop berserkers
split Vikes in two
by Bruce Arthur
It wasn't a pretty weekend, but it was a
pretty good one.
The UBC men's basketball team
managed a split with the Canada
West-leading University of Victoria
Vikes (10-2) at War Memorial Gym this
weekend.
The Birds (6-6) came away from
their tussle with the defending
Canada West champions still in fourth
place, but with some confidence.
"All we're looking for is when playoffs come, we know that we're going to
be able to play with anyone," said
fourth-year guard Stanleigh Mitchell,
who amassed 38 points and 16
rebounds over the two games. "We
need to establish that UBC is a team to
be reckoned with."
Friday night, the Birds came out
with energy and burst out to a 19-8
lead in the first 10 minutes. But UBC
couldn't hold down former national
player of the year Eric Hinrichsen. The
6'6", 235-pound Hinrichsen scored
easily, turning and shooting over various undersized UBC defenders. At the
half, UBC still led 33-26, but big Eric
had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
In the second half, it was all
Hinrichsen, as he controlled the
boards, owned the middle, and dominated every facet of the game, finishing with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
But despite Hinrichsen's heroics, UBC
stayed close, thanks to Mitchell's 27,
which included a three-pointer while
falling out of bounds to pull the T-
Birds to within four with 1:17 left. In
the end, UBC lacked the firepower
and offensive depth to pull out the
comeback, falling 75-72.
"Bottom line, we're getting closer,
but UVic was the better team tonight,"
said UBC head coach Bruce Enns.
"Hopefully we'll be good enough by
[the playoffs] where we can compete
with the top teams. I think we're competing with 'em now, but they're still
better than we are."
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Ask for Bruce. If
you can't find
him he will find
you.
Saturday night was a
terrible game. The first
half was an offensive
nightmare, as both teams
struggled to even come
close to scoring—after
Hinrichsen sat down five
minutes in with two quick
fouls, the Vikes went into
the tank, finishing the half
with 16 points on 6-of-21
shooting. But UBC only
scored 24, and that on a
late surge.
"Offensively, it was an
adventure," sighed Enns.
The second half was
just as messy, but more
lively. Hinrichsen was
held to only 11 points and
eight rebounds, and UBC
made the shots they had
to make to keep the lead.
In crunch time, Mitchell
grabbed every loose ball,
and the Birds finally iced
the game on four clutch
free throws by fourth-year
swingman Kevin Keeler. It
didn't hurt that UVic
missed 15 of 24 free
throws, but it was UBC
that fought to find a way
to win 65-61.
"I can't express how
badly I wanted this game,"
said Mitchell. "I didn't
want this game to slip
away from us."
"We pulled it out—
straight guts and glory,"
said fourth-year forward
Sherlan John, who scored
12 points and led UBC
with 7 rebounds.
UBC is now two games behind the
8-4 University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns for third place in the
Canada West, but in either spot the
Birds will hit the road at playoff time.
"We can't afford to give away anything," said Mitchell. For UBC to real-
NlCE N' EASY: Birds forward Jason Bristow lays the
ball in Friday against Victoria, richard lam photo
ly make teams like the Vikes and the
10-2 University of Alberta Golden
Bears nervous in late February, there
is still a ways to go.
"They're becoming a team, and
something like this just gives them
that extra reward," said Enns. "We're
not interested in moral victories." ♦
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
The new number one team in the country played like it
diis weekend at the University of Winnipeg, where the
Birds swept the Wesmen by scores of 3-1 (15-5,15-5,9-
15,15-5) Friday night and 3-0 (15-8,15-3,15-8) to move
to 11 -3 in the Canada West.
UBC remains in second place behind the University of
Alberta Pandas (12-2), and the T-Birds have next weekend off before again hitting the road to take on the
University' of Calgary Dinosaurs (3-11).
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
The men's volleyball team came out of Winnipeg with a
split. UBC took a five-set match from the Wesmen
Friday night (15-12, 11-15. 10-15, 15-6, 15-11) as Jeff
Orchard led the Birds with 22 kills and 13 digs. Saturday
was another five-setter, but the Birds couldn't quite pull
off the double, falling 3-2 (10-15, 15-11. 15-13, 11-15,
15-13). UBC remains at fourth in the Canada West at 5-
11 and will enjoy a bye before finishing up the regular
season at Calgary (10-4).
MEN'S HOCKEY
The men's hockey team fell further away from the final
playoff spot in the Canada West by getting swept by the
East division-leading University of Manitoba Bisons
(12-7-3). UBC lost 5-3 Friday and 5-4 Saturday to move
to 7-11-3 in the conference. The Birds are three points
back of die University ofT-ethbridge Pronghorns (9-10-
1), but travel to face the wretched University of Kegina
Cougars (3-16-3) next weekend, while lethbridge hosts
Calgary (9-7-4).
WOMEN'S HOCKEY
UBC went 3-1 in Canada West round robin action in
Saskatoon this weekend and sit in second place behind
the University of Calgary (3-0-1). Laura Bcnnion led the
Birds with three goals and four assists. UBC will now
move into the South Coast Female .AAA playoffs and
will face the New Westminster lightning in a best-of-
five, beginning at Queen's Park Wednesday. ♦
CABSD AWARD
The Campus Advisory Board on Student
Development (CABSD) is seeking nominations of
individuals, services and programs or departments
who make exceptional contributions or significant
improvements to student experience and the learning environment at UBC.
Nominations from UBC students, faculty, staff and
recent graduates are welcome.
Submissions, including a written statement and two
supporting letters, should be sent to the Office of
the Vice-President, Students, Room 123, Old
Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Rd. by
Feb. 15.
For Further Information, please either call 822-3644
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TUESDAY JANUARY 26,1999
VOLUME 80 ISSUE 29
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A hair of Federico Barahona's, a shirt with
Richard Lam's name tag in it, and one of John
Zaozimy's mix tapes were all found at the crime
scene. Also, Todd Silver's favourite centre-
spread was found stuffed in the mouth of
Douglas Quan's mutilated corpse, and Sarah
Galashan's toy microphone was in his hand.
Bruce Arthur's football was found near his feet,
and Dale Lum's empty bottle of booze was
beside Cynthia Lee's cup on the counter. Ronald
Nurwisah had been seen leaving the building
with Julian Dowling and Robert Faulkner.
Duncan McHugh said he was at dance lessons
with Nyranne Martin. Vince Yim and John
Mendoza were caught trying to sneak out the
back door soon after the incident. Detective
Nick Bradley has been assigned to the case. With
the help of Jeremy Beaulne, his sketch artist, and
Inspector Phil Lee, he will hopefully catch the
culprit. Bob Nelson thinks tnat it was Justin
Snottynose who killed Doug, but Tom Peacock
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Government passing the buck
Ah, government. Always looking out for the
future of the country, for the youth of today, for
the promise of tomorrow. Of course they are.
In their latest brilliant stroke towards student loan reform, the federal government is
considering whether students from schools
with high loan default rates be ineligible to
receive student loans.
•Pardon?
So if you are a university student, say, on the
East Coast, where unemployment is higher that
the national average, you might be frozen out of
the student loan program.
Looks like students in Newfoundland better
get their credit cards ready.
If you ever needed a true indication of how
government sees students, this is it. If some students default, then all students will default. Of
course.
Maybe they don't have their facts straight A
Canadian Taxpayers Federation study released
last year showed that 15 per cent of corporations
paid back their Industry Canada loans. In contrast, 80 per cent of students pay back their loans
without incident. Seems like students aren't the
credit risk here.
But tell that to the government as it paints
students with overly broad brushstrokes. What
if, instead of students at a particular university, banks found that one indentifiable minority group had a higher tendency not to pay?
Would the government then consider barring,
say, Italian students from receiving loans? Of
course not.
So what in heaven are the feds doing? Are they
just plain nuts?
We think it's worse than that. The Royal
Bank has pulled out of New Brunswick and
PEI, while CIBC pulled out of Manitoba and
Nova Scotia. The banks are having problems,
and the failed mergers notwithstanding, the
feds love the banks.
The banks are in to make money, but claim
that profit is secondary when it comes to student
loans. Bullshit. The problem is that the federal
government is trying to protect the banks' investment since, of course, the feds have offloaded the
responsibility of loans in order not to deal with
the headache.
Of course.
Well, maybe instead of kowtowing to the
banks on this one, the government could look to
the future. We know that's difficult for the older
generation, but this time it could be worth it.<«
Fighting oppression worldwide
by Raman Gill
Everyday, in virtually every part of the world,
basic human rights are violated. Women, in
spite of countless efforts, are denied equality
and freedom; individuals are assaulted and discriminated against on the basis of their sexual
orientation; refugees often die in the struggle
for shelter and safety—in other words, for a
"normal" life thousands of prisoners, guilty of
crime or not, suffer the brutality of torture and
the subsequent death penalty. In this amalgam
of injustice, children become homeless,
subject themselves to crime in order to
survive, and the whole cycle repeats itself.
That human rights violations, not to
mention a lack of measures to prevent —
them, are so embedded within numerous
regimes around the world, is perhaps
most frightening. A sense of hopelessness,
even helplessness overcomes our minds—
especially when we witness the brutality of
governments and "security" forces, such as
those of Algeria, as they kill, arrest, and "disappear" their own citizens, rather than preserving
their safety. We again experience a sense of
despair, when we hear about the imprisonment and ensuing deaths of Tibetan nuns for
the simple act of participating in peaceful pro-
independence demonstrations.
Organisations such as Amnesty International,
however, remind us that liberating even one individual from the confines of injustice, can make a
world of difference. Amnesty International, anon-
governmental organization, is comprised of thousands of individuals performing proactive human
rights work, simply by writing letters to govern
ment officials, urging the release of, or a trial for,
prisoner of conscience. An AI member will often
express concern regarding the conditions under
which a prisoner may be detained, since he or she
may in all likelihood be the victim of unimaginable
forms of torture and ill-treatment
In addition to letter writing, Amnesty
International seeks to be a voice for any individual whose basic human rights have been
violated, and by promoting an awareness of
these violations. Part of AI's purpose is to draw
together as many people as possible in the
PERSPECTIVE
 —OPINION	
struggle for the preservation of human rights—
whether by forming school groups, holding
candlelight vigils, fundraising, or by urging the
public to sponsor victims. In the same effort,
UBC's Amnesty International Club will be
putting together a Youth Conference on
Saturday, February 27th in Room 212 of the
Student Union Building, for both secondary
and post-secondary students. Since Amnesty
International is celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, this year's Youth Conference
will include discussions on the current state of
human rights around the world, while highlighting the successful cases of past victims.
The conference will begin at 8:30 am, with
eight different workshops throughout the day
until 4:30 pm. Since Amnesty International is
considering an expansion of its mandate, a
workshop will be offered on the Land Mines
Treaty of Ottawa, which has been signed by
130 countries in order to prevent the production, use, stockpiling and export of anti-personnel mines. It will discuss the ways in
which countries such as Afghanistan, Angola,
Cambodia and Somalia, among others, are
still scenes of the disasters resulting from the
use of landmines, and will highlight the measures being taken in order to enforce the
Ottawa Treaty in countries such as these. A
representative of Unicef will discuss the
violations of children's rights around the
world, and the measures being taken in
order to ensure the basic necessities of
food, shelter, safety and education, as
deserved by all children. A workshop will
also be held on the new International
Criminal Court, which signifies a vast amount
of progress in the area of human rights in that
it will strive to prevent the escape of those
who violate them, by bringing them to justice.
A speaker from the Vancouver Association for
Survivors of Torture will discuss the issue of
women's rights. UBC Law Professor Doug
Sanders, representative of the International
Lesbian and Gay Association at the United
Nations, will discuss discrimination based on
sexual orientation. There will also be a workshop illustrating the fragile situation of millions of refugees around the world, uprooted
from their countries, and often permanently
displaced from their homes. David Williams,
Death Penalty Co-ordinator for Amnesty
see "amnesty" on page 11 THE UBYSSEY * TUESDAY.
Desert Storm rages on
by Chris Fraser
Eight years ago, the U.S. waged war on
Iraq in Operation Desert Storm. We
watched from our TV sets as U.S. officials
pointed out their "strategic military targets". They claimed to be targeting Iraq's
weapon factories, thereby saving
defenseless Kuwait from invasion. If
only it had been so simple.
What we didn't hear about were
all the hospitals, schools, electrical
plants, water treatment facilities and
mosques that were also hit by the so-
called "precision bombs". Operation
Desert Storm has been called, by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsay
Clark, "a new form of violence", in
which the targets are not the military or
government, but rather the backbone
and infrastructure of an entire nation,
with civilians as the ultimate victims.
The war is still not over. Since Desert
Storm, an extensive program has been
mounted to bring down Saddam
Hussein's nuclear/chemical/biological
weaponry. UNSCOM inspectors have
made thousands of inspections and have
destroyed hundreds of weapons. Satellite
"amnesty" continued
hitt-riiaiioiial Canada, will offer a
workshop on the progress of worldwide abolilioni-al movements.
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and other surveillance equipment have
been implemented to try to ensure that
no further weapons are made.
Meanwhile, economic sanctions
have kept Iraq in the same state of rubble that the Gulf War left it in. Essential
and basic imports, such as medicine,
PERSPECTIVE
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food and clothing, have been prohibited. Also, spare parts to fix the country's
hospital equipment and water purification plants cannot be imported.
Only those items deemed "most essential" are allowed. Yet farm tools, pharmaceuticals, chlorine, antibiotics, bandages, blankets, paper, pencils,
soothers, and other "non-essential"
items are banned.
This has had tremendous effects on
the basic health and survival of the
Iraqi people. UNICEF reports that 5000
to 6000 Iraqi children die every month
as a direct result of the sanctions. In
total, 1.5 million people have died, half
of them under five years of age. Most
causes of death are preventable and
treatable, even unheard of in Canada.
But, with sewage-filled streets, empty
hospital shelves, scarce electricity and
no clean water, people are dying at
unprecedented rates.
The infamous "Oil for Food" deal
was created to address this
problem.
Under this deal, Iraq can
"™"~~~ export just enough oil to provide a small ration of food to its
people. This amounts to about $7.50
per person per month, and provides
everyone with about 40% of the daily
recommended caloric intake. It
includes no fruit, vegetables, or dairy
products. For most Iraqis, it is impossible to supplement this diet, as market
prices for food have soared to as much
as 1000 times more than before the
war. Suffering the most from this are
children and pregnant women. The Oil
for Food deal has succeeded, at least
partially, in sparing the lives of many
Iraqis. However, it has also diverted
public concern away from the ongoing
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problem of malnutrition and suffering.
Depleted Uranium (DU) is
another huge and overlooked
health concern. DU is a radioactive metal used to coat bullets so
they can pierce armor. Upon
impact, they explode and release
millions of radioactive particles
into the atmosphere. Millions of
rounds of ammunition coated
with DU were fired during the Gulf
War.
Since Desert Storm, 80 000 veterans have developed a strange
disease dubbed "Gulf War
Syndrome". Although the exact
cause has not been confirmed,
most health officials believe that it
is the result of exposure to DU. In
Iraq, the result has been an exponential increase in the number of
cancer patients, including the first
ever known cases of breast cancer
in girls as young as fourteen. Even
more alarming are the genetic
mutations that are occurring in
babies of Iraqis and Gulf War veterans. Down's Syndrome, late
miscarriages, and congenital
deformities are commonplace.
One nurse, talking to Maggie
O'Kane for the Guardian, pulled
out her agenda and looked up
September 1998: six babies born
without heads.
Everywhere, people are taking
notice and speaking out against
these anctions. Recendy, Dennis
Halliday former UN Assistant
Secretary General and head of the
UN humanitarian relief missions,
quit to oppose sanctions. Ramsay
Clark, former U.S. Attorney General,
has written volumes urging for the
sanctions to be lifted. The National
Gulf War Resource Centre (the
largest network of Gulf War veterans), the World Council of
Churches, the Pope, the World
Health Organization, UNICES and
millions of concerned citizens
around the world are all lobbying to
lift the sanctions on the Iraqi people.
More facts on Iraq
compiled by Chris Fraser
11 NIC...-, the ux
Humanitarian Relief Program,
and doctors and health-care
workers from around the woild
have been to Iraq to see the state
of its people, and to bring help.
They have also brought back stories ut hardship that we can h.ird-
ly imagine.
-1.5 million Iraqis have died
due lo Sainction-relaied anuses
-80% of Iraq's water, sewage,
and electrical facilities have been
bombed
-30% ot liaq's children suffer
from malnutrition
-25% of children are horn
dangerously underweight
Under the "Oil for 1-ood" deal,
each Iraqi citi/en has icceivud a
dailv food ration.   This consists
Dr. Allan    Connelly,     a
Vancouver physician, left for Iraq
in May '98 after reading about the
devastation caused by the sanctions, taking 1000 lbs. of medical
supplies provided by Vancouver
hospitals. "Nothing in my years of
medical training prepared me for
what I found...I was absolutely
appalled," he said. After touring
dozens of dirty and broken-down
hospitals, he returned to Canada
to speak about what he had seen.
When he met with officials at
Foreign Affairs in Ottawa last year,
he was told that "there is no public
concern about this issue in
Canada". Since then, he has spoken to government and civilian
groups around the world to spread
the word, showing videos and
slides of his trip. "I just have to
find a way of getting the informa-
-1/2 cup flour
-1/2 cup rice
-2 tablespoons lentils
-2 tablespoons sugar
-3 tablespoons cooking oil
-1/4 teaspoons tea
This makes up 1000 calories,
less than half of the minimum
recommended caloric intake.
Sanctions ban these and
coundess other essential
imports:
-painkillers, antibiotics and
vaccines
-spare parts for hospital
equipment, such as x-ray
machines and incubators
-farm tools, machinery, pesticides, and fertilizer
-materials for schools- pencils, paper, erasers
-toys, soothers, games
-any kind of food
-anything not considered
"essential"
tion out," says Dr. Connelly, "the
media silence is deafening and
deadening."
Dr. Connelly will be speaking at
UBC, in Woodward Biomedical
lecture theatre 4, from 12:30-1:30
on Thursday, January 28. Contact
ckathari@interchange.ubc.ca,
UBC's Global Development
Centre, or the Campaign to End
Sanctions Against the People of
Iraq at 687-3223. For more information, there will be a table set up
on the SUB plaza at lunchtime
Tuesday and Wednesday, with
articles, brochures, and anti-sanction postcards for the government, as well as a donation box for
simple medical supplies.*"
—Chris Fraser works at the
UBC Global Development Centre.
It's about time
all faculty were
under one roof.
It makes sense, doesn't it? All faculty in one bargaining
unit? Whether they teach one course or three? Sessional
or tenured.
Many sessional lecturers are already covered by the
Faculty Association Collective Agreement.
Now all teaching faculty have the opportunity to join their
colleagues. And that means participating in all Faculty
Association matters - from running for executive office,
participating on the bargaining committee, to voting on
collective agreements. As well as having someone in your
corner if any conflict arises.
This week you will get a ballot in the mail giving you the
choice to join (if you don't get one, call us). Mark it 'yes'
so that we can bring all teaching faculty together.
It's about time.
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