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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Volume 84 Issue 45
We're the morons? since 1918
PROTESTING ON A RAINY DAY: About 500 UBC sudents gathered outside the SUB to show opposition
to the war on Iraq, nic fensom photo
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against war
by Kathleen Deering
As the US began a war on Iraq Wednesday night, several hundred UBC
students showed their opposition the following day in a student-organised
protest and rally on campus.
Despite the pouring rain, students showed up to the Goddess of
Democracy to listen to other students and faculty talk about why they do
not support a war on Iraq.
UBC student Jesse McLaren criticised the Canadian government's
decision not to condemn the war on Iraq and instead offer the 'Canadian
compromiseY a proposal Canada made to the UN Security Council which
would have extended the time Iraq had to declare weapons of mass
destruction. "There is no compromise between peace and war. You either
drop bombs or you don't drop bombs,* he said. "It's absolutely shameful
that they tried to build unity with [this]."
UBC student Ben Webster said the number of people at the rally was
inspiring. "Democracy is government by the people, and how well has
America been represented?" he asked. "When the majority of Americans
said, 'The case has not been made for war,' Bush says 'War.' When hundreds of thousands of Americans marched on the streets to say, 'We want
peace,' Bush says 'War is peace."
"We are not idiots. War is not peace," Webster said.
Amina Rai, a student representative on UBC's Board of Governors,
also attended the walkout to oppose a US-led war without UN support "I
just don't think that war brings peace. I just don't think you can find
peace through war," she said. "And I think that the fact that the United
States completely undermined and devalued the United Nations was horrific," she said.
Several hundred students then marched around campus, imploring
others to leave classes and join them. The protest culminated at Gate 1, at
the intersection of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall. Students
formed a wall, blocking traffic and letting only a few cars and buses leave
at one time.
In retrospect, Rai said she doesn't know how effective blocking traffic
was as a protest tactic. "I do think it makes a statement, because it shows
that students are taking a stand," she said.
Protests that create some sort of disturbance can work well, said Rai.
"I think that shows a very strong and bold message. It makes people stop,
it makes people think, and I think that's what we were trying to establish
through the walkout, through the rally and through blocking traffic."
Organisers then loaded 250 students into rented schoolbuses and
headed downtown to the US Consulate, where they were met by several
hundred students from other universities.
Students danced and chanted at the consulate until about 4:30pm,
UBC files to dismiss civil rights lawsuit
by Anna King
The University of British Columbia has filed an
application to dismiss a lawsuit launched last fall
which claims the university violated the civil rights
of a student by promoting hatred or contempt on
the basis of religion.
Cynthia Maughan, an English Master's student,
is suing the university and a number of professors
for two per cent of the university's budget, or
roughly $ 18 million, through a rarely-used law. The
Civil Rights Protection Act allows individuals to sue
for instances of dehberate discrimination or the
promotion of hatred or contempt, and allows for
punitive or exemplary damages.
Maughan claims the English department, and
particularly a former professor of hers, launched a
sustained attack against her on the basis of her
Christian faith when she chose to appeal a grade.
The facts surrounding the case are highly disputed, however, and UBC denies any violation of
Maughan's civil rights took place, claiming the suit
has been brought to stifle academic discourse. One
of the professors named in the lawsuit, Dr Lorraine
Weir, has subsequently become the target of harsh
criticism in some Christian media outlets, as well
as on extremist sites like that belonging to the Ku
Klux Klan.
Referring to the fact that the university first
heard about the lawsuit through an article in the
National Post, University Counsel Hubert Lai said,
"It is a matter of professional courtesy to serve documents to the defence before going to the press.
When the press hears about it before the defence
does—and I'm not saying this is necessarily the
case here—it normally suggests the primary focus
of the suit is media attention."
Virtually all that the parties agree on is that in
January 2001, Maughan was a student in a graduate English seminar taught by Weir. Near the beginning of the term; the class decided that to allow
everyone to give an oral presentation they would
" hold an extra day-long colloquium at another student's house, on a Sunday.
After that, the stories diverge greatly. According
to Maughan, Weir refused her request to reschedule the colloquium, thereby discriminating against
her on the basis on her religious beliefs. This was
particularly offensive, Maughan claims, as the class
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by Chris Shepherd
The university is using money saved during
recent strike action of two campus unions to
hire additional workers to compensate for work
not done during the strike period.
Students will be hired to mark exams and
conduct discussion classes.
"The bottom line from the university is we're
trying to improve the learning environment for
undergraduate and graduate students,*
explained Associate Vice-President, Academic
Programs, Neil Guppy.
'Alex Grant, president of CUPE 2278 (teaching assistants and markers) was upset with the
move to hire additional workers and said that
the university should be using that money to
help come up with a contract with his union.
The university is going to be hiring people
outside ofthe TA Union to do union work. Grant
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"Walkout" from page I.
when they marched around downtown, finishing at
the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), blocking
Robson Street between Howe and Hornby.
UBC student Dave Quigg helped organise the walkout He was pleased with the numbers of students who
turned out. "When the rally finished there was torrential rain. Just the fact that hundreds of students stuck
out that rain for over an hour, and then had energy for
a rally and march downtown was very insipiring,"
he said.
"It really showed how students play a key role in this
peace movement, in the sense that they offer tonnes of
Rai said she was proud of what the walkout accomplished. "I do think it showed a united front," she said.
"And there are people who I haven't seen at these types
of activities before, who I was very happy to see out
there. It was a beautiful thing."
Students stayed at the VAG and the Consulate until
about 10pm Thursday night. ♦
"Lawsuit" from page I.
was to be held at the house of a student who had once stated on a listserv for a different course that
Stockwell Day made him "recall
fondly a time period when Christians
were 'stoned."
Weir, however, claims that
Maughan had agreed along with the
rest of the class to hold the Sunday
colloquium and had advised Weir
that a Sunday class would not offend
her religious beliefs. Weir also says
she had no knowledge of the 'stoning
Maughan did not attend the colloquium, and states that subsequently
Weir began to take a "sustained, hostile approach towards her," culminating in comments made on
Maughan's final paper that, according to Maughan, went beyond acceptable academic assessment
Weir tells a different story. The
course, which dealt with some highly
controversial texts about the impact
of Christian missionaries on First
Nations communities, was personally upsetting for Maughan, Weir said.
This is understandable, she added,
and noted that the material was
meant to be personally challenging.
But there is a line between personal opinion and academic analysis,
she said, and according to Weir, it
was personal opinion that Maughan's
paper was filled with. She also says
that Maughan repeatedly objected to
the material the class was studying
and, part way through the class of 11
students, refused to talk for the rest of
the semester. "This was very disruptive to the class" Weir said.
Weir said her comments on
Maughan's paper reveal Weir's sympathetic acknowledgment that the
course material had been challenging for Maughan, and in the context
of the entire assessment, are not discriminatory.
When Maughan appealed her
grade of 73 per cent to the English
department, the Statement of Claim
says, Weir "launched a campaign to
discredit [Maughan],' including
"soliciting personal criticisms" of
Maughan from other professors in
the department.
Untrue, says Weir. A number of
colleagues wrote letters of their own
accord, she says, because they
believed their own experiences with
Maughan were relevant to the consideration of Weir's professional
integrity. Anne Scott, a lecturer in the
French department and Judy Segal,
an associate professor of English, are
also named in Maughan's suit
Maughan also claims the English
department—including Susanna
Egan, then-associate head of the
department and also named in the
suit—conducted its appeal of her
grade without following fair procedures. This includes allegations of
misrepresenting the nature of a
meeting which would determine the
outcome of the appeal Again, UBC's
Statement of Defence denies these
In a series of appeals by
Maughan, the English department,
the Faculty of Graduate Studies and
the UBC Equity Office found no discrimination had taken place. Finally,
Maughan took her case before the
UBC Senate Committee on Academic
Appeals, which in April 2002 determined Maughan's grade had
not been the product of bias or
Nevertheless, Maughan's lawyer,
Gerald Chipeur, said the Senate
Committee declared that the conduct
of the English department with
regard to Maughan's complaints,
was, in general, unacceptable. The
report itself is not available to the
public, but the university denies that
the Senate Committee found a systemic pattern of discrimination.
Maughan said her reason for
launching the suit is tp 'make students who want to honour their faith
know that—if they feel they have
been denied that right in the university context—they can pursue university appeal processes without being
subject to contempt or hatred.'
Chipeur said the large damages
claimed are necessary to teach UBC a
Egan was unavailable for comment as of press time. A hearing to
determine if the case will go to trial is
expected in June. ♦
"Labour" from page!.
said. 'At the moment they're trying
to hire scabs," he added.
Scott Macrae, director of PubUc
Affairs, said that the university was
allowed to hire students to do work
that goes beyond the restrictions of
the TA contract, which states that
TAs and markers can only work 12
hours a week. Macrae added that
any markers hired would join CUPE
"The spirit of [the strike savings
fund] was that if there was work
required beyond..the provision of
the collective agreement then we
would be free to get those resources
wherever we could to get the work
done," Macrae said.
Grant said that the TA Union
would fight any move by the university to hire people to do what they
consider to be their work. The TAs
are currently only working for the 12
hours described in their contract
The university receives funding
from the province each year for its
general operating fund. It is from
this fund that salaries are paid.
When those funds are not spent due
to work stoppage UBC must give that
money back to the province. Before
doing so, the university is allowed to
use some ofthe money to cover costs
incurred during the work stoppage.
Examples of the costs incurred
include marking that was not done
during the strike period, so the university could hire additional TAs or
undergraduate students as markers,
said Guppy.
The university is allowed to do
that under the University Act, a law
governing how universities and the
province work together.
Guppy said a crude estimate
could be found by taking the length
of time TAs were on strike (around
30 hours) times their average wage
(approximately $22 per hour) times
the nunr er of TAs (1600). This suggests that around $1 million in
wages was not spent on TA salaries.
The move to use funds that would
have been paid to TAs had they been
working has drawn opposition from
some faculty.
"Since TAs...are working full-time
under their contract we cannot hire
them to do that work," said Dr David
Pokotylo, head of the department of
anthropology and sociology. "The
question is who else can do it and
who else is willing to [do] it?"
Dr Charles Menzies, a professor
in the department of anthropology
and sociology, is opposed to using
the funds not spent on TAs' salaries.
"Some of this may be targeted to
pay people other than TAs to do work
that TAs would have done if the
labour dispute had been resolved
before it came to a head.*
Meanwhile, the math department
is looking forward to using the ftinds.
Dr Brian Marcus, head of the math
department said there was a risk of
students' academic year being
harmed by the strike and the additional funding would help remove
that risk. The math department has a
tutorial centre staffed by TAs which
was shut during the strike action.
"The principle is that we'd like to
make more help available in the
tutorial centre.*
Once departments decide what
they need for the rest of the year they
will make their requests to the
"[The departments are] being
asked to go ahead and do what's necessary to give the students the education they require," said Director of
the UBC Budget Office Dana Merrit
"The cost side is a second and minor
point to the fact that we have students that need courses.* ♦
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TAs, UBC move to binding
Negotiations for a new contract
between the university and CUPE
2278 (teaching assistants [TAs] and
markers) has moved to binding
This means that both sides will
present their case to an arbitrator
who will then make a decision that
both sides will have to adhere to.
The union is pleased with the
move to binding arbitration.
"We consider this a significant
moral victory,* CUPE 2278
President Alex Grant said.
The university is displeased with
the move to binding arbitration.
"We had preferred to negotiate to
complete resolution of all the issues,
but it wasn't looking like a good bet"
said Director of Public Affairs Scott
"It's preferable to settle things
directiy rather than have a third
party make a decision that one or
both sides may not be very happy
with," Macrae said of the move to
binding arbitration.
The arbitrator will be Marc
Brown—who had earlier been the
mediator during negotiations—and a
decision is expected to be made within the next few weeks.
Debaters delighted with
double decoration
Two teams from the UBC
Debating Club brought home first
and second place honours from last
week's national championships,
beating 58 teams to do so.
Almost every major school in
Canada is represented at the
Canadian University Society for
Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID)
national championships, which were
held March 14 and 15 in Halifax, NS.
The winning teams were UBC students Greg Allen and Rahim Moloo,
who beat Kevin Massie and Michael
Kotrly. "The entire tournament had
to watch the UBCYUBC final, which
was very sweet' said Kotrly, president ofthe UBC Debate Club.
. "I'm immensely proud. It still
hasn't set in. And it's going to be a
long time until it does."
The two UBC teams who won the
competition were undefeated during
preliminary rounds, except by each
other. Kotrly and Massie won once in
an earlier round.
"I was really proud, but really surprised too. Last year the final was
Toronto-Toronto," said Kotrly, who is
planning to go to the University of
Toronto Law School next year.
"This is the biggest win for UBC,
This weekend the club is sending
two teams to Portland, Oregon, for
the National Parliamentary
Debating Association national championships. Close to 280 teams will
be competing.
"I think we could do well,* said
Kotrly, "but I have no idea." ♦
Profs back unions
UBC Faculty Association denounces back-to-work legislation
by Megan Thomas
The UBC Faculty Association (FA)
sent an open letter to Martha Piper
publicly denouncing Bill 21, the
provincial legislation requiring
CUPE 2278 and 2950 to return to
work and the bargaining table two
weeks ago.
Bill 21-the University of British
Columbia Services Continuation
Act—was passed on March 12 and
prohibits any union at UBC campus
from taking strike action until
March 31.
The decision to denounce Bill 21
was made early last week by the
executive of the FA, said Richard
Anstee, UBC FA president.
'A strike during either of the
terms in the winter session is the
only natural time for these people to
go on strike. [Bill 21] essentially
takes away the right to strike to the
affected CUPE unions," Anstee said.
Scott Macrae, UBC director of
public affairs, said the university is
not concerned about the difference
of opinion between the faculty and
the administration. "The university
is a place of great diversity of ideas
and clearly they have presented their
opinion on [Bill 21]/ Macrae said.
The administration sees the bill
as a positive step for students
because it removes the threat of losing their academic year due to the
labour dispute, Macrae added.
Anstee feels the bill infringes on
the rights of CUPE workers because
it decreases the power of the unions
while increasing the power of the
"The executive made a fairly
strongly worded statement because
we were very concerned that this
really upsets the bargaining process
in a very unhelpful way and it creates a lot of anger on campus that is
going to take a while to cool down,"
said Anstee.
He admits the denouncement
may not be the opinion of the entire
faculty at UBC, as the executive did
not attempt to gauge the opinion of
its members before writing their letter. He does, however, feel confident
that the decision reflected the interests ofthe association.
"The executive itself represents a
broad cross-section of the membership and so we believe that the executive itself would represent the faculty oh.this.*
CUPE BC was pleased with the
action of the FA. "We are appreciative that the Faculty Association
actually came out and talked about
the injustice of such a bill and we
are very, very pleased that they are
supportive of the quest to reinstate
rights for workers at UBC," said
CUPE President Barry O'Neill.
Alex Grant, president of CUPE
2278, which represents the teaching
assistants, agreed that the
denouncement was a positive step.
He thinks that the FA was responding to concerns that UBC is coming
to be viewed as a disrespectful
employer that will have trouble
attracting qualified people in the
Grant added that even if some
faculty members were not supportive of the unions' cause at the beginning of the dispute, they do support
civil liberties and democratic rights.
"More and more as they see the
undemocratic action pursued
against us then they have become
even more supportive."
CUPE 2950, which represents
the clerical and library staff, also
feels that the faculty has become
even more supportive since Bill 21
was passed. "Support I feel has
[been] building especially with
respect to when the Bill 21 legislation came down. We garnered a lot
more support from faculty members," said CUPE 2950 President
Natalie Lisik. ♦
Pitching tents in protest
by Parminder Nizher
Last Monday night members of the Teaching
Assistants (TA) Union pitched a tentcity outside
the SUB as a protest against Bill 21, back-to-
work legislation for all unions in labour disputes
on campus.
Passed within a few hours by the provincial
government two weeks ago Bill 21 forced TAs to
return to teaching classes and marking papers.
Under the bill, the union also entered a 20-day
cooling-off period, which removes its ability to
strike until March 31.
"We've had most of our rights removed and
this is a very vocal and obvious protest to say
ROUGHING IT IN THE STRIKE: Meaghan Enright, a philosophy TA, gets into her tent outside the SUB. NIC FENSOM PHOTO
that we won't go away and [that] we have general sympathy in the campus community," said TA
Union President Alex Grant.
At its peak, the tent-city consisted of about 20
tents. Within a massive white tent a number of
TAs have been holding their office hours, doing
their marking and lecturing classes.
"[The university] is completely disrespectful,"
said Grant. "We want as little to do with them as
Members of the university community
(including students, faculty and other unions)
have been showing their support for the TAs by
dropping off food at the city. Students have also
been able to enjoy the free burgers TAs have
been cooking at lunchtime.
"Students are really supportive, " said Grant.
"There's more food being dropped off everyday,
[and] it just shows how much people support
"I think it's helping to keep the issue alive on
campus, and keep awareness raised about our
situation," said TA Dave Asgeirsson. "Rain is the
only problem.'
Asgeirsson encouraged students to visit the
tent-city and ask any questions they may have.
TAs have encountered no hassles from the
. university regarding the tent-city.
UBC Director of Public Affairs Scott Macrae
said the university's reaction is pretty mild.
Macrae said that as long as the TAs are not interrupting, the university has no problem with the
tent-city protest.
The 'tent hamlet," as Macrae described it, "is
obviously meant to be a publicity stunt We really don't have much to say."
"It's not the purpose for which that [university] land is designed for, but [we] have no particular problem with it," added Macrae.
The decision to put up the tent city was made
collectively by TAs. The idea was put forward at
a membership meeting last Sunday night, and a
vote decided it was a great way to protest
Bill 21.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Oana
Chirila said the AMS is generally supportive of
TAs. Chirila added that the AMS would discuss
the tent-city and Bill 21 at their next council
meeting and draft an official AMS policy.
The TA Union does hot know how long the
tent-city will be in place.
"It could go on as long as possible. I honestly
don't know/ said Grant "It depends on all the
[strategic] considerations, what other actions
are taken and how good the weather is. I
couldn't tell you." ♦ TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2003
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Speakers at the Canadian
Conference on Preventing Crimes
Against Humanity: Lessons from the'
Asia-Pacific War discussed recent
and raw examples of genocide at the
UBC First Nations Longhouse held
Friday and Saturday.
Talks were given about Japanese
war atrocities, the Israel/Palestine
conflict, Japanese internment
camps in Canada during World War
II, and First Nations children's
experiences in Canadian residential
schools, placing genocide very close
to home.
The timeliness of the conference, because ofthe recently started
war on Iraq> was acknowledged by
multiple speakers. "How ironic that
we are here at the beginning of a
new war, a war that may involve a
crisis, a crime against humanity,"
said Erna Paris. Paris is the author
of Long Shadows, a book that contrasts the postwar self-searching
done by Japan and Germany.
According to Paris, at the
Nuremburg trials—in which
Germany was charged with war
crimes against humanity after
World War II—the prosecution
exposed mountains of evidence for
the world to see, but most importantly, for Germany to see.
'Verification of this by top Nazis
made responsible refutation impossible, and it is the reason why the
Holocaust denial movement has
remained marginal," she said.
The Tokyo War Crimes trials, she
said, ended very differently.
Scientists of Unit 731 who had been
experimenting with biological
weapons on live prisoners were
granted secret immunity deals in
exchange for their research.
Impunity was maintained at the
very highest levels. "The veil that
was thrown over history continues
to this day," Paris said.
Art Miki, former president ofthe
National Association of Japanese
Canadians, reviewed his organisation's progress in achieving recognition and redress from the
Canadian government for the
imprisonment of Japanese-
Canadians in internment camps.
"We feel an obligation as a community, as individuals, to continue
to share our stories," he said.
"When you begin to hear these stories, you know something has to be
done in terms of recognition that
there was a community of
Canadians who suffered."
Dr Roland Chrisjohn, a member
of the Oneida Nation, starkly
alleged another aspect of Canadian
complicity in genocide in the treatment of First Nations children in
residential schools. "Canadian officials took the children away from
their parents under force of law,
and, using modern terminology,
tried to 'erase the hard drive' of the
kids, and write something else on
there other than First Nations' own
language and culture," he said.
"This is a veiy specific applica^
tion of Article 2(e) of the UN
Genocide Convention: forcibly
transferring children of the group
to another group."
Gerry Oleman of the Stl'alt'imx
Nation, who attended a residential
school, shared his hopes. "We are
working at healing. We are doing
the work today. We also understand
that the oppressors must heal too."
Speakers'    anti-war    remarks
were presented in parallel with discussions of genocide. "The stakes
are enormously high. The tragedy
of the people of Iraq, and Palestine,
which is a hidden aspect of this war,
a second^ front, must be rectified,"
said Mordecai.Briemburg, a professor at SFU. "We must act with a
vision that we must sustain our
energies well beyond what was acting in the Middle East*
But some audience members
felt a few relevant issues were overlooked. "I felt I was being advanced
an unbalanced point of view by
speakers; issues of violence against
Israelis were not addressed at all,"
said Evelyn Goldman. "[There was J
no mention made of suicide
bombers with an openly declared
mandate to destroy the state of
The conference provided buses
for its members to attend the peace
rally in downtown Vancouver.
Many attendees came with concerns about the current crisis.
Sunera Thobani, a UBC professor who was embroiled in controversy in 2001 after comments
made about American foreign policy being 'soaked with blood,' said
that there must be cooperation on
an international level to reduce
worldwide inequities. Otherwise,
she said, "conflicts will continue
with their human consequences
and their devastating human toll."
Thobani ended with an optimistic note, however. "One of the
promising things that I have seen is
the tremendous number of young
people who participate in the
demonstrations,' she said. 'Young
people are organising themselves
in tremendously creative ways, and
I see great hope there." •>
Takin' it to the streets
SITTING IN SOLIDARITY: Vancouver students oppose the war on Iraq on downtown streets, while
traffic waits. Kathleen deering photo THE UBYSSEY
Cheating rampant at SFU, survey says
by Rhiannon Coppin
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-Sixty-three per cent of
faculty and 41 per cent of teaching assistants (TAs) and tutor markers surveyed at
SFU have ignored suspected cheating cases,
according to a report authored by that university's Academic Integrity Task Force.
The report, which will be released by the
end of the spring term, cites "lack of evidence" as the number one reason why cases
of suspected cheating are not investigated.
Susan Stevenson, senior lecturer in engineering and chair of the task force, reported
that most students find it "too easy to cheat
and too easy to get away with it."
Of the 97 faculty respondents, 20 per
cent felt that they lacked the time and 17 per
cent lacked sufficient motivation to deal
with cases of suspected cheating. Tutor
markers and TAs tended to ignore suspected
cheating because they were told to ignore it
by faculty, or because they assumed
their faculty would be unsupportive of an,
Types of academic dishonesty considered
in the survey include falsifying lab data,
'recycling' of labs, fabrication of bibliographies, extensive plagiarism in papers, homework copying, illegal group work and copying on exams.
This survey shows that students are aware
that their peers are cheating and that they
are going largely unpunished. Out of 1886
student responses to last fall's survey, 38
per cent were certain that they witnessed
cheating on a test or exam within the last
year. According to Dean Mellow, professor
of linguistics, most students are aware that
the penalties for first-time offenders are lax.
Glenn Landiy, graduate student in psychology, agrees.
"I see the issue of academic dishonesty as
being a cost-benefit issue," he said. "If the
benefit for the student is that they are going
to get a higher grade than they would normally, and if it is incredibly unlikely that
they will get caught, and even if they do get
caught, that they will get punished for it, the
benefit is incredibly high."
An open workshop was held a few weeks
ago at SFU to discuss some of the implica
tions of the survey results.
Some of the stories told were simply outrageous.
Mellow reported that he knew of 'people
actually stealing other people's student IDs
to kick them out of courses, so they can register in full courses."
Greg Fung, Engineering Undergraduate
Student Society president, related how routine cheating is to some students.
"Teams of people who regularly cheat
together sit in the same area in an exam," he
said. "I think the affectionate term is 'tag-
teaming.' I hear rumours of discussions
after exams: 'Oh, I'm so glad you got that. I
would never have figured that out."
Silva Tenenbein, an instructor in the
School of Communications, shared perhaps
the most shocking story of the session.
"I was teaching a course a few years ago
and a student of mine bought a paper and
wrote a note to his sister that said: 'Retype
this and insert these three entries into the
bibliography.' What I received was the original paper with the grade on it, the note, and
the retyped paper all in the same package."
The room burst out laughing after this
tale. When she explained that, because of
administrative decisions based on other factors, the student eventually received a B+ for
the course, the room sobered up.
Other topics broached included academic
dishonesty among faculty, the possibility of
allowing a later-term drop-date, student attitudes on the purpose of a university education, pressures that encourage students to
cheat and the possibility of employing remediation techniques to educate offenders.
Towards the end of the discussion, the consensus appeared to be that consequences for
cheating should be more severe.
"I'm aware of a university where you
have a mark on your transcript if you fail a
course for academic dishonesty. It's something permanent," Mellow said.
One point was repeatedly made concerning undergraduate academic dishonesty: faculty are too busy to teach and too busy to
police their students.
Krista Vogt, program development coordinator for Campus Community Services,
finally noted that every envelope that leaves
SFU mail is stamped "Research Matters," not
"Teaching Matters." ♦
Sexism at Industry Canada, says CAUT
by Lindsay Harding
ST JOHN'S, NFLD. (CUP)-Alleging sex-based
discrimination in the awarding of research
chairs, eight female academics at seven universities have filed a complaint against
Industry Canada's Research Chairs program.
The Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT) lodged the complaint against
the government last month. CAUT Associate
Executive Director David Robinson says the
women, who hail from six provinces, decided
to pursue the complaint because women are
severely under-represented in the program.
"We're essentially alleging [on behalf of the
eight researchers] before the Human Rights
Commission that the Canada Research Chair
program design is biased or discriminates
against female academics in Canada. The
numbers bear that out," he said. "About 15 per
cent of the Canada Research Chairs actually
went to women, whereas the share of the full-
time faculty teaching are about 30 to 40 per
cent women."
The Canada Research Chair (CRC) program
was created with the objective of establishing
2000 new research chair positions at universities across Canada by 2005, by awarding
400 chairs annually. The program was made
possible by a $4.5 billion commitment in the
2000 federal budget
According to the program's website, the
process of appointing chairs begins when individual universities put forth candidates,
whose merits are then assessed by a College of
Reviewers and Interdisciplinary Adjudication
Committee. Trie program is overseen by a
steering committee, which consists of the
presidents- of academic councils and the
deputy minister of Industiy Canada.
Robinson says responsibility for the under-
representation of women in the program lies
with Industry Canada.
"What we're alleging is that during the
design of the program, any consideration of
the impact that would be on women academics either wasn't considered or was ignored,"
he said.
According to CRC Executive Director Rene
Durocher, the program is set up such that 45
per cent of the research chairs are dedicated
to the sciences and 35 per cent of appointments go to health research, while only 20 per
cent of appointments are provided to
researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Statistics indicate that the greatest concentration of female Canadian researchers
work within the social science disciplines.
Durocher says his department acknowledges there are problems with the under-rep-
resentation of women in the CRC's appoint
ments. However, he says the CRC is not directly to blame for these problems, alleging the
problems lie with the universities that recommend research chair candidates.
"I can tell you that, at the chairs level, there
is no discrimination against women," said
Durocher. "It is played at the level of the
department, of faculties, ofthe universities...I
don't see discrimination, I just see it as a matter of evolution, but we're really, really putting
pressure on the universities—but we cannot
make miracles. Step by step, we're doing real
According to Durocher, his department has
already taken active measures to improve the
representation of women. He says that in the
latest round of CRC positions, awarded on
March 17, there was be a significant improvement in the numbers of women receiving
research chairs.
"In this last competition, we have 22 per
cent women nominated—it's a good step forward...and it was a big intake [of female nominees],' he said. "Maybe it means that universities are receiving the message, but we'll see
if it's a trend or just a blink...It's going in a
good direction, we'll see if it will continue."
Human Rights Commission officials could
not comment on the complaint, due to a
policy forbidding discussion of ongoing
investigations. ♦
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Old house,
new dance
presented by Mascall Dance
at the Hycroft Mansion, 1489 McRae St
until Mar. 30
by Adam Kaufman
Have you ever felt like killing the people you live with? I know I have. Next
time you find yourself doing all the
dishes or cleaning up some kid's vomit
off the kitchen floor, why not tiy to
express your anger by making some
art? This past Sunday, at a matinee performance of Housewerk, a Mascall
Dance production, at the Hycroft
Mansion on McRae Street, I found out
that dancing is the most effective way
to settle domestic disputes. I'm not
much of a dancer myself, although I
was a member of the semi-finalist
square dancing team at my sleep-away
camp in Connecticut for two years running. Even if you don't have prestige
and you can't find a 'caller' (the dude
that says 'Grab yer partnerl") in your
neighbourhood, just stay cool. Throw
on some Chubby Checker, gather all
your roommates in the living room
and get twisting.
Housewerk reminded me that it's
not the fifties anymore and that I'm
the only guy who dances like it's
Happy Days. The seven dancers in the
show wore butler uniforms and ball
gowns (that invoked scenes from butler school in Guy Maddin's Careful,
1992) and made their hips move in
ways that Elvis never could have
dreamed of as they romped through
this mansion near Granville and 16th.
The show started in a hallway where
two dancers dressed as butlers began
to inspect a staircase for dust particles
(did you do your chores this week?}.
The dancers proceeded to a ballroom
where a full routine was performed to
the ambient beats and breakdowns of
DJ Jacob Cino and the live classical
piano styles of Paul Plimley. After a
short intermission, the audience was
split into two colour-coordinated
groups. I was purple. The second part
ofthe performance consisted of simultaneous shows in the Drawing Room,
Dining Room and Main Hallway in
which the dancers would unexpectedly
enter from random doors or give
blank stares through windows.
Privacy, disruption and 'house hierarchies,' were reoccurring motifs in
Housewerk. Song and spoken word
were added to the act at times, to
renew the attention of this mixed audience of families, single students and
art-conscious couples.
Jennifer Mascall, choreographer
and artistic director of Mascall Dance,
explains that "the show is not a set'
piece that can be performed the same
way in each location." Inspired by data
from a public research project that
interviewed residents of the Yukon
about their ideas of home, Mascall choreographed and created the dance
arrangements. For Housewerks current incarnation, Mascall, a choreographer of 2 7 years' experience, teamed
up with dancers, Ziyian Kwan, Dean
Makarenko, Jen Murray, Ron Stewart,
Keely Remillard, Katy Harris McLeod
and Sophie Allison for the short run
at Hycroft.
Mascall stresses that the history of
the house is crucial to the performance, since the dance represents 'a
group of physical ideas that are reconfigured according to circumstance."
Historical interludes provided by the
dancers provide the audience with a
substantial chronology to recreate the
Hycroft narrative and myth. ♦
Opera   :,
presented by the Vancouver Opera Association
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
until Mar. 29
by Pip Stanaway
Written during a period of mounting hostilities in Europe that
would ultimately culminate in World War I, Rickard Strauss's adaptation of Sophocles's tale of bloody revenge is especially relevant in
today's political climate. As our neighbours to the south begin the
first major global conflict of the new millennium, the stoiy of
Elektra, a woman consumed by her desire to avenge the murder of
her father, acts as a powerful warning about the cyclic nature of
violence and revenge.
Fulfilling the role ofthe Greek chorus, five maidservants (played
by a number of up-and-coming Canadian opera stars including UBC
alumnae Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Alexandra Liebich-Tait and Barb
Tarry) introduced the setting and circumstances of the drama to the
audience. In traditional tragedy plays, the members ofthe chorus act
as one unit, usually speaking in unison to judge the actions of the
players. In librettist von Hoffmansthal's Elektra, however,_ the chorus
is recast as a cluster of competing subjectivities whose conflicting
truths become increasingly cacophonous as they argue about the
nature of Elektra's behaviour. This conflict was brought across well
both vocally and dramatically by these promising young singers.
In spite of a minor problem in the first phrase of her first aria,
Mary Jane Johnson was convincing in the title role of this opera,
and her rough start was consistent with the overwhelming strain of
Elektra's predicament. Although there were a few brief moments
during which Johnson's voice could not be heard above the VOA's
reduced version of Strauss's prodigious orchestra, the gorgeous,
sustained pianissisimo that she achieved during Elektra's recognition of her brother, Orestes, compensated amply for these
minor glitches.
In spite of one or two moments in which she was a few decibels behind the orchestra, Vancouver favourite Judith Forst was a
complex and compelling Klytemnestra. Known to the audience as
a murderess of her own husband and a mother who forces her
daughter to eat with the dogs, Klytemnestra appeared, thanks to
Forst's dramatic subtlety, as a desperate woman, gaining the audience's sympathy in her scene with Elektra. Demanding that
Elektra tell her what she must do to alleviate her guilt,- Forst's
Klytemnestra allowed for a moment of near tenderness, perhaps
an intimation ofthe love that might have existed between mother
and daughter, now corrupted by murder and revenge.
The true star of this show was Claire Primrose, however,
appearing for the first time in Vancouver as Elektra's sister,
Chrysothemis. Trapped in a palace with the world's most dysfunctional family, Chrysothemis is unable to beUeve, as does
Elektra, that revenge is the answer to their problems. Her plea that
Elektra avoid perpetuating the cycle of violence begun by their
mother and focus instead upon the fulfillment of 'a woman's
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be hoped that this is the first of many Vancouver Opera roles
for Ms Primrose.
It was surprising to see such a generally stunning production
end on an uneven note. The bloodbath taking place outside the
palace was represented through the use of red lighting, and
Chrysothemis's happy announcement that revenge had been exacted and happy days could return again to the palace was appropriately ironic against this backdrop of mass murder. In this context,
Elektra's comically hyperbolic dance of vengeance was bewildering, and inconsistent with the more natural-looking movements
employed throughout the opera. Ultimately, however, the psychological disintegration that the dance was intended to convey was
communicated through Strauss's devastating score as Elektra fell
to her death. ♦
Campus bands
square off for
top honours in
musical battle
at the Pit Pub
at the Pit Pub
Final round: Mar. 27
by Jonathan Woodward
Four groups of talented student musicians will
come to the Pit Thursday, playing a half-hour set
each in a bid for victoiy of the AMS Battle of
the Bands.
The event will be judged by personalities
from the Georgia Straight, XFM and a representative from a record label. The prizes will be
$500 cash, five delegate passes to New Music
West a television spot on the Shaw Network's
Urban Rush and the opening spot at the 2003
AMS Welcome Back Barbecue. The Ubyssey profiles some of the bands below:
Bush League
This is hard-driven rock, with echoes of Pearl
Jam and The Doors; indeed, lead singer Lucas
Blount looms onstage like a black-lit Jim
Morrison poster peering eerily from a residence
window. With impressive guitar solos and a
rougher edge, they bring a heavy melody to
the battle.
Emerging from the crucible of punk band-
pockmarked North Vancouver, Newspeak
attempts to twist the rock music idiom into
something creative. While their Orwellian name
acknowledges the inadequacy of language, their
music succeeds in blending their mellow choruses and guitar sweeps with decisive, circular
tones. Their sound evokes images of a nightmarish creature who impregnates sleeping maidens
with that which is most foul...like, an incubus?
Comedy 'well' played
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Bent Roads Tavern
A seven-member band pulling together
instruments from tlie stand up bass to a
handmade ashiko drum, the minstrels of
Bent Roads Tavern bring an eclectic jazzy
folk sound to a venue better known for playing Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty." No matter;
they have a confident, integrated sound, and
are unafraid to incorporate improvised solos
by any member of the band. They are amassing quite the following at UBC—a Pit full of
'Bentheads' chanting "B-R-T," as happened in
their preliminary performance, can't be
too wrong.
Point Five Zero
Veterans of 'battles of the bands' at The
Stardust and Palladium, Point Five Zero
have won before with a reckless attitude to
their music; playing ten minutes over at
The Stardust, instead of disqualifying them,
cemented their victory. They are a heavier
melodic emo band, crediting Rise Against,
Finch and the Foo Fighters for inspiration,
and hope that their rhythm guitarist's
stitches will heal for the next show. They
are of a completely different genre
than 50 Cent.
The bands will be judged on stage presence, crowd response, proficiency and originality. All of these bands scored within three
points of the top of the 50-point scale, but
AMS Events preferred not to release their
actual scores in the interests of future
judges' objectivity. The bands that didn't
make it can try again next year; the success
so far of the Battle pf the Bands has ensured
that it will continue in a tradition of
promoting campus music. •>
at Studio 58
Langara College
until Apr. 6
by Linda Arntzen
In this comedy by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, the
set effectively emphasised the contrast
between the two widely different worlds of
jovial theatre people and that of Sir William
Gower's house in Cavendish Square. The sitting room of Mrs Mossop's lodging house in
the first scene conveyed a light, happy atmosphere that made the shift to Gower's sombre
drawing room in the second act all the more
sharp. The gaiety of the theatre environment
in comparison to the stifling, neurotic world
of Sir William and his family
was well-portrayed.
A little bit disappointing was the lack of
chemistry between Rose Trelawney (played by
Nicola Correia-Damude) and Arthur Gower
(played by Christopher Frary). As two people
in love they were not terribly believable; there
was no sense of the passion and romance
expected when two people of widely different
social classes fall in love against all odds.
However, it was made up for by the energy
and charisma of Correia-Damude. The actress
has a presence about her that made her perfect for the role as Rose, since the character is
a passionate, vibrant person. Although the
character of Arthur is not as rich as Rose's,
Frary effectively portrayed Arthur's innocence
and awkwardness when in the company of
Rose's theatre friends, as well as his
eagerness to please his family.
Particularly notable performances by other
actors included that of Josh Epstein as
Ferdinand Gadd. Like Correia-Damude, he
possesses a poise that commands attention.
That, combined with his powerful voice, made
his character really enjoyable. Another strong,
performer was Kelly Metzger as Avonia Bunn.
Out of all the female theatre folk characters,
she was the one who most conveyed the
expressiveness of the actors, as contrasted
with the incredibly rigid nature of the Gower
family characters.
One of the strongest points of this, play
was how well-suited the costumes of the
female actors were to their characters. Each
woman wore dresses that seemed in line
with the personality of her character. From
the ultra-conservative Miss Trafalgar Gower
(played by Robyn Katrenicz) to Rose
Trelawney herself, the attire was very well
organised. Furthermore, the more colourful,
slightly unkempt outfits of the theatre folk
characters made an effective contrast to
those of the non-theatrical characters and
this further emphasised the contrast between
the two groups.
Emotion was successfully conveyed by the
music as well, particularly by Rose in the song
at the end of the first scene when Rose bids a
tearful farewell to her friends and her life as
an actress at the Well to go off and marry
Arthur and live the life of an aristocrat. ♦
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Bring The Drama
[one-sided white label promo]
A cheeky bootleg sampling the old 90s hardcore track 'Strings of Life/
Stringz is, simply put, one of the biggest breakbeat tunes to come out in
a long while. The culprits of this production remain unidentified, but the
programming is rumoured to be that of breakbeat superstars Macmillan
& Tab. The track is based on a basic piano loop; only these producers can
make so much of a simple four-chord progression, and they certainly
turn it into a dance floor bomb. A mellow female voice slides in, "ooh-ing"
over the melodies to create beautiful harmony. This monster is an out-
and-out club track, with enough versatility to be played in any venue by
any DJ. It's one of those, productions that surpasses genres, and makes
audiences everywhere groove out in carefree bliss. If you're lucky
enough to spot this in-demand track in stock, don't waste time listening:
[Chi Recordings]
Aside: Amb—Romeo
With the recent release of "Around" and "Where R Ya" (remixed by the
indomitable Chris Carter), Amb is one of the fastest rising producers in
breakbeat. This massive release is his best effort yet Filtered orchestral
strings and horns waft in, introducing cymbal crashes and a dramatic
pause reminiscent of Wagner. Suddenly, massive kick drums commence a
beautifully programmed breakbeat. The sampled brass instruments transform into a foreboding loop, cutting in and out over eerie pads. A warbly
'nu-skool bassline pops in both minimally and effectively. The orchestra
comes back in all its splendor, as the track's spooky breakdown is reached.
An electric guitar, provided by Madi, riffs over the strings' gradual crescendo. Before the listeners know it, the horns climax, and the audience is
slammed back in with the massive broken beat, complete with quirky
effects that make this track a lock for one of the breakbeat tunes of the year.
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This track features Halloween-esque pads, warbling over a TCR-sound-
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growling bassline featured will attract nu-skool purists everywhere,
while not alienating the average listener. However, after hearing the
eerie synth loop through a couple times, the realisation kicks in that,
aside from the evil bassline, not much else makes this track stand out
from the average nu-skool track. Because of its catchy drum programming, this is certainly a decent filler track; it'll probably have its fans,
but it's simply unfair to compare it to. the magnificent Aside of
this sampler.
9/10 >
Classic of the week
Drink To Get Drunk
[Long Lost Brother Records]
Aside: Different Gear Mix
B-side: Different Gear Dub
Our first classic reviewed features
the extraordinary Different Gear
mixes of Sia. My personal favourite
is the Dub, which is introduced by
funky, tribal-ish drums. The long
intro makes it perfect for DJs, and
is punctuated by a growling bass
note before the main hook kicks in.
It's tough to think of a catchier
'two-note* track out there—the
crisp percussion, namely the bongos, underscores the warm, simple
fifths. It's a timeless track which is
a perfect set starter, blending into
either house or progressive mixes;
also included is the instrumental
album version, and the vocal mix.
The Different Gear Mix possesses a
slightly more mainstream feel,
with vocalist Sia Furler unleashing
a seductive monologue about the
trials and tribulations of parrying.
Packaged with these vocals is a
metallic synth, echoing the main
riff. All in all, these two mixes
stand the test of time several years
after their release. This 12" is one
of the more highly sought-after
oldies out there, because of both its
sheer big-room power and its
versatility. Snap it up if you
find it.*>
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Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. The war in Iraq is certainly
important, but it's not the only thing going on.
Closer to home, there are some troubling decisions being made.at police headquarters.
On Saturday, March 21, six Vancouver city
police officers were charged with assault after
the alleged beating of three suspected drug deal-
- ers were taken on a 'Starlight Tour' to Stanley
Park on Januaiy 14. A young member of the
force came forward to superiors in the wake of
the incident, and police Chief Jamie Graham
swiftly suspended the six, telling reporters that
he was stunned by the allegations and promising ah immediate criminal investigation.
It was a savvy move coming on the heels of
last fall's much-publicised report by the PIVOT
Legal Society, a group of lawyers and activists,
that featured the testimonies of more than fifty
victims of police brutality and unlawful detention. From 1997 to 2001, the city paid out more
than $510,000 in claims resulting from alleged
excessive force during arrest and false arrest
But while the department is clearly trying to
give the appearance of cracking down on brutality, news of a 'Community Wide Enforcement
Team' with 50 plus officers, mainly to patrol
Hastings Street with the intention of cleaning
up the corridor, has already started a new
round of questions. The operation, planned
from April 1 to June 30, will involve rotating
teams of police officers on a 24-hour patrol on
the street in one of the busiest open drug markets in North America.
The police are now reportedly pulling officers out of community policing offices to bolster their ranks for the proposed sweep of
Hastings and surrounding areas. Districts
Two—which encompasses much of East
Vancouver—and Four community offices will
have no police on duty after April 1. A community policing insider adds that District One will
have just a token presence.
At a recent community forum in Strathcona,
the neighbourhood adjacent to the Downtown
Eastside, one resident told the Ubyssey that
police informed the crowd that no one would
even be allowed to spit between 100 West and
100 East Hastings during the operation without
being arrested. Employing an 'arrest and
release' tactic, the police would take people into
custody, transport them from the area and then
drop them off. The aim is simple: to make it difficult for dealers and users to stay on the street
Such tactics will force folk out of reach of
both the newly built safe-injection site and the
two-year-old health contact centre on Hastings.
The Health Contact Centre—opened
December 21, 2001—is one of four healthcare
sites in the Downtown Eastside, worth $21 million. It provides front-line services and basic
medical care to the area. If police tactics to
push drug users out of the Downtown Eastside
are successful, these facilities will be rendered
Mayor Larry Campbell, who made headlines
with his campaign promise to open the first
safe-injection site in the Downtown Eastside
January 1, is the chair and media contact person of the Vancouver Police Board, which
approves all funding decisions for the department and advises on policy.
Why would Campbell, after championing the
cause of alternatives to enforcement, now allow
such a pointless and potentially violent operation to take place? This is not the Vancouver
that voters endorsed at the last election.
Of course, it is important that crime and
drug use in the Downtown Eastside is
addressed, but the draconian and narrow-
minded solution put forward by Vancouver's
police department does nothing to affect the
problem. It maintains the status quo by pushing the problem elsewhere. ♦>
The war on Iraq is illegitimate and undemocratic
by Saleh Tousi
All warfare is based on deception.
Sun Tsu might be dead, but his
insight into the nature of warfare,
that fought with weapons and
economies, is still accurate. There
is no war in history for which all of
the objective facts are available.
Why should the information provided by various armed forces and
administrators, in regards to Iraq,
be forthright and accurate?
Perhaps they are not Iraq is another casualty of power econo-politics,
not of humanitarian or principled
and transparent intentions. But,
why should this bother citizens of
democracies, including the citizens
of those countries opposed to the
war? Saddam is a
danger and should
be removed, those
are reasons
enough. What does
it matter what the
ulterior motives of governments
are? Why should such deception
bother citizens? The answer to that
question can be found in the nature
of a democracy.
Why do we bother living in and
maintaining a democracy? When a
thousand students gather and
march against a war, does that
mean democracy has been exercised? When the people vote for a
candidate based on a platform and
the will of the people is to be acted
upon, is that democracy? No,
Democracy is not just here to
allow freedom of speech, contribution to society via political activity
or a myriad of other freedoms generally associated with democracy;
the exercise of such activities existed long before democracy came
into existence. The inception of
democracies is based upon such
activities. The role of democracy is
to allow citizens, through some of
the activities stated above, to hold
themselves, their governments
and their entire society accountable for decisions and actions.
This need within the ideals of
democracy for checks, balances,
accountability and transparency in
all activities by the representative
government is what sets it apart
from all other forms of government. The question
then is, how does
such a form of government, so dependant upon these
principles, reconcile deceptive behavior such as
those required and unavoidable by
economic and militaiy war with
their duty as democracies? I don't
think it can. I can think of no scenario where citizens, average individuals who want to live and neither be invaded nor invade, who
do not care for power and have an
instinctive and accurate notion of
the devastation of war, desire to
send themselves, their children or
relatives to war. And, since these
citizens are, after all, by the definition of a democracy, the holders of
power in a democracy, no preemptive military invasion is justifiable. The decision-makers are
elected to represent us and provide us with all the facts, not convince us with half truths.
The United States and other
Western powers have, over the
past 12 years, slowly approached a
crossroads of econo-political struggle which they have now reached.
The recent United Nations and
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
(NATO) conflicts are examples of
this. Old battle lines are being redrawn. The information provided
by these governments is inaccurate, the actions taken are not
transparent, and the principles
dictating these actions are wrong
and dangerous at best and
immoral at worst.
Finally, as was obvious by the
attacks of September 11, the new
type of warfare emerging will not
be on distant battlefields amongst
professional soldiers and conducted according to rules of engagement. Wars will be carried out in
our streets by ventilators flooded
with VX or small tactical nuclear
bombs stored in backpacks and
soda machines. As citizens and
controllers of our governments'
policies, the ultimate responsibility is with us. Therefore, is such
warfare not justifiable albeit horrific? Are we, as citizens of democracies, prepared to endorse
actions by our governments which
are not transparent or representa
tive and could cause an escalation
to this type of warfare? A reduction in the obsessive drive for
power by the upper echelons of
government may reduce the likelihood of such conflicts. Think about
what kind of democracy you want
to live in and act accordingly. What
is UBC's long standing Latin
motto? Tuum Est.
—Saleh Tousi is a third-year
Arts student
Thanks, Ubyssey
On behalf of the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Bike Co-op, I would
like to thank the Ubyssey for covering our current space issues ("No
home for Bike HUB' [March 11]).
Since the article appeared, we have
been receiving community-wide
support in the form of letters and
e-mails. Also, the first financial
commitment ($25,000) has been
made from our long time partner,
UBC TREK It is inspiring to see
people expressing their concerns
for sustainable student initiatives
on this campus.
If others are interested in supporting our efforts, letters can be
sent to the following address: bike-
coop@interchange.ubc.ca, and
more information can be found at
—Erica Mah,
President, AMS Bike Co-op THE UBYSSEY
Real disappointment
now playing
by Benjamin McGinnis
It appears that the sophomore jinx
has claimed yet another victim as
writer/director David Gordon Green
bumbles his way through this meandering, unsatisfying film. That
Green's first film (2000's George
Washington, unseen by me) made
him and friend/star Paul Schneider
critical darlings of the American independent scene makes All the Real
Girls all the more disappointing. To
be fair, the film has a strong first act,
and there are moments of emotional
lucidity where the film's languid, poetic rhythm achieves real poignancy.
Unfortunately, however, a crucial
development derails the work, and we
become mired in a predictable kind of
indie sludge..
The setup is_ familiar. Paul (Paul
Schneider) and Noel (Zooey
Deschanel) are young and in love in
small-town America (to assure us that
this town is small. Green throws in the
obligatory mill). The problem: she's a
virgin and he's fucked/abandoned
pretty much eveiy girl in town (but
this    time    it's—I    don't    know-
different). Also, Noel's brother Tip
(Shea Whigham) is Paul's best friend
and fellow womaniser. While it's a little hard to believe in nice guy Paul's
asshole past, this is where the film
shines. Particularly, Schneider and
Deschanel have a convincing and simple chemistiy; put simply, it's easy to
believe that they're in love. Also, Tip is
fleshed out, making him more than a
plot device.
Halfway into All the Real Girls, an
inexplicable scene signals the film's
deterioration. Noel makes an incredibly uncharacteristic admission to
Paul, who, needless to say, doesn't
take it very well. It is shocking how
false this exchange feels, especially
when juxtaposed with what has preceded it. The remainder of the film is
an almost comic catalogue of indie-
film cliches: the mill makes an
appearance, strained relationships
abound and, finally, the ending is artfully irresolute.
To conclude, I should also note that
the film is rife with inconsequential
detail; that is, Green is in love with
asides. While slowing the film down
considerably, some of these distractions count among the best moments
of All the Real Girls. For instance,
Green seems to have an easy rapport
with younger actors and there is real
pathos to a scene where a young girl
recounts a dream she had to her
father. In these vignettes, as with the
first third of the film, we get a sense of
Green's simmering talent. The bad
news is that All the Real Girls becomes
plodding and artificial; the good news
is that Green is an emerging talent
who should continue to develop in
interesting ways. ♦
Kickin' it, Beckham style
Football film aims to please, scores with coming-of-age story
now playing
by Greg Ursic
For North Americans, football is
all about oblong spheroids, hot-
dogs and beer, cheerleaders,
wacky fans, huge stadiums, linebackers that look like houses with
legs, and the Super Bowl. But for
the rest of the world, football is
spheroids, chips and lager, balletic strikers, obsessed fans, the occasional riot and The World Cup.
The one thing that these two
sports have in common (besides
the" copious amounts of alcohol) is
that girls need not apply.
Jess has it bad. While proper
Indian girls are supposed to be
learning how to cook a proper
Indian meal and planning their
wedding, the only thing on her
mind is (non-American) footbalL
With a room that's a shrine to football god David Beckham, she has
to sneak around to play whenever
she can. She finds an ally in Jules,
a lanky tomboy who also loves the
game and convinces Jess to join
the local women's team.
Unfortunately Jess's parents discover her secret and forbid her to
play, demanding that she abandon her silliness and concentrate
on her sister's upcoming wedding. When will parents learn that
they can't dictate dreams?
The film turns on newcomer
Parminder Nagra who is inspired
as Jess the conflicted heroine of
the piece. She brings energy,
innocence and authenticity to a
character torn between tradition
and her dreams. Nagra skillfully
balances the dramatic and comic
elements of the script, setting the
tone for the piece.
The third film from
writer/director Gurinder Chadha
(Bhaji on the Beach and What's
Cooking), Bend it Like Beckham is
typical of her earlier films: it features true-to-life characters,
strong female leads who challenge social and cultural norms,
skillfully blended cross-cultural
casting and solid writing. Also as
in her previous works, you will
note the complete absence of hi-
tech special effects, violence, foul
language and mass-marketing
This movie is recommended
for anyone who has been jaded by
the megabucks FX-laden turkeys
that have littered the screen as of
late and wants to see a great
movie that is fun and enjoyable..
Hollywood take notice: focus
more on the scripts and you won't
keep losing your shirt. ♦
Spring Shopping Spree
Monday, March 24th to. Friday, March 28th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm. In the main concourse ofthe
Find all the usual goodies like: Home wares, crafts,
jewelry, accessories and clothing.
Special feature: please be sure to visit ourTravel
Show* booth and ask a bout the many opportunities
to work and travel abroad this summer.
An annual multicultural event on campus
organized by International House & co-hosted by
the Graduate Student Society. Wednesday, March
26th from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
FESTIVA is a celebration of the cultural diversity at
UBCand includes performances,demonstrations,
educational workshops, displays and food samples
from around the world.
If you would like to volunteer (there are great
volunteers benefits likeT-shirts,free entry to the
program,free food & drinkcoupons,certificates
and more!)
Please contact Veronica Fynn,at
fynn@/nterc/range.ubc.ca immediately
Sexual Assault Forum
March 27th, noon to 4pm, in the Law Building (Moot
Court Room).
Great panelists, refreshrtlents and discussion. Meg
Gardiner wilt also be introducing her one woman
play called/'Dissolve"- her own narrative. Please
rsvp to:cmckay@equity.ubc.ca. Refreshments
provided. Open to undergraduate students in all
Got a textbook to sell - Need to buy a textbook?
Come to our on line used textbook excha nge - AMS Subtitles has your books for less! Log on at www.amssubtitles.com.
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We offer:
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• Appointment tutoring sessions
• Tutor registry, a database of available tutors
• Tutoring skills workshops
Please visit www.ams.ubc.ca/servkes/tutoring for more information about all of these services and more. Contact us at
604-822-9084, or tutoring@ams.ubc.ca.
t J gifts of tha graduating class of 2003 -^
Thankyou to all who attended the Grad Class Council Annual General Meeting.Your votes have been tallied and the 2003
Grad Class gifts are:
• $9,500 to the Science Social Space project
• $11,500 for the digitization of campus newspapers for the University Archives
• $15,500 for the InterFaculty Publications Office
• $8,500 for picnic benches for the Arts Soda I Space
'Mar. 28th: 1:00-4:00 - Brock Hall, #2001,1874 East Mall
Apr. 9th: 1:00-4:00 - Ponderosa Annex E,#111,2021 West Mall
positive space
This workshop trains Resource persons for the Positive Space Campaign. Positive Space is designed to raise
visibility of safe and supportive places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgendered, two-spirited, inter-sexed and
questioning (LGBQTT) people on campus. It works to increase awareness of these issues, reduce homophobia and
heterosexism and challenge patterns of invisibility, a direct result ofthe oppression LGBQTT people experience.
For more information on how to register, please contact Chris McKay, c/o the Equity Office, Room 2306, Brock Hall, at:
\(604) 822-6353, or email: equiiy@equity.ubc.ca.	
J. 12
Mix master
Rookie UBC defenceman Rya n
Thrussell is the first ice Bird in 18
years to gain national recognition
by Sarah Conchie
While the CIS men's hockey national
awards were about to be announced
in Fredericton, NB last Monday, it
was just another day for UBC
defenceman Ryan Thrussell—an
afternoon skate, some Geography
homework and a dinner with teammates. But Monday was a historic
day for UBC hockey, as unknown to
him, Thrussell was named to the CIS
all-rookie team, the first time in 18
years a hockey Thunderbird has
been honoured by the national
league in any category. The Ubyssey
caught up with the talented, taciturn
22-year-old that very afternoon, and
although we couldn't tell him the
secret, he was more than willing to
share a few of his own.
U: After several years on the road
with the Western Hockey League,
why are you back in Vancouver?
Thrussell: It's close to home, and
I guess after being away for six
years, you kind of want to come back
and see all your friends and live a
more normal life.
U: Did other universities try to
recruit you?
Thrussell: I was enrolled in the
University of Toronto, and I decided
to go, and eveiything was set, and
then Milan [Dragicevic, head coach,)
called me and after about a month
of juggling things around, I decided
to go to UBC.
U: What exactly did Milan say to
convince you to play for UBC?
Thrussell:. He just called me up
and asked me what my plans were,
and I told him I was going to
Toronto, and that pretty much
ended that conversation. But he kept
calling and calling and calling, and
pretty much didn't hear that I was
going to Toronto, and eventually just
convinced me to stay here.
U: You guys had a tough season
[5-23]. What was the transition like
for you?
Thrussell: I've never really
played on a losing team before, so it
was a big difference. Going to the
rink isn't always the easiest thing to
do after losing, eight games in a row.
U: Did you ever think about giving up?
ThrusselL Ah...yeah...there were
times where I thought I was beating
a dead horse, and especially when I
got sick, [Thrussell had mono in the
fall, and then received a concussion
in practice in January] it was kind
of hard.
U: So are you home for good?
Thrussell: I think so—probably.
Definitely not going to Toronto. UBC
is where I'll go to school. As of right
now, I'm set with spending four or
five years at UBC.
U: Ah, yes. School. Do you like
Thrussell: It's been a huge shock.
Trying to figure out how to work. I
had good grades and that was
enough to get me in here, but I really didn't have any study habits or
any concept of how to write papers,
so it was a shock at first It's starting
to come around.
Going to classes has helped—at
first I didn't think I had to go
because there was nobody taking
attendance, but once you start going,
you pick things up pretty quick.
U: Who introduced you to
Thrussell: My dad—he put me in
skates when I was young, and I've
just never wanted to take them off
since. I started when I was three,
and then began playing seriously at
U: Do you have any game-day
rituals? v
Thrussell: I do nothing—if I have
a good game the night before, I'll try
and do everything different the next
night so that I don't get into any little habits.
U: What's your idea ofthe perfect
Thrussell: Relaxed, very relaxed.
I'm not a rah-rah, scream and yell
kind of guy. There's times where
you have to be intense, but when the
whistle stops, if I can just be relaxed
enough to laugh, then that's when
I'll play my best games.
• U: How do you relax off the ice?
Thrussell: I started golfing a httle
bit I'm not much of a golfer, but it's
something to pass my time. I hate
TV. I just watch it to numb my brain.
Lately the war coverage has
been consuming me, all the US
U: If you weren't a hockey player,
what would you be doing?
Thrussell: I used to have turntables, and a few years ago, me and a
friend of mine came out to CiTR and
got our DJ tickets. We set up a show,
but because I went away, we never
actually pursued it. Eargasm, I think
it was called:
U: So, you're sticking around
Vancouver for the hockey and the
school and the music. Is there anyone special that's keeping you here
as well?
ThrusselL No. [blushing] Not at
the moment
U: Fair enough. But your family
is here, right?
Thrussell: Yeah, I have one brother who is nine, and one brother who
is 13.
The httle one, he's a goalie. I've
been td quite a few games, and I
. practice with him whenever I can.
He's not bad—he's only been playing
a year, so he's learning.
U: Did you sign your name on the
UBC hockey whiteboard that said,
' "We're never going to miss the playoffs again?*
ThrusselL I don't think I've done
that yet [Laughs sheepishly]. But I
don't think we'll miss the playoffs
again. I can't see it, as long as the
team continues to improve. ♦
Brown is back
For the first time in 11 years, the
annual rivalry between UBC and
University of Victoria rowers will be
held on this side ofthe Georgia Strait
The Cup itself, worth an estimated
$20,000, was donated by Dr Bruce
and Mrs Dorothy Brown in 1993, a
year after the firsi 3 km race was held.
Originally called the Challenge for the
Blade, the challenge this year will be
whether a change of venue can also
change history. The Thunderbird
men's and women's eight boats will
try for their first-ever win on the
Fraser River in Richmond this
Sunday. The oars commence at
10:50am for the women, and
11:00am for the men.
Go west, young man
Before the phone started ringing
off the hook for former Canucks
prospect goaltender Kevin Swanson,
the Ubyssey chatted with him on the
phone from his home in Red Deer,
Alberta. The skilled netminder has
committed to play at UBC as soon as
his contract with the Canucks is up on
November 17. The 23-year-old says
he is looking forward to suiting up for
the Birds, and adds that he chose UBC
because ofthe leisure and sport management program. Being heartily welcomed by the men's hockey team—
which hasn't made the playoffs in
seven years—couldn't have hurt,
either. "It's always nice to go to a
place where you're wanted," said
Swanson, Swanson headlines a
rumoured list of several top hockey
players who are currently upgrading
their schooling in order to attend
UBC in September, including BCJHL
star Eric Clarke,  Michigan Tech's
Matt Gibbons and local leader Tim
Sunday stampede
The men's rugby team hosts their
final regular season conquest of the
year on Wolfson Fields Sunday afternoon at lpm, this time taking on the
squad from Berkeley, California. The
rugby Birds, who have yet to lose a
match, head into the playoffs on the
strength of a 17-0 record in Division I
ofthe Vancouver Rugby Union. They
have outscored opponents 702-68 so
far this season. ♦


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