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costs UBC
by Sarah Galashan
In the last two years, UBC has
racked up $35,000 in fines from the
Workers' Compensation Board
(WCB) for its failure to meet
asbestos removal standards.
According to documents
released through Freedom of
Information, UBC was fined three
times in 1997 and 1998 (for
$15,000, $8,000 and $12,000) for
failing to adequately train or
supervise workers in the handling
of the deadly material.
WCB hygiene officer Rae Ann
Aldridge, whose investigation lead
to the $12,000 fine last July, wrote
in her recommendations to the
WCB that asbestos management
training of workers and supervisors was ineffective.
In her report, she noted that a
piece of drywall material containing two per cent crysotile asbestos
had been cut manually by a UBC
carpenter. A pre job hazard assessment had failed to identify the
Asbestos, a fireproof insulator,
was banned in the 1970s when it
was discovered that it could be
carcinogenic and damage lung tissue if inhaled.
UBC has begun a slow and costly asbestos removal campaign on
One person who is watching
the progress of the removal efforts
is Paul Cooke, general vice president for CUPE Local 116, the
union representing over 1,800
UBC employees.
"You have to remember with
asbestos....it may not hit you for 20
years," he said. "So [the workers]
are very concerned that if it happens to them once or twice nothing might show up, and then 20
years down the road they'll get one
of these lung diseases. I think this
is what makes people madder than
anything else."
But the WCB hygiene officer
recently appointed to deal with
UBC, luri Oja, said while "there
certainly was some risk...it's probably small."
He said while the repetition of
fines may lead one to think that
the UBC hasn't dealt with the
problem, that "training and supervision issues have been dealt
WCB fines double each time
UBC is found in violation of a sim-
see "WCB" on page 2
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Alberta 3-0 and 3-T to advance to the nationals this week, richard lam photo 5ge s&an? page S
Tenants seek greater compensation
by Douglas Quan
For the past few months, residents of the University
Apartments (Point Grey and Spirit Park buildings) have been
waging a silent war against UBC for better compensation for
the inconveniences they suffered when their buildings
underwent major repairs last year and this year.
The repairs were undertaken after it was discovered that
the buildings suffered from building envelope failure—the
same 'leaky condo syndrome' that has plagued thousands of
Lower Mainland condo owners.
To date, the repairs to the two buildings (located just off
Wesbrook Mall by the fraternity houses) have cost the university about $2.5 million. But even UBC Housing acting
director Darcelle Cottons has acknowledged that the repairs
have cost the university much more.
"[The repairs] have seriously strained our relationship
with our tenants as well as negatively impacting our ability to
proceed with our future housing goals," she wrote in a
February 5 lener to representatives of the University
Apartments Tenants Committee.
The repairs, which began last summer, are only now near-
ing completion—in some cases, months after they were
expected to be complete. But UBC officials say that Donovan
Management, the company hired to coordinate the various
restoration jobs, is not to blame. The delays, they say, just
reflect an industry that's still learning to respond to a relatively new problem.
But the tenants—mostly visiting academics here with
"[The repairs] have seriously
strained our relationship with our
tenants as well as negatively
impacting our ability to proceed
with our future housing goals."
—Darcelle Cottons
Acting Housing Director
their families on short term contracts with the university—
have been complaining about a lot more than just delays.
Many residents say they were not given enough advance
warning. Others who moved in while the repairs were already
underway weren't even given any notice at all.
The list of grievances about the actual repair work is even
more extensive: tradespeople enterng apartments and
removing windows without warning, electricity turned off for
extended periods of time, wiring left exposed, noisy plastic
sheeting and poor ventilation.
At least seven tenants have opted to go before the
Residential Tenancy Branch for an arbitration hearing. They
say the compensation package that UBC offered to residents
last year was highly inadequate.
Each tenant received two offers: either a 60, 80 or 100 per
cent rebate on one month's rent (depending on the amount
of disruption within their units and whether or not they have
any kids) plus a short extension to the maximum three year
stay; or no monetary compensation but a longer extension to
their maximum stay ranging from 12 to 18 months.
The Tenants Committee had sought a 60 per cent monthly rent reduction for all residents for each month of the
In an interview yesterday, Cottons admitted that some
new residents were not told ahead of time about the repairs,
and that the true extent of the disruptions may not have been
relayed. "We've learned our lesson," she said.
Cottons said she's confident repairs to the Thunderbird
student residences set to begin this May—to repair the same
problem—will run much more smoothly. She added that
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The pro-separation movement in Quebec is
losing steam, according to Intergovernmental
Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.
Delivering the keynote address at this
weekend's UBC Political Science Students'
Association conference on national unity,
Dion claimed that concerns with the constitution issue in Quebec and in the rest of Canada
is waning.
"We are moving beyond this obsession,"
Dion said. "There is increasing agreement that
our constitution does work even though it
could work better."
He said that constitutional reform should
not be used as a "bargaining chip" in efforts to
keep Canada together, adding that "separatist
blackmail has never yielded anything positive
for Quebec or for other Canadians."
He also dismissed the possibility of a take-
it-or-leave-it offer by the federal government
designed to keep Quebec in Canada.
Dion's comments drew an angry response
from Oliver Morin, a political science student
on exchange from Montreal. "If a wife and
husband are not agreeing and both of them
turn their back, how are they going to recon-
ciliate?" he asked.
Morin said that Dion's Canada-wide lecture tour is not helping the reconciliation
process. "When people like me come back to
Quebec their nationalism is stronger because
you have people like [Dion] circulating,
around Canada saying all these things."
He accused Dion of trying to paint separatists as the "black sheep of Canada," and disagreed with Dion that separatists have a con
stitutional obsession. He said the
separatist movement has great support, especially
among the youth of
If there is such
strong support for
federalism in
Quebec, "how
come there is a PQ
government?" he
Federal Bloc
Quebecois MP
Daniel Turp, who
spoke on a panel
after Dion's speech,
also said that the
separatist movement was "alive
and well" in
Turp, along with
Globe   and   Mail   ...
columnist  Gordon  SEPARAT,ST MOVEMENT slipping, declares Unity Minister Stephane Dion.
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Gibson and federal
Reform    MP    Val
Meredith, questioned the value of renewed
federalism. "If people want a decentralised
government, so be it. A lot of Albertans and
British Columbians want it as well."
But Chris Gorman, a UBC political science
student, said he couldn't foresee the country
breaking up anytime soon. "You're not going
to break up the country with a 50-plus one-
vote, give me a break.   You'll always have
Quebec nationalism and it's stronger than
ever, but Canada as we know it today, it's not
going to break up."
UBC political science professor Philip
Resnick stood out on the panel in support of
the federal government. He suggested
Switzerland may be a good model for Canada
to follow in regards to a re-negotiated federation of the provinces.**
Asbestos management poor: WCB
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"WCB" continued from page 1
ilar infraction. Officers also make regular visits to the university's worksites, either of their
own volition or at the anonymous request of
UBC workers.
Don Nelson, WCB's regional Vancouver
director, defends the high fees. "A S15.000 fine
on UBC would be like a mosquito on the back
of an elephant." said Nelson, who explains
that the fine depends on the seriousness of
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come on by
the incident, whether it's happened before
and exactly how much the institution can
afford, based on its payroll.
"We use these penalties or sanctions to try
Lo get the attention or senior management to
get them to correct what they're doing."
Representatives of UBC's health, safety
and environment department, set up to deal
with employee safety and environmental
complaints, say they hope workers will bring
any complaints to them. It would save the
university money in the long run.
"I've never been that happy in the past
with the health and safety system and the way
it's been enforced, but it's definitely taken a
change for the belter over the last six
months," says Cooke,
"It may he part to do with the fines, I don't
know. Just maybe they're at the stage where
they've said, 'Well this is gettingludicrous that
we have to pay all these fines, we've got to do
something about it."'*
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"housing horror" from 1
UBC Housing has strived to give students as much warning as possible
about the nature and extent of the work
But while Cottons' letter to
Thunderbird residents repeatedly
acknowledges that the repairs will be
noisy, dusty and dirty work, the letter
doesn't come close to conveying the
kinds of "honor stories" that the faculty
residents have already had to go
Since November, dozens of tenants
in the Umversity Apartments have been
posting their grievances on a listserve
along with letters they've sent to UBC
officials complaining about the compensation offer. (All e-mails are subsequently  posted  on   a  website   at
http: / /warp.stat.ubc.ca)
•"We now have a very ugly space
above our living rooms that serves no
purpose but to make our apartments
darker and less hospitable." (Sid Fels,
December 16)
•"The building still looks like a war
zone. What's going on?" (lanice
Graham, lanuary 03)
•"Men walked into my unit on two
occasions without knocking, once
catching me just as I was entering the
shower." (Linda Stanley, lanuary 13)
•"My children [asked] if [the construction crew was] making our home
better or demolishing it." (Se-kyung
Chong, January 20)
•"We expected the highly acclaimed
UBC to treat its faculty and its tenants
with fairness and respect...How dare
you treat your tenants so badly and then
present them with a pathetic legalistic
offer!" (Jenny Edwards, January 20)
Despite the angry reaction to the
compensation offer on the listserve,
"the majority" of residents have ended
up accepting the offer, Cottons said yesterday.
However, some residents said a legal
release attached to the offer barring
them from making any further claims
for compensation likely compelled
most people to accept They also suggested that many of the residents,
because they don't speak English very
well, felt intimidated pursuing the compensation matter through arbitration
More than Golden Key
by Daliah Merzaban
Last year, 820 UBC students, who are at
the top 15 per cent of their programs,
paid $80 (Cdn) each to join Golden Key
Honour Society. Of this fee, $68 (Cdn)
is remitted to the international headquarters in Atlanta.
This amount is considerably higher
than the money kept by other honour
societies. Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha
Epsilon Lambda, whose standards for
student recruitment are similar to
Golden Key's, both charge a one-time
national fee of $15 per student.
Phi Beta Kappa—which claims to
be "the nation's oldest and most
respected" undergraduate honour
society—charges no membership fee,
but limits entry only to outstanding
students nominated by the chapters.
With the money collected by its
national office, Golden Key distributes
10 $10,000 scholarships, and two
undergraduate scholarships for each
chapter per year. During the 1996-97
fiscal year, the society spent a total of
$289,461 on scholarships, according to
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
report obtained by the Ubyssey. Each
chapter received approximately $700
for the two scholarships.
For other honour societies that
don't fundraise, like Golden Key, the
funding for scholarships comes out of
see "golden key" next page
the recruitment fees. Alpha Epsilon
Lambda offers 16 $3000 graduate fellowships, one scholarship to each
chapter worth no less that $100, and an
outstanding advisor award—all taken
from the $15 national fee.
Phi Beta Kappa, by comparison,
raises and distributes over $1 million
in scholarships a year. Each chapter
forms a non-profit association that
fundraises for scholarships, sponsors
lectures and organises tours. The
Northern California association alone
earned $52,500 last year and distrib
uted 15 $3400 scholarships to students, almost 100 per cent of its earnings.
Founded in 1977, Golden Key now
has 271 chapters in the US, Canada,
Australia, Malaysia, Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands. Total membership
now exceeds 800,000—a number
which Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest US
honour society, hasn't attained in over
200 years.
This fast expansion of Golden Key
might be due to the lack of scrutiny
used when opening new chapters.
AJJ figures are in US dollars unless other-
$80 (WrO
top 15%       3.5 GPA        top 10%
GK=Golden Key PES=Phi Epsilon Sigma PBK=Phi
Beta Kappa AEL=Alpha Epsilon Lambda
top 15-
response to
Golden Key
by Irfan Dhalla
The Golden Key National Honour Society was a topic of
brief debate at last Wednesday's UBC Senate meeting.
While the president's office defended UBC's association
with the Atlanta-based organisation, student senators
feel that there are still questions lingering.
Student senator Michael Edwards, a Human Kinetics
graduate student, brought up the Golden. Key issue a
month earlier after reading an article in the Ubyssey
describing the academic honour society.
After receiving an invitation endorsed by President
Martha Piper, over 820 UBC students paid $80 to join
the Atlanta-based society last fall.
At last Wednesday's meeting, Herbert Rosengarten,
executive director in the president's office, spoke about
Golden Key on behalf of Piper. However, after
Rosengarten's presentation, only Edwards and fellow
student senator Antonie Zuniga questioned whether
UBC had adequately investigated Golden Key's
Faculty senators spent a few minutes contemplating
the phrase "elitist American organisation," a phrase
used by the AMS in their decision not to support Golden
Key, before quickly moving on to other matters.
Edwards said he was not surprised by the lack of
questioning. "Senators rely on the information provided
to them. If senators are provided with information that
they believe to be true, they have no reason to pose
questions," said Edwards,
Rosengarten's articulate presentation may also have
been a factor, says Edwards. "He is an eloquent speaker,
so the senate is likely to believe him over me. In retrospect, I wish I had provided a handout [to senate] comparing Golden Key's figures with the IRS figures."
Edwards has looked over the both sets of financial
data, the audit commissioned by Golden Key and the
IRS (Internal Revenue Service) submission obtained by
the Ubyssey, and felt that the two documents did not
always correlate. "I thought [Golden Key's] figures were
inconsistent wirh the IRS return. You compare the numbers and they dont seem to match."
For example, Edwards noted that the audit states
that $1,331,282 is spent on "administrative and general"
items, but the IRS return says $1,901,429 goes towards
"management and general" expenditures. The "management and general" figure does not include over a
million dollars in salary and compensation described
elsewhere on the IRS return. Salaries are not explicitly
disclosed in the Golden Key audit.
Rosengarten defended UBC's investigation of the
honour society. "In my view, the university did examine
the society's claims," said Rosengarten at the senate
meeting. "Golden Key offers much the same benefits as
other honour societies. Golden Key seemed to be, and
still seems to be, a praiseworthy organisation."
UBC's investigation was led by Carol Gibson,
Director of Awards and Financial Aid, and Blair
Grabinsky, former manager of Career Services.
According to Rosengarten, Grabinsky and a UBC student visited Golden Key's 1997 conference and were
favourably Impressed Rosengarten added that UBC will
formally review the affiliation with Golden Key in the fall
Rosengarten described the wide support Golden Key
has received from prominent universities in North
America, and mentioned that the major difference
between Golden Key and other honour societies is that
"Golden Key is the first honour society to offer membership to Canadian students."
In response to one of Edwards' questions, Gibson
said she did not examine rhe IRS return as part of her
investigation. Rosengarten added that he saw no reason
to justify requesting the IRS document. Nevertheless,
Edwards speculates that UBC was overly reliant on documents provided by the honour society itself.
"The thing that distressed me the most was that the
literature Rosengarten provided seemed to come only
from Golden Key," said Edwards. "Unfortunately, documents such as the IRS return seem to tell a different
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"golden key" from 3
Unlike Golden Key, other honour
societies don't actively recruit
new chapters. Phi Beta Kappa
insists on high standards for
aspiring post-secondary institutions wishing to become chapters. Schools must be examined
by Phi Beta Kappa before being
considered—their chapters
include Harvard and Yale.
Alpha Epsilon Lambda and
Phi Eta Sigma, require aspiring
schools to submit petitions and
identify qualified students to the
national office before being considered for recruitment.
But while all these options are
open to American schools,
Canadian students have less
choice when joining an honour
society. So far five Canadian universities have joined on with
Golden Key—UBC, McGill,
McMaster and the Universities of
Alberta and Toronto. Neither Phi
Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon
Lambda or Phi Eta Sigma offer
chapters to schools north of the
Mon to Fri 8am-9pm • Sat to Sun 10am-6pm Birds win Canada West
by Federico Barahona
UBC will end their 1998-99 season right where it
began—in Edmonton.
The UBC women's volleyball team swept the
University of Alberta Pandas in the Canada West
finals for the second consecutive year this weekend to advance to the national championships in
Edmonton later this week as the number one seed.
UBC last won the national championship in 1978.
This weekend, the T-Birds were again led by
their "Big Three" of loanne Ross, Sarah Maxwell,
and Barb Bellini, who combined for an astounding 56 kills and 75 digs Friday and 38 kills and 47
digs Saturday.
"I knew that if we could win the first night, I
was pretty confident we could win the second
night," said UBC head coach Erminia Russo. "I'm
surprised it only went to three tonight—I thought
maybe it would go four or five."
UBC will enter the national eight-team tournament as the number one overall seed, while
Alberta will be in the number three position. UBC
will face the number eight University de Moncton
Anges Bleus Thursday, and if successful will face
the winner of the University of Saskatchewan—
Universite Laval matchup.
The T-Birds started this season in Edmonton,
where they dropped two five-set matches to the
Pandas. Last year, UBC fell to Alberta in five sets
in the national semifinals after their Canada West
finals win. Two years ago, it was the Pandas beating UBC in the Canada West finals in five sets, and
three years ago the two teams met in the national
final, where Alberta won again in five sets. So will
this latest trip to Edmonton end in a national
"If we run into [Alberta], we'll run into them in
the final, and that's fine with us,"
said coach Erminia Russo. "I think
anywhere we play them, I think
we've shown here that we're with
the team to beat."
This weekend was a good sign
UBC rolled over Alberta this weekend. After hitting some bumps early
on in Friday's 3-1 win (15-13, 10-15,
15-7, 15-10), UBC came back and
held Alberta down. Saturday night
was a different story, though, as UBC
crushed Alberta in three sets (15-7,
15-9,15-12). Aside from a mild comeback in the third game, the Pandas
never knew what hit them.
"We're pretty excited. I'm pretty
proud of our team," said third-year
power hitter Sarah Maxwell,
knew we could do it, but this
actually the proof we could do it.
UBC heads to the nationals
the number one seed in the country
and, more importantly, the team to
beat—a position that undermined
their play the last time they visited
Alberta, when there was a perceived
pressure to live up to the number-
one ranking.
"We definitely have a lot of confidence against [Alberta] now. We've
beaten them twice and We're ready to
play them any time," said fourth-
year power hitter Barb Bellini.
Could this be the year?
"If we play like we played this
weekend, we have a good shot,"
added Bellini. ♦
1999 CIAU women's volleyball tournament draw
UBC Thunderbirds
Moncton Anges Bleus
** Saskatchewan Huskies:
: Laval Rouge et or
Manitoba Bisons
Toronto Blues
•Alberta Pandas
Montreal Carabins     *)
UBC won their
second consecutive Canada
West championship this
weekend at War
memorial Gym
as Joanne Ross
went up high
(above picture,
enough) and
Joanna Langley
(below, left)
and Kathryn
(below, right)
went down low.
UBC is now the
number one
seed at the
CIAU national
this week in
Alberta, richard
Birds swept by Vikes, Eric
 by Bruce Arthur
It was deja vu all over again, but probably for the last time.
UVic post/colossus Eric Hinrichsen has tormented UBC
for five full years, and he did it once again this weekend as
the Birds were swept 2-0 in the best-of-three Canada West
semifinals at Victoria's McKinnon Gym. Hinrichsen was
omnipresent as UBC lost 78-68 Friday and 72-65 Saturday to
the nationally number one-ranked Vikes. This marks the
third consecutive year that UBC's season has ended in the
McKinnon Gym graveyard.
"If we would have had [Los Angeles Lakers centre] Shaq
[O'Neal], it would have helped," sighed UBC head coach
Bruce Enns. "Our guys in the post worked so hard, but when
it comes right down to it, Eric is just at a different level. He's
at a different level physically, and he's at a different level
Friday, UBC came out looking as though the weight of a
long, arduous season was heavy on their shoulders. The
defence was lacking its characteristic energy, leading scorer
Stanleigh Mitchell was struggling, and there was an overall
lack of zip. But when second-year forward Beau Mitchell sank
a ten-foot jumper to end the half, the Birds trailed only 33-30.
After the break, UBC came out and fought their way to a
39-39 tie before coming apart like cardboard shoes. The
Vikes scored 20 of the next 24 points with a combination of
three-point shots and fifth-year forward Colin Martin, who
scored all 18 of his points after intermission. Victoria finished with nine three-pointers. Hinrichsen was held to 13
points but grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked three shots,
and UBC lost by 10. The Birds were led by fourth-year guard
Dominic Zimmermann with 14 points.
"As soon as the whistle blew, I know for myself I didn't
have any legs, and I could see it on the faces of the other
guys, too," said a disconsolate Zimmermann. "I think they
wanted it more than we did tonight."
Saturday quickly turned into the Eric Hinrichsen Show.
He scored 16 points in the first half on an assortment of
dunks and layups, including a soaring, one-handed, thunderous slam that's probably still rattling the light fixtures.
But UBC played terrific, tenacious defence on everyone else,
along with balanced scoring and the Birds only trailed 34-30.
The second half, though, UBC payed for their double-
teaming of Hinrichsen, as fifth-year Vikes point guard Ralph
Chilious-Carter got loose for 11 second-half points. But with
their season on the line, UBC scrapped and scraped back
from a 12-point deficit to come within two with under five
minutes to go. The comeback never quite made it, however,
and UBC fell 72-65 on free throws. Mitchell finished l-of-9
from the field, and the rest of the Birds' offence locked up
when it needed to be creative. Forward Jon Fast led UBC
with 14 points, and Zimmermann added 12.
"We didn't trust each other sufficiently," said Enns. "Our
problems were offensive, as they were mostof the year."
Next year's Birds have the potential for greatness, however. With Martin, Chilious-Carter, and especially Hinrichsen
gone from the Vikes' arsenal, UBC's competition slackens
somewhat As well, Birds star shooting guard Nino Sose,
sidelined this season by back surgery, has committed to
return for a fifth and final season. In Mitchell and Sose, the
Birds could sport the two best guards in the Canada West,
and the forward corps returns intact. Enns is recruiting hard
to increase the team's size up front, but his expectations for
UBC's performance next season are high.
"I expect to have a team that's going to challenge for the
national championship," he said. Enns also paid tribute to
this year's Thunderbirds.
"This team should hold its head up high. I'm proud of
this team." ♦ ^rnurn^
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After opening the Vancouver International Film
Festival and earning itself 13 Genie nominations
last year, this Canadian-British co-production has
been highly anticipated. However, with all the publicity, awards and prestige, the experience for film-
goers might be dampened by overwhelming expectations.
Set in Bombay in 1971, when India was in conflict with Pakistan, director Sturla Gunnarsson
treats us to the mystical and intriguing story of
Gustad Noble (portrayed by Genie award-winning
Roshan Seth). A compassionate but stubborn bank
clerk, Gustad struggles with the everyday complications of living in a poorly-maintained Bombay on
the eve of war.
His simple world becomes threatened when his
rebellious son Sohrab announces that he will not be
attending the prestigious IT institute. Next, his
daughter becomes ill with malaria, and his wife
engages in black magic in an attempt to save her
family from their current misfortune. Finally, the
now-frustrated Gustad is contacted by an old friend
and asked to launder money for the freedom fighters in Bangladesh. Well aware of the possible outcome, the loyal Gustad begins to deposit the sixmil-
lion rupees into a bank account where he works.
What is astonishing about this film is how
Gunnarsson maintains a certain simplicity in the
work, keeping the audience's focus on Rohinton
Mistry's original story. The cinematography and
production design are impressive and incredibly
detailed, and flawlessly recreate the elements of the
original novel. Thankfully Bombay isn't portrayed
here as the overly exotic and 'underdeveloped' city
that most western motion pictures have made it out
as in the past. Instead, Gunnarsson focuses on a
family and their struggles, all without the use of
stereotyped distractions.
Likewise, the performances from this talented
cast help to recreate the novel with integrity.
However, the question remains: can a 300-page
novel be made into a two hour film without some
aspect of the original story being sacrificed?
Unfortunately, the film takes a strange turn when
Gustad is contacted by his long-lost friend and the
narrative is quickly sped up. The film, from then on,
possesses far too many emotional high points and
sudden tragedies, ending up becoming less than
coherent. The beautiful simplicity of the film is
somewhat lost as one struggles to understand the
significance of such abrupt misfortunes.
Having seen it earn a great number of awards
and nominations, some will be disappointed to find
that Such A Long Journey is not a perfect spectacle
of overwhelming sets, locations and costumes.
Instead, though it loses some of its focus near the
end, the film sheds such gimmicks to present a
truthful story of a man, his family, his country and
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The Alma Mater Society (ams) is your
student society. The society's mission is
'to improve the quality of the educational,
social and personal lives of the students
of UBC The ams is always looking for
students to serve on AMS & UBC
committees. These committees range
from AMS budget to Environmental
policy for UBC. If you haven't quite
found your niche but want to get involved
email us at feedback@ams.ubc.ca
|heamstasseveral opjXirjuniliesforsJaXJGflls. YQJcafl
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ombudsperson: on behalf of students
or staff, investigate complaints about
the ams. Sit as a non-voting member
of ams council.
are.the membership
student court: exercises disciplinary
powers over ams members &
Is Hie governing body of Ihe ams, it is made up of student repr
each faculty. Elections for these positions are held throughout Feb-Mar, depending
on the faculty
Volun{eer positions:
vice president,
maryann adamec
coordinator of external affairs
natnan alien
Clerk of the Court
Administer and oversee the procedures of Student Court Receive
submissions from students wishing to call the Court to session.
Chief Justice of Student Court
Preside over Student Court and administer hearings. Sit on the Prima
Facie Committee to determine whether there is cause to call Court to
session. Note: The Chief Justice must be entering or enrolled in third
year law.
Student Court Judge (6)
Preside as a judicial juror at Court hearings. Consider disciplinary and
constitutional reference cases concerning the AMS, its members and
president     , ,,
director of administration
director of finance.,
karen sonik
Safety and Equity Commissioner
Academic Issues Commissioner
Housing Commissioner
Constituency and Wellness
First Year Issues Commissioner
Transportation Commissioner
Post-Secondary Liaison
At Large Commissioner (2)
Student Activity Planning Group
Student Activity Coordinator
Assistant to the President
Building and Security
Clubs Commissioner
Art Gallery Commissioner
Constituency Commissioner
At Large Commissioner
Clubs Finance Commissioner
Constituencies Finance
Fundraising Commissioner
Commercial Services
Financial Aid
service director pOsit'OfiS fc^d tyr. term).
S Promote   volunteerism   to
students and the campus
HWWBPH community. Responsible for
BHIHH the   management  of  the
AMS Internship Program.
Responsible for managing
and implementing job-search
:^.   services for UBC students.
Provide    career    advising
opportunities & encourage employers
to utilize the service.
I Responsible for setting-up
and running the Used
E Bookstore each term.
Publicize the AMS Used
Bookstore and encourage students to
buy from students.
Qmbuds Receive, investigate, and
Office^ reso|ve   (When   possible)
complaints from students
about the university. Train
and supervise volunteer caseworkers.
Co-ordinate a team of
volunteers for call-in or
drop-in peer counseling.
Responsible for
interviewing    and   training    peer
Responsible for tutoring
programs, residence drop-in
tutoring and other initiatives.
Promote tutoring to the student
body. Develop plans to enhance the image of
the service and expand its programs.
Assistant Director of
Orientations Program. Work
closely with the director to
organize full day orientations
for incoming students during the summer.
Inform incoming students abo.ut
academics and campus life and quell
concerns about the university experience.
look for our posters with more details on the positions around campus in the "what's on at ubc boards,'
at Joblink and Volunteer Services!
Maintain    the    Rentsline
telephone service. Promote
Rentsline to the  student
body   and   to   potential
advertisers. Responsible    for
screening ads and troubleshooting the
telephone system.
Ensure that Safewalk is
adequately staffed and is
open to meet the needs of
students throughout the
Recruit and motivate the
Work to  improve
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to get more information
about these great
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Thunderbirds swept in Victoria
by Bruce Arthur
In the end, it was just too much, too soon.
The UBC women's basketball team was swept from the
playoffs by the University of Victoria Vikes for the fourth
consecutive year this weekend at Victoria's McKinnon Gym.
UBC played as well as they have all season in stretches, but
their youth and lack of playoff experience scuttled their
hopes of upsetting the defending national champions.
"We've got to get more the feeling that we deserve it,"
said fourth-year UBC forward lessica Mills, who led UBC
with a combined 29 points over the two games. "We don't
play like it's ours, we don't play like it's all right and that it
belongs to us."
Friday, UBC opened the series with a confident, nerves-
free half. Mills and first-year forward len MacLeod dominat-
ed inside, while UBC's defence held the potent Vikesoffenee^
and look. We let ourselves get completely shut
Saturday was Victoria's chance to go for the
jugular and the defending champs did so. Victoria
made a change to better beat the Birds—head
coach Kathy Shields took first-team jMl-Canada
West forward Kim lohnson out of the starting lineup due to knee trouble and inserted forward Janet
McLaughlin. She also replaced conference Rookie
of the Year Lindsay Anderson with the more experienced Joanna Holdsworth. The two backups
made an immediate impact—McLaughlin wound
up with a game-high 19 points, while Holdsworth
made all three of her shots.
UBC, meanwhile, again shot miserably with the
exception of Mills, who blazed her way to 13 points
by intermission. UBC trailed only 32-26-at AeJialt
from breaking out en route to a 34-24 halftime lead. But the
wheels came off in the second half, as Victoria went to a
matchup zone that smothered the suddenly passive Birds.
The Vikes chipped away bit by bit behind fifth-year post lily
Blair while Mills and MacLeod got into foul trouble. UBC
stopped moving, stopped passing, and it got them a miserable second-half total of 14 points. Still, with just over a
minute to go UBC led 48-47 before Birds-killer Megan
Dalziel thrust another knife between UBC's wings.
Dalziel, the sister of UBC volleyball star Mike Dalziel,
beat the Birds with a three-pointer in the final minute at
War Memorial Gym January 22 when the Vikes won 49-46.
This time, she was left alone on the right wing and buried
a three from 21 feet away to put Victoria up 50-48. But on
the ensuing Birds possession, Mills was fouled going to the
hoop and went to the line with a chance to tie the game.
But Mills, an 82.7 per cent free throw shooter this season,
missed both. The Vikes added a free throw, and Jen Duff's
long three-point try to tie missed long. UBC wound up losing 52-48.
"We stopped playing," said Mills. "Catch and look, catch
but again lost focus after intermission. The Birds
couldn't complete a clean pass against UVic's stifling pressure, Mills and MacLeod again ran into
foul trouble, and the Birds managed only 17 second-half points, falling 59-43.
"At least tonight they beat us," said a frustrated
Mills. "Last night.. .we beat ourselves."
"Yesterday we came out hungry for the win, and
today they came out hungry for the win," said first-
year point guard Julie Smulders.
The Birds will lose only backup guard Lisa
Scharf to graduation, and will return their young
and talented nucleus. With Mills returning from her
Player of the Year campaign alongside All-Rookie-
teamers Smulders and MacLeod, UBC's future is
getting brighter. But in the Canada West, the Birds
will need to believe they belong to succeed.
"We've learned a lot throughout the season, and
most of us haven't been in a playoff situation
before," said Smulders. "We have to come out and
expect to win, instead of hoping." ♦
UP FOR CRABS: UBC's Stacy Reykdal (left) and victoria's Megan Dalziel
fight for a rebound in the Vikes' weekend sweep, ryan lash photo
The UBC track and field team
competed at the Canada West
championships in Edmonton this
weekend. UBC sent only a few athletes, so the women finished sixth
in the team competition with 22
points, well behind the University
of Saskatchewan's 143. Sarah
McDiarmid, though, won the high
jump competition with a jump of 1.78
metres, only 0.06 off the Canada West
record. Suzanne Muldoon came third in the
long jump with a jump of 5.49 metres.
The men. meanwhile, finished fourth
with 53 points, while the University of
Calgary won with 124 points. T-Bird Jay
Arteficio won the high jump with a leap of
1.99 metres, while Oliver Utting came second in the 3,000 metres with a time of
8:34.53 and third in the J',500 metres in a
time of 3:58.68. Steve Walters finished third
in the 300 metres in 34.92. Chris Johnson
was second in the 600 metres in 1:20.95 and
the men's 4 x 400 metre relay team came
third in 3:22.78. Finally, the 4 x 800 metre
relay squad came in third with a time of
UBC hosts the UBC Last Chance meet
Saturday at Minoru Park before heading to
the CIAU national championships at McGill
March 12 and 13. ♦
The U.B.C. Cricket Club is
welcoming new players
for the 1999 season.
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Federico Barahona
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
Bruce Arthur
Dale Lum
Richard Lam
Todd Silver
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Fernie Pereira
Stephanie Keane
Shalene Takara
Local slam poet Tom Peacock had a really bad case of
writer's block. "Oh man, what am I gonna do!," Tom
exclaimed. Suddenly, his muses, appeared in the
form of Ron Nurwisah, John Zaozirny and Sarah
Galashan. Seeing that Tom was stuck, the three started to pitch ideas. "One day, Irfan Dhalla and Daliah
Merzaban were walking down the street," Ron started. "No, no, no," John exclaimed. "It's much better if
we added Julian Dowling, Douglas Quan and
Richard Lam." "But what about Christine Tassos and
Tara Westover," Sarah asked? "Forget them," Ron
added, "tell him the story about Bruce Arthur,
Federico Barahona and Todd Silver's trip to Mexico.
The time they got really really sick." "Who wants to
hear about that," complained John. "We all know
that Nyranne Martin's trip to Cuba with Cynthia Lee
and Nick Bradley was way better."
"What about Lisa Johnson's trip to the opera with
Ryan Lash, and we can't forget about Dale Lum," Ron
interiected."Shut up, all of you," Tom shouted over
the bickering three. "Screw this, I'm going home!"
A rose by any other name..
The long, torturous wait is over. After months
of searching, soliciting, and sifting through
potential names, the AMS store has been
christened. It is a noble name, a name that
reflects the utilitarian function that it will
soberly pursue.
It will be called The Outpost.
(insert Outhouse/Compost joke here).
In pioneer times, outposts were critical
providers of essential survival supplies. The
AMS' Outpost is an extension of that grand
concept: it stocks supplies that no serious student could possibly live without
Carved wooden frogs, for example.
Silk flowers, twin crystal swans, "Musical
color changing piano lamp," piano jewelry
boxes, piano music boxes (Elton John and
Billy Joel commemorative piano boxes forthcoming), an estimated 46 varieties of stuffed
animals, ceramic penholders, and wooden
Whoa! Slow down! Don't all rush to the
Outpost at once!
Whew. Close one.
The old Thunderbird Shop used to stock
aspirin. The Outpost stocks enough glitter to
cover George "the aAjiimal" Steele in fancy
faerie dust
With all this in mind, the Ubyssey would
like to present a list of actual suggestions
turned down by the AMS. In favour of The
Outpost. Really.
• Thunderbird Shop Version 2.0
• Quorum? We Don't Need No Stinking
• Knicknacks and Paddywhacks
• SUBpar
• SUBversive
• SUBstandard
• All the Baby Tees You Can Eat
• I Can't Believe Ifs Not Gastown!
• Ryan Davies' House O' Decoys
• Ryan Davies' Last Drunken Fling With
• Fuck the Little Guy
• Fuck [former Thunderbird Shop manager]
Bob Gray
• Throw Bob Gray a Bone
• All We Need Now are Pink Flamingos!
• Stationery? No.
• [Insert Dollar Store Name Here]
• Crap Fair
• Crap World
• All Crap, All The Time
• Duck Off!
We urge the AMS to reconsider the unfortunate name of the store. Because there are
enough Outhouses in the world already.<»
Don't support the roosters
 by Markian Saray
Dogs bark, cats meow and lions roar. But what
about sheep? Apparently, they bleat. What about
roosters? Roosters cock-a-doodle-do, but what
is that called? It doesn't matter, because roosters
are morons.
All the rooster has to do is wake up really early to wake everybody else up.
Granted, that sounds like an important
task. The rooster proudly gets up around
five o'clock, kisses his rooster wife, show-
ers, brushes his teeth, walks out of his pen,
and starts his show. But really, the rooster is
doing this for himself. He knows that the animals really don't need to wake up this early. The
rooster just does it to tick off all the animals who
party hard the night before.
So you have all these bitter animals who have
woken up way too early to be productive. And
the rooster gloats. His work is done. He can go
for coffee all day and catch cheap movie matinees. All the other animals hate the rooster, but
the rooster can't be touched because of his
important task. It's as if nobody can plug an
alarm clock into an amplifier to wake the animals or anything like that The rooster just walks
around taunting the others because he's
untouchable, and he knows it He gets pleasure
from this sense of power. The animals would
want to make Kentucky Fried Chicken out of
him, but they can't. They fear the consequences.
So each day the rooster comes out, annoys
the hell out of the animals, laughs at them and
They are roosters. They are morons.
There are roosters all around us. They think
they have power. They do, but only because we
let them. We are just the dumb animals who
complain about our crappy day. Cows probably
don't want to be milked all day (unless they are
into kinky stuff) and people don't want to stand
at a cash register for eight hours only to
make forty dollars. But we do. We feel helpless.
But we are not dumb animals, we are
dumb farmers. The farmer can ultimately
nobody does anything about it. You're saying,
well they can't because they're stupid animals.
Well, people are stupid too, you know.
There are so many roosters among us and we
are just like the animals caught in the middle.
We want to do something but are ultimately
helpless. When whatever CEO cuts thousands of
jobs, and then gets a bonus in stock options, he's
a rooster. He does his job, taunts others and
reaps benefits for himself. He is a moron.
At a time when a record 1.5 million Canadian
children are living in poverty, those who cut welfare are roosters. They forget how good they
have it and don't try to have sympathy for others.
shoot the rooster or kick him out. And so
can we. We can say "No!" to products made in
Thailand and China. We can avoid Alfred
Hitchcock movies (for various reasons). We can
support unionised labour. We can try and care
for kids. We can feed the hungry. We can start
treating each other better. Sheesh! This is sounding like some sort of Church of Latter Day Saints
commercial, but as banks rack up record profits
of $7.5 billion, and it costs me sixty-five cents to
write a cheque, something's wrong.<*
-Markian Saray is the Managing Editor of
the Manitoban newspaper. Woof.
Canada Part PuM-utiofu Sain Agra*
Crossing the line
When the Ubyssey Board of
Directors voted to pull ads from
Cineplex Odeon and Famous
Players during the projectionists'
strike, it seemed as though the
Ubyssey was taking a stand on the
issue and supporting projectionist
workers in their decision to refuse a
150 per cent wage cut Instead, to the
disgust of myself and many other
readers, the Ubyssey has elected in
some instances to cross picket lines
of a lawful strike and review movies.
We all understand that the Ubyssey
does not not wish to censor its writers on this issue; however, the
movie reviews have served to only
imply that the Ubyssey does indeed
have a stance; that they would
rather adhere to a frivolous review-
Nicolas-Cage agenda than show
solidarity widi ajprcup of individuals being treated unfairly by large
corporations.   I   challenge   the
"Support BC Projectionists'' event
in SUB 212 on Wednesday at 12:30
pm, and meet the projectionists.
Perhaps hearing their stories would
be impetus for the Ubyssey to come
to a more definite position.
Erin Kaiser THE UBYSSI
UBC is not apathetic
by Amit Taneja
UBC is a pathetic place and nobody
gives a damn about what goes on...
hmmm, I think not There has been a
lot of talk about student apathy
regarding the AMS elections.
Although it was disheartening to
know that neither the CASA nor the
CITR referenda met quorum, it is all the same unfair
to generalise from this
instance to the entire UBC ^____
campus. UBC is a place
where many student organisations, no matter how big or small,
and involvement.
The Totem Park Residents
j\ssociation (TPRA) is the student
government body at Totem Park residence. The TPRA recently held it is
elections with a 63 per cent voter
turnout. Now, that is not bad There
were twenty-two candidates who ran
for eight executive positions, and
over 100 candidates for the 36 grassroots positions (floor rep). The floor
reps are the people who have the
most direct contact with the students
—students in residence know their
floor rep well, and this makes the
position meaningful! The fact that
there was such a large number of students wanting to get involved in
these key positions speaks highly for
the value of student involvement and
There are numerous other examples of student involvement on campus, not the least of which are our
engineers making the six o' clock
news! Intramurals, student clubs,
undergrad faculty societies, and
Imagine UBC are just some of them.
Does UBC look like a uncaring place
when we think of the hundreds of
students who volunteer for
Speakeasy, Safewalk, WSO, Arts
County Fair, and the like? Imagine
UBC, for me at least, proves beyond
doubt that there are many caring and
involved students on this campus.
than the sense of a strong community brings together over 4000 first year
students, 600 student mentors
(group leaders), the Deans and
Martha Piper under one roof?
Students at UBC have their own
beliefs about student leadership and
involvement No matter what you
believe in, I think that there is little
doubt as to where the true strengths
of an organisation lie: it is the grass-
root positions that provide strength
and structure to an organisation.
Good leadership therefore does not
entail leading the pack, but recognising the efforts of the many students
who fill these positions. It makes
sense to think that student apathy
may well be the end result of frustration bom out of the leader's political
fronts. It is important for all of us to
remember that communities are
built by people working together, not
against each other.
I believe that UBC is heading in
the direction where the alleged "stu
dent apathy" is bound to decrease.
When I look at the bigger picture,
there are many campus initiatives
that will give more and more students   the   opportunity   to   get
involved. As students, involvement
rises, there will be a stronger and supportive community that will foster
growth within all UBC students. The
TREK  2000   document
states not only the vision
for such a community,
______   but  also  the  plan  to
achieve it!
As a fourth-year UBC
student I have seen many changes in
structure and ariirurustration of
this campus, and I am more than
confident in saying that UBC holds a
bright and promising future for all students. To the many student leaders
out there: why not choose to look at
the campus community as a whole,
not in the context of specific disappointments? Why not choose to foster
the sense of belonging within all students? Why not choose to work hard
on further developing areas that need
improvement? Why not choose to put
our personal differences aside and
woik with others in cooperation? Why
not choose not to get stuck within
political agendas while compromising the greater good? Why not choose
to recognise the efforts of all those students who have made an impact on
the UBC community? And above all,
why not choose to lead by example ...
isnt it time we all did that?<"
-—Amit Taneja has served as the
president oftheTPRAfor two consecutive years and is a 4th-year psychology major.
read the ubyssey fridays. also tuesdays.
What's the difference? When it comes to what you need, not much.
What really matters is having a strong, united and democratic
organization with political and bargaining clout that will represent
you and your interests - whether it's handling grievances or
bargaining a collective agreement with the university
That organization, whether it's a union or an association, is as
strong as you and your faculty colleagues make it. Unity is one
measure of that strength and 91% of part-time sessionals voted to
be members of the Faculty Association. And 86% of their faculty
colleagues voted to welcome them in. Our academic community is
no longer divided into those who are "in" and those who are "out".
In unity there is strength. The name hardly matters.
The Faculty Association of the University of British Columbia
faculty@interchange.ubc.ca www.facultyassoc.ubc.ca 822.3883 tel
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by Michelle Mossop
The trailers on TV make it seem so simple—two slightly disabled people fall in love, but have to overcome
obstacles in order to be together, forever. But coming
out of the movie, an hour and a half later, I found
myself in a terrible state of confusion.
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there's Elizabeth's incessant bickering with her husband (Tom Skerritt), which is underlined by her jealously over the ease of the father-daughter relationship
and, soon enough, this too becomes tiresome.
None of these subplots develop until the last five
minutes of the movie where everything wraps up con-
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Carla Tate (luliette Lewis) and her
boyfriend Danny (Giovanni Ribisi). As a result, a curiously charming romantic element becomes watered-
down and what are we left with? One big, boring family feud.
The film opens by focusing on the difficulties
Elizabeth (Diane Keaton) faces in bonding and understanding the sometimes socially ungraceful ways of
her mentally challenged daughter Carla. But this is
soon sidetracked when the film shifts to Elizabeth's
inability to accept the lives of her other two daughters
(one of whom is a workaholic lesbian, the other an
over-educated elementary school teacher). Then
Juliette Lewis' performance isn't too impressive
(probably because she always plays the 'offbeat' character, i.e. Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear, Kalifornia).
The only scenes where she's actually enjoyable are
opposite Giovanni Ribisi, Suburbia and Saving Private
Ryan, who's quite endearing as marching-band-
obsessed, cookie-baker Danny. But the humour
between Lewis and Ribisi, composed as it is of little
outbursts of naivete, gets quite uncomfortable at
times, for it makes one wonder if co-writer/director
Garry Marshall means for the audience to laugh with
these characters, or at them.*
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