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a controversial exchange
the needle exchange program in the
Downtown Eastside treats intravenous
drug users with respect, not contempt
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When I went looking for the needle
exchange van, I expected to find
something big. A big vehicle, with
big wheels perhaps, giving off big noise. I tend
to assume that controversial things are big
and imposing. Otherwise, why all the fuss?
I had phoned before for directions. Get off
the bus at Main & Hastings. Walk west on
Hastings, past the Carnegie Centre, past the
Regent Walk a little past the Brandiz Hotel,
and stop just before you get to Columbia. Wait
there until 6:15pm.
Fine. I found the Brandiz Hotel, Pub and
Disco, passed it, and came across a long wall
covered with graffiti, several metres from
Columbia. I stood next to a series of sombre
black and white faces, spray-painted onto the
brick. I could see crowds of people gathered
up near Carnegie and the Regent, but down
where I was standing there were only a few
people milling around. Was I in the right
When a small, inconspicuous, grey mini-
van pulled up to the side of the curb and
parked, I was unfazed. My eyes kept searching
the street for the needle exchange van. It was
only when the driver turned on the lights in
his car, and rolled down the passenger-seat
window that I started to put two and two
together. A few of the men and women on the
street walked over to the van and formed a
polite line-up. The first man stuck his head in
the window, said a few words to the driver and
threw a handful of needles into a bin on the
passenger seat of the car. In exchange, he
received a handful of plastic-wrapped
syringes. The man nodded his head in thanks
and walked away.
This is Vancouver's needle exchange. From
6:15pm to 6:4 5pm, and then again from 8pm
to 9pm, the needle exchange van, owned and
operated by the • Downtown Eastside Youth
Activities Society (DEYAS), exchanges clean
needles for dirty ones, seven days a week,
from this exact spot on East Hastings street
No payment is required. No questions are
asked. There is only one stipulation: that
patrons be intravenous drug users.
DEYAS owns and operates two needle
exchange vans. Besides stopping on Hastings
St, the vans drive through all the major streets
in the Downtown Eastside, as well as a number of streets in the downtown core and several alleyways. The vans also make stops at the
Portland Hotel, a low-cost housing project on
West Hastings. Between 1pm and 7:30am, at
least one van will be out on the road at any
given moment During the mornings, intravenous drug users can exchanges needles at
the DEYAS office at 221 Main St.
gam, I had thought the needle
xchange office, which DEYAS staff call
'fixed site,' would be big and
instantly recognisable. But if the building hadn't been numbered, I would never have found
it The fixed site is a tiny room directly facing
Main St with red metal bars covering the windows. Inside is a wealth of pamphlets and flyers on a variety of subjects—how to inject hero-
■ in properly, where to find a
This is Vancouver's needle frfe\meal wlf tofpect off
of a hit of crack and why you
exchange. From 6:15pm
to 6:45pm, and then
again from 8pm to 9pm,
the needle exchange van,
owned and operated by
the Downtown Eastside
Youth Activities Society,
exchanges clean needs
for dirty ones, seven days deyas what ^ °f ih^s
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spot on East Hastings St   says 'A1otofstaffwe
No payment is required
no questions are asked.
There is only one stipulation: that patrons be
intravenous drug users.
never   want   to   contract
Hepatitis C.
HERE' reads a message on
the large dry-erase board on
the right-hand side of the
room. Drugs in the
Downtown Eastside are
renowned for their impurity
and users are lucky if they
can find heroin that is 50 per
cent pure. I ask Thomas
Wheeler, one of the staff at
mixed with gasoline."
Thomas stands in front of
a clear plastic bin filled with
used needles. While we talk,
a steady stream of men and
women stops by to exchange
needles. "Eight please, Tom/
one man asks. Thomas nods,
and picks out eight plastic-
wrapped syringes from a box
, of hundreds. "Do you want
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water with that?"
He doesn't mean water for drinking. The
fixed site and the vans give out small plastic
vials of clean water to clean out rigs. Since
many drugs users continue to share needles,
DEYAS provides them with the means to
reduce the risk of infection when re-using. In
several illustrated pamphlets, DEYAS shows
users how to rinse used syringes with bleach
and clean water to disinfect the rig.
Even if users don't re-use needles, they still
expose themselves to many potential health
risks by injecting. Over time, many users lose
the ability to inject into the veins of their arms
and resort to injecting into veins on the neck
and the groin—a practice which is very dangerous because of the risk of hitting an artery
or nerve. It is also very common for users to
develop abscesses and other infections
around the area of the injection. For these reasons, showing users how to find veins and
how to inject safely is part of the job for the
DEYAS staff.
This is one the reasons that Judy McGuire,
the manager of the needle exchange program,
likes to hire ex-users. "Ninety-five per cent of
our staff are ex-users. They know the issues
and if they've been using in the area they'll
know the people," she says.
DEYAS is responsible for creating the
needle exchange program in
Vancouver, but it was the drug users
that created the demand for the service.
DEYAS's founder, John Turvey, began handing
out needles as early as 1988, after his clients
began asking for them. "Most users take
responsibility for their addictions," Judy
DEYAS developed the exchange program to
confront the drastic increase in HIV infection
rates during the late 1980s, and consulted
with the community through an advisory committee to develop the program's mandate. It
was important for DEYAS to confront the popular misconception that a needle exchange
program would increase the level of drug use
in the community. The experiences of other
communities which have adopted similar programs, DEYAS said, show that this is simply
not the case.
The needle exchange program has three
specific goals: maximising access to clean
syringes, bleach, condoms and similar products for intravenous drug users; educating
users on the proper use of equipment to prevent the transmission of HTV and other infections; and recovering contaminated needles
as quickly and completely as possible to prevent their re-use, while minimising the number of used syringes discarded in public
To an outsider, there may appear to be
something missing from the objectives of the
program. Nowhere is there any mention of
decreasing the level of drug use in the
Downtown Eastside. If the community is facing such a drastic problem with drug use,
shouldn't the program encourage users to
think about healthier lifestyle choices?
"No," says Judy, "that's not the point at all.
We're here to support users in their choices."
The exchange program is not meant to
reduce drug use. The exchange staff aren't out
to promote healthy lifestyle alternatives. The
needle exchange program is a harm reduction
So what is liarm reduction?' I ask Judy
this very question, and she rolls her
eyes and laughs. It is as easy to define
harm reduction as it is to define morals and
ethics. She thinks for a while. "I suppose harm
reduction consists of strategies that reduce
harm to an individual that results from particularly harmful behaviour, without these strategies causing further harm for others," she says
'Harm reduction' is a popular topic in the
Downtown Eastside, and not only amongst
outreach organisations. It is one of four pillars, along with Prevention, Treatment and
See "Exchange" page 2.
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YOU NEED THIS, REALLY! The Christmas gift fair tempts students to spend their money once again.The fair overlaps with Buy Nothing
Day, testing the resolve of those hoping to avoid consumerism for at least one day of the year, chris shepherd photo
What fii d© when not shopping on Movember 23?
Some examples of last year's Buy Nothing Day celebrations from across the globe:
Panama City, Panama
! ' During an outdoor, music festival at the
University of Panama, concert-goers participated in a barter market, trading used clothes;
music, and books. No currency changed hands.
Kyoto, Japan ' -'
-   Ba a. department store,' several 'Zenta. Claus'
meditation,experts—along with elf assistants—-
encouraged' shoppers/ to strive for. spiritual;,
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; '  Under poyer of darkness on Buy Nothing Day;
Eve, local saboteurs stuffed the locks of banks
with objects like matchsticks, shutting down the
institutions. The local wheels of commerce
ground to a halt however briefly., .
Dunedin, New Zealand ,
Activists unveiled a 25-foot long 'Buy
Nothing Day; Save the planet" banner in a large
shopping mall,\ -.,       ,  .   .   . ,    ,,
>.   San Francisco, United States  . . .
As part of a 'Boycott the Gap' campaign, city
residents strung up a 200-foot long clothesline
s in. the street decorated, with Gap, Old Navy and
Banana Republic clothing painted with slogans
expressing anti-Gap sentiments.
London. England
Fully costumed 'Shopping Police' handed out
tickets to shoppers in Oovent Garden, imploring
buyers to 'give your love, not your presents."
Sydney, Australia
Government representative Ian Cohen
, , moved to adjourn, state, parliaments explaining
to other members that'ever increasing retail figures might be regarded well by the economists,
but they are not a good sign for society/ $**
by Sarah Fung
For one day, buy nothing.
Friday, November 23, the
busiest shopping day of the year, is
Buy Nothing Day. The alternative to
maxing out that credit card, and
subsequently finding yourself in
debt, again, is to participate in buying nothing. A concept that began
here in Vancouver back in 1993,
Buy Nothing Day has quickly caught
the imaginations of people across
the globe. Citizens of over 30 countries worldwide will take part in
informal and diverse demonstrations of the power we have as consumers—the power to refuse to purchase. Rather than focus on economic growth or anti-trade. Buy
Nothing Day celebrates consumer
awareness, responsibilities of the
media, and the importance of citizens continuing debate.
Currently, the 20 per cent of the
world's population that lives in
industrialised countries consumes
over 80 per cent of the world's
resources and creates 80 per cent of
all toxic wastes. Buy Nothing Day
attempts to bring the consequences
of over-consumption and the unfairness of this resource allocation to
the foreground. By doing so, it stimulates thought by consumers, who
must question whether increased
spending leads to an equivalent
increase in the quality of life, and by
producers, who must develop a plan
for ecologically sustainable economic growth. As a campaign message
from Vancouver-based magazine
Adbusters points out, "the average
North American consumes five
times more than a Mexican, ten
times more than a Chinese person,
and 30 times more than a person
from India."
The goals of Buy Nothing Day do
not stop at the basic level of producers and consumers. Buy Nothing
Day also implicates the media for
perpetuating a culture of unnecessary spending. Because mainstream
media is so dependent on the financial support of sponsors, it contributes to a fren2y of consumerism.
When Adbusters tried to place an
'uncommercial—' that is, a commercial asking the public to buy nothing—the ad was rejected by ABC,
CBS and NBC. Of the major
American television networks, only
CNN was willing to air this alternative to over-consumption.
Keep these things in mind as you
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"Exchange" from page 1.
Enforcement, of A Framework For
Action, the City of Vancouver's most
recent strategy for combating drug
problems in Vancouver. In the over-
80-page report, Tiarm reduction' is
defined as a "pragmatic approach
that focuses on decreasing the negative consequences of drug use for
communities and individuals."
According to A Framework for
Action, an initiative must meet five
criteria in order for it be classified as
a harm reduction initiative: It must
not cause harm; it must respect the
basic human dignify of persons who
use drugs, it must maximise intervention options; it must focus on the
harm caused by drug use, rather
than drug use per se; and it must
have appropriate outcome goals.
A lot of different outreach services might or might not be thought of
as reducing harm. Drug and alcohol
counselling is commonly thought of
as a form of harm reduction. So is
methadone treatment Some argue
that safe infection sites are as well.
These sites provide a clean and safe
place where users can inject and be
in constant contact with health care
staff. Cities such as Frankfurt and
Amsterdam, facing drug problems
similar to the ones in Vancouver,
have shown that safe injection sites
reduce the number of deaths due to
Some even argue that legalising
drug use outright is the ultimate
harm reduction initiative.
Legalisation would eliminate the stigma associated with the use of crack
and heroin, and would allow users to
focus on using safely.
Four blocks away from the needle exchange office, Dr Kevin
Rowan toys with the idea of
legalising narcotics as a solution to
the drug problem in Vancouver.
"Maybe We should install vending
machines on every corner, and fill
them with free heroin and crack,
along with clean syringes and
instructions on how to inject properly," he says.
Rowan isn't serious when he suggests this, but he sees it as a way of
confronting prostitution, which is
the problem that bothers him the
Rowan, a UBC graduate, is a part
of the Community Health Initiative
by UBC Students (CHIUS), which
operates Wednesday through
Saturday out of a drop-in health clinic on Cordova St During specific
hours on these days, a doctor and a
handful of medical students make
themselves available to anyone who
needs medical care, counselling or
just someone to talk to. Working with
CHIUS has given Rowan insights into
addiction that he says he would
never have had before.
"There is a lot more to addiction
than the chemical component There
is a huge social component," he says.
April Halliday, a second-year
Medicine student at UBC, agrees.
"We're all susceptible to addiction," she says. "I've met users in this
clinic who are PhDs."
Halliday speaks highly of her
experiences at the clinic. What she
enjoys most are the relationships she
forms with patients, many of whom
are struggling with substance abuses. Some of her patients have gone
into recovery while she has known
them. Most relapse, which Halliday
admits is disappointing, but she
points out that it takes the average
drug user seven times to quit a habit
For this reason, she says that harm
reduction initiatives such as the needle exchange and safe injection sites
make sense.
CHIUS participants do not
exchange needles themselves, but by
forming relationships with patients
and providing referrals, they are
actively reducing the potential for
users to meet harm, whether self-
inflicted or inflicted by others.
The needle exchange program is
a small part of a far larger project
allowing drug users to make choices
for themselves, and helping them to
act safely regardless of what choices
they make. It's not about big vans, or
big offices or even big ideals. It's
about respect ♦
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for e^erone to h\/e and foster. It -Mill become hotter, faister.
and stronger. Competing was made by sharing, .vby should it
now be dominated by competition?
Love your computer, but not that way.
We don't understand: Why do
you persist in paying for corporate software...open source is the
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j K*r £i\ en;- irru» -tifthe rhetoric spewing forth from politi-
v i'irj-s'.m 1 'Mntr-i-5? leaders since September 11. Although
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f.uy jfothlna D iy IJMs year, given current economic inse-
r«.f-.-i*«5, rli^ jtvr |more than ever, there is a greater
urgrnty in rnak<* this symbolic stand against c6n-
Thi-re has been a fascinating new 'nationalist consumerism' rhetoric since we collectively declared our
'w.ir on terrorism.' American President G6orge W. Bush
di'd.iii'd thai "Now, the American people have got to go
about their business. We cannot let the terrorists achieve
the (ibjoctii e of frightening our nation to the point where
we don't—where we don't conduct business, where people don't shop That's their intention."
US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is calling for
a campaign to "fight terrorism with trade." Somehow we
have begun to equate our 'freedom' (which it has been
declared repeatedly by Bush, is what the terrorists were
really attacking, rather than the many other complex fac
tors that could have been at work, such as American foreign policy of the last 60 years, or Western economic
hegemony) with the ability to shop.
This nationalist consumerism rhetoric has not been
limited to Americans either. Ontario Finance Minister
Jim Flaherty is urging Ontarians to "start your holiday
shopping right now, give an extra present this year...Go
ahead with that home-improvement project you've been
putting off," to help stimulate economic activity in the
Then there are the ad campaigns which have brilliantly picked up this 'if you love your country, spend your
money' idea. One obvious example is General Motors'
"Keep America Rolling" campaign. What they neglect to
mention in their ad campaign is that while they are so
nobly bolstering the US economy by offering zero percent
financing to "help keep America rolling," they are also
raking in tons of profit through record sales at a time
when most other industries are struggling.
Some Americans have truly taken this nationalist consumerism idea to heart In a recent BBC news story, den
tist Robert Donahue said, "I'm not reining in and I've just
bought my wife $200-worth of presents for no particular
reason. La fact if anything, I've spent more since 11
September." Law student Lisa Pena also told the BBC, "I
certainly do go out now and eat for the flag. My partner
and I joke, 'Let's go out and stimulate the economy'43ut
we go and do it too."
Rather than viewing Buy Nothing Day as inappropriate or dangerous this year (because we should all be
spending ourselves silly in order to save America's economic dominance in the global economy), we should see
Buy Nothing Day's message as stronger and more valid
within this current context
As recent events have shown, if we, as a society, even
reduce our habits of consumption slightly, the entire business community runs around like the sky is falling and
corporations issue threats of massive job losses. What
does this say about our society and economic system,
which are based on a level of consumption of goods and
resources that is proven to be unsustainable? In a world
where a small minority of the world's population con
sumes the vast majority of resources, there is clearly an
imbalance that will eventually come to a crisis. With our
current system of global capital and transnational production of goods, this kind of crisis, only a small taste of
which we have seen in recent months, will devastate the
lives of average citizens.
The events of September 11 should, rather than
spurring on an unrestrained orgy of shopping for shopping's sake, serve as wake up call more poignant and
drilling than a thousand Buy Nothing Days. Our reaction
to these events should not be to run out and buy SUVs and
expensive electronics, but rather to be a re-evaluation of
the way we live our lives, and how the consumer power
we wield everyday is a part of a much larger social and
political structure. Can we really justify an economic system that requires a perpetually harmful and unsustainable level of production to keep itself afloat? Buy Nothing
Day forces us to ask ourselves these questions so that we
can think more critically about what our roles as 'consumers' and where this dominant neo-liberal ideology is
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of Niag3ra Fails and Vancouver winters, isn't that better?
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I NEED A COKE: Coke machines take up space
that was previously used for promoting cultural
events, public notices and other student events.
These machines became the site of a bit of vigilante anti-capitalism lastyear when they were
set on fire...over and over and over and over
and over and over again...(maybe not that
often). The people must have graduated or gotten bored with it because it hasn't happened
this year. That, or the Coke people are REALLY
quick on the replacement. Come on guys, we've
gotta make quota! chris shepherd photo
A different way to read the news
by Julia Christensen
Thr're hrs a *atit nujij&cr of people who are
iiziiplcrzaed urtt heavily propagandised, but
fi.idiuteniduX Avwifc 'The propaganda that
inunxhus them is effective when unchal-
lengcri but much of it goes only skin deep. If
they c art lie Hfought to raise questions and
appl) their Jot ent instincts and basic intelli-
genco, many people quickly escape the con-
Bnes of the doctrinal system and are willing
to do something to help others who are really suffering and oppressed—Noam Chomsky
In a world inundated by powerhouse
media conglomerates and coverage dictated,
in large part, by corporate and government
interests, it can be difficult to find information and analysis which challenge the status
quo. But as Chomsky points out in the above
quote, there is hope, as long as we strive to
access viewpoints beyond the mainstream.
And indeed, many of us do.
In light of recent events, from World
Trade Organisation (WTO) protests to the
tragedies of September 11 to the current war
in Afghanistan, more and more people are
hungry for information. And they know they
are not necessarily going to receive it if they
rely solely on mainstream media.
Judy MacDonald, editor-in-chief at rab-
ble.ca, a Canadian alternative media website,
says that because alternative media doesn't
rely on corporate funding in the same way
mainstream media does, "alternative media
then doesn't have its finger on the pulse of
corporate or status quo interests."
"We don't write what people in power
want you to read," she adds.
Rabble.ca aims "to reflect the energy of
the exciting democracy movement emerging around the world" while, at the same
time, building "on the strengths of the
diverse movements for equality and social
justice that have contributed so much over
the years."
MacDonald says the main thing alternative media brings to its audience is "different
points of view."
"I think people are hungry for information from different perspectives," she says.
"With the media concentration we're seeing
in the mainstream, there's a real kind of
straitjacket on information...People are hungry for the real issues, not for details on
Celine Dion's baby."
Scott Uzelman, a volunteer and contributor at the Independent Media Centre in
Vancouver, agrees.
"The idea behind the independent alternative media is that we're independent of
corporate or government control. It allows
us to say things that aren't said anywhere
else," he says.
"Because we're an open publishing
newswire, anyone with Internet access can
publish on the site. So you're definitely
going to find many different perspectives,
perspectives you won't find on mainstream
sites," he adds.
Alternative media, unlike mainstream
media, allows the person who accesses it to
actually be involved in writing or producing
it "It's a really great example of what people
can do with minimal resources and lots of
energy," says Uzelman.
The Independent Media Centre is a network of collectively run media outlets "for
the creation of radical, accurate and pas-.
sionate tellings of the truth." The centre was
established by various independent and
alternative media organisations and
activists interested in providing "grassroots
coverage" of the WTO protests in Seattle in
November, 1999.
But alternative media doesn't just exist
online. It comes in magazines, in newspapers, on TV and on the radio, giving people
who want to be heard several venues to
speak their minds.
Alan Jensen, program coordinator at
Vancouver Coop Radio (102.7 fM) says that
"media accessibility* is what sets alternative
media apart from the mainstream.
"People from the community can come
and get involved," Jensen says. "That way.
I DIDN'T SEE THIS ON CNN! Yeah, that's right. Read the good stuff, baby.
Allison Mason checks out the indymedia website, nic fensom photo
you get a wide variety of perspectives
expressed on air. We also offer alternative
programming, programming you just don't
find in mainstream media."
But what makes mainstream media
mainstream? Noam Chomsky, well-known
critic of the mainstream media, has made
famous the argument that corporatisation
makes media mainstream. In a speech
delivered to Z Media Institute in 1997,
Chomsky said that "corporations are basically tyrannies, hierarchic, controlled from
above. If you don't like what they are doing,
you get out The major media are just part
of that system."
While people working in alternative
media like MacDonald, Uzelman and Jensen
are strong advocates for the importance of
corporate-free media sources, they are quick
to stress that they do not discount the infor
mation presented in mainstream media. The
key, says MacDonald, is "[not getting] all your
information from one place."
Uzelman says he encourages people who
access mainstream media to do so with a critical eye, just as he urges those accessing independent media to do so with critical eye.
Jensen is a bit more sceptical, however.
"Sometimes one wonders [if mainstream
media is a useful source of information]," he
says. "[Mainstream media] is always good for
entertainment anyway."
Jensen continues more seriously. "By and
large, mainstream media is boring and continually disappointing. I suppose there is a
place for it but I would say there is more of a
place for alternative and cooperative media,"
he says.
And the public seems to agree. While rabble.ca only opened its site in April, 2001,
Sadly, alternative media is still
alternative. But in today's world, it's
more and more important to divert
from the mainstream.
MacDonald says that the number of hits per
month on the site has been climbing dramatically since rabble's birth.
"I think it says a lot about people's desire
to find out what's really going on,' she says.
Kate Hamm, a fifth-year Arts student and
an activist at UBC, feels it's important for people to access alternative media because without its existence there would be no way of
hearing the "other side of the story."
"Alternative media is our voice when
what we say doesn't conform to dominant
ways of understanding," she says.
Hamm says that simply because alternative media is alternative, doesn't mean it's
difficult for people to find. "Alternative
media is all around us if we are interested in
accessing it" she says. "There's the ALARM
paper on campus, there's magazines such as
Adbusters, books like No Logo, Internet sites,
forums on and off of campus, people who are
willing to express differing opinions from
what is dominantly expressed."
Alternative media, Hamm adds, provides
different ways of perceiving and knowing. In
this way, she says, independent media fills in
the blanks on issues that are presented as
"black and white' by the mainstream media.
"Too often the discourse in mainstream
media...frames the argument in reduc-
tionary binaries," she says. "Currently, for
the most part at least in the [mainstream]
media, you are either against terrorism
and for the US bombing, or you're against
the bombing and therefore for terrorism,
or at best, ignorant Alternative media
allows us to discuss alternative ways of
expressing and legitimising our positions; I
can be against US bombing because I'm
against terrorism." $*
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A business celebrates
Buy Nothing Day
Echo, an eclectic second hand store on
Main St at 17th, is doing something unusual for a business on November 23—celebrating Buy Nothing Day. But then again.
Echo's owner, Anne, is not your usual businesswoman.
"I don't buy new things myself," she
says. 'I run a second-hand store. I'm into
re-using things, recycling, to keep it out of
the landfill. There's so much stuff out
there already. We don't need to be making'
more." -7' ■
This is the fourth annual Buy Nothing
Day being celebrated at Echo. As in past
years, this year the store will be closed for
business, but the sidewalk outside will be
full of items that are all available for trade
or a donation to the food bank.
"Last year I made about $ 100 and four
boxes of food for the food bank," Anne
says. There will also be a raffle for some
larger prizes, with tickets available for a
trade or donation.
Why is it important for Anne, as a store
owner, to celebrate Buy Nothing Day? She
hopes "to get people to think, ajwt what
they actually need, what th^Ygin use.
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$2000 rug. That's not going to get them
anywhere." 4*
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Friday. November 23.2001
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UBC will receive a cheque for $125 million next
Thursday following its decision to engage in a bond
offering led by RBC Capital Markets.
"It's a wonderful success for UBC," said Byron
Bfaley, UBC treasurer. "It's the institution that did
this in terms of its reputation...The bond market said
to us that this is a good school to
invest in."
The loan, to be paid back
over the next 30 years with an
annual interest rate of 6.65 per
cent, represents UBC's first
entry Into the capital market.
UBC is only the second university, in Canada—after the
University of Toronto—to borrow money from bonds.
According to Braley, approximately $80 million dollars of the
money UBC receives will be used
for construction or renovation of
student, faculty and staff housing. Current projects, such as the
new Place Vanier residences
now under construction, and the
existing Thunderbird residences
and Rose Garden Parkade, will
also be paid for using this
money. The rest of the money
will be spent primarily on business expansion and energy retrofits.
Braley, however, emphasised that the money will
be used solely for capital investments—improving
infrastructure or building other capital assets. He
explained that investing in capital assets guarantees
that UBC will be able to pay back its loan, and said
UBC will not use the money to cover operating
The Board of Governors approved UBC's acceptance of the bond money in September. The idea has
been discussed for the last year and a half.
Braley says that former provincial laws prohibited UBC from gaining a favourable credit rating. He
said that as the institution is a part of the government, poor investments made by the university
could affect the government's credit rating. In the
last few years, however, both the NDP and Liberal
provincial governments have helped the institution
enter the capital market, Braley said.
Braley said he does not feel it will be a problem
for UBC to save $ 12 5 million over the next 30 years.
He said that the university will
save small amounts each year
from housing revenue.
But Erfan Kazemi, president
of the Alma Mater Society, is not
so confident that it will be easy
for the university to pay back
its loan.
"I would be concerned with
how the repayment process
would be carried out," he said. "I
don't want to see this turn into a
tuition hike or an increase in
housing rents."
Braley said that the universi-'
iy would not raise tuition fees to
pay back the loan. He said, however, that a rise in housing fees
could be expected, not only in
the new residences that will be
built, but also in existing
"[Fees] might go up, but
what's the trade-off? I don't
think that many students will mind paying $20 more
a month for a nicer home," he said, adding that most
of the older residences, including Totem Park and
Place Vanier, will be soon renovated.
UBC is currently considering constructing new
residences. According to Braley, the units will probably not be family housing or dormitories, but something in between, an option which he said most students seem to favour.
"(On-campus] housing is extremely important,
especially in a city like Vancouver," he said, "This
will help attract the best students, faculty
and staff." ♦
"I would be
concerned with
how the repayment process
will be carried
out. J don't
want to see
this turn into a
tuition hike or
an increase in
housing rents."
—Erfan Kazemi
AMS President
Fighting sexual assault goes online
 by Justin Cheng
In its fight against sexual assault. Women
against Violence against Women (WAVAW) is
using a new weapon—the Internet
The group has launched a new website,
managed by young women working for
WAVAW, that includes information on the
legal definition of sexual assault, date rape
drugs, common myths, and statistics on rape.
Geraldine Glattstein, executive director of
- WAVAW, said that the website resulted from
the findings of a study she conducted this
summer through focus groups.
"The most shocking piece of information
that came out of the [focus] group was that
approximately 85 per cent of the women that
participated...said that they didn't know what
consent was," she said.
Glattstein said the advantage of having a
website is anonymity. In her study, she found
that young people 'want to approach and find
out about the information without anybody
knowing who they are and why they want to
find out"
The  website  also  includes  an  e-mail
address to which visitors can direct concerns
or questions and receive a reply within 24
Glattstein emphasised her belief that there
is a "lack of resources* for young women to
access and receive support regarding sexual
assault, adding that many sexual assaults that
go unreported as a result
"I think often it is the feeling of large insti-
tutions...that if [they] offer services for sexual
assaults victims or survivors, [they are] admitting that we have rape [on campus] and by not
providing those services, it's a way of saying
'Now if [we] provide them, then obviously [we
are] acknowledging that women are being sexual assaulted. And if [we] don't provide them,
then [we] pretend there [is not a problem],"
she explained. She stressing that while she
does not think UBC denies the occurrence of
rape on campus, the university has a responsibility to provide proper resources and information.
Laurie Minuk, counsellor and advisor with
UBC Counselling Services, said that some
women and men might still be confused about
what actually constitutes sexual assault, but
added that she did not think UBC is any safer
or any more dangerous than most campuses.
"The term rape is no longer used. The criminal code uses the term 'sexual assault' and
that covers a wide range of different kinds of
activity and it can be unwanted sexual touching, all the way up to full blown rape with physical assault as well," she said.
She added that the basic premise behind
sexual assault includes all activity that is
enacted without consent
"Maybe there are people that don't understand what Sexual assault is. There may be
people who have committed a sexual assault
without being aware of it. There may be people who have been sexually assaulted without
really recognising that that's what happened".
In terms of resources, Minuk notes that
UBC does not have a sexual assault clinic and
that sexually assaulted students have to be
sent to the clinic in Vancouver General
She emphasised, however, that there are
some important resources on campus, including support from residence advisors and
Speakeasy, the free counselling program pro
vided by the Alma Matter Society.
But Minuk feels that there is still a long way
to go.
"We can always do a better job at getting
the message out," she said. "I would like to see
more resources put in to that That means
time, that means money, that means doing
things consciously with the goal in mind of
making sure that all first-year students will
come in to get that message."
Campus Security is also planning to use the
Internet to make reporting sexual assault incidents easier for students.
"We decided we're going to go with Internet
reporting in an effort to try to make more comprehensive statistics so that people, for whatever reason, if they were reluctant to come forward to the authorities to report a crime that
perhaps they might feel better doing that if
they could do it online. They might feel more
comfortable reporting it online...in an anonymous fashion," said Tom Claxton, community
relations officer for Campus Security.
Claxton added that this online application
will also cover crimes other than sexual
assault ♦
UBC plans new high-tech campus with SFU, BCIT, Emily Carr
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
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beinc so dose to the downtown
nun',' said Scott McRae, UBC's
director of public affairs. "To have a
site that large, it's really a
phoonomenal gift"
But despite the land's prime
location, ihe company decided to
doiiiiLe '.he land after first trying to
3..-11 it.
"It was our objective to sell it in
a more traditional manner,"
said Finning Vice-President and
Corporate Treasurer Anthony
Guglielmin, "but with the downturn
in the economy it became very difficult to find a buyer."
Guglielmin said that the company was not interested in dividing
the land and selling it in smaller
lots, so it considered alternative
"We became aware of an initiative amongst the four institutions to
put together a joint campus that
was technology-orientated," he said.
Guglielmin sees Finning's role
as a "catalyst" for the post-secondary institutions' project, saying that
while the company played an
important role in the plans by
donating land, the four schools had
already begun working on a joint
"I think it's really a big day in the
sense that the..institutions came
together," said Guglielmin. "It's just
a wonderful story."
Warren Gill, associate vice-president of SFU at Harbour Centre, has
been working on the development.
and said that the university was
"delighted" to get the land.
Gill-in addition to Guglielmin
and-McRae—said that the project
was still in its early stages, and that
it was too soon to know what exactly would be done with the land. He
said that each of the universities
involved in the development would
have to go through internal planning processes before making any
The universities will be creating
a joint committee to develop future
plans for the space. ♦ {Friday. November 23.2001
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David Axelrod
[Mo' wax labels]
Maybe it's my short attention span these days, but
I seem to be getting ever so weaiy of fusion music.
What is fusion anyway? It seems it's becoming
more and more like 'throw-up-a-buncha-sounds-in-
type of deaL
That aside, let's get to the real matter at hand,
long-time producer and music industry veteran
David Axelrod's new self-titled album.
Axelrod kicks it off with "The Little Children,' a
surprisingly pleasant but quirky orchestral, choral
piece with a bit of gritty French street jazz a la City
of Lost Children thrown in for good measure. Just
as soon as things start becoming all too reminiscent of those repetitive piano lesson exercises,
lyricist and hip-hopper Ras Kass gives us something that resembles a grim urban fairytale. Then
the album slides into some smooth triple-decker
fudge saxophone.
David Axelrod weaves spastically through rock,
jazz, slippity-slappity funk and more. For the most
part it's hard to know whether to get lost in the
complexity or be numbed by the dreary mundane-
ness of it all. Even halfway through the album, it
isn't entirely obvious where David's eclectic train
is headed. With song titles like "Fantasy for Ralph"
and "The Dr & the Diamond,' you'd expect more.
The album is nearing the finish line by the time we
enter the realm of "The Shadow Knows,' an admittedly toe-tapping, lucid little number.
Then the album does a Syd Barrett, early Pink
Floyd-inspired turn-around. The final song on the
disc, "Loved Boy,' a heartening tribute to the 1971
death of Axelrod's son. begins with a haunting piccolo trumpet that'll stop you dead in your tracks.
Jazz man Lou Rawls pipes up with some gritty
vibrato: "Good-bye, child of a night of joy. My sin
was too much hope for you. Loved boy. Seventeen
years you were lent to me.'
This surprisingly sweet final is a reminder that
the cream of this album is hidden and easy to
miss. Axelrod's musical style hovers uncomfortably between generations and I'm not so sure
many older listeners will appreciate the hip-hop
interludes, just as more youthful listeners might
not want to hear Jim Morrison/Lawrence Welk
fusion pieces. But that raises an important question: can't music be ageless?
Who knows. One thing is for sure: this album is
a humble testament to David Axelrod himself—a
white-haired, musical grandfather with 50 plus
years of production and recording experience
under his belt, and whose personal musical tastes
seem to span all generations. Perhaps he intended
the album to be more of a listening experience
than something you'd want in your regular-play
collection. ♦
2 — Nara Mehlenbacher
Feminist Sweepstakes
[Mr Lady Records]
What do you do when Britney sings about being a 'slave 4 U'
and J-Lo insists that she's 'real?' Pick up a fucking antidote.
Pick up Le Tigre's new album, Feminist Sweepstakes. Some
people see 'feminism' as a dirty word, but these people are
morons. Women remain marginalised and, particularly with
queer and lesbian issues, the drive for equality is still a struggle, something Le Tigre is keen to point out
Although not quite as danceable as Le Tigre's self-titled
1999 debut. Feminist Sweepstakes is pumped up with politics.
Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman and J.D. Samson (who
replaced Sadie Benning) have created a fierce and flaming
piece of art, the vitality and relevance of which puts Ani
DiFranco and post-7b Bring You My Love P.J. Harvey to shame.
The opening track, "LT Tour Theme,' starts things off well.
With a fantastic retro-funk rhythm keeping things moving.
Kathleen makes sure you know who they're playing to. "For the
ladies and the fags, yeah, we're the band with rollerskate
A track like "F.Y.R.' is another good example of where the
band's passion lies. With shouting over fuzzed-out guitar and
droning blips of keyboards, the song, which stands for '50
years of ridicule,' catalogues the ways people live in the myth
of equality. "You know these days no one's exploited. Sorry
dude, can't hear ya with my head in the toilet'
The rest of the album touches on shitty jobs, unappreciated
art and New York City's 'dyke march.' Still, Le Tigre keeps your
bum wiggling with fat beats and guitar treats.
Apologies to Peaches and Tracy + the Plastics, but no one is
making feminist and queer music as exciting as Le Tigre's. It's
this exuberance that makes Feminist Sweepstakes one of the
best albums in the universe. Now if only they'd tour the west
coast..sigh. ♦
-Duncan M. McHugh and Sara Young
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Sound Dust
Listening to Stereolab feels like a warm bath in pink velvet
Vocalist Laetitia Sadier's sexy crooning gently strokes your lobes.
The horns, keys and woodwinds trap your ear in a sonic gyroscope.
Shut your eyelids and you slide back 30 years: suddenly you're hip,
the tunes are groovy and your mojo is well...awake. Shagadellic,
baby, yeah!
On Sound Dust. Stereolab's tenth official release, the revered
lounge-experimentalists wear their Euro-pop, late -1960s influences on their frilled, proverbial sleeve. Droning beats, featured
on previous masterpieces like Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Dots
and Loops, are employed minimally on this LP. Replacing them is
an orchestral embroidery of harmonies and effects.
Making up this tapestry are an electric harpsichord, vibraphones and glockenspiels, to name a few. Horns, too, are
employed brilliantly on Sound Dust, creating something of a Beach
Boys/Steely Dan hybrid, producing soothing arrangements that
could have easily appeared on classics like Pet Sounds or Aja.
This groovy collection of musical contraptions is out-matched
only by the musical skill of the hip cats that play them. Sean
O'Hagen and Mary Hansen are masters of seemingly eveiything
musical, moving effortlessly between a bevy of keys (Rhodes
Electric Piano, RMI Rocksichord) and percussion oddities.
Guitarist Tim Gane, who also tickles the ivories a bit on this
release, strums both electric and acoustic with subtle perfection.
Francophone anti-diva Laetitia Sadier, however, stands out
from this talented pack as the most captivating performer.
Sadier's voice is the band itself; at once forceful and fragile, reassuring and melancholic. Her range (vocally, melodically and linguistically) is impressive and her coy, sexy melodies just make
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The impression that love exudes from your speakers when listening to a Stereolab album is no accident The band shares not
only a musical bond, but a conjugal one as well. Sadier and Gane
met in London in the 1980s and are now married.
But Stereolab's love for each other as well as everything remotely tuneful can sometimes be a problem. Sound Dust, for instance,
is loaded with the tedious fuzz-filler that the band, unfortunately,
likes to stuff into every new release. For fans more concerned with
volume, this is inconsequential. For those who appreciate the
value of a meticulous recording, this extensive dabbling turns what
should be excellent albums into very fine ones.
Nonetheless, Sound Dust is good, this band is good, and if you
have not heard them, you should. ♦
—Ian Sonshine
Adams's Gotdsh'mm
[Lost Highway]
Country has lost its way. Stadium sjiows, million-dollar contracts, trite empty songs.
While 'crossing-over' into the more lucrative
and mainstream pop charts, country music
hasn't just lost its way, it has lost its soul
Along conies 26-year-old North Carolinan
Ryan Adams with his second, and hopefully
breakthrough, album. Gold Adams has crafted 16 simple, beautiful songs on this album.
There are no big string sections, no lush new
country orchestration, but
somehow it does so much.
The album starts with
"New York, New York.' It's
not the swaggering standard
that Sinatra belted out.
Instead Adams paints a frenetic and youthfully optimistic picture of the Big
Apple. From there Adams
takes you just about everywhere on the emotional spectrum. He's at his best, however, when he's singing about
lost love, like in the opening
bars of "When the stars go
blue,' or in the honky-tonk
flavoured "Touch, Feel and
Lose,' where Adams sighs
out "Cry, cry, cry' in the
He sings these songs with a voice full of
equal parts of pain, sorrow, longing and just
enough world-weariness to make women
swoon and men nod along in agreement
Lyrics like "I wish you would've grabbed the
gun/And shot me 'cause I died/And I'm
nothing now without you,' would've turned
into melodramatic slop in the hands of a
lesser singer-songwriter but Adams just
seems to hit that vulnerable chink in our
emotional armour.
Adams seems to have taken a page from
every major singer-songwriter in the last 50
years. You can hear the folksy wise-beyond-
his-years quality of Bob Dylan, the working-
class rock ethos of Bruce Springsteen and
the country roots of Hank Williams. But the
question remains, can Adams wrest country
music away from the record executives, the
soulless producers and the siren call of pop?
Can Ryan Adams save country from itself?
Perhaps it's too much to ask of one man.
Such grand expectations lead men to their
deaths and drives them insane. But if this
album is any indication, the world needs to
hear more from Ryan Adams. ♦
—Ron Nurwisah
The next
New American Language
Not many people have heard of Iowa native Dan
Bern, but those who hear his music often become
fans. While the release of Bern's New American
Language isn't going to do anything but encourage comparisons to Bob Dylan, it does show a
development in his musical style. This 12-song
album is much more rock-influenced than previous folksy works like Smartie Mine or the powerful single Kids' Prayer. This time around, Bern is
backed by a five-piece rock band that he has chosen to call The International Jewish Banking
Conspiracy. The music's energy level has definitely increased, but Bern manages to keep the
same mournful introspective tone of his previous
Bern has been criticised in the past because
his music and vocal style bear more than a passing resemblance to Bob Dylan. Bern has responded by saying: "Well in a way. Bob Dylan was sort
of the Dan Bern of the '60s,' an irreverent
response that could have easily come from one of """""""""
his songs. His talents as a songwriter are exceptional and
on this album he continues to show that he has a knack for
writing bleak, cutting social commentary, masked in a wry
sense of humour.
At Erst some of his lyrics sound almost over the top. You
almost believe that he means what he's saying when on the
track "Toledo' he sings, "Sitting in the church/Of the Holy
McDonald's/I took off my shoes/Like the Buddhists told
me to/And I make my sacred offering/And I dip my hands
in Pepsi/Sailed off to Virginia/And expelled all the Jews.'
Then you realise that he's putting one past you. It's all one
big joke.
His songs are often mournful introspective narratives
that follow fairly traditional subjects of lost love, old adventures or dreams and fantasies. In "God Said No' Bern
meets his Maker and asks him if he can go back in time to
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realise that the past can't be changed and all he has is the
Bern's musical style develops on tracks like "Rice'
where he realises a much fuller sound. His droning laid-
back vocal style complements the hand drumming and violin very well. The effect is as hypnotic as the whooshing
synth sound of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb.
While Bern remains a little-known part of the North
American music scene, the quality of the music on this
release makes it worth the money spent Nonetheless, it
can't compare to the spontaneity of Bern live in concert,
something Vancouverites will get a chance to experience
when he plays at Capilano College on December 14th. ♦
—Lars Goeller
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The creative team at Studio 58 had a challenge on its
hands* It had. to make "Creation,* a play based on
Hebrew stories from Geiiesis and Exodus and inspired
by medieval mystery plays, relevant to a modern audience. Mystery plays sanctioned by the Catholic Church
during the Middle Ages may have been big entertainment for the peasants of Europe, but could they still
^entertain a cynical modern audience?
• The play began with a chorus of angels dressed in
vibrant technicoloured costumes and wigs. The outrageously modern, costumes and contemporary sensibility melded, with the intelligent dialogue spoken in
rhyming couplets. The effect was two-fold, accentuating
emotions both tragic aiid comedic and giving the play a
touch-of antiquity to counterbalance the integration of
One of the play's most interesting experiments is trying to incorporate women into these stories. Adam and
Eve are both blamed equally for their expulsion from the
garden of Eden. Naomi, Noah's daughter-in-law, tries to
warn others about God's plan to flood the Earth.
The interpretations of the various myths try to dispel notions of the perfect mythical heroes of the Bible.
They portray them as normal and imperfect men with
problems like alcoholism and insecurity. It is an
attempt to pare down the larger-than-life heroes to a
level that the audience can relate to.
In the end, this play has a fresh approach to ancient
texts, which translates them into a context that appeals
to the modern viewer. Medieval mystery plays were
intended to educate and moralise to their audiences.
"Creation's' intent is to entertain, and it succeeds. ♦ •'  '"'7^!'
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solidation of the
ledia industry continues
by Donald Prime
"The TV business...is a cruel and shallow
money trench, a long plastic hallway
where thieves and pimps run free and
good men die like dogs.'
—Hunter S. Thompson, journalist
Tb& pla^fefs have gotten bigger and
fewer. The consolidation of the Canadian
; media Industry continues as companies
acqwj assets such as TV stations and
newspapers in the name of 'convergence'—something that critics fear will
result in the loss of competition, diversity and jobs.
CanWest Global and Bell Canada
Enterprises (BCE) are the largest of the
consolidators, and have joined the publicly owned CBC in the domination of the
Canadian media industry.
In September, CanWest completed
Canada's third English TV network,
incorporating the stations which they
bought last year from Western
International Communications into
Global Television. In the summer,
CanWest also solidified its stranglehold
on the newspaper-market by buying the
remaining 50 per cent of the National
Post still held by Conrad Black's
Hollinger Inc. This completed last year's
purchase of the Southam chain and half
of the Post from Hollinger. It now owns
14 major metropolitan daily newspapers—including BC's three major
papers: The Vancouver Sun, The
Province, and The Victoria Times-
Colonist, and 126 community-based
papers, including The Vancouver
Not to be left behind, telecommunications giant BCE bought the CTV network
and The Globe and Mail last year.
Independent newspapers and TV stations have gone from being the majority
to a rarity. Economies of scale and vertical integration have made conglomerates much more profitable than independents. Confronted with seemingly
insurmountable disadvantages, independents often concede defeat, selling
their assets or simply folding. In the
media industry, size matters.
Some accuse convergence Of damaging diversity. One such critic is James
Ho, President of Multivan Broadcast
Corporation, an independent media outlet based in Vancouver, and one of two
companies seeking the license for a multicultural TV station in Vancouver. 'They
call it 'synergy.' I call it less voice," he
said to The Thunderbird, the UBC School
of Journalism's online magazine. 'You
have people from the newspaper now,
becoming commentators over the air.
That means replacing the existing people in the television stations. There are a
lot of times you will notice the TV and
the newspaper talk about the same
Additionally, critics fear that owners
will use the media's ability to influence
public opinion to support their political
views. Conrad Black is the owner most
commonly accused of this. Under
Black's ownership, the National Post
portrayed Prime Minister Jean Chretien
and his government in a much worse
light than did The Globe and Mail.
Additionally, he gave Southam's papers
a pro-business bias, according to
NewsWatch Canada, an SFU-based
media watchdog.
Canadians ought perhaps to look to
the US to see the direction in which the
consolidation is moving. There, giants
such as AOL Time Warner, Disney and
News Corp. control not only broadcasters and newspapers, but also such properties as cinematic studios, magazines,
cable utilities, satellite distribution,
internet access, and various forms of
The conglomerates increase their revenues through cross-promotion—using
one product, such as the news, to promote another product, such as a movie.
Some warn that cross-promotion contributes to the perceived degeneration of
news into 'infotainment'
Media empires are extending their
reach across countries. Some critics
accuse multinational companies of 'cultural imperialism' on other nations
eroding cultures and replacing them
with pre-fabricated McCulture.
Consolidation of the media accelerates
cultural homogenisation.
Bob Pittman, CEO of AOL Time
Warner, worried people when he said:
'We believe that AOL Time Warner will
provide companies worldwide with a
convenient, one-stop way to put advertising and commerce online as well as take
advantage of the best in traditional
Sounds innocuous, doesn't it? Turn
on your TV, listen to the radio, read the
newspaper, surf the web. Then realise
that it might soon all be coming from the
same place. One voice telling you what to
buy, what to think, what to believe.
Doesn't sound so innocuous now,
does it? ♦
Buy Nothing Day Supplement by THE UBYSSEY
Coordinators: Michael Schwandt and Sarah Fung
Sell! Sell! Sell! since 1918 Friday. November 23.2001
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'    Duncan M. McHugh
Ai Lin Choo
Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
\ Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Milter
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King Scott Bardslqr stormed about the castle in a rage, "Where
are my court advisors, Justin Cheng, Ai Lin Choo, Nara
Mehlenbather. Maria Bashovski and Duncan M. McHugh?'
"Now sire,* counselled Lars GoeQer, the royal scribe "Ifyou don't
calm yourself; 111 have to call She court physician, Sarah MacNeill
Morrison." lhe Sing visibly paled. "No thai will be Ene." The
room shook as ahorribh/loud gong sound and when he pulled on
a barely visible cord, summoning the guards, Ron Nurwisah,
Julia Christensen, Yi Jun Huang, Ian Sonshine and Laura Blue.
NicPensom and Hywel Tuscano rushed in looking nervous. TJh
rare, they can't come right now, they're on a coffee break.'
"Whatl?* exdalmed the long. "What kind of faiiy tale kingdom am
I running?" Ihe chamberlain. Graeme Worthy, whispered in the
imperial ear, "Perhaps you should send far the Dread knights
Sara Young and Kathy Deering?" "A capital idea! Have the Dread
knights summoned at once, Dennis Wang." Iha messenger
looked ill at ease. "Pardon me sije, but they are as we speak, hunting the infamous Cap'n Rob Stolesbmy-Leeson and hiB dread
pirates Chris Shepherd, Laural Raine and Sarah Fung. Despite
onh/ having a rowboat named the Donald Prime. lhey captured
ihe merchant gallion Michael Schwandt* The messenger nervously continued, lhe Eperial envoy, Kate Ingram was captured'
and is being held ransom.' The king scowled. "Did anyone think
about how knights on horses, even Dread knights are supposed
to capture pirates on the water?"
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wouldn't do that for
Due to the recent fee-increase referendum loss,
and the possibility of an extra two years of exclusivity with Coca-Cola (without funding) because
UBC is not meeting consumption quotas, the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) may soon find itself
in need of some extra cash. We at the Ubyssey
thought that we'd help help them out with some
fundraising ideas. Below we've listed a number
of ingenious ways for our favourite (and only)
student society to pull in some cash.
1. Kissing booth
You know that dream you had, where you
were cozying up with that AMS vice-president at
the AMS chalet in Whistler? Well, now your
dream can become reality! And maybe you're
not the only one horny for the sweet, soft puck-
erings of an AMS exec. With a student population of 40,000+, there must be some people out
there who find student politicians sexy. If worst
comes to worst, there are bound to be some first-
years, or wargamers, who are wondering what
it's like to kiss a member of the opposite sex.
2. Live-stream web broadcast
Place web cams in the AMS offices and
Council chambers and broadcast over the
Internet for a small fee. Watch the exciting lives
of your Council, observe democracy at work and
see shameless AMS execs get dirrrrrrty! Stay
tuned for sex scandals, mud wrestling, Michael
Kingsmill cameos and four in-office showers a
day from all AMS execs! We're pretty sure this
would attract the same clientele as the kissing
3. Selling sperm/eggs on the Internet
While we're on the subject of online money-
making schemes, why not give this a try: a quickie medical procedure is all it would take for AMS
Council members to tap into the baby-making
market People will jump at the chance to purchase sperm and eggs from such bright, young
and talented individuals! Just post them on e-Bay
and watch the bids come pouring in. Morals,
shmorals. Welcome to the world of politics.
4. Bake sale
If the Girl Guides can do it, why can't the
AMS? The Guides have cornered this market
long enough and those smarmy little brats are
getting a little too bitchy for their britches. And if
the AMS is smart, it'll get the recipe from some
strange cat down at Wreck Beach and put a little
sumpin' sumpin' in dem biscuits. Those
Forestry kids from across campus might actually hoof it all the way out to the SUB. Chomp on
that. Girl Guides.
5. B-Lot car wash
Hundreds of cars just waiting to be washed.
We're sure plenty of UBC students would love to
come back from class and have their cars looking bright and shiny. For an added gimmick, put
exec members into speedos and bikinisJ Get
waxing! But a note to the AMS: ask first, or don't
expect to be paid. We're willing to bet many student car-owners are among those trying to get
squeegee kids driven out of town.
6. Toll booth at the gates
If the Liberal government can privatise the
Coquihalla why can't our student government
privatise University Boulevard, West 4th and
Marine Drive? This proposal would also cut the
amount of traffic coming into campus!
7. Sitting fee at the conversation pit
Frankly, we're tired of all these free-loading
students sitting where they please. Charging a
fee would keep out all the riff-raff.
8. Declare war on SFU
Do we really need a reason? War has been
known to boost the economy, and think about all
that plunder! I mean it's Burnaby.
9. Puking fine
Puke is just gross. We feel that a you puke,
you pay' policy is not only equitable, but will
keep the campus smelling nice all week long.
And think of the posters the AMS will draw up
for this one! After just one Pit night, the returns
would be tremendous.
10. Video Lottery Terminals
Turn the SUB Arcade into a casino. We don't
really see the difference between Dance, Dance
Revolution! and a good old VLT. Most students
already have carpal tunnel syndrome from
using those shoddy AMS computers in the SUB.
A little tennis elbow from the VLTs won't make
much of a difference. Students can have a
chance at winning money to pay off their student loans! The rest of them can drown their
sorrows by playing just one more game.
11. Housing in the SUB
In light of the current student housing shortage, why not turn the soon-to-be-vacant Bank of
Montreal space into affordable housing? Just roll
in some bunk beds, plug in a few hot-plates and
you're in business! And hell, enough people
spend the night sleeping in the conversation pit
after a night of heavy drinking. Why not ditch the
fluffy 'student social space' gimmick and just
install those morgue-style sleeping drawers like
they have in Japan. The AMS is sitting on a goldmine!
12. AMS Fetish Night
Uh, yeah. This one's pretty obvious. Sell tickets at five bucks a pop and get..cracking? ♦
Monkey see,
monkey do
The other day, I sat around a table
of educated and seemingly introspective expatriates and listened to
them talk. The subject was
Australia and, in particular, how
that country had turned back a
boatload of would-be immigrants.
They were defending Australian
Prime Minister Howard, who said
that "And besides, we didn't know if
there were any terrorists aboard'
and 'They don't assimilate well."
Can you imagine if this was 200
years • ago and the tables were
turned, with a bunch of Aborigines
sitting on the shore saying "Those
.convicts don't look all that desirable—let's close the door?' Can you
imagine a country that is so big and
empty, so rich and educated behaving like this?
Or how about in the United
States, where visas are now being
held up for Muslim male applicants? What if Natives a long time
ago had said, 'Well, I don't know,
but your ancestors could turn out to
be CIA agents operating in Central
America or the KKK?' In 400 years,
how well have Americans assimilated? I do not speak one Native
North American language.
Australians probably wouldn't have
to worry about Asians assimilating
at all if it weren't for their racist
'white-only' immigration laws that
existed until 30 years ago. In my
opinion, John Howard has called
for mob rule in his predominantly
racist country.
President Bush is probably a lot
less intelligent than his Australian
counterpart I've heard that he
graduated last in his class at Yale
and I know that he can't he pronounce 'vitriolic' Yet 90 per cent
of the population is behind him.
Both the Congress and the Senate
have oveiwhelmingly backed his
'war on terror.' Is that all? No. Vice-
President Dick Cheney's wife
thinks it's high time for schools to
'study things that are American.'
What does that mean though to a
place that is multicultural? I was
reading about a professor at
Columbia. He claimed that in the
1960s he was burning flags. Now
he's hanging them from his balcony and dares anyone to challenge
him. I wonder if it brings her comfort to know that the greatest educational institutions are already in
such fine hands?
What   is   happening   to   us?
Everytime I express my opinion, I
feel like I am in danger of alienating myself. There's a Pink Floyd
song: 'So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell.../Do you think
you can tell/And did they get you to
trade your heroes for ghosts?'
The answer is yes.
-Patrick Cowsill
1993 UBC graduate
Taipei, Taiwan
Canada's global
Our Canadian national identity
might be based on compassion, but-
what of our global identity ("The
responsibilities pf the cultured
mind,' Opinion [Nov. 14])? I would
like to hope it is based both on
accepting our responsibilities as
free citizens and on a belief in widespread justice. We cannot deny that
our identity is linked to the liberties
we enjoy in Canada. However, with
freedom of speech comes not only
the need to speak in an informed,
educated manner, but also to use
that freedom to speak for those who
cannot With freedom of thought
comes not only the right to accept
knowledge, but the responsibility to
question it as well. Defending these
rights in times of crisis is not naive,
but necessary.
We believe ourselves to be not
only a compassionate country, but
a fair one. We have a legal system
based on the idea of justice unbiased by revenge. So why is it that at
home, we support a humane, equal-
itarian system and yet globally
apply the view of 'an eye for an
eye?' Why do we answer international crimes with guns and domestic crimes with laws? Yes, 'brave
American boys" will be coming
home in body bags. But what we
must ask ourselves is whether
those deaths are more or less
important than Afghani refugees
dying of famine and disease. War
causes death, and not only the
deaths of those soldiers who choose
to fight for their country but of
those caught in the crossfire as
well. Who will fight on those victims' behalf? Where will their justice be? The World Court and international law are not for the protection of the elite, but to give those
without armies a chance for justice.
Perhaps we should push to give the
rest of the world the freedoms and
fairness we know here.
—Alexandra Swann
Artsl Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. November 23. 2001
UBC Golf—teeing it up
for another run at the   •• /
NAIA Championships!   •: *
by Kate Ingram
Lastyear the UBC women's
golf team won the NAIA
Nationals,   an  incredible
feat for a Canadian team in
an American league—but just
like Rodney Dangerfield, tho tejm
can't get any respect It's ju^t i nutter of logistics for the tc.im   !_ BC
won   the   championship   in   the
spring, long after most studi uts had
finished classes and gone home.
Things have been (h .ng'ng
quickly for the women's- m.l ihe
men's—golf team; new co.i< hes, a
new league and newplayej s nil combine to make UBC's program a professional competitor on the course.
The major change for both teams
was entering the NAIA. Before joining the American league in 1999,
the teams went to tournaments, but
essentially played exhibition games
all year since they couldn't aim for
high rankings or go to National
Championships. Lack of a greater
goal left players without crucial
motivation. Now that the team is
part of the NAIA, it can play for
a proper conference title, and
the golfers have their eyes set
on victory.
"We are now a ranked school,
whereas before we were exhibition,'
said Alec MacDonald, the men's
coach. 'And the guys now have a
chance for scholarships which has
really turned the sport around.'
The men's team is young, with
only    two    long-time    veterans,
Andrew Luke and Cam Comeau,
remaining in the team of six. But
the new athletes have plenty of
new talent, especially in Jamie
Kariya, who is expected to lead
the   team   when   Luke   and
Comeau graduate. For his part,
Comeau feels the team has
been rebuilding this fall and
that the team's results from its
four fall tournaments don't
reflect   the   Thunderbirds'
true talent.
Those tournament
results have been mixed.
The men placed 11th at the
Western Washington
Invitational and tenth at
the Chico State
Invitational,   but   managed better results elsewhere.    They    placed
third at the Intrawest
Invitational and second
at the  University of
Victoria Invitational.
The season,  according  to  MacDonald,
"has had a rather
soft start, but the
main focus of the
t season is definitely   the   second
The    players
f. el,     however,
'1' it their time in
'he    sun   might
| cunie in later sea-
f sons.   "We   have
|>o unger    players
' on the team and it
' definitely    makes
for  a nice
1 o o k
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fcJld,    "but    I ,   '
:hlrik  this  \e.ir
. we  can definitely
place higher up in
the NAIA rankings '
[than we did lastyear]."
Luke agrees with Comeau and
believes this year will be more of a
transition year.
"I think as a group we will be
ready for competition, but two
years from now, I think the team
will be stronger—once the team
chemistry has been achieved,' he
In the meantime, the team is
benefiting from a surge in golfs
popularity over the past few years.
'Golf is exploding right now and university golf is riding the wave that
professional golf has created,'
MacDonald said.
The women's program didn't
have nearly as big a turnover as the
men's, leaving most of the team that
won the NAIA Nationals last year
intact to take another shot at the
"We have a lot of potential as a
team,' said captain Jill McCauley.
"We did lose one of our key players
[Jackie Hayes], but we are really
quite well-rounded and have rookies
who have the potential to be impact
However, those players welcomed a new coach this year: Chris
MacDonald (no relation to men's
coach Alec). He has the team working with a personal trainer, has
adopted video instruction and a
strength-training program, and has
increased coaching for the team.
"It's been a lot of fun having
he chance to work with great athletes
in a small group setting and under
the university sports program,' he
The fall season has gone well for
the women. They took the top place
at the Golf Mart/Lady Otter
Invitational and at the Western
Washington Invitational, and they
placed 14th at the Idaho State
But after the team has already
won the Nationals, what's left
ahead? "The next step is just trying
to repeat our win, get closer to qualifying for the NCAA and winning all
NAIA events by larger margins,"
Chris MacDonald said.
"The girls that we have right now
are talented and we don't see why
we can't go all the way,' McCauley
So don't be surprised if, when
you come back next September,
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Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the
awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2002.
Eligibility; Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of
teaching at UBC. The three years include 2001-2002.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels:
introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any
combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest
candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or
Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions
should be in writing and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B130.
Deadline: 4:00p.m. on January 28, 2002. Submit nominations to the
Department, School or Program Office in -which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as
well during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
Department, School or Program office, or Dr. J. Evan Kreider, Associate
Dean of Arts at (604) 822-6703.
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AMS funds anti-
prejudice group
The Alma Mater Society agreed Wednesday night to
allocate $6$50 to Not On Our Campus, a student
group dedicated to celebrating diversity on campus
and fighting prejudice based on gender, race, culture,
religion and sexual orientation.
The group will use the money to sponsor events
including a world music concert, a religious fair, a
speaker series and a film festival. All events are
planned for next term.
Translink to vote on
future of transit
Translink's decision to either cut transit services or
increase bus fares will be made today.
Recently, Translink consulted the public through a
region-wide survey which revealed that most people
would rather pay the proposed two-centsper-litre gas
tax, increased properly tax, and
higher bus fares than cope with a
15-20 per cent reduction in transit
Under provincial law, the transit company is required to balance
Us budget, and currently, Translink
is facing an annual deficit of
between $4Q-$50 million.
The new revenue would go to
maintaining and expanding present services. If Translink doesn't get increased funding, the company said that its alternative is to cut
services by four times more than they were cut earlier this year.
Of those surveyed, however, more than half said
that they are unhappy with. Translink. Many people
are upset -with last month's cuts in service and feel
that Translink handled this summer's bus strike
poorly. Riders generally feel that Translink is not
accountable to the public,
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affect the cost of a bus pass, but would mean a rise of
2 5 cents for one-zone and 50 cents for two-zone individual tickets.
negotiations, are ongoing between Translink and
UBC over the creation of a U-Pass that would see
eveiy UBC student pay a mandatory fee for a bus
pass, estimated to cost $18 per month, will, rebates
for students living on campus. Negotiations are
dependent on Translink choosing to increase fares
and taxes, rather than cutting existing services.
Student Health
Services change
Crowds of students waiting hours to see a doctor
prompted the UBC Student Health Centre to revise its
appointment procedures this year, allowing students
to book appointments before lhey arrive at the drop-
in clinic.
"Previously, students were served on a first-come,
first-served basis/ says Dr Patricia Mirwaldt,
director at the UBC Student Health Centre. "Now, 30
per cent of our appointment time
slots are kept free everyday, which
means less time wasted for students/
Mirwaldt says the change was
made solely for the benefit of UBC
students, and was not a means of
cutting costs for the doctors working at the centre.
"Now our waiting room is less
full," says Mirwaldt, "but our students are getting the same quality of service with less
waiting time."
The UBC Student Health Centre, in operation for
over 70 years, provides doctors and medical advice to
students regarding gynecological concerns, birth
control, sexually transmitted diseases, sport injuries,
and immunisation needs. Medical care is also available for counselling emotional problems.
The UBC Student Health Centre is located in the
hospital emergency department on campus, on the
The proposed increase in bus fares would not    west side of Wesbrook Mall. ♦
G-20 goes to Ottawa
Terrorism, debt and economy top the agenda
       by Mark Kennedy
the Ontarion
OTTAWA (CUP)-Finance ministers
and central bank governors from
lhe world's most powerful nations
gathered in Ottawa last weekend to
discuss terrorism and the global
G-20 finance ministers and officials from the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
addressed the stabilisation of markets in the wake of September 11,
along With debt relief for the developing world and, above all, measures to stop terrorist financing.
During the first of two Saturday
press conferences, Paul Martin,
Canada's minister of finance, outlined the 'action plan' agreed upon
by all G-20 members.
The strategy seeks to coordinate an international effort
against terrorism, to address the
problems facing poor countries
and to ensure that the benefits of
globalisation are shared more
broadly, Martin said.
Martin also addressed the G-20
and IMF plans to allow poor
nations to suspend their debt
repayments, and encouraged rich
countries to increase foreign aid to
the developing world.
The current financial crises in
the global South, Martin argued,
are largely the result of the terrorist attacks on the US two
months ago.
"There is a recognition that the
poorest nations are having a more
difficult time paying their debts
after September 11."
Martin also emphasised the
member nations' commitment to
thwarting global terrorism.
"Every single member of the G-
20, without exception, has said
that they will put [the anti-terrorism plan] into implementation as
soon as they can pass the legislation,' he said.
Asked about his earlier remarks
concerning the need for "commonality" in fighting terrorism and how
it related to Canada's own contentious anti-terrorism legislation.
Bill C-36, Martin replied that the
legislation had been submitted to a
parliamentary committee. "They're
debating all of the issues, and this
is not a debate that anyone takes
lightly," he said.
"The one thing nobody wants to
do in order to fight terrorism is
allow the terrorists to win in terms
of our values," Martin added.
During Saturday afternoon's
IMF financial committee meeting,
several thousand protesters converged on heavy police barricades
in downtown Ottawa, just outside of
the Chateau Laurier Hotel.
Although there were dozens of
arrests, the demonstrations were
mainly peaceful.
In a press conference held after
their meeting, senior IMF officials
echoed the sentiment of the G-20 to
commit financial and technological
resources in the fight against terrorism, and to commit to global
poverty reduction.
In his opening remarks,
Gordon Brown, chancellor and
chair of the IMF, called on allY
countries to utilise existing United"
Nations mechanisms in the fight
against terrorism and to report
"suspicious transactions" within
their borders.
"The outcome of this discussion was to build up confidence
and make clear that the international community is united in its
fight against [terrorist] money
laundering." %
There was also talk of making
anti-terrorist measures a condition
of developing countries' eligibility
to receive aid packages, although
Horst Kohler, managing director of
the IMF, said that such measures
would be "premature." 7
Brown outlined the IMFs pover-^,
ty reduction projection costs in no
unclear terms.
"It [will] cost $ 10 billion for primary education to be available for
all, $ 12 billion for the global health
initiative to work in cutting infant-
mortality...and $20 billion to halve
the amount of poverty, as we prom-1
ised to do by 2015," he said. i
When one reporter noted that
critics of the IMF have said the
organisation "throws promises
around, but never follows up on
them," Brown countered by noting
that more countries are going
through the debt-reduction process
now than in 1997.
"Of course, we have to do more,"
he said. "I believe there is now also
the political will to do that" ♦


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