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BC government lowers tuition
Post-secondary tuition fees will drop by five per cent
by Sarah Morrison
Tuition at UBC is about to get over $100
cheaper, after the BC government
announced massive increases to education
funding last week.
Premier Ujjal Dosanjh announced last
Wednesday that his government would
meet this month to pass legislation that
would reduce post-secondary tuition fees
by five per cent
"Lower fees help ensure that education
is accessible to all British Columbians and
mean lower debt for students," Dosanjh
told an large crowd in the University of
Victoria's (UVic) student union building.
He also announced that BC would provide a one-time sum of $46 million for
post-secondaiy research.
The tuition cut was applauded by both
; UBC administrators and provincial student
UBC President Martha Piper, speaking
on behalf of the University Presidents'
Council of BC, said that the announcement
was "truly remarkable." She added, however, that access must not come at the
expense of quality.
While UBC Vice-President, Academic
and Provost Barry McBride echoed Piper's
concerns, he expressed excitement about
the 'very generous" education funding.
"We're very pleased with the money
that's going to come to us," McBride said.
BC chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS) Anita Zaenker
said the announcement moves in a direction the CFS has long advocated. In particular, she emphasised that student groups
have been calling for tuition cuts for many
Similar cuts, she points out, have
recently occurred across Canada.
"Ifs happening in other provinces. It's
happening in Manitoba, it's happening in
Newfoundland, it's happening as part of a
general recognition that we need to be
making education more affordable, not
less, if we're going to train people to meet
the skill shortage of the coming decade,'
Zaenker said.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Erfan Kazemi said that he is also pleased
with the announcement, but "mentioned
that he is concerned with the timing of the
announcment, which comes shortly before
a provincial election call, which must be
made by June.
."One [criticism] is the fact that it's really short-term, this plan. It conflicts with
AMS policies for having a long-term funding strategy," Kazemi said. "We want to
make sure that university students can
both plan for their education, whether it be
five, ten, whatever years down the road.'
Kazemi said that he is worried about
the lack of adequate funding to replace rev-
see "Tuition" on page 2
POW! Ujjal Dosanjh during a visit to UBC in
November 1999. tara westover/ubyssey file photo
Vote will decide
health plan's fate
by Alex Dimson
VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN: Monday's voting in the health plan referendum was slow.
Hence the glazed looks on the poll clerks' faces, nic fensom photo
Voting is now underway in a referendum that
asks UBC students to decide on the fate of the
current Alma Mater Society (AMS) student
health and dental plan.
Students will vote this week on the question "Should the AMS withdraw from the
AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan at the end
of the current contract (August 31st, 2001).'
Despite previous proposals about implementing a telephone-voting system, students
may only vote at traditional voting booths
across campus.
At stake is the mandatory student health
and dental plan, which was implemented in
January 2000 ajter 4458 students voted in
favour of the plan and 1911 students voted
against it in a referendum in the fall of 1999.
The health and dental plan provides
extended insurance coverage for students
beyond that of the provincial Medical
Services Plan. Students may only opt out of
the AMS/GSS plan at the beginning of each
school year, upon providing proof of equivalent extended health and dental coverage.
Computer science students Matthew
Laird and Kathy Lo, who are leading the Yes
campaign which hopes to see the plan
removed, argue that there is still a lot of confusion about the plan.
"We're trying to bring about a fair plan for
the students of UBC,' Laird said, indicating
that he believes that students were misled by
the previous referendum, and that many
remain unaware of the plan.
But Annick Gauthier, head of the No campaign, and the incoming president of the
see "Referendum" on page 4
Bank to fund new awards
by Tristan Winch
Last week, UBC and the Bank of Montreal
(BMO) announced a joint $2.7-million scholarship endowment to attract top students to the
university. But some student group officials
are critical of the plan, since these scholarships won't help the majority of students.
The funding will provide 16 students with,
$ 10,000 annually over four years, for a total of
$40,000 per award.
The endowment-half of which will be paid
for by the BMO, the other half coming from
matching funds in UBC's budget—will be
administered through the university's Awards
and Financial Aid office.
BMp spokesperson Laurie Grant said that
last year the bank gave major gifts to the
University of Alberta, the University of Toronto
and McGill University.
"I'm not sure where it ranks, but it's certainly one of the largest donations to a university scholarship program. They're usually
given in that category as a major gift We actually give to about 50 universities and colleges—
but these are considered substantial."
But not everyone is so enthusiastic about'
the new scholarships.
Anita Zaenker, the BC Chairperson of the
Canadian Federation of Students, said that she
is worried about the BMO's motives.
She explained that through its connection to
the Business Council on National Issues—an
organisation of the CEOs of major Canadian
corporations-the BMO has been calling for a
decrease in funding for post-secondaiy educa
tion and student financial assistance.
"It's an agenda to remove public subsidies
and implement a model of financing for education based on scholarships and bursaries
rather than on the availability of student loans
and, more importantly, grants,' she said.
Zaenker worries that while there are still
many scholarships for top scholars, there is little financial help available for the majority of
post-secondary students<
"I think that the Bank of Montreal should be
advocating for a system [in which] every stu-
dent-not just the best and the brightest-will
have access to post-secondary education.'
UBC's Alma Mater Society President Erfan
Kazemi, meanwhile, is very excited about the
see "Scholarships" on page 4
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Campbell questions NDP motives
"Tuition" from page 1
enue that universities have lost
since the provincial tuition freeze
was implemented in 1996. He
emphasised the importance of
enhancing the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education.
Despite the NDP's promises, the
decision on whether to legislate the
tuition cuts and new funding will
ultimately rest with the new government
Zaenker said that this uncertainty requires guarantees, since it is
widely expected that the Liberal
Party will win the next election.
"We are facing an election, we
need to get a commitment from the
BC IjiberaL Party that this is the
direction titat they want to be going
in/ she said,
BC, Liberal Party Leader Gordon
Campbell said that while his party
supports, tjb,e tuition reduction
move, he questions the motives of
the NDP government in making this
"We support the five per cent
reduction. I'm not sure what the
total cost is, but it's not that great,"
Campbell said.
"I think the critical thing about
all of this though, I think it pretty
clearly was a political announcement and I think there are many
more important issues that we have
to deal with as well," he continued.
But Campbell added that tuition
cuts will be of Little help to students
if the education system continues to
be under-funded.
"What I fim hearing both from
students and from executives at the
university and college level is that
we don't have the facilities we need
to put the people through that want
the courses."
With an average annual tuition of
$2300, BC currently has the second
lowest tuition rates in Canada. Only
Quebec, which charges differential
tuition rates to outof-province students, offers lower tuition rates.
Half of the research funding will
be devoted to research at BC universities, while the other half will go
towards funding new equipment
and library purchases at education
faculties across BC.
McBride said that UBC will likely
use its share of the funding for new
teaching initiatives.
He added that some funding will
go to faculties "to allow them to
recover some of the ground they've
lost in the past, in putting together
their education, teaching and
research programs." ♦
-with files from Ben Isitt,
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UBC gets $25 million hiring boost
New federal government program aimed at researchers, with more to come
  by Alex Dimson
UBC has received $25 million worth of new
research positions as part of a federal program
aimed at increasing the hiring power of Canadian
universities and retaining current faculty.
The funding boost comes in the form of
five- or seven-year financially secured faculty
research chairs, and should give the university more recruiting ability, according to UBC's
Associate Vice-President of Academic
Planning Derek Atkins.
"This enables us to begin to start on
rebuilding the number of faculty at UBC...and
it enables us to recruit some outstanding new
people and also to help to retain some of the
people [who] are severely at risk [of] being
lured away [by] other universities south of the
border," Atkins explained.
The funding is provided. by the Canada
Research Chairs (CRC)-a federal government
program created last year to invest $900 million in 2000 research positions at Canadian
universities over the next five years.
CRC Executive Director Rene Durocher said
that the program will help universities remain
competitive when searching for top researchers.
"It's very, very competitive. Good
researchers are very scarce now, so we have to
be in the game and take some means to be
part of it," Durocher said.
Durocher said that the 2000 research positions created by CRC should have a significant
impact on the quality of research in Canada.
Prior to the CRC, he said, only 169 similar
positions existed in Canada.
The initiative comes in the face of dire warnings from experts about the hiring problems
Canadian universities could soon face. Several
studies indicate that universities will need to
hire 33,000 faculty over the next 20 years to
replace those retiring or leaving. In the past five
years, UBC has lost 90 faculty members.
In the first allocation of chairs, UBC
received 21 chairs, second only to the
University of Toronto's 39. Atkins said that he
hopes UBC will receive 163 chairs over the
course of the program.
Izak Benbasat, a UBC Commerce professor
and one of the winners of UBC's initial
research chairs, said that the program could
be a strong incentive for faculty members.
"It's a recognition and a great honour," he
said. "The program is going to bring a tremendous amount of resources to Canadian universities and help to retain people and to attract new
people." Y
But Anita Zaenker, BC chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students, said that
while she understands the importance of having public funding in research, she is concerned by CRC estimates that Canada's top
three universities will hold one-third of the
chairs by the end of the program.
"The way in which these research chairs are
tied to private industry and the fact that they
will widen the gap between the have and the
have-not universities is a concern," she said.
Zaenker added that since many of the
researchers who will hold the chairs are involved
in research with private companies, the program
will only deepen the control that private industries have over a university's research direction.
But Durocher said that because the nominations are left to the university, schools will
retain control of their research direction. After
a university nominates a researcher for funding, the CRC must then approve the chair.
Durocher also said that because the chair-
allocation process accounts for performance, it
places an emphasis on a university's ability to
perform world-class research.
UBC's Vice-President of Academic and
Provost Barry McBride said that while the program will allow UBC to ~
compete for researchers in
many fields, he acknowledged that not enough
emphasis is being placed
on the social sciences and
In the first series of
UBC appointments, only
4 of the 21 researchers
are involved in social sciences research. MCBRIDE
"We have to...recognise that the social sciences and humanities are having the same
opportunities as the sciences are when it
comes to the opportunities that CRC provides," McBride said.
New chair appointments are expected to be
announced every few months during the
CRC's five-year term. ♦
Main Library faces more renovations
New Learning Commons will provide more space
by Kathleen Peering
RENOVATIONS! Main Library's concourse is
getting a new look, tara westover photo
The last few months have seen massive
renovations to the Main Library as plans
to turn the library's main concourse into a
student-orientated space called the
Learning Commons take shape.
Slated to open in September, the
Learning Commons will focus on bringing
together organisations to enhance student
learning and increase access to information technology.
Library Facilities Manager Darrell
Bailie, who is a member of the Learning
Commons Working Committee, said that
he is enthusiastic about the casual environment that the Learning Commons will
provide for students.
"There aren't going to be rows and
rows of computers," Bailie said. "We
already have that. It's going to be more of
a people space. What I anticipate here will
be study space, casual couch space and a
staffed service desk."
The service desk, to be staffed by
Library and Information Technology officials, will enable students to obtain various types of information, including infor
mation on online resources, student services and web courses.
Carter Kagume, a graduate student in
Library and Information Studies, also sits
on the Learning Commons committee.
She said that the Learning Commons will
put vast amounts of information at students' fingertips.
The facilities^ she said, will be particularly useful for students at the School of
Library and Archival Studies.
"We're in a world that's all about information and all about being able to work
with information quickly and effectively,"
Kagume said. "The most exciting thing
about the Learning Commons is the information technology."
Sue-Kae Yeong, coordinator of the Alma
Mater Society's tutoring program and an
undergraduate student on the Learning
Commons committee, hopes that the new
facilities will focus on education, and foster a comfortable environment for struggling students.
"We don't want another student
lounge," Yeong said.
Renovations are also taking place
throughout the  first floor of the Main
Library. A coffee bar has been added to
the library's Ridington room, and the new,
museum-like Cheung room off in the main
concourse will focus on Chinese history in
Canada and BC.
Future renovations in the library
include plans for a University Learning
Centre that could contain seminar rooms,
a food area, and a book store-all of which
would require extensive renovations.
"That would essentially involve knocking down the wings of this building, and
keeping the centre floor-with the
Learning Commons-and rebuilding/
Bailie said.
The Learning Commons is being funded by a $l-million donation from Lloyd
and Katherine Chapman, both of whom
attended UBC in the 1930s.
Leanne Bernaerdt, manager of the UBC
Development Office, said that both
Chapmans look back on their years at UBC
with fondness.
Bernaerdt explained that the
Chapmans have been donors to UBC for
25 years, and were looking to fund a
project that would make a difference in
students' lives. ♦
GSS releases elections results
After four recounts, the Graduate Student Society (GSS)
released the results of its executive elections last week
The new executive-headed by Annick Gauthier, who ran
unopposed-will take office on March 16.
Gauthier will be joined by new Director of Aclministration
Joydeep Sengupta,- Director of Student Affairs Dayna Lee-
Baggley and Director of Student Services Jose M. Soto.
Hobo Days plans fall through
Students hoping for five days of vagrancy at Hobo Days will
have to stay home after UBC administrators said that the event
would require "elaborate security measures."
Board of Governors student representative Tieg Martin
made the initial plans for Hobo Days, a five-day long event
that would have involved everything from the construction of
an elaborate tent village to Survivor-type games.
While the administration conditionally approved the Hobo
Days proposal, the requirements they put on the event led
Martin to give up his plans for this year.
According to Assistant Director of Campus Security Michael
Sheard, the tent village would require a security fence, and a
24-hour security force.
Martin said these restrictions would 'undermine the
intended spirit of the project"
"Would-be participants are unlikely to want to spend three
nights isolated behind six feet of snow fencing, and the poten-
tially curious would be loath to line up and enter through a
secured gate," he wrote in a letter released last Wednesday.
Martin writes that while the event may not be viable this
year, he plans to make sure that UBC has more events to combat student apathy.
CFS holds date rape awareness campaign
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is launching a campaign against date rape at B.C. universities.
Although the AMS is a part of the Canadian Alliance of
. Student Associations and not the CFS, funding from.the BC
Ministry of Women's Equality has. allowed the CFS to expand its .
campaign to community organisations, including Youth
Hostels, the YWCA, and now, the whole UBC campus,
. "This CFS campaign has been in action for ten years. It continues to work to raise awareness of aB forms of assault and make students aware of actual incidents in their communities. We want to
provide women with information to protect themselves," said Anita
Zaenker, BC Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
Campus shaken by Washington earthquake
The echoes of an earthquake in Washington have led to concerns
about whether UBC buildings could withstand a larger quake.
Many UBC students felt small tremors last Wednesday resulting from an earthquake south of the border, near Olympia.
Although at its epicentre, the earthquake measured 6.8 on
the Richter scale, a logarithmic scale that determines the force
of seismic activity, the movement felt in Vancouver was estimated to only be about 3.0.
No damage was reported at UBC.
"We've finished inspections and there has been virtually no
reports of structural damage,* said Dan Leslie, UBCs associate
director of Facility Operations and Maintenance.
However Leslie added that the university should be concerned about future earthquakes, as many older buildings are
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New genetics building to
honour Dr. Michael Smith
by Laura Blue
A joint project between UBC and the British Columbia
Cancer Agency is set to bring a new state-of-the-art lab
for genomic research to campus by 2004.
The Michael Smith Building-named after the late
UBC professor who received a Nobel prize for his pioneering research in genomic research—will be located at
the intersection of University Boulevard and East Mall.
Most of the construction will take place on top of the
current oceanography building and the UBC Bookstore,
with a smaller three-storey block building adjacent to it
According to UBC Campus Planning and Development
Manager Jay Jethwa, Smith-who passed away last
November-played an important role in the building's
'He was instrumental. Because of him we got a lot of
funding," Jethwa said.
The building has already received three of the five
necessary approvals from UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG), and the architects will be updating members of
the Board on the building's progress again this week.
Funding for the project—which will cost an estimated
$20 million-is being jointly provided by UBC, the
British Columbia Knowledge and Development
Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation,
and the Blusson Foundation. Construction is expected to
begin early in 2002.
Gregory Henriquez, a partner in Henriquez Partners,
the firm designing the building, warned that the building's construction may have some impact on the
Bookstore's operation.
'We've been very careful to try and minimise the
impact to the Bookstore, so we've brought the loads down
in very specific locations to try and keep the Bookstore up
and running during the full construction process as much
as possible," he said.
UBC Bookstore Director Debbie Harvie said she is
pleased with the consultation process and is not worried
about the effect the construction will have on the store.
She added that she is looking forward to the added
presence the genomics building will bring the
'I think this is going to make the building even that
much more substantial and I think it'll attract more customers to us." ♦
Flurry of protest over Snow Job
 by Colin Pacholuk
The Omega
plans to hold a concert at Sun Peaks
resort near Kamloops next week,
despite opposition by native people
who claim rights to the land that the
ski resort is built on.
The Secwepemc Nation is calling
for the cancellation of the concert and
party, which is slated to start today
and run until Sunday.
"We never agreed to have a ski
resort development in the area terri-
"tory," said Secwepemc Nation Chief
Arthur Manuel in a recent statement
But MuchMusic plans to go
ahead with the event, pointing out
that they have the support of many
area natives—including bands that
belong to the Secwepemc Nation.
Manuel said that the resort is on
land that was part of an agreement
made in 1862 when a l-million acre
. area was mapped out for the use and
benefit of the Secwepemc people. The
Secwepemc contend that in 1993, BC
sold parcels of lands within the 1862
agreement to Nippon Cable, which
developed the land into a year-round
resort without the knowledge or consent of the Secwepemc.
Manual said the nationally televised SnoW Job would promote the
area across Canada and encourage
greater growth.
MuchMusic spokespeople refused to comment on the matter.
After considering moving the
event, David Kines, vice-president
and general manager of MuchMusic
announced in late February that the
show would proceed as planned.
In response, Manuel, who is also
chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal
Council, wrote an open letter to
MuchMusic President Moses
"With your announcement you
clearly took the side of the Sun
Peaks Resort, whose aim is to maximise their profits at our peoples'
expense," he wrote.
Sun Peaks spokesperson Chris
Nicholson said that the resort is
caught in the middle.
"It's important not to view this as
an us-versus-them issue. It's between
the government and the band." ♦
Referendum voting ends Friday afternoon
"Referendum" from page 1
Graduate Student Society (GSS), disagrees.
are   using   the
plan and it's a
good idea and
having   health
insurance is a
great       thing.
While students
who have health
insurance   can
opt-out, it's real-     GAUTHIER
ly good for students, like myself,
who do not have health insurance,"
she said.
But debate over the merits of the
health plan aside, Laird and Lo face
an additional hurdle beyond convincing students to vote for their side.
Roughly 3300 students must
vote in the referendum for quorum
to be reached and the referendum
results to be ratified. Since 1990,22
of the 31 referenda held by the AMS
have failed due to lack of quorum.
At the end of the first day of voting, turnout was decent, according
to AMS Elections Administrator Jo
"Turnout really picked up [over
lunch] things seemed to go fairly
well," she said.
The health plan referendum comes
after Lo and
Laird collected
1000 signatures
on a petition to
oppose the plan,
forcing the AMS
to hold a referendum on the
If the health
plan is rejected,
the result will LAIRD
not be without precedent In 1997,
Simon Fraser University students
voted out a health and dental plan
only four months after the plan was
implemented, citing poor planning
and the plan's $ 105 annual cost ♦
16 students a year will get $10,000 scholarships
"Scholarships" from page 1
new scholarships.
"This is just absolutely fantastic.
It's amazing news. It looks at students who not only achieve academically, but in the comunnity
upon entrance into UBC," Kazemi
*Thi3 over and exceeds many of
the national scholarships so this is
just incredible news for UBC
According to Stephen Shapiro, a
manager with UBC's External Affairs'
Leadership Group Development
office, the criteria for the scholarships has yet to be defined.
working     out
the details with
the bank,"
Shapiro said.
"The idea is
that initially
we're hoping
that there'll be
four of these
available for
this  fall,   and
then when the program is up to
speed—when the full endowment is
created—then there'll be 16 available at any one time. But those
details are still to be worked out*
But Rosemary Pantelone, acting
director of Awards and Financial
Aid, doesn't expect to see any
awards until 2002.
In the early 1990s, UBC began an
Outstanding Student Initiative (OSI)
scholarship program, to increase
enrollment of students out of high
school, awarding top students
In 1999, the OSI program was
replaced by the Undergraduate
Scholars Program, which raised
the average grade requirements ■
for the scholarship from 86 to 92
per cent. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
Trent students in chains
Protesters occupy university office over college closures
by Jessie White and
 Rose Spencer
have arrested eight Trent University
students who occupied a vice-president's office demanding that two of
the university's colleges not be closed.
Police shattered an exterior glass
window in the building at 3 am last
Thursday to arrest the female students, who had been in the office since
Monday morning. They have been
charged with mischief.
A few minutes earlier, police had
arrested another 16 students who
were sleeping in a hallway outside the
office in support of the sit-in. They
were detained for two hours before
being released.
"It was very scary," said Allison
Marcovitz, one of the protesters. As
many as 2 5 police in riot gear entered
the building, along with a police dog,
said the protesters outside the office.
The students were protesting the
university's Board of Governors'
November 1999 approval of an application to Ontario's SuperBuild Growth
Fund that didn't include a clause preventing the "sale, relocation or closing
of any college."
The fund is designed to provide
money for new infrastructure development. In May 2000, Trent was awarded more than $26 million under
SuperBuild. The university's two
downtown colleges have since been
slated for closure.
The students began their occupation of Vice-President academic
Graham Taylor's office on Monday at
8:30am. Wednesday afternoon,
Sergeant Tim Farquharson delivered a
letter from the Peterborough-Lakefield
Police Department addressed to the
"illegal occupants" of the office, which
said that the occupation constituted
the criminal offence of. mischief.
"Police desire a peaceful resolution
of the current situation; however,
occupiers must realise that police
intervention may occur," read the letter.
The 16 supporters outside the
Trent building who were detained by
police on charges of trespassing and
mischief claim that they had permission from Trent Security to sleep outside the office for the night.
"These charges were an attempt to
have us detained while they took away
the other people," said one supporter,
Devan Penny.
Protesters say that the office occupation follows 18 months of attempted
participation in university governance
The students inside the office had
been demanding a promise to keep the
downtown colleges open, the creation
of a committee to look at decision-making at Trent, a referendum on campus
advertising, and the creation of a policy on campus privatisation.
"We believe in the three 'Rs' of education, but we also believe in the three
'Ds' —democracy, debate and discussion,' said protester Tanya Roberts-
In a statement, Trent President
Bonnie Patterson said that the administration refuses to submit to any activity that is illegal or threatens a safe
learning and working environment
"University administration had
offered to discuss matters with these
students, but would not negotiate the
demands set by them...However, we
will continue to consult and discuss
issues of concern to the university
community through legitimate
means." ♦
-with files from Alyssa Evetts
LOCKING IT DOWN: Protesters secure the entrance to the office
of Trent University's VP Academic GrahamTaylor with chains
and a padlock, alyssaevetts/arthur photo
Summit alternative planned in Quebec City
 by Vincenzo D'Alto
The Link
QUEBEC CITY (CUP)-More than 40
different organisations from across
North and South America are hosting an alternative conference to
April's Summit of the Americas in
Quebec City.
The Second People's Summit
will run from April 16-21, providing an alternative to the official
meeting that brings together heads
of states from the Americas to discuss, amongst other issues creating
a free trade zone by 2005. Between
1500 and 2000 people are expected to attend.
According to Marcela Escribano
a coordinator, tlie summit will help
people learn about the negative
aspects of a global market and the
Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), as well as how to combat
Organisers also want to raise
awareness about what they see as
the secrecy surrounding the drafting of the FTAA. Observers expect
that it will be similar to the North
American Free Trade Agreement
that was signed in 1994.
"We must question free trade in
the Americas. We must break the
secret,* said Dorval Brunelle, a professor of sociology at the University
of Quebec's Montreal campus.
"Even our parliamentarians
don't know what it entails. When
questioned about it in a public
debate, they couldn't even give
answers to their constituents,
because they've never even seen
the agreement themselves.*
According to Brunelle, parliaments and other democratic government structures have been
excluded from the FTAA negotia
tions because negotiators want to
finish the agreement quickly. In
light of this, 100 politicians from
throughout the Americas have been
invited to the People's Summit to
discuss the agreement's secrecy.
During the six-day-long summit,
there will also be public forums
dealing with social, cultural, and
economic themes surrounding the
FTAA. Issues regarding labour, the
environment, women, indigenous
peoples, human rights and communications will be discussed.
"We hope to organise a movement
of mobilisation and opposition to the
FTAA on a continental level,' said
Escribano. Simultaneous activities
will be taking place in other countries
such as Buenos Aires.
Organisers received matching'
grants for the summit of $200,000
each from the federal government
and the provincial government. An
additional $100,000 comes from
donations and fundraising. It is
estimated that millions of dollars
are being spent on 'security measures' for the official summit,
including a one-kilometre barricade around the official meeting
site. ♦
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A matter of time
ill MP Svend Robinson ever lead the NDP?
by Darren Stewart
SVEND NOW: Robinson was in Vancouver last January
to speak against UN sanctions against Iraq.
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Svend Robinson chuckles, shakes
his head, and sips a chocolate milk. He's having a
busy day, and now he's taking a break. A few minutes earlier, he had been accosted by reporters
after locking horns with Prime Minister Jean
Chretien during question period. Robinson had
asked a pair of questions about the upcoming
Summit of the Americas in Quebec and about
Canada's record on human rights. Chretien sidestepped both queries, instead calling Robinson an
irresponsible Member of Parliament for advocating civil disobedience.
"Did you see that?' Robinson asks, as he steps
into an elevator to get away from the throng outside
the House of Commons. 'Civil disobedience: I can't
believe he took it there." Moments later, he would
enter the chamber again to deliver a critique of the
endangered species bill in its second reading in
This is what Svend Robinson does. A life-long
activist and long-time NDP politician, he was Erst
elected to represent the Burnaby-Douglas riding in
1979, when he was 2 5 years old. He has since been
re-elected six times and has garnered a reputation
as one of the chamber's most progressive left-wing
voices. He was also the first openly gay MP, coming
out in 1988 despite warnings from those around
him that the move would be political suicide. He
has been involved in various acts of peaceful civil
disobedience, including the APEC rallies in
Vancouver in 1997 and the Clayoquot Sound log-
see "Svend" on next page
Grad students unhappy
with hiring rule change
by Darren Stewart
•  •  t  •  *
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-A rule forcing
Canadian universities to give qualified Canadians first crack at faculty jobs is under review, which has
led to a fierce debate in university
Under the current system, universities must review available and
qualified Canadian candidates
before looking to American and
overseas candidates.
Some governments and universities say they must lift this rule in
order to prepare for the large numbers of retirements expected in the
coming decade. But teachers and
graduate students argue that lifting
the rule will jeopardise (he huge
surplus of qualified Canadian doctoral students and graduates who
could fill the positions.
"They're trying to slide this
through without ruffling any feathers," said Joel Duff, chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students
graduate council. Duff is trying to
mobilise Canadian students to
oppose the lifting of the 20-year-old
rule, and Is demanding that governments and universities give students a place at the bargaining
table before making a decision.
'We have to act now and we
have to act quickly," said Duff. "The
outcome of this review will affect
grad and doctoral students, as well
as anybody planning to go into
post-graduate studies."
He., said a change to the rules
would also hurt the thousands of
university staff'who have been
working part-time for the past few
years and are hoping to get tenure.
Suzanne Potvin, chief of the foreign workers unit at Human
Resources and Development
Canada, said that her department's
mandate is to find a balance
between ensuring that Canadians
get a fair opportunity for jobs while
allowing Canadian universities to
be as competitive and diverse as
She said that Human Resources
Canada will take into account the
number of qualified Canadians
and compare it to the number of
jobs that will become available.
"I really believe that any
Canadian person worth his or her
salt should be able to get a position
[over the next decadef,* she said,
adding that she believes a compromise can be found.
But Jim Turk, executive director
of the Canadian Association of
University Teachers, said that
amending the two-tier hiring system would jeopardise opportunities for the many qualified
Canadians looking for faculty jobs.
"It's certainly ironic that just
when...Canadian grads can actually get these jobs we're jettisoning
the program," he said.
One proposal being considered
is to allow simultaneous posting of
jobs both domestically and abroad,
said Robert Best director for government . relations at the.
Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada.
'Our view is that we need a system that is more effective, consistent
and more timely,* he said. "The current system, is inefficient and universities can't move quickly enough
to hire the candidate they want*
He said the international academic labour market is already
competitive and universities will
increasingly have to compete with
American universities looking to
hire top academic talent.
But Duff doesn't think the arguments against the current two-tier
system hold any water.
"They're simply giving qualified
Canadians the first crack at jobs,*
he said. "If there are academic
superstars from other countries
that a university wants to hire, they
will find ways to hire them.*
He said that a majority of faculty
jobs have been locked up since the
1960s, afterthe last hiring rush, and
the next ten years will offer the first
opportunities of this nature for
many top Canadian grads.
'Up until now, there's been no
opportunities, so many doctoral
grads have been forced to take professional positions rather than get
on the tenure-track,* he said.
Human Resources estimates
that universities will have to hire
32,000 new professors over the
next ten years. There are around
4000 new doctoral graduates in
Canada every year. Canadian universities typically hire between
250 and 500 foreign academics
for full or part-time work. ♦
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"Svend" from previous page
ging protests, for which he was
briefly imprisoned.
Most recently, he's received
attention—including the Prime
Minister's—for advocating peaceful
civil disobedience at the upcoming
trade meetings in Quebec City.
Robinson calls these meetings profoundly elitist and a threat to the
social programs, culture, and environment of Canada. He said that the
trade deals take away the powers of
elected officials to make decisions in
their own countiy, and explained
that there is a long and honoured
tradition of peaceful demonstration,
which he believes has an essential
role in democracy.
"This whole process with the
Summit of the Americas is profoundly undemocratic," he said. "We
are told that we cannot see the texts
that are being negotiated, there's
going to be an armed fortress in
Quebec City—a militarised city.
Peaceful dissent is apparently going
to be quite ruthlessly suppressed.
That is profoundly undemocratic."
All 13 NDP MPs will be on the
streets in Quebec, adding their voices to the thousands expected.
Robinson said that attending the
protest in solidarity will be good for
his party, which is said to be suffering an identity crisis.
"I think that's what Quebec City is
all about, is sending out the strongest
possible signal," he said. "We are serious about change and the caucus as a
whole and the leader and all of us
together realise that the whole issue
of corporate globalisation is probably
the single biggest issue [of concern to
the parry]."
Robinson said that he hopes the
Quebec experience will invigorate
the federal NDP caucus, which lost
five seats and a significant percentage of the popular vote in the last
"But in a sense that was the culmination of a fairly lengthy process
of becoming weaker as a movement
and losing some of the support of
some of our traditional allies," he
According to Robinson, the NDP
needs to undertake some significant
steps towards redefining the party,
which is moving from its traditional
support of workers and trade unions
to a younger, more progressive support base. He said he sees the establishment of a connection with youth
activists as part of this move.
"More and more,
young people
are turned off by
the whole
political process
and I think
that's very
—Svend Robinson
"These people are looking for a
political voice," he said. "More and
more, young people are turned off
the whole political process and I
think that's very dangerous. While
it's important to be involved in student politics, in environmental
activism, in labour activism, that
alone is not enough. There has to be,
I would argue, that political connection. There's got to be a voice in parliament and across the country."
Fewer young people took part in
last year's federal election than ever
before, which Robinson and the
NDP want to change.
'A lot of young people don't see
the political process as relevant to
their fives," he said. "They turn on
the television and watch question
period and find it totally divorced
from their own reality. They see politics as a game that's played in
Ottawa. I guess as a party, we've got
to get out there. We've got to cross
the countiy and we've got to connect
with young people."
There has been much debate in
the media and in political and academic circles over whether
Canadians would embrace Robinson
as the leader of such a newly-defined
NDP. Robinson, however, blanches
at the question.
"Talk of leadership at this stage is
a mistake," he said "I think the
focus has to be on what kind of
movement we're building, what
kind of party do we want to see
emerging out of this process. And
once we've determined that is it
going to be an activist parry, is it
going to be a democratic socialist
party, is it going to be a green party?
What's the relationship going to be
between our party and the provincial parties? Once we've answered
those basic questions, then we look
at who is in the best position to lead
that party. I can't answer that question right now.
"I was a candidate for the national leadership in 1995 and certainly
sometime in the future that's something I would consider," he added.'
Some of those who have long followed Robinson's career believe that his
leadership would go far to restoring the
definition and strength of the party.
Morgan Stewart, a former University of
Victoria student politician who sat with
Robinson on the executive board of the
BC NDP party, said that he believes that
many more Canadians would embrace
the NDP with Robinson as its leader.
"Svend brings forward an agenda
that he very clearly believes in," said
Stewart "People support that, people trust that His politics are often
agreed with by the majority and I
think his civil disobedience is seen
as an act of moral integrity by most
Robinson is humble about his
support and connection with people,
though he agrees that his consistently strong progressive voice and his
unwillingness to compromise are
the reasons why he's consistently reelected.
"Hopefully there's some recogni-
SVENDTHEN: Robinson speaks in the SUB in 1991 about including sexual orientation in the Charter of Rights.
Hon, there's some common bonds
there," he said. "I've been able to
push the frontiers of politics in different ways."
Though he was hesitant to
address the leadership question,
Robinson is more than willing to
admit that he hopes to remain in the
public eye for a while yet
'As long as I'm feeling challenged, and as long as I feel that this
is an effective vehicle for social, economic and environmental change,
not only in Canada, but globally," he
said. "I mean, I enjoy most about my
work the opportunity to work for
human rights and the environment
"For me if there were a bottom
line it would be, hepefully, looking
back when I'm sitting in a rocking
chair in my cabin at Galiano
Island, and saying 'I made a difference' in terms of human rights, in
terms of [the] environment, and I
gave a voice to people that perhaps
hadn't always had their voices
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How to speak newspaper.
We have this sorta strange practice here at
the ubyssey, when there is a large hole that
doesn't have an article—we call text 'copy'—
or a picture or some other graphic, or
headline, when we find one of these spaces,
we call that space a 'staff ad' and we send
someone to fill it, if you look on page 13
you'll see one for the staff meeting, if you
look on page 11 you'll see one advertising
Our e-mail address, and if you look on page
12 you'll see one giving all sorts of details
about the in-house elections we'll be having
soon. I think you get the point, now that you
know this you'll probably start seeing them all
over the place, in the Globe and Mail, in the
Province, the Courier, every publication has
these things. Most of the time we use these
spaces to practice our computer layout skills,
most of the newbies start out doing staff ads
just to learn how to use the programme, we
experiment with different styles, and with
w  different fonts, and crazy arrows,
like the ones on page 13, i'm
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Sometimes tho, there isn't
anything we particularly want to
draw attention to, we get to have
fun with it, put pictures of our favorite bands,
nifty books, in jokes. I like to draw
rocketships and trees and stuff using the
primitive layout tools we have
available, a while ago i had      :
this thing for clouds i drew
them all the time and i loved to make them
overlap the edges of the box. Now i've got
this crazy thing for words that are all
smushed together, and that hit the edge so
they its this connected whitespace. Oh well.
Now you know a little bit more about
newspapers. Text is 'copy' this is a 'staff ad'
and we're all crazy about fonts and layout.
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by Ron Nlirwisah
at the Chan Centre
No longer playing
Arthur Miller once said that he could
determine the injustices and repressiveness of a regime by whether productions of his play The Crucible were
being mounted frequently. Written in
response to the anti-Communist
McCarthy hearings in the 1950s, the
play is arguably one of Miller's greatest
and most well-known works, and has
spawned films and also a Pulitzer Prize
winning opera.
Luckily for us, this production of
Robert Ward's opera does not mean
that Canada is in the grips of a constitutional crisis. Tanks will not be rolling
down the streets and artists and politicians will not be accused of being
Communists, terrorists or separatists.
What this production actually means is
that UBC's music and theatre programs are capable of great things.
The crucial roles of John and
Elizabeth Proctor—the two people at
the centre of the accusations—were
played excellently by Andrew
Greenwood and Sandra Stringer.
Greenwood's portrayal of the tragic
and wrongfully-accused John Proctor
had great weight Greenwood carried
himself well on-stage, with a strong
voice to match his performance.
Stringer's portrayal of Elizabeth
Proctor, meanwhile, resonated with a
touching sense of frailty. The two had
great chemistry on stage, and the reconciliation duet between them was one
of the highlights of an opera filled with
many great moments.
The sinister nature of The Crucible
was also strongly felt, thanks largely in
part to the portrayal of the "villains' of
the piece. Krzysztof Biernacki's portrayal of the greedy Thomas Putnam,
crackled with an underlying tone of
darkness. The complex role of Abigail
Williams, John Proctor's scorned lover,
is also played well by Mari Hahn.
Kudos must also go out to Phillipe
Castagner in his role as Judge
Danforth. Presiding over the trial in a
costume that wouldn't be out of place
in abad 1950s B-movie, I can't say anything positive about Castagner's costume. But costume aside, Castagner's
piercing voice and imposing stage
presence made for a gripping and
tense courtroom sequence.
Even in areas where traditionally
UBC Operas have fallen short, this production exceeded my expectations.
The innovative, multi-leveled staging
used the limited space available in the
Chan Centre effectively and looked
good enough that it wouldn't have
been out of place on the stage of the
Met or La Scala. The UBC symphony
orchestra under the baton of Jesse
Read also performed marvelously.
Perhaps it was the presence of Robert
Ward, the composer of the opera, in
the audience. The extremely competent pit orchestra added an extra dramatic and emotional punch to an
already moving opera. Occasionally,
the orchestra did drown'out some of
the voices, but in this case the ensemble was playing so well that I didn't
mind too much.
This critic looked hard to find a fault
with this production and was only able
to find small ones. The audience it
seems would agree with me. The crucial last few minutes of the opera saw a
haunting chorus and a seemingly-possessed UBC symphony lead the enraptured audience to the gallows—and to
the end of a production that was easily
one of UBC Opera's finest in recent
memory. ♦
It's bean a long night, mate. Fair Dinkum!
by Tom Peacock
at the Anza Club
Saturday, March 3
G'day mates! Saturday night's show at
the Anza Club was an ear-bashahl The
Anza club is an Aussie billabong on
the corner of 8th and Ontario and it
was chockahs for the show, mate I It
was filled up with loads of anklebiters
from Tsawassen keen to see their
muso mates fob through a set of
riotous rock 'n' roll. Fair dinkum!
I got to the bar with my mate
Christa too late to see much of the first
band of yobby-dongs, Redscare. But I
wasn't about to whinge about that,
mate! From what I gandered, they
were off the nut. Fair dinkum! I had a
captain's cook at the drummer's hairy
belly, and I reckoned he puts away a
fair few plates of the tuckah, and a
good numba of tins of the ol' Foster's
from time to time!
Once those swaggies were knackered, I told my mate Christa I would be
back in a tick, and went downstairs to
use the amenitiesj and what did I see?
Well, I saw a gang of yobbos from the
Tiki Lounge and they were all starkers!
That's right No trousers, no jumpers.
Right-ee-o. Those lads were in the alto-
gethahl But I wasn't about to stand
there taking a butcher's hook at 'em. I
wasn't going to just take a long skuzzie
at those fellas. Likely they were as full as
a boot and looking for a good Barney if
you know what I mean, mate. I wasn't
about to spit it with those yobbos, so I
did my numba and headed up to have a
skuzzie at the next lot of musos onstage.
Second Narrows, named aftah the
bridge in Vancouver I reckon, were
off-beam as far as I could tell, mate.
It's not that they were a bunch of alcos
or druggos or anything like that, mate.
They just weren't that skilled in tha
old musicology department, if you
know what I mean. Now I'm not
gonna sit here rubbishing this band
just for the sake of it, mate. I'm not
just going to give them the rough end
of a pineapple, if you know what I
mean. But their singing was worse
than Vegemite on a yabby. And the
guitar galah went all crockahs at the
end with the distortion and it sounded
wackers, mate, Fair dinkum! After a
while I wanted to give him a good
wopping but then it was over, and the
dills in Second Narrows cleared the
stage for the Beans.
Those boofheads in the Beans
were off the nut, mate! Struth, mate.
They were a bottlah. Fair dinkum!
They played a riotous cover of Neil
Young, a favourite among all native
Canadians. Then, after a brief Barney
with a bludger from the audience
who'd had a bit too much of the plonk
and was trying to grab the microphone and sing the Canadian national
anthem for alcos or some such rubbish, the Beans launched into a bewt
of a Smiths cover. Shockers!
Goodonya, mates! After the Beans I
was knackered, mate. So I got on the
old motor bike and fanged it home to
have a kip. •>
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by Heather Arvidson
be still
at the Gateway Theatre
Until Mar. 10
Black and white images projected onto Be
Still's set show what the play dramatises in.
living colour—a woman's grief over the death,
of her child and the haunting appearance of
her own double. Victoria playwright Janet
MunsiJ loosely interprets the life and work of
one of BC's first professional photographers,
Hannah. Maynard, exploring the process of
Set in Hannah's 19th century photography studio,
the plot drifts through a series of encounters with the
woman's clients, doctor, and husband, as well as
through her hallucinations. Hannah is haunted by the
apparition "of her daughter, Lily, who drowned when
a bridge collapsed and by her double, who represents
the self Hannah has suppressed in mourning.
Holding on more tightly to grief than to life, Hannah
shuts herself off from her husband, whose inquisitive
looks and rejected attempts at conversation become
more strained as he sees Hannah slipping further
away from him into illness.
Wearing a black dress and a blank face, Hannah is
coldly detached from her clients as well, telling them
only to "be still" while she snaps their picture. Her
more impassioned photographic-work is done at
night by her double, seen developing negatives
through a screen separating the stage from the darkroom. The double experiments, as the real Hannah
Maynard once did, with multiple exposures and cut-
and-paste montages, producing subjects alongside
their doubles in single images, paralleling Hannah
and her double's own relationship.
B& Stills low-key script leaves the opportunity to
absorb other levels operating in the play. Although
dialogue lags at times, the acting is strong, especially
in expressing emotions that take place below the sur- -
The play's strength lies in its ability to invoke
Hannah's waves of grief not only through acting, but
also through its use of lights, images, and sound. In
the stillness between work and conversations that
interrupt Hannah's reverie, her mental noise fills the
silence with blended audio effects of lapping water,
spliced voices, and synthesised music.
Be Stills use of multimedia creates a cinematic
effect, combining sound with sliding photographic
images that crawl the walls and cast a fading mosaic
on the darkroom screen. The play's tempo constantly
shifts, adding a dynamism that is difficult to pull off
in theatre. Its fluidly moves between real time and
flashbacks, as Lily changes on the spot from a ghost to
a memory, before skipping off again through the wall.
The play's different threads are complex but well-
woven, demanding the audience's close attention. But
in exploring its main themes of grief and the reemer-
gence of self after loss, Munsil skips over the most
interesting part of the process: healing. A critical
moment in Hannah's grief comes when a woman
from the other side tells her that there is no physical
divide between the spirit world and the living world,
that, 'there is no there. Only here.* Munsil leaves this
gem for the audience to wrestle with, alone. At one
point Hannah pleads with her double to explain why
she's there, but receives no response; with a similarly mute purpose, Munsil's play does not give away
any answers either.    *       - '    :
Be Still's loose ends provoke thought, but these are
just accessories to the impressions made by its tangle
of images and sounds. ♦
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No longer playing
Un One Way opens in the airport
where Jules,, a Quebecois working in Vancouver, is looking for A
flight home lo Montreal After a
series of language misunderstandings with the ticket agent, ,
he manages to purchase 'un one
way* to Montreal, In the next
scene we discover that Jules'
grandfather came to British
Columbia years before to work in '
the logging industry. The grandfather eventually married' an
English girl from New
Westminster; and together they
raised a family in the French
community of Maillardville-a
town east of Vancouver,
The play weaves together the
life of Jules and his grandfather, -
both characters reflecting the dif
ficulty of being away from their
■ cultural roots in Quebec. How
and why Jules and his grandfather made their way to the West
Coast is uncovered over the
course of the hour-long-play.
Stephan Cloutier, who conceptualised and co-wrote the
mostly-French text with director
Craig Holzschuh, effectively
interprets the numerous roles in
the one-person play. Cloutier's
interpretation of the different
roles is consistently strong, and
with slight shifts in accent posture, and costumes he is convincing as a young boy, mother,
older man, and a closet francophone among others.
Holzschuh's staging is varied
and dynamic, and Owen
Schellenberger's minimal set
easily transforms itself into
numerous locales. The original
and live music by Dany Savard
and Steven Soucy compliments
the play brilliantly. The soothing
sound of the acoustic guitars provides the feeling of traveling and
longing, and effectively bridges
the scene transitions. The music
also underscores Cloutier'9
voice, and this effect intensifies
and layers the emotional journey
of the characters.
The script verges on over-sentimentality and melodrama in
sections, and this is largely
because many of the events and
stories are told rather than
shown. Holzschuh and Cloutier
rely heavily on letters and telephone conversations to tell their
story, which lessens the dramatic possibilities because these
one-way dialogues are mostly
expository. However, there are a
few scenes that play out the
■ action rather than simply retell,
and   one   in   particular   was
extremely effective and exquisitely acted—a scene between a
mother and her 15 kids. This
humorous scene unfolds in front
of the audience, and the growing
pains of the transplanted francophones are seen rather than
told through the trials and jojs
the family faces in MaiilardviLIe.
Un One Way resonates (it certainly did for me) with most of
the audience, because many of
the French viewers, like Jules
and his grandfather, enjoy the
natural beauty of Vancouver, yet
inside they long to be back home
where people understand and
appreciate the French language
and culture. The theatre was full
on closing night, indicating how-
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during one of his shows that led to the development of
the participatory talk show. Once he had established himself, others tried to wrest away his talk show crown,
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examine the media's role in immortalising criminals, and to their credit, the first two thirds of the film are
well written, and the characters are
believable. Unfortunately the last
half-hour of the film is rife with the
very flash and melodrama that it is
supposedly condemning, and the
film spirals into the absurd. Every
Hollywood cliche that comes to mind—from fake deaths,
deathbed confessions, wild shoot-outs, and pat endings—is
thrown into the mix, for an uninspired, disingenuous
Robert De Niro, is, well, Robert De Niro. An actor's
actor, he always does what it takes to get the character-
remember when he gained 40 pounds to play Jake
LaMotta in Raging Bull? He gives it his all.' As Eddie
Fleming, his is the only character with true screen presence and the source of the one truly emotional scene in
the film. Edward Burns (Jordy) lacks the range necessary to carry off his character and is relegated to silly
sidekick. Karl Rodin _and Oleg Tarthakov (Emil and
Oleg) are not crazy enough to be frightening, and
become a parody of Abbott and Costello (except that
they happen to use guns). Finally, Kelsey Grammar's
sniveling take on Hawkins is a caricature of everything
bad about the reality TV genre and offers little insight I
did however enjoy Bruce Cutler's cameo as a slimy
opportunistic lawyer (he was John Gotti's lawyer when
he was still known as 'The Teflon Don'), quite a stretch
I'm sure.
Once again, a film with a potentially powerful message is dumbed down and panders to the very interests
it supposedly takes issue with. I give Fifteen Minutes
ten days in theatres, if it's lucky. ♦ 10
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The Best Best of Fela Kutl
The Best Best of Fela Kuti is an
album of incredible importance.
A voice of black liberation and
anti-imperialism that, at the very
least, equals that of Bob Marley,
is little known in North America,
despite his incredible talent and
the weight of his influence.
Eveiy track carries an uncompromising political stance that
doesn't back down and hide
behind fioweiy notions of love.
On tracks like 'Gentleman,' Kuti's
rejection of western culture and hope
for a rejuvenated African culture is
put at the forefront In the tropical climate of Kuti's home countiy of
Nigeria, he laughs at Africans
dressed in three-pieced suits fainting
in the heat 'Africa is hot I like it that
way,/He is a 'gentleman'—he sweats
all over, He faints and collapses, He
smells like shit/I am not a gentleman
like that*
Kuti was a gentleman that liked to
be clad in nothing but a monster
spliff and a pair of briefs. This kind of
hard-lined bluntness carries throughout the entire album, backed up with
some heavy African rhythms that
even Larry Graham would be
impressed by. Guitars, saxophones,
and heavy percussion work together
creating a huge sound, rivalled only
by Kuti's chanting. The interplay of
instruments that accompanies the
rhythms emphasises the lyrics and
creates political music that is appealing and provoking.
This compilation of Kuti's most
popular recordings stands in stark
contrast to that of Bob Marle/s
Legends. Whereas Bob Marley softened up and made a career out of
catchy hippie love anthems, this lesser known African took on injustice
until his eventual death due to ATDS-
related complications in 1997. Kuti's
politically charged chanting outweighs Marle/s simple pop songs by
truly giving a voice to suppressed
peoples. The Best Best of Fela Kuti
makes Legends seem as though it
should haver been named Black
My Favorite Headache
Anthem Records
Music for White People, to borrow a
title from Screarnin' Jay Hawkins.
Kuti was true in his aims and did not
worry about pleasing the masses.
After recording a song, he refused to
play it live, preferring the continued
creation of new music, but his lack of
concern for record sales did not hinder his popularity in Africa.
He surpassed simple pop success,
and through his political activity
became a hero of the Nigerian underclass, leading them to put an end to
their military government In Kuti's
biggest hit 'Zombie," he mocks mili-
taiy soldiers, chanting "Zombie don't
think unless you tell him to think/No
brains, no sense/Tell him to go die-
March, march, march/No Brains, no
"Zombie" was a well-defined 'flick
you' to the Nigerian militaiy government that constantly harassed Kuti,
eventually killing his mother and
fracturing his skull in 1977. The
death of his mother inspired Kuti to
place mock coffin in front of army
barracks while under a hail of
machine gun fire. The song "Coffin
for the Head of State" celebrates
Kuti's protest
The music of Kuti is terribly
important for its content but is also
laden with serious grooves that put
him musically on par with James
Brown and Punkadelic. The Best Best
of Fela Kuti not only gives an accurate
overview of an incredible man's
musical career, but also reminds us
that Fela Kuti truly is the black president
-Matt Whalley
Geddy Lee's new solo album is
about as interesting as learning
Vedic Sanskrit from Ben Stein.
Rush's bassist and vocalist has
made no attempt to reinvent
himself and adapt to the current
musical climate. My Favorite
Headache is about as accessible
to the kids as the Kitten Theatre.
This album would have been
more appropriately released
between . the success of
"Subdivisions" and "Tom Sawyer'
singles. It's an album that would
make a mediocre follow-up album at
best but Lee is trying to break back
onto the scene. If he had sandwiched
this album with Rush's most successful singles and called it a "Best
of," no one would even have noticed.
Eveiy track features the same
eerie high-pitched vocals and skillfully played guitar solo. There
appears to be no progress or growth
in his music. The same emaciated
face that used to "Roll the Bones"
graces the back of the album. It's
hard not to mistake poor Gedd/s
mug for an Irish hunger striker's
death mask.
Cute as he is, the world has come
along way since 1974 and Lee doesn't appear to have noticed. This
album belongs next to copies of
Mick Jaggep's .She's the Boss solo
album; when you strike out on your
own it's important to do something
original so you don't parody yourself. My Favorite Headache laughs
in the face of originality, and delivers some rather insightful lines: "I
watch TV/What do you want from
me." It's lines like this that are
almost as laughable as Jim
Morrison in his book of poetiy entitled An American Prayer, where he
says "Do you know we are ruled by
This album makes you think that
maybe Mark Chapman should have
paid Lee a visit on his way to say
"Hi" to Mr. Lennon. As the CD player clicks off track after track it
becomes increasingly apparent that
My Favorite Headache would only
be of interest to people who are
already fans of Rush. If Lee is trying
to make new farts with this album he
has failed miserably.
-Matt Whalley THE UBYSSEY
Birds finish fifth at Nationals
Women's volleyball team's shot at gold foiled by Bisons
by Tom Peacock
In the words of head coach Doug Reimer, it was a transition
year, not a building year, for the UBC women's volleyball team.
During a building year, there's not much chance of winning
a title—a team has neither the depth nor the experience to pull
it off without a miracle. In a transition year, on the other hand,
there might be a lot of changes to the team, but not so many
that a championship is merely a pipe dream.
KILLIN' IT: UBC's Sara Cummings sends some punishment over the net to
Manitoba.The Birds lost the close match to the host Bisons.
dustin leader/the manitoban photo
After losing to Calgary in the Canada West finals, the Birds
headed to the national championships in Manitoba last week
in the wild card berth, knowing that anything could happen.
The loss to Calgary meant that UBC had a tough draw. The
Thunderbirds would have to beat the fifth-seeded University of
Manitoba Bisons on Thursday to advance to the medal round.
It promised to be a tough match. The Birds had several players
on the sick list and starting middle blocker and co-captain Sara
Cummings was suffering from a sprained ankle sustained during the Canada West semi-final against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies. To
top things off, the Bisons had the home-
court advantage.
But all the factors working against the
Birds didn't seem to make much of a difference during the Erst two sets, as UBC lost
J both by a total of four points. However, the
*^fS,*i Birds succumbed to Manitoba during the
third set of the match, when their play just
seemed to fizzle.
"We didn't play well enough to beat
Manitoba,* said Cummings. "It was close
the first two games—it could have gone
either way. But we just couldn't pull it
through.. .We just lost our momentum after
losing that second game...We just lost our
motivation, and we let them get a run of
points and got too far down.'
UBC lost the match 3-0 (25-23, 29-27,
25-11), and thus fell out of contention for
the national title. The Birds have made it to
the national championships for the last six
years running. They have won silver twice,
and bronze twice, but they haven't won
gold since the 1977-78 season. This year,
the Birds started the season ranked first in
the country. They thought they had a good
shot at the tide. No such luck.
"It was not unrealistic to think we could
expect a little bit more,* coach Reimer said
after the weekend tournament was over.
In Reimer's estimation, the Birds
played well enough during the first two
sets of the match—a few calls, and a few
chance balls didn't go their way. But in the
third set, the Birds were soundly beaten.
and their chances for gold vanished.
"Definitely way too many mistakes, and we couldn't get
going in the third set," Reimer said. "My little spiel at the end
of that match [against Manitoba] was, 'I think we're a very good
team, and at times we're a very good team. But to be a championship team, we've got to raise that level a little bit You've
got to give yourself a chance to win in the third game."
After the tournament there were certainly a couple of
"what-ifs* for the Birds: What if the team had been healthy
going into the tournament? What if the Birds hadn't had to face
Manitoba, the eventual national champions, in the first round
of the tournament? What if they had beaten Calgary during the
Canada West finals and earned a better draw for the championships?.
On Friday, now out of the medal round, the Birds had to get
up again to play the Moncton Anges Bleus. After the heartbreaking loss the day before, it was difficult for the Birds to
muster the will to beat the Atlantic Champions merely to
determine placing. But after being down 2-0 and falling
behind early in the fifth set, the Birds nevertheless came out
on top, 3-2.
Then, on Saturday, the Birds played their final match of the
season against their Canada West rivals, the University of
Calgary Dinos. The Birds, intent on avenging their earlier loss
to the team in the conference finals, took to the court with the
necessary attitude.
Only one hour and 15 minutes later, the Birds had finished
pounding the Dinos in straight sets, and were ready to go home
knowing that they had put in a solid showing. They finished the
season in fifth place overall.
Reimer said that the final match against Calgary was probably one of the best the team had played all season—a fitting way
to finish up a transition year.
'Lots of players played really well [this season], we could
have had a little better consistency at key times, but the players
can definitely hold their heads high."
At the end of February, Christine Bonish and co-captain
Kaley Boyd were named Canada West All-stars, and Leah
Allinger garnered second-team honours. Boyd was named a
first-team All Canadian at the national tournament
For everyone on the team except Melanie Griswold, who is
leaving the team to attend law school, there is still next season
to look toward to. For the fourth-year players, Leah Allinger,
Christine Bonish, and Michelle Collens, the long months of
training ahead will eventually culminate in one final chance to
taste gold. ♦
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After posting some promising
results at the Canadian University
Rowing Championships (CURC) in
November, where both the men's
and women's crews finished second
overall, the UBC rowing team turned
in a lacklustre performance at the
Elk Lake Spring Regatta this weekend in Victoria.
Hosted by the
University of Victoria
(UVic), the regatta
marks the spring
semester's first
match-up for traditional rivals UVic and
UBC. Unfortunately
for UBC, UVic was
considerably faster in
all events—even
more so than in the
At the CURC regatta, UBC's men's eight
finished just 1.5 seconds behind
first-place UVic; this time around,
racing over the same distance, the
UBC boat was 14 seconds back.
Because of fairly strong cross-
winds on Sunday afternoon, the
water was quite rough, which
appeared to affect UBC's performance in the men's eight race.
Both UBC crews looked as though
they were scrambling to get their
blades in the water and could only
manage short strokes. In comparison, the UVic varsity and junior varsity crews' strokes were long and
relaxed, which allowed them to finish a comfortable first and second,
respectively, well ahead of UBC's
varsity and JV boats.
'We just got thrown around a
lot,* said Geoff Hodgson, stroke seat
in the UBC varsity men's eight '[The
water] was rougher than we're used
to down at False Creek.'
The entire UBC team spent reading break at a week-long training
I think we
need more
confidence in
the boat. We
know we can
do well...
Geoff Hodgson
UBC Rowing
The UBC Thunderbirds baseball
team swung south, of the border
for a pair of doubleheaders in preseason action. At the first Friday
game, the Birds were in
EHensburgh, Washington to face
Central Washington University.
Right-hander Cory Stuart earned
the win, his second of the year, in
a 8-4 decision. In the second
game. Central Washington
squeaked out a win in the bottom
of the ninth, beating UBC 3-2.
Dave Gautter took the loss for the
Birds, falling to 0-2 on the season.
' The next day, the T-Birds headed to Tacoma to take the field
against Pacific Lutheran
University. UBC wasted no time in
pounding the home team for six
runs. Southpaw Jeff Francis held
PLU to a single run in the second,
as UBC picked up the 6-1 win. The
visitors took the second game as
well exploding for seven runs in
the top of the sixth for a 9-6 victory. Reid Wildemaa notched his
first win of ihe year, while Cory
Stuart registered the save. The
baseball Birds are now 10-5 in.
preseason  play,   and  head   to
camp at Shawnigan Lake and,
despite having three different rowers in the boat since the fall,
Hodgson said that the men's varsity
crew in particular made some significant improvements. *I didn't feel
what we had today was what we had
that week [at Shawnigan],* he said.
*I think we need more confidence in
the boat We know we can do well,
we just need to do it*
On the women's
side, the loss of 13
rowers from the
program since
December definitely
showed this weekend. In the women's
eights race, UBC finished second to UVic
by almost 12 seconds, even though
UVic only fielded its
JV boat and not its
top crew. In the JV
women's eight race,
the same UBC boat finished second
to UVic's third crew by a somewhat'
closer margin. Despite the losses,
UBC women's coach Craig Pond said
that he was happy with his crew's
performance nonetheless.
"It's so hard to compete against
UVic,' said Pond. "They have three
strong boats and our top boat can
barely keep up with their third boat*
UBC's small boats also struggled,
as entries in pair, double and single
events resulted in mostly last-place
finishes. UBC was more successful
in the quad, with a second-place finish in the novice women's event—
the crew missed first place by only a
second—and a fourth-place finish in
the open women's race.
UBC's next race is in two weeks,
when the men's and women's teams
head to Spokane, Washington for
a dual meet against Gonzaga
University. UBC's next race against
UVic is the Brown Cup, April 1 in
Victoria. ♦
Lewiston next weekend to play
Lews and Clark.
Despite bowing out of the playoffs *
early,   both   the   men's   and
women's basketball teams earned
some post-season honours.
In her last season of eligibility,
Stacy Reykdal, UBC's leader in
scoring and rebounding, was
named a Canada West Second
Team All-Star. Teammate Sheila
Townsend made the All-Rookie
On the mens side,
Thunderbird captain and point
guard Courtney Kolla was named a
Canada West Second Team All-
Star, his second All-Star award in
two years, Kolla led the Birds in
points and steals this season.
UBC setter Dave Belezney, the
Canada West Rookie of the Year,
was named to the CIAU All-Rookie
Millennium Breakfast
UBC Athletics raised over half a
million dollars last Wednesday
at the Thunderbird Millennium
Breakfast, an annual fundraiser *
for UBC student-athlete scholarships. Last year, UBC had over 120
Academic All-Canadians, and this
year UBC gave out 151 scholarships and awards to athletes. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
No Committee speaks in favour of AMS Health* Plan
I am a member of the 'No' Committee for the
referendum ("Should the AMS withdraw
from the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan at
the end of the current contract (August 31,
2001)?") which is occurring from Mar. 5 to
Mar. 9.1 recently participated in a debate on
[CiTR] with one of the UBC students who
organised the campaign to collect 1000 signatures on a petition and initiate the referendum (ie: a member of the 'Yes' side).
The debate was an informative exercise,
as I think the referendum itself will be. It
became increasingly clear that the 'Yes' side
does not have a cogent argument. While
they agree that UBC students should have an
extended health and dental plan, they feel
that the current plan is a bad one. Rather
than bringing forth compelling evidence to
prove this point, the 'Yes' side case was presented as a litany of minor, though some
times legitimate, complaints. Examples of
the more legitimate concerns about the
Plan: it allows students to obtain a rebate on
laser eye surgery from a company that they
allege does notoriously poor work, they feel
the Student Dental Network i3 problematic
from a variety of perspectives, and students
whose parents' plans
only include health (not
dental) coverage are not
allowed to opt out. All of
these issues could be
brought to the AMS/GSS and resolved in due
But the complaints voiced by the 'Yes' side
include many even less-substantiated concerns. For instance, they worry that the laser
eye surgery rebate is reflected in higher premium rates for the plan. In fact, student pre-
miums are not affected at all by this aspect of
the plan. Similarly, their argument that the
Nov. 1999 referendum was less than legitimate because the 'pot question* was added to
the ballot is dubious, at best Increasing student participation in referendums is a constant issue on campus,
and that tactic proved
effective—about 7000 students voted in the 1999
referendum (over 70 per
cent of whom supported
the plan).
I think this referendum is not a particularly bad thing, since it will increase knowledge about the plan amongst students, and
serve to open once again a discussion of what
students want from the health and dental
plan. If you are unhappy about aspects of the
plan, communicate your concerns to your
AMS/GSS representatives. However, a major
weakness in the 'Yes' case, aside from lacking a clear argument, is their idea that students will again be motivated enough to
organise the implementation of another plan
in the future if the current plan is voted out
in this referendum. If this plan is voted
down, it seems unlikely that students will go
to the effort of negotiating an entirely new
If you vote Yes in the referendum, do so
because you do not want UBC students to
have a health and dental plan, not because
you think our current plan is a bad one—the
UBC plan compares very favourably with
other university plans across Canada both in
terms of comprehensiveness and cost ♦
-Anthony Story Is a second-year
MSc student of geography.
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'I'm sick and tired of working in a butcher shop,* screamed
Duncan McHugh. His co-worker* Tom Peacock and Matt
Whalley agreed with him- "I know what we can do, we can ask
Greg Ursic and Tara Westover to join ui in realising our life-long
dreams, starting a student newspaper. Regular customer Dalian
Merzaban chimed in. Ron Nurwisah and Tristan Winch both
came in looking for a T-bone steak but instead found the butcher shop turned into a newsroom. Hywel Tuscano and Graeme
Worthy came in looking for pork chops and were also puzzled.
'What are you guys doing?,' they screamed. Mick Bradley and
Holland Gidney wondered what they were doing in a butcher
shop/newsroom, as they were both vegetarians. Laura Blue, Alei
Dimson and Kathleen Deering came in looking like reporters,
notebooks in hand. Helen Eady, Nic Fensom and Alicia Miller,
all working on the late shift wondered how their, butcher shop
was turned into a newspaper but joined in realising that their
meat-cutting skills made them excellent typesetters.
Unfortunately the calm of the newsroom was shattered when a
crazed Sarah Morrison and George BeUiveau pounded on the
door, running away from a pack of rabid Arts County Fair boosters.
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I was smart, now I'm rich
Ten thousand dollars is a lot of money; a lot of
money to give one smart kid just out of high
school to pay for his or her university expenses
for one year. Of course nobody wants to eat cafeteria food eveiy night, the price of a movie ticket
is outrageous, and we won't even begin to discuss
the cost of textbooks at your favourite campus
bookstore. Even so, $ 10,000 is a lot of money.
In an effort to give this amount of money to
up to 16 students each year who choose to
attend UBC, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and
UBC have started up a $2.7-million endowment
UBC is footing half of the bill for the fund,
$ 1.3 S—million, and although the criteria for
obtaining the scholarship have not yet been
determined, it is already clear that this funding
is misdirected.
"The cost of a university education should not
be a barrier to access,' reads one of the university's so-called vision statements about its scholarship efforts.
But by concentrating its efforts on recruiting
only the absolute creme de la creme of high
school students, UBC is hardly opening the
doors of academia wide to welcome masses of
keen but financially depressed young people.
There are many prospective UBC students
who are being prevented from obtaining a post-
secondaiy education simply because of the cost
Plenty of students are forced to balance a part- or
full-time job and family obligatioa even in high
school, and as a result do not achieve the fantastically-high grades needed to obtain one of UBC's
few scholarships. —
And when the BMO came knocking, UBC
could have made a decision to address these students' needs, splitting the scholarship into
smaller parts and allowing more students the
opportunity to have their post-secondary education to be at least partly financed.
But instead the university chose to concentrate its efforts on giving elite students four
times the cost of their tuition annually.
Why UBC would support such a scholarship
system is questionable, considering that UBC
made drastic cuts to its scholarship program in
the past few years.
In 1999, the university ousted its
Outstanding Student Initiative (OSI) scholarship,
first implemented in 1990 to attract more high-
achieving high school students to UBC.
That scholarship was very accessible for students, who would be granted a $10,000 tuition
scholarship over four years if they were able to
secure an 86 per cent average from high school,
and a roughly 80 per cent average at UBC. The
amount of money was enough to cover tuition,
and the grades expected of students were reasonable.
OSI was replaced by the Undergraduate
Scholars Program in 1999, which demanded a
highly-unreasonable 92 per cent final grade out
of high school (and 85 per cent to retain the
scholarship after each university year) for the
same annual $2500 scholarship.
The university said that it could no longer
afford the almost $ 10 million annual cost of the
OSI scholarships. Fair enough. But now, only two
years later, it is choosing to spend $1.35 million
on a scholarship that will only benefit 16 students each year.
The math is not that hard: if the university
decided to spend the same money on $2500
scholarships, 64 students would stand to benefit
Many high school guidance counsellors,
meanwhile, have expressed concern that Grade
12 students who don't achieve the 92 per cent
average might not choose UBC.
Coming back to UBC's vision statement on
scholarships, in which it holds that 'with the
assistance of both government and the private
sector, we must enhance our scholarship and
funds and increase our bursary support to eligible students facing difficulties," it is clear that
UBC is not meeting its own standards.
Whenever the university has money to spend
on subsidising student tuition and expenses, it
should be careful to spend this money in a way
that will benefit the largest number of students.
The new BMO-UBC scholarship does nothing of
the sort ♦
Ms. magazine a fine
feminist publication
I'm very curious to know: was Ms.
magazine deliberately left out of
your article on women's magazines
("Bitch, Bust or Medusa?' Women's
Issue [Mar. 2]).
I was surprised and disappointed to see that you surveyed only
these three mags, without even a
mention of Ms. This magazine is
my favourite feminist mag, and it
"writes [me] the way [I] want to be
read" more than Bitch, Bust or
Medusa. It is political, newsworthy,
informative, funny and entertaining. Shame on you if you deliberately excluded it, but twice shame
on you if you weren't aware of its
existence. What kind of an article
(on women's mags) is this if you
haven't included such an intelligent, sophisticated, feminist and
widely-read publication as Ms.?
-Jennifer Forhan
Arts 3
Ubyssey "misrepresented" swim
teams' performance
at CIAUs
I am writing this letter on behalf
of the men's and women's swimming teams. As you know, both
our teams won the CIAU titles in
Guelph on the weekend. We feel
that the article in the Ubyssey
("UBC swims to CIAU title' [Feb.
27]) misrepresented the teams'
efforts at the CIAU's. We arrived
in Guelph with a common goal: to
dominate the competition and to
bring home our fourth consecutive title. Spirits were high and
everyone was proud to represent
UBC. Upon our return, we were
upset that we received little
recognition in the paper. The
CIAU's is a crucial meet for our
swimmers. We train for five
hours a day so we can represent
the Thunderbirds proudly. The
competition   last   weekend   in
Guelph was extremely successful
for our team and many swimmers had breakthrough performances.
In the article, Ron Nurwisah
focused on the efforts of only five
different athletes on the team.
The men's and women's teams
have a combined total of 23 members, all of whom scored points
toward the team totals. None of
the performances were disappointments and there were no
upsets. All the races were exciting
and are indicative of the calibre
of swimming in Canada at this
time.'We won 33 medals including all six relay golds. Worthy of
note were third-year veterans
Anna Lydall and Angela Stanley.
Anna won the 50 freestyle and
Angela dominated the distance
freestyle events. On the men's
side, Christian Kargl-Simard
should be recognised. He is our
youngest member at 16 years old;
making top 16 at the CIAU's
against 20-year-olds is a major
achievement. We were particularly proud of our four retiring veterans. All of them have been performing at the highest levels on
the swim team for the last five
years. Two of them have been to
the Olympics (Tim Peterson and
Mark Versfeld), and the other two
posted personal best times in the
final meet of their careers (Shawn
van Hoof and Brent Sallee). Their
presence on the team will be
missed and they are representative of the T-Bird spirit on our
This letter is meant to portray
our efforts at the CIAU's in a positive light And they were positive:
we won and solidified our spot as
the most successful team at UBC.
PS. UBC is hosting the CIAU's
for swimming next year. We hope
you'll all come out and see how
proud we are to represent UBC as
we try for five consecutive CIAU
-Caroline Clapham THE UBYSSEY
Exposing the horror of
I just wanted to congratulate Andrea
Martens, Lifeline member, on her fabulously insightful letter of last week ("Lifeliner
asks 'Why treat our displays differently?"
Letters [Feb. 27]). It is a relief to me that the
abortion debate, most certainly "left in the
shadows* over the past 50 years, is once
again dragged, snarling, into the limelight.
It was totally obvious to me that the purpose behind these huge pictorials of ravaged fetal matter was 'to get people talking
in a civil manner.* What better way than to
exploit racial violence and the Holocaust?
Works for mel But the true (and commendable) purpose of her letter was not lost on
this disgruntled student: to shed light on
that insidious and despicable group of people who flippantly fold without any consideration of consequence. That's right—the
Origami Clubl How dare these scoundrels
be given leave to disfigure whole, hearty
pieces of paper for their own perverted
amusement. Should not every single piece
of paper have the opportunity to experience
a long, fold-free existence without being
twisted and mangled to suit the purposes of
this organisation's collectively malevolent
imagination? The real travesty here is that
the Origami Club should have a snippet
more freedom than an organisation which
equates a woman's choice with the insidious eradication of the Jewish people in the
Second Wo'rld Waf. Furthermore, I would
like to invite Ms. Martens to join my new
organisation: OAF (Origami Awareness
Foundation). We will soon be erecting our
own display featuring photos of paper
creased and crinkled beyond all repair, and
comparing them to the horror of Lifeline
members'jaws, which won't stop wagging.
-Jason Patrick Rothery
Creative Writing 4
UBC Med students receive
adequate abortion training
I cannot comment on the state of affairs at
other Canadian medical schools ("Med
Students for Choice fights for better teaching" [Feb. 27]) but I am familiar with the
UBC experience as I am about to graduate.
I have to say that there is quite extensive
exposure to abortion-related issues in our
curriculum; in particular, Dr. Garson
Romalis provided several optional video
presentations in the first two years of medicine and gave a compulsory lecture on
abortion technique during the gynecology
rotation in third year. There were also compulsory small group discussions surrounding abortion-related issues in the "Doctor,
Patient and Society' course in first and sec
ond years.
In addition, students have the option of
accompanying Vancouver * « abortion
providers to their surgical clinics both in
gynecology rotation and during specific
electives if they so choose. Finally, many
students attend abortion clinics deliberately or inadvertently during their anaesthesia
rotation because of the plentiful opportunities to practice intubation. In short—there
is a lot of exposure. Sadly, the exposure to
any ideology except that of the 'pro-choice'
is non-existent However, watching an abortion has been enough to turn some of my
formerly ambivalent classmates into 'pro-
lifers.' This fact speaks for itself.
-Daniel Holmes
Medicine 4
Negative feta cheese comment sparks outrage
I and my associates were shocked and outraged when we opened up the latest issue
of your normally fine publication. When
turning to the editorial page we discovered
that you had besmirched the good name of
one of the finest foodstuffs known to
humanity. I speak of course of the inimitable feta cheese.
For feta cheese to appear in a list of
'things you hate" ('One foot in the grave,"
Editorial [Feb. 27]) along with such odious
examples of human filth as bandanas and
leather pants is unforgivable. Feta cheese
has a long and proud tradition of adding
flavour and zest to otherwise bland salads,
sandwiches, and the ever-popular gyros.
Outraged, our group will be organising a
boycott of your publication until we receive
a full and public apology for your slanderous remarks.
Yours in righteous indignation,
-Joe Clark
President, UBC Feta Lovers And
Keftedes Enthusiasts (UBC FLAKE)
Lifeline's reasoning flawed
Lifeline's arguments are flawed to say the
least. Andrea Martens, an active member of
Lifeline, claims that 'GAP challenges students to see abortion for what it ACTUALLY
is* ("Lifeliner asks 'Why treat our displays
differently?" Letters [Feb. 27]). I would
advise her and other Lifeline members to
look up what 'genocide' stands for. In short,
it stands for 'the destruction of a nation or
a people.' Consequently, abortions do not
constitute genocide. But that is exactly what
■ Lifeline claims.
-Katja Cronauer
PhD student-interdisciplinary studies
Ubyssey swim coverage overly negative
 by Kelly Doody and Mark Versfeld
On behalf of the UBC men's and women's
swim teams returning. from the CIAU
Championships in Guelph, Ontario last weekend, we would like to express a few thoughts
on the competition with a little more accuracy,
pride, excitement, and optimism than the
Ubysseys article that covered that event ("UBC
swims to CIAU title' [Feb. 27]).
The meet was incredible. With a men's
team of 15 swimmers and a women's team of
only nine, the national championship wins
were anything but easy. Though it may seem
that we "cruised" to victory, we fought harder
than ever to come out on top, and to become
the first teams in Canadian university sports
history to win four years in a row on both the
men's and women's sides. (It had never been
done in three either.) Was this so obvious that
it didn't deserve mentioning?
It has not been luck that has attracted
unbelievable swimming talent from across
the country and resulted in a string of victories. Rather, a special atmosphere has been
cultivated to bring about the best in these
UBC student athletes, and it is for these reasons that each and every win deserves admiration and celebration as if it were the first.
This success has also not come overnight and
credit needs to be given not only to the swimmers, but especially to coaches Tom Johnson
and Randy Bennett who have built this
We train five hours a day, sported blue and
yellow war paint in Guelph, live and breath
UBC pride and will settle
for nothing less than two
national championship
banners to hang in the
pool each year. We represent UBC and we did so
with what we felt was
modesty and poise, amid the trash-talking and
egotistical banter of the Dinos. When our
efforts of the year culminated on Sunday
night, we celebrated as teammates that had
each played a role in the overall team's success. Seeing the men's and women's teams
(who train and compete together) celebrate
their combined success would have been an
incredible image to share with the Ubyssey's
readers. Perhaps on the front page?
Of course the T-Birds were unable to win
every event, a fact that the Ubyssey did an
extremely good job of reporting. To emphasise
that our Olympic snowboarder-turned-swim-
mer placed seventh, while great, was our best
performance on the women's side was a
strongly misguided interpretation of the competition's results, considering, for example,
that Kelly Stefanyshyn won four gold medals.
The writer chose to ignore many other success
stories that played integral roles towards winning both titles. It would be a true feat to convey the contributions that
third-year Angela Stanley
made with huge drops
from her previous personal bests and outstanding respresentation in the
freestyle events. Or that
sprinters Jake Steele, Kevin Johns, Garrett
Pulle, and Justin Tisdall ail stood on the podium numerous times and went unmentioned.
And perhaps most deserving of recognition
following such a successful meet were our
retiring swimmers who have been a part of
the four-year dynasty, outstanding performances from Olympian Tim Peterson, Brent
Sallee's inspiring effort in the mile on Sunday
night, and Shawn Van Hoofs best-time performance in the 200 individual medley for the
last race of hi3 swimming career. (And Mark's
teammates would like to make a point that
Mark Versfeld has been our star performer at
every international' swimming competition
during his five years at UBC, and that his performances and leadership at the CIAU's were
outstanding. He will truly be missed as a team
member and as a T-Bird, and there should be
books written about this guy, not negative
newspaper coverage.) To convey the efforts
and achievements of the UBC swimmers
rather than the performances of U of C and
McGill swimmers only seems to make sense,
considering how well the UBC athletes actually fared.
The overall 2001 CIAU experience was a
far cry from the "disappointments," 'upsets,'
and marginal losses that the Ubyssey unfortunately chose to focus on. Perhaps in coming
years, the Ubyssey sports coverage could
reserve the negative stance and focus on what
we did, rather than did not do. We proudly represent you and are very appreciative of the
support we receive, and are hopeful that,
when the CIAU swimming championships
come to the UBC pool next February, we can
look forward to the coverage we will receive
from 'the voice of UBC
Thank you. ♦
-Kelly Doody is a co-captain of UBC
women's swimming. Mark Versfeld is
the captain of UBC men's swimming.
Lifeline brought GAP to UBC "to show truth about abortion"
by Christine Thompson
I would like to respond to a number of issues
that Beverly Meslo brought up in her letter
printed in the Ubyssey on February 16
("Thank you all for standing up for my rights,'
Letters [Feb. 16].)
Firstly, she wants the "general public to
realise" that the display done by the UBC pro-
life group. Lifeline,- "was not a pro-
abortion/anti-abortion demonstration."
Speaking as a member of the group against
abortion, the aim of bringing these graphic,
shocking images to campus is 1. to show students the truth about abortion; 2. to show how
this act, masked with the word 'choice,' kills a
living human being; 3. to show how, like all
genocides, society dehumanises and then justifies the killings of its victims; 4. to create discussion and thought on this issue. This is the
essence of our anti-abortion argument and
has everything to do with pro-abortion vs. anti-
. Secondly, we need to get past the idea that
the American organisation, the Center for Bio-
Ethical Reform (CBR), is 'trying to infiltrate
Canada with it3 message of hate." The CBR,
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), and
Lifeline have nothing to
do with hate and everything to do with presenting the truth in order to
create a more just society.
The concept and images
employed in GAP are
from the organisation [CBR], but the plan to
bring them to campus was made by a group of
Canadian UBC students. Along with voting,
planning, setting up, and numerous training
sessions, the campus club organised the display. So to imply that the CBR is trying to force
its message onto our campus is incorrect A
group of pro-life students decided to take
action, and it was their decision to use the
resources of the CBR.
Thirdly, I would like to clarify the catch
phrase, 'freedom of speech.* Surely, it
involves being able to express your opinion in
a non-hostile environment of intellectual discussion and debate. However, as
someone is offended by graphic, real-life
images, freedom of speech is considered too
uncomfortable. If one wants to argue about the
right of each individual to
stand up for what he/she
believes [in], then one
must also realise that they
will come up against
some sort of opposition.
That is inevitable in a society as culturally diverse as Canada. I have no
problem with any organisation that wants to
express its opinion about the GAP display or
abortion issues in general. In fact, it is because
of these differences between the opinions of
pro-abortion and anti-abortion groups that our
campus can truly claim to have an active student body.
Debate should be encouraged on a university campus, and so if there are non-apathetic
students that want to bring their message to
campus through displays, I wish them the best
of luck. Freedom of speech involves a respect
and tolerance of groups with beliefs opposing
soon as    your own. So if you are to claim you 'defend
freedom of speech and each person's right to
voice their opinion," then you are to understand that they might also do that in a way that
you do not agree with. Beverly, you want
Canada 'to pursue a just society of equals in a
manner that carries respect for all people.' I
want exactly the same thing. That is why I
choose to stand up for the innocent and
defenceless unborn child. Our display is not
meant to "incite psychological harm and violence,' we just want everyone to be aware that
these effects are synonymous with having had
an abortion. In other words, abortion can
often cause psychological harm to women,
and abortion is an act of violence to an unborn
Let me assure you that as long as human
suffering and needless killing is taking place,
we, as pro-life Canadian students will keep
GAP on campus. Abortion is an issue that we
have chosen to stand up for at UBC. ♦
-Christine Thompson is a first-year
Nursing student and an active member
of Lifeline.
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A Reduction
in Tuition Fees
On February 28 the provincial government announced that tuition fees
have been reduced by 5%, core funding has increased and 5,000 new
spaces have been added for 2001-2002.
Thank-you to all those students who, over the past decade, attended
the rallies, signed the petitions and wrote their Members of the Legislative
Assembly. It was your efforts that helped shift public opinion in favour
of lower tuition fees, making possible the provincial government's decision.
However, we need to keep up the pressure. We need to make sure that
all candidates in the upcoming provincial election are fully committed to
maintaining the fee reduction and increasing access to post-secondary
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