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Tuesday, March 11, 2003 ?m(*. .^ Volume 84 Issue 41
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TAs rally at Koerner
Teaching assistant strike
enters third week
YES, THEY'RE EATING CAKE:
the strike enters its third week.
But they won't take it from the university. No resolution is in sight as
NIC FENSOM PHOTO
by Kevin Groves
NEWS WRITER
More than 500 UBC students, faculty and staff braved snow and wind to
participate in a rally supporting the
Teaching Assistant (TA) Union last
Friday. The strike has now moved
into its third week.
The TAs have been joined by
UBC's 1600 clerical and library
workers, on the picket line looking
for pay equity for their largely
female membership.
With Twisted Sister's "We're Not
Gonna Take It" greeting hundreds of
passing UBC students, the rally-
held outside Koerner library—began
with waving Canada flags, honking
horns, banging drums and signs
ridiculing UBC President Martha
Piper. " 	
"Throughout this bargaining
process the university has treated
each and every student here with
utter contempt' said Law TA Kirk
Tousaw, to cries of 'shame' from
the crowd.
Alan Richardson, an associate
professor with the philosophy
department, also criticised the university's refusal to offer tuition relief
for TAs because McGill, the
University of Toronto and
University of Alberta do not have
similar offers.
"UBC has claimed to be the best
university in Canada and one of the
best in the world,' said Richardson.
"But UBC cannot be the best university in Canada if it is taking its lead
from Toronto, McGill, or Alberta.'
U^C's 1600 TAs are looking to
have their tuition, which went up an
average of 20 per cent this year,
waived.
To justify this request, TAs have
pointed to UBC's decision to raise
tuition by an average of $5QQ each,
year for the next three years to Bring
it in line with peer institutions.
According to the TA Union those
See "Rally'ron page 4.
SECOND
UNION GOES
ON STRIKE
by Kathleen Deering
NEWS EDITOR
Labour relations between the university and its employers have once
again deteriorated, as the second
CUPE local served strike notice and
began job action at 10am Friday.
Approximately 1600 members
of CUPE 2950 (Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts staff and support
staff, including library workers)
have been without a contract since
last January and have been in mediation since March 2003. Talks
broke down last week.
CUPE 2950 President Natalie
Lisik said one of the main unresolved issues at the bargaining
table is funding pay equity for
union members. "It's a large issue
for our ■ membership because the
majority of our members are-
women,' she said. "It's a human
rights issue.'
"We  still don't have women's .
wages at parity with men's wages
on campus.'
The proposal the university put
on the table means that on average,
employees are two per cent short of
reaching target equity, sha said.
She said the university is not
honouring pay equity and benefits
agreements reached during several
years of bargaining. In developing
THIS ISSUE:
NEVyS: Bike Hub moving
\ B-Lot to take over space. Page 3.
CULTURE: The Ubyssey
variety show
Pot the Earth, videos, poems,
opera, music and photos.
Pages 9, 11 and 12.
SPORTS: UBC hockey pt. II
A look at the 5-21 men's team.
Pages 6-7.
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the equity plan, bargainers looked
at specific factors and compared
individual jobs in both female<iom-
inated~and male-dominated positions on campus.
... There was weight afforded to
male jobs versus female jobs, Lisik
said, which helped determine what
pay equity would look like.
Scott Macrae, director of Public
Affairs, said the pay equity agreement in the1 last round of bargaining
was the result of some money being
made available by the provincial
See "Strike" on page 4.
Closing in on a cure for cancer
by Carlos Sutter
NEWSWRITER
A new treatment for cancer is nearly a reality, thanks: to research done
at UBC by Dr Wilfred Jefferies. He is'
carrying out research related to the
immune system and his work has
recendy generated positive results.
"Cancer is a disease largely ofthe
very immuno-suppressed," Jefferies
explained. These include people like
the very young, who are developing
efficient immune systems, or the
very old, whose immune systems
are degenerating. It also includes
people on anti-transplantation rejection drugs.
'Our work has focused really on
how your immune system recognises those cancer cells and detects
them and then kills them,' the medical genetics and microbiology professor elaborated.
In the early 90s Jefferies made
the observation that a large fraction
of cancer cells were reducing the
activity of a type of pump that generated small fragments (peptides)
within transformed cells. These pep-
rides within cancer cells may be
unique, and the immune system
recognises these differences and
kills them.
"In the absence of those small
differences, the immune system
cannot recognise the cancer and the
cancer is able to start dividing
uncontrollably and without  any
MAKING YOUR BODY EARN ITS KEEP: Dr Jefferies helps the
immune system recognise cancer cells, nic fensom photo
recognition by the immune system,"
explained Jeff e ries.
"The next thing that we did was
we put that pump, which is the normal functional gene that most of
your body cells have, into cancer
cells in order to try and resurrect
recognition ofthe cancer cells by the
immune system.'
The pump, or gene, Jefferies
refers to is called the TAP molecule
(transporter associated with antigen
processing). Jefferies's treatment
expands TAP expression through a
new vaccine which results in an
improved expression of tumor associated antigens. This TAP technology
allows the immune system to identify the cancer cells as 'alien cells,"
and then destroys the cancerous
ceEs.
Jefferies believes that this new
discovery would work, with many
other therapies.
"I think it would work in conjunction with...chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other types of experimental therapies. It may be that TAP
can work by itself or it may work to
increase the effectiveness of other
therapies," Jefferies said.
Jefferies works with a group of
See "Cure"on page 4. iO.
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NEWS
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welcome, www.ubcewb.ca; ubc@ewb ca.
FRONTIER COLLEGE, A NONPROFIT LITERACY ORG'N, NEEDS
USED BOOK DONATIONS for an
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presents a benefit concert to raise money
For an overseas internship. Mar 11, 8pm
at Mesa Luna (1926 W. Broadway). $7
cover. ubc@ewb.ca.
BIRDWALK ON CAMPUS EVERY
TUESDAY. Meet at the Flagpole (above
Rose Garden; by Chan Centre) at
12:30pm. For info or to get on mailing
list, contact Christina:
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VEGETARIAN LUNCH/BUFFET
EVERY TUESDAY from 12:30-2:30 at
International House (1783 West Mall).
All welcome.
LET'S SUPPORT OUR AMERICAN
FRIENDS: In light of recent offensive
remarks made against our southern
neighbours by Liberal MP C. Parrish &
the insult directed at US President G.W.
Bush made by PM's former "
communications director, the UBC
Young Conservatives invites you to sign
our petition of support to the White
House. SUB Concourse, Mar 11-12, 12-
2pm. Info:.Ron 604-301-0750 or
herbertr@interchange.ubc.ca.
IMBLE BELIEVING: MODERN
TERATURE & THE CONFLICT
INTERPRETATIONS: Mar 17,
4pm, Buch B Penthouse. Speaker: Dr.
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Come out & participate in the women-
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UBC seeks injunction
against picketers
The university is requesting an
injunction from the Labour
Relations Board against striking
CUPE locals 2278 and 2950 which
would force the unions off-campus.
UBC officials contend that UBC is
private property and therefore the
unions cannot strike on campus.
"^e think it's absurd to claim
that UBC is private property when
it's clearly a public institution,' said
Anthony Waldron, spokesperson for
the TA Union.
Scott Macrae, UBC director of
Public Affairs, said" concerns were
h raised Thursday when TAs picketed
the General Services Administration
building, which he said they have no
right to do as the building is not a
workplace for TAs. He further said
when CUPE 2950 joined pickethnes
on Friday, they caused the campus
JY to become too disruptive to stu-
: dents. Thus, the injunction included
both unions. -    ■■
Waldron said the move would
force all of the unions to picket the
entire campus, not just individual
buildings. "Tnis would be far more
disruptive," he said. "This would hit
every individual .student as well as-
members ofthe community, including businesses and other people
who work here."
Transit buses will not cross the
picket lines should they be set up at'
the university gates, meaning students would have a 30-minute walk
to get to campus-.
But Macrae said the entire university would not shut down. "We
know from past experience that students and professors have crossed
those picket lines to continue the
educational process," he said.
TAs are currently bargaining a
new contract with the university.
TAs are asking for tuition rebates to
protect them from rising tuition, as
paying tuition is a condition of TAs'
employment UBC has stated it will
not discuss tuition in bargaining.
Macrae has estimated that
23,000 of the 29,000 undergraduates on campus have been affected
by the strike sq far.
The hearing for the injunction
began..Friday and is expected to be
resolved today.
Unions shut down
Buchanan
Thousands of students missed
classes or were forced to cross picket lines in what has been the biggest
disruption on campus since the
teaching assistants (TAs) went on
strike February 10.
CUPE local 2278, TAs, shut down
the Buchanan complex Friday afternoon and yesterday all. day. They
were joined in solidarity by CUPE
local 116 members and CUPE local
NEWS
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2950 members, the latter of whom
went on strike Friday morning. Over
the past two weeks, TAs have picketed different buildings around campus each day.
Noisemakers and bullhorns
sounded, and music was "played
Friday afternoon as those attending
the rally at Koerner library marched
to the Buchanan complex, including
Buchanan Tower, to set up pickets.
Pickets were also set up at 7am
Monday morning in the same area.
A giant paper mache head depicting UBC President Martha Piper with
money spilling from her mouth was
wheeled around the Buchanan complex and a board for people to write
messages of support was set up.
Other buildings picketed
Monday were the General Services
Administration Building, the
Buchanan complex, and the
University Services Building.
Buchanan complex, not including
Buchanan Tower will be picketed
from 7am to 5pm today.
UBC rallies against a war
on Iraq
An estimated 30Q students rallied against the impending war on
Iraq outside ' the- Goddess of
Democracy this past Wednesday
afternoon.
Spearheaded by UBC's Coalition
Against War on the People of Iraq
(CAWOPI) the anti-war rally coincided with protests held throughout the
world on the International Student
Day of Action.
From 12pm to lpm student protesters listened to CAWOPI members speak against a war on Iraq.
Students were also able to sign a
UBC petition against war, which will
be passed onto the national
government
Organisers of the rally and
CAWOPI members Hemsa Nosh and
Jesse McLaren said the rally was a
success. They said the purposeof the
rally was to show the federal government that UBC students are not in
support of a war on Iraq.
Students interested, in protesting
can join an anti-war march Saturday
noon at the Vancouver Public
Library. ♦
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Women's Forum at the Vancouver Public Library central branch,
Wednesday, March 12 7-9pm.
A discussion on women's equality/cuts to health care, child care, disability benefits, human rights and abuse services featuring panelists and
information booths.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2003
No home for Bike Hub
Cyclists' portable to be
paved for parking
by Anna King
NEWS STAFF
The portables housing the AMS
Bike Hub and the Food Co-op are
slated to be torn down. The huts,
located near Totem Park, will be
demolished to make way for a new
B-Lot, according to Director of
Planning, Campus Planning and
Development, Fred Pritchard.
The move has some members of
the Bike Co-op, which runs the Hub
as well as the Bike Kitchen, located
in the SUB, worried about what the
future holds for their club.
According to Pritchard, the
space will be ready for cars in
September in case the U-Pass doesn't reduce parking needs on campus as much as is being projected.
Meanwhile, Geoff Atkins, associate vice-president, land and
building services, said the plan to
reclaim the area is only partially
related to parking needs. The real
problem, he says, is the dilapidated condition of the huts. "There is
no question we need to get out of
the huts,' he said. "They really are
living in a hovel there.'
Whatever the reason for the
demolition, Jesse Jackson, a past
president of the Bike Co-op, has
begun a campaign to find a new
home for the Bike Hub in the SUB.
His proposal would expand the
Bike Kitchen into an unused and
undeveloped area in the basement
of the SUB, making one larger area
instead of the two separate areas
the Co-op has currently been operating out of.
"We've got two sets of tools and
two administrative areas, and if we
could combine them we would
gain all sorts of efficiency,"
Jackson said.
He also hopes the move would
create more prominence for the
club, which isn't well-known on
campus. "We're a high-profile
group for the university," he said.
"For example, we've been listed in
Maclean's Magazine in the 'What's
hot' section for the last three years.
But lots of people still don't know
we exist'
As wiell as selling and fixing
bikes at the Bike Kitchen, the Co-op
runs a number of programs on
campus, including a 'Build your
own bike' program and a bike borrowing system, and offers low
rates for bike maintenance instruction.
Jackson plans to approach the
university and the AMS, among
other sources, for funding for the
expansion project. An external
estimate has priced the project at
around $230,000.
Atkins said he would like to see
the university help to make sure
the Bike Co-op remains on campus, but said he couldn't comment
on any funding specifics until he
received an official copy of the
Bike Co-op's proposal.
josh Bowman, AMS vice-president, administration, also offered
verbal support, but said it was too
soon to tell if the AMS could financially back the proposal.
Meanwhile, the B-Lot development can't proceed until a home is
found for both the Bike and Food
Co-ops.
Jackson is worried that when
push comes to shove, and funding
for the SUB relocation project
doesn't appear fast enough, the
university will fall back on an earlier suggestion to. move the Bike
Hub to South Campus.
This, Jackson maintains, would
be a disaster, as the Hub would be
about five kilometres from the centre of campus and not on a bus
route. He feels this would defeat
the purpose of the Bike Hub.
Jackson thinks that by
approaching a number of possible
funding sources, he will only be
asking Campus and Community
Planning, which is responsible for
parking lot development, for
$30,000. "That is only the cost of
two stalls in a surface parking lot,'
he added. ♦
NEEDS A FAST FIX: The AMS Bike Hub is losing its space this summer to make way for surface parking. Jesse Jackson, right, wants a solution soon, nic fensom photo
UBC asks students where money should go
Students call for more
classes and more
consultation
by Chris Shepherd
NEWS EDITOR
UBC hag begun consulting students on
where to direct money generated from
increased tuition fees, amidst criticisms by
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and the
Graduate Student Society (GSS), which have
both questioned the effectiveness of
the process.
AMS Vice-President, Academic, Laura Best
is not impressed with the university's effort
to date.
"I think the university could do a lot more
to make sure that the tuition allocation consultation is more relevant and more accessible to students,' Best said, criticising the university's   efforts   made   to   advertise   the
consultation.
UBC Vice-President, Students, Brian
Sullivan admitted that "the marketing could
have been more effective' for the
consultation.
Last Wednesday, the university sent out a
broadcast e-mail informing students of a survey they could fill out on-line. The survey
asked questions about where students saw
improvements in their education experience
after last year's tuition increase, and where
their priorities are in terms of future funding.
Best felt that asking students what should
be done with their money after collecting it is
illogical.
"The university should set benchmarks
and goals and then try to reach those, and
raise money to reach those, instead of collecting all this extra money [from students] and
then saying, 'Where do you want it spent?"
"It was done in the context ofthe university's overall budget situation,' Sullivan said.
'Once we knew something about the provincial budget and knew something about the
federal budget and knew something about the
university's commitments, we were able to
identify the gaps we had.*
From the initial results of the survey, the
university has come up with some tentative
suggestions for the university's Board of
Governors (BoG), who will decide later this
month where the money will go.
UBC is currently planning on setting aside
$500,000 in tuition awards for full-time PhD
students in their first to fourth year at UBC.
The awards would be for both domestic and
international doctoral students and the university is moving to have both domestic and
international PhD student tuition levels the
same. Currently international PhD students
pay $7200 in tuition while domestic students
pay $3200.
Sullivan ruled out any tuition awards for
Master's students.
Chris Fennell, vice-president external for
the GSS, liked the idea of the tuition awards
but was concerned about the structure behind
the system.
"The problem with [the tuition awards] is
they were very poorly thought out and there was
no consultation surrounding them," he said.
Fennell said that departments and the GSS
did not know what was happening with the
awards and who would be providing them.
There was also confusion about how the
awards would combine with funding the university already provides.
The university is also suggesting that $4.3
million be allocated toward faculty and
libraries to support teaching. This would cover
more sections for courses and who would
teach those sections.
"That's where a lot of [the funding] is
going,' Sullivan said ofthe increased sections.
"[More] instructors, faculty and [teaching
assistants] so we can increase the number of
sections that are offered."
Sullivan added that students should see
more tenure-track teachers and an emphasis
on experiential learning, such as case studies
and problem-based learning.
Finally, the university is suggesting
$200,000 for student service improvements.
This would go towards projects such as web
offerings and student financial assistance.
Sullivan is unsure if there jvill be consultation with students for this round of tuition
increase allocations, though a presentation to
a BoG committee on Thursday is open to students. Contact Nina Robinson at (604) 822-
2127 for information. ♦ 4
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NEWSSTAFF
Canada's first space telescope is getting a boost from UBC
physics and astronomy professor Jaymie Matthews,
whose efforts, have helped make an inexpensive telescope capable of finding worlds in other solar systems.
Matthews is the head scientist of the Microvariability
and Oscillations of Stars (MOST) project, which is nicknamed 'the humble space telescope', because it is one of
the world's first microsatellite space
telescopes.
While the Hubble space telescope is over five stories
high, MOST is no bigger than a suitcase. And unlike the
US$2.2 bilhon Hubble space telescope, MOST is being
launched for only CAN$10 million, with most of the
money provided from the Canadian Space Agency.
"If MOST is successful, then it shows that yes, you can
do big-budget science on a shoestring,' said Most "The
hope is that other countries, other individual universities,
and Canada itself will continue to do these missions...at a
fraction of the cost'
MOST is designed to peer into the inside of distant
stars using sound waves, much the same way geophysi-
cists peer into the inside of the earth by looking at how
waves generated by earthquakes travel through the interior. This practice is called stellar seismology, or helio-
seismology, when looking at our sun.
Most stars, like our sun, axe in hydrostatic equilibrium, balancing the force of gravity with the gas pressure
from the nuclear reactions in their core. Sound waves are
created when this equilibrium is disturbed by the con-
vective reactions that bring hot gases from the centre of
the star to the surface.
, However, sound waves can't travel in space, so they
can only be detected by observing how the light changes
when they expand and contract the star. Since these
sound waves are resonating, they appear as periodic
oscillations in the brightness of the star.
To detect these stellar oscillations, MOST must use a
light metre so sensitive that it is able to detect light
changes as subtle as one part in per mill inn. To get an
idea of how sensitive one part in a million is, Matthews
relates that, 'you can see a similar change if you stare at
a street lamp one kilometer away and move your eyes
just half a millimeter."
Because of this amazing sensitivity, MOST will also be
able to look for planets orbiting distant stars. MOST
should be able to detect the change in light levels as the
planets show different phases during their orbits.
'Our science team can be the first humans in history
ever to directly detect light from a planet outside our solar
system. It's a little bit analogous to when Galileo, 400 years
ago, saw the phases of Venus for the first time through his
telescope. Ironically, our telescope is not that much bigger
than Galileo's, at least in physical size.'
Matthews will be in Russia for the June 30 launching
of MOST. While MOST is in orbit, Matthews will be able
to communicate with the satellite for 20 minutes a day
through a ground station in the Hennings building at
UBC. MOST is expected to be in orbit for up to ten years
depending on how the satellite fares in space. ♦
"Rally" from page I.
scheduled increases equal a 16 per
cent wage cut to a TAs $9000 salary
since TAs can't work without paying
tuition.
But UBC's administrators say the
university is legally unable to
increase wages beyond market rates
after the BC government prohibited
such increases for the foreseeable
future, unless it can be proven that
wages are not at market rates or
there are savings that can be shared.
UBC policy also says that tuition
relief should also apply to all students, regardless of employment
status.
As such, it is a separate issue that
will not be discussed in the TA collective bargaining process, the policy
adds.
UBC Director of Public Affairs
Scott Macraie said UBC administrators did not feel the need to attend
the rally because while a recent
seven per cent wage increase has
gone up to 10 per cent over three
years, there has been no change in
the university's bargaining position.
"We have spoken on these matters on campus before,' said
Macrae, mentioning a February 16
forum where Piper addressed more
than 1100 people. "The general
position has remained the same
since then.'
Macrae added that he hopes the
TA strike—which has prompted lab
closures, cancelled classes and postponed exams across campus—will
not last much longer but said the ultimate decision lies with TAs, not the
UBC administration.
'It's up to [TAs] at this point to
determine how long the strike will go
on,' he said.
As for UBC, administrators are
scheduled to meet this week with the
BC Labour Relations Board to ask for
an order to remove all pickets from
university property, due to concerns
about the noise disrupting classes.
Meanwhile, Jesse Morin, an
anthropology TA, said the TA strike
has been getting varied reviews
from undergraduate students.
"It's really mixed. A lot of them
don't understand what TAs do^ and
feel that any wage increase is
obscene,' he said. "But I think that is
a minority view, and I hope this rally
will get our message out to
undergrads."
Currently, TAs at York, Toronto,
SFU and Carleton get rebates when
tuition goes up, while Guelph and
McMaster index wages to tuition fee
increases. ♦
"Cure" from page 1.
about ten people exclusively on
research regarding the fight against
cancer. He has graduate students,
undergraduate students, project students, post doctoral researchers and
technicians working on his team.
Qian-Jin Zhang, a research asso--
ciate in Jefferies's lab, believes that
the clinical trials in the future will
factor in candidates according to
their age.
"My personal thinking is that
possibly we will select the patients
according to the age. Maybe age is
an important factor. Because for our
technology, based on the immunal
response for old patients, the immunal response level is always less
than the young ones.'
Jefferies is hoping to start clinical
trials on people with cancer within
the next year. Jefferies has already
received a US patent for applying
TAP to all types of solid tumors.
"[We're] hoping that when we reintroduce the TAP gene that we start
getting [an] immune response...that
kills and eradicates the tumours.' ♦
"Strike" from page 1.
government, at the time. "We both
agreed on a figure that we felt would
address the issue,' he said. "Turns
out we were wrong.'
This overall sum was meant to
address pay equity. It turned but not
to be enough, but Macrae said the
current provincial government has
not stated it will continue the funding. He said UBC does consider parity between men's and women's
wages to be important
'I think we've agreed we've got a
remainder of way to go on that,' he
said, 'and that's why in our collective bargaining we're trying to
address.this issue as best we can,
given the constraints that UBC is
under. We've got a mandate from
the government that is zero, zero,
zero, so we're trying to work within
that'
Lisik said another concern members have is that the university will
privatise certain jobs done by CUPE
2950 members. She said this will
cause workers to be laid off.
Although the university has not
given specific examples yet, Lisik
said CUPE 2950 bargainers
"have received 'contracting-out'
language.'
But Macrae said UBC is only
requesting to change the language of
CUPE 2950's contract to reflect
CUPE 116's, with which UBC is currently bargaining. UBC has a proposal with CUPE 116 on the table
requesting contracting out construction jobs worth over $50,000. With
this request, the language ofthe contract would change.
Because the language for contracts for CUPE 2950 and 116 has
been the same in the past, UBC is
requesting to change the language
in 2950's contract as well.
"We don't have a contracting out
proposal for 2950 in the same way
we do for 116,' he said. "It's a technical issue, it's not that we have a
proposal to contract out 2950's
position.'
Lisik said 2950 members are
moving forward with job action
because during mediation, after
their strike notice had been served
on Thursday, the university had not
budged. No further talks have been
scheduled.
Macrae said the university is
concerned with the disruptive effect
the strike is having on students'
classes. "It's just making a bad situation worse,' he said. "We're now
into the 11th day of withdrawal of
services by teaching assistants, now
we have the additional picketing by
2950. It's extrememly disruptive for
students."
Anthony Waldron, a spokesperson for the TA Union, said TAs are
sympathetic to CUPE local 2950's
concerns. "I think that we have fairly similar issues, both of us are
underpaid compared to market values,' he said.
"We're wholly in support of them
and their issues.' ♦ THEUBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2003
Theology school being disemboweled
by Celine Asril
NEWS WRITER
The Vancouver School of TheOlogy (VST), is currently being
torn apart on the inside—but UBC students can rest assured
that the familiar castle will remain the same on the outside.
Discussion for redevelopment started eight years ago,
but construction only began recently after a community
plan was approved.
The reason for the redevelopment, said VST Director
Reverend Dr Phillips, is that the school wants to build a
neighbourhood around the school "We'll use our land better, more efficiently, and [will] create an endowment for the
theological education,' he said.
He' added theological schools at UBC must ensure they
have enough funding because although they are affiliated
with the university, they don't get university lands or government grants.
'We raise money from our own people [and] churches, so"
we need to [otherwise] maintain our financial stability,"
Phillips said, 'and the way to do that is to rent our space-
in some cases, to sell the places to builders and to create
endowment'
Some people wonder how this will affect students living
at VST residences. Students currently currently living in the
lona building will not be able to live there next year.
Phillips said VST is planning for most of the students to
be moved from the lona building to St Andrews, a residence
affiliated with VST. But others will have to apply for residences outside ofthe theological community.
UBC's Housing Office said applications are reviewed
purely on a 'first come, first served basis' and that there
will be no priority placed on finding housing for students at
VST. •
But Phillips is not concerned. 'At the end of the redevelopment, there will be, if not equal, more residences available,' he said.
Currently the lona building only has 45 residence placements, but eventually will have 70 or 80, Phillips said. St
Andrews will have 130 and Terry Hall will have 60.
Currently about 10 acres of the land owned by the school
is unused, but there will be approximately 350 units built
on that land over the next seven to ten years, according to
Roger Moors,. president and CEO of the VST Property
Management Corporation.
*At the end of the day there will be a combination within
the neighbourhood of existing [residences], some new institutional and some new market residential and, student
housing and rental housing.' " """'
Some students, however, are not impressed with the construction so far. Fourth-year economics major Ben Larkman
is a residence advisor for VST residence. "The whole building shakes sometimes,' he said. ,
He said water has sometimes been shut off during the
construction, and when students do get water, it is some
times muddy. He said students were not' consulted about living near construction works. "They have given us no money
rebate and they didn't announce their construction until
everyone was here," he sajcL
But Phillips'said students have known for three years
that there would be construction at VST, and that he has met
with student represeht'ativestb discu.ss redevelopment. "It's
true that noise will affect students,* he said. "I don't know
how we can prevent noise. But we've been quite careful they
only work within the hours we agreed on."
He said any problems students are having with water or
noise should be reported. ♦ ,
SFU clerical workers vote to strike
by Stephen Hui
THEPEAK 7 Y
BURNABY, BC (CUP)—Members of a union representing over
800 workers at Simon Fraser University (SFU) returned a
positive strike vote late last month.
On February 25, SFU's clerical, secretarial and technical
staff affiliated with Local 3 3 3 8 of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) voted 81 per cent in favour of job action.
"We're being offered three years of zeros in terms of wage
increases,' said John Bannister, business agent for CUPE Local
3338. "We're losing some of our dental and medical benefits
and we don't find that acceptable.'
After a year of negotiations, an impasse was reached and
the union requested a mediator. If mediation fails, the union
would be in a position to issue 72-hour strike notice.
'Our members are very upset,' Bannister said. "I mean, Q-
0-0 is unacceptable in itself, but there's three otSer employee
groups on campus that would be getting wage increases of two
per cent for at least a couple of those years.'
The SFU Administrative and Professional Staff Association
and the SFU Faculty Association and Teaching Support Staff
Union have agreements with the university that include wage
increases and improved benefits.
Kathryn Aberle, director of media and public relations at
SFU, said the Public Sector Employers' Council, a provincial
government body, has ordered that settlements in the public
sector, including universities, provide for no wage increases
over the next three years.
"The university is bound by that directive/ said Aberle.
The union; however, disputes the university's position.
"There may well be some government mandate here,"
Bannister said, "but we think the employer is in a position to
give us a wage increase regardless.'
. Both the university and the union maintain that they are
committed to reaching a negotiated settlement.
Job action by 85 trade workers represented by the Poly
Party unions is already in effect at SFU. Poly Party, which is
also seeking wage increases and benefit improvements, has
instituted a ban on overtime and its members walked off the
job for one day over a week ago.
Brent Mayne, chair of Poly Party, said there have been ho
talks between the labour group and the university since mediation failed, and that strike action is a possibility. ,
.'Our members,' Mayne said, 'are feeling anger, exasperation and a sense of unfairness.'
Iri the event of a* strike, some courses would be cancelled
and many university services would be unavailable or
reduced, "'•«-•.
Members of CUPE Local 2278, which represents teaching
assistants at UBC, are currently on strike over wage disputes as
well. Office, technical and child care workers of CUPE Local
951 at the University of Victoria voted 85 per cent in favour of
a strike on February 20. ♦
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We "may not know all the answers, but we are
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Strike Update
Dear student.
You, recently received an email from. Lisa Castle, Associate VP of
Human Resources at the University of British Columbia, regarding the
ongoing labour dispute on campus.The University noted that QJPE
2278 rejected an offer from the University to increase their wages by
10%. TA compensation for tuition increases,_and the tabling of this
issue, remains a key point of contention between the University and
the TA Union. However, the email failed to objectively articulate the
negotiating stances of both CUPE 2278 and the University in the
ongoing labour dispute. Ir» an attempt to address this bias, we
believe it is important for you to be aware of all the issues. As such,
the GSS and AMS encourage you to become informed by consulting
more than one source,including:
- the CUPE 2278 website at www.cupe2278.ca
-the UBC website atwww.ubcca/negotiations.html
- the GSS website at www.gss.ubc.ca
- the AMS website at www.ams.ubc.ca
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Dialogue is a powerful tool to bridge differences. In this
workshop, participants will be. invited to openly discuss
assumptions and beliefs about the'other" in an effort to
dismantle stereotypes and make way for more honest
and constructive relationships. This half-day workshop
will be offered twice this year.The March workshop will
focus on race.
WhemTues. Mar. 18th and
Tues. Jun. 17th, 9:00-12:00
Location: Asian Centre, #604,1871 West Mall
The above links provide information on student rights in the event of
a strike, updates on the labour dispute, and the negotiating stance of
both CUPE 2278 and the University. As your official student
representatives, we maintain that students have a right to be
informed about both sides of an issue, and more importantly, to
understand their academic rights should they choose to not cross
picket lines.
We hope both parties return to the negotiating table to conclude
this dispute.
For more information on your student scoiety's position, please
contact Oana Chirila, AMS President,at president@ams.ubcca or
Brian de Alwis, GSS President at president@gss.ubc.ca.
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Blair nabs nationalaward
UBC women's basketball scored a
small victory this week after a disappointing end to their 13-7 season.
Rookie post Kelsey Blair was
awarded the CIS Basketball Rookie of
the Year title at McMaster University
Friday night, and probably had a
courtside seat to the all-powerful SFU
Clan's sudden demise in the championship semi-final. The Clan fell 68-
61 to the Winnipeg Wesmen, making
it their third loss of the year. Their
first defeat came on home court back
in November, when Blair was given
the task of defending leading CIS
scorer Jessica Kaczowka..The Birds
won that game 69-59.
Blair averaged 11.1 points and
6.7 rebounds per game for UBC, and
is the first ever UBC female basketball player to receive the award.
Last words
Rookie left-side hitter Emily
Cordonier was happy to provide the
Ubyssey sports desk with an explanation of this year's women's volleyball
upset, and we're sorry that we can't
print the whole thing. For the last five
years, the UBC women have been
eliminated by the team that goes on
to win the national title, but this year,
after being ranked one and two in the
country all season, the Birds were
eliminated in the first round of the
tournament by the Sherbrooke Vert
et Or.
'Our team faced Sherbrooke in
the first round of Nationals,* wrote
Cordonier in her e-mail, 'and three
sets later pur dreams for gold were
dashed, it is hard to understand what
went wrong, for it all seemed to happen so quickly. Sherbrooke was eager
and ready to play, and our squad just
never seemed to find a rhythm. The
final whistle left us reeling in disbelief; did we really, just blow everything we had worked so hard for all
, year? It was especially difficult for
our five graduating players who had
led us in play and spirit all season
long. Now the best our team could
finish was fifth place.*
The rest of the weekend seemed
to go better, with the second-string
Birds, (named Team Rudy) getting
their digs in on Dalhousie and Laval
for straight sweeps.
The last time the UBC women's
volleyball team went all the way was
in 1978. Not only did that year's
team snag a national gold medal, but
in 1998, they were inducted into the
UBC sports hall of
fame. Starting in 19 9 5, UBC has been
at every national
championship, taking home
two        silvers and        three
bronze medals. ♦
Will the UBC men's varsity hockey team, who
haven't won a road game in three years,
ever conquer their past?
by Sarah Conchie
SPORTS EDITOR
Usually filled with game plans, important announcements
and meeting times, the UBC men's hockey team white
board now bears a simple statement: 'We will never miss
the playoffs again.*
Surrounded by signatures of the men's hockey team, that little sentence might seem ambitious for a decent varsity team who
had a bad year. But for the Thunderbirds, who have only made
three appearances at the national championship tournament in
41 years, haven't won a game on the road since 2000 and haven't
made the playoffs in seven years, it's incredible.
They did break a few records this season: most losses (21),
fewest points (10) and fewest wins (5). And some of their players
are setting unprecedented numbers in the Canada West: second-year defenceman Shon Jones-Parry leads the league in
penalty minutes and is just 21 minutes shy of breaking the all-
time UBC career record of 358 minutes.
But the man who guaranteed his team a playoff showing for
every year he coaches is looking only at the future. And if anyone
can lift the UBC hockey program out of its losing tradition, new
head coach Milan Dragicevic might just be the man. He is
emphatic and energetic, bordering on fanatical.
'I firmly believe in my heart that we're going to make the playoffs next year,* says Dragicevic after the final game (and loss) of
the season. 'It hasn't been done in seven years, but as I told the
players after the game, they have to start believing as well, not
only in their heart but in their head, that we are going to make
the playoffs, and that we are going to turn the corner and that
only good things are going to happen from now on.*
Dragicevic, fresh off a one-season stint with the Vancouver
Giants, may be more confident than most, but he's up agairis'l
some giant obstacles.
Last year, UBC's admission average for Arts was 86 per cent
and 88 per cent for Sciences. With top ranked hockey schools like
the University of Alberta and Western University scooping up
retiring Western Hockey League (WHL) players, it's much tougher
to recruit at UBC. Alberta, which has 29 of Canada's 158 WHL
athletes on its roster this year, has an admission average of 65
per cent for all faculties. And the provincial government in Alberta automatically gives every student athlete attending a post-secondaiy institution $1800. The University of Western Ontario
(currently ranked second in the country) accepts
students with grades in the 'high 70s," regardless of the faculty.
"The last thing a seventeen-year-old guy—
whose life is hockey and who spends most of his
- time on the road—is thinking about is what courses he needs to get into a top university,' says UBC
Athletic Director Bob Philip. Dragicevic agrees,
blaming the current system for the recruiting
problem.
"These guys have been out of school for three
or four years, and to go back and ask them to
upgrade when they can easily get into other universities is a very difficult responsibility,' he
says. "So, they go elsewhere. Our academic standards are some of the highest in the country and
that's something to be proud of..from an academic standpoint, but it really doesn't help us as
far as our hockey program is concerned.*
There was no love lost between the visiting
Alberta Golden Bears and the Birds as they suited up for the last series of the year on Valentine's
Day weekend. Alberta handily beat the Birds 6-2
on Friday, and followed up with a 3-2 overtime
win on Saturday night Seeing the worst team in
the West play the best was an interesting study in
contrast—talking to the Birds, afterwards was
even more intriguing. After.fleeing to the locker
room and then emerging clad in the standard suits, the players
went upstairs to the co2y rinkside pub for an endof-season celebration. At least that's what it was supposed to be. But the disappointment wasn't quite drowned out by the classic rock music
and $1.50 pints of Canadian.
"That left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth—that loss tonight,*
said second-year defenceman Tito Kamel. So why did Kamel, who
was playing on scholarship in the States and who is used to winning, decide to skate for UBC?
'Playing, for UBC, it feels like a bigger challenge-1 wouldn't
like to play anywhere else. I mean, in Alberta right now, it's
STRUGGLING SINCE 1977: The Birds haven't gone to the national championships in 26 years, but the promise of
bright new recruits and a better admissions policy could banish such trivia to the basement arqhi'ves. roberto
WITTMANN/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
minus 20. That's not the reason,* Kamel laughs. *I get lots of ice
time, and I think the coach has confidence in us as players and,
academically, UBC deserves a lot of credit, so as a whole package,
UBC is good place to play hockey.*
But ia the program invested in making people's university
experience better, or creating a winning hockey team?
"I firmly believe
in my heart that
we are going to
make the playoffs next year. It
hasn't been done
in seven years,
but...we are
going to turn the
corner, and only
good things are
going to happen
from how on."
Milan Dragicevic,
head coach, UBC
m^n's hockey
c
I orey Lafreniere, a wily forward who graduates this April, has a slightly less chip-
'per take on things. 'Well, with the
amount of wins that we had, you feel disappointed and you feel like there's unfinished
business,* he says quietly. 'It's been a weird
season too, with the coaching change. We've
also had really good chemistry with the guys,
and got along really well. In the past when that's
happened, it usually breeds success, but this
year, it just didn't happen.* Lafreniere, a scoring leader for UBC in his four years on the roster, has never gotten the chance to net the puck
in a post-season game.
'It's really tough because we haven't made
the playoffs in the four years I've been here,* he
admits, 'and that's the ultimate goal of any
hockey team. It doesn't matter what league
you're playing in.* He shifts gears suddenly.
"But I can't say any bad things at all, I've had an
unbelievable time, and I've met some of the
best friends that I've ever had.*
Lafreniere shys away from the topic of UBC's
5-21 season. 'It's tough to describe—talk to any
of the trainers that have been with us. They've,,
been on the road with us and they understand
the things that we go through, the close games
that we have. It's a difficult thing to talk to people about'
Marrying academics and athletics has never been easy, but
there are some small changes in the works this year. The university recently decided to accept high school courses outside the
province as being transferable to BC requirements. Many junior
hockey players—who often spend their high school careers outside of the province and return only for grade 12—will have an
easier time getting into UBC.
The presence of a minor league hockey team like the Giants
also allows future recruits a chance, to put down roots in
Vancouver/ Having a social circle, a loved one in town and a
familiarity with the city can be a deciding factor in any player's
decision to stay and play for UBC.
The
fr<
we
le team got together last month, donning their full (and
freshly washed) gear for" the final tiene this season. They
were posing for a team picture. As the Birds skated out
onto the ice in the empty arena, their jerseys a crisp blue
against the white ice, they seemed to have forgotten the 5-21
season already.
Some of the faces that smiled so easily for the photographer
that day will be gone next year. Dragicevic is actively recruiting
and has been doing so since the day he arrived at UBC."The
coaching staff and I know exactly what positions we need to fill,
exactly what guys we need to get and who will have to go,* he
says. He thinks the current players will understand. 'I think the
guys know that I'm going to do what's best for the team, and
if that means cutting some people, we'll do it'
The
an
c
\jr.
I aptain Dave Penner, who recently went
to Italy as a member of the Canadian
"national team, seems equally ready to
move on to other subjects. *I think you want to make the playoffs,
and from day one in first year, that's something I thought we
could accomplish and it never happened.' *
Although he doesn't have a hockey trophy,.! Penner never
thought of leaving the Vancouver rink for greener pastures. 'I
don't think it was ever a question of leaving UBC,' he says. "The
academics are top notch, and there's always the opportunity to
take the athletics to the next level, and it's the desire to do that
that keeps people coming back'
xe last time I spoke with Dragicevic, he put me on hold.
Ten minutes later, his voice came back on the line with
an apology, and an understandable explanation. 'I'm
sorry,' he says. "That was a very, very important guy—a possible recruit—and I had to talk to him.'
That guy could have been Kevin Swanson, a goalie scouted
and signed by the Canucks, who has reportedly committed to
playing for UBC next year. Or, it could have been Tiihiny
Preston, a third-round draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres, who
has left Michigan Tech in the hopes of enrolling at UBC. The
infusion of much-needed talent certainly improves the Birds'
chances for next year, but as Dragicevic cautions, "There is no
firm commitment—it's just word of mouth that we've tried to
convince" these players to come and play for us.'
The UBC ice shouldn't be melted down just yet Even if the
evidence of a failed program is overwhelming, the age-old
argument of tradition added to the future possibility of the
Olympic games in Vancouver will keep Thunderbirds in skates
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This is no normal cartoon
SOS PLANET
at the CN IMAX Theatre, Canada Place
until Mar. 20
by Alison Benjamin
CULTURE WRITER
I have to admit, I entered the IMAX theatre at Canada Place
with healthy skepticism. I was going to see SOS Planet, a digitally animated documentary dealing with environmental
issues. But how, I asked myself, could a film with hardly any
live animal footage do any justice to the environmental movement? SOS Planet accomplishes its goal, though: namely, to
promote an awareness of the devastation the planet faces.
Even better, the film gets its point across in an
entertaining medium.
Deforestation, climate change and over-fishing are some of
the pressing environmental issues covered in SOS Planet, Ben
Stassen's emotive 3-D film. Narrated by former news anchor
Walter Cronkite, the documentary also looks at a Dutch World
Wildlife Fund campaign aimed at increasing school children's
awareness of environmental depletion.
Part ofthe film's appeal lies in its ability to involve the audience in the world of nature. I found the 3-D format quite effective. The animation is incredibly realistic, so it feels as if the
audience is experiencing the ocean and forests up close.
The documentary also focuses on four animated animal
characters: a panda, a sea turtle, an orangutan and a polar
bear. For example, we see a polar bear with her two cubs in an
arctic setting. We experience their day-to-day life and have
great sympathy for them. Then suddenly, due to climate
change, the section of ice they inhabit melts and breaks off of
the mainland. Essentially, the film brings us into the fives of its
characters, and then we feel great distress when we see the
environmental degradation they encounter.
Unfortunately, while SOS Planet is high on emotion, it's low
on facts. It's shocking to witness the Earth's destruction. But
the documentary offers surprisingly httle advice on how we, as
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Still, SOS Planet is certainly entertaining. And this in itself
is quite effective; its poignant moments serve as a catalyst for
me to find out more about environmental destruction. SOS
Planets power and engaging format has the potential to spur
people to take action regarding the Earth's future. ♦
Filmmakers stirring the pot, compassionately
CRIMES OF COMPASSION;
COCO MAMA: THE WAR ON
DRUGS;
STONED: HEMP NATION ON TRIAL
IN CANADA
at the Pacific Cinematheque
Feb. 26
by Heather Pauls
CULTURE STAFF   v
Not one punk-ass teenager or
washed-out hippie graced the screen
at the February 2 6 showing of Crimes
of Compassion, Coca Mama: The War
on Drugs and Stoned: Hemp Nation
on Trial in Canada. Okay, the last one
had a scattering of dreadlocked
activists, one of whom seemed very
in tune with her inner and outer glitter. But other than that, the sprightly
mugs ofthe interviewees were clean
shaven scientists, businessmen and
even former federal Health Minister
Allan Rock.
Jennifer Pickford's film Crimes
of Compassion focused not on the
injustices faced by recreational takers trying to 'find themselves' during tumultuous formative teenage
years, but 30- to 40-somethings
struggling to hold down their AIDS
medication, stop the common shuddering symptoms of multiple sclerosis or deal with the painful effects of
cancer treatment The film advocated clinics that provide clean and
potent marijuana for those who
want no part in the sketchy
back-alley drug market
One word dominated the government workers' comments on this subject" research. There seemed to be a
consensus that before any more mar
ijuana liberties are given legal consideration, plenty of sleuthing into the
substance's immediate effects, side
effects and socioeconomic effects will
definitely need to happen. Whether or
not this research will be conducted is
unknown. "There seem to be simple
solutions, but it has been slow to
happen," Pickford said.
The federal government has
promised to research the drug and
has spent approximately $5 million
towards offering 1000 sick persons
legal permission to use marijuana.
This hardly sounds efficient,
according to Lucas.
"They haven't even started the
research they promised,' he
exclaimed during the post-film ques-
tion-and-answer period, not without a
certain degree of frustration. During
this portion of the evening, discus
sion was serious and had compassion in mind, at least until one of the
interviewees at the front of the cinema'began confessing that he had
"been smoking pot since he was
knee-high to a grasshopper," and
that, as a professional truck driver,
"pot never affected [his] driving," all
in the rhetoric of Beavis and/or
Butthead. Whoops, he told the audience not to tell anyone and now I've
gone and published it
"I am not against the recreational use of pot," shared Lucas, while
Riel, a representative of the BC
Compassion Society—another group
providing the drug—reasoned that
pot "relieves stress, depression and
fatigue just as one might use Prozac
or alcohol."
Candidly, my opinion isn't so different, but this discussion took away
from the night's main focus: getting
pot to those who really need it
Coca Mama, the second film of
the evening, revealed the ineffectiveness of the US's 'War on Drugs'
as starving farmers abroad are
arrested instead of the drug lords
who act as the hubs of the cocaine
industiy.
The night's last film. Stoned: Hemp
Nation on Trial in Canada, focused on
Chris Clay, former owner of a London,
Ontario hemp store that also—surprise, surprise—sold marijuana
seedlings. His much-publicised court
cases were interesting, sure, but not
nearly as entertaining as the comments by Clay's well-wishing middle
class parents. They were really cute,
while sort of ticked off, creating a brilliant juxtaposition to the panoramic
shots of pot plantations. ♦
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EDITORIAL
THE UBYSSEY
THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, MARCH 11,2003
VOLUME 84 ISSUE 41
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Lost like a little dog, Heather Pauls wandered through the
Duncan M. McHugh-infested streets. "Get off the road you stupid monkeys," yelled Bryan Zandberg out of his Rabbit convertible to Anna King and Sarah Conchie. Sara Young's abandoned
cat Pip Stanaway darted across lhe rusty garbage cans searching for the scent of Greg Ursic. Lonely chirping came Ercm parakeet Zerah Luxie trapped in a tiny metal cage in Claris
Shepherd's window. The vicious Parminder Nizher spider spun
her gossamer web waiting to entrap fruit Hies Kevin Groves,
Hywel Tuscano and Carlos Sutter. The Jesse Marchand beedes
cowered under the already wet cardboard as tlie rain began to
pour dowtL.Micheal Schwandt began to sing to Celine Asril not
realising that she was just a mouse, Alison Benjamin wrapped
the fur shawi that Nic Fensom had given her around her bare
and white shoulders. Adam Kaufman shouted, "Look an owt*
but it was just a reflection of Dan Eiyo casting dark shadows on
the picket fences. But then Kathleen Deering turned and shut
her creaky apartment window and Emily Cordonier disappeared into the night
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Injunct this, Martha!
UBC's administration has taken campus labour
tensions to new heights. By seeking an injunction against CUPE locals 2278, the Teaching
Assistants' (TA) Union, and 2950, clerical and
library staff the university showed not only its
bad faith towards the TA Union, but revealed
its disregard for those trapped in the middle of
the current dispute: students.
If the injunction is successful, the striking
CUPE members would have- their pickets
pushed off-campus. TA Union representatives
have said this would force them to begin a
campus-wide picket of the university's gates,
effectively shutting down the university. In
this case, get ready to say goodbye to Food
Services, goodbye to custodial services, goodbye to most campus services. Futhermore,
those students who refuse to cross picket
lines, who currently might miss an occasional
class as rotating pickets work their way
around campus, would miss all of their classes. It wouldn't be much easier, for those crossing pickets. With bus service terminating at
Blanca Street, commuters will face at least a
half-hour walk to campus.
Rotating pickets may be inconvenient for
some, but it would take a campus-wide picket
to unleash real chaos. And what was it that
pushed the administration to such an escalation? Noise complaints. According to the university, the TAs' picket of the General Services
Administration Building (GSAB) on Thursday
was not allowed. UBC argues that the GSAB is
not a TA workplace. This could be the case, but
is it worth a response as heavy-handed as the
planned injunction against the union? We
would argue that it isn't.
If UBC's administration feels that pickets
are becoming too disruptive to students (the
reason that the university'gave for naming
both 2278 and 2950 in the injunction) then
they should settle with the unions, not just
sweep them out past the university gates. As
union members, striking employees have a
right to picket and it is cowardly of the university to try to avoid the consequences of their
LETTERS
inaction with legal wrangling.
In regard to negotiations with CUPE 2950, it
would seem that, of all initiatives for the university to renege on, neglecting to ensure wage
equity for women (one of the central issues in
2950's dispute) is amongst the most shameful.
For a university—an institution which should
be dedicated to progressive labour practices-
avoiding an effort to stamp out sexism is truly
disappointing. Of course, UBC may be more
committed to paying market wages (which is
the rhetoric they keep spouting) than to countering discrimination. If that's the case, then
paying women 70 per cent of the wages allbted
to men would be keeping up with the status
quo—an unbalanced objective the university
appears to support.
Brian Sullivan, who, as UBC's vice-president,
students, is charged with addressing students'
concerns regarding the university's negotiations, has said that he welcomes any questions
students may have. We encourage you to write
him at: vpstudents@exchange.ubc.ca. ♦
0y vey, I'm a gentile!
I was interviewed for your article
on the Palestine-Israel forum
(."Israel-Palestine forum causes
controversy* [March 4]) that was
held at UBC last week and I wanted
to make an important correction.
In the article, it mentions that I am
Jewish. I do not know where you got
this information, but it is not true. I
am an atheist (baptised as a
Catholic); my views on Israeli foreign policy have nothing to do with
my religious (or lack thereof) background. I appreciate your attention
in this matter.
—Camilo Cahis
Arts 4
ATA who doesn't
support the strike
Unions are most effective when all
members act in solidarity. As collective bargaining implies: the purpose of having a union is so vulnerable employees can generate power
by acting together. The slogan "A
Supported Strike is a Short Strike"
has some logic. Consequently, as a
teaching assistant (TA) who hopes
the strike is over soon, I had to think
twice before writing this letter.
Rather than protecting the vulnerable, the solidarity implied by
unions can have a less benevolent
effect. Unity might be used to stifle
dissent and debate and to achieve
goals by brute force. Because of this
possibility, I thought I should write
this letter.
I am a teaching assistant who
does not support this strike.
Financing graduate work is certainly a struggle for most students.
Teaching assistants typically rely
on their TA income. Paying higher
levels of tuition will increase the
financial burden. However, it is
important to remember that TAs
are the lucky among graduate students. Many graduate students do
not receive any funding and must
support themselves with loans or
with jobs that pay far less.
Moreover, graduate students, on
average, are not the least well off
people in Canada. The BC government expects a welfare recipient to
be able to pay for a family of four
with the same ainount that a TA gets
each month (about $980). In 1999,
18.5 per cent of all Canadian children lived in poverty. The Greater
Vancouver Regional District estimated in 1996 that 57,685 families
in Vancouver were at risk of home
lessness. I can't in good conscience
say that it shouldn't be my responsibility to pay my tuition.
The union has on occasion suggested that Martha Piper should
share some of her pay raise with
TAs. This idea has some merit. But
it is also true, that as TAs we should
share our wealth with others less
fortunate than ourselves.
—Kelly Foley
Graduate Student-Arts
AMS goes too far
The "reluctance" you mention, with
regards to the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) passage of a motion on Iraq
("AMS reluctantly joins war debate"
[March 4]), should not have been
dismissed so quickly. Apparently,
members of a special interest
grbup, namely the Coalition
Against the War on the People of
Iraq can just show up at an AMS
meeting and get their particular
agenda adopted by a body intended
to represent all students. Not only
has the AMS greatly exceeded its
mandate on this matter, but it has
violated the trust of students it is
meant to represent who hold equally valid views on the other side of
this debate. Privileging one group
in a matter where the AMS has no
power or responsibility shows blatant bias and favouritism and
underscores the illegitimacy of the
organisation. I can only applaud
those councillors who realised that
the AMS is not the place to raise the
banner of their personal politics, to
the detriment of open discourse on
campus. This is just one more
arena where the vocal members of
the activist left have out-shouted
those who are less boisterous yet
have equally valid and compelling
arguments. When the coverage in
all campus newspapers, including
the Ubyssey, is unashamedly
biased in opposition to the forceful
disarmament of Iraq, as are many
of the most outspoken students,
one would expect our elected bodies to act as a bastion for plurality
of discussion. On an issue where
the student and faculty populations
are so divided, adopting a motion
that wholly supports one side is a
clear abuse of power. The completely unprofessional behaviour of
the AMS has shaken my belief that
there is any forum for real political
discussion on campus.
—Milan llnyckyj
Arts 2 THEUBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2003
11
Opera Czechs out fine
THE BARTERED BRIDE
presented by Theatre at UBC & UBC School of
Music
at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Mar. 7
by Bryan Zandberg
CULTURE STAFF
Poets through the ages have compared the advent
of spring with concepts like renewal and romantic
love. Bedrich Smetana's opera "The Bartered
Bride," with its playful rendering of the ageless
story of love's triumph over every obstacle, is just
one more of springtime's incarnations, fully indigenous to a season which throws off the heavy mantle
of winter in a riot of birdsong, daffodils and cherry
blossoms.
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Still,' at the best of times love is something that
has'to be fought for, a tragic reality that the young
peasant girl Marenka (played by Rhoslyn Jones) and
her sweetheart Jenik (Keith Klassen) know only too
well. That's because Kecal, the village marriage broker, stands to earn a hefty sum for seeing Marenka
married to the wealthy farmer Micha's son, Vasek.
Sadly, Marenka's impoverished parents sorely need
the capital the union will bring them. With neither
past'nor fortune, it seems the hired hand Jenik is
helpless to stop the wedding.
Counterpoint to the lover's distressing predicament is the excitement in the little village over the
upcoming town fair and the arrival of an itinerant
circus. Meanwhile, Marenka's luck is getting worse
by the minute. For starters, her intended husband
Vasek turns out to be a total halfwit, a veritable boy
clutching at his mother's apron strings. Worse still is
the news that her beloved Jenik has publicly received
a bribe from the wedding broker: 300 gold pieces for
signing a statement that only the wealthy farmer's
son; may marry the beautiful Marenka. Marenka is,
of course, outraged by this apparent betrayal.
Thankfully, eveiything is set aright in the end when
Jenik reveals his true identity as the long-lost son of
the wealthy farmer Micha, thus foiling the greedy
wedding broker while effectively securing Marenka's
hand as the eldest of the farmer's sons.
Judging by last Friday's performance, it's easy to
see why "The Bartered Bride' has been a hit ever
since its first performance in 1866 Prague. Its
perennial allure lies in the richness and warmth of
its folk-inspired melodies and provincial setting,
which were a total contrast to the sort of Wagnerian
opera seria Smetana had produced before he wrote
.- "The Bartered Bride.'. The opera finally won the
• beleaguered   Czech   composer   the   recognition
•he deserved.
Rather than simply importing the opera's musical score and libretto, the UBC School of Music also
brought director Josef Novak and conductor
Norbert Baxa over from the Czech Republic.
Novak's direction was crucial, given that our School
of Music's cast sang all three acts in the original
Czech. And surely being under the baton of a Czech
. conductor was paramount in creating the
Bohemian melodies that cascaded out of the orchestra pit right from the very first bars of the gambolling overture.
Still, the talent that, brought so much humour
and vitality to the work was undeniably the cast's.
Although slightly hampered by some of the more,
physically demanding parts (the dances were a little stiff), the vocal repartee and the choreography In
general delivered the same sort of comedy and
peasant spirit that made "The Bartered Bride" so
popular in the first place. I couldn't stop laughing.
at' the stuttering arias and dithering of Ben
Schnitzer, who'played the unfortunate, gullible and
altogether endearingVasek. His was just one ofthe
many strong performances last weekend.
So yes, .spring, finds "opera alive and lucking at
UBC. "The Bartered Bride' was the school's first
venture into Czech, culture this season, but it won^t
be their last", as they-will be travelling to the Czech
Republic in May to present Massenet's "Manon." ♦
Videopoems less than sum of parts
VISIBLE VERSE: A NIGHT OF
POETRY READINGS AND
SCREENIGS
at the Pacific Cinematheque
Mar. &
by Adam Kaufman
CULTURE WRITER
"We are gathered here tonight to ;
witness the marriage of poetry
and film,' announced Tanya
Evanson, host of Visible Verse: A
Night of Poetry Readings and
Screenings last Thursday night at
the Pacific Cinematheque.
As unoriginal as her statement
seems, it is also historically inaccurate. Video poetry is nothing new. To
my knowledge, the earliest videopo-
em was made in 1959 by beatnik,
poets Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg
and Jack Kerouac, in collaboration
with American composer David
Amram, photographer Robert Frank
and film maker Alfred Leslie. The
short film is called Pull My Daisy
and you can check it out yourself at
the Blinding Light!! Cinema, April 1.-
2. The film is, loosely, about the
troubles that artists encounter when
they attempt to settle down and live
a square/conventional family life.
Kerouac is responsible for all the
spoken word narration in the film.
According to folklore, he had a script
prepared for the shooting, but in
classic beat fashion scratched it at
the last minute. The outcome is a
rare look at these talented,
improvisational and innovative
writers/musicians in an era before
their philosophy and art was boxed
and sold by the popular
entertainment industry.
The lighthearted Doug Knott (The
Los Angeles-based founder of Poetry
TV) was in the house to read and
screen some of his own videopoems. The veteran Knott, who has
worked to promote poetry on public
access TV in LA and NYC for the past
20 years, gave the most compelling
reading of the night In one poem,
called "Hamburger Heaven,' he
envisions ketchup in his soul. In a
timely satirical pdepi "about the
Middle East conflict, he questions
why tourists! to Jerusalem spend all
their time at the Wailing Wall when
they could go to the "Laughing Wall'
instead. The highlight of Knott's
comical set was a poem about his
car breaking down on the way to a
Bob Dylan concert at San
Francisco's Warfield theatre in the
early 80s, during Dylan's born-again
Christian period. Knott's poems are
memorable for their absurdist commentary and original approach to
overdone subjects such as
America's car * culture and
Hollywood's amiable facade.
After reading a selection called
"How to Live with a Bitch' from her
forthcoming book of poetry, entitled
Sideways (Anvil Press), Heather
Haley, the main act ofthe night, took
the podium. She announced her debt
to Knott, "who inspired [her] to pursue video poetry." After Haley's reading and the screening of her new
videopoem Dying for Pleasure, I
struggled to spot a link to Knott in
her work. As opposed to Knott's
humourous style, Haley's work was
stiff and overly sentimental Her cast
of characters consisted of teenage
girls who get involved with tough
crowds. These stock characters call
themselves 'gangster girls' and drive
around recklessly in fast cars, have
sex in the back seat and party all
night To complete the film, Haley
and director Katrin Bowen received
a grant from the Canada Council of
Spoken and Electronic Words. That
they received money to produce this
hollow cliched'work can only be
explained by tha fact that one out
every four poets in Canada that
applies for spoken word grants is
usually 'awarded' one.
This night of "Visible Verse' also
featured readings, arid videopoems
by some other, lesser-known
Vancouver artists. RJ Tuna's out-of-
focus film and in-and-out of consciousness poetry got the event
rolling. Alice Tepexcuintle, the self-
proclaimed "world's biggest plagja-
riser," showed her new videopoem,
"Pencil Thifl Moustache." Katrin
Bowen put on a sexy voice to read a
piece of poetry called "Financially :
Strapped" and Dena Ashbaugh's
videopoem about an anorexic girl
entitled "The Lines I Draw Upon my
Body* was alsg screened. Many
more annoying interludes by Tanya
Evanson happened" throughout the"
night, b,ut she managed fo redeem
herself with sonie farewell advjce to
this crowd of hungry artists and
would-be writers?'" 'Go home and
fuck for peace!" ♦
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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2003
CULTURE
THEUBYSSEY
Refloating the forgotten
Countering the effects of sinking histories
SUNKEN HISTORIES
at Centre A
until Mar. IS
by Dart Enjo
CULTURE WRITER -""    '
From outside the Centre A Gallery
on Homer Street, the view of the
small space is dominated by a row-
boat that appears to be rising from
below the gallery floor. Upon entering the space, however, the dominance ofthe boat is dispelled by two
walls covered with various art
pieces that begin to tell an interesting but incomplete story. Keith
Langergraber's Sunken Histories
tells this story through a sort of allegory in which a barrage of 'fragments' is carefully placed to approximate what the course of history
has forgotten.
The show's name itself implies
an obscure, half-covered story from
the past. Indeed, the various pieces
take the casual observer on a journey into a little-known episode in
the history of the UBC area involving Chinese migrant farmers renting land from the Musqueam band
just before the Second World War. A
1941 court dispute over property
taxes is used as a reference point to
map the relationship between the
two ethnic groups, as well as with
the colonial judicial sysfem.
Langergraber uses drawings,
photographs and copies of legal
documents arranged 'salon-style' to
spin his tale. Dark, aggressive lines
prevail in his works, focusing tile
emphasis on maps and mapping
territory that the colonial powers
used to validate their claims.
However, the eclectic mix of different media is a bit too, well, eclectic;
the collection of pieces is initially
overwhelming to the eye. Perusal of
the artist's personal journal (which
is placed on a shelf at the back) sit
uates the observer in the artist's
perspective. Things then begin to
take ph a clearer meaning. Perhaps
a; discfeet sign on the wall paraphrasing what is said in the journal
would be helpful in orienting the
reader immediately to the context
of. the show by providing
some supplemental background
information. ;
The most interesting pieces on
the wall involve ink sketches of artifacts superimposed onto copies of
old City of Vancouver documents.
These' piece"? .', seem to reflect
the uncomfortable' interactions
between different cultures of the
time, while maintaining the individual identities of each culture. They
also seem to act as a substitute for"
the noticeable lack of historical artifacts that are essential to - the
story's reconstruction.
The rowboat's placement in the
centre of the room is striking, creating an almost' theatrical effect.
Waves are projected onto it by some
form of video apparatus, while sand
and debris surround its half-submerged hull. The boat reflects what
is seen on the other walls of the
gallery: a slowly-dissociating narrative that is made partially visible
through unconventional methods.
Strangely, but perhaps intentionally, the court dispute of over naif a
century ago echoes, the recent dispute over tenancy in the same geographical area. This leads to the
questioning of history itself—how
much of it is excluded as a sacrifice
for what is included? Langergraber
"does- an admirable job in Sunken
Histories to bring the observer into
one of those spots of excluded histo-
jy. Through the format of the show
he is able to elicit endless thought
in the observer's mind about much
wider issues than just those
that are raised in the Centre A's
gallery space. ♦
: Are we not androids?
A: We are
Liverpudlian quartet programmed
for dance party
LADYTRON
with Mount Sims and Simian
at the Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 5
by Duncan M. McHugh
CULTURE STAFF
Backstage, after the Ladytron show:
"Helena, what the hell was that?'
"I don't...I don't know what you're
talking about"
"You do too: you smiled out there."
"I did notl'
"Did too."
""What..about three songs in? That
was a grimace."
"Bullshit. You know, Helena, you
have been warned about this."
"I know; it was a mistake. It won't
happen again."
Such is the imaginary plight of
Ladytron  vocalist  Helena  Marnie,
whom I—after having watched her
band perform at a packed show last
Wednesday—could most aptly
describe as 'the one who smiled.'
Ladytron, a four-piece hailing (more or
less) from Liverpool, is a band big on
aesthetics and small on warmth. In
their immaculate grey uniforms (the
tour was sponsored by clothes manufacturer Diesel) and even more
immaculate haircuts, the band-
Mamie, Reuben Wu, Daniel Hunt and
Mira Aroyo (with a bassist and drummer thrown in for the tour)—perform
their songs with cold efficiency, quite
nicely replicating the sound of their
layered, 1980s revivalist records.
This absence of smiles became a
bit absurd when Aroyo, who occasionally sings in her native Bulgarian and
who always sings with an Eastern
European detachment, praised
Vancouver as one of the most beauti-
zeo
: WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR HEAD
Hmmi,4:y ,7f
fAn^";th^n.;ravf^:
An<l th^ri writ©;
ful cities she had ever seen, not even
then allowing a grin to surface.
Despite all this gloom, the show was
good. Playing a variety of songs from
their two albums— 604 and Light &
Magic— Ladytron put their many keyboards to good use. There were
moments when you had to feel a
twinge of jealousy for those people
now in their late 30s and early 40s
who had the chance to hear this kind
of music when it was first produced in
the late 1970s and early 1980s. Still,
the audience, which consisted mostly
of well-dressed walking haircuts,
lapped it up. Some of them
even danced.
Of the two opening bands, Mount
Sims Was the most suited to the bill
Although I only caught the last song of
the set ("Black Sunglasses," from their
debut, Ultra Serf, I think I received a
pretty good sense of what Mount Sims
is about guy in headset sings sexy
songs, occasionally tinkering with his
iBook to change the clanging beats
that his two bandmates, dressed in
revealing 1980s spandex leotards,
dance around to with wild abandon.
I have no idea why the other band,
Simian, was opening. Their enthusiasm was commendable (especially
given how dour the next band up. was)
but their songs were not Simian produces boring music, absent of any real
emotion or ingenuity. The most entertaining moment of their set occurred
when an audience member juEhped
on stage and, yelled "Rock 'n' rolll"
That was as close as Simian's set got to
being compelling. ♦ »
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