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AMS elections derailed
by Douglas Quan
Another bombshell has landed on this year's troubled AMS
The Senate Elections Committee, tasked with overseeing
the UBC Board of Governors (BoG) race, has overturned all
results—except the one for first place candidate Jesse
Guscott who won with 746 votes—and has ordered a new
In a letter to the AMS Elections Committee yesterday,
Senate Elections Committee chair Orvin Lau said that an ad
for BoG candidate Ben Liu in the Ubyssey during voting
week may have "materially affected" the second-place
Candidates Liu, Mark Beese, Joel Peterson and Antonie
Zuniga received 626, 614, 608, and 469 votes respectively.
The AMS Elections Committee allowed Liu to run the ad
in the newspaper after Liu's name was accidentally omitted
from the "Elections Supplement."
As of Monday evening, the committee had not decided
on any details for re-running the election.
Yesterday's news comes on the heels of a forceful recommendation by AMS ombudsperson Trevor Franklin to overturn all the AMS election results.
Speaking before AMS council last week, Franklin stated
that this year's elections had been "tainted with perceived
inconsistencies." He then proceeded to outiine how, in his
mind, the AMS Elections Committee had mishandled the
elections on numerous occasions.
After a tumultuous two-and-a-half hour debate, AMS
councillors voted 14-9 (with two abstentions) to reject the
motion to overturn the executive results, and 15-4 (with
three abstentions) to reject the motion to recommend the
Senate Elections Committee overturn the Board of
Governors results.
While most councillors agreed that public confidence in
the way the elections were run was probably lagging, they
felt that re-running the elections would be too costly and
time-consuming, and wouldn't likely change the results.
"I'm disappointed," Franklin told the Ubyssey yesterday.
"It was imperative when I brought down my report that they
rise above political rhetoric and partisanship.
"The fact that council chose to comment that my report
was thorough and valid, [but] didn't carry through with the
recommendations leads to the question, 'what's the role of
an ombudsperson?'"
President-elect Ryan Marshall said that he is actively
working with the AMS policy analyst, archivist and elections
administrator to review the AMS Code of Procedures, and
has requested copies of election guidelines from McGill
University and the University of Alberta.
But defeated presidential candidate Scott Morishita was
still not satisfied. Morishita, who was at the centre of the
political storm and who had sought to overturn the results,
issued a request to convene Student Court.
He later said that because the process of assembling
Student Court is lengthy, it was unlikely that the executive
results would change. But he said, "I want it to be recognised
that the elections committee has not conducted a fair,
democratic and impartial election."
No fewer than four times in his eight-page report did
Franklin stress the importance of "democracy, fairness and
accountability" in the administering of elections.
Specifically, Franklin accused the committee of having created an unfair disadvantage to presidential candidate Scott
Morishita when it stripped him of all of his posters during the
middle of voting week for breaching sign policies.
Morishita was further disadvantaged, Franklin said,
when the committee took away all of his votes on the last
day of voting—"effectively a disqualification without
removal"—for talking to the Ubyssey about his first penalty.
(Under the AMS Code of Procedures, the publication of a
candidate's name along with their intention to run during
see "AMS elections" on page 2
Golden Key expands,
but questions remain
UBC Senate to discuss the honour
society later this month
by Irfan Dhalla
The Golden Key National Honour Society is continuing its aggressive
expansion into Canada, signing up Canadian universities and even
appointing a Canadian to its board of directors.
lennie Chen, vice president of the UBC chapter, confirmed that
Golden Key is close to reaching an agreement with Simon Fraser
University. The Golden Key website reports that the society is currently working with eight other Canadian universities, including the
University of Calgary and the University of Western Ontario.
Golden Key also recently announced that Bernard Shapiro, the
principal of McGill University, has been appointed to the society's
board of directors.
Meanwhile, questions about the organisation's finances remain
unanswered. In a letter published in today's Ubyssey, Golden Key representatives claim that the society "is proud to return 75 per cent of
each membership as benefits and services to local chapters and their
members...The other 25 per cent is used for administrative expenses."
Yet, according to Golden Key's 1997 submission to the Internal
Revenue Service salaries, management and general expenses
totalled $2,997,827, almost 47 per cent of the $6,430,054 in total
expenditures. Golden Key spent a further $421,075 on postage,
$326,788 on supplies, and $296,455 on travel. However, on the IRS
return, these items are listed as "program services" and hence are not
counted as administrative expenses.
Golden Key is an international academic honour society whose
stated purposes are to provide recognition to the top 15 per cent of
students, assist with career searches, grant scholarships, offer networking opportunities and promote altruistic conduct
The honour society also joined the Atlanta Better Business Bureau
(BBB) on January 27, after previously refusing to provide it with finan-
see "golden key" on page 4 ■
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"AMS elections" from I
voting week is disallowed).
Franklin added that the committee demonstrated bias when it
did not penalise president-elect
Ryan Marshall who also spoke to
the Ubyssey that week on one of
the referendum issues.
In defense, Elections
Administrator Chris Gawronski
said the committee dealt with
each problem as best it could.
"Interpreting Code is dicey at
best," he said. "I believe the com
mittee acted in as a consistent
manner as it could."
Gawronski suggested that
campaigning guidelines be clarified, and that in future a separate
panel be struck to deal specifically
with complaints.**
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Ontario med students say tuition is out of control
by Carla Tonelli
the Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-About 400 medical students from across Ontario briefly laid down
their stethoscopes last week to picket in front
of the provincial legislature against exorbitant
tuition fee hikes.
The students say that recent tuition fee
increases in Ontario are hitting medical students hard and threaten to keep people with
limited funds out of the field.
"People will be filtered out of the programs
from the front end due to high tuition fees,"
said Jeff Kwong, a medical student at the
University of Toronto, at last weeks protest.
"We're really concerned about accessibili
ty, especially to the population from the lower
socioeconomic demographic."
Kwong points out that first-year tuition for
the University of Western Ontario's medical
school was $10,000 in 1998, up from $5,489 in
1997. He said the difference speaks for itself.
Last spring, Ontario's Progressive
Conservative government deregulated tuition
fees for all professional and post-graduate
programs, removing the province's longstanding cap on how much universities can
charge students in faculties like law and medicine.
As a result, tuition rose by an average of
62 per cent at Ontario's five medical schools
between the fall of 1997 and the fall of 1998.
David Kaplan, vice-president of U of T's
medical society, says he's concerned high
student debts will negatively impact professions such as medicine, in which new graduates may be burdened with $100,000
"It will affect the way we practice medicine," Kaplan said, pointing to the current
structure whereby doctors are not paid for
time spent counseling patients on prevention
He fears this will affect quality of care. "The
more patients you see, the more money you
make, the quicker you pay off your debt," he
The Ontario Medical Association, which
represents 24,000 physicians in the province,
says it shares students' concerns about the
possible effects the fee hikes will have on the
In particular, association president Dr
William Orovan says he fears the medical field
may lose 30 years of progress in increasing the
representation of women and people from
rural areas.
"I think doctors are very supportive of students opposed to the tuition increases," he
said. "Increases of this magnitude certainly
have a negative impact."
The association is considering establishing
a financial aid initiative for medical students.
"Because of the interest on the part of professionals, which has been significant, we feel
we want to move in this direction," Orovan
Condom buying
leaves most
red in the face
by Jo-Ann Chiu
Lust and licentious fornication is a rampant activity in the lives of UBC students,
but many of them would prefer no one else knew.
A recent study conducted on 130 sexually active, single UBC students revealed
that 66 per cent of males and 59 per cent of females felt some degree of embarrassment when purchasing condoms.
"You're worried about the potential for embarrassment, who's going to be
there," said UBC marketing professor Chuck Weinberg, who co-authored the
Weinberg says that the embarrassment of buying rubbers comes from a two-
part process of exposing a self-perceived vulnerability most people would rather
be kept private.
First, when the purchaser is standing in the condom aisle, there is the risk of
being seen by friends or strangers, who will presume that the person is in heat,
wanting or expecting to copulate.
Second, when paying for the product, the customer will be confronted by a
cashier, who will also know that the buyer is engaging in nocturnal pursuits.
Heaven forbid that the product not scan, and the salesclerk be forced to announce
over the microphone for a price check in aisle three on a condom twelve-pack
Students who are embarrassed to buy condoms will be less likely to do so,
much less use them during romantic encounters. This would obviously result in
health safety issues associated with unprotected horizontal liaisons.
Some people disagree with the findings. A clerk at Gage Mini Mart, which
caters to 1,400 students living in the three Gage towers and one apartment complex, has not observed embarrassment from customers who have purchased condoms from him.
"But we don't sell that many," he adds. The Mini-Mart sells an average of one
condom a month, he estimates.
In contrast, the University Pharmacy, which keeps similar store hours as Gage
Mini Mart, sells 300 boxes of the prophylactic sheaths every two months. Each box
contains twelve condoms, which equates to a sale of 1,800 rubbers a month.
Sales popularity may also have to do with the store's discretion. The University
Pharmacy's expansive rubber selection is tastefully nestled in the back of the store,
just a modest arm's length away from the pharmacist's cashier.
Pharmacist Chris Linaksita agrees with the suggestion that people are embarrassed when buying condoms. Linaksita says he has noticed that even when there
is no lineup at the front checkout, customers will patiently wait for him to make
the sale at his pharmacy counter, despite the fact that he is busy serving other customers.
"I wondered why they were waiting," he said. "Then when it was their turn,
they only had a box of condoms. They didn't have questions, just wanted to make the purchase.
I guess they didn't want to bring it to the front checkout."
Linaksita points out that not everybody is embarrassed buying condoms. He adds that buying other products such as feminine napkins also leaves customers red in the face.
His theory for the University Pharmacy's high condom sales is the store's convenience-customers can pick up other personal products at the same time.
"It's not easy to purchase condoms on this campus," says Weinberg. He says that only a few
EMBARRASSMENT: A recent study conducted on 130 sexually active, single UBC students revealed that 66 per
cent of males and 59 per cent erf females felt some degree of embarrassment when purchasing condoms.
stores in residences sell condoms, often in high-profile locations.
Finding a reliable brand at an easy location and being able to pay for them discreetly is a concern, which is why Weinberg's study, published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, recommends that well-known, branded condoms be sold in candy or cigarette vending machines,
and even on the Internet.
The candy vending machine on the north end of the SUB currendy sells packs of three con-
APEC hearing commissioner endorses student legal
by Sarah Galashan
Students involved in the APEC hearing say
they are "hopeful" after commissioner Ted
Hughes sent a letter to Solicitor General
Lawrence MacAulay requesting legal funding
for them.
According to Craig Jones, a UBC law student, Hughes' letter is more strongly worded
than the one sent last July by the former three-
member commission panel.
"You just have to read this letter and compare it to the others," said Jones.
Hughes indicated in his letter that if the
federal government does not comply, he will
consider whether he has the authority to order
the government pay.
"Last time they said they couldn't order
[funding]. He's saying now that before he
orders, he'll request. There's a big difference in
the dynamics of his request," said Jones.
Madam Justice Reed of the Federal Court
has previously ruled that the commission
itself cannot directly provide funding to the
complainants. But Reed did say that the
commission was within its rights to request
funding from the federal government. "Legal
representation of the complainants would
improve the quality of the proceedings," she
In line with that sentiment, Hughes' seven-
page letter acknowledged the need for a level
playing field.
"The approximately 65 police officers who
are scheduled to give evidence have not
booked off work from now until the end of
October so they can attend the hearings.
Rather, they have counsel present to represent
them," wrote Hughes.
"Will each of [the students] attend only on
the few days when required on the witness
stand or are they to put the preparation for
their careers in life on hold while they attend at
the hearing from now until the late fall of the
Fundraising efforts for the students have
garnered $150,000 so far, part of which has
already been distributed to students' lawyers.
It is not clear when a response will come
from Solicitor General MacAulay.
The inquiry is expected to continue until
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With just a month or so to go before the province
announces its budget, post-secondary students are
wondering whether the NDP will freeze tuition for a
fourth year in a row.
Some observers say last week's commitment by the
federal government to increase funds to provincial
health care and to a new social union deal could free
up funding for education, and therefore, allow the
freeze to stay in place.
BC has bucked the national trend by actually
increasing funding for its
universities over the years.
Just last year, the province
injected an additional $26
million and created hundreds of new spaces.
So great is the provice's
track record on post-secondary funding, Advanced
Education Minister Andrew
Petter has raved, that it may
have to begin charging differential tuition fees to stem
a potential influx of out-of-
province students. (Although records obtained by the
Ubyssey reveal that out-of-province enrolment in BC's
three major universities has actually declined in the
past few years.)
While ministry officials remain tight-lipped about
which way they're leaning, the subject of the tuition
freeze is generating strong debate outside the halls of
the legislature.
UBC economist Robert Allen says the province
should not lift the freeze. "I think the government
should increase funding for post secondary education quite a lot."
Allen said that provincial funding is still inadequate, and that that has resulted in fewer available
spaces in BC universities, fewer students graduating,
and ultimately a negative effect on the economy.
According to Allen, "universities in BC would have
to increase the number of graduates by 8,000-10,000 a
year to come anywhere close to meeting the growth
and demand for university graduates in the province."
Maura Parte, BC chair of the Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS), agrees that increased funding
"I think the government
should increase funding
for post secondary education quite a lot."
should not have to come out of the pockets of students, and that both the provincial and federal governments need to be contributing more.
She added that it's not a matter of increasing funding, but replacing lost funds. "The government must
restore funding that has been taken away."
Nathan Allen, newly-elected AMS coordinator of
external affairs and strident CFS supporter, says
tuition should be eliminated altogether. "The political
situation is ripe in BC right now," he said.
While he admits that the "quality of education is
going down," neither the province nor the federal
government can use tuition
fees as the scapegoat to the
problem—the solution can
only come from increased
But Robert Clift of the
Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of BC
says students will be the victims if the status quo
remains. He says he believes
there must be a balance
between accessibility and
quality of education. "If
tuition is simply strangling institutions for resources,
it's not fair."
UBC registrar Richard Spencer, agreed that something has to give way, and that perhaps the higher
tuition fees in Ontario may be the way to go.
If the provincial government cannot supplement
low tuition with even greater funding BC universities
will continue to suffer, said Spencer.
"All of the universities in BC are at an increasing
disadvantage compared to those in other provinces.
We are on average $750 a year behind the national
average [in terms of provincial funding per student].
We get a grant that is somewhat higher than the
national average, but it only makes up half that difference."
President Martha Piper told the Ubyssey last term
that extended freezes have "proven to be not particularly productive for anyone."
"Over time, the costs outweigh what you're able
to support," she said. "So once, you have to lift those
freezes, the gap is so large it's difficult to make up
that gap."*>
—Robert Allen
UBC economist
"Golden Key" from 1
cial statements. Golden Key representatives had said they had nothing to hide, but that they merely
did notwant to pay BBB membership fees. Ihe better Business
Bureau, however, keeps Hies on
thousands of companies that ate
not members.
Nevertheless, Valerie MacLean.
general manager of (he Vancouver
better Business Bureau, partially
blame, her sister office in Atlanta.
"We have listings on 100.000 companies. Only 4,000 are members.
I'm not sure that [('.olden Keyl
understood that they could
respond [to our request for finan
cial statements} without joining."
Golden Key's joining tlie BBB
will not result in the organisation
being held to higher standards, as
il is exempt from the BBB's nonprofit organisation guidelines. Ed
Smith, from the 'Xtkinla BUI., said
that Golden Key is exempt
because "it is not soliciting funds
from the general public. They are
whar I would call a fraternal benefits organisation." Smidi added
that members would be expected
to know what kind of an organisation they are joining.
The 820 UBC students who
paid i>00 lo join Golden Key, how
ever, were largely unaware of the
society's penchant for lavish conferences and six-figure salaries.
Arid with President Martha Piper's
tmdoisemem, over 2r. pur cent of
eligible students signed up.
It is unclear how thoroughly
UBC investigated Golden Key
before endorsing the honour society. Michael Fdwards. a student
senator, taised this issue near the
end of the January senate meeting, but procedural nm.slruhu>>
limited discussion. Il is likely Ihat
(.olden Kry will be discussed at
the next UBC Senate meeting on
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by Cynthia Lee
Two months away from graduation, Kathleen Smyth has plenty
to worry about—a school workload, heavy debt and her mother's retirement fund.
Smyth is a student enrolled in
a master's program in genetic
counselling—a program that
comes with a $30,000 price tag,
the highest tuition at UBC. She
works at her clinical rotation at
the BC Children's Hospital seven
days a week. If any time remains,
she tries to fit in a few hours for
her work study in the clinic
records room.
She has already obtained the
maximum student loan of $9,500
from her home province of
Ontario. The university awarded
her a $5,000 bursary this year, in
addition to the $5,500 she
received last year.
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have a retire- pay, then this is a situation that can't go on."
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ment fund anymore until I pay
it back to her,"
she said.
Smyth said
funding adds an
enormous stress to an already
stressful program. "It's also made
me very resentful in general of
the policy of the university, that
they feel this is an acceptable
way to defer costs for a program."
With graduation just a short
time away, some of the students
in the program have still not
been able to meet their fifth and
final $6,000 installment of
AMS president Vivian
Hoffmann, who sits on a committee reviewing tuition levels,
said the university has an obligation to make sure these students
can afford to stay at UBC.
"If the university is going to
stick to their policy of not discriminating against any students
based on their financial ability to
pay, then this is a situation that
can't go on."
Tuition is not the only
expense that worries Smyth's fellow student Kim Gall. She said
the cost of living and the search
for post-graduate employment
are other burdens. "There are
several jobs in Toronto that we
would like to interview for, but
there's no financial support.
Obviously we are in a lot of debt
and have a lot of trouble coming
up with the money to even go
interview for the job."
The students must also pay
an additional $2,000 to write certification exams in June which
are held in Los Angeles.
Hoffmann said she felt certification exams for genetic counsellors, like those for medical and
dentistry students, must be seen
as a necessary cost even though
they are not included explicitly as
mition. "There's a whole bunch
of unmet needs there that aren't
even recognised by the student
loan system and it has to be," she
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Bike Kitchen serves up parts and service
 by Jason Steele
Cyclists at UBC who find their bikes with flat
tires or broken chains won't have to be
stranded on campus anymore, after the
opening of the AMS Bike Co-op's Bike Kitchen
last week
Located in the basement of the SUB, the
new Bike Kitchen provides cyclists with the
facilities to repair their broken bikes. For five
dollars an hour, students may use the Kitchen
facilities on their own or, for a slighdy higher
fee, can receive assistance in their repairs. As
well, they can take instructional courses in
the maintenance and repair of their bicycles.
Shop manager Jason Addy is encouraged
by the initial response to the program. He
says that the Bike Co-op hopes to eliminate
the membership fee for access to their purple
and yellow bikes through profits generated in
the Bike Kitchen.
"Right now we need a membership fee just
to keep us alive. We're hoping eventually we'll
have enough [support] on campus so that
they'll be free," says Addy.
Ivana Hidalgo, an exchange student from
New York, finds the Bike Kitchen to be an
essential service. Hidalgo says it's helpful to
have the facilities on campus to fix her bike
when she's faced with a breakdown. "I woud-
n't be mobile otherwise," she says.
The Co-op was established last May with
an AMS Innovative Projects Fund grant to
advocate the use of bicycles at UBC.
AMS president Vivian Hoffmann is hopeful that the new council will continue to sup
port the program. She believes that the Co-op
has helped to promote the use of alternative
methods of transportation.
Addy says that similar programs have
been implemeted with success in nearby
cities such as Victoria, Seattie and Portland.
Along with the new Bike Kitchen, the Coop hopes to influence the long-term transportation planning at UBC. One current proposal is to eliminate two lanes on University
Boulevard to vehicular traffic, and provide
two lanes on the road to bicycles. ♦
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Tough luck
finding serials
by Mark Thoberg
Few students will be left untouched by a decision by UBC Library to cut
$750,000 from its serial subscriptions budget.
The Science and Engineering divisions are being hit hardest, taking
a $618,000 cut.
lohn Gilbert, chair of the Senate Library Committee, admits the faculty of Arts will also suffer, but he says the impact won't be as great."Life
Sciences and Engineering groups rely on a much greater number of
serials, even though the humanities are being hit hard," he said.
Gilbert blames publishers for the soaring cost of academic journals.
He says publishing companies have grown and consolidated over the
years and now have a stranglehold on the market.
"Academics write a lot of stuff and wish to have it published," he
But when getting their material published, many professors surrender copyright to their work without a charge. Publishers are then able
to sell serial publications to universities for a profit.
"Problems arise that need research. If
we have to wait two or three weeks
for a journal this might deter students
from doing serious research."
—Ezra Kwok
responsible for the Chemical Engineering reading room
The reliance on a large number of journals by universities can only
be partly explained by the growth in production of academic work.
According to Catherine Quinlan, the university librarian, there are
more journals available because of the way the publishing business has
"Fifteen years ago, there might have been a journal on surgery. Then
a new journal on ankle surgery would come out, then one on ankle
bone surgery. Publishers tried to become more specific."
This 'split off' often doubles the cost of publication. "This happened
a lot in the medical sciences," said Quinlan.
Professor Ezra Kwok, responsible for the Chemical Engineering
reading room, says cutbacks will impact students' ability to perform.
"Problems arise that need research. If we have to wait two or three
weeks for a journal this might deter students from doing serious
research," he said.
Steps being taken to improve the situation include group purchases
made by several universities at once and at a discount. Included in
these purchases are on-line materials.
UBC belongs to a consortium of universities that subscribe to electronic journals via one mechanism. In fact, the university's library has
over 1500 electronic journals on-line.
Despite the fact that some duplications between the print and electronic media do exist, Quinlan says this isn't necessarily a waste of
money. She insists a cost-benefit analysis of the library's holdings,
shows the cost of any duplications between the print and electronic
media is recovered by the returns on the use of those journals.
The problem of skyrocketing journal prices will only be resolved
when larger universities take action. "It will have to be addressed by
schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford and MIT," Gilbert said, adding that
"this is the most severe cut the [UBC] library has seen over the past five
years. We thought that we had been at bare bones."<» lAwlliTw
Painful memories
PHOTOS document the
Japanese invasion of China's
capital during
WWII, in which
the death toll
numbered 190,
000 (left).
Editors of SFU's
Voice gathered
dozens of photos for their
A group of students at SFU
is trying to shed light on the
WWII Japanese invasion of
China. Though gruesome, it
must be done.
by Nicholas Bradley
The concourse at Simon Fraser University is typically
busy one Friday afternoon, as students mill about,
waiting for class to begin. They cluster around the various tables and display booths set up along the hallway.
A large crowd, attracted by the sound of explosions, has
gathered around a video games exhibit, lining up to try
the latest game from fapan. But the tone at the next
table over is more sombre, the handful of students poring over the collection of books more reflective.
Down the hall in either direction there are large
posters covered in dozens of small black-and-white
photographs. You may not notice them as you walk by
on your way out to the bus stop. But if you paused, if
something caught your eye, one of the captions pasted
below the photos might grab your attention. You might
read it.
"After being raped by over 50 soldiers, my body just
could not take it any more. I passed out.. .On the third
day, [one soldier] brought a German shepherd to have
sex with me." The quote is from Kim Dae-Il, a survivor
of the Japanese invasion of China during the Second
World War. And you might feel shocked.
Another poster down the hall from the tables shows
press photos recording the actual invasion, detailing
the destruction of the city and the execution of prisoners of war. The grainy shots, taken from Japanese newspapers look dated; many are posed.
But one, taken during the fall of Nanking, catches
your eye. Two Japanese soldiers stand over a kneeling
Chinese prisoner. Both soldiers hold their scythe-like
swords raised as if poised to strike. The kneeling man
looks out from the picture, directiy at the photographer, his eyes pleading for help. The photograph has no
caption; no one knows what happened to this prisoner.
Back at the table sits Peter Bien, a second-year computer science student and associate editor of UVoice,
SFU's Chinese language student newspaper. He quiedy
explains why he is here.
"I think to most people it's probably 'Yeah, I've
heard of this before. Yeah, I know Japan invaded parts
of Asia in World War Two.' That's it.
"In the high school textbooks, that's how it is said.
None of the numbers...People know about 'so-and-so
people died'...how it's actually like, what did the victims feel.. .they don't know."
This exhibition of photos has been organised by
UVoice as a way of raising awareness about the suffering of the Chinese during WWII. If people know what
happened, the organisers say, they will sign the petition
calling for the Japanese government to accept responsibility for its actions over fifty years ago.
"A lot of people come over, even the Asians, immigrants come over and go T didn't know it was like that,'"
says Bien.
The exhibit centres on what is known as the Rape of
Nanking, the Japanese invasion of the Chinese capital.
The attack lasted from December 1937, when Japanese
forces entered the Chinese capital, until February 1938.
Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed en masse; the
final toll numbered 190,000. The city was completely
"We've not been to war," says Bien. "We don't really
dued. But he explains how important he feels
this exhibit is. "I think that the Japanese [government] is trying to cover the past, they don't
want anyone to know." He adds that, while he is
already aware of this history, "what UVoice is
doing here is really good, so everybody knows
what is happening."
What UVoice is doing here is trying to raise
awareness and to collect signatures to petition
the Japanese government to offer a formal
apology to the Chinese survivors.
In August 1991, Ms Kim, a 66-year-old
Korean woman filed suit with the District Court
of Tokyo against the Japanese government and
military for crimes against humanity. Japan
responded by concluding that the matter had
already been dealt with. In August 1993, the
United Nations Commissioner for Human
Rights appointed a special envoy to investigate
the issue.
"The Japanese government is still doing
nothing about it. Even though [Chinese]
President Jiang [Zemin] went to Japan and
they say they're sorry. But they didn't do it
the same way as they treat[ed] the
Koreans. They're willing to do a written
apology but not for the Chinese." So says
Donna Fok, the editor-in-chief of UVoice.
"They should have formal apologies
from the Japanese congress. That's what
we want to do."
The signed petitions will be sent to the
BC Association for Learning and
Preserving the History ofWorldWarTwo in
Asia (ALPHA), then forwarded to Chief
Judge Ito in Japan as a show of support for
the lawsuit against the Japanese government. Fok is quick to point out that the
signature campaign is also being run by
Japanese and Jewish community groups. "It's not just
the Chinese people."
Fok, who has lived in Canada for three years, has
previous experience in this type of activism. She
worked with ALPHA two years ago on a textbook
screening campaign in support of a professor at Tokyo
University, who Fok says has been trying for 38 years to
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German Shepherd tO have SeX With been a success: they have collected over
mQ,,n 250 signatures. But Bien notes that filling
the petition with names is only part of
—Kim Dae-Il their role.
survivor of the Japanese invasion of   "We really want people to sign these
China forms knowing what happened," he con-
know what it's like. What it's to be separated by force
from your family, not knowing when you'll see them
again.. .1 don't think we have the same kind of enthusiasm discussing this subject. It would be really sad if the
truth dies with these old veterans and survivors."
One group of survivors on which the exhibit focuses
on is the so-called 'comfort women'—Chinese women
forced into service as prostitutes by the invading
Japenese. There were 200,000 comfort women, few of
whom are still alive today, a fact that lends a certain
urgency to this exhibit.
The comfort women, most of whom were between
the age of 16 and 20, followed a strict schedule.
Between 9:00 in the morning and 5:00 in the afternoon,
they would service soldiers. From 6:00 until 9:00, they
were available to non-commissioned officers, and
from 9:00 until 6:00 in the morning they would be visited by officers in the Japanese army.
"I now feel my experience should not be repeated
anywhere in the world. I want to tell the world that
women and children are the first victims," reads the
testimony from one of these comfort women, Maria
Rosa Henson, born in 1926.
Rufina Fernandez's testimony is blunt, and disturbingly graphic: "They cut off my parents' heads and
killed my younger sisters."
Ben Tarn is a first-year student at SFU who plans to
major in business. Like everyone standing in the hall
who reads these statements from survivors, he is sub-
tinues. "As the years go by, instead of looking back and acknowledging what happened, they are
in the position of covering the whole thing up both on
the international level and to their own people. That's
quite frightening."
"The main goal is to...let more people know...we
don't want just ask people to come by and sign without
knowing anything," says Fok, who agrees that the week
was successful. "It was great. Our main goal was to let
more people know about it, especially those who grow
up here, because they didn't have the chance to know
more about it during history class in high school."
"Of course, there's still some people who show a
negative response. Like some people say 'It's too gruesome,' they feel sick to look at them, and I feel sorry for
them," says Fok.
But she says that the displays have had a special
impact on students of Japanese descent.
"People like the second geneneration or third generation of Japanese people [in Canada], they do come by
our booth and ask us questions about what's going on.
"They believe. This is the first time they can see.
They heard what their parents said. And then they
show their remorse about what their ancestors did.
"But we also stress that we're not trying to put that
weight [on them], that we're going to hate [them]."
A Chinese proverb on one of displays explains why
Bien and Fok have been sitting at their table all day.
"Keep the memory of your painful experience," it
reads. "In the future it will become your best teacher."»> ■ ffBRUARYq. 1<W9
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kirsten robek Loses some of Augustine's credibility.
At the Roundhouse Theatre
Runs until Feb 2i
by George Belliveau
The reasons for Pink Ink Theatre's success with their North American
debut performance of Augustine (Big Hysteria) certainly don't lie with the
mediocre script. Instead, the play about a patient dealing with rape succeeds thanks to the creative team's ability to cohesively combine all production elements, ranging from fine choice of venue to a mystic moving
bed. Staging this drama at the Roundhouse theatre adds an ambience.
The cozy Yaletown building is brought to life as the Salpetriere Hospital in
Paris during the late 19th century. The notorious Salpetriere housed the
famous Dr. Charcot, who employed seemingly barbaric medical practices, and in so doing identified multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's
Augustine centres on Charcot and his use of hypnosis on his famous
patient, the aforementioned Augustine, whom he experimented on. The
horrible experiences Augustine had to face prove deeply disturbing, even
to jaded audience members.
At times, the script tells too much, leading the audience to feel lectured at. Nonetheless, to her credit, playwright Anna Furse has selected
a few memorable lines from archival sources and has created a fascinating Augustine.
Fortunately the strong direction 1818 J
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Robek, who plays the hysteric Augustine,
works too hard at reaching this state, and 9 f f) P B 111 O II
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NICOLA CAVENDISH AND LORNE KENNEDY star in Jim Cartwrighf s "7i-vo."
At the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Runs until Feb 13
by Michelle Mosso
Three reasons why you should see
1) It's playing at one of the best venues
town - the Vancouver East Cultun
2) The costumes are damn funny (
The Wedding Singer with an English twist)
3) It's a good play.
"That woman over there is my wife.l
Bitch," the pubowner says. With this as|
one of the opening lines, British play
wright lim Carthwright examines the|
curiosities of coupledom. In a series oi
monologues and short sketches, Lornel
Kennedy and Nicola Cavendish play the|
landlords as well as the 14 characters thai
freauent this Northern English gyb.
Its Kennedy s and Cavendish s
ny ability to switch in and ou
14 characters that truly make t
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fareWel: Sam Bob and Lome Cardinal star in the comedy about First Nations reservation life.
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Q/> at the Firehall Arts Centre
Rims until Feb 7
by Lisa Johnson
Art with a message? Sounds like a nice idea, but all too often it seems to
get away without showing the audience anything original by making sure
to tell them what's 'right.'
I must admit I'd expected that from fareWel, a comedy about First
Nations reservation life playing at the Firehall Arts Centre. But the show's
dynamic approach, including a mix of humour ranging from sharp wit to
slapstick—as well as the blunt confrontation of stereotypes—left my
expectations of politically correct platitudes in the dust.
The story takes place on an Aboriginal reservation in Manitoba where
the houses are falling apart, the children play at the dump, and the chief
is off gambling in Las Vegas. The welfare checks are late, and without this
money the people are running low on food, tobacco, gasoline. . . and
hope. Doesn't sound like typical comedy fodder, does it?
"Humour is a window, and it's a vehicle for change," says playwright
Ian Ross, explaining his approach. "It lets people into things that they otherwise wouldn't feel good about."
Ross's theory is brought to life in a chaotic scene outside the tribal
council office, as his mix of characters wait for their checks:
A mother cries to the closed door about her hungry children, while the
elder dunce (a harbinger of comic relief throughout the show) howls in
pain at a toothache. A beautiful young woman and her wounded pride
stand quiet for the handout she claims she doesn't want, while Melvin
(Daryl Clark), an unemployed young man high on gasoline, hears the
dunce's "ow-ow-ow" and begins a mockery of traditional Aboriginal
dance around the stage.
And the crowd explodes in laughter, without asking our social conscience for permission. Released from feelings of pity for the poor
'Indians,' the audience is allowed to, in the words of Ross, "see the characters as human beings that happen to be Aboriginal."
Though the comedic aspects of fareWel help bring home the play to
the audience, they are at times counteracted by the flatness of the characters. With a cast of only six and a whole lifestyle to explain, each character is a bit more archetypal than human, something that isn't helped by
the strained acting of Clark and others.
And then, of course, there's!
the aging, fattening, but still |
endearing Elvis tans. With thei
wife sporting a Priscilla-like!
bouffant hairdo, and the hus-!
band all decked out in Elvis I
attire, their absolutely goofy!
love for each other becomes!
almost envious. As the hus-!
band blames his wife for Elvis'!
death ( You killed him by buying his records and givine him 1
the money to buy all those!
drugs''}, she sits swinging her!
legs of the barstool, only to!
reach over and say, "Weve!
been unlucky in life, but luckiest in love.
Although the intervals of!
seriousness in this comedy 1
were moving (and generally
effective), the last scene unfor-1
tunately ends the play on a
maudlin note as the underly-l
ing tragedy behind the bickering of Ae pub's landlords is!
revealed. Irs difficult to be
moved by a revelation that I
occurs so suddenly and affects 1
two characters who appear
only intermittently through!
the play.
But, despite minor qualms!
with the last few moments of I
the play. Two is highly recom-1
mended. It is a good play*
A notable exception to this is the character
evolution of the elder dunce, Nigger (Lome
Cardinal), and young woman, Rachel (Cheri
Maracle) during the second act. As each seek
an identity they can be proud of, Nigger breaks
free of his hilarious but constant slapstick and
Rachel stops constantly complaining about
"hating this place." It is refreshing (and a little
overdue) and creates a beautiful parallel
between the soul searching of the individuals
and the identity crisis of the entire band as ;
they struggle for self-government.
And when fareWel says its goodbyes, the ;
show admirably gives the audience an original
message without attempting a simple resolu- \
tion to the complicated problems of reservation life. My preconceptions now demolished, ;
I left feeling more like I'd been given a peek
through Ross's "window" at the actual lives of
the characters, rather than just handed a hap- \
pily ever after.*
A Hart
full of
at the Orpheum
Feb 5 and 6
by Andrea Milek
It's a lull house. The last strains of the
warm-up fade away as Ihe members ol
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra settle inlo silence. The lights dim and the
conductor announces the name of the
person we are all hero tonight to watch:
Evelyn Hart. She's here to perform intermittently in a special program featuring
excerpts from operas by Herold.
Massenet and (iounod, as well as pieces
by the more commonly rurngniscd ballet composers Tchaikovsky and Saint-
I-"or anyone who has ever had the
slightest interest in ballet, her name is a
familiar one. She has been invited to
guest with various top companies worldwide, her artistry rennwnr-d. livelyn Hart
has a great deal to live up to. Four bars
into the first pas de deux and it's clear no
one will go home disappointed.
In just a word, grace. Something that
all dancers are supposed lo have, but
which Hart actually embodies. Every
Hfiovcmrnt has the fluid quality of a person moving through water and il
appears effortless. She has as perfect and
pure a line as can possibly exist, and she
exudes an ethereal, fragile quality Unit
make the thought of gruelling hours of
class and rehearsal seem absurd. If ever
there's a person who found her calling
she has.
To my untrained ear. the orchestra
was in good form, but no one was in
doubt about who was the main attraction ot these pi-rlorniances. Partnered in
several of the pieces with Zhang Wei-
Qiang, I lart was the tocus ol the night
and the object ot impatient waiting during 1110 pieces played alone by the
To quote the conductor, because 1
also like lo wave the maple leaf whenever it's justly deserved, "She's
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talent from across the States, and even a couple of intruders from Vancouver, in a
competition for the nation..! title. The three minute-long rehearsed poems are
judged by randomly selected members ot the audience. No snobby preconceptions
of what defines good poetry heir folks; an honest first impression is all that counts.
The poets often rely heavily on humour and stage presence to help convince the judges,
but the final verdicts seem to depend op the quality of the poems. For example, one guy
does a well thought-out and funny routine on living with baldness. But who really cares
about bald guys anyway? Another guy does art equally amusing, but inspired piece on
speaking with conviction. This is a problem most of us tac is every day, either from others, or
homourselves^ J fo^J mySeJf clapping. I
never do that. I always tnougnt
it was stupid to clap at movies.
Convictions are sometimes, well, ummm... conditional? There are other standout performances on this documentary, of course; New York's Saul Williams melds hip-hop culture and ;
obscure spirituality at a cosmic level, while Jessica Moore simply butforcefully lodges a plea for t
sexual honesty and respect.
Watch this movie. If it's not playing in the theater anymore, and you can't find it anywhere, go down to the video store, and yell loudly and eloqently in the clerk's face until
you get a positive response. Haven't you heard? It's the only way to get anyone to listen to you. ♦
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by John Zaozirny
:. Having been mildly disappointed with
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utiful, I still have .1 giiMt amount to say
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wand She's All That. But, '**
confronted with
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:an't find much to say.
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activity at Rushmore Academy. He's the
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. He's aiming for Oxford; Harvard is his
the school's worst student,
s in love with novice first grade teacher
via Williams) and becomes determined
ffection. Bringing steel tycoon, and
ademy benefactor, Mr. Blume (Bill
the act, he sets about on numerous
. Then Blume falls in loves with Miss
Uy, everything falls apart,
icene in Bottle Rocket,  director Wes
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a girl tells the film's
^protagonist,     Anthony,
that he's "very complicated."
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which is the essence of Rushmore's
charm. It's a film that never tries to be
complicated or involved, but ends up
with a tangled mix of emotions and relationships anyway.
It's not a film ol one-liners. Rather, it's a
film of scenes, something that is Increasingly
rare. Rushmore's utterly hilarious in the- theatre,
but if you try to explain the film*!?'humour to a
friend, you'll end up with a blanldoolc.    -
And yes, Bill Murray is wonderful; Incredibly
funny and sad, sometimes at the same time. Every
performance is magnificent,  particularly Jason
Schwartzman as Max. He performs so gracetpttjy in
front of the camera that it's hard to believe that this is
his film debut.
The only thing left to wonder is whether Rushmore
Willgo down as the best film of 1998 or 19991 ♦
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Surprisingly, it's
an the slower
tracks, like the
languidly charming "Ask For
Answers" and the
stirring "My
Sweet Prince,"
that Without You
__^ I'm Nothing
At the risk of repeating a cliche, let tne saySOOWS itS
that songs off Placebo's sophomore album, ffflg WOtth.
Without You I'm Nothing, have a tendency
to hit you right between the eyes. Nice   Their hit single and lead-
crunchy guitar, a pummelling backbeat and off track, "Pure Morning," is
Brian Molko's infamous voice—the catchi-3,Perufect exan]Ple In comes
, .        .        _,.«_-! r*» it the heavy industrial drone
est whtne since Billy Corgan. Please check 0{ guitar followed by a
the Geddy Lee comparisons at the door, steady, pounding backbeat
„ • •     i     -j at      i .      t     i.t   and then Molko's nonsensical lyrics. Makes for a
Surprisingly, it's on the slower tracks, hke^ poppy ^ The other <rock- tracks on ^
the languidly charming Ask For Answers ^^ follow t^ same basic formula, with lesser
and the stirring "My Sweet Prince" that results- unfortunately. "Brick shithouse," "You
Without YOU I m Nothing shows its frUCDon't Care About Us," and "Every You Every Me"
worth. Molko's voice is far more SOOthingaie fairly catchy, while "Allergic (To Thoughts of
when   he  isn't shrieking  his  Suede-apingMother Earth)" is merely mediocre and "Scared of
lyrics, and the band get to produce someGMs',bel0^
impressive work. They rock out again on the title track "Without You I'm Nothing,"
but still somehow manage to capture the charm of the slower tracks. And any album
that ends with a tune called "Burger Queen" which is actually quite sad and beautiful should get two thumbs up.
Many bands from the weepily romantic sub-genre of UK rock have tried and failed
to make a go of it overseas. It looks like Placebo might actually do it. Not bad for a
band that was previously best known over here for having a cross-dressing lead
singer. <*
If you want more proof that rock and roll is
dead, look no further.
In one of the most anemic-sounding rock
albums of the late nineties, Dig has given itself
the (in)distinction of using two guitars, bass,
and drums. Wow. One listen of this album will
leave the listener wondering if the band survived the big shake-up over at Universal
The inappropriately named Life Like
moves slowly, with each song feeling much
longer than the average three minutes. While
this may not be the worst album of all time,
it's not even remotely enjoyable.
While the album does have a few good
moments ("Bumpkin" is a fun track to listen
to), they are very far and few between.
Nothing on this albulm is new, it sounds like
an amalgamation of Brit-pop contemporaries
and alterna-crap from the mid-1990s.
The final nail in the coffin is the vocal
stylings of frontman Scott Hackwith. He belts
out the lyrics like he's inches from falling
asleep. This seems to have an infectious effect
on the listener as well.
The sad part is that we're likely to be seeing
a lot more music of this sort in the years to
come. Judging on how anemic the play lists of
local rock stations are becoming, this is clearly the wave of the future. Say it with me, folks.
Rock and roll is dead.<*
-by John Zaozirny
(GO! Records)
le Beautiful Souths Quench is a well-produced,
lelody-filled album. Despite this, I can't really imag-
te this music being listened to by anyone I know.
iowever, with a number one spot on the British
charts, it would seem that there is some mass appeal
l the fold.
The problem, for me, is that this music is rather
londescript In addition to the guitar, bass and
is, the Beautiful South also employs gently funky
keyboards and the occasional flute. This gives most of
Quench the consistency of your standard soft rock
re. As well, the use of three mildly soulful, but not
enibly distinctive, vocalists adds to the generic qual-
r of the music.
This, of course, does not preclude the presence of
standout tracks. The first single, "Perfect 10", uses
nale/female vocal interplay and a sing-along chorus
i great effect Though reaching a bit too far for polit-
cal correctness (ie: "She's a perfect 10, but she wears a
12...") the lyrics do express a nice sentiment.
Also a standout is the love song "Dumb." Here,
vocalist Paul Heaton embodies a Vegas lounge lizard,
igs take on a sardonic tone for the album's final
rack, "Your Father And I," in which two parents
explain to their child the circumstances of the child's
conception. It's when cheap motels and Taco Bell
vashrooms get mentioned that things get particular-
r nasty.
The best track of the album is, appropriately, "How
Dng Does ATear Take To Dry?," the opener. It is here that
everything good about the Beautiful South comes
Qgether. A toe-tapping, hummable tune mingles with a
lever lyric or two to yield a gem.
The album trips up when the tempo slows down and the navel gazing begins. "Big
Coin," "The Slide" and, to a lesser extent, the rest of the album suffers from this. "The
Slide" in particular, a song about the dangers of growing old, becomes bland and tiresome after the first minute. But, what do I know? This album's gone platinum in the UK.
I liken the Beautiful South to a groovy British Crash Test Dummies. I envision thirty-
somethings eagerly buying this album, then using it to exercise to. And, I imagine myself
not listening to Quench again for quite awhile. ♦
— by Duncan M. McHugh
-by Vince Yim THE UBYSSEY . TUESD,
Birds knock off top-ranked Bears
 by Bruce Arthur
It was more than your basic bare-
bones Bears-Birds battle.
The UBC men's basketball team
came out of their weekend series with
the number-one-ranked University of
Alberta Golden Bears with one win,
one close loss, and a whole lotta hurt.
"Now we know we can beat anyone," said forward Jon Fast, who was
limping on both legs and sporting a
fist-sized bruise on his left bicep.
When asked what UBC needed by
playoff time, Fast was clear.
"At times we relax too much, but
just health is the big thing." His running     mate,      forward
Sherlan John, was walking much the same way—
"Fast and Sherlan were
so beat up, not just physically, but emotionally,"
said   UBC   head   coach   jng with tllOSe
,B/^^;/T°n!!hIZ teams. Now it's
just a question of
day by day, are
the bodies going
to be healthy
—UBC head coach
Bruce Enns
"We're getting
closer to where
they are. We're
capable of play
let's be honest—they were
the better team."
The hard-fought split
means that the 8-8 Birds
have now beaten every
other team in the Canada
West at least once with
two weekends remaining
in the season. And with
fourth-place UBC all but
assured   of  hitting   the
road to either 12-4 Alberta or the 14-2
University of Victoria Vikes come playoff time, the T-Birds could do with the
"On any given night we could beat
anyone," said fourth-year guard
Stanleigh Mitchell after Friday's 90-78
win. "This is a team-booster."
"We've got to have that confidence
that we can beat anybody, and now we
do," agreed fourth-year swingman
Kevin Keeler. "They couldn't frazzle us,
[and] our big men were really phenomenal."
Friday's game showcased a balanced UBC scoring attack with five
Birds in double figures, led again by
fourth-year guard Stanleigh Mitchell
with 25. Alberta and the Birds played
back-and-forth, punch-for-punch in
the first half with no lead larger than
eight points, and which ended 40-38
for the Golden Bears. In the second
half, though, it was the number-one
Bears who blinked. UBC's oft-embat
tled offence kept pushing and combined with their sweat-and-gritted-
teeth defence to open a double-figure
lead. When the relentless Bears shrank
the lead down to 77-70 with 3:02
remaining, Mitchell drew a foul on an
aggressive drive, made both free
throws, and then combined with Jason
Bristow on a tic-tac-toe setup to
Sherlan John that effectively snuffed
out the comeback.
"I think I said to you earlier this
year that I'd be proud of this team,"
said Enns. "Well, I've been proud of
'em for a while now—they're getting
Saturday, however, the. Birds were
paying for the win. With
John nursing a painful
hip bruise, Mitchell
sporting a charley horse,
and Fast just plain
banged up, Alberta's
zealously physical start
netted an early lead
behind massive 6'8"
post Nick Maglisceau
and bruising 6'5" Ryan
Dunkley, who combined
for 21 points and 12
rebounds in the first
half. UBC rallied behind
a quick six-point boost
from first-year point
guard Courtenay Kolla,
but entered intermission trailing 35-28.
The second half was all about grit.
With spectacular second-year U of A
guard Stephen Parker twirling away
for 16 points and Mitchell fighting for
11 points of his own, Alberta kept a
slim lead that survived a long-range
barrage from fourth-year guard Greg
Sandstrom and Keeler, who combined for 23 points and five three-
pointers in 12 second-half minutes. In
the end, Maglisceau was too much (30
points and 8 rebounds) and UBC fell
"We're getting closer to where they
are," said Enns. "We're capable of
playing with those teams. Now it's just
a question of day by day, are the bodies going to be healthy enough?"
UBC now enters the stretch drive
comfortable in fourth place and
assured of traveling in the playoffs.
But that doesn't faze the Birds, who
are likely a team that nobody will
want to face come playoff time.
Provided all those bruises heal.»>
HIGH ABOVE THE MADDING CROWDS: UBC swingman Kevin Keeler (with ball, swooping) went high
above Alberta's Nick Maglisceau (44) during the Birds' 90-87 Friday night win. richard lam photo
The playolTlighls haw come and
gone again for the UBC women's
hockey team, who fell 2-0 in tho
fifth and iinal game in the South
Coast AAA female hot key league
semifinals to the New
Westminster Lightning. Now, the
Birds travel to Edmonton for the
Canada West championship
tournament at the University of
Alberta. UBC went 3-1 in the first
Canada West round robin and
stand second in the conference.
The playoff H#its grew considerably dimmer this weekend for the rrien's hockey team, who
were swept on Ihe road by the Brandon Bobcats (9-12-3) to remain four rx>in(js behind the
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns for the third and final iplavoff spot in the Canada West
UBC lost 6-5 and 3-1 to tall to 7-14-3 on the season. The Birds must sweep
the league-leading University of Alberta Golden Bears (17-5-2) at home this weekend and
hope that Lethbridge is upset by the cdlar-dweilingUniversityofReginaCougars(4-16-4).
Ihe playoff lights are bright for the women's volleyball learn, who swept the
University of Calgary Dinosaurs on the road this weekend to move into first place
in the Canada West at 13-3. The Birds won 3-0 both Friday (15-12, 15-9,15-13) and
Saturday (15-1,15-2,16-14), and will close out the season at home against thn 0-M
University of Regina Cougars. With a sweep, UBC will host the Canada West finals
February 26-28.
The playoff lights are out fur the men's volleyball team, who ended a disappointing
season by getting swept by Calgary 3-0 Friday (15-13,15-6,15-11) and 3-0 Saturday
(15-12,15-10, 15-10). UBC wound up 5-13 in the toughest conference in Canada,
and loses setter Brian Stevens, outside hitter Sean Warnes, middle blocker Derek
Schroeder, and All-Canadian Mike "Diesel" Dalziel to graduation.
UBC swimming coach Tom Johnson was named the 3M Canada West coach of the
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Birds swept
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by Bruce Arthur
The roll that the Birds were on is on hold for now.
The women's basketball team were swept by the top-ranked University of
Alberta Pandas (14-2) this weekend at War Memorial Gym to fall to 7-9 and
remain landlocked in fourth place in the Canada West.
This weekend capped a ten-game post-Christmas stretch in which UBC
have played every other Canada West team once. The Birds won seven of the
first eight, falling only to then-number one Victoria by three points January 22.
But this weekend, the new number one team in the country came into town
and took two games from UBC.
"We weren't the same team we have been since Christmas," said fourth-
year forward Jessica "Boa" Mills. "We can't get down about it, because I think
as long as we know that we can change the way we played this weekend, we
Friday night was the game that UBC could have stolen. Even with Mills
on the bench with two early fouls for most of the first half, it was a close
twenty minutes. First-year forward Jen MacLeod kept the Birds afloat with
ten consecutive points, and UBC trailed by only two points at intermission.
But as she has all year, MacLeod got into foul trouble after the intermission
and fouled out with 7:54 remaining. She finished with 12 points.
Still, UBC trailed 55-54 and had the ball with 25.5 seconds remaining, but
their final play went awry and ended with Mills driving into two Pandas and
throwing up a desperation shot as the buzzer sounded.
"The close ones, especially when they're number one and you have the
chance to beat them—it hurts," said first-year point guard Julie Smulders.
"I don't think there was a whole lot of difference between the two teams,"
said UBC head coach Deb Huband. "The second half was just a battle."
Saturday, UBC was forced to play without MacLeod, who was sidelined
with a bout of bronchitis. Huband went with a small lineup, starting guard
Brandie Speers instead and moving Stacy Reykdal up to forward against
Alberta's massive frontcourt of Rania Burns and Jackie Simon. But it was
point guard Cathy Butlin who was killing UBC with 15 points to put the
Pandas up 34-27 at the break.
In the second half, it was the 6'2" Simon who dominated, scoring 13 points
to finish with 21. Alberta pulled away on free throws for an unrepresentatively
lopsided 71 -52 victory.
"I think we were really out of sync with each other the whole weekend, but
especially tonight," said a disconsolate Mills, who finished with 14 points.
With the third-place University of Calgary Dinosaurs at 8-8, UBC could
move up to the third place with two weeks to go. Fortunately, the Birds will
play two conference doormats—the 4-12 University of Saskatchewan
DETERMINED AS ALL GIT-OUT: UBC's Jessica Mills (left) battles it out with the University of Alberta's Rania
Burns during Friday nighfs narrow 55-54 loss. UBC had won seven of their last eight coming in to the
weekend, but couldn't topple the Pandas, richard lam photo
closing their season at home against Saskatchewan. Either way, however, UBC will head to
next weekend, and then finish off at War Memorial against the pitiful 0-16    Victoria or Alberta, and either one will be an extraordinary test.
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. Meanwhile, Calgary must travel to Alberta before "We have to take this weekend as a wake-up call," said Mills.«>
Birds drown the competition
LIKE A BAT OUT OF...UH...WATER: Marianne Limpert charges through the frothing mad
waters of the UBC Aquatic Centre Friday night against Calgary, richard lam photo
by Cynthia Lee
Wild gusts of wind were blowing around outside the Aquatic
Centre, but it was the tidal wave in the pool by the T-Birds
that swept away the University of Calgary Dinosaurs at the
two squads' dual meet last Friday.
The biggest story of the afternoon was, and is, the fact
that these are easily the top two swimming programs in the
country, and UBC is clearly the better of the two.
"We got stronger and Calgary's performance tailed off
"We got stronger and
Calgary's performance
tailed off towards the
end of the competition, surprisingly. But
it just indicates that
our program has a lot
more in reserve as we
get closer and closer
to the end of the season."
—Tom Johnson
UBC head coach
towards the end of the competition,
surprisingly. But it just indicates
that our program has a lot more in
reserve as we get closer and closer
to the end of the season," said UBC
head coach Tom Johnson.
Friday's swim meet came only two weeks after UBC successfully retained their Canada West tides in Calgary. The
rivalry continues to run deep as both teams now look ahead
to the CIAU national championship to be held in Guelph,
Ontario, from February 19-21.
"It's a really good rivalry and you can never never underestimate them," said Johnson. "We expect that they'll be
pretty tough in two weeks time at the CIAUs."
But UBC swimmer Kate Brambley said the rivalry keeps
the swimming fun and doesn't go beyond the pool. "We're all
friends. We all change in the same change room; we all like
hanging out together. We're billeting them—they're staying
at our houses."
And for Sarah Evanetz, a Canadian national team member
who competes for UBC but trains in Calgary, this meet gave
her a new perspective on the longtime rivalry. "Everyone at
the meet is my teammate...the ones that I'm racing are the
ones that I'm training with. It's a cool element that I've never
really experienced before. I've got the Calgary teammates I
kind of cheer for under my breath and then the UBC teammates that I'm openly vocally cheering for," she said.
Evanetz moved to Calgary for her final semester of eligibility in CIAU swimming. "I've just been training here with this
program for so many years with [the UBC] team and these
coaches," she said. "I basically just needed a life change. I
needed something different to stimulate my swimming," she
said. After this season, she will end her varsity swimming
career and set her sights on the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Evanetz easily won the women's 100m butterfly in 1:01.15,
only 6/ lOOths of a second off her best time. But she was pleasantly surprised by her winning performance in the 400m
freestyle, not normally considered one of her primary events.
Other outstanding performances included Mark
Johnston's victory in the 100m freestyle and Marianne
Limpert's win in the 100m breaststroke. Johnston and
Limpert are only two of the 13 national team members
swimming at UBC.
But despite the remarkable number of national-calibre
athletes, the spectator turnout was poor. "It's not very often
that you have 6 or 7 people who have been at the Olympics
in one place at one time," said Tom Johnson.
"I think they don't really know what they're missing, and
maybe we need to do a bit better job of communicating that
out to people on campus."** STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
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what's on at ubc
his year there has been a lot of media
coverage examining the election
process.  Perhaps you've wondered
what is going on.
Generally AMS Elections are run by a non-partisan
committee of students. They deal with every
aspect of the elections, including hearing complaints.  If a student believes that a complaint was
not dealt with fully, that student may contact the
AMS Ombudsperson, who may investigate further
and report to the AMS Student Council.
This year, that is exactly what occurred.  A
complaint was brought against the Elections
Committee itself, alleging that the committee
biased the election results, and it was taken to the
AMS Ombudsperson for examination.
The AMS Ombudsperson investigated this concern
and then made a full report to Student Council
with two recommendations: 1) that the results of
the presidential race be rejected, and a new
election for that position be called; and 2) that
the AMS recommend that the University reject the
Board of Governor elections results and call a new
Council, after hours of debate, voted to accept the
presidential election result. This decision stemmed
from a general consensus that the AMS Elections
Committee made the appropriate decisions, in
accordance with AMS Code and Bylaws. The debate
made apparent that some tightening of the rules
for elections is required.  It is a high priority of
the AMS to rewrite the Code of Procedures for
elections and referenda in order to avoid misinterpretations in future years.
The Board of Governors elections are run by the
AMS on behalf of the University Senate. AMS
Council has no authority to deal with the results.
The recommendations of Student Council were
forwarded to the Senate Elections Committee.
Their decision was to accept the election of the
first place student, who had no complaints filed
against him.  The election of the second member
however will be redone as the results were unclear.
The unfortunate reality is that voter turnout for
these elections will likely be low as a result of
confusion as to why the race is being done again.
We encourage you to come out and vote.
The new AMS Executive are:
President: Ryan Marshall
Vice President: Maryann Adamec
Coordinator of External Affairs:  Nathan Allen
Director of Administration: Tina Chiao
Director of Finance: Karen Sonik
Referendum Results
Neither of the two referenda that were run this year reached quorum. That is, not
enough people voted on the prevailing side (10% "yes" or "no") to make the
decision binding on the AMS.
So what happens now?
CiTR: Yes: 1938
No: 1079
Without quorum, the AMS is unable to alter our fees, so the proposed fee supporting CiTR Campus Radio will not be introduced. Over the next few months, the AMS
and CiTR in the next few months will be negotiating innovative funding solutions.
Yes: 1049
We have received a message from AMS members. Of those who voted, 64% did not
support AMS membership in the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. The
AMS takes this very seriously. The AMS is attempting to establish better two-way
communication to encourage input into our decisions.
Over the next few months, Nathan Allen, as Co-ordinator of External Affairs, and
Ryan Marshall, as President, will review CASA membership in light of the referendum results. If you have feedback that you would like to be considered in this
review, please email: feedbackOams.ubc.ca
In June, the time will come for the AMS to pay our annual membership dues to
CASA. At that time, a decision will be made regarding our membership in the
1999 ams annual
general meeting ■
Friday, February 26, 1999
SUB Ftm 206-Council Chambers
• Student Council to receive the
following reports:
• AMS Financial Statements as of
Dec 31,  1998
• Auditors Report Financial
Statements as of April 30, 1998
• Presidents Annual Report
• General Managers Annual Report-
Review of Business Operations
• Statement by the new AMS
Student Legal Fund Society Annual
General Meeting
Wednesday, February 24, 1999
SUB Rm 206-Council Chambers
•Election of a director
•New membership
Everyone is welcome and new members
are encouraged to sign up at the meeting
The Multi-Lateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)
is a proposed international agreement which would
ensure foreign investors the same rights as
domestic investors.
As the MAI currently reads, the post-secondary
education market could be included as one of those
open to equal competition by foreign investors.
The AMS will make a presentation this March to the
BC Special Committee on the MAI, and would like to
include the comments of a wide range of UBC
For a detailed analysis of the effects of the MAI
on post-secondary education, see:
Please submit comments for inclusion in the AMS
presentation by February 20, 1999 to:
feedbackraams.ubc.ca. or fax: 822-9019
VcSAR m the SUB!
Everyone is invited to this annual event to be held
on Friday, February 12 in the SUB Ballroom. There
will be food, games and art displays as well as
Kung Fu demonstrations, traditional Chinese
musicians and the famous Lion Dance from 11:30
am to 2:30 pm. Many AMS clubs as well as community groups will be participating. This exciting
event is not to be missed!
Generously funded in part by the Walter Gage Fund THE UBYSSFY.
Whose Vote is it Anyway?
at loggerheads since
by Beverley Meslo
Having read various articles on the election in the campus newspaper, I decided to attend the AMS Council Meeting
last night. There have been at least 22
complaints concerning the election.
Everything from the conduct of the candidates and the Electoral Committee, to
the lack of organisation and security in
the polling system itself have been challenged.
I attended as a concerned voter and
wanted to see this "open-door
policy," that all AMS members
have been advocating, at work.
I was thoroughly disappointed.
The ombudsperson made a
thorough report on all aspects
of the allegations. He strongly recommended that the election be overturned
as there were far too many irregularities
to allow the results to stand. Every part
of the election had been compromised
from perceived biased punishments of
candidates to, in the least, sloppy
polling tactics (e.g., complaints of referendum ballots not being available, only
one person at polling booths, polls
completely closed and people not being
called in to cover the lack of staff).
I was there to speak on behalf of the
voters on one particular issue. The
Electoral Committee, because it had no
guidelines, had decided that, as a form
of punishment, one presidential candidate would not have his Friday ballots
counted. This form of punishment,
although cosdy to the candidate, is not
valid as it denies a member of the electorate his right to vote. The most sacred
part of the democratic process is the
right and obligation of the secret ballot
vote. The very idea of a representative
democracy is each individual's rights to
VOTE. No one should ever assume that
they have the power to eliminate a person's vote or decide what votes will or
will not count, If a candidate needs to
be reprimanded, there are other ways. If
it is serious then, maybe disqualifica-
tion is the only out. At least then no
votes would be counted, but even this is
questionable and should be done
immediately so that no one's vote is
wasted or at the end of the campaign
when an official disqualification and
the reasons for it can be stated to the
electorate in a formal manner. How ever
the electoral committee decides to do it,
the one thing they cannot do is arbitrarily decide whose votes get to count
(because they were lucky enough to
vote on the right day) and whose votes
don't count (because the committee
says so). Everyone's vote must count;
that's what a democracy is!!!
All members of the council were
allowed an opportunity to speak to the
motion to overturn the presidential
election. Some statements were: Yes
there is a problem but it would cost too
much to re-run the election.
Democracy is not in place because it is
the cheapest form of government. Yes it
is questionable but I don't have the time
or energy to run again. Do you then
have the time or energy to be committed to the position you have? Then there
was my favorite, I realise there are problems, but would running another race
really change the outcome? I am of the
opinion that, number one, if the electorate was made aware of
the complaints vote spreads
would change, and two, if a
     certain candidate had not
been singled out by the
newspaper as being in conflict with the rules when others were
also, or had not had all posters removed
from the polling areas from Wednesday
on, or had not had his last day's ballots
thrown out, there might have been a
much different outcome. Whether this
is true or not, the opportunity should
have been afforded the electorate to
determine the outcome. The AMS continues to ignore its constituents and
continues to keep the problems of the
council behind closed doors, effectively
not allowing the students' voices to be
heard. Is this democracy?^
-Beverley Meslo is a political science student.
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Federico Barahona
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
Bruce Arthur
Dale Lum
Richard Lam
Todd Silver
CUP Cynthia Lee WEB Ronald Nurwisah
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper
of the University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion
of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or
the University of British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey
is the property of The Ubyssey Publications
Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and
artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone number, student number and signature (not for
publication) as well as your year and faculty
with all submissions. ID will be checked when
submissions are dropped off at the editorial
office of The Ubyssey. otherwise verification
will be done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300
words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
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Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to
letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the
latter is time sensitive. Opinion pieces will not
be run until the identity of the writer has been
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising that if the Ubyssey Publications
Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an
error in the ad occurs, the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad.
The UPS shall not be responsible for slight
changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
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OK, It's Roll call time: "Jeremy
Beaulne?....Bruce Arthur?... Dale
Lum?...Duncan McHugh?...Todd
Silver?....Sarah Galashan?...Douglas
Barahona?...Cynthia Lee?... Jamie
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Andrea Milek?...Michelle Mossop?...Lisa
Johnson?...George Belibeau?...Vince
Yim?...Tom Peacock?... Oh, that's me. Humph,
Well it's pretty obvious to me that nobody is
here except me. So I guess I'll go home now.
What a royal waste of my time though.
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Rolling in the hay rides
Well, golly gee whillickers, gang! What shall we
do this weekend? Yes! A hay ride would be ever
so keen!
OK, hands up if you've said anything even
close to that without a healthy dose of irony. Be
honest, now.
Why, you ask, do we ask?
Well, of the teeming 1,182 quadsters who
inhabit the high-rising (ha!) Gage Towers, an
average of one (1) person per month purchases
one (1) condom (or prophylactic) from the
Gage Mini-Mart. One. Total.
Must be a mighty quiet place to live. Sleep
well, Gagers!
Wait just one darn-tootin' minute, now. Even
if the folks at Gage are purchasing their pleasure
parcels elsewhere, the rest can't all be going on
hayrides. And if they are, the hay has gotta be
irritating more than their hay fever, if you get
our none-too-subtle drift.
This is university, people! A place where
the erudite and the learned and the frats
meet! A venue for mighty thinking and lofty
intellects! But above all that: university is a
place to party so hard you wake up wondering
whether you do now, or indeed ever have,
owned a pair of pants.
So what's going on? Sure, the University
Pharmacy sells 1,800 condoms per month, but
if you're rocking out in Gage, or in Totem, or in
Vanier, and the longin' for lovin' is growing
stronger with every unchilled beer, are you
going to hoof it all the way to that faraway condom dispensary?
Well, you shouldn't have to. And you probably wouldn't.
Condom availability at the residences
reduces most eager youngsters to a forage-and-
gather approach to birth control. Of all the
places in Vancouver where you'd need such an
essential service, buildings crammed with hormone-heavy teens drinking should be high on
the list. Call us crazy.
So unless you want third-year kids who need
to get a babysitter in order to head to the Pit (at
least it'd keep them from the Pit), let's try to
improve the access. Because kids on the
hayride tend to get mighty itchy. ♦
stapler needs
a break
I would like to express my sincere
sympathy to the office at the
department of statistics. The trauma it has no doubt experienced as
a result of the UBC student body's
senseless exploitation of its
beloved stapler is appalling.
Having arrogandy ventured into
the office with this very intent just
the other day, it occurred to me
that something needed to be done
about this tragic situation. Given
the endless swarms of computer
science and statistics students that
wonder into the office—continuously disrupting the daily responsibilities of diligent, hard-working,
staff—it is no wonder that a strategically defensive mission was
imposed for the sole purpose of
preventing the exhaustion of the
only acceptable, and feasible,
paper bonding device in the building. Unbeknownst to me, students
at UBC in no way contribute to the
funding needed to run the many
administrative offices on campus.
In addition, they do not represent
a significant reason for the establishment, or continuance, of an
administration within the university. As such, they have absolutely
no right in asking for the miniscule
amount of compassion necessary
to facilitate minor student conve
nience. A removal of the need to
continuously carry a stapler is far
too much for students to ask. On
behalf of myself and my fellow students, I would like to express sincere apologies to the overworked
stapler that patientiy resides in the
statistics office.
Kendra Kaake
Statistics 4
Sessionals should
be in faculty
The article, "Sessionals keep on
trucking" [Ubyssey Jan 29] is so
biased I am surprised to see it in a
newspaper. I took particular
exception to Mr Burnham's remark
that the Faculty Association "just
caves in to the employers." What
does he know? Has he ever been
present at any of our bargaining
sessions? Well, I have and I can
assure your readers that the
Faculty Association has bargained
tirelessly on behalf of sessionals
over the years.
Now, under the more flexible
inclusive politices of the news
UBC administration, our latest
collective agreement has achieved
goals we've been fighting for since
the mid-eighties, including the
right of ALL part-time sessionals to
be part of the bargaining unit.
Sessional lecturers are academ
ic faculty an dl strongly believe
they belong in the Faculty
Association with the rest of their
academic colleagues.
Margot Maclaren
Sessional lecturer
Golden Key Honour
Society responds
We are in receipt of the Ubyssey
article written by Mr Irfan Dhalla
[Jan 12]. The article makes many
allegations regarding Golden Key
National Honour Society which
are unfounded and inadequately
researched. It is our intention to
provide the following response to
allegations made in order to clarify
any misconceptions.
Regarding the Better Business
Bureau: In 21 years of operation,
Golden Key has never been asked
for information nor have we had
any complaints registered by or
through the Atlanta Better
Business Bureau. In fact, the
Bureau is not an accrediting body
and is traditionally not set up to
monitor non-profit membership
organisations. The president of the
Atlanta Better Business Bureau
Edward Smith writes, "You realise,
of course, that no Better Business
Bureau can endorse, approve or
recommend any business, individual or solicitation."
Golden Key is, however, a registered non-profit 501 (c)3 organisa
tion and as such adheres to all
policies, procedures and laws as it
relates to the United States and
Regarding Staff Salaries: A volunteer board of directors determines staff salaries by researching
similar size, non-profit membership associations. The Golden Key
Board has determined staff
salaries to be in line with the nonprofit industry standard. Golden
Key has more than 50 employees
in the United States, Australia,
Canada and Malaysia.
Please note that the salary listed for the executive director
includes not only annual salary
but also deferred compensation
and benefits to be used throughout that individual's retirement
from the Society.
Regarding Scholarship Monies:
Golden Key provides multiple
undergraduate scholarships to
outstanding members at each of
the more than 270 college and university chapters every year.
Additionally, Golden Key has also
established a $2.7 million scholarship endowment which is used to
fund the graduate scholarships for
active members each year. Ten
$10,000 scholarships will be presented this year alone. The Society
also provides significant scholarships for students in art, performing arts, literature and research,
and for attendance at the interna-
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continued from p 18
tional convention. All members
are eligible for all Golden Key
Regarding Mid-Year Meeting
Location: The organisation holds a
mid-year board meeting annually
for the Society's volunteer leadership to conduct business. This
year's meeting was held in Mexico,
which is the sight of consideration
for future international development of the Society. Many US
organisations meet in Mexico due
to the advantage of the dollar on
the peso.
Next year, Canada has been put
forth as a possible location for the
mid-year meeting. The Society will
continue to meet in locations
which currently have Golden Key
chapters or which have chapters
under consideration and which
provide the most economical
Although these four points
were the most conspicuous in
nature, the organisation would
like to point out that in 21 years,
we have never tried to hide any
organisational records. In fact
Golden Key goes out of its way to
have an independent audit done
annually which is distributed to
each volunteer advisor and which
is available to any individual who
makes the request. We assure you
that we would have been happy to
release any information or financial statements if we had been
Golden Key National Honour
Society is proud to return 75 per
cent of each membership fee as
benefits and services to local
chapters and their members.
Benefits include chapter funding
($12 from each individual membership goes direcdy to the chapter as an annual operating bud
get), induction ceremonies, publications, scholarships, certificates,
chapter consulting, regional conferences and the international
convention. The other 25% is used
for administrative expenses.
We are pleased to have established a chapter of the Golden Key
Honour Society at the University
of British Columbia and look forward to the contributions its
members will make to the university and the community at large.
Since its chartering a mere 60 days
ago, the student executive has
worked hard to create a strong
foundation for the chapter that
will serve UBC students for many
years to come.
As always, the organisation is
pleased to answer any questions
or requests for information. We are
extremely proud of all that Golden
Key is accomplishing on an international level by recognising and
encouraging academic excellence.
Kali Kirkham Boatright
Assistant Executive Director
Kari Sivam
Assistant Director
International Development
Golden Key
Student apathy leads to pathetic results
by Daniel Arbour
Well, it seems like this time we blew it. Less than 10 per cent
of students voted in the last AMS election, and the student
movement could not get any weaker at UBC. Hung over
from a campaign tainted with irregularities, we stand,
scratching our heads, wondering how student politics could
be so pathetic.
Perhaps the biggest blow is the result of the referendum on CASA. Of those students who voiced their opinion, more than 1800 voted to pull out, against 1000 voting
to stay in. Convincing results? Not quite. The fact is,
according to AMS procedure, any referendum must
reach quorum in order to become policy, meaning we
needed well over 3000 "No" votes to officially be out of
the Canadian Alliance of Student Association.
So what? Believe it or not, despite the results we might
remain part of CASA. In other words, the voice of 16 people
who decided to unilaterally join CASA last summer could
prevail over 1800 others. Unjust? According to our newly
elected president, Ryan Marshall, who gathered less than
1000 votes, remaining with CASA is acceptable and in accordance with AMS procedure. Of course, we will remember he
is one of the 16 who imposed CASA at UBC in the first place.
As for our new coordinator of external affairs, Nathan
Allen, who orchestrated the campaign against CASA, he may
very well find himself sitting on board of an organisation he
despises. Absurd? Indeed, and our only hope resides with
the AMS Council having enough common sense to overrule
procedure and get us out of an unwanted organisation. If
they don't, I guarantee 1999 will be the most unproductive
year in the history of the AMS.
If anything, the CASA story teaches us democracy doesn't
work if people don't vote: the election results illustrate that the
high level of apathy completely undermines our effort to
achieve a decent student voice. Low turn out to the polls not
only leaves the impression that students don't care, but that
anyone can gain power providing they have a lot of friends
and buy a lot of beers. How can AMS leaders sit at a government table and credibly present UBC students if they speak
for 1000 out of 35 000 people? By not voting, we put our representatives in a position where they can only make fools of
themselves due to a lack of a reasonable base of support.
Even worse, student apathy has sometimes turned into
cheap cynicism. Throughout the campaign, candidates
were depicted as clowns serving their own self-interest. I
believe we should stop blaming individuals who put their
semester and reputation on the line for their ideas.
Newspapers, including the Ubyssey, should know better
than to feed sensational scoops to students; I can not begin
to count the number of people who wish there had been
more serious, informative, and critical coverage of the elec
tion. While the media were hammering on candidates and
the election committee, nowhere was mentioned the sad
inertia of the student body, perhaps because we would not
want to offend the readers?
Still, I must admit apathy is not the sole reason for the
low number of votes. Students should expect better organization and information coming out of the AMS. Hopefully
our representatives will work to alleviate the communication problem this year. At the same time, it is our responsibility to keep our ears open and keep ourselves
informed. If we don't, we have no right to complain about
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For those who are concerned about student debt, or
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leaders who are willing to put on a fight on your behalf.
Without support however, they, and in the end students, will
keep getting screwed by the right-wing wave that sweeps
across Canada these days.
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contract between our AMS representatives and the rest of
us: " In exchange for AMS leaders to take clear stands on
issues, facilitate communication, and be open to criticism,
we, students of the University of British-Columbia, will follow the issues, vote in future elections, and leave aside our
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OTTAWA (CUP)—There is little
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the United States, federal government figures show.
In fact, a large number of educated workers are coming into the
country from around the world,
contributing to a "brain gain"
rather than a "brain drain," the
study suggests.
According to an unpublished
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32,800 university-educated people
immigrated to Canada annually
between 1990 and 1996.
In contrast, only 8,500
Canadians with post-secondary
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United States.
In other words, every year
Canada gained almost four times
the number of educated workers
from the US than it lost
"And those numbers are very
conservative," said Scott Murray, a
Statistics Canada researcher and
author of the report. "The US output numbers are overestimated,
while the immigration figures are
More specifically, the study also
showed that more people with
master's and PhD degrees immigrated to Canada man left here for
the US.
The only sector in which international immigration did not outstrip emigration to the United
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In a brief paper released last
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south of the border because health
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brain drain are fighting a fictitious
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Robinson, executive director of the
Canadian Taxpayers Federation,
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"It is very flimsy mathematics
they are employing," he said.
"The brain drain is real. Yes,
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States, but their impact on our tax
base is huge."
Citing a study by the CD Howe
Institute, Robinson pointed out
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managers and professionals
moved permanentiy to the United
In the same year, roughly
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to work down south on temporary
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If you look at the $70,000-plus
tax bracket, argued Robinson, you
realise that even though this group
makes up only 6 per cent of all taxpayers, they contribute 31 per cent
of all tax revenue.**


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