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 The Sacred Art of Mandates
at the UBC Museum of
until Jan. 23
byfara tabatabai
Four        Buddhist
monks, red sneakers peeking
out from underneath modest red and
yellow robes, are on their hands and
knees on the floor of the Museum of
Anthropology. In one hand they hold
small metal tubes filled with coloured
sand and in the other, metal sticks
which release the sand slowly—
painstakingly slowly—into the design
on the floor, the design of the sand
The mandala is a pattern of
coloured swirls, lotus flowers, and
sacred symbols, all made of sand. It is
vibrant, elaborate, intricate, and also
incredibly fragile. "You have to hold
your breath when working on the sand
mandala," Tenzin, the only monk who
speaks English, explains, "One faulty
movement of the hand or the breath
and the mandala is ruined."
My history of embarrassing clumsiness suggests that standing so close
to such a delicate work of art could
prove fatal, but my curiosity gets the
better of me and I move one step closer. The closer I am, the more I appreciate the utter complexity of the mandala. It is absolutely beautiful. "The
mandala is a gift to the deities it represents," Tenzin continues. "It is a gift of
one's time and concentration. It takes
incredible patience to create the mandala and you know that when it is over,
it will only be destroyed. On Sunday, we
will desecrate the mandala and release
the sand to the sea where it will be dissolved by the elements. It is to show us
that life is impermanent. Everything
changes; nothing lasts forever."
There is truth in Tenzin's words. Yet,
oddly enough, the reason the monks
have travelled all the way here from
their home in the Dzongkar Choede
Monastery in India has to do with rescuing Tibetan culture from the strong
currents of time. Built by an ancient
king in the ninth century, Dzongkar
Choede is not only the oldest Buddhist
monastery in existence, it is also the
one with the most colourful history.
Since ancient times, Dzongkar Choede
has been the house of some of the
greatest artifacts of Tibetan culture,
including the hand and footprints of
some of its most famous gurus and the
we gotta rash since 1918
THE UBYSSEY MAGAZINE Friday, January 21, 2000 volume 81 issue 29
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DONT SNEEZE!! Buddhist monks work on a mandala at the Museum of
Anthropology. The above mandala is made solely of coloured sand
and, due to the intricate work involved, represents both inner and
outer beauty, tara westover photos
original scripts of Buddhist prayer written in liquid gold.
Unfortunately, the peaceful life of the monastery was thrown into turmoil with the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949. Although Dzongkar
Choede did not have contact with Lhasa, and so did not know the danger
posed to them by China, they were warned by a female oracle to escape
to India with their precious artifacts. Carrying the pieces of their heritage
with them in boxes, the monks stole away to India in the middle of the
night. Of the 500 monks that escaped, approximately only 50 survived the
journey and the merciless tropical climate of India. For those remaining
few, life was extraordinarily difficult. Exiled from their homeland, they lived
in poverty and near-starvation—yet they adamantly refused to sell their
artifacts for any price.
Now, 50 years later, Dzongkar Choede is fighting adverse circumstances to preserve the pieces of their cultural heritage, for which so
many monks died. "These are holy and priceless works of art and Tibetan
history," Tenzin relates, "and they are stored in boxes. Ordinary boxes.
We cannot afford to put them in a place worthy of them." The monastery
eventually plans to build a temple in India that will house Tibet's ancient
artifacts. I respectfully drop two dollars into a donation box and watch it
cushion its fall with bills ranging from $10 to $100. People are quick to
attach themselves to the Tibetan cause, as evidenced by the number of
signatures on the petitions for a free Tibet.
As the presentation draws to a close, Tenzin, in his simple, direct tone,
summarises the goal of the exhibit: "We want people to see that Tibetan
culture is not the same as Chinese culture. They are very different.
Tibetan culture belongs to Tibet and it also belongs to the whole world. If
we forget Tibet, we forget a part of our world. We lose something very
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Critic: WTO trade
goals questioned
by Teya Greenberg
Trade and natural resource management were the topics of a seminar
conducted by a notable Canadian trade critic, Steven Shrybman, at UBC
last week.
Shrybman, executive director of the West Coast Environmental Law
Association, offered a critical eye on the World Trade Organisation (WTO),
a 135-country trade agreement. He highlighted the dangers of unregulated free trade and what he called the "preposterous agenda of the
Shrybman, author of "A Citizen's Guide to the WTO," focused his discussion on the impact WTO agreements have on natural resource-based
economies, which includes BC. He argued that WTO policies are shortsighted, discussing the problem of one of trade's most basic tenets—
comparative advantage.
Shrybman explained that while comparative advantage theories
encourage regions to specialise in producing their most efficient and
cheapest commodities, the theories end up reducing natural resource-
based economies to breeding grounds for raw material.
In BC, he said that in order to ensure that the maximum value is
extracted from natural resources, the economy should diversify. Instead
of just cutting down trees, Shrybman suggested that logs should be used
to manufacture wood products.
He pointed out that the WTO, like other trade agreements, eliminates
the government's ability to impose limits on the amount of unprocessed
natural resources that are exported.
According to Shrybman, these trade rules have had a direct impact on
Canadian industry. For instance, the federal government, he said, has
been forced to overturn regulations which would cap the export of
unprocessed fish and raw logs.
But Jim Brander, professor of commerce at UBC, pointed out that
while some WTO decisions have been misguided, the importance of such
an institution in maintaining international order cannot be understated.
"If we don't have an international organisation to solve disputes, the
end result is too often physical violence. Should we solve things with battleships or through some kind of tribunal process?"
Brander said that although Shrybman's concerns are legitimate, trying to compensate for the problems by applying protectionist measures
is not viable.
Shrybman also criticised the Canadian government for defeating an
effort to ban hormone-injected beef from sale on European markets. The
European Union (EU), concerned about health issues surrounding these
products, refused to import the products from North America. Due to a
ruling by the WTO court, the EU must now pay Canada $13 million and
the US $117 million in compensation.
Shrybman said this ruling is North American citizens telling
Europeans, "you don't have the right to choose what you want to eat"—
a statement that he believes many Canadians would disagree with.
But Shrybman noted that knowledge of the WTO and the pressures
mounting against it are more widespread today than they were a year ago.
During the recent WTO Ministerial Conference, held in Seattle in late
1999, tens of thousands turned out to protest the trade organisation.
Shrybman said he is optimistic about the WTO's future—that it has
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Candidates stripped of campaigning rights
by Nicholas Bradley
Allegations of unfair campaign practices have
led to disciplinary actions against two candidates in the Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections. Their opponents, however, contend that
the issue is far from resolved.
Mike Fraser and Erfan Kazemi, both running
on the Students for Students slate, came
under scrutiny this week because of claims
that they were abusing their positions as co-
presidents of the Place Vanier Residence
Association (PVRA) to campaign against the
Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).
Students for Students and Action Now, the
two main slates in the election, have opposing
policies towards including campus residences
under the RTA, which has become a major
issue in the current election, particularly for
students living in residence.
Fraser is running for the position of vice-
president administration, and Kazemi is a candidate for vice-president academic and university affairs.
A formal complaint was lodged by the Action
Now and Students First slates on Tuesday
night, and Fraser and Kazemi were issued this
morning with a notice of electoral code violation by AMS Elections Administrator
Sukhwinder Sangha.
"After much deliberation and consultation
with both the complainants, accused, and third
parties, the elections committee...finds
[Fraser and Kazemi] in violation of the AMS
Elections Code," reads the notice.
The elections committee imposed disciplinary measures on the two candidates, including a ban on any further campaigning by either
candidate, and the removal of all of the candidates' posters from all locations on campus,
except for polling stations. According to
Sangha's letter, all of Fraser's and Kazemi's
posters had to be removed by noon yesterday.
They both remain, however, eligible for election.
"On a scale of one to ten, they hit them with
a nine," said AMS Policy Analyst Desmond
Rodenbour, who noted that other than outright
disqualification, the elections committee could
not have taken any stronger action against
Fraser and Kazemi.
Sangha explained that the candidates were
not expelled under the first decision because
he wanted to afford them a chance to "remedy
the situation or see to it that just penalities
were given."
However, as of last night, Fraser and
Kazemi's campaign posters were still up in various parts of campus, including the SUB and
various residences.
In a prepared statement given to the
Ubyssey, the Students First candidates wrote
that although they respect the decision made
by the elections office, they are "very disp-
pointed" that Kazemi and Fraser did not abide
by the terms of the ruling.
But Fraser says that he and Kazemi did
comply with the elections committee's decision.
"We hit all the major polling stations and we
got all the posters down which were in our
reach," said Fraser, who does not anticipate
any further disciplinary action.
However, Jon Chandler, Action Now's candidate for vice-president external, disagrees with
the decision of the elections committee.
"A lot of what this proves is how irrelevant
this decision was. Even if they were able to
hold up to the letter of their decision, and
make this happen, it wouldn't have had that
huge an effect because we've already had
three days of voting."
Chandler also criticised Sangha for not
adhering to the decision made by the elections
Sangha explained that although Fraser and
Kazemi were aware of the deadline for removing posters the elections committee had set,
he was being lenient in enforcing it.
He said that although he had received a few
calls shortly after 12:00pm, no one had
brought any complaints to his attention. He
explained that he was acting reasonably, and
giving Fraser and Kazemi a fair chance to
remove their posters, because it would be
logistically difficult to remove all posters in
such a short time.
"If the committee feels that our penalties
were not followed, we will look into further
action," he said.
Because posters were still up, however,
Chandler made an informal complaint to
Sangha. In a letter, he requested that Fraser
and Kazemi be expelled from the elections
because they did not remove their posters after
the deadline had passed.
But in the late afternoon yesterday, Sangha
told the Ubyssey that there would be no further
action taken against the two candidates in
The controversy surrounding the two candidates centres on a leaflet simultaneously produced by the.PVRA and the residence councils
of Totem Park and Gage. The leaflets contain
information about the RTA which Action Now
claims is both inaccurate and unfairly directed
at their platform.
Fraser, however, defended the actions of both
Students for Students and the PVRA. He insisted
that, regardless of any perceived conflict of interest, the PVRA acted on its own.
"It was done on the free will of the
[PVRA] council," he said, referring to the
decision to produce the leaflets.
"We did not speak to the motion nor
do the presidents have voting privileges
[on the PVRA]...It is our duty as elected
residence councils to inform the residents," he said.
"Gage, Fairview, and Totem all
received the identical pamphlet, which
was passed and approved by their councils," added Fraser.
Meanwhile, there is also some dispute about further alleged infractions.
Action Now also claims that Students
for Students continued to campaign, in
violation of the election committee's
According to Jonathan Fast, Action
Now's candidate for vice-president
finance, Sangha said that he had
"issued a warning" to Fraser and
Kazemi that would be ratified this morning by the elections committee.
But Sangha said that he decided
that there was no further infraction, and
that the committee would ratify that
decision this morning.
The elections committee also took
disciplinary measures against Students
First candidate Tieg Martin, who is running for one of two student seats on the
UBC Board of Governors. The commit
tee ruled that Martin violated the official postering policy, and suspended his campaigning
privileges for the remainder of the election.
Martin had been leafletting in Place Vanier
and was asked by a residence advisor to leave.
In response to a subsequent complaint, the
elections committee penalised Martin.
"It was an innocent mistake in the first
place," said Martin, who noted that he would
not appeal the decision because at this point
in the election, an appeal would have little
Perhaps because of the controversy, the
most recent vote count shows a higher voter
turnout than last year. After polls closed
Wednesday, approximately 2600 ballots had
been cast.»>
The RTA—what the
controversy's all about
The Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) is the document
governing tenancy rights across BC. At the centre of
the dispute at UBC is whether it is appropriate for students living in campus residences—who are currently excluded from the Act—to be included. Currently,
students live by university-dictated rules, and if a student disagrees with penalties imposed by Housing for
violations of the contract, they can only appeal to individuals within the university.
On one side of the argument, Action Now has
argued that students should be able to appeal university rulings with which they disagree to an external
third-party arbitrator. The Canadian Federation of
Students, as well as other student unions in BC, have
also expressed interest in expanding the RTA to
include students. They would like this right to be legally entrenched and binding under provincial law.
Since last November, however, opposition has surfaced from representatives of UBC Housing and campus residences. Supported by Students for Students
and Students First, residents advisors have criticised
the lack of consultation and they worry that the RTA
does not compliment unique aspects of residence
life, including special rules such as quiet hours.
Instead, they advocate pressuring for the creation of
an appeal body on campus that would include representatives not employed by Housing.*
Presidential candidates debate RTA, CASA
by Alex Dimson
Mudslinging and bickering on the part of candidates, and disinterest on the part of students, continued to bog down discussion as candidates in the Alma Mater Society (AMS) elections gathered on Wednesday in the SUB conversation pit.
Although the forum was intended to be for candidates for
president, vice-president administration, the student legal
fund society, and student representatives to the university
senate at large, virtually all questions from the floor were
aimed at the presidential candidates, who were forced to
shout into their microphones to be heard over the loud and
thoroughly disinterested crowd.
As at last week's forum, the debate revolved mainly around
the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA), the provincial landlord-tenant legislation. Campus residences are not currently governed
by the RTA; efforts by the current AMS external commission to
have them included have become a controversial topic in this
election. The candidates for the election's two main platforms
have argued extensively over the implications for residents if
the RTA is implemented.
Maryann Adamec, presidential candidate for the anti-RTA
Students for Students slate, declared that the RTA is not the
proper method for obtaining third-party arbitration in disputes
with UBC Housing.
But Nathan Allen, the presidential candidate for the Action
Now slate, emphasised the "need to make sure students
have the power—not the university administration." Allen
believes that the RTA could be an effective way to implement
third-party arbitration, providing the unique academic environment of the junior residences is taken into account.
Adamec challenged Allen's position, saying that Action
Now's stance "seems to change on a day-by-day basis."
Adamec also had to defend the campaign practices of two
Students for Students candidates towards the RTA. Mark
Fraser and Erfan Kazemi have come under question for
allegedly using their positions as Place Vanier Residents
Association co-presidents to campaign against Action Now.
Adamec defended her running-mates, stating that there is "no
evidence to substantiate the claims that Erfan and Mark have
abused their positions."
Adamec and Allen were also called on to explain their
stance towards the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA), a national student lobby group of which UBC is a member. Allen questioned CASA's effectiveness, saying that he is
"getting tired of [CASA members] sitting around in a circle
politically masturbating."
Adamec disagreed, saying that the association "definitely
[has] some value" though she admits the group needs to be
Voting in the AMS elections ends today, and the results will be
announced Sunday. ♦
by Daliah Merzaban
Picket lines will not go up at UBC—
at least not for another week.
On Tuesday, representatives of
Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) support staff
from BC's four universities accepted the appointment of a special
mediator to help them resolve
provincial issues concurrently.
The unions had previously set
a deadline of January 19 for the
appointment of the mediator.
Last week, the University
Presidents' Council (UPC)—which
represents UBC, Simon Fraser
University, the University of
Victoria, and the University of
Northern BC—wrote a letter
agreeing to CUPE's demand for
the provincial government to
appoint a special mediator. But
the UPC attached conditions to
the appointment, including a provision that would prohibit further
job action at any of the universities during the course of mediation.
Officials from all seven BC
CUPE support staff locals met on
Monday to discuss the conditions
of this appointment, and agreed
Tuesday to postpone any job
action until after January 30.
"We are encouraged that the
appointment of a special mediator
will mean that we can finally reach
settlements with the universities,"
said Connie Credico. a CUPE
national representative.
CUPE's rotating strike action,
ongoing during the first two weeks
of classes, will now be put on hold
at UBC. However, support staff
from UBC Local 116 will continue
to ban overtime work and will
uphold   a   "worktorule"   policy
while negotiations are underway.
The issues up for discussion
relate to wage increases. The
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two per cent over a three-year period for all public sector workers.
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Swimming Birds go Wi
by Naomi Kim
Many say that if you win three national
championships in a row, it's called a
dynasty. UBC's back-to-back men's and
women's defending national swimming
champions are looking for that lucky
third championship in a row. And white
the CIAUs are not until the end of
February, it all starts with the Canada
West championships this weekend in
"We just swim,"* said head coach Tom
Johnson, who is in his ninth year of
coaching the highly-decorated UBC
teams. "The [team] has set themselves
some goals for the CIs...We've been trying to get them focused and psyched up
about it for the last two weeks and I
think we're pretty ready to go."
At this point, only the weight of their
medal haul from last year's Canada
West swimming championships can slow
the teams down. The women finished
with ten gold, 11 silver, and six bronze
medals while setting six new Canada
West records. The men won six gold, six
silver, and seven bronze, and set one
new Canada West record.
The women's side has won five of the
last six nationals. The men have won the
last two championships. Since lastyear,
there has been minimal turnover in the
roster, and the newcomers are mostly an
asset. To put it simply, the team is looking in really good shape for another year
of domination in the pool.
Second-year Mark Johnston was a
multiple winner In freestyle events at the
World Cup in Edmonton and the GIAUs
last year. Backstrokers fifth-year Dustin
Hersee and faurthyear Mark VeRSfetd
are also swimming strong. At the World
Cup, Hersee finished fourth in the 200m
backstroke while versfeld won the 100m
On the women's side, Jessica Deglau
holds the Canadian record in the 200m
fly, and swept last year's CIAU 200m,
400m, and 800m freestyle, and 200m
butterfly. Marianne Limpert won last
year's CIAU 100m freestyle and 200m
individual medley (IM), and Kelly Doody
finished second in the 400m IM.
After impressive performances at the
Colleges Cup, the World Cup, and the US
Open Championships in December, both
the women's and men's teams sit
ranked number one in the country. UBC
leads every relay event and almost every
individual event.
"Their biggest challenge is going to
be themselves and how well they can
mentally prepare., and reach performance levels that I'm looking for as
opposed to what are going to be necessary to win theireventp said Johnson.
The competition at the Canada West
championship is somewhat low-key, but
is important as it is the first official CIAU
swim meet of the season. The teams
from across the country don't all meet
until the CIAU national championships,
and what that will be like is anybody's
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Hon or underestimate the level of preparedness that the other schools are
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by Vaness
In the press release, Titus is referred to
comic tragedy. But how such a horrifying t;
revenge.* lust, rape, and violence coul
deemed/comical is a mystery. Insightful perl
but fur/iy?
Ay the film's beginning, Titus (Ani
Hopkins) has just returned from a victoriou:
fe against the Goths, during which Titus cap
Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Jessica Lange
her three sons as his prisoners. Following cl
the existing rituals of battle, Titus sacr
Tamora's eldest son. The murder turns out
a big mistake though, as it sets off a spii
cycle of revenge once Tamora and her renru
sons are eventually granted their freedom.
One of the most abhorrent acts of rever
the brutal rape and mutilation of Titus' dau;
Lavinia (played luminously by Laura Fraser);
j—-hands of Tamora's sons (Matthew Rhys
Jonathan Rhys Myers). She isn't their only ti
though, they also go after Lavinia's husbani
brothers. AlKpf this brutality against Titus' 1
drives him mad, but it is just a sign of thin
come. \
Director Juli^ Taymor's touch can be se<
over the screeni and for the most part it is h
miss. The movements of the actors are so
watching a ballet on screen. Also, some c
production-design is stunning. However, she
cuts sortie of the action with scenes that ■ page friday—the ubyssey magazine*friday, Januarys
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by Naomi Kim
When the UBC women's field hockey team isn't on the field defending their national
championship or on the ice trying to skate and play intramurals hockey, they head to
the gymnasium—at least for three weeks. After winning their second consecutive CIAU
championship in November, the team has come back in January to train for their short
indoor season, which consists of two consecutive weekends of invitational tournaments, followed by the BC Indoor Field Hockey Tournament at the end of January. And
the fast schedule consists of an even faster game.
"It's very quick," said UBC head coach Hash Kanjee. "It's a really good game for
development—development of skills, development of position, reading the play, knowing where to be before the incident occurs...and also, good stick skills."
And after practicing indoors for two weeks—only one week for some players—UBC
hosted the first of the three tournaments in an eight team round-robin tournament featuring three university and five club teams.
UBC started the tournament Saturday with a 4-0 win over the Simon Fraser
University Clan. UBC continued their dominance against Cowichan, scoring four goals
in the first half for a 4-2 victory. Despite a 4-0 loss to the Doves, another club team,
UBC finished first in pool A by Saturday night. In pool B, the University of Victoria Vikes
dominated, including a 9-2 demolishing of the Hawks.
With the pool results, UBC faced another club team—the Meralomas—Sunday in
the semifinals. The Lomas opened the scoring 15 minutes into the game on a short
corner, on a ball that shot past UBC goalkeeper Ann Harada's left pad.
But just a minute later, UBC's Jennifer Regan tied the game with a sharp shot from
the right that beat the Lomas goalkeeper, Emily Menzies, the UBC backup goalkeeper
who had agreed to help out the goalkeeper-less Lomas. The Lomas were relentless,
however, and less than a minute later, they used a short corner and a clear shot from
the left of goal to go ahead 2-1.
After the half, Bird Colleen Jackson quickly brought the ball into the Lomas' end and
centred the ball to teammate Wieske van Zoest, who rifled the shot and beat Menzies,
tying the game again. Four minutes later, van Zoest scored the go-ahead goal, but the
Lomas answered a minute later off of a rebound. At 3-3, the game went into overtime
and, a minute in, Loma Lisa Eastman—a former UBC player—took a shot from the top
of the circle that went down the middle and straight in to win the game 4-3.
"It could have gone either way," said UBC defender Andria Shannon. "It was really,
really intense."
In the other semifinal, UVic defeated SFU 4-2, which meant that UBC would face SFU
in the bronze medal match, and the Vikes would play the Lomas for the gold.
Unlike in UBC's earlier shutout of SFU, the Clan started off the scoring after a short
corner. But Van Zoest found the ball after a scramble in front of the goal and lifted it
high to tie the game 1-1. SFU, however, then broke up a UBC defender's attempt to
pass the ball off the boards, found the open player, and scored.
After the half, UBC's defensive pressure led to a chance for van Zoest, whose goal
tied the game again, 2-2. Seconds later, van Zoest's pass from the corner found
UBC vs. SFU: UBC midfielder Stephanie Hume, left, gets the ball around an SFU player
in the bronze medal match during the UBC Indoor Held Hockey Invitational, naomi kim photo
Regan, who fired a shot in from point-blank range. With two minutes remaining, SFU
pulled their goalie for the extra attacker, but UBC held on for a 3-2 victory and the
bronze medal.
"We haven't practised all that much...then all of a sudden there's this tournament
with five games," said van Zoest. "It really takes a couple of weeks to get used to it
again, so it was a good first tournament." Schools such as SFU and UVic have been
playing indoor field hockey since November.
In the final, UVic, who lost to UBC in the last two CIAU finals, was up against the
Meralomas. In a tight game, the Vikes tied the game with only a couple minutes to go.
Regulation ended with the score 4-4, and after a five-minute sudden-death overtime
which failed to produce results, the game went to strokes, which UVic won 4-2.
UVic will be hosting the field hockey tournament this weekend before the BC Indoor
Field Hockey Championships, next weekend, in Duncan, BC.
"I don't know if everybody [on the UBC team] is going to UVic, but we're aiming for
Duncan—the BC Champs," said Harada. "I think, definitely, we're capable of beating
any team here."<»
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video. This technique takes away
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effect. Taymor directed the
Broadway version off The Lion
King and it's evident that her
strengths are better Suited for
the stage.
The biggest proble>n with
Titus—possibly related teethe
director's close relation to
stage—is that Taymor doesn't
know what time frame to set the
film in. One moment, it takes
place in ancient Rome; the next
moment, it takes place in World
War II Italy (perhaps trying to
emulate Ian McKellan's far superior Richard III). Finally, there are
scenes from the present day with
characters playing video games,
drinking beer and shooting pool.
Whatever the director's intention,
the intangible time frame serves
only to constantly distract our
attention. As well, Elliot
Goldenthal's jazzy score is nice
sometimes, but mosly it is just
totally out of place.
Hopkins and Lange are so
over-the-top that it's hard to feel
anything for their characters.
Fraser offers up the film's most
sympathetic rendition as Lavinia,
but the big star of Titus is the violence, which turns in such a horrifying   performance   that   one
becomes literally
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T^Bl-^^mm m^f 'twas a co'd ancj windyNSunday afternoon, but
■ a^JJLC^ that didn't stop a sizeableVrowd from showing
~' up to hear Grace Chan and\|ennie Such sing
at the UBC Recital Hall. The pair performed
as part of the Debut: Young ArtistsNConcert
-&W/l^'    series, which is part way through its second
season in Vancouver.
Grace Chan, a UBC graduate, appeared most\
recently as Gertrude in Vancouver Opera's production
of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette last year. On Sunday, her program included music in five different languages by, among
others, Brahms, Copland and Rachmaninoff.
Chan began with a lusty offering of Brahms's appropriately titled Vier Ernste Gesange (Four Serious Songs). Her
mezzo-soprano, with its strong, clear tone that easily takes
off into the higher octaves, suits Brahms perfectly. Chan finished her set with a cheeky little number, "Las locas por
amor" by a Spanish composer, Ramon de Campoamor.
Next was soprano Jennie Such, who, since graduating
from the Royal College of Music in London, has performed
various operatic roles around the world. Most recently, Such-
played the part of Gianetta in the Vancouver Opera productj6n
of Elixir of Love.
Such sang pieces by Wolf, Debussy and Walton. Her angelic voice was a treat to hear. In particular, the audience was
enraptured by her renditions of Wolf's Insatiable'Love and
Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis and of Waltonlsinusical versions of Edith Sitwell's poems "Daphnj2"'and "Through
-GMded Trellises." „,.,-'"""'
In^ie-finale^ChaR-joiTigS Such for two duets
including Offenbach's Belle Nuit. The two made an
odd couple with Such towering over Chan, but
the music was superb. One can only hope that
the two will  have the  chance to  perform
together again in the future.
The next Debut performance will be at the
UBC Recital Hall on February 27, with soprano Lamboula Maria Pappas, accompanied by
Gary Eng on piano. ♦
/ 21, 2000* page friday—the ubyssey magazine •
Take two, and call us in the morning
One word not commonly associated with UBC residences is
outrage. Usually, outrage in a residence comes when it's way
too late and you have to get up way too early and your roommate is having sex way too loud. With your boyfriend or girlfriend. Over loudspeakers.
But this past week, outrage has been the word to describe
UBC residences. Tenants are up in arms for the first time in
what seems like ages over something other than meal plans.
And no, nobody set fire to the place, or even pulled the alarm.
In fact, three little letters did the trick: R-T-A.
The Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) is the provincial legislation that regulates agreements between tenants and landlords, but university residences are exempt from the Act. And
this year the AMS external commission, three of whom are
running in the current elections on the Action Now slate,
decided that maybe the RTA should apply to residences. First
UBC Housing, then the residence associations, then the residents were pissed about it, and they still are. They believe
that the enactment of this act would lead to widespread anarchy and lawlessness in the residences, and that it would render res unliveable.
So because all these people are pissed, the all-candidates
forums that have been held in residences over the past week
have been zoos, with the Action Now slate facing open hos
tility from restless, angry crowds. Meanwhile, many other
candidates have jumped on the issue, and are busy fanning
the flames.
Well, the anger on campus is real, and many people feel
it's justified. Consultation of the residents themselves regarding the proposal has been minimal, and the possible implications of the RTA that have been thrown around are scaring a
lot of people. But it's getting a little out of hand.
Here's our advice: maybe everyone—pro-RTA or anti-RTA—
should just calm down. Relaaaaax. Because the RTA, as it
stands now, isn't going to happen, and here's why:
Firstly, nobody wants anarchy in the residences. Nobody
wants to wind up playing the part of Piggy in Totem's production of Lord of the Flies. So if everyone is trying to make residence life better, odds are eventually res life will be better.
Secondly, whether or not the RTA would actually kill residence life as UBC knows it is irrelevant—because the RTA is
a smoking gun. Nobody's going to touch it now. Even Action
Now has realised that it's political suicide to try—they've
backtracked like crazy in recent days—and will stay as far
away from it as possible.
Thirdly, this is not the polarised debate that a lot of people
would have you believe. Everybody involved—at least on the
student side of things—seems to agree that a system of third-
party arbitration is needed, so that students have a chance if
they feel they're getting screwed. And everyone seems to
think that there's nothing wrong with students having rights in
res. It's the method that separated the combatants—one side
thought that Housing was the viable channel through which
the system could be changed, and the other side felt that independent third-party arbitration was a preferable route.
As well, the RTA in residences isn't just a whim by some
lone nuts. The Canadian Federation of Students and various
student unions have been lobbying for student rights under
legislation for a long time, and UBC's Student Legal Fund
Society has also looked into the issue. So this isn't some
covert campaign, either.
What this furor has illustrated is that to shake this campus at all, you need two things. One, you need an issue that
hits people—in this case, literally—where they live. Two, you
need a well-organised campaign to get a message out. And
this fight has both.
But this fight, such as it is, has been won. Now if only this
amount of student activity could be re-directed at other issues
that need more popular attention—tuition hikes or a universal
bus pass are just two examples. UBC students made a difference here by getting involved. Imagine if they used that power
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Residents not informed
about proposed change
by Derek Knoechel
I would like to address the editorial
titled "Straight down the sewer"
[Jan. 18] referring to the current
AMS elections. In that piece the
author airs concerns about the
involvement of residence advisors
and various residence associations
in informing residents of the
changes that could occur as a
result of being encompassed by the
Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).
What the editor has neglected to
mention, however, is the fact that
both the advisor staff and residence associations are composed
of student leaders, and as such,
feel an obligation to ensure that
protest) without reprisal. Shouldn't
other student leaders be afforded
the same opportunity to express
themselves in a civilised, non-violent manner?
The major concern, RTA aside, is
the fact that students in residence
were not consulted about this proposed change. The current AMS
External Commission (of which several Action Now candidates are currently members) wants to achieve
this change by the end of their current mandate, which is rapidly coming to a close. Inexplicably, there
have been no AMS-sponsored student forums on this issue. Students
living in residence have many
strong opinions on such a change,
residents are informed about
issues that could affect their lives.
Such a change as being placed
under the RTA is definitely an issue
worthy of discussion. Since the
AMS External Commission seemed
unwilling to discuss the issue, even
going so far as to say that they
would pursue changes to the RTA
without the support of the residence associations, the student
leaders in residence were forced to
undertake this task. This included
organising student forums in Gage
and Totem Park residences where
AMS candidates from all parties
could debate this and other issues.
Certain AMS members have been
afforded the opportunity to act as
concerned students outside of their
elected   positions  (e.g.  the  GAP
and as result, they were expressed
in the only outlet available, the AMS
election forums.
The Action Now candidates
seem genuinely surprised at the
backlash that they have been
receiving over this issue and have
been backpedaling ever since. Even
though some of them are responsible for pursuing this policy within
the AMS, they somehow didn't
know residents' feelings on this
matter and decided to place lobbying for changes to the RTA at the
centre of their platform. Action Now
has no one to blame but itself for
focusing the election on this issue.
It seems that the members of
the AMS External Commission mis-
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Housing policy
must change
It seems that at UBC we are
plagued with the fear of change.
Any kind of move, no matter how
small or how positive, is oftentimes confronted with mass opposition. This tendency to resist
change can be seen in the hype
surrounding the issue of the rights
of residents.
As a former advisor, I am naturally very concerned about this particular debate. Therefore, when I
read Dea Lloyd's perspective on
the RTA, [Page Friday, Jan. 14] I
was glad to see that someone finally presented the issues so clearly.
During my years at Totem Park,
both as a resident and as an advisor, I witnessed numerous situations where the rights of the residents were at stake.
Under the current Housing policy, if residents are believed to have
violated the resident contract, they
must plea their own case to the
Resident Life Manager (RLM).
Unfortunately, as you can imagine,
appealing your case to an authority
figure such as an RLM  (who is
calculated when they proposed
these changes. Although the
motion to lobby for changes to the
RTA was passed on April 7,1999,
they deliberately delayed informing Residence Associations until
very late in the game. They chose
to hold a meeting with Residence
Association presidents during
Christmas exams, probably figuring that people would be too busy
to bother. Things must run so
much more smoothly when students remain apathetic.
This issue, however, has
seemingly awakened a sleeping
giant in the approximately 5000-
strong student electorate living in
residence. At one of the
Residence Association-sponsored
forums, a concerned student
inquired as to when residents
would have found out about such
a profound change to their living
environment. Erin Kaiser, a current member of the AMS External
Commission and the Action Now
backed up by the Housing staff and
the advisors) is a difficult task.
As an advisor I felt helpless. I
was unable to represent the residents on my floor, for it would
mean siding against my boss and
my fellow staff members.
Furthermore, it is not an advisor's
job to interpret the residence contract, but to enforce it. In the end,
residents are left without a third-
party to represent them against
As Lloyd stated, the easiest way
to change the existing system is for
Housing to alter its policy and
adopt an impartial third-party arbitration system. However, like most
bureaucratic systems, Housing
does not want to change.
Therefore, it would seem logical to
lobby the government in order to
instill this right for residents in the
In my opinion, having third-party
arbitration could only benefit both
residents and advisors. It would
give residents a voice, and it would
allow advisors to do their job without feeling like they had to choose
between their boss and the residents.
Sima Zerehi
Arts 3
candidate for Vice-President
Academic and University affairs
answered by saying that the elections "got in the way" of normal
discussions. Since the motion to
pursue changes to the RTA is nine
months old and legislative
changes could be made within
two months, this demonstrates
either an appalling lack of planning and coordination or a deliberate attempt to exclude residents from the process. Either
way, to borrow a phrase from the
writer of "Straight down the
sewer," it all looks bad.
Politics is often a game of calculated risks. This miscalculation
may (un)fortunately have been
enough to derail the student political careers of those involved.
Whether or not this is the case, I
hope that they, as well as other
student politicians, learn from
their mistake.*
—Derek Knoechel is a graduate student and a Thunderbird
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