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I volume 12 issue 2
Vancouver B.C.
Thursday, July 20,1995.
Whose money was it anyway?
by Peter T. Chattaway
AMS Council voted July 12 to
sue former Pacific Post Editor
Chung Wong for $10 000, pending approval of the AMS's lawyers.
The motion requires
the AMS Executive to
"file a small
claims suit...
Chung Wong
and/or Asia
Pacific Ventures [the entity which
produced Pa-
cific     Post]
and/or any other name under
which he may have previously or
may be currendy trading, to recover $ 10 000 that was loaned to
Asia Pacific Ventures and which
has yet to be repaid."
The AMS alleges that the full
debt owed them by APV is as
high as $24 492, but because they
wish to handle the matter through
small claims court, they will limit
the suit to $10 000. In addition,
the original - and only officially
authorized - loan barely exceeded
the $10 000 figure, though reports
differ as to whether it was $ 10 050
or $10 500. "We don't know
which one's correct," said AMS
President Janice Boyle, "we think
one might be a typo."
AMS Director of Finance Tara
Ivanochko said the remaining
debt was incurred due to "continual signing" on the part of previous AMS executives. Of the
total amount, about $14 000 was
spent on APV salaries. "It [the
account] just continued to overspend," she said.
Chung Wong denied any liability for the overspending. "To
my knowledge, I didn't personally receive any money," he said.
"Basically the AMS set up APV.
... They took the money, they
held the money, and who got the
money? They handled everything. Their bank, their club,
their account - Asia Pacific was
their project."
Pacific Post was originally conceived as a continuation of POW,
a monthly supplement to The
Ubyssey when the latter paper was
shut down by the AMS.
In May 1994, Randy Romero
and Tim Lo, the Directors of Finance and Administration at that
time, authorized an initial loan to
APV of a disputed $10 050, calling it "a new student initiative
designed to encourage and promote job opportunities for UBC
students in the Asia Pacific region."
" They took the money, they
held the money, and who
got the money?"
-Chung Wong
At the time, they stipulated that
APV begin repayment in January
The exact nature ofthe AMS's
relationship to APV was vague
from the start. In a memo dated
May 27 1994, SAC Secretary
Grant Rhodes stated, "Although
not a traditional club, and not a
service organization, it is unclear
yet where they [APV] fit into the
current structure. Until that is
determined, we would like to support them as much as possible."
Business cards for APV employees called the organization
"An Alma Mater Society and
Great Ideas Marketing Initiative",
and employees were added to the
AMS payroll.
The paper was shut down
when the current AMS Executive
came into office last February and
expelled APV from the SUB. According to AMS Director of Administration Am Johal, "Asia Pacific Ventures was not a club, it
was not a service, it was not an
AMS-sponsored entity, simply
because it hadn't passed through
Council, it hadn't passed through
SAC. ... In law, they call something like this ultra vires, it doesn't
fit within the context of our Code
of Procedures or By-Laws."
Some APV employees say that
they were not paid for their work.
Former Co-Managing Editor
Michelle Wong was added to the
AMS payroll, according to a September 21 1994 memo signed by
Romero, but Michelle says she
did not accept a salary during her
brief stay with the paper. "I
thought we shouldn't be paid if
we weren't producing yet," she
said, referring to the fact that the
first issue did not come out until
Former Circulation Manager
Noor Hussain, on the other hand,
joined APV in response to a
Joblink ad that promised a weekly
$375 salary, but he says he received no payment at all.
"I wanted a
contract," he
said, "but ... the
story kept changing." He has filed
a complaint with
Standards; the
case is still under
Chung Wong
was also said to
be on the AMS
payroll, according to the September 21 1994 memo, but he
insists he received no money
from the AMS. "They have no
right to sue," he said, "because I
didn't receive anything. I was
pretty much a volunteer.... I was
supposed to be employed, [but I
got] zero cents. In fact I incurred
a lot of expenses."
"We had an agreement to work
together and the AMS didn't hold
their side," Wong said. "They put
forth a lot of effort, they shut it
down, and they should be happy
that I'm not taking legal action
against them and other people
aren't either."
Wong also stated that Boyle,
Ivanochko, and Johal told him
they would treat the APV account
as a "write-off", but all three have
denied this.
"He may have considered it a
write-off," said Boyle, "but at the
time we certainly didn't consider
it [one]. We didn't want to make
any decisions on that type of issue until we'd brought the matter to Council, and now it's been
to Councu"mree^Hr«e^allcrii«e^e
still debating it, so I don't think
we ever considered it a write-off."
Added Johal, "If a loan was
paid out to a club, a society, to
whomever, eventually we are
going to be looking to get that
money back."
Romero and Lo were unavailable for comment.
Dean Marchak causes stir
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A letter to the editor in last
week's UBC Reports slamming the
validity of the McEwen investigation into allegations of racism
and sexism in the graduate political science department may be
an attempt to divert attention
from the actual problem — racism and sexism — say some faculty and student leaders.
Dean of Arts Patricia Marchak,
author ofthe letter, wrote that the
report is "deficient in principles
of natural justice," and that "there
is a persistent assumption of guilt
by virtue of accusation."
Marchak further said in an interview with The Ubyssey that the
report did not give a balanced
account of allegations presented
in the report.
The McEwen report does not
only highlight allegations made
against professors by students in
the department though. It also
documents a 1992 external review critical of the department -
and Marchak's rosy response to
the report.
The 1992 external review
- a faculty largely "working
with paradigms which are somewhat dated;"
- women are "heavily under-
represented on faculty, and in the
graduate program;"
- an "unusually high level of
discontent among students, both
PhD and MA. Complaints
ranged from matters of course
content and requirements, to
sexual harassment."
Marchak's response to the external review, however glossed
over the problems raised. In a
March 3, 1993 memo to the poli
sci department, Marchak wrote "I
am sure [the report] will please
you. It provides a most laudatory
comment on a fine department."
She added that the review would
remain confidential.
And in a memo to then Vice-
President Academic, KD
Srivastava, attached to the political science department's response
to the external review, Marchak
said that the recommendations in
the external review were being
Marchak wrote: "I think the
file should be closed on this Report, as no further action on the
part of the Dean's Office is required and the department has
this situation well in hand."
Graduate Students' Society director of external affairs Steve
Wilson said that Marchak's recent
criticism of the McEwen report
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is a result of her being caught off guard by the report's findings. "When [Marchak] drafted the terms
of reference, she fully expected that whomever wrote the report would come down on the side of the
faculty. She didn't consider what would happen if the report found problems of racism or sexism" said
He added that he thought Marchak was "trying to deflect criticism away from the content of the
report and specifically away from criticism of herself and deflect it on to the McEwen report."
In a letter to the editor printed in The Sun last week, associate law professor Claire Young and 21
other faculty members distanced themselves from critics of the report.
One such faculty member is education studies professor Jean Barman. Barman said that "When
there is what appears to be discontent from students as in the report, then we must give those problems
some serious consideration."
And ajuly 18 story in The Sun quotes associate history professor Paul Krause as sayiong "This report
has allowed many faculty who are dismissive of sexism and racism to portray themselves as the victims."
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Prepared by your Student Society AMS prepares to sue over Asia Pacific Ventures
by Scott Hayward
The Alma Mater Society is taking legal action against former
student Chung Wong and may
sue several former directors,
pending legal advice. All this was
decided in a four hour closed
meeting on July 12 based on a
report by Lynn van Rjihn, Vice
Chair ofthe AMS Finance Commission.
Council went in camera to discuss the report, and came out only
to vote on the motions debated.
The AMS Code of Procedure prevents any voting on motions while
in camera. At the end of the gruelling discussion, all other business
on the agenda was postponed until their next meeting.
After the meeting councillors
were tight-lipped about what was
said in the meeting and the van
Rjihn report. Written copies ofthe
van Rjihn report were carefully
collected by AMS executives.
"I can't tell you what was in [the
report], it was in camera", said
Director of Finance Tara
Ivanochko. Some councillors were
not even willing to confirm the
existence ofthe report, while others were vague when asked spe
cific questions. "There are a lot of
issues involved," said another.
Two motions were passed signalling the start of two separate
legal proceedings. In the first,
council instructed AMS president
Janice Boyle to seek legal advice
on the various options of recourse
against former directors involved
in the Asia Pacific Ventures
(APV) affair.
The second motion instructed
the Executive Committee to file
a small claims suit against Chung
Wong and APV in order to recover $10,000, again pending
advice. The AMS agreed to loan
this amount to APV but has not
yet been repaid.
Details of van Rjihn's report
will be released some time soon.
"We'll be putting together a press
release once we run it by our lawyers," said Boyle.
On March 15 council asked
three former executives to resign
from all positions they held
within the society pending an investigation of the APV issue by
the    AMS    Ombudsperson.
Former AMS president Bill
Dobie, Director of administration
Tim Lo and Director of finance
Randy Romero were asked to
step down. Although these motions were rescinded by council
one week later, Dobie, Lo, and
Romero have not attended any
committee meetings since.
AMS Ombudsperson Tamara
Bourn was unable to determine
what happened. "Everybody she
talked to gave her a different
story. Because she felt legally vul
nerable she did not present the
facts as she saw them," said Boyle.
Council then asked the Finance Commission to investigate
the APV accounts, resulting in
van Rhijn's report. "They asked
the Finance Commission to do an
audit and look at all the transactions in the account... and compare that to Code and Bylaws that
were effective at the time," said
AMS execs enjoy
their Miller time
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
AMS executives Janice Boyle
and David Borins met with a
shoeless BC Minister of Skills,
Training and Labour Dan Miller
last month to discuss future tuition and post-secondary education policy.
The executives' intended to
solicit the NDP government's
support for student issues, including a government imposed tuition
cap and support for a post-secondary education conference tentatively planned for November.
on what percentage of operating
costs the university could pass on
to students.
Boyle said that an operating
cost limit would be a good step.
"Right now there is no forced incentive for the university to save
money," she said.
Boyle also said that Miller
seemed to be supportive of AMS
plans for a conference on post
secondary education involving
student, faculty, business and government representatives. Miller
sounded impressed that the conference was being planned by stu-
"Miller gives it to you straight up,
he doesn't bullshit a lot.
We all smoked [cigarettes] the
whole meeting and he wasn't
wearing any shoes."
—David Borins
AMS coordinator of external affairs
While Borins said that Miller
was against a tuition cap, the coordinator of external affairs had
a great deal of praise for Miller.
"Miller gives it to you straight up,
he doesn't bullshit a lot," said
Borins. "We all smoked [cigarettes] the whole meeting and he
wasn't wearing any shoes."
And while Miller flat out rejected AMS suggestions for a provincial tuition cap, he said he
would consider imposing a limit
dents, said Boyle.
Boyle said she was hopeful that
the NDP government would
eventually sympathize with students. She stated that when provincial transfer payments increased, health and social service
funding went up, while education
funding remained constant. "It
would be ironic if education funding was the first to be cut in the
face of transfer payment decreases," said Boyle.
About two hundred silver maple trees that line University Boulevard have a date with a chainsaw, the Ministry of
Transportation and Highways announced last week. The trees to be cut, found on the Boulevard between Blanca and
Wesbrook Mall were planted about 60 years ago, said Kate Roach, area manager for the ministry. "I
t's a problem for powerlines, and a large branch fell onto a bus." Improper pruning is responsible
for the trees' poor health, Roach added. Asked if the branches could be trimmed instead, Roach said even the trunks
were at risk of falling down from wind or the weight of snow.
The trees' removal will begin between August 14th and 25th and will require the full closure of University Boulevard.
Concerned university-area residents were to meet with the ministry Tuesday to decide which type of trees would
replace the felled maples.
The   old   maples,   or   "Acer   saccarinur,"   may   go   to   the   Boy   Scouts   to   be   sold   as   firewood,
or to local artisans for wood carving.
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Another Roadside Kicks Lollapalooza's Ass!
Another Roadside Attraction
7 days ago at Thunderbird
by Patrick McGuire
Smorgasbord sweet smorgasbord - thirty thousand frenzied
music fans dined on a feast of musical variety at last Thursdays
Another Roadside Attraction.
As with festivals of this kind, it took on the status of a
multimedia event, with incense for two bucks, Gravitrons and
Volleyball, an Internet tent, thousands of cool-Hippie-knick-
knacks-stands, over the counter herbal ecxtasy and a lube-o-
rama tent that gave out AIDS info, free condoms and astroglide
lubricant cumming to a waterbed near you.
The rheostatics melded sweet harmonies with rhythmic-
old-Bowie/Waters-style screams to make tight psychedelic jams
that sounded similar to old Floyd with energy.
Matthew Sweet's straight-ahead teenage-angst boy-meets-
girl songs got the crowd dancing, though he was the harbinger
of the first teenage-mosh tragedies.
Blues Traveler was in serious danger of putting every other
band to shame with some mind-blowing roadhouse blues.
Lead singer and harmonica player John Popper was the round
mound of reverb as he displayed harp speed fast enough to
get a ticket on the Autobahn. During their scat version of
follow the leader, the crowd might as well have been yelling
back "Free the Weed", and fortunately a majority of them
Next, campus veterans Spirit of the West followed with a
number of songs that left me thinking that I'd been there
before (I had). While lack of space did not allow for the usual
highland flinging, many in the crowd did show a remarkable
ability to bounce.
Next on the list was the Marley Clan with a bit of nouveau-
rasta music. Ziggy Marley, with the genes of a legend, suffered
from some major sound problems at the beginning ofthe set
but eventually got it together with some more rootsy sounds
from his earlier albums. His new songs were too hip-hop
oriented to have the soul of true reggae. The highlight ofthe
set was when his sister stole Ziggy's good mic to belt out the
chorus of Daddy's 'Could You Be Love'. Keep it simple and
don't try to sell, Ziggy.
And then there was Hip.
Gordon Downy, in classic Hip fashion, writhed on stage
like someone covered in bugs, all the while taking mouthfuls
of really bad-tasting cough syrup and making the appropriate
facial expressions. His manic movements bordered on
catatonic as the tightness of the supporting Hip drove the
Counter-clockwise fmm top right: Gord Downy ofthe Tragically Hip; Ziggy Marley; Blues Traveller John Popper; one
of thirty thousand Roadsiders surfaces for a better view. Chris Nuttall-Smith photos.
dancing masses to a state of intense euphoria.
He talked politics in shorthand, thanking our hosts the
Musqueam Indian Band who, "as we all know, have always
owned this land," and dedicating 'Trapped in the Trunk of a
Car' to Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
The truly vintage moment was when Downy described 'The
Inevitability of Death' to "some cock sucker" who threw a
shoe at him.
While this Roadside Attraction was unable to touch the
energy of the last tour two years ago, it was a showcase for a
lot of exciting musical talent. It was the festival ofthe summer
for those disappointed by a lackluster Lollapalooza.
Annie surrenders her sun to 13th-century patriarchy
Annie Get Your Gun
at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park
until August 12
by Jessica Woolliams
Annie Get Your Gun first opened in 1946.
It was the biggest Broadway hit ofthe season,
running for 1 147 shows in New York; it lasted
four years in London. Even for its time, it
wasn't cutting-edge; set in the 1800s, it was
nostalgic entertainment.
Annie is set in one of those insane pockets
of space and time when men were men and
women   were   smiley   and   wide-eyed.
Champion sharpshooter Frank Butler (Steve
Maddock) describes "the girl that I [will]
marry" as being "a doll I can carry". This is
why it is such a surprise ("jumping
geraniums!") when he comes to town and is
beaten by Annie Oakley, a rustic misfit who
earns her living hunting. This starts the battle
ofthe sexes and, of course, a love story.
This is a Rodgers and Hammerstein
production with music by Irving Berlin. In
its inaugural run, Ethal Merman played Annie
Oakley. These are all household names.
Theatre Under The Stars does have an
audience; opening night was packed. Crazy
characters like Chief Sitting Bull, classic
American entertainment shmoozes like
Charlie Davenport, tap dancing and rousing
choruses like the favorite 'There's No Business
Like Show Business' make Annie entertaining
and energetic.
However, a downtown theatre company in
an increasingly cosmopolitan city should not
only pay homage to past great theatre, it
should address modern life with modern
works. TUTS consistently presents older
musicals. Why not present something new by
Steven Sondheim or, if that is too risky for its
traditional audience, try a known favourite
like A Chorus Line*.
Whether or not Annie qualifies as Great
Theatre is itself questionable; it takes more
than entertainment to deserve this title. The
final scene, in which Annie realizes she must
lose the rifle match in order to marry Frank
Butler, trivializes Annie's serious attempts at
empowerment. Frank must get back inside his
comfort zone of patriarchal dominance.
Similarly, "Indians" are reduced to speaking
with the preschool-style see-spot-run dialect:
"Chief like Annie." These may have been
small oversights in 1946, but in 1995, they
ought to be shelved.
{Spending the weekend with some mighty fine &lk
Musical folk of all ages spent four days last weekend sampling the sights and sounds of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach Park. Andy Bonfietd photo. Bard on the Beach - Why po We L,ike It jSo9
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The Comedy of Errors
at Vanier Park until September 17
by Diana Stein
Staging Shakespeare in an untraditional
context can be a risky proposition. If it doesn't
work, the chosen setting appears pointless -
as if the director didn't trust the material and
was desperate to be different at the expense
of being good. If it does work, however, it
happily results in a piece of work like Bard on
the Beach's The Comedy of Errors.
Director R.H. Thomson has set the
comedy of mistaken identity in the present
day and the production is replete with cellular
phones, security systems, and briefcase-toting
businessmen. The plot revolves around the
confusion created by two sets of identical
twins who know nothing of each other's
existence. This is basically a one-joke premise,
but Thomson has spared his cast and the
audience the pain of milking it- to death by
packing in enough originality to fill a season
of plays (this production marks the first time
I have ever seen Shakespearean actors
Saranwrapped on stage).
The actors' bits of stage business and the
technological gadgetry of Ron Fedoruk's set
offer a commentary on the trappings and
rituals of modern North American society, and
they are funny enough to make this reviewer
grateful for a hereditarily strong bladder. Allan
Zinyk, as the goldsmith Angelo, and David
Hay and Laurier DuBeau as the two servants
both named Dromio particularly stood out
among an almost universally strong cast. (A
few days after opening night, Hay's leg was
broken in an auto accident; DuBeau and Glyn
Thomas now share his role.) Hilary Strang's
performance as Adriana, the wife of one of
the twins named Antipholus, unfortunately
wore on my nerves early in the play, but if her
intent was to portray a shrill and annoying
Ivana Trump-like socialite, then she filled
those little gold lame sandals to a fault.
Overall, however, this production
combines the best of all worids: laugh-'til-you-
cry physical comedy performed by actors with
a solid grasp of classical text, presented in a
modern setting that actually adds to the
subtext of the play - and all of it framed by
the breath-taking view from Vanier Park. One
final note for Bard on the Beach veterans: nice,
. t ■ *
The Dromio doppelgangers (even their reviewer can't tell 'em apart) toot their saxophones in Bard on the Beach's Comedy of Errors.
cushy new chairs have been donated to the
theatre company by various contributors, so
still bring your jackets, but leave those pillows
at home.
No, It Tastes Great!
at Vanier Park until September 17
by jim Rowley
Sometimes it takes more guts to do
something ... old.
Probably every generation since
Shakespeare wrote The Tragedy of Hamlet,
Prince of Denmark has tried to claim it by
changing it. But Hamlet does not need to be
"modernized" to be relevant or accessible in
1995 or any other time.
Douglas Campbell, director of Bard on the
Beach's current production, agrees. The set
and costumes are simple, the action takes place
where and when Shakespeare intended, and
it is left to the actors and the language to tell
the story. Sound stale? It isn't.
Scott Bellis, in the tide role, is exhilarating
to watch. He quickly shakes off the oppressive
cultural significance of his character and
reveals an ordinary man in extraordinary
circumstances. Bellis communicates Hamlet's
inner turmoil with clarity and range,
catapulting from one extreme emotion to
another, often in mid-line. He succeeds to the
point where it is difficult to separate actor
from character. With so fascinating a
character, that's impressive.
The rest of the cast is strong, but seem to
fade into the background of Bellis' Hamlet.
The last-minute panic due to the truck that
hit David Hay (cast as Laertes and Lucianus)
the night before opening night may have
thrown many of the cast off their stride, but
how does one excuse the fact that Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern are Dull? Small roles can
give big laughs, however, and Allan Zinyk as
Osric proves it, even if R&G don't.
Surprisingly, the theater's beautiful setting
in Vanier Park does not detract from the
tragedy of Hamlet. In fact, Campbell makes
clever use of the natural light when, as the
Ghost, he appears dark and obscure against
the bright sky behind him.
As a production in its own right and as a
contrast to The Comedy of Errors gimmicky
slapstick, Hamlet makes for an enjoyable
evening of bard-worship. You'll be surprised
to discover it's already 11:30.
Clueless Blonde Belles from France get L.A.'d
Belle De Jour
at the Park
by Peter T. Chattaway
28 years after its initial release -
and 15 years after it was last seen in
North America - it's somewhat difficult to understand just how controversial Belle De Jour originally
was. Luis Bunuel held his film's
somewhat kinky, if refined, eroticism at arm's length, and consistently avoided the frontal nudity
shots his American contemporaries
had just discovered so that he could
play with the power of suggestion.
Belle De Jour's understated sexuality may have evoked a hitherto
dormant prurience in its viewers
that had more to do with what was
buried in their minds than what was
actually flickering on the screen.
Censors forced to face their own libidos do overreact.
They might have been more
grateful. Considering who directed
it, Belle De Jour is remarkably re
strained. Bunuel was the master surrealist who started his first film,
1925s Un Chien Andalou, with an
extreme close-up of a razor slitting
an eye, and whose subsequent films
were peppered with masochistic orgies and hermaphroditic Christs. As
wellsprings for controversy go, one
might think Belle De Jour would be
comparatively dry.
Taken on its own terms, the film
itself has aged quite well. The plot
concerns a newlywed, Severine
Serizy (Catherine Deneuve), who
indulges in violent sexual fantasies
but cannot bring herself to sleep
with her husband. When she discovers that a friend has found a way to
earn some extra money by working
in a brothel, Severine hesitantly,
tenuously, decides to check out this
job opportunity.
She's not in it for the money,
though. Salary never figures into the
script. Instead, prostitution becomes
a way to live out her fantasies: the
brothel's customers - who only know
Severine by her nom de vavoom
'Belle De Jour' - come to prize her
for her complete lack of inhibitions.
One, a greasy felon named Marcel
(Pierre Clementi), cherishes her so
obsessively he starts to hack away at
the unseen veil that separates her day
job from her nocturnal home life.
Similarly, Bunuel begins to fray
the line between dream and reality,
though his attempts are slightly undone by the subtitles, which adopt
different styles to differentiate the
two settings. The press kit dares to
suggest a "psychoanalytic insight"
looming in his work, but Bunuel
himself was notoriously resistant to
psychological interpretations of his
Not that this will stop many
people from interpreting, analyzing,
and otherwise discussing Belle De
Jours thematic merits. But now that
Martin Scorsese and friends have cajoled this classic out of its 15-year
solitary confinement, at least we
newbies can join the debate.
at the Capitol 6
by Peter T. Chattaway
I've never cared for highschool
movies. The improbable combination of oppressively sunny vistas and
epidermally correct beachniks bore
no relation to anything here in drizzly ol' Vancouver. My supposed
commiserants in that hellish state
known as adolescence always
seemed downright alien to me (then
again, they were mostly from L.A.).
Clueless is cast firmly in this
mould (the first line in the film compares the opening montage to a
Noxema ad), but for once these
aliens are actually interesting. The
film is, of course, largely a vehicle
for Alicia Silverstone. With a
dreamy gaze and lips that curl up
for clear annunciation, it would be
belabouring the obvious to say she's
'pretty', in a 'cute' sort of way; if
Cybill Shepherd ever bore Macaulay
Culkin's love child, Alicia would be
it. As Cher, she's the sort of self-
assured loner who delights in matching romantic couples with the programmatic efficiency her computer
uses to match her clothes.
Following the episodic travails of
an upscale, teenage Yenta may not
sound like a barrel of laughs, but
Clueless is a surprisingly savvy bit of
potboiler filmmaking. From the
casting of dwarfish egghead Wallace
Shawn (My Dinner with Andre) as a
teacher in need of a "boinkfest" to
the homoerotic subtext of Alex
North's 'Oysters and Snails' (a track
lifted from the restored Spartacus
soundtrack), Clueless consistently
dishes out accomplished actors and
pop-culture references that go considerably beyond the miserably short
memory of most mall rats.
Sure, it's an utterly predictable
lightweight film, in a non-linear sort
of way, and it drags on a bit longer
than it needs to, but it's a heck of a
lot smarter than most comedies I've
seen about, say, university. w-nmpBHamni
If a tree falls...
Charles Dickens once wrote "Change begets
change. Nothing propagates so fast." Just as the
long row of silver maple trees which have kept
watch over University Boulevard for 60 years is
coming down, the old guard from the regime of
former AMS President Bill Dobie is rapidly being SUB without qualifying as an AMS club or service
While the details ofthe APV affair are sketchy at
best, we do know several things. The
Ombudsperson reported that parties involved
disagreed radically on what occurred. The organization was given much sought after space in the
How well the outgoing AMS executive tended
the student's society is now under scrutiny. The
new AMS executive has no political interest in
hiding its predecessors' failures, trumpeting their
successes, or keeping their skeletons in a closet
organization. They received almost $25,000 of
student's money instead ofthe $10,000 that was
approved by council.
Last November 18, students were offered a free
rock concert featuring Spirit of the West as incentive to come out and vote in favour of a new set of
The institutional memory of last year has largely By-laws. Disinterested students stayed away in
been forgotten as new members take root at the      droves, and the motion died due to lack of quorum.
Council table. Amid allegations of improper The cost of consulting fees to help restructure the
behaviour in the Asia Pacific Ventures debacle, the AMS and the failed concert exceeded $100,000.
failure of an expensive referendum to change the   Ironically, that concert played a major role in
AMS By-laws, shutting down The Ubyssey, and facilitating change in the AMS - namely tighter
rampant overspending, new councillors see little to fiscal controls including bi-monthly reports to
laud in the legacy of the former regime. council showing expenditures to date.
Finally, the AMS must now grapple with
paying for the fiscal irresponsibilities of last year's
government It is a sad legacy that for the next five
years the AMS will have to stifle new initiatives
and cut services in order to cover a $50,000 line
item to pay for the excesses of last year. Students
will be paying for the old guard long after its
members have graduated and moved on. Budgetary recklessness by fiscal conservatives has forced
their more moderate successors to act like fiscal
conservatives. This really shouldn't surprise
anyone though, the same was imposed on the
federal Liberals by Brian Mulroney's government
But from the blighted governance of last year, a
new force has sprouted in AMS politics to replace
it One which claims to cultivate policies over
politics, student issues instead of bureaucratic
concerns, and activism in place of the status quo.
How well it succeeds, only time will tell. But if a
tree falls in the forest, The Ubyssey will be there to
hear it.
July 20, 1995.
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The s.s. Ubyssey was not a happy ship. Scott Hayward overheard Andy Barham and Diana Stein complaining about the lack
of action. Peter Chattaway, high up in the crow's nest yelled,
"there be a ship ahead me hearties!" Siobhan Roantree ordered
Jim Rowley to steer towards the target. Stanley Tromp opened
this ship's weapons locker and gave cudasses to Charlie Cho,
Rodney Snooks, and Melissa Kramer.
Bureau Boy, happy now that his work is appreciated fired the
cannon at the target's sails, immobilizing it. Jessica Woolliams was
heard to say, "Shiver me timbres, it's the treasure ship."
Trent Ernst was the first to swing across with a dagger between
his teeth. Andy Bonfield and Paula Bach were right behind him.
They rounded up Chris Nuttall-Smith and tied him up.
James Rowan was dragged up from below decks and forced to
divuldge the location of the treasure. The surly pirates grew tired
of listening to Pat McGuire and Andy Ferris. The hapless pair
were made to walk the plank.
The holds were filled with treasure and the happy crew headed
for home.
Coordinating Editor: Siobhan Roantree
News Editor Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
Photo Editor: Chris Nuttall-Smith
Production Coordinator: vacant
inaction in
I congratulate Joan
McEwen on her perceptive
report. The Board of
Governors of UBC should
hire her to report on the
administrative aftermath.
It is disappointing that
the Dean of Arts did not
disclose her personal
interest in attempting to
overturn McEwen.
In fact, there should be a
re-examination of
administrative practices by
the Dean of Arts and the
Vice President Academic.
It appears in the following
two quotes from the
McEwen report that
neither were operating on
accurate information.
"The Dean of Arts, who
shared the Head's view
that a situation as
potentially divisive as that
which occurred at the
University of Victoria must
be avoided at all cost, told
me that she had no reason
to question the efficacy of
the steps being taken by
the Head, and the Vice-
President Academic stated
that he had no reason to
question the assurances
given him from time to
time by the Dean of Arts
that the matter was well in
hand." (p. 118)
"When I asked the Dean
of Arts why no follow up
action was taken in respect
of the department's request
for clarification [about the
External Review], she
replied that she was
extremely busy at the time,
and has no recollection of
"shutting down the
process" as alleged by the
students. The Vice-
President Academic stated
that — although the review
process was jointly
sponsored by himself and
the Dean of Arts, and
although he received the
reports of the external
reviewers — he has no
specific recollection of
having read them." (p.121)
It is essential that the
Political Science graduate
students and their
professors form a response
group. Amazingly, when I
called the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research
Council to discuss the
recommendations about
team grants (p.16), I found
that neither the students
nor the professors had
The student and
professor task force should
ask the University of
Toronto's Ombudsperson's
office to analyze the
McEwen report.
Also, the professors and
students in Political Science
should focus on language.
Low-grade provocative
metaphors have been a
real problem in this
The Political Science
department must create
powerful writing courses. It
is not fair to say students
cannot write when
university teaching of
writing is weak.
Clayton Burns
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The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, July 20,1995. opinion/news
Mumia Abu-Jamal needs you now
Join the campaign to stop this racist "legal lynching "
We are in a race for time with the
forces of death who want to kill US
political prisoner Mumia Abu-
Jamal. On June 1, Pennsylvania
governor Tom Ridge signed a
warrant for Jamal's execution, on
August 17.
Jamal has been on death row for
13 years, falsely charged with the
killing of a Philadelphia cop. A
former Black Panther Party
spokesperson, a supporter of the
Philadelphia MOVE organization
and an award winning journalist
known as the "voice of the
voiceless," this renowned champion
of the oppressed has been targeted
for death solely for his political
beliefs. They want to make Jamal's
the first political execution in the
US since the Rosenbergs in 1953.
The papers for a new trial and a
stay of execution file don June 5 by
Jamal's legal team set forth new and
unequivocal evidence of Jamal's
innocence and detail the multitude
of constitutional violations that
paved the way for his conviction
and sentence. FBI documents on
Jamal show that from the time
Mumia was a 15-year-old
spokesperson for the Black
Panthers, he was the subject of
constant surveillance and numerous
frame-up attempts by the cops and
the FBI.
Jamal has been in the cross hairs
of the notoriously racist
Philadelphia cops for 26 years. As a
student activist and then as a
journalist, Jamal fought against the
segregation, unemployment and cop
brutality faced by blacks in
Philadelphia. On December 9, 1981,
the cops tried to kill Jamal in the
streets. Then working as a cab driver,
Jamal happened to be in the areai as
Jamal did not, could not, and would
not now be allowed to have a fair
trial. Simple justice demands that
Jamal be set free immediately!
Mumia Abu Jamal has become the
focal point of the fight against the
racist death penalty. The death
penalty is the centrepiece of the right
his brother was pulled over by police
officer Daniel Faulkner. A moment
later, Jamal was on the ground with a
near-fatal bullet in the chest and
Faulkner lay fatally wounded.
Eyewitnesses saw a third man run
from the scene, and the medical
examiner judged the bullet taken
from Faulkner to be a .44 caliber,
whereas Jamal's gun was a .38. But
this and all other evidence proving
Jamal's innocence was suppressed by
the cops, court and prosecution.
Jamal got the death penalty on the
basis of his political record as a
former Black Panther member.
Mumia's "trial" was a mockery of
justice, hopelessly tainted in every
respect: evidence was suppressed,
witnesses were coerced, black jurors
were purged. In Clinton/Gingrich's
America, what possibility is there for
a valiant fighter against oppression
like Mumia to find justice in the
criminal court system? Mumia Abu-
wing backlash for racist "law and
order". In Canada, the Reform Party
is spearheading a similar offensive to
bring back capital punishment. It is
precisely because Jamal is an
eloquent beacon of strength in the
fight against racial injustice that the
forces of reaction and repression
want to silence him by execution.
This racist legal lynching must be
Around the world, thousands have
joined in protests to save Mumia
Abu-Jamal. Trade unions
representing millions of workers have
raised their voices for Mumia, from
the International Longshoremen's
and Warehousemen's Union in the
US to the Transport and General
Worker's Union in Britain, the CGT
union federation in France and the
Congress of South African Trade
Unions. The Canadian Union of
Postal Workers, and the New
Democratic Youth are among
those who have spoken out in
defense of Jamal. In June, Jamal's
cause was taken up by workers
protests of 15,000 in
Johannesburg, South Africa and
70,000 in Rome, Italy.
It is urgent now to save the life
of Mumia Abu-Jamal. While
availing ourselves of every legal
resource, death penalty
abolitionists cannot expect justice
from the capitalistic courts. We
must mobilize mass protest
seeking in particular to tap the
social power of the organized
working class.
Jamal's case is what the US
death penalty is all about. This
institutionalized racist murder is a
legacy of slavery. It goes hand in
hand with the extralegal terror of
the KKK and summary
executions by cops on the street,
aimed at intimidating all black
people. Our fight against the
death penalty is part and parcel
of the struggle to do away with
racist state repression once and
for all through North American
socialist revolution. Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal! Abolish the racist
death penalty! Join the campaign!
Call us at 687-0353.
Spartacus Youth Club
July 11, 1995.
Charter Banks provide healthy competition for student loan
By Paul Andrew
Dramatic changes are in store for
university students who are relying on financial aid to pay for
post-secondary education in the
upcoming school year.
Before now, students requiring
loans to get them through the
school year have been able to
choose from a number of major
Canadian banks, making the process more streamlined and less of
a hassle than applying for a loan
at a charter bank. That will all
change this September.
In a statement prepared by
Julian Smit, Douglas College Student Society Treasurer, students
are advised to transfer all of the
necessary paper work to either
the Bank of Nova Scotia or the
Royal Bank, if they intend to apply for a new loan for the next
school year. Only these two banks
will be handling new provincial
student loans. Old loans will still
be handled by other financial institutions.
These changes come with the
revelation that the BC government will no longer guarantee
student loans to banks should a
student default on his or her payments. Linda Dallen, acting Director for the government Stu
dent Services branch in Victoria,
says no student loan will be guaranteed as of August 1st, and if a
better deal can be obtained by a
Charter Bank, it shouldn't be
overlooked by students. She
could not say why the government has decided to stop guaranteeing payment to banks if students default on a loan.
"I know some of the lenders
will be offering student loans in-
dependendy, and if they can give
a better deal than the government, then that's a bonus for students," Dallen said.
"No contracts have been
signed yet, either, so we can't say
anything until the contracts have
been signed off."
Patty Louis, the Student Finance Placement Officer at Douglas College, says the reason for
the change in government policy
is likely due to the high rate of
defaults on loan payments. "They
are entering into a risk sharing
agreement with a few lenders, so
they [the government] will still be
offering student loans, but I think
it's because of the concern over
the default rate, and that's
prompted them to look at ways
of spreading the risk... not all
banks are willing to participate in
a risk-sharing type of agreement,"
Louis explained.
So if a. student defaults on a
loan, who would be the one to
repay it?
"That's a good question," Louis
said. "My understanding is that
the government pays a risk premium to the lender, in exchange
for the lender assuming the risk
in the case of default."
Bob Knight, Divisional Manager of the Toronto Dominion
Bank, says students shouldn't
worry much as far as acquiring a
loan is concerned. The TD Bank
will be offering a private package
to students who want an alternative to dealing with the government. They will not be included
as one of the banks used by the
BC government to process student loans.
"We feel that we can offer an
option to students who require
financial aid," Knight said, "The
reason we are not one of the
banks participating in the
government's federal/provincial
loans scheme is we didn't like the
way negotiations were going with
them, so we pulled out ofthe program." Knight denied that they
pulled out because of the high
default rate on student loans. He
points out the option that the TD
and other institutions will be pre
senting to students. "We will be
offering our own student loan
program at the TD Bank. Students can go down to any TD
branch right now and find out
about it, but there will be a 1-800
number very soon that should
make things easier."
This situation conjures up images of healthy competition in a
market once dominated by the
government The banks find
themselves in a position where
they can compete with the government in offering a better deal
to students.
Julian Smit advises students to
be prudent when considering a
loaning institution.
"Shop around and ask questions. Both the Royal Bank and
the Bank of Nova Scotia offer different student banking packages."
Smit emphasizes the importance
of transferring your current loan
to an institution who will be dealing with the government in the
future. "If you currendy have any
outstanding loans, and there is a
chance you will have more in the
future, get the forms to transfer
your loans and take the completed forms to a convenient
branch of the Royal or Scotia
Bank. This way, everything will
be set up by the time you want to
negotiate your new loan document."
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Fridays 12:30 pm
SUB 241K
Thursday, July 20,1995.
The Summer Ubyssey sports
Occupation: D*l f/«i0X</
Newly appointed T-Bird women's basketball coach
Part-time Speech Language Pathologist with the North Vancouver
School District
Born September 5, Ottawa, Ontario
B.A. (Honours Psychology), Bishop's University
Athletic Achievements:
Three-time CIAU All Canadian All-Star (1977-80)
Member of Canadian National Women's Basketball Team, and
named team Captain in 1979
Bronze medalist in 1979 and 1986 World Championships with
Canadian National Team
Inducted into the Canadian Basketball Sports Hall of Fame
Coaching Experience:
Assistant coach with T-Bird Women's Basketball team 1988-91
Other Activities:
Touch football, rollerblading, and photography
Oj What is the most important trait or skill that a basketball coach can instill
in her players?
Committment and belief in themselves as far as their ability to
achieve their own goals.
Oj What will the T-Birds need to do to win this year?
Some more size would definitely help, and the program needs to
continue developing in the area of recruiting top notch players to
Women's basketball coach Deb Huband. Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
Ccism Smith
Occupation: **
Newly appointed T-Bird football coach
Born April 21, Vancouver, BC
Bachelor of Physical Education, UBC
Master of Physical Education (Coaching Science), UBC
National Coaches Certification Program Level III instructor
Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist
Accredited Anabolic Steroid Contact Person
Athletic Achievements:
UBC Thunderbirds Football 1983-85
Coaching Experience:
Assistant Coach with T-Birds 1987-92
Assistant Head Coach with T-Birds 1992-94
Guest Coach, Toronto Argonauts 1992 training camp
Guest Coach, Ottawa Rough Riders 1994 training camp
Other Activities:
Canoeing, Director of the Drug Awareness Program for Amateur
Football in BC
Q\ What is the most important trait or skill that a football coach can instill in
his players?
Helping players with realistic goal setting, something that is attainable but will also take a lot of work to get. I like to stress with the guys that
they make a five year plan, and then you make a bunch of small plans on how they are going to get that goal at the end of five years. We
also stress life goals, those away from the football field.
Oj What will the T-Birds need to do to win this year?
Our goal is to win one play at a time. We have to focus on the task at hand, rather than looking too far into the future.
Real Life. Real Drama. Real Blood,
Football coach Casey Smith. Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
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