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The Ubyssey Feb 11, 1997

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T-Bird hockey tries to cure
those playoff blues
Soul Coughing played the
Starfish room, Saturday
Women's B-ball rediscovers
winning ways
Wearing our birthday suits since 1918
Tuition decision may offer slim benefits
LEAH Macfayden Scottish grad student stops her research to worry about the future, scott hayward photo
Sierra Club attempts nuclear legal blockade
by Todd Silver
The Sierra Club is taking the federal government to
court over the sale of two Ca\NDU reactors to China.
According to the environmental group, the government ignored its own environmental laws by not performing an environmental assessment on the impact
a Canadian reactor would have on the Chinese countryside.
The move, said Elizabeth May of the Sierra
Club, is yet another attempt by the federal government to bypass its Environmental
Assessment Act "[The Chretien government]
took a law that had been passed before they
came into power, promised to beef it up, make
it tougher, make it better. They finally proclaimed it two years ago and ever since then
they have been trying to avoid it," May said.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
declined The Ubyssey's request for an interview,
referring all questions to the federal Department of Justice. Department spokesperson
Irene Arseneau would say only that the case "is
not a civil action but a judicial review on
whether to do an environmental assessment. I
cannot discuss what they are arguing as this is
still in litigation."
The judicial review, the Sierra Club hopes,
will force the government to perform an environmental assessment of the sale.
There will be no witnesses in the court case,'
May said, and much of battle will be done with
lawyers and affidavits as each side presents its
evidence. Evidence which is, according to May,
becoming increasingly hard for the Sierra Club to
come by.
But Rene Goldman, an assistant professor of Asian
Studies at UBC said concerns with the project should
go well beyond the environment Selling nuclear technology to China, he said, is a political mistake.
"I just wish that CANDU would go broke and that
the Atomic Energy Commission would go belly up. To
sell nuclear energy to such a regime, which is one of
the most notorious violators of human rights and furthermore a regime which is irresponsible and has an
aggressive military stance, is to further catastrophe,"
he said.
Also at issue for the Sierra Club, though not part of
the legal battle, is the subsidy
the Canadian taxpayer is giving the Chinese government
in the sale. The federal government is making the
largest loan in the history of
the country, around one billion dollars, to China to subsidise the sale. According to
the Sierra Club the sale of the
two reactors to China is an
indirect subsidy to keep the
Canadian atomic energy
industry alive.. Canadians,
May said, "have a blind
adherence to subsidies for
nuclear power and [will] keep
it alive at all costs."
This case is especially
important, the Sierra Club
warns, because the government's actions in this sale
may set a precedent.
Just before signing the
CANDU deal in Shanghai last
month, a regulation was
passed exempting not only the CANDU project, but
any 'mega-project from environmental assessment.
Which means, May said, that while an assessment
would not be necessary for a nuclear reactor, one
would still be needed to build a water pump in a village. ♦
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New Brunswick-1
Subsidies given to
AECL by the Federal
Government over
the past three
decades: $10 billion
source: Boston Globe
by Scott Hayward
In the wake of last Thursday's
Board of Governors decision to
increase international student
fees by as much as 300 percent,
some administrators are now
wondering if the university did
its homework.
A weekend meeting with
Graduate Deans from other western universities, said UBC Dean of
Graduate Studies Frieda Granot,
confirmed some of her fears.
Administrators from other
universities which have increased fees for international
graduate students are warning
that UBC will be lucky to see
much revenue from the move.
"[New enrollment] has been
sort of a downward march,"
University of Toronto's Graduate
Dean Jon Cohen told The
Ubyssey. "It has been
quite precipitous in the
last couple of years."
The Ontario government forced its universities to raise foreign
grad student fees in the
late 1980s; they hit
$15,000 at the University of Toronto.
Recent deregulation
has given Ontario
schools the ability to set
their own fees, though
the government now
provides no financial
support for international students. U of T has
now cut its international graduate tuition in half in
hopes of reversing the tide.
When the University of
Manitoba raised its foreign student tuition to 1.6 times the
domestic level, enrollment
dropped from 120 students to 40
despite a full tuition rebate.
"I asked [them], 'if you give
them back the money what's the
difference," Granot said. "And
the reaction was, The fact that
we tell them that the tuition fee is
$7000 but we we'll give you the
$5000 back doesn't make them
feel any more secure."
U of T's Cohen warns he saw
another revenue-reducing trend
when fees increased. "Immigration Canada has been very cooperative," he said. "They've
allowed the graduate students to
become landed immigrants."
Here at UBC, that could cost
the revenue which was the major
reason for the BoG decision. "If
we are going to have a drop in
the number of students applying
to UBC and those that end up
coming will become landed
immigrants then I don't think
the financial plan is going to
work," Granot said.
"Our scholarship levels are
substantially lower than many
other universities in Canada, and
definitely lower than most of the
universities in the US that we
compare ourselves to, and I am
just concerned that the high quality students will just migrate
somewhere else."
The BoG vote approving the
increases saw a split with government-appointed Board representatives and the aclministration in favour of fee hikes, while
and international students
New tuitii
foreign graduate students
faculty, staff and student members stood opposed.
The result did not surprise
faculty representative Philip
Resnick. "On these financial matters on the whole... the Board
members, especially the appointees, are very, very strongly
influenced by the bottom line,"
said Resnick, whose proposal for
smaller increases failed.
But the bottom line is important for international grad students, too, says Leah MacFayden,
a PhD student in Zoology. She
would not have come to UBC if
these fees had been in place in
1993, she told The Ubyssey, "I
was able to come here because it
was affordable—it was financially
possible to get a visa to come,
and $7000 would have pushed
the balance."♦
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Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd's decision to stop funding basic research
at its Chalk River nuclear research facility has much of Canada's scientific community shaking their heads.
The centre's cyclotron, one of only two in Canada, will be shut down
in March, putting 70 scientists out of work.
"It's a sad situation," said Dr. Brian Turrell, head of the physics
department at UBC. "It will have a negative effect in the international
community in viewing Canadian science."
Dr. Paul Vincent, past president and the coordinator of science policy for the Canadian Association of Physicists, echoed Turrell's sentiments. "It sends a bad message. A number [ofthe physicists working at
Chalk River] will end up in the US," he said.
Unfortunately, Michael LaBrooy of the TRIUMF Information Office
said, the chance of these scientists coming to work at Canada's remaining cyclotron here at UBC is slim. TRIUMF, he said, has already reduced
its workforce from 350 to 300 in the past two years.
This is despite a new funding arrangement with the National
Research Council that will see funding at the cyclotron guaranteed until
the year 2000. The $166.6 million operating budget includes a $30 million contribution, mostly in equipment and expertise, to CERN in
Switzerland and $38 million to fund ISAC, a new heavy isotope research
facility currently being constructed at TRIUMF with help from the
provincial government.
The funding has injected a breath of fresh air into a facility that was
in serious jeopardy of being cut after the KAON mega-project was cancelled two years ago.
"We can now do some long range planning," said LaBrooy, "something that we were unable to do under the previous funding arrangements."
Still, the closure of the Chalk River facility casts some doubts on the
funding of fundamental scientific research in Canada.
The NRC's spending power has been slashed almost 40 percent
since 1984, and spokesperson Dr. Norman Sherman expects another
14 percent budget cut this year. The Natural Science and Engineering
Research Council and other funding agencies have experienced similar
cuts as well.
To fill in the gap, universities and other independent research facilities are relying more and more on collaborative research with industry.
According to Statistics Canada, the sources of funding for research
and development in Canada have shifted; industry now accounts for
more than 45 percent of the total, while the federal government
dropped to 26 percent.
This trend towards targeted research has some scientists in the university community worried. "The danger of targeted research is that it
is not peer reviewed research," said Turrell.
Even the mandates of the federal government's funding agencies
have started to change. "It is much harder to sell [research projects] in
the present environment. Ministers expect to see a materialistic payoff,"
Sherman said.
As a result, funding agencies are becoming increasingly concerned
about what sort of economic benefits the Canadian taxpayer will receive
from their funding.
Even TRIUMF has been subject to this kind of treatment. A third of
its NRC grant will be diverted from Western Economic Diversification,
a federal program set up to help small to medium sized businesses in
Western Canada. As part of the arrangement, TRIUMF will be required
to submit a small business development plan detailing how it will systematically implement the transfer of technology to medium and small
"WED money came with strings attached," said Sherman. "The government is expecting a 100 fold return in sales of high-tech products."
He emphasised, however, that the government is not trying to turn
TRIUMF into a business. "It is a discovery factory and a technology factory. You must develop new techniques to make discoveries and many
of those technologies are saleable, in fact it may revolutionise the marketplace."
The NRC is optimistic that with the federal government ahead of its
targets for deficit reduction more money will become available to fund
research in Canada in the future. But, says the Canadian Association of
Physicists, a big problem persists in the lack of scientific infrastructure
The Association is currently lobbying the government for 20 percent
($1.2 billion) of Phase II infrastructure renewal program money to
upgrade research facilities. ♦
The Ubyssey Staff Meeting
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BRAD "EDGY" EDCINCTON hopes to finish his career at UBC with a trip to the playoffs, richard lam photo
Captain T-Bird wants a shot
Hockey star Brad Edington wants to
make the playoffs at least once in his
varsity career. He's running out of
time, though—this is his last season.
 by Wolf Depner
Brad Edgington wants at least one crack at a championship before he concludes his CIAU hockey career
this season.
In five years at UBC, Edgington has dressed for
150 games and has won a bronze medal for Canada
at the 1997 world university games.
But he has yet to wear the blue-and-gold jersey for
a playoff game. Not once.
The Birds have not been to the post season since
1989/90, and if the season were to end today the
Birds would be out. Again.
But there is still a chance. UBC trails Lethbridge by
one point for the third and final playoff spot with two
games left. They finish the year in Manitoba this
weekend while Lethbridge plays first place Calgary.
'[Making the playoffs] matters a lot,' Edgington
said following Saturday's 5-2 win over the Regina
Cougars. 'It would be extremely disappointing if we
don't do it.
'It won't be easy against Manitoba because they
are a talented team. But you can outwork them and if
we are on like we were tonight, we can.'
Since bantam hockey, Edgington has developed a
knack for outworking opposing players. At 5'9" and
190 lbs he isn't the biggest or most skilled player on
the ice. But he is the most prepared every time he
steps on the ice, no matter what the circumstances.
'He really rallies the guys and on the ice, he goes
out and works his butt off all the time,' said fourth-
year forward Ryan Douglas.
'He is a really intense guy. At practice, he has had
more than his fair share of battles with myself and
everybody else. He really goes hard and pushes the
guys to do better that way.'
Far from flashy, Edgington plays a solid brand of
two-way hockey that has endeared him to his coaches, teammates and fans alike. While he didn't rack up
big numbers in his five years at UBC (30 goals, 36
assists and 256 penalty minutes), no pencil pushing
statistician has come up with a way to measure his
contribution as team leader.
As captain for a record four years, the 25-year old
centre/winger, who is pursuing a Master of Arts in
religious studies, is a throwback to an era long gone
when a players' worth was not measured by the boxs-
core, but by their ability to inspire.
'In the last four years, I have never once had to
rethink if Brad Edgington was saying or doing the
right tiring or if he was going to set the right example
for the team,' said T-Bird coach Mike Coflin, who recruited Edgington from the Powell River Paper Kings
ofthe BC Junior Hockey League.
'We have had team goals and some years have
been better than others, and yet he is as enthusiastic
about meeting those team goals at the end of year
five as he was in year one,' Coflin said. 'Being a captain of a team that at times struggles takes a big personal toll. Yet he is better and better in that role.'
So is there talk in the locker room to dedicate the
playoff drive to "Edgy?'
'It's more like we get us into the playoffs,' said
Douglas. 'Guys want to see Brad do well too, but it is
a whole team thing.
'Brad is a proud person. He prides himself on his
work ethic and he likes to do the best possible job. I'm
sure it'd very (usappointing to him if we don't make
it," Douglas said. 'But we don't plan on missing the
playoffs." ♦
Puckbird playoff drive still alive
by Normie Chan and Wolf
The crawl between the UBC
Thunderbirds and tlie Lethbridge
Pronghorns for the final hockey
playoff spot in the western division will come to a merciful conclusion this weekend.
Sandy Hayer and Corey Stock
scored two goals each and Ryan
Douglas added a single as the
Puckbirds beat lowly Regina 5-2
Saturday night to snap a five game
losing streak. Dave Trofimenkoff
was outstanding with 37 saves,
raising his record to 5-8-1.
The UBC win, combined with
the Horns' 12-4 loss to Alberta,
moves the Birds to within one
point of Lethbridge with two
games left in the regular season.
That has the Birds talking playoffs.
"We're really close and there is
a lot of optimism right now, especially after [Saturday] night," said
Ryan Douglas. "It helped to pick
up your spirit," he added. "We got
a little bit easier task than
Lethbridge and I think everybody
is going to be fired up this weekend."
The 7-16-3 Birds will conclude
the regular season on the road
against 12-11-3 Manitoba while
the 8-16-2 Horns, losers of five
straight games, play a home-and-
home series against the 21-2-3
Calgary Dinos.
The T-Birds need to pick up just
one point on Lethbridge this weekend, so if the Dinos sweep the
Horns, UBC only needs a tie to
clinch a playoff spot.
Should both teams be tied after
Friday's action, Lethbridge must
beat Calgary and hope that UBC
loses to Manitoba. The same scenario also applies if the Birds are
ahead by one point after Friday's
action. In that situation, the Birds
would only need a tie or a
Lethbridge loss to advance.
On paper, Lethbridge draws
the tougher assignment in the
Calgary    Dinos.     But    playing
Manitoba on the road won't be a
cakewalk for the Birds, either.
The Bisons are 1-0-1 against
UBC this year and the Birds have
served up some turkeys as they
posted a subpar 2-5-1 record over
their last eight games.
Captain Brad Edgington thinks
that playing on the road this weekend improves the team's chances.
"We play a little bit more desperate on road. For some reason,
our team plays really tight defensively on the road and Manitoba
is a very loosey-goosey team. So
I'm hoping that our combination
of our good defence and chipping
in a few goals will get it done."
The difference between the
Birds home and road is indeed
startling. Heading into the weekend the Birds are 3-10-1 on home
ice and 4-6-2 away from
Thunderbird rink.
To further illustrate the Birds'
home ice futility, Friday's 6-3 loss
to the Cougars tied a team record
for home losses with ten. ♦
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The best-selling author of Awakenings and
The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat,
reads from his latest book
The Island ofthe Colorblind
Wednesday, February 26,1997 at 7:30 PM
Lecture Hall No.2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (IRC)
2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC Campus
Part travel essayist, part medical explorer, Oliver Sacks shares his
journey in search of neurological wonders - this time to two exotic
Pacific islands. He delves into two isolated disorders: congenital
colorblindness on the island of Pingelap, and a puzzling
neurodegenerative disease in Guam.
Dr. Sacks involves us in his wondrous voyage of discovery every step
of the way. He shows us how patients who are truly isolated by a
disease still have adaptive powers, still have their human dignity.
Dr. Sacks will talk about and read from his latest work as well as
briefly answer questions. A book signing will follow.
Free tickets available, starting February 11,1997
At UBC Bookstore, 6200 University Blvd., Vancouver
Weekdays 9AM to 5PM ■ Saturday 10AM to 5PM
At UBC Health Sciences Bookshop, 2750 Heather St., Vancouver
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Kolya, worth czeching out
by Desiree Adib
A Time of Love
Feb 21-22
Post-revolutionary Iranian director
Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells the
melancholy story of a love triangle
in A Time of lave. Makhmalbaf
has dared to be the first Iranian
director to film a tale about the
unspeakable crime of adultery
since the Islamic fundamentalist
revolution in Iran. For censorship
reasons, the film was shot in
Turkey with Turkish actors and
Turkish dialogue. In Iran, however, the laws don't bend at all and
the film was banned nonetheless.
The dialogue is minimal and
the symbolic imagery is powerful
as MaMimalbaf combines his surreal yet realistic style into three
versions ofthe same tale. Simple
images such as the sea, flowers,
birds in a cage, a pair of shoes
and a squeezed lemon evoke
deep sentiments and meanings.
Makhmalbaf subliminaliy lures
the audience into contemplating
these images as he plays with our
senses rotriguingly.
The Him incorporates a
clever twist as the role of lover
and husband are switched by
the two principle actors between
the different versions. In this
sense, the viewer is forced to
feel compassion for both men
while, simultaneously, the role
of the woman is belittled in that
she is used merely as a structural device to play off the male
Lessons are to be learned, however, as Makhmalbaf ensures that
there is a price to pay; the movie
breathes images of sadness, grief
and entrapment into tbe secret
love affair. Paradoxically, A Time
of Love can be seen as a criticjue of
adultery, as well as a social critique
of moral judgment and responsibility from a very masculine point
walk the bumpy road of life together.
by Sam & Tessa Arnold
opens Feb 14 at the Fifth Avenue theatre
What does a philandering middle-aged
bachelor, once a cellist in an august philharmonic orchestra and now a part-time
tombstone inscription renovator, do
when a marriage of convenience leaves
him the sole caretaker of a five-year-old
The place is Prague on the eve of a
modern revolution. Louka the former
Great Cellist, played by the
Conneryesque and charming (if unpronounceable) Zdenek Sverak, has been
cast out of the Czech Philharmonic and
now makes a meager living playing at
funerals and fiddling with tombstones.
Encouraged by his persuasive debt load,
he agrees to wed the Russian niece of a
grave-digging friend: she gets Czech
papers and he gets cash for a used
When his bride promptly elopes to
West Germany with her lover, however,
Louka comes under the unwelcome
scrutiny of Czech authorities. And to
make matters truly ghastly, he becomes
the less-than-delighted guardian of her
five year old son, Kolya (Anrej
Chalimon). The problem: Louka speaks
only Czech and wants a son like he wants
tongue warts, and Kolya speaks Czech
like Louka wants a son.
Director Jan Sverak does excellent
work with this film, particularly for
someone in the iffy position of directing
his father (none other than Zdenek) from
his father's screenplay. The casting is
excellent, with the obvious accolade
going to Zdenek Sverak, whose portrayal
of Louka's personal evolution gives
Kolya its mellow yet thought-provoking
Think of it as a lifelike, socially
grounded variation on Three Men and a
Baby. Kolya is a seriocomic drama with
subtle revolutionary flavours and even
subtler political underpinnings, but
these more or less do not detract from
the story's essential humor. It's definitely worth seeing — maybe even twice.♦
Dresher is a beastly beauty
by Andy Barham
The Beautician astf the Beast
at Famous Mayers theatres
If it seems kinda odd, reviewing what is essentially a kids'
movie, it's even odder to be writing such a review for the student
newspaper of a large university. What 'kid' of university age is
gonna wanna see a kids' movie?
Timothy Dalton plays the * beast' admirably well, imbuing his
role of East European dictator with equal parts Josef Stalin and
Captain von Trapp, It's iatea?esting because, back in good ol' Mighty,
Dalton generally plays parts which, over on our side of the ditch,
would rather unflatteriingly be referred to as character' roles. In
North America, Dalton is best known for playing 007 in a couple of
James Bond flicks. In England, on the other hand, he is better known
for his television work in dramatisations like Day ofthe TriSids, so
it was interesting to see Dalton stepping out of the usual role of a
suave, sophisticated, can-do type into that of an unsmiling, bad-tempered, and rather harsh dictator.
There is a certain irony at work here, suggesting this film is no.*
just a kids' movie. Stalin was sometimes referred to as 'the Beast
of Russia.' Hence, the premise of the film-can a slinky Jewish
beautician from New York (full of New York Jewish chutzpa) tame
the savage beast?-has a certain social, if not outright socialist,
Dalton's 'beast' is ramrod stiff, a ruler with an iron fist who does
nothing to conceal the cold steel mail in his gloves. "Our people
need a strong leader," he informs the beautician, whom he has
unwittingly hired as a teacher for his children (a la von Trapp),
believing her to be a top class American school marm.
Of course, the beautician and the beast are fated to fall in love,
and the beast must be transformed.
Dalton carries off the transformation from brutal tyrant to all-
around-nice-guy who really does care about his people very well,
proving that, whatever else he maybe, Timothy Dalton is no character actor.
I am still unable to evaluate f ran Dresner's performance as the
beautician. She appears to possess a highly sophisticated brand of
natural poise such that One, can't help but wonder if modeling was
her main career in a former life. But as an actor? I'm rather more
inclined towards a degree of scepticism. For one thing, one can
actually visualize camera directions in Drescher's acting. "Okay,
Frannie, now do the Valley girl move. That's it, good. Okay. That's
a wrap.* In the end, it's her poise, rather than her chutzpa, which
one takes away from the film..<»
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complications including ear infections,
rashes, pneumonia and, in rare cases,
brain damage or death. The only way to
limit its spread is through vaccination.
Why are post-secondary institutions
being targeted for immunization?
This outbreak began at Simon Fraser
University. About 45 cases can be directly linked to contacts with SFU. Other
post-secondary populations may be at
risk because of the frequent interaction
between sports teams and students at
colleges and universities.
Who should get a vaccination?
Students, staff, faculty and residents are
susceptible if they were born after 1956,
have never had measles, and have
received only one dose of measles-containing vaccine such as MMR (measles,
mumps, and rubella). Most first year students who attend Grade 12 in B.C. last
year will have had an MR booster and
will not require another vaccine. Persons
who know they have had red measles in
the past are protected and do not require
What if I have already had the measles?
You have a natural immunity to the disease and do not need further immunization.
If I have already had one measles vaccination, why do I need another?
While 95 per cent of children in B.C.
receive a measles immunization on or
after their first birthday, the single vaccine only protects about 90 per cent of
these children. A second dose of measles
vaccine helps to protect almost 100 percent of those who receive it. If you are
not certain whether you have been vaccinated already, you should be vaccinated again. There is no risk from an additional vaccination.
Is there anyone who should not be
People with the following conditions
must consult with a public health nurse
or their family doctor before receiving
the vaccine:
• a history of immune disorder or
reduced immunity as a result of medical treatment (such as chemotherapy
or radiation), leukemia, lymphoma or
generalized malignancies
• a history of shock-like allergic reaction to a previous dose of measles or
rubella containing vaccine.
• received an immune globulin preparation or a blood or plasma transfu|-
sion within the last 6 to 12 months
• any serious illness
• being pregnant. There is a small
chance that if given in pregnancy, the
measles virus in the vaccine could be
passed on to the unborn baby.
For all others, the vaccine is very safe,
public health officials say. About 20 per
cent  of people  receiving  their  first
measles immunization may get a rash or
slight fever. For second measles vaccinations, reactions of any type are uncommon.
What are the symptoms of measles?
Symptoms of measles can include high
fever, cough, conjunctivitis (red-eye)
and sensitivity to light, followed by the
onset of red skin rash. The time between
exposure to the virus and development
of fever can range from seven to 18 days.
Are there two kinds of measles?
There are two kinds of "measles" infections - Red Measles, which is caused by
the measles virus, and German Measles
caused by the rubella virus. The current
outbreak at Simon Fraser University is
Red Measles. The symptoms of Red
Measles are fever, cough, runny nose,
red eyes with sensitivity to light, followed a few days later by a blotchy red
rash that typically begins on the face and
spreads to cover the entire body. People
with Red Measles are usually very sick,
and remember having had the infection,
even as children. Rubella or German
Measles is a much milder disease — children may have only a fine, red rash
which covers their whole body without
much fever. Adults with German
Measles may have a mild fever before
getting a similar rash, and older females
may also experience joint pain or
People who know they have had Red
Measles in the past do not need to be
vaccinated again. If they are uncertain as
to which type of measles they had in the
past, they should be vaccinated — there
is no harm in vaccinating someone if
they had Red Measles in the past.
How is it transmitted?
Measles is highly infectious and can be
spread easily by coughing or sneezing. It
can be most easily spread to others during the period just before onset of symptoms to four days after the onset of the
rash. Once the rash appears, about three
to five days after initial symptoms (usually fever and cough), the disease gradually becomes less contagious.
What if I think I have measles now?
Individuals who suspect they may have
contracted measles are encouraged to
phone their physician or local health
unit. They should minimize contact with
others and avoid clinics or hospital
emergency rooms, if possible, until the
contagious stage of the disease is completed.
If I am immune to measles, can I still
pass on the virus to friends or family
members who may be susceptible?
No. If you are immune, either because
you have had measles or have been vaccinated, you can not pass on measles to
other people.
For more information, call the
Vancouver Health Board at 736-2033 or
the Ministry of Health information line
at 1-800-465-4911.
Information on the measles vaccination program at UBC can be found on
the UBC homepage, http://www.ubc.ca 6   THE UBYSSEY, FEBRUARY 11, 1997
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by Tanya Dubtck
Margie Gillis
Feb 8 at the Vogue
Margie Gillis, together wih
guest artist Joao Mauricio
Carvalho, danced to a warm
and receptive audience
Saturday night. Her work
allowed us lo view modern
dance in a narrative, emotional
and spiritual light.
This benefit performance
was produced by the board of
directors for the Main Dance
Projects Society, which now
finds itself 'back on track' after
an arsonist destroyed their
dance studio a few years back.
Dancing solo for over 20
years and based out of
Montreal, Margie Gillis has
reached an international audience. She has toured countries
such as China, New -Zealand,
India and '.throughout Western
Europe.,.Tn 198.S,- Gillis was
appointed to^ .the Order of
Canada for her "outstanding
abilities as a solo performer
and choreographer."
Gillis's opening and closing
pieces were a strong frame for
her other works. The other five
dance selections took the audience on a tour through James
Joyce's Ulysses, a Japanese
inspired Butoh piece, and the
rhythm beats of flamenco.
'Variations,' the first selection, featured Lhe music of
Glenn Gould playing J.S. Bach.
This music emphasised Gillis's
ability to iiiLerpreL music into
movement. At the same time,
Gillis makes reference to the
carefree, flowing movements of
Isadora Duncan. Even in the
audience, I could hear breathing, sighs and grunts accentuating her movements.
A visible sense of satisfaction could be seen throughout
the work, and especially in her
final movement as she ended
with her arms folded across
her chest for the final note
before the lights went down.
The last piece, 'Slipstream,'
showed Gillis at her best. Her
hip-length hair, a personal
trademark, was a beautiful
accompaniment to her body, a
thinking, feeling force that spi-
raled and swept in lyrical patterns.
The costumes and music
added to the overall work but
also stood on their own artistic
merit. A piece titled 'Torn
Roots, Broken Branches' with a
music selection from Sinead
O'Connor incorporated a black
dress with mounds of fabric
that went to the floor. The possibilities of this costume
seemed endless as it moved
about her body in rhythmic
Margie Gillis's work goes
beyond her personal skills and
inspiration to speak about the
history and tradition of modern
dance. This performance was a
worthwhile delve into one historical aspect of Canadian
dance that has been consistent
and strong. ♦
Feb 6 at the SRC
Why did Beck come here? To tell us about
the rhythms of the universe. And on top of
that, he and his bombastic brethren put on
a damn fine show down at the rec centre
last Thursday.
"Looks like we got a sports and crafts
night down on the basketball court," Beck
joked about his venue—the Student
Recreation Centre—and the artwork his fans
gave him during the show. "This is a workout. Those people downstairs, they're not
doin' a workout. This is a regiment."
That it was. A regiment of funk that
rivaled the Parliament Funkadelic's finest.
From intra to encore, some kind of possessed, elfin James Brown hypnotised and
mesmerised his audience in a ceremonial,
funkafied christening.
The band's chemistry gave the performance a spark that ignited an overwhelming explosion of soul. Turntable commando
DJ Swamp channeled thunder and lightning
Shine through
the desolation
From one coast to the
other and from outdoor
festivals to smoky clubs,
Hazel Motes celebrates
the positive.
by Andy Barham \
by Geoff Urton into his fingertips in a bonerattling rhythm
assault while Smokestack and Showboat
refused to surrender the groove and truly
rocked the Catskills.
They rode out the style with an inspired
synchronized slide-step during one of
Beck's finer slowjams, 'Hotwax.' They practically held a clinic on the pop & lock
throughout the show and they really laid
down the law with an old-school mouth
About ten songs into tlie set, Beck slowed
it down and went solo to perform a little
"acoustic alchemy." After dabbling in the
horrifying world of New Age, he blessed the
masses with a rare and highly anticipated
tambourine solo.
Then Senor Beck charmed us with a few
of his older heartfelt ballads including
'Cancelled Cheque,' a song off his first
album that, he admitted, was inspired by a
Tony Robbins infomercial.
The encore was the real kicker in this
show, though. After a pathetic effort by the
crowd to cheer the band back onstage, the
group returned in true-to-Beck form, most
wearing rubber animal masks, except for
Beck himself who was clad in a rhinestone-
studded, tassled, cowboy outfit. They
rocked out with 'High Five' and finished
the gig in style.
We'll all be counting the days 'til Beck's
return in April when he hopes to play the
newly reopened Commodore. "Goin' back to
Vancouver. Gonna buy me some pants."♦
 by David Nevin
Soul Couching
Feb 8 at the Starfish Room
"We're Soul Coughing. We're from New
The introduction may have been necessary for most people in Soul Coughing's
audience, many of whom had heard of ihe
band. The word around town was that all
should go and see this band, just like
we should all get measles
shots    and    read
The ru-
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celled their December 6
\ ^-how   late   last   year.   Re-
\ portedly, their booking man-
\ ager had, like many Americans,   a   less-than-firm
grasp of the fine details of
Canadian geography. This
allowed  him  or  her  to
sandwich the Vancouver
gig between two Ontario
dates   (the  band  going
back and forth by bus).
The loud disappointment of Vancouver fans
only served to spread
the Soul Coughing gospel,
and they came back for two
shows, sandwiched this
time - more sensibly—
between two Seattle dates.
An eclectic crowd turned
out last Saturday. After an
overlong set by DJ Die and
Kid Dynamite, the suspense
ended for the uninitiated as
Soul Coughing took the
stage. Let me help spread
the word: Soul Coughing's
sound is new, it is fresh,
and it is good for you.
M. Doughty served up
his cut-and-paste lyrical
poetry on a plate of tight
"Everything is
going as planned/
Everything moves
along/ Eveiydring is fine,
fine, fine," Doughty sang,
and if he was referring to
the music, he was right.
Doughty has an attention-grabbing presence, full of manic gesticulations. He fanned his mouth like it
was on lire.
Each of the other three band members
kept their end up with ease. Yuval Gabay
played incessantly complex drum rhythms
while looking like he was watching an
interesting PBS special. Sebastian
Steinberg wielded an upright bass with
masterful skill, and Mark Di Gli Antoni
used a keyboard and sampler to create
sounds both familiar and unheard of. My
only complaint, in fact, is that the mem-
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Saturady night, paul kamon photo
bers of the band weren't given more
opportunities to play in front, as each obviously had the talent to do.
The band ran through the playlist
impossibly quick, two hours worth of
material in the blink of an eye, it seemed.
Three inspired encores were all we could
get, and then their manager, looking like
everybody's father, ushered them backstage and didn't let them out again.
Like all good gigs, everyone left feeling
better than they arrived, especially the
newly converted. Now for that measles
shot. ♦
Come by The Ubyssey at SUB 241 K
to get your free tickets.
The Gastown Music Hall is the kind of place wm." ■■   \
though God only knows what chance conjunct' >m > i \
strange  improbabilities,  wonderful and  qm I1   i"
things occasionally happen. \
The first time I saw Hazel Motes—at the Hal' . .1 \
just such a lucky conjugation of flukes. M1 In 1 \
impression, when they climbed the stage an<! In- ■ in '
assembling their gear, was not good. "Oh hell!" I cynically informed my brother, "Commercial Drive all the
way. Prepare for another gritty assault on your sensibilities, garage-style."
I couldn't have been more wrong. True, the subject
matter they covered runs the gamut of popular Drive
themes—child abuse, poverty, the injustices done to the
Native peoples of this country—but Hazel Motes' music,
despite obvious Celtic references, contains an element of
joy shining through the desolation one would normally
associate with African or Caribbean music, making their
bitter pills a lot easier to swallow.
Kele Fleming, Hazel Motes' vocalist and chief songwriter, says she tries to capture a real-life sense of how
good and bad co-exist, but with an emphasis on the positive. "Some of the songs seem like, 'Whoa! What the hell
happened to this person?' But I feel like I'm trying to
address things that people go through that are really hard,
or that I've gone through that I can try and relate to other
people, but do it in a celebratory way. I think that will reach
people a lot easier than Mtting them over the head with it."
Kele hails from Nova Scotia, and it shows in Hazel
Motes' music. "It was a big influence on me, growing up
with a Celtic background in a maritime environment
and, it's a whole different feel than the West Coast. It's
more kind of frontier here. On the East Coast, everything's a lot older in terms of our civilization."
One of the best songs on Hazel Motes' debut CD 20th
century monologue reflects Kele's maritime roots.
Though it refers primarily to the Native peoples of
Canada, it contains a fierce jab at Catholicism, which, as
a rabid atheist, I appreciated immensely.
Kele sees it, however, more as an antidote to Euro-
Canadian ethnocentricity. "I guess I'm trying to make a
comment in that song on White Canadian history-our
tradition of being conquerors."
However one approaches the song, it is one of the
most compelling songs on the CD, featuring a great
rhythm which can get any listener want to get up and
rock to the beat.
I finally saw Hazel Motes again at the Vancouver
Public Library's Word On The Street Festival, in an out-
KELE FLEMING makes like a tree, brennan O'Connor photo
door, open venue. The audience was still dribbling in and
was rather sparse when Hazel Motes opened, and I
couldn't help noticing the differences between playing in
a club and playing outdoors. For one thing, a club audience is a captive audience, whereas an open festival audience, in which music is a secondary attraction, is much
more fluid. I wondered how the band saw it.
"I think the festival-type atmosphere has so far suited
us better. We've had bigger audiences than in the club
scene, and we also seem to reach a wider variety of people when we play the festival scene. You know, like different ages. We get everybody from little kids to senior citizens coming up and wanting to buy our CDs. It's a much
more diverse crowd, which is what we're aiming for."
Although the club scene appears, on the surface, to be
more intimate, Hazel Motes don't see it that way. For one
thing, they aren't bothered by drunks and cigarette
smoke at an outdoor festival.
"You're right, the club is smaller, and it's more closed
in and the people are right there, but the club scene, I
find, is dark and smoky, and there's alcohol. Personally,
I don't feel, as a performer when I'm up on stage, any further removed from the people in the festival scene other
than that they might be, like, ten miles away."
Bars do represent the last bastion of the nation's
smokers and it can get pretty cloving in the intimate confines of a club, especially for a non-smoker. I wondered if
all that nicotine bothered them.
"Yeah, it does after a while, that's for sure. It's kind of
hard on my singing voice, breathing in second hand
smoke. You wake up the next morning and you feel like
you've smoked a pack of cigarettes and drunk a six-pack
of beer ... and you've done neither!"
I last saw Hazel Motes at the Starfish Room benefit celebrating the 25th anniversary of Vancouver's first independent book publisher, Pulp/Arsenal Press. I occasionally see bassist Wendy Atkinson on the bus going home since
she works at UBC. Eight months after I first saw them at
the Gastown Music Hall, I'll finally be able to tell her I've
written the piece I'd promised them so long ago.*J»
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B-Bird women whip Huskies
TAKING FLIGHT-T-Bird U Rawlinson lifts off against the
Saskatchewan Huskies, richard lamphoto
by Bruce Arthur
Even though the women's basketball team beat the still win-
less Saskatchewan Huskies by 14 and 22 points this weekend,
the two games could hardly have been more different.
Friday night, Saskatchewan very nearly stole their first
Canada West win ofthe season as they threw a massive scare
into the Birds,
Neither team looked sharp in the first half, as the two
teams combined for 19 turnovers and 10 missed free throws.
Forward Erin Fennell led the Birds with 7 points and 6
rebounds at the half, as UBC controlled the defensive boards
and held a tenuous 37-33 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, the Birds just couldn't shake the
resilient Huskies. Saskatchewan grabbed seven offensive
boards in the half to just one for UBC. Led by guard Kim
Grant (14 points) and post Heather Primeau (17 points, 12
boards), the Huskies pulled to within 5 points with just over
three minutes left to play. Esmail, however, scored on UBC's
next three possessions to hold off the Huskies' comeback.
Guards J J. Rawlinson and Trixie Cruz sealed the win for the
Birds by hitting 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:20 of the
Despite the win, the Birds were obviously disappointed
with their performance. Coach Deb Huband said "We certainly didn't play near to what we hope to play.*
"We weren't as prepared as we should have been, and
tomorrow I think we're going to come out a lot stronger.*
Esmail said.
Esmail was proven correct. The Birds overwhelmed
Saskatchewan from the beginning, scoring in transition and
inside en route to 59 percent first-half shooting. The Birds led
15-0 after three minutes, 39-11 with 5:30 remaining, and
held a 49-26 halftime lead.
UBC easily cruised through the second half, never allowing
Saskatchewan within 4wenty points the rest of the way. The
Birds got balanced scoring for once as four players finished in
double figures. UBC was led by Cruz, who had a second
straight 13-point outing. UBC shot 53 percent from the field,
88 percent from the line, and limited the Huskies to a
wretched 32 percent from the floor.
Huband was pleased with her team's response to Friday's
lackluster showing. "I challenged them last night and today,
they rose to it. They knew what they wanted to accomplish."
Guard JJ Rawlinson agreed. "We just played the way we
should.* said Rawlinson.
The Birds, now 6-10, travel to Alberta next weekend to face
the Golden bears before returning to face Lethbridge
February 21 st and 2 2nd in what will likely be a showdown for
the fourth and final playoff spot in the West.
UBC is now one game ahead ofthe 5-11 Pronghorns, who
face 0-16 Saskatchewan in Saskatoon next weekend. ♦
Up & down Birdmen take pair from Saskatchewan
 by Bruce Arthur
The UBC men's basketball team showed just
how good they can be this weekend as they
swept the last-place Saskatchewan Huskies
this weekend.
UBC thoroughly dominated the Huskies
Friday, rolling to an absurdly easy 96-44 victory on 62 percent shooting.
The Birds' attack started slowly, but
gained momentum as defensive pressure
led to a steady stream of fast breaks.
The Birds relentlessly pushed their lead
and guard Nino Sose made the score 29-6
after ten minutes with a twisting two-handed dunk in traffic. 'Nino was great tonight,*
said Coach Bruce Enns.
Frustrated by last weekend's defeat at
the hands of archrival UVic, UBC never let
up and lead 46-17 at halftime.
Forward John Dykstra kept the fire raging in the second half as he scored 16
points in only 10 minutes to finish with 19.
UBC stopped pressing, but never
stopped running. Sose got a breakaway double-pump jam that stretched the lead to 41,
and the benches were given extended time.
UBC's own Human Victory Cigar, the popular 6' 11" Jason Ussher, came in and bulled
his way to five points and five rebounds in
eight minutes.
When the dust settled on a fifty-two point
UBC win, the players reflected on the
changes for the team since November.
"We've learned throughout the year that
killer instinct. We're less likely to play to the
level of our competition now than we were
in November,* said forward Eric Butler.
Saturday night, however, the Birds did
just that. Saskatchewan refused to lie down
and the Birds came out looking sluggish. As
their intensity rose, the Birds constantly
looked as if they were about to blow the
game open. Their shooting, however, was
prairie-winter cold. And Enns fumed as his
players who shot just 28 percent and held a
shaky 38-31 halirime lead.
Saskatchewan kept coming in the second
half while UBC struggled to put together a
consistent scoring run. Led by rau-thin
guard Ryan Leier's game-high 22 points,
the Huskies clawed away to trail 44-42 with
14 minutes to go.
Following a timeout, the Birds went on a
14-2 run keyed by captain Brady Ibbetson's
aggressive play at both ends. Dykstra also
heated up for 10 points in 12 minutes as he
continued his strong second-half play.
A late three point barrage by UBC made
the final score a deceptive 85-69.
Enns was plainly disappointed with his
team's performance. "It was a frustrating
night, very frustrating," he said. "We never
got five guys on the same page offensively.
Thank goodness for Gerald Cole and Dave
Buchanan—they did so many good things
tonight. We just have to see if we can get
some consistency."
UBC, at 10-6, remains in third place in
the Canada West, behind the 11-5 Alberta
Golden Bears, who the Birds face in
Edmonton next this weekend.
Said John Dumont: "We're on the verge
of being one of the best teams in the country. We're going into Alberta confident. We
know we can play with any team." ♦
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NETMINDER JULIE DOUGLAS' performance kept the T-Birds in the playoffs this weekend, richard lam photo
Hockey women still alive
 by Wolf Depner
Memo to women's hockey coach Steve Mathias: if the
team advances into the Lower Mainland .AAA. championship final, goalie Julie Douglas better get a private limo ride to the games.
Because right now Douglas is driving the Birds'
bandwagon all alone. She made 27 saves, some of
them spectacular, as the Birds and Britannia Blues
skated to an exciting 1-1 tie in their second first-
round playoff game Saturday afternoon.
With the tie, the Blues have now won three out of
four points necessary to advance to the final.
Britannia won game one 2-0.
The Birds, 7-11-2 in the regular season, must now
win two straight games over the 16-3-1 Blues to avoid
elimination. Without Douglas, the series would
already be over.
With the score tied and seven seconds left,
Douglas made a brilliant glove stop on Lywncy
Powell who found herself alone in the slot. Powell
deked to right and went high, but Douglas had her
former teammate figured out. "I knew Lywncy was
going to do that," quipped Douglas. "But I didn't think
I was going to get over in time. I actually thought she
scored. I guess I got my glove down on it."
Douglas' fined save was one of 15 she made in the
final frame as the Blues poured it on to break a 1-1
deadlock through two periods.
"They upped it a notch physically," continued
Birds win UVic soccer feud
by Wolf Depner
When it comes to local sports
drama, it is tough to match the
ancient soccer feud between UBC
and UVic. Saturday's women's
game, however, hardly qualified
as masterpiece theatre.
First-half substitute .Andrea
StamataMs scored her first goal
this season (57th minute) and
Nicole Krause scored a direct corner lack goal (89th minute) to give
UBC a 2-0.
But don't be fooled by the final
score: the Birds, now 2-0 in winter
league play, got some lucky
bounces and were lucky to come
away with the win against the visitors, who dropped to 1-1.
"2-0 against UVic, I'll take it,"
said Birds coach Dick Mosher.
And so he should. Playing without
four regulars and a short bench,
the Birds struggled for good portions of the game.
"It's the kind of game where
you don't give up anything, you
are probably going to get one, and
we happened to knick a couple.
Certainly, it was a 50-50 game and
we're fortunate."
One could even say the win was
lucky—a draw would have been
more appropriate, considering
the way both teams performed,
especially in the first half.
The Birds lacked offensive
drive and generated but one qual
ity scoring chance in the opening
half. Only midfielder Leanne
McHardy and striker Kim Spencer
impressed with some good runs.
Victoria controlled the mid-
field, but was equally incompetent
upfront, although the Vikes did
generate the better chances.
On the whole, first half scoring
chances for both teams could be
counted on one hand and, thankfully, the game's tempo picked up
in the second half.
Victoria continued to dominate
possession while tlie Birds only
looked dangerous on standard situations. .And UBC broke the deadlock off a corner 12 minutes into
the second half.
Krause's cbifting corner cross
found its way to StamataMs whose
high shot from twenty yards out
sailed over Victoria's goalie
Carmen Turner and into the net.
"I'm happy to have finally got-
Bird Droppings
With   the
The women's volleyball finished
their regular season against number one ranked .Alberta. Friday,
the Pandas cruised to an easy 3-0
(15-8, 15-1, 15-10) victory.
But the Birds came out more
focused Saturday and beat the
two-time national champions by
a 3-2 score, spoiling their bid for
a perfect season.
win, UBC finishes the season 16-2 and
will host Saskatchewan in the
Canada West semi-final which
begins this Friday at 7:00pm.
llie men's team dropped a
pair to Alberta to finish the season at 6-8, behind 7-7 Calgary for
the third and final playoff spot ♦
Douglas. "I can't believe how tough they were when
they pulled it together in the third period. I think we
need to respond a little bit more and we did. We had
a couple of chances late in the third, but they are a
tough team and they are a veteran team. So they are
going to be tough to knock off."
While Mathias would have loved to get the win, he
thinks that no major changes to the game plan will be
necessary as the team prepares for game three
Wednesday night.
"We're going to try to keep generating more
offence and I think things were working well
tonight," said Mathias. We're not a scoring team and
offensively we try to take advantage of what we can."
UBC took a 1-0 lead with five minutes left in the
middle frame on Laura Bennion's brilliant solo
effort. Handed the puck near centre ice by Kira
Simon, Bennion stick-handled her way through the
Blues and deposited the puck top shelf.
Deb Bergeron put the Blues on level terms with
seven minutes gone in the middle frame when she
swiped a loose rebound underneath Douglas.
Britannia turned it on in the third period to dominate UBC.
Mathias called a timeout with 3:57 left to get the
troops organised. The move paid off as the Birds
responded with some pressure on the Blues net in
the final two minutes.
But the Birds nearly got burned in the back had it
not been for Douglas' heroics. ♦
ten a goal," said the second-year
midfielder who saw limited playing time during the regular
Canada West season. "We had
more opportunities and we capitalised on them. They didn't on
theirs. We deserve the goals that
we got."
Stamatakis was also the hero
on the other end as she cleared
the ball off the line in the 60th
minute to bail out rookie keeper
Sarah Collings who shared the
shutout with veteran Lisa Archer.
Victoria pressed for a deserving equaliser, but Stamatakis had
the game's final good chance.
Turner, however, made a brilliant
stop on the line to keep Victoria in
the game.
But Turner was the goat in the
dying seconds on Krause's corner
kick which bounced off her chest
into the net for the game's final
goal. ♦
Dr. Patricia Rupnow, Optometrist
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Twas the night of flavour and naught
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Welcome to UBC where you'll get less for more!
The university Board of Governors (BoG)
decided last Thursday that new international
students this fall will pay roughly 300 percent more for their education than international grad students did this year.
The university maintains—and provincial
officials have done nothing to deny it—that
the fee increases were directly linked to a cut
in provincial funding. In effect, a small sector
of the campus population will bear the entire
cost of these cuts—a group that notably does
not have the right to vote.
The university administration which supported the move has not just abdicated its
autonomy to the government's political agenda. It has also erected national borders to the
free flow of ideas, and abandoned the
researchers whose creativity has put UBC on
the forefront in many fields.
If either Victoria or UBC had done a cursory investigation, they would have heard a
number of cautionary tales from graduate
deans at other Canadian universities where
similar experiments were tried and failed.
The Ontario government forced its universities to raise foreign grad student fees in the
late   1980s. Since then, deregulation gave
Ontario schools the ability to set their own
fees, and the University of Toronto responded by cutting its international graduate
tuition in half. Their hope is to reverse what
U of Ts Dean of Graduate studies described
as a precipitous downward march in new foreign student enrollment
When the University of Manitoba raised
its foreign student tuition to more than 160
percent the domestic level, enrolment
dropped by two-thirds despite the offer of a
full tuition rebate.
Moreover, foreigners who do come to UBC
now have a $4808 per year incentive to apply
to become landed immigrants—who pay
domestic fees. Combined with lower enrolment, this raises the possibility that UBC may
actually lose money.
Sending international grad student fees
into the stratosphere suddenly makes for a
less attractive bottom line. And it seems pretty clear that was where the BoG members
who voted for the increase had their eyes
firmly glued.
It is equally clear whose eyes those are. A
quick glance down the voting list from last
Thursday shows a marked division between
the members of BoG who are there by grace
of a provincial appointment, and those who
were elected to represent the UBC community. Faculty, staff and student reps didn't want
this increase; Victoria and the top level
administration, apparentiy, did.
It is also apparent that the government
appointees understand sAorfrterm political
expediency much better than the global
research environment. If UBC cannot compete for the best students, the repercussions
on its ability to maintain top faculty and continue to be a world leader could be devastating—and that will hamper its long-term ability to attract research grants.
So it is at Victoria's door that a fair chunk
of the blame comes to rest. Had the province
been paying attention, they'd have seen the
situation in Ontario. Either they didn't look
or didn't care to.
The Clark government, who promised during the election that protecting education is a
major priority, has been heard to complain
that they get precious little credit from the
media for their initiatives.
Not this time.
Mr. Clark, this one is all yours.
Geers should
back off
The scene I witnessed at the SUB
on Friday afternoon was one of
the more disappointing that UBC
has offered me in my time here,
more dismaying even than the
sight of a full house for lunch
every weekday at the convenient
on-campus McDonald's. Inside
the SUB, events celebrating and
spreading information about the
Chinese New Year helped to
bridge the wide cultural gaps that
have opened up at this institution. Outside on the pavement,
anti-APEC chalk graffiti reassured me that there is still an
activist segment of our student
body who care about the plight of
our civilization and have the initiative to do something about it
These were in stark contrast to
the motley bunch loudly duct-taping each other to the south main-
floor doors of the building and
forcing passersby to swing open
a 'human door' to gain entrance
to the SUB. I'll assume from the
oars scattered around the
entrance that this was some sort
of initiation ritual, and I'm sure
it was all in good fun. What
lengths some of us have to go to
reassure ourselves that we're
still alive is not for me to judge,
but my sympathies were definitely with the group of visitors who
had come to watch their children/grandchildren perform and
who were quite unsure of how to
navigate this strange obstacle.
I'd like to ask that groups around
campus who feel it's important
to display themselves in all their
self-righteous glory (and on
behalf of all the engineers who
would never be caught dead with
a red jacket. I'll apologize for the
generally ignorant and obnoxious behaviour of our colleagues
during E-week), we'd be better off
if you didn't inflict it on those of
us who don't care, but if you
must, think a Utile bit about the
timing and try not to disrupt an
event that actually has some
meaning next time you go out to
conquer the world.
Jeremy Valeriote
Geological Engineering
Profs bring bias
to newspapers
Two faculty members of UBC's
School of Community and
Regional Planning, Alan Artibise
and Michael Seelig, worked
directly with land developers in
preparing articles for a
Vancouver Sun story on growth
trends in the Lower Mainland
area, bringing the objectivity of
the story into serious question
(Sun, February 7, '97).
The Sun, showing integrity in
bringing the complicity to public
attention, quoted UBC's Artibise
as saying that the Sun series was
a 'calculated attempt to change
an 'ideology." He said further
that developers were worried
about 'increasingly effective participation by local citizens in
urban policy-making.'
If developers deplore participatory democracy as ideologically unsound, what does that reveal
of UBC faculty members who
support them?
And why did this story of
UBC's anti-democratic actions
have to wait to be reported by a
University of Washington geography professor? (Katharyne
Mitchell, Urban Geography)
Yes, there are differing ideologies involved in land-scoring and
commercial building. After all,
planning is for people; development is for money. The two are
Perhaps the real faculty at
UBC should stand up and be
Nancy Horsman
rifiwf I»T3i TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1997
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If you could have
L one dream
course at UBC,
what would it be?
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"The Art of
-flow una (SOBUCE)
"How te get out of the
parkini lot without paying
those astronomical fees."
Taryn Bemetto (commerce)
"An advanced poltfcal assasshi
course for those harn-ts-reach
heads of state."
Sarah Kama* (am)
"Lounging- I mean, itt important,
Otherwise people stress too much.
-Asat MaKek (ms)
UBC falls in with CYAP
Propaganda is the order of the day at UBC
as the administration announces that the
APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation)
leaders' summit meeting will be held at the
Museum of Anthropology on 25 November
1997. Gavin Wilson in the 23 Jan. UBC
Reports article announcing the meeting
says this event 'caps Canada's Year of the
Asia Pacific (CYAP), an initiative to promote
increased business relations, youth involvement and cultural exchanges to broaden
understanding within the Asia Pacific
Region.* This assessment of the leaders'
forum conforms exactly with the APEC propaganda being disseminated by CYAP.
CYAP's objective is to deliberately mislead
Canadians into believing that APEC is about
'community building" in the hottest new
region of global trade: the Asia Pacific. This
is simply CRAP. The fact is that APEC's single purpose is to tear down all barriers to
big business in the Asia Pacific region in
order to create the world's largest free trade
zone by 2020.
CYj\P's official documents spell out how
it will target small and medium-sized business, youth and our media in order to sell
Canadians on a^PEC. Millions of dollars are
being spent to whip up support for APEC
among these targeted groups by convincing them that they have somi
from APEC's free trade«***is1on. In factjhese
groups have tii&«*f±ost
stakes free trjffle
playing. AI^
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services '
young people
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lowest kind. They afae,
and they will not stop
UBC President ^David
done his bit for Team C.
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committing fraud
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by offer-
flyer points leader Jean Ct
ing to host the leaders' summit meeting
photo-op. And really, who could think of a
ited with
LelaUjjlC leaders'
w|ti .the .exalted
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trade allies will be
•k together." A logic
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lvented. Why do we need free
iourage us to learn about the cul-
i"ocieties ofthe Pacific Rim region?
aAfter all, we were doing Asian Studies at
increasing  knov
Pacific] region." In?
ing that UBC stud
about the region
Canada and its nev
better able to  'wcj
has yet to be
UBC even before APEC was started by Japan
and Australia in 1989. The fact of the matter is that Strangway's dementia can only be
explained within the context that Jean
Chretien has bought into APEC's free trade,
scheme so totally that he now needs to convince Canadians that "our membership in
APEC is the manifestation of our identity as
a Pacific Nation."
Like CYAP, UBC's involvement with
APEC has a bottom line: money. .As our government's investment in corporations has
boomed its commitment to mamtaining
our social services has sharply declined. To
deal with funding shortages our universities are now operated as businesses: the
halls of learning are, today, malls marketable skills development To boost its
cash flow, UBC is looking to recruit Asian
money in the form of new international students. It has also developed satellite programs in selected Asian nations to access
much needed foreign capital. Strangway
has hitched his caboose to the a^PEC train
because he has decided to play by the corporation's neo-liberal, market-driven rules
and damn the consequences.
C. David Jago
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Appeals & Complaints
January 29th, 1997
in the SUB Conversation Pit
(Forum 6)
Maria Klawe, Vice President Student and Academic Services
Panellists: Sharon Kahn - AVP Equity; Don MacDougall - Chair of the Senate Committee on Appeals of Academic Standing; Kathryn Bell - Director of the AMS
Ombudsoffice; Marianne Schroeder - Coordinator of Student Services, School of Rehabilitation Sciences; Mary Riseborough - Director, Housing and Conferences;
Jim Boritz - Student Rep., Senate Committee on Appeals of Academic Standing.
Q. I have some comments about plagiarism at UBC. Tlie material in the
Calendar is inconsistent with policy,
and with other Information about plagiarism around campus. There are
also inconsistent standards across
departments and Faculties. I have
talked to a number of people who
implement this particular policy, and I
would like to see this dealt with.
Plagiarism is hard to define, and there
is potential for error; UBC needs to
completely clear up any confusion
about this. There are also issues relating to language rights on campus; we
have a large group of students for
whom English is not their first language. I think there should be an integration of language teaching into other
subjects. The right to leam English
and French should be embedded in a
code for the University, and this should
be in line with the Charter. The transition between high school English and
the university level is not good, and
many students can't keep up the pace.
This contributes to the problem of plagiarism because students begin to look
for fraudulent ways to keep up and get
decent grades.
A. I know that you have been diligent in
bringing the policy inconsistencies to the
attention of Dennis Pavlich, and c§iers at
UBC. We are looking at these problfJns. and
we vypbe making some clarifica|oi^ to
policy'and procedures to roake ffie Issje
Q. Too many teachers are involved in
assigning their own books to classes
rather than assigning the best books.
Also, many students cannot handle the
huge amount of work in first year
English. One of the reasons is the
weakness of high school teachers in
this subject When students have an
appeal, If students cannot keep pace
with the work, this Is not considered.
A. UBC should be paying more attention to
this and ensuring better coordination
between high school and first year. For
example, I think Applied Science has a
course that includes an introduction to the
Q. I had a grade appeal, but I was really frustrated because no-one seemed
to care. I was sent from the Registrar's
Office to the department, and back
again. I was told that It would be done
in a week. I came back, it wasn't done
and I was told to come back in another
week. This happened over and over,
and in the end It took 6 months.
A. I agree that appeals should be handled in
a timely manner, and that this was a waste
of your time. Obviously, there should be
better coordination than that, and you
should have received better service.
Q. At a previous Forum I raised the
issue of an Ombudsperson for the university, someone appointed at a high
level such as that of a Vice President.
Currently, there is no-one that deals
with systemic Issues, or faculty to faculty issues. Has there been any further
discussion about this?
A. Over time, we need to hear from the
community that there is a need for a service, particularly when a service would represent a change or cost a significant
amount of money. We usually wait for input
from students first, and in this case there
have been a number of people beginning to
raise the issue of such an office.
Q. I think this is an important issue.
UBC is a large organization, it is not
coherently organized or well-coordinated. There is a need to be able to
support positive communication focusing on learning and research. It should
be comfortable for people to take risks
and not feel anxiety, or learning
decreases. I think an Ombudsperson
would help In this kind of communication. Everyone would have access to
the office, the person would have influence, and would help educate. The
person would be outside of campus
politics and have the power to make
recommendations. Simply, the university could become a nicer place.
A. There's an AMS Ombudsoffice that is
student run by trained volunteer case workers.
We also do policy and proc^jire. We show
students vyfta|,thfjr c8j|.jr fjpot do on
campus, and we v^jtb*with mem to meetings on appeals. As students, we understand where concerns are coming from, and
we are neutral, not within the university pol-
itics> We try to put out as much publicity as
we can; we do orientations, we are in the
Calendar, and in the AMS pamphlet.
Q. Would you support UBC creating an
Ombudsoffice in addition to the AMS
office, or creating a Joint office?
A. I would support these in the sense that
UBC is such a large organization and having
another office that could approach issues at
a more formal level would be helpful.
However, the student Ombudsoffice is also
excellent because students feel more comfortable to talk with students.
Q. The AMS Ombudsoffice Is fine, but I
was talking about the issue at a more
general level. There are organizations
that are available for support, and the
AMS offers an excellent service for
students. At the same time, It's good to
have another office which is more formal, that has some power. These are
not just student issues; they involve
the relationships between faculty and
between students and faculty. I'm not
overlooking the AMS Ombudsoffice, I'm
just saying that we need a more powerful Office to deal with issues.
A. As a dissenting opinion, my guess is that
a centralized office would not be able to
meet the demand. If there was a centralized
office, it should not replace those providing
a similar service at the level of the Faculties
and departments. They provide a valuable
service because they are sensitive to local
A. In the Equity Office, about a third of
our complaints are about personal
harassment, and that's not covered in
the UBC policy on Discrimination and
Harassment. We can provide advice,
support and referral, and we will try to
direct you to the appropriate service or
person. I think that before we create a
centralized Ombudsoffice, we need to
look at how it would work with local
services. I think we also have to learn
to integrate complaint resolution
mechanisms into day-to-day operations. This is a big educational effort.
A. The general problem students face when
they appeal is that they are the only ones
who do not know how the appeal process
works. Students are the odd ones out when
they try to present their appeals, and they
are at a disadvantage. With a discipline
appeal, we try to find someone to provide
information and support, and to help the
students to present their cases. It can be a
very intimidating process, and it is more formal than it needs to be. I think we need student advocates.
Q. I have a question about grade
appeals. I have been laid that it is the
policy of my Faculty that students ire
not allowed to appeal marks unless
they are at least 10 marks lower than
the other grades the student has
received. This policy is not in writing,
but it is what students are told. What
is the justification for this?
A. If you are in the Faculty of Setence^if
doesn't matter what your grade is, yQu eint
appeal if you feel there Has been anftijus-
tice. You can come to us in the Dean's Office
for advice and a form to ask for a review of
the grade. We do not discourage students
from doing this. Students have a right to do
this. You don't have to use that form, but
some instructors will ask that you use it. I
can't speak for other Faculties, but for my
Faculty you can appeal, and if you apply for
a review, then they must do so.
A. The Calendar describes the process for
review, and this is the Senate Regulation for
UBC. All the Faculties are bound by the
Regulations, and if your Faculty doesn't
comply then this is one basis for an appeal
to Senate.
A. In the Faculty of Arts, students are able
to appeal any grades they receive, whether
it's a final exam or an assignment. The 10%
rule that you cite is news to me.
A. I think that if students get this response,
they should take it to the Dean's Office, no
matter who the authority was that told you
about the 10%. Make this known to the
Associate Dean.
Q. Are their student representatives on
the President's Advisory Committee on
Academic Discipline, and on the Senate
Committee on Appeals of Academic
A. The President's Advisory Committee on
Academic Discipline is an appointed committee. There are no students on that committee. The Senate Committee on Appeals of
Academic Standing has three students on
the committee, out of eleven members.
Quorum for the committee is five.
Q.  There's a perception that appeals
here proceed very slowly. Some students have to leave the university
before their appeal is finalized.
Appeals are not necessarily dealt with
in a timely manner, procedures are not
rigorous or standardized. Procedures
should be consistent and timely, and
systemic issues could be addressed by
an Ombudsperson through arms-
length investigations.
A. In terms of having appeal on a timely
basis, sometimes there are delays because
we have to schedule everybody, including
the appellant. Appeals reach the Senate
level after they have already been in
process for two to three months, and we try
to handle them in a timely fashion after they
reach the committee. The lack of a uniform
approach to discipline and appeals across
campus has been a concern on our committee for quite some time. The chair has
sent surveys to all the Faculties asking
about how discipline cases are handled.
Over half of the Faculties responded, but the
results are inconsistent. The typical penalty
for academic discipline seems to be suspension for a year. We want to see people
treated equitably.
A. Tftfc AMS?Ombudsoffice refers students
to the Registrar's: Office for reviews of
assigned stajitinfj, aixfwe Save not had any
respii%ejfsbrttmp1aints to suggest that
these processes have been a problem.
Usually, when these sorts of procedures are
a problem, people will come back.
A. In Rehab. Sciences, we have very well
delineated procedures for students to follow. We try to deal with students in timely
fashion. We allow student to make representations to the committee, and in general,
things are resolved well within the Faculty.
A. This question of consistency in appeals is
something that worries many people in the
university administration. We will have
some further discussion at the Campus
Advisory Board on Student Development on
this issue, and on the issues of a university
Ombudsoffice. Things do change in the university. The fact that students have been
trying to push for change on particular
issues doesn't mean that change won't
happen. Try again, keep trying!
The following written comments were also
UBC has not effectively addressed the
necessity for appeal procedures and complaint resolution procedures to be seen to
be effective. The Equity Office has limited
credibility among individuals and some
groups because it is perceived to be an integral part of the President's Office, and is
seen to have a bias which favours faculty.
Within the organizational structure, the
offices and processes must be and must be
seen to be independent of any influence by
defined interests of an individual or group.
The position of internal auditor is an excellent model, in that it is reporting directly to
the President and the Board.
Now that the role of the Equity Office is
explicitly limited to issues defined by the
Charter, UBC must seriously look at complaint resolutions for those complaints that
fall outside the Charter. If we don't do this,
we force students to construe complaints in
terms of the Charter in order to get them
UBC needs to give serious consideration to
creating a position for an Ombudsperson.
The position can address those issues
which are administrative or personal in the
relations between individuals and which do
not fall under the mandate of the Equity
Office. Also, where the Equity Office has
moved along the continuum toward legal
resolution of problems, an Ombudspersons
Office needs to focus on alternate dispute
resolution, mediation, negotiated agreement. The position needs to be independent
of specific interests, and report to the
Plagiarism is an issue which needs to be
clarified. The university needs to take an
educational role, to ensure that all students
frorryall Cultural backgrounds understand
what if is and how seriously the university
considers breaches, at least from students.
However, in the interests of consistency, I
also think that the university needs to
address breaches for faculty members, particularly as they occur in relation to graduate student work. There cannot be one
standard for students, and a different standard for faculty. The graduate student-advisor relationship is such that breaches may
not be challenged, or if they are they may be
dealt with in a cursory or unsatisfactory
manner. Also, the power difference in the
relationship favour faculty such that breaches may not be reported.
The following written comment was
received about Forum 5: Tuition and Other
It is evident that the proposed increases in
student fees are above current levels of
inflation. As in the past, there are no limits
on increases of ancillary or tuition fees that
the administration can impose on students.
In fact, in 1991, students faced increases in
tuition of 21.4%. If this trend continues, it is
very likely that eventually many of us will
not be able to afford a university education.
Therefore, I propose that before imposing
any new fees on students, the university
adopt a regulated tuition and ancillary fee
policy. This policy should take factors such
as current levels of inflation, per capita
labour income statistics for BC and other
pertinent statistics into consideration. As
students who contribute 15% towards the
Operating Budget, and as taxpayers of BC,
we are entitled to demand a policy to maintain university education within our means.
We have taken to the streets before to safeguard our right to an affordable education.
We will do it again if need be.
Your UBC Forum 7:
The Purposes of a University Education...
...Does UBC Meet your Expectations?
February 12th, 1997
SUB Conversation Pit
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Please plan to join us and bring a friend!
Speak your mind... we're listening!


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