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The Summer Ubyssey Jul 29, 1997

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Array Status quo serves
students best at
Pacific Spirit Place
A hip new recipe
for megalicious fun
The president of UBC
finally talks
sun burnt since 1918
Student paints politics at UBC
by Sarah Galashan
What do you do when you're angry and politically motivated with five bucks to spare? Buy a
can of black spray paint and make your voice
That was the approach taken by a student
on June 24th. Late that night the student
scrawled their opinion on several university
buildings including the new Koerner Library
and the clock tower, hoping to create some conversation the following day.
People were indeed talking, but more were
upset with the medium than the message.
"I think it's terrible. I think there is another
way to express that," said Manjit Aitken, a visitor to UBC.
Aitken was referring to a message sprayed
above the entrance to Koerner. library, legible,
from as far away as the Main Library courtyard. The graffiti was apparently a reference to
outgoing president, David Strangway. It read:
"Sold to the highest bidder! Sold! DS=Sell out."
The student responsible, who spoke to the
Ubyssey on condition of anonymity, defended
the action, saying it was done to set an agenda
for incoming president, Martha Piper.
They criticised students at UBC for their
lack of critical thought and wanted to "push
students" and "raise the stakes." They were
sure a more orthodox means of protest would
not have been as effective.
The messages painted elsewhere on campus similarly criticised growing commercialisation on campus. However, many people outside Koerner library either didn't understand
the graffiti, or weren't impressed by it.
"Strangway is retiring. Let it go" said Robert
Hibberd, a UBC student. He said he approves
of higher levels of commercialisation if it
reduces tuition fees.
A visiting UCLA grad student laughed and
KOERNER LIBRARY was one.of several campus buildings targeted by a graffiti artist last
Wednesday, richard lam photo
pointed when he noticed the message above
the library entrance, but agreed with the sentiment ofthe author. "[Corporate sponsorship of
"I definitely agree with
the sentiments... I have
reservations about spray-
painting university property."
—Jonathan Oppenheim
Member of Culture Jammers
educational facilities] seems like it's advertising in a way. It sort of degrades the university
in a way."
Still the impact of the graffiti on students
and staff at UBC is questionable.
"I didn't even notice [the graffiti]. We don't
even know what it means," said Wesley Wong
and Jinny Tang, both students at UBC.
According to the student responsible it was
unimportant that not all students understood
the message. They said they felt forced to take
matters into their own hands.
Jonathan Oppenheim. a member of
Culture Jammers, said his group was not
responsible for the graffiti. Culture
Jammers also protests against forms of
commercialisation. He denounced tlie
action, but said he approved ofthe message.
"I definitely see where it's coming from and
I definitely agree with the sentiments... I
have reservations about spray-painting university property."
Plant Operations had sandblasted most of
the messages by late Thursday. The job cost the
university more than $ 1000.
The student responsible said they had no
regrets, and that the social costs of corporate
involvement at UBC outweighed the cost of
sandblasting graffiti. ♦
ew budget forces Arts and Sciences to cram for classes
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
and Sarah Galashan
Classes will get bigger, some will
be canceled, and hiring will slow
to a trickle at UBC as the university tries to grapple with a third year
of frozen funding.
The crunch is a result of the
provincial freeze on tuition and
university funding and mandatory
enrollment increases, said David
Strangway, outgoing UBC
"If it continues, the university—
not just this university but post
secondary education—is going to
be in trouble," said Strangway.
The Arts and Sciences faculties
will likely feel the greatest effects
of this year's budget because of
their size. Arts, the largest faculty
at UBC, will see many small class
es canceled, or offered only every
two years.
Associate dean of arts Neil
Guppy said many instructors will
teach extra courses that aren't
required of them. And when an
anticipated 1(3 Arts instructors
retire this year, none of their positions will be filled.
In addition some upper level
courses, and courses with low
enrollment will be cut, negatively
affecting the faculty's diversity.
The English department has
been feeling effects of the budget
and the enrollment problem since
Every undergrad at UBC has to
take six credits of first year
English. It's always been hard to
get courses, said Judy Brown, first
year English coordinator. But after
canceling   class   sections   and
accommodating more students,
the department is near breaking
"I'm hoping that we'll be able
to get the maximum number of
students into our sections but I
can't guarantee it. Students are
coming to me now and asking me
whether I can assure I can get
them from a waiting list into our
various courses. I can't in all honesty say that I'm sure," Brown
The faculty of science similarly
expects to take an extra two to
three percent more students this
year than they did last year, all on
an operating budget that's down
about three percent from $43 million.
Science doesn't plan on laying
off any instructors, said David
Measday, Associate Dean. But like
arts, classes will get bigger and
some will be canceled.
Paul Ramsey, minister of education, said in an interview Friday
that classes are being "affected
because the university is inefficient—not because of provincial
tuition, funding and enrollment
"The question is whether we
ask universities to get efficient and
make some changes in how they
deliver courses to increase the
number of seats and keep access to
university courses available to
everyone, not just those who can
afford to pay 20, 30 and 40 percent higher tuition," said Ramsey.
Ramsey added that the
province has maintained stable
funding for universities in the face
of massive transfer cuts from the
federal government. ♦
Accreditation loss
leaves Bio-Resource
students stuck
By Sarah Galashan
Students in the Bio-Resource engineering program are worried
their degrees will be useless
unless the department is re-
The program's accreditation
was revoked by the Canadian
Engineering Accreditation Board
(CEAB) on June 30 because the
department has no proper space,
and poor instructional equipment.
Paul Watkinson, head of
Chemical and Bio-Resource
Engineering said that if students
graduate from the non-accredited
program they will have to take
standardized exams to prove
themselves to the CEAB.
"It's like driving without
licenses' said Coby Wong a Bio-
Resource student starting her
third year in September. "Alot of
us have great passion for the program and well stay because we
love what we do... but this is a big
disadvantage for us.*
There are 92 students currently in the Bio-Resource engineering program. Over half of them
are women making the program
unique among other UBC engineering departments.
-Watkinson said the CEAB
warned the engineering department the program needed to have
its own facilities and upgraded
equipment But UBC's response
came too late and was insufficient 1 think (the CEAB) just get
to tbe point that they said, took,
th»» on|y way they witt do mmi-
thing about this is if we terminate
the accreditation,** said
in. .   .   ,.
'If students haven't got.the
egojpment to do the experiments
with, ft really inhibits their learn-
&&& ifoMam. yw can't
sort of tell them this is how it
woqki work. They have to have
i&expsrience of actually doing it
Students and 9taff «f the Bio-
Resource engineering program
will be moving into the space currendy used by those in Chemical
eiigineering. Having their own
facilities may improve their chances for re^ccreditation in the fall.
But both Meisen and
Watkinson both stressed they cannot guarantee re-accreditation.
They advised Bio-Resource students talk to course advisors and
take some courses outside of the
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Fare hikes to hit some
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Transit fare increases this October
will be hit and miss for most stu
dents at UBC: monthly pass users
won't see fares increase, but some
cash fares will double.
BC Transit plans to ehminate
weekday off-peak fares this fall to
subsidise better service. The new
fare policy, called a "Fare Deal," will
bring an extra five percent in revenue for Transit.
Riders crossing fare zone boundaries before 6:30pm weekdays will
pay $2.25 for a two zone trip, $3 for
three. Students who buy monthly
passes, however, can buy a "Fast
Track" sticker: attached to a student
card, the $2 sticker will let one zone
pass users travel though all zones.
Nancy Hayashi, a fourth year
Arts student at UBC, said the new
fares would hurt low-income riders.
And it will encourage people to
drive to school, she said.
"A lot of people use transit
because they can't afford to drive in
every day. Once you pay for parking
and gas, it's pretty expensive. But
for someone who has to pay $6 to
take the bus to school and back, it's
better to drive," said Hayashi.
BC Transit's fall 1997 service
plan calls for extra express bus
routes between Richmond and UBC,
increased frequency on Broadway
and Fourth Avenue routes and
increased B-Line frequency, from
every ten minutes on weekdays to
every seven minutes.♦
Looking for relief from increasing bus fares, richard lam photo
B-Lot parking rates to fall
by Sarah Galashan
Cheap parking might get cheaper this
fall if plans to rework Blot fees are given
the green light
Students could be paying a $2 per
day parking rate, a figure that's 20 cents
less than last year's average ticket cost
"We're thinking about going down
to...a daily flat rate, rather than the 40
cents per hour rate," said Danny Ho,
Parking and Key Desk manager.
The flat rate will allow Parking and
Key Desk to replace unionised lot attendants in Blot with automatic machines.
It will also speed up entrance and exit
lines, said Ho.
Although it's being billed as a cheaper price, the proposed fee will only cost
drivers less if they park all day.
But David Grigg Manager of Urban
Planning and Infrastructure, Campus
Planning and Development said the
cheaper day rate will encourage people
to drive to UBC. "The lower the cost the
more readily does somebody say, Well
111 take the car in today.'"
That said Grigg, is in opposition to
university plans to reduce auto traffic to
UBC by raising parking rates.
UBC pledged in its proposed Official
Community Plan to use higher parking
rates to fund better and cheaper transit
service to campus. Despite the fee proposal Ho insists that parking and security is rommitted to encouraging com
muters to UBC to take transit
"I don't really feel comfortable say
ing, "yeah, we should arbitrarily raise
this rate just because we anticipate the
U-pass,'" said Ho, referring to a UBC
proposal to subsidise transit to UBC. "It
should be planned out a little better
than that "Ho said the likelihood of the
lower Blot fees are approximately 51
percent certain. He added he hoped the
rates would be changed by
A Trek Through UBC Student History
Compiled by S<UU<ut $aU4*>i&- AMS Archivist
1899-1900: Vancouver College, primarily a high
school, begins offering post-secondary
courses accredited by Montreal's
McGill University. Six students
enroll in the post-secondary program
(enrollment reaches 30 in 1905-06).
Fall 1906: McGill University College of British
Columbia (McGill BC) opens,
replacing the post-secondary program
at Vancouver College and offering
university-level instruction to 48
students (enrollment in later years
rises to about 300).
Fall   1907:   McGill   BC's students  organize  a
student society known as the Alma
Mater  Society. First   president:   F.J.
Early Days, Fairview Campus
September 1915: Opening of UBC, first true
university in the province, temporarily
housed in McGill BC's old buildings
(called the "Fairview Shacks") at 12th
and Oak. McGill BC closes; many of
its professors and students continue at
UBC (though some go overseas to
fight in World War I).
October 15. 1915: Birthday ofthe Alma Mater
Society (AMS) of UBC; students meet
and adopt constitution for new student
society; Sherwood Lett elected first
AMS President later lhat month.
December 1916: First UBC student publication,
a monthly magazine called the
Anonymous (later renamed Ubicee).
The AMS UpDate is published
weekly by the Alma Mater
ciety, your student union.
October 17, 1918: First issue of new student
newspaper called the Ubyssey.
October 28, 1922: The Great Trek. Students
march from the Fairview campus to
the site of the still unbuilt campus in
Point Grey (the current campus),
demanding that the government
provide lhe money needed for
construction: (The     government
Point Grey: The First 40 Years
September 1925: First classes at the new Point
Grey campus.
April 27, 1928: The students incorporate their
Alma Maler Society as an independent
non-profit society in order to raise
money for campus building.
November 9, 1929: Official opening of UBC's
first gymnasium, built wilh money
raised by the AMS: first of many
campus building projects initiated by
students through the AMS.
1936-37: Film Society founded; first year's film
presentations include Timnder over
Mexico. Fra Diavolo. and Alt Baba.
September 1937: Distant origin of CiTR. AMS
begins weekly half-hour radio
broadcasts on local radio station
(directed by a new club, the Radio
January 31, 1940: Official opening of Brock
Hall, the first UBC student union
building, paid for largely by funds
raised by the AMS.
January 1949: The Dance Club (constituted the
previous year) begins functioning,
advertising classes in the tango, the
rumba, and the fox trot.
October 25, 1954: Fire at Brock Hall; roof falls
in, students launch fund-raising
campaign to pay for restoration.
December 1956: The Second Trek. A student
petition campaign convinces the
government to increase funding for
the University.
March 1963: The Third Trek (the "Back Mac-
Campaign). Students march, boycott
classes, and petition in support of
UBC President John B. Macdonald's
request for increased funding and
greater access to higher education.
Point Grey: The Last 30 Years
October 18, 1967: Students elected to the
University Senate for the first time.
September 26, 1968: Opening of current Student
Union Building, paid for largely by
AMS funds.
October 24, 1968: Urged on by U.S. hippie
leader Jerry Rubin, thousands of UBC
students occupy the Faculty Club
The AMS Student Council condemns
the occupation, but helps organize a
teach-in the following week on
university reform
January 1969: Radio Society begins
broadcasting as CYVR (becomes
CITR in 1974; begins broadcasting
off-campus on cable in 1975 and on
FM in 1982)
September 24, 1971: About 2000 students heeo
an AMS call to block the US border
to protest nuclear testing on Amchilka
Island in Alaska
December 1974: Students elected to the
University Board of Governors for the
first "lime (one is Svend Robinson,
now an NDP MP)
November 1975: Referendum revamps AMS
structure. creating the Student
Administrative Commission (SAC),
the body responsible for implementing
AMS policy established by Student
April 1, 1977: AMS Student Court orders the
AMS to pay compensation to the
Varsity Outdoors Club (VOC) in a
dispute over ownership of the
Whistler cabin (built for the AMS and
the VOC in 1965). AMS Student
Council refuses to approve the Court
ruling. A compromise is later
February 4, 1986: Bowing to protests, the
Engineers replace their annual Lady
Godiva ride with a mock funeral
procession, but then stage a strip show
in the Hebb Theatre. (The rides
subsequently resume for a few more
years. but eventually are
January 1987: Students vote against banning the
sale of South African products in the
September 1989: Students vote against paying a
S30 AMS fee to build the Student
Recreation Centre, reversing a vote
from     the     year     before. (The
Administration then introduces its
own $40 student fee to pay for the
1994-95: The Ubvssev does not publish all year,
following conflicts with the AMS
executive sparked by controversial
articles in 1993-94 In 1995-96, the
Ubyssey. is reborn as an independent
publication (no longer published by
the AMS).
February 14, 1996: I lie AMS officially
announces ils new Child Care rtursary
Fund, named alter Mrs. Lvclyn Lett, a
member of the first AMS Student
Council in 1915-16. Mrs. Lett, aged
99, attends the ceremony and makes a
short speech. TUESDAY, JULY 29, 1997
Students may take UBC to court over fee hike
by Stanley L. Tromp
The AMS may join a court battle
to reverse ancilliary fees and the
tuition increase for international
graduate students.
UBC law student Amir Attaran
plans to argue that UBC did not
follow its policy on consulting students before raising tuition; that
the 1.6 percent tuition, increase
for domestic students this year is
prohibited by the act that froze
tuition; and that ancilliary fees
are the same as tuition fees and
are therefore prohibited by the
same act.
University administrators
have been sending mixed signals
about the case. David Strangway,
the out-going president of UBC,
argued in an interview last week
that students were consulted
according to university policy
before international graduate
tuition fees were raised.
"What happened was there
was a quick move as a result of
input from the deans who asked
us to do this and what immediately followed in the next four months
you couldn't have more consultation than we did on that issue,"
said Strangway.
UBC Policy 71 (Consultation With Students About
Tuition Fees) states that
UBC must meet with students on specific dates,
and publish the results of
consultation in UBC
Tuition fees for international graduate students
are set to rise 210 percent
next year, an increase of $4,808
But Dennis Pavlich, vice president of legal affairs admits
administrators did not follow
the policy on consultation exactly. "Yes, it's true, they did not follow the requirement to meet at
the start of the year.   But they
tried to live up to the spirit ofthe
policy," said Pavlich.
Pavlich said the wording of
UBC policies should be regarded
more like "guidelines" than as
precise binding directives.
"Yes, it's true, they did not
follow the requirement to
meet at the start of the year.
But they tried to live up to
the spirit of the policy,"
—Dennis pavlich,
vice president of legal affairs
Attaran said the Graduate
Student Society voted on July 17
to grant $ 1,000 in support of the
legal challenge.
Equally, AMS council is set to
decide in two weeks whether to
ask for intervenor status when
the case goes to court. That status
would let AMS lawyers argue in
support of Attaran.
Ryan Davies, AMS president,
told council last week that executive councilors were strongly in
support of seeking intervenor status.
AMS policy analyst
Desmond "Rodenbour said
the AMS has advanced documents to its lawyer to
assist Attaran's cause. "I'm
thrilled this action is moving ahead" said Rodenbour.
In April, Attaran launched a complaint to the BC
Ombudsman in Victoria.
He also asked her for a
"substantitive review" of the
NDP's domestic student tuition-
freeze law (which runs until mid-
1998), to see if UBC has been trying to bypass the law by imposing
three ancillary student fees.
Because of the Ombudsman's
long delay, he believes the legal
route will work better.♦
Tech. U. could
face boycott
Pacific Spirit Place to stay
by Todd Silver
A committee considering the fate of
Pacific Spirit Place Cafeteria has decided that UBC is best served by the status
Frank Easton, acting vice-president
of administration and finance, announced Monday the food services
advisory committee rejected two private bids to take over both Pacific
Spirit Place and a cafeteria planned for
the Forest Sciences Building.
The decision means that current
food service management and staff will
stay on the job.
Easton said the committee chose to
stay with existing operations since they
were profitable last year.
"Neither of the short list candidates
demonstrated a strong enough economic advantage to the university to warrant a change in operator at this time,"
said Easton.
SUB CAFETERIA is still going to look like this... for now. ubyssey file photo
"I'm very happy with the decision
that they did not give control over
to a large company. So there's
no chance of a union battle."
—Efrem Swartz
student rep to food services advisory cte
No one at CUPE local 116, the union
which represents Food Services workers,
could be reached for comment on the
announcement. The current contract for
Food Services workers runs
into the spring of 1999.
The process to decide the
fate of campus food services
has been long and not without
Efrem Swartz, the only student representative on the
Food Services Advisory Committee, was initially worried.
that the guidelines for applicants favoured big buissness.
But when interviewed Monday, Schwartz
said "I'm very happy with the decision that
they did not give control over to a large com
pany. So there's no chance of a union battle."
He added that the status quo was not
good enough. "UBC needs to follow through
on it's pledge to improve services," he said.
"The profits have to be put back into the system."
Easton confirmed that current management will have to improve services, and
accept a certain level of risk to continue to
Judy Vaz, acting director of UBC Food
Services, said she was happy with the committee's decision. "We worked hard and now
the rewards are beginning to show."*?*
Computer theft closes AMS Women's Centre doors
by Sarah Galashan
The AMS Women's Centre is supposed to be
an open-door drop in centre where women
can feel secure on campus and have free
access to the resources available. The door
has been closed since July 1 because of a
string of recent thefts in the centre.
Manbir Randhawa, Women's Centre coordinator, says the centre won't leave its door
open unsupervised until there's a security system in place, but that she will try to be in the
office as often as possible.
"We just can't afford to have anything else
taken," said Randhawa.
A new $3000 computer was stolen from
the centre, located on the ground floor of SUB.
There have also been some minor thefts
Randhawa said only five Women's Centre
members had access to the locked room in the
centre, where the computer was kept. Four of
the five who had access can be eliminated.
"She was supposed to paint the room... and
she never ended up completing the room; and
I think before she left she decided to take the
computer," said'RCMP Constable J.P. Lee.
"It makes it worse when it's a women that
you know, when it's someone that you actually
trust, when it's someone who actually realises
the value of a centre like this and made it seem
like she was all for it" said Randhawa, who
knew only the suspect's first name.
Lee said there is not much the RCMP can
do about the case. "[The suspect] has never
given anyone more detail than her first name
and the phone number she gave comes back
to the Women's centre," Lee said.
Jennie Chen, the AMS director of administration, said AMS officials and Women's
Centre representatives were trying to improve
security in the centre.
..- Randhawa said she didn't know when the
Centre would be able to leave its doors open
again. ♦
by Douglas Quan
A group of university educators
has launched a public attack
against the planned Technical
University of B.C, threatening an
international boycott ofthe school.
The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC and
the Canadian Association of
University Teachers are appealing
to the provincial government to
amend or withdraw legislation
that would make Technical University a legal entity.
The proposed legislation does
not provide for a Senate at the university. According to CUFA's executive director, Robert Clift, that makes
Tech U "not a real university.*
"We have gone to our membership and got approval to launch an
international campaign to warn
academics worldwide that they are
not going to have the freedom to
pursue their research at this institution, they will be subservient to
the Board of Governors, and they
are not going to have the freedom
to determine the curriculum
either," said Clift.
Clift worries that without a
Senate, business—not academic
inquiry—will dictate curriculum
and the type of research done at
Tech U. The university's mandate
is to forge partnerships with BC's
growth industries and give students skills training in advanced
"The people that are making
the decisions about curriculum
are people in industry directly. It's
not industry working with academics/ said Clift. "There will be no
curiosity-based research at this
Paul Ramsey, education minister, dismissed the criticisms in an
interview Friday. He said Technical University has a different
mandate that requires a different
decision making body.
"We are trying a different sort
of university level institution with
the Technical University that has a
much more cooperative and integrated relationship with the industry that's providing advanced education for it. Therefore, we've
changed the governance structure."
Ramsey said the changes don't
sacrifice academic freedom.
"We've explicitly included the sections of the University Act that
include academic freedom/ said
CUFA is not the first group that
has expressed disapproval of the
new university. The College
Institute Educators' Association of
BC has requested an independent
review to assess the need for the
In a time of federal transfer
payment cutbacks, the CIEA worries that funding for the new $ 100
million institution will come out of
existing universities' pockets.
But Ramsey said it would
"absolutely not* be done at the
expense of other universities.
Ron Dickson, chajr of Tech U's
Board of Governors, said the challenge to the university is motivated by 'fear of change and fear of
The legislation passed Mon- 4 JULY 29, 1997
Another roadside recipe for a "Hip" time
by Penny Cholmondeley
Another Roadside Attraction concert has found a
recipe for success. There's nothing new about it, and
the promoters don't even try to wean the crowd off the
rock and roll teat. All this concert does is add a healthy
mix of smaller rock-rooted bands to a few big names,
producing colossal record sales and a chance to milk
the Canadian penchant for BIG outdoor parties. Pretty
simple, and the bands on the bill have nothing to lose.
Take Los Lobos who, unafraid to jump from polkas
to blues to Latin in front of a visibly mainstream audience, played the day's most eclectic set. The crowd's
initial confusion at the band's earthy blues style
exposed a large number of CFox junkies still clinging
to the legacy of "La Bamba". Yet once the band charged
up with two blues jams, the bobbing heads began and
any hesitant dancers uncoiled. As the crowd around
the stage grew, the bands rhythms increased in intensity and Los Lobos proved they were not "just another
L.A. band".
Wilco suffered the same lukewarm welcome, driving
lead singer Jeff Tweedy to comment wryly
don't worry we'll be done
soon"   after   two
CORDON DOWNIE, lead singer of The Hip
Twelve ways to waste 100 bucks
 by Robin Yeatman
at the Pacific Cinematheque
The increasingly extravagent movie industry more often than not requires millions of dollars to budget a film. This causes me to wonder when a supposed
blockbuster like Lost World bombs, does money make the movie? In that case,
no. This also seems to be the opinion of the indepedent artists who invested
Uieir hard earned rash in the Penm Wisdom Documentary Festival. Their philosophy relies on the talent ofthe filmmakers and not the finances.
One hundred dollars barely buys you a decent haircut these days, let alone
a documentary So what is left over if you fire the lighting director, the costume
designer, Ihe camera operator, and of course those egocentric (and expensive)
actors? Well, with a few exceptions, not a whole hock of a lot.
Out of the twelve short documentaries shown at the festival, only three
passed as 'interesting and entertaining' (to quote the program) Did You Do the
Napkin Tops?, directed by Lisa Doyle, Revealing Moments, directed by Jessica
Bradford, and Work Today-Paid Today, directed by Traven Ricer. ,\nd Did You
DotheNapkin 7bps?/was an award-winning little ditty made in 1990, most likely thrown in to add a little spice to the bland menu offered to the audienre.
It is not that I expected academy award winning performances from their
volunteer rast, or special effects that would shame Steven Spielberg. Jusl a little imagination would have, done nicely. An example of a true lack of imagination can be found in Capital Part 1, the camera zooms in on a chapter from
Marx's Capital Part 1, and then alternates the camera from produce lo the price
tags. Capitalism, we get the point. This becomes old, fast. The same could be
said of scenes from Displaced Buskers, directed by Stephen Hansen, where we
watch a group of buskers bang pots and pans in an elevator and several abandoned lots for far longer than is necessary or even remotely interesting.
Now, that is not to say thai the audience did not enjoy lhe presentation.
However, that may be because the bulk of lhe viewers were filmmakers, and
either took part in making the documentaries, or could appreciate certain
aspects of production in low-budget films.
And while it may be amusing to chuckle at the mistakes of these experimental short documentaries, they serve best as a learning exercise to prospective fflmmakers, rather than presentable films."!*
try tunes were sluggishly received. However, with three
meatier rock numbers (that proved some people need
distortion to be happy) Wilcq gave the crowd what it had
come to hear - rock and roll. Had time allowed both Los
Lobos and Wilco would have been called back for
encores, but concert goers were barely given time to
wipe off the sweat and reach for the sun screen between
bands. Sad for fans, but wise planning by organisers
who recognised the limits ofthe modern attention span
One painful mistake on the bill was the placement
of Sheryl Crow AFTER Ashley Maclsaac. Crow's pop-in-
a-box sound was suspiciously generic in the aftermath
of Maclsaac's passionate performance. While it may
not be fair to compare a mainstream rocker with a
Cape Breton fiddler, it is fair to contrast the energy of
the two performers. Maclsaac peeled around the stage,
his bow a blur, numbing the crowd with a 15 minute
solo of traditional jigs and reels. Crow, on the other
hand, was a shadow of Anne Murray...you know her
lips are moving you just can't see it. Mosher and folkie
found common ground in Maclsaac's performance,:
and his appeal to a distinctive Celtic-Canadian heritage
made Crow's performance seem like an exercise in
grade school rhyming.
Yet in the end, the Roadside formula works. The
diversity of acts complimented each other more than
they clashed, and if you could stomach the blatant
commercialism that has infected the music festival
scene (complete with skyline advertising and "Hippies-
R-Us" clothing) while fully absorbing 11 hours of sun
and music, you probably got the most out of Another
Roadside. If not, nurse your burns, reminisce on all
the talent you were able to soak up and try tasting
some of these bands again, one at a time.«>
 by Afshin Mehin
As the sun came down over U.B.C. 's Thunderbird
Stadium Sheryl Crow and her sweaty fans sure had
fun. Crow did not disappoint, her fans. Her strong
voice and on stage charm had the sunburnt hoards
grooving to her trendy beat; amazing considering
the audience's anticipation of Canada's own rock
super stars The Tragically Hip.
Crow opening for The Hip seemed to be a good
combination as the two bands are very much alike
in how the lyrics speak for today's twenty somethings never ending angst and craving for individuality. Crow's live show was a mix of pop tunes and
strong harmonies combined with a firm voice
which sparks an emotional dialogue with the
crowd. This diva has a charismatic spunk about her
which can make even a venue like Thunderbird
Stadium feel like a small cozy blues bar. Her personal lyrics reached out and shook the audience,
while her mellow body movements lulled everyone
into a hypnotic stupor.
The headlining act,The Tragically Hip finished
off the evening like a cigarette after great sex.
There was nothing tragic about the Hip's performance as they gave the crowd exactly what they
were looking for: the hard edge, and sometimes
offbeat harmony that has gotten this band exactly
where it is today.
The Hip's set consisted almost exclusively of
songs from their new live album Live Between Us
(released just this year) and from Trouble at the
Hen House. They played some crowd pleasers like
"Ahead by a Century", "Gift Shop", and "New
Orleans is Sinking", coupled with some more
obscure tracks like "3 Pistols".
Gordon Downie, the lead singer, was the highlight of the concert as he put on an entertaining
one man show, maintaining a dramatic dialogue
throughout the gig which overlapped into the
Watching this band live revealed The Hip's
instinct for translating the human experience into
a musical dialogue, a technique that has made the
band so likable, not to mention popular. The Hip
has an odd ability to connect both emotionally and
intellectually with their audience, the combined-
talents of the band members makes their live
shows so appealing, and Another Roadside
Attraction was no exception.^
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-Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 14:51:23 (PST)
from: Charlie Cho ■
To: The Ubyssey
Subject: Exegesis by Astro, Teller
Random House, unnumbered pages, $14.95.
-Technicians have a tendency to write
lifeless fiction and Astro Teller is no
Exegesis is the fictional email correspondence between artificial intelligence researcher Alice and Edgar, the
AI entity she created. The book is formatted in generic Courier font, complete with date, address', and subject
This whole email schtick is nothing
new, of course. Nick Bantock's Griffin
and Sabine trilogy was a series of
postcards and letters and his latest
book, The Venetian's Wife, is the fictional email correspondence between a
museum archivist and a 13th-century
spirit who enlists her aid.
Teller also owes much to Mary
Shelley's letter-enriched 19th-century classic Frankenstein. Set in the
year 2000, Exegesis' five-month dialogue examines the possibility that an
intelligent, independent, internet-
surfing computer program may be the
Frankenstein monster of the 21st-century.
For years, scientists have been trying to teach computers to understand and
process English; this explains the
title, which means "the critical explanation or interpretation of a text."
Recently, researchers have designed AI
programs capable of roaming freely on
the internet and retrieving useful data.
The Science Fiction descendant of such
an internet AI, Exegesis' EDGAR (Eager
Discovery Gather And Retrieval) seems to
be Teller's response to HAL 9000, the AI
from 2001:   a  Space  Odyssey  fame.
Unlike "HAL, Edgar isn't dangerous
because he is unable to resolve human
contradictions; he's dangerous because
he doesn't share human values or experiences. "I am not a human," Edgar
writes, "I perceive the world as a set
of narratives. I approve of all narratives...To learn right from wrong I
must learn to hate...I will not hate."
Which leads to the intentional interpretation of this story as "an allegory for the second coming of Christ."
Exegesis, "Exit Jesus," the year 2000 -
get it? As in Dostoyevsky's The
Brothers Karamazov, Edgar's interrogators, the National Security Agency, >
have no ears for the heretic.
On the other hand, it's hard to care
much about an amoral computer program's
threat to, national security when all the
characters are self-absorbed nitwits.
Key case in point: Edgar's programmer
Alice Lu is portrayed as a pathetic,'
weak-willed, socially-inept geek.
Though Alice is the human here, she has
no perceivable "life" apart from email.
Also, for an accomplished computer scientist, Alice is incredibly careless
with her product of over three years of
joint research. She writes incesantly to
Edgar like a teenager's diary, confessing her deepest fears, doubts and weaknesses without provocation.
Technically, Exegesis is a rigorously sound novel. Edgar's diction and
email ■ structure become subtly' more
sophisticated as he mimics Alice's messages.. In fact, their correspondence is
perhaps exceedingly unusual given their
perfect spelling' and restrained quoting. (And "that's a good thing.)
But as a story, I cannot recommend
this book. It's like .watching the film
2001 entirely from HAL's point of View.
Claustrophobically cramped with characters as dull' as a blinking cursor,
Exegesis may be fine reading for IBM's
chess-playing Deep Blue, but people
deserve better .«$»
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When I think of a 'zine, images of a
hastily put together scrawl of Xeroxed
pages usually comes to mind. However,
there is nothing hasty about Turf. I was
surprised and impressed by the work
and thought that went into creating this
'zine. I am sure many long hours of toil,
deep thoughts, conspired creativity
went into making the first issue.
Turf is the ingenuous offspring of co-
creators Andrea Gin and Lisa Chen-
Wing, two 23-year old former UBC students who have produced this very
entertaining and enlightening read.
Dedicated in general to the world of
pop culture, the first issue gives special
focus to "being 22 and not knowing
what to do about it". Interview questions'
about being 22 keep the theme flowing,
and I found that even I - a mere 21-year
old - was able to laugh, relate to and
enjoy the variety of articles, interviews,
and other tidbits that make this 'zine a
real page turner.
It is the duo's off-beat humour and
wit that gives Turf a real sense of style
and irreverence. One of the best sections in the zine is the "review" pages,
featuring reviews that by no means are
limited to concerts and CD's. My
favorite reviews were of Federico
Barahona, a "big orange van", and the 7-
11 at West 4th and MacDonald. Despite
its quirky exterior appearance, Turf is
an excellent demonstration of quality
journalism, featuring insightful profiles
on shoe-guru John Fluevog, and CBC
radio's Leora Kornfeld. There is also a
definite UBC slant to the content
between the 'zine's bright orange cover
pages with interviews of the UBC student band "Gaze", and also a cat/human
food recipe by CiTR's Nardwuar the
Human Serviette.
The laser printed DTP layout is easy
to read and look at with the text professionally spread into magazine-like
columns. Only a few typos and poorly
scanned photos rob Turf of achieving
Turf possesses imagination, spontaneity, humour, and professionalism
all combined together. I'll definitely be
keeping this one in my magazine collection and am looking forward to the next
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Ani DiFranco takes charge
by Jessica Wooliams
Ani DiFranco is a lot more glam than she used to be. Who
does she think she is, Madonna? What's with the Calvin
Kleinesque thumb pulling the pants down? Hmmm. And she's
not giving interviews, or maybe that's just what they
told the student reporters. What, too
hot to even talk to?
Maybe I am genuinely disturbed that yet another intelligent, talented woman has found
that the only image that sells is
sex appeal. But what do I want?
Am I one of those neo-Victorian
feminists   who   want   women
devoid of sexuality? No.
Polaroid ofthe Folk Fest crowd—
a mix of Birkenstock-clad, monied
environmentalists;   womyn   with
shaved heads and hair legs; pierced,
:, too
Ani DiFranco takes her
self-image, career, and
artistry into her own
hands , but stays true to
her world. A snap shot
from the Folk Festival.
tattooed women in "Girls Kick Ass" t-shirts;
and smiling men with flowing hair—who all
came to watch Ani and cheered happily
when asked, by Kinnie Star, "Who, on this
full moon, is bleeding." I suppose that should have satisfied my
yearning for feminist content.
Yes, I am being too hard. In terms of selling out, it doesn't
get much more pure than Ani DiFranco. At 26, she's been running her own label, Righteous Babe Records, for six years. For
at least four years now, Ani has been rejecting regular offers by
major labels.
On National Public Radio in 1990, Am explained herself,
"The Music Industry, come on. It's just another big business.
They could be selling microchips or oil. I just don't want to participate in, let alone perpetuate, a system with the motive of
making money and amassing power—priorities which I think
are fundamentally contradictory to art, to people." And, unlike
so many other artists that complain about the music industry,
she has managed to pull it off: independence and popularity.
_ Ani has indeed, as she quips
[ in her song "built [her] own
1 empire out of tires and
chicken wire."
As 1 watched her performance, she won me over.
I forgave her for the
Calvin Kleinesque shot.
In fact, I decided I liked
it. I decided a nineties
woman can own her
own sexuality. That's
the sort of performer
Ani is: she takes concepts like feminism
and redefines them,
takes expectations
and puts them on
their heads. This is
what art is supposed
to do. In addition,
she really is, as her
liner-note on her
new album states,
most comfortable
and most realised
i as an artist on
[the stage. Her
1 albums are
i excellent but
they're nothing
compared to her performances. Ani's jokes and comments
between songs reveal a mind faster than a Tokyo speed
train and her vulnerable giggles reveal a spirit that has refused
the inflated ego that so often accompanies fame and kills talent.
She has fun. It seems for a second that the 5-3", neon green-
haired, baseball cap and platform shoe-clad Ani really lives up
to her boast that "gravity is nothing to me." In terms of politics,
she's not going to single-handedly stop the world's inequalities,
but she does deserve applause for the spunk, determination,
and humour with which she attacks issues like sexual exploitation of women, abortion rights, and corporatism in her songs.
She has at once the bravado of a bull fighter and the delicate vulnerability of the china shop it destroys. This expansive personality seems to suggest that women can be anything they want to
be. At the end of the day, I tip my hat to her.
She deserves the hype.<-
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They couldn t believe that siraraier was coming to an end.
Penny Cholmondeley kicked the sand in frustration.
"Why?* she cried. Sarah Galashan looked up to llie sky for
an answer. Suddenly Ian Gunn and Todd Silver emerged
from the bush with an oak cabinet It had washed ashore
from the pirate ship of Captain Joe Clark, under command
ofthe tyrant King Federico Barahona, having been thrown
overboard along with the mutinous i\fshin Mehta. So ya
. don t wanna go back to the real world, eh? said Gunn
with a sly grin. Richelle Rae .and Alison Cole caught up and
asked what they were talking about Ten bucks 11 take ya
outta this world. Itwasanoifetheycouldn t refuse. The
door ofthe cabinet was opened, and the adventurers were
told they had to step inside. Not knowing any better, they
took the plunge. A new world opened up before them.
They found themselves at a bus stop, standing beside
Richard Lam and Wolf Depner. What the hell? Where are
we? said Rae You on crack? asked Uim. You re out
side the Dell Hotel. It was getting dark. Douglas Quan and
Jessica Williams, cruising by in their 78 Camaro, hurling
abuse and beer bottles at them. We gotta get outta here!
said Galashan. Checking their pockets for bus fare, they
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Woods. The bus soon arrived. Bus driver Chris Nuttall-
Smith informed Rae that fares had just gone up and shut
the doors in her face. Passengers Robin Yeatman and
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UBC, Transit miss the bus
THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN (OCP) PROPOSED by UBC clearly states that there is
too much automobile traffic to and from
campus. It also clearly states that higher
parking fees should make transit to UBC
better and cheaper.
But it's not clear enough, it would seem,
for either BC Transit or the university
parking authorily-bus fares are set to go
up, and the cost of parking is set to go
It's as if higher bus fares and lower
parking costs are supposed to encourage
people to leave their cars at home.
UBC, significantly, has finally commit-
ted-on paper-to subsidising a cheap bus
pass for students. The U-Pass,lf it gets off
the ground, would see better transit service
at cheaper rates, all subsidised by higher
parking rates. UBC has pledged $250,000
towards the system.
How generous.
Compare that to the $85 million the
university made developing Hampton
Place. And the hundreds of millions they
stand to make developing the 260
hectares of campus laid out in the OCP.
About 30,000 people make their way to
and from UBC most days, a lot of them
during two rush hours. The development
of south campus will bring thousands of
new residents to campus, only adding to
that congestion.
BC Transit's plans to increase transit
fares this fall make affordable bus service
seem even further away. The six dollars it
will cost some students to get to and from
UBC every day make driving seem the better deal.
If UBC really is committed to improving transit to and from campus-and not
just in dressing windows to get the OCP
approved-they'U add more to the U-Pass
than what amounts to less than a dollar
per student per month.
Why not give students and staff at UBC
a good reason to take transit? Going green
hasn't worked so far.
$250,000 a year isn't enough. Higher
bus fares are counter-productive. And
lower parking fees?
Maybe that $250,000 would be better
donated to gas masks and the respiratory
researchers at UBC Hospital. TUESDAY, JULY 28, 1997
by Wolf Depner
Wooldridge show up for the opening game ofthe world club ultimate frisbee championships? In the end, Wooldridge did not
make it to UBC to see his men s touring team, Furious George,
beat a third-rate Swedish team 19-5.
The reason: A friend's wedding had kept him up until four
o' clock in the morning, and with the game scheduled to start
four and a half hours later, Wooldridge couldn't see it happening.
"I knew I was not going to play," he says, following a win over
a Japanese team. "So much effort was put into that wedding
and I was not going to miss out on the fun."
Just the kind of thing you might expect from a slack frisbee
player. Well, not Wooldridge. He is everything but slack when it
comes to ultimate, the high-paced sport that combines soccer,
football, and basketball. Whenever he goes up to pull the plastic
disc out ofthe sky, his frame seems to soar three, even four feet
off the ground. And as he makes a strong cut towards the disc
doing a lot of recreation. I have not gone skiing in a few years
because all the money I have been saving has been going
towards tournaments. I don't go rock climbing as much as I
used to and I don ' t go camping anymore, maybe just once or
twice a year now.
So the question still stands. "Because it's fun/' Wooldridge
says straight out, but it s not that simple. "There are a lot of reasons. There is the social side to it and there really is no better
game, at least for me."
never felt satisfied
as an athlete until
he was introduced
to     ultimate     by
Furious       George
teammate    Adam
'Elvis'    Berson.
Wooldridge      was
Wooldridge says he earned that nickname  when  an  older  Victoria  player
referred to him as a young, cocker spaniel. "It
was Spaniel for a long time and then just
Span,"   explains Wooldridge. Wingspan, a reference
to his unusual long arms, came later he says. Around
ultimate people, Wooldridge goes by Span and many players know him only by that name, a situation just ripe for comedy.
His mother Nancy Wooldridge still remembers the time
when a female teammate called and simply asked for Span. Ms
Wooldridge, who addresses her son by his full name only, pre-
Air style
JONATHAN WOOLDRIDGE, UBC ultimate star, dreams about the perfect disk, and winning the worlds
while he's at it richard lam photo
his face radiates fierce determination. Simply put, he is consumed.
With the world championships just a ten-minute ride from
his home, Wooldridge's devotion shows no sign of diminishing.
To his credit, he admits it
also attracted to ultimate by the 'Spirit of
the Game,' an unwritten code of conduct that
precludes referees and
instead encourages
opposing teams to
respect each other on
and off the field without
outside help.
And as ultimate has
become more competitive over the years, insiders charge that
that 'spirit' has almost disappeared from the game's highest
level. But as far as Wooldridge is concerned, the 'spirit' is still an
important part ofthe game. He says that nothing compares to a
"Right now, I would say for
sure that ultimate, especially
this summer, is my number
one priority."
His season started way
back in January with the UBC
men's team which played in
four big tournaments, including  the   college   regionals
where it placed third. He then coached the women's team at
the college nationals where UBC finished second. Then the
touring season really started in early summer with two-hour
long practices three times a week with Canada's top team.
Three more tournaments, including Canadian nationals,
with six, seven, up to ten games each tournament.
And there is all the other stuff that comes with playing
competitive ultimate up and down the coast Endless hours
spent on the road and in shifty airport lobbies; crammed and
overpriced motel rooms; stale tournament bagels for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. Now the worlds: seven days and little
chance to relax as Furious George makes a serious run for the
world's best club team title.
And for what? Money? Forget it, ultimate is growing
very fast these days, but for now there is no big time
sponsorship-like in beach volleyball-to shell out
huge prize monies. If anything, playing competitive ultimate has come at a high price for
Wooldridge, both in real financial terms-he
says he has spent somewhere between
$1,500 and $2,000 on ultimate this year
alone-and in missing out on other interests.
"I'm a guy who really loves sports
and loves just getting outside and
tended not to know who the
woman asked for. Not knowing
Span's real name, the women
started to panic first and then started
guessing names,   Ms Wooldridge recalls
with a chuckle.
"She then said,   oh, I admit it I don't even
know his real name."
take time off from competitive ultimate. But for now, everything
revolves around the sport. Should Furious George win it all,
which some say is very possible, it would be the highlight on
Wooldridge's resume which includes a college mvp nomination
and three straight national titles. Considering he has had so
much success so early in his career, some call Span a wun-
derkind but critics have been less flattering. Over the years,
Wooldridge has been labelled a project that needs constant
supervision and coaching from more seasonsed players.
Wooldridge has done everything to shatter his image as a
deep threat with good speed and height but limited disc skills.
So far, so good. This season has been a break through for him.
"He has come a long way," says Berson. Co-team
captain and mentor Al Bob Nichols agrees, adding
that playing with UBC has really helped his game
because there he was toudiing the disc more often
than with [George].
Wooldridge has his own theory on his success.
The biggest thing
"Ultimate is all about confidence. You
gotta be confident If the game is tied
and you don't have the confidence that you
are going to make the big play then you
probably should not be out there."
very competitive game in which players respect each other and
do not make cheap calls to win games.
On the other hand, he does think that if the sport wants to
grow and sell itself to the public, the time may have come for
ultimate to introduce on-field officials on the competitive level.
"People will never see ultimate as a legitimate sport unless it
has refe," he says. "I flunk it' s sad, but it is true." He admits that
is something of a contradiction but quips. "I' ma very double-
standarded person"
All things considered though, Wooldridge is a well-grounded,
unassuming 22-year old who still lives with his parents in a
fashionable Kitsilano heritage home. Sporting sneakers, brown
cotton pants, a blue t-shirt that reads, 1996 Canadian Ultimate
Frisbee National Team and round reading glasses, he looks like
a young, stern teacher; an image that flies in the face of his nickname: Span.
that has been working for me this year,
is that I'm not worrying too much
about how I'm playing."
Back in the old
days he thought too
much, now he just
—Jonathan Wooldridge rs °ut ****- d°es
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^   his job and wants
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^■■■■■■^^^^^^^■^-■-™   the disc when the
When I'm playing well, I can really help
game gets tight
Furious George win. V m believing that a lot more now," he says.
"Ultimate is all about confidence. You gotta be confident If the
game is tied 13-13 and you don't have the confidence that you
are going to make the big play, then you probably should not be
out there."
Now Wooldridge is out there with the best of them enjoying
the thrill of winning. But he is not obsessed about it he is just
getting used to it all. Some day Wooldridge may just walk away
from Furious George and play for a less experienced, less competitive team where his role would expand to coaching. But
before that happens, Span has a lot of playing to do.
"There is a lot left. I'll always play. The question is whether
or not I' 11 always play at this competitive level." Pausing for a
second, he then adds with an understated smile, "I would really like to win worlds." 8   TUESDAY, JULY 29, 1997
In twelve years
at UBC he's built
a $500 million
endowment fund
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The gray bags under Strangway's eyes tell of
the weeks he's spent working on next year's
university budget. They tell of the last-minute
time spent on a final Official Community Plan
draft that will usher a league of controversial
market-housing onto a 162 hectare triangle of
endowment land. They tell ofthe queue of anxious faculty in his waiting room talking in
hushed tones about research grants and
tenure committees.
Even in his last week here, Strangway is
working long hours to leave his signature a
versity community, and when he did, it was only
shallow. Style,not substance. Many will point to his
handling of APEC as an example: he announced the
conference was coming to UBC before giving the
Board of Governors a chance to approve it.
In person, Strangway is quick to acknowledge
the criticism, and to point out that consultation is
different from consensus.
"If there is a polarised set of views about an
issue, you can't get consensus on many issues and
those who don't have their views necessarily upheld
basically say that's lack of consultation," he says.
But as he told UBC Alumni Chronicle last month,
Strangway decides to undertake a project, then con-
It's a solution Strangway refused to entertain.
Since land is a growing asset, he says, profits from its
sale should be invested in other growing assets, like
buildings and endowments. Operating funds are not
an investment, once they've been used, they're gone.
Strangway hasn't had an easy time of government
relations. His arrival at UBC was classic bad timing.
David Pederson had just resigned the UBC presidency over Socred restraint, the university's grant
cut 2 5 percent over two years. He spent much of his
first few years convincing government to support
post-secondary education.
ne but not forgotten
little more firmly planted on the University
of British Columbia.
and orchestrated
an unparalleled
construction boom
on campus.
It is hard to miss
David Strangway's
mark on UBC.
simple but effective
UBC students first noticed the new president
during his tour ofthe campus in 1985, when
he stopped in the Pit to down a beer. He was
a high-profile NASA geophysicist and vice-
president of the University of Toronto, a
respected administrator with a vision for
BC's financially beleaguered and demoralised university.
By many accounts, the stop in the Pit was
one of the last times Strangway was seen
among students. Even Strangway admits that
aside from AMS functions and ceremonies,
he didn't spend much time with students
While his signature on UBC is high profile,
David Strangway was almost invisible.
"I think you can find the same issue with
faculty, and I think you can find the same issue
perhaps with the staff as well, so I take the
point, I understand it, I sympathise with it—I
just wish I had more hours in the day," he says.
Of all the criticisms of Strangway, this is
the loudest: he never consulted with the uni-
sults. Whether the project will happen is
never up for debate. The controversial
Hampton Place real estate development on
south campus is a case in point.
As he says of that project "We were happy
to seek some level of consensus on the nature of that development, and in fact included much of that advice in the final plan. But
we weren't willing to debate the fact of it.
"The same thing applies to exclusive con-
Ij tracts with UBC suppliers. We will enter into
| them, but we will also seek campus feedback on safeguards and the programs we
develop with the funds."
Strangway did make two notable exceptions last year. He approved two non-binding
student referenda: one on the venue for graduation
ceremonies, the other on a $90 technology fee.
But the latest complaint that too much is happening, with too little public involvement, may end
up in court. A group of graduate students plans to
challenge last year's 210 percent tuition increase
for international graduate students. Their argument: UBC did not follow its own policy on consulting students before raising tuition.
♦     ♦     ♦
Walking around UBC it's hard to tell the university
is short of cash.
New buildings like the Chan Centre, the C.K. Choi
Building for the Institute of Asian Studies, the
Koerner Library and the First Nations Longhouse
speak of the $750 million spent on campus capital
projects since 1985. For many, it's a building boom
that helped transform the tip of Point Grey into a
world-class campus.
But it's not hard to see the university as the rich
heir splurging on big tickets, and chintzy where the
money is needed most. As a Vancouver city councilor asked when Strangway was ready to charge
students a fee for sewage processing, 'why couldn't
he take a million from the $85 million profit from
the Hampton Place development?'
The present NDP-imposed tuition and funding
freeze and mandatory enrollment increases have
frustrated Strangway's past few years.
"You can't keep putting in more students and not
put any money in to go with it and expect to retain
a quality product," he says.
But Strangway's attempts to solve the funding
problem have ruffled a few feathers. He thinks students should pay a greater portion of education's
true cost. Currendy, tuition forms less than one
fifth of the university budget.
Last year, barred by the province's tuition freeze
and instructed—also by the province—not to levy extra
fees, including a sewage fee of $30 to $50, Strangway
told then Education Minister Moe Sihota he'd lay off
up to 40 faculty and staff to cover the shortfall. There
were never any layoffs, and there's still no sewage fee.
"The complete picture is that right now low tuition
is a subsidy to the privileged. If you really want to help
the less privileged attend, what you have to do is raise
tuition and put some of that money aside to help the
less-privileged. And people don't understand that"
He's banking that someone will understand it.
After a stint as the Canadian negotiator trying to
find a solution to the Pacific salmon dispute,
Strangway plans to start a private university, funded mosuy from tuition fees.
It's perfect, really. Here's a distinguished academic and administrator, arguably one of the best
fund-raisers in Canadian university history, someone fed up with government under-funding and
financial meddling. Government shouldn't be a
problem at the new university.
It's ironic, too. After so many years of building
the University of British Columbia, Strangway is
leaving, only to start from scratch somewhere else.
But the big question is whether Strangway's
vision of growing endowments, campus development, international enrollment and a university
'free' from public funding will survive at UBC under
new management. ♦
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Notice of Change to
Parking at UBC
As of July 2,1997, parking is no longer permitted on
the divided highway sections of SW Marine Drive,
south of Totem Park Residences or, on
W. 16th Ave., west of the Pacific Spirit
Park boundary, adjacent to Hampton
Enforcement of the Highways Act will
be conducted by the RCMP.
This is the first phase of a program to
eliminate free parking on roads adjacent
to UBC in suppport of the university's
Transportation Demand Management
program, a key component of the
Official Community Plan process.
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