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VOLUME 82 ISSUE 45
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001        BAD SHRIMP-SWEET! SINCE 1918
Richardson
comes home
TRIUMFant return for UBC researcher
deported to US on old drug charges
by Sarah Morrison
AND THEY HAD A RACE! And they also had a BBQI And Tristan ran into some guy from high j
SChOOlI TRISTAN WINCH PHOTO ,
WRECKED
TOTEM
POLE A
UBC
LANDMARK
 by Alex Dimson
While few people on campus probably notice that it's missing, a campus totem pole that was vandalised
and taken down earlier this term
had significant historical value for
UBC.
The Thunderbird Alma Mater
Totem Pole, a 16-foot high totem
that stood between the SUB and the
North Parkade, was found vandalised and broken into several
pieces in late January.
At the time, the RCMP received a
report that four individuals were
seen by the pole near the time of its
destruction. But Constable Danielle
Efford of the Campus RCMP said
that few developments have been
made in this case.
Charlotte Townsend-Gault, an
assistant professor in UBC's fine
arts department who specialises in
Pacific Northwest art, said that UBC
has lost an important historical artifact '
"It's probably the single-most '
piece of public art we've got on the
campus...but people don't even seem
to know that," Townsend-Gault said.
OLD: A picture taken a long time ago showing the totem pole beside
Brock Hall when it was the SUB. photo courtesy ubc archives
The pole, carved by renowned
Kwakwaka'wakw carver Ellen Neel,
was presented to the university on
October 30, 1948 in front of a crowd
of 6000 at Thunderbird Stadium.
In a formal ceremony before the
start  of a  football  game,   Chief
William Scow, alongside Neel and
her husband Edward, presented the
pole to the Alma Mater Society
(AMS), announcing that the pole-its
top sculptured in the swooping
See "Totems" continue.' on page 4
A senior researcher at UBC's TRIUMF laboratory returned home this
weekend after serving a nine-month
prison sentence for a crime he committed over 30 years ago.
Allen Richardson, whose legal
name is Christopher Peristein, was
arrested in 1970 in New York for
selling $20-worth of LSD to an
undercover police officer. Nineteen
at the time, Richardson received a
four-year sentence, and was sent to
Attica State Prison.
Richardson escaped from prison
and crossed into Canada, where he
was sheltered by an anti-war group.
It is believed he obtained a false
passport with the name 'Allen
Richardson,' and lived in Canada
until 1998, when an informant notified American authorities that
Richardson was living in Canada.
Richardson was arrested by the
RCMP; and deported to the US,
where he served a seven-month
term in New York's medium-securi
ty Woodbourne Correctional Facility.
Back in Canada, Richardson is
now preparing his request to stay in
the country. In a hearing this Friday,
Richardson will go before the
Immigration and Refugee Board to
appeal the rejection of a sponsorship application filed by his wife a
year and a half ago.
While Richardson's request
would ordinarily be denied because
of his criminal record, exceptions
can be made, according to his
lawyer.
'If the appeal decision of the
Immigration and Refugee Board
deems it a worthy enough case, they
can allow them to become a permanent resident of Canada, notwithstanding the fact that he is criminally inadmissible,' explained
Richardson's immigration lawyer,
Aleksandar Stojicevic.
Stojicevic expressed optimism
about the hearing.
"The likelihood of success is probably better than 90 per cent And as
See "Richardson" continued on page 4
More bus woes
If transit drivers vote to strike, students may
be affected during April final exam period
by Sarah Morrison
Students might have trouble arriving on time for their exams if bus
drivers go on strike in April.
Bus drivers for the Coast
Mountain Bus Company, a
TransLink subsidiary, have said that
they will go on strike if they do not
have a collective agreement by
March 31, when their current agreement expires.
The threat of a strike has prompted UBC and the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) to prepare for the possibility
of disruptions.
Brian Sullivan, UBC's vice-president students, said that the university is particularly concerned about
a strike being called next week, during the final days of classes.
"We...have concerns about those
first four days at the end of the term.
the Monday and Friday of next
week," he said. 'It's possible that if
something's called for April 1, those
could be very difficult days."
In the event of a strike, Sullivan
encourages students to carpool or
ride their bikes, and said that he is
exploring the possibility of supplying some additional temporary
parking, and using the university
security van as a shuttle service.
He added that UBC will try to
ensure that exams run on schedule.
'Both staff and students are
expected to try their best to plan
ahead to accommodate some of the
transportation issues that might
arise,' he said. 'Exams will be proceeding as scheduled, and it's
expected that students will be there
for them."
AMS Vice-President of External
See "Buses" continued on page 4
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Owen talks to students
 _^ by Alex Dimson
Vancouver-Quadra Liberal MP Stephen Owen
spoke candidly to a group of UBC students last
Friday about his decision to vote with his party
against a bill that he supported.
In February, the Canadian Alliance pushed
for a bill that would create an independent
ethics commissioner to investigate the prime
minister—an idea which Owen strongly
believed in. The Liberal Party, however,
staunchly opposed the idea.
Media attention focused on Owen as the
Liberal who might break party ranks.
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LITTLE MAN TALKS BIG: Vancouver-Quadra MP Stephen Owen returned home from Ottawa
last week and spoke to a group of UBC students, sarah Morrison photo
'On one hand it was an incredibly attractive
offer," Owen admitted to a group of onlookers
in the SUB. 'If I had voted against the government..! could have been a hero."
But in the end, Owen sided with the rest of
his party, defeating the bill.
'I did some moral arithmetic and balanced
one against the other,' he said. "If I had
voted [against the bill] would I have
been able to influence the direction of
other government policies the way I
■a ould want to over the four years that I
will be an MP?"
Owen said that he differs from the
r.tnks of Ottawa's 'cookie-cutter' MPs-
because of his lack of partisan experience.
"Nothing in my background has
been partisan. There are a lot of issues
that come with being part of a party and
it doesn't come easily and it doesn't
come quickly," he said.
Owen, who was a professor of Law at
Ihe University of Victoria at the time of
his election, has held a number of BC
government posts, including BC
Ombudsman and Deputy Attorney
General of BC. Owen only joined a political party last summer, when he signed
^,n with the Liberals before the fall election call.
He said that Ottawa's political cli-
Love of art doesn't pay
by Christie Tucker
Alberta Bureau Chief
EDMONTON (CUP)-Arts and culture graduates
work less and make less money than graduates
in other fields, even up to five years after graduation, according to Statistics Canada.
V In a report released last week, author
Jacqueline Luffman claims that graduates in
what she calls the 'arts and culture' fields are
more likely to be self-employed and less likely
to be working in a field related to their education.
She defined 'arts and culture" as including
fine arts, music, performing arts, industrial
design, advertising, cinematography, journalism, and architecture, among others.
The study follows closely behind a
University of Alberta (U of A) study of university and college graduates that had similar findings, said Wendy Coffin, the university's director of career and placement services, which
commissioned the study.
'That's probably a fairly accurate profile for
arts and culture graduates," she said.
U of A Dean of Arts Ken Nome said that most
students are realistic about what to expect when
they graduate.
'Artists tend to have fairly low and unstable
incomes," he said. "For whatever reason society
doesn't value arts as much as, say, professional
sports. The culture industry in Canada is so badly
under-funded that you could be the most skilled
artist in the world, [but] if society doesn't value
your contribution, it's not going to be well compensated."
Norrie pointed out that of the students studied by StatsCan, arts and culture graduates
showed the highest levels of job satisfaction.
Many students are not surprised by the
study's findings.
'I was aware of the prospects of this kind of
work when I got into it," said design student
Jaimie Johnson. 'But I couldn't see myself
doing anything else."
Johnson will be going on to graduate school
when he finishes his program, because he
believes it will increase his employability.
According to Luffman's study, a greater percentage of arts and culture graduates went back
to pursue further education than average university students.
Music education student Angela Visscher
will be following the lead of many other culture students and teaching in her field of
choice.
'I don't care about the money. I love music
and I couldn't imagine not doing it,' she said. ♦
mate came as a bit of shock to him.
"The culture in Ottawa is very strange,"
Owen said, explaining that if MPs behaved the
way they did in the House of Commons in the
courts then 'we'd all be in jail."
Aside from partisan politics, Owen discussed UBC and what he plans to do to
. improve the university.
'Institutions like this are at the hinge of
global issues," he said, acknowledging that
'there's a lot more the federal government
could be doing for post-secondary education,
even if post-secondary education is under
provincial jurisdiction.'
Owen pointed to Ottawa's recent $750
million cash infusion into the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation (CFI), which
sponsors post-secondary research across
the country, as one way the federal government has helped to improve colleges and
universities.
He added, however, that the CFI does not
address UBC's core funding and infrastructure needs.
"I feel strongly about UBC...we're situated
on a rim with attributes that make us important to the world,' said Owen, who graduated
from UBC in 1972 and is married to Diane
Koerner Owen, whose family has been a vital
donor to the university.
"We could leap 20 years ahead in five
years...we have the means to do it,' he added. ♦
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' by Jon Bricker
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-One year after students
turned out in record numbers to reject a
campus-wide deal between McGill
University and Coca-Cola, university officials have decided to call off negotiations
with the sofWrink giant
The deal wouljl have given Coca-Cola far-
reaching rights to sell arid promote its beverage line on campus and, in return, would
have brought McGill between $5 million
and $ 10 million over the next several years.
But after month* of noisy protests and a
referendum, last,,winter that saw students
reject the student unioa's participation'in
the .deal university officials decided two
weeks ago to call off talks with the beverage
giant
"the university will not be signing a cold
beverage agreement with Coke," said Alan
Charade, McGill's lead negotiator during
the talks with Coca-Cola.
He said administrators decided to call
off negotiations because of last year's referendum results and the reluctance several
student societies showed this year to take
part in negotiations.
University officials were extremely
unhappy that the deal had fallen apart, he
said.
'We've put a lot of work into this. I'm
disappointed in the results," Charade said.
On Thursday, Coca-Cola officials said
they had no idea that McGill had decided to
cease negotiations.
Bernard More, Coca-Cola's eastern
Canada spokesperson, said he was act ready
to give up on the idea of signing a de,al with
McGill.
'We're still open to talking/ he said.
'We're always willing to listen to what our
customers want*
But students who led the anti-Coke backlash last year were elated to hear that
McGill had called off the negotiations.
"This is amazing,' said Phil Gohier, an
engineering student who was one of the
leaders of the 'No' campaign in a referendum that asked students whether they supported the student union's participation in
an exclusivity deal.
'I'm happy to see that the student societies kept their heads on straight and stood
behind what students said in the referendum and that in the end, they helped overcome the deal."
Charade said that exclusivity deals like
the one McGill was negotiating with Coke
have the potential to supply needed funds.
"McGill has beea pressured for money/
he said. "You tiy to find money wherever
you can."
But Gohier said by rejecting private marketing partnerships, universities can send a
strong message.to the provincial and federal
government mat there is no substitute for
public funding.
In 1995, UBC became the first Canadian
university to sign an exclusive deal with
Coca-Cola, when the university and the
Alma Mater Society agreed to a ten-year
confidential contract with the company.
Since 1995, the Ubyssey has attempted
to make the contract public, arguing that it
is not in the public interest for a public
institution to sign secret monetary agreements with private companies.
The current request, filed in 1999 along
with Capilano College's student newspaper,
the Capilano Courier, is awaiting a ruling hy
Freedom of Information and Privacy
Commissioner David Loukidelis.
Nearly every university in Canada has
signed on with either Coke or Pepsi since
1995.
In Quebec, however, both the Universite
du Quebec a Montreal and Laval chose not
to pursue exclusive beverage agreements
after backlash on campus. ♦ 4     TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001
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TRIUMF job awaits Richardson
"Richardson" continued from page 1
his lawyer, I don't say that lightly," he
said. "There's overwhelming humanitarian and compassion considerations here...It's something he did 30
years ago," he said.
Stojicevic criticised the events
that led to Richardson's four-year
sentence in 1970, and spoke highly
of the him.
"Here, he's really led pretty close
to an exemplary life: director of the
West Van SPCA, he'3 had a steady
job at UBC for the past 20 years."
From 1982 until his arrest,
Richardson worked as a senior technical researcher at UBC's TRIUMF,
Canada's national laboratory of particle and nuclear physics.
"It was a surprise when he was
taken out of here," said Jim Hanlon,
TRIUMFs manager of human
resources and administration. "And
we didn't know he was working
under an assumed identity, that was
a surprise."
Hanlon says that Richardson's
job at TRIUMF is still waiting for
him.
"We don't have an exact date
when he's coming back, but we've
got a position open for him here."
Richardson was unavailable for
comment at press time. ♦
Response expected Wednesday
"Buses" continued from page J
Affairs Kristen Harvey said she is
concerned about students who
might be unable to attend their
exams.
"Basically, we want to make sure
that students are not going to be academically penalised for being
unable to attend an exam as a result
of the strike," Harvey said.
Don MacLeod, president of the
Canadian Auto Workers Local 2500,
the bus drivers' union, said that the
bus drivers will not work without a
collective agreement
The drivers have voted over 99
per cent in favour of a strike if a collective agreement is not reached.
MacLeod said that the Local is looking for job security protections and
wage increases for bus drivers.
But Coast Mountain representatives are optimistic that a deal can
be reached before April.
"We're still hopeful. The deadline
for the contract expiry is March 31,
and we have not been served with any
strike notice," George Garrett, a Coast
Mountain spokespersoa said Friday.
At a meeting this weekend, Coast
Mountain presented the bus drivers'
union with an offer. Garrett said that
he expects a response from the
union by Wednesday.
"We don't like to speculate, we're
always hopeful we can settle it.
That's the objective of collective bargaining," Garrett said.
TransLink has already
announced that it will not be selling
bus passes for the month of April. ♦
Totem pole has "proud history"
"Totems" continued from page I
image of the Thunderbird creature-
made UBC's use of the Thunderbird
name "hereby legal for the first
time."
"The totem has a long and honourable history," Scow said at the
time. 'A totem of which your teams
have eveiy right to be proud."
Prior to this event, the university
had used the Thunderbird name
without the blessing of the First
Nations tribes.
In his acceptance speech, then
AMS President Dave Brouson said
that the pole would stand in a "place
of honour" in front of Brock Hall,
and would serve as a 'constant
reminder to this and future student
councils to make Native students
especially welcome on our campus."
The pole initially stood outside of
Brock Hall before it was moved to its
location outside of the SUB.
While the remains of the totem
pole are being kept in a university
warehouse, Townsend-Gault said
she doesn't think it can be restored.
'I would hope that they can res
cue something from the wreckage
and preserve that but I think it's
beyond restoration," she said.
Instead, a movement has begun
to see a memorial pole constructed,
similarly to the Memorial to Bill
Reid pole that was erected outside of
the Museum of Anthropology earlier
this year to replace an original Reid
pole that had partially rotted.
A committee—consisting of AMS
and the university representatives-
will look into the possibility of creating a new pole. The committee
hopes to meet at least once before
the end of the term.
Mark Fraser, AMS vice-president
administration, will sit on the committee and said that he is open to the
possibility of the creating another
pole.
UBC Director of Athletics Bob
Philip echoed Fraser's comments.
"I think it would be nice to put it
back, certainly it's symbolic of all the
teams in UBC and its been around
for a long time,* he said. ♦
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by Lisa Venton
THE BEGGAR'S OPERA
at the Freddie Wood Theatre
until Mar. 31
When The Beggar's Opera premiered in the 18th
century, it ran for over one hundred nights—longer
than any other of its contemporaries. Since then it
has maintained a place in the literary canon I
thought it would be a
hard play to screw up. I
guess I thought wrong.
UBC Theatre's final
production of the year
mystifies me. While I
applaud innovative adaptations, this one is truly
awful. The director tries
very hard to be creative
in his attempt to bring
the ballad-singing characters into a 20th century
context but his mistake lies in juxtaposing both past
and present in one production, relying too much on
gag stage tricks to produce laughter rather than on
the strength of the plot
The set is a seedy back alley, complete with graffiti and prostitutes, which unfortunately immediately calls up images from the musical .Rent
Mistake number one: Using sets that look like
they're from popular musicals.
Through a doorway in the centre of the stage
(masked by a prop truck), characters from this gross
world magically become 18th-century operatic
singers, dressed in very regal-looking garb.
Mistake number two: Actresses who yell 'fuck
you' to one another while dressed like the prostitutes on Vancouver's downtown east side is fine.
Prostitutes turned 18th-centuiy wenches singing
beautiful ballads occasionally interjected with "fuck
yous' is not.
I don't want to go on listing individual mistakes
in this production. There are too many.
This bouncing back and forth between John
"I thought it would
be a hard jplay to
screw iip.
I guess 1 thought
Gay's script and everything else that was disastrously dumped in because somebody thought it
would be funny was a terrible choice. One character
adopts an extremely stereotypical Jamaican accent,
trying to arouse laughter because nobody can
understand what he is saying. Sorry, but a Jar Jar
Binks revival doesn't work here.
At another point the Mission: Impossible theme
is played during a cat-and-
mouse chase, which does
get some laughs from the
audience, but mostly adds
to the tackiness of the
entire production. There
are some funny jokes
about BC politics, but there
is no connection between
present social slums and
what Gay's dialogue
attempts to portray. It is this lack of connection that
is the main fault in the entire production. It is never
even explained why there is a door that magically
transforms homeless people and prostitutes into
beautiful singers who are concerned with notions of
honour.
After witnessing this three-ring circus that relies
on sensory overload, I realised that I did not care
what these characters were doing or feeling. I wasn't even sure what the plot was. I was watching people blab on stage, erupting into song every so often
UBC's The Beggar's Opera begs for a focus.
The entire play is basically an incoherent mess. It
lacks focus, containing so many out of place elements that it is visually exhausting and painful to
watch. The vulgarity is not funny and really takes
away from the witty exchanges that exist in John
Gay's script. Instead it highlights cheesy rip offs
from other pop culture. It's a shame, because the
subject matter is so renowned that UBC Theatre
probably could have come up with a very good
production—at the very least, one that does the
play justice. ♦
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Birds sweep Crusaders
UBC baseball players take four games off visiting Northwest Nazarene University team
CLOSE CALL: UBC third baseman Cavanaugh Whitety catches out an unidentified Crusader Saturday.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
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The UBC baseball team showed that it's ready to
fpake its mark in the NAIA this season by earning four wins over Idaho's Northwest Nazarene
University Crusaders this past weekend.
The double-doubleheader at Nat Bailey
Stadium marked the beginning of regular conference play for the Birds, who are competing
for four play-off spots against nine other teams
in their regional division of the NAIA.
Sophomore pitcher Jeff Francis took to the
mound for the Birds Friday and there wasn't
much the Crusaders could do to deal with him.
In what was probably one of the shortest games
ever played at Nat Bailey, the young phenom
from North Delta allowed only one hit, struck
out nine, and walked none in the 1-0 seven-
! inning victory for UBC. Third-baseman Nick
Leswick scored the Birds' only run on an RBI-
double in the bottom of the first.
Pitcher Gary Tongue started off for the Birds
in Friday's second game. UBC went ahead 7-1
after scoring six runs in the sixth inning. But
the Crusaders fought back, scoring their first
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Tough loss for rugby Bi
UBC women surrender to Douglas Club in BC Rugby Union Pre'mier Leagge semi-final game
The Thunderbirds' women's rugby team played a strong
game, but their efforts weren't enough to stop the undefeated Douglas Rugby Club from walking away with a 22-
0 victoiy last Saturday at Queen's Park in New
Westminster.
The semi-final loss took away UBC's shot at the top spot
in the BC Rugby Union's Women's Premier League. The
by Scott Bardslev    Birds will play UVic this weekend for the third-place spot
The Birds had no trouble beating the Seattle Breakers
in quarter-final action last weekend; but the" Birds knew,
going into the game, the Douglas Club would certainly
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"They have a great intense scrum halfY.and they take
advantage of any hole and any weakness they can get,"
Birds co-captain Pauka Brouwer noted before the game.
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the field* arid into the Birds' end zone.
.•■ Shortly afte'r the Srst try, the referee called a play offside near'the end zone/ Before UBC could get its bearings, Douglas rushed the ball all the way to the end, netting another five points. The rest of the first half was a
deadlock between the two teams.
UBC went into the second half down 10-0, but co-captain Sabrina Celms said the score didn't bother the Birds.
'I don't think we were upset at the half at all. There
Vvasn't an dunce of doubt, we all wanted it and we were
all ready to get back on the field and fight for another 40
rr^inutes/Celms said.
r' The second half started badly for the Birds. After executing a quick series of passes, the Douglas backs again
ran the ball downfield for another Uy. Douglas converted the try, bringing the score to 17-0.
;. During the second half, UBC's Cherlyn McKay had a
number of strong runs, once running almost half the
field.
( "They [Douglas] did all they could do, but I was running low and...if you run low it's going to be hard for
them to take you down,' she said. !
j Still-, in spite of McKay's efforts, the Birds could not
pcore whife imdway through the second half, Douglas
[. jnanaged one more try.     .
I ■- UBC coach Simon Quinto said the game was just a
S rAatter of a few little lapses on the part of the Birds that
J tfje Douglas team was able to exploit
I -} "The score was a little bit high and at some point they
[the UBC team] probably knew we were going to lose it,'
Quinto said. 'But they soil wanted to play for pride and
I was really impressed with them, going hard until the
I last minute of the game.'
:   •   "They don't play as individuals, they play as a team,*
} Quinto continued. 'You have some of those teams that
!> ,ju,t show up to the field, practise, play the game and
Jeaye. These girls keep it tight, they hang out on and off
th* field, they're all great friends and I've been really
impressed with their performance since the beginning."
;    Quinto, the starting comerback for the 2000-2001
UBC ThunderbirdV football team,  replaced Heather
Miller as the women's rugby head coach in January. ■.   '-
Now the Birds nave set their sights on next weekend's bronze medal match against UVic. Celms says the
team is looking forward to the match.
'■   'We have a special rivalry with UVic that we don't have
wl'Ii any other team because they're the only learn thaf s in
tlfa CIAU with us as well as in this club league," she said.
The Birds have an unbeaten record against UVic this
season and Celms said she expects more of the same. ♦
run in the next half-inning and five
more in the following two innings.
With the Birds' lead almost gone,
freshman pitcher Cory Stuart took
over, and the Birds squeaked through
with a 7-6 win.
On Saturday, things got off to a
great start when Thunderbird Jeff
Brewer pitched the first no-hitter of
his baseball career. The visitors' only
run came in the first inning after a
pair of errors by UBC fielders. But the
Birds tied it up in the bottom of the
first and rolled over the Crusaders
for the rest of the game. The final
score was 12-1 for UBC.
Bird pitcher Brooks McNiven
started on the mound for Saturday's
nine-inning second game. The game
was close at 4-3 after Crusader Todd
Fischer hit an RBI double in the
third. But in the seventh. Birds first-
baseman Spencer Barnard hit a sin-,
gle to left field, and Leswick
smacked a home-run over the high
blue wall, sending
Barnard home and giving
UBC a three-run cushion.
The fourth game ended in
a 6-3 UBC win.
UBC coach Terry
McKaig said his team had
expected to do well on its homefield
against NNU, but he was nonetheless happy to get the sweep. Even
though the four wins put them in a
good position, McKaig insisted that
the Birds have to put in a good showing this Wednesday in Tacoma
against St Martin's University and
next weekend in Ellensburg against
Central Washington University.
"These next six games on the
road are critical for conference
play," McKaig said.
McKaig was clearly happy with
YOU'RE OUT! Northwest Nazarene University's Ruben Burciaga catches Mike Lazaruk trying to
steal second during Saturday's early game. UBC won 12-1. richardlam photo
the UBC performance, but gave special mention
to outfielder Derran Watts, Barnard, Leswick,
and Francis—whose elevated play on the
mound has already earned him a reputation as
perhaps the most dangerous pitcher in the
league.
Having Francis kick off weekend rallies is an
obvious bonus for the team, according to
McKaig.
"We'll always start Francis in the first game.
They might want to.hide their number-one guy
until later—but then you leave your team thinking you have no faith in him.. .We'll leave it to the
other team to mess up their rotation,' he said.
The UBC players, for their part, expected
NNU to pose more of a threat Three weeks ago,
when the two teams met at a conference in
Lewiston, Idaho, the Crusaders came out on top
after a very close battle.
'We expected them to hit better, and their'
pitching wasn't stellar,' Brewer said after this
weekend's games, adding that the long drive
probably didn't help the Idaho team's performance.
For live.broadcasts of the Birds' next six
baseball games, listen to UBC radio, CiTR 101,9
FM, starting at 12pm Wednesday, and 3pm
Saturday and Sunday. ♦
FRANCIS FRIED: The Northwest Nazarene Crusaders felt the wrath of UBC pitcher Jeff Francis in the first game Friday at
Nat Bailey Stadium. Francis pitched a one-hitter, striking out nine and walking none in UBC's first victory of the weekend
The young phenom's record improved to 5-2 with the victory, his only two losses coming against the defending national
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ART
at the Stanley Theatre
until May 6
It was not too many years ago that
the National Gallery gained considerable media attention and a good
deal of popular criticism by purchasing a work called "Voice of Fire"
by Barnett Newman for almost
$2 million. The painting consisted
of an orange stripe sandwiched
between two blue stripes. The
media, not surprisingly, furrowed
its collective brow. The rest of
Canada, even less surprisingly, was
considerably more critical of the'
price tag.
Enter Yasmina Reza's Art currently playing at the Stanley Theatre.
Reza plays with the notions of what
we think good art should (and
should not) be, takes a light-hearted
approach to human relationships,
and weaves these ideas into a clever
comedy.
Basically, the play centres
around the complex relationship of
three friends—Yvan, Serge, and
Marc. After Serge, a successful dermatologist, purchases a plain white
canvas for the 'exorbitant' amount
of 200,000 francs, the friendship of
these three friends is tested to its
furthest limits. Marc, the most conservative of the three, clearly dislikes the painting, and it is the simple-minded, soon-to-be-wed Yvan,
who must mediate and conciliate
the dispute.
SHOULD
BE
by John Briner
The play speaks on. a different
level, and asks the audience whether
we do tilings or say things because
we truly believe in them, or because
we like the way we sound when we
say them. In this capacity, Reza
pokes fun at the human tendency to
fake understanding of what we may
not necessarily know or understand;
the way in which we say we like a
piece of art, because it make us
seem 'cultured.' Or the way in which
we engage in 'term-dropping'—
spouting off words like 'post-modernism' and 'deconstructionism'—
because it makes us feel intelligent
The simple-minded Yvan tries to
sum it up best by saying "If I'm who
I am because I'm who I am and
you're who you are because you're
who you are, then I'm who I am and
you're who you are. If, on the other
hand, I'm who I am because you're
who you are and you're who you are
because I'm who I am, then I'm not
who I am and you're not who you
are." It is muddled logic like this that
makes the play so honest and laughable.
There are only three actors and
the play uses the same set throughout, but Art captured and held this
critic's attention. Especially enjoyable was the way in which the play
forced the audience to re-examine
the way it views art and relationships in general. A good comedy
should make us examine our own
lives, and Art offers us just this
opportunity. ♦
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MEMENTO
opens Mar. 30
My memory isn't what it used to be:
I put things down and don't remember where they are, I forget phone
numbers, and I wonder on my way
to the bus stop if I turned off the
kitchen faucet I can't blame these
incidents on the morning-after-the-
night-before syndrome, so I attribute them to one too many blows to
the head, but subconsciously cringe
because I know that memory loss
gets worse with age. At least, I think
that's what they say...
After a violent attack which killed
' his wife and left him with a brain
injury, Leonard is unable to form
short-term memories. To keep track
of people, places, and things, he
takes reams of Polaroids and writes
endless notes to himself (some
more indelible than others). This,
and the fact that he can never be
sure if people are being straight with
him, makes the search for his wife's
killer a tad more difficult
Memento is one of those films
that will, ironically, remind you of
many others. It showcases elements
of The Fugitive, Pulp Fiction, The
Usual Suspects, and any number of
film noir pieces. What sets Memento
apart from these films is the total
lack of certainty of what will next
unfold on screen.
Memento plays on the idea that
what we remember isn't necessarily
what happened: if you ask two people why they were arguing, they may
recall the major theme, but will typically remember specific details very
differently. This is why police always
take eyewitness testimony with a
grain of salt The film never lets you
forget that
The entire premise of the film
rests on whether you believe in
Leonard's affliction, and Guy Pearce
leaves you with few doubts—his deft
ability to switch from lucidity to
blind rage to total confusion is totally convincing. Although Leonard
spends much of bis time in a waking-dream state, he is able to focus
on and process his surroundings,
evanescent though they may be
(unless recorded).
Joe Pantoliano is bis usual slimy
self as Teddy. We don't know why
Teddy is helping Leonard or even if
he is. Pantoliano is slick enough that
the viewer is hard-pressed to say if
he's a saviour or ajudas. Carrie-Anne
Moss turns in her wordiest performance yet (even if many of them are
four-lettered) as a mysterious, kindred-spirited manipulator. Again, the
viewer is not sure about her character or motivation. Is there anything
that the viewer can rely on in this
film? Yes, but you may not like it
While the director has gone to
great pains to achieve an art-house
film feeL there's no hiding the money
that went into it The film's detailed
visuals, slick editing and subtle audio
clues all serve to both distract and
alert the viewer's attention. The hard-
to-pin-down plot and concerted
efforts by the writer to obscure any
absolutes require the viewer to pay
strict attention to detail Even then, I
don't guarantee you'll catch everything—I know I didn't
This is a film for anyone who's
tired of cookie-cutter plotlines, and
wants a little fibre in their film diet
When it's over, ask your movie
buddy for his/her interpretation,
buy tickets for the next screening
and repeat as necessary. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
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NEW GROOVE
at the Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 24th
It was definitely more party than concert The
three turntables and the free-floating images,
not to mention the huge dance floor, gave it
away. Doris the Funkasaurus, the Herbaliser
DJs Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry, and Bullfrog
(featuring BluRuml3 and Kid Koala) took over
the sold-out Commodore Saturday night and
seriously got down. Looking rather frat-like in
his brushcut, DJ Doris opened the night with
some slow '70s soul, trying to warm up the
seat-finding, drinks-buying crowd.
The lights flashed over a nearly-empty
expanse of polished wood as people trickled in
off the damp sidewalks. For those in the know,
the Kid himself was on the floor during the
early part of the evening, standing quietly by a
pillar talking to the other DJs and watching
Doris scratch. The braver fans went over to
greet him, bringing their minidiscs and their
adulation.
by Regina Yung
The next DJ, the first Herbaliser, got a mass
of people onto the dance floor by playing several familiar rap songs in succession. In the
background. Urban Visuals provided colour-
filled chaos: a drop of milk blurred into an
opening fist mixed with random scenes from
violent movies and what looked like a portion
of the classic Robotech anime series, alldis-
played over real-time projections of the DJ's
hands.
The dancers were equally entertaining to
watch. All variations of the robot and the ever-
popular beehive butt-waggle were on display,
but surprisingly, there was little to no running-
man. The floor, bare and silent at nine o'clock,
was crowded and sauna-like by 11:30. As the
magic midnight hour approached, even the
bust-it-to-conserve-personal-space manoeuvre
wasn't working anymore; people didn't have
room to avoid each others' flailing elbows as
more and more patrons crowded closer to the
stage. The second Herbaliser, yellow-shirted
and goateed, really got things happening with
a faster, louder, edgier set, kicking up the soul
and pouring on the rap. He was good—they
were all good—but by the time Doris took to
the stage for his second short set, the occasional cries of 'Kid! Kid Koalal' were floating
audibly from the dance floor. Around midnight, the techs ran in to move the turntables
away from the front of the stage. And then, at
last, the man people had come to see made his
baggy-clothed way across the stage.
DJ Kid Koala stepped over the mike cord
and greeted Vancouver over the whoops and
cheers. After greeting a friend—'Hi, Alexis'—
he proceeded to meander his light-voiced way
through his thank-yous before telling the
crowd about building a small cottage industry
to put the second miniCD—'the reddish one'—
together. The rest of Bullfrog walked on
behind him. Then guitarist Mark Robertson
leaned sideways at an alarming w_le and the
first, mind-bending notes of 'a-b-a-b-a'
wavered out of the amps at ear-bleed levels.
The song has nothing to do with any Swedish
supergroup, by the way; it's written in traditional rondo format, which has a repetition
scheme of precisely that form, a-b-a-b-a.
Velvet-voiced BluRuml3 took over the
main mike after that, starting off an amazing,
musical, and very witty set Within the context
of the five band, the turntables became another component of the overall music, joining
melodies, basslines, and bongo drums to build
a cohesive, rhythmically challenging whole. It
seemed that Bullfrog's melding of several different musical streams epitomised exactly
what Coastal Jazz wanted to accomplish by
bringing New Groove to town. ♦
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The Canadian Alliance Student Associations (CASA) held its second annual National Lobby Conference March
12 -17, 2001. Throughout the week, 47 student delegates representing the 22 universities and colleges of
the alliance lobbied hard to defend the interests of students at the federal and inter-provincial level. As a
member of CASA, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) sent President Erfan Kazemi, VP External Kristen Harvey,
outgoing VP External Graham Senft, and outgoing President Maryann Adamec to promote the interests of UBC
students at the conference
The conference provided a chance for student government leaders to actively lobby decision makers on issues
directly affecting students. As President Kazemi stated, "It was a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with
Members of Parliament to discuss critical issues such as rising education costs, increasing student debt, and deteriorating campus infrastructures."
Conference delegates met with over 100 Members of Parliament, including Finance Minister Paul Martin, HRDC Minister Jane Stewart, Deputy
Prime Minister Herb Gray, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Stephan Dion, PC Leader Joe Clark, NDP Leader Alexa McDonough, and CA Leader
Stockwell Day. In addition to MPs, CASA delegates met with representatives from
the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Canada Student Loans
Program, and Edulinx, the new Canada Student Loans service provider.
Over the week, student leaders actively lobbied on the three R's of CASA's national
campaign: relieving student debt, restoring education funding, and rebuilding
campus infrastructure. As VP External Harvey noted, the message was well
received. "MPs were quite receptive to CASA's policy recommendations, as they
frequently commented on CASA's excellent reputation for creating real solutions for
real problems."
CASA is a federal lobbying alliance of 22 universities and colleges representing over
340,000 students. Members include such schools as McGill University, Western, the
University of Alberta and Okanagan University College. The alliance has recently
grown with the addition of four new student association members, and several other
major colleges and universities are currently seeking membership.
For more information on CASA, please see www.casa.ca. For additional information
about CASA's March 12-17 Lobby Conference, please contact Jared Wright, Policy
Analyst, at policyan@ams.ubc.ca.
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a message from your student society 10
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001
OP/ED
THE UBYSSEY
THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001
VOLUME 82 ISSUE 45
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Daliah Merzaban
NEWS EDITORS
Alex Dimson
Sarah Morrison
CULTURE EDITOR
Michelle Mossop
SPORTS EDITOR
Tom Peacock
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Tristan Winch
PHOTO EDITOR
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COORDINATORS
RESEARCH COORDINATOR
Graeme Worthy
LETTERS COORDINATOR
Laura Blue
WEB COORDINATOR
Ernie Beaudin
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Tuesday and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications Society.
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First; I am not from a prison
Well another school year is coming to a close,
and we're running out of time to share with you,
loyal readers, the wisdom that we receive in the
mailbox. And such wisdom it is...
The vast majority of you have probably never
written a letter to the Ubyssey. Or even considered it Evidently, however, there are plenty of
people out there who just can't get the words on
paper fast enough. And so, in the spirit of sharing and backfiring neurotransmitters, here's a
selection from our most faithful correspon-
dants, libel laws be damned.
1. A reduction in sperm
From a letter-writer whose other as yet-unpublished contributions include 'UBC. Prof [name
withheld] Wants To Kill Coyotes" and 'Finding
God, in a Sandwich." The following is extracted
from a letter entitled 'Serious Computer
Injuries."
I've been taking a lot of hot baths lately
because of my pain which translates into a
reduction in sperm and Quid volume. In case
you don't know the gonads hang in a sack for a
specific reason, to cool them so that they will
produce enough sperm to ensure fertillity. Were
they inside the body, we'd probably be extinct
Cheers...
2. A Concordat with the Serbs
From a scribe whose previous historical treatise
involved a personal account of shiting in a bucket
'Later the need felt by the Vatican to increase
papal power, called creeping infallibility, led to
the Catholic Church helping to cause World War
I (W. W.I) by signing a Concordat with the Serbs
which angered Austria. Making a similar deal
with Hitler helped him rise to power. Other
internal needs of the Church caused it to help
bring dictators Mussolini and Franco to power.
All these events contributed towards causing
W.W.II.
3. A vast network of connections
From a scribbler who, in what we assume is an
effort to impress us, has sent us copies of his
early-1980s Queen's University transcripts and
reference letters written by the professors who
supervised his 1984 Master's thesis. With the
letter came two floppy disks containing a classical music website 'for the novice and amateur
enthusiast"
7 would like to know if your ORGANIZATION,
with its vast NETWORK OF CONNECTIONS AND
CONTACTS, knows of any server with space, or
has any way of re-establishing, or might have
any interest in this presentation created primarily for the benefit of students of culture everywhere. "
Okay, so you get the point we get weird stuff in
the mail. We also have a giant poster advertising
Dude, Where's My Car? No shit. But we've saved
the best for last
What follows is either some haiiy guy's con
spiracy theory, or the ramblings of a drunken
dude in a ditch, or the work of a well-trained but
badly-educated chimpanzee. We don't know. All
we know is that this guy is 'not from a prison"
and that he, or it, is mighty upset about the "pig-
fucking cops' Well, who wouldn't be? Oh-and
this guy did NOT rob a gas station in 1974. Here
are some excerpts. You figure it out
...Ihave tried to make mention thatyour
pigcops ruinned my identification several
times to no avail...the SINumber XXX-XXX-XXX
is not my original mumber I was issued with...
...Lets clear something on the spot:.! did
not steal a car in a Hornby lot nor steal a wallet
on Main Street nor steal a briefcase. As far as
your Timex Lying dp bastard and the Hornby
lot creep two sets of Government and
Chatelaine stated I wasn't even in the
Province...
...There seems to be a few things you assholes appear to be missing...
...Your Government is really ashit one.
Several times I purchased tickets to leave this
city withyour Railroads and Greyhound...
...dontlabel me the WhiteLunch cocksucker and
get it right....Over 2 dozen of your Vancouver
Police sucked their wardens cock at the old
white lunch rather than go back to Lopaka &
Topeka prison...this is noted inPLAYBOY &
SWANK & MAYFAIR & in the HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATES...
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. ♦
LETTERS
The end does not
justify the means
I would like to thank the Ubyssey
for its kindness and consideration
for recently putting my name in the
top ten reasons for reading the
Ubyssey. It is nice to know one is
appreciated by one's peers. My
wife, who has not been well as of
late, had her spirits lifted by your
kindness and consideration.
The nicest thing about going to a
university is that you feel inspired to
expand your horizons. When you
look at the remarkable scientific and
economic revolution that human
beings are experiencing, it seems
natural to encourage students to
look at becoming full participants in
our extraordinary times. A good
round education that includes university-level science courses will
open so many doors. It will also help
to make for a better world.
Looking at the latest mean-spirited letter to the Ubyssey ("Head in the
clouds...,' Letters [Mar. 23]), it is
strange that when you ask some people to act in a dignified and respectful fashion you get the complete
opposite. But then, we all know the
story of the little boy who is told not
to play with matches but ends up,
nonetheless, burning down his parents' home. He doesn't really mean
ill, he just doesa't know better.
A few years ago I had the pleasure
to meet Nobel laureate Archbishop
Desmond Tutu at a talk he gave here
in Vancouver. Something he said in
his talk comes to mind.
"Unfortunately, there are people who
think the end justifies the means. I
happen to feel the end and the
means are one and the same. You
cannot expect to lift the human spirit
by being meanspirited."
I would write a longer letter but
I am busy working on my paper on
galactic structure which I may have
an opportunity to present at a conference in Seattle in May.
I would invite the young man
down to come to listen to my talk
but I think he is too busy sharpening his knives.
-Patrick Bruskiewich
Graduate student-physics
Martial arts films
can be high quality
I write in response to the movie
review of Sat Wounds ("Salvation for
Seagal action, comedy and steak*
[Mar. 23]). I am deeply offended at
the stereotyping of the martial arts
genre by the writer as 'typified by
bad acting and non-existent plots.'
Simply because what the mainstream Canadian audience is
exposed to is only Jackie Chan or
Bruce Lee movies, the writer automatically assumes that all martial
arts movies prior to Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon must be of poor quality. The fact is that the martial arts
film has a genre called 'wuxia pian/
first developed in Shanghai in the
1920s, which does contain strong
plot, three-dimensional characters
and philosophical themes. I recommend the writer watch King Hu's
1960s classics such as Dragon Inn.
In addition, he may wish to rent a
copy of Tsui nark's Swordsman 2
with Jet Li, The Chinese Ghost Story
or The Bride with White hair. Such
movies are what inspired Ang Lee to
make Crouching Tiger.
Those movies deal with issues
such as power struggles, love in society and many other countless issues.
Crouching Tiger is the first movie
belonging to the wuxia genre to have
a wide release in North America. So
contrary to the writer's ignorant
statements. Crouching Tiger is not
an anomaly at all, but only one of a
long line of wuxia films.
-Winston Fung
Arts 4
Imagine UBC...
without boredom
First day on campus. Imagine UBC?
Students follow one another in a
steady stream into War Memorial,
cramming themselves into predetermined seats. Faculty by faculty.
the screams grow louder, as you
are encouraged to defend your academic turf.
Arts and Science, or Science vs.
Arts?
The squaring-off of the Arts and
Science faculties and the jostle for
recognition, funding and self-assurance has occupied the pages of the
past few Ubyssey issues. This letter
is a collaborative attempt to bring
attention to a less divisive alternative that underlies many of our own
experiences at UBC. We are an interdisciplinary class, whose 22 members are from anthropology, art history, English, history, integrated science, Nursing, physics, psychology
and sociology. Would more people
have noticed the absurdity of the fao
ulcentric orientation activity, and
the underlying values that make
these categories of affiliation seem a
reasonable (if not a natural) part of
enrolling in university, if the organisers had asked men and women to
face off, or had separated new
Canadians from generational
Canadians? When facts flow from
higher authorities, from the citadel
on the hill, they have the power to
covertly shape public understandings. UBC is one such citadeL It has
the power to produce expert knowledge that seems impenetrable.
Initial experiences are not only
integral to the shaping of a segre-
See "Faculties" on next page THE UBYSSEY
LETTERS
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001   11
Faculty affiliations should be less important
"Faculties" continued from
previous page
gated academic agenda, but also mirror the public understanding of science and the arts. This shaping
process of UBC students in particular, and society in general, necessitates some reflection on 'expert'
knowledge versus 'experiential'
knowledge. Insofar as the former
assumes authority and makes claim
to objectivity and neutrality, there
remains a lack of questioning as to
the specific ways in which 'facts'
become equated with 'truth,' only
later to be revised as myths and
bygone beliefs. This is not to say that
'expert' knowledge is not valid or
crucially important. Rather, what
needs to be problematised is the
general assumption that experience
is secondary to authoritative expertise. Both types of knowledge are
valid, and when taken together, contribute to a greater whole. As such,
there is a need/responsibility for
'experts' to translate their 'expertise'
into a language that is understandable and accessible to all, just as
there is a need/responsibility for
'experts' to both hear and value experiential knowledge. Inasmuch as scientific discourse places itself and is
placed on a pedestal, people will continue to fall prey to the notion that
this fortified great divide allows
entry only to the 'qualified.' As the
global, largely alternative, media
continues to increase the options
available to 'non-experts' to actively
participate in this discourse, we can
recognise the porosity of these walls,
and in doing so, cultivate an attitude
of healthy scepticism.
At UBC, we should be sceptical of
Science classes for Arts students that
are not for credit in the Science faculty. No Arts classes exclude Science
students. We should question the
implications of such biases. In the
same vein, we might look at the equitable allocation of university funding: buildings, activities, faculty and
scholarships. By effecting change at
the university level, students gain
the ability to impact change in the
community and deprivilege authoritative knowledge.
Recognising cultural pluralities
and diversities surrounding us highlights a multiplicity of truths.
Quantum mechanics are important
to our economy, yes, but just as
important are our social interactions
and networks. We must be cautious
of privileging one form of knowledge
over another. We advance that a life
outside of the university can also
enable a person to question the
authority and power of knowledge.
Home-makers, scientists, farmers,
athletes, physicians, cooks, all offer
us a wealth of experiences and practical knowledge which shapes science just as it is shaped by science.
Experiences encourage a broadening of perspective and allow for a
wide range of exchanges with people
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Squabbling over faculty superiority
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interdependent or interdisciplinary
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year. Rather, universities might
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Imagine UBC 'who-can-scream-loud-
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they deserve?
Imagine. Think about it
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