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The Ubyssey Mar 10, 1998

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Money to back tuition freeze
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
BC student leaders, university and college
administrators and faculty representatives
were gushing Monday when Premier Glen
Clark announced $29 million in new funding
for post-secondary schools.
A big part of that funding, $ 17.5 million,
will pay for 2900 new student spaces in BC
next year; the rernaining $8.5 million will
help cover inflation and computer upgrades
at BC universities and colleges, as well as new
funding for the Technical University of BC.
"It's still not the absolute panacea that
we'd all like to see but you look at what's happened across this country. This is so far ahead
of the other provinces it's not even ninny,"
said John Harper, a board member at Cariboo
College and head of the College and Institute
Educators Association of BC.
Harper, as well as Canadian Federation of
Students BC Chair Maura Parte, student councilors and university presidents, including
Martha Piper, the president of UBC, flanked
Clark, and Andrew Petter, the new minister of
Advanced Education, Training and Technology, for the announcement at the BCIT
downtown campus.
Piper said she was happy with the funding increase. "I think it positions BC very
favourably within the country," said Piper. "I
think most important is it makes post secondary education a priority which is a very
important message for the province as we
move forward in a knowledge based society."
Piper also backed away from her position
in favour of tuition increases, saying the
provincial tuition freeze is positive when combined with funding increases.
Next year will be the third year of frozen
tuition and ancillary fees for Canadian students studying in BC. However it's the first
year that the freeze will be accompanied by
a hike in operating funds from the province.
Until now, Piper and other BC university
and college administrators have been vocal in
their opposition to the freeze and the mandatory increases in enrolment, which they have
blamed for overcrowded classrooms, a virtual
hiring freeze and a purchasing slowdown on
equipment and books.
Piper couldn't say Monday exactly how
much of the funding UBC will get
But despite the positive tone of the
province's announcement, the new money
won't fully replace the so-called 'productivity
improvements" the university has been
forced to make since the budget for 1996/97.
By the time UBC gets its share of the $8.5
million that's not targeted to new enrolment,
the increase won't even cover this fiscal year's
inflation on the university's $272 million
annual operating grant from the province.
The grant has been frozen at this level since
1996/97. At an average inflation rate of 1.6
per cent, the university would need $4.35 milhon of the funding, more than half the
amount available.
MICHAEL GARDINER, past BC chair of the CFS and now in the Premier's youth office,
unidentified, Glen Clark, Andrew Petter and Jean Wolff, Clark's press secretary, following the
announcement of $29 million more education funding. RICHARD LAM PHOTO
Also, the $ 17.5 milhon targeted to new student spaces breaks down to $6034 in government funds per extra space, a figure that's on
the low side.
In their tuition freeze announcement last
week and the funding announcement yesterday however, both Clark and Petter emphasised how BC has absorbed federal cuts to
education transfer payments, while other provinces have passed on those cuts to students
in the form of tuition.
"We're going in a completely different
direction from the rest of Canada by freezing
tuition and by expanding the system." Clark.
Clark said more education announcements
are coming; the universities are still waiting to
hear how much Victoria will cough up in
matching funds for a new federal research
infrastructure program, the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
BC universities are calling for some $100
milhon in provincial funding for that program over the next five years.
Observers are also questioning what effect
the tuition and funding plans will haive on the
provincial budget, due to be released by the
end of this month. Clark said Monday that
education and health are the only provincial
areas that won't face cuts in the budget
The tuition freeze does not apply to international students or students in some full-cost
professional programs.^
The McGill Daily
months of closed-door negotiations with Chapters Inc., McGill
University has become the first
Canadian university to outsource the management of its
bookstore to the retail giant
The five-year contract, which
has been ratified by the McGill
Board of Governors, was based
on a recommendation by an
advisory committee struck by
the university last summer to
weigh the option of outsourcing.
Chapters, which took over management of the store March 1,
now pockets all bookstore revenues and compensates McGill
with an annual fee.
Confidentiality clauses in the
contract prohibit either party
from revealing the exact amount
of money the university will garner from the deal. "We felt it was
not necessary or helpful to see
numbers bandied about in the
press," said Phyllis Heaphy, the
McGill administrator who headed up the advisory committee.
The amount is rumoured to
approach $750,000.
According to Geoff Swift,
director of college stores for
Chapters, the company is projecting a financial windfall from
the deal and expects revenues to
climb under its management
Swift says a clause which
boosts the annual fee Chapters
pays McGill proportional to rising revenues sweetened the deal
for the university's adniinistration. .And the university will still
get its annual fee, even if the
store falls on hard times.
"If the store loses money, the
university still gets the revenue,"
Swift said.
In order to increase student
traffic, there are plans to install
a cafeteria in the bookstore, as
well as create a magazine and
periodicals section and a lounging area. Chapters also hopes to
increase the number of titles the
bookstore carries and expand
used textbook sales.
Despite the ambitious revenue projections. Swift says
Chapters is "conunitted to maintaining the textbook pricing policy.   Prices  will  only  go  up
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In our last issue, we mistakenly published a photo of the UBC Music
Department, instead ofthe Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra We regret the
because the supplier sets the cost, not because
Chapters raises them."
But Adam Giambrone, who is running for an executive position in this year's student union elections,
is not so optimistic.
"How are they going to make this money?" he
asked. "Even if it isn't on textbooks it might be on all
other titles in the store."
Giambrone says he also takes issue with the university underwriting the book chain, which has been
criticised for stifling small book publishers out ofthe
book selling market with its volume-based approach
to sales.
The secrecy surrounding the negotiations and
sketchy terms of the contract has frustrated bookstore employees and students. Chapters has confirmed that workers will remain employees of
McGill University, but says job descriptions may
Employees, for their part, say they have been left
in the dark about what impact the new management
will have on their jobs.
"We're basically being told nothing," a full-time
bookstore employee commented under the condition
of remaining anonymous. "Right now everyone is
feeling very insecure about their jobs, whether their
jobs will change, or whether they'll have jobs at all
when Chapters takes over."
aVn advisory committee, consisting of four McGill
representatives and one Chapters official, will review
the transition of management to Chapters and help
mediate any employee concerns stemming from the
new contract
The deal has raised more than a few eyebrows
among bookstore staff as to why McGill entered nego
tiations with Chapters to outsource management for
an operation that consistently posted profits. When
negotiations with Chapters first got underway last
year, Horst Bitschofsky, manager of the McGill
Bookstore, confirmed that the operation was "not in
financial trouble."
"There was no need as such to outsource management," Heaphy said. "We had and continue to have a
well-run bookstore. It was felt by the people who
looked at this issue, specifically a workgroup consisting of four students and four academics, that we
could do even better by outsourcing the management
to Chapters."
Chapters has poised itself to break into the university market with an aggressive expansion plan
which could see the chain installed in university
bookstores across the country. Swift says outsourcing
deals are already in the works with at least two other
Canadian universities and talks are well underway
with several others.
But he refused to disclose which universities
Chapters is negotiating with.
"It's my guess that bookstore staff may not have
even been informed that we're talking with then-
bosses," Swift said.
UBC bookstore director Debbie Harvie says she
has met informally with Swift, as well as representatives from another bookstore chain, Barnes
and Noble. But so far, neither have approached
UBC with similar offers, nor has UBC approached
Harvie says she will do evei*ything she can to prevent the university from outsourcing to Chapters
because the store has such limited experience in the
university marketplace. "It's not in the interest of
UBC. It would be a basic store that doesn't reflect the
[UBC] community," she said.»>
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UBC signs exclusive airline deal with Canadian
by Alex Bustos
A business deal between Canadian Airlines
and UBC has ignited a faculty debate about
who controls professors' pocketbooks.
The arrangement, which took effect
January 1, obliges university employees on
academic business to fly with the airline.
Those who can find a cheaper flight with
another carrier, or those travelling to a destination not covered by Canadian, are exempt
from the rule.
The contract coincides with changes to
UBC's travel policy requiring staff to choose
between two lnuversily approved travel agencies. North South Travel and The Rider Travel
Even though it has been in place for two
months now, the two deals are still subject to
George Bluman, head of the Mathematics
department, is not convinced the deal makes
economic sense.
"(Professors) want to spend their grants
wisely and they want to have as much freedom as possible on their travel,' he explained.
"Many people are not convinced there will be
any savings at afl."
But according to a recent memo distributed
by UBCs purchasing department, the deal was
necessary after the Canadian airline industry
recently capped the commissions travel agencies made on airfares. Those caps cut the
amount agencies rebated to clients like UBC.
"Estimates indicate travel agency commission rebates to UBC would decline from
$150,000 in 1997 to
$50,000 in 1998," the
memo stated. By signing
with Canadian, the university could maintain a high
level of rebates.
But according to a professor who wished to
remain anonymous, the
Canadian deal is really an
example of adrninistration
dictating how a professor
can use their research
"Why does UBC have a
travel agency at all?" the
professor asked. "A concern
ofthe faculty is that this is a
way to avert research
(grants) from research to adrninistration'
Connie Fabro, UBC's travel manager, said
such concerns are misguided.
"The (rebate) money is going back to each
faculty department" she said, "it's not intended for general operating expenses."
aAcoDrding to the deal, Canadian will provide the university with the lowest fares and
give an additional rebate based on the volume
of travel.
"Six per cent of the net travel (cost) will go
back to each faculty," explained Fabro, "and
it's proportional to the amount of travel."
The deal, following in the footsteps of a
1995 contract making Coca-Cola the sole beverage srupplier on campus, has also reopened
the debate on the relationship between acade-
DEBATE OVER   corporate presence on campus raised again, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
mia and the private sector.
Robert Blake, president of the Faculty
Association, said there has not been enough
campus discussion on the level of corporate
presence at UBC.
"The general debate on the philosophical
and political connotations of the corporate
presence on campus," he said, "should precede discussions on the practical advantages
of business-education partnerships. To date,
this debate has not occurred to any great
In addition, some professors have questioned the level of faculty involvement in the
Canadian deal.
Kenneth Baimbridge, head ofthe physiology department said some of his colleagues
are concerned about a perceived lack of consultation on the Canadian deal.
"I think the concern is more lack of consultation that the annoyance this (deal) causes,"
he said.
But Paula Martin, manager of public
affairs, pointed out that a focus group and two
separate committees looked at the deal before
it was struck.
"There was quite a bit of varied consultation across campus," she said.
Universities, argued Martin, must find
smarter ways—such as the Canadian deal—to
spend their money.
"This (UBC) is a public institution," she
said, "you have to be accountable for how you
generate revenues."*?*
Poli Sci prof to study Bosnia up close
ALLEN SENS selected for Bosnia Trip, richard lamxubyssey file photo
 by Sarah Galashan
UBC political science instructor
Allen Sens is set for a government
funded trip to Bosnia—barring nir-
ther outbreaks of violence.
The trip is part of an annual
National Defense program that
seeks to promote discussion of foreign policy issues by exposing academics to topical international areas.
Two years ago, Sens traveled to
Haiti on a similar junket
Tart of the way they do it [promote discussion]," says Sens, "is to
send interested individuals—professionals.
"We all come home and we
write what we want From [the government's] point of view that's
what they get They get people
commenting, perhaps more intelligently on the basis of their own
While in Bosnia the Canadian
academics will visit potentially vulnerable institutions such as orphanages and prisons.
No other UBC faculty have been
selected for the trip and Sens says
he is not permitted to discuss who
his travel companions will be. As an
expert on European security and
advisor to the Somalia inquiry and
United Nations, Sens was selected for
his expertise and availability.
Despite his apparent national profile as an expert on international politics, UBC almost lost the sessional
instructor to budget cuts last year, but
did eventually manage to keep him
on staff for another year.
The trip, says Sens, will benefit
not only his research but also his
classes. Currently Sens teaches classes in international relations at both
the 200 and 300 levels and says his
experience in Bosnia will be directly
reflected in his teaching.
"I will be able to say to fiiture students, 1 was there and this is what I
saw," said Sens, "so I think it's very
valuable for professors in their teaching and not just their research"
While away students in his 360
class will be engaged in a simulation
exercise discussing security options
in a fictional Bosnia.
Although the trip is scheduled for
March 13^25 it could be canceled
pending further violence-Sens won't
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The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-The BC government has temporarily backed down on introducing new measures that
would give them access to a wide range of personal
information about social assistance claimants.
In late January the government mailed out nearly 75,000 letters, termed
"consent forms," which
would grant officials
access to this information. Family members of
claimants would also be
subject to investigation
under the new system.
Failure to return the form
carried with it the threat
of losing benefits.
But  in  the  face  of
protests, phone calls and complaints, recently-
appointed Human Resources Minister Jan Pullinger
has called for a legal review of the new system.
David Turner, a member of BC's Human Rights
Commission, says he is glad about the initiation of
the review, adding that in their present state, the
forms violate the rights of dignity and privacy and
discriminate against those on income assistance.
"I urge the nrinistry to carry out limited searching
in only those places needed to prove a claim," Turner
On Febuary 21—the day the forms were originally
due—approximately 150 anti-poverty activists took to
the streets of Victoria to urge the government to
respect the privacy rights of those in need of social
The two members of the NDP caucus responsible
for getting the government to review the forms,
Gretchen Brewin and
Steve Orcherton, attended the protest and were
presented with two large
plastic bags filled with
crumpled up forms.
Brewin said at the
protest that her office has
never received as many
phone calls as they did on
this matter.
".As a result of your
calls,  [Orcherton and I]
"As a result of your calls,
[we] were able to raise this
issue in caucus and initiate
the review process."
-Gretchen Brewin,
ndp caucus member
were able to raise this
issue in caucus and initiate the review process," she
However, some spectators at the protest said the
new measures were necessary to protect taxpayers
"When someone receives welfare they are saying
they can't take care of themselves and need the state
to step in and help," Les Haddad, a street vendor in
downtown Victoria, said. "In that case, I don't see
why they shouldn't give away some of their [privacy]
Prof challenges bill restricting criminal writers' profits
by Stephanie Power
The Fulcrum
OTTAWA (CUP)-A University of
Ottawa criminology professor says
he fears that if a federal bill currently before the Senate passes, it
may hinder his academic
Robert Gaucher teaches undergraduate classes at the University
of Ottawa and is editor of the
Journal of Prisoners on Prison,
which publishes articles written
by prisoners about prison life. He
says Bill C-220 would allow the
federal government to seize the
ownership and profits of articles
in his journal and interfere with
its publication.
"We're concerned that the
copyright changes that are proposed in this bill would actually
curtail our ability to publish the
materials that we do," Gaucher
C-220 was introduced as a private members bill by Liberal
member Tom Wappell and passed
unanimously by the House of
Commons last September. The
legislation would turn the copyright and earnings from anyone
writing about a crime of which
they were convicted or people who
collaborate with them in the writing over to the government.
Under the bill, the publication
restrictions would be built into
the sentences of people convicted
of indictable crimes, Wappell
The bill was introduced, the
MP says, so people like Paul
Bernardo, Karla Homolka and
Clifford Olson could not write
books about their crimes and profit from them, adding that the
Canadian  public  supports  the
motivation behind the legislation.
"I think it goes against the fundamental values that we stand for
in Canada to allow a person to
commit a crime and then make
money from it," he said.
Writers' groups have expressed
opposition to the legislation.
Representatives of the Writers
Union of Canada and PEN
Canada, when they appeared
before the Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs
published is not.
"Who says there's a right to get
published? This bill doesn't stop
you from writing," Wappel said.
Gaucher says giving the federal
government the power to seize
copyright rights would interfere
with a lot of the academic work
done in cruninology.
"How in the world can you talk
about a criminal justice system
when you leave out the understanding, the version of reahty of
"If what we're doing is critiques
of the state and you've just given
the state copyright control, you've
just said to me that the state can
censor my work, my academic work,
any time they want. And I
find that totally unacceptable."
-Robert Gaucher,
University of Ottawa criminology professor
on Feb. 12, said the bill would violate Canadians' constitutional
right to free speech and inhibit the
writing of valuable literature.
They added that books like
Michael Harris' Justice Denied,
about Nova Scotia aboriginal
Donald Marshall's wrongful conviction for murder, or G7obe and
Mail journalist Kirk MaMn's book
which helped clear Guy Paul
Morin of Ontario of his wrongful
murder conviction, might never
have been written if the bill had
been in place.
But Wappell says although freedom of speech is a right, getting
one of the major players? That's
just poor social science, let alone
all the political rarnifications of
it," Gaucher said.
"If what we're doing is critiques of the state and you've just
given the state copyright control,
you've just said to me that the
state can censor my work, my academic work, any time they want
And I find that totally unacceptable," he added.
Gaucher says if the bill
becomes law, he will initiate, a.
Charter challenge against it It is
presently being considered by the
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by Sarah Galashan
Chris Shaw, an associate professor of oph-
thalmology, has been cleared by a panel of
his peers of allegations that he permitted
one of his thesis students to use questionable research techniques.
The allegations were made in the fall
semester of 1994 but the investigation did
not end until last month. UBC investigations of academic integrity are supposed to '■
be conducted within 60 days of the com-
In late January, Shaw told me Ubyssey
that mm of the prolonged investigation
could hurt Ms career. "The last thing {anyone) wants is to be associated with something i%," he said.
He also said he plans to send the bill for
his estimated legal costs of $4000 to the
The allegations, made by David Quastel,
a UBC professor of pharmacology and ther;
apeutics, were in reference to a thesis
review chaired by Quastel of Ruth Lariius, a.
graduate student in a combined neuro-sci-
ence and medical degree. Lanius' thesis
involved the study of neurotransmitter
receptors in the brain and how different
chemicals create changes in brain activily.
Portions of the experiment entailed
exciting the brain cells with a chemical
called veratridine and then tneasuring the
activity. It was the methods of measure-
nasal that Quastel brought into question.
But Quastel retracted bis allegatioas
and made an apology alter Shaw gued for
The investigative committee, made up
of Anthony Phillips, UBC head of
Psychology, Harry Joe, UBC haad of
Statistics, and Michel Bouvier from the
University of Montreal, completed their
investigation within a few hours.
The report reads in part "that there is
no evidence that Dr Shaw, as supervisor or
otherwise, participated in the selective
omission of data or misrepresentation of
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Quastel,. after learning, of the investiga- sarih/harsh.4*
Millennium fund falters
by Sarah Schmidt
The Varsity
OTTAWA (CUP)-The centrepiece ofthe federal government's new scholastic program is
drawing criticism from provincial governments and student leaders.
Quebec minister of education, Pauline
Marois, responded to the announcement of
the Millenium Scholarship Fund with an
announcement that Quebec wants to opt out
and get the money instead. Marois proposed
that the money go instead towards Quebec's
needs-based bursary program, which last
year serviced 71,600 students with grants
averaging $3,885.
The ministry has estimated that the
Quebec portion of the awards would be
$81.25 million a year, a fair chunk of money
in comparison to the $255-million in grants
already handed out annually in the province
for education.
Andrew Petter, BC minister of advanced
education,fraining and technology says the
fund was driven more by political than practical reasons.
"While I appreciate the recognition, I think
it's regrettable that the government has taken
the political route with a high profile initiative rather than work to replenish what
they've taken out of the system," he said.
Petter cited the $2.29-billion cut in transfer payments to the provinces for post-secondary education since the Liberals first took
'"They could have used
instifute across the
into health care,
we'd he in a much better
situation today."
-Dale Kirby,
chair of the newfoundland
component of the cfs
office in 1993—a number which will grow to
$3.1-billion by the time the scholarship fund
kicks in.
"It may actually encourage some provinces and institutions to raise tuition,"
Petter added, explaining that he would have
preferred to see a restoration in transfer payments and the investment in a national system of grants.
Newfoundland's finance minister, Paul
Dicks, announced that because of new
income tax benefits, the continuing
drop in equalisation payments and
other elements of the federal budget
initiatives there will be a $30-million
shortfall in provincial coffers.
A student leader says that as a
result of this, there won't be a tuition
freeze in the province.
"Well, there goes our tuition
freeze," said Dale Kirby, chair of the
Newfoundland component of the
Canadian Federation of Students.
"They could have used the money to
chop tuition at every post-secondary
institute across the country, thrown a
little into health care, and we'd be in a
much better situation today."
Elizabeth Carlysle, national chairperson-elect of the Canadian Federation of Students, says a system of needs-
based grants built into the existing student
loan bureaucracy would have been an immediate and permanent program for needy students and would have avoided all the legal
wrangling over jurisdiction.♦
CEO to head
by David Cochrane
Ottawa Bureau
OTTAWA (CUP) - The appointment
of a prominent businessman to
head the board of directors of the
Canadian Millennium Scholarship
Foundation has student groups worried about the direction of Ottawa's
$2.5-billion scholarship fund.
Yves Landry, chairman and CEO
of Chrysler Canada, was appointed
to head the foundation by Prime
Minister Jean Chretien on Feb. 24.
Landry, at times an outspoken critic of Canada's post-secondary education system, has called for a "revolution" in higher education to better prepare students for the job
Landry, who is a member of a
number of organisations intent on
building closer ties between corporations and higher education, has
warned that certain areas, such as
the auto industry, face a serious
shortage of skilled workers that
could limit growth. He has also criticised governments for not pumping more money into programs with
high-demand in the job market.
Despite those comments, Landry
says he is bringing an open mind to
his role as chair of the foundation
and won't pursue a particular agenda.
"I'm only one member of the
board and my job is to be a facilitator," Landry told the Toronto Star
recently. "I'm not going to make policy right now."
But while the prime minister is
hailing Landry as a great friend of
education, student groups are questioning the appointment of a
wealthy business leader to head up
a fund for needy students.
"It begs the question: What does
this person know about student
poverty and student debt?" said
Brad Lavigne, national chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students.
The foundation will start operating in 2000 and run dry in just 10
years. It will spend about $325 million on annual scholarships for
100,000 students. The scholarships
will be worth as much as $3,000 per
student annually.
Right now, the government says
the scholarships will be awarded to
students on the basis of financial
need and academic merit. The federation and most education groups
have advocated that scholarships be
awarded solely to low and moderate
income students. But Lavigne says
Landry's strong business ties makes
that unlikely.
"It doesn't offer much hope that
an individual such as Mr. Landry
will be sympathetic to the overwhelming need for the needs-based
criteria to be the dominant criteria,"
Lavigne said.
The foundation will be run by a
15-member board of directors
made up of private citizens. It will
include one student. The government says it will finalise the fund's
scholarship criteria and the structure of its board of directors over
the next two years.♦ rfe
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by Shelley Robinson, Paul Mansfield,
and Andrew Simpson
The Dalhousie Gazette
HALIFAX (CUP)-Faculty at Dalhousie University are
poised to strike after a sweeping rejection ofthe administration's latest contract offer.
Eighty-one per cent of the faculty association
rejected the administration's latest offer March 3.
The rejection came on the heels of two other obstacles to settlement—a successful strike vote and the
failure of a provincial mediator to bring the two
sides to an agreement.
In the wake of the offer rejection, the faculty
association has asked the provincial mediator to file
his report
Faculty can walk out*-or the university can lock
them out—two weeks after the provincial mediator
files his report
Despite the looming deadline, both sides say
they are optimistic that an agreement can be
reached soon.
"The [faculty association] is hopeful there can be
substantial negotiations in that two-week period
that will prevent the strike," said aAndy Wainwright
external relations officer for the faculty association.
Eric McKee, vice-president student services,
agrees. "When we say no one wants a strike, those
of us who have
been there mean
The rejected offer
included an 8.8 per
cent salary increase
over 32 months, significantly shy of the 12.5
per cent increase over
two years that the faculty association is
The offer was rejected because it didn't
come close to repairing
the damage caused by
wage rollbacks and
freezes, Wainwright
"If I were to accept the [administration's] offer I
would be making $ 19,000 less than I would at Saint
Mary's University [in Halifax]," he said. "It doesn't make
me feel very good that I'm doing at least the same job as
colleagues at other universities for a lot less money."
Wainwright also says the issue of staff complement—
the number of teaching positions maintained by the university—is central to the negotiations.
"If I were to accept the [administration's] offer I would be
making Si9,000 less than I
would at Saint Mary's University
[in Halifax]/' he said. "It doesn't
make me feel very good that
I'm doing at least the same job
as colleagues at other universities for a lot less money?'
Andy Wainwright,
Dalhousie faculty association external
relations officer
Currendy, the university can decide not to refill a
vacated faculty position. It has cut, or not filled, 113 of
these positions in the last 10 years. Wainwright says this
15 per cent decrease in the face of a 15 per cent increase
in student population is ruining the quality of education
at Dalhousie.
"We are talking about the quality of people who come
to, and stay, at the university," he said.
The administration's latest offer made no concessions on staff complement but McKee says that has
more to do with a lack of fimding than a lack of caring.
"The argument that we walk a fine line is a legitimate
one, it's a fair observation. We would have been better
off if we could have replaced many of the faculty, [but]
we've only been able to replace some of them, [and]
that's not a particularly good thing."»>
Ontario government corrects loan gaffe
by Carla Tonelli
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-The Ontario government has opened a small window for out-of-province student loan
recipients to collect what they were
originally promised.
In mid^academic term,
over 4,000 students
across the country were
told that the second installment of their Ontario student loans would be an
average of $1,000 less
than what they were told
at the beginning of the
school year.
Students  now have
two weeks to apply for
the    Personal    Living
.Allowance Review—a new plan in
place to repair the damage caused by
an apparent computer error that
incorrectly calculated the original
assessments last summer.
Under the review, the government will re-assess the re-assessments, which the government sent
out when it realised it had calculated
all students' living costs on the cost
of living in Ontario, resulting in over-
generous loans for students studying
in less expensive provinces.
"If individual students found they
were in a difficult situation, they can
apply to have their cases looked at"
Danielle Gauvin, spokesperson at
the ministry of education, said about
out-of-province students hard-hit by
"They shouldn't be playing with
students' educations like this. I
don't like playing games, when
I've got a family to consider^'
William Dixon,
2nd year university of winnipeg student
the winter re-assessment
But in contrast to the December
19 letters the ministry sent out to
each individual student affected by
the loan-chop, it isn't going to such
great lengths this time around. A
posting on the Ministry of
Education's website has been complimented by communications with
financial aid offices across the country. Letters, however, will not be sent
Second year University of
Winnipeg student William Dixon
says he might not have decided to
declare bankruptcy three weeks
ago if he'd known about the
aAfter learning at the end of winter
holidays that the Ontario
government screw-up
meant the income for his
family of four would be
shrunk by 20 per cent—
from $16,500 to
$13,200-he decided
there was no way he
could both catch up with
his debt and finish his
"They   shouldn't  be
playing  with  students'
educations like this," he said. "I don't
like playing games, when I've got a
family to consider."
Dixon, who says he won't be
returning to school next year, also
questions why the onus is on students to appeal for their money
"They already know my budget
They don't need any stupid form to
tell them again," he said.*>
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EDMONTON-It wasn't supposed to
end this way. .After winning their first
Canada West title in twenty years, the
women's volleyball team finished
fourth at the Canadian University
Nationals held last week in Edmonton.
And just as last year, the tournament host, and eventual champions,
Alberta Pandas stood between the
Birds and their bid to win UBC's first
national women's voEeyball title in
twenty years.
In a classic case of deja vu, the
Birds lost a tlirilling semifinal match to
the Pandas in the maximum five
games (17-15, 7-15, 17-15, 5-15, 6-15).
Alberta then beat the first-ranked Manitoba Bisons in
three sets to claim their fourth straight title in front of
down 3-9 before rallying to win 17-15. In Game
"Hiree, they overcame a six point deficit to win
17-15 and take a 2-1 lead.
The Pandas then overcame an early UBC
advantage to lead 10-3 in Game Four. And this
time there would be no UBC comeback.
2,000 manic fans.
Only one other team, the Winnipeg
Wesman,   have   won   more
titles—six—in a row than the
Pandas who are now only the
second team ever to have won
four straight national titles.
As for the Birds, they lost-
no, handed away—the bronze medal match in
five games to the University of Laval. Appearing
fatigued and emotionally drained, the Birds
made several unforced errors in the fifth and
deciding game.
"This year, we could have done more to win,
especially in the bronze medal match/ said
power hitter Sarah Maxwell. "That's frustrating.
We lost that game on our own and that's hard to deal
The Birds also had a tough time dealing with the
loss to Alberta, which left several players in tears.
UBC had beaten Alberta four times this year,
including twice in Edmonton to win UBC's first
Canada West title since the 1977-78 season.
"I think it was harder to go [into nationals] with
that on our shoulders," said Maxwell. "People started
saying. You are going to win it all.' But you can't say
that So I think that was pressure and a lot of people
didn't want to feel it But they were scared of it"
"When we play them, each game is a blank slate,"
added middle Joanne Ross. "You don't look at the
record and say, 'Oh, we won twice, so we're going to
win again.' Obviously you don't play like that"
Alberta's    home
advantage  also  seemed
have made a difference.
"We love playing in froul (■!"
our crowd," said Alberta head
coach Laurie Eisler, who has
guided the  Pandas  tu  six
straight national tournament
appearances    in
her     seven-year
head    coaching
career.     "Some
people      might
think that it is
more  pressure,
but our athletes thrive on it,"
she added.
Canada Wesi
the UBC women's vol
on our own
elite! i .1^ <
deal with'
"The last time we played
Alberta two weeks ago in the
Canada West final it would
have been tough to pick our
player ofthe game because we
had so many strong performances," said Birds' head
coach Errninia Russo.
"Definitely, there were people
who [played well] at certain
times and not in others. They
were either strong in the back-
row, but not in the front-row and vice versa. And we
need pretty solid play from all our six starters."
The Birds fell behind in every game, but rallied not
just once, but twice. In Game One, the Birds were
MELANIE GRISWOLD (#4) and Izabela Rudol go up
for a block, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
"What happens when you
have to come back twice, you are exhausted," said
Russo. Barb [Bellini] had 65 poll] attempts and Sarah
[Maxwell] had 67. That's a lot of swings."
Continuing their pattern, the Birds fell behind
early in the fifth game, which was played under rapid
fire rules—every rally results
in a point They never recovered.
"You can play catch-up,
but you can't play catch-up in
rally points," said Russo.
"Once you get. down two or
three points, it is still possible, but I think we're actually
down five or six points. So it
is tough to come back no
matter what you do. Rally
point doesn't give you that
leeway," she added.
"We choked a little bit and
they just really turned it on,"
said Maxwell. "They didn't
let us get in there and we didn't do anything to get in
So all the Birds could do was watch
from the stands as the Pandas showboated
and high-fived their way into history.
And as they watched, they surely must
have wondered when their time will
come. Will it be next year? Maybe.
Alberta loses five fifth-year starters,
includmg tournament MVP Sheri
Lansdown, while the Birds lose only one,
off-side hitter Izabela Rudol.
But it would be foolish to think the
Birds will assume Alberta's mantle as the
team to beat in Western Canada, and by
extension, in the nation.
"Manitoba has a lot of returning players next year. Saskatchewan has a lot of
young players, so you can't say those
things will switch for sure," said Doug
Reimer, who is on temporary leave from
the UBC head coaching job to guide
Canada's national team. "I wouldn't say
you're going to see a passing ofthe torch."
One tiling is for sure. The Birds did
more on the court this
year than many people
thought they would do
after losing three key
starters to graduation.
Said    Reimer:    "I
knew it was going to be
a good lineup and that
they would be in tlie
hunt [this year]. They
"Overall, it was a
great year," said
Russo. "After losing
[Friday] night, I have
been trying to think of
this team in terms of
how they were in September. They have come a long,
long way."
Just not quite all the way. ♦
Russo, Griswold win awards
 by Wolf Depner
EDMONTON—So they didn't come home with the big prize.
But UBC rookie head coach Erminia Russo and middle
Melanie Griswold brought back some nice personal souvenirs from the women's volleyball championships, where
UBC finished a disappointing fourth.
Russo won the Coach of the Year award while Griswold
won the annual The Sports Network (TSN) award. Attached to
the award, which honours combined excellence in athletics,
academics, and community involvement, is a $3,000
Russo won top coaching honours after she guided the
Birds to a 16-6 record and UBC's first Canada West title in
twenty years.
"To be completely honest, I'd never thought I'd be in this
situation in my first year," said Russo, a 33-year old native of
Kelowna and former national team player. Russo, who also
played for UBC, represented Canada at the 1996 Summer
Olympics in Atlanta.
"It feels nice to get recognition from your peers, especially because I have not been doing it that long."
Russo's first head coaching assignment was with the
Western Mustangs, whom she led to a 21-7 record
between 1993 and 1995. She joined UBC's coaching staff
last year as an assistant to long-time friend Doug Reimer,
who is currently on leave from UBC to coach Canada's
national team.
Russo lias no illusions about who will hold the UBC head
coaching job when Reimer returns in two years. But Russo
did something Reimer still has to do: lead the Birds to a
Canada West title over the older and much more experienced
Alberta Pandas.
When the season started, few expected UBC to go that far
after losing three players to graduation. ...
"But it wasn't just me that got this team where it is," said
Russo. "It is the coaching staff and you have to give huge,
huge credit to the players. They made me a better coach. I
challenged them and they challenged me."
"I totally thought she deserved it," said power hitter
Sarah Maxwell who, along with Barb Bellini, was named
second-team All-Canadian. "I really, really enjoyed Doug. I
had a really good year with him and I talked a lot with him,
but with Errninia I feel more connected, mostly because
she [was] a player. Like when I have problems, I'll call
Errninia and in that way I think she has a way of relating to
It was Russo who convinced Griswold to come back after
she quit the team midway through the
season for what Griswold called "personal reasons."
"Obviously, I would not have gotten
this award had I not kept on playing," said
Griswold. "I don't think I could have kept
on playing had Errninia not supported
me so much. That was really crucial for
why I was able to receive this award. It
feels good."
The list of Griswold's accomplishments is long. A third-year starter and
commerce student, Griswold is an
Academic All-Canadian and is heavily
involved in developing amateur volleyball in her hometown of Kelowna, BC. She
is also a voluenteer canvasser for the Canadian Cancer
This marks the second straight year a UBC player was
honoured. Last year, setter Jeanette Guichon won the award.
"I like the trend and I hope that it keeps going," said
Maxwell. "I think it says a lot for our team to have somebody
of that calibre. It is becoming tradition, which is nice."
The awards were presented during the All-Canadian din-
ERM1NIA RUSSO was named coach of the year, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
ner Wednesday night. Russo provided comic relief when
she dropped her award while giving her acceptance
"Believe it or not, that is something that happens to me all
the time. I'm either tripping or walking into something. I
thought, 'Hey, I made it up the stairs safely—I'm OK'," she
joked afterwards. "I think everybody got a laugh out of it, so
what the heck"»>
CIAU awards first-ever
womens' national university
hockey championship
by Matt Dwyer
the Muse
CIAU awarded its first
ever Canadian university
championship, richard
hockey is not
like men's
hockey. We
don't have a
junior draft
where they
go to the
—Les Lawton
Concordia coach
MONTREAL (CUP)—Following the success of women's
hockey on the international
stage, the sport has awarded
its first national university
On March 1, after a six-
team round-robin  tournament,       the       Concordia
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Varsity Blues 4-1 to capture
the Golden Taft-the
Canadian Intercollegiate
Athletic Union women's
hockey trophy.
For  Concordia players,
the victory was especially
sweet as it was the first of a kind.
"It's incredible," said Mai-Lan Le, the Stingers' second-
line left winger. "After the Olympics, this is the biggest
female hockey event. It's a big step for women's hockey,
and for women in general."
Team captain Kari Colpitis
"We're so excited to be the
first ever to win the gold
medal," she said. "Everybody
remembers the first one. To
be able to host the tournament, put on a good show and
then win it is something that
no one will ever take away
from us. It's a great feeling."
For some ofthe sport's veterans, the championship is
vindication for the years
when women's hockey was
often ridiculed.
"It puts a stamp on our
sport," Concordia coach Les
Lawton said. "Nobody took it
seriously 15 years ago. Even
the players themselves didn't."
"We had to struggle through a number of things to get
on par with the men," Lawton said. "There's a lot of trail-
blazers who had to dress in their own dressing rooms and
get picked on by the boys, and stuff like that."
Regardless of past problems, the sport is now booming. Player participation is increasing steadily and fan
support is flourishing—the Stingers and Varsity Blues
played to a sellout arena in the championship game.
Tom aAllen, president of the Canadian Intercollegiate
Athletic Union, says that after years of discussion and
planning, recent growth in Canadian women's hockey
aided in the decision to initiate the national championship. He added Canada's success and popularity at the
World Championships and other international events
influenced the union's decision.
"It was certainly prudent for the [union] to jump on
women's hockey as quickly as we could," he said.
Karen Hughes, head coach of the Varsity Blues, says
she is looking forward to the sport's continued success
and growth.
"I think you're going to see it grow, hopefully at the
university level and club level in Canada," she said.
There is talk of estabhshing a professional women's
hockey league in Canada, but both Lawton and Hughes
say they have concerns about the viability of such a venture.
"I think you may see some start at these professional
leagues, but I'm not sure how successful that wiE be yet,"
Hughes said.
"Women's hockey is not like men's hockey. We don't
have a junior draft where they go to the NHL," Lawton
said. "The women have other fives. Either they are students or their working.
"I think you're going to have a tough time having players giving up either their academics or their careers to
play hockey."*
With files from the Concordia Link HElPWAlTE D
We need, a f ew good, people to help out in tlie following areas:
Student Administrative Commission:
ensures that the SUB is a safe, interesting
and useful place for students. SAC regulates
bookings and security in the SUB and
oversees the 2.00+ AMS clubs and
University Commission: Do you want to
play an active role in the issues which shape
this campus? Join the University
Commission, the AMS' task force in
university-wide issues like academic policy,
safety and student housing.
External Commission: there's a big world
beyond the UBC gates. UBC students have
jan active role to play in post-secondary
| issues, student loan programs and alumni
relations.   Help to carry the voice of the
I students to the outer limits.
Finance Commission: Finance is more
| than just keeping the books in order. It's
[about helping student groups prepare
budgets, assessing grant and loan
applications, fundraising, ensuring students'
awareness of financial issues effecting them.
Communications Team: It's a two way
J street: collect input on student concerns and
get the word out on AMS initiatives and
decisions. Poster design, staffing info tables,
and pamphletting are all part of it.
Budget Committee: Determines funding
allocations to all AMS operations. We are
looking for the 'everyday' student
Tell us what you are looking for:   We are
always looking for students to participate on
AMS and UBC committees. Frequency of
meetings ranges from weekly to semiannually. Extensive knowledge is not required, the majority of committees are
seeking the 'average' student who has a willingness and interest in the topic at hand. An
example of some of the issues discussed
are: transportation, safety, technology at
UBC, community planning & housing,
academics, quality of education, etc. Please
submit your resume c/o SUB 238 to the Vice-
Detailed descriptions of all above positions
are available from AMS Volunteer Services
and the AMS Executive Offices, SUB 238.
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that will challenge your skills, help you gain
new ones, and allow you to assist other UBC
students. Well look no further - the AMS is
proud to announce the following openings in
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student-run campus employment office in
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and UBC students. Also to be hired: JobLink
Assistants (2) Applicants for the JobLink Director position will be automatically considered for the assistnat positions.
• Director, Speakeasy: SpeakEasy
Peer Counselling and Information provides
peer counselling on a drop-in or telephone
basis for students in need.
• Director, Safewalk: The SafeWalk
program involves student volunteers walking
anyone between any campus destination after dark.
• Director, Student Discounts: AMS
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clothing wholesalers and promotional companies.
• Director, Ombudsoffice:   The
Ombudsoffice can assist you with difficulties
dealing with one of your professors, lab instructors, or teaching assistants or areas of academic discipline or faculty guidelines. Also
be to hired: Ombudsoffice assistant positions
(2). Applicants will be automatically considered
for the assistant positions.
• Director, AMS Orientations:
Orientations is designed to introduce new
students to UBC. In spring, representatives
visit local high schools and give seminars on
how a prospective student should prepare for
university in the fall. Also to be hired:
Orientations Assistant (1). Applications for
the Orientations Director position will be
automatically considered for the assistant
• Director, AMS Volunteer Services: Volunteer Services provides opportunities for students to serve the community and
AMS and explore career options through
volunteer experience.
• Director, Tutoring Services:
Tutoring Services is an education project of
the AMS and is partially funded by the
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund of
• Director, Used Bookstore: The
Used Bookstore acts as aconsignment
agent by providing the framework
and support for students to buy
and sell used textbooks.
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someone to design and edit our AMS
dayplanner/resource guide. Experience with
Adobe Photoshop, Pagemaker, and Illustrator needed.
Detailed job descriptions are available in SUB 238. Please submit a
resume and cover letter no later than
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One cathartic journey
At Firehall Arts Centre
by Nyranne Martin
.As you enter the Firehall Arts Centre, brightly painted
walls with beautiful paintings welcome you at the door.
The theatre is cosy and personal. From March 4-7 The
Firehall Arts Centre Dance Series presented La part des
anges, a modern dance performance choreographed by
Paul Andre Fortier and performed by Peggy Baker,
Gioconda Barbuto, Paul Andre Fortier and Robert
Through the course of the one-hour show, each
dancer adopted a personality. For example, Barbuto
seemed to be a happy jester and Fortier, a sinister but
quiet leader. Often, detail is lost in big dance productions because the theatres are so large, and let's face it
do students usually get front row seats? But because the
theatre was mtimate and the choreography was subtle,
facial expressions were not only noticed but became
thought provoking.
At times, there was actually litQe movement suggesting that there was something the audience was sup
posed to see, beyond "pretty dancing." Rene Donais
described this piece as 'purification of the soul within
the flesh" The name, La part des anges, refers to the
"angel's portion," the amount of alcohol that evaporates
during the winemaking process. As the title suggests,
this dance performance is a sort of cathartic journey.
The audience was engaged in a creative and imaginative voyage for the entire performance. While there
were sections of slow and intertwined movement
between two of the dancers, there were also sections of
them simply hopping up and down on the spot smiling.
Though the performance was light hearted and
humourous, the costumes suggested a sort of "East
meets West" The shirts had mandarin collars and the
linen pants and leather shoes were of classic English
style. The music also had echoes of a more Eastern tradition. The lighting skillfully shadowed and highlighted
jerky solos, slithering duets and fast-paced quartets.
People are often uninterested in modern dance for a
lot of reasons. Sometimes because they just don't like
dance, and sometimes because they think it's just plain
weird. But as La part des anges reminds us, the range
in modern dance allows you to get out of it what you
want A very personal reaction seems to be welcomed. ♦
Beauty a safe bet
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; teenth century Venice, tells the
true. story of' Veroni :a Franco
(Catherine McCormack), a passionate redhead who jails madly
in lqve with a Senate ir, Signior
Marqo (Rufus SewelT.' But her
heart is broken when he reveals
that although he returns her love
he can never marry hi>r because
he must fulfill his daty to his
family and marry a tidy of the
court. Marriage is a "contract"—
a mere "bargain" based on politics. ;
Veronica's mother
(Jacqueline Bissett) di'cides the
only way her daughter can rise
to the courts is to beco Tie a courtesan as she herself once was,
and ■ so begin her ; hilarious
lessons on the trade secrets of
seduction. When Veronica is put
to the test at a party iii the company of the court, her naturally
brilliant wit sets her c n an easy
road to the "top." Sadly, she finds
that no such place j exists for
women in this society.1
A:striking contrast is set up
between the scenes of the lively,
colourful parties enjoyed by the
flirtatious  courtesans! in  their
revealing gowns, and the lifeless,
drudgery endured by the solemn
wives in their dark and conservative dress. But there, is one. sim-.
.ilarity:,,heithef lifestyle^allpws.
: women fullSonteof 'or: freedom;.-'
;: bVef their bbMi|s;*):r minds:;J   ;  'v
';-""';; While-■■the^moyie ■ begins -as 'a
story' of love; and social; crass, if.
develops  into., a powerful, andi:
emotionally moving expose 'of-
women's hopeless' struggles to
achieve happiness,  thanks to
flawless acting by McCormack
and Rufus Sewell. Both pull off
lighthearted comedy and intense
passion in their performances
with   equal   grace   and   ease.
Bissett is shocking and amusing
as a most unorthodox mother in
an era dominated by the Catholic
Church. Moira Kelly, in the role
of Marco's sister and a Wife, is
profound in her vehement condemnation   of   society   as   a
"Biblical hell," where "eloquence
is promiscuity."
The themes of sexual desire
and lust are introduced right
from the opening scene, where
bare-breasted courtesans are
strewn across their gondolas,
admired by huge crowds of
cheering Venetian men. Set in
Venice, the scenes and costumes
are magnificent and glorious, in
rich, vibrant colours of orange
and gold. But the "dangerous"
beauty lies in its star,
McCormack, who steals the
show as the courageous yet luscious Franco. ♦
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The University of British Columbia
Cecil H. & Ida Green Visiting Professorships of Green College
Director of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC
and Professor of History, Harvard
Pharos, The Canadian Hellenic Cultural Society
Byzantium through the Eyes of Princess Anna
Comnena, 12 century
Monday, March 16 at 8:00 pm at the Hellenic
Community Centre, 4700 Arbutus Street at 31st
Women's Work In a Medieval Society: The Case of
Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 pm at Graham House,
Green College, UBC
Freedom and Justice, in the Economic Thought of
the Byzantines
Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 pm in Buchanan
Penthouse, UBC
The Vancouver Institute
Two Versions of Christian Warfare: The Crusades
and Byzantine Empire
Saturday, March 21 at 8:15 pm in Woodward IRC, Hall
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Thanks for
25 Great Years!
A disgruntled reader once wrote into
Guitar World Magazine, complaining
about the current state ofthe music indusr
try. He claimed that musicians like Bush
and Silverchair proved that in the musical
industry, image far outweighs talent, and
that anyone with a guitar can easily make
millions. However, Vancouver's own
69km easily disproves that.
As much as I appreciate and respect
the Vancouver music scene (Nickelback
and Bif Naked are two particular
favorites), 69km is not one of the better
bands to come out of that particular
scene. With their coma-inducing sound)
they play up almost every alterna-rock
music clichE, without appreciable positive
effect. Sounding like Stone Temple
Pilots/Bush crap from the '80s
hybrid, there isn't a single
standout track. This suggests
that they would have difficulty
even attaining "one-hit-won-
der* status. The music is
severely lacking in diversity.
The style does not often stray
from the standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus-guitar solo-
chorus-verse formula. After the
first few tracks, the CD quickly
degenerates into a homogeneous mix, with each song
becoming virtually indistinguishable.
While not lacking in technical proficiency (to prevent us
from   drowning   in   endless
power chords, a fast guitar solo manages
to emergt! every other song or so), the
song writing skills need a lot of work.
However, there is at least one bright spot
on the CD, in that the sound mix is pretty
clear, something not associated with independently released music.
Somehow, the words "little fish, big
pond" come to mind when describing
69km in regards to the current music
scene. In an industry that thrives on diversity and originality, the last thing the
world needs is another pamt-by-numbers
rock band. As the music industry evolves,
the statement made by the reader of
Guitar World Magazine is no longer correct Maki ag music is much more difficult
than it may seem, and requires much
more than just two guitarists, one bassist
a drummtsr, and four cool haircuts.*^
-Vince Yim
With an independent video
currendy   featured   on  the
MuchMusic top 30 ('Drown*
Vibrolux is one of the more
promising talents to come < ul
of Canada in 1998. With
their   hypnotic   sound
they easily capture the
listener,  while  quickly
growing into the best of
the Canadian elite musicians.
To avoid sounding
too mainstream, they
incorporate some electronic elements, although not to the point
that they have a hard-
edged industrial sound.
Vibrolux incorporates a
radio-friendly sound and
could easily be among
the more successful Canadian bands.
Vibrolux has a distinctly British feel. The
use  of drum loops  is
reminiscent   of   Stone
Roses    and    Garbage,
while guitar loops sound
like   something   done
Oasis' Noel Gallagher (especially   in   "Numb").   While
other Canadian bands have
a tendency to sound like
.American music (Econoline
Crush   seems   to   borrow
influences    from    Filter),
Vibrolux   sets   themselves
apart from Canadian musi
cians by borrowing from
British influences.
Although  rather   short,
nine tracks in all, Vibrolux
puts together a well-crafted
project.     Very     slick
sounding, the album is
'jt solid from start to fin-
» ish while avoiding the
'    trap  of having  every
i  single song sound the
) same.
However,       everything does not come up
roses    for    Vibrolux.
While each song manages to sound distinct,
it's because the guitar
styles    change    from
song to song (straightforward guitar chords
in "Amaze" and bluesy
slide        guitar        in
"Ahead").     It doesn't
get much more distinct
than that.  As well,  it
sounds   like   at  least
three  songs  use. the
same drum beat, and
the whispered vocals:
(reminiscent of Nine Inch
Nail's "Down In It") get old
pretty fast. Some songs with
a   harder   edge   to   them
would have been nice.
Even though Vibrolux is
somewhat lacking in originality, their self-titled album
shows a lot of promise.♦
—Vince Yim MihgTffl
by J. Clark
Sunday, March 8 at 6:30pm
Vancouver Television
True artists don't need a big
budget to create. That seems to
have been the underlying
assumption behind VTV's new
show, Working Title.
The premise is that with limited funds and limited interference from meddlesome television types, young people can create cutting-edge television. But
VTV may have just found out that
a low budget does not make
every hip young adult with a
video camera into an artist.
Last Sunday night's show was
anything but encouraging for
local youth broadcasting.
Dispensing with such establishment (and potentially expensive)
mainstays as hosts, paid camera
people and slick editing, the
Working Title works like a visual
collage. Or rather it doesn't work.
Like most of the items, the
first segment was originally a
school project. Asking the relatively interesting question 'why
do straight women go to gay
clubs?' Vancouver Film School
student Derek Sotkowy goes on
to find answers—and he goes on
and on and on. What might have
worked as a 45 second fluff news
piece on Vancouver Live fails
miserably as a 10 minute mini-
Most of the first two thirds of
the show seemed to revolve
around sex and gender issues.
Various clips of young people
answering the age old question
'would you change your sex for a
day?' segue into a short film
from the Gulf Islands Film
School. This oh-so-artistic piece
deals with the very weighty issue
of the violence and fear women
are subjected to by our society.
Unfortunately the importance is
lost in the pretension of the filmmaker.
The second half of the show
was a hodge-podge of animated
shorts, men in baths and high
school funk bands. If this is
VTV's idea of ground breaking
broadcasting then they've got
another thing coming—I'd rather
watch Kidzone reruns.
There are great filmmakers
and journalists out there, but it'll
take more than an open call for
volunteers to get them to give
their stuff to VTV. While youth
unsure of the quality of their
work may now feel free to submit
their material, Sunday's episode
of Working Title is unlikely to
convince any potential artists
that VTV is a viable forum for
their work.
If VTV was looking for diamonds in the rough, they found
only the rough.<»
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j        MaSIICH 10, 1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 39
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Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Richelle Rae
Wolf Depner
Jamie Woods
Richard Lam
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Afshin Mehin
It was dark and starry outside as the floating bubble of
tight that was f-firinRship       itall      ubyssey. **Bdenco
Rarahnna gat staring halpfiilly mit thp winrlnw wishing
for sunshine and free air. He started wailing 'I hate
this spaceship! I wanna die!', and started precipitously jfor the airlock, "hint* rrm\ a hinging Sarah ftalaahan
She was held back by Alex Bustos and Nlyranne Martin,
who told her to let Fed make his own decisions.
Meanwhile, Vince Yim steered, all alone on the bridge.
Richelle Rae, Duncan McHugb, and Afshin Mehin
stepped in, drunkenly swaying and demanding a
mutiny. Yim was carried to the airlock, where Janet Ip
and Joe Clark sipped malt liquor and watched
Barahona continue to fiddle with the door. Jamie
Woods and Bruce Arthur, fresh from several cognacs
on the promenade deck, strolled in trailed by Richard
Lam, eating replicated Kentucky Fried Chicken with
zest and vigour. I HATE THE MASTHEAD. Finally, Fed
got the airlock open and was sucked out into the nether
regions of the galaxy, along with Chris NuUaU-Smith
and Wolf Depner, who landed in the Western region of
the universe. Doug Quan took the wheel and steered
the ship with alacrity, while Todd Silver hung on by his
fingertips, trapped outside the airlock.
Dogs, shells, and a giant Strangway
Premier Glen Clark and Advanced Education
Minister aAndrew Petter have just announced an
increase in funding for universities and colleges
across the province. The Ubyssey pnnposestbat
UBC put this money to good use so as to enhance
the university's learning environnient Here are
just a few of our ideas.
For starters, tilings are a little too chaotic here
on campus for our taste, so we propose some
around the clock crowd controL Starving, slavering, sabre-toothed dogs (the Cerebus
Department), trained to attack anything in fleece,
would patrol the grounds after 10 o'clock or so
while accompanied by a blue-and-gold armored
personal carrier or two. The gun could be the beak
of a TlTundei*bird!    Tuum est this, you bastards!
Now, armored personal carriers can get quite
warm in the summer, so those soldiers are going
to need some extra shade. And instead of wasting
)»H"ll»l   ^(BPr -fP**'*    q-JPsP   ^***j"P"     tfgfflfftog      *~%0T
the money on more trees, or a giant allencom-
pasing dome, UBC should erect a giant statue in
the memory of our past president, David
Strangway. Tbe cost to reinforce the ground which
would have to support the colossal statue may run
well into the millions, but the reward of being able
to gaze up at that paunchy face blocking out the
sun would be more than worth it
Two words: Olympic bid.
Also, outdated buildings at UBC are a problem.
False front buildings are the answer. Because we
can't afford to pay for what actually goes inside the
building, only the outer shell should be built This
would give visiting corporate bigwigs the impression that the campus is expanding, and well worth
investing in. We could be a shell sponsored by—
aAnd what better gifts to present to our visitors
than bright blue Think about it' caps. Another
hundred thousand of those should be enough.
And if, God forbid, there are ever too many,the soldiers could burn them for warmth come wintertime.
Hey—forget the exclusivity deal with Canadian
Airlines. Let's just buy the whole damn company.
We've always viewed UBC's official publication, UBC Reports, witb nothing but the highest
regard. Nothing would please us more than to see
UBC Reports distributed worldwide. It would add
some much needed critical perepecnve to the
issues lacing institutions of higher learning. While
we're at it let's make it a daily. Watch out Globe
and Mad.
Free Coke for alL Enjoy.
A moving sidewalk would also be nice. After
all, it is a long walk from building to building,
especially once we get those empty shells up next
to Colossus Strangway. And hey, it would make it
much easier to outrun those damned dogs, who
would, after all, be only doing their jobs.
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The intent of my letter the Ubyssey
on Feb 13 was to attack the Ubyssey
and only the Ubyssey for what the
LSA felt was irresponsible and inadequate coverage of equity issues in
the faculty of Law in their previous
issue. I sincerely apologize if I conveyed the impression that equity
concerns in the faculty of Law are
trivial and that the women who
advanced them were wrong to do
so. I did not intend to do that
I responded because many students felt that the articles gave the
general impression of there being
absolutely no options for students
who experience problems in our
"faculty. The LSA obviously cannot
agree with that We are one option,
though we admit that there is
always room for improvement
My response was a vehement
one with some inaccuracies, which I
regret It has been questioned on a
number of fronts. Irene Prett concisely pointed out some ofthe problems in her letter in your Feb 2 7
issue. I don't have the space to outlet them, but for the record, I know
they are there. My phone number
and e-mail address are in the Legal
Who..! encounter law students with
concerns to contact me or any LSA
executive member for what I
promise shall be a friendly, open
discussion about the letter or any
law school or LSA related topics.
I respect the people who have
written the Ubyssey to raise their
concern, including those who
attacked me and my letter, although
of course I don't agree with everything they say. But they are taking
the time and effort to make their
concerns heard, and apathy is the
enemy, not discussion and dialogue, no matter how fractious it is.
The LSA encourages people with
concerns to address them in a constructive forum within the law
school. The LSA has issued a memo
requesting written submissions on
equity issues. That is the first public
step we have taken to attempt to
bridge the polarization which has
taken place concerning these issues
in the faculty. This letter is a second
step. Please receive it in the open
and conciliatory spirit in which it is
Donovan Plomp
VP External
Law Students Association
Not another Big
Mac please
As a visitor to your fine campus (participating in the 2-day forum to
encourage reasonable transit
options for UBC rommunities), I
took note of The Ubyssey's Mar 3
article "Referendum madness hits
the AMS." When it comes to the
$ 12.00 surcharge designated for stu
dent bursaries, I wondered as I
read"half of which had been targeted for needy students," where did
the other $400,000 go?
And when I came to the comment "with the cost of a Big Mac a
year we're aflowing people who represent us to excel in sports," I did
some quick calculations. Would it
not be necessary to add that Bic Mac
(actually 5 per year after 5 years) to
the 43 1/3 already on the table
($130/3)? That the issue will ultimately be taken to referendum gives
me hope for future economic
It is an extension of the rather
facile Bic Mac rationalisation that
has deposited us onto the debt roller
coaster of the last 3 decades. Each
year a few thousand more Bic Mac
equivalents get added to our tax load
which in turn governments find it
necessary to spend even more.
This ingrained attitude allows the
federal government to justify raising
deputy iiiinister's annual salary and
bonus packages from $170,000 to
$240,000. After all, that's only
23,333 1/3 Bic Macs annually per
UBC is aware of
rohypnol too
I am writing in regards to an article
written in the Ubyssey on Feb 10,
1998 titled, "Date Rape drug suspected at McMaster." In the article it
is stated that only the University of
Toronto and Brock University campuses have police departments
which have a Rohypnol awareness
campaign in place.
It has come to my attention that
this article was not written at UBC,
but instead has come off a news
wire. However, I would like to tell
you about the Women Students
Office Safety Education Program
which raises awareness about
Rohypnol on UBC campus. Our program includes two well established
workshops titled, "Sex, Daring and
all that Jazz' which is concerned
with acquaintance sexual assault
Also we have a newly established
workshop called "resisting the
Media Body" which raises awareness on the detrimental effects of
the media on our perception of
body image.
One of the main objectives of
writing this letter to you is to make
you aware of UBC's initiative to
raise Rohypnol awareness. The
"Sex, Dating and all that Jazz' workshop also deals with the issue of
date rape drugs including
I hope that you will see the relevance of my letter and will use this
information in the future. If you
would like more information,
please call me at 822-2415.
Margaret Papadiristoe
Tjstiarm COOrduDatDT
Safety Peer Education Program Vietnam War icon
shown disrespect
Today I watched one of the most interesting North American commentaries unfold
as I listened to a presentation given by
Kim Phoie. If you recall, she is the
Vietnamese girl made famous in newspapers around the world in 1972 as she was
caught on camera i*unning naked down a
road from her village that had just been
bombed on American orders.
It was as if a bomb went off in
Woodward two the moment Kim started
talking about the peace and forgiveness
she felt when she met Jesus Christ for the
first time. Almost on cue, about 50 of the
approximately 400 people there got up
and scurried for the doors, as if to say, 'We
wanted to hear your story, but because you
believe in Jesus, nothing you have to say is
valid.' One man made this abundantly
clear as he wrestled his way over the front
row of seats for about 20 seconds, blocking
a good portion of Kim's view as he did so,
all very unapologetically.
I find it disheartening that in
Vancouver, in 1998, we could see this
gross display of intolerance and rudeness,
especially in a city that prides itself in "tolerance."
I think a Non-Sequitur comic I saw a
few years ago in the newspaper sums this
attitude up. It was labeled "Political science in the nineties..." and showed a
teacher sitting at the front of a classroom
with three rings written on the chalkboard
behind him. They read..."l. Demand toler
ance of your point of view. 2. Give none to
others. Class dismissed."
Shane Duckworth
Civil Engineering Four
An open letter to
Finance Minister
Paul Martin
Many people have commended you for
doing such a great job balancing the budget. Perhaps I would too if I was a CEO of a
major bank or transnational corporation.
However, I am merely an average
Canadian and it is clear to me that your fiscal piolicy is directed at pleasing the interests of big business, namely the Business
Council on National Issue (BCNI), and not
at servings the needs of the Canadian public.
In the last few years you have helped
me clarify my view of our government's
intentions. November 24, 1997 was an
especially enlightening day (the APEC
Summit at UBC). During APEC, our Prime
Minister ordered the suppression of dissenting students, faculty, staff and members of the public, sending over 60 people
to jail, in an effort to prove to the corporate
world that Canada has a good business
environment and is willing to ignore
human rights at home and abroad to
appease transnational corporations. It was
a particularly effective wake up call. Never
was it more obvious that our government
was not fulfilling its democratic mandate
to serve the needs of the public, that
instead the BCNI, and their transnational
corporations were in complete control and
our government had become nothing
more than their public relations department.
Every policy that the BCNI has developed in the past 20 years has become the
mantra of Canada's governing party. Do
you remember how the Liberals once
opposed the FTA and NAFTA? Do you
recall opposing the GST? Is it the Canadian
public who initiated the deficit paranoia,
APEC, Team Canada,' and the MAI? You
do not fool us. Your facade is crumbling,
and you can be sure that I will be doing my
best to tear it down.
We see the effects of 'your fiscal policy'
(virtually none of it is truly yours) all
around us. Banks record surreal profits
while laying people off (as have many of
the biggest transnationals in Canada), food
bank and soup kitchen recipients grow
year by year, and the university make prostitutes of their students to entice corporations to sign exclusive deals (UBC has
recently signed one with Coke, and is
working on one with the Royal Bank).
Apparently you would have us believe that
this is the will of the Canadian public.
I have nothing to congratulate you for.
Our government will deserve no congratulations until it can prove to the public that
it is willing to place the needs of
Canadians before the whims of the
Business Council on National Issues.
Patrick Williston
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