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Tuesday, Match 4, 2003
Volume 84 Issue 39
TAs fume about one-sided e-mail
by Chris Shepherd
A mass e-mail recently sent to UBC students and staff about the
teaching assistant (TA) labour negotiations has drawn much criticism from TAs and the two major student governments on
The TA Union/ the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and the
Graduate Student Society (GSS) are upset with the university and
are accusing it of using its resources to campaign against the TAs
with the February 2 7 e-mail.
"That was a blatant propagandist e-mail that went out,' said
TA Union President Alex Grant. 'Not in any sense informational.
It was just using their power to try and subvert what we're trying
to do.'
The e-mail was sent to around 30,000 students, 3500 faculty
and 5000 staff by Lisa Castle, associate vice-president human
resources. Castle is in charge ofthe collective bargaining process
for the university.
Student government and the TA Union feel that UBC was mis-
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INSIDE OUT WITH JOY: Brian Host, the happy giant, cheers as UBC wins CanWest. Pages 6-7. nic fensom photo
representing facts when they said UBC TAs are the third-highest
paid TAs in the country. UBC calculated wages annually, but TAs
say their per hour wages rank tenth out of 15 Canadian universities, lower than both SFU and the University of Toronto.
Scott Macrae, director of public affairs, said" the e-mail was
merely intended to keep the university community up-to-date on
events that impact faculty, staff and students. He said that e-
mails like the one sent last week represent the views of the senior administration of the university.
But GSS President Brian de Alwis felt it was a deliberate
attempt on the part ofthe university to turn students against TAs.
"It was biased,' said de Alwis. "It was presenting a situation that
wasn't factually correct."
Macrae countered this, stating that the e-mail was factually
"We may disagree on the way to put things," he said, "but
when the university says that these TAs, on an annual income
basis, are the third-highest-paid in Canada, we stand behind that
AMS President Oana Chirila said that it was unfair for the university to use the broadcast system, because they are the ones
that control it
"Broadcasting e-mail, they're the ones who are in control of
it' said Chirila, 'so to present [their] side of negotiations of all
things...is most definitely inflammatory."
Macrae agreed the e-mail did present only the university's
side of negotiations, but added that "those broadcast e-mails are
not meant to be an open forum."
De Alwis added that the tone of the e-mail was similar to
newspaper ads the university had placed in The Vancouver Sun
and The Province last month.
The university spent $ 5 5,441 in February on ads detailing its
stand on issues with the labour conflicts facing UBC, money
which several students at a recent labour forum felt could be better spent on TA compensation.
' Macrae said that the university chose to communicate with
the ads it did because there are many people outside of the UBC
community interested in what happens on campus. "We need to
recognise that there are a lot of people in the larger community
who are wanting to know what is going on here.'
Some students didn't appear to be bothered by the university's e-mail.
"I guess I don't have too much of a problem with it but I think
that this is a positional dispute so the other side should certainly have an opportunity to spread their opinion as well,'
See "E-mail" on page 4.
AMS reluctantly
joins war debate
rillS ISSUE:
by Kathleen Deering
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) irresolutely passed a motion to take a
stand on a possible war against Iraq
at last Wednesday's Council meeting. Roughly half of councillors
abstained from voting, and one
voted against
Members ofthe Coalition Against
the War. on the People of Iraq
(CAWOPI)-a UBC student group
with hundreds of members, formed
in September—brought the motion
to council Dave Quigg, a member of
CAWOPI, said he was very pleased
with the AMS's support
"I think ifs a wonderful step in a
new direction that, hopefully, this
more progressive slate in the AMS
will be taking,' he said. "[It's] really
opening up a global awareness [and]
working in solidarity with global
struggles that certainly affect us all
Members of CAWOPI brought
2000 signatures to: the AMS from
students who said they do not support any war on Iraq.
Newly-elected . Vice-President,
Academic, Laura Best was in favour
of the motion. 'I think it's really
important that students all over the
world, not just at UBC, stand with
students in Iraq," she said. 'It's really powerful that the AMS passed [the
motion], since so many universities
have passed these kind of motions.'
Several cities in North America,
including Vancouver, also recently
passed a resolution opposing
Canada's involvement in any military action against Iraq unless authorised by tlie UN and Canadian laws.
The motion before the AMS was
amended from its original version
because some councillors were
uncomfortable labelling UBC as an
"anti-war campus' and wanted to
emphasise their opposition to "US-
led' use of force and sanctions
CULTURE: Plays and tunes!
Van city gives 'er. Pages 7, 12.
EDITORIAL: After the
Olympic fever runs cold. Page 10.
in Iraq.
The first version of the amended
motion implied the AMS would support a war if it was supported by the
UN, said Best. 'People from
[CAWOPI] were concerned because
they felt it changed the spirit of the
Members of the anti-war group
said they would prefer to withdraw
the motion rather than espouse a
See "Stand"on page 4.
by Chris Shepherd
A Friday forum about Palestine and
Israel drew a large audience of students and non-students,.,but several
on-campus Jewish groups are unhappy with the way the discussion was
carried out
Organised by the UBC-NDP club,
the forum was advertised as 'Beyond
the headlines: Palestine and Israel'
It was created to dispel perceptions
about the Palestine-Israeli conflict
organisers believed were being circulating around campus.
"We just wanted to show why
there is an intifada, why there is an
uprising by the Palestinians,' said
Camilo Cahis, president of the UBC-
NDP club. 'None of that has ever
been discussed, really, on campus
See "Forum"on page 4.
SPEAKING HIS MIND: Svend Robinson spoke in support of the
Palestinian people last Friday, chris shepherd photo TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2003
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with speakers and music to protest a potential war against Iraq.
Coincides with protests at universities around the world.
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undergrad labs end
use of live animals
UBC Med School to phase out
use of live pigs by fall
by Jonathan Woodward
UBC Faculty of Medicine undergrad students won't be putting live
pigs under the knife this fall. A
report commissioned by UBC Dean
of Medicine Dr John Cairns has
recommended eliminating the use
of live animals for training procedures.
The recommendation will be
implemented for September 2003
Each year, students operate on
about 25 anaesthetised pigs for
practice in procedures such as
chest tube insertions and tracheotomies. High-tech simulations
designed by UBC's Centre of
Excellence for Surgical Education
at the Vancouver General Hospital
(VGH) will replace the lab.
"These laboratories are ones
where the skills can be gained by
the use  of robotic
techniques, abattoir   "We've IllOVed
materials and simu-       . „   ,
lations,* said Cairns.   pigS OUt 01 the
"We've moved pigs   11T1rlprjcrraHliatp
out of the under- unaergrauudie
graduate    program   pr0gram and it
and it will not com-   r      c?
promise their educa-   will not COII1-
promise their
education in
any material
tion in any material
Fourth-year UBC
Medicine student
Ian Wong was skeptical about the difference between plastic, pigs and
"There is no way
to find landmarks in
plastic   tissue,"   he
said.   "While   landmarks will be different   on   pigs   and
humans, they are there and can be
used. It doesn't matter if it's a
bleeding pig or human, our job is
to just stop the bleeding.
"With pigs, the acuteness of the
situation is the same," he said.
Surgical doctors will still practice extensively on live animals in
graduate school, Cairns said.
"Our focus is to ensure that we
have highly-skilled practitioners to
operate on a person. I think, in
reality, neither [simulations nor
animal labs] really prepares students," he said.
"While it is important to learn
everything you can before you
work on a human, where they actually learn is in the setting of real
human beings."
A large factor influencing the
decision was the availability of
effective technologies for simulation. Haptic technologies provide
'phenomenally accurate simulations for the feel and touch,"
Cairns said.
A combination of a computer
screen interface and responsive
rubber skin attempts to stimulate
every aspect of suturing, down to
the pop of the needle. 'It feels
like you're stitching
skin," said Associate Dean Dr
Angela Towle.
The report on animal use wag
commissioned as a response to
pressure from animal rights
groups. The        Physician's
Committee for Responsible
Medicine Magazine refers to the
use of simulations as "cruelty-free
education," and laments that "UBC
continues to use animals despite
growing public opposition to such
Animals used are treated
according to standards consistent
with Canadian law, veterinary
practice and the animal use committee at UBC.
"Still, every time this pressure
comes, it behooves the Faculty of
Medicine to consider what the best
course is to take in order to produce physicians who can look after
patients effectively. That's our
goal," said Cairns.
UBC is one of
the last universities
in Canada to still
use live animals
and is part of a
shrinking group
that includes
McGill University.
'As a veterinarian I don't think you
can adequately
train someone who
is doing an emergency procedure
where the procedure you're doing
will have an effect
on the animal—
with a dummy,"
said Dr Richard
Latt, director of the
Animal Resources
Center at McGill.
"You're training
medical personnel to react quickly
to a patient coming into an emergency room [and] how to properly
place a chest tube or a [tracheome-
ty] tube or something like that,"
Latt said. "If you put the trach tube
or chest tube in the wrong place
it's certainly going to have an
adverse affect on the patient. And
I'm not sure how you can simulate
that in a model.'
Wong ultimately agreed on the
need for experience.
"The biggest concern for most
Med students is that, at some
point, there is a first time that you
will operate on a human being.
The more times you practice, the
better. Our biggest fear is hurting
someone's mother or daughter.
Animal labs have given me confidence,' he said.
UBC will co-operate with VGH in
its fundraising from private
donors, the health care system and
a number of private companies.
The machines will be evaluated in
a surgical setting.
"The objective in all of this is to
produce physicians who can look
after patients properly. That has
always been our main goal/
said Cairns. ♦
Dr John Cairns
UBC Dean of
Welfare, and
ROOM 180 Not as ominous as room 101.The human in the photo is Sara Dubois, nic fensom photo
Helping the little animals
UBC grad student helps
animal rehabilitators
share knowledge
by Brooke McLachlan
Graduate student Sara Dubois always
wanted to work with animals but didn't know exactly how, until she found
the UBC Animal Welfare Program
(AWP) in the department of
Agricultural Sciences.
Her hard work is now being
recognised, as the Vancouver
Foundation and the AWP have jointly
awarded a $10,000 grant to the
Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC
(WRN). This means Sara can apply
her research to educational projects
to benefit the wildlife rehabilitation
' community.
Dubois feels that the province has
been neglecting animal rehabilitation. "The government mandate is
for the conservation of species, not
for wildlife rehabilitation," she said.
"The government feels that one
animal is not going to affect the population so they wont fund it It's up to
the public.'
Sara's Master's thesis involves a
survey of wildlife rehabilitation in
the province. She interviewed animal
rehabilitators and collected data
about different wildlife species, such
as the kinds of injuries they typically
suffer and how long it takes before
they are released.
The purpose of collecting this data
was to assess animal rehabilitator
training needs in the province.
Dubois hopes to help create a BC-
based training facility for animal
rehab ilitators.
Elizabeth Thunstrom, president
ofthe WRN of BC, praised Dubois for
her work with people around the
"Sara has been very effective in
reaching out to people, in an area
that can be very personal to them,"
Thunstrom said.
The WRN is a non-profit organisation that includes rehabilitation facilities and other animal care personnel The WRN also attempts to foster
cooperation with the government
and international agencies.
David Fraser, one of Sara's pro-'
fessors in the AWP, explained that
wildlife rehabilitators in BC and
world-wide tend to work in isolation
in remote communities without
much communication.
"Sara is helping to better meet the
needs of rehabilitators by seeing
where they agree and disagree, and
what common goals they have,'
he said.
Sara's research is helping to cre
ate a network with which rehabilitators can pool information and
resources. No local training course
for wildlife rehabilitators exists at
this time in the province, and Dubois
feels this should be remedied.
"It would be nice to have a BC-
. based course...Part of the grant will
be used to see how feasible it would
be to set one up in BC,' Dubois said.
Wildlife rehabilitation is not
funded by the government and is
heavily reliant on public donations.
There are currently only about 40
BC wildlife rehabilitation facilities
In the future, Dubois would like to
use her expertise to become a liaison
between provincial and federal governments and non-profit wildlife
organisations. Dubois is eager to provide rehabilitators with additional
tools to help treat sick, orphaned or
injured animals.
"They are pretty amazing,'
Dubois said of the rehabilitators.
"They dedicate their whole lives and
often times their own savings to the
cause...I'd like to help them.'
Sara's goals may not be far from
Fraser said Sara's work is 'not
just unique to BC, but.it is the first
time someone has used this
interviewing approach to identify
and meet the needs of wildlife
rehabilitators.' ♦
Breakfast of
by SaraH Conchie
As the sun was rising and a crowd of
1000 sipped coffee at the annual
Millennium Breakfast, an athlete
turned to her neighbour and whispered, "They might as well put up
electric fences around all Canadian
It was a response to UBC
President Martha Piper's emphatic
speech, given just before Dick
Pound—former vice-president and
current member of the International
Olympic Committee, and the chancellor of McGill University—ascended to
the podium at the Vancouver Trade
and Convention Centre Friday morning. Pound, after commending UBC
for its "inspired choice of Dr Piper as
your leader," touched on the issue of
keeping athletic talent in Canada and
encouraged the sleepy but well-
dressed crowd to fight to bring the
2010 Winter Olympics to Vancouver
and Whistler.
The 2010 Olympic bid and retaining Canadian athletes
were both on the menu at the annual Athletics
"Regarding the 2010 Olympics,'
Pound concluded, let's get it and
kick some ass. We can do it better and
bigger than anybody else.'
Pound said afterwards that,
although conflict-of-interest rules
meant that he could not vote on bids
for the 2010 Olympic, he would be
doing some major campaigning for
the Vancouver/Whistler bid.
"What I will be doing is running
around nibbling on everybody's ears
to say what a great bid it is. I think
people will understand that" The
Olympic legacy, he added, would benefit UBC immensely through world-
class athletic facilities.
"UBC should put on its elbow pads
and get in there and say, 'We can help
in a great big way."
While the event was festooned
with Olympic logos and bid supporters, UBC Athletics Director Bob Philip
added another future competition to
the wish list
In the varsity video montage,
Philip said that he looked forward ten
years to when UBC would compete in
the NCAA, the university athletic
league in the US.
"It's nine now, because that video
was made lastyear,' said Philip afterwards. "Our goal is to play varsity
sports at the highest level, and the
NCAA is the highest level right now.'
The NCAA's current bylaws state
that a university must be US-based to
compete, though Philip thinks that if
UBC was allowed in, they could offer
better scholarships, ultimately keeping the top Canadian talents on home
"If you say to me, what's your
dream for the next ten years, that's
it. Whether it happens or not—like,
[UBC swimmer] Brian Johns was
quoted in the paper as saying, you
have to have a realistic goal and a
dream goal. Is it realistic? I don't
know yet, because the ground rules
haven't been set yet for us to apply.
But idealistically, I would love to be
watching our basketball team play
We are currently accepting submissions for
the following five categories;
Long Fiction (1Q0Q-3QQQ words)
Long Non-fiction (1000-3000 words)
Snap Fiction (under 1000 words)
Snap Non-fiction (under 1000 words)
Poetry (under 20 tines)
The  Ubyssey's  fifth
annual   literary
competition   is  back
Submit your entries to SUB Room 23
(Th* Ubyssey's Business Office)
Deadline is March 21st, 2003 at noon
Winners will be published in the April 4th
issue of The Ubyssey
Check www.ubyssey.bc.ca for submission
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"E-mail" from page T.   .
said   graduate   student   Michael
The AMS and GSS both plan on
posting a TA response to UBC's e-
mail to their constituents. The GSS
sent a message to its own listserv,
which reaches between 1600 to
3500 grad students. The AMS will
post a similar response to its AMS
Interactive listserv, which has
around 1800 students on it.
Both governments are hoping
that the university will allow them
to post a message to the same
broadcast system that was used to
send the original message.   ,'
The" TAs will continue their
strike action today picketing the
Law building from 7am ta 5pm.
Updates on TA strike action are
updated daily at 5pm at
www.cupe2278.ca. For the university's releases on the labour issues
see www.ubc.ca. ♦
"Stand" from page I.
UN-supported war. A recess was
called and Science Undergraduate
Society President Reka Sztopa drafted a new version, which Was subsequently passed.
Several members of Council publicly stated their opposition to the
motion. Dan Grice, an Arts representative said that while he doesn't
believe the AMS should necessarily
take a neutral stance, he believes it is
not justifiable to engage in foreign
policy discussion.
"The only government who
should [engage in such debate] is the
federal government,* he said. "It's
our job to promote student causes,
but not necessarily to support them.
It also weakens our ability to facilitate between different groups
around campus."
But Quigg said he believes students have a responsibility to take an
interest in global issues and that the
2000 students who signed the petition speak for themselves. "As students, we are essentially the minds
[of the future], and we are here to
form a new future and, hopefully, a
better future for our world," he said.
'Certainly for our future, for a
peaceful world—which I'm sure all
students at our campus want to
have—I think that global issues
should definitely be a part of the
Oana Chirila, AMS president, said
there were many concerns from students who felt they weren't adequately consulted on the motion and
from councillors who weren't sure if
it was within their mandate to lend
support to such a controversial global issue. "It's very indicative of how
students felt" she said about the
large number of abstentions.
She said that, although the AMS
sometimes takes stands on social
issues not necessarily directed related to the university, this particular
issue has been the subject of much
"I would hate to alienate students
who feel one way or another," she
March 5 is a worldwide day of
action for universities to show their
opposition to war in Iraq. UBC will be
participating, Quigg said, with a
"party for peace" near the Goddess of
Democracy outside the SUB. Music
and speakers are planned. ♦
"Forum" from page 1.
and we just wanted to take the
opportunity to do so."
Arash Ben Shaul, president ofthe
Israel Advocacy Club, was not happy
with the choice of speakers in the
forum. "They were all like-minded,"
he^said. "There was not any form of
diversity of opinion."
Cahis said the speakers were
brought in because they were all
excellent speakers on the topic of
Israel and Palestine.
"What we were trying to do was
not address the effects of the bombings or what should be done," Cahis
explained. "We were just trying to
present what is actually happening
right now."
The speakers at the forum were
Svend Robinson, Libby Davies (both
are NDP MPs and both have visited
the Middle East), Dr Gabor Mate (a
physician and member of Jews for a
Just Peace) and Khaled Barakat, who
" is from Palestine.
The audience quickly filled Angus
226 and UBC Security was on hand
to ensure that the room was not filled
beyond the fire safety regulations.
A large portion of the audience
(between 20 to 50 per cent) were
non-students and organisers asked
for them to volunteer to leave to
make room for students. Only a few
people left the room and around 40
people waited outside.
Cahis was surprised at the
turnout for the forum. "[We] purposely kept advertising on campus
to avoid this," Cahis said ofthe large
He had hoped to have students as
the audience to facilitate discussion.
"It made the atmosphere very
charged," he said ofthe large crowd,
'and there was some heckling,
The speakers each addressed the
current situation around Israel and
Palestine, focusing on the treatment
of the Palestinian people.
Several times throughout the
forum almost half of the members of
the audience held up identical signs
with the words "I disagree" printed
on them.
Robinson drew the first use of the
signs as he talked about UN resolutions that show that the Israeli presence in the area is illegal. Robinson
said that there must be an end to the
occupation, a dismantling ofthe illegal settlements and recognition of
UN resolutions. It was at that point
that several dozen audience members held up their signs, catching
Robinson off guard.
The signs were organised by the
Israel Advocacy Club as a way to quietly oppose what was being said.
'Our concern on campuses in
Canada...is the form of violence, the
form of non-democratic forms of
interaction...that is being imported
from the Middle East," Shaul said,
referring to a September 9, 2002
event at Montreal's Concordia
University, where former Israeli
Prime Minister        Benjamin
Netanyahu was scheduled to talk.
The event was cancelled when hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators surrounded the building where
Netanyahu was supposed to speak
and eventually clashed with police.
Shaul said that the signs were "to
keep this event as non-violent as possible, even though this was an event
that the anti-Israeli side formed
against us, that is why we came up
with the placards 'I disagree."
Cahis—who is Jewish—firmly
denied that the event was anti-Israel.
"This forum was completely consistent with NDP policy, and NDP policy clearly states a viable Israeli and
Palestinian state."
"We're not trying to say that the
Israeli state shouldn't exist or anything like that," emphasised Cahis.
"We are just calling that Israel follow
UN resolutions...and calling for their
withdraw from the occupied
territories." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
"Why is it such a big deal?"
UBC hosts public
forum on gay
issues in schools
by Hywel Tuscano
The audience attending a UBC-hosted
forum at Robson Square last Tuesday
found that teaching about queer
issues in schools is less simple than
they had hoped.
The topic of the public forum,
moderated by CBC Radio host Hal
Wake, was "Talking about gay issues
in schools.' Speakers questioned the
viability of implementing workshops
or curriculum in Lower Mainland
schools about accepting queer
The forum began with the short
film It's Elementary, a documentary
by Debra Chasnoff that takes a look at
how educators have addressed queer
issues in classrooms in San
Discussion was opened after the
film to a panel consisting of Fontaine
Ma, a senior high school student who
founded the gay/straight alliance in
Richmond; Debra Sutherland, a
Burnaby high school teacher and doctoral student at UBC focusing on anti-
homophobia and social justice education; Michael Grice, vice principal
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OPINIONS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: (Left to right) Moderator HalWake and panelists Fontaine Ma, Debra Sutherland, Michael Grice, Myra
Ottewell and Karen Litzke discussing the possiblity of teaching queer issues in classrooms, hywel tuscano photo
of Pinetree Secondary in Coquitlam;
Myra Ottewell, a teacher at Queen
Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey; and
Karen Litzke, a writer about education issues for the media.
Speakers discussed whether educators should be presenting gays and
lesbians,in an accepting and positive
light or simply a tolerant one.
Educators must deal with the possibility of teaching values contradictory
to those held in children's homes. "
Sutherland said educators should
tell children with intolerant backgrounds, "Your parents did not have
the benefit of the education that you
are getting and access to the same
information. It is possible that if they
did, they would not have the same
point of view now and that's part of
what we're trying to do now."
Grice supported this sentiment
and felt it was the role of educators to
teach children about acceptance.
"It is not about presenting one
agenda and presenting all others as
wrong," said Grice. "It is about the
process of educating all of our students. It is about accepting, it is about
listening, respecting. The younger
generation is going to find it easier to
be open with who they are."
However, Ottewell and Litzke
were skeptical about celebrating a
lifestyle in the classroom that children were possibly taught not to
Ottewell, who feels her Christian
background does not necessarily
promote acceptance of homosexuals,
instead discussed "tolerance' and
'respecting our individual differences.' She said she felt that 'sexuality is to be expressed inside marriage.'
An audience member pointed out
that the right to marry was currently
unattainable for homosexuals in this
Litzke questioned the effectiveness of the programs in schools
when she believed these issues were
mainly the problem of adults.
'A lot of adult homosexuals are
living closeted lives and then pushing to create a more open environment in schools in the hopes that it
will enable [those adults] to live more
open lives. This is, for me, a way of
shifting the burden of being an adult
onto the children,* said Litzke. "I
wonder if these kinds of programs
will achieve anything that wouldn't
be achieved if all the people in our
lives who are homosexuals lived
their lives openly.'
But a report by the Vancouver
Police Department shows that homosexuals are four times more likely
than heterosexuals to be victims of
hate crime, making it unsafe to live
Ma, who has run many workshops on homophobia, found workshops very helpful for students that
otherwise had no other exposure to
"Homophobia is less addressed in
schools and holding these workshops
has been effective in educating people. While people are willing to come
out and hold these workshops, they
face problems with the administration, the district and concerns of parents,' she said.
The audience directed most of
their comments and questions
towards the more conservative members on the panel—Ottewell and
"Homosexuality is not an issue
solely dealt with by adults. If kids are
not safe in schools where do they go?
Kids are and should be able to come
out earlier and earlier these days as
acceptance and awareness grows,"
said one audience member.
Sutherland acknowledged that
Canada has not done much for the
rights of homosexuals.. "In Canada
we do take some pride in the kind of
country we are evolving to be, but on
the issues of gay and lesbian rights
we are not very far along," ♦
High-speed network opens the web even wider
by Michael-Owen Liston
BCNET, which launched a multi-million dollar network last fall released its first audit on
the network. The results show that while connections to the internet are not greatly
changed, connections between universities
are much improved.
The 'real news," said BCNET President
and CEO Michael Hrybyk, is when institutions on the network work with each other.
'Unrestricted access on the high-speed network is restricted to [connections with] other
universities...when your packet is bound for
the rest ofthe internet it [still] goes over Shaw,
Telus or Bell to the rest of the world,' he
The Optical Regional Advanced Network's
(ORAN) fibre-optic cables enable users at
BCNETs member institutions-UBC, SFU,
BCIT, UVic and UNBC-to connect with each
other at speeds of up to one to 10 gigabits a
second or faster, said Hrybyk.
ORAN is also linked to the nation-wide
CANAR1E network and similar connections
can be made across Canada and around the
Although gigabit-per-second connections
will remain beyond the reach of typical desktop computers, any inter-campus connections should experience a 'noticeable'
improvement, Hrybyk said.
UBC's TRIUMF institute has already been
reaping the benefits of ORAN to make some
news of its own, said Dr Corrie Kost, head of
TRIUMF's Computing Services group. Recent
work between TRIUMF and the world's
largest particle physics centre, the CERN
Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, have 'set
some remarkable records" in data transfer
speed, said Kost, adding that ORAN played a
vital role in doing so.
"In just a few years, some really big experiments will be running on the world's largest
accelerators being built at CERN, generating
massive amounts of data,' Kost said, explaining why the 'need for speed" has become so
acute at research hubs such as TRIUMF.
Both Hrybyk and Mark Zuberbuhler, the
executive producer and director of UBC IT
Services' Telestudios department, are excited
about ORAN's potential to bring a new level of
speed to a wide range of activities on campus.
Zuberbuhler's Telestudios provides new
media production on campus—including
documentary, promotional and educational
webcasting—and he is excited about the
future of more ambitious ventures in
advanced video-conferences and online
course delivery.
"Up to now, network congestion has been
problematic for bandwidth-hungry media,"
said Zuberbuhler, who expects the utilisation
of 'rich media' in educational and research
projects to grow substantially.
"We're hoping too, that the instructors
will pick this up as a way to collaborate,'
noted Hrybyk. An innovative distance-educa
tion medical program run by UBC at UNBC
and UVic is already in the works.
Hrybyk is also keen to suggest that the
door is now open for developments like 3-D
video-conferences, which would save time
and money through reduced travel, while
providing a richer experience than a long-distance call.
For the time being students who want to
make a long-distance call to another campus
should avail themselves of ORAN's ready-to-
use resources and make a 'internet call'
instead, urged Hrybyk, who suggested users
think of networks like ORAN and CANARIE as
a 'no charge or pre-paid' airline for data.
"We fully support all research that uses
the ORAN, whether it is for simple communications such like e-mail, or for more bandwidth- intensive projects.' he said. "There's
an opportunity for [youth] here, and it should
be explored,' he said, and added optimistically, "I'm hoping that there's some academic pursuits thrown in there, too.' ♦
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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The Birds celebrate their 82-79 win over the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday night, winning their first Canada
West title in seven years. They qualified for a national spot the night before with an 82-69 victory over Regina.Below right, UBC head coach
Kevin Hanson, who played for UBC at the 1987 National Championships, nic fensom photos
Final Four: The numbers behind the weekend
Canada West basketball championship  trophies
at UBC: 6
Technical fouls in Saturday's Gold Medal match: 3
Technical fouls called on UBC this year: 2
Streakers: 0
Beefy   security   guards   barring   streakers   from
the court: 17
Trinity Western fans: 2000
RCMP officers: 2
Number of times the Alberta Golden Bears fouled
Kyle Russell on Saturday: 12
Points Russell made off of free throws: 19
Players who fouled out of Friday night's TWU vs.
Alberta match in the final minute: 3
Times the word 'memorable' appears in media
releases and Ubyssey articles (before editing): 6
Former UBC point guards in attendance: 1 (Paul Naka)
Little kids who fell asleep during Saturday's game: 2
Ubyssey editors and staff in attendance: 7 ♦
Fait accompli
In a shocking three-set match, the
University of Sherbrooke women's
volleyball team knocked the UBC
squad out of medal contention in the
very first round of the National
Championships Friday. The Birds,
who claimed bronze at the Canada
West championships and were
ranked first or second in the country
for most of their season, choked in
Quebec City, losing 25-22, 25-14 and
2 5-21 to the eventual national champions. Sherbrooke went on to beat
the Winnipeg Wesmen for the gold
medal, snapping a 20-year legacy of
Canada West team champions. The
Birds—who quickly regained their
composure to beat Laval and
Dalhousie in three straight sets
Saturday and Sunday—return home
without a medal, finishing fifth overall. Iz2y Czerveniak was the only Bird
to make the All-Canadian first team,
with right-side Kathryn Peck being
named to the second team.
The ultimate lift ticket
The men's and women's alpine ski
teams head to Lake Tahoe, California
this week for the USCSA National
Championships. Held from March 3
to 8, the downhill skiers will be racing
on Northstar mountain, and likely
watching some of the snowboard and
cross-country championship action as
well. The men's team, led by Paul
Boskovich and' speedy newcomer
Trevor Bruce, will compete for the
first time since 1997, and are hoping
to better their bronze performance six
years ago.
Standing wave
Brian Johns, the UBC swimmer
who broke a world record last weekend at the CIS national swimming
championships, can't get a certain
song out of his head. After being
named the CIS athlete of the week
for his performance, Johns resumed
his normal schedule, pausing only
to attend the annual Millenium
Breakfast downtown. He recieved a
standing ovation from the 1000
guests present at the UBC Athletics
fundraiser, and was pounced on by
national press after the event.
"This is just one more step to
where I want to get to,' said Johns of
his world famous swim. He's definitely thinking about gold at the
2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
'That's the goal right now. Wait until
I hear that anthem playing—I'll be
satisfied then.'
No surprises here, folks
New Thunderbird Athletic Council
President Jama Mahlalela says that
his organisation has thrown
itself wholly behind the
Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic
bid. Schmoozing and selling the varsity pin-up calendar at the Millenium
Breakfast last Friday morning,
Mahlalela said he recognised that it
is a contentious issue for some, but
thinks the games are still a good idea.
• Mahlalela has no plans to change the
way things work. "It'll be pretty much
status quo—just kind of improving on
eveiything we have done, and really
.just getting some credibility to the
organisation,' he said. ♦
by Rob Nagai
Thanks for the memories. The Canada
West championship trophy now
belongs to the Thunderbirds after a
memorable night that saw veteran
guard Kyle Russell score a career-high
43 points.
Starting with the eighth-ranked
University of Regina Cougars, the
Birds rolled through Friday, thundering onto centre stage with the memory of two early season road victories
over Regina fuelling their performance. This time they would experience
Friday's 80-69 win at home in front of
a sold-out UBC crowd.
"Just looking at those flags, just seeing the past in this gym, you just want
to be one of those who put one up
there," said UBC point guard Karlo
Villanueva of his inspired performance after the game.
"There were some real contributors tonight' stated Head Coach Kevin
Hanson. "I thought Karlo had an outstanding game. Especially in the first
half—he dictated the tempo of the
game. He scored his transition hoops.
For someone five foot two, he just
played a tremendous game.'
Friday's victory over Regina
clinched a berth for the Thunderbirds
in the national spotlight The last time
the UBC men's basketball made an
appearance at the Nationals was
1996. They lost to tlie Alberta Golden
Bears, one game away from the gold
medal round.
With  the  pressure  off for  the^
national bid, the only thing riding on
Saturday's game was seeding into the
national tournament, and a nice shiny
The Birds squared off against the
defending national champions, this
years' incarnation of the Alberta
Golden Bears, in front of 2 500 fans on
Saturday night
Splitting their first match-up ofthe
season back in November, Alberta
(#2) and UBC (#3) had fought all year
for dominance in the Canada West
With Alberta winning the tip-off
Saturday night, it was clear to see that
a UBC win would not be as easy as the
previous night's victory over Regina.
Playing without the indomitable Phil
Scherer—who was injured Friday
night—Alberta was still aggressive/
resting its offence on forward Mike
Mehxychuk,    who    scored    11    of
Alberta's first 13 points, including
three three-pointers.
By the 15-minute mark the Bears
were up 17-10. But Kyle Russell, in his
last performance in War Memorial
Gym as a Thunderbird, quickly turned
the game into, a fitting farewell.
With five minutes left to play in the
half, Russell hit rookie Casey
Archibald with a long distance pass
spanning the entire court Archibald
finished with a lay-up, and sent the
Birds on a six point run to tie the game
at 31. Archibald then sunk a long
jumper in the closing minute, putting
UBC up 44-39.
Alberta hung on, however, and
just after the ten minute mark in the
second half, an inside jumper by
Melnychuk put the Bears ahead by
one point
The Bears continued to stretch to
their limits to keep ahead of UBC, but
Kyle Russell was already soaring. He
notched a game total of 19 points
from behind the free throw line, and
led the Birds to a six-point lead in the
last five minutes of the game.
Although Alberta managed to bring it
back to a single point they desperately fouled rookie Casey Archibald in the
final seconds, and UBC won the
match 82-79.
"Last year at the national championships, Kyle and I sat down at centre
row. He was receiving an All-Canadian
award and we went and watched one
of the games," said Hanson as the
post-game celebration began. "He just
turned to me and said 'Coach, we got
to get here next year.' Tonight's performance: Kyle got us here. What a
memory he left for the fans that came
and watched'
Archibald, last year's top high
school player, posted an impressive
19 points, hitting several key shots
including sinking the final two
UBC's occasionally apathetic fans
stayed on their feet long enough to see
Russell and company cut the net from
the hoop to end a terrific 15-5 season
A Canada West championship banner
will be raised in their honour in the
War Memorial Gym.
"Forget about me,' said Russell
afterwards, but anyone who saw Kyle
even once in his career on the
Thunderbird court knows how hard
this will be. ♦
—The team has a week to savour
their new title before flying to Halifax
for the CIS National Championships.
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TAKE NOTICE that an annual general meeting of SLFS  -
Student Legal Fund Society (the "Society") will be held at Room
179/81 ofthe Curtis Law Building at UBC, on Thursday, March
20, 2003 at the hour of 12:15 p.m. for the following purposes:
1. To receive the report of the Elections Administrator.
2. To appoint or waive the appointment of auditors.
3. To receive and consider the financial statements of the Society
for thq year ended and the report of the directors to the
4. To consider special resolutions to amend the Society Bylaws
related to issues including but not limited to quorum,
appointment of officers, amending provisions, authority to
initiate funding, and general proceedings of the Society.
5. To transact such other business as may properly be brought
before the meeting.
TAKE NOTICE that any student of UBC who wishes to become
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Address: Box 70, 6138 SUB Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1 HOW GREEDY ARE THE TAs?
Are UBCs teaching assistants really the third highest paid in Canada? Then why are they turning their noses up at
an even higher salary, and disrupting everyone's education by going on strike? They just walked out on the
university's negotiator, just left him sitting there, when he was offering them an extra thousand bucks. Unbelievable!
That's the message I got from an email sent by UBC's Human Resources Associate VP Lisa Castle, last Thursday.
Hater found out that over 40,000 other people on campus had got the same email. I would tell those 40,000 people
that this story of the TAs and UBC is distorted and clever propaganda. That its clear intention is to crush the
bargaining power of just 1600 student employees at UBC by using the overpowering weight of the university's
administrative resources. But I don't have the power to send my own point of view to 40,000 people at the click of a
button. I have enough trouble photocopying 300 newsletters.
If you believe, as the AMS and GSS do, that this one-sided use ofthe email system by the university was unfair,
then pause for a minute and let me tell you the other side of the story. I should confess here that I do the
communications for the teaching assistants union. But I'm a student here at UBC, just like most of you.
So are we the third highest paid TAs in Canada? Do you really think we would be striking if we were? Our
hourly rate of pay ranks 10th out of 15 among Canadian universities. Lisa Castle's letter compares us to places like
U. of Toronto. Toronto TAs earn 34% more than us. But we're not even asking for that. All we want is pay parity
with SFU. They are only one position above us in the pay rankings - 9th out of 15. But they earn $2.75 an hour
more than we do, and rising. UBC offered us 3%, 4%, 3% increases for the next three years. This is the trumpeted
"ten percent". What is this worth? Well, it simply matches annual inflation of 3.5% (Statistics Canada). It makes-no
difference at all to our ranking in the market.
How does HR come to the conclusion that we are 3rd? Because we work 35% longer hours than TAs at nearly
every other university. Multiply a low wage by a lot more hours, and you get these apparent riches.
Did we walk away from mediation? Well, we showed up at the usual negotiating room in the BC Labour Board
offices last Wednesday, eager to hear the administration's new offer. But they did not come to talk about it. They
just sent a message. We waited around until 5pm then went home disappointed. We are always ready to talk.
Yes, we did turn down the offer they made, although we were unable to look for middle ground because they weren't
there. And the reason for this is simple. Pay increases are meaningless unless they are accompanied a willingness
to discuss tuition assistance. This is because TAs are in a rather odd position: teaching is a job for which we
receive a salary, and it is also a method of funding given to us by the university - funding on which graduate
students depend, because we study 12 months a year.
Since it is the same body (UBC) both giving and taking away the money, then what we actually live off is the
difference between what UBC gives and what UBC takes away (currently about $6000 a year). Anything they give
us is meaningless if they take away more than they give. Right now, they are taking away 16% more than they give.
The only guarantee we have to prevent this, is to have tuition assistance in our contract as well.
And indeed, up until last August, we did have guaranteed tuition assistance from UBC. Then they took it away. We
have always been willing to talk about tuition assistance in our new contract UBC have remained intransigent,
stating obstinately that they will not negotiate on this point. It is UBC's refusal to even talk about this issue that has
caused the strike to drag on.
We are sick of this strike. We just want to go back to our education. Our supervisors are sick of this strike. Our
students are sick of this strike, and it is unimaginably hard for us to know that we have been forced to affect the
undergraduates we are responsible for in order to get a fair deal. We want to go back to teaching. But we have
been forced to carry on striking, because UBC will not even discuss the link between the cost of tuition and the
value of our wages. We're angry at them. We think you should be too.
And please pass this on to other people. There are still over 35000 individuals who won't be able to hear this point of
Playing with memory
Tale of apartheid proves timeless
at the Pacific Theatre
until Mar. 22
by Shireen Nabatian
'Forgive me or kill me, that's the only choice you've got,'
says Gideon to Martinus during the heart of 'Playland."
In this intense two-man drama talcing place in 1989
South Africa during apartheid, Gideon is a white ex-corporal played by Cecil Hershler. Martinus is a black security
guard played by Tom Pickett
Playland is the travelling amusement park where the
play unfolds. Gideon comes to Playland in an attempt to
forget his troubles and enjoy New Year's Eve and meets
Martinus at the gate on his way in. They talk, then Gideon
enters Playland. He comes out to find Martinus again, and
they talk and talk until all their ugly demons come to the
surface, and Gideon challenges Martinus to make this
difficult choice.
The content of 'Playland* is not light; as the director says
in her notes, "Athol Fugard's plays are about desperate people in desperate situations." This play is no exception.
Fugard, a white Afrikaner, grew up in South Africa during
apartheid and travelled all around the continent and even
sailed around the world, which app'arendy gave him deep
insight into the workings of peoples' hearts and minds.
The play is not only about the relationships between
whites and blacks under an 'apart'-heid regime, it is about
our relationships with our own selves and our past actions
and sins, and how we go about living with ourselves. Do we
combine our anger and our unwillingness to forgive, con
demning ourselves to living in
isolation from one another? Or
do we make the leap to forgive
ourselves and those who have
done us wrong, so that we
might live more meaningful
lives where trust, love and hope
are possible?
"Playland' is a success in
that it gets the audience thinking about these issues of cleaning one's inner environment to
create peaceful interpersonal
relationships (and the timing is
certainly impeccable given the
pending war on Iraq). During
the second half of the play,
when the two characters' pasts
are revealed, the tension is palpable to a point where the audience is totally drawn in and all
the energy of the Uttle black box
theatre is concentrated on
the stage.
Unfortunately, it takes the entire first half of the performance to get to that point. Magnetic tension could
exist from the time the lights come up. Hershler and
Pickett have trouble establishing a relationship at first,
which makes the play hard to follow, and the blocking is
rather awkward with plenty of purposeless shuffling.
However, these are the only criticisms, and both problems nearly disappear halfway in. Hershler and Pickett's
South African accents are consistent and the acting itself
is remarkable, especially given the challenging nature of
the characters, laden with guilt, self-hate and a desire to
stay alive despite what realities the characters have chosen for themselves.
If you need comic relief from writing term papers, don't
go see this play. If you're interested in post-traumatic stress
syndrome, interracial relations, South African history or
matters of the heart that concern every individual at some
point in their lives, "Playland' will certainly give you a lot
to think about, and a lot to be grateful for. ♦
/ams referendum,
The AMS would like to thank all
students who voted in the U-Pass
& Sexual Assault Support Services
Fund Referendum. Over 10,000
students voted ih favor ofthe U-Pass
and dose to 6,000 students voted in
favor of establishing a Sexual Assault
Support Services FundJn both cases,
a clear majority of those voting,
cast their ballots in favor of the
Referendum questions and quorum
requirements* were met
The $2Q a month U-Pass will be
implemented in September, 2003
($15 for students in UBC housing).
Also, all students (except those who
choose to opt-out) will pay $1.00
a year towards the Sexual Assault
Support Services Fund..
Please note that AMS Referenda are
binding on all students, if they meet
quorum and majority criteria.
*To meet quorum requirements in
a Referendum, the number of Yes
votes must be equal to or greater
than 10% of the "Day Student*
population. Day students are
students enrolled in at least one day
course on campus.
In this Referendum, the Elections
Administrator determined quorum
to be 3,654 students.
feedback(o>ams.ubc.ca • www.ams.ubif,
sus referendum,
Vote online - March 1 * to 7*
The Science Undergraduate
Society wilj be running an online
Referendum from March 1st
to March 7th asking students
in the Faculty of Science to
support an increase in their
Sdence fees in order to build
a new Science Student Centre.
where 6,500 Science students will
be able to study, relax and socialize.
It will include:
• roof-top patio
• a lounge
«private study/group study
and meeting rooms
•internet terminals
• print/copy facilities
• lounge and study areas
• a kitchenette
Tha Referendum Question will
read as follows:
"I support a $10 increase in my
Science Undergraduate Society
fee, from $12 to $22, allocated to
the creation of a Science Student
Social Space ($9) and to an
increase in club funding ($ 1)."
Go to: www.sus.ubc.ca to vote!
/ discussion board
This is your chance to have your say!
Sign up now and post your thoughts
on a variety of topics related to student
life, the university, the AMS, and the
world outside. Make your voice heard!
Visit the AMS discussion board
online at www.ams.ubc.ca. To
suggest a discussion topic, e-mail
r sun renovations,
Something is happening in the SUB
Lower Level - a major renovation to
significantly increase social space.Visit
the AMS website at www.ams.ubc.ca
and click on the renovations icon to
take an interactive tour of the new
ams jobs
Do you want to implement changes at
your university, team about your field
of interest work with fantastic people,
while wokring part-time without
having to go off campus? We are
hiring Vice Chairs and Commissioners
for: Student Administrative
Commission, Finance Commission,
University Commission, and External
that await you at the AMS. We are also
hiring Service Coordinators, Student
Court members and an Inside UBC
editor and graphic artist Please check
our website for more details on these
positions, www.ams.ubc.ca. u
events v
AMS and XFM presents:
UBC's Battle ofthe Bands - featuring local UBC talent Every Thursday in March
at the Pit Pub. Come out and support UBC bands as they fight their way to
the top!
Storm the Wall
March 31-April 4 Register by Wed March, 26
Be a part of the biggest Intramural Event in North America. Join the other
2500 UBC students as they swim, sprint bike, run, and climb over a twelve-foot
wall. This is a UBC experience that is not-to-be-missed!
Combining teamwork, strategy and communication, teams work together to
"Storm" the 12-fbot wall. Sunny days, great music, food, entertainment lots
of great games, prizes, and of course the two walls combine tp make Storm
the Wall THE event of the year. Everyone can do id New to this year is the
Recreational division, in which participants will get a bit of a helping hand
over the wall.
Storm Cage:The Survivor Challenge!!
March 31 - April 4 • Applications due: March 12
Two, 10x10 cages will house 16 UBC students for 96 hours of competition.
Cage competitor's will have their mental, physical, and emotional limits
tested throughout the competition. With only a few clothes, a sleeping bag,
and 1 luxury item, contestants will have to outwit and outplay their fellow
contestants to become UBC's Storm Cage champion. The winner will receive
a trip for two to Europe
AMS Summer Job Fair presented by AMS Joblink and Conference
March 4th & 5th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Main concourse level of the
Lots of exciting employers will be here, giving presentations and scouting for
new talent Bring your resumes and get ready to put your best foot forward
AMS Joblink will also be holding workshops in room 205 at 11:00 am,12:
00 pm & 1 ■OO pm, today (March 4th) to help you with resume writing, and
interviewing skills. Get set to get the job of your dreams this summed
For more information, contact Joblink at 604-822-JOBS or Jane Kim at
^604.822.3465 „ 10
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Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Anna King
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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Karen Leung
Shalene Takara
Emily Chan sniffed the air. It was a good day for hunting. Tejas
EwLng laughed at her and said, "1 tbin.lt you're smelling Anna
King!" Sarah Conchie slung the .30.06 rifle over her shoulder
and turned to Jesse Marchand, who said, "Them thar Aman
Sharmas are ugly, but they're good eatin'l' Parminder Nizher
and Michael Schwandt looked at Kathleen Deering incredulously as she proceeded to rub moose urine all over herself. "It's
supposed to attract the big bulls,' she protested- No moose
showed up, but all of a sudden Chris Shepherd and Duncan
McHugh burst out of the forest; thoroughly aroused. Megaa
Thomas tried to stop them, but only the grunting of Graeme
Worthy could satisfy their desires. Then, in the Nic Fensom of
time, Michael Owen Liston squeezed the trigger and dropped
the huge beasts. Shireen Nabatian and Michelle Mayne
descended on the kilt tearing into the flesh with their teeth.
Vampyra Draculea restored order, and directed Rob Nagai and
Rase Bouthillier in skinning and gutting the animal Jonathan
Woodward bathed himself in the entrails, while Hywel Tuscano
and Laura Blue watched in perverted fascination.
Canada Past Salaa Agroamant Niunbar 0732141
The Olympic
Members of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) axe in town this week, checking out Vancouver and Whistler before a big
meeting in Prague this summer, when the IOC
will award the games to either
Vancouver/Whistler, Salzburg, Austria or
Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The presence of the IOC, along with the
results of Vancouver's February 22 Olympics
vote, where 64 per cent of voters supported
Vancouver's bid, has made the city a httle crazy.
Anyone who's tried to read The Vancouver Sun or
The Province or had the misfortune to end up on
Robson Street Sunday afternoon knows what
we're talking about
So, in response to The Vancouver Sun's "25
reasons why Vancouver is a Winter Olympics
city,* published yesterday in the Sun's "Olympic
dream' supplement, we offer "25 reasons why it
might not be so cool for Vancouver to be a Winter
Olympics city."
1. We haven't even gotten the Olympics yet
and already the city is fucking littered with 2010
posters and billboards. Seven more years of that;
no, thank you.
2. Sixty-four per cent (the number of people
who voted yes in last week's Olympics plebiscite)
of 46 (the percentage of eligible voters who cast
ballots) is less than 30 per cent, which isn't such
a stunning endorsement is it? Or maybe some of
us are still a Httle surprised the vote went the way
it did.
3. We're still not convinced that the Olympics
are worth the cost
4. As if those brats in Whistler need anything
else to be smug about
5. With the exception of the speed skating
oval, Calgary's Olympic facilities are sitting
vacant and unused. Vancouver, BC and Canada
have better things to be financing than a bobsled
track that's only going to get used for a couple of
weeks in 2010.
6. As if the price of 9 9 cent pizza isn't going to
go through the roof. That's a fate we are not
willing to face.
7. Olympic theme songs always suck. Ditto
opening ceremonies. And in BC Place, barf.
8. Potential tickets prices have been
rumoured to be astronomically. high.
Vancouverites will be expected- to pay for the
games, put up with droves of obnoxious tourists
and, at the end of it all, they won't even be able to
attend the events. Two words: raw deal.
9. The IOC are a bunch of freeloaders. Not
only do they get to tour the world, trying out ski
hills, etc., they've cut TV revenue percentages for
the host cify from 49 per cent to 40.
10. The people who are most fervently backing the bid are also those who stand to make the
most money if Vancouver gets the Games. Are
these the people to whom we want to entrust a
huge windfall of tax dollars?
11. Track and field is so dull. Oh, winter
Olympic Games? Okay, the biathlon is so dull.
12. It will rain for the duration of the
games. Not snow, rain. We will look foolish,
and the Norweigians will all laugh at us for
even trying.
13.-Just think of the infinite merchandising
tie-ins that will bombard us. Official Olympic
burgers. Offical Olympic cars. Official Olympic
beers; Official Olympic cock rings, in sets of
five..it's just too muchl
14. What's going to top the Calgary Olympics
getting the Jamaican bobsled team? Nothing,
that's what Why should we even bother trying?
Unless Guyana has something in the works...
15. To pay for the resulting Olympic facilities
at UBC, students will have to pose nude for their
own fundraising calendars, following the shining
example of the Thunderbird Athletic Council.
. 16. The US hockey team: kleptomaniacs, all of
them. Trust us. We know a guy.
17. Fake sports: honestly, ski ballet?!
18. Forget that nice, romantic picnic in one of
the many rest stops along the Sea to Sky
Highway. Even a httle noshing will be roadside
entertainment for the thousands stuck in traffic
on the way to the Super G.
19. Canadian. Hockey. Fever. Boring.
20. Corrupt figure skating judges. Until the
dust from that whole Frerich-judge-with-ties-to-
Russian-mafia fiasco has settled, we just won't be
able to enjoy a triple toe loop for its true beauty.
21. Who wants to give the engineers that kind
of potential for Beetle-wielding mayhem? Not us.
22. "Where are the igloos?"
23. Your rent is going to skyrocket
24. Perhaps when our provincial government
isn't running on a deficit of $3.5 billion, BC can
try bidding for expensive and unnecessary
sporting events.
2 5. Did we mention the 99-cent pizza thing? ♦
Towing safety away from Gage Towers
a   tow-away
On Friday, I parked my car at Gage
residence at UBC, in what I thought
was a friend's spot. I returned two
hours later to my car to realise I
had locked my keys inside, including my house key. Moreover, I had
not brought my
wallet with me,
and had no money
to get home. As I
was bitterly-
lamenting my misfortune, I noticed
notice on my windshield; evidently
I had parked in the wrong spot and
was about to be towed.
I ran inside to seek help from
the two front desk attendants in
the Gage lobby. I explained the situation, and that if my car were
towed, I would be stranded, alone
in the dark, with no money whatsoever to get home, and no keys to
get into my home. Unfortunately,
they said, they could not help me.
I returned to my car to find the
tow truck hoisting my car. I
explained my situation to the tow
truck driver, telling him about my
honest mistake, and that I would
be stranded if he towed me. I
begged him to please, at least open
my car door and give me my keys
so that I could return home
tonight. He refused. He told me I
had to pay him $78 to drop the car.
I re-iterated that I had no money
with me. He tried to bargain with
me to $42.80, he
said he would
make me pay, but
he was doing me a
"huge favour." I
explained again I
couldn't pay anything. He asked me
if there was anything 'of value'
inside my car that he could take
instead of cash. There was nothing.
He then continued to hoist my car.
Finally, I totally wigged out. I
jumped onto the back of my car,
and started yelling at the apartments around me. "Can you
believe this guy is going to tow my
car, with all my keys inside, with
no money to get home, and leave
me stranded alone in the dark on
campus?" I yelled. People stared
out of their windows, but nobody
came to help me. Hysterical, I
yanked off my Nike running shoe
and waved it at the tow truck driver. 'Do you want my shoes? I
yelled.   "They're   Nikel   They're
newf No deal, he said. "I'm just
doing my job, lady," he explained.
One ofthe front desk attendants
I had spoken to earlier came out to
talk to the tow guy. She walked out,
confirmed to the tow guy that I was
parked illegally, and told him to
tow me immediately. Then she
walked back into Gage. She didn't
even look at me. Finally my friend
walked by and loaned me $42.80.
The tow guy opened my car, gave
me my keys, and drove off.
I went back to the front desk to
talk to that attendant. I complained
to her that she had been willing to
knowingly leave a young woman
stranded alone on campus in a
dark parking lot, with no money to
get home, and no keys to enter my
house. She said that it was my fault
for parking illegally. 'I'm just
doing my job,' she said, and that if
I had a problem, I could complain
to her supervisor.
So that's what I'm doing. I
can't believe that not a single person, save my friend walking by,
had lifted a finger to help me, I
can't believe that two individuals
were content to strand a young
woman alone on a dark campus
notorious for sexual assaults. I
have a problem with people who
abrogate their human responsibility to aid others in crisis by hiding
behind the authority of their jobs.
No, you're not just doing your job.
You're a human being. Human
beings help each other out. You
two seriously endangered my
safety, and it's not okay. It's
not right.
To everyone else out there: you
always, always have a choice to
make in these situations. You can
make the choice to help a person in
need, or you can avoid your intrinsic responsibility as a human
being, a member of a community,
and just leave them to whatever
fate might dole out-perhaps I'm
being dramatic here, but I could
have been raped, mugged and/or
killed that night, if I had been
stranded. I've been a residence
advisor—it happens. More often
thatyouid think. It can be avoided.
To Drake Towing and the UBC
Department of Housing &
Conferences: Think About It. ♦
—Jo McFetridge is a sixth-year
Arts student THE UBYSSEY
Hey, here's a coincidence...
In response to the letter in Tuesday's edition of the Ubyssey I have taken
the liberty of listing the Webster's Dictionary definition of coincidence:
Occurrence together apparently without reason.
I fail to see how the 'coincidences' you listed in your letter, "U-Pass's
odd coincidences' (Feb. 25), comply with this definition.
You seem to be stating that certain
events occurred in order to hinder the
No campaign. One of these events was a
problem with the computers in the SUB.
I am sorry, but did the computers not
allow you to click on No? Both Yes and
No voters had to register their choice online, and unless you are suggesting that Yes voters have more access to computers than the No side
(which is entirely obtuse), your point is completely moot.
You also seem to believe that the mandatory nature of this program
is a coincidence. Now quickly refer to the above definition once more
before we go on. The reason the $20 fee is mandatory is because the
program would not be financially viable if it was not. You probably
missed this when you were driving around in your car, but TransLink
employees went on strike two summers ago because their employers
could not afford to pay out the full-time wages and benefits that any
individual needs to survive and support a family in our province.
TransLink is not a financial juggernaut that sleeps on a bed of student-
paid twenty-dollar bills each night.
It is too bad that the posters you and your sister made were ripped
down, but according to the Alma Mater Society (AMS) many posters
were removed because they propagated misinformation surrounding
the campaign. Perhaps if the No side felt as strongly as you suggest
they did, they should have organised a proper campaign, which, by the
way, would have been funded by the AMS. Laziness and ignorance are
not very stalwart excuses for the No side's lack of proper information
It is true that TransLink does not offer optimal service. At times it is
"poor and slow," as you put it. Still, the fact remains that many of us ride
the bus because we cannot afford to do anything else. The U-Pass allows
us to put the hundreds of dollars saved towards the rising costs of education and general living. Perhaps, Shannon, you need to address the
coincidences that afforded you the luxury of access to a car before you
impinge your upper middle-class conspiracy theories on the rest of us. ♦
-Dave Gaertner is a fourth-year Arts student
Clarifying the TAs' position
As a PhD student and teacher's
assistant (TA), I feel a letter to the
editor published in the Feb. 28
Ubyssey ("Rising Tuition
Necessary' by Devon Cooke) warrants a response.
I agree with the author that the
TA Union could do a better job of
explaining its stance. One must
keep   in   mind,   however,   the
tremendous    mismatch   here:   the
UBC     administration has  a generously funded
Public Affairs
department to pump out whatever
propaganda it wishes, along with
broadcast e-mail privileges. The
TA union has a Communications
Committee who is a graduate student in zoology.
The reason the TA union has
been characterising tuition
increases as a pay cut is because
they amount to nothing less—our
employer pays us our salary, then
takes as little as one third of it
back. Because graduate school is a
full-time, year-round endeavour,
. there is little opportunity for us to
make money elsewhere, and
many departments, especially in
Arts, are in no position to offer us
any other source of income. If our
tuition increases by $600, that's
$600 out of our pockets.
Along with the  TA contract
which,   expired   at  the   end   of
August, the union negotiated two
letters of understanding with the
administration.  These   gave  us
partial rebates against the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) health plan
($100-130 per year) and against
tuition   (50   per   cent   of   any
increase). Tuition was increased
the day after these letters expired,
t;    anoj their status as being separate
"   t from the contract prevented theni
'*"    frbrS"st%ihg in JoreeV   '■*■ .       ■•$
TAs have, as mentioned above,
been without a contract since the
end of August, and we have been
trying   to   negotiate   with   the
administration since July (note
that it is illegal to strike while a
contract is still in force). Because
of various vacations and an insistence that all negotiators be present, the  administration did not
talk with the TA bargaining team
.    until  the  end  of
PPpOprpT|lir\  September,    then
'   ™'»»l   !■" I I w !■ | misse(j one rneet-
i ( . j ' j % ing and cancelled
* /   three others
before mid-
November. At that time, their
chief negotiator left for a seven-
week tour of Brazil. The administration did not even make its position known to the union until mid-
January, in mediation, and most
recently called us to meet with the
mediator before phoning him
with their latest offer. They refuse
to discuss anything with the word
'tuition' fn it.
The administration has chastised the union for asking to bargain tuition protection for only a
fraction of the student body (no
doubt our bargaining team would
be pleased to negotiate it for
everyone were they able to). This
is a strikingly hypocritical stance
given their announced intention
to rebate tuition fees for many
PhD students in years 1-4, but not
for students in Master's or other
graduate degrees. (If this proposal is passed, tuition protection
would become moot for 25 per
cent of TAs.)
I encourage Devon, and any
other readers, to ask those of us
walking in circles should they
need any further clarifications.
We don't bite.
Really. ♦
•'*^ . 1 J .        •-
—DaFre'ti Peets is a graduate >
student in physics
The annual issue to celebrate multicultural issues and the elimination of racism needs
contributions of any kind Jrom articles to photos to artwork. '.'/-.':
So if you are interested, please come to the meeting on Wednesday the 5th of March
at 2pm, in Sub room 24 (in the basement).
Or, e-mail coloursubc@hotmail.com with any ideas or to volunteer your help.
Thedeadline is March 11th! '
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connections, opportunities and innovation
March 11, 2003
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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exchange research ideas  % visit over 250 academic and industry displays
listen to 13 innovative speakers •   expand your professional network
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Horton heats up an amazing party
with Unknown Hinson
at the Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 22
by Vampyra Draculea
With its vintage feel, the Commodore Ballroom was the
perfect venue for the nouveau retro punk-edged rockabilly music of the Reverend Horton Heat.
Whenever artists start off as apparently fictional
characters, they can get away with much more than so-
called serious artists, as evidenced by opener
Unknown Hinson. He started off as a character on his
own mock-reality public access TV show in Charlotte,
North Carolina, a ne'er-do-well hillbilly singer-guitarist
always trying (and failing) to evade the law, while taking his music to an ever-widening circle of clubs and
gaining a cult following throughout America. Here, in
his Vancouver debut, he started- the night off with some
of his wickedly funny songs that take our Northern
stereotypes of life in the South to a ridiculous extreme.
For those who weren't there, here's a few sample song
titles: "I Can't Believe You're Pregnant, Again,' "You
Ain't Callin' The Law On Me,* "I Ain't Afraid of Your
Husband," and the slow country ballad "Your Man Is
Gay' (dedicated to a couple in the front row who
Hinson later thanked for being such good sports).
Quite the showman, as evidenced by his interplay with
the audience, Hinson drew more and more interest as
the set progressed until there were about 300 people
standing on the floor in front of the stage.
Unknown Hinson is one of those loved or loathed
artists. You either get the joke and laugh hysterically,
or you're offended and want to lynch him. Even if one
fell into the latter category, one would still have to be
wowed at the guy's talent—I was amazed at just how
great his guitar playing is, from the first riffs right
through to the instrumental jam that ended his set an
hour later. And he seems to be equally comfortable in
many genres: country, bluegrass, blues, rockabilly
and rock.
About 30 minutes after Unknown Hinson, the
Reverend Horton Heat hit the stage in a full-blown
assault with "Reverend Horton Heat's Big Blue Car."
The master ofthe segue, the Reverend didn't stop until
eight songs later, when a minor technical issue forced
a short break, then he launched back in with "Loco
Gringos Like a Party."
As one can always expect with the Reverend Horton
Heat, the band's playing was excellent; the speed,
power and intricacy of their musicianship would blast
most speed metal outfits right off the stage. One ofthe
other joys of seeing the Reverend is that it's always
fun—no sneering snotty rock star angst attitudes or
songs complaining how much life sucks to be found
here. Even songs referring to divorce and heartache,
like "Galaxy 500/ still have an upbeat outlook. As the
Reverend has been known to say, he usually only
writes about the joys of life: good food, friends, cars,
love, sex, parties, etc. No wonder the band loves their
music and performing it as much as the fans love listening to it. They played most of their well-known
songs, keeping the crowd cheering on the floor. The
vibe of the show was one big happy party—people were
dancing, cheering, laughing and enjoying the music.
I'm sure the party could have gone on for a few more
hours were there not laws against that sort of thing.
I don't know what all else to say about the Reverend
Horton Heat, other than you've got to experience his
show for yourself. (He should be back in a few
months—he usually is.) During the break before the
encore, I was trying to think ofthe last concert I'd been
to that had been this much fun, and even with all my
other favourite bands, I couldn't really come up with
one that could quite surpass Unknown Hinson and
Reverend Horton Heat. I guess that says it all. ♦
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EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING: Neil Diamond impersonator Nearly Neil brought his elaborate cover act to the
Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom last Saturday, March 1. A
reasonable facsimile of the ageless New York legend, the
dopplediamond ran through all of the dozens of hits. Even his
between-songs banter was flawless, michelle mayne photo
BC Israel Awareness Week
Display at the
R. Director
Brian Goldberg
on the topic of
"masked as
SUB 211
March 4
Israeli Style
Hillel House
Israeli Folk
Israeli Music
and Israeli
March 5
Vigil for Victims
of Terrorism
@ Hillel House
Vancouver Sun
Fazil Mihlar
on the topics of
Stemming the
Tide of Isramic
i Thursday
Panel on the
of Israel,
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JNF President
Ran Bogg
on the topic of
the Political
History of the
Land of Israel
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