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The Ubyssey Oct 27, 1998

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Temps hit hard by
bookstore's cost-
recovery plan
by Douglas Quan
If you thought morale in the UBC Bookstore was
bad now, it will only get worse, a two-year employee of the campus outlet is warning.
Stephen Mcllvenna says plans by management
at the bookstore to drastically reduce the number
of casual employees like himself will put a tremendous burden on an already overworked staff.
"It's a sinking ship, that's the general feeling," he
The Ubyssey has learned that the UBC
Bookstore's two dozen casual workers will either
lose their positions or see significant reductions in
their hours in an effort by store management to
save $700,000 in expenses this year.
According to the bookstore financial director
Debbi-Jo Marias, the staff reductions, while unfortunate, were the "financially prudent" way to go in
order to help offset an unforseen slump in sales this
"The market's tough, so we're going to keep ourselves lean," she said.
Matias added that she considered cutting
hourly staff only after having examined all the ways
she could cut from operating expenses.
While the number of job losses is unknown,
Matias said all the store's hourly employees will be
"Someone who works 20 hours a week, we're
going to try and get away with them working four,"
she said.
A cost-recovery plan was ordered by UBC vice
president finance Terry Sumner at a meeting with
bookstore director Debbie Harvie earlier this
Sumner told the Ubyssey, "Unless we take corrective action as soon as possible, we could be in a
situation where we'd have a loss for the year."
The bookstore's '98/ '99 budget projects $33 million in sales, an $8 million profit on those sales, and
$500,000 in net income.
As it turns out, the bookstore is slated to make
$30 million in sales and a $7 million profit from
those sales. But rather than try to recover the entire
$1 million shortfall in profit on sales, Sumner told
the bookstore it only had to come up with $700,000
and thereby make $200,000 in net income.
For McDvenna, the number crunching is more
than overwhelming, and he worries that the focus
on reducing costs could take attention away from
improving customer service.
"That's all [management] cares about now—
sales figures. Period."
Mcllvenna may not be the only employee questioning the direction of bookstore management
The results of an employee survey commissioned
by the bookstore recently shows that less than half
of all employees have confidence in the current
leadership of the bookstore.
The MarkTrend study suggests, "this lack of confidence could be connected to business vision and
direction, as only 41 per cent of employees feel the
bookstore's current business vision/direction is
SIKKEMA'S SPRAWLING SAVE: UBC goaltender Jon Sikkema goes diving across the crease to rob a Lethbridge
Pronghorn in the Birds' home opener this weekend. UBC lost 5-4 on Friday, but recovered to post their first win
of the year by a 4-0 score. Sikkema posted a shutout as UBC upped their season record to 1-3. However, the
weekend took its toll on the already injury-riddled Thunderbirds, as centre Geoff Lynch was lost to a serious ankle
injury Friday richard lam photo
see "UBC offensive in home opener" on page 6
Closure near in 1995 Poll Sci fiasco
by Douglas Quan
UBC is one step closer to closing the books
on the 1995 political science fiasco that crippled that department's image and divided
the university campus.
The Ubyssey has learned that the BC
Human Rights Commission has dismissed
all complaints of discrimination against the
political science department by former graduate student Lorraine Rigo.
The commission has also recommended
dismissing the complaints of another former
graduate, Carol Rice. But rather than respond
to the recommendations, Rice withdrew her
That move, according to UBC lawyer
Dennis Pavlich, inhibits the university from
getting a degree of finality on the matter.
"We want to make sure that that withdrawal is a with-prejudlce withdrawal,"
Pavlich said. "We would not want this issue
to be brought again before the commission."
Rigo did not return the Ubysse/s calls and
Rice refused to comment
At the same time that Rigo and Rice
brought their charges of discrimination
against the political science department to
the commission in 1994, their complaints
were the subject of a larger investigation by
Vancouver lawyer, Joan McEwen.
The university commissioned McEwen to
conduct an investigation after 12 graduate
students complained to the dean of graduate
studies of "pervasive racism and sexism" in
the political science department
In her report, released in 1995, McEwen
concluded that there was a basis for the students' allegations, and also deemed the university's response to those allegations inadequate.
Following McEwen's recommendations,
the university immediately suspended
admissions into the political science graduate program.
(It was reopened by the graduate studies
dean later that fall).
Both McEwen's report and the university's
response caused a furore within the faculty
of arts. Many professors felt the report lacked
balance and worried that academic freedom
was being stifled.
McEwen refused to comment on the
recent decisions of the BC Human Rights
But political science professor Donald
Blake, who headed the department at the
time of the investigation, said he was relieved
to hear of the dismissals.
"[The commission decisions] indicate
that there was no reason for people to feel
they would be discriminated against in this
department on the basis of their race or
gender. And that continues to be the case."
Blake also challenged the university to
revisit its response to the McEwen report.
"The university is going to have to
respond publicly once the information is out
there that the complaints were dismissed,'
Blake said.
Pavlich said it was premature to say if the
university would review the actions it undertook in 1995, but said it was something they
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Researchers clamour for new funds
STEAMED: Elaine Humphrey loses out on bid to get funding for new equipment, richard lam photo
by Nicholas Bradley
Two weeks after UBC received a $50 million donation for research funding from UBC alumni
Stewart Blusson, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has approved funding for one
high-priced UBC research proposal and put 10 more under consideration for funding.
"At the end of the day we're all feeling pretty pleased with ourselves," said Richard Spratley,
UBC's director of research services.
Not everyone at UBC shares Spradeys enthusiasm, however. Just ask Elaine Humphrey,
UBC's director of the EM (Electron Microscope) facility. "I'm really steamed about this," she said
of CFI's decision to reject her proposal for funding.
Her proposal for a state-of-the-art scanning electron microscope (SEM), at a cost of $500,000,
was one of five UBC proposals in the over $350,000 category that the CFI rejected outright for
Humphrey doesn't understand why. "The new [SEM] would have put us at the top of the
heap. At the moment we're bottom of the pile...We would have been
leaders in Western Canada," Humphrey said.
The CFI, announced in the 1997/98 federal budget is an $800 million,
privatety-atiministered fund to create an in&astructure forest research in
Canada. It will pay 40 per cent of the costs of approved projects, leaving
universities to look to government, private sources, and industry donations to pay the balance.
In the CFI's under-$350,000 category, 10 UBC proposals were accepted, primarily to purchase single pieces of equipment in medicine,
forestry, engineering and science.
Spratley said competition for funding is intense.
"Things that are trendy are coining from every university in the country. Theyve had 18 proposals in applied genomics.
"What theyre going to try and do is look at this on a national basis,
and then allocate funds accordingly."
Spratley explained that funding is "based on more than just need."
Not referring to Humphreys project specifically, Spratley added that
the CFI's purpose is "not renovation, but innovation."
The one UBC proposal in the over-$350,000 category that did receive
CFI funding was that headed by Forest Sciences professor Kermit Ritiand
to build a Genetic Data Centre at UBC.
The centre will collect and analyse molecular genetic information in
forestry and agriculture. CFI's contribution to the centre will be $382,000.
One high-profile project still in the running for funding is a proposal
to build a Centre for Integrated Genomics, headed by Victor ling, professor in the pathology and laboratory medicine department and Douglas
KUburn, of the UBC biotechnology lab.
An initiative funded by the BC Cancer Foundation, ling said that the
Centre will address issues of "how we can use genome science to impact
on cancer research and ultimately cancer control"
ling and Kilburn have requested $32 million in CFI funding.
Other UBC proposals still under consideration include proposals for a Laboratory of
Molecular Biophysics, a Brain Research Centre, and a Clean Burning Engine Lab.
However, whether any of the proposals still under review get approved will remain unknown
until at least January, when the next round of decisions will be made. "It's really very unclear-
nothing like this has ever been done before," said Spratley of the CFI process.
Humphrey remains adamant that her research is worthy of funding. She said her proposal
also has obvious medical uses, from attempting to replace a missing gene in the lungs of cyctic
fibrosis patients, to studying viruses. Genetic science, said Humphrey, needs the resolution and
image quality offered by SEMs.
"We have had at least two top-notch people refuse to come to UBC because we don't have
good imaging.. .because we're at the bottom of the pile as far as the microscopes go."
Humphrey said she is finding some support within the university. Acting Dean of Science
David Measday has pledged $100,000 in matching funds, and she said she will now look to VP
Research Bernie Bressler for additional funds. ♦
Black to run anti-treaty campaign
by Cynthia Lee
Controversial newspaper publisher
David Black will run anti-Nisga'a
Treaty ads across the province in his
55 community newspapers to
counter supportive ads sponsored
by the provincial government
Black, recently criticised for
insisting his papers not print editorials supporting the treaty, made the
announcement during a debate on
freedom of the press sponsored by
UBC's Sing Tao School of Journalism
Thursday night
"They're lying to us," said Black
of the government ads. According to
the pro-Treaty ads, the Nisga'a
would be self-sustaining and pay its
complete share of taxes.
But the ads are misleading,
says Black, because the Nisga'a
nation is in fact receiving subsidies outlined by the Treaty. He
says that the Nisga'a government
will not pay stumpage fees or royalties to the crown on mineral
extraction, that the band will also
be exempt from income taxes for
the next 12 years, and face no GST,
fuel or sales tax on anything purchased by the band for the next
eight years.
For these reasons, Black will start
his own ad campaign.
Ihe announcement comes in
midst of a complaint against Black
from the BC government to the
provincial Press Council against
In late September, the publisher
attracted attention when he made it
mandatory his papers not run any
pro-Nisga'a Treaty editorials and
made it mandatory they all run an
anti-Nisga'a column.
"We're seen as pretty darn
responsible publishers," said Black
in defence of his decision to nun an
anti-Nisga'a Treaty column by Mel
Smith, a constitutional affairs
columnist. "Here I am trying to
bring out other points of view and
[the BC government] is spending $5
million on advertising."
Throughout the debate, Black
expressed how "passionate" he felt
about the Nisga'a deal, saying it was
the first time in his 23-year proprietorship he had ever laid down the
editorial line.
Black pointed out his decision
does not apply to letters to the editor
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First Nations from Prince Rupert,
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"You've got a big paper...but what
about our voice?"
Black replied: "Your opinion is
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Canadian Native."
His opponent in the debate,
Robert Mason Lee, a print journalist
and broadcast personality, said there
is a substantial difference between
letters to the editor and a published
editorial since a letter only reflect one
mdividual's point of view. "There's a
big a difference as the gulf separating
the facts from truth
"I believe in a multiplicity of
views. When a proprietor comes in
every 23 years...theyre not taking an
editorial position, theyre taking a
vendetta." ♦
MAI deal stalled in Paris
by Jeremy Nelson
Prairies Bureau Chief
VICTORIA (CUP)—Four years of
high-level discussions in Paris on
the Multilateral Agreement on
Investment (MAI) ended last week
with the host country's withdrawal from negotiations.
The pact—which would have
established international rules on
investment between its 29 member
countries—has been on life support
since May 1998, when lingering disputes between the countries and
mounting public opposition forced
a suspension of the talks.
Negotiators finally pulled the
plug last week when France
refused to return to the table, citing
deep-seeded concerns about the
lack of labour, cultural and environmental protection in the MAI.
"Negotiators have no idea what
is going to happen [next]," said
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Maude Barlow, who traveled to
Paris to help lead international
protests against the MAI.
"Everything is up in the air."
Critics say the pact would have
threatened the sovereignty of
individual states by placing too
much power in the hands of
multinational corporations.
After the collapse of the MAI
talks, Canada's Minister of Trade
Sergio Marchi indicated he wanted to move the MAI from the
Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development to
the World Trade Organisation.
"I think the WTO is the master
of its own house," said Marchi,
alluding to the fact that the WTO
has a better track record when it
comes to successfully negotiating
American negotiators took a
different view.
"I don't think we would envision
moving this negotiation effectively
into the WTO,'* US trade spokesperson Jay Ziegter told the Globe and
Mail "These negotiations have been
floundering for a long time, and I
think it's fair to say no one knows
how to bring it to closure."
Leaders of the anti-MAl movement, however, are not celebrating
"What we have to remember is
that the MAI is going to be active
in other venues like APEC, and the
International Monetary Fund,"
said Tony Clarke, co-author of the
book MAI and the threat to
Canadian Sovereignty.
"The proponents of the MAI—
the big transnational—are probably going to go underground for
a while and there'll be a period
when we don't hear anything
about it and then suddenly it will
surface again."
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If it had been signed, the MAI
would have given expanded powers to large businesses, including
the right to directly sue any government that passed a law limiting their ability to make profits.
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APEC Fallout:
More claims of
bias halt inquiry
chair Gerald Morin (left) refuted allegations last week that
he prejudged the outcome of
the hearings. An RCMP officer
claims he overheard Morin at
a Saskatchewan casino last
spring tell fellow gamblers he
thought RCMP over-reacted
during the APEC conference.
Students' lawyer Cameron
Ward (below) said the timing
of the allegations—brought
forward by government
lawyer Ivan Whitehall—was
"Can someone explain to me what's going
on?" asked David Malmo-Levine last Friday
morning as he stumbled into the room of the
APEC inquiry shortly after 8:30.
As the student complainant—one of only
a handful to testify so far in this inquiry into
the actions of RCMP officers—jostled his
way through scores of media scrums, he
found.the seats usually occupied by three
RCMP Public Complaints Commission
panel members empty. It became apparent
something wasn't right.
Indeed, something was wrong at the close
of the three week-old hearings last Friday. As
has happened many times before, the inquiry
was sidetracked by allegations of bias.
However, this time allegations did not target the government, but the chair of the
inquiry, Gerald Morin.
RCMP Constable Russell Black, of Morin's hometown Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, claims that while he
was off-duty last spring, he overheard Morin tell fellow
gamblers in a casino he thought police mishandled
protesters at APEC by using pepper spray on them, and
that Morin said he knew what his decision was going to
be at the end of the hearings.
Blacks RCMP statements—which some observers
say could derail the inquiry for
good—were delivered to commission counsel Chris Considine
last Thursday morning by government lawyer Ivan Whitehall. After
conferring for two hours, the
panel decided to cancel that day's
session, but wouldn't say why it
had done so.
Then at the start of Friday's
hearings, Morin announced he
was adjourning the hearings for
three weeks to allow the Federal
Court to investigate the allegations.
Reading   from   a   prepared
statement in firm and measured tones, Morin also
denied "unequivocally any wrongdoing.
"I have not prejudged. I will not prejudge these
matters. I will judge only after all the evidence is in,"
Morin said.
"I am confident I can continue to chair this hearing."
After the adjournment, RCMP lawyer George
Macintosh said he would ask that the Federal Court
quash the hearings.
But the complainants and their lawyers charged
that the federal government and the RCMP were
involved in a whitewash, and questioned the timing of
the allegations.
"I'm concerned Whitehall has approached the
panel privately...clearly with the intention of pulling
the plug on the hearings," said Cameron Ward,
lawyer for over a dozen
student complainants.
"I suspect the government is feeling the heat,
feeling nervous about
how close we're getting to
the truth."
Reform MP and critic
of the solicitor general
Jim Abbott called the
timing of the allegations
"suspicious" and reiterated his call for a new, independent inquiry.
In his official statement, Constable Black
says his memory of Morin's comments was sparked by
the firestorm of opposition attacks against the government following allegations two weeks ago that
Solicitor General Andy Scott prejudged the outcome
of the hearings.
The inquiry is set to resume on November 16.«>
"I have not prejudged. I
will not prejudge these
matters. I will judge only
after all the evidence is
Gerald Morin
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Former sessional suing UBC
FORMER UBC sessional Gary Arbuckle (left) says the contract he signed with UBC was never
valid'. He has retained Vancouver lawyer Ayman Nader (right) to launch a lawsuit against the uni
versify, richard lam photo
by Daliah Merzaban
The treatment of UBC's sessional lecturers and the validity of their contracts will be questioned
in a lawsuit to be filed this term by former sessional lecturer Gary Arbuckle.
Arbuckle, a sessional lecturer in UBC's Asian Studies department from 1990 to 1997, was
blacklisted from the faculty of arts last year after Dean Shirley Neuman alleged that Arbuckle
had breached UBC's conflict of interest policy. Arbuckle denies the charges.
It was while reviewing his legal options with Vancouver lawyer Ayman Nader that attention
shifted to the contract Arbuckle had signed with the university.
According to Nader, the sessional contracts are invalid for a number of reasons. One
component of the suit will focus on the inactive role sessionals play in negotiating their
eight-month contracts.
"The contract actually isn't signed by both parties—the sessionals and the university—it's
just signed by the university," said Nader.
"It's almost always sent to the sessionals after they've started working. That's not a lawful contract."
But Mary Russell, president of UBC's faculty association, said that it's not just sessionals, but all faculty who have'unsigned contracts. She said that the UBC Board of Governors
(BOG) appointment notice is considered to be the legally binding document that lays out
the terms of the appointment. "That's the way it's been historically."
Russell added that there is a delay in the sending out of the notice because BOG meetings are
only once a month.
In addition to the BOG notice, there is a sessional agreement between the faculty association
and administration outlining the conditions of appointment and reappointment, and a state
ment of duties provided by the individual departments.
Nader will argue that since the contracts are invalid, it can be assumed thj
sessionals are continuously employed, and must therefore be compensated fc
the summer term of no work.
"They're not paid for a term in which they're not teaching and thati
where I say the university owes them either a lay-off notice or pay in liei
of notice," Nader said. He added that this payment would probably be on
or two months' wages.
In addition to the contract matter, Nader will also raise several other employment issue
including the three or four courses sessionals must teach, depending on their faculty, in order ti
be deemed full-time employees.
"In order to save money the university won't simply have one contract for the three [0
four] courses for a full-time sessional," said Nader. "What they will do is provide that ses
sional with three contracts, making the sessional appear as if he/she is working as a pari
time sessional as opposed to full-time."
Nader said these are "abusive employment tactics" because part-time sessionals, whi
teach only one course, are not covered by the faculty association agreement, which pro
vides job security and benefits.
Russell did not deny that this type of contracting does take place, but said that the number cf
contracts does not have bearing on whether a sessional is considered full or part-time.
"It's just the [course] load that counts—its not the number of contracts," Russell said.
The lawsuit will also address work done by sessionals outside the terms of their agreement
Nader says sessionals sometimes work after the end of their contract in order to address
students' concerns regarding the course.
With the new sessional agreement, ratified by full-time sessionals two weeks ago, ses
sionals will receive an additional $200 for marking an exam after the contract expires. But
Russell said this has not always been the case, and she emphasised that new provisions still
only apply to sessionals teaching two or more courses.
She agrees the old agreement was problematic.
"I think in crafting the new agreement there was some implicit recognition that the old agreement wasn't working. That's fair to say."*
Study states that students pay too much
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—University graduates in
British Columbia are paying the full cost of
their education, a new study by the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives argues.
In a paper released last week, University
of British Columbia Economics professor
Robert Allen says post-secondary education
in BC is not—contrary to popular belief—
heavily subsidised.
In fact, Allen's findings suggest some BC
graduates pay up to two-and-half times the
cost of their undergraduate degree.
According to the study, the first of its
kind in Canada, students pay for their diplomas in two ways: tuition fees and taxes from
post-university employment.
Using UBC figures, Allen concluded that
tuition fees for a four-year bachelor program
at the University cost on average $11,480.
Taking data from the 1991 census, the
professor then points out that university
graduates earn substantially more than
those without post-secondary education.
He concludes that BC
graduates pay $50,000 more
in net taxes than non-university graduates over their
working lifetime.
This tax figure—which
includes income tax,
Canadian Pension Plan contributions and employment
insurance payments—balloons to $120,000 for males
with an engineering degree.
If tuition fees and taxes are
added, females pay on average $61,066 and men $74,376.
In contrast, providing four years of
undergraduate study to females costs the
government $28,469, while the cost
incurred by males is $30,099.
From the numbers, it is clear that education pays for itself in the long run.
"If what I'm saying is
true, then students are
already paying their
education in full, and to
increase fees would be
overcharging them and
limiting access," says
Allen, whose study lends
favour to calls for zero
"My hunch is that this
overall conclusion... also
applies to the other
But Mark Milke,
Alberta director of the
fiscally conservative lobby group the
Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says Allen
overlooks the fact that low tuition levels
subsidise the rich at the expense of the poor.
At present, tuition fees in Canada cover
"If what I'm saying is
true, then students are
already paying their
education in full, and
to increase fees would
be overcharging them
and limiting access."
Robert Allen
British Columbia
Economics Professor
roughly one-third of education costs.
"It's an interesting [study], except that it's
still absurd to think that a son and daughter
of a millionaire should be given the same
tuition break as someone who earns
$20,000," says Milke.
"It makes far more sense to charge students the full cost of education, but provide
generous assistance for those who can't pay."
But according to Maura Parte, BC chairperson for the Canadian Federation of
Students, Allen's study provides ample reasons to eliminate tuition fees.
The problem with Milke's argument of
Harrison and Milke, argues Parte, is that he
presumes "only the individual benefits
from education."
"What's important about Mr. Allen's
study," says Parte, "is that it suggests society
as a whole benefits."
In addition. Parte says there's no guarantee an income-contingent tuition system
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THE KING CUTS IT OUT UBC tailback Akbal Singh ran over, around, and through the Manitoba Bisons
en route to 272 yards and three touchdowns on Friday. Singh set new UBC and Canada West
records for single-season rushing yardage with 1,296 yards,   richard lam photo
Singh sets record
by Bruce Arthur
Akbal Singh is the thing.
The UBC tailback ran for an astounding 272
yards and three touchdowns to break both the
UBC and Canada West records for single-season
rushing yards Friday night, as the 5-2
Thunderbirds trounced the 0-6 University of
Manitoba Bisons 53-14. The win sets up a do-or-
die final regular season showdown next week
against the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies.
"We're going to be in for a
battle," said an exhausted Singh
after the game. "No doubt about
it, we're going to be ready to
Singh's season totals now
stand at 1,296 yards. He broke
the existing Canada West conference record of 1,260 set in
1994 by Manitoba's Dominic
Zagari, as well as smashing predecessor Mark
Nohra's UBC record of 1,216 yards set last year.
"The only record that I'm worried about is
winning," said Singh, who gave his offensive lineman plenty of credit. "You could pretty much
drive a Mac truck through those holes."
"Akbal's the kind of guy that's going to let
everybody know about his o-line, and I can't say
enough about the guy," said right tackle David
Pol. "Obviously, he's a great player."
The game was decided early, as it took the
Birds all of 14 seconds to score. On the opening
kickoff, wideout J. C. Williams handed the ball to
defensive back Matt Young on a reverse, and
Young went 95 yards for a touchdown to open the
scoring. The Birds scored three more first-quarter touchdowns en route to an early 28-0 lead.
"Wasn't that nice? We needed one of those,
too," said interim head coach Dave Johnson, who
said that UBC needed to rebound after last
weeks 47-13 loss to the Calgary Dinosaurs.
Singh and his offensive line were dominant—
Pol, Aaron Barker, Chris Paterson, Stu Masi, and
first-year backup Damon Stoetling (playing for a
banged-up Bob McNeill) dominated the line of
scrimmage, while Singh went shooting through
the massive holes. But UBC's offensive line still
feel they can do more.
"We feel that we're playing well, but we could do so
much better," said Barker.
"But we really wanted
[Akbal] to get that [record]
The game turns UBC's
season  into  a one-game
series. With Saskatchewan
beating Calgary, UBC must
now  defeat  the   Huskies
November 6 at Thunderbird Stadium to make the
playoffs. UBC is 0-9-1 against Saskatchewan in
their last ten meetings, and lost a 38-34 heart-
breaker in a Saskatoon rainstorm earlier this
year. So to get into the playoffs, UBC has to exorcise some demons before a long-awaited game.
"Now, it's the big one. We got this game done,
bring on Sask. I'm not going to look ahead, but
we'll have them two weeks in a row if all goes
well," said Pol.
And UBC's emotions will be running high.
"Some anger, but mostly frustration," said
Paterson of the team's feelings. "You know, we're
so close two years in a row—a last-second field
goal last year, and a last-second touchdown this
year, and it's right there. It's right there. We'll be
ready for Saskatchewan."^
"The only record
that I'm worried
about is winning."
Akbal Singh,
ubc running back THE UBYSSEY . TUEi
>! Lethbridge Pronghorns goaltender Scott Tollestrup stops UBC's Grant Kerr by a skate on
ay, but the Birds took the game 4-0 anyway, richard lam photo
IBC offensive in
ome opener split
by Sara Newham
e UBC's offence isn't the
he Thunderbirds are having
e putting the puck in the net it
nly didn't show Friday and
lay night against the
rsity of Lethbridge
horns. UBC, now 1-3, man-
i total of eight goals in the 5-4
-0 split this weekend at the
ierbird Winter Sports Centre.lt
i the second period of Friday
. toss that UBC ran into penal-
uble that cost them the 3-1
Lethbridge opened up the
ig/With a goal in the first
B'bf the game, but UBC came
virha vengeance to score three
iwered goals. The 'Horns
I to within one early in the sec-
ind then got the tying marker
fe had a little lapse, and mis-
turned into goals on us. That
happen," said UBC forward
the third, the Birds came out
strong and tried to rally, but were
unable to overcome the deficit by
the final buzzer.
"We're a team that's going to
have to work hard every night. We
can't get outworked by the other
team," said fourth-year forward
Corey Stock. "It's always a one
goal game coming in to the third
period. We've just got to find a
way to win in the third period"
UBC lost more than the hockey game on Friday night. During
the second period Geoff Lynch, in
his first game back from a groin
injury, collided with the Horns'
Derek Robinson along the side
boards. Lynch laid on the ice,
gripping his ankle for a few
moments before being helped off
by teammates.
"Geoff Lynch looks to have a
serious ankle problem. That could
be a long-term problem," confirmed head coach Mike Coflin.
The Thunderbirds had a much
better outing on Saturday night, as
they came out strong and controlled
much of the play. And unlike Friday
night, it was the Birds who got the
first goal—Sandy Hayer put the puck
past Lethbridge goalie Scott
Tollestrup at 6:56 of the first period.
UBC goalie Jon Sikkema earned
his first shutout of the season.
Sikkema was especially good
when the Birds were killing penalties, often picking the puck out of
the air with his glove to make the
save. The defense helped him out
by grinding along the boards,
making hits, and clearing the puck
down the ice whenever they got
The Thunderbirds offense was
also potent for a second straight
game, as first-year forward Nils
Antons led the team with two
goals. Coflin, though, singled out
the team's defence, and said he
was pleased with the team's effort.
"They deserved the win," he
said, and Williams agreed.
"I think overall the effort was
there. That's basically the one
thing the team can control is their
effort level, and I think we had
that here."«»
: UBC women's rugby team won the first ever
a West final in thrilling fashion over the heav-
oured University of Victoria Vikings 22-17
ay. The Birds were led by Cher McKay, who
all four tries on runs of 50 yards or longer,
rill now travel to Hamilton for the inaugural
hampionships in Hamilton November 12-15
en's soccer team remained in third place at 4-
fhe Canada West after this weekend's games.
The T-Birds opened Saturday with a 4-1 romp over
the Saskatchewan Huskies in which Cam Prentice
scored two goals, while Nick Hopewell and Steve
McCauley tallied one each. The men then dropped
a close 2-1 decision to the conference-leading
Alberta Golden Bears on Sunday. UBC's Aaron Keay
scored his fourth goal of the year for the Birds. UBC
hits the road to end the regular season next weekend against Lethbridge and Calgary.
The UBC men pummelled Regina to open their
1998-99 season this weekend. The T-Birds didn't
drop a set, as they won 3-0 on both Friday (15-2,15-
13,15-3) and Saturday (15-9,15-8,15-11). The Birds
travel to Alberta next weekend. Mike Dalziel and
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HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE: UBC tried to soar above the competition this weekend, but instead wound up falling to earth, as their
undefeated season was broken. The Birds came away with a tie and
a narrow loss in their final home weekend series, richard lam photo
UBC women gear
up for playoffs
by Vincent Lam
If frustration bred virtue, then
every player on the UBC women's
soccer team would have had halos
over their heads this weekend.
Playing the Saskatchewan
Huskies Saturday and the
Alberta Pandas Sunday, UBC's
work ethic and determination
was reminiscent of elves on
Christmas Eve—but their efforts
yielded little more than a lump
of coal. The Birds came out of
their final homestand with a 1-1
tie with Saskatchewan and their
first loss of the year to first-place
Alberta. The Birds are now 2-1-5
and in third place in the Canada
But even though UBC was not
able to earn a win this weekend,
head coach Dick Mosher is confident in his team's ability going
into the playoffs.
"Our players know that we
can compete. There is nobody
better in this league that is better
than us," he said. "I think that
you're going to see a different
team in the playoffs.
On Saturday, the Birds were in
top form. As a result of early
pressure, the Birds drew first
blood and opened the scoring
thanks to the smart play of Kim
Spencer. However, Spencer's
goals would prove to be the only
UBC goal all day. With only two
minutes left in the first half, the
Huskies tied the game up, and
the Birds and Huskies played to a
1-1 tie.
UBC did have excellent scoring chances, including a free kick
by striker Ros Hicks that deflected off the crossbar with two minutes left in the game, but bad
bounces and questionable refer-
eeing prevented UBC from
chalking up a point in the win
"It felt like it was twelve players on eleven with [the referee]
on their team," said a frustrated
Sunday was just as exasperating. Alberta opened the scoring
with a blistering shot from point
blank range, and Birds goalie
Sian Bagshawe had no chance.
And while the Birds exerted
some excellent offensive pressure late in the game, their effort
was not enough to put the ball
between the pipes in the 1 -0 loss.
The T-Birds travel to
Lethbridge and Calgary next
weekend to end the regular season. And hopefully, those halos
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At the Starfish Room
Oct 24
 by Ronald Nurwisah
If punk rock and country music ever had an illegitimate
child, it would probably look like Southern Culmre on
ihe Skids. Not a very pretty sight, but great 10 listen lo. If
you've never seen SCOTS, think of three of the most
stereotypical hicks and off you go!
Drummer [Dave Hartmaris about as close as you
can get to King of the Hill's Prank Hill without being
be an extra on a Pukes ofHazzard special.
Saturday's show started off with Cloverdale's very
own FJ Caminns, who played a boring and feedback-
filled set which fell thrown together. Then, after their
performance finally ended, (here was another 45
excruciating minutes of the sound crew poking and
prodding. But soon after, SCOTS finally came on the
stage and began to shake it up, and by their second
song they had the crowd bopping along to their
catchy guitar riffs and downright humorous lyrics.
SCOTS blazed through their set, throwing song
after song at what was clearly a happy audience. They
played crowd favourites like "Banana Puddin'" and
"40 Miles lo Vegas" and threw in some surprises.
There was a song dedicated to fried chicken (what
would a SCOTS show be without fried chicken?) and,
complete with Mexican wrestling mask, a musical
dedication to wrestling star Santos.
Clearly SCOTS revel in being over the top. Everything
from their costumes to their songs had more cheese
than a Kraft dinner. And it worked, although half the
time I couldn't figure out whether to laugh or to dance.
But by the end of the night I left the show with a big
smirk on my face and a craving tor fried chicken.*
Cotton Patch Jesus hits the South
At the Pacific Theatre
Runs Oct 23 to Nov 21, Wednesdays
to Saturdays
by Megan Quek
What if Jesus had descended to
humanity but instead of Bethlehem,
landed in the deep South? Cotton
Patch Gospel takes up this query, and
what results is a down-to-earth,
The play does not preach the
story of Jesus, nor does it have the
intention of recruiting new
Christians. What CottonPatch Gospel
does is tell a story about Jesus the
Messiah in a modem and humorous
manner, in a way that will appeal to
ordinary people. It is a good production with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, head-bopping musical score,
as well as wonderfully harmonised
voices and instrumentation.
However, throughout the play, I
found that my experience gready
contrasted with the rest of my theatre companions. Punch lines such
as "Baptists are always attracted to
new buildings" moved most of the
audience to uninhibited laughter,
while I sat puzzled. As I looked
around throughout the duration of
the play, I saw an audience that was
transfixed by the performance. They
were laughing loudly, extremely animated, and energetically clapping
their hands along with the music
while I sat bored and, at times,
It was as if I was in Sunday
school and Cotton Patch Gospel
had been put on for us kids to
learn about Jesus. It isn't that the
play is too preachy, it's just there
wasn't any enlightenment or new
insight. If a new slant on the life of
Jesus is of interest, than this energetic and intelligent modern
adaptation is worth catching. But,
all Cotton Patch Gospel held for
me was the same old story in a
different package. ♦ THE UBYSSFY »l>*nAYj
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by John Zaozirny
With Last Night, there are several tilings to be thankful for.
There's the fact that writcr/director/star Don McKellar is
a brilliant filmmaker. There's the fact that he hasn't fled
the Canadian film scene for the warmer climes of
Hollywood. And then there's the fad he has a sense of
humour. If there's anything all those end-of-the-world
films needed, it was the ability to tell a joke or two.
Part of the Haunt et Court "2000, Seen
by..." series of films (.which also included
Hal Hartley's disappointingBookofUfe),
Last Night is the Canadian look at the
end of the world.' afi dark humour, indecision, and bittersweet memories. What,
exactly, the end of the world constitutes
isn't the point. All we're ever told is that at
midnight, the world is going to end and
that's that
In Last Mgftr, each character has
their own unique take on the apocalypse. There's Patrick (McKellar), who's
intending to spend the evening in
quiet, solitary contemplation. There's
Craig (Callum KeilJi Rennie, his usual
edgy self), who's decided to have as
many different sexual experiences as
possible before the apocalypse.
There's Sandra (Sandra Oh in wide-
eyed, panic-stricken mode), who's trying to get home to commit double suicide with her husband, and then
there's Patricks sister Jennifer (Sarah
Polley), who's partying like it's
December 31,1999. Which it is.
So chaos descends and everybody's
fending for themselves. As the film
progresses, the characters criss-cross
each other's paths, knowingly and
unknowingly, each attempting to gel the most out of their
personal finale as possible. Nothing's over too serious for
McKellar to take a run at, whether it's Sandra's commitment to killing herself before the end, (:raigs sexual ferocity, or Patrick's personal tragedy. And that's the charm.
lust Night never pushes itself as a big movie and so it
comes off without the requisite, self-conscious 'arfy-ness'
of so many other films. It slides on by, and when the end
does come, you can't help but wish they'd just had a little
more time. Because, when the end of the world arrives,
nobody's boring anymore. ♦
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Let the MAI's carcass rot
The MAI is dead. Long live the MAI. Well, not
really. After four years of on-again, off-again,
largely secret negotiations, the 29 member
countries ended their talks in Paris, saying that
it couldn't be done.
The Multilateral Agreement on Investment, if
you haven't heard, is a free trade pact that would
empower large corporations but could have the
potential to cripple the ability of countries to
enforce things like environmental regulations to
protect local culture from the American monolith
or labour standards.
Unfortunately, silly things like social programs
or a clean environment seem to matter less to
Ottawa than the gross domestic product Even
though talks for the moment are dead, Canada is
working hard to expand the power of the MAI. By
moving talks to the World Trade Organisation, as
Trade Minister Sergio Marchi suggests, the deal
would involve the 138 countries of the WTO,
including many developing nations.
The prospect of huge US corporations suddenly having expanded access to these countries
isn't good. What developing nations need is locally-based economic development, not invading
Nike sweatshops or US fast food joints.
So why is Canada supporting this deal?
Perhaps our national sense of global insecurity is flaring up again. We just can't handle
the fact that our big brother to the south has all
the really cool toys, while all we have are clean
water and plenty o' wood.
Most Canadian companies have never had the
ability to compete on a global scale. We just don't
have the economic resources to keep up with the
big boys from the States. So we tag along with big
brother, embracing big trade deals like the FTA
Maybe the government hasn't learned that
Canadians don't want free trade. In wake of the
APEC fiasco, that shouldn't have to be
explained. Unfortunately, the media has distorted the message of the APEC protests. It
wasn't about pepper spray. It really wasn't even
just about human rights violators.
It was also about globalisation. US interests
helped put Suharto in power, remember, and
the impetus behind that was to protect the
interests of US corporations.
Let the MAI crawl away and die in peace.
Instead, maybe the Canadian government
could spend some time taking care of its people. Taking care of international business interests instead just isn't enough. ♦
No funds
for APEC
Because of the federal government's refusal to fund
UBC violent APEC terrorists: and, the public's refusal
to voluntarily fiind them as
well, NDP's Svend Robinson
goes on another of his silly
childish tirades.
The demonstrators
should ask their communist
affiliates—the NDP and the
mob media for help.
Everyone should put their
money where their mouth
is, eh Svend?!
Or, better still why don't
UBC "career students" do
something useful for a
change like going out and
getting a job to pay their
own bills like everyone else
has to do instead of expecting government to keep
them until they die.
Enough! It's time to sweep
universities of all parasites—that includes
demented profs also. The
saving would balance our
Everyone but crazy old
Svend Robinson knows that
pepper spraying isn't as bad
as being hit with a baseball
The NDP serve no useful
puporse in today's society.
All they do is waste taxpayers money with crazy
schemes like backing
human rights because the
dictators at the United
Nations say so. The last time
we looked, Ottawa, not the
sewer Capital of the world
New York, was the Capital of
Canada. Out!
Rights aren't human
when you're told—24 hours
a day what we must think,
say and do—that's called
Canada and give the UN
who are responsible for the
mess the world is in today
the boots, along with their
leftist supporters.
The NDP are dippy as
well. Now they want us to
believe the Dick Procter
story. You know that NDP
character who heard voices
on the airplane. It sounds
like he was on a trip—all of
his own!
are not
Ah vendettas are so interesting. First Sheri Tanaka
claims that a professor
has plagiarised her work.
An investigation ensues,
and the charges are found
to be groundless. Then
the student comes up
with a new complaint,
that the professor was
unethical in doing reser-
ach. Again, this charge is
investigated and found to
be groundless. Not satisfied, the student takes the
complaint to the funding
agency, which will almost
certainly again find the
charges groundless.
As part of this vendetta, the student gets her
lover cum husband to
misrepresent himself and
the university to a
research subject, in questionable ethics here?
Ethical behaviour is a
two-way street. Graduate
students are expected to
conduct themselves ethically as well. Ms. Tanaka
was acting as a translator.
If she was assisting a professor whose "command
of the Japanese language
is extremely limited" did
Ms. Tanaka then fail in her
duties as a translator? She
had to know that research
was being conducted
since it was funded, and
she is not denying that
she knew that. Why did
Ms. Tanaka not convey to
Mr. Kaizawa the nature of
the encounter, if she
believed he did not know
it? Was she not ethically
obligated to do so?
Since she didn't, why
make such a fuss now?
The answer is simple: this
is about personal feelings,
not about professional
David C. Ryniker
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology and
feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca THE UBYSSEY ^
APEC book points us away
from the obvious dictators
by Arnab Guha
Former American ambassador James Blanchard's book, Behind the
embassy door: Canada, Clinton, and Quebec, could not have been made
available to Canadian readers at a time more tortured by emotion,
rhetoric, political opportunism and confusion about the state of the
Canadian nation.
At a time when the RCMP's response to anti-APEC students at the
University of British Columbia has resulted in such an easy coupling of the
words "third world", and even
"Asian", with "dictatorship", one
may hope for some restoration of
perspective from Mr. Blanchard's
account of the American security
agents' mistrust of "clumsy"
RCMP officers during the U.S.
Presidential visit to Ottawa in 1995.
While the Canadian media
remains only too eager to publish
letters from Indonesian security
officials seeking to know if they might be allowed to shoot Canadian protesters, Mr. Blanchard's book quite clearly documents how it was a presidential visit from the world's loudest democracy, and Canada's largest
trading partner, that resulted in an RCMP policy which subsequently
made it possible for foreign agents to bring arms into Canada and,
indeed, to question the adequacy of Canadian security forces when it
came to protecting visiting dignitaries.
While the Indonesians, with their terrible record in East Timor, may
have been characteristically callous and blunt, Mr. Blanchard's account
suggests that the Americans, in 1995, were simply unresponsive and
forceful. Indeed, while the RCMP did set clear restrictions on the
Indonesians during APEC, and even deported a couple of their guards
when they were found attempting to mingle with the protesters, Mr.
Blanchard, an American, remembers how, in 1995, the "whole of Ottawa
felt like it was being invaded by U.S. Forces". Moreover, he clearly outlines an incident when the Americans were so intractable in their
demands that one crucial planning meeting between the RCMP and the
American officials simply ended bitter and unresolved.
Neither can one relegate arbitrariness or brutality to "third-world",
"Asian" or any other chosen brand of "dictators" alone. For we do not
need Mr. Blanchard's book to remind us of numerous instances when
American security forces have not hesitated to eliminate individuals or
groups, either surreptitiously or with characteristic free-world rhetoric
and military flamboyance, whenever the preferred world order has
seemed somewhat threatened. The cruise missiles fired so recently into
Afghanistan and Sudan were not the result of any American negotiation with any other security agency. What makes matters even more
ludicrous and distasteful is the instant support shown to America by its
traditional     Western
allies, including
Canada,     and     the
United Nations'
refusal to respond
favourably to Sudan's
repeated pleas for an
independent international assessment of
its alleged chemical
weapons facility.
While I remain vehemendy opposed to guns, especially foreign
guns, on Canadian soil, I realise that policies which allow foreign security agencies to bring arms into Canada shall continue to be in place as
long as so-called "non-violent" protesters tear down security fences, or
threaten to commit citizens' arrest on visiting heads of states who,
however despicable, are protected by international treaties which
Canada, along with most other nations in the world, is obliged to
respect. Such acts on the part of Canadians only lead to situations
where powerful bodies, such as the American security forces, will continue to find a legitimate excuse to undermine the jurisdiction of the
RCMP. And while I join the protesters in their condemnation of former
Indonesian president Suharto and of genocide in East Timor, may I use
this occasion to urge Canadians and my fellow members of the UBC
community to think twice before apportioning quick blame to the
more dramatic, obvious and, therefore, easy targets alone. ♦
Arnab Guha is a member of
APEC University Forum at UBC.
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by John Zaozirny
Who are they?
The band consists of guitarist Judah
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up, old-style. Guitars and drums, no bass.
Jon Spencer howls, Judah Bauer wails
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What are they like?
Well, after fronting the seminal Pussy
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