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by Tessa Moon
"Lives are [being] threatened
and all they're afraid of is that
people might find out this %institu-
tion of higher learning' is a festering cesspool of all the shit that goes
onintherest ofthe world," women's
studies student Tanya Battersby
Battersby is one of the many
women behind the purple ribbon
campaign, created to make students aware of threatening letters
received by women students and
faculty in the counselling psychology department. One of the demands ofthe campaign is that the
investigative committee'sreporton
the threatening letters be publi-
for women
cized. A letter sent to the counselling psychology department by vice-
president Daniel Birch stated that
he "will take steps to ensure that
findings of fact are made public."
"We're demanding he follow
up on his promise," women's centre
co-coordinator Sara Dorsey said.
"We're going to wear the ribbon until the administration responds."
The campaign represents a collective effort to bring to light what
Battersby calls "anti-female, anti-
feminist sentiments" in the university.
"The first step is to have [the
administration] make some strong
statements," association for engi
neering women president Cheryl
Parker said. "They're trying to
shove the problem under the carpet. The head of the counselling
psych departmentseemsmore concerned with the reputation of the
department than the fact that
women's safety had been threatened."
Another demand centres
around the administration's failure to address all aspects of the
"So far they've only discussed
the question of physical safety,
which is of course very important,"
said Dorsey, "but they have not
made a serious attempt to deal
with the chilly climate. Students
and faculty voice concerns that this
is intentional, because... the university knows its own faculty is
Dorsey also believes the AMS
safety task committee has been
dodging the issue of chilly climate.
"They [the AMS] claim that they
don't have the power and expertise
to do anything about it," Dorsey
said, "but they have the power and
we are willing to meet with them
with specific, constructive suggestions and strategies."
The campaign also aims at emphasizing that the threatening letters targeting women in counselling psychology is not an isolated
incident. "Ifs an extreme case of
what goes on on campus all the
time," said Battersby, "maybe it's
not even extreme—it's just the one
being publicized."
"The scary thing is that the
guys writing these letters are probably normal, sane people who look
and act just like everyone else,"
said Parker. "They didn't have to
call an'experf to tell usthatifsnot
a psychotic."We're not naive enough
to think that just the ribbons will
make the administration act,"
Battersby said.
"If nothing happens before the
break, more action will be taken,"
Parker sai d. "Maybe next time well
wrap the ribbon around
Strangway's office."
Reducing, reusing, and recycling UBC's waste
by Tanya Storr
The average BC resident
generates approximately 1000kg
of waste per year, at least half of
which could be reused, recycled,
or recovered.
In one year one person uses
a supply of paper equalling two
pine trees.
Thisyear UBC will sendover
3500 metric tonnes of waste to
the landfill. And for years, UBC
has done little or nothing to stem
the waste problem.
The UBC administration
was slowtoadmitthatthe"dump
it and forget about it" waste disposal policy on campus needed
review. After lobbying from campus environmentalists, UBC finally began its waste reduction
program in 1989.
In contrast, the University
of Alberta began its recycling
program in 1972, and has been
successfully operatingit ever since.
Hypothetically, if UBC's recycling
program had begun in the same
year, the campus could have diverted 12,540 metric tonnes of
waste from the landfill between
1972and 1991.(Thisfigureisbased
on the fact that recycling at UBC
diverted 627 metric tonnes of waste
from the landfill in 1992/93).
Thafs an awful lot of waste, a
great deal of which could have been
Cleaning up their act
Although these facts seem to
present a bleak picture, Mary Jean
O'Donnell and John Metras ofthe
UBC waste reduction program
point out that things are getting
Part of a committed team of
individuals across campus who are
workingtoreduce waste, O'Donnell
and Metras are in the process of
writing a new waste reduction plan
for UBC. The projected goal is 30
percent waste reduction by 1995
and 50 percent waste reduction by
the year 2000.
UBC's waste reduction • program, like many university programs, has been affected by the
current financial squeeze, but
Metras is confident that the program can achieve its goals while
staying on budget.
"What we're trying to do in
times of fiscal restraint is work out
a cost-effective long-range plan,"
he said.
UBC's waste reduction program began in 1989 with paper
recycling and has since expanded
to include multi-material recycling
and the composting of grounds
As a result, the university has
continued on page 8
East Timor is still fighting
by Dinos Kyrou
Coverage of the Pacific Rim
conference in Seattle last week featured a leisurely stroll in the park
by casually-dressed national leaders. All the favourite dictatorships
raised? "Non, Non! But we raised
human rights, it is better to carry
on trading with Indonesia to win
influence," said Jean Chretien, who
was minister of external affairs in
1975 when Canada abstained from
were there—China, Mexico, and of
course flavour ofthe month, General Suharto of Indonesia.
And did the small, insignificant matter of East Timor get
a security council motion calling
for an Indonisian troop withdrawal
from East Timor.
Two hours north ofthe conference, East Timor Alert Network
(ETAN) founder Elaine Briere was
at UBC to promote awareness about
what is happening in Indonesia
and East; Timor, areas ofthe world
of which most people know nothing.
Briere, who was featured in
the Noam Chomsky film Manufacturing Consent<, delivered a slide
show featuring photos she took in
East Timor one year before the
1975 invasion. The images reveal a
way oflife long forgotten.
"Going to East Timor was like
going back in time," Briere said. "I
was quickly adopted into a village.
Ifs an eye-opener to see how these
village cultures, with their high
degree of cooperation, have worked
out the economic problems that we
struggle daily with.
"Social problems are almost
unheard of. The whole way oflife is
based around the village with total
care for the environment. This security gave them a tremendous
amount of time for culture," Briere
said. Then came the invasion.
"The Timorese stiffly resisted
the inital invasion but the Indonesians had U.S. weapons with which
they carpet- bombed the whole
country; sweep after sweep until
they drove the Timorese into the
"They returned from starvation into Indonesian receiving centres where there was rape and
murder, especially of old people as
they symbolize the Timorese tribal
culture. Getting rid of them was an
important part ofthe campaign.
Reduce, reuse and recycle.
"The Western countrieslooked
the other way. President Ford and
Kissinger were in Indonesia the
day before the invasion where they
gave their permission for it.
Meanwhile, the papers were
full of stuff about Cambodia, but
that was alright because it was the
terrible communists."
Briere said that the west sees
subsistence cultures like East
Timor as some kind of a threat.
"We still think that those who
live outside the system, such as the
Timorese, are backward and primitive. We can only keep this myth
going by wiping these cultures out
before people get to see them.
Briere also pointed out that
saying that Canada's role of supporting Indonesia is "big" would be
like saying the Indonesian army
are essentially abunch of nice chaps
who can get a bit rough sometimes.
Canada's role in Indonesia is
absolutly huge, Briere stated, but
the involvement doesn't stop at the
government level. Briere continued, "Canadian universities get a
large piece of the investment in
Indonesia, as money is used for
research for the Indonesian government. Why do Canadian universities hold cultural days with
Indonesia? An Indonesian official
shouldn't be able to set foot on
campus without a demonstration.
with Indonesia is extensive and
Indonesia shoul d be boycotted just
like South Africa." Briere said she
does not subscribe to the notion
that stepping up aid to dictators
who kill makes them see the error
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THE UBYSSEY  News      3
Student Saver not a sellout, CFS chair says
*_"********aw,  ^
Lots of people signing the CFS-PIRG petition.
by Brent Dowdall
OTTAWA (CUP)—A Canadian
Federation of Students coupon
book is filled with glossy promotions from corporate sponsora.but
the CFS chair says that doesn't
contradict his organization's opposition to corporate influence in
The Student Saver is a pamphlet of coupons for mass-market
products from companies like
Coca-Cola,Mr. Sub and 7-Eleven,
as well as from local businesses.
The Student Saver was
started shortly after CFS, a national student lobby group, was
formed in 1981. About 300,000
are distributed to students every
year. It has always contained paid
advertising and student discount
But unlike the simpler look
of previous editions, this year's
pamphlet has a large, glossy ad
for Coca-Cola on the back cover,
as well as a Coca-Cola ad on the
front which is as large as the CFS
CFS chair Carl Gillis says
the Student Saver contains corporate sponsors because students
use corporate products.
"This is oneofthe services we
run to help save students' money,
because students drink Coke,"
Gillis says.
Gillis says the CFS is opposed
to increased corporate influence
and control over university administrations, but that doesn't
mean CFS can't do business with
the corporate community.
"We want post-secondary
education to stay public," he says.
"Butwe're critical of government."
CFS isn't the only student
organization forcedto increase its
sear-^forcorporate funding, says
Andrea Calver, coordinator ofthe
Ontario Public Interest Research
Group in Toronto.
"Ifs a sorry state that CFS
and other groups have to go to
corporations to get the money to
get their message out," she says.
"It's happening on all levels, including student government."
Calver says the University oi
Toronto student council contracted its cafeteria space to multinationals such as Subway and
Taco Bell.
"Ifs amazing the amount oi
energy spent by administrations
on all levels courting corporations," says Calver.
CFS/PIRG war of words heats up for students
by Graham Cook
Some campus activists want
students to start thinking about
the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and Public Interest
Research Groups (PIRGs).
And they want students to
look beyond the acronyms to the
positive benefits membership in
the CFS and funding for a UBC
PIRG could bring.
The CFS is a national student coalition which provides a
central avenue for lobbying provincial and federal governments
on student issues and student
services like medical plan's,
Travel CUTS and International
Student Cards.
PIRGs exist on several campuses acrossNorthAmerica.and
function as a central organization for students interested in
progressive causes such as environmental conservation and
North-South solidarity.
The CFS/PIRG coalition is
petitioning for 1000 signatures to
force a referendum on PIRG and
CFS during AMS elections in the
last week of January.
The coalition does not have
enough signatures yet, but they
are getting ready for an Intensive campaign," according to
Michael Hughes, student representative on the board of governors and an organizer of the CFS**
PIRG coalition.
"We really need volunteers
to publicize these things. We
wouldn't be happy if we get the
without people knowing what it
is," Hughes said.
And while the "yes" organizers are mobilizing, so are those
who oppose the CFS.
The AMS executive is
strongly against membership in
the CFS, but have not yet taken a
stand on HRG.
AMS vice-president Janice
Boyle said the CFS is "a good
organization for small schools,
but ifs not worth it for a university of our size."
"The amount of voice we
would have would be very small
compared to the amountofmoney
we would be putting into" the
CFS, Boyle said.
The problem is that under
the existing CFS structure each
member institution getsone vote,
regardless of size.
Hughes thinks the argument
boils down to whether or not the
voice of smaller colleges and universities are heard.
"Students only have power
when they are united. There are
more than 30 post-secondary institutions in BC, and with the
increase in transfers from col
leges to universities we have to
realize that we have common interests [with colleges]," he said.
Christine Price, another CFS/
PIRG organizer, points to Simon
Fraser University, whose CFS
delegate recently voted to retain
the one institution-one vote
Price also pointed to the importance of linking students nationally.
"On campus, you get so isolated on Point Grey that you forget there are other colleges and
universities beyond SFU and
UVic," she said.
According to Hughes, the
PIRG proposal has more support
among the AMS executive and
other UBC students.
"There is a lot of support of
PIRG on campus. It would cost a
lot less money [than CFS membership] and there's a lot more
interest in environment and social issues on campus that the
AMS can't meet under ifs current system of service organizations," Hughes said.
Price pointed to accomplishments of existing PIRGs, such as
the SFU group's compilation of a
lower mainland women's resource guide.
But a new PIRG might lead
to duplication of services and
would work best with a different
system of service organizations,
she said.
1 hope to see the student
environment centre and global
developmentcentre deconstitute
under the AMS and join with us
atthe PIRG [ifthe referendum is
Solar ovens solve energy crisis
by omar kassis "These DeoDlearereadvforchancre.''   that concentrate the sun's enererv.
even know where Eritrea is, let
alone how serious is its environmental crisis. But now there may
be a revolutionary and uniquely
Canadian answer to its urgent
The small nation in northeast
Africa relies on biomass—essentially found deadwood—for 80% of
its energy, but only one percent of
its forests remain. The firewood
shortage has reached a critical
stage. Eritrea's thirty-year war to
achieve independence from Ethiopia, which ended lastyear, deepened
the crisis.
But there is a bright ray of
hope. A Canadian invention and
the determination ofthe Eritrean
people have joined forces with the
the sun itself. The Eritrean Relief
and Rehabilitation Agency is promoting a solar cooker designed by
Saskatchewan environmentalist
Joe Froese as a viable solution to an
ecological crisis that threatens to
devastate a country even more than
years of war.
"Ml work in Eritrea before it
works anywhere else," says Froese.
These people are ready for change.'
He does seventy percent ofhis own
cooking with the solar oven, which
can reach temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can bake
bread in twenty minutes.
An Eritrean-Canadian man,
Tewolde Zerasanai, saw the
possibilties the oven could offer in
his birth country. It was his initiative, as well as the cooperation of
the Eritrean Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, that spurred the
The ERRA is a non-political
humanitarian organization based
in the capital, Asmara.Ithasexisted
since 1975 with the support ofthe
independence movement that became the government. It now wants
to raise enough funds to send materials for 7000 ovens to Eritrea.
"Glass is very expensive there,
and ifs only available in the cities,"
says Froese. Tm not into giving
aid, but everyone has something to
contribute that others don't—
Eritreans, Canadians, whoever."
The goal of the project is to send
enough glass, reflective material
and fireproof insulation for the ovens, which consist of an insulated
box surrounded by reflective petals
that concentrate the sun's energy.
Zerasanai and Froese were
invited last year by the Eritrean
government to travel there and
demonstrate the ovens. In the rural areas where 80% of Eritreans
live, the ovenmetwith "unanimous
enthusiasm." Currently about 50
ovens are in use in the country.
Froese has gone from oven
designer to development
fundraiser. He is working for the
ERRA to bring attention to the
project and raise funds in Canada.
So far he has concentrated on
fundraising based directly on the
people he talks to, instead of relying on grants and non-governmental organizations.
"I want to raise warm funds,"
he says. "That way you're accountable, you build projects that last,
because thay come from within the
community." His belief in the
"profound but simple" low technology of solar cookers andhis personal
devotion to ecologically sensitive
living are enough to dispel any
doubts the Eritreans might have
about his sincerity. "My connection
to these people comes from the sun.
The same sun cooks their food and
Friday December 3,1993
12:30 meet at the Clock Tower
candlelight march to SUB Auditorium
Vigil at 1:00 in the Auditorium
by Rick Hiebert
How does one review a magazine? The Best of Frank is
the best work from the satirical Ottawa based magazine (well,
duh) and whether one likes this new book will depend very
much on whether one appreciates tbe magazine.
I like Frank and enjoyed the book. I think you might like
it too. Here's why.
The Best of Frank
edited by Michael Bate
Random House of Canada
Frank Magazine is a bi-weekly publication, printing
cartoons and parodies. Frank also prints gossipy riews from
unverifiable sources, the kind of stuff that regular news
magazines and newspapers are afraid to print
When I read Frank, I love reading up on the dirt,
particularly in the media section. Unfortunately, none of this
gossip is
included in
this compilation, which is
probably a
good thing, as it wouldn't age that well. Who needs libel suits
What is included in the book are fine examples of
Frank's parodies and satire. The magazine has an over die top
sense of humour and it delights in deflating egos, attacking
famous Canadians who take themselves too seriously, such as
Conrad Black, Trudeau and Mulroney. This is a good thing, as
the mainstream media tends to take some Canadians too
Many favourite features of Frank readers, such as "Low
Definition Television" (which places amusing captions under
pictures taken from TV) and cartoons by Toronto cartoonist
Charles Jaffe are included. The magazine and newspaper
parodies are funny as well. I was pleased thai my own personal
favourite item, The National with Don Chary, was included
("Okay, earthquake somewhere today and some foreigners got
killed. Gotta win those faceoffs in your own end amigos...")
The one concern I do have with this book is that it is
heavily dominated by lampoons of Central Canadians. I would
remind Frank editor Michael Bate that there are spoofable idiots
out west too! (Hopefully that will change with the rumoured
Vancouver edition of Frank that is supposedly to be set up.)
Wrmmlk arfftll-lasfts the comfortable
Oh well, I'm not going to waste any more of your time that
you could be spending reading this smallish, funny book. Go out
and buy a copy.
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by Julie O'Connor
Tonight I went to see Naomi Wolf, hailed as media
slut by several and gratefully welcomed by many. Her
success is then a paradox, one in which many define as
the failure of mass media's grasp on feminism or as a
necessary triumph of a new kind of F-word, one that
embraces change and pragmatic thinking over ideology.
Naomi Wolf
Hotel Vancouver
22 November
Wolfs main bone of contention with traditional
feminism is the feminism which polarizes the male and
female turning women into angels and men into incredible demons. Wolf encourages women to own
their bad girl and more inportantly recognize
their dark side as a means to heal and
overcome their powerlessness.
The attitude that women are victims
and that their only political clout exists in the extent of
their victimization serves to keep women subordinate,
according to Wolf. Thus rendering the enemy not the evil
external male but, the unacknowledged internal male or
masculine tendencies in women.
Wolf is amculate and responds quickly to challenges
of her ideas. She is unapolegetic on all issues from being
pro-choice to campaigning with Tipper Gore.
She is firmly opposed to some facets of radical
feminism and propose* a feminism which empowers
women through the acquisition of money. Tempered with
her ideas slfe gives reasonable advice and encourages
women to buy stocks so that as more women buy and
understand the stock market more women can exercise
power over those bastions of masculine control: large
While many sat through the lecture gritting their
teeth at her idealism or grinning at ha amusing off-colour
jokes, I looked around me and noticed what a young and
enthusiastic audience she managed to attract. For the first
time ever in my relatively young
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disgusted with her brand of feminism, you have to admit
that it has been a long time since tiie F-word has attracted
an audience so young and obviously willing to cough up
24 bucks considering tiie job market for youth these days.
I can only comment that admist a lot of criticism
surrounding Naomi's ideas she seems to have gotten a lot
of us apathetic twentysomethings thinking.
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Usually, when one thinks of biographies, one thinks of
famous people—usually men. A new book, which is deservedly
achieving some success, has helped me to rethink this perception.
You may also never think the same way about biographies again
once you have read The Moved and The Shaken.
The problem with biographies of famous men is that they
can infer that people who are not famous aren't very interesting
and you certainly can't leam anything significant from them.
Heaven forbid that any writer should want to write about one of
the great unwashed.
The Moved and The Shaken:
The Story of One Man's Life
By Ken Dryden
Viking Press
Toronto author Ken Dryden thought differently. Dryden
headed up a government programme for Ontario's provincial government that dealt with the
lives of "average" middle class people and found that he was making a lot of decisions
affecting the lives of these people without really knowing anything about these people's lives
and aspirations.
This book resulted from Dryden's musings. He decided to do a book on a person as
closely resembling Canadian statistic averages as possible, and found Frank Bloye, a fortyish
Imperial Oil customer service representative with three kids and a house just outside of
Over four years, Dryden intereviewed Bloye, his family, friends and coworkers. He also
stayed with Bloye and his family, followed Bloye to work and tried to get a sense of what made
Bloye the man that he is.
The result is a masterful biography. You are just about literally there as Bloye goes
through his life and it's easy to understand this man and empathize with his trials and tribulations. His story flows nicely, thanks to Dryden, and the book is very readable.
One prominent theme is Bloye's straggle to prosper without risking what he has gained.
Bloye wants security and success, but has taught himself not to
expect too much from life.
Dryden's book reminds us of the dignity and importance
of the person that society considers not particularly important.
There are thousands of Frank Bloyes across Canada, trying to
make their way throught life and I, like most other readers of
this book, found myself thinking about my own life and the life
of my parents considering the effects of choices made and yet to
be made in our lives.
We can learn. The Moved and The Shaken reminds us,
from people who are very average, like Frank Bloye. One
shouldn't have to be famous to matter—which is ironic
considering that Dryden is a famed former goaltender of the Montreal
Canadiens who got a leg up in his second career partly due to his
hockey prowess (his first two books were on hockey).
Happily, Dryden has used his fame to remind us, by tiie use of
Bloye's story, that fame is not too important when considering
someone's value as a person.
During the time Dryden talked to Bloye, his company
merged with Texaco Oil. The Moved and The Shaken has
many thoughtful piarts on the
effect of this
merger on
Bloye's coworkers and
customers—the "moved and the
shaken" of the tide. Too often
we don't notice the effects on large sweeping
changes on "average" people and the book
serves to remind us that statistics and numbers in
layoffs have names, faces, aspirations and
The book is well written, very thougthful
and interesting to read. The Moved and The
Shaken is one of the best non-fiction books this
year in Canada. Hopefully, this compassionate
biography of an everyday hoo will be taken to
heart in the right places.
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Alright. So everybody knows about the clearcutting up at Clayoquot Sound. And everyone
knows that cutting down all the old trees is bad, bad, bad. Hell, half my friends got arrested in
protests over the summer.
Yeah, so you're in the record store and you see this and you think, "What the fuck? Another
f^ politically correct group of people getting together to put out a benefit album." So what makes
this album different?
Various artists
Cargo Records
Well, for one thing, Ihe cd single is actually good.
Over tiie summer. Crash Vegas, Daniel Lanois, Hothouse Flowers, Midnight Oil and the
Tragically Hip toured across Canada and did a bunch of Another Roadside Attraction gigs.
According to the press release, they all "became soulmates." Sounds kinda granola, -right? So
does the song, but we'll get to that later.
At some point in tiie tour, they found time to write this song. And last autumn, they found
time to record it Cargo Records released it last month.
All the proceeds from the sales of the album are going to the Clayoquot Sound Defense
Fund, which will heh) the arrested protesters pay their court fines. There's even a special 800
number that you can call for more info (1-800-661-7233, if you care).
The single has a very Midnight Oil/Tragically Hip heavy-on-the-accoustic-guitars folksie
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Should you buy this single? Yeah, why not If you like any of the bands that contributed to this single, you'll like the
song. It's really catchy. And hell, if you've been too busy/lazy/apalhetic to do anything about logging in the Clayoquot
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I have to admit that I was not too pleased at the prospect of
going out on a cold and rainy Saturday night to see a band with a
crusty name like Dear God.
With reluctance I traipsed down to the Hungry Eye expecting to have to listen to some pseudo-grunge band that played
songs I couldn't dance to and lyrics I couldn't decipher.
Dear God w/ Dario
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While I was too quick to judge Dear God, that description
was dead on for describing Dario, one of tiie opening bands. For
the 45 minute eternity that Dario played, all I could think was
"Dear god, tiie other band will be a welcome relief no matter what
they sound like!"
Finally, half an hour later than scheduled, Dear God took the
stage. After the first two minutes of hearing this local band play, I
had a feeling that I was really going to like them.
They started off their set with a mellow, laid back tune to
warm up the small audience. That was immediately followed by a
string of songs with a heavier Tragically Hip-type edge to them.
Whether they were playing songs about taking off your
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Lead singer Vic Wayne had an amazing vocal range, which he
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The combination of keyboards, guitars, vocals and drums
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Considering how small the stage is in the Hungry Eye, Dear
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Despite the crusty name, Dear God proved itself to be a pretty
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In the past few weeks, Canadians have yet again been
presented with news reports and statistical analysis ofthe
prevailing crisis in our society—that of violence against
Year after year of formal studies reproduce what any
woman knows from personal experience and informal
discussions with friends. Yet every time a new survey or
report is publicized, the public is shocked and the media
take yet another ride on the hype bandwagon, calling the
information "ground-break-tn^ or something equally obtuse.
These past few weeks have provided a wide array of
examples in a very short period. Ample proof that the
violence that women face knows no economic nor social
Look atNewCaledonia College criminologyinstructor
Ken Parker, who assigned his male students to plot a rape
in which the perpetrator wouldnot be caught. Parker later
stated that he erred in assigning it only to male students.
(Women were assigned a break and enter or fraud scenario.)
The disgusting fact is the simplicity of this assignment—do it, then deny it. Stacks of court records will back
this up. Breaking and entering a house, rather than a
woman, is a crime much more difficult to get away with.
Or look at tiie town council of Fergus, Ontario, which
refused a National Action Committee for the Status of
Women (NACSW) request to designate 6 December, "to
commemorate the 14 young women" who were murdered
at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique on that date four years
Town councillor Mac Vangrootheest shook the typed
request sheet in the air in anger, and said groups such as
the NACSW "breed hatred", and that "these Marxists and
feminists, we've got to watch outforthem. These people are
a danger to the country." The request was dismissed
without a vote. The only female councillor, who supported
the NACSW request, refused to comment, attesting to the
severe discomfort women face there.
istration did an about-face on their suspension (with pay)
of tenured mathematics professor Matin Yaqzan. The
suspension was based on his opinion that date rape is a
necessary outlet for the sexual needs of modern young
men, which appeared in the UNB student newspaper.
UNB students made a familiar complaint—that the
university has made no commitment to provide a safe
learning environment, and that once again students were
not part ofthe decision-making process.
Last week Statscan reproduced earlier data with its
$1.9 million survey of 12,300 Women, stating that half of
Canadian women have faced at least one physically or
sexually violent experience. It also pointed to tiie fact that
women face more danger from men they know than from
strangers. No new information here.
A survey of Canadian university students released in
February 1993 found that four out of five women had
experienced some form of physical, sexual, or psychological
abuse while dating in the "91-"92 academic year. Well that
was a ground-breaking revelation, wouldn't you say?
A report for the 1995 UN world conference on women,
released this week, stated that economic, political and
social structures, even in the most advanced nations ofthe
world, continue to marginalize women and threaten their
safety. Yet another reiteration of statistical evidence about
a social illness against which we have become numb and
The last thing we need is more statistics and studies.
Numbers dehumanize the violence, and the stacking up of
violated and desecrated lives into a neat numerical package is just a further violation and desecration of tiie
existence of women who have names, families and lives.
THE UBYSSEY 26 November 1993
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press
The Ubyssey is published Tuesdays and Fridays by the Alma Mater
Society ofthe University of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are
those of the staff and not necessarily those of the university
administration, or of the publisher. The editorial office is Room
241K ofthe Student Union Building. Editorial Department phone
822-2301; advertising, 822-3977; FAX 822-9279
. dinos kyi-ou was so pleased with the dinner buffet that he ordered a
large hamsandwichandahz van assum on iye. siobhan-roantree has
a side of fries and deep fined fiBh mallet and a dash of taivo evard to
round out her meal, steve chow was feeling rather lusty and ordered
a pre-dinner drink of tessa moon on the rocks and a double tanya storr
after that, graham cook was already past bis third drink when he went
outside and smoked a fat joint and then he got the munchies and just
had to have a plate of doug ferns smothered in ketchup and pickles,
ted young ing, always a man looking for tiie ultimate boundaries in
culinary adventures decided upon the risky omar kassis which is
renouned to induce death if too much is eaten, dan walker saat quietly
beside and observed while slowly nibbling on a slice of sarah o'donnel
which to his gravedisappointmentwas to tender.rick hiebert lavished
in a heaping selection of julie O'Connor, gregg mcnally had a sub
sandwich with frank and mustard, desiree adib unfortunately arrived
late and in her hunger ate herself
Coordinating Editor Douglas Ferris
Hews Coordinator. Qraham Cook
News Editors: Sara Martin, Taivo Evard
Culture Coordinator Stirtvs Chow
Cultura Editor. Tsd Younfrtng
Photography Coordinator Siobhan RoantrM
Production Manager. Lb van Assum
Letters to the staff...
Please, hold the
Congratulations on
a priority of The Ubyssey. It
has been a long time since
your paper actually printed
stuff that I was interested in
reading. (pssst...This is a
compliment. Aback-handed
one, perhaps, but still...a
At risk of shaking you
from this path, I was wonder-
ingifyou wouldbe so kind as
to write an article explaining
your standon the suspension
of UNB professor Matin
Yaqzan. Your editorial of
Nov. 16 suggests that you
approve ofhis suspension for
publishing his opinions on
date rape. Although his
opinions appear somewhat
unrelated to reality, your
paper has a past record of
standing up for free speech
regardless of its relation to
reality or good taste.
Arent you glad to know
I care?
Jason Brett
4th Year Metals and
Materials Engineering
This could
happen to you
Dear Tessa Tm bored
at AMS meetings" Moon,
Somewhere between the
turkey leftovers and Christmas dinner, something has
For example, the AMS
has created an efficient
Safety Task Force, chaired
by Bill Dobie. This is in response to the overwhelming
student concern about campus safety, most recently in
regards to the threatening
letters written to the women
in the Counselling Psychology Department. The task
Force has met several times
over the past three weeks
and has developed several
pro-active solutions to many
of the problems to many of
the concerns raised. If you
can stay awake enough at
the next council meeting on
Dec. 1st, Ms. Moon, perhaps
you can publish those in the
next Ubyssey.
The first motion council
passed at the meeting you
refer to was the Engineer's
reuqest to raise their fees so
start renovations on the
Cheeze Pub. Far from seeing
this as a tedious, boring task,
I found it interesting to be
involved in the culmination
of a lot of hard work done by
the Engineers in running
their referendum. It finally
paid off for them and ifs nice
to see people fighting the disease of apathy so effectively
in their faculties.
The second motion involving Gary Moore's ap-
pointmenttothe Publications
Boards was, I will grant you,
for tiie meet part, a formality. A name submitted to us
by the Alumni Association is
generally assumed to be legitimate and doesnt constitute a great deal of discussion. When Bill commented
that "Gary is a great guy,"
that hardly seems to be a
breach of Robert's Rules of
Order. If you would like to
research an interesting story
about rules and the following
of them perhaps you should
investigate instead an instance of a certain elected
SUS rep writing for The
Ubyssey, which I believe,
[that's 300.-ed.]
Leah Costello
AMS rep. for the
Go pick another
crusade, boy-o
As the student representative to the Senate, and
an AMS council member, My
office in inundated with a
range of complaints and
queries on a weekly basis.
This morning, two women
approached me in my political science 260 class concerning the photograph of a
nakedmale appearing on the
third page ofthe November
23rd edition of The Ubyssey.
These two students expressed a great deal of concern over the photograph,
and suggested that The
Ubyssey should keep pornographic photographs out of
their student newspaper.
I agree with my fellow
students on this issue. I also
do not like to answer to students who are offended by
the articles andphotographs
that Ihe Ubyssey collective
decides to print. I would like
to remind you, that as a
newspaper funded by the
Alma Mater Society, you are
in turn responsible to all
students at this university;
and not just the ones that
enjoy looking at the smut
that you put in our paper.
If you would have
printed a photograph of a
woman sprawled across the
third page of our paper in a
provocative manner, I would
assume that you would have
received many letters from
the women enrolled in the
counselling psychology department.
Ubyssey collective examine
closely what goes to print in
the future. Try toensure that
people's opinions are respected, no matter how off
the wall they seem to be!
Constructive criticism is essential; but please try not to
slander anyonein the process
(ie: a certain fourth year
physics student).
One of the main directives of my office i s to uphold
the thoughts, beliefs, and
interests ofthe students that
I represent. This is a duty
that I preform to the best of
my ability, and in a most
dedicated fashion. If something needs to be done to
facilitate a more positive
change with out student
newspaper then so be done.
Please see that this is done
internally. I wouldnt want
to start another petition!
Marc G. Schaper
Arts Senator
Model UN
I am writingin response
to Danielle Bretton's "Open
letter to the International
Relations Faculty/Student
Executive" (The Ubyssey,
Nov. 7, 1993). In her letter,
Miss Bretton refers to the
selection process for the
Harvard National Model
United Nations Conference
as "Deceptive, undemocratic,
elitist and unorganized." It is
unfortunate that her experience with the selection process was unpleadant,however
I feel a few issues require
cleaning up.
Ms. Bretton has good
reason to be upset that she
arrived for herinterview only
to discover that the date had
been changed to the following day. Although thischange
had been announced and
posted three weeks earlier, I
feel responsible for having
inconvenienced her and
apologized to her at that
complaintthatall candidates
were to be contacted within
one week ofthe oral presentations, I am afraid she misunderstood what I said to
every candidate after their
presentation was complete.
Only successful candidates
were to be contacted, not all
sixty applicants. Sheer
numbers preclude calling
each and every contestant,
so a list of successful applicants was also posted. Furthermore, I am unable to
account for Ms. Bretton's
false impression that more
than 14 students would be
selected for the Harvard
delegation; I was very clear
about the number of positions available at the information session on October
This brings me to Ms.
Bretton's final and most serious complaint, that the
HMUN selection process is
"undemocratic" andbased on
favortism. I can assure all
applicants, past and future,
that the selection process is
extremely objective and fair.
Anyone familiar with the
International Relations
will know that this year's
successful candidates are not
"club favorites', and that at
least six IRSA executives
who applied were not selected for the delegation. My
own best friend and housemate also fell short of earning a spot on the team. Successful candidates were
chosen on the quality of their
oral presentations, nothing
Lastly, Ms. Bretton is
correct in her assertion that
some delegates
Mike Sheehan
Harvard National Model
United Nations Coordinator, IRSA
Wake up, people!
It is heartening that so
many students—mostly female, but some male, from
Counselling Psychology and
from other departments-
have recognized the need to
take actionin the faceof what
Dan Birch himself admitted
is the sluggish machinery of
the university administration. Needless to say, it is
paramount that the women
who have been directly
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...letters continued
threatened be supported; that the
safety of all women in the department be increased; that it not be
perilous for women in any department to teach or study feminist
theory; and that gender equality
and freedom form fear be uppermost on the agenda.90
In our urgency to protect ourselves and each other, however, we
must not lose sight ofthe potential
harm to members of the community atlarge who may be counselled
by therapists from our department.
The admissions committee must
do its part by putting in place a
safeguard to help screen out those
who are dangerously unbalanced
and, by extension, apt to hold racist, sexist, homophobic, or virulently
dogmatic religious views.57
Up until now, I believe the
criteria on which admissions decisions have been made have chiefly
been statements of purpose, academic records, and letters of reference (and, to a lesser extent, GRE
scores). The problem is that none of
these criteria indicates—to use the
current popular term—
"groundedness," even though this
is probably the single most desirable attribute for anyone considering becoming a therapist. Letters
of reference are subject to the biases
of their writers; besides, they tend
to focus on academic or personal
achievement—factors by no means
incompatible with mental instabil-
While it would not be logical—
or even politic—to screen for particular views (since 99% of people,
when asked if they were sexist,
racist, etc. wouldsay"no,*andsince
such a process would, in the wrong
hands, be open to abuse), it would
be rational and quite practicable to
have two or three professors conduct at least one in-depth interview
with each prospective student. This
way, the department would be
taking the responsibility it very
much needs to take. 73
[sorry, no exceptions.-ed]
Eve Abrams
Graduate student in Counseling Psychology
Unfair impugn
I am writng to respond to the
letter of Ms. Danielle Bretton (The
Ubyssey, Nov. 24,1993) which asserts that the procdures by which
students were selected for the
Model U.N. conference was unfair.
In particular, she alleges that
members ofthe International Relations Students Association
(I.R.S A.) "traditionally pick their
friends" to attend the conference.
It is easy for an indivdual who was
not successful in the competition
to cry "favouritism," but this was
not the case.
As chair of the International
Relations Program, I have participated along with two students
from I.R.SA. in the selection of
delegates for the past two years. I
can assure Ms. Bretton that every
effort was made to make the selection process as faoir and objective as possible. Hit were otherwise,
I would never have consented to
pareticipate in this process.
Our procedure was as follows.
After each applicantcompletedhis
or her oral presentation, each of us
gave a numerical mark to the
student. These were compared and
discussed. In the vast majority of
these cases, our rankings were very
similar. I did not see a single instance of favouritism.
The two students on the selection committe were scrupulous
in attempting to judge all candidates solely on merit, and it is very
unfair to them to impugn their
Paul Marantz
Dept. of Political Science
I am in the International Relations program and also a member ofthe International Relations
Student Association. I understand
that you have received a letter
applied to be on the I.R.S.A. sponsored delegation to the Model
United Nations at Harvard. I applied to the team as well and had
the chance to meet this person as
our presentations were scheduled
for the same time. There was some
concern over whether she was eligible to take part since the process
was only open to undergrads.
However, she was asked to present
her speech and did so. Like myself
she was turned down. However,
there is a vast difference in our
responses to being rejected.
I expect the fact that others
prepared superior presentations,
especially considering that the
process was extremely competitive
with over sixty applicants for only
fourteen positions. I would like to
suggest to her that she should go
into the produce profession considering her wonderful and indepth
experience with sour grapes.
Yours Disgustedly
James S. Ivanoff
Letters law: 300 words max, and
editors reserve the right to edit as
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UBC: patent or perish?
by Dan Walker
UBC has just announced its
success in the hit parade of universities withU S.patentsfor 1991-
92: top of the charts in Canada,
and 16 with a bullet in North
America. The successful patents
generate $1 million/year for UBC
(0.3% of the annual operating
budget). Presumably, they also pay
handsome dividends to the lucky
patent-holders, who were faculty
or students at the time they developed their profitable ideas.
So the cash-strapped university, with public funding on the
decline, finds a creative source of
funding. On the surface, this is all
to the good. But where is the current taking us?
What is the impact on
academic communication?
I can speak to this from personal
experience. Fm a graduate student.
Not long ago, I worked on an idea
with a colleague who believed the
idea was patentable. When he
looked into it, he found that the
first rule was to keep it quiet. On
no account was the idea to be
brought up at a conference or
published; that would kill any
chance of a patent. My friend
eventually opted to publish rather
than endure the lengthy delay of
the patent process. Trie experience
left me with a strong impression
that patenting is in conflict with
the free exchange of academic
ideas. This is not a minor point.
This free exchange of ideas is essential to creative research. Didn't
Michael Smith's Nobel Prize begin
as an idea discussed over coffee?
What kind of research is
encouraged by patenting?
UBCs major patent success story
is a "genetic technology for select
ing beneficial traits in plants"
(Vancouver Courier, 24November),
snapped up by a large U.S. seed
company. (The "beneficial trait" of
major interest to large seed companies is resistance to herbicides, a
trait which will encourage larger
doses of agricultural chemicals in
the environment.) I am aware of
one researcher on campus, with a
background in genetics, who
strongly questions the implications
of such genetic technology for sustainable agriculture. Such questioning is essential if society is to
cope with complex and uncertain
technologies. But it is not patentable, and it won't be encouraged by
a climate that emphasizes quick
Is it OK for taxpayer-funded
researchers to stake private
claims to their ideas?
I used to work for a mining company. I wasn't allowed to stake a
personal claim on a gold deposit,
even if I found it during my lunch
break.Butnow, as a publicly-funded
graduate student, I am free to stake
a personal claim on an idea, and
restrict access to the idea to those
who can cough up the licensing fee.
Tm not so sure that this is just. It
seems to me that the public has
paid, in advance, for any ideas that
I develop here.
In the long run, which kind of
research is going to thrive at UBC:
the kind that generates quick payoffs, or the kind that raises broad
questions and objections? The kind
that you share with the world, or
the kind that you can't even talk
about over coffee? Should ideas
developed at public expense be sold
tothe highest private bidder?Ithink
we need to talk about this.
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reduced the amount of waste it
sends to the landfill by 25 percent.
Currently, there are recycling
programs active in 130 buildings
across campus, including UBCfood
service outlets, residences, andaca-
demic buildings. In addition, Gage
residences havetheirown student-
run recycling program that has
been operating for four years.
Each month, 35 metric tonnes
of paper is shipped through UBC's
recycling system. Cardboard collection takes place outside UBC
bookstore and Vanier, Totem, and
Ritsumeikan House residences.
The big blue boxes outside
SUB, often overflowing with soggy
newspapers last year, are now being emptied regularly.
But where is all this stuff going? O'Donnell tours the recycling
plants that handle UBCs waste on
a regular basis, and she feels satis
fied that UBCs recycling program
is achieving its goals.
"To the best of our knowledge
everything collected at UBC is getting recycled," she said.
Various companies recycle
waste generated at UBC. Material
from the blue boxes outside SUB
goes to a small Vancouver firm
named Urban Impact Recycling,
run by UBC graduate Nicole
Nichols. Paper, sorted into9grades
in the recycling area ofthe campus
planning building, ends up at fibre-reprocessing plants owned by
the Weyerhauser and James River
Cardboard from UBC is recycled by Browning-Ferris Industries, and food service outlets use a
recycling service run by the vendors who supply the campus with
canned drinks.
Lack of haste makes waste
Although the administration
has implemented a successful
waste reduction program, its waste
disposal priorities have raised the
ire of environmentalists in recent
years. Last fall the UBC student
environment centre built a "garbage monster" out of recyclable
waste and disposables found in
campus garbage cans and wheeled
it over to president Strangway's
The protest was sparked in
part by the administration's decision to spend close to half a million
dollars on a new garbage truck and
related waste disposal equipment
in 1992, in addition to the ongoing
costs of landfill fees and waste disposal staff salaries.
In comparison, the annual report recently put out by the UBC
waste reduction program reveals
the administration spent only
$193,132 on recycling in 1992/93,
which included both the costs of
recycling operations and program
administration. These figures cast
some doubt over whether the administration is truly committed to
reducing waste on ecampus.
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Indeed, SFU and UBC are involved in joint programs with Indonesia through CIDA, the Canadian
International Development Association.
Here at UBC, CIDA funds the
Indonesian resource project. Numerous other projects are also being developed on campus directly
and indirectly with Indonesia.
However, UBC director of development Ron Dumashel said, "I
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