UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

The Ubyssey Nov 7, 1997

Item Metadata

Download

Media
ubysseynews-1.0126289.pdf
Metadata
JSON: ubysseynews-1.0126289.json
JSON-LD: ubysseynews-1.0126289-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubysseynews-1.0126289-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubysseynews-1.0126289-rdf.json
Turtle: ubysseynews-1.0126289-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubysseynews-1.0126289-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubysseynews-1.0126289-source.json
Full Text
ubysseynews-1.0126289-fulltext.txt
Citation
ubysseynews-1.0126289.ris

Full Text

Array First
Ever
Men's soccer team opens
nationals with victory
Tmprisonment,
Punk band finally made it
They are clean and oh so rich
lib.
Civil liberties head
says UBC 'heavy-handed'
ubyssey magazine
www. ubyssey. 6c. ca
$& sV ,
*5J5
\r
■St*^
insecure since 1918
Vi   *•> *  ,.)4?
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1997 VOLUME 79 ISSUE 18
by Dale Lum
With a look of self-satisfaction,  Michael
Walker leans casually into his seat and twiddles the rubber band stretched between his
fingers. The lecture hall in the Robson
Conference Centre is occupied by about 100
students who are hstening to Douglas West,
Professor of Economics at the University of
Alberta, give a spMt-cmshingly dull lecture
titled, "250 Brands of Beer on the Wall: Privatized Liquor
Retailing in Alberta," West is nearing the end of his talk when,
from the back rows, Walker suddenly speaks and everybody in
the lecture hall turns to listen. "Doug, is there any reason, then,
for government to be in the distribution of alcohol at all?" he
asks brightly.
West pauses rhetorically, then says, "I, uh—no."  Laughter
rises from the audience, then he adds, "I don't see a reason."
Walker smiles, as if a wink
has been exchanged, invisibly, between the two men.
Walker has reason to
be smug. He is the
Executive Director of the
Fraser Institute, a tliink
tank whose ideas were
once perceived as right-
wing fringe but have now
taken centre stage in the
arena of political thought
Since the founding of
the Institute in 1974, its
platform of less gov-
MICHAEL WALKER, executive director of
Fraser Institute, says social services
are a social disease
The mouth of the
ernment control in
the marketplace, cutting social spending,
cutting taxes and dismantling trade unions has become a strong reference point for
successive governments and a subject of interest in the national media.
The popularisation of the Institute's ideas, once thought too
extreme to warrant serious attention, has partly been the result
of careful image control. Its publications assert that it is non-
political, stating that "it does not support any political party, nor
engage in any lobbying activity."
Over the winter, in eight Canadian cities, the Fraser Institute
is staging the "Student Seminars on Public Policy Issues," a
series dedicated to expanding the Institute's student audience.
Two weeks ago, the seminar came to Vancouver.
9:15a4M
The morning's first presentation is given by Laura Jones, an
environmental economist at the Fraser Institute. The audience
is prepared for her 20-minute lecture on global warming, having had the "preparatory reading material" mailed to them earlier in the week. Two Globe and Mail columns by Terence
Corcoran titled "Climate: Where's the Science?" and "Do
Nothing in Kyoto," in reference to the upcoming
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Japan, espouse
the Fraser Institute's position that since scientists cannot conclusively prove global warming, Canada should not harm its
economy by reducing fossil fuel consumption in order to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Jones' talk is followed by a short question-and-answer period. One man asks a question on why the ecological view on
global warming has become so widely accepted in society.
Jones in turn blames politicians/ bureaucrats who wish to
"expand their regulatory empires," the media, and environmentalists: "I think there are a lot of environmentalists who
would like to see Canada and other developed countries reduce
their carbon dioxide emissions because it is an attack on economic growth, and many environmentalists feel that economic
growth causes environmental degradation," she says.
As it later turns out, the majority of questions asked during
the seminar are sympathetic to the lecturer, but of all the topics,
this one will generate the most dissenting opinions. One person
suggests that although the science of global warming involves
many unknown or difficult to assess variables, economics is
based on assumptions as well.
More questions. One person jokes that Canada is too cold
and might benefit from a little global warming.
Jones states that serious thought has been devoted to
this idea, and she suggests that some of those benefits
might be that "plant growth would improve, and agricultural productivity would improve, as well as there be
lower transportation costs because of reduced snow and
ice."
Jones ends by stating her opinion that reducing
greenhouse gases would actually be
detrimental to the environment.
"One of the biggest problems I have
with signing on to a treaty to reduce
carbon dioxide emissions is I think
that it will come at the expense
of the environment, because if
we reduce our economic growth
we have less resources available
to address what I think are
more serious environmental problems. So unfortunately we don't have
the resources to spend heavily every
time we think we might have a problem."
9:45AM
The audience disperses into five discussion groups. A facilitator is present
in each group, but they have little to do
in the discussions, which invariably
go off-topic and are dominated by a
few loud voices.
One conversation begins with a
general condemnation of the
media, referring to 'sensationalism' and 'nonsense' in news stories, and an opinion that "they don't
understand the science behind
(global warming) anyways."
Andrew Szabo, a 4th year UBC
Political Science major, is one of
perhaps three people in the room
with an opposing view. "Do you
agree or not agree that excessive burning of fossil fuels, slash
and burn processes is something which we should be concerned about? The question is, 'should we be concerned or
should we be not concerned?', not whether 'does the effect
occur or not?'"
Szabo's question is followed by a discussion during which
one woman wonders if maybe the media isn't fabricating all of
its facts related to global warming-. Someone then asserts that
even if that is true, there are bigger environmental problems.
Szabo's point finally receives a response from John
Weintraub, a Management Systems student at BCIT and the former president ofthe Young Reformers of UBC. "I think that the
issue is not 'Should we be concerned, or should we not be con
cerned?' I think the issue is, 'How
do we go about dealing with these
things?' In other words, it's one
thing to be concerned about
clearcut logging, therefore—'let's
ban it', versus let's be concerned
about clearcut logging, let's study
it' and let's try not to let politics
creep into it."
10:30AM
The  next lecturer  is  Helen'
Raham, Executive Director of the
Society for the Advancement of
Excellence in Education, a think-
tank on public education issues. The
topic   is   "Charter
Schools: Problem or Solution?", although it
would be more accurately titled,  "Charter
Schools: Solution!"
^3      Raham's lecture is high on rhetoric and low
~   on argument; for the first half she neglects even
!'j to give a definition of what a charter school is in
„ order to first describe why they are needed. This
leaves her only 15 minutes to discuss the pros
and cons.
In a patronising tone she
states: "In its simplest form a
charter school is really a...performance based contract with a
public school... That charter will
prescribe its learning program,
its special focus, its instructional
plan, its budget, and how they
are going to measure achievement, and how those goals will
be validated at the end."
Raham's main argument is
that because each charter board
consists of a locally elected body
of teachers, parents and com-
\lc'riW mum,y members, charter schools benefit from
tw   autonomy and freedom from government control. That local control is effective only if parents
are willing to participate in their children's education, if
they are knowledgeable about education and are themselves educated is not a point of discussion. '
But the idea of private control over education seems
to appeal greatly to the audience which, as revealed in
the discussion group, generally favours fully privatised education.
"I'm not sure I like this charter school business. It's a
halfway solution. If it succeeds in putting dynamite in the public education system then I can deal with it But the ethics of
forcing people to pay for other people's children it's—it's just
not right," intoned one participant, shaking his head.
"Maybe private or voucher schools are the next step," suggested another.
The room's attitude towards education is perhaps most sue-
continued on p. 2 THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1997
mwiirgi.K
mam
"Understanding requires the
Conscious Participation of the
Individual, a\n Act of Finding
Out'-Hardial Bains UBC.
Marxist-Leninist Study Group
Fall Program Wednesdays, 12:30
& 5:30pm Buch. D110. Nov 19:
Modern Definitions of Human
Rights. Dec 3: Txzhe Fall of
Pseudo-Socialism
Travel-Teach English. No degree \
required,  1000's of jobs available. \
| Free information sessions I!! Call 1- I
| 888486-6612 to register |
j Cokwj-fiil feehian bolting fcr large j
| roam/suite to rent under $400 with j
t other dykes. Prefer dykes of colour in j
j a male-free space for Dec 1. Call 254- I
3732
j Mens Snowboard. Brand New,
\ never used with UBC Logo. $500
'O.B.O. 685-3899
For Sale. Issues from the last 3
years of Architectural Digest Best
prices offered. 224-0357
WiUJTA   COMPUTER?    A 486
DX/33, DOS 6.0, Windows 3.1, 4
MB RaAM,   120 MB hard drive,,
modem 14" SVGA monitor. $400 j
call 222-8103. [
To run your own
ads or €lassitiods
calf our advertising
department at
8221654
kM
Custodial parents group will j
meet to share concerns and ideas X
around issues of parenting follow- \
ing divorce. Four weeks starting j
Jan 7. Free. Info or register contact \
Jennifer Fell/Nicki Dennison 822- i
4824. j
Christmas Craft Fair at the I
Longhouse, 1985 West Mall. First I
Nations and other crafts. Fri Nov j
28 noon to 7pm; Sat Nov 29 10 am \
to 5pm. Free admission 822-2115. i
Living Downstream; An ecologist j
talks about cancer and the envi-j
ronment SUB Auditorium, j
Monday 12:30 PM, November]
10th. Free, but donations are j
appreciated. With Sandra j
Steingraber, author Living j
Downstream and cancer survivor. |
Brought to you by Student |
Environment Centre, and others, j
The Parliamentary Guide Program
1998 Recruitment Drive
Canada's Parliament is looking for bilingual (French and English), full-time
university students from across the country to participate in an unforgettable employment program in Ottawa next summer. From Victoria Day to
Labour Day, the Parliamentary Guides welcome and provide tours to hundreds of thousands of visitors, helping them to understand and appreciate
the history and factions of our country's national legislature. This unique
work environmen* provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn
about Parliament first-hand, to enhance their public-speaking skills, to
improve oral proficiency in their second official language and to make good
friends from coast to coast.
Application forms are amiable at your university placement office.
Recruitment for the Parliamedfjfcv/ l£uide Program will be conducted
through the campus student ptaCeBKfnt centres at credited universities
across Canada. ■   /* ■•
For more informati«|^f call (613,-992-4793 or visit the
Parliamentary Internet Parliamen&fe It www.parl.gc.ca (electronic applications wHtftotWs6cepttr°d)i -    , ^'   *!     '   '        ,'tV-"   '        '.'""■'
*""'     ~~'%tooi&^Hi^ti»b&iy$ni \-. \'    *-
«•»"••,   , -    ■*■,, V   „f ii,.,7,-*     '-„       -  ,-,;, ,„
Looking  for a Creative Sales Manager
Part Time to begin
Lead a team in a unique sales direction involving an
internet magazine which contributes to the quality of life
in Vancouver. Energy, bright ideas, outgoing persona,
literacy, an aesthetic sense, precision -.are"these unusual
in sales ? You will find lhat alwost SflpniVfifS|ly discipline has a contribution to jqptet^.forii Mote student looking for an unuafdSsiM^
ing to the workforce fyfottpg^
further information, Mornings preferred (Wee!
included).
tookhg for Exhibition
An international education
organization seeking individuals
to represent us in various
shopping centres. No selling
required, work weekends.
Mandarin and/or Cantonese
speaking preferred
Contact 691-1725
GREENPEACE
is searching for enthusiastic and
articulate individuals to join our door to
door canvass. Make some extra cash and
help save the planet. $7/hr plus bonus.
Rill time or part time. Hours are 3:30 -
9:30pm. Mon-Fri Call John 253-4990
continued from p. 1
cinctly summarised by the comment, "You can choose McDonald's
or you can choose Joe Forte's in the
restaurant world, why not do so in
education?"
1:00PM
One of the day's more interesting
moments comes in the discussion
group following Michael Walker's
lecture,      "What     Should     the
Government do with the up-coming
Fiscal Dividend?"  In his speech,
Walker says that big government is
bad, smaller government is better,
taxes are evil, and social services
such as employment insur
ance are "not a social ben-       -rtug ethics
efit, [they are] a social
disease."
In the discussion,
a disagreement arises  between  Victor
Finberg, a physics
student at SFU, and
John      Weintraub.
Finberg    uses    the
example     of    slave
wages paid by corporations to overseas workers
as a rebuttal to the idea that
corporations and the free market are inherently good.
"Now the reason they are able to
pay [minima] wages] in China or
Indonesia, or wherever the heck it is,
is essentially because there is an
army controlling the people, and the
people say, Well we want a higher
wage,' well, they get shot," states
Finberg.
Weintraub scofis and eyes around
the room roll in their sockets.
of forcing people
to pay for other
people's children's
education if s—
if s just not right
"You laugh?" asks Finberg indignantly.
"I'm not laughing, I disagree
with you," Weintraub responds.
The irony is lost on Weintraub
when later in the discussion he
argues that corporations are the victims of over-regulation by governments. "The power imbalance
between governments and corporations—you know, with one act of legislation they could strip Bill Gates of
all his wealth—"
"And have him arrested to boot,"
someone adds.
"-and have him arrested and
shot. And this happens in fascist
regimes, and regimes where there's
no respect for private property. And it has, unfortunately,   happened   in
countries   that   do
respect       private
property."
3:30PM
-participant at
fraser Inst, forum
Faizel   Rawji,
an Education student at UBC, ponders    the    Fraser
Institute over a bite
to eat: "I think it's a
good resource. I use it. I
use it as one perspective. Of
course, it is knowingly right wing,
which is fine, there's no problem
with that, as long as you know both
sides. The problem that I have with
this forum is that it is one perspective. There's no argument, or not
an   educated  perspective  argument...if you know a lot about the
issue, and you know both sides,
you're realising that only one side
is being addressed."♦ THEUI
CIAU Men's Soccer
Championship Guide
PtML A STANDINGS
UBC
1-0
Dalhouise
CK)
Western
0-1
POOL B STANDINGS
York
1-0
St Francis Xavier
00
McGill
0-1
yesterday's results
UBC 1 Western 0
York 2 McGill 1
Future Games
Today Friday Nov 7
Dalhouise vs Western 8:00 am
York vs St Francis Xavier 10:30
am
Saturday Nov 8
Dalhouise vs UBC 8:00
McGill vs St Francis Xavier 10:30
Sunday Nov 9
Bronze Medal Game
2nd Place Pool A vs
2nd Place Pool B 10:00 am
Gold Medal Game
1st Place Pool Aw
1st Place B 12:00 pm
FOOTBALL:
UBC running back Mark Nohra and
offensive lineman Bob Beveridge
will be in Toronto-Vanier Cup week-
no matter what happens in the playoffs. Nohra is the Canada West's
nominee for the Hec Crighton
Trophy, given to the most valuable
player in Canadian university Football. Beveridge is nominated for the
JP Metras award, given to the most
outstanding lineman. The awards
will be announced later this month
during Vanier Cup week. The
national championship game will
be played November 22 at
SkyDome.
The Canada West Allstar team
also has a definite Thunderbird flavor. A grand total of nine UBC players were named to the team. In
addition to Nohra and Beveridge,
offensive lineman Jim Cooper,
receiver Brad Coutts, defensive lineman Travis Fehler, linebackers Dan
Elliot and Stewart Scherck, halfbacks Strachan Hartley, and corner-
back Curtis Galick made the team.
The All-Star squad will be
coached by UBC head coach Casey
Smith, who has compiled a 13-10-1
record over three years at UBC and
has guided the team to two Canada
West finals.
BASKETBALL:
The women's team turned in another disappointing performance on
Tuesday in their 54-52 loss to
Western Washington. The Birds
endured a horrid first half, shooting
27 percent and trailing 30-21 at
intermission. While UBC rallied
after the break behind Laura Esmail
(14 points) and J J. Rawlinson (15
points) to make it a nailbiter, Ihey
failed to pull the game out in the
clutch. Head coach Deb Huband will
have a chance to work on the team's
offensive struggles this weekend as
the 2-4 T-birds travel to Winnipeg to
compete in the University of
Manitoba Invitational Tournament
Birds turf Western at nationals
by Kathleen Matthews and Eugenia Bayada
The Dal Gazette
HALIFAX—Thursday's opening game of the
national men's soccer championship turned
out to be a turfwar for the UBC Thunderbirds—
literally.
Battling the astroturf at host school
Dalhousie University as much as the Western
Mustangs, the Birds came away with a 1-0 victory on Troy Wood's scrambly goal in the 77th
minute.
Played under sunny and unusually warm
conditions, the game provided few quality scoring chances and was marred by both teams'
problems playing on the artificial field.
With the win, UBC leads their round robin
pool and will face host Dalhousie Saturday
morning.
"I thought we played very well for an opener—we got the jitters out of us, which is good,
and the win, which is a lot more important," said
Chris Franks, team captain.
"It was a very difficult opposition to play and,
to be honest, we were lucky to get the result,"
said Wood who was named player ofthe game.
UBC dominated possession for a good portion
of the game and tested Western netainder John
Dreliozis repeatedly early in the second half. Still
they had nothing to show for it and UBC goalie
Mike Franks was forced to make some great
saves to keep the Birds in the game.
"The field equalised the teams out," Wood
said. "It's kind of like playing on a bad field
although it's turf—we've never really had the
opportunity to play on turf before so there were
a lot of missed tackles [and] missed balls."
What UBC lacked in ball control and proper
passing due to the field, they made up by playing
a physical game upfront and limiting the
Mustangs' scoring chances to standard situations.
"We dominated physically the whole game,"
said centreback Mark Rogers. "We only trained on
[the turf] once before we came and we just thought
we'd work as hard as we could," he added.
"Overall, I thought we were quite good," said
UBC head coach Mike Mosher. "We really didn't
give them many chances. We just had to bide our
time and wait for our own chances."
But there weren't that many opportunities in
the first half for either team.
The teams started strong, but the pace of the
game soon deteriorated to the point where the
referee cautioned both sides to pick it up on
throw-ins and free kicks. There were few shots on
goal and both sides only looked dangerous on
standard situation. And Western almost took the
lead off a corner kick late in the first half.
UBC picked up the tempo in the second half
and dominated play, but came away empty until
Wood's goal. "It was kind of a lucky goal," said
Mosher. "It came from nothing... but hey, well
take it"
The Birds will also take the result, lucky as it
may be, and move on to Saturday's game against
the Dalhousie Tigers. A win over the fifth-ranked
Tigers and UBC will play in Sunday's final. But
nobody on the UBC team is looking that far ahead.
"I think that [Dal game] will be for all the marbles really," said Rogers. "It is their pitch and I'm
sure they'll have a good crowd. [All we can do] is
just go as hard as we can and hopefully things
will go our way."
Mosher said he expects another close game
Saturday.
"There's never been a T>low-out' in my memory in any of these games," said Mosher. "You've
got to keep things tight at the back and again,
bide your time and hope to capitalise on any
opportunities that you do get— exactly how the
game went today»
'Birds, Dinos in Canada West Showdown
DINO CAMPARMO is one of the players who needs to step up in the absence of Mark Norah in tonight's Canada West Final.
RICHARD LAM/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
by Bruce Arthur
WHO: The University of Calgary
Dinosaurs (5-2-1) vs. the UBC
Thunderbirds (5-2-1).
WHERE AND WHEN: Thunderbird
Stadium, Friday November 7th,
7:00pm.
THE DIAL: CiTR 101.9FM.
WHAT'S ON THE UNE? The winner
of Friday's tilt advances to the
national semifinals against the
Atlantic Conference champions.
The last time these two teams
met in the playoffs was 1992.
Calgary pulled out a 26-24 victory in
overtime.
T»S SEASON: UBC beat the Dinos
34-18 in their first meeting at T-
bird Stadium in late September,
but needed a heroic fourth-quarter
rally from 23 points down to tie at
37, two weeks ago in Calgary.
THROUGH THE AIR:
Calgary: The Dinos passing attack
is the class of the Canada West,
and the most fearsome in the
country. Calgary quarterback
Darryl Leason led the entire
nation this season with 1891
yards passing and 14 touchdowns. The UBC secondary is a
top-notch crew—three players
have four picks each—but will
be under tremendous pressure
against this aerial blitz.
UBC: Quarterback Shawn Olson
has to bring his A-game. The
Birds will need as many points as
possible. In sharp contrast to
Calgary's multiple-target offense,
UBC will rely heavily on WR Brad
Coutts (43 receptions, 603 yards,
f 5 TDs). If Coutts can't get open,
UBC could be in trouble.
ON THE GROUND:
:    Calgary. Calgary's rushing offense is a definite threat RB
J Brendan Ward finished second
to UBC's Mark Nohra in rushing
yards, and QB Leason was seventh, as the two combined for 16
touchdowns   on   the   ground.
UBC's ground defense will have to
do without lineman Travis Fehler
who is outfor the season with an
injured back.
UBC: Trouble for the T-Birds.
Star tailback and Hec Creighton
nominee Mark Nohra, who has
carried the UBC offense against
Calgary this year, is extremely
doubtful to play after he suffered
a partially torn medial collateral
ligament in his right knee last
week aginst Manitoba. Nohra
has accounted for an astounding
710 all-purpose yards and 5
touchdowns against the Dinos in
their two meetings. Without
him, UBC will be hard-pressed to
keep up with Calgary's high-
octane offense. The speedy
Akbal Singh will play instead of
Nohra, but he can't replace him.
THE TURF:
Playing on the mucky grassfield of
Thunderbird Stadium should slow
down Calgry's fleet-footed receivers
and keep Leason contained.
Unfortunately, Calgary's rushing
attack is capable of doing some
damage. The advantage here goes
to UBC, but it may not be enough to
decide the game in their favor.
THE PREDICTION:
This game features the best offense
versus the best defense. While
UBC's stalwart defensive corps
probably won't allow another 37
points, UBC's offense may not be
able to keep up if the game does
turn into a shootout Nohra was, the
difference between these teams
this season, and without the UBC
workhorse UBC's prospects look
less promising. The defense alone
could win it—but Olson and Singh
must play their best games of the
season
THE PICKS:
Gauntlet editor-in-chief Kevin Roth-
bauer Calgary 34 UBC 26
Ubyssey sports writer Bruce aArthur
Calgary 17 UBC 6
Ubyssey sports writer Wolf Depner
UBC 17 Calgary'14* #-     i*       -B        *'*">!. ,
7,
>»*l
the ubyssey
UNIVERSAL
CONCERTS CANADA
x with
•§* god street wine
Wednesday November 12
Starfish Room
Simon
Townshend
Band
landau I(ovemoer 23r*
iRICHARD'S ON RICHARDS'
Tickets @ TicketMaster op charge by phone 280-4444 op order online at hllp//ivww.ticketmastep.ca
-K , .«< *
Free
For
m
You could receive one of three pairs of tickets
to Jazzberry Ram's November 12th
concert at the Starfish Room or to Simon
Townshend Band's November 23rd date at
Richards on Richards just by bringing this ad to
SUB241K.
presented by
die Ubvssev
Stunning Contemporary Fable
Dramatic Physical Theatre
MMCrtALG
Nov.   13-16
^.mnKanashibetsu
Nov.   19-22
In Japanese With English Surtitles
Written and Directed by   Soh Kuramoto
fc*    *
ARTS   CLUB  THEATRE
Granville Island
Box Office 687-1644, TicketMaster 280-3311
TICKETS: $15-$32.50    Suitable for children 10 and up
ONE STUDENT TICKET FREE WITH
One Adult Ticket Purchase (Box Office Reservations Only)
*&± An International Arts Exchange Promotion Project sponsored by lhe Agency for Cultural Affairs ot iapan.
amrBtatLwmm        Presented with the assistance of the Japan-Canada Fund, a gift to the Canada Council ofthe Arts from the
agg. Ss^'r^ir-*"      [ri|]l|i[r]f GDvemment of Japan The assistance of the Government of Canada through Canada's Year of Asia Pacific is
♦V
gratefully acknowledged.
Everclear puts out its sophmore
the American music
effort and has learned
on their own terms
by Bryce Edwards
Art Alexakis, frontman and driving force
behind Everclear, is by his own admission
hopped up. He forgets the name of the person the new album is dedicated to. He sings
twisted versions of his songs. He knocks
glasses flying. The bio on the band says
Alexakis has been sober for years, dried out
from the kamikaze dives into drugs, depression, hospitals and prison. Alexakis is healing, that's what his songs say.
He's got a wife and child and a platinum
album; made appearances on Saturday
Night Live and on the cover of Spin. So he's
on the top ofthe world, right? And he knows
it, and is having fun.
So much fun, it seems, that he can't sit
still. But he's not soaring on anything illicit In fact, the drug that's got him, as he
puts it, "buzzed out of [his] mind," is the
world's favourite: caffeine. The waitress, an inimitable Subeez cracker, isn't
phased by his accusations that she didn't bring the decaf he ordered. And
when he says he's just going to have a        >
good cry over the whole thing, she takes
a beat, asks him if he wants some
Midol, and cruises away. Dead silence.
And then Craig Montoya (the bass player)
and Greg Eklund (the drumnier) burst out
laughing.
Caffeine isn't the only thing that's got
Everclear excited these days. In fact, things
are so busy right now; that excitement is
something of an afterthought. They're touring to promote the just released So Much For
The Afterglow, the follow-up album to their
huge-selling, 1995 effort, Sparkle and Fade.
Built on the pop-punk of bands like Green
Day, Sparkle and Fade explored new terrain,
post-grunge: snarling harmonies, a stripped
down sound, honest lyrics and irresistible
jump-around-the-room hooks. America, the
monster, lumbered over for a listen, and
records flew off the shelves. Which made a
difference to Alexakis.
"A big part of [the payoff of success] is the
self-confidence," he says. "The empowerment that it gives you, that you can do something and put it out there and have people
respond to it."
But the monster is dangerous and fickle.
It eats stars. To survive the sudden fame,
they had to, as Alexakis puts it, "stay grounded as a band and as people." And they did.
"We kept working, took things as they came...
and tried not to let the success get to us."
Keeping his head down is something
Alexakis has done before: growing up with
little contact with his father, growing up in
poverty, growing up scared. This was
Montoya and Alexakis' childhood. And
Alexakis pours it into his songs.
On So Much For the Afterglow, there is a
track called
"I Will
m
**V
kS*
%\
&-i-%ll
4&r
2A
4**
1^1 #
*
10 , %St$%~'k„
€
«**p
rf
*"t .
v
,WV#^t^
\v
41"
£jyy
Buy
You   a ft,<# ^
New Life," W'
which is
Alexakis'    favourite
song on the album. It has emotional clarity
and weight underscoring a glorious pop
melody, giving it the potential to become
Everclear's "Under the Bridge," and a new
watermark in their development. Like Kedis'
unflmching look at heroin abuse, Alexakis
stares down the spectre of poverty when he
sings, "I hate those people who love to tell
you/ Money is the root of all that kills/ they
have never been poor/ They have never
had the joy of a welfare Christmas."
So what does success mean?
P
"It means financial security. Craig just
bought a house. It means a lot to me that I
can do that. That one of my best friends can
afford to live comfortably. That I have
enough money to look after my wife and
child. We're middle class now, man. That's
something we never had growing up," he
says.
Friendship, stability, level-headedness.
With these you achieve success of a more
enduring kind, as people. But what about
being rock stars?
Alexakis smiles. "We played a concert in
Washington DC. The whole crowd sang
along to Santa Monica. Sixty-five thousand
people singing your words... I get emotional
thinking about it."
But there are drawbacks to being a
|l     rock   star.   Fame   swallows   privacy
whole.
"I'm at dinner with my wife and
my daughter, and all the kitchen
staff are standing in line to get an
autograph.   It's   frustrating..."
*       Alexakis explains. "Sometimes
l»     I'll have moments where I'll
""      say, look, I don't want to do
A    this right now. I'd really appre-
date some privacy.' And most
people are really cool with
that."
Everclear have, from the
start, written songs that tell honest stories, often stories of hurt
and despair. But they are not all
autobiographical.
"Most of [my songs] are from
somewhere in my life, where I've taken
different people, different incidents, and
created characters." In the song "So Much
for the After Glow" for example, Alexakis
names the object of his angst "Susan," after a
next-door neighbour who always claimed his
songs were written about her. "She's getting
a lot of mileage out of this song, Susan is."
But the lyrics of the title song contain
more than private j okes. They contain a comment on the cruelest trick the monster can
play. It grabs bands, lifts them into the
stratosphere, and then drops them to watery
oblivion. It is the toughest test of all: The
Sophomore Slump. It has stalled the career
of many a contender (Spin Doctors anyone?).
W
$P
Hence "So Much For the Afterglow."
While conscious of the fragility of image
and the cruelly of the media—the seventh
track on Afterglow is called "One-Hit
Wonder" and talks of selling one's soul to
make the monster dance—it's not something
that Alexakis is going to let get to him.
"You just don't pay too much attention to
it Like I say in the song, they can't hurt you
unless you let them. Either you put yourself
out there and give them grist for the mill, or
you do what you do, and people say what
they say, and you just kind of muddle
through it"
Helping them muddle are the real people,
of whom they are loathe to talk. There is one
exception: the person the album is dedicated
to, Brent Fusco.
"Brent was a superfan who started the
first Everclear web page," says Eklund. "He
didn't even have a computer at home, he
just did it at work. And it grew and grew
and grew...and what happened is he
inspired a lot of other kids to start doing
their own web pages, and he was very helpful. Even when I first started getting into
computers, I could e-mail him with the
dumbest questions, and he was always really cool about it. He died, well, it must have
been about a year ago, after estabhshing
this whole on-line communily of kids that
were all Everclear fans."
"He died at 27, of a stroke or heart failure," continues Alexakis. "I'd met him when
he came to a couple of our shows. He was
one of those people that, well, it was hard for
him to be sociable. He had a hard time with
people in person. Kind of a nerd, you know?
But on the computer, he just became this
huge, benevolent, warm-spirited human
being. And kids loved him, so much. He held
so many people in. When he died there was
a void left, that still hasn't been filled."
So perhaps what the monster can do to
Everclear is secondary. They know what
counts. And maybe, just maybe, Alexakis has
one over on the creature. He knows a secret.
Rock and roll is a monster, too.
"And rock always rears its ugly head, and
mutates into some other form. It never goes
away. A rock n' roll band, a GOOD rock n' roll
band, is an American staple," smiles
Alexakis.*}*
Etiquette is no longer a problem?
Storm Clouds Over Party Shoes:
Etiquette Problems for the Ill-Bred
Woman
Sheila Norgate
Press Gang
"Girls with brains are all right but
the brains mustn't be too evident."
Statements like this are common
in Sheila Norgate's new book Storm
Clouds Over Party Shoes: Etiquette
Problems for the Ill-Bred Woman,
and they serve as a backdrop to
exploring the roots of feniinism.
The meaning of this quote is different depending on the context in
which it is found.
Had it been found in one of the
etiquette books that were popular
before WWII, women of today would
look at the statement as a sexist and
degrading remark. In Norgate's
book the quote retains the same
meaning but put in a contemporary
context it reveals the rampant
misogyny and repression of women
during the forties and fifties, when
the "good girl" ideology was considered to be the appropriate etiquette
for women to strive for.
Storm Clouds is a collection of
magazine images, etiquette rules
ranging from the early 20's to the
late 60's, and mixed media works
MFA Graduate Exhibition
at Belkin Art Gallery
Oct. 31 - Nov. 9
collected by Norgate. The result is an
interesting and empowering journey. Norgate takes the reader on a
trip through time to uncover the brutal reality that fueled the "good girl"
ideology.
In the past women were taught
by propaganda, social doctrine, and
advertising to hang on every word
said by a man and to repress themselves. The goal was to create a
woman that was not really a woman,
but rather a doll molded to a man's
every need and desire.
Thanks to the womens movement, women have become liberated individuals with their own
thoughts, ideas, actions, reactions
and emotions.
Norgate's book, however, brings
to the surface the reality and legacy
ofthe so-called modern woman.
According to Norgate, the modern woman is still being molded into
the same old "good girl" ideology.
Only now, the etiquette rules are hidden in headlines that profess to be
helping women rather than exploiting them.
In many cases, modern women
don't realise that they are going back
to the ideology ofthe 30s. The difference is that now they are doing it of
their own free will.
"The Most Perfect Clothes," "10
Minutes to a Great Face" and "Slim
Down Fast" are just a few of the titles
that Norgate has plucked out of modern magazines aimed at the female
reader. From her point of view,
women are still being repressed and
many don't recognize the old ideology. While men are out taking charge
and action, women are still at home
woixying about a bad hairdo. This is
a problem that Norgate believes
women should address.
The message in Norgate's book
is for women to take back their
freedom and to realise when they
are being manipulated. Storm
Clouds achieves its message in a
sometimes comic, and other times
enraging manner that is incredibly
effective.
Storm Clouds is an easy to read
book with attitude and ideas that
should not be overlooked. It takes
the reader on a journey back to etiquette ruled the fives of many
women. Storm Clouds gives women
of today a reason to celebrate the
advances ofthe women's movement
and tells them not to take for granted the liberation that so many strug
gled for.»>
by Marina Antunes
by Holly Kim
I
Are you sick and tired of killing time between
your classes at the cafeteria or the library? Do you
feel that you need some art in your life? If so, I
strongly suggest you visit MFA Graduate
Exhibition at Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery. Six talented MFA students present their
creations in this on-going event from October 31
to November 9. From the moment I stepped into
the gallery I realised my time had not been wasted.
What impressed me the most was the lack of |" £
amateurism even though the artists are still students. The works were beautifully and skillfully
produced, with no trace of imperfection in the
final products.
Half of the gallery is devoted to the creations of
six MFA students: Jonathan Boer, Kevin Dubois,
Karin Geiger, Phyllis Greenwood, I-Chun Melody
Lin, and Gerald Penry.
Particularly worth mentioning is Jonathan Boer's
work. Boer presents two pieces, "Wim and Tine
196?" and "Indonesia 1939," which are done with
fabric and embroidery. Both works have a definite
antique feel to them and resemble some old photos that
you could find in your grandmother's photo album.
Every single one ofthe artists has done a good job in
showcasing the blooming talent in the Fine Arts
Department. The pieces chosen for the exhibition are
fresh, innovative and original. The subject matter of the
pieces was very diverse; it ranged from babies to teenage
girls to a home and the Fraser River. And the materials
11
• *. 1i1
i »j,
' IS 1 •
*# 9 * t
used were equally imaginative: everything from traditional oil on canvas, wood, and fabric and embroidery
was used.
The exhibit successfully avoids being overly ambitious; the pieces were socially conscious as well as innovative.
So take my advice. Just step out of the hectic life,
and enjoy your fellow students' works, and satisfy your
appetite for art. You will thank me. ♦
LIVE ON CAMPUS
r
LUCKY LADY
by John-Marc Dalpe
NOW PLAYING!
4 Nov - 8 Nov
19 Nov-22 Nov
BC TEL Studio Theatre 7:30 PM
A MIDSUMMER
NIGHT'S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
NOW PLAYING!
T 5-22 Nov, 1997
Frederic Wood Theatre 7:30 PM
AUNT DAN AND LEMON
by Wallace Shawn
12 Nov- 15 Nov
BC TEL Studio Theatre 7:30 PM
r
Box Office 822 2678
START YOUR OWN
BUSINESS AND BE
YOUR OWN BOSS.
Learn how with:
YOUTH BUSINESS &
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
TRAINING
YOUTH
CO-OPERATIVE
DEVELOPMENT
YOUTH
MENTORSHIP
You BET! shows young people
18-24 what it takes to be an
entrepreneur. Discover the
tools of business. Develop
ideas. Build a business plan.
The next "Introduction to
Business" workshop near you
will be held:
Coquitlam
Nov. 6
Abbotsford
Nov. 13
Vancouver
Nov. 15
Richmond
Nov. 19
Surrey
Nov. 22
North Vancouver
Nov. 26
timited space
available
1-800-672-0103
Investing In our
FUTURE
tife
a guarantee for
>JK^
youth
.British
Columbia
WEST 10TH OPTOMETRY CLINIC
Dr. Patricia Rupnow, Optometrist
Dr. Stephanie Brooks, Optometrist
4320 W.1 Oth Ave.
Vancouver, BC
(604) 224 2322
General Eye
and Vision Care
FIND US on the 2nd floor
;_. ^^— Behind CIBC Bank
===      224-*i(a52<aZ5 University Village
t- •"'•■^    W**"*-.**fc"j* 2174 W. Parkway
' Vancouver, BC
£ (f^ 1st page
in file
We accept: ZIP, SyQuest EZ135, A SyQuest 44, SB. 200 Cartridges
Mon to Fri 8am-9pm • Sat to Sun 10am-6pm THE UBYSSf*Y • FftttMtf. **OVEMBER 7. 1997
llUr^affiM
November 7, 1997 • volume 79 issue 18
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
News
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Culture
Richelle Rae
Sports
Wolf Depner
National/Features
Jamie Woods
Photo
Richard Lam
Production
Federico Barahona
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of British Columbia. It
is published every Tuesday and Friday by
The Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically
run student organisation, and all students
are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The
Ubyssey is the property of The Ubyssey
Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein
cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone
number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year
and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off
at the editorial office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300
words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by
Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given
to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time senstitive. Opinion
pieces will not be run until the identity of the
writer has been verified.
AMS imprisoned by the fence on which they sit
It's been a few years since student unions made
their prime mandate the job of protecting student
interests. Student unions, after all, are here for us.
Perhaps the AMS has forgotten that
In most places in the world, student leaders
have spent years protesting fighting and agitating
for change. They've rallied themselves and the people they represent to battle injustice and to make
education accessible. In most parts ofthe world student unions lead the protests. They often urge people to break the law in hopes of forcing change.
In South Korea students have fought with firebombs and riot tactics to break political corruption
In France, they've taken to the streets in the thousands to fight fiscal restraint And in China, hundreds of them were murdered for fighting for
reform and democracy. Who knows how many
more are in prisons around the world for the same
reasons.
And at UBC? Rather than leading the charge,
the AMS has chosen to duck it Last Wednesday,
the council implicitly turned its back on three
students who were unjustly arrested and jailed
for writing anti-APEC graffiti on the windows of
the university president's house—in erasable
marker.
The council chose a middle ground, somewhere
between Puritanical stupidity and bureaucratic donothingness.
The AMS executive brought a motion to coun-
cil—seemingly in response to the arrests last week—
that council oppose jailing students who engage in
peaceful, non-violent civil disobedience.
Students speaking in support of the motion
mentioned that some ofthe most important acts in
history have been peaceful, non-violent acts of civil
disobedience.
The argument wasn't good enough for others
however, who thought it a good idea to oppose nonviolent peaceful acts of protest
"I have trouble supporting people who
break the law," said Jason Murray, president of
the Arts Undergraduate Society. He and other
councilors suggested changing the wording of
the motion from civil disobedience to protest.
But it's hard to get arrested for civilly obedient
acts of protest—so the motion would have lost all
sense and bite.
Those in favour of the motion recognised this
distinction and shot it down But in the end council
voted to do nothing, and sent the motion back for
'clarification'
The upshot of it all is that your student society (union is too politically charged a title for this
bunch) has done nothing to defend the rights of
its members.
In refusing to cbxirify their position however,
they made a clear statement That if you morally
oppose something, then don't follow the examples
of Mahatma Gandhi Nelson Mandela or Aung San
Suu Kyi; instead you should limit yourself to carrying a placard.
Two weeks from now when they revisit the
motion, APEC will be in full swing. There will
have been more protests, possibly more
arrests. Students fighting for human rights
could temporarily lose theirs as they languish
in prison.
Hopefully prison will only strengthen their
resolve, because there isn't much moral support
coming from the body that's supposed to stand up
for them.
Let's face it, even if the AMS doesn't have
the consensus (or backbone) to outright oppose
APEC, they should have the political conscience
and historical knowledge to realise their duty.
Their duty is to defend human rights, the rights
of their constituents.**
Editorial Office
Room 241K, Student Union Building,
6138 Student Union Boulevard,
Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z1 j
tel: (604) 822-2301 fax:822-9279 i
I
Business Office \
Room 245, Student Union Building |
advertising: (604) 822-1654 |
business office: (604) 822-6681 I
fax: (604) 822-1658 I
Business Manager
Fernie'Pereira
Ad Sales
Scott Perry
Ad Design
Afshin Mehin
The staff of the r^sey changed over lhe years, gradually becoming
more andmore "mainstream* and 'conservative" until oneday they all
found themselves sitting in lhe Fraser Institute. Grossly overweight and
chomping on a cigar-the non-Cubsn brand of course-Chris Nuttall-
Smith met Michael McGowan with a broad smile and a sturdy handshake. Just then Dougias Quail, CEO of the now world renowned Band
Corporation entered the room. HBads turned to see the mighty Quan
enter the room with Dale Lum. Bruce Arthur and Marina Anlunes all
dropping their editions of Ihe Campos Times, which was now a pro-
poganda conservative too. of the far right. Holly Kim, who had outlived
her last five husbands [most of whom were so rich tbe city embalmed
them upon death), began lo apply her lipstick hoping lo land the biggest
Bsh in the pond Vince Yim, soverign emporer of the newty formed propaganda sovereign emperor British Property Republic was so shocked
to see his arch nemesis, as Quan was sovereign emperor of the rest of
Canada, that he neatly choked on his caviar. Other than lhal the cock-
tail parry was going spVendidly wilh Bryce Edwards, Richelle Rae and
Sarah Galashan all oomparing the size o£ their moneybags. Galashan
won. Jamie Woods was telling Richard Lam how he made his muljons
burning down rainforests when Joe Clark, the former Canadian Prime
Minister, imposed himself on the conversation. Wolf Depner, network
TV magnate, was a"aydreaming about the Beavis and Buohead reunion
he was producing when international arms dealer Todd Silver, bran-
dishing a nuclear powered uzi (his biggest seller} joined the festivities.
This made Quan nervous, as Silver had killed him in every previous
masthead; so nervous lhal he sent his hired thug, Federioo Barahona
over to set the arms dealer straight. The party was ruined IhoughTrhen
the communist revolutionary John Zaozirny barged in, ready to bring
in a new world order.
SI
C&nadian
University
Rtess
Canada Post Publications Sales Agreement Number 0732141
Editorial
undennines
protesters integrity
Your latest editorial ("The Circus
Comes to Campus" Nov. 4, '97)
was a contradictory and disappointing change from your previous editorial ("An open letter to
UBC students" Oct 28 '97) which
took a bold stand against APEC.
Instead of maintaining your criticism of APEC and condemning the
university and RCMP for arresting
peaceful protesters, you now aim
to "sit tight" and watch "the game."
It is true that some of APEC Alert
also sponsors public forums,
debates, films and numerous
information tables in addition to
their civil disobedience work.
To imply that Caleb Sigeirson,
Jono Oppenheim and Victoria
Scott were arrested simply to capture a moment on camera belittles
their efforts, their integrity and the
issues of democracy and corporatisation that aAPEC and APEC
Alert raises.
PS—The editorial also states
that only lhe Ubyssey was there to
record the arrests. Actually, Sing
Tao and CiTR were present
Namiko Kunimoto
4th Year aAnihropology
and Fine Arts
Sororities more
than just
humanitarian
Ever fascinated with the opinions of
other students, I was; however, annoyed
with the misrepresentation of sororities
portrayedinlastweek's"Sister's doin it
for Themselves.* Being a nonmember,
perhaps I can offer an outsider's perspective on the 'negative images' sorority women seem to present I have no
personal agenda in these remarks; one
of my closest friends is an active member in a sorority, but I would truly appreciate, for once, honesty concerning this
subject
First I would like the women of
sororities to confess to the fundamental
principles of sorority life; those being, to
gain an instant group of friends, meet
men, and party profusely. None of these
activities is objectionable, and we are all
entitled to our own lifestyles, but it
seems sororities (and less so, fraternities) omit these cherished pastimes
when extolling the virtues of their
famed sisterhood and humanitarian
compassion Admitting to these basic
goals would not only free up members
to be themselves, but it would save the
Panhellenic community the trouble of
electing public relations official to do
damage control against the 'negative
images' so often in people's minds.
Conjuring up such images is not dif
ficult having heard many less-than-
pleasant anecdotes concerning sorority
functions, as well as the personal tales of
woe of several members. Many people,
including myself have no difficulty
accepting a parfyoriented lifestyle in
others. What I take exception to, though,
is tie glossing over of such events as
'official functions' and 'charity benefits.'
While it is true sororities and fraternities
contribute to local and international
(iarities, the predominant agenda of
social interaction seems always to prevail over pMlanthropic good intention
Another concern Ms. Pole failed to
address is the prohibitive nature ofthe
fees involved in joining a sorority.
Mded to the pressure of being specially
selected as sorority 'material' sororities
barely bide that they are inherently elitist in nature, and open ority to the privi
In closing, I would like to reiterate
ihatl do not bear sororitymernbers any
ill wil But in an age when truth and
identity are of tantamount importance,
sororities should finally reveal what they
are; a group of women friends devoted
to having fun
Jennil%r Cant
Anti-corporatisation
grafitti questioned
This last Saturday morning I came
to Koerner Library with the idea of
spending the day conjugating my
Latin verbs and staring out of the
window. When I reached the front
door of the library, however, I
became acquainted with the latest
example of vandalism that this campus has to offer. It was a quick slogan reading: "W.C. Koerporate
Library." This, I understand, was
painted on the pavement the day
before by a group concerned about
rommeraalism on campus in general and Toca£olanization" in particular.
Almost as soon as I arrived, a
UBC utility truck pulled up and two
guys wearing masks and carrying a
power-spraying device staunchly
hustled people to a safe distance. .As
they sprayed the site clean, I could
not help but to liken them in my
mind to the stylized firemen in
Tmfiaut's "Farenheit 451", who,
with flame throwers in hand, rush
to where books are suspected to be
at large and erase their existence.
I quickly came to my senses and
realized that there is an important
distinction to be made here. There
is a big difference between burning
books and removing graffiti. It is the
same difference between writing
books and "tagging" a message. I
must admit that I have become concerned with vandalism as a trend
on campus. The APEC Alert people
know what I am talking about
The pointis thatwhere literature
and open discussion can promote
an understanding of comprehen-
con't on page 7 THE UBYSSEY « FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1997 7
con't from page 6
sive ideas, graffiti can only succeed in
promoting a superficial attachment
to a slogan, ie:"APEC FUCK OFF." This
is an ineffective strategy. Those who
believe that fighting fire with fire, or
rommercials with rommercials in
this case, are mistaken By using this
strategy, you will not defeat your enemies, rather you will become one of
them. One of those who, by using
catch phrases and "wordbites" as a
means of dissent will promote a lack
of true understanding of the challenge that "the corporation" and its
feudal tendencies pose against our
university and our society.
Stephen Bobroff
Remembrance
day and APEC Wed
We students get a day off on
November 11, ostensibly for the
purpose of honouring the spirit of
Canadians and others who faced
war, hunger, fear and other suffering too deep to articulate, in the
interests of defeating the disease of
fascism in Europe and elsewhere.
It has taken us decades longer—
and the process is not complete—to
expand out ethical considerations
to various groups, here and elsewhere, whom we traditionally dismissed as "not us-not out problem."
The sight of a now frail 80 year
old veteran of that war, selling plastic poppies to help people think of
their courage, and to appreciate
the concept that to preserve freedom, society must be "eternally
vigilant" is also an image of how
frail that concept has grown.
The Goddess of Democracy was
placed at UBC as a symbol of soli
darity with our counterparts in
places in the world where to speak
your honest opinion is to incur
imprisonment, torture, death.
How meaningful can this be, when
Canadians respond with suffocating apathy as our public money is
usurped to feed already gloated
private interests by our representatives, who welcome Hitler's modern counterparts into Vancouver
this month. The APEC alliances
will further disempower the populace of their regimes, as nations
who identify our regimes as
"defenders of freedom" legitimise
their crimes with handshakes and
signatures.
The "leaders" being welcomed
into our city and university have
ordered hundreds of thousands,
perhaps millions, of people trying
to established for themselves what
we have come to take for granted.
No economic benefits argument
can reverse these facts. Have we
become so complacent so smug,
as so self-serving that we no longer
expect our representatives to
refrain from dealing with fascist?
Growing up in the Canadian
army, we were aware as children
that at any time, our dads could be
permanently taken from us in the
interests of national defence. The
only solace was the idea that our
system was worth defending. This
month, our army is being
employed to carry the luggage and
protect the personal security of the
same land of military dictators that
thousands of soldiers (and others)
died trying to defeat in the 40's. It
sickens me now to see what politicians at every level, and their business partners, have seen fit to
defend.
Colleen Burke
3rd Year Law
PoHkal prisoners
at UBC?
It's nice to think about but it just simply is not reality on this campus.
If you thought that political prisoners were unique to Indonesia and
China, think again. In the spirit of
APEC, Martha Piper has descended
to the lowest common denominator
of the APEC "economies" and enacted a policy of intimidation Let's face
it, thirteen year olds smashing
pumpkins on Friday night were committing more violent crimes than the
three UBC students who wrote APEC
protest messages with washable
markers on the Atrium windows.
The message from Piper is clear: if
you oppose the view of the UBC
arirninistration, you stnad a good
chance of being arrested.
With this in mind, I invite Martha
Piper to arrest me as Well. I also
oppose APEC and have voiced my
opposition frequently. She should
make a thorough job of it and arrest
the thousands students, faculty, and
staff that actively oppose APEC. She
should also arrest the Graduate
Student Society, the Ubyssey, and the
various unions and organizations
that oppose APEC as well. Why wait
for pathetic excuses?
You may have heard it men
tioned that APEC seeks to elevate
member nations to heightened standards of working conditions and
democracy; however, if you care to
consider the driving forces of international business it is evident that
the opposite is true. Open market
competition will only promote the
lowering of labour standards and of
social security as countries try to lure
international investors with cheaper
working environments. This also
means the reduction of socialised
medicine and other social services
that governments such as Canada
have traditionally helped pay for by
taxing corporations. It means the dismantling of environmental regulations that companies find inhibiting.
Canadians have already experienced
some of these effects from NAFTA
including a threatened medical system and increasing job insecurity.
APEC is just like NAFTA only on a
much larger scale and the MAI is
larger yet
Martha Piper's decision to press
charges against the non-violent protesters is perhaps another manifestation of the "benefits" of the undemocratic APEC process. She has swiftly
picked up this technique for removing dissidents that is used with such
enthusiasm in other APEC nations (I
need not mention which). Moreover,
when the lawyer of those arrested
tried to contact the UBC administra-
tion to negotiate, the adniinistration
became mysteriously absent for
three hours (I'm sorry, they're not in
just now. Can I take a message?").
They did not return the calls. In legal
terms this is called governance by
disappearance. It is an underhanded
way for our university administration to ignore its responsibilities.
It would be interesting to speculate what would happen if we applied
to Martha Piper's sense of justice to
herself. If writing with water soluble
chalk pens on the Norman McKenzie
house warrants four nights in jail for
UBC students, then what would welcoming recognized student murders
to lunch at a university warrant? It
would appear that Martha Piper herself is looking at a few years in prison
at least Jean Chretien would be
behind bars for life.
Patrick Williston
Botany Graduate Student
Marxist leader
remembered
Saturday November 8 th, a
Memorial Meeting will take place
in Vancouver for Hardial Bains, the
National Leader of the Communist
Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
who died three months ago.
Hardial Bains did his graduate
work at UBC in the 1960's and was
active in founding the
Internationalists at UBC in 1963.
He maintained his contact with
university life through speaking at
meetings organized by the
Marxists-Leninist Study Groups at
various university campuses.
Over the past three months I
have spoken with many people
who knew Hardial Bains personally or through his writings. Many
have expressed their sense of loss,
have shared reminiscences and
have recalled the way in which
Hardial Bains worked to develop
action with analysis, collective spirit and individual responsibility.
Hardial Bains was the leader of
CPC (M-L) since its founding in
1970. CPC (M-L) participates in the
federal elections as the Mantist-
lasninist Parry of Canada with a
programme for democratic renewal of the political process and to
stop paying the rich-increase
investments in social programmes.
The Memorial Meeting, organized by the local branch of his
party, will be held at 2:00pm at the
Iron Worker's Hall, 2415
Columbia Street Vancouver BC.
For further information or to send
messages of condolences tel 254-
1040 or fax 254-1086.
Dorothy Jean O'Donnell
UBC FilmSoc
i». 24 hrs. 8*2-3697
Nov 7-9, Norm Theatre, SUB
Money Talks
Event Horizon
The University of British Columbia
THE J.V. CLYNE LECTURES
HARRY ARTHURS
University Professor of Law and Political Science, York University
Canadian Legal Education in the New Economy
Friday, November 14 at 12:30pm
Seminar in Moot Court Room 176,
Curtis Building, Faculty of Law
Globalization and its Discontents
The Vancouver Institute Lecture
Saturday, November 15 at 8:15 pm
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, Hall 2
d-RLLITl hBSS & -bHH-R
THE UBYSSEY8CITR  PRESENTS
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7
\5yirjRI1-l1IDNIGHT
JSUB PARTY ROOM
hh\\
s//\
Tonight!
<i\
5 T****g9P!"r
»■■ ^iW^^i^m^
tw-KMPMttlll- $   :
dj sryy bDLLncws/dJ nnah/dj steBLfcti 3
THE UBYSSEY •TUESDAY. NOVEMBER 7, 1997
Civil liberties group opposes jailing protesters
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Last week's imprisonment of three anti-
APEC protesters, two of them UBC students,
was "draconian" and will stifle peaceful
protest at UBC, says the president of the BC
Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), Kay
Stockholder.
"The university action sends the mes
sage that the university may take a very
heavy-handed approach to protest in general," said Stockholder.
"That may not be the kind of message
they want to send but that is the message
that gets sent with this kind of story in the
public media.
"To give a student a criminal record for
political protest on a real and serious issue,
it's out of order, I mean it's the wrong attitude of the university toward their students," she added.
Three protesters were charged with
criminal mischief and detained after writing anti-APEC slogans on an atrium at the
residence of the UBC president, Martha
Piper. The slogans were written in washable marker.
They were released after signing peace
bonds that promised they won't protest at
Piper's house. But two of them stewed in
jail for a few nights before agreeing to sign
the bond.
Stockholder also said she doubts the
arrests and jailing came without prior
approval from UBC. "It seems unlikely that
the RCMP would respond as they did if UBC
didn't want them to."
Dennis Pavlich, vice-president of academic and legal affairs, insisted the arrests
were warranted.
"You come to my house, I'm not the president. I live off campus, and I have a family,
I have children and people come and start
writing on the walls and what have you,"
Pavlich said. "It seems to me that surely I
am acting reasonably and sensibly if I have
some qualms about that kind of behaviour."
And he reacted angrily to Stockholder's
comments. "It's very nice to pass it off as a
Halloween prank but perhaps Kay
Stockholder doesn't know that the
President and her family live in that house."
According to Pavlich, the RCMP consult
ed with the him on what to do with the stu-
LOOKMA, no hands for peaceful protest; Victoria Scott arrested on Halooween. richard lam photo
dents, and their first suggestion was to
make UBC campus off limits to the trio. But
Pavlich said he didn't support the idea.
Stockholder said the BCCLA board hasn't
met yet to formalise a position on last
week's events, but would definitely oppose
jailing the students. She suggested UBC
administrators could have handled the
protest by talking with the students.
Many human rights advocates challenge
UBC's role in welcoming 18 leaders to an
APEC lunch and meeting to be held at Piper's
residence and the Museum of Anthropology
November 25. Several ofthe leaders, including Chinese President Jiang Zemin and
Indonesia's President Suharto are reputed
for widespread human rights abuses.
Pavlich said UBC doesn't want to scare
students from legal protests on campus,
which he said are important. He didn't
think the students who were arrested will
face university discipline.♦
AMS wants in on UBC corporate deals
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
AMS executives and staff say they're tired of hearing
through the grapevine about deals the university is negotiating or after they're signed. They're hoping a council decision Wednesday will show UBC they mean business.
Council approved a motion to call on the university to
include them in negotiations with outside organisations and
businesses that could affect students at UBC or the AMS.
"We're not asking for absolutely everything to come
to us, what this says is we have been asking forever for consultation on issues," said Shirin Foroutan, the AMS coordinator of external affairs. "In practicality what happens now
is they come to us after they've made the decision, we're
not being given the chance in most respects to comment."
But Byron Hender, the executive coordinator for UBC
student and academic services vice president Maria Klawe,
said that while it's important for the university to let the
AMS in on what it's doing, timing is important.
"I think it's a reasonable request, but the question is at
what point is it practical or appropriate to involve other parties in what is a contractual arrangement between the university and somebody else even though it will involve students," Hender told the Ubyssey.
Hender said it is difficult for him to determine in exact
ly what aspects of business negotiations student input
would be appropriate.
Foroutan, however used UBC's plans for a banking
monopoly deal as something the AMS would have liked to
have had involvement in.
Tlie UBC business relations department solicited and
approved a proposal that will give the Royal Bank and Honk
Kong Bank of Canada the exclusive right to provide banking
services on campus. That decision will also likely affect the
Bank of Montreal branch in SUB, which leases part of its
space from the student union.
But behind the scenes, AMS staff have been scrambling
to determine exactly where they stand with the lease. And
they've repeatedly complained that UBC is playing coy with
the details ofthe deal.
Foroutan said she would send the motion to university
administrators this week. But she wasn't ready to bet that
the university will make an about-face to support the policy.
"I think there will be several members of the administration
who will really appreciate this motion, but others won't»
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Forum
Business-
Education
Partnerships
Should universities partner with
the private sector to generate
new funds for the institution?
Monday, Nov. 17,1997
•10:30-11:30am
International House,
Upper Lounge, 1783 West Mall
Speakers:
President Martha Piper
Board of Governors Chair Shirley Chan
Faculty Association President Robert Blake
Graduate Student Society representative Philipp Ziegler
Alma Mater Society President Ryan Davies
Speakers to be followed by Question & Answer session.
For more information see UBC Reports Oct. 30 issue, page 1, or call
822-2064.
Distinctly  OzZie Things tO  DO  in  Queensland    Pumping adrenaline on a bungy jump • Snorkeling and diving
*
RETURN AIRFARE
from Vancouver    Brisbane   Si,350
I starting at
Cairns
Melbourne
Tasmania
Darwin
Sydney
BuspaSS from
Si,350
$1,350
Call*
$1,425*
$999
$95
Airpasses from     $430
Low season. Dates vary.
Taxes not included.
* Stopover available.
JH   The Great Barrier Reet and Beyond ...
\     —Ik     Queensland is a backpacker's dream. Bush-
*L-—   ^^vCc^^    walking in tropical rainforests, surfing in
^    Surfers Paradise, bungy jumping,
the outback wilderness and diving at the Great
Barrier Reef are just a few of the attractions &r*.i-r 8ir<;».r R*-*.f & B*-y*J
you'll find in Queensland. Cjt-ttni/iha.     fl\v*-rrj/t~J
Travel CUTS can get you to the Great Barrier Reef and Beyond. Our Ozzie
Bundles Packages combine airfare and buspasses at great rates. Return airfare
from Vancouver to Sydney, and return from Cairns plus an Oz Experience buspass
from Sydney to Cairns. Call or visit your nearest office for details.
Ask at Travel CUTS for the "Australia Bulletin" and a free copy of
_   .   .   , "Australia Unplugged" - they're full of Australia travel info.
Exclusively at
TRAVEL CUTS
567 SEYMOUR ST., BCIT 681-9136 203-5728 UNIVERSITY BLVD., UBC 221-6221
1516 DURANLEAU ST. 687-6033 STUDENTS UNION BLDG., UBC   822-6890
555 W 8TH AVE. SUITE 101 874-7498
MAGGIE BENSTON, STUDENT SERVICES BLDG., SFU 291-1204
www.aussie.net.au www.qttc.com.au www.travelcuts.com
ijpBJed S-.9j.jns •■■ ,e 6u(pns • .seoo p|0fj ai|, uo (6u!A,jt?d) 6u|6ey . sisaao^uiea |E3idoj, aq, u,6noJu,f 6ui*|t?Mu,sng . sXej i
•PH
ieetiuesday:
everyone welcom.

Cite

Citation Scheme:

        

Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics

Share

Embed

Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                        
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            src="{[{embed.src}]}"
                            data-item="{[{embed.item}]}"
                            data-collection="{[{embed.collection}]}"
                            data-metadata="{[{embed.showMetadata}]}"
                            data-width="{[{embed.width}]}"
                            async >
                            </script>
                            </div>
                        
                    
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:
http://iiif.library.ubc.ca/presentation/cdm.ubysseynews.1-0126289/manifest

Comment

Related Items