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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 41
TUESDAY. MARCH 16, 1999
Football coach offers to resign
by Douglas Quan
UBC football head coach Dave Johnson
has offered alerter of resignation to the athletics department over his involvement in an
early-morning fight with two of his assistant
coaches last week
Johnson, 33, claimed responsibility immediately after the altercation at UBC Campus
Pizza last Thursday, which occurred at 1 am
and left assistant coach Noel Thorpe with two
broken ribs, a broken nose and two black eyes.
Stu Masi, acting offensive line coach, also
received minor injuries.
Employees at UBC Campus Pizza refused
to comment about the incident or to explain
why the coaches were still in the restaurant
when it normally closes at 11 pm.
Athletics director Bob Philip subsequently
suspended Johnson indefinitely with pay, preventing Johnson from participating in the rest
of training camp which ended this weekend.
But yesterday,   Philip  confirmed  that
Johnson had also submitted a letter of resigna
tion last week While the athletics department
has not officially responded to the letter, Philip
said, "My guess right now is that the leaning
would be towards accepting it" He said an
announcement about Johnson's future should
come this week
Johnson, who recently signed a three year
contract with UBC, did not return the
Ubyssey's calls on Monday. Philip said Johnson
was out of town.
Meanwhile, campus RCMP staff sergeant
Lloyd Plante confirmed yesterday that a criminal investigation is underway. He said he
expected the RCMP to make a recommendation to Crown Counsel on whether to lay
charges within a week
Thorpe, whose contract reportedly expires
in a month, declined to discuss any details
about the incident, other than to say "there
was no fight"
He added: "My loyalties lie [with] the athletics department as well as to the players on
the field. I want to do as much for them, I want
to be there for them.
"I'm not at liberty to say anything. I wish I
can I help you, but I can't. I want to try and
keep things intact for the players, try to keep
things moving."
Masi, the other injured coach, did not
return the Ubyssey's calls.
Meanwhile, athletics officials and team
members admitted that a change in coaching staff could hamper ongoing recruitment efforts.
"We're much better off not having this
happen. It's certainly not the time of the
year that we'd choose to make a coaching
change," said Philip.
"Hopefully, most people will look at UBC
and say, 'Over the years it's been a solid program...they'll deal with it, my son's still
going to go there.'"
Quarterback Shawn Olson agreed with
Philip. He said while uncertainty sunounding
the coaching staff will make it "difficult" for
some recruits to make up their minds, current
team members will be calling recruits over the
next few weeks to tell them, "it will still be very
much the same team, with some good veteran
leadership." Olson added that he regretted losing Johnson as a coach.
"Under coach Johnson we were definitely
headed in the right direction."
Assistant coach Jordan Gagner said he
anticipated having 20 to 30 new players—
mostly coming straight from high school—at
the team's August training camp. He added
that the head coaching position is a "coveted
job" which shouldn't be difficult to fill.
Johnson was hired as UBC football's defensive coordinator prior to the 1997 Vanier Cup
season. When then-head coach Casey Smith
was diagnosed with liver cancer in June of last
year, he chose Johnson to take the reins as
interim head coach for the 1998 season.
"It just seems like football's been snake-
bitten since they won the Vanier Cup," said
Philip.**
Students challenge
federal bankruptcy
legislation
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—A recent university graduate and a national student lobby group will ask the courts to strike down
recent changes to the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
on the grounds that they discriminate against college and
university students.
Annick Chenier and the Canadian Federation of Students
argue that the changes, introduced last year, violate the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms by preventing graduates
from discharging their student loans in the event of personal bankruptcy until 10 years after leaving school.
In contrast, someone with a commercial loan can be discharged of their bankruptcy after only-nine months.
Chenier, who graduated with a master's degree in pastoral
counselling in 1997 from St. Paul's University, is saddled with
$52,000 in debt incurred over nine years of study. She says
her high loan repayment rate of $631 a month, or roughly 34
per cent of her monthly income, prompted her to declare
bankruptcy.
"The federal government is forcing me into a state of
poverty for the next 10 years," Chenier, 29, said at a news
conference last week.
In nine months, Chenier will ask bankruptcy court to discharge her of her bankruptcy and student debt, said Todd
Burke, the lawyer representing Chenier and the CFS.
Burke argued that the changes to the Act have created an
artificial distinction between student and commercial debt.
"This section of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on its
face discriminates-against students as a class of individuals,"
said Burke. "[We] will argue that there is no reasonable justification for such Discrimination, and that student debt should
be treated in the same manner as any other form of debt."
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Best and worst
in civil liberties
by Nicholas Bradley
The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has
released its first annual list of the province's best and
worse defenders of civil liberties, with issues surrounding UBC and APEC mentioned several times.
UBC made the 1998 list in both categories. The
BCCLA applauded the
university for apologising jL_
to the department of
political science for the
way UBC handled allegations of sexism and
racism in the mid 1990s.
In 1995, the McEwen
Report concluded that
there was a basis for the
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despite a ruling by the BC
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ban was unjustified.
admissions to the
department. This ban
was subsequently lifted
after the department
made internal changes.
But UBC came under
attack from the BCCLA
for its decision to allow
only female candidates
to apply for an assistant professorship in the department of physics and astronomy. Physics department
head Tom Tiedje posted an advertisement for the
tenure-track position in 1998 which invited applications from women only.
Tiedje told the Ubyssey in January that there is an
"embarassing shortage" of female faculty in his
department—only two out of 46 physics faculty are
women. Tiedje also noted that half of the position's
funding was coming from a grant from the national
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council,
under a program designed to draw more women into
the sciences.
Despite complaints from the BCCLA, UBC maintained that Tiedje's ad was consistent with the university's hiring policies. Although women occupy 51 per
cent of the workforce at UBC, only 23 per cent of fac
ulty positions are held by women.
The BCCLA list of offenders placed UBC among
such other notables as the Surrey school board, which
upheld a classroom ban on books involving children
of same-sex couples, despite a ruling by the BC
Supreme Court that the ban was unjustified.
However, the BC College of Teachers was also listed in
the worst-defenders category for its refusal to certify the teacher-training
program at Trinity
Western University in
Langley, on the ground
that the university's code
of conduct regards homosexual acts as sinful.
The list also named
the Prime Minister's
Office (PMO), for filing
complaints with the CBC
over the national broadcaster's reports that the
PMO interfered in RCMP
security operations during the 1997 APEC conference.
And Andy Scott was
singled out for his
involvement in APEC.
Canada's former solicitor general denied legal funding to complainants, including UBC students,
appearing before the RCMP Public Complaints
Commission. Scott eventually resigned, and his
replacement, Lawrence MacAulay, agreed in February
to fund the APEC protesters. Inquiry chair Ted
Hughes wrote to MacAulay stating that the process
would be fair only if the government awarded funding
to the complainants.
APEC also appeared on the best-of list. CBC
reporter Terry Milewski was cited for his coverage of
the inquiry. The BCCLA also named the The Globe
and Mail, National Post, The Vancouver Sun, CKNW
broadcaster Rafe Mair, and Tara Singh Hayer, the
assassinated editor of the Vancouver-based Indo-
Canadian Times, for their defence of free speech in
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MAI tops censored list
by Nicholas Bradley
Increasing corporate control and environmental disasters are among the most under-reported issues of the
year, according to a leading media analysis organisation. Project Censored, based at Sonata State University
in California, has released its list of the 10 most censored stories of 1998, with the Multilateral Agreement
on Investment (MAI) topping the list
MAI negotiations began in 1995 between the US
and 28 other countries. The agreement, if adopted,
would establish a series of protections on foreign
investment The MAI would be more wide-ranging
than similar agreements such as NAFTA or GATE The
proposed accord, however, has been criticised as
threatening national sovereignty by giving corporations as much power as countries. The lack of environmental and human rights protection in the agreement
has also been widely attacked.
Project Censored states that the MAI "will force
countries to relax or nullify human, environmental and
"bankruptcy" from I
Burke said he plans to argue that treating student
debt and commercial debt differently violates the
equality provisions in the Charter.
Elizabeth Carlyle, CFS national chairperson, said
the case should be seen as an attempt to tackle the
problem of student debt.
labor protection to attract investment and trade.
Necessary measures such as food subsidies, control of
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Other items on the Project Censored list include
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dental fillings.
The final stories on the Project Censored lists were
judged by a panel of 24 US writers, academics, journalists, and political analysts. Program director Peter
Phillips said that he hopes the stories on the list will be
shared by a network of alternative media sources.*
"The question is not: how can wo make loan
repayment easier?" said Carlyle. "The question
should be: how can we make loan repayment avoidable? And how can we make a .system so people do
not have to incur huge debt loads?"
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University is a place where there is a lot of talking but
little interaction with the world outside. John Ralston Saul
says it's time universities got used to the idea of open
public discourse
THE THINKER: John Ralston Saul at UBC earlier this year, tara westover photo
by Jeremy Nelson
Prairies Bureau Chief
WINNIPEG (CUP)—It speaks to lohn Ralston Saul's talent as
an author and speaker that almost everyone has a hard time
finding an appropriate label for him.
More prolific than most writers, more open-minded than
most academics and more effective than most activists, Saul
has been called everything from a public intellectual to a
great political thinker.
But after spending a couple of hours in discussion with
him, as 20 University of Manitoba students did last month,
you get the sense he'd probably prefer to skip the accolades
and simply be labeled something less dramatic—namely, a
good citizen.
As he fielded questions from students during a recent
visit to the U of M, the author of the best-selling books
Voltaire's Bastards and the Unconscious Civilization tore into
modern academia and the problems with post-secondary
education, and urged students to foster debate on campus.
"The university is where there is
the time and opportunity to think
about ideas," Saul told his audience.
"This is where the elite is—I don't
know if you think about yourself as
that, but you are the elite. You have
obligations and one of them is to
make sure that your knowledge is
used to provoke debate, not close it
down, because if it doesn't happen
here, then it's not going to happen in
government or businesses."
Saul, who completed his PhD at
King's College in London, Ontario,
said that even 30 years ago universities were becoming more inward-
looking and elitist. He also criticised
universities for isolating different
fields of study and concentrating on
methodology instead of content.
Saul has published a dozen books
and done hundreds of speaking
engagements around the globe, and
spoken in front of more than 27,000
Canadians in the last year alone.
"I'm attempting to revive a 2,500-
year-old tradition tied to democracy,
philosophy and the individual," he
said. "That tradition says that books
are fine, text is fine, 4>ut public
debate—citizens coming together—is
where in the end most of the decisions
are made."
Saul has tackled a diverse lot of
ideas in his public discourse over the
last two decades, but has generally
focused on democracy and been critical of anything which limits citizens' right to influence the
direction their society will take.
Universities have played a key role in shutting down
debate by continually telling citizens that everything from
unemployment to globalisation is inevitable, Saul said.
When members of the elite tell society that everything is
inevitable, citizens believe they have no role to play and so
cut themselves off from politics and debate.
"We have a real problem inside the universities and the
intellectual community, and that problem is contributing
to—very seriously to—the despair in the citizenry," he said.
"In other words, one of the real obligations of people like
you and me is to be feeding the debate, not killing it. When
you're looking at why there is disaffection between citizens
and politicians, begin with the fact that there is disaffection
between citizens and their universities."
He says universities have shut down debate in a number
of ways, including the compartmentalisation of education.
Instead of allowing academic disciplines to learn from
one another and contribute to a wider understanding, they
have staked out their territory and thrown up walls in the
form of language and methods that are completely impenetrable to the outsider. The message this sends, he says, is
that you cannot participate in the debate unless you are an
expert—and even then, you're only allowed to debate issues
within your area of specialty.
"We're clearly not following the humanist approach,
which is a sort of integral view of human intelligence
putting together things. Our education system is based on
the taking apart of things and the isolating of smaller and
smaller elements of knowledge."
lust as damaging, Saul added, is how management and
social science fields have made false idols out of efficiency
and management.
"What is the proper way to proceed when you are faced
with a problem?" he asked rhetorically.
"First we identify reality—even dogs can do that. Then
we have a debate...after a debate it's not difficult to make a
decision because we've got five or six things in front of us
and all we have to do is pick one to try for a While. And then,
having made a decision, then you have to manage it and try
to make it efficient. Those are the third and fourth most
important steps and we've been elevating them to the primary level."
Worse yet, many other faculties have been oriented to
teach management of art, or literature or science, instead of
teaching those subjects themselves.
"The origin of the word 'management' comes from a
French word for housekeeping. Have we come this many
years only to decide that the most important part of human
intelligence is housekeeping?"
He added that the reason why people feel cynical and
passive in the face of major problems is that society has
been reduced to efficiency, management and inevitability.
In the face of complex problems, however, the way to go is
remarkably simple: if the citizens and their universities can
cast aside the notion of efficiency and demand their leaders
debate policy instead of managing it, then society can begin to
move in a more constructive direction. Debates will reveal
ways to tackle even the most seemingly impossible problems;
all that is missing is the political will to engage in them.
"I think that we have—and Canadians are perhaps somewhat worse than others—slipped into thinking of ourselves
as helpless. And yet in many ways, it's never been so easy to
realize that we can take power and make some changes.
These people who say everything is inevitable have been in
power for a quarter of a century and they have blown it.
They look like fools."
As for where change should start, Saul impressed upon
students and professors their crucial role as catalysts for a
long overdue discussion.
"There are very few professors who go outside of academia and use clear language to engage in public debate," he
said. "There is debate going on inside the universities but
they are not communicating to the larger citizenry. So in
effect they're losing sight of their special responsibility to
force the pace of communication in society."**
Funding approved for bike lane
by Julian Dowling
UBC cyclists who make the perilous,
bumpy commute down University
Boulevard are one step closer to having
their own lane.
Last week, the Greater Vancouver
Transportation Authority (GVTA) approved
a new capital budget plan that includes
$40,000 for the University Boulevard
Bicycle Path project
With the announcement, the UBC Trek
program is on track to converting
University Boulevard into two proper vehicle lanes and two bike lanes.
UBC transportation planner Gord
Lovegrove said that there is already a
$25,000 seed grant and a $15,000 donation
from the AMS. The $40,000 approved by
the GVTA brings the total funds to $80,000.
After meeting with officials from the
Ministry of Transportation and Highways
on Wednesday, AMS coordinator of external affairs Nathan Allen is confident that a
further $75,000 will be forthcoming from
the provincial government
Although Allen did not get a definite
response from the government, he is nearly certain of the funding. "I guess I'm not
allowed to announce it yet, but it's pretty
significant considering [UBC] is a riding on
the bottom of the totem pole for any kind
of infrastructure spending."
Another $5,000 is still needed to commence the project, but Allen does not see
this as a roadblock He predicts the university or the AMS will make up the remainder
once a funding commitment from the
province is announced.
Allen hopes the project will be completed
by the summer. He adds that the University
Boulevard project is not the only project on
the go "We also talked about other issues
around UBC, like painting bike lanes on
Southwest Marine Drive, and some of the
parking problems cyclists have had around
Wreck Beach and along [West] 16th."
Cheeying Ho, a spokesperson for Better
Environmentally Sound Transportation
(BEST), was happy to hear about the funding. "It's fantastic...we think it's a good idea
to provide better bike facilites to replace
that awful bike path that's there right now."
For years, people have complained that
the lanes on University Boulevard are too
narrow and dangerous for drivers and
cyclists to share, particularly when cyclists
have to pull out into traffic when buses are
stopped. "It's narrow, the pavement is not"
in good condition... it's uneven, unpleasant
and unsafe for cyclists," says Ho.
Will the new bike lanes cause traffic
problems for commuters? Ho says some
commuters might be annoyed, but she
believes there is strong support from the
university community for the proposal.
She says that taking road space away
from cars for bike lanes will encourage
people to bike to UBC instead of driving.
Bruce Stenning, manager of the
University Endowment Lands (UEL) sees
the bike lanes as a positive development.
"We've supported [the bike lane proposal]
all along. The only concerns we had, and
they have been addressed, is that bikes can
get by the buses in a safe manner."
Stenning says some communters and
residents are worried about the impact of
the bike lane on vehicular traffic on
University Boulevard. "There's concerns
from a traffic standpoint...about what the
loss of that one lane might do to traffic."
However, Stenning points out that
buses usually make two lane traffic impossible. "The buses tend to straddle the centre line, so if you're behind a bus you stay
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New exam conflict
resolution passed
by UBC senate
by Joni Low
It's every student's worst nightmare: cramming madly for a 9:30
am final exam after doing a quick
review of a year's worth of notes for
another exam at 3:30 then slurping
down a pot of coffee in a mad bid
to survive a final
test at 9:30 the
next morning.
But, this scenario might be
part of UBC history after this
month's senate
approval of the
Academic Policy
Committee's
"examination
hardship" policy.
Now students
who have more
than two exams
over a 24-hour
period can apply
tfor rescheduling.
Student senators Adrien
Mitchell        and
Antonie  Zuniga,
representatives
on      the     Academic      Policy
Committee, said this policy had
been before the senate for years
before being adopted.
"It took senate about 20 minutes to finally decide on it after
years of debate," said Zuniga.
Mitchell said that Pat Brady, a
UBC graduate and convocation
senator for the Committee, played
a large role in getting the motion
passed.
Mitchell noted that more universities are moving towards more
organised exam scheduling.
Institutions
such as SFU
and the
University of
Alberta have
fixed final
examination
schedules,
which are
released at the
start of the year
along with
course schedules. A
prescheduled
exam system
for UBC is currently being
planned.
"This way,"
said Mitchell,
"students'
schedules will
not be left to
the fate of the
Registrar's computer."
Students who wish to claim an
examination hardship are asked to
first contact their instructors to
work out an alternative schedule;
failing that they can consult their
department and faculty advisors.**
Institutions such as
SFU and the
University of
fjbertajiave
ixeq fiitfH
examination
schedules, which
are released at
the start of
the year along
with course
schedules, a
prescheduled exam
system for UiC is
currently being
planned.
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NESTLED ON THE GREEN MARGINS OF
Main Mall, there is a small brown building,
shaped like a shoebox. Built as a temporary
structure, it looks like it fell off the back of a
truck. This shoebox houses UBC's Fisheries
Centre, and inside its tiny confines there is a
somewhat frantic bustle of activity.
Fisheries professor Daniel Pauly,
Fisheries Centre director Tony Pitcher, and
their school of like-minded graduate students and research professors are disturbing the waters around a threatened industry—one traditionally protected from the
bothersome, academic species.
The prevailing logic among policy makers and the industry for dealing with the
world's collapsing fisheries has been to
adopt a policy of 'sustainahility'—to reduce
catches and hope that stocks recover. But
researchers at the Fisheries Centre say that
this approach is too narrow.
Instead, the Centre takes an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the
depletion of the world's fisheries. Their current project, called Back to the Future,
focuses on the Georgia Strait and looks at a
diverse set of data to reconstruct models of
how it used to be 100 or even 500 years ago.
Drawing on such diverse sources as
Native oral histories and archeological
records, the researchers have been able to
create historical models of the Strait that
incorporate the entire biomass of the
ecosystem, not just a few species.
The researchers hope that their method
can be applied to a global scale.
"For example we've got a project in
Indonesia, and two projects in Hong Kong,
with which we're working very closely with
the new government," says Pitcher. "There,
we are looking at the establishment of
marine protected areas and artificial reefs."
Rejuvenation and reconstruction are
topics that keep springing up in conversations around the Centre. Pitcher explains
how these sorts of ideas are the keys to realistic sustainahility of the world's fisheries. "If
we could restore the Strait of Georgia, for
example, to sort of anything like what it was
a hundred years ago, there would be no
problems with allocation of the fisheries.
There would be plenty for everybody, right?"
Pitcher and his colleagues believe their
science has confirmed that this sort of goal
is achievable. They believe it can be done,
but it requires cooperation, especially from
industry. "The fishing industry can only be
got on side when they see the huge benefits," explains Pitcher. "Unfortunately, as
with anything like this, there is bound to be
some short-term pain, but the long-term
gains would be unbelievable."
Scott Wallace is a graduate student currendy working on a thesis on marine protected areas in British Columbia. He possesses an insatiable appetite for field work,
unlike his mentor Pauly—a self-styled "armchair know-it-all." Wallace has spent much
of the last four years submerged in the frigid
depths of the Strait of Georgia, monitoring
Jhe growth and development of
marine life forms in
s t a m
park.
Wallace says that there is now more dialogue between different interest groups.
"Definitely, but there's still a lot of uncertainty about how applicable 'whole ecosystem' research is to the real world. When it
comes to actually managing the fisheries,
it's still mainly single stock assessment."
Wallace does, however, confirm that attitudes are slowly changing. For example,
industry is being pressured to do away with
trawling and similar indiscriminate methods of harvesting the ocean's bounty.
"Ecological concepts have to eventually be
applied to fisheries. I mean it seems kind of
simple—that you're in a sense cutting down
the tree to get at the nest. But only recently
have people started talking about it...about
habitats."
The importance of undisturbed habitats
is the motivation behind Wallace's thesis. He
wants to show how, and to what extent, protected areas can recover. "Five years ago,"
says Wallace, "the idea of areas set aside for
rejuvenation was only talked about on the
environmentalist periphery. But now people are seriously considering it, as insurance
in case of management failures."
Wallace tacks on that last sentence with a
hint of irony. "Well, it's not really protection
like we see in the terrestrial realm, where
we're trying to protect old-growth. All of the
major fish stocks have been seriously
depleted. I mean you don't see people trying
to protect clearcuts, but that's what we're
doing."
If the situation is so bad, where's all of
this infectious enthusiasm coming from?
The Centre's excited emphasis on reconstructing ecosystems is largely due to the
presence of Daniel Pauly, who has been
called the most widely-cited fisheries scientist of his generation. Since his arrival five
years ago, Pauly has woven his colleagues
into a much stronger research net.
"There's no doubt that Pauly's leadership
really got things going here," states Pitcher.
"Before he came I, for one, was studying primarily fish behaviour. Now much of my
work is addressing these issues of reconstruction and rejuvenation."
Pauly encourages communication and
cooperation outside of the fisheries centre
as well. This includes consulting the oral
histories of local Native groups. Most of
their projects that are being conducted in
British Columbia are in conjunction with
the local Native bands. As well as being a
strong proponent of dialogue with Native
people, Pauly believes that the use of anecdotal knowledge can be complimentary to
his scientific research.
Wallace, who did much of the historical
research for the Centre's "Back to the Future:
Rebuilding the Strait of Georgia," project,
realised quickly the usefulness of different
techniques in his own work. "It just fit in
perfectly. By giving a historical context to
present day conservation, because people
will start realising what they
have lost. Like, Oh,
an irrup
DANIEL PAULY:
In fisheries
research circles Pauly is
known as one
of the most
widely-cited
scientists of
his generation.
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there really was whales off of Stanley Park."
"THERE IS A PARADOX THAT EXISTS,"
says Pauly during a presentation of his work
at the Vancouver Museum. "The present
fisheries are unsustainable, precisely
because they have sustainahility as their
goal."
Pauly's presentation shares the tide of
the Centre's major project: "Back to the
Future: Rebuilding the Strait of Georgia
Ecosystem." However, a large part of his
research emphasises problems that exist on
a global scale. This is not surprising, since
the multilingual Pauly is very much a citizen
of the World. He grew up in Switzerland,
went to Kiel University in Germany, and
studied tropical fisheries in the Phillipines
for many years, before arrving in UBC in
1994.
Back in his cramped office, Pauly
explains the sustainahility paradox in more
detail. "Inherently you are always going to
lose some of what you are trying to protect,
because of development, natural catastrophes and other unavoidable pressures," he
says. "So given the present trends, sustainahility is always a losing proposition.
Further, every generation that comes up will
use another baseline as reference for what
should be sustained. I call this the shifting
baseline syndrome: the fact that the very
thing you want to preserve, changes."
Pauly's novel ideas about shifting baselines and the sustainahility paradox are his
contributions to the fight against what he
terms "an unfair allocation of public
resources."    He
In the past few
decades
humans have
watched
helplessly as
fish have
disappeared
from the
oceans. While
everyone agrees
that drastic
measures are
needed, nobody
really knows
what those
measures
should be.
Except maybe
for a few
researchers in a
little shoebox
on Main Mall
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expresses his ideas in a language
easily understood by the ignorant
layperson, but they are firmly
grounded in his research.
"One has to be very careful,"
he explains. "Because, as an academic, your credibility depends
very much on talking predomi-
nantiy with your colleagues, and
being accepted by them."
It's tricky for Pauly to find time
in between the countless interviews and speaking invitations to
do research and teach. But even
with those demands, he has managed to publish a study on the
decline of the world's fisheries in
Science magazine that has resulted in "shockwaves the world
over," according to his colleagues.
His research shows clearly that
the world is exhausting its marine
resources—that we are effectively
fishing our way down the food
chain. "Sooner or later, we'll all be
eating zooplankton soup!" he
jokes with the enthusiastic and
humourous tone he seems to
save for all his worst prophecies.
Yet, Pauly feels that there is
still hope for the world's fisheries.
"The problem we have with overfishing is not an intractable problem. Except that we will have to
push those out of the way who
will not let us resolve it. Of course,
you can get very impatient waiting for things to happen. You
encounter always the same sorts
of nonsense."
LAST SUMMER, AS HE
prepared to dive into the protected waters surrounding a maximum security prison near
Victoria, Scott Wallace took careful stock of his equipment. He
had been given special permission to dive there, and observe
the resident abalone shellfish
population. The abalone fishery
has been officially closed
throughout the province since
1990, but its high market value
means poaching still claims
much of the natural stock.
In this area, protected by
infrared camera and armed
guards, Wallace didn't know what
he would find. He had already
gone to other, unprotected sites
to measure the surviving specimens of this particular shellfish,
so he thought he knew what he
would see. Keeping an eye out for
escaped convicts, Wallace dove
into his element. There he found
an abundance of enormous
abalone, the size of which he had
never seen before. He whipped
out his calipers to take a measurement, but in most cases the
calipers were just too small.
In front of his mask lay all the
evidence that Wallace needed to
prove the usefulness of marine
protected areas. If we leave them
alone, with a little encouragement the fish will return.
Hopefully we won't have to string
barbed wire along our beaches,
and erect infrared cameras every
twenty yards to protect the
ocean's bounty. Hopefully it won't
be too late before we all realise
that fish are a finite resource.
Creating an awareness of what we
once had is perhaps the most
important investment we can
make for the fisheries of future
generations. Just imagine: whales
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" Wllwl Ul IIIwUb   The air is smoky, the lights are dim.The women, dressed in garters and woefully short skirts, hang off the men. It's
downright seamy. This is Berlin in the 1930s.
But there is more to this place than seaminess and flash. The Great War seems to have sauDod evervthina
from the German people, and, in the background, the rising spectre of Nazism
Waits tO pounce. This, too, is Berlin in the 1930s.
And this is the setting for UBC Theatre's final production of the season—Kander
and Ebb's Cabaret. It is perhaps one of the greatest musicals of the last 50 years, pre-
miering in 1966 before going on to win 8 Tony awards, be made into a feature film
and inspire numerous revivals.
Cabaret focuses on the Kit Kat Club and its star attraction, Sally Bowles.
"She's full of life and full of despair, so she has an interesting dichotomy working
that way," says Odessa Shuquaya, who plays the English singer. "There are things
propelling her forward but also things pulling her back... She's just always moving,
she's vibrating at all times."
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ambiguous Emcee. It's something actress Samantha Donabie has had more than a
bit of difficulty contending with.
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 used to it."
This version of Cabaret differs from the original, with director Robert Garcia
tweaking the formula. As Garcia explains, "What original director Harold Prince conceived was two separate worlds: the world of the Kit Kat Club and the world of the
boarding house where everything else took place. And then we'd move from one
jworld to the other constantly and the world of the Kit Kat club constantly com-
| mented, accidentally on the world of the boarding house and what was happening."
What Garcia has done is to meld the two worlds into one. As he says, "I decided
| to approach it from the point of view of: what if everything happened at the Cabaret?
What if everything happened at the Kit Kat club and the Emcee was showing us
scenes from life out there but as performances at the Kit Kat club?"
As a result, the Emcee acts as a sort of impromptu narrator, a fact reflected by her
costuming.
"The Emcee's costumes are almost out of time," says Donabie. "They don't exactly fit in with the 1929 version of everyone else. It's like I'm from another place
almost."
The musical's ambiguities and uncertainties are perhaps just a reflection of its
setting. Berlin in the 1930s was a city in transition and one full of uncertainties.
Although it was a city in shambles, it was still an important centre. Says Donabie, "It
was like NewYork; it was the arts mecca."
It was as if the people of Berlin and, in particular, the performers at the Kit Kat
club drowned themselves in decadence and excess to escape. "The club is almost a
form of security for them. They can't survive outside of this element," the actress
says. "It's just putting on a show every night, creating a fantasy for people to come
watch and escape from their lives.
"I don't think that even the people in the club realise what a force the Nazis will
become, I think that's why it's such an interesting piece... Because we know what
happened in history, this makes [Cabaret] a lot more freaky to watch. It's kind of
scary to watch this development."
Andrew Smith, who plays Sally's love interest Cliff, agrees. The play paints a picture that "the Nazis weren't these mechanical monsters driven to evil. They were
human beings and they're real 'nice', sophisticated. They were real people."
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deep statement warning us about the dangers of drowning ourselves in pleasure? Is
it both, or is it neither? Whichever way you feel about Cabaret, one thing is clear: this
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LESS THAN JAKE
Croatian Cultural Centre
Mar 12
by Michelle Mossop
Walking into the Croatian Cultural Centre I was reminded, once again, why I avoid all-ages shows—no seats, no
booze, and a sea of hooded-sweatshirts. But by the time the lights had come up, and all the kids were safely on
the Skytrain back to suburbia, I'd decided that the night hadn't been completely wasted.
In fact, Less than lake, along with guests Limp, ALL, and Good Riddance, put on a semi-entertaining performance. Confetti guns released little surprises sporadically, some guy wearing a skull mask ran around the stage
throwing out tapes and stickers to the audience, and band members blurted out amusing lines like, "This song
goes out to everyone that masturbates," and "I hope that thirteen year old kid gets laid tonight, God bless him."
But, in an attempt to promote Hello Rockview, ska/punk band Less than Jake, simply demote their latest
album by performing it live. Overly loud punk guitars made the vocals and the ska-tinged horns almost nonexistent and their latest hit, "All My best Friends Are Metalheads," only became recognisable by the pre-recorded
introduction taken from the album. Even songs like "Boomtown" and "Johnny Quest Think We're Sellouts," from
the Pez Core album, seemed to lack the quality of the studio recordings and become muffled on stage.
But, admittedly, that wasn't too much of a problem; if you got irritated by a particular song, there was always
enough happening to keep you diverted. You could watch the congregation of fifteen year-old girls trying to
sober up in the washroom before mom and dad picked them up, observe the courting patterns between young
boys and slightly older girls, or you could have done what I mostly did—thank God that the songs were only two
minutes long.*
The
At the Vogue Theatre
Mar 13
KINGS
by John Zaozirny
I guess all that touting must have paid off, 'cause what the Philosopher Kings brought with them to the Vogue
Saturday night wasn't simply a repertoire chock full of melodic music and two band's worth of talent. It was a
mood and an ease that moved down from the stage and throughout the audience. And when it was finally over,
everyone knew they had got their money's worth and more.
The crowd's excitement grew as the band took their places, and exploded when singer—and resident matinee
idol—Gerald Eaton strutted forward to the tune "I am the Man." Granted, it wouldn't have been difficult to get
any kind of positive response from the overtly enthusiastic, fairly-buzzed crowd that had sold out the Vogue
Theatre. Still, the Philosopher Kings could have easily done it all without the help.
Eaton, all show and shimmer, was certainly the Man of the Hour, and the amount of women's underwear he
managed to coerce onstage—'creating an intimate environment' was his mandate—was testament to that. But
both he and the band worked for it. They pulled out every trick in the book to keep the audience on their feet
The tricks weren't anything new—Eaton takes his tips from James Brown—but they seemed so fresh and fun, and
were so willingly played along with,
that die show bordered on interactive
theatre. When the singer said jump,
the crowd said how high.
And, oh yeah, they did manage to
play some music in between all that
crowd control. Drawing most of the
setlist from their most recent album,
1997's Famous, Rich and Beautiful,
they also culled a number of
favourites from their self-titled
debut, most notably "Turn My Head
Around," "Lay My Body Down," and,
of course, "Charms." Famous, Rich
and Beautiful saw the Philosopher
Kings taking a pop turn, moving
away from the jazz roots of the debut.
Tunes like "Cry," "You Don't Love Me
(Like You Used To Do}," and "I Am the
Man" pulled in a larger audience,
while alienating, some of the more
puritan, jazz-lovers.
In concert, the band gave the
audience the best of both worlds,
focusing on songs from their platinum-selling sophomore album, but
giving them all a strong and very distinct jazzy feel. Solos were widespread throughout, and lead guitarist
James McCollum, keyboardist Jon
Levine, and company, weren't above
breaking into a flamenco-flavoured
detour right in the middle of a song,
and throwing in a small string and
horn section as well.
Plus, any show that ends with a
medley of Otis Redding's "I've Been
Loving You Too Long," Etta James' "At
Last," and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It
On" is fine by me. On a weekend filled
with great concerts, the Philosopher
Kings conquered a willing army of
fans and made their two-day stay
seem far, far too short.*
SILKY SMOOTH: Philosopher King Gerald Eaton kept the crowd hooked
on Friday night, krista sigurdson photo THE UBYSSEY
by Naomi Kim
"It's like living in an asylum, on the guard's day off!" exclaims Doris Chillcott's character wearily. As an elderly
and nearly stone-deaf mother and, perhaps the only sane member of a 1953 acting company, Chillcott is one
of the many delightfully funny actors appearing in the Stanley Theatre's production of Moon Over Buffalo.
This Broadway farce is a light comedy about the fictional George and Charlotte Hay, a once-famous theatre
couple. The Hays' theatre troupe is struggling in the city of Buffalo, NY—the butt-end of several jokes—during
a time when the growing popularity of television seems to be ousting the stage.
Written by Ken Ludwig, this play captures the life of the theatre, both on and off the stage. During an unexpected visit from famed film director Frank Capra, everything goes awry for the Hays. Rosalind, their daughter
who left the hectic theatre life for advertising, has come back for a visit to announce her engagement, but is
lured back into performing. Several story lines become entangled when Frank Capra—the Hays' dream of success—suddenly enters the self-involved lives of Rosalind, her fiance Howard, Rosalind's ex-boyfriend and company stage director Paul, George, Charlotte and Charlotte's mother. Couples are rearranged, characters are
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THE TRAGICALLY HIP
at GM Place
Mar 12
by Heather Kirk
Gord Downie and the boys did it
again. At their second show at GM
Place, Friday night, the Tragically
Hip brought an enthusiastic crowd
to their feet and the house down.
Promoting their most recent success, Phantom Power, The Hip
played a continuous string of hits
from Fully Completely, Trouble at
the Henhouse, Day for Night, Road
Apples, as well as a handful of
songs from the new record.
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older hits such as /JTOPgam reminded
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and   "Courage,"    //©^dfcheir musk
by the third song    u w u ^
it appeared that practically every
seat in the arena was full, quite
incredible considering Thursday
night's performance was also sold
out The band gave it one hundred
and ten for the full two hours on
stage, but it was during "Locked in
the Trunk of a Car" that the crowd
really took off with them. With
nothing but a giant chandelier
hanging over the stage, the band
didn't need any help to enhance the
show. As Downie did his usual
spastic, trippy little dance, the rest
of the band backed him up without
falling into his shadow. The fans ate
the whole thing up.
The crowd was intensely bois
terous for the entire two hour set,
only calming down during the
few toned  down  tunes,  most
notably "Wheat Kings" and the
wickedly   mellow   but   almost
twangy   "Bobcaygeon."   Called
back for two encores—the crowd
begged for a third—the band
came out with "Chagrin Falls,"
which Downie disclosed was written about a Vancouver summer,
and ended the second encore
with a stretched-out, mixed-up
version   of   "New   Orleans   is
Sinking," leaving
everyone   pretty
fulfilled.      They
probably    could
have   done   two
more      encores,
with so many other great songs
left unplayed.
Seeing this band live again
reminded me of how much I love
their music, and it was certainly
the perfect setting for remembrances. There's something beautiful about being at a concert
where everyone is there for the
same reason and singing their guts
out to every song. The Tragically
Hip is one of few bands to have
evolved with the times, while staying true to their Canadian roots
and style of music. This is a band
that puts everything into their live
shows, and Friday night was, hap-
pUty np .exception.^ jlxv operatic treat
IATRAVIATA
At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Runs Mar 16,18,20,22
by Ronald Nurwisah
Verdi is arguably one of the best composers of Italian
opera. His body of work, which includes such well-
known works as // Trovatore and Rigoletto, has
become a mainstay of the operatic repertoire.
La Traviata. like the above-
mentioned operas, is one of
Verdi's masterpieces, and judging
by Vancouver Opera's recent production, it's easy to see why.
From the moment the curtains are drawn, the
audience is visually dazzled. The costumes and sets
reflect the opulence of 19th century Paris, with
women donning extravagant ball gowns and beautiful, ornate sets
Musically, the production is just as strong.
Chinese tenor Jianyi Zhang is stirring in the difficult
role of the passionate lover Alfredo. It's a part that
demands avast range of emotions, from ecstatic love
to sheer anguish. Zhang understands this, and he
delivers a poignant and convincing performance.
As well, the equally demanding role of Alfredo's
love, Violetta, brings out an excellent portrayal from
soprano Darina Takova. Making her Vancouver
debut, Takova gives an interpretation of Violetta that
is both emotionally stirring and musically sound. The
many difficult arias and duets which the part requires
are all handled with exceptional confidence.
Perhaps the only complaint one could
have about this Traviata is its orchestra.
Under the baton of American Willie  J
Anthony Waters, the orchestra roared
out of the starting gates.     But,
though their overeagerness gave
great energy to the performance, it also got the better
RISING SIMS:
confident
soprano
Darina
Jakova
and
stirring tenor
Jianyi
Zhang
team
up in an
impressive production of
La
Traviata.
o f
them. A number of times throughout the performance, the brass and
woodwinds seemed to drown out not
only the strings but also the singers.
With its excellent visual and musical elements, this production of La Traviata is definitely
worth catching. Zhang and Takova are rising stars in
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over two hours, La Traviata feels too short and you're
left wanting more. But you can hardly blame
Vancouver Opera for that.<«
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SEMISONIC
At Richards on Richards
Mar 13
On a weekend with the Hip in town and the
Holyfield-Lennox fight on pay-per-view,
Semisonic came and left, but not without
making a sizeable impression. Coming on
stage after an opening act whose performance
was about as memorable as their name (which
I can't remember), the three-man group from
Minneapolis filled the stage with adrenaline
from beginning to end. Frontman Dan Wilson
literally jumped into the first guitar riff with
bassist lohn Munson strutting alongside,
proudly sporting a Vancouver Canucks jersey.
Drummer Jake Slichter, meanwhile, summed
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energy.
From cargo pants to dress shirts and ties,
the packed dance floor bobbed their heads to
songs from both present and past albums.
Popular radio hits such as "Singing in my
sleep" and "Secret Smile" were met with
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on drums and keyboard, and sometimes on
both simultaneously. Dan, clad in black vinyl
pants, kept the crowd riled up with his boyish
charms for older favorites such as "Falling"
and a singalong version of "Delicious." He
grooved around the stage swinging his lanky legs
wildly and tended to venture to the edge of the stage,
which was met with female screams of delight and
even a short-lived crowd surfer.
Semisonic closed with by far the biggest song of
the night, the appropriately titled "Closing Time."
The crowds of rhythmically bobbing heads trans
formed themselves into swaying and jumping bodies, and the familiar tune was belted out by all at
night's end.
The band fed off of what Dan jokingly referred to
as a more than "semi-acceptable" crowd. And
Semisonic's performance? Well, there was definitely
nothing semi about it.«>
CRUEL INTENTIONS
Now playing
by Jo-Ann Chiu
How seriously adults of the college
set will take Cruel Intentions is
debatable, but perhaps the high
school population will find the
movie's attempts at eroticism titillating, instead of overblown.
Based on the novel 18th-century novel l£s Unisons Dangcreuses
by Choderlos De Laclos, Cruel
Intentions comes off as a silly teen
version of the 1987 film adaptation,
Dangerous Liaisons.
It's simply the same old plot
newly dressed up, so what you get
is   a   bunch   of   melodramatic
teenagers whose grandiose gestures and flowery speeches dotted
with overinfiated phraseology is
hardly credible. F.quaUy siliy and
anachronistic are the impossibly
exquisite French aristocratic last
names bestowed upon high school
kids who exist in 1999.
Sarah Michelle Cellar ptays the
Glenn Close role as Kathryn
Merteuil, a rich tramp full of self-
loathing for her own shiftiness,
while Ryan Phillippe is the doomed
yet photogenic Sebastian Valmont.
His sport is blotting out the hnlier-
than-thou glow of pristine virgins,
but trouble brews with his latest
challenge, Annette Hargrove
(Reese Witherspoon), when he
ends up falling in love with her.
The film follows the original
story line, along with a similarly
destructive ending, but this time
there's a distinctly 90s girl-power
twist. In the world of Cruel
Intentions, it's not just finding true
love that matters, but snagging his
car as well.
Cruel Intentions is obviously
intended to find an audience with
like-aged teens. Since many of that
age range were barely in elementary school when Dangerous
Liaisons was released, the plot line
should still he new to them.
Melodramatic creatures as they are
at that age, youths may find the
movie's moral dilemmas fascinating, but adults will likely write the
production off with a good laugh.* THE UBYSSFY
My dinner with Myles
20 DATES
Opens today
At Fifth Avenue Cinemas
by John Zaozirny
Now here's a film that shouldn't have been
hard to pitch. Guy goes on 20 dates and brings
a full video crew on every single one. Got it?
Not much to it, but quite a good idea. It's actually rather strange that nobody's done it
before. There have been feature films built
along the same principle, but nothing quite
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that; who wants to videotape themselves and
their entire date? And then do it 20 times?
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quite prevalent in the Douglas College Theatre and Stagecraft Department's dramatic rendition of ,4 Clockwork
Orange. And for some, it might be a little too much to handle. During the intermission, a friend of mine overheard a child talking on the lobby's payphone: "Yeah, we're leaving," he said. "Mom's really, really freaked out."
In her director's note, Cheryl Matheson writes, "For me, to leave a series of unanswered questions reverberating around in the audience's mind is far more interesting than sending them home with a moral lesson well
learned." In this aspect, the play is successful—the futuristic fable certainly lacks informative lessons. It does,
however, effectively reveal a dark side of our humanity, raising the question of whether we are capable of making the conscious choice between good and evil, or whether we simply have goodness imposed upon us.
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but it doesn't really change the nature of the story—the play follows Alex's life as she rampages the streets of
futuristic Vancouver, is betrayed by her "droogs," and eventually ends up in prison. There, she is chosen to be
the subject of a new government experiment designed to cure her of her evil tendencies.
As Alex, Strumecki is quite convincing, fluctuating easily along with her character's various states; one
minute playing the ruthless gang leader, and the next the cornered and frightened adolescent. Other standout
performances include Mike Bean as the chaplain, and Sean Carey as F. Alexander. Both characters attract attention: the former trying to get to the heart of Alex's humanity, and the latter managing to expose Alex to the legacy of her evil.
Strumecki manipulates Burgess' language with ease. Unfortunately, her stagemates are less adept at this,
and the strange Slavic words are too often mumbled and seem misplaced. Also, the lead's ability to project herself was not equally shared amongst the rest of the cast, and I often found myself straining to hear what was
been said. The music, lighting and staging were all very effective, though, as was the choreography of the fights
and dancing. As for the singing, though, there just wasn't enough of it. The students revealed themselves as a
very capable chorus, but the play didn't give them enough of a chance to show it off. Many ponderous and
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TUESDAY MARCH 16,1999
VOLUME 80 ISSUE 41
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A big mistake, and a bigger loss
When football head coach Dave lohnson
offered his resignation to Athletics officials
straight after Thursday's early-morning fight, it
was the right thing to do.
And that's too bad.
Johnson was almost universally respected on
campus. In his short time at UBC, he distinguished himself not only as a terrific football
coach, but as a very good guy.
All that, however, has been marred by one
whopper of a mistake. And the only good thing
about the incident has been the way Johnson
handled himself afterwards. His letter of resignation was almost immediately presented to
Bob Philip, the athletics director, and he accepted total responsibility. And there is no other way.
When Johnson allegedly pummeled his chief
assistant, Noel Thorpe, he did irreparable damage to a lot of things. He damaged Thorpe's
body, his own reputation, and his own career. It
was an unsupportable act.
Johnson has hit the highest highs and the
lowest lows in his two and a half years at UBC.
In his first season, he was the much-lauded
defensive coordinator for a Vanier Cup-winning team. Before his second, however, then-
head coach Casey Smith was diagnosed with
cancer, and he chose Johnson as his replacement. So Johnson soldiered through an agonising year, as he watched his friend and colleague slowly succumb. He was here for 30
months and inspired profound loyalty and
respect from everyone who met him.
But all that is gone now, and Johnson is jobless, with a wife and a ten-month-old daughter
to support. Still, no matter how good a man or
coach Johnson is, he could not remain as head
coach of UBC's flagship program after
Thursday. To allow the head of your football
team to continue after so violent and disturbing an incident would send every wrong message to the players. He had to resign, and UBC
has to accept that resignation.
The irony, of course, is that if he had less
character, he would never have accepted that
responsibility so readily. And it's a shame that
UBC has to lose such an asset to its community
over so stupid and unfixable a mistake.**
Letter
gibberish?
If your letter writer Ken Hawley
[Letters, Mar 10] is a UBC student,
admission requirements are way
too lax.
Of the six sentences in his illiterate burble, only two are complete sentences. He mixes incoherence ("Jack Munro — short of
the phoney BC Forest Alliance")
with ludicrous untruths (for BC
Ferries new catamarans, "all the
work given [sic] to NDP hacks and
hangers-on") and name-calling
(Jack Munro, who recently delivered a moving eulogy for Jack
Webster, is "that big slob"). And,
tellingly, every sentence ends with
an exclamation mark, as in a
comic book.
Is your newspaper so short of
student input these days that you
have to print gibberish from the
likes of Mr. Hawley? If so, student
apathy here on campus has a lot to
answer for.
/. Boucher
UBC Alumnus
by email
Politically correct
letter?
When I read Darin Howe's complaint about the name
"Outpost" being racist [Letters,
Mar 12], my first reaction was that
this must be a joke! However as I
read on I realized that the guy was
serious. How can he be so extreme
with his political 'correctness' and
yet seems to have no problem
with capitalizing on the aboriginal
people's sacred cultural icons (e.g.,
Thunderbird) by using them to sell
greeting cards and to describe our
. piighty .sports teams. It's amazing.
what guilt will make people say
and do.
Andy Laycock
UBC staff
by email
The Death of the
AMS?
"Institutions are slow to respond
to change. The AMS belong to
another era, and perhaps it is time
to experiment with different models."
About a month ago, I wrote a
piece for the Ubyssey [Perspective,
Feb 9] in which I argued student
apathy was completely undermining our effort to achieve a decent
voice. Most of my argument was
based on the low vote turn-out at
AMS elections (less than ten per
cent) as well as the failure of both
referendums to reach quorum.
In a well-constructed reply,
Amit Taneja[Perspective, Mar 2]
claims UBC students are not apathetic. In his view, it is not student
interest that is lacking, but rather a
connection between AMS leaders
and the UBC community.
According to him, the true
strengths of UBC's campus lie in
grassroots activism. Taneja concludes "students apathy may well
be the end-result of frustration
born out of the leaders' political
fronts."
Although I would agree there is
a strong disconnection between
leaders and the student body, I
find two weaknesses in Taneja's
argument.
1) AMS leaders run a budget of
about 3 million dollars, and could
represent 30 000 people. The
potential for influence is tremendous, and as we are facing rising
tuition, privatization trends in
^jeflucation,^ and. high J^eyels of. pru
dent debt, I don't see how AMS
political fronts can be of little relevance to students.
2) It is true student involvement in various organizations is
healthy at UBC. However, I
believe it is wrong to conclude
that "good leadership does not
entail leading the pack, but recognizing the efforts of the many students who fill these positions".
What Taneja does not acknowledge is that our student condition
highly depends on external factors. If good students can not
afford an education, or have to
work full-time while in school, I
don't see how they could get
involved in the campus community in the first place.
A central student organization
is meant to pool and represent the
interests of all present and future
UBC students. While Taneja builds
a strong argument stating students are not apathetic, we can
also see the need for a strong university-level voice.
Now, under normal circumstances, if people are interested in
the well-being of the campus
community, there should naturally arise a strong platform where
student interests are discussed
and well represented as a whole.
I will argue that if students care,
and if there is still less than ten per
cent of people voting in elections,
then the problem lies with an
extremely weak structure of
democracy, where one's voice gets
distilled until it becomes virtually
meaningless.
A closer look at the AMS structure confirms our student union
belongs to another era. For
instance, if we look at the process
of choosing the executive positions, we notice two crucial mal-
functionings.
First, AMS executives are elected by the .entire UBC student pop-; ,
«a.-_*a-.-l.-l .at *     l1!*!
ulation. As there are no organised
parties on campus, campaigning
is simply a nightmare: Think
about it, how is it ever possible in
one week of campaigning to convince 30 000 people to vote for
you? Answer; it is impossible. The
best you can do is to build on the
friends you have, put out a passive
poster campaign, and cross your
fingers.
Secondly, there is a fundamental problem in the relationship
between AMS executives and AMS
Council. Being elected in separate
elections, AMS executives are
imposed upon AMS Council, and
vice-versa. This produces a huge
accountability problem between
the two levels, as neither body is
responsible for the other's work.
The end result are AMS members looking for checks and balances, and as they swim through
the AMS structure, ideals sink into
an ocean of rigid by-laws.
Consequently, every year student representatives spend most
of their time either in absurd personality wars or in schmoozing
sessions. Meanwhile, UBC students are wondering what in the
world happened to all those smiling faces on the posters.
So what? If Taneja is right, we
have a university that has a strong
sense of community and should
allow for the debate and defense
of our ideals. Arguably, the structure of our student organisation
should facilitate and reflect upon
the interest of UBC students. With
less than a ten per cent vote turnout, perhaps it is a sign something
has gone wrong. Perhaps it is a
sign the AMS is dead. Of course,
it's easier to keep the illusion of
democracy, but surely the problems won't go away.
Daniel Arbour
 _, % Epyirgnmentql Gerography UBC swim captain
responds to article
by Greg Hamm
I am writing in response to your article
"Initiations Over, say Swimmers" [the
Ubyssey, Mar 9] and to the editorial cartoon in the same
issue. First, as team
captain of the men's
varsity swim team, I
would like to thank    _______
the Ubyssey for running this story as I
feel that other teams
can benefit from our mistakes. Our goal as
a team, just like every other team is to be
the best We have accomplished a lot,
becoming the best swim team in Canada,
and we are now poised to challenge, and
win at the world level. Through the experiences of the past two months, we came
to realise that some of our behavior mentioned in the article was not conducive to
a positive training environment, nor
appropriate to our goals of swimming
fastest. Swimmers are very goal oriented,
and we deeply value our goals. We decided that any activity or joke that could possibly affect our goals should be left behind
as we move forward. I am personally glad
that this story was published. It shows
that even swimmers are human, we make
mistakes, we grow and learn from them,
and move on to better things. I personally
think that this issue was handled swiftly
and properly by the athletics department,
by our coaching staff and by the team.
This can be plainly seen by the fact that
just a few weeks after we dealt with the sit-
PERSPECTIVE
 OPINION	
We made a mistake, we learned,
we moved on to
win the national
championship
uation, we pulled together—as a team—
and won the CIAU swimming championships, one of our most satisfying,
enjoyable, and proudest moments as
UBC Varsity Athletes.
On this note, I would also like to comment on Jeremy Beaulne's editorial cartoon. I, as all Varsity Athletes are, am
proud to wear the blue and gold for UBC.
99.999 per cent of the world's population
will never know what it is like to compete
at this high a level—in anything. Even less
will know what it feels like to win. Out of
the 35,000 plus student population at
UBC, 45 knew what it
was like to win it all.
Eighteen of them happened to be a part of the
Men's swimming team.
Again we are very proud
of our outstanding
accomplishment, and
we were completely and utterly horrified
by Mr Beaulne's "comic." His treatment of
our CIAU championship banner was disgusting, gross, and very offensive, not just
to the men's swim team, but to every
CIAU varsity athlete, and anyone who has
ever endeavored to achieve a championship goal. We made a mistake, we
learned, we moved on to win the national
championship. I hope that by sharing this
story in the Ubyssey, other groups—not
just varsity teams—realise that goals can
not be compromised. We must thrust forward, rise above the mediocrity of the
world and do something special. ♦
Greg Hamm is the captain
of the Men's Varsity
Swimming team (96-99)
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