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The Ubyssey Sep 4, 1996

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Array T-Birds
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Waiting in line since 1918
Summer job programs receive mixed reviews
by Sarah O'Donnell
If you had an easier time finding a summer
job this year, you're not alone; and if you had
a harder time, you're also in good company.
Initial reports suggest it was a summer
of contradictions for students tackling the
summer job market.
Last spring, the provincial government
blitzed the media promoting its student
summer jobs programs and its new
"Guarantee for Youth."
And although the summer started off
with much media hype and slick commercials promising summer employment, students and government officials alike are
now holding a mixed bag of results.
Chris Allison, director of the Alma Mater
Society's Joblink, said the on-campus
employment centre had one of its best
summers ever, posting approximately 250
more jobs than the previous year.
"I was told it really slowed down around
July alid August last year," he said, "but that
hasn't been the case this year. It's steady, if
not increasing a little bit for September."
But Joblink's summer success, Allison
said, cannot be attributed to the new provincial employment programs.
"While those are useful programs, a lot
of people just don't know about them. Even
myself, as someone who works in the
human resources field here, I don't know
about them," he said. "I think the government should put more time into getting the
information out there."
While Joblink enjoyed a 30 percent
increase in job postings this summer,
Allison's counterparts at the Broadway
Student Employment Centre had a very different experience.
Centre Supervisor Tanya Burke said the
actual number of jobs they posted this summer dropped slightly from last year, while
the number of students using the service
remained at 1995 levels.
Employment centres catering to student
needs were not the only sector to have contradictory experiences; Statistics Canada
Analyst Dan Charrette said there was obvious split in youth employment rates that
wasn't there last summer.
Looking at July's employment figures,
Charrette said, "there's sort of this dichotomy going on where it was rough on the
younger [students], but not as bad for the
older students."
July's national unemployment rate for
returning students between the ages of 15
and 19 rose one percent this year from last
year, from 21.8 percent to 22.8 percent.
During the same time frame, however,
the number of students aged 20 to 24 looking for work dropped from 11.5 percent in
July 1995 to nine percent this year.
It's a discrepancy no one seems able to
fully explain. The provincial government's
student jobs strategies appear to have followed the same divergent trends.
Lisa Simpson, communications manager for the Ministry of Education, Skills and
Training, said all of the government's
employment programs, with the exception
of Opportunities '96, will meet or exceed
their targets by the end of the year.
Simpson said Student Summer Works,
which is the only provincial program operated solely in the summer, exceeded its target
for 2500 summer jobs by 445. "The reason
we were able to do that," Simpson said, "was
because there were employers out there who
were offering jobs to students and we did a
YOUR OLD-TIME good time fair, the PNE, was fourth year science student Teresa Lee's only
summer job this year, richard lam photo
really good job of working with them to make
sure that they qualified under the program."
Students employed under the Summer
Works program had half their wages paid
by the provincial government, while
employers covered the remaining half.
While the subsidized program was successful, the highly-touted Opportunities '96
appears to be a bust. The program was
intended to be a partnership between the
government and private-sector where businesses provided jobs and government covered the human resource costs.
"The premier did admit a couple months
ago that the private sector involvement
hasn't been what we anticipated," Simpson
said, adding that "there may be a need to
look at the program and try to restructure it
and see how we can work better with the
business community and see how they can
work better with us."
As for provincial government job strategies in the coming year, Simpson said
students will have to wait and see. "It
goes on a year-by-year basis; there are no
guarantees." ♦
Controversial departure leaves SUB staff uneasy
"We are
 by Ian Gunn
In what the Alma Mater Society is calling a "separation of
employment," long-time AMS Food and Beverage Manager
Kate Gibson stopped working for the AMS last week. The
departure was widely described as a 'firing' by SUB staff.
Staff reaction to Gibson's departure was swift and angry.
Immediately following a Wednesday afternoon staff meeting where AMS General Manager Bernie Peets g
announced the  decision,  many staff were
clearly angry and some in tears. None of the
staff  approached   by   The   Ubyssey   since
Gibson's departure would comment publicly;
all cited job security concerns.
"I just don't know what the [AMS] executive
or council or whoever would do if I'm in the
paper saying stuff," said one full-time staff member.
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs Alison Dunnett said
those worries are entirely groundless. T keep repeating and
repeating: there is no way that speaking out in this building
is going to get someone fired," she told The Ubyssey.
She said implying Gibson left simply because she spoke
out is an "oversimplification." She declined further comment, citing employee confidentiality concerns.
According to AMS President David Borins, Gibsons'
departure was a decision reached between Gibson and the
general manager. "It was a business decision," said Borins,
"The general manager announced it to the executive...and
then we took it to council. Council's main concern was that
the concerns of employees be addressed."
Gibson's departure came after a week of mounting tensions between building staff, and the student executive and
AMS general manager.
Staff held two meetings to discuss their concerns—the
first on August 22, the second on August 26. The second
elected to make suggestions
policy recommendations which are always—always-
done through the reporting structure."
meeting was open to the AMS executive and attended by
Dunnet, Director of Administration Jennie Chen, and
Director of Finance Ryan Davies. The president and vice-
president were unavailable. The AMS general manager was
not invited.
A number of sources who attended the meeting said
there were several "serious concerns" addressed, but no
one was willing to go on record with specific details.
Chen confirmed staff was concerned with recent actions
of AMS executives, but would not give details.
In his August 28 memo to AMS staff announcing the end
of Gibson's employment relationship with the AMS, Peets
took pains to emphasise the "reporting structure" within
the AMS had not changed.
When asked whether the executive had been accused of
over-stepping their job descriptions, Borins' reaction was
strong: "We can't suddenly say that if our policies are not
implemented we don't care," he said emphatically. "We
won't do that.
"We are elected to make suggestions and policy recommendations which are always—
always—done through the reporting structure.... We are elected to do that and I cannot delegate that responsibility; it would be wrong."
Peets   filled   the   Food   and   Beverage
Manager's position the  day after  Gibson's
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Manager Nancy Toogood to the position.
Toogood declined The Ubyssey's request for comment.
Staff reaction to Toogood's appointment was widely positive, though many acknowledged there was some distance
to go before staff concerns in the building were fully
"I'm glad the AMS didn't go outside [existing staff] to fill
the position," food service student employee Ian McKinnon
said. "There will probably be some uneasiness for a little
while longer about job security—whether or not it's well
founded—but this was a positive move." ♦ SEPTEMBERS 1996
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Open Call for Volunteers! Looking to
get involved, gain valuable experience
and have lots of fun? Look no further -
great volunteer opportunities are
waiting for you!
The A.M.S. Ombudsoffice is currendy looking for
students who want to volunteer during the coming school
year. If you have a couple of hours a week to spare and are
interested in mediation, conflict resolution and helping your
fellow students, pop by our office in the SUB, next to Joblink,
for more information and an application form.
Speakeasy Peer Counselling and Information
is looking for 50-75 friendly, dedicated individuals who want
to help us "foster a spirit of connection and warmth by
providing peer counselling and information services at UBC."
Application forms are available at Volunteer Services and the
new Speakeasy location beside Blue Chip Cookies in the
SUB Concourse. Deadline is Thursday, September 12th,
Joblink is looking for 4-5 Administrative Assistants
to help out in this busy student employment centre. Duties
include providing assistance and information to students
The AMS Executive welcomes you
back to another school year! We
encourage you to get involved in
your student union, whether it's
helping out the new Tangent
magazine or volunteering for any
of the above services. Feel free to
rop by the Alma Mater Society
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ok forward to meeting you!
and employers, posting job orders and maintaining job boards,
some typing and data entry, administering and organizing office seminars and programs and other duties as specified by the
Director. Qualifications: familiar with MS Windows, good
communications skills, enjoy working with students and employers. Interest or experience in Human Resources and developing office skills an asset. Training provided. The length of
the volunteer assignments are only eight months, from Sept
1996-April 1997. Hours will be flexible around student's schedule. Apply in person to Chris Allison, Director of Joblink or
phone 822-5627 (Mon-Fri between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm).
Deadline is Friday, September 13,1996.
AMS Volunteers Services is looking for volunteers to
get involved in a variety of different areas. They include: advising and referral, publicity, volunteer policy and management,
The Student Leadership Conference, Volunteer Fair, Job
Shadow Program and fundraising Descriptions for volunteers in all of these areas are available at Volunteer Services in
the SUB Concourse. Deadline is Friday, September 13th, 1996.
Safewalk is looking for volunteers interested in campus safety! For only 2 hours a week, Safewalk volunteers will
escort other UBC students and staff to go to any campus
destination after dark. Safewalk is expanding to have a second
desk to serve evening classes in Buchanan so everyone is welcome to volunteer. Applications are available in the SUB concourse at the new Safewalk desk, the new Speakeasy desk, and
Volunteer services. Please drop off your application at SUB
238. All applicants will be contacted for an interview. No
specific deadline, though shifts will begin at the end of September.
These student services are provided for
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UBC left to pay a load
by Ian Gunn
UBC wanted its students to pay more—at
least $100 more—for their education this
year despite a government-imposed
tuition fee freeze.
The university planned to increase the
ancillary fees UBC students already pay
and add a new student fee to cover the
university's sewage-removal bill. These
changes would have added about $ 110 to
the bills of most full-time undergraduate
Shortly after the plan
became public in late
May, however, the university dropped it due to the
intervention of the NDP
In a May 22 letter to
the university, Deputy
Minister of Education
Garry Wouters voiced the government's
concern "that these fees are not consistent
with either the spirit or intent of the
Premier [sic] commitment to making
post-secondary education affordable by
freezing tuition fees."
The Premier's tuition freeze commitment and the fee intervention came in the
middle of last spring's provincial election
"There is no question in my mind that
this was a clear attempt to circumvent the
tuition freeze," said Alma Mater Society
President David Borins.
But university president David
Strangway said that by having the increases quashed, the AMS simply thwarted university attempts to support students. The
rejection of these increases, Strangway
wrote in a letter to The Ubyssey last
month, "hampered [the university] in its
efforts to provide direct support to its students."
The increases were to be made through
the Student Bursary Fee Fund and the
Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Fund. Both fees already existed; increases
in both had been announced and
approved as part of a multi-year schedule
detailed in the 1993-1994 Calendar.
"There is no question in my mind
that this was a clear attempt to
circumvent the tuition freeze."
David Borins
AMS President
The new Vancouver Sewage Charge
was to help pay the University's sewage
bill. For the first time in 70 years, the City
of Vancouver plans to charge the university for its sewage removal.
To make the payment, Strangway said,
the university asked for the province for
more grant money, but the request was
denied. It then tried luisuccessftilly to
charge students the fee—$1.25 per credit,
according to the AMS—to make up the
This leaves the university, Strangway
wrote, with "no source of funding to
meet [this] recurring charge.
Consequently, UBC's ability to provide
services to its students [is] even further
Borins said he feels some sympathy for
the university's financial bind, but said
there was no way he could let the fee
increases stand.
"If we'd been hit with the sewage fee it
would not have ended there," Borins told
The Ubyssey. "We were getting into a situation where students were paying direcdy
for the physical plant—that's quite a precedent."
Part of the problem, said Borins, is that
the university has no firm policy on ancillary fees. While 'special fees'
for applications, transcripts,
field trips in some courses
and similar services are
detailed in the Calendar,
there is no clear policy outlining ancillary fees.
The University Act clearly
allows   the   Board  of Governors "to fix, determine and
collect the fees to be paid for instruction,
research and all other activities in the university."
However, a legal opinion sought by the
AMS in the mid-'80s questions whether
the university can institute new fees without consulting its students. The student
union never pursued the matter in court.
In Ontario, the Harris government
recently required its universities to negotiate 'protocols' with their student associations when bringing in new ancillary
fees. "It is something that I'd like the NDP
to look at for BC," Borins said.
Neither Strangway nor Dan Birch,
UBC's Vice President Academic, could be
reached for direct comment at press
time. ♦
What aire
.mdllary fees?
There are three kinds of ancillary fees
at UBC: fees which must be paid but are
not strictly tuition fees.
•What the UBC calendar calls "Special
Fees," covering administrative charges for
transcripts, applications etc.
•Fees paid to the AMS, undergraduate
societies, the graduate society and The
•Miscellaneous ancillary fees such as
the Student Activity Fee, the Teaching and
Learning Enhancement Fund and the
Student Recreation Centre Fee.
The AMS and University have disagreed
over ancillary fees in the past.
In 1985 UBC introduced the Student
Activity Fee which was highly controversial at the time. Many students viewed it
as a way to circumvent an agreement preventing the university from raising fees
without a student referendum.
Originally pegged at $32 in 1985, the
Student Activity Fee has seen a -dramatic
rise. By 1991-92 it reached $46.50 and has
since jumped to its current $125.22,
meaning it has nearly tripled in five years.
Fees at other universities:
The type of ancillary fees charged to
students vary enormously between universities, making fair comparison difficult.
Total andllary fees for the 96-97 school
year - as defined and provided by the student's union at each school are:
SFU -$48.00
U of Alberta-$79.72
UBC - $220.00 (aprox. for full-time undergraduates Excludes rejected increases}
Queen's - $400.00
Sources: UBC Calendar, various student
unions, AMS Archivist-Researcher Sheldon
Where are we
going to eat?
With the impending loss of
Pacific Spirit Place Cafeteria,
many students are left wondering where to eat and
socialise next fall.
AMS Director of Administration Jennie Chen said
although the AMS offers
many food choices, "we simply can't handle the sort of
volume the cafeteria did on a
daily basis."
Currently, there are no concrete plans for the cafeteria
site, although Food Services'
Acting Director Judy Vaz said
there were several possibilities.
Some of the alternatives
recommended by the
Business Transition plan
♦UBC operating either
"branded" locations or
bringing in franchises.
•Allowing a developer to
build an Earl's type restaurant.
•Allowing a food operator to
develop and operate the
•Allowing ihe AMS to develop and manage the operations, basically leasing the
space from Food Services.
•"Selling" the space-to
Housing and Conferences.
For now Food Services b
doing their part to help students. If you are looking for
space to study, keep in mind
the restaurant-side of Trekkers
will remain open from 7.-00
pm to $00 pm for studying.
Mounting debt forces cafeteria shutdown
by Sarah O'Donnell
Students who rely on the SUB's Pacific Spirit
Place cafeteria are going to have to look elsewhere for a hot meal or somewhere to study as
of September 1997.
Increased competition, high overhead,
changing consumer habits and the recommendations of a university-commissioned study
combined to force UBC's Food Services department to schedule the closure of the campus'
largest food outlet.
Food Services acting Director Judy Vaz said
the decision was not a surprise. "We've always
had some losses at Pacific Spirit," she said.
"There was a debt on that particular location
and we have in the past been able to do well in
one place and subsidize another that doesn't
do so well."
It's a financial reality, Vaz said, that no
longer exists.
According to the UBC Food Services 1996-
9 7 Transition Business Plan compiled by Ernst
& Young, Food Services' market share dropped
over the past three years from 78 percent in
1992/93 to 75 percent in 1994/95. It's a loss,
the report said, "translating into a reduction in
revenues of $235,000."
And although campus food outlets across
the board are feeling the impact of tighter
financial times, the report cites AMS encroachment as one of the major threats to the revenues of Food Services.
"The AMS is non-union; they don't pay the
same wages or benefits that we pay," Vaz said.
"UntO recently, they were not paying the same
overheads that we did: physical plant, utili-
ties, etc. So their cost of doing business was
far less than ours, right next to our front
As for the unionized Food Services workers,
Pacific Spirit's impending shutdown has
employees worried about job security.
THIS SECTION CLOSED: this sign will be going up on the doors of Pacific Spirit Place cafeteria
next September, richard lam photo
"I'm concerned about what's happening
already with respect to this September," said
CUPE 116 President John Geppert.
"None of this is supposed to be taking place
until next year, but there already seems to be
some impact; people in the past who have been
getting hours scheduled for September aren't.
So there's already people who are essentially
out of work," he said.
CUPE National Representative Rhonda
Spence argued the report's emphasis on wages
and benefits of unionized employees was misguided.
"Wages and benefits for food service work
ers shouldn't be a big considerational factor in
the report," Spence told The Ubyssey.
"There's lots of flexibility in terms of the
union to look at alternatives of how the operation runs and provides for the needs of students without looking at issues that impact on
their wages and benefits," she said.
And regardless of what kind of food outiet is
put in the cafeteria's place, Geppert said the
union has put the university on notice it will
claim succession rights.
"Our members will work in whatever outlets the employer has there for them," Geppert
said. ♦ 4 SEPTEMBERS 1996
Gordon Campbell keeps his options open
 by J. Clark
UBC has a new MLA.
Glen Clark and the NDP may
have won the election in May, but
Liberal leader Gordon Campbell will
represent Vancouver-Point Grey—
the riding that includes UBC—for the
next four years.
In an interview from his constituency office last week, Campbell
told The Ubyssey "one of the goals
[the BC Liberal Party] has in the next
two or three years is to reach out to
young people."
Achieving that goal, however,
may take some effort. Although
Campbell won locally, it was Clark
and the NDP who appealed to stu
dents in the weeks leading up to the
election, largely through a well-
received tuition freeze announcement.
Despite the NDP's recent election
success with student voters, Campbell maintained the BC Liberal party
is "representing students better than
Glen Clark."
"Frankly I think the NDP played a
game with students in the pre-election period," he said, adding that
"tuition freezes don't last."
Campbell argued students need a
sense of stability in the long term.
When asked how this could be
achieved, Campbell suggested working with the universities. "The first
place [administrators] went was
tuition because they knew that
would hurt the most. I don't think
that is an acceptable attitude."
Since the election, the NDP government has put a freeze on all
major capital expenditures, and
recendy put a stop to all capital projects under one million dollars in
the field of education.
Campbell refused to say he was
against the current budget freezes,
but did said, "you obviously have to
spend according to your means—but
the first place I'd spend... in terms of
public funding, is in public health,
public education and public safety."
As the discussion turned to universities and corporate sponsorship,
Campbell was clear.
"I personally don't feel threatened at all by corporate sponsorship...I like opportunities for corporations to give back to the community. In fact it is just another name for
corporate philanthropy as far as I'm
And while he admitted corporate
funding of universities can benefit
the company, he dismissed the argument that wealthy banks make
money from poor students as
Nor did he see a problem with
banks taking over the administration of student loans; he said it was a
good experience for students to
establish a credit rating with a bank.
Campbell did, however, stress
that any student loan program
should be universally accessible. "If
a student wants to pursue a fine arts
degree or a degree in engineering or
law or teaching, that's up to the student to make that choice, not up to
the bank.
"If we establish our public goals
and our public objectives and we
could use some private resources to
help us meet those, I think we
should take advantage of that,"
Campbell added.
As Vancouver-Point Grey's MLA,
Campbell represents a riding made
up of two very different constituencies: students living in basements
and their landlords living upstairs.
Campbell said he hopes to bridge
this generational gap by spending
time on campus and talking to students, not just before the next election but throughout his term.
Mandatory computers not in UBC's future, says committee
by Neal Razzell
Acadia university's new plan requiring all first-
year students to have laptop computers has some
university officials contemplating a similar policy
for UBC's campus.
In May, UBC's Advisory Committee on
Information Technology (ACIT) talked extensively
about mandatory laptops for all. Although many
liked the idea, questions of funding, facilities and
philosophy left the plan floating in a binary void.
Forcing students to have computers, ACIT's
graduate representative Julie Dzerowicz said, will
create a whole different campus culture.
"Students have to realise this is a big thing. What
the university means to us is going to change."
ACIT itself, Dzerowicz said, formed to keep up
with that change and "get on the information technology bandwagon quickly—to stay in the loop."
UBC already implemented its Campus
Connectivity plan and is spending $ 15 to $20 million to wire the campus for wide-spread computer
networking by 1999.
But ACIT vice-chair Bob Goldstein said a fibre-
optic line rainiirig to every UBC classroom will not
necessarily lead to mandatory computer-use.
"There's absolutely no movement toward
requiring every student to own a computer,"
Goldstein said.
"The campus isn't prepared for it," AMS
Director of Finance and ACIT undergraduate representative Ryan Davies told The Ubyssey.
ACIT members—which include representatives
from commerce, law, computing, education,
library studies and both student societies—maintained there are no plans for a mandatory laptop
policy in the near future. However, a survey being
circulated by the university asks students if they
would consider "renting a computer from the university for the school year at a reasonable price."
As ACIT considers UBC's technological future,
Acadia officials have already made up their mind.
Beginning this week, all first-year students in computer science and business administration will be
required to use an IBM notebook computer with a
By the year 2000 all Acadia students will be
obliged to take notebook computers to class.
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If s the Real Thing. SEPTEMBERS 1996
Four tonnes of books accompany Neu dean
by Faith Armitage
After only 10 weeks as head of UBC's largest faculty, Shirley
Neuman has already built another library on campus—in
her Buchanan B office.
Neuman, who replaces Pat Marchak as Dean of Arts,
moved about 8500 pounds of books from her office as chair
ofthe University of Alberta's Women's Studies department
to her new digs; it was enough books to require three wall-
to-wall bookshelves and a ladder.
It's the rest of her faculty's facilities, Neuman says, that
leave much to be desired. "The physical maintenance of
Buchanan building is the poorest I've seen at a university in
North America," she complains.
But despite Buchanan's weathered state, she says, that's
not the worst of it. At least Buchanan is not a condemned
building. "Teaching is going on in this faculty in condemned buildings," she notes.
And while the faculty's real estate woes are trying, eliminating Arts' political discord may prove even more diffi
cult. Neuman's six year term begins only one year after the
McEwen Report—a university-commissioned investigation
which found a basis for allegations of sexism and racism
within the political science department—divided the faculty
of Arts and ravaged its reputation.
Though she says McEwen's analysis is "deeply flawed,"
Neuman believes the report's fallout has brought positive
changes to the department in the shape of faculty guidelines for complaints and departmental self-examination.
Her plan now is to aid the healing process.
"My agenda for the Political Science department is to
help it get about its business. It's a good department," she
asserts. "They ought to get back to the business of teaching
and researching."
The biggest challenge, Neuman anticipates, will be adapting her faculty to new educational—and marketplace requirements. "The challenge will be taking the great disciplinary
knowledge and long term commitment that Arts faculties
have had to liberal arts education and making that work" in
a world that demands specialisation and hard skills.
How much is Arts worth?
by Faith Armitage
Is the Faculty of Arts the poor cousin
at UBC? The answer depends on how
you measure wealth.
"In terms of straight funding, a science student is worth more," UBC
Institutional Research and Planning
manager Walter Sudmant said.
Looking at straight lading—annual faculty budget divided by the number of students in the faculty—a
Science student is worth $6,461; an
Arts student $4,677, and an
Engineering student $7,140.
But those figures are misleading,
said Sudmant. The university weights
allotments considering that it costs
more to teach some programs—like
lab and supply-intensive sciences—
than others.
These "weighted" full-time equivalent (FTE) values average out at $2877
for any one student at UBC, or $2 906 for
an Arts student $2602 for a Science student and $2783 for a medical student
"When you're comparing weighted
FTE's, you're supposedly making fair
comparisons," continued Sudmant.
"It's an ongoing problem at universi
ties to make allocations equitable. We
try the best we can with weighed FTEs
but I don't think it's perfect."
If worth is measured in square feet,
the faculties of Science and Arts appear
to balance out. Campus planning analyst Peter Jia noted the Faculty of Arts
acquired two new buildings in recent
years—the School of Social Work and
the Asian Centre. As for sciences, the
Advanced Materials Processing and
Engineering Building and the Centre
for Integrated Computer Systems
Research have been built in about the
same time frame. ♦
UBC admissions looks beyond grades
by Sarah O'Donnell
Grades are no longer everything in some UBC faculties.
According to UBC Registrar Richard Spencer, a steadily
increasing grade point average forced the university's senate to consider frameworks where faculties can bring forward proposals for alternative admissions requirements.
Until last fall the only way students could get into UBC
was with high grades; extra-curricular activities didn't count.
It was a system, said Dean of Forestry Clark Binkley, that
wasn't entirely fair.
"We distinguish a 2.83 from a 2.84 and that's nuts. It's
nuts for a whole host of reasons," Binkley said. "It's nuts in
the first place as those small distinctions in GPA probably
have very little to do with predicting outcomes of success."
Binkley said students who wish to be considered under
the new policy must meet the minimum 67 percent
entrance requirement to get into the university and write
an essay featuring the things they've done to demonstrate
their commitment to forestry.
"If there's a good case to make that this person has other
capacities and characteristics that are going to help them be
good professionals and good students, we're anxious to
have them," Binkley said.
Both Spencer and Binkley told The Ubyssey the response
to the new broad-based admissions policy has been overwhelmingly positive.
"The only response we get is 'it's about bloody time UBC
did something more sensible like this,'" Binkley said.
Currently, only the faculties of Forestry and Applied
Science will accept up to 15 percent of their applicants
under the new non academic guidelines.
Simon Fraser University also recently implemented a
similar policy. ♦
Shirin Foroutan, president of the Arts Undergraduate
Society, says she's hopeful about relations between the AUS
and the new dean. "Every single one of our councillors
thought she was phenomenal," says Foroutan. "She seems
extremely open to ideas and never gives off an attitude that
she knows everything.
Neuman chaired the English department at the
University of Alberta for three years before becoming the
first chair of the Edmonton campus' Women's Studies
Back in her new library, Neuman doesn't seem to
despair over the state of the arts buddings. While she says
she expects the NDP's freeze on capital spending ended any
plans for new Arts facilities, Neuman intends "to keep moving this renovation and building process along." ♦
PATRICIA NEUMAN faces the challenge of adapting the
Faculty of Arts to the new requirements of the 90s-in
buildings which should have been retired in the 80s.
Entry stats tell story
Enrolment quotas and minimum GPA required by
UBC for admission from secondary school, based on
four Grade 12 subjects. Source: Registrar's Office.
Bachelor of Arts
Minimum GPA
Bachelor of Science
Minimum GPA
Bachelor of Applied Science
Quota 450
Minimum GPA 78%
94/95    95/96    96/97
450       500
80%      80%
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Student Internet access gets upgrade
by Ian Gunn
UBC students now have improved dial-in access to the
World Wide Web via their Netinfo accounts thanks to
upgrades introduced by University Computing Services
Late last week the UCS introduced SLIP/PPP connections
for all students with Netinfo accounts. SLIP/PPP dial-in
access allows students to connect to the Internet from home
with special 'client' software such as Eudora and Netscape.
The existing Netinfo menus, e-mail and text-only access
to the Web remain largely unchanged. "This is just for people with the right PCs and software," noted Jack Leigh of
UCS. "The old [text menu] system still works like it did."
Eudora makes writing, reading and sorting e-mail faster
and easier than the text menu system Netinfo users are
used to. Netscape lets users point-and-click their way across
the World Wide Web with full graphics. Users with fast
modems and multi-media computers will also be able to
receive sound and moving pictures.
Both programs—and the thousands like them designed
for SLIP/PPP connections—make the user's computer do
more of the work, allowing them to make use of the colour,
menus and mouse commands in Windows and on the
Macintosh. But, like so much software, the more hi-tech the
user's computer, the better they work. Students with older
computers may find the existing Netinfo menu system
faster and less frustrating.
Students using the SLIP/PPP connection will also use
their 10 hours/month time allotment more quickly. The
clock runs twice as fast for SLIP/PPP users Leigh said. "One
second on the old system become two seconds using the
new one. The limit for SLIP/PPP use is five hours per
Another part of the Netinfo system upgrade is the installation of faster modems, new terminal servers and more
telephone lines. The result, UCS said, should be faster connections and fewer busy signals. The new modems and
servers were installed last week; the 50 new phone lines
will be installed over the coming weeks.
UCS is offering Netinfo SLIP/PPP users software packages for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Macintosh users for
$ 10 to help them get started with the Web, newsgroups, e-
mail, telnet and ftp access via PPP.
All the software is also readily available—free of charge-
on the Internet, but is, ironically, far easier to find, download and set-up if it is already installed and working on your
Netinfo accounts are available free-of charge to all UBC
students as a joint project ofthe UBC Library and University
Computing Services.
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Broadway-Longheed corridor
Beginning September 3rd, 1996
BC Transit is pleased to introduce the 99 B-Line - a new, faster
and more frequent transit service connecting Lougheed Mall to
the University of British Columbia with limited stops in between.
The 99 B-Line runs along the Broadway/Lougheed corridor.
Westbound service starts at approximately 6 am Monday to
Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday. Eastbound, 99 B-Line
service begins at approximately 6:30 am Monday to Friday,
and at 8 am on Saturday.
B-Line between Lougheed Mall and UBC
The 99 B-Line buzzes between Lougheed Mall and UBC in
about one hour with stops at Austin, Brentwood Mall, Boundary,
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and Alma, on both westbound and eastbound trips. Because of
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Bee on time!
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run every 30 minutes during the daytime and every 15 minutes
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Transit System SEPTEMBERS 1996
Stories sizzle in the summer heat
Disk Rmkx slams k Hmnsit
Student!) could see lower transit
tires and higher parking lens at
UBC if the recommendations of
a citizens task forre are iinple
A five month study by the
Vancouver Task Force on
Transportation Access to IJBC
anil the University I.ndnwmunt
Lands {.'EI.) rcn>mint.ndt-d a
drastic nvcrhaul or transit ser
vice to campus and limits on
vehicle: amv
HC Transit said although lh*»
suggestions are admirable lho\
cannot he inipk'iTiriiu.d ovur
'Many ul th.!!..' re.omnu.nda
tioria arc not a surprise ' said BC
Transit's Director of Strategic
Wanning, Glen l-eic-ester 'We
certainly believe then' is room
for growth iu tht* UBC market
but it is not something we ran
dn alune Wu will nerd help
from UBC and city*
Leicester said funding is the
major hurdle blocking a special
bus pass system for I IRC <rtu-
dfiits; while BC Transit would
like to pvc students cheaper bus
fan's, tin1 company need", more
buses to nim't tht? uuTPanr-d traf
fir passes will iTf<atf"
AMS Coordinator oi External
AITair-s Allison Dunn ft who ir>
cuirrntly working on u .student
pass program witii BC Traa-iL
agreed "I'm hopeful, hut the
({iicition is 'who l«. uning lo fund
it' and no one ii jumping fur
ward tn do that'
"Hut" afar added "I think
wp 11 find th*« money from some
where because tins is worth
doing' Ian llunn
MAKING A STINK: Students have had enough of being packed onto crammed buses on sweaty, rainy days
The AMS executive killed AMS Programs
Director Pam Tagle's four year old "Daby,"
Subsonic Thursdays, this summer due to financial cutbacks and what she called a "forced
change in philosophy."
Last year Subsonic Thursdays ran nearly
$ 11,000 over its $ 19,000 AMS subsidy. Tagle's
Student Environment Centre rejects
Coke money
The AMS is considering signing a deal that would
give exclusive marketing rights to a long distance
phone company.
At their July 24 meeting, council gave approval
in principle to a deal
oudined in a letter
of intent that would
give "exclusive
rights to market ...
telecommunications services to
AMS members."
AMS President
David Borins told
council the deal
could mean
$25,000 to $30,000
proposed 1996-97 budget of $31,000 set the
executive committee thinking.
"It was quite a large subsidy going to one
event," said AMS Director of Finance Ryan
So they axed it.
Students will now pay nearly twice the previous Subsonic cover to see higher-profile bands
on the new Pit stage. —Neal Razzell
a year for the student society.
The strength of the deal, said Borins, is that a
petition of 1000 signatures would kill the deal
instandy, unlike last year's exclusive deal with Coke
which had no escape clauses.
But while the letter of intent does say the "agreement is cancellable" if the AMS receives 1000 student signatures opposing it, there is nothing which
requires the student union to do so.
Members of the Graduate Student Society tried
to have the wording changed to "will be cancelled"
but had their motion voted down.
Borins made it clear that his intention in wording the deal was that the contract would be immediately cancelled if 1000 students objected. "I didn't consider the wording until it was raised at council," he said
Council clarified its position at the following
meeting. -Federico Barahona
Promoting clean air is dirty business
At least that is what members of the
Student Environment Centre (SEC) discovered when they received a university grant
intended to promote their annual Clean Air
Day activities.
According to the SEC's Information
Coordinator Trina Hamilton, the resource
group withdrew its $5000 application from
a university-AMS projects fund when they
thought they would have to advertise
Coke's logo on Clean Air Day promotional
"We felt that by having to advertise
[Coke], we were selling out," said Hamilton.
"The money should be given to students
without stipulations put on it."
The fund, which is a result of the university's
exclusive cold beverage agreement with Coca-
Cola, is supposed to be available to campus organizations with worthy projects.
—Steven B.A. Emery
Research on a smokeless cigarette at UBC had anti-smoking
activists and some faculty members tuning about the
ethics of industry-sponsored research.
Al issue is a $300,000 research grant to UBC's faculty of
medicine from ItfR Nabisco, a US cigarette manufacturer.
Bob Broughtoa president of a Vancouver anti-smoking
group, argued that public institutions like UBC and SL
Paul's Hopital, where the research is being conducted,
should not host research projects funded by tobacco companies.
If they've bought into UBC, they've bought access to that
facility,' he warned.
Study researcher Dr. James Hogg, defended the study,
saying "I wish people didn't smoke. But they do and I suspect they're going to continue. We're hoping that we might
make things better.* -Neal Razzell
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Students in the Acadia Park family housing
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The students used a clause in the provincial rent protection act that gives renters 30
days to challenge any increase they consider
Three  Acadia  tenants  took their  cases
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favour ofthe students each time.
"The three people who did it won it for us all,"
said Toby Willis-Camp, general coordinator of the
Acadia Tenants Association.
But UBC Housing says the victory comes at their
AMS resource groups were surprised to learn their
budgets would be cut this year, despite a spring referendum which guaranteed funding for the groups.
The AMS cut the lump sum that four groups —
Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals of UBC, the Global
Development Centre, the Student Environment
Centre and the Women's Centre — have traditionally
split four ways. The addition of another group, Colour
Connected Against Racism, means the groups will
now have to split less money five ways, instead of
AMS Director of Finance Ryan Davies said deficit
repayment, an increase in an Innovative Programs
Fund and a budgeting error mean less money is available for student services this year. —J. Clark
expense. The increases, they explained, were to
cover things like campus road-ways and lighting.
Because of the decision, said Assistant Director of
Residence Administration Robert Frampton,
Housing is "caught between a rock and a hard
place." -Sarah O'Donnell
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T-Birds hope for repeat of '95
by Wolf Depner
Women's soccer head coach Dick Mosher hopes his
sense of dejd vu continues all year.
Last season, Mosher brought twelve new recruits
into the fold, hoping they could fill the void left by the
departure of several high-calibre players.
And to everybody's surprise, the Birds won their
fourth consecutive Canada West Championship and
grabbed the Bronze medal at the CIAU National
'We were not even supposed to win Canada West
last year," quipped Mosher.
Like 1995, the 1996 team will look almost completely different from the previous year as it makes a
run for the national championship.
But winning a national championship is by no
means improbable considering Mosher's coaching
Since coming to UBC in 1986, he has guided the
Men's team to five CIAU championships and would
like to do nothing more than to coach the women's
team to a national tide.
Goa .tending
With 1992 All-Canadian Kathy Sutton gone, veteran Lisa Archer is the odds-on-favorite to start
between the pipes in the season opener on
September 15. She will be challanged by Sarah
Collings, keeper for BC's under-19 team. Mosher has
said that both will get a chance to play, but only time
will tell who will earn the starting job.
Last year, UBC played with four defenders in the
back. This year's team will be more offensive-minded
and Jessica Mann will move up to central midfield.
Collette Flint and Denise Kuhn are well-seasoned veterans and will anchor a defence that gave up few
goals last year. Rookies Veronica Leie and Lyndsey
Clerkson will also help in the future.
With 1995 Canada West MVP Heidi Slaymaker
and Jacquline Tweedle gone, there are big holes to fill
in the midfield. Mosher hopes that Leanne McHardy,
Jessica Mann and Nicole Krause, back after a year's
hiatus, can fill the gaps. Zoe Adrian, who led UBC
with three game-winning goals last year, will continue to play a prominent role in the offensive midfield.
1993 All-Canadian Tammy Crawford will once
again lead the attack. Her six goals in 1995 were second only to Calgary's Mel Blair who put the onion in
the bag eight times last season. But Kelly Matheson is
gone and her five goals will be sorely missed. She will
be replaced by National team member Randy
Hethrington who transfered from Langara College.
The Competition
Alberta should be the team to beat this year according to Mosher, while Calgary is another likely contender. Only time will tell how Victoria will perform
following major line-up changes, while Lethbridge
and Saskastchewan, are not expected to contend. If
last year was any indication, anything can happe n. ♦
HEADING INTO THE NEW SEASON-the UBC men's soccer team lost 4-1 in exhibition play to the defending
provincial champion Vancouver West Side of the premier league. Both men and women open their Canada
West regular seasons on September 15. andy bonfield photo
Birds hope to regain past glory
by Wolf Depner
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The men's soccer team would like to forget 1995.
Riddled with injuries, the defending national
champion T-Birds failed to qualify for the Canada
West post-season for the first time in six years after
winning the nationals five times in the last six years.
"Last year was not a banner year," said rookie
head coach Mike Mosher, who took over full-tinie
coaching duties in April after his father Dick Mosher
decided to focus on the women's team.
And despite his youth, Mosher is certainly qualified to handle the job ahead.
Playing for the Birds from 1987 and 1992, he was
instrumental in leading UBC to three national titles
(1989, 1990, and 1991), an All-Canadian in 1990,
and named Most Valuable Player for the 1989 CIAU
Championship tournament.
While at UBC, he played four years of professional
soccer in the now defunct Canadian Soccer League
and captained the Olympic Team from 1988 to 1992.
Mosher hopes that the   1996  season marks a
return to the winning ways ofthe past. "I'm confident
that we have enough talent to move forward."
The starting goal-tending situation is in good
hands with Mike Franks, currendy playing with the
Vancouver 86ers. He is backed up by last year's
reserve keeper Mike Papageorge, who also plays for
Canada's Junior National team. Both will benefit
from the presence of former UBC stand-out keeper
Pat Onstad who returns to Point Grey as Mosher's
Mosher is still experimenting with the backline,
but will have to do without the departed Rick Hikida
who provided stability to a defense ravaged by injury
last year. His centre-back position will be taken by Ed
Bradford, a Fraser Valley College transfer. Jason
Levitt, who played with UBC in 94/95, will play the
left-back position and is expected to provide leadership on the field. Team Captain James Prescott and
the versatile Carl Williamson round up a veteran
Mosher has brought some fresh faces into the
middle to complement returning veterans Simon
Daniels and Ken Strain, who was second in team
scoring with four goals. He is particularly keen on
High School stand-out Dan Rogers. Veteran Nico
Berg, currendy playing with the 86ers, will help
Sean Margison, who led the team with five goals
last year, won't be back. Mosher counts on SFU transfer Jaz Atwell and Olympic team member Troy Wood,
who missed most of last year due to injury, to provide
offensive punch.
The Competition
The Alberta Golden Bears have made it to the
CIAU final the past two years, only to have come up
short both times. Expect them to be strong again this
year. The Calgary Dinosaurs were last year's most
improved team and can't be counted out, nor can the
Victoria Vikes. Lethbridge and Saskatchewan, meanwhile, are more pretenders than contenders. ♦ SEPTEMBERS 1996
Prairie Dawgs ground Birds air attack
Tbe Break down
T-Bird interceptions:
T-Bird penalties in yards:
Tackles for leading
tackier Dan Elliot of UBC:
c „■«      '■,'   ■$
Yards passing for leading
passer Jason Day of UBC:
Yards rushing for leading
rusher Doug Rozon of U of S.
by Bronwen Thompson
The Sheaf
The T-Birds kicked off the 1996
football season the way they finished the 1995 season: losing to
the Saskatchewan Huskies, this
time 34-16 in front of 4,000 fans
at Grifford Stadium in Saskatoon.
The game's turning point came
late second quarter when
Huskies'running back Jason
Fielden scored his second touchdown on a short one-yard scamper
to give the home team a 20-1 lead.
An 8 5-yard touchdown carry by
UBC rookie imining back Akbal
Singh narrowed the margin to 21-8
twenty seconds later. But Matt
Kellett's forty -yard field goal at
half s end snuffed out any offensive
momentum the Birds might have
had going into the second half.
Hampered by penalities (14 for
139 yards) and costly turnovers,
UBC's offense showed signs of life
midway through the third quarter
when fifth-year pivot Jason Day
hooked up with Simon Beckow for
a 22-yard touchdown reception.
Rookie receiver Brad Courts then
caught the two-point convert, cutting the Huskies' lead down to 2 6-
But it was too little too late as
the T-Bird offence never got on
track. The kicking game struggled
badly as Ryan McWhinney was
zero for three, missing from 23,
34, and 48 yards.
Starting his first game in over a
season, UBC pivot Jason Day com-
RUNNINC BACK Akbal Singh leans into one of his eight runs on Saturday. On his longest, Singh went 85
yards for a touchdown, may rodon photo
pleted 23 out of 26 passes for 271
yards and one touchdown, but he
threw three cosuy interceptions.
"Offense-wise, we weren't able
to capitalize on our red zone situations," said rookie Akbal Singh,
who finished the game with 119
yards on eight carries.
UBC head coach Casey Smith
was less than pleased by the
game's outcome.
"I think the guys played very
physically. Obviously, we had a lot
of breakdowns," he said. "I felt like
we kind of beat ourselves in a lot
of situations."
But  Smith  also  gave   credit
where it was due. '[The Huskies]
played really well today,' he
Huskie running back Jason
Fielden opened the scoring at 5:30
ofthe first quarter on a three yard
run, capping a six-play drive.
UBC scored its first point on a
missed 23-yard field goal attempt
by Ryan McWhinney. Huskies'
defensive back Jason Weber then
intercepted a Jason Day pass early
in the second quarter and
returned it 26 yards for a TD to
give the Huskies a 13-1 lead.
Fielden then scored his second
touchdown    for    Saskatchewan
before Singh's 85-yard touchdown
run for UBC.
The Birds' opened up the second half by giving up a safety to
the Huskies' defence. Brad Courts
and Simon Beckow, who led all
receivers with 120 yards on 10
receptions, almost brought the
Birds back.
Huskie Greg Meikle's spectular
60-yard TD reception early in the
fourth-quarter finished the scoring.
It's now back to drawing board
for head coach Smith and the
Birds, who will host the Alberta
Golden Bears this Friday. ♦ 10 SEPTEMBER 4, 1996
Field Hockey Birds seek Gold in 96/97
By Ben Ellison and Wolf Depner
Timing is everything.
And the Women's Field Hockey
team found that out the hard way
last season, losing their only game
in 1995 when it mattered the
most: in the CIAU final against
surprise-finalist University of
Victoria Vikes.
With ten minutes left in the
game, UVic scored the game's
lone goal off a corner, spoiling
what truly could have been a
remarkable season for the T-Birds.
Third-year head coach Hash
Kanjee still thinks about last year,
but is more focussed on the future.
'Results have started to come,'
says the soft-spoken Kanjee who
has coached UBC to one Bronze
and one Silver medal so far.
And they will have to come
from a team that is very   different from last year's edition.
Out of fifteen players on the
roster in 1995, only eight are
back, but Kanjee is not overly
concerned. 'We are building a
new team, but I think this team
will be as talented as last year's."
Ann Harada proved beyond
any doubt that she can get the job
done in goal. Starting all sixteen
games as a rookie, she strung
together ten consecutive shutouts before giving up the losing
goal to Victoria in the CIAU finals.
With defensive stalwart
Stephanie Munro gone, high
school standout Andrea Shannon
will take over at the sweeper position. 1995 starter Genevieve
Adams is also back, but the back
line will have do without the reliable Naomi Harding for the season due to injury. Expect halfback
Julie Willan to take on a larger role.
Definitely the Birds' strength.
Centre midfielder Jacqollyne
Morrisonn, who is on the Junior
National team, had an excellent
campaign in 1995 and will
improve even further.
_/' Dallas Plensky, who came off
the bench last year as a rookie, is
expected to start. High School
standouts Kim Buker and Jenn
Dowdeswell, another Junior
National team member, will further bolster a young midfield
loaded with talent.
Ayra Davy, who led the team
with eighteen goals last season,
is gone. So is Laura Prellwitz who
was second in scoring with sixteen markers. Juhli Morrisonn,
however, is back and is set to
continue her outstanding play.
Veteran starter Sherry Victor also
returns and Lesly Magnus, who
has made significant improvements over last season, should
also help up front.
The Competition
UBC is the team to beat in the
Canada West heading into the season. The biggest challange for the
Birds will come from the perennial powerhouse Victoria Vikes,
while the Calgary Dinosaurs are
expected to emerge as new force
in Canada West. The Alberta
Golden Bears and Manitoba
Bisons both look to improve their
on 1995 results, but don't expect
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Football, fun and frisbee gives the ultimate high
by Wolf Depner
UBC's Open Ultimate Frisbee team has little
left to prove on the field after its first season.
Ranked eighth-best in North America,
the team now enters its second season with
optimism. And there is no reason why the
team should suffer through a dreaded
sophomore slump.
Loaded with talent and coached by one
of Canada's best players, the Birds are the
heavy odds-on favorite to win the second-
annual Canadian University Ultimate
Championship in Waterloo this October.
Last year, the Birds finished a disappointing third in that tournament.
'We are going to have some good play
ers,' said co-captain Alex Rosenzcweig. 'The
questions is ... can we afford to go [to
Last year, the team received support
from an Alumni fund.
But that support is not available this year,
leaving the team with an uncertain future.
Although recognised as a member of
UBC Athletics, the team receives minimal
funding from the department and relies on
fund-raising and outside contributions to
ease travel expenses.
And Rosenczweig doesn't think that will
change in the foreseeable future. 'We are
going to play it by the year.'
Director of UBC Athletics Bob Philip sympathises with the team's situation. But with
budget cuts and increased operating costs
on the horizon, 'right now there is no
money to put in a new program," he said.
"The first priority is to maintain existing
The team has sought out commercial
sponsors, but Ultimate is still an unknown
entity in the business world.
'I was calling up and sending out faxes to
all these companies, and I never received
any responses,' lamented Rosenzcweig.
The team's financial situation may be
shaky, but it proved last May that it can
compete against top-level US competition.
Playing in the US Collegiate Western
Regional tournament in Santa Cruz in May,
the Birds finished 8-3 and earned major
accolades from opposing teams for their
spirited play. But the team was not welcomed by everybody, according to
"The captain for California Poly told us
that they didn't like us because we are
Canadians,' he said. "That was a surprise to
us and when we beat them they were not all
that pleased.'
Overall, the team was happy with its performance.
And the Birds will have an extra incentive next year thanks to a recent decision
made by the Ultimate Players Association,
Ultimate's governing body in United States,
which allows Canadian teams to compete
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UBC Athletics announced that UBC students will
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Hogtown Sharks
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With seven current students and
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the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Former UBC student Carey
Nelson placed 35th in the Men's
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Ex-UBC star Erminia Russo
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student Paul Hannam finished
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Delegates from forty countries
spent five days last month in
a small village in Chiapas,
La Realidad, answering the
Zapatistas' call to discuss
alternatives to the new
political wave, neo-liberalism.
 by Federico Araya Barahona
Fiona tells it like this, right on the
outskirts of Mexico City, on the edge of
the Chiapas jungle, people stand in line,
waiting to be checked. She looks back.
She sees a long snake of people that goes
all the way up the road, where her eyes
can no longer see. The guards search
her bag, looking for booze, drugs and
weapons. Comandante David is talking
the whole time, announcing the different delegates' countries as they arrive.
Nonstop marimba music plays on. And
then, as the guards go through her stuff,
she notices one thing: they unpack her
bags and then they pack them up again,
making an intrusive search seem less
intrusive. Back in Canada, she notes, a
search like this is meant to be intrusive,
issues of respect are not an issue. She
knows she's entering a different space,
like nowhere she's ever been before. It
feels like a sanctuary in a precarious
position, but a sanctuary nonetheless.
The Mexican army waits not too far
away, hiding in the cornfields, fully
armed, ready to go. This is where
Mexico—the   old   Mexico-
ends. And this is where the
new Mexico begins. This is
Zapatista land, and there will
be no more games from here
debated possible alternatives to neo-liberalism. The Zapatistas were interested
in creating discussion; it wasn't really
their style, they said, to direct people
into any particular frameworks.
"Anybody who was expecting a lot of
direction from the Zaps was sorely disappointed," says Athene Lohan, a
Vancouver community activist who has
just returned from Chiapas. "They made
it clear that this was a space for us to go
nuts; do anything we wanted to. They
wanted to hear what kind of discussions
we were going to have, they wanted to
hear what we had to say, they wanted to
learn...be able to get a direction themselves from what came out of these discussions."
People reacted differently to the idea.
"There were some people who wanted the Zapatistas to be very present and
articulate at the discussions," says
Lohan. "Some people really wanted
Fiona Jeffries, Latin America
Conexxions editorial coordinator
agrees: "A lot of us thought we were
going to hear about these wonderful
strategies from the Zapatistas...but then
after the initial disappointment we
thought, it'll be interesting,"
The way it evolved, the Zapatistas
stood back and the delegates took over.
"The whole thing got rolling really
fast," says Jeffries.
The reporter asks: What
would make the Zapatistas
lay down their weapons?
"A new world," responds
Subcomandante Marcos.
ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE-mostfy
sociologists, activists, writers
and artists—from all around
the world met in Chiapas to
attend the Zapatistas'
Intercontinental Conference for
Humanity and Against Neohberalism
The purpose of the conference, as
Subcomandante Marcos put it was finding ways to "build a new world where all
worlds have a place"; a world where no
one is marginalised, nor disposessed.
From July 27 to August 3, delegates
Russian filmaker Pavel Luguin says to a
Mexican reporter "Here I
find myself between two
times and two spaces-
International Zapatismo
is born"
A Zapatista statement from January 31,
1994 reads: "We have
only one face and
among us but a single
thought. Our word
walks with the truth. In
life and in death we
will continue our journey. As yet there is no
pain in death, but
rather hope in life.
A MAYAN farmer at work.
if by magic, things are different on the
other side. She now feels safe walking
alone at night, something she doesn't
feel back home when she goes to the
Folk Festival on Jericho Beach. In this
community, people respect her and no
one is going to mess with her. A funny
feeling considering that the Mexican
army is close by, waiting, listening.
She listens to Comandante David as
he welcomes the different delegations
and everyone cheers and claps. Then
everyone is silent Off in the distance
she hears faint drurnming and music,
gradually getting louder. Fiona realises
that it's a procession made up of hundreds of people, holding torches, walking through the fog, down the hill.
Who were they, asks the reporter,
ZAPATISTAS TROOPS walk through the fi
Zapatistas, she answers. Zapatistas
walking down from the mountains.
Men, women, children, old folks, everyone.
authorities—disappeared—over the last
year in Mexico and "the whereabouts of
hundreds of others who 'disappeared'
in previous years remained unknown,"
according to Amnesty International's
1996 Report.
Torture is commonly used by the
Mexican authorities to obtain confessions from detainees, Amnesty says.
Their methods include: beatings, near-
asphyxiation with plastic bags and
water, forcing peppered water into the
nose, and electric shocks.
In September, Marciana Campos
Juarez, a human rights worker in the
state of Hidalgo, was kidnapped, beaten
and raped for speaking up against the
torture of others in her community.
Among other cases, Amnesty reports
that eight shoe-factory workers were
arrested on suspicion of belonging to
the Zapatistas. "They were allegedly tortured in a secret detention to make
them sign blank confessions before
being transferred to prison two days
later on various charges, including ter-
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A Mexican reporter notes that this
conference represents some kind of
new world record. This is the biggest
number of foreigners to have ever
assembled in the Chiapas Jungle; however, he is sure that Guinness won't be
interested. Another reporter wonders
why so many aging Latin American
intellectuals are so happy with the
Zapatistas when, it seems, they were
)g, down the hill, somewhere in Chiapas.
brought to the jungle to "skate in mud."
Subcomandante Marcos writes in
the Second Declaration of La Realidad:
How is happiness dreamed in Africa?
What marvels walk through the
European dream? How many mornings
surround the dream of Asia? What
music does the American dream prefer? How does the heart that dreams in
Oceania talk?"
Some facts about Chiapas.
Eighty percent of Chiapas' municipalities are in a state of "acute marginal-
isation," according to the Mexican government. Thirty percent of Chiapas'
population cannot read or write; 70 percent did not finish elementary school.
Over 35 percent ofthe state's dwellings
have no access to electricity; 80 percent
have no access to running water and
drainage. Nineteen percent have no
income. Forty percent receive less than
the minimum wage, currently $3/day.
Chiapas is, however, the largest generator of hydroelectric energy, responsible
for 55 percent of Mexico's hydropower.
The state is also the country's third
largest producer of gas and the fourth
biggest producer of oil.
main themes, each assigned a "table" in
a village.
Jeffries explains: "There were
between three and six hundred people
at each table. But then there were subdivisions within that. So our social table
was subdivided into civil society, marginalised people, anti-militarism, and
The Zapatistas intially divided the
conference into themes for practical
purposes. They asked delegates how
they felt about the divisions, recognising some of
them might be false.
"We had this huge
debate that lasted about 10
hours, off and on, trying to
tone it down," says Jeffries,
"so that people felt comfortable that there was some
kind of consensus about
how we were going to begin
to discuss these issues."
Lohan adds: "People
were very passionate. The
participation level was full
Much of the debate ctinured around women; would
they be included in all
tables, or would they be
included with the marginalised groups.
"It was the most impressive display
of democracy in action," says Lohan. "It
was painstaking, and at points it was
tedious...but it was work!"
In the end, each table and the marginalised groups included women. One
night was devoted to the women's
Once the discussion groups formed,
the delegates put forth their ponencias—
position papers.
"That was such a profound thing,"
says Jeffries. "People on the left are
always talking about having a holistic
analysis and that was happening right
there. People were acknowledging that
you can stand and talk about the ecology
and you could still stand up and say
something about women in maquilado-
ras and then the church. It was very
On the last day, the delegates wrote
up concrete proposals, including discoveries from the discussions, to make a
presentation at one final meeting with
all tables present.
gist theorises.
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano
speaks on the death of the welfare state
HOW DOES the heart that dreams in
Oceania talk?—Subcomandante
Marcos. Paulina hermosillo photo
in La Realidad. He says: "In this time of
privatisations and free markets, money
proposes to govern without interference. What is the role attributed to the
state?...The market will take care of the
other public services, and God will take
care of the poor, that is, if the police do
not get to them first."
French sociologist and historian
Alain Touraine theorises over the significance ofthe black masks the Zapatistas
wear. "The masks mean we are you, universality," he says. "I am a member of
my community, but with the voice ofthe
mountain I speak with the word—I am
For Danielle Miterrand, the late
French president's widow, the conference brought her to a realisation: "Here
in La Realidad, I understand that we are
in the middle of a process of humanitarian globalisation and that Marcos'
peace discourse is headed in the same
direction that we have been for years."
But to some, the vagueness of
Miterrand's language reveals the shortcomings of the conference. Journalist
Jose Blanco wonders in a Mexican weekly: "What does the 'process of humanitarian globalisation' entail? What organisation of society does it suggest? How
do we manage an economy capable of
reaching a 'humanitarian globalisation?"
Others point out that in the end, concrete proposals were rare and were usually part of more general ideas.
For Jeffries and Lohan, however, the
conference had a definite impact.
"The whole commitment to consensus in a very real way," says Jeffries,
"became part of what we were doing,
beyond what we were talking about
People became very aware ofthe importance ofthe process."
She believes the process is what's
going to create the new society. It will
not just end when you get power; the
process of getting there is just as important as actually being there.
"Obviously, there's always going to
be struggle," Jeffrey says. "It's not this
Utopian view of social change where all
of a sudden everything's going to be
/ used to stand around with
my head in the sand—until
one day someone ruffled
my feathers.
I can't believe you just
said that!
Who's behind
the mask?
by Jamie Woods
The Zapatistas draw their name and inspiration from legendary Mexican Revolution hero
Emiliano Zapata—a man assassinated by the
Mexican government in 1919 after attempting
to reestablish a traditional Mayan communal
land ownership system for the 1910-1917
Although        Zapatista        spokesperson
Subcomandante Marcos is Latino, the information in his messages are
determined by the indigenous communities within Zapatista controlled territory. All Zapatistas are subordinate to a civilian leadership; military offensives are not launched without its approval.
On the traditional political map, the Zapatistas are noticeably absent,
shunning the support of communist governments in Cuba, China and
Africa. They say they do not believe in traditional vanguard politics or even
in seizing state control.
While Marxists believe an intellectual elite committed to the interests
of the people should hold governing power, and capitalists believe wealth
is best generated by private land ownership, the Zapatistas are trying to
reestablish both communal land ownership and a place for a highly par
ticipatory civil society. It is a place where no person or group has control
over another. Their message is of particular relevance in a neo-liberal age,
where the globalisation of capital is dismantling the distributive role of
government, leaving the marginalised to fend for themselves.
In the words of the Zapatistas themselves: "Revolutionary change in
Mexico will be the result of struggle on various social fronts, with many
methods, under many social forms, with varying degrees of commitment
and participation. And the result will be not one of a parry, organisation or
coalition of organisations with its triumphant specific social proposal, but
a sort of democratic space for the resolution of confrontation." ♦
A Zapatista Chronology
^ by Jamie Woods
1982- Mexico reveals that it will be unable to pay off its foreign debts.
The international financial community responds by forcing Mexico to
slash wages and subsidies for the impoverished. In Chiapas, revolutionaries retreat into the jungle, forming the EZLN (Zapatista National Liberation
1992- The Mexican government changes Article 2 7 of the Constitution,
doing away with the legal basis for collective land ownership. That opened
the way for the conglomeration of landholdings by private interests. The
seeds of NAFTA are sown. On the 500th anniversary ofthe colonisation of
the Americas, Mayan peasants stage a demonstration in the Chiapas capi
tal of San Cristobal de las Casas, destroying a statue of conquistador Diego
de Mazazriegos.
1993- The Mexican government denies persistent reports of guerrilla
activity in the Chiapas jungle, so as not to jeopardise US Congressional
approval of NAFTA.
1993- NAFTA is ratified. Chiapas is the poorest state in Mexico, according to The LA Times. Army repression escalates; Mayan civilians are tortured, their houses looted.
1994- The Zapatistas occupy six towns in Chiapas before being driven
off by a shaken Mexican army. Eventually, the Zapatistas capture four
towns, jungle area, and several major plantations.
1995- The Mexican army attacks and razes entire villages in Chiapas. It
is the only offensive the army has carried out in what has become a low
intensity war.
1996- The Zapatistas and the Mexican government reach a pact on
"Indian Rights". Though it recognises the autonomy of Mexico's indigenous population, the pact is criticised for being vague in vital areas. The
Zapatistas hold the Conference for Humanity and Against Neohberalism
in Chiapas. ♦
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Two years ago, a group of
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Scieszka got a Master's degree in fiction writing
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Most children's books, however, are not so sophisticated, so Scieszka set himself to the task of writing
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Together with illustrator Lane Smith and designer
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Take The Stinky Cheese Man, a book in which,
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around just to confuse her. (The title story, a play on
The Gingerbread Man, feels relatively tame, perhaps
because the original version already had such a
downer ending.)
Scieszka says his technique was inspired not by
the kids in his class — though he ran his first drafts
by them for their approval — but by adult authors
such as Cervantes "who
really goofed around with
the form of fiction." He
also cites the seminal
influence of Dr Seuss, the
Grimm Brothers and
Laurence Stern, the 18th-
century author of The Life
and Opinions of Tristram
Scieszka seems particularly enthused when I
compare Stinky Cheese
Man to The Monster at
the End of This Book, the
"Little Golden Book" in
which Sesame Street's
fearful Grover tries in
vain to prevent the reader
from turning the pages,
only to discover the monster in question is, well,
"I've got that book!"
Scieszka whoops with
delight. "That's a great
book! That's metafiction!
It plays with being a book
and the whole process of
Scieszka's newest book
is Math Curse, a story
about a girl whose day is
beset with endless numerical neuroses after
her teacher, Mrs. Fibonacci (named after a medieval mathematician), declares that "everything
can be thought of as a
math problem."
It's a fun romp, but its
textbook design gives it
an almost educational air.
To some degree,
Scieszka says that was
"I think that's what I've
learned from teaching,
that the worst sort of
teaching is the stand-up-
and-lecture-and-tell-people-something sort, especially
with little kids. They won't sit still for it. I think it's
much more valuable to treat people's interests and
get them to go look into things and, if they get the
joke, they'll look up other stuff and find out why some
of the other jokes are funny or why they might be
Math Curse is loaded with aliens from Binary
Planets and connect-the-dots Mayan numerals;
Scieszka takes an obvious, almost perverse pleasure
in these altered modes of reckoning with the world.
"I like to read math and scientific literature cause
you can hardly beat it for how bizarre and fantastic it
is. I mean, all this stuff on the nature of consciousness now, or chaos theory, that's great stuff! That
stuff applies to literary theory. It is what you get, you
get some kind of Grover or Stinky Cheese thing.
"And I love the way it expands people's notions.
They get kind of stuck, too. We take for granted that
we're in a decimal system and think, 'It's always base
ten, isn't it?' Well no, actually, our time is in base
sixty, and you go, 'Whoa! What is that?' Or you do
realize that you count in base twelve when you're
doing the calendar year, so you need a little mind
Scieszka's now thinking of expanding his portfolio. Film and TV offers have been coming his way—
"Now they're just impressed that we've sold, like,
three million books, and they're just saying, Geez,
maybe you guys could do a movie!'"-and Smith
worked with Tim Burton recently on James and the
Giant Peach. But even Burton would probably have a
hard time getting someone to jump through Fermat's
Last Theorem. ♦ SEPTEMBER 4, 1996
Losing his marginity
by Peter T. Chattaway
Brad Newcombe likes working in the margins. And for the past ten years, as UBC's
United Church chaplain, he has had the
opportunity to do just that.
"One of the reasons I came here," he
says, "was to know what it was like to work
in an educational setting where I would be
much more on the periphery, and also to be
on the periphery of the church — to be on
the periphery of both institutions and feel
what that was like."
But after a tenure that's included everything from organizing anti-racism campaigns to broadcasting for CiTR, Brad
Newcombe is moving on.
The 43-year-old reverend was still packing a decade's worth of files and memorabilia into boxes when The Ubyssey met with
him late last August.
"It's been the busiest summer of my
life," says Newcombe.
In addition to planning his move to St.
John's United Church in the West End,
Newcombe also filmed a TV documentary
and helped co-ordinate an interfaith service
at last July's International AIDS Conference.
It was the first time a religious service was
an official part ofthe conference's calendar.
Newcombe wasn't always a minister.
Born in Ontario, he worked for a few
years as a french/english translator before
enrolling at McGill University to study theology. He was ordained in 1980 and spent
two years in Quebec arid four years in North
Vancouver before applying for the then-
vacant UBC chaplaincy.
"I felt a call to be a minister," Newcombe
says. "That was the direction my life went. It
was fuelled by a desire to work with people,
especially concerning issues of faith, service, communication. That's where my passion was, and that's where my passion still
Communicating that passion led Newcombe to write for The Ubyssey and work at
CiTR — the latter experience led to hosting
Pressure Points for Rogers Cable in 1990 —
but he found it "nerve-
wracking" to come out, as
it were, about his faith.
"I didn't know what
kind of reaction I might
get to be identified with a
religion or a spiritual
community," he says. "I
didn't tell anyone at The Ubyssey that I was
a chaplain, and after I'd spent a year writing
for them and they found out what I really
did, they said if they'd known I was a 'religious person' they would have been much
more suspicious of me. But I had fooled
them into thinking that I was a student, and
we became friends."
Not all encounters were so congenial. In
1989, Newcombe found himself at the
centre of a firestorm of debate beginning
when The Ubyssey wrote an editorial criticizing The Vancouver Sun and The Province
for accepting ads from Christian organizations opposed to the Gay Games, then
preparing to get underway in Vancouver.
"The Ubyssey's editorial stereotyped and
generalized all Christians as being homophobic, and I wrote an innocent letter contradicting that," Newcombe says.
His letter, supporting his denomination's recent decision to ordain homosexuals, sparked a storm of protest that filled
The Ubyssey's letter section with pages of
dissenting letters.
Newcombe says the response was completely unexpected, and he was particularly
upset by the headline The Ubyssey put over
a letter from Doug Johnston, the Baptist
chaplain at that time: "Pastor blasts Brad's
bonehead theology."
"We'd always tried not to do that, not to
disagree in public," Newcombe says, "and
he felt quite badly that the paper made it
sound like he was calling my theology
'bonehead theology.'
"We actually, from that letter, ended up
spending more time together sorting
through our own understandings of sexuality and homosexuality, and we became
much closer and developed a kind of a trust
and openness and acceptance of each
other's points of view. We didn't agree, but
we certainly worked together far better after
that than we had before."
"TTTorking Together" could well be
VV Newcombe's personal motto, and
he points with pride to the accomplishments of the Chaplains Association since he
became the co-ordinating chaplain in 1988.
The annual Christmas dinner for students in residence, the AMS-sponsored
Hate Hurts campaign, the establishment of
the Murrin Scholar-in-Residence Fund and
"I had fooled them into thinking that I was a student, and
we became friends."
Brad Newcombe
improved relations with student services on
campus, all came about under his leadership.
"We certainly play a much more active
role now, as chaplains, in the overall life of
the university," he says.
And though he won't
be on campus to see it
happen, Newcombe says
he would like to see that
role expand to include
chaplains from other
religious traditions; a
prayer vigil held by
Christian, Jewish and
Muslim students before
the Gulf War may point
the way to greater interaction in the future.
"A chaplain has traditionally been more representative of the Judeo-
Christian tradition,"
Newcombe says. "I was
at U of T in June, and
there they have a First
Nations elder, a Buddhist, Hindu, Moslem,
Wiccan — an incredibly
diverse group — and if I
was to stay, that would
be the vision I would try
to work towards, bringing together a much more comprehensive
and representative group on campus.
"Even if those populations are smaller,
it's such a tremendous opportunity to get to
know each other, to work together, to understand each other, and in some cases even to
worship or pray together."
Newcombe sees the university campus
as an ideal place for this kind of exchange to
"There are so few places in the world
where this is possible. We have a multicultural mix, we have an openness to each
other and we just have an opportunity to
lead the way in bringing different people
together. And that doesn't mean that we
have to become them or they have to
become us, but we can share those insights
and those experiences, and I personally
think that we're richer for it."
Most recently, Newcombe's passion for
dialogue has led him to co-produce
Gay Spirit, a documentary about six people
from different faiths who have spent their
lives reconciling their spirituality and their
sexuality. No Regrets, a short excerpt on
King Thobani, a Muslim who recently died
of AIDS, won an award for Outstanding
Video on the PBS network's In the Life festival.
The documentary also touches on a part
of Newcombe's life he has so far been reluctant to address directly: his homosexuality.
"I prefer leaving it implicit," he says,
"rather than just being labelled this, this
and this. I've worked with all these groups,
THAT'S HIM IN THE CORNER: United Church minister Brad
Newcombe insists that he is nor losing his religion.
and that says it right there; that's more
However, when Gay Spirit airs on Vision
TV in a few months, Newcombe's orientation will be made more explicit in the program's press kits.
"I couldn't not come out," he says, "given
the incredible honesty with which these
people have told their stories."
It's another step in the faith journey that
began when Newcombe first embarked on
his theological studies at McGill two
decades ago. At the time he was "very conservative," even serving on the executive of
that school's Inter Varsity Christian
Fellowship; the paradoxes in his life forced
him to re-evaluate his beliefs.
"I think probably, to be honest, one ofthe
things was being gay," he says. "I didn't lose
my faith in any way. I didn't lose my belief
in scriptures or the Bible. I don't think I
changed to accomodate that, but it was that
struggle that motivated me to define my theology."
That definition was further refined by
his work at UBC, and the process will doubtless continue as he goes on to his new post
at St. John's.
"I'm not the same person I was ten years
ago. It's wonderful to work with people who
see things differently, and who come at
things a little differently, and to learn how
they reach those conclusions, and to be able
to share that. I just find it very stimulating,
personally, and I think the cross-pollination, or the cross-disciplinary approach,
enriches all of us." ♦
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Eating disorders prevalent in university women
by Sarah O'Donnell
When the need to achieve
escalates, many women
struggling to cope with
stress are swallowed by
eating disorders.
There is no shortage of studies on eating
And   experts   agree   that   university
women consistently exceed the popula
tion's average for people suffering from
anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other forms
of disordered eating.
UBC is no exception.
According to Dr. Julian Somers, while
alcohol consumption among women at uni
versity parallels women in the general population, the occurrence of eating disorders
is substantially higher among the academic
"In the college-aged years is when people
in the population tend to drink the most
and they drink roughly equivalent amounts,
whether they're in college or out of college,'
Somers says.
"Patterns are different—college drinkers
tend to drink more on the weekend and the
folks that aren't in college drink more consistently—but they drink about the same
"Eating disorders differ from that; they
are much more prevalent among higher
socio-economic status groups, so that tends
to include people who are at university," he
Because of the high number of university students who suffer from eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, UBC's psychology department initiated an eating disorder treatment program which began last
Somers, who is director of the psychology clinic and coordinator of the eating disorder team, says the clinic is there to provide low-cost treatment services to students.
At the same time, it trains doctoral students
in clinical psychology.
And although it is only one of many services the psychology clinic offers, Somers
says it was one of the largest areas of need
that wasn't addressed on campus until
Considering the factors believed to be
connected with eating disorders, that's
somewhat surprising.
"There is thought to be a very strong connection of the need to achieve and the need
to succeed: something people refer to as
perfection," Somers says. "If you're looking at people who are high achievers
and have a drive to be perfect in some
sense, you're going to see those people
more often at university.
"They're going to be people who did
well at high school and felt they needed
to do sports and music, and now when
they come to university they're faced
with the fact that now there are a lot
more people like them, who have similar abilities across a variety of areas.
"The pressure becomes more intense to find other ways to stand out, to
excel, to be recognised for your accomplishments; eating disorders are one of,
I think, several ways people perceive
they can stand out," Somers says.
The on-campus clinic treats up to 12
people at a time using individual psychotherapy. For many students, this is
the most promising form of treatment,
according to Somers.
There are additional resources available on campus, both for people struggling with an eating disorders and
friends or family who want to help.
The local chapter of the Canadian
Association for Anorexia Nervosa and
Associated Disorders (ANAD), for example, hopes to revitalise its support group
on campus.
ANAD Executive Co-director Aviva
Laye says although the organisation does
get a lot of students coming to its support
groups, "there are a lot that probably don't,
just because so much time is spent on campus."
She thinks many students are already
dedicating a large portion of their time
to academic pursuits and other campus
While Somers' treatment program focuses on people who have been diagnosed with
eating disorders, Laye says ANAD's support
groups are "offered to people who are struggling with disordered eating...because there
is a much smaller percentage of people who
Seeking help for
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Starting a new school year can be a
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Eating disorders, says ANAD's executive co-director Aviva Laye, can become
a coping mechanism to deal with stress
or difficult life experiences.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with either an eating disorder or
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Information Line- 684-2623
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have actually been diagnosed with an eating
Although Somers and Laye come at eating disorders from different perspectives,
both agree eating disorders are a campus
"Until people get very thin," says
Somers, "it's not just a matter of body
image distortion. We tend to have in our
culture an ideal for ferninine beauty that is
unhealthy underweight, and [university life]
reinforces that." ♦ 18   THE UBYSSEY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1996
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In the Beginning and Thereafter is the fifth play
Bessie Luteyn has written and her third play to be
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never would have chosen the role of preacher."
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the crimes committed by some in the name of the
Bible and religion. "It's a play that would absolutely
outrage fundamentalists, God-fearing Christians and
their ilk. If there is a subtext — and there certainly is
for me — it's that homosexuals have got a bad rep primarily because of what's called 'the Good Book.' The
Bible has done it to homosexuals and the Bible has
done it to Jews. Religion's in our faces. Get it out of
my face. Get it out of the state. Get religion back to
where it should belong: in the church."
Again, not everyone will like what they see. Those
who do agree with Luteyn will be rolling in the aisles
but, she adds, "I don't want an audience that's going
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think, 'My God, is this what we've been doing to people?'
"If I could direct it to every fundamentalist
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able to. /would be crucified. But I'll be damned if I'm
not going to stage it." ♦
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weirdo at the Fringe
by James Rowley
The Fringe Festival
Sept 5-15 at Commercial Drive and other venues
Let's be honest, aside from note-taking, book exchanging,
and unpacking, nothing much is going to happen in the
next two weeks. It's Fringe time!
The Fringe began in Edinburgh 50 years ago as a smaller, cheaper, less restrictive alternative to the mainstream
annual theatre festival. A scheming bunch of thespians
threw their money in a pot, booked a few venues, and did
exactly what they wanted to do.
The Edinburgh Fringe now engulfs the city every August,
coinciding with the "International Fringe Festival" (formal
dress please) and the Film and Music Festivals. When I was
there in 1987, over a thousand performances in 144
venues were in the "little" Fringe alone. According to UBC
student Richelle Rae, just back from the U.K., it's even bigger these days.
The '96 Vancouver Fringe offers a "modest" 90 shows to
choose from (not counting outdoor events) but don't worry,
that's plenty. It remains affordable to small companies and
operates on a first-come, first-served basis with nobody
telling anyone what they can or can't do. All shows are
"rated", but just as a guide, and the companies decide their
own designation. Tickets are all under ten bucks and Fringe
guides can be picked up at any Starbuck's.
Which brings up the sponsorship issue. Before asking
festival producer Joanna Maratta for her comment, I confessed to UBC's recent Coke deal. "Well, then you don't have
to ask me," she said, "You know the value of sponsorship."
Of the coffee giant tie-in she said, "Starbuck's are, for what
anybody might think, a very strong supporter of the Fringe.
The fact that we can put all our programs in Starbuck's
means we have access to a distribution that is pretty comprehensive—and they give us cash to boot, so what can I
say? Government funds have dwindled; they're gone—just
like at university."
Fringe is a Verb
...an action verb.
To examine posters, flyers and
show descriptions; to drink hot
cold liquids in the Fringe Club and
mine the surrounding air for talk about
this thriller or that comedy; to demand
impromptu  performances   from  anyone
handing out flyers for their show; to obey your
Don't recline in your recliner, leisurely perusing the
guide and then ring CBO with your credit card and a list of
shows and times at the ready. "Ew, not Queer Foetus, dear—
surely not!" Some shows do sell out long in advance and
CBO is sometimes the only way; but don't let this, or the fact
the words "Guide" and "God" are similar, fool you. The
guide has its limits, so peel your ears.
'Fringe' is an expletive, to—as in Mump and Smoot, those
gibberish-speaking clowns of horror from past Fringe's crying, "Fringe! Fringe!" as a sound technician muffs a crucial
cue for the second time and they throw their hands up in
despair. Lights will fail, cues will be botched, some shows
will stink—it's all part of the fun.
After deciding on a show, I recommend RUNNING all
the way to the venue screaming, "BANZAAII!" The Fringe is
a cheap and unusually hip way to entertain yourself.
The UBC ConFringent
UBC MFA directing student Valerie Methot has re-edited
and re-animated her campus production of Jean Genet's
The Maids and has taken it to the Fringe. Shannon Woelk
and Tina Biello, now BFA grads, return as the seething servants whose only outlet is some disturbing role-playing in
"Monsieur's private sex room." The Studio version was
well-designed and chillingly performed; the Fringe version,
shorter and re-scored, is therefore promising.
The Turkey Basting Method is another UBC offspring.
Written by Creative Writing student and CBC Radio reporter
Theresa O'Leary for the Brave New Play Rites festival last
year, the play takes a humourous look at artificial insemination via a kitchen implement. Upon hearing of "the
method" last year O'Leary was stunned. "I couldn't believe
that people actually did it this way," she said. "It just had
visual comedic value." The light treatment of such a serious
topic as modern reproduction attracted professional director and award-winning designer Pam Johnson who stuck
with the show from start to finish. Largely re-cast, look for a
longer, more polished version at the Fringe. "I've been
working on this play for nine-and-a-half months," says
O'Leary, "so I'm ready to give birth."
Check out the other UBC alumni contributions such as
Director Brenda Leadlay's Beautiful; Sarah Rodgers in Anne
& Will; Thomas Jones and Neil Gallagher in Adventures in
the Skin Trade; as well as present student Martin Schobel's
90 minute one-man show, Mites.
Cancellations happen.
That's why the Fringe has a waiting list.
Since the program was printed, The Novelists has been
replaced by Blossoms, in which six young Chinese-
Canadians dramatize personal stories of life in Canada.
Replacing Understanding Prewitt is The fones Boy, an
"adult" story about living on the streets of Vancouver. And
in place of Out of Character is Fool for Love, written by Sam
Shepard and presented just in time to complement the
Freddy Wood production of A Lie of The Mind which opens
later this month.
Almighty, Alrighty is simply cancelled. Thbpt. ♦
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Beautiful, which will be playing at W.I.S.E.
Hall on September 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Estranged friends noshing together in
trendy eateries in possibly vain attempts to
salvage their friendships is a big theme at
this year's Fringe, as both Evil at Earls and
Cheesecake attest.
Evil At Earls
Sep 5/7/8/14/15 at the Firehall
David Kaye is no stranger to Vancouver's
Fringe Festival, having produced Ryan
Crocker's Drinking In America at last year's
fringe. This year, he is producing friend
Brooke Burgess' play Evil At Earls.
According to Burgess, the play features
"three friends whose friendship is becoming abrasive." To resolve the problem of
their deteriorating friendship, the three
friends decide to meet at a local restaurant
to talk things over.
The play verges on comedy of the darker
sort as the three friends confront both a
mysterious stranger who may or may not be
"more than he seems" and the ineptitude of
the eatery's serving staff. As Burgess
describes it, "it's very very mature and very
very dark, and also quite funny." For those
new to Vancouver, Earls is a chain of trendy
restaurants catering to those who like ersatz
tropical motifs a la Hollywood North. Eating
at Earls may never be the same again!
Sep 10/11/12/14 at the V.E.CC
The two friends in writer, producer, direc
tor and leading actor David Goodman's
Cheesecake appear to have only one thing in
common: a passion for cheesecake, though
even in this respect their tastes differ,
since one prefers chocolate cheesecake,
while the other consumes only strawberry.
Nonetheless, both of them consider them
selves to be connoisseurs of this particular
dieter's secret, if somewhat dreaded,
According to Lalo Espejo, who plays the
dimwitted waiter who serves them their
preferred variety of the rich, fluffy dessert,
the two friends spend most of their time
while indulging their decadent pastime,
"trying to one-up each other." Yet, they
never actually communicate, "You know,
they never seem to be cheering one another
on." In this respect then, cheesecake
becomes a substitute for the shared passions of this self-alienated duo, "replacing
their need to communicate."
The press release claims the play features a car chase scene. However, when I
asked Lalo how they planned to incorporate
an actual car chase scene into a live theatre
production, he was teasingly elusive. "It's a
question of whether or not you believe it
even happens." I daresay I shall just have to
go see the play and find out for myself. ♦
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Hopkins disappoints in directorial debut
by Peter T. Chattaway
Sep 6-12 at the Ridge Theatre
Whatever you make of the Jane Austen
revival, give credit for this much: each
film has, so far, been based on a different book than the one before. Never
mind that they all tell the same story;
there's at least enough variety there to
keep things kind of fresh.
Now if only the Anton Chekov fans in
our midst could learn that there was
more to his career than Uncle Vanya.
"But wait!" you cry. "Isn't this a review
of August, the new movie starring and
directed by Anthony Hopkins?" You
betcha. But August — coming to
Vancouver in, um, September — is really
just Chekov's Uncle Vanya in Welsh garb.
And, as luck should have it. Uncle Vanya
has already been committed to celluloid
twice in the past year or two — once in
the eccentricly Australian Country Life
and again in the artsy American Vanya on 42nd Street.
It wouldn't be so bad if August were a good film. But it
isn't, and that's only partly because Hopkins is stepping
behind the camera to direct for the first time in his 29 years
onscreen. The bland recitations of one Kate Burton (daughter of Richard, Hopkins' fellow Welshman, and as good an
NOT HIS BEST SHOT: Kate Burton (I) and Rhoda Lewis (r)grab Anthony Hopkins' rifle in August.
argument against nepotism as any) don't help, though she
does get some unintentionally funny mileage out of the
pointedly pretentious lines she has to rattle off whenever
Hopkins goes into one of his animal-noise acts. Picture
Daffy Duck bouncing off the trees going "woo-hoo! woo-
hoo!", followed by Spock staring off into space and thinking
aloud in stilted Bergmanesque fashion,
and you may get a sense of their combined screen presence (except they
aren't that interesting).
Not all is bleak in this production.
Hopkins' antics are entertaining and
Hugh Lloyd turns in a masterfully understated performance as Prosser, a short,
pock-faced old man who's still faithful to
the wife who left him years ago. And if
Sian (Sonya in Chekov's play) is supposed to be the homely, underappreciated housekeeper smitten with unrequited
love for the country doctor (Gawn
Grainger), then Rhian Morgan is perfectly cast in the role. Convincingly sad and
melancholic, she's an ideal alternative to
the actresses in past Vanya flicks who
were sort of plain, but in a rather camera-friendly way.
But a glimmer of good casting does
not save August. Julian Mitchell's screenplay wants to be more than a mere adaptation, but his scattered political commentary — particularly some quickly-forgotten bit about Welsh miners and their implicit exploitation by the English — adds nothing to the film. Indeed, by
the time Sian exalts the doctor for taking care of the poor
and sick while the rest of her housemates complain about
their boredom, you'll be bored enough to wish you were
doing some good somewhere else yourself.
Harper hosts an unplugged love-in at the Vogue
 by Jamie Woods
Ben Harper
Aug 24 at the Vogue
You're 26, an extraordinarily talented musician, the desire of
countless hungry hearts, and
respected for your takes on subjects artsy, earthy, and arcane.
So what is it that makes you
Ben Harper taps into the spirit
of a wide array of musical tradi
tions, and he and his entourage
filled the Vogue with their presence last Saturday night.
The concert felt like an
Unplugged series love-in. The
Vogue's close-knit seating arrangement contributed to an amorous
atmosphere that the audience,
filled with dopesmoking twen-
tysomething couples, lapped up.
Though Harper's music makes a
pointed effort to avoid soppy
excess, the themes of his songs,
namely relationships with friends,
lovers, earth and self, implore an
audience to explore and come to
terms with their emotions.
Harper wants his audience to
slow down and appreciate life. "If
you don't like my fire then don't
come around," he intoned during
'Burn One Down.' He clearly
struck the right chord with the
crowd; matches were struck and
ganj permeated the hall.
Women appear to have a
greater sympathy with his overall
message. During a lull between
songs, an enraptured female voice
shouted out: "I love the words you
sing!" to which a male voice
replied, somewhat less enthusiastically, "I like your shoes."
Calm but driven, Harper has a
fine ear for fusion, welding at will
bluegrass twang with a hip-hop
bass beat. Working with feedback
Harper hints at his debt to
Hendrix, and his voice, when not
booming out a soul chorus or
chanting a folk tune, often sounds
a little too much like Bob Marley's.
But that's a minor detail. Even
after returning for the third feverishly requested encore, his form
was impeccable.
I wonder, however, if he might
have been slightly more inspired
for his January appearance at
Richard's on Richard's. And the
lousy acoustics in the Vogue's
upper tiers did nothing for the
But I wasn't totally ticked off.
Harper's music really wound us
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Open House
Official Community Plan for UBC
The Greater Vancouver Regional District invites
you to an open house on a proposed Official
Community Plan (OCP) for the part of Electoral
Area 'A' that includes the University of British
Columbia and a foreshore area of Pacific Spirit
Regional Park.
We would like to hear your views and ideas.
Thursday, September 12, 1996
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Asian Centre,
#607-1871 West Mall
UBC Campus
Directions: By car, turn in from Chancellor
Boulevard at Gate 4 on the UBC Campus. From
the Bus Loop, go right onto East Mall then left
onto Memorial Road. The Asian Centre is behind
the Choi building on West Mall, near the Fraser
River Parkade.
Please note, there will be a Public Hearing on
Tuesday, October 15, 1996 at 7:30 p.m. in the
UBC Hebb Theatre.
For further information, please contact GVRD
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Students must be wary in times of austerity
by Antonio Zuniga
Affordable post-secondary education is
under siege at UBC. The most visible threat
students will have to face in the coming
months is the expected massive cuts in
provincial funding. The cuts are inevitable
as provincial governments are desperately
seeking ways to cope with public debt and
budget deficits. A significant number of university students in Ontario and Alberta have
already experienced this hard economic
reality, reflected in a recent 20 percent hike
in tuition fees. However, in addition to the
pending provincial cuts, a less evident
threat is undermining the affordability of
education at UBC. It is called administrative
Since 1985 the administration has mismanaged university funds that could have
been better allocated to reduce the cost of
education for students. Consider the following facts as reported in the university's calendar and its financial statements. Despite
a 59 percent increase in provincial funding—from around 171 million dollars in
1985 to about 272 million dollars in 1995-
going towards the General Purpose
Operating fund, the administration deemed
it also necessary to gradually increase the
undergraduate tuition fees by about 80 per-
cent-from $1,275 in 85/86 to $2,295 in
According to The Vancouver Sun, in
December 1990 the Board of Governors
granted UBC President David Strangway a
$250,000 interest-free loan towards the
purchase of a house. The university's financial statements show that Strangway's
salary for the same year was $195,375, not
including $23,757 for expenses. That same
year undergraduate tuition fees were
increased by 4.7 percent. Nine months
later they were increased again by 10.7
Twenty-three of UBC's top administration
officials were paid an average of $ 140,326
in 1995 (the latest year
for which figures are publicly available) plus
expenses. They were paid
almost three times as
much money as what the
BC MLAs get as base
salary-about $49,218-
in spite of the fact that
they are the top decision
makers of an administration with a provincial budget about 25 times the
size of UBC's GPO budget.
Despite inflation increases averaging 3.47
percent annually since
1985 and totalling 41
percent to date, undergraduate tuition fees
increased by about 80
percent. Furthermore,
the salaries of a number of officials in the
administration have more than tripled
from 1985 to 1995; President Strangway's
salary alone (based on the financial statements of the university) almost quadrupled
at one point from his 1985 salary.
The adrmnistration has also spent a substantial amount of time and money on
reviews of internal processes and procedures in different departments and areas of
operation. In fact, in one of those reviews
conducted in 1994, Dr. Stefan Dupre ofthe
University of Toronto pointed out the "abnormally high levels of energy devoted to the
study and review of adiriinistrative units" by
the aclministration.
It would surely take more information
than the one provided
here to further support the
claim that the university
administration has periodically misspent and mismanaged university funds.
Further-more, the various
achievements of the current administration, like
successful fund raising
campaigns and the completion of various building
projects, makes it difficult
for students to think of
administrative mismanagement. However, the
above facts and figures
certainly draw attention to
the big administrative picture and to fundamental
changes that must take
place within the university's administration.
The administration must learn to do
more with less and not just live within its
means. If the predicted provincial cuts in
funding eventually take place, students
should not be the only ones to bear the burden. It must be shared by all those that currently benefit from provincial funding. UBC
students cannot accept additional increases
in tuition fees knowing that a good percentage of funds destined to pay for their edu
cation will be misspent.
"Productivity improvements," to ironical
ly but appropriately quote BC Premier Glen
Clark, are long overdue at UBC. The time has
come for significant and fundamental
changes to take place in the way the current
administration manages and allocates university funds. The time is now for students
to have a decisive say in the financial affairs
of the university, including potential
changes to tuition fees. It is also time for students to protect their rights to affordable
education since the administration has
failed to accomplish that in the past.
The recently-failed attempt by the administration to further increase tuition fees is a
case in point. Recent history has also
demonstrated that, even though inflation
has risen an average of 3.47 percent annually since 1985, the Board of Governors has
granted unreasonable increases of salaries
to its top administration officials. Moreover,
even when the university was receiving
increases in provincial funding, its decision
makers agreed to raise undergraduate
tuition fees. In order to prevent tuition fees
from skyrocketing, UBC students must start
considering innovative initiatives aimed at
the reduction of administrative misspending and fight for the right to post-secondary education. In the coming months,
expect student initiatives to be discussed
and considered by student council and
maybe even by the Board of Governors. Now
is the time for students to inform themselves on the issues and to get involved. Now
more than ever the future of post-secondary
education lies in their hands.
Antonio Zuniga is a third year french and
english major.
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September 4, 1996 • volume 78 issue 1
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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.
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
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Scott Hayward inserts. Sarah O'Donnell
jumps. Peter T. Chattaway goes to the
library. Joe Clark considers his options.
Neal Razzell prints. Ian Gunn quits.
Faith Armitage replaces. Jamie Woods
searches. James Rowley transfers to a
new class. Ed Yeung undoes his
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Let's start a movement
Welcome to New Zealand.
For years now, fearmongers, doomsayers
and other such pessimists have been predicting that Canada and its provinces may be
forced to suffer the fate of that south Pacific
island, leaving citizens helpless when sewage
pipes burst and dump steroid-sized reservoirs of fertilizer on neighbourhood lawns.
A world-class university such as UBC
might seem the last place to suffer from these
sorts of financial constraints. But between the
closure of Pacific Spirit Place, the one half-
decent eatery around these parts, and the
administration's attempt to charge students
for their flushing privileges, it's obvious we're
now getting shafted at both ends.
(Since they don't pay tuition in the first
place, professors are exempt from such fee
increases, but that's okay—they're a generally
anal retentive anyway.)
It's only a matter of time before someone
in the aclministration realizes that residents
spend a lot more time on campus and are
more inclined to leave their (skid) mark on the
endowment land's porcelain thrones. One can
easily envision a system of bathroom ID cards,
not unlike the photocopying cards we already
use, to xerox our buttocks, with each visit to
the stall costing, say, a dollar or two, and double that for the really productive visits.
It could add a whole new meaning to "pissing away our student loans." Just think of the
side effects. We could see a new black market
in anti-diarrhetics, or a resurgent popularity
in all-chewing gum diets. Bulimics would be
forced to find an alternative to after-dinner
vomiting. Those of you in Student Health
Outreach, take note of these developments-
providing budget cuts haven't forced you to
sign an exclusivity deal with the Ex-Lax Relief
Fund by then.
Speaking of corporate sponsors, why doesn't the university try dinging them for a shekel
or two? In England, corporations are already
buying ad space on postmarked stamps and
the backs of bus tickets; one third of surveyed
Americans are open to selling ad space on the
dollar bill. But not everyone has a pen-pal; not
everyone rides a bus; and not everyone has
money. On the other hand, who doesn't feel
compelled by a gut-jiggling call of nature once
in a while?
Thus our proposal: sell ad space on our toilet paper. What better way for a company to
get its message to the students, faculty, staff
and guests of this campus than by slapping
their logos on toilet paper? Do they realize
how sick we are of seeing the words "Scott
Paper" all the time? Give us variety! Give us
poopin' coupons! (They could even take the
place of food stamps — heaven help the service reps who cash the things, though.) And
above all, give us a chance to let the corporations, if not kiss, than at least wipe our collective ass!
Not that the administration would ever be
so imaginative. For now they're looking at taxing our pit stops, and it's time we took action.
Now is the time to purse our sphincters,
pinch our bladders, squirm in our seats, and
let forth the rallying cry:
"Hell no, we won't go!" ♦
UBC should
resist pressure
On August 22 you published a
news item about the circumstances surrounding Professor
Oberoi's resignation of the Sikh
Studies Program. The account is
troubling in two ways:
First, the item reports that the
issue was made more complicated than it would otherwise have
been because the chair held by
Professor Oberoi was funded by
the Sikh community. It would be
outrageous if the fact that
Professor Oberoi's chair was privately funded complicated the
issue for Professor Oberoi's
administrative superiors. The
terms under which the
University accepted the grant,
and the only terms under which
any University should accept the
grant, guaranteed the University
full autonomy in shaping the
course of studies and in hiring.
Therefore the objections of the
Sikh community to Professor
Oberoi's view on the Sikh religion
should in no way complicate the
decision about the future of
Professor Oberoi or the program.
Of course the Sikh community
is free to withdraw its funding
any time it wishes to do so. If it
did so, and if there were no other
funding available, then the program would be dropped and
there would be no job for
Professor Oberoi. That would be
unfortunate both for the
University and for him, but there
would be nothing complicated
about it.
Second: Jaspreet Singh, the
President of the UBC Sikh
Student Association, was reported to have said that if only a few
members of the Sikh population
objected to Professor Oberoi's
account of the religion, then it
would be all right to "wave the
banner" of academic freedom,
but since it appears that 85% of
the vocal Sikh community
objects, then "why- offend all
these people?"
This reasoning is offensive to
all principles of both academic
freedom and civil liberties. In
what seems to be an editorial
published on the same day on the
op/ed page there is a comment
that "contractual precautions are
not much help when aggrieved
sponsors decided to apply some
pressure." This implies that one
can take for granted that the
University will be affected be
these pressures. But such capitulation, if it occurred, should not
be taken granted. It should not
matter if 100% of the Sikh or any
community  objected to the way
Professor Oberoi taught his
courses; his teaching and
research should be subject only
to judgment on the academic criteria that prevail at the
University, and to no other.
One can only hope that neither of these factors played a part
in the outcome, and that the
University administration did all
in their power to support
Professor Oberoi, to make it clear
to him that they valued his contribution regardless of the criticisms his views were attracting,
and to discourage him from
Kay Stockholder
President, BC Civil
Liberties Association
Women in Iran
article unfair
The article published in Aug. 22
of The Ubyssey, on the status of
women in Iran is full of inaccuracies. Let me say first that as an
Iranian woman living in the
West, I am used to the hostile attitude of media toward my country, religion and culture which is
usually accompanied by distortion of facts and realities of that
country. However, for a student
newspaper advocating fairness
and independent thought, it is
degrading to be dragged into this
I have lived in Iran for most of
my life and earned my university
degree there. Because of personal interest, I have vast knowledge
of various angles of that society,
both before and after the Islamic
revolution. To me, many of the
statements in that article are
against clear facts of that society.
I only mention a few points and
leave the rest for your readers to
draw conclusions.
In one part of the article, it is
claimed that women are prevented from entering engineering,
agricultural and finance schools.
I think anyone with a little knowledge of the situation in my country will find this statement to be
false. I have had many female
friends and roommates during
my undergraduate studies, who
were in engineering, law, agriculture, science, economy, and other
schools. In fact, statistics show
that the number of female university graduates have risen dramatically in the post-revolution
era. In 1994, 31% of university
students and 20% of faculty
members in Iran were female,
which is a good record among
developing countries. The same
argument applies to other claims
made in the article such as denial
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of high level jobs to women,
closure of daycares and nurseries, etc. Women are an
important part of the work
force in Iran and their rights
to work, equal pay, maternity
leave, social services, as well
as social and political participation are guaranteed in the
constitution and civil laws.
For example, election statistics shows that women
actively participate in parliamentary elections, and several women serve as parliament members. Also, contrary to what was mentioned
in the article, Iranian actresses have been always seen on
TV and cinema screens, and
even worked as directors and
producers. Some of your
readers may have witnessed
this for themselves in the
recent Iranian film festival
held in Vancouver.
The notion that under
Islamic law, women are
owned by men is certainly a
wrong and misleading one.
The marriage law protects the
rights of women, among them
to seek divorce through court,
and division of common
properties upon divorce.
Under the law, a woman is
not required to work at home
and if a husband asks for a
divorce without reasonable
cause, he has to pay for all his
wife's work at home as determined by the court.
Let me skip to other
points and make a more
important comment instead.
The main theme of the article
is to deplore the introduction
of Islamic dress code,
"hijab", and to imply that it
has cost women their social
status. This argument is
totally wrong as a fair observ
er can see that Iranian
women are active in every
aspect of their society while
observing "hijab". First, let's
not forget that the Islamic
system of government and
the constitution of Iran have
been adopted through highly
popular referenda following
the revolution; people's
choice should be respected.
Second, to me and a large
majority of Muslim women
around the world who practice hijab as a requirement of
their religion, not only is it
not an obstacle in our social
life, but it is a driving force
for women to pursue their
social activities without the
fear of possible sexual
exploitation; i.e. it is a protection. I can imagine that this
might be hard to perceive for
some of your readers who
are not familiar with Islamic
culture. To those, I say: just
watch the routine exploitation of women's sexuality in
TV commercials for the profit of big corporations.
Let me conclude by saying
that by no means I imply that
the situation is perfect for
women in Iran. There are
many areas of family and
social life where women are
still treated unfairly. But this
is not unique to that country,
and it has less to do with
dress code or government
regulations and more to do
with wrong (and non-Islamic)
traditions and social misbehaviours which should be
corrected mainly through
education. What is objectionable about that article is the
distortion of facts and exaggeration of shortcomings to
make a political point.
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