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create the civil war in East Timor.
"He only works for a minority of
group and does not possess strong
roots with the people of East Timor,"
said F.X. Lopez Da Cruz, ambassador-at-
large for the Indonesian government.
"It is only a mere coincidence that he
was born in East Timor; however, he
manipulated the young generation.
They have all become victims of his
manipulation."
Before the Indonesian invasion of
East Timor in 1975, Ramos Horta was
minister of external relations and information for the first provisional government of East Timor; for 10 years after
the invasion he was appointed permanent representative to the United
Nations for the East Timorese independence.
Since Indonesia's invasion of East
Timor in 1975, Ramos Horta has
sought independence for his country. It
was for these efforts, that both he and
ers are beaten and imprisoned, and any effort to
speak out against these atrocities is silenced.
The actual number of war-crime deaths in East
Timor is unknown. The issue is confused by the
Indonesian Government, who reports a minimal
number of deaths, and international human
rights groups that insist the figure is as high as
200,000.
Ramos Horta shares Galhos' view that the
result of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor
is genocide. He repeatedly compared the East
Timor situation to the Nazi holocaust, and said he
foresees a day when historians will make a similar assessment.
Despite the overwhelming odds faced by the
East Timorese, Ramos Horta is encouraged. "The
reality is that the people of East Timor are continuing to resist. They have shown in the past 22
years that they do not accept the rule of force, they
do not accept repression, they do not accept tyranny," the activist told the crowded room of university students last Friday.
To ensure the killing ends, Ramos Horta said it
is necessary that international measures be taken.
Nobel cause
by Sarah Galashan
When Dr. Jose Ramos Horta took up the struggle
against the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, he
never expected a Nobel peace prize. But 21 years
later, the exiled activist and long-time crusader
for the independence of East Timor is being welcomed around the world as a hero.
Vancouver is no exception.
In order to keep the flames of resistance burning, Ramos Horta made his first visit to
Vancouver last weekend; on Friday he came to
UBC with the hopes of educating and inspiring
students to take an active role in the East
Timorese plight.
The peace prize, he told students, was dedicated to the people of his country who have died and
those who continue the struggle for a sovereign
state.
"The Nobel Committee's decision was a tribute
to all East Timorese who all these years, these past
21 years have kept the flame of hope alive," said
Ramos Horta.
But the Nobel committee's decision was not
without its share of critics. Members of the
Indonesian government denounced the decision
as a disservice to the people of East Timor,
because it re-opens a problem they feel has been
left behind. Ramos Horta himself is considered,
by the Indonesian Government, to have helped
Twenty-one years after Indonesia
annexed East Timor, the Nobel
peace prize committee finally
recognised the East Timorese
struggle for independence.
Jose Ramos Horta stopped in
Vancouver to explain his fight.
Bishop Carlos Belo, the consecrated Bishop of
Lorium, were jointly awarded the 1996 Nobel
Peace prize.
Ramos Horta has received several awards honouring his work, but the Nobel Peace Prize has
helped bring the East Timorese struggle to the
forefront of world politics.
"By awarding this prize, we hope to contribute
to a diplomatic solution to the conflict," Francis
Sejersted, chairman of the Nobel committee told
CNN.
Accusations of human rights abuses have long
been leveled against Indonesia. Bella Galhos, a
former citizen of East Timor and one of three people to have since escaped to Canada, insists that
East Timorese women unknowingly receive
forced injections of birth control, young protest-
There is undeniable reports,
evidence that at least a significant portion of the population .
is not happy with the situation :
,   as it is today. Therefore the
best course  of action that I '
believe is fairest of all is for
Canada, the US and EU to support a call for a referendum of
self-determination   in   East
Timor under United Nations
subdivision.
Ramos   Horta   ended   by
affirming   that   all   citizen's
must speak out against the situation in East Timor because no  oppressive
regime can last forever.
"It is the responsibility of each individual, of
each citizen of this planet to care about others.
The world has changed upside down. The Berlin
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Throughout Latin America there is not one dictatorship left. In November I was in Brazil and met
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wrong. Wrong because of your determination,
your generosity in standing up for all these peo-1
pie, I thank you."* 2   THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 14, 1997
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Strangway debates students on APEC
by Stanley L. Tromp
In a rare public exchange with students, UBC President David
Strangway vigorously debated
issues of human rights and public
consultation last Tuesday, but
agreed on almost nothing in the
end.
About 40 people showed up for
the lunchtime meeting with the
president, a session which was
often tense though controlled.
Strangway began with a short
speech on university funding.
The question-and-answer session which followed revolved
around debate on the Asia Pacific
Economic Conference (APEC) to
be held at UBC this November.
There, leaders of 16 countries,
including some Asian nations
with notorious human rights
records, will lunch in the UBC
president's official home on
campus.
On student objections that the
UBC community had not been
consulted on APEC, Strangway
replied, "There wasn't a lot of dialoguing here, I admit. But there
will be ample opportunities to
make your presentations at the
conference."
On the human rights issue, he
said, "If we can engage these societies, we can slowly over time
broaden the agenda. I think the
PRESIDENT David Strangway defended his position on the APEC conference to students opposed to the UBC's involvement, richard lam photo
"It should be called the
Goddess of Hypocrisy."
APEC Protestor
issue is whether you engage in
dialogue or cut them off, and say
'until you do what we tell you to
do, we won't engage in dialogue.' I
understand your concerns, but
sometimes you just have to do
what you have to do."
"There's no intention from
our perspective of translating
APEC directly into dollars and
cents," he added. "I especially
want a dialogue on higher
education in these Pacific Rim
nations. They have an incredible
history and culture going back
thousands of years. There's an
awful lot we can learn about
those nations."
Activists have complained that
Asian consulates have been spying on Asian students
at UBC and around
Vancouver, watching
for political activity.
Strangway replied, "I
clearly don't approve
of the practice, and I heard
some hint of this. I can certainly
remember some incidents in the
past when we had
some difficult issues,
and we've just said
'Stop it.' But I don't
know about this, and
I'd be pleased to hear
about it."
Another topic that
came up was the Goddess of
Democracy statue, which was set
up by the AMS and Asian student
groups in 1991 to commemorate
the 1989 massacre of Chinese students in Tiananmen Square.
Asked if the Chinese consulate
had complained to him about it,
Strangway laughed and proudly
stated, "After it went up, I wrote
back and said 'The students of this
university put this up, the students in this country have the
right to do this and we back them
in doing this, and we're not going
to take it down."
When' a student protested, "It
should be called the Goddess of
"I happen to disagree
with you, but I'm entitled
to disagree. It's an open
society."
David Strangway
Hypocrisy," Strangway smiled and
said "I happen to disagree with
you, but I'm entitled to disagree.
It's an open society." ♦
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Interprovincial student mobility under threat
 by Desiree Adib
The quality of post-secondary education in Canada is being
hurt by provincial barriers to student mobility, analysts say.
Recent moves by the Quebec government to impose
higher tuition on out-of-province Canadian students and the
concern that other provinces may follow suit are particularly worrying, they say.
"First there is principle involved in that you don't treat
students differently, and the other problem is certainly on
the level of precedent because I would not rule out some
other provinces doing it," said Alex Usher, an analyst with
the Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada.
But students from different provinces are already being
treated differently, according to Michael Lancaster, communications liaison for the post-secondary division of BC's
Ministry of Education, Skills and Training.
"If you are a BC resident you can get funding from the BC
student assistance program and it is the best that there is
comparatively across the country," he said.
That funding coupled with a unique loan remission programme in this province puts up barriers to BC students
who might have considered going elsewhere.
"If those options were available from other provinces as
well as from the federal government that would go a long
ways to removing barriers between provinces," he said.
And statistics show that more BC residents are staying in
the province to study. According to UBC's budget docu-
"We have not at any point in time stated
that we are going to raise tuition for out
of province students in BC."
—Michael Lancaster
Ministry of Skills Training and Labour
ments, almost 10 percent more of UBC's new students were
BC residents in 1995/96 compared to the previous year. At
the same time fewer out-of-province transfer students were
accepted into UBC in 1995/96 than in 1994/95.
Nonetheless, the Ministry of Education, Skills and
Training denies that there are any plans to follow the
Quebec example and increase tuition fees for non-resident
students.
"We have not at any point in time stated that we are
going to raise tuition for out of province students in BC,"
Lancaster said.
Much of the blame for inter-provincial barriers is
Ottawa's, according to Desmond Rodenbour, policy analyst
for the AMS.
Actions by the federal government such
as cutting provincial transfer payments
and giving more  control to provinces
leads, he said, to "BC-oriented education
programs" or "Quebec-oriented education
programs"     which     contradict    Jean
Chretien's   claims   about   a   "united"
Canada.
Usher also agreed there are discrepancies between government rhetoric and their actions. "On one hand you have
ministers saying 'mobility, mobility, mobility,' but on the
other hand they keep implementing restrictions.
"In an era where departments and universities are being
told to be much more apprehensive in specialising in their
programs, [such restrictions] limit student choice," he
said.»>
Tuition fee increases
hurt Canada's economy
by Samer Muscati
OTTAWA (CUP)—Canada's economic competitiveness may be at
risk if tuition fees continue to rise, says a new study by a prominent economic consultant.
At a time when Canadians can expect to change jobs four
times over their lifetime, universities and colleges must remain
accessible for workers to upgrade their education, said the study
by Constantine Kapsalis, in Canadian business economics.
"If we raise tuition costs too far, we will be undermining the
competitive advantage we have now," said Kapsalis. "One of the
advantages that Canada has over other countries is our fairly
accessible education system that is used by both employees and
employers."
Using data from a 1993 federal government survey on education and training activities, Kapsalis found that 36.3 percent of
full-time, long-term employees said they need or wanted more
education and training.
But after being too busy at work, employees reported that cost
of education was the second biggest reason they did not take
framing. Over the past 10 years, the average university tuition in
Canada has more than doubled to $2700.
Kapsalis said companies rely on university and colleges to provide accessible education and training for workers. Overall, 42.4
percent of full-time and 47.4 percent of part-time employees
received some education or training, with or without assistance
from their employer.
He also noted that while employer-sponsored education and
framing helps workers with their current job, independently
acquired education helps workers with their future careers. This
is particularly important given the increasing number of times
individuals change careers in the new economy, said Kapsalis.
"Post-secondary education is not just important for youth, but
for the whole population and labour force," he said. "Employers
train you for only your current job, but they won't train you for
other careers."
Jennifer Story, a national representative of the Canadian
Federation of Students, said if tuition fees continue to skyrocket,
there will be a financial barrier preventing many from receiving
or upgrading their education.
"Both the federal and provincial governments say they are
committed to life-long learning," said Story. "But the only way
they can be committed is if they properly fund the post-secondary
education."
Kapsalis' analysis is based on the responses of 41,645
Canadians over 17 years of age, which provides the most comprehensive account to date of the education and training activities of adult Canadians. ♦
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County Fair organisers warn of scam
by Theresa Chaboyer
If anyone asks you for donations for
the Arts County Fair, tell them to
buzz off.
According to Shirin
Foroutan, Arts Undergraduate Society president and AMS coordinator of external affairs,
imposters have been
going around Gage residence soliciting donations for the
annual event.
One quad in Gage was allegedly
asked to make donations to the Fair
because, "the headlining band,
being 54-40, was really expensive
this year and because [the AUS] didn't want to raise ticket prices."
"We poster, we handbill, but we
don't campaign door to door."
-Shirin Foroutan
aus president
Luckily, said Foroutan, no one
gave money to the scam-artists
because one the residents was affiliated with the AUS and knew the society
would never ask for donations.
"The farthest we've ever come to
being that intrusive is handbilling,"
she said. "We poster, we handbill,
but we don't campaign door to
door."
Fair organisers know UBC students support the all-Canadian Arts
County Fair and would do almost
anything to keep it alive. The problem, said Foroutan, is that the culprits seem to know that too.
Although no further incidents have
been reported to the AUS, Foroutan
asked any UBC students who is asked
for donations for the Fair to report the
incident to the AUS. ♦
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REFLECTING on the Museum of Anthropology Gardens, richard lam photo
Ethnobotankal garden gets APEC
by Neal RazzeH
Flans to refurbish gardens behind the Museum of
Anthropology are drawing fire from critics who
wony about the lack of public input going into the
ha preparation for November's Asia-Pacific
Economic Conference, the Prime Minister's
Office, APEC organisers and UBC plan to refurbish
the gardens overlooking the Strait of Georgia.
In landscape architect Cornelia Oberfander's
original vision, the existing forest behind the
museum was supposed to be supplemented with
plants used by coastal first nations for food, medicine, utensils and doming, creating an ethnob-
otanical reserve.
But since 1976 expanding buildings and
shrinking maintenance budgets have allowed non-
endemic species of plant like blackberry and
broom to overrun the indigenous flora.
"AH I want to do is to restore this ethnobotani-
cal garden," Oberlander told The Ubyssey.
Clearing tbe well-rooted invading plants
requires machinery and chemicals, says Judy
Williams, Chair of the Fraser River Coalition and
organiser for the Wreck Beach Preservation
Society. 'And that isn't so cool when you're in a
park, and you've got birds and small critters and
people and whatnot going around* sbe said.
Williams said sbe shares the enthusiasm of university, federal and Musqueam officials for restoring the garden, but questions the way changes will
be brought about.
The day that UBC calls a public meeting is the
day that hell freezes over," she said.
But UBC's Treasurer of Financial Services,
Byron Baley, said the university is cccrxmitted to a
public process.
"There's a lot of bad vibes surrounding this,
about how collaborative we're going to be," Baley
said. "We can't do any of this unilaterally.*
The GVRD, under whose jurisdiction some of
tbe garden falls, has held three public meetings.
UBC, however, did not attend the latest on Monday
night
Baley figured tbe Board of Governors would
authorise the clearing at its May meeting. But the
university has yet to call a public meeting, or even
say who the public is.
The Musqueum Nation, for example, whose traditional land the garden intends to copy, is
informed but not involved. "They've consulted
with us, but we're not consultants," Chief-in-
Council Howard Grant said
Williams isn't holding her breath either. The
univerarty, she said bas never recognised her
organisation ss a stakeholder in tbe future ofthe
cafe and beach behind UBC.*
U of Ottawa Student sues
professor for plagiarism
by Laurel Fortin
OTTAWA (CUP)-A University of
Ottawa business graduate is suing
his former professor and the university for plagiarism.
Paul Boudreau's problems
started when he turned a paper
into professor Jimming Lin in
July, 1991.
Boudreau later  learned Jim-
ming had not only taken his paper
on integrated circuits for telephone
systems and presented it under
under his own name at a New
Orleans conference in September
1992, but he had also included
the same paper in a case book
for a class—both times without
giving Boudreau any credit.
Boudreau initially appealed
to Jean-Louis Malouin, dean of
faculty of administration about
the situation. When the university said they were satisfied with
Jimming's explanation, Bodreau
decided  to  pursue  the  matter
through legal channels.
Jimming's court statement
claims that Boudreau's name was
omitted from the paper simply
due to an unintentional oversight.
Jirnming was waiting to include
Boudreau's name on the piece
until he could also include
Boudreau's employer's name. The
statement also says Jimming was
distracted by job pressures and
his wife's illness.
Jimming also stated that he
apologised to Boudreau for his mistake, and passed out a memorandum to his class crediting
Boudreau as co-author ofthe piece.
Boudreau, 44, currendy a Nor-
Tel employee in Ottawa, sought
out Jimming in April 1991 to
supervise  his  directed  studies
course. Because of the amount of
work and consultation involved as
supervisor of Boudreau's work,
Jimming was entitled under University of Ottawa's regulations, to
receive co-authorship credit for
the paper.
John Topping, president of the
University of Ottawa Graduate
Student Association, says the university has mechanisms in place
to prevent students and professors from plagiarising works, but
that most of the university's rules
"have been set up to protect faculty, not students."
"Someone has got to I
be protecting I
students' interests." I
John topping I
U of o Grad student Assn |
The Canadian Graduate Congress, a national graduate student
group, has recendy set up a legal
defence fund and handbook for
graduate students.
"Someone has got to be protecting students' interests,"
Topping said.
The case was presented in
court last week, and all three parties are awaiting a decision by
Madam Justice Monique Merivier.
The judge will be asked to
determine whether the professor
infringed on Boudreau's copyright by not citing proper credit
for the paper's use.
"This case is the first time the
university has been taken to task
under the Copyright Act," said
Barryl Grandbois, the U of O's legal
counsel. He added that this may be
the first case of its kind involving
any Canadian university.**
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THE UBYSSEY   5
JEANETTE GUICHON digs up a bail to extend a rally
in the T-Birds' final at the national championship.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
V-Bird women capture silver medal
The women's volleyball team
was a class act—even in defeat
by Wolf Depner
Alberta's athletic director Ian Reade went wild last
Saturday night. When Jenny Cartmell hammered home the
school's third straight women's national volleyball championship, he dashed across the court, through the defeated
Thunderbirds and hugged Panda head coach Laurie Eisler—
who had delievered her first child just sixty hours earlier.
Surrounded by fans and media, Eisler tried to take the
excitment in stride, but soon found herself awash in emotions. Exhausted, she rested on a chair and wiped the tears
off her face as the championship banner was presented.
Moments later, 3000 hot-wired Alberta fans melted
Edmonton's 'Butterdome' gym with excitement when team
captain Christy Halet raised the trophy for all to see.
Standing a few feet away, the T-Birds couldn't bear the
scene. Tanya Pickerell's disappointment streamed down
her face—the fifth-year veteran, who overcame an ankle
injury earlier in the season, was the Birds' best player in
Edmonton and battled to the bitter end. Power hitter
Jennifer Rauh, another graduating veteran, was also in
tears.
Rauh spent the last three years with the senior national
team and returned to UBC for a year in education and one
last shot at a national tide. It was not be.
But it soon dawned on the players that they still had
done something special this season.
The Birds compiled an impressive 16-2 record en route
to reaching the national final for the first time since 1978,
and pushed the two-time champion Pandas to five sets.
SARAH MAXWELL consoles veteran Tanya Pickerell after the Birds' loss to the
Alberta in Edmonton last weekend, richard lam photo
"I think we gave it a good fight," said setter Jeannette
Guichon, another veteran who played her last game for
UBC. "We could have come out, laid down and died. I can't
say that I'm not disappointed that we didn't win the gold,
but I think the team did a great job and we came a long way
regardless."
"I'm impressed how we came into this gym and we didn't hear it. The crowds were unbelievable, but we played
tough," added rookie Sarah Maxwell.
Birds coach Doug Reimer added: "This is a championship team right here. There is no doubt about that in my
mind."
Credit Reimer, who's taking over the national team, for
UBC's success—when he took the head coaching job three
years ago, the Birds had just come off a 1-15 season and the
team was riddled with internal conflicts. Some players couldn't get along with rookie head coach Colleen Jackson who, by
all accounts, was not the most qualified person for the job.
"That was a really difficult season to go through,"
explains Pickerell, adding that Jackson can't be
blamed for the team's poor play that year.
Observers agree that the Birds had talent
and  potential,   somebody just  had  to
unlock it. Enter Reimer, considered by
many a coaching wunderkind, although
he doesn't like the term and prefers to
keep a low profile.
"I knew it was going to be a challenge," recalls Reimer, who left a winning program in Winnipeg to take
over one that had hit rock bottom. He
lived up to his reputation in his very
first season as the Birds improved to 9-
7 and earned a trip to nationals where
they finished fifth. How did he do it? It
almost sounds too easy.
Add a couple of top recruits, teach the
basics, and voila—a winning team. Next season,
UBC finished with a 10-4 record and placed third at
nationals.
Suddenly, established teams like Alberta started to
notice the up-start Birds. "We knew it was just a matter of
time before we'd face them in the national final," says
Eisler who has known Reimer since 1985.
Good friends off the court, Eisler and Reimer have
coached together on one occasion. But on the court, Eisler
has always had the upper hand.
However the gap between the two
teams has narrowed each season
and insiders considered UBC a
good bet to win its first national
championship since 1978.
ranked one-two all season long,
the Pandas and Birds were destined to meet in the national final
which years from now will be
remembered as a classic. Dramatic
until the very end, the game was a
fitting conlusion to a tournament
that started with the birth of
Eisler's child, an eight pound, 13-
ounce boy Thursday morning.
Eisler was back on the sidelines
Friday night to see her team
pushed to five sets by the stubborn
Manitoba Bisons in semi-final
action. A giant upset was in the
works, but Manitoba made too
many mistakes in the fifth set to
usurp the Pandas.The Birds, meanwhile, had advanced into the final three hours earlier with
an impressive three set victory over Laval L'Or et Rouge
"1 had the team totally prepared for a very long match,"
Reimer explains. In the end, the Birds needed only ninety
minutes to dispose Laval.
"I knew that if we played our best, we were capable of
taking them right away," says Maxwell. Did they ever—
Friday's win over Laval also settled an old score as L'Or et
Rouge kept UBC out of last year's national final
The Birds were heading into Saturday's showdown with
Alberta on a roll—they hadn't lost a single set prior to the
final—and pundits asked whether or not the Pandas had
"At least the
Pandas have a
national championship
banner to look at. I will
never have a chance to
come into War Memorial
Gym and say that was
the year that my team
accomplished that."
T-BIRD VETERAN
TANYA PICKERELL
enough energy left after their match with Manitoba. Fans
and media also wondered whether or not Alberta could
field its 'A' line-up.
Danielle Stewart had a sore knee, and star setter Mirka
Pribylova played the entire tournament with a torn right
anterior cruciate ligament. She suffered that injury back in
early February in the Canada West final against UBC,
but opted to forego season-ending surgery until
after the tournament. Instead, she rehabbed
the knee for the next four weeks and
played with a heavy brace.
The media soon grew tired of asking 'how is Mirka's knee today'; it was
obvious to everyone that she came
back too early. She played poorly in
Alberta's opening round win over
St. Mary's and was mediocre at best
against Manitoba. She played a limited role in a final that offered everything you would want to see in a volleyball   match:   sharp  digs,   crisp
blocking, booming kills, and rallies
that seemed to last forever.
Spurred on by their home crowd, the
Pandas got strong upfront blocking from
Shandra Doran and Cheri Lansdown to turn a
slim 9-8 lead into a 15-8 first set victory. The Birds
responded with a more focused attack in the next set and
won 15-10. The momentum reversed again in the third set.
Alberta opened up a 9-4 lead and cruised to an easy 15-
7 win as the Birds simply couldn't slow down the Pandas'
attack. At the same time, UBC had yet to put consistent pressure on Alberta's backcourt.
The Birds were in trouble and they needed something to
get going, otherwise the game would be over soon.
Reimer called a new court rotation to open the fourth set
and the payoff was immediate. Rauh and third year hitter
Joanne Ross flourished in the new offensive rotation and
the Birds went on to hammer the Pandas 15-1.
The score shocked Alberta players and fans alike, while
the few UBC supporters who made the trip to Edmonton
truly believed that a national championship was within
reach. Or so they thought.
Heading into the fifth and final set, the game became a
chess match. Both coaches were faced with one simple
question: what's the next move?
Alberta went to a different rotation while Reimer stood
pat with the rotation that was so successful in the fourth set
"In hindsight, I wish I would have rotated too," he admits.
Played under rapid fire shoot out rules—every rally
results in a point—the Birds took a 3-1 lead in the fifth set.
But the team tensed up and with every UBC mistake,
Alberta's confidence rose. Once again, Alberta's superior
blocking proved to be the difference down the stretch. But
the Birds didn't go quietly. Trailing 14-9, the Birds rattled
off three straight points to force Alberta into a time out.
Would there be a miracle UBC comeback?
No—following a long rally, Pribylova set up Cartmell on
the left side and her spike glanced off a Ross/Rudol block to
drop vvdthin the line. Mayhem and tears ensued.
.Almost a week later, Pickerell continues to play the final
over and over again in her mind. "I'm really proud of what
we have achieved... but it still hurts," she says. "At least the
Pandas have a national championship banner to look at. I
will never have a chance to come into War Memorial Gym
and say that was the year that my team accomplished that
"The second placed team is always forgotten."
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THE UBYSSEY   7
Come to your senses
by Peter T. Chattaway
NEW (ClNE)WORKS SERIES
Mar 17 at the Starfish Room
If you missed them at the Vancouver International Film
Festival, or if you didn't catch them during their visits to the
Cinematheque, the Cineworks series at the Starfish Room is
your chance to take in some ofthe best short films and independent works produced by Vancouver filmmakers.
One ofthe evening's cornerstone pieces will undoubtedly be Coming to Her Senses, a half-hour anthology of short
films by local filmmakers, most of which dabble in the
herotica hinted at in the collection's punny title.
Mary Daniel concocted the series and gave each filmmaker one ofthe six senses—picked at random from a hat—
and a roll of film to make a short on that topic. Each film is
a unique creation, but some patterns persist: poetic narration is one popular device, and nowhere is it as self-consciously witty or strident as in 'This Missing You,' Daniel's
own short film on Taste.
Touch and Sight have, perhaps, an unfair advantage in
such an erotically charged series as this; the audience is
always looking at the screen, and the people up there are
frequently handling or fondling something or other.
'Narcissus' by Ileana Pietrobruno (Cat Swallows
Parakeet and Speaks!) is about Sight/but for me the lasting
impression is one of a woman brushing her lips against
those of her reflection in a rippling pool—an impression
that, for me, plays as much on the fluid, flirting touch of
water as it does with the face that one sees in it.
'Angustia,' Claudia Morgado Escanilla's treatment on
Hearing, slips even further into the realms of sight and
touch; the model may blindfold herself before masturbating to music, but the camera, lingering on her body, invites
us to be voyeurs from several points of view. Frankly, while
I can remember even the sound effects in the other shorts,
We're local! We're independent! We're filmmakers! Six women come to their senses in a short-film anthology.
I can barely remember "hearing" anything in this one, so
powerful were its visuals.
It comes as a surprise, then, to see that 'Tiny Bubbles,' Bo
Myers' variation on the theme of Touch, may be the most
carefully measured film of the lot. Myers' focus is not all that
sexual, or even physical. Myers captures the spiritual aspect
of touch, the way that souls connect with each other as lovers,
as friends, as family. Perhaps that's not very "sensual," but it
goes right to the heart of what we use our senses for.
Other interesting works will include Blake Corbet's The
Chain, in which Molly Parker—who was so cool and controlled in Kissed—loses her composure after meeting her ex
on a turn-of-the-centry train; and Broken Images, the directorial debut from UBC creative writing prof Peggy Thompson, who takes Ein intriguing look at the photography of Michelle Normoyle. Adds an unusually rich and expressive
selection of music to the mix, and the result is a sheer
delight.
Dorff goes for family jewels   <5llggtell^5^L
 by Peter T. Chattaway
city of industry
Blood and wine
at theatres near you
Dear Mama Dorff,
Hi, it's me, your son Stephen. Just
thought I'd drop you a note to let you
know how things have been going here in
Hollywood. I know you've
been upset that I haven't had more roles
like that good-natured boxing kid in The
Power of One, and I know you've been disappointed by some of my more recent,
edgier roles. (I still can't believe Mrs.
Henderson told you what S.F. W. stood for,
but believe me, Mom, after doing J Shot
Andy Warhol in women's clothing, I think
it's made me a more sensitive person.
Really.) But I have some good news. Sort
of.
On the good side, I'm actually getting
plum roles next to some fairly heavy
Hollywood bigshots. Take City of Industry.
I'm the guy driving the getaway car for
Harvey Keitel and Timothy Hutton after
they rob a diamond store. I admit, it
might not seem like I
get much of the
action, but hey! I get
to blow one of them
away and run off
with the money! And
the other guy spends
the rest of the movie
hiding from me,
plotting his revenge.
Sounds cool, huh?
Not that I think
the script is all that
great, mind you.
We're all bad guys in
this thing and we
have litde to do or
say to each other a-
part from shooting
at each other all the
time, and after a
while even / wanted
to know who really
cared if I got my
comeuppance or
not. Plus it's a really
straight-white-male
kind of thing, the
sort of movie where
Harvey Keitel spends
a lot of time recuperating in a bathtub while a woman tends to
him, and my character treats his girlfriend like crap. And they've got these ethnic gangs, like, one black and one Asian,
but when we meet the guy in charge of
one of them, it's a white guy! (Elliot Gould,
in fact.)
Alright, Mom, I hear ya. On the down
side, this isn't exactly your type of movie-
it's like a violent string of music videos
with nothing connecting each scene to the
ones before or after it. But isn't it neat to
know that I'm finally making movies with
the big guns (so to speak)? And if you
thought Keitel and Hutton were pretty big,
wait until you see my other movie, Blood
and Wine, where I rub shoulders with Michael Caine, Judy Davis and—drum roll,
please—Jack Nicholson!
Yep, Jack the Joker. In fact, he plays my
dad—my step-dad, actually. It's not one of
his better roles, but man, anybody who
hates Jack Nicholson's guts will love this
movie! He gets the shit beaten out of him
so bad—uh, sorry about that, Mom—you
can't help but like the film. I know J had
fun getting my licks in. I betchajack's sorry he told me to "break a leg" now!
But how's this for a coincidence: Blood
and Money is yet another movie about a
jewelry theft! This time Jack and Michael
are the partners in crime, and I get to foil
their plans with a little help from my
mom—that would be Judy's role—though
she gets the crap beaten out of her, too.
Still, at least these characters are more
interesting than the guys I had to work
with in the other movie. Michael, who
makes a great villain at the worst of times,
gets sick and coughs blood, and it's neat to
see the wind knocked out of his tough-guy
sails like that. And Jack's character isn't
entirely bad, even if the audience cheers
whenever he screams in pain.
I have to admit, though, it's getting a
little monotonous doing these crime-story
potboilers. I'm not quite sure why such A-
list actors get involved in these things—
you'd think Judy, for one, would have had
her fill of stolen-necklace movies after
that embarrassing job she did in Absolute
Power— but hey, am / complaining? It's
given me a chance to hang out with the
big boys, so who cares what heist they're
up to, as long as I can steal a scene or two.
Love, your own flesh and blood,
Stephen Dorff
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If you want a hilarious pick-me-up. Waiting
for Guffman is your ticket to escape to (not
from) dullsville. Co-written and directed by
Christopher Guest {Spinal Tap's Nigel
Tufnel), we are taken to the little town of
Blaine, Missouri where a musical celebrating the town's 150th birthday is in progress.
Using amateurish, shaky camera work,
the film takes on a documentary style, introducing each new character with mocking
flair. Guest plays Corky St Clair, the town's
drama director, whose obvious effeminate
behaviour remains unacknowledged by the
rest of the town, just as they never question
the existence of his so-called wife (who has
never been seen). This makes for countless
laughs and not-so-sly innuendoes.
Corky is not only the musical's director,
but also its author. As ha has bitterly failed
onm at the New York scene,lite is extremely
excited when he hears that Mister Guffman,
a New York critic, will be visiting their pro-,
duction and, hopefully, take, their show to
Broadway. Wit it happen? Will the town of
Blaine surprise the world with their theatrical and musical expertise? Vt the tide sounds
a litde too similar to Beckett's Waiting for
Godot, you may already know the answer..
The musical, entitled "Bed, White and
Blaine." stapes the local talents of Son and
Sheila Albertson (Fred Willard and Catherine
O'Hara), a travel agent qoupte who have
never ventured outside of their litde town. As
Blaine's acting veterans, they are always giving SelpMlmiiB to meir feBow actors: Allan
Pearl (Eugene Levy),, a dentist who suffers
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OUR LA0Y PEACE
Feb 28 at the SUB Ballroom
WW©3W
I had 15 minutes with two men: Duncan Coutfs (bass)
and Jeremy Taggart (drums) of Our Lady Peace.
Duncan, in his leather jacket and mousy hair,
seemed quiet bat composed. Taggart slunk behind
heavy pimmed glasses and doiainated macfcpf the
conversation, mumbling and doilching immAfy.
Coutts said Our Lady Peace was playingthe SUB
Ballroom as part of a national tour currently limited
to 'closed shows for universiies across the country,
to start off small and say martfes 'cause you gife us
the break in the first place.'
That break has taken Our Lady Peace through
countless interviews, articles and web sites, ted no
wonder, they've done well over 500 shows.
It's riot uncommon to encounter
a buffet-style approach to spirit in
music, and spirituality is one
prominent theme in Our Lady
Peace's lyrics. But, says Taggart,
"We're just a modern rock band.
We're not trying to change the
world. Some of pur favourite bands
tend to preach, and have a soap box.
We just try and keep it real. We're
just trying to make people happy. I
think the spiritual element comes
out because we're trying to be ourselves and trying to tap into positive
energy in each other and through
our music.
The things that [vocalist] Raine
[Maida] has written, lyric wise, have
always had optimism. In the end it's
always look on the bright side of
things.' I just think that there's a lot
of bands these days that are angry
just for the sake of being angry. It's
easier to be angry than to try and
say something, brighten someone's
day or, you know, make things look
a little better."
"We're just a modern
rock band. We're not
trying to change the
world. Some of our
favourite bands tend
to preach, and have a
soap box. We just try
and keep it real.
We're just trying to
make people happy.
-Jeremy Taggart
Drummer for OLP
That's not to say that O.L.P. is a band of
Pollyannas. They address the human dilemma as
well. In their campus-press-only web chat they
explained their intention behind 'Superman Is
Dead/ a song from their new album Clumsy. The
song attempts to parallel the loss of the original
Superman with the loss of innocence in the youth
today.'
One might argue lhat fast-paced media evolution,
like music, helps to corrupt the innocents. 'I hear
young chicks love you/ I taunt them.
That's news to me," sauys Coutts.
Taggart elaborates, "We're not advocates of
groupies. There hasn't been a situation where we've
been chased down the street or something stupid like
that. I mean, our fans are pretty intelligent, they have
a mind of their own. They usually understand that
they're just as regular as we are/
You can't expect all your fans to be so bright
though, can you? At their UBC concert one very excited man managed to jump over the metal barrier,
over the many security guards and on to the stage.
The man was simply escorted offstage and the show
went on smoothly from there, unlike their show at
Queen's University some time before that. At that
particular show. Our Lady Peace finished their set
early, later expressing a need for a "professional barricade* and saying they had "no choice but to finish
early and leave." At UBC, on the other hand, the show
went on.
With the addition of Coutts, the new member/the
band's sound has altered. There's a funked up guitar
and Duncan's "song bird voice," cello and keyboard
lending to the newish feel. OX.P. say they refuse to
change with the trends — they just "are" — but they
aspire to the Sony-label buzz of the "self-evolved
sound."
They profess to be "each other's biggest influences' with the help of a few of their old and new
favourite artists. As Coutts puts it, "Basically the eon-
SJWNtfjf
cept was to write as many good songs as possible and
not to concentrate on the 'single' and the 'fcllow-iqjs'
which I think a lot of bands do today/
And the title?
There's that optimistic thread of a character,"
Jeremy began. "Somebody who is clumsy tends to be
forgiven a little more than if he was, you know, an axe
murderer or something. It's basically giving someone the benefit of the doubt*
That may be a good choice of title when you consider the clumsy lyrics, Nobody expects literature
these days, but the words seem just to carry the time,
though O.L.P. have their explanations. For example,
the lyrics Til be waving my hand/watching you
drown/watching you scream' is, ihey say, "about seeing something, but not seeing it for what it really is.
/fbu may decide to help or to just wave back."
Nobody waved in the SUB Ballroom. However, the
long waits between the two warm-up bands —
Salvador Dream (monotonous, screechy, but wise in
saving two good songs for last) and Change of Heart
(worked the flock, actually used a full octave in their
milody lines) — and O.L.P. could have left the crowd
cold. But faithful fans started moshing immediately.
The band relaxed into a meditative stance that, on
others, would look like apathy or ennui With a full
sound and record quality performance, they delivered the goods.
.After this tour is done, Our Lady Peace plans to
have a summer festival tour loaded with the best
Canadian artists. In the long term, they hope to
release a new album within the next three years.
Says Taggart, "We feel a forward motion. But it could
all end tomorrow. Or when it's not exciting any
more, or when we're not having fun, it's not inspiring, I know I'll stop. I won't want to have anything to
do with it
'So far it's been great.'♦ culture
THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 14, 1997 9
Secret arms hold cash
Rascalz-Cashcrop _
[FIGURE IV/BMG]
The mere fact that Cash-
crop has finally seen the
light—after two years of
collecting dust, waiting
for    a    distributor-
bears witness to Rascalz' struggle to survive in their home
town.
Nobody   said   it   was
going to be easy, sure, but
a city like Vancouver is not
welcoming territory. Even
pronouncing the words
'hip-hop   radio'    draws
laughter.   Home   sweet
home, where the Fox rules
and hip-hop struggles, but anyway, into Cashcrop.
Led by Kemo's tight beats and production, Rascalz go crazy on this,
their second full-length release. Solid and focused on tracks like
'Temptation,' 'Solitaire Remix,' 'Mood Swings' and 'Dreaded Fist,' both
MCs—Red I and Misfit—control and stretch their grooves to impressive
results. 'Solitaire Remix,' in fact, may be Rascalz' finest moment, a
wicked beat behind both rappers as they shine brightly into the mic,
music and words becoming one.
Lyrically, Red I and Misfit inch away from the hip-hop-unity simplicity in Really Livin', their debut. Though still short of any significant
social commentary, Rascalz at least sound honest; no silly bragging
going on here.
Which is not to say that Cashcrop is all perfection. Tracks like 'Shock
Therapy,' 'Shouts'—do we really need to hear them thanking people
when the liner notes will suffice?—and 'Clockwork,' featuring CiTR's
Checkmate and Flipout, are all truly embarrassing moments.
Still, no dissing intended, Rascalz are a dreaded fist to every East Van
rocker who claims Vancouver as his own or cries out "Rap is crap" while
head banging to rehashed, repackaged punk. Whatever. They don't
know the difference. 'Solitaire Remix' makes the distinction here, loud
and clear. Creativity is alive and well in Vancouver, and it ain't punk or
'alternative.' You figure it out.
—Federico Barahona
Veruca Salt - Eight Arms to Hold You [Universal]
For their second effort, indie-faves-turned-mainstream-poster-girls
Veruca Salt looked to Bob Rock, a producer known mostly for his efforts
with Metallica and various heavy metal groups. Hardly the soft, subtle
touch that Veruca Salt fans would expect, and which American Thighs
producer Brad Wood had in abundance.
The resulting album,
Eight Arms to Hold You,
is a much harder and
more guitar-centred
album than their debut.
Songs like 'Don't Make
Me Prove It' and the awesome lead single
'Volcano Girls' are perfect examples of this
"new" Veruca Salt: crushing guitar and cymbals
with layered vocals and
sing-a-long choruses.
Unfortunately, this
results in a number of
indulgent, soggy rock ballads that simply don't
work. Ironically, with the exception of'Volcano Girls,' softer numbers like
'Benjamin' and 'Loneliness is Worse' are the ones that remind you just
how good the songwriting of Louise Post and Nina Gordon is. Hopefully,
next album, they'll take the lessons of this one and fashion something that
truly suits them, rather than turning to the mainstream for approval.
—John Zaozirny
Live - Secret Samaohi [Radioactive]
Live has the art of the climax down pat. (The musical climax, that is.) If
you're anticipating their regular routine of calm verses contrasted with
explosive choruses, their new album Secret Samadhi won't disappoint.
However, this tension-building style may not be to everyone's liking.
A few songs into the album, the loud and angry choruses become quite
predictable. For those who are not Live fans, it may take a few listens to
appreciate their talent.
Live indeed has a timeless quality. Neither retro nor trendy, the
band's music could have easily made it any time in the past 25 years.
'Rattlesnake' and 'Insomnia and the Hole in the Universe' could very
well make their way to classic album rock stations and stay there for the
next few decades. Live already sound like rock'n'roll veterans.
The group, nonetheless, remains of one the most overrated rock
bands of the '90s. Edward Kowalczyk's powerful vocals and emotional
lyrics have helped Live reach star status. Live may have their own signature style, but Secret Samadhi's many roller-coaster rides become
rather wearisome by the CD's end. Still, the album is not a departure
from what the band was doing before, and will likely please their fans.
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Notice of Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of
The Ubyssey Publications Society will be held in
the SUB in Council Chambers, on March 26th, 1997 at
Noon.
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are invited and encouraged to attend.
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■MmnsSSi 10 THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 14, 1997
ubyssey
March 14, 1997 • volume 78 issue 40
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
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News
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Culture
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Christine Price giggled wildly with every
flick of Federico Barahona's lying
tongue. Mauran Kim laughed too, while
Ian Gunn looked for a desk on which to
bang his head. *I do it because it feels
good when I stop," he said to Joe Clark,
who whacked an eraser at him anyway.
Todd Silver wiped the sweat off his brow
with a tofu pizza. Theresa Chaboyer
thought this was a peculiar sight, but
Peter T. Chattaway smacked his lips over
the Sid Ceasar salad. Sarah Wallbank
gave Scott Hayward a piece of her mind,
which he promptly put in a necklace for
Neal Razzell. Sarah O'Donnell called up
her folks and got swanky suites for the
swinging couple Richard Lam and Wolf
Depner at her parents' place. Stanley
Tromp lined up for his turn to prod
Diamond Dave, while Sarah Galashan
parted her hair. "You got it cut!" shouted
John Zaozirny, but Janet Winters could
not be fooled. Wesley Chiang went wild
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Democracy you can count on
When it comes to an election, the mechanics
involved can be as important as the actual
results.
Due process and accountability are key,
and extend from the moment an election
campaign begins to when the electorate is
satisfied that representatives have been elected freely and fairly.
If these basic conditions are not met, an
election becomes a hollow exercise and is
subject to mockery and doubt. Sadly, that has
been true of this year's Alma Mater Society
elections. Allegations of voting irregularities
were so significant that AMS Ombudsperson
Michael Curry felt obligated to investigate.
And on February 5, he recommended the
ballots for the Board of Governors (BoG) position, which was won by a margin of ten votes,
be recounted.
The recount, which was finally done last
week, changed the outcome of the election,
unofficially awarding one of the two BoG
positions to Action Now candidate Kera
McArthur by a two vote margin over inde
pendent candidate Jeff Meyers. Meyers has
been serving as the BoG rep since late
January.
This then raises an interesting question:
why did it take Senate so long to put the
recount machine into motion? Sure, student
politics may not appear to be the most pressing item facing this campus, but both Meyers
and McArthur had the right to a quick and
fair settlement.
More importantiy, failure to get this mess
settled as soon as it spilled into the public,
must have interfered with Meyer's BoG
duties and such interference hurts not only
Meyers, but the entire student body.
And we can only imagine McArthur's reaction when she heard she had won on the
recount and if the result stands, she will have
to completely rearrange her life and play
catch-up on the issues facing this campus.
What's at question is not the decision to
conduct a recount. A ten vote difference is
simply too close for democratic comfort-
especially when the election was marred by
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allegations of multiple voting. The same can
now just as easily be said of the two vote margin and we recommend that a third count be
done manually to verify the results.
This is not a spurious attempt to prolong
the electoral process ad infinitum. There is,
after all, one definite result in this election;
the number of ballots is static. But we currendy have two different results, both uncomfortably close and both well within what
might otherwise be a reasonable margin for
error.
So until we have a vote count that everyone can be confident of, due process in this
election will not have been served.
The student representatives to BoG are
arguably the most important elected students
on campus. They speak for students at the
table at which the campus' most significant
decisions are made.
Everything has a price and democracy is
no exception; democracy, however, is worth
the time, energy and cost of a definitive
recount.
Back into the
frying pan
I am deeply concerned about the
operation of the campus Equity
Office, and seriously question its
ability to protect students who
are the victims of harassment or
other regulatory breaches by faculty.
My experience with the office
last week makes me wonder if
students are really safe at UBC,
and I wonder if other students
have had the same experience.
Briefly, I spoke to a counsellor
at the Equity Office two weeks
ago, outlining the sexual harassment and subsequent D grade I
received from a professor in
1988. I had gone to the depart
ment chair at the time for help,
and he directed me back to my
harasser, to discuss my grade
with him.
The Equity Office counsellor
confirmed to me that I had been
mistreated by both professors,
but last week, at a second
appointment, the counsellor told
me I had passed the one-year (or
six-month) time limit on making
a complaint, and so the office
could do nothing for me but
make an appointment with the
counselling centre in Brock, so
that I could discuss my own feelings.
This arbitrary time-limit
makes me feel that the university
has no real interest in the protection of students. If anyone else
shares my concern, please contact me through my e-mail
address: groberma.
Michael Groberman
MA Theatre
There are no
real winners
or losers
Is it the primitive in us that seeks
to define our surroundings into
black and white, into discrete
segments? Into winner and
loser?
I do not know.
I do know, that after watching
the CIAU National Women's
Volleyball championships here at
the University of Alberta, I am
having a difficult time separating
the two participants of the gold
medal match into two different
groups: winners and losers.
Is a winner simply someone
who is victorious; or is it someone who obtains a result of effort,
perseverance, someone who conducts herself in a first-class manner, regardless ofthe silverware?
After experiencing the determination, effort and pride displayed by both teams and witnessing the fantastic volleyball
played by both teams I am reluctant to relegate the two teams
into a group A and a group B.
Two great teams, with feisty, talented individuals—either team
could just as easily been the one
holding the trophy at the end.
A part of me is pleased that
the U of A Pandas were that team,
but my conflict lies in the role the
University of British Columbia
Thunderbirds are relegated to. I
cannot, I refuse to, apply the second label that is used in these situations.
Both teams, by their impressive play on national television
coverage, will play a significant
role in elevating the profile of
women's athletics in this country. As well, they provide inspiration to and role-modeling for
young female athletes in general.
But how do you tell a player,
who has given her heart, her
everything, that her efforts will
make a difference is someone
else's life. As she sits watching
those in group A celebrate—is it
supposed to make her feel better?
I am truly sorry that it was not
the T-Birds grinning exhuberantly
as they carried forth the victory
banner, to hang in their home. It
was a marvelous performance by
both teams,'and could just have
easily been the T-Birds standing
in group A.
They are, in every aspect that
should count, winners and champions. I had the pleasure to know
them briefly and can attest to the
class and elegance of the players,
coaches and support staff. They
have inspired and gained the support and respect of this proud U
of A student.
I will long remember their
play and their character and can
honestly say Lhat, when the next
UBC Thunderbirds Women's
Volleyball team is in town, there
will be at least one blue shirt
amisdt the green and gold.
You have much to be proud of,
UBC. You should be sure to tell
them.
Scott van Leenen
U of A student THE UBYSSEY, MARCH 14, 1997   11
DJ can't perform at Pit
I had just talked to a DJ friend in
Toronto about how to become a DJ.
The only comment that I remembered
was, "Just be a squeaky wheel." So
that's what I set out to do. My goal was
to become a DJ for a place that we are
all familiar with, The Pit. I realise that
CiTR supplies the music and DJs for
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
nights and I was not looking to take
the place of these people.
Instead, I picked up a Pit Pub
schedule and looked through it to see
what nights were open. Tuesday
nights seemed best and I made my
proposal to Bill, the manager, in mid
January. I had proposed a night different from all other Pit nights, an electronic alternative night. Discussing
with many peers around the UBC campus, we all felt there was most definitely a market for this music, for one
would have to travel downtown to
hear and dance to this music if not at
the Pit.
The advantage of having a bar on a
university campus is the ability to
showcase a wide mix of musical interests that has the potential to attract
dozens of people. The bar is one place
that all students will go, and if the
music is right, this will attract a particular crowd. I said to Bill that I am
not part of CiTR and was wanting to be
proactive (because nowadays this is
the only way to get something done)
and I would have all of the music
ready to go. I would also advertise by
myself (I had access to a graphical program on a computer and had a design
all ready to go and also have a small
following in a UBC residence and
know of dozens of people from off and
on campus who would show, also
bringing their friends). I would, basically, do everything. Another important thing is that I was not expecting to
get paid. I wanted to see how things
went for that potential night and then
perhaps, if things went well for that
one day only, we would talk about having this as a regular event In short,
Bill had absolutely nothing to lose and
he said he would take my phone number down and call me in two weeks.
I just got home from the Pit. It is
1:05 in the morning in early March
and I just talked to Bill. On the
Monday of this week I had gone to
visit Bill at the Pit and asked him why
he did not call me as he was supposed
to. Reading Week had passed and no
word from Bill. On that Monday he
said, "Okay, give me your phone number and I will call you either tonight
(Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday)." I
actually believed he would call. I am
very upset as I am writing this.
This is what happened at the Pit
tonight. I walk into the place at 11:00
pm. Looking at the noise and all ofthe
people traffic it was a Wednesday
night. The first person I see is Bill. I
approached him and asked him, "Hey,
you were supposed to call me yesterday," to which he responded "Really?
About what?" And then I said to him,
"Well, you know, the DJing thing, you
were supposed to call on Monday or
Tuesday." He responded, "Oh yeah,
well, I said that I would call you next
week. Just stop bothering me."
Bothering him? Geez, all I wanted
to know for almost two damn months
is if he would take this no-obligation,
absolutely nothing to lose offer from
me. He has no obligation to CiTR and
I think others may have wanted their
own nights on weekends. That would
be almost impossible. I could have
done two things, walk away from that
scent or ask finally if he wanted to do
something. So, I finally bit my lip and
asked, "Well, I really want to know
now, do you want to do this or not?" I
think I had a right to be a bit upset
now.
Then he incredulously, like an
eight year old child, reared his head
and replied, "Okay, forget it, then!"
And just walked away. This made me
laugh and then I think I muttered to
myself, "Well it's your loss." And that
was that.
I don't know how Bill runs the Pit.
From what I have heard from people
is that it is not a tightly-run ship. This
act of non-professionalism is very discouraging to me, but people will be
people. Not calling one person after a
month and a half is very unprofessional. If I had been told this within
the first two weeks when he said he
would call, I would have felt much better. Instead he dragged this on for
longer than it should have.
What was he thinking about with
this whole thing? I was sincere, I was
very honest, I came up to him and
made a decent proposal. Now this is
what happens. It is safe to say that this
action affects all electronic alternative
music fans that come to the Pit and
are looking for a change in what usually happens at the Pit on Wednesdays
and beyond. I was being that "squeaky
wheel" and I am glad I did so. If you do
want this night to happen, show Bill
this article and tell him if you think
what I think. If this is a student pub,
then students should have some say
in what they listen to. In that action
the Pit loses, electronic music fans
lose and absolutely nobody wins.
Thanks Bill.
-Peter Choi
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