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The Summer Ubyssey Aug 12, 1997

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C B-Birds face
ifficult season
ithout John Dumont.
I Baker rides the
Core Logo
ve of success.
etermined Labradorians
show the PQ
aren't alone.
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UBC may okay
banking deal
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
UBC could have an exclusive banker as
early as next October, when the Board of
Governors will consider a proposal solicited
by the university's Business Relations
"There's going to be a recommendation
going to the Board of Governors at their
October 9 meeting on a business partnership for the university's banking business,"
said Gavin Wilson, UBC media relations
coordinator. "It's undergone a tendering
process and they have selected one of the
bids and will recommend that to the BOG in
Wilson wouldn't say which bank had
won the tender, or whether a banking deal
would leave only one bank on campus.
However, if only one bank is allowed on
campus students without an account at that
bank could be left paying user fees for banking transactions.
Currently there are Toronto Dominion,
Bank of Montreal, VanCity, and CIBC automatic teller and Interac machines on campus. There is also a Bank of Montreal
branch in the SUB.
This wouldn't be the first exclusive corporate partnership for UBC. The university
signed a ten year, $850,000 per
year deal with Coca-Cola last year
to give the company a lock on the
campus beverage market. The
university has refused to disclose
details of that agreement.
UBC's board of governors also
approved a deal with BC Telecom
last year to make the company
UBC's principal telecommunications provider.
Shirin Foroutan, AMS director
of external affairs, said UBC has
not consulted the AMS about an
exclusive banking partnership.
She added AMS councilors only
found out UBC was considering a
banking agreement when a bank
called the student council for
information about the call for tenders.
"It's kind of embarrassing for
them that they haven't consulted us, since
we could set up a banking booth in SUB if
we wanted," Foroutan said. In fact the AMS
already holds a lease with a branch of the
Bank of Montreal. That lease expires in
Foroutan  added  that the  Royal  Bank
"threw money" at a student council confer-
FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS: banking may become a little harder for students if an exclusivity deal limits
the financial institutions doing business on campus, richard lam photo
ence hosted by the AMS last month, and is
set to sponsor a similar conference this
The University of Northern British
Columbia (UNBC) has an exclusivity deal
with the Bank of Montreal. Ryan Macivor,
vice president of the Northern Undergraduate Students' Association, said the
deal costs UNBC students in convenience
and user fees. The only automatic teller at
UNBC is a Bank of Montreal unit.
Wilson said the university is also looking
for an exclusive travel agent and an exclusive airline. He said there are other partnerships in the works, but would not disclose any details.♦
Campus development blueprint finally official
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The plan for future housing, transportation
and commercial development on UBC
endowment lands became law July 25, four
years after the university first proposed a
controversial official community plan (OCP).
The OCP will see UBC's resident population double to 18,000 in the next 20 years,
with commercial centres, new market housing south of 16th Ave, and a subsidised transit plan to accommodate the development.
UBC expects development ofthe plan will
bring $200 million in endowment funds in
the next decade alone.
Ken Cameron, Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) manager of strategic planning, said the OCP will end unplanned commercial and market housing development
on the endowment lands. "It's a milestone in
the sense that it's the first time there's ever
been a civic planning context for the
University of British Columbia," he said.
He added that commercial and market
housing developments will need specific
approval and public consultation before construction starts.
Controversy has plagued the OCP planning process from the start. When the university produced a discussion paper on cam-
-Commercial Centre
UBC Core
■Future Housing
-Existing Housing
■Future Housing Reserve
OFFICIAL Community Plan promises big changes at UBC.
pus development in 1993, many critics,
including the then Minister of Education
said the plan didn't include enough consultation with students or endowment land residents.
The university's first formal OCP proposal suffered similar criticism when it was
released last fall. Many students and community members said the proposal didn't
address environmental, transportation, or
student and staff housing needs. And
despite public hearings, some critics said
UBC didn't try hard enough to encourage
public input.
"The original plan had no transit responsibility, it was a one dimensional piece of
work, a real-estate exercise," said Gordon
Price, a Vancouver City councilor and member of the GVRD board of directors that
passed the final plan last month.
But Price said the revised OCP addresses
concerns that the new development would
swamp transit routes and price students
and staff off campus. The plan also includes
enough community services to make UBC a
"It really does move towards a concept of
a community rather than an office park
called a university, which is pretty much
what it's been in the past," said Price.
The plan, now GVRD bylaw 840, commits
the university to a goal of selling or renting
50 percent of new market housing to campus faculty, staff or students. Of future market housing built at UBC, 20 percent will be
rental housing, and 40 percent will have
private ground floor access. The plan also
commits UBC to a number of transportation
initiatives, including leading the development of subsidised transit passes.
Peggy Bloom, who represents people living in about 400 apartments near the university village, said she's worried UBC won't
carry through with its commitments on transit and housing. Bloom is a director of the
University Endowment Lands Tenants'
"I see the lugubrious corporation turning
around and trying to do something that's
more palatable public relations wise to the
communities that they are giving a hard
time to," she said.
Bloom added tenants on the endowment
lands don't trust the university since the
development of Hampton Place, seen by
many as the first phase of south campus'
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BETTER AND CHEAPER: the OCP should improve trasit service to UBC. richard lam photo
OCP to boost public transportation
 by David Jobson
The university has committed to a plan that
will see subsidised transit passes, discount
bicycle sales, higher parking fees and maybe a
'white-bike' system that will provide free bikes
for campus use.
The transit initiatives are contained in the
Official Community Plan (OCP) for UBC campus, which sets a university goal of reducing
single-occupancy vehicle traffic to campus by
20 percent.
UBC will spend $250,000 a year starting in
1998 towards a subsidised transit pass system
called U-Pass. The university will also try to
find additional funding for the program. A
similar transit pass at the University of
Washington, on which UBC's plan is modelled,
costs $4.6 million CDN annually.
Ken Cameron, the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD) manager of strategic
planning, said the university's transit commitment is a good first step towards reducing the
amount of traffic around UBC.
"There's more distance to go but UBC recognises and so does the GVRD that there are a
number of different authorities responsible for
the transportation issue and there has to be
cooperation among all of them," said Cameron.
"UBC has shown a leadership role in that."
Gordon Price, a Vancouver City councilor
and a long-time transit critic, said UBC's transit plan is "a major way for the university to
demonstrate its commitment [to the OCP]."
Other UBC transportation cornrnitments in
the plan include:
•Hiring a transportation manager to develop a
campus transportation plan with BC Transit,
the City of Vancouver, campus residents, the
GVRD, and the Ministry of Transportation
and Highways.
•Using purchasing power to buy discount bicycles and resell them to university staff who
will commute with them.
•Considering a system of free bicycles for campus use, as well as improving bike routes and
bicycle storage facilities.
The AMS supports the university's efforts
to encourage the use of transit, but AMS Policy
Analyst Desmond Rodenbour said he is concerned about where the money will come
"The AMS recommends that the University
engage in a more detailed planning process
for the U-Pass system and [there be] a more
comprehensive financial commitment," said
Rodenbour said the AMS hadn't yet had a
chance to formulate a specific policy on the
university's transit commitment.♦
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The tenants' society opposed high-rises at
Hampton Place, but Bloom said UBC ignored
them at public hearings.
"Public hearings are a complete fraud,
they've already decided they're going to [develop] and the public hearing is just complete
window dressing," said Bloom, adding that
changes to the OCP were only "a lithe bit deeper and more profound window dressing."
UBC won't make any concrete plans for com-
mercial or housing developments until a study
on how to govern the endowment lands is com-
pieted, likely in late 1999. That study will deter
mine whether the endowment lands should be
governed by an elected municipal government
Currently the area is governed jointly by UBC's
Board of Governors and the province.
Powever, some effects of the OCP wjH be
felt immediately on campus.
A comprehensive transit management plan
takes effect immediately, with a goal of reducing single occupant vehicle traffic by 20 percent And development of university facihties
and capital projects won't wait for the governance study.
As soon as the governance study is completed, UBC will be free to develop a commercial centre around the Bookstore and bus loop
that includes fast food, retail and personal service shops.
Further campus development under the
plan will follow stages that could extend more
than thirty years. In that time the endowment
lands will be home to growing housing development south of 16th Avenue, a south campus village centre with a supermarket and community
centre and school. A substantial south campus
area is also set aside for the development of research facilities. And UBC will increase housing
density around the current university village.
Development revenues will be targeted for
UBC's $500 million endowment fund. Interest
from that fund supports capital construction,
endowed chairs and professorships.*
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Dumont not back for 97/98
Bird Droppings
by Bruce Arthur
[.'Br hockey head coach Mike Coflin
confirmed six new recruits for the
1997/98 season.
Lcllwinger Geoff Lynch Irom
Burns Lake, BC and Centre Chris
Low from Foxwarren, MA are Uie
lop of Die crop as both played in the
Western Hockey League last season.
They are joined by winger Brad
Kiolrnuim (New Westminister BC),
Mike Mayhra (Castlegar BC), Ben
Hoy (Fort SL James BC) and Andy
Clark (Fredricton, NB)
Clark transferpd from Mount
Mlisori university. There he cap
tained tlie team and won the prestigious Randy Gregg award for excellence in athletics, academics and
community service in 1995.
—Ubyssey Staff
Back in 1995/96, John Dumont
was the hottest young player in the
Canada West, playing a big role on
the number one ranked squad in
the country.
Now he has decided to give up college basketball altogether, opting
instead to concentrate on his
Dumont's decision deals yet
another blow to the sinking ship
that is the UBC men's basketball
team. The loss of Dumont, who led
the Birds in 11.2 points per game
and 6.6 rebounds last season,
leaves the Birds with only six
returning players and dim hopes
for the upcoming year.
"Obviously, John's an
outstanding player,
but I never anticipated
him coming back,"
—Rich Chambers
Interim head caoch
Interim Coach Rich Chambers
wasn't surprised by Dumont's
decision. "Obviously, John's an
outstanding player, but I never
anticipated him coming back,"
said Chambers. "I did tell him that
the door is always open for him,
UBC teammate and best friend
Gerald Cole said that fatigue has
taken toll on Dumont. "He's a little
burnt out, and he's lost a little
desire, said Cole. "I mean, John
has been playing basketball year-
round since the third grade, and
that's tough."
Dumont was unavailable for
comment at press time.
With Dumont gone, the already
undersized Birds will be softer
than bathroom tissue. Last season's opening-day frontline - 6'7"
Curtis Mepham, 6'6" Eric Butler,
and the 6'5" Dumont - are history,
to be replaced by three players
who averaged a combined 33 minutes per game last year.
The loss of Dumont will be felt
at both ends of the court. UBC's
interior defense will be extremely
suspect, and inside scoring has
now been reduced to almost nothing.
Chambers admitted that this
team will be guard-oriented and
will    rely    on    strong
defence to kickstart the
"We're going to be a
quick team. I think we're
going to surprise some
people," said Chambers.
"Maybe not right away,
but down the road."
That remains to be
seen, but one tiling is certain: this
UBC team promises to have the
shortest bench in recent memory.
In fact, only three returning
players—starters Cole and John
Dykstra, and backup guard Nino
Sose—averaged more than ten
minutes per game.
The lack of depth is not lost on
Cole. "We won't be as deep as last
year, so we'll have to come [into
camp] in good shape," he said.
Chambers is hopeful that fall
try outs will fill out the roster. "I've
always thought that there's a lot of
guys on the UBC campus who
JOHN DUMONT won't be doing this next season unless it's in his
driveway, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
could make the T-Birds—I just
hope now that they come out to
• All things considered,
Chambers is remarkably optimistic about the 1997-98 season.
"I think that this will be a wonderful learning experience," he
said. One of my goals entering the
season is to do the best job we can
with what we have."
He also likes his sparse group
of returnees. "The kids that are
corning back are good friends."
As optimistic as Chamber is
one can't help but worry that the
UBC men's basketball is in for a
dark, stormy season.
All-Canadians back with football birds
by Wolf Depner
The UBC football team had to answer a big question this as the 1997 season approached.
Who will replace 1996 All Canadian Bob
Beveridge at left tackle?
Four weeks ago, the situation looked grim. But
now Bevridge has announced that he will be back
for a fifth and final season after being cut at the BC
Lions training camp.
Beveridge showed media savy, saying all the
right tilings. "I like playing here," he said, adding
that his goal for the season is to win the Vanier Cup.
"I want to bring home the bacon," he said and
added that another year would give him more
"Having two players of their
calibre coming back can do
nothing but help the team"
—Shawn Olson
ubc qu.arterback
experience that will help him prepare for his next
pro camp.
Fellow 1996 All-Canadian full back Mark Nohra
will also be back for a fifth and final season.
Like Beveridge, Nohra was drafted into the pro
ranks this spring, but decided not to attend training camp with the Hamilton Tiger Cats who had
selected.him in the fourth round. Nohra said that
a pro-career is still very much an option down the
road, but for the moment his goal is more immediate: "I want to win a championship. I'm not coming back just to do no thing, jus t to play," he said.
As expected, coaches and players are very
happy to see both players back with the team
which will open framing camp this Sunday.
"I'm thrilled about it and I know all the guys on
the team are too," said UBC head coach Casey
Smith. "They are both hard working and very experienced. They'll be able to provide leadership and
show some of the younger guys the road they need
to take to get to the level they got," he added.
"Having two players of their calibre coming
back can do nothing but help the team," said second-year quarterback Shawn Olson who will benefit the most from Nohra and Beveridge being back
in the line up.
At 6'6"and 310 lb, Beveridge is a superb pass
protector and will shore lip the left side of the
offensive line which could have been suspect had
he not come back. "Yeah, it's good to know that
[Bob] is going to be protecting my [left] back
side," said Olson.
Beveridge is not a bad run blocker either.
Just ask Nohra who gained most of his 918
rushing yards last season trailing the big #64.
"When I found that he would come, it made
my decision to  come  back a lot easier,"
explained Nohra.
All things considered, football insiders now
say that UBC has a good chance to win its first
Vanier Cup since 1986.
Smith, however, urged caution, adding that
this is not time to set sights that far ahead. Last
season, the Birds won three straight down the
stretch to finish 5-3, good for second place and a
spot in the Canada West final where they lost to
eventual Vanier Cup champions Saskatchewan
. But if the Birds want to get to the Vanier Cup
this season, they'll need to get past Saskatchewan.
"The first thing that we got to look after is to
take the next step and win the Canada West," said
Smith. "Certainly we're more optimistic now than
before we knew that we're going to get these two
fine guys back" ♦
UBC PIVOT SHAWN OLSON should have a good season with the return of Bob
Beveridge and Mark Nohra. richard lam/ubyssey file photo * sa.
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THE SUMMER U*JY<*St?fa»5Ui3DAYt,AudySTtf»2,1^*5
by Federico Barahona
Jay McInerney
Jay McInerney sees the world like this.
There are two groups of people—those who
conform and those who cannot. Between
them, a dividing line stands, separating the
'savages' from the rest of us, the conformists. But the line is thin, and distinguishing one from the other is complicated—the savages become us, we become
them; those who conform don't really, and
vice versa.
Perhaps because we conform so often,
we secretly—well, maybe not so secretly—
idolise the Jimmy Deans of the world. We
like the way they take on the system. Rebels
sell because they never, ever, sell out.
Rebels always tell the big guy to shove it,
and walk away into the sunset cigarette in
We all conform, but somehow, we wish
we didn't have to—this is Mclnerney's
world. From the frustrated fact-checker lost
in Manhattan in Bright Lights Big City,
through the bubbly acting student in Story
of My Life, to the publishing dynamo in
Brightness Falls, twentysomethings rise and
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fall with the cocaine that sustains them.
The characters are looking to pinch free-.
dom, but get lost on their way to nowhere. I
mean, really, who is free in America? It's
lonely not just at the top, but at the bottom
and middle, too. Still, as McInerney puts it
in Tie Last of the Savages, the one thing that
conformists and savages have in common
is their aU-consuming search to know, "at
least for a while, what [it's] like to feel free."
And so McInerney plunges into a search
in this, his fifth novel. He rewinds his VCR
oetiy makes
by Penny Cholmondeley
Rising   is proof that in the
ranks of pop culture bullshit,
appearances are frequently
deceiving. No matter how it's
packaged, bad poetry is bad
Glued together and photocopied just crudely enough to be
called a 'zine, Rising has snuck
onto shelves disguised as a vehicle for unknown poets.
Yet just because it fits a current
trend does not mean it's new or
cutting edge. Like most no-name
knock-offs, it lacks both taste and
substance. Cover to cover, Rising is
pregnant with whiny, self-indulgent
rants about alcoholic binges, masturbation, and "look-at-me-and-my-horrible-
life* cries for attention.
Embarrassing lines like "It would whistle through thistles, it would undulate my
bristles" from Jenny Wren's Wednesday's
Foam have the emotional impact of semi-
successful fridge magnet poetry. Others,
like Junction 24 by Jon Summers are flimsy attempts to emulate the styles of
Charles Bukowski and Sylvia Plath. While
Bukowski's and Plath's are works of brutal
truth, the poets in Rising hit a more shallow nerve—one of imitation. What results
is a collection of poetry with no ability to
evoke any kind of emotional response or
since a first glance at
Rising is enticing, all is not lost. In
the introduction, editors Ivan Penaluma
and Tim Turnbull promise future issues
on' nautical and Sanskrit poetry and
English translations of a collection of
Mandarin works. By mixing fonts and
using a collage of photos, advertisements
and graphics the zine has a visual appeal.
This seems to suggest that there are creative minds behind the scenes and that
Rising has the potential to highlight a wide
range of poetic styles.
With the production hurdles cleared,
all the creators of .Rising need to do is find
some talented writers. Until then, readers
beware. Some poets are unknown for a
and goes back to the early sixties, introducing two new characters, Will Savage and
Patrick Keane. The dichotomy is interesting,
taking rebellion inside out and inside again
to come up with opposite outcomes.
Will, a privileged Southerner, wants to
rebel and renounce his past, so he flunks
out of school, listens to the blues, and, more
horrifying, wants to date a black girl.
Patrick, a working class Irish boy, wants
to rebel, too. He wants out of his past and
his Irishness and in with his piece of the
American dream: Princeton, Harvard, Law,
Manhattan, gold with the good ol' boys.
But where Will becomes a rebel, Patrick
becomes a sellout.
McInerney tells the story in the voice of
Patrick, a character who races to belong but
lacks conviction. The question becomes,
who is the real savage here? Is it Patrick,
who makes it and becomes a power broker
in Manhattan? Or is it Will, who becomes a
record producer living the lifestyle of a
The answers are not that clear. Like most
good writers, McInerney is more adept at
providing questions than answers. What we
have here are two rebels, one cool, the other
geeky, trying to find their way to the freedom promised to them as icons—as if it was
all that easy.<-
Secret star
by Alison Cole
Rod McInnes—best kept secret
[Hourglass Music]
Okay, I admit it. I decided to review this
CD because ofthe photo of the cute guy dn'
the cover. Although, it turns out (after
close careful examination ofthe entire CD
insert) that Rod McInnes really isn't as
physically attractive as he is promoted to
be. I realise now that gimmicks and computer tricks can make anyone look good.
At least good enough to get someone like
me to notice the CD.
Rod McInnes is the lead vocalist of a
band that features a genre of music I
thought had disappeared with the 1980's
as quickly as Fruit Roll-ups and flores-
cent-coloured sportswear: soft rock. And
this is good soft rock too. McInnes' lyrical voice is like one extended  soulful
heart wrench throughout the CD. He
has the kind of voice that encourages
you to stay and listen.
.For the most part, McInnes' lyrics are
about gushy feelings, looking on the
bright side, and hopeful love—the norm
for this type of music, I suppose. But hold
on a minute, the sappiness of this typical
soft rock fare is compensated for by
McInnes' alluring voice.and the back-up
instrumentals. He seems to be the type of
guy who.is actually.pouring out his heart
and true sentiments. On the jacket notes,
he even gives special thanks to "Mom for
all her love and encouragement" Come
on, that alone says that he at least
deserves a chance.
While it is doubtful that this album will
become a Top 40 hit, it is certain that Rod
McInnes may really be one of soft rock's
best kept secrets.*>.
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Saturday night 1 finally witnc-sed the vi<nial treat I h.id
heard <-o much about and dispelled once and for all the
myth that the1*!1 Vancouver hoy* were an Andean folk
Zumpnno i«; delmitolj' not iin 'image' band, their
muwc i«s too -rtron" anti ton eclectir Tor that. T*ut the Ivind
does have ri visual prespnep on stn»e that kpen« your
eye^ a«. wr«ll 'is v^i-r 'eotjumnins   ■
Saturday nii'ht's concpi-t started oil'with thenewlnral
batul Vanromf-r Knights (thev said them*-«*lwi thnt -tou
can spell it hnwya like). Tlieir lack nr preparation made
for a show that wn*. Ivkl up by a tuninu; -session that w,i<*
loni-er than the band's exceptionally brief pop '■otiL*''
De--pite technical difficulties the band'** u-.p of
male/female vocal harmnnip<* and cool bass lin**"* shows
Ihe potential lo float Vancouver Knights to the surface of
1he Vancouver music sea.
N'cxt up wit- Gaze, n band so local their front line of
Vl'-gnri M-illptt (bass) and Miko UnlTman (*'uiLar) both
attend L'BC and work at CiTR. Wilh Mallei! and' TTtiJT
«ian --harini* vocal ch-ties, Gnze turned out tanp-s lhat
pop as hard as thpy --wv'tly sway and are a*, pergonal a«-
they are strident. With lyric* like Ton arp a lospr, you
by J. Clark arp a jerk,* fhp Gazp *-nnr. writinr* finppr points with a
hnnpsty "o dirprt thatyou could -i1mo<*t feel sorry for thp
■■oiircp nfthpir in*-piration—lfhp hadn't hepn such an
Zunipimn Tinally took the stiigp, thp crowd was deli
mtely readv tt» b<- movpd. Lead by the quirky guitar rills
of SmiK-j-lpr David Carswoll and Ihe sardonic vocals of
Superconductor Carl Newm-in, Zirmpano was more
than ready to aive the audience what they w.mtpd a per
rpct blend of surf, mirth ant! multi layerpd musical airth.
And thpy lookpd good.
\(l'ir a !im*r- month hiani** the biri-1 **ppm°d fresh
and, if facial p-cpire'-sions arp anything to go bv, prottv
darn happy to up li.T-k on -*Uia(\ While Mewman rracked
lyrical jokes bn<Pi pl*n*pr, Stefan Miemann plaved the
•"Iraigrit man—not pven c*;lckin» a smile as he <*cnously
lumped and kicked hi-* wav through the set Cars-well
piped m ■! few hark up vocals with a look so wi«tlul that
I was coTivL'iceil "ba bu ba bop ba bahh" reallv summeil
up his dppppst fpplincs. This was dffiinleh a stage show
that kept both eyes and ears intprested.
Ziunpano stayed Imp to form ending the set with an
irreverent version of Tmft and Shout. They arp one
pclpctic hand thai dops not have an image problem.•>
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by Bruce Arthur
Yep. Ethan Hawke, young actor, heartthrob, and star of
Before Sunrise, Reality Bites and a vegetarian's nightmare
AZiVe, is trying to stretch his artistic wings and become a
serious writer. The obvious reaction is to assume that young
Ethan is over reaching, and that his book will wind up alongside Leonard Nimoy's recent poetry collection on the ;
celebrity crossover kitsch shelf at Duthie's. Well, not quite.
Hawke may not be the new Douglas Coupland, but he's not
Keanu Reeves either (just wait—when Keanu's musical ride
ends, the novel Tlie Hottest Dude will surely come rolling
Set in present-day New York City, The Hottest State follows
*?--—•*'   v      <-*y-
Noel Baker is doing well,; a bigturn around from a few years
ago. He's finely dressed and exuding an air of self-confidence. And in town to do a reading, at the Virgin Megastore.
Today Baker is viewed as something of a local hero.
Continuing to ride the Hard Core Logo wave of success.
Baker returns to Vancouver—his hometown of sorts—to
showcase his latest project Hard Core Roadshow. "Baker
even pays for drinks at the cafe where the Interview eventually takes place. Nice.
Not bad for a guy who opens his first book with "I am so
fucking broke. Look up broke in the thesaurus and you
could well find, right up there with bankrupt bust destitute
impecunious impoverished penurious skint strapped
tapped and other synonyms, my name." Not bad at all. Of
course, the aforementioned book, Hard Core Roadshow, is
an explanation of why Noel Baker is no longer so fucking
broke. Or as Baker himself puts it, "I like'to think of r-	
Hard Core Roadshow.as rags to something slightlv ■
better than rags story. And it's definitely not riches; |
it's sort of burlap." * |
Hard Core Roadshow is a diary, a tale of Noel j ' -
Baker's move from impoverished, unknown
screenwriter to successful, lauded and rent paid on
time screenwriter. It's also the tale of the making
of a little movie called Hard Core Logo. A film
which, thanks to the millions of fridge magnets distributed, given away, and. simply forced upon the
hearts, minds, and residences. of almost every
Canadian who attended university last year, was
hard to ignore. Noel'Baker was the man who
■• shaped Michael Turner's fragmented abstract novel into a
full-fledged, fully developed screenplay. Baker's script
turned into quite a good movie.
Baker's book describes the process that led to the chain
reaction of success, beginning with Baker's first chance '
encounter with the book (handed to him by a friend of a
friend of director, Bruce McDonald), to the-script-writing
and funding battles, the alternately straining and entertaining film making, and ending with the critics' "best of"
lists of 19&6. Hard Core Roadshow manages to accurately
capture the essence ofthe indie film journey. It's about as
close as most people would ever want to get to the torrid
and joyful work that is film making.
As personal as Hard Core Roadshow is, Baker says it
could have been more so. "I could have shown myself a lot
more personally. The notes for this book were quite a bit
longer than the actual book.... And I always had to be mindful of the fact that this is really a story about a guy who is
Becoming a viable screenwriter in the Canadian film
by John Zaozirny    industry.,.. It is a diary, it's aboutmy life, in*a sense. And I
^ 'can't cut out my observations and perceptions. At times, a
lot of the things that were going on in my personal life sort
of add weight to observations and reflections of this
One ofthe pot holes on the road to success was the fact
that Baker was the screenwriter, rather than the original
writer of Hard Core Logo. A position most people seemed
to view as akin to Baker being the inker to author, Michael
Turner's drawings. Baker was stuck with the task of adapting the novel into a film but staying true to the literature,
a thankless and nearly impossible task. "You end up obviously trying to be as faithful to the book as much as you
possibly can, and a lot of what I talk about in Hard Core
Roadshow is the fact of, bit by bit, not being ableto be as
faithful as I'd like to be. And then deciding, well, OK, I've
reached a point where it has become something else and
it can now afford to be this movie that this director wants
to   make....   It's  an
interesting and
weird balancing act."
Hard Core Logo
stands as one of the
few films that manages    this    see-saw
magic    trick,    and
Baker   reports   that
Turner was satisfied
with the work, .and
rightly so. Hard Core
Logo,   despite   only
making a quarter of a
million in Canada, is
another fine example
in   the   burgeoning
Canadian   independent film industry. Something even American
indie icon (and Hollywood sellout) Quentin
Tarantino recognized. Now in negotiations,
through his Rolling Thunder label, to distribute
Hard Core Logo in the US., Tarantino even
auditioned star Hugh Dillon for a role in his
new'movie, a part the Headstones singer unfortunately
didn't get.
Despite its blitzkrieg promotion, popular band-laden
soundtrack, and career-lifting results, Hard Core Logo was
not a financial success. With the support of Tarantino, and
the eventual foreign releases, Baker expects Hard Core
Logo to (gradually) make back its cost, something very few
Canadian films do. As he notes at the end of Hard Core
Roadshow, Canadian films don't even get two percent ofthe
movie screens in their home country. "...[I]t is still frustrating coming to terms with the fact that most Canadian films
will barely dent the Canadian cultural consciousness,... that
here in Canada they practically are foreign films."
Perhaps, thanks to the honours piled upon Hard Core
Logo, all who were involved in the. making of it will be able
to gain a little more leverage for their next film. A bit more
publicity. A couple more screens. Another, better chance at
building up the Canadian film industry in our own country,
without Tarantino.*
a boy-meets-girl-boy-loses-girl-boy-is-angst-ridden-and-con-
fused sort of story line. The narrator, a young actor named
William Harding, meets Sarah, and they fall in love (much
angst and confusion), go to Paris, she breaks his heart, and
William is left to live, shattered and drifting in a world that
is suddenly unlivable, desperately wanting her back the
entire time. As Hawke, I mean William, spirals down
through aimless anger and depression, his fall is unflinchingly chronicled.
Hawke can write—there are some extended stretches
where he demonstrates some real talent and promise as a
writer. On the other hand, several times, just as the story is
pulling you in, his writing comes apart like cardboard shoes.
Witness this chapter-ending line from the Texas-born
William: "There was something about New York City that
made me feel like a Texan and something about Sarah that
made me feel like a man."
It seems sometimes Hawke falls in love with the idea that,
by golly, he's writin' a novel and ya better take it serious. It's
then that you can see the hands behind the puppet show,
and the build-up of drama and good story telling dissipates.
At times, though, Hawke's writing is genuine and touching; William's love for Sarah, though rife with problems, is
written with real feeling. Hawke is brutally honest in his portrayal of the characters—William especially is never sugar
coated as he descends from somewhat charming to broken
and toxic.
Admittedly, this novel does leave me wondering if this
tale of a young, good-looking New York City actor is autobiographical (a graduate ofthe write what you know school). In
which case, young Ethan has got some serious problems, but
as the novel chronicles he has come through in one piece.
Overall, The Hottest State is worthwhile and promising. It is
uneven, but not a bad first novel. ♦
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; Sarah Galashan sighed deeply, as another production
night was upon the Ubyssey crew. Dave Jobson had
decided to skip out for the night, leaving her temporarily without out a male plaything, a role Chris
Nuttall-Smith had declined to accept. Todd Silver
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PIZZA NIGHT!!!! "Woo-hoo," burst out Wolf Depner,
who looked forward to the deliverance of his
savoured tuna-fish, blood sausage and dog pizza.
Mmm-mm.... Tasty! Joe Clark was tiying to find his
inner child and, as such, was much too lost to make
any difficult choices. Bruce Arthur slapped Richard
Lam into shape, and into a testy flavouring for the
upcoming pizza of pepperoni and bloody pickings.
Federico Barahona was far too offended to be able to
even think about pizza, while Alison Cole was slavering at the thought of sharing a delightful chicken and
cheese pizza with the overtly sexy Ron Nurwisah.
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Cholmondeley in his suped up muscle car because it
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was simply concerned about maintaining her steady
diet of caffeine through a Coca-Cola IV drip. While
John Zaozirny was merely just a vegetarian in these
Banking at UBC makes no cents
brokering confidential business partnerships these past few years, but nothing
about involving students in the process.
First there was Coca-Cola, then BC
Telecom and now there is an exclusive
banking deal in the works.
It seems the university acbniiiistra-
tion is poised to take yet another teetering step in the seemingly irrevocable
march towards a corporate campus. This
time though, students are not just being
asked to drink one kind of pop, they are
facing the possibility of user fees,
account transfers and even more student loan headaches.
The details are not being released, but
there are a couple possibilities. Either
the universily will bank at a single institution or students will have no banking
options on campus. Or both.
But UBC didn   t make an announce
ment about the possible deal. There was
no press release that read UBC to forge
banking partnership.
We found about it through the
No matter what the final deal looks
like, it will definitely affect students. We
should have been brought into a consultative process long ago. Or at the very
least, we should have been told UBC was
looking for an exclusive banker.
The aAMS, which holds a lease for the
SUB's Bank of Montreal, was not consulted in any significant way! They only
found out when a bank phoned the AMS
offices looking for information.
But the university doesn t flunk students need a say in the corporate partnership debate. In fact UBC's administrators seem to fliink students really like
the idea of attending UBC Inc. There are
more of these deals in the works, includ
ing one with a travel agency and an airline—all secret of course.
It appears students were right when
they warned the Coke deal was only the
first skid down the slippery slope
towards a campus with more registered
trademarks than registered students.
And just in case those voices of opposition start up again this year, the university has commissioned an Angus
Reid survey of campus attitudes toward
corporate involvement in post secondary
institutiojQS. But if the results are any-
tfciing but positive it's doubtful"they''will
ever be made public.
So when will details of the banking
deal be released? .As someone who is
paid to make these deals sound palatable
told us, students will hear about future
corporate agreements    when the time is
The right time was long ago.<*
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Another home
for AIDS memorial
The recently published short
list of possible sites for
Vancouver's AIDS monument is missing one crucial
canidate. I have been a member ofthe organzing comitee
for Vancouver's AIDS
Candelight Memorial & Vigil
for the past nine years. Ever
since the public debate
began, I have always wondered why Alexandra Park,
the site of Vancouver's annual Candlelight event, was not
on the top of everyone's list
of backup sites when Stanley
Park became politically
Alexandra park is, in
essence, a central, quiet, dig-,
nified place at the edge ofthe
sea, on that Mark Tessler's
exquisite design could be
easily scaled and adapted to.
Compared to the Stanley
Park site, Alexandra Park is
more visible, therefore less
prone to vandalism. It is a
safer place for vulnerable
people to visit whatever hour
they choose to go.
Alexandra Park is more
accessible to people with
compromised health, and a
shorter walk from the West
End for people with neuropathy and other mobility-
impairing HIV-related complications.
Lastly, the site that gives
the monument the most
power and meaning is where
the monument should be.
Alexandra Park's nine-year
history with the candelight
memorial with its annual
posting and reading of the
list of names, the same
names so key to Mark
Tessler's design, provides
compelling logic for the permanent monument to be situated there. Combining the
..permanent monument with
the Candelight Memorial
and Vigil adds meaning,
power, and dignity to both
components. If an alternate
to Stanley Park must be
found, Alexandra Park is
where the monument ought
to be.
by Denise Rideout
The Muse
issue for Clint Loveman. Born and raised in Labrador City,
the Memorial University student says that recent talk of
separation has left his generation wondering about its
Growing up on the mainland portion of the province,
Loveman has been witness to much animosity and outrage
directed toward the Newfoundland government! "I can see
why so many people are supporting the id#a of separatism,' Loveman says. "We have been helping this
province for years but we are not getting the recognition or
the benefits we deserve."
Like many Labradorians, Loveman feels a great deal of
frustration at what he considers the provincial government's continual exploitation of resources, with the people
of Labrador receiving nothing in return.
"We have been hung out to dry," Loveman says. "We
have been shafted when it comes to resources."
"All the decision making, all the planning and almost
everything else is done on the island," he says. "We have so
little say and so little control over our destiny in Labrador."
The two thousand member group, formed in March
1996, advocates separatism from Newfoundland. While
the ULM is a political party, it does not have official party
status and has no intention of seeking it. As of now, the
organisation is only concentrated in Goose Bay, Labrador
City and Rigolet, but Lethbridge hopes to expand into other
communities that show interest.
"Our support comes from the people who think it's
time to make some important changes in Labrador,"
Lethbridge says. "Those people believe that change can
only come from our own government and not from bowing down to the Newfoundland government.
"The United Labrador Movement believes that a separate Labrador would benefit Labradorians and all
Canadians. We also believe it would benefit
Newfoundlanders as well. To the people of
Newfoundland, 'Where are you alt going to
go in the next fifty 4«<-«-swith all      ^mm^ \
"We    are
quite     willing
and prepared to
go as far as we have
to...we believe in this
strongly,"     Lethbridge
We have been hung out to
.dry. We have been shafted
when it comes to
resources," says a -k
Memorial U. k
student i
a new one for the province. For
decades there has been speculation that Labrador would like
to form a territory, similar to
the   Yukon    or   Northwest
Discussions   concerning
the possibility of severing all
ties with Newfoundland first
emerged in 1969, following
the formation of the New
Labrador Party, a separatist
group which some people
credit lor securing benefits
for Labrador.
But while  the  party
folded   only  five  years
after its creation, the dissatisfaction that existed
more than twenty years
ago   can  still  be   felt
today. Support for the
Labrador    movement
resurfaced     recendy
with the mineral find
at Voisey's Bay and the
decision not to replace
the required smelter in
The poor social conditions in Labrador have
only fuelled the fire.
It is reported that
Labrador's main road
cannot  be  used   for
much of the year, and
that poverty and unemployment are increasing along the north
coast.    Also,    many
southern   communities have been hit hard
by the crisis in the fishery.
Members of a newly formed separatist party contest
that the feelings of discontent amongst Labradorians have
been around since the late 1920's. Kirk Lethbridge, president ofthe United Labrador Movement (ULM), says that a
1927 Privy Coucil decision was first responsible for creating this sense of despair in Labrador.
At that time, there was a boundary dispute which resulted in a judicial rarnmittee from England awarding
Labrador to Newfoundland. Labradorians were not
pleased with the decision, and were outraged that their
concerns were not heard. This wounded pride has not
healed over time, accordng to Lethbridge.
future rests in the
hands of a government
that many in Labrador
feel has exploited them
for decades. Increasing
frustration has le
many pondering
the possibility of
the destruction of
resources   on   this   island?'
Toronto and Alberta can only
«tay in full swing for so long."
While the organisation fully
fupports the formation of a
government separate from
Newfoundland, it maintains
that it is in no way discriminating against the island.
"For everybody here the
issue is not about Labradorians against
Newfoundlanders       or
against Labradorians. To
me it is about the government,"    Lethbridge
asserts.   "The  press  might
want to portray it that way or
some people might want to make us look bad in order
to stop what we are doing or to tSrow a wrench into it,
but this is not anti-Newfoundland/ it's pro-Labrador."
While the long term goal of the ULM is for Labrador to
become a province, it may have to settle for territorial status. Either way, the organisation plafas to build a case to
present to the Canadian public and to Parliament That
case will include the 192 7 ruling, evidence of the destruction of resources, and the state of social conditions in
Although there is a lot of work involfed in the process,
the separatist party is determined to havt|their own identity
and government %
the opposition, is not too worried about
Labrador leaving Newfoundland anytime
"I feel that deep down, Labradorians really don't
want to separate from the province. They are frustrated
from the years of being mistreated by Newfoundland
and they are looking for a number of
solutions to their
problems," says
Sullivan    blames
Labrador's   predicament   on   the   Newfoundland      government, saying that its
exploitation   of   Labrador's minerals and
raw resources has forced  Labradorians  into
considering leaving the
province. He also thinks
that many Newfoundlanders have a hard time
relating to the frustration
of Labrador.
"The government has
been   going   about  the
problem   all   wrong  by
inviting private corporations  [into Labrador] to
take advantage of their
large supply of resources,"
says Sullivan. He argues
that since the government
is mainly responsible for the problems in Labrador, it must come
up with answers before it is too
"The government is going to
have to do something about this
situation. It is important that the
government take action and
start producing results and concrete solutions," he says.
Yvonne Jones, independent
member of the House of Assembly for Cartwright and
L'Anse-au-Clair, thinks that there are better ways to
address this problem, instead of resorting to separation.
"Separation is a long and lengthy process when you talk
about estabhshing a new form of government. We don't
have ten years to wait for a new form of government
because in ten years many communities might no longer
be there. So, instead, I'm inclined to work towards unity
and to bringing the issues of Labrador to the forefront of
this government."
never come to fruition in this province, although he says
the anger that many Labradorians feel is legitimate.
"I think that these talks about separation are maybe just
a way to scare the government and they were said in the
heat of the moment. People think that if we convince the
government we are going to leave Newfoundland, that the
government is going to give us the recognition that we
Loveman does not see separation as the solution to the
province's problems. For him, separation would mean losing important contacts with the island.
"I don't think leaving Newfoundland is the right
answer," he says.
Loveman also worries that the impact of separation
would be greatest on the younger generation, as it continues to search for an identity. "It would be better to have a
united province with Labrador receiving the recognition it
deserves."<» 8
More engineering departments
could lose accreditation
by Sarah Galashan
Future UBC engineering grads may have difficulty proving themselves as professional engineers as two more departments could lose
their professional accreditation.
Chemical and Geological engineering received notice last spring
from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) that
unless specific improvements were made in each department, their
accreditation would be terminated.
According to the department of Applied Science, the CEAB cited
poor facilities, inadequate equipment, and in the case of Geological
Engineering, too few professional engineers working as professors.
The CEAB would not confirm these reasons when asked by the
The Ubyssey reported last month that UBC's Bio-Resource
Engineering department lost its accreditation after similar CEAB
complaints about poor facilities were not remedied.
Engineering students who graduate from an unaccredited program must take provincial exams to be certified for engineering
The department hopes problems will be eliminated by November
when the CEAB will review the programs again and either revoke or
reinstate the accreditation.
According to Dr. Michael Isaacson, the new Dean of Applied
Science, the department is eager to rectify the situations.
"I think there are very significant short term steps being taken
right now in terms of this renovation and a lot of equipment money
that is now being spent and that's been allocated to the department.
I'm optimistic that these immediate short term steps that are being
taken will result in the accreditation being reinstated or the notice of
termination being cancelled."
"It's a difficult accreditation visit," said Michele Takoff, educational affairs officer for the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
(CCPE), a standing committee ofthe CEAB.
Takoff said accreditation is important for the Engineering department.
"Probably students wouldn't want to take an unaccredited course
because after they graduate they would have difficulty becoming professional engineers," he added.
The questionable future for these engineering programs at UBC
has some students worried about futures of their own.
Paula Sharpe, a third year combined honours student in
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering said she is concerned, especially after hearing about the state of Bio-Resource Engineering..
"I hadn't even thought about it because with a university as big as
UBC I just figured it would be taken care of," said Sharpe.
"A new building for Bio-Resource and Chemical Engineering
would secure the programs accreditation," said Isaacson, who added
that although one has not yet been approved, it is a priority for UBC.
"The hope is that we will eventually have a new building for Bio-
Resource and Chemical Engineering. However in the meantime we
are right in the middle of carrying out renovations in another building so that the additional space and equipment can be [available]."
"I won't be changing programs,"said Sharpe. "I'm going to wait
and see what happens."
Business as usual in the AMS office?
by Sarah Galashan
The newly-renovated AMS business
office may be a big improvement
over the old, but the bill for the job
went $28,000 over budget.
Michael Kingsmill, the AMS
designer, originally estimated the
job would total $120,000. But he
had to ask council for a further
$23,000 for construction and
$5,000 for new furniture.
According to Kingsmill, the overrun was necessary and well worth it.
"I think by appearance it looks
rather good," said Kingsmill.
"Always with renovations there are
unforeseen expenses."
Kingsmill said that while some
additional expenses went to
upgrading the safety of the building, much of the overrun went to
compensating for the SUB's structural problems. A sliding gate in
front of the business office, for
example, was too heavy for the ceiling, so builders had to install a
$2,700 truss.
"It was just something that no
one had envisioned," said Ryan
Davies, AMS president. "These
things just come up sometimes
when you're doing major construction projects."
ON A PLATE AMS staff celebrate the SI48,000 job richard lam photo
"We tried to save money here
and there," said Kingsmill, who
defended the need for additional
funds. He admitted, however, that
the $3000 worth of bevelled glass
for the office windows, and $5000
for furniture wasn't completely necessary.
"Usually in the industry if you're
ten percent over-budget you've
done a great job," Kingsmill said.
The business office renovation
went nineteen percent over-budget.
Additional funding was
approved by council on July 2. The
money for SUB renovations comes
from a fund supported by a $15
levy all students pay.
"It's capital money. We're [also]
renovating downstairs, Aquasoc
and the varsity outdoor club are getting a new office. The GDC got a
window for example, things like
that," said Davies.
According to Sheila Stickland, a
computer operator in the office,
there is little question of the need
for the renovations.
"It makes it so much better for
the students that are coming in. It's
more open it's more welcoming"
said Stickland. "From the appearance of it I think it's well worth
every penny that we spent on it."
GSS angry over university poll
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
An Angus Reid poll that asked students, faculty and alumni whether
they support partnerships between UBC and private companies
was an attempt to undermine student societies, says the president
of the Graduate Students' Society
"I have some concerns about a
poll that may be used to ascertain
whether these agreements are
favourable to students: they may
become public and then suddenly
the student societies are caught in
a position where the university's
bringing forward data that challenge our actual representation of
students," said Kevin Dwyer, the
GSS president.
Gavin Wilson, UBC media relations coordinator, said UBC commissioned the poll last spring, but
refused to comment on the cost or
results of the poll.
Wilson said the university Board
of Governors (BOG) would decide
whether to make the poll public
when it considers the poll results on
October. The poll was funded with
revenue from existing private partnerships, Wilson added.
Dwyer said he didn't hear
about the poll from the university,
but from a student who had been
polled. The student said the telephone survey lasted about twenty-
five minutes, and covered topics
from UBC's financial situation to
commercial advertising on campus.
The AMS president, Ryan
Davies, said he wasn't worried the
university was trying to avoid consulting student representatives.
"I know where Kevin [Dwyer] is
going with that but I don't think
it's as big a deal as that," Davies
said referring to Dwyer's criticism
of the poll.. UBC does not rely
exclusively on polling to ascertain
how students feel about certain
issues, Davies said.
Davies said he was told eight
hundred people were polled for
the survey.
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