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do this and get this
• bring in a term one textbook
in its original shrink wrap and
four non-perishable food items
• bring in UBC President
Martha Piper's business card
and 2 non-perishable food
• bring in five unused exam
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Ubyssey staffers are ineligible to win.
Just drop by
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• bring in a flag of any country (we
get to keep it) and 4 non-perishable
food items, or a Nerf football (we are
so keeping that) and 4 non-perishable food items
...and get this
• one pair of tickets to one of the following games:
Dec. 12 against the Rockies
Dec. 16 against the Senators
Dec. 18 against the Stars
Dec. 22 against the Capitals
Dec. 26 against the Flames
Dec. 3 against the Hornets
Dec. 15 against the Kings
Dec. 23 against the Nuggets
Dec. 27 against the 76ers
Dec. 30 against the Spurs
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I want to match all the people who have lost their wallets with the wallets that I
have back here.
—Bambi Roy
Education 1
(works in lost and found)
WTO protests, tear
gas and human rights.
Not your
week in
What would I like? I don't know.
Um. Urn okay. I don't know, I
haven't even thought about it. I
have no time to think about it.
—Heena Amin
Science 4
A student is
pissed right off
Hi. My name is Dan, and I am a UBC
student...Unfortunately, as your
recent publication the Ubyssey Buy
Nothing Day supplement suggests, I
am not a communist-fucking-pinko
moron. I am appalled at how you take
money from UBC students and print
such one-sided, socialist bullshit.
Especially infuriating is the "open letter" on page ten which labels all UBC
students as opposing the World Trade
Organisation (WTO). I cannot believe
that you could so blatantly take an
organisation such as the Ubyssey
Which represents all UBC students
(whether directly or indirectly) and
make such blatantly left-wing state
ments. As well, the ads on page two
are simply insulting. They are childish
and petty, and they blatantly attack
the organisations involved. This type
of misrepresentation is a waste of
paper, as it accomplishes absolutely
nothing—you're only preaching to the
converted. Everyone else realises
that if a company is successful and
makes money, we don't have a right
to curb their success by any means.
I spent a few hours talking to some
of your supporters about how to dig
myself out of the proverbial hole you
morons just dug for all UBC students,
and frankly, you really fucked everybody who doesn't want to wallow in
the mud and steal from the successful people in this world...The biggest
problem I have with you shitheads is
that you just happen to steal some
petty amount of cash from every one
of the 36,000 people here...hmmm...l
know I'm failing math, but that's a
shitload of cash for you to spend...But
that's okay. I can go get my 25 bucks
back (or however much it is) and I'll be
You tarred every one of us with the
same brush, and there's no way any
of us can possibly issue any sort of
retort on the same level as a university-subsidised paper. Sure, I can go
do something stupid like stand by the
SUB with a megaphone yelling like a
madman, but that's just fucking petty
and barbaric. You guys really piss me
off, I just thought I'd let you know. Oh
yeah, thanks for your time, and have a
great day!
Dan Allard
First-year Science
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Well-hidden exhibit well worth finding
Design Arts Gallery (Basement of the Main
by Lisa Denton
I sometimes have trouble with "art." I am not afraid to
admit it. Art can be a troubling thing, especially when
constantly faced with the question, "What is art?" or
the debate over what makes some art worth millions
and some worth pennies.
These questions are not simple and tend to pick at
your brain until you aren't really sure of anything anymore. So every time I attend an art showing or visit a
gallery, I become very suspicious of what I am about to
witness and experience.
Walking into Avant Grad, an exhibit of a wide range
of pieces by UBC students expressing everything from
the horror in East Timor to North American consumerism, I definitely felt a little uneasy. What if I didn't understand any of the art pieces?
Thankfully, Avant Grad is a nice mixture of subject
matter, lacking the stuffy, pedantic type of exhibitions
that are present in big galleries such as the Vancouver
Art Gallery.
Fourth-year BFA student Hyedie Hashimoto is one of
the 23 studio students who have their pieces on display. She explains that "all of the works were created
throughout the first semester, and are originally based
on two assignments given by our instructor."
One of these assignments was to create a series of
pieces, and the artists use a number of different materials and innovative techniques to create and express
their respective statements.
One striking series piece is a number of photographs, titled "Behind the Counter," each one containing a picture of a woman with a blurred face in a situation where she is behind a counter, such as a fast
food place or a business office. Although each woman
is named at the bottom of the photograph, it is easy to
see the anonymity that the author is trying to convey.
by Les Daniels
[Chronicle Books]
by Jeremy Beaulne
Bat-history, Batman!
Yes, Les Daniels's Batman: The Complete History
does cover the satiric 1966-68 Batman television
show, but it also reveals that the Batman mythos consist of a lot more than Adam West and Burt Ward standing around in their long underwear and exchanging
cheesy dialogue with the celebrity villain of the week.
Starting with the pulp magazines-inspired, gun-toting
Caped Crusader that debuted in Detective Comics #27
in 1939, Daniels' book covers the evolution of Batman—
from his initial clashes with classic villains like the Joker
and Catwoman in the '40s, to his colourful sci-fi adventures in the '50s and '60s, to his rebirth as a grim, solitary crime fighter in the early '70s.
Batman: The Complete History also examines
Batman's numerous appearances in other media, profiling the embarassingly low quality movie serials in which
the Dynamic Duo starred in 1943 and 1949, the aforementioned  1960's television  show, the  big budget
Another interesting piece is "Trespass." Using doormats spray-painted with flags from different countries,
the series gives a sense of the relatively peaceful global divisions that exist in the modern world.
If I had to pick one work from Avant Grad that really
stood out in my mind it would have to be a piece called
"Natural Beauty." Through a series of sketches the
artist juxtaposes sr>called beauty products (MAC eyeshadow, Clinique face products) with natural flowers in
full bloom, encouraging an exploration of the term
"beauty" which, of course, is open to personal interpretation.
There are, naturally, pieces I like and there are
pieces that I think are pointless, but such is the wonder
of art. There can be so many personal opinions and
ideas of what art is, sparking debates and learning. An
interesting note is that most of the artwork at Avant
Grad does not come with an explanation from the artist,
allowing the viewer to come up with his or her own
understanding and opinions.
However, a major disadvantage to Avant Grad is the
location. The display is literally buried in the basement
of the Main Library, with very limited access and no natural light. Although the venue may be a quiet sanctuary
for some, finding your way down into this meditative
area can be difficult.
According to Hashimoto "not many people have
attended" due to the discreet venue, but there are some
visitors who are interested and want to support the Fine
Arts students.
In the coming months the BFA studio students will be
preparing for their year-end graduation show, to be held
in the spring, showcasing their art from the second half
of the year.
Until then, the students hope that Fine Arts faculty
members will continue to support and advertise artwork by UBC students and such shows as Avant Grad.
Visual arts are an important part of UBC culture, and
attending, discussing and debating such shows are an
integral part of the university community.*:*
Warner Brothers films of the late 1980s and the
1990s,   and  the  incredible   Batman  animated
series—which, in its most recent incarnation as
Batman Beyond, is still going strong.
The book also features interviews with a wide range
of Bat-luminaries, including Dick Sprang, Denny O'Neil,
Frank Miller, and the creator of the Dark Knight himself,
the late Bob Kane.
What is really fascinating about Batman: The
Complete History, however, is the incredible collection of
images that Daniels has assembled.
In addition to showcasing the artistic highlights of
Batman's  different incarnations,  the  book  also
includes stills from the television shows and the
movies, hand photographs of some of the thousands of products spawned by the Bat-merchandising phenomenon (my favourite is the "Working
Batmobile Dashboard" from 1966, which boasted "motorised windshield wipers" and a "real
Bat Horn").
As an added bonus, Daniels' book also
features two complete Batman stories—illustrated by fan-favourite Neal Adams and
Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm,
respectively—and a beautiful painted cover by Alex
So, if you have money left over after buying your
monthly comics fix, or if you want to re-awaken the inner
Bat-fan in someone else this Christmas, Batman: The
Complete History is definitely worth a gander.*:* ■ page friday—the ubyssey magazine*friday, decemt
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A film about a film guy
UNLIKELY STARS: Mark Borchardt (pictured with his uncle)
is the subject of the new documentary, American Movie.
by Graeme Worthy
You are wasting your life! You're
wasting it with drink, with drugs,
with a lack of self discipline. It
sucks, and it's not going to get better. So what are you going to do
about it? The only thing you can:
make a movie. It's groovy, it's fun,
but most of all it's insightful.
Mark Borchardt and Chris Smith
are no budget and low budget filmmakers respectively. Mark is currently selling his latest short horror
film Coven, by direct order. Chris'
second feature film has just come
out. It's called American Movie and
it's about Mark.
Mark is a struggling filmmaker
from Milwaukee's northwest side,
a man who lives, it seems, with a
constant sense of the ticking
clock. Like Captain Hook's crocodile, it plagues him, and, at 33,
he's feeling the pressure of the
clock to finally do something with
his life. His dream is a film called
Northwestern, named for the corner of Milwaukee that he calls
home. It will be a testament to the
crushing pall of futility and the feeling of inconsequentiality that
plagues life there.
I recently talked to both Chris
Smith and Mark Borchard about their
films, their lives, and their futures. It
seemed natural enough talking to
Chris, but there was this strange-
dreamlike quality to my interview with
Mark. It's odd talking to someone
you've only seen on TV, yet whom you
know so much about; through whom
you've vicariously lived your life.
After years of delay—some of
them the very means that will eventually make the film possible—
Mark's film is finally on track. In
order to fund it, he has spent the
last few years making Coven, a
short and inventive horror film
about a cultlike "support group."
The sales of Coven, will be the
source of funding for the uber-pro-
ject Northwestern.
Mark's doing it all himself too.
"It's not like there's an assembly
line or anything like that. I cut the
covers, sign them, do all the paper
work, the receipts, the inventory,
the packaging, the labeling, etc.,
etc." He needs to sell three thousand copies to fund his feature. Is
he there yet? "Are you kidding? I'm
right around the six, seven hundred
mark or so."
For American Movie, Chris spent
four and a half years as a parasite
filmmaker, no pejorative intended.
He met Mark while editing another
project. "I saw him working on
Coven one day with this group of
people. It was this kind of controlled chaos where people were
drinking and getting high and other
people were being very serious and
trying to get the scene done." Chris
and his co-filmmaker Sarah Price
were caught up by Mark's infectious
energy, they decided just to tag
along for a while, and soon they
were in the midst of a four year project. Though scrambling for funding
and constantly out of film stock,
they committed to following Mark's
dynamic flow.
American Movie's charm lies in
the kind but troubled reality of the
characters. Mark Borchardt is a real
filmmaker, Coven a real film, the
loveably immobile Mike a real
reformed stoner who has been dry
for a very real 1583 days (at the
time of this publication).
As a result of our privileged window into their world, Mark and
Mike have become public commodities. Mark updates his online
journal daily and Mike is considering hosting online guitar lessons.
Chris sees the web venue as an
exciting continuation of his film.
"Narrative film is confined to the
90, 100 page script, [but with documentaries] there's a great potential for updating people on what
happens to the people [after the
documentary is over]."
Mark's ideal of film is realism. "I
like film.. I also like real life, and real
life is rarely represented in film whatsoever." His plans for Northwestern
involve scouring bars for "actors."
"Real people, as opposed to
Ken and Barbie looking actors,
have a certain beauty that can't be
captured by plastic looking people.
Anytime you involve levels of realism, the characters end up being
jerks. Take Kids—highly realistic,
take Laws of Gravity—highly realistic, well they ain't the kindest people in the world. You never see,
you hardly ever see, real people
portrayed on the screen who are
not jerks.
"I'm trying to capture the nuances
of my culture that I grew up with...of
drinking every day, never going to
school, going from job to job, but still
these people were so colourful in language and intelligence and so warm
and amicable to other people, but
never really fit into society."
Mark's movie-to-be,
Northwestern, seems to be a
reflection of where he is personally, a celluloid mirror of his own life.
"It's about this guy working in a
junkyard, drinking every day and
he's wasting his life, and he's
gotta break out of this culture and
he's gotta get somewhere with his
life, and he writes a book. He literally writes his way out of it, and
that sounds crazy and insane, to
be drinking everyday at a junkyard
and actually write your way out of
it, but he does."
Mark has been working at a
graveyard, not a junkyard, and it is
a more profound symbol of decay
than its cinematic counterpart. I
was hesitant to ask him if he
realised how much Northwestern
reflected his life, how much the
protagonist (who he plays in the
film) resembles himself. How Mark
is filming his way out of it.
And Chris is filming Mark filming
his way out of it. "The crew for
American Movie was just me and
Sarah. We were constantly understaffed ourselves and we were just
killing ourselves to keep up with Mark,
'cos with Mark, there's always something going on, like a runaway train or
something." His previous film was
called American Job. I asked Chris if
he was going to do an American trilogy, an American series?
"If it fits the movie that's fine,
but I have no intention of making
another movie with the word
American in the title... I wanna
make something different—maybe
something with Canadian in the
title?" ♦
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From Psycho to Stravinsky, VSO puts out
CBC Vancouver Orchestra
at the Chan Centre
Nov. 28
by Maureen Evans
Last Sunday, CBC Radio Two and the
Vancouver Orchestra presented a medley of
eerie modern works, artfully conducted by
Gary Kulesha. The concert literally embraced
the emotional spectrum.
Acclaimed by audience members as "sombre, yet wonderful," the curtains rose on the
Canadian premiere of Paul Dresher's tone
textured Cornucopia. In it, Dresher investigates "how many different contrapuntal lay
ers we can keep distinct in our hearing and,
at what point... the individual layers of counterpoint merge into a single fused texture."
The orchestra wove notes in careful layers,
playing about the ears like an autumn storm.
A powerful string performance added suspense to the work, until the buildup of sound
stratum finally collapsed in a breathtaking,
unified finish.
The afternoon went from abstract to exotic with the follow-up piece Nocturne. Inspired
by Balinese music, composer Colin McPhee
tried to capture similar tones with his piece.
Travelling into mystery, the musicians performed with an aqueous movement and a foreign zest. The altogether smooth performance of Nocturne took you straight to Bali,
then left you there on a moonless night.
Next was the familiar, but unsettling
Psycho: A Suite for Strings, by Bernard
Herrmann. Composed for the film almost 40
years ago, Psycho continues to terrify. This
strings-only piece plays like a panic attack,
and the Vancouver Orchestra left the audience shivering with a spectacularly sinister
The performers of Sean Varah's fervid
Burning rose to the challenge of the first three
pieces with a descriptive playing. Sometimes
the slow burn of ember fire, at other times
Burning would rise up in an inferno of sound.
Burning was written to conjure up images of
erratically shifting infernos, and the Vancouver
Orchestra pulled this off with admirable skill.
Constantly in construction and deconstruction,
the supernatural sparkle and dreadful avarice of
flames were expertly captured then capped off
in an explosive finish.
The tempestuousness of the orchestral
set tapered to a careful finish with Igor
Stravinsky's Orpheus. A narrative of the myth,
each note urged the listener to close their
eyes and let the music paint pictures in their
minds. As biographer Michael Oliver wrote,
Orpheus never "even raises its voice," but
the subtlety of the work offered audience
members the opportunity to calm their
nerves. The orchestra performed the work
with superb delicacy, still succeeding to
express the drastic climactic shift of Orpheus'
demise. At once sweet and violent, Orpheus'
moving performance completed an altogether
emotionally colossal afternoon at the Chan
Centre.*:* eember 3, 1999 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine ■
A sea change
is   a major transfor-      | ^^	
is " a major transformation, often for the
better" And what happened in Seattle this
week may have been
just that
by Nicholas Bradley
The journalist called her editor to tell
him that she couldn't leave. The
police had faced off against a mob
of people filling the streets, and, quite
aside from her professional interest in the
situation, it was physically impossible for
her to get away. It'll either end, she said
into her phone as she eyed the restless
crowd, in a whimper or in a bang.
Between the emotion
And the response...
Between the desire
And the spasm...
There was tension and foreboding.
And on the streets of Seattle, then fell
the shadow. Then came the bang. To the
handful of journalists who first came, running, to the corner of Fourth and Pine
Tuesday night, there was little hope that
the protest would end peacefully. The
tens of thousands of people who had
gathered in Seattle to protest the third
Ministerial Conference of the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) had been engaged
since the morning in a shifting, back-and-
forth series of skirmishes with police.
Ten minutes earlier, the police had
cleared the occupied streets a few blocks
up the road, and the acrid smell of tear
gas still lingered. The reporters had heard
rumours that the mayor had just called in
the National Guard, that a curfew had
been declared. The police helicopter hovered, casting its searchlight back and
forth as the riot police marched down the
street. When the crack of broken glass in
the distance became the smash of
shards being hurled at the police, there
was little chance that the demonstrators
would go home without resistance.
And, predictably, the violence continued. The police lobbed concussion
grenades and fired tear gas into the
crowd repeatedly, pushing them out of the
city in a forced march, driving them from
intersection to intersection with gas, filling the air with explosions and screams.
The massive protests had overturned the
city's normal order. This much was clear.
The next morning, Wednesday, the
haze of tear gas had dissipated, but whatever had been clear the previous night
was lost. Overnight, Seattle's downtown
core had been boarded up and sealed off.
The Seattle Police Department's decision
to close a large area around the
Washington State Convention and Trade
Centre—home to the official proceedings
of the WTO during the week-long conference^—had turned the city into a ghost
town. This is the dead land, this is cactus
land. Only conference delegates and
accredited members of the media were
permitted to enter the police perimeter.
The thousands of delegates from around
the world were well-shielded from the
protests that flared elsewhere in the city.
The eyes are not here, there are no eyes
Outside the perimeter,
there was  perhaps  less
traffic than usual, but the
city appeared to be settling blindly into its normal
routine.   The   display   in
Tower Records advertised
the new Rage Against the
Machine  album,   but the
Battle of Los Angeles banners seemed no more rel- THE WEEK IN SEATTLE. The riot squad (top) saw plenty of action during this week's WTO conference in Seattle,
evant than any other day  Protesters are arrested after being pepper-sprayed (below) Tuesday afternoon. Another group of protesters set-
of the year The sound of t'es down on the street in one of many blockades that paralysed the downtown core for the entire day (right),
powerwashers     blasting TARA WEST0VER PH0T0 <TOP AND RIGHT) cynthia lee photo (below)
the graffiti off storefronts
had replaced the whirring of the helicopters. There was no sign of the previous day's disruption as Seattle's citizens
went back to work. The whimper, perhaps.
By today, Friday, the protests that
began four days ago have been widely
publicised. But Wednesday, one day after
the sit-ins, lockdowns, arrests, gassing,
and looting, the real danger lay not in the
threat of more violence, but in the possibility that the protesters' message—or
messages, for there were many—had
already been forgotten, and would be lost
in the commotion. Demonstrators could
not come within several blocks of the
Convention Centre, and the television
images showed only the ransacked Gap
and burning dumpsters. What happened
Tuesday, and what has been happening
all week in placid Seattle, was a massive
display of popular dissatisfaction with the
WTO, its policies, and its structure. But
the translation of this idea into a reality
has been, to put it mildly, difficult.
any given demonstration. And there's also
the occasional Jesus freak, and under the
placard with the old Ramones slogan
"Gabba Gabba Hey" is a dead ringer for
Joey. But the busloads of Teamsters and
Steelworkers and other union members
marching under the AFL-CIO banner give
the crowd a decidedly, well, normal feel.
These are ordinary people, for the most
part, and they are participating in something quite unusual.
And it may be that this something is
being heard. Even US President Bill
Clinton seemed to have paid attention. "I
hear the voices outside. I disagree with a
lot of what they say, but I'm still glad
they're here," he said in an address to
the WTO on Wednesday. He condemned
the violence that some people displayed,
but praised the peaceful protesters,
because they were the ones asking questions.
"This is a sea change in the reality that
existed just a few years ago," he said.
Clinton was speaking to the official
delegation about the progress of developing countries, and explaining that they
need not burn more fossil fuels to indus-
Chris Shaw is an assistant professor trialise. But his words could also apply to
of opthamology at UBC. As the sun the protests themselves. The mobilisa-
sets  Tuesday,   he   strides   uphill     tion on Tuesday was not the work of a
And their dedication cannot be questioned. One group tries to block the downtown entrance to Interstate 5, locking
themselves in a circle in the middle of the
"Our wrists are chained and then
there's carabiners that are locked up in
rebar that is sautered into the metal,"
one woman explains.
"The cops can cut through the one on
my right...There's the concrete one on my
left...I don't know if they've ever cracked
The usually roaring on-ramp to the I-5
remains silent.
jhris Shaw is an assistant professor
of opthamology at UBC. As the sun
'sets Tuesday, he strides uphill
towards a growing bunch of protesters
who are promising not to move from their
intersection until they are forced to. He
walks towards the crowd, family in tow,
holding a large Canadian flag, an anti-
WTO slogan written across the maple leaf.
His day of protesting is almost over, and
he is happy with the way the demonstrations have gone.
"I think they went extremely well. I'm
really impressed with how many people
came out...The city has been shut down
and people really made a point...This is
probably the first time it's been done on
such a scale and I think that's awesome,"
he says enthusiastically.
In many ways, Shaw is like the vast
majority of the other protesters. He is,
judging from appearances, not a radical.
Far from it. He looks how you might
expect a young university professor to
look, complete with a "Think About It"
baseball cap. Sure, among the thousands
of people in the streets there are a
healthy contingent of hippie kids, who
may or may not be stoned, and there are
a good number of professional protesters,
the kind you'd see on the front lines of
, uch dedication infuriated delegates
.and journalists earlier that day as a
'human chain blocked them from
entering the Sheraton Hotel, where many
of them were staying.
"I'm not a politician, I am a journalist,
my job is to go there," one French
reporter yells to no avail. "You are fascists,"  he screams over the  pounding
drums as he is turned back. Several
African delegates are repeatedly pushed
back. Jean Faltz, a grey-haired representative from Luxembourg, stands helplessly in the middle of the street.
All this takes place, of course, before
the first volley of tear gas is fired. When it
is, the protesters' determination falters.
But that takes time.
"I have to inform you that this demonstration blocking Sixth Avenue is unlawful.
Your presence is in violation of city and
state ordinances," the police loudspeaker
blares. It comes on again, warning the
crowd that if they do not move, they will
be subject to "chemical irritants."
But no one moves. Instead, the front
lines of the crowd sits down. There is
another warning, and then the tear gas is
released. The crowd scatters, only to settle into a stalemate with the police a block
down the road. This deadlock will last
until the end of the day.
Some protesters who are arrested
show a sense of humour that relieves
some of the thick tension downtown. A
gallows humour, perhaps, but at least
someone is laughing. A man who calls
himself Sprout Beard has legitimate reasons for making the trip from Humboldt
County to protest.
"I feel it's important for the people of
the United States to tell the world that we
don't put up with corporate fascism. We
need to spark some consciousness
around the world...The WTO serves the
elites," he says.
But he jokes with the police as they
handcuff him and wash the pepper spray
from his eyes. He laughs as he explains
that he wants to have his photo taken
with the officer who just sprayed him, but
he can't figure out who it is because they
all look the same. One officer answers
"We couldn't see who we were spraying, either."
Not everyone finds this as funny as
Sprout Beard. Katie Crawley, a girl from
Montana, is in tears as she sits, handcuffed, on the ground, her shouders trembling. Another officer isn't amused either.
"If you're going to be a pain in the ass,
this is what happens to you," he says to
the protester he is dragging away.
But despite the tears, and the tear
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There was the same sense of excitement
the day before, at a teach-in on environmental issues at the First United
Methodist Church. The Steelworkers were
there in numbers to hear organiser Mike
Dolan declare that "We're here to do something very important this week."
All week long, various groups hosted
workshops and seminars about the issues
they believed the official WTO conference
was ignoring.
"I think it's a mistake to think that the
majority of WTO members actively impact
WTO policies," said Canadian Steve
Shrybman of the West Coast Environmental
Law Centre. He and a panel of other representatives from various non-governmental
organisations offered their criticisms of the
WTO, bolstering opposition to the WTO.
But by Wednesday morning, the protesters seemed to have lost their steam, and
they were more disorganised than militant. A
sizeable crowd worked its way along the
waterfront in the early afternoon. But there
was none of the urgency of the day before. In
the doorways of the old warehouse converted into the Dealernet offices stood former
indie kids now working for the online car-
shopping service—it's the Key to Finding
Your Next Car—and smiling, bemused, at the
parade. Gawkers took photos of the eight
teenage girls marching topless with slogans
scrawled on their bellies.
One man implored the crowd to organise
themselves, and launched into the same
rhetoric it seemed everyone had tired of.
"The mayor needs to remember we did not
vote for him," he yelled, but he was drowned
out by other marchers complaining that his
windbreaker was made by Nike. There was a
brief moment of excitement when the speak-
.er looked poised to set fire to his jacket, but
he changed his mind, and that spark vanished. The crowd ambled past some clapping
Latino construction workers and stopped in
front of the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers building, then argued
about whether to stay, or whether to head to
where Clinton was speaking. There was little
interest on either side. Protesting had degenerated into loitering.
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
But as the afternoon faded, and the
police moved in on another small protest,
the fury of their response galvanised the
crowd, and the anger and outrage of the day
before was recaptured. And, if anything, it
was stronger the second time around.
In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
The two conference delegates leaving
the Pike Place Bar and Grill are laughing
and look confused when they step onto
the cobbled drive that leads into the Pike
Place Farmers' Market. They probably don't
realise that some ten minutes before, without
warning, the Seattle police fired tear gas into a
large group of union supporters, sending them
running blindly into the market in search of
refuge and water. Organisers run along the fish
stalls, yelling at the market workers in orange
rubber coveralls to get out of the way. About
one hundred people settle down under the roof
of the market, where a security guard explains
to them that they can stay, but that he can also
lead them out the back way.
It had been a union march—Teamsters
and electrical workers and others—and
police decided that they needed the roads
cleared. None of the protesters said
that they had received any warning
before the police gassed them. Which
meant that none of them had water
ready. Breathing through a wet rag
makes it easier to stand the burning
sensation. And pouring water in the
eyes reduces the stinging. But no one
had any water ready, and people were
screaming as they ran away, stumbling
into one another. One girl tripped and
fell, and then sat on the ground, bleeding from her mouth and chin, hysterical,
as two other marchers tried to calm her
down. She gulped frantically for air and
burst into sobs.
After they leave the entrance to the
market, the demonstrators gather
again outside the Showbox. Seattle
favourite Built to Spill is playing there
next week, but no one is interested in
the names on the marquee. Instead,
everyone squares off against the
police, not taunting them, but indignantly demanding to know how the
police could have done this to them.
There are no opportunists here, no
high school kids looking for trouble.
These are people opposed to the WTO,
and they're in shock at the police
response. And then it becomes routine.
After the police put their gas masks
back on, the officers on horseback
move the crowd into position, the riot
squad moves into the street. And both
sides wait. And then the police lob tear
gas grenades into the crowd. And then
it all happens again. The crowd runs,
the police chase them up the street.
The cold wind has picked up, and the
streets are filled with tear gas billowing
from a canister that has rolled to a halt
in the gutter.
This incident launches another night
of protests and violent responses. And
it appears as though the police have
had enough. One officer snaps. He
throws a demonstrator named
Jonathan MacKinnon to the ground,
pepper-sprays him in the face, and
drags him across the street before
being forcibly restrained by fellow offi
cers. By the time it gets dark, there have
been hundreds of arrests made that day. The
curfew is still in effect, and as the sirens of
dozens of police cars wail angrily, downtown
Seattle is shut down again. Yesterday, there
were more protests, and more arrests. They
will, no doubt, continue.
Seattle Mayor Paul Schell said Thursday
that the city was still in a state of
emergency. He apologised for the use
of rubber bullets and any minor injuries
caused by the police.
The day before, Schell expressed sadness at the vandalism and graffiti. Police
Chief Norm Stamper echoed the mayor, and
added that the police had acted with
"We did not want to send a message that
Seattle was a police state," he said.
And Schell remained optimistic yesterday
that the peaceful protests were happening without significant disruption to the city. "I'm
pleased. We made free speech work," he said.
Whether or not the Seattle Police
Department is responsible for making free
speech work during the WTO is debatable.
But that it did work—at least for a time—is
significant. Huge numbers of people from
across North America showed up to display
their displeasure with an organisation and an
economic system that they believe is unfair
and undemocratic. Tuesday's protest was an
event of international significance. It was the
largest in Seattle since the General Strike in
1919. It was the first time Seattle has seen
tear gas. The protesters got the attention
they wanted. That's undeniable. Whether
their message was lost is less clear. Judging
from responses such as Clinton's, it wasn't.
Physical places often become markers in
time—Tiananmen Square, I'Ecole
Polytechnique. Events that mark a distinct
difference between before and after. What
has happened in Seattle this week could still
be forgotten. As the police response to the
continued protests remains swift and forceful, there is the danger that police action will
become what is remembered, and not the
vibrant opposition to the WTO.
But there is another threat—this one to
the WTO itself. There is the threat that opposition to the WTO will reach a critical mass,
and pose a threat to the organisation's existence, at least in its current state. The fact
that vocal protests continued all week
despite the police response is a good sign
that criticism of the WTO won't be ignored.
But the question still remains of what, in
time, Seattle will signify.
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Diary of a rookie rower
From "blades" to blood blisters, being a first-time rower
is about exactly as much fun as it looks.
by Naomi Kim
Do you have what it takes to be a
I'm five-foot four and three-quarter inches tall, and I'm certainly not
a lightweight. As a result, I am not
your typical West Coast Xena-like
rower, but I thought I'd give rowing
a shot. The Undergrad Rowing
Classic, a new learn-to-row program
available at UBC, seemed like too
good of an opportunity to pass up.
I'd heard of Silken Laumann, and
knew the meaning of "sculling" and
"coxswain" from watching the
Olympics. So, fortified with my limited vocabulary, I picked a spot
amongst an eight-person crew of
total strangers and hoped for the
best. I had five weeks to find out
how to row.
Friday, September 17
Day one. It's a beautiful sunny
Vancouver day. There are about 26 of
us gathered at the Burrard Civic
Marina, eyeing the boats, patiently
waiting for the instruction to start.
Some groups of friends chat about
school, while the rest of us are as
ignorant of each other as we are
about rowing. Nevertheless, the general feeling is congenial. We sit on
the warm cement in a loose circle.
Finally, we're divided into boats:
co-rec, women's recreational,
men's competitive, and women's
competitive. I sit waiting for my
name to be called, but like a bad
third grade gym-class nightmare,
only two people are left sitting on
the ground and one of them is me.
Turns out I wasn't on the list. The
other 'leftover' and I are placed
with the women's competitive crew.
Our instructor's name is Chad
and he leads us through the
basics. He tells us about the parts
of the boat, the rowing machine
(the "ergometer" or "erg"), until
finally we get to the water. We're
each given oars (also known as
"blades") and instructed to sit on
the dock, and row ("stroke") away.
We're all wishing that the dock
would take off into the Burrard Inlet
to join the other recreational boats
on the water. No such luck. The
dock stays put.
Saturday, September 18
Like a powerful machine, we glide
through the water. Well, not quite.
But after much effort, we finally get
in the water. After eight blades are
brought down, getting the boat from
the racks to the water becomes a
task in itself. The length of the boat
makes maneuvering it difficult—
like trying to drive a trailer. And
although the weight is ideally dis
tributed by people standing on
either side of the boat, the varying
heights in our crew—ranging from
Dana's "5'2" on a good day" to
Natasha's 5'11"—places more
weight on some than others, evidenced by the occasional winces of
pain. Finally, we make it to the
water. Our coxswain (the person
who sits at the back of the boat,
who yells orders and steers), a girl
who specifically wanted to cox,
relays what Chad in the coach boat
tells us to do. But I'm a little disoriented.
First off, we are facing backwards in the boat. Only the cox is
facing the direction in which we're
moving. Also, rowing is not only
done with the arms; the legs play a
large part as well. They're coordinated with the arms by sliding
We're all numbered one to eight
to make instructions easier—the
number one seat is at the bow of
the boat, the furthest from the cox,
and the number eight seat is also
called the 'stroke position' since
that person sets the pace that
everyone follows. 'Bow pair/four'
and 'stern pair/four' are simple
enough, but my previous boating
knowledge only gets me so far.
In rowing, 'port' and 'starboard'
are according to the cox's position,
continued on next page
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not the rower's, so what was previously my 'port' side, now becomes
my 'starboard' side. And I am not
the only one confused. Someone
had a starboard blade on the port
side. Good thing we had six days
before trie next session so my brain
could digest.
Friday, September 24
It's raining. Our crew is scattered—
some come late, others have
switched to the co-rec boat. Five of
us are left standing, in shorts, in
the rain, and Chad, our instructor is
nowhere in sight. So John, another
varsity rower, decides to take us in
the quad (a four-person boat). And
that meant no cox and two blades
I can feel my toes freezing as we
wade into the water. The boat is
more tippy than the eight, and we
only row two at a time. The combined stresses of straining to hear
John's instructions across the
water, the rain, the waves, not
being able to feel my toes, and the
'challenge' of trying to balance and
coordinate both arms and the slide
leads me to only one conclusion.
The quad sucks.
Saturday, September 25
I decide to bike to the Marina today,
but after struggling through the fallen
branches and trees resulting from
the strong wind, I arrive atthe Marina
to find that practice is cancelled. I
head back towards campus, past the
whitecaps, through the branches and
up the hill after Alma. I spit into the
wind; it whips back and hits me in
the face. I can remember varsity rowing coach Mike Pearce saying at the
.information meeting- "We row all the
time, rain or shine—except for in the
• fog." I don't see any fog. What about
wind? I should have asked.
Saturday, October 2
Our original crew has changed once
again. Several people no longer
show up and there is no sight of our
coxswain anymore. The co-rec crew
has somehow been taken up by the
men's and women's competitive
crews. The few remaining people
from the-original competitive crew
are now the minority. I am a little
confused. Our third instructor is
Pete, a quiet sort of guy who
always seems to be running
We row about three kilometres,
all the way to Science World, the
furthest east we can go in False
Creek. As we rest, Pete demonstrates some techniques with a
canoe paddle in the coach boat.
Then we're on our way back. Focus,
I think to myself. We sit at the
'catch' (the ready position with
arms forward and knees bent) and
we stroke. Push with the legs until
the arms pass the knees, then
bring the hands right back to the
stomach, move it down and around
like a bicycle chain, and recover—
arms, back, knees, then legs. And
again and again.
But as we're moving, my blade
hits the water at the wrong angle,
whips past my head and ends up
behind me. I stop breathing for
what seems like a minute and my
head spins. Yes, that's what's
called 'catching a crab.' Everyone
stops rowing as I contort myself to
get out of that position and regain
my composure. I caught my first
crab, and unfortunately, it was followed by another one. Arrrrgh.
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for the one we missed, and we
decided to do it the real way—early
in the morning. Before the city
wakes up, we're in the water. Once
you get past the early morning dry
mouth and light but aching head,
it's a pretty nice time of day. The
water is very calm. Today, we are
going to race against another crew.
Half of us are still kind of dazed but
Bryn, another keen rookie crew-
mate, is wide awake and doing a jig
The combined stresses of straining to hear
John's instructions
across the water, the
rain, the waves, not
being able to feel my
toes, and the 'challenge' of trying to
balance and coordinate both arms and
the slide lead me to
only one conclusion.
The quad sucks.
to keep warm.
Our boats line up under the twinkling lights of Science World and
the excitement builds. We hear the
word "go." Our strategy: half
stroke, half stroke, full stroke, and
we're off.
We row side by side as the sun
starts to warm the sky. Eventually,
our boat pulls ahead as we coast
under the sounds of ambulances
going across the Granville Street
Bridge. We cheer for our first win.
Friday, October 8
I have succumbed to Spandex. Not
even aerobics had made me give in
before, but rowing, I figured, was a
good enough cause to venture into
the world of second-skin clothing.
Men and women rowers alike dress
in tight clothing without a second
thought (partly because loose clothing could get caught in the blade
handles). Besides, I already had calluses and blood blisters on my
hands—by the way, 'waterproof
bandages are never really waterproof—and bruises on my shoulders
from carrying the boat at the bow.
We race the women's recreational crew again. Halfway through
the race, they veer off sharply to
the left. This time, we beat them by
several boat lengths. Yeah, we're
good, we all think. And only one
more week until the regatta.
Saturday, October 16
It's race day. We drive over to Deep
Cove, North Vancouver. Most of us
had nightmares of catching a crab
during the race and fear that
embarassment more than anything.
Over 500 participants from various
schools throughout BC sit in
clumps on the hill overlooking the
water, waiting for their turn to race.
Our crew, regrettably named
Constructive Interference (some
lame science term), sits under a
tree, sipping complimentary Happy
Planets (organic drinks) and watching the races. Unlike any rowing
race that I've ever seen, there are
some difficulties with the 500
metre course. Boats cut unbelievably off-course, with several near-
After lunch, the women's competitive race is called and we head
down to the water. We take our
boat to the starting position and
line up at the far end with four other
boats in our race.
We chatter excitedly and wonder
why we've been aligned facing the
far corner of the finish line. The
starter assures us that we're
straight, but later people will tell us
we weren't. We wait for the other
boats to be aligned until Kristin, our
cox, frantically waves her arms
about and stutters, "Okay, 'kay,
'kay, 'kay!..."
Finally, we understand that the
race has started. We're like sitting
ducks. Although behind by a few
strokes, we catch up to the boat to
one side of us. But as we reach the
halfway point, a boat comes cutting
across our path from beyond the
buoys that mark the course, forcing
us to slow down. Our boat finishes
second last in the heat.
We didn't make it into the
women's A final, but there is still
the women's B final to race in. This
time we're ready for the starting
signal. We row like we did in practice. Half, half, full stroke, and the
adrenaline starts pumping. Since
we're not facing the finish line, we
are oblivious to what is going on in
front of our boat.
We row like hell, but our efforts
to gain the lead are wasted when
another crew ends up too close to
ours. Our blades get pushed together and someone gets hit in the
head. When both crews finally separate, we continue harder than
ever. We pass the crew that slowed
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Plans to dramatically increase the
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The CCP, an offshoot of the university's Official Community Plan
(OCP)—which sets the guidelines
for university development over the
next 30 years—provides a glimpse
of what UBC will look like in 2020.
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of development of the eight university-owned regions.
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larger population in
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campus, which would nearly double
the number of residents living on
campus to 18,000—compared to
the current 9500.
Kalke believes these developments are necessary for the university to achieve its aim of becoming a "university city—a self-sustained, integrated learning environment."
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Kalke called UBC "one of the
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Several Agricultural
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cent of students are children of
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noticeable impact on the CCP.
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Canadian reaction to protest mixed
by Daliah Merzaban
SEATTLE—During and after Tuesday's massive protest against
the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the streets of downtown
Seattle, Canadian officials offered mixed responses to the messages presented by protesters, and the manner in which they
conveyed them.
Tens of thousands of protesters from across North America
were in Seattle Tuesday to protest the launch of the third ministerial conference of the WTO, a 135-country organisation discussing trade issues.
Carefully-organised peaceful protests about human rights,
environmental and labour issues, among others, successfully
closed down the conference's opening ceremonies, and cancelled much of Tuesday's ministerial negotiations.
They also managed to gain the attention and support of top
Canadian officials.
Canada's Minister of International Trade Pierre Pettigrew
expressed sympathy for the protesters and their messages.
"A lot of it was also trying to put a certain point of view that
is important. I believe that Canada and the Canadian government is open to hearing different points of view.. .We want to
reflect Canadian society as well as possible. So when it is not
violent, I actually welcome the possibility of dialogue," Pettigrew
told the Ubyssey on Wednesday.
Former BC Premier Glen Clark, who marched in a morning
rally, also supported the protesters' cause. Clark, who was having trouble trying to pass a barricade of protesters seated in
front of the Sheraton Hotel Tuesday afternoon, said he hopes
that the WTO will take protesters' concerns to heart, particularly for Canada's benefit.
"We're really concerned about the implications of the WTO
on our environmental policy and on our social policies," said
Clark, who was in Seattle to sit on a committee discussing private sector issues.
Throughout the day, large organisations, small groups, and
individuals staged peaceful rallies and put up displays to convey
some very clear, strong, and often unique messages.
"This is our own personal resistance in direct relationship to
art and voice," said Jennica, an organiser of a roadblock in the
middle of a downtown intersection.
Surrounding a protesters' mural portraying abstract images
of environmental degradation was a circle of individuals who had
locked their arms with metal pipes wrapped in thick duct tape.
Handing out poetry and spoken word pieces, these demonstrators had a clear message to send.
"The idea of this entire action is that we're resisting against
the commodification of art and the commodification of voices,
which is something that we
feel like the WTO does by
going one step further and
putting prices and values on
people's lives," said Jennica.
She added that the aim of
the road block was to prevent
delegates from meeting to
negotiate trade issues. Road
blocks conveying a series of
messages went up at other
intersections as well.
"We're using human bodies along with technology to literally prevent any cars from
coming through," she said.
But as the day progressed,
random acts of violence and
looting began to overshadow
the protesters' messages.
A group calling itself the
"Black Block" took to the
streets, smashing windows
and spraying graffiti on walls
of businesses throughout
downtown Seattle—including
Starbucks, Banana Republic,
and the Bank of America.
Black Block member Josh
defended his group's actions.
He called the police "traitors
to democracy," and urged people to "take back what is rightfully yours."
"All the people on the WTO meeting, they play on how to hurt
working people, and the vast majority of people, and how to
damage our living so that they can increase their profits. That is
the violence. That's what's causing the violence," said Josh,
who lives in Seattle.
"Breaking windows, it's just a window, and I haven't seen
anybody getting hurt. The violence is the police shooting rubber
bullets and using tear gas on people. That is the violence," he
But these actions drew criticism from other officials.
"I don't think [the protest] does anything for anybody, quite
frankly," Canada's WTO ambassador Sergio Marchi told the
Ubyssey after escaping a mob of protesters Tuesday evening.
Protesters gathered in front of the entrance to the Sheraton
THAT POOR GUY: Protesters opposed to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) confronted
Canadian WTO Ambassador Sergio Marchi outside of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown
Seattle Tuesday. Marchi and a protester argued over the merits-and demerits-of the WTO.
Hotel blocked Marchi, as he tried to return to his hotel room.
"Come on, this is America," Marchi told the protesters who
had locked arms around him.
"Shame on you, Sergio," one protester called out, followed
by dozens of people chanting "shame" repeatedly. Marchi
escaped the crowd after some protesters urged the others to let
him go peacefully.
"We just want [the WTO] to work, and I think the NGOs are
going to get an extremist perception as the cameras around the
world will see. It's a double loss, so no one wins," said Marchi,
who doubted that the protests will have an impact on negotiations.
"The show will go on," he added.
Although protests died down Wednesday, demonstrators
gathered yesterday in front of the Sand Point jail to protest the
arrests of at least 450 people. ♦
Panelists want rights on agenda
by Daliah Merzaban
SEATTLE—The importance of
including human rights on the
World Trade Organisation (WTO)'s
agenda was addressed by a number of governmental and non-governmental officials in downtown
Seattle Wednesday.
While much of the protest outside centred on criticising the
WTO for its focus on economic
and financial issues at the
expense of other sensitive
issues—including human rights—
Peter Leuprecht, dean of law at
McGill University, and other panelists criticised some of the messages these protesters were trying to convey.
Although Leuprecht—who previously served as the director of
human rights at the Council of
Europe—is extremely critical of
the WTO's policy of excluding
human rights issues from its economic considerations, he said
many of the protesters were misguided.
"The WTO exists. It's probably
there to last," he said. "In spite of
my strong sympathy with the
peaceful demonstrators, I would
say that the slogan 'kill the WTO'
is probably not realistic."
Rather, Leuprecht believes
human rights can be included
within free trade policies by mak
ing the WTO and its member governments more accountable to
international human rights law.
"Those who should drive [the
WTO] are not economic, commercial or financial interests, corporate interests, but governments
which under democratic circumstances should be accountable.
WTO itself must be made
accountable," said Leuprecht.
And Swedish Minister of Trade
and Foreign Affairs Leif Pagrotsky
agreed that free trade can be a
sufficient instrument for promoting human rights.
Particularly, he said the WTO
could be used as a "tool to influence human rights conditions in
China," and other countries that
support gross human rights violations.
China is currently seeking
membership into the WTO, but
Pagrotsky believes changes to
the WTO should be made before
China is granted membership.
It's dangerous to allow "business interests to weigh far heavier than human rights interests,"
said Pagrotsky.
Some members of the audience were sceptical of whether
the WTO could be reformed
enough to adequately address
human rights. One individual said
the WTO is "beyond reform," and
is   an   instrument  by  powerful
countries to expand their
economies without regard to
human rights.
Pagrotsky responded that the
WTO is only the sum of its member states and can provide an
adequate forum for discussion of
human rights, which he said
"must be created by public opinion in [WTO] member countries."
Leuprecht agreed, saying governments are often inconsistent
in their human rights policies.
"Governments can be
extremely schizophrenic," he
"As far as the WTO is concerned, I do not believe it's realistic to think that we can turn it
into a human rights organisation.
But, at least, it must respect
human rights. It must accept the
primacy of international human
rights law," added Leuprecht.
Many speakers addressed the
difficulty of bringing human rights
logic into an essentially economic
institution, but Leuprecht is optimistic about the possible effectiveness of educating government
officials who, he said, are largely
ignorant of human rights law.
The seminar was one of a
number this week aimed at
addressing contentious issues,
including labour, environment,
and issues relating to developing
countries. ♦
Tear gas effective in
crowd control situations
by Cynthia Lee
SEATTLE-After the smoke cleared, the
tear gas used by the Seattle Police
Department (SPD) this week left the
eyes, faces and mouths of hundreds of
World Trade Organisation (WTO) protesters stinging painfully for up to twenty minutes after exposure.
CS, or ortho-chlorobenzylidene-mal-
ononitrile, is the most common form of
tear gas used by law enforcement
agencies as a tactic for crowd control.
It is a sub-micron level chemical compound, that dissipates into crowds carried on smoke particles.
Like pepper spray, tear gas irritates areas of the body with mucous
membranes such as the eyes, the
throat and tho nose. But it also
affects any moist area of the body,
creating a burning sensation, according to RCMP spokesperson Corporal
Grant Lerncd.
"If you are sweating around your
collar, if you are sweating under your
armpits and in your groin, or in your
feet...it will permeate through your
clothes and eventually you will feel the
effects on the areas of your body that
may well be protected," said Lerned.
Tear gas can be used effectively in
crowd situations because it has a farther range than pepper spray, which is
more useful in one-on-one oonfronta-
distances because you can launch
those cannisters as projectiles," said
Lerned said the RCMP's Emergency
Response Team—the equivalent to
American Special Weapons and Tactics
(SWAT) Team—also uses tear gas,
most recently in the Vancouver area
during the Stanley Cup Riots.
CS gas can be inactivated by water
solution, but for complete decontamination, the exposed skin must be
washed thoroughly with soap and
According to the FOA Briefing Book
on Chemical Weapons, developed
under the Swedish Ministry of
Defense, unless concentrations of tear
gas are high, it cannot cause serious
injury or death.
The SPD said it was not tracking the
amount of tear gas being used by offi-
<*rs during the week to quel! the
"There's just too many officer's out
there. [The SPD] cannot determine
how many rounds are on hand Or what
was used," said police spokesperson
Ciem Benton.
Lerned said it would not be appropriate for the RCMP to comment on the
use of tear gas in the SPD's WTO operations, but did say, ■Seattle was faced
with a crisis and they dealt with it as
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WTO to aid the
poor countries
by Daliah Merzaban
In an effort to assist developing countries to become more integrated into
the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Canada committed $1 million (US)
Wednesday to increase legal assistance for them.
Thirty members of the WTO, a multinational trade organisation representing 135 countries, formally agreed to the establishment of an independent advisory centre on WTO law, which will provide services for WTO's
poorer member countries.
One of the stated objectives of the WTO Millennium Round held this
week in Seattle is to further integrate developing countries into the trade
organisation. WTO Director-General Michael Moore said the WTO currently
does not provide sufficient legal support for all member states.
"The WTO secretariat does provide some assistance, but it's never
enough," Moore told an audience of delegates and journalists at the
Washington State Convention and Trade Centre.
"The launch of this advisory centre speaks of the volumes of commitment [by member countries] to help developing countries to exist...I want
to pay tribute to those governments that have been involved," he added.
According to the official text, "the purpose of the centre is to provide
legal training, support and advice on WTO law and dispute settlement procedures to developing countries, in
"I think it's important
to realise that the WTO
is first of all a rules-
based system. It is
about establishing rules
in order to help smaller
and medium economies
to be able to confront
bigger economies."
-Pierre Pettigrew
Canada's Minister of Trade
and Head of Canada's
WTO delegation
particular to the least developed
among them, and to countries with
economies in transition."
The centre will work independently from the WTO, and will
include a separate general assembly, management board, and executive director.
Canada's Minister of
International Trade, Pierre
Pettigrew, who is also the head of
the Canadian delegation at the
WTO, told the Ubyssey that the
centre will help to shift the focus of
the WTO away from liberalisation of
trade and market rule.
"I think it's important to realise
that the WTO is first of all a rules-
based system. It is about establishing rules in order to help smaller and medium economies to be able to confront bigger economies,'
He explained that developing countries haven't been able to afford legal
fees and have trouble understanding their rights and obligations under the
complex WTO system.
Pettigrew believes that the centre, of which Canada is a founding member, will help to solve this problem as it is mandated to organise seminars
and provide legal advice to poor countries which lack the expertise in areas
of international law.
Colombia, a developing country that committed $100,000 (US) to the
fund, stated that it supported the initiative. Marta Lucia Ramirez de Rincon,
Colombia's minister of foreign trade, said that the centre is an important
instrument which will provide developing countries with permanent legal
assistance at reasonable costs.
Gerrit Ybema, Minister for Foreign Trade of the Netherlands, was present
at the pre-launching of the project in Geneva last June. He said the centre
will succeed because it deals directly with the needs of developing countries, focuses on human resources development, and enhances the formal
equality of WTO member states before the law.
He also pointed out that many developing countries, like Colombia, have
contributed to funding the project.
"1 do recognise that much more needs to be done to ensure further participation of developing countries in the WTO and world trade. However, this
conclusion can never be an excuse for not taking small and complete
steps," said Ybema.
Signatories also contend that the centre will legitimatise the WTO by
increasing access to its dispute settlement mechanism.
Former WTO Director-General Renato Ruggiero said the centre will not
only help the developing countries, but will also enhance the credibility of
the multilateral trading system.
"The credibility of such rules-based system is dependent on its universality," said Ruggiero.
Thirty-seven of the world's poorest countries—including Bangladesh,
Chad, Madagascar, and Rwanda—will be beneficiaries in the system.
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What happened to our parents?
Wendy Mendez returns to Guatemala to find out
by Andrea Winkler
In 1984,10-year-old Wendy Mendez watched as her mother was
taken away by a death squad working for the Guatemalan military
regime. Mendez herself was tortured then let go. She eventually
fled with family members to Canada, and has not seen her mother since that fateful day.
Mendez does not know what happened to her mother, and can
only assume that she is dead.
Her mother, Luz Haydee Mendez, had been a leader of the
Guatemalan Workers' Party. Labour parties are one of the many
groups targeted by death squads, along with journalists, trade
unionists, and human rights workers.
In June this year, Mendez returned to Guatemala to start a
Guatemalan chapter of HIJOS (Children of the Disappeared).
Their goal is simple: to find out from the government what happened to their parents. Up until recently, the group has not
shied away from going public with their message; they have
attended rallies and protest marches and have given educational talks in schools. They also carry out street performances in front of the houses of former known torturers, in
order to denounce them in front of their communities.
These activities have not gone unnoticed. This summer,
Mendez and a few other fellow members of the organisation were
forced into hiding.
Eva Urmitia, who first founded HIJOS in Argentina in 1993,
lives in Vancouver and has remained in contact with Mendez's
group in Guatemala. "Two men got into the place where the group
met," she explained, "and told two members [of HIJOS] they
would kill them if they continued working."
Urmitia described other fear tactics being used against the
group, "[They would] stand in front of the house and watch them,"
she said. "Or follow them in cars and take pictures."
Some of the members quit out of fright, and others went into
hiding, she said.
In 1954, the CIA collaborated in the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala. Then, in 1963, a coup
d'etat brought in a military government, marking a reign of terrtor
that may claim exists even under today's democratic government.
Death squads, composed of police
and army personnel organised into
elite special forces, are responsible for
many of the thousands of "disappeared and murdered." And people
are still disappearing.
Since Mendez is a Canadian citizen, Urmitia believes she is relatively
safe. However, the same cannot be
said for the other members of HIJOS.
Last year, Mendez brought her traumatic experiences to the stage in the
Latino Theatre groups production of "
QUE PASA with LA RAZA, eh?" at
Vancouver's Firehall Arts Centre. The
Latino Theatre Group was created—
according to their director, Carmen
Aguirre—in order to bring together
young people like Mendez who had
shared similar experiences. For
Mendez, it was the first time that she
was able to go public with the story of
what happened to her mother.
When the performance closed in
April, Mendez was on a plane to
When asked if Mendez would ever
live in Canada again, Urmitia thought
not. "She is not coming back to live
here because the purpose of the
group is to find out what happened to
our parents. She must be inside the
country to work." Mendez was able
to come out of hiding recently and did
express interest in returning to
Vancouver for a visit next year.
Urmitia holds little hope for the upcoming elections in
Guatemala on December 26. "The man who will probably get in
worked under the military dictatorship," she said.
DISAPPEARED: A family snapshot shows the infant Wendy Mendez with her mother Luz
Haydee Mendez-missing since 1984. photo courtesy of wendy mendez
If you would like to learn more about the organisation
or find out how to help, you can e-mail Wendy
Mendez from The Latino Theatre Group's web site:
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Fueled by passion
David Milne is not your typical 20 year-old guy-ne*s sponsored by PowerBar and
Nike, has practically no off-season, and loves every minute of it
by Naomi Kim
Thiry-eight minutes and 50 seconds is enough to
watch a TV show and then some. It's enough time
to chat on the phone with a good friend or even to
whip off a quick essay. For David Milne, 38:50 was
enough time to run 12 kilometres and earn a spot
on Canada's team to the World Cross Country
Championships in Portugal next March. Time is a
sparse commodity for many people, but Milne has
decided to devote his time to one cause despite
the luxury of his alternatives.
"If there was any extra time, I guess I'd like to
sit down and just watch TV or just hang out.Jt'd
be nice for a change to sit down and do nothing...If
I wanted to I could. I'd just quit running...but no. I'd
rather be financially strapped—if that's what it is—
just to do what I love, and that's running."
But over the five-year commitment to running—
one-quarter of his life—it's an investment that has
reaped its rewards. So far, Milne has developed
into being the sixth-ranked cross country runner in
Canada this year.
That  Milne  excels  at distance  running  is
unquestionable. He was the national junior cross
country champion in 1998, and his transition into
the senior division has not slowed the pace of his
success. His first year in the NAIA led to a first-
place finish at the regional championships, and
then a sixth-place finish at the NAIA Championships in a
personal best time of 24:19 in the eight-kilometre race
with the added distinction of being the first North
American finisher, which was part of his only race plan.
Since Milne finished in first place at regionals, it gave
him an automatic spot at the NAIA Championships, but
since the UBC team did not qualify for the race, and since
Milne didn't know his competition, he just did what he
does best.
"I was just running for the sake of seeing how hard I
could go. Turned out really well."
And if it seems that Milne's career has gone from
good to great, it's no mistake.
"[Coach Marek Jedrzejek] and I have put together a
plan where I peak at the very end of the season...you
build up gradually and then at the end, have your best
race as your last race."
But for someone who started out successfully at the
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: David Milne's five year cross
country running career is off to a quick start, tom peacock photo
beginning, there's nowhere to go but better, and faster.
As a four year-old in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it was not
running shoes that Milne first laced up. Like most young
Canadian children, he started with skates on the hockey
rink. He played hockey on local teams until he moved to
BC when he was ten. In high school he played centre for
the Hollyburn hockey club in West Vancouver. But in
grade 11, at the age of 16, Milne had to decide if he was
going to make a junior A team and play hockey at a competitive level or quit and move on. He started running to
improve his endurance on the ice, but as it turned out,
he was talented in more than just hockey.
His first race was the Richmond Labour Day
Classic, a 10-kilometre race that he entered with his
dad and his dad's friend. He finished in first place for
the 19-and-under group—he was 16. After some races
and little training, Milne continued to play hockey and
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But at the end of grade 12, Milne made the
decision to quit hockey and take up cross country running.
"In hockey, I'm only as good as my team. In
running, I'm as good as I make myself...and I
know I'm not going to let myself down."
He was offered a full scholarship to Middle
Tennessee State University, went, trained and
ran there for a year. But he tired of the Sun
Belt, and transferred to UBC.
"The problem with the US is they push you
all the time. They want you to run at your top
the whole season and it's impossible for a distance runner to do that."
Milne's first year at UBC resulted in a third-
place finish at the ClAU's under Jedrzejek. But
they had met earlier at Milne's first race.
"Marek kind of grabbed me from the start.
I've always been his athlete ever since. He was
the one that got me into running."
Jedrzejek has told Milne where he can go
with running and what the big picture is, and
Milne has listened to his coach, the head
coach for UBC cross country for 13 years, and
also the coach for top Canadian distance runner Jeff Schleiber, whom Milne admires.
Even during a race, Jedrzejek's voice can be
heard from the crowd. Although Milne's parents make it out to what races they can, only
Jedrzejek could make it out to Wisconsin for
the NAIA Championship and to Toronto for the
After Milne crossed the finish line at nationals, his biggest race of the year, Jedrzejek was
standing at the exit with a camera. Milne knew
he had made the national team and was grinning from ear to ear. Jedrzejek met Milne with
a heartfelt hug.
Milne had reached his peak for this season.
But for all his success, he wants people to
know that he's worked hard for everything he
During the season, he trains every day, alternating workouts with one-hour runs, and then a
longer run on Sunday. And after the cross country season, he runs the 1500 metre and 3000
metre in indoor and outdoor track.
Although Milne focuses solely on the race
and his current surroundings during a race, he
spends a lot of time thinking during his longer
runs that he takes alone in the University
Endowment Lands.
"I picture myself in races, beating guys who
right now are unbeatable—the top guys
[Schleiber, Graham Hood, and Kevin Sullivan].
And sometimes...! have to slow myself down
because I start racing myself."
Despite being one of the top Canadian cross
country runners, Milne is no different than the
average dreamer, except that he's worked hard
to get closer to achieving his goals in a short
amount of time. He is also not some superhuman running machine, which his results may
indicate. He admits to having trouble sleeping
the night before big races, such as before the
nationals, but he hopes this will change with
more experience.
Milne is confident in his choice to commit to
running because, for him, if he works hard, he
knows that success will come. And he has a
feeling that success will really come in the next
few years. But the 2000 Olympics would be
jumping the gun.
"This year's just too soon for me. I'm just
20.1 can't compete with those guys yet."
So Milne has his eyes set a little further—
the 2004 Olympics. He'd like to make a career
out of running and make money at it if he could,
but he uses the words of Schlieber as his own.
"I'll keep running until I can't win anymore."
"Or until I don't enjoy it anymore," Milne
But success has its trade-offs, and his concentration on running certainly has put less
emphasis on other areas of his life, namely
school. Milne is currently taking four courses
and has felt the pressure, especially after having been out of the country five times in the
past two months for races. For the amount of
effort Milne, a third-year sociology major, puts
into his studies, his C-average is okay. Although
many students, even student-athletes put
school ahead of other priorities, including
sports, Milne is a rarity.
"I'm here for running first, school second."
There is a fine line between Milne the person and Milne the runner. He admits that
"every aspect of [his] life is tied to running," but
he still maintains that he's a "pretty normal
Like many others, he gets a "kick out of
WWF," stresses about girls and school. He
wore Nike clothing and shoes, and ate
PowerBars before he was sponsored by them.
And, coffee is essential for him—but for him,
it's a prerace thing.
He has big plans to ring in the new millennium—he just has to choose. He can either
spend the week relaxing on the sandy beaches
of Hawaii, or he can train in Sati Diego.
"It would probably be a good change," he
says, contemplating the decision. "It would
hold me back so I'd peak at the right time,
which is at the [World Championships] in
He has still has not come to a decision
about his holidays as we end our interview. But
the next day, he tells me his roommate convinced him to go to Hawaii with some friends.
A chance to rest his injured foot, he tells
me. But yes, he will also pack his running
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Change for the better
It's easy to get lost in the details of what happened in
Seattle this week. But forget it for a second. Forget whether
the protesters became too violent or not, or whether the
police overreacted, or which side was right or wrong. That
will take care of itself. Just for a second, zoom out.
When history happens, right in front of our eyes, we're
usually lucky enough to be able to realise why what we're
seeing is important. When the Berlin Wall fell, or when the
tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square—when you watched
these events, you knew what they meant. And this week in
Seattle, history—genuine history—was made. But for a lot
of reasons, its significance was hard to see.
Part of the problem, of course, was all the tear gas. It
was the first US civil emergency declared since the Second
World War. Rubber bullets. Shards of glass from smashed
storefront windows. Busloads of arrested protesters. In this
image of Seattle, the city is anarchic and chaotic, and pulling
the bigger picture from the confusion is almost impossible.
Still, what happened during the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle this week was more
than just protest, and it was more than just police brutality—
it was more than any sum of its parts.
What we saw in Seattle this week was, in the most basic
terms, a reclaiming. People looked at those tens of thousands
of protesters and saw what they wanted to see—they were
thugs, they were hippies, they were whiners, they were peaceful, they were right, they were wrong. But across the rainbow
of beliefs that dragged those people into the streets of Seattle
and into the line of fire, there was a common thread.
All those environmentalists, those steelworkers, those
protesters—they were united. Why? It wasn't just a left-wing
convention. It wasn't just alarmism. It was real concern over
the WTO and the far-reaching implications of its policies on
the everyday lives of virtually everybody on the planet. And
this concern is growing.
People are slowly realising that they have no real say in how
the world runs, and that those making decisions on a global
level don't have ordinary people's interests at heart. It's frustrating to realise that money is easily the most influential force
in the world, and that most of the world's wealth is distributed
amongst a shrinking sliver of the population. Ordinary people,
regardless of political affiliation, are beginning to realise the
glaring disparities. They're chafing under the restraints.
In Seattle, they reclaimed the right to be heard. They
reclaimed the right to demand that people be put at the forefront of everyone's political agenda.
In the future, when the so-called Battle of Seattle is
weighed, it will be as more than an isolated event. It will be
seen as the first step towards the shifting of some amount
of power back towards ordinary citizens. When the
Multilateral Agreement on Investment collapsed in the face
of public pressure, that too was a step. Processes that
before were unhindered by public input, or even public knowledge, are now being dragged into the international spotlight.
This week, people may not have crushed the WTO, or broken the chain of power, or toppled the world. But they took
a step, and it will make a difference. The anger that was
there, the fervour, the urgent desire to change things, break
things—it was a signal light that flashed a simple message:
people care enough to change things.
When history looks back at the past week's events in
Seattle, it will see a monumental event. And it will see a
beginning. ♦
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Violence not
needed on
this campus
I am disgusted by the immature
actions of the three students from
the Alma Mater Society (AMS): Erin
Kaiser, Jon Chandler, and Lesley
Washington, on Tuesday, November
23. There was no need for them to
tear down the display of the
Students for Life group. The
Students for Life were there to provide information to those who know
little about GAP, and in no way were
they hurting anyone. For those who
are familiar with GAP and did not
wish to see it, they could have easily avoided it because there were
signs warning students of the display. And for those students who
saw the display and did not agree
with the message, could make their
opinion heard by not taking a pamphlet. And that's what freedom of
speech is.
In regards to Jesse Guscott's
letter ["BoG rep disappointed with
Marshall," Nov 30]: "I am not willing to accept that the spokesperson for our student society can
speak with such a blatant disregard for the feelings of others."
What about the three students who
displayed such a blatant disregard
for the feelings of others on
Tuesday, November 23? Students
for Life put in a lot of work, time
and money into the display and
seeing these people destroy it hurt
my feelings. And I was just passing
by. Jesse Guscott wants a public
apology from Mr. Marshall, and I
want to hear a public apology from
these three students.
Danielle Doran
Engineering 2
Free speech
for all at UBC
With regards to the letters in the
November 30 edition—well, it's
about time! ["Voices censored by the
AMS," "Are we in Nazi Germany?",
and "UBC—is it an open forum?".
Having just transferred to UBC from
Langara College this September, I
thought I was just about the only person on campus who had noticed the
inherent hypocrisy of the AMS. Look
on just about any poster on campus
and what do you see? FREE SPEECH!
the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP) comes to town and what's the
reaction? Ban it! Chase it away!
Knock over the display, and spread
pamphlets to the four winds! I'm
sorry, maybe this concept is just too
simple for university kids to figure
out, but I'll try.
Free speech means no exceptions. No, I don't agree with GAP.
Obviously a lot of students don't
agree with either one, for one reason
or another. But here's a key point
that the AMS considers disposable
when confronted with an unpopular
view—the same right that all of our
very own on-campus nutballs invoke
when they set off to protest whatever the government decision of the
day they don't like is THE EXACT
SAME RIGHT that GAP has to present
their views. Look at all of the ranting
about APEC and the WTO. Just read
the incensed diatribes about they
and all the other demonic, evil, horrible things our awful leaders get away
with. Is the rhetoric really that different? Surely, if simple extremity of
views was the reason for the banning
of GAP, then half of the AMS groups
with access to a photocopier would
have been thrown to the wolves
years ago. No, I'm just glad that
somebody else around here hasn't
fooled themselves into thinking that
GAP was banned for any other reason that it doesn't fit the prevailing
political norm of UBC.
Ian Goldie
Psychology 3
AMS should
penalise execs
As a previous officer of the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) (25 years
ago), I was horrified to read that
the AMS decided not to take action
against several of its own officers
for actively destroying freedom of
Freedom of expression is the
most important function of a university. Universities are supposed
to create discussion, and examine
controversial opinions. Anyone who
prevents this is degrading the primary function of a university. For an
officer of the AMS, destroying free
expression should result in immediate resignation and suitable penalties from Student Court.
When I was a member of the
AMS executive, abortion was illegal. We defended the rights of pro-
abortion groups, even though it
was unpopular at the time. I was
even physically assaulted defending the rights of the Marxist-
Leninist party to put up posters on
SUB bulletin boards, although I had
no sympathy for their views.
Pay attention. The first step
towards fascism is that people
themselves impose restrictions on
freedom of expression.
The Alma Mater Society should
be a bastion for free expression. It
has a proud history of this.The
Ubyssey newspaper is one example.
Robert Angus
UBC alumnus
Defense for
I would like to defend the actions of
the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President Ryan Marshall following
the destruction of the Students for
Life display on Tuesday, November
23, 1999.
Ryan Marshall, regardless of the
fact that he is pro-choice, had the
ability to recognise that a horrible
injustice against students on this
campus occurred. Ryan's statement that he "had no choice but to
allow the [Students for Life] presentation to council" was justified. The
situation was urgent because the
next council meeting is not scheduled until January 2000; the situation involved members and councillors of the AMS and there could be
legal ramifications against the
Society. Regardless, council voted
with a two-thirds majority to allow
this presentation. These councillors
were acting in defense of freedom
of speech.
[Board of Governors representative and AMS Councillor Jesse]
Guscott said, "My concern lies in
the absence of responsible leadership shown by our AMS president in
the aftermath of the Genocide
Awareness Project" ["BoG rep disappointed in Marshall," Nov 30] My
concern is that Guscott is criticising
Ryan Marshall for being a fair and
democratic leader willing to listen to
the students' voice. According to
Guscott, Erin Kaiser and Jon
Chandler's actions were of private
citizens outside of AMS circles,
while Ryan Marshall's comments
were made as the AMS president. It
appears that an association with
the AMS council is only used when
I support Ryan Marshall for
bringing the Students for Life presentation to the council meeting.
Leaders like Marshall create an
atmosphere that will "...encourage
free and open debate, as well as
respect for differing views" (AMS
Mission Statement).
Elena Middelkamp
AMS councillor
Disdain for
II note with equal amounts of
incredulity and amusement that
your Buy Nothing Day special issue
is full of ads. How do you reconcile
your disdain for 'consumerism' with
your desire to sell your readers
beer, movies, and snowboards? Not
to mention the interest piece/advertising supplement crossover (very
Elm Street) for Black Sheep Books.
If your reply is that you cannot
produce your paper without revenue
generated by selling advertising
space, then perhaps you should
take a good long look at Buy
Nothing Day, and at your position on
'consumerism' more generally.
S. Zachary Green
Law 1
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page Buy Nothing Day supplement
did not actually contain any real
Got a
Kaiser responds to GAP display controversy
by Erin Kaiser
On Tuesday, November 23, I was responsible for destroying
some posters at an anti-choice display put on by a group
called Students for Life at the Goddess of Democracy. A lot
has been said about the issue. For the record, I want to give
my side of the story.
In late October I had an abortion. This is an intensely personal thing for me to disclose and I am not entirely happy with
feeling forced to disclose this fact. Having an abortion is one
of the hardest decisions I have ever had to
make. No woman comes to this decision
The display was brought to campus last
Tuesday, and it had a certain tactic: it compared women who have had abortions to
the Nazis, to the KKK, et cetera. As a   ^^^^^^^^
Jewish woman who has family who survived   ^^^^^^^^^
(and did not survive) the Holocaust, this
offends greatly. The exploitation of the real
sufferings of people is a crime in and of
itself. I believe that the Genocide Awareness Project's (GAP)
tactical aim in using these images is to provoke students to
confrontation. This gives them a soapbox from which to promote their cause. Unfortunately, I fell right into their trap.
As an organiser for Students For Choice, I sent out an
email that stated, "for many people there will be a feeling of
wanting to prevent the sign or display [GAP] from being seen.
Avoid acting on these feelings." I think my words show clearly
that I never had the intention of ripping down those posters
until that day and that I never would have encouraged others
to do so. As a rule, I believe in the principle of mass peaceful
That day, however, I could not avoid acting on my hurt and
anger. I was completely overcome by the display. Also, I found
that I could not avoid the images as the display was set up
precisely between my workplace, my classes, and my home. I
couldn't bear the thought of other women in similar situations
being forced to walk by that display and to be called murderers and to be made to feel as I did.
The university administration has a lot of questions to
answer around this incident. In September, the university
demanded a number of conditions to the GAP display to protect students. Why was the display, after all that debate,
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allowed to be in an area where students could not avoid seeing it? Why was there no security? Why were the Women
Students' Office, Counseling Services, and AMS Speakeasy
not informed beforehand? Why were students not given warning? I feel that I was put in a situation that any reasonable person could have predicted would be upsetting and offensive to
me. The university and GAP knew, from GAP'S track record,
that some students could be provoked into confrontational
action. While I am willing to apologise for letting my emotions
take control over me, I think that I must demand the same
from the other parties. I feel that the university administration
and Students For Life acted irresponsibly.
Since last week my life has been completely changed. I
have received harassing phone calls that have forced me to
change to an unlisted phone number. As well, the police are
investigating an incident involving some unidentified persons
showing up at my home and yelling "Hey baby killer! Now we
know where you live!" Never in my life have I been so afraid for
my personal safety.
Finally, I feel that I am the victim of personal defamation. I
am grossly offended by the comments Alma Mater Society
(AMS) President Ryan Marshall made about me last week in
the Ubyssey. Marshall was quoted as saying, "Those guys are
no better than Nazis." Does he have any
idea what the Holocaust is? Words like
"Nazi" can't be tossed around. It insults
the memory of too many people. The
president of the AMS is the spokesperson for the entire student society and he
needs to be held accountable for his
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I'd like to ask all students not be so
quick to judge on this issue. Imagine, if
you can, what it would be to be in my situation—a young Jewish woman having recently just gone
through the trauma of having an abortion finding yourself face
to face with a display that compares what the Nazis did to your
ancestors to a difficult personal choice that you made only
just recently. I felt attacked and violated. The debate around
free speech has neglected to take into account women's
rights to feel safe and secure at their school, workplace, and
home. I may have not reacted in the best of all possible ways
but I was defending myself and others from what I perceive to
be not merely an "unpopular" viewpoint, but as hatred and as
an attack on my rights as a woman.
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and hackers, get off your butts!
by Nathan Allen
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As we approach the end of this century, and indeed the
dawn of a new millennium, we are given the opportunity to examine the progress of human civilisation, learn
from this rich history, and look to the future and choose
what path we should take. Closer to home, and in the
pages of this paper, age-old debates are taking place.
Healthy discussions around freedom—reproductive
freedom, economic freedom, free speech, and democracy—are being bantered back and forth. And with all
the excitement and romance of Alma Mater Society
(AMS) power politics added between the lines, the
rhetorical battlefield in our'proud, fndependei% free
press is simply beautiful. ..•    ,;.....
But through the APEC pepper spray, WTO gas,: GAP
holocaust images, and everything else, we are forgetting the most blatantly disgusting" infringement of freedom ever to grace this fine campus. The fact that on the
day we begin a new era of history, I will no longer be
able to smoke in the Gallery Lounge!
On January 1, 2000, the Workers Compensation
Board (WCB) will unleash its new law on the public to
make every workplace in BC a smoke-free environment.
As a socialist, and therefore someone who believes in
the safety and rights of workers everywhere, I think the
WCB's concern for the well-being of working people is
fantastic. But is the WCB ruling calling for strict smoking sections or high-tech ventilation systems, putting
the onus on the employer to provide a safe working
environment? No! They are placing the blame on us, the
consumers, the people! And by blaming us, they are
robbing us of our fundamental right to have a beer and
cigarette atthe same time, and in the process, sucking
the soul out of our society.
First of all, the utter hypocrisy of the WCB ruling is
as obvious as tarred mucous hacked up and spat in our
faces. Although workers' rights and safety are very
important, what workers want most is to be able to
work, and to get paid for that work. How much work will
servers in bars have when there is no one there to
serve? When the Gallery Lounge went non-smoking a
few years ago the drop in business was so significant
that the AMS had to deal with the choice of either going
smoking again, or shutting the place down. Further, if
the WCB does care about workers safety, why do they
not care about the safety of workers who get placed in
the situation of having to ask our fine drunk patrons to
butt out? The AMS employs waiters, not police officers.
And even with our bouncers, I can't imagine the hell
they will have to go through when people have to leave
The Pit Pub to have a much-needed smoke, and then
;bave to stand-in line to come bacK ino
, But even if by some slim chance none of this hap-
: pens,uAMS student run businesses don't suffer, and
^ customers are happy, there is still the important issue
of the state of our society: Imagine this dystopian universe we will soon experience. Jazz concerts without
the smoky air mixed with the mellow grooves. Men sitting in bars denied the right to light a beautiful woman's
cigarette. Heated discussions around the state of civil
society that have to be interrupted for a smoke break.
And me, sitting in the Gallery Lounge pondering my life
over a Canterbury, without a smooth, smoldering cigarette calming my thoughts. BC will indeed become a
province without a soul.
What I can't understand though is why Smokers are
taking this lying down. Have our throats become so
rough that we can't cry out for justice? In other parts of
the world this kind of oppression would be grounds for
revolution. Are we going to let the granola-crunehing
health freaks run roughshod over our freedoms? I say
no! It's time for action, sisters and brothers. It's time to
wage a holy war against the WCB, not only for us, but
also for the future, for the human spirit itself!
—Nathan Allen Is the Coordinator of External
Affairs for the Alma Mater Society
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