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Students for Students
sweeps exec positions, BoG
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Kristen Harvey credits "hard work."
Paul Dhillon and Rob Nagai blame the
slate system and elections irregularities respectively. Whatever the cause,
the Students for Students slate has
cleaned up the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) election for the third year in
a row.
Receiving 1722 votes, Harvey, the
AMS's current vice-president, external
affairs, was elected AMS president after
last week's voting.
"I am extremely happy, very happy
to be elected," said Harvey. "I hope that
the upcoming year is positive and ultimately is a better year and continues to
improve on what the AMS offers."
Harvey thinks her slate won the elections because out of all the groups, they
worked the hardest, campaigning con-
stantly^making    class    announcements,
attending meetings and handbilling.
"Whefi it comes to this year's elections, I
think everybody raised the bar in the amount
of work it requires to campaign," she said.
"Every single day we worked hard and that
paid off for us*
It was the second disappointing presidential election for both Students Voice candidate Nagai, and UBC for U candidate Dhillon,
who were both defeated last year, and this
year received 1441 and 675 votes
Students for Students has made few decisions, and their repeated sweep shows that
students don't want change to their student
EVERYTHING'S SO PRETTY NOW: Lots of srtowfeJi on campus—and throughout Vancouver—late Saturday night
and It was great. There were snowball fights, snowmen and much rejoicing, emily chan photo
government, said Nagai.
"They were sort of devoid of policy, at
least it seemed that way, and I don't think the
job has been anything but lacklustre. I mean
it's maintained the status quo, but generally I
guess people wanted that, they wanted the
status quo," he said.
But Harvey said Students for Students had
more "specific" policies and wOoed students
by providing more "concrete examples" of
things they would do for students.
Nagai also believes that his party was hurt
by the election process.
"There [were] too many election irregularities," he said. "Our posters didn't even
go up in [Place] Vanier on the first day of
voting, and...in Education, my poster,
[Students Voice vice-president, academic
and university affairs candidate] Brian
Maclean's poster, and [Students Voice vice-
president, administration candidate] Matt
Lovick's poster didn't go up until the next
day of polling."
Candidates supply 30 posters before the
first Monday of the voting period, and
posters are included at the polling stations.
"Those kind of election irregularities
affected us, I think, more so than they affected Students for Students."
During the election, 300 erroneous ballots stating Harvey was a Students Voice candidate were printed. Because of this mistake.
Elections Administrator Deanna Metcalfe
extended Friday's voting period from 4pm t0
On Friday, all candidates were informed
of the voting extension, but then, a decision
by the elections committee overruled
Metcalfe's extension and votes tabulated
after 4pm were not included.
"The committee decided that it wasn't an
extenuating circumstance and basically, that
I shouldn't have told people that the polls
would be open past four," said Metcalfe. "So
they weren't counted, but not very many people voted anyway."
see "Elections"page 2
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by Ai Lin Choo
Criticised as "reprehensible" and
"insane," the Liberal government has
put forward legislation that gives college administrators the power to
increase class sizes and discontinue
face-to-face instruction in place of a
reliance on computer-based or distance learning.
Bill 28, the Public Education
Flexibility and Choice Act, was
tabled in BC's legislature Friday
afternoon and has been criticised
for not only hampering the quality
of post-secondary education, but
also for attacking college and institute collective agreements.
Cindy Oliver, secretary treasurer
of the College Institute Educators'
Association (CIEA), called the bill an
"outright unprecedented attack" on
college faculty and students and said
the bill came as a surprise as class
size was never cited as a concern by
the province.
"The government has not consulted with us, it's never been brought up
in the meetings we've had," she said,
adding that instructors should have
been informed or consulted about
the bill beforehand.
Oliver said that by increasing
class sizes, the legislation will not
only serve to increase the load on
instructors, but will also prevent
effective student-teacher interaction,
and inevitably decrease the quality of
college education.
But Minister of Advanced
Education Shirley Bond asserted that
the quality and accessibility of post-
secondary education were issues that
brought the bill into existence. She
said that in consultation meetings
held with both college administrators
and students, the main concern continually voiced is access to post-secondary education.
"We believe that it is important for
us to ensure that institutions give
flexibility to administraators....the-
fundamental point is to increase
access to post-secondary students,"
she said.
She said that with the increasing
demand for post-secondary degrees
and diplomas, the government decided to draw up legislation to ensure
that spaces in post-secondaiy institutions increase.
According to government planning documents, almost 73 per cent
of projected job openings between
1998 and 2008 will require a post-
secondary degree or diploma. In
addition, the number of college-aged
students in BC is growing at a faster
rate than the rest of Canada.
Summer McFayden, spokesperson for the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS), said that she believes
the government's commitment to
increasing access to education is a lie
and accused the Liberals of being
"power-hungry" and making decisions without regard for students.
"I think that they shouldn't have
tabled [Bill 28] in the first place," she
said. "It's very important to have
more spaces available in post-secondary institutions but not at a reduced
She called the absence of
student and instructor consultation
"arrogant" and said that the
government shouldn't judge teaching
methodology without appropriate
input from instructors.
But Minister Bond maintained that
the main concern she continued to
hear from post-secondary education
stake-holders was that access to education is a problem, and she believes the
bill will give administrators the flexibility to increase access. She insisted
that even though class size is one criteria when considering the quality of
education, she does not believe that it
will have a negative effect
"It's actually the instructor that
actually determines the quality, of
[post-secondary education],* she said,
adding that even though university
class sizes are much bigger than current college class sizes, no one ques-.
tions the quality of education at
Meanwhile, Oliver cited concerns
for faculty and instructors and said
that the current high quality of
instruction that students receive is
the result of provisions that faculty
have negotiated in collective agreements. By increasing class sizes and
amending provisions on the use of
educational technology and on-line
learning, the bill breaches these
agreements, said Oliver.
The Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of British
Columbia (CUFA/BC) has agreed to
support investigations by the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers into any contract breaking
resulting from Bill 28 and to also consider imposing censure on institutions choosing to implement the
If censure is imposed, faculty will
be cautioned when applying for positions at institutions and will also be
cautioned against attending conferences and talks at those schools.
"Institutions have already been
warned not to break contracts and to
honour collective agreements,"
Oliver said. ♦
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"Elections" from page 1
Nagai also complained about an
e-mail to a listserve supporting a
candidate—against elections rules,
as well as scrutineers not being
able to write down the numbers
while watching the tabulation.
"How do you scrutinise the numbers if you don't know the count?'
he asked.
Harvey agrees that there were
some problems with the elections
committee and wishes she could
have been informed that the votes
after 4pm were not going to be
counted, so that she and her fellow
candidates could have stopped
'That was kind of ridiculous, I
was pretty cold.'
But Harvey said Students for
Students could also prove violations against Students Voice
but chose not to pursue any
Dhillon says he also saw
numerous irregularities during
the election, but that his slate, who
did not have scrutineers, decided
not to file any complaints this
Dhillon says he expected the
results and says that while UBC for
U was hoping to change things this
year, until they change the elections rules towards slates, he thinks
independents will be shut out and
Students for Students will continue
to win.
"They have the slate thing, they
have the name, students know it,'
he said. 'It's easier to vote for a
slate than to think and make a decision on each individual candidate.'
Student Senator Chris Eaton is
circulating a petition among AMS
Council members to abolish the
"unfair advantage" that slates have
during elections.
While the AMS can't ban slates
because officially, "slates don't
exist,' the petition calls for the
removal of slate names to ballots,
and prohibitions against group
financing, candidates campaigning
for other candidates and identical
or similarly styled campaign material that affiliates two or more
So far, over a dozen people have
signed the petition, says Eaton, who
says he will put forth a motion to be
debated at next week's Council
meeting. To pass Eaton's motion,
two-thirds of councillors would
have to approve it
Barring any recounts, the election results will be ratified at next
Wednesday's Council meeting. ♦
AMS 2002 election results
Paul Dhillon (UBC for UJ-675
Chris Dingwall (Underground)—
Kristen  Harvey  (Students   for
Students)-! 722
Rob Nagai {Students Voice)—1441
Andrew   Tinka   (Radical   Beer
Vice-President Academic:
Aidan Forth (UBC for U)-564
Chris    Lythgo    (Students    for
Brian Maclean (Students Voice)—
fyion (Radical Beer Factkm)-352
Spoiled ballots-296
Vice-President Finance:
Sari Abdel (UBC for U)-867
Wyatt Arndt (Underground)— 112
Lana Rupp (Radical Beer Faction)—
Nick    Seddon    (Students    for
Adam Wright (Students Voice)—
Spoiled ballots-303
Vice-President External:
Dan   Anderson   {Radical   Beer
Megan Cassidy (Students Voice)—
Dan Grice (Independent)—349
Tara     Learn     (Students     for
Jason Martin [Underground}—133
Kristen Read (UBC for U)-5S3
Spoiled ballots-2 06
Joel McLaughlin (UBC for U)-5 71
Olivier Plessis (Students Voice}—
Andrew Schuster (Independent)—
Dave     Tsang     (Radical     Beer
Nino Ugrenovic (UBC for UJ-243
Ben  Warrington  (Radical   Beer
Kate Woznow (Students Voice)—
Aniz Alani (UBC for U)-1126
Chris Eaton (Independent)—1196
jeonifer Lau (Students Voice)-
Christine   Lenis   (Students  for
Yvette Lu (Students for Students)—
R>an Muruslcivu-z (Independent)—
Eli/.abt?Lh    Thdinpy    (Students
Gina Tsai (Students Voice)—1603
Scarlett Yim (Students Voice)-
Spoiled ballots—273
Science Senator:
Michael Groves—122   '
Christopher John Zappavigna—
Spoiled ballots—21
Pharmacy Senator:
Omar Alasaly-110
Dia-ia Suorhan— 52
Spoiled bdllj'.a—2
Vice-President Administration:   Student Legal Fund Society:
Oana    Chinia    (Students    for
Grahi-.iu Hi''ks lUndi-rijroun i)—
SpL-ncpr Ke\s tl'BC for l)-'>37
Matt  Lu\kk  {SLi(lL":iN  Vine)—
Jesse   Sher\wk   (Rriityl    ?.e,-r
Fdi-Lior.J-3 11
Board of Governors:
Mark    Fra3er    {Students    for
Erfaa    Kazeini    (Students    for
Aniz Alani-yes:2142, no:578
Ubvssev Board of Directors:
iFresident) Chris Mrite-DeVries—
29S5yes, 552 no
(Directors) Es'her Abd-Elmessih—
24S0yes, 657 no
Dave Gaertner—2 492 yes, 615 no
Elizabeth Eendlei^2585 yes, 456
Michael Fotriy-2473 yes, 642 no
All rcS'i1-s ,•;(>   'ni'icial until rati-
'It\l by ln'ir u'ji> r".ng bodies. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2002    3
Citizens protest cuts to health care
       by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
The Liberal government's cuts to health care,
and Gordon Campbell's stated willingness to
examine a two-tier health-care system, faced
angry opposition from unions last Friday, as
protestors gathered outside a premiers' conference hosted in Vancouver.
Glen Hillson, chairperson of the BC
Persons with AIDS Society, spoke on behalf of
the BC Health Coalition and called the
Liberals' cuts to the health-care system 'mean-
spirited.* He said that while the government
has been lauded as 'champions of fiscal
responsibility," their cuts would save money
for Liberal backers in the short term, but provide no long-term savings.
Pharmacare's delisting of numerous drugs
will affect people all over the province, particularly people with AIDS, Hilson said.
"I am a hundred per cent reliant on
Medicare and Pharmacare to stay alive,' he
said. 'I will continue to fight for Medicare—my
life depends on it Sooner or later, all our lives
depend on it" '
Onjanuary 17, the government announced
the results of its Core Services Review. The
province made massive cuts to health care,
asking seniors to pay a greater share of their
Pharmacare drug costs; delisting several
drugs from Pharmacare; ending coverage of
physiotheraphy, chiropractic services, massage therapy and naturopathy; and cutting
many administrative jobs.
The rally's keynote speaker was actor
Shirley Douglas, whose father Tommy
Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan, is
considered the founder of Medicare in
Canada. Douglas predicted a grim future for
health care in BC.
"You have a government now that has
learned everything they need to know from
my prime minister and my premier
[Ontario's] Mike Harris," she said. "If you get
the papers of the last six years in Toronto, you
will know what's coming your way."
Douglas criticised a number of Canadian
premiers, including Campbell, Harris, and
Alberta Premier Ralph Klein—for their moves
toward privatisation, saying the provinces
have to follow the federal National Health Act
"Let me remind you that this is a national
health system. This is not the Alberta health
system. The arrogance of that is beyond me,"
said Douglas, who said much of the provinces'
current actions could have been averted if the
prime minister had stepped in two years ago.
Federal NDP MP Svend Robinson agreed
that Ottawa is not doing enough to defend
"If we had a federal government that would
stand up for the principles of the Canada
Health Act, and defend public health care and
tell the provinces that they can't get away with
privatising, that would help to save Medicare.
But we've got a federal Liberal government
that's presiding over the dismantling
of Medicare,' Robinson said.
This weekend, Campbell hosted
Canada's annual premiers' conference, where provincial leaders discussed the future of the country's pub-
He medical system. Premiers are
demanding more cash from the federal government Currently, Ottawa
fiihds about 14 per cent of the healthcare program, dpwn from its 50 per
cent support when the program was
Though neither spoke publicly,
Robinson and fellow NDP MP Libby
Davies quietly attended the rally.
After congratulating Douglas on her
speech, Robinson said he was attending the rally because he was worried
about Canada's health care system.
"I think that the future of Medicare
is at stake here. And unless we fight
back to protect Medicare, we're going
to lose it And privatisation is the thin
edge of the wedge. Gordon Campbell,
Ralph Klein, Mike Harris: it's the
same agenda," he said.
Douglas's words were pessimistic,
but she told those in attendance to
resist the collapse of a public healthcare system.
"Make no mistake, it is going to
happen unless we do something
about it," she said.
Elaine Bubrick, chairperson pf the
BC Government Employees Union's
local 1203, said that she hopes more
people will get involved.
"It was a good turnout but hey,
, everybody's got to be in on this," she
said. "This isn't just groups or coalitions, it's everybody should be out
here. These are everybody's services
that are being amputated.'
But many who attended—like
Carol Hunt, an older woman from
White Rock—came not with a group,
but out of their own concern.
"Being older, I remember the fight
to get [Medicare],' said Hunt. "I
remember what it was like before we
had Medicare, so it's something I
think we really need to fight for.'
Derogatory images of Campbell
were commonplace at the rally—the
premier was depicted as everything
from Dr. Seuss's Grinch to
Pinocchio—and crowds chanted,
"Liar, liar, liar.' While few believed
Campbell was paying much notice to
their rally, most said he should start
"I think the premier's got to listen.
He's picked a fight with the people of British
Columbia Mid he's picked a fight with people
that are really working hard [for] Medicare,'
A GRIM SPECTRE A.costumed protestor holds a placard outside the premiers' conference
in Vancouver last Friday, sarah MACNiEU Morrison photo
said Stuart Myers, CUPE spokesperson for the
ambulance paramedics of BC
"Gordon Campbell wants to pave the way to
an American system where we're paying hundreds of dollars for an ambulance trip and
that's just unacceptable.'♦    • ',
Big turnout at Think Qfty cpnfiiience
_.  by Janet Yuen
800 people and 23 speakers rallied this weekend to generate
socially conscious 'ideas for a 21 st-century Vancouver,' as part
of the second annual Think City conference.
The conference was the brainchild of a few Vancouver
organisations who wanted to encourage dialogue in the community and to battle what they saw as Vancouver citizens' 'passive demoralised acceptance" of aggressive federal and provincial agendas of tax cuts, privatisation, deregulation and cutbacks to social programs.
In response to the leadership of the current Liberal government, the conference centred its topic areas squarely on the
necessity of community and cooperation.
"People have a clear idea of their values," said Tara Scurr,
the Council of Canadians' BC regional organiser. She suggested
these included transparency in public office, sincere input into
decision-making and accessibility to information.
"Never again should the public be barred by police in bulletproof vests when they want to be consulted,' she saifL. '"
A recurring theme at the conference was that health and
education, and the beliefs of the community should reflect that
of all its individual parts.
One guest speaker from the medical industry, Gabor Mate,
stated that people across society are forever being blamed for
their history that has been socially defined, and that services
provided must therefore be non-judgemental.        jl
"Vancouver can be a place where the health of each indi-
" vidual citizen is recognised to be a reflection of the Healthy and
humane functioning of the entire community, ' he wrote in his
speech summary.
Mate's speech, reflected the sentiments of another guest
"speaker, Zool Suleman, who spoke on cultural participation in
community events.
"The primary attitude [a city holds] must be reflective, of its
community and of its people,' he said. "Why aren't there
Punjabi communities and Asian communities represented
today? School, housing, transport—everyone needs these core
With an entire wall covered by scribbled ideas on
yellow-lined paper, it appeared as though Vancouver residents
had many opinions on improving their city.
Suggestions- from the audience included a proposal to'
ensure that events such as mis conference Were to be advertised in multiple languages, the-provision of gas disincentives
to discourage car use, increased accessibility for bikes, reduc
tion in subsidies to urban developers, changes in zoning bylaws to limit parking spaces and to increase numbers of mixed
residential-commercial locations, and increased education in
schools on issues surrounding transit and sustainability.
Lyndsay Poaps, a local activist from Check Your Head, the
Youth Global Education Network, said the motivation for the
conference was to allow concerned people to get involved.
"[We] felt there were many potentially negative things happening to citizens. There were a lot of people who were constantly involved in the same issues, and a lot of people who
were motivated to get engaged, hut had no forum to do so.'
In spite of the recent decisions of the Liberal government,
Poaps was careful to note that the conference was to be 'a positive event, especially in times when things seem so grim."
"We do not need to respond with despair and despondency—
we need more than ever to be good to each other. Don't lose the
optimism and hope i/ve haye today,* said Dobbins. "First we'll
take back Vancouver, then we'll take back our province."
 The conference  was  organized  by the   Coalition  of
"Progressive Electors (COPE), Check Your Head: The Youth
Global Education Network, the Society for Promoting
Environmental Conservation (SPEC), and the Council of
Canadians Vancouver Chapter. ♦ 4
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    by Scott Bardsiey
This was not supposed to happen. After defeating
Trinity Western 70-5 7 Friday night, the Thunderbird
men's basketball team should've made short work of
the bottom-barrel Spartans on Saturday. After all,
the Spartans had won a pitiful two conference
games all season.
Instead, the T-Birds were overwhelmed by the' Spartans' better
shooting and lost 90-88 in overtime to the weakest team in their
"We played like shit and we're
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Redekop and Martens—and it turned out good. They
didn't score much."
The Birds even got to send out rookies like
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who usually don't get much court time.
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"quite predictable, honestly...But [Trinity's] a team
that works hard all the time and they'll work hard
regardless of the score. They jumped the defence
up a bit and we were obviously very cold at the
beginning of the game, but we settled for outside
Friday may have been predictable, but Saturday
certainly wasn't. The Spartans defence, once again.
kept their key well-guarded, forcing the Birds to rely
on three-pointers and foul shots for two-thirds of
their points in. the first half. Nevertheless, UBC took
a nice 37-23 lead.
A minute before half-time the Spartans exploded,
going on a 2 7-9 run and taking the lea, 50-46. In the
second half, the Birds offence froze up. The last eight
minutes turned into a dead heat. UBC couldn't pull
ahead and the Spartans couldn't break the game
open, leading by four points at most. Ogilvie's
jumper forced overtime, but it was clear the Birds
were struggling—they shot a dismal 32 per cent
from the field in the second half.
Overtime was hardly better for UBC. With 1:48
left, UBC took an 88-87 lead off Ogilvie's backdoor
play. But 40 seconds later, the Spartans' Brad Unger
nailed a game-winning three-point shot, giving
Trinity a 90-88 win and big bragging rights.
Cbach Hanson declined to comment on the upset
The only bright side of the embarrassing loss
is thgt it gave UBC a healthy dose of humilityi Now
that' the Birds are well aware of their mortality,
they won't take any more games for granted'.
The weekend split leaves the 10-6 Birds four
points behind division-leader SFU and four ahead
of Victoria, giving them a lock on second place in
Canada West's Pacific division. The T-Birds will
play Lethbridge in War Memorial Gym this Weekend before taking on SFU on the Clan's home turf
on February 8 and 9. ♦
T-Bird women 3corah Trinity West
 by Sarah Conchie
Just imagine what the score would
have been if Charmene Adams had
been on the floor this weekend. As a
dejected Trinity Western team limped
out of War Memorial Gym on Saturday
night, it was clear that the UBC
women's basketball team had made a
nice, sweet apple pie out of a potentially dangerous home series against
the Spartans, one of the three teams in
Canada West that has beaten the
Thunderbirds this season. With veteran point guard Adams sitting out the
series due to a back injury, the Birds
were expecting a tough battle against
the usually feisty Langley visitors.
What UBC got instead was a chance to
do some baking.
It wasn't that Trinity played badly
Friday night—they didn't play at all, letting UBC rack up 20 points in the first
seven minutes of the game.
7jj-v-' 50
"We outworked them. [Trinity] felt
defeated quite early and a number of
them sort of stopped playing," said
UBC's coach Deb Huband. "That's not
typical for TWU-they usually fight till
the end."
The Langley fans
put up more of a fight
than their team did, pitting their voices
against the usual
Friday night froth-
heads, so Htiband put
her entire bench into the mix. At one
point, all five starters were on the
bench, watching rookie Lauren Liem
lead a hard-hitting second string of
"It's not that often in the Canada
West that you get an opportunity to go
12 deep in any game," said Huband.
The second-stringers made the most of
the chance to get off the bench, contributing 29 points to a 76-50 victoiy.
A Saturday sweep was ripe for the
picking and the Thunderbirds wasted
no time in securing their 12th conference win. The Birds went on a 36-point
scoring run while holding the hapless
Spartans to a measly
seven points in the first
ten minutes and ended the
half up 54-17.
"We let them know that
it wasn't going to be any
easier tonight than last
night," said Huband. "That
took a lot of the wind out of their sails
in the first half."
Although Trinity's Taylor Stuart and
Christie Bigelow made four elegant
three—pointers, the game was already
out of reach.
By the time UBC relaxed into a new
zone offence, they were comfortably
ahead by 39 points. The Spartans
never recovered: 33 of the night's
points were off Trinity turnovers. The
(non) contest ended 85-45 UBC.
Four Birds broke into double digits
and second-year, guard Sheila
Townsend sliced her way through the
defence to post a game-high 20 points,
while Carrie Watson plucked ten steals
out of the hands of the stunned
As Adams came off the bench to
congratulate her teammates over the
85-45 victory, the message was clear:
the- Thunderbirds have more than
one recipe for winning. But with an
upcoming series against the seemingly unbeatable SFU Clan, the Birds
are going to need all their key
"Hopefully, Charm will be back,"
said Amanda Beers, who came off
the bench to score 14 points on
Saturday. Before UBC heads up the
mountain to battle the Clan, they
host the 7-9 Lethbiiidge Pronghorns.
Pie, anyone? ♦
THE BUZZER SOUNDS: And a Cory Ogilvie jumper went in to
tie Saturday's game for UBC.Then they lost, nic fensom photo
playoff hop es dim
by Dystin Cook
Alpine Skiing
The UBC varsity ski teams got their season off to a very snowy
start at Mt Spokane, Washington last weekend. Lead by Paul
Bcskovich's two podium finishes, the men finished second in
team standings, while the women finished eighth, with a standout result from rookie Stephanie Rodenkirchen, who placed fifth.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The women's
volleyball team crushed Trinity Western twice last weekend,
never dropping a set either night But ail was far from well: the
men in. turn were crushed by the Spartans, winning only one
set in tvvo matches. With the pair of defeats, the men cannot
reach the playoffs, which is pretty bad when six of the eight
teams ia. Canada West make it
Track and Field
The track team's only home meet—the UBC Open in
Richmond—was cancelled due to snow. The Ubyssey sent an
editor out there. He was not amused. ♦ .:■ • - ■
One step forward, two steps back.
The UBC men's hockey team had to
win both their games this weekend if
they wanted a serious shot at playoffs.
On Friday at least, it looked like they just
might succeed. But the hope didn't last.
In an impressive comeback, the
Birds beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns 4-
2 Friday night. Centre Nils Antons was
the man of the hour after pulling off a
hat trick, while goalie Robert File
stopped a stellar 3 7 shots.
With victory fresh in their minds, the
Birds had their sights set on the final
playoff spot in the Mountain Division.
But they had to win again on Saturday to
have a serious chance at stealing the
division's last playoff berth from the
Pronghorns, who were still six points
ahead of the Birds when the puck
dropped. And despite a spirited effort,
the Birds watched their playoff hopes all
but vanish.
After being out-shot 13-6 in the first
period, the Birds were lucky to still be in
the game when the second frame started. But their luck ran out when Tim
, .9
McEachen took a five-minute major
penalty for slashing just six minutes into
the period. In what proved to be the
turning point of the game, Lethbridge
scored on the powerplay and the dumbfounded T-Birds fell apart when the
Pronghorns added another goal five
minutes later.
"Tonight we were a
step behind right from
the start I thought we
were flat," said coach
Mike Coflin. "We took a
very undisciplined five-
minute major penalty
that ended up in our
Nonetheless, the Birds showed signs
of life in the third period when Rob
Murray scored his first goal of the season just three minutes in. But
Lethbridge stormed right back and
scored two minutes later to hand the
Birds a disappointing 3-1 loss.
"We didn't perform tonight," said
Antons. "The puck wasn't going our way
and [Lethbridge] scored a couple of
cheesy goals."
"It's a big step back," acknowledged
Coflin. "Our effort was competitive, our
execution of our game plan was off."
By splitting the weekend series, the
Birds find themselves eight points
behind Lethbridge for the final playoff
spot The Birds must now win at least
five of their next six games to give them
any hope of making it to
the post-season.
To make matters worse,
if Lethbridge wins two of
their next six games they'll
clinch the last playoff spot
And   if   the   Birds   and
Pronghorns end up with
the same amount of points,
the   Birds  will  lose   the  tiebreaker
because Lethbridge won the season,
series agaisnt UBC 3-1. j
"We got one win but we needed two,"
said team captain David Penner. "We're
not mathematically eliminated, but it's a
long uphill battle now."
"You keep your sights on the playoffs
and you do that by winning," added
Coflin. "We'll worry about moral victories some other day."      iiSS*
Although the Birds are still alive and
fightihg for the final playoff spot, one
must wonder if fans have already written the team's death certificate. Clearly
there is something wrong with hockey at
UBC because the attendance for
Saturday's gatne—like most games this
season—was pathetic.
On a night in which the Birds were
playing their biggest game of the year
and could have used some fan support
hardly anyone bothered to show up and
the only people who did were likely the
players' parents. Sure, there was a little
snow outside and the game had an early
6pm start time, but what could be better
than watching the most important hockey game at UBC in two years for a
measly two dollars or; better yet, drinking buck-fifty beers and watching the
game for free in the Thunderbird Sports
Obviously, the Birds are not the best
team in the league; but they still have a
respectable 5-3-2 record at home and
always play hard for the few people in
the stands. With four home games left,
hockey fans at UBC ought to give their
team some support The Birds deserve it
and, at those prices, it's one of the last
great cheap night-out choices. ♦
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outstanding staff and faculty who have made
distinguished contributions to the university.
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Things were feeling Mnd of fimny. Sarah MacNeill Morrison was
coming down with a fever of some sort and Alicia J. Miller said
ehe fell dizzjr. Julia Christensen and Ron Nurwisah were bplh
shaking in raid sweats, intense nausea making it too difficult for
either of them to move. Sara Young was laughing hysterically,
unable to control herself. Something was definite^ wrong with
Daniel Silverman, although no one could really put their unger
on what exacuy the problem waa. Nic Fensom was losing it—lashing out at anyone that bothered to sag anything to him {then
again, feat's not really different from the norm). Ai Lin Choo was
siting in the corner of the office, hunched over and mumbling.
Sirens were wailing in the distance, but Janet Yuen, John Moon
and Lisa Denton were Iar too woozy to do anything about it
Dustin Cook was passed out on the floor, refusing to wake up
even though Sarah Conchie was knawing on his anHe. Graeme
Worthy had been assaeinated. No one knows why. lime was
obvious^ running out as Heather Arvindson and Emuy Chan
frantically searched through medical texts, hying to determine
what was wrong with their trusty Ubyssey friends. But then they
figured it out the Uty'sseyhaA OD'ed on Scott Bardsiey.
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Liberals' cuts threaten everyone
This editorial will either confirm your ideologies, or prove to you, once again, that the
Ubyssey is left-wing bullshit Yes, it's another
editorial on the provincial Liberals. We just
can't help ourselves. They're too disastrous.
And we're too scared. So...
There seems to be a gigantic prejudice
against government and union workers. And
you probably have it, too. Have you ever driven
past a bunch of workers holding up traffic signs
and grumbled to yourself about "getting paid
$25 an hour to stand there?" Or cursed the
union jobs that the cafeteria workers in your residence support their families on? Come on, we
know. Admit it
But the provincial situation is much more
dire than this. A lack of respect for the work that
people around the province perform has led to
severe employment problems and spurred the
government's most recent hack to the public-
service sector.
This weekend, the Liberals passed legislation that could have even more far-reaching
consequences than the almost 12,000 jobs cut
on January 17's "Black Thursday." The government bills passed this weekend are expected to
impact over 100,000 health-sector workers-
eliminating jobs, reducing wages and benefits,
and contracting out positions to the private
These are jobs such as laundry workers,
hospital food service workers, cleaners and
cooks. These are jobs that the government is
cutting or reducing-wages for because, according to Minister of Health Services Colin
Hansen, "We're not a job-creation program."
In Saturday's Vancouver Sun, a graph
shows how overpaid our hospital workers are,
how the wage of a hospital cook in BC is
$19.92—compared to an average national rate
of $14.64—and how the average wage of
health-sector employees in BC is $18.06, 38
per cent higher than the Canadian average of
But what the graph neglects to mention is
that the cost of living in BC is the highest in
Canada. For two adults ind two children to
live in BC , they must pay more than families
in other provinces, regardless of the size of the
community in which they reside.
Unions in this province may have (or may
have had) too much power, and they are by no
means perfect. But this is about providing sustainable earnings for the thousands of people
in our province who need to support their
According to BC government planning documents, almost 73 per cent of projected job openings between 1998 and 2008 will require a post-
secondary degree or diploma. But we need to be
realistic. Not everyone in this country has the
means, or ability, to attend post-secondary
school and become a highly educated worker.
This is a fact that will never go away—especially
with cuts to education—no matter how long we
ignore it
. But the Liberals are making it harder for those
in this position. By installing the $ 6 an hour 'first-
job' wage, the government will force workers who
can barely survive on minimum wage to either
support their families on even less or lose out on
jobs to 16-year-old kids who want a summer job
for work experience.
We can't make every position that doesn't
require post-secondary education a minimum-
wage job. Far from being 'redundant' there are
many places for people without PhDs in our
province. And these workers should be able, and
entitled, to support their families. Once we get rid
of these jobs, or relegate them to low-wage positions, it will affect all of us. ♦
Profanity: An
response at times
I was somewhat amused by a letter
to the editor in the Ubyssey s
January 25 edition {Ubyssey profane, comment for Mr Eaton").
There, a reader complained about
the profane language used in an
earlier issue of the Ubyssey and
suggested that the editors "shopld
follojv both common decency and
convientions followed by those'"in
[mainstream journalism]."
It is a common mistake in this
politically correct world—one that
can be observed over and over
again—to place larger emphasis on
words than on the deeds that trigger these words. As a matter of fact,
it is'also a widespread method of
distraction by those with power of
decision making to demand civility
in w6rds from the antagonists who
suffer from their decisions. So,
your* mild-tempered reader was
more offended by the way an editor
expressed himself or herself than
by the actual maneuvers of the government?
But then "Prepare to be fucked
over* {Editorial [Jan. 22]) did not
provide the correct sequence of
events either. First, the provincial
government will fuck the universities. Then the universities will fuck
the students. And then the students
will—as usual—fuck each other, and
thus themselves. ,
Let me assure you, there is no
such thing as a social partnership
within the university system.
Whatever the financial cuts to the
academic system, well-paid
tenured faculty at any university
will not suffer personally in spite of
the fact that universities without
students would not exist
—Dr Michael Baumann
Post-doctoral fellow
Does God exist?
We've all seen the posters on campus about the debate. They were
more prolific than the scrawlings in
the men's bathroom of "Horny? BJ?
Lassaire Bldg Can." From what I
heard, a fair number of people
showed up to watch UBC scholars
debate the existence of God. I didn't
go, and here's why.
The debate between organised
religion and the coDective of athe-
• ists and agnostics is inherently lopsided. The religious are defending
a way of life, vehement and
adamant in their right to practice
their religion. The atheists and
agnostics on the other hand are
expressing their opinions. This lack
of passion about the topic (When's
the last time you saw an atheist
actively attempting to convert the
masses?) ultimately gives religion a
distinct advantage in the debate. I'd
like to present a third option as a
middle ground between the two, an
opinion that I hold as my own.
Do I believe that God exists? Yes
and No. Yes, many people choose to
express their spirituality through
God/Allah/Buddha/Earth Mother.
Is this the only way to express spirituality? No! Vehemently and
adamantly" hoi
I accept the philosophical
underpinnings behind most major
religions—the general principles
laid down for how members should
act—but what I won't accept is the
way in which this philosophy (and
spirituality) have been diluted
through, years of practice into a
fixed wtay of being. In order to connect with my spiritual self, I don't
find it' necessary to sit in a
chapel/mosque/synagogue and listen to passages from a thousand-
year old book that says my religion
is the one and only true religion. I
don't feel remotely spiritual in that
setting. I connect with my spiritual
self watching a sunset or sitting in a
forest or haviiig a really fantastic
time with friends.
Each major religion in the world
is a specific instantiation of spiritu:
ality that has been narrowed and
refined and tune4,to |uit the needs
of the people who control the religion. And with each narrowing and
refining, in my opinion at least, a
little bit more of that pure spiritual
ity is lost Organised religion is
designed around people with common views practicing their spirituality together. I love the sense of
community that many congregations have—and organised religion
is a fantastic means of creating this
togetherness— but I challenge those
in an organised religion now to
take a close lopk at the opinions,
views and practices that you supposedly support Make sure that
they are right for you.
More important than those
who think they have found spirituality re-examining their complacency, I'd like to address those
who have abandoned organised
religion, possibly even for the reasons mentioned in this article.
Don't feel that you have abandoned your spirituality by choosing not to attend religious services. Practice your spirituality daily
by living the best life you can. So
you don't fit the existing
moulds...so what?! Make your own
way through life connecting in
ways that you're comfortable with.
Is spirituality possible without
organised religion? Is a fulfilled life
possible without spirituality? Those
are debates I'll happily get into,
because, now we're all defending a
way of life.
—Steve Qldridge
Graduate student,
Applied Science THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29,2002    7
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musicians brave poor sound to protest genetically modified foods
4:4Tti& Ubyssey welcome? Bade
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Musicians Against Monsanto
at Ms T's Cabaret
Jan. 25
To be honest, the concert wasn't much. The venue was
shady, the music mediocre and the organisation far
from perfect.
The concert in question was Musicians Against
Monsanto, a benefit in support of Percy Schmeiser, a
Saskatchewan farmer. In 1997, Schmeiser's fields were
infected by Monsanto's Roundup Ready Canola Seeds, a
type of seed genetically designed by Monsanto to be resistant to Roundup, a popular pesticide manufactured by
Monsanto. Schmeiser suspected that his crops were pollinated by the genetically modified seed — either by wind or
by grain trucks traveling on nearby roads — and sued the
corporation. But to Monsanto it didn't matter. At first
they claimed that Schmeiser illegally purchased the seeds
from a neighbour, but in the countersuit Monsanto
claimed it was irrelevant how Schmeiser got the seeds.
Schmeiser's David and Goliath story has appeared in
dozens of publications around the world, from SFU's The
Peak to The Guardian. All this is of no consolation to
Schmeiser, who has spent thousands on court costs, attorney fees and travel expenses.
Enter Superstock, a Saskatchewan rock band infuriated by Monsanto's actions, who decided to stage a benefit
concert for Schmeiser. I spoke briefly with Brian Lamb,
the concert's (dis)organiser. He said the concert wasn't
about raising a lot of money—Ms T's Cabaret only holds
140 people or so (only about 90 were there). The main
point was to get publicity for Schmeiser.
The concert itself was a disappointing jumble of
sounds in a dank basement Burden, one of the bands,
had cancelled, so we were presented with a couple of one-
man   shows.   The   first   of   them   featured   such
by John Moon
charming lyrics as "Drink beer, fuck the bottle."
Between these one-man shows and the first band was
a twenty-minute interlude, during which the sound was
adjusted, readjusted, unadjusted, then readjusted and
finally set at some arbitrary level.
The first real band. Silt, a country-rock band, wasn't all
that bad, except they started around 11:30pm—way
behind schedule—and their keyboardist kept getting electrocuted. The sound was obviously set wrong too. I couldn't hear the lead singer for about half the gig and for the
other half the amp screeched out her voice. The audience
began to thin out during the next interlude, when the
sound was again adjusted and readjusted ad nauseum.
The guys sitting in front of me whispered to each other,
obviously and understandably furious at the incompetence of the sound technician.
Most of the audience had thinned out by the time
Superstock, the last band, got on stage. I was tired and sick
of the cigarette smoke, but determined to stay till the end.
I enjoyed Superstock. By the time they started, the sound
levels were reasonable and the beer I was drinking had
begun to set in. However, at 1:30am, I was forced to leave
the concert early to catch one of the last buses heading to
UBC from downtown.
I really didn't have that good a time at the concert, but
you know that already. On the other hand, the concert did
raise awareness about GM Foods and the way Monsanto
is screwing over Schmeiser. For me, the concert made
concrete the often wishy-washy "this stuff could be bad for
you* arguments of the anti-globalisation movement by
putting a real case in the spotlight
So what if the music sucked and organisation was hor-
rible? The concert wasn't put on by a big PR firm.
As I ran for that precious last bus, I didn't feel that
my night had been a waste. Concert aside, the
Musicians Against Monsanto event was a complete success in my book. ♦
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Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
February f I-Itli, 2002
AMS Pride presents:Ol#f week
Lots of coming out activities, including grand finale dance -
"Queerest of the Queer"
Friday February 15th at Cecil Green College
Tickets are available at TicketMaster for only $ 10. TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2002
Les 'Liaisons Ennuyeuses
at the Frederic Wood Theatre
until Feb 2
After producing last year's appalling rendition of
The Beggar's Opera, the 18th century makes a
return to UBC Theatre, this time with the scheming socialites of Christopher Hampton's Les
Liaisons Dangereuses. Unfortunately, due to sloppy script interpretation, as well as bland acting,
all the deliriously wicked lies, deceit and corruption in the play can't keep an audience awake.
It might have been my imagination, but the
most noticeable flaw in the production was that
the actors looked half asleep as well. The lack of
energy, combined with long dialogue-filled
scenes, made the storyline nothing more than a
blurred mess of conversation.
The play's premise is simple: the Vicomte de
Valmont (Scott Bellis) and the Marquise de Merteuil
(Jennifer Clement) are a conniving duo whose sole
purpose is to wreak havoc on the lives of others.
Both Valmont and Merteuil are cold and heartless
in their manipulation of innocents, something further demonstrated by Merteuil's declaration that
'cruelty" is her favourite word.
For characters that commit such evil actions,
Bellis and Clement don't seem to acknowledge the true wickedness of Valmont and
Merteuil's psyches. Valmont comes
across as an idiotic buffoon, supposedly
fitting into the role of the cocky libertine,
but Bellis never quite grasps the reality of
the character's insidious actions. Instead,
Bellis's Valmont becomes the play's
comic relief as he seduces Ms virtuous
victims in an unbelievable and ridiculous
Clement is a bit more convincing in
her portrayal of Merteuil. Her character
lipids all the cards in the deceitful
game, and her indifference to the emotional' consequences is nicely demonstrated as she manipulates eveiyone,
even her partner in crime, Valmont.
However, her true vindictive nature is
often overshadowed by Clement's tendency to portray the character as a snob
rather than a psychopathic degenerate.
Other than the manipulators, the rest of
the cast is a rather ambiguous lot, wandering in and out periodically, blissfully
submissive to the conniving actions
that drive the plot.
Most of the scenes in this production are so ridden with convoluted dialogue that some scenes should have
been deleted all together. I only need-
by Lisa Denton
ed to see one scene of the pathetic Cecile and
Valmont copulating in the bedroom to understand the superficiality of both characters. And
since the • interaction between Valmont and
Merteuil failed to create the desired tension and
intensity of their corrupt relationship, their bantering didn't enhance the play's atmosphere.
The acting may lack authenticity, but the
attention paid to the physical appearance of the
characters and the stage was a pleasant surprise.
The costuming and makeup were wonderful, and
created a tableau effect during each scene
change. The different dresses that the women
wore were one of the most entertaining aspects
of the play. I also liked the set design that featured a wall painted with a colourful abstraction
that was reflected onto the floor of the stage. The
entire stage was also framed by a band of light,
enhancing the painterly quality created by the
design and costumes.
The play is at times funny, due to the ridiculousness and self-serving qualities of the characters, but largely fails to illustrate the darker thematic qualities that lurk behind every gesture. If
you're going to see Les Liaisons Dangereuses,
make sure you are comfortable. It's a
long haul. ♦
Celebrating the life
of Peter Loeffler
by Gareth Convery
Colleague, teacher, friend—this was who Dr Peter Loeffler was to
approximately 500 people who c rammed into his memorial service at
the Chan Centre on Sunday.
Loeffler, a UBC theatre professor for 31 years, passed away January
18 from liver cancer.
Born in Hong Kong but raised in Switzerland, the 62-year-old professor came
to UBC in 19 71 after receiving his PhD at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
An expert in theatre history, Loeffler also had a passion for contemporary
European theatre.
His colleagues and students remember Loeffler as a private, yet energetic
and friendly individual.
"[He] didn't even have a telephone in his house. No telephone, no television set, he had no e-mail here. It took us years to get him to have voice
mail," said Gerald Vanderwoude, an administrative assistant with the theatre department and a friend of
Loeffler's since the late 1980s.
"He {loved] people, loved it when people would come in...he needed the face-
to-face contact" Vanderwoude added.
This trait in particular made Loeffler
memorable to his students. At UBC he
was well known for teaching the introductory Theatre 120 class. He received a
Killam Teaching Prize in 2000, and has
boen listed in Maclean's as one of UBC's
m< >st popular professors.
"Peter was wonderful—his door was
always open, he was always there with
not only great information, but lots of
mc)"al support too,* said Sarah Ferguson,
a student of Loeffler's for 15 years.
"He had so much passion and so
much excitement about his field—it was
really contagious," she added.
Loeffler's work extended outside of
UBC as well. He was respected in both the local theatre community and
abroad. According to Ron Fedoruk, the head of UBC's theatre department, the
momorial at the Chan Centre was just one of many—smaller ceremonies were
held in Toronto, New York, London and New Zealand.
"Peter's reach was huge...He knew musicians, he worked for the CBC. He
knew artists...even on campus he knew scientists, physicists...an incredible
range of people," explained Vanderwoude.
Sunday's celebration, complete with performances from UBC's opera ensemble,
was a fitting send-off. The mood wasn't completely sombre; the hall was at times
Hlk-d by the sounds of laughter from Loeffler's friends, colleagues and students.
As people filtered out of the service, words of warmth and appreciation were
i" xpressed, not only for Loeffler's life, but for the fortune of having known such
a man. The words that sum up Loeffler best come from one of his long-time
friends: "He was a great guy and is a great spirit" ♦
In memoiy of Dr LoefSer, UBC has set up a scholarship fund. Asgrone interested in donating can contact the UBC Development Office.
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