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Friday. October 27.20001
BC tuition rates remain frozen
But timing of Dosanjh announcement criticised
byAilin Choo
The recent announcement to freeze
BC tuition fees for a sixth consecutive year has received praise from
education and student groups, but
has some people raising questions
about its timing.
In the past few years, the BC
government had declared an extension of a tuition freeze in the
spring, but this year, the plan was
unveiled by Premier Ujjal Dosanjh
at a forum held at the University of
Victoria on Tuesday.
"The sixth year of the freeze will
help maintain affordable education,* said Dosanjh at the forum.
The average cost of tuition at BC
universities is $2280 per year,
compared with $3841 in Alberta
and $3971 in Ontario schools. With
the exception of Quebec, BC tuition
is the lowest in Canada.
But the timing of the announcement ha3 drawn criticism from
John Weisbeck, the MLA for
Okanagan East and the BC Liberal
Party's critic for advanced education issues.
Weisbeck said that the Liberals
support a tuition freeze, but suggested that the early announcement is a "political ploy" by the
NDP government to gain support
for the upcoming provincial election, which is expected to be called
by next spring.
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President Maryann Adamec said
that while she is 'extremely
happy' with the decision, she also
sees the upcoming election as a
possible motivation for the
announcement
"It could be a way for the NDP to
strenghten support from one of
their core support groups,' she
said.
The Premier's Office denies the
accusations. Shari Graydon, a
spokesperson in the office, said
that the government has student
benefits in mind and contends that
the early announcement was not of
a political nature.
'If it was pure politics, it would
be smarter to wait until an election
was called,' she said.
Graydon said the early
announcement was aimed at helping students and families make
financial plans for next year and
ensuring student accessibility for
post-secondary education.
Robert Clift, executive director
of the Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of BC, agreed
that the government has done a
good job of increasing access to students. But he cautioned that with
any tuition freeze, cost pressures in
the education system must also be
considered.       ,
"You have to create access to a
system that i3 worth having access
to," he said, noting that BC universities do not have as much funding
per student as comparable schools
in other provinces.
The BC government, however,
also announced that, like the past
year, BC schools will also to be compensated for the revenue lost by the
freeze.
Clift, however, said that this
effort may not be enough to close
the funding gap with other
provinces and also deal with such
concerns as recruiting and retaining faculty by making salaries more
competitive with those in the US. ♦
-with files from Cynthia Lee
and Canadian University Press
GAP came back
Anti-abortion display provoked only
non-violent protest this time around
 by Alex Dimson    choice," intended to give students
pnrr
As protesters glared, and Campus
Security and UBC officials hovered
nearby, a pro-life student group,
once again displayed highly controversial anti-abortion images on
Wednesday.
The display used images from
the Genocide Awareness Project
(GAP), which juxtaposes graphic
photos of aborted fetuses with photos of the Holocaust and racist lynch-
ings.
According to Stephanie Gray,
president of Lifeline, the
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
pro-life club that organised the display, the purpose of the display is to
'educate people about the
horror of abortioa"
"We use graphic
images, as disgusting as
they are, to bring the abortion issue in sight so it
comes into people's
minds,' she said.
But Erin Kaiser,  a
GRAY
protester
against the display, said she believes
the GAP display constitutes 'hate literature.'
"I'm. a Jewish woman
who had an abortion and 1
take serious offence about
the comparison between
the Holocaust and abortion," she said. 'I think
that it is suggesting that I
am a Nazi because of the
personal choice I made
and I don't think that's a
fair thing to say at all."
Alan Rowan, a BC Civil
Liberties       Association
ROMAN
(BCCLA) representative who attended the display, said the images have
the right to be shown.
"I don't necessarily agree with
their ideas...I think the big point
here is that they should have access
to the forum,' said Rowan, who
added that the BCCLA was concerned by the actions of three students—including Kaiser—who tore
down the GAP display when it first
arrived on campus last November.
Wednesday, protesters stood on
chairs roughly 50 feet from the display, waving signs bearing such slogans as 'No Hate on Campus' and
'Keep your rosaries off my ovaries.'
Attempting to create a barrier to
block the line of view to the display,
some protesters held up large
orange banners that read, "It's your
the option of approaching the display. The protest was organised by
the pro-choice club Students for
Choice.
Protesters also passed around
petitions, asking the deans of students' respective faculties to disc-
pline Lifeline students for the display. According to Kaiser, about 403
letters were signed.
Gray, meanwhile, said the display was successful, citing that discussion took place and 'people are
thinking about the issue.'
UBC's Vice-President,
Students Brian Sullivan
agreed, adding that students and others passing
by seemed to hear opinions on both sides of the
issue.
"I didn't hear a lot of
haranguing...Most of what
I saw was some sort of
constructive engagement'
said Sullivan, whose office
granted Lifeline permission to go ahead with the display.
But Hannah Roman, a representative of Students for Choice, said
that Lifeline 'does not intend to create a health debate.'
"If a healthy debate is
fostered then that i3 an
unintentional consequence of what they do.
What they intend to do is
shock and disturb people,
and certainly people have
been shocked and disturbed,' said Roman.
The display also provoked various reactions
from students walking by.
Courtney Friesea a second-year
Applied    Science    student   who
described himself as pro-life, said
that he was undecided about GAFs
usefulness,   but  added  that  he
enjoyed speaking with some of the
pro-choice protesters.
"They've been very polite and
genuine, and wrong, but that's
another issue," he said.
Alternatively, John Sheridan, a
third-year Art3 student who said he
is undecided about abortion, said
that he was 'completely disgusted'
by the display.
Gray, meanwhile, indicated that
Lifeline may bring the display back
again this year. UBC has given permission for the club to put up two
images considerably larger than
those displayed on Wednesday. ♦
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POINTING FINGERS: Lifeline member Caireen Piper (centre) argues with pro-choice supporters in front
of the anti-abortion display that came to campus Wednesday, tara westover photo
Man arrested
Death threat against UBC student
may he linked to his protesting GAP
i
by Alex Pimsort
A person was arrested on campus
yesterday and charged with uttering a death threat possibly in connection with the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP)'s
appearance on campus on
Wednesday.
Matt, \ UBC student who
requeued not to be identified by
his full name, said (hat he was
confronted near the bus loop by a
male just after 1:00pm yesterday.
"He came up lo me and told
me Ulan 'You're lucky I don't have
anjihijog on me or you would be
dead' and trie next lime he saw
me he would kill me," Matt said,
adding that the male in question
also used homophobic slurs.
Matt, who ia a member of
Students for Choice (SFC)-lhe
pro-choice group that organised a
protest against the anti-abortion
GAP display-said that he had
encountered tlie person for the
first time when he was waiting lo
use a osy phone earlier that day.
'He turned around and told
me (o mind my own fucking business/ he said of the incident.
Constable Danielle Efford of
the campus RCMP detachment
confirmed last night that a man
was ai rested yesterday for uIut-
ing a ihieat. but could not reveal
any further details.
Mall said that lie feit 'very
scared* during the incident and
that the man was confrontational.
Malt said that he flagged down a
Plant Operations worker after the
encounter. The worker stayed
with him while he called Campus
Security using a blue light phone.
Matt said that Campus Security
arrived shordy and cornered iho
man in die books-tore. He tried to
escape, but was detained until he
was arrested by the RCMP.
He raised the possibility that
tlie threat could be related to his*
participation in \hc SFC protest,
although he was unsure of this
suggestion. At the protest against
GAP, Malt was carrying a Queers
for Choice' sign.
Erin Ka.i-fcr, who has been
acUve ;n oppor\.;on to GAP, said
that ihe group SFC is currer.'Jv
reviewing photographs of the
e-ier.t to deU-mur»e whether the
man arrested was present She
said that she is uncertain whether
there is a link, but de?ms it "a possibility that this is likely the case.*
"The IhnLr.g is suspicious," she
said.
S:udenls for Choice has issued
a warning lo its members regarding ihe mi idenl to remain vigilant
and ba careful.
Matt intends lo pui sue charges
against the -nan arrested. ♦ I Friday. October 27.2000
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Student organisers of the protest
against Wednesday's anti-abortion
display say they are upset about the
restrictions placed on their protest
by the university.
Hannah Roman, a Students for
Choice executive, said Campus
Security had made an earlier
arrangement with her pro-choice
student group that the protest must
be outside a ten-foot radius from
the controversial display of
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)
images.
'And when
we got here this
morning they
told us we had
to be 50 feet
away from the
display,* she
said Wednesday.
But UBC
Vice-President,
Students Brian
Sullivan said that Students for
Choice had not made any arrangements with UBC to hold a protest
so close to the display.
'Students for Choice evidently
decided that they wanted to have a
certain kind of presence there,
which the university administration Was happy to have them have,'
he said. "But it was also important
that it not obscure or disrupt the
already agreed upon display so
they were asked to move back."
Students for Choice had also
originally planned to surround the
GAP display with sheets to prevent
students from seeing the display
until they were nearby. The display, which compares abortion to
genocide using graphic images,
was organised by the Alma Mater
Society's pro-life club Lifeline.
Roman alleges that the university was intimidated by a letter sent
to her, and copied to the VP,
Students office, by Lifeline's lawyer
Craig Jones, who is also the president of the BC Civil Liberties
Association (BCCLA).
In the letter, Jones warns
Students for Choice that Lifeline
would likely seek legal recourse if
the students went ahead with the
"shrouding' of the display.
But Sullivan said that the letter
played no role in UBC's decision.
In the past UBC filed a legal injunction against the organisers of the
original GAP
display, to prevent it from
coming to
campus.
'Obviously
the university
is not afraid to
engage -' in
some sort of
legal stuff.
We've been
into that with
GAP.   Nothing
in the relationship I've had with
Lifeline or the AMS or anyone else
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KEEPING THEIR DISTANCE: Pro-choice picketers were asked to stay back
from the GAP display, tara westover photo
has been influenced by an actual or
threatened lawsuit," he said.
Roman said that she thinks
Jones' letter was an 'intimidation
tactic'
'What he
intended to do
was scare us so
much that we
wouldn't actually have our
protest'
But Jones
said that he
sent the letter
only to ensure
that his clients
had a right to
express their views.
"If it is okay for this majority to
simply gather together and cover
up the expression of the minority,
then you simply are not going to
have any minority expression at
all.*
While BCCLA Treasurer Alan
Rowan agreed that it is very
important that Lifeline be permitted to display the images, he said
he isn't sure if he's satisified with
UBC's decision to restrict the protesters.
"It's a defacto bubble zone,' he
said, referring to the provincial legislation that makes it illegal to
protest within a certain distance to
abortion clincs. 'I'm not sure we're
really happy with this, but in the
interests of security perhaps some
times you do need these kinds of
segregation zones.'
Rowan also said that
he wanted to emphasise
that Jones was not acting
as a representative for
the BCCLA in the letter to
Roman.
Jones said that the
association is aware of
his involvement with
Lifeline members and
that he has agreed to
exclude himself from any
meetings in which his
clients are discussed.
"I've done all I can to
separate myself from
that situation. It's always
difficult because it's conceivable that a situation
could arise where our
position is not the same
as the Civil Liberties'
position," he said. ♦
Filling in the GAPs
« Summer 1999—Lifeline, a campus-based pro-life
student group, invites the Centre for Bio-Ethical
Reform (CBR)—a California-based radical pro-life
group—to come to campus with its Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP), a display consisting of 13-
fbot wide graphic images comparing abortion with
ihe Holocaust and racist Iynchings.
« Sept 1999—With growing protest from the pro-
choice student group Students for Choice, UBC
begins negotiating.with the CBR
• Sept 22, 1999—As a precautionary measure,
UBC insists that CBR cover its security costs for up
to $ 1 §,000 a day and display GAP at Mcmnes Field,
near the Student Recreation Centre (SRC). When
CBR refuses to comply with these restrictions, UBC
files an inunction against the company, preventirtg
GAP from coming until a full hearing on the matter.
» Oct 1, 1999-C8R threatens to file a lawsuit
against UBC over its restrictions of the GAP display.
The lawsuit has yet to be filed.
« Nov, 23, 1999-UBC permits members of Lifeline
to display scaled-down GAP images in front of the
Goddess of Democracy statue near the Student
Union Building. Tie display is torn down by three
protesters—Erin Kaiser, Jon Chandler, and Lesley
Washington—all of whom are representatives of the
Alma Mater Society (AMS). Gray subsequently files a
civil lawsuit against the three students and the AMS,
for whom she claims the three were acting as agents.
« Feb. 23,2QOO—Lifeline mounts its second sealed-
dowct GAP display. A peaceful protest occurs opposite the display.
« Mar, 2000—The three students responsible for
tearing-down ihe display in November are suspended by UBC for the summer and first autumn term.
•   Oct 25, 200O-Tbe GAP display returns to campus for the third time. Students for Choice members ,
demonstrate around ihe display. ♦ ,,
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Since January, the faith of UBC students in
campus safety has been shaken by reports
ranging from thefts to Rohypnol use.
A surge in locker thefts and the theft of over
$40,000 worth of instruments and equipment
from the UBC School of Music during the spring
term, stirred up the issue of campus safety early
in the year, forcing students to keep a close
watch over everything from their textbooks to
their laptop computers.
In September, the reported use of Rohypnol
on campus drew attention to the risk of sexual
assault women face. In response to the threat,
campus women's groups have displayed posters
across campus warning women to take
precautions when drinking alcohol at bars or
parties.
And an attempted child abduction, also in
September, has caused many to question their
security on campus.
But these examples need not be cause of
alarm.
Constable Danielle Efford, of the university's
RCMP detachment, calls the campus "pretty
safe." And it's true that UBC hasn't been particularly plagued by crimes and dangerous incidents.
But this doesn't mean that they don't occur.
From the problems-such as sexual assault
and theft-to solutions-blue light phones and an
annual safety audit-f/ie Ubyssey takes a look at
campus safety. Do you know how safe your
campus is? ♦
STUDENTS AFRAID OF DARK, REPORT SAYS
by Daiiah Merzaban
The Main Library Plaza, and the travel route
from Totem Park Residence to the Student
Union Building (SUB) are two "hots'pots" of
fear on campus, according to a recently
released UBC study on campus safety.
The Personal Security Mapping Project, a
joint initiative of the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) and the university, surveyed over 700
students, staff, and faculty earlier this year to
assess their comfort levels on different areas
ofcampUs.
"I think the study will enable us to do some
prioritising,' said Paul Wong, UBC's personal
security coordinator, who was in charge of the
report
The study found that while most respon
dents are comfortable on campus during the
day, 47 per cent do not feel safe at UBC after
4:30pm. The study also found that 38 per cent
of respondents—the overwhelming majority
of whom are female—feel vulnerable to victimisation on campus.
According to the report, inadequate lighting and poor security patrols are the most frequent concerns about areas of fear, both "leading to a sense of isolation."
And campus groups concerned with safety
believe the study will be helpful in future safety planning.
Sue Brown, director of Safewalk, a student-
run foot patrol safety service, said the report
is 'very practical' and has helped Safewalk
identify areas on campus where students may
feel particularly uncomfortable walking on
their own.
"One of the outcomes of [Wong's] report is
that we are patrolling those areas more," said
Brown.
The study, which had respondents place
dots on a map of UBC, also identified areas of
comfort around Koerner Library, the SUB, the
Bookstore, and the Bus Loop.
David Grigg, associate director of Campus
Planning, said that the report will play a large
part in determining improvements to be
made in campus lighting in the coining year.
"1 feel more comfortable with this more scientific approach," said Grigg, who added that
while generally the areas of fear indicated in
the report do require improvement, some
areas are still feared despite increased lighting.
Grigg pointed to the north side of the SUB,
which he says is "better lit than some parking
lots outside supermarkets,* as such an example.
Due to this discrepancy between fear and
actual risk, said Wong, the study must be
reviewed with actual RCMP and university
crime statistics and reports.
And although she called the campus "fairly
safe," Constable Danielle Efford of the campus
RCMP recommended that students avoid taking shortcuts or walking in dimly-lit areas of
campus—including Wreck Beach and Pacific
Spirit Park—during the evening.
The. study was funded by the AMS
Innovative Projects Fund and by the
Department of Health, Safety, and
Environment ♦
SEXUAL ASSAULTS AT UBC GO UNREPORTED
by Andrea 1 obo
Throughout BC last year, 3907 sexual assaults were reported to the
police. At UBC, only one was reported.
But these statistics could be
deceiving, according to Laurie
Minuk, a councellor at the UBC
Women's Students' Office (WSO).
According to Minuk, roughly 90
per cent of sexual assaults do not get
reported.
The vast majority of victims of
sexual assault know their assailants,
explained Minuk, who said that
acquaintance sexual assaults tend
bg among' the least reported of all
personal crimes.
. She said that the reasons for this
undeVreporting vary from "shame,
a sense of self blame, to a real fear of
the system...knowledge that many
cases often come down to he said,
she said."
UBC's Personal Safety
Coordinator Paul Wong agreed that
the reported numbers are not necessarily the best way to determine
what is really happening on campus.
This is particularly true for sexual assaults, he said, because so many
victims are reluctant to come forward. Only three sexual assaults
have been reported to date for 2000.
Minuk added that sexual assaults
are also a problem for men, though
at a far lesser percentage.
"It's extremely difficult to collect
data in such cases, as the shame that
goes along with the assault can be
great—perhaps even more so than
for women," she said.
In 1995, Associate Professor of
Sociology Dawn Currie conducted a
comprehensive survey of student
safety on campus and found that 25
per cent of the women questioned
had been sexually assaulted or raped.
Such numbers shock many students, including Diana Matthews, a
first-year Arts student
"To think that one in four women
on campus have been victims, is
pretty disgusting," said Matthews.
"I've always thought of this campus as being very safe, but those
numbers are pretty scary."
Although another similar survey
has not yet been planned, WSO
Director Marsha Trew said it's time
to conduct one.
Hannah Roman, the campaigns
coordinator for the Alma Mater
Society's Women's Centre said that
women are most at risk of sexual
assault if they are between the ages
of 18 and 24.
"This is the period when women
find themselves in the most vulnerable situations...thinking that it
could never happen to them. This is
also the age when men are most
concerned with asserting their masculinity," said Roman.
"There just isn't enough information out there for men to know what
is and is not appropriate," she
added,
Roman said that for a victim of
acquaintance sexual assault who
does not come forward to the
authorities, the worst scenario is to
have to face their attacker on campus every day.
Susan Gill, a respresentative of
the Vancouver Rape Crisis Centre,
suggests that laying out possible
courses of action for a victim to take
could combat post-assault trauma.
"Women would feel more
empowered if their choices were laid
out more clearly...awareness and
education enables them to come forward more readily," said Gill.
At the Vancouver General
Hospital, a 24-hour rape centre
allows victims to hand over forensic
evidence that can be kept for up to a
year. At any point during the year,
victims may decide to place a formal
complaint to the police.
Trew, meanwhile, said that public education is the key to combatting sexual assault
It is important, said Trew, 'to
raise awareness of the problem and
have people understand that everyone can have a role in making any
community safe." ♦
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CAMPUS THEFTS ON THE RISE
by Alex Dimson
While thefts on campus have not traditionally been a major problem at UBC, a
recent surge in campus thefts has caused
RCMP officials to warn that there still may
be reason for concern.
According to RCMP crime statistics collected by the campus detachment, 13 car
thefts, 31 thefts from motor vehicles, 16
bike thefts and 32 general thefts occured
on campus last month.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Barry Hickman,
previously posted in Burnaby, said that
while thefts do not occur as frequently on
campus as they do in the rest of the city,
he is concerned by a recent increase in
thefts.
"For thefts we have a problem, but it's
not significant 1 would put it as somewhat
average," said Hickman. Y
While the RCMP statistics show that
excluding car thefts, only four thefts
involved a value over $5000, Hickman
said he thinks that the numbers are
increasing and will set up a task force to
'reduce these numbers."
'Any theft is a serious concern," said
Hickman, who added that the university
has security issues because of the large
number of people who enter and leave
campus daily. Hickman emphasised the
need for people who live and work on
campus to be security-conscious.
Mike Sheard, assistant director of
Campus Security, agreed with Hickman,
saying that while he is not overly concerned by the number of thefts, it is veiy
important that students and staff take precautions to protect their valuables.
Sheard said that |
computers are often
the target of thieves on
campus and reported
that a UBC graduate
student had lost four
years of research
when her computer
disappeared from her
laboratory.
Fortunately for the j
student, the computer
was later recovered,
but Sheard said that sometimes students
aren't this lucky.
Hickman advises that buildings with
offices and laboratories should be
alarmed and windows should be kept
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shaded to prevent thieves from scoutii
out the items. He also said that individua
should inscribe their names on valuab
items.
To minimise the risk of car the:
Hickman suggested that audible alarn
are a "huge deterrence factor,' adding th
it is important to keep valuables out
sight
To prevent bicycle thefts, Sheard su
gested that bicycles be kept secure
locked and preferably stored inside
building.
According to Hickman, the majority
thefts that occur on campus are at tl
hands of people—mostly males betwee
the ages of 18 and 35—who are neithi
students at nor employed with UBC.
_ Hickman said the RCMP is current
tracking three active groups of thievi
who are operating on campus. The:
groups typically aim at stealing a sm<
number of items each night over a lot
period of time, taking unsecured iten
from easily accessible buildings.
For this reasoa Hickman said that it
important to 'take an interest in your coi
munity" and report suspicious individua
to the RCMP and Campus Security. ♦
DRIVING UNSAFE AROUND UBC
by Tim Wood
Having just completed the final exam of his last
summer course in August 1998, 18-year old
Chris Stuffco raced home along the campus section of Southwest Marine Drive. As he changed
lanes, his car turned sideways, flipped, and
rolled off the side of the road. The first-year student suffered massive internal injuries and was
pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Fortunately, tragedies like this are rare on
campus. The crash involving Stuffco was Ihe
only road-related fatality in the past two years at
UBC. But it isn't the only case of dangerous driving practised on campus.
According to the RCMFs UBC detachment,
speeds in excess of lOOkm/h are commonplace
in the elementary school zone along Chancellor
Boulevard. The intersection at Chancellor and
Wesbrook Mall has resulted in more speeding
tickets issued than any other location on- or
BIKES FOR THE TAKING? Campus Security suggests that
bikes be stored indoors to help ensure that they aren't stolen.
There were 16 bike thefts on campus last month.
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IS SAFETY AUDIT WORTHWHILE?
by Daiiah Merzaban
The scope and utility of the annual Alma Mater Society (AMS) safety audit has
been questioned by groups concerned with safety on campus.
Every year, the AMS organises a group of volunteers—including students,
staff and administrators—to survey the campus to determine trouble spots
and make recommendations for improving safety.
Although the AMS Women's Centre has not yet reviewed last year's audit,
campaigns coordinator Hannah Roman said the audit has traditionally neglected to focus on peripheral areas—in particular near the Museum of
Anthropology and University Boulevard—where students travel at night
"There's been a consistent concern that the audit focuses primarily on
high-traffic areas/ said Roman.
Safewalk director Sue Brown agreed, but emphasised the difficulty in conducting a more comprehensive audit due to the lack of volunteers.
"We're the second largest campus in Canada...we
. need lots and lots of people and volunteers to help with
something like that" said Brown, who explained that
only 30 volunteers helped out with last year's audit
According to AMS Commissioner Tommy
Gerschman, who is responsible for this year's audit the
audit serves to increase awareness and identify spots
that are potentially hazardous.
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what the audit recommends that they do. Safety on campus doesn't seem to
be a huge priority for the administration,' said Roman.
But Associate Director of Campus Planning David Grigg said UBC is working to ensure safety on campus. He said the annual audit—in which he participated last year—helps to prioritise areas of improvement for the coming
year.
Grigg said that the people he meets while conducting the audit often point
out issues that he overlooks. "People have their own unique take on what's
safe and vvhat's not safe, and 1 think that's the value of it"
He added that money spent on improving safety must first go through a
personal advisory safety committee, which is composed of students and
administrators.
According to Grigg, UBC has received between $400,000 and $450,000
each year for the past five years from the BC government's Minor Capital
Safer Campus Fund. The funding has gone toward lighting upgrades, and
increasing the number of blue light phones and telephones on campus.
"In another five years time, we'll have resolved much of the poor lighting
issues on campus," said Grigg, who added that UBC is about 20 per cent of
the way towards reaching its lighting upgrade objectives.
Gerschman, meanwhile, said that before the next audit-likely to be held
next Januaiy—the AMS must consult with such groups as Safewalk, the
Women's Centre, UBC, and the RCMP.
"There's a lot of different factions. 1 don't think they have turf battles or
anything, but there's just a lack of communication so that maybe they're not
always necessarily aware of what each other's doing," said Gerschman. ♦
SHEDDING LIGHT ON
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first introduced at UBC, campus groups
are debating the effectiveness of these
security phones in increasing campus
safety. -
The blue light phones, designed to
connect people in crisis with either UBC
Campus Security or the RCMP, have
never been the subject of a formal evaluation, but are receiving mixed reviews
from various campus groups.
Sue Brown, coordinator of Safewalk,
said she thinks the main challenge faced
by the program lies in a lack of awareness
about the phones.
"I think there is a real lack of faith in
the blue light system because people feel
uneducated on how they work,' she said.
'The number one obstacle that 1 see is
that there hasn't been a great educational
and promotional program.'
UBC's Personal Security Coordinator
Paul Wong agrees that UBC needs to provide more information to students about
"what the phones are for and how to use
them in order to increase confidence in
the program.'
He said that his department is working with Safewalk and the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) to raise awareness about
the phones in the campus community.
Each blue light phone is equipped
with aui intercom connected to UBC
Campus Security and to 911. When someone pushes the intercom button, either
Campus Security or the RCMP is alerted,
and the appropriate authority reports to
the location of the call.
Campaigns Coordinator for the AMS
Women's Centre Hannah Roman said
that the success of the program is hindered by the insufficient number and
poor location of the phones.
'[The phones] aren't necessarily in all
the places people would like them to be. If
I'm nowhere near a blue light phone, they
aren't going to help me," said Roman,
who added that she believes that broader
safety concerns on campus cannot be
addressed by the blue light phones.
"My main concern is that the phones,
to some extent, can be a band-aid solution," she said.
"A lot of the safety procedures that
UBC is willing to undertake do not
address the greater issues, like education
surrounding acquaintance assault"
But Wong said that the installation of
blue light phones follows a long-range
plan, which is limited by existing funding.
"The priority was to put blue phones
in the core of campus first and then
expand outwards over the next few years.
Some of this is obviously going to depend
on the kind of feedback we receive from
students," he said.
The UBC Personal Security Advisory
Committee established a plan in 1996 to
see 50 phones installed across the UBC
campus within ten years. Currently, 2 7
blue light phones are active.
Rose Keurdien, a fourth-year Arts student, said she believes that the phones
are effective in raising the general issue
of campus safety. She added, however,
that she was not aware of how the blue
light phones operate until she 'accidentally heard about the phones in the
Women's Centre one day."
Brown said she often hears similar comments from students through her work at
Safewalk, but said that an educational campaign would result in an increase in the
proper usage of the blue light phones,
"The phones are there to help people
who are afraid. It doesn't have to be
because something has happened, but
simply because you are following your
intuition,' she said.
Wong, meanwhile, said that he
encourages students to offer feedback on
the program.
'In addition to concern, we've also
had some really positive feedback that
students think the blue light phones are a
great idea and would like to see more." ♦
immediately off-campus. *
Marine Drive, which stretches around the
perimeter of the university, is a' perennial problem for police.
"There are a lot of unsafe, aggressive drivers
out there/ said Constable Ryan Schlecher of the
RCMP. He cites the routine running of stop signs
and red lights by university motorists.
'As a fellow driver/ he advises, "drive defensively."
Statistics show that since the beginning of
1999, 196 car accidents have occurred on and
around campus, of which 72 resulted in injury.
In the past year and a half, Schlecher indicated that police have logged 138 complaints of
"erratic driving' on campus and on the roadway
entrances to UBC— 115 of which resulted in suspended licences.
Of these, police are particularly concerned
about the 35 cases in which drivers were found
to be drunk.
In an effort to combat drunk driving, the
RCMP has stepped up the number of road checks
at the entrances to campus, according to
Jennifer Dixon, head of the UBC Counterattack
club.
Pedestrians and cyclists, meanwhile, also
have reasons to be concerned with driving patterns on campus.
In the past two years, 82 hit-and-runs have
been recorded, although most have resulted only
in minor injury.
Schlecher reported that one pedestrian "lost
an ankle' after being hit by a car while crossing
the  road at  the  intersection  of University'
Boulevard and East Mall.
And at Western Parkway near the UBC
Village, one cyclist was hit last year.
However, Jeff Bingley, operations supervisor
of Campus Security, noted that no accidents have
occurred on the bicycle lanes along University
Boulevard, which were widened last year. ♦
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after Chris Stuffco died in an accident in August, 1998.There have been no
traffic-related fatalities on campus since then.
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Sports
Friday. October 27,20001
Annual women's football game today
Underdog Nursing team vows to beat Rehab in this year's T-Cup
by Jo-Ann Chiu
Once again, the time has come for the riotously popular T-
Cup, the annual womens' tackle football game between students in Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences. Though the
purpose of the event is to raise money for charity, winning
is equally important for the participants. And this is the
year that the Nurses will win, so their players insist.
'Off the field, the Nurses and Rehab are one team, working together to raise money for BC Children's Hospital,'
said fullback Crystal Heywood. "But on the field during the
game, it's 'stay away."
Despite the pouring rain, last year's game netted over
$700 for the hospital. This year's T-Cup organisers hope to
raise over $1000 through a series of activities, including a
raffle draw, a barbeque, and a bake sale featuring niceties
baked by the football players themselves.
The Nursing team has lost the last three T-Cups, in spite
of coaching by members of the UBC football team, access to
fancy varsily practise equipment, and the privacy of practises at Thunderbird Stadium.
The reasons are simple. The discipline of Rehabilitation
Sciences attracts individuals with strong athletic backgrounds. 'People who aren't into sports often don't even
know what rehab is," said one nurse. The nurses are also
not naive to the fact that the Rehab team regularly features
varsity athletes, including members of the track, hockey,
and rowing teams.
"It's all about football,
the love of football.'
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—Gina Min,
Nursing pivot
In addition to the disparity in brawn and aggression, the
Nurses are constantly outnumbered by their .sport-crazy
opponents in roster numbers. In 1998, the Nurses had only
two substitutes for rest breaks, whereas Rehab had two full
playing units to switch.
However, varsity defensive back Simon Quinto, the new
head coach of the Nursing team, wants to end the losing
streak. It is Quinto's fifth and final year on campus, so he is
determined to leave with a bang this year, perhaps with a
much-coveted T-Cup victory.
An aggressive recruiting drive has increased the team
roster, and the Nurses have been practicing three nights a
week this year instead of two. Practices start at 7:30pm and
go on until 'whenever, until we get things done," Quinto
said.
With the graduation of Nursing quarterback Lynette
Keulen, one change Quinto made on the Nursing roster was
the installment of a new pivot in Gina Min, a former Powder
Puff running back with the Palmer' High Griffins.
'She has leadership and a positive attitude,' Quinto said
, of the Richmond girl tackle league veteran.
'It's all about football, the love of football,' said Min,
who happens to be a big Thunderbird football fan and is no
stranger to the game.
Min prefers watching varsity football over CFL games
because she feels a greater connection to a school team and
knows several of the UBC players. 'UBC is way better than
the BC Lions. No doubt," she said.
But not all women participate in T-Cup for the love of the
game alone. Some can't resist the chance to dress up like a
gridiron gladiator, said safety Zana Ng, "The pads make me
feel rough and tough."
^Whether you're rooting for the Nurses or Rehab
Sciences, cheer for your favourite team at Mclnnes Field
today at 12:30pm, and bring your money. ♦
Football
The Thunder-birds playho'-lfci '.he
University of C.i%ary Dinos sn their final
regular soanoa game tuntfeht at 7pm at
ThuncKbird Stadium The 3 -! Birds are in
fouilh pLus* in the Canada W'esl, and n<vil
to win this g^me ti» gudratitce thomi.plve.sf
Uu> fourth ,ind final playoff spot, UBC lum'l
missed Uw playoffs since 1095.
Women's Soccer
The women's soccer (cam will ho&t the llrst-
pla< e Vikes Saturday at 2pm in Thunderbird
Stadium for their final regu fir-sea son gamp.
Tlie 5-1-3 Birds aie Silting m third place,
and a win this weekend would me-in they
move up a t--pot heading into next weekend's
playoilV, happening in Vic toi la.
Women's and Men's
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The first-phit-d men'a socwr tesm will trawl
to Vic.tuna this weekend for its final re^ulAr
st'Aoori game against the second-plate Vikes.
With a win or lie, the Birds will secure first
phre he*im3 into the playoffs in. Leliibridsiv
UBC goalie Julien Philips hasn't allowed a
g^al in ihe giiT.ca, b.it Ihe UVic o1 fence :s
one of the "tronee&t in the loagsia.
Cross Country
The UBC cmss-coi.nt.iy team will run in the
BC Open <."hhnij;!on'!hi{)s .il Jericho Beach
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The ghost of Strangway
- If former UBC President David Strangway has
his way, you will soon be able to pay a lot more
tuition than you pay here at UBC to attend his
own private university in Squamish. That's
right, Squamish. But Strangway's only part of a
trend—soon enough, all of.Canada's post-secondary public institutions might be overshadowed by smaller, smarter, better, and more
expensive private universities. And that's no
good for those of us in public schools.
The Ontario government recently introduced
legislation that could ease the way for private
universities to spring up across that province.
The government argues that welcoming private
institutions will offer students more choice in
pursuing their post-secondary education. But the
drawbacks of such a proposal far outweigh any
perceived benefits.
You can be sure that if Strangway U ever
opens, UBC will feel it Strangway brought in
some serious cash to UBC—he's the one who
built a lot of the buildings on campus. But with
private schools on the scene, this kind of cash
could just as easily flow elsewhere. But
Strangway's only part of the problem—the rest of
the countiy is also slowly opening up to the idea
of private universities.
These universities might provide a higher
standard of education, but at what cost to everyone who can't afford to pay? If teachers are
offered more lucrative contracts Working for pri
vate institutions, what could possibly persuade
them to stay on at public schools? UBC has
already lost faculty to the States (in Nursing, for
example), and has had to think about giving
bonuses to entire departments to convince the
profs to stay.
Those who support a two-tiered university
system say it will foster a more competitive
learning environment, that intelligent students
who are not challenged by the existing system
would have another option.
But all this implies that the existing Canadian
universities are second-rate, and unchallenging,
which they're not..not always. Although, if the
funding and the county's brightest students and
the best teachers and researchers leave for
wealthy private institutions, then the public
schools will become second rate.
Some argue that fewer students in the public
education system means less demand on the
available resources. But fewer students doesn't
necessarily mean a better university.
Government funding comes on a per-student
basis, so fewer students isn't automatically
going to mean more money per student And
surely it's not a bad thing to educate as many
people a3 we can.
Some people say that sustainable private universities would create a model of leanness and
efficiency for public schools to strive towards.
They say that the naysayers are shortsighted, not
recognising the advantages of lively competition
in the education market
But public spending on public post-secondary
education has been cut to the bone, and tuition
levels haven't exactly skyrocketed lately, so if
public institutions are struggling along, it's
because the people running them are already
learning the hard way about cutting corners.
They don't need fewer students lobbying the government for affordable, quality public education,
they need more.
By necessity, private universities are lean,
mean machines, and thus are very attractive to
those in command of our tax dollars. They allow
the government to shove more butts into seats
without paying out any more cash. They are profitable because they are not the huge cash sinks
publicly funded universities are. But if you're
wondering who gets left behind by all this business sector budget talks, it's students.
The social structure of Canada is built around
its faltering public healthcare and public education systems, and part of the reason they are faltering is because of pressure from the private
sector.
Private universities, just like private health
care, are a threat to the systems that already
exist in this countiy. It's clear by now that health
and education can be privatised, and that they
can be turned into big business. This doesn't
mean that it'3 a good idea. ♦
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DAN KO JONES
with Tricky Woo and Hissyfit
at the Starfish Room
Oct 25
I ran into Mick Jagger last night Or at least I
ran into a guy who did a really good job of
dressing, looking and acting like him, except
that he boasted that he hadn't washed his hair
since 1996, a claim I'm sure Mick himself
couldn't make. This was the scene Wednesday
night at the Starfish Room as I prepared to witness the triple bill of Hissyfit, the venerable
Tricky Woo, and the ever-confident Danko
Jones.
At the Starfish Room, a lot of people seem
not to care who's playing, trying instead to
piss off as many people as possible in the
mosh pit, to get laid (ideally with a band member) or both. Nonetheless, those who were
serious about what was happening onstage
were privy to a show of polar extremes, from
Hissyfit's untalented, predictable riffs, to
Tricky Woo's Hendrix-lovin', highly underrated talent, to the downright sexual evangelicalism and no-frills rock 'n' roll of Danko Jones.
Hissyfit, the opening band, seems to
depend on loud, distorted guitars, and obnoxious attitude to make up for a definite lack of
talent They swore a lot, and must have hoped
by Andrew Bowyer
that the crowd was too drunk to notice that
they sucked. The singer sounded a lot like Axl
Rose, in a bad way. To make matters worse,
their equipment failed and the band had to
stop halfway through a song. When this happens to a band with talent, you usually feel
understanding about this glitch. However, in
Hissyfit's case, it was hard to feel bad.
Montreal's Tricky Woo jumped into an
electrifying set which more than lived up to
their legendary status. Here is a band with talent, charisma and a tight:knit sound. Tricky
Woo is a band that can go out on stage and
tear it up for as long as necessary and when
you think you've seen it all, they come back
with one last taste of their Hendrix/ Floydian
sound. Tricky Woo came awfully close to overshadowing the band it was supposed to be
supporting, Danko Jones.
The key to Danko Jones' success is simplicity. Danko Jones is not about hype, image
or MuchMusic interviews, he's about coming
home from work, cracking open a beer, and
putting the rock on the hi-fi. Danko Jones
came out full of the exuberance, energy, and
arrogance that crowds across the country
have grown so accustomed to.
- The solid set included the autobiographi
cal, "Samuel Sin," the radio-friendly "Bounce"
(which got the heaviest crowd response), and
the quasi-romantic ballad, "Heartbreak is My
Best Friend." Danko was able to cover a variety of societal issues—sex, multiculturalism,
racism, sex and, well, more sex. The highlight
of the evening was "My Love is Bold," when
Danko told the female contingent that he wasn't just a one night-stand type of guy ("you can
have me for a day, but you can take me for the
weekend,") accelerating the crowd into a hypnotic trance.
Danko, it seems, has two primary loves in
his life—preaching to the unenlightened and
music. It was obvious that the trio is able to
incorporate these loves through their musical
mix. The result is refreshing. Here is someone
who is finally willing to stand up to all the critics, all the vanities of our society, and tell it
like it is. This is the essence of Danko Jones-
all or nothing, and no stopping until thea At
least if Danko's musical career doesn't pan
out as it is destined to, there's a very plausible
career for him on late night television, spreading his word on the Home Preaching Network.
For better or worse, Danko Jones has arrived
and he ain't leaving until he gets what he
wants. ♦
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7:00 Scary Movie
9:30 Perfect Storm
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j3 THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
W  Cecil & Ida Green Visiting Professorships of Green College
TODD GITLIN
Culture and Communication, Journalism and Sociology
■■ New York University
Tuesday, October 31 at 12:30pm
Buchanan A-104
The Culture Wars and American Identity Since the Cold War
Thursday, November 2 at 12:30pm
Anthropology/Sociology 207-209
The Unification of the World Under the Sign of
Mickey Mouse and Bruce Willis: Why American
Popular Culture Sweeps the World
Saturday, November 4 at 8:15pm
Woodv/ard Instr. Resources Centre, Hall 2
The Overloaded Self in a Jump-Cut Culture
Vancouver Institute Lecture
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You only have one life,
so choose your career wisely.
When you become a Doctor of
Chiropractic, you get lifestyle
rewards plus the satisfaction
from helping others to good
health. You do it the
natural way, with your
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one name stands out. Palmer.
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Culture
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House husband seeks pot-bellied poker player
THE ODD COUPLE
at the Capilano College
Performance Arts Theatre
Oct UandOct 18
An effeminate neat freak and a
macho slob share an apartment
Felix, a skinny, apron-wearing house-
husband shacks up with his pot-bellied poker buddy, Oscar, after being
thrown out by his wife. Hilarity, or
rather, something closer to gaiety,
ensues when the two cronies begin
to clash—the odd couple of bachelors
start to bicker like husband and wife.
One of Neil Simon's most famous
theatre productions, The Odd
Couple, originally premiered in
1965. Its success eventually lead to
television and big screen adaptations years later. While the Arts Club
heralds the play as a 'timeless comedy," it probably should have stayed
in the seventies.
Judging by the perfomance's sizable turnout, it would seem that
Norm Grohmann (Felix) has a large
following of groupies between the
ages of 40 and 5 5. The fact that I was
the youngest audience member by at
least 20 years is proof.
Were you unaware of the former
BCTV weatherman's 'fame,' you'd
have to wonder why Grohmann was
casted. Weathermen may lie, but
they certainly don't act Or as this
play makes certain, at least they
shouldn't While he did arouse some
giggles, it was hard to tell if they were
out of courtesy or out of respect for
Mr. Simon's classic. Though other
characters were similarly wooden,
Grohmann's lines were flagrantly
stiff.
Next to Grohman, Oscar (Stephen
Dimopoulos) was a star. By any other
standards, however, he certainly
wasn't stellar. For a 'man's man*—
the beer guzzling, cigar-smoking,
poker-playing, sports fan kind of
guy—he was oddly sappy, consoling
and nurturing his fragile roommate
in his time of need. Not having seen
the original, I can't say whether
Dimopoulos remained true to character. Either way, it would have been
funnier to play up the macho side of
Oscar's character, embellishing the
stark contrast between the roommates. Oscar and Felix would have
been a better couple.
With the exception of Ted Cole,
who gave an endearing performance
as the geek Vinnie, Oscar's poker
buddies were unmemorable at best
The timing of their poker-night banter was completely off. With each
new line, they seemed to wait for one
another to finish, diminishing any
impression of spontaneity. A group
of boyish guys ripping into one
another on their weekly night out
has serious humour potential.
Despite some hilarious wisecracks,
however, they didn't seem to find
one another funny. The audience
members were the only ones expected to laugh, which they often didn't
Their poker nights would have been
more authentic (and funnier) if they
had just talked trash and had some
fun with it
The highlight of the performance
were the Pigeon sisters—Felix and
Oscar's bubbly British neighbours
(Annabel Kershaw and Johnna
Wright). Decked out in neon pop art
ensembles, the Pigeons were about
as giddy as pigs in a pea And unlike
the poker boys, their humour fed off
itself and created a contagious comic
energy, Unbelievably ditzy, the two
giggled in such a stupid fashion that
you couldn't help laughing yourself.
Ted Roberts put together a set
that convincingly resembled a dirty,
by Rob Peters
stuffy, old apartment of the sixties.
There were countless doors to accomodate the numerous chase scenes.
Felix transformed the apartment
into a vision of loveliness that does
justice to his anal retentiveness. All
in all, the set worked well and the sixties tunes between acts were a nice
touch.
While The Odd Couple is undoubtedly a classic, a lot of the jokes don't
fly in the nineties—or at least they
didn't in this performance. Actors
played down many of the un-PC
parts, probably in light of the demographics of the audience. Ironically, a
less watered-down version would
have been more effective. ♦
FURTHER
played at the SUB Norm Theatre
Oct 23
RIDE
playing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov. 9, 10, 11 and
playing at the SUB Norm Theatre
Oct 30
'Tis the season to go to Ski Swaps and Ski Club beer gardens.
'Tis the season to throw down your hard-earned student loan money for some new gear, a new tuque and a
cheap pass at the local hills.
'Tis the season to shit-talk about last year's tree lines,
cliff drops, and powder days.
:''>"' 'Tis the season to start mentally preparing yourself for
the long waits on the Sea to Sky highway in the rain with
your board under your arm and your thumb out
'Tis the season to watch endless hours of ski and snowboard movies.
Luckily everybody in the business knows this, and
there's plenty of new movies out there designed specifically for nurturing pre-season stoke. On Monday, Teton
Gravity Research brought their latest offering, Further, to
the Norm Theatre in the SUB. This ski flick is very top-
heavy in the sickness department, but drags on a bit near
the end, when every sequence seems to be another Erst
descent somewhere in Alaska.
Highlights include Jeremy Nobis' straight-line
approach to shortening his life span, some guy who sets
up a railslide to 30-foot cornice drop, a big gap jump with
huge crossed out spins and flip getting done, and raw
footage of a pelvis-shattering wipeout in Jackson Hole.
Next Monday, UBC's FilmSoc will show Warren
Miller's Ride at the Norm Theatre. As much fun as it would
be to trash this movie like I trashed Warren Miller's Free
Riders two years ago, I can't It's pretty good. Despite
Ride the couch
by Tom Peacock
being formulaic, it's not predictable. It's not an hour and
a half of mind-numbing powder lines overlaid with
Warren's lame comments on the state of skiing compared
to 20 years ago.
Old Warren has finally surrendered most of his narrating duties, to younger, hipper members of his crew, and
the athletes themselves even get a word in edgewise here
and there—although most of the time they might have
been better off letting their riding speak for them.
One of the most important sequences of any Miller
movie is the one showcasing dumb people skiing off a big
jump into a slush puddle wearing stupid costumes. The
segment in Ride, filmed in Australia, reaches new heights
of sheer stupidity. One unfortunate woman rides her
kayak off the ten-foot-high jump and misses the pond
entirely, landing with a herniating thud on the hard pack.
And of course there are the customary trips to exotic
places: Russia, Austria, Greenland and Wisconsin to name
a few. During the Russian sequence, the skiers ride the
oldest, rustiest train in the World to the foot of Mt Elbrus,
the highest mountain in Europe. Thousands of feet
beneath them lies an old tram that fell off the line years
ago, before Perestroika. The scenery surrounding the tram
ride is incredible—desolate, windswept peaks. A nice place
to die.
The sequence documenting the Schrab brothers of
Wisconsin as they build a huge jump on scaffolding in
their backyard is pretty hilarious. They actually make their
own snow by pumping water from a nearby pond.
Sure, watching Ride means watching a whole lot of skiing in one sitting, but what else are you going to do until
the snow begins to fall? ♦
Your friendly neighbourhood porn star
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
playing at Vancouver East Cinemas
Pornography is big business. While
Amazon.com continues to hemorrhage red ink
after four years, the average Internet porn site
is profitable within six months, and the industry as a whole raked in over a billion dollars
last year alone. No longer the domain of the
dirty old man in a trench coat adult movies are
available at most video outlets, and rented by
men, women and couples of every'social status. Strangely, a lot of people are still quick to
judge the performers—they must be drugged
out losers and ex-hookers whose past is rife
with sexual abuse. But life is never mat simple.
•Adopted at birth, Stacey Baker had a normal upbringing. She is pretty, amiable but
soihewhat lacking in self-esteem. Her goal in
life was to get married and be a good wife, but
her husband's Madonna/whore fascination
would soon change all that After pressuring
her to get breast implants and pose for nude
photos, he submitted the pictures to a men's
magazine.
To both their amazement, Stacey was chosen as "The Girl Next Door' and Hustler magazine swept her off to do a shoot with a male
model on the Mexican Riviera. Loving the
attention and surprised at her disappearing
inhibitions, she had an epiphany—the woman
who previously felt she had no talents, realised
that she did have one undeniable skill—she
could 'fuck great' She had discovered her
niche.
Stacey gives herself two years to become the
best in the business and quickly becomes the
'it' girl of the porn set A consummate professional, Stacey is there to get into the scene, and
nothing—not stinging ants or fake smoke that
almost causes her to cough up a lung—is going
to get in the way.
Although there is ample nudity and several
sex scenes (carefully filmed to avoid being
explicit), it is the unflinching look at Stace/s
life that makes you feel like a voyeur. In her
world, a relationship is threatened not by sex
with strangers but by something as innocuous
as holding hands with another person. We
watch as Stacey, driven by ambition, sabotages
her relationship with Julian, a fellow 'actor'
and nice guy who sincerely cares about her.
Midway through the film her chirpy optimism
has been replaced by a sad cynicism, echoed
by her new tattoo—'trust no one." Stacey
comes to realise that engaging in sex on command has stripped her of the one thing she
needs—intimacy.
In order to maintain the illusion of being a
living Barbie doll, Stacey undergoes numerous
by Greg Ursic
plastic surgeries, brought to you in living
colour. No horror movie can hold a candle to
the violence of a silicone implant the size of a..
throw-pillow being yarded through a gaping
hole in a women's breast, then replaced with
another smaller implant
Some of the best scenes in the movie come
in the exchanges between Stacey and her mother, an amazingly nonjudgmental, supportive
woman who lavishes her daughter with unconditional love. Her only worry is that when she
is gone, Stacey will spend the rest of her life
alone. It is obvious that Stacey had not, until
that very moment contemplated this thought,
and both women burst into tears. It is a touching moment
The most remarkable thing about Stacey is
that there is nothing remarkable about her—
she truly could be anyone's daughter, sister, or
next door neighbour. ♦

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