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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 43
LONG ARM OF THE LAW: They're not going to take it. Campus cowboys hunt credit card offenders richard lam photo
Parking fraud crackdown
by Sarah Galashan
Campus security's recent crackdown on
the use of expired credit cards, or cards
that have been reported lost or stolen, to
purchase parking vouchers at UBC has
students shelling out at least $500 to
retrieve their impounded vehicles.
Without a direct telephone line to
the unmanned ticket machines in
most of the university's open parking lots, there is no immediate verification of credit cards.
Theoretically, drivers could run an
invalid card through the machines
and never be charged.
But by downloading credit card
numbers from ticket machines midway through the day and sending
them to the appropriate creditors,
campus security officers have been
able to obtain statements listing the
dates and times of declined purchases made with invalid cards.
Lists in hand, officers then scour
the lot in search of parking stubs
with matching times, dates and credit
card numbers.
Last week alone, campus cowboys
impounded 10 such cars. Each car owner
had to pay a minimum $500 fine in order
to get their automobiles back.
"The people who are being honest
and paying for parking are taking it on
the chin, and that's really what's kind of
rotted my shorts and got me moving in
this direction," said Darren Woodley, a
patrol officer with Campus Security who,
along with fellow officer Suresh Bhindi,
developed the system.
The cost to violators has been substantial. On top of the $500 the drivers
are charged $120 in related fines and
towing expenses, and all declined parking charges on the card's transaction
record must be paid, as well as any outstanding UBC tickets.
"This is bullshit," said an angry driver,
"The people who are being
honest and paying for parking are taking it on the chin,
and that's really what's kind
of rotted my shorts and got
me moving in this direction.'
Darren Woodley
—Patrol officer
Campus Security
after paying the $500 fine. "This university is bleeding the students dry."
Parking manager Danny Ho did not
return phone calls from the Ubyssey on
Monday to offer a defence for the fees.
But some students are looking for
answers. Last Friday afternoon, a slow
trickle of three visibly upset students—
one in tears—paid the price for their
impounded vehicles. One woman, who
stood to pay $1097, had to leave her car
in the fenced lot.
After refusing to produce the lost or
stolen card, she was questioned for more
than 30 minutes by the RCMP and was
then told she must produce the card,
even though she claimed it belonged to
an acquaintance, who used it to pay for
her parking that morning.
In her case, records show the invalid
credit card was used to purchase multiple tickets on several days throughout
the months of February and March at
a cost of $357.70.
On one morning, this card paid
for parking six times between 9 am
and noon.
Although the use of a lost or
stolen card constitutes criminal
fraud, no charges have been laid so
far, said staff sergeant Lloyde Plante
of the RCMP's university detachment. "But that certainly doesn't
mean that we wouldn't.
"If we're only looking at one or
two uses, then we're only looking at
five or six dollars worth of criminal
activity." Plante said. He has also said
that cases like this, recommending
criminal charges is not in the community's best interest, and that he'd prefer to
just get the cards out of circulation.
"Often we'll negotiate with the student, in exchange for no criminal prosecution."
While payment must be made before
drivers can access their cars, fines can
later be brought to Debbie Harvey, director of parking services, for review. Harvey
is currently on vacation and was unavailable to comment on the result of any of
these appealed fines.<*
Research into
causes of
violent acts
in jeopardy
by Cynthia Lee and Douqlas Quan
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For the past year and a half, convicted criminals
have been brought to UBC Hospital to undergo
brain tests as part of a ground-breaking psychol-
ogv department study into the hiain lur.it.on., u,
ps}Uiopaths>
However, die future of the three year study—
which researchers had hoped to keep confidential—is uncertain after a local television station
exposed the research last week.
"It's on hold," said Robert Hare, one of the
.study's researchers. "The university's image is at
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The studv funded bv the Medical Re^eoxch
Council of Canada, involves bringing in the criminals—four at a time—to the hospital. There, they
..undergo, tests   using  Magnetic   Resonance
Imaging technology.
According to Hare, the study could shed light
on neurobiological causes of predatory violence.
The latest group of criminals was to have been
brought out last week. But when BCTV announced
that it was going to be airing a report about die
research on its newscast, the plug was pulled.
An unnamed source had tipped-off BCTV
about the research a day before the inmates were
to be transferred out—a breach of security
according to UBC officials.
"Someone close to the information breached
their own code of confidentiality and went to the
media and we have no idea who tiiat is," said
Linda Bartz, a spokesperson for the hospital.
"It is unfortunate that this research is somewhat in jeopardy because someone decided that
it was a story."
The reason the research was deliberately kept
confidential was because, "we did not want to
have people afraid," Bartz added.
However, researchers involved in the project
insisted yesterday there was never any risk to
public safely. "Security was a prime concern,"
said Hare.
'■■:■'■: Thfiwjminak were always brought in with a
■Corrections Canada' escort team, he added.
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a system in place to ensure that at least we're
notified of the fact that they're in the community
and of the profile of these {inmates)!"
Hare said the RCMP were briefed about the
study when it first got off the ground, but that it
was Corrections Canada officials who were
responsible for notifying the RCMP each time the
inmates were being brought out.
Ctonections Canada officials did not return
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Eight seconds of stupidity"
by Douglas Quan
Former UBC football head coach Dave Johnson
says he still doesn't know what came over him
the night he roughed up two of his assistant
coaches at a campus pizza parlour, leaving one
with broken ribs, a broken nose and two black
eyes.
"I did not use good common sense or good
judgment," Johnson told the Ubyssey in an
interview last week, just hours after his resignation was accepted by university officials. "It was
eight seconds of stupidity."
The T-Birds coaching staff had spent March
10 at the stadium dividing themselves and
about 85 players into two teams for their spring
camp. Just before 10pm, about seven coaches,
including Johnson, went to UBC Campus Pizza.
"It was about bonding and being together and
telling stories," he said.
Johnson said the coaches spent the next
three hours drinking, and engaging in spirited
debates about everything from uniform colours
to the way the team travels to the state of the BC
Lions.
But at about 1 am, two hours after the
restaurant was to have closed, an argument
erupted between Johnson and Thorpe. "Some
information came out to me that I was unaware
of and my response to getting that information
was inappropriate and that's why were sittin'
where we're sittin.'"
According to Julia Cotnoir, the only employee left in the restaurant, "there was no prelude
to [the fight]."
"Suddenly, they got up and started wrestiing
around," she said, adding that the two moved
from the back of the restaurant to the front,
knocking around tables and chairs.
At one point, she said she came behind
Johnson to try to "pull [him] off."
And while the scuffle lasted mere moments,
its consequences were damaging.
Johnson realised that as head coach, he
would have to take responsibility for what had
happened. The following day, after athletics
director Bob Philip suspended him, Johnson
promptly handed in his resignation letter—
mere months after he had officially signed on
with the T-Birds.
The resignation couldn't have come at a
worse time, either, as UBC is in the heart of the
recruitment period for next season.
But yesterday, Philip said that he's confident
a new coach can be found by the end of April.
He said a hiring committee consisting of representatives from across campus will be formed
in the next two weeks.
Philip also denied reports that UBC was trying to court ex-University of Toronto coach Bob
Laycoe.
However, he did confirm that Thorpe has
said he is not interested in taking up the top job.
Meanwhile, Johnson said he will be spending the next few weeks repairing his relationship with the coaches. He said he still considers
Thorpe to be his friend.
He also said that the incident has caused
him to rethink his priorities. "My relationship
with God, with my wife and family—football is
not number one. If it is, then there's a prob-
lem."*>
UBC flushing out the felines
HERE KITTY KITTY KITTY... Sharon Habkirk takes care of stray cats, richard lam photo
by Anita Parti     at the entrance. She sticks her
Sharon Habkirk coddles up to a
small opening on the side of the
Arts One building, and places a
plastic container full of Whiskas
head part way into the opening,
and makes soft purring sounds,
trying to attract the five or so stray
cats who live there.
"There's one that's really quite
cute. It's a grey fluffy
cat that'sbeen around
for about five years.
His name is Prince."
Habkirk, an
employee of the UBC
Commerce faculty,
comes out to feed the
cats four or five mornings of the week. She's
been doing it for
about a year now. Her
friend, another UBC
employee, helps her
feed the cats on other
days. They think the
cats were abandoned
by students who had
them as pets while living in residence, and
that there may be as
many as 25 of them
living in and around
the entire campus.
But nearing retirement and unsure how
long she can keep
feeding the cats, Habkirk would
like somebody to save the kitties.
"I'd like to find a home for them,"
says Habkirk, who already has a
cat of her own.
Just last Thursday, she says,
somebody tried to board up the
entrance to the cat's home while
they were still inside.
However, Habkirk says every
attempt she's made to retrieve the
cats has been unsuccessful.
She says when she called the
Vancouver SPCA, officials there
told her they could not rescue the
cats because they were wild, and
could not be tamed. An SPCA official declined to comment on the
situation when contacted by the
Ubyssey.
UBC Plant Operations officials
say they are aware of the problem, and will attempt to flush out
the cats.
A strong smell from the cat's
home is creeping into the building fromunderneath the classrooms.
Bob Frampton, the assistant
director of residence administration, says there is a strict no-pets
policy in place. "Some people in
the past have tried to challenge
the right to have pets in residence, however they have not
won...It would be difficult to conceal any animal."*?*
by Erin Fitzpatrick
MII.N.U.Y (CUL'i—Tlir prr;.idf.ii
ol Simon liTtsi-r University Isjaung
questions ri-jpmlin.L. Siis roll' in iln-
scliool's di-cision !(> I Mil out a
financially-troubled piivaic ic-siau-
ranl on campus.
l.ist Novvmhi-r, ihe uniwrsiivs
governing council voted to rescue
tin1 IKlKling Diamond UniuMsiiy
Club, d privati' -.ui.ii.Ly, by paying
oil iL.s debts.
The more than ...iOO.OuO owed
by ilk1 club to Sl-U was cuvvred by
tli<: university.
I-cisi year the socic-'.y, which, had
bi'ui rimsiiiii; a diTicit for vvais,
considc-icd docijiing bankruptcy.
Since the Diamond Club had no
directors' insurance, hanknipky
would have put its directors at ri.sk
()f p.lViliy  UV  I'lnploWO  cums  of
shiiiiins tho liuh. such <i.s M'wr-
..ikv [mi Lijii-h .laid I -.ii-k p:.\.
IJniu'.sirv pn.-sidc.ii lack
l.laney, wiio >-iis on S! IJ's buard ul
gov.Mnors, ;:iso sal mi lh'-
i Jianiond (lull's hoard ui dinners
until 19.i0>.
AlihouiJ i l.iark'y say-. In* did not
am-nd any Diamond Club board
meetings alUT l9Hb because lu:
believed In- w.is mi longer a dirt-c-
lor, In.1 is still iegisteiiid as oile.
Hliini'\ first liruujdit thc club's
i.ri'dicamcnt to iln- atiemioii of
Si-'U's board of governors last May
In November he presenh'd a slair*-
iru-iit in ibi' l)u;ird. outlining possible option:, iur the Univvisitv. llu>
.statement, prepared by isianey's
nlt'io., made it clour that bankruptcy would oxposc- both past ai id prc-
st-nt Diamond Club directors to lia
bility claims.
Later st liu- smi,' nu-ciinj;.
••.lirii il i .iiii'- iiiui' ti, ■,(,:■.■ i>n
whethi-r to b.iil (ml the club, lMam-v
sai'i he was in a cunllii! ul ii.ti-iW
and libsLiineii.
Bui iicffudiii;.', in !!■■.• liu.wl of
governors' conflict ul intoivM
KiiiiJcIiru's, liLincy should have
uirlarc-d his involvement wlu'ii ilu-
Diamond Clubs llnanddl diltluil-
lie.-, n-viv first discussed, .iiui
should have staved out ol liu-
debate.
Insii-ad. Hlaru'y rrin:,iiu:.l
involved in discussions summiul-
ingthe 1 )is.inc>iul ("luh. In lciitvs,c-
niails, and incdi.i inicrvkws.
ljla»o\ .'.nid hi? was coiuinitifd to
ihe club remaining open.
"'Ihis facility...must be maintained as a specud gathcrii is; placo."
Hlancy stiitfil in a aimpus-wide c-
mail in December, explaining why
it had Lit en uct.v.ssarv u> saw tin'
Diamond Club.
Hlani'V s.iv.s he did noi temi.vc
h.iiiis..-lf liuiii tin' ili-b.-itr nn.iiK'di
ntcly bci.iuis'.1 li..- did iv» ri'.'.iist- hi-
was in i-niillii i of inn n.-sl uniil ii
was bimi-.hi to Ins iiucmiuii .u thc
biiard'sXuviiiibi-i mi-f.-iiii^.
"But I mean, I didn't uully tcrl
tluMC vv.is .i (.oiifiict of iiiU'icsi
Ik'iMuse I li.ul iliuMMipiiuiisljliinii
linw Si-W ciiuld .idiiivss tin:
Diamond Club's pioblciusl pii"-
fiarcd .mil kni'w whiuli opiiuu I
was guiii^ to |m:s»MU m tin' hoard
below I found out." he told the
IVak:
l.ljiK-y.'.iid hv' has no inroiilioii
of having ihi' possible- coullii'i ol
inii'ii'st iiivt'siigaifd ur ivciilled.
slating the board's decision is
final. •> THE UBYSSEY * TUESDAY, MARCH 71 1993 3
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GAME OVER: Thunderbird's goalie Dave Trofimenkoff faces life after hockey, richard lam photo illustration
Dave Trofimenkoff
has played his last
game for UBC. So
where will he go
from here?
by Sara Newham
When Dave Trofimenkoff decided he wanted to
become a goaltender full-time, his parents supported his decision. But they wanted to make sure
that it was a decision that their son would stick to. So starting when he was ten years old, his parents had a talk with
him at the beginning of every season to make sure he still
wanted to be a goalie. And he always did.
Now that his UBC career is over, though, Dave
Trofimenkoff has to decide what to do with his life.
It was a strange year for Trofimenkoff. He began the year
behind fellow 'keeper Jon Sikkema, and started on a
streak of terrible luck, going 0-5-2. When Sikkema
departed over the Christmas break for junior hockey,
Trofimenkoff (also known as "Trof") became the man.
He assumed full control of the role of number one goal-
tender, played at the top of his game on a consistent basis,
and was a big reason for why UBC stayed in the playoff race
so long.
"He's been our MVP since Christmas in my mind," said
roommate and team captain Troy Dalton late in the season.
"I'm proud to say that he's our number one because he really and truly is."
Sandy Hayer, another roommate and teammate of
Trofimenkoff's, agrees.
"I think he's probably one of the best goaltenders in the
league. He stops about 35 shots a game, [and] he plays every
game."
In fact, he made nearly 40 saves a game for a bad team,
and one weekend in early January he faced a staggering
total of 96 shots on goal over two games. He's a good goal-
tender, and good goaltenders get noticed. Trofimenkoff was
taken by the NewYork Rangers at age 18 in the 6th round of
the 1993 entry draft. He was the first goalie chosen by the
Rangers that year, and the 12th overall.
He attended two training camps—one in 1993 after he
was drafted, and another in 1994, the September after the
Rangers won the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks.
When Trofimenkoff arrived at his first training camp he was
awestruck by the situation—not to mention the fact that he
was on the ice with guys like Mike Richter and Mark Messier.
"I remember my first year—I couldn't believe I was there.
It's a lot of different emotions and a lot of hockey, and for the
ten days [you're] there, you're kind of on a high."
He didn't really get a chance to talk to some of the veteran players, but some, especially fellow goaltender Glen
Healy, reached out and gave him advice, as well as some
confidence.
Unfortunately, the Rangers had a glut of great goal-
tenders at those two training camps. In addition to
Trofimenkoff, there were seven other goalies in attendance
at the two camps; among them Mike Richter, Healy, Corey
Hirsch, Dan Cloutier, and Jamie Ram, have all played in at
least two NHL games.
But while Trofimenkoff didn't make the team, that time
in upstate NewYork was far from being a waste of time.
"It was kind of like a reward," he says. "It's kind of also like
a dream come true to be drafted by an NHL team."
Trofimenkoff began playing hockey at age seven in the
minor leagues in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta.
He did not start out in goal right away—he was a
defenseman and moonlighted as goaltender for a couple of
seasons just to get a taste of it.
"It could have been my first year [that] I decided I liked it,
but you were still only allowed to play three or four games in
goal because they wanted to let everybody play."
Trofimenkoff played in the minor leagues in Calgary
before joining Lethbridge of the WHL at 16. He finished high
school while playing for Lethbridge, and when he was 19, he
was traded to Prince George. Later that season, as part of the
biggest deal in league history, he was dealt again. This time
he went to the Tri-Cities Americans in an 11-player swap.
One of the players who went the otirer way is now also a
member of the UBC men's hockey team, forward Geoff
Lynch.
When he was 20, he decided it was time to get an education, and chose to come to UBC, in part, because he had
always wanted to live in Vancouver. He entered the faculty of
science, and is majoring in astronomy and minoring in
commerce.
"During that last year of junior I started thinking that I'd
be better off getting my education. I didn't get a contract
[with the Rangers], and when you're playing in the Western
League, you get some scholarship money, so it was just the
right time to come to school."
It was the right time for UBC too, because they needed a
goaltender, and Trofimenkoff seemed like the perfect fit.
"He's a very good puckhandler. He's exceptional. He passes the puck, stops the puck well, sets it up for the defense-
man behind the net. He's kind of like an extra defenseman,"
says UBC head coach Mike Coflin.
Trof has indeed been an asset to his team. In his 82 career
games with four bad-to-middling Thunderbird teams, he
has recorded 21 wins, 1 assist and a team-record 8 ties. Fred
Masuch, a former UBC goalie, head coach, and now-assis-
tant coach has spent a lot of time working with Trofimenkoff
in the past three years and says that one area in which he
has seen him improve is in getting more control over his
emotions.
"There were days gone by where Dave would get quite
down on himself and a goal would go in that he didn't think
should go in and that would lead to another goal, and
maybe another goal, and he's got, by and large, rid of that,"
says Masuch.
One thing, though, that Trofimenkoff does not need to
improve is his work ethic. He doesn't shy away from hard
work—he exemplifies it.
"I've seen lots of goaltenders and [I've] played goal, and
Dave Trofimenkoff is the hardest working goaltender I've
ever seen," Masuch describes.
Trofimenkoff also works hard off the ice during the offseason by sticking to a conditioning program that has him
turning up to camp as one of the best-
conditioned players on the team, and
in the top two percentile of all the athletes who take the standard conditioning tests. One of the things that help
him maintain his fitness level is his
healthy diet—and, according to
Dalton, a large appetite.
"He should weigh over 200 pounds.
He eats enough for two, [but] you'd
never guess by looking at him."
nother one of Dave's assets is
that he's a positive and easy
oing guy.
"He's a really, genuinely nice person. He's one of the nicest guys I know.
I don't think there's a mean bone in his
body," says Dalton.
Well, there might be one mean
bone in his body. It seems that Dave
has a penchant for pranks, and after
much prodding, revealed one of his
recent tricks.  He  said  that before
Christmas   a   mini-war   broke   out
between his roommates over which
faculty was best: Science, Commerce,
or Human Kinetics. And in the heat of
battle, one roommate (whom Trofimenkoff declined to
name) was thrown into an elevator—au naturel—and sent
down.
Trof's days at UBC are numbered, however. The
Thunderbirds failed to make the playoffs this year for
the third time in his four vpars. and bp'll-be Graduating
this May.
When asked what his future holds for him, he answers,
"I'm thinking I might do some traveling, probably to Europe
or something like that hopefully. Take some time away from
school and just do some things that I want to do."
He adds that he isn't really sure what his next step is
going to be, and that he may one day want to return to
school, but he still wants to continue playing hockey, and
said that he might look into trying to play professionally in
Europe.
That may be difficult to do, however. Masuch says
European teams are looking for the flashy, scorer-type player to fill the seats, and not necessarily a goaltender. "It's not
out of the question that [Trof] couldn't be a professional
player, but [to] what level he could rise, I'm not sure. Quite
often those things are more good luck than good play. You're
in the right time, the right place, and somebody decides
they like you."
Dave admits that not being given a contract with the
Rangers gave him a bad taste for hockey at the end of his
junior career, but adds that things have now turned around
for him. He is once again enjoying playing the game.
But he's played in his last game as a UBC Thunderbird. It
was the last time he will ever wear the blue, gold and white
uniform. He's enjoyed his time here, and it's a pity it has to
end.
"This has been a really fun four years of hockey for me. I
can kind of compare it to the amount of fun I had playing
minor hockey," he says. "It was a good atmosphere for me to
study and play hockey. I met a lot of good friends. I really,
really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to anybody."*
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Kinetic Cup kicks
by Jo-Ann Chiu
Judging by the hundreds of cheering
spectators Friday at Machines Field, the
inaugural Kinetic Cup football game was
a success. That it raised over a thousand
dollars for liver cancer research only
confirms it.
"I asked [the players] right after if they
had fun, and they all wanted to play
again right away," said Simon Quinto,
the organiser of the game.
The match was the brainchild of
Quinto, a defensive back with UBC's varsity football team, who was inspired to
create his own fundraising gridiron
game for women after his experience as
an assistant coach with T-Cup football mmmm^
last November. The result was Kinetic   ^t^h
Cup 1999 for female students in UBC's ■«»■»
School  of Human  Kinetics,   where
Quinto is a fourth-year student. And
while he had to get Richmond and
Windsor Secondary schools to supply
the equipment, it was getting sponsors
for the event that was the difficult part.
Each player in Kinetic Cup was
encouraged to raise pledge funds before
participating in the game. Quinto was
inspired to go into coaching by UBC
football coach Casey Smith, who lost a
battle with liver cancer last year. As a
result, the proceeds of Kinetic Cup will
go to the Canadian Liver Foundation.
Pledging continues, and Quinto aims to
raise $1,600 by the end of the month.
Varsity influences also figured
prominently in the game, as the
Kinetic Cup teams were named after
the school colours and coached by
Thunderbird football players. The
game was even refereed by varsity footballers Craig
Briere and alumni John Litde.
Quinto and assistant Kit Chansavang coached the
Golden Girls, comprised of first and fourth-year students, while Thunderbird linebacker
Stewart Scherck engineered the Devils
in Blue, featuring second and third-
year women.
Since Scherck won the most valuable defensive player award when
UBC won the 1997 Vanier Cup, it came
as no surprise that the Kinetic Cup
defensive player of the game was
Scherck's protege, middle linebacker
Valerie Ho. She single-handedly flattened the phalanxes of the gold team's
entire offensive unit.
"She's all over the field," said spectator and varsity
receiver Aaron Iverson. "She's always around the ball
and seems to have good knowledge of the game."
Ho's propensity for aggression is in her blood. A former basketball star with the Capilano College Blues, she
grew up as the middle of three daughters in a family
obsessed with ballet and Chinese dance. Always athletic, Ho distinguished herself from her sisters by excelling
in sports and martial arts, and taking on the Chinese
UGH! the first-ever Kinetic Cup was a smashing success, dale lum photo
lion dancing roles traditionally reserved for only the
strongest boys.
It was Ho who snuffed out a wild 20-yard run by
Golden Girls quarterback Julie Harris, and later caught
a spectacular interception that left spectators cheering.
But neither Ho's ten tackles nor the passing arm of Devils quarterback Sarah
Nicholls could splinter the Golden Girls'
remarkable balance, which tempered the
Devils with a perfect backer-style defence.
UBC's women's rugby program figured
prominentiy in the proceedings: varsity
scrum half Samantha Cook scored the
game's first touchdown on a hitch pass,
while varsity prop Laurie Hamilton scored
the second on a centre sneak. Seconds
before time expired, an interception plucked from the
stratosphere by Gill Hicks wrapped up the 21-0 game
victory for the Golden Girls.
With the success of Kinetic Cup, Quinto is toying
with the idea of forming a women's contact football
tournament on campus, to offer females from all academic backgrounds the opportunity to play.
To contribute to the Kinetic Cup and the Canadian
Liver Foundation, contact Simon Quinto at 292-6252.♦
"I asked [the players] right after if
they had fun, and
they ail wanted to
play again right
away."
—Simon Quinto,
K-Cup organiser
T-Birds on Pan Am team
by Bruce Arthur
UBC will again be well-represented
on a Canadian national swim team
after this weekend's 1999 Maritime
Life Nationals in Victoria
Seven UBC swimmers were
named to the Canadian team that
will compete at the 1999 Pan Am
Games this summer in Winnipeg.
T-Birds Katie Brambley, Jessica
Deglau, and Marianne Limpert
made the women's squad, while
on the men's side, Mark Versfeld,
Mark Johnston, Tim Peterson,
and Dustin Hersee all qualified
for the team.
Johnston was named male
swimmer of the meet for his perfor
mance over the four-day meet,
which included gold medals in the
200,400, and 1,500 metre freestyle.
"This is a big, big meet and I
really wanted to swim fast," said an
ecstatic Johnston. "I'm speechless."
Johnston has had an up-and-
down first year. After the best
swims of his life in his first university meet, he had trouble adapting
to university life away from home.
"I was really stressed out, I got
sick all the time—I had trouble
adapting to [residence] life," he
said.
Both Deglau and Versfeld won
two individual golds, Deglau in
the 100 and 200 metre butterfly,
and Versfeld in the 100 and 200
metre backstroke.
Since the UBC program houses 12 national team swimmers,
the results of the meet were
termed just "satisfactory" by UBC
assistant coach Randy Bennett.
"We thought we'd have a few
more kids get through," he said.
"We swam well for the time of the
year—we had a few misses."
The Canadian team is comprised of 16 men and 16 women
and will compete at the Pan Ams
July 24-August 8. Not only that,
but they will travel to Hong Kong
this Friday for a World Cup meet,
as well as going to the Pan Pacific
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Best known as the other show by
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Spike and the late Mike, consists of
animated shorts that the entire
family can enjoy. Don't let that
turn you off, though.
While many of the shorts featured in Spike and Mike's Sick &
around, many of which have gone
on to win awards.
Take, for instance, the 1999
Academy Award winner for best
animated short, Bunny. This is one
of several animated shorts usim*
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clear why the film won an
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animated short is Tightrope, created by the members of Digital
Domain, the computer graphics
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the impact and smooth animation of
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These animated shorts will
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Going to see Place Vanier's production of West Side*
Story reminded me of high school. The sets werei
bare, the costumes were limited both in quality|
and quantity, and the seats were uncomfortable, j
Looking around the audience, I could see friends"
spurred by the opportunity to see their classmates]
onstage, and, of course, any number of proud,
beaming parents. This really was like high school. T"".*^^
Throughout the performance, this impression was neverV/-*
really dispelled. The actors who played the lets and Sharks, theH"l'',"n
two rival gangs in the musical, had difficulty with the singing^™^
that their parts required. The few numbers that they had to sing, ^m***
like "Jet Song" and "Gee, Officer Krupke" were often botched byrrH
off-kev notes and lacklustre sinning. ^™
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strings off-key. More img
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numbers. The overall rl
laboured, with the orchea
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through the pieces, while her __""""j
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to hit his high notes.                /"TN
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have to respect the cast and *"^
crew of this production. This
particular West Side Story was
crippled by so many factors
which were clearly out of^\«*
               their   control.   I      Can't C^
, of a worse place to stage a musi-"
leal than the Place Vanier Ballroom,
which has a stage that was obviously |—»
too small for the actors and their ^^
ICnOreOgraphy. There was also the fact that this was KmAsJ
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ALIVE AND
WELL: Jeff
Hyslop [left]
and Michael
Burgess grab
some flowers
and do some
singing in
Jacques Brel is
Alive and Well
anil Living in
Paris.
[T guess I should have known better. When I heard the words "Jacques Brel" and "musical starring Michael Burgess and Jeff
I Hyslop/' I might have guessed something was amiss. You see, when I think of M. Brel, I think of a mellow-voiced Belgian with an
[acoustic guitar, not of those who regularly belt out numbers in Livent's latest excuse for elaborate set design-as-art. sa
lt was Susan Henley, thoygji, who quite neajr
crowd, and she never .once injured my ears. Th
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What Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris does is
take Brel's music, translate the lyrics to English, add an 8-piece e
ensemble for overwrought accompaniment, and then have it §|
sung by performers capable of unleashing peals of quivering, 2g
headache-inducing vocals. This is about as true to the spirit of _g»
Brel's music as having Pakistani devotional singer Nusrat ■
Fateh Ali Khan (may he rest in peace) perform die works of S
Leonard Cohen. ■____;
So, given that I was unimpressed with the very concept of g
the   show—how   was   it,   based   on   its   own   merits? ..r
Unfortunately, still rather unenjoyable. For me, musicals are
synonymous with the likes of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, and
have nothing to do with the glass-shattering sonic cacophony
that is currendy being let loose at the Vogue.
The performers are a bit of a mixed bag. There's Michael
Burgess, most noteworthy for his appearance in Les
Miserables, moving about the stage as though someone's
| neglected to remove the coat hanger from his suit jacket.
Obviously a virtuoso singer, he feels compelled to overwhelm
the audience when he should be tenderly singing of love and
loss.
The same must be said of co-star Louise Pitre. Listening to
her becomes physically painful. Why she opts for such an
aural assault is quite puzzling. If she would only show a bit
more softness, she might be tolerable.
At least Jeff Hyslop fares significantly better. Known for
playing the Phantom of the Opera and the mannequin on
Today's Special, he's able to use physical humour to charm the
audience (except perhaps those in the first three rows, who
are in the "spittie" zone). His playful renditions of "The Bulls"
and "Funeral Tango" managed to lighten the mood a bit and
provided me mith a break from looking at my watch and
cringing.
is the evening worthwhile. Throughout the show she captivates the
m rneda ana Carousel, two of her feature performances, are by far the
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Despite being one of the coolest actors
in the world, Chow Yun-Fat's first
Hollywood picture, The Replacement
Killers, failed to have the desired impact.
Lucidly, his latest, The Corrupter, reassures Chow's coolness factor.
Tlie Corruptor tells the tale of two New
York cops: head of the Asian gang unit,
Nick Chen (played by Chow), and Danny
Wallace (played by Mark Wahlberg), the
young, idealistic cop who's partnered up
with Chen amidst recent tensions
between two Asian gangs, the Triads and
the Fukienese Dragons. Both have hidden
agendas, with Chen having ties to the
Triads and Wallace being torn between his
loyalty to Chen and his desire to turn him
by Vince Yim    in for corruption.
Coming up with a good short plot summary for this film without giving away the
story is difficult. While Tlie Replacement
Killers was a mindless shoot-'em-up, Tiw
Corruptor has a complex storyline with
strong characters, giving the ending a much
greater impact (loyal fans of Chow Yun-Fat
will know what I 'm talking about). While the
film isn't without its action sequences, they
simply cannot compare to the masterful
bullet-ballets of Chow Yun-Fafs frequent
Hong Kong collaborator, John Woo.
As well, Chow's English has improved
since The Replacement Killers, which is a
good thing since his dialogue consists of
much more than "L..need...forged...documents" and "I...need...guns." This is a film
that requires some thought, albeit a bit too
much, as tlie storyline tends to gets a bit
muddled near the middle. But, simply put,
The Corruptor is not a film where you can
turn your brain off.
Best described as an "intellectual
action film," it puts story and characters
ahead of action sequences, while still
including one of the coolest car chase
scenes in recent memory. In turn, The
Corruptor becomes much more than
endless scenes of bullets flying and bodies falling.
While saying that this film is better than
Tlie Replacement Killers isn't much, The
Corruptor can definitely stand on its own.
While not the best film starring Chow, it is
one of the better films around, something
sorely lacking in today's film market of
mind-numbing fare.»>
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1 Henley's    performance    and    Errol
iReinarts spectacuiar iiguting design
aren't enough to salvage this mess, and
j had I paid $55 like the people sitting
I around me, I would've thrown things at
the stage. Do just about anything other
than see this musical. Watching me eat
I dinner would be more entertaining,
which I'll be doing nightly at 8 pm at
my home until March 27th.<«
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says. "You should have killed us all, Because I have|
my memory! I have my humanity!
Her conviction is born from experience. This isl
probably the most politically and emotionally
charged scene in the Latino Theatre Group's Qui
Posa with La Raza, eh?
And it says a lot about the play's genesis. The sto
ries in it illustrate hope in the face of despair, defi
ance in the face of antagonism, laughter in the face
of bigotry, and, most of all, a need for cultural
expression   in   a   society   that   threatens   to
homogenise.
It's a half-hour before the dress rehearsal and I'm
sitting in the sunlit lounge of the Firehall theatre,
talking to Mendez and the play's director, Carmen
Aguirre. Five years ago, the group started doing
street performances in the form of 'Theatre of the
Oppressed'—an improvisational form requiring]
audience participation to resolve enacted crisis sit
uations.
According to Aguirre, improvising real life situa-l
tions actually helped the Latin American communi-j
ty to sort out some of its problems.
"Yes. Yes, because all the 'Theatre of thej
Oppressed' plays that we did were on issues like
family violence, or AIDS, or racism, or whatever, right? It was always about
whenever we would put on one of these nlavs the whole community would ^o
these plays, and do the interventions and a huge discussion would follow. So yes, it was
certainly very positive for the community. And that's how the Latino theatre group has
gained a lot of respect," Aguirre says.
The stories in the play are all important, she adds, since they help the Lower
Mainland's Latin American community create their own cultural identity. "A lot of people
in Canada who are non-mainstream have these stories," says the Chilean-born director.
"And I think it's important to have these stories told, and to break the stereotypes of the
mainstream media of Latinos."
Among these stories is Mendez's. Her mother was "disappeared"—kidnapped from her
home in Guatemala when she was nine years old, and her father was forced to seek asylum for his family in Canada. The process took him two long years. Mendez stayed with
her grandmother in Guatemala, while her father sorted things out for them in Canada.
To this day, Mendez can only imagine what happened to her mother. In a few months,
she will take her memories and her indominable humanity back with her to Guatemala.
There, she says she will fight for human rights, fight to revive the faltering collective memory of what happened to her mother and hundreds of dtousands of others like her.
ater on, as I watch the dress rehearsal, I find myself laughing out loud, and tapping my feet alonj
getic and rhythmical movement of the actors is captivating. Then Mendez's scene unfolds, an(
lerself and her character all at once, expressing the hopes and convictions they share. Admitte
ter of me. But then, only a few minutes later, I'm laughing again, and clapping and tapping my feet £
I'm enthralled by this depiction of Vancouver's Latino community, at once hilarious and frighten
ride, and I feel like crying sometimes, but mosdy I'm laughing. The play, as Aguirre says, is a celebral
There are moments in between scenes when the actors are flitting back and forth across the stage i
others when they're struggling with the costumes in the semi-darkness, shaking their shoulders into
moments make the play really intimate, like being backstage with the players.
A funny thing happens in this vein, during the play's opening performance. Sixteen-year-old to
posed to quickly sweep the stage after a dusty scene, but in her excited haste, she has left behind a bi
vised panic, Oparin Ortiz runs out onto the stage and starts frantically scuffing at the dirt trail. The c
ter, and the next scene begins.
The actors' intimacy with their audience and their reckless, spontaneous energy is consistent thro
having a blast out there, and the characters come to them so naturally; the lines flow so easily togethe
it's, in fact, life. The characters are themselves, the stories are their own. The line between fiction and
time again.
"It's true stories being performed by the people themselves," explains Aguirre. "For example I coul
and done the exact same thing, and then hired professional actors to do it, but I think what's really s
that we didn't do that. And it's them doing their stories, and I think there's a very special feel to the ]
they are telling and that comes through."
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;t along with the music. The ener-
ds, and she, in essence, becomes
dmittedly, the scene gets the bet-
y feet along with the music,
ightening. Sure, it's an emotional
elebration of life,
stage in time with the music, and
rs into their next character. These
old Itzel Bazerque Patrich is sup-
id a big trail of sand. With impro-
. The crowd explodes with laugh-
at throughout the play. They're all
Dgether that I'm sure it's real. That
in and reality is crossed time and
; I could have written their stories
really special about this project is
:o the play. They know the stories
It's a Saturday afternoon, and the matinee performance has just finished. We meet in the empty theatre to do a photo shoot. The actors
are as excitable as a group of school children. Aguirre asks them to
get in position, and as they do, I notice that they switch between their
stage names and their real names when they talk to each other. They
even seem to alternate between their stage personalities and their real
personalities. They enact jokes based on their characters—jokes not in
any script. Angelo Moroni, who plays the hilariously goofy and
lovesick Rata, trips himself on his way onto the stage. The others burst
into laughter and applause, and he tries in vain and with silly gestures
to recover his minimal integrity. Just like Rata would.
But backstage after opening night, I'm talking to Angelo and I can't
help wondering where Rata comes from. The twenty five-year-old jazz
musician is telling me about his plans for the future. They are serious
plans. He tells me about his work as a day-care supervisor. Serious
work, but when I prod him, he admits he likes goofing off for the kids.
As a joke, I ask him how it feels now that he's a star. I'm trying to find
Rata's ill-placed vanity, but Angelo answers me deadpan: "It doesn't
change a thing. Of course I am very happy with how this has turned
out, but I cannot let it get to my head. Besides the acting business.. .1
would not like to be in the acting business here in Vancouver. I will not
change my plans."
Though they might not be professional actors, and to the trained
eye this might be apparent, it can't be denied that this group of amateurs, who range between the ages of 16 and 27, have risen up from
their community dripping with presence and charisma. Aguirre
assures me that these six actors were not selected from the theatre
group of forty-some people. They were just the ones who believed in
it, and kept pushing and pushing to make the project happen.
Like the play itself, which deals with everything from farcical dating dilemmas to hellish border crossings, from student political rallies
to men's propensities for gadgets, the actors are obviously a mixed
bunch with mixed plans for themselves. And, hailing from Chile,
Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, El Salvador and even Canada, they
also have very different personal histories and backgrounds. But,
according to Aguirre, the fundamental links transcend all these differences.
"Certainly there is something cultural that links us together. There
is something that goes beyond language and history that unites
Latinos," she says.
During some scenes, the actors playfully flirt with the racial stereotypes that exist around Latinos. And, of course, many other jokes are
aimed at those boring and complacent white people who make up
this country's majority. Sure, it's funny stuff. But you're never quite
sure whether or not to laugh. I mean, you could be laughing at yourself if you do that. But they laugh at themselves, so it softens the blow.
It makes it easier to deal with. It even lead to some introspection on
my part.
Kenia Avendano's character is a politically active student with a revolutionary agenda. During one of her rants, she targets Canada's white
majority with humourous, but malicious zeal. "I don't feel part of the
multicultural mosaic when I'm surrounded by bleeding hearts who
suffer from amnesia about the history of their own country. And they
hide behind a mask of political correctness and a fake fucking smile,"
she says. "I don't feel harmonious surrounded by people who speak
the right language and yet have no idea what they're really thinking.
And you can be sure they're thinking: 'Spic, go home.'
Her antagonism is amusingly forceful, but it frightens you and
makes you look at what it means to be a white Canadian. I even
thought to myself that there is probably a lot of things wrong with
what I have been taught and the way I have acted in the past. Things I
have conveniently forgotten. Issues of race and equality are difficult,
but these Latino youths know that they must be addresssed, and that
perhaps laughter is the best way in.
At the reception following Friday's opening night performance, I
am standing on the Firehall's patio, surrounded by members of
the Latino community. I approach one of them who is standing
alone, and ask him how he enjoyed the play. He liked it, he said. He
thought it was funny. And then he asks me what I liked best about it.
Suddenly, I notice that he is really eager to hear my opinion; to hear
the views of an outsider. I answer, carefully, that I enjoyed the dancing
and the music most of all. Boy, that was a careful answer, and you can
be sure that I qualified it with my best "fake fucking smile."
After he goes inside, I wonder why I didn't tell him how I had really
felt when I first saw the play. How intensely moved I had been by
Mendez's scene during that dress rehearsal, how I had emerged from
the practice room that Sunday, wiping my brow in bewilderment. Why
hadn't I told him that I had felt myself being literally bome along by
the stories of the young actors, into a world where I would never possibly exist, except as a visitor. Or how the play's humour had made me
look more closely at my own role as a part of the self-absorbed, bleeding-heart and conveniently forgetful white majority?
Sure I liked the music and the dancing, but there was more to it
than that. A whole lot more.*
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CABARET
At the Frederic Wood
Theatre
Runs until Mar.27
If UBC Theatre intended to end its season with a hang,
then Kander and Ebb's Cabaret shouldn t be missed. This
season, UBC Theatre's choices have been diverse, containing the contemporary and the classic, and incorporating all types of theatre. SO HOW, With the
end of the year approaching, we
move into the world of the Kit
Kat Klnb where   the girls are
beautiful" and "therms a battle every nighrto Keep
the girls clothed." '    * r
Don't get your hopes up too much, because everyone does manage to remain clothed—but
just barely. Although most of the scenes contain numerous scantily-clad bodies, like those
, that inhabited 1930's Berlin's Kit Kat Hub, and provide for racy dance numbers, the plot of
Cabaret also examines the onset of Nazi control in Germany. At first the action is fun, energetic and enthusiastic, but, by the end of the night, there's a haunting and tragic tone as the
audience, unlike the characters, realise the inevitable Nazi oppression of the world that the
play illuminates.
Although Cabaret invokes mixed emotions, this UBC production provides hilarious dance
jj, numbers and excellent voices that made me want to sing and dance all the way home. The
O  lead role of the Kit Kat Hub Emcee is assumed by Samantha Donabie, in which she physi-
. caiiyaj^mysicaiiypiavsthej^ttoatee. Dphabie's movements during such dance numbers as WuKommen
and "Two Ladies are incredible, demonstrating an abundance of energy and
adaptability. Her voice is the strongest of
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while  still hitting the  role's  German
aCCent On the nail. Donabie's strength lies in that she doesn't try to act the part, instead immersing herself in it.
Cabaret's other outstanding performance comes from
Odessa Shuquaya as the flamboyant Sally Bowles. Whether
talking her way into men's apartments, singing at the night
club or struggling with the notion of a politically unstable
Germany, Sally is definitely the story's protagonist and
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sings "life is a cabaret, old chum," and stays completely out of touch with
reality.
Director Garcia and company also manage to do a fine job of integrating
scenes at the boarding house, where most of the action takes place, into
the body of play. It is here that the dual romantic sub-plots are developed,
and there are some stellar songs, particularly the cute duet "It couldn't
and glamour, humour and conflict.
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I HATE YOU ON MONDAYS
At The Cavern
(on Commercial Drive)
Runs until Mar 27
by Flora Graham
Not many plays could work in The
Cavern, but I Hate You on Mondays
does. The story of three young
people searching for freedom and
connection, set in a teenager's
bedroom and a punk musician's
hovel,   seems   at   home ■
Moth, a 15-year-old virgin who sits
in his room pondering a potentially fatal boredom and training his
eyes to move independentiy. The
play opens at the one-night stand
of Bernadette and Pinch, a musician struggling with guilt and
Catholicism. In the course of the
play, all the characters try to come
to terms with a personal definition
of morality and the search for intimacy.
seems  at home The piay centres on Bernadette
under the basement per-    	
formance space's low ceil- young WOIUQII frying tO find Q Wle in standing of her contempo-
dialogues to become unneccessar-
ily rushed. They skip over some of
their important moments, and
don't quite connect. This is especially detrimental to the play's final
scene, which ends up so short and
rushed that it almost loses its
meaning. Of the three leads, Pinch
(Derek Metz) is the most convincing, and creates a warm and
believable punk rocker.
I Hate You on Mondays was
written by Kate Miles over a
q       four-year period, starting at
age 17. Her youthful under-
ings and heating ducts. The
quick succession of scenes
from one side of the space searching for a place between
to the other creates a good
modern soctnry
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feeling of an MTV-like
teenage world, but it also IS
means that the central
stage ends up being underused. Since two large pillars block
the sides of the stage for much of
the audience, the minimal use of
the central space is a bigger problem here than it would have been
elsewhere.
The play centres on Bernadette,
a drop-out trying to complete
'grade 14,' who forms the apex of a
love triangle with the two other
characters. She's a young woman
trying to find a role in modern
society, searching for a place
between independence, love, and
self-mutilation. She has developed
a mentor-like relationship with
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I Hate You on Mondays is a well-
written play full of realistic dialogue, and the actors manage to
get over any difficult spots in the
narrative. Tasha Faye Evans plays
Bernadette, and creates a beauti-
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young woman stretching her sexual and emotional wings. However,
her apparent nervousness causes
her to hop around the stage in a
manner that doesn't reflect her
character's emotional state effectively. This anxiousness also seems
to be shared by Brahm Taylor as
Moth, which sadly causes their
raries and sense of humour
come through in this production, "but the deeper
themes get lost and muddled. The motivations of the
characters would be far
more apparent if Evans and
Taylor had taken more time
with the significant moments that
their characters share.
The pillars and the nervousness
are noticeable, but nevertheless /
Hate You on Mondays remains a
funny and involving play. The
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the whole of the production, and
the truths of the situations in the
play are still very apparent. / Hate
You on Mondays meaningfully
addresses young people's search
for the emotional and moral
meaning of love and sex. It's full of
truthful, sensitive moments, while
still being funny as hell. ♦
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TUESDAY MARCH 23,1999
VOLUME SO ISSUE 43
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Federico Barahona
NEWS
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
CULTURE
John Zaozirny
SPORTS
Bruce Arthur
NATIONAL/FEATURES
Dale Lum
PHOTO
Richard Lam
PRODUCTION
Todd Silver
COORDINATORS
CUP Cynthia Lee WEB Ronald Nurwisah
VOLUNTEERS Jaime Tong
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper
of the University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion
of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or
the University of British Columbia.
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Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to
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latter is time senstitive. Opinion pieces will not
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verified.
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Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an
error in the ad occurs, the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad.
The UPS shall not be responsible for slight
changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
EDITORIAL OFFICE
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AD DESIGN
Shalene Takara
Crowds filled Lhe SUB liist night to caich a glimpse of their
favourite stars attending the 80th Ubyssey Academy Awards.
Bruce Arthur, resplendent in a black tux, presented the awards
with his usual zest. John Zaozirny won Best Actor for bis role
in Culture, beating out contenders Ibm Peacock and Nicholas
Bradley. Sarah Galashan, lovely in a blue silk gown, broke
down on receiving her Best Actress trophy. "I just want to
thank my partner, this is lor you Dougie Quan!" she sobbed,
wtiile paying tribute to other nominated actresses Nyranne
Martin arid Lisa Denton, ihe Oscar for Best Director went to
the Mexican director I:ederico Barahona who was this year's
dark horse with his hit film "Better than Chocolate." Ron
Nuuwisah's acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor went
over! in ll- but he had many people to thank including Flora
Grahrm, Vince Vim and Jo-Ann Chiu. Cynthia Lee sang, and
the producer ot the show, Todd Silver, boasted that TV ratings
would .>e jtralospheric. Duncan McHugh, said to be the next
Huiiywu >d hunk, was spotted in the audience, as was actress
Sura Newham. No one was surprised when llichard Lam took
best Cinei su tography. Other winners were Dale Lum, for Best
Documentary, and Julian Dowling for Best Foreign Language
Film. The Bt st °icture Oscar was a surprise: Hollywood decided tomakelhh Lkespearein] Live not War alter all.
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Hobnobbing, lobbying
It's a funny thing, lobbying.
To the people with the power to make decisions, it takes a lot of creativity—or money—to
make a difference in how things work. .And creativity is pretty hard to come by. Protests, glad-
handing—what makes the power people listen?
The AMS allocated $100,000 to external lobbying this past year. It now has all of $10,000
left. What exactly did that $90,000 go towards?
(expectant pause)
CASA membership. Well, let's have a parade.
Help to the $3,000 fizzle of a petition campaign,
and membership in the BC-Yukon Student
Alliance, as part of our CASA membership
obligations. The salary of the AMS policy analyst. Well, at least they helped out the APEC student complainants.
Oh, it'll be a fine parade, indeed.
In a time when nearly everyone is flabber
gasted with the state of the student loan program, we're happy to hear that at least one university's student union was willing to make a
tangible step towards meaningful dialogue.
Dalhousie University's student union recently
bought $10,000 shares in both the Bank of Nova
Scotia and the Bank of Montreal, giving them a
seat at the banks' annual shareholders' meetings held in Halifax over the past three weeks.
Ted Chaisson, president of the Dal student
union, said that the acquisition was triggered
by upcoming federal student loan renegotiations. "I just needed to talk to the banks, and it
seemed like the place to talk to them."
Bravo.
This move is possibly the shrewdest example of student lobbying in its sometimes-proud
history. Not only does Dal get the opportunity
to talk with the banks face to face, but they risk
almost no student dollars doing it. Brilliant.
Now, when compared to the influence curried by your AMS in the past few years, the
move's luminescence only increases. Unless
you think that being the primo heavyweight in
the BC-Yukon Student Alliance will get us to
the promised land.
UBC is a big university, and the j\MS is a
big student society. Yet we have managed,
through a combination of student apathy,
executive half-assedness, and a general sense
of torpid inertia, to be about as effective at
national lobbying as we are at collective dolphin training.
So let's take a look at what student societies
such as Dalhousie are doing. There are brilliant, creative, and daring ways to make our
voice heard—let's not miss out on the
chance. ♦
False fire alarms
like crying
"wolf"
Lying in my bed at about 1:00 this
morning, with the horrible sound
of a fire alarm ringing all around
me, I decided it was time to speak
up about an inconsiderate and,
more importantly, dangerous tradition at some UBC residences.
Having lived in Totem Park and,
now, in Gage Towers, I've been
rudely awakened numerous times
by the drunken ritual of pulling
fire alarms after returning to residence from the Pit. The fact that
most of our fire alarms go off
between 12:30 and 2:30 am on
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
nights, I think is proof enough of
the correlation between drinking
and the pulling of these alarms
between drinking and the pulling
of these alarms.
It should be enough that this
practice is extremely inconsiderate of the other residents of the
building where this occurs to
make the presumably intelligent
university students who do this
realise what a stupid prank it is to
pull. But if not, there's a far more
serious problem. The alarms go
off so often that residents almost
come to expect them and quite
often opt to stay in bed rather than
to make the trek down to the
lobby. The assumption is that
drunk people have pulled it as a
prank: therefore, why bother to
evacuate if we'll just have to stand
around, waiting for the false alarm
to stop. While this is, admittedly,
not the wisest reaction to a fire
alarm, the reality of this situation
is that I and many people like me
are desensitised by the frequency—and falseness—of the alarms.
The times that I have gone down
in Gage, I've noticed that only 50
or so residents have bothered to
make the trip. That's 50 out of the
approximately 400 people who
live in each of Gage's three towers.
I'm no mathematician, but I know
that's not a good sign.
Chances are, someday there
will be an actual fire at one of
UBC's residences. When that
alarm rings, how will we know
that, unlike so many others before
it, this one's for real? I shudder to
think what might happen.
Pulling false alarms has got to
stop—if not for consideration of
other's right to a good night's
sleep, then out of respect for each
person's right to safety. I won't
even go into the money that is
wasted each time the fire engines
rush out to UBC to investigate
these false alarms, or the real fires
that might go unattended while
the fire fighters are busy here.
We all know the story of the boy
who cried wolf. I think it's time to
think about that message, only, for
these purposes, insert "fire" in
place of "wolf." It seems painfully
simple to me.
Sarah Lefebure
English 2
AMS store name
not racist
Give me a break; the new AMS
store's name, "The Outpost," is not
racist, Darin Howe.
In response to his letter in the
Ubyssey [Mar 12], he stated "The
Oupost" as a name with racial
implications. Like his article suggests, I too agree "Thunderbird" is
a better name for the campus
store.
However, if "Outpost" is considered to be a racist word, what
next? It is important to examine
the purpose and context in which
the word is being used. It is the
title of a store. The store sells supplies to students at UBC. I ask you
Mr. Howe, how is this racist?
This leads me to my next question, which suggests the greater
issue at hand. How far must we go
in this constraining era of political
correctness? Even the other
evening I was told the phrase
"politically correct" is a faux pas.
Apparently, the word "political" is
too narrow in definition to
address the concerns of grand
issues. Hence, the acceptable term
is "culturally aware."
I, for one, have had enough.
Can we please start a new era?
Thea Andruff
Arts 2 THE UBYSSFll
AMS deserves more
money and freedom
www.feedback.ubc.ca
go ahead
PERSPECTIVE
 OPINION	
by Clark Browning
Daniel Arbour's letter to the editor
("Death of the AMS?", Mar 16), while
interesting, is lacking in its analysis of
student apathy. It is my assertion that
student apathy, at any university but
in this particular case with regards to
the AMS, is both justified and
deserved on a number of grounds.
Key is the questionable status of
student politics
and the concept of a student
lobby. It must
be remembered
that virtually all
post-secondary
students are old enough to vote in
provincial and federal elections. As
well, the vast majority of students
will spend less than 10% of their
voting/working lives at university.
Given these factors it is no surprise that most students would find
it inappropriate for the AMS to
attempt to deal with political issues
such as tuition levels, privatisation
trends and student debt levels.
Instead, they rightly see that any
benefits derived from a reduced cost
of education (if it materialises soon
enough for them to take advantage
of it) will come back to haunt them
in the form of higher taxes once they
leave school. It is bad enough that
we will be saddled with the educational debts of the baby boomers; we
shouldn't have to also finance the
generation that follows us.
Similarly, other so-called "student
issues" are nothing of the sort. Race,
gender, sexual orientation, poverty,
human rights, international trade,
etc. have less to do with being a stu
dent and more to do with being a citizen of this province and country.
Therefore, they should be dealt with
in the "real" political realm, not the
make-believe world of student politics. (CASA recognises this, now if
they would only take the previous
paragraph to heart.)
Daniel Arbour argues that student
apathy is a result of "an extremely
weak structure of democracy, where
I find being called a "student" as a political label
quite distasteful. It is an
impoverished term, both
temporally and existen-
tially. I am only a student
now, but not for long,
and in any event there is
much more to my personal identity than simply being a student.
one's voice gets distilled until it
becomes virtually meaningless."
What Daniel misses is that the concept of a student voice is inherently
undemocratic. It is what John Ralston
Saul would term a "corporatisation";
the formation of a new power group
which suppresses the individual
rather than creating participation in
a democratic process.
Daniel also states that "there are no
organised parties on campus," which
seems to pass judgment on ACTION
NOW! and STUDENTS FOR STUDENTS as either being disorganised,
or not a party—sort of like the NPA I
suppose, the party that's not partisan.
Overall, I find being called a "student" as a political label
quite distasteful. It is an
impoverished term,
both temporally and
existentially. I am only a
student now, but not
for long, and in any
event there is much more to my personal identity than simply being a
student.
Daniel identifies that "AMS leaders run a budget of 3 million dollars,
and could represent 30,000 people"
and then proceeds to discuss student
apathy and the adminstrative nightmare of the AMS. I have two suggestions. First is that the AMS should be
given less money and more freedom
to adminstrate it. Secondly, if the
AMS wants to represent the student
body in a political sense, they should
abandon the idea of a student voice
and focus more on the creation and
advancement of policies which,
while relevant to students, are not
short-sighted and in their narrow
self-interest. Furthermore, student
lobbying should be realistic and
amount to something more than
"give us more money or we'll
protest."
—Clark Browning is a third
year law student.
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cheese reception in celebration of the tree planting
ceremony and the opening of grad class ceremonies.
Students, UBC's President and Chancellor will be in
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Tuesday March 30, 1999
12:00-'l2:15pm
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