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Financial aid and work programs for students hard hit on 'Black Thursday'
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
They've named it 'Black Thursday':
On January 17, the provincial government began announcing the
results of its Core Service Review,
cutting thousands of jobs, chopping
some ministries in half, and leaving
many worried about the future of
education in BC.
Financial aid programs for students suffered a significant blow.
The government halted funding to
programs like Work Study—which
funds jobs for students with student
loans—as well as programs such
as Skills for Employment,
Institutional Based
Training    Support    and
Graduate Assistantships.
The Student Summer
Works program, which
subsidises businesses that
hire students over the
summer, and the Youth
Community Action program, which provides
tuition credits for students
who volunteer, were also
eliminated.
Provincial Minister of Advanced
Education Shirley Bond said the government was forced to re-examine
every program because of the current provincial financial crisis.
"I have been given a protected
budget for three years. However,
that does not mean that there won't
be challenges in meeting student
demand," she said.
Bond says the province is trying
to give post-secondary institutions
more autonomy by cutting programs and increasing funding
without attaching conditions to
transfer fees.
"In essence, we're trying to take
the dollars that we have, which have
to go as far as they possibly can, and
allow institutions to decide what
they're going to offer at their institutions,' she said.
Work Study Program, for example.
Bond sees each university developing its own programs.
"Institutions do need to make
those decisions themselves. We, as
government, provide student financial assistance, and we believe that
that's important, and then institutions make decisions on how they
choose [to spend] the dollars that
they have," she said.
But not everyone buys this argument, and UBC's Alma Mater
Society (AMS) for one, worries about
an education system, where univer-
siti.es are too autonomous.
"It's an off-loading of responsi-
biliy back onto the students
and the university," said
AMS President Erfan
Kazemi. "Because the university is going to have to
make up those programs,
they're going to have to
increase tuition."
Kazemi also questioned
the government's choice of
programs to cut
"With the elimination
of the Work Study
Program, students who need the
money the most, to pay off their
student debts, will be unable to
have good jobs," he said.
"It puts education at an uncertain
level," he said. "The government
made promises that there would be
no more cuts to education, but in my
mind, this is a cut to education.'
Josh Mitchell, senior advisor
of UBC's Student Financial
Assistance Program, says the elimination of government programs
will also put more stress on UBC's
bursary programs.
"It's a very big blow. It's a very
big program. It's a good opportunity
for students and employers on campus," he said. "There will certainly
be a lot more pressure as a result
that will be put on the Student Loan
Centre and there will obviously be
Instead of having a provincial    more pressure put on UBC's own
KAZEMI
scholarship and bursary programs."
But Mitchell said that students
currently participating in the Work
Study Program would not be affected. Practically speaking, the cut to
the Work Study Program will not go
into effect until August 1."
Byron Hender, UBC's executive
coordinator of the Students' Office,
agreed that the elimation of the program puts more pressure on UBC's
own programs. He said that he
expects the UBC program which provides jobs for out-of-province students to shoulder much of the blow
to student financial aid programs.
But Hender said programs like
Work Study are more than just
financial aid programs.
"It gives students real work experience that many times they just
don't have the opportunity to do
elsewhere," he said.
Also hit in the government's cutbacks were theological colleges.
Government funding for St Mark's
College, Regent College, and the
Vancouver School of Theology
(VST)-associate colleges at UBC-
was scrapped last Thursday.
Regent College formerly received
a $238,000 annual grant, four per
cent of its revenue, from the provincial government. The rest of the
school's money comes from tuition
and donations, and Rod Wilson,
president of Regent College, says
that unless one of these revenues
increases, the school will have to cut
back its programs.
"We really only have three
options in the presence of this kind
of cut, and in the post-September 11
climate, philanthropy is taking a bit
of a beating," he said, "and we certainly don't want to have the students carry this on their back by
increasing tuition."
VST will also lose a $238,000
annual grant The school's communications coordinator, Kelly
Duncan, says the cut will make
already   tight   conditions   much
tighter.
"It's about seven per cent of our
budget, and so obviously we need to
look at that and find where we can
either cut or move things around,"
she said.
One area that did fare
well in the government
Core Service Review was
medicine. The government
plans to expand medical
schools in BC," and Bond
hopes to secure $110 million to build a Life Sciences
Centre at UBC, and $25 million for satellite centres at
UVic and the University of
Northern BC.
Still unknown, however.
MCBRIDE
is whether the government will
maintain BC's six-year tuition fee
freeze. In a document released last
week, the government said it would
"develop an approach that balances
the appropriate costs of education
among the government, students
and their families."
Barry McBride, UBC's
vice-president, academic,
said that while the university hasn't received any
announcement from the
government, judging from
the wording of government documents, a
tuition-fee thaw can be
expected.
"They've signalled pretty strongly that they're
going to remove the tuition
See "Cuts" on page 2.
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medals. See pages 4-5. cory wanless/the gateway photo
New penalties for outstanding parking fines proposed
by Ai Lin Choo
MY MONEY! And you thought it was
bad before... ubyssey file photo
UBC students with unpaid parking fines could
have their transcripts withheld and access to
registration blocked if UBC's . Board of
Governors (BoG) approves a proposal
designed to increase the collection rate of
parking fines at UBC.
If the proposal is implemented, students
with three or more unpaid parking tickets will
be blocked from registering for classes and collecting transcripts, academic records or graduation diplomas. Two letters of notification will
be sent to each student owing money before the
penalty is enforced.
The academic penalty comes as a solution to
UBC Parking Services' current—and dismal—42
per cent parking-fine collection rate. According
to Danny Ho, director of Parking and Access
Control Services, one of the main purposes of
the proposal is to target students who repeatedly ignore parking regulations.
"21 per cent of all licence plates that have
had fines issued to them account for about 56
per cent of outstanding tickets. That means that
there is a core group that continually challenges
the system," said Ho.
And Ho said that he feels enforcing parking
regulations is not just a matter of fairness to
those who do pay fines.
"More and more development is happening
on campus, and [parking] space is starting to
shrink," said Ho. People who park for long
hours without paying prevent others from, finding a space, he said.
But the current proposal, to be decided by
UBC's BoG at its next meeting in March has
met with disapproval from some Alma Mater
Society (AMS) councillors.
"While presented as a revenue collection
measure, the policy amendment in essence
seeks to tie academic privileges to a non-academic service," wrote AMS President Erfan
Kazemi last week in a letter to the BoG.
"Imposing academic sanctions for an non-academic ancillary service like parking is wholly
inappropriate."
Currently, a similar academic penalty is
imposed on students who do not pay their
library fines, but many feel the two plans are
different
Dave Tompkins, a Graduate Student Society
representative to the AMS Council, said he feels
that misuse of the library is an academic
offence, whereas parking offences are not
Tompkins also added that he questioned the
priority UBC seems to be placing on the collection of parking fines as opposed to what should
be UBC's primary focus - student learning.
But at the last AMS meeting BoG student
representative Tieg Martin expressed his support for the proposal and stressed that,
although many questions still surround the
plan's implementation, he fully supports the
principle behind the proposal.
"Where debt is owed, it is understandable
that there  should be reasonable ways of
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"Cuts" from page 1.
freeze," he said. "Our position is that
we want to make sure that we can
provide students with the best possible edcuation, and that's been
tough during the freeze."
McBride said that while it was
too early to speculate what this will
mean for UBC, he was sure that
tuition increases would be channelled to student services. He added
that increasing money available for
scholarships and bursaries is a very
high priority for UBC.
But Kazemi said that without
government regulation, the AMS
will have to find new ways to ensure
that the university remains accountable to students.
He said student representatives
at UBC-the AMS, the Graduate
Student Society and student representatives on the Board of
Governors (BoG)—will lobby the BoG
to make UBC regulate tuition
increases if the provincial government does not regulate tuition itself
The provincial government will
announce its plans for the tuiton
freeze on February 19, when it
releases its budget
Student groups around the
province are organising events to
highlight the importance of
advanced education. The Canadian
Federation of Students is organising a National Day of Action on
February 6, when students in BC
will protest in Vancouver and at
Victoria's legislature to show support the tuition freeze. ♦
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"Fines" from page 1.
collecting it," he said. Tm willing to
support any solution that applies
equally to all people.
"I'm satisfied that by March, we'll
have a policy that I can fully support," he said.
Martin said he was concerned,
however, that the system would only
target students. He said he wanted to
know how fines would be collected
from UBC staff and faculty.
According to Ho, more than 70
per cent of parking fines are generated by students. He said that while
the current proposal solely targets
students, impounding will still be
carried out if the proposal is implemented, affecting staff and faculty
cars as well.
"If compliance increases, not that
many cars will end up on the
impound fist So for faculty and staff
that do not pay, the chances of
impounding their cars increases,"
he said.
Parking Services currently has
11,295 licence plates on its
impound list Lastyear, 2,558 cars
were impounded.
Before March 1995, the university had a similar policy where all students with outstanding parking or
library fines were prevented from
registering. But that policy was
amended in 1995 with the adoption
of a telephone registration system,
Telereg. Telereg limited the registrar's control over student access to
the system but, according to Ho,
improvements in online technology
have made the implementation of
such a proposal possible again.
There remain several other issues
surrounding the plan's implementation. During the last AMS meeting,
one councillor noted that it would not
be possible to track and penalise students driving their parents' cars.
"There are no ways of fully
addressing that" Ho said, but added
that notices would still be sent to the
address to which ICBC has registered the licence plate.
In his letter to the BoG, Kazemi
also expressed concern over the
appeal process. He said that the current proposal "lacks an accountable
and transparent appeals mechanism* since the process remains
internal to UBC Parking Services
with the Parking Services director as
the sole reviewer of a contested fine.
According to Ho, 14 per cent of
parking fines are appealed. He
promised, however, that student
input on the appeal process would
be considered. He said that whether
the appeal process remains internal
or becomes a committee with student representatives has yet to be
decided.
"We have a remarkably high
appeal rate. Our focus is to convey
the right message. We prefer students to understand why regulations
are in place and the requirements to
follow up on that," he said.
Ho expects the proposal to be
implemented by September 2002, if
it is passed by the BoG in March. He
said Parking Services will ensure
that the proposal is communicated
effectively to students and included
in the online calendar.
Ho plans to meet with Kazemi
and Martin to discuss the proposal
and gain further student input The
AMS will be adopting an official
position on the parking proposal at
this Wednesday's AMS Council
meeting. ♦
JOBS
We are looking to fill the following part-time paid position:
AMS Executive Coordinator of Student Services
The following position is a one-year appointment from February 26,
2002 to March 1,2003. It requires a full-time commitment during the
summer months and a familiarity with student services both inside
and outside the AMS. Remuneration for the year is $ 16,000.
You are:
Motivated, enthusiastic and love working with people.There's no
personality type you can't manage and you are comfortable in the role
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position involves working with volunteer and paid employees,you are
a team player that excels in group dynamics.Your confidence, humility
and charm enable you to effectively manage a wide variety of
personalities.
You will:
• Oversee the management and administration of all AMS Student
Services, and facilitate the achievement of their goals.
• You will be responsible for overseeing events such as: AMS First Week
and all AMS run events in the SUB.
• Liaise with Constituencies and other campus groups concerning
their extra-curricular activities & events and report this information
to the Student Activity Planning Group.
• You will report to the President of the Alma Mater Society.
If you are up for the challenge, please submit your cover letter no later
than February 1 st to:
Executive Coordinator of Student Services Search Committee
C/O Room 238
Student Union Building
6138 SUB Blvd
Vancouver, B.C
V6T1Z1
The AMS kicks off CASA week, January 21 - 25. CASA represents
over 310,000 post-secondary students and 23 governments
across Canada. CASA believes in working with the federal
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Booths are open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come and chat
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Personal Safety Alert
Recently a stranger assaulted a student on campus. Fortunately, they received prompt assistance from the RCMP.
The RCMP has released the following information: the man is described as approximately 40 years old, 5-foot-eight
to 5-foot-ten, medium build with olive-coloured skin, straight greasy short brown hair parted on the side, and
brown eyes.He was seen wearing big glasses with wire rims,a white jacket and jeans. If you see anyone matching
this description, please contact the RCMP immediately at 604-224-1322.
Safewalk hours are as follows: Sundays 4-midnight; Mondays and Tuesdays 4-1 am; Wednesdays 4-2:30; Thursday,
Friday, Saturdays 4-2. Safewalk is a service for all campus community members.
Personal Security Coordinator - 822-6210 AMS Safety Coordinator - 822-9319
Safewalk-822-2181    Campus Security-822-2222
Campus Security has recently moved to a new location at 2133 East Mall (in the same building as the bookstore -
.entrance is on the east side).
AMS General Elections 2002
Polls opened Monday, January 21,2002
and will close Friday, January 25,2002.
For information on the elections, candidates, all
candidates forums, polling stations and important dates
please visit the ams website at: WWW.amS.ubc.Ca.
Elections 2002 THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2002
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Candidates outnumber onlookers at election forum
  by Deborah Santema
In an impressive display of disinterest, students ignored the second
Alma Mater Society (AMS) election
all-candidates' forum, which proved
so uneventful that some candidates
spent more time discussing their
experience than what they would
actually do if elected.
Few students, other than some
friends of the candidates, stayed at
the forum until the end. Student disinterest was so high that the forum
was nearly brought to a close without any student asking a question
after the candidate's speeches.
It gave the candidates a lot of
time to talk about themselves.
Especially those from the Students
for Students slate—which has held
every AMS executive position
for the last two years—emphasised their experience.
"I have been on the AMS
executive for the past two
years,' said Board of Governors
(BoG) candidate Mark Fraser,
currently the AMS vice-president, administration. "What's
definitely important is experienced candidates."
But candidates from other slates
said the experience of Students for
Students candidates might not nec-
essarly be a good thing.
"We need a fresh perspective on
important issues," said Joel
Maclachlan, a UBC for U candidate
for one of the BoG positions.
"So many [AMS] governments
have come and gone and done nothing," said Sari Abdel, UBC for U's
candidate for vice-president,
finance, adding that he thinks the
AMS's finances are "in shambles."
/ Kristen Harvey, running for president on the Students For Students
slate, also emphasised her experience and stated that her team would
take a "strong stance against differential tuition."
But candidates from other slates
attacked the current AMS executives'
performance in office last term. Rob
Nagai said that beyond just taking a
strong stance, his slate would be
"fighting any increases to tuition."
Nagai also questioned Students
for Students' commitment to transportation, which falls into Harvey's
current porfolio as vice-president,
external. Lastyear, Translink cut all
bus service to campus after 2 am.
Megan Cassidy, Students Voice
candidate for vice-president, external, criticised Students for Students
"We need a fresh
perspective on
important issues,
—Joel McLaughlin
BoG rep candidate
for failing to secure a universal bus
pass for UBC students, a project that
Harvey and her predecessor,
Graham Senft, lobbied for over the
last two years.
Nagai said that, if elected.
Students Voice would be "picking up
a lot of issues that have been
dropped, such as transportation.'
Bqyond the tuition-fee freeze and
transportation, other issues
addressed included, inevitably, safety.
Dani Bryant, a second-year
Science student asked how the candidates would work to improve safe
ty on campus.
Chris Lythgo, Students for
Students candidate for vice-president, academic and university
affairs, said that as a residence advisor, he receives numerous complaints from students who feel
unsafe on campus, and added that
not enough is being done to
improve safety.
All candidates agreed that the
campus needs more lighting.
"The problem is funding," said
Aidan Forth, UBC for U's vice-president, academic, candidate.
Some candidates also brought up
the issue of exam hardship.
Students Voice Senate candidate
Scarlet Yim said she wanted to redefine the university's exam hardship
policy to make it easier for students
to change their exam schedule. Currently, students can
change their exam dates only
if they are scheduled to write
three exams in 24 hours.
By the end of the forum,
few students remained. But
while the turnout was dismal,
Stephanie Royston, a third-
year Science student, felt that
the all-candidates' forum was helpful.
"You get a personality feeling not
on posters that helps you with your
decision," she said.
Jehan Alnajim, a fourth-year
Science student agreed that the
forum was useful.
"One of the goals I liked was
to limit university fees and to
fight against an increase in
parking fees. Security is also
important to me. Improving the
calendar, however, is not an important issue." ♦
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UBC students unsure about
plagiarism procedures
 by Lorna Yee
After 47 SFU students were accused of cheating on an
economics assignment at the end of last year, many
UBC students are finding themselves unsure of what
exactly plagiarism is.
The UBC Calendar defines plagiarism as "a form of
academic misconduct in which an individual submits
or presents the work of another person as his or her
own," but this definition is subject to interpretation by
UBC professors.
"UBC students are sometimes unclear about what
cheating is," said Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Erfan Kazemi, who was recently approached by a group
of UBC students confused about why they were accused
of cheating on their December exams.
"Many students don't understand what the university defines as plagiarism, because faculties have a different tendency on what it is and how they deal with it,"
he said.
A full list of UBC's academic regulations can be
found on pages 51 and 52 of theUBC Calendar, available online. Additionally, the Student Discipline Report,
which lists student offences and the discipline
imposed, is- published regularly by both UBC Reports
and the Ubyssey. The list of offenders does not include
the offenders' names or other personal information.
According to AMS Policy Analyst Jared Wright, 58
students appeared before the committee and were dis-.
ciplined between September 1, 2000, and August 31,
2001. Of those, 18 were disciplined for plagiarism.
Kazemi encourages any student involved in a plagiarism dispute to speak with the AMS Ombudsperson.
"The Ombudsperson is there to help students
resolve these issues and inform students of their
rights," the AMS president said.
He added that, in severe cases where suspension
or expulsion may result, the Ombudsperson may refer
the student to the AMS Advocacy Group. A student-
funded and student-run organisation, the group represents students called before the President's
Advisory Committee, the body which deals with both
academic and. non-academic misconducts at UBC.
Addressing a plagiarism accusation usually takes 20
to 25 hours in total.
"The most important thing this office does is to provide support and advice for students who find themselves in difficult situations," said Toireasa Jespersen
Nelson, a coordinator at the AMS Advocacy Office and
a third-year Law student
"Our job is not to obtain a more lenient sentence for
the student [if the student is found guilty], but to ensure
that the student's story is heard, and everything that the
student has to say in defence gets out there.
"Approximately eight per cent of the cases we
worked on lastyear were with students accused of plagiarism," she said.
Punishment for plagiarism at UBC varies according
to the severity of the case.
'A professor might give a first-year student, who
might have been unclear on the proper citation of
sources, the option of a failing grade or a re-write," said
Kazemi. "However, a student found guilty of more serious cheating may be suspended or expelled from the
university."
To combat the growing number of students who plagiarise texts available on the Internet, UBC recently subscribed to a service called Turnltln. The Turnltln software, created by a University of California at Berkeley
professor, scans students' essays and gives them originality grades based on comparisons with material on
the Internet The software can then compile detailed
reports for essays with low-originality scores to help
professors determine whether they were plagiarised. ♦
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SOOn. NIC FENSOM PHOTO
Bikini site misuses
the UVic trademark
by Sarah Glen     i ng a stand" and will not change the
iha Martlet
VICTORIA (n'P)-A UrivcrHty of
Victoria student is refusing to
remove the imI\trMly's name from
a website he set up to Si'U a calendar
featuring pictures of bikini-clad
wi nnen.
Jordan Cbrke, a second-year
Social Srience student, says he has
no plins to change the address of
the website, www.uvirgiris.com,
oven though the name directly \ io-
lates trademark i3\\s.
"I haven't done anything wrong.
|The university has] no control over
me," he said.
Clarke ases the uvkgirls com
hile to .sell his self-produced calendar, which stars uiii\ert-ily women
in bikinis posing arounJ Victoria
and on campus. NciJior tlie student's website nor his calendar are
registered to use the UVic name.
University Information Officer
Patty Pitts and Mary Anae Wdldrun,
Lhe associate vice-president oflegal
affairs, have met several times with
Clarke since December, when he
first started selling the calendar in
the university's student union
buildirg.
Businesses using the UVic name
without prior permission are s&ked
to destroy their product or lo co\ er
the n.-ime or logo. According lo Pitts,
Clarke changed the nsme of the calendar from UVic Girls to Girls of
Victoria and promised lo change lhe
website as w ell.
But now, Clarke says he is 'Uk-
He tfaid the site is registered in
the United States and uses the
moniker uvicgiris as a single word,
bo it does not infringe on UVic's
trademark, which covers the use of
the UVic name.
Waldron said she is surprised at
Clarke's shift and that the student
did not tell the university he would
not change the website.
"We've tried to be cooperative,
but >f he chooses to end this cooperation, I guess we'll have to take it to
another level," she said.
If Clarke's website is found to be
an ir< friction of the university's
trademark, the university could sue
both Clarke and his company,
Can.pus Calendars.
Waldron emphasised, however,
that ihe university will not step up
legal action until Clarke informs
LVic directly of his new decision to
keep Lhe website address the same.
"We didn't find out about this
un'il now," she said. "I can't really
make any decisions about this until
we get more information.*
Clarke is going on an international exchange to Australia at the
end L-f January. He is planning to
ut ay for two years and to produce a
similar calendar while he is there.
"This company is just beginning.
It will be a huge media mogul," said
Clarke.
Clarke has already made a profit
from Lhe sale of the campus-based
calendar. He has sold 650 calendars, most of them to men. ♦ TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2002
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by Pat minder Nizher
When you're as good as the UBC swim
teams, anything less than the best is a
disappointment. And last weekend at the
Canada West Championships in
Edmonton the Thunderbirds did not disappoint. Walking away with both the
men's and women's titles for the fifth
consecutive time, UBC swept the competition off its feet. The women beat
Calgary by 159 points while the men had
an even more impressive 246.S point
margin over the Dinos.
The women won a total of 23 medals
and broke four repords this weekend with
two-time Olympian Jessica Deglau leading
the pack. Deglau contributed to two relay
records and,swam a Canada West record-
breaking time in the 800m free, earning
her the honour of female Canada West
Athlete of the Week.
Angela Stanley, the co-captain of the
women's team, was thrilled with T-Birds'
success. "I knew we were going to do well,
but I was pleasantly surprised by how well
we performed. The level of performance
was a lot higher than I thought it would be."
'A couple of people had amazing
swims, including Liz Collins, Jessica
Deglau and Kelly Stefanyshyn,' she said.
Olympian Kelly Stefanyshyn won gold
in the 100m back, breaking the Canada
West record she set last year in the event
Stefanyshyn also won another gold in the
200m back, and silver in the 100m fly.
"It feels really great, but I was not sure I
was going to be able to do it. I figured I
would be really tired and at that point—I
was swimming for points," Stefanyshyn
said.
The women's only weakness was the
breaststroke events, where they did not
have any top three finishes.
Stanley blamed the women's poor
showing in the breaststroke on second-
year swimmer Amira Twashy's knee
injury. "Twashy's knee is injured and
she's the only one who swims that event.
Kelly Doody will perhaps swim a couple
at [CIS Nationals] and she usually does
quite well."
The Canada West Championship was
UBC's first varsity meet of the year, save
November's Colleges Cup. Fourth-year
swimmer Roland Bauhart said UBC
showed excellent team spirit
"We pulled together as a team and our
team spirit was great. Knowing that [we]
were representing UBC felt great on the
podium' Bauhart said, who won his first
varsity gold in the 100m back over the
weekend.
19-year-old Brian Johns stood out
among his elite teammates: Johns won first
place in all four of his individual events and
contributed to three relay golds. Johns also
broke the Canada West ecord of his idol,
Curtis Myden, in the 400m individual medley and beat the regional record for 200m
back. Johns was named the male Canada
West Athlete of the Week.
"It was a pretty difficult record to break,
but that is not what the meet was about for
me. It was about helping get points on the
board for the team," said the modestjohns.
The men won a total of 2 6 medals, 15 of
them gold. The results even surprised
men's captain, Kevin Johns.
"I didn't think we would be this successful at CanWest, but we had some outstanding performances. I thought Calgary
would give us a bit more of a run for our
money."
Calgary, normally the Bird's toughest
competition, was weakened by a flu epidemic that ravaged the team during training in Hawaii. Their captain, Olympian
Richard Say, did not even compete.
According to fifth-year swimmer Mark
Johnston, UBC was missing the competition on the last day of the meet "It was
tough for us to get to those top performances we were looking for because we
needed some kind of motivation. Our
coaches [Tom Johnson and Randy Bennett]
told us to compete against each other."
The Birds won't have to worry about
finding competition at their next meet,
the CIS National Championships. Both
UBC teams are gunning for their fifth
consecutive CIS title, a record of
achievement unmatched in the history
of Canadian - university sport.
Fortunately, they'll be doing with the
support of a home-town crowd. The CIS
Nationals will be held at UBC, February
22 to 24. ♦
T-Birds win every set against
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night. Alberta's women's volleyball team sat
stunned in War Memorial Gym. The nationally
ninth-ranked team just couldn't come to grips with
what happened: they did not win a single set all
weekend—the UBC women took them all
To make matters worse for the Pandas, their
first Canada West playoff game on February 8—the
divisional quarterfinal—is also going to be against
UBC in War Memorial Gym.
But what makes Albertans grimace makes British
Columbians cheer, Momentum is on our side—the
Birds have won nine- of their last ten matches,
defeated the previously undefeated Calgary Dinos
and welcomed back
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the court last weekend, leading UBC in kills on Friday and digs on
Saturday, richard iam/ubc athletics photo
star   middle    Kaley
Boyd from the national    team.    With    a
healthy top-tier starting line-up, UBC has a
chance to bring back
its first national title
since L978;
"We know we can do it; we know this is our year.
Every year we talk about it, you know, but it's just a
great positive feeling," said right side Kathryn Peck.
"Our defence has improved a lot We're usually a
pretty good offensive team, as are mbst of the teams
in the CIS. The team that's going to win has the best
defence because every team can hit'Well. It's just a
matter of digging."
If this weekend's two matches were any indication, the dream of a championship could come true.
Employing its starting line-up to full effect, UBC
quickly cleaned house Friday. The Birds grabbed the
lead in the first set and never gave it up, finishing
25-17. UBC went on to take the next two sets easily,
25-18 and 25-16, and walked away with two points.
"We came out so strong that it was tough for
them," left side Leah Allinger said. "They didn't play
a horrible game; it just looked pretty bad because
every player on our team played well."
Coach Doug Reimer considered the game one of
the Birds' most consistent efforts of the year. "The
challenge is to maintain that high level of performance week in and week out," he said.
Missing Saturday's match because of meetings
in Switzerland, Reimer predicted thatjhe second
match would be closer. He was right
The Birds took the first set 2 5-20, but the second
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The UBC men's volleyball
team's playoff hopes got a little
fainter this weekend as the
Thunderbirds conceded two matches
to the nationally
■ranked
Golden
dropping
a    4-12
ers who added lots of points with
their kills, the Birds quickly lost
25-17. In the second game that
evening, the Birds were more
alive and kept
MATCHES WON
third-
Alberta
Bears,
UBC    to
record. But Trinity
Western—the team
the Birds are chasing for the
last playoff spot in their division—lost a match to Calgary,
leaving the Birds two wins short
of a tie in the standings.
On Friday, the T-Birds edged
out the Bears 25-23 after conceding the first set 2 5-19. But Alberta
took the next two sets 25-17 and
25-22, winning the match with
them. As usual, captain Chad
Grimm- led the Birds for the
night,*his time with 17 kills.
Saturday night the Birds started out slowly and couldn't catch
up to the Bears. Despite the combined efforts of-power Mike
Tuekwood and Grimm, two play-
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the score close
until the very
end, but the
Bears pulled
ahead and won
25-21.
The Birds
put on an outstanding performance in the
last game of the night The Birds
were scrappy and enthused
and, for the first time that
evening, they looked like a team
that really had eveiything
together. Middle Ryan Cawsey
had an awesome game, ending
several plays in a row with a
kill. In the end though, the Birds
bit the dust after missing four
serves at the crucial end of the
match.
For the team's two star seniors, Grimm and libero Mark
Yuen, Saturday's last home
game of the season was the last
home  game  ever.  Over  the
course of this season, Grimm
has accumulated a massive 220
kills, dwarfing bis teammates'
stats. Yuen leads the Birds in
digs with a huge 129 for the season. These two will definitely be
missed next year, and will leave
big shoes to filL
The Birds still have one last
chance at making the playoffs.
If, when the Birds play away at
Trinity this weekend, they Can
string together two wins—something they've only been able to
do once this season against the
hapless 0-18 Regina Cougars—
they'll tie the Spartans with two
matches left in the season.
And even though they now
have just a faint glimmer of
hope of making playoffs, the
Birds are optimistic, particularly after their excellent play in
the final set this weekend.
"We have a chance if we can
keep playing like how we did in
the third game," setter Dave
Beleznay on Saturday. "It was
fun. We were all together playing and having a good time.* ♦
turned into a dead heat with both teams tied 21-21.
Each side would score, only to have the other
answer back on the next serve. Deadlocked at 2 5-
24, the play was extended until one side could get a
two-point advantage. The audience watched with
baited breath as each team jockeyed to string
together the two points in a row that would decide
the set
But, in the end, UBC prevailed, 29-27. The disheartened Pandas returned for a third set, but the
wind had been taken out of their sails and the Birds
took a 11-2 lead. The Pandas tried to fight back but
conceded a 25-20 loss.
"[Saturday] was a little slower than [Friday], but
we pulled through at the tough times and that's really important for us—to be able to come back and
win three straight when we were down in the second," Boyd said.
Leah Allinger, who was playing her last regular
season home game, was a force to be reckoned with
Saturday, amassing a phenomenal 14 kills, 13 digs
and an ace serve.
The Thunderbird women are now 11-5,
securing their second-place spot in the Canada
West Mountain Division. The Birds will have
two more games before the playoffs. This Friday
they'll be playing the hapless 2-14 Trinity
Western Spartans. ♦
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2002
THE UBYSSEY
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2002
VOLUME 83 ISSUE 31
EDITORIAL BOARD
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Lin Choo backed him up on it Legend had it that Mary Ann Rozance had
a drawer full of lhe thin^. She and Surita Bains had been collecting the
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The people of British Columbia wanted a change
and a change they got. Only now is it becoming
clear what this means. Premier Gordon
Campbell has made it clear who he's looking out
for: the wealthy. It would seem that, in many
ways, his Liberal government have made
expendable all that is important to BC students.
Take employment If you don't have a job, it's
going to be tougher to get Employment
Insurance. If you're trying to find a job, you'll
have to do so without the benefit of the recently
cut Work Study and Student Summer Works programs, programs that help fund good-paying
jobs for thousands of students every year. How
about if you're starting your first job? Well, you
may have to cope with earning $2 less than minimum wage, thanks to the recently created training wage.
How does education fare? Not much better.
Making elementary and secondary education an
essential service may sound like a good idea,
until you understand the ramifications. It
means teachers aren't allowed to strike and
when they've tried to use other means to stand
up for their rights as employees, when they cut
extra-curricular activities and refuse to complete
report cards, they're vilified.
Back to cuts to programs like Work Study, a
program that provides jobs to people with student loans: After eliminating these programs,
the BC government has also said that it will look
at reducing student loan default rates, so that if
you take out a loan, they will use tougher means
to ensure you pay it back. Even if you are working a $6-an-hour training wage job to pay your
massively increased tuition bill.
Most disconcerting of all is the cap that the
Liberals have put on education spending. It's a
move that almost certainly spells the end for the
tuition freeze in this province. Since deregulating
tuition in 1996, Ontario has seen fees increase by
125 per cent for undergrads and 472 per cent for
grad students. It's anyone's guess what might
happen after six years of fixed tuition in BC.
Minister of Advanced Education Shirley
Bond tells us this is part of the government's
plan to give more control to university administrators, to allow them more control over their
own institutions. But our question is, why would
we want that? Why would we want a democrati
cally elected, theoretically accountable body to
give over power of our universities to administrators who have been desperate to raise tuition
for years. -        ■   «
In 1996, UBC tried to circumvent the tuition
freeze by forcing students to pay an extra $ 110
in ancillary fees for—amongst ^other things-
sewage removal. Students fought back and the
provincial government found that those fees
were imxmtravention of the tuition freeze.
Despite protests from administrators, the
NDP government was determined to keep
tuition affordable for students in BC. Their ten
years in power were far from flawless but,
despite enormous pressure, the NDP maintained the cap on post-secondary fees and kept
their promise to BC students. Don't expect anything of the sort come February 19, when the
Liberals announce their new budget.
In 1996, Premier Campbell, then a newly
elected MLA, criticised the NDP government's
tactics telling the Ubyssey that "tuition freezes
don't last* It's taken six years, but it looks as
though Campbell's about to prove his point. Be
afraid, be very afraid. ♦
LETTERS
Senate: no longer
immune to slates
At times, student politics can be a
frustrating passion. Months ago,
after speaking with ajmmber of my
colleagues, it became abundantly
clear that the slates would be fielding candidates for the Senate-
more candidates then ever before.
In the past, the Senate has generally been immune to the politicking
of rival Alma Mater Society (AMS)
factions. There always existed a
chance for independents—for varying views and perspectives—as the
slates thankfully took little interest
in Senate.
This year, there are four
Students Voice, two Students for
Students and one UBC for U candidates vying against Chris Eaton and
me for five Senate positions. Mr
Taylor, even though I'm an incumbent these prospects are nonetheless intimidating (*It seems to me
that Mr Eaton is part of a slate,"
Letters [Jan. 18]). Since 1996, only
three independent candidates have
ever won election to the AMS executive over slate opponents. As disgusting as that is, it would be even
worse if this trend were extended
to the Senate.
I simply stand before students
asking for approval to' continue as
one of their representatives on
Senate. No more, no less. My campaign is not about delivering a particular block of voters or garnering
more campaign financing; I'm run
ning on experience and a vision.
Against their seemingly infinite
walls of indistinguishable propaganda, my message—indeed my
very existence—tends to get lost
—Ryan Morasiewicz
incumbent UBC Senator
Student government
in complete shambles
This letter is a call to all UBC students to give up their apathetic attitudes and pay attention to this election. Who you elect will be your
voice in a time of drastic transition
in the university system. We need
to get real!
As the only independent candt
date running for vice-president,
external, in the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) elections, I may have atypical ideas on differential tuition and
the current discrimination that prevents many from accessing student
loans, but this election shows me
that student apathy and the slate
system crush any attempt to allow
unique voices to flourish.
The three all-candidates' forums
hardly had any attendance and we
will be lucky to have ten per cent of
students come out to vote. This is
pathetic and the whole campus
should be ashamed of this fact
Over the past week, I have privately heard candidates from each
of the three semi-serious slates
wish that they could run independ-
enuy, and still have students listen,
but the truth is far from it Has the
tuition freeze damaged our education system so greatly that UBC students can no longer use critical
thinking skills?
Whatever students do, when
and if they go to the elections, I
encourage them not to waste then-
votes on a single slate. Everyone
knows the problems of having a
single party take all the seats. (Does
77 out of 79 sound familiar?) Each
slate has a few really decent candidates, but I hope students use their
votes wisely.
Remember, the president needs
leadership, finance needs competency, academic needs empathy,
administration needs well-rounded
involvement and external needs to
be realistic and professional. A single slate will not provide them all.
On Wednesday, the last all-candidates' debate takes place, at
11:30am in the SUB conversation
pit, and as an overwhelmed independent, I hope to see more students at least pretend to care.
—Dan Grice
candidate, VP External
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Greetingz. Upon reading da
Ubyssey and visiting da Ubyssey
website, I have come up with a
very important conclusion: your
newspaper and your website both
suck. Feeling sorry for the lousiness of your paper, I took da liberty of jotting down a few tipz.
which if followed correctly, could
dramatically increase the success
of da Ubyssey. Enjoy!
How 2 make da Ubyssey (newspaper and website) a grade 'A' government-approved newspaper
(according 2 a high skewl kid):
1. Nic Fensom has 2 stop trashing good bandz like Swollen
Memberz. (Da fact dat Nic is clearly
jealous of Mad Child'z hotness is no
excuse 4 him 2 trash Swollen
Memberz.)
2. Scott Bardsiey has to start
bribing all da athletic teams with
Safeway mintz in order to get them
to win their gamez—thereby
increasing the interest level of fellow UBCerz. As a result UBCerz
will actually read the sportz section.
3. More nudity will be required.
4. More nudity of hot people will
be required.
5. More nudity of hot malez will
be required.
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OPINION
Further debate on
slates and democracy
In response to the comments of
Messrs Rob Nagai, Paul Dhillon
and Brett Taylor (Letters [Jan. 18]),
and the lack of comment by Ms
Kristen Harvey to my letter of
January 15, 2002 ("An open letter
to the candidates in this year's elections"):
To start Mr Taylor, I believe
strenuously in eveiything I've said,
and my call was for everyone to
stop using slates, not that I wouldn't respond to their strategies in
kind. I don't like it I wish it didn't
have to be, but life isn't always as
uncontrariant as one might like. I
detest slates and all they stand for,
but their trappings are incredibly
effective. I have no desire to
become a political martyr, thus I
have to use some of their tactics
myself as it's become painfully
clear in recent years that any candidate running without the cost-
and promotion-sharing benefits
provided by slates is at an enormous—and unfair—disadvantage.
Back to the matter at hand.
Thank you all for responding. Mr
Dhillon, I appreciate your support;
Mr Nagai, although I do not agree
with you on all points, I am still
delighted in your response in itself,
although you never actually did
answer my challenge yes or no. I
would note that the most respected
member of Students Voice argued
against slates before he retracted
his comments on the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections web page.
Slate groupthink at its finest, I suppose. That said, anything is better
than Ms Harvey's response at the
Graduate Student Society meeting
last Thursday of "I have no opinion
on the matter." Ms Harvey never
struck me as a coward before. I
hope she's taken note of her opponents' valiancy and replied on this
issue, but if not, she can still prove
me wrong. There's a forum tomorrow; all I ask is for her to tell us
where she stands.
I think I understand her reason-
££iS£K*
ing of course: She doesn't want to
alienate voters, so it's safer to say
nothing at all. She's not unique in
this. Pretty well everyone is saying
the obvious this year: "We need
smaller classes and more courses."
"Tuition shouldn't go up."
"Differential tuition is bad." "The
AMS should be more accountable
to students." No one has successfully explained to me how they plan
to blend the first two concepts into
a coherent stance, nor gone into
detail on anything really, but it
sounds good, and it's what you all
want to hear, so they say it.
PERSPECTIVE
opinion
I've been told slates aren't "a big
issue' and my timing has been
questioned. Well, big issue, small
issue, it doesn't matter to me. I just
want to know people's stance on it;
I hope other students do too. Why
did I bring it up during elections?
Simple, it's the best time of year to
make the point, as it's the only time
that slates are outwardly visible.
Really, it's rather disadvantageous
for me to make this an issue right
now, as I myself have to run for reelection at the same time. In any
event, at least I'm a fan of irony.
Mr Nagai, you asked me why I
never brought the matter of slates
forward to Council to be debated.
Well, the fact of the matter is, when
I bring the matter up, my committee (Code and Policies) is equally
divided on the issue. As such, I
would imagine the current
Council's mindset to be similar. As
you know, it takes a two-thirds vote
of Council to approve a Code matter. I doubt two-thirds of Council
would vote to abolish slates right
now; in the same light, I doubt two-
thirds would vote to formally recognise them either. Thus, we're stuck
with this awkwardly informal and
democratically unsound slate sys
tem that we have now.
Sir, you talk about democracy in
your letter. Are our elections as fair
as I would like? No. Is Council as
democratic and effective as I would
like? Not even close, but I'm working on it I've done a lot to try and
make the AMS more democratic,
from reforming our nominating
procedures, to revising elections
rules. There's still a lot of work to
do though. If you honestly want
more democracy, I'll stand with
you. Don't just throw the word
around as rhetoric though; suit up
or step down. If the AMS is truly to
become more democratic, we'll
need the support of its president to
make it so. The unresolved question is this: Which candidates have
the courage to do it? For the sake of
the AMS that I think we both want,
I sincerely hope our next president
does.
Last time I presented rules to
Council, I was criticised for—and
openly admitted to—being an idealist In a way, this is about ideals. The
generalisations, sound bites, GQ
photos and alliances of demographics that slates uphold disgust me. Mr
Taylor, it disgusts me even more
that this system forced me to compromise my ideals to try and survive
on Senate. If that invalidates what I
have to say to enough people, then I
suppose they'll all vote accordingly.
You know what? I'll still be saying it
though. I want you all to vote, but
more than that, I want you all to vote
with knowledge of the issues and
where the candidates stand on
them. I want everyone's voice to be
heard and for no one to be at an
unfair disadvantage. Slates stand in
the way of that Some call my goals
impractical; I call them ideal, and
although they may never be
attained, I'm not about to stop striving for them now. ♦
—Chris D. Eaton is a third-year
Arts student running for
re-election as a UBC senator.
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THE UBYSSEY
ite checks in Fraser checks out
by Nara Mehlenbacher
by Ron Nurwisah
SUITE
at the Belkin Satellite Gallery
until Jan. 28
A blank, fleshy, featureless face stares out
from a detached head, cradled in the stubby
fingers of a man's hand and lurking curiously
within a canvas which hangs on the wall
opposite the front door. As I enter, I hesitantly let the door close behind me and a small
whisper of wind tickles my ankles. I am
unable to remove my eyes from the invisible
face on the canvas. Eyes somehow scrutinise
my every move and the expression 'keep your
eyes peeled' suddenly seems appropriate. A
small shudder erupts through my backbone. I
like it. I want more.
Suite offers a small collection of multimedia works by a talented group of UBC MFA
students. No two pieces are the same, and the
viewer never suffers from lack of stimuli.
Sean Alward, who masterminded the "Head"
that vigilantly watches over the front door, is
also exhibiting a pair of oil-on-wood paintings
as part of a piece titled "Ventriloquism."
Alward's thick, juicy lines and attention to the
detailed grain of the wood
made me return to the
pieces several times;
Ann Shelton's pair of
large photographs tries to
portray the Parker/Hulme
crime, scene {remember
Peter Jackson's 1994
movie. Heavenly
Creatures?). The work
attempts to show the dark
duality of its subject matter,, but misses the mark
and comes- off as disappointingly and irrevocably
dull. Tim Lee, however,
impresses with his two
photographs, positioned so
that it feels like the entire
wall is, hovering several
feet above the ground.-
I    particularly    liked
Gavin Hipkin's "The Mill {farm)" and "The
Mill {river)." Ribbons of photographic paper
ornamented with tiny snapshots unite candy
and farm animals. This piece kept me hopping back and forth, and zooming in and out.
At each different angle, I was smacked with a
fresh perspective on this meticulously organised visual story.
At the very least, Natasha McHardy's work,
"Picnic," with its miniature sculpted character elicits a sincere, "Awwwwww, cute" from
those who see it. Poised adorably on the
gallery floor, each set of picnicking figurines
tells its small, insignificant story and begs a
good two or three rounds from the viewer to
lake it all in.
Even taken out of the university context,
the works presented in Suite are undoubtedly
highly professional and energetically thought-
provoking. My only complaint would be that,
considering the gallery's location and the
effort it takes to wade through the burdensome and chaotic downtown hubbub to get
there. Suite could have been a more extensive
exhibit ♦
EXHIBITION
at the Belkin Gallery
until Mar. 3
One of the strangest moments in Andrea Fraser's exhibition at the Belkin Gallery
comes in her video "Little Frank and his Carp." In the video, Fraser is in the
Guggenheim Bilbao listening to the guided audio tour, narrated by a crusty upper-class
Englishman who describes the gallery—one of the world's finest—as "a gothic
cathedral."
Like churches, galleries do have a sacred, spiritual feel. Silence and quiet introspection is demanded. The works are supposed to be uplifting and give insight into
artistic genius. Visitors are to commune with the artistic god-force.
What Fraser does in her video is equivalent to desecrating holy ground. Told by the
audio tour to examine a curved limestone pillar, she proceeds to touch and stroke the
pillar's "powerfully sensual' curves. It doesn't stop there but I'm sure you can imagine where this goes, and I won't ruin the work for you.
American performance and video artist Andrea Fraser has been questioning the
role of galleries for decades. One performance work at the Philadelphia Museum of
Art had Fraser acting out the part of a volunteer tour-guide. In the piece, she gave a
detailed tour of the museum, but things broke down. She made sarcastic comments
about the art, referring to a cafeteria as an example of fine American design and mocking the practise of naming the gallery's hall and wings after donors and patrons.
Works like "Little Frank" and Fraser's Philadelphia performance question the very
nature of galleries. The sterility of white walls and polished concrete floors, and the
removal of works in a gallery from their artistic and social roots are points that Fraser
isn't afraid to raise.
She also isn't afraid to blur boundaries. "Soldadera" is a pair of videos inspired by
a film on Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein. The work has two screens, side by side and
angled slightly; both screens show strange scenes of the Mexican countryside and a
woman riding a horse, contrasted later with scenes of a movie audience. But just what
is each screen's audience watching? The film on the other screen? Why does Fraser
play both a Mexican peasant and wealthy American Frances Flynn Paine, a friend of
the Rockefellers who worked in Mexico in the 1930s? When we include the observer,
the work creates an unstable triangle of viewership. We're never quite sure what we're
watching but then again neither is anyone else.
Slightly less confusing is the title piece of Exhibition, a work based on the artist's
participation in a Rio de Janeiro samba school during Carnival. The video is projected
on to the Belkin walls to make an interesting point Andrea Fraser has donned a
colourful dance costume and as the projections dance on a blank background without
music, one can't help but laugh at the absurdity. When the video briefly shows us the
dancer's surroundings in the parade, the context seems to give viewers a moment of
clarity. The shortcomings of art galleries become quite clear.
Fraser's work has earned her a reputation for being difficult. After all, what kind of
gallery wants to invite an artist whose artistic mission is to critique galleries?
Fortunately, the Belkin isn't afraid to take a chance. Fraser's works aren't always crystal clear, but they are those of an artist unafraid to take risks. Her works, like others
that reveal the absurdity of everyday institutions, are often quirkily funny. In the end,
that is what makes this show worth watching. ♦
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