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U-Pass stalled,
presumed dead
by Alex Dimson
Despite three years of effort, negotiations for a mandatory student
bus pass have once again faltered,
leaving the university to pursue
alternative ways of reducing traffic
to campus.
Gord Lovegrove, UBC's director
of Transporation Planning, said he
is 'disappointed" after the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) and the university failed to agree on the
financing of the U-Pass
The proposed U-Pass
would include a series of
transportation initiatives,
including a mandatory
student bus pass, car-,
and vanpool parking
deals, and improved facilities for cyclists.
"The administration's
feeling is we're not going
to have a U-Trek card this
year," Lovegrove said.
Lovegrove's  comments
echoed by AMS Vice-President of
External Affairs Graham Senft.
"The university is just not willing to put up the money we hoped
they would,' he said.
The two sides had been negotiating over how the cost of the U-
Pass   card   should   be   covered.
According to Senft, tie latest proposal had students paying $29 a
month for the pass, an amount that
he said is too high when compared
to the $15-20 price tag that he
believes is necessary for students
to endorse the pass.
But Lovegrove said the university simply could not afford to pay
any more of the costs.
The university is now exploring
other methods to meet its obligation to the Greater Vancouver
Regional District to reduce
the number of single occupant vehicles travelling to
campus by 20 per cent by
The university has committed $500,000 to
Lovegrove's department to
£1 come up with other ways
to reduce traffic to carri-
Lovegrove predicts that
the money will go towards
funding some of the initiatives
originally included in the U-Pass
bundle, such as the creation of a
better campus shuttle, an
enhanced car- and vanpool system,
and a 'token' bus discount.
This discounted pass, which
would be purchased from the uni-
See "U-Pass" on page 4
SHELL OUT: You'll be paying cash for the near future because the
U-Pass negotiations seem to be finally dead in the water. For good.
 by Alex Dimson
Despite the driest campaign in
years, turnout for the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections was surprisingly good after the first day of voting, according to elections officials.
AMS Elections Administrator Jo
McFetridge said last night that
turnout was 'looking good' after the
first day of voting.
"While we don't have all the
information so far, we got a lot of
voter turnout,' said McFetridge,
who could not provide official numbers by press time. "No catastrophes, everything went smoothly."
While voter turnout for the AMS
elections is typically small—last
year's record-
high turnout
saw only 4400
votes cast out of
an eligible pool
of roughly
33,000 students—this
year's mostly
dull election
threatens to bring even fewer students
to the polls.
The campaigns of the last few
years have been marked by contro-
See "Election" on page 4
Future of UBC Farm in question
        by Sarah Morrison
The threat of losing the campus
farm to new residence development
has spurred the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences to begin education and food-growing
programs on the 70-
acre plot of land.
Both the faculty's
South Campus farm and
its Totem Field are slated to be developed into
residences in UBC's
Official Community
Plan (OCP), a document
that outlines campus
development for the
next 20 years.
But Jonathan Treloar, president
of the Agricultural Undergraduate
Society, who is working on projects
to show the farm's educational
value, said that he sees different
reasons behind the university's
plans to develop the land.
Over the past 20 years,  said
Treloar, agriculture studies at UBC
have moved away from land-based
studies towards greater laboratory
"We've left it, and it's really not
that surprising that they want to
develop it..we've basically
left our fields virtually fallow,
except maybe Totem Field."
But Agricultural Sciences
graduate student Derek
Masselink, whose thesis work
centres on the UBC farm and
its future development, has a
different perspective.
"The reason that this area
hasn't been developed [for
agriculture] is that it's been
TRELOAR       threatened with development
for the last 12 years," he explained.
"Why invest anything if you know
you're going to lose it?'
"Now we're just trying to reveal
the possibilities of using this for
something other than housing,"
Masselink added.
According to  Fred  Pritchard,
UBC director of Campus Planning,
both areas are designated as future
housing reserves, which means that
they have been considered for
development in the future.
"It could be used for housing at
some time in the future, but it, for
the moment, is being retained for
its present uses," he said, indicating
that the land's use will be re-evaluated in 2012.
Farm manager Ted Cathcart says
that rather than trying to halt development in the South Campus area,
the faculty is interested in becoming an integral part of the new community.
"The faculty is looking at a way of
integrating the agricultural side of
things into the housing development...What we'd like to do is use
this as a big learning experience, a
model. To have people come five in
a community where there is agri
culture around them, and that they
have responsibility for their living
'Ideally, we want to produce
food for UBC students and the surrounding communities," added
"With the development of South
Campus in the near future, we want
to be an integral part of that community, and educate people as to
See "Farm" on page 4
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Bagel shop plans to be finalised soon
by Sarah Morrison
The dark, quiet basement of the SUB's Gallery
Lounge may be lost with the Alma Mater
Society's (AMS) plans to install a two-storey
bagel shop in the space.
The two-storey bagel shop would have a
preparation area downstairs, and would serve
customers upstairs. The shop would be connected to the Gallery by a take-out window facing into the bar.
AMS Vice-President Finance Mike Warner
hopes that final plans for the bagel shop, as
well as renovations
adding more student seating between Pie R Squared
and Blue Chip Cookies,
will be approved at the
AMS's next council meeting, scheduled for January
_ But not all students are
^ ' V   happy with the plans.
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really, because sometimes
during the day when it gets [busy] here, it's the
only place you can really escape from everyone, and sit down with someone and have a
nice, quiet pint,' said Patrick Service, a third--
year Arts student
According to AMS Designer Michael
Kingsmill, installing the bagel shop has been a
long-term goal of the AMS.
"The bagel store has been something that
has been thought about for about five years,'
he said. "It's a health-conscious food type, and
the thought is that it will be well subscribed to
by students."
He also pointed out that it would provide
more students with on-campus jobs.
The AMS plans are an
attempt to stop revenue
loss from the bar, and use
its space more effectively.
"There has been a
declining patronage of the
Gallery Lounge, and it's
something we would like
to arrest," explained
"The  revenues  have
been down, and that side
of the lounge just hasn't been used," he said.
"That area downstairs just isn't used period."
Kingsmill also addressed concerns about
the loss of space in the Gallery.
There will be little actual space lost in the
bar, according to Kingsmill. The 350 square
foot basement will be lost to the new bagel
shop, however 336 square feet will be gained
when the stairs leading down to the basement
are no longer needed.
"We're going to build on top of the stairs
and make them usable...so the net loss is actually only around 70 square feet, which is
peanuts, really," Kingsmill explained, adding
the renovations won't change the number of
seats in the bar.
The renovations are estimated to cost
$ 160,000 and will be paid for by the earnings
from other AMS ventures. Construction of the
bagel store would begin in June, and carry
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leaving August for start-up.
The bagel shop is being
given a 1950s diner theme,
emphasing bright colours.
Designs and themes are
also being planned for the
Gallery, which would be
connected to the shop.
Warner said that the
Gallery space will become
more efficient as it will be
used more throughout the
"Now we can use the
Gallery in the morning as a
seating area for the bagel
shop, whereas in the
evening, obviously, the focus
changes to a nightclub
atmosphere with music and
drinking. Then the bagel
shop is less important," he
Graduate student
Jonathan Entwisle said he
thinks the AMS' plans are a
good idea.
"I think we need more
venues...for eating, especially at lunchtime, when it's
really crowded."
Kymberlee Nelson, a fourth-year agricultural sciences student studying in the bar in
the afternoon was unsure about the idea of
combining a bagel shop with a bar.
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NOT EXACTLY BUSTLING:  But for a Monday morning,
business at the Gallery isn't that slow, tara westover photo
"I think it might help them out because
they've lost business since they stopped smoking...but I think it would be too crowded, and I
don't like it, because I come here all the time.' ♦
Vanier complains about caf
 by Scott Bardsley
A meeting between Place Vanier residents and UBC Food
Services held late last November has led to an improvement
in food service, according to students.
At the meeting, roughly 100 residents voiced complaints to
Andrew Parr, head of UBC Food Services and the manager of
Vanier's cafeteria, about food quality, cafeteria sanitation and
high food prices.
UBC Food Services, which manages the Vanier cafeteria,
assigns a point value to the food it sells to residents which Parr
says correlates with the cost of the food. In addition, residents,
who are required to purchase a meal plan, pay $7.13 every
day for overhead to fund the operation of the cafeteria.
However, when Vanier House Presidents Jenny Chu, Rob
Eso and Christa-Lynn Donovan compared the cafeteria's
prices to store prices of comparable items last year, many
food items were being sold at prices well over their retail
They said they found that food such as pasta sauce, eggs,
and cereal was being sold in the cafeteria for over twice its
retail value, while the price of vegetables such as carrots and
cucumbers were sold for approximately three times their store
Parr explained to the Ubyssey that price of items includes
'a small upcharge' to account for shrinkage, theft, and
But since the meeting. Parr
said that Food Services has reevaluated "all items [by] comparing our current pricing to our
contract pricing." He noted that
the prices of many items were
lowered either immediately or
after the Christmas break.
Eso, Vanier's Mackenzie
house president, said that he has
noticed "quite a bit of improvement" since the meeting.
The presidents also determined that the cost of food for a
day, based on the nutritional
requirements of the Canada
Food Guide, would cost about
900 points, yet even the largest
meal plan only gives students
656 points per day.
While Parr agreed to some
extent with this assessment, he
noted that the current point allocation takes into account that students do not always eat at the
. cafeteria, but many go home or
out for dinner from time to time.
Many residents also worried
about food safety, particularly concerning foods, like potato
salads and mayonnaise, which are left in the open in the cafeteria instead of being refrigerated.
But Parr said that the regular Vancouver Health Board
inspections give Food Services "a very high standing and a
very good inspection rating."
Parr acknowledged, however, that management addresses
complaints about particular staff members who may not be
following safe practices.
"[Management does not] always see those things first-hand
and we do rely on our customers to come forward and inform
us of any mishandling of food [which] helps tremendously in
keeping those standards up," he said.
Students also say that since the meeting improvements
have been made in posting most prices and updating cashier's
keyboards to prevent inconsistent pricing.
While many concerns were addressed during the meeting, one major concern of residents of residents was not:
food quality. Chu said the issue was avoided because it is
largely a matter of personal opinion and because the house
presidents wanted to focus on issues that were more easily
In the long run. Parr said he will be offering the same
menu at both Vanier and Totem, as well as including nutritional information alongside prices in September, "rais[ing]
the notch on both units. ♦
York strike
deal made
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The Excalibur
TORONTO (CUP)-Striking graduate and teaching assistants
reached a tentative agreement with York University's admin- .
istration last Tuesday morning after a bitter 11-week struggle.
'It's more or less exactly what we were asking for right
from the beginning,' said Mark Hiller, chief steward of the
teaching assistants, one of the three units of Canadian Union
of Public Employees Local 3903.
The deal was struck after a forced ratification vote last
Friday, which only saw. one of three bargaining units, the
contract faculty, agree to the university's proposal.
The vote was called by the Ontario Ministry of Labour in
December, and was strongly opposed by the union executive. .
When both the teaching assistants and graduate assistants
rejected the offer, the two sides went back to the table for a
marathon bargaining session, which resulted in the current j
agreement, t
• The major point of contention during the strike was :
tuition protection for teaching assistants and graduate stu- .
dents—meaning that any tuition increases will be met with a |
dollar-for-dollar rebate. This prevents the university from j
negating salary raises with tuition hikes.
The tw^-yeax agreement includes tuition protection for both
teaching and graduate, assistants. Hiller says that York is the
only university in Canada to offer such protection. He said he
expects teaching assistants across the country to make similar .
demands when their contracts come up.
• The deal also establishes a first contract for graduate
assistants, including a base pay of $5880 for the first year,
plus an $882 signing bonus and $7300 in the second year.
All units will receive a two per cent pay raise.
In a prepared statement York President Lorna Marsden
called the agreement 'great news.'
"There are no winners this morning except undergraduates! This is their day and it's taken far too long. We are a university with a spirit of tolerance, respect and the patient pur- .
suit of knowledge, and we must immediately return to normal academic life/ she said.
Nikhi Puru, a second-year student at York,'is relieved that
the strike is over. "I actually feel much belter. I wanted it to
be done,* said Puru. Most York students agree, but many ■
worry about the time lost to the strike.
.' "I'm relieved, but I'm still angry about the whole thing,'
said Emily Falls, a first-year music major. 'I'm feeling pretty
stressed out now because of all the stuff we're going to have
to catch up on now." ♦
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Student court to decide on
referendum question
Student court judges and officials will meet this week
to decide whether the health plan referendum can go
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council referred the
matter lo the court to determine whether the current
referendum question is a fair, yes-or-no question. The
question asks 'Should the AMS immediately withdraw
from the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan and refrain
from seeking another health and/or dental plan without first staging a referendum on the issue?'
The question was framed by two UBC students, who
collected over 1000 signatures on a petition to force
the AMS to hold a referendum on the issue.
AMS President Maryann Adamec said that she
expects the judges to meet mid-week to decide on the
question. She said she expects the decision will be
made by the next Council meeting, scheduled for
Wednesday January 24.
AMS program to give students
a tax "break"
While likely not the break students are hoping for, a
new AMS initiative will give some UBC students the
opportunity to have their tax returns professionally
processed for free.
UBC students making an income of less than
$20,000 will be allowed to file their tax returns online
with Intuit Canada for no charge by following a link
from the AMS web site.
The arrangement, between the AMS and Campus
Advantage, a commercial consortium of Canadian student societies that the AMS is not formally part of, was
approved for a 6-month trial period by AMS Council on
AMS Vice-President Finance Mike Warner said that
he expects to sign the contract soon, and that the project will go online within a few weeks.
The arrangment will not cost the student society
anything, though students with an income over
$20,000 will be charged between $12-24 depending
on the date filed and marital status.
The AMS will receive a portion of this money, said
Warner, who added that revenues may go toward creating a bursary fund.
The arrangment will expire on September 3 0 of this
year and will then have to be renegotiated.
AMS Mini-School courses
to begin January 22
Classes are filling up quickly for the AMS Mini School.
Non-credit courses in subjects like bartending, first
aid, and massage begin January 22.
At the AMS Council meeting Wednesday evening,
Mini School Coordinator Kurni Teranisha announced
that the bartending course is already full and there are
only two spaces left in ihe web design course. She said
that demand for the courses has exceeded her expectations.
The first of the courses run for a six-week trial period, after which the AMS will consider whether to continue the program in future years.
The most expensive course is $100 for a first-aid
class led by instructors from St. John's Ambulance, but
most of the classes average between $35 and $45.
Courses are weekly. Students can register at
Subtitles until January 18. ♦
"U-Pass" continued from page 4
versy. Last year, the proposal to
include campus residences under
the provincial Residential Tenancy
Act, the legislation that governs the
relationship between tenants and
landlords, brought angry residents
out to the polls in droves.
And recent years have witnessed
candidates debate numerous contentious issues, including which
national student lobby group best
suits UBC students, potential student
fee increases, and the role that corporations should play on campus.
The issues in this year's campaign, by contrast, have been far less
polarising and less interesting to students.
But McFetridge  remains  opti
mistic that voter turnout will be high
this year.
"There doesn't seem to be anything controversial, yet But still
we're getting pretty good numbers,"
she said. "The campaign that we put
out probably helped voter turnout
We put a lot of effort into it'
Students standing near the SUB's
polling station seemed divided only
on whether or not they should vote,
and most indicated that differences
in the candidates' positions were difficult to discern.
Graduate student Jenn Miuert
said that she always votes in the election, but has not been impressed by
any particular slate.
"I think I'll probably just vote for
the most experienced people for
each position," she said. "I can't say
that I've been overwhelmed."
First-year Science student Peter
Tomlin, who had just finished voting
at the Koerner's Library polling station, said that he read the candidates' comments in the Ubyssey election supplement published last
"I had a hard time figuring out
who to vote for, for some [categories]
I just picked people at random,"
admitted Tomlin.
But many other students, like second-year Commerce student Jason
Ling, have no interest in voting in
the election.
"I'm not really sure what any of
them do or who they are," Ling said.
Polling stations are located at
major points around campus and
voting continues until Friday. ♦
"Farm" continued from page 4
where their food is coming from,"
he said, indicating that the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) had expressed
interest in using the farm's produce
for its food outlets.
AMS Food and Beverage Manager
Nancy Toogood said that she was
interested in the faculty's program,
and hopes to begin using food from
the farm in the near future.
"I'm really excited about it...we
certainly always want to support that
if we can," she said. "As long as it
isn't too cost-prohibitive, we're definitely looking to change."
Toogood expects to know by the
first of April what products the AMS
could begin to buy organically and
locally, at a competitive price and
indicated that the AMS may be able
to purchase food that will be ready
in the spring.
UBC Food Services also
expressed some preliminary interest in using food from the farm.
However, Food Services Director
Andrew Parr said that the food volume needed by Food Services will
probably exceed that of what UBC's
farm is able to produce.
"What we talked about doing,
possibly, is using UBC Farm to supply us at one location, or maybe at a
couple locations," he said. ♦
"U-Pass" continued from page 4
versify or the AMS at between $35-
45, would be far more expensive
than a U-Pass. But it would still be
a better deal than the $63 students
currently pay for a standard bus
Senft said the discount is better
than nothing.
"It wouldn't have the same
impact as a mandatory bus pass at
$15," he admitted. "But it would
still be a 'tremendous benefit for
people who ride the bus nowa
While the prospects for a U-Pass
are likely dead for this year, both
Lovegrove and Senft are hopeful
that a student referendum could be
held on the issue some time next
year, if only for a mandatory bus
pass without the other offers
included in the U-Pass.
Lovegrove expressed concern
about offering only a bus pass,
"When you're talking about a
mandatory bus pass and nothing
else you're only hitting a third of
the student population at most," he
said. "We want to continue with a
balanced, equitable approach that
has something in it for everyone."
Senft, meanwhile, said that he
is attempting to persuade
TransLink to reduce the amount of
money it would like the university
to commit to a U-Pass.
But when asked about this possibility, TransLink spokesperson
Russel Busche responded with an
emphatic "no," citing the need for
TransLink to break even on the
Quebec students
await election of
new party leader
Ontario government gives okay
to private university legislation
by Pierre-Olivier Savoie
Quebec Bureau Chief
MONTREAL (CUP)-Student leaders in Quebec are optimistic about
the benefits to students that could
arise if Education Minister
Francois Legault runs for the Parti
Quebecois(PQ) leadership.
"If Legault goes for the leadership,
there  could be
positive effects in
the short run,*
said Christian
Robitaille, president of the
Federation Etudi-
ante Universi-
taire du Quebec,
the francophone
federation of university student
"He's going to
want to build
political capital
before the next
election, which
should take place
year and a half*
Since the announcement of
Lucien Bouchard's resignation as
premier of Quebec last Wednesday,
Legault has been discussed as a
possible candidate for the leadership race. Alongside Finance
Minister Bernard Landry and
Health Minister Pauline Marois,
Legault seems to be one of the
three main candidates within the
PQ. Other names, such as Bloc
Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe
and   former   Premier   Jacques
Parizeau, have also surfaced in the
Duceppe, however, has publicly
dismissed the possibility of entering
into provincial politics. Parizeau and
Landry are part of what Robitaille
calls the "old guard."
"Landry is supposed to have two
years left, so if s perhaps not the best
timing for him to become premier,"
said Robitaille, who
added that a 'new
guard' could spark
a new debate on
Quebec nationalism.
Marois has been
able to negotiate
both education
reforms and health
—Christian care cuts' without
losing too much
credibility. But Phil
Ilejevski, campaigns coordinator
at the Canadian
Federation of
There could
be positive
effects in the
short run
President of the
Fe'de'ration Etudiante
Universitaire du students in Quebec
Quebec says that Marois is
yuc;ucu unpopular with.
unions and nurses,
especially after the province-wide
summer 1999 nurse strike.
Ilejevski also strongly criticised
Legault's "corporate" background-
he is a former president of Air
Transat—as well as his allegedly
business-oriented view of education.
Both Ilejevski and Robitaille
also pointed to Legault's lack of
governmental experience. Legault
was elected to the National
Assembly in 1994.♦
GUELPH, ONT. (CUP)-The Ontario government has
passed legislation allowing private universities to operate in the province. In late December, the Post-
Secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act passed
its final reading in Queen's Park.
"This act will help give students more opportunities
for a high-quality education and ensure that they will
have innovative and flexible choices," said Diane
Cunningham, minister of Training, Colleges, and
However, some academics
and students say that they have
concerns about the introduction
of private universities in the
"I think the real concern is
that this will divert attention
away from the need for investing
in our public institutions," says
Maureen Mancuso, University of
Guelph associate vice-president
The provincial government
says that no public funds will be given to private universities. But Ontario Liberal education critic Marie
Boutrogianni thinks differently.
"During the parliamentary hearings, when I asked
the parliamentary assistant if (Cunnigham] could guarantee that no grant money or research money would be
given to private universities from the government, she
gave no guarantees," Boutrogianni said.
"To say that no public money is going to private institutions is a fallacy," she said.
Boutrogianni is also concerned that under NAFTA's
"fair treatment clause/ private universities could claim
that public universities have an unfair advantage in the
economic market because they are publicly funded,
therefore forcing the government's hand into funding
both sectors equally.
The provincial government, however, denies this
"We have sought a legal opinion on this. Our rights
over health care and education are not threatened by the
NAFTA agreement," says David Ross, a spokesperson for
the Ontario government
But Bountrogianni said she has consulted different
"It will be a difficult
egg to unscramble,
once it's cooked
—Marie Boutrogianni
by Katie Meyer "As it is written now, and as international lawyers have
Ontariort said, once we let them in, we may not have any control"
said Boutrogianni. "We may be obliged to give them public money. It will be a difficult egg to unscramble, once it's
Jonathan DaSilva of the Central Student
Association, the University of Guelph's student union,
said that private universities could mean skyrocketing
tuition increases and the creation of a separate system
for the rich.
"Students could essentially buy a university degree
for, say, around $40,000. They say this legislation is
increasing accessibility, but its only giving more options
to those who can pay those
high private tuition fees and
for students who may not have
the marks to get into a public
NDP education critic
Rosario Marchese agrees.
"This legislation does not mean
Ontario Liberal more cnoices f°r &* majority.
- . It means a private club has
education CritlC been created for the wealthy.*
DaSilva said that he also
fears research at public universities could be in jeopardy.
"Private universities, through corporate funding, will
be able to pay their professors more. The/11 have more
up-to-date technology and more research dollars. The
government is cutting funding to universities and is not
putting the funding into public universities to keep
them at a competitive level."
He is also worried that this could drive up the tuition
rates at public universities, in order for them to compete.
,, "The real worrisome possibility is that this legislation
may falsely lull people into thinking that this private university initiative will solve the current challenges facing
post-secondary education in Ontario," says Mancuso.
:, Private universities could be in effect as early as
September, according to Cunningham. The Post-
Secondary Education Quality Assessment Board will
advise the minister about new programs, including new
university degree programs that will be offered by community colleges.     ■'
"Ontario's prosperity and the future prosperity of our
students depends on them having access to high-quality
and relevant education and training programs where
and when they need them," said Cunningham. ♦
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Birds own the court
Two wins and playoff hopes jusfc got brighter for basketball men
 by Dustin Cook
With its disappointing 4-8 record, the UBC men's basketball team
headed into the weekend with its playoff hopes on the line. Losers of
five of their last six games and stuck in the basement of the Canada
West division, the Birds needed desperately to beat the Trinity Western
Spartans twice in order to turn their season around. And that's just
what they did,
It wasn't pretty to watch but the Bird's managed to squeak out a 5 5-
45 victoiy Friday night It was a dull and low-scoring game in which
neither team could execute its shots effectively—the Birds' 35.7 per
cent field goal average was just slightly better than the Spartan's paltry
29.4 per cent The only Birds who were really effective were third-year
guard Ben Sansburn. whose 15 points were a team-high, and Sherlan
John, who scored nine points and added ten boards. But in the end, the
Birds' effort was enough to win, as the Spartans could only score a pitiful 17 points in the second half.
On Saturday night, a different UBC team showed up. In an impressive effort, the Birds dominated the Spartans from the outset of the
game. After scoring the first basket, the Birds set the tone early on and
went into the half with a 32-28 lead. The Birds held the lead until there
was 7:17 left in the second half. Then the Spartans went on a 13-4 run
to go ahead 58-57. But the Spartans first and only advantage was shortlived. On the Birds' next two possessions, Pat McKay and Courtney
Kolla smoothly dropped three pointers to put UBC back on top, 63-58.
The Birds then outscored the Spartans 23-9 in the game's final minutes to seal the victory, 81-66.
Key to the Birds' success was their ability to play a disciplined team
game on both sides of the court The Birds scored at will, and showed
a willingness to spread the ball around as well as the patience to wait
for the opportunity to take the right shots. Unlike the night before, the
Birds shot well from the field and had no trouble scoring on the
Spartans' defence, which vanished as the game progressed. McKay
and Kolla took advantage of some outside looks and combined for nine
Team captain Kolla led the Birds' balanced attack with 21 points,
while McKay followed with 18. For the third-straight game, Sanshurn
elevated his play by scoring a season-high 17 points, and once again
John was a force, scoring 12 points and pulling down ten rebounds. If
not for the play of Spartan guard Tyler Coston, whose 2 5 points included six three pointers, the Birds would have easily routed the visitors.
'A lot of teams don't really want to play us because I don't think
we've proven to everybody how well we can play yet,* said Kolla.
'We're kind of just gelling at the right time and by March, teams are
going to have to look out because we're really going to be looking forward and looking strong.*
After defeating the Spartans, who had won six of their last seven
games, the Birds have a lot to look forward to. They are right back in the
playoff race, and if this weekend was a clear indication that the Birds are
improving, it couldn't have come at a better time.
'It was a great weekend for the guys, a big step for our program,*
said first-year head coach Kevin Hanson. 'Our goal at the beginning
was to peak our play into February and it looks like were doing that
We've come a long way as a team. We still 'make unnecessary
turnovers, but as a team we're growing, we're building and we're starting to get some performances out of some of the guys...I really like our
chances of finishing high in the playoff spots.'
The weekend was a step in the right direction for the Birds, but how
far they will go remains to be seen. If the Birds are to continue their
ascent out of the cellar of the Canada West they will have to do so on
the road. Next week they start a six-game road trip in Manitoba that
will either make or break their playoff hopes. With the conference
tightly packed, the Birds will likely have to battle for a playoff position
until the end of the season.
'What we're looking to do is get in the playoffs and then be a
threat," said Sansburn. ♦
ushecl, rattled and missing two point guards, Birds persevere
by Tom Peacock
It's official—Julie Smulders is out for the season.
The star point guard on the UBC women's basketball team, citing 'personal issues,' will miss the rest
of the year.
The basketball team suspended Smulders late
last term in order for her to get her schoolwork
under control, forcing her to miss the last two
league games and a holiday tournament After
returning to practice for a few days, Smulders told
head coach Deb Huband she needed to step away
from basketball so she could get school and the rest
of her life on track.
In spite of Smulders' absence, the remaining
nine players had no trouble with the struggling
Trinity Western Spartans on Friday night, shooting
ahead by 23 points at the half, and winning the
game 79-55.
With Friday's win, the Birds extended their winning streak to nine games. That's the good news.
The bad news came early in the second half of the
game, when replacement point guard Charmene
Adams went over on her right ankle. It is unsure
when Adams will be able to return to play. Rookie
Sheila Townsend stepped into the point guard position for Saturday's game, one that looked nothing
like the previous night's rout
Though the Birds eventually came out on top for
their second win of the weekend, Saturday's game
was close, really close.
'I knew we'd win. It was just a matter of when
we'd stop making stupid mistakes and finally get it
together," said fifth-year guard Stacy Reykdal. But
Reykdal's hindsight confidence didn't tell the whole
story of a second half which could have gone in
either team's favour.
The score was 32-31 for UBC at the half, and
TWU kept the score close right up until the 14-
minute mark of the second stanza. Then the rookie
point guard began what would effectively become
the Sheila Townsend Show. The Pitt "Meadows
native, a first-year transfer from Texas Pan-
American, started her show with two from the line,
putting the Birds ahead by one.
Then it was Townsend with a jump shot for two,
and then a Townsend steal found Carrie Watson for
two. Then Townsend outside for three. Then
Townsend skipping through the TWU defence with
a textbook cross-over for two, and suddenly, the
Birds were up by ten.
Time for a break, or so the Birds seemed to
think. But the Spartans were far from finished, and
quickly came back within striking distance of the
'We went out after the time-out really flat," UBC
head coach Deb Huband said after
the game. 'I think people were just
finding times to rest... [Trinity
Western] doesn't quit, and they just
came roaring back. I think we were
caught on our heels a little bit*
Luckily for the Birds,
Townsend's performance wasn't
over yet The team's third choice at
point guard took control of the
scoreboard with a timely three-
pointer with just over a minute left
to play.
Then the Birds stepped it up on
defence, something they hadn't really
done all game, and TWU returned to
its end of the court scoreless, UBC ran
the clock until there were only seconds left Then Townsend charged
the lane and made the best pass of
the night to Jennifer Washburn, who
easily sank a baseline jumper from
just outside the key.
With four seconds left, the game
was 69-64.
Trinity still wasn't done though,
and a long desperate pass found
Spartan Heidi Frandrup for a three-
pointer. But the ball was UBC's and
time was up. UBC had won the game
' 'It was a different game than last
night, I think, with our short bench,
some fatigue, and a few people have
been struggling lately who didn't
step up tonight,' Huband said. 'But
with nine on the roster and one person with an ankle, you really need
everybody contributing.*
But Huband said she was
impressed by the way Townsend
had stepped into the vacant spot at
point guard.
"She did a very good job tonight,
not only scoring, but getting people
involved in the offence...Sheila's a
scorer. Her Erst thought i3 to put
the ball in the hoop and she does a
good job at that So for her to be able to step back
and to think 'team,' and make sure the offence was
organised, she did a really good job.*
Townsend said she had played a little bit of point
guard in high school but this was her first time starting in the position for UBC.
"I'm getting used to it There's a lot of plays to
know, and just getting to know all the players and
COMIN' THROUGH: UBC's Charmene Adams charges past Heidi Frandrup of theTrinity Western Spartans
early in Friday night's game. UBC won the game but Adams suffered a sprain to her right ankle during the
second half. She will likely sit out next weekend's games against Manitoba, but she is expected to return to
play before the post-season, tara westover photo
everyone's strengths is a big thing, so Deb's helping
me out with that,* she said.
Townsend said the team felt a little rushed and a
little rattled during Saturday's game, but looking
ahead, she sees a general level of confidence among
the remaining Birds.
'I think that the team has really bonded. I think
that we all believe in each other. It has been up and
down all year, but now we know these nine players
are the team, and we've all got to stick together.'
The remaining Birds will certainly have to stick
together next weekend when they head to Manitoba
to face the University of Manitoba Bisons for two
games. The Birds are now in fourth place in the
Western division of the Canada West with an 8-6
record. •>
IN YO' FACE: UBC's Ben Sansburn shoots one overTrinity Western Spartan Malcom
Campbell during Friday night's game in War Memorial Gym. tara westover photo
:] INI
Women's Volleyball
The UBC women's volleyball team ended a six-
game, winning streak on. Friday, losing 3-0 in
Edmonton to the University of Alberta Pandas.
The teams met again Saturday and the Birds
rallied for a 3-1 victory. UBC is now in second
place behind Calgary ia the,Canada West
Conference. They play at home next weekend
agauist   the ' fourth-place   University   of
• Saskatchewan Huskies at 6:15pm Friday and
8pm Saturday. Friday's game will be broad-,
cast hve on CiTR 101.9, UBCs cafnpus radio
Men's Volleyball
The UBC volleyball men had a tough time on the
road this past weekend, losing two in a row to the
second-place University of Alberta Golden Bears.
The Bears won both matches 3-1, improving
their record to 104. The 7-8 Birds are sitting in
fourth place heading into next weekend's games
against the Huskies in War Memorial Gym.
Game time is 8pm Friday and 6:i 5 Saturday.
The Thunderbirds are hosting the Canada
West Championships at the UBC Aquatic
Centre next weekend, the racing starts on
6:30pm Friday, with the finals being held at
5pm Saturday and Sunday. The Birds will try
to defend their conference titles against the six
other teams in the conference. The CIAU
Championships are scheduled for the weekend of February 23 in Guelph, Ontario. ♦ 8
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UBC's Chris
Rowland takes
some abuse from
Pronghorn Joey
Spencer behind
Lethbridge goalie
Andrew Houthays
during Saturday
night's game at
Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre.
Rowland scored his
first three goals
this season during
the two games
against Lethbridge.
Birds win two!
 by Sara Newham
Sometimes, miracles_ do happen.
This weekend, the UBC men's hockey team not only beat an opponent
that was above .500, they did it
twice. Heading into the tilt against
the University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns, the home team was a
miserable 2-12-2, and in a must-win
situation. Fortunately, the Birds
came up big as they dumped the visitors by a score of 6-3 Friday and 3-
1 Saturday to take all four points,
putting the Birds within six points of
third-place Calgary for the final playoff berth.
The two teams came out hard
Friday night. Each side had a few
scoring opportunities and a ton of
great hits. It was UBC, however, who
drew first blood as third-year forward Nils Antons, who was left
alone in the bottom of the slot, fired
it past Lethbridge goalie Scott
Tollestrup at the 5:48 mark of the
The Pronghorns evened it up on
a goal by forward Dino Caputo just
18 seconds later, and when the
'Birds got themselves into penalty
trouble late in the period,
Lethbridge capitalised twice on the
powerplay to take a 3-1 lead.
At the start of the second period,
UBC looked like a completely different team. Two minutes in, right-
winger Chris Rowland started UBC's
comeback when he danced around
Lethbridge defenders and took a
shot from the left face-off circle that
beat Tollestrup on the glove side.
The goal was Rowland's first of the
season, and it seemed to breathe
some life into the Birds.
When the Pronghorns started
taking foolish penalties themselves,
the T-Birds exacted their revenge.
Right-winger Tim McEachen scored
a powerplay goal at 13:04 to even
the score at three apiece. Less than
two minutes later, on another UBC
powerplay, McEachen potted his
second of the game. Then Rowland
added his second goal at 19:18 to
make it 5-3 for the home squad. The
Pronghorns were probably relieved
to hear the buzzer end the second
period. They had been outscored 4-0
and out-shot 27-5 in the middle
frame alone.
'After the first period, they didn't
even have [any] scoring chances so I
was kind of bored in the net It was
nice to see the guys play so hard.
Everybody played really good
today,* said UBC goaltender Robert
File, who received extra motivation
from the attendance of his father,
Jan File, the head coach of the
Slovakian National Hockey team, at
Friday night's game.
The Birds' intensity and emotion
of the second period spilled over
into the last frame. Lampshire
scored the Birds' final goal of the
night after the Birds swarmed
around the Horns' net and squeezed
the puck past Tollestrup. It was this
goal, the Thunderbirds' sixth, that
led to Tollestrup's replacement by
Andrew Houthays.
'We played together. We had a
bad start, but everybody stuck
together and we pulled it through at
the right times and capitalised on
some smart chances and actually
got a bit lucky. I think we deserved
it/ McEachen concluded.
On Saturday, UBC went up on the
scoreboard first as Rowland
received a great cross-ice pass from
Lampshire, went in alone on
Houthays, and lifted a backhand
over the goalie. Then Bird forward
Sandy Hayer scored his fourth goal
of the year to make it 2-0 at the
18:32 mark of the first There was
no scoring in the second.
"They came out pretty strong. It
wasn't as fast a pace or as physical
a game as last night I think the Erst
game of the series took its toll on
both teams, but I thought position-
ally we were pretty good,* UBC head
coach Mike Coflin explained. "Let's
face it That's a good experience for
our players to go through, playing
in a tight one-, two-goal game and
playing with a lead. We haven't
done that much this year, obviously.
I think we learned some things
from it*
Coflin had opted to put Peter
Brady in net instead of File for
Saturday's game, and Brady came
up big on a few early attempts by
Lethbridge. He was superb for
much, if not all, of the night
Not wanting to lose two straight
contests, Lethbridge became desperate in the third period. They fired a
number of shots at Brady and
increased their pressure in UBC's
territory. Their hard work eventually paid off as they ended Brady's
shutout bid at 4:04, when defense-
man Joey Spencer scored to make it
The Thunderbirds didn't let
Lethbridge get any closer however,
and added an insurance goal at
15:50 when right-winger Dustin
Paul somehow squeezed the puck
past the Lethbridge netminder to
make it 3-1.
Most weekends the Birds are
badly outshot, with the weekend
shots against total somewhere
between 70 and 80 shots on net
This weekend however, it was the
other way around as UBC outshot
their opponent 73-56.
'There's been times this year
where you can't really question our
work ethic, it's just a matter of
whether or not we're working
smart And tonight we just worked
smart We stuck to the system. Since
Christmas it's been a different environment and it's been really nice,'
stated Lampshire, who had a fantastic weekend, collecting one goal and
four assists.
*I thought it was a strong effort,"
concluded Rowland, Saturday's UBC
player of the game. 'Coming off last
night's game, it was big that we followed through and came out with
another sixty minutes. It was the little things, especially in our end, getting the puck out [was key]. I hope it
will stay like this, keep the flow
going, and build on these two wins.'
The Birds will be in tough next
weekend as they head to Edmonton
to square off against the University
of Alberta Golden Bears, the top
team in Canada. The T-Birds have
had some success in Edmonton
against the Bears, but will have to be
on top of things and play their A-
game if they hope to continue their
ppst-Christmas roll. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
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from the New Pornographers and Dallas Good of the Sadies,
started the show with 'Jet Out of Running,' nobody could
keep his or her feet on the groiind.
Case, dressed in a black turtleneck and slacks, looked less
like a country singer and more like a. lounge diva. She delivered her lyrics with a power and soul comparable to the
sounds of Nina Simone or Aretha Franklin. And her attempts
to twist her long red hair back in a bun, only to let it fall back
down as she resumed singing, showed a willingness to flirt
with the audience that only a. diva could possess. But songs
like "Twisted the Knife' and 'Whips the Blanket,' m which
Case belted out some traditional Nashville wails, reminded
the audience that it was, indeed, at a country show. And Good
captivated the audience with his guitar skills.
Although Case^ is known for her temper tantrums and
melodramatic ways, it was this very passion that carried the
show. And though I wouldn't want to date Neko Case, I
couldn't help falling in love with her highly emotional voice,
which, expressed sadness and heartache with every lyric.
Mark was invited back onstage for the encore for some
sing-along songs. Both performers bounced around excitedly all over the stage, strumming their guitars. Then, Case, in
a second encore, sang the crowd's request "Tacoma Song,*
and a song she wrote for the soundtrack for the film
the Gift,, which is when she pulled out her old Gibson guitar.
Guitar-playing, is a relatively new skill for Case, and she
stopped part way through the song, to remember a chord.
Though it stopped the song, it didn't stop the energy of the
room, which was full of the intimacy and honesty of Neko
Case. ♦
&io^B.^d many smoking barrels
now playing
The release of Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in 1994 prompted a
schism in the staid-gangster movie genre. The standard hallmarks—serious characters, gunfights, intrigue, and damsels in
distress—were enhanced with snappy dialogue and gallows
humour. The biggest change, however, was the introduction of
the mobius strip-style plot line, where linearity didn't matter,
creating a story that constantly folded upon itself—flitting
between past, present and future so that the viewer was forced
to pay close attention to every subtle detail.
Inevitably, numerous copycat films emerged that tried to
capitalise on Tarantino's success, but it wasn't until 1998 that
someone else pulled it off—British director Guy Ritchie, with
iocJc. Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. His latest film. Snatch,
is proof that his first time out wasn't a fluke.
Turkish (Jason Statham) is a young man with an entrepreneurial bent, who, when he's not running his gambling operation, manages bare-knuckle boxers. Through a business deal
gone wrong, he becomes acquainted with Mickey O'Neil (Brad
Pitt), a mumbling manic motor-mouthed piker who also happens to be a one-punch marvel. Turkish persuades Mickey to
join his stable of fighters, but soon discovers that Mickey has
his own agenda, getting Turkish in trouble with the gangsters
who run the underground boxing circuit Other characters that
become involved in the drama include a four-fingered degenerate gambler/jewel thief, a vicious boxing promoter, a gang of
inept robbers, a polite hitman, a crazed Russian gunrunner, a
group of Irish gypsies, a crooked New York jeweller, and a pugnacious pet The common thread binding them all is a perfect
diamond the size of a peach pit. And if you aren't confused yet,
you soon will be.
Ritchie's first film, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,
was shot on a small budget, with a no-name cast (except for
rugby bad boy Vinnie Jones) but quickly became a rousing success at home, later finding a receptive audiences abroad.
While not a technically a sequel to his first film, Snatch is stylistically very similar. Ritchie utilises his trademark bombastic staccato sequences, bounces off on radical tangents to
throw the viewer off balance. He did, however, opt for a decidedly darker satirical tone in this film, which may make some
people uncomfortable (think Very Bad Things). What struclj
me as particularly daring was his decision to create a story
with such a voluminous cast
Ritchie faced a daunting task with this film: how to adequately flesh out roughly 20 principal characters without hopelessly confusing the audience? The feat was made doubly difficult as several cast members are big name stars. But Ritchie
manages the feat—each actor is full-bodied, receives ample
screen time, and no one character is the centrepiece. With so
many talented actors, it is difficult to pick out one performance
that stands out Rade Serbedzija is hilarious as the mad
Russian who blithely burns through each of his nine lives, as is
Vinnie Jones' manic hitman. On the other end of the spectrum,
is Alan Ford as Brick Top, the promoter with a penchant for
pigs, who epitomises cold-blooded viciousness. If forced to pick
my favourite, however, I would have to go with Brad Pitt
Pitt resurrects his trailer trash look from Kalifornia and
adopts a nearly indecipherable brogue that sounds like my best
friend's Uncle Wally on a bad day. As Mickey O'Neil, the hard-
drinking wily grifter and part-time pugilist, Pitt displays a wide
range of emotions, demonstrating again that he is not only a
star, but also a gifted character actor. And I would be remiss if
I didn't mention the dog that subtly stole eveiy scene in which
he appeared.
While Snatch initially struggles to find its stride, and is very
similar to Ritchie's earlier film, once it gets going it is fresh and
funny enough to stand on its own. ♦
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"The Meaning of Life and Death on the Titanic*
Frioay, January 19th
SUB Theatre,  12:30
Dr. Dennis Danielson, English Dept. ubc
Illumination Cafe
Coffeehouse and art Display @ the ATRIUM
regent college 9 Gate One, 7:30
Recording Artist, Sarah Masen
Speakers'. Drama and. Music
This is an EXPemENcgY
SUB Theatre, 12:30
Dr. Maxine Hancock
"Does God care about our suffering?"
Tuesday, Jan. 23rd
SUS Theatre, 12:30
dr. john stackhouse
"jesus or nietzsche: who will lead us into the 2 i st ceintury?"
Dr. R<kk Watts
sub ballroom, 7:30
"choose freedom or slavery: the bible's revolutionary edge."
Wednesday, January 24th
Dr. Iain Provan
CHEM 250,  12:30
Accounts of Luke
Featuring Bruce Kuhn, Award winning Broadway Actor
scarfe ioo, 7:30
Tickets $6.0O@ SUB Box Office
Panel on Science, Faith a Society with UBC professors
Thursday, Jan, 25th
Dr. Philip Hill (Mechanical Engineering), Dr. Olav Slaymaker
(Geography), Dr. Bart vander kamp (Forestry), and Dr. Bert
Cameron (Medicine)
SUB Theatre, 12:30
accounts of Luke
2nd Performance, Bruce Kuhn
sub ballroom, 7:30
"The Gods must be crazy: Discerning the Deligious Options"
friday, january 26th
dr. Miriam Adeney
sub theatre, 12:30
The Amazing Vancouver Soul Gospel Choir with Checo Tomaso
Choose freedom celebration and Benefit concert for Orphans
in China
University Chapel, 7:30   (5375 University Blvd., one stop
before University Village) 10
Daiiah. Merzaban
Alex Dimson
Sarah Morrison
Michelle Mossop
Tom Peacock
Nicholas Bradley
Tristan Winch
Tara Westover
Holland Gidney
Graeme Worthy
Laura Blue
Ernie Beaudin
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Tom Peacock directed DaUah Merzaban to th* section for the
groom'* family and motioned Holland Gidney towards the section
for the other groom's family. Nicholas Bradley told Tart Westover
in hushed tones how he didn't really approve of the second groom's
family. Michelle Mossop, who was eavesdropping, was indignant
but Duncan McHugh was more concerned about the change in his
inheritance prospects. Sarah Morrison glared enviously at Hywel
Tuscano who had a better seat than she did. Alei Dimson sat at (he
back of the church, praying that Tristan Winch hadn't bought I
toaster for a wedding gift as well Lauri Blue wept with joy. Graeme
Worthy fidgeted with his jacket wishing that the ceremony would
just be over so that he could get some free cake and champagne
from Ihe reception. Adrian Lin felt embarrassed because he'd forgotten to polish his shoes. Scott Bardsley insisted on introducing
himself to eveiy member of the other family, including Tyler
Bradford, and Alicia Miller, the black sheep of the family. Dustin
Cook, the choir leader, started to panic because Sara Newham. his
key soloist wasn't there, but fortunately Helen Eady agreed to step
id at the last minute, just in lime for Reverend Greg Ursic to start
the wedding.
Mow remember,
v^oor name \<,
Marriage is so gay
Technically, the headline isn't quite right. In all
of Canada, on any given Sunday, there must be
hundreds of weddings., But none of these is
totally gay. Not a single one. In Toronto, on any
given Sunday, dozens of people get married,
maybe more. None of these weddings is totally
gay, either. Not gay at all, in fact. And this is a
This past Sunday, at the Metropolitan
Community Church in Toronto, there was a
wedding that was kind of gay. So gay, in fact,
that it was the gayest wedding since the Middle
Ages, according to one newspaper.
Two women and two men married. Which
would have been okay, as long as one man married one woman, and then the other woman
married the other man. That wouldn't have
been gay at all. But because the men married
each other, and the women married each other,
it was totally gay, and all of a sudden, it's a totally big deal.
This is a good thing. And a bad thing.
It's a good thing because, for the first time
ever, two same-sex couples were legally married. Under the auspices of Ontario's Marriage
Act,' Joe and Kevin got married, and so did
Elaine and Anne.
In doing so—through a Christian marriage
tradition known as the publication of the
banns—the two couples joined the ranks of millions of other Canadians who enjoy wedded
bliss, not to mention the income tax benefits
and other perks that married couples, gay or
otherwise, receive. In short, they received the
same status as heterosexual married couples,
and made it seem like gay couples are almost as
equal as straight couples.
Almost. And that's the bad news. Because
even though the totally gay Joe and Kevin and
Elaine and Anne are totally married, some people beg to differ.
Some people. Like Bob Runciman, the minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations
for Ontario. He's on the record as saying that
marriages shouldn't be gay at all. Which means
that Sunday's totally gay wedding may be in
In December, the Metropolitan Community
Church announced that it would use the tradition of marriage banns to circumvent the usual
way of getting married. In Ontario, a couple can
get a marriage license from city hall. Requests
from gay couples, however, have in the past
been denied. But whether a marriage is done by
license or by banns, someone has to do the
paperwork. That man is Bob Runciman, who,
apparently, is not gay at all. He is, however, in
charge of the marriage registry, and if he refuses to register these two marriages, then the
whole things is going to end up in the courts.
The lawyer for the church has instructions to
commence proceedings against the province if
the marriages are not registered.
For Joe and Kevin and Elaine and Anne, that
would be an insult, even if it's not an unexpected one. But it might be worth it. Because if people aren't prepared to accept a wedding that's
legal in front of a church, its congregation, and
the law, then people deserve to be challenged in
a court of law. In the Netherlands, gay marriage
is now legal, and Canada should be ashamed of
itself if it doesn't follow suit If the Toronto marriages don't make same-sex marriage implicitly
legal, then it may be for the best that the matter
gets settled in court, once and for all, and that
same-sex marriage is openly legal.
Either way, Sunday's wedding is a victory for
everyone who supports Kevin and Joe and
Elaine and Anne. They made marriage totally
gay, and that can only help make more marriages totally gay. And it's about time. ♦
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The value of Arts
In September of 1996, I came to
UBC to study Science. Science was
what eveiyone expected of me.
Having graduated top of my class in
high school, my parents, teachers
and classmates saw my scientific
talents and knew they would carry
me far. Upon arriving at Totem
Park residence, I was quickly adopted into a circle of Science and
Engineering students on my floor.
They \yere my peers. The Arts students around us read novels and
wrote papers while we stayed up
late working on lab reports and
problem sets. We bought into a
stereotype that Arts students were
slackers or less hardcore than us.
We made jokes that they would
serve us French fries at
McDonald's someday. When it
came time for us to take our Arts
electives, we boasted about how
easy they were. Science was also
what I had always expected of
myself. I wanted to be challenged. I
wanted to prove something to
myself. I thought Science was the
way to do it
In that first year, I considered
majors from Engineering physics
to astronomy—but of course never
Arts. That summer, I finally settled
on honours biochemistry, registered for my classes, and left the
countiy on a two-month volunteer
trip. For the next 60 days I lived in
a foreign culture, spoke a foreign
language, and stared out over
rolling hills trying to articulate all I
was learning and how I was changing in a small travel journal. Seeing
and living the "big picture" of life in
this way filled me with a type of
curiosity that I knew studying molecules could not satisfy. In my first
week back at UBC, I switched into
And this was one of the best
decisions I have ever made.
Now a proud UBC Arts grad, I
take with me valuable skills, knowledge and memories. I speak three
languages, I think analytically, I
write, I am more down to earth and
I think more divergently. I remember watching a professor break
down in tears for his love of
Canada, and another one calling
me to recognise the impact of linguistic discrimination on people's
lives. For many of us, an undergraduate degree is not just an academic pursuit, but a major part of
the transition into adulthood. Arts
is an excellent education in both of
these respects.
I am back at UBC, in firstyear
Medicine. Most of my classmates
are Science graduates. I have asked
many of them if their degrees have
helped them. I always get the same
response: No, maybe for a week or
two while we studied my small
area of expertise, but everything
else is new. My Arts degree helps
me every day in Medicine, in less
obvious ways. It helps me with
human contact. It helps me to
think about the whole patient, her
family, her social and political context, and the international web in
which we all interact I believe that
the value of Arts in medicine is not
unique. I would expect similar
insights and approaches from Arts
students in law, business, education, in advanced scientific studies
or research, and of course in daily
There is a culture at UBC that
puts its faith and admiration in
future scientists, engineers, and
technologists. I've experienced this
elsewhere as well. My uncle, who
never attended university, used to
puzzle over why anyone would
waste their time in Arts. 'What can
you do with an Arts degree?" he
asked. In my firstyear of Science, I
wondered with him. After I
changed faculties, a friend's father
asked what I was studying at UBC.
When I told him I was in Arts, he
replied, 'Oh, so you're studying to
be a waitress..."
I would like to challenge this culture. In the history of humankind,
science is but one component of
our progress. And if we forget religion, philosophy, language, literature, music and the like, what will
become of us? Science and Arts too
often dichotomise, when what we
really need is recognition of their
interdependence. As we press on
into the future, our scientific, technological and medical advances
will bring complex social implications. To ensure that these
advances constitute progress,
thinkers having a balanced muM-
disciplinaiy perspective will be our
Science, engineering and such
are fascinating disciplines and I
encourage and support anyone who
loves them to study them. But to all
those who love reading, writing,
composing, acting, creating,
philosophising, to all those who
have been swept away by this culture that doesn't always know the
value of Arts, think about it
-Colleen Carey
Medicine 1 THE UBYSSEY
AMS hampered by high level of
indifference among UBC students
 by Matthieu "Frenchy" Maftei
"Things are going to change at the AMS if I'm
elected,' an eager candidate told me the other
day. "I'm going to ensure that this society is
more open and more accountable to students.' Not wanting to sound like the crusty
old Alma Master Society (AMS) hack that I
have become, I simply bid this candidate
good luck and walked away. Because once in
office, none of what this candidate told me
will happen. None of it. By this time next year,
another eager would-be student politician will
appear and will chant the same empty phrases. In my many years of involvement in student politics, which stretch all the way back to
my firstyear in 1994, I have seen many an
election, having even run in a few myself.
And I have come to observe that the AMS has
never become more open to students. Is it
because these election promises are just a
ploy to get elected? Or is it because the institutions of the AMS, with all the permanent
staff members, systematically block any
attempt at openness? Or is it because deep
down inside all student politicians are evil?
No, it's none of these reasons. The only peo-
pie responsible for the lack of openness at the
AMS are the students of UBC.
Last year, approximately 4400 votes were
cast in the AMS executive elections. Even
though this was the largest voter turnout in
years, this still represents only a fraction of
UBC's over 33,000 students. Many have suggested that the lack of interest
in student elections is due
to a lack of information. But
unless you live under a
rock, there is absolutely no way that you can
avoid elections during campaign week on
campus. All of the issues are described at
length on posters, student forums are held
pretty much everywhere, and the Ubyssey
devotes an entire issue to the cause. But students just can't be bothered to be interested.
Even the heroic efforts of Jo McFetridge, this
year's elections administrator, at the first all-
candidates forum can't bring students to care.
Yet to describe UBC students as simply
apathetic is not entirely true. See the biblical
fury students display when fighting any fee
increase. I remember the day when the AMS
introduced a $2 fee increase to establish a
child-care bursary fund. And I remember the
protests. 'How dare the AMS take my money?
How dare they even think of increasing my
student fees?' was the common battle cry of
thousands of outraged students. This fund
was established to help single mothers attend
classes at UBC. Call me
hopelessly naive, but I
don't believe that these
people actually thought
that the place of a single
mother was in the kitchen
and at the bottom of the social ladder. I can't
believe that. There is only one explanation,
and that is that UBC students just couldn't be
bothered to give up 30 seconds of their lives
and read what the fund was for. The same scenario has been repeated throughout the
years. Its latest incarnation can be seen with
the fight against the AMS/GSS Health and
Dental Plan. The speed at which Kathy Lo and
Matthew Laird collected their petition signatures to fight this extended medical insurance
plan would make even the most hardened
campaign manager tingle. Again UBC students demonstrate that they are only interested in saving a few minutes of their selfish
lives. Instead of taking the time and going
through the opt-out procedure, these self-
righteous students have decided that hundreds if not thousands of students should go
without extended medical insurance. But
most of the signatories of that petition don't
know about the opt-out procedure: despite the
AMS' best efforts, they can't be bothered to
read or to listen.
When the new execs take office at the end
of the month, don't expect any radical
changes. The primary task of all student
politicians is never described in any elections
pamphlet or in the AMS Bylaws: it is to force
people who don't want to care, to care.
This is why I ran for the Radical Beer
Faction for three years, to prove how high the
level of indifference runs at UBC. To the countless students who came up to me after the
elections were over and said: 'I would have
voted for you, but I didn't get a chance to vote,"
I say thank you. To all those who voted for me:
the joke was not on the AMS, nor was it on the
serious candidates. The joke was on you. ♦
-Matthieu  "Frenchy"
fourth-year Arts student.
Maftei is  a
ThumlerlJird volleyball
this weekend! 12
Put away the popsiGle sticks
at the Canadian Craft Museum
until Jan. 28
What do you think of when you here the term 'craft*? I'm sure
you envision your grandmother's latest crochet endeavour at
the community hall or, perhaps, building mobiles out of pop-
sicle sticks at summer camp. But that's not what's at the
Canadian Craft Museum.
The Canadian Craft Museum's current exhibition highlights
the winners of the Millennium Collection Competition—a celebration of the next generation of outstanding BC artisans. On
display are the artists' winning works, as well as other notable
pieces of their craft These pieces use various materials, ranging from wood and metal to ceramics and CAT scans. All the
winning craftspeople are BC residents under the age of 30—
most of whom are graduates of the Emily Carr School of Art &
Design or the Kootenay School of Arts.
Upon first walking into the Canadian Craft Museum, one
immediately takes in Jeremy Hatch's iconoclastic Ceramech
Teapot series. It is definitely the most intellectually challenging work of the artists on display. At first glance, his pieces
are metallic, machine parts, but upon a closer inspection,
one can see they are really porcelain, with a wheel thrown
on. Further mystifying pieces are the unique CAT scan
images of the inside of the "pots' which are set behind each
one. The CAT scans show the insides of each of the pots.
These scans reveal how completely useless they actually are,
as they can't hold anything. His work tackles the concept of
function head-on.
Jill Allan's various hand-blown glass pieces, including her
winning Rocking Bowls collection, were intriguing. While one
might assume that simple glass bowls lack creativity, Allan's
work proves that this is not the case. The bowls of various
vibrant colours lack the flat bottom of a "normal" bowl. These
bowls are rounded on the bottom and possess the ability to
rock about, leaving them 'functional but risky," in the words of
the artist
The jewelry of Dana Grand and C. Lizz Hamakawa were
also notable. Hamakawa's pieces have a soft, delicate appearance, with an elegant fluidity to them. Her winning piece,
'Twisted Slice," is made of a hammered gold sheet melded
with chrysoprase, shaped into an 'S' curve. Particularly pleasing was her Aquatic Creative Exploration series. These broaches made excellent use of colour and seemed to flow as if they
were creatures of the sea.
Meanwhile, in contrast to Hamakawa's works, Grund's jewelry appears to embrace a simple stylistic design ideal. This is
particularly evident in his winning bracelet 'Stretch'—a simple steel spring used with a rectangular sterling silver frame to
create a stylish, yet simple piece of jewellry. The one exception
to the simpleness of Grund's work is perhaps his most beautiful piece on display; a work entitled "The Cinnamon Peeler."
This copper/gold leaf/silver work is the artist's interpretation
of Michael Ondaatje's poem, and if you've read the poem, you
can definitely understand where the artist drew his inspiration
for the piece.
Mima Preston's work incorporates a wide variety of unique
textiles, being some of the more cerebral work on display.
Preston won in the Existing Works category, for "Tangled
Web," and the Proposed Works category, for "The Shelter.'
"Tangled Web' is a very unique dress that was originally
woven onto a gelatin form, leaving an ultra-light dress.
Jacqueline Robbins' display featured four sets of work. The
two older pieces, a tray with an elaborate butterfly design and
a cup and saucer display, showed off the artist's glazing ability. But it was her two more recent sets, The Bug series and the
award-winning / Love Fjogs dinnerware set that show
Robbins' flair for fun, using Crayola colour schemes and simple childlike designs.
The most impressive collection of the exhibit belongs to
Micha Forestell. His unique fine furniture pieces show a great
affinity for traditional woodworking skills, as well as his ability to design unique modern furniture. ForestelKs furniture
shows an incredible ability to use angles, grain and finish to
his advantage. Some highlights from his display include his
award-winning "Hall Table,' which was co-created with
Tamara Jones. With its beautiful Curly Makore top and subtle
curves and tapers, it shows the craftspeople's immense
amount of attention to both form and detail. The standout of
his collection, however, is "Unequalateral.' This black and yellow table uses sharp colour contrast and angles to create the
illusion of shadow.
It seems an ironic twist that the work of such creative
geniuses is on display in the heart of downtown's business
district. It's as if these young artists are attempting to counterbalance their, own creativeness and tactile ability with the
cold greed and mundane paper shuffling that towers over top
of the gallery.♦
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