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Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Volume 85 Issue 5
'Geers. and queers since 1918
'Geers tuition agreement redux?
by Jonathan Woodward
Discussions between engineering
students and their dean's office surrounding luition increases for this
year never made it from students to
the Board of Governors (BoG).
Tuition increases for this year
were approved in March. Engineering saw a 40 per cent inc"rease,,five
per cent more than the students
thought they would be getting. Base
tuition was raised lastyear by 30 per
cent and the extra ten per cent for
engineers is a result of differential
"The major fact at the centre of
this is that the dean, Dr Issacson,
agreed to lowering the differential
tuition to five per cent at a meeting
in March,' said Engineering Undergraduate Society representative Ian
"They've created an error and
they need to fix this as soon as possible. We need to work together to figure out how to best salvage the situation and revert it to what it should
be," he said.
Faculty of Applied Science Dean
Michael* Isaacson .njaintaijyjd tjiat.
his commitment was only to investigate     if     the     decrease     was
"I made a commitment to look
into the possibility of doing that, and
it turned but that it couldn't work,"
he said. Isaacson recognised that it
was too late to present the five per
cent proposal to the university so it
could be presented at the March BoG
meeting. Now that the increase has
gone through, the faculty's options
are limited. "We can't retroactively
reduce tuition,' he said.
The discussion took place around
the time ofthe March meeting ofthe
BoG, which is the only body at UBC
that has the power to set tuition The
tuition increase had already passed
the Board's scrutiny in January, and
the increases were set to take effect
on May 1, the beginning of summer
The process to change tuition is
not made at the faculty level, but
through consultations between
students, facully and UBC's administration. Finally it is approved by the
"In January, the Board approved
tuition. In March, the Board
approved the budget. There wasn't
going to be any change in tuition
after the budget was approved," said
Michelle Aucoin, executive co-ordi-
ijator of tha,VP .Students Office,  .
"To go back to the Board in March
would have required the approval of
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JEERS AND QUEERS: Tony n'Tino's Wedding opens to great reception. Melissa toon photo
Retirements causing hiring crisis
UBC competing in a world market to attract top people
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FORWARD THINKING: Walter Sudmant is helping UBC plan for
the hiring crunch, michelle mayne photo
by Megan Thomas
A retirement boom means Canadian
universities are facing a hiring crunch,
and UBC is no exception
Professors hired en masse in a
major post-secondaiy education
expansion 30 years ago are now retiring, resulting in a peak of faculty retirements across Canada. This and a com-
petitive worldwide market for professors have caused a hiring crisis.
The bulge is expected to peak
around 2007 but universities are feeling the effects already.
"The next three years are the most
serious but we have done a lot of preplanning of one form or another to
help us through," said Derek Atkins,
associate VP Academic Planning for
Under normal circumstances UBC
hires approximately 50 faculty members each year. Currently about a 110
are being hired, with 70 to 80 staff
hired just to replace those who are
retiring. Over the next six years UBC
will replace about 40 per cent of its
The need at UBC is being mirrored
worldwide, making the demand much
higher than the supply.
"If it was just us peaking it wouldn't
be so bad, but we're in a global market
from the point of \dew of hiring," said
Atkins. "We are in the marketplace
SPORTS: Men's soccer Birds
soar but football flops
Get all the details. Pages 6-7.
NEWS! Women have new
Allies at UBC
A male-run, pro-feminist resource
group opens at UBC. Page 3.
CULTURE: Children teach
Neel about art
Local artist creates "modern"
First Nations art Page 11.
FEATURE: Bicyclists turned
Critical Mass crowds the streets
'to stop cars in their tracks.
Family Nurse
open doors
by Megan Thomas
Classes have started for UBC's first
crop of Family Nurse Practitioners
(FNP). The two-year Master's program is aimed at improving health
care access for Canadians.
The 15 seats for this year's program were created as part of the
provincial government's changes to
education spending.
"The whole nurse practitioner
program is about an expanded role
for nursing," said Carol Jillings,
associate director of Nursing for
FNPs wiil be able to diagnose
some patients, prescribe certain
medications and make referrals to
specialists. They will also work in
the community and serve areas that
are in particular need of primary
"These are nurses prepared as
registered nurses who have a bac-
calaurate degree already, who are
coming in to get the advanced skills
that they need to practice in primary care," said Gloria Joachim, a
nursing professor who is planning
the program. "They will be the front
Une ofthe health care system."
While there may be some overlap between the role of FNPs and
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'"Geers" from page!.
senior administration, as well as
consultation with the [Alma Mater
Society]/ she said. "It would have
been quite extraordinary.'
Engineering students were not
aware that no official motion had
been made to the administration to
reduce the differential increase to
five per cent
"It was complicated by the fact
that the term ended and we didn't
have a follow-up meeting with
[them], but I hope to be meeting
with the council shortly to look at
the    best   way    forward,"    said
Meetings between the dean's
office and the student advisory
council to the dean are ongoing.
Lastyear, UBC raised undergraduate tuition by 30 per cent across
the board. Commerce, engineering
and Pharmaceutical Sciences were
all undergraduate programs to have
differential tuition increases of 12,
ten and 16 per cent respectively.
The Engineering Undergradutate
Society sent a; letter to the VP
Students' office last year approving
of differential tuition in principle,
but did not specify an approved
A consultation process to determine tuition for next year has
begun between the Alma Mater
Society and the VP Students Office.
The university will have a $10 million decrease in government funding to deal with when they decide
on next year's tuition.
Associate Applied Science Dean
Bruce Dunwoody said that the
dean's office would work to ameliorate the students' situation, and
promised to prepare his faculty for
the upcoming consultation. "As a
faculty we're trying to be proactive,
and get things ready before they are
needed," he said. ♦
Universities must offer perks to recruit profs
"Retirement"'from page 1'.
having to pay market figures for people."
The hiring crisis was also intensified by the tuition freeze
during the 1990s in BC. According to Atkins UBC was unable
to hire as many professors as it would have liked during that
period, resulting in high student to faculty ratios and a high
proportion of sessional instructors—professors hired on a
per course basis.
"There was a very, very tight period," said Atkins. "The
obvious recourse was to just hire in basically off the street for
sessionals to try and fill that gap because they are cheaper."
While Atkins believes that there are many excellent and
dedicated sessional instructors at UBC he admits that too
many positions are filled by sessionals. "I think there is a difference between the contributions that a full tenured stream
faculty can make because of a long-term commitment," he
said. "We know it is too high and we want to work over the
next few years to get it down."
The director of Planning and Institutional Research for
UBC, Walter Sudmant said that this may be difficult because
UBC is looking at a decrease in government funding for next
year. But he did point out that some government initiatives
such as the Canada Research Chair program provide funding that will allow UBC to continue to increase its faculty.
, Accorcling to Elliot BurnelL the vice president of UBCs
Faculty Assocation, the competitive nature ofthe hiring market means universities need to offer more than just salaries
in order to attract top staff. He identified locale, research
funding and quality of colleagues as important factors.
Atkins sees students as being a major draw. "One of our
best recruiting tools is actually the quality of students," he
Many universities including UBC are offering incentives
to those faculty with families to make relocation easier.
UBC offers a spousal placement program that helps with
job placement so both spouses can relocate to Vancouver.
"People tend not to be the traditional husband dragging his
wife to the next job," said Sudmant
The recently completed facully and staff housing and a
mortgage assistance program have also increased the attractiveness of UBC, especially considering the high real estate
prices in Vancouver.
"People expect if they are coming from other parts of
Canada to buy a house in Vancouver and that is a problem,"
said Sudmant
One unexpected advantage at Canadian universities has
been the recent downturn in the US economy. "The slowing
of public sector spending, outside of military spending of
course, has been a help," said Sudmant
According to Atkins, the misfortunes of our southern
neighbour have become a major hiring advantage. "What we
thought was going to be a major problem was actually
turned into a major opportunity."
Burnell said the measures taken by UBC are working.
"We are persuading faculty to come here." ♦
UBCs Family Nurse Practioners program first in BC
"FNP" from page I
doctors, Joachim says they will not
replace doctors in any way. "The reason for nurse practitioners coming
now is not to fill a gap about doctors.
It is an opportunity for [nurses]."
Jillings sees the role of FNPs as
adding a more comprehensive
approach to the health care system,
as nurses can focus on health promotion as well as treating problems
and illnesses.
FNP programs have been offered
in the US for more than 30 years.
Jillings said the delay in offering the
program in BC revolves around creating the legislation that will allow
FNPs to practice in an expanded
"It's a process of negotiations
with the professional nursing body
[and] physicians obviously, so that
this role isn't viewed as a competitor
but as an adjunct," she said.
Along with the legislation, a
structured pay scale has yet to be
worked out for FNPs. All of this must
happen before the first class graduates from the program in 2006.
Applicants to the FNP program'
must have at least two to three years
of practical experience before they
will be accepted into the FNP program.
"We are taking nurses who axe
well-established nurses and giving
them additional skills. They can't
just hop from nothing to the nurse
practitioner," said Joachim.
When students complete their
two years they will have to pass a
certification exam administered by
the Registered Nurses Association
before they are able to practice.
Jillings says interest in the program has already been strong, but
since the government did not make
ther announcement ofthe program's
creation until May of this year she
expects more students will be prepared to apply for ijext year.
"Between May to September doesn't
allow people a lot of time for planning to return to school full-time.'
The program is funded out ofthe
BC government grant UBC receives
each year. While the university is
otherwise welcome to allocate the
funding from the $343 million
grant, the government specified
that 15 spaces must be created for
the FNP.
"We basically say, 'Here is your
money and here is how many seats
you have to provide," said Karen
McDonald, director of communications for the Ministry of Advanced
Tuition for the course is set at
$3200 for this year, the baseline for
graduate studies at UBC. However,
due to costs associated with the clinical intensity of the program, fees
could increase to as much as $5200
for next year. In order to raise the
tuition the approval of the Board of
Governors is required, something
that is expected to happen by next
September. . ''•-
"Society needs more primaiy
care providers and we are. ready
to do it," said Joachim of the
program. ♦
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by Jonathan Woodward
Allies at UBC has become a sixth Alma Mater
Society (AMS) resource group. The group will
consist of men working against gendered violence, inequality and harmful constructs of
masculinity.    '"        -.       .
While it does offer support and workshops
to men. Allies makes great efforts to distinguish itself from a traditional men's centre.
"We're working as allies, as pro-feminist
men,' said Jonathan, Hanvelt, the group's
founder. "We're working to collaborate with
the women's centre, as well as the other
resource groups.*
Becoming a resource group offers stability
and an arm's lerigth existence from the AMS
council. Resource groups such as the Social
Justice Centre and the Women's Centre operate from a collection of offices on the second
floor ofthe SUB—a more visible area than club
space—and have a space on the AMS website
and recruiting capabilities that normal
clubs do not ..'•■'
Usually a club is required by the AMS to
have existed for at least two years before it
becomes a resource group. >
Allies did not'Meet this requirement
because it was formed this past summer.
However, smce members of Allies have been
involved with the Coalition Against
Homophobia club, the White Ribbon
Campaign and the XY workshops—groups
working to stop discrimmatory violence—the
technicality was overlooked.
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ANGEL FOR THE ALLIES: Jonathan Hanvelt mans a booth in the SUB for the new
Allies resource group, michelle mayne photo
Becoming a resource group is a natural
evolution, says Hanvelt "The work we do is not
club work. We do resource group work and fill
out the picture of resource groups. We're a
good fit there.'
Women's Centre Coordinator Sara Kalke
said, "What the Allies do clearly falls into an
activist agenda,. It makes sense that they be a
resource group.'
However, Allies does not expect to use
much of the resource funding available from
the AMS. While it may ask for start-up costs
such as a computer, the majority of the fundsr
will come from the White Ribbon breakfast
fundraiser held each year.
Women can be members, but Allies will
have an all-male executive. Hanvelt says that
gender homogeneity is necessary specifically
for the statement that the group makes as men
supporting the women's movement
'At the White Ribbon breakfast, we very
deliberately present ourselves as men cooking,
serving, cleaning, doing typically female work.
A mixed group waters down that message, and
our ability to subvert gender norms,"
Hanvelt said.
There will be a steering committee that will
consist of 33 per cent women, but its ability to
have power over the male executive has yet to
be determined Instead, the steering committee will serve as a formalised communication
pathway between men and women in the
'Our main intention of setting up a steering
committee was not to tell them what to do, but
it is a'check-m point. Their work is central in
setting up a better relationship with women,
and this is an aspect of that' said Kalke.
■ '--• The workshops that Allies offer are male-
only in a, very different way, said Hanvelt "In a
mixed-gender space, a lot of guys don't want to
say things that sound offensive. For a lot of
guys these [offensive] words are very real, and
tb censor them limits the effectiveness of the
" conversation.'
Hanvelt stresses that the work, is done to
combat sexism as a matrix from many perspectives. "This is not a support group for
urban, able-bodied straight white gues,'
he said. ♦
Same-sex marriage debate comes to UBC
by Hywel Tuscano
Federal Mmister of Justice Martin Cauchon
gave a talk at UBC last Thursday on the drafted same-sex marriage bill due to be heard by
the Supreme Court this fall.
More thaia 300 people packed a Law building lecture hall with many resorting to the
floor or the aisles.
Cauchon stood strongly in support of the
bill and emphasised the importance of equality and human rights m Canada as a progressive nation.
"Canada has built an open society based
on respect for human rights,' said Cauchon.
"Societies evolve. I believe it is a turning
pomt for Canadian society.'
He believes the draft bill acknowledges
that queers should have equal access to marriage while also supporting freedom of religion.
The crux ofthe issue lies in the distinction
between^ civil marriages and religious
"They are two distinctly different things.
Recognising one does not have bearing on
the other/ he said. "Religious institutions do
not have to recognise same-sex marriages.'
It was asked why the bill would go to a par-
limentary vote if it is a matter of human
rights. Chretien recently called off a referendum on queer marriage because it was
deemed a human rights issue.
Cauchon explained that it is government
policy to do so, and to go through Parliament
would represent being approved nationally
by Canada's representatives.
"When the bill comes before the house, we
will win. We will win as a country,' he said.
The Supreme Court will decide whether
the bill complies with the Charter of Rights,
whether marriage is within federal jurisdiction and if the right for religious institutions
to exclude certaM partnerships from marriage is constitutional.
If approved by the Supreme Court, the bill
will go to a free vote in Parliament early next
year. This would be m compliance with a
deadlme set by BC—where queer marriages
are legal along with Ontario—to change to
legal definition nationally by July 12, 2004.
While many attendees who chose to comment lauded Cauchon's support of the bill,
Agnes Huang, a second-year law student at
UBC who identifies as a lesbian, was critical
of the strong push for queer marriage when
other issues are at hand.
"We should not necessarily fight to get
into the mainstream," she said. 'Certain people may right now have the right to marry but
a lot of people are still very afraid to come
out My issue is why is marriage a priority
when there is so much homophobia out
Cauchon believes that despite these criticisms the option of marriage should exist for
saiue-sex unions because excluding the queer
minority from marriage would be unconstitutional.
Cauchon's final statements were hopeful
and supportive of the queer community,
resolving that Canada will benefit from this
"Those that are saying [gay marriage] will
destroy the institution, that it will affect het-
. erosexual marriage, my answer is no. Their
right won't have an impact on my right," he
said. "The fact that they have access to marriage will make sure that we have a more
open and generous institution. And if you
have an open and generous institution, your
institution is by far stronger.' ♦
TESTING 1-2-3: Justice Minister Cauchon prepares to wow a packed house in a talk
on same-sex marriage, michelle Mayne photo
Retired judge dies
after golf course
accident last week
Retired Provincial Court
judge Douglas Hume died after
being struck by a garbage truck.
in the parking lot of the
University Golf Club on
September 7.
Hume was at the rear of his
vehicle when the reversing
garbage truck struck him.
Speed or negligence were not a
factor m the accident.
Hume passed away some
time after the accident and it
has not yet been determined if
the accident is linked with his
The investigation into the
mcident is continuing but Staff
Sergent Barry Hickman of the
RCMP university detatchment
does not believe that criminal
charges will be laid.
"It was a very unfortuante
tragedy and accident,' he
Trial ordered in
Maughan suit
The lawsuit filed lastyear by an
English graduate student
against UBC will be going to
trial,  despite the university's
request to have the lawsuit dismissed.
Cynthia Maughan is suing
UBC and a number of professors for $ 18 million, a figure
that amounts to two per cent of
the university's operating budget Her suit is based on claims
of a violation of civil rights of a
student by promoting hatred
and contempt on the basis of
Maughan claims that the
English department launched a
sustained attack against her on
the basis of her Christian faith
when she chose to appeal her
grade in a UBC course in 2001.
The date for the trial has not
been set«> •f;OK<y.
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Haida dismiss land offer
Critics call treaty package offensive and illegal
by Stephen Hui
BURNABY-(CUP) The Haida Nation
says that it will not even consider a
treaty package consisting of about 20
per cent of British Columbia's Queen
Charlotte Islands.
Negotiators for the provincial
government offered the Haida ownership or influence over 200,000
hectares of land on the archipelago,
also known as Haida Gwaii, on
September 3.. Although the government maintains that the move was
aimed at reviving stalled treaty talks,
the Haida says that it will have the
opposite effect
The unilateral offer includes ownership over half the land in the package, and an interest in the other half.
No cash is involved.
"It's a significant package," said
Doug Caul, chief provincial negotiator, during a telephone interview.
"It's large. It's not 100 per cent but
we've always declared that we would
never go to 100 per cent"
However, the Haida assert
Aboriginal rights and title over the
entire archipelago and its surrounding waters. They say the province's
offer asks them to forfeit their constitutional rights to their territory.
"What they did wasn't an offer at
all," Guujaaw, president of the 7,000-
member Haida Nation, said from
Skid'egate, "They were suggesting
that we would surrender 80 per cent
of the land."
- The council of the Haida Nation
has filed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit iii thff Supf eihe Court of BC seeking recognition of their Aboriginal
fights and title as well as compensation for the occupation and exploitation of their territory. The Haida also
contend that the federal and provincial governments have a legal duty to
consult and accommodate them
regarding land use decisions in the
"The very basis upon which
Canada claims these islands is without foundation," Guujaaw said.
"There's no lawful authority for them
WHAT TO DO? Chief Stewart Philip (far right) participates in a
treaty panel discussion. Stephen hui/canadian university press photo
to be here and, therefore, all the
licenses and tenures that they've
issued are illegal."
Talks between the Haida and the
federal and provincial governments
broke off in 1995. Both the Haida
and the province blame each other
for the suspension in negotiations,
which had reached the second stage
of a six-part process.
While the federal treaty negotiation office said that the province did
not consult it before making their
offer, it did not respond negatively to
the news.
"We welcome any opportunity to
explore innovative approaches that
will result in a resumption of tripartite treaty negotiations," said Brian
Martin, the office's director of
treaties for northern" BC,
But Chief Stewart Phillip, presi-
dent^ of the Union of BC Indian
Chiefs, called the offer offensive arid
part of the province's strategy to
"create the illusion that there's
progress being made within the BC
treaty process—and that's simply
not true."
"There have been a number of
offers that have been made," Phillip
said from Penticton. "But they've
been woefully inadequate."
The leader of a minor political
party disagrees. Chris Delaney from
the Unity Party said that the offer is
not only generous, but also illegal.
According to Delaney, the landmark
Delgamuukw court decision prohibits treaties from considering
activities that would alter the land
from its condition before European
contact, including logging.
The party leader also asserted
that the federal government is solely
responsible for negotiating treaties
with First Nations, and that the
province should remove itself from
the process. That would make both
BC and First Nations the beneficiaries of treaties, explained Delaney.
"Right now, the province is. giving away billions of dollars in. timber
values and land values and getting
nothing in return," Delarie^said.
Provincial and federal hegotia-
tors, however, maintain that all
three parties must be involved for
the treaty process to work.
"We've got to bring something to';
the treaty process and that's the land
and resources," Caul said. "The federal government brings to the treaty
process cash arid some governance
responsibilities, as well as marine
resources, and the First Nations
bring their title and their resources
to the table as well' ♦
Ryerson plays Russian
roulette with offers
TORONTO-(CUP) Ryerson University's admissions department played
a game of "Russian roulette" last
spring when they made 21,000 offers
of admission, knowing the school
could only handle 6,063 new
students, said Associate Registrar
Gene Logiel.
Luckily for everyone, they shot a
Ryerson's admissions department confirmed 6,070 new students
were accepted this year, up nearly
1,000 from last as a result of
Ontario's double cohort
"What if even seven [thousand]
had accepted? We would have had big
problems," said Logel, who was a
member of the forecasting team that
suggested the school offer 9,000
more spots than they had the previous year.
Logel said this year's intake
of new students has pushed
Ryerson's resources to their maximum capacity.
Hundreds of students attend
classes in movie theatres because
there are not enough seats oq- campus. About 60 classes are scheduled
in the Carlton Cinemas as a temporary solution.
VP Administration and Student
Affairs Linda Grayson negotiated the
lease with the movie theatre lastyear
when it became clear Ryerson would
not have enough space to accommodate the almost 1,000 additional students.
Extra classroom space was expected at new business and computer
buildings slated to open this fall. But
the Centre for Computing and
Engineering has been pushed back to
September 2004.
Ken Scullion, associate registrar,
says he believes once these buildings
are up "there'll be no need for renting out space elsewhere."
McGill students turned off
MONTREAL-(CUP) As classes at
McGill began last week, some students heard a new twist on the old
plagiarism spiel: papers must be,
checked by a private online company
to ensure that they haven't been plagiarised.
An    anti-plagiarism    website.
www.Turnitin.com, checks academic
papers against its own database and
a number of websites that sell prewritten papers to
The site is currently being
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determine its effectiveness and popularity.
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Brunswick's northeastern shore.
Though the province claims the
facility will not harm the environment they have not been able to calm
a public outcry.
Belledune is also home to New
Brunswick's largest coal-fired power
plant and a lead smelter. According
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Pennit Board to consider development applications for non-
institutional development on campus lands. The Development
Pennit Board comprises six members appointed by the UBC Board
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reject development applications are based on presentations by the
applicant, a report from Campus & Community Planning staff that
evaluates the application based on its consistency with
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by Marc Miquel Helsen
Despite a string of previous injuries, the UBC men's soccer team
managed to win 3-1 against UVic ori Sunday. Since both teams
lost their season openers, the stakes were high and the game
got off to an edgy start. This resulted in the first ten minutes
consisting purely of unsettled, nervous soccer. Both teams
scrambled to gain control of the game, but failed to connect
,and the by-product was disorganised, unaesthetically pleasing soccer. The-turning point however, came at the nine-
minute mark, when UBC was awarded a free kick well outside
the 18.
Although captain Aaron Richer's free kick, which connected with an airborne Paul Seymour deep inside the 18, didn't
find its way past the UVic net, it did seem to settle things, giving the Thunderbirds the necessary confidence to take the
game into their hands.
Shortly after, midfielder Josh Gordon showed good anticipation when he stole the ball off of UVic's last man and made
a rapid dash down the line. Although he was unable to release
an accurate shot, Gordon's breakaway marked the beginning
of a change in pace and of better things to come. By the 18th
minute the Birds were starting to connect, tailoring the game
to their design. Gordon—who played as the offensive midfielder between Tony Sutton and Steve Frazao—was largely
responsible for this.
"I'm just trying to do my part," said Gordon. 'I just try to
distribute the ball as best I can."
Having solved the problem of mobility and lack of finish,
the only thing that stood in the Birds' way was UVic's solid
goalkeeping. Despite UBC's speedy runs down the wings and
smooth crosses into the 18 yard box, UVic keeper Trevor
Stiles came up big at every occasion. Nothing seemed to
break the Viking wall and so the scoreless first half came to
an end with both teams hungry for a lead.
Coach Mike Mosher insisted that his players maintain the
pressure to try to force a UVic mistake, and sure enough in
the second minute ofthe second half, striker Dave Wong lost
his marksman and banked a shot off a brilliant right-wing
cross from Steve Frazao. Wong scored his second at the 12
minute mark and from this moment on the game belonged
entirely to UBC. The Birds made good use of their speed and
creativity, moved effortlessly throughout the field, and were
rewarded for their efforts in the 2 7th minute when Darren
Prentice scored to give his team a comfortable 3-0 cushion. '
UVic came out hard but the Birds refused to be shut in. As
the forwards continued pestering up front the defense
staunchly backed up their lead, effectively restricting the
UVic counter-attack.
In the 35th minute, Dave Wong, who was substituted by
Duff Mars, walked off the field, hailed as the hero of the
IT'S SHOTS LIKE THESE that enabled UBC to take the
win from the Vikes on Sunday, michelle mayne photo
match. Later, without a mention of his two goals, the modest
UBC striker stressed the importance of his team's triumph.
"If we would have lost today we would have been in trouble this season. This win is a good one," said Wong.
But in the last six minutes the Thunderbirds suffered, as
UVic broke the shutout on a goal by Pat Laing and came close
to scoring a couple more. Dan Holloway, however, came up
big when his team needed him the most, and made sure that
they walked away with a two goal lead and three points in the
Coach Mike Mosher was more than happy with the result.
Knowing that they were facing a larger but slower team, tired
from a rigorous schedule, Mosher insisted that his players
use* their speed to their advantage.
"They were tired and we knew that," said Mosher. "We
knew that the second half was going to be a time where we'd
have to go for the jugular a little bit and we did that'
The Birds take on the Saskatchewan Huskies Friday at
4:30pm here at Wolfson field. ♦
Birds show pluck but fall short of victory
by Dan McRoberts
Despite a fine offensive performance Friday night, the UBC
Thunderbird football team struggled to take advantage of early
opportunities, and the visiting Alberta Golden Bears were able
to come from behind for the 3 7-2 2 win.
A small but enthusiastic crowd turned up to support the
Birds, and they were rewarded early on, as the home side dominated the flow of play throughout the first quarter. Two lengthy
drives on offense brought UBC to within striking distance of the
end zone, but on both occasions the Birds had to settle for field
goals—kicker Leon Denefeld was accurate from both 25 and 32
yards. The quarter finished with UBC up 6-0 and looking crisp
on both sides of the ball.
Early in the second quarter, UBC looked like they were in
control ofthe game, but it was only a matter of time before their
inability to capitalise on golden opportunities caught up to
"When you get up and have a chance to really bury them,
you've got to make those plays' said UBC head Coach Lou
And where UBC struggled, Alberta was quick to succeed.
Taking advantage of an interception off of Birds quarterback
Blake Smelser, the Golden Bears broke the shutout on a 16-yard
touchdown catch by Bryce Coppetiers. With the score close, the
confidence shift was visible on the field, and quickly Alberta
struck again, this time on a well-executed 3 5-yard catch and run
Finding themselves behind 14-9, UBC continued to do itself
few   favours,   as   Smelser   tossed   another   interception.
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Fortunately, Alberta did not manage to do any further damage
on the turnover, and the teams headed in for half time.
As the second half began, the crowd was a little more robust
and ready to enjoy the fight to the finish. But the energetic buz2
from the stands was quickly extinguished by the Erst play ofthe
second half. Alberta's David Bisset picked up the line-drive kick-
off and scampered down the sideline 98 yards for the major
score. Suddenly, it was 21-9 Alberta.
But the Birds didn't give up. Nathan Beveridge scored his
second touchdown of the season on a nine-yard catch at the
7:39 mark of the third. That, combined with an earlier single
point from a missed Denefeld field goal, meant that UBC had
fought back to 21-16. A late U of A field goal pushed the advantage to eight before the quarter had finished, but the game was
still within reach for the Birds.
The fourth quarter saw another UBC touchdown, this time
on a one-yard pressure cooker run from Sean Dovre. With the
score now standing at 24-22, the Birds went for the two-point
convert, hoping to tie the score, but the pass attempt fell short.
UBC then came undone on the very* next Bears' possession,
as an undisciplined penalty by the UBC defence allowed Alberta
to set up "deep in T-Bird territory. Here Alberta quarterback
Darryl Salmon found Andrew Ford for the touchdown that
would finish off the comeback hopes of UBC. A last minute rushing touchdown from Salmon added insult to injury arid provided for the final score of 3 7-2 2.
While the Birds offense improved a great deal from their
previous effort—UBC finished with 423 net yards, and Nathan
Beveridge had another career game with eight catches for 133
yards and a touchdown—DesLauriers was concerned with the
defensive performance.
'Offensively I thought we got better...which is a great sign,
but defensively we couldn't stop them when we had to.'
The loss drops the Birds to 0-2 for the season, and with last
year's Canada West playoff champs and Vanier Cup finalist
Saskatchewan on the schedule for next week, DesLauriers
knows the Birds have some work to do. 'Consistency is a big
part of what we have to improve upon offensively, defensively,"
said DesLauriers. "We have to be crisper in our execution.' He
added that avoiding "foolish penalties' would be crucial if the
Birds wanted to find themselves on the winning side ofthe final
score next Friday. ♦
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Consultation on the East Campus Draft Neighbourhood Plan begins September 2, 2003.
The East Campus area is located between Agronomy Road to the north, the new Fraternity / Sorority Sites to the
south, Osoyoos Crescent and Fairview Avenue to the east and Wesbrook Mall to the west.
Attend the following Open Houses (Sep 2-10) and the Campus and Community Public Meeting (Sep 17) and
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Even though the sun came out to
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warmth for UBC. Coming off a win
against Trinity Western on
Thursday, the Birds were unable to
keep a flawless season, losing
3-0 to the University of
Victoria Vikes.
The Birds opted to let the newest
members of their team play and left
many of their star players—such as
last year's rookie star Bronwyn
Hunt, or veterans Rosalyn Hicks and
Sarah Regan-off tha field. UBC also
gave second-year goal keeper Kelly
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Canadian winner Hannah
But Coach Mosher said the loss
was not because of the starting lineup. "We missed Ros [Hicks] big time
but that's not really the reason [for
the loss]/ said Mosher. "They outworked us today. Out-worked us and
out-skilled us. We've got to give credit to them; they played a good
The Vikes were visibly the
stronger team on the field, keeping
UBC on the defensive for most ofthe
game. Fourteen minutes into the
game, midfielder Vike Cheryl
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Bryan Zandberg, illegitimate son of Kira Campbell and
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indifferent Jonathan Woodward, the ultra-gorgeous Megan
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themselves away from the TV. With the phone gripped tightly in
one hand and the remote in the other, Andrea Tomlinson joins
them, with the look of an obsessed fan on the verge of a nervous
ZdoJ-induced breakdown. David Pothier shakes his head, wondering what on earth haa come over everyone. As they watch, a
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Federal Minister or Heritage Shelia Copps
recently visited the charred remnants of the
histolic train trestles in the Kettle Valley, south
of Kelowna, and declared that a benefit concert
was in order to rebuild the monuments.
It's a wonderful initiative to see the trestles
rebuilt—they were an international attraction
that allowed bike and train travel through a scenic area of the Rocky Mountains, brought
50,000 tourists every year and generated nearly $5 million in tourism revenue annually. It is
a powerful sentiment to offer a region ravaged
by a disaster that Captain Jim Murray of the
Salvation Army called 'unprecedented.' If it
occurred, it would be a symbol that would drive
enthusiasm for the area once more.
But there are problems. The argument for
raising money to rebuild the trestles is based
upon the historical value of the magnificent
spans—a project started in 1910. But it is estimated that rebuilding the trestles to match
their original historical beauty will bring problems anyway: according to Andrew McCulloch,
the engineer that designed the tressels, they
would have rotted 40 years from now anyway.
The rebuilding of these doomed bridges will
cost about $30 million. The price tag to just
replace the spans in a functional manner is
much cheaper, and safer for bikes and tourists
to cross.
,' But what is really concerning about holding
a benefit concert for this piece of history is
whether there are other, slightly more human
causes that could benefit from a charity
Why is the burning of trestle bridges in BC's
interior of more importance than the countless
homes and businesses destroyed in the flames?
Over $150 million of insurance money is estimated to be flowing into Kelowna, but areas
such as the equally devastated but tragically
underihsured North Thompson will see very little of that. Aid organisations such as the Red
Cross, the North Thompson Relief Fund and the
Salvation Army have collectively raised more
than $5 million including in-kind donations
aimed at those disadvantaged by the fires, but
this is aid for temporary clothing and shelter.
Those homes must be built If the benefit concert is any indication, the issue the tragedy
struck was not housing but tourism. A tourist
attraction is taking precedence over one of the
most important needs of British Columbians:
Housing problems abound elsewhere. Why
has there never been a benefit concert to raise
money to create housing for the homeless of
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside? After months
of deliberation, only one safe-injection site has
finally been established in the area. Money
from a benefit concert could have been raised
to get more staff, better rehab programs or
money for needles.
Yesterday was the one-year anniversery of
the Woodward squat. The building was slated to
be transformed into 300 co-op houses for some
of the estimated 1000 homeless in Vancouver.
The price tag for that project is $90 million, but
no one held a benefit concert to fund that construction. Maybe if the project could be done in
the name of heritage it would help the cause.
Even on the smallest level, perhaps there
could be a benefit concert to raise money for
more recycling opportunities here at UBC. Or
for the construction of an expensive under^
ground bus loop. There still does not seem to
be adequate resources to recycle disposables
like juice boxes or milk cartons.
The AMS will hold a benefit concert for stu-
" dents affected by the fires, but their twangs will
probably be drowned out.
Recently the Rolling Stones, the Flaming
Lips and others held a benefit concert to promote tourism back to a SARS-ridden Canadian
city. People flocked in and according to all official sources the concert was a success.
SARSstock made eveiyone think of SARS as a
tired and worn reason to fear a vibrant city.
People thought about Toronto for what it is: a
city that's in need of some free Alberta beef.
The ticket sales didn't go to the victims who
had to miss work because they came in contact
with SARS, nor hospitals overrun with patients/
nor the expensive containment protocols. The
hundreds of thousands that flocked to the city
brought their wallets and the economy prospered. But did the people of Toronto?
Ultimately, its effect was symbolic: a public
measure to bring a skittish world back into a
busding city.
A benefit concert for the trestles would not
necessarily be as symbolic. If Diana Krall and
Elvis Costello played for the trestles, then the
communities of McClure, Barrier, and Lewis
Creek in the North Thompson would probably
be within earshot To them, this symbol wouldn't be one of destruction rejuvenated, but
instead it would be a symbol of the public looking out for a very public cause using public figures—and leaving their private dwellings, their
losses and their pain unsung. ♦
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Like child's play
NEEL AND COMPANY. Artist re-interprets ancient folklore with •
help from North Vancouver Schools, andrea tomlinson photo
at CityScape Community Art Space
until Oct 19
by Dan Enjd
CUlME writer
Imagine a medium-sized room with
stark white walls and a plain floor.
One can only glance around, as there
i3 obviously not much to observe,
visually speaking. Add to this room
the vibrant works of an established
artist and 24 local schoolchildren
and suddenly it exudes some sort of
indescribable energy. This energy is
what one feels at the CityScape
gallery's Echoes of the Ancestors art
exhibit First Nations artist David
Neel and a group of North Vancouver
schoolchildren have brought together a collection of works that interpret
Nisga'a legends and folklore.
Upon entering the gallery, one
particular story involving eagles,
bears, salmon and an old man is
explained to orient the observers to
the rest of the display. The "works of
Neel dominate the walls, providing
an unconventional twist to the circulated natures theme. He chooses
to use both brilliant and more mundane paint colours to provide a
striking contrast within his works,
and the smaller works by the children surround his paintings—much
like children would surround a
Neel's work is not of the typical
'First Nations style' one sees in the
tourist shops—the various animals
are drawn in less conventional
shapes, and seem to be more modern, if that term could be used.
Animal forms are punctuated by
wave-like adjuncts, and the creatures
are depicted in fluid; abstract forms.
The style is reminiscent of urban art
The aforementioned colours include
purple, green, yellow and electric
blue—quite different from the more
'conventional' First Nations art that
is regularly seen. Each piece is an
interpretation of a crucial point in a
legend, and an explanatory phrase is
given in the title of the works. The
descriptive titles are a blessing with
the context of the paintings alone
being difficult to decipher without
them. One particular painting, "The
Mountain Goat Hunter,' stands out
for its maximum use of primary
colours. In this painting, the background is green, and part of the legend is hand drawn in thin dark paint,
dominating the upper end of the
The students' works are typical of
the interpretive creations everyone
made in the intermediate grades of
elementary school. There are pencil
and pastel drawings, and collographs
that show scenes of the legend
explained in the entranceway. The
unfiissiness of the children's works
harmonises with the tonal simplicity
of Neel's works, while maintaining a
marked contrast in artistic styles.
The types of drawings show the creativity of children in general, and the
ability to interpret a single stoiy in
many different ways. One cannot
help thinking that the way that the
students interpreted the legend
relates to how the story itself was
passed on through the generations.
Interestingly, Neel's works do
not correspond directly to the legend that the students have used for
inspiration. While the students
were able to be creative within the
limits of their art class, he uses the
same style and medium for each
one of his works, creating a kind of
monotony between the spatial
nodes that his rather large paintings form in the gallery. Neel displays creativity within his unique
art form, but for this show at least,
his work does not seem to transcend genre and medium.
Nevertheless, the artists, as one
unified group, are able to establish a
grouping of art pieces that appeals
to observers of various ages, and
can merge various cultures. ♦>
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The lengthy and strong debate surrounding the sanctioning of
gay marriages by churches, and the definition it holds within
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, has deeply affected
Canada as a nation. Making a bold statement in support of gay
marriages is the interactive theatre production of "Tony n' '
Tina's Wedding," which was renamed "Tony n' Tino's
Wedding" for one special night
The Hoarse Raven Theatre company's purpose for the rare
production was two-fold. The first is the aforementioned support
of gay and lesbian rights to marriage. The second was to raise
money for a very worthy cause—50% of net proceeds ofthe sh6w
was donated to the British Columbia Persons with AIDS Society.
Let me begin by saying that I had no idea what I was in store
for. The long-running interactive production of "Tony n' Tina's
Wedding* has resided and grown within Vancouver's entertainment scene for some time, and word has spread around
the city that this unique form of theatre was an experience not
to be missed. This I knew. However, this simple description is
like comparing Shawn Desman to Michael Jackson. It just
doesn't add up.
September 12, 2003 was the special night for Mr Tony
Nunzio (played by Phil Trasolini) and Mr Tina Vitale (played by
Michaeljohn Armstrong), as they marched down the path
towards eternal happiness. I was lucky enough to be seated with
the mother of the bride/groom, Mrs Vitale, directly in front of
the wedding party. As I sat beside her, and took a glimpse
around the room, I quickly noticed that the fact that this was a
gay wedding was not the only diverse aspect. In reality, Mrs
Vitale was a man dressed in drag (actor Michele Coviello). For
that matter, most of the wedding party was the original cast
dressed in drag—just another unique feature of the night.
The best part of Tony n' Tino's wedding was the close interaction between audience and cast A cast member sat at each
table, and their conversation could not be denied no matter how
timid you were. Contrary to my belief, it was even easier to break
out of your shell when you had a 50 year old man, dressed in a
baby blue ensemble that resembled your grandmother's Sunday
best, sitting across from yoa
* The entire night was wonderful. Despite the over-the-top and
somewhat cheesy plot-line—the gay marriage was interrupted by
a drunk ex-boyfriend, a family member stripping cocaine abuse
and a plethora of insults—the experience of being at an overdra-
matic wedding firsthand fulfills some hidden void within us alt
The cast members were warm and in complete character
throughout the entire night Rolling with the punches, each
member of the cast interacted with audience members as
friend or family. At one point, I found myself being sandwiched
on the dance floor by two ofthe bridesmaids, which of course
were both men. This is a prime example of the atmosphere of
"Tony n' Tino's Wedding" where cast and audience alike are
simply enjoying the night and each other.
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and held nothing back as the high maintenance, cocaine-addicted Tino. Also strong on the floor were Phil Trasolini (Tony),
Artine Brown (the ex-boyfriend) and Michael Fera (Vinnie Black
the caterer). The role of Donna the bridesmaid was superbly
played by actor Steven Rudy, who even broke out in song with a
powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin's "I Will Survive."
This special production of "Tony n' Tino's Wedding* was both
capturing and extremely enjoyable. Although the production was
light and fun, it was still a very bold comment in the debate of
gay marriages. Despite one's opinion on the debate, it is undeniable that "Tony n' Tino's Wedding* was a brilliant production
for a wonderful cause. ♦
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