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Ski birds represent
The only Canadians at US competition return with arms full
by Jesse Marchand
Even without coaches or practices,
the UBC ski team held their own at
the US Collegiate Nationals in Lake
Tahoe last week. The men's team
placed fourth overall and team
member Trevor Bruce took home a
bronze in the giant slalom.
His time, along with top-20 finishes from Paul Boscovich and Alex
Boedtker, translated into a second-
place team trophy in the giant
slalom, just ahead ofthe prestigious
Boston College crew.
The women came in sixth overall, with Kim Webber and Stephanie
Rodenkirchen taking home the
Athletic All-American Awards along
with Bruce, Boscovich and Boedtker
for the men's team.
The Nationals are a tough competition with 20 teams competing
in two events: the giant slalom and
the slalom. It is primarily a competition between US schools, with UBC
as the only team from north of
the border.
The UBC skiers were proud to be
the only Canadians competing. 'We
were probably the team that was the
loudest and we have the most school
spirit We were walking around with
a Canada flag on a pole," said bronze
medal-winner Bruce. "We were getting into it so much that the
American teams were getting into it
and they were chanting 'Canada."
Part of having school spirit was
also supporting each other when
things got rough. 'We're always out
there supporting the women's
team," said Webber. "It gives us
moral support. It helps you out
when you have people at the bottom ..
[ofthe hill] cheering you on.'
In order to qualify as a team,
three members have to finish the
event. Wednesday saw Webber snag
the women's best time, and place
eighth in the giant slalom. She and
only one other UBC teammate
placed, so the women were out of
team contention.
On Saturday they did slightly better, as Rodenkirchen skied to 14th
place and Webber finished 20th out
of 120 competitors.
Perhaps it was the cheering that
encouraged the UBC team to do so
well. UBC's team has no paid coach
and while UBC Athletics paid for the
team's trip to Nationals this year,
funding for the team is usually
"All the teams that were around
us have full-time coaches, and the
full deal," said Boscovich, who was
acting as the volunteer coach. "We
were joking that if you took the
results, we were the best team per
dollar. We were there as the underdog, and we don't have a coach or
anything, but we were right in
the mix."
One advantage that the UBC
men's team did have was Bruce and
Boscovich's international competition experience, since the courses
they raced on in Lake Tahoe were
World Cup calibre, meaning they
ran about 30 seconds longer than
the ski team usually races on in
the league.
"The competition was fierce,"
said Boscovich. "Trevor and I both
met some of the guys at the World
University Games."
One of those guys was Bryce
Craig, a racer from Rocky Mountain
College. 'He was on the BC Ski
Team with me," said Bruce. "I
hadn't raced against him in about
four or five years arid he beat me at
Regionals by 13 hundreths of a second...He was four-tenths of a second
behind me in the first round and I
killed him the second round."
However, Craig beat Bruce in the
slalom, coming in fifth place compared to Bruce's 12th. "He's really
good," added Bruce. 'He's an old
rival of mine so we were kind of
heckling each other the whole way."
And while the women's team
didn't do as well as they'd hoped,
they are optimistic for the future of
the UBC ski team. "The experience
was great," said Webber on her first
trip the Collegiate Nationals.
"Hopefully next year our team will
stay together and with practice it
will be better." ♦
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Soaring and bombing
The baseball Birds experienced joy and upset last
weekend in two pre-season games in Lewiston, Idaho.
They won 10-5 against St Martin's college, scoring four
runs and two RBIs in their first inning. They remained
fairly stable for the rest pf,the game, making their final
run in the eighth by outfielder Chris Aine's, *who .stole
second" and ran home when outfielder Sean Dyck hit a
single. The second game against Lewis-Clark started
fatefully with Ames being hit by a pitch, and ended with
a losing score of 1-5. The men currently hold a record of
7-3 in the pre-season and have yet to play a home game.
They continue to play in Idaho until March 18.
Something to write home about
UBC swimmers at the Canada Cup in Calgary last weekend had something to smile about. They took home two
first-place positions, first with Mike Mintenko's time of
53.53 in the men's 100-metre butterfly, then again with
the cumulative time of 1:45.94 by Caroline Clapham,
Caitlin Meredith, Anna Lydall and Kelly Stefanyshyn in
the women's 200-metre free relay. The women also
dominated the top ten in the 400-metre freestyle, but
not by winning. They boasted the most spots for one
team by taking up spots three through seven. And while
the men's team didn't dominate the freestyle, Mark.
Johnston took home a solid second. UBC's star at the
Cup, however; was Stefanyshyn, who in addition to winning in the 200-metre relay, also swam to third in the
100-metre backstroke and held the fifth place in the
UBC-dominated 400-metre freestyle. ♦
Career Student, March 10-14, 10am-4pm, AMS Art
Gallery. Free.
Dan Starling's mixed-media visual display contains photographs of graffitti, and authentic sections of wall that
have been tagged. Please do not feel obliged to try to
add to the collection.
Coco Love Alcorn's Lego Show, March 16, 7pm, the
Sugar Refinery, 1115 Granville. Free.
Get in touch with your inner child and check out some
great lego art in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The
display is going to be interactive! Hang around for the
musical interlude.
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Centre, Centre Court. Free.
Thoughts of finals got you stressed? Need a getaway?
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most gorgeous destinations in South East Asia. A
song and dance performance will take place at 2pm
and 4pm each day. ♦ Friday, March 1 A, 2003
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TAs sent back to work
Bill forcing end to
strike passes in less
than half a day
by Chris Shepherd
The university's unions were sent back to the
bargaining tables once again after the provincial government passed a bill ending strike
action and forcing them to return to their normal work duties.
Bill 21, the University of British Columbia
Services Continuation Act, was passed by the
provincial legislature Wednesday night and
made law Thursday morning. It prohibits any
union on campus from taking strike action
until March 31 and requires that the university and the unions return to the bargaining
table by Saturday.
"People are damn angry at what this government and what Martha Piper have done to
us," said Teaching Assistant (TA) Union
President Alex Grant "They have taken away
our right to protest our right to strike, our
right to free speech."
Scott Macrae, director of Public Affairs for
the university, said that the university sees this
legislation as having two positive points.
"It's a good thing for students. It'll give
them certainty after a long period of a lot of
uncertainty," Macrae said. 'And we think it's
good that it orders the parties to resume collective bargaining, because where there is bargaining and talking there is reasonable hope
for a settlement'
Having TAs working again is a mixed blessing, said Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Oana Chirila.
"We're really upset that the government
intervened, but at the same time, what can you
do?' she asked. 'A lot of students are happy
that they've been legislated back to work and
that their classes can continue and that the
library is open.'
"Ifs great that they've come back to work
but I think that for the TAs it's going to be a lot
harder to get what they want'
The law was introduced by Minister of
Skills Development and Labour Graham Bruce
to allow a coolingoff period.
Bruce had met with both parties and came
to the conclusion that the negotiations had
become non-productive.
"It was pretty'clear to me that the negotiating process had become somewhat dysfiinc-
tionaL' he said, implying that neither party
appeared to have the common goal of coming
to a resolution.
Bruce had also received a letter from UBC
President Martha Piper via the Minister of
Advanced Education. According to Bruce, the
letter said that UBC had significant concerns
about classes and students' academic year
being wasted.
Macrae acknowledged that the university
did send a letter to the Ministry of Advanced
Education but would not comment on the content of the letter. The university would not provide a copy of the letter to the Ubyssey.
Joy MacPhail, currently the only opposition
MLA, criticised the bill, asserting that the university had a part in the creation of the bill. "It
certainly assists the employer,' she said.
The bill deals specificaDy with CUPE 2278
(TAs) and CUPE 2950 (Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts staff and support staff, including library workers) but also applies to any other
trade union representing employees of UBC.
The bill was passed by the legislature in
under 12 hours. Bruce said it was necessary to
pass the law quickly, to ensure that the academic year was not jeopardised by the strike
"If we don't make the adjustments right
now and things are prolonged, then a month
or so from now, all of [the term] is lost,' Bruce
MacPhail was very upset that the government would use what she called a "legislative
hammer* to take away the collective bargaining rights from people. She described Bill 21
as a cynical ploy on the part of the BC Liberals
to get the TAs back to work.
"The legislation does nothing to actually
resolve the dispute," she said.
MacPhail added that this action is postponing TAs' ability to take strike action until final
exams in April—a time she believes students
would be less supportive of TAs because
they're needed to mark exams.
"Frankly, there were other ways that this
government could have handled this rather
than provoking such a strong reaction from the
TAs," MacPhail said of the large protest on
Thursday. 'I lay it entirely on the government's
feet,' she said.
MacPhail said the government is responsible for this dispute because it funds the university which in turn pays the TAs.
Chirila hopes the university takes the first
step to come forward to the table with a good
offer. 'I think the TAs have felt so disrespected
through this whole thing. I hope in the long
term this will get resolved and I hope that the
resolution that they come to in the next 20 days
will be a long-term solution."
Bill 21 came after the university tried to
prevent TAs from protesting on campus. The
university appealed to the Labour Relations
Board (LRB), claiming that the on-campus picketing had become too disruptive and that the"
university was private land. The move failed
because the LRB decided that the matter did
not fall under its jurisdiction. ♦
:      —With fifes from Duncait M. McHugh,
Kathleen Deering and Mike Laanela
How to make a law in
under 24 hours
The provincial government can end strike action
by creating a law pertaining to a specific labour
dispute. This process generally follows the same
steps as any other law created by the government
A law is presented to the provincial legislature by a Member of the Legislative Assembly
(MLA) as a bill that is then debated by the legislature and subjected to a series of readings and
possible amendments.
This process generally takes days to weeks so
that MLAs and the public can examine the bill
and make suggestions for improvements. The
MLA moving the bill (in the case of Bill 21,
Minister of Skills Development and Labour
Graham Bruce) can also request that the matter
be dealt with quickly and force the process to
happen faster.
It is the duty ofthe opposition party (currently there is only one member of the opposition
sitting in legislature, Joy McPhail from the BC
New Democrats) to criticise the bill.
If a bill passes legislature it is then signed by
the Lieutenant-Governor and made a law.
Bill 21 orders UBC, CUPE 2278 (TAs) and
CUPE 2950 (librarians and clerical staff) to
return to the bargaining table and forces union
members back to work.
The bill is only in effect until March 31. If no
agreement has been reached by the parties then
unions can go back on strike.
The bill also assigns Richard Longpre, assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Skills
Development and Labour, to assist in the mediation process.
This type of action has been used in the past
against public school support staff in April 2 000
and in June 2001 when nurses were legislated
back to work and in August 2001 to end the transit strike. ♦
Unions stop the traffic
Campus workers take to
the streets to protest back-
to-work legislation
by Duncan M. McHugh
Pickets turned into protests yesterday, as members of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) locals 2278, 2950 and 116
and their supporters took to university
entrances to show their displeasure with back-
to-work legislation. The legislation—Bill 21, the
University of British Columbia Continuation of
Services Bill—was passed under unique circumstances Wednesday night, having been
declared an emergency measure.
Reaction was swift on the part of workers.
Within minutes of the bill being brought to the
floor ofthe legislature on Wednesday at 2pm, a
large, concentrated picket line was formed at
the university's Gate 1, at the intersection of
Wesbrook and University Blvd. The picket dispersed shortly after 5pm, when members of
CUPE 22 78, the teaching assistants' (TA) union,
moved to the Graduate Student Centre for an
emergency union meeting.
By 6:30am yesterday morning, union members were back at Gate 1, as well as at all other
entrances to campus, this time under the auspices of a political protest
'Our understanding is that this is a political
protest, we're not to mention the word 's-t-r-i-k-
e," said a member of CUPE 2950.
'I don't even know what that spells," replied
a member of CUPE 116, as protesters began to
began to block University Blvd. Because of the
protest, traffic, including buses, were unable to
pass. Transit service to the UBC bus loop was
restored at approximately 2pm, Thursday afternoon.
For most commuters the lasting effect of the
protest was traffic stoppage. Only two gates, 2
and 9, were allowing non-essential services
vehicles to pass.
The mood at the gates was upbeat, with
many supportive honks coming from passing
vehicles. Still, the frustration of some drivers
was obvious. Many tried to force their way
through lines of protesters. Others shouted,
while workers tried to explain the reasons for
the protest
"This is fucking ridiculous," shouted a foot-"
ball player, turning around after being unable
to drive to practice. *       ■   -
David Dickinson, a third-year Commerce
student who was stuck in a traffic jam in front
of the Rose Garden parkade, tried to remain
optimistic about his chances of getting through.
"I'm going to get in there and I'm going to
park, because JY can't miss this class," he said.
Still, he said he is sympathetic to the TAs' plight
"[UBC] should definitely increase their wages,
but I don't believe they should receive free
tuition. They should be receiving wages better
than those others, such as SFU."
By noon, the protest, now several hundred
strong, converged at Gate 1 for a rally. There
union and campus leaders gave speeches. The
festive rally also featured live music and a papier-mache representation of UBC President
Martha Piper's head.
Speakers directed criticisms towards both
the university administration and the provincial government One issue, in particular, was
the claim by the government that the protection
of students was the basis for the legislation.
"Let me tell you something, [the provincial
government] raised tuition 60 per cent for the
students, right?' said Jim Sinclair, president of
the BC Federation of Labour, sarcastically.
"They made $6 an hour jobs for students, right?
That was good. What they're doing today isn't
for the students, it's for the establishment at
this university, who couldn't bargain their way
Out of a paper bag.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS), the Graduate
NOT A PICKET. TA Union President Alex Grant addresses protesters at Gate 1 during yesterday's rally. Martha Piper's head sits in the background, nic fensom photo
Student Society and the Facully Association all
pledged their support of UBC's unions and condemned Bill 21.
AMS Vice-President, Academic, Laura Best
said "this legislation has serious implications
for the right to strike and for freedom of speech
for all students on campus, now and in the
future." She added that the student union is calling on the university to find long-term and fair
resolutions to labour disputes.
The university quickly condemned the
"Well, it's an illegal picket line," said Scott
Macrae, director of UBC's Department of
Public Affairs. "The university is seeking two
remedies to this...The first [remedy] is for the
illegal picketing which contravenes the legislation [just passed by the government] and we'll
be seeking remedy at the Labour Relations
Board. The second action that the university is
taking is before the Supreme Court on the illegal blocking of roads."
While workers protested at UBC, a group of
eight UBC TAs gathered on the steps of the
provincial legislature in Victoria to await the
reconvening of parliament TAs also met with
NDP MLA Joy MacPhail, who introduced the
TAs during afternoon question period. She also
read a brief statement stating the disappointment of TAs with Bill 21.
"[The statement] expressed the reason we
were there...We had come out of respect for the
power of the legislature to ask that they ensure
pressure is put on the university to negotiate in
good faith,' said Alex Aylett, a TA in the department of English and the group's spokesperson.
The TAs left UBC while Bill 21 was still in
debate and arrived at the legislature after the
bill had passed. Nonetheless, they found a candlelight vigil being conducted by University of
Victoria (UVic) TAs who provided food and
morale support for the visiting UBC TAs
UVic's TAs' current contract runs out on
August 31. Two other CUPE Locals at UVic took
strike votes in February, both displaying overwhelming support for a strike. Local 951,
Office, Technical and Daycare workers, voted
85 per cent in favour of a strike, while 917,
Janitorial, Housing, Food and Conference
Services workers voted 88 per cent in favour of .
a strike. Both continue to negotiate and neither
have called for a strike yet. ♦
—with files from Suzanne Beaubierr, Megan
Thomas and Chris Shepherd
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Zero 7 - Simple Things (Remixes)
British duo Zero 7 release this companion piece to
last years "Simple Things." Remixes features
extended remixes as well as featured mixes by
Richard Drfmeister, Roni Size, Photek and others.
To receive a COMPLIMENTARY CD come to
the Ubyssey Office (SUB Room 23, in the basement)!
Raising roofs internationally
UBC student spearheads development project abroad
by Alison Bones
First-year engineering student
Roger Middleton felt inspired to
make a difference in the global community after listening to a speech
made at the Student Leadership
Conference in January.
To pursue this task, Middleton
developed a co-op program called
UBC Global Builders (GB). If the program obtains enough funding, volunteers will be sent to Kenya, this
August to build a school in a local
He said about 20 people would
be going, although there is no funding for them yet They will be able to
get credits for the project through a
directed studies course.
"The goal is to raise $1 from
every student on campus," he said.
"So for less than a cup of coffee—
which is what, $3?—we can make a
lasting difference in the future of
children in the host country by giving them an opportunity we take for
granted in North America: physically having a school to go to."
He said the only thing in the project's way is lack of funding. "Other
than that, we have the expertise,
resources and certainly the dedication to make it work," he said.
They received their first donation from Totem Park last week
through the Valentine's Day
Bachelor Auction. Last week, they
received more funds for the
Dressing for Dollars benefit. Other
events (such as a casino night and
wine festival) are being organised to
raise more money.
GB will be working in partnership with the UBC chapter of
Engineers Without Borders (EWB-
UBC), a campus group of students
who use technological knowledge to
improve    the    lives    of   others
FROM THE GROUND UP: UBC student Roger Middleton started a
co-op program to build a school in Africa, nic fensom photo
and encourage sustainable
Middleton said once the ideologies of this part of the project are
properly aligned, EWB and GB will
work in partnership. GB will build
the school and EWB will do the engineering aspects such as water
purification and electricity installment. Middleton also said it was
important to ensure they don't just
present the Masai people in Kenya
with a Western 'solution.'
The goal of EWB-UBC is to use
the knowledge and expertise of
engineering students to help other
countries. Students can do projects
assisting in landmine removal, providing electricity for schools or purifying water for towns.
"We have the knowledge to make
a difference," , said EWB-UBC
President Kahay Law. In response
to those wary of a bunch of North
American students who think they
can improve technology in a foreign
country. Law. explained that students in EWB UBC don't assume
they have more knowledge than the
people in need.
"The project has to be incorporated in the community socially,
politically and environmentally.
Development is not about us having
solutions. It's about us asking questions," she said.
Neither GB nor EWB-UBC work
alone. Members realise their knowledge is limited and they need to
consult a wide variety of people to
ensure that all of the gaps in the
projects are filled.
Middleton agrees that students
need to solicit outside help to be
successful. "We will be working
closely with local experts and students from universities close tff the
project site, and together we will
create sustainable solutions while
simultaneously learning about each
other," he said.
For further information about
Engineers Without Borders, you can
e-mail ubc@ewb.ca. For inquiries
about UBC Global Builders, e-mail
global.builders@ubc.ca. ♦
Science students support
social space, sort of
Science students are on their way to
having their own social space,
after they passed a Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS) referendum, adding $ 10 to their student
fees to fund a new building.
The referendum passed with
50,6 per cent in favour. "As far as
SUS is concerned, a majority is a
majority," said Reka Sztopa, SUS
Sztopa believes that those who
voted against the mandatory fee
simply did not want to pay the
money and that many are happy
that the building is going to be built.
It is slated to be built between
the Chemistry/Physics building and
Hebb Theatre, with September
2004 as the predicted completion
The final design of the new
building will be guided by a steering
committee made up of SUS representatives and AMS designer
Michael Kingsmill, who helped
design the* new Meekison Arts
Social Space.
Currently, students will cover
around 40 per cent ofthe costs aj(id
the balance will be covered by the
university and any private donors
that can be found.
Wanna walkout?
A group of UBC students, known as
the Coalition Against War on the
People of Iraq (CAWOPI), is urging
you to walk out of class or work if
war begins in Iraq.
Supporters of the walkout at UBC
will gather at noon on the day the
vyar begins at the Goddess of
Democracy. For those downtown,
the US Consulate at the corner of
Pender and Burrard is the designated meeting place. The walkout will
be followed by a rally at 5pm outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
If the UBC campus is behind
picket lines, everyone involved in
the walkout is instructed to meet at
the US Consulate.
The walkout is intended as a
symbolic act to show that people are
willing to drop everything in support of peace. According to Dave
Quigg, a CAWOPI member, the aim
is "to have no business as usual on
the day that war breaks out."
Organisers estimate that the
walkout will be supported by thousands at UBC.
CUPE vs. SUV. .
At approximately 4pm Wednesday,
CUPE 22 7& member' Joshua
Caulkins was struck by a vehicle at
the main entrance to the university
while nlarching in a picket line.
Witnesses claim that a red SUV
with a male driver attempted to
breach the picket line that was
blocking the intersection, striking
Caulkins leg and knocking him to
the ground in the process. The
vehicle then left the scene.
Campus RCMP investigated the
incident and spoke with the driver,
who claimed to be unaware that his
vehicle had struck anyone.
No charges are currently being
laid, but Caulkins has said he will be
filing a complaint about the
incident with the RCMP.
Caulkins is recovering from a
minor ankle sprain, but says the
pain will not keep him from participating in future union job action.
A Ubyssey editor was also struck
by a car while on assignment at a
protest early yesterday morning but
was not injured. ♦ Friday, March 14,2003
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to the stage
Chrissie Hynde
and her troupe can
still light up the
stage after
with the All-Mighty Senators
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Mar. 7
by Sarah Bourdon
The Pretenders definitely have staying power. The enthusiastic crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday night
was a testament to this when the group hit the stage to play
an energetic two-hour set. I can't say that I was previously
a huge Pretenders fan; I was familiar with a few of their
well-known pop classics like "Angel of the Morning" and
"I'll Stand by You," but for the most part I had yet to really
hear a good selection of their music. I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard on Friday night.
I figured I would do a little research before attending the
concert. The Pretenders came together in 1978, and first
climbed to success in the UK, where the band was formed.
FOR REAL: This band has been around for longer than many of their fans have been alive. Michelle mayne photo
Led by vocalist Chrissie Hynde and following the punk and
rock influences of the time, they soon gained popularity in
North America. Hynde is quite the entertainer and an icon
for many female vocalists in the world of rock. Aside from
being a very flamboyant, confident stage presence, she has
a distinct and beautiful voice, which gives the band a
unique character.
A note on the audience at this particular concert: the
majority of people in the crowd were over forty years old,
which I guess was to be expected since the band has been
around since before I was born. What I didn't expect was
the guy in front of me, at least double my age, offering me
a swig of his vodka, or the crazy man beside me whose
enthusiasm for the band bordered on mania. There were
also quite a few people who hadn't quite realised that the
1980s are over and still had their pants tucked into their
cowboy boots, like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and
Confused. Very interesting. Nonetheless, it was a lively
crowd and there were definitely some hardcore Pretenders
fans among them.
I'm afraid I cannot say I was terribly impressed by the
opening act, a Baltimore band called The All-Mighty
Senators. They were unique if nothing else. The lead
singer/drummer alternated between screaming out high
notes Michael Jackson-style and laying into the drum kit as
if his life depended on it. Their set included everything
from a tribute to Johnny Cash to a song about spiders on
Godzilla's eyelashes. Thankfully they only played for half
an hour.
But then The Pretenders came on and things were looking up. Hynde started out the concert joking, "We're going
to play all your favourites—and some Pretenders songs too."
The great thing about this was that despite having a brand
new album to promote, the band didn't disappoint fans by
only playing new stuff. They did songs from their very first
album right up to the newest songs, including many crowd
The high point of the concert for me was their 1980s
classic "Don't Get Me Wrong." It was so good; especially
when Hynde slowed it down, into .a jazzy vocal rendition.
One ofYtHei^Ynew'sbngsrYf'-'reggae-style melody called
"Complex Person," also really impressed me. While they
haven't changed their sound drastically to suit what is popular today, their new stuff is fresh and appealing. Overall
there was a good mix of loud, guitar-heavy rock songs and
melodic, soulful ballads.
While always maintaining the energy that seems characteristic of their music, The Pretenders also showed a darker side. They played a song called "Fools Must Die" which
Hynde, who is an American, dedicated to the United States
and its foreign policies, which she made clear she doesn't
like. Also, they played two songs from Loose Screw, their
new album. The first one was a song about gambling called
"The Losing/ before which Hynde remarked, "We like to
represent the losers of the world." The other was a song
about being a junkie called "You Know Who Your
Friends Are."
To end off the evening, in their encore performance, The
Pretenders performed "I'll Stand By You," their signature
song, and the audience went wild. Unlike so many bands
that have faded into oblivion, this band has transcended the
years. Their Vancouver concert was a great mix of classics
and new songs, and left the audience, including me,
quite impressed. ♦
Women of rock and roll unleashed
with Emm Gryner
at the Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 7
by Caitlin McKinney
I've never really liked Holly McNarland. I
actually went to her show at the Commodore
to check out the opener, Emm Gryner, whom
I'd been hearing amazing things about for
months. I ended up feeling slightly let down
by Gryner, but incredibly impressed with
McNarland's fantastic vocals and ability to
put on an awesome show.
Emm Gryner has gone from being basically nobody two years ago to the new darling of Canadian music. She has climbed the
Canadian music food chain, creating her
fair share of buzz. A look at past tour dates
on her website is proof. In February 2000,
she was playing a series of concerts in her
. friend's living room (you had to e-mail her
for an invite). Flash forward to February
2002 and she's opening for the Cowboy
Junkies in Port Hope, Ontario. This may
sound a little more impressive than the living room gigs, but I've been to Port Hope
and there isn't much there. At the end of
2002, she played with Andy Stochansky on
his Canadian tour. Now she's opening for
Holly McNarland across the country, playing in venues like the Commodore
Ballroom. She's nominated for a Juno this
year, in the Best Pop Album category.
Tonnes of people have heard good things
about her, but too few have actually seen her
play live.
Her set got off to a great start, and I was
immediately impressed with her powerful
voice. Her band was really tight,"and it was
obvious that they were having a great time
playing together. The only problem was that
at times Gryner came off sounding a little
too Josie and the Pussycats, falling into really traditional and worn-out pop rhythms.
There were a few highlights: the band left
the stage at one point and Gryner played a
great bass solo accompanied by haunting
vocals. Later in the set she covered Ozzy
Osbourne's "Crazy Train," which she dedicated to "a troubled boy from the
US...George Bush."
When Holly McNarland took the stage,
she announced that she was glad to be back
to living in Vancouver, after her recent stay
in Winnipeg, her birthplace. She ran
through selections from her new CD Home
Is Where^My Feet Are. I should stress the
phrase "ran through*—the set was incredibly quick and surprisingly hard-sounding
for McNarland. I've always'associated her
with angst-ridden 14-year-old girls, so I was
expecting the show to be a lot of whining
and perhaps a few self-deprecating tears.
Her solid and versatile voice was to be
expected for anyone who's heard her radio
singles, but I had no idea that she could put
on such a powerful rock show,
She also played the crowd pleasers "Do
You Get High" and "Numb" and some older
stuff, which thrilled the die-hard fans. The
encore featured one brand new and as of yet
unreleased song! It was really slow, almost a
ballad, uncharacteristic of the fast-paced
show. A great song except that McNarland
seemed to occasionally forget the words.
McNarland's set was quite short, ending
abruptly after about an hour. I found out
later that she was actually really sick but
had decided to play anyway, and ended up
cancelling her show in Nanaimo the
next day. ♦
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I don't have great hearing. This is especially true
when it comes to song lyrics. Unfortunately, I didn't
remember this when I heard Chan Marshall (aka Cat
Power, aka indie rock's most jittery performer) sing
"Don't fall in love with the autocrat," during "Free,"
the second track on Cat Power's excellent new album,
You Are Free.
Don't fall in love with the autocrat? What could it
mean? I started thinking of all the implications of that
little phrase, Was Marshall protesting the unthinking,
unfeeling bureaucracy of modern democracy? The
corporate overthrow of Western society? The answer
is no, because the line is actually 'don't fall in love
with the autograph," which neatly sums up Marshall's
message on her first album of new material since
1998's Moon Fix.
Marshall is a reluctant star. She's much more concerned with honesty and artistry than with aesthetics.
Onstage, she keeps her long ha|r forward to conceal
her face. She seems very uncomfortable with her
fame, and she makes that known with the first two
songs on You Are Free. On "I Don't Blame You," the
lead track, she tells the story of a shy singer forced to
play songs  to  an  unappreciative  audience.   "They
never owned it/And you never owed it to them anyway." "Free" rejects the cult of personality, pleading
"Just be. in love when you scream that song."
Sometimes Marshall's honesty and seriousness
can be a bit overwhelming. "Names," for example, is a
repository of child abuse victims. But, for the most
part, seriousness gives way to poignancy. When she
intones "We can all be free" on "Maybe Not," Marshall
puts so much hope and pain into the line that you feel
like burstingr It's one of many moments where the
awesome potential of Marshall's voice is harnessed, if
only fleetingly.
Of course, not all of the album is so emotionally
loaded. "He War," the lead single, is a great straightforward rock song and owner of one kickass guitar
riff. And aside from the down-with-the-autograph
business, "Free," with its weird canned drum beat,
organ and power acoustic guitar, is a lot of fun.
There's even a duet with Eddie Vedder, on
"Evolution," the album's closer. Despite what you
might think, Vedder's voice compliments Marshall's
beautifully and the song is a gorgeous way to exit
the album.
Whether she likes it or not, Marshall is a star and
Fbu Are Free shows us why. It's the most haunting,
exciting and awe-inspiring album I've heard in quite
some time. And I'm sure that she's not so keen on
autocrats anyway. ♦
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the free world
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Riot Act
by Weronika Lewczuk
Pearl Jam has been around since most ofthe under-
grads at UBC were little kids. They never quite rose
to the fame and fortune anticipated after their first
hit, "Jeremy." Still, over the years they have been successful in building a dedicated audience that continues to buy their albums. Whether a cult sensation or
just one of the best bands to come out of the grunge
movement, the truth is Pearl Jam makes good rock
music with honest and introspective lyrics that don't
Riot Act is their latest release. There are more
upbeat songs on this collection than on previous
ones, and they're weighted with Eddie Vedder's ballad-like singing style. No one instrument dominates
the others; every band member contributes equally,-
making for a very balanced record. Some songs, such
as 'Can't Keep," sound like classic Pearl Jam, while
on the other hand there are songs like "1/2 Full" that
have some definite musical experimentation, featuring great guitar work with blues undertones.
Okay, so why "i?iot Act"? All the songs on the
album have a sort of survival premise to them. The
general theme of this CD seems to be finding a place
in the world through meditations on your own role
and situation, and recognising the importance of living truthfully while breaking down the corporate
propaganda fed to us in advertising and cultural
manipulation. Declarations like "[there is] no white
or black, just gray" are common in the lyrics. This
righteous-sounding message is underscored by
humility in songs such as "Cropduster." The song
"Bushleaguer* is a direct comment to the president
of the US, with lines like "the haves have not a clue."
The love songs are about helping each other
through these tough times and existing together as if
in nature. The song "Save You" is a declaration to
help a friend whose will has 'grown fat and lazy."
Finally, the imagery of the ocean and sea through
music and word make this album great for anyone
who appreciates the ocean.
If you like Pearl Jam's other albums, get this one.
It's different but still keeps in line with the band's
musical and thematic message. If you have never listened to Pearl Jam before, then go to a music store
and have a listen—it's worth the bus fare. ♦ 8
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If the slipper fits
UBC graduate
thespians in local
theatre group dig
up dramatic gems
presented   by   Ruby   Slippers
at the Firehall Arts Centre
until Mar. 22
by Anna King
This season's theatre offerings
have been a treat; there are more
small and medium-sized companies producing fresh, original work
than I can get a handle on. And
with at least one local critic pronouncing that the Vancouver theatre scene is currently the best it's
ever been, my bet is the rest of the
season will be a peach.
I'm not the only one excited. A
recent conversation with two
actors, both graduates of UBC's theatre program and performing in
Ruby Slippers Theatre's upcoming
"The Cat Who Ate Her Husband,*
confirmed that the city's theatre
community is equally giddy. Kerry
Davidson (class of 19 91) and Dawn
Petten (1997) talked nonstop about
the. recent rise in quality homegrown shows, their 'absolute satisfaction' with their current lives
(satisfied actors?!), their respect for
the UBC theatre program, and, of
course, their new play, which,
they assured me, is 'absolutely
Both of them actors who live for
the stage, Davidson and Petten say
the kind of work Ruby Slippers
puts on is some of the finest and
funniest around. Sharp and audacious, the company has been doing
provocative shows since it started
in 1989, and is known for interdisciplinary and often feminist
work. Ruby Slippers also runs the
Brecht In the Park series every
summer and frequently hosts premieres of new Quebecois theatre
in translation.
"The Cat Who Ate Her Husband*
fits the Ruby Slipper foot perfectly,
according to the two women. It's a
satire of 1950s suburbia, where
rumours of a night stalker who
kills husbands wreck havock on an
ostensibly happy community. But
Petten says it pushes the envelope
way further than movies like
Pleasantville or Far From Heaven.
"It has the characters saying what
they're really feeling and doing the
dirty sexual behaviour they wouldn't really have done. So you see
people in their 50s outfits and
smiles doing outlandish things.'
Petten plays Leslie, the hyper-
sexualised daughter who lives out
her fantasies in occasionally crude
ways, while Davidson plays
Murtha, a freaked-out neighbour
obsessed with pulp fiction magazines. Both say, after 14 full run-
throughs of the play, they still
laugh hysterically at each other's
characters. They credit the playwright, Drew McCreadie, and Ruby
Slippers Artistic Director Diane
Brown, who directs the show, with
the show's prickly humour, and
praise the company for taking on a
script they describe as 'risky.'
"This script was shopped
around to every theatre company
in town,* Petten said, 'and [Ruby
Slippers] is doing it. A lot of companies liked it and found it funny,
but thought it was a bit too much
for their subscribers. In not having
a subscription base, I think you
have a httle bit more freedom.'
The actors see Ruby Slippers'
focus on performing locally written
work as representative of the
change that's happening across
Canada. "There seems to be a new
emphasis on developing new
work,' Petten says. "There's more
pride in Canadian playwrights, and
more and more playwrights.' She
notes that even Stratford, which
has always only done classics, is
starting to do new Canadian work.
With small companies like Ruby
Slippers doing edgy and often satirical theatre, it's possible the view
of Canadian theatre as primarily a
landscape of weighty family
dramas will lose its grip.
Both actors praise UBC for giving them practical skills and lots
of chance to flex their budding acting muscles and say they don't-
feel at a disadvantage compared
to actors who graduated from professional programs like Studio 58.
Although Davidson works as a
social worker to supplement her
income, she says she likes having
a day job that's 'in the real world.'
Petten says she has been lucky
enough to work exclusively as a
theatre actor for the past year and
a half, and has no interest in getting an agent and hawking her
wares as an aspiring film star.
Both admit, however, that an
actor's life is a brutal one. "Some
famous person said that looking
for the work is the work, and
doing the shovs?.' is 'a '.bonus,'
Davidson says. Still, she says she
feels 'totally blessed.*
"If I can create my own shows,
or do comedy with Gut-Wrench (the
comedy troupe she shares with
playwright McCreadie, among others), as well as doing the other
work I do, then I'll be totally
Love is in the air
Strong set and great acting bring classic story to life
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until Mar. 22
by Parminder Nizher
We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet; the saying
'star-crossed lovers' is almost a cliche. It's incredibly
difficult to make Shakespeare's renowned love story
fresh to any audience. Romeo + Juliet = love at first
sight The pen of Shakespeare describing feuding families = bad times and inevitable death. Blah, blah,
blah—who doesn't know the stoiy? The Vancouver
Playhouse version takes a swing at R&J and avoids any
new moves. It is exactiy how one imagines a
Renaissance era play to be. And that made it a treat
to watch.
When I entered the theatre I heard the chirping of
nightingales and saw an aged-looking, barren set with
pillars and three doors. Words will not do justice to
Pam Johnson's set—it is amazing. When Juliet does
her balcony scene, separate pillars attached to a stage-
wide patio glide downward toward the stage. The
changes in the set and design kept me in awe throughout the entire play. I honestly believed I stumbled
upon two lovers in the night, the lighting felt that realistic. I could rave on and on about the set (wow),
but onwards...
The two leads deserve some raving, too. Childlike
innocence, curiosity and excitement woven with an
ability to be consumed by love and lost in passion are
the essence of Juliet's character. Meg Roe embodies all
of these elements and more. Visually she is Juliet; in
the beginning she runs around like a child. Her clothing is long and flowing; the absence of cleavage hints
that Juliet is very much a child. After Romeo kisses her
on the balcony she runs off with a gleeful yelp. That
scene is what first love is about: excitement, sweetness
and anticipation.
Alessandro Juliani is completely in tune with the
portrayal of such love. There is no intensity, no brooding stares, no anger—Romeo is as much a child as
Juliet is. Juliani's Romeo is much like his partner's
Juliet. He is consumed by his passion and ruled by his
love; he portrays the desperation of a man in love and
the necessary weakness for his love. Juliani has a
boyish mischievousness in his eyes, adding to
his character.
Although quite heavy, the Playhouse's adaptation of
"Romeo and Juliet' is also filled with humourous
moments. It's definitely worth the money, and I must
add again, the set is awesome. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
FridayTMaKh M, 2003
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No turning back
Controversial film leaves
an indelible impression
now playing
by Michael Schwandt
Among some movie critics, there is an
unwritten rule that use of the first person
' should be avoided in reviews. Special circumstances call for special exceptions,
though: I hated watching this film.
People who have seen Gaspar Noe's
Irreversible seem to engage in two main
discussions. First is the trivial one-upmanship over whp saw it first and where—earlier this winter in Quebec, last fall at
Vancouver's Film Festival, or sometime last
summer while visiting France, where it was
produced. More important is the debate
over whether there can be any justification
for the film's horrificaUy graphic depictions
of rape and murder.
From, beginning to end, Irreversible is a
punishing experience, visually, aurally and
psychologically. The opening scene is
filmed through a manically spinning and
panning lens, showing every possible view
of a dimly-lit back alley to the increasingly-
nauseated audience. The drunken fly's-eye
view then takes us into a labyrinthine sex
club, where we find a young man (Marcus,
played with blind rage by Vincent Casssel),
charging through the  club's patrons in
search of "le Tenia." Upon locating le Tenia
(French for "the Tapeworm"), Marcus tries
to fight him. His quarry promptly responds
by breaking Marcus's arm and attempting
to anally rape him. In turn, with the camera
finally settling on a single angle for the
audience's benefit, Marcus's companion
Pierre (Albert Dupontel) reacts by inflicting
upon le Tenia perhaps the most grisly act of
violence ever committed to film. With a fire
From this point onward, the film's
sequences are arranged in reverse chronological order, in similar fashion to
Memento. With the camera regaining its
earlier spasticity, we see Marcus and
Pierre's search for le Tenia unfold backward, the location of the furious hunt moving away from the club and through Paris's
backstreets. Eventually their motivation is
revealed in a shocking but cannily filmed
pair of scenes. Leaving a party, the pair
finds Marcus's girlfriend Alex (who is also
Pierre's ex), severely battered and comatose, being loaded into an ambulance.
Seconds later, we see the cause of all of the
effects we've already been shown. Alex
(played by Monica Bellucci) leaves the same
party, descends into an underpass to cross
the street, and is raped and savagely beaten
by le Tenia.
The rape is filmed in petrifyingly
unflinching' detail. Again, the camera
assumes a static position, and again we are
shown an. utterly sickening act in excruciating detail. Every one of Alex's attempts to
escape and each of le Tenia's moves to contain and degrade her are seen and heard. A
turning point in Irreversible's fragmented
plot, this scene is nearly impossible to
It cannot be denied that Irreversible is an
impressive cinematic accomplishment. Its
oozing, throbbing score contributes to the
unsettling tone set by the maddeningly unpredictable camera angles, filmed in a palette of
foreboding black and orange. The actors
endow the film with overwhelming emotion—
Cassels and Dupontel both show startling
range, shifting from animalistic brutality to
carefree banter. Bellucci's physical performance in the underpass scene, in many ways
the njicleus of the film, is astonishing.
Tlje inverted presentation of the stoiy-
line flirts with notions of predetermined
fate, : while demonstrating the futility of
revehge. Were the events of Irreversible
shown chronologically, we would surely
cheer on Marcus and Pierre's vengeful
debasement. However, when we are shown
after the rape how the two may share some
blame for the incident, their search-and-
destroy reaction seems all the more worthless in its failure to change things for Alex.
As the film continues to move backward
through time into the characters' prior
bliss, small ironies are laid bare', amplifying
the sheer tragedy of the story.
This film's infamy arises from turning a
brazen eye on brutality, rape and murder.
Nobody will dispute that these acts are by
their nature the most abhorrent acts that
can be inflicted upon humans, by humans.
Presenting them as anything less than such,
as is done in most violent films, is a failure
to recognise this. By audaciously confronting the audience with brazen detail,
Irreversible in fact imparts the very harshest condemnation of such attacks. This film
is frightening and painful, challenging and
very important.
Again: I hated watching Irreversible. And
I hope that everyone sees it. ♦
All comes in good time
Author of The Hours
reflects on his rise to fame
by Erik Hers
Michael Cunningham is surely one of the
most polite and friendly authors to have
won a Pulitzer prize. But who would be in a
bad mood after hitting Hollywood paydirt?
His book The Hours has been made into a
movie starring the creme-de-la-creme of
Hollywood actresses: La Streep, La Kidman,
La Moore. Hence their faces staring at us
from the novel rack at Chapters while the
film version leads the charge to the
Academy Awards with nine Oscar
My only disappointment then, during
the hour-long conference call interview
done in 'round-table' style (besides the girl
from the U of T asking why the author" had
one of the characters move to Toronto) was
that he did not admit any desire to having
wanted to be a starlet in*another life. There
are many references in the book to fame
, and the glamour days of Hollywood.
The Hours tells the stories of three
women of three different generations. One
of them, you may know, is the writer
Virginia Woolf. The other two are a fifties
housewife and a Manhattan editor of the
present day. Woolf is writing Mrs Dalloway,
while the housewife reads it obsessively
and the editor gets the nickname given to
her by her dying friend. "The idea of writing a book about the profound, transforming experience of reading a book is considered sort of abstract. Who cares about
that?" asked Cunningham, as he proceeded
to answer his own question: "I thought,
'Maybe I do, and if no one wants to write
that kind of book, then maybe I will."
Cunningham found the task to be daunting. "More than anything," I had to overcome an excessive reverence for the book
and I had to come to see it not as a great
artifice of Western culture but as a living
thing. I had to be willing to dismantle the
book." As he dismantled, he fell even more
in love with the book.
A love- of writing was what led
Cunningham as a college student to enrol
in the creative writing programme at the
University of Iowa. "I went to the writer's
workshop with trepidations,' Cunningham
recalled. "I felt a real writer wouldn't go to
writer's school, but would just write!"
By. the end of the programme, though,
Cunningham had no regrets. 'An immersion in the writer's workshop was a great
thing. Nothing could matter more there
than the attempt to write a beautiful
Does Cunningham have any advice for
young writers? "It's important to understand that you have to be enormously
determined," he said. "It took me 10 years
of writing to get published for the
first time."
As for Oscar night, he'll be there in person cheering on the nominated actresses
and director behind The Hours, enjoying
himself. "I get to have the fun without worrying about the consequences." ♦
Chasing the human condition
by Heather Neale
Kenyan-Canadian author David Odhiambo sat
across from me at a downtown coffee shop,
corn braids dancing, profound eyes twinkling,
to talk about his second book, Kipligat's Chance,
and trie life that got him here.
There is no easy answer as to where he is
from.1 Moving from Kenya to Winnipeg in 19 7 7,
he became smitten with the city's beloved
Assiniboine Park, and then moved to McGill for
his undergraduate studies. "I remember when I
first got [to Montreal], I bought a pack of menthol qigarettes that made me sick. It was very
freeiiig, though: bohemian," he said.
Odhiambo then spent some time working in
Vancouver and Ottawa. He currendy lives in
Massachussets where he is pursuing a Master's
degrde in creative writing. "It makes sense to be
in anj environment that facilitates the writing
process. Working [with children in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside]—by the time I got home at
night; all I could write were a few sentences. I
liked the sentences, but it wasn't getting me
far,' he said.
His new book features a teenaged Kenyan
track athlete living and training in Vancouver. It
explores his need to escape a past fraught with
strife and the challenge of reconciling the difficulties that go along with that Running away
from something, one is always running toward
something else; the problem comes when the
two get confused.
When asked about his writing process,
Odhiambo explained: "I read a Kurt Vonnegut
novel and figured, 'that looks easy.' It wasn't
easy/ From there he evolved into his own routine. 'I was aware I could either write something! where I showed what I could do using
form and metaphor—so that people would go,
'wow^s guy can write'—or I could just get the
story told. I went with getting the story told."
This is in contrast to his first book, which
focused much more on lyricism.
According to this literary talent a great deal of
the book's success can be accredited to his editor.
"I have a tendency when things get intimate to go
to hufnour," he said. "Barb was really good at
encouraging me to face that anxiety, and in doing
so I bbcame closer to my characters."
He also talked about where the book came
from on a more visceral level. More than doing
book' research, Odhiambo values experience.
"Being around street kids for as long as I was
exposed me to a very particular condition. I
wrote about the condition, not the people."
Odhiambo had a job prior to his work in the
Downtown Eastside touring British Columbia
and talking to high schools about Africaxi development issues. He always got the feeling that he
was too far outside. of the students' reality to
really communicate. Working with disadvantaged youth allowed him this communication
and the ability to really be inside of what was
going on for them.
This goes for language too. "Something I
struggle with as a writer, is how to get to a place
where I've moved beyond the symbols and surface reality," he said. "I feel that with this book I
have started to get inside of what that means.'
More than anything else, his learning to
become aware of his surroundings arid the way
that he was being translated by diverse groups
of people played a big role in this discovery.
Kipligat's Chance is on shelves now. ♦
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Not in our name, please
Were you in Vancouver in the summer of
2001? If you were, you probably remember
how hard it was to get around. That's because
the city was hit with a four-month transit
strike, which made life difficult for those of us
without access to private vehicles, i.e. most
It was a huge disruption and getting to
campus for April exams became a major
headache. Yet, only after four months did the
provincial government step in and order drivers back to work. By this precedent, it would
seem that it would take enormous pressure
from the government to step into a labour
Yet, on Wednesday night, the provincial
government stepped into the labour dispute
between UBC and its unions after only two
and a half weeks of strike. It did so with legislation that forces all parties back to the bargaining table by Saturday morning. The legislation. Bill 21, the University of British
Columbia Services Continuation Act, also
forces the unions back to work and prevents
any new strike action from beginning until
after March 31, when the law expires.
the extraordinary nature of this bill should
not be underestimated. The government, facing the opposition of a single MLA, passed the
bill under emergency provisions that allowed
the government to circumvent the usual time
that a bill must be on the floor, three days,
down to less than 12 hours.
Why was such an incredible exception
made for Bill 21? The answer is you, the
That's right, the same government that
opened up our universities to massive tuition
increases, that scrapped countless social programs benefitting students and froze core
funding to universities for three years, that
very sime government forced unions back to
work because of their tremendous concern
While all students are glad to be able to
return to classes, especially at such a crucial
time of the year, we have to question the cost
at which restoration of classes has come. Is it
worth removing workers' right to strike? Is it
worth'compromising the right to free speech
on campus? Is it worth the right of UBC workers to get a fair deal? Certainly not.
Undoubedly, the disruption to students,
while a legitimate concern, is being used as a
cover by both the provincial government and
UBC's1 administration to conceal their true
motivation: the desire to undermine the
rights of workers at UBC.
Graham Bruce, BC's minister of skills
development and labour, said: "I think it's
clear the negotiations have been pretty dysfunctional so far. It's important that both
sides get back to the table.' To suggest that the
negotiations .will continue to .be anything but
dysfunctional after one side's leverage has
been entirely undermined is laughable.
In almost all cases when an employee
group is forced to cease strike action and
return to the bargaining table, any resolution
that if reached lasts only one year. Then, the
same issues resurface, the same discontented
voices are heard and the same thing happens
all over again. We doubt the university really
wants) to deal with another strike at the same
time next year. And we doubt even more that
students do.
A better solution would have been for
both sides to give a little. TAs may never get
their tuition waived completely, but with the
threai of rising tuition TAs should get some
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form of tuition compensation that protects
them from having their pay cut each year.
And neither side has said it will bend on any
ofthe items on the bargaining table. The university still won't talk about tuition and the
TA Union still considers it an essential part
of a new contract. We hope for a swift solution in the next few weeks that satisfies both
sides, but we feel it is unlikely given the
interference of the provincial government.
We feel that passing Bill 21 will leave a legacy for students at this institution that they
would rather forget.
And the hundreds of UBC students and
staff protesting against how the new bill suppresses unions' rights yesterday morning
sends a vastly different message about how
people on campus feel about the university's
decision. The AMS in past years has shown a
preference for showing dissent through lobbying rather than protesting. But circumstances
prompted the AMS to attend yesterday'£ rally,
speaking to the crowd and encouraging students to exercise their rights and act against
the university's arbitrary action.
There is no question students have been
hurt by the strike. TAs provide a valuable service to students, teaching classes, providing
assistance during office hours, marking
papers and midterms. But forcing an employee group back to work is not an answer. TAs
have been hurt by the strike, too, missing
research and valuable time learning how to
teach. Members of the TA Union felt like the
university wasn't treating them fairly and
with respect before they were legislated back
to work—now they feel betrayed as well.
Disheartened employees do' not make the
most dedicated of workers. This will hurt UBC
students, too. ♦
Why I support the TA strike
It is true that Teaching Assistants
(TAs) are fortunate to have the
opportunity to earn an income
through teaching while at graduate
school, and that a wage of $25 per
hour seems more than fair.
However, here are several things
that the skeptics must consider:
Most TAs are graduate students,
meaning that they already have an
undergraduate degree. Many TAs
are carrying a debt from this
degree. I believe that it is reasonable to make it possible for TAs to
complete their gradate degrees
without sinking further into debt.
The money TAs earn from teaching
goes towards this end. With the
administration's last offer, a TA
who earns $8000 a year would see
their salary increase by $240 (3
per cent in the firstyear}. However,
tuition rises by $600. Therefore a
TA ends up with $360 less in their
pocket. This pay cut would be
repeated the following year. What
the TAs really want is for a tuition
increase to be matched by a salary'
increase, so that we don't have less
money in our pockets year after
When choosing a university for
graduate school, a serious consideration is the cost of tuition, and
how much one will earn in TA pay.
Certain graduate programs offer
graduate students^ the opportunity
to TA, and this is true for all the
universities in North America. If
UBC doesn't offer a competitive
package to TAs, the top graduate
students won't coine here. This is
one big reason undergraduate students should support the TA strike.
Many undergraduate students
don't seem to understand the
importance of graduate students
and the research they do when it
comes to the reputation of UBC.
Without top graduate students,
UBC will become a lesser school,
and all degrees earned here will
sink in value.      '
—Steve Reid
Graduate student—chemistry
Discuss men's issues
I would like to comment on the
Women's Issue of March 7, 2003.
This issue was comprehensive
and intriguing; however, I think
it should have been called the
'Gender Issue' and should have
discussed problems that pertain
to both genders. By excluding
men's concerns, you judge men's
problems as less significant or
less frequent. Some male issues
that would benefit from discussion are violence-related crimes,
male peer pressure in schools
and gender inequality.
A striking example of gender
inequality lurks in the UBC enrolment statistics. In one article
("The women of the Sciences"),
you cited the 2001 statistics for
women science undergraduates
as being less than 50 per cent.
However, when I checked the
most recent statistics in the UBC
Calendar, I discovered that the
number of women far exceeds
that of men not only in sciences,
but in many other professional
fields. Some of these fields
include Medicine, Law,
Pharmacy, Commerce, Science
and Arts undergraduates and
Education. In fact, one finds few
departments where men's numbers are higher than women's.
These statistics are of high concern, but I have no knowledge of
feminists (who are, after all, dedicated to gender equality)
addressing these areas.
In another of your articles
("You've come a long way lady
(sort of)"), you emphasise
"career women" as highly accomplished females. However, by
doing so, you degrade housewives as being less productive
women. I believe the decision to
remain at home or to have a
career should be equally valued,
as they are both women's choices and both have their own
—Kaven Pars
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5tr©©t©rS!  How has the strike affected you?
"In a way we're kind of losing out^
because we paid all our fees already.
Today I missed all my classes
because they picketed all of
Buchanan and they're been picketing Buchanan for what, four days
now? I do support TAs because I
think UBC is being really unfair
about the payment. My Spanish TA
has a lot of work to do."
Karen Lee
Arts 2
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The Teaching Assistant (TA) Union has not been
performing duties for nearly three weeks. It was
just recently joined by CUPE 2950, another
union on campus unhappy with its current labour situation. While it has been difficult for eveiyone employed at
UBC, many people agree that students have been hurt
the most
Margery Fee, associate dean of students for Arts, said
students who are particularly affected are those in math
and language classes taught by TAs. She listed French,
Spanish and Polish as the courses with which students
struggle the most "They are obviously finding it very difficult to keep up by themselves, because to [learn] a language without classroom interaction is quite tough," she
said. "So they're feeling quite stressed in their situations."
. She" said Arts will tiy to accommodate students who
have missed* classes because they aren't'comfortable
crossing'picket lines and that some, students have joined
other sections to compensate for missed classes. "The
ones who are most upset are graduating [this year]," she
said. "Those are the ones I'm most particularly concerned about*
"A lot of students are out there wondering if we care,"
she said. "I suppose I just hope that students realise that
we are thinking of them."
Associate Dean of Science Paul Harrison said students have been directly affected by the absence of TAs
to teach in labs and tutorials and in some lectures.
Biology 140 is a lab course taken by 1074 students this
term. The elective part of this course has been postponed indefinitely while TAs are not performing duties
during the strike. Similarly, Chemistry 123, a lab course
that many students have missed in the last few weeks,
has 1528 students.
Harrison said he is extremely concerned about the
effects of the TA strike on undergraduates. He said in
some cases labs are continuing, while in others students
have access to labs and materials, although not the structured labs that were planned. In other cases, labs simply
aren't operating. He said the university is attempting to
compile numbers, of students in labs who have been
"My main concern is the students who aren't getting
instruction. We are very concerned about how we can
minimise the effects of the job action on students who
aren't getting the classes that they expect to get," he said.
Associate Dean of Applied Science Bruce Dunwoody
said students in his faculty aren't particularly affected by
the strike action, except for those taking math courses.
"They have a number of sections that are taught by TAs
and those sections haven't been taught since 1h& strike
began, to the best of my knowledge. And our students
take a lot of math courses."
"I; consider we're fairly fortunate compared with
some other parts of campus in the level of disruption
that there has been," said Dunwoody.
Di- Brian Marcus, head of the math department, said
students whose section has been cancelled since the
strike began should have been told they're responsible
for following the course outline and the text during the
strike. "They may be going to other sections—almost all
the sections not being taught are also being taught by
professors," he said.
He is concerned about the long-term effects of the
strike on students. "Very important parts of their educational experience are being compromised. They don't
have help in the math tutorial centres and they're not
getting their [homework] marked,' he said. "It's
extrepely hard for them to do, and L think everyone
realises that*
He said there have been many discussions about
what (to do after the strike and how to help students
make) up lost classes.
Sapaeer Wahid is a fourth-year Science student on the
Grad Class Council. He is also an undergraduate TA for
a firs|;-year chemistry course. "I haven't had classes that
have been affected yet,* he said. "But I can't stress
enough the general concern among everyone about
what's going to happen, is the year going to get extended, will I graduate on time—for graduating students,
such 3-S myself.*
Rqsie Wilson is a second-year Arts student who is taking Spanish 100 because she is going to Guatemala this
summer to build water filters with a volunteer organisation. She hasn't had class since the strike started. "I'm
supposed to teach it to myself, pretty much. I have no
real source of information, no one's updating me or anything, so I don't even really know what's going on."
Ka]te Woznow is a fourth-year Arts student who feels
the effects of the strike will be long-term. "A lot of it to
me is the lack of respect being shown by members of
the administration when we're all intelligent people
who should ,be able toYsit down and discuss these
issues." "
Fourth-year Arts student Cristina Balcazar said
even though she has been affected by the strike, she
think it has been positive. "I know my education is
being!1 compromised. But I think that in order to have
things change we have to be willing to sacrifice things.
If that has to do with my tuition, so be it." ♦
"I guess I've been less affected by it
th^n some students. I'm in the
Faculty of Commerce, which means
the building hasn't been picketed so
it's not that bad. I supported it at
first but now I don't. The more I follow the negotiations the more
ridiculous it seems. I think that's the
case with a lot of students. Support
has dwindled. One discussion group
is taught by a TA and that's been
affected, but other than that, nothing
else. It's getting to be more of a hassle than a compromise to my education so far.'
Colin McKerracher
Commerce 2
"I'm paying for school ajid I'm bitter. No, not bitter. My education is
not really being compropiised yet,
but I want [my papers] pack and I
don't know how well I've done. And
also, for my big research papers I
need my TA's input anq I haven't
been able to get it and my professor
won't do it because thatj would be
doing the TA's job. I crossed pickets.
I didn't want to do it, I felt bad. But
I'm paying for school and that's
what it comes down to.* *
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"It hasn't really disrupted me getting to any of my classes. Except
Tuesday I didn't go to Buchanan
because I didn't cross picket lines.
And aside from that it hasn't really
affected me that much
Daniel Starling
Fine Arts 4
My math class (Math 101) is cancelled and all my labs in chemistry
and physics axe being cancelled. And
also I'm not getting any help from
my computer science labs but the
labs are still due. I can work on my
own and get stuff done but it's a lot of
pressure. It's really frustrating."
Jonathan Ho
Science 1
"It's just more or less a pain in the
ass. I gotta take the bus to school so
I had to walk to school today. So that
kinda sucks. But other than that I
just walk over picket lines. Losing
class time and losing TAs you lose
discussion groups and that's a big
part of classes. It's definitely a big
Matt Unsworth
Arts 2
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UBC's STEPS Forward
program to create
another option for
people with developmental disabilities
by Hywel Tuscano
Twenty-six-year-old Melanie
Marcott and 18-year-old
Katrina Hogg hope to attend
UBC next year to continue learning,
find friends and develop skills to
make them more employable. Both
of these women have Down
Syndrome and are applying for a
pilot program in September 2003
that will accept five students with
intellectual disabilities into Arts and
Education classrooms to audit UBC
courses. The university will develop
this program in conjunction with the
STEPS Forward Inclusive Post-
Secondary Education Society, which
will develop, facilitate and fundraise
for the program at UBC.
The genesis of the program at
UBC is long overdue as similar
opportunities for developmental^
delayed persons have existed in
Alberta for over 15 years at the
University of Alberta and ten years
at the University of Calgary (U of C).
The program has been a great
success at both Alberta universities,
offering social experiences usually
unavailable to the intellectually disabled. Participants develop friendships, prepare for employment and
plan for a future like any other university student over a four-to-five-
year program.
While UBC will mirror the programs offered in Alberta in many
respects, there are hopes for more
specific learning outcomes not present at other universities. Vice-
President, Students, Brian Sullivan
has been the main correspondent
with STEPS Forward in planning the
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WORKING AT THE QUAY: Christina Bouce on her first day of work practicum at the New Westminster Quay. She is completing a job
preparation program at Douglas College, hywel tuscano photo
"I think the social aspect is
important, but students who are
motivated to do this [program] will,
after some consultation, try to identify some learning objectives," he
said. "It's my understanding that
typically there would be some objectives that students would be trying to
Janet Mee, director of the
Disability Resource Centre, believes
UBC's program can be unique in
terms of learning outcomes.. "We
had been talking all the way along
about doing something innovative
and new to the work that has already
been done in this area," she said.
"Eveiy time you run a program at an
educational institution, you should
take full advantage of the fact that it
is an...educational institution.'
However, Anne Hughson, associate professor at U of C in community and rehabilitation sciences,
believes the social experience for
participants has a large enough
impact without the need for aca
demic guidelines. "If things work out
well there won't be a need for outcomes. It will be a positive experience for people wanting to tiy UBC
out" said Hughson.
The success of the program is
reflected in the increased self-sufficiency of the participants in developing relationships and maintaining jobs—outcomes of programs
without specific learning guidelines.
Bruce Uditsky, executive director
of the Alberta Association for
Community Living, believes the benefits of including disabled students
is invaluable and important to any
educational community.
"Inclusive teachers can be taught
in an inclusive learning environment and gain firsthand' experi-.
ence," he said.
' Increased inclusiveness for those
with developmental disabilities
means better life experiences and
options for the disabled, as well as
exposure and increased understanding in communities where they'd
like to become more involved.
AIMING FOR UBC: Katrina Hogg hopes to attend UBC in tha pilot
program starting September 2003. hywel tuscano photo
"elanie Marcott has
worked in a sheltered
•workshop for the past five
years. At 2 6, she hopes to return to
school to pursue her interests in art,
French and photography. At the
workshop, she works from 9am to
3pm five days a week with about 60
other workers, refurbishing and
packaging headsets and polishing
salt and pepper shakers for airlines.
She's unhappy with the repetitive
Elisabeth Wombra, manager of
the Fraser Valley Society sheltered
workshop, believes the workshop
creates a safe environment for those
otherwise unable to work.
Melanie's mother, Linda
Moreau, believes Melanie is "too
high functioning for the job and that
is why she is frustrated.' Melanie
only makes about $100 a
month. According to Wombra, this
'supplements...pensions according
Moreau explains that the workshops are sheltered in the sense
that, "if it was up to standards in
terms of labour and wages then the
job would have to be open to everyone and these people could not compete with eveiyone. So the airlines
get a really good deal on this labour
and these people are not at home
watching TV."
The common belief is that those
remaining at sheltered workshops
are those of an older generation that
did not benefit from the more modern, inclusive programs and so still
need these workshops. But the
Fraser Valley Society still offers work
experience for high school special
needs students in Surrey. "Very
often we hire these students and
provide something for them to do
once they graduate," said Wombra.
Melanie hopes to move on from
this closed environment where the
monitors often walk around and discourage people from talking and
interacting. Her mother believes she
can be self sufficient in the future.
"There are people who don't
mind sheltered workshops and
don't find them boring. But I can see
[Melanie] really wanting to learn
and go to school, too. It would be
great for her to eventually get a job
where she supports herself," said
Katrina Hogg, 18, is currently
enrolled in the Consumer
and Job Preparation
Program at Douglas College and is
doing a work practicum at
McDonald's. The program emphasises work and social skills as well as
exposure to various workplace environments. Katrina has been
involved in inclusive schooling since
. kindergarten.
While the outcomes of
the program seem to focus
strongly on work placement and practicuins,
Jean Emerson, an instructor for the Job Preparation
for Adults with Special
Needs Program at Douglas
College, emphasises that
the program also develops
important life skills.
"We try to be holistic
and prepare people for life in general because not everyone with a developmental disability is going to be
able to work," said Emerson.
Similar programs existing at
most community colleges in the
Lower Mainland usually instruct
classrooms of only 10-15 students in
a range of employable skills, including food and administrative work.
Applicants far outnumber the available seats, with wait lists of up to two
years at Vancouver Community
Elizabeth Hogg, Katrina's moth-
er, has applied to many of these programs for her daughter to increase
her employability and chances for
"[She] needs j i
every opportu-
. nity she can get
to learn and be
a contributing
member of
society," she
said. "Every
place has so
many people
applying, you
have to apply
and see what you get'
Aside from vocational programs
at community colleges, there are
also a number of community centres, like the Burnaby Association,
where the developmentally disabled
can volunteer or participate in
leisure activities when work is not a
viable option.
Hogg believes her daughter can
eventually be self-sufficient after job
training with proper community support and inclusive programs. Hogg
did not have to give up her job to be
Katrina's caretaker and does not
believe she will need to in the future.
She hopes the situation will continue to improve as long as programs keep developing and government funding is not cut 'Our kids
have grown up in a world of
inclusion. She knows life;
she enjoys life. To all of a
sudden have that stop, that
wouldn't be acceptable to
her,' said Hogg.
rganisations, other
than post-secondary
institutions, like
Burnaby Association
Down Syndrome
Foundation, will hopefully
continue to provide volunteer and
job opportunities within the community and keep the disabled outside of sheltered workshops.
While community colleges can
offer specific vocational training,
UBC can provide the option for
developmentally disabled students
to continue academic learning
beyond the inclusive programs that
end at high school.
It seems that by the small step of
opening five seats to the develop-
mentally disabled, UBC is making a
very meaningful step forward. ♦


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