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Engineering future hangs in balance
by Sarah Galashan
Three programs in the faculty of Applied Science will be reviewed
this week by an accreditation board that will help determine the
late ofthe programs.
The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)
revoked Bio-resource engineering's accreditation last June and
chemical engineering and geological engineering were warned at
the same time to improve their facilities and faculty in order to
keep their accreditation.
Without CEAB approval, some 316 students currently enrolled
in the winter session of the three programs could have to take special examinations after graduating to become professional engineers.
But the exams are difBcult to pass and students are worried
they won't be able to find work without the accreditation.
The CEAB team will review the programs this week and while
their findings won't immediately re-accredit bio-resource or strip
the other two of their accreditation, the three day process will be
an important factor in the decision, to be made in June. The
inspection will include a curriculum breakdown, a review of
exams and faculty and a meeting with
alumni and student representatives
from each year in the programs.
And the Applied Science faculty is
hoping to impress the review team with
improvements to its facilities and
"Equipment and space were seen as
problems and we've remedied that in a
very significant way," said Michael
Isaacson, dean of Applied Science.
He added that the programs have
new computers and have shuffled classrooms to make more space for the program.
Isaacson said the lack of registered instructors was a problem
for geological engineering because ofthe course overlap with the
faculty of Science. The accreditation people had the view that the
program should attempt to have a greater percentage of instructors that are professional engineers."
;; 'ifg jf| -Jjie DfOCeSS Of       "We're in the process of making a great deal of
a treat deal of ch311^-1 think the [accreditation board] is looking for
rhanoko ifiTHTiKftio commitment and intentions as much as anything else."
r      "j**j..  -■      l_  _ji       But Don Nash, a second year bioresource engineer-
[accredltation poaraj ^ student worried that not enough has been done to
IS looking TOT get the program re-accredited. He said he's upset that
i-CMnmitfUi-fnt and UBC let the program deteriorate to its present state.
"I hope there has been enough done, but I doubt it"
His second year at UBC will actually be the fourth year
of his university education. Nash travelled from
Newfoundland specifically for UBC's bio-resource program and says he is angry he was never told about the
potential loss of accreditation.
There are few Canadian bio-resource programs, and
the one at UBC draws students like Nash from all over the country.-*
"■;f-"o*s-is as much as
-Michael Isaacson,
dean of appued sqence
TuHion fight goes to court today and tomonvw
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
UBC's lawyers and four grad students plan to meet
this week in BC Supreme Court as the students try to
reverse recent tuition and ancillary fee increases they
say snub provincial and university policy.
The students' lawyer, Cameron Ward, will argue
that a 1.6 per cent increase for domestic students and some ancillary fees violate the
provincial tuition freeze.
And he will argue those increases, as well
as a 2 10 per cent increase for international
grad students this September contravene
UBC policy. Policy 71 (Consultation with students about tuition fees) holds the university
to a fixed schedule of public consultation
with students before raising fees.
Amir Attaran, a UBC law student who prepared much ofthe students' case, said one of
UBC's arguments—that they didn't follow
their policy to the letter, but lived up to its
spirit—is insulting.
"They've come into this knowing that they bloody
well didn't consult over the ancillary fees or over
international grad fees in the way they're supposed
to," said Attaran. "If they're simply going to do that
then what's the point of having the policy?"
Dennis Pavlich, UBC's associate vice president of
academic and legal affairs, wouldn't comment on the
case since it's before the court. Jim Taylor, a lawyer
with Taylor, Jordan and Chafetz, will represent UBC.
The judicial review, which will be heard Tuesday
and Wednesday, won't be fought on oral testimony
and cross examination as most are. Instead each side
will base their arguments on written affidavits from
key people involved in the issue.
Judicial reviews are used to speed
cases through the courts.
Attaran lambasted a submission
from David Strangway, past UBC
president, that says UBC isn't bound
to heeding the opinion of students.
"This is just revolting, this is an
undignified argument," said Attaran.
"Even if it wins, it's just repugnant
This is not the way I'd like to think
that my university is run, but yet
that's the argument they're leaning
According to Attaran, UBC's affidavits also argue
the ancillary fees should not be considered 'pure
tuition,' but instead are just 'tuition' and are therefore
exempt from the provincial freeze. They also argue
the suit should not be heard, since a clause in the BC
University Act protects university directors from
being sued.-*
Olson caries football birds to Vanier Cup
BELLA GALHOS. an East Timorese exile living in Canada, shed a tear Monday
at a mock trial of Indonesian leader General Rene Suharto.
The people's tribunal of 12 citizens found strong evidence against Suharto
and determined he should be denied entry to Canada under the Canadian
Immigration Act or charged under the Canadian Criminal Code for crimes
against humanity.
Galhos, along with others, gave testimony about how Suharto's systematic
genocide, torture and imprisonment of the East Timorese people affected them.
Discussing the issue before the ruling, Svend Robinson, NDP MP for
Bumaby-Kingsway, suggested Canada should sanction Indonesia for its human
rights record. The tribunal concluded that if Canada failed to take that action it
would be complicit in Suharto's crimes.♦
by Wolf Depner
Shawn Olson just might be what UBC
needs to end the school's eleven year
national football championship
Despite throwing three picks,
Olson continued to shine in
absence of injured star running
back Mark Nohra, leading the UBC
Thunderbirds to a 34-29 win over
the Mount Allison Mounties in the
Atlantic Bowl played in Halifax.
With the win, the Birds advance
to the Vanier Cup for the first time in
ten years. They will play the Ottawa
Ge&Gees who beat the Waterloo
Mounties 44-37 in the Churchill
Bowl Saturday.
Completing 18 out of 24 attempts,
Olson passed for 402 yards and two
touchdowns. He also ran for a short
touchdown as the Birds overcame
some early mistakes on both sides of
the ball to lead by 17 points early in
the fourth quarter.
Mount Allison rallied late in the
fourth quarter, scoring 15 points. But
UBC's defense was up to the task
forcing Mounties quarterback Dan
Capone to throw three straight
^completions to end the game.
Just moments before the
Mounties had recovered an onside
kick on UBC's 43 after Yanick Lacroix
caught a 40 yard scoring bomb from
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"I was scared. Those guys [Mount Allison)
showed a lot of heart coming back," said Olson.
But Olson also knows a thing or two about what it
takes to bounce back.
Cornerback Todd Demone picked off Olson
for the second time in the game and returned
the ball 80 yards lor a touchdown at 5:39 ofthe
third quarter to make the score 17-14 UBC. But
Olson marched the Birds right back into the
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about
the interceptions, but you can't let things like
that bug you." he said. "There was a point when
I wasn't sure if I was going to win the game for
us or lose it for us."
Olson capped the four-play, 70-yard scoring
drive with a 15-yard pass to Greg Halifax who
made a sensational diving grab on tlie play.
Halifax, a defensive back-turned-receiver,
was modest about it. "He [Olson] threw the ball
on the money and I did my job."
So did UBC's defense.
While Mountie running back Gordon
Francis rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown, ne was forced to fumble the ball on
UBC's five. Strachan Hartley tnen recovered tne
loose ball to kill a potential Mount Allison scoring drive that could have cut UBC's lead down
to three points.
Olson then engineered another scoring
drive, calling his own number on a one yard
touchdown plunge to give UBC a 31-17 lead.
Aaron Roed added a 24-yard insurance field
goal late in the fourtn quarter.
Following Saturday s game, the Birds flew to
Toronto to prepare for the title game against the
Gee-Gees, who were almost beaten by their own
With Ottawa leading 21-17 late in the first
half, the horsehead mascot sprinted onto the
Although this bonehead play resulted in a
Waterloo touchdown, no narm was done in the
But considering the way UBC's offense is
playing these days, the Gee-Gees mascot better
be ready to play again. They'll need all the heip
they can get to slow down Olson and star running back Mark Nohra, who is expected to play
after sitting out tne past two games with a Knee
injury. <♦
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The Real Stories of
Workers' Lives in the
Asia-Pacific Region
A public event within the
1997 People's Summit on APEC
International Tribunal on Workers' Human Rights
November 20,1997
7:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Plaza of Nations       Free Admission
Hear first-hand testimony from workers and union activists
Eight workers from different APEC countries will testify before a panel of
internationally renowned judges and the assembled delegates to the People's
Summit. The testimonies will emphasize the individual and collective experiences
of workers in the context ofthe global economy and will focus on issues like
freedom of association and the right to collective oargaining; migrant workers'
rights; health and safety standards; sex-trafficking; working in free trade zones;
child labour;  discrimination against women; forced labour.
An event co-sponsored ^^VX
by the Canadian Labour Congress and the s//\
International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
Edward Broadbent- former political leader, now professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Irene Fernandez-Executive Director, Tenaganita, Malaysia
Francisco Soinel jose- Author and Publisher, Solidaridad Publishing House, Philippines
iYay-ori Matsu't- journalist and Director, Asia-japan Women's Resource Center, Japan
-Pierre Sane-Secretaty General, Amnesty International, United Kingdom
The Workers  :
One of four workers for Mabamex (Mattel) in Tijuana,
Mexico, who was sequestered and interrogated overnight by
company management for allegedly carrying subversive literature about Mexico's economic policy. \
A union activist from Thailand who is campaigning for compensation from the Europe-based Eden Group Co. which
fled the country without paying its predominantly female
workforce in a Bangkok factory.
A representative of Indonesia's independent trade union
SBSI, who will describe the intimidation his union has suffered while attempting to organize, with particular
attention to the case of SBSI leader, Muchtar Pakpahan who
iscorreridy on trial for subversion.
A Mexican immigrant to the United States describes the con- *
jcMtiorts women workers face in the garment industry in Los i
Angeles and attempts made to prevent workers from union- '■!
A Chinese labour advocate who will testify on behalf of victims ofthe Zhili factory fire in which 89 workers died, and
who will describe the exploitation of workers and the poor ;
working conditions in Chinese factories.
A woman who was trafficked from Thailand to Canada for
purposes of prostitution will tell her story about how she :
came to Canada and what happened when she got here.
Burmese merchant marine who will testify about poor con- J
ditions for ship workers and how de-regulation ofthe ship-'
ping industry is affecting their ability to safeguard labour
A Chinese migrant worker who went to Saipan tells of die
unbearable living conditions that labourers in the garment
industry face in this island that is part of the U.S.
Commonwealth. THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18,1997 .
Opposition to honourary U of T
degree for Bush heats up
TORONTO (CUP)-Facullv at the
University of Toronto are being
encouraged to sign up for tlie academic procession at Wednesdays
awarding of George Bush's honourary degree so that a massive
walkout can be held.
Earlier this fall, over 100 U of T
professors signed a letter condemning the decision to honour the former
president. The Ontario Public
Interest Research Group at U of T has
organised a protest to take place at
the ceremony.
An independent international war crimes tribunal set up immediately after the Gulf War found Bush guilty of 19 crimes against peace,
war crimes, crimes against humanity and other criminal acts and high
crimes in violation ofthe Charter ofthe United Nations, international
law and the Constitution ofthe United States.
Bush's spokesperson Jim McGrath says no amount of political
protest will keep the former US President off campus.
"He's coming, absolutely. It won't be embarrassing for him," he
"You have to be careful about some of the information these people
are peddling," he said in reference to accousations made by protesters.
At a recent meeting of the Governing Council, U of Ts highest decision-making bod}', student activist Chris Ramsaroop addressed the
council and demonstrators.
"Honourary degrees are meant to honour those who are exemplary," he said. "We do not want any association with an individual who
has so much blood on [his] hands.''
Source: tlie Varsity
Queer issues too controversial for UVic student newsletter
VICTORIA (CUP)-The Education Students Association at the University
of Victoria recently denied an undergrad the opportunity to write articles about his experiences as a gay teacher on the grounds that thev
would be controversial.
Last month Duane Lecky sent an e-mail to tlie association, proposing to write articles for their newsletter about being a gay teacher and
about gay, lesbian and bisexual students and student associations.
Lecky says the first reply he received from tlie association was
ambiguous. When he asked for clarification, he received a reply that
stated the newsletter was not a "medium for controversial issues."
"We recognise the importance of acknowledging the issues surrounding gay and lesbianism, and suggest that you submit your article
to a newspaper, such as the Martlet, that deals with controversial
issues," wrote Kristen Doan, director of publications for the association.
"They said to me quite clearly they didn't want to receive anything
on gay and lesbian issues," Lecky said. "I think it's really short-sighted
and foolish. The people who have refused to deal with these issues are
the people who are going to be teaching in a few years."
Doan and other members of the association declined comment.
UVic Dean of Education Bruce Howe said it is not his role to encour
age or discourage the association from printing material.
"The newsletter is their business," he said.
Source: the Mardet
Sexual stamina a Canadian thing, condom survey finds
TORONTO (CUP)—Not only are Canadians having more sex but they
are doing il longer, according to a recent international sex survey.
Conducted by the condom company Durex Sheik, the survey covered a variety of sex-related categories including partner satisfaction,
time spent on sexual intercourse and frequency of sex.
In raw numbers, the survey found that Lhe average number of times
Canadians have sex per year is up to 112—an increase from 102 last
But to some students at the University of Toronto, this number is
anything but average.
"It's something to look forward to. But it's outrageous, there's no
way that the number is right," said second year student Sharifa Gonez.
She adds that she doesn't know very many people who are having
that much sex, and attributes this mostly to students' time limitations.
While not among tlie most sexually active nationalities, Canadians
definitely make it count when they do have sex. In the sexual stamina
category, Canada finished a close second behind the US in average
time spent on sexual intercourse. With no other competitors close in
sight, Canadians spend a leisurely 24.4 minutes, compared to the
Americans' 25.3 minutes.
But while Canadians are having more sex and doing well in the stamina category, they aren't anywhere near the top ofthe heap in the category of best lovers.
The French won out as the best lovers in the world, with Canadians
in the seventh overall spot—behind the Italians, Americans, South
Africans, Brits and Australians. Hong Kong came in last.
Source: the Varsity
PREPARE TO SPEND a lot more time in traffic when APEC hits town this week, richard lam photo
Transit a bust during APEC
by Sarah Galashan
People getting to UBC by bus November 19 to 2 5 may feel
like sardines when they compete with VIP motorcades and
closed roads during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) conference.
Conference organisers are asking people who work or
study around Vancouver to leave their cars at home during
tlie conference and to opt for public transit instead.
Street closures will be extensive during the week long
summit and stopping, and parking restrictions could make
driving downtown a nightmare. Although traffic lights will
give longer greens in an attempt to facilitate traffic the effort
will pale when compared lhe street closures.
From November 22 to 26 the length of Burrard Street
from Davie to Hastings will be closed to vehicle traffic and
parking on most neighbouring streets will be restricted
starting November 20. Of the 4000 downtown parking
meters 1200 will be unavailable at certain times.
BC Transit's advice: circle the dates and make adjustments. They suggest giving more time to get to work and
using public transit to get there.
"Buses are quite full as it is," said Trace Acres, BC Transit
media liaison. "We are expecting some increase in the number of people planning to go downtown.
"If they can we are encouraging people who are planning
to use transit as an alternative, to travel downtown on the
shoulder ofthe peak periods. Before 7:30 in the morning or
after 8:30 [am]."
Acres said he doesn't believe UBC students will be inconvenienced by increased bus loads but says that Vancouver
buses are already full during peak times. Extra buses will be
used throughout the conference days but during peak times
the maximum number of buses available are already in use.
In other words peak times will be all Ihe time during
APEC. Still, BC Transit does not anticipate a large demand
for increased services to UBC.
"I don't understand why it would other than the fact that
there may be some closures on Cornwall," said Acers.
The conference will end on November 2 5 with a leader's
meeting to be held at UBC's Museum of Anthropology. It has
yet to be determined which route the leaders will take to the
MOA and that route will likely mean road closures in the
Kitsilano area.
Conference activities are not expected to impact the
SkyTrain or SeaBus.**
Upstream cancer needs attention: survivor
by Cynthia Lee
A cancer survivor and self-proclaimed 'carcinogen abolitionist'
brought her message about the link
between cancer and environmental
contamination to UBC November 10
during a lunch-time lecture in
tlie SUB Auditorium.
Sandra Steingraber devoted
much of her speech to promoting the development of nontoxic substitutes to replace cancer-causing chemicals. "I think
the use of cancer-causing chemicals is wrong. I think it is a
human rights violation,"
Steingraber said. "It assigns
someone to death though we
may not know who that person
Steingraber is the author of Living
Downstream: An Ecologist looks at
Cancer and the Environment and is
also a visiting scholar at Northeastern
University in Boston.
She spoke largely from experience. Steingraber was diagnosed
with a rare form of bladder cancer
when she was 20 years old, and says
she's convinced her own cancer was
caused by environmental factors.
"I decided to use my experience
as a biologist to help me understand
tlie question 'Why me?,' the question that every cancer patient eventually confronts. I confronted that
question in a very empirical way,"
she said.
"It led me to ask, 'What bladder
carcinogens have I
been exposed to?,'
and doing a kind
of detective environmental work
project on my own
hometown [Pekin,
Illinois]. I discovered, in fact, that
there are chemicals suspected of
causing bladder in
my hometown
drinking water," she explained.
As a biologist, Steingraber was a
speaker at the first World Conference
on Breast Cancer, held in Kingston,
Ontario last July.
"My main message to the conference was to look at breast cancer as
an issue and that we must begin
immediately to recognise the way to
start breast cancer prevention is to
name breast cancer carcinogens and
to eliminate them from our environment"
Sandra Steingraber
Her message was a popular one at
the conference as many delegates
criticised scientists for their focus on
genetic links that lead to the cancer,
rather than the environmental factors.
Steingraber said she takes much
of her inspiration from Rachel
Carson, the biologist who similarly
set off the alarm about the cancer-
inducing effects of pesticide use in
her book Silent Spring in 1960s.
In fact, she has often been compared to Carson. "It's very intimidating really because she's certainly a
patron saint of mine," she said, "I
feel I have a lot of tilings in common
with Rachel, the fact that we're both
wildlife biologists by training, fact
that we're both authors. And also
both of us had cancer."
Trina Hamilton, a UBC geography student working in the Student
Environment Centre, saw
Steingraber on her original book
tour in June and thinking that she
would make an interesting lecturer,
invited her to speak at UBC. "I
thought chemical contamination
was an issue very under-represented both in the media, and environmental activism in BC where we
tend to focus on forestry."-* THE UBYSSEY • TUESO/WJ NOVEMBER 18,1997
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OH... [B Publications]
by Marina Antunes
While the Spice Girls run around screaming "Girl Power!" left,
right and centre, a group of women in Victoria have been
working hard over the past few years putting together a
comic book for women, made by women, giving the phrase
"girl power" real meaning.
OH..., "A comic quarterly for her, because it's time," or so
it says on the cover, is above all things, a big joke as far as
being a comic book goes.
It is the size of your average grocery store magazine, and
OH... is distributed all over North America (and apparently
even in Norway) retailed at comic shops and book stores
alike. Though OH... seems to be developing a great follow
ing, it's hard to see why. Although it claims to be a comic
book, OH... is more of an illustrated magazine.
Thinking that I had finally found a comic book done by
women, which is very rare if not nonexistent in the comic
book industry, I was disappointed with OH... to the point
where I even considered that the old taboo of women not   1
being cut out for the comics industry, to be true.
OH... is a collection of lesbian love stories that are
accompanied by comic strips and the occasional letter
from a keen reader from abroad. Most of the of tlie letters
deal wilh women in the comic book industry, their future
gigs and projects.
The comics themselves are, for the most part, beautifully rendered but, in strips such as "Holly Girl", they seem
like a waste of both time and effort because the plot sucks-
taking away from the aesthetic beauty of the pictures.
Though the art is just short of amazing, and in some occasions even better than art found in DC and Dark Horse
comics, the story lines don't come close to the skillful hand
of the artists.
"Mixed Blessings" by Leanne Franson, is one of the two
comic strips in OH... that are actually a little interesting.
This story addresses the entire "in the closet" business as
Liliane, the twentysomething protagonist hides from her
parents who have come knocking on her apartment door
while she's inside with her new girlfriend. "Mixed
Blessings" is amusing and also very close to a real life situation, a definite must read.
"Agent Street," the other good comic strip in OH... was
created by Hope, who is also the editor of the 'magazine.'
Once again a ringer of a strip as far as the sketching is con
cerned is spoiled by a story line just doesn't cut it. After the
first few panels, "Agent Street" will lose the reader's inter
est. This is a huge disappointment given that it is the last
comic strip in the 'mag' and therefore the last chance for salvation.
The women behind OH... had their hearts in the right
place. They are right, what women need is a comic book created for them by other women. A sort of reassurance that
women can work in an industry that has, since the beginning
and to this day, been male dominated in both creation and
consumption. They just need to find some good writers to really get this magazine off the ground.
OH... misses what women want in a comic book specially
created for them. Face it, women read comics for the same reason that men do: for the action, the adventure and heck, even
the violence. If women want to see love stories between two
women, they'll go out and rent a flick.
With huge adjustments made to the plots and the continuation
of great art, perhaps with time OH... may actually come to be a
comic book worth the $4.95 that it costs.♦
Bowled 0V6r bV diSCO    Mayhem a perscnvition for mediocrity
\w B. Steven Mohnarke ments and overused statistics that
Glow in the Dark Bowling
Varsity Ridge Lanes
by Carol Yang
Have you ever heard of "glow in the
dark bowling?" It's a new trend and
it's hitting Vancouver in a big way.
Varsity Ridge Lanes is a brand
new five-pin bowling club which
features this fantastic concept. Glow
blowing, also known as "Cosmic,
laser, extreme or rock n' roll
bowling," is bowling to music with
disco lights, under black lights
which creates a fluorescent glow-setting.
Bowlers of all ages, but especially
young people, will love this upcoming trend. The price is reasonable, the music is good, and it is
easy to bowl. And yes, you can actually see the pins and balls under
the black light. In fact, they have different glow in the dark colours,
which makes an awesome fluorescent setting and slightly silly atmosphere.
Glow bowling is cheapest on
Wednesdays between 4pm and
5:30 pm and Saturdays from
5:30pm to 7:00pm. It also runs on
Friday and Saturday from 10:30pm
to 12:30am. Shoe rental is included
in the price, and discounts are available for booking a complete lane (maximum
six to a lane).
Glow in the dark bowling is great fun
between friends or families. It sort of fuses
the best of dancing and of bowling.Everyone
who has not yet tried glow in the dark bowling should quickly do so. It really is a cool up
coming trend. ♦
B. Steven Mohnarke
A Prescription for Mayhem
[Striking Impressions]
B. Steven Mohnarke is a firm believer
in legalising drugs, but he also fears
this change will leave the country in a
state of emergency. Still he wants his
country implement this legalisation,
despite the chaos that would follow.
He says the problem needs to be
dealt with head on, before America
sinks to the pitiful level he describes in
his futuristic story, A Prescription for
The America his book describes is
sick. Gangs are rampant, drugs everywhere, unemployment at record highs,
everything is produced overseas, there
is astronomical national debt, and the
economy is bankrupt. And the only
answer his fictional government can
come up with to solve these problems
is to legalize all drugs.
Mohnarke's book, despite being fictional, is very politically motivated. His
motivation for writing the novel is simply stated in his afterword: "I asked
myself how the drug problem could be
solved." Legalisation, he reasoned, is
the only answer and a novel was born.
A Prescription for Mayhem is a fairly easy read, It follows the lives of several characters as their country legislates the legalisation of drugs. The
effect this has on their lives is amusing,
and frightening, but hardly informative.
The book avoids the circular argu
ments and overused statistics that
orbit around the legalisation debate, in
order to make the story readable. It is,
however, virtually devoid of valuable
insight. Mohnarke set his story in the
year 2035, so he tactfully side-steps
any need to consult actual social facts
and trends. He invents a social chaos
that fits his needs.
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In the publisher's note at the beginning of this very marginal short fiction,
it says, "that Mr. Mohnarke has stated
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UBC KilKam Teaching Prizes
Once again, the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through
the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be
selected in the Faculty of Arts for 1998.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of
teaching at UBC. The three years include 1997-98.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels;
introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any
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CO FISH Steve Howitt tries to get a handle on the puck, richard lam photo
Buffalo wings beat 'Birds
by Wolf Depner
Just when you thought the men's hockey team had turned lhe corner, they
dropped three points to the lowly
Manitoba Bisons on home ice this
Friday night, the Birds lost 4-2 and
could only manage a 4-4 tie Saturday.
Both nights, UBC led after two periods and both nights, UBC let it slip away.
This is starting to become a disturbing trend for UBC, now 4-5-1 on the
sesason. In nine of ten games, UBC
either led or were tied heading into "ihe
third period, but lost four of those
games. This weekend UBC was undone
byuntimely penalties.
"That is completely under our control and won't be tolerated," said a visibly upset Mike Coflin, UBC head coach,
after Saturday's game that featured a
grand total of 32 penalties.
What won't be tolerated are penalties like thtise taken by right winger
Corey Stock. He spent the latter part of
Saturday's third period riding the
bench after taking a cross-checking
penalty that resulted in Bison Dorin
Miller tying the game at 3-3 midway
through the third period. 'It cost us a
goal," a frustrated Stock admitted.
Loui Mellios scored on a breakaway
at 16:28 ofthe third period to give UBC
the lead again. But Manitoba's Pryce
Wood tied the game on the powerplay
at 18:56 after UBC's Troy Dalton was
called for using an illegally curved
stick. .Although overtime settled nothing, UBC dominated the extra five minutes and were unlucky not come away
with a better result.
Stock's undisciplined play also hurt
the team Friday night. With UBC leading 2-1 early third period, he was sent
to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct
and felt jiffed by the referee who in
Stock's opinion failed to call a highstick
against Manitoba's Scott Stephenson.
Manitoba made the Birds pay, tying
the game on the ensuing powerplay.
Bird Droppings
The men's basketball split (gasp) two
games against the Saskatchewan
Huskies. The Birds won Friday night,
but dropped Saturday's game 7&74
despite Nino Sose scoring 22 points.
Qe. the women'8 side, Jessica Mills
pumped in 2 2 points also in Saturday's
close 61-59 loss. The women's team
opened the season with a win against
the Huskies Friday night. The Birds are
home this weekend to take on the
Calgaiy Dinos, November 21 and 22.
Games start at 6:15 and 7:45 War
Memorial Gym.
Manitoba then scored twice within
ninety seconds to make a winner out of
goalie Jason Genik who stopped 49
shots. Dave Trofimenkoff stopped 19
shots in the loss.
"I don't think Corey had a great
weekend," said Coflin. "As with most of
our senior players on our team, he has
a responsibility to demonstrate winning habits. He'd be first to admit that
he didn't do that this weekend. The rest
of it remains between him and me."
Coflin also has grounds to be upset
with Stock's point production. Stock
has only three points—two goals and
one assist—over the first ten games.
Project these numbers over an entire
28-game schedule and Stock could possibly finish the season with nine points.
That won't happen, but Stock will have
a hard time reaching last year's team-
leading total of 29.
Coflin moved Stock to a different
line tills weekend to get him going
offensively, but it didn't help as Stock
was held pointless for the fourth game
in a row.
"I'm struggling right now. I'm working hard, but I'm not getting anything
to show for it," said Stock. "Everybody
goes through a down period and I have
been going through for it for quite
some while."
Stock and the Birds will look to get
back on track against the still winless
Regina Cougars this weekend. "They
are...desperate for a win," said Coflin.
"That will be a real test"
.And one the Birds can't fail if they
want to make the playoffs.
While Stock admitted this weekend
may have been a set back on the road
towards the playoffs, he said the team
is still in a really good position.
"It's just matter of putting it all
together," Stock said. "I guarantee you
we're going to be a really good team
and we're going to be hard to beat. But
success doesn't come over night."
Nor does it come when you beat
Men's Volleyball;
The Birds swept lhe Victoria Vikes
this weekend to improve to 6-2 on
the   season.   Saturday   night,   Sean
Warnes had 16 kills and 16 digs while
Mike Dalziel was named player of die
UBC Thunderbirds vs Ottawa Gee-Gees
in Vanier Cup @ Toronto Skydome
Saturday 11:00 AM on TSN
Home Opener versus Calgaiy Dinosaurs,
November 21 and 22 Women' 6:15,-'
Men* 7:45
swims away with Colleges Cup
by Bruce Arthur
Talk about drowning out the competition. The UBC
swim team sent ripples across the landscape of
Canadian swimming this weekend by dominating
the third annual Aquafins Colleges' Cup held at the
UBC Aquatic centre.
Hosting Simon Fraser, Victoria, Alberta,
Calgary, and two teams from the University of
Washington, the Birds gave little quarter, winning
both the men's and women's competition.
In doing so, UBC sent a clear message to the rest
of the CIAU this weekend.
"The first test is always important—it can set the
tone one way or the other for the whole season,"
said head coach Tom Johnson. "We're trying to
make this meet so good that [CIAU opponents]
can't afford not to be here."
The meet did indeed outdo last year's. A star-
ding 27 of the 34 existing meet records fell. UBC
broke a total of 23.
The men's team—national silver medalists the
past two years—easily lapped CIAU champions
Calgary Dinos, outpointing them 501-464.
"We figure it's time we won, and that's been
what we've been working towards since the first
day I got here," said Johnson. "With three second-
place national finishes in the 90's, it's really time
to step up and go to that next level, and I think
we've got the team to do that."
Mark Versveld, Greg Hamm, Brent Sallee,
Dustin Hersee, and Kevin Johns led the men,
demonstrating that they can take that last, long
Before Friday's closing 400 metre freestyle
relay, Johnson exhorted his A team of Hamm,
Johns, Hersee, and Steele to make a statement.
"Let's show everyone across the nation who's
going to win the title this year," he shouted. "Let's
close it out!"
The  quartet proceeded to  smash the meet
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record, set last year by Calgary, by a whopping two
The women's team was just as good and dominated. The Birds, coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish at the CIAU nationals last year
after three straight national titles, outpointed the
Washington A team 501-464.
"The women are starting to feel like they maybe
have the makings of a championship team," said
Sarah Evanetz and Glencora Maughn led the
women's team as they combined for seven individual wins and eight relay victories—neither lost a
race all weekend.
Katie Brambley and Kelly Doody also had
notable performances.
This meet certainly showed that UBC's swim
teams are both well-stocked with the talent to
win at the nationals this year, and Johnson knows
"[We're] looking very strong, and I think there's
more there. The number of meet records set, and
the domination of the program, both men and
women—that's what I'm looking for,"  said
Johnson with a smile.
If all goes well, UBC's performance this weekend may cause more than just ripples—it may be
the first sign of making championship waves.♦
"[We're] looking very
strong, and I think
there's more there.
The number of
meet records set,
and the domination
of the program, both
men and women—that's
what I'm looking for."
—Tom Johnson
Head coach
Perfect Birds surprise everyone but themselves
by Wolf Depner
When the women's volleyball season started, few
thought UBC would be 8-0 and rank second in the
second nation...but they are.
First-year head coach Errninia Russo certainly
didn't expect her team to start the season undefeated. "But," she said, "I thought we'd do well. I
think some people may have underestimated us
because of the players we lost. "
Only two starters from last year's team that finished second in the nation reported back in
September. A third one, Jo-Ann Ross, is with the
national team and won't rejoin UBC until early
1998. Until then Russo will have to make due with
a team featuring five rookies and only six players
with any kind of Canadian university volleyball
(UBC had seven until veteran Melanie Griswold
left the team two weeks ago for health reasons, but
Russo said she'll mostly likely be back within three
to four weeks)
Make no mistake—the new faces are not out of
place. Cathy Chiang has stepped in nicely for
Griswold over the past four games and Leah
Allinger, a power hitter, has shown huge potential.
But coventional wisdom says a team with so
many changes will find it hard to establish an identity, never mind win eight straight games. So what
One obvious reason for the team's success is
Russo. A former Olympian and UBC player, Russo
spent last year as an assistant to former head coach
Doug Reimer, now head coach of the national
team. She is more vocal than Reimer used to be
and lets players know when they mess up.
"She's tough, but I respect that because I
thought that is what we needed more of last year.
Sometimes we would [just] rest on our laurels,"
said second-year power hitter Sarah Maxwell, last
year's Canada West rookie of the year.
"She knows how to get us going," added middle
Janna Lunam.
KEEP IT UP Izabela Rudol and the 'Birds are undefeated after sweeping Victoria this weekend, richard lam photo
While not taking anything away from Russo,
Reimer's impressive legacy has been another reason for the team's success. When he arrived at UBC
three years ago, he found a team reeling from an
emotionally draining 1-15 season. The team lacked
proper coaching and some players were pointing
fingers at then head coach Colleen Jackson or at
each other.
Reimer instilled his young team with much-
needed confidence and put in a brand new offensive system, a system Russo continues to use. "Why
change a good thing," Russo said with a smile.
Reimer also used his reputation as a coaching
genius to recruit some of the best young players in
the country like Maxwell and third-year power hitter Barb Bellini.
Both players are big reasons for Bird's surprising start. Maxwell leads the Canada West in kills
while Bellini is a close second. But Russo is not
totally satisfied with the way her team is playing.
"Yeah, we got some pretty good ppwerhitters,
but we need a lot more than that. We really do," she
What this team has to do is avoid games like
Friday's against Victoria. After winning the first
two sets in easy fashion, the Birds struggled in the
third, allowing Victoria to stay in the game.
The set was tied at eight before UBC notched six
straight to lead 14-8. Game over right? Wrong!
Victoria rallied to win 17-15 in extra points, extending the match into a fourth set and prompting
Russo to fume like a tobacco lobbyist.
"We were tentative," said
Maxwell of UBC's play in the third
set. They also served poorly and
not just in the third set.
"There are times to get an ace
and then there are times to get
the ball into play," said Maxwell.
"Some of these girls don't [know
that]. That's just a learning thing...
knowing how to win." They knew
how to win the final set, annihilating Victoria by a 15-2 score in less
than twenty minutes. While Russo
took the win, she was not too happy
with the team's sloppy play.
"We've got to be better than we
have been the last two weekends,"
Russo said.
Indeed they have to when they
take on the Saskatchewan Huskies,
a much improved team. While
nobody will publicly admit it, one
factor behind the team's success
has been a soft schedule. Playing
Saskatchewan will be the measuring stick for the Birds.
Arid another big test will be
against top-ranked Manitoba at the season's end.
But by then UBC will have welcomed back Ross. A
superb hitter and blocker, Ross will take pressure
off Maxwell and Bellini around the net.
"I think it has worked out well that we're playing Manitoba late," said setter Jay-Anne Major.
"We'll have Jo back and hopefully by then, we'll
be a lot more consistent [and] a lot more confident."
But Russo wants consistency now and made that
point Friday night during a fifteen minute long
team meeting.
Players, it seems, have picked up on the message. Said Lunam: "It's good to come out with the
win, but it's not good enough for the rest of the season. It will take more."-* STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
student  input  makes  it  happen
The AMS celebrated its 82nd Birthday and the 75th Anniversary of the Great
Trek on October 28th by blowing out the candles on the cake below.  The festivities included a display the history of the AMS and UBC, as well as a special tribute to
Pictured from left to right.  Standing.  Michelle O'Neill AMS Communications Coordinator,  Larry Ho-Assistant to
the AMS President.  Front row   Three students at large, Shrin Foroutan-AMS External Affairs, Jennie Chen-AMS
Director of Administration, Vivian Hoffmann-AMS Director of Finance, and Ed Yeung-AMS External Commission.
It is no surprise that in a community of over 30 000 people, student opinion will vary
across the spectrum. APEC is no exception. In particular it is an event that has sparked
various opinions, many of which are odds with each other. At every concievable level in
the society, students have a right to voice their opinions. There are students and student
groups who oppose APEC just as there are students and student groups alike who support
APEC. Being aware of this, the AMS has been asked the following question:
The AMS has been asked why it didn't take a position on APEC?
In fact we did take a position.
As part of our mission statement we have pledged to "foster communication, both internally and externally, in order to be democratic, fair, accountable to, and accessible" to our
members. Given the division of opinion among our membership, and given the obvious
significance and importance of an APEC debate, the AMS chose to support both our
mandate and freedom of expression. We chose to be facilitators. We directed resources
towards the Asia Pacific Student Summit which allowed students to come together to
discuss, debate, to share ideas and opinions, and most importantly to listen to what each
other had to say. The various subjects covered by the Summit included: Business, Culture, Human Rights, the Environment, and Canada and the Asia Pacific.
What better a venue to debate controversial issue than an academic campus? And in
keeping with our charge to "encourage free and open debate, as well as respect for differing views," we have done just that as facilitators.
For more information on APEC, contact the Coordinator of External Affairs 822-2050.
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Christmas Gift Fair
17-28th 9:00-5:00pm
The Official Turning on Ceremony
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Woo Yuen Pah, Asia Pacific Foundation
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122-1961, or email comco@ams.ubc.ca.i THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1997 ,
Collins: martyrdom denied
by Stanley L Tromp
You maybe sick of hearing ofthe Doug Collins human rights tribunal case, and
who could blame you? Yet the abstract matter of censorship is so vital that we
needn't regret that it was forced to a real, inescapable point
The facts of the case are familiar: Section 2 (1993) of the BC Human Rights
Act permits citizens to apply for a "remedy" if a person prints material that is
likely to expose a person or group to hatred or contempt based on their "race,
ancestry, place of origin, religion marital status family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age."
Under this law, the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) filed a complaint against
Collins' 1994 op ed on Steven Spielberg's Schindler's IJst (which he hadn't
seen). Therein, Collins bellowed the discredited drivel that the Holocaust was
grossly inflated by Jewish-controlled American media to extract reparation payments from Germans.
Last week in a surprise ruling, Nitya Iyer, a UBC law professor and human
rights tribunal chair stated that although Collins' piece was "nasty and anti-
Semitic," it did not itself express "hatred and contempt" towards Jews and so it
was permissible. (Yet she implied the column came perilously close, for it could
induce "hatred and contempt" in some readers.)
Still, Iyer upheld the constitutionality of the NDFs law. This leaves Collins'
publisher, the North Shore News resolving to overturn Section 2 in Supreme
Firstly, I think the BC law
was redundant because the
hate literature provision of the federal Criminal Code is adequate for the task
Secondly, any person exposed to hatred has access to the libel court - just as
Collins, the so called champion of press freedom, has sued papers which have
criticised him. If a columnist wants to call me a pinheaded Bolshevist sodomite,
I'm free to seek recompense if I consider it defamatory (and presumably inaccurate).
The NDP law, although a well-meaning attempt to heal the very real pain of
some minority readers, is vaguely worded. For example, if you casually wrote
that this rolumnist's article is the usual racist garbage one would expect from an
old British white male, then under the statute the columnist could seriously
demand a Human Rights ruling, saying you'd exposed him to hatred on four
grounds: age (old), national origin (British), race (white) and sex (male). Is this the
consequence the NDP had hoped for? One begins to see that if we take away
Collins' freedom we take away our own too.
In John Stuart Mill's fabled Marketplace of Ideas, false opinions are eventually corrected by truth, which emerges stronger for the ordeal (as here). But it
would still be barbarous to permit unlimited free speech, as virtually exists in the
United States. If a writer were to advocate genocide or other active persecution
of a group, this would fall under the Criminal Code, but such is obviously not
Collins' intent
The NDP may imagine that most newspaper readers are not strong enough
to withstand offensive speech or bright enough to dispute it It's an absurdly
paternalistic assumption, and I believe that even many children are more able
to handle moral complexity than they're given credit for.
As Oscar Wilde put it, "There is only one thing worse than being talked about,
and that is not being talked about" A bigot doesn't care if he gets bad publicity
only no publicity. If not for this case, the article would be long forgotten, recycled
into pulp or rotted at the bottom of a garbage can where it always belonged.
Importantly, Collins gloated that the case gave him a wider platform thanks
to the "idiocies" of the CJC and tlie provincial government So thousands of
words were produced in news stories, TV and radio talks shows, a Saturday
Night cover piece, and this newspaper.
Months ago I agreed with the CJC complaint without much thought, but then
I slowly and painfully turned around. Who wants the grotesque (and boring)
spectacle of his holocaust-denying bulldog face glaring at us from atop a Joan of
Arc flaming pyre, as his followers wail and vow eternal retribution? ("Yes, he
died for your sins.") lhe result of this small victory for common sense is that
Collins craved martyrdom and we denied it to him.
StanfyLTromp graduated bom UBC with a degree in Political Science
Don't buy into the sellout—or sell your soul
In January of this year, Prime Minister Jean Chretien began the third year* of his
mandate by announcing that it was the Year of Asia Pacific. Prosperity in trade
for Canada as for all countries is a good thing. However, the problems to watch
out for are of vital importance to us all: violations of human rights and environmental standards are possible and in fact encouraged in an international
market that lacks coherent enforceable international regulation on these matters. As John Ralston Saul notes in his Governor General's Literary Award winning book The Unconscious Civilization, the sequence of international trade
agreements that have come into being over the last few years can be paralleled
with agreements on job equality and social standards. Such a globalised market without globalised business standards inevitably sees companies exploiting
third world workers and environments. Soon, all companies have to compete
with Nike running shoes manufactured by 18 year old women in Indonesia
making less than two dollars an hour.
Also watch out for the misinformed or ill-thought notion
that ever increasing consumption is desirable or even possible. According to William Rees, Professor and Director of the School
Community and Regional Planning at UBC, if world wide consumption went
up to the level of the average North Amercian, it would take three planets like
earth to physically sustain this level of consumption.
In this frenzy of global trade liberalization, let's not sell our souls and let's
not sell our planet Putting money matters over human rights and the environment is utter folly. Right along side the trade agreements, we need agreements on the environment and human rights.
Jessica Woolliams is an Arts Undergrad
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November 18, 1997 • volume 79 issue 20
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Richelle Rae
Wolf Depner
Jamie Woods
Richard Lam
Federico Barahona
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper ofthe University of British Columbia. It
is published every Tuesday and Friday by
The Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically
run student organisation, and all students
are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP'S guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The
Ubyssey is the property of The Ubyssey
Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein
cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone
number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year
and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off
at the editorial office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300
words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by
Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given
to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time senstitive. Opinion
pieces will not be run until the identity of the
writer has been verified.
Editorial Office
Room 241K, Student Union Building,
6138 Student Union Boulevard,
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Afshin Mehin
lnce upon a time, a giri named Sarah Galashan
;icovered that she had wasted away her life in
lhe Ubyssey office working with the likes of
'Yuthia Lee, Wolf Depner and Bruce Arthur,
i.ralizing that she had no normal friends and that
her chances of meeting that special someone
were dwindling the longer she worked at
Ubyssey, Sarah asked Stanley tromp and Jessica
Woolliams for advice. They both agreed that good
journalism was better solace than a good.... She
then asked Carol Yang and Tom Peacock only to
be answered with stunned silence. Marina
Antunnes had an idea, but it was quickly rejected
as Sarah didn't like how Andy Barham looked in
lederhosen. Jamie Tong, who looked just line in
lederhosen, was little help as she was helping
Richelle Rae look for that perfect low maintenance pet Joe Clark was only too eager to help,
but he was occupied watching Federico Barahona
and Todd Silver battle it out to see who really was
King of the Titans. Jamie Woods, Richard Lam
and Jerome Yau came up with the perfect match.
But alas, Douglas Quan died in a masthead long
Welcome to
General Suharto
Way to keep workers in line, Suharto
You've all read about Suharto, the Indonesian
President who came to power in a 1965 coup
that killed a million people. Who ten years
later colonised East Timor and killed a third
of the population. Who last year clamped
down on pro-democracy protests and charged
labour leader Muchtar Pakpahan with subversion. Who in thirty-two years of power has
amassed a family fortune of $30 billion.
So an editorial on the man may seem a little redundant. We all know he's guilty.
But let's explore something else. Like why
the Canadian government is so keen to keep
him happy.
For the past 20 years, while imposing sanctions on South Africa and speaking out
against Nigeria's military regime, Canada has
been strangely silent about Indonesia. From
Trudeau to Chretien, Canadian Prime
Ministers have instead chosen to adhere to a
policy of 'constructive' engagement.
In bureaucratese, that means trading with
Suharto to expose him to the ways of a healthy
democracy. The idea being that maybe that
way he'll loosen up a little.
The idea hasn't exactly worked, of course.
The 300 protesters killed at the 1991 Dili
massacre would attest to that (if they could).
But constructive engagement never did
have a heck of a lot to do with democracy. It
has more to with keeping your eighth biggest
trade partner happy. After all, it's not every
day you can find a market for armoured personnel cars and military helicopters, and placate your arms manufacturers in the process.
It's a shame, because Canada could do
something truly constructive when Suharto
lands at Vancouver International. Our government could arrest him as a war criminal.
As someone who's committed crimes
against humanity, Suharto could be tried in a
Canadian court, under Canadian law.
Under war crimes legislation, Hitler would
have been put away by a Canadian court.
But the Holocaust hit a lot closer to home.
A lot of Canadians were affected, either direct
ly through murdered family members, or
indirectly through a media blitz.
Meanwhile, there are only about ten
Timorese in Canada. And about ten million
Canadians who wouldn't work for the $2 a
day paid to the Indonesians who make their
running shoes.
Indonesia's dictatorship has remained on
the back burners of Canadian political and
journalistic debate because Suharto doesn't
rock the diplomatic boat. Maybe if he nationalised some Canadian mines, our Foreign
Affairs Department might find it more useful
to concentrate on his abuses.
It's going too far to say that Johnny Canuck
is to blame for the fact that Suharto won't be
arrested in Vancouver. But we should keep in
mind that as long as we want to enjoy a First
World lifestyle, we'll need a Third World
labour pool to provide our goods on the
cheap. For the time being, a dictator like
Suharto makes the perfect cop to keep those
workers in line.-*
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Campus bike patrol
reductions, a concern
It has come to my attention that the
UBC Campus Security Bike Patrol
has been drastically reduced in
number and force this fall. This
should be of great concern to everyone on this campus. Since 1992
the Bike Patrol has had a staff of
10-14 riders, patrolling day and
night. Currently there are 3 riders.
There has been no explanation to
the campus population regarding
this reduction in security, nor has
there been any announcement of
an increase in security in other
ways to cover this reduction. My
guess is that there is more 'walking
One of the biggest assets of the
Bike Patrol is its ability to respond
quickly to emergencies anywhere
on campus. With these recent cuts
response time is dramatically
reduced—the difference between
rurming to an emergency is obvious. The efficiency of the Bike
Patrol also ensures that more of
the campus is being patrolled regularly. As a full-time student on this
campus I want to know that the
environment is the safest and most
secure possible, for myself and
everyone. This reduction of bike
patrollers does not assure me that
this is the case. In fact, with bikes
sitting idle, it dismisses our safety.
I am requesting Campus
Security to re-think the reasons for
reducing the Bike Patrol and to reassign cyclists to the full patrol
number. Why not use all the tools
and methods available to patrol
such a large campus? Why should
bikes sit while cyclists walk?
Heather Cunningham
Law 1
No hate campaigns
on campus
If you didn't know, now you know.
A few miles away on the other side
of Vancouver, Burnaby to be exact,
hate literature was rearing its ugly
head all over the campus.
Literature in the form of racist ideology was being passed around an
institute of higher learning much
like our very own.
The Heritage Front,  a white
supremacist organisation was
making its racist ideology and presence known all over the campus of
Simon Fraser University. This
organisation may attempt to act in
a "professional" manner—being
polite, not obstructing students-
yet their message seethes with
hate. If this organisation or any
other perpetuating ill-prepared ideologies of supremacy appears on
our campus—the student body, if
no other organisation, must act.
As students of an institution of
higher learning, we should keep
our campus free of any kind of literature that stresses the supremacy of any group over another. If our
campus becomes the target of the
Heritage Front's racist ideology,
Color Connected believes that we,
as students, should form a united
front to come together to oppose
any such literature from being
spread on our campus. Opposition
to this racist campaign maybe conducted by making posters that
clearly state that hate groups such
as the Heritage Front are not welcome to our university; or simply
not accepting any ofthe hate literature that may be distributed. The
Heritage Front, as an organisation.
tries to present one from of discourse, however, the best way to
challenge this is to rise above the
Confrontation with any hate
organisation on campus should be
conducted in a rational, intellectual
manner. We as an educated mass
should not fall suseptible to the
emotional tendencies of the
moment. This racist organisation
cloaks its hate beneath the thinly
veiled guise of free speech. The
only wa}* to confront an organisation of hate is to challenge them
rationally of their ideology.
This perspective is a call for
action against the ideology of a
supremacist organisation, not
against the individuals themselves,
Thus together, we can work in the
spirit of unity to stop the spread of
hate literature on our campus, if
for some unfortunate reason any
organisation such as the Heritage
front decides to pay a visit to our
Erom the voices
of Color Connected
more letters next page THE UBYSSEY • TUBtW, NOVEMWR18. 1997
APEC Alert hippies
and beatnicks run
It seems there is a growing
threat plaguing our campus; a
threat more terrifying than cold
war-era communism and a hell
of a lot more dangerous than the
mass murderers... uh, I mean
misunderstood leaders who'll be
joining us a week from now.
This threat I speak of is none
other than that band of whining
hippies, APEC Alert (picture
those two words in a drippy-letter, slayer album cover-type font
to get the desired effect).
Over the past couple of
months, APEC Alert have been
causing nothing but trouble for
the tuition-paying customers of
UBC. From soiling our campus
with those ridiculous red and
green circles to posting big ol'
nasty swear words where our
tender eyes can see them, these
"beatniks" have caused nothing
but dismay for the campus population. Well, this shameless
tomfoolery has got to stop! It's
all fun n games until someone
loses an eye.
Who knows what these mani
acs will come up with next?
Hockey games, water-soluble
chalk, I imagine our beloved
president, Muffy Piper, has better things to think about. She
must have been traumatised
when she found out that this
group of stick-wielding thugs, all
ruddy-faced with mouths a'
frothin' painted 'grafitti" on her
brand new atrium. Hell, I'll bet
poor Muffy damn near wet her
bioomers. APEC Alert's "cruel"
and "brutal' strong-arm tactics
must not continue.
Lord knows, our good friend,
the police, have more important
work to do than chase around
this "motley crew." The boys m
blue could be out ticketing jaywalkers or confiscating contraband donuts rather than dealing
with these deranged whiners. I
encourage the RCMP to crack
down on these ragged hooligans
so we won't risk emoarassing
the 18 benevolent men joining
us for lunch.
Who's heading APEC Alert
anyway? Satan. They probably
all smoke drugs and beat up
senior citizens. Hopefully, officer Plante and his crew will take
care of this evil menace so the
"business leaders can get down
to business." Maybe next time,
Muffy can have Clifford Olson
and Terry Driver over for tea
(engage them and they'll turn
good). Let's hope that by then
those savages in APEC Alert wil
be locked up and unabie to
intimidate our precious
princess... uh, I mean president,
PS—Please note the sarcasm
Gabby Resch
International Relations 3
Apec Alert
Technology cripples
UBC library system
This is a letter born of frustration with the UBC library system
and its crippling addiction to
technology. The tale of woe
begins in the MacMillan Library',
where I was seeking a course
reserve reading. Upon presenting the title, author, date of publication, subject and tne course-
number for with it was reserved;
1 was told that a call numoer was
reouired to facilitate retrieval. I
knew the system was currently
down, but resolutely tried again.
Still the system lay dormant. I
returned to the desk and
explained to the attendant that I
needed this book and surely he
could find it in the small room
lor coursp reserves. He told me
that despite all offered iniorma
tion, a call numoer was required
and checked the still dead server. I asked if there was a back up
system lor such an occasion. He
said no. I asked him what he did
when the server went down. He
said nothing—but then went on
to explain how much space this
amazing new computer system
was saving. Apparently, in the
library's haste to to embrace
technology's latest version ofthe
bell and whistle, competent,
knowledgeable employees capable of providing simple human
services (such as looking for a
book in a small ordered reserve
collection) have been shelved
themselves. I remain amazed
and frustrated with a horary that
should ideally be the pinnacle of
academic archiving. Instead, it
has evolved into a space saving
tomb of paid "do-nothings' vitally dependent upon some nebulous entity called a server.
David White
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by William Shakespeare
i 5-22 Nov,  1997
Frederic Wood Theatre 7:30 PM
by John-Marc Oalpe
19 Nov - 22 Nov
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at the Cultch
Nov. 14-29
by Jaime Tong
The Weekend Healer is a play that
grabs you by the neck the minute you
sit down and doesn't let you take a
breath until the lights go down.
The plot is uncomplicated, but the
characters are complex. The story
revolves around a mother and son visiting his grandmother for the first time
in five years. After the visit they are
reminded of why they don't visit her
more often. When Lindalou (the mother) and Betina (the grandmother)
aren't arguing, they're flinging insults
and putting each other down. The tension between daughter and mother
escalates when Lindalou's son, Curtis,
fails to return after stepping out to pick
up some cigarettes. The remainder of
the play looks at how the two very different women deal with the frightening
reality that Curtis might not return
alive. .Amidst the coping mechanisms
of constant drinking by Lindalou,
denial and compulsive house cleaning
by Betina, the play reveals Lindalou's
memory of abuse suffered at the hand
of her father, obliterating Betina's fragile construction of her world.
Canadian playwright, Bryden
Macdonald (Whale Riding Weather)
presents a tight, well written script
sprinkled with humour, anger and sadness. The ensemble cast: Meredith
Bain Woodward (the grandmother),
Beverly Elliot (the daughter), and Bob
Frazer (the grandson), work their
magic and bring out the subtleties of
the characters, making them very real
and uncomfortably believable.
The set recreates a suburban home,
complete with a central living room, a
patio, and upstairs bedrooms. The way
the characters move in this space adds
another layer to their personalities and
what they are already saying. The
music and lighting design are excellent. Both cooperate to create an eerie
sense of impending doom without
overpowering the actors and script.
The piano music that bridges between
scenes is well chosen and evocative of
the emotions still hanging in the air. In
addition to the use of light to illuminate
the stage, pools of colour are also used
to simulate sunsets upstage, and symbolically to wash the background in
blood red after Lindalou pronounces, "I
smell blood like a pig to the slaughter".
The intimacy of the Vancouver East
Cultural Centre truly enhances the
uncomfortable intimacy of the play.
The audience is sitting as little as five
feet away; close enough to smell the
cigarettes and the furniture polish, and
close enough to be hit with the powerful performances and images. Brace
yourself and go see The Weekend
Healer before it moves on.*
Profitable beat
beat prophets [Select]
"When the sky falls'" you can bet the beat prophet's brand
of hard-hitting power pop had something to do with it By
combining influences as diverse as Tom Petty and Neil
Young with Pink Floyd (imagine what "Down By the River"
would sound like if Pink Floyd had done it), and infusing
the result with the rougher sounds of the 90s, these guys
have put together one tough little CD.
It ain't all sweetness and light, however; there are a couple of dud tracks thrown in to balance out the good stuff.
"Monkey Boy," for example is a rather mundane hard rock
number which could have been culled from the 70s without anyone noticing its absence.
On the other hand, there are some truly inspired tunes
that more than make up for the odd lacklustre effort. The
opener "Sky Falls," the third track "Falling", as well as track
six "Don't Look Down" rock like Lloyd Cole on speed! This
is ultimate power pop with an edge. Let's face it popular
music should always sound this damned good!
When the sky falls for the beat prophets, it does so with
an admirable level of talent and ability much to be commended in this age ofthe self produced CD.-*
■Andy Barham
An Open Letter to UBC Students
from The Thunderbird Shop
As you may be aware, after 25 years, the Alma Mater Society has refused to renew or renegotiate a new lease with The Thunderbird Shop. As things stand now, The
Thunderbird Shop will have to vacate the premises by April 30, 1998.
We feel it's important that you know:
Over the last five years, The Thunderbird Shop has generated in excess of $62,000 per year in rent to the Alma Mater Society. Risk free. This is in
excess of $60 per square foot in rent, and is comparable to rents paid in Oakridge Shopping Centre and Robson Street.
The Thunderbird Shop generates in excess of $1,000 a month in Licensing Revenue for UBC for the use ofthe Trademark and School Crests.
The Thunderbird Shop provides price-conscious competition to the UBC Bookstore.
The Thunderbird Shop hires students, providing them with valuable work experience and income.
For 25 years, The Thunderbird Shop has always been there for our customers, continuously endeavouring to provide our customers with friendly
service, offering good quality products at reasonable prices.
At The Thunderbird Shop, we have always prided ourselves on our involvement with the many UBC clubs, groups, organizations, and charities that
we've assisted. We are especially proud of our efforts on behalf of Variety Club and the children of BC, for whom we've raised over $14,000 in the past
seven years.
If you believe The Thunderbird Shop is a valuable and valued member ofthe campus community, please take a moment to voice your opinion to the Alma Mater
Society. The AMS President is Ryan Davies, and he has invited your comments. His phone number is 822-3972 and his e-mail address is president(a),ams. ubc.ca.
We hope that with your support, we will be able to convince the AMS to reverse their earlier decision, and that we will be able to work with and remain an integral
part ofthe UBC community for many years to come.
Yours sincerely,
The Management and Staff of The Thunderbird Shop


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