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AMS elections get ugly
RTA, residences, and smear tactics dominate emotional campaign
by Nicholas Bradley
What began as just another issue among
many in this week's aAlma Mater Society
(AMS) elections has quickly become a
major concern for students living in campus residences, and is atthe centre of what
certain candidates believe is a concerted
campaign against them.
Two election forums held in campus residences attracted large crowds of angiy residents, leading some candidates to ask
whether the university has become
involved in the campaigning, and whether
two candidates have abused their positions
as co-presidents of a residence association.
As part of its platform, the Action Now
slate has proposed to lobby the provincial
government to include university residences under the Residential Tenancy Act
(RTA), the legislation which governs the
relationship between landlords and tenants. This lobbying would continue the
work of the current aAMS External
Commission, three members of which—
Nathan .Allen, Jon Chandler, and Erin
Kaiser—are candidates in the election.
In order to recognise the unique environment of residences, the Residential
Tenancy Act specifically excludes "a facility...owned or operated by...a university
named in the University Act* from the relevant sections of the Act
Action Now has proposed changing the
legislation to include residences in order
to give residents increased protection in
disputes with the UBC Department of
Housing and Conference, which administers campus residences. The ultimate goal,
say the candidates, is to offer residents
third-party mediation in such disputes.
But UBC Housing and various residence
associations question the wisdom of
amending the existing legislation. The
actions taken by the residence associations, meanwhile, have been called into
question—and involve rival slate Students
for Students candidates Erfan Kazemi and
Mark Fraser, who are also the co-presidents of the Place Vanier Residence
association (PVRA).
A letter dated January 4 from Mark
Crosbie, assistant to the director of housing and conferences, to members of the
Inter-Residence Council, including Kazemi
and Fraser, outlines the position taken by
the Housing office on the RTA.
'My purpose in writing this letter is to
convey the concerns of the Department of
Housing and Conferences regarding the
process being undertaken by Mr. .Allen [in
relation to the RTA]," the letter reads.
"Mr. Men and his associates are presenting their view of what students in residence need. The Department of Housing
and Conferences will present the view that
these changes are not required. It will be
up to you to inform yourself about these
issues and decide which position, if any,
you support If you do nothing then you
can be assured that Mr. Men and his associates will continue to lobby the government in the name of the students of UBC...
"A small group of individuals have
taken it upon themselves to make fundamental changes to residence life at
UBC...without consulting the University or
the Residence Councils. They have indicated that they will proceed with or without
your approval."
Crosbie confirmed that the Housing
Office does not support any proposals to
include residence under the RTA.
"Our position is that the RTA as drafted
would not be appropriate for single-student residences," he told the Ubyssey,
emphasising that despite its official stance,
the Housing Office had not given the residence associations any specific direction.
"We haven't directed anyone to take any
position. Our role as we saw it was to give
people advice on how the Act works. Our
concern was that there was a lot of information going around that was inaccurate,"
he said.
However, much of the information contained in Crosbie's letter appears in a letter that Totem Park Residence Association
(TPRA) President Josh Higgins claims was
written by Kazemi.
In early January, a letter was circulated
to the residence council presidents of
Totem Park, Place Vanier, and Fairview.
The letter provides information about the
RTA and claims that "the External
Commission made no collective consultation with Residence Association until late
Higgins said that nothing came of this
letter, however, because Gage residence
advisor and former TPRA president Amit
Taneja later sent an e-mail to the residence
association presidents that he claimed was
"phrased better" than the letter written by
"I would highly recommend turning
this letter into a three-fold pamphlet and
GIVING ONE TO EACH OF YOUR RESIDENTS," reads the e-mail, which also indicates that the individual residence councils would be responsible for the costs of
photocopying the leaflets.
The attached text served as a draft for
brochures made by the residence associations. Taneja designed the template for the
brochure, whose production costs were
paid for by the individual residence associations and which was distributed door-to-
door in various residences.
The question of whether the pamphlets
FACING THE CROWD: Action Now candidates Nathan Allen and Erin Kaiser speak out about
the RTA at a candidates' forum held last night at Totem Park residence, tara westover photo
are campaign materials is not covered
under AMS Code—however, it is possible
that since the PVRA paid for the pamphlets, the cost could count towards the
campaign spending limit of Vanier co-
Presidents Fraser and Kazemi. Code specifies that candidates can only spend $200
each on the election.
But Chandler still thinks that there have
been problems in the running of this election.
"I think they're abusing their positions,"
he said of Kazemi and Fraser.
"The best thing [Kazemi] could have
done is step away from this, say 'I'm running in the .AMS elections; it's not appropriate for me to take a position on this
However, neither Kazemi nor Fraser
appear to be in violation of aAMS Elections
Code, which doesn't regulate outside associations.
AMS Elections Administrator
Sukhwinder Sangha said that he had not
received any formal complaints on the
matter, and so had not made any investigations, but that groups such as residence
associations were permitted to adopt a
position regarding the elections.
And Kazemi maintains that there is no
abuse of power, despite the fact that both
he and Fraser are involved both in the election and in the production of anti-RTA
"What the [Place Vanier Residence
Association] is trying to do is to increase
awareness in all the residences. I think
that in the residences students are very
capable of making up their own decision."
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Meanwhile, Action Now candidates say that they are being misrepresented in these leaflets and
in other information posted in
residence which implies that
Action Now unreservedly supports the RTA. At an elections
forum held last night at Totem
Park, Erin Kaiser, Action Now's
candidate for vice-president academic and university Affairs,
admitted that "the way the RTA is
set out right now would absolutely never work in residence."
Jon Chandler, Action Now candidate for Vice-President
External, echoed Kaiser's soft-
line stance, saying that the RTA is
merely one route to achieving
Action Now's ultimate goal of
third-party mediation, but that
they would seek other options if
students did not support the RTA.
And Action Now presidential
candidate Nathan Allen said that
it now seems as if it would be
impossible to apply the RTA to
dormitory-style residences such
as Totem and Vanier, but that
Gage and Fairview could still be
included in the Act
Allen suggested that an internal source of mediation, such as
the Senate Appeals Committee,
might be a possible alternative to
the RTA.
UBC Vice-President Students
Brian Sullivan, meanwhile, said
that he had directed Housing
staff to ensure that materials distributed in the residences was
fair and accurate.
"I've indicated...my determination to make sure we have a
level playing field here.
"Given the situation we
are in and the importance
of getting people informed
about the vote and getting
engaged, I think we'll try to
find some ways to make
sure that there is an even
flow of information all the
way around," he said.
At last night's forum,
meanwhile, Kazemi
attacked the stance on the
RTA adopted by Action
Decisions affecting residence "should be from the
residents and not from
AMS councillors," he said.
Students for Students presidential    candidate—and
current aAMS  vice-president—Maryann   Adamec
agreed, saying that "aAMS passes
a lot of policies and probably
doesn't follow through with them
in the best way possible."
Meanwhile, a series of anonymous groups have also targeted
Action Now candidates. An e-mail
message sent to roughly 1200
UBC student addresses to discourage student from voting for
Action Now. The message claims
that it was sent on behalf of "concerned students of UBC (about 53
of us," and was sent by Derek
Jones, who did not respond to the
Ubysseys request for information.
/And Stephanie Gray, the president of the campus anti-abortion
group Lifeline, circulated an e-
mail message condemning Allen,
Chandler, and Kaiser for their
roles in opposing the Genocide
Awareness Project, a radical anti-
VANIER CO-PRESIDENT: Students for Students
candidate Erfan Kazemi. tara westover photo
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brought to UBC. A different message, not from Gray, sent out on a
CollegeClub e-mail group urges
students to vote against Action
Now in order to take "a stand
against bigotry and narrowmind-
edness in elected officials."
A third message, sent from
an e-mail address registered
under the name Lori Kelly,
attacks Kaiser personally on the
basis of her sexual orientation,
calling attention to her campaign
poster reference to serving as
treasurer for Pride UBC.
aAs well, posters condemning
the Action Now slate have
appeared on campus. The
posters attack Chandler and
Kaiser specifically, and are
signed "the Trio of Trufh."*>
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Robinson fights sanctions
ROBINSON: NDP MP Svend Robinson called the Western sanctions against Iraq "genocidal." tara westover photo
 by Daliah Merzaban
Nine years after the beginning of the Persian Gulf War,
local MP Svend Robinson joined a chorus of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across Canada in
protesting the continued economic sanctions against
Robinson, who returned last Friday from a week-
long visit to Iraq, described the conditions in Iraq as
'absolutely devastating," and condemned the impact
of United Nations (UN)-imposed sanctions against
Iraq as "genocidal."
"I wasn't sure myself whether that word, which
has such a powerful reality, was appropriate in the
context of Iraq. But...having witnessed myself just
for a week the impact of this inhumane regime of
sanctions on the people of Iraq, it can only be
described as genocidal," Robinson told a crowd of
supporters at Heritage Hall Saturday.
Robinson compared a visit he made to Iraq before
the war to his recent visit Once an advanced country in terms of social indicators like health care, Iraq
was described by Robinson as a society beset by malnutrition, a lack of clean water, open sewage, high
unemployment of 50 to 70 per cent among adults,
begging children, a collapsed agricultural infrastructure, and a terrible outbreak of foot and mouth disease in animals—all of which have combined to devastate the civilian population.
Robinson added that sanctions on educational
materials have prompted a "massive brain drain"
and have led to the breakdown of the education system.
"Not even the minimum needs of the people of
Iraq can be met. The most basic needs, let alone
other needs...the infrastructure is just totally, totally
collapsing," said Robinson.
Economic sanctions have completely banned
imports to and exports from Iraq—with the exception of some humanitarian goods—since Iraq invaded and occupied neighbouring Kuwait in 1990.
Following six weeks of UN-sponsored air attacks,
beginning on January 16, 1991, Iraqi forces withdrew from Kuwait.
The UN Security Council maintained the sanctions
following the war, however, in an effort to force Iraqi
president Saddam Hussein's government to comply
with UN demands and destroy all of its weapons of mass
destruction. The sanctions are intended to continue until
all weapons of mass destruction are destroyed and
Iraq's ability to make such weapons is eliminated.
But to mark the ninth anniversary of the war, NGOs
in 15 Canadian cities, including Vancouver, set up displays on Sunday to shed light on the impact of sanctions
on the people of Iraq.
In front of the Vancouver .Art Gallery, a table with
nearly 200 dolls on top of it—representing UNICEF's
estimate of the number of children who die daily in Iraq
as a result of the sanctions—greeted passers-by with a
disturbing message.
"The sanctions are killing more than the bombs did,"
commented Irene Maclnnis, who was standing beside
another display featuring examples of embargoed items.
Maclnnis, a representative of the NGO Hands Off Iraq,
visited Iraq last April.
The NGOs condemn the sanctions as ineffectual, and
argue that the sanctions are not fulfilling their intended
purpose of impacting the government, but rather are
perpetuating the suffering of the Iraqi people.
although he agrees that it is "unquestionable" that
sanctions have hurt Iraqi people while failing to topple
the Hussein regime, UBC political science professor
Allen Sens said the issue is more complex.
While he said he would support the dropping of some
sanctions, Sens believes there are risks involved in this.
He explained that much of the official concern about
ending sanctions is that Iraq will proliferate these
weapons to terrorist groups and attempt to rebuild its military potential. In the last nine years, he says Iraq has had
a "legacy" of trying to obstruct the UN's requirements.
"The problem that people who advocate dropping the
sanctions have to ask themselves is what is their solution
then to trying to prevent Iraq from re-acquiring or
rebuilding weapons of mass destruction."
But many NGOs hold that the humanitarian suffering
should not be condoned by the Canadian government.
Yesterday, volunteers across Canada participated in a
phone-in to the offices of Canadian Foreign aAffairs
Minister Lloyd Axworthy and Prime Minister Jean
Chretien every three minutes.
Gaik Cheung Khoo, a sessional lecturer in Asian
Studies who participated in Sunday's demonstration,
explained that the calls are aimed at criticising the
Canadian government for supporting the sanctions
which she says go against Canada's humanitarian role.
"Canadians are complicitby allowing the government
to act in their name," she said.*
University of Toronto's TAs on strike
 by Richard McKergow
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-While contract negotiations between UBC teaching assistants (TaAs)
and the university continue, TAs at the
University of Toronto (U of T) are striking
after rejecting the university administration's latest offer.
Represented by the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3 902, the U of
T TAs had planned to strike after December
exams, but delayed action until the membership could vote on the offer. Mikael Swayze,
the chief union negotiator, said the union is
demanding relief from high tuition
"We want the administration to start talking specifically around the tuition or a wage
package, because money's money, so our
members don't lose money to work here,"
said Swayze, explaining why the offer was
oveiwhelmingly rejected.
Swayze noted that TAs have faced double
digit increases in tuition over the last three
years, with a $423 increase this year alone.
He said that without an accompanying wage
increase, TAs are paying the university to
work as TaAs.
"It has to be something meaningful, not
just symbolic," said Swayze.
But U of T vice-provost David Cook said
that the forum for a discussion of a tuition
waiver is not for the bargaining table, but for
the governing council itself.
"A full tuition rebate is enormously
expensive, therefore it could only be done at
the governing level," he said.
Cook also noted the fact that the university has recently set up a task force to look into
financial support in light of high tuition.
The university proposed a 2.75 per cent
raise over the first year contract and a sub
sequent two per cent raise over the second
year, one more guaranteed TA appointment
for PhD candidates and a small increase in
dental benefits.
"We are disappointed that the TaAs rejected the last offer," Cook said, adding that the
university has now given the union its highest offer.
aAlthough they have benefitted from
frozen tuition since 1996, TAs at UBC are
still looking for similar guarantees against
possible future tuition increases.
Local 2278, UBC's TA union, has been
negotiating with UBC since July, but has
not yet made an agreement on tuition
insurance. Michael Hughes, 2278 vice-
president, said the union is asking that the
new contract guarantees that tuition
remain the same throughout the term of
the contract to ensure that Tj\s do not witness the same net decrease in wages as
TAs in Ontario.
"The university's policy is that they
want tuition fees to increase, and that's
going to hurt us and that's going to hurt all
students on campus," said Hughes.
Back at U of T, the strike, which has
been on for over a week, has cancelled
over 30 classes and all labs to date. U of T
Faculty Association president Bill Graham
declared faculty support for the strike at
Toronto's Simcoe Hall last week.
"Instead of putting money into contracts
for workers at the University of Toronto, they
are putting money into their endowment
The endowment of this university is now at
$ 1.2-billion—we are the richest in Canada."
TA contract negotiations are also facing
difficulties at other Ontario universities.*
—with files from Daliah Merzaban
 by Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CITJ-Whilp TnOvrnl
Minister of Human Resources
and Development Jane Stewart
says her government recognises
the importance of a strong post-
secondary education system in
Canada, the Liberals' Mulennium
Scholarship Fund has been the
focus of heavy criticism from
some ]
"Education is certainly viewed
as ainmportantpiece of ahealthy
Canada," Stewart told the
Canadian University Press.
But she avoided commenting
on whether Canadians can count
on their education system to get
the same attention as other social
And despite Stewart's insistence that the Liberals are looking towards 'partnerships' with
the provinces, the government
has come under repeated attack
from some provinces for meddling in provincial affairs.
Stewart herself had to step in
to mediate negotiations between
the Millennium Scholarship
Foundation and the government
of Quebec, after the province
accused Ottawa of trying to control education through the scholarship program. Education
comes under provincial jurisdic
tion in Canada's constitution.
Documents obtained from the
Privy Council Office under an
Access to Information request
gave warning that there would be
opposition to the creation of the
scholarship fund.
'Provinces see themselves as
key stakeholders...and they may
seek a rolo in designing the Fund
and/or the scholarships,* slated
the Prime Minister's speaking
notes dated from late 1997 and
early 1998. "Further, to date, both
Quebec and Alberta have indicated that their share of tlie funds
should be transferred to them."
The documents indicate the
Millennium Fund would serve
to "complement" existing
provincial programs, not to
replace them, but Ottawa has
had to reconsider these earlier
It is now allowing some
provincial governments to
reduce current student aid programs, resulting in substantial
savings in the area of education
The Ontario government estimates savings of up to $90 million alter replacing part of a loan-
forgiveness program with the
new federal scholarships.
But Stewart says the Liberals
are committed to ensuring good
relations between all levels of
"There are a large number of
federal programs in the area of
education and by and large
they're well-received," she said.
"They're strong partnerships
between the government of
Canada and other leaders in their
particular domains.'
Besides the Millennium
Scholarship Fund, the minister
says Ottawa has shown its commitment to education through
initiatives like the use of
Registered Education Savings
Programs, making interest on
student loans tax deductible and
the extension of loan repayment
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Hockey Birds fit to be tied
by Sara Newham
The UBC men's hockey
team found a team with a
worse record this weekend—but the Birds still
couldn't beat them.
The Birds squared off
with the University of
Regina Cougars this past
weekend at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre. Unbelievably, the T-
Birds (3-12-1) entered the
series with a better record
than the Cougars (2-14-0),
and were thus, at least
mathematically, the
favourites. But when all was
said and done, the
Thunderbirds managed to
only to scrape together two
points, tying the Cougars 5-5
Friday and 3-3 Saturday.
"Our work ethic is pretty
consistent, [but] our decision-making and poise is
very erratic," said UBC head
coach Mike Coflin.
UBC   came   out  strong
Friday, controlling much of
the  play in the  opening
moments, and Regina barely had room to maneuver.
The Birds drew first blood
just five minutes into the
game when forward Ian
Lampshire fed a great pass
to     defenceman    Jordan
Canuel, who fired a shot
from the face-off circle past Cougar goalie Sean
Sullivan. Regina tied it up on a power play at the
16:21 mark, but UBC chased Sullivan from the
net after two goals within 3 5 seconds by forwards
Glendon Cominetti and Nils Antons, respectively.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the second, Regina
closed the gap to one early in the period, but the
T-Birds restored their two-goal cushion exactly
one minute later at 4:24 when .Antons netted his
second of the game and of the season. Regina
however, climbed out of their hole at the halfway
point of the middle frame with two straight goals
to make it 4-4.
The Thunderbirds started the third on the
power play, but, despite some excellent chances,
were unable to capitalise on the man-advantage.
Both teams played a fast-paced, high-energy
brand of hockey in the final stanza that featured
plenty of scoring chances for both teams. UBC
centre Rob Petrie managed to break the deadlock at 15:46, but UBC broke down in the final
seconds, allowing Regina the tying goal with 26
seconds left. Overtime solved nothing.
"It was pretty disappointing," said Coflin after
the game. "[A] 3-1 lead after the first period should
'[Regina] scoring that goal late with the extra
man, that was key," stated team captain Trevor
Shoaf. '[Regina] just keep plowing away and [we
were not] able to put the nail in the coffin.'
The opening period Saturday night again featured lots of scoring chances, but. this time the
ITS MINE: T-Bird centre Nils Antons handles a Regina Cougars player and the
puck, however, neither UBC nor Regina could come out with a win. Both teams
are last in their respective CW and GPAC conferences, mark magdaluyo photo
Cougars got on the board first on a two-on-one break
at 10:19. The T-Birds didn't tie it up until six minutes later when Teleske stuffed it past Regina
goalie Scott Roberts after converging on the net.
The visitors regained their lead, though, with only
one second remaining on the clock.
'We keep beating ourselves with mistakes, two-
on-ones, short-handed goals. We work very hard,
we never give up,' said Coflin.
The second frame was largely uneventful as neither team scored. In fact, the only thing that the
two teams managed to exchange were fists, and
consequently, penalties. Birds left winger Matt
Reid was ejected from the game at 16:31 for checking from behind, but UBC survived the ensuing
power play.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, UBC
started to pepper Roberts with shots, and T-Birds
forward David Wight finally managed to even the
score when he lifted the puck into the back of the
net at 4:19. But it wasn't tied for long as Regina
scored short-handed just over three minutes later
to make it 3-2. The Birds didn't fold and kept pushing for the tying goal. Their hard work paid off as
Petrie, who had played well the entire weekend,
potted the tying marker with just 3:35 left.
'It's just a matter of finding that extra way to
win,' added Lampshire. *We're not quite there yet,
but it should be pretty soon.
It will have to be—UBC travels to meet the
Brandon University Bobcats in Manitoba.*
The men's basketball team visited the Regina Cougars this
weekend and came out with a
split The Birds won 95-83 in
overtime Friday. Forward Jon
Fast led UBC with 24 points
and rookie forward Adam
Nicholson had 13 rebounds.
Saturday,   the   host  Cougars.
handed UBC a 105-91 loss.
Guard Zaheed Bakare led the
Birds with 25 points.
UBC (8-4) will play at Trinity
Western next weekend.
UBC travelled to number
two-ranked, GPAC-leading
University of Regina and came
out with a split. Friday, the
Birds lost a close game 73-71.
UBC guard Julie Smulders led
UBC in scoring with 21 points
and five rebounds. Saturday,
UBC came back and won 79-62.
Post Jessica Mills finished with
24 points.
The Birds (7-5) will play
against the Trinity Western
University Spartans next weekend in Langley.
The UBC women's hockey team
will play for their first win of
the season in their last regular
season games this weekend
against the University of
Lethbridge. Games will take
place at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre January
22 at 7:30pm andjanuary 23 at
1:30pm.* THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. JANUARY 18. 20001
Birds knock off number one
by Naomi Kim
A six-on-six match against the number one-
ranked Winnipeg Wesmen is a great challenge, so the UBC men's volleyball team
enlisted a 'seventh man" this weekend—
the bench. The loudest fans by far were the
UBC players on the sideline who heckled,
cheered, and supported their teammates
en route to sweeping the Wesmen by
scores of 3-2 Friday and 4-1 Saturday to
kick off the second half of the season.
The visiting 6-0 Wesmen featured the
two blocking leaders in Canada West and
six of the top 20 ace leaders but that fact
was forgotten as the Birds dominated, led
by the firepower of captain Guy Davis and
the support of the bench. The result was
two exciting games and UBC's first weekend sweep of a CIAU top ten team in five
"When we pick up our emotion, everything falls into place...We [have] a good
team, we just had never experienced the
feeling of being all excited like we were
now," said right side Chad Grimm.
And the success wasn't just isolated to
this weekend against Winnipeg. The Birds
have been going steady for all of January,
first defeating the host Manitoba Bisons
for the bronze medal in the Manitoba
Invitational tournament last week and
then getting a win across town against
Trinity Western University on Wednesday.
"I would have to say we are [on a roll],"
said head coach Dale Ohman proudly.
"Before Christmas we were not healthy
and we struggled in the win/loss column
but the guys have had faith, we've had
good preparation...it's nice to see it continue into league play."
The Birds faced the 6-0 Wesmen for
their first home weekend in January and
stood up to the challenge.
Davis started the weekend with his first
booming kill of a weekend total of 50. But
while UBC played with spirit, Winnipeg
kept the game within two points until after
the first technical timeout
Winnipeg built their lead to five points,
but UBC stayed close at 15-13 with solid
blocking. A Winnipeg net serve made the
score 19-16 and started off a series of UBC
service errors, the fourth of which ended
the game at 25-20 in favour of the
The second set also started tight, but
this time UBC's defence contained the
Winnipeg heavy hitters for a 25-18 win.
With a match tied 1-1, the game lead rallied back and forth within two points until
a UBC carry gave Winnipeg a slight 20-17
lead. But the teams fought to a 26-26 tie,
and after a quick UBC kill, Davis ended the
extended set 28-26 with a service ace.
Set four went to the Wesmen after UBC
took off to an early lead, but then were held
to zero points while Winnipeg went on a
five-point run to get the lead at 13-9. UBC
was unable to overcome the deficit and the
set ended 25-20 for the Wesmen.
Set five was for the win, and after a 5-5
start, power Jeff Orchard broke the tie and
UBC's offence was on its way. The Birds
kept working and finished the set and
match with a 6-2 run, with Ken Kilpatrick
sealing the win with a kill down the middle
past the blockers.
"We've just been playing so well lately... We knew we could do this, we just
came in and did it," said Orchard, who
along with Davis, finished with a game-
high 11 digs.
"When we're down on the floor, the
guys on the sidelines step it up. It's kind of
just a little kick in the ass and we get
going," said Davis.
"We shouldn't have any doubt anymore."
There was little doubt Saturday. It was
even better than Friday, especially since
a back-to-back win for the Birds is rare.
And for UBC, a weekend sweep against
the number one team in Canada is monumental.
Like the previous night, set one started
out point by point for each team. And the
score stayed within two points until Davis'
kill made it 23-21 and two Winnipeg mistakes gave UBC the first victory of Saturday
at 25-22. aAnd again, UBC's bench was key.
"We yell out silly stuff that might try
and distract the other players," said backup setter Tom Booth on the players cheering from the sidelines. "It lets the guys on
the floor take the game less seriously but
still sort of keep their spirits up and we as
a team definitely play best when we're
having fun."
Set two was also close, but UBC's low
energy level translated into a low-key performance to start the match. The Birds
were behind by two points early on and
stayed behind all the way, falling 25-19.
UBC opened up a sliml 1-9 lead in the
third set after setter Kyle Recsky's tip, and
againto 13-10. Winnipegtied the game 14-
14, but UBC held on to take the set 25-23.
With two sets under their belts to
Winnipeg's one, UBC finished off the
night and the weekend with a close 2 7-2 5
victory in the fourth set with Winnipeg
DOUBLE D: UBC's 6'5" blockers Chad Grimm, left, and Brian Boles, right, tara westover photo
scrambling in their front court and hitting the post for the final UBC point.
Energised from the previous set, UBC
came out flying in the fifth, and took an 8-
3 lead with Davis hitting from all over.
UBC kept the lead and although Winnipeg
fought back, they didn't threaten UBC's
25-20 fifth set victory.
"It's not only huge knocking off the top
team in the country, but it's also a big
breakthrough for this crew," said Ohman,
who noted that according to Davis, the
team had not swept a ranked team in their
home gym in the five years that he had
been at UBC.
UBC handed Winnipeg their first two
losses of the season, but each point will
count now for the Birds, since every team
in the Canada West is ranked in the top ten
in the country. Up next for the Birds are
the Canada West-leading University of
aAlberta Golden Bears at War Memorial this
weekend. UBC will try to improve their
standings to qualify for the Canada West
championships. Only the top three teams
will qualify from the five-team conference,
and UBC is currently in fourth place.
"It doesn't get any easier when aAlberta
comes in here next weekend, but the guys
have some really good confidence," said
Ohman. "It's not a matter of they think
they can win. They know now if they
come out on the floor and play how
they're capable of playing, they can beat
anyone in the country any night It's not
hoping; it's for real."*
 by Naomi Kim
It happens to the best of them;
and this weekend it happened to
the UBC women's volleyball team.
UBC, a dominant force in CIAU
volleyball for the past several
years, won as expected against the
visiting University of Winnipeg
Wesmen Friday, but then the
unexpected happened. UBC (9-3),
in second place in the Canada
West, dropped a match to the
unranked, 24 Wesmen.
"We're lending to think and
blame that maybe we didn't prepare right because it was just
Winnipeg, but that's not the case,'
said middle Michelle Collens after
a long team meeting following the
game. *j\ny team is just going to
be 'just Winnipeg"
Friday, both teams came out
without knowing what to expect
from one another. When these
two teams last met in September,
UBC was injury-riddled and
Winnipeg came out on top. On
Friday, after a slow start by the
Birds', UBC middle blocker Cathy
Chiang sci the tone with a cross-
rourt kill and and then a long hit
to bring UBC's lead lo 8-5. The
defence played solidly and tlie
Birds tore off a 6-0 run en route to
a 25-18 win.
The second sot started even
closer as the teams went back and
forth to 12-12. Power Barb Bellini,
in her first game this season after
playing with the national team,
added a block and then a deep hit
to make it 16-13, but Winnipeg
battled back to even the score at
19. UBC middle Kaley Boyd then
stepped up to the line to serve and
remained there until Bellini's
smash ended the game at 2 5-19.
That's a fanny thing," laughed
Boyd about her serving. 'I'm not
one of the strongest servers on
the team. It was good to go out
there and prove [myself].'
UBC finished off the night
quickly, taking a 7-2 lead in the
third sel and continuing lo
expand that lead with a strong
and unforgiving defence and
few mistakes on the attack. The
final set was 25-8 for tho Birds,
with Bellini leading the way
with 12 kills and Collens contributing 15 digs.
'[We were] a little bit slow coming oul at the beginning. aAlmosl
like we were just doing enough to
win, and not like we have been
playing' said UBC head coach
Erminia Russo despite the three-
set victory. "We're not going to
look beyond tomorrow, that's for
sure, because Winnipeg did beat
us way hack in September.*
Russo's caution turned out to
Saturday, the Wesmen fought
back, and consecutive UBC errors
gave Winnipeg a 4-1 lead. UBC
had a quick spurt after a sluggish
start and finally managed to catch
the Wpsmen at 12-12, but still
were not looking as strong as they
did Friday. Each team made a
run, but UBC fell behind again
with poor passing and mistakes to
lose the first set 25 22.
The second game started out
close but Sara Cummings hit a
ball down the middle to make it
15-13, a slim lead that UBC
managed to keep until the 25-
22 finish.
The third game was hit-for-hit
and error-for-error and resulted
in a late 23-23 tie game. But
Wesmen middle, blocker .Angela
Green, who finished with a
team-high 13 kills and 18 digs,
pushed Winnipeg ahead by one.
A UBC tip was blocked by 6'3"
Lee-aAnne Toews, first in Canada
West in blocks, finished the
Birds off 2 5-23.
UBC errors early in the fourth
set handed Winnipeg a 4-0 lead
and despite bringing the game to
11-10, UBC was never able to get
ahead and the Wesmen rounded
out thc night with a 25-16 win to
take Saturday's match three
games to one. Boyd led the Bird
offence with 13 kills and power
hitter Sarah Maxwell finished
with 30 digs.
'It's almost like this [loss]
has to happen hecause as a
team we are not making our
own selves accountable,' said
Maxwell. 'Unfortunately, we
need a kick in the bull like that.
But if that's what it takes, then
that's what it takes."
* UBC (10-4) had to take it the
hard way, but it's better now than
later when playoffs approach and
the University of Alberta Pandas
(14-0) come to town next weekend—a rematch of last year's
CIAU national championship
final that went to the Pandas.* THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2000
at the Design Arts Gallery
until Jan. 21
by Nicola Taylor
The Design .Arts Gallery provides the four artists
of "Go Down" with the perfect venue for their
diverse art exhibit. There is an ample amount of
space for each of the installations by UBC Fine
Arts Students. Despite the gallery's tucked-away
location, its structure adds to the overall effect of
the show allowing, basically, a separate room for
each display.
Tracey Eso and Sasha Sicurella manipulate
their personal sections of space within which
they present their very different displays. Eso
brings her life-size drawings of women off of the
wall and onto the floor where the crumbling
image of women is epitomised in a sculpture of
a broken female figure. It is hard not to see the
social statement that this artist is trying to present in her display, and she provides viewers
with the most easily accessible exhibit.
Sicurella's display presents us with an entirely different artistic rendering one which focuses
on technique. Her art is less about the society
that has produced it and more about the methods with which it was produced. Sicurella has
combined a variety of elements most noticeable
in her eight-piece 'Skin Circus,' a series of plastic-like shapes stretched between metal springs
and forms.
The installation space of the gallery is especially necessary for Triina Linde's exhibit, which
literally comes out of the walls. Upon entering
the gallery, viewers immediately encounter her
room of white sculpted paper masses that balloon out from the walls.
Lastly, taking
up the entire far
room, Richard
Peck-Fedje presents his self-portrait of mass production in a variety of mediums.
Unfortunately, the
distinctness of
each exhibit also
weakens the show
as a whole. We are
led to wonder
what has tied
these four artists
together apart
from their individual desire to display their art.
There is no connection between
the various artists'
work and though this is not necessarily crucial,
it leaves the viewer with the desire to know
more about each individual.
I also wish that I could have had a greater
explanation of the techniques in order to truly
appreciate the works that these individuals have
created. The displays are not enough on their
own and they do not at all complement one
another. Instead, the combination of mediums
and messages leaves one quite unsatisfied.
On the other hand, the lack of explanation is
the same thing that has led me to spend a great
deal of time in the gallery in an attempt to
understand the art, so perhaps this method is
more productive than I initially thought it to be.
It is worth checking out the exhibit, if only to
view the artists' use of the space. Perhaps you
will find meaning where I have failed.*
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woman is part of "Go Down," the latest exhibit at the
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at the sickly sweet taste of fame and the gree
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who you were meant to be." And a flattering comi
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so much about life."
Over a 'power lunch,' aAlexa, a cigarette he
perched precariously between her fingers, hands
speechless Wyler a $1000 cash advance for wr
"the story of her life."
Choosing a cologne for the.nouveau riche, V
becomes a send-up of Calvin Klein and heterosc
relationships; first there is the man's Obsessionw
woman, then there is the promise that he will be
her for Eternity, and finally he realises what he's i
and then comes his Escape. The audience feels d
for getting it, but are they just being duped by Ali
quick wit? THE UBYSSEY » TUESDAY. JANUARY 18.1999
at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
I Jan. 14 and 15
by Nicholas Bradley
It's hard to be critical of an event held for a good cause—in thisrcase
a fundraiser for the Everywoman's Health Centre and the Eliaabeth
Bagshaw Clinic—and that has such a successful history—bands from
Bikini Kill to L7 to Fugazi to fIREHOSE to, urn, Korn, and, ulj, Soul
Asylum. The two-show event raised well over $5000 for the twlo clinics, and did its part to emphasise the need for safe access to abortion.
Friday's show, featuring local bands the Dirtmitts, Closed Caption
Radio, and Gob, sold out, as did the Saturday version, headlined by
Kinnie Starr. Everyone at the Saturday show seemed to be havmg a
good time, which presents a second problem—how do you be criVcal
of a show where you're the only one in the room squirming in yVir
seat. Or, to be more accurate, hanging out in the lobby waiting for y\t
another band to end its set.
The program described the opener, Joel, as a Beck with politics
and better hair. He had songs with politics. He had hair with impressive lift. He had a guitar in need of tuning and a screechy voice. He
had the crowd cheering as I headed for the lobby.
I made it all the way through Tegan + Sara, but mostly because I
was amazed at the response that the twin folksters got. I'm not one
for melodramatic lyrics, but everybody else was: these two had the
crowd eating up the songs and the banter between them. I guessed I
missed the point.
Le next act was the comedy troupe 30 Helens. A friend who's seen them before
that they didn't do their best material, so maybe I shouldn't judge them too
lly. They get points for trying to make their feminist point, but lose a lot for doing
tiile reinforcing stereotypes about the elderly and the lower-middle class. But
rone was laughing and the people sitting beside me were talking rather loudly
t how the 'Lesbian Licensing Clinic" sketch was the funniest thing they'd ever
so maybe I just didn't get it.
I seen the next act before—Che Chapter 127 is fronted by Meegan, one of the
t's organisers, and they play Rock for Choice every year. So I knew what to expect,
made my way to the lobby to browse the Pro-Choice Action Network display
e umpteenth time. But judging by how short the line-up for the bathroom
Rage-style guitars and scratching and screaming is quite the hot thing.
>w into th\third hour of the show, I wasn't expecting things to get much better,
jveryone elskat the show seemed to be expecting things to be as great as they'd
Seen so far. So I was pleasantly surprised by One Trick Rodeo, spoken-
word-and-guitar-and-snare-drum cowboy trio in black leather. This was
their first show—they made mistakes
and forgot their lines, but they were
funny and didn't take themselves very
seriously, which won most people
over to their side.
Olympia, Washington's Dub
Narcotic Sound System was next.
Fronted by K Records founder Calvin
Johnson, the three-piece got some people dancing, left a lot of people confused, and had others shouting—to no
avail—for "Shake-a-Puddin." The problem with Rock for Choice is also one of
the nice things about it—there are so
many bands that each set is only half
hour long. This means that you
l't have to wait too long for the crappy Dsnds to get off stage, but it also
meansTkhat when a good one comes
along, it's OTSk^before you know it a^nd
such was DubwMico|ic. Only thirt
minutes meant no "Shake-a-Fuddin."
No "Industrial Breakdown." No "Fuck
Shit Up." But the last time they were
here, as Calvin told the crowd, was
when two-dollar bills were around, so
any Dub Narcotic was really good Dub
After setting up her equipment for
a very long time, Kinnie Starr started
her hip-hop thing and everyone went
nuts. But three songs in, I decided
Kinnie Starr was another lobby band,
and I made my way out of the room.
M in all, a long, long night. But it
raised a lot of money and made a lot
of people happy, so, I guess, a good
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j\lexa's other victims. "There's nothing quite like your first big screw," comforts the studio executive Kaden (Dmitry Chepovetsky).
The second half of the play deals with Wyler's attempts to discover the
truth about i\lexa. He visits her ex-boyfriend Mike, an artist played by UBC
grad aAlex Zahara. Mike tells Wyler how his ex-girlfriend Brenda became
aMexa by/mimicking Sally Bowles from the '30s musical Cabaret Brenda,
a.k.a. .Alexa, used her new identity to con art dealers into buying Mike's
unfinished paintings. The parody of the over-priced arts scene is brilliant;
AndvWarhol shows up at the opening and all he can say is "wow."
yler, suffering from a broken heart and writer's block, finally gets an
for a book. Without giving away the ending, the tables are turned and
e wasp herself is stung.
Much of the play's humour is built around caricatures of certain artist
types, their agents and various hangers-on. Apart from Alexa and Wyler,
there is the gay suit salesman ("Oh, that suit does hang well on you"), the
sullen rock star named Swen, the parry girls, the secretary who "knows
everybody," and, of course, the conniving agent It's a sleazy game, and
appearances are everything, but the stakes are high. Money rhymes with
honey, it's the sweet that makes young artists pose nude for a magazine, or
sell their souls for a quick buck.
In the best speech of the play, aAlexa laments the lot of "creative people,
tearing about trying to feed a nation's insatiable appetite for entertainment" It's entertainment as a commodity that is produced to be consumed
by the masses in packaged, bite-sized portions, complete with a large popcorn and Coke. It's not the content of the product that matters, but its sugar-
coated appearance.
aAll of us, to some degree, crave the sweet taste of fame that awaits the
next Hollywood idol, and the next best thing is watching would-be celebs
fall under the wheels of the media machine. .As in Woody aAllen's film
Celebrity, there is a comic irony in watching actors playing themselves—or
parodies of themselves.
Bees offers more than the dubious satisfaction of watching hubris fall.
It's intelligent entertainment, easily one of the best new plays to come to
Vancouver. Wolfe and the Western Theatre Conspiracy deserve full credit
for choosing to produce such a demanding play. The roles are well cast and
the actors, particularly Bayliss and MacDonald never lose their intensity.
at the UBC Recital Hall
Jan. 15
by Vanessa Ho
111 admit it Before tonight's concert, I had
no clue who George Crumb was. And after
listening to a concert honouring his music,
I have not become a fan.
The concert, 'An Evening of Music by
George Crumb/ which featured many
members of the UBC faculty, was a disjointed affair. The first half was on a very
cluttered instrument-filled stage with only
three to four musicians on stage at a time.
The first piece An Idyll for the Misbegotten
was very weird. It had no flow, and while it
was supposed to be dream-like, it instead
sounded more like a nightmare. His next
piece. The Quest was pretty much more of
the same. Once again the piece was disjointed and had no smooth transitions
between each refrain. There was only one
-HisfiTigiiishahla melodic movement in this
piece and that was Amazing Grace. As well,
each refrain sounded so similar that I had
no clue where we were in the piece. Near
the end, the soprano saxophone player left
the stage and started playing off stage and
I did not understand the significance of
that The only thing of interest was that he
used instruments from around the world,
such as a Mexican rain stick and an
African talking drum. But even then, he
did not use them effectively.
As the second half began, the stage was
bare with only a grand piano on it Pianist
Robert Silverman came to the stage to perform the final piece of the evening, entitled Makrokosmos, Volume 1. The piece
was just plain noisy—basically Silverman
banging on the piano. He plucked at the
piano strings more than he played the
keys. As well, at some points, he was
yelling things while he was playing—for
dramatic effect But this just produced giggles from me.
Another aspect that promoted some
snickers from me was when a young man
came on stage just to whistle. Crumb states
in his biography that Debussy was one of
his influences and it was evident in this
piece as parts of Ckure de Lune could be
heard all too briefly. Again, as in the first
two pieces, this was also disjointed, abrupt
and disorganised. This piece, as with the
others, tried my patience as it clocked in at
a running time of 30 minutes.
Perhaps I'm too used to melodic and
symphonic music or perhaps it's because
of my simple understanding of music, but
I just couldn't understand the point of his
compositions and therefore could not
appreciate it Overall, the music was so
abstract and avant-garde that it ended up
being boring instead of enthralling.
George Crumb himself was in attendance and seemed to enjoy the concert
But for me, to quote the programme notes
for The Quest, it was *a long tortuous jour-
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Chant Down Babylon
Before I begin my review of Chant Down Babylon, an. album which combines the
efforts of Bob Marley with those of various special guests, I have a confession to make.
I believe that Bob Marley remakes are a waste of time. .After all, why try to top perfection? Granted, every once in a while, efforts like The Fugees' cover of "No Woman
No Cry" are tolerably decent but ||
can anyone truly claim that The
Fugees' remake is BETTER than
the Bob Marley original?
Chant Down Babylon is not,
however, a tribute album and
therefore does not consist of
covers. Instead, it is much,
much worse. It consists of
songs constructed from Bob
Marley's original vocals from
some  of his lesser-known
songs  which he   and The
Wallers   wrote,   combined
with slow, funky backbeats
and the vocal stylings of currently     popular     hip-hop
and/or rap artists such as
Erykah Badu,  Lauryn Hill,
MC Lyte, and Chuck D.
The results are pathetically formulaic.  Even the
song which features two of
the   album's   producers,
Aerosmith's   Steve   Tyler
and  Joe   Perry,   sounds
strikingly like the rest of  the music on this album is not created nor written,
the songs on the album; iiip JLt-is-eonstjucted and produced,
other  words,   slow ^aha      Just as ghastly as the music itself is the double-sided
repetitive. The source of page in the CD hne^ which features official Bob Marley
Marley's  geniu^—innova-   merchandise for salk including a "Ghetto Youths* tee
tive     combinations     of  and an "Incense assortment." After examining all other
aspects of this album, this advertising only serves to
confirm my suspicions. \
Chant Down Babylon us another sad, shameless
attempt to capitalise on Bob Marley's legend. Too bad.»3»
melody, /instrument,
vocals, and/yrics—is nonexistent oi| this album in
which a c|ne-line chorus
often replaces the verse
lyrics as Well. In short,
—Alicia. Miller
This One's the Dreamier
It is a shame that Mad TV spoofs and sexualised
songstresses (note Jewel) have contaminated the
traditional art of folksongs, because Rick
Fielding's new album. This One's the Dreamer, is
filled with beautiful 12-string guitar accompaniment and Canadian patriotism.
With a charismatic voice fit for commercial
theme songs, the album begins with a rich instrumental selection of guitars, mandolins, autoharps
and fiddles—not your average angst-ridden rock.
Instead, Fielding's art is a contemporary derivative of traditional folk ballads, with a southern
touch of lone ranger glamour and sea-sailor modesty.
The album opens with the optimistic title track
that glorifies Canadian heritage, and moves to the
humorous number, "Salty Dog," a satire of biblical
stories. The clever addition of the banjo and man-
The Matthew Good Band
/   |
"aojm emphasise the light play-
jttQness of the piece.
The    most    disconcerting
aspect of the album, however, is
its exhaustive optimism. By the
sixth track, his crooning about
family values, heaven and happiness can become a bit tiresome  and somewhat redundant. You just want some good
ol' Fiona Apple. The peak of
cliche-dom comes with the last
song's lyrics: "our evenin' here
has reached the end." That and
the fact that he ripped off a
Beatles song ("In My Life") is forgivable though. In a world of cynicism and political unrest,  Rick
Fielding's simplicity is a breath of
fresh air.*>
—Natasha Adda Chin
Considering the success of their last album, the fast-selling and highly-acclaimed Underdogs, The
Matthew Good Band had a lot to five up to with their latest offering Beautiful Midnight Unfortunately,
the results don't seem to measure up. That's not to say that Beautiful Midnight is a bad album—if you're
a fan, you'll be pleased. However, it's still a rather unimpressive effort.
For a guy who looks like he would never do well with the opposite sex if it wasn't for
I his rockin' and rollin', Matthew Good seems to have an adolescent fascination with sex.
| Nearly every song has at least one overt sexual reference, beyond the fact that there are
songs called "Let's Get it On," "Going All the Way," "A Boy and his Machine Gun," and "The
Future is X-Rated."
Despite all this sexual show, there is little musical or lyrical substance. The music seems
1      uninspired and unoriginal—I'm sure that I've heard most of these chords from previous
albums or other artists. The lyrics sound like they're really trying to be deep, but they hard-
|      ly even scratch the surface; Matthew Good is no poet philosopher. Cheaply, the band reverts
to titillation to win you over. Case in point "The Future is X-Rated" has a woman faking an
"15rgjasm in the background (she's a third-rate Meg Ryan).
Nonaally, I enjoy The Matthew Good Band, but not this time. Perhaps success has overwhelmed the local boys, but if this is the best they can produce, the success of Underdogs
will be the exception rather than the rule.*J»
-Brian ZeOer Buried messages
by Barry Lopez
[Vintage Canada]
by Craig Hasbrouck
Impressionistic and charged by prose
dense with description. About This Life,
by Barry Lopez, a collection of 17 essays
and memoirs ranging in subject from
exotic wildlife to an inventory of modern
air cargo, is an ambitious attempt at
exposing the reader to different perspectives of a world we know so little about.
Two words that best describe this
book may be borrowed from the
Doormouse in Lewis Carroll's Alice in
Wonderland: "memory" and "muchness," for the book abounds in memories containing much of everything.
Drawing from experiences as a photographer, scuba diver, writer, part-time
scientist and inquisitive child in the
countryside around Los a^ngeles, the
Caribbean Islands, the remote corners
of the .Alaskan tundra and a picturesque
New York of days gone by, Lopez presents an overwhelming account of the
rare things he has encountered, leaving
one to feel that despite globalisation
and the development of advanced communications and transportation, it is
not a small world after all. Though the
language is rich in metaphor and photographic depictions of flora, fauna, vast
landscapes, and thought-provoking
memories, much of the narrative is burdened by a profusion of detail which,
instead of bringing the author's visions
to life, drowns the reader in a flood of
images and long fists of biological and
technological jargon lacking in clarity.
The long lists, beautifully worded and
informative, are vaguely reminiscent of
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, the
Japanese classic of the tenth century,
recast in contemporary sentiments and
Despite these drawbacks, the book
earns its merit for its sheer range of subject matter and its ability to point out seldom seen aspects of a world that is mostly hidden, even in the "information age."
In the essay "Eflleurage: The Stroke of
Fire," the author describes the philosophy and technical aspects of firing pottery in an anagama kiln (a kiln originally
developed in Japan and Korea centuries
ago), while the rituals and instincts of
wolves guarding their dens and attempting to secure their food supply in Alaska,
coupled with personal reflections, form
the subject of "In a Country of Light
Among Animals." Every essay has one
more surprise, one more face of the
earth seeking our attention. In spite of all
this detail and vivid description, one is
constantly left wondering what Lopez is
really trying to say, even when his opinions seem most personal and revealing.
On the surface, it is difficult to find a
cohesive theme relating these essays, but
now and then the reader may catch a
glimpse, ambiguous though it may be, of
the message behind the intertwined facts
and reflections, the message that memory and narrative, endangered in an age of
rapid transformation with little consideration for consequence, are of vital importance for the survival and continued
development of humanity. Commenting
on the emergence of cameras and tape
recorders in "Learning to See," Lopez
states, "far from recording memories...we seemed to be...storing memories that would never be retrieved, that
would never form a coherent narrative."
Of memory, at the close of "The
aAmerican Geographies," he writes that it
"protects us from lies and tyranny." With
his memories, Lopez has presented a
variegated panorama of the world in all
of its fragility, depth and rare beauty,
arousing a desire to know more, see
more, and most importantly, understand
and remember more.*>
A wrathful Roy
by Arundhati Roy
[Vintage Canada]
by Andrea Winkler
The bomb and the dam. These projects are
hailed by India as marks of modernisation
and progress. Arundhati Roy hails these
accomplishments as the hypocrisy of the
Indian government in her new book. The Cost
of Living.
In her first essay, "The Greater Common
Good," .Arundhati Roy attacks the megadam
project—the Sardar Sarover. The project is
responsible for the displacement of thousands
of villagers and who knows how many more to
come. She scrutinises government statistics
and scoffs at relocation packages that amount
to little.
In her second essay, "The End of
Imagination," she rails against the recent testing of India's nuclear bomb. "India's nuclear
bomb is the final act of betrayal by a ruling class
that has failed its people," writes Roy. Her writing is poetic and beautiful to read. However, I
found myself questioning her facts, (though not
the horrible effects of the bomb and the dam). I
found myself becoming annoyed when she took
on a lecturing tone. She goes on at length about
the corrupt and inhumane Indian government
and the hypocritical West. Many of us realise
this and to have it reiterated page after page is
patronising. It would have been more informative to be provided with more factual evidence-
perhaps even some interviews—and allow the
reader to see the destructive consequences for
ourselves rather then have her opinion forcefed
to us.
Her bravery in writing these essays must
not be overlooked though. Praised in India for
her writing accomplishments so far, she
writes of the risk she takes in speaking out
against the government. If you are looking to
be informed on these issues, do some
research beforehand and then read this book
for its emotionally charged words and poetic
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Straight down the sewer
Note: before you read this editorial, you need
to know one thing: this editorial in no way constitutes an endorsement of any student poUti-
cian, nor of any student pohtical slate. In fact,
it has nothing to do widi the ideology of any
side. This is about the integrity of the electoral
process. We cannot emphasise that enough.
What's the saying? "Student politics is
the most vicious because there's the least
at stake." Well, if you're a UBC student,
there is something at stake. Regardless,
politics at UBC have never been more
vicious than right now.
This is the year of the smear, of the blind
attack, and of the Siamese Fighting Fish.
Business as usual? Well, no.
For starters, there are the anonymous
attacks—bulk unsolicited e-mails that border
on libel, and posters put up by people calling
themselves "The Trio of Truth," which are just
as negative. Both are cowardly, and have no
part in a civil and fair election campaign
But most of the conflict centres on the
debate raging over residences being covered
by  the   Residential  Tenancy  Act  (RTA).
Essentially, the two sides are Action Now (pro-
RTA) and Students for Students (anti-RTA).
First, let's look at the Residence Advisors
(RAs). Every one of them is an employee of the
university, and we're sure most of them are
good people. But a number of RAs are using
powers afforded them by these university
positions to campaign actively against the RTA
and Action Now. Yes, they're students, and
students are allowed to campaign however
they like. But it's the abuse of their jobs that
RAs have been posting anti-Action Now
information on residence display boards.
They've called mandatory floor meetings in
which the RTA has been discussed. In short,
many RAs have actively campaigned, using
the power inherent in their positions. That's
wrong and here's why: an RA occupies a position of trust, authority and leadership. .And
some RAs are abusing those powers to further
their—and Housing's—agenda.
Housing, of course, could, and should, put
a stop to this. The RAs are Housing employees, and their actions do reflect on their
employer.   The   university  ordered  the
removal of party names from display board
information—that's good. They claim to want
students to be informed—that's fine. But if
they truly want students to be informed, then
they should allow all points of view to be distributed to students.
To complete the circle, the residence
associations are in on the act. This shouldn't
be a problem—and it doesn't seem to violate
AMS Code. But two Students for Students
candidates (anti-RTA) are also presidents of
the Place Vanier Residence Association, and
they appear to have used their position to
distribute pamphlets that target Action Now
positions. It looks bad, especially when the
residence associations appear to have used
RAs to distribute these pamphlets. It all
looks bad. .And all those involved should
come clean about any impropriety or imbalance that has resulted from their power
being abused.
These are supposed to be fair elections.
Otherwise, it's student democracy that will
suffer. Whoever wins, it should be fair.
Right now it sure doesn't look as though
that's the case.*>
at Vanier
As a resident of Place Vanier, I
was angered when the Place
Vanier Residence Association
(PVRA) started blatantly supporting the Students for
Students slate and their platform, which opposes the
Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).
That the PVRA co-presidents are
running on the Students for
Students slate has been enough
to raise a few eyebrows, but the
situation got out of control when
the PVRA started mass distribution of anti-RTA material, which
includes posters, pamphlets
and a prominent display in the
commonsblock. The PVRA
maintains their information is
apolitical and unbiased, urging
students to "make an informed
decision in the AMS Elections!"
The PVRA has been
embroiled in a series of corruption scandals since their presidential by-election this fall, yet
this has barely tarnished their
image as their activities have
not been clarified to the resi
dent population. Rumours of a
possible PVRA-sponsored barbecue, where students voting at
the Place Vanier polling station
would be given free food, raises
the probability of residents
making uninformed decisions
at the polls. The members of the
PVRA are simply community-
minded students, and should
portray themselves as such, not
attempt to sway the opinions of
the students they are supposed
to represent.
The population of student
residences is a vast and—until
recently—untapped resource of
political weight. However, as an
association that claims to represent all residents, the PVRA
should be an apolitical body that
conveys information to students
in a way to make them truly
informed about issues affecting
them. Place Vanier residents
are being bombarded by the
PVRA campaign, and students
who have not been informed
otherwise, accept the information as truth. Residents who
read the information carefully
and question what they are
reading usually see through the
unprofessional, almost humorous campaign. Too often this is
not the case. The PVRA, along
with the Totem Park and
Fairview Crescent Residence
Associations, is successfully
implanting their views into the
opinions of thousands of UBC
students. I am extremely
angered that my money is being
used by the PVRA to distribute
this thinly-veiled propaganda
that is, in reality, simply an
extension of the Students for
Students election campaign.
Sara Irvine
Arts 2
votes are
During AMS elections it is
important to keep in mind the
danger of 'whole-slate' voting.
aAn 'all or nothing' approach to
voting limits the checks and balances aspect of a democratic
system. Ideally, students would
vote for the candidate most
appropriate for the position in
question.  However,  due to a
variety of reasons, students feel
compelled to vote for a party
and not individual people who
best fit their idea of who they
want to represent their interests. The problem with this
approach is that many candidates who fall by the wayside
due to slate voting are much
more qualified and experienced
in comparison to the victor candidates who win because of
their connections to a specific
parties. The aAMS needs 'watchdogs' in office to ensure that
their government does what is
best for the entire campus, as
well as to make the dominant
slates accountable to the student populace. When you vote
this week, keep in mind the dangers of slate voting. Educate
yourself on individual candidates—their policies and interests. Make sure that your vote
does not contribute to a one-
party domination of student
government, and vote for a balanced student government that
will ensure that all students will
have a say in their education.
Mike Kleisinger
Freedom not a matter for AMS
by Patrick Bruskiewich
There is an expression: those that forget history
are apt to repeat it. In the 20th century, over 150
million people perished as a result of political
intolerance and totalitarian government. We
should not forget this.
These innocent men, women and children
died at the hands of Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini, Stalin
and Mao Tse Tung, as well as a long string of lesser dictators. In all of these countries, fundamental
human rights were denied to individuals, rights
that we fortunately have entrenched in the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms here in Canada.
In these countries, people died on the battlefields,
in concentration and work camps, and in dark
and forgotten jail cells.
As Canadians we tend to    __. __ __ ^ __.__ ^^,_,_._._.—_
take our rights for granted    PERSPECTIVE
but the students at UBC
understand our rights to
freedom of expression, of
belief, of association, and the right to due process.
We know that in the event that limits need to be
placed on these Charter Rights, this is a responsibility of Parliament and the judiciary, and not of
any other body.
When posters are torn down, this is pohtical
intolerance at work. If there is an issue of propriety or legality involved in the beliefs or expressions of individuals, this is a matter for
Parliament or the judiciary to decide and not
some inexperienced and politically-motivated students. The aAlma Mater Society does not have the
legislative authority nor the legal right to pass
judgments on rights entrenched in the Charter.
Need I remind people that Nazism did not
begin in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland, but
many years earlier at universities across
Germany when posters were torn down and
books were burned by overzealous students. The
books they were burning were by Chiirchill,
Mann, Freud and Einstein. Similar things happened during Stalin's purges and Mao's Cultural
Revolution. Are they to be repeated here?
Watching the war between the extreme right
and the extreme left on the issue of abortion shows
me how tittle these two groups really understand
history. An issue like this is very complicated and
very emotional. Throwing invectives at each other
and spitting in each other's faces does nothing
more than inflame these emotions and insult the
intelligence of the 90 per cent or so who do not
wish to participate in this debate. We aren't apathetic, we are just busy on more important things.
Producing inflammatory posters, tearing these
posters down, throwing hateful words and uttering threats make both the extreme right and
extreme left culpable of political intolerance. They have
forgotten their history. The
view from the quiet centre is
that if you cannot behave
yourselves, we want you to
stop and take your invectives and your hatred
The University of British Columbia is an institution of higher learning. We have higher standards. You should not expect to garner the support of students at UBC by insulting their intelligence. To borrow a phrase from former British
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, "We are all
Gentlemen here, we can disagree without being
disagreeable." If you cannot act like gentlemen
and gentlewomen then go elsewhere.
I would like to thank the Ubysseyfor running a
wide selection of letters showing the different
points of view on this issue, as well as the outgoing president of the AMS for showing the courage
to focus attention on the issue of pohtical tolerance and our Charter Rights.*!*
—Patrick Bruskiewich is a graduate
student in physics.
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