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BARD
OLYMPIC TALE
AMS BUDGET
Resource groups lose out
 by J. Clark
Despite receiving student support in a campus-
wide referendum last year, AMS resource
groups will have to do more with less this fall.
Although a fifth group, Colour Connected
Against Racism, was added to the resource
group roster, the AMS budget released
Wednesday actually decreases the lump sum of
money shared by the organizations.
The AMS reduced the total resource group
funding from $42,926 in 1995/96 to the $1.50
per student levy approved in last year's referendum. Director of Finance Ryan Davies predicts
the total, assuming an expected four percent
increase in full time enrollment, to be $42,120.
Last year, however, the budget for resource
groups was divided four ways: Gays, Lesbians
and Bisexuals of UBC (GLBUBC), the Global
Development Centre (GDC), the Student
Environment Centre (SEC) and the Women's
Centre all received funding. This year Colour
Connected will also need a portion for its budget.
Davies insists that despite receiving additional money from the Coke deal, the AMS has less
money to spend on student services this year.
"There are a couple of differences that exist
in the budget this year that didn't exist last
year," Davies said, citing deficit repayment, an
increase in the Innovative Programs Fund (IPF)
and a budgeting error made last year.
"Any advances we made by [having the referendum] were lost by changes in our fiscal standing," Davies said. "Frankly, the purpose of the
resource group fee was to guarantee their existence, and it has effectively done that."
But Davies' predecessor Tara Ivanochko, who
now sits as a student representative on the
Board of Governors, flatly disagrees. "We had a
discussion about this in council last year and it
was quite clearly stated that it was not the
intention to limit the resource funding to the
referendum amount, but that it would secure a
base funding for the resource groups."
The announcement met with criticism from
resource groups.
"I'm not just disappointed, but I'm quite
shocked that when you look at the amount of
money on this campus, groups that are an
important reason for students being here could
be cut in this way," GDC coordinator Kevin
Annett said. He added that some program cuts
will result from the decision.
Trina Hamilton, information coordinator for
the SEC, said that although the group will survive with less money, "some events will have to
be cut down in size from what we were planning." She also predicted that the SEC will not be
able to update their resource centre.
"As a student I'd like to know where the rest
of the money from the AMS is going," she
added.
While unhappy about the funding cut,
Hamilton believes direct student funding will
allow the SEC to be more independent in the
future.
"The one good thing about it is that now we
have a guaranteed budget," she said. "We have
$1.50 guaranteed per student, so we're basically
autonomous from the AMS."
"We can work for the students and do what
they want us to do and not have to worry about
funding cuts."
INCOMING PRESIDENT of the National Action Committee on the
Status of Women Joan Grant-Cummings speaks her mind about
education, social justice and activism, sarah cdonnell photo
Joan on the move!
NAC's President, Joan Grant-
Cummings, has a few ideas
about activism in the 90s.
by Sarah O'Donnell
It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in
Toronto and Joan Grant-
Cummings is kicking back,
watching the Olympics.
Through the phone, you can
hear her kids in the background.
After talking with her for a
few minutes, however, it's hard
to imagine how NAC's newly
elected president manages to
find any spare time at all.
On June 17, nearly 90 percent
of the delegates at the National
Action Committee on the Status
of Women's (NAC) annual general meeting elected Grant-
Cummings as their new president.
The vote made Grant-
Cummings the first Jamaican
Canadian to head the country's
largest   women's   organization
...please see page 2
Former pub manager files suit against GSS
by Scott Hayward
Ex-Koerner's pub manager Dale Read
served up a Writ of Summons to his former employers.
At issue is the Graduate Student
Society's (GSS) decision to suspend
Read with pay on June 6 and conduct a
forensic audit of Koerner's operations.
The GSS council terminated Read's
employment on June 20 after receiving
a preliminary auditor's report in a
closed session.
Last week, the GSS executive met
with a representative of UBC Human
Resources, the staff union representa
tive, four pub staff members of and the
Chair of the GSS Food and Beverage
committee. GSS President Kevin Dwyer
said the discussion focused on staff concerns and issues surrounding Read's termination, including employee relations.
After the meeting, "an individual in
sunglasses, moustache, baseball hat,
sort of disguised look, walked in to
Koerner's," Dwyer said. The person
handed writs to the executive members. "Once he began to speak to me I
realized it was Dale Read."
Read's Writ of Summons alleges that
"the dismissal by the Defendant Society
[the GSS] without just cause and with
out any notice constituted an arbitrary
and wrongful breach of the plaintiff's
[Read] contract of employment."
The Writ also alleges that memos
sent to Koerner's pub staff on June 3
and June 6 informing them of Read's
suspension "are defamatory of the
Plaintiff in their plain meaning and in
the innuendoes contained therein."
Read is seeking damages for items
which include breach of contract,
defamation and aggravated and punitive damages.
Dwyer stands by the notices sent to
staff. "We're not going to interpret anything coming out of those notices," he
said. "What they state is fact, and we
will stand behind the fact."
Whether Read's termination is with
or without cause is still to be determined. "We're waiting for Mr. Read to
accept our offer. Given that we have
received a writ doesn't necessarily
mean that we will be going to court,"
he added. "Settlements can occur at
any point along the way."
Dwyer said he will update GSS council at their regular monthly meeting
August 15, and confirmed the society's
lawyer is preparing a defence.
Read could not be contacted for
comment. 2     AUGUST 15, 1996
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Joan Grant-Cummings...
continued from page 1
and propelled her to one of the most prominent lobbying positions on parliament
hilLAnd although she may not be a household name, Grant-Cummings is known—particularly in Ontario—for her activism in
health and education.
At the time of her election, she was the
executive director of Toronto's Women's
Health in Women's Hands health centre and
treasurer of NAC; she helped found the
advocacy and research organisation known
as Ontario Black Women's Coalition; and
until she was "given the sweet boot" from
the Harris government, she sat on the
Ontario Council of Regions as a representative for community colleges.
For students wondering about the relevance of NAC in their daily lives, it is
Grant-Cummings' role as an education advocate they will find most interesting.
If actions speak louder than words, then
Grant-Cummings has it together. In July, she
attended her first speaking engagement as
president outside of eastern Canada at UBC,
addressing student councillors from across
the country at the AMS' annual
"Strengthening the Union" conference.
Post-secondary education, she told the
audience, is a social justice issue.
"When students decide they're going to
start to question and they're going to do student government, that to me is social justice," says Grant-Cummings over the phone.
"Within Canada there are pockets of very
politicised student movements. There are
others that may focus on the whole fee
structure thing or what kind of food we're
getting; that may not be that politicised, but
it has the potential.
"Students are really going to have to start
to analyse why is there this debt load thing
and why is it they are being saddled with it.
They're really going to have to start ques-
tionning that and get out of this feeling that,
'Oh, we have to pay for our education and if
it means this is what we have to do, this is
what we have to do."
She adds: "People are behaving like post-
secondary education is a dream and something you either deserve or you don't—it's
viewed as privilege.
"Conditions are created for that to happen. This stuff doesn't just come out of the
blue. A decision was made that students are
going to end up taking on more financial
burden by someone who looked at the economic prospectus and looked at the globalisation of the economy."
For a campus whose past year saw a very
heated, public debate over the rights of
students to work in an environment free of
racism and sexism versus professors' concerns about impinging on their academic
freedom, Grant-Cummings' work as Chair of
Ontario's post-secondary anti-harrassment
and discrimination committee should be of
interest.
The committee's responsibility was to
fund projects whose aim was to desegregate
what is defined as academic freedom and
what is harassment and discrimination within the system.
"Of course the whole block in this," she
says, "was this academic freedom nonsense.
"The committee spoke about the fact that
academic freedom means access to an unbiased education also. It's one thing to sell
racism to students, that's not a debate. If you
want to debate racism or sexism in school
you don't go calling young women "bitches"
and "dearie"; which professor can justify that
being academic freedom?
"The definition of academic freedom is
not having the ability or the right to say
whatever you feel like because you think it
sparks debate; that isn't it at all. If it was, why
is it some of us are silenced when we try to
counter that?"
Since the hype surrounding the second
wave of feminism died in the late seventies, many women feel equality has been
achieved—there's a level playing field.
Grant-Cummings, however, does not
agree.
"A lot of women came up to me and said
the march really caused them to sit up and
think about how they have been going on
the }ast few years because they have sort of
cocooned themselves in this sense of false
securty that women have overcome: we are
in the board rooms, we are in the house of
parliament, we are in the legislature, and we
are all over in management. But then who—
which women, how many, and what about
the majority of the country?
"There's a lot of this analysis going on
now in all kinds of communities, and the
most unlikely women who would be concerned about the women's movement are
actually expressing concern. The ones who
thought, 'my future's secure, I have my
RRSPs, I can send my child to school,' but
they're now beginning to realise that ain't a
guarantee, that's not a given."
Fifty years later, Grant-Cummings points
out, women are still having to fight over the
same issues; that is why NAC is more relevant than ever.
By speaking to women in their own language, and not newspeak, Grant-Cummings
hopes to continue the work she took over
from NAC's previous president Sunera
Tobani.
"You take it a step at a time," she concludes. "You make sure it doesn't go backwards, it has to go forwards at all times."
What We're Doing on Our Summer
Vacation
Academic Advising Survey
The AMS University Commission has recent] v
published the results of the Academic Advising Survey, which was carried out in April. The purpose of
the survey was to obtain a clearer picture of the major
issues that concern UBC students about academic
advising. Approximately 600 students across all disciplines answered the survey — and you may be surprised at the results. For more information, please
contact Lica Chui, AMS Vice President, at 822-3092,
email at vicepres@ams.ubc.ca or drop by SUB 238.
Club Budgets
All clubs who do not submit a budget by Au
gust 26th will have their account fro2en until further
notice. This will mean that you will not be able to
operate your account in time for Clubs Days and
other events and activities.. Please contact the Finance Commission at 822-6868 for more information.
The AMS UpDare is published weekly
by the Alma Mater Society, your
student union. Should you have any
questions regarding usage of this
space, please contact Faye Samson,
AMS Communications Coordinator
at 822-1961, drop by SUB 266h, or
email at comco@ams.ubc.ca.
Clubs Daze
Applications for participating in AMS Clubs Days
(Sept 18,19 & 20th) will be distributed via club treasurer files. If vou have not received an application and
would like one, please see Jennie Chen, Director of
Administration in SUB Room 252, call 822-3961 or
email her at admin@ams.ubc.ca..
Part-time employment opportunities
Applications for part-time employment within the
AMS Commercial Services are now available at the
AMS Business Office in SUB Room 266.
SUBCetera gets a new look!
Check out the renovations happening on the SUB
Concourse. Soon, SUBCetera will offer a wide range
of new candy as well as magazines, newspapers and
greeting cards. You'll also be able to buy that last
minute gift of Body Shop products or Over the Moon
Chocolates, all priced under $10.00. You 11 still be able
to purchase bus passes, stamps, chocolate bars, cold
drinks and lots more.
feedback@ams.ubc.ca
Do you have a complaint about parking? A suggestion for a provincial lobbying campaign? A question regarding campus safety? A comment about something the AMS is doing...or not doing? Email these
and other concerns to feedback@ams.ubc.ca. AMS
Communications will get the answers you need within
7 days and your email address will remain strictly confidential.
Essential Services:
Student Solutions to Student Problems
Looking for a part-time job? A better place to
live? A tutor for that killer math course? Check out
these essential student sen-ices. These services are
provided and operated bv students, for students, via
the Alma Mater Society, vour student union.
JobLink
Ombudsoffice
RentsLine
SafeWalk
SpeakEasy
Student Discounts
Tutoring Services
Used Bookstore
Volunteer Services
822-5627
822-4846
822-0888
822-5355
822-3777
822-9855
822-8724
822-2901
822-9268
Tangent Magazine: Correction
The email address for Fran Champagne, Editor
of Tangent magazine, has been changed from
mageditor@ams.ubc.ca to tangent@ams.ubc.ca.
Please redirect your inquiries to this email address.
Remember that Tangent magazine is looking for
writers, photographers and artists to get involved in
this new campus publication. Heck, we'll even pay
you for your efforts. Please contact Fran Champagne
at 822-9084, email at tangent@ams.ubc.ca or drop by
SUB 249B onTuesdav and Thursday mornings (temporary office hours until September).
For more information about what the
Alma Mater Society is doing for you,
please contact the AMS Executive via 822-
3971 or drop by SUB 238. AUGUST 15, 1996
THE UBYSSEY   3
The usual susp
Native American activist
Leonard Peltier has spent
twenty years imprisoned,
in spite of evidence which
strongly suggests his innocence.
  ..■■■■ by Joanne Deer
The Link
MONTREAL (CUP)-Since February 6, 1976, Leonard
Peltier, a Lakota Sioux, has been in prison, serving
two consecutive life sentences for the murder of two
FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reserve in South
Dakota. But since his conviction, the American government's evidence has
been unraveled as a string
of lies, coercion and scape-
goating.
For one thing, the prosec-
tution has conceded they
don't know who shot the FBI
agents. Documents obtained
under the Access to
Information Act show the
FBI's own tests proved the
bullets that killed the agents
did not come from the gun
they claimed Peltier fired.
At a recent parole hearing last December, officials
agreed that at most, Peltier was present at the shootout and could be guilty of aiding and abetting-a
crime that carries a maximum penalty of sixteen
years imprisonment.
Peltier seems to be the victim of
what some call the FBI's two-
pronged determination to blame
someone for the murder of two of
their agents, and quash the growing
movements for Native rights. But as
more and more evidence comes out
in Peltier's favour, he has become a
symbol of all that is wrong about
the American government's treatment of Native peoples.
Groups like Amnesty International have decried Peltier's conviction from the beginning. The
European Community passed a resolution in 1994 supporting Peltier's
application for presidential clemency. Political figures such as Nelson
Mandela and Jesse Jackson have
spoken on the subject; alternative
rockers Rage Against the Machine
dedicated their first-ever video,
"Freedom," to Peltier's cause; books,
tribute, albums and documentaries
advocating Peltier's innocence have
been produced.
So why is Peltier, now in his
fifties, locked away in a
Leavenworth, Kansas penitentiary
for a crime even his prosecutors
can't prove he committed?
Advocates say Peltier's case is a
sordid tale combining the mistreatment of Native populations with
conspiracy and greed.
"At base it's an aboriginal rights
case, but it's open to everyone. It
represents a blatant violation of fundamental human rights," says Anne
Dreaver who co-chairs the
Canadian chapter of the Leonard Peltier Defence
Committee.
-& * --.:-
IN THE MID-1970S, THE PINE RIDGE RESERVATION IN
South Dakota was the site of a virtual civil war
between traditional and pro-government Natives
under the corrupt leadership of Ogala tribal chair
man Richard "Dick" Wilson. On the day of the FBI
shootings, Wilson was in Washington signing over
one-eigth of the Pine Ridge reserve to Union
Carbide for uranium mining. To suppress traditional
opposition and secure his leadership, Wilson implemented a violent reign of terror against the traditional Natives and used government funds to train
and arm a paramilitary group, the Guardians of
Oglala-GOONs.
By 1975, Pine Ridge was one of the poorest reservations in North America; it had the highest murder
rate per capita of anywhere in the US. In the three
years leading up to the shoot-out, there were over
60 unsolved murders of traditionalists. In A Warrior
Caged, writer Jim Vander Wall points out that, in fact,
the rate of political murders for the period was 170
per 100,000 people-almost exactly the rate for Chile
at the height of the Pinochet dictatorship.
In spite of repeated
appeals by the community's
elders, the FBI refused to
intervene, giving rise to the
suspicion the GOONs were
acting with the cooperation,
if not the direction, of federal authorities.
The elders then called
upon the American Indian
Movement (AIM), an organisation that aims to protect
and defend traditional
Native culture, for defense against Wilson's GOON
squads. AIM had been formed several years earlier
and was known for its occupation of the Bureau of
Indian Affairs for a week in 1972 and its month-long
occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, a town on the
Pine Ridge reserve.
AMERICAN Native activist Leonard Peltier.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE COMMITTEE.
Even though they have admitted
they are not sure who
actually killed their agents.
and has fought all bids for
Peltier's release.
On June 26, 1975, two FBI agents followed a red
pick-up onto the reserve and ended up in an_area
inhabited by aim members and traditionalists.
Gunfire broke out between the Natives and the FBI
agents. When the dust cleared, the two agents, Jack
Kohler and Ronald. Williams, as well as one Native,
Joseph Stuntz, were dead.
FBI AGENT involved in the Pine Ridge manhunt
after the June 26 shoot-out. k.b. mckiernan photo
Three Natives-Peltier, Bob Robideau and Dino
Butler-were tried for the murders of the agents.
Peltier fled to Canada, so Robideau and Butler were
tried together and found not guilty by reason of self-
defence. The jury determined that because of the
level of fear and anxiety on the reserve, the Natives
were justified in their fear of the approach of two
unindentified gun-toting men. There has never been
an investigation into Stuntz's murder.
Peltier was arrested in Canada on February 6,
1976. Forged affidavits obtained through coercion
sealed the extradition; he was taken back to the US
for trial After losing the first case, the US government scrambled to fabricate a witness and a weapon.
An all-white jury convicted Peltier of two counts of
first-degree murder and he was ordered to serve two
consecutive life terms.
Even though they have admitted they are not
sure who actually killed their agents, the FBI is reluctant to admit wrongdoing and has fought all bids for
Peltier's release. Several groups have taken out full-
page ads opposing Peltier's bid for clemency, warning President Clinton that Peltier is "playing on sympathy."
In spite of the shambled state of the prosecution's
case, Peltier's appeals, demands for a re-trial and
parole bids have been denied. His most recent parole
hearing, held on December 12, resulted in another
rejection!
-#- -;K- -&
AT THE BASE OF THE SHAKY CASE IS PELTIER'S EXTRA-
dition from Canada in 1976. He was extradited on
the basis of coerced and forged affidavits from a
woman, Poor Bear, claiming to be Peltier's girlfriend
and an eyewitness to the shooting. According to
Poor Bear, Peltier had confessed to her that he was "a
murderer."
Vander Wall notes, however, that later on Poor
Bear admitted under oath that "she'd never so much
as met Peltier" and the only reason she'd entered
false evidence was because she was afraid of what
FBI agents might do to her if she "failed to do and say
exactly what they told her to."
Montreal MP Warren Allmand, then Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development, has since
come out in support of Peltier and has said he would
never have been extradited had it not been for the
affidavits.
The Canadian Defence Committee presented the
case to the Supreme Court of Canada, and in 1989 it
ruled that although the documents were fraudulent,
extradition was a matter that should be resolved
politically between the two countries.
Two years ago, in the face of international pressure, Canadian Justice Minister Allan Rock said his
department would review the extradition. The
department has yet to take any formal action against
the US.
See Struggle on page 7. AUGUST 15, 1996
THE UBYSSEY
AUGUST 15, 1996
THE UBYSSEY
Bard is still beachin'
by James Rowley
Bard on the Beach continues to grow:
this year's festival includes special
events with the Chor Leoni Men's
choir, the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra, Vancouver Opera and John
Juliani's Savage God company which
brings us Mark Leiren-Young's new
play Shylock. Through much effort by
its organizers and support from the
public, Bard has become "established."
A successful Shakespeare festival in
Vancouver is a dream come true for
mc but... the atmosphere of adventure
has been diminished.
Perhaps Bard on the Beach is just
coinu   tbrnui»h  .1   "nhrise"  In   its liisr
O O O 1
year, the concept of Bard was new to
everyone, Shakespeare enthusiasts and
humans alike. So what il with a few
years of popularity conies elitism (O
Bill, thou art misunderstood), whereby
half the audience sits smug in their
Croat Understanding of the Poet while
the other half wonders how much
they're missing? The company is obviously targetting the "culturally aware"
with many of their events, but ticket
prices remain reasonable, so if elitism
is in the air, I don't know who to
blame.
Much ado about nothing
at Bard on the Beach until Sep 22
Much Ado is far from pretentious: it is
fun and Huffy with an easily identified
villain (the icy Scott Bellis) who we can
all hate without I ear of being accused
of racism, and everybody gets married
at the end.
Is it that simple? Almost. If there is a
lesson in the play it has to do with misunderstandings and the folly of allowing thinly substantiated accusations to
come between true lovers, whose tmst
in each other shouldn't need proof.
The story is well told by the words,
but the varied abilities of the cast
make some moments clearer than others and the whole show attains only
moderate success. Kathleen Hair and
David Marr as Beatrice and Benedick,
whose passionate distaste for marriage
(and each other) blossoms into ridiculous .lilolescent love are i>re.ir to
watch, but they expose the flat and
imprecise performances from the other
lovers. The other high points come
when Dogberry the constable (Allan
Zinyk) bumbles on stage followed by
his "second in command" Verges
(Colin Heath, formally of Cirque du
Soleil). Together they create a whole
world ot screwed-up logic which rests
on Dogberry's grave responsibility to
guard the town from nothing and, naturally, wind up saving the day.
The set is simple and functions well
though it's not particularly attractive.
The costumes are the only evidence of
this production's pre-WWI Austro-
Hungarian setting and, since this
choice seems somewhat random and
inconsequential, they serve to add little more than a mild confusion to the
Bard things happen to good people: The Prince of Aragon (Scott Bellis) chooses the wrong box in the controversial Merchant of Venice.
experience.
Overall, Much Ado is a varied
bowl of fruit and I suspect its juiciest
bites were suggested by its fresher cast
members. It is not badly directed but it
left me wondering whether Douglas
Campbell, with an impressive fifty
years of theatrical experience, is resting on his laurels or if a slight stateness
is part of Bard's marketing strategy.
The Merchant of Venice
at Bard on the Beach until Sep 22
A play that is almost guaranteed to
cause discussion and controversy, The
Merchant of Venice is a romantic comedy which undermines its own levity by
pitting Jew against Christian, '["his production walks the line line between
ihe harshness of the nricinal .scrim mid
the risk of offending rhe sensibilities of
its audience, and it ultimately errs on
the side ol caution.
Seeing Shylock, I learned lhat many
well-informed people think Merchant
is a racist play and defend it anyway.
While this is a worthy, anti-censorship
argument, 1 think the playwright is
interrogating racism here, not complying with it. Why else choose the setting
of Venice, whose mercantile Catholics,
to an Elizabethan audience, were not
much farther from the devil than the
Jews were? F.ven in the twentieth century, these fickle, money grabbing
Venetians are not particularly likeable
in their heroic roles. By requiring us to
celebrate with them as the lovers
(including Shy lock's daughter Jessica, a
convert to Christianity) enjoy their victory over Shylock and, therefore, all
Jews, they create in the audience an
anger and fear of our own racism.
These feelings may be misdirected by
some who proceed to condemn the
play when it has simply done what it
was supposed to do-stir up shit.
Bard's production should be commended for leaving in lines during the
trial scene which, rumour has it, other
recent productions have cut out. As it
is, when Shylock (played delicately by
Bard's Artistic Director Christopher
Gaze) is foiled in his lust for his pound
of flesh by the disguised Portia
(Denyse Wilson), I became increasingly uncomfortable' with his punishment
as it began reasonably and grew vindictive, stripping the Jew's entire identity-religion, property, and family-
away from him. This is obviously the
response of a racist state determined to
punish a second-class citizen who
dared rattle his cage. Also, Portia's
much ouoted snecch of moments
before ("The quality of mercy is not
strained"), in which she appeals to
Shylock to be merciful, is suddenly
lound to apply only to Christian beneficiaries. No mercy for the Jew.
The same variations in acting ability
turn up here as in Much Ado, but
David Marr, whose moroseness
worked to his advantage as Benedick,
interprets • Antonio's sadness in
Merchant as boredom—and it's boring.
Aside from my directorial criticism,
this production is subtly done and
leaves a wonderful range of emotional
and intellectual reactions open to the
audience.
An issue no one ever talks about is
the homosexuality of Antonio, the title
character, and his love and willingness
to be martyred for the flighty Bassanio.
Are students of Dr. Katherine Sirluck,
UBC's favourite Shakespeare prof and
the one who wrote the program's synopses, the only ones aware of the likelihood of this interpretation? "I do not
know why I am so sad." Think about it.
Shylock
Sep 2, 9,16 at Bard on the Beach
What does a Jewish actor do when he
realizes Shakespeare intended Shylock
to be first a villain, second a Jew?
Answer: licks his lips and rubs his
hands together in greed.
What does he do when community
outrage compells his Artistic Director
to close The Merchant of Venice two
weeks early? Answer: takes over the
final "talk-back" session and finally
talks back.
Shylock is an excellent companion
piece to Bard's production of Merchant.
It's a rare thrill lo hear the dangers
of censorship and the precarious state
ot innovation in Canadian theatre
expressed in such a passionate and
articulate form. Mark Leircn-Young
uses the case ol the notorious Jew to
attack the caution and the forces ot
political correctness which threaten to
"neuter" modern theatre.
David   Berner  manages   to -keep
many pots boiling throughout his per-
fomance, giving rich food
lor thought on all
sorts    of   levels,
returning  finally
to   the   persona
experience    of    an
actor being spat
at and called a
racist.      His
character tells of
audiences booing him
whenever Shylock appears on
stage and of his first experience with
the stories of Shakespeare and how his
young mind survived its first viewing
of Merchant without turning him into
a neo-Nazi. At one point, he describes
his director offering any pan the actor
wants in the upcoming season to make
up lor the cancelation. After some
thought, he asked for Othello, much to
the director's consternation.
Shylock is directed by John Juliani
under his pretentious Savage God banner. You may remember the minute-
long blackouts between scenes at his
production of To Have at the Freddy
Wood Play last year; I remember very
little else.
Fortunately, there are no scene
changes in this piece. 1 highly recommend this biting and important work,
here in its world premiere, since il
serves as a poignant examination of
some very serious
issues that are not >^l|iI)Ki(j!l^
limited to the the- j/f^Lj^yy&A
atre alone.
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If R.E.M. predicted the end of the world ten years ago,
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Gloomy and gloriously industrial, The eyes of Stanley
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Highlight tracks include 'sidewinder', 'suni' and the at
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Armageddon never sounded this good. - Federico Barahona
Community conscious films hit the streets
by Peter T. Chattaway
Street-level Film festival
Aug 16-18 at Grandview Park
If the audiences can't come to the theatre, then the theatre
will come to them.
That, at least, is the idea behind the Pacific Cinematheque's Street-Level Film Festival. Potential audiences
won't have to trot past the businesses and hotels of Howe
Street to purchase membership fees or even admission;
instead, films that address issues relevant to the big city will
be shown at community centres throughout Vancouver free
of charge, with group discussions to follow.
The bulk of the festival will take place between
September 18 and November 6, but audiences can get a
foretaste of things.to come this weekend when the festival
kicks off at Grandview Park (on Commercial Drive between
Charles and William Streets — please, all you royalty fans, no
tittering). The line-up includes Curtis's Charm, a Toronto
film about drugs and voodoo based on a Jim Carroll short
story; Once in a Blue Moon, an imaginative look at growing
up in the '60s filmed last year in North Vancouver; and the
Japanese cult classic Akira.
If this is starting to sound like the walk-in theatre environment at downtown's Granville Beach, festival organizer
Stuart Poyntz emphasises that there are significant differ
ences between the two venues. For one thing, the Street-
Level shows are free, and the shows this Friday and Saturday
will open at 8:30 with an eclectic music set put on by local
band (and, according to bandleader Ron Samworth, ardent
cinephiles) Talking Pictures. The outdoor setting is not an
unfamiliar one for this act; they toured last August with
Brecht in the Park's Threepenny Opera.
On top of that, says Poyntz, Street-Level's line-up will not
focus on Hollywood so much. "They're not from the B-movie
tradition that a lot of the Granville Beach films are," he says.
"They're great narrative films, but two are Canadian and one
is a Japanese animation film.
"I'm kind of wary of saying that," he adds, "cuz we're not
trying to underscore that. We don't want to scare people
away by saying they're Canadian films. Part of our role is to
get to an audience that doesn't come to the Cinematheque,
or sees the stereotypical Canadian film as being low-budget,
underdone or boring, and none of these films are like that."
Actually, Curtis's Charm, which leads the way on August
16, does look like it was filmed on a shoestring, but it certainly ain't boring. Much of that is due to John L'Ecuyer's
creative direction, which flashes between several different
states of altered consciousness, but don't overlook the richly contrasted performances of Maurice Dean Wint (Rude)
and Vancouver's own Callum Rennie (who is probably best
known as the white boyfriend in Double Happiness).
Curtis's Charm also happens to plug into the festival's two
main themes: youth culture and urban development.
"Curtis's Charm is a wonderfully generous and gritty portrayal of street life in Canada that we generally don't see,"
says Poyntz. "We have this kind of pastoral idea of our cities,
and that's not the case at all."
And who exactly is the "youth culture" that Poyntz has in
mind? Poyntz says it isn't so much about age but, rather, "it's
about folks who have something to say about dreaming of
the future. Youth culture is the place where you see people
dreaming of the future, imagining some kind of Utopian or
dystopian vision of what the future will look like for themselves and everyone else around them."
Enter Akira — a futuristic scifi hit about youth gangs in "a
city run wild," enthuses Poyntz.
Rather than harp on local ills eclusively, the festival will
look to Canada's global neighbours to show how similar
issues are being addressed — or-ignored - around the world.
Come September, featured films will include the Oliver
Stone-produced Zebrahead (the festival's only American
offering), France's La Haine (Hate), and Britain's Empire State
in addition to the homegrown Canadian works (including
Calgary's The Suburbanators, Winnipeg's Hell Bent,
Montreal's Eldorado, and Toronto's Rude).
But that will come in due time. For now, feel free to grab
a blanket, park your butt under the stars, and soak in the
sounds and sights of what could turn out to be the most
streetwise film fest this city has ever seen.
Free Shakespeare for students
 by James Rowley
AS YOU LIKE IT
at Carousel Theatre until Aug 17
With no tent to still the evening air,
among the audience of Carousel
Theatre School's Av You Like It a
camaraderie stirs as a twilight chill
descends on the stands. A semi-circle of young oaks define the stage on
the bank of this hill on the eastern
tip of Granville Island. In such a set
ting, it's not always easy to separate
the chill from the thrill of theatre in
the wild.
Another of Shakespeare's plays
with an improbably happy ending
that makes you go, "Hmmm", As You
Like It is a romp and that's exactly
what these students arc doing.
I remember playing Flute in the
first of Carousel's free shows on the
Mound seven years ago. The crowd
that trickled in with smiles on their
faces, amazed to find a free performance of such a good play performed with such energy and technical support, was plenty big enough
to make me sell-conscious. By now
the secret's out and our opening
night audience overflowed onto the
grass surrounding the stage; on
opening night the performers, most
of whom have little experience,
seemed a little unsure of themselves.
Director Elizabeth Ball has made
many unusual casting decisions, giving young actors parts they may not
have the opportunity to inhabit
when they venture further into the
performing arts. The text is given
many gimmicks, tricks, and modern
twists which seemed a little insincere
on opening night, but once this cast
finds iis feet, these flaws should
smooth out. And hey, isn't that
recent UBC BFA Grad Peter Beharry
showing off his tap steps as the nor
mally sullen Jacques?
The Compleat Works of Love
Grinning Dragon Theatre's second
showing at the 1996 UBC
Summerstock festival is long gone by
now, but this is a piece that will keep
popping up, so keep your eyes
peeled. Based on the collected works
of Willidtn Shakespeare, David
Bloom and Linda Quibell's play
explores not a' few of the many love
themes that wind its sonnets, plays
and poems together.
The language is centra] to the
piece and Quibell and Alex
Ferguson, with dear voices, commit
ted spirits and specific intentions, do
not let the most insignificant word
fall lo the iloor un-uscd. Nor do they
let any prop, candle or corner of the
bed lie less than fully explored.
This is the best interpretation ot
the bard's work in Vancouver at the
moment. It was a pleasure to hear
the interchange between Shylock's
daughter Jessica and her new husband Lorenzo, as they liken the stars
to glittering treasure at the bottom
of the sea, done justice to. These are
some of Shakespeare's most beautiful lines, and I had been disappointed by Jennifer Lines and Ian Robison
(whose main problem may have sim
ply been one of volume) at Bard on
the Beach.
Though this play is skilfully knitted together, the characters and situations shift every few lines from play
to sonnet to play (and so on) such
that it is impossible to really get to
know who or what we are watching
on anything other than a rather
abstract level. Perhaps if 1 didn't
know any of the lines I would find it
easier, but I think most will have
trouble really caring about what
happens to these people. However, I
did enjoy ihe intellectual game of
trying to name the plays and speakers of this patchwork piece.
Come by the"llbySSey at SUB 241K
and you could win a free double pass
to the Thursday, August 22 preview of
A Very Brady Sequel if you can
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News of possible life on Mars shocked the world.
Federico Barahona decides that he needed to
hijack a space shuttle in order to check out the
Martian landscape for himself. But he was not
alone in his endeavor. Sarah O'Donnell, the leader
of the United Militia for the Takeover of Mars,
dreams of enslaving Martian bacteria in sweat
shop copper mines. Wolf Depner, who was hanging with Lex Luthor during his last attempt at
world domination, led his hybrid cybernetic
android warriors to the Kennedy Space Airfield.
President Scott Hayward was on site to commemorate the relaunching of the Martian, space program. The android army, blasting their way into
the Space Center, forced their way into the
President's viewing box, killing Vice-President Joe
Clark and Senate leader Chris Nuttall-Smith in
the process. Secretary James Rowley made a heroic attempt to prevent the kidnapping, but was
tragically crushed underneath a collapsing CNN
media tower. Andy Barham, spokesperson for the
UMTM, demanded access to the shuttle in
exchange for the President's life. First Lady Janet
Winters was surprisingly happy about the
President's predicament, taking the opportunity
to elope with the Presidental Janitor, Peter T.
Chattaway. CIA Chief James Rowan rushed in
from the Pentagon to help diffuse the crisis. When
Rowan refused to meet the militia's demands,
they upped the ante. "Give us the shuttle," spat
Charlie Cho, the militia's loose camion, "or well
detonate the nuclear warheads in all the Dunkin'
Donuts around the world!" That did it. There was
nothing left to do but to open the safety locks of
the shuttle and commence the launch sequence.
As the shuttle left the Terran orbit, Martian bacteria interpreter Elaine Wu was starting to have
some doubt* about the whole project. "What if
the bacteria won't work for us?" Ben Koh quickly
reassured her that nothing would stop them from
enslaving those "filthy microbes". The landing
went smoothly, but once they had stepped out
the shuttle, they realised that the bacteria were
already working for Q-Mart—producing cheap
polar clothing for Plutonians. "Damn. Beaten
again by Cathy Leah Blifford."
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Fight for social justice-start with education
Is education a right or a privilege?
The debate rages on as students
across Canada try to cope with the reality of insufficiently funded post-secondary education. What is the role of
education on a larger scale? In other
words, why should we care who gets to
be educated?
Because the cycle of poverty begins
with the lack of opportunity.
Here's .the idea: education is about
social justice. As long as there are people
who can't get an education because they
haven't got the money or because they
fear sexual or racial discrimination, we
have a problem. Not just a financial
problem that requires cutbacks and budget slashing, but a social problem that
continues to marginalise a considerable
portion of the population.
There are no easy answers to the
problem but we cannot accept the status
quo, nor can we fall back on the tired
solutions of banks and government.
Students must start looking for new
approaches in order to take charge of a
post-secondary education system that
has been hijacked by fiscal policy. The
fact is, getting an education is not simply
a business decision.
So where to look for these new ideas?
A good place to start is with organisations that you might not immediately
associate with post-secondary education.
If you think about it, however, groups
like the National Action Committee on
the Status of Women (NAC) and its partners like labour and anti-poverty groups,
are synonymous with education.
NAC's goal is to advance women's issues
with a view to creating a society free of
poverty, sexism, racism, agism, ableism
and homophobia: a level playing field—
isn't that what most of us want from
education?
Education should not be seen as an
assembly line, designed to churn out
degrees and make money for the banks;
it is part of a cycle. Universities educate
students, the educated student is able to
contribute more to society; in the end,
society benefits.
Students need an attitude adjustment
and unless we are willing put up with a
mediocre system that marginalises some
and leaves many with overwhelming
debt loads, we have to find a new voice.
It is organisations like NAC that can help
us find that voice.
letters
UBC Prez sets
record straight
As a general practice,
I have refrained from
responding to items
which appear in The
Ubyssey. However, on
this occasion, because I
believe in journalistic
integrity, I feel compelled to correct errors
and misrepresentations
printed in the summer
issue.
1. Contrary to the
AMS Update which
appeared in the August
1 issue, the university
did not seek to increase
tuition fees counter to
the provincial guideline.
Government explicitly
exempted fees (as
opposed to tuition) from
the freeze, and so
informed us. ubc then
planned to implement
the third step of its
Student Bursary Fee
Fund, which was
approved several years
ago and operates to
the direct benefit of
students. Similarly, we
plannedrto execute the
third phase of the
Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund;
this fund has already
produced direct assistance for students and
possesses further potential. These two fees have
been linked with tuition
only to create a tax
benefit for students; it is
important to recognize
that they have always
been fees and are
not now nor ever have
been an integral part of
tuition.
Despite the fact that
these fee increases were
specifically excluded
from the tuition freeze,
the AMS worked to have
them reversed. As a
result of their loss of
revenue, the university
will be hampered in its
efforts to provide improved direct support to
its students.
A third fee that was
rolled back has been
instituted to enable ubc
to pay the sewer fee that
the City of Vancouver is
seeking to impose. For
seventy years, UBC has
been exempted from
paying sewer fees by
explicit policy and,
indeed, legislation. To
secure the means to
make this payment,
we have previously
requested that the
provincial government
increase the university's
grant. This has been
rejected. We therefore
requested instead that
they permit us to charge
a fee to cover these
proposed costs. This has
also been rejected. Since
almost all of our core
revenue comes from the
provincial grant (80%)
and tuition (16%), we
have no source of funding to meet such a
recurring charge. Consequently, UBC's ability
to provide services to its
students would be even
further impeded. (If we
were to use income
from Hampton Place to
pay this on a recurring
basis, it would take
one-third of the total
income or consume the
equivalent of nine acres
of land.)
2.1 feel compelled to
comment on the AMS
decision to finance its
deficit using Coke funds.
This deficit was a result
of the ams spending
money in excess of its
revenue. It seems most
unfortunate that new
funds which were generated expressly for new
and improved student
services, with a focus on
services for the disabled,
should now be reallocated to compensate for
errors in budgeting.
New money for exciting
projects is hard to find.
The ams has missed an
opportunity to enhance
its services to students.
3. Consultations on
the official community
plan process and UBC's
land use plan have
been underway now for
several years with many
opportunities for input
by the AMS and students. Following these
wide-ranging discussions, UBC's strategy for
allocation of this future
revenue was explicitly
approved by the Board
of Governors in January,
1995:
"All income from
long term leases will be
used for endowments,
long term assets which
directly support the
academic mission, and
allow the university to
expand its human
resources through programs supported by
these endowments."
I think it important
to understand that
endowments to create
positions and programs
directly benefit students
and provide a permanent   base   for   UBC's
teaching and research
activities.
I thought it would be
useful for your readers
to have these misrepresentations and inaccuracies clarified and
corrected."
David W. Strangway
UBC President
(The AMS Update is free
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content is set by the
AMS-ed.)
Canadians resent
American pride
I was most disturbed by
the tone of Wolf
Depner's article, "Sports
Opinion: An Olympic-
sized Gripe" (August 8,
1996). Being a Canadian
who has lived in the US
for several years, I found
it painfully representative of the defensive,
resentful attitude many
Canadians have towards
Americans. While initially Wolf makes some
justified complaints
about a handful of
problems with the
Atlanta games, it takes
him only a few paragraphs to launch into
stereotypical slurs and
ttiinly-veiled envy. The
"tacky commercialism"
referred to may not
seem so tacky to those
of us who recall that
Montreal is still paying
its' debts from then-
games, having not had
the commercial and corporate support available
in the US I suppose the
more noble tack would
have been to saddle tax
payers with decades of
debt, right? I'll take the
McDonald's and IBM
advertisements, thank-
you.
Secondly, claiming
that foreign visitors had
"to endure their fair
share of insults and
ethnic jokes," while
simultaneously using
an offensive cartoon
picturing a beer-bellied,
tattooed, boorish
American next to Wolf's
story is completely hypocritical. The complaint
that "non-US athletes
were rarely acknowledged" is most likely
based on the fact that
most of us watched the
games on US network
channels, whose coverage was vastly more
comprehensive and
interesting that the CBC,
and which naturally
focused on US athletes
just as the CBC focused
on Canadian athletes.
Of course, comparing
the Atlanta games to
the 1936 Olympic
games in Berlin is both
laughable and downright insulting to the
Jewish community.
What Wolf has so
aptly demonstrated is
what we Canadians are
far too often guilty of—
envy and intolerance of
an American trait to be
enthusiastic and proud
of their nation. Canada
did very well at the
games and we have
reason to be proud.
Don't spoil it by moaning and nit-picking
about the us.
Rodney C. Remington
Faculty of Medicine AUGUST 15, 1996
THE UBYSSEY   7
Struggle continues...
agents.      Because
Pressure on the US government
will be stepped up to make
Peltier's case an election issue.
Continued from page 3.
"Canada was involved in a blatant lie and
international treaty fraud," Dreaver says. "It's
now coming back to haunt them."
According to Dreaver, Canadians should
make it clear they want a full and independent review of the extradition, in defence of
Peltier's rights as well as their own.
"We too have been violated and offended,"
she says.
The Canadian
government is not
about to take any
action any time
soon, points out
Michael Ryan, a former chair of the
Leonard Peltier Defence Committee,.
"The Canadian
government does
not want to pressure the US to
honour its bilateral
treaties," he says.
"If the US doesn't want to honour
them, then what does Canada do? Blockade
them?"
Others believe that the Canadian government has no interest in speaking out for justice for Peltier when its own history of mistreating Natives and pushing them off land
for resource extraction and military purposes
is no better than that of the US.
"We have been political prisoners here for
the same reasons," says Dexter X, a member
of Headfood-an activist research group in
Montreal. "The Canadian government does
not want to aid movements for social and
economic justice when they are at risk of
being targeted themselves."
Bill May of the Peltier Defence Committee
in Kansas is also pessimistic about Canada
taking a tough stance.
"We're not expecting anything from the
Canadian government," he says. "It would
take a lot for them to stand up to the US government."
* * *
MAY SAYS INTEREST AND HOPE FOR THE
case is at an all time high; Peltier is finally
getting some much-needed attention, which
is being read as a positive sign.
At Peltier's last parole hearing in December,
the US prosecutor and three FBI agents admitted they did not know who killed the two
many now believe
that, at most, he is
guilty of aiding and
abetting,    Peltier's
Ol
*ople In positions of powi
organisers are raising the
stakes by planning acts
of civil disobedience
chances
released
proved;
already
of  being
are   im-
he    has
served
longer than the 200
months he could
get for being at the
scene of a shootout.
Pressure on the
US government
will be stepped up in an attempt to make
Peltier's case an election issue. Instead of
making demands on people in positions of
power through rallies, letter-writing campaigns and petitions as they have in the past,
organisers are raising the stakes by planning
acts of civil disobedience where activists lay
claim to power themselves.
"Civil disobedience is when we say we
need new tactics and we've had enough of
government disregard," says Dexter.
The last worm seems to be squirming out
of the can, and Peltier's supporters are confident that the charade can't go on much
longer.
"It's been a long, long struggle," Dreaver
says, "but we've always had truth on our
side."
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Running with UBCs soft spoken Olympian
by Wolf Depner
Jeff Schiebler/s Olympic tale reads like a Dickens novel.
"The best thing was competing; the worst was not
competing as well as I hoped," the UBC track and field
star and fourth year Human Kinetics student said.
And who could argue with him.
Schiebler was the lone Canadian entry in the men's
10,000 m competition only to finish last in his preliminary heat in a time of 29:47 almost two minutes slower
than his personal best.
"[There was] a full range of emotions in that whole
competition," the 23-year old New Westminister native
said. "In an individual sport you are really only there for
yourself, to do as well as you can."
"And to be so excited about being there, to have
goals, and then within ten or fifteen minutes know that
those goals are not going to be met...is a huge disappointment."
Race conditions were far from ideal when runners
lined up to race at ten o'clock in the evening on July 26.
The temperature trackside hovered around 30
degrees, but Schiebler blames the humidity for his poor
performance.
Just prior to Atlanta, he spent two weeks in South
Carolina trying to get used to the swampy climate. But
Schiebler couldn't adjust and ran his "worst race in the
last yeai-" according to UBC Cross Country Coach
Marek Jedrzejek who has worked with Schiebler since
1989.
"[Jeff] is a very tough competitor who can handle a
lot of pressure at the big events," Jedrzejek noted. "That
was not the real Jeff Schiebler out there."
The Schiebler File
National Championships
1995 - 10,000 m
Born: June 1. 1973
1995 - 1,500 m
New Westminster, BC
1994-1,500 m
Residence: New Westminster, BC
1993 - 3.500 m
Height: 175 cm (5'9")
1992 - 1,300 m
Weight: 59 kg (129 lb)
CIAU Championships
1996-3,000 m
Personal Bests:
1995 - 10,000 cross-country
10,000 m - 28:05.84 May/95
Canada West Championships
5,000 m -13:38.11 June/96
1996-3,000 m
3,000 m steeple chase -
1995-3,000 m
8:40.28 July/92
1994-3,000 m
"I have a lot of problems running in humid
conditions," Schiebler admits. '1 thought going
into [the race] I had done
everything I could to prepare for the heat and
humidity...I know I could
have done better in a different climate, in a different situation [and] on a
different day."
He stumbled into running ten years ago when
it was just "another sport"      	
for him. "But right away I      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^™
was doing very well for my age, beating a lot of guys
older than me," he said.
Over time he focused on mnning and established
himself as one of Canada's top long-distance runners,
ranking 47th in world in the 10,000 m.
Although he wants to run in the Sydney Olympics
four years from now, he does not expect to compete in
2004. "Running twenty-five laps at the age of thirty-one
may not be that much fun," he joked.
While Schiebler's Olympic future beyond the year
2000 remains in doubt, his financial future certainly is
not. He will earn an undisclosed six-figure annual salary
after inking a two-year deal with a major Japanese corporate sponsor last May to "basically run and to do
some promotional work" near Tokyo.
The company will also provide Schiebler with board,
room and transportation during his stay in Japan where
JEFF SCHIEBLER-"One major goal now is to do well at the Olympics, not to just get there and be happy with
that" CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH PHOTO
track and field generates huge revenues and is only second to baseball in popularity.
"It is a very good opportunity for me," he said. "I will
never know if I ever get offered something like that
again."
With very few expenses, Schiebler wants to save up
for the future and hopes to attend law school after his
running days are over. He also wants to pick up
Japanese, hoping that it will open doors for him in the
corporate world.
But the track is never far from his mind. "Something
I would like to work while in Japan is pre-race confidence," he said. "In my race I was lined up between the
defending Olympic champion and the world record
holder and you think 'do I really belong here at this
level with these guys?"
"I should not be thinking that way. Once you start
thinking like that you'll give those guys a head start," he
said. Overall, he is still reflecting on the 1996 Games.
"I'm a fairly level-headed person. I don't get excited
that easily nor do I get down too easily. I take everything as it comes. But the opening ceremonies [were]
pretty awesome," he recalled.
"We had been in the village for two days, but it was
not until we were walking to the opening ceremonies
that we realised that we were actually at the Olympics."
However Schiebler found the village and Atlanta
hectic, distracting and very chaotic. Having been to several world championships and Commonwealth Games,
he was disappointed with the way the Olympics were
put on. "There was just a lack of organisation everywhere," he said.
Indeed, he experienced problems first hand when
the shuttle bus carrying him to his heat venue had to
fight its way through Friday afternoon rush-hour traffic
instead of being given priority on the highway.
He was also puzzled by the public's immediate
response to the still-unsolved Centennial Park bombing.
"It was a weird situation. People were grieving on the
spot where this bomb had gone off, putting flowers
down and the next day, the park had been opened up
again and people were dancing on the same spot." He
said. "People seemed to get over it pretty quickly."
Nonetheless, Schiebler is brirnming with quiet confidence and determination when the conversation drifts
to his athletic future.
"The most important thing Marek [Jedrzejek] has
taught me is patience," he said. "It takes a lot of time to
get to a certain level and we are still hoping that I have
not reached my peak yet, and that I will go on to an
even higher level."
Sports sexism, cost of games, and player updates
Disturbing:
Fifty-seven percent of female university athletes say male athletes have
made sexist jokes or comments to them,
according to an unpublished survey
conducted by the Canadian Inter-university Athletic Union (CIAU). The study
also found that 177 percent of female
athletes say their male counterparts
have made comments that sport is an
"inappropriate activity" for women.
The survey was given to 1024 university athletes and will be used by the
CIAU to set up sexual-harassment policies for university athletes, conducted
by University of Windsor kinesiology
professor Margery Holman. (Source:
The Globe and Mail)
Paying Dues:
UBC Athletics announced UBC students will be charged $3.00 to attend
regular T-Bird season games. In the
past, students were able to attend regular season games for free and were
only charged for "special events" like
the Shrum Bowl, playoffs games and
tournaments.
UBC Athletics Director Bob Philip
says the goal "is not to make a fortune,
but to get people to go to the games"
by giving them an entertainment value.
This move was made possible following
a "yes" vote on the athletic fee reallocation referendum held last January.
Single-admission ticket prices to "special events" will remain the same.
Catching on:
Former T-Bird football star Grayson
Shillingford played his best game yet
for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks with
three receptions for 24 yards in a
24-19 exhibition victory over the
Oakland Raiders. Shillingford will
have one more chance to impress
the coaches before the August 20
cuts, when  Seattle takes  on  the
Indianapolis Colts August 17.
Home Improvement:
Women's basketball head coach
Deb  Hubband  has  recruited J.J.
Rawlinson  and  Claire  Reilly-Roe,
two talented young guards out of
Ontario. Huband is retooling in her
second year at the helm after losing
Kim Phipps and Michele Davey to
graduation.

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