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Array Garbage-
south Campus could turn
into a dump if the strike
continues
Supe
¥ •
Brit pop stars, Supergrass
sit pretty on top. Next,
they take Manhattan
Park
Toronto's Queens Park was
shaken over a year ago by
protests
cryogenically frozen 1982
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CIAU may show athletes the money
by Wolf Depner
University athletes will get bigger scholarships and
Canadian varsity programs will get a shot of corporate cash if the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union (CIAU) approves changes to its athletic scholarship policy.
The organisation's eligibility committee recommended in June the CIAU either raise the limit on
how much students can win in athletic scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000 or the cost of tuition
at CIAU member schools.
In addition the same committee recommended
the CIAU provide universities with a recniiting tool
by legalising financial support for promising high
school athletes entering university.
The proposals are intended to stem the tide of
Canadian high school students going to American
universities on recruiting scholarships. Unlike
American schools, CIAU schools cannot offer financial support to first year varsity athletes unless they
meet or exceed an 80 percent high school average.
But these changes also mean Canadian varsity
athletics will be more open to private and corporate sponsorship money.
There is some disagreement over whether the
proposed changes will pass. While Bob Philip, UBC
Athletics director, said the changes are a done deal,
Peter Barnsely, Ontario University Athletics
Association spokesperson, said they still require a
formal vote by CIAU member schools next January.
Ontario schools have traditionally opposed
reci*uiting scholarships for financial and philosophical reasons.
"Why should we pay the athletes that we can
keep here," Barnsely asked.
But Barnsely admitted that several Ontario
schools are warming up to the idea of recruiting
scholarships and added he expected the CIAU to
approve them.
Kim Gordon, UBC coordinator for Interuniversity
Athletics, said UBC and other Canada West schools —
universities west of Ontario—are committed to offering recruiting scholarships starting next year.
That course of action could force the CIAU to
kick UBC out of the organisation. "We'll make a
stand on scholarships and they would have to
decide whether we're going to be in the CIAU or
not."
Local student athlete leaders welcomed the
news that UBC could soon offer recruiting scholarships and increase the value of existing scholarships.
"It allows elite athletes to come to [Canadian]
schools and focus on their athletics and their academics," said Lisa Archer, vice president of
Thunderbird Athletic Council.
According to Philip, UBC Athletics has already
put aside $400,000 for athletic scholarships and
wants to raise another $2.6 million in the next
three years to be competitive in the expected bidding war for high school athletes.
"There is no question about it When you have
more money, you will have better teams," Philip
said.
Philip insisted that corporate sponsors will not
play a big role in funding athletic scholarships. "I
really believe it is in individual [donors]," said
Philip.
UBC Development Office Manager Bryce
Mathieson, a full-time Athletics fund-raiser, agreed
but admitted that corporate sponsors could be
more involved in funding athletic scholarships in
the future.
Philip also hopes the scholarship changes, if
passed, will send the right message to future corporate sponsors.
"If we're trying to keep the kids in Canada, that
sends a message out through the media to the general public that we're trying to making our product
better," Philip said. "And that's what this is really all
about. "♦
INCREASED FUNDING may be on the way for varsity athletes.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
Royal, Hong Kong banks may get campus monopoly
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The Royal Bank and Hong Kong Bank of Canada
have won a joint tender that could give them a
lock on all banking at UBC.
Pending UBC Board of Governors (BOG)
approval in October, the two banks would be
the only automated banking and banking services providers at UBC. They would also do all
the university's banking.
"We're waiting for the Board of Governors'
approval but at this point of time we have been
selected and it's a joint bid with the Hong Kong
Bank of Canada," said Betty Wood, senior
account manager at the Royal Bank's
Vancouver Business Banking Centre.
The UbysseyTenorted last week that the university's Business Relations department had
solicited proposals for a campus banking deal
and would recommend a proposal to BOG. But
UBC refused to discuss the deal and would not
say which bank had won the tender.
The long-term deal would have the Royal
and Hong Kong banks move into the location
in SUB currently occupied by the Bank of
Montreal and take over other banks' automatic banking locations at UBC, according to
Wood.
Neither Wood, nor a Hong Kong Bank representative would say how much the university, or the banks stand to make from the deal.
Ryan Davies, AMS president, said while the
student union has no official position on the
deal, he was not personally opposed.
"There's a free market just 50 feet down the
road and a CIBC right on the corner," Davies
said, referring to the university village.
But Davies said he knew Utile ofthe banking deal.
"I'm in a total vacuum here: the university's
told us nothing about the details of the bank or
just to what extent students will be limited. If it's
true that there's only one kind of bank machine
on campus, yeah, that's inconvenient for students for sure."
However, Wood said a banking monopoly
would not inconvenience students or staff at
UBC. "I think that the impact on students
should be positive given the innovation that
we're planning to bring to the campus, and as I
say students would have a choice, they would
not be obliged to deal with Royal Bank; they
would have a choice to deal with Royal Bank or
Hong Kong bank if they chose to bank on campus," she said.
The AMS business manager, Bernie Peets,
said he wasn't sure how the Royal and Hong
Kong banks could get a campus monopoly, since
the AMS leases SUB space for a Bank of
Montreal branch and Toronto Dominion and
VanCity automatic tellers.
"The Bank of Montreal is there until 2004 at
which point in time the space becomes the property of the AMS to renegotiate with the Bank of
Montreal, another bank, or whatever," Peets
said. There are nineteen employees at the bank.
Frank Hacquoil, Vancouver Bank of
Montreal vicepresident said his bank had not
been contacted about leaving. He added all the
banks were waiting for BOG's decision before
making permanent plans.
The banking agreement would be the third
major exclusivity deal reached at UBC recently.
The university and the AMS agreed in 1995 to
give Coca-Cola a multimillion dollar, ten-year
monopoly on campus. Last year, UBC reached
an agreement with BC Telecom that will make
the company UBCs principal telecommunications provider.
UBC has refused to release details of any of
the deals.
Wood said this was the first arrangement of
its kind for Royal Bank This particular deal, I
would call it a pilot to be quite honest with you—
it is a first and we're going to see how it runs."
Jason Ewasiuk, a Science student who
stopped to talk to the Ubyssey on his way into the
SUB Bank of Montreal, said he opposed a campus banking monopoly.
"I'm not going to scream bloody murder
about it but this is supposed to be a free sodety.
I don't think the university has the right to limit
consumer choice whether it's for banking, or
pop or whatever."
No one in Business Relations could be
reached for comment before presstime.-'V •V   "
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concentration of 18-22 year
olds in the lower mainland.
Phone 822-1654 or 822-6681.
CIBC pulls out of student loan program in Nova Scotia
by Merelda Fiddler
REGINA (CUP)- The Canadian Imperial Bank
of Commerce (CIBC] has pulled out ofthe student loan program in Nova Scotia after only a
three and a half year involvement.
At the end of June, the CIBC decided not to
renew its contract with the provincial government. The bank will not negotiate any new
loans, and those students who hold loans at
CIBC and require more money will have their
loans transferred to the Royal
Bank of Nova Scotia.
The   CIBC   cited   enormous
increases in student unemployment,    debt,   -bankruptcy    and
tuition, without enough aid from
the provincial government as reasons for the pull-out. During negotiations with the provincial government, the CIBC wanted to see the
provincial   government   institute
major changes.
"We [CIBC] tliink the Student Loan
program needs to be overhauled,"
said Peter McCreath,  communications representative for the Nova
Scotia CIBC. "The [Nova Scotia] government only wanted to make minor
changes and we simply chose not to
renew our contract."
With the CIBC pull-out, students will now
have to deal with the only remaining lender,
the Royal Bank.
However, few see this as a problem.
According to a news release from the
Education and Culture Ministry of Nova
Scotia, Minister Robbie Harrison stressed
"...students are fully protected with ready
access to student loans as before."
The concern is not now whether the CIBC
has started a trend in bank pull-outs, but
whether banks should be in control of student loans.
"The root of the problem is banks are not
in the [role] of implementing social programs," says Jessica Squires, Nova Scotia representative of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "They are there to give you money."
Squires believes CIBC thought that students would become a source of revenue by
//
HOW can I   s
be expected
to buy something
when I am still pay
ing off my StU
— JESSICA SQUIRES,
NOVA SCOTIA REP OF THE CFS
taking out personal loans and opening new
accounts after their education was completed. Students, according to Squires, are in no
position to borrow money after accumulating
a huge student loan debt.
"How can I be expected to buy something
when I am still paying off my student loan?"
asks Squires.
Squires added that students who have a
student loan with one bank are not likely to
open a personal account with the same bank.
If a student defaults a payment, the bank can
simply take the money out of the personal
account.
The provincial government says it is looking at ways to improve the student loan program, and lessen debt and bankruptcy. As
well, the provincial government says that this
couldn't be done by implementing CIBC's
requests.
One of the changes CIBC
was looking for was an
increase from five percent to
twenty percent in the risk premium for defaulted payment
on student loans. This is a four
hundred percent increase
the provincial government
was not willing to pay.
"We [the provincial government! didn't think we could
help student debt by giving
more money to the banks,"
said Catherine Maclsaac,
Communications Manager of
the Education and Culture
Department ofthe Nova Scotia
provincial government.
Maclsaac feels the remaining partnership with the Royal Bank is working out well for both the government and the
students. The Royal Bank even offers some
services that CIBC did not, like personal student loan contracts in a student's branch.
"Students can speak to a real person
[about their loan] and get real answers," said
Maclsaac.
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those little tasks easier. Blue Chip cookies has a
new window making it easier to get that cup of Java.
The Pendulum also has a fresh new face, with a
great setup to ensure you can get that lunch on the
go, or you can lounge on the patio. As well there is
new signage making it easier to navigate through the
halls of the SUB. Watch for information boards coming
to a SUB wall near you. They will have great updates
on events and information needed by students at
large.
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As early as 1994 UBC and the GVRD recognized a
need for an organized plan of action for the University
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student union. Should \ ou hd\e dn\
questions regarding the usage of this
space, please contact Michelle* ONeill
AMS C ommunications ( coordinator at
899-I96I. or drop b\ sub 961 or
email at comcoadms.ubc.cd
Community after a public outcry arose in response
to development issues on campus. A call was
made for an Official Comunity Plan to meet the
best interest of UBC and its students. As of July
1997 the bylaw #840 has been made civic law,
meaning the AMS can monitor the 'promises and
proposed initiatives' made by the University to
ensure the interest's of the students are met in
regards to accomodation, transportation, facilities
etc.
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Our web page had a facelift over the summer and is
a wealth of information from where to get
accommodation to volunteer services, jobs and
details on everything you need to know about your
student society and the services available to you.
Get up lo date @ www.ams.ubc.ca
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always been impressed by their dedication. You've
even thought about becoming one. Here is your
opportunity. Check out our Voulunteer Services
Board, or drop by SUB room 100D, or call 822-9268
for more information.
Keep watching here for more updates
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plenty of time to find the perfect person to
live with.
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a flat fee of $20.00 (no charge by the
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83S-g844 THE SUMMER UBYSSEY
Student exchanges
thriving despite
application fee
by Daniel Silverman
Despite new processing fees, five percent of undergraduate students will be studying abroad this year;
Fees introduced last year mean students now pay
from fifty to two hundred dollars just to register in the
program. Thevi Pather, assistant director of International
Student Services, said the foe increase was necessary to
process an upswing in the number of exchange applicants.
In addition to the fee, the cost of an exchange can be
significant. Students have to pay for transportation and
arrange their own accommodation. And although undergraduates still pay tuition to UBC, they must pay for 30
credits even if they are enrolled in less. Graduate students
may earn only 12
"The program was
better than the
UBC program that
I'm in right now."
—BRONWEN GEDDES
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
STUDENT
credits total on an
exchange.
About 240 UBC
students will go on
exchange this year,
said Pather. The
majority will go to
universities in Australia, the United
Kingdom and the
United States. UBC
will host an equal
number of exchange students.
The goal ofthe exchange program, according to Pather,
is to "broaden the scope of one's education by experiencing
other cultures." He described exchanges as a way to internationalise UBC by bringing different cultures and perspectives together in the classroom.
The faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration was the first at UBC to have an exchange
program. That faculty now has thirty-eight exchange partnersin twenty-three countries?
Kim Paterson, coordinator of the Commerce Study
Abroad and Exchange Program, said students benefit
from the program. "They have a lot more to offer once
they've completed a program where they've done such an
international component," she said.
"It's an opportunity to do something that they otherwise wouldn't get to do."
This year 85 students will study abroad through the
faculty's exchange program, compared with just 15 in the
1990-91 year.
Bronwen Geddes, a fourth-year Environmental
Studies student, recently returned from an exchange to
the University of East Anglia. She says that her exchange
"was an excellent program. The program was better than
the UBC program that I'm in right now... I don't really
have any complaints at aH.%>
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STUMPED FOR A DUMP With transfer stations closed, UBC needs a place to stash its trash, richard lam photo
Strike could make dump of campus park
 by Sarah Galashan
Plant Operations workers at UBC are
prepared to dump the university's
garbage on south campus.
After striking, Vancouver's outside
workers closed the Vancouver South
Transfer Station. Since then, UBC
Plant Operations has been dumping
elsewhere. But they aren't sure how
much longer it will last
"We are delivering to a licensed
transfer station in the Lower
Mainland," said Mary Jean O'Donnell,
waste manager for Plant Operations.
O'Donnell refused to confirm the location for fear that picketing city workers
would block UBC from dumping.
"[Picketers] slashed the tires of
'Trash Busters.' So if that's the type of
retaliation that they're performing I
really don't want them slashing the
tires of my trucks."
"[CUPE does not] condone those
methods of protest," said Connie
Credico, a national representative with
CUPE.
Still O'Donnell said she is worried
the alternative transfer station may be
a target for protest.
But according to Credico CUPE will
only take measures to prohibit dumping at alternative transfer stations if
they find out that Garbage normally
picked up by CUPE 1004 employees is
making its way to dumping grounds:
The makeshift campus dump,
which will only be used in an emergency, can be reached from some
Pacific Spirit Park trails and is located
behind the TRIUMF research facility.
"We're crossing our fingers everyday," said O'Donnell. "Thankfully at
this point we haven't been forced to
[dump there], which is a good thing."
"Hopefully we won't even have to
store material there," said Mark Aston,
UBC's manager for environmental programs. "The main repercussion would
be if there was any leakage from the
refuse into the ground water. From regular garbage it's probably not going to
be that toxic. It's not going to be that
hazardous."
After inspecting the site, Aston said
he is confident Plant Operations took
all necessary precautions in constructing the dump.
The tentative waste management
facility consists of layers of plastic
pinned down with tires and covered by
additional sheets of plastic. Currently it
is guarded by Plant Operations.
"Our worry is that people do know
about it, because it is kind of a thoroughfare to the park," said O'Donnell,
who wants to prevent any unauthorised dumping at UBC.
According to O'Donnell, the university produces approximately 70,000 kg
of waste a week, accounting for almost
10 percent of garbage in the Lower
Mainland.
She added the garbage strike might
have one up-side: it might alert people
about how much garbage they produce.
"To me this is kind of exciting
because one ofthe main things we look
at in waste reduction is trying to teach
people there is no away," said
O'Donnell. "So this is probably the best
lesson... as you look artiund the city
and see stuff piling and piling."»> THE SUMMER UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1997
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by John Zaozirny
It must be a damn confusing world for
Supergrass. You'd think that in a world filled
with irony and sarcasm, people would be able
to get a joke now and then. But titling their second album. In it for the Money has caused them
nothing but headaches. Never mind that the
band are featured busking on the album's cover
and that Supergrass (unlike a great number of
UK bands) is known to actually have a.sense of
humour, the perception has been that
Supergrass has now, somehow, sold out.
When people finally listened to the album
and discovered that it, unlike most sophomore
efforts, does not suck, they've thrown labels like
"mature" and "grown-up" onto the band. As
bassist Mick Quinn says, "It sort of brings to my
mind a lack of imagination and scope that we
couldn't do that anyway, that we would be a
one-trick pony."
After producing a debut album J Should
about than simply being "Caught
by the Fuzz".
Supergrass gives off a buzz
that they're really nice guys who
are having a damn good time; a
feeling that the band was even
able to bottle into their hit song
"Alright". It's a feeling that arises
from the band's laid-back attitude
towards the whole show-biz
thing, as Quinn notes, "I can't
understand what all the fuss is
about, most of the time. That's
the weirdest part, 'cause it's nothing sort of special or outrageous.
For us, it's something we just do
for fun, basically. All the fuss
that's created around it, it's quite
odd."
Supergrass's success has
allowed them entry into the hallowed and seemingly exclusive
really nice people and stuff, but
most of the time I just go home and
do the sort of things I normally do. I
watch telly and watch other bands
on telly and think, 'Man, they're
good.'"
Of course, the chief perpetuators
of the pop star myth are England's
infamous tabloids, with whom even
Supergrass is intimately aquainted.
Quinn is quick to point out the reality, or lack thereof, behind
tales of Liam Gallagher's
latest    indiscretion    and
Damon   Albarn's   cheese
fetish. "It'd be quite interesting if any* of it was slightly accurate, but there seems
to be a hell of a lot of inaccuracies.   I   mean,   even
about us, there's been really, wildly inaccurate stories.
meet the people who actually make it, you
find out they're pretty mundane."
With the electronic "revolution   everywhere in England, one would expect guitar-
driven rock'n'rollers like Supergrass to bear
some sort of grudge against the new up-and-
comers.   But  Quinn's  glad  to  hear  the
Prodigy's new album debuted at number one.
He even refers to them as "really nice guys",
something that probably hasn't been said
about Keith ' Firestarter' Flint in a while.
But despite the seemingly electronic back
beats of the last song on their album,
' Sometimes I Make You Sad', (which actually
turns out to be what Quinn calls "Danny banging on an old Hammond organ"), Supergrass is
not going to produce a Chemical Brothers collaboration anytime soon.
The Supergrass formula has proven pretty
successful, catapulting the band from playing
in their living rooms to the Glastonbury festival.
It might make more sense had there been some
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Supergrass
Coco that charmed everyone with its freshness    world of British pop stars. A place that the
and exuberance, there was a great feeling that
the band, made up of bassist Quinn,
vocalist/guitarist Gaz Coombes, drummer
Danny Goffey and keyboardist Bob Coombes,
would soon flop. What the critics seem to have
forgotten is Supergrass isn't like Hanson and
press likes to make out as a lower echelon
of heaven—where all the celebrities hang
out together. But the band have yet to see
that side of the scene.
"I don't really know anybody," Quinn
admits/I sort of see these celebs at all the
I just find it very uninteresting at the end ofthe day.
I tend to, listen to music
with my ears, not what I've
read about them. I tend to
find that a lot less interesting than the actual music.
Gaz Coombes has a great deal more to sing    festivals in the summer and there's some  SUPERGRASS prove they're not just in it for the money with their new album.   Even the best music, if you
master plan in the beginning, but Quinn says
there's no such thing. "We just did it as a good
pastime, basically.. It was just something we did
in the afternoon when we had lots of time on
our hands."
A pastime maybe, but stamp collecting never
resulted in record contracts and fan idoliza-
tion.*>
Plastic art criticises
rubbermaid society
The Plastic Project
Aug 7 at the Frederick Wood Theatre
by Cecilia Parsons
There are drum beats on the bottom of Polaris bottles
and Tony is- lying dead in a pile of plastic. Then, slowly, his hands emerge from tlie heap like growing
plants on a fast frame film. But it's not rebirth, it's a
representation of Tony Bakalite's inability to die a
natural death. The memory of his tortured existence
and eventual suicide is made dreamlike with the
direction of Neil Cadger in the stage production of
"The Plastic Project".
In his youth, Tony's father, the inventor of plastic,
leaves Tony to the care of his mother. Unfortunately,
Tony's mother is a pedophile and abuses him. When
Tony implores an acquaintance for guidance and
solace about his traumatic past, he is met with plastic
sympathy. Brought on by frustration and desperation,
Tony decides to kill himself with—yes—a plastic bag.
Meanwhile, a Bakalite social circle engages in a
frenzied chatter over the merits of plastic. "It's great
for packaging, fun during sex and most importantly,
it's the future."
The lively ensemble cast bring an ironic sense
of charm to the contemptability of humanity.
There are times when these crass, fast-paced
socialites stop. Though they don't really consider
their self absorbed situation, the socialites do
sense that their lives are empty. In fact, every
character seems to care, they just don't know how
to convey it. Peter Griar is particularly endearing j
in his portrayl of the wide-eyed, innocent Tony.
The audience gets to avoid a lasting sense of
hopelessness though, thanks to many, well-
employed artistic devices. The dreamy movements of time and place, the rising and falling
drum beats, interpretive dance, frustrated solilo-
quys and screams keep every moment and space
of the stage alive. Best of all, the actors engage
themselves with the audience, creating a sense of discomfort that suggests we're all a part of this uncontrolled chaos.
Such a close-range experience, given the intentionally small audience, makes this play well worth
the nine dollars. In fact, I can't think of a better way
to scrutinize humanity.♦
Can't beat a pita
Pita Plus Vegetarian Bakery & Deli
2967 West Broadway
by Alison Cole
Whenever I  see  the word  'pita',  I  am
always reminded of the Simpsons episode
where Marge's friends rival her with their
roving flashy pita van in a quest for a
monopoly on Springfield's taste buds.
That said, I was genuinely eager to sink
my teeth into the item that Marge's
measly homemade pretzels couldn't compete with: the pita.
Pita Plus Vegetarian Bakery & Deli
offers patrons a tasty selection of pita
combinations at fairly reasonable price's..
I had tomato rice soup and the humous
plate, for $4.45 + tax; and my lunch date,
Darcy, had lentil soup and a three-salad
pita sandwich. .
While the lentil soup actually contained no lentils (we could only detect a
few varieties of beans), Darcy found her
sesame pita sandwich, filled with a nice
mushroom vinaigrette salad, a Mayo-
heavy avocado and egg salad, and chick
pea salad to be satisfying. The tomatoey
soup in my styrofoam bowl was savory,
though also blazingly hot, which made it a
chore  to  consume  in  the   30+   degree
weather at our tiny outdoor table. The
"humous plate", consisting, of a mass of
humous and tahini with a four inch pita,
possessed a tasty garlic tang that went well
with the soup. However,, due to the scant
size of the pita bread, which disappeared
rather quickly, I was left with a load of
humous and nothing to absorb the rich,
spicy flavour with.
My one major complaint about Pita
Plus would be their sole use of disposable
plates and bowls in an establishment that
clearly gains nothing from such wastefulness. Would it hurt them too much to
invest in a set of real dishware and cutlery? This improvement might make me
return to Pita Plus, as well as lowering the
prices of their juice beverages. A dollar
fifty-four for a bottle of juice is a litde steep
for my student budget. Overall, my date
and I had a pleasant lunch, enjoying the
sun, listening to the melodious jazz in the
background, and contentedly eating our
pitas. ♦
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Ultimate failure
by Wolf Depner
Let me be frank and put all the cards on the
table first.
I love ultimate frisbee and I was more than
thrilled to come across the premier issue of
World Ultimate, a 44-page full colour glossy
magazine written "by and for ultimate players
world wide."
Finally, I thought, somebody had the balls to
publish a magazine on ultimate. It was-about
darn time. Initial excitement, however, soon
gave way to big disappointment.
World Ultimate lacks substance despite the
promise to reflect the interests of the ultimate
community.
While it tries to balance player profiles and
tournament summaries with tips on how to
improve your own and your team's play, the
articles themselves are poorly written, dull and
uninformative. Only the catchy headlines are
worth reading.
World Ultimate is also "100% quote free"
except for a Q&A interview which was as exciting to read as watching grass grow. Simply put,
World Ultimate has nothing to say to the
advanced player and not much more to novice
players and casual fans.
However, World Ultimate is very a sleek,
very sexy magazine style wise. It is also sexist.
Far more male players than female players are
featured in photographs and articles. And that
is almost the last thing you would expect from
a magazine dedicated to a politically correct
sport like ultimate.
World Ultimate is expensive—$7 CDN an
issue—and only available through subscription.
But I anticipate that a lot of ultimate players—
who usually have money to throw around—will
fall for this stylish, but shallow publication.
I also anticipate that some people in the
Vancouver ultimate community will criticise
me for giving World Ultimate such a negative
review. "You should pump this magazine up, not slag it," they will say.
This will be my reply: ultimate
friends don't let ultimate friends
buv World Ultimate.*
The Seahorses—Do it Yourself
Geffen Records
Pass the bucket. The hit and miss world of
British pop has thrown up another forgettable
act. hike their namesakes, The Seahorses are an
awkward creation, tossed together haphazardly
without much concern for aesthetics. As a debut
album, Do it Yourself gives Hie band an incredi
bly weak start.
Let s be realistic, how many times can you
rework the same song and expect to get away
v.*.tn :l' Vet somehow, spurred on by some unex
plain-able ego, The Seahorses manage to do it 11
limes1 This does not bode well for the band's
luture. For instance, take the first 10 bars of
is ark 3, arrange a few notes and you'll probably
find that it sounds remarkably similar to track
6. While bands aren't required to have meaningful or poetic lyrics, they are expected to at
least be able to back themselves up with memorable music. The Seahorses are neither meaningful nor memorable. When you mix ridiculous lyrics like "Happiness is egg shaped, love's
a circle with no end" with tambourines and a
tired, Beauesque* rhythm the result is sugary
junk reminiscent of Debbie Gibson's, musical
debut. ...-.., v      ."'-"■ -■■■'
Regrettably, The Seahorses target tlie hordes
of drooling pre-teen girls attracted more to an
accent and a shaggy haircut than"to quality musicianship and writing. Any chump can learn to
play an electric guitar, and Do it Yourself proves
that the talent stayed behind when guitarist John
Squire left. British ground breakers The Stone
Roses. Perhaps it was not a coincidence that The
Stone Rose^' final album Second Coming, mol
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togethei diverse and catchy albums blending uV
mamstream with pop friendly styles like blues
and reggae Held captive by the 1 2-3-4 three
chord riff, The Seahorses fail to recognize that
pop is not necessarily hy nature fluffy and repetitive. Like EMF, The Farm and The Soupdragons,
The Seahorses are just another band destined to
rhyme themselves into the ground.
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Bennet—Super Natural
Roadrunrier Records
Once upon a time there was a band. They played
'mediocre music and weren't very witty. One
day; disguised in plastic, their CD magically
appeared in. the Ubyssey office. It was boring,
and all the staff fell fast asleep. The end.
—Penny Cholmondeley
Sarah teacLaesiian—Surfacing
V, itl i1 !' ■ pui .h. ny Sarah McLachlan has been
. 'ca\ v. it s little surprise that her latest CD,
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LlL- i >jr bicakthiMUgh album, Fumbling To- ■
u cinlc, hi .Ttjsr, tlie hrics on her latest CD are filled
with the same misty-eyed yet psychologically rich ~
content that earned her so many devoted fans.
Fans will also be happy to hear that
MacLachlan's voice is filled the same warmth,
life, and honesty that has been her trademark on
previous CD's.
Along with new found fame, Sarah McLachlan
has also hadWmature both" as an artistf and as a
person. Nowhere is this better reflected than in
her music. Gone is the angst and self-searching,
dialogue which permeated her previous works,
replaced by more straight forward lyrics, that are,
haunting and beautiful.
Adia, a song about past failures and innocence, is sung, not in her usual ethereal whisper
but in the strong assured voice of a woman who
has accepted her past and is confident about her
future. Many of the songs in Surfacing are peppered with references to rebirth, forgiveness,
'and identity, such as Building a Mystery.
After listening to tins CD there is little doubt
that Sarah Mclachlan has found hersolf..
•■T Unfortunately, Sarah MacLachlan's sudden
maturityrand change in tone as an artist causes
Surfacing to be like an intimate glimpse- of a
complete stranger and although, to some, this
may seem satisfying, it may leave many fumbling through the dark hying to find meaning or
purpose to her music.
Still, "die-hard fans of Sarah McLachlan will
undoubtedly want to pick up this album because
it is Such an intimate look at the new mature
woman, and artist that McLachlan has become.
Ronald Nurwisah
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along a'grinning. The song writing is
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This debut album for this local three-piece indie
band can be summed up with these resume-fill-
in' qualifications: they're unpretentious, fun,
and have a drummer named Flavio Monopoli,
which must be the greatest name bestowed on
man or woman since Boutros-Boutros Gali.
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players, lack the pipes to match the big bounce
that this band has got going. Overall, though, this
is a fun album. Go ahead and have a listen.
"*!■/;';■■ .-•.•:"-.- ■: 'v.':-,,;j;::,v:.'-':v     ' —Bruce Armiir^ AUGUST 19, 1997
August 12, 1997 • volume 14 issue 3
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Scholarships may bring Canadian athletes home
There is a war between Canada and the
United States, and it doesn't involve fish and
magazines.
Nor does it capture the Canadian public's
imagination with big bold headlines and outrageous threats from politicians.
Only occasionally do you see a small newspaper story or a little clip on SportsPage on
how "another one" got away, heading south to
some small Midwest college to seek athletic
fame and fortune.
No, this is a quiet war fought in small,
stale offices by Canadian university athletic
administrators. The objective: keep Canada's
best high school athletes north of the 49th
parallel.
So far, Canadian universities are losing
the battle.
Why? They cannot offer promising high
school athletes the same financial benefits
/American schools can.
Bean-counting governments are one factor
in that losing equation. It is no secret financial support to Canadian universities and colleges has been cut dramatically over the past
few years and the slashing is not done yet.
But while it is easy for the Canadian University Athletic Union [CIAU] to complain
about government cuts, the organisation's
head honchos can only blame themselves for
getting trounced in the recruitment war.
Since the CIAU was founded some thirty
years ago, it has steadfastly refused to allow
recruiting scholarships.
Until now.
AH signs say the CIAU is set to introduce
these scholarships and lift restrictions on
how much member schools can spend on
them. The changes could come as early as
1998 and some schools say they will go
ahead even if the CIAU continues to spin its
wheels on the issue.
The recommendations, if accepted, will
make CIAU member schools more open to
corporate sponsors and for once, we here at
the Ubyssey agree. AH things considered,
Canadian university athletes deserve more
financial support than they currently receive
even if it comes from companies.
Aspiring journalists, doctors and musicians can all get scholarships sponsored by
private individuals or corporations. So why
not aspiring Olympians?
Whether or not these proposed changes
will stop the southbound "brawn" drain
remains to be seen.
At least they send the right message to the
Canadian high school athlete, the general
public, and most importantly, the corporate
sponsor: that it is advantageous to be associated with Canadian varsity sports.
It is about time that CIAU officials pull up
their shorts, tie up their sneakers and get off
the bench. But catching up in the scholarship
game won't be easy.
Canadian schools are way; behind and
will need a lot of money to successfully snag
student athletes. Let's hope Canadian universities don't bend the new rules by condoning "gifts" from companies to elite players—like cars, trips or clothing. If we play
the corporate sponsorship game, it has got
to benefit all athletes—not just individual
players.
As long as all involved stay in bounds, private support for student athletes might just
revive university sports in Canada. And that
is something worth fighting for.* THE SUMMER UBYSSEY • TU6S0AY AUGUST t*», 1997 .
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The Varsity
TORONTO   [CUP]-Standing   on   the
weathered steps of Ontario's provincial
parliament  February   7,   1996,   Elaine
Coburn had to decide whether to join a small
group of. students who had smashed through
two solid sets of oak doors into the main
lobby, or play it safe and remain with the
majority of students outside.
Coburn, a University of Toronto [U of T]
track and field star and recent runner-up for a
Rhodes scholarship, says students at the protest
were concerned not only about rising tuition, but
also about cuts to welfare payments and women's
shelters. For Coburn, the possible attention she
could bring to those issues out-weighed
the risk of getting into trouble.
She chose to go in. "I was scared obviously. I thought 'I could get in trouble for
this, I could get arrested,' and 'Do I so
strongly believe in what I'm protesting about
that I should go into the legislature?'
"I remember drinking that if we go into the
legislature and sit down, you know, we're risking something, and maybe the fact that we took
that risk was going to make them pay some
attention to the real concerns that we had."
The protest began in routine fashion, with
students chanting anti-government slogans
and denouncing cuts to public education.
But when a group of marchers arrived from
U of T, the focus of the crowd shifted from
listening to speeches to toppling barricades.
Brendan Haley, a high school student at
the time, says the barricade storming wasn't
planned.
"The people who ran up there... it was just a
split second response. The people who were sitting back had time to think about it, and kind of
say, you know, 'Is that a good idea to storm the
legislature?'"
For Haley, staying with the other students outside was a better idea.
Coburn, however, says the frustration felt by students when they saw the
front steps surrounded by a barricade
was just too much.
"What students were chanting when they went
over the barricade and were standing on the steps
was, "These are our steps,' because it was like Harris
was not only shutting them out ofthe decision making process, but also physically shutting them out of
the legislature which is supposed to be about listening to their voices."
The protest was part of a national day of student
action organised by the Canadian Federation of
Students [CFS] and many other local groups. At the
end of the day, the province claimed over $20,000
in damages and four students were charged with,
among other counts, "intimidating the legislature"—
an archaic law in a part of the criminal code dealing
with treason, armed resistance and "alarming" her
Majesty the Queen, carrying a maximum sentence of
fourteen years. The "intimidation" charges, after
drawing fire from all political quarters, were eventually dropped.
The four students, meanwhile, face a number of
other charges that could land them in prison for
periods ranging from six months to several years. As
if that wasn't bad enough, they've been banned from
Queen's Park property as well.
Restrictions are part of daily life at the Park. Security
staff are found at all entrances, permitting the public to enter only from the main south-facing doors,
and checking people's badges for appropriate government ID.
whenever security is breached, an all-party legislative comrnittee must review the security process
and make recommendations. But as the Conservative government enters its third year in power
and the size and intensity of pubhc demonstrations
grows, legislators face the challenge of keeping the
building safe and open at the same time.
Chris Stockwell, speaker ofthe House and head of
security at the Legislature, says the government has
redesigned its security program in response to not
only the student protest, but also to the March 1996
melee—when riot-ready Ontario Provincial Police officers clashed with striking Ontario Provincial Service
Employees Union pickets. He claims security officers
are now better prepared to deal with hostile situations
and bring them to "peaceful
resolutions."
"And from that point of
view—I mean it was good.
It   was   good,   because
we've learned a whole
bunch  of things   and
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Park, February 7, 1996. photo courtesy of the varsity
developed a program and no one was, you know, really seriously hurt or died or any of those kinds of things
before it took us to take some concrete actions."
David Ramsey, provincial Liberal shadow Solicitor
General, says both the Liberals and the NDP have
been a part of the security revision process and don't
want Queen's Park to become an armed garrison
where citizens would feel uncomfortable visiting their
MPP or seeing how parliament works.
Unlike the cries ofthe protesters, tlie Liberal-NDP
initiative has gotten through to the Harris government. The barricades are no longer used as a
method of crowd control.
Over a year later, those involved in the protest, both
in the melee and the legislative aftermath, reflect on
the issues it raised.
Boyd feels the crux ofthe matter is the question
of how people can satisfy their need to protest
things they disagree with while still respecting
democratic institutions. "There are many people who believe very strongly that when democratic institutions don't act with respect to
the people they serve, anything goes."
Ramsay looks back on the protest and says that
demonstrations are a healthy part of democracy, but
there is a line most people won't cross. "Most in our
society, I would say, support a democratic protest, to
government or anything else in society, but going to
violent behaviour crosses a line. The vast majority of
people on all sides of political issues would say that
is going too far."
Coburn,  however,  feels  a clear distinction
should be made between violence, which
towards   people,   and  vandalism,   which   is
towards manimate objects. She also feels there
should be less focus on the students and an
equal if not greater focus on the police officers
who hit students, including herself, as they
were leaving the legislature.
"When we talk about things I regret that day,
I think that what's most regrettable is not student
vandalism, which was unfortunate, but how the government and the police treated student protesters
which was with violence, far and away above and
worse than anything the students
did in terms of vandalism."*?"
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THE SUMMER UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1997
Ex-basketball 'birds return to coop
by Wolf Depner
Women's basketball head coach Deb Huband
hopes the lean years are over as she prepares
for her third lull season as UBC's bench boss. A
former player, Huband has coached the Birds
to 17 wins and 23 losses over the past two seasons, not a bad record considering the teams
she has had to work with.
The 1997/98 season, however, promises to
be better following news that Roj Johal and
Priscilla Reddy will resume playing basketball
for UBC.
Johal is a 30-year old point guard who has
not played competitive basketball since the
1989/90 season, but still holds UBC single season team records for most points scored and
converted three point attempts (45.7 percent).
"Two of the areas that we struggled in last
year were rebounding and ball handling. And
Roj addresses ball handling right away," said
Huband who coached Johal back in 1989 when
she was an assistant to former head coach
Misty Thomas.
Thomas was a big reason for Johal's departure from the team after only one season. Like
many players and assistants, Johal did not get
along   with   Thomas   who
sometimes   made   a   drill
sergeant look like a peace
corps volunteer.
"She wasn't very flexible,"
recalled Johal. But the player
doesn't like to dwell on the
past too much. Instead she
looks forward to playing
under Huband again, albeit *----Mmk.%%%m
for only one season as she
completes her degree in education.
While Johal admitted that it has been a long
time since she has played competitive university basketball, she thinks she will be ready for
the challanges ahead.
"I have been practicing with the girls and so
far it has not been too bad. But I guess I'll only
find out when I play and practice seven days a
week."
Reddy, meanwhile, is a bruising 5' 10" centre/power forward who should help in the
. team's rebound-
I don t think there is any
reason why we can't
challange for top spot."
-Deb huband
Women's Basketball coach
ing department.
Like Johal,
Reddy also looks
forward to
playing basketball again.
Recruited in
1994, Reddy had
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sons before family problems forced her to retire from basketball in 1996. "Basketball was not a priority. I
felt overwhelmed and I decided I would need a
break," she explained.
Now that her life is back in order she
thought it was time to come back.
As expected, future and former teammates
are happy to see Johal and Reddy return to
UBC. "With both of them coming back we have
a lot of talent and a lot of desire coming onto
the team," said small forward Laura Esmail
who is very excited about the team's prospects
for next season.
"We'll finally have a balanced team attack,"
she said.
But the perceived upgrade in overall team
talent has also translated into higher expectations for a team that has not won a major
championship since the 1993/1994 campaign.
That fact is not lost on Esmail. "We're
expected to do a lot more this year and I think
making the playoffs is assumed," she said,
adding that the team has set its sights on a
Canada West title.
Huband thinks that is a realistic goal. "I
don't think there is any reason why we can't
challange for top spot." ♦
Top keeper gone from team
by Bruce Arthur
When UBC women's soccer head coach Dick
Mosher recruited top goaltending prospect
Sarah Collings last year, he thought he had
found the keeper who would lead UBC into the
next century. But the goalie of the future is history—Collings will not return to the team this
season.
"Sarah just doesn't have her mind on soccer," said head coach Dick Mosher. "She wants
to focusonschool."
Collings could not be reached for comment.
Mosher admitted that losing the young and
talented Collings, who played for BC's Under
19-team, is a blow as the team prepares for
next season.
"She was certainly an up-and-coming player, and we're going to feel it. It's going to hurt,"
he said.
The loss of Collings, combined with the
graduation of veteran Lisa Archer, means UBC
heads into the 1997 campaign without a
goalie who has played a single minute of university soccer.
Mosher said he plans to rely on incoming
freshman Sian Bagshaw.
"She is definitely one of the top, if not the
top high school prospects available," said
Mosher. "I don't think that [inexperience] will
be a major factor."
The backup spot appears to belong to Julie
Harris who will play her fourth varsity sport in
as many years.
Mosher is realistic about UBC's chances. "I
expect we're going to be underdogs to Calgary
and Alberta, and maybe Victoria. But we're
going to surprise some people," he promised.
But for that to happen, UBC needs to do the
most important thing in soccer: score goals.
"Our problem last year wasn't our defence,
it was our offence," said Mosher who hopes
that the return of 1997 Canada Games player
Leanne McHardy will spark UBC's offence
which was more anemic than the Soviet space
program.
The Birds conceded only seven goals last
season, but scored only twelve themselves,
down from twenty the year before when the
Birds won the Canada West and bronze at
nationals.
That significant drop in scoring was the
biggest reason why UBC missed the playoffs
ROOKIE COAL KEEPER Sarah Collings won't be wearing the blue and gold for the
Thunderbirds next season, richard lam photo
for the first time ever after being ranked
number # 1 in the country when the 1996 season started.
All things considered, it would be a major
surprise if UBC comes even close to such lofty
heights next year as the Birds enter the season
with untested goaltenders and an offence
whose performance will determine whether
or not UBC will sink or swim in the Canada
West standings.*!-
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