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 In the dark since 1918
volume 77 issue 31
Tuesday, January 23, 1996
UBC decision weighs heavy on CASA's future
by Matt Thompson
Allegations of misspending
within the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations has
prompted UBC to reexamine its
relationship with the national
student organization.
CASA officials asked Ottawa
police last week to investigate
allegations that the Alliance's
interim director Patrick
FitzPatrick misspent CASA
funds. The police have agreed to
investigate two charges; one
regarding a fraudulent cheque
for $225 and the other a theft of
CASA National Director Alex
Usher also claims that FitzPatrick
ran up approximately $20,000 in
unaccounted expenses as
coordinator of a planned
national conference on higher
The alleged misspending has
some AMS councillors worried
about the stability of the
organization as a whole.
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs David Borins says he has
been concerned about the
fledgling organization's
administrative structure for
several months.
Although Borins says he
accepts CASA's explanation that
a    single    individual    was
responsible for the Alliance's
current financial difficulty, he
says a lax administration may
have been partly to blame.
"I think an organization that
had their administrative house in
order wouldn't have had
something like this happen,"
Borins said.
UBC has yet to pay CASA the
$17,000 it owes in membership
fees. According to Borins, the
AMS has told CASA the money
will not be forthcoming until
they're completely satisfied the
situation has been resolved.
"We're not going to pay our
fees to an organization that's not
politically credible as a result of
these events," he said.
UBC's fees represent
approximately thirteen percent
of CASA's total budget, an
amount Usher says is crucial to
the organization's survival.
Should UBC decide not to pay,
CASA would "have to look very
seriously at closing shop within
about six weeks," he said.
Usher says CASA has done
everything in its power to
reassure its eleven member
schools that the situation is being
resolved "prudently."
CASA's national office
delivered detailed accounts of
FitzPatrick's alleged misspending
CFS calls for day of action
organizations across Canada are
gearing up for a national day of
protest on February 7 in the face
of massive impending federal
budget cuts.
The National Day of Action,
organized by the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), aims
to ensure students' voices are heard
before federal Ottawa Finance
Minister Paul Martin tables the
federal budget next month.
CFS national chairperson Guy
Caron says last year's Jan. 25
National Day of Action, which
involved approximately 70,000
students across Canada, was "the
largest student demonstration in
the country's history."
"Last year's participation was
great," said CFS executive Brad
Lavigne. "Hopefully we can better
the numbers."
Like many student leaders,
Lavigne is worried that the federal
government's budget-balancing
tactics are coming at the expense
of education.
"The line that the government
can't afford social spending on
post-secondary education, health
care, daycare, and employment
(programs) is wrong," he said.
Lavigne says there are
alternatives to cutting social
programs to bring down the
deficit. "We want to show the
government numbers and deliver
a pre-budget message that no
more cuts are necessary."
The CFS has suggested that
protests be targeted at financial
institutions to condemn their
record-breaking profits in the midst
of widespread government cuts.
Here in Vancouver protesters
will gather at 1:30pm at the
Vancouver Art Gallery.
Board of Governors student
Representative Michael Hughes
says UBC organizers will be
putting up thousands of posters
and distributing leaflets and
handbills in an effort to draw as
many UBC students as possible.
"The AMS has affirmed its
support for [the National Day of
Action] and the Graduate Student
Society, as an associate CFS
member, is participating fully," he
and the results of an internal
financial audit to itsjnembers late
last week. Usher says FitzPatrick's
alleged misspending was an
isolated case not reflective of
deeper administrative problems.
"Lightning strikes," Usher
said. "The mark of the
organization is how well you
deal with it.
He urged council to stay in
CASA and pay its fees. "We're
the same organization politically
we were before," Usher said.
"None of the reasons why [the
AMS] joined have changed."
Outspoken CASA opponent
and student Board of Governors
representative Michael Hughes
says he will probably argue that
UBC hold off paying CASA
"I wouldn't want to pay fees
and have those fees go to pay
money that has ben ripped off
from CASA. That would be
ludicrous," Hughes said.
DUSTIN HERSlE edges out U Of A to win the 4x100m medley relay.
UBC takes Canada West swimming titles
by Scott Hayward
The weather office ordered
snow to help prairie visitors feel
at home during this weekend's
Canada West swimming
championships, but UBC 's
swim team was not as
accommodating, winning the
competition and smashing
records in the process.
In a dramatic final in the last
event of the weekend, the
men's team stole the 400m
medley relay with Dustin
Hersee's surge in the last 50m
overtaking Alberta's Kevin
Prayswitt The win capped an
inspired weekend performance
asthe men earned a 678.5 point
tie with Alberta. Calgary was a
close third with 654 points.
Coaches were surprised by
the men's success. "We didn't
think we would get all the way
to the title," coach Tom Johnson
said. Assistant coach Randy
Bennett was "encouraged more
than anything. We figured we
were about a year away from
that result*
"We're divided into two
groups. We have an Olympic
group and a varsity group
here," he explained. "The
Canada West to make the CIAU
cup [national university
championships], but the
Olympic group is focusing on the
Olympic trials, so we didn't rest
those kids.
"You'll see the top end guys
come up with some faster events,
but I think you've seen what
you're going to see out of U of
The heavily favoured
women's team won ten of
thirteen individual events and
broke Canada West records
taking home gold medals in all
three relay events. They finished
with 777 points followed by
Calgary with 632.
Sarah Evanetz led the 800m
freestyle relay team to a time of
8:26.45, shaving more than five
seconds off the Canada West
record. She combined with three
different teammates in the 400m
freestyle relay, and their 3:52.77
time also sheared more than five
seconds off the record.
Anita Lee won the 100m
women's 100m freestyle, while Ruiz
set arecord in the 200m uklrvidual
medley despite being ill through
December. "She had to sit for
Ruiz' gold was particularly
special because she is often
overshadowed by Evanetz. "I
think that it's a breakthrough
for her," Johnson said. "The fact
that it's under the conference
record means that it's really a
legitimate performance in the
sense that it's not winning as a
result of a soft event."
Evanetz broke records in the
100m butterfly and' 200m
freestyle, won the 200m
butterfly, and was edged out by
Lee in the 100m freestyle.
On the men's side, Greg
Hamm won the 100m
backstroke and broke the 200m
backstroke record six seconds
ahead of his morning qualifying
time. "In the morning
[Johnson] told me to just qualify
for the final and not work
myself too hard because I
needed the rest for my 200 free
and 200 fly that night,'' he said.
Hersee won the men's 100
and 200m freestyles, while Brett
Creed cruised to an easy win
in the 1500 freestyle. "I did the
first 700m in 7:14 and then after
that there was no competition,''
he said. "I kind of let back so
that I could race die 200m hi
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Thursday, January 25
Speaker: Jack Munroe
'The Role of Forest Alliance in
Land Use Debates" Presented
by Students For Forestry
Awareness. McMI 166, 12:30pm.
January 29-February 2
Arts Week '96
Forum, Scavenger Hunt,
Dance and much more.
Presented by the Arts
Undergraduate Society.
Saturday, February 3
Endangered Species
Legislation and Biodiversity.
Presented by the Environmental Law Group. Curtis
Building, 9:ooam - 5:00pm.
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Ubyssey Staff Meetings in sub Room 241K
Staff Meeting
Wed, Jan 24 at 12:30pm
LGBQ story meeting
Friday January 26, 10:30am
• elections
come one, come all
(even you het types...)
• board meeting
• FilmSoc slide
Women's story meeting
• lgbq issue
Friday February 4, 3:30am
• women's ish
sorry guys, it's girls only
• capital
• style guide
• other business
The Ubyssey voting list
(as of January 22)
The following people have made three contributions
this term, so are eligible to vote in the upcoming
Ubyssey editorial by-election:
Desiree Adib
Andy Barham
Peter Chattaway
Charlie Cho
Joe Clark
Alison Cole
Irfan Dhalla
Wolf Depner
Jesse Gelber
Douglas Hadfield
Scott Hayward
Mike Kitchen
Ben Koh
Jenn Kuo
Richard Lam
Sarah O'Donnell
Siobhan Roantree
Matt Thompson
Wah Kee Ting
Janet Winters
the following people have made
two contributions:
Paula Bach
Kevin Drews
Sarah Galashan
Matt Green
Megan Kus
Rachana Raizada
the following people have made
one contribution:
Federico Barahona
John Bolton
Mark Brooks
Alaina Burnett
Duncan Cavens
Jan Cook
Chris Chiarenza
Julian Dowling
Jeremy Forst
Noelle Gallagher
Ian Gunn
Nicole Guy
Trina Hamilton
Rick Hunter
Kevin Haidl
Gillian Long
John McAlister
Emily McNair
Ed Mou
Chris Nuttall-Smith
Christine Price
Doug Quan
Simon Rogers
If your name does not appear on this list and you think it should, or if you think
you have made more contributions than you have been credited for, please
come in to SUB 241K Wednesday afternoon to talk to the coordinating editor.
Jaggi Singh
Adrienne Smith
Lindsay Stephens
Laura St. Pierre
Mark Thompson
Dan Tencer
Stanley Tromp
Sarah Weber
Ken Wu
Emily Yearwood
Cynthia Yip
Teresa Yep
AMS Update
The Global Development Centre is hosting a Poverty Conference on
January 29, 30, 31 & February 1. There will be workshops discussing
such topics as government corruption, social implications of environmental destruction and corporatization.   For more information, please contact
the Global Development Centre at 822-9612. The conference will be held in
SUB214 &216.
IN BC. (12:30 -2:00 pm)
Corruption in Port Alberni - Kevin McNamee-Annett
- Community activist targeted by MacMillan Bloedel
Social Problems & Poverty in Port Alberni -The
Reasons Why - Jack McDonald - Community activist
& NDP leadership candidate
Terry Glavin & Ben Parfitt - National Press Award winners and former
Vancouver Sun reporters discuss the pillaging of the forests and oceans and    ^|^^^^.a^?f'%m^ ^hjch your loc||r expires), if your lock
They're finally here ! 50 Bicycle Lockers are located in War Memorial
Gym and will be available on February 1st. However, you can reserve
your locker now.   Rentals are available for 1, 4, 8 or 12 month terms.
You must show a valid AMS student card to receive the student rate.
Rentals may be done at the equipment dispensary at War Memorial Gym.
An additional $10.00 deposit is required on all rental rates.
Bicycle Locker Rental Rates 1996
1 month - $20.00 (student) / $30.00 (faculty & staff)
4 months- $70.00 (student) / $80.00 (faculty & staff)
8 months-$140.00 (student) / $150.00 (faculty & staff)
12 months-$205.00 (student) / $215.00 (faculty & staff)
All rental expire on the last day of the month of the rental period you have
purchased.   It is up to the looser:renter to clear out their locker and return
the lock & key to equipment dispensary by the expiry date in order to
receive the deposit baefc:rCheck with the facility supervisor in the equip-
mentidlspensary if ye>u; ar|:-|(hsure of your expiry-date.
the impact on the people of B.C.
SOCIAL PROGRAMS (12:30 - 3:30 pm)
Hour 1:  "Whose fault is poverty anyway?"
Hour 2:  "How government social policy toes the corporate line"
Hour 3:   Further discussion
With Linda Morrow from End Legislated Poverty
(1:00-4:00 pm)
A social history of the area
Slide show, discussion and walk around the neighbourhood to look at housing conditions.
With Dale Moseley of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA)
** Meet at the Global Development Centre office at 12:00 to take transit, or
at the DERA office at 94, 9 East Hastings.
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Gallery. Jofrlin tbissnattoial demonstration to protest cutabacks to post-
secondary education.
• AMS GEll^j^^^^r'WednesdafyfRlbruary 14th, 1996.  SUB
Ballroom, 12:30 pm. Witness the turnover of YOUR AMS Executive.
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, January 23,1996 News
THIS MAN WAS one of 7800 voters who turned out to vote in this year's election
Aboriginal school a step
toward self-government
by Irfan Dhalla
Aboriginal self-government
may not yet be a reality for all of
Canada's First Nations, but a new
post-secondary institution is
aimed at ensuring Natives are
ready for the task when the time
If Native leaders' dreams are
fulfilled, graduates of
Vancouver's Institute of
Indigenous Government will fill
top self-government posts in the
coming decades. In addition,
academics at the institute will be
a permanent fixture, always
available for advice and support.
Institute President Paul
Chartrand says the school is
symbolic of real progress for
Canada's Indigenous Peoples.
"This institution represents a
significant step in the movement
towards self-determination,"
Chartrand said.
The Gastown-based school
traces its origins to a resolution
passed by the Union of BC
Indian Chiefs in 1991. Last
September, the institute opened
its doors to fifteen students now
enrolled in a two-year program.
By the turn of the century, the
school hopes to have
approximately 300 students
enrolled in an accredited four-
year degree program.
Chartrand says the institute has
worked hard to ensure its
autonomy as a post-secondary
institution. To distance itself from
"Just like any other
people, we don't
want strangers to
caretake our
Paul Chartrand
President, Institute of
Indigenous Government
the federal Department of Indian
Affairs, the institute sought
financial aid elsewhere; Human
Resources Development Canada
and the BC Ministry of Skills,
Training and Labour combined
to provide $1.4 million in startup funding. In three years,
annual government funding will
total $1.88 million.
The decision to form the
institute independently rather
than as a department of an
existing university was also
'Just like any other people, we
don't want strangers to caretake
our education," Chartrand said.
The institute's curriculum is
designed to give students
technical knowledge, as well as an
academic background.
While the technical courses
focus on practical issues like
bookkeeping and computer skills,
the unique academic section
covers government administration, political development
and leadership, and economic
and social indigenous issues.
Not all students enrolled in the
institute are Native. Chartrand says
admission is open to anyone who has
a reasonable prospect of assisting
with self-government in the future.
Non-Natives are also involved in
teaching and administrative duties.
Although the government does
assist with funding, students at the
institute still pay hefty course fees,
comparable to those paid by UBC
New bus addresses students' safety concerns
by Janet Winters
The provincial government is
allocating approximately
$450,000 to improve safety on
UBC's campus.
The long-awaited safety
initiatives, made in response to
the October 27 "Your UBC"
forum on campus safety, includes
the addition of an extra security
bus. As of last week, the
shuttlebus will run a half-hour
scheduled route Monday to
Friday from 6 pm to 2 am in
conjunction with the existing
non-scheduled bus.
UBC Executive Coordinator
of Student and Academic
Services Byron Hender says the
additional bus is a response to
students' concerns about long
waits. Meg Gaily, UBC personal
security coordinator said, "some
people have experienced long
waits...[sometimes] half an hour
or longer.
"Some women don't feel
comfortable walking on this
campus after dark," she added,
pointing to the fourteen reported
incidents of sexual assault to the
RCMP UBC detachment in
Students are expressing relief
over the new bus. "The new bus
is a good idea because you're in
danger if you're a woman walking
back to residence with a bunch
of guys after a really heavy
drinking night," said Melissa
Nethery, a fourth year
Engineering/Physics major.
Other safety initiatives being
implemented after the "safety on
campus" forum include monthly
incident reports, improved
flashlights for the AMS Safewalk
program, a second group of
library monitors and a night
audit to address safety concerns
such as burnt out lights on
There is also a new address to
report lights out on campus at
"We hope students and other
people around here at night who
see lights out will let us know and
we'll get them fixed," Hender
UBC asked to
pay for its shit
by Keven Drews
UBC's administration has discovered sewage and bills have several
things in common: they're expensive, controversial and they stink.
The discovery was made last month after the Greater Vancouver
Regional District hit university administrators with a $1.4 million
bill for past and present sewage and drainage disposal.
According to UBC's Media Liason Steve Crombie, UBC neither
thinks the bill is just nor does it have the money in its budget to
cover the unexpected fee.
But GVRD Assistant Treasurer Bob Metcalfe says the bill is justified
because UBC doesn't pay the propety taxes other sewage users do.
The bill is an effort to alleviate the burden on Vancouver residents
who currendy pay 90 percent of the sewage district's $24 million
bill. Metcalfe maintains that, by GVRD standards, $1.4 million is
relatively little and points to the fact that all other post-secondary
institutions in Greater Vancouver pay for sewage treatment.
Crombie, however, says the GVRD's bill is "double taxing"
students who commute and pay property taxes in Vancouver or other
sewage districts.
Although this is UBC's first sewage bill, the GVRD says it will
expect the university to pay a yearly fee of approximately one million
dollars for sewage treatment in the future.
And while the idea of increased costs doesn't sit well with university
officials, they and their counterparts at the GVRD both agree that
someone must foot the bill for post-secondary crap.
UBC students stick around longer
by Emily Yearwood
The high cost of education may be forcing UBC students to take
longer to graduate than their counterparts at other universities.
According to Maclean's annual university survey, only 69 percent
of UBC students complete their degrees within a year of then-
expected graduation date-considerably lower than Queens, McGill
and U of T where 91.3,89.8 and 89.9 percent of students respectively
finished within the year.
Canadian Federation of Students' provincial organizer Dave
Kappele says the high cost of university education is the most likely
reason students prolong their university careers. Kappele says
insufficient student loans often force students to work part-time to
cover living costs. As a result, they enroll in fewer courses and take
longer to graduate.
CFS nation headquarters suggested UBC's semester system was
another possible cause for students extended stay. Although students
at a "trimester" school like SFU may be in the same financial boat as
UBC students, the extra term in their school year allows them to
complete their degrees more quickly.
U of S Prof may lose job after wife teaches dass
(Source: The Carillon, University of Regina)
REGINA (CUP) -A University of Saskatchewan professor could
lose his job after his wife taught his education math class for an entire
semester. Education professor Bruce Bany allowed his wife Helda, a
retired high school teacher, to teach his class for an entire semester
because he felt his workload was too heavy.
Professor Bany's fate is now in the hands of U of S President George
Ivany. Bany's wife continued to teach the class for the entire semester
without anybody knowing anything was wrong. "Nobody thought
anything of it because Bany was listed as the course instructor in the
calendar and Bany was also the professor for the class. Nobody knew
that Mrs. Bany was not the one to be teaching the class," said Troy
Snider, president of the U of S Education Students Society.
Ontario education cuts worse than expected
TORONTO (CUP) -Ontario's provincial government may be
cutting even more from elementary and secondary school funding
than originally announced, say education activists.
Mike Harris' conservative government announced education cuts
of $400 million, but some educators say the real amount may be as
high as one billion dollars.
Marshall Jarvis, vice-president of the Ontario English Catholic
Teachers Association, says the Conservative government is reneging
on promises and being secretive about their planned education cuts.
"We've learned that the government has called school boards and
said that they'll be taking one billion dollars, not $400 million as
previously stated, from education," Jarvis said.
Jim Turk, co-chair ofthe Ontario Coalition for Social Justice, says
that if present trends continue, the commercialization of Ontario's
educational system is not far behind.
"The educational system offers an enormously profitable opportunity
to the private sector in terms of goods and services," he said.
Tuesday, January 23,1996
The Ubyssey sports
Birdmen sweep Bears, swipe first place
by Wolf Depner
The UBC men's basketball
team is the best in the west.
The T-Birds claimed that
distinction after sweeping the
two-time defending CIAU
champion Alberta Golden Bears
over the weekend, winning 83-72
Friday and 97-91 Saturday night.
The win bumped UBC back up
to second place in the country in
the national coaches' poll.
With the sweep, UBC sits
alone in first place in the Canada
West with a 9-3 record, one game
ahead of Alberta. The Birds have
a 3-1 edge in their season series,
assuring them first place if both
teams finish with identical records.
The much anticipated series
lived up to the hype as these
two basketball heavy-weights
slugged it out for top spot. Both
squads started Friday's contest
cautiously, but picked up the
tempo midway through the first
half and maintained a high
energy level all night.
To give the Birds a physical
edge, coach Bruce Enns started
his big men in the first half. The
decision paid off as the Birds
dominated the boards, out-
rebounding Alberta 19 11.
Gerald Cole chipped in fifteen
points while 6'7" Curtis Mepham
played his best game of the
season. He held Alberta's 6'6"
Murray Cunningham to just
five points, led UBC in
rebounding with seven, made
three huge blocks and scored
eleven points.
"All the coaches were talking
about Cunningham," Mepham
said. "I knew I had to step up my
game inside."
The most intriguing one-on-
one match-up featured two ofthe
best guards in the CIAU. UBC's
Ken Morris and Alberta's Greg
DeVries both lead their teams in
scoring. DeVries won the first
round with 25 points.
Morris had a less than stellar
game scoring only sixteen, eight
below his average. But he
exploded for 3(i points Saturday
night. "He played like a monster,"
raved Enns.
"[Enns] just told me that the
team needed me to step up," said
Morris. "It is not hard to get
pumped up against Alberta."
DeVries scored 30 points, but
it was not enough as his
supporting cast ran into foul
trouble down the stretch. The
game almost erupted into a fight
late when Alberta starter Tally
Sweiss mugged T-Bird Dave
Buchanan, fouling out of the
"We proved this weekend that
we were the better team," Enns
Women split series with Pandas
ERIC BUTLER drains two ot his sixteen points as the Birds capture first
place in Canada West. scott hayward photo
by Wolf Depner
UBC's T-Birds and the Alberta
Pandas women's basketball teams
settled nothing this weekend.
UBC, with the same 5-5 record
as Alberta, had a chance to pull
ahead with a two game sweep in
what could have been a crucial
series. Instead, the Birds only
managed to split the series,
winning 75-70 Friday night before
dropping Saturday night's contest
77-69 in overtime.
Both teams now stand at 6-6, but
Alberta maintains sole possession
of third place as the Pandas have
an edge over the Birds in points
scored in their season series.
Knowing that the weekend could
make or break their seasons, both
teams left nothing in the locker
rooms and played two highly
entertaining games.
Friday night, it was the Laura
Esmail and Kim Phipps show, as
the two UBC players combined
to score 48 of 75 points. But team
defence was the decisive factor in
Friday's victory, containing an
Alberta offence that was not only
more balanced, but also superior
on the boards.
Five Pandas scored in double
figures, but the Birds forced the
Pandas to commit 21 turnovers
in the game. "We came out
strong, played tough defence and
boxed them out because we knew
that they were the biggest
rebounding team in Canada
West," Esmail said.
UBC was guilty of only ten
giveaways and played nearly
perfect offensive ball in the second
half. Esmail and Phipps made the
big shots down the stretch. "We
took care of business," said a
confident Esmail.
In game two, UBC could not
make the shots when it counted
against the fired-up Pandas, who
desperately needed the win. Led
by Lisa Stubbs and Krista
Johnstone, the Pandas silenced the
hostile crowd and overcame some
questionable calls by the officials
to take a 64-62 lead with only a
minute left. Veteran Kim Phipps'
nerves of steel sent the game into
overtime when she nailed two free
throws to tie the game.
The Pandas dominated the
extra frame, especially on the
boards. "They got second, third
and fourth shots," said a disgusted
coach Deb Huband. "Our
defence was good, we just
couldn't get the boards."
But she did give Alberta credit.
"I think they are a contender."
The Ubyssey
Tuesday, January 23, 1996 Swimmers look beyond Canada West titles
by Scott Hayward
Coach Tom Johnson urged his
Canada West winning team to
enjoy their win Sunday night, but
he also reminded them that their
training continued Monday
"The point being that they
need to keep their faith and move
forward, realizing that this is only
a step along the way towards the
national tide," he said.
For most of the team, the
CIAU championship in late
February is just another step on
the way to the Olympic trials at
the end of March.
Johnson is taking most of
UBC's top swimmers to Hawaii
for three weeks to prepare for the
CIAU meet. He expects the
women's team to be solid, but is
concerned about the men's side
which only has five swimmers.
"With nine women we can
really have a run at the national
title, particularly with the quality
of those women," Johnson said.
SARAH EVANETZ (C) and Donna Wu (L) won the gold and silver medals
in the 200m butterfly event.
"[But] we really need a few more
kids through if we're going to be
a contending team at the
[CIAU]." Swimmers will have
another chance to meet the CIAU
qualifying times at Simon Fraser
University in the first week of
"Every meet is really important
leading up to the Olympic trials,"
said Canada West medalist
Alexandra Ruiz. "It makes a big
difference getting off the blocks
and feeling the race."
Assistant coach Randy Bennett
expects UBC to be among the top
four in Canada this year, along
with Calgary, Toronto and Laval.
"Anybody could win. The thing
that you have to factor in this year,
which is unusual, is that Olympic
trials are about three weeks after."
"A lot of swimmers like Brett
Creed who is a distance freestyle
swimmer can't really rest for
CLAU's and then rest for Olympic
trials," Bennett said. "His distance
freestyle is going to be in work, but
some of the sprinters could be
really prepared."
Creed is concentrating his
efforts on the Olympic trials. "I
won't be shaving for CIAU's, but
I'm pretty sure that I can win it
without shaving," he said. "To
make the Olympic team, which
is my big goal, I'll need to be
pretty fast."
According to sprint swimmer
Sarah Evanetz, most athletes
"restrict [themselves] to their best
events to stay rested. I'm going
to swim the 100 and 200 free and
100 and 200 fly." She plans to
swim at the CIAU's, "then taper
for the Olympic trials."
Johnson is hopeful UBC will
be well represented at the
Olympics. "In spite of all the
work that they do and the choices
that they have to make to get to
it, when the final moment arrives
they all want to be a part of it and
every single inch and every single
metre is worth it," he said. "The
ones that didn't do the job are
probably kicking themselves
wishing that they had."
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racing professionals.
Why take the time7 For starters, you'll pick up advanced driving
tips like eliminating your blind spot and threshold braking.
And you'll learn how much drinking impairs driving.
You'll also discover how 80% of all collisions can be avoided with
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teaches you what you need to know to be a more confident driver.
Try to fit it into your busy schedule. Tuition's free. And this
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Tuesday, January 23,1996
The Ubyssey opinion
Considering the CASA money pit
CASA seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a
national student lobbying organization with safe, middle
of the road politics, at a fraction of CFS' cost.
Critics believed the fledgling organization had
constitutional and administrative shortcomings. They
argued that its membership fees were artificially low since
the budget made no provisions for an administrative staff,
researchers or policy analysts. They also worried that a
second major student lobbying group would fracture
Canada's student movement at a time when post-
secondary education faced an unprecedented threat.
CASA billed itself as an organization with a more
decentralized approach to student politics which was
reflected in the organization's bare bones structure.
Organizers didn't want a CFS-style head office that
dictated policy. As a result, the expectation was that the
Alliance would only be as good as what its member
schools contributed to it.
For the past eight months, however, the member
schools haven't contributed much. CASA's listserve, its
electronic communications backbone, has been virtually
inactive since last summer. Its member schools appear to
have been operating under the assumption that they have
"contracted out" their external lobbying, and left the job
to CASA's only paid full-time employee, the National
But the organization was never designed this way, and
this kind of centralized authority in an organization
designed to be decentralized, quickly evolved into a
benevolent dictatorship. Like most benevolent
dictatorships, CASA was fine so long as its leader was
looking out for the organization. Alex Usher appears to
have been a capable-and overworked-candidate. His
interim replacement, however, may not have been as
careful, and the organization as a whole may suffer as a
result of his alleged mistakes.
■ CASA's member schools are predominantly
conservative, and CASA's centre-right fiscal responsibility
message may appear to be less credible in light of the
organization's own financial fiasco.
Even if CASA does survive financially, its political
credibility may have been irreparably damaged.
The fallout from FitzPatrick's alleged misspending may
extend beyond CASA and affect the way Canada's
student organizations are perceived as a whole. Students
have enough trouble being taken seriously by politicians-
if student leaders can't successfully manage a budget of
just $128,000, how can they expect to command enough
credibility with respect to million dollar budget proposals?
Usher has said that an AMS decision to withhold membership fees could be the final nail in CASA's coffin. Student
politicians at Wednesday's council meeting may find
themselves forced to make a decision that will have a lasting
impact on student politics and policy across the country.
January 23,1995
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Just when we thought things were safe, and Joe Clark and Janet Winters danced
the ceBiwafoiy pott*,..
AH of a sudden Wfah Kee Ting screamed a high pitched wail that sent Irian
Dhatta into sheer terror, fitting since campus was black. Slack as the clothes sported
by Jenn Kuo and Stobhan Roantree.
Sarah O'Donneil decided to lighten the mood and got Matt Thompson, Douglas
Hadfield and Andy Barham to start the annual snowball fight While Charlie Cho
and Alison Cole judged, Ben Koh drew by candlelight and Mike Kitchen laughed.
Wanting to take charge, Desiree Adib, with the help of Sarah Galashan, Kevin
Drews, Matt Green and Megan Kjus, decided to make coffee for everyone.
While that was brewing, but not the mice that fuelled our computers, Scott
Hayward sent Wolf Depner in search of candles, while Emily Yearwood and Rachana
Ralaanda debated the merits of fire.
Once we thought we were safe in Ihe land of power, we discovered the Book of
Secrets had been left behind; Tanya Dubick got Mark Martinctc to drive back to
retrieve it
"Aha! r have it!" cried Ridiard tarn, and instandy discovered what Plant Ops
should have been looking for.
And then there was light.. .the sun had risen
Coordinating Editor Siobhan Roantree
Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Production Coordinator, Joe Clark
letters -
Like, marijuana
is okay, dude
"Why shouldn't it be allowed?"
"Because, it's bad for you-it's
dangerous and screws up your
"How do you know?"
"It's illegal, so it must be
"That's not true! Just because
something is illegal, you can't
automatically assume that it's
dangerous to your health."
My father and I were debating
whether marijuana should be
legalized. My father, supporting
the it's-bad-thus-it-shouldn't-be-
legalized side, argued that
marijuana is dangerous and leads
to criminal behavior. I, on the it's-
not-as-bad-as-you-think side,
pointed out that he was wrong:
there is no evidence that suggests
a link between marijuana use
and criminal behavior. Our
discussion that evening made me
realize that many people have
misconceptions about marijuana.
Just because it is illegal, they
believe that it must be very
dangerous. Ask around, you'll
see. Many believe that marijuana
is very addictive, even lethal in
case of overdose.
Well, in reality, marijuana is far
different from what these
assumptions suggest it is. All
recent government reports made
on marijuana conclude it is much
safer than other illegal drugs such
as cocaine and heroin. But most
surprising is the fact that
marijuana is also safer then non-
illegal drugs such as alcohol and
nicotine. A study done by The
Johnson Institute in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, found that heroin,
cocaine, and even nicotine and
alcohol are all more addictive
than marijuana. In fact, the only
notable health hazards of using
marijuana are due to the fact that
marijuana is smoked. Just like
smoking cigarettes, smoking
marijuana can cause lung cancer
and chronic bronchitis. These,
however, can be easily avoided
by eating, rather than smoking,
marijuana. It seems foolish, then,
not to ask: if it is safer than
alcohol and cigarettes, which are
both legal, shouldn't marijuana
be legal also?
Besides being safe, marijuana
also has many practical uses. It
can be used to make paper (in
fact, until it became illegal,
marijuana was used in paper
production for thousands of
years), rope, drywall, and even
paint. More important, however,
are the many possible uses of
marijuana     in     medicine.
Marijuana has already been used
to prevent nausea and vomiting
caused by cancer chemotherapy.
It can also be used to treat
glaucoma, hypertension,
epilepsy, and depression.
So, if marijuana is so safe and
has so many practical uses, why
is it still illegal? The reason is
public opposition. Many people
believe that marijuana is a very
health-hazardous drug, and are
opposed to legalizing it. Ending
these misconceptions and
revealing the truth behind
marijuana is a crucial step
towards making marijuana legal.
Michael MacKay
Science 1
Addressing a
grizzly issue
Having just finished reading
the "Environment Issue" of The
Ubyssey, I must say I am
extremely impressed that our
local environmentalists are
attacking the important issues -
garbage, pollution, and the
beginnings ofthe privatization of
UBC. I would like to address the
"Grizzly Issue" however -
having spent a couple of
summers working in grizzly
country, I am not terribly
concerned with their numbers.
In fact, last year in the Prince
George-Bulkley region, there
were more black bears and
grizzlies than in previous years,
due to a variety of environmental
factors. While this may have
been a government statistic
(apparently to be totally
mistrusted), most foresters in that
region would say the same thing.
Apparently, the summer of 1995
was a busy one for bears around
the province - sightings (heart
stopping events at work in the
bush when you're two or more
km away from your truck) were
numerous, as I heard from my
classmates in September.
It is a tricky issue, and always
will be, so long as humans
continue to forage into the
wilderness - however, the bears
are NOT on the verge of
extinction (in fact, on the coast,
they will hibernate in stumps),
and if you are serious about
educating yourself about these
issues, you should see first-hand
evidence, and not simply buy
into the propaganda. Blaming
the government can't possibly
help either - replace the current
government, and the next one
will simply undo all the work this
one has done. Where's the sense
in that?
Not pro-hunting,
Sarah Shipley
2nd year Forestry
Photo Coordinator. Jenn Kuo
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, January 23,1996 ultrur
Kiss lacks passion and taste
The Kiss Project
at Granville Island until Feb tt
By Rachana Raizada
Granville Island's Performance Works is hosting a pot-
luck of performing arts events
known as "The Kiss Project," an
event started last year by
Vancouver dancer and choreographer Judith Marcuse.
The project takes its name
from The Kiss Commissions-a
program of eighteen short
works, running from February 6-
18, with the common theme of
a kiss. Because of last year's
success, the Project has grown
into a seven week festival.
Besides modern dance performances, the project includes a
dizzying array of workshops on
dance styles that range from
belly dancing (for women only)
to Bharata Natyam (a classical
Indian dance style).
Although  most
this year's event
looks promising,
the appetizers
come up lukewarm.
On January
12 and  13, a
program   entitled Canadian
Quintet showcased        the
works of Canadian choreographers. It was distinctly similar to one of those unfortunate
potluck affairs where everyone
brings the same pasta salad. Boil
Karla &Grifs love and sexuality
Karla and Grif
Station Street Arts Centre
until January 27th
by Tanya Dubick
Vivienne Laxdal's Karla and
Grif is a well constructed play
that deals with the fears and impressions we carry about love
and sexuality.
With the use of three main
characters, Laxdai forces the audience to consider the role of acceptance and denial in lesbian
Kirsten Williamson plays
Karla, the central protagonist in
the story, and pivot point around
which the past and present revolve. The other characters serve
to complete her portrait, simultaneously demonstrating toughness combined with softness
and an ability to love.
The action begins with Karla
slowly stalking the outside
perimeters of the set with a disturbed countenance. She begins
by "marking her temtory"-an
action we see later in the last
scene of the play.
Karla's father Danny provides
a window into her life as they
appear unable to connect fully.
Raised by a father caught in the
past, Karla is left alone to discover her sexuality. Her father
is only confronted when pressed
with the truth of her love for
another woman-Grif.
Although I found myself
caught in the web of their unfolding story, I left the Arts Centre feeling I didn't know the
characters well enough to understand their motivations; I
was left with an incomplete picture of Karla. Even the final dramatic scene where blood is
drawn and apologies made at a
knife blade, left me
However, if you are particularly fond of the Station Street
Arts Centre and its intimate
stage go see this play since it's
your last chance to catch a production at this location before
the Fend Players move to a new
Women's Students' Office
Mature Women Students
Thursdays, ongoing 12:30-1:30pm,
Women Students' Lounge
Women of Colour
January 24-March20
Brock Rm 204D
Exploring Relationships
Friday, 1:30-3:30pm
January 26, Feb.2 & 9 Brock Rm 204D
Meditation and Stress Reduction
Tuesday, 12:30-1:20pm
January 30, Feb.6& 13 Brock Rm 204D
For further information and registration
for groups, call 822-2415 or drop in
to Room 203 Brock Hall.
a pot full of chanting (Gregorian
or otherwise-even talking will
do), season with darkness and
the occasional spotlight and
meditate until
ready. Move very
slowly at all
times (and only if
absolutely neces-
f*^^\A sary) as to pre-
^^j^P^ serve the spiri-
^r >>■ tual flavour of
[y^ the dish.
ir f^ i Notable pieces
on the program
included Filigree, choreographed by
Marcuse, and Miserere by Toronto-based choreographer
David Earle. The latter was an
exceptionally clever, smooth
and strong work. Five dancers
remained linked while continuously folding and unfolding
themselves, like a cat's cradle
made of human string.
Oscar Nieto and his band Flamenco Heresy promised Latin
dance fans "An Evening of Fire."
According to the
program, "This dish
bakes at a high
temperature." Ouch!
It would have been
easier to burn one's
tongue   on   cold
chicken soup. The
little      flamenco
dancing there was,
was excellent. Apart
from one particularly noxious video clip accompanied by a stale pseudo-modern
dance, most of the evening was
A morsel of The Kiss Project, inspired by Klimt's "The Kiss.'
, ,  .   , ,' DAVID COOPER PHOTO
spent watching Nieto and his band
live up to their name; any salsa
band that doesn't urge its audience
to dance is truly heretical.
Kiss Project
rehearsals take
place during the
day at Performance Works.
They are free and
the public is
welcome to do a
little taste testing.
If you're starved
check it out because there's a smorgasbord to
choose from.
"one of those
potluck affairs
where everyone
brings the
same pasta salad"
for culture.
JANUARY 24-»28
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special orders,
reserved copies and
magazines will remain
at regular prices.
Tuesday, January 23, 1996
The Ubyssey news
UBC to change energy guzzling ways
by Mike Kitchen
UBC's gluttonous energy
consumption may soon be
curtailed, if Plant Operations
has its way.
Plant Operations, which
distributes electricity and heat
to UBC's 387 buildings,
recently released its energy
management plan. The plan
aims to reduce the amount of
energy used to heat and light
campus buildings—cutting
UBC's hefty $7 million hydro
bill in the process.
The plan's strategy consists
mainly of improving campus
buildings' heating and lighting
systems and educating building
users about energy
Retrofits to the existing
electric system will include
such major repairs as replacing
the wires presently used with
larger-diameter wires to reduce
losses due to resistance.
Small-scale improvements
will include the use of sensors
and central computers to
control lighting. Energy-
guzzling lights will be replaced
with more efficient systems,
such as compact fluorescent
lights instead of incandescent
The steam delivery system
currently used to heat
university buildings will be
retrofitted to reduce losses
from the pipes (reducing the
presence of billowing clouds of
steam on campus) and increase
the rate of return of
condensate, or recycled steam,
to the steam plant.
Improvements will also be
made to the buildings'
ventilation and insulation
systems. Presently, 75 percent
of the condensate is returned;
however, due to extremely
decayed and undersized return
pipes, Totem Park, Place Vanier
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The plan also calls for an
extensive education program
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THE UBYSSEY/UBC BOOKSTORE Shameless Giveaway Contest winner Ralph Kennon receives his UBC backpack.
Ralph was the first of over 50 people to come into our offices with the correct answer. The contest will be
repeated next week. desiree adib photo
meetings with
building users, contests, posters
and ad campaigns.
The biggest selling point of the
plan is the fact that the money
saved will fund the retrofits and
education programs.
Paul Becker, associate
director of engineering and
operations for Plant
Operations, estimates it will
take ten years for the program
to fully fund itself. Once the
program is paid for, savings
will go into the general
university coffers.
The Department of Housing
and Conferences also plans to
make energy efficient changes
on a smaller scale. Facilities Coordinator Mauro Cervo says
Housing does not have an
energy management plan but
specific improvements, such as
replacing incandescent lights
with compact-fluorescents, are
The first residence to have its
lights replaced will be Totem
Park this summer.
Let's face it. There are times when saving
your parent's money is like saving
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Tuesday, January 23, 1996


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