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the last month with her face covered with make-up;
red lipstick and black eyeliner. The idea, it occurs to
me as I look at it, must have been to make her look like
a whore, or maybe a clown. But there's been a new
development. Over the weekend, the statue was showered in green paint, and now she looks even sadder
than before. Nobody has claimed responsibility.
Members of the group staging today's public
"APEC-free zone" marking are quick to point out they
had nothing to do with the green paint or the lipstick.
Defacing the statue, they say, is not what they're all
about. There's even talk of them organising a public
scrubbing of the Goddess next week when two campus security officers arrive. They ask Mark Luchkow,
one of the students painting the ground, if the paint is
washable. He hesitates to answer, and soon after an
RCMP officer is questioning him about the paint.
"What was he asking you," I ask him when the officer has left.
"Name, address, phone number," he says.
"Did he tell you why?"
'Just for his own information," he says, adding that
at this time UBC's administration isn't pressing
charges—they can't really do anything, he tells me, so
they're just taking information. He also says he wants
to look into ways of removing the paint once it's no
longer needed. "That's going to come up at our next
Monday meeting."
I ask him if he's afraid of being arrested.
"I don't know why they'd have to arrest me," he
answers. "I mean, I'm no danger to society or anything like
that." I insist, after all the RCMP now has his name—is he really not afraid of being arrested? "I doubt that'll happen. They'll
probably impose fines and clean up," he says.
Two minutes later, the RCMP returns and Mark
Luchkow and another student are arrested for mischief.
APEC Alert, Ormond says, is about to engage in a
series of activities designed to raise the level of APEC
awareriess'on campus. The way he sees it, the group's
biggest hurdle to earning the support of UBC's students is their lack of knowledge about APEC. "We're
trying to get every new student knowing that this is
happening on campus," he says.
"Once people understand, they're going to be
To hear the members of APEC Alert tell it, the postering campaign was a successful start to what promises to be a bombastic campaign. According to APEC
Alert member and fourth year Human Geography
student Claire Carter the posters got the word out,
"The consensus was absolutely positive," she says.
"We had a lot of new members which I was really
happy about."
Ormond adds that the posters were meant to catch
people's attention and spark debate; more informational posters will follow, he assures me.
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adds the group's posters are mostly being
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though he notes the rate has slowed over the
last week.
Plant Operations Superintendent Mike
Hanson admits to taking down APEC Alert's
posters, but denies that his office got any
special instructions from the university to do
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UBC men's volleyball team set for 1997 season
by Clif Prowse
The UBC men's volleyball team returned from
their recent Eastern European tour with an
outlook of anticipation for their upcoming season.
The Birds played games against professional teams from Finland, Estonia, and
Russia, beginning their tour in Helsinki on
August 23 rd and returning home on
September 6th.
The trip was the reciprocal visit after a top
St. Petersburg team participated in a tournament UBC hosted two years ago.
Though the team posted only a 1-7 record,
Coach Dale Ohman thought the Birds played
very competitively, despite the fact that most
ofthe opposition had ten years experience on
"If anything we will have a bit of a jump on
our CIAU competition, having begun to pre
pare three weeks before any of them," said
Ohman. "We will also have had a lot more
meaningful matches under our belt by the
time we begin league play."
The highlight of the trip was the team's victory over host team Parnu, the second ranked
team in Estonia, during the Estonian Cup.
Middle blocker Mike Dalziel, who Coach
Ohman picked as the team's best player
throughout the tour, made the tournament all-
star team.
The trip gave UBC a formidable arena in
which to test their new offensive system.
Normally, a team's offensive system has their
setter operating from the right side of the
court But, UBC has put its setter at the left side
of the court, which no team in Canada has
done in recent memory.
The system is designed to take better
advantage of fifth year centre Jamie McKay,
allowing the big right hander to attack more,
putting pressure on the other teams' right
and middle blockers.
The trip has also helped veterans and rookies to mesh.
"The exciting thing is that processes which
usually take till Christmas, such as team bonding and getting to know each other, took place
on our tour, so we're miles ahead of a normal
year," explained Ohman.
One guy, however, who missed the trip to
the Baltics was the Birds' best player, power
hitter Mike Kurz who played in Italy with the
National B Team at the World Student Games.
The national B team finished tenth out of 16
teams, after having drawn a tough pool.
"We're pretty excited to think when we add
Mike Kurz to our group, we'll do some serious
damage in CIAU competition," said Ohman
who enters his 20th season as UBC head
During his tenure, he has guided UBC to
two Canada West titles (1984 and 1986) and a
national championship (1983).
The four-time Canada West coach of the
year will have to draw on all his experience to
guide UBC back into the playoffs as the
1997/98 season approaches!
"Our conference has eight teams in it, and
every team will be very strong. All eight teams
will be top ten teams (nationally) sometime
during the year, so its going to be a wide open
scenario," said Ohman.
"Saskachewan and Winnepeg return alot
of key players from last year's team, but we
also return a lot of key players and I'd have
to think that we'll be up there in the mix as
The Birds are currently hosting another
one of the world's premier volleyball clubs,
Sung Kyun Kwan, a top university team from
Korea. UBC's next match against the team will
be on Friday at 8pm. ♦
UBC may buy 86ers
by Wolf Deppner
UBC Athletics may buy the Vancouver 86ers soccer team.
Bob Philip, director of UBC Athletics, confirmed the
department is vying with another local group to buy the
soccer team for $ 1 from local businessman Milan Ilich.
Should UBC buy the team, it will mark the first time ever
a university department owns a professional sports franchise according to Philip.
Philip, however, said the deal is not yet done and said
the chances of UBC purchasing the 86ers are less than "SO-
SO" at the moment.
"There is no question, UBC Athletics can run the
Vancouver 86ers," Philip told the Ubvssev. "The question is
can we do it financially."
Philip explained the key to purchasing the 8tiers is
securing enough sponsorship money.
Athletics has already talked to current 86ers sponsors
and added he is currently negotiating sponsorship deals
with two major corporations, although he wouldn't say
which ones. "If they come through, then we'll be pretty confident we can do it."
Athletics must also get approval from UBC's Board of
Governors to formalise a deal. Philip believes once a viable
financial plan is in place, the Board of Governors will
approve the deal. BoG representatives couldn't be reached
by press time.
While current owner Ilich is quoted as saying the team
is debt free, he estimates he has lost over $2 million since
he purchased the 86ers nine years ago.
Philip, however, said an internal review showed that figure is too high and insisted the team can turn a profit or at
least    break    even    under
Athletics' management.
"The point is we're not
doing this to lose money,
we're doing this to make
money. We've got to come up
with some ways to generate
revenue to subsidise our programs and we're looking at
this at one way to do that."
Operating costs for the
8 Gers this season ran
between $600,000 and
$700,000, but Philip said
UBC Athletics could run the
team for $ IS 0,000 less by
streamlining support staff.
The change could generate
profits worth $50,000 which
would be split evenly
between the men's and
women's soccer team, Philip
He added Athletics will use the 86ers as bait to attract a
national soccer training centre.
Current 86ers head coach Carl Valentine welcomed the
news. "It's encouraging someone is involved in trying to
keep the 86ers alive," said Valentine. UBC soccer coaches
and players also welcomed the news.
"The association with a club like the 86ers can obviously help with recruiting," said Mike Mosher, head coach of
the men's soccer team.
STAFF MEETING this current Thunderbird soccer players could soon be Vancouver 86ers
"Some of the players on the [UBC] team will [also] get a
better look [from the 86ers] and benefit from the training
and playing with better players," added midfielder Chris
Franks, one of five current Birds who played with the 86ers
this season.
His brother Mike, Aaron Keay, Jeff Skinner, and Nick
Setton are the other four. Current 86ers Paul Dailly and
Nico Berg are former Birds.
The Vancouver 86ers will continue to play out of
Swangard Stadium if Athletics purchases the team.->
Men's basketball team a young bunch
by Bruce Arthur
If ever there was a year to buy a program at
a UBC men's basketball game, this is the
one. The 1997/98 edition of the Birds will
not only feature eight brand new players,
but also one redshirt from last year's
squad, a new (temporary) head coach, and
a new team manager.
Let's start at the top. Longtime head
coach Bruce Enns, citing burnout, decided
to take a one-year sabbatical from the program, and handed the reins to Terry Fox
high school coach Rich Chambers.
Chambers has a realistic attitude
towards his one-time big-league gig. "Look,
I'm only here for seven months," he said.
"This is Bruce's team."
Then there are all the new faces on the
court. The total tally includes three true
freshmen, one second-year student-first-
year player, one university transfer who
hasn't played in two years, and three junior
college transfers. The result is a rag-tag collection of talented-but-barely-bottle-weaned
players whose total university basketball
experience doesn't even add up to that of
senior guard Gerald Cole.
"The Canada West—if you're not ready to
battle every possession, you're in for a long
season," said Chambers. "We're not even
close to that, to a large degree because of
our youth."
When asked if his new charges knew
what they were up against this season,
Chambers replied that they really had no
idea. "But to be honest with you, neither do
These players, as a group, are tough,
competitive, and talented. However, they
fail to address the lack of inside strength
that promises to plague UBC this season.
The most game-ready inside player is a
guard—Capilano College transfer Domenic
Zimmerman, who's already assumed a
vocal role on the team.
"Domenic is a great competitor, and
he's got natural leadership ability," said
Of the diaper dandies, the only post
presence will come from 6'8" Saequam
grad Mikkel Hansen, who is already behind
in his developement due to early injury
The other six players are a hodgepodge
of guards, swingmen, and combination forwards.
Nick Seredick is a 6'4" forward who
starred at Port Alberni last year. He is
described by Chambers as tremendously
6'2" Guard Alex Zabori is a transfer
from Douglas College who is also a tough
defender and Chambers expects him to
make significant contributions off the
6'2" Alex Seal is a slashing guard who
watched the team from the stands last year
after helping the Kitsilano Blue Demons
win the provincial high school championship as a senior.
Dave Vandervelde—a 6'5" perimeter
player who played at a junior college in
Alberta in '96-'97—is not yet accustomed to
the level of physical play in the Canada
West. Chambers plans to use him as a
perimeter swingman.
Quyen (pronounced "win") Ly is another
true freshman—he is a walk-on from
Windermere High School who at 5'9" is the
smallest player on the squad. Quickness
and ballhandling are his major assets.
Finally, 6'2" Brian Scales is joining the
team after a lengthy basketball odyssey.
After starring at a Richmond high school,
he went to Langara and then to the
University of New Brunswick. He has spent
the last two years away from basketball.
Thus far, the newcomers have struggled
to grasp not only the necessary intensity,
but the wealth of information that
Chambers and top assistant Ross
Tomlinson are asking them to absorb.
"We're taking a while to adjust," said
Zimmerman, "but by Christmas we'll definitely be jelling as a team. These guys are
all willing to learn."
"There's a lot of work to be done,"
agreed veteran Gerald Cole, who is entering his senior season. "We don't have
enough talent to win if we don't play as a
So invest the two dollars in a program to
watch the Birds play this year. They only
seem like charter members of the Witness
Protection Program—this should prove as
interesting a season as UBC has had in a
long time.«> THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26,1997
...continued from page 1
Whether the members of APEC Alert like to admit it or not, any
damage to the Goddess of Democracy statue is, in many students' minds, immediately linked to the group. It is, after all,
members of APEC Alert that took to calling the statue the
"Goddess of Hypocrisy"—to protest, as they explain it, the
"hypocrisy" of the UBC adiriinistration to welcome China's Jiang
Zemin metres away from a monument honouring the studenLs
massacred in Tiananmen Square. And it is also members of
APEC .Alert drawing in orange and green paint an 'APEC-free
zone' around the statue. It follows then that lipstick on the statue
would be their work, too. Wouldn't it?
Ormond quickly denies any involvement in defacing the stat-
ue,though he notes: "Personally, I'm not greatly offended by the
lipstick," adding that it shows UBC is a democratic environment.
"I think it's an interesting point," he says. "Hopefully, people
can take APEC Alert for what it does—we're not responsible for
everything that happens on campus."
Not everyone in the group agrees, however. Jaggi Singh, also
a member, is more critical, calling the action "totally idiotic." He
points out that every act of civil disobedience the group engages
in is public and it has a point
"Often anything that gets done to the statue is blamed on
APEC Alert," Singh admits.
"We have to end up defending ourselves for something we
didn't do, when we prefer to deal with the issue which is: Why
are we so concerned about APEC?"
Singh points out, time and time again, that the lipstick was
not an APEC Alert action. When I ask him
what that means, he says: APEC Alert did not
plan it, APEC Alert did not condone it, thus it
is not an APEC Alert action.
"We also say—this is important—what
actions we will condone and what actions we
won't condone," he says. "If somebody
decides to stage a sit-in to protest something,
we would condone that of course, but if an
individual member of APEC Alert, without
consulting anybody, goes ahead and does
something to the statue which nobody agrees
with, well, we don't condone that"
But how does one become member of APEC Alert, I ask him.
Come to our meetings and show an interest, Singh says.
When did he first notice the lipstick?
Singh says he first saw the lipstick when he showed up on
campus for Imagine UBC last September 2.
His first thought?
Oh, shit, who the hell did that? He hoped it
wasn't somebody that he knew, but it was—
which is something he would prefer not to know.
I ask: Could he tell me if it was an APEC Alert
member that did the lipstick and eyeliner, even
though I understand it wasn't an APEC Alert
Singh pauses, then he says: "The person
who did it, did it as an individual. APEC Alert
members don't hold membership cards." He
points out that there are over 100 names on
APEC Alert's e-mail list, 70 on its phone list, 30
to 40 have attended meetings—all of these people, he says, could be considered 'members.'
He also warns: "APEC Alert is now associated with that statue and anybody could come up
to the statue and do something and we get
blamed for it."
The group, he says, is susceptible to that
sort of action.
I ask Chau if she thinks APEC Alert is
behind the lipstick and eyeliner.
She thinks about it for a bit. She says: It's easy to think that,
but who knows?
I go look at the tent next to the Goddess of Democracy when
things have quietened down and I know no one will be
around. The 'APEC-free zone' has expanded for a third time
this month. It will do so again next week. The statue stands
behind the tent, lipstick on and everything, but now covered
in green paint, looking lost.
"People are sympathetic, but
the reason they don't do any
thing is because they don't know
what's going on," said a third
year Arts student last week when
I asked him what stopped him
from getting involved.
It's hard to say, though.
The second wave of posters,
as promised by Ormond, is
already on display around the tent. Numbers, details, and
more numbers on recycled paper.
The back ofthe tent reads: "People Arrested Thus Far—II."
Who knows what's next?
Dennis Pavlich, UBC associate vice president for academic
and legal affairs, admitted he didn't really know what was
going on around the Goddess of Democracy, but mamtained
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"We've made it very clear that
we will be engaging in a whole
series of activities, creatively,
actively, often breaking the law
to make our point"
Jaggi Singh, APEC alert member
that he could understand why APEC Alert would be drawing a
'free zone.'
"I guess it doesn't mean much until—or if—they encroach
into the area where the APEC conference and the APEC security zone is at issue," he said.
Things changed significantly by Monday when two APEC
Alert members were arrested—for 'breaking the law,' as
Pavlich put it—when they drew the 'APEC-free zone' with
unwashable paint. What's odd is that this was the third week
in a row APEC Alert members had gathered to draw their zone
on UBC grounds. It was probably illegal the first, and second
time, too. Why were students arrested last Monday and not,
say, two, three weeks ago?
"We've made it clear that we will be engaging in civil disobedience," Singh says. "We've made it clear that we will be
engaging in non-violent direct action. We've made it very clear
that we will be engaging in a whole series of activities, creatively, actively, often breaking the law to make our point."
He apologises for getting 'worked-up' about it, but insists it
is not a trivial point.
Students were killed in Tiananmen Square and Dili, East
Timor, he says, and those are real issues.
"You just can't simply ignore that and have the statue glaring at us everyday—what does that statue stand for? Does it
mean anything?"
"So what's next," the statue seems to ask as night falls on
UBC and people have gone home. For now, there's no one
around the statue.
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Poli Sci
by Emily Yearwood
In a rare move, UBC's political science
department has extended the sessional
contract of one of its most popular
instructors, Alan Sens.
Students were told last year that
Sens wouldn't be hired for a fourth
term, partly because of political science budget constraints and UBC's policy on sessional teachers. But the
prospect of losing Sens, who teaches
International Relations and security
courses, prompted a widely circulated
petition, demanding that he be
"At this university what we have is
essentially a three year sessional rule,"
Sens said in an interview. "You can
only teach for so long at this university
before you reach the point where the
university has to extend a commitment
of some kind to you.
"In practice of course this creates a
ceiling. The university doesn't want to
invest in you and doesn't want to cre
ate that cornmitment to you because it
is an increased financial obligation,"
added Sens.
Sens' contract was extended for the
next eight months. Ken Carty; the
Political Science department head,
said the petition reinforced the department's belief that Sens is a valuable
asset, although student protest was not
key to the decision-making process.
One ofthe reasons Sens hasn't been
awarded a tenure-track position, which
would eventually make him a perma
nent professor, is that he hasn't published enough theoretical literature.
"The bottom line is to secure a
tenure kind of job these days you have
to write a book that contributes to the
field and these sorts of projects, while
valued, are not really seen as major
contributions," he said.
Sens has consulted for the
Canadian government on NATO issues
and the Somalia inquiry and is currently working on an International
Relations textbook.*
Radical UBC fans
steal Shrum Bowl
by Wolf Depner
There is still a week left until UBC and SFU meet in the annual Shrum Bowl football grudge match, but the trophy is
already missing. It was stolen from SFU Tuesday night.
The Tailgater Underground Society (TUS), a radical wing of
the UBC tailgaters club, an UNofiicial UBC fan group, claimed
responsibility for the theft after being approached by The
TUS left a ransom note and a Thunderbird hat, the group's
calling card, at the scene of the crime.
The group's spokesperson, who only identified himself by
an alias—he called himself Maurice—said the group stole the
trophy in retaliation for SFU fans beating up the UBC mascot
during last year's game, which SFU won 25-15.
"We were a little embarrassed last year," Maurice said with
a badly faked French Canadian accent. "So to get back at them,
we decided we'd take the trophy, show it around campus, show
it its new home."
He said the trophy is unharmed and is being held in a
secret location. But for a brief period as UBC students entered
the SUB Thursday, the trophy hung from the SUB balcony. He
also said TUS will retain possession of the trophy until SFU
meets the demands of TUS.
"One, we want an apology for the chicken getting the snot
kicked of him last year," said Maurice. "That's the first thing.
Once we get that, then well discuss terms. If our demands
aren't met, then we'll just give it to UBC football when they win
the game."
Maurice insisted the UBC football team played no role in the
operation. He also said the
Tailgaters were not under the influence of alcohol when removing the
trophy from Burnaby Mountain.
Maurice, however, refused to
divulge the exact details ofthe crime.
He only said, "We may be French-
Canadians and we may like hockey,
but we're tricky and we're smart
James Philip, SFU Public Relations
coordinator, was impressed by the
group's professionalism, respect for
property, and savvy. "They didn't
break anything," Philip told The
Ubyssey. "I don't know how they did,
but they got in and out.
"I don't want to say we're shocked,
but we're surprised they came and got
it like that," said Philip. He added SFU
will not contact the police in the matter. "This is kind of cool," said Philip. "There is some school spirit here, but we do want to get it back."
As expected, members of the UBC football team reacted
to the news with glee. "This is good," said one player who
wanted to remain unnamed when asked about the theft. "It
doesn't belong to them anyway. If they can't hold on to it,
HANGIN' ON: The Shrum Bowl has come home, richard lam photo
they don't deserve it." Added another player: "If they want it,
they come and get it from us."
This theft revives memories of the Rose Bowl theft in
January 1992. A group of UBC engineers gained cross-border
notoriety when they stole the Rose Bowl from the trophy case
at the University of Washington, which had co-won the US college national championship on New Year's Day.*
Women hang abuse out to dry
by Marina Antunes
*$ m
STRUNG UP AND STRETCHED OUT The Women's Centre is putting violence and abuse against women on the line for everybody to see.
"Break the Silence."
The slogan of the UBC Clothesline Project says it all.
The 80-odd tee shirts strung on clotheslines outside
Brock Hall Tuesday were a forum for women victims of
violence or friends of victims. Many of the tee shirts
were painted with first names and initials of men the
women blame for violence.
"Dear Daddy: In memory ofthe years of hell," read on
shirt. "The childhood you destroyed for me. Physical,
emotional and sexual abuse. Nowhere to hide I will
never be the same, but my wings have set me free. The
child fives. She dances in the light."
In the spring of 1996 the clothesline started out ofthe
Women Students' Office at UBC. Since the moment of
conception, the project has grown rapidly. "We started
with zero t-shirts and we are now close to 80. We started
the year with 70 and after today we'll have 75 or close to
80 shirts," said Kathryn Pederson, a counselor and advisor at the Women Student's Office.
"One of the main goals [of the project] is to increase
awareness about the magnitude of violence towards
women." said Pederson.
Leah Huff, a woman at the AMS Womens' Centre
added that "[Making a t-shirt] is very definitely a process.
I think that making a tee shirt is a way of publicly asserting that what's happened to you was wrong."
Men weren't welcome to join the project.
"This is a program for women and for women's voices. To really put it bluntly the show is exposing male violence in societies towards women," said Pederson.
Things are looking good for the Clothesline Project.
They will be in showcase at the SUB Gallery November 5-
10 and March 3-6 of 1998. As to making the clothesline
a permanent display on campus Pedersen said, "We
haven't talked about it, but it's an idea." ♦
APEC Advance team visits UBC campus
by Sarah Galashan
Foreign representatives were exploring the
campus last Wednesday during the first APEC
(Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) advance
team visit.
The visit gave representatives their first
look at the sites that will house the APEC conference—including UBC's Museum of
Anthropology, the location chosen for the
November 25 leaders' summit
According to Chris Brown, executive inter
change officer for the Department of Foreign
Affairs looking in to Asia Pacific issues, the tour
was an initial look at how the conference will
be set up.
He said that understanding building layouts and designated meeting spots, to be used
for the two day conference at the end of
November, is important for both organisational and security aspects of APEC.
"The security element is only one part of
the very complex organisation preparatory
process which is underway now," added
"[The advance teams] were various representatives of the economies that
will be attending APEC to have a
look at the site and get an explanation of what the events will be,"
said Lloyd Plant, an RCMP staff
Security for the conference
will be specifically looked into at
a future undetermined date, said
Plant He added the UBC detach
ment will work with the federal RCMP and will
be responsible for the areas on campus outside
of those designated secure.
"Any incidences that are
generated outside the actual
secure area, that are created
as a result of APEC, the detachment will be expected to deal
with. So there's going to be
fairly significant demands that
will be expected of us too,"said
Security for the
conference will be
specifically looked into
at a future
undetermined date
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by Richelle Rae
"There's so many talented young people out there
and they're either working jobs where they are
over qualified or they don't know that there is an
opportunity for them to do something creative on
their own," says Pedro Romero, who is an economics major at UBC, a young up-and-coming
filmmaker and writer, not to mention the proud
father of his own production company called Too
Early Productions.
"Too Early Productions is an independent
Canadian film production company. Our goal is to
capitalise on the resourcefulness of young new
filmmakers, and to try to be the leaders of this new
wave of independent filmmakers that aren't
helped by the government."
The production company got its name from the
title of Romero's first film, Too Early Until recently the company was only a fictitious one that was
used on mini productions Romero and his friends
worked on. "We became a real company this summer with the film Blood Brothers," explains
Blood Brothers, the first legitimate child of Too
Early, is a short film about pediatric AIDS. It tells
the story of three thirteen year olds forced to test
their friendship and loyalty when one of them may
have contracted HIV during an accident on a
camping trip. The boys are forced to resolve the
situation themselves, as they go on the trip without adult supervision. Initially the situation gets
out of hand and the one boy asks his friends to
chop off his arm to ensure the spot where he may
have contracted the virus doesn't spread to the
rest of his body. Though on the surface the story is
about ignorance and tragedy, Romero
says there is more to it than the
obvious. "It's not a fiini
about HIV and AIDS, it
a film about friendship."
"There haven't
been that many films
that attempt to look al
HIV that w*ay. Most puo
pie talk about [the film] Kid
when they think of pediatric AIDS
It is a film about HIV in a sexual context.
This is a film about friendship which uses the
issues of. HIV to explore the theme," Romero
explains. "...One thing that I really didn't want to
do is portray kids in the way that adults think they
are. I tried as much as possible to portray kids as
they really are."
Blood Brothers started out as a "what if' situation and grew into a full fledged screenplay, after
about a year's worth of research, revisions, and
editing. All this for fifteen minutes of screen time.
In August, Too Early had secured enough funding
to begin shooting.
"Right now there's only me, the executive producers, and the editor because we just wrapped up
Blood Brothers," says Romero. "During the pro
duction there were twenty-three people on the
Too Early is for profit, but it is still a young company so most of the staff work on a volunteer
basis. With the film Blood Brothers the
volunteers came from either the UBC film
department or the Vancouver Film School.
Romero says that the BC Film
Commission played a big part in getting
the word out that they needed volunteers.
In a newsletter, a brief description about
the project was sent out to various institutions and private enterprises. Romero
says they got a lot of their human
resources that way.
to get back to him, but the Foundation gave Blood
Brothers full support.
"I got most of [the funding]  from private
investors. The thing that really helped us most to
.. „3f .IT  *      .
UBC student Pedro Romero
charts a new direction for
independent Canadian film
productions, capitalizing on
young talent and hard work.
PEDRO ROMERO has the angle on indie filmmaking.
What about the money? Where does a twenty-
four year old independent filmmaker get the
financing to produce his own film? The quest for
financing began with Too Early approaching private investors for the funds. After a less than
enthusiastic response they decided to try a new
tactic. Too Early went on to approach the
Vancouver AIDS Foundation for support.
Persistence pays off, and eventually Romero's
company got in to see the president ofthe foundation, Gana Pathi. In took about six weeks for them
get private investors was that
we were fully supported by
the AIDS Foundation of
Canada," says Romero.
"Because of the nature of the
project, there was no budget,
but so far our production
costs have gone just over
$7900. Now in post production we have a whole new
budget and we're going to
spend around $3000... We're
hoping to have a finished product ready for November."
It isn't that artistry isn't
important to Romero—it is.
It's just that to him, as an economics student, there is a bottom line. The film, industry is
a market, and films are its
products. At the end of the
day you still have to pay the
bills, and to Romero that is
"We should try not to be
afraid of the US big shadow
that's on top of Vancouver
right now... I'm not saying
that United States is bad, and
Hollywood is bad, " Romero
says. "That's ridiculous
because when push comes to
shove United States and the
Hollywood film industry they are the most successful in the world. They must be doing something right."
Romero is plarining to tour Blood Brothers in
next year's film festival circuit. Their first stop is
the Yorkville Festival in Saskatchewan. He is also
currently writing a feature film, and working on a
proposal for the AMS and AUS for a documentary
on Arts County Fair.
"We're trying to work on one thing at a time,"
explains Romero with a laugh. ♦
Nothing better than nothing
Nine Inch Nails Website
@ http://www.nothing.nin.net
 by Marina Antunes
Nine Inch Nails have been
around since '89 and they're,
by far, the band with the edge
when it comes to the web. The
'ninternet,' has the hundreds if
not thousands of NIN related
sites and grows rapidly by the
day. So where do you start?
With so many sites out there,
how does a new fan or a net
surfer find the best site—or at
least a good one?
Take it from a loyal NIN fan
and an experienced surfer, the
best place to start is "the unoffi
cial NIN page." It doesn't matter what you've heard, this
place is the best place to start.
By far, this site has the most
information at the click of a button. Some hyper links take you
through the history on NIN,
while others give you the syllables and the lyrics of most, if
not all, of NIN's songs. This is
also the place to get basic information on NIN. From here, you
can take it wherever you would
The site also contains a list
of all the material Trent Reznor
has ever produced (and not just
with NIN), from song tabs to
up to date news on the band, to
an extensive link list, taking
one to what seems like a never i
ending list of other NIN sites
From these other links, I sug
gest you visit CPUNut's page
and check out the chat room
where you can talk to other
fans, and on occasion, those
less than enthusiastic about the
It's easy to forget the cheesy
layout of the home page as one
gets drowned in the actual content of the site. I think that a
round of compliments and pats
on the back need to be passed
on to Jason Patterson who, collaborating with nothing records, has produced what is
one of the 'ninternet's' best
Canadian National Gallery Website
@ http://national.gallery.ca/
 by Ronald Nurwisah
The internet is considered by many to be
noftting more than a large repository for
pornography and whatever else 14 year
olds and computer geeks alike can contrive. So, it's always a pleasant surprise
to find a page that is as entertaining as it
is rewarding to browse.
It's even more surprising when it
turns out to be a government funded
museum site. The Canadian National
Gallery has managed to come up with a
site that is both interesting and easy to
absorb in a single sitting. The designers
of the website have made the site painless to navigate and to digest. Most sites
use text to fill the entire screen, but the
National Gallery Website has designed
the text to fill only a small 4-5 cm column
at the centre of the screen, letting the
reader skim through long descriptions
quickly and intuitively.
The paintings, the meat of any museum website, are presented attractively.
The small thumbnail replicas can be
quickly enlarged in a separate window.
Surprisingly even the large pictures load
quickly on the site. Much of the National
Gallery's collections have been digitised
for the website. The works chosen for the
site range from 18th century landscapes
to 20th century abstract pieces. The later
group of paintings is where the site is
most disappointing. Many ofthe works in
the National Gallery are meant to be
viewed in person, and not in the confines
of a 15" screen. The painting. Voice of Fire
won't look like much on your PC monitor.
The National Gallery website also contains overviews of exhibits from the
gallery that are currently touring Canada.
This is a great tool for taking a peek at the
exhibits that will be coming soon or checking out that exhibit you missed. Another
great feature ofthe National Gallery site is
the virtual tour narrated by Peter
Gzowsky—a recommended item on the
list for those of you with a little bit more
time to spend. Having Gzowsky narrate
you through the history of Canadian painting might just interest
you enough to stay a little while longer.
The Canadian National Gallery has created a site that is easy
to navigate, entertaining and stimulating.
So stop browsing at Cool Site of the Day
and head over to the National Gallery
site. Whether you're a museum enthusiast or someone who can't tell the difference between tempera and tempura, the
National Gallery will serve as a more
than adequate springboard into the
world of Canadian Art.*}-
Karen Kain, Farewell Tour
at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 24-27
by Aiiyah Amarshi
Often, with any performance, great anticipation can bring grave
disappointment. When Canada's prima ballerina is in the program, even the most ballet illiterate person will leave at the end
of the evening with a greater understanding of the true meaning
of beauty.
Karen Kain, the Farewell Tour, marks the end of Kain's 28-year
feign as the Queen of Ballet. What a way to go. The evening began
by showcasing principal dancers ofthe National Ballet of Canada.
The Red Shoes, performed by Sonia Rodriguez, Alexsandar
Antonijevic, and Jeromy Ransom was a perfect light-hearted opening to the show. The music was teasing, the actions somewhat
comical, putting the audience in a relaxed state of mind.
After a brief pause, we were abruptly thrust into the opposite
extreme with Herman Schmerman, a piece with five dancers and
an in-your-face attitude. The curtain opened to a blinding set - a
white stage floor contrasted with black stage curtains. The
dancers sauntered on stage wearing black, to dramatically contrast with the stage floor. The effect was incredibly striking. As
opposed to the light-hearted nature of The Red Shoes, this piece
was very disjointed, loud, and blunt, and very contemporary
while still incorporating classical techniques. This was a ballet
"on the edge", pushing the dancers' bodies to physical extremes.
It was thrilling to watch. At one point, during a pas de deux with
Rex Harrington and Martine Lamy, both appeared wearing electric yellow skirts. This small bit of comic relief eased the intensity in the air which was produced by a combination of the music
and the choreography.
There was an atmosphere of nervous excitement as we waited for Ms. Kain to take the stage and transport us into her world,
|~-   IV
the world of The Actress. This is a piece which she performed, and a
piece which belongs only to her. Choreographed by James Kudelka to
celebrate Kain's twenty-fifth year with the National Ballet, it was
intended to depict the life of an actress and reflect Karen's own life
and career. However, whether or not Kain was able to relate it to her
life didn't matter because as an artist she possesses a unique capability to make any work she dances her own. This is only one of her
diverse, limitless qualities as a prima ballerina—qualities which have
shaped her illustrious career.
At long last Kain took the stage, her presence striking, her elegance
beyond description. For the next forty-five minutes, we were whisked
away into the world of The Actress, a world of breamtaking, heart-
wrenching, passionate expression. The music was haunting—a series
of Chopin's Preludes—and was interpreted to its maximum by Kain;
every note was felt and experienced. The piece was comical at times,
but never frivolous, the tension held strong with every arabesque, and
every line created by her willowy arms and long neck. The finale called
for her to appear in a scarlet red dress and high heeled shoes in a set
that appeared as though it had been pulled from a painting by Degas.
Kain finished the show by drawing the curtain across the stage, creating a moment that will forever be etched in the mind's eye as a definitive end to her career.
As I left the theatre that evening, I noticed a general aura of pen-
siveness amongst the audience. A hush had overtaken the crowd as
everyone was consumed with their own thoughts of what they had witnessed that evening—true beauty expressed through movement, an
idea which wouldn't have held much merit until that moment when
Kain took the stage. Farewell, Karen Kain, and thank you.*> 8 THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1997
Chumbawamba is a band few have heard of but one that
everyone will want to
Chumbawamba is
possibly the weirdest
name imaginable for
a band that is destined
to hit it big. Starting
with their newly
released title track
"Tubthumping" and
listening to any of the
other songs on the
album, it's easy to see
that their anti-social
message will be carried on every airwave
North America has to
offer. I guarantee it!
The group of eight
are doing their own
thing and after more
than a decade together they've
proven they always will. They
won't conform, they won't tone
their message down, instead they
mix politics and religion with a
range of musical genres—much to
the chagrin of many record labels.
Their   latest    album   is   best
described as everything from folk
to acid jazz with a little commentary thrown in to ensure
their listeners get the point. But if you're looking for any of
their earlier work plan on touring the UK, 'cause that's
almost the only way to get your hands on the stuff.
I first heard Chumbawamba five years ago while visiting
friends in England. I'll admit I thought their name was odd,
but their mix of pop and politics in the b-side single "Give
the Anarchist Another Cigarette" was different from anything I'd heard before. Ever since, I have unsuccessfully
ransacked CD shops across Canada looking for an illusive
CD. I dreamt ofthe day I'd write an article like this one. At
long last the band
has found success,
and    Tubthumper
has    crossed    the
Atlantic. Finally, we
get a taste of working    class    Leeds
whose  vocals   and
beats bring it to life.
Chumb awamb a
does not care that
their   music's   not
widely known or distributed.  Since the
early 80s they've changed
labels three times, but
their     message     has
remained    the    same.
They're    modern    day
rebels and every song
they sing reflects the ongoing revolution within
the British social classes.
Tubthumper is sure to
make the band a lot of
money...but I doubt that's what their in it for. ♦
Sarah Galashan
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colours and shades,
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Soweto to the ethe-   j
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Mrica's  horn  with
its  middle   eastern
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Tikisa hails from
Central Africa, playing mainly Soukous, a variant originating from Zaire. The music of this region flows so
effortlessly one can't help but drift along with the endless current. It's perfect music to listen to while driving down that long empty highway, or writing an
essay for English 394, or, better yet, after smoking a
bongful of Redhair saved from last summer to drive
those winter blues away. Lest we dismiss Soukous and
its relatives as so hopelessly contemplative as to render it suitable only for a melodious backdrop to higher transcendental experiences, I should note that this
music is also great to dance to. Why, I'd wager even a
stiff turkey like Presto Manuring couldn't resist tap-
pin' his feet to that endless African beat! I do.*
Andy Barham
Diana Krall
Love Scenes
Let's listen to some old songs. Hminm. Late
greats. Girshwin and Girshwin. Ring Crosby,
Irving Berlin am a few of lhe composers fea
tur.ed on this latest CD by Diana Krall titled
Low Scenes. These are slow songs. Slow, sul
try and sentimental. Though all the songs are
tied together by the theme of love, thpy arc all
unique reditions.
In 'Peel Me a Grape," instructions are
given to men on how lo "lie an agreeable
chap." 'Love me and leave me in luxury's
lap/ hup when I holler, skip when I .-.nap/
When J say do it. jump to it" These Krishberg
lyrics from Ihe sixties are rharac leristir ofthe
playfulness- for whk h Krall is. famous. Irving
Berlin's "How Deep is tlie Ocean?" with ite
•ilmns. ail in-lhe-hat like word play is an
example of the gleeliil times on this album:
"How much do 1 love vou?/ I'll tell you no lie.
/ How deep is lhe ocean?/ How high is the
There are also llie heart-wrenching, wire
jlised-lo\i: songs, as "I Don't Stand a Ghost of
a Chance wilh Vou, and "Lf.sl Mind " And of
course, thi' classics of sentimentality like
Girshwin and Girshwin's "They Can't Take
That Away 1'rum Me.'
1 wasn't sure whal I would think of this
CD. 'Die campy cover with a rose hued super
sensual dose up oi' Krall and the words
"Loves Scenes" in loopy pale blue font almost
made me put the CD down with lhal feeling
that tliis was either ja/.z music Tor people over
forty or for people in relationship counseling.
But, like tlie characters lhal some of these
songs describe. Krall's music "seems to arl
just like a drug." The music grows on you.
Diana Krall, the great Canadian success
story from little old Nanaimo, is proving Lhal
the 'overnight success' media coverage that
she h.'LS been gelling lor Lhe last couple oi'
years will soon be replaced with recognition
of her as one of Ihe keystones in tlie jazz
Try il. Listen lo some old songs. You'll like
-Jessica Wootiams
Women Students'
Office Groups
Fall 1997
Mature Women Students' Support Group
Fridays, beginning September 26 ( Drop in )
12:30 - 1:30 pm, Room 207 Brock Hall
Assertiveness Training
Thursday October 2, 9, and 16
or Mondays, November 3, 10, and 17
12:30 - 2:20 pm, Room 207 Brock Hall
A Vision of the Heart, a group for lesbian students
Mondays, beginning September 29
12:30 - 2:20 pm, Room 207 Brock Hall
Meditation and Stress Reduction (open to staff as well as students)
Wednesdays, beginning October 1
12:30 - 1:30 pm, Room 207 Brock Hall
Reauthoring Your Life
Tuesdays, beginning September 30
12:30 - 2:20 pm, Room 207 Brock Hall
Self Knowledge through Art Therapy
Thursday, beginning October 9
2-4 pm , Women Students' Lounge
TPlease preregister for these free groups - call the Women
Students' Office, 822-24+15 or drop in 22m. 203 -Brock Wl
Genetics Major? Horticulturist?
uou -re not a
VSJO r.<=rre s uou'^ chance tc
The Theatre Students' Association:
Coffee Houses, TheatreSports, Workshops.
You participate. For $5, experience the life of Theatre
without changing your life. Membership drive runs Sept.
29 - Oct. 4 outside the Frederic Wood Theatre.
For more information call Jeff at 228-2198.
The Cecil H. & Ida
Green Visiting Professor
of Green College, UBC
Anthony B. Atkinson
Warden, Nuffield Colege, Oxford and Professor of Economics
Poverty, Unemployment and Social Exclusion
Monday, Sept. 29 at 12:30 pm in Buchanan D238
Income Distribution in OECD Countries
Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 4:00 pm
Seminar in Buchanan D225
The Vancouver Institute
Can Welfare States Compete in a Global
Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8:15 pm
in Woodward Instructional Resource Centre, Hall 2 THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26,1997 !
Dropkicked to strright to hell
Dropkick Me Jesus
DropKick Me Jesus
Dropkick Me Jesus drop us right into their CD with a proper
kick-ass tune, "Pieces," and I gotta wonder, are these guys
warped Jesus Freaks on acid or groovy Satanists trying to
make a point, and is there really a difference anyway?
This is hard-ass rock of the gritty post-punk metal variety — the sort of turf carved out by Guns'n Roses, and
before them by Lords of the New Church, and before them
by Black Sabbath, and so on ad infinitum. The foldout CD
jacket includes a very William Blakesque rendering of
Lucifer the fallen angel being given the boot, sans notice,
from God's Great Paradise. It kinda begs the question:
"Who the hell wants to go there anyway?" If, as your average individual of the religious persuasion claims,
Heaven's gonna be booked up solid with the very sort of
people us normal folks have been doing our best to avoid
then you can bet it's gonna be pretty goddamn weak! Sure
don't sound like paradise to me, Dropkick Me Jesus, OK!
Hey! Did I forget to mention that these guys have their
sensitive side too? Lead singer Nick Lombardi sounds a lot
like what Ozzy Osborne would sound like if he could sing
like Jim Morrison. And their lyrics do pose the cosmic question: "What's the difference between Heaven and Hell?"
Goto like that!
-Andy Barham
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BC Transit's new fare system goes into effect Wednesday, October 1. Customers paying Adult fares and
who travel during the am and pm peaks or who travel within a single zone will not be affected by the
changes. As well, Adult fares for travel during evenings and weekends remain unchanged. However,
under the new fare system:
• The mid-day discount between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm will be eliminated. In other words, zone fares on
weekdays are in effect until 6:30 pm
• New Concession fare prices are as follows: One-Zone $1.00, Two-Zones $1.50 and Three-Zones $2.00
• New handyDART fare prices are as follows: One-Zone $1.50, Two-Zones $1.50, Three-Zones $2.25
and Four-Zones (or more) $3.00. These fares apply to travel between adjacent zones.
• Two-Zone and Three-Zone passes will decrease in price. Two-Zone FareCards decrease in price by
$4.00 to $78.00 per month, and Three-Zone FareCards by $3.00 to $103.00 per month
(Bus Service
The demand for transit continues to grow and BC Transit has a plan to get you moving. The fare restructuring is necessay to keep pace with rising costs and increase the amount of revenue generated from fares
by five percent to help fund service expansion. Plans to improve transit service over the next five years are
outlined in TransAction 2002, BC Transit's Five Year Service Plan and Funding Strategy. Key initiatives for
improving service and putting more people on transit include:
•the purchase of 175 new buses and 20 new SkyTrain vehicles
• a Vancouver-Richmond Rapid Bus providing service every five minutes with limited stops
• increased bus service to: downtown, regional towncenlres and major destinations such as UBC
•improved service between major regional towncentres like Metrotown, Coquitlam, Richmond
and New Westminster
The cost of transit continues to be significantly less than operating a car. Buying tickets and passes in
advance at FareDealer outlets helps you save even more. If you're a frequent transit user, or would like to
become one, the monthly FareCard is for you. In fact with the new fare system, the price of Two and Three-
Zone FareCards has been reduced. Use it weekdays, weekends and evenings. It's transferable so you can
lend it to others when you're not using it.
Out of date Concession FareSaver tickets can be used with a 25 < AddFare.
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September 26, 1997 • volume 79 issue 7
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
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Scott Perry
Few will forget that horrible night at the i'bysspv.
SaraJl Galashan, angry at a missed deadline,
murdered Douglas Quan with a small knife she
always kept in her boot. Poor Doug. Few took
notice of this, however, as Emily Yearwood and
Penny Cholmondeley were keeping themselves
busy by slowly plucking die nose hairs of an emotionally shattered Casey Sedgman. The screams
were nearly enough to keep Marina Atunes
awake at night. Federico Barahona and Wolf
Depner slept soundly, however, as they were still
in negotiations to buy the 86ers. Cliff Prowse was
clubbing Bruce Arthur, who was proudly wearing
his fancy Ubyssey t-shirt, with a billy club when
Richelle Rae burst into the room. "You have got to
see this!" she yelled at Ron Nurwisah, Joe Clark
and Jamie Woods. Chris Nuttall-Smith, who was
brushing his teeth alter accidentally drinking the
milk of Andy Barham, was too busy to see what
all the noise was all about. But Aliyah Amarshi,
Holly Kim and Jessica Williams were only too
willing to go- The sight was a horrible one
indeed,(one so bad Richard Lam and Todd Silver
soon found it necessary to seek counselling).
Picture it, beside a giant vat of Uncle Willy's Zippy
Loob Cream (for the man who cannot gel enough
of himself) and below a rather tattered Spice
Girls poster, sat John Zaozirny, God only knows
were he placed his pants.
Message over medium
Her torch has no flame and she stands
only ten feet tall, but the Goddess of
Democracy means as much to some students
as the Statue of Liberty does to New Yorkers.
Unveiled by the Chinese Students
Association in 1991, the Goddess is a tribute
to those who died in the 1989 Tiananmen
Square massacre in Beijing.
When the statue met with opposition from
the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver, then
UBC President, David Strangway, became an
unlikely ally to the Chinese students. He
defended the statue and it was successfully
erected outside the SUB.
Six years later, Strangway announced that
UBC would host tlie leaders of the APEC
nations at the APEC summit on November
25, 1997. One of those leaders is Jiang
Zemin, President of China. Not only will
Jiang attend the summit but along with the
rest of the APEC leaders he will eat his lunch
in the atrium of university President Martha
Piper's UBC home.
So the question is: what does the Goddess
stand for today—democracy or hypocrisy?
The message of anti-APEC activists APEC
Alert has been clear. The administration of
UBC, by allowing APEC onto our campus, is
making a mockery of all that the Goddess of
Democracy should stand for. She has
become the Goddess of Hipocrisy. It is
around the statue that they have focused
many of their recent actions.
But by making the Goddess into the battleground for APEC protest, activists have
inadvertently made the Goddess a casualty of
their fight. The statue has been drilled, lip-
sticked and green painted. APEC Alert denies
responsibility for these injuries, but the fact
is by dragging her into their struggle, all that
happens to the Goddess now reflects upon
them and their message.
On a campus where mobilising students
is a notoriouslv difficult task, APEC Alert
have done an impressive job of raising
awareness and stimulating debate about
APEC. However, the recent damage done to
the Goddess of Democracy has focused the
debate away from APEC and towards a discussion of protest strategies. In short, the
medium has overtaken the message.
Many students at UBC now associate the
anti-APEC movement only with vandalism
and sensationalist protests. That is a shame
because what APEC Alert represents is a
group of concerned students trying to raise
the conscience of UBC to the environmental,
exploitation and human rights issues sur
rounding the globalisation of Irade and
specifically APEC.
Still the Goddess stands, albeit belea-
gueredly, as a symbol. A symbol of the fight
against APEC at UBC, a symbol of the
hypocrisy of this university's administration
and as a symbol of the struggle for democracy in China and around the world.♦
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Mayor snubs
Van Rape Relief
Firstiy I would like to thank all the
caring and generous men and
women who gave their time and
donations to me as I was fund;
raising on September 20, 1997 on
behalf of Vancouver Rape Relief
and Women's shelter.
I would, however, like to make
the public aware of a man who
chose to deliberately walk by me
in a cold and callous manner, not
only ignoring me, but also turning
away from the issues which affect
the lives of half the population of
our society.
Yet I would not have recognized the gentleman as Mayor
Philip Owen until he made an
awful scene a few meters behind
me; he was yelling at a woman
(working for him) who was helping to tape up a poster for
"Community Awareness Week..."
for which he was going to attend
and be a part of that day.
Since he is obviously unaware
of his unacceptable behavior as a
mayor, ignoring the volunteer
who is fund-raising to help stop
violence against women, as well
as  bluntly,  loudly and  rudely
putting down a woman in front of
all to see, I ask all UBC students to
please think carefully about who
the really want to be represented
by in the next election.
Agnes Cheung
Clubs: life after
the crazy daze
It is likely that many hundreds of
the students who passed through
the S.U.B. Lobby or Ballroom during "Club Week" might be wondering: "Just what happens after
people sign up?"
Some of these students might
be interested to hear about just
one such club. The Humanist Club
signed up over 60 members out
ofthe dozens who enquired about
its aims and activities during that
week. More than 40 paid their
dollar to join.
The Club's aim is to provide
fellowship for people who share
ethical values but who do not hold
relegious beliefs; activities
involve lectures, discussions,
videos, book loans, and purely
social parties.
At its first regular meeting at
12.30p.m. last Tuesday, the Club
invited   Dr   Pat   Hutcheon   to
describe the scientific basis of
humanism. Room D205 in the
Buchanan Building was stuffed to
the rafters with enthusiastic students and stuff, young and old,
from many different faculties.
Apart from hearing some interesting food for thought, participants were also able to chow
down on the free donuts which
appeared as if by magic in mid-
talk. All in all, a grand event, with
more to come every second
Tuesday, same place, same time.
Glenn Hardie,
Fourth Year Arts
REC Centre for
students not profit
I am a graduate student at UBC
and a member of the birdcoop at
the REC-centre since I arrived
here, that is since September
1996. Last week I wanted to renew
my membership and was amazed
that the different memberships
offered were only available for the
whole academic year. Since I will
be finishing my studies by the end
of 1997 I was wondering if it was
possible to purchase a membership until December only; the
answer was short and clear: no!
However, I bought it anyway, but
wanted to talk to the responsible
person about this rather unfair
price policy. So, I called Mrs.
Sonya Lumholst-Smith and
attempted to discuss this issue
with her. She explained to me
briefly her point of view (no
money from the university, very
short budget, enough students
who pay for the whole academic
year, you don't have to use our
facilities) and-after I tried to discuss some of these points-she
hung up the phone on me. Left
alone with my thoughts I felt hurt
and humiliated by this treatment.
I think this not only shows an arrogant attitude but also the direction
the sports department at UBC is
heading: namely to a profit-centre:
Now we can even buy the appropriate sport suits and such useful
things as shower gels and fitness
books at the new shop in the REC.
Although I have some sympathy
for the financial problems the REC
centre may face I do not think that
such money orientated attitude
fits very well with a sports department which-I think-should provide
its members with facilities where
they can exercise, relax and have
Raffaella Russi THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 26,1997
Missing an
important boat
It appears that Lilian Chau has
missed the boat on the issue of the
APEC meeting at UBC. She cautions us not to blindly oppose
APEC and at the same time
informs us that APEC will further
the economic interests of Asia
Pacific countries. This is tlie kind
of talk that must make the leaders
of large multinationals laugh with
glee. Somebody throw her a life
jacket, she has missed the boat.
Firstly, Canadians are world
leaders with respect to political
apathy, and UBC students are
famous for their inactivity. Finding
politically active students at UBC
should be your first clue that something serious is happening here.
The protest is not one "blindly
opposed to APEC", but one that is
critically, intellectually, morally,
and socially opposed to APEC.
People simply do not have the energy to protest for fun. It is difficult
enough to organise a protest at all.
Secondly, if NAFTA is any indica
tion of whal APEC is aiming for, and
there are good indications that it is,
than your beloved Indonesia can
look forward to more lucrative
sweatshop jobs with no environmental or labor standards, while us
Canadians can look forward to
more job insecurity, wage rollbacks,
decay of social programs, the privatization of our universities (UBC is
brought to you by Coca-Cola) and the
destruction of the things that as
Lilian says give Canada "one of the
highest standards of living in the
world." Meanwhile, the large corporations will be cleaning up and
laughing all the way Lo the banks
(which will also love it). If you want
to improve the working conditions
of the Indonesian people, it will
clearly not be done by these corporate leaders
So Lil, if you think that these American and Japanese business leaders are interested in "developing"
the poorer Asian Pacific countries
out of the goodness of their hearts,
then wake up and smell the Java.
It is worth mentioning that
Canadians are not the only ones
protesting. We find solidarity in
the 10,000 Filipinos who protested
against APEC in November.
Lastly Lilian, please take the
time to educate yourself on this
issue. It is worthy of your attention.
We will never get 10,000 people
out to protest the APEC meeting in
November, Canadians and UBC
students in particular are far too
apathetic. But it would help if you
would join the fight.
Patrick Williston
Graduate Studies—Botany
APEC: everything
to do with
human rights
This letter is addressed to all UBC
students who have asked: "what do
human rights have to do with
APEC   (Asian   Pacific   Economic
Economics and human rights
should be inter-related and have
been in the past. Why did Canada
and many more other countries
place economic sanctions on South
Africa throughout the 1980s? It
seems that in the "era of the
Pacific" people have forgotten that
by actively engaging in economic
and trade agreements with countries whose governments blatantly
violate the UN Declaration of
Human Rights (ie. China,
Indonesia, the Philippines) we are
turning our backs on those who
have fought and died for freedom
and democratic principles in those
APEC describes itself as an
organization of "economies", not
countries, which conveniently separates economic issues from their
national and social context, leaving
matters such as human rights off
the agenda.
Not only does APEC not
address human rights and social
issues, it is a system that is
designed to further exploit "third
world" countries. APEC is about
superpowers like the US and
Japan dividing up the "third
world's" human and natural
resources; it's about the legitimi-
sation of the international and
local gap between the rich and the
poor; it's about access to cheap
and non-unionized labour and
access to indigenous people's
land and resources. APEC is fundamentally undemocratic in
nature as it involves the privatisation of all public goods, the
demise of national government
autonomy and the locking of
nations of the "third world" into a
neo-colonial economic system.
APEC calls for liberalisation,
degradation, and privatisation, all
of which are given candy-coated
explanations by economists and
the mainstream media, but in reality only perpetuate inequity and
economic dependence.
For all the merits that being a
Canadian citizen carries, by supporting APEC and the meeting
being held at UBC, we seem to be
forgetting about the very principles
that we are supposedly known for
around the world.
Chantal Gittens
4th year Arts
Student arrests
are worrying
In response to your article featuring the three UBC students
that were arrested (or wanted) in
connection to the painting of a
circle around the Goddess of
Democracy at the SUB, I was disturbed by the actions of the UBC
and RCMP officials involved. A
sociological precedent has been
set at UBC where actions of this
sort are deemed within the
boundaries of being acceptable.
On a near-weekly basis the
Engineering block is painted various colours, the campus is littered with a variety of promotions, and a veritable plethora of
other mischievous actions take
place. Why should Luchkow,
Dindar, and Scott have anything
to fear when they decided to paint
a circle around a statue to make a
point when UBC always sits back
and allows other people to get
away with less honourable acts7
The UBC administration and
RCMP have clearly demonstrated
that they are inequitable and will
enforce laws to their own end.
By bringing APEC, with its riot
police and snipers, UBC is getting
a great deal of money to improve
the campus, but it's the real world
equivalent of giving the principal
of an elementary school a thousand dollars to allow the bomb
squad to practice in the playground. This is not fair to the students. Many people realize the
power that APEC wields, but some
don't as they view the presence of
these security elements in a surreal Hollywood-type way. These
people are bound to get hurt.
Therefore, if UBC decides to follow through on this, they had better hope that no one gets hurt, or
there will be real hell to pay.
Stephen Montgomery
First Year Engineering
Arrests are an
to university
So let me get this straight; I can
get out my fattest brushes and
paint huge signs all over campus
about a forestry, or ag. sci. beer
garden and have no worries at all
about being arrested. I can get all
pissed up at the Pitt and then go
outside and piss on the Lady of
Democracy statue or maybe paint
her blue or stick a penis in her
hand, defacing a statue that com
memorates the deaths of students
who fought for democratic freedom, and not worry about being
arrested. However if I paint a thin
line protesting what the APEC
meeting represents, I am now disrupting society in such a way that
it is appropriate that I be arrested.
If this University truly supports
the incredibly backward judgement demonstrated by the arrest
of these two men, Mark Luchkow
and Shiraz Dinar, then it is a sad
day for post-secondary education
in British Columbia. Our largest
institution is a basket case.
When they realize the foolishness of their behaviour I hope the
RCMP drop the charges and get
busy doing some real work like
arresting cyclists for not wearing
their helmets, or arresting environmental groups for painting fish
symbols near city sewer drains, or
maybe fining some jay-walkers
(please note the sarcasm).
I am unable to understand how
an institution full of such knowledge and intellect can be so
embarrassingly lacking in wisdom and socio-political consciousness.
Patrick Williston
Graduate Studies—Botany
Issue is not UBC membership in CFS
In the letter to the editor published Friday September 19,1997
Ubyssey, Kevin Dwyer, President of the GSS asserts that: 1) the AMS
and /or I was ignorant of the GSS participation in CFS through the
National Graduate Council; and 2) if my primary concern was to
ensure opportunity for UBC representation on the BCSAP Appeals
Committee, my letter to the Acting Appeals Administrator was
unnecessary as GSS is a CFS member.
First I appreciate the clarification related to GSS membership in
CFS through the National Graduate Council. The statement in my
letter indicating that "UBC is not a CFS member institution" might
have been qualified to state that about 18% of the student population at UBC is represented by CFS through
GSS participation in the National Graduate
Council Council. However, my intent was
to address politici-
sation of the
process by which
students are selected to participate on the BCSAP Appeals
Committee, not CFS membership.
Therefore, the GSS relationship to CFS was less critical to the argument than Kevin Dwyer asserts.
Second, the quotations selected for the original article may have
left the impression that my primary concern was to ensure that
UBC students could be included on the BCSAP Appeals Committee.
This was not the concern.
The BCSAP Appeals Committee is responsible for adjudicating
student appeals concerning eligibility to receive government student loan funding. While the appeals are adjudicated within a
framework of federal and provincial policy, there is discretion exercised within the committee. To ensure that this discretion is exercised fairly and in an unbiased manner, also that discretion
appears to be exercised in this manner, it is prudent not to politicize the process by which individual students are selected to participate on the comrnittee. CFS is a national political organisation.
It is only one such organisation in Canada. Other organisations
include Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) as well as
'unaligned institutions', such as UBC undergraduate students and
the U of T to name only two.
CFS has several member institutions and, prior to 1994, was the
major student political organisation within Canada. However, at
present, not all students at all post-secondary institutions are politically represented through CFS. At least 13 students' governments
across Canada support CASA. Also, as Kevin Dwyer's letter indicates, there are differences even within institutions such that the
graduate student population may opt to pay additional fees to
secure membership in CFS, while those registered in undergraduate programs at UBC (82% of total head count registration) opt to
forego additional membership fees and remain unaligned.
CFS and CASA maintain a political lobbying presence. In addition, CFS appears to have lobbied provincially to ensure that only
CFS members were selected to participate an the Minister's
Standing Committee on Student Financial Aid. At the time I wrote
to the Acting Appeal Administrator, I was aware of CFS political lobbying efforts similarly to secure monopoly representation on the
BCSAP Appeals Committee. My primary concern expressed at the
time was:
"As a Director responsible for an Awards and Financial Aid
Office in which staff advise and assist students to prepare appeals,
professionally each of us must have confidence that the final adjudication process within the the Appeals Committee will be free of
bias or any unrelated political considerations such as whether the
appeal originates within an institution which is or is not a CFS
member. If membership on comrnittees is restricted to representatives of CFS member institutions, our confidence in the process
will be significantly eroded."
Within the preceding quotation, I would have substituted
"CASA" or "the unaligned institutions" for "CFS" if either group
sought to secure the right to monopoly representation on an Appeal
The issue is not whether UBC is, or is not, a CFS member institution. Nor is the issue whether graduate student members of CFS
at UBC can represent UBC undergrates effectively. The issue is that
there are several student political organisations representing students within the province. No single student political organisation
can be granted the right to monopolise student positions on an
Appeal Committee without creating an appearance of political bias.
This appearance of political hias may jeopardise the integiy ofthe
appeals process not only for students, but for their families and for
the professional community which assists students and their families to prepare submissions as part ofthe BCSAP appeals process.
Carol Gibson,
Director, Awards and Financial Aid 12
Women take back night
 by Penny Cholmondeley
Whether it's carrying placards, wearing uniforms or waving banners, the
organisers of this year's Take Back the
Night rally want women to march in
identifiable groups.
Tamara Gorin of Vancouver Rape
Relief predicts a record number of
women will take to the streets
Saturday night to protest male violence against women.
"Groups of women together
changes the flavour of the march. It
shows solidarity,' said Gorin. "We
want to encourage" sports teams, law
students, English students etc to come
Speakers will address sexual
harassment on campus and what
Gorin calls "the systematic undermining of sexual harassment policies."
Their intent is to encourage women to
use their campus womens' centres
and sexual harassment policies.
Gorin said Take Back the Night
happens all across North America and
involves thousands of women, but
gets almost no media coverage. "It's
the sexism of the media. Because it
happens every year it's not news. Well
the Terry Fox Run happens every year
and the news still gives it 20 minutes."
According to Gorin, the rally began
as spontaneous protests in the 1970s
and evolved into the annual, women
only event. But she doesn't see Take
Back the Night as an expression of
hostility to men.
"If men want to support us, we
encourage them to form discussion
groups amongst themselves. Offer to
make dinner or babysit for women
who want to go to the march."
Women will meet at 7:30pm
Saturday night on the front steps of
the Vancouver Art Gallery. ♦
UBC research TRIUMFant
by Casey Sedgman
Government funding has pumped life into UBC
research and scientists are reeling in TRIUMF.
With a new linear particle accelerator in the works,
TRIUMPH is on the mtting edge of science for what
Canadian researchers hope will be many years to come.
ISAC (Isotope Separator & Accelerator), a new linear accelerator and the result of much needed funding, produces low energy, high intensity radio active
isotopes that will allow scientists to study the subatomic reactions that occur within exploding stars.
"It will probably be the best radioactive beams facility in the world," said Simon Fraser University scientist John D'Auria, one ofthe original proponents ofthe
With governments cutting back on funding, big
name projects like the Super colliding Super
Conductor in the United States and the high energy
KAON (a sub-atomic particle) factory proposed for
UBC, have suffered.
But a new funding agreement with the federal government sees funding at TRIUMF
guaranteed through to April, 2000. Part ofthe
$ 166 million dollar package included a $9 million contribution from the Province of British
Columbia to help build ISAC. This has allowed
TRIUMF to do some long range planning, a
drastic change for the facility that previously
had to reapply for funding each year.
TRIUMF is home to the world's largest
cyclotron, and coupled with the new ISAC
building, will mean scientists around the globe
will be looking to UBC for some of the latest
research advancements.
While the new ISAC facility may not be as
sexy as the formerly planned KAON factory
which was canned by the federal government
in 1994, it does pump new life into the particle
physics laboratory located on the UBC campus.
"It's taken a little while for people to just
read and think about the new physics that can
be done at this type of facility, but I find it very
exciting that people are changing and becoming more enthusiastic," said Paul Schmor, the
project co-ordinator.
D'Auria agrees. "It will be the best facility in
the world to do experiments in fundamental
symmetry and astrophysics."
This is good news for the study of pure science in Canada. Recent budget cuts have
forced the closure of a number of key physics
labs in Canada, most recently the Atomic
Energy of Canada Ltd. accelerator facility at
Chalk River.
TRIUMF hopes that ISAC will attract
new scientists to the facility. "If we build it,
they will come," said D'Auria. "It is a first
rate facility that will attract scientists
from   both   within   and   outside   of
Researchers hope to have the first
experiment using  the  ISAC  facility
operational by the end of this year. If
all goes according to plan, the facility
will be fully operational by the year
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At her formal installation Thursday,
UBC rolled out the red carpet for the
new President, Dr Martha Piper,
whose address showed an administrative style formerly absent at UBC.
Her message was clear, candid and
echoed in a gospel-style song by a
chorus of students—she wants students to think about the future of
the university.
Piper invited UBC to participate in
this dialogue and to actively think
about its future.
In her speech she acknowledged
the problems within present academic institutions such as the lack of
emphasis on undergraduate education.
The ceremony ended as Piper put
on her thinking cap and asked the
campus community to help her
chart the future of UBC.
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