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The Ubyssey Nov 6, 2001

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Bond discusses tuition
by Kathleen Deering
BC Minister of Advanced Education
Shirley Bond met with student representatives from across the
province Thursday to hear their
opinions on lifting the province's
six-year tuition freeze.
"Most students were strong in
their views that we shouldn't lift
tuition," said Bond. "Students feel
that education should be affordable."
The minister is reviewing the
tuition freeze for the next few
months with the goal of discovering
what impact it has had on the quality of BC education.
About 30 representatives _ from
BC colleges and universities presented statements, and then a more
open discussion took place.
Opinions ranged widely across the
table during the six-hour meeting.
"I wasn't surprised to hear the
opinions of students and I also
understood the strength of their
views," said Bond. "It's always
important to talk to students. While
intense, I found it very worthwhile."
AMS President" Erfan Kazeini
and Vice-President, External
Affairs, Kristin Harvey attended the
meeting, and said that a large
majority of students made it clear
that they supported the tuition
"Some students expressed that
they wouldn't be able to come to
university or college if they didn't
have affordable tuition, like what
the freeze offers," said Harvey,
who represented UBC students at
the meeting.
"Some comments were raised
about quality of education, competitiveness,  and the  fact that the
provincial budget is frozen," said
Kazemi, who represented the
Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations at the meeting, referring to the provincial government's
recent announcement that it would
freeze spending on health and education for the next three years.
Students are angry about the
possibility of the tuition freeze
being lifted while the freeze on government funding stays in place,
according to Chairperson of the
University of Victoria's Student
Union Jaime Matten, who also
attended the meeting.
"UVic's operating budget
increases by five per cent per year,"
said Matten. "If it has to pay that
purely through tuition, that's a 30
per cent increase each year. That's
$800 per year. Students don't feel
they can afford this," said Matten.
Matten found it very useful to
meet with students across the
province who represented a variety
of different backgrounds, but who
were solidified in their view about
keeping the tuition freeze in place.
"I think students are freaked out
about not being able to afford education and are scared that they'll
have to re-evaluate their educational goals," she said.
Harvey and. Kazemi said they
were particularly concerned about
ensuring that if the minister did lift
the tuition freeze, she would
impose some sort of regulation on
tuMoii fees in the province.
"One concern we fought for was
regulation," said Kazemi "The fact
that we wanted to make sure there
was some regulation in place so we
didn 't have models where like what
happened   in   a  law   school   in
Ontario, [where tuition] went up by
200 per cent*
Bond will be meeting with educators and institutions in the middle of November, evaluating the
"hidden costs" the fee freeze has
caused for post-secondary
Although she hasn't finished
her research. Bond said, "My early
meetings with institutions suggest
that there have been negative
effects. Certainly there have been
Bond mentioned problems such
as cuts in labs and programs, and
BC institutions losing good professors to universities outside of the
province who can provide larger
Kazemi and Harvey are unsure
about how much the student consu-
lation will affect the minister's final
decision about the fee freeze.
Kazemi said that despite hopes,
they weren't able to ascertain what
direction Bond is headed towards
in her final decision.
"She took pages and pages of
notes," said Harvey. "We '11 see what
Bond will be wrapping up the
formal consulation process at end
of November, and will bring recommendations to the government in
the beginning of 2002. The provincial government must present a
budget in February.
She doesn't yet know what her
final recommendations will be.
"This is going to be a difficult
issue to decide," she said.
BC currently has the second-lowest average tuition in Canada, after
Quebec, which charges higher fees
to out-of-proyince students. ♦
by Ai Lin Choo
"■ todents in Buchanan B had a scare
■ ■ssterday when white powder was
1 rnnd at the entrance of a women's
■ ashroom on the top floor of the
' ''jilding.
Second-year Arts student Jon
Ferguson was in his English 207
■ 'ass in room B312 when, at about
pm, a woman came into his class-
i >om to inform the professor that
1 ie RCMP would be coming to inves-
gate the scene.
"It was calm and my professor
■ xntinued teaching until the end of
'ass," Ferguson said. "It seemed to
1 ke the RCMP a while to get up
1 iere."
According to Ferguson, it took
pproximately half an hour for the
'■CMP to arrive. He said the RCMP
' iter informed students that one stu-
!>mt experienced a "reaction" earli-
■ r. However, students were not
■formed what kind of a reaction
»;cured, he said.
At approximately 4pm, RCMP
Staff Sergeant Barry Hickman and
two other police officers at the scene
n (fused to comment on the nature of
the alarm. Hickman did not confirm
that white powder had been found,
but stated that he was concerned
that people maybe creating panic at
UBC by reporting false alarms.
One of the police officers was
holding a white disposable face-
mask and all three positioned themselves to prevent people from entering the area. Hickman said that further investigation would be necessary before any formal statement
could be released.
An employee working in the
Office of the Dean of Arts who
refused to give her name confirmed
that a white powder had been found
in Buchanan, but said that officials
had yet to determine whether the
substance was indeed anthrax. She
said she was aware that a female student had had a reaction after coming in close contact with the powder,
but cautioned against correlating
the two events.
She said that while the Office of
' the Dean of Arts had no official statement, the process of classroom relocation for that area had already
"Everyone seemed fairly
shocked, but really quite calm,* said
Ferguson. "The RCMP told us to stay
away from the area and most of us
left to go to other classes or home.
Myself, I'm not too worried. It's easy
enough to avoid death from anthrax,
despite the craze, and most likely,
it's not even anthrax.* ♦
Referendum begins
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
This week students will face questions on student fees, bylaws, and differential tuition—if the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) can get them to vote.
Polling booths in the SUB, residences, libraries and other campus
buildings will be open until 5pm on
Students are being asked if they
agree to have their student fees
raised by $3 per year for the next
four years, until they reach a total of
an additional $12; if they agree to
proposed changes to the AMS's
bylaws; and if they support the idea
of differential tuition, a policy proposed by the university which would
mean that students in different faculties at UBC would pay different rates
per credit in tuition fees.
For the referendum's results to be
official, ten per cent of the AMS's
membership—about 3600 students-
must vote. To change the AMS's
bylaws, 75 per cent of voters must
accept the proposed amendments.
Although ho figures of voter
response are available yet, according
to AMS Elections Administrator Jo
McFetridge, initial turnout for the
referendum has been high
"We've got a lot of voters, especially from the SUB,* she said yesterday. "There's a lot of questions on the
referendum. There were students
taking an interest
"Usually, the number of inquiries
I get is proportional to the amount of
voting. It just shows that people are
interested, so it's looking good," she
AMS President Erfan Kazemi is
also hopeful that many students will
turn out to vote in the referendum.
"It looks optimistic that we'll
probably get quorum," he said.
"I went to talk to a lot of under-
grad societies and special groups on
campus...and they already know
about it, so that's not bad," said
Kazemi. He also feels that a mass e-
mail sent to all students with a UBC
interchange account was helpful in
informing students about the referendum.
"We got stuff in the
residences...and we've got the website    up    and    running,"    said
See "Referendum" page 2. Tuesday; November 6,2001
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"Referendum" from page 1.
McFetridge. "We're hoping to gain
interest through the tuition draw/
she added, referring to the AMS's.
plan to increase voter turnout by
holding a raffle with a prize of a credit equivalent to one year's tuition.
But many students feel that they
have not received enough information on the referendum.
"Insufficient information was
given," said Lisa Toffolo, a fourth-
year Arts student who said she had
only seen posters, which did not
explain to her what the questions are
A poll by the Ubysseyshowed that
of 135 students questioned, 101 of
them—75 per cent—knew that the
AMS was having an referendum this
week Forty per cent of those who
knew of the referendum could not
name any of the questions on the ballot while 43 per cent of overall
respondents felt that the AMS had
not given them enough information
on the referendum.
However, according to many others, their lack of knowledge is not the
fault of the AMS—they simply aren't
interested in the referendum.
"I don't care" said Aria Zahrabi,
second-year Commerce student
"I've seen posters around but I
haven't really stopped to look at
them," said Geoff Duck, a second-
year political science student "It's
not really the AMS's fault it's my
own. It's the fault of students, not the
"What referendum?" asked Mike
Waterman, a second-year fine arts
student ♦
—with files from Jesse Marchand
A Ubyssey Referendum Poll
Relween November 5 and 9, tho
Alma Maimer Society is asking students lo £0 Lo the polls to w>tc on
issues such as an increase in student foes, changes !o the AMS
bylaws, and differential tuition. So
the Libjsjey went to tlie polls as
well. Wo a&kcdl3j students huw
much they know about this week's
Did you know that, tlie AMS is
ha\ ina :i referendum this week?
Yes— ZlJ-'-o
Of those who were aware of die
refr-rendun, 40 lb could not name
any of Iho questions on the ballot.
39 I'd of students were aware of
question 1, which asks students
"Do you support an increase lo
.your annnnl AMS fees of $12, to
be implemented over four years
in S3 increments, to create a
Sen ices -i Safety Development
Fund, which will be used to
improve, protect and expand AMS
16 "d of students knew of question I, which asks students "Do
you accept tlie proposed amendments to die AMS Bylaws as presented?"
32 "0 of students knew of question 3, a non-binding question
which risks students if they "support differer.Lnl tuition."
Do you feel that you have
received sufficient information
fro.n —e AMS on the referendum?
No-43 ■:-,
Offshore oil review worries
environmentalists, First Nations
by Tim Shuff
The Martlet
government will review its policy on
offshore oil and gas projects and
may lift a ban on the industiy as
early as January.
The province is fulfilling a campaign promise to determine if oil
and gas development in the Queen
Charlotte Basin would be "scientifically sound and environmentally
safe," said Richard Neufeld, minister of Energy and Mines.
A government-commissioned
report released last week concluded
that there are "no unique fatal-flaw
issues" standing in the way of offshore oil and gas development
in BC
Over the next few months a
three-person scientific panel will
examine the issue. Five MLAs will
also seek public input from
Northern coastal communities.
Neufeld said the government will
gather this information and decide
by the end of January whether to lift
the provincial moratorium on offshore oil and gas development
The government's time frame
has left environmentalists concerned.
"The thoroughness of this public
consultation and scientific review
has to be questioned," said Oonagh
O'Connor of the Living Oceans
Society in Sointula.
O'Connor said oil and gas development is not a realistic solution to
the area's economic problems
because it can take decades to develop the resource.
"We know global warming is
occurring, we know fossil fuels are
worsening the situation, and we
know that it's time to change, so why
would we go ahead and develop
more oil at this time?" O'Connor said.
But Neufeld said oil and gas still
has a major role to play in the
provincial economy and could rejuvenate the Northwest, which is suffering from high unemployment
"It will also help the province of
British Columbia in the long term so
we can continue to provide funding
for health care and education,"
Neufeld said. "I don't think there
will be, in 20 years, an energy
source to replace hydrocarbons."
Another concern with offshore
oil drilling is how it will affect BC's
First Nations. According to Troy
Sebastian of University of Victoria's
Native Student Union, the government should deal with Native land
claims before the drills dig in.
"The whole question of land
resource utilisation and Aboriginal
sovereignty in British Columbia,
aside from a few areas, has not fully
been dealt with by Canada,"
Sebastian said. "It's economically
expedient to end the moratorium,
but it's going to be politically and
culturally detrimental for the First
Nations people around there."
Native bands near the Queen
Charlotte Basin currently support
the moratorium, but the Canadian
Press reported last Friday that some
may favour the money and jobs
from oil development if environmental and land Claims issues are
properly addressed.
The Queen Charlotte Basin, located off the north coast of Vancouver
Island, contains an estimated 9.8
billion barrels of oil—over three
times the amount in
Newfoundland's Hibernia Basin. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Proposed bylaw amendments face criticism
• by Laural Raine
Anonymous posters around campus
are still questioning proposed
changes to the Alma Mater Society's
(AMS) bylaws, which the student
society is asking students to vote on
in a referendum this week.
One of the questions being posed
to students in the referendum, running from November 5 to 9, is
whether they accept "the proposed
amendments to the AMS bylaws as
presented." The bylaws are the stu-
Manage student's money
more money.
Referendum Question 1:
"Do you support an increase to
your annual AMS fees of TT2:00,
to-be-implemented -over-fo4ir ^years
in $3.00 increments..."
HUH    1 I I
MSYemiier 5-9,2001 Referendum Jill iy?n
OH THE CONTROVERSY: Anonymous posters around campus have criticised certain aspects of the AMS's referendum.
dent society's entrenched laws, supposed to represent the interests of
undergraduate students, the AMS's
"What does the AMS want to
hide? Why then is the AMS proposing in its bylaws to restrict student
access to AMS records?" are
questions posed on posters,
referring to the student society's proposed amendment
to AMS Bylaw 18.
Currently, Bylaw 18
allows students to access the
books and records of the
AMS on any school day
between the hours of 10am
and 3pm.
The proposed amendments stipulate that "upon
reasonable notice' students
will have access to the
accounting records and
other documents of the AMS
during the same hours,
unless the documents contain an individual's personal
information; advice, draft
recommendations or draft
policies or information
being used in negotiations;
information subject to solicitor-client privilege; security
information; and information protected from disclosure by law.
But according to AMS
President Erfan Kazemi,
although it "may appear that
[the amendments] may be
restricting," they are really
designed to protect personal
information and student
"For example, the AMS
keeps student information/such as resumes of
students who have applied for jobs,
or with Safewalk and Speakeasy
where students are calling up with
personal information. We want to
ensure that their confidentiality
isn't breached," he said.
Chris Eaton, an AMS Senate representative and chair of the Code
and Policies Committee, which
drafted the proposed amendments,
explained the importance of the
confidentiality of the AMS's draft
"The logic behind those sections
is that these are items which are not
yet prepared for public consumption," he said. "They are still being
considered and evaluated. Also, for
example, in contract bidding, for
one party to know what others had
bid, it could be very detrimental."
Kazemi added that keeping some
information confidential could be
beneficial for UBC students.
"For information that is being
used in negotiations with the university, if that information were
released, it could damage the students' bargaining position," he said.
Although there is funding available to students who apply to the
AMS to form an official "No"
Committee, no one has applied for
the money.
But some student council members are also opposed to the
changes to Bylaw 18.
"I don't think it's acceptable. I
think it's an attempt by the AMS to
limit members' access to information,* said Liam Mitchell, a graduate
student representative from the
School of Journalism who opposed
the proposed amendments to the
The original proposed changes to
Bylaw 18 were met with even more
controversy, and included limiting
. access to information which "if
made available, could reasonably be
expected to harm negotiations
between the society and a third
party," or "to harm the financial
interests of a third party" and would
have prevented disclosure of information protected in a contract which
the AMS had entered into. These
amendments were struck down
almost unanimously at the AMS
Council meeting on October 10.
"Bylaw 18 is definitely something that protects students' rights
to information, which it wasn't originally," said Rob Nagai, an AMS Arts
representative who protested original proposed amendments to Bylaw
"We fought really hard for those
changes. I think that right now, as it
reads, it's really sound," he said.
But according to Mitchell, without access to information before
issues are presented to Council,
"people opposed to the issue won't
be able to become informed and
Council members couldn't be adequately informed to make decisions
and act in the best interests of their
"Students wouldn't be aware of
agreements until they were being
passed," he said.
The 58-page document on the
bylaws, available on the AMS website, includes other changes to the
bylaws such as increased decisionmaking power for the executive,
changes to budget and investment
regulations, and many minor
changes to details and wording.
Students, when voting, must
choose to either accept or reject the
complete package of proposed
amendments. ♦
Forum addresses differential tuition
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Students met with university administrators
last week to discuss differential tuition. But
while the administratration addressed some
student concerns, many questions about the
form the principle might take remained
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) organised a
student forum last Friday in the SUB with Neil
Guppy-UBC's associate vice-president, academic programs-and Byron Hender-UBC's
executive coordinator, vice-president, students office-to discuss the idea of differential
This week, the AMS is holding a referendum and is asking students to vote on three
questions, one of which deals with the introduction of differential tuition.
A differential tuition system would have
students pay tuition fees based on the cost of
instruction in each faculty. Currently, all
undergraduate students pay the same fee per
credit, regardless of faculty.
"This is a principle that has been put forward by the university, it is not a policy or a
proposal at the moment," said Guppy at the
beginning of the forum. Guppy added that the
university would consult with students before
making any definite plans regarding differential tuition.
Many students said that while they agreed
in principle with the idea, they still had concerns on how differential tuition could affect
specific programs of study, or how transparent the operation would be.
Both Guppy and Hender reiterated, however, that differential tuition at UBC is still in the
planning stages, and that they could not
answer many of the specific questions put forward by students. Many students seemed puzzled about what exactly the AMS was asking
them to vote on.
"What would be the impact of this vote?"
asked one student
Kristen Harvey, AMS vice-president,
external, said that the results of this week's
referendum will help the student society
determine a stand-point on the issue if
asked to enter into negotiations with the
"We're looking for direct input [from students], and this would be used as a lobbying
tactic for any communications with the
administration," said Harvey, glancing
towards Hender and Guppy.
But despite promises of student consultation, some students remained unconvinced
that their input would be noted since the university's Board of Governors (BoG) has the
final say on any tuition proposal. Two students sit on the BoG and, according to Hender,
the university is required to receive student
input on such proposals.
One student wanted to ensure that the university understood that, given how unclear the
idea of differential tuition still was, a student
'yes' vote in this referendum should not be
interpreted as unconditional support for the
"There is so much left to be determined
about this policy-the cost of five per cent to 75
per cent is so big," he said. "I just want to
make sure the university understands that if
students vote yes...it doesn't mean that all students support the idea of differential fees no
matter what"
During the forum, Guppy and Hender
addressed questions from students who wondered about the future of tuition in general.
One student asked whether reorganising
UBC's tuition fees was a 'sneaky way to avoid
the tuition freeze," that the BC government
has maintained for the past six years.
Guppy stated firmly that any decisions currently being considered would be implement-
OPEN FOR CONSULTATION: UBC Associate VP Academic Programs Neil Guppy
spoke about differential tuition, sarah macneill morrison photo
ed only if the Liberal government lifted the
But Guppy and Hender didn't promise
much for students hoping to maintain low
tuition levels. Hender said that under a differential tuition system, it might be possible that
no faculty would see a decrease in tuition fees,
but that fees in some faculties-such as Arts-
tuition would increase by a smaller amount
than in others.
"Fees have not gone up for five years. Costs
have gone up and some would say the quality
of our education here has suffered because we
haven't been able to increase funding with the
costs," said Hender. "I think...Arts fees would
probably not go down, but they would go up
less than they would if there was an undifferentiated fee." ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2001
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to pay transit levy
by Lorna Yee 'During the bus strike, I tried for
two or three months to talk to somebody about the situation and no one
would take responsibility/ she said.
'Translink would direct me to the
Coast Mountain Bus Company and
the Coast Mountain Bus Company
would direct me back to Translink.'
The way that Translink handled the
bus strike, wrote Hewett, shows that
the transit authority does not understand the importance of public transit
'People who actually use public
transit know how very important it is
to the overall health of our region (economically, socially and environmentally); Translink does not," she wrote.
But Ken Hardy, spokesperson for
Translink, said that Hewett's decision
to stop paying her transit levy will do
little to improve the Lower
Mainland's transit system.
"The fact is, the $3.80 that appears
on the hydro bill for transit purposes
has been there for about 20 years and
is an important source of revenue to
help sustain the system,* he said. 'At
a time when the system should be
growing but is short of money, clearly
there is a conflict for people who
claim to be advocates to withhold
money because they are not helping
to sustain Ihe system.*
According to a spokesperson for
BC Hydro, the company will not take
any immediate action towards
'The most severe situation would
entail a disconnection notice...but
[Hewett's] case is unique because she
is withholding a small amount of
money and is paying the majority of
her hydro bill on time.*
Facing an annual deficit of $40 to
$50 million, Translink cut four per
cent of its service on October 15, and
is currently conducting public meetings throughout die Lower Mainland
to consult with citizens on how it
should handle its financial crisis.
The choices being considered
involve either cutting a further 1S to
20 per cent of bus services next year,
or raising new funds through an
increase in property tax, fuel tax and
transit fares. ♦
UBC students
world of work, the ability to write
helps individuals play a role in the
public spheres of professional, intellectual and political activity by allowing them to convey their views with
authority and clarity,* stated Giltrow
in a recent report to Senate, co-
authored by English professor Paul
Yachnin, who chairs the Senate
Over the next few months, a new
Senate committee will be soliciting
student input regarding the form the
writing requirements should take.
Their goal is "to fully explore
options to ensure that UBC is providing graduates with the writing skills
that they need,' said Associate Vice-
President of Academic Programs Neil
Under strong consideration is the
addition of a required three-credit
first-year writing course for all students, with another three required
credits to be completed in the remaining years of study.
The proposals also call for the
English department to collaborate
with other departments to develop
discipline-specific writing courses.
Forums for discussion of the proposals will be held throughout the
year, although no dates have
been set ♦
Transit cuts, a transit fare increase
and the four-month bus strike are all
good reasons not to pay the regional
transit levy, according to Kari Hewett
Hewett; the booking agent for the
SUB and a daily commuter to UBC,
sent a letter to the heads of BC Hydro
on October 22, telling the corporation
that instead of paying the $3.80 transit levy that BC Hydro collects for
Translink every two months, she
would be sending the money to the
Bus Riders Union, a group of transit-
dependent people advocating an
affordable and reliable transit system.
"I can not in good conscience,
send you the balance of my payment
that is due at this time,* she wrote to
Michael Costello, president and chief
operating officer of BC Hydro, and
Larry BelL chair and chief executive
officer of the company. 'In lieu of pay-
ingyou the $3.80 regional transitleyy,
therefore, I am sending a donation for
the same amount to the Vancouver
area group, the Bus Riders Union.*
Hewett said that she is very concerned that Translink is not directly
accountable to the public, since its
board of directors is not directly elected, and there is little involvement
from regular transit users in making
decisions. Translink's board of directors is made up of 15 mayors, city
councillors and MLAs appointed by
the provincial government or the
Greater Vancouver Regional District
"I question this involvement of BC
Hydro collecting on behalf of an
unelected, unaccountable body that
is, in my opinion, not doing a very
good job of administering the public
transit system that is so integral to
our moving around the Lower
Mainland,* said Hewett
Hewett said she was frustrated
with dealing with Translink and the
Coast Mountain Bus Company, the
private company that has a contract
with the transit authority to run the
buses. It was particulary hard, she
said, when the drivers for Coast
Mountain went on strike for four
months this summer.
New writing
proposed for
by Jaime Joyce
Fears that students are graduating
without writing skills have led UBC to
consider requiring all undergraduate
students to take three to six credits of
writing courses.
The proposal, currently before the
UBC Senate, came out of a perceived
need to improve the writing skills of
students in all disciplines, especially
those who may have little exposure to
A 1998 survey of Bachelor of
Science graduates from BC universities presented to UBC Senate lastyear
showed that only 23 per cent felt their
writing skills had been enhanced by
their university education. A fourth-
year honours microbiology student
"had not written an essay since first-
year English,* stated a May 2001
report to Senate.
"With many faculties having
reduced their English requirements
to only three credits, there is a concern that UBC may be inadequately
preparing students for professional
life,* said Janet Giltrow, an associate
professor in UBC's English department who sits on the Senate committee which evaluates possible changes
to UBC's writing requirements.
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Hans von Sponeck, ex-United Nations
humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, spoke at
UBC yesterday about the detrimental impact
that sanctions have had on Iraq.
In a forum open to the public and organised by the Campaign to End the Sanctions
Against the People of Iraq (CESAPI), von
Sponeck addressed a political science class.
After a 32-year career with the UN, von
Sponeck resigned from his job in protest
against the sanctions. He explained that
despite numerous attempts to educate UN
officials and US government officials about
his findings on the situation in Iraq, no one
would listen to him.
Von Sponeck said that after he evaluated
the situation in Iraq for the UN, a report of
his findings was completely ignored by the
world governing body.
"My report was lost I complained. I
protested...We make a report and here's this
paneL and the Security Council never sees
the report" said von Sponeck.
"We have a saying for this in German, the
truth hurts," he said.
He said that sanctions have left Iraq in a
state of social upheaval where the middle-
class has been largely removed and a mafia
class has instead been introduced.
"I would say that the UN should allow
economic activity. They should allow Iraq to
handle its own resources and then monitor
the situation," he said.
Von Sponeck also called for an eradication of poverty. He said that in his opinion,
poverty reduction in Iraq should be the
long-term strategy. Students and concerned
citizens at the foriim had other concerns,
While most agreed that more money was
necessary to ensure the welfare of Iraqi citizens, some wanted to know if any guarantees
had been put in place to ensure that money
would be spent effectively and would not go
to Iraqi military.
But von Sponeck responded by saying
that the risk of Iraqi armament is a risk that
the rest of the world should consider making.
"Let us say that there's no
insurance...There can be no progress in the
Middle East without taking risks," he said.
"But to make a policy on the basis of projec-
ture is completely unethicaL"
Another member of the audience
expressed concern over an "exit strategy'
and asked if the UN had any plans to lift the
"This is another weakness...There is no
provision for sunsetting sanctions. This kind
of thing is new. No country has had this kind
of treatment..There is no written exit strategy,' van Sponeck said.
Hannah Askew, a member of the audience, said that despite the short half hour
that van Sponeck spoke for, she was inspired
to see that people still cared enough about
society to resign from their jobs to pursue
causes they believed in.
"It's inspiring to see someone do what he
did. It's good to know that there are still
responsible people out there," she said. "For
people not to listen to him makes me wonder. If there was nothing that he could do,
then what hope do we have from people who
are on the outside [of the UN]."
But Usman Majeet a member of CESAPI,
said that if anything, this forum was to show
members of the public that much still had to
be done to ensure justice for Iraqi people.
"The rationale of the forum was to raise
awareness to what sanctions are doing to the
people of Iraq," he said.
Majeet said that Canadians should realise
that through their government they have a
role to play in helping lift sanctions from Iraq
and expressed hope that more students
would get involved.
"My view on sanctions has changed. This
really makes you think about what the sanctions are actually for. I'm actually going to do
some more research on this now," said
Manjit Singh, a fourth-year Arts student and
a member of the audience. He stressed that
he had known little about the situation in
Iraq prior to the forum. ♦
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unique and highly innovative approach tn that awkwardness by collaborating with Lhe Muslim tommunities in the Lower Mainland. Members of the Mii'iLcn
community have been behind this exhibit km its conception and are still involved as volunteers.
Jill Baird, educational curator and co-chair of the
Advisory Committee for the Spirit of Islam exhibit,
stands by the star-shaped fountain in the courtyard of
the exhibit. She is also responsible for training Muslim
community volunteers who will be co-delivering the
public educational tours and programs at the exhibit.
The exhibit starts with a photomontage. To open
with pictures, not words, is an effective and powerful
beginning for an exhibit that focuses on calligraphy
and the Word of God. The first set of photos shows
Muslims around the world. Contrary to the, Arab-centric view of Islam, the photos emphasise the diversity
of.Muslims. Baird points out that Islam is "not a culture but a faith.'
The second set shows mosques from around the
world, eventually winding back to the local mosques of
Greater Vancouver. The grandeur and splendor of
these places of worship are evident My eyes revert to
the familiar picture of the Dome of the Rock—the second most revered mosque in Islam, located in
Jerusalem. Baird, however, draws my attention to the
more humble mosques, emphasising the fact that
great facades are not needed to worship God.
The exhibit hosts three gallery spaces: the Prayer
space, the education space and the artifact space,
which displays pieces of Islamic calligraphy.
Baird sees the exhibit as divided into three
metaphoric realms: the spiritual, the educational and
the communal, in that order. The order is important;
we usually find ourselves experiencing the contrary—
we live in communities, we go to school and learn, and
some of us then seek spirituality.
The Prayer space is certainly the spiritual realm.
This space, designed by local architect Farouk
Noormohammed, was the primaiy inspiration for the
exhibit However, it is not just a metaphoric space, but
an active one. Muslims are encouraged to come and
use this space for prayer whenever they are in the
During prayer, Muslims
recite passages from the Qu'ran.
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Qu'ran, is, like calligraphy, an
art form directly inspired by the
use of the Word of the Qu'ran.
Also like calligraphy, tajweed
requires long, patient hours of
practice. Thus, the exhibit combines the auditory and visual
applications of what is to
Muslims the revered and infallible Word of God.
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The educational aspect of the exhibit is not only for
students and school groups. "Exhibits, such as The
Spirit of Islam...are extremely important as stimuli for
people to educate themselves," said Dr. Hanna Kassis,
professor emeritus of religious studies at UBC.
"The exhibit is about experiencing Islam, not knowingit It's too large to know in one exhibit! It's an opening of some doors, an invitation, not an answer tp
everyone's questions." Baird says, walking around the
small Madrasa space.
Dr Maya Yazigi, assistant professor of Islamic studies at UBC, adds that "in general people know very little about Islam. Any chance to provide an informative
exhibit is a good chance to learn more about Islam.
"We're lucky it's on campus. It
should encourage students to go
and learn," she says.
Itrath Syed, a Muslim community member who sat on the
Education Committee also stresses the importance of educating
people about Islam.
"Education is important at any
time, but especially at this
moment in history. The Islamic
tradition is vast, complex and
deep. But in the world we live in,
we get a bizarre media clip telling
us what Islam is."
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Entering the third gallery, there is an
immediate sense of awe and reverence
inspired by the dim lightning and the
age-old objects. The objects on display come
mainly from the Nasser D. Khalili collection,
one of the largest collections of Islamic art,
and from the Institute of Ismaili Studies in
London, England.
"[People's] voices are low inside the galleries—people are almost whispering. They
say that they find the area very spiritual
because of the objects and the colors. They
feel they have to be quiet," comments
After the Prayer space and the Madrasa,
the visitor is now metaphorically ready for
the next realm, Baird says, as we stop in front
of a 14th century glass mosque lamp. Light
in Islam is a metaphor for the path of knowledge and the path to God.
God is the light of the heavens and the
earth. His light maybe compared to a niche
that enshrines a lamp, the lamp within a
crystal of star-like brilliance. — Qu'ran 24:35
p|-|he exhibit is unique and extraordinary
I for three main reasons. First of all, it is
-L the first major exhibit of its kind organised by the MOA—or any other institution in
Canada—that addresses the arts and beliefs
of Islam. Secondly, the exhibit features
rare and valuable objects that have
never before been exhibited in
Lastly, and most impressive of
exhibit was developed in collab
with the Muslim communities
Lower Mainland. No other mus
Canada is known to have collab<
so extensively and so successfully
the local community while preparing ]
an exhibit
Included in the display are a 10Ji
century North African textile on \\ h n h
the word 'Allah' is repeated   1337
times  with
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most exquisite
"We owe
Islamic scholars," Baird says, g. nor
ously acknowledging the work -.nd
impact of scholars such as Nasir al-
Din al-Tusi's memoir on astronomy
in the 13 th century.
Islamic calligraphy's most fundamental aim was to preserve Lhe
revered words of the Qu'ran In
addition to that, the pieces on display at the exhibit reflect Islamic
ideas of community and pe;i< e,
which are central to Muslim hfo.
Islamic achievements in the
worlds of science and exploration
are also presented in the display.
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something worthwhile. For me, this is the
true highlight of the exhibit," says Dr Kassis.
The Advisory Committee is the  most
important locus of community involvement.
Under the supervision of the director of MOA
the Advisory overlooks the many sub-committees involved with organising the exhibit.
It provided guidance and advice as necessary
to the Spirit of Islam Project Team and other
sub-committees, to ensure that exhibition
displays, labels, promotional materials,  and
public and educational
programs are presented     accurately     and
respectfully,  as stated
in    the    committee's
mandate.    Everything
on     display was
approved in consultation with the Advisory.
The Advisory is
made up of representative members of each
of the Lower Mainland
Muslim communities:
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"I cannot praise the director and staff of
the Museum of Anthropology sufficiently for
the successful manner in which they were
able to solicit and receive community
involvement in the entire process of deciding
on the exhibit and making it a reality. They
set an example for the countiy as a whole, in
museums as well as in other establishments," says Dr Kassis.
Mawani emphasises the
importance of the Advisory,
"The Advisory Committee
was veiy, very important
because we don't have an
expertise on Islam here at the
museum. The Advisory was
our fallback."
John Halani, a Muslim
community representative
and co-chair of the Advisory
Committee, remarks, "I
worked hard to bring everyone together. There was consensus on all aspects of the
exhibit At the end, eveiyone
was happy." He further
emphasises the importance of community
representation, saying "the exhibit was suc-
ce°eful because of the support of communi-
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lends a more genuine and
authentic feel to the exhibit,
says professor Yazigi. And it certainly doesl What is particularly
unique about the exhibit, according to Baird, is that it has brought
the Muslim community together—some members of which had
never interacted on a person; il
level before the exhibit
"The museum has brought
together people who come from
varied cultural backgrounds as
well as different Muslim sects
To the credit of all is the fact
that they have transcended
their differences and joined
hands cooperatively in realising
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The museum has received a warm
response from the community. "There was a
call but to volunteers, and before we knew it
we had 50 Muslim community volunteers
sign up!" says Mawani.
Volunteers, committee members and
MOA staff agree that the exhibit has been
inspiring, positive and satisfying, and most
importantly, a learning experience.
Sana Naveed, a community volunteer, is
an Arts student at Kwantlen College. She
excuses herself to go pray and disappears
inside the exhibit to the Prayer space.
When she returns, she says that volunteering gives her the chance to spread the
real message of Islam to others. She has
noticed that there is an increased interest in
Islam within the general public, and that this
has been evident in the number of people
she sees rushing in to listen to the lectures
on Islamic arts.
Against the current of negative and misguided media coverage of Islam, people
have been curious to find out what this
religion is about for themselves. Although
the exhibit opened a couple of weeks after the
events of September 11, the organisers
stressed that it was not a response to those
tragic events.
"The exhibit [has been] planned over a
period of three years and [was] set up without any reference to September 11," says
Dr Kassis. However, it does come at a time
. when the need to raise awareness of Islam
is perhaps more critical than ever.
Dr Ruth Philips, director of MOA, says
that now, more than ever, the need to
encourage cross-cultural understanding
amongst people is crucial.
"Given recent tragic events in the United
States, we feel strongly that now more than
ever, exhibitions such as The Spirit of Islam
are needed both to educate and to break
down barriers of misunderstanding between
peoples around the world. The Museum of
Anthropology and its Muslim partners therefore wish to affirm their commitment to the
project...," she says.
Dr Yazigi adds, "The events of September
11 made it more imperative to show people-
imperative not to shy away from something
that has been planned for so long."
"The exhibit..offers an antidote to bigotry
through constructive information and by
means of the portrayal of Islam through
some of its many creative achievements,"
says Dr Kassis.
For Naveed it is beyond politics. "It's
Allah's wisdom that this exhibit is taking
place after the events [of September 1 !]."♦
For more info, check the website:
www.moa.ubc.ca. The Museum of
Anthropology is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Admission is free for UBC students.
All art Horn the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of
Islamic Art 8
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Women's League
May—Junior World Championships
Six member* of the field hockey team—La'ira Balakshin, Alisa Carey,
S'ephai'ie Jameson, Emily Menzie<?, Mo 0 C<rinor and Stephanie
Quinn—rtPiit to Argentina as |>ait oT Team Canada. Though the
CiuJiciis placed 13lh nut of 16 teams, *he tournament ended on a
bright note with a 1-0 victory over Team USA.
Aug.—Canada Summer Games
Ail tlie Birds who went to the Junior World Chjmpionship, plus
Giovanna Piccone and Mindy Cohen, represented BC at the Canada
Summer Games and won gold.
Aug. 22 to Sept 5-Holland
At die end of 'he summer, the team Lra\ elled to Holland, a nation mat
boasts -Jome of the world's lop field hockey players, and got pointers
from the Dutch.
Sept—Mora dub league action
The T-Birds start playing in Ihe Vane ou\ er Women's League again.
Sept 21-23-Can West #1: dominated
UBC opened the CIS season wilh a sweep in Calgary, winning each of
its panics by at least two goals.
Oct 5-7-Can West #2: the only slip
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Women's team finishes season with a 14-0-2 record and win at the National Championships
by Scott Bardsiey
Capping off the best season for any UBC team this year, the
women's field hockey team won the National Championships
in Toronto and finished with a near-perfect 14-0-2 record this
The victory gives UBC its first national championship of the
year, its eighth field hockey championship, and the program's
third in four years.
To cap it all off, three players—Stephanie Jameson,
Stephanie Quinn and Stephanie Hume were also named to the
national Ail-Star team.
"We all played really Well. We wouldn't have done as well
as we did if we didn't all play together...It was a great tournament and you couldn't really have a better season then we
did," team co-captain Stephanie Hume said.
The T-Birds went into the Nationals ranked the number
one team in the country and fresh off dominating the Canada
West Championships. Expectations were high.
. The Birds faced the Waterloo Warriors Thursday and controlled the first half. Forward Stephanie Quinn and co-captain
Laura Balakshin scored one minute apart to get the Birds off
to a 2-0 start midway through the first half. Waterloo started
taking control of the play in the second half. Warrior Robin
Leslie drove the ball up the left side and got it to teammate
Manon Doesborgh, who narrowed it to 2-1. But the Birds held
up and took the match
"We started off fairly well in that game, we got our two goals
and we sort of sat back...We didn't play our best hockey or the
hockey that we
knew we were
capable of," Hume
"We really shut
down their attack.
That was the key
thing. We dominated them pretty
throughout the
game. They were
trying to man-
mark a lot of our
players [by assigning players to
mark opponents
instead of marking zones]. It's
kind of annoying,
but it didn't shut
our people down
so their strategy
basically    didn't
work," goalie Emily Menzies said.
Then in what was arguably their worst game of the weekend, the T-Birds played Queens on Friday. Though Queens was
one of the weaker teams at the tournament the Golden Gaels
held the T-Birds to a deadlock in the first half, largely thanks
to outstanding play from Queens's goalie. Heather Brown. But
the Birds' offence woke up in the second half and four minutes
in, forward Giovanna Piccone sent the ball straight under a
sprawling Brown. Ten minutes later, Balakshin sealed the win
with a goal on a penalty stroke.
.A X
EN GARDE! The Birds are tops in
Canada, simon trunball/the varsity
OH NO YOU DON'T... The Birds may have had a few close calls throughout the season, but when the dust settled, they didn't lose a
single game all year, simon turnbuul/the varsity photo
Balakshin was pleased with the Birds' play the day
before against Waterloo, but she thought "the Queens
game was not so good." That seems to be the consensus of
the team.
"It wasn't one of our best games at all The score probably should have been much higher,
but we weren't playing up to our
potential...We won the game 2-0 and
the result was what we needed, but it
was not a great game for us," Hume
The two wins sent the Birds into the
semi-finals against the host Toronto
♦» Varsity Blues. From that point forward,
the Birds' massive collections of wins
didn't matter anymore. If they lost, they
would be out of contention for the title.
It was deja-vu. Last year in the 2000
semi-finals, the Birds also played
Toronto and dominated the game, but
the Blues made a controversial goal in
the second half and the Birds lost their
shot at first place.
At first, this year's semi-final echoed
last year's disaster: the Birds dominated
the play, but just couldn't capitalise on
their many, many chances.
"We had a lot of control of the game
and we knew that if we kept playing our
game it would come. It was beginning to
remind me of [last] year...It definitely
had its moments of tension as we were
getting closer to the end and not having
scored yet," Hume said.
But in the 52nd minute Hume herself scored, taking the lead for UBC 1-0.
And that's how it ended. UBC moved on
the finals.
Sunday's final saw the Birds playing
Waterloo again. For a while it actually
looked like the Warriors had a huge
upset on their hands. Waterloo scored
early on a short corner—twice. Down 2-
0, things looked bad for UBC.
But the T-Birds struck back...hard.
Mo O'Connor scored before the half was
out The Birds' onslaught continued in
the second as Balakshin tied the game,
putting one in on a short corner. Then,
just minutes before the game was up,
forward Stephanie Smith scored after
two other shots were deflected. The
Birds won 3-2.
ENDGAME: Stephanie Hume finished her CIS career on a
very high note, simon turnball/the varsity photo
"We were down 2-0, but we all just played our game. We
knew we were the better team and that if we just played our
game we would win. We didn't panic..we all knew going into
this game that we should win. It was stressful at times...I'm
just really proud of our team," Hume said.
"It's pretty cool. It's also kind of a relief because bur expectations for ourselves were so high...Going into something
being ranked number one kind of introduces its own special
little challenges. It's just a matter of going out there and doing
what you're expected to do. Now that we've finally fulfilled that
goal it's a relief," Menzies said.
"When you have such a skilled team for people to play less
than extraordinary is kind of a let down. We probably had
more negative team talk than the people we beat because
when we don't play to our very best, it's really disappointing.
But our best is such a higher level than some of the other
teams' that we can win while we're still not playing our best*
she added.
East-West rivalry also gave UBC some tough matches last
"It's different playing the eastern teams because there's a
bit of a rivalry between BC and Ontario because those are the
two major field hockey centres in the country...That makes
those games much more intense then they might otherwise
be," Balakshin said.
The T-Birds' performance was particularly surprising since
they lost 11 starters in the past two years, leaving them with a
very young crew. But that didn't hurt them this year, a testament to UBC's field hockey program and recruiting.
And the upside of having a young team is that most of the
players will be eligible to play for a few years to come, with
only Hume leaving this year and Balakshin the next. The athletes are also a dedicated bunch, playing year round on
provincial and national teams.
The future is even brighter because a brand new artificial
turf is being installed in Thunderbird Park. The new turf will
allow the team to start playing home games and stop practicing
in Livingston Park, located in the Downtown Eastside. There are
also talks in the works to make UBC a national training centre
for field hockey. With all of this going for them, things are definitely looking good for UBC's newest national champions. ♦
shocker: men win
by Laura Blue
VICTORIA—After an often frustrating regular season, the UBC
men's soccer team came throngh when its counted with two
playoff victories this weekend to become 2001-2002 Canada
West champions, earning them a spot in the National
Championships in Halifax.  .
"It's a time where we finally got our breaks," said co-captain Aaron Richer after the Birds' semi-final game on Friday
The Thunderbirds, ranked fourth out of the four teams that
qualified for the Canada West playoffs, have had a tough time
scoring goals this season. Good performances all year ended
in disappointingly mediocre results and a 5-3-4 regular season records But things finally came together for the team this
The semi-final match on Friday night started well for UBC.
The Alberta Golden Bears—the top-ranked team in the Canada
West and the fourth-ranked team nationally heading into the
playoffs—scored an own goal just four minutes in.
In the first half of a stop-and-start game that was frequently interrupted by the referee's whistle, Alberta had its own
opportunities to score, but the tight UBC defence held on
more or less comfortably and the Birds created a couple good
chances to widen the lead in last ten minutes of the first half.
Alberta came out strong in the second half, testing a UBC
defence that was weakened by the loss of Richer, substituted
off in the first half with ah injury. UBC battled hard, but
Alberta had almost all of the pressure. But the Bears squandered the best of their scoring opportunities and were hesitant with their finishing. Goalkeeper Julian Phillips, whose
frantic yelling could be heard clearly across the track that separated the crowd from the pitch and throughout the spectator
stand, played an amazing game to keep Alberta scoreless.
As the game wore on, the Bears became more and more
desperate for the equalising goal. The Bears let their defence
slip and, for what seemed like the first time all season, UBC
took full advantage of its offensive chances. In the 76th
minute, a shot from substitute Steve Frazao took a deflection
off the Alberta keeper straight to UBC's Kasra Asrar Haghighi
who scored UBC's second goal of the match. Twelve minutes
later, UBC capitalised on another counterattack, with Frazao
running in and scoring the final goal in a 3-0 upset win for the
"Second half, they took it to us a little bit," said co-captain
Shawn Bobb after the match, "but we defended well and, you
know, we scored on the opportunities we had."
"I think 3-0 certainly flatters us, but hey, we'll take it" said
a happy Mike Mosher, UBC head coach, after the game. "Every
single guy just laid it on the line today and a great, great pre-
The Birds carried their strong effort over to the next game.
For Saturday evening's Canada West final, a noisy and largely
drunken crowd showed up to see the host University of
Victoria Vikes—who had defeated Calgary 2-0 in the first semifinal game on Friday—play UBC.
The evenly matched game started with a mostly defensive
first half, with both teams battling hard in the midfield. But
UBC pulled ahead with a goal from Asrar Haghighi in the 41st
UBC continued to focus on its strength—defence—in the
second half, frustrating the UVic offence and hanging on to
the 1-0 lead. In the dying minutes of the game, after the clock
had already been stopped and time remaining was at the discretion of the officials, a foul in the UBC 18-yard box brought
a questionable penalty call from the referee.
The UVic players jumped up and down with joy. UVic forward and Canada West All-star Jason Owen took the shot a low
drive to the left of UBC keeper Julian Phillips. But UBC wasn't
about to give up its lead so late in the game. Phillips dove to
the side, fully extending his arm, and pulled the ball back
from behind him just before the ball crossed the line into the
corner of the net.
Two minutes later, the game was over. UBC had hung on.
The Birds—Canada West champions—were ecstatic. A disappointed Vikes crowd filed out as the Thunderbirds rushed the
field to jump on Phillips and celebrate. In the end, one goal
was good enough.
"1-0 is the same as 12-0. It doesn't matter," said a thrilled
co-captain Rob Hall after the game.
"The guys worked so hard and they were so focused,"
Mosher said. "Everyone wanted it so badly, and I think it
showed. The team that wins it wanted it the most"
The team attributed its successes mostly to hard work,
focus, ambition and solid defence, but stressed that, despite
the improved results this weekend, little has changed from
the regular season.
"I don't think we did anything differently these last two
games than we have all season except for finish our chances,"
said Phillips.
"If you don't think you're going to win...you've lost already.
You've got to take the attitude that you can do it," said Bobb
after Saturday's game.
"Do or do not; there is no try," he said.
Rob Hall and Shawn Bobb were both named first team
Canada West All-stars on Saturday afternoon, and Aaron
Richer and Terry Bell were made second-team All-stars. Bell
was also named the Canada West rookie of the year.
The new Canada West champions left this morning for
Halifax, where they will play Waterloo on Friday evening in
the tournament for the National title. They then play the
National Championship hosts, the Saint Mary's University
Huskies, on Saturday evening. Both the final and the bronze-
medal match are on Sunday.
The Birds, who last won the Nationals in 1994, are excited.
Tm so happy that these guys get the opportunity to go to
Nationals," said Mosher on Saturday. "Some of them have
been with me for a few years, and we've had a few close calls.
Now it's a real treat to get thatopportunity to go."
Despite having to play on turf in Halifax, instead of on a
real pitch, the Birds are confident they will do well this week.
Canada West is traditionally one of the strongest regions in
the country, and now that the goals have finally started to
come for the team, the Birds can feel more secure, knowing
their solid defence will bring success.
"Defence is a key. Defence wins championships," said
Bobb on Friday night "and this team's one hell of a hardworking team."
"I think that's the success of this team, is focusing on the
D," said Richer, "and things will eventually come." ♦
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ti in
It was not a good weekend for the UBC
men's volleyball team. The team didn't
win a single set against Trinity Western in
Friday and Saturday's matches at War
Memorial gym, dropping their standing
to 0-4.
On Friday > night, the Birds were
crushed in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-
2 0 and 25-21. The Birds couldn't gain any
ground against the nation's seventh-
ranked team. Captain Chad Grimm led the
team in kills on Friday night with nine
successful attacks, and libero Mark Yuen
led the team in digs with a total of nine.
On Saturday, the Birds began the first
set as if they were already defeated. The
Spartans kept dishing hard attacks
throughout the game and the Birds couldn't keep up. Poor cross-court blocking
made it incredibly difficult for UBC's
defence. Great effort was made by setter
Dave Beleznay, who seemed to be scrambling all over the court to keep the ball in
play. But the Birds never really had a
chance to win the first set after giving the
Spartans an early eight-point lead. The
Spartans won 25-16.
But in the second set, the Birds seemed
to have finally worked out a better offensive strategy against the Spartans' well-
disciplined defence. Grimm and teammate Mike Tuekwood added a lot of
offence to the team this second game.
Several times Tuekwood brought the side-
out back to UBC with his deep court kills.
But with the score at 18-20 against the
Birds, a missed UBC serve ruined their
chances for victory. The Spartans trampled the Birds in a 2 5-21 victory.
The final game of the match was really exciting to
watch because the Birds finally pulled out all of the
stops on their defence and struggled to make it to
every ball. Every player put in an amazing effort on the
court. But it still wasn't enough-with a mighty kill by a
Spartan middle to end the night's battle. The Spartans
won 25-18.
The Spartans out-killed, out-blocked, out-hustled and
out played the T-Birds all weekend. UBC lost both matches and didn't win a single set against the Spartans.
'Right now we're not as good as they are, but we've
MAN OF ACTION: Captain Chad Grimm led the Birds with nine
kills Friday and 15 Saturday, tom peacock/ubyssey file photo
got some good young players that are going to get significantly better as the season goes on. They just have to
work hard and keep improving," said Coach Dale
Trinity Western University was ranked seventh
nationally going into the weekend, but Ohman said that
they are clearly a stronger team than Saskatchewan—
who played the Birds the week before and who is
ranked first
The Birds are on the road this weekend to duel
Calgary, who is ranked fifth nationally. ♦
Hard finish for soccer women
by Sec it Bardsiey
Gi ing into tho C*'npda West
Championships !n Edmou'-i-n last
weekend, 'ho women's so« or
ttsn know il had :i ioi'gJi tiir.e
aVu-id of :h(-m. The team had w-a
unly une of its previous six games
and was up against a ph.Tiymea.u
Alberta Lea:u vhkh. hud gone
unbeato'i ill season. The only silver lining: UBC was 'he only Learn
who had never lost lo the Ps-ndas.
'[In our] first game against
Aibcrta we had noLhir.g lo lose,"
goalie Sian Bagshawe said. They
were number one in our league
and they wore ranked number
tliree in die country. We went in
with '.he altitude lhat we'd go out as
hard as -,\ e could and we'd ha\ c fun
and hopefully it would work out for
us. We always play really well when
we go out and have fun."
All in all, Lhe game 'lid slart out
really well fur tlie Birds. Keiko
Read scored early in thp first half
and a Pand:i goal tied it 1-1 at half
lime. In Lhe second half, the T-
Birds managed to hold the
Albert an Goliath at bay for another 40 minutes.
But tilings fell apart for the T-
Birds in iho last five minutes.
Alberta scored in the 85lh minute
and again three minutes later to
finish with a 3-1 lead.
"Everything was going so well.
We cuuld have come out with the
win, but at the end of lhe
game...they scored and it took the
wind out of our sails," captain
Lyanne Westie said. 'It was frus-
tratirg. We could have won that
'We were all very distraught
Sian [Bagshawe] and Vanessa
[Martino]—it's their lastyear of eligibility—so it's quite upsetting for
thtm because they wanted to
bring one [championship] home
before they retired," midfielder
Anjali Navar said.
The women went on to play
Calgary on Sunday for the bronze
medal and, once again, things
bLarU"! out well for the Birds. In
the first half, forward Vanessa
Martino deked two Dinos and
chipped the ball over Calgary's
goalie, bringing UBC up 1-0.
The Birds kept their lead until
ten minutes from time when the
Dinos goL the luckiest goal of the
season. A Dino ball hit the Birds*
cross bar. Bagshawe thought the
ball was out, but it fell straight
down to a Dino, who tapped it in
to equalise Lhe game 1-1.
The Dinos' lucky streak continued when they scored another
goal oil a penally. It was all over
for Ihe Birds, but not before
Calgary got a third goal. The Birds
lost their second match of the
weekend 3-1 and finished fourth
st        the Canada        West
'It was frustrating because we
sort of gave it up at the end with
ten minutes left. We were winning
1-0 and we ended up losing 3-1,"
defender Heather Smith said.
All the Birds were frustrated
that the two lopsided scores didn't
show how hard they played in
both games.
"The score doesn't really represent how equal the two teams
were," Westie said. "We're disappointed with the actual result, but
we're not disappointed with how
we played."
"We all wanted to perform and
we wanted lo do well, but it just
didn't happen. I think we just didn't have the rhythm we've had in
the past/ Smith said.
Nonetheless, the team got some
good news at the conference's
award ceremony. Centre back Jacky
Ferraby and centre midfielder
Kristine Jack were named first
team Canada West All-stars. Smith
was named the Canada West rookie
of the year and conference's second team All-star.
For the T-Birds, the weekend's
two 3-1 losses were a bitter end to
a season that started well. UBC's
star forward Vanessa Martino and
first-class goalkeeper Sian
Bagshawe also both played their
last games as Thunderbirds.
For Bagshawe the losses were
particularly bittersweet. "I just
kind of thought that after all the
bad luck we've had in my last four
years, that in my fifth year we'd
catch a bit of luck and go to
Nationals, but that didn't happen,"
she said. "It's sad that it's over,
but time to move on, I guess." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
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Cross-country runners burst out of Regionals
by Scott Bardsiey
It was three years in the making. In 1999,
the UBC cross-country team left the CIAU for
the NAIA looking for tougher competition.
The first two years in the new league were
tough. But after last weekend's second-place
finish at the NAIA Region I Championships
in Issaquah, Washington, the entire men's
team is off to the Nationals for the first time
since joining the league.
"We've taken three years and changed the
whole program," David Milne, the team's top
runner, said. "It just takes a few years to see
the benefits that have been made."
Milne, who is in his last year as a
Thunderbird, had no trouble in the men's
8km race, running hi second place until the
last 500m of the race, and then blasting
ahead to win the race with a time of 24:29.
"We knew...going in, that it wouldn't be
too too hard for me with the way I've been
running lately. It was just a 'go in there, get
the job done, get the win and then get out'
and hopefully the team would step up and
we'd all be able to go to Nationals together.
And that's happened," he said.
Morgan Titus, Jonathon Luckhurst, Kevin
MacDonald and Byron Wood rounded out the'
men's top five, placing ninth, 16th, 20th and
22nd respectively.
"Morgan Titus had the best race that I'd
ever seen him run. He's taken his ability, his
racing, to the next level," said Milne. "On the
course and on the track, he's going to be
expected to be at that level."
Teammate Wood, who qualified for the
Nationals as an individual lastyear, was also
excited about the men's performance and
about going to the Nationals.
'We had a really good race/ he said. "This
is my third year on the team and it's the first
time the whole team has qualified. Two years
ago Dave Milne qualified individually. Last
year, I qualified by myself. It'll be really good
to go with the whole team this year."
But Wood's racing hasn't been up to its
usual high standards. Last year he won the
NAIA regionals and went on to place tenth in
the Nationals, far better than his 22nd-place
finish this weekend.
Wood is at loss to explain what happened.
"I don't know. I have to look at my training.
Hopefully I'll have a good [race] in two weeks
[at the Nationals]."
The men's team finished second overall
in the region, behind only Northwest
Nazarene University.
The women's team was hurt in the overall
standings because Birds' top runner.
Heather MacDonald, was out with a foot
injury. Nevertheless, the women finished
fourth, only six points behind the second-
place team.
First-year runners Celia Ambery and
Megan Doherty had breakthrough perform
ances, racing practically side by side for the
whole race and finishing ten seconds apart
to earn ninth and tenth places respectively.
"We were really close together and she
was able to push me and I was able to push
her. I was really happy with my race. It was a
personal best time for me and I felt that I
raced as hard as I could," Ambery said.
Coach Marek Jedrezejek was very pleased
with the pair's results, but disappointed with
the women's team's misfortune.
"On the women's side, we have a very
young team and they did very well," he said.
"With [MacDonald], we would have placed
second in this competition which would
guarantee us to go to the Nationals."
Sarah Swann, Kim Hall and Heather
McEwen's 18th, 31st and 33rd finishes completed the women's top five results, the
results used to calculate the team's overall
Nonetheless, Jedrezejek was delighted
that the men's team has finally made it to the
"It is exciting. It's great. It builds momentum," he said. "Athletes build confidence for
themselves and for the team. And from the
coaching point of view it's easier to...recruit
new athletes...I'm extremely happy with how
we did."
The cross-country men will head the NAIA
Nationals in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on
November 17th. ♦
ON THE MOVE: David Milne races through Jericho beach in the BC Cross-Country Championships the weekend before the
4?.   :■>*** | NAIA regionals. He won both races, of course. elisa3eth capak photo
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Watch for Referendum 2001
The AMS is calling a three question Referendum this week.
These are the questions that will be asked:
1) Do you support an increase to your annual AMS fees
of $12.00, to be implemented over four years in $3.00
increments, to create a Services & Safety Development
Fund, which will he used to improve, protect and expand
such AMS Services as:
• Tutoring
• Joblink
• Safewalk
• Speakeasy
• Events
• New Safety Initiatives
70% to improve & protect AMS Student Services such as:
Safewalk, Joblink, Speakeasy, Volunteer Services, Internship
Program, Rentsline, Orientations, Yardstick, Ombuds Office,
Mini-school, Advocacy and Tutoring.
Some examples of new initiatives might include:
• Enhancing our tutoring services in order to offer more
hours of service for more subjects
• Graduation preparation and assistance that might
include: study prep for the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc,
the creation of registries, interview & tax preparation
courses, and networking & International career
• Exam preparation courses
• More resources to meet the demands of services
20 % for new safety initiatives on campus in order to carry out
the recommendations of the new safety committee; which may
include: outreach to residences, lobbying for the establishment
of a rape crisis center and the continuation and enhancement of
on-campus safety shuttles and lights.
10% for events such as: live concerts, entertainment, forums,
First Week, Welcome Back BBQ, Laffs@lunch and spoken word
The AMS Student Services & Safety Development Fund would
enhance the ability of all the services to continually improve and
meet student demands now and in the future. It would also allow
the AMS to engage in new student driven initiatives without
relying on corporate sponsorship.
Note: AMS council voted to support the creation of a Student
Services and Safety Development Fund
Help support the AMS Services in the upcoming referendum by
voting yes
2) Do you accept the proposed amendments to the AMS
Bylaws as presented ?
3) Do you support Differential Tuition?
Look for more information on the upcoming Referendum in the
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the Canadian Government. CASA works to ensure
that you have an accessible, high quality post
secondary education system through more federal
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revamping of the Canadian CASA student loan program. Furthermore,
CASA also addresses the issue of crumbling buildings, outdated
laboratories, attracting and retaining the best professors, and improved
social space. Member schools range from over 23 different university
and colleges including McGill University, Okanagan University College,
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Each year the Alma Mater Society makes a
donation to the University. This gift is in the form
of a fund available to all students, staff and faculty,
in an effort to enrich and develop the social and
cultural climate at UBC, the Innovative Projects Fund, (IPF) provides those
with such a vision, the financial backing to bring their idea to fruition.
So, if you think you have a really good idea, drop by SUB room 238 and
pick up an application. Deadline for submissions: November 30th, 2001
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Gage Residence THE UBYSSEY
The  light that  never  goes  out:
Sixth   Annual   Amnesty   International  Film  Festival
at the Amnesty International Film Festival
Nov. 3 by Mart a BasJiovski
at Amnesty International Film Festival
Nov. 3
These days, negative views on US foreign
policy are a touchy subject, especially policy
regarding the Middle East, but that is exactly the territory Good Kurds, Bad Kurds and
Paying the Price delve into. Each film shows
Western disregard and hypocrisy, towards
humanitarian causes in Turkey and Iraq.
In Good Kurds, Bad Kurds, director/producer Kevin McKernan presents a history
of the Kurdish struggle for a homeland. The
Kurds are the largest ethnic population in
the world without a distinct nation and are
spread over five nations in the Middle East
and have had a long history of mistreatment
and oppression.
McKiernan focuses on the Kurds in
Turkey who are systematically being hunted
down by the Turkish military using
American weaponry. The moral duplicity of
US policy towards the Kurds becomes apparent here: those abused by a member of
NATO (Turkey) are ignored, while those
being murdered by Saddam Hussein need to
be defended.
In interviews with various political and
humanitarian figures, McKiernan makes
the Kurdish crisis very evident His fierce
interviewing style often leads prominent
politicians to scramble for answers and
clam up defensively. One unforgettable shot
is of an European Union representative
agreeing (with a smirk), that Turkey—a
country trying to enter the EU— is committing atrocities that are unacceptable to EU
Continuing right where Good Kurds, Bad
Kurds leaves off, Alan Lowery and John
Pilger's  Paying the Price: Killing the
Children of Iraq, examines the effects of UN-
imposed sanctions on the Iraqi people.
Lowery and Pilgers make it clear that the
sanctions have had absolutely no effect on
Saddam Hussein and his inner circle. What
they show is how they have devastated the
Iraqi people, who are denied everything
fi-om food to vital medical equip-    	
ment Through a tour of a chil- [ "
dren's hospital, we are shown | .
searing images of sick and mal- (A.
nourished children, many of f _
whom will die due to lack of.,;A^v
medication. \^*
The film points out that every 4
part of Iraqi society is plagued by ii.
the UN sanctions. Lowery and
Pilgers talk to two former heads
of the UN humanitarian programme in Iraq, both of whom
resigned in protest of the
appalling conditions the sanctions had created. In direct contrast is former US Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright who
firmly states in the film that "the
price [of the sanctions] is worth it*
Both Good Kurds, Bad Kurds and Paying
the Price question Western policies that have
devastating impacts on one of the most
volatile regions in the world. They are especially relevant today, in the midst of US led
attacks on Afghanistan. These films provide
evocative insight into the questionable
actions our governments have perpetrated that—sadly—remain oblivious
to many. ♦
Now in its sixth _(wr. 'he Annual Amnesty
International F:hn Festival makes it its ndssion to
present slurips und images of worldwide human
rights concern. Among tho finest of these lilzns was
he Grim 1 Jury Frire w inner of Lhe Z00U Sund;mce
Film Festival Lung Sight's Journey Into Djy.
Frames Reid and Deborah Hoi'fman's docu
mentary takes a detailed look at four cases brought
before the Truth and ketone iii ati on Committee of
Souih Africa. 'Ihe tribunal was established in post-
apartheid South Africa to hold hearings on various
crimes committed during apartheid und lo grant
amnesty where it sees fit. By doing so, Ihe committee hopes to provide answers to both black and
white victims and lo promote healing and naUon
Among the four very different cases examined
in die film is Lhe infamous case of Amy Biol, a
b\\ Ai$h& JahiaJ
white American human rights activist and university student who was beaten and stabbed to death
in a violent anti-apartheid demonstration. The four
men who were charged with her murder applied
for amnesty to the tribunal soon after its establishment Biel's parents supported their application
for amnesty. Reid and Hoffman gave viewers a
deeper sense of the murderers' personalities and
moth atio:is, replacing ihe monster masks painted
on tlie offenders by Lhe mainstream media.
'flic most intense Learjcrker by far was the case
of so\ en black yuuihs killed by agents of the South
African secret police. The seven men were framed
as terrorists and Lheir dead bodies were desecrated, poked and prodded for police videotapes. Their
families were left to Pnd out about the deaths on
television. Ihe mothers of tlie young men used the
tribunal hearings as a therapeutic device to finally
fully grieve. Their pained wailing and screaming
Jidn t leave a single dry o>e in the audience.
The documentary successfully manages to tackle the complexities of each case. Sometimes the
victims' relatives granted amnesty; some refused
lo forgive. Some were applying for amnesty as a
way out and were still stuck in the mindset of the
old apartheid regime. Others were willing to finally bridge the gap between the oppressors and
Although ihe film may examine the cases closely, it fails to simply answer some basic questions
about the commission, itself like how the judges
were selected, when the committee was started
and how many cases have been heard and granted
amnesty so far. Nonetheless, the film captures the
dramatic and cathartic closure of a dark period of
ihe 20th century. ♦
at the Vancouver Asian
Film Festival
Nov. 4
Uncovering Truths' is
an intriguing theme for a screening at die
Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Not only
do Asian films deserve more mainstream recognition, but Asian identity
also needs to be explored.
And Tho D<wce Goes On. the first film
of ihe night, sLarts with a silent image of
black-and-white lion dancers accompanied by ihe sound of frying food in a wok,
familiar la most Chinese people. But the
film goes on lo talk about the concept of
being CliiiiCse. Director Yi-Wei Loo interviews the 'Chinese' people from Hung
Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Lhe USA
and shows us Lhat
divisions exist.
One interviewee
thought being
called Chinese
was offensive
' * because  he  was
from Hong Kong, not Mainland China.
Many do not want lu associate diem-
selves with a country that still has a reputation of repression, 'lhe '.ilm tried lo
push Lhe message Lhat aU of uVrn are
'dancing the sane dance,' thai Lhey :ire
all Chinese, regardless of differences, it's
a statement that ic:illy hits home wim
Lhosc who feel out of place within a huge
sucieUd meltirg p0t_
'lhe i:venii!!5 quickly shifted gears as
director Ku.u'g Lee tried to incorporate a
ghost story and a documentary into a
'scaru'-meiitary in Hue lu. Tlie short 12
tuiiu'.o film <vnbvs Siro'.ind the ficiitious
m> story of <i ha-nted  street in San
by Ancilla Chui
Francisco's Chinatown <in-l a documentary filmmaker who becomes
obsessed with the legend. This film has
a lot to live up to, but fails to do so,
falling into cheesy romance and melodrama.
One film that doe.--n't fall short is lhe
documentary Tha House uf Spirit It lolls
die extraordinary tale of Shao Fang and
her late husband Sheng Pao, both of
whom apprenticed with famous architect
Fnmk Ltojd Wright in Ihe lato 1940s,
'lhey would go on la build their own
drcuin house, a beautiful glass structure
inspired by Lloyd Wright's modernism.
But the documentary is not just
about architecture. Her relationship
widi hur husband is beautifully captured as she describes the time they
spent together and how a part of her 3#
died when he passed away, lhe audi- f
ence could noL help but laugh affectionately at tlie quainlness of the cule
madame. "Ihe film al&o had snippets of
unintentional humour, such as how she
cut her son's hair smd actually saved
enough money for a trip lo Europe, or
how she complained her "six footer person' condo kitchen eounter was so tail
that she could not e\ en cut her vegetables
properly. TheHou*e ;ifSpiritis a genuine
portrait of an Asian female artist making
a life fur herself in America.
The four very HitTeienl libns shown
Sun Jay night nvnagc-d to bridge so.::e of
!he gaps between nun Asians and Asians
aUke. 'lhey also gave us intimate locls at
Asian identity that go
wed beyond stereotypes    and    labels.
in 1
explore      olt
individuality. ♦
at the Vancouver Asian Film
Nov. 2
It's not rare to see Asian women in film today,
but there's a tendency to portray them as stock
characters or as token 'multi cultural' additions. It's still a novelty to see these females in
their own microcosms and cultural space. The
Vancouver Asian Film Festival's opening night event presentation of
WoJc A Do, Subrosa, and
Letters from Home breaks
from this convention.
Michelle Wong, the
director of Do Wok A Do
admits her film is partly
autobiographical. The
film is shot in her home
town of St Paul, Alberta.
Twelve-year-old Joanne
sets up a satellite from
scrap metal at the town's
famed UFO pad. It's as if
Joanne is asking for a realm
beyond her family's restaurant There's a Tai
Chi practicing grandpa and a mother who
abandons her home. Add an ancient fable and
a jade pendant and the 14 minute film is burdened with Asian motifs. The short scenes feel
fragmented, and rather than more development, there's a narration full of profundities
from the 12-year-old. The film doesn't allow
enough room for Wong to process her experiences.
Subrosa follows a
woman searching for
her birth mother.
Helen Lee explores
how the simple fact of
birth is entangled by
by Phoebe Wang
societal fabrications of identity. The frame
rests a lot on the protagonist's expressionless
face, emphasising that in Korea, she looks like
everyone else. The film's eye effectively shows
her alienation as she explores
the sensory-filled streets. The
symbolism is transparent and
obvious at times. Plunging into
a river and emerging breathless
is a too pointed metaphor for
rebirth. The film seems more
explicit than Lee means it to be.
But it's hard to avoid when
approaching the familiar theme of self-discovery.
Colleen Leung's Letters from Home arose
from a question: 'Don't you have a personal
story to tell?" The reporter who had worked at
CBC Radio and BCTV was more at ease telling
other people's stories. Yet Leung's journalistic
approach is the strongest point of her documentary. Leung unearths her grandfather's
unmentioned first marriage in China. Letters
from Home refers to the requests for money
made by relatives back in his village after he
immigrated to Vancouver Island. The film
helps the filmmaker understand her family's
acts in the past and settle the ambiguity of
being Asian-Canadian. It's an effectively structured documentary, but repetitive at times, as
if Leung needs to affirm
things for herseff.
As an Asian Canadian
myself, I'm both pleased
and judgemental at the
event. The material is
refreshing, but a film needs
to rest on more. All three
films are too explicit, for the benefit of an audience unfamiliar with and attracted by Asian
depictions. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward
to sitting in a theatre for these filmmakers'
future projects. ♦ 14
Duncan M. McHugh
Ai Lin Choo
Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Milter
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An ice-cream truck drove try Marts BashovskTs place. The three
craze neighbourhood kids, Jamie Joyce, Selena An and Graeme
Worthy, chased after it screeching at (he top of their lungs. Scott
Bardsiey, the ex-criminal turned bus driver, slowed down and
nudged his buddy Yljin Huang in the ribs. hard. Aisha Jamal,
hiding between trie popsicles, was starting to freeze to death.
Mis, Lorna YipushedW way through Chris Shepard and Alicia
Miller to set her favourite, cone, Simon TurnbaU's, especially
delivered from Toronto.
"Hey Lady/ squeaked Ian Sonshine, "my doc was before
you, ami before that Fheobe Wang, my best friend, who's also
best friends with Ron Nurwisah."
"Shutup kids," Jesse Marchand had just turned thirteen
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Duncan M. McHugh was already on top of the truck. He
was hying to pull up a string of kida; Sarah MacNeB Morrison,
Refqa Abu RemaHeh and Maiy Ann Rozance. Meanwhile, both
Laurel Raise and Hywel Tuscano were singing in harmoqy
while playing basketball with Julia Christensen, Kathleen
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Mo' problems? mo' money!
It's okay to ask for money once in awhile. But
when you're a student society and you ask your
membership for money twice in three years,
you have to make sure you can prove you are
going to handle it responsibly.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is currently
asking students to approve a $12 increase to
fund service fees. This comes two years after the
AMS asked to raise fees by $9 to, yes, support
student services.
'Do you support an increase in your AMS fee
of $9, refund upon request to create a specific
AMS Student Services Fund, which will be used
to improve and expand AMS services such as:
Safewalk, JobLink, Speakeasy, the Aquatic
Centre and CiTR?" This is the question that
appeared on referendum ballots two years ago.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
This year, the AMS is encouraging students
to 'support an increase to your annual AMS fees
of $12, to be implented over four years in $3
increments, to create a Services and Safety
Development Fund, which will be used to
improve, protect and expand such AMS Services
as: Tutoring, Joblink, Safewalk, Speakeasy,
Events, New Safety Initiatives."
Two separate funds. Two years apart. Now
that the AMS foresees reduced income at the
end of its exclusivity deal with Coca-Cola, it
apparently needs more money, and it's using
students to get it.
Student services are all well and good. We
will be among the first to support things like
Safewalk, CiTR, Speakeasy and AMS
Tutoring—programs designed to ensure the
physical, emotional and academic well-being
of students.
But whether the AMS is asking students to
fund services, or to fund a new executive hot
tub—or pool tables in the washrooms—is irrelevant The fact is, the AMS executives write the
budget and they can choose where the money
goes. If they took away part of the AMS executives' $20,000-a-term salaries ($18,500 plus an
$ 1500 honorarium for training the person who
takes their place) think of how much money
could be saved.
How about the Capital Projects and
Acquisitions Fund as another example? Every
year, $15 from each student's AMS fees goes
towards renovations. That's $215,000 a year—
almost as much as the Coke, sponsorship annually. This year, the AMS has budgeted $458,700
to this fund, which does all of those lovely renovations you see around the SUB. Lovely renovations that usually go overbudget
The Ubyssey knows about renovations. We
didn't want to move. We were happy in our office
on the top floor, which we had inhabited since
the SUB was built in 196 7. But the AMS felt it was
necessary to spend upwards of $200,000—and
this was before extensive repairs to our office
were required to fix lhe original construction.
Water is still dripping from our diapered
ceiling, and all this, to move the student
resource groups upstairs. Pointless? We think
so. And now the AMS resource groups' new
space is going overbudget. At the AMS's last
Council meeting, AMS Vice-President,
Administration, Mark Fraser surprised representatives with a request for an additional
$36,000 to construct the new offices, bringing
the project's estimated cost up to $ 156,000.
Last year's AMS First Week went $15,482
overbudget, so this year the AMS allocated
Then there are other silly things. Things
like the $ 1400 washer and dryer the AMS gave
to. the Pottery Club in exchange for moving
them from their upstairs studio space to the
basement How about $8000 in beer 'spillage'
at the Welcome Back Barbeque two years ago,
a $ 15,000 printer (you may have wondered
how the AMS is able to print such lovely rave
cards to advertise their referendum), and over
$200,000 to improve the courtyard on the top
level of the SUB.
But then again, we already mentioned these
things last time the AMS asked you for more of
your money. ♦
Anti-terrorism bill: A
cause for revolt
I'm a rather politically pessimistic guy. I generally don't
believe in the power of individuals
to change the policies of government, so I don't bother trying.
However, the issue of Bill C-36
leaves me (and other Canadian citizens/residents) no choice but to
revolt. This bill is simply not
acceptable in a free and democratic
I'll be brief about the issue,
because I know a lot of other people
are more informed and can speak a
lot more coherently about this than
me. The major objections arise
from two aspects of the bill:
1) The bill sets vague definitions
of terrorism and terrorist activity.
Michelle Falardeau-Ramsay, chief
commissioner of the Canadian
Human Rights Commission, warns
that such aspects of the bill could
be 'clearly open to an interpretation that would restrict the rights
and freedoms guaranteed under
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
and under international human
rights law."
2) The bill gives unprecedented
amounts of power to the police—in
particular, the powers of preventa
tive detention (meaning that you
can be arrested for a crime you
never committed, without a warrant) and the detention without
cause for up to 72 hours.
This kind of legislation would
have been particularly useful, for
example, during the Asia Pacific
Economic Cooperation conference,
when student demonstrations
could have been construed by the
RCMP as 'terrorist activities' (or
activities that could have led to 'terrorist activities'), and it Tyould have
been easy enough for the protesters
to be arrested for 72 hours without
being charged, and then released.
O^ in the case of a strike that the
government does not like, he police
can be used to round up union leaders for 72 hours in an attempt to
break the strike.
I don't think it's any exaggeration to say that Bill C-36 is one of
the most gruesome threats to indid-
ual liberty in Canada since the
enactment of the War Measures Act
during the FLQ crisis, where the
limitations of civil liberties allowed
the police to detain without due
cause dozens, perhaps hundreds,
of social activists, academics and
dissenters. We, as Canadian citizens and residents, need to remind
ourselves that times of crises can
create more critical situations. Bill
C-36 presents us with a critical turn
in Canadian democracy. We can't
let this one slip.
-John Moon
Arts 4
Referendum: What the
AMS isn't tellling you
As the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
seeks your approval of a new fee
and new bylaws, there are a few
things they won't tell you. First, the
new $12 fee that they are seeking
will only cover losses from the Coke
deal in the firstyear. Therefore, the
new initiatives they are promising
will not become a reality until a few
years from now—if at all. Further, I
would argue that the AMS is seeking to obtain from students what
the university should be providing.
For example, I believe that the university is responsible for providing
a safe and secure campus.
However, the AMS wants to use
part of the funds to support
Safewalk and other security programs. I appreciate the need for
these services, but the AMS should
be expending its efforts on lobbying
the university, not on getting students to pay the bill. The same is
true of tutorial services.
Secondly, the new bylaws also
include a clause that would permit
the AMS to withhold information
from its members until an issue
goes before Council. (Before, you
could.ask for any information at
any time.) This means that the AMS
could negotiate a new Coke deal
without telling anyone about it until
it gets before Council, at which
point it would be too late to inform
the student body about it I think
that this is an unacceptable limit on
freedom of information. It also stifles legitimate opposition by starving alternative points of view of the
information they need to be able to
fight issues and motions they disagree with.
As a Graduate Student Society
representative to the AMS, I voted
against these new provisions.
However, I would encourage you to
weigh the facts and make your own
decision. That said, please be
aware that the AMS isn't providing
you with unbiased information, but
a Vote yes' campaign. Therefore,
please be as attentive to what they
are not saying as you are to what
they are telling you.
-Liam M/fcfte//
Graduate student—Journalism THE UBYSSEY
(first base)
[Mint Records]
Sleater-Kinney. It's the
only way you can really
start a review of
Operation Makeout's
(first base), their Mint
Records debut This band
sounds WAY too much
like Sleater-Kinney. This
isn't to say Operation
Makeout isn't very good
or that their songs are
crap—in fact, quite the
opposite—it's just that
they sound a LOT like
Operation Makeout
has been around for a
while. They've played
numerous shows around
town and they were finalists in CiTR's Shindig!
last year. Back then they
were a four-piece. But
despite getting rid of
their lead singer to put
guitarist Katie on
vocals—thereby cutting
down on some of the
bleating—the ghost of
Corin Tucker still lingers.
Still, I like Sleater-
Kinney and what
Operation Makeout lacks
in originality, they make
up for in energy and
hooks. The five-song EP
kicks off with "You and
Me Geometry," a feisty,
feverish sonic punch, all
bombastic drums and
swirling guitars. Not
since the Make Up's "I
Am Pentagon," have love
and protractors gone so
well together.
The subsequent three
tracks keep up the energy. The only real stumble happens on the EP's
last song, 'Close
Encounters," a duet
between Katie and the
group's bassist, Jesse.
His voice is just too
rough and uncontrolled
to be compatible with
Katie's much cleaner
Nonetheless, (first
base) is good and
Operation Makeout is a
strong addition to the
Mint Records lineup.
Plus the cover is really
cool. Hell, in some ways
this is just as good as All
Hands on the Bad One,
Sleater-Kinney's last
album. Who cares if its
derivative. ♦
-Duncan M. McHugh
Ten New Songs
Leonard Cohen has descended from the
mountain. He has meditated on life's
deepest truths. He has found the river
within. And now, after a nine-year recording silence, five of which were spent meditating atop Mt Baldy as a Zen monk, the
Montreal minstrel has released Ten New
Songs, his 14th career album.
After all this gestation and contemplation, any listener is bound to expect some
discernable shift in style...or world-
view...or subject...or something. What is
distinctive about this album, however, is
how little of Cohen's sound has changed
over his extended absence. Depending on.
one's Leonard experience, this could
mean several things.
For the initiate. Ten New Songs is as
good an introduction to the poet's work as
Death of A Ladies Man or The Future.
Take the typical Cohen-esque lyrics- of 'A
Thousand Kisses Deep:' "The ponies run,
the girls are young,/ The odds are there to
In "That Don't Make it Junk' the veteran singer recalls homespun truths,
singing warmly in his grizzled voice: 'I
fought against the bottle/ But I had to do it
drunk/ Took my diamond to the pawnshop/ But that don't make it junk.*
For the fan whose ears are generally
impressed with the direction Cohen's
recent career (1988 onwards) has taken,
this album is also a worthwhile listen. In
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the opening song we are tipped off immediately that we are in familiar Cohen territory. "In My Secret Life* begins with the
airy synth that has become the melodic
backdrop behind most of Cohen's recent
While employed masterfully on 1988's
I'm Your Man, on 200 l's Ten New Songs,
the sound seems hackneyed and hollow.
While the melody is 'nice,' it all feels too
close to adult contemporary (think Kenny
G) to appeal to any fan under 46.
Leonard enthusiasts—those who
absorbed the lyrics and nuances of albums
such as New Skin For The Old Ceremony,
Songs From A Room and Various Positions
will also find Ten New Songs dissapointing.
The recording is missing the spiritual
introspection, the romantic longing and
the self-deprecation that marks Cohen's
best work. In short, it's light on Leonard.
Admittedly, Cohen has a heavy burden
to bear as an artist His verses are dissected like lab rats while die-hard fans hold
stubbornly to impossible expectations.
Cohen tried his best to capture past glories, enlisting the help of his former backup singer and friend Sharon Robinson.
She and Cohen co-wrote hits such as
"Everbody Knows* and "Waiting for A
Miracle.' Long-time engineer/producer
Leanne Ungar also worked on this album.
Unfortunately, it was not to be. Ten New
Songs falls short in many ways. The only
thing we can hope is that at 66 years old,
this is not Leonard Cohen's final return to
the recording studio. ♦
—Ian Sonshine
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Pretty Together
Right off the bat, there's something unnerving about Sloan's
new album. It's the cover. You
see Jay, Patrick and Andrew, but
you wonder, where's Chris?
Then you realise, that dude
who's not wearing glasses, that's
Chris. This may seem like a quibble, but it's still off-putting. The
Love And Theft
Bob Dylan is not a great poet, or a
great musician, or a great songwriter so much as he is a great
actor. That's right Bob Dylan—
scraggly voiced, mumbling, and
plain ugly-looking Bob Dylan—is a
great actor, up there with De Niro,
Brando and Olivier.
This is nowhere more evident
than on his newest release Love
and Faith, his follow-up to the
1997 Grammy-winning album
Time Out of Mind This album,
like many of Dylan's other works,
draws from the subsoil of
American music. Like any good
actor, he draws us into saloons,
juke joints, dance halls and swing
clubs—the places where America's
music was born. Dylan, the
chameleon, also seamlessly transforms himself from bluesman to
lounge-singer and from rock and
roller to minstrel boy. One skin is
shed as easily as the next is adopted.
If he simply produced an album
that encompassed the myriad
roots of modern American pop, the
album would have been good. The
fact that Dylan does it so well
makes Love and Theft fantastic.
The album is the result of a very
organic progression in Dylan's
career. Over his 40 year career, he
has spent years, if not decades,
exploring the assorted offerings of
folk, country and rock, not to mention his forays into rockabilly, scat
and Christian rock.
Yet despite the breadth and
eclecticism of his career, and this
'album, Dylan doesn't stray too far
from his own immutable style.
Love and Theft is filled with the
legion of characters doing strange
things one finds in any classic
Dylan epic. Some of these figures,
like Othello and Desdemona in
*Po' Boy' are familiar. Others, like
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum or
the High Sheriff in 'High Water
(For Charley Patton),' are
strangers whom Dylan sculpts into
There are also, of course,
nuggets of strange wisdom here,
the type which accompany each
Dylan release. "You can always
come back/ But you can't comeback all the way' he croons in
"Mississippi.' "You've always got
to be prepared/ But you
never know for what'
he sings in "Sugar
There are some
Dylanisms, however,
that makes one wonder
whether the man himself ever bothered to
examine his own lyrics:
"Everybody's movin'/ If
they ain't already there.
Everybody got to move
somewhere.* There
may be deep metaphysical truths couched in
these lines, but I doubt it
Nevertheless, Bob Dylan's reputation as a great poet songwriter
and even a great thespian has long
been solidified. Love and Theft is
not Bob Dylan's best album, but it
may be his most quintessential.
With great skill, and a style uniquely his own, he has recorded a
panorama of the American musical landscape—at once slick, raucous, rugged, and gentle.
And in the tradition of all great
veteran performers, he makes it all
sound so easy. ♦
-Ian Sonshine
spectacle-less Mr Murphy looks
awkward, slightly cross-eyed.
Then there's title. It's supposed to have something to do
with a quote from the Velvet
Underground's Mo Tucker. Still,
Pretty Together sounds kinda
On the surface at least, Pretty
Together has a lot of points
going against it before you even
hear a note. Unfortunately, the
first note is a throbbing, electronic beat, mixed with the
sound of a crowd as Patrick (I
think) shouts out "This song is
dedicated to you, 'cause this
song is for people who know
what rock 'n' roll is about!"
The band then kicks into the
album's first single, "If It Feels
Good Do It* Sloan mastered
this sort of wanky cock rock posturing on Navy Blues, and it was
good because it was done in a
playful way—with some irony—
and the songs were really good.
For the most part the songs on
this album are mediocre. The
hooks aren't very catchy and the
lyrics are embarrassingly bad.
Nowhere is this more evident than on "The Oilier Man"
and "The Life of a Working
Girl," slower numbers sung by
Chris. Both feature choruses a
little too 'golden' for Sloan, as
they sound more like Fleetwood
Mac than Halifax's finest
This is Sloan at its most serious. There's no 'underwhelmed,' 'sizzleteen' or
rhyming 'glasses' with
'molasses,' just a lot of over-produced junk. If they have any
sense, "It's in your eyes" will be
the album's next single. I just
hope they make it through this
to.put out a better album in a
couple of years. Mainstream
Canadian rock needs Sloan. I
can't imagine the consequences
of Our Lady Peace and Matthew
Good monopolising the
A lot of people wrote off
Sloan after One Chord To
Another, and after hearing their
last album. Between the
Bridges, I was almost ready to
do the same. But then a few
songs broke through and the
album began to grow on me. I
hope this happens for Pretty
Together. In the interim, however, this album's pretty crappy. ♦
-Duncan M. McHugh 16
QQflaps ants* Raiors!
at ihe Blinding Light!!
Nov. 1
by Miranda Campbell
at Fifth Avenue
new playing
by Yijin Huang
Filmmaker and ccMhreclur of Rooftop Films M.uk Rosenberg was on hand al the Blinding
Iightl! last Thursday to explain Rooftop Films' goals to piuvide money for low bud»et filmmakers to make and s-hew lliLir nork (c>n ^uiruner rights, bcreinrngs- take place on
New York City rooftop--), on J to ek-witc the t talus of shoil films as a worthy
On Thursday night, the iMindin^ Light1" showed twelve rihns fiom
Rooftop Films, varying in length f-i>Ti two to 2Li rmnutes Many of
these films were excellent, but 'Jie ku>l film of ihe e\t-ru:u^ F»Ur
Sollet's Five Feet High ind Rhipg, stood "Lit is th* most rrtwao
rable. The film is vag it ly > m mr-i ent ■ >f Kid* a* it f-atu: < ?
pre-teens roaming around 1 i irle',i tr\u-,» to Piiok up \yJ. 'I
takes a more light-hearled and po1-1 w«j a^pioath I\\e F< ft
High and Rising is a we 1 m ule fiLi wt)i uen. ii e j er-
formances from its prCjH-bebctnt actors Very luie ib
taken seriously and por'njed in i poignant ami sw-iet
manner. '
Less pleasing was ]Vn ibia^im Hi- siici's Cnllawial
Damage, his take on tl <? e\ (i.td i'f ?"pt."riber 11 When
Riesman heard the first pi me h i i hit 'he 'a ■ rid Trade
Centre, he grabbed his < libera *j. I w»'t i) se*r.h of
filmmaking opportunities   I be *u:.i is i.iivivs'.mg
because its footage diffi rs fio"! -he l:ii.'j;.'-),'rL.tl(.-jst',jy
the major channels of people "eeiii^ m Vnor ""re Ska
captures pedestrians ii M mh ■.UiT«^"Vj,3CcI'*..\ £wj\
from the disaster. Ho* ever, P«si ua's u *cr\'C'Aj vvJi
those who were obviously  rai mi1.*.*! bj   he •».tilts -<re
unsettling, and he seem1-' a bitc. Jlous. Opo ci hi* o 'iniv'its
was a lament that a date whed il.'d for September H fell
through. Riesman also impo-ed . u image of himv-If in his ; *
footage as he commente 1 on the action. Tacky '
The real shame of Lhe evening "vas die show's jio^gre audience. About ten people «at piiedy far three hours, wid there were
hilariously absurd moments ihat \\_ii completely ■inrrgifcfered with
these folks. Almost no one seemed to La t-njoj iru> Lhernselves, but this low
level of demonstrated appreciation was the only disappointing feature of an
omrnvUe successful c\eri"g •>
Filmed in glorious black and white, 'Ihe Man Who Wa^'i't There, the latest film by Joel
ard E'Jhaii Coen, captures the essence of an easier era 'Jut make no mistake, this film
owes more to tho Liz irro nm\ er^e of the Coc i brothers than to the 1950s.
The rilm revolves aroun-l Ed Ci me, nasterfully played by Billy Bob
Thornton Thornton's porLray.il of a melancholic and lethargic barber is b jig o'i flic mugnilude i>f his passivity is exemplified in
a siciiii that ohows sew ul tlo-e-ups of boy's haircuts, then
?ou»ns to a lex k cf Lwiiled indifference on the face of
Ydarrmg Lo get out of this lifestyle, he is prompted
to v. ■nLure mto—a hat .vas in the 1950s a dynamic
and rt-ky field   iiy cleaning. To find the capital to
slart his, new 'j'is n. ss. Crane devises a plot to
blackmail his n'Vs boss.  Big Dave (James
Gind'ufm.), a ho ;s having an affair with Doris
(F- .'i( t s M( Dei '"l md). Crane's wife. This being
a >•( li n in i noir rJm, the plan goes awry and
Ciaiii1 is fi>n ed '.) commit murder. The rest of
Ihe iiim ^jjous Crane, the inexperienced (and
i*i L iTirei.i) (lim.nal, dealing with the conse-
■ [I0i'Ci?S
T'-.v '^oeii luolhers have also sprinkled ani-
"Wli u   ..nd   hu "orous  characters   such  as
C::. ,.>*i     bro-Lor-:n-law,     Frank     (Michael
ri idVuctc),  ';i.si.(i.s partner (Jon Polito) and
h.vjer Fie J ly Rie'Itnsclmeider (Tony Shalhoub).
The film, for ,\hn h Joel Coen received the Best
Diiettor's \ward at C.'nnes (a distinction he shared
wiih Mullholldnd Dri\e director David Lynch), plays
oi)L like m..ny of the Cuei brothers' other films, slowly
ind thoujjlilli'Jly. Meiely '..lbelling the film as a crime
thriller dcKS not suffice. The film, set in 1949, is awash in
•        1950s paranoia  from flying saucers to homophobia. While
not of the calibre of BaAon Fink or Fargo, it's the cinematography and the performances that make The Man Who Wasn't There
worthwhile. ♦ "
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