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Goddess statue source
of tension between
Strangway and Chinese
UBC swimmers
bring home medals
from Malaysia
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I Squirrel Nut Zippers
I liven up The Rage
I in Vancouver
outselling the AUS since 1918
Students get time and money
Complainants worry they won't have a fair hearing,
but call RCMP commission decision a partial victory.
by Douglas Quan
A hearing into the actions of RCMP
officers during last year's APEC
conference has been postponed
for three weeks to give complainants and their lawyers more
time to prepare.
"We have concluded it'll be in
the best interest that there be a
three week adjournment," commission panel chair, Gerald Morin,
said before a packed room on
A request to have the proceedings adjourned was rejected by the
three commission panelists earlier
this month. But lawyers for the
complainants decided to press the
issue again when the BC
Federation of Labour announced
last Friday that it was contributing
$10,000 to a campaign to raise
money for the lawyers who have so
far been volunteering their time.
In his submission to the commission on Monday, lawyer Joseph
Arvay said that because there is
now an assurance that they will be
compensated, lawyers can proceed with helping their clients to
more fully prepare. "The bottom
line is I have done nothing to prepare for this inquiry," Arvay said.
His client, Craig Jones, who was
arrested during the conference,
said he was pleased with the
panel's decision. "I think we
achieved what we wanted to
achieve. We've got an adjournment, we've got funding. There's
no point to argue this through the
media [any longer]."
But even with the adjournment,
some complainants say they're still
not convinced the inquiry will be
fair and are threatening to boycott
They say they haven't been given
access to crucial documents, nor
have they been free to issue direct
summons to certain government
officials, including the prime minister.
"We think that this is a victory
for students, but a qualifed victory," said Garth Mullins, a member
of Democracy Street, whose 27
members have brought forward
complaints to the commission.
Mullins and others have argued
that the commission has been
skewed in favour of the RCMP
from the start because of persistent government interference.
They say the fact that the commission falls under the porfolio of
federal Solicitor General Andy
Scott—who made the decision not
to grant the complainants any
legal funding—is a conflict of
Last week, leaked internal documents revealed that high-ranking
federal officials, including the
Prime Minister, directed RCMP
officers to limit the levels of protest
during the APEC conference
because they did not want to
embarrass then-president Suharto.
Cameron Ward, a Democracy
Street lawyer who has been
involved in a previous Commission hearing, said he "had
reservations with the [public
complaints] process from the outset."
But commission lawyer Chris
Considine said the public shouldn't pass judgment based on the
documents that were "unfortunately" leaked.
Considine also agreed to meet
with complainants over the next
Continued on page 3
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Doubtlessly spurred on by these brazen bare-chested maniacs and over three thousand other fans, the UBC
Thunderbirds opened their home schedule with a 37-22
thrashing of the redoubtable Calgary Dinosaurs. The game
was a rematch of last year's Western Final, which UBC also
won 39-21. Akbal Singh led the Birds with a career-high 260
yards rushing, and the Birds were lifted by the attendance of
head coach Casey Smith, who will sit out the 1998 season to
battle liver cancer. UBC raced to a 344 halftime lead and
never looked back, and now lead the Canada West with a 2-
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by Richard Sinclair
The Link
MONTREAL (CUP) — Concordia
students will have to pay an additional $12 per credit by January
2001 under the university's new
plan to deal with government
funding cuts introduced over the
Under the plan, all students will have to pay an
additional administrative
fee of $6 per credit beginning this January. That fee
will rise to $9 per credit in
January 2000, and $12 per
credit in January 2001.
Full-time students, who now
pay $180 a year in administrative
fees, will be paying close to $400
in administrative fees in 2001.
David Smaller, president of
Concordia's student union, says
the new fee is unacceptable. "We
have to pay user fees everywhere
in the school and it's not fair," he
The fee hike also flies in the
face of Quebec's tuition freeze for
Quebec residents, Smaller said. "It
is clear now that the tuition freeze
is a fraud."
But university rector, Frederick
Lowy says the new fees are needed
to protect the quality of education
and maintain basic services.
The university has circumvented the tuition freeze by raising ser
vice charges while leaving tuition
rates untouched, he added.
Concordia fees have risen by
almost $500 since 1992, the university's office of student accounts
says. But the institution is $35 million in debt and the operating
budget for 1998-99 projects a
deficit of more than $5 million.
Smaller says
"It is clear now
that the tuition
freeze is a fraud."
David Smaller
President Concordia
Student Union
imposing new
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cuts to the
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education, the effect will be that
low-income students will be
squeezed out of the deal.
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are now required to pay for e-mail
accounts that were once free.
And last year, the university
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about $40 each towards its ongoing $55-million fundraising campaign, which is used for various
improvement projects.
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measures being taken to offset
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Netinfo access
drops due to
funding crisis
by Nicholas Bradley
Long line-ups to use campus computer labs are nothing new. But this year,
the line-ups may last long after the
usual September rush because of a
decision to cut dial-in access to
Netinfo to 4.5 hours a month. And
things may get worse.
"Students can expect free dial-up
Internet access to dry up and disappear," predicts John Hallett, undergraduate representative on the Student
Information Technology Access
Committee (SITAC).
He says the amount of funds that
have been required to maintain Netinfo
services—which has 28,000 users—has
been a drain on the university. "Netinfo
has pulled off a miracle to be able to
offer the service they do this long."
The proposal by the Advisory
Committee on Information Technology (ACIT) to cut the number of
Netinfo access hours by over 50 per
cent required SITAC approval, but
"Students can
expect free dial-up
Internet access
to dry up and
—John Hallett
SITAC student rep
Hallett says he had "the feeling that it
would go ahead [even] without the
committee's approval."
Since 1996, ACIT has contributed
$100,000 annually to pay for additional
dial-in lines. ACIT's 1998/1999 provisional budget includes a $300,000
Netinfo subsidy. Maria Klawe, ACIT co-
chair and vice president academic, had
even suggested putting surplus funds
from the Faculty Workstation Initiative
towards the Netinfo deficit.
But at its meeting last March, ACIT
members realised that their subsidy
was still inadequate to meet the heavy
demand. So they decided to cut
Netinfo access hours.
ACIT had hoped students would
support paying a $90 Student
Technology Fee (STF), but the proposal failed in a spring 1997 referendum.
And under the BC government's tuition
legislation, the university is prohibited
from raising mandatory student fees.
But AMS President Vivian Hoffmann
suggests that another referendum
might be successful, provided that students know what they are voting for.
Although a portion of the funds raised
by the STF would have subsidised
Netinfo, Hoffmann says "the details that
students had about how that money
would be used were not adequate."
Hoffmann says finding student representatives to serve on committees
such as SITAC has been difficult.
Because half of SITAC's members can
be students, Hoffmann says "if all of
[the student representatives] showed
up, they could outvote" any initiative.
Pia Christensen of Koemer Library
says that it is still too early in the term
to assess the impact of the cut in dial-
in time, but the usual back-to-school
crowds in the computer labs may
become a regular feature as students
discover that they simply need more
LISTENING AT THE HEARING: Complainant Craig Jones (standing) and lawyers Ayman Nader and Cameron Ward await decision from
RCMP Public Complaints Commission panel on proposal to adjourn, peter kao photo
Continued from page I
three weeks to discuss the issue of document disclosure.
Considine has also said that he wouldn't rule out calling the
prime minister as a witness, if it is found that he has relevant evidence to give to the commission.
And in announcing the decision to postpone the hearings,
Morin reiterated the commission's impartiality. "We are independent citizens and as independent citizens we will give a fair and
impartial hearing for all," said Morin. "We give you our pledge to
that That's the best way...to get to the bottom of all these matters."
lawyers representing the various parties in this hearing agreed
lo the adjournment--with one exception. James Williams, the
lawyer representing RCMP Staff Sgt. Hugh Stewart, says his client
has been unfairly portrayed by the media "without criticism or
"He has been villified, portrayed as a monster... he wants this
hearing to proceed."
Sgt. Stewart was the central figure in a pepper-spraying incident caught on video during the summit.
But Morin said postponing the hearings wouldn't likely "do further damage |to Stewartl."
'1 he proceedings are set to resume on October 5.*
Chinese officials urged Strangway to
stop Goddess, FOI documents reveal
by Stanley Tromp
In 1991, the Chinese consul general in
Vancouver urged then-UBC president David
Strangway not to have the Goddess of
Democracy statue erected on campus,
according to correspondence obtained by the
Ubyssey under the Freedom of Information
The ten-foot high marble statue near the
Student Union Building was set up by UBC's
student society, the UBC Chinese Students
Association and the Vancouver Society in
Support of Democractic Movement as a permanent memorial to the Chinese students
killed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square
Even though UBC allowed it to be built on
university property, it didn't officially endorse
But in a series of letters dating back to
October 1990 Chinese Consul General An
Wenbin, who had arrived in Vancouver five
months before, wrote to Strangway to say he
didn't want the statue put up at all.
He asked Strangway to "consider immediate measures to curb this harmful attempt [to
raise the statue]," and said that members of
the Society in Support of Democratic
Movement were not made up of students but
newly immigrated Hong Kong businesspeo-
ple "who are very much anti-China."
TWo weeks later, Strangway responded: "75
years of active university and community
involvement are a key element of student life
at UBC... The only criterion that must be met
is to ensure that any structure erected meets
the criteria of our art committee. We know
that you respect the freedom we accord to our
Then in May 1991, An wrote again: "Mr
President, it's really not a matter of student
freedom which you and I have high respect.
It's a matter which in the long-run carries
grave consequences on the linkage between
UBC and China. With foresight and sagacity,
you would certainly not allow such a plot to
"With foresight and
sagacity, you would
certainly not allow
such a plot to be
materialised in your
campus. Please find
a way to stop it."
—An Wenbin, Chinese
Consul General, on the
Goddess of Democracy
be materialised in your campus. Please find a
way to stop it. In response, I will work harder
to promote the academic exchanges between
our two countries."
Strangway replied: "The students at UBC,
as at many insti. „aons across the world, were
deeply affected by the events in Beijing in
1989, and this project is an expression of their
concern. The university does not wish to
intervene in this matter."
At the statue's unveiling in June 1991,
Senator Pat Carney and then-MLA Tom Perry
said they had received calls from the consulate urging them to boycott the event.
Richard Lee, vice chair of the Society in
Support of Democratic Movement, said the
consulate's claim that most of the group's
members are recent immigrants is false.
"Most of these immigrants from Hong Kong
are long-time BC residents, some of them
third generation."
He added the statue had overwhelming
support from Chinese students at UBC.
A copy of Strangway's letter was forwarded
to then-vice president of student and academic affairs K.D. Srivastava, who said this
week: "Politically, the Chinese had to say this.
It would be surprising if they didn't say what
they thought. But this certainly had no
impact on UBC-Chinese relations to my
Last year, the statue became the visual
centrepiece of the APEC protests, at one point
being doused with black paint. At a spring
1997 forum, some UBC students found it
ironic that Strangway, in light of his rebuff to
the Chinese consulate, would welcome the
leaders of China and Indonesia to the university, nations the students reproached for their
human rights records. One woman angrily
said the statue should be renamed "the
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ON THE FRONT LINES: Air Canada pilots picket at Vancouver International Airport, richard lam photo
Air Canada strikes students
by Cynthia Lee
The news that Air Canada pilots will go back to work
comes too late for students caught in transit instead of
in classes last week.
"There's definitely students that didn't make it back
for the first day of classes. There's no doubt that the
strike inconvenienced students on top of everybody
else, considering it hit Labour Day weekend, one of the
busiest, high-travel periods of the year," said Darren
Single, manager of the UBC branch of Travel Cuts.
"In some cases, I know [Air Canada] was able to
help. But in some cases...there was no going anywhere."
He said some students paid $20 to $60 in charges in
order to change their flights to a different booking category.
"No amount of money was acceptable because
they had already paid for a ticket they thought was
going to be valid," said Single.
According to Sandie Dexter, a spokesperson for Air
Canada, 30 other airlines agreed to take Air Canada
tickets at face value without added charges if they
remained in the same flight class. But student standby tickets were considered the lowest priority.
"Because even people who paid a full fare are going
stand-by in some cases. [The student stand-by] category would be lower. So I would imagine anybody that
is on a student standby, it would really put them at the
bottom of a stand-by list," she said.
Canadian Airlines was one of the major airlines
accepting Air Canada tickets. Karen Berkhout, a
spokesperson for Canadian Airlines, said the airline
added 19 flights to Vancouver over the past week to
accommodate the extra passengers.
"The standby list over the weekend between
Toronto and Vancouver were terrible. At one point
there were 100 people left behind in Vancouver. But
outside of the weekend, we've been clearing those lists
and people have been getting to where they need to go
with minimal disruptions."
Those UBC students living in residence who moved
in as of August 31 were unaffected by the strike, as
were students who flew on regional carriers in from
other parts of British Columbia.
"Most students made alternate plans because the
strike was very well advertised," said Robert
Frampton, assistant director of residence administration.
But Frampton said at least one international student from Malaysia has still not yet arrived because of
the airline troubles.
International Student Services reported that only
three out of some 200 international students experienced delays.
Air Canada pilots were on strike since September 5,
holding out for an increase in wages and benefits. The
airline expects to be fully operational by Thursday.**
While you were gone:
AMS joins up with CASA
by Douglas Quan
The AMS, UBC's student society
threw itself into the often politically hostile world of student lobbying on July 8 when they voted
16-5 to become a formal member
of the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA).
Some, including the AMS' own
president, worry that council's
decision to spend $24,000 to join
CASA could jeopardise future relations with the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), the
other major student lobby force in
Canada, with whom CASA has not
had the rosiest of relations.
"That's definitely one of my
fears when this went to a vote,"
said Vivian Hoffmann, "I was concerned about the relationship
with the CFS."
But Hoffmann added: "At this
p. :*it, as a member of CASA, we
can take a lead in trying to bridge
the gap between the two. I do have
good relations with the CFS."
But building that bridge will
not be easy.
"We believe the student movement in Canada should be a united movement and that CASA
spends more time criticising the
CFS than it does anti-student government policies," said CFS BC
chair Maura Parte of the AMS
decision. "It's unfortunate that the
AMS would choose to join such an
AMS coordinator of external
affairs Ryan Marshall, who spearheaded the campaign to join
CASA, said that he too hopes to
continue to interact with the CFS
at the provincial level. However,
he readily admits that many students on council, including himself, question both the lobby techniques and aims of the CFS.
"I guess it's the means that they
do things. Like when they were
doing the National Day of Action,
Hoops [Harrison, CASA's executive
director] was meeting with Paul
Martin," said Marshall. "And we
have realistic ideals. The CFS
mandate is free tuition. We're
looking at something fair."
Michael Hughes, a Graduate
Student Society rep to council
who voted against joining CASA,
said he felt more consultation
with UBC students was needed.
"The vote was passed on a minimum of information," said
Hughes, who was critical of holding the vote in the summer. "It
might be a big deal if the AMS
consulted with students, but that
rarely happens anyway."
But Marshall insists holding
the vote over the summer was not
done on purpose. He also cites last
spring's failed referendum vote by
graduate students to join the CFS
as an indicator of how students
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by Tom Peacock
: by Sarah Galashan,
XJBO has joined the Vanc»«ver-Whistler bid to host the
s. 201$ Winter Olympics. If successful, UBC will be the site
for ,fhe speed skating competition and the Olympic
Village, where an estimated 3,000 athletes will stay.
While the university would have preferred not to
j have a speed skating oval built on campus, it was necessary under the proposed terms of the deal, said Byron
Hentier, UBC's executive coordinator for student and
academic services. .?.'■'.
"the university wants to support die bid," said
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the international bidding for the games,
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sure of Vancouver [as a sitej*sara Mender. •'• '
Calgary and Quebec City ate the two other Canadian
cities competing with Vancouverto host theGames.;
While UBC's board of governors decided during their
open session last July to join the bid, an official announce'
ment isn't scheduled for at least another two weeks.
Initially Tara Milbum, manager of communications
for the Vancouver-Whistler Bid Society, requested the
Ubyssey hot publish the news for fear it would hurt publicity for the bid.*
The first day of university can be
traumatic, but according to organisers of Imagine UBC—the university's orientations initiative—the
feeling's different this year.
The one daylong Imagine UBC,
months. "A lot of people really got
behind the idea, maybe because
they wanted to make what was
such a terrible experience for
themselves, a little bit tamer for the
new arrivals."
Dunnet says one volunteer told
her that, on his first day, he ate
First year
discover the
halls of
an event designed to ease the
transition of first year students
into university life, ran for its second year in a row on September 8.
An army of over four hundred student volunteers helped tour small
groups of first year students
around the campus, and offered
them school survival tips.
"It wasn't hard to find volunteers," said Alison Dunnet, a former UBC student employed to
organise the event for the last five
lunch in his car out in B-lot
because he had no idea where else
to go. Sitting there, he looked
around him and saw other lonely
souls sitting munching sandwiches
and staring forlornly at their steering wheels.
"The tricky thing is knowing
what's important to tell them on
the first day, and what they'll simply have to learn by themselves as
they go," Dunnet said.
Imagine UBC runs on a budget
of $80,000 which is used to pav
staff, send letters to more than
4000 first years and for general
rental expenses.
"It's expensive to organise," said
Dunnet, adding that she sought
sponsorship where possible.
Many first year students said
they liked the event and that being
in smaller groups helped them gel
to know other students. "[There are]
too many new people to get to know
at once," said Nahal Nandran.
However, some students
thought things went just a little
too far during a motivational pep
rally in the Memorial Gym. And
several students thought a speech
by UBC president Martha Pipei
was bizarre.
"It was a little strange that she
would bring up her childhood
imaginary friend ["Bort"]," said
freshman, Vince Gill. "[And] the
whole 'Think About It' thing [was]
so overplayed."
Other students, however, admired her energetic approach, and
described her style as "peppy" and
"I think her candor just took a
lot of people by surprise," Dunnet
Dunnet will not organise next
year's frosh events but says she
thinks some changes will be made.
"Small things we would probably change [would be] we might
not have a scavenger hunt next
year," said Dunnet, adding that she
hopes events for first year students
will eventually carry on throughout
the school years.**
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Bank Mergers Affect YOU! Find out how.,.
he Federal Government is currently considering whether to allow four of the
country's largest banks to become two. How are students affected?
Currently, four of the six major Canadian
banks participate in federal and
provincial government student loans
programs. Banks, citing high costs and
low returns, are pulling out of programs,
leaving as few as one financial institution
offering provincial student loans in some
provinces. But the banks refuse to
disclose statistics on the costs involved in
servicing loans and on the default rates
of student debtors.
The number of
banks participating
in government
student loans
programs is
In the 1998 Federal Budget, provisions were introduced allowing banks to deny
granting student loans based on an applicant's credit history and age. Student loans
are straying from their mandate as a social program designed to provide
access to education, and becoming just another for-profit banking opportunity.
Banks have pressured
the government into
restricting eligibility
for student loans.
When contracts between Banks and the
Governments expire over the next two
years, and student loans agreements are
renegotiated, the financial industry could
be even more concentrated. What effect
will this have on the negotiations?
Better Banks, not Bigger Banks!
Many organizations accross the country are calling on the government to enact
laws to ensure a more transparent and fair banking system. Other countries such
as the United States and Britain have regulations requiring disclosure of bank profit
margins, demographic lending statistics, and an independent bank ombudsperson.
A Federal Task Force has recommended that the government should overhaul how
banks are regulated.
At this Wednesday's Council meeting, the AMS will consider a motion to
oppose the mergers unless legislation is passed committing the merged banks to
participate in government student loans programs, disclose information on the real
costs of student loans, and agree to a cap on service charge increases.
Come learn more and let your voice be heard at the:
Better Banks, not Bigger Banks! .    : •-  -'• V^fe
With representatives from:
community organizations
UBC Department of Economics
SUB Conversation Pit
September 21
co-hosted by the AMS and the Council
of Canadians
Campus Update
The AMS (Alma Mater Society) is the Student Society of UBC. All undergraduate and graduate students of UBC are members of the AMS. We
aim to represent student interests on issues such as education funding, tuition fees, and civil liberties such as those called into question at last
year's APEC protests. We also provide resources for over 200 clubs on campus and provide a number of student services. The following are
important updates for you.
Last March, students voted to levy two new optional fees through
the AMS. If you do not wish to contribute to the Student Aid Fund
or to the Student Legal Fund, you may claim a refund of these fees.
Student Aid Fund, $12
This fund is managed by the UBC Office of Awards and Financials
Aid to provide bursaries for financially needy students.
Student Legal Fund, $1
This fund shall be used to provide advisory, legal, and
financial assistance to fund, initiate and continue advocacy,
lobbying and litigation to improve education and access to
education at UBC and such other matters of law which set
broad precedent and concern UBC students.
Note: if you opt out of this fee, you will be ineligible to become a student
member of the Student Legal Fund Society.
Pick up your refund from the AMS Administration Office, located
on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Bring your
valid student ID. DEADLINE IS SEPT 30th
CLUBS DAYS is September 23 - 25.
Booth applications are due on September 16th at 4:30 p.m. in SUB Room
238. Please ensure that you have met all the requirements to enter the
booth allocation lottery draw. Each club has received an application
form and a copy of our new clubs days rules and requirements. Extra
copies are available in the Business Office, Room 238, the SAC office or
the office of the Director of Administration. For more information, please
contact Ed Fidler, Clubs Commissioner, or Sheldon Tay, SAC Secretary
at 822-2361, or Scott Morishita, Director of Administration at 822-3961.
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B-Line service expanded to
weekends and evenings
BC TRANSIT extended B-Line service hours to weekends and evenings in response to the overwhelming
increase in ridership. Along with an increase in the number of extended-length buses, BC Transit hopes to
reduce the number of cars to campus, matt gunn photo
by Nick Istvaffy
Transit users wanting to catch a 99 B-Line at night
won't be left waiting at the bus stop since BC
Transit has expanded the service to evenings and
BC Transit has also added more buses during rush
hour to the popular Broadway express service. And a
new stop at Sasamat (between Wesbrook and Alma)
has been added.
According to Linda Freer, marketing officer at BC
Transit, the number of B-Line users has grown from
12,000 to 18,000 per day since the service was introduced two years ago.
"Our customer polling showed a lot of requests for
expansion of the B-Line and if customer usage supports it we're hoping to expand later and later into the
evening," said Freer.
BC Transit has also added new articulated buses to
the route. These extended-length buses carry more
people, are wheelchair accessible and are equipped
with bike racks capable of carrying two bicycles.
UBC's Alma Mater Society shouldered 50 percent of
the cost of the new bike racks, about $10,000.
Gord Lovegrove, UBC's director of transportation
and planning, hopes the expanded service will
encourage more people to get out of their cars. He
says over half of the UBC student, staff and faculty
population commute along the Broadway corridor.
"There is an average occupancy of 1.35 people per
car on campus. In other words, for every 4 cars on
campus, only one of them carries two people, so for
every extra person that rides the bus we are saving
almost one car on campus."
But he added that he'd still like to see service to
Lougheed Mall extended to Sundays. "We have a lot of
people who transfer from there to Coquitlam and
their access is reduced as a result."^
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undertaking marketing research.
This will require on-campus interviewing from
September 14th to 29th.
The purpose of the research is to obtain
feedback and input oh new personal banking
services and facilities that are being
considered for UBC students, faculty and
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delivers humour
The Apartment
at the Gastown's Actor's Studio
September 15,18,19
by Holly Kim
A couple of chairs, a table, two
completely different guys, and a ,
lot of laughs are what you will i
find at The Apartment. What i
can happen in an apartment
that can be so funnyV
More than you think.
The Apartment is a play J
by Ian McKinnon, and is J
featured back to back with I
another play of his, Last
Big Score, at the Fringe
Festival. The basic but
very involved story goes
something like this: two
guys,     Ben (Bryce
Edwards),     and     Ken J
(Aaron Goodman), are I
looking   for   a   room-  I
mate. Ben is is a poet-  1
ry reading, death-contemplating,   sensitive
guy. Ken, on the other
hand, is an Aerosmith-
listening, ice hockey-
watching, idiotic guy.
They get an unexpected visit from a mentally-ill runaway,
Saudi  (Frin McCoy),
when  a  prospective
roommate,     Jessica
(Jen Spegel), stops by
to see the apartment.
Ben and  Ken try to
hide     Saudi     from
Jessica,      but      the
uncontrollable Saudi
creates  all  kinds of
trouble. In the middle
of all this, their landlord (Danny Damato),
who    wears    leather
jackets  and  imitates
DeNiro, comes  in  to
collect   the  rent  and
finds out there is something strange going on.
All Ave of the characters are pretty stereotypical,   but   in   a   30-
minute play, there isn't a
lot of room for character
development.    In    that
short time, the Apartment
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some   verbal   and   some
physical; well-timed
exchanges; and an amazing
energy level.
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IY, Emily Carr is translated
into a work of intensity and emotions. One thing's for sure, Emily
Carr and her art won't seem so
iiW© sjuiMKiLrOiDi&Duciiil after this.
East Vancouver Cultural Centre
Until September 20 as part of the Fringe Fest
by Jaime Tong
Watching a performance of The Brutal Telling
is like being a tautly stret ;hed rubber band. At
the end .of the hour-lc tig production, you
require a deep breath or t vo before the tension
in the room dissipates an 1 you can relax again.
If you're a Fringe Festival virgin, you should let The Brutal
Telling be your first production. The pe -formance combines
words, music by Vancouver talent Veda Lille, and choreography by Jennifer Mascall—all fleshing ot t episodes in the life
of Emily Carr.
Although the scenes with dialogue ind voiceovers cover
the hare bones of Carr's life, it is the m isic and the dancing
that bring it to life. The two dancers, 01 via Thorvaldson and
Marine Leonard, pack more expression nto their movements
than a spoken scene would   Complemented by
Veda Hille's songs, this is to uly one production
where the maxim, "show, i ot tell" is strongly
adhered to.
There are moments, thou di, when the words
interfere with the piece creat ng confusion. It isn't
immediately clear who the ch iracters are. This is a
 ^^jjngr Point; howeyer For fh j most part the text,
"^""^^^^rikToccasron^^lncolporal jsTiarr's writing, isn't
too detrimental to the production. I \ ould have preferred
fewer voiceovers between the dance se juences, but they do
serve as breaks for the audience.
If you miss this taut telling of Emily Carr's life, catch it
when the extended version—with Veda Hille performing
live—plays at the Firehall Arts Centre in late November. ♦
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New Reproductive Technologies:
Christian Perspectives
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Reproductive Technologies, and was Head of the Holy See Delegation,
Preparatory Session on Human Rights and Gender Persecution, UN
Commission on the Status of Women. She is currently Director of
Communications and Director of the Office of Catholic Family Life,
both for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.
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Tuesday, September 22
The Parent-Child Bond and New Reproductive Technologies.
Wednesday, September 23
Woman, Child and Society: The Dilemnas Surrounding the Courts
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Thursday, September 24
Panel discussion - Cloning and Issues Related to New
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Human Service or Industry? Having Babies, Reproductive
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The Ubyssey, UBC's official student newspaper, is celebrating its
80th year of publication this fall with a number of events including
an essay writing contest. Students of UBC are invited to submit
essays of up to 1000 words addressing the following issue:
What will UBC be like in another »() years?
Entries will be judged by an independent panel consisting of UBC faculty on
the basis of content and creativity.
The winning essay will be published in the Ubyssey and the writer will
receive a $1000 award.
Please submit entries by 4.00 p.m., October 1st, 1998 to:
The Ubyssey Essay Contest
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FAST AND FURIOUS: Akbal Singh blazes past the Calgary Dinosaurs defence on his way to a career-high 260 yards r
as the Thunderbirds stomped on the Dinos in a 37-22 victory (above). Brad Courts (above, centre) led the UBC re
catches for 158 yards. The Thunderbirds ran their record to 2-0, providing a promising start to their 1998 season.
UBC takes medals in Mala
by Bruce Arthur
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Mark Versfeld and Greg Hamm, teammates and friendly
rivals for the UBC swim team, met on the podium at the
Commonwealth Games. Versfeld won the 200 metre backstroke in a Games-record 1:59.67 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
while UBC and Pacific Dolphins teammate Greg Hamm finished third in a time of 2:01.47. The two backstroke specialists
were both on UBC's national championship team last year.
"Mark got out to a great start," said Hamm, on the phone
from Kuala Lumpur. As for his own swim, Hamm was happy
to come away with a medal in his first overseas national team
"It's a rookie medal. It just means I'm starting to knock on
the doorstep," he laughed. "And hopefully I'll be able to get up
and get some more of these, because I like it"
Hamm, who fell just short of his personal be
set at the Commonwealth time trials in Toronto 1:
so far having a good time at the Games.
"It's a little bit hot, but other than that it's a j
phere over here. It's pretty fun and games, every
'hi' to everyone else—it's pretty cool."
UBC swimmers are accumulating quite a m
the first five days of competition, as first-year 1
Jessica Deglau already has three medals under 1
won the bronze in the 200m freestyle, as wel
medals on two relay teams—the 4 xlOO metre fre
x 200 freestyle. Canadian flagbearer Marianne L
is awaiting final admission to UBC, was also on
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UBC's head coach had barely walked in the
door when Akbal Singh left the Calgary
Dinosaurs in a cloud of dust
As head coach Casey Smith watched from
the stands Singh, called "King" Singh by his
teammates, exploded for a 77 yard touchdown
run on the second play from scrimmage
Friday night UBC never looked back as the T-
Birds won their home opener over the Calgary
Dinosaurs by a score of 37-22. Singh, who
rushed for only 199 yards all of last season,
wound up with 260 yards on the ground and
caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from
quarterback Sean Olson.
"I'm just here to do my job, and if good
things come, that's great," said Singh after the
game. "The offensive line opened up some
huge holes, and it was a great beginning, and
it felt great."
The Thunderbirds have been forced to
defend their national championship without
Smith, who will miss the season while battling
liver cancer. Smith walked in shortly before
kickoff, and his face lit up when Singh broke
his long touchdown run to begin the game.
"I can't speak for everybody, but I felt the
tingle down my back when I saw him walk in,"
said interim head coach Dave Johnson, who
was promoted from defensive coordinator at
Smith's request "It means a lot when he's
His troops agreed. "We're happy when he
comes out because we know how much joy he
gets from watching us," said Olson, who finished 13 of 30 passes for 200 yards, with two
touchdown passes and one interception.
"Especially when we put a W in the win column
for him."
The 2-0 Thunderbirds effectively decided
the game in the first thirty minutes. At the
half, it was 34-4 in UBC's favour and Singh had
already rushed for 185 yards. In the second
half Calgary, now 1-1 on the season, mounted
a comeback of sorts led by heralded All-
Canadian quarterback Darryl Leason, but
never really threatened. While the Dinos
outscored UBC 18-3 in the second half,
Johnson was pleased with the result
"We had a nice half" he said. "You know,
when you get up like that, it's tough to keep
the momentum all the way." Johnson, who
moved to 2-0 after UBC crushed Alberta 44-3
in week one, said that Calgary was a real test
for the defending national champion T-Birds.
"Alberta, no offence, but they weren't a real
good benchmark to find out where we're at
Calgary was that benchmark"
UBC's defence had a solid game, shutting
down the Calgary offence to four points and
only 136 total yards in the first half. In addition, the Birds intercepted Leason three times
before the break and four times overall. UBC
was led defensively by linebacker Stewart
Scherck, who wreaked havoc on the Dinos all
night. Scherck finished with six tackles, one
assist, one interception and a fumble recovery.
"Last week I didn't have the greatest game
against Alberta, so I pulled my socks up, had a
great week of practice and made it happen, so
hopefully I'll carry this into next week as well,"
said the bald-headed Scherck
The Birds presented Smith with the game
ball following the game.
UBC will face the 0-2 Manitoba Bisons in
Winnipeg next week before returning home to
take on the Simon Fraser Clansmen in the
Shrum Bowl September 25th. And the way the
King is running, the dust may not have settled
by then.»>
Well, go ahead and throw the pale sickly Artsy stereotypes out the window. More of UBC's gridiron goliaths
are in the Faculty of Arts than in any other. Here is the
faculty breakdown of the 58-member UBC football
Human Kinetics:
Agricultural Science:
Applied Science
Fine Arts:
Former Rams
kick off
by Bruce Arthur
Sean Olson knows what it's like to be matched up
against Calgary's aD-everything quarterback Darryl
Leason. The two have been matching off at football's
marquee position since Olson's days in junior football
with the Surrey Rams.
"There's always a big deal about Leason when he
comes to town," laughed Olson after Friday's 37-22
UBC victory. "We used to get beat so bad, Surrey Rams
versus Regina Rams in the Western Canadian championships. He used to kick my butt in junior"
But now, it's Olson who's getting the last laugh. On
Friday he continued his university-level dominance
over his cowtown rival.
"Leason, you know he can come back at any
moment," said Olson. "Since we came to university,
personally, I've gotten the best of him just about every
time we played. That's a team thing more than anything."
Olson's cool effectiveness on Friday night was lost
in the hoopla over Akbal Singh's superb performance.
Matched against the All-Canadian Leason, who many
consider to be the premier pivot in Canadian university football, Olson ran UBC's offence superbly, completing 13 of 30 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
The much-baUyhooed Leason, meanwhile, was
battered and bruised by UBC's swarming defence.
Calgary's pivot was only 5 of 14 for 58 yards and three
interceptions at halftime, while Olson had directed a
balanced UBC attack to 34 points. Leason did step it
up some after intermission with a 77 yard touchdown
pass to slotback Sean Kelly, but never did find his
rhythm. He finished with 11 completions in 27
attempts for one touchdown and four interceptions.
"Well, we came out expecting a passing offence,
and the whole half he ran it at us," said linebacker
Stewart Scherck "But we're primarily a run defence, so
it worked out well for us."
Both quarterbacks were victimised by dropped
passes, but UBC's Brad Coutts was the difference
among the wide receivers. The third-year Coutts
caught 7 passes for 158 yards, and added five punt
returns for 76 yards.
But Akbal Singh's 251 yards understandably overshadowed the passing game.
"He had a great game, and the olffensive] line had a
great game, and they really won it for us," said Olson.**  THE UBYSSEY • TVESPAY SEPTEMBEfi is, |g9g 13
Smith's XO impressive
People who were introduced to Smith through the
Good Will Hunting soundtrack,
as well as fans of his previous
albums, are probably well
aware of the strengths of Elliot
Smith's sohgs and, to a lesser
extent, probably aware of the
knack for melody, a fragile and   duce ^ other-worldly sound.
Now then, what can you say
about an album that sticks a
song titled "Everybody Cares,
Everybody Understands" next
to one called "I Didn't
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the catchiest songs of the year?
The latest in a line of talented yet obscure young men to be
rocketed to prominence thanks
to Good Will Hunting, Elliot
Smith is here with his major
label debut and happily, it's
quite good. Previously a member of obscure indie rock band
Heatmiser and an obscure
indie singer/songwriter hero in
his own right, Elliot Smith now
finds himself with a huge following, a huge media buzz and
a huge amount of expectations.
Thanks to the good fortune
of being a favourite of Good Will
Hunting director Gus Van Sant,
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itself the focus of ten times
more scrutiny than any of
Smith's three previous albums.
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than satisfies all that scrutiny.
[Zero Hour Records]
Swervedriver's music is ideal for
those days when one just wants
to lay back, kick off the shoes,
and simply relax. In fact, they're
what one could call a good
"atmosphere" band whose music
takes you to another level. The
guitars blend together to pro-
tragic view on the human condition and a lyrical quality that,
at its best, bears comparison to
Bob Dylan. But those weaknesses? Well, to put it simply,
the songs have a strong tendency to sound the same.
And thankfully, that's something that's been remedied on
XO. Yep, there's still loads of the
same old delightful Elliot and
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become, which makes for some
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But of course, it works.»>
—John Zaozirny
Songs like "Up From The Sea"
and the beautiful, lullaby-like
"She Weaves a Tender Trap"
showcase Swervedriver's unique
music, while "These Times" is a
song Oasis should have written.
Other songs continue the spacey
theme, but the album ends on a
heavier note with "Behind the
Sounds And Times," which
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refresher after about 40 minutes
of mellowness.
Swervedriver may have been
criticised for not putting out
music that is instantly loveable,
but their music is eons more
mature than that of any of the
pop music on the radio.^
—Jerome Yang
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"Iwas the right time of day for an
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everything off perfectly, beginning
with the rare and rockin' song,
"Breadfan." Eager to sustain the
moshing energy of the crowd, they
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was blasted
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Demonsttating that older
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favoured over their newer '90s
sound, several fans around me
groaned when the band began
"Until It Sleeps." Song like "King
Nothing'' are yet another example of
this; the band is capable of writing
much better music and they wasted
lots of time jamming in the middle
of the song.
On the other hand, my favourite
part of the evening was when a
recording of gunfire and helicopters
was blasted through the speakers,
signalling the beginning of
Metallica's killer track "One." To
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lights were perfectiy coordinated
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was followed by the thrasher of the
evening "Fight Fire with Fire", which
is definitely one of their fastest
songs and perhaps the heaviest one
they've released.
This is the Metallica that I sincerely miss, the Metallica of the '80s.
Following their acoustical session, Hetfield addressed the
screaming crowd: "You're still here...
that means you got more energy to
burn." Then the guys brought out
the metal gear once again for "Sad
But True", another favourite, and
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Sandman", which was followed by
their final song, "Creeping Death."
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that Hetfield could ask, "Do you
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September 5
by Ronald Nurwisah
I remember the first time I ever
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album. It was different. It had that
warm, playful, down-to-earth feel which
ultimately lends itself to live performance. So when I finally got the chance to
see them live, I leapt at it and couldn't wait
for the concert to come. I wasn't disappointed.
The show started off slowly, with the
Zippers getting a feel for the crowd and vice-
versa. But the show finally started to pick up
when the Zippers played two tracks off their
latest album Perennial Favorites—"Suits are
Picking Up the Bill" and "Ghost of Stephen
Foster." Both were extremely well received by the
crowd. Lead singer Jim Mathus' energetic rendering and the uptempo beat of the songs were also
conducive to all the dancing going on in the
By the time the Zippers played "Hell," their first
big hit, the crowd was in a frenzy. Once again the
seemingly possessed Mathus, who writhed and
screamed his way through the song, was a hit with
the crowd.
But Mathus wasn't the only one who put on a good
show. Katherine Whalen had to
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the group's own version ol
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banjo queen. She performed
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lacked Mathus' sheer on-stage
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brought on two members of opening acl
BioRitmo to the stage to jam with them.
Mathus, who seemed to have exorcised the
demons earlier inhabiting his body, even
began to dance along with one of the members of BioRitmo.
The Zippers put on a great show, but suffered from the sometimes lousy acoustics in
the Rage. Mathus' and Whalen's vocals were al
times muffled. Acoustically, the low points came
during Mathus' onstage banter between songs.
Whether it was the mic or the North Carolina
accent, I just couldn't tell what he was saying.
Acoustic complaints aside, the Zippers put on
a terribly enjoyable show. It had the crowd dancing and tapping their toes from the first song, and
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by Coralie Olsen
When I heard about Matt Damon's
new movie Rounders, I have to
admit it sounded a bit too familiar.
The plot didn't
seem that different from Good
Will Hunting. It is
the same story of
the likeable guy
caught between
choosing the path
of self- destruction
or the straight and
narrow. It follows
law student Michael McDermott
(Matt Damon) who
happens to be a
master poker player and is having
trouble staying
away from the
dark world of
Damon gives a
convincing enough performance
as the good guy, which isn't saying
much, considering the role isn't
much of a challenge. But if you
have the charismatic lead man, you
have to have the loser best friend.
In comes Worm (Edward Norton),
Mike's childhood friend.
Well, Worm is out of jail and
back into hustling. He tries to bring
Mike back into the world of gambling. To even things out, Mike's
girlfriend (Gretchen Mol) is trying
EDWARD NORTON stars as dead
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Damon in Rounders.
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to keep him on the straight and
narrow. Mol gives the worst performance of the movie. She goes
through the motions of saying her
lines but nothing convinced me
she meant a single word.
Incidentally, the role was turned
down by Neve
Campbell, among
If the plot
doesn't sell this
movie, maybe the
stellar cast will.
John Turturro
appears as wise
poker veteran
Joey Knish and
screen veteran
Martin Landau
plays Mike's law
school mentor.
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John Malkovich,
who fills the bad
guy role—big
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game of poker with Damon.
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f EPTFMBFR 15. 1998
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Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
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Stephanie Keane
Shalene Takara
It was your average Monday night match
of underwater frisbee. The game began
on friendly terms with Joe Clark and
Bruce Arthur tossing Sarah Galashan's
frisbee, a relic from the early 80's. Dale
Lum, Todd Silver and Cynthia Lee were
cheering from the side lines, above water.
But the waters became choppy and
Federico Barahona, who was acting as
referee, dropped his glasses at a crucial
moment. No one heard the cries of warning coming from Nick Bradley, Ronald
Nurwisah and Holly Kim. It was
inevitable that John Zaozirny would dive
in to intercept the frisbee. Coralie Olsen,
Tara Westover and Jerome Yang fainted
in unison at the sight. Jaime Tong,
Richard Lam and Stanley Tromp watched
through their goggles in horror as
Douglas Quan, who was waiting in line
with Peter Kao for a sno-cone, lost his left
ear lobe—the one he'd been planning to
pierce. Matt Gunn, Julian Dowling and
John Alexander were around to pick up
the pieces and console Amnee and Amy,
but it was a dark, dark day for everyone.
Martha Piper: imagine
Imagine UBC is not a bad thing. It promotes
friendships between first-year students, creating links that may last a lifetime. It creates a
sense of community that is often missing from
our 30,000 student campus. Of course there are
some people youd rather hurt yourself avoiding than talk to for four years, but hell, that can't
be helped.
But the overload of fun-filled carnival excitement seemed to melt into the surreal last week.
Take the straw for instance. Imagine UBC's
chief decorative motif was bales and bales of
hay strewn all over hill and dale. You'd think we
were attending the University of Agricultural
Science and Cows in West Hicksville, Alberta.
Now kids remember, UBC is not just about
the straw—it's about the shit going on underneath. There's a lot going on at UBC that
devolves into the realm of the surreal, starting
with our president's speech. Her spiel to the
incoming class of 4,252 fresh-faced lads made it
pretty clear that our dear Martha has been taking day trips to fantasyland since she was but a
wee lass.
"When I was four years old, I had an imaginary friend. His name was Bort. He lived in the
gate-house that stood on the bridge that
spanned the river nirining through my town.
Every time my parents, sister, brothers and I
crossed the bridge, I insisted on slowing down
the car to let Bort in—talking to him all the time,
catching up on the latest events in his life, and
strengthening our friendship.
Crazy? Maybe."
And she continued, wrapping it up for her
glassy-eyed, gaping audience.
"As with my imaginary friend Bort, your
UBC experience will take you places you have
never been before, allow you to know things
that you have only dreamed about in the past,
and permit you to develop lifelong friendships
and relationships.
So welcome to UBC. Let your imaginations
run wild!"
Oh, they're running Martha, along with the
cows, through the straw into the world of the
Our fearless leader. Crazy? Maybe. ♦
Equity hiring
As students, we are often asked
to evaluate our professors. In
doing so, I never consider the
gender or race of my professor,
only his or her ability as a
teacher. Why then should universities consider these issues
when hiring new faculty members? Aren't we supposed to be
living in a time of equal opportunity? The university's policies are
blatant discrimination, where
candidates are not selected
based on ability but on gender.
That the university has set figures on the numbers of female
and minority professors is outrageous. What should happen if
UBC consistently fails to meet
targets? Should we stop hiring
white males altogether? Or fire
some of the current male professors?
The Equity Office makes no
mention of the availability of
candidates in various "equity
groups." How many qualified
candidates belong to each
group? In all fairness to the
groups concerned, I would not
be at all surprised if only 25 per
cent of graduate students were
females, and only one percent of
candidates were First Nations.
Should we then be hiring in
excess of these figures?
There are many programs
encouraging female and minority students into academia (for
example, the lucrative Women in
Engineering and Science schol
arships offered by the National
Research Council). These programs may have a place—
although I would argue that they
do not—but at some point (i.e. in
the "real" world), these students
must depend only on skills to get
Hiring "with equity in mind"
should mean giving all groups
(including white males) equal
opportunity to compete for positions. When it comes time to
choose, let us simply choose the
best, I suggest a new mandate for
the university: stop wasting
resources on setting targets and
studying how we fail to meet
them and start educating.
Brian Jen-Chang Yeh
Third Year Science
(Biochemistry and Chemistry)
The dwindling number
of soldiers
guarding his house
in a wealthy enclave
of Jakarta
no longer salute him
and only a parrot
long ago trained to say
"Good Morning Mr. President"
still recognizes
his former status.
—A found poem for the PMO
& other hosts of APEC at UBC.
From an article appearing in
The Vancouver Sun June 9,1998.
Mark Cochrane
Graduate Studies English
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Campus RCMP
should leave
Anyone who has been following
the post-mortem on the APEC
Summit demonstrations and
aftermath can no longer doubt
what many of us who were there
suspected, and believed at the
time; namely, that the RCMP acting on orders from the PMO violated the democratic rights of students, guaranteed in our constitution, to lawfully assemble for the
purpose of protesting against
something we ethically disagreed
with. According to the CBC, the
RCMR acting under orders from
the Prime Minister himself, did
everything it could to prevent student demonstrators from being
seen by participants of the
Summit, many of whom's presence at the conference and UBC
luncheon the students had
assembled to demonstrate
against. In particular, the RCMP
violated the rights of students,
freely, and with what could only be
described as evident zeal, using
pepper spray to insure compliance, solely to guarantee the comfort of a particular unsavoury dictator from Indonesia (since
What I have not heard discussed anywhere is the connection the RCMP has to our campus.
Anyone who has ever had to
acquire a license to dispense alcoholic beverages at a campus function (such as one of those ubiquitous beer gardens which sprout up
every fall shortly after classes
resume) will know that our campus security police consists of an
RCMP detachment. In other
words, the RCMP is a member of
the campus community. The mandate of a campus security force is
to insure the safety of campus
denizens and property. Students,
even students lawfully demonstrating against the presence of
brutal dictators on campus, are
denizens of UBC. A such, they
have every right to expect that the
campus security forces will act to
protect their persons from harm.
They should have absolutely no
reason to suspect that said forces
will act with the opposite intent,
i.e., to cause them injury, so long
as they are not attempting to violate the safety of other members of
the community, or their property.
The anti-APEC demonstrators
posed no threat to any member of
the community, including temporary members, such as conference
participants. Nor did they pose a
threat to campus property. Finally,
they were exercising their democratic right to freely and lawfully
assemble for the purpose of
protesting against something
which they believed was ethically
wrong. The campus security
forces, in the form of the RCMP, for
purely political reasons, violated
the students' right to do so. In
effect, the RCMP has clearly indicated that it can no longer be
trusted to guarantee the personal
safety of members of the campus
community. It is my belief, therefore, that the RCMP be asked to
leave, and UBC acquire its own
campus police force. In the aftermath of APEC, nothing less will do.
Andy Barham
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