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volume 77 issue 47
Langara says No to Coke
by Irfan Dhalla
Langara's Student Union
vowed to keep corporate
influence off its campus last
week, passing a motion that
blocks the possiblity of a Langara
"Coke deal" similar to UBC's.
The motion prohibits the
Langara Student Union from
entering corporate exclusivity
agreements, and even goes a step
further by requiring the Student
Union to actively campaign
against corporate deals.
The motion passed by a wide
sixteen to four margin.
A vocal opponent of corporate
sponsorship, LSU executive
member Isaac Anderton was
jubilant after the meeting.
Anderton believes agreements like UBC's Coke deal lead
down a slippery slope to
corporate involvement in
curricula.
"I think [corporate deals] open
the door to more corporate
influence and power in public
education," said Anderton. "I
believe in public education paid
for by tax dollars."
Proponents of corporate
sponsorship, like LSU executive
member Matt Macrae, view this
reasoning as impossibly idealistic.
"My personal view is that
some sort of deal had to go
through," said Macrae, who
voted against the motion.
Macrae says colleges and
universities can't afford to
overlook alternative sources of
revenue as governments cut
education funding. "Down the
road, we are not going to be fully
funded by the government, and
basically we are going to have to
go to some corporate funding,"
he argued.
LSU executive members
would not confirm that Coca-
CUERRILLA GRAFFITI ARTISTS stormed the wall in their own anti-commercial way by subverting the wall's corporate ads with spray paint sometime
before dawn Monday morning. The alterations were later whited out by Intramurals.
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
Cola had already approached
Langara, but UBC's AMS
President David Borins said he
was sure Coke had.
Borins also said he'd received
information that Coke was
wooing several eastern Canadian
universities. So far, McGill is the
only other Canadian university to
have signed an agreement similar
to the AMS-UBC-Coke deal.
McGill's agreement is with Pepsi.
Calling the Langara motion "a
very positive step," Borins
indicated that he would like to
see the AMS pass a similar
initiative.
"The best thing the AMS can
do is to make a commitment not
to let this happen again," he said.
Other community college
leaders may not be so quick to
reject deals with corporations,
however.
Douglas College Student
Union Treasurer Diane King says
she's still open to the idea of
corporate sponsorship- possibly
to help fund construction of a
new student building.
She's also open to having
businesses influence the
curriculum.
"I think it's good to have
business involved in education,"
she said. "We should be tailoring
education to business needs. We
do have to be careful, but I do
think that [some] influence is
good."
UBC propaganda earns low marks from students
by Alison Cole and Matt
Thompson
A recent university public
relations effort failed to accurately reflect the reality for
students at UBC, student leaders
say.
UBC purchased full two-page
advertisements in the Mar 17
weekend editions of The
Vancouver Sun and I. The ads
outlined UBC's contributions to
the local and provincial economy
and urged public support for the
university in the face of potential
funding cuts.
Media Relations Manager
Stephen Crombie says the ads
were timed to coincide with the
provincial government's announcement on post-secondary
funding scheduled for Mar 19.
The two ads-which cost UBC
a total of $53,000— were "a more
cost-efficient and effective way"
to get the university's message
out than the twelve to sixteen
page supplement it had originally
budgeted for, Crombie said.
"We're trying to impress upon
people why...cutting funding to
an organization like this is
harmful, because it limits our
ability to do what we've been
doing in terms of creating
employment, turning people out
who add to the tax base when
they get employment," said
Crombie.
But some students say the
university's public relations tool
doesn't present the whole
picture.
Alex Usher, director of the
Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, says the ad's
comparison of tuition fees in
Canada to those in the United
States isn't a fair one.
The ad states that UBC fees
are just 54 per cent of fees at
comparable US schools.
According to Usher, the
average amount of debt
accumulated by students at US
public 4-year colleges is $10,400
Cdn, while Canadian students'
combined federal and provincial
debt is actually considerably
higher-between $14,000 and
$15,000.
"So, in fact, students...are
indebting themselves a lot more
to go to school in Canada than
they are in the States," Usher
explained.
The Canadian Federation of
Students' Joey Hansen took issue
with the ad's statement that
tuition fees pay for just 16 per
cent of UBC's operating
expenses. He says the statistic
must be viewed in the context of
huge increases in costs of living
and tuition.
Tuition fees have gone up
three times the rate of inflation
since 1980, he notes, and the
percentage of university's
operating cost paid by students
has been on the rise since
bottoming out in the 1970's.
"At the rate tuition fees have
been increasing, we could be
back up to the 1955 level, and I
don't think there's much mention
of that [in the advertisements]."
He also faulted the general
lack of attention paid to
accessibility.
"There's many, many students
who want to attend UBC who are
talented and bright enough to
attend the university who simply
financially aren't able to afford to."
Science 1 instructor and
graduate student Mark MacLean
criticized the ad's list of
"efficiency measures" as empty
"propaganda."
The university's vaunted
"reduction in library costs," for
example, has been achieved
largely through reducing the
number of hours libraries are
available for use to students,
MacLean says.
He says UBC could have
found a better use for the
$53,000, especially since the ad
was intended to help sway a
decision that had probably
already been made.
If the university is seeking to
better its image, MacLean
argues, it should look at ways to
improve the university
experience for students who
routinely describe UBC as "cold,
bureaucratic and unfriendly" in
student surveys.
"If the you want to improve
the public image," he said, "start
with the 35,000 students already
here."
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Football
Five T-Bird football players
were selected in the annual CFL
draft earlier this month.
The BC Lions were eager to
scoop up some local talent,
picking up All-Canadian wide
receiver and place kicker Andrew
English. He led the CIAU in
points scored last season and was
second in receiving in the Canada
West conference.
They also added running back
Brad Yamaoka and offensive
lineman Bryan Bourne.
The Ottawa Rough Riders
chose Thunderbird speedster and
All-Canadian receiver Grayson
Shillingford. He was third in
Canada West in receptions and
total yards receiving.
The newly reformed Montreal
Alouettes selected quarterback
Adrian Rainbow. He led the
Canada West conference in
passing with 2310 yards and a
completion percentage of 64.8.
Athletics Awards
The athletics department
honoured UBC's top student
athletes at their annual awards
banquet last Thursday.
Swimmer Sarah Evanetz
received the Marilyn Pomfret
trophy for the most outstanding
female athlete for the second year
in a row. Last year she shared the
prize with basketball player Adair
Duncan.
Evanetz led a powerhouse
women's team to a Canada West
title with three gold medals and
one silver in four individual
events. She broke Canada West
records in the 100m butterfly and
200m freestyle events. She also
took part in two gold medal
sprint swimmer Sarah Evanetz.
ATHLETICS DEPT. FILE PHOTO
performances in the women's
4x100m and 4x200m freestyle
relays which both shaved more
than five seconds off Canada
West records.
At the CIAU finals, Evanetz
had five gold medals and the
T-Birds took the national
championship. She triumphed in
the 100m and 200m butterfly
events and was a member of
winning performances in three
team relay events.
Cross country runner Jeff
Schiebler won the Bobby Gaul
award for the most outstanding
graduating male athlete.
Schiebler traveled abroad
extensively this spring as a
member ofthe Canadian national
tack and field team, competing
from Japan to South Africa to
prepare for the Olympic games
this summer. He is currently the
only Canadian who has met the
Olympic standard in the men's
10,000m.
He shaved two seconds off his
own Canada West record in the
3000m with a time of 8:09 in
Edmonton last February, winning
a gold medal in the process.
He then broke the CIAU
record at the national championships with a time of 7:59 in
Windsor. He also won gold in the
10,000m event in a time which
was 68 seconds ahead of second
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March 26-30
UBC Opera
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Thursday, March 28
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 26,1996 news
Regina student fasting for Cuba
by Matthew Gourlie
REGINA (CUP) - A University of Regina student is one
of five protestors who has been
fasting since February in protest
of a United States government
decision to detain medical
equipment destined for Cuba.
On February 22, U of R
student Brian Rohatyn and four
other members of the ecumenical group Pastors for Peace
began a liquid-only fast until over
300 donated medical aid
computers destined for Cuba are
released by the US government.
"We will continue
to fast until
Washington releases
our medical computers and allows
them to reach Cuba."
-Brian Rohatyn.
Pastors for Peace
"We are now on the fourth
week of the Fast for Life and we
will continue to fast until
Washington releases our medical
computers and allows them to
reach Cuba," said Rohatyn.
On January 31, Rohatyn and
three other members of Pastors for
Peace who tried to get the computers to Cuba through Mexico.
The computers were to be
used in Project Informed - a UN
established system linking
Cuban hospitals with urban
clinics and medical schools. The
system is having difficulty getting
the technology needed for
startup because of a US embargo
on Cuba.
The group came up against
hundreds of Customs officials,
FBI agents and state police at the
US-Mexico border. They
immediately boarded the two
main trucks and seized all of the
computers inside.
"They pushed people to the
ground and pulled people's hair,"
said Rohatyn, describing the scene
in an interview with the CBC.
"They [police officials] choked a
guy into unconsciousness. It was
quite frightening."
The US government has
stated that they have detained the
computers because there is
evidence that they have been
"tampered with" since they
entered the States.
US Customs has stated that
the seals on the boxes had been
broken and therefore lost their
"in-transit" status. Because the
computers were seized in the US
they are subject to American
laws.
Rohatyn has written a letter to
Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd
Axworthy asking for support and
a meeting to discuss the issue.
Axworthy's office reiterated the
US position and suggested that the
group should have obtained an
export permit for the shipment.
The group tried on February
17 to transport more computers
across the same US-Mexican
border. At the same time, they
tried to get more computers in
America at a Canadian border at
Highgate, Vermont.
Customs again seized the
computers, about 35 at each site,
but allowed 110 boxes of medical
supplies into Mexico. They also
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seized 35 modems, which US
authorities declared "war
material".
"It is absurd that they don't
recognize computers as
humanitarian aid," said protestor
Lisa Valenti.
"It is absurd that
they don't recognize
computers as
humanitarian aid."
-Lisa Valenti
protester
It was on February 22, after
this second seizure that Rohatyn,
Valenti, Jim Clifford, Seya
Sangari and the leader of the
group Rev. Lucius Walker Jr.
began their "Fast for Life".
A reminder of continuing struggle
by Douglas Quan
In 1966, the United
Nations proclaimed March
21 Inter-national Day for
the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination. Thirty
years later, the day is still
being observed as a
reminder that the struggle
to build a more accepting
and inclusive society is far
from over.
Last week, UBC's
committee for a culturally-
inclusive campus organized
several events in the SUB
ballroom to mark the
occasion.
"Racism is a learned
behaviour," said Hayne
Wai, Manager of Policy
Development for Multiculturalism BC in a lunch
hour discussion.
Wai also said that while
more people recognize the
meaning of racism and its
impact, not enough action
has been taken to end it.
Rather than offering his
own solutions, however,
Wai asked the discussion
members how they would
respond if they found
someone's remarks to be
racially offensive.
PANELISTS speak on the International
Racism
"Make the person own it,"
answered student Susana
Cheng. Cheng went on to say
she   would   also   ask  the
person    to    repeat    the
"Racism is a learned
behaviour."
-Hayne Wai
Manager of Policy Development for Multiculturalism BC
comment to clarify their
position on it
While    most    students
seemed to agree with Susana,
Day for the Elimination of
RICHARD LAM PHOTO
student Scott Reeve
pointed out that sometimes
a person "doesn't even
know" they made an
offensive remark.
Committee member
Shauna Butterwick says
sometimes "we're afraid to
make a mistake," when
confronting someone.
Wai commented that the
person who has made the
remark has power. And
when that person happens
to be your boss or a
parent, it is that much
more difficult to confront
them.
"The Treasury Department
has refused to meet with us," said
Rev. Walker describing negotiations. "We know that the
proper procedures involve
having a meeting, we have
written to Treasury to request
such a meeting, and they have
refused. We have tried to be
reasonable and engage in
dialogue with them, but they
have refused to meet."
The issue became more
sensitive after the downing of
two American planes over Cuba
and the subsequent passing ofthe
Helms-Burton Bill which
threatens law suits against
countries that trade with Cuba.
Brian Rohatyn is currently
living in a temporary plastic and
canvas "chapel" called the
Wayside Chapel of Peace and
Friendship, only 300 meters from
the Mexican border.
Even though the fast is
approaching its fourth week,
Rohatyn says he's "feeling good,
probably too good for someone
who hasn't eaten in weeks."
Memorial
gets
Supercard
by Nick Gardner
ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CUP) -
Memorial University will soon
become one of five North
American universities to
implement the "Supercard," a
combination student ID, library
and debit card equipped with a
smart chip to store information.
Memorial has already spent
about $250,000 on the project
and plans to purchase 15,000 of
the cards, each imprinted with
the university crest.
The university will also set up
"cash value machines" where
students can purchase Supercard
credit with cash.
Plans are also underway to
make campus vending machines,
cafeterias and food outlets
Supercard accessible, and a
portable debit unit is also
available to allow off-campus
vendors and businesses to accept
the card as well.
"We have established the
platform, and if any group wants
to go out, the services are there,"
said Carson Leonard of
Memorial Student Services.
"Every student will have one, and
every faculty and staff will be
encouraged to get one. There will
be benefits to them."
The university is also
impressed with the card's
potential "security advantages;"
the Supercard could be used as
a key-pass to all university doors,
including residences.
The technology also allows an
instantaneous cancellation of an
ID card to any student barred
from a residence or building.
The university will implement
the cards on a trial basis over the
summer and hopes to have the
system fully operational next
September.
TELEREG goes online
by Irfan Dhalla
The long busy signals and
computerized female voice of
TELEREG may soon be a thing
ofthe past, as Internet technology
replaces UBC's much maligned
course registration system.
Students will be able to register
for classes on-line by as early as
next December, according to the
university's Student Services
office.
Students can already apply for
UBC admission over the World
Wide Web, a graphics-based,
"user-friendly" portion of the
Internet. The university has
already received 569 applications
on-line-about 10% of the total.
Student Services Director
Richard Spencer would like to see
that number increase to 70% over
the next three to four years.
Plans are also underway for a
World Wide Web course
registration system, which may
eventually replace TELEREG
entirely.
Students will also be able to
view course schedules, grades and
awards on-line.
All UBC students can
receive a free Internet account
from University Computing
Services (UCS) by dialing 822-
4477 with their modem, or by
visiting UCS in the basement
of the old Computer Science
building.
The UBC Student Services
Web Site can be found at http:/
unixg.ubc.ca:880/lp aimer/
ssdoc.htm.
Tuesday, March 26, 1996
The Ubyssey culture
Meet John Alleyne, choreographer and artistic director of Ballet BC
by Rachana Raizada
Three years ago, John Alleyne,
choreographer and artistic director
of Ballet BC, worked out of a tiny,
windowless Gastown office.
But, that was then and this is
now.
Today, Ballet BC's studios and
offices are all housed under one
roof at Broadway and Spruce.
Ballet BC is in the midst of
preparing its tenth anniversary
celebration, including a spring
program from March 28-30, and
a gala concluding the Dance
Alive season on April 24.
Since its first performance in
1986, Ballet BC has managed to
build an international reputation
for itself as a small classical
company capable of creating and
developing its own works and
style. Its success in recent years
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Under him, Ballet BC has
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To this end, the upcoming
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a problematic process, and notes
"it is quite an amazing thing to
ask an artist to give up power."
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Since Alleyne held the reins this
time, he was the one who had to
"be more open, to release more
power to take it."
The other new work, Moving
Day, is by Ballet BC dancer
Crystal Pite. Asked how much
say he had, Alleyne laughs and
exclaims,"None whatsoever!"
They "each took half of the
company for the two new pieces,
that way we wouldn't conflict."
Alleyne created another item,
Split House Geometric, in 1990
when he was with the National
Ballet. A personal favourite, he
chose it partly because "it was a
work that I loved so much, I
thought it was important to bring
the piece into this company." The
work, danced to Fratres for piano
and violin, "is a splitting of
geometric figures within the
house of the proscenium stage"
(the portion of the stage located
in front ofthe curtains).
"[It was] the first time I really
experimented with two things
going on at the same time," said
Alleyne. In the second movement, two duets are performed
simultaneously to the same piece
of music, providing two different
interpretations.
It will be an interesting chance
to see how well Alleyne's work
ages. Surprising as it may be,
choreographers don't often get to
see their works. "Most ofthe time,
you see them in the premiere and
I've not had the opportunity with
a lot of the works I've done here
to go back and edit them and get
them tuned up."
Alleyne likes the upcoming
program because it is all "work
ofthe future" by young Canadian
choreographers, and Alleyne is
currently grappling with the task
of facing the future himself. Like
his new ballet, set in an upside-
down forest where "we are
allowed to dream and anything
is possible," Alleyne is hoping
for the best ("maybe it has
something to do with the coming
of the millennium"), but his feet
are firmly planted in reality.
Looking back on his time with
the company, Alleyne says, "I am
very proud that people speak
more of the art than they do of
the financial problems. This
company has somehow been able
to create, to allow choreographers
to come in and do some very
unusual works, and to allow
dancers to discover their creative
oasis as artists...I think this is a
good time to be a part of this
company, it's a really exciting
time."
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The Ubyssey culture
Buddha on the Road: Vancouver cartoonist's next Big Thing
by Charlie Cho
Colin Upton, a local cartoonist who tells
simple stories about artists, history, public
transit, and theology, is working on a new
series, Buddha on the Road.
One of Upton's early mini-comics,
Socialist Turtle, is a humourous series about
politically extremist animals. Even while
the God-fearing Happy Ned pumps
unbelievers full of lead, he's
charming in a Ned Flanders kind
of way.
Many of Upton's other mini-
comics contain interesting
anecdotes about "rubbies"
(Canadian "bums"), BC Transit,
fellow artists and his everyday life.
His street sketches appear in
Granville Street Gallery.
Upton's first issues of Big Black
Thing continued with short stories,
including 'The Franco-Prussian
War' (in one page!). He also did two
24-page stories. 'The Battle of Fort
Casey' (with Roberta Gregory), tells
of a problematic trip to the States.
It features The Haters, a "noise
band performance art" group, of
which Upton is the percussionist.
The artwork tightens up nicely
and the story is well-developed.
Gregory's thin, loose style contrasts nicely
with Upton's thick inks and block lettering.
Through   The Home Front,  Upton's
compelling diary from December 1990 to
April '91, tells of his activism against the
Persian Gulf War, he insists that he's no
"hippie". Big Thing #4 contains Fuck!, a
poke at those who use sex, drugs, and
violence to sell comics. The last Big Thing
includes "Chris", which got a big response.
It is a story in which the title character
becomes embittered with being constantly
CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH
judged as a white heterosexual male.
Though he doesn't agree with Chris,
Upton says that Chris is a reflection of a
lot of unexpressed frustrations.
Buddha on the Road is "a story about this
guy Norman who gets conned into taking
a contract out on the life of The Almighty.
He doesn't really believe any of it until
the angels start showing up and beating
him up. It's an adventure story. Lots of sex,
violence and theology. One of the other
major themes is public transit."
Described as an "anti-religious
epic", Buddha ridicules Christians
the way Doonesbury makes fun of
Republicans. In the first promising
issue, Upton's pacing, dialogue, and
attention to detail has improved
noticeably. Upton has been
following the Bosnian war and has
T\ some interesting opinions about
(\   Canada's involvement.
Norman    is     returning    to
^ Vancouver after serving in Bosnia
and his friends (neither Gen X, nor
baby boomers) react in many
different ways. "There's this whole
group of people that nobody talks
about who are about my age [35],
who were punk rockers when they
were young. For the longest time,
punk rock disappeared off the
cultural map. I was going around to
pH0T0   my friends and saying 'Did we
actually experience this punk rock
thing, or was it all some sort of weird
dream?'"
The heart pounding rhythm of life
Stomp!
at the Vogue until April 7
by Richelle Rae
Wondering what all the noise is about? It seems as if everyone is rushing to the theatre to
find out. Lately, Vancouver has been hit with a barrage of commercials, posters and newspaper
ads all singing the praises of this theatrical adventure.
So what is Stomp all about? It's actually hard to say. It's not that Stomp defies explanation, it's
just that it is hard to find any one verb or adjective that will do justice to the experience. But I
can tell you one thing: Stomp is infectious. Everyone from Letterman to Kathy Lee seems to
have fallen in love with this percussion group that has finally pounded its way to Vancouver
audiences.
In the early 1980s Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicolas began a partnership in a busker
band called Pookiesnakenburger. Originally they had been dragging their instruments and
equipment on the tube everyday to their venue in Brighton, England, when they hit on an
idea: Wouldn't it be easier to.make music out of the sounds of everyday life?
Cresswell became obsessed with finding and capturing the rhythm of life. With Cresswell's
vision and McNicolas' choreography they found a way of taking all the ugliness of an urban
throwaway society and turning it into music. The partnership grew, and what was once a
busking group expanded into a 90-minute, eight-person show with no plot or dialogue, just
rhythm and sound. They have found a way to make beautiful syncopated music out of the
strangest things: brooms, dust pans, match boxes, zippo lighters, oil drums and, yes, the kitchen
sink.
Stomp's production at the Vogue totally blew me away with its raw sass and beauty. Stomp is
the unexpected. At times it is a remote tribal community reminiscent of Africa or South America,
and at other times its angry energy feels thoroughly modern and urban. Each person on stage
brings their own unique and individualized character to the performance. I recommend going
to see the show while it's still in town. Who knows? Maybe you'll walk away listening for the
beautiful rhythm and beat inherent in Granville Street.
Earth To Ottawa !!!
Though students have been assured a tuition
freeze for the '96-'97 school year by their
provincial government, the proposed Federal
budget cuts to Education, Health and Welfare assure
future tuition increases and the inaccessibility of
public education.
It's time Ottawa came back to earth and stopped
punishing students for a deficit they didn't create.
Keep the public in education and the pressure on
the federal government. Join the 'Earth to Ottawa'
campaign.
Pick up your postcards at:
- The SUB Concourse (come find our table)
- In the AMS Business Office (SUB Rm. 266)
For more information on the campaign contact:
Allison Dunnet
Coordinator of External Affairs. AMS
SUB Room 250, Tel:822-2050
external@ams.ubc.ca
Paul Ramsey, Minister of Education, will be speaking
on the future of post-secondary education.
Wednesday, March 27, 1996. 12:30 pm.
SUB Conversation Pit.
Club Budgets Are Due
Amazing AMS Fact #182:
The AMS employs over 400 students
and pays over $2 million in student
wages each year !
Club Budgets for the 1996/97 fiscal year are
due by March 31st, 1996.   Please see Ryan
Davies, Director of Finance or Cliff Rich, Vice
Chair, Finance Commission if your club has any
questions or need assistance in preparing the budgets.
For more information, please contact:
Ryan Davies
Director of Finance
SUB 258, Tel: 822-3973
finance@ams.ubc.ca
AMS Art Gallery - Available
Now accepting submissions for the 1996/97
gallery space in the AMS Art Gallery in the
SUB.   Applications are available in SUB
Room 238.   Application deadline is Tuesday, April
30th, 1996
3 AMS Art Gallery Committee
The AMS Art Gallery is a standing committee
of the Student Administrative Commission.   It
meets for an hour at least once a week.
Meetings may be called at the discretion of the
Chair.   Summer meetings are usually once a month.
The AMS is now currently accepting applications for
the following executive positions on the AMS Art
Gallery Committee:
■ •   Treasurer
• Curator
• Communications Coordinator
• Programs Coordinator
• Special Projects Coordinator
• Members At-Large
Full description of each position are available in
SUB Room 238. Application deadline is Tuesday,
April 30th, 1996.
tuesday
•  Spring Fun Fest '96
SUB Concourse. All Day !
Spring fashions, sports gear
and travel info!
• Live at Lunch
- SUB South Plaza South .
12:30-1:30 pm.  Live Band:  Molestics
• Spring Fun Fest '96 - SUB Concourse
- All Day !
Wednesday
thursday
•  Spring Fun Fest '96
SUB Concourse. All Day !
Spring fashions, sports gear
and travel info !
•  Live at Lunch
SUB South Plaza South. 12:30
Live Band: The Quenchers
1:30 pm
friday
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•  Collegium Musicum.
John Sawyer / Morna Edmundson, co-
directors. 8:00 pm. Chapel of the
Epiphany, VST. Free !
Radio Free Vestibule
Sketches Songs-and Shoes
Borpo Records
by Charlie Cho
Sketch comedians usually have difficulty writing good, funny
songs, but CBC's Radio Free Vestibule has managed to do just
that.
'The Grunge Song' (appending "Weird Al" Yankovic's 'Smells
Like Nirvana') demonstrates the predictable structure of
unimaginative pop rockers.
The cowpokes are getting restless about mass media in 'The
ballad of Marshall McLuhan.' So, the late media guru strolls into
town offering insight like "A theory of cultural change is impossible
without knowledge ofthe changing sense ratio affected by various
externalizations of our senses." Yee-ha!
The sketches range from the really short gags to the longer
narratives. In 'A.A. on a field trip,' the hundred bottle beers on
the wall just stay there. A handful of sketches on this 24-track
album stand out as remarkably ingenious.
'Froo Froo the talking cat' introduces a feline who's sick of
being cute and wants to recite dark, brooding poetry. 'Kevin and
God' has The Almighty becoming friends with a moronic geek,
eventually going on to do voice-overs for a monster truck ad.
'Bulbous bouffant,' the best of the bunch, stirs in all the silly
sounding words (like galoshes, beluga, and macadamia) in a
infectious symphony of vowels and consonants. 'Looking for a
job in Quebec' which features an Anglophone trying to fake his
way through a bilingual job interview, will have all Canadians
chuckling.
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by Peter T. Chattaway
In mixing the hip eclecticism and smart-alecky dialogue
clips of Pulp Fiction with the Mexican blues of Desperado, this
soundtrack does a considerably better job of fusing the
personal styles of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez
than the movie did.
Still, it's a mixed bag of blues, country, and rock'n'roll.
Personally, I could do without the Vaughan brothers, but
ZZ Top's 'She'sJust Killing Me' keeps things lively and Tito
& Tarantula are fast becoming one of my favorite acts: 'Angry
Cockroaches' is as good d party tune as you'll ever hear,
and 'After Dark' is almost dangerously seductive.
The dialogue feels a littlfc stale, though. They are neither
as intrusive here as they were on Desperado, but they are also
poor examples of the film's script (and since when does
"Everybody be cool" warrant a writing credit? Did Quentin
think of that one on his own!?). The only remotely memorable
clip, if only because it's so jdeliberately offensive, is Cheech
Marin's "pussy" speech-arid they hack it in two so they can
use it twice on the disc! So much for unity.
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Tuesday, March 26,1996 Huevos Rancheros
Mar 21 at the Starfish Room
by Andrea Gin
Since their
1993   debut
album   Ends-
ville, they have
switched labels,
weathered   the
defection of their
bass player and
been to culinary
hell and back. But
through      it      all
Huevos Rancheros'
motto has remained
the    same:     "Enjoy
life...eat out more often."
It's not always an easy
motto to adhere to, but
the band tries its best.
"Burritos must be the ultimate
food," muses Brent Cooper,
quickly adding, "I guess I should
say that huevos rancheros is my
favorite food, but I love burritos.
It's the only thing that can go
down well at any time of the
day."
The three-piece musical
equivalent to a greasy, gritty,
mouth-watering Taco Bell
special, Huevos Rancheros (a
Mexican dish made of fried eggs)
was geared up for a brief jaunt
down the west coast. Sun, surf
and, of course, lots of roadside
diners were on the horizon for
this vocal-less drum-bass-guitar
combo who kicked off their tour
in Vancouver last Thursday,
opening for The Muffs.
The large and appreciative
crowd at the Starfish Room was
a pleasant surprise for the road-
weary group, who had left their
base in Calgary that morning and
driven straight to the venue to do
sound-check.
"It was
kind of quiet at first and
we weren't sure what kind of
crowd it was going to be," Brent
said after the show, "It was really
great because they got into it."
They often find themselves
filed automatically under the
category of surf, because they do
not have any vocals, but Brent
insists that his band has a much
broader range than that.
"We like to think of ourselves
as a punk rock band," he said.
'Just because we're instrumental
everyone calls us surf. If
anything, I'd make us a category
as a 'turf band, or something,
because we're a mix of all kinds
of stuff, you know, like
rockabilly, blues, rock, garage
and punk. We take our influences
from Link Wray and swamp rock
bands."
Los tres huevos banded together
six years ago, "out of boredom,
really" in Calgary, where a
"hang-ten!" and authentic
Mexican food are as common as,
well, surf and sand. Fortunately,
the lack of tangible inspiration
did not deter them. Brent, who
is their
guitarist, joined up
with Richie Lazarowich
drums) and Graham Evans
(bass) and put out a six-song
cassette on their own called
Huevosaurus. Relentless working
ofthe club circuit resulted in their
debut album Endsville, which was
released on Seattle's C/Z
Records, and their first single and
video for the song "Cindy With
An 'S"\ Their second full-length
release, the high-octane xom\>Dig
In!, was put out in 1995 on
Vancouver's Mint Records. In a
world full of wailing singers and
distortion-laden guitarists, Digln!
is a road-burning, rip-curling
flash of punk rock spitfire; its first
video was for 'Gump Worsley's
Lament' (Worsley being the last
goalie to play without a mask in
the NHL).
Last year, the trio's exploits
included an invitation to England
for a BBC recording session on
luminary DJJohn Peel's radio
show. They never got to lay eyes
on their host, but they enjoyed
their stay nonetheless. Well, for
the most part, that is.
"The food's crappy there.
And,   you  know,  we
never actually got to
meet John Peel. We just
went in there and did
the recording session.
It was really good to
get that kind of radio
exposure, though.
Everybody   was
really nice but the
food was really
bad."
Graham, the
bass     player
famous for his
floor-grazing
bass stance,
recently left
the band to
pursue
t.?Ji' ''" other
interests.  They
have managed to
find a quick re
placement,    but
have not yet decided if he's
going to be permanent.
"He hasn't got the same action-
figure pose thing going," said
Brent. "But we weren't looking for
a Graham Jr., or something like
that. He fits in really well so we'll
see what happens."
For now, all they want is for
everybody to enjoy life and eat
out more often. In other words:
buy their CD, sit down with a
good burrito, and dig in.
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on your previous infotainment consumption habits.
Ahh... life is so much easier with the Supercard©, so
much more...convenient. Now if only you could save up
enough money to have that Superchip© implanted in
your head...
"Convenience" is a commodity like any other these
days-in fact it's the commodity. It's as much an ingredient in the products at stores like 7-11 as phosphorous
dextorate and yellow twinkie dye.
Conveninent means whatever is handy or within easy
reach. It's anything that increases comfort or saves work.
Technology is the great well-spring of convenience,
of course-it's always allowing us to do things faster, easier,
and bigger than we did them before.
In the interests of assuming a place on the exhilarating "cutting edge" of technology, Memorial University will
soon become the latest of five North American universities to implement a "Supercard" program, distributing several thousands of them to students this summer and fall.
And while Memorial's cards won't be as omniscient as those
described in our fictional scenario, (at least not yet, anyway) they will further a process that is leading to unparalleled state and corporate access to individuals' personal
information. What you eat, what you read, how much
money you make, how many photocopies you make, how
many grunge cd's/taco-chips/condoms you're consuming,
etc. And once they're used as pass-keys, the cards will also
make it possible for handlers to track your whereabouts.
So what? It's all pretty mundane information anyway, right?
As trivial as it seems, it is in fact precisely the kind of
information our existing economic system is dependent
on. Marketing is about predicting consumption patterns,
and the more data these propagandists have at their disposal, the more sophisticated their efforts will become—
companies crunching numbers and data through endlessly
growing computers in search of the perfect formulas of
advertising and manipulation to get you to consume more
and think less.
Part of convenience means not having to make
choices-the choices still get made, however, it's just that
they get made for you.
theUby«
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exhausted sighs of relief. Wah Kee Ting finished his overdue term papers while
Aiaina Burnett copied notes she had missed during the term. Scott Hayward
met with his committee and Sarah O'Donnell went to a gruelling interview for
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and Doug Quan researched their last stories, and Ben Koh used up the last
drops of black ink to draw his last graphic. Alison Cole pondered what she
would do on her break, and Richelfe Rae packed up her things to finally go
home to Spuzzurri. Siobhan Roantree celebrated her final escape from UBC
and prepared for the trip eastwards. Rachana Raizada skipped to the beach
carrying two rather pregnant watermelons and smashed into Andrea Gin who
then started to cry about her now stained Nettwerk shirt. Peter Chattaway
researched and plotted his movie schedule for the summer months while Janet
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letters -
UBC's new
town a burden
The Bank of Canada's governing board promises that "today's
job losses are tomorrow's
growth." (The Vancouver Sun,
March 21)
The University of British
Columbia's governing body-
promises that today's campus
land losses are tomorrow's
"independence." {The Vancouver
Sun, March 21)
These two news stories,
appearing simultaneously in the
business press, strain credibility
for even the most gullible of
readers, who knows that once
fired, workers will not be
returned to the banks; knows
that once sold, university lands
will never be returned to the
people.
That banks choose money
over people we have for
centuries stoically accepted as
the misery of mortgages; that
universities choose money over
people, we have not come to
accept and we never should.
The Point Grey "new town"
plan orchestrated by the
Strangway administration at
UBC (see map, The Vancouver
remaining campus forest below
16th Avenue, from Pacific Spirit
Park to S.W. Marine Drive. The
town plan conceptualizes a
real estate and commercial
development that will dominate
most of the Point Grey
peninsula from Blanca to Wreck
Beach. Such a development will
increase air and noise pollution;
uproot residential communities;
send highway corridors across
the city; increase tax burdens to
Vancouver citizens.
This UBC greed for money
and power will effectively
finish a major academic
institution, for corporate money
and free enquiry do not go
together. The UBC plan is
devoid of principle, and
bankrupt of thought. For again,
even the most gullible of us
knows that the elect cannot
successfully create a market in
which, eventually, no one will
have anything to spend.
Today's losses are passed on
into tomorrow: bank and
university alike have taught us
that lesson.
Nancy Horsman
God is smart
With the 'God is dead' theory
now ec.dead I feel it is time to
advance the 'God is smart"
theory. Where there was corn in
Egypt God sent the children of
Israel there but when later they
were enslaved he sent them out
of Egypt. God can figure these
things out.
In biblical times God told us
to be fruitful and multiply. Thus
it has been okay to tell people
that contraceptive devices are
evil, that sex is only permitted
under conditions that permit
pregnancy, that large families
are God's will, etc. Since these
words were recorded in the
bible the world's population has
multiplied by about 100 fold.
Environmental destruction
indicates our population is
unsustainable.
So God is smart enough to
change his instructions to now
have as few children as we can
get along with. This will allow
allow the birth rate to be low as
the diminished death rate so the
population explosion will stop
and mankind will have a chance
to have 'corn in Egypt' and
every where else.
This will require conservative
religions to change some of their
dogma. It will require political
leaders like Lucien Bouchard to
refrain telling Quebec couples
to have large families. Such
changes may be resisted
because they are felt necessary
for the survival of the religion
or nation. But God is not only
smart but forgiving too. He
knows what must be done to
save our beautiful planet.
Ken McLean
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The Ubyssey
11 4)4fiS\s
ACADEMIC ADVISING
held Friday March 15,1996
Moderator:        Maria Klawe, Vice President, Student and Academic Services
Panel: Graeme Wynn, Associate Dean. Faculty of Arts, David Holm, Associate Dean, faculty of Science,
Blair Grabinsky, Manager, Career Services, Maggie Hartley, Assistant Registrar. Michael Pitt, Associate Dean. Faculty
of Agricultural Sciences, Fran Harrison, Science Advising Office, Dan Worsley, Assistant Director, Student Awards Office,
Lica Chui, Vice President, AMS, David Culhane, Arts Student senator
Q A number of students in our faculty have a
concern about the accountability for advising.
Students have been given advice one year but
get different advice the next year. Some have
been told that they could graduate but then
find out later they can't. Why can't we have
a written signed record of what we have been
told?
A The Registrar's Office staffhave been meeting
with the faculties with respect to PACE which
is a computerized degree audit system. The
faculty provides the degree requirements and
the program tells which requirements have
been met. That should make it easier for the
advisors and the students to review progress
towards a degree.
Science has used the PACE system for three
years. It enables us to keep a paper record as
well as on-line information so we can see where
a student is deficient at the end of the term.
When students are missing courses, they receive
a letter which indicates the deficiencies. We
also use a form signed by the advisor.
. Departments also have their own advising
systems. Some departments such as Biology
hand out written outlines ofthe requirements.
In Agricultural Sciences I remember one case
where a student was given an exemption by
the advisor but it was an error. We stood behind
the advice but you should always question the
advice you receive.
Q If it is a (acuity member who makes the error
why should the student pay the price? How
can we trust anything we are told if the
advisors give us the wrong information?
A This appears to be an issue that Senate should
consider. There are people with power to grant
exemptions but it is hard for a student to know
who should bear the responsibility if the advice
has been given by a University employee.
In Arts we do keep a written record and a copy
is available to the student on request. If a
written record is in error (e.g. an advisor
miscalculates the number of credits) and if a
student appeals, the faculty would be
accountable. We would allow the student to
graduate. This practice has been in place for
several years.
Q It seems to me that students have to take
some responsibility. The Calendar lays out
the requirements. Perhaps you need to
encourage more faculty to participate in drop
in advising sessions. I think it's helpful to
have faculty advisors from different
departments.
A We have heard concerns about being
accountable. Bringing in more people to offer
advice could be a problem. Not all faculty are
able to make difficult advising decisions. When
we get into gray areas we need to rely on people
with wider knowledge of the issues and
precedents.
Q Could you explain what the Advising Office
does? Where would I get advice on job
prospects, or programs I could take after I
have finished a degree?
A Most ofthe advising offices focus on academic
advice. There are other offices that can help
with career information. Career Services in
Brock Hall has just hired a career advisor to
help out with these kinds of questions. Career
Services offers a 50 minute orientation program
that provides students with an overview ofthe
services which are available. The Student
Resources Centre and some of the other
Student Services offices in Brock Hall provide
counselling and advice on a range of personal
Comment: I'm a 4th year student in Honours
German and have found their advisors helpful,
but I have just realized that there are two sets
of requirement that I need to graduate. I think
students need to make a point of seeing an
advisor so they make sure that they have the
credits they need to graduate.
Q The Arts Advising Office is closed from 12
to 1 but this is the time most students are
available. Two years ago I phoned to ask
about a language requirement and I was given
the wrong information.
A I hear what you are saying and I hope that we
will be able to improve the hours but we have
a limited number of staff. Phone calls are
difficult. When students come into the office
they fill out a form and the advisors take notes
but that doesn't always happen with phone
calls.
The Advising Office in Science gets lots of
phone calls but we don't do advising over the
phone for just that reason. We will answer
general questions but we won't provide detailed
advice over the phone.
In Agricultural Sciences we are open from 8:30
to 4:30. When I tell a student something over
the phone I write it down. Some advisors are
not aware of all of the-regulations. The key is
to make sure that the person giving the advice
is responsible for it.
I'm from the Education Advising Office and
find that one ofthe problems with telephone
advising is that you often don't have all ofthe
information in front of you. It's really important
to make sure the advisor has your full record
available. This is especially true for pie-
admission advising.
Comment: Perhaps we should encourage more
use of email. It would provide a written record
and might solve many ofthe problems we've
heard about today. Sometimes we need to meet
students face-to-face but for simple questions
email works fine (The majority of advisors on
the panel accept queries by email.) Email may
also work wall for students who are out of
town although they may not always have access
during the summer. Students who are out of
town may also be able to get information via
fax.
Q I'm in Science. I was wondering if the PACE
form will be available on line so students will
be able to access it.
A The Registrar's Office is working on having
PACE available on the web.
Q I think one ofthe best ways for people to get
career advising is to talk to people in industry.
In Computer Science we organized a career
fair but we didn't get any financial help from
UBC. I think the University should support
these kind of events.
A The students really deserve credit for organizing
the Computer Science fair. The AMS is
thinking of putting on a career fair and some
ofthe clubs organize their own events as well.
One ofthe biggest fairs at UBC is organized
byAISEC.
It's good to have the undergraduate societies
involved. In some respects faculty specific fairs
may be better. You should approach your
faculty and ask for support. This worked well
in Chemistry and the event was a great success.
The Arts students organized "Beyond the BA"
It was a big success even though Arts is such
a large faculty.
The Alumni Association may provide another
way for students to get information on career
choices. They are also working on a mentoring
program that will initially involve forty students
and ten alumni mentors. We hope that this
program will carry on in the fall.
Q Many of the students in Arts are confused
about the location of the Advising Office.
Some of the forms still have the old room
numbers. It's not always clear where you
should go for help. I've gone to an advisors
office and been referred to counselling or to
another service. By the time you get there it's
closed.
A It sounds like the University could do a better
job of making it dear what options are available
and where a student can go for help. The
advisors may not always know the best route.
I know how frustrating it can be to stand in.
a line only to be told that you are in the wrong
place. We do take your comments seriously.
We began this forum with the idea of making
positive suggestions for improvement. In Arts
we see three or four thousand students each
year. Unfortunately while we are in the business
of advising, we are also in the business of
enforcing regulations. Students may feel they
have extenuating circumstances but in the'
larger scheme of things we need to be sure that
we are treating all students equitably.
Q Some students go into the Advising Office
when they are really upset. A lot of students
in Arts are afraid to ask for advice. I have
directed students to the Advising Office and
then had them come back really upset about
the way they were treated. I know sometimes
there are students working on the front desk.
Maybe they need to be identified as student
helpers. Maybe they need some help with
people skills.
A Arts started having peer advisors 2 or 3 years
ago. Tlie idea of identifying the peer advisors
is a good one.
Q   Do other faculties have peer advisors?
A Science has a peer advisor during the summer.
For the rest ofthe year we use university staff.
Q When students go to the Advising Office with
a concern about how they are proceeding in
a class they want to have their needs addressed.
I have found the staff in Arts to be helpful
but I think that many of the concerns that
we have heard today are valid. This is not
just about enforcing regulations.
A It's hard to talk in general terms about
problems that are specific to an individual. I
have empathy both with the members ofthe
panel and with the speakers. Students are often
afraid to come to someone who has the power
to make a decision. They want to help but
they also need to apply the rules and defend
their decisions to other students.
Q When there is a conflict, is there someone
who can serve as an intermediary? Perhaps
someone like an Ombudsman?
A We have discussed this issue at the Campus
Advisory Board on Student Development
(CABSD). UBC has a decentralized advising
model. If advising was more centralized, in
some respects it might be easier for students,
particularly students in first year. We would
be happy to hear your views on this issue.
The AMS provides an Ombuds office in SUB.
It is now known as the Student/University
Affairs Office. We would like more people to
know about and make use of the service.
Comment; I know how difficult it is to
provide students with the information they
need. In Student Housing we accommodate
approximately 25% ofthe student body and
we would be pleased to work with the faculties
to put programs together for ours. This might
enable us to provide greater consistency in our
approach to students. If faculties are interested
they should contact Janice Robinson.
The advisors in the Faculties of Arts and Science
often work together and we have been
discussing the idea of putting a FAQ
(Frequendy Asked Questions) document on
the internet.
In Agricultural Sciences all first year students
are required to take an orientation course. We
provide information to small groups of students
on flow to deal with problems and we let rhem
know about the various places they can get
help. We tell them how to drop and add courses
and what to do about their course work if they
get sick during the term. It is easier in
Agriculture because we're a small faculty. We
take the position that a student should succeed.
It's important to make the students feel that
we believe them .and that we are on their side.
At the. School of Human Kinetics we have
started work on a Program Assistance Guide.
We know that the Calendar is not always easy
to read. The Guide will go beyond the Calendar
and will include frequendy asked questions.
It will be sent to all students before registration
and we hope it will decrease our advising load.
Both Arts and Science offer mentoring
programs to entering students. Science also
has a Telereg Hotline that runs over the summer
to answer student questions.
I'm an average student in Forestry and I want
to go into Human Kinetics but I can't seem
to get any advising. Forestry can't advise me
and I don't think I can talk to an advisor in
Human Kinetics because I'm not in the
School. I think a centralized office would be
a great idea.
I'm an advisor in Human Kinetics and I'm
surprised to hear you say that. I meet on a
daily basis with students who want to transfer
in to the School. We try not to get bogged
down with College transfers, but our own
students are a priority.
Comment: I'm an advisor in Arts. I think
communication is a two way street. I need
students to communicate with me so that I
can help them.
The following written comments were received
after the forum:
Collect and disseminate descriptions of
outstanding advising programs; have the
Library develop a professional file for advisors
(as Instructional Document does for faculty
on teaching); establish an electronic forum
for advisors and monitor discussions.
Adopt a leading role in quality at UBC and
emphasize Maria's role in providing "best
practice" support to faculty (via Library and
computing especially) and to students (through
all our services).
• Clarify de-centralized services balance: i.e.
retain "divisional" delivery in many rases,
and promote "central" standards quality.
Example: job fairs. Student ir&iatrves deserve
central support via (e.g.) an event planning
template (from Career Services), start-up funds
(possibly from a Teaching & Learning
Enhancement Fund block: grant to tbe VP
Student and Academic Services?); guidelines
and information about "your best contact" in
Career Services etc.
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