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Just one week before a decision on
fee increases is expected to be
made, new questions surrounding
the tuition policy proposal have arisen.
Presentations on UBC's financial
situation, the new tuition proposal
and student concerns about the proposal were made to- the Board of
Governors' (BoG) committee on
Thursday.
Under the administration's current proposal, most undergraduate
students will see a $480 tuition
increase next year, with fees rising
by 65 per cent over the next three
years. Students in the second-year-
entry programs Commerce and
Pharmacy will face increases of
$1091 and $1000 respectively next
year.
Graduate research-based students can expect to see a $492
increase in next year, while fees for
post-baccalaureate and professional
graduate programs rise in the next
two years to approximate those at
peer institutions across Canada.
If the tuition proposal is adopted,
tuition will generate $18.4 million
for the university, leaving UBC with
$20.3 million after covering basic
operating costs to improve
education. The BoG is
expected to vote on the
tuition proposal at its
meeting this Thursday.
UBC President Martha
Piper began the BoG's
tuition discussions on
Thursday with a summary
of UBC's financial outiook.
Piper said that without
expected, federal funding
for indirect costs of
research and an increase in tuition
fees, UBC will see a $10.9 million
shortfall next year.
Piper said that out of the $30.4
million UBC requested from the
PIPER
province, she is only expecting
$19.3 million. However, UBC will
not know precisely how many full-
time equivalent (FTE) students the
provincial government will fund
next year until the government's
budget letter to UBC arrives. The
budget letter is expected soon
Piper said UBC's first
financial priority is paying
for' 2002/2003 operating
costs and commitments,
which include faculty settlements, repayments on previous years' shortfalls and
benefit costs.
But in a presentation to
the BoG committee, Kristen
Harvey, president of the
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
and Annick Gauthier, president of the Graduate Student Society
(GSS), said that there are still several problems with the tuition proposal even though consultation with students has been good.
The two student presidents feel
the tuition increases are too drastic
and that the decision to increase
tuition to the national average isn't
logical. Harvey and Gauthier both
noted concerns regarding student
accessibility,, potential difficulties
with student recruitment, accountability and efficiency.
Harvey said she felt her presentation had succeeded in "planting
the seeds of doubt in the minds of
the BoG," and emphasised that UBC
should outline precisely how much
money it needs rather than projecting a target Gauthier said that, ideally, implementation of the proposal
would be postponed to facilitate further consultation and feedback.
"You might have to re-vamp the
entire proposal for me to be happy
with it," Harvey said.
The presentations sparked many
questions from board members.
Some questioned UBC's proposal to
differentiate tuition at the under
graduate level for Commerce and
Pharmacy students, while others
wanted to know how UBC's expenses compare to those of other universities.
Tieg Martin, student representative to the BoG, also proposed
amendments that would allow the
BoG to re-visit the effectiveness of
the three-year tuition policy during
the next year. The amendments will
be considered when the BoG evaluates the proposal this week.
"What I'm trying to do is to
amend this proposal so that when
we're having the same discussion
next year, people involved can look
back and ensure that goals are met,"
he said.
At the meeting on Thursday, UBC
adminisrators announced that
tuition for undergraduate UBC
Commerce students would be based
on     the     average     tuition     in
See "Tuition" on page 8.
Rallies and celebrations
International Women's Day inspires a weekend of activity
by Dirk Schotiten
WOMEN AGAINST WAR: A demonstrator holds a sign protesting
US-led aggression in Afghanistan, at last Friday's International
Women's Day vigil at the Vancouver Art Gallery, nic fensom photo
Over 500 people marched down
East Broadway on Saturday afternoon to highlight a weekend of
International Women's Day events.
Leaving the Broadway Skytrain
Station on Commercial Drive, members and supporters of local
women's organisations, activist
groups and labour unions marched
to celebrate women, raise awareness of global injustice and protest
recent provincial government cuts.
"Every year we come together to
take up the historical challenge of
fighting for the rights of women
everywhere—in labour and in society," said Donna Tanchak, one of the
event's organisers.
The march brought westbound
traffic on Broadway to a standstill as
participants walked to the
Vancouver Community College.
Marj Morton of the Green Party
of BC helped carry a banner that
read "Women's Spirit in Politics."
"We're here to promote the initiative of electoral reform," she said.
"We want a change to proportional
representation."
Colourful placards attacking
Premier Gordon Campbell's provincial government and promoting
awareness of human rights abuses
worldwide floated above the sea of
marchers. One placard read "Gordio
And His Corporate Rodeo." Others
denounced the treatment of
Palestinian women.
At     Vancouver      Community
College,  the women held  a 90-
• minute    rally,    Which    included
See "Women" on page 8.
AMS FACES
FINANCIAL LOSS
by Chris Shepherd
After three years of meeting, or
surpassing, yearly financial expectations, the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) will fall short of its projected income by about $200,000
this year.
Bernie Peets, general manager
for the AMS, said the summer
transit strike and unexpected
costs related to SUB renovations
were the main causes of the financial shortfall.
This summer's bus strike limited many people from coming to
campus. While the summer Is not
the busiest time for the AMS, it is
important to the fiscal year, said
Peets,
"We generally have a pretty
good kick start to the year as a
result of conferences and high
school kids that come out to play
at the arcade," he said.
In addition, there were problems with several renovations to
the SUB, In September, a two-
week delay to the opening of
Bernoulli's, the new bagel shop on
the main level of the SUB, strongly impacted the amount of money
the AMS took in with the store's
opening.
"It was a fair amount of money
[that wasn't made], especially
from the first two weeks of
school," said Peets. "People get
into habits at the start of school,
so they missed out on that opportunity to get some customer loyalty there."
AMS Designer Michael
Kingsmill said the problem
occurred because of the age of the
SUB. The records and drawings of
the building were not up to date,
he said, so construction was
slowed two weeks while appropriate supplies were made and delivered.
Kingsmill said construction
was slowed by 'onerous" university building requirements, which
are stricter than BC building
codes.
Problems also arose when construction began and a wall
believed to be concrete turned out
to be brick Extra work was
required to strengthen the wall
before construction could
proceed.
While the AMS does not have
as much money as expected, the
society is still financially sound,
said Peets. "There just won't be as
much of a surplus as there would
See "Finances" on page 8.
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VOLUME I ISSUE II
TRUTH IS THE DAUGHTER OF TIME AND I FEEL NO SHAME IN BEING HER MIDWIFE
XII MARS MMII
I he Lyitij oleeps No More
Jeremy Schilling
Now we tuck in our tails and eye the shadows and sharpen our teeth and stick knives in our
eyes and spit and vomit and throw ourselves out of bars and hurl ourselves down streetsY shoeless, with tears in our eyes. Now we know only shadows and life inside of reflections, watching
our mirrors as they watch us. Now we can no longer see the sun. Now there is light and only
light and nothing more than light. Now there is no orb.
It is 2 a.m. The wind is crisp, dark, and brittle like ice. Neon signs flash vacancies and the
streets are emptying, bodies scurrying to shelter. I, alone, am stumbling, falling, standing and
stumbling again, babbling, shouting, kicking syringes, eyeing the dead moon.
I watch it,
transfixed
as if by
the trail of
a falling
star.
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Here in the earth beside a tattered sidewalk beneath a building tall enough to lick the sky I find a rock. It is round, oval,
smoothed by millennia of wind and rain and ocean waves.
Fashioned of the earth for me alone. It fits comfortably snug in
the palm of my hand like the contours of soft, tightiy gripped
flesh; a flesh inside flesh. It is my own.
In a moment the rock is airborne, a charcoal black against
4\ the arterial blue of the night sky. I watch it, transfixed as if by
the trail of a falling star. I find another, a second oval, and
launch it too into the night. A majesty of rising and falling
orbits. I am jubilant, filled with a passion I have never known.
The first window breaks and there is a scream. I am indiffer-
'l' ent to the cutting edge of this faceless voice; it draws no blood.
I am possessed of a beauty beyond me: that arc, that reverberat-
;'*■'- ing image of invaded sky. But the scream is my alarm call, the    k_
'"; high pitch of a reckoning; possessed with a shaking laughter of love and longing I throw and
Ki!i throw and throw.
;Y With the alarm comes the smoke and in the smoke there is a blossom of fire. It comes up out
7 of the earth, out of the windows, out of the sidewalks, and rises off of the street like steam after
an August's midday rain. Ascending to the heavens in dancing orgies of flame. And like a choir
bid to assembled song by the wave of a baton, a tumult from silence, suddenly there are a thousand voices above below and all around me raised in terror, fear, and agony, voices imbedded in
'44, the tumbling walls of smoke that soon obscure from me all sight but these dragontails of flick-
Y" ing fire. This is my second night, the night within night that I have created, and within it I am
'7. blind to the world Or the world, seeking refuge from the flames, has fled onto the plain of my
Y' soul like a million scurrying rats or a hoard of demons. I hear it but I cannot see it; its voice is
" ' instead my own, inchoate spawn of my mind. My passion rages, blooming full and blood-red:
down the voices, down the flames, down the smoke. All around me
' The more they multiply the more they become one. A tremendous unintelligible screech. As
Y a cloud in collision with another cloud becomes one cloud. The enormous voice. A multiplicity
of echoes rebounding, endlessly, off one another in a canyon of proud, tall buildings rumbling
7 in cacophony. A suffocation of sound.
I seize upon this one voice and am fueled, the shaking of
sound becoming my own clenched and shaking fists. I fumble, bloody fingered, along the ground for more rocks.
It is 2 a.m.
It is cold and I am wet with sweat, my arm in continual
motion. A frenzy of frozen images blink across my mind: a
y\ /y^f* W/lT'h shattered window, a lick of flame, a plume of smoke. Now
*^1*"   "l*-1* and then, memory and action, are all a stew of tar and
molasses. I am no longer aware of before and after; time dissipates and is dissolved in the zenith of my fury. I am a waxing moon
immediately waning: smoke thick and hot like lava overcomes me, smothering my lungs. I run gagging, choking,
spewing muffled obscenity. Anguish stuck in the throat seeps
from my lips as a bubbling gibberish: anh heh vill mon heh
ord aht. My eyes dart left and right for sight of safety from
this pit but there is no marker, no streetsign, no path to lead
me away. There is only the impermeable black cloud thick
against my face and stinging inside my eyes. Death breathes dark on all sides. I spin, disembodied; looking down I can no longer find my body, or the earth, or the rocks. My hands are
weapon stripped, rock cut; I feel leaking blood as it drips from my fingertips.
I choke, stumble in cough, gravity gashed.
I am down, downed, immobile, a chasm breaking between my world and me. Blackness and
silence and the vomiting scent of singed flesh. The gnashing of teeth. A whimper and a beating
thought - no more, no more.
A silence, vast in an ocean, and then -
We are running again hand in hand through the streets. You follow with me, clutching a rock
inside your fist. And another a cudgel wormed from the wood of an oak tree. And another a
dagger molded and fired from cliff-face clay. And another a razor-edged shard of coloured
glass.
We, devil leashed, hell furied, face the waking wave of our largest fear and in the city, on
this asphalt street, in the vein of night, we announce our passion as a river of blood spilt down
from between our flashing eyes, lips taut against the white blades of our sharpened teeth, tools
heavy in our battle-scarred hands. We are a perpetual wind of flying limbs and falling stars.
"This city sleeps no more!"
It is cold
and I am
with
sweat, my
arm in
continual
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I-.jst Diw>li.'iUin vCjIc't B^a<\) 2
Kcnmg r Kisk Hoi I'i - 2
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Gc;iCciL'tr) ut' Thought ipjit 2) (fhi)mj<; L'UMnj  3
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C'qi i i\Vil!:an I'jworJi) — -    X
lo I LIB i Funk Walljtci 4
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Do you have an Idea for a gift to the school?
Then you need to have this information!
AN IDEA!
If you want to submit a Gift Proposal to the Grad Class Council you can pick up
the forms at the AMS Administration Office in the SUB. All proposals must be
completed and handed in by Noon on Thursday March 14th, 2002.
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and help make your choice in what the Legacy of 2002 will be. Food and
Refreshments will be available when you come out and the Vote.
THE TREE!
As always are graduating class will be having a tree planting ceremony, which
will be held on March 18th, 2002 at noon outside the law school facing
towards Cecil Green Come out and watch our tree take root. II TUESDAY, XII MARS MMII
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yellow! And this miracle trinity of luminous paper bits is just the beginning of an infinite pantheon of mini-paper gods.
Now, after years of ceaseless work, we have succeeded in separating
the .colours into separate piles. We soon realize that it is not enough to
have separate piles. After all, the piles are meaningless in themselves;
they are subject to their own smaller units. We must begin to extract the
different colours from themselves: make the yellow, "more yellow" as it
What Harbours
Kemain
Daniel Cowper
Upon an inlet's crossing, among the uncontesting winds,
What harbours remain unclosed to me,
When I am refused by the precipitant sky,
The green sewn islands, and the introspectant sea.
The Ocean,
Although it seems close brother of the thunders,
When you are among its shifting pressures,
From a distance, it seems but an intricate monotony;
Thin wave upon the next, ink lines engraved,
Stained into the reflexant cracks of the sea.
Here where the winds whisper over the waves,
It is hard to remember the islands,
Now but half-living growth upon the granite day;
How it is to be among their stones and forest,
When the air comes mustering up from the dust,
And the snapping chalk heavy sounds they make
Within the sapwood of their hearts.
How hard it is to remember the trees motion, shake,
The thundering power of the boughs to one among them,
So like the surface of the open ocean;
And yet, although the sea has deeper graves,
When you are without the islands, they hollow,
And seal themselves about with quiet waves.
As for their mating habits I can only say that they are as disgusting
as the species (if anything can be as disgusting) and that they spend
far too litfle time having sex.
I am afraid that perhaps I have spent too long considering these
three problems. I apologize.
Now would be a good time to introduce the reasons for this essay.
I have used the dissecting tool of science to rebut that very same tool
that has taken all my family. But instead of stooping to the physical,
by a Philologian Hamster
(translated into the English by Erik Hoff)
All humanity is miserable. Each day I thank the Lord for not being a
human. Such droll, idiotic creatures. It makes me want to puke.
My first point is to introduce my purpose in this essay. Why humans?
you may ask. Why not mosquitoes or tree mildew, for example? More
specifically, what is about humans that is so utterly detestable, that it
prompts the need for an essay by a hamster? Such phdosophical ponder-
ings agree with my little pallette, and I will be pleased to address them.
Firsdy, I would like to clarify that I am not a gerbil, nor have anything to
were. But how do we go about this? We know it is necessary for the next indeed mortal,, abuse that the savage human has applied, I have decid-
step of our problem, but what action is to be taken? We could separate the ed to take a more sophisticated, verbal revenge. Dissecting that place
piles into separate piles, or even single out each individual piece, but where humans take most pride, but where they are most blind. When
either way we will end up with the same confetti. the word "human" is shown in its superfluity, so its reference falls into
This.then, is the best we can do: humans are confetti, let's vacuum absurdity,
them up. After this refreshing conclusion, we can re-approach the initial "But what can we, the rodent public," you ask now convinced that
question that began this problem: the "human". Except now, as we pro- action is necessary, "do to further your noble and just proposal?" You
nounce the word, we are overtaken with a kind of uncontrollable, maniacal have tried vacuuming confetti and you know how difficult it is to
laughter. A sort of delirium caused only by drugs or religion. We look at clean up all of it. "How can we be assured," you ask, "that all the
the word, laying on the page, odd bones sticking out everywhere, and an confetti is gone? Or can we ever be sure?" Perhaps we cannot. But,
expression of pathetic disbelief. We roll around for hours unable to halt in conclusion, I would like to say, on the positive side, that as long as
our chortling seizure. The next morning dazed after having passed out in we set our goals side by side with the greatest of ideals, perhaps that is
do with them. I may appear'like a gerbil, and"even'at times act s'omewhat   ^omic testacy, we forget what has happened the previous night. We forget, enough. Perhaps it is enough that we wish to free ourselves of the
like one - but, nonetheless, I am not a gerbil. Gerbils are fickle, stupid
animals. They are grimy and ugly.
Which brings me back to humans,
i Now, let us first define this term
"human". By defining the term, we
will then make it clear that, whenever
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all about the word and pass months, years living happily and eating good
food.
Finally, one day, while burning up old, festering garbage, we inadver-
tandy look once again at the word. Years have passed, and our memory
has faded with the seasons. We can no longer remember our laughter, but
now we can only hear it at a distance. The word is hoirific. It creeps in
we use trn^Tenn; we~arrus^gTt'under  our minds with morbid absurdity. We are terrified. Quickly we burn the
certain specifications. Each term paper' so n0 one Wl11 ever have t0 see such a siSht aSain- As ^ P8^
properly used should be first defined,    burns' we m absolved from our ^^ «*™kg once *&<*n to heavenly
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Perhaps now some of the problems arising with the term human  are
clear in the reader's mind. We can now proceed having clarified (as best
as can be done by science) our principle vocabulary. There will be three
principle themes in this essay, each of which will be approached progressively. First I will consider why humans should be exterminated. Second,
I will delineate how, and finally I will talk about their mating habits.
Why should humans be exterminated? Perhaps a better question is:
Why shouldn't they be exterminated? Better yet: Is it possible, by any
means of logic or philosiphical derivation thereof, to come up with a
morally sound basis on which to argue that humans .should not be immediately and efficiendy gleaned from this, our universe? Certainly not.
The "how" is much easier, but it is much too fun to describe in a serious essay such as this one.
human". That we wish to be freed from this tyrant's cage where,
presendy, we can only run in circles.
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proceeding to draw endless conclusions on their nature. So, when I say
"human", let us now agree what I
J mean by that potentially flaky and
ungrounded term.
There are many uses for the term "human", many of which I doubt its
users even understand. It is a word which has travelled through time happily thanks to the ignorance of its speakers. It has been thrown around
like confetti at a dinner party - now let us hope we can recover its scattered remains from the carpet. We could use a vacuum, but no! This will
just suck it up into a vacuum bag! We want to pick the confetti up piece
by piece, cherishing each brilliant individual colour it boasts. Some
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Unshadowed streams the receding wonder
Of ihe night's eternal flowing yonder;
I'hui'ghts that render through its clefts unroll
The enfolding lava of the soul;
In ilie unasylumed shall he ponder
Vr\ .ilenced to the shores that here abide
But lanced to the poles which the soul divide
And blast the stains of encrypted fear
Unearthed to all and what is near
In * idch conscience shall never Seek to hide.
l\.si„sjes' wonders are its creeded goal
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W hen conscience shall bleed its ribbed ideals
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I &) Plato's Soul: a blank cheque ori the immortality of my mortality.
Perhaps the next step is to strive for it and not merely expropriate a   ,
potential as preordained mastery but as a "forensic" entity forensically
cieated.
19) God is the internalized host empire, the Imperator and Arbiter of all
its future ramifications - perhaps the most Kafkaesque bureaucrat ever
indented.
20) An illusion is also an error whose operation strives to be continuous -
a power paradigm propagated by those who find it beneficial to their purpose and usually one of ecumenical proportions, maintaining, as it will,
ihe mandarins of the ruling infrastructure. Illusion for this purpose is
much more powerful than force, for it also incorporates the power of the
s'long. Though there are not many of these power vortices, they have
suhsumed much throughout history.
21 i Is it possible that only the most advanced surviving consciousness
"ust forge the collateral events of an incipient Universe, a consciousness
■hat has never ceased but only accelerated its momentum, achieving
i".mtnity to finality in its wake - a critical mass of isolated conscious
,m ver forever contemporary. In short, one that wins the Creation Lottery?
2) To think Personally, internally, intensely, is to think beyond systems
irough all the layers of Meaning into Nothing.,
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What supplication in her upstreched palm,
Her opal wrist, and flame-burnished hair;
The fruit of her joy swells on stalks of calm.
She says:
"Quiet the noise, the vibrant soldiery,
And hem the orders of the trembling air".
The deep-plumed coach the spreads beneath her,
In eglantine embroidery,
Holds her gendy with one arm,
As she with graceful art reclines;
Her aloe arms in monumental setting,
And legs in contrapuntal fretting '
Match the curve of her stomach's incline.
Soon, her eyes do flicker from their reading,
Past where I am seated,
To touch the clock and space upon the wall-
There, there should be unfurled, tapestries,
And gorgeous linens hung along the hall:
All this in obeisance to her wish, her word.
All that is here is angled into her;
As drops of water upon a vase's sides
Slide down the glass face's decline
And slip into the rippling pool at the base.
Her hands of flora, and forearms globed with green,
Shelter the air that breaths upon her lap;
Her hands a haven proffering
To all the shapes that in her eyes are seen.
When she speaks, they are invited;
And when she speaks, all things hasten towards her
In ranks, in lines and in formations,
Seeking I know not what- fulfillment?
A release from expectation; redress, or consolation,
To coalesce into an ordered constellation;
Lines curl and wave in the plaster of the ceiling.
(The end of lamentation, the long sought healing)
' I 2^) If truth has a purpose it would be as a seedling which grows a
s Destiny - of any quality - even if its swelling gardens contain Flowers of
•^ c\ il arid the secret scent of death.
24) Love's denotation: the indigenous bonding of power.
25) Time is the capacity to create God, and if you fail you LOOSE.
2h) God is not subject to the realms of magnitude - only power is, and
God is powerless.
27) Light can be terrifying if it merely shines on your eyes without
iejecting any content.
2S> The more universal and the less tribal something is, the less it will try
lo convince you of its universality.
29) No matter how powerful we - as compared to everything else -
become, between us and an all powerful being there can reside only ONE
quality - the mystery of compassion: the unblemished amelioration of a
power which invokes itself to become mortal - child of transcendence.
But if this aorta of power remains fundamentalist and childless unren-
dered to its other creations who "render" to IT, then the mystery is
annulled - seemingly how it seems to be.
30) The "Soul" is that which seeks to augment an ever-greater consciousness in itself. It is a fugal thinking and feeling, a Pantheistic membrane
that can "stretch" to and incorporate every new insight.
31) It is life that cuts the furrows in the level field and renders the multitudinous paradigms of probability; not the legato effect of coasting on ice
but a cobblestoned journey; an expedition of flux and resonance whose
length, light and shadow are conditioned by the horizon you see or seek.
32) To say that God created man in His image is to precondition God in
Man's image. If you predicate any imperfection in the holder of this
assumption, the idea then "falls" to its most necrotizing fundamentalist
urge - a Will to Power by "subsuming" the inner infallibility of a God
mandate and its Divine Right aura. Perhaps this also conveys our modern
sense of Original Sin that having fallen, we are falling still; that God until
desiccated, continues the stench of "divine decomposition" and man
within in his own terrible mercy to others where "divinity" is not equally
applied. Not the Gods, but perhaps God must die for men to become
more human and breed forth a soul. But God is the one entity not easily
buried and where only power remains, what was defect becomes a destiny.
BOOK AND ART
EMPORIUM THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
IS SHE SAYING THOMAS OR PROMISE? Why it's both! Shannon Oksanen steps up to the mic while
Bill Napier-Hemy and Jade Blade rock out in the background, kim koch photo
VOLUMIZE   THIS!
ANNA MAKEOUT'S BIRTHDAYPARTYand
VOLUMIZER CD RELEASE PARTY
Volumizer with Clover Honey, Operation Makeout, the
Accident and the Ewoks
at the Pic Pub
Mar. 9
 by Duncan M. McHugh
Saturday night was a terrible night. The rain, which
had been coming down for a few days, was falling hard
enough to make you want to stay inside until May. So,
as I waddled to the Pic—soaking wet and bloated from
eating too much at a potluck dinner I'd attended—I did
not have much hope for an enjoyable evening.
By the time I arrived, the Ewoks had already played.
This was a letdown since I'm sure their performance
would have been more enjoyable than my third helping of couscous at the aforementioned potluck. Still,
there were four more bands to go, so my disappointment didn't last long.
Up next was the Accident. The four-piece started off
blandly, but got better as the set went on. The band
plays guitar, bass and drums, with a synth added to
make weird noises. Their songs weren't great and the
synth seemed unnecessary, but the Accident's energy,
particularly that of Jesse the bassist, made the set
enjoyable.
By the time Operation Makeout got on stage, the Pic
was full and a line-up had formed outside. This was
good 'cause the crowd was pumped up and supporting
local music, but bad 'cause the Pic has such a heinous
layout. It was hard to see and impossible to move. Plus,
the pub has inherited a fascist bouncer from the
Starfish Room. What a drag.
Operation Makeout seemed excited, the show
being the drummer's birthday pariy. Coming off of
last month's west-coast tour, the band also sounded
really tight. Unfortunately there were some technical
problems halfway through the performance, which
really sank the group's onstage energy. Nonetheless,
the Makeout kids put on a decent show and their new
songs were strong.
Ever the diligent reviewer, I missed the first part of
Clover Honey's set when I was coerced into getting
pizza. By the time I got back, though, they sounded H-0-
T. The trio—Shindig! winners from a few years ago-
played fan, tight punk and did a fantastic cover of the
Cure's 'Just Like Heaven."
Last up was Vancouver's latest 'supergroup,'
Volumizer, celebrating the release of Gaga for Gigi,
the band's debut album on Mint Records. Having not
heard the album, I looked forward to hearing what all
the hype was about.
Volumizer showed its vitality immediately, kicking off with 'I Promise You, Thomas,* the first song
on Gaga for Gigi. Shannon Oksanen's nonchalant
vocals commingled perfectly with Jade Blade's (ex-
Dishrags) and Bill Napier-Hemy's (ex-Pointed Sticks)
driving guitar work, capped off by John Cody's
(Ralph, Ray Condo and the Ricochets) acrobatic
drumming. All this and Gaga for Gigi producer John
Collins (New Pornographers, the Evaporators) filling in for Rodney Graham (ex-UJ3RK5), who wasn't
performing.
Even though the songs must have been unfamiliar to
most in the audience, the set was great and enraptured
the audience. Despite the rain and the venue, Volumizer
celebrated their debut release fittingly. And Anna
Makeout had a good birthday. Booya! ♦
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002    3
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DIDO   AND   AENEAS/GIANNI
SCHICCHI
at the Chan Centre
Mar. 7
 by Gregory Chan
Balance is the virtue of a wise
man, somebody once said.
Watching the inspiring production
of Henry Purcell's tragic opera
Dido and Aeneas and Giaocomp
Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, the
maxim seemed appropriate.
Dido and Aeneas is the tragic
love story of Dido, the Queen of
Carthage, and Aeneas, a Trojan
prince destined to establish a
new Troy. An evil sorceress,
aided by her trusty witch maids,
conspires to destroy Dido by
sending a servant disguised as
the god Mercury to convince
Aeneas to leave Carthage to fulfill
his destiny. Ultimately, Aeneas'
decision leads to Dido's suicide.
The second performance of
the night brought us inside the
walls of Buoso Donati's house in
Renaissance Florence. In Gianni
Schicchi, the wealthy Buoso
Donati has died and his relatives
are mourning because their
names are not in his will. They
seek the help of a disreputable
but successful merchant, Gianni
Schicchi, who has risen from the
peasantry to solve their problem.
Schicchi's peasant street-smarts
and his confrontation with
Donati's snobby relatives create a
saucy operatic surprise.
Thematically disparate, these
operas were crafted by director
Nancy Hermiston into an aesthetic and musical balance. UBC theatre student Kevin McAllister
transformed the set for Dido, and
Aeneas; it smacked of tragedy
and mythical nuance. The dramaturgy revolved around a pair of
half-exposed stallion torsos, as if
the horses were rising from hell,
or pulling a marbled angel.
The UBC Symphony Orchestra,
under the baton of New York-
born conductor Neil Varon, easily
worked its way around a demanding score filled with love gone
wrong, anguish and sinister dark
magic. Sandra Stringer starred as
the emotionally distraught Dido,
while Krzysztof Biernacki's convincingly lovelorn Aeneas gave a
voyeuristic experience of love,
hate and denial. Jinny Park, as
Dido's confidante Belinda, shattered any stigma against small
people singing opera, with sincere and churning singing.
Unexpectedly, the highlight came
from the University Singers, who
splashed the audience with rich
solemn harmonies. Although
Dido and Aeneas was sung in
English, it was at times difficult
to follow, but Purcell's compositions compensate for the public's
disorientation.
No complaints however for
UBC Opera's hilariously witty rendition of Puccini's Gianni
Schicchi, with the English translation thoughtfully projected in the
background. The UBC Symphony
whipped up a delicious furor of
music lifting us back to the
Renaissance and matching the
organised energy of the exciting
drama on-stage. Justin Welsh's
portrayal of the wily Gianni
Schicchi possessed the necessary
charm, but it was Philippe
Castagner as Rinuccio who stole
the show. In his solo, unforgettable raw streams of compassion
and power were refined into
voice. The show flowed tirelessly
from one comedic phrase to the
next, until the climax spilled over
into the end.
Although not an avid opera fan,
I can see why people get all snazzi-
ly dressed up for the opera: to
enhance the experience of drama,
song and stagecraft. Dido's death
and Schicchi's bantering were
staged on three subsequent nights
with alternating casts, probably to
prevent psychological burnout
among the actors. With student discounts, opera might just become
habit-forming. Just be careful; it
might change your wardrobe. ♦
Douglas Gordon: MONSTERS in the mirror
DOUGLAS GORDON
untilJune 15
at tha Vancouver Art Gallery
by Svea Vika rider
W!i''.- rw:f*inrj :i;: o\ >j> *>L»w ^t -}.; V«n<" j.i\ er Art Gj Jejy
(VV.|, Vinr •n\t,rC'il^tLi,di'.^tis\-h\^rhu\^hi-i]'hi i..slil*ny
•.■>tf E.-.i;t!fJ 'Vf 13,-1* r I,' ii .\<«> 'he mi:ye -'f -j ^".o but
■k-|iri;^ed-Wcru; n:.»:i "ppcsi'e a piimiurf» t>f hL'swelf, iU«t'irl-
t'd Lo nfmalrosity. The znm^ier h id bifii envied !»y «' o'.Lh-
Ujiiria \c«i«iio p.irls of :he triad's lUce— the e'.es d'id :ii»e
jWed upwards while other pssr's wore flattened Th° ret-'ilt
\v-»s fre.JfJsh and airesfir.g. The ar'i<?t i& Ih? Sc;-ltish-burn
Douglas Gordon and a new retrospective of h:s .vt>rk. uidud-
-j-.g 'Mo-islor I," is bi-=ng feoturo'l at the VAG
The iben:es of "Moiwter V are pervsnive throughout
Gordon's, .vcrk, although he h-*s staled 'hat he "J^eso I
rviitfve in [dichotomies},* lhey arc some of the mopt striking paris of his work, hi this case the dk hniusiy is
beiween the monstrous and the b^nal, but it ranges from
the .iirheiypa! good-versus-evil to the much more subtle
h ijry-urfrus-bald.
Ire second theme* that 'Monster I* demonstrates is the
use nf; ips, both as a medium and as a subject. Gordon's
work is mostly photography, but he is well known for his
\j\eo 'retaliations, in which he distorts classic Hollywood
films, the most memorable installation on display was
' ,"viw een Darkness and Light (After William Blake).* It trans-
jm«i>«i cl.is><"c horror (The ^Korcistj with charming religious
s.pVrhuod (The Sag of Bernndette). The two films are
A"'rl'Js apart, but the p:e< e m mtains congrueray; priests
.*rj;.ear in both films Ferhaps it is as William Blake said,
"Ojj;i j-*;L/in is Lme ."rienJ.'-hip "
The ihiid major Iheiie of Gordon's work is doubling, or
reflection In "Monster 1/ "-He normal man on the left
■a oars a shirt that buLions Lhe way that most men's clothing
does—left over right. The monster, however, wears clothing that is the mirror image—light over left This is not an
uis'-allation work, where ihe viewer consciously participates in the work. On s>ome level, however, Gordon's work
pulls The viewer ii. "Munsier I* is the struggle between the
more restrained, socially acceptable consciousness, and"
the impulsive and expressive subconscious. When rage is
internalised and shoved down into the subconscious, it „
manifests itself as depression in the conscious s&lt Here,
the struggle is shown as a miscoramuaication between the
two—a distorted reflection.
I enjoyed the intensity of Gordon's work-although one
man (who claimed to be a layman but was wearing a beret)
said he found 'nothing in it.* Perhaps this is, because
many pieces require not only interpretation, but also a
contribution of one's self. This is not art School rhetoric
Ambiguous"messages can be more involving tikan o-bvioafc
archetypal contrasts, or easily understandable SOcisi <
issues. Another work, 'Tattoo 1/ has the words "TiosX Mef "'
printed on an outstretched arm. The "value in this picture f
is in both its aesthetic beauty and the questions that it'
inspires. What do these words mean to me? When have f
my arms been outstretched? What is the value of trust IF'
one must demand it? Gordon's ability to propose, these *
questions is outstanding, and the audience i$ challenged ;
to answer them- ♦ r
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002
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TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002
Bill Wilson,
First Nations Lawyer
and Leader for
over 30 years,
will be speaking:
Thursday, March 14th
@ 12-1pm in the
SUB Conversation Pit
on proposed Aboriginal
Treaty Referendum and
related issues.
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Volleyball bronzed
Women's team takes third after narrow semi-final loss
by Scott Bardsiey
Cu "^ i:ilo lhe CIS N'jti.i-.al Chjii':-'ini'."-!p
ml.-v.il, Qi.e'jec, the LiJC women's ^o'.lfj'id'.l
.cam Vr.cw it w.is j>t>ing to be 'l-iv. Tlie three
Cinsdi Test teams In the U«-irnii2e:it—L"RC,
Wani'mba 'jii'l CMs; ny-wera al-o iho kip ±ree
seede 1 loam1?. EuL even lhe 'rhunderbirds didn't gtKf-n li'jw clo«;e Lhey '-ould hu\e iotip lo
,;nld. Inking a :ur."uw i-i'm-Hud rulih It Lhe
Mj:ii1'i1jj B->tiS.
We went in .here; wo had a dre.im of [a CIS
('h.ii0pi"i">h.ip]; w mi-=bcd it in lhe -vniis, hat
we didn't ylve up. We wiirki-1 L-sjelhcr. We
believe'l in em h other and M ied 'Mir best." middle juiie Scluiler said.
The ' jurp.inient slaried well Ibr die Birds.
ThoyLejt Rytrsu.n 30 llmrrday, each ti'ne by
3 inaigm of :it least be\en poinUs. Ml was jirei'.y
much our game all 'he ^inie," Sthiilt r raid.
It \\asa't like Jiat a»iii-.»t die Bisons, Im.-w-
e\or. UBC easily wjn die firtt aet of die sr'r.i-
final 25 16, but the Bisons narrowly look ihe
-secM'id IS 11 Ke;':ier fi-'t 'il ii was a turning
point bet .use a win woald h-v-"1 u:\en I BC an
jlmo-t umIi-'-UIiJp 2-0 ad\ ir.uge. 'We hid a
•.ojjile nf i hani ps ihere to put it jv\ay, ..nd if
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LBC -ni^jed Ins '.ixt b-et 23-20 and
Maiulobawon she fourth i3-15, -^tiru 'he s'.uje
lliri wInner-1 j'-te-'iil i'.kh .-eL Vid l!~.'"£;s di In't
sUrt ,\eil: die Ukony b-ult a 7-2 ie.id. Al 11-11
for M;.:ui'>ba, tlie Birds see-ned P^nhed. But
UBC "uinost pulled a < abbil out of its hat An Izzy
Czen ci!i:.k ki'l and a Leah .\D:is;er at s put L HC
WAY UP THERE: Middle Izzy Czerveniak
Heft) led theThunderbijds in total kills,
serve aces and digs this season, p'erre
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end Calvary's -silver, gives 'die C^ziida Wc^t ci>n-
widiin one imint, but '.hen Alhn^rr tiied f.ir a feivnce four of 'die eight berths to the 20U3
s.-tond ace and hit it out of bo-i'uls, gi\-ir.g the N'a'janals. BerLhs ara awarded to Lhe previous
win to die Bison-*. year's medallists and earh cciifereii.e's ehdm-
'It wis \ery sad. Leah's ser.es brotyht ug pion.
ba<-jc in, but we also lost on her iris-M>r\e dftei The game was the last for fifth}ear i.-it side
a timeout Jt was reiily upseiing because we I e?h Allinger. AJlinger was crucial '.o 'Jie Birds'
v ne clow," Schiller said.
' I'm \ ery proud of Lhem. Ven'
proud, but disappointed because
I Inow how rlose we were 10
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("■•aih Dons Re.mer --"ud.
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».U»rt f.-r LBC, ^erb.-> Am's st:ir
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look !n> .e br'i.'ize, w! lie T-Ba-d K.uey [U>yl v,\s jilc -.-.-^t tliliik, is .7app'>intir')4," -Jt-'ler Kr'iy
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surcess tl'.is year. She led tlie team befoie
Boyd's retjrn to UBC fmrn -he
Canadian national !ei:n in
Jiiiuaiy and ^mass.-d 25'i bl!s
^nd 24 aces o\er llio year, Lhe
second highest on Lhe Seam.
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her," her si^'er .Vii-:a Mlji^er
^aid. "It's 1 er Ffih jOij, so she's
graduating and it w-is a ^.reat
low i.a'r.eiit and ccr 'e^'-ii was «o
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THE UBYSSEY
Southpaw Jeff Francis is leading the UBC baseball team up the NAIA
pitcher
by Kate Ingram
At first glance, Jeff'Boomer' Francis seems
modest and timid—not what you'd expect
from a powerhouse pitcher. But the top-
notch pitching of UBC baseball's rising star
is leading the Thunderbirds to victory and,
possibly, to the NAIA conference final for
the first time since UBC joined the
American league in 1998.
Since Francis arrived at UBC in 1999,
the T-Birds have been realising their full
potential. In 2001, Francis had his best
season ever, leading the team to an overall
36-23 record with a 22-11 conference
record—UBC's best finish since joining the
NAIA And in 2001, Francis posted an
impressive 0.92 ERA (earned run average),
which firmly established himself as a force
to be reckoned with in NAIA baseball.
In fact, baseball has been a big part of
the Vancouverite's life since he was a child.
"I started Little League when I was six,
just like every other little boy, and started
really enjoying it, which gave me the confidence to excel at it," Francis says.
His parents, Mike and Joanne Francis,
have both always been athletic. "We were a
baseball family from the beginning," Mike
says. "Jeff would watch his older brother
and try to be just like him."
"[Jeff was] always very talented and
knew about the game at a very young age,"
Mike says.
Francis moved beyond Little League,
excelling with his high school team at
North Delta Senior Secondary. In Grade
11, he quit playing other sports so he could
focus on baseball. After discovering that
his pitching potential was well beyond that
of an average ball player, Francis began
looking at post-secondary opportunities
south of the border, but the scholarship
opportunities in the US were too small.
Francis headed to UBC to begin a degree in
Science majoring in. physics.
"Coming to UBC turned out to be a great
decision because I had known [UBC baseball coach] Teny McKaig for quite a while
before I came here," Francis says. "Now
looking back over the past three years, I
think that coming here was the best thing I
could have done because I get to pitch
every weekend, which is something very
few players can say."
"Jeff hasn't changed much mechanically
since he arrived at UBC because there was
little to change," McKaig says. "The biggest
change has been his velocity increase,
which has resulted in a newfound confidence and the knowledge that he can dominate from the mound." Francis has been
clocked at 90 mph.
In addition to keeping a near perfect
pitching record at UBC, Francis has also
been a member of the Anchorage Glacier
Pilots, who played in the National Baseball
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Congress World Series last summer. He
pitched like a pro, earning himself World
Series MVP honours and winning the Top
Pro Prospect Award. "Standing on the
mound, throwing my last pitch and after,
everybody jumping on top of me—that was
definitely the highlight of my career,"
he says.
So where does Francis hope to go from
here? Francis says he would love to play
professionally. And why not? The majors
are turning their heads in his directioa
Scouts have sought out Francis and
rumours are circulating that he might be a
first-round draft pick in the spring.
"There is no doubt that he will be drafted to the majors and there is no question
that he wants to move on and play professionally. He has reached the top of his
game here and he needs new challenges,"
McKaig says.
All his success has attracted quite a bit
of attention. But the attention from scouts
and papers like the Sun and the National
Post can take its toll on a young athlete like
Francis.
"It is hard and it all comes down to support that I get from my friends and family.
I try to keep it from distracting me while I
am on the mound as much as I can," he
says.
"Even with all this success, he has done
an unbelievable job of staying focused and
of maintaining what his priorities are," his
by Laura Blue
The CIS Track and Field National Championship in
Sherbrooke, Quebec was a moderate success for UBC, with
the the men placing seventh and the women 13th despite
one of UBC's nine competing athletes falling sick, another
being disqualified from his race and the two strongest distance runners posting somewhat unimpressive results.
UBC earned its sole gold medal from weight-thrower
Jeremy Edwards, the only UBC field athlete to qualify for
the national meet. The winning throw was also a new personal best for Edwards.
"It went about as good as it could have went," said
Edwards, a second-year athlete who trains with a coach
independently of UBC, which has little formal field program. "It was a big relief 'cause it was a goal from the
beginning of the year. I knew I could."
"It's an unbelievable accomplishment for him and for
the development of the program," said UBC distance run
ner David Milne.
The running finishes were decent, although unspectacular, and bad luck cost the birds a chance at several
points. Jon Luckhurst was disqualified from the 1000m
after touching another runner on the start-line and Chris
Williams—scheduled to compete in the 1000m, 600m
and the 4x800m relay—was struck by a case of flu that
prevented him from racing any of his events. UBC coach
Marekjedrzejek speculates that had Williams been fit and
running, UBC could have claimed enough points to push
the team up into the top five.
The other runners had strong, yet mildly disappointing, finishes.
Heather Macdonald, who was ranked first nationally
in the 3000m before the Championship, won bronze in
that event, with Thunderbird Karen Tulloch finishing
right behind her in fourth place. Although she was
pleased with the overall team showing, she was somewhat.
disappointed with her own results, which also included a
sixth-place finish in the 1500m.
"Everybody seemed to be relatively pleased with their
performances," she said. "I wasn't that happy with mine,
but it's hard. We have a really small team and it's hard to
go into those kinds of meets where some of the other
teams have, like, 60 athletes where everybody's really
supportive of everybody."
David Milne, last year's CIAU 3000m champ, also
earned a bronze this year, with teammate Byron Wood
finishing close behind in fifth. But like Macdonald, Milne
had anticipated a stronger result and felt he could have
performed better.
"I wasn't very pleased with the 3000. Obviously I wanted to win; I didn't, so obviously I was a little disappointed
with that," said Milne, who also won bronze in the
1500m. "I came there with the expectation that I was
going to win."
Although the meet results meant both the men's and
women's teams dropped in the national standings from
coach says. His parents agree. "He is getting used to the media attention and is
becoming more outspoken as a result, and
yet he's still the same 01' Boomer to us,"
Mike Francis says.
Off the field, Francis is focused on
school and trying to manage some sort of
social life. "It gets hectic sometimes trying
to do it all, but I know that I have to give up
some things for baseball and I am prepared for that"
Finding friends is easy, he says, because
the guys on the team are not only teammates but also good friends. Fellow pitcher
Jeff Brewer is Francis's best friend. The two
are known together as the Brothers Jeffrey.
"Around campus, the guys I hang out
with and go out with are on the team. It is
kind of inevitable because we spend so
much time together," says Francis.
'Jeff and I have been good friends for a
while and I think by him dominating on the
field, he sets the precedent for the rest of
us," says Brewer. "I have found that that
has helped my game incredibly as a result"
Even though it's doubtful he'll need it,
Francis has a back-up plan in case his baseball career doesn't work: the UBC medical
physics program.
So where do you go when you're reaching the top? "I think I just want to make
every game better then the last one and if I
can do that then eveiything wrill come
together," he says. ♦
earlier this season, the finishes are a slight improvement
from lastyear. The women improved their national ranking this season by four places, up from 17th, while the
men held steady at seventh.
"We moved ahead; we placed better than lastyear, and
we'll be looking to improve that place for sure next year,"
said Jedrzejek, who said he was pleased with his team's
performance.
And with many team members hoping to qualify for
August's Commonwealth Games and others continuing
their training in clubs over the summer, UBC's track and
field program only lacks one thing.
"We just need more people," said Macdonald. "I wish
we could get more people interested in track at UBC
'cause, you know, we have good coaches and it's a good
group of people."
"We send just quality, no numbers," said Edwards. "I
just hope that in future, over the next couple years, we can
build on that and compete." ♦
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Valediction       '
Gleb Bazov
Spread out, smooth, blow, the roughly snowing sail'
Crackling, bursts, blooms, the sheet-white coimia. Jaw n<-
Over waves, foam, too white in the divine
Peal of sea, brilliant. A trifling stalk, fleured,
Mid hail, torrent of the spraying mirth -
Wings of Love, vast, infinitesmal, infinite.
Incomprehensible this sail will cross. ',
In ether's void the Wind that bore our ship
Will drown in silent still of gazing stars,
With crowding ice they'll moor our cracking keel
Their naked scrutiny through balks, and masis.
And beachhead, ropes, floors, rails, oars, will 'iimble.
Unstoppable, unprompted, they'll reclaim
With inhumane indifference their realm. :
But sail will live, at last it'll flutter free!
Unburdened by the weight of flesh and soul,
Asteric it will shine, unstoppable,
Iii fugue of heaven's frozen luminness.
Like horns, like trumpets, stars our Love ignii..'
They send her forth, they surge into her spread
With lightning rays of stellar breath. They bin' un
Her sail with jolting blows of luminescent sight.
And blossom with their selves her sphere.
Pearl, in dark born, unfolds in darkling chaos.
Stars, a maelstrom of universal light,
Swirl through curved petals of unfurling Lo\ e
Windless swells cosmos, our wings in airless \ old
Soar! Your, Love, essence through my facets hmsts.
Igniting all the planes with raging Life!
In silence, stars are mute with songs of birth.
In silence on we sail, to our infinity.
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Poets, weave you arbours, aviaries,
To catch the songbirds, and keep their singing;
Smooth wax into bedding, bunting, buying
Loops of silk and of silver threading;
While the song birds in their airy narbours,
In the heights, rapturous, their hearts ringing,
Fly, and wait your flowing fingers, setting
Through the breathing ethrous, singing;
Till caught in these poet woven nettings,
Where cords tied by trembling fingers tie them,
Their feathered forms, silk-wrapped, impassioned,
Toll, bell-ringing, heaving out their souls
In singing.
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someu<here;light;ng teardrops. Twenty-he's- not
ceruintfiim's liiigi!e)or if drawings out
ivory candles her ann«.hca\j ing
when sk> she's e\emng. Or >f sighing suit
liiJit and risirg fall her hair suandsiS.ulor,
Ci in j's Ihe yibif >uu s*e, like 'lie churning
(i ilii =.<.a dating her guaided bieaihing. And
how her ofxrning iind closing [.'ageless
boundiiriLS like tjc'c wn.ds silcixes
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p>.n (.ind in)
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on his thumb
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Because the w odd :\ .is :ien.i nude for me,
i fieJ lhe whimpered fears ot gailiuvJ linings.
I fled the roar and tumult ol ihe sea.
And die w ild north w'ndS era/ed iind i-kiinoriius vwys.
1 lied, because lhe sun w iLh \ iu ius gla'e
Of clii'ity hjs wrought a Sagged plain
Across my ilioughLS .rid 'efi ihein hollow, hire,
^nd so I tVd lo shaJows, mist anJ nun.
In silence lhci\ Li'iJhtiunleJ -ulilude —
To dream, to dream, perchance, and ne\er sleep:
Was this die ha\en, lb.* Jie N>v er deep
Thai echoes w ilii ihe canting multitude?
Be still, iny ihoi'glilf. and c\ jse lo n >iless Hec
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VERITAS
William Haworth
How am I to begin to tell the story I have set out to write without noting that I am not, in
fact, associated with any of the events which I am set on relating? I will demand them from various minds, as I myself was demanded at my birth. I will sing the symphonies of the Great
Composers to audiences of one-or less than one, should I not in fact sing them, or should in
someone's estimation I be not both a performer and appreciator.
I produce, and I consume; yet, I do not produce anything terribly original, any more than a
cow does something spectacular when it gives milk, or a bull does something spectacular when
it gives cows. So I then must be my own audience.
But the cow, doesn't she become indignant that the production of milk is called a terribly
worn item of oppression? Isn't she something, if the milk is something? Then I mustn't be my
own audience.
And I haven't stolen anything.
No excuse needs to be made for my words. Pardon me.
•••
"Rabbi Yehoshua, why must we keep milk separate from meat?"
"Because we must"
"But the cows don't-"
"We are not cows."
•••
On my way out to the street, down the fifty-four old brownstone stairs, after the Pastor's call,
I noticed that the flowers blooming in the florist's were, in fact, not blooming at all.
•••
Johannes was a baker, his shop being a block from my apartment, directly across the alley
from the florist's. Filled with his songs of home, he dreamt of cows: he was a multicoloured
cowboy after all, one of those sons of the West who were neither truly West nor truly sons.
I used to visit Johannes every Tuesday morning. I remember walking down the frost-mottled
sidewalks-even in late summer it was cold enough in the mornings-past the earliest of the most
impatient impostors.
Rather, they passed by me.
Johannes would be there, standing behind the morning ring of the bell perched just over the
lintel of the front shop door, and he would be dreaming of his cows, of his songs, and, without
end, of his dear wife of whom only he knew the whereabouts.
In any event, the impatient nations would drive past Johannes' shop as well, the infamous
Bakerij Noordam, of which we are all warned of as children to avoid at all costs, it being said by
our dear teachers-secular of course-that it is the very widest of wides.
•••
"Oh, the memories!"
" 'Oh, the memories?' Now seriously, what are you saying, darling?"
"The doves, dear, they're really just a variety of pigeon, you know-come here-."
"I do, you feel that don't-."
"Yeah, I do."
"I mean, that pigeons are flying rats?"
"No, that they're lovers, darling. They're lovers."
"Softly, dear. You're aways so softly, so such."
•••
The Bakerij Noordam. He called it that: he was Dutch by birth, but had come to life in this
city of mine when he was ready to strike out on his own-something he had previously only been
able to do with the aid of the parents he did not have. I can vaguely remember the day he came .
to town-to be sure, I was years from coming here myself-but I can say that I remember in the
sense we all remember, in the sense that a bull remembers the sights of his bovine predecessors
when he sets out to give cows.
And so, I can indeed remember when Johannes, this city's first eternal baker, made his first
appearance.
The day was in spring, or it may have been fall, I am not too sure of April or October on
account of their being so similar in a place where there is frost on early September mornings.
Johannes arrived on a beautiful grey donkey, followed by a horse-drawn cart carrying all of his
nefarious tools. Our dear teachers-secular, of course-professed to know all about his past, and
about all of the destruction which would be wreaked in the city by having a bakery planted in
our midst. They danced and chanted the organizing songs-
"Whaddawewant?"
-hoping to be heard over the crowds of citizens cheering the arrival of this baker and his
mulitudinous pans of all concievable shapes and sizes. But the crowd would not have of any of
that childish nonsense.
And so Johannes set up shop accross from the back of the florist's, and he is still here in the
city, and the poor are happy for the bread and the wealthy are happy for the pastries.
I don't visit anymore, though.
•••
There was Johannes, standing behind his bell as I opened the door to the bakery, with his
smileofdreams beaming like the sun out of a cloud of smoke and ash.
•••
Rabbi Yehoshua moved along slowly in his endless shoes towards the great oak doors of the
schul emblazoned with the images of a certain history. As far as I can remember they have been
so, and never have ever belonged to any other history, but belonged to this one eternally. As to
the dates and names of the images, I cannot tell.
"And her?"
"Nu?"
"Just a thought...." I spent a moment refraining my question. "Moshe, did he truly recieve the
entire Torah from the mouth of Hashem at Sinai?"
"Yes."
"Is that why he is considered the first of all the prophets?"
•••
My grandmother always carried, and for all I know, she may yet carry, the scent of her
unique reality with her wherever she went, or merely thought of visiting. The reality of an eternal now existing somewhere then: that was her perfume. In a place far from the painted fringes
of my city, far past the snap-together tracks of the subway trains and the red-and-orange trams.
«••
"And you're so how, and so hard...when will you stop and come to me?"
"Never. I can't-I mean, I musn't."
"But you're always coaxing me-."
"I know, but-"
"-closer, and inviting me to dance on your bed, to singe it, to play in your dreams, to sing
your songs. And then you-"
"Won't! I know-more than that, I feel-"
"Then why-"
"It's not a matter-"
"Of love?"
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OPTED
THEUBYSSEY
THIUBYSSIY
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2002
VOLUME S3 ISSUE 43
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Duncan M. McHugh was lonesome. He was yearning for the soft,
gentle news pieces oF Ailin Choo and Sarah MacNeill Morrison,
lhey had left him to collaborate with Julia Christensen and Ilywel
Tuscano. and so Duncan sat feeling abandoned, with otuy Ron
Nurwisah and Scott Bardsiey to comfort him. and Nic Fensom to
indulge him as be reminisced about the good old days with Iin
and Sarah. Luckny. Laura Blue had taped most of the interesting
parts. Alicia Miller and Graeme Worthy bad gone as weQ. lhey
had left "him for greener fields, where they could frolic with Sara
Young and Kate Ingram. Duncan lay on the couch, watching old
EUie Cap ale films and eating Jesse Marchand's 'Old Style' TV dinner*. Only Dirk Schouten could lift his spirits. Or Kennedy, but he
was leaving for China...Gregory Chan tried to cheer him up by
buying chocolate. Svea Vikander tried to make him smile by
repeating jokes that Michelle Furbacher had told her. Chris
Shepherd offered to wear lhe Trench maid' costume again, but
it was only when Craig Battle showed up. to serenade him with
Death Cab for Cutie. that Duncan started to smile.
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An open letter
to UBC's Board of Governors
I To the mattes ofOTC'sItoBd °f too-no'* slt0Bc to a level "^equivalent to the
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For graduate students, financial packages °^J*       ^tion felines, UBC financial ^P10?08^^ mateh their tuition increases
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LETTERS
Health Plan: same
price, better service,
different benefits
The Alma Mater Society
(AMS)/Graduate Student Society
(GSS) Health and Dental Pl^n is
indeed changing. However, it's
important to clear up some of the
misconceptions reported in last
week's article, "2002 health plan:
Same price, less service" (Mar. 5). I
think that perhaps the Ubyssey
reporters are confused by the term
'service' vs. Tienefits.'
Service encompasses the
actions and resources that student-
care.net/works devotes to increasing students' use, awareness and
satisfaction with their health and
dental plan. This includes an on-
campus office for personal service,
extensive communications campaign, toll-free contact centre for
telephone and e-mail and complete
online administration including
Internet opt-out These services are
not being reduced and have, in fact,
continued to expand, for example,
with the recent launch of two new
services—a Vision Network and a
Physiotherapy Network.
Regarding benefits, the recent
government cutbacks to the
Medical Services Plan, combined
with the high plan usage among students, mean mat costs are rising at
a time when, more than ever, students are turning to their health
plan to cover necessary medical
expenses. The dedicated members
of the joint AMS/GSS Health Plan
Committee spent several months
researching options and reviewing
student feedback. In the end, the
decision was made to reduce some
benefits in order to include new
ones, such as eye examinations,
while keeping the premiums low.
Unfortunately, the Ubyssey also
incorrectly stated that the Vision
Network "means that students will
not be able to choose their own
optometrist if the optometrist is not
one specifically covered by the
plan." This is not true. In fact students can visit any dentist or
optometrist anywhere in Canada or
around the world and use their plan
benefits. The various networks created by Studentcare provide additional discounts that work independently of the insurance benefits
to directly reduce students' out-of-
pocket costs.
I encourage students to visit
www.studentcare.net to obtain up-
to-date and accurate details about
their benefits so they can make the
best use of their AMS/GSS Health
and Dental Plan.
—Kristin Foster
Pacific Director
studentcare.net/works
Students for Choice
do advocate violence
As Philip Fitzpatrick pointed out in
his letter to the paper ("Students for
Choice website inappropriate*
[Mar. 1]), Students for Choice clear
ly stated on their website that an
option on how to deal with the
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)
display is "vandalism." By putting
information and examples of how
exactly to vandalise a GAP display
on their website, Students for
Choice DO advocate violent activities. According to the Oxford dictionary, "to advocate" means to recommend. Does nobody care that
the group clearly recommends and
condones illegal activities? Hannah
Roman ("Lifeline tactics inappropriate," Letters [Mar. 5]) can say that
Students for Choice "certainly
do[es] not advocate violence" but all
evidence is to the contrary.
Hannah Roman mentions that
their website "simply lists various
tactics that students opposing GAP
here and at other universities have
used or considered." Ms Roman, so
because other people have considered and/or used illegal activities,
your club has no problem suggesting using the same tactics? It seems
odd to me that you then seem
annoyed at the thought of legal
action. Isn't the function of the legal
system to uphold the law, something that your group has suggested
violating?
This brings me to my next
point It is essential that fair treatment of individuals and situations
is maintained in a society. Lifeline
is prepared to use the legal system
to ensure that our rights are
upheld. Our intention is not to
'prevent [Students for Choice]
from speaking out' but rather to
make sure that our right to freedom of speech is maintained. We
are not trying to silence their
opposing view. We are also not saying that they can't disagree with
the use of our images. What we do
object to is the direct threat to our
personal safety and the lack of
respect for our property. We do
also object to their efforts of silencing our message on campus.
Freedom of speech is a right that
carries a responsibility—the
responsibility to tolerate viewpoints different from our own. We
disagree with Students for Choice's
ideas on abortion and the rights of
the unborn child, but we do not disagree with their right to voice their
viewpoints.
The problem is that Students
for Choice don't tolerate our right
to display GAP. They don't respect
our right to make our stand on
opposing the dehumanisation of
the, unborn child. By posting violent, illegal suggestions on how to
destroy our displays, they clearly
are not interested in the concept of
freedom of speech. What I'm starting to wonder is if Ms Roman and
her group have realised the power
of our displays and their ability to
show the brutality of abortion, and
this is why they are eager to advocate vandalism and violence in
order to prevent us from displaying the powerful images.
-'-Christine Thompson
Lifeline president
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NEWS
THE UBYSSEY
"fflarfiea" from page I 4     ;
speeches, dancing and singing.-
'' Amy Wiittunee-EiistergeVling,
a Cree woman, whb lias lived in
BC-for over 40 years; began the
rally by offering, a prayer for-
increased' equality in the world.- -
'Justice for the people, justice-
for- all the relationships, It's
important for us to work for bal-,
■ ance, and'harmony-'ia all our -
Eves/she said, -" ,'"'. ' -
;    The theme for this year's rally '
,' was ""From- Kabul to Vancouver—
Standing Pur Ground/ aijd was-
meant ta'donvey the strength and
solidarity of organisations aimed
at prombtirig,'peac6 and justice,
Speakers condemned the US-led,-.
aggression;' in Afghanistan and ,,
the ^effects' the war has had on
innocent , people,     especially
\yoirten and children.
Clair Roballard, an event
organiser, encouraged members
of the crowd to become aware of
how women are still oppressed
around the globe. She condemned the killing of female
babies in China* as well as honour-killings and the stifling of
, women's rights to safe abortions.
Debra McPherson, president
of, the BC Nurses' Union,
denounced Campbell's Liberal
government for initiating cuts
thai leave health c&e- providers
overworked apd the health, system bankrupt of necessary faeili*
ties and finances*
'It's time for us to reclaim the
- political agenda; an agenda that
promotes equality and unity,* she
- said,    - - /
- "Our biggest challenge and
SiNG! Performers graced International Women's Day festivities
in. the SUi Ballroom Friday afternoon, micheile furbacheh photo
struggle is to be able to provide
access to health care for all people in this province. Hospitals are
being closed and health care is
being cut. We're seeing an
increased dependence on the private sector to provide the most
basic health care,* said
McPherson.
Numbed by the cold weather,
the crowd shrank in size try the
time the march was completed at
Kingsgate Mall.
During the march, spectators
on "the sidewalk clapped and
waved while eastbound motorists
honked their horns. But not
everyone showed support.
"Do these people work?" said
, Dustin Abt, a construction worker
who took a break from his work
on Broadway to watch the march.
"Most of them are your typical
Commercial Drive people. They
look like a bunch of bums to me.*
The previous evening, about
100 people attended a vigil on
the steps of the Vancouver Art
Gallery set up by Grassroots
Women, a women's advocacy
group in Vancouver,
Rachel'So sen, a spokesperson
for Grassroots Women, said the
vigil was aimed at promoting
: awareness, of the inequality-
women experience in the work
force and In society as a whole.
Rosen said recent provincial
'cuts to 'welfare and childcare
mean that poorer women will not
-be able to care properly for their
children. Grassroots Women is
also concerned about 'export processing zones,** areas in the world
that companies have targeted for
manufacturing centres because
of cheap labour, low tax rates and
lax environmental regulations. ♦
"Tuition" from page 1.        \
comparable programs at five peer
institutions.   " '
Derek Jones, Commerce
Undergraduate Society (CUS) vice-
president, communications, said
he had only been made aware of
the plan for differentiated fees
recently and that the society has
not been able to explain fee
increases to its constituents
because confusion still surrounds
the tuition proposal.
He said that in principle, however, the CUS was not opposed to
differential tuition or fee increases.
"On the whole, we feel that the
tuition increases are necessary," he
said. "I don't have a problem with
the increase, but if they're going to
call it an average and it's not trans-
"Finances" from page 1.
have been if we'd made our numbers,* he explained.
Lastyear, the AMS's surplus from
business was $676,000. This total
was projected for the current financial year, which ends in April.
According to Peets, the surplus is now
expected to be about $200,000 less.
With decreased income this year;
the AMS has tried to be more efficient, said AMS Vice-President,
Finance, Nick Seddon.
"We've ensured that any purchases that we do make are directly beneficial to students," he said. "The
executive expenditures have been
substantially less than was budgeted
for. Also, the resource groups have
limited their spending.*
But there have been other challenges facing AMS businesses. This
year, UBC introduced a new, compressed exam schedule, which had a
negative effect on AMS businesses
parent that it's only five schools, I
don't agree with it."
Kurt Ellis, a third-year
Commerce student who was
unaware of the increase when
asked, said he supported a differentiated fee. He feels it makes sense
since the demand for Commerce
has been extremely high.
"I want it to be compared to the
premiere schools,* he said.
But Michael Law, another third-
year Commerce student disapproved of raising tuition, especially
if only two programs had fees differentiated from those of regular
undergraduate programs.
"Tuition is an investment for the
future. Look at all the people who
might do well at university, but
now the cost is cra2y. It doesn't
seem reasonable,* he said. ♦
during December.
"We thought it would be a heavy
exam schedule,* Peets said, 'but why
wouldn't people still get a slice of
pizza?*
More competition has also
impacted the AMS financial situation. This year has seen the opening
of restaurants in the new University
Marketplace behind the UBC Village
and two new Asian-food franchises
in the SUB'sPacific Spirit Cafeteria.
Effects of the new food vendors
are unclear because, while sales at
the Moon, the AMS's Asian-food outlet, have increased this year, the new
shops are doing business which
Peets believes would have likely
gone to the AMS businesses.
In response to the increased competition, the AMS has stepped up its
promotions.
"Advertising doesn't work The
students are already here," said
Peets. "So we have to entice them in
some way." ♦
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