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volume 12 issue 3
Vancouver B.C.
Thursday, July 27,1995.
AMS Director of Administration vs. his commission
Conflict sparks resignations in SAC
by Scott Hayward
A conflict over the role ofthe
AMS Director of Administration
and the Commission he oversees
has sparked two resignations and
harsh words. The conflict centres over whether the D of A
should primarily represent students or the Student Administrative Commission (SAC) he
In addition to the two letters
of resignation already filed with
the AMS, three other confidential letters from members ofSAC
have been submitted to Council, leading some observers to
believe that more resignations
may be on the way. "I hear
there's a pool going on to see
who's next," joked Engineering
Councillor Mike Blackman.
SAC members Ruta Fluxgold
and former Director of Admin-
Director of Admin. Am Johal
istration Roger Watts tendered
their resignations on July 17. "If
[Director of Administration Am
Johal is] not going to be able to
see why we feel irrelevant, and
why we feel that we're not being
Psych department
slams McEwen report
by Matt Thompson
UBC's Department of Psychology has issued a unanimous
denunciation of UBC President
David Strangway's handling of
the McEwen report.
In an open letter to the
President's Office dated July 19,
members ofthe department delivered a strongly-worded criticism ofthe McEwen report and
the university administration's
subsequent response to it. Calling the report "methodologically flawed," the letter urged
the President to reasses his decision to suspend graduate admissions to the Department of
Political Science.
"The Department of Psychology deplores the precipitous and
ill-advised suspension of admissions to the graduate program
by the University administration," it states.
The letter is especially harsh
in its criticism of McEwen's report. "The report...fails to distinguish between allegation and
evidence, links all allegations to
sexism/racism whether appropriate or not, fails to define systemic discrimination/harassment in terms of provable harm,
and appears to dismiss testimony and evidence contrary to
the allegations," it reads, closely
echoing a letter by Arts Dean Pat
Marchak published in the July 13
issue of UBC Reports.
In an interview with The Ubyssey on Monday, Psychology Department Head Anthony Phillips
stressed his department's strong
opposition to prejudice or discrimination of any kind. He
added, however, that the members
of his department worry that the
civil liberties of their colleagues in
Political Science may be compromised as a result of the report.
"There is a very real concern
about any legitimate case of sexual
harassment or gender discrimination that has to be dealt with,"
Phillips said, "but we need a
mechanism whereby we can deal
with the facts and not innuendo."
Strangway's decision to
implement McEwen's recommendation to suspend graduate
admissions to the Poli Sci department is, in Phillips' view, extreme. The administration's actions, he believes, "endorse the
report and...place a penalty on
the falsely accused."
"It damns everybody," he
said, "when everybody admits
that not everybody is guilty."
Copies of the letter were forwarded to the Faculty of Arts
Department Heads and to all
Deans on campus.
The President's Office had not
publicly responded to the letter
as of press time.
appreciated, then I can't work
with him," said Fluxgold.
"I feel I can no longer effectively serve the student body or
Council under the chairship of
the Director of Administration,"
said Watts in his letter of resignation.
Johal appeared unconcerned
by the resignations. "It was
[Watts'] last meeting and he was
leaving in two weeks anyway.
[Fluxgold] was going to be leaving at the beginning of September for school in France," he said.
Differences arose whenjohal
asked AMS Council to overrule
a SAC decision requiring The
Ubyssey Publications Society
(UPS) to pay full commercial
rate on all room bookings in
SUB. Contrary to SAC's decision, Johal asked council to give
UPS bookings at 50% off the
commercial rate at its June 21
meeting. After lengthy debate,
council decided to let the UPS
book rooms in SUB free of
Fluxgold was critical of what
she sees asjohal's autocratic intervention in SAC affairs, but
Johal said he feels accountable
to students, not SAC. "I am
elected by the students of this
university to be an advocate on
[their] behalf, and I will not let
my voice be hijacked."
SAC's role is to oversee AMS
clubs and constituencies, assign
space within the SUB, regulate
he saw both sides of the debate.
"This should have gone to council," said Bavis. "SAC was asked
to make a political decision."
He also conceded, however,
that "There is a very valid argument for saying that students did
vote in the referendum, so there
was the mandate that the AMS
should support [the UPS]. But
again, that's the whole political
side and SAC is not supposed to
"SAC isn't as apolitical as
it thinks it is."
Mike Blackman
AMS Engineering Rep.
bookings and security in SUB,
and act as council's liason with
Intramurals and CiTR "We try
to be as non-political as possible,
and effectively deal with the administrative matters that have to
go on in the SUB Building," said
But according to Blackman,
"SAC isn't as apolitical as it
thinks it is."
SAC member and AMS Arts
representative Craig Bavis said
make political decisions."
Watts disagreed, saying "I definitely think it's SAC's mandate to
deal with this." He also said that
"the entire issue of The Ubyssey has
become such a political football
over the last few years. The issue
in itself is not political - whether
or not to give the society a subsidy to operate within AMS space,
that's purely an operational decision. What it becomes is all the
political baggage on the side."
UBC's Museum of Anthropology: one of W.C.
by Charlie Cho
Walter Charles Koerner, a
major UBC benefactor, died last
Friday on his 97th birthday.
Chair of UBC Board of Governors for four years, the industrialist and art collector was actively committed to public service.
Koerner was born in Czechoslovakia, but fled with his three
brothers in 1938 when Hitler
confiscated his family's property.
After settling in New
Westminster, the brothers began
a successful forest company,
Alaska Pine and Cellulose.
Koerner's many legacies
After selling the business to
Rayonier in 1954, Koerner became the chair of Rayonier
Canada (B.C.) and resigned in
In 1955, his brother Leon and
his wife Thea established the
Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, which provides scholarships, bursaries, research support, and grants to UBC.
While serving on the Board
of Governors from 1968 to 1972
Koerner donated a collection of
north-coast native Indian art to
the university. He then convinced the federal government
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to share in the $4 million cost to
build UBC's Museum of Anthropology, which opened in 1976.
UBC is currentiy building a $24
million library to be named in
Koerner's honour.
Koerner was also an honorary
Vice President ofthe Vancouver
Art Gallery and the Vancouver
Symphony Society, and served as
a governor of the Vancouver
Opera Association.
Koerner's wife Marianne
passed away in 1990. He is survived by his sons Nicholas Thomas
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Board of Directors of
The Ubyssey Publications Society
Friday, August 4, 7pm
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is the publisher of The Ubyssey. The Boar d of Directors
meetings are open to all members and are a lot of fun.
l.Call to Order
2. Approval of Agenda
3.Approval of Minutes from last meeting
4.Business Arising from the Minutes
5.Cornmittee Reports -
- Budget Committee
- Capital Committee
- Hiring Committee
- Policy and Bylaws Committee
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Is the concept of Universality dead? With tuition in some UBC programs already edging towards the tens
of thousands of dollars per year, UBC students—and Canadian society in general—are about to face the
realities of a two tiered educational system: tuition fees so high that only the rich can afford an education.
Students planning to pursue
an MBA Program face a 48
per cent increase in tuition
fees. This increase includes
$2000 earmarked for special
costs peculiar to the MBA
program, which brings the total tuition
fee for the program to $7,000.
Pharmaceutical sciences doctoral
students also face a whopping increase
of just under $10,000, bringing the
yearly tuition fees to $12,000.
Pharmacy undergrads will also be paying an extra $200 a year practice fee to
cover the costs of a 10 week internship.
Although doctoral candidates are
not necessarily sponsored by chemical
or pharmaceutical companies, according to associate Dean David Hill,
"most are practicing pharmacists with
a few years experience in the field.
Many, in fact, have the opportunity to
work part time while attending school,
and  all  candidates  are  eligible  and
receive a sizeable fellowship with support fees amounting to $25,000 a year."
When asked about corporate sponsorship, Hill added that the money for the
fellowship was raised from corporate
and industrial donors.
This is not the case for students
entering MBA program, since they are
typical students seeking to improve
their career prospects after leaving
University. According to MBA
Director Ethel Davis, "It was never the
intention of the Faculty of Commerce
to have the program funded by business." However the Faculty Advisory
Committee for the MBA program consists of representatives from the
Canadian business community who
stand to benefit from the revised program.
Although the exact timing is vague,
the Faculty of Commerce plans to
implement Tull cost recovery' once the
revised MBA program is up and run
ning. Cost recovery is designed to
recover the special costs which are part
of, and therefore unique to the MBA
program itself, and which do not come
from the Faculty's general purpose
operating fund (GPOF).
The Faculty of Pharmacy also plans
to profit from the tuition fee hikes, projecting a surplus of 30 per cent. This
money will be retained by UBC for
general infrastructure costs. BoG has
stated that the fees are paid by drug
and chemical companies sponsoring
doctoral candidates through corporate
donations. Such cost recovery programs might actually bring in some
badly needed revenue in the wake of
serious funding shortfalls brought on
by the Chretien administration's decision to phase out transfer payments to
the provinces.
Student BoG rep Michael Hughes
believes that profiteering from so
called cost recovery programs is not
the real issue. Instead, he faults the
whole philosophy of cost recovery
itself. "The problem is charging prices
people can't afford to pay. You can't
really define it
as profit from "We have to fight
the budget figures,    because these pilot
there       aren't
any." proj'ects...there'II
Hughes     is
not happy with      be effectively a
full cost recovery in any pro- two tier university
"Whatever system"
the        department, we have—Michael Hughes
to fight these
initial pilot projects, because, if they're allowed to proliferate, there'll be effectively a two tier
university system, and only those who
can afford it will have access to the best
university programs."
To  date,  cost-recovery programs
by Andy Barham
The AMS calls the have only been
proposed     for
entire debate at    professional
degree       pro-
the BoG level grams     where
graduating stu-
"sketchy" and        dents are
expected       to
"evasive." enter into rela
tively  lucrative
Consultation with employment.
According    to
the Students was    AMS President
Janice    Boyle,
minimal. "professional
includes nursing, social work, programs that are considered profesional
but do not traditionally have a high
return for students that are taking
Consultation between the Board
and the AMS has been minimal. "They
are very sketchy and very evasive on
exacdy what the debate was, what they
said, and what were the reasons for
why they've done what they've done,
other than "we need the money and
they've done it at other universities, so
we're gonna do it here," she said.
Both Boyle and Hughes believe that
other professional degree programs
will soon be following the cost recovery trail blazed by the Pharm D and
MBA programs. The Faculties of Law,
Dentistry, Medicine, and even
Engineering undergrads will likely be
next, while Nursing and Social Work
may also soon feel the sharp sting of
cost recovery based tuition fees. The
President's Office was contacted
repeatedly but would not comment on
the matter.
Axworthy saves law
students' summer jobs
from White's cuts
by Paula Bach and Charlie Cho
Two UBC law students would have been unable to give
free legal aid to disadvantaged clients this summer if North
Van Reform MP Ted White had had his way.
Two weeks ago Human Resources Minister Lloyd
Axworthy intervened to overturn White's decision to cut
funding for the two North Shore clinics run by the Law
Student's Legal Advice Program (LSLAP).
LSLAP, a non-profit organization staffed by UBC law students, has provided free legal aid to North Shore residents
who could not otherwise afford it for more than a decade.
White struck a community grants committee last spring to
allocate $155,000 in Summer Career Placement Program
(SCPP) grants in his North Vancouver riding. The committee
consisted of thirty constituents who had accepted one of 550
randomly-mailed invitations.
White's committee rejected about $47,000 in grant proposals, including LSLAP's $6,000 funding application to subsidize two full-time law students.
Vicci-Lyn Barkwell-Blake, the student legal advisor working at the North Shore Neighborhood House, says her many
clients include those "who have been evicted and have ten
days to get out of their homes...divorces and wills-just everything.''
Lawyers at the North Shore Community Law Offices
(NSCLO) were "devastated" when they learned of the decision, said North Shore Community Services director of information Boodie Amott.
She added that the law offices are extremely busy during
the summer and would have had to turn away clients.
LSLAP Public Relations Officer Jennifer Johnston claims
that many litigants would have gone to court unprepared as a
result, potentially costing taxpayers thousands of dollars
through court appearance rescheduling.
White claims to be a supporter of the Law students' program, and it was White himself who suggested last year that
LSLAP request additional SCPP funding. While White had
the authority to overturn the grant allocation committee's
decision to discontinue funding, he chose not do so.
"...My promise to the voters of North Vancouver was that I
would accept the decsions of the Committee," White wrote in
ajuly 18 fax to The Ubyssey. "I realise that some peo
ple were disappointed with the [grant allocation] process, but
from the perspective of the majority of those who pay the
taxes which fund the program, the process was far from disappointing."
The two North Shore LSLAP clinics will continue to provide free legal advice throughout the summer.
July 27, 1995
The Summer Ubyssey Page 4
Thursday Juiy 27,1995
Ubyssey Culture
Taste of Joy - Trigger
Pieces [Nettwerkl
Trigger.Pieces is a collection of
catchy pop songs reminiscent, at its
best, of The Bangles wi.than edge. As
competent song writers, Taste ,of Joy
have included a few real gems in this
'Maybe In Time', for example, possesses one inherent qua I ity of a 11 great
music: it flows effortlessly along, pulling the listener in as it journeys downstream from beginning to end, in effect, drowning the listener in song.
'Dear John' takes the old army cli-
che.of the "Dear John" letter and turns
it upside down, exposing the writer's
motivation to our examination, making us think that, perhaps, John was
asking for it all along.
The CD is worth picking up for
these two songs alone. Their beauty,
and, indeed, the beauty of most great
pop music, lies in the lack of an obvious influence.
Unfortunately,.this is not generally
so throughout the album.
" 'Over The Snow', for example,
sounds like the band spent a.rainy
weekend at the lake with only the
Beatles', White Album and Abbey
. Road for company. 'Loaded' could
, have been written by Blue Rodeo,,
while 'Gun Pointed' sounds suspiciously like a song from Jesus Jones'
Doubt. And, of course, the inevitable
Bangles comparison, given the "little
girl" singing style of lead singer
Michele Gould (so ubiquitous among
North American pop singers from
Betty Boop to Madonna).
. It's a pity because, musically, Taste
of Joy have the'pdtential to blast the
Bangles comparison straight to hell. 1
just hope Taste of Joy can live up to it.
-Andy the grate
Lyre, Lyre, Pants on Fire ..
; Vancouver Early Music Festival
i at the UBC Recital Hall July 30
by Suseh Nie^ares
The Vancouver Early Music Festival
began its 15th season last Sunday at
the UBC Recital Hall, with the Purcell
Consort of Toronto opening the festivities.
Seven concerts in total are scheduled over the next four weeks spanning seven centuries of vocal and instrumental music. These concerts are
presented in conjunction with daytime
workshops at the School of Music, covering topics from instrumentation to
One of the highlights coming up will
be this Sunday's performance by the
Sequentia ensemble. Founded in 1977,
Sequentia is now probably the best-
recognized leader in researching and
reconstructing the musical traditions
of medieval Europe.
Although they are currently in the
midst of a long-term project to record
the complete works of mystic abbess
Benjamin Bagby and Barbara Thornton hold the harp for fellow Sequentia
performer Elizabeth Gaver. Jean Renard photo.
Hildegard von Bingen (their latest installment was last February's Canticles
of Ecstasy) Sunday's program will focus heavily on the Icelandic mythology of the Eddas,. composed between
the 9th and 13th centuries.
With the recordings of the Santo
Domingo monks and others pushing medieval music to the fore, Sequentia is a
group that must not be missed.
hHead rocks, just like everyone else
by Charlie Cho
hHead has no illusions of who they are: an honest rock
band looking for a break. As evidenced by their album jerk,
this "alternative power trio from Toronto" plays grunge tunes
that wail around the usual Pearl Jam themes of school, sex,
love and death.
Inspired by the likes of Sylvia Plath and Ezra Pound, these
songs boast ironic titles like 'happy7, 'love' and 'answers'.
Citing Canadian bands like Mystery Machine, Eric's Trip
and the Rheostatics as musical inspirations, bassist Brendan
Canning, guitarist Noah Mintz and drummer Mark Bartkiw
alternate between quiet narratives and loud, dirty dirges.
Canning and Mintz met during their first year at Brock
University, which became the basis for their cynical songs
'remedial' and 'university'.
"Me and my friend were making fun of Brendan and his
friend. I finally realised these are the only half-alternative
people in this entire school. Might as well make friends
with these guys," Mintz recalls.
Though hHead presented an interactive program earlier
this year on the Internet, Mintz thinks that the infobahn
suffers from too much hype. "The [World Wide] Web probably never should have started the way it started. It's far
too commercial."
He adds, "One of the big problems is the emphasis on
information. Information is not knowledge."
After tooling around Canada in their van, hHead will begin a four-week tour in the States beginning August 14.
Wenders and Wang send Clothes up in Smoke
Notebook on Cities and
at Pacific Cinematheque July 28 ■
by Rick Hunter
. When asked to make a film "in the context of fashion", Wim Wenders was hesitant at first, but he decided to look at fashion without prejudice, to examine it as an
industry similar to his own industry of
filmmaking. Carried along on nothing but
his own curiosity, Wenders' project became the 1989 documentary Notebook on
Cities and Clothes (it took six years for the.
film to get to Vancouver).
The designer Wenders studied was
Yohji Yamamoto, both in his native
Tokyo and in Paris. Wenders       .'---
says he was personally mod-   \    .
vated to film this particular designer because of a favorite coat
designed    by    Yamamoto.
Wenders wanted to meet the de-   ,
signer who was able to create a
coat that, despite several copies,
could still have a personal impact
on each individual wearer.
The true themes of this film have
nothing to do with the clothes, as
they are seldom seen in full, nor the
fashion industry, shown only as an
aside. Wenders instead explores the
connected themes of Image and Identity
and how these two concepts can remain
in a world that is increasingly overwhelmed by electronic copies. Paintings
gave way to photographs, which gave way
to film, which gave way to videotape. With
paintings, one knew which was the origi-.
31 nal and which was the fake, but that distinction no longer remains.
. Technology has changed the images of
people and things. Much of the film is used
to show how film and video, for example,
can change perceptions. Yamamoto is
shown speaking on a small video screen,
held in front of the camera as it films his
working on his clothes. Sometimes the
smaller image of Yamamoto is silent while
a voiceover of his is used. These double
images of the same man commenting on
his own actions do make one
wonder about „ .
the con-
Yohji Yornc"— cept of Identity. It ^
not only clothes that can be copied,
but people too.
The problem created by playing with
Identity in this manner is that it begins to
feel hollow. Yamamoto never seems quite
real, though the movie is about him. He is
simply another image to be used by
Wenders. The movie itself begins to blur
as Tokyo and Paris start to look alike and
all the various images of Yamamoto become mdistinguishable one from the other.
This could be anywhere or anyone, when
it ought to be more specific.
opens someday soon at the Caprice
by Peter T. Chattaway
It's been said that Hollywood films
would be much more interesting if
producers just sat some actors around
a table and got them talking. If this
aesthetic sounds appealing, and if
you don't mind the actors following a somewhat rambling script,
then Smoke is the movie for you.
Wayne Wang's latest gabfest
(his last was The Joy Luck Club)
is almost oppressively thick with
its titular metaphor; one is
tempted to call the film a feature-length ad for lung cancer,
and the themes lurking in its
nicotine vapours are worn conspicuously on the film's sleeve - or at
least rolled up in its cuff. (Thankfully, not
one unleashed cigarette boasts a brand
name; for once, the gods of product placement have been flouted!)
Everyone in the film seems to boast a
wound from the past. Cyrus (Forest
Whitaker) lost his wife and his arm in a
drunk driving incident and now wears a
suspiciously long mechanical limb. More
mysterious is the eyepatch worn by Ruby
(the underappreciated Stockard Charming,
who probably needn't have gone to the
trouble of making her thankless role so
real). Even Paul (a thin-haired William
Hurt, his voice a low and sometimes inaudible rumble) appears to flaunt a badge
of human frailty in the permanent stripe
of sweat that graces his shirt.
The assured eye of calm in these quiet
storms is the local tobacconist Auggie
(Harvey Keitel), a dispassionate observer
of Life who has amassed a collection of
over 4000 photos - one for each day, and
all of them taken from the same street corner. Even the discovery that he has an 18-
year-old daughter who "looks just like
him" (not a fate I'd wish on any actress,
even Ashley Judd, whose two-minute
cameo apparently warrants a spot in the
ads) barely fazes him. It is only when
thieves and careless employees desecrate
his abode that he begins to show a temper.
The film's greatest strength lies somewhere between Paul Aster's script, which
is peppered with mtriguingly parabolic
anecdotes, and Wang's measured
minimalism, which effuses a carefully
guarded warmth into an otherwise slight
storyline. It's the warmth of a lounge, a
den, or a cafe dense and foggy with the
stories that cloud the sometimes arbitrary
distinction between personal truths and
public fact. Ubyssey Culture
Thursday July 27,1995
Page 5
UBC grad pays student loan with a hit movie
by Peter T. Chattaway
Looking for a quick way to pay off
your student loan? Consider making a
hot little film that wins lots of prize
money on the festival circuit, then opens
across the continent at mainstream theatres everywhere. That's what UBC
graduate Mina Shum did, with a little
help from the judges at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her debut feature
Double Happiness opens tomorrow at
the Vancouver Centre theatre.
Okay, so her route to success borders
on the inimitable. As Shum herself admits, the five years since she got her
diploma in Film Studies has been "the
film student's dream come true. Everything that could possibly happen to
someone who's graduated from film
school in their first five years has happened to me, other than if I was
Tarantino or something like that."
Shum's first post-grad project was a
short film called Love In. In May 1991,
she began writing the first draft of Banana Split, the script that would eventually grow into Double Happiness.
At first Shum envisioned the film as
an art-house flick with a budget hovering near $40,000. But when her second short. Me Mom & Mona, won the
Special Jury Citation at the 1993 Toronto Festival of Festivals, Double Happiness graduated to full-fledged feature
Shum developed the script while in
residence at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre, a Toronto thinktank
for filmmakers who want to go beyond
their student-film sensibilities. "I had to
learn to write feature narrative, which
is a whole other world," she says. "When
you're in film school, they don't really
teach you how to do that. They teach
you some things about filmmaking, but
they don't really teach you how to tell
your story. Only you can do that."
Shum credits the input of her friends
with helping her writing. "I had a story
editor named Dennis Foon, who's the
founding artistic director of the Green
Thumb Players here, and he held my
hand and taught me about something
called 'structure'."
Another friend, an American director,
told her to remove the explicit Vancouver
references from the script (though a
passing reference to Pender Street and
a Chinatown shopping bag do make the
final cut). "The references that were to
Vancouver were so small, I thought,
T/Vhy not? Let's take it out.' And I think
it's aided us in getting an American distributor. It's just like in the film, nobody
ever talks about being Chinese? Nobody
ever talks about where they are either,
because it's a universal story."
Ironically, Shum set out to tell her own
story, not necessarily a universal one.
Double Happiness chronicles the complicated misadventures of a 22-year-old
actress named Jade (The Diary of Evelyn
Lau's Sandra Oh). Her parents, both immigrants from Hong Kong, want her to
give up her acting ambitions and marry
a nice Chinese boy, but Jade doesn't
share their cultural insulation. In fact,
behind their collective back, she's just
started dating a somewhat geeky Caucasian named Mark (Callum Rermie, who
Shum giddily describes as "a male Annie
Hall — women really respond to him!").
Casting a cloud over Jade's dilemma
is the knowledge that her parents have
already disowned her unseen older
brother for walking out on the Chinese
All of these story elements are rooted
in Shum's own experiences as a Chinese Canadian growing up under immigrant parents, but audiences from a
variety of cultural backgrounds have responded to her film. "The more specific,
the more universal," says Shum. "I do
think that is the best way to make films.
I've seen homogenized work, where
people are trying to deliver a cultural
message — cultural flag-waving, I call it
— and what happens is it ends up being very boring because there's no hero
involved, there's no struggle. So I made
the struggle an emotional one. Rather
than [contrast] two different cultures, I
made it her problems specifically."
The universal appreciation of Double
Happiness is evident from the prizes that
have been heaped on it at festivals in
places as diverse as Vancouver, Toronto,
Turin, the Sundance Festival and, of
course, Berlin, where it won $ 19,500 as
part of the Wolfgang Staudte Award for
best first or second feature film (with
the money, she paid the remaining
Top: Mina Shum sports a brand-new 'do ("The media will suck you up, so I
thought I'd do something really outrageous to regain part of my personality, and
be a Chinese blonde"). Chris Coughlan photo.
$13,000 in her student loan debt).
"The Berlin prize was the ultimate in
gushing," she says. "The award is actually an analysis of the film. You know
the Germans, they're very serious. Only
at the end when it says 'this film is witty
and entertaining in the best sense of
the word' do you realize it's a comedy."
It's something of a double happiness
that her film's success has not only freed
Shum financially but, ironically, it has
perhaps even played a role in reconciling Shum to her parents. "Everything's
fine now," she says. "In fact, the film, I
think, has helped. They realize something works. They're not sure why,
they're not sure they can condone it, but
whatever it is, it works.
"They're so proud of me. They
thought, 'It's great you didn't go buy toys
with that $ 19,000, you paid off your student loan. You must be an adult by now.'
So there's this unbelievable pride they
have that anyone could turn out this well
and still be walking that very strange
line that they walk."
Double Happiness
opens July 28 at Vancouver
by Charlie Cho
Double Happiness is a refreshingly accurate reflection
of middle-class Chinese Canadian experiences. Jade Li
(Sandra Oh) is an aspiring actress who tries to challenge
some of the assumptions that
both Chinese and other Canadians make. Even though
Jade has a proficient and diverse acting range, she always finds herself typecast as
Chinese, accent and all. She
can speak Cantonese, but she
cannot read it, so her identity becomes even
more muddled.
This messy, alienating clash of language and
culture is expressed in a variety of ways.While
Jade tries to accomodate all of her cultural,
personal, and professional worlds, her family
presents a much clearer sense of self-iden-
Sandra Oh and Callum Rennie star in Double Happiness.
tity. Her father's strong, traditional work ethic
is often at odds with the thespian lifestyle to
which Jade aspires. Of course, the phrase "get
a real job" transcends language barriers.
This movie is also about the intense expectation that Chinese women ought to marry a
good Chinese man. Jade's attempt to go
around these expectations
and pursue a relationship
with white man Mark
(Callum Rennie) is totally
tongue in cheek.
Although narrated from
Jade's multifaceted point of
view, the audience still gains
a fairly good sense of the
other members of her family. As if to highlight the differences between them and
their parents, Jade's silly
little sister Pearl playfully
shares stupid puns with her
that play on the English language.
Including hip tunes by
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy
Planet and the intro to Sonic Youth's'Sugar
Kane' may contribute to this film's success
in popularizing Chinese Canadian culture,
just as African American culture has been
mainstreamed. However, those unfamiliar
with Chinese idioms may not catch all the
connotations lurking in the subtitles. opinion
Qosed doors silence student voices
AMS Council makes decisions that affect students'
lives — as do any number of commisions, committees, and boards on campus. Some of those policies
make life better for students while others make it
worse. If students are not at the table when a
decision is being made, then the latter case is far
more likely.
After policies are made committees disperse until
the next meeting, and they rarely want to return to
previous items of business. Prior business has
already been considered, policies have been
implemented, the great wheels of bureaucracy have
been set in motion, and the collective ego likes to
save face. If students' voices are to be heard, if their
views are to be represented, then they must be at
the table when decisions are made.
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July 27, 1995.
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As with many other things, no one could remember how it all began.
Andy Barham and Oscar Zuniga began to argue as to just whom Chris
Nuttall-Smith answered to. Charlie Cho turned around to see what was
going on and offer his two cents worth. Peter T. Chattaway said, Tm not
the one with the thesaurus problem you morons, I mean cretins, no
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bowed to no one. Strife spread through the office, envelopingjoe Vales.
Andy Ferris was filled with ire when told that his two page feature on
squirrels and their favourite candy bars would not run. Scott Hayward
and Christine Price, normally harmony personified, began to quarrel.
"You are all answerable to me!" yelled Deserie Harrison, "and while
you're at it call me Lilith." Rick Hunter screamed, "Hell no, I'd rather
quit" Chris Coughlan was the first to resign, earning jeers from Janet
Winters. James Rowan departed because the paper wouldn't switch to
Quark XPRESS. The staff dispute spilled out onto the SUB plaza leaving Siobhan Roantree to shout, "None of you can resign 'cause you're
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Some members of the appointed Student Administrative Commission claim that it is an apolitical body. SAC
controls the creation of new clubs, allocates space and
resources for about 175 exisiting dubs, and has the
power to deconstitute them. It is chaired by an elected
official and answers to an elected body, and usually its
meetings are dosed.
Recendy the chair of SAC took one of its decisions to
an open forum, AMS Council, to discuss what most
agree was a politicised issue. Two members of SAC
promptly resigned even though neither one will be at
UBC in September. Machiavelli would be proud. Three
other members wrote letters of protest to die chair.
These responses were politically motivated attempts to
wrest control of SAC from its elected chair back to an
old guard appointed by previous administrations.
Ubyssey letters
Rodney say
story bad
I must admit to being almost
completely uninformed about
the current controversy in the
Political Science department.
Unfortunately, the Dean
Marchak story in the July 20
Summer Ubyssey were not
much help.
If it is really true, as Dr.
Marchak says, that the
McEwen report is nothing but
unsupported allegations, it
should be ignored on the basis
of natural justice. If it is not, it
would have been helpful if the
reader had been told how so.
The findings ofthe 1992
external review are not of great
interest. Let us take them in
1. Faculty "working with
paradigms which are somewhat dated." So? Is that
inherently sexist/racist? Why?
Last time I looked, women
were underrepresented in all
aspects of life. This is not to
defend inequality, but why
should the PoliSci department
be under any more obligation
than any other to deal with
3. Complaints: "course
content": students who think
they are entided to dictate
course content are arrogant.
"Complaints'': unsupported
allegations again?
Nowhere in the article is an
attempt made to show what, if
anything is wrong with Dr.
Marchak's claims. Apparently
the reader is expected to take
sides without knowing the facts.
I abstain.
RodneyJ. Snooks
5th year unclassified
Steve's psychic
Steve Wilson, the Graduate
Student Society's director of
external affairs, obviously has
some amazing mind-reading
abilities which surely are
wasted on ferreting out the
secret motives of the Dean of
But thanks to his telepathic
powers, as reported on in the
July 20 Ubyssey, we now know
that the Dean expected the
McEwen report to exonerate
the political Science Department and that she criticized the
report solely to deflect attention
from the "real problem" in the
Department, the alleged sexism
and racism there.
It couldn't perhaps be that
the report deserved criticism?
Sheldon Goldfarb
Archival Studies I
In a manner akin to that of SAC, the University
Board of Governors recently set its new tuition
policy. It included removal of limits to tuition
increases and introduction of the first full cost
recovery programs in UBCs history. Two student
representatives were offered token five minute time
slots to address the Board on their concerns.Then
the doors were closed and decisions were made.
The President of the AMS has asked about the
debate and found the University's response," ...
sketchy and evasive."
If their interests are to be upheld, students must
be fully informed, well organised, and politically
active. They also must be present at the table.
Leave those
trees alone
An open Utter tojactie Pement,
Minister of Transportation and
I was a resident of West Point
Grey for forty-two years and
the University Blvd has always
provided a haven and a source
of delight in all seasons. I read,
with growing horror and
disbelief that 186 silver maples
remaining from the original 211
trees, are to be removed
because of hazardous conditions over the next four years.
This decision seems to be
hasty, expensive, and totally
lacking in the concepts which
have helped to make Vancouver a beautiful City. I understand from an expert opinion
aired on television that most of
[sic] trees are capable of being
saved by judicious pruning. It
appears that "heritage"
becomes just a word in an age
when all of us need some
steadfast tradition as a bulwark
against escalating lack of
principles. Why not start with a
more refined, humanistic
approach to this problem?
Kathleen Trasov
Ditto from
her son
Your decision to chop down
all the old silver maples along
University Boulevard is a
regression to clearcut mentality.
Replacing these trees with
saplings is a simple convenience. This boulevard with its
60 year old trees is one of the
most beautiful in Vancouver.
They belong to the heritage of
our city like monuments and
landmarks. A Vancouverite,
I have resided in Germany for
several years. There one tries to
preserve the few remaining
tree-lined boulevards. Surely, it
is economical to prune the
healthier trees and remove
individual sick trees rather than
felling the entire boulevard.
You are approaching the
situation in a myopic way and
it looks too much like the
misuse of our forests. Whether
in the city or the countryside,
let's wake up to the beauties of
our surrounding for a vision of
the present and future.
Vincent Trasov
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The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, July 20,1995. opinion
Where to go from here?
McEwen's Report: from impasse to improvement?
It seems obvious to me that the
McEwen Report is deeply deficient.
Any more than a brief look at the
Report reveals that it consists mainly
of superficial recording of untested
allegations rather than of any insightful analysis. McEwen took 10 months
and all she can conclude is "that a
genuine issue has been raised with
respect to the allegations of pervasive
racism and sexism." How much would
you pay for an 'investigation' which
concluded that an "issue has been
This botch-up is probably not
entirely McEwen's fault but lies partly
with those who supported her decision
to focus on 'systemic' racism and
sexism. Defining the 'problem' in
these terms precludes a real investigation of provable wrongdoing or harm.
McEwen asserts that the fact that some
people reportedly experienced certain
situations and behaviours as 'racist'
and 'sexist' provides "some evidence
that a climate which is 'chilly' for
white females and people of colour
may exist." Where there's smoke
there's often fire. But what McEwen
seems to be saying is: "some people
say they see smoke. I don't know if
they're right but, if they are, there's
probably fire too." Additional defects
and failures of the Report have been
catalogued elsewhere, so I won't waste
space on them here. The pressing
question has become: what now?
It would be easy for the situation to
degenerate into a pitched batde. From
the standpoint of complainants, the
failure of the Report is not absolute since
it argued that their allegations are not
totally ridiculous or completely loony but
instead raise an issue for investigation.
On the other hand, the same applies to
the respondents,
whose defence was
not rejected either.
The Report is not a
'victory' because allegations are neither
confirmed nor denied. It might be
advantageous to some people to foster a
'batde' featuring the GSS and the Dean
of Graduate Studies versus the Department and the Dean of Arts, with the
AMS, Administration, Senate, BoG and
other groups intervening from time to
time. The longer the batde lasts, the
more divisive it will be both within and
between the various factions.
The fact that there is a political
struggle between protagonists is normal
since the McEwen Report is a great tool
for waging ideological batties and for
pressing demands unrelated to the
Report itself. But brandishing the
by Willem Ma.is
Report in this way is dishonest and
irresponsible. The crucial question is:
how can we all benefit from this sordid
experience? Or at least, how can the
situation be resolved in a way that
minimises harm?
Since the Report is flawed, its recommendations have to be critically evaluated. Unfortunately, President
Strangway has already taken the precipitous and ill-advised step of halting
graduate admissions
into the Department.
This decision hurts
both PoliSci students
and faculty. Pretending
that undergrads are unaffected is a false
distinction since graduate students are
our TAs and friends, share the same
profs, the same classrooms and many of
the same frustrations. Everyone in
PoliSci shares the benefits (and the
damage) of the Department's reputation.
I believe that any future action should
keep in mind first and foremost the best
interests of PoliSci students and faculty.
Simply acknowledging the Report's
failure does not go far enough, since
ignoring the Report in no way resolves
the situation. The very vague, very
comforting idea that everything should
be halted until 'something is done' is
equally unacceptable. What we need
now are concrete proposals to improve the situation and, hopefully, to
find a beneficial resolution. This is an
opportunity for learning and improvement. Would those with proposals for
amelioration please come forward?
Caveat: My personal experiences give me
what might be considered a well-informed
'insider's'perspective, but they also give me
a particular bias. I just received my BA
double honours in PoliSci and Geography;
represent undergrad PoliSci students to the
Faculty of Arts; work as research assistant
for a female PoliSci faculty member; have
taken UBC PoliSci courses from only 7
profs, including both the past Head ofthe
Department and the current Head (who
acknowledges me in his most recent book);
am a Senator-at-large; keep in contact
with many current and past PoliSci
students; and also sit on AMS Council.
My understanding ofthe situation may
seem clear and informed, but please keep
in mind that I am involved in it in
complex ways.
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Thursday, July 20,1995.
The Summer Ubyssey sports
Soccer 'Birds prepare for japan
by Joe Vales
Thunderbirds' soccer coach
Dick Mosher may be the most
successful CIAU head coach in
the last decade. The UBC men's
team has won five of the last six
CIAU championships and the
women's team is the defending
Canada West champions.
In addition to his successes on
the field, Mosher is also the university's Athletic Coordinator. He
holds a PhD in Human Kinetics,
and took the time to share some
of his thoughts on the future of
men's soccer at UBC.
The UBC men's team is cur-
rendy practicing twice a week and
playing with the UBC Alumni
team in the Pacific Coast League.
They are preparing for the World
Universidade Games in Japan
from August 22 to September 2.
Mosher still has a few spots to fill
on his final roster before leaving
on August 9.
The team is in dire need of a
second string goalkeeper. UBC
keeper Pat Onstad is playing in the
American Professional Soccer
League (A-League) with the Montreal Impact, and Garrett Caldwell
is considering a try-out with an
English Club. While goaltending
is the biggest challenge in Mosher's
mind, there are other players who
are undecided about whether to
join the team in Japan.
Midfielder Paul DaiDy, centerback
Nico Berg, and defender/midfielder
Jean-Paul Knecevic are with the
Vancouver 86'ers. Five other
'Birds are currendy playing with
the Canadian Olympic Team.
Eighty-sixers' head coach Carl
Valentine describes Dailly as a
"hard-working, determined, and
aggressive player, with and without the ball. He has a good shot,
and excellent crosser. He is good
and has lots of potential." Dailly
was an impressive player in last
year's Nationals and is expected to
stick with the 86'ers for the rest of
the year. He will then rejoin the T-
J.P. Knecevic—"an old-fashioned center"
Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
birds for the 1995 CIAU season.
Valentine describes Berg as
"comfortable with the ball, a
strong tackier, with a good attitude and good training. He succumbs to lapses defensively, but
[he is] a good starter." However,
he will be out with a broken foot
for six to eight weeks. Both Berg
and Dailly have one year of eligibility left with the T-Birds.
Knecevic is ineligible to return
to the 'Birds in September, but
he may join the team for the trip
to Japan. He is "strong in the air,
a solid tackier, an old-fashioned
center; [but] must improve on
ball possession," said Valentine.
He must now consider whether
continuing with the 86'ers or going to Japan with the T-Birds will
be better for his future career in
If these players don't catch on
with the 86'ers or internationally,
they are all prime candidates for
the Canadian National team.
Both teams heavily scout the T-
birds. It is clear that Team Canada
head coach Bob Lenarduzzi is
looking closely at the prospect of
Knecevic joining the Olympic
program in the future.
Mark Watson is probably the
most successful UBC alumni in
recent years. He plays for the
English First Division team
Wattford. There is a slim chance
that "Watty" too will participate
for the UBC team in Japan, but
he is ineligible for CIAU competition with the 'Birds after playing professionally for two years.
Watson's experience would
add considerably to the 'Birds
chances on improving on their
last showing in Buffalo—last in
the 16 team tournament. The
goal the 'Birds have set for Japan
is very simple—improvement.
The T-birds are in a grouping
which includes Slovakia, South
Africa, and host team and group
National championships:
Swimmers countdown to Atlanta
by Scott Hayward
UBC athletes Sarah Evanetz and
Anita Lee are among the top contenders at the Canadian Summer
National Championships in Winnipeg this week. The meet will select swimmers to represent Canada
in the Pan Pacific Championship
in Adanta in August and could be
a preview to the 1996 Olympic
Evanetz was UBC women's co-
athlete ofthe year in 1994-95, and
"has been a big factor in the intercollegiate swimming in Canada
over the last few years," according
to UBC swimming coach Tom
Johnson. "She has been swimming
very well and has had some success in the European tour that she
went on earlier in the year," he said.
Evanetz will be a contender in the
100 m and 200 m butterfly and the
100 m and 200 m freestyle events.
Another hopeful is Anita Lee
who is new to UBC. She "is returning from Southern Methodist
University in the states to come
back and prepare for the Olympics and swim with our program
at UBC," said Johnson. Lee's best
events are the 50 m and 100 m
The event will take place from
July 27 to July 30 at the Pan-Am
pool in Winnipeg. Preliminary
heats will be held in the mornings
and the top two athletes from each
event will go on to the Pan Pacific
Championship Adanta from August 10 to August 13.
That meet will include teams
from Japan, the United States,
Australia, New Zealand and several other Pacific Rim countries.
The Canadians will get an early
look at some of the competition
they will be facing at the Olympics next year. Trials for the Ca
nadian Olympic Team will be
from March 30 to April 4 next
UBC has several other athletes who will be in Winnipeg.
CIAU silver medalist Alexandra
Ruiz is "really just looking to establish herself at the final level
in the year before the Olympics.
If she can get up and be in the
top eight this time, seven months
before the Olympic trials, it will
be a very encouraging performance for her," said Johnson.
Glencora Maughan, bronze
medalist last year in the 4 by 100
m relay event may be coming to
UBC in the fall. Johnson describes her as "a contender in the
100 m freestyle and the 100 m
backstroke as well as the 200 m
backstroke". On the men's side,
UBC's best hope is Greg Hamm
in the 200 m backstroke, according to Johnson.
Paul Dailly— "hard working, determined and aggressive player"     Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
favorite Japan. Their goal is to
push through to the second
round. Mosher is confident that
his team will be one of the top
two teams in the grouping.
Mosher is modest when it
comes to taking credit for his accomplishments with the UBC program. He attributes its success to
others-the very talented coaching
staff of Mike Mosher and Tod
Hanvey, the players' desire to win,
the international experience, a
clear objective toward development, and most importandy, the
high calibre of education at UBC.
Mosher describes himself as
"laid-back, at least more so than
the average guy," which is a
"function of developing as a
teacher, coach, and later, as a serious coach [at this level]." He
believes players must experience
the international flavour of soccer to see the grander stage, and
what can be the prize for success,
dedication, and hard work.
UBC's soccer program will
continue to develop young talent,
and giving UBC athletes an opportunity to play professionally in
North America is a positive goal.
UBCswim coach Tom Johnson
Chris Nuttall-Smith photo
The Summer Ubyssey
Thursday, July 20,1995.


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