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UBC's administration fails
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disagree, though—spy
writes a book
upset
A real estate marketing
plan tells students who to
be, how to act
finding housing since 1982
For man^l!!!^^0"^ mefo kickNl back in a cabin
somewhere up the coast. | For Hoang
andhis fifteen housemates, however.
by Todd Silver
HOANG LIVES IN A THE BASEMENT SUITE WITH FOUR FRIENDS. HIS
bedroom is only a little bigger than a walk-in closet. Hoang's
four roomies share the other two bedrooms.
But Hoang isn't complaining. "Its really nice for a basement
suite, that's for sure. There is a kitchen, bathroom, two and a half
bedrooms and we have laundry facilities and bright lights and
everything. Like big windows and stuff like that"
Like thousands of UBC students who rent around Vancouver,
Hoang and his roommates pay top dollar for a tiny, and technically illegal apartment They rent in a city where demand far outstrips supply. And for $ 1100 rent, they get only a few, shaky tenants rights.
Zoe Stronge, manager ofthe AMS-run Rentsline, is feeling the
pressure of students who need places to live.
"For every landlord we have listing a place, there are about
one hundred students looking," she says. Many of those students
call the telephone service from out of town and see their new
place when they show up to move in.
Most two bedroom suites on Rentsline list between $1000
and $1200 per month. Rooms in shared suites go for between
$300 and $550.
"And even the most expensive listings are usually taken after
a few weeks," says Stronge.
WHEN LOOKING FOR MORE AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATIONS,
students can expect lithe help from their elected officials.
Following the Second World War the federal government
built approximately 650,000 homes throughout
the country. According to Tom Durning of the
Tenants Rights Action Coalition this allowed those
who "fell through the cracks", such as the aged
and disabled, to find affordable housing.
But the federal government ended all involvement in housing in 1993.
Approximately 12,000 people have their
names on the waiting list to get into BC Housing.
Those within the program pay thirty per cent of
their income towards rent with the provincial government kicking in the rest
The program, however, is focused only on
families, the elderly, and disabled who have moderate to low incomes. Students are not allowed to
apply.
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LIKE   MANY  STUDENTS  LIVING   IN  SECONDARY
suites, Hoang knows the woes of dealing with unreasonable
landlords.
When they moved out last spring, then former landlord
kept $250 of their damage deposit
"It was just a random number," said Hoang. "All year he
was screwing us around. During the year our furnace broke
down six times. Jane's bedroom, [one of Hoang's roommates], she had fungus growing in it and she had to move out
for a month," Hoang says. "We told him about it in November
and in the end he still decided, for some stupid reason, to
keep $250 of ours."
TRUNC HOANG, AND ANDREW BROOKE (clockwise) on
nkbeds. richard lam photo
Fed up with getting the runaround, the roommates decided to take their landlord to arbitration.
Tenants living in illegal suites do not enjoy the same
rights as those living in legal suites. Such rights include not
only the maintenance of basic standards, but also written
notice of any rent increase three months before it is implemented.
After two hearings, Hoang and his roommates won. "We
got reimbursed for eveiything," says Hoang.
They were among the lucky ones and one of the few that
actually seek justice.♦
Proposed Ontario housing bill concerns students
by Christina Varga
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Student tenants in Ontario
are worried a proposed housing bill will let
landlords raise rent to any amount they think
the market can bear.
The proposed legislation, Bill 96, is undergoing public hearings throughout the summer
and could become law as early as this fall.
Tenant advocacy groups say the new legislation could mean students will have to pay
much higher rents with every move.
"Students are royally screwed under the
new legislation because they move around a
lot," said Howard Tessler of the Federation of
Metro Tenants' Association.
"Vacancy decontrol encourages even good
landlords to be bad landlords. If the landlord
sees the same apartment down the street go for
$ 150 more per month, they will be tempted to
get rid of [their] tenants so they can raise the
rent"
But Anne Dundas, an adviser to Al Leach,
Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing minister, says the new legislation is designed to create more rental housing by giving landlords
more incentives to invest in rental buildings.
She says it will not result in sty-rocketing rents.
"Presently, fifty percent of units are being
rented at less than the legal maximum. If landlords could get it [now] they would," said
Dundas, pointing to Massachusetts as an example of successful rent decontrol laws. "The state
of Massachusetts has phased rigid rent controls out., and there is a huge increase in new
rental units, and rents did not go up."
But research compiled by the
Massachusetts Tenants' Organization shows
that evictions in the Boston Housing Court
increased from 5,000 to 7,500 the year after
rent control was eliminated and the average
rent in the city rose by fourteen percent.
Tenant rights advocates say the new legislation might also make it harder for students, as
lower income earners, to find affordable housing because landlords will be able to legally
deny a rental unit based on a person's income.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission is
presently making a ruling on whether this is
(iiscrirninatory by law.
Still, landlord advocacy groups say the government has not gone far enough "I think the
government should get out of rent control altogether," said Philip Dewan of the Fair Rental
Policy Organization. "[But] we see this as a big
improvement "♦ 2 THE SUMMER UBYSSEY* TUESDAY,
AUGUST 26, 1997
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Changes for SUB clubs
by Sarah Galashan
IHM--MI-.1II-1
PLACE aAN AD with The
Ubyssey, UBC's official student
newspaper. Reach the biggest
concentration of 18-22 year
olds in the lower mainland.
Phone 822-1654 or 822-6681.
At a cost of $35,000 the AMS is making renovations to the SUB basement to make more space
for AMS clubs.
Banging hammers and the hum of electric
saws are music to the ears ofthe Aquasoc and the
Varsity Outdoors club, which will benefit from the
renovations.
"[The clubs] are like 'wow this is the most
amazing thing', they can't wait for clubs days.
They're like totally psyched about it," said Jennie
Chen, AMS director of adniinistration.
"Aquasoc brought forward these proposals
and they were willing to put in money," said
Chen, who noted the club put about $ 15,000 into
lhe renovations. "All the parties involved thought
it was a really positive way to go to promote the
club and also the Varsity Outdoor Club which is
being moved into a bigger and better location."
The area actually being renovated will be used
only for Aquasoc, a scuba diving and marine biology club. The room formerly shared by both clubs
will be enlarged and the Varsity
Outdoors Club has moved into
a new office in the SUB basement
"We're jazzing (the club
area] up a little bit and providing some functional things for
the club. A little larger club
meeting room and a better storage area for their wetsuits and
washdown area," said Michael
Kingsmill, AMS designer.
According to Kingsmill the
renovations are still within budget, are almost on schedule and
should finish without any problems. He added the work is
being done with as little inconvenience to others as possible.
The noise level and disturbance has been minimal, said Robbie Bousadda, the manager of
Snack Attack, an AMS food outlet next to the construction area. "The only bad thing was that in the
TAPE JOB: Cordie Slade topes up the drywall in the new Aquasoc
office.   RICHARD LAM PHOTO
first two days there was dust It's just something
you have to deal with."
"There's no other areas that we're thinking of
doing major renovations to soon," Davies said.*
Lack of funding forces one-week closure of VPL's
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 by Sarah Galashan
Forget about hitting a Vancouver
Public Library for some back to
school studying this week.
All 21 Vancouver Public Library
(VPL) branches will close the last
week of August to help make up for
a $500,000 cut to the library system's budget this year.
"For a number of people it's a
major inconvenience," said Judy
Capes, deputy director of libraries,
referring not only to the public, but
to library employees as well.
"For all full-time [VPL employ
ees] they had the choice of taking
vacation as part of it...or they could
choose to take leave without pay,
and the majority are certainly taking vacation," said Capes. "Part-
time employees were laid off for
that week so they in fact are not
being paid."
In addition to the closure, higher library fines and cuts to administration expenses will make up for
the lack of funds. And according to
Marsha Robinson, head librarian
at the Fraserview branch, these are
more "reasonable measures."
Capes  said  the  library board
wrestied between a one-week closure for all libraries or the complete closure of one branch. The
Fraserview branch in East
Vancouver was originally a target
for the penny pmching, but it got a
new lease on life after the board
opted to make smaller cuts elsewhere.
"It would have really hurt to
have this library closed. Cuts are
really difficult and it's hard for me
to say what's the right thing, but
certainly the community here is
very happy that this library has not
closed," said Robinson.
$M Tired of
Robinson added that while no
one is happy about the closure, the
last week in August is traditionally
the slowest for Vancouver libraries.
It is unknown whether the clos-
sure will direcdy affect UBC
libraries, but according to the Ann
Turner, the acting head director for
the month of August it is unlikely.
Capes said she could not be
sure if the closure would be annual. "Certainly the cut to the budget
is permanent... we don't know if
the closure is permanent, we have
to decide that later."*
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An education is theJirst^jornitment to ensure a
successful futur^^PR^^fefeught about job
experience? J^^ntical in today^raket and
everyone djrads the fateful line. "We'-^Bp really
impresse#with your credentials, but havl^decided
to hire -rcandidate with more experience.'
frustration, one asks, how do I get experier
The ANSWER. With the Alma Mater Society
Interrjship program.
-The positions will be posted in various locations
"throughout the University. In the SUB, they will be
-posted on the main_cQJMrt|B|cr0SS from the
-Gallery. Youvj^jd/KBmH/^nd postings on
the ^l^tffli^HBjflH^^B003*6^ inside
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proviqa an opportunity for students to gain   /
valuarmeducational experience in a workplace
environHfent. Students will be placed in positions
where trnmre expected to augment tlbjpr skills
and knowlW^hrough direct expej||pce with an _
established c^t^^ifeJm^^srtllii'available are_
with well establislSS^^.I^^i'anging from
non-profit agencies to government agencies
across the lower mainland. As well the program is
open to students from all faculties, from any year,
as long as you have the basic background and
general interest in the position. —
iThe best reason to apply for an intern position, is
-the opportunity to find out what is entailed in
"specific career paths. The experience will be
jnvaluable, and you will have that extra edge when
-you decide to apply for your dream job. As well
~you will also increase your networking circle in the
^Vancouver community, which will hopefully open
-new doors of opportunity.
_For more information, please contact Ruta
-Fluxgold, Vice President of the AMS @ 822-3092
"or VicePres@ams.ubc.ca
The AMS Update is published
weekly by the Alma Mater
Society, your student union.
Should you have any questions
regarding usage of this space,
please contact Michelle O'Neill,
AMS Coordinator at 822-1961,
or drop by SUB 264, or email @
comco@ams.ubc.ca.
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THE SUMMER UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. WGU33 2* ISHRj
Transit pass stuck in slow lane
by David Jobson
Plans to cut single-driver vehicle
traffic to campus won't go far until
UBC hires a transportation director, but the hiring deadline passed
nearly a month ago.
The university committed itself
in its Official Community Plan
(OCP) passed into law last month
to hiring a transportation director
by July 31. That person would
develop transportation initiatives
like the U-Pass, a discount transit-
fare system partly funded by campus parking fees.
Geoff Atkins,  UBC  associate
vice president of Lands and
Building Services, said the hiring
delay isn't for lack of trying. Atkins
said a person he'd selected for the
job turned the offer down but he
planned to hire a director soon.
"We don't want to lose anymore
momentum on it," he added.
The AMS policy analyst,
Desmond Rodenbour, said he
was surprised UBC had missed
the deadline.
"It totally surprises me that
they haven't started on a sound
foot, that they didn't hire the person early just to prove that they
are on top of the issue,"
Rodenbour said. "I think it's going
to be really negative for the university if they start lagging behind
in their commitments, if they start
cutting corners on their commitments right at the beginning of a
thirty year plan."
But Rodenbour added the summer is a hard time to hire at a university since so many administrators are on holidays.
With the passing of this deadline and concerns about acquiring
new buses, the September 1, 1999
start date for the U-pass system is
in doubt. "I think that [deadline] is
slightly optimistic," said Bill
Lambert, director of customer
support at BC Transit. Lambert
said it would take up to two years
to get new buses for'the system.
The University of Washington
(U of W) operates a successful U-
pass system that UBC is trying to
match. There, students pay $9
Cdn for a monthly bus pass. Since
the U of W system was implemented in 1991, vehicle use has
dropped 16 per cent and transit
use rose 35 percent in the first
year.
Half the $23 million Cdn the U
of W programme costs annually
comes from U-Pass sales, a third
comes from parking fees, nine per
cent comes from U of W's administration and six percent come-
from parking fines.
,. Part of the success of the programme is that it provides a variety of services to the varying
needs of students: disabled persons shuttle, taxi service, bicycling
route improvement, and van-
pools.
To date the University of
Victoria is the only university in
BC with a subsidised bus pass.
"Students waived a discount on
parking fees in exchange for helping to subsidise a bus pass, so that
full-time students get a $42 bus
pass for $36," said Sheila Barr,
UVic information officer. ♦
UBC may get
new residence
by Dale Lum
A soccer pitch and parking lot
by the Student Rec Centre
might become a future site for
student housing and hotel
development.
Mary Risebrough, director
of UBC Housing and
Conferences, said she's
already asked the Campus
Planning department to start
an approval process for the
site. "I have written to them
asking that they initiate the
process as soon as possible;
I'd like to see a committee put
together in the fall to plan the
project," said Risebrough.
If the process goes quickly,
third and fourth year students
might move into Wesbrook
Housing as soon as two years
from now.
Risebrough said although
the project hasn't yet been
designed, it will probably be
more architecturally creative
than other residences. "On
Wesbrook I think the site
allows more creativity to the
architect because it has
homes across the street on the
endowment land."
It will likely combine retail
spaces with studio-style apartments in a medium-rise complex. Hotel space in the new
development would also free
rooms in Gage Court that are
currently used as- a hotel.
The project will be geared
for third and fourth year students, Risebrough said, since
they have the greatest
demand for apartment style
housing with cooking facilities.
Duncan Cavens, a student
representative on the Official
Community Plan (OCP) transportation committee said it,s
a good idea to combine housing with commercial space.
"It would bring people into
the 'heart' of campus 24
hours a day. A couple of sidewalk cafes, maybe a pub or
two would do a lot to make the
whole area more interesting.
Now, UBC is basically dead
after dark," said Cavens.
New student housing on
Wesbrook will be only one of
several housing developments across campus. This
September will see 32 new
rooms opened at St. John's
College. That development
will house 170 graduate students when it's completed in a
few years.
Campus planners hope to
provide on-campus housing
for 25 percent of the undergraduate student population.
A campus plan for UBC's academic core passed in 1992
calls for greater density
around existing student housing facilities. Acadia and
Vanier are already set for
"infill" housing that will
squeeze more use out of those
Getting lively at Lilith Fair
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tii-set bv the Aind, the rain, and ihe long washroom |me
ups. P.iula Coin at least managed to put lorward an
«rii-rgist-d. impnSbioiifcd and interesting performance,
somt'tmrij' d frdgile Lisd Lot.-u couldn't pull off this vcar
ur Ijst. Both Shc.-.Mi Colvn r-no the Indigo Girls certainly
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once, but il whs S'lrdh Mel arhl.in v.ho mind hc-T honir-
t<»v.n most. To l.iu rtsoundin,' ih-.ers, uf Tliunitrbird
Striflium. .".ht; nrought out llu- old favorites, and some
new songs, heroir pulling .hi- entire f.imale nrisiral
cast of Lihth Fan onstr.gr for <j final sing-a-long. No one
could have It-It unhjppy, even if tney were a little wet.
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Students lose jobs with Irving empire after attempts to unionise
by Sarah Schmidt
The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Three University of Toronto students
who went up against the powerful Irving empire now find
themselves out of a job.
When Chris McGowan, Rob Starr and Charles
Kernerman first thought of unionising the Irving-owned
Midland Courier warehouse in Missisauga, it was for job
security, fair wages and adequate benefits.
Now thirteen months after a successful union drive the
former part-time employees find themselves with no job,
no wages and no benefits. At the end of July, Irving pulled
the plug on their jobs, citing the loss of a major contract
with United Postal Service as the reason.
"A significant change in our business occurred with the
loss of a major customer and we have altered our business operation to adapt," said a Midland Courier
spokesperson.
After a frustrating year of limited talks between the
union and management, the students have been told their
warehouse jobs are being contracted out. Office workers
and drivers will keep their jobs.
But for the 20-odd Midland Courier workers who were
fired—most of whom were working part-time to put themselves through school—the explanation does not hold water.
The three student organisers say the loss of the contract is
just an excuse to get rid of unionised employees.
The New Brunswick-based Irving family, which owns the
courier company, has an estimated net worth of $7.5-bil-
lion—placing them among the top ten richest families in the
world.
The organising drive in the small warehouse was going
fine, says Kernerman, until the company got wind of it. "We
quietly talked to some ofthe guys. No one went to management," he said. "And the company had no idea it was happening."
The day before the union vote, Robert Irving himself
arrived from Moncton with an impassioned anti-union
speech and submarine sandwiches for the warehouse
employees, recalls McGowan. This just days after the president of Midland Courier arrived with donuts for the workers.
"We never got anything like this before," said McGowan.
"He was there to intimidate."
After Irving's visit with the employees, the students'
drive to form a union under provincial laws fell short by
one vote. But despite a court challenge by the company, the
students successfully organised under federal legislation
last summer. Federal law requires a 51 per cent majority to
support a union drive.
Arthur Capson, an executive of the New Brunswick
Federation of Labour, says the events at Midland Courier's
Mississauga branch are standard practice in Irving companies.
"We're used to these tactics down here. It's typical." said
Capson. "Even a word of a union gets people laid off. Then
they just change the name ofthe company and continue
on."
The 2 7-month strike at the Irving Oil refinery in St. John
which ended last summer is often held up as the most obvious example. .After being videotaped by the company's private police force, nine ofthe 10 union executives lost their
jobs and many of the remaining workers were forced to
take a bitterness test and an orientation course to assess
their loyalty to the company before returning to work.
Wes Penwarden, the president of Midland Courier, did
not return phone calls and Robert Irving was unavailable
for comment. ♦ THE SUMMER UBY5SEY • TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1997
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Event Horizon
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"INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE TERROR!" Sound familiar? This is the seductive new trailer for Event Horizon.
What should be noted about this trailer is not the film itself, but the brilliant persuasive power of advertis-
[ ing. Even having been warned that this movie was best seen in the thirty second television format, the host of I
luring visual effects and a respectable cast overrode any vicious mumblings of the production I had heard, and [
| parted me from a precious eight dollars.
What I expected was something new, sometiiing innovative, the antithesis of Hollywood. And for two-thirds |
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who knows the whys and wheres. As the crew finds out en route, they have been sent off to salvage the remains
of the Event Horizon, a ship which disappeared seven years ago. Two factors immediately seem to raise the
blood pressure of both crew and audience. No ship has successfully returned from deep space and the ship in
question has suddenly reappeared after a conspicuous seven year absence..A very dark "Alienesque" mood is I
| established from the beginning, not surprising as the producers have been involved in both Aliens,  Predator I
2, and Cocoon The tpnsion mounts as the crow finally finds and boards the Event Horizon. Something is ohvi [
| oush liornblv wrong, bul our brave crew diililullv (arrics mil its mission e\en against llie manv warning groans
Ironi lhe audience.
Director Paul Xnd'-rson is adept at keeping hit. viewers while knuckled, aided, no doulil hv .i (.ireful blend
of following anil obscure shots with miner-,mi! music
\ll goes well until lhe unforgivable happens. The plot lakes a sharp right turn uiloB grade horrin \pparenllv
the ship, which was designed with j magnetic drive capable of folding spare lime and I raveling vast dislain es,
I has arluallv ripped a hole in the third dimension and "has returned possessed bv pure evil. \t which jioinl all
hell breaks loose (no pun intended) Lverv thing was jioing so well Ihe actors had Ihe proper intensity, the ten
.sion was laul even the .-.ci pari ol Ihe him was plausible and lor onre not loo borrowed I mm SLir Tn-k Ml "I a
sudden 1 Inuiul mvsell'walrhing llellraiscriuS/Mic.
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a< lers or even the movie now was pushed aside lor mv search lor the popcorn scrap.- al the hoMom ofthe hag
Horror lans will be thrilled, sri-h fans will be pissed, the rest will be watching Wr lies! friend's Wedding ♦
by Alison Cole
Weird Al Yankovic
August 19 at Pacific Coliseum
We've seen him as a grotesquely ballooned and chain-clad figure in
lhe video "Fat", laughed at his overtly rlevcr and witty song lyrics,
and wished lhaL we too could jam so enthusiastically on an accordion I.as1 Tuesday night, thousand*, of fans came out to the Bad
Hair lour lo see the wacky demeanor that has so sagaciously
defined the beloved king of pop parody. Weird Al Yankovic.
Weird Al prouid thai he is a rock star that appeals lo all ages,
classes, and genders, as he delivered a non slop energetic performance to lhe Coliseum crowd lhat couldn't get enough of his zany
onstage presence. Armed with material accumulated since tlie
'80s, song alter ludicrous song was spewed out by Al and his till
entcd band. And Al was none Loo stingy in supplying a wide assort
merit of new tunes as well as classic old favorites such as tlie farci
cal "Eat It", "Like A Surgeon" and 'Smells Like Nirvana".
Other numbers in the hodgepodge of musical selections included parodies of the works of such pop culture icons as Alanis
Morrisselle, the Smashing Pumpkins, Grnen Day, and L'2. Weird
Al's polka medley rendition of "You Gotta Know" and "Basketrase" - -
proved the physical and creative stamina ofthe star. The Weird Une
further demonstrated his skills with the ulisurdly imaginative lyrics
ofthe ballad "The Largest Rail of Twine in Minnesota" and 'Amish
Paradise"—both of which had me in stitches! But his crowd-pleas
ing didn't stop at that; Weird Al even wont as far as strolling down
the aisle and sitting on audience members' laps while crooning his
outrageous tunes.
Weird Al was in true form--from his trademark accordion, loud
Hawaiian shirts, to his sexy ringlelted hair. Over the years Weird Al
Yanko*.ic has maintained his crazy persona and distinction as a
musical chameleon who can sing and successfully portray any style
he dares and Tuesday night was no exception. The minions were
quenched with a generous dose of Weird Al perfection.*
Markus Wolf -Man Without A Face
"Germany in the early 1950s was a
huge web of declared and undeclared
connections, secrets, shame, and covert
loyalties on both the Righl and the Left.
Nothing was certain, no one coufiP"be
tpisted completely, appearances
deceived," recalls Markus Wolf, former
head of the East German intelligence
service, in his biography Man Without A
Face.
It was during the. 1950stthat Markus
Wolf assumed command of a small,
under funded East German government department* deceptively named
Hauptverwaltung Auflclaerung     „.„, ^_. n„.
(Department of Enlightenment) or HVi|r*rf8ffelend thenrseb/es during the 1946
for short. Wolf directed East German Nuremberg war crime tribunals,
intelligence from 1951 to 1986 and was Tribunals thai w%t#»Sctuaily attended
the West's greatest enemy in Ihe secret while he worked as a radio broadcaster
war for information. His agents were     for the German puppet government
officer in the hated state policy, or Stasi
which was the East German equivalent
of Hitler's slale police Gestapo. Wolf
downplays his role with the Stasi in his
memoirs, but in doing so comes off
sounding hollow and very unconvincing. He insultlljhe reader's intelligence
by claiming he wUfc^ot informed of construction plans for the building of the
Berlin Wall in 1962. Wolf also remains
elusive about his department's role in„
training members^f terrorist groups
such as ETA, the IRA;, and the West
German Red Army Factior^M«tfj*§|ifies
his support by saying "he* was just doing "
his^pb*. This was, I should point out
the., same^rrgument Nazis used to
everywhere, including the West
German government and. NATO-head-
* quarters, where they had access to the
some of the most sensitive documents.
Wolfs biggest coup was putting an
agent right into the office of the late
German Chancellor Willy Brandt. West
German counter-intelligence eventually
discovered Guenter Guillaume, but the
political fallout forced Brandt to resign
from his office in late 1974.
Wolfs numerous successes, combined, with the fact that the West did not
have a photo of him until 1978, made
him a romantic Cold War figure who
inspired admiration, fear, and one, if
not two central characters-in John Le
Carre's novel The Spy Who~Came in
fromthe Cold. Wolf, however, was anything but a romantic figure. Yes, he traveled a lot and enjoyed life's finer things.
Occasionally, he would blast the rigid
East German bureaucracy, but Wolf
never really challenged the status quo.
Indeed, Wolf comes across as the
ideal Orwellian bureaucrat—a man who
is content to follow orders from his
superiors and live off the repressive system, even though he claims to be an idealist who believes in socialism and freedom. Nothing could be further from the
truth.
As assistant minister for state security, he was the second-most powerful
that administered the Soviet occupied
zone of the defeated Nazi Germany.
Guess he must have taken good
notes as he watched the proceedings.
One thing is for certain though—like
most high ranking Nazis, Wolf got away
with a slap on the wrist. And any hurt
feelings will disappear once the royalties from his best-selling book roll in.
Too bad the money is going to such a
despicable man.*
— Wolf Depner
A star is born
by John Zaozirny
Beth Orton
August 21st at Sonar
Beth Orton's voice first fell upon my cars on my maiden listen to the much-
hyped debut album by the Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust. I'd listened
to the entire album from Lrack one on, pleasantly buzzed by Ihe Chemicals'
skilled mesh of beats, scratches and other assorted siren calls when sud
denly it all slowed down to allow a vocalist into its packed soundscape.
"Alive Alone", Orton's duet with the sorrowful sounds of the Chemical
Brothers, was a beautiful comedown track, serving as an ambient cool-down
after the frenetic breakbeats of the rest of the album. Unlike Lhe other vocalist on the album. Charlatans' singer Tim Burgess, Orton hadn't responded
lo the harsh edges of electronic music by dulling her vocal stylings but had
used the song as a platform to move her performance upwards. Orton had
refused to cramp her style, something few electronic guest 'singers' have
managed. The release ofthe Chemical Brother's sophomore album
Dig Your Own Hole gave light to another splendid Orton track, "Where
Do 1 Begin", this one more elegantly constructed and trippy than the soothing "Alive Alone". It was around this time that Beth Orton began to step out
ofthe Chemical Brothers' shadow and come into her own.
It's nearly impossible for anyone outside England to fully understand the
English music scene, with its plethora of up and comers and, more frequently, complete unknowns. For such a small island, England seems to
produce more than its fair share of musicians that come and go with incredible frequency. So Orton's emergence from obscurity was difficult to detect
at first. But the incredible popularity of the Chemical Brothers flushed out
many talents in their trend-setting wake, and the Chemicals' charming collaborator Ms. Orton was one of those brought to prominence.
A debut album like Trailer Park was all it took for Beth Orton to become
a full-fledged UK star. Soon she was performing at Glastonbury, copping a
full-page ad in Brit music magazines for her new single, and popping up in
Spin and Rolling Stone. People soon discovered that Beth Orton was more
than another 'chick singer'.
Actually Orton stumbled into the music business. Having begun her
career as a stage actress, she was called on by electronic artist William Orbit
to sing a couple lines for a song he was working on. Orbit was so impressed
that he began to write songs with Orton—resulting in the 1993 album Super
Pinky Mandy (which sadly hasn't been released in either the UK or North
America) and the first track on Trailer Park, "She Cries Your Name". Her
collaboration with Orbit led Orton to work with Red Snapper and, eventually the Chemical Brothers. Which brings Orton's history up to date. Well,
except for that four-month stint in the Thai monastery, becoming the opening act for the Lemonheads, and working with UK legends Primal Scream.
Suddenly, Beth Orton was a hot property, with major labels wining and
dining her. Turning them down, Orton looked to indie label Heavenly for
support and found all she needed. Her debut album found renowned producers Andrew Weatherall (Primal Scream) and Victor Van Vugt (Luna)
behind the wheel and a whole slew of musicians, including Red Snapper
bassisL (and fellow Chemical Brothers collaborator) Ali Friend, alongside
her. But albums aren't built on musicians or producers, but songs and,
except for the drawn-out "Tangent", Trailer Park is brilliant from beginning
to end. Orton manages to cover the full musical territory—from simple, pensive slow burners hke "Whenever" and "Sugar Boy" to the charming upbeat
hooks of "Live As You Dream" and "Someone's Daughter". There's the
seductive enchantments of siren song "She Cries Your Name," the orchestral beauty of "Don't Need a Reason," and the stark sincerity of Ronnie
Spector cover "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine." And finally, there's the
entrancing "Galaxy of Emptiness," which pulls the listener in with a graceful, gradually building 4-minute intro. The range is so diverse, the sound so
strangely out of time that comparisons have ranged from Joan Baez and
Kate Bush to Tricky and Bjork. Rolling Stone calls it "techno-folkie". Not
quite. How about beautiful?
Yet despite all the hype and an impeccable album, Beth Orton was still
pretty unknown Vancouver-wide—her CD was priced around $28 (only
available as an import), even up until a month ago. Suddenly, perhaps due
to her performances at the increasingly prominent Lilith Fair, Beth Orton
was everywhere—on magazine covers, in a number of articles, and staring
down from omni-present posters. So the scene at Sonar (formerly the Town
Pump) was quite a strange one. There were a number of visible fans, in
quiet corners here and there, but the great majority ofthe audience seemed
to be made up of the curious, the press, and people who thought that this
was supposed to be drum 'n bass night at Sonar.
When Orton and her seven-piece (violin, cello, bass, guitar, keyboards,
drums, percussion) band belatedly took the stage, anticipation was keen
and expectations high. So starting off the concert with a b-side probably wasn't the best idea—although it is doubtful whether half the audience even
knew. Orton and her band seemed to struggle through the first couple numbers, a descent that reached a particularly low ebb during a quiet, acoustic
b-side that was loudly interrupted by drunken heckling, which in a small
environment like Sonar is very annoying. But Orton seemed to take it in
stride, and perhaps taking a cue from her acting days, took the performance
to another level.
Moving through a strong rendition of "Sugarboy" into an jazzed up version of "Galaxy of Emptiness," Beth Orton and band seemed to have taken
to heart the sentiment of "Sugarboy," which summed.up is "fuck you, I'll
survive." With an attitude like that, the performance couldn't help but go
into high gear, as it did with the powerful "She Cries Your Name" and the
lush "Don't Need a Reason." Coming back for an encore, Orton sang a vastly improved, euphonic lake on "Tangent"—the once wayward crowd was in
Beth Orton's pocket, swaying along nicely. Which, in a town like Vancouver,
is quite an accomplishment. You should have been there.*
Weird Al Yankovic crooning to the swooning crowds. Richard Lam photo THE SUMMER UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, AUGUST 26X, 1997
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timmet
August 26, 1997 " volume 14 issue 5
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
News
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Culture
Richelle Rae
Sports
Wolf Depner    ^
National/Features
Jamie Woods
Photo
Richard Lam
Production
i Federico Barahona
The Summer Ubyssey is the official student
newspaper of the University of British
Columbia. It is published every Tuesday by
The Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily
reflect the views of The Ubyssey
Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The
Ubyssey is the property of The Ubyssey
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cannot be reproduced without the
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Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone
number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year
and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
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at the editorial office of The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be done by phone.
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words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
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will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is
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Advertising
Scott Perry
With the sudden closure of the Ubyssey, due to
the monopoly granted the Tangent, the gang was
forced to find other ways to get their rent and kill
some time. Jamie Woods, Craig Reynolds and Joe
Clark were the first to find employment, deciding
to become independent garbage 'contractors*.
Unfortunately, their bullet-riddled bodies were
found weeks later by police-trainees Wolf Depner
and Rachelle Rae. Federico Barahona and
Richard Lam decided to take advantage of their
god-given talents and took their live-action version of Beavis and Butthead on the road. Soon,
though, Chris Nuttall-Smith, annoyed at his role
as Stewart, was forced to donate his talents tqihe
new "LIVE BLOODY DEATH" FOX magazine
show, featuring Sarah Galashan in the Mary Hart
role, Todd Silver in the "other guy" role, and Dan
Gibbons in the bait role. Paul Kamon and Daniel
Silverman were, soon absorbed into the AMS,
where they worked under chief hack Dale Lum as
the new PR men. Training them in their PR
duties was Dave Jobson, who'd decided that it
wasn't what you said, but how you said it. Allison
Cole was left to cry frenetically in the office, while
Alec Macneill-Richardson never even knew anything was wrong. John Zaozirny had really wanted pizza anyway.
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Now wipe that saliva off your
chin, take a few deep breaths
and get ready for some tough
times. Finding a good place to
live is not easy. But for those students brave enough to keep trying here  are  some hints to
remember when looking for a
place to live.
l.Keep your standards low.
Don't expect to find a place with
a dishwasher, microwave or
heating. A landlord may want his
prize German Shepherd to share
your bed. Live with it. You might
need the heat come January.
2.Never be afraid to fix the
place up a bit. Buy some posters
to cover a dreary wall. Add a little paint. Put up a plastic tarp if
you want to keep out the rain,
wind or that kindly wino who
has taken a liking to the dog. And
never underestimate the effect a
good fern will have on your life.
3.Always keep your landlord
happy. Help out with the lawn.
Keep the noise down to a minimum. Humour him if he wants
you to paint his toenails. Don't
give him a reason to throw your
ass out into the cold.
4.Choose  your  roommates
carefully. If a prospective roommate shows up wearing a hat
made out of tinfoil, keep looking.
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APEC hosting a
poor decision
Before he left office, David
Strangway invited the leaders of
APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation) to our campus on
November 24th and 25th. This
was one of his last decisions,
and easily the worst. Even SFU's
accident-prone prez must be
shaking his head about this one.
Our distinguished seat of
learning, supposedly dedicated
to all the best values of our civilisation, is planning to welcome,
among others, General Suharto
from Indonesia and Jiang
Zemin from China. While we're
offering. these two statesmen
cocktails and smoked salmon,
their regimes will be torturing,
murdering, and stealing from
ordinary citizens back home.
Two more ironies come to
mind: One of the groups that
has suffered most at the hands
of these thugs has been university students. And the decision
to invite them to UBC was made
with zero consultation from the
university community—and yet
Strangway was always keen to
remind us in university publications of UBC's motto, tu um est,
or 'it is yours'.
As a graduate of UBC, and a
current employee, I intend to do
what I can to stop this conference from coming to UBC. I
urge your readers to do the
same.
Yours sincerely,
J. Boucher
B-Lot...B-Free
Just a short note on the new B-
lot parking system.
It is good that we saved a
buck on the new sytem.
However, we may be faced with
less parking space because of
the possibility of people not buying tickets for their parking
space.
Just a minor suggestion to
our fellow students. We should
set up a recycling box to recycle
to daily tickets since it is a pay-
once for all day and night
usage.
Wilson Mok
UBC reality rites
by Dan Gibbons
As my first term at UBC begins,
I'm struck by a creeping sense of
deja vu.
I enter as a grad student, having completed my BA in the UK,
and it's interesting to see the same
angst and hope-ridden mini-dramas enacted in two places, nearly
10,000 kilometres apart.
My experience of "freshers'"
week at Oxford and my early
impressions of this
place, I imagined to be
some embodiment of
hyper-cool, suggest that,
deep down, we all seek to
please; we all need to be
liked.
Of course, this need
does manifest itself in radically
different ways, essentially divided,
to steal from the self-conscious
hip-speak of 90s management philosophy, into the pro-active and the
re-active.
Everybody knows the pro-active
ones. At Oxford, their caricature is
the braying, public school-educated (by public, I mean the most
established ofthe private schools),
athletic, charming, seemingly
super-confident male whose
female equivalent is the glossy,
ultra-beautiful Sloane-ranger
whose dulcet tones ring across college bars accompanied by beau-
coup de air kissing, darling.
The same aura of confidence
and social dominance surrounds
UBC's resident football players
and beautiful people whose gargantuan presence I have glimpsed
on campus. I don't think
I'm alone in the feeling of
erspective
intimidation  (and  perhaps jealousy?)  I  feel
when faced with these figures I
find myself iMnking of as some
kind of college master race.
For you see, I fall on the other
side of this artificial divide; I am
reactive and will not speak until
spoken to. Once activated by the
approach of someone with whom I
...continued on page 7 THE SUMMER UBYSSEY * TUESDAY, AUGUST »,
...continued from page 6
sense I might feel comfortable,
then I begin to exercise my own
charm, wit and intelligence (all
of which I have—in small quantities—underneath the surface).
My need to please is. then,
more obvious than that of my
more visible peers. Carefiil not to
offend with a presence I fear
might be unwanted, I allow oth-
ers to take the metaphorical dive
into the social limelight It's not a
good strategy, of course, and I
find myself here now determined to approach people with
honesty, not to be intimidated by
my perception of myself .
The other extreme of surface
super-confidence is perhaps
also not as straightforward as it
might seem. Very often, I think,
it is simply another version of
the defence mechanism inherent in us "all. You might find it
hard to believe that within the
football player/old-Etonian shell
there lurks a fragile, sensitive
soul. Maybe not, but I would
argue that it is a coping strategy
to deal with the difficulties of
the new group experiences we
will all share in over the next
few days, weeks, months...
At Oxford, I made tentative
attempts to break down these
barriers of my own making.
Without doing so, I might never
have got to know some great
people, and I'm sure that my
initial lack of confidence meant
that I missed out to some
extent My point is, the intimidation you may feel, the prejudgements you may form,
might turn out to be justified. Or
they might not, and there really
is nothing to lose by finding out.
You'll be glad when people
respond to you, and if they don't
then, so what?
'There's no-one here, and
people everywhere' is an easy
mindset to let yourself fall into.
Try and avoid it
—Dan Gibbons is a graduate
student in geography.
M
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and 'zine
for reviews
501 reasons not to believe the hype
by J. Clark
Looking for style, not substance? Look
no further than The 501.
The 501 bills itself as the "next generation of condo for the new generation." But what it is really selling is the
Friends myth—that even though twenty-
somethings are faced with fewer job
prospects than ever before, we can still
live an affluent lifestyle, have good looking friends and be hip. With the profundity of
a Spice Girls song, the slick marketing package, sent to The Ubyssey by the fine people at
The 501, presents a 90s utopia of young, hip
urbanites living together in "affordable" condos right downtown—"tell me what I want,
what I really really want..."
The 501 is the brain child of cousins
Marcello and Rossano De Cotiis. Aged 25 and
24, these guys had the idea that they could
build condos for the 20-35 year old demographic.
"We had a vision to build a
well located, affordable and
carefully designed building
we and our friends would
want to live in," says Mar-
cello.
Coming from a family that
"has developed and built over
5,000 units throughout
Greater Vancouver," Mar-
cello, Rossano and their
friends must have a very different concept of affordability
than my own. For most of the
students I know—who expect
to graduate with at least
$20,000 worth of debt-a
$ 150,000 condo is well beyond their means.
But the issue of cost is not really what
enraged me when I received The 501 press
kit last week. What I found more insulting and
profoundly worrying was the way in which
The 501 sought to appeal to my generation.
Like a middle aged parent trying to relate to a
teenager, the press kit clumsily doles out 90's
buzz words and retro gimmicks to a generation that I hope, perhaps naively, has more
savvy than they're given credit for.- "Building
with attitude"—I think not.
In a section of the sales pitch titled "Who
are the next generation condo buyers," we
are told exactly what kind of people The 501
hopes to attract. In a
"demographic snapshot
of The 501 buyer" we are
treated to a crash course
cool   that   includes
What is not included in this seemingly
exhaustive list is any reference to race or sexuality, but the rest of the press kit makes it
pretty clear what kind of people The 501 is
looking for. The models featured in the glossy
photographs are almost exclusively white and
the couples look as straight as they come.
Most of units offer plenty of closet space, but
coming out of them may be tricky.
The press kit also contains your very own
package of Sea-Monkeys. No doubt the idea is
to appear retro-hip to the twenty somethings,
but it occurs to me that these freeze dried life
forms make the perfect metaphor for the
prospective   501   buyers  themselves—stale,
DE COTIIS COUSINS
(above) have a vision that
everyone will look like these
people (left)—even the
token minority.
docile and willing to follow a
bright light where ever it
points them.
The ultimate irony in all
this is the fact that the De Cotiis cousins
seemed to believe their own spin doctors.
"Our marketing team positioned our information to reflect the straight forward nature
of our buyers who want value and features
without typical sales hype," says Marcello.
Typical or not, The 501 hype sells an apartment building as sanitised as a Friends
episode and as fresh as Sea-Monkeys. Buying
a condo in Vancouver is still more of a farce
than a sitcom.
—Joe Clark is a 3rd year Arts student
and is the Coordinating Editor of
The Ubyssey in his spare time
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Be a
Volunteer Tbtor
and
Open the World of
Reading to a Child
Do you have 2-3 hours a
week during the DAY to
help a child learn to read?
The Juaior League of
Greater Vancouver
Phone:730-0031
sub, 241k
staff meetings are fun and invigourating
Wednesday 12:30pm in SUB 241K
we are going to talk about voting for our treasurer,
office tours, a comic, postering, deadlines
feel      the      excitement..
Notice of Change to
Parking at UBC
As of July 2, 1997, parking has no longer been
permitted on the divided highway sections of SW
Marine Drive, south of Totem Park
Residences or, on W. 16th Ave., west of
the Pacific Spirit Park boundary,
adjacent to Hampton Place.
Park Boundary
Hampton
Place
Enforcement of the Highways Act will
be conducted by the RCMP.
This is the first phase of a program to
eliminate free parking on roads adjacent to UBC in suppport of the university's Transportation Demand Management program (a key component of the
Official Community Plan process) and
the Highways Act.
Alternative parking is
currently available in
the B Lots.
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