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UBC boats win
Rowers post best-ever national championships
by Holland Gidney
VICTORIA-While UBC's field hockey and soccer teams lost crucial
games on the field, the UBC rowing
team had its best performance ever
at the Canadian University Rowing
Championships (CURC) this weekend. UBC rowers Laura Middleton
and Fraser Pearce won the women's
single and men's lightweight single,
respectively, and UBC placed second
in six other events, leading the team
to a second-place finish overall in
both the men's and women's categories.
Held on Victoria's Elk Lake and
hosted by the University of Victoria,
the CURC is one of the only times
during the school year that eastern
and western universities meet each
other in head-to-head competition.
This year's regatta attracted teams
from 12 different schools from BC,
Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
Ontario .and Quebec.
Universities from BC dominated
the regatta, as UVic won almost
every event, UBC placed second in
almost every event, and Simon
Fraser University placed in the top
four in several events. The wins by
Middleton and Pearce in the single
kept UVic from sweeping eveiy
event at the regatta, though the host
school still won the overall men's
and women's titles.
"I'm really happy with our crews'
performances. This year all our
boats rowed really solid,' said Craig
Pond, UBC women's rowing coach.
"We proved once again that we're
one of the best university rowing
teams in Canada."
Middleton started things off well
for UBC on Sunday, winning the first
race of the day. At last year's event
in St Catharines, Middleton placed
a very close second in the same
event This year, she owned the
event, winning it in a time of
8:07.23, a full five seconds ahead of
UVic's Jenn Alcock.
"I wa3 pretty confident going into
the race because I'd beat everyone
before," said Middleton. 'After coming so close last year, I didn't want to
lose this year."
The UBC rower led the race right
off the start and had enough of a
lead that she didn't need to sprint
much at the finish, which allowed
her to save some energy for the
PULLING HARD: UVic inches ahead of UBC (top) in the men's eight
race. Above, the women's lightweight double has a few last words
with coach Craig Pond.
women's eight race later in the day.
Like Middleton, Pearce was predicted to win his event He lived up
to expectations by winning in a time
of 7:22.6.
"I knew that Mike [Lewis of UVic]
and Pete [Inglis of Brock] were fast
and that I had to stay with them off
See "Rowing" continued on page 8
Research funding debated iReVOlllCion!
 by Shaun Pychko p=
A professor of botany is concerned that
scientists may be forced to change the
direction of their research in order to
secure industry funding.
"Scientists should be left to pursue
their curiosities," said professor
Anthony Glass, who is worried that faculty are putting their personal interests
aside to conduct research for the private
According to university figures, 24
per cent of external research funding to
UBC comes from industry sources.
Seventy-six per cent of research funding
still comes from public sources.
Glass said he doesn't agree with
industry making profit from publicly-
funded research.
No company gets exclusive rights to
see the results of UBC research, since it
must be publishable within 12 months
of completion.
UBC's University Industry Liaison
Office helps UBC and researchers capitalise on new technology by, for instance,
licensing the technology to existing companies, or creating a spin-off company.
UBC also allows faculty members to
take off one day per week to do profes-  UILO: Reception at the research office, designed to improve
sional activities related to their field of relations between UBC and industry. USASenton photo
Y There are currently,72 active UBC spinoff companies which have created 24^2 jobs. The private-sector
has licensed 156 technologies from UBC■'«
Rick Spratley, UBC's director of Research Services,
said that industry funding helps UBC researchers,
although he added that UBC "has to be careful that what
vee do with that money is university research."
Mexican student strikers visit UBC
by Cynthia Lee
Last February, Alejandra Salas
found herself face-to-face with
armed Mexican federal police who
were sent to quash a student strike
that had taken over Latin America's
largest university for almost ten
Last week, Salas and fellow student striker Oscar Carillo sat in front
of roughly two dozen people at UBC
to share their experiences.
"The military tried to take me
and torture me,' said Carillo
through a translator. Carillo was
also placed under police surveillance for six months. He has since
moved to Montreal as a political
"It's something we have to get
used to—being looked at as bad people," he continued.
Most of the 270,000 students at
the Universidad Nacional Autonoma
de Mexico (UNAM) went on strike in
April 1999 after the Mexican government under President Ernesto
Zedillo announced a plan to raise
tuition fees from the equivalent of
less than $1 to $200. The Mexican
constitution guarantees free education.
UNAM officials eventually withdrew the proposal, but Mexican students continued the strike to draw
attention to their other demands,
including the creation of a democratic forum that includes students
in decision-making processes, and a
repeal of 1997 reforms that
imposed admission quotas and
other restrictions on the university,
which were based on recommendations from the International
Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
"Being on strike for nine months
put us out of the university envirori-
See "Mexico" continued on page 4
Researchers can gain financially by being a part of
private-sector arrangements. UBC also takes a cut of any
royalties, and retains a small share in the spin-offs.
But Glass stresses the importance of continuing to do
basic research, which is motivated by curiosity and
. See "Research" continued on page 2
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"Research" continued from page 1
merit, despite the possible immediate financial benefits of industry-work.
Glass said that while basic research may not have immediate applications in industiy, it has "broad based benefits at large." He cited the creation
of the hydroponics and bio-technology industries,
which he said developed from basic research on plant
nutrition and genetics, respectively.
While UBC researchers are not so desperate as to I
need to accept industry funds, Spratley concedes that
there is "never enough money."
Public sources of funding provide money on the
basis of merit, not exclusively on whether markets exist
for the research. According to Canadian Foundation for
Innovation figures, Ottawa will be funding an additional 2000 research chairs in Canada, 160 of which will go |
to UBC. These public funds will be used to benefit existing professors and to attract new faculty.
Spratley said that UBC research has contributed to improving the BC
economy, helping to move it from a resource-based, primary economy, to
one based on knowledge and services.
"BC is not going to survive by cutting down trees and pulling fish out of
the water," said Spratley. ♦
In ah article that ran on October 27, the Ubyssey reported thatthe RCMP
has stepped up its effort to combat drunk driving. The story erroneously
attributed this to Jennifer Dixon,; head ofYUBC Counterattack Club.
Jennifer Dickson (correct spelling) is, in fact, the co-chair of the club and
did riot provide the newspaper with the. information. The Ubyssey
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In an article that ran on October 31, the Ubyssey erroneously reported
that UBCCommerce processor Michael Goldberg was the co-author of a
study, on minimum wage. The Michael Goldberg who wrote the study is,
in fact, hot UBC Commerce professor Michael Goldberg. The Ubyssey
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A lesson learned?
Investigation into contraceptive ad campaign nears completion
by Alex Dimson
-o one remembers how you arrive.
It's how you leave." In the case of
the birth-control pill ads that brandish this slogan, 'how you leave' is under a
cloud of controversy.
Of course, they may not have left quite yet
Ads for Alesse, a birth-control pill developed by Wyeth-Ayerst Canada—the Canadian
division of a major US-based pharmaceutical
company—have been featured in a variety of
media formats, including television commercials, transit ads, and newspaper ads across
Canada, including in the Ubyssey.
But the ads may have violated Canada's
Food and Drugs Act; and Health Canada is just
concluding its investigation into the ad campaign. .The drug company, meanwhile, denies
any wrongdoing.
At issue is whether Wyeth-Ayerst Canada
complied with the laws surrounding the
advertising of prescription drugs, and how a
company's right to advertise its product competes with the rights of the public to know
about a drug's effects.
// -<r »ou get the kind of image building and
^/ hip young women making some cool
JL statements about relationships. It's
quite different from the kind of decision-making you want to make about medicine or the
birth-control pill.
"Which is not the same as someone who is
going out to buy perfume."
So says Barbara Mintze, a Ph D student in
epidemiology at UBC, and a critic of the
Alesse campaign.
Mintze, along with UBC researchers
Kenneth Basset, a medical consultant with
UBC, and Armin^e Kazanjian, an associate
director with UBC's Centre for Health Services
and Policy Research, said they believe that the
campaign presents only one side of the birth-
control issue because it does not include any
information about other contraception.
According to the Food and Drugs Act, a prescription drug may only be advertised to the
general public if it complies with
specific conditions.
"Where a person advertises to the general
public a drug for human use, the person shall
not make any representation other than with
respect to the brand name, proper name,
common, name, price and
again. I think they'll be able to put two and two
together and say 'listen, they're advertising a
birth-control pill'."
But Wyeth-Ayerst Director of
Communications and Public Affairs Theodora
Samiotis asserted that the 'unbranded' and
'branded' ads "were not being run at
the same time.' ,
"This is not something we did or were
intending to do," she said.
Samiotis said that the ads were approved
by Advertising Standards Canada (ASC), a
national advertising association responsible for regulating the advertising industry.
ASC is one of two third-party agencies that
have the right to review pharmaceutical ads
for Health Canada.
But while the ASC has been delegated by
Health Canada as the authority on ads for
over-the-counter drugs aimed at the general
public, it can only make recommendations to
advertisers about direct-to-consumer (DTC)
ads for prescription drugs. Health Canada
retains final authority for prescription
DTC ads.
According to Sarah Crawford, communications director for MuchMusic, the cable TV
channel that carried both sets of Alesse ads,
ASC included a series of guidelines for the television ads, including the requirement that
the break between the two series of ads be
equal to the length of time that the first ad ran.
Ray Chepsiuk, the commissioner of the
Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board
(PAAB), the third-party agency responsible for
reviewing drug ads targeted at medical prac-
tioners, said that when he was shown the
Alesse ads two days before they were aired, he
had some concerns.
'Running the two in close proximity in a
series to me gave it a different dimension as
far as what the message is, and it brought it
closer to home: this product was for oral contraception," he said.
"It's pushing the lines, it's pushing the
edge. Did they go over? In my opinion, yes I
think they went over the line. Are they far over
the line? No."
But Kevin Brady, president of Anderson
Advertising—the advertising company that
created the campaign—emphasised that campaign respects the guidelines recommended
by the ASC.
A LIFE LESSON? Wyeth-Ayerst Canada's ad campaign for Alesse is under investigation.The crux of the investigation is whether the public understands from the campaign that Alesse is a birth-control drug.
If the investigation concludes that the ad is
in violation of the law, Duncan said. Health
Canada has a number of enforcement
options, including requesting "a cease-and-
desist order."
If an agency refuses to pull the ad, said
Duncan, Health Canada may take the compa-
quantily of the drug," the       w
In short, the company
cannot advertise what
the drug is used for.
The Alesse campaign
consisted of two series of
ads. The first series of television ads appeared in May,
and featured women discussing contraception,
without mentioning Alesse specifically.
After a break, the second series of ads went
on the air in the summer, and featured the
same women discussing relationships and
other issues. These ads displayed the Alesse
logo and the image of the pack of pills.
Health Canada is close to completing its
investigation into the Alesse campaign.
According to Ross Duncan, a senior policy
analyst with Health Canada, each ad series
was fine—on its own.
"The individual stand-alone pieces are
fine. The complaints are [that these ads] are
being broadcast relatively close to one another," he said.
Duncan explained that the investigation
focused on determining whether the combination of these ads would make people equate
Alesse with birth control, which would make
the ads illegal under the Act
'A young woman is going to see both ads,"
he said. "The same actress is talking about
making choices, but using the word Alesse
clearly stated in any ad.
Certain groups, including the Society of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
(SOGC), have approved the campaign.
In a statement released to the media by
SOGC in May, SOGC Executive Vice-President
Andre Lalonde endorsed the Alesse campaign.
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In my opinion, yes, I think they went over the line." S^coSSJ
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a product
Health Canada did not directly approve the
ad before it was aired because Canadian law
does not require 'mandatoiy pre-clearance"
for prescription drug ads.
Duncan said that if and when Health
Canada receives formal complaints about ads,
it investigates, as it has done in the case
of Alesse.
But the length of time it has taken Health
Canada to investigate the campaign, which i3
now in its last phase, has angered
some academics.
Mintze, for example, is 'very concerned
that Health Canada didn't respond right
away." Mintze is currently researching the
potential impact DTC prescription drug ads
could have in Canada.
'With an advertisement, if it's illegal advertising, if a misleading statement is shown,
you've sent a message to quite a few
Canadians that's too slow," she said.
But Duncan indicated that the Health
Canada investigation stems from complaints
that were only recently filed.
-n the midst of the investigation, the Alesse
ad campaign has sparked
-debate about issues surrounding
birth control.
UBC's Mintze, Basset, and Kazanjian said
that they believe that the campaign presents
only one side of the birth control issue
because it does not include any information
about contraception.
Crawford, meanwhile, said that
MuchMusic 'feels that it's an important public issue and certainly a relevant one for
[theirj audience demographic'
"I would say that generally we welcome
stimulating dialogue and getting educational
information out there about birth control
availability," she said. "Provided it meets with
Health Canada legal requirements..! think on
balance it's a positive thing."
But Bassett said that he believes it is very
important that the side-effects of the drugs be
doctor about birth control and to ask questions to make informed decision," indicated
Chepsiuk, however, said that the public
should question such endorsements.
"Are they legitimising the advertising? It's
the same message that would go out anyway
from the company. There's some thought that
if you attach a disease-association name to the
information or even if it's deemed to be advertising it's suddenly okay."
Health Canada is nearing its decision, and
will be notifying Wyeth-Ayerst soon. In the
meantime, the Alesse ad campaign is nearing the end of its scheduled run, meaning
that Health Canada's decision may be a moot
point Regardless of its decision, the drug
company has benefitted from all this controversy. Samiotis said that Wyeth-Ayerst has
had 'much success' with the campaign,
which she said is "targeted towards 18- to 24-
year-olds to encourage them to speak with
their doctors and begin an important dialogue regarding contraception.' ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2000
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"Mexico" continued from page 1
ment and made us see the realities'
of the country,' said Salas in
Spanish at atalk hosted by the Social
justice Centre student resource
A member of the UNAM strike
committee, Salas later added, "It's
the problem of hunger, not having
adequate medicare and not having
jobs. It's not just the problem of
what classes we can't have."
The majority, of the Mexican population fives in poverty, with the
minimum wage at less than US$4
per day.
"I learned more in nine months
being on the strike than in 15 years of
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being in school," Carillo told the
. Ubyssey in an interview after the talk.
Salas, who was a graduate student in philosophy at UNAM before
the strike occurred, agreed.
"I basically had to learn a new
way of life, from being very individualistic to learning to adapt to a
community setting;" she .said.
"There were times when we didn't
have enough food for everyone, so
we had to share."
Both Salas and Carillo said the
strike was a part of the larger social
movement resisting neoliberalism,
the political ideology which includes
free trade and government downsizing among its tenets.
According to Gerardo Otero,
director of Latin American Studies
at Simon Fraser University, both the
student strike and the Zapatista
indigenous peoples movement represent 'the plight of the excluded by
the neo-liberal model of development in Mexico."
Otero, who lived in Mexico until
he came to Canada in 1990, said
that whije the Zapatistas have been
excluded for centuries, the students
represent "a new group being left
He explained that students of the
middle to lower income class often
rely on public funding of universities for their chance at social mobility-
"Their struggle tries to go against
the privatisation trends of the university symbolised in the government's attempt to introduce tuition
fees," Otero said.
According to Otero, the strike
was a continuation of several waves
of student protests that occurred in
Mexico during the latter part of the
20th century, including the student
reaction to the 1968 police occupation of the UNAM campus.
In February, a mass raid on
UNAM's main campus by armed
federal police led to nearly 1000
arrests and ended the strike, but the
issues remain unresolved.
"The Mexican government did
not End a solution, and only used
force. So the strike continues today,"
contended Salas.
She said that although there is no
ongoing full-blown strike, students
are occupying the faculty room and
the auditorium—the only two free
spaces on campus—on rotation for a
few hours at a time.
Reports from the international
media have indicated that Vicente
Fox, the winner of July's Mexican
presidential election who will
assume office in December, has
promised to make changes for education. The victory for Fox, the
Partido Accion Nacional candidate,
represented a huge upset of the
Partido Revolucionario coalition of
liberals and conservatives, which
has governed Mexico since 1929.
"The neo-liberal model is probably going to stay intact, but there's
still a question of whether the new
administration might try to engage
Carillo is now living in
Montreal, tara westover photo
in social policies," said Otero, who
added that he is uncertain of the
direction the new government will
take on education.
Salas has been in Canada since
early September and said that her
trip has allowed her to compare the
problems in the respective education systems.
"Being in Canada helped me to
understand the reality in my country...The model of university that
exists in Canada is the one we want
to implement in Mexico,' she said.
Salas said she is visiting schools
across Canada to bring information
back to Mexico about a planned
protest action for the Summit of the
Americas, which will be held in
Quebec City next April. Negotiations
for the Free Trade Agreement of the
Americas are on the agenda for the
Summit, a meeting of government
leaders of North, South and Central
The two students indicated their
strong opposition to the free trade
agreement, which they say would
exacerbate the social inequalities in
"For us as Latin Americans, it's
important what is going on in
Canada," said Cardillo. 'It's kind of
like a platform to resist what is
going on at a continental level." ♦
GSS to address paycheque problems
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) has set up a work-'
ing gtoup lo address problems experienced by graduate students employed by UBC who are not receiving
tht-ir pay on time.
'The GSS is trying to impress upon UBC tho importance of actually paying people and paying them on
time, and not just being satisfied about a job not very
well done," said GSS President Roger Miller.
He said that the payheques issued for leaching
assistants and researih assistants in particular are
often delajcd in September andjanuary because of lost
paperwork or improperly filed foims.
I'BC Payroll has indicated lhat it will work with tlie
GSS in the near future to resolvo the concerns, and lhat
any del.-ijed paycheques are processed as soon as possible.
"We're the last link in the chain." said Jeff Garrad,
manager of Payroll, adding lhat issuing paycheques on
time depends on other UBC departments giving proper
notification of hiring and woik huurs.
Garrad said tlie department is planning to look at
ways to streamline the current process.
Conference called a success
Organisers of a conference hosted by UBC last week
hope to have helped Canadian Asian women develop a
network of social connections.
Women's Studies: Asidn Connection was a four-day
conference which examined a wide variety of issues
surrounding Asian women, with a general focus on die
effects of globalisation of women in Asia, and around
the world.
• Valerie Raoul, one of the conference organisers,
sjid that she received a "wry, very enthusiastic
response* from those who attended tlie conference.
"We had women there from 21 countries, which was
prelly amazing, ard wo also had a lot of involve inont
from community organisations in Vancouver who were
working with women of Asian origin."
Rauid, director of the UBC Centre for Research in
Women's Studies and Gender Relations, said that Ihe
varied origin of the conference's participants f-hould
help Women Studies students find places to do internships or work on prae'dcums
The conference was organised by the Centra fo,
Research    in    Women's    Studies    and    Gender
Relationships and the UBC Institute for Asian Research
and Simon Fraser University's Women's Studies
UBC honours Michael Smith's life
UBC plans to start an endowment fund in the honour of.
the late Nobel laureate and UBC Liutechnoloiv profjs-*
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sor Michael Smith.
UBC President Martha Piper made the announce-?
ment during a celebration of Smith's life held yesterday |
at the Chan Centre, though no further details were!
available before press time »
The hour-and a-half long presentation featured com-'
mentaries on Smith's life from many of Smi Hi's friends [
and members of the UBC community. >
Smith passed away a month ago at age 62. ♦ j THE UBYSSEY
UBC students asking for peace
 by Julia Christensen
Students at UBC are taking action to raise
awareness about the violence in the Middle
East that has been ongoing since the latest
round of Palestinian-Israeli unrest began in
late September.
'The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has existed
since 1948. It's not just the conflict we're concerned about," said Haitham Tayyar, a graduate student at UBC and an executive member
of the Muslim Students' Association (MSA).
"People are dying and that is what students
need to care about'
At least 173 people have died since this
wave of unrest began on September 28, the
majority of whom were Palestinian.
Daniel Mikelberg, a fourth-year Science
student and a representative of the Jewish
Students' Association (JSA), said that Jewish
students at UBC have been actively supporting
each other during the crisis, and praying for
family and friends in Israel.
Mikelberg, who visited Israel on an
exchange program last year, said that his
familiarity with the places and people of Israel
makes him increasingly frustrated at being so
far away from the site of the conflict
'I feel so separated from what's going on,'
he said. "Reading e-mails and watching the
news doesn't make it real.'
For others in Vancouver's Jewish community, however, the violence hits closer to
"We have family in Israel,' said Judy
Mandleman, vice-chair of the Canada-Israel
Committee. "And their two sons are in the
Israeli army. I feel very close to the issue."
Tayyar, meanwhile, a Palestinian whose
family sought refuge in Lebanon in 1948,
added that "it is important for students to be
able to talk to those of us who are directly
implicated by the conflict'
Muslim students plan to use Islam
Awareness Week, which began yesterday in
the SUB concourse, as an opportunity to
inform students about the conflict
'A lot of people have no idea what is really
going on between the people of Palestine and
Israel,' said Walaa Al-Saadi, an executive
member of the Rising Crescent Club, explaining that she thinks that the North American
media's coverage of the conflict has been
Mikelberg said that the JSA is trying to keep
students informed of the conflict, offering the
Hillel House at UBC as a resource for those
who are interested in learning more.
"The media can be very one-sided,' he said.
"We're trying to keep people informed of what
is really going on.'
"It's difficult for people to get the whole
story," said Al-Saadi, adding that the conflict is
commonly misunderstood to be a battle
between religions.
"Muslims are not against Jews. Muslims
and Jews have lived together peacefully
throughout history. This conflict is not a matter of religion. It is a matter of nationalism,"
explained Ryan Salaheddine, an associate
member of the Rising Crescent Club.
Mandleman has been in contact with the
JSA, and said that she is "pleased and grateful
that negative dialogue or violent conflict has
not emerged on UBC campus."
Tensions, however, have recently emerged
on university campuses in both Montreal and
Toronto. Refqa Abu Remaileh, a UBC student
from Jordan on exchange this year at the
University of Toronto, confirmed that 'there
has been quite a lot of tension between the
Arabs and Jews on [the Toronto] campus.'
Some Arab students at UBC have shown
support for Palestine by attending a handful of
candlelight vigils held behind the Vancouver
Art Gallery.
Students are also questioning the actions of
politicians in the Middle East
"Negotiation has been a waste of time,'
added Tayyar. "Every Palestinian has lost faith
in that word."
"It is long overdue for Arafat to step down,"
added Tayyar, who said he believes that
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's policies do
not reflect "what the Palestinian people really
Allen Sens, a lecturer in UBC's department
of political science, said that Arafat is in a very
difficult position, forced to 'appease a lot of
According to Sens, the "hollowness' of
peace negotiations between Palestine and
Israel set-the stage for the recent unrest saying that 'the central issues between Palestine
and Israel are not being dealt with, Peace
negotiations have never been able to move
past that brick wall.'
Meanwhile, some Jewish Canadians are
critical of the Canadian government's voting
record at the United Nations on issues surrounding the Middle East
"We're asking Canada to be more objective,' said Mandleman, adding that she feels
Canada is in a position of influence because
the country is currently a member of the
Security Council, a major decision-making
body in the UN.
"The UN resolutions have been very onesided and unfair," claimed Mikelberg, referring to'a recent UN resolution condemning
Israel for its use of force against Palestinian
civilians. Ninety-two countries in the UN
General Assembly voted in favour of the resolution, six opposed it and 46 member countries abstained, including Canada.
Sens, however, doubts that Canada will
become more involved in the issue, adding
that Canada's policy in the Middle East has
"always been constructively vague, manoeuvring around the conflict in the interest of
trade." He cited the Canada-Israel bilateral
free trade agreement as an example.
Both Mikelberg and Mandleman consider
the United States, on the other hand, an effective mediator in the conflict
Sens disagrees. He' thinks that the only
effective role an external party like the US can
play is to prevent violence from spilling over
into other countries in the region. He added
that it is very difficult for a third party to
remain neutral in such a volatile situation.
Tayyar and Salaheddine said they believe
that US involvement in the Middle East has
worsened the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
But Mikelberg and Mandleman say they
have not lost hope in the situation.
"We see the immediate future as difficult,"
said Mandelman. "But we continue to pray for
peace and we always will pray for peace."
'For me," said Tayyar, 'what matters most
is preventing the violence and the loss of life.
'But until we solve the main issues, the
demonstrations are going to continue. If we
keep avoiding the fundamental issues dividing Palestine and Israel, we're never going to
solve the problem." ♦
Student groups agree with NDP priorities
 by Jesse Morantz
Student groups are mostly pleased
with the federal NDP's policy on
post-secondaiy education, but it
remains to be seen whether the
party will have any influence when
the new government is formed.
The NDP platform, unveiled last
week, names education as a high priority, and targets several areas of
weakness in the current post-secondary education system.
The NDP, usually considered the
most left-wing of Canada's five
major political parties, is promising
to give priority to the fight against
rising tuition fees. According to
party statistics, tuition fees in
Canada are the third highest among
industrialised nations, with a 125
per cent increase in the fees in the
past ten years.
The NDP promises to freeze
tuition at 1995 levels by restoring
$5 billion to the Canadian Health
and Social Transfer, the federal fund
distributed to provinces for social
program funding.
Anita Zaenker, BC Chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS), said that she supports the
NDP's tuition policy.
"We're glad to see that the NDP
proposes to work within a national
strategy to reduce tuition fees," she
According to Libby Davies, the
incumbent NDP candidate for East
Vancouver and the party's critic on
the issue, there is a need for equitable fees across the country. 'In
some provinces you might be okay,
in other provinces you get screwed.
"Education is a provincial
responsibility but when it's tied to
money you attach strings," she said,
referring to the capabilities of the
federal government's ability to affect
tuition rates.
The NDP also promises to abolish the Millennium Scholarship
Fund, a federal needs-based loan
system that is an initiative of the current Liberal government, as the
party claims the fund helps only
seven per cent of students.
Instead the party promises to
replace it with a program capable of
helping a larger number of students,
a program they call the Canadian
Education     Accessibility     Fund,
though the platform contains few
details about the plan.
Mark Kissel, national director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) did not return
the Ubyssey's calls by press time.
A paper released by the national
student lobby group, however, indicated that while CASA agreed that
there are some problems with the
Millennium Scholarship, it 'does
not advocate for its abolition."
CASA said that overall it concurs
with the NDP's emphasis on education, but indicated that some parts
of the platform may not be plausible.   -
The NDP also promises to make
all student debt interest-free and to
retroactively credit interest paid on
debts since 1995 to the principle of
the loan.
In additioa the NDP plans to
oppose any public' subsidy for pri
vate educational institutions, a move
heralded by CFS as essential to
maintaining quality public education.
While the party's platform may
seem to make a lot of promises,
Davies says that the government has
enough money to help students as
well as improve university infrastructure, resources, and as professors salaries.
Zaenker agrees, stating that it
comes down to whether a government wants to implement tax cuts,
or if they "want to reduce tuition
fees, implement grants and make
student loans interest-free."
But no matter the NDP's platform policies, the party is facing an
uphill battle even to have any say
when the next government forms.
A recent Ipsos-Reid poll had the
party with only nine per cent of the
popular vote. ♦
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Everything but the goal
Unlucky field hockey defending champs finish fourth at CIAU nationals
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by Bruce Arthur
VICTORIA-The law of averages said two things about the
2000 CIAU women's field hockey championship tournament It said that only three teams had a genuine shot at
winning, and that UBC wouldn't be one of them. And after
winning consecutive CIAU titles in the past two seasons,
the law of averages—and the bounces—caught up to UBC.
The T-Birds fell 1-0 in the national semifinal Saturday
afternoon to the number one-ranked University of
Toronto (U of T) Varsity Blues despite thoroughly dominating the match The dispirited Birds then lost another
game in which they were the superior team, falling 1-0 to
the University of Alberta Pandas Sunday morning in the
bronze-medal match. For UBC, the semifinal loss was a
devastating end to their run as national champions.
"We played a great game," said fifth-year midfielder
Jen Dowdeswell. "We had all the play...and U of T got a
corner and scbred. We've been the people who've done
that before—other teams had had the play and then we've
gotten the corner and scored and won the game."
The University of Victoria Vikes beat Toronto 3-0 in the
final Sunday afternoon to win their ninth national title.
Coming into the tournament, the safe bets were on
three teams—Toronto, UBC, and UVic are the only three
schools to win since Dalhousie won in 1976, and they
came in ranked one-two-three, respectively. But no team
had ever won three titles in a row. But after an 8-2-2 regular seasoa including a 2-0-1 record against the Vikes,
UBCs chances looked good.
The Birds started round-robin play Thursday against
the Vikes, who they beat in the past two national finals.
But on Victoria's home turf, UBC just managed to scrape
together a 0-0 tie thanks to the superb goaltending of both
se.cond-year keeper Emily Menzies—whose aggressive
style was reminiscent of departed All-Canadian goalie
Ann Harada-and defender Jennifer Regan, who stopped
at least two sure goals in midair with her stick.
UBC's chances of winning the three-team pool were
erased Friday morning, though when the Vikes demolished the St Mary's Huskies 13-0. So when the Birds beat
the Huskies 7-0 that afternoon, it put them in the national semifinal against the Blues for the third straight year.
UBC plays best under win-or-go-home pressure, and
they showed that Saturday; against Toronto. The Birds
played a near-flawless half, tackling brilliantly, forcing
seven short corners and owning the play—but they just
couldn't put the ball in the net At halftime they told one
another not to change anything, that the goal would come.
It never did.
After another burst of UBC pressure to start the second
half, disaster struck for UBC. Toronto forced a short cor-
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ner in the 39th minute, and fifth-year All-
Canadian Emily Rix sent a high shot
whistling in that was blocked by Menzies,
dropped, and finally poked in by a diving
Dianne Canzius. But on a short corner shot
the ball is not allowed to travel above 18
inches—for safely reasons—and the initial
shot appeared to be well above that line.
Fifth-year defenders Andria Shannon and
Alison Taylor immediately jumped to protest
the play, but were sharply rebuffed by
umpire Trevor Martin, who just shook his
head at Shannon and barked "Youl Get away
from mel" The goal stood.
"It was about thigh level on me, which,
short as I am, is above 18 inches," said
Shannon, who has seven years of umpiring
The goal shocked the Birds. Suddenly,
they were losing. UBC's sharpness was dulled
by a slight sheen of panic. They were still in
command, but with no results. Chance after
chance hit a stick, or was stopped, or was
whistled down. And the minutes leaked
away. UBC forced four short corners, and
even tried them from the right but the barrage of shots produced nothing. The fifth-year players
played sharper, harder, better, generating more
chances, but still the ball never saw its way through the
tangle of arms and legs and sticks. And too suddenly,
the worst sound in the world to a team, down 1-0—the
burst of the airhorn. UBC's season effectively ended. '
'I don't think we blew it," said fifth-year midfielder
Kim Buker. "We just never finished."
Every UBC player looked lost alone, brokea They
gave the postgame cheer, shook hands with Toronto,
and melted back to the bench It was an awful thing to
see, 20 people with their hearts broken.
"We were better, and you could see that," said forward Wieske van Zoest wiping away tears that wouldn't stop. "We tried our best, all of us, just worked and
worked and it wasn't just quite enough."
"They played unbelievable," said UBC head coach
Hash Kanjee. "I'm really proud of them. That's the best
game we've played all year."
Sunday's third-place game against Alberta ended
the same way. The Birds played the Erst fifteen minutes like they were somewhere else, and Alberta capitalised for a quick goal in the 18th minute. This was a
signal to the Birds—they woke up quick and started
pushing Alberta back. But again, the ball wouldn't cooperate—it hit posts, it whistled wide, it skipped. But then
suddenly, late in the half, it went in, on a textbook short
corner blast by Shannon, bang, back of the net But
Martin quickly waved off the goal, claiming that the ball
had rolled out of the trap, which it cannot do. And
again, the Birds felt robbed. In the end, after the
Alberta goal, they pushed fiercely for 52 minutes and
the ball stayed out The airhorn sounded. The worst
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DISAPPOINTED: Andria Shannon's goal during the bronze-
medal game against Alberta is called back, tara westover photo
sound in the world, again.
In the end, UBC's fortunes could be found on the tip of
Shannon's probably-broken finger. It was hit by a ball late
against Toronto, and they had to drill two tiny holes into
the nail to relieve the pressure. Like a snakebite.
"We're unlucky," said Taylor hoarsely. "We played one
of the best games of the season [against Toronto], and I
think it was shattering to play a game like that and not
win, or at least tie them. It was absolutely a blow to us."
After the game, the team circled for its post-game
meeting, and for this one, everyone was invited. A sea of
parents, friends, partners, and family surrounded the circle, and cried and smiled, and laughed along with the
players. The fifth-year players—Buker, Stephanie Hume,
Dowdeswell, Shannoa and Taylor—divided up the bouquets that fifth-years always get with van Zoest and
Jennifer Regan, who are also leaving the team. Van Zoest
is returning to her native Netherlands to complete her
Ph.D; Regan is graduating after four years.
"I came into this tournament thinking that if we didn't
win, that I would just be devastated, and I'm not devastated," said Shannon. "I'm so proud of my team, I'm so
incredibly proud of my team, 'cause those girls went out
there and we fought and we fought and we got down a
goal, and we kept fighting the whole entire game, and no
one ever put their head down. We played smart, we played
the entire game our way, and we dominated, and it just
didn't go in the net for us. And that's sport That's howyou
play it" ♦
Jen Dowdeswell was named a first-team All-Canadian, and
Andria Shannon and Wieske van Zoest were named second-team All-Canadians.
Football team's rocky season over
 by Daryl Wener
WINNIPEG—Shawn Olson played his final game as a Thunderbird Saturday in
Winnipeg as the UBC football team's disapointing season came to a bitter,
inevitable end, with a 14-4 loss to the Manitoba Bisons in the Canada West
Olson threw for 116 yards, completing 12 of 24 passes, but also threw two
interceptions, including one on his final throw. It was not the kind of performance that the Surrey native had hoped to end an illustrious career with.
Olson was playing with severe bone spurs, and a broken pinky on his throwing hand, but refused to use the injuries as an excuse.
"I was disappointed with the way the offence played. We just couldn't get
anything going, but it was our best team defence of the seasoa" he said after
the game.
It wasn't too cold in Winnipeg's University Stadium, but the wind wa3 a definite factor—as was the officiating. UBC was flagged in the football game 16
times, while Manitoba was zinged for only six penalties.
Two minutes into the fourth quarter, on a third-and-one on the Bisons' 45-
yard line, with the score tied 4-4, Manitoba fullback Max Irabor took a handoff
and rumbled up the middle. The UBC defence couldn't contain Irabor, and
1500 Bison fans rose to their feet as the he ran down the field for a sizeable
gain. Irabor fumbled the football near the 30-yard line, and UBC eventually
This could have been the turning point in the football game for UBC.
However, the officials had already called Irabor dowa and the Bisons held onto
possessioa halfback Ken Vermette scored a touchdown later in the drive.
"The official came to a player, and said he had made a mistake, and that he
hoped it wouldn't cost us the game," said Rob Kenney, UBCs backup quarterback after the game.
The Birds' offence was nowhere to be found, only racking up a total of 193
yards. The running game struggled as Olson led the rushing attack with 33
yards on 4 carries, while second-year running back Sean Dovre added a mere
2.9 yards on 10 carries. Fullback Julian Radelein was the leading receiver with
only 3 receptions and 29 yards.
Scott Rintoul and Dan Lazzari, standouts so far this seasoa were stifled by
the Bison defence, and caught only 4 receptions for 43 yards between them.
Third-year wide-receiver Matt Lyons was a bright spot for the UBC offence,
though, catching a season-high two catches for 2 5 yards, while also drawing an
important pass interference penalty which set up UBCs loan field goal. Lyons
also blocked a punt on special teams.
The big question coming into this football game was whether the UBC
defence was going to be able to contain the Manitoba offence. In the two games
the teams had played already this year', both Bison victories, Manitoba scored
a total of 68 points and averaged 339 yards rushing yards per game.
But the UBC defence played admirably oh Saturday, holding the Bisons to
four first-half points, and 330 total yard3 for the whole game.
"It was a good effort everyone played great We gave up a few plays, and
that's what cost us," said UBCs Javier Glatt, this year leading tackier in the
Glatt had four tackles and a fumble recovery; linebacker Caid Callaway and
defensive back Sandy Beveridge, added six tackles each while defensive back
Chris Frankowski had UBCs only interception.
Manitoba opened the scoring 7:31 into the game on a Dimistris Scouras
field goal. Scouras added a single before the half, and the Bisons went into the
locker room with a 4-0 lead.
UBC broke the goose egg as Duncan O'Mahony cut the lead to 4-1 with a
missed field goal single from 48 yards early in the third quarter. The Birds
tied the score 4-4 after O'Mahony connected on a 15-yard field goal attempt 40
seconds into the 4th quarter. But the game didn't stay tied for long, as
Manitoba regained the lead 11-4 on Vermette's 8-yard touchdown run with
13:10 left in the 4th quarter, after the fateful Irabor play. On the following
kickoff, Scouras, aided by a strong wind, kicked the ball into the endzone for
an important point, and the Bisons had a 12-4 lead.
UBC had one more solid chance to get back into the football game. Late in
the fourth quarter, with the game seemingly won, the Bisons fumbled on the
UBC two-yard line. Shawn Olson and the UBC offence had 5 minutes and 29
seconds to go 108 yards, get a two-point conversioa and tie the game. But the
dream didn't last long—on the first play of the drive, UBC coach Jay Prepchuk
called for a Sean Dovre sweep, but the Bison defence wasn't fooled, and
Dovre never got out of the endzone. The ensuing safety gave Manitoba a 14-
4 lead, and UBC never threatened agaia UBCs up-and-down season was
finally over. ♦
Cross Country
? .UBC's cross country, running team was in Lewiston Idaho for the NAIA
. regional championships this past weekend. The .team did not qualify for
the NAIA National Championships in Wisconsin on Nov. 18, Byron Wood,
who finished first in the men's event last weekend in course-record time,
will represent UBC at the Nationals. While Melissa Hungerford recorded
a personal best time and finished sixth in the women's event, Alice Miro
and Amy Higginbotham both did well enough to earn the women a fourth-
place finish overall.
Men's Soccer
The Birds beat the University of Calgary Dinos in their semi-final game of
. the Canada West playoffs on Saturday. But their hopes for a CIAU
t Championship were cut short when the University of Victoria Vikes rallied to beat the Birds by a score of 3-2 in the Canada West gold-medal
match. Iain Shepherd scored both of UBC's goals, and was named a
Canada West All-Star. Mid-fielder Randy Celebrini, forward Adam
Plummer,. and defenders Aaron Richer and Nick Seddon were also
named All-Stars.
Women's Hockey
The women's ice hockey had a tough time this weekend at Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre against the defending national champion University
of Alberta Pandas. The Pandas walked away with a 6-0 win on Friday and
a 4-1 win on Saturday against the Birds, who are 1-3 so far this seasoa
Men's Hockey
The University of Calgary Dinos were in top shape this weekend, trouncing the UBC Thunderbirds 7-0 on Friday night and beating them again 6-
4 on Saturday. The Dinos are now in second place in the Western division
while the 1-6-1 Birds have sunk to last place. 7 •
The Birds stay home next weekend for a doubleheader against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies, The puck drops at 7:30pm both
Men's Basketball •
The court Birds had a disappointing weekend in Calgary, suffering two
losses to the Dinos. the 1-3 Birds are last place in the Canada West heading into a homestand next weekend against the University of Regina
Cougars. •
Women's Basketball
Another disappointing" result for UBC sports teams was filed this past
weekend by the women's basketball team, who lost to the Dinos on Friday
and Saturday. The women are in sixth place in the West heading into next
weekend's two games at War Memorial against the University of Regina
Cougars. ♦
UBC loses several players lo graduation—wide receiver Aaron Iverson,
eornerback Simon Quinto, and right tackle Eric Colkngs all played their
final ganies in UBC uniform Saturday.
Defensive lineman Tom Montes and wide receiver Brad Coutts were
both sidelined with knee injuries-Courts" season, ended two games into
the season when he tore a ligament in his knee against the University of
Calgary on September 15. Coutts' absence was particularly painful for
the Birds4ie finished his UBC career as the school's alltime leader in
receptions {210) and reception yards £3539}.
But the Birds' biggest loss is that of quarterback Shawn Olson, who,
along with Coutts, will go down as one of the greatest players in
Thunderbird history. Olson finished bis career with 7774 passing yards,
42 passing touchdowns, 1012 rushing yards, and a 1997 Vanier Cup
title. ►
This season was arguably Olson's best—he fought through an assortment of injuries ranging from a broken left wrist to a concussion to finish third in the Canada West in passing yards (1936) and first among
starting pivots in touchdown-to-interception ratio. He. also led ail Canada
West quarterbacks in rushing with 404 yards.
"I have nothing bad to say,* said Olson after the loss to Manitoba. 'I
would have liked to have won more, but I have no regrets and definitely
left everything I had on the field. I can see now how^whea people are
older, they sit around and talk about old games. I loved playing football
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A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED: The UBC men's eight wasn't smiling
after finishing second to UVic. tara westover photo
"Rowing" continued from page 1
to fight to hold him off,"
Pearce also placed third in the
men's lightweight double, with partner Mike Tessaro. His performance
in both races at the regatta
impressed UBC men's rowing coach
Mike Pearce (no relation).
"Fraser's done a fantastic job,"
said the coach. "He's starting to
develop a superior
sense of feel for
moving the boat
and he's essentially
taught Mike
[Tessaro] how to
scull by rowing with
him in the double."
In the heavyweight men's
events, the UBC
men's eight almost
pulled an upset
when it nearly
knocked off UVic in
"We're a
young crew
and we've
made a big step
up in our level
of rowing"
—Mike Pearce,
we've made a big step-up in our
level of rowing."
The women's eight race was
nowhere near as exciting as the
men's race. UVic, which has won
the eight at eveiy CURC, powered
away from the other crews and finished a full 13 seconds ahead of the
rest of field in a time of 6:12.5. UBC
finished a solid second in a time of
6:26.3, eight seconds ahead of Trent
and Brock.
UBC's second-
place finish, a
repeat of last
year's CURC
result, didn't surprise women's
coach Craig Pond.
"We finished
exactly where I
thought we'd be,"
Pond said, 'though
it's hard coming
second and not
judging   yourself
the final race of the M&l'S IQWlXig COClCh against UVic
The two teams
from BC were neck-and-neck coming down the course, and it looked
like UBC was ahead entering the
-^H final 50 metres,
' but UVic crossed
the line first and
stole the victory.
UVic posted a
time of 5:49.1,
with UBC just
1.5 seconds
back. The
University of
Western Ontario
was only a sec-
ond behind UBC in what was the
closest race of the regatta.
"If everything had gone perfectly,
we would have won, but UVic
showed its experience," said Mike
Pearce. "We're a young crew and
Future plans
On Saturday November 4, coaches
at lending the CUKC voted tu form
the Canadian University Rowing
Association (CURA).
The iirs-t tasks for the new associav,
lion is drafting a constitution and
rides for hosting the annual CURC.
Following those tasks, the associa-
UBC also finished second in
the lightweight women's single
(rowed by Lailey Wallace), the men's
single (Rob Weitemeyer), the light-
w e i g h. t
women's double (Wallace
and Dior
Holms)     and
the   women's
pair (Aly Leith
and       Diane
Wilson).    The
men's pair of)
Geoff Hodgson |
and       Adam
Gant finished
first in the B final, placing them fifth
The UBC rowing team next races
November 12 at the Head of the
Lake regatta in Seattle. ♦
lion will look into becoming an
associate member of Ihe CIAU and
adopting some of its regulations.
■ The formation of the association is a big step forward for university rowing in Canada, which
currently has no formal organization or rules governing it ♦
The playoff curse
UBC women's soccer loses heartbreaker semi-final to Victoria
by Trevor Kew
VICTORIA-On a cold, clear Friday
night at the UVic Stadium, UBC
women's soccer team coach Dick
Mosher watched anxiously as a
huge upset materialised in front of
The University of Alberta Pandas
(3-6-1) had just defeated the previously' undefeated University of
Calgary Dinos (7-0-3) in a shootout
to advance to the Canada West final.
Memories of UBC's shocking
shootout defeat by those same
Pandas in last year's final game was
surely dancing through Mosher's
mind, and those of his team, as they
took to the field to face the hometown University of Victoria Vikes in
the second semi-final match of the
The Vikes came out hard,
inspired by a large and boisterous
home crowd that had braved the
cold to cheer on their team. Right
away, UBC goalkeeper Sian
Bagshawe was forced to make some
saves as UBC was a bit shaky during
the first ten minutes. Canada West's
leading scorer '        Wanda
Rozwadowska, silenced by UBC last
week in Vancouver, looked dangerous every time she touched the ball.
She unleashed two fearsome
shots early on, one which was saved
by Bagshawe, and the other which
was blocked bravely by the head of
rookie defender Amber Brownlee.
The game evened out after ten
minutes though, as Kim Spencer
chipped Morgan Leverman, UVic's
netminder, only to see her shot fall
inches wide of the goal, and Roz
Hicks got in alone on Leverman
only to be thwarted by the UVic
In the 21st minute, a dangerous
UVic cross was punched away by a
diving Bagshawe only to fall at the
feet of Rozwadowska. She made no
mistake, lashing the ball into the
back of the net and putting the Vikes
ahead 1-0. After the goal, UBC continued to cariy the play to the Vikes
until halftime, with Hicks and
Martino both coming close to scoring.
In the second half, UVic continued to sit back on their lead, but
they were punished almost immediately by UBC captain Lyanne Westie,
who fired the T-Birds back into the
game in the 46th minute. Tough
tackles continued to be the order of
the day, and the referee seemed, at
times, to have forgotten his whistle
in the dressing room.
UBC held the ball inside UVic's
end for most of the half, and were
desperately unlucky not to score on
several occasions. The UVic counterattack loomed ominously, however, when Rozwadowska raced in on
a breakaway, only to be stonewalled
by Bagshawe. Canada" West* Rookie-
of-the-Year Jacqueline Ferraby, who
had a towering game for the Birds,
powered a header that bounced
over Leverman. It was cleared off
the lino by a defender.
In the 81st minute, a scramble
ensued in front of the UBC net, and
UVic forward Carey Gustafson
stabbed the ball home to put the
Vikes ahead against the run of play.
"How many chances did [UVic]
have in the second half? About two,"
exclaimed a disappointed Mosher
after the game, "It's unfortunate;
somebody wins the tight ones,
somebody's got to lose the tight
ones. I just thought it might be our
UBC threw everything forward,
and nearly scored on two injury-
time corners, but the score
remained 2-1 for UVic when the
final whistle sounded.
"I think we played well,'
explained Westie. "We just have bad
"Westie, Ferraby, Hicks and midfielder Kelly Donaldson all made the
Canada West All-Star Team and
Ferraby earned Rookie-of-the-Year.
"It's a big honour," said Ferraby,
holding back tears after the heartbreaking loss, "I'm happy about it"
After the game, Mosher emphasised the contributions of veterans
like Donaldson, Spencer, Veronica
Lie and Dayna Schweizer to the program, all of whom played their last
game for UBC this weekend.
Fifth-year veterans Lie and
Spencer both added that the commitment was 'definitely worth it'
Saturday saw the Birds lose to
Calgary 3-1 in the bronze medal
final, a match both coaches
described as 'rather pointless.'
UVic beat the Pandas 1-0 in the final
to claim the Canada West title.
What made the loss so difficult,
according to Westie, was that the
teamwork shown by UBC this year
has been nothing less than astounding, with all players fulfilling their
role in the collective. The only player who didn't pull her weight for the1
Birds this season was Lady Luck. ♦
V-ball women win one of two
New-look Thunderbirds volleyball team off to a good start this year
by Tom Peacock
Though things were generally pretty bleak for the UBC
Thunderbirds this weekend, in War Memorial Gym the
women's volleyball team managed to split its home-
opener doubleheader against the University of Calgary
On Friday'night, the Dinos came out on top after a
grueling five-game match, but on Saturday, the Birds,
who went into the weekend ranked first in the countiy,
would have none of it, spanking the Dinos in three
straight games, 25-21, 23-20, and 25-17.
"We practised [serving] this afternoon. We had a little
bit more focus on serving and what we wanted to do,"
said middle blocker and team captain Kaley Boyd after
Saturday's match.
Calgary was. ahead by five points in the second game
on Saturday night when the Bird's clutch server
Michelle Collens subbed in and served for eight straight
UBC points. The score was 21-18. UBC was already up 1-
0 in games, and the match was then firmly in their
"[Collens] i3 our number one server for sure. She has
about ten different serves to choose from, so she's our
go-to girl for that," Boyd said.
But UBC's dominance during the second match wasn't just about serving—the Birds also changed their strategy at the net And the results were evident Third-year
blocker Sara Cummings, for one, had an exceptional
match Saturday—throwing down some decisive blocks
and kills at key moments in all three games.
'We went out there and instead of just saying, 'I want
to block,' we went up and focussed on their angles,
where they were coming at us from, and just got up
there straight on, put big arms in front of them," Boyd
Unfortunately for the Birds, who outgunned Calgary
over the weekend, the matches count individually
towards the standings—and they went down on Friday
.three games to two.
"It's very frustrating, because I thought we were the
better team for the match as a whole," UBC's head coach
Doug Reimer, who has returned to coach the women's
team after spending three years coaching Team Canada.
'I think we had some chances in the first game to put
them away, and we didn't do that*
Reimer added that, even though the Birds had a phenomenal pre-season (undefeated against CIAU teams),
the teams in the Canada West are all fairly equal, and no
one on his team is prepared to take winning for granted.
'Calgaiy is ranked tenth or eleventh, and there's not
a huge difference between our teams," he said.
The Birds have seen major changes to their roster
this season, and Kaley Boyd is the only returning starter.
But new starters like Cummings, Christine Bonish and
Kathryn Peck have shown that they are ready to step up
and fill the large shoes left by departed players such as
Barb Bellini and Sarah Maxwell.
Though nobody knew what to expect from the new-
look team, so far they have been nothing if not strong.
"It's a completely different feel this year,' Boyd said.
"The whole team has a different attitude...We were at
first kind of the dark horses—no one knew how we
would be. We lost six starters. We came out this year,
and we're just going for it We've got nothing to lose,
we're going as hard as we can." ♦
NOWHERE TO GO: Calgary gets third in West, tara westover photo
Volleyball men lose
by Dirk Schouten
On Friday evening in War
Memorial Gym, the nationally
third-ranked University of Calgary
Dinos hammered the listless
Thunderbirds men's volleyball
team 3-0. Although UBC wasn't
able to exact revenge on Saturday
night, the Birds pushed Calgary to
tlie limit, losing alter four very
close games.
The Birds began tho match
aggressively. Middle Jake Cabott
and team captain Chad Giimm led
an opening charge that saw UBC
take a 12-4 lead. For a while, tlie
250 spectators in attendance had
good reason to believe UBC would
steamroll its opponents.
Strong play at the net by tlie
Dinos, however, allowed Calgary
to climb back, closing tho gap to to
three points. Eventually, Dave
Beleznay, a 6'2" first-year setter,
ended tlie first set in UBC's favour,
25-22, with a kill down tho middle.
In the second set, UBC's Ryan
Cawsey, who was pulled in tlie first
set for missed kills, resurrected
his offensive weapons to help UBC
build a 14-12 lead. But tlie Dinos'
two offensive stars, Denis Zhukov
and Bill Byma, began lo overpower
die 'Birds at the net 'Hie Dinos'
6'7" Warren Jerrod, or "Goonie* as
the heckling UBC fans insisted on
calling him. led the Dinos to a 25-
19 win with a siring of puwer-
In the tliird set, Ihe Birds began
to fall apart. While English continued his strong play, Grimm
missed several kill attempts. The
Birds mounted a comeback on
blocks by McParland and Caw&ey,
but Grimm's serve into the net
cemented a 25-22 win for Ihe
Dinos, and Ihe score in games was
2-t Calgary.
In the final sot, Iho
Thunderbirds were unable to
block Zhukov, whose repeated kills
sustained Calgary's lead. UBC's
poor communication led to confusion, which resulted in missed
sets and stray kill attempts. As in
the other games, tlie Birds stajed
with tho Dinos until tlie end but
could not put togedier an offensive
attack. The Dinos walked away
with a 25-21 set win and a 3-1
match victory.
"The weekend could bo
summed up as 'lost opportunities,'" Coach Ohman said after the
match, which dropped the team's
season record to 2-2. "Tlie opportunities were there but we just didn't step up and take them. Vice-
versa, Calgary stepped up and
made the plays necessaiy to win
after (tho team reached | 16
After the match, Ohman talked
to the team about its need for mental toughness at crunch time, the
end of tlie game. He congratulated
the team for playing as a unit but
noted that tlie ideal team performance is one in which a limited
number of players rotate onto the
c ourt.
"We were having lo put players
in because others wen? tailing off
or weren't performing, or we
needed a new spark. [But] we'd
rather have that corno from the
seven guys that aril playing right
off the bat"
Ohman noted that the poor
blocking was one* area which slili
needs improvement
English cited poor communication as tlie major reason behind
the loss. "We need to woik on our
communication, but that's what
we'll do in tlie upcoming practices.'
Grimm was generally pleased
with the team's performance and
emphasised that the team played
more like a unit than on Triday
night. Grimm, recently bark from
an ankle injury, is confident that
ho can play at peak level.
"Playing in Winnipeg (last
week] was a good chance Lr me to
get back into it, and tonight I felt
The learn will depr„.d o:i
Grimm, a 6'4* offside with
tremendous leaping ability, if they
plan on beating any of Ihe top
teams in the nation.
The. team will play a double-
header at Trinity Western
University in Langluy next weekend. Trinity Wuslern is 0 4 so far
this season. ♦
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Laura Blue
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It's November, that harsh time of midterms and
term papers. Every student needs a break from
the self-torture of cramming and plagarising,
and so too, do the good folks at die Ubyssey.
Everyone needs to relax and the best way to do
that is a game. Everyone loves games.
So we dredged up the past—all the way back
to 1989 when they had the wonderful idea of
writing a Mad-Lib instead of an editorial.
Normally, we would use this space to rant about
some topic, whether it affected our campus or
some other place that we hold dear. Normally,
we would espouse some lofty goal or slam something we don't find so hot
But today all we give you is the Platonic form
of the editorial, a perfect rant against something
non-specific, all ready for you to fill in.
The rules of the game are simple, ask a friend
for each of the things in the parentheses, circle the
subject that agrees with the term grammatically in
gender or number, and read it aloud. Forgive us
for the number of s (noun) we use at
the end. After all we're only s (noun).
.(name  of person  or
group) has/have done it again. His/her/its
 (adjective) disregard for the basic
tenets of (noun) has made us so
.(adjective) that we can barely
 (verb) at night It's not enough that
  (same group or person) has been
around for so long, but that they/he/she had to
add   insult   to   injury   and   start   using
    (something   people   use)   to
  (something people do) simply
boggles the mind.
There was a time when (same
group     or     person)     was     far     less
 _(adjective), and we could happily
 (verb) him/her/them. But after
last week's removal of (adjective)
 (noun),     we     wonder     how
(he/she/they) can live with him/her/themselves.
The utter lack of common (noun),
of reasonable (noun) or of unaffected
 (noun) is beneath contempt The
world would be. better off if he/she/they would
simply (rude verb) all the way to
 (funny- sounding distant locale).
We realise our (noun or verb)
may make enemies of certain (plural     noun).     We     accept     that     our
 (noun) is beyond all limits of
 (noun) and (noun). But
the   crushing  onus   of  (noun)
weighs heavily on our shoulders. We are after
all, the only fighters against the injustice of
 (noun). So when (same
person or group) comes ing (verb)
on your door asking for __(nouns) let
the door slam in his/her/their face. This is a
call to all UBC s (noun) Come join
our     protestl     Make     your     way     to
 (specific locale) at
 (time and date) drop your pants
 (verb) and show the world what
 s(noun) do to s(noun)!
If we come together for the right reasons, we,
all of us can actually make a (noun). ♦
Ubyssey erred
I am writing to inform you of the
numerous incorrect facts that have
been stated by two of your reporters
in the Oct 27 and 31 issues of the
Firstly, Tim Wood's article titled
'Driving Unsafe Around UBC*
included an indirect quote from
"Jennifer Dixon, head of the UBC
Counterattack club.' Aside from the
- gross spelling errors of my name as
Co-chair of the organisation, I never
spoke with Wood about the issue of
road checks, or their location on
campus. Although I support the
effort to spread awareness of the
importance of driving safely, I
resent being misquoted. In addition, it is important to note that the
purpose of road checks is to combat
not only drinking and driving, but
also to identify drivers impaired by
Secondly, I would like to point
out the irresponsible reporting of
Jo-Ann Chiu with respect to the
women's T-Cup football game.
When I first read the two articles
(one in each issue) it was not my
intent to focus on picky details,
Unfortunately the number of errors
is so unacceptable that I am compelled to point them out In "Annual
women's football game today" [Oct
27), it is stated that 'last year's
game netted over $700,' that the
bake sale products were "baked by
the football players themselves,'
and that the "Nursing team has lost
the last three T-Cups.' In fact ldst
year $1076 was fundraised for BC
Children's Hospital and the bake
sale was facilitated by all students in
the School, not only the football
players. Also, the women of Rehab
have won the last five T-Cups. In
'Nursing team breaks Rehab streak
in T-Cup' [Oct 31] Chiu re-states
that Nursing has lost the past three
years and also states that the 'cheerleaders in drag are occupational
therapists." As students in Rehab,
we are very proud of our Pink
Ladies who happen to be both occupational and physical therapy students.
As a student of the UBC and a
loyal reader of the Ubyssey, I am
disappointed to have to write this
letter. It is my hope that in the
future your reporters will continue
to cover these important stories
with more professionalism.
Jennifer Dickson
President Rehabilitation
Sciences Undergraduate Society
Co-chair, CounterAttack UBC
Lifeline promotes hate
toward women
Did you have an abortion because
you were raped or because your
contraception didn't work 100 per
cent and you simply were not in the
position to or didn't want to raise a
child? If you let members of the
anti-choice club Lifeline know that
you had an abortion, you better be
prepared to be called a 'Nazi' when
you walk through the SUB to get
your lunch. If you attend a pro-
choice rally be prepared to get
filmed by Lifeline members in the
name of free speech—what an
absurdity to dub mtimidation 'free
In the sexist society we live within, anti-choice groups like Lifeline
make life even harder for women
than it already is. Their hate speech
encourages violence against pro-
choice people: Last week a man
uttered a death threat against a pro-
choice supporter at UBC. Doctors at
abortion clinics get shot The lack of
teaching safe abortion procedures
to medical students at universities
is also linked to fear of the tactics of
anti-choice groups.
It is one thing to be of the opinion that abortion is wrong for yourself—don't have one. It is another
thing to mtimidate those who want
to have the right of self-determination over their bodies and to limit
their choices. You will never succeed in controlling other women's
bodi§> You can only limit the methods available to us in doing so.
Please don't limit them. Don't try to
make us go back to using coat hangers and other painful and cruel
cdntinued on page 11 THE UBYSSEY
continued from page 10
How can you think so little of women that
you want to deny them the right to choose for
themselves? If men could get pregnant, the
right to abortion would be a given and contraceptives would be free including the morning-
after-pill that is finally available without prescription. If Lifeline members had respect for
the right to self-determination, they would not
promote hate against women. • And please,
don't reply to me by saying that the murders
committed by KKK members or Nazis are comparable to an abortion.
Who do you think you are to assume the
right to define when life begins? Does it begin
at birth? When a fetus is seven months old?
three months? two weeks? At the time conception? When a sperm enters a woman's body?—
In this case I hope you don't use contraceptives
and only have heterosexual intercourse when
the woman can conceive.
Stop being ridiculous and endangering us
all! End your disrespect towards women and
the victims of the Nazis and the KKK
-Katja Cronauer
Graduate Student-Interdisciplinary
Ads don't sway voters
I would like to comment on Friday's editorial
concerning election advertising limits ("Day's
a-wreckonin" [Nov. 3]). I find it hard to believe
that a publication that owes so much to
Freedom of Expression would support election
gag laws. I fail to understand how using coercive state force to suppress individual speech
is in the public interest How do you justify gagging citizens when it comes to something as
important as a federal general election?
Your editorial mentions the $ 150,000 limit
on a national campaign for special. interest
groups and private individuals. That sounds
like a lot, but in reality that's less than $500
per riding, will that buy me an ad in the
Ubyssey7 Your editorial fails to mention the
$3000 limit on any particular riding. That's
probably not enough for a spot in the
Vancouver Sun let alone a TV commercial.
Thus, you would have my friends and I fined
and jailed for expressing our political opinions
in any meaningful way.
I am also disturbed .with your editorial's
patronising view of the Canadian electorate.
Does the Ubyssey editorial board make their
voting choices based on the number of ads
they see? If not then why do you assume that
the general public is unable to form an unbiased opinion as well? With so many mainstream and alternative information sources,
more than ever before voters are able to cast
an informed ballot Thd gag law effectively
allowed only registered political parties to
determine the campaign issues and thereby
ignore uncomfortable subjects. Now, any
determined group can force candidates to face
up to their actions in office and address their
concerns—that's democracy!
Promoting equality by suppressing the
rights of others is hot the way to proceed in a
free society. I have confidence that the vast
majority of Canadians vote with their heads
and aren't operating under the mind-control of
advertisers, as you would suggest I sleep better at night knowing the Elections Canada
Police aren't going be busting down anyone's
door for saying too much at the wrong time,
don't you?
Engineering 5
Why the federal NDP is on the down-and- out
by Devon Rowcliffe
Election season is once again upon us. Platforms, promises, and
personalities abound, as all of the Canadian political parties vow
for our attention, and inevitably for our vote.
One of the early pillars of the 2000 election campaign has
been the issue of health care. Various recent polls have all clearly shown that the- state of medicare is of great importance to
These same polls also argue that Canadians see issues and
party platforms as the most important reasons for voting. If this
is accurate, we should expect to see the parties that make the
most promises to fix our health care system performing relatively well both in public opinion polls and in voting booths come
Nov. 27.
Of the "big five" federal political parties here in Canada, the
New Democrats clearly offer the most improvements for health
care in the form of both increased funding and the establishment
a of national pharmacare program.
This is where things become confusing. Polls suggest health
care is the issue Canadian voters feel most passionately about,
and yet the New Democratic Party (NDP) still lags in public support even though it has been campaigning heavily on health care
policy. Why is it that most Canadians seem to support fixing our
health care system, and yet do not support the federal NDP?
An NDP representative recently made the excuse for her
party's current low support that health care does not surface in
- the polls until formal debates begin. However, this is clearly not
the case.
Some would argue that it is because the NDP has never
formed the federal government, and thus cannot be adequately
trusted. But if this is the case, why does the Canadian Alliance
(CA) have the support of about one quarter of all Canadians? The
CA has never formed government; additionally, its leader
Stockwell Day did not even become a Member of Parliament until
as late as Sept 11 of this year.
Using a hypothetical example, if we were to look at a
European countiy with a history of a socialised health care that
had recently seen a drop in the quality of its health services, political analysts could easily predict that countiy's centre-left party to
do relatively well in an election, perhaps even becoming the official opposition. Yet in Canada, such a party remains virtually
unheard of.
The reason that the NDP lags in support is because of the
Canadian media, and its lack of coverage of parties other than the
Liberals and the CA over the past couple of years. If newspaper
readers are exposed to coverage of no more than two political
parties, inevitably they will come to see the political realm as a
two-horse race.
The idea that media coverage (or lack of it) significantly affects
the popularity of political parties has been supported by recent
research. Various studies have found that there is an unmistakable correlation between media coverage and electoral success.
Despite their lagging numbers in the polls, two factors may
allow the NDP to breathe a small sigh of relief. First, with the current split of the right-wing vote, the NDP should be able to take
advantage of its monopoly of the 'centre-left* come election day.
Additionally, is it also true that the NDP is virtually non-existent
in Quebec, dragging down the NDP's national average to a number that is likely lower than what it should be in most provinces.
But these are two small bonuses for a party that is in danger
of finishing last come Nov. 2 7. The reality is that the NDP is being
ignored by Canada's media outlets despite the fact that the NDP
apparently best reflects the issue Canadians want dealt with
Canadians have made it clear that health care is their number
one priority, and thus the media should do a better job in reflecting the opinions of its readers. Media owners and editors should
assume the responsibility to provide accurate and non-partisan
news and political coverage to their readers. Pushing one view on
■ a readership assumes that Canadians aren't intelligent enough to
make informed decisions on their own based upon the facts. Is
this the message Canadian media outlets want to be making?
Media should stop making decisions on behalf of Canadians, and
respect their readership by giving them coverage of all political
It is the responsibility of Canadian media to prevent such a
political aberration as the right-wing two-horse "race we are currently witnessing from occurring. If the 2000 election campaign
remains a two-horse race, it is not because such parties as the
NDP are irrelevant Far from it. It is because the media, which
apparently has far too great of an impact on the Canadian political system, has made it so.
Devon Rowchffeis a fourth-year Arts student
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Lights, sm#k&, and rebirth
at Performance Works
until November 11
■ i.\ .
I'll be honest: I don't 'get' modern dance any
more than I 'get* modern art, calculus, or theo-
' retical quantum physics. So it's very possible that
watching the three pieces playing Saturday night at
the Vancouver International Dance Festival, I was
missing something integral.
I suspect this because the lady sitting on my right
would periodically! lean over and whisper to her
companion something like, "See how the filtered
green light symbolises her descent into a statevof    something here? Or is there nothing to miss?
spiritual death and rebirth?" while I.was thinkings   "Atomic" was considerably more vibrant than the
"Yayl Pretty green lights!" ^pieces performed by Montpetit which made the
.    Okay, so I'm hi critic, but I know what I like. ' Jancing'jdl the more impressive (SU-EN has amaz-
Sadly, for the mosfpart, I did not like the perform-   * ing muscle control), but lacking in the quieter beau-
ance.   The   first** two   pieces,   "Icone"   and   -ly of "Icone^" and "Transverbero."
"Transverbero," were performed by Jocelyne    ,\ As we we're ^getting up to leave, the" lady to my
.   Montpetit who is certainly a very good dancer,__„ right turned again to her companion and whispered
The interesting thing about her pieces is that    excitedly, "Wasn't that revelatory?" Revelatory? No.
several moments in her work, particularly'in
"Transverbero," that were quite ftunniH^ fielutiful,
that made light and smoke seem hxe solid, tangible
things cascading from the ceiling. "" 7 * ':';'.. ;>
Unfortunately, the metaphor oljKe soul searching for the warmth of spiritual light was carried out
too far, making the choreography sometimes stale
and repetitive. The same can be said for SU-EN's
choreography in her piece "Atomic." A ring of lights
on the stage started flashing, a woman came out,
making a series of bizarre chicken movements,
screamed a few times, then left a green apple in the
centre of the ring and walked off. Am I missing
the dancing seeme,d incidental to them as
if the lighting arid music were the true
performers and she just happened
• -,'   to be on stage with them at
the same time.-There were
Entertaining? No. Occasionally beautiful and sporadically insightful? Sure. After all, it's modern
dance j-what else can you expect? ♦
-Fara Tabatabal
CAP ENRAGE torn of the cliff, and police suspect that two of   various possibili
at la Maison de la Francophonie
Nov. 4 \ /
Teen love goes to extrernes inf L'Escaouette's
French production of Cad Enrage. The co-production between the New Brunswick troupe,
torn of the cliff, and police suspect that two o:
his friends (lovers Patrice and Veronique) may
have been involved. As the play unfold? Mid
evidence is brought forth, it becomes clear
that Martin's love for Veronique was not reciprocal, and that suicide is a strong possibility.
various possibilities, and the actors make full
use of it The three actors are strong in their
respective roles, but Yve3 Turbide as the
policeman stands out because of his ability to
bring qut both the dramatic and comic elements of hi3 role. The majority of scenes end
i ..^with sharp lighting and sound cues, building
returns home, after a three-year absence, to'
try and fix his relationship with his father,
while Veronique leaves to live with her aunt in
The set needs to be minimal for touring
purposes, yet the scaffolding decor provides
A .     Patrice and Veronique are eventually released 4    „ .
the National Arts Cerme, and Theatre de la    from custody, yet the process leaves a strong / the suspense and drama (which is occassion-
Seizieme is currently touring BC higi^chools,    mark on both of them. Afterwards, Patricejr   ally too similar to a Friday night TV melodra-
but played for the general public jpnSaturday
Written by renownedk Acadian playwright
Hermenegilde Chiassopf the; play investigates
a murder wrrichJooKplace at (Jap Enrage, NB.
A young boy, Martin, is found dead at the bot-
ma). However, these technical aspects create a
televisual effect which likely engages the pre-
dominandy TV-hooked, adolescent audience
for ^vhich the show is geared towards. The
issues presented, the pace and length (one
hour) of the show, the nuanced and subtle dia
logue, along with some strong production values combine to make Cap Enrage an appealing piece for both adolescents and adults alike.
Theatre de la Seizieme is Vancouver's only
Trench theatre company, inviting touring
companies to perform in their space^ as well
as produce their own workAWhenl spoke to
Artistic Director Allain Jean prior to the show,
he mentioned that one of their plays for adolescents is currently touring in! Ottawa.
Judging from the full house %t the Cap Enrage
presentation, certainly is an^udience^wanting
to see French theatre. •>
-George Bellheau
O/V 5T#E I'Y,» .
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to be on it to vote on Monday,
November 27, 2000. You are. going to
vote, right? '
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Elections Canada will mail you:
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you how you can register to vote and
what your voting options are, even if
you're not going to be around on
election day, or if you're living away
. from home.
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Canadians abroad can vote. If
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For more information right now, visit our
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