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results are in
by Laura Blue
The ballots for all three questions from
the recent Alma Mater Society (AMS) referendum have been recounted, and after,
over 800 missing votes were tallied, all
three questions reached quorum.
Tho referendum, held earlier this
month, found UBC students in favour of a
mandatory health and dental plan as well
as a $9 fee increase to pay for additional
student services. Students also narrowly
voted against adopting a harm-reduction
policy towards drugs, including the legalisation of marijuana
Last week's preliminary results were
miscounted. On first count, the marijuana question failed to reach quorum: 3390
students, or roughly ten per cent of the
day student population, must vote in
favour or against a question for the
results to be considered valid.
But after counting over 800 missed
ballots, the marijuana question just met
quorum, with 347S students voting no
and 3418 students voting yes.    '
In addition, the elections committee
miscounted over 500 ballots, each for the
other two questions, bringing the total
number of missed votes to over 1800.
The outcomes of both the health plan and
student services question remain unaffected by the recount
Despite the large number of miscalculations, AMS Elections Administrator
Chris Gawronski isn't concerned. He says
miscounting is bound to happen when
such a. large number of ballots is concerned.
"There were a few ballots left over that
we have counted since," said Gawronski.
"[This) really isn't an irregularity It's just
an extension of the process we were
The updated results will remain unofficial until Gawronski presents his report
to AMS Council October 27, but he said
that he doesn't expect the results to
change again.
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dents will pay $168 per yea* for an-
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According to AMS Prosid^al^ian
Marshall, "eveiy student that pays an
AMS fee will be part of mis plan. It's for
all AMS members, part-time, fuH-time.' >i
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Student missing
 by Nicholas Bradley
A first-year engineering student at UBC has
been missing for almost three weeks, leaving
his family, the police, and the university
searching for information.
Trevor Coleman, aged 26, was last seen in
his math class on Friday, October 1—the day
before his birthday. An uncashed cheque—a
birthday present—was still in his backpack,
which was found that weekend "floating in the
middle of English Bay," according to
Coleman's aunt, Kim Garland. Coleman's bicycle helmet was still clipped to the outside of his
pack, but his bike has not yet been found.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD)
are focussing their efforts on finding
Coleman's blue mountain bike, but have little
"I have a missing persons report on him.
That's about it," said Sandy Cameron of the
VPD Missing Persons department She said
that the police aren't releasing further details
to the media.
VPD Media Liason /Anne Drennan did not
have any information about Coleman.
Coleman's family is also at a loss about
what could have happened. His parents flew in
from aAlberta to talk to police detectives, and
Garland, who lives in Nanaimo and is organising search efforts, came to UBC last week to
talk to the university and to put up posters.
"He's a very big guy, 6'2" and strong, you
know, healthy and not the type of guy to get
into anything serious, physical trouble, but you
never know," said Garland.
She suggested that Coleman, an avid fisherman, could have been involved in a boating
"He could have rented a boat, or made a
friend who also enjoyed fishing, and gone off
to fish [and] had an accident, but those things,
usually...float planes go over, usually somebody sees a boat turned over."
Meanwhile, the Faculty of Applied Science
has been trying to publicise Coleman's disappearance. Applied Science Communications
Officer Laurie Dawkins said that her office has
been circulating the information it has
"Basically we've made sure that any office that could potentially receive a media call or public enquiry has Trevor's photo
and the details, as much as we know," she said.
The Office of the Dean of Applied Science, Engineering
Student Services, and the UBC Public Affairs Office have all
been notified, but the university must wait for the police to
make an official announcement before issuing a public statement
"We don't have substantiated information," Dawkins said.
Ruth Kwok, of Engineering Student Services, said that
Coleman's professors have been instructed to keep watch for
him, but that he has not yet been seen in class.
Garland noted that while Coleman's classmates have been
informed of his disappearance, "nobody really remembered
"Apparently Trevor spent most of his time, in September, at
home," she continued.
"He didn't go out a whole lot, but who knows what friends he
MISSING: If you have any information about Trevor Coleman, last seen Friday, October 1,
call the Vancouver Police or (250) 722-3259.
made at school, we don't know."
Before he disappeared, Coleman had a change of roommates. His old roommate, Justin Cheung, saw Coleman
September 30 at their residence in the 2000 block of W. 46th
Ave, but not the next day. Cheung could not be reached for comment
"I don't think they saw a whole lot of each other," said
But Garland expressed some concern that the police aren't
doing more to help find Coleman.
"Because there's no proof that it's a homicide or anything
like that, they are not really interested, I guess they've got their
hands busy," she said, pointing out that because Coleman is
considered an adult, his case is less of a priority.
"He's considered able to take care of himself."
RCMP Staff Sergeant Lloyd Plante said that the campus
RCMP detachment is not involved in the search because
Coleman's backpack was found outside its jurisdiction, and
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tions for the opt-out rules will be
completed by early November,
and that students should be
informed later in the month.
He added that he's trying to
negotiate a deal so students with
dental coverage but no health
coverage will be able to opt out
of the entire plan.
"Because the dental plan
makes up the majority of the
costs we feel that... if you have a
dental plan, and you don't have
a health plan, you should be able
to opt out."
Students with equivalent coverage can opt out of the plan during the first three weeks in
January. Opt-out forms can be
submitted to Student Care
Networks (SCN), the coverage
provider, on the Internet, by fax,
or in person. The official opt-out
policy is still being negotiated
with SCN, but Marshall said students should be prepared to pay
the $168 up front, and then be
Currently, students will be
required go through the opt-out
procedure each year, but
Marshall is hopeful that after the
negotiations, students will only
have to provide documentation
of equivalent coverage once during their time at UBC.
Students will also be billed an
extra $9 to help fund student
services including Safewalk,
Speakeasy, and CiTR radio.
CiTR has been working on a
contract for guaranteed funding
with the AMS since before the
referendum. The campus radio
station is expected to receive $4
per student, $3.50 of which will
go towards general operating
costs. The rest will go towards a
capital replacement fund.
CiTR Program Coordinator
Anna Friz said that the capital
replacement fund, which will be
primarily used to replace failing
equipment and to invest in new
technology, is essential.
With a reserve fund, Friz said
CiTR could potentially be broadcasting one day after an equipment failure. Currently, CiTR
would have to go through a budget
procedure that could take weeks.
However, Marshall and Friz
both agree that the main part of
the contract which will likely be
drawn up within the next month,
will guarantee this funding for
Safewalk expects to receive at
least $3 per student from the fee
increase. Safewalk Director Sue
Brown said funding will go
towards paying volunteers and
expanding their hours to match
the Pit Pub's extended hours.
Safewalk currently relies on
unpaid volunteers, and Brown
said this makes it difficult to sustain a steady number of
Safewalkers during exam time.
"The reason behind paying
people is to legitimate the service and to acknowledge that
these students are working until
2:30 in the morning and they're
out in the rain and they're donating a lot of time."*>
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UBC-CUPE negotiations drag onwards
 by Daliah Merzaban
As they enter another critical week of mediation with
UBC at the BC Labour Relations Board, two Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE) support staff locals
are experiencing starkly opposite levels of progress.
While Local 116 has been negotiating with UBC
since September with little success, Local 2950, in only
four days of mediation, has already agreed to certain
provisions. The two locals together represent UBC's
over 3000 support staff.
"They seem to be walking to a different beat out
there [in 116]," said Frans Van de Ven, 2950 business
According to Van de Ven, Local 2950 and UBC have
agreed on some proposals, including issues dealing
with contracting out jobs to external firms.
One of CUPE's major concerns has been UBC proposals to contract out some jobs without consulting the
union first. Currently, any job UBC wants to contract
out must first pass through a committee composed of
both UBC officials and union staff.
"[In terms  of contracting out,]  we  agreed to a
process of consultation and adjudication when the university intends to contract out work that has traditionally been done by our members," said Van de Ven.
Local 116 has been unable to come to a resolution
on the same issue, and Van de Ven blames UBC.
"On some of the same issues, they simply can't seem
to be able to deal with at that table. From my perspective it's not because of the union."
Local 116 did make some progress two weeks ago
when UBC decided to withdraw its much-criticised proposal to change its sick leave policy.
The proposal included plans for an annual bank of
three days and a two-day unpaid wait period for illness.
In a bulletin to 116 members this week, however.
Local President John Geppert wrote that this was an
unusual case of progress and "rather than the rubber
stamping routine that the Mediator likely expected,
there [are] now more issues in dispute than ever
Geppert noted that UBC has indicated that it still
intends to make some changes to the sick leave.
Local 116 is also facing problems with wage and
benefit settlements.
The provincial government has capped public sector wage
increases at two per cent over three years (0-0-2). According
to Geppert, UBC is currently proposing twenty months of no
increase followed by a one per cent increase (0U-1).
Despite the discrepancies in progress between the
two campus locals, UBC officials remain confident that
a resolution can be reached.
"We're working hard in mediation to address the
major issues that are on the table and it's our hope that
we'll be able to conclude a collective agreement with
our union locals," said Paula Martin, a UBC spokesperson.
Martin declined to comment on specific proposals,
including contracting out and sick leave.
"We would like to keep the negotiations at the table
right now," she said.
At a general meeting last week, 2950 members
voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to cast a
strike vote later this month.
Local 116 held a similar vote in August, with 89 per
cent of voters in favour of serious job action.
Three days of mediation are scheduled for Local 116
this week and two days scheduled for 2950.♦
Rally draws government response
by Daliah Merzaban
About 200 Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) representatives from
BC's four universities gathered at the legislature in Victoria last Thursday to
protest provincial wage guidelines and
the slow progress of contract negotiations
between CUPE support staff locals and
the universities.
The rally didn't begin until noon, but
many of the protesters were awake before
sunrise. Almost 50 CUPE members from
UBC and Simon Fraser University headed
for Victoria in the morning to join over
100 of their University of Victoria (UVic)
"We'd like to show solidarity with the
other university unions," said John
Geppert, president of UBC Local 116
which, along with Local 2950, represents
over 3000 support staff on campus.
"We're trying to get the ear of the government, and this is the easiest way to do
it without actually putting up a picket
Since January, CUPE Local 116—composed of UBC's janitorial, food services,
plant operations, and bookstore employees—have been in negotiation with UBC.
Their contract expired on March 31.
Members say they want to avoid a
strike, which they see as a no-win situation in which they'd lose pay and inconvenience students.
Gregg Garbe, who is on the bargaining
committee for Local 116, echoed the general mood of the UBC crowd in Victoria.
"We want to be treated fairly," he said,
adding that support staff workers at UBC
compose the "maquiladora of universities," making reference to a class of workers in Mexico often associated with cheap
The protesters began their rally just
before noon at Advanced Education
Minister y\ndrew Petter's office at St
y\nne's Academy, then marched rather
politely down the street to the legislature.
The crowd didn't stop traffic, but instead
marched along the sidewalk and waited
for the walk signal at crosswalks.
But their message was loud and clear
As they marched, the protesters chanted "0-0-2 just won't do" to express their
opposition to the provincial public sector
wage increase freeze (at zero per cent for
the first year, zero per cent for the second
year, and two per cent for the third year).
"We don't make enough money to five
on," one protester commented as she
The locals have various different local
issues to address during bargaining from
contracting-out proposals
at UBC to a push to eliminate differential pay
scales at the University of
Northern British
Columbia (UNBC). But
they all want to negotiate
a provincial accord
between universities on
larger issues like wages
and benefits, in order to
be in line with the rest of
the public sector in BC.
Doug Sprenger,
spokesperson for UVic's
coordinative bargaining
committee, said that in
the rest of the public sector, additional benefits
have made the wage
increase freeze less
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PROTECTING: UBC support staff rally with their provincial counterparts in Victoria (above) last
Thursday. Paul Ramsey, BC finance minister, makes promises (left), daliah merzaban photos
"We have heard that other unions, like
the health employees union, like the
teachers federation, like the college
instructors union, have all been able to
work collectively to negotiate value-added
to their settlements. So it isn't 0-0-
2...There is anywhere from seven to eight
per cent value added in those settlements. We want the same kind of deal."
Some protesters cited improvements
to sick leave, pay equity, increased job
security, and research grants as possible
value-added improvements.
Paul Ramsey, BC's recently appointed
minister of finance, greeted the crowd
and the media with reassuring words.
"I've been a college instructor. I've
been at the front lines working with students, and I always knew as a worker in
the post-secondary system that what I was
able to do for my students depended on
the support I was getting from support
people behind me, and that was CUPE
everywhere in this province."
The former education minister drew
cheers from the crowd with promises to
pressure employers. He says he plans to
meet with the employer groups.
"We need to find a way for universities
to talk to their workers about common
issues. However that works."
But some in the crowd were sceptical
of Ramsey's plans.
"I don't want to direct any blame away
from the provincial government because
I know that they have the power to push
our universities to settle these contracts,"
said Morgan Stewart, chair of the UVic
Student Society.
"It's time to put it squarely at the
provincial government that they need to
give some wiggle room at the bargaining
table. They need to allow and encourage
and push the employer, the universities
of British Columbia, to make sure that
these contracts can be settled."
Sprenger answered that at UVic,
administrators are prepared to cooperate.
"There's a glimmer of hope out there,
and I say it's just a glimmer," said
"The University of Victoria yesterday in
mediation told its locals that it was prepared to be the first employer to come to
a common table and talk about an
There has been no such luck so far for
UBC locals.
"If UBC were a Third World country
we'd been in revolution right now," Garbe
told the crowd.
"We sat for nine months trying to get a
collective agreement..They don't care
about their workers. They think that they
can treat their workers less than the rest
of the workers in this province, and we're
not going to put up with it'
No representatives from UNBC attended the rally. Instead, they held up signs
and distributed leaflets outside Paul
Ramsey's constituency office in Prince
"We're trying to avoid a strike. I don't
think anybody wants to go there. It's a
no-win situation," said Doug Carter,
president of UNBC Local 3 700. He
added that given UBC's lack of progress,
"it would be unfortunate if [a strike is]
what it took, but they have to do what's
best for them."
But back in Victoria, the mood was positive after the rally.
"To the whistlers and the honkers,"
Geppert said to his co-workers as they celebrated on the bus ride back to the ferry.
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Liberal policy attacked
by Nicholas Bradley
Although the Liberal government emphasised the
importance of education in the economy in last
week's throne speech, local critics say that it promises little real change.
The Speech from the Throne, delivered by newly-
appointed Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson,
opened the current session of Parliament The
speech sets the government's agenda for the next two
This year, the speech emphasised education, mentioning the "knowledgebased economy" five times.
"[The government] will make college and university more affordable through Canadian Millennium
Scholarships. It has improved student debt relief and
provided better tax assistance to finance lifelong
learning," the speech read.
The speech promised that the government "will
make it easier to finance lifelong learning" but did
not specifically outline how that objective would be
The lack of specific plans has
brought severe criticism from
Member    of
the Vancouver
Libby Davies,
Parliament for
East riding.
"Supposedly this was the
throne speech that put forward
the vision for children and lifelong learning, and I guess like
with most throne speeches, it's
very lofly, and in some ways very
ambiguous," said the New
Democrat MP.
"It gave absolutely no acknowledgment or recognition for the very difficult reality
that students are facing trying to get through post-secondary education."
Davies pointed out that the Millennium
Scholarships would help only a small percentage of
the students who need financial assistance.
"I think it's outrageous that they talk about youth
and vision and the fixture and all of this, and it's aH
just sort of mindless propaganda, but when it comes
to doing something concrete and real to actually help
students who are really really hurting there's nothing."
But Liberal MP Ted McWhinney, the representative for Vancouver-Quadra, defends the speech. He
claims that it is not intended to announce specific
programs, which will be revealed in the next federal
"[The speech gives] a general philosophical
overview to what one plans to do in the next parliament..! suppose in modern terms the significance is
it sets the government's large goals for the next two
McWhinney said that although he predicts a surplus for the current financial year, it is too early to
allocate funds for future projects. He noted, however,
that the consensus among members of the Liberal
"It gave absolutely no
acknowledgment or recognition for the very difficult
reality that students are
facing trying to get through
post-secondary education."
caucus is that any surplus should be split evenly
between tax cuts and debt reduction, and social
McWhinney added that spending on education
will focus on research, particularly medical and scientific study. He cites the 1994 TRIUMF grant as an
example of government commitment to research.
The grant brought $ 167.5 million over five years to
UBC's particle physics research facility.
He added that the government understands that
pure research often translates into jobs.
McWhinney explained that this approach is an
alternative to simply giving the provinces funding for
"We've been fed up with the fact that we give
monies to provinces earmarked for education and it
ends up being spent—and BC's been one of the worst
offenders in the past—on highways into the never-
never land, into the interior."
But critics of this strategy say that it won't compensate for federal cuts to transfer payments to the
"The number-one first priority
is to reinvest money back into the
provinces which should go back
into education," said Mark
Veerkamp, BC chairperson for
the Canadian Federation of
Students, a national student lobby
"There's basically a crisis in
education where there needs to
be an immediate injection of
funds from the federal level."
A    spokesperson    for    the
Canadian Alliance  of Student
Associations, the other national student organisation,
expressed similar views.
Davies, meanwhile, called attention to the
speech's apparent lack of commitment to student
issues. The NDP, she said, wants to see a national
tuition freeze and increased public funding to universities, eventually leading to free tuition.
"No one would question the value to society as a
whole for having free education [from kindergarten
to Grade 12]," said Davies, who argued that the same
argument can be made for post-secondary education.
McWhinney agreed that student debt is an important issue, especially for arts students.
"One hopes at a certain point one may get writeoffs of the student loan program, make it direct
grants...The new budget will, I think, contain further
steps in this direction," he said.
"The mood is to subsidise education."
But Veerkamp isn't so sure.
"The funding towards research initially sounds
promising...but overall the throne speech doesn't
really promise much in the way of funding for education and for students," said Veerkamp.
"The commitments in the throne speech don't
come anywhere close to making up for the cuts that
have happened over the last four or five years." ♦
-Libby Davies
MP for Vancouver East (NDP)
Place Vanier left in the dark
by Alex Dimson
A routine maintenance procedure
by UBC Plant Operations plunged
the Place Vanier residence into
darkness for two consecutive
nights last week, angering many
residents who believe that they
were not properly informed of the
scheduled power outage.
The outage took place
between midnight and 2am last
Tuesday and Wednesday. First-
year resident Ryan Arsenault
was studying in his room when
the clock struck twelve.
"I was studying for a mid-term
the next morning when the power
went out I tried to study by the
emergency lights but then they
went out so instead I studied by
candlelight If I had known the
fights were about to go out I
wouldn't have been in my room."
But Place Vanier Food Services
Manager Lorraine McGowan said
that the scheduling of the outage
was a compromise.
"[Plant Operations] originally
wanted to do it between 9am
and 12pm...If they had stuck to
their guns on that, we would
have had to inconvenience the
Most residents believe they
were inconvenienced anyway.
Many students were disrupted
while studying and had their
alarm clocks fail because of the
power shut-off.
And in one of the ten Vanier
houses, residents wereforced to
evacuate at 2 am—a fire alarm
was triggered when the power
was restored.
The source of the confusion
appears to stem from poor communication between UBC
Housing and residents. Richard
Henkelman, Head Tradesperson
for UBC Housing and
Conferences said that Housing
received notification of the shutdown over three weeks in
The notices, however, were not
posted at Vanier until the day of
the shutdown. In addition, the
wording of the notice indicates
that the shutdown would last only
one night For this reason, residents were caught completely by
surprise when the power was
turned off on the second night
Many residents also
expressed concern over the
widespread failure of emergency lights on both nights.
Henkelman said that the emergency lights are intended to last
ten minutes and are for "evacua-
tional purposes."
Richard Hugh, the head electrician for the Vanier operation,
said that the emergency lights
were not tested before the shutdown. He noted, however, that
the fights are tested annually.* THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19,19991
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IS THIS ROAD UNSAFE? The AMS Bike Co-op thinks so after
a cyclist was hit Wednesday, tara westover photo
Cyclist hit on Marine
A cyclist was hit by a driver on Southwest
Marine Drive last Wednesday. The cyclist
whose name has not been released by the
RCMP. was riding on a trail at the side of the
road, and when he crossed the slow lane of
Marine Drive, was hit by an oncoming vehicle
in the fast lane.
"Frankly, the driver had no opportunity
whatsoever to avoid contact with the cyclist,"
said Staff Sergeant Lloyde Plante of the campus
detachment of the*RCMP.
The cyclist was taken to hospital with head
injuries, but was released by Thursday.
"Initially we thought the injuries were a lot
more serious than they obviously appear to be,"
said Plante.
Three cyclists were admitted to Vancouver
General Hospital on Wednesday. The hospital
said that as of Thursday, the cyclists had all
been released from the emergency room.
Plante said that he did not anticipate any
charges being laid against the driver.
The Alma Mater Society Bike Co-op has noted
that Southwest Marine continues to be an inadequate bike route despite its recent resurfacing.
The shoulders are still potholed and uneven,
winch draws cyclists onto the main road, which
has a speed limit of 80 km/h.
UBC AGM at Chan
UBC's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will face
protests from Canadian University of Public
Employees (CUPE) members currently in labour
negotiations with the university.
Due to {altering negotiations with the university,
§|ampus support staff will take the opportunity to
||rotesL CUPE locals at the other three universities
in British Columbia have been involved in similar
actions and negotiations.
Meanwhile, at the downtown version of the
AGM, held Thursday at the Waterfront Centre
Hotel, President Martha Piper said that despite
concerns—such as tie slide of UBC's library system,
lo 35th place in the Association of Research
Libraries North American rankings—the university
will reach its goal of becoming the top university in
The AGM will present the 1998-99 Annual
Report Acrarding to the report UBC's total revenue decreased by six per cent; with an acscumulat-
ed operating deficit of $4.3 million, which the
report says will be phased out over the next two fiscal years.
The AGM will begin today at 12:30 in the
Chan Centre.
CFI grants $23M
I BC has received a $22.8 million grant
from the Canadian Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) to fund about 40 different researrh projects, including $9.35
million that will help create the Centre for
Intcar.itcii Genomics, a unique facility
associated with cancer research and
Nobel laureate Michael Smith.
The CFI grant will cover 40 per cent of
the total funding for the projects, while
the remainder consists of some provincial
go\ ernment funds and ayearoid $50 million donation by UBC alumnus Stewart
Blusson, thc largest individual donation tu
a Canadian public institution.
According to Richard Spratley, associate vice-president of research, Blusson's
donation has made it possible for "UBC to
be a major part of CFI."
A significant portion of the CFI funds
has been awarded to "New
Opportunities," an initiative designed to
provide money for projects by new faculty-
"This is exciting because it is a chance
for UBC to attract really good people by
providing them a good hunk of money for lab
startup, renovations and equipment—all the
things you need to get up and running," said
Divorce act change?
A proposed amendment to the Divorce Act may
affect students who plan to pursue a post-secondary education and have divorced parents.
Liberal MP Roger Gallaway plans to propose
a private members bill in the House of
Commons that will stop courts from increasing
support payments when a child turns begins
their post-secondary education.
Currently, divorced parents can have their
child support payments increased by court
order when their child turns 18, in order to
cover the costs of post-secondary education.
Married parents, however, have no obligation to pay for their children's university or college education.
"It's just an issue where some fairness enters
into the equation," said Gallaway. "The courts
treat divorced people radically different than
fiery do those whose marriages are intacL'
Gallaway says he does not know how many
students could be affected by the proposed
changes, but adds the bill only serves to point
out one of the problems with the current law
governing divorce procedure.
- w&h Mas from tits Ottawa Bureau Chief
Starbucks job action
Starbucks employees at the 11 unionised outlets in the Lower Mainland are refusing to wear
then- uniforms on the job.
The dress code disobedience is part of a
drive associated with Canadian Auto Workers
(CAW) against the coffee corporation to gain
public support for Starbucks employees rather
than forcing them to resort to a strike.
CAW national representative Jeff Keighly
says that wages, work scheduling, training procedures and paid sick leave are at the heart of
tlie issue.
Employees on duty arc wearing t-shirts and
buttons that sport slogans supporting their
cause. As well, employees are handing out pamphlets to customers.
—with files Gom the Peak
for the Village
VACANT, BUT FOR HOW LONG? The lot behind the UBC Village may soon
be home to some fancy retail development, tara westover photo
by Simon Owen
Two separate commercial development proposals have the
potential to drastically change
retail development on the UBC
campus, according to speculative plans now
released to the
As part of a comprehensive and
long-term plan to
build "a complete...and vibrant
community," UBC
Properties, the
responsible for on-
campus planning
and development,
is proposing a
pedestrian-oriented commercial centre at University
Boulevard and East Mall,
the bus loop. #
This proposal, which will be
discussed at public meetings on
November 25, includes provisions for a variety of small- to
medium-sized retail shops,
restaurants and offices.
Paul Young of UBC Properties
said that any commercial developments on campus will be
geared specifically to students,
faculty, and staff. He added,
however, that it is still unclear
when specific plans will take
shape, because the proposal will
probably not be finalised before
Meanwhile, a concurrent
development proposal, put forward by the Vancouver-based
Trilogy Group, is eyeing the area
directly south of the UBC Village.
Leasing commitments are
already underway for this proposal, which calls for a multiple-
use retail, office, and apartment
structure on the 62,500 foot lot.
Trilogy Group Project
Manager Hani Lemmam stated
that the site will be anchored by
a supermarket, and will include
other large-scale franchise retail
"I called and asked if
I could have some
[retail space]...and
they said I had to own
ten shops first...This
is discrimination."
-Pari Alikhan
Owner of UBC Unique
Hair Design.
The Sterling automotive shop,
UBC Pizza, Copies Plus, and
Discount Textbooks are among
the current occupants of the lot
who will be displaced by the
development, which is tentatively slated to open in
September, 2001.
The prospect of
a major commercial development
next door has provoked mixed reactions from Village
merchants and
store owners,
many of whom are
unsure how their
businesses will
Pari Alikhan,
owner of UBC
Unique Hair
Design, expressed
concerns that the Trilogy development is catering exclusively to
"I called and asked if I could
have some [retail space]...and they
said I had to own ten shops
first..This is discrimination."
Co-worker Sue Wheeler
agreed that although the development would bring more business to the area, franchise operations would mean the demise
of many privately-owned stores
in the Village.
Lemmam confirmed that
Trilogy is only interested in
national franchises, "at least
until the site is secure enough to
allow for smaller tenant occupancy."
Young said that although UBC
Properties is aware of the
Trilogy application, it is too early
to determine how the two
prospective developments
would influence each other.
He speculated, however, that
"if the [Trilogy] project goes
ahead, the university will have
to look at accomodating different tenants," including possibly
relocating some Village
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Chretien's visit
to spark protest
Suzuki seeks solutions
fay Nicholas Bradley
Jean Chretien's visit to Vancouver last year
was marked by a standoff between angry
demonstrators and Vancouver riot police.
Tomorrow night, thi' prime minister will
host a Liberal Party fundraiser at tlie Hyatt
Regency Hotel, and local activists once again
will be there to gretil him.
Outside Chretien's fundraising dinner at
tho Hyatt last December, over 1000 protesters faced off against over 100 riot police
armed with batons and rubberbullet guns in
what was known as 'the fiiot at the Hyatt.*
At least sly protesters were injured as the
police pushed Ihe crowd back from the
entrance to the hotel. Ten demonstrators
were arrested and later released.
Although Constable Anne Drennan of tlie
Vancouver Folicp Department would not provide details of the security arrangements surrounding tlie prime minister's visit, she
said,'We're putting a full operational plan
into place."
But Garth Mullins, an organispr for the
Jean Chretien Welcoming Committee, a coalition of organisations formed to protest the
prime minister's visit, said that last year's
incident has not deterred demonstrators.
"People are out to protest the prime minister but also to show the police and the powers that be that they aren't intimidated by
their pressure tactics."
However. Mullins expects the protest to
be smaller this year because "there's
not..the momentum of APEC that there was
last year."
He said that Tiaving a [demonstration}
that takes over the street and is really loud
and boisterous and noisy and gets the message through to the media or the prime minister or just people around" will make a successful protest
Groups involved range from local activist
group Democracy Street to the University of
Victoria Students' Society.
The upcoming ministerial conference of
the World Trade Organisation (WTO), to be
held in Seattle in early December, will be a
focus of the protest. Opponents of the WTO
say that it promotes international trade at
the expense of environmental and human
rights issues. '
.;.- ^{The WTO has) an agenda of putting business before people, and has proven very
damaging on the planet..and we think it will
only go on to cause more social and environ-
mental havoc *
p last year's fimdraiser was Chretien's first
visit to Vancouver since Ihe APEC leaders'
conference in November 1997. When the
APEC conference arrived on UBC campus for
a day, student protesters were pepper-
sprayed and arrested by the RCMP.
Chretien—and the Prime Minister's Office-
have since been questioned for their role in
the actions against protesters.
The RCMP is conducting; an ongoing
investigation into police action during
by Eric Jandciu
People just aren't getting the message about
global warming says scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki.
At a lecture given Friday at the Vancouver
Planetarium, Suzuki and Gale Christianson, a
professor of history at the University of
Indiana, spoke about the history and serious
threat of global warming.
Scientists have overwhelming evidence that
a build-up of greenhouse gas emissions in the
earth's atmosphere—primarily due to the combustion of fossil fuels—creates a greenhouse
effect, which leads to global warming.
Acting like the glass in a greenhouse, certain
gases trap the planet's excess heat, preventing
it from escaping into space. Carbon dioxide
(C02), is the main culprit, along with methane,
nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
"We are in danger of upsetting [the] climatic
balance and...bringing about displacements,
discomfort, death and disease in ways that we
never thought possible before," said
The story of global warming begins nearly
200 years ago when it was first discovered that
natural levels of C02 regulated the earth's temperature.
Later, air samples taken from the mid-
1900s onwards revealed a consistent increase
of C02 in the atmosphere by between three and
five per cent each year—a trend which continues today.
Christianson uses El Nino as an example.
The phenomenon has always occurred but in
A GLOBAL WARNING: David Suzuki spoke at the Vancouver Planetarium Friday about
the past did little more than temporarily afFect the dangers of a worid ignoring gbba| warming. TAra westover photo
fishing in Peru.
Global warming is thought to make the effects of El Nino
more extreme. North Americans experienced these heightened effects two years ago through the ice storm in eastern
Canada, disruption of fisheries, and extensive fire, drought
and flooding damage.
Meanwhile, scientists have estimated that between four
and five per cent of the arctic ice cap has melted, leading to
higher ocean levels and putting coastal areas—such as
Vancouver—in extreme danger.
A frightening fact to keep in mind, said Suzuki and
Christianson, is that the effects of global warming we see
today are the result of only a one-degree increase in the
earth's average temperature. By a conservative estimate,
they predict that by the middle of the next century, there will
be a temperature increase of two to four degrees.
Equally striking is that if we were to stop all burning of all
fossil fuels today, global warming would continue for roughly a century.
Suzuki also criticised technological efforts to stop global
warming. The Antarctic Ocean, for example, has limited
growth of C02-absorbing plankton due to low iron concentrations in the water. Some scientists have suggested dumping iron into the ocean, since in laboratory experiments
iron promoted plankton growth in a sample of Antarctic
Ocean water.
When this experiment was tried on a larger scale, "it totally failed," said Suzuki.
"We're always going to be surprised because the extent of
our ignorance is so vast"
In order to create change, Suzuki believes the public must
become involved on a large scale.
The David Suzuki Foundation works to eliminate some of
the unknowns in nature and tries to formulate possible
courses of action. One of the foundation's aims is to create
political action through an active and informed public.
"We're looking for solutions," is one of the slogans the
foundation uses. "We are looking for ways, not of dealing
with the symptoms of our ways...but we are trying to look at
the deep underlying causes for the direction that we are
headed in."
The Vancouver-based organisation was created after
Suzuki did a radio series in 1989 for the CBC called It's a
Matter of Survival, about increasing levels of greenhouse
gases. During this project Suzuki "suddenly saw with crystal
clarity that the planet's life support systems were in dire
The radio series prompted an unprecedented 16,000 letters from listeners mostly writing said Suzuki, "I heard your
series, you scared the hell out of me, I agree with what your
saying but what can I do?"
At the lecture, Suzuki called for the public to pressure
politicians with letters and phone calls.
He also suggested that the government eliminate tax
breaks for the fossil fuel industry.
"Let's start taxing the things that are bad for us and let's
start giving tax breaks for the good things."
Christianson pointed out that this is the first year that
sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) have surpassed those of
regular cars in the US. SUVs are classified as trucks and so
are allowed to pollute three to five times as much as cars, and
are also much less fuel-efficient
A casual inspection of the roughly 100 vehicles in the
parking lot after the lecture revealed about one-quarter were
either SUVs or sports cars.
Curiously, their drivers seemed to be leaving more hastily
than the others.»>
BCIT may be hit by strike within the month
by Carlos Assuncao
 The Link (BCIT)
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Technology
instructors at the British
Columbia Institute of
Technology (BCIT) could be on
strike by the end of this month
following a vote of 77 per cent in
favour of job action.
"This is the highest strike vote
majority the [Faculty and Staff
Association (FSA)] has ever
achieved," said Ron Kessler, the
association president He added
that the voter turnout was also
the highest ever.
Since   the   vote,   held   two
weeks ago by the FSA, a provincial    mediator    has    been
appointed   by   the   Labour
Relations Board at the request
of BCIT.
At the same time, the administration has applied to have
BCIT's Physical Plant and
Computer Resources declared
essential services in the event
of a strike, and has been granted
a hearing by the labour board on
the issue.
The FSA issued its  72-hour
strike notice to the board last
Tuesday. Meetings between the
faculty association, BCIT adminis-
According to the FSA, there has
been a 30 per cent increase in
the number of students in the
past five years, but a reduced
number of teaching staff during
the same period.
tration and the mediator, Barbara
Sharp, resumed yesterday.
But, until the mediator Hbooks
out'—declaring the two sides are
too far apart for mediation to be
successful—the FSA cannot legally implement a strike.
The FSA has been without a
contract since June 1998 and
negotiations have been stalled
since early this year.
.Among the chief issues in
the dispute is concern over
Both the FSA and BCIT
administration agree that at
least part of the blame for the
zero per cent wage increases for
faculty members over the last
five years is due to the govern
ment tuition freeze in BC.
Another concern is the
staffing level at BCIT. According
to the FSA, there has been a 30
percent increase in the number
of students in the past five years,
but a reduced number of teaching staff during the same period.
The FSA represents almost
1000 technology instructors,
assistant instructors and related
technical and professional staff.
Fifty-thousand students at
BCIT's campuses in Greater
Vancouver could be affected by a
potential strike.♦ 8
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Birds topple Hus
 by Naomi Kim
UBC beat Saskatchewan, and this time it matters.
Tailback Akbal Singh ran for a career-high
328 yards and four touchdowns as the UBC
football team defeated the number one-
ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies
30-21 at Thunderbird Stadium Friday. With
the win, UBC takes over first place in the
Canada West and helped erase the stigma of
the Birds' dreadful 1-10 record against the
Huskies over the past five years.
UBC's season record is now 5-1 after a hot
five-game winnirig streak. But a win against
Saskatchewan is not just any win—when
these two winners of the last three Vanier
Cups meet, every point counts.
Last season, the Birds' 13-11 victory was
bittersweet—UBC needed to win the game by
four points in order to secure home-field
advantage in the playoffs. As it was, the T-
Birds' 1998 season ended with a 31-28 loss
in Saskatchewan. But Friday night, UBC needed to win by eight or more points to vault into
the number one spot in the Canada West conference after their season-opening 28-20 loss
in Saskatoon.
And when it counted, UBC won by nine.
"We knew it was a big game...We knew
what we had to do and we did it," said third-
year defensive lineman Daaron McField, who
finished with three tackles and an important
The Birds certainly accomplished what
they had to do, but it came about gradually.
UBC started off slowly, and Saskatchewan
started out hot—missed tackles on the part of
UBC and Saskatchewan's physical domination of the game set the tone early. The
Huskies exploited UBC's suddenly-weak secondary and made their way down the field
with ease—the Huskies opened the scoring on
a Tyler Siwak 1-yard run nine minutes into
the game and made it 14-0 on a 45-yard
bomb from quarterback Ryan Reid to Jason
Crumb at 3:59 of the second quarter.
Reid had an excellent half, finding wide-
open receivers and completing 10 of 11 passes for 187 yards.
The teams traded field goals, but the Birds
rallied in the final minutes of the second quarter: a pretty 39-yard pass by
UBC quarterback Shawn Olson to
wide receiver Frank Luisser set the
Birds on the Huskies' 5-yard line.
Singh then snuck in an easy 5-yard
touchdown run with 36 seconds
remaining in the half, sparking the
Birds as they headed for the half-time
breakdown 17-10.
The Birds carried the momentum
and energy into the second half, and
just two minutes into the third quarter, Singh added a second 5-yard
touchdown run to tie the game 17-17.
UBC's defence were able to hold
the Huskies to four points in the second half, despite CIAU rushing leader
Doug Rozon's 159 yards rushing on
the game. But penalties were an unexpected threat to the Birds: the 110
yards of UBC penalties (75 yards in
the second half alone) more than
tripled Saskatchewan's 35 yards.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a lot
with a lot of penalties, but we dug
down and got it done when we had to,
UBC wide receiver Brad Coutts.
Behind the suddenly-unstoppable Singh,
UBC's offence fought back and kept going.
After Huskie kicker/safety Jamie Boreham's
50-yard field goal opened the fourth quarter,
Singh answered two minutes later with yet
another touchdown, this time in Akbal-style.
From the UBC 53, Singh found a hole and
tore up the left side of the field, bringing the
crowd to their feet A Saskatchewan defender
caught up at the 6-yard line, but Singh broke
the tackle and scored to pull the Birds ahead
23-20 with 12:19 remaining.
But UBC still needed six points. .And in the
fourth quarter, Singh gave it to them. UBC got
the ball at their own 15 with 9:30 left, and
gave the ball to Akbal. He ran for all but two
yards on the drive, and sealed the win for
UBC with a 9-yard touchdown run.
But with 3:40 remaining in the game,
Saskatchewan loomed at the UBC 29, threatening UBC's much-needed 9-point lead. This
time it was the defence that brought the
crowd to their feet: on second and six,
McField got a
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 by Naomi Kim
Running back Akbal Singh ran and
In fact, he ran for 328 yards on
28 carries against the University of
Saskatchewan Friday night, surpassing his previous game-high rushing
record of 272 yards. He was also
just 23 yards short of the UBC individual game record of 351 rushing
yards, set by former running back
Mark Nohra on 48 carries against
Calgary in 1997 .
"I just didn't even care about [the
records]," said Singh who scored all
four UBC touchdowns. "I was thinking, 'we got to win.' The yards are
great but in the end, it's all about
the score at the end and that's all I
really care about..We needed eight
points [to move to first place in the
Canada WestJ."
aAjnd Singh contributed more
than just eight points. His four
touchdowns and 24 points puts
him in the Thunderbird history
books for individual game records.
His performance puts Singh in an
eight-way tie for individual points
scored in a game and in a seven-
way tie for number of touchdowns
in a game.
Singh scored the only UBC touchdown in the first two quarters,
despite being held to 79 yards. But
everything turned around at the half.
"We knew we had to play better
in the half and we had to capitalise
on our opportunities," he said. "We
had to go and prove to ourselves
that there was nothing that was
going to stop us tonight*
And nothing could stop Singh on
the field. In the second half alone,
his astounding 249 rushing yards
surpassed Saskatchewan's game
rushing yard total of 220.
But off the field, he stopped for
his younger sister, Charmilah.
When the game was finally over,
Singh stood for a long hug, amidst
the whirling post-game commotion.
While his legs had stopped running,
his emotions took over—he and his
sister's parents were killed in a single-car accident nine years ago.
"It's just me and my sister. She
always watches all my games and
after tonight she says 'holy cow.'
She was really proud. And that
makes me proud because I know up .
above, my mom and dad are watching me through her eyes and when
she tells me I played great, I feel so
good. I got a great emotional high.
Even now, it almost brings me to
tears, but nevertheless, it was a
great feeling."
Winning means a lot, but as
Singh showed, it certainly isn't
It's not whether you win or 1
the game. That's what UBC
coach Mike Coflin and his te
themselves after their sea
tand this past weekend. T
against the University of Ma
5-2 Friday and 5-1 Saturday
Both teams came out stn
first period was filled with
boards and behind the nets
to getthe first goal. The openi
T-Birds with a two-man a
minute, but Manitoba's tigh
UBC much room to do anyth
"I thought we handled th
five, and I thought we ham
fiveon-four," said Coflin blu
Later in the period, a Bisc
off hit Thunderbird goaltenc
reaggravated his preseason
continued playing, and mad
in the period.
UBC found themselves <
start the second period a
given four minutes at the e
cost them. Manitoba mana^
lock on the power play, ani
later the Birds found then
Bison Jeff Leiter's shot beat
side Spence was consequen
game and replaced by Matt
"Spence has a recurring
lined him in pre-season," sa.
play through it, [but] on the THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. OCTOBER 19.1999
skies for first place
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13-yard field goal. On the
rt possession, UBC defensive
St. James recovered a
an fumble at midfield to
ad the game.
t Saskatchewan for the sec-
five years.
ls a hell of a lot," said St
t the win. "We had to beat
ht points—we beat them by
first place in the West They
le back here (the first place
ome field advantage for the
t finals). We don't have to go
swan and play on hard rock
big time. The psychological
having to go there is
[ mean beating
in increases our odds of winning
Hs and stuff, but we got to finish
•e the playoffs, a trip to the
f Alberta and a final home game
University of Regina will round
BEST IN THE WEST: defensive lineman Daaron McField (top, left) and offensive lineman Damon Stoetling
celebrate after UBC's dramatic 30-21 victory over the University of Saskatchewan. Above, Akbal Singh
(29, with ball) is set loose by the Thunderbird offensive line, richard lam photos
out the Birds' regular season games—and if
UBC wins both, they'll host the Canada West
semi-final November 6.
"We got to take it one step at a time
because we got /Alberta next week, and that's
all we're thinking about right now," said head
coach Jay Prepchuk. "Alberta next week and
then Regina the following week and then
whoever we match up with in the playoffs.
We'll let that fall where it may. But we're
proud of our guys and proud of our coaches
and proud of the fact that we stuck with it We
believe in these guys and we're going to
believe in them until the bitter end."»>
<ey Birds swept by Bisons
 by Sara Newham
a or lose, but how you play
UBC men's hockey head
his team have to be telling
: season-opening homes-
id. The T-Birds went 0-2
jf Manitoba Bisons, losing
it strong Friday night The
with lots of hits along the
nets as each team pressed
opening stanza also saw the
an advantage for over a
i tight checking didn't give
inything on the power play,
sd the puck poorly five-on-
handled the puck poorly
a. bluntly.
i Bison shot from the face-
Itender David Spence and
:ason knee injury. But he
made some key saves late
ves on the penalty kill to
3d as Trevor Shoaf was
the end of the first and it
anaged to break the dead-
r, and less than a minute
themselves down 2-0 as
beat Spence on the glove
juently removed from the
Matt Wealick.
ring knee injury that side-
i," says Coflin. "He tried to
a the second goal for [the
Bisons], he couldn't even move."
It didn't take long for the T-Birds to get back
into the game as newcomer Ian Lampshire came
in off a rush and put UBC on the board. .After this,
the Thunderbirds had more jump in their step,
and a bullet of a shot by Jordan Canuels tied the
game 2-2 before the period closed.
"Everyone had the energy out there, in the
dressing room, and on the bench," explained Bird
defenceman Dean Sheils. "But we made a few
mistakes that cost us huge."
The third period started with a funny bounce
off the boards that ended up being a not-so-funny
goal against the T-Birds. The Bisons then popped
in another goal midway through the final frame,
and added their third tally of the period a few
moments later to seal the deal.
"We came back from a 2-0 deficit We played
with tenacity, and we played with intensity, said
Sheils. "But" he added, "I think that guys have to
be on board for the whole 60 minutes, and tonight
we were only on for 40 minutes. "
Saturday, the T-Birds dominated the early
going, and controlled much of the play for the first
few minutes. It didn't take long for Manitoba to
get on the board, though, when a short-handed
goal slipped past Wealick. Despite a two-man
advantage for 48 seconds as well as a nifty play by
Rob Teleske and Matt Reid, the Birds were unable
to tie it up. To make matters worse, Manitoba
added their second goal at 14:38 of the first when
Bison Jaret Harms wired a shot to the top shelf.
The Bisons' third goal of the period was a for-
getttable one as the puck hit Wealick's shoulder
and bounced back into the net
"We had a lot of bad breaks," said UBC defense-
man Brent Zaluski. "We've got to eliminate some
of the scoring chances that we give up because it
seems to bite us every time."
The assault on the Thunderbirds continued
into the third when, during offsetting minors to
Bird Trevor Shoaf and Bison Doug Merrell,
Manitoba put another goal past Wealick just three
minutes into the middle frame. The Prairie boys
then added another one, this time from the slot
coming off a rush to make it 5-0.
With 1:17 remaining UBC was finally rewarded for their tremendous effort throughout the
game when Rob Petrie set up Matt Reid right in
front of the Bison net ending Manitoba goalie
Scott Cameron's shutout bid, and making the
final score 5-1 in favour of the visitors.
"I was very proud of our effort" stated Coflin.
"I think that when we were down 3-0 in the game
our team made a statement about how committed they are."
"It wasn't just one player, one thing that happened in the game," explained co-captain
defenceman .Andrew Kemper. "It was a combination of a whole bunch of tilings. It was just one of
those ganq^p that didn't go our way."
The long frustrating weekend ended dirty,
when several skirmishes broke out and a few
players were sent off early after the
Thunderbirds' only goal.
UBC travels to play the University of Regina
Cougars next weekend.
"The best tiling about hockey is that any team
can beat any team on any given night." explained
Shoaf. "You just look ahead to next weekend. You
can't get too low, and come to the rink ready to
In preseason game action, the Birds defeated Trinity
Western University 72-56. UBC will now play in the
University of New Brunswick Invitational, their first preseason tournament, this weekend hi Fredericton, NB.
UBC dominated the Ryerson Rams Classic Tournament,
finishing Erst. The Birds defeated the University of
Toronto 74-55 and McMaster University 82-45. In the
gold medal game against the University of Victoria, UBC
won 53^44.
The Birds face their alumni for a preseason game
October 22 at War Memorial Gym.
Number one in Canada West, the 5-1 Birds play away on
Saturday against the University of .Alberta (2-4) for their
second-last regular season game, their final one on the
The first-place women's field hockey team (6-0-2) will play
their final Canada West tournament of the season this
weekend in Victoria. A win or tie against second-place
University of Victoria (5-1-2) will ensure a trip to the
national championships November 4-7.:
The women hockey Birds will open their 1999 season at
home agafest Ihe University of Alberta October 22 and
Two huge road wins put the UBC nienLseGOnd in Canada
West Against the University of Calgary, midfielder .Aaron
Keay scored four goals, making him Canada West scoring
leader, as UBC won 5-1.
The Bird shut-out the University of Lethbridge (0-6).
Midfielder Iain Shepherd scored two goals and Adam
Plummer adding a third. The Pronghorns also contributed to the Birds' cause with two own goals for a final
score of 5-0.
The Birds (5-2) will now face Victoria (6-0), the top
team in Canada West, at Thunderbird Stadium Saturday
at 2:30pm.
UBC (5-2) came away this weekend with a split and are
tied with Alberta for first place in Canada West
Against the University of Calgary, a goal by Dino Jessie
Norrie was enough to give the Birds their second loss of
the season, 1-0.
The last-place University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (1-5)
were, once again, no match for the Thunderbirds. Courtney
Matheson, Ronnie Lie, Rosalyn Hicks, and Vanessa
Martino scored in UBC's 4-0 win. Martino is currently the
Canada West scoing leader and was named the Canada
West Athlete of the Week.
The Birds will play third-place UVic (3-3) in Victoria
UBC hosted the Canadian Ultimate University
Championships last weekend. Both the men and
women's teams finished in first place.
The Thunderbirds placed third at the Molson Canadian
Can-Am Challenge in Alberta, a tournament featuring
teams from both the CIAU and NCAA. UBC finished 2-2.
Fifth-year Thunderbird power Jeff Orchard was named to
the all-tournament team.
UBC will now face Trinity Western University on
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at The Railway Club
Oct. 15
by Nicholas Bradley
Everyone has heard
every single note
the Sadies ever play
a thousand times.
The Sadies are
the tallest and skinniest cowboys
you've ever seen,
with scraggly hair,
sideburns and skinny black ties.
They've wandered
in all dusty from
the California
desert. Or maybe
they've wandered
in from the sound
stage of some
spaghetti western
you watched on
late-night television—is that dirt or
onto Venice Beach,
circa 1962.
Playing two long
and loose sets of
songs from last
year's Precious
Moments, their
new  record,   Pure
Diamond Gold, and a healthy dose of covers,
the Toronto band ruined their broken bottle
image only because they stopped after every
third song to let the obviously-congested lead
singer Dallas Good blow his nose.
The band seemed like the stage was the
last place they wanted to be, and didn't look
like they were having fun
until the second set. But
maybe when you're singing
killin' songs, you aren't supposed to look like you're having too much fun.
Dallas and his brother
Travis did allow themselves
a sneer or two during "Little
Sadie," a reworking of
Johnny Cash's "Cocaine
Blues," but didn't really get
going until after their break.
The second set was mosuy
covers—Cash, of course, but
also Merle Haggard and the
Everly Brothers. All over the
map, but in a good way,
kinda like the band itself.
The Sadies can suck up a
hundred musical cliches and
spit out something new, but
the same can hardly be said
for Vancouver's Auburn.
You've heard these songs a
thousand times too, but you
never really liked them.
Let's be honest: you turned
the radio off. Auburn plays
hurtin' songs about lovin'
your man and leavin' him
behind and endlessly banters   about   their   trip   to
Austin to play South by Southwest. Makes the
killin' songs all make sense. ♦
Sadies' Travis Good dresses up for a night
away from the ranch. Holland gidney photo
at The Orpheum
Oct 12
by Alicia Miller
At concerts, it has always been my experience that,
once a show is over, some
fyjurap to their feetto deliver a standing ovation, others get np eventually, and me rest wonder if they
should. But last Tuesday night when Ben Harper and
The Innocent Criminals left the Orpheum stage for the
first time, the crowd's response was unanimous. The
audience immediately surged to its feet in an over-
. whelming standing ovation that was rewarded with
lint one, but two encores:
"Bum to Shine," the first single from their newly
released, eponymous album, opened a set which consisted of new .songs with some old favourites thrown
in. These favourites included songs from all three of
Harper's previous albums such as "Excuse Me Mrv*
"Waiting on an Angel," "Faded," and the infamous
"Burn One Dawn/ asong whichpiedictably elicited hit
lows of pot smoke seconds after it began.
Harper was a subdued yet passionate presence on
stage. He remained seated the entire time and rarefy
to talk more, but I'm not a big talker. I don't like to get
up here and chit and chat and all that business 'cause
I'd ralher jost play.*
Though Harper's music is ^fcally sparse and simple, achieving it is certainly not Tiirou^ :
oftiiecttncertHaiperpa^dclosetoadozena^        -
audience members prompt-    his characteristic raucous guitar melodies, and a veritable rainbow of footpedak
The on^rdrawback to the concert was tbaivocallev- \
els were not adjusted when Harper switched from a
geniier song to one of the guilar-heavy variety. During <
these heavier songs, there were times when Harper
was clearly singing into the microphone, but bis voice
could not be heard
By far the highlight of the evening was the first
encore in which Harper played alone imslage for a
good 25 minutes with only his acoustic guitar to
accompany him. His gentle, spiritual vocals and
poignant lyrics held the audience in a rapt silence until
tie reverberations of each song's last chord ceased.
Tne second encore featured the entire band playing
a rolhcking cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Manic
Depression" for whick the crowd delivered a third
standing ovation-but to no avail After a solid two
hours and nineteen songs worth of amazing music, the
house lights finally came on. ♦
spoke between songs. He explained, Teople say I need
at Richard's On Richards
Oct. 14
by James Hvezda
Apabout 9:0;:pj^3i^:Th^d<Jy I peered over the
brim of my fiye^ofc.beerl'andyavvned. I wondered
what could be taking so long. The show was supposed
to start at 9:00, but promoter Jesse Jackson was one of
only a dozen people wandering about tlie nearly
The action finally got started around 10:15 when a
group of b boys hit lh(j dance floor. A circle of spectators .formed;§in^yc|§g^-:-mi.Bancers on as they put
onlamazing d^ the time the
emcees came out, the club was starting to fill up and
tho crowd was getting excited.
The first three acts, Ris-K, Bird of Prey, and Intellect
|juiu|)fil uji IhiM-niwd while ihrbriukdiiiu inuionliii-
ued throughout thc evening. Other performers in the
show included Snypa, wyse; Won, Crowned Rqy^pf
j Kid;and a :local duo; named f^kTJuret^
h water but into' the nowjuu^i}^c|owd of aboi^20Ctt
h   : The highilight of the showwasoa.guest appearance
by Rahzel,:::;;^: former of Roots and a:: talented well-
known American: artist Rahzejjs speciality is ieS^mx,
a type of singing towWrii'the'pej^nh
sound of drums and turntables, thjus creating a yutu-
al "beat-box" with their voice. After teasing the audience from backstage, Rahzel blasted out to deliver a
phenomenal sequence of vocal effects.   ?:
The show almost came to an early halt though,
when the Chicago group, Caged^ threw1 clown a meroP
phone onto the floor. The sound man shut off the
equipment and a l^tyousujack^^
order. The mic's were eventually turned back on and
the last performer, Moka Only, came out. to conclude
the amazing line-up.
It was 2:30 a.m. by the time I left Richard's. As
late as it was, Hoodstock III was definitely worth tlie
: m «iiiiiiw m mtmu
I meet Grace Quek aka Annabel Chong—star of the popular porn film. The Worlds
Bi^est Gtai^Saitg—ia me Hotel Georgia. r& liotsureof what to expect but
I .Annabel is calm and approachable, and we chat easily on the way to tlie bar.
:     TMrihginy preview oi: me documentary. Sex: The Annabel Chong Story, I expe-
: rienced moments of extreme repulsion, sadness and amazement The documen-
:   tary, directed by Gough Lewis, follows Chong through various stages in life. Then
it turns its focus to the much-publicised gang bang. During the, event, Annabel
was surrounded by sex for ten hows, ;«^a result; shemade headlines as
a nymphomaniac who just couldn't get enough.
What's memorable about me docum^nJary* once you get past
the ludicrous:amount of sex shown in its yaw entirety. Sex does
not reveal a young woman in charge of her own destiny; it
' p depicts seing used and abused by the leeches in the::
porriograpl-tvy industry. "They saw a prospect and capitalised on
., ■• • p hit, vvim ap moiigit to the deuimental e uhave on
~: ■ ;|"<; f V ^ K^kdwiir cammocliiy^ %fessj
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and a staple n Slpfesps U p^.' -hP^J ^')vi''Y
Witli he? rawpMtmg; sense of humou^Antiii^ any tenths
that maysurc^djeJBBihy and his ia^':|^e's.jusfeaibig^Tat slob who ^ucky
enough to be relatively weU-end<^e$u^A^fdlag."to Chong, the most
iniportant asset for a man is the ability to come on cue. Such slovenk'
characteristics"as those possessed byjerentyimake little difference.*
■ ■ Asfor meiladies, AimEujelii^oraiS, me t&at looks are not paramount for women interested in making meir debut without their
clothes on. She explains that the market for porn is diverse enough
now that, "any girl who is willing to have sex in front of the camera
cun get into tlie industry and probably find some work."
Dutiiic j .slreeiung of S«.*a at liu* Wmtouver International Film
Festival, Annabelle Churm fielded quest ions inirn I lie audience. Many
of them were regarding the porn industry, but some also questioned
how she was repri^f'iitf'd in tlie documi-ntan
".Anybody who haa any idr»a of ho.\ representation works knows!
there is no such thing as un objective representation," she saidg
Annabel reiterated the importance of questioning the truth in the
film. She recalled how people who saw it automatically assumed
that it was bible-truth, and jumped to the conclusion that she
was an extremely disturbed individual, despite the fact that;
they were relatively media-savvy as an audience. '■■'■
My own curiosity was aroused by the claims that she,.
makes during the documentary about the gang bang being1;
somehow related to fi-inm^in Not seeing the connection myself,
I pose the question to Annabel, asking how having sex with so
many men could be strengthening or empowering when women
have historically been objectified as just bodies or commodities. She
responds by saying thatyeS,'women^are objectified in tlie media, but that
there is a growing trend of men being.objectified too, as organs of consumerism. She cites Keanu jReeves and Calvin Klein ads as examples of how
men are used solely for their ouhvard appearance.
Instead of attacking J||||||)ng history of the objectification of womeju
head-on, .Annabel tho^^^kt the time, that she would offer the suggestion of acknowledging it and playing a round with the concep t
As for the documentary, she knows that she cannot contpljpeo-
ple's interpretations ul il such as the fairly critical on^Siat I
walked away with, but she is still interemld in
the way the film is talked abouTfiaid
// ^» ■ J I •      t %   »   % | # % the discussions that it invokes.
f    fir-.      I f #\ l\ I t "The gang bang is 'a*
joke," she says. "It's a
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15 P \ l\ 1^::; American    men
are supposed to
belike. I'm not
. psaying they are
like I hat, but
pithe itnyth that a
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with as manv wBmen as
possibfeAnoliei'e s a woman
doing it Is she a stud, or is she a
slut? There is obviously a double standard
.Annabel continues: "[the gang bang] is also a joke on the
whole active-passive thing. Are the men active and the woman
necessarily passive? What if the woman makes the first move,
and initiates the sex? Does that make her active, does that
make her aggressive? What I am basically doing is to do
this thing, and there's one reading of it. There's
the reading that arises from a certain
set of assumptions about
S .
men and women, it also"arises from the way^i
I arises from the way men <#.tx$aonty perceive women. I am "[saymgj i
'Hey, there is this event lefs look at it this other way/ and it makes it
j less dean-cut* And, as art should do, this film has certainly generated dis-
When I question Annabel about the lack of safe sex in the gang bang, she
ss^ys that she was assured by her producers that the men had indeed been
I tested, and that she only found out afterwards that they hadn't This, she says,
pissed her off but whose responsibility was "ft, in fact? Hei* recklessness surrounding die issue of safe sex is the one thing that I can't accept in Annabel.
Nowadays, it just seems hopelessly shortsighted. It betrays her own outspoken
convictions. .'uV..o.o;L;Pu:.      oo.: ■'■.:
Currently, the video star is working on movies that show-safe jsex;:to: be fim,
and that promote the use of condoms. This is reassuring. £t<  several ppjjects
> will also update the old j^rnjJtt^etypes'.aJ to younger, con-  '-■■.
■ temporaiy audiences. She wants to have <faz liiat.''; ^pl-lo"
tiShe is back in the: lM ing|'j
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.Annabel in Sex She is an articulate, political,; intelligent; and iiiter-r
esting woman with plans for the future and a strong sense of
wKere she wants to be. The film shows only a portion of her life ■ !
^fth is largely rmsrispj esented—probably as a result once
j|||||||i, of ihe amoiml nf.pntrolexercisedbytht'din'r-
^^^faioiig wa«, it turns wut, intimately involved
With the din'cLor of liu- doi;umentary, (.nugh
Lewis, bat they broke up during its filinjng.
Ann.ibf'l \.'ill be the first to deny that she was
put a wi'luii. But the story I took home from Sex is
that the transformedf^Ea^—who placed at being the
.^aep^s^or—wj^& facjt^^f a j^wn^r the executives in a
s^^Kiess concerned only wijh the al mighty dollar, a business
that blatently disregards the humanity of its own stars.
W I look forward to seeing the follow-up documentary due out in
phe spring, because liu-. lime arDund, aAnnabel's not talcing any
chances—she's making it herself. If you saw Sex: The Annabel
Chong Stor^hopeftilty vou[jtpok it with a grain of salt. And
chances are that if youmake the effort to see the next
one, you mightbe pleasantly surprised by
just how much you like herl!*
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Congratulations to all participants!
Participating MUGs: Gertrude, Menten, Hippocrates, Galileo, Kirchoff, Trinculo, Kelvin, Reynolds, Schrodinger, Sabin,
First Year: A Fine Balance
Back on September 7th, we provided each of the 193
MUGs (My Undergraduate Groups) of Imagine UBC
with a disposable camera. Armed with their wits,
energy and a thirst for prizes, groups set out to photograph their experiences on the day. We took care of
the developing, and groups met to choose their entries
into the 6 categories you see here. A total of 105
entries were received for this contest - a record number for this, the first year of the contest! We received
entries from Arts, Science, Engineering and Music.
One hot afternoon last week, a panel of judges selected these winning photos based on content, use of
group, originality, and plain conveyance of the
theme. Winners in each of these categories will
receive a $125 Grand Prize and runners-up win $90.
Now for your viewing pleasure, forever immortalized
in the Ubyssey newspaper, our laureates...
Stayed up long enough for the picture to be
taken: The Fourier group demonstrates their pyramid prowess.
Jack be nimble: Jack, a member of the
Beethoven MUG, left a promising circus
career to be a musician.
UBC Kicks Ass Because..,
Dr. Bob's
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Hippocrates MUG knows where to go on a sunny day to relax, and how to spell
the name of their University.
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Dr. Bob Woodburn keynoted
this year's Imagine leader
training session, teaching people to juggle cubes and their
lives as students. More than
540 leaders gathered in the
SUB Ballroom to take some
risks, think about balance and
learn something fun to teach
their students. Dr. Bob added
a category to our photo contest, donating juggling instruction manuals to groups who
submitted photos of juggling
on the day of Imagine. Three
groups will each receive these
book prizes for their shots.
Juggling #1
Juggling #2
...we go here!! Smiling members of the Reynolds group show
that the students make the University.
Juggling #3 Photo Contest Winners
Ccmeras, ctevetopi-g & prizes supplied by Coke
Fermi, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Leontes, Euclid, Einstein, Godel, Priestly,, Avogadro, Diesel, Fourier, Smoluchowski, and Fossey
Most Outrageous Group Activity
And run up they did. The Avogadro group has no comment on
this photo taken from the top of the clock tower.
Update on MUGs -
The Cupboard
Not only do first year students and MUGs
leaders have their own day, they also have
their own lounge. Complete with fridge,
couch and microwave, the MUGs Cupboard
is open from 11:30-2:30 Monday-Friday. It's
located on the North side of SUB, next to the
Pacific Spirit Cafeteria (enter from outside).
Come on by to hang out, heat up your lunch
or do some homework!
Our Fearless leaders
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor strawberry pie...In addition to study tips, the
leaders of Priestly gave sound advice on etiquette.
They bend over backwards for us. Leader
name of the Fossey MUG being flexible about
lunch plans.
One for the money, two for the
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security, as well as individual shots of everyone jumping
into the pool.
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In addition to the free stuff, being a MUGs
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touch with your group and be there for
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The options of opting out
We're really confused. We've been confused for a long time. But the problem
seems pretty straightforward, so maybe
you can figure it out.
In August, when word was Erst coming
out about a student health care plan, Alma
Mater Society President (AMS) Ryan
Marshall said that part-time students would
have the option of buying into the plan if they
wanted. They would have a choice. This
seems fair: many part-time students, one
would assume, have jobs that provide them
with health care, or can afford to get it somewhere else, a luxury most full-time students
don't have. Got it so far? Good.
But somewhere between then and now,
the AMS changed its collective mind (such as
it is), and decided that all students, no matter
how many or how few courses they take, have
to pay the full cost of health care coverage.
And they didn't tell anyone about it This, it
seems, is slightly less than fair. A bit of a blind
curve in the road, you might say.
Still with us? Okay. Kristin Foster, the
Pacific director of Student Care Networks,
explained to us yesterday that part-time students need health coverage just as much as
full-time students, which is why they have
to pay the full fee. She says that part-time
students are getting a good deal—that this
is a cheap route to good health care. Fair
enough. But what we don't get—what really
makes us shake our heads—is that it seems
pretty unfair when part-time students have
to go through the same opt-out process as
full-time students.
We figure that asking students who may
be taking only one course to pay over half
of their tuition for a service they may not
need or want is ridiculous. If you take one
class at UBC, you pay $229.50 in tuition
and, starting in January, $168 a year in
health plan fees. We're shaking our heads
at this. We think you might be, too.
Come to think of it, it seems unreasonable to ask any student to pay the health
plan fee up front: it puts the responsibility
on the student to do the paperwork to get
their own money back. Like a school-wide
version of negative billing. 'Don't want it?"
the AMS says. "Come and get your money
back, then."
"[Students will] have to pay up
front...and after that, it'll be fine," says
Sure, it'll be fine for the AMS—they don't
have to deal with any forms—and fine for
the insurance company—they're taking
your money. Maybe not so fine for the students who are out $168 for the first three
weeks of the New Year. $ 168 buys a lot of
groceries. Or a couple of text books. Or
beer. Whatever—you've still lost 168 bucks
for no good reason.
Funny that no one told you about all this
before the referendum. Funny that the actual rules for opting out of the plan seem to
have changed and shifted and slid all over
the place for the duration of this referendum campaign. Funny that now it turns out
that the rules haven't actually been
finalised. Funny that the deal hasn't actually been signed. Not so funny that this is
what you voted for.
This much we've figured out: whether
you're a full-time student or a one-course
special, whether you want health and dental coverage or not, you owe $168, and if
you want it back, then you have to go and
get it yourself. And we just can't figure that
Adoption is
an alternative
I am adopted, I have two great
parents, a wonderful family
and what can only be described
as a pro-choice but support life
opinion of the contentious
issue of abortion. It may sound
like a contradiction of terms,
however, I am faced with the
question of "what if" every day
of my life.
What if my birth mother
decided to have an abortion?
What if I was never born? What if
I never became my parents son?
What if...? Well you get the idea.
These are some of the questions
that I offer and that I ask the
anonymous and very brave
author of the recent personal
perspective on abortion (Oct 12),
and every other person, man or
woman who is put into a similar
situation. I wouldn't be here
writing this letter and my parents would never have had a
child,     let.    alone     a    son.
At the same time, I am forced
to admit that I am pro-choice. It
is a woman's fundamental right
to have an abortion, or is it?
Perhaps abortion should be a
privilege to those who really
need it; I can't even begin to suggest who really needs it Would
this solve the problems?
Probably not But what about the
thousands of couples in this
province who are waiting to
adopt? The list continues to grow
at an amazing rate. I will honestly admit that to carry a baby to
term is a sacrifice of both mind
and body, however, adoption is a
viable   option   for   everyone.
The author of the opinion
piece suggests that adoption is
romanticised. It is. I should know.
Adoption had gained an awkward
reputation that is  fed to  us
through cheesy talk shows, and
the ever present "horror story."
We generally only hear about die
really bad adoption experiences,
but in my experience with other
adoptees and myself, I can tell
you that these are very rare.
Adoptions have changed over
the last fifty to twenty years and
even during the last decade.
Records have been unsealed, the
idea of a closed adoption is all but
dead in the courts and in the psychology texts. It is ho longer the
hush-hush event that it once was.
Adoption occurs with all parties
actively involved: the birth parents, the prospective parents and
the child. Most importantly
though, adoption is the gift of life
to those who may not be able to
have   children   of  their   own.
I am the first person to recognise the hypocrisy of my statements, but I am faced with the
question of "what if," constantly.
Adoption needs to be actively
considered by anyone and abortion cannot be used as a method
of birth control. If people really
understand what adoption is, a
gift of life, the idea of being pro-
choice but supportive of life
becomes  a little bit  clearer.
Greg Mitchell
Fourth Year Geography
Coitus claim
Re:    Coitus    claim by   Ken
McLean. (Tuesday, Oct. 5). CI is
NOT 'Vatican-sanctioned', exactly the opposite. The Catholic
Church has condemned coitus
interruptus from the earliest
times. I hope Mr. McLean is
more accurate in the future.
James CuHina
Vancouver W0Hi£4i/ U)VZ> 0/
at the Roundhouse Community Centre
Oct 14-16
 by Aisha Jamal
I have always thought that the appreciation for
modern dance is an acquired taste but Jai
Govinda's new work, The Blue God proves me
very wrong. I cannot imagine a single
member  of the  audience  not
enjoying the 40-minute performance.
Jai Govinda is an intriguing
man. He trained in several
dance forms such as jazz and
ballet, but his specialty and area
of interest is  in Bharata
Natyam, India's traditionally   female   temple
|&       In   his   latest   creation,
1^,.       Govinda, a Caucasian male,
mixes classical Bharata
Natyam with ballet and
. modern dance styles
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Govinda's choreography is inspired by the
poetry of Jayadeva, a 12th-
century poet who wrote many
explicit accounts of Krishna's
exploits   with   women.   The
women,  attracted by Krishna's
flute music and bluish skin, would
leave their friends and families to
dance and make love in the forest
Although the poems are very erotic, they are still sung as devotional
prayers in temples across India.
Marthe     Leonard,     Maria
Nicole Waal and j\ndrea Jane Gunnlaugson
dance the parts of Krishna's devoted
women. During the opening sequence
when the women are preparing to meet
Krishna, their timing seemed a bit off. This
was hardly noticeable, though, because of
the beautiful .\rabian-style costumes,
designed by Govinda The details in the
outfits draw attention to each dancer. Their
graceful long reaches and difficult footwork put the audience in awe. The fusion
of Eastern dance moves with those of the
classical Western styles results in a graceful and interesting mixture of hand movements, jumps, and footwork.
The beautiful composition was accentuated by the simple stage and lighting
design. The stage remained empty, with no
props or backdrops. Three long sets of
ropes, in the colour of each of the female
costumes, were hanging from the ceiling
in three corners of the stage. The lighting
was kept simple until Krishna's solo
appearance, when the blue god was illuminated to look like he was glowing in the
dark, a moment that evoked oohs and .
aaahs from the audience.
Four musicians, headed by the musical
composer Joseph "Pepe" Danza, accompanied the four dancers. The traditional
Eastern instrument, the tabla, mixed nicely with the violin.
The only distraction of the night came
from the vocal part of the ensemble, DB
Boyko. Her slow hymning was good and
enjoyable until she started using full words
at which point the lyrics became painful,
sounding like jazz scatting gone seriously
wrong. Fortunately this only lasted for
about five minutes and was quickly burned
from my memory by the beautiful closing
Leaving the theatre after the performance, the entire piece felt more like a
short, sweet dream—one that you long to
experience again. ♦
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Spending under reform
by Alex Dimson
Big-ticket purchases and financial losses have Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Director of
Finance Karen Sonik rethinking
how the AMS handles its
'In the past the budget hasn't
reflected what was actually
spent and the actual accounts
haven't looked anything like the
budget before,' said Sonik.
'It used to take weeks to figure
out what money was spent where.
This year things will change.'
Sonik is in the process of completing a total overhaul of the
AMS financial system. With the
new system, she believes 'things
will be a lot more accountable.'
The system will allow the
Director of Finance to determine exactly how much any
AMS department is spending at
any point in time.
AMS officials confirmed that a
large amount of money was lost
in 'spillage," or unpaid beer, at
September's Welcome Back
Barbecue. Although the final cost
has not yet been determined, the
loss has been rumoured to be
upwards of $8000.
Sonik and AMS General
Manager Bernie Peets, who
make the majority of the .AMS'
financial decisions, admit that a
problem did occur.
Peets is currently preparing a
report on the event for council
which he expects to be completed this month. .Although he
declined to comment on details,
Peets said he will recommend
'controls that hopefully will prevent [the problem] from occurring again.'
Sonik agreed that the financial loss was 'substantial,' and
added that even though student
fees pay for the event, she doesn't expect the loss to affect the
AMS. Last year the event cost
$6716 to put on.
But Peets is less concerned
about the AMS' purchase of a
$15,000 colour laser printer earlier this year—an expense which
"In the past the budget
hasn't reflected what was
actually spent and the
actual accounts haven't
looked anything like the
budget before."
-Karen Sonik
AMS Director of Finance
was not included in the budget
Peets said the printer will fill
a void that left the AMS contracting out large or complex
printing operations. He predicts
it will immediately save the
AMS $2400 per year in contracting-out expenses.
Peets added that the AMS also
plans to sell the printer's services to the campus community,
which he conservatively predicts
will generate $2800 per year.
"We're not spending anything,
we're investing in the society with
an expected return—to me that's
good business.'
Sonik declined to comment
on the printer, but she did show
some unhappiness with 'people
who go outside the budget,' and
she  admits feeling uncertain
about the necessity of several
large purchases made by the
AMS in the past.
In response Sonik has created an audit committee that must
approve any purchase made by
the AMS that falls outside the
The committee, which will
include both councillors and
members at large, will be implemented with the new AMS Code
of Procedure, which council is
expected to pass in late October
or early November.
Sonik hopes the new accounting system is the first-step to
improving the .AMS' financial
In terms offinancial controls,
Sonik believes the AMS is 'doing
pretty well."
'We have continuity, excellent
people, and an accounting system set-up to be more stringent.
Now, how we spend money,
that's a different question.'
The problem of unwarranted
large-scale spending is one that
is fairly unique to the AM", since
very few universities in Canada
generate comparable revenues.
This year, AMS revenue is forecasted at nearly $3 million.
The University of Toronto
Students' Administrative Council
(SAC) is expected to make just
over one million dollars. The
same is true of Simon Fraser's
student society.
The AMS' revenue came as a
shock to York University
Federation of Students officials.
"Three million dollars! Oh my
God, we're not even close to that.
We'll get $400,000 this year
if we're lucky,' commented
President Horace Dockery. ♦
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