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The Ubyssey Mar 3, 1998

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A done deal at Acadia as
faculty ratify a^eement
 by Michael Nash
The Athenaeum
WOLFVELLE (CUP)-Months of intermittent talks,
bickering, and threats of a strike have finally drawn
to a close as Acadia University's faculty voted convincingly to ratify a new collective agreement
Negotiations were on and off at Acadia since last
September, and student frustration with the pace of
talks led to numerous actions including a sit-in at a
university building, nonpayment of tuition and a
march through the streets of Wolfville.
Through tremendous solidarity and hard work,
we have finally achieved a fair and decent contract'
said Jim Sacouman, president of Acadia's faculty
Faculty accepted the administration's salary offer,
which provides for a five per cent increase retroactive to last November, and two per cent increases this
July and in July 1999. The contract also calls for more
extensive and more detailed career development
reviews for faculty.
Both faculty and university President Kelvin
OgiMe say lhe agreement was very much a product
of compromise.
'[Tjhere are... potentially good outcomes of this
agreement for all concerned,' he said.
Administration approval of the agreement is
Acadia students also stand to benefit from the new
contract Proposals brought forward by Paul Black,
president ofthe Acadia Student Union, to include students on a number of university committees on
which they previously had no representation have
been incorporated into the collective agreement
These include a review committee, which deals with
promotion, tenure, and renewal of faculty positions,
and a finjinrial information committee.
Black was allowed to sit in on the foculty-adminis-
tration negotiations, which is believed to be a first in
a university faculty labour dispute.*
RAW POWER!!! The World Wrestling Federation brought its particular brand of entertaintment to the Garage last Friday night.
The good guys and the bad guys slugged it out, surrounded by adoring fans and a security fence. Not surprisingly, several
crowd scuffles broke out throughout the evening. (SEE PAGE 7 FOR FULL STORY), richard lam photo
Referendum madness hits the AMS
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
UBC students will be asked to go to the polls for a third time
this term when the aAMS brings three proposals for fee increases to student referendums this month.
One referendum will ask whether students support an
optional $12 increase to replace money for student bursaries
declared illegal last January when the university lost a court
battle over ancillary fees. UBC had to refund about $800,000,
half of which had been targeted for needy students.
aAnother question will ask whether students support $3
annual increases to the $ 130 Athletics fee; the fee would rise
for five years to $ 145.
The third question will propose a Student Legal Fund; each
student would pay $ 1 into the fund each year.
Council executives say the vote will likely be held March 16
to 18.
But the running joke among many student councilors last
Wednesday when they voted to hold the referendums, was
whether the exercise would be futile. Student referenda are
notoriously difficult to pass here, and referenda that ask stu
dents for extra money are even more difBcult
The Athletics fee increase commanded the most debate
Wednesday, as it started as a motion to avoid a referendum.
UBC's vice president of student and
academic services, Maria Klawe,
asked council last month to suspend
its policy against fee increases without prior student referendum
But council avoided deciding the
issue during last month's AMS election campaign, and during that time
several of the smaller councils at
UBC, Arts, Science and Engineering
among them, voted in support of the
fee increase. By the time the issue
came to council Wednesday, many of
the councilors had already decided.
"With the cost of a Big Mac a year we're allowing people who
represent us to excel in sports, and if they're lucky, to represent
our country at the Olympics,' said Jason Murray, the Arts
The running joke
among many
councillors last
Wednesday was
whether the
exercise would
be futile
Undergraduate Society president
But a slim majority of councilors found the fee question too
important to decide without a referendum. "I have trouble
beheving that Athletics is the university's highest priority,' said Michael Hughes, a GSS representative,
recalling substantial budget cuts Athletics lias taken
recently at university hands.
Jessica Escribano, also from the GSS, argued
against the increase, saying UBC's Athletics fees
were already among the highest in Canada. She also
argued that suspending the student union's referendum policy to support a fee increase would be hypocritical in the wake of the AMS-supported court fight
that saw the society arguing against tuition and ancillary fees, precisely because they were set without student consultation.
Council decided after a lengthy debate to bring the
issue to referendum.
Klawe asked council last month to endorse the increase in
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Do you have anything to say
about Student Services at
A committee charged to review student services is well
underway and still welcoming input from students at
large.  Student Service units include: Awards and
Financial Aid, Disability Resource Centre,
International Student Services, Student Health
Services, Student Resources Centre, Women Students'
Office, and all aspects of the Registrar's Office.
We would like to hear from students and are particularly interested in the following questions:
•What works best about Student Services'?
•What is the most frustrating aspect about Student
•What single action would improve the way you get
served at Student Services'?
Please send your written submissions by
March 9, 1998 to Byron Hender for review by the
committee and external reviewers. Please indicate if
you are a student living on campus or if you are commuting to the University.
Byron Hender (hender@unixg.ubc.ca)
Secretary, Student Services Review Committee
123-6328 Memorial Rd.
Vanouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Fax:  822-8194
Attend the Forum! There will be a forum held
with representatives from student service units in the
SUB conversation pit on March 12th - bring your
questions and concerns straight to the units! The
review committee and external reviewers will be present to hear the student feedback.
Whereas UBC Athletics and Intramurals contribute to the social and personal lives of UBC students; and
Whereas the University has decreased funding to Athletics and Intramurals while the costs of these programs have increased; and
Whereas an increase in student funding will allow UBC Athletics and Intramurals to continue current programs and services;
I support the implementation of a $3 per year increase, not to exceed $15 over 5 years, to benefit UBC Athletics and Intramurals.
Whereas the University's Board of Governors passed in 1997, on the recommendation of the President's Office, a new tuition fee increment to
the Student Aid Fund of $12.00 per year; and
Whereas the BC Supreme Court has ruled that the action of the Board of Governors and the President's Office contravened the Tax and Consumer Rate Freeze Act, and is therefore illegal; and
Whereas the University is under a court order to refund to all students the $12.00 increment for the Student Aid Fund ; and
Whereas it is important to aid financially needy students, and to promote the civil right of equal access to education for all, notwithstanding the
illegalities committed by the Board of Governors and the President's Office;
I support a $12.00 increase in the AMS fee, refundable upon request, to financially aid needy students.
Note: 100% of these funds will be dispensed as bursaries to UBC students.
Whereas student interests are best established in a court of law;
Whereas there currently exists no organisation for the sole purpose of providing support for, often costly, court cases brought by and for the
students of UBC;
Whereas the Student Legal Fund will be established to fund cases to improve education and the accessibility to education at UBC;
I support the collection of $1 annually as a student fee to be put towards the Student Legal Fund, this fee shall be refundable to individuals upon request.
Referendumania at UBC Haf*-1
 by Alex Bustos
Referendums are becoming an increasingly
popular way to gauge student opinion at UBC—
but actually passing one on this campus is difficult
In fact, a comparison of Canadian universities has revealed that UBC has some of the
toughest by-laws in the country governing student referendums.
For an AMS referendum to pass at UBC two
things must happen: at least 10 per cent of the
daytime student population must vote yes—
this assures quorum—and more yes votes than
no must be registered.
The quorum rule was created to stop a
minority of students from holding the campus
hostage, explains Desmond Rodenbour, policy
analyst for fhe AMS.
'The quorum law ensures that members of
the society have control of the society,' said
Rodenbour, 'and that the council, and directors, aren't satisfied with a couple of people
Those referendum restrictions as well as
frequent student opposition to large fee
increases have UBC administrators shying
away from putting fee increases to student
vote. A university-run vote last spring on a proposed $90 fee for campus information technology failed with four students voting against,
for every one vote in favour of the fee.
Referenda held during the January AMS
election to raise AMS fees and to support a
campus family counselling service failed for
lack of quorum—3100 yes votes.
And only last month, 3,037 students voted
to renew the lease ofthe Thunderbird Shop on
campus, more than three times the number of
no votes. However, the referendum results
were nullified because they fell 73 votes short
of quorum
GSS to vo
The Thunderbird referendum follows a
UBC bend: since 1990, 18 of the 25 referendums held on campus have been cancelled
because of a lack of quorum—including a
January 1990 referendum calling for a change
in the quorum by-law.
But at the University of Alberta, all that's
required to pass a referendum is a simple
"There is no quorum
law in our by-law,' said
Andy Grabia, deputy
returning officer for the
University of Alberta
Student Union.
At Dalhousie
University in Halifax,
where voter turnout has
been ais low as five per
cent, a referendum is
considered valid regardless of how many students vote.
And at the University
of Manitoba, where
there is no quorum rule,
one solitary voter can
decide a referendum.
"What we require is a
simple majority of yes
(or)   no   votes,'   said
Richard Bevan, chief returning officer for the
University of Manitoba student union. "If the
no wins by one vote fhe no side wins.'
Queen's University, which like many other
universities has no quorum requirement, hasn't
had a referendum nullified in recent memory.
"At Queen's we have had no problems with
referendum," said Conrad Schickedanz, internal affairs commissioner for the Queen's student society.
Student politicians at UBC, however, say
A comparison
of C-.ti..: .-Jil
mm^m&ss has
mwm^ that
UBC has some
of the toughest
by-8aws in the
countiy governing student
they aren't in any rush to tackle the quorum
"I don't think the quorum regulations have
come into question" said Vivian Hoffmann,
aAMS president
Also, students here have passed some referendums. They voted to support an independent Ubyssey newspaper in 1995. They've also
supported a new child care bursary, a redistribution and small
increase in recreation fees.
But the Societies Act, the
provincial statute governing student unions, can be blamed for
making those successful referendums the exception, rather than
the rule.
According to the Act, a referendum or meeting must be held by
any society seeking to raise their
fees or change their by-laws. In
addition, quorum must be
In other words, every student
union in British Columbia is legally required to have quorum in
their referendum procedures.
But the law doesn't specify a
quorum level, such as UBC's ten
per cent
At Simon Fraser University,
quorum is calculated by counting the total
number of voters, not just the yes votes.
"(At SFU) you need five per cent of students
to show up at the ballot box and vote," said
Scott Perchall, resource coordinator for the
Simon Fraser Student Society, "and whoever
wins, wins."
Back at UBC, students are faced with one of
the toughest referendum laws in the country.
And if history is any indicator, UBC will see little change through a student vote.*?*
FS memb
by Todd Silver
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) could have 6000 new members
if UBC graduate students vote yes in an upcoming referendum.
With a petition 100 student signatures strong the Graduate Student
Society's (GSS) external commission, led by counselor Jessica Escribano,
asked that the GSS let grad students decide whether to join the national students body.
GRAD students cwill head to the polls—telephone polls—this week.
The GSS is already a partial member of the CFS through its association
with the National Graduate Council. Full membership into the organisation
would mean UBC grad students would have to pay an annual fee of $ 12.48.
"I flunk students have a lot to gain Irom CFS membership," said
Escribano. "Hopefully information will get out there to graduate students
and they will get out and vote yes," she said.
While Escribano said the CFS's history of
lobbying for education and social issues
makes becoming a member ofthe CFS a logical choice, the GSS is split over the issue.
p£H*tj=|| Some students disagree with the CFS's
■ position against tuition-any tuition-and for a
national grant system to ease student debt
arguing that those policies are outdated and
E)uring the February 12 GSS meeting
council ovemhelmingly voted against a
motion to endorse the CFS in the referendum
campaign, despite the presence of both
Maura Parte, the BC chair ofthe CFS, and CFS
national chair Brad Lavigne.
Darius Walzak, also a councilor, said-the
GSS should not join the CFS.
He argued that it would be unfair to graduate students to enroll them in an organisation that may lobby for views the students
oppose. He added that the CFS might dilute the GSS' authority and ability to
make its own decisions.
"It's a different story if the GSS speaks out on political issues and it is a
different story if it's a member of some other national organisation in the
fer east the far west that speaks out on an even greater variety of issues and
the fact that we have little say,' said Walzak.
The referendum is scheduled for March 16-20 and students will vote
through the university's televote system.
In order to pass, approximately 600 graduate students will have to vote
yes, meeting a quorum of at least ten per cent A fifty per cent vote would
make the decision policy, with a seventy five per cent vote making it bylaw.
If the yes side wins in the referendum the GSS will become the only student union at UBC fully associated with the CFS. The AMS has never been a
full member.
There will also be questions on the referendum asking if GSS fees should
be mandatory and if the GSS executives should be paid.*
member of
the CFS.
to®cyj^ its
with the
Director of
rraancial Akl.
order to send a message to the
provincial government that an
Athteiics fee increase had broad student support That
support might convince the province
to set new guidelines to its tuition
freeze after it
expires this spring;
guidelines that
would allow the
Athletics increase.
She also argued
that holding a student referendum,
and the requisite
campaign, would
iirepjirably damage
UBC's varsity athletics.
At-coj-tiing to Klawe, without the
increase, intramurals and varsity
teams witt face serious budget cut-
backs. Emphasising that reahty,
said Klawe, will scare away prospective varsity athletes.
The vote for a refer-endum on the
$12 student aid fee came unanimously.
This year's increase to the
Student Aid Fund was ordered
•fefimded January after four UBC
students successfully argued in BC
Supreme Court that the increase
violated the provincial tuition
freeze, implemented in the spring
of 1996.
Even ttough the students who
fought against the Student -Aid fee,
as well as the Teaching and
Learmng Enhancement Fee, insist
that their court challenge proved an
important prindple—that the uni-
versity may not raise mandatoiy
fees under the tuition ft«eze-~they
say they regret that the aAid fee fell
victim to their battle. .
James Pond, a newly-elected
student member of the university
Board of Governors (BoG), and one
of the petitioners against the university last year, proposed the ret
erendum motion to council. 'I
think that we have to show the university is that there's a right way
and a wrong way to have an ancillary fee passed at a time of a
tuition freeze,' said Pond, saying
that holding a student referendum
was the right way.
TechnH*ally, however, if the current freeze on domestic tuition is
renewed this spring without any
changes, just about the only way the
university could legally collect the
fee is through the aAMS.
Carol Gibson, who manages the
Student Aid Fund as head of UBC
Awards and Financial Aid, spoke
to council in support of holding a
referendum for the fee.
She said by the time Awards
heard it would have to refund the
$400,000, much ofthe money was
alrea<ty demratM to sr^dfic students. So Awards took on a
$400,000 deficity.
Now that money will be paid
next year firota Awards' $3 million
bursary fund. That deduction, as
weE as another year without the
$12 fee would leave the fund at
$2.2 million, Gibson told council.
But she won't get involved in
the campaign for the fee, she said.
"I have to he careful not to get
involved in the political issue,*
said Gibson.* 1998
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She wanted to take her time
and leave the game her way.
Laura Bennion was in no rush
to step off the ice after the UBC
women's ice hockey team was
bounced from the playoffs, losing 5-0 to the New Westminster
Lighting in Game Five of their
Lower Mainland senior
women's ice hockey semi-final.
So she just stood along the
boards of Queen Park Arena in
New Westaiinster, talking to a
Lightning player long after the
Birds walked into their cold
locker room.
.As she and her friend
exchanged words, Bennion
pointed to her wobbly left
shoulder which she'd separated in Game Three, also a 5-0
'I was not in game shape,'
she'd say afterwards. But
Bennion, who also suffered
from flu this Sunday morning
and only played a few shifts,
does not make excuses.
She prefers to face the facts
the way she plays: headsup
and head-on
'I have not decided what I
am going to do next year yet'
says Bennion as she leaves the
bunding her hockey bag hanging over her healthy right
'It is going to be very diffi-
LAURA BENNION is the founder of women's hockey at UBC After years of growing
pains both the team and Bennion now look to the future, richard lam photo
RlneliriA- red nrnQc
She handles the P"c* sheJ"™^es,,
career in medicine; she shoots-sh? ™r°n"
No doubt about it, Laura Bennton ts a bona
fide winner.
cult for me to give a full commitment
to this team and I am not keen on
giving a half commitment'
As of now, a 'crazy' medical
school schedule stands between
Bennion and another year of playing
for the team she founded in 1994
and coached for the first two years.
'Arguably there would not be
women's hockey at UBC if Laura
hadn't started the program,' says
Steve Mathias, current UBC head
coach and long time friend of
From Day One, Bennion has
always wanted to do more for the
sport she loves. She and others lobbied the CIAU (Canadian Intervarsity
Athletic Union) to recognise
women's hockey as a varsity sport
and, in an uncharacteristically wise
move, the CIAU listened by staging
the first ever university championships held this past weekend in
Bennion would have liked to have
been there, but the Birds didn't
make the pilgrimage to that hockey
mecca after their 1-1-1 showing at
the first Canada West tournament
held in Calgary.
Of course, they probably would
have done better had Bennion not
separated her shoulder only three
days before the team left.
But Bennion was not going to
miss being part of history. She
dressed for all the games and though
she played little, she did all the
things she herself and her team
mates have come to expect
'She is a great individual who is a
super role model for everyone in the
dressing room,' says Mathias.
'She brings tremendous
amounts of leadership,' adds rookie
Tanya Marlyk. 'Just look at her
tonight She is injured, she is sick,
but she comes out and does her part
Whether it is four shifts, one shift, or
whatever, everyone looks up to her.'
They will have to find somebody
else soon and fortunately, there will
plenty of candidates as this young
team matured a lot over this past
season. UBC started strong to post a
solid 6-8 record by the Christinas
Break. The season however took a
serious downturn after the break as
UBC went 1-8-1 over the next ten
Why? Mathias tiiinks the team
struggled because of conditioning
and lack of goals (UBC lost six games
by one goal margins during those
ten games) and as the season ended,
the Birds found themselves in
fourth place, meaning they would
face a New Westminster team which
lost only one game in the 24 regular
season game. Nobody gave the
Birds even a small chance.
But they proved everybody wrong
as they pushed the heavily favored
Lightning to five games. This alone
was more than a moral victory for a
team which finished thirty points
behind the first-placed lightning.
'I think we can walk away from
this part of the season successfully
whether we win or lose tomorrow's
game,' said Mathias just hours
before Game Five.
Any illusions of pulling an
upset were dashed by the end of
the first period with the Ligh"bning
leading two-nothing. New
Westminster would add three
more goals to right an embarass-
ing situation.
But give credit where credit is
due. The UBC women's ice hockey
program seems to be healthy and
on the right track in Year Four of
its existance.
'We gotta be happy with what
we got,' says Mathias. "We don't
have the luxury of going out there
and just picking any player to play
for us. They gotta come to UBC and
balance it with a course load.'
"There is a growing curve that
every team has to go through and
our team has become more and
more a varsity squad each year,'
Bennion says. 'Everything is in
motion and the wheels just have to
keep going. So I feel confident that
the team is going to keep growing
and it would be nice to be part of it
again in some way. Whether it is a
player next year, or may be as an
assistant coach, or as a coach in
the future, or something. I think
I'll be back at some point It'll just
be a matter of when.'
By the time Bennion leaves the
building, she no longer carries her
hockey bag. Her boyfriend JP
offers to carry it for her and she
willingly accepts. But she still
leaves on her own terms.* THE
Birds season ends in thrilling series
 by Bruce Arthur
'ihey turned in an effort for the ages this weekend. In the end,
it wasn't enough to pull off the upset of the year.
The men's basketball team, fourth in the Canada West after
a 9-11 campaign, pushed the defending national champion
Victoria Vikes to the limit, but not over it
Victoria won the series 2-1, beating the Birds 78-62 in Game
Three played Sunday afternoon in front of 2,000 screaming
fans who packed every corner of Victoria's McKinnon Gym for
the third straight time.
"They took us to three games, and they played great all
weekend," said Victoria centre Eric Hinrichsen, who averaged
2 7.3 points and 13.3 rebounds against UBC's undersized front-
The Vikes will now host Alberta after the Golden Bears upset
'second-placed Lethbridge two games to one in the other semifinal series.
.As for the Birds, there is no next game. No tomorrow. Just
Three seniors—Gerald Cole, Nino Sose, and John Dykstra
will graduate this year and head coach Rich Chambers will
yield to Bruce Enns, the team's long-time head coach who was
on sabbatical this past year.
Chambers may be done, but he should get serious consideration for Canada West Coach of the Year as he patched a
skeleton crew into a team which deserved to go farther than it
It's been wonderful,' said Chambers, who will return to the
high-school coaching ranks after his sparkling one-year coaching stint with the Birds "Everyone's been terrific, and this
team..they battled right to the last They've been fabulous.'
They were also unrelenting in their pursuit of the unthinkable and some might say, the impossible—beating Victoria
twice in the pressure cooker that is McKinnon Gym, a place
where the 164 Vikes didn't lose a single game during the regular season
Friday's opening game was, without doubt one ofthe finest
games played in the CIAU mis or any other year as the Birds
pulled out a superlative 83-82 decision which wasn't decided
until Hinrichsen, the reining Canada West Player, missed the
second of two free throws with no time remaining in regulation.
The night belonged to the spectacular Nino Sose. He came
out firing, Mtting three-pointers from as fer away as Nanaimo,
and finished the first half with 20 points to lead all scorers. He
had to be outstanding—UBC's second-leading scorer Gerald
Cole didn't play Friday due to back spasms.
aAfter a slow start, the Birds played inspired ball in the second half, pushing their lead as high as eight UVic made their
move midway through the half with Hinrichsen bulling his way
inside for twelve straight points.
But when UBC's John Etykstra fouled out with nine minutes
left, and when Joel Nickel joined liim four minutes later and Victoria holding a seven-point
lead, the outlook looked bleak for the Birds.
UBC responded behind the sangfrois shooting and clever defense of guard Dave Buchanan,
who faked, dipped, and twisted his way to 16
second-half points after only two at the break.
And when Sose nestled in a fadeaway,
pullup, free-throw line jumper while leaning to
his left with the 6'6' Hinrichsen and the 6'7"
Colin Martin aiming at him and one second left
on the shot clock, it seemed UBC could do no
Indeed, UBC led 81-77 with 20.1 seconds
to play, and inbounding on their own baseline. The pass, however, skipped past a diving Buchanan out of bounds, and Victoria's
Aaron Olsen made two free throws after
being fouled immediately. Then the world
went mad.
Beau Mitchell spotted freshman Nick
Seredick streaking downcourt on the
inbound, and wheeled a baseball pass down-
field. But Hinrichsen deflected the pass with
his monstrous wingspan, snagged it in the
air, and laid the ball in, tying the score at 81
and sending McKinnon Gym into the
But Seredick was still upcourt. .And so
open Buchanan's heads-up pass found him
all alone for a tough layup, putting UBC up
by two.
Victoria had one last chance. They gave
the ball to Hinrichsen, who missed through
a hail of bodies. But a foul, called with no
time left, put Hinrichsen on the line for two.
The crowd exploded and UBC called their last timeout
to ice big Eric, who calmly swished the first free throw to
cut the lead to one. The second, though, bounced long and
"We're not celebrating,' said Dykstra afterwards. 'We
came here to win.' And if the Birds were to take the series,
it had to be Saturday night.
They came out playing sharp, near-flawless ball. Nickel
dominated the backboards and Domenic Zimmerman
scored a quick 11 points to give the Birds an eight point
intermission lead.
The Vikes came out with buzzsaw intensity in the second half to lead 56-40 with under ten minutes left to play.
With Cole playing through his sore back, UBC kept chipping away at the lead and as the night before, Buchanan
and Sose led the charge.
Sose hit two 25-foot threes in the final minute, but it
RICH CHAMBERS coached his Birds to their maximum, they step down with
heads held high, martlet photo
wasn't enough to overcome Hinrichsen's 19 points and 13
rebounds, as UBC fell 78-74 in another fantastic game.
The Birds then went into Sunday's third and final game
with Cole's back stiffening up, Sose's tendinitis-riddled
knees aching and Hinrichsen waiting.
UBC started strong again, scoring the first eight points.
But Cole picked up two quick fouls and an inexplicable
technical in tbe first four minutes. Things went downhill
from there and UBC trailed by nine points at the half. The
Birds never recovered and despite 23 desperate points
from John Dykstra in his final collegiate game.
'Victoria just had too many weapons, and Hinrichsen
was just a bear,' said Chambers. 'These guys played their
asses off for 40 minutes, but we just don't go that deep.
Hey, no regrets'
Said Sose, who finished with 14 points,"Maybe it was
fatigue. Maybe it was just the impact of the whole season."
But what a season it was.*
Bird women swept by Vikes
in a span of 115
]osing#3 after
 by Bruce Arthur
Victoria star Lisa Koop finally busted out this
weekend, and in so doing ended the season of
the women's basketball team.
Koop, held below her 22.5 points scoring
average in four meetings against UBC this
season, exploded for 27 points Friday and 24
Saturday as Victoria swept the Birds out ofthe
playoffs for the second straight year, spelling
the end of the Birds' nnr.Pr-prnmiJ-.--ig season.
Victoria will now play Calgary in this
week's Canada West final.
'It's like a repeat of last year,' said forward
Jessica Mills. 'If we'd known [what was
wrong], we would have changed it"
The weekend was like a microcosm of the
entire season. UBC started strong both nights,
but the offense bogged down badly as the
game wore on. There was no balance on the
offensive end, and there were mental lapses.
On the other hand, they displayed the trademark work ethic they brought to the gym all
year long. It just wasn't enough.
"At the beginning of the year, we were
relaxed, we were confident, and we just
played,' said graduating forward Laura
Esmail. "a"\s fhe year went on, we played less
and less together. It just kept breaking down.'
Friday night, the Birds came out flat, and
paid the price. Esmail was the only offensive
threat with ten quick points. Mills barely
touched the ball, but post Erin Fennell made
up for Mills' absence, scoring eight points.
"At the beginning of the
year, we were relaxed, we
were confident and we just
played. As the year went on,
we played less and less
together. It just kept breaking down."
Laura esmail,
ubc forward
Ball movement started off smooth and active,
but unfortunately stagnated by the intermission and Victoria entered halftime with the
lead. Birds' head coach Deb Huband stalked
off the court looking like she was chewing
rusted nails.
The second half was much the same.
Victoria rode the near-capacity crowd of
McKinnon Gymnasium and cranked up the
defensive pressure to thump UBC 70-51.
Saturday, the Birds came out with their season on the line. They battled throughout the first half, stymying Victoria with
a matchup 2-3 zone, while Esmail
fought tenaciously to get to the rim. The
half ended with the teams tied at 29.
UBC came out of the locker room feeling like they had a shot at an upset
But the Vikes adjusted, getting open
jumpers and easy layups to grab a 16
point lead in under eight minutes.
The Birds, to their credit, rallied
back behind Roj Johal, who had 21
points, six assists, and four steals in
her last game for UBC. Esmail, another
graduating senior, capped off her
career with 15 points. But Koop
answered every UBC challenge with 24.
J J. Rawlinson, who held Koop down
all year, had extremely sore knees and
had difficulty with Koop's drives. UBC gave it
all they had, and will now head into the offseason with only two starters reftu*ning, and lingering doubts.
"I can say 'what if about every single dung
we did this season," said a disconsolate Mills.
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Stone Cold Steve Austin is a stocky monster.
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Friday February 6 began like any other for Gillian
Smethurst, a secretary with UBC's engineering faculty.
The telephone rang.
"Good mornin0 Chemical Engineering Deoarbnent,"
said Smethurst.
"Hello, this is Mark at GM Place," the caller replied.
"There's a car on my roof."
Smethurst burst out laughing. So did Mark.
Sometime in the wee hours of Friday morning, a group
of chemical engineering students had placed the UBC
Engineers' signature red Volkswagen Beetle on top of
GM Place, along with the sign: "GEERS 1, CANUCKS 0".
Mark knew it was Chemicals because "CHML" was
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painted on the vehicle.
Apart from wanting it down,
however, Mark wanted to know
a little more. "I'd just like to find
out how they got it up mere."
It's the same question that
so many others have asked  "
over the years. Getting an  .
answer, however, is a lot tougher.
If they revealed how a stunt was done, the engineers
argue, then anybody could do it. There would be no more
mystique. Meanwhile, they operate their "student projects" in a kind of Mafia-sryle secrecy and loyalty.
All proposed stunts must be approved by the
Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) executive
before they can be executed. Engineering students looking
to initiate a stunt must first submit a written proposal
detailing their idea. For the safety of all students involved,
they must document anticipated procedures, calculations,
as well as safety and security precautions. Manuscripts
often include free-body diagrams, time estimates, budgets, even back-up plans. As a result, the EUS executive
knows exactly who is doing it, what is going to be done,
how* and when.
Part of the job description for Martin Froehling, second
vice president ofthe EUS, is to screen all proposals before
presenting them to the executive, checking for potential
safely hazards and any other information student engineers may have forgotten to include or must rewrite.
"It's also to show they know exactly what they're getting
into," adds Froehling.
crane." He says student engineers fry to avoid using such
contraptions when placing Volkswagens because it would
be "cheating".
The Chemicals crew met at one on Friday morning and
got to GM Place at three.
For a "student ^ro^ect" to be considered successiui several, criteria must be met 'the stunt must be safely executed, no one is to get hurt, and there must be no damage to
private property.
"That's the one thing you take special care on," says
Rico. "If you put a Bug on GM Place and break 15 windows
in the process, then it shows no ingenuity, no execution."
While engineers get involved with the projects partly
for personal satisfaction, they also do it for Ei"^ineeririg
Week, or E-Week. llie purpose of E-Week, which happens
every year in early February, is not only
to showcase the faculty's activities to the
school, but is also to harness a club com-
        .      petition for the different majors, such as
electrical, rneciuuriical, civil, or chemical
The week consists of various contests,
anylhing from the creative "True Engineer
Competition" to the bizarre "CooMng with
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Beer" cook-off. Points are awarded to the top winners,
ranging from as low as 25 points to as high as 150 for a
first-place finish.
The club which accumulates the most points at the end
of E-Week is declared the '■winner and receives a trophy at
the lavish Engineers' Ball, usually held at a posh hotel on
Saturday night at tlie close of the week.
Depending on the qualify ofthe stunt, a good one can
earn a club up to 200 bonus points, since not all clubs will
submit proposals for student projects. Besides the bit of
media glory and bragging rights, a good stunt can make a
difference in a club's outcome at E-Week.
Friday morning is the deadline for putting up stunts,
which is why many of them are often executed simultaneously in one night Not only did the chemical engineering
students put a Beetle on top of GM Place on the Friday
morning, but the frat team, called "Fwat," placed a red
Volkswagen at the summit ofthe roller coaster at the PNE
as well, as if ready to swoosh down 75-feet on the classic
amusement park ride.
A fourth-year chemical engineering student, "Rico" is the
spokesperson for the 11-member crew responsible for the
GM Place bug, placed sometime after 3 AM on Friday
morning. He is too exhilarated from the early morning's
victory to be catching up on sleep.
Hanging out in the Chemical Engineering Club's clubhouse, located in the basement pit of the Chemical
Engineering Bunding, Rico is greeted with high-fives and
congratulations by peers as they walk in.
"We originally wanted BC Place," reveals Rico. "But the
roofs too high. We would've needed a helicopter or a
Adam, a fourth-year engineering student has been compared by one peer to Egghead Junior from the old Looney
Tune cartoons, the brainy little bird with humungous eyes
and glasses. Adam requests that his Engineering major
not be revealed because it would be too easy to identify
Adam is not wearing his glasses today. His eyes are
bruised purple from winning the Belly Flop Contest at the
Aquatic Centre the day before, all part of Engineering
Week festivities.
T have more bruises on my stomach," he says.
Not all stunts execute the way they were planned.
Adam and 14 other friends had proposed to deposit two
full size concrete cairns, the UBC Engineers' signature
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to mark the start of E-Week. Despite being hoEow, fhe
cairns weigh 750 kg each. They took three weeks to put
together, with Adam donating one week of his own class
time to the project
At Sam Monday morning, Adam and his group ventured down to lions Gate Bridge along with two cranes
and a truck.
Unfortunately, it turned out that six separate groups of
Engineers had already come by Lions Gate, drinking on
the bridge ("a federal offence", Adam points out) and
putting up banners, until they were sent away by highway
patrol officers.
By the time Adam's crew arrived, there was "too much
activity" on the bridge and they had to abort the project
Instead, one cairn was deposited on 10th Avenue and the
other on 16th Avenue. Adam had a third cairn on riand, so
they dumped it outside the Education building on campus. It was promptly painted over by loyalist Science students, who replaced the red Es with blue Ss, before the day
was over.
Adam says UBC Engineers may be pushing the limits
with future bridge locales. City officials appear to be getting more conscious of E-Week, he says, and realise most
pranks will occur during that week, so they are patrolling
the major bridges more often during that time.
"We probably could have chosen another site," he
admits. "If we could do it again, we'd go somewhere else."
"M", a fourth-year civil engmeering student, was a member of the group of six that put the Volkswagen on the PNE
roller coaster. The group approached executing the stunt
in a manner similar to approaching schoolwork: they
knew when the deadline was for two weeks, but didn't do
anyf*hing about it until the day before.
At noon on Thursday, they had called a local car dealer
for a Volkswagen shell, ie the car without the engine and
transmission, and picked it up at six-flurry. Luckily, the
bug was already red, or M's team would have had to shell
out $70 for two gallons of red paint
Funding student projects does not come cheap.
Purchase of "vehicular exoskeletons", paint, safety gear,
and equipment rentals all adds up. Rico's GM Place Bug
cost $400 to place and M's Volkswagen came to under
$500. Adam's cairns were a whopping $800, and that was
despite having the concrete donated. The money all
comes out of the students' own pockets. However, if a
stunt is successful, there are opportunities for financial
After picking up the Bug from the car dealer, M and his
team brought tlie vehicle over to a mechanic shop where
one team member works. They spent the next eight hours
preparing the Volkswagen, mostly stripping it—that is,
removing the floor, seats, dashboard, and wheels. They
spent another hour pamting Es on the car, firtishing at
three in the morning.
Finally, they headed over to the PNE, three cars leading, followed by a truck with a trailer pulling the bug, safely covered. It was nearly four by the time they got to the
Roller Coaster.
A news segment on BCTV suspected the vehicle was
transported by foot M won't comment, saying only, "It
was very hard - and dangerous."
Tc add to the pressure, underneath the roller coaster,
M explains, was a livestock pen. "Goats, llamas... they
were scared. Every time we walked by, they would back
Around six in the moniing, Rico and his mates mforrned
two local radio stations and let the news spread from
there. Part of the fun of tlie projects is getting a reaction
from the media. The rest of Friday morning is spent tallying with his friends which media has responded, including a phone call by the Globe and Mail. There is also the
task of contemplating which TV interviews to accept and
collaborating who will set their VCRs to tape which news
But what newspapers and TV don't report, the EUS
points out, are the safety precautions UBC Engineers take
with stunts. When engmeering students graduate, after
all, they will be working as real engineers, and will be
directly responsible for public safety.
While UBC Engineers stress the motto "Remember: no
one gets hurt," they also cite the examples. The roller
coaster Beetle was securely strapped to its place to prevent
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  by Alison Cole
A gala of pop classics and other works was on the
palette of the VSO's 'Paintbrush and Baton' program
last Friday night as the orchestra took the audience on
a voyage through the colourful history of music
Doubling as an art history lecture, the evening's
bX'JT en^n£ed by engagin8 Productions
between pieces by Brian Foreman, of the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra (VSO), and conductor Clyde
Mitchell. Images projected on the giant screen above
^e stage illustrated the music being performed and
added to each of the pieces' unique tone
The first movement of Mozart's 'Symphony No 40'
m g minor, a symphony which was never performed
duru^ Mozart's lifetime, brings back vivid memories
to me of msprrational 'wake up' music. What is usual-
IrZtf\m^eTy aTite ^P*™ though lacked a
mterpretation was a weak one-much less stimulating
£sttrd to set me out °f bed * ** ^ s
r^f -Sf OTCheStra soon ^mpensated with the next
?,l \ , SBCOnd andante cantabile movement to
Tch-ukovsky s 'Symphony No. 5,' dispensed with the
oTs wye? ** r°mafc period Tbe ~-K
solos, which were passed around from one instrument
to another, evoked an ardent interpretation that
brought my companion to tears.
But nary a tear shed from for the following piece on
TZZTthussfs fe^-p-iudeSpKSS;
™3 T Tms ^Pf8810^^ music was first composed for piano, but then later orchestrated. Its beauty
and delicacy of the flute and harp, interlaced wSn fe
harmonies of the low brass and strings might have
moved me to tears, had I not been S*entifting on
scribbling notes for this review
The highlight of the evening came in the form of
Mussorgskys celebrated "Pictures at an Exhibition'
Any program touting the notion of artistic imagery
should be obhged to include this classic grand-oelv^e
With the exception ofthe end ofthe first "Promenade"
movement-when the booming percussion drowned
out die^strings interesting descending sixteenth-note
runs-the symphony performed an almost flawless rendition of excerpts from the piece. Pulling off the difficult melody passages ofthe "Market Place at Limoges"
with smoothness and such confidence and fervour
exemphfied^ by   tbe   trumpets   in   the   moroS
Catacombs   one could easily identify with the artistic
miages -hat Mussorgsky had meant to procure
sniln Strrti°n °f ** Pr0gram appropriately
scorned up the potpourri of sound with works by several acclaimed Canadian composers. Especially
mSE^T? ^^^osev Stewart Granfs 'San.
Black Sketches and North Vancouver's Michael
Conway Baker s movement "Mountains" of his piece
th^Tf a?8 Li°nS' Gate' ^ ** a tone Poem worthy of its descriptions of "Misty Morning" and "Storm
over Moresby   reminded me a lot of Tobias Picker's
The Encantadas.' listed by Mitchell's sharp and
concise conducting, lhe VSO interpreted it with incred-
ble tone colouring. The latter piece, commissioned by
themayor of Vancouver, featured lots of lyrical brass
and strings intertwined in long flowing lines, and a
beautiful piano solo. Think: movie theme music and
mountain imagery. This may sound cheesy, but trust
me it was nice to listen to.
The concert ended with a brash move into the
Mission Impossible" theme as an encore-complete
with pictures of non-sensical psychedelic patterns on
die screen. A two-and-a-haK hour lesson' encompassing seventeenthl century Handel to contemporary pop
TV tunes went, beyond my expectations for a fulMrne
night ot musical education.* 4 . siiq bi i4  ten 5 u   v;*^
at Studio 58
by Holly Kim
It is unfortunate when the result of a performance does not add up to the effort put into it.
And even more so when the performers are
The production of Cabaret by Studio 58 is an
example of that misfortune. It's not that the
whole performance is bad, but certainly the bad
overwhelms the good and the performance
never gets to that point where it pulls the audience in completely.
Set in 1930's Berlin Cabaret centres around
an American writer who comes to Germany to
write a novel. He meets a girl and falls in love.
The girl gets pregnant and to support her, he
unknowingly involves himself in the Nazi operation.
It's a 1960's musical and it has been performed around the world. But this performance
didn't meet my expectations.
I didn't like the make-up, costuming or than
lack there of. The 200 theatre is small, and there
is less than five metres between the audience
and the performers. Every detail is noticed and
a lot is exposed. Adding up to little more than
unnecessary shock value in the end.
Choreographer Shaun Phillips does a good
job of providing the actors with interesting
movements but unfortunately the dancers
never get beyond the point of mediocre. And
their poor timing did not help an already sagging performance.
The German and British accents were too
large a challenge for most of the actors. They
lost the accents occasionally and when they did
do a good job they were hard to understand.
Jeff Meadows gave a notable performance as
Herr Schultz. For most of the musical he played
the part naturally. His accent was perfect, his
behavior, that of an older gentleman, and his
delivery was made with perfect timing. He
stood out far and away as the funniest performer in this ensemble.
Their effort to make this musical amusing
was valuable although not enough to make the
whole thing work.
Musical is a hard medium to conquer—I
understand that. But I still say that's no
Love in the strangest places
at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
'■ '•. ;by Alec MacNeill-Richardson
Andre Forcier a cree un voyage fantastique
et. surreal ayec son dernier film. La
Comtesse de Baton Bmige. Realiseur des
films Une Histoire Inventeo, et Le Vent du
Wybmiiig, Forcier raconte l'histoire dun
jeiine realiseur. Rex I-rihce, qui tnmbe en
amour avec une feihme a b.irhe, Paula
Paul. "Nominee pour dix prix de Genies,
c'est.un film brilliant dans son narration el
en utilisant la genre d'un film dedans un
Or for vdu English folk who. read those
subtifles, it's prett*/darn good.
It is movies like this one that make you
realise film, is an art form. It is not just entertainment, pulp for us to feast upon and forget Neither is it meant to simply over awe us
with overblown special efFects. Good filmmakers will make you forget the time, where
you are, what your name is, the fact that the
movie's in French and you're no longer read
ing the titles.
The key to Folder's success is that the
story comes first The medium of film is simply used to ted us that story. Hex Prince
(Robert Aubert), ayoung starvhig filmmaker,
in his search for film stock is guided to the
Great Zenon (Frederic Desager), me famous
Cyclops of Belmont Park. It is mere mat he
meets and falls in love with the most beauti
ful of bearded women, Paula Paul.
Unfortunately for Rex. it happens to be
Paula's last night in town before, she leaves
for New Orleans. Six months later, Rex finds
himself searching for the Circus of
Happiness in the back w juds of Baton Rouge.
Forcier uses the film within in a film
genre to great effect We are introduced to the
older Rex in the beginning, and learn later he
has just released a film about his tragic love
affair with Paula, the countess of Baton'
Rouge. Forcier uses narration up until the
reunion uf Rex and Paul i before switching lo
Rex's later film version. The effeil is quite
surreal as Rex is given an objective view intQ
the drama of his own life.
The tineniatography and music only help
to reinforce the fantastical sense of the film.
At one point as the Comtesse and Rex are
{Shout topart company for the first time, "quiet
sax music starts up. The couple embrace and
begin to dance. Al the same time the saxophone player is revealed to be in the station
beside them. This is one oi many examples in
which. Forcier is able to bring about a perfect
visual blend of both reality and fantasy.
core art film. You do not need to know ."the
subtleties of Fe-Bini or the complexities of
Bergman to appreciate this movie. Torrier
uses his medium to impress upon you the
experience of Ms story, not to showcase his
talents, So while the masses continue to Une
up for Titanic, break from the fold and enjoy
the magic of La Comteisse.^
angst for
Sugar Refinery
by Ronald Nurwisah
It might've been a third grade assignment or a love letter we would rather forget—we've all written poetry in our lives.
A few poets get success, becoming published, receiving fame and adoration. For
those of us who never quite made it there
is Scrambled Angst The concept is simple enough: give local writers and musicians a venue to vent and get their poems
Thepooloftalentat Scrambled Angst
ranges from surprisingly good to really
awful, but what the writers may lack in
talent they make up for in honesty and
the ability to have fun. Take Dean Worth,
a bike messenger who writes poems on
topics ranging from Christmas to how BC
Transit is trying to kill him.
The poetry fives up to the name
Scrambled Angst, with poems dealing
with the morning ritual of bagel-hunting
to 50's sitcom Leave it to Beaver. Not all
the poems inspired chuckles; many were
genuinely heartfelt and dealt with serious
topics. Curtis Petrie, co-host of the event
wrote about the injustices that face
women and children today, while another
poet paid homage to Pablo Neruda in a
poem entitled "Ode to a beautiful nude."
Interspersed with the poetry were several musical acts. The first saw Curtis
Petrie singing a song entitled "Orange"
which dealt with no smaller a topic than
existence itself. The next musical act saw
local musician Jack Harlan singing and
strumming his way into the second
break with a half-dozen of his highly
Dylanesque pieces.
I have to admit that I did have preconceptions of poetry readings as very
exclusive gatherings among the literary
elite. Scrambled Angst is on the other
end of the spectrum, very laid back and
very open minded. The next Poet
Laureate likely wasn't in the building, but
poets and musicians had fun doing what
they love.*>
Kissing a Fool
is a sloppy endeavour
At theatres everywhere
by Holly Kim
I don't know how Hollywood movie producers manage to make dumb movies like
this one, Kissing a Fool. More disturbing is
that they seem to have an endless supply of
this mind numbing garbage.
Kissing a Fool is a story of how two
people eventually find their way to love.
There are two best friends who manage to
get themselves in a whole lot of trouble.
Max, a playboy sports reporter played by
Friends' David Schwunmer, and Jay, a sensitive writer (Jason Lee) who can't get over
his ex-girlfriend Sam. (Bonnie Hunt). It's
obvious from the beginning that Jay and
Sam are meant for each other.
But just like all those other Hollywood
movies with well-dressed, extremely stupid
beautiful people, everyone but Jay and Sam
knows that they are perfect for each other.
Jay introduces Sam to the playboy, and they
fall madly in love and are engaged within
two weeks. It then hits Max that the woman
he loves may eventually have an affair. So
he asks his best friend to try to seduce his
fiance to see if she is really in love with
him. Of course, in the course of all this,
both of them start to fall for each other.
And very conveniently, Max has an
affair with another woman. Jay finds out
and the whole thing blows up. And eventually everyone who should be together end
up together.
In other words, it's like thousands of
other boring movies that Hollywood manufactures every year. I don't understand why
they even bother putting together a movie
like this. This is nothing more than a generic romantic comedy.
There is absolutely nothing special
about the camera work. Good acting is
completely non-existent The characters
are all so interested in looking beautiful on
the screen that they ruin the flow of the
movie completely and are extremely awkward in their roles. There are some funny
lines from time to time, but they aren't
smart enough to make the movie interesting.
It's just a whole bunch of beautiful well-
dressed dumb people i-unning around
being really stupid. Please save your
money. Don't bother going to see this
one.<> 12
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Aaron Carter
(Attic Records)
Does this Hanson-reject really need to follow in the
footsteps of big brother Nick (ofthe Backstreet Boys)?
Not that the music isn't annoyingly contagious,
but it's hard to imagine his pre-pubescent voice blaring out of anyone's boombox. Then again, there was
The Jackson Five and a little boy named Michael...
Considering it sounds like the latest Alvin and the
Chipmunks release, this little tyke is actually kinda
talented for his age. The songs are happy and brainless, with remakes of New Kids on the Block's 'Please
Don't Go Girl' (identical to the original but not any
better) and The Jets' 'Crush On You" (harder, with
more of an edge, if you can imagine). Good toe-tapping, head-bopping tunes for the kiddies!
—Alan Woo
ryas still
This Starr t#bs.
Garrison Sitarr
Imagine JpiAi-1 drunk and on acid, anc
you h.ivp the crooning -sound of Gamsra
Starr on her debut album Eighteen Over
Me Vidner able and tortured, Starr carries
the olemonUiry-yetprotound fyrica like
petals in a hurricane Cabin music muni
wjh words of senu-wisdom helps to suck
vou in at hie get go but thp flavour fade<-
faet as nin<« tears in her hepr arc cried
Siddled mostly with slow tempo bar room
ballads thp CD is an alr-gli* expenence
wilh .sever il songs Out redeem it from
being a complete downer If you're used to
friends whining for your afleruoiu. then
get ready for some deja vu
—Aim Woo
for a Smile iMi
cates the band hjb
>i  lot nf promise
but it bull doe-.o t
quite have the right
formula to get ut, wherever it is tlie Gandharvas want us to go
If s (Jear from vmgh like "Gonna be bo Lnose" thai the
Gandharvas k'tow how to rock 'Gonna be t>o Loose" has an
anthem hke quality not seen in rock since U2 However this
particular collection of socngu is less experimental hence, less
darmg than their first CD There are enough drear-, fillers
such as 'Smells." to put one in mind of early David Bowie, nay
Aladdm Sane nr (worse) Spare Oddity Indeed, "Waiting for
Something to happen/reprise ' despite being an eminently
Ltotenahlp sani*; lias an ending which was dearly lilted from
Diamond Dogs
I would like In say I have faith in the Gandharvas' ability in
somedqy get their shit higethcr enough to start produrmg the
truly great albums this band is capable of Given that Sold For
a Snide is their second go at this game 1 m rather less san
guine than I was after the rel-*.uie nf the Gandharva s debut
Laika masters inner space exploration
too pure records
Sounds ofthe Satellites is perfect music to study to!
Veering manically from laid back electronic explorations of inner space vaguely reminiscent of Brian
Eno to the sort of warped funk (which never quite
managed to grace the airwaves) once put forward
by the likes of Gang of Four and Captain Beefheart.
It's edgy enough to be interesting, yet easy enough
not to disrupt one's concentration while in the
throes of attempting to master non-linear dynamics.
In this respect as well as the minimalist nature of
the music, Laika owes a great deal to Phillip Glass,
without in any way sounding like a copy of the Master
of Minimalism. Clones Laika ain't! I dare say, Sounds
ofthe SatelMtes would render the perfect accompaniment to an electronic cocktail a la Ken Kesey.
—Andy Barham culture
Original Rasputina
Thanks for the Ether
Columbia Records
What to
say, what to say... In an era when bands
like Matchbox 20 and Bush are deemed
ahem, "alternative," one simply cannot
find a word for music such as
Rasputina's debut Thanks For The
And it's not just the fact
three cellos, distorted
vocals and the occasional drum
make up the instrumentation.
With song titles like
'Transylvanian Concubine"
and "The Donner Party" (a
spoken word criticism of cannibalistic pioneers) and a hidden
track sung entirely in German, the
subject matter here is not only original, but also highly scatological. Singer/Songwriter Melora Creager
combines a wry and peculiar sense of humour with
the soaring, ecstatic beauty of tracks like "Stumpside"
and "Endomorph."
Rasputina also shows
knack for finding their
voice in other artists'
work. They cover Peggy
Lee's 'Why Don't You Do
Right" and Melanie's 'Brand New Key' with
spunk,  confidence  and,  most importantly
when covers are concerned, idiosyncrancy.
(Have you heard Mana Davis' version of Ani
diFranco's '32 Flavours"? My gawd! Call HER
Rasputina's  sometimes use  of classical
conventions   is   reminiscent  of Tori  Amos'
DeBussy-like  piano  melodies.  But Rasputina
also manages to kick out the
jams (well, kick
the strings, like in
'Howard  Hughes
in     ways      which
would give Yo Yo Ma
blisters.  And  despite
their     predilection
wearing corsets on stage and collaborating with the likes of Marilyn Manson and Chris
Vrenna, the touring drummer of
Nine Nail Inch, they don't get
bogged down by the artifice that chokes a lot of
At    18-plus    tracks,
the  album tends to
lull   towards   the
end.      However,
though   not  for
all tastes, I recommend      this
album  to  those
who  sigh at the
sound of commercial    radio    sludge.
This is original, interesting and, after a few listens, quite addictive
To preview this  album,  or at least
check out their groovy artwork, you can
visit their website at: 'http://www.rasputina com/'*
—Duncan McHugh
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Wrestlemania XXX. it was a no rules battle royal with winner getting the prized ball and cup. and it was ugly. Todd
Silver was the first to enter tbe aing, clad in bis now famous
The Killer Bunny' outfit Bruce Arthur, who always covered
in chocolate when he fought entered next but Silver ticked
him before tossing him over the top rope where he landed
on Jo-Ann Chiu, Arthur's manager. The tag team of Alex
Bustos and Chris NuttaUSmith. who together were known
as Stuart- the worst tagteam name in the history of the
WWF- then entered the ring. Chris didn't have a hope as he
was blown away from a strong gust of wind from the stadium's air coiaditioning while Alex decided that life back in
Ottawa was a better deal than this wrestling thing. The
crowd fell silent Beavis and Butthead Wolf Depner and
Federico Barahona respectively, walked down the aisleway
They pounded on poor Silver. But unbekownst to them.
Andy Barham was waiting under the ring with a cinder
block. Beavis and Butthead bit it Alec MacNeiU-Ricbanlson
never showed and Alan Woo was sick. Allison Cole was
doing the colour when Duncan McHugh, the fan man slow
ly fell from, the heavens. Too bad tbe stadium had a.roof
Holly Kim spent an hour getting him down Ron Nurwisah,
the 12 year old phenom. was crushed with a cement mixer
on his way to the match while Richard Lam took photos of
Joe Clark and Richelle Rae thumb wrestling for the last potato chip. Penny Cnohnondeley bad Jamie Woods in a head-
lock, which was strange because they were only waiting in
line at the snack bar. Sarah Galashan doesn't watch
wrestling but Doug Quan was only too eager. His joy was
short lived, however, as bis life was cut short by "The Killer
Bunny* who would go on to win the ball and cup.*
1   —    f&ot   ?£BfLE
Time is right to rethink campus referenda
This past year has seen multiple referenda like
never before. But like so many other questions
put to a student vote at UBC few actually pass
and most can't even meet quorum.
Quroum: at least 10 per cent ofthe daytime
student population must vote in favour of the
question for a referendum to pass. This quorum rule, AMS employees tell us, is meant to
protect UBC from having its agenda hijacked
by a handful of students.
But as the recent Thunderbird Shop referendum has demonstrated, this safeguard of
democracy is problem-ridden. Even though
more than 75 per cent of voters cast their ballot in favour of saving the shop, the store will
soon have to leave campus because the vote
just fell just short of quorum. But the result was
hardly ambiguous—a clear and large majority
of students voted one way; in this case they
voted in favour of the Thunderbird Shop. Did
the AMS' rejection ofthe result on a tec'hnicali-
ty (73 votes) safeguard democracy? Hardly.
On the other hand, you've got to have some
sort of quantitative hurdle for referendums.
Eliminating quorum altogether won't help anyone. The answer lies instead in a system that
simultaneously defends the university agenda
from being controlled by a small group, while
assuring that shots at democratic change are
not exercises in futility.
Rather than remove the quorum requirement, AMS bylaws could simply do with some
modifications. Example: if more than 5 per
cent of the student population voted, and over
two-thirds ofthe ballots casts are yes, the refer
endum passes.
A review of past referenda results show that
rninimising expectations is a reasonable
request Campuses across the country provide
a range of examples from which we could
It's time the AMS took a long hard look at
how student referendums are held at UBC. It's
only reasonable that measures, like the quorum rule, exist to guard against abuses of
democracy but let's make quorum reasonable.
In the process, maybe we can make campus
life here a bit more democratic. ♦
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Roehm's name
on list a mistake
In response to Mr. Rick Hiebert's
letter to the Ubyssey from February
24, 1998, we, the members of
Pride UBC who were involved in
the design of the Ubyssey's Pride
Issue, would like to apologise for
including Ernst Roehm in the list of
names that appeared on the cover.
Our rationale for having this list
was to promote awareness of the
diversity of the members of the
LGBT community. The names
selected were taken from the Gay
100, a gay historical almanac. We
agree that Ernst Roehm was an
atrocious person responsible for
many heinous crimes. Roehm is
clearly not a positive historical figure for the LGBT coinmunity and
he should never have been included on our cover. Please accept our
Concerned members
of Pride UBC
APEC article
contains flaws
I read with great interest Adam
Jones' article 'Dear Dr. Piper" in
the February issue of the Ubyssey.
While I too feel there was some glaring improprieties on the part of the
RCMP, it is important to note a few
holes in Mr Jones's argument
In regards to the extension of
the security zone around the
Museum of Anthropology, I feel
that given the events in weeks leading up to the aAPEC conference this
move was not altogether improper.
Jones appears to think that concern
for the "treasures inside the museum" was simply an excuse to get
protesters out of the way. Perhaps
iMr Jones hasn't recently walked
past the Goddess of Democracy
statue or the plaza of Keorner
Library lately, but the painted, progressively encompassing more and
more of the campus, beginning
approximately a month before the
Given the inferred purpose of
the zones-to cover UBC entirely- is it
not unreasonable to assume that
such vandals would attempt to target the Museum of Anthropology,
where the conference was taking
place? The APEC Free Zones, as far
as I can tell, do not wash away, and
I am told that the only way to repair
the damage to Koerner plaza is by
sandblasting or replacing flagstones entirely.
One can also to this day see remnants of the posters pasted with
glue on the sides of buudings and
piecess of sculpture around campus. While I myself am sure that the
protesters would know better than
to deface the pieces in and around
the museum, the RCMP couldn't
know the mental state of those
I also object to Mr. Jones' theory
as to why protesters pulled down
security zone fencing on the day of
the conference. He states that "the
added congestion, and the frustration of protesters" due to changes
in the size of the assigned protest
site "very likely contributed to the
well known...incidents that followed." While the note following
the article states that Mr Jones is a
PhD student in the department of
Political Science, it does not state
whether or not he possesses a
minor in Psychology or Sociology.
Nonetheless, having attended the
infamous protest I should point
out that the pulling down of the
fence appeared to be premeditated,
having recognised a number ofthe
culprits responsible as perenial
campus malcontents, not to mention the fact that the approximately
25 people in the vangaurd of the
protest took a ninning start at the
fence from some yards away.
In closing, I am glad Mr. Jones
wrote his article, as it touches upon
other, more fectual inconsistencies
in the University's policies regard
ing the APEC conference and its
dealing with protesters. It is only
through such mediums of debate
that we can more clearly understand issues as important as these.
Michael Inwood
Second Year Arts
Letters to Ubyssey
are biiy tactics
This letter is in response to four
letters, which have recently been
published in your letter to the editor section. Three of the letters
were written by Craig Jones and
one by Donovan Plomp. Two of
Craig's letters were published on
Feb 13, 1998. One ofthe Feb 13
letters was purportedly signed by
19 students.
On February 25, 1998 at a Law
School Equity (^mmilttee meeting,
Ron Morin said he had not and
would not have signed the letter
written by Craig Jones and published on February 13, 1998. After
the meeting, I went to the Ubyssey
news office to find, out who had
indeed signed the letter. The Editor
apologised for publishing the letter
and showed me the original copy of
the letter. He said they should not
have published the letter with all of
the names because Craigjones had
made a second draft and not all the
signors of the first draft had seen or
signed the revised version. The
Editor said Craig did not give him
everyone's phone number so he
didn't contact all the students to see
if they would agree to have their signatures on the new and improved
version of the letter.
This raises the question: Is it
legal to change a document after
everyone has signed it? Well, one
can assume that these students and
Craig Jones have "cracked a text" so
they probably already know the
answer to that Then on February
27, to have Craig write another let
ter stating that "one student, Ron
Morin, did not see the final draft of
the letter, and may have been
unaware of some details of its contents" and to call this a "serious
oversight" and "a mistake." Well,
how about the other students that
did not see it, including our new
Ombudsperson, Winxie Tse? I sincerely hope that the students whose
names were published are more
careful with their credit cards than
they were with the use of their signatures.
The letters written by Craig
Jones and Donovan Plomp were
simply examples ofthe bully tactics
used by people with some power
and privilege to isolate and ostra-
sise the two women who spoke out
While it may have worked in
September, such tactics do not
appear to be working now. The Law
School Equity Committee is taking
proactive measures to deal with
this current situation. The Dean
wrote a public memo outlining his
concerns. Our Law Students'
Association on February 26, 1998,
issued a memo requesting written
submissions on equity issues.
Unfortunately, our faculty newsletter editors still don't comprehend
sexism and continue to publish
trash. The last issue was actually
published by women and was full
of sexual innuendo, jokes and articles demeaning women. Oh what
some women will do to belong! So
we will continue to struggle with
the issues of Equity at Law School,
hopefully, it can be done without
any more publicity.
Darlene McBain
UBC Law 2nd year
ed. due to time constraints the
Ubyssey was unable to confirm that
Veronica Franco, Ron Morin, Kathy
Murchie, Mandana Namazi, Holly
Pommier and Winxie Tse agreed to
all the revisions made to the letter
in question /"Ubyssey coverage
'unfair,' 'mahcious,' " the Ubyssey
The medical truth on Abortion
by Joeyelle Brandt
OK, here we go again. First off, I
would like to acknowledge that the
nature ofthe abortion debate dictates that neither side can ever
"win" the argument Having said
that, you might wonder why I am
wasting my time that should be
spent on my homework. I do not
believe that anything I have to say
will change the mind of any dedicated "pro-lifer". I write to offer
another perspective for
those on campus who are
struggling within themselves to find an answer
to a question which has
no easy answers.
I would like to
address wliat Ms Heathe
calls "The Medical
Truth." She states that "It has been
proven by medical professionals
that the life within the womb is
fully developed at twelve
weeks...[and that] The infant at
this stage feels every human sensation.* It was once a 'medical
truth" that masturbation caused
blindness, that the inferior size of
women's brains made them particularly suited for housework,
and that leeching had purifying
effects on one's blood. And lest we
make the mistaken assumption
that we are somehow more
advanced today, let me point to
recent research done at the
University of Toronto which
apparently "proved" that white
people are genetically supperior
to black people. As absurd as this
study is, we have only to look at
who funded it (el eugenics society)
to understand how and why it was
done. Research is often funded by
organisations (such as pharmacu-
tical companies, eugenics societies, corporations, etc.) that have
vested interests in certain outcomes and we should not become
complacent in assuming that any
research is "free of bias" or that
despite apparently 'statistically
significant' findings its results are
in any way correct. "Truth" is
always subjective.
"Have you ever
watched a video that
shows an abortion? Why is it so
offensive if it only reveals the truth?"
In answer, no, I have never seen an
abortion video, and I would not
choose to. Neither would I choose to
watch open-heart surgery. Neither
of these procedures is offensive to
me, I'm just not into blood. Others I
know have seen the procedure, and
still managed to retain the belief in a
woman's right to choice.
Regarding the list of medical
risks associated with abortion,
almost all of those also apply to
giving birth. .Any medical procedure is associated with risks. This
does not prove that there is anything inherently wrong about the
procedure, it merely reflects that
medicine is an art that is still
evolving, and is not perfect.
Thank you for the list of options
for pregnant women. I'm sure it is
very useful for all those stupid
women out there who couldn't
think options up for themselves.
Excuse my sarcasm, but you act as
though women weren't entirely
aware of all these options, as
though they haven't already
undergone an agonising decisionmaking process. Speaking of
options, I can think of nothing
more cruel than to remove a
woman's option of abortion and
force her to carry an unwanted
The government might begin
restricting what foods women
could eat, where they could travel,
what activities they could participate in. I can make a distinction
between a fetus and a new born
baby: one is inside a person's
body, one is not.
Every child a wanted child,
every mother a willing mother.
This is what I wish for the world. I
want every woman to know that
she can choose to have a child or
not have a child, and that whatev-
It was once a "medical truth" that
masturbation caused blindness, that
the inferior size of women's brains
made them particularly suited for
housework, and that leeching had
purifying effects on one's blood.
fetus to term.
As far as the debate over what
point sentient life begins at, that is
a question for philosophers. There
is no straight-forward, correct
answer to that question, no
absolute proof, and to pretend otherwise is fallacy. However, under
Canadian law, one is not a human
being until one is born, and any
other definition would set dangerous precedents for controlling
women's bodies. Let us ponder
the possible legal extensions of
claiming the fetus as a human
being seperate from the mother.
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Students criticise army recruitment
 by Yves Martineau
Tlie link
MONTREAL (CUP)—A regiment of Canada's army
reserves came under fire at Concordia University earlier this month for trying to recruit students for their
summer training program.
The regiment was criticised by students for bringing a military presence into what they say should be a
peaceful space.
'I don't believe that university [students] should be
subject to recruiting," Concordia student union president Rebecca Aldworth said.
"There are plenty of means by which the army can
enroll [recruits] other than doing it in school.
"University is a place where we learn to promote
peace. When I see a big poster of a man holding a gun
like the one the army had at their stand, it really contradicts the idea of the peace-promoting institution
the university should be," Aldworth said.
Chief Corporal Daniel Kelly, who was at the regiment's recruitment stand, says while several dozen
students expressed interest in the program, a significant number criticized the regiment for being there.
"About 35 students seemed really interested in
participating in the program," Kelly said. "But about
90 students came to see us saying that we have no
business here, that we are not welcome in the university."
Kelly says the regiment recruits at approximately
15 Quebec schools over the year, mostly at colleges.
He adds that 70 students enroll in the program, which
involves ceremonial training and a basic infantry
course, including weapons handling.
He says the summer program is the perfect job for
students, since it corresponds to the summer vacation period and pays about $6,900.
Students at Concordia University have a history of
opposing the military's presence on their campus. In
a March 1984 referendum, students voted to designate the university a "military free zone." The student
union also has a resolution declaring all of its space
Concordia's acting dean of students says, however,
that the university has no obligation to follow student
union policies.
"Our role is to respect every association, even if not
everyone agrees with the ideas thev hold," Roger Cote
said. "If the [student union], or other students, don't
like the army doing recruiting here, there are others
that may be interested in it and the university has to
consider them too."*
Human Rights Code to protect transgendered
by Bess Lovejoy
SFU Peak
VICTORIA (CUP)-British Columbia
could become the first province in
Canada to recognise discrimination based on gender identity if a
proposed amendment to the
provincial Human Rights Code is
The proposal—one of 11 recommendations made by the BC
Human Rights Cornrnission earlier
this year—evolved from the
Transgender Law Reform Project,
which was sponsored by the BC
Law Foundation.
According to the commission,
the proposed amendment is meant
to assist people—including transsexuals, transvestites, and people
often mistaken for the opposite
gender—who challenge wliat society considers "gender norms."
Deputy chief commissioner
Harinder Mahil says the Human
aRights Code is currently not specific enough to sufficiently protect the
rights ofthe group.
"Although we had accepted a
case of a transgender person who
had been discriminated against,
none of the [existing parts of the
Code] were really to the point... [It]
can be argued that they are not pro-
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"If the recommendations are
accepted, then BC will be the first
jirrisdiction in Canada to protect
transsexuals and transgender people," Mahil said.
Nicolas Demers, a member of
Out On Campus, a gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender group at
Simon Fraser University, supports
the proposed amendment
"I think it's the next logical step,
after protecting against discriinina-
tion due to sex and sexual orientation," he said.
A spokesperson for the
Vancouver-based Zenith
Foundation, which represents
transsexuals, says the group is in
favour ofthe amendment
"It's something which is badly
needed in order to bring a marginalised group of people up to speed
with the rest of society. It's way
But not all members of BC's
queer communiry agree that the
Human Rights Code needs to be
"There are many more important... and universally relevant
issues that need addressing before
we waste time on [gender] appearance-oriented discrirnination. Let's
face it,  in many careers your
appearance is crucial to the industry, and therefore in many cases
discrimination is justifiable
whether we personally agree with
it or not," said Out on Campus
member Logan Lundie.
Other recommendations made
by the Human Rights Commission
for changes to the Code include
prohibiting discrirnination based
on "social condition'—aimed at
protecting the poor—and extending protection to people over 65.
Provincial Liberal human
rights critic Jeff Plant opposes the
amendments proposed by the
commission. He says the timing is
"We just went through a very
difficult and expensive reorganisation of the commission... it
would be better public policy to
wait and see if that reorganisation
is working," he said.
Plant adds that the changes to
the Code may be detrirnental to
"If these changes were to be
implemented, they would have an
effect on business—hotels, restaurants, every business. I think that
there is a general sense in the population that businesses are
already over-regulated... Frankly,
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