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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 5        V
Wait for the signs
Thomas King
is one of Canada s
greatest writers,
.    a radio
sensation and one
of our only national
.treasures to be bom
m California. But
mostly, he's just a
good guy.
by Bruce Arthur
Thomas King should feel as if he's on top of the world. He's
considered one of the greatest living Native writers in
Canada, he's comfortably ensconced as a professor at the
University of Guelph, and his radio show, The Dead Dog Cafe
Comedy Hour, is one of the most successful programs to hit
the CBC in years.
Instead, King is just tired.
"The hits just keep on coming," he sighs. That allusion to
radio disc jockeys could refer to an unlikely radio career
which is heading into its third season. Or to his writing. Or
even his photography. All his life, Tom King has been a can-
do guy. No matter what people asked him to do, Tom could
do it. Or so he claimed.
"I always said that, all my life" he laughs. "I was a great liar
to myself. Always kidding myself. Somebody would say 'Who
can do'this?'—I can do it!'"
Well, it turns out that he wasn't kidding. King can do it.
Whatever it is. At UBC as part of a distinguished visiting
scholar lecture series, Tom King always has a lot to do.
The Dead Dog Cafe, with its closing edict of "Stay calm.
Be brave. Wait for the signs," will broadcast 21 episodes this
season. And as the show's popularity just keeps spiralling up,
King can't figure out why.
"We started out as a lark! I still don't know how it happened," he laughs. "I don't think anybody does."
King writes and stars in the fifteen minute show which
runs once a week on CBC Radio One's This Morning. And
while his own acting skills are, by his own admission, less
than sparkling, the Dead Dog Cafe is a genuine phenomenon.
"I am the world's worst actor," he says with another laugh
that comes from deep inside his sturdy six foot-four frame. "I
just love doing it, that's all."
The Cafe stars King as himself, and takes place in the Cafe
in Blossom, Alberta—the setting for his landmark novel
Green Grass, Running Water—along with the genial Jasper
Friendlybear and the deadpan Gracie Heavyhand. King, who
is the straight man to Jasper and Grade's wild cards, wanted
the show to be entertaining. But he also wanted to
make a statement.
"I wanted to make it Native, I wanted to make it
funny, and I wanted to make it political if I could. I
also wanted to make it sort of bozoish."
Dead Dog Cafe is all those things. They hand out
authentic Indian names to lucky listeners
("Hairy...Body...Parts!"), give Traditional Aboriginal
Decorating Tips (car bodies and dogs for reserves
were two popular suggestions), and offer up
Reserve Recipes ("people said you can't kill a dog on
live radio," says King).
The show successfully blends a strong political
bent with cheerful irreverence. Which is how King
likes it.
"I've only got 15 minutes, and I can't get too profound. But maybe I can get people thinking, and if
I can get them thinking, great."
To King, one of the strengths of The Dead Dog
Cafe is that is allows him to say what he wants without getting atop a soapbox.
"No one wants to see me on the editorial page
complaining about what I don't like. For instance,
am I worried that big banks are just going to run
over the Canadian public? Yes T am. Or the Royal
Commission on Aboriginal People—the government reacted to none of the recommendations, yet they spent all this
time and all this money. You'd think they'd have some interest in it."
The show is still sharply political, though. Royal
Commission Report recommendations are read aloud by
Jasper. Road blockade reports are happily encouraged. The
show keeps a light tone, but skewers its targets with deadly
accuracy. And King, who is referred to as "the white Indian"
by Jasper and Gracie, is often the one with the bulls-eye on
his forehead.
"When Jasper says, 'You're much better off than we are,'
and I say, 'Well, I'm not that better off,' he says, 'You get a tax
He pauses. "'Well, everyone gets a tax return.' And he says
T didn't get a tax return. Gracie, you get a tax return?' It's only
right that I'm the butt of the jokes."
King, whose father was Cherokee and whose mother was
of Greek and German descent, says he realises that there
were Natives who grew up off the reserve who had it worse
than he did; he has never lived on a reserve, largely owing to
the fact that Cherokees don't have reserves in Canada anymore. And in his childhood, though "pretty decent," was
poor. That imprint of poverty has stayed with King his entire
"You don't recover from those things—they don't go away.
There's no nobility to poverty. There's just poverty. But I've
been able to manage it, partly because I've been successful.
If you don't think you're worth a whole hell of a lot, it's better
if you've got five dollars in your pocket. I don't think poverty
is much good for anything except makin' you sad."
King is a man with firm opinions, but wants nothing of
the role of spokesman for Canadian aboriginal people. He
can speak for himself, but won't do it for other Natives. He
has been approached to speak on national Native issues, but
most often says no. He says he doesn't know enough about
the issues. He'll only opine about the Nisga'a treaty in a general way—the tribes can speak for themselves, he says.
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You may not
LeeSun s
but you
at the Vancouver Playhouse
Sept. 27
by John Zaozirny
you'll get
I suppose you can be forgiven if you
thought that LeeSun was some exotic
world artist dropping into Vancouver as
a stop-off on her world tour. Lord knows
I did. From the fancy posters pasted up
in most of the hipper places around
town, it seemed like another concert
from a famous world musician. I couldn't have been more wrong. So here's the
truth. l£eSun is here In fact, you've ioo*,,*; TO FLOAT above ^ mainstrearrii LeeSuiVs music is a mix of a,most
probably walked past her on the way to
the SUB. Perhaps you've spoken to her All this not-fitting- though, she's been listening to folkisl
at the Chan centre, where she works in thein makes it quite singer-songwriters, because, she says
ticket office. Or maybe you had a classhard to classify her "I wanted to hear stuff that wash
with her. music What there IS mainstream, songs where the poetrj
LeeSun walks among us. to    hear—which    lSdid matter." Which is a fine thing
When I meet her, what LeeSun tells meOnly a single Song, especially ifyou yourself happen to b<
is this: she was born in Toronto, went toright now—isn t a singer-songwriter who isn't exactly
Waterloo to study math, decided to go intoexactly easy to mainstream and who writes song:
music instead and decided to come here.describe. Askiilg her where the poetry—the lyrics—matte
She graduated from UBC School of Musicabout it, I brought up immensely. Of course, all this song
this spring and now she's preparing for herjazz singer Nancy writing stuff is a great leap from th(
first major concert at the VancouverWilson and a tradl- math world. So how is the family tak
Playhouse on Sept 27 And that's that Well.tion of jazz balladry ing it? At this, LeeSun sighs a bit
actually, there's a bit more to it only to get a Strange "There aren't many Korean-Canadiar
Ending up at Waterloo after being presJook on the former or Korean-Americans in the musk
sured by parents and teachers into study-and an answer of industry," she says. "So it just seems
ing math, LeeSun decided that math was-"Mickey Mouse [the current like a completely different world tc
n't in her plans. single] is quite different from my family. It's not a real sort of thinj
"I thought math just isn't for me, notthe other songs. LeeSun to do, so their attitude is 'Is she nuts?"
fortherestofmylife."SosheswitchedintoWasnt giving anyBut then again, singer-songwriters
music and decided to come here afterclear clues, "l use dii- didn't come around on careers days a
hearing UBC faculty member Jane Coopferent    Styles,"    she school.
playing piano on the radio. She didn'tSays, "depending on Which is probably why they're sc
exactly fit in at the School of Music. Orwhat a song is interesting, anyway. And why theii
rather her style didn't. about. live performances are as close as
"Right from the very beginning I could Checking illflu- you'll ever get to having a heart tc
tell she was a completely original charac-ences doesn't reveal heart with them. As LeeSun says, "
ter," says Coop. "She didn't come across asany secret hints definitely write my songs for people
a the typical conservative, well-behaved,either, as LeeSuni don't do it for songwriting's sake 01
and quiet piano student" checkes   off   Simon art's sake or myself. I do it because
What LeeSun was interested in wasand Garfunkel,want to say something and I wan
playing her own songs, which isn't exactlyLeonard  Cohen   ("If people to listen. I want them to heaj
.what the school teaches. Of course, ityOU      like      poetry,it and enjoy it, and be touched 01
Hfdoesn't exactly fit in anywhere else. you've   got   to   like moved by it. That sounds reafij
"I don't gig around town," LeeSun saysJLeonard Cohen"), cheesy, I know. But I feel like writing
"Because my music doesn't really fit in. ItBoh Dylan, Tracy a song is part of the process and per
doesn't fit into jazz places and it doesn't fitChapm an and, forming it in front of an audience
into the club scene, and I like people to lis-Strangelv enough, that makes the song more com
fen. I don't want ittn rud3agtaam1nd.Il. JihajQia..-J-WaiiX,, T atplv nlpfp " »    _—__ __—.
Catchy Eve 6 may be on to something g
• ili
There's something about Eve 6 that
makes me hesitate from bashing
them as just another three-piece
rock band Perhaps ifs the irrestible,
danceable catchiness of "Inside
Out" their first hit single Based on common IVyi. t*~\f
powerchords,this song '■'"■■'■
somehow    manages    to    mold
pop/rock into a form that sounds
new, or at least different from many
other rock singles.
Other songs on the album also
capture the rythmic feel of "Inside
Out", most notably "Showerhead,"
in which vocalist Max CoDins sings a
tale of betrayal: "I loved you while he
was in you in the shower..." 90s punk
rock anthem "Open Road Song^' follows, a track that describes the joy of
going for a carefree drive, while
lesus Nitelite," the longest track of
the album, somewhat reminds me
of Better than Ezra,
minded anomer TOC^trio
raced with the challenge of sounding interesting With
lyrics like "Teach him to tamper with
the cloning process," a song that
seems distinctly written for our generation is "Tongue Tied." "There's a
Face" would certainly sound charming at an unplugged session, and the
album ends with "Small Town Trap,"
in which Collins sings of fighting
boredom and experiencing "dreams
of breaking out" In contrast listeners won't be dunking the same thing
while checking out this CD.
—Jerome Yang
[Dreamworits Records]
This summer saw the rise of a new
genre of movies horrid blockbusters with great soundtracks.
Most of the time it seemed as if the
film was merely an expensive excuse
to put out a great compilation
album. Unfortunately this is nor the
case with the Dead Man on Campus
Although the album does bring
together the very talented and innovative likes of Marilyn Manson,
Powerman 5000, Blur, The Dust
Brothers and Supergrass, it also contains a large number of songs for
which the skip feature on your CD
player was invented.
There is some wheat among the
chaff, though Blur's "Cowboy Song"
and Supergrass' "Wc Still Need More
(Than Anyone Can Give)" are great
songs, while the surprisingly good "I
Only Want To Be With You" is per
formed by Twiggy (the former supermodel) and Twiggy (the Marilyn
Manson bandmember).
Also rather surprising is
Manson's cover of David Bowie's
classic "Golden Years". The surprise
isn't Manson doing a Bowie cover
(after all, his new album wears the
Bowie influence proudly) but how
well the song comes across.
Although a rather disappointing
album overall, the Dead Man on
Campus soundtrack does contain a
few memorable tunes that may
make it a good puirhasw for the
hardcore fanss.
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A league of its own
At the Varsity Theatre
Opens today
by Coralie Olson
Pecker is a story about a talking
statue of the Virgin Mary, fornicating rats and the private parts
of a lesbian stripper. It's directed
by a man who's been called
quirky, raunchy, and the
Ambassador of Filth. Yes, John
Waters is back—this time with
Pecker is a story that takes a
look at low-class culture in
Baltimore through the lens of an
old thrift store camera. Edward
Furlong (the kid in T2) plays the
part of Pecker, who examines
everyday life with his camera. He
has a display of his work at the
sandwich shop he works at and
gets 'discovered' by an art dealer
who decides his out-of-focus pictures and tacky frames are in.
Christina Ricci plays Pecker's
girlfriend, and favourite model,
Shelley, and does a great job as a
workaholic obsessed with running a laundromat. Together in
New York for Pecker's opening, all
Looking at the new
line-up of fall
movies, there are
contenders, there
are blockbusters
and then there's
Shelley can think about is
whether anyone is pissing in the
dryers or not adding fabric softener at the right time.
Comparatively, the rest of the
characters are pretty normal.
Pecker's grandmother Memama
has a pit beef stand and believes
that her statue of Virgin Mary is
talking to her, even though everyone can see Memamas' lips moving. Pecker's older sister
Tina works at a gay bar
called The Fudge Palace,
while his younger sister is
a hyperactive sugar junkie
whom he catches eating
handfuls of sugar straight
out of the bag.
John Waters is at his
best with these eccentric
but likable characters. As
Waters has said, they're
elegant in their own shabby way. Looking at the
new line-up of fall movies,
there are Oscar contenders, there are blockbusters and then there's
Pecker. It's in a league of its own,
you could say. But then again, I
haven't laughed as hard at any
movie in a long time, and there
aren't many Oscar contenders or
blockbusters of whom that can
be said.^
King has his own humour
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Student Union Building
Thursday, October 1
Talks: Auditorium, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Displays: Ball Room, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
"I worry about me
treaties being
struck rather than
old treaties being
onoured—it's always
a compromise, it S
Natives who make
the compromise, if
the Lakota ever got to
the point where they
could negotiate the Black
Hills Treaty with the government, and say we
have a treaty that
mve us the Black
Hills, so why don't
you give us the
Black Hills* And the
government would say no
continued from page 1
"I worry about new treaties being struck rather than old
treaties being honoured—it's always a compromise, it's Natives
who make the compromise. If the Lakota ever got to the point
where they could negotiate the Black Hills Treaty with the government, and say we have a treaty that gave us the Black Hills,
so why don't you give us the Black Hills. And the government
would say no way."
King is also concerned about David Black's edict to the 60
newspapers he owns in BC not to write any pro-Nisga'a deal
editorials. King says he accepts that Black can do it so long as he
doesn't care about a free press. But King also believes that the
press was never that free to begin with.
"I think we live under a lot of illusions," he says slowly. "The
illusion that we really do live in a participatory democracy, the
illusion that the press is free, corporate citizens are good citizens, capitalism works and everybody's happy."
King also knows that Black's anti-Nisga'a stance will affect
more than just the editorial page.
"I was a photojournalist in Australia and New Zealand for a
number of years, and I know full well that when the editor
comes down and says, 'We don't want any of this Indian-lovin'
shit in the paper,' you know."
But photojournalism, radio, and acting aside, Tom King is,
above all, a writer. But always a Native writer.
His tag as 'One of Canada's greatest living Native writers'
rather than simply one of Canada's greatest living writers, doesn't bother him.
"I don't mind. Am I Native first or a writer first? I can't get
away from being Native—you could think that I wasn't a writer.
I just want to be living." He laughs that deep laugh before
becoming serious again. "If you line me up against Atwood, or
Ondaatje, or Robertson Davies, or WO Mitchell...I think I write
every bit as well as any of those do. What they have that I don't
is a body of work. I can only produce a novel every 4 or 5 years."
King doesn't know what he'll do next The radio show won't
last more than four or five years, he thinks, and his job at the
University of Guelph is stable. But he'll continue to write, he'd
like to return to serious photography, and would like to try his
hand at directing.
Wherever Tom King decides to go, you can be sure that it'll
be worth watching. And whatever he takes on, he can do it Just
UBC professor faces allegations of sexual misconduct—again
by Daliah Merzaban
Section    7    rights   under    [the
That same month, the BC Court
of Appeal ordered that charges of
sexual harassment against former
provincial cabinet minister, Robin
Blencoe, be dropped on similar
grounds. Blencoe had argued that
his   rights   had   been   violated
because the BC Human Rights
Commission spent 30
months investigating
allegations    against
him before referring it
to a tribunal.
Neither Levitt or
his lawyer, Chris
Hinkson, did not wish
to comment on the
case. But according to
the statement of facts
submitted by
Hinkson to the Court,
Levitt    claims    the
length of the delay has
caused him undo stress and anxiety,
resulting in depression, sleeping
would "constitute a violation of [his]     difficulties and physical ailments
A UBC medical professor will go to
BC Supreme Court next month in
an attempt to have a sexual harassment charge against him thrown
out. He will argue that a 39 month
delay in the case violates his constitutional rights.
Rosey Guthrey alleges that Dr
David Levitt made sexual advances towards
her over the course of a
year while she was his
secretary in the early
The case was taken
to the BC Human
Rights Tribunal last
May. But at the start of
the hearings, Levitt
requested a stay in proceedings. A short time
later, Levitt submitted a
petition to BC Supreme
Court claiming that the continua
tion of the Human Rights matter
LEVITT claims delay has
caused stress, richard
like heartburn and gum disease.
Catherine Sullivan, Guthrey's
lawyer, doesn't think the delay
should be a factor in this case. "The
reality is that that's the delay in
every [human rights] case," said
But Sullivan still worries Levitt's
application will ruin her client's
chances of having a fair hearing.
"It's a very awkward situation for
my client who has contributed
nothing to the delay, but yet has to
fight for her right to have her complaint even proceed.
"I think the potential here is that
his Charter rights can trump hers,
that's my concern."
Guthrey worked alone with
Levitt from 1993 to 1994. She
alleges that he made it a very difficult working place with inappropriate touching, kissing and verbal
"I thought I could handle it, but I
couldn't, but I didn't want to leave
my workplace without having a
place to go," Guthrey said.
As the year progressed, Guthrey
says she felt increasingly uncomfortable with Levitt's advances to
the point that the stress began to
affect her physically.
Guthrey claims she started to
become abrupt and rude with Levitt
in the hope that he would leave her
alone, but instead he fired her.
Levitt claims Guthrey's firing was
"related to her work performance."
Immediately following her termination, Guthrey filed a complaint
with the BC Human Rights
Commision and has been waiting
since for a chance to have her case
Earlier this year, Levitt pled
guilty to common assault stenrming
from charges of sexual assault from
another secretary who worked in
his office after Guthrey had left.
"It's been 5 years and I haven't
been able to say two words,"
Guthrey said.
"This is my only remedy. There's
nothing else I can do. My only remedy is through BC Human Rights."**
PM denies Musqueam chiefs claims
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau
OTTAWA (CUP)—A delegate at last year's Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit
in Vancouver is mistaken if she believes Prime
Minister Jean Chretien directed
security officials during the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Herb
Gray told the House of Commons
Gray was speaking for Chretien
who was absent from the proceedings.
Gail Sparrow, chief of the
Musqueam Nation, told the media
Wednesday she saw the prime minister shout orders to security personnel during the conference at
UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
Sparrow claimed earlier that
she had been banned from making
opening remarks at the conference
when federal officials learned of her plans to
talk about human rights.
The prime minister has consistently denied
allegations that he ordered the RCMP to stop
protesters   bent   on   embarrassing   then-
Indonesian president Suharto.
But Sparrow maintains conference officials
told her Chretien was talking to security personnel and that there were concerns about student protesters.
Opposition parties jumped on the chief's
comments in their ensuing
attack on the federal government over the handling of APEC
"An eyewitness who was the
prime minister's guest claims
that she saw him personally
involved in directing security
activities," Reform leader
Preston Manning told the
House on Thursday.
"Will the government now
revise its position that the
prime minister was never personally involved in police
actions at the APEC summit?"
The government immediately brushed the question off.
"The allegations referred to by the leader of
the opposition were made by a guest, a Mrs
Sparrow, who admitted that she could not hear
what the prime minister was saying," Gray told
"Will the
now revise its
position that the
prime minister
was never
involved in
police actions at
the APEC
—Preston Manning
the House.
"The prime minister categorically denied
the allegations of Mrs Sparrow so I think that
should end that aspect of this."
Sparrow, who did not hear what the prime
minister was saying, has never alleged that she
overheard Chretien dish out commands on
how to deal with demonstrators.
Student leaders, however, say the government's response is starting to smell like a cover
"From the beginning the prime minister has
shrugged [the APEC security scandal] off and
made offensive comments," said Maura Parte,
BC chair of the Canadian Federation of
"But I don't think that's going to work with
students and the public at large because it has
become obvious that [Chretien] played a security role at APEC."
Garth Mullins, spokesperson for the student
group Democracy Street, was more blunt.
"The government are lying, covering up,
and are deceiving the process of democracy,"
said Mullins.
"I believe Gail Sparrow, and the fact the government is calling her a liar is a campaign
against her."*>
•     III
bank usage on the rise, study says
by Jeremy Nelson
Prairie Bureau
assistance from Canada's 625 food
banks was the only thing standing
between more than 700,000
Canadians and starvation every
month of this year, a national survey
The survey conducted by the
Canadian Association of Food
Banks, called Hunger Count 1998,
found that on average 716,496 people—or 2.4 per cent of all
Canadians—were assisted each
month by emergency hamper programs.
And more than 40 per cent of
those fed by food banks were children 18 years of age and under, the
survey revealed.
"We were very surprised and disturbed by the findings," said Julia
Bass, executive director of the association. "There's been a lot of information in the media about how the
economy is better than last year
[but] most food banks across the
country are in a stage right now
where they really can't cope."
In addition to the emergency
food hampers, food banks also distributed more than 1,686,331 prepared meals to people in need. In all,
food bank usage increased 5.4 per
cent from 1997 and more than doubled since 1989.
Food bank use on university and
college campuses has also increased
dramatically in recent years.
Between 1994 and 1997, the
number of food banks on Canadian
campuses rose from 12 to 28, while
the percentage of people aged 19-25
living in poverty has risen to 17 per
Pat Burns, executive director of
the Vancouver Food Bank, says that
over the past three years usage of the
bank has increased 20 per cent a
"In the last three years our numbers have gone up from feeding an
average of 5,000 people a week to
feeding 8,000 people a week. We hit
that record of 8,000 people a week
this past May."
Burns says that changes to welfare legislation have made it harder
for people to become eligible for
benefits, resulting in increased
demand on the food bank.
Meanwhile, the federal government department that deals with
unemployment and poverty issues
had little to say on the survey findings.
"On the report itself we don't
have a comment," Rego Vettorettis, a
spokesman for Human Resources
Development Canada.
"Food banks have grown up in
the provinces and they choose how
to allocate any money we give
them," he added.
But the Canadian Association of
Food Banks is calling on Ottawa to
commit to eliminating child poverty
in less than a decade—just as it's
said it will eliminate the deficit in
less than a decade.
"We would like the federal government to explicitly put fighting
poverty and fighting hunger on the
national agenda and they have consistently declined to do that," said
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by J.E. Clark and Jamie Woods
The BC government and the
Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS) shared a podium Thursday
to pressure Ottawa to distribute
Millennium Fund money as
grants rather than scholarships.
Speaking at Douglas College
in New Westminster, Andrew
Petter, minister for advanced
education, training and technology called on the federal government to commit BC's share of the
Millennium Fund to a federal
grant program that would benefit a broader percentage of BC's
student population.
The Millennium Fund,
announced last winter by Jean
Chretien, is expected to provide
about 100,000 Canadian students with $3,000 a year, starting
in the year 2000.
Petter estimates the
Millennium Fund will benefit
only about 20 per cent of BC students while the BC student grant
system currently benefits about
80 per cent By spreading the
money out, Petter said, more
students will see their debt
"It's about time we heard
from the federal government
that they have a committment to
reducing debt Here's how they
can do it without spending a
penny more," said Petter.
Petter estimates the
province's share of the
Millennium Fund at up to $40
million a year. By adding this
money to the existing student
grants in BC, the NDP government hopes to extend BC's current two year grant system to
Maura Parte, BC chair of the
CFS, applauded the minister's
announcement and criticised the
Liberal government for not insrJ-
tuting a national grant program.
"Instead of doing what was
right for students, Chretien did
what was flashy," said Parte,
pointing out that the MiUennium
Fund would only help a fraction
of students graduating with debt
But when asked about how
she felt about the fact that those
students most in need would be
receiving less money under the
province's proposal, she said that
the CFS hadn't looked at it that
"The proposal is short on
details, we need to get those
details and ensure what they're
proposing is going to be best for
Whether or not the federal
government will consider the BC
proposal is also unclear.
A spokesperson for Pierre
Pettigrew, Minister of Human
Resources Development, said the
ministry was not informed of the
announcement by press time.
"It's difficult for me to answer
because I want to get a little better informed," said Federal
Ministry of Human Resources
Development press secretary
Anna Kapineari.
Kapineari did not rule out the
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by Ian Sonshine
One school's trash is another student's thesis. At
least it is in the case of Melissa Felder, a Bio-
Resource Engineering student at UBC.
Felder has been rummaging through UBC
garbage for close to a year for her waste audit,
which she hopes will provide the first thorough
account of what UBC staff and students throw
"Most of what we find are relics from day to
day activities," says Felder, though she admits
there have been a few surprises. Curious throw-
aways have ranged from a five dollar bill to a laptop computer.
Other peculiar results, says Felder, have come
from Thunderbird, Gage and Totem, the three
sample residences used in her study.
"There are some interesting differences between
first to fourth year garbage in the residences," says
the Masters student "It has the possibilities for a
modern anthropological study."
In conducting her investigation, Felder divided the school into 21 different areas, such as food
zones and study zones, aiming to establish a link
between certain waste and particular settings.
Her results could have a significant impact on
waste m anagement on campus, pinpointing
specific areas where recycling bins and composts
are most needed.
The report will also draw conclusions on current programs.
Shelly Vandenburg, waste reduction coordinator at UBC says "We are expecting the materials found in the garbage waste stream to reflect
the successess and the challenges of our program."
So far, Felder's conclusions have been mixed.
Recycling programs are going well, she says, but
people still have to be more aware of what they
throw away.
"There's lots and lots of Styrofoam," laments
The audit is a component of UBC's Waste
Reduction Program, launched in 1991. The program is looking to meet a 50 per cent waste
reduction quota, set by the provincial government, by the year 2000. Last year, by the
province's standards, the waste was reduced by
32 per cent.
One way to meet the quota, Felder suggests, is
to focus on organic waste.
"I'd like to see a composting facility," she says.
"We could have a full cycle on campus where
waste is generated, composted and applied to
UBC grounds or sold to regional markets."
Vandenberg agrees, hinting that composting
could soon play a larger role on campus.
"We expect that a composting system would
put UBC over the top in reaching the 50 per cent
waste reduction goal...it is the next challenge."
Melissa Felder will be giving a seminar on her
findings on November 6th and her thesis will be
completed in February.**
chem building evacuated: Bemused students in their lab coats were
forced out of the Chemistry and Physics building yesterday due to a
chemical spill. A chemical reaction in a fume hood ran out of control and
formed pherryiphosphene—a pungent, a toxic chemical with a strong
smell that irritates the eyes. The chemical escaped up the stack, but due
to the lack of wind, drifted back down and into the building through
open windows. An hour later, the chemical had dissipated and students
were allowed back into the building to claim their belongings and leave
for the day. dale lum photo
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After last year's sub-par performance andl7-6
defeat, UBC would like nothing better than to
take the Shrum Bowl trophy and the associated crosstown bragging rights back. A year ago,
backup Dan Delong started at quarterback for
the Birds, while this year UBC interim head
coach Dave Johnson has made it clear that The PlUVe
Shawn Olson (40 for 70 passing for 678 yards,
two touchdowns), is UBC's number one man.
Substituting Akbal Singh for Mark Nohra at
tailback won't hurt the Birds' chances, as
Singh is on a near-superhuman streak.
The Rule Book:
As the game's site alternates between schools
each year, so do the rules of the game. Since
we're playing on UBC's home sod,
Canadian rules—three downs, longer and wider
field, single points on missed field goals—will
apply. While this appears to favor the T-Birds,
don't be so sure. SFU won Shrum XTX with a
Canadian rulebook on their back.
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Of all the worries that the Simon Fraser Clansmen have about
the Shrum Bowl, stopping UBC's shortest player is perhaps the
tallest order.
Akbal Singh may stand all of 5'7", but he's the single biggest
reason that UBC is 3-0 for the first time sincel992.
"[His size] doesn't matter, though. He runs big," said SFU
head coach Cruris Beaton.
Singh leads Canadian teams with 551 yards rushing and six
touchdowns, and SFU knows that they have to stop UBC's rocket-like tailback in order to stop UBC.
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t year's game, UBC couldn't hold on to the Cup. Look for
■en the series on Friday.
Ihe terrific three with the ball: Tailback Singh (64 carries,
, six touchdowns), Olson and wideout Brad Coutts (15
T 267 yards) as well as the earth-moving offensive line.
ty, the linebacker tandem of Stewart Scherck and Dan
onstrous, and free safety Chris Hoople is a demon in the
J: The Clan running game: Marchi Gabriele (34 carries, 275
[ Mike Vilimek (26 and 148, four touchdowns). On D, SFU
■ Kent Ring and the killer defensive line will be a problem,
ds: Last year's Vanier Cup-wirming UBC squad didn't bring
' back from the hill, but last year's Birds weren't 3-0, either,
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Shrum it up
by Bruce Arthur
It'll be Thunderous at Thunderbird on Friday.
With the 21st annual Shrum Bowl (or Shrum Bowl XXI for
those of you up on your Roman numerals) coming to
Thunderbird Stadium Friday night, expect a clash of two titanic
"There's some great talent on both sides of the field, and
some outstanding young football players that are going to be
household names in the next few years," says SFU head coach
Chris Beaton.
Both UBC and the arch-rival Simon Fraser Clansmen are
unbeaten so far this season—the Birds are 3-0 in Canada West
play, while the Clan have won their first two games against their
NAIA opponents by a combined 65 points. So either way, after
Friday, one team will have their perfect season shattered.
So far, nobody has been able to stay with either team. UBC is
the number one-ranked team in the CIAU and has beaten
Alberta 44-3, Calgary 37-22, and Manitoba 33-15. Meanwhile
SFU pummeled US-based NAIA opponents Lewis and Clark 45-
14 and Puget Sound 48-14.
So this is more than a matchup of unbeaten teams—these
are two squads that have demolished their opponents thus far
this season. But with only the crosstown rivalry on the line, how
far will UBC go to regain the Shrum?
"We're in it to win it," says UBC interim head coach Dave
Johnson. "But in the same breath, we have a certain price we're
willing to pay for that success, and we won't go above and
beyond that price."
The Shrum Bowl's rules alternate each year between
American and Canadian along with the host field—since the
game is at UBC, CIAU rules will apply.
UBC's defence, however, isn't worried about facing an
American football-style club.
"We'll take it no differendy than any other team," says UBC
linebacker Dan Elliott, who leads the Canada West with three
interceptions. "I mean, they're playing to our rules, so they're
going to have to adjust to our game."
But make no mistake. UBC does want to win this football
game. Last year's Shrum Bowl loss is still sticking in some of the
T-Birds' craws.
"We heard how we won the Vanier Cup, and they beat us, so
they're the best team in Canada," said UBC quarterback Shawn
Olson. He added that UBC is out to change that perception.
In addition, the Birds' devotion to head coach Casey Smith,
who is out for the year battling liver cancer, will likely render
them incapable of a sub-par effort.
"He's remembered prior to almost every moment," says
Johnson. "He's really missed around here."
He says that Smith plans to attend Friday's game. Beaton and
SFU are all pulling for Smith's recovery, which Beaton says puts
the game into perspective.
"I didn't want to talk about this, but I really hope that Casey
will be alright," he adds, suddenly fighting back tears. "Of course
our prayers are with him." Beaton says that he instructed his
team to separate Smith's plight from the game. "I think it's two
separate issues. One's a man's life, the other's a game of football
between a bunch of young kids."*
rig"' Singh to run up against SFU's wall
;sday's pre-Shrum press conference. "I think Singh might be
best kid we'll face all year."
Thus far, Singh has been the focal point of a very balanced
sice. In his three games this year, the fourth-year tailback has
hed for 129,260 and 162 yards. That kind of production is fast-
psing the burden of having to replace 1997 Hec Crighton
ud winner Mark Nohra Instead, opposing defences must now
il with a whole different threat at UBC's tailback position.
"He hits the line probably fester than anybody I've seen on film
last couple years," said Beaton. "I told our football team we have
nove the football, but we have to control Akbal Singh."
But how do you control 190 pounds of explosive, jitterbug-
g speed? Beaton has a simple enough theory.
"Run. Get to the football. Use our speed and athleticism, and
not give up the big play. We have to control our gaps and just
sort of squeeze him in there and not let him squeeze through."
And while other teams have tried and failed to control Singh,
UBC interim head coach Dave Johnson thinks that SFU's
defence may have the ability to do exactiy that.
"They will easily be the best front seven we've faced to date
this year," he said. "They certainly bring a lot more than we've
seen in the last few weeks."
When asked whether UBC's offence will keep up its high-
scoring pace, Johnson is, at best, hedging his bets.
"We hope to. Again, and I'm not just blowin' smoke, but
Simon Fraser defensively does some different things, and that's
going to be a bigger chore than it has been the past couple of
weeks. Not even so much scheme-wise, but just their personnel
is pretty good up front."
But even if SFU can contain UBC's running game, Johnson
has more than a ground game in his arsenal.
"Last week, with us playing in Winnipeg with the Decemberlike weather, I know our receivers and quarterbacks are looking
forward to throwing the ball again," he said.
His pivot agreed.
"[The UBC offence] is not one-dimensional," said quarterback Shawn Olson."
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On Monday night, Richard's on
Richards was free of its usual
nightclub ambiance and dance
music. In its place were a softer
lighting of blue and red, and a
more relaxed feel. The reason: this
year's Scrappy Bitches Tour. The
event that gathered up three of
Vancouver's most talented up-
and-coming females had returned
home to close the second year of
the Scrappy Bitches.
Performing some new material
as well as the old favorites, Oh
Susannah took the stage first and
played a 40-minute set that left the
crowd in the slumps. Not that her
performance was bad. No, it was
just blue. She did have a very good
excuse for the mood of this year's
tour. "We're really the 'Sappy
Bitches' not the 'Scrappy Bitche.'
We're all
hooked up
and in love. It's
really disgust-
Kinnie Starr
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up where Oh
Susannah had
left off. Gone
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clothes that
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was able to keep the crowd entertained for nearly an hour with her
enticing voice and piano playing.
With an entertaining finale,
which included all three Bitches
together on stage, this year's
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close. Leaving Richard's on
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wondering, "Why aren't these
extremely talented women getting
the attention they so richly
deserve?" A good question, indeed
one that remains yet unanswered.
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by Duncan M. McHugh
Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide seemed unlikely to
become the basis for numerous murder conspiracy
theories, but alas, up they sprung. Websites, books
and confessions appeared, almost all implicating
Cobain's widow, Courtney Love. Enter Nick
Broomfield, a respected documentary filmmaker
from Britain known for tackling controversial subjects. Having made films on both Heidi Fleiss and serial killer Eileen Wuornos, it's with Kurt and Courtney
that he has caused his biggest storm.
The film starts off as a portrait of Cobain and
Love's relationship, and then attempts to resolve
some of the speculation and conspiracy theories surrounding them. The film becomes a provoked character assassination,   _ .. .. .    . .
Regardless of your opinion of
however, as Love
and her powerful
associates try to
stop the film (she
eventually pressures the U.S.
financier of the film,
Showtime, to drop
its half of the film's
Broomfield takes
us through the
sleazy side of the
music business as
we   meet   several
contemporaries, friends and employees of the
Cobains, each with their own opinion on the conspiracy debate. We meet "El Duce," an LA hardcore scen-
ester who says Love offered him "50 grand to whack
Kurt Cobain." We are later informed that he has been
killed by a train. We also meet Love's father, who disciplined his litde girl with pit bulls and is convinced that
his daughter arranged to have her husband killed, as
outlined in his book, Who Killed Kurt Cobain?
Love's complicity in her husband's death, she comes out of
the film looking like a monster.
Reporters and writers tell of—
and play recordings of—verbal
abuse and death threats.
Broomfield does a good job with them, allowing
these reliability-challenged interviewees to hang
themselves. He avoids passing judgement, and
instead allows his subjects to fill in the conversation
gaps themselves, providing the film with some of its
most provocative insights.
The director has said that he had not intended to
attack Love, and given his stance in his previous films,
this is probably the truth. Though Broomfield tries to
remain objective, Love seems to deserve the cinematic treatment she ends up getting.
Regardless of your opinion of Love's complicity in
her husband's death, she comes out of the film looking like a monster. Reporters and writers tell of—and
play recordings of—verbal abuse and death threats.
We hear of Love's attempted assault of Vanity Fair
writer Lynn Hirschberg at the 1995 Academy
Awards—with Quentin Tarantino's Oscar no less.
These would appear to be only a small part of a pronounced violent
tendency in
Love's character.
With her
attempts to stop
this film, Love
picks a fight with
Broomfield. And
despite the "cen-
sorous might of
the multinationals," it seems that,
though compromised, the film
has won out.
For Nirvana
fans, I would recommend this film highly. It gives a tender portrait of
Cobain, with insight into his childhood and adolescence. For non-Nirvana fans, this is still an mtriguing,
entertaining documentary. This delve into Courtney
Love's psyche shows a money and fame-hungry, violent and troubled manipulator. Admittedly onesided, this is a suitable portrayal of the woman who
came very close to preventing this film from being
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Stepping into
the BARD: Shakespeare gets a
brand new look.
Ann-Marie MacDonald—
Goodnight Desdemona (Good
Morning Juliet)
[Vintage Canada]
by Marina Antunes
What would happen if Othello
were to find Desdemona's hankie
in the back pocket of Iago's pants?
Even better, what would happen if
Mercutio, through some
Shakespearean miracle, were to
live through 'till the end of Romeo
If your curiosity is stirred by
these question's then Ann-Marie
MacDonald's Goodnight
Desdemona (Good morning
Juliet) is the book for you. Her
most recent contribution to theatre and literature is an innovative re-write of the Bard's classic
tales of love and tragedy Romeo
and Juliet and Othello.
Constance Ledbelly is the
rather banal assistant prof who
at 29 —"Still twenty nine and
holding are we?"— is working on
her doctorate. Her goal: to decipher the much discussed Gustav
Manuscript that, when decoded,
will prove that both Romeo and
Juliet and Othello were once
comedies by an unknown
author and that Shakespeare,
the Bard himself, stole the stories, removed the so-called 'wise
fool' and left us with two very
tragic stories.
But what would a truly good
work of fiction be without some
internal conflict? To spice things
up a lime more, during her quest
for enlightenment, the great heroine must also discover herself.
Teleporting into Othello
through her wastebasket and,
later in the play, into Romeo and
Juliet, Constance becomes the
'wise fool' she believes to have
been written out and, in turn,
changes the outcome of both
plays. MacDonald's knowledge of
Shakespeare is apparent in both
the writing and the often satirical
observations on sex, love and
cross-dressing of the Bard's era.
So, if it's been a while since you
last read Shakespeare, but getting
back into the swing of things is on
your list, start off with this unruly
comedy that will leave you prepared to attack Shakespeare while
in the process cracking a few good
laughs.** GARBAGE
at Plaza of Nations
by Jerome Yang
Nothing special. That's how I would describe Girls
Against Boys' opening performance for Garbage at
the Rage Monday. The set, approximately 9 songs in
length, had some good moments but it was hampered by an excess of unfavorable dissonance. Opening
act GVSB tries too hard, at times, to sound different from
other groups, even if that involves mixing guitar and keyboard sounds that don't sound very good together. Lead
singer Scott McCloud may possess the vocal hoarseness
of Slowburn's Cliff Boyd, but he is unable to—or maybe
he chooses not to—sing in different ranges which
increases the monotony.
As for the headlining act, I don't understand why
people label Garbage a fashion band"
Garbage came out with a solid performance,
beginning with "Temptation Waits," the first track off
their latest album, Version 2.0. The moshingest song of
the night was "I Think I'm Paranoid," performed surprisingly early in their set Shirley attempted to play electric guitar in "My Lover's Box" and "You Look So Fine,"
but it was pretty obvious she needed more experience.
Lighting effects were used throughout the night, but
nothing came really close to the opening moments
of "Hammering in My Head," which felt more like a
laser rock show than a concert
As expected, the group ran through their list of
hits, including "Only Happy When it Rains," "Stupid
Girl," and "Queer."  They added a cool little twist to
"Number One Crush," changing musical keys from D to
G minor in the middle of the song. "Vow" ran as expected until the end of the song, when Garbage decided to
add a portion apparency aimed at getting fans to
mosh. I was disappointed, though, at "Push It":
Shirley ruined the chorus by using a different tone of
voice and adding hand gestures as if it were a rap song.
But "Special" was done well, and Shirley said it would be
their upcoming single.
Having left the stage for only a couple of minutes, the group
came back on for a brief enchore that began with "Milk," their
mellowest track. They followed up with the real rocker of the
evening, a rare song they recorded when they were all
drunk. And after repeatedly refusing to perform
"Supervixen," Shirley led the group into "Wicked Ways," a
mediocre track on Version2.0. So theencore was somewhat
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The Ubyssey, UBC's official student newspaper, is celebrating its
80th year of publication this fall with a number of events including
an essay writing contest. Students of UBC are invited to submit
essays of up to 1000 words addressing the following issue:
What will UBC be like in another BO years?
Entries will be judged by an independent panel consisting of UBC faculty on
the basis of content and creativity.
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receive a $1000 award.
Please submit entries by 4.00 p.m., October 1st, 1998 to:
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Room 245, Student Union Building
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Federico Barahona
Sarah Galashan and Douglas Quan
John Zaozirny
Bruce Arthur
Dale Lum
Todd Silver
CUP Cynthia Lee WEB Ronald Nurwisah
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of British
Columbia. It is published every Tuesday
and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications
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Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
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All editorial content appearing in The
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photographs and artwork contained
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expressed, written permission of The
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Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone
number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year
and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped
off at the editorial office of The Ubyssey,
otherwise verification will be done by
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300 words but under 750 words and are
run according to space.
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Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given
to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time senstitive. Opinion
pieces will not be run until the identity of
the writer has been verified.
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Stephanie Keane
Shalene Takara
It was one of those nights. Federico Barahona forgot
to place a story on page 7. Joe Clark and Jamie
Woods were late with their spot news story. Daliah
Merzaban had nightmares about being sued. Ian
Sonshine wrote a story about garbage, then perfected
the garbage toss. Alex Bustos loss his hearing after sitting through another Commons debate. Bruce Arthur
squirted hair gel in his eyes. John Zaozirny managed
to pull himself away from the office for a few hours.
Marina Antunes bought Bitches tickets for next year.
Duncan McHugh and Jerome Yang pondered news
writing. Todd Silver accidentally hung himself on the
clothes-hanger. Dale Lum slipped in toxic chemicals.
Nicholas Bradley went home early. Tara Westover
went east under. Nick Istvanffy got stuck sitting next
to Gord Lovegrove on a bus ride to the Cariboo. John
Alexander became Quake champion. Coralie Olson
choked on popcorn. Sarah Galashan got a home-
cooked meal. Doug Quan didnt die or get injured.
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O ye of little faith, read this
We wanted to write an editorial about restoring faith in the system. We wanted to say that
as the facts from APEC come grinding out,
those responsible will be held accountable
and punished accordingly. We really wanted
to write that.
But we can't.
Oh, facts are coining out. Not all of them
will be right, and reams of information may
already have been turned to packing material
by government shredders. The game of media
spin, counter-spin, and spin again is dizzying,
and sickening whichever side you're on. But
the facts are coming out—some slowly, some
in fits and bursts.
Those responsible may yet be brought to
justice. Maybe the system works.
And as those leaks spring from everywhere,
public opinion has been galvanised. The
Prime Minister must be held accountable for
his actions, cry the opposition parties in the
halls of parliament. Justice and democracy
must prevail, implore the letters to the editor.
Opposition parties are jumping on this
political football like wild dogs. As the CBC's
Avi Lewis said, "The Reform Party spoke for
me! They never speak for me!" At least someone is asking the Liberals the tough questions, even if the motivations are purely political. But don't tell us that Preston Manning
wouldn't tear gas a student for a nickel.
But is it democracy in action? Close your
ears to the righteous rhetoric for a minute.
While the opposition slavers over alleged
wrongdoings, the government has fought this
inquiry tooth and nail at every turn.
Will the system work? Maybe. But the same
system that was fought against at APEC is the
very same system that is supposed to establish any wrongdoing. And the Complaints
Commission doesn't even have judicial
authority. So where will all this take us?
Justice these days doesn't happen in the
courts or in the halls of parliament. The
media wars are where public opinion is spun
and counter-spun until the guilty hang or are
absolved and forgotten. And all this furor may
signify nothing at the finish.
This is not to say that those indignant
questions in Parliament shouldn't be asked,
or that the media shouldn't report each new
finding with accuracy. And we hope that you
can continue to hope. But don't put your faith
in the system. ♦
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AMS $10,001
a waste
First a labour organisation
coughed up $10,000 and
now the AMS is donating
$10,001 to help pay for the
concerned, volunteer
lawyers so that they might
successfully prosecute a
group of RCMP officers.
Perhaps with all the media
attention and leaked
reports they might even
topple the government or at
least tie up the resources of
the country for many
months to come. No doubt
I, as a taxpayer, will be
'donating' my money
(whether I want to or not) to
pay for this mess. So what
does all this mean for the
plight of the people that this
protest was supposed to be
Obviously not a lot
because the last time I
looked they were still dying
from torture and murder
and I'm willing to bet that
they would receive more
than pepper spray and a
prison lunch for voicing
their opinions in public. I
think the AMS and other
naive donors would be better off spending the money
on a detailed investigation
as to what the protest
organisers' intentions really
were when they misled the
public into believing that
their concern was for people who are experiencing
real and extreme human
rights abuses. Or even better, why not donate it to any
organisation that is serious
about the extreme maltreatment of people everywhere in the world. The
people of East Timor have
been forgotten but the protestors still revel in the spotlight
Andy haycock
via e-mai
Recendy I received a message from HR that I needed
to repeat clerical tests
because my employment
status has changed. I was
not told the tests needed to
be completed by a certain
date but on September 151
was not paid. Finally, I went
to Financial Services on
September 21st Still no
cheque.       HR       hadn't
processed the paperwork
because I hadn't repeated
the tests so Finance couldn't pay me. To add insult to
injury the clerk helping me
confided she'd never done
the tests. The tests are a formality. If HR is as diligent in
policing this as they appear,
I could not have worked as a
clerk for three years without
successfully completing the
tests. Possibly they didn't
process that paperwork
either. Regardless of the outcome of the tests the university is obligated to me for
work completed.
I explained I needed
money immediately but
was met with the lackadaisical attitude, so
endemic of these organizations, and stonewalled
with bureaucracy. HR told
me I needed to speak to
Finance. Finance couldn't
help me without the
appropriate paperwork
from HR. I was told by
everyone I spoke with that
the very soonest I could
receive money would be
the next day. When I asked
what I was to do in the
meantime nobody knew.
I returned to Finance
the next day. Still no
cheque. They said I wouldn't be paid for two more
days. I spoke with the
director's assistant and
explained I needed money
immediately. She arranged
to have a cheque for me the
next day. That's almost
immediately. When I
expressed concern that no
mechanism existed to issue
emergency funds when
payroll errors occurred she
said one does exist and
referred to the emergency
cheque she was arranging. I
asked why this was not
offered to me upon my first
visit She told me they don't
offer it, you have to request
it That will be helpful next
time this happens. She
explained it is inconvenient
for Finance to cut an emergency cheque and that in
doing so they run the risk of
overpayment I think that
translates to trouble with
the math.
Meanwhile, Human
Resources set everyone up
for a repeat performance.
They processed my
appointment but only until
September 21. I've already
worked past that date. If,
for some reason, I don't
complete the tests on time
there won't be a cheque for
me on the 30th. I'll fight
the same baffle again and
in the end Finance will
have to cut me an emergency cheque because
paying employees is not
optional. I understand
Human Resources wants
to ensure I repeat my tests
but holding my paycheque
hostage is not the way to
achieve this.
I worked in Finance
years ago. These problems
are not new. I witnessed
people screaming and crying because they couldn't
get their cheques. Those
bureaucrats spend too
much time passing around
'funny money'. People
can't use journal vouchers
to pay their baby-sitter.
Gas stations don't take
internal requisitions. They
can't use a grant number to
pay for their child's class
trip. Not everyone has a
slush fund. Not everyone
has credit cards. Not everyone can afford the luxury of
being paid late. The university has no right to
impose stress and humiliation on its employees.
People shouldn't have to
grovel for the money
they've earned—especially
when it's the result of
unprocessed paperwork
Brenda Kelly
IT Services
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I did not improve my English!
by Aude Blondet
"I did not improve my English !"This is the
unfortunate conclusion reached by a
group of foreign students after a three
week summer session in the "Language
and Culture" program offered by the
English Language Institute (ELI).
According to students, some teachers
attempted to be understanding about their
students' needs, while others could not
care less. Many students expected a more
academic and intensive course.
In reality, we were learning English by
playing games, walking around in
Vancouver and UBC, making posters,
doing surveys and visiting shops. There
wasn't any special curriculum to follow. We
spent the first three days learning how to
introduce ourselves. For a lot of students, it
was too easy.
For sure, this was a good way to discover other nationalities, the city of
Vancouver, and get a clever idea of Canada.
But some
wanted more
for their $1600
worth of fees.
For those
who were registered as full
time students,
the afternoon class was an improvement. It
dealt with "English through the media," or
"Idioms and Pronunciation," but unfortunately they were just three afternoons per
So, what were the options for an unsat-
isfied student? After three days, you were
allowed to change your group, to a higher
level, unless the demand was too high. The
problem was that the exam used to determine your readiness for a group was very
general so that
groups were not
and therefore
switching out of
one made no
big difference.
And I have to
add that the course fee was non-refundable after three days. The only option left
was to speak to the headmaster or the
teacher who sometimes contradicted each
On the last day, a lot of students gave
speeches to thank their teachers, and to
say that they improved their English a lot. I
think it's a problem of communication.
The ELI's pamphlet was not detailed
enough. It did not give me the information
I asked from my country.
Recently, I met some students, who
complained about the three week session,
and who are now very pleased with the
nine week session, more intensive and academic, preparing them for such exams as
the TOEIC. What I would advise to the ELI,
is to inform better the students, and try to
have an academic session like the nine-
week one available during the summer
break. ♦
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from France
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