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by Sarah Schmidt
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Ha*\MILTON (CUP)-The date rape drug
Rohypnol is suspected to be at the root of several sexual assaults in the Hamilton area,
including one at McMaster University.
Issuing a press statement January 30, the
Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police warned
the community that they have identified a
series of sexual assaults in the new year
where Rohypnol is believed to have been
used.
One ofthe three cases under investigation
occurred at The Downstairs John, one of
McMaster's undergraduate pubs.
"We're putting a full media blitz out," Staff
Sergeant Paul Morrison of the Hamilton-
Wenworth Regional Police said. "We're making it very well known."
Rohypnol comes in white or light-pink
coloured pills and is ten times more potent
than Valium. It works almost immediately,
producing the equivalent of an alcoholic-
blackout and is often accompanied by temporary paralysis.
The drug is odourless, colourless and
tasteless. When spiked in a drink, it is virtually undetectable and makes unsuspecting
targets easy prey, since they may black out
and not remember the sexual assault.
Jeff Dockeray, manager of undergraduate
pubs for McMaster's student union, says it's
the first time he's heard about the possibility
of the date rape drug being used at the university pub.
"It's shocking to us. We have never come
across such incidents," he said.
There are twenty cases under investigation in British Columbia possibly involving
Rohypnol or similar drugs.
British Columbia's Women's Equality
Minister announced a public awareness campaign last December in response to the growing number of stories of women being dragged
at parties and bars and by then raped.
But the University of Toronto and Brock
University campus police departments are
the only two in the country with a Rohypnol
awareness campaign in place.
Rohypnol is manufactured by Hoflman-La
Roche and is marketed in 64 countries as a
prescription drug. It is not for sale in Canada
or the US, but is currenuy manufactured in
Mexico, Europe, Asia and South America. It
can, however, be brought into the country if
prescribed by a foreign physician.
The company has recently reformulated
the drug causing it to turn blue in a light-
coloured drink as well as form small
chunky pieces. But it will take some time for
the new product to reach the markets
through which it is brought into Canada.-*?*
ALArlA GRAY, of the Women's Hockey team, carries the puck behind the New Westminster net UBC shut out the lightning 1-0 Saturday. But
New Westminster struck back Sunday morning winning 5-0 to regain the lead in the series, set to resume next week. The Birds are back in
action this week as they'll play in the first ever Canada West championships. (SEE PAGE 2 FOR FULL STORY) richard lam photo
by Sarah Galashan
A Law professor's use of a seventeenth century vulgarity in a class assignment has a
number of students upset and has underscored what many say is growing sexism-and
racism within the faculty.
The assignment by an associate professor
of Law, Bruce MacDougall, asked first year
students to defend 'quimlets.' In the assignment 'quimlets' were described as "an
immoral, addictively vile novelty, with the
ability to lead young people astray." But the
Oxford English Dictionary lists 'quim' as a
crude descriptor for female genitalia.
According to MacDougall, the use of the
term was an honest mistake. "I actually
checked my dictionary. I didn't know that
word existed. I had never heard of that word.
I would never have used a word that had any
such connotation," said MacDougall. He said
he fabricated the word intentionally so his
students would not be arguing about anything real.
After an anonymous complaint to the Law
Dean, Youst Blom, MacDougall changed the
word to 'amblet' But two second year Law
stu dents say they don't believe MacDougall's
explanation and argue that ignorance is
never a legal defense.
"It's just amazing that if it [the definition
of 'quim'] hadn't come to light that a portion
of the first year class would be [debating]
this. Debating its morality and talking about
it in those terms," said Beth Long.
Long and Brenna Bhandar added that
after complaints about an article and photo
last fall in the Informer, tlie Law students'
newspaper, they are beginning to feel
uncomfortable around the Law school. In
September the Informer published a doctored photo of a law professor being fondled
by women and featured an article about
breasts.
"The environment at the Law School right
now is such that people feel they actually can
do that We actually have an environment at
the Law school where guys can write that
kind of crap like they did in the Informer and
totally get away with it," said Bhandar.
"Nothing happened to them at all."
But the issue of equity doesn't stop there.
At a recent Law School equity forum some
of the 20 faculty and students present said
the administration isn't properly addressing
their equity complaints. They said the failure
to address the complaints adequately is compounding perceptions of sexism and racism
in the faculty.
When staff of the UBC Equity Office tried
to divide the equity forum into sub-groups by
giving out different types of cookies—the type
of cookie participants were given determined which group they were in—most of
the students stood up and filed out
They complained that the forum did not
deal directiy with their complaints and
instead tried to skirt around issues of equality within the faculty.
Currently complaints within the faculty
are addressed to Blom. He says they're usually made verbally and the process is confidential. It is then up to Blom to take whatever action he feels necessary. And so far he
says he has taken appropriate measures.
"If I didn't think I had, I'd act differently,"
said Blom.
But acting differently is exactly what some
ofthe students want to see.
"Its a really hard place to go to school,"
says Bhandar, adding that she wants the
dean to take a firm position. "My fear is that
because the adrninistration hasn't taken a
strong stance, a public stance, we don't know
what goes on behind closed doors.... I want to
know what's going to happen within the public realm."-* THE UBY5SEY • TUESDAY, HaftUABir 10. 1998
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The women's hockey team will make history this
week when they travel to Calgary to play in the first
ever Canada West (CW) championships, with the
vvinner going to the inaugural national championship tournament, held February 26 to March 1
in Montreal.
But as the Birds embark on their historic journey, they may be without long time captain and
team founder Laura Bennion, who separated her
left shoulder in Sunday's 5-0 first-round league
playoff loss to the New Westminster Lightning.
The injury may force Bennion, a medical student in her final year, to miss Canada West And
what a cruel blow it would be for Bennion, who personifies women's hockey on this campus.
Bennion could not be reached for comment by
press time.
"We are definitely concerned for her and we
hope she feels better," said head coach Steve
Mathias, adding there are signs that she could play
this week.
If she does, the Birds should do OK If she doesn't
they could be in trouble.
aAs one of only two true centres on the team, Bennion
is on the ice every second shift and is a superb penalty
killer.
Put simply, Bennion is a great all-around player and
to truly understand what she means to her team, consider Sunday's loss.
When Bennion was injured midway through the
first period, the game was scoreless. But things went
downhill after her injury. Visibly deflated, the Birds
watched the Lightning score three times in less than
two minutes, including twice on the powerplay, to blow
the game open late in the second period.
The Lightning, who added two third period goals,
are now just one point away from advancing to the
Lower Mainland senior women's hockey final while
LAURA BENNION may be out of action, richard lam photo
UBC needs to win Game Four, set for next Wednesday,
to extend the series.
The first-placed Lightning, 22-1-1, won Game One 3-
1. UBC, 7-16-1, responded by upsetting the Lightning 1 -
0 in Game Two Saturday night Monica Eickmeier
scored the game's only goal on a second period power
play goal, deflecting Kira Sinow's point shot
Saturday's game, played before 700 loud fans at
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, was a tight checking
affair, much thanks to the Birds who did a good job clogging the neutral zone to slow down the faster visitors.
"A very low scoring game is the only way we're going
to beat them," said goalie Julie Douglas who was outstanding Saturday night and had no fault in Sunday's
loss.
.And keeping games close will be key this week
because UBC averaged only 1.7 goals per game during
the regular season. ♦
STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
AMS
UPDATE
student input makes it happen
Thank you to all the candidates for an excellent effort in this years
elections, and congratulations to all of those successfully elected.
The following are the official results of the AMS Elections:
President
Vice President
Dir. of Administration
Vivian Hoffmann
1636
Neena Sonik
1784
Scott Morishita
1130
Shirin Foroutan
1549
Nadim Kara
1170
Ed Fidler
898
John Hallett
368
Jake Gray
646
Michael Bowdridge
785
Tobias Vanveen
225
Craig Bavis
Jeremy Thorp
379
302
Dir. of Finance
Cord of External Affairs
Michael Giligson
117
Sandra Matsuyama
1405
Ryan Marshal
1817
Graham Senft
910
Oded Mizrahi
1256
Jesses Sims
564
Johan Thornton
471
Patrick Lum
407
Mike Boetzkes
331
The following are the official results of the Senate & Board of Governors Elections:
Senators at Larae
Board of Governors
Commerce Senator
Chris Gorman
2077
Jennie Chen
1960
James Kondopulos
71
Karen Sonik
1813
James Pond
1860
Neena Sonik
45
Winson Cheung
1706
David Borins
1763
Tom Au Yeng
34
Antonie Zunik
1590
James Kwong
18
Alex Chui
1527
Law Senator
Matthieu Maftei
1495
Ronald Morin
Chelsey Bailey
75
71
The following are the official results of the
Ubyssey Publications Board Elections:
The following are the official results of the Referenda Questions: (all 3 questions failed to pass)
Craig Bavis
N.Kunimoto
R. All worth
G. Kitt
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2214 Yes 463 No
2096 Yes 596 No
2041Yes 579 No
Pacific Spirit question for an $0.85 increase to student fees.
AMS increase in student fees by CPI (infaltion).
AMS fund allocation of $1.50 to clubs.
2405 Yes
2102 Yes
1794 Yes
1691 No
1868 No
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THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, Ft-faUAFCif KJSi9<3S6
Season's end?
by Bruce Arthur
Is it all over for the UBC women's basketball
team? With four games left in the regular
season, the team says no, but this weekend
might indicate otherwise.
The Canada West (CW}-leading Vikes (14-
2) decisively swept the Birds, whose fragile
confidence may have finally crumbled after
this weekend. But star forward Laura
Esmail put up a brave face.
"This weekend doesn't have to be the
one that breaks us. We can write this weekend off as being unfocused—there maybe a
little burnout going on."
The Birds, who split with Victoria in late
November on home court, were roundly
whipped, 65-50 Friday night, and 71-60
Saturday night Both scores flattered the
Birds, whose play was remarkably scattered
and who were never really in either game.
"The Victoria defence took us right out of
our offence," said head coach Deb Huband
after Saturday's thrashing.
"We had no composure offensively."
Case in point—Friday's game. Unable to
cope with Victoria's suffocating, in-your-face
pressure, UBC's perimeter players failed to
get the ball inside to leading scorer Jessica
Mills who finished with only eight points-
half her average.
Offensive possessions often degenerated
into desperate one-on-one drives, easily
snuffed out by the Vikes.
"It was very haphazard out there," said
Huband.
Laura Esmail led UBC
with 17 points, ten of
which came in the game's
first ten minutes. Guard
JJ Rawlinson added 13
while holding star Vikes
guard Lisa Koop to 14
points.
But tlie Vikes didn't
need Koop Friday night
Kim Johnson came off
the bench to dominate,
scoring a game-high 20
points.
Saturday,   the   Birds
were flat-out beaten as
UBC's offense continued
to be a disaster area. Rawlinson went scoreless, the Birds committed  18 turnovers
(they had -19 Friday night), and Mills led
UBC with only 12 points.
As Esniail and Rawlinson sat on the
bench for most of the second half, Koop
took advantage, scoring 24 points.
"They had very poor games, and the
bench was doing a much better job," said
Huband.
This is clearly a team in disarray.
Huband esxpressed dissatisfaction with the
way some of her veterans are playing,
claiming they are starting to fade as the
Canada West season heads into the stretch
drive.
The team's confidence may be at an all-
SWEPT JJ. Rawlinson and the Birds lose 2 to demoralising
games to the Victoria Vikes this past weekend, shawn
MORRISfTHE MARTLET PHOTO
time low, and the coach's rift with some veteran players may be detrimental to team
chemistry.
UBC has now lost four straight games to
the two leading teams in the CW and currently sits in fourth place at 7-9.
With UBC guaranteed a playoff spot,
there may be still time left to salvage this
season.
But Huband, when asked who she'd prefer to face in the post-season said, "At this
point, I don't think it matters. We need to
win some games."
Preferably in the playoffs, but if UBC
flames out there, this edition of the
Thunderbirds will go down as one of the
most underachieving teams in recent
memory. ♦
ayoff preview proves painful
by Bruce Arthur
After two painful losses over the
weekend, the Birds now know
what they have to do should they
meet the national champion and
Canada West-leading Victoria
Vikings in the playoffs: play two
near-perfect games.
For the Birds to have a chance
against the Vikes in the roaring
bedlam of McKinnon
Gymnasium, there must be no
slip-ups.
"They sure have a lot of
weapons," sighed UBC head coach
Rich Chambers.
Friday, the Birds slipped for a
second, and by the time they
regained their bearings the game
was over. Leading 66-64 with just
over six minutes left, the tidal
wave came down on UBC. Eric
Ifinrichsen, playing in his first
game after missing eight weeks
with a stress fracture in his foot,
muscled through the Birds again
and again while the Vikes outside
bombers rained three-pointers
from the outside.
The result was a 92-78 final score that didn't reflect the quality
ofthe game.
The first twenty minutes were dominated by the inspired play
of guard Gerald Cole who knocked down four three-pointers to
score 17 points by the .break. But Nino Sose picked up three fouls,
nailing him to the bench with only two point, as UBC trailed only
HEY! Rich Chambers exhorts his troops, noel hendrickson/the
MARTLET PHOTO
44-40 at intermission.
The second half wzis pure
blood-and-guts, full-tilt, nonstop action. The pace of the
game raced as teams matched
basket for basket. The culmination of UBC's run came as Sose
zipped a pass to Dykstra on the
break, who dropped the ball to
a streaking Cole, who had 22
points, for a double-dutching
layup.
"Then we fell asleep for two
minutes, and that was it," said
Chambers. Victoria outscored
UBC 28-12 the rest ofthe way.
Saturday, UBC was unable
to bring the same intensity to
the game, and UVic destroyed
them. Olsen scored 22,
Hinrichsen 15, and Seth Adler
18, as the Vikes dominated the
boards at both ends en route to
a 93-67 thrashing. Cole led
UBC with 20.
With the sweep, UBC is now
fourth in the Canada West at 8-
8, while the Vikes are 1 '1-2 and
in command of Left Coast basketball. If UBC is to make noise at McKinnon, they'll need to play
better ball than they did this weekend.
"If we don't get better defensively, it'll be the two quickest games
ever," Chambers said.
The Birds schedule doesn't give them a break. They play
Lethbridge and Alberta in the next two weeks and both teams,
ahead of UBC in the CW standings, rank in the top 10 nationally. ♦
BirdDroppings:
Hockey:
I The Birds could have bitten the bullet this
weekend. Instead, they dodged one, actually
I make that two, to remain alive in the race for
; the third and final playoff spot with four
| games left The Birds lost two straight games
i'lfe the Manitoba Bisons, but are still only two
[points behind Lethbridge who had an equally
I brutal weekend, losing both ends of a double
! bill to the front-running Alberta Golden Bears.
Friday night, the Birds gave up 46 shots
I and four second period goals to lose 7-1. Geoff
Lynch   scored   UBC's   only  goal  midway
through the first period to temporarily tie the
game. The loss snapped UBC's four game
; road unbeaten streak.
Saturday night, the Birds trailed 2-0 after
two periods and lost 4-2. Ben Hoy and Trevor
Shoaf scored third period goals for the Birds,
now 8-13-3 on the season.
The Birds wil] be at home this weekend for
their last two home games against the lowiy
Regina Cougars. But the Birds have no reason
' to take Regina lightly. The Cougars swept the
Birds earlier .in the season.
Volleyball:
They will have to get to the nationals the hard
way now. By dropping their last two regular
season games against the Manitoba Bisons
this weekend, the men's volleyball said good
bye to any chances of claiming one of the two
national wildcard spots.
The Birds, who finished the season with a
12-10 record and in third place, will face
Alberta in the Canada West semi-final action
this weekend.
The women's volleyball team didn't have
much luck either this weekend, dropping two
games three sets to two to the Manitoba
Bisons. But it remains a mystery why they lost
Saturday's game as they held a 2-0 set lead.
But they managed only three points over the
next two sets, including zero in the fourth set
The Birds are back home Thursday night
when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies in
Canada West semi-final action. Game time is
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Varsity volleyball canned at UVic
by Kevin Woodley
The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-The University of Victoria's volleyball teams will no longer compete nationally as a
result of budget cuts.
In a move designed to stabilise a shjinking athletics budget, the university announced January 2 7 it
was restructuring its varsity athletic program and
removing   its   volleyball   teams   from   Canadian
"Some people are
^considering not going back
to school next year
because of this"
-Amy kanakos
uvic womens vball
Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) competition.
"It was a very difficult decision," Wayne MacDonald,
manager of UVic Athletics and Recreational Services,
said. "But we had to look at a decision that would impact
on the least number of students."
MacDonald says the decision was based on the
small size of UVic's volleyball teams, not on their recent
performance. But players said they weren't so sure.
"We all know it had to do with our record," Amy
Kanakos, who is playing in her first year with the
UVic women, said. "They wouldn't cut a championship team."
At the time of the announcement, the men's team
had a 3-15 record while the women had one win in
18 games.
UVic's volleyball teams will now compete against
other teams in southwestern British Columbia. This
will cost the school $ 10,000 a year, compared to the
$150,000 a year it costs to have the teams play
across Canada.
The university also gave notice to volleyball
coaches Paul Smith and Jill Fougner as part of the
decision.
For a department dealt more than $161,000 in
budget cuts over the last four years, MacDonald said
the savings are necessary.
Kanakos adds that the decision is affecting school
plans for a number of players, particularly those further along in their studies.
"No university is going to want some of these
players who are in their fourth year [of eligibility],"
she said. CIAU rules allow students five years of athletic eligibility.
"Some people are considering not going back to
school next year because of this."
Players and coaches aren't taking the decision
lying down. Ever since the announcement was made
they have been publicizing the teams' plight on campus and in the Greater Victoria area and lobbying to
have the team restored to the varsity level. More
than 3,000 people have signed a petition to have volleyball reinstated as a varsity program.
The team is also in the process of estabhshing an
endowment fund and Fougner says support from
UVic volleyball alumni has been great.
"We know it is dollars that will change things
around, so that's what we are doing," Fougner said.
"We hope that with some money in our chequing
account, we can save this program."
Even on-court opponents have become important
allies in the off-court battle. The Calgary Dinos
recently donated $ 1,000 to help the teams out.
On Feb. 2 the teams made a presentation to the
UVic's     Board     of
Governors,  request- '   '
ing that varsity status
be maintained for
another year to give
time to build up the
endowment fund.
Board members
said they would discuss the matter further in a closed ses
sion.*}-
Nfld opens up student loans
by Denise Rideout
The Muse
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-The Newfoundland provincial
government has decided to allow banks other than
the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to participate in the provincial student loan market.
The CIBC had been the exclusive provider of
provincial loans in Newfoundland since 1994. While
students could go to any bank to process the federal
portion of their loans, they were
CIBC's contract with the
Newfoundland government
does not expire until next
year.   Bank   spokesperson
Peter McCreath says he is unsure of what CIBC will be
doing with regards to provincial student loans after that
Last summer the bank pulled out of Nova Scotia's
student loan program, saying the current system left
students with unmanageable debt loads and was no
longer viable.♦
731-8166
required to deal with CIBC for the
provincial portion.
Ottawa and the provinces have,
for a number of years, been negotiating a plan to harmonise their
student loan systems. Under such
an arrangement, both levels of government would continue to cost-
share loans as they do now, but
students would be able to get the
money from a single administrative source. Hayward Harris, director of student aid in the province,
says harmonisation could happen
within two or three years.
Randy Miller, a student union
vice president at Memorial University, says changes to the policy
regarding student loans will be
beneficial to students.
"In terms of how it will affect
students, I think it's great. I don't
think any students like being
forced to go to a certain bank," he
said. "I mean if you've already got
your Canadian student loan with
Scotiabank, for example... now
you can take your Newfoundland
student loan to the same bank."
Despite the fact that other
banks can now get involved with
provincial loans, CIBC representatives say it doesn't necessarily
mean the bank is pulling out of
Newfoundland.
U of S campus failing apart
by Lucy Falastein
The Carillon
SASKATOON {CUP)-Buildings are literally falling apart at the
University of Saskatchewan campus, and students could be the ones
who end up paying the bill.
Two large buildings on the campus have been condemned while
others need substantial renovations.
The situation came to a head last December when the university
had to move exaras from the 50-year-old physical education building
because it was unfit for habitation. It was later condemned and is now
being dismantled, The campus's convocation hall has also been condemned, and another building has been deemed unsafe for certain
chemistry experiments because of poor air movement.
It is estimated that the total cost for infrastructure rebuilding and
repairs on the campus could be as high as $90-million. The provincial
government currently budgets $ lO-miDion annually for university capital costs. The U of S receives the bulk of that money, approximately
$7.3-million.
It doesn't look, however, like the university will get any immediate
relief from the provincial goveriusent.
University officials say as a last resort, they may have to turn to students to raise the necessary ftmds. In late January, Tony Whitworth, a
vice president at ihe U of S, put forward the possibility of Introducing
a temporary armiial student building levy of approximately $250 to
come up with the money.
"It was an idea that was put out at the time and it's still a possibility," he said.
U of S physical education classes have been moved to an off-campus
facility. But students have been left without any recreational facilities
on campus since the physical education building was condemned.** THE UBYSSEY
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by Casey Sedgman
"Knowledge without conscience spells but the
destruction of the soul"—French philosopher
Francois Rabelais. This is the premise for a
proposed Canadian ethics policy for research
involving humans that is expected to either
pass or fail by mid March.
Canada's three research councils, the
Humanities and Social Sciences Research
Council (HSSRC), the Medical Research
Council (MRC) and the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC), hope
to unveil a new national policy for research
involving humans. If adopted, the policy will
represent a new era in the way research on
humans is conducted in Canada.
For some, this is long overdue.
"There are currently more guidelines for
research involving animals, than there are for
humans," said Michael MacDonald, a UBC
professor of applied ethics and an author of
the proposed code which might soon become
policy.
Under the policy all research involving
humans conducted by institutions of higher
learning would be subject to an ethical review
process in order to protect participants from
harm, promote respect for research values
and provide for research accountability.
There are some that would rather there
was no policy at all.
UBC psychology professor Stanley Coren,
canine expert and the author of Sleep
Thieves, says he's worried the policy will hurt
academic freedom.
"This frightens me. I don't think an ethics
board should have the right to have anything
to do with scholarship."
But the national research councils also
have the responsibility of being directly
accountable to the Canadian public. "This project is intended to protect public interest and
to insure that $1.5 billion in public monies
are being used in such a way that it is not
hurting the public," said Nina Stipich, senior
policy and planning analyst for fhe SSHRC.
"As much as the researchers feel that this is
over regulation—bureaucracy stepping in—
"As much as the researchers
feel that this is over
regulation—bureaucracy
stepping in—well, I'm sony.
Tlie world is not so ivory
tower any more, there are
public concerns about the
conduct of research."
—NinaStipo.
sshrc poucy and punning analyst
well, I'm sorry. The world is not so ivory tower
any more, there are public concerns about the
conduct of research."
Most universities already have research
ethics boards in place. UBC first started
reviewing research in 1972. And if Canada
wants to maintain a system that has traditionally been based on trust, this new national policy may turn out to be essential.
Academics such as Richard Spratley,
UBC's director of research services, balk at
the mention of American style legislation in
research involving humans. "By creating a
national code, it prevents legislation like in
the United States. I would hate to have to create a police force to roust out the one per cent
of researchers that aren't behaving themselves."
Spratley hopes that the current practice of
reviewing research according to what he calls
the risk benefit ration—preventing potentially
harmful research that has little foreseeable
benefits-as well as requiring that research
subjects sign informed consent, will go a long
way towards providing these assurances.
But that may not be enough. The whole
consultation process has been noticeably lacking in input from the non-academic community. Unlike research involving animals that
has been subjected to intense scrutiny from
various watch-dog organisations like the
Canadian Council on Animal Welfare (CCAW),
the monitoring of ethical conduct for research
involving humans has long been the responsibility of the research participants themselves.
The new policy could change this. It will
include a nionitoring process that MacDonald
says will be "commensurate with the potential
for harm," He stresses that the vast majority of
research being conducted today is of no ethical
concern. However, in certain cases he suggests
that something parallel to the site visits conducted by the CCAW would be appropriate.
As well there is a general understanding
that the research ethics boards will have to be
trained to take on these added responsibilities.
"An important part ofthe process of launching
the code will have to be accompanied by some
kind of outreach, an education effort that will
be in part promoted by the research granting
councils," said Stipich.*>
Merger could force universities to dump investments
by Craig Saunders
BC Bureau
VICTORIA (CUP)-If the proposed merger of
the Royal Bank and Bank of Montreal goes
through, it could force some Canadian
schools to dump part of their investments in
the new mega-bank.
Across the country, universities invest millions of dollars every year from their operating, endowment and pension funds.
Government and university regulations
restrict how that money may be invested, and
by combining investments in two banks into
one, some schools will find themselves in violation of those regulations.
Simon Fraser University (SFU) is one such
school. According to one university official,
SFU holds $ 1.26-million in Bank of Montreal
stock and $1.4-million in Royal Bank stock.
This is out of a total of about $31-million in
equities held in the university's endowment
iunds.
British Columbia restricts universities to
investing a maximum of 5 per cent of equities
investments in any one company. For SFU,
that means they can own a ma-rirm.m of
$1.55-million of any company's stock. If the
banks merge, SFU will have to get rid of
$1.11-million in combined bank stocks.
Other B.C. universities could also be affected by the five per cent rule, depending on the
total size their stock portfolios. UBC has
$13.7-million worth of Bank of Montreal
stocks and $21.1-million worth of Royal Bank
stock in its pension and endowment hinds,
giving the school a combined holding of about
$35-million in the new institution. The
University of Victoria has approximately
$770,000 worth of Bank of Montreal and
Royal Bank shares in its UVic Foundation. If
either of these numbers exceed five per cent
of their total stock holdings, bank shares will
have to go.
In Ontario, universities have more control
over their investments, and the bank merger
could have an impact depending on a school's
individual investments policies.
McMaster University, for example, is only
allowed to have up to $7-million invested in a
single bank. The university has approximately
$2.5-million worth of shares in its endowment
funds from the Bank of Montreal and the
Royal Bank. The university has total investment holding of about $ l^billion, says Gowe.
Many universities set internal restrictions
on investments, like McMaster's $7-million
rule. For operating fund short-term investments, most governments and universities
require a minimum rating ol'R-1 low. This is
to prevent large investments in risky businesses. Unfortunately, it didn't prevent the
universities of Toronto, York, Regina and
McGill from losing millions when real estate
giant Olympia & York imploded in 1992.
Before its collapse, O&Y was rated R-l
medium, and had assets in excess of $20-bil-
lion. The banks are currently rated R-l medi-
um.*>
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AMS council voted last Wednesday to pay for
a $24,036 overrun on renovations to the
Aquatic Society scuba diving club's offices in
UieSUBbaseiaent
Ityan Davies, AMS president, told council
the student union should pay the bill because
the renovations benefit the entire SUB.
Bat Ruta Bxagokt tbe AMS wcepresi-
dent voted against the motion. "Those renovations direc% benefit onty one group of stu-
dents," Huxgald said in an interview. "That's
a kstoCajtoney fin* ooe. dob."
The renovatk*His, done last summer, were
origkialjy estimated at $35,000 by Michael
Kingsmill,"the AMS deajgaer, but fee filial bill
came in at$5&0OO.Tne Acpasoc wiB pay
$ 15,500 for the renovations. ♦
The AMS is a step closer to its dream of i
\ putting a dearie overrate amrtyard on the ;
j.SWssecc^-lliOor. .  '
[     UBCs Caaipis' Plarsmng and Develop-
1 ment (CP&D) will' consider paying up to
! $200,000 towards, the dome instead of ;
JrepaMng esj&tisive water leaks from the I
; courtyard into SUB.
■     JimXeggoW, anarchJiJsctvMiCP&D, said
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\ afont-jbedoass. , ;
\     TteWive-rsityleasesiijjBSUBto '
, arid fc responsible fc^ ;
j slow to fix them. Ryan Davies, AMS presi•
' dent told council that the delay was ended
, when AMS officials told CPStD staff "we have .
! aleasea*Mwecoddt**J»tiiemtocc«itand
', suethem.**i>
.The AM^ legal intei-ventian in support of
four siSbnts' court fight against ancillary i
and tuition increases will cost the student ;
sodsl-fiDiWatySlOaOCK)-**-^^ .
planned, with a final bill of about $20,000.
Desmond Rodenbour, ihe AMS policy '
analyst said the overrun resulted from a '
loia-g**rthaa ejpectecl cotxithemng.
"Because there was so much money—$1 .
million of student money—on the line we ;
didn't want to cut corners over a few thou- <
which lasted three days. "And it was well ;
worthit*
The <*orats decision, released last month, ''
means UBC will refund about $1 million in ,
andBary -fees to students. It also puts the student sodety's retocoisWp with the universi- .
ty in limbo, since the university successfully
argued that it doesn't have to follow its own ,
printed policies. 1
!^Ai^wiBspei^*mad6Uaonal$2000 ■
to have the court decision clarified by the
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class to tlie university are now being accepted. Gift
reccomendations must be delivered to Grad Class Council
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A MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS
At the Chan Centre
by Ronald Nurwisah
A Mouthful of Birds is a modern re-
intepretation of Euripides' play The
Bacchae. Rather than just renaming
and resetting the ancient play, however, playwrights David Lan and
Caryl Churchill play out some very
dark and controversial subjects.
Like its ancient Greek counterpart.
Mouthful     deals
with themes such
as madness, possession,  and  the
conflict   between
the sexes. Unlike The
Bacchae,    the    playwrights   decided   to
deal   with   modern
concepts    of    these
themes. Themes such
infanticide,
Madness
killer who murders his victims in a
variety of strange ways.
The first act ends with what is
probably the best skit of the entire
play. "Pig" is about a company executive who falls in love with a pig. Peter
Wilson's performance as Paul, the
company executive who falls in love
with the pig is siirprisingly moving.
At first, the forbidden love between
man and pig evoked a certain revulsion among the audience, but the
actors did their best to change that
and by the end of
as
voodoo,    alcoholism
and    bestiality    are
explored  in  a  dark
and often disturbing
manner.
The play is structured in a series of 7
skits, broken up by
various scenes from
The Bacchae. The first
skit, "Psychic Attack"
is about a young wife,
Lena, (played by
Laura Nordin) who is driven insane
by her husband and a malicious spirit. As she struggles with her insanity,
the spirit tells her that relief can
come only by killing her baby girl.
The play continues with "Baron
Sunday," a dark piece about a medium who is harassed by a ghost The
third skit, "Dancing", sees actor
Aaron Johnstone as Dan,  a serial
mouthful
the first act revulsion for Paul
changed to pity and genuine sadness.
The second act continued with the
same intensity and darkness that
filled the first. The first skit,
"Herculine Barbiri," deals with a hermaphrodite and tlie resulting gender
conflicts as Herculine struggles to
End an identity. Danny Waugh's acting in the scene was great; his role as
the feminine half of Herculine Barbin
is touching and believable. "Gold
Shoes", the next scene, deals with the
effects of possession with a different
kind of spirits—alcohol. Kathy
Mackenzie and Odessa Shuquaya, as
the alcoholic Yvonne and mother
respectively, were both great in their
roles. The final skit, "Hot Summer"
continues the same dark mood that
runs throughout the play.
A Mouthful of Birds is a touching
and dark play. By the end, I found
myself drained. Perhaps the only
complaint would be
a few of the skits.
While there were
many moving skits
such as darkly
humorous "Pig"
and the moving and
well acted "Herculine
Barbin", many others
such as "Dancing" and
"Baron Sunday" were
either too alien or didn't stand out against
the more interesting
skits.
Another complaint
is the sheer confusion
that the play can create.
The Bacchae is known
for its complexity and
perplexing nature, this
carries over into this
play. Complaints aside,
Mouthful is a good play
for those looking for a glimpse into
the darker side of the human psyche
and those wanting to explore the
themes of possession in all its
forms.**
Writers meet markets in UBC series
MASTER'S SERIES
February 13 * 27
at Green College
Centre
and the Chan
Please submit applications to Ruta
Fluxgold. c/o SUB Rm 218. President
 by Martin Gordon Schobel
The big bad world is out there. All of
us know this, some of us have been
there, and others take the word of our
professors; life after graduation is
wild and unruly. That is why Linda
Svendson, assistant professor in
Creative Writing, has organised the
Master's Series for the past three
years.
"I felt there was real need for feedback from the real world. Students
needed to hear about other graduates
struggles and victories," said
Svendson during a telephone interview. "I imagine it like boot camp,
like telling stories around a campfire,
a boot camp where people tell the
truth about making it."
The Master's Series is comprised
of three seminars. Each is comprised
of either two or three professional
writers and a moderator from the
Department of Creative Writing, and
each highlights a specific genre.
February 6 focused on fiction,
February 13 will focus on Drama, and
February 2 7 will focus on screenplay.
Svendson revealed, that markets,
career turns, and a few inspirational
stories from previous years would be
the main topics of discussion.
"In hearing how other people have
dealt with success and
failure, we are sharing in
the body of knowledge
these people carry with
them," said Svendson. "I
think there's a hunger to
hear these things. I love
to hear these things."
Dennis Foon, a playwright and screen writer
who will appear at this
Friday's drama seminar,
began writing plays in
Michigan at a small residential college. He was
later invited to study at
UBC as a Master's student in play-
wrighting. Compared to his experience in Michigan with small seminars and constant contact with high
powered artists, he found UBC very
impersonal and alienating.
"UBC was less student oriented. It
was a more critical place...Later,
[however] having survived has stood
me well," said Foon.
Foon graduated in 1975 and went
on to found Green Thumb and acted
as the artistic director for the next 12
years. .After leaving Green Thumb,
Foon began freelancing in film and
television. His most recent project is
called White Lies and will air on
March 29 on CBC.
Foon said it's important that
young writers develop a sense of how
stressful the writing business can be.
"There's no reason not to be having a
paranoia attack about graduating."
He said one of the most important
things that graduating students need
to have is the vocabulary of the business. Foon said it is important to
know what other writers and the markets are doing. Talking to other professional writers, whether you're a
student or working is very important.
At the end of the interview, the
topic of luck came up. He said one of
the debates he had with a producer is
on whether we are lucky or whether
we make our luck.
"If you work really, really, really
hard, and milk your gifts, and if
you're lucky, it pays off," Foon
answered. "If not then at least you
have the satisfaction of knowing you
used your talent to the best of your
ability."
Foon shows that if you ask fhe
right questions, experienced writers
are more than willing to give a helping hand. Young writers would be
well advised to take in these seminars. ♦ THEUI
Chan Centre is a perfect venue
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UBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
At die Chan Centre
Feb 12 & 13
By John Bolton
With its administration, employees and population of some 50,000 people, the University of
British Columbia is often seen as a city in its own
right The analogy seems all the more appropriate
when one considers that, like all great cities, UBC
has its own symphony orchestra.
The UBC Symphony
Orchestra, playing this
Thursday and Friday at
the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts, is as
old as the School of
Music itself. While
most of its seventy
members are music
majors, many of the
players come from
other departments,
including visiting students from other countries. This is already
the orchestra's third
concert this season,
and soon rehearsals
will be underway for
the School's upcoming
production of Mozart's
opera La Finita
Giardiniera.
This school year
marks a new beginning of sorts for the UBC
Symphony Orchestra, spending its first full season rehearsing and performing in the Chan
Centre after an eternity spent in the venerable Old
Auditorium.
"There's no comparison," laughs Jesse Read,
director of the School of Music and conductor of
the UBC Symphony Orchestra since his arrival in
1990. "With the Old Auditorium we had the
advantage of having this very intimate room that
was ours, and we got used to its problems, but it
was always a problem with light and heat, and the
acoustics weren't that great..the upkeep of the
place was just unbelievably bad."
The move also appears to have been good for
orchestral morale; Read observes that 'when the
students came in and started playing there, I
noticed immediately that they were much more
attentive and professional."
This season the orchestra has already played
the music of Schumann, Rachmaninov,
Shostakovich and Martinu over the course of four
relatively well-attended concerts at the Chan
Centre. Programming is something Read gives a
lot of serious thought to.
'It's a balancing act. You have to program
music that is challenging, but not unplayable. I'm
"The more corporatised
the universities, the more
dangerous it is to lose the
social influences of music.
Music is a political
ground for fighting off
negative influences, even
dangerous influences."
-JESSE READ
DIRECTOR Ot UBC SCHOOL OF MUSIC
AND CONDUCTOR OF UBC SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA
always thinking about what Beethoven symphonies we have or haven't done, how much of
the large romantic repertoire we've covered...I'm
trying also to always touch some ofthe best ofthe
twentieth century, and also occasionally something totally unknown.'
This week's concert features pieces that reflect
this dedication to diversity. The soloist is soprano
Lambroula Pappas, who will be singing arias by
Handel, Mozart and Delibes. She is also singing in
the last movement of what is surely the centrepiece of the program, Mahler's Fourth Symphony
in G Major, Ode to Heavenly Joy.
While the piece is
certainly technically
demanding, and
requires a great deal
of concentration and
endurance on the part
of the players. Those
expecting the massive
orchestral forces and
hyperemotional
intensity so characteristic of Mahler might
be surprised to find
him in the Fourth
using an orchestral
palette of nearly neoclassical proportions,
sans trombones or
tuba, with only a few
loud moments
throughout.
Read is even more
excited about the
other piece on the
program, Passage to Kublo, by UBC composition
student Christine Muyko. "The orchestra should
serve the students and our composition community,' Read insists. 'We should encourage new
works.' At the end of each year the orchestra
spends one or two rehearsals reading through student works; last year Muyko's piece for large
orchestra captured the imaginations of Read and
his players alike. These concerts will mark the
world premiere of Passage to Kublo, under the
baton of conducting student Andrew Del Riccio.
In Read's estimation, the UBC Symphony
Orchestra is more than just a training ground for
young musicians, many of whom will go on to
careers in Canada and the rest ofthe world. Read
envisions the orchestra playing a vitally important part in campus life.
"You deal with issues in the arts that you don't
deal with in any other way. The more corporatised
the universities, and society, becomes, the more
dangerous it is to lose the social influences of
music..Music is a political ground for fighting off
negative influences, even dangerous influences.'
The UBC Symphony Orchestra, featuring
soprano Lambroula Pappas and conductor Jesse
Read, will perform at the Chan Centre this
Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. ♦
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You Can't Beat a Woman
Pacific Cinematheque
Feb. 18-21
By^Kendra Hibbert
The advertisemerits for Gail Singer's You,.Can't
Beat a Woman! claim the filrninvestigatesthe subject of violence against women-"with."irreverent
humour'' as it attempts to "explore the question;
. Why does this phenomenonexist?'
I was intrigued.
It is not very often that someone has the bravery to laugh in the face of misfortune, pick up the
pieces and carry on with their lives with some
kind of hope for the future. While there are millions of stories of battered women out there, the
most interesting are the people who refuse to let
the experience ruin their life. It was with antici-
' pation that I sat down to watch this documentary—and perhaps that's why I was so disappointed.
You Can't Beat a Woman relates the stories of
nine women from six different countries who
have been victims of abuse. It begins with
' ; Jeannie Fox in Manitoba, a subject in another
Gail    Singer    documentary    called    Loved,
.;. Honoured and Bruised. In 1979 it was one of
|  the first films to deal with violence against
.i- women. Most of Jeannie's story is flashback
j j  from the previous film which, while tragic,
j   offers'no big revelations into the mystery of
. spousal abuse. In the follow up interview from
'    1997, we learn that one of Jeannie's daugh- .
ters is involved in an abusive relationship..
So far there's not too much, to laugh about.
;'. '■ On to| Russia, where we hear two more
depressing stories and listen to two psychiatrists explain that a biological condition in
men makes them want to abuse women. No
hope here. . ■',.-■-"'
In Israel two more stories—but no deep
insights. In South Mrica men abuse their,
wives because they can;-.in' Tokyo/ two old
women tell us part of being a woman means:■.-••:•
being subjected, to male abuse; in Chile .
., apparently it is machismo that drives men
to violence. Still no* laughter and still no
.   answers.
i        In fact, there is only one positive story
in the entire^ film and it comes from a
woman named Lynette Leeuw. in South
Africa, a\ musician who finds solace and
happiness in her saxophone. There is an
excellent scene in which Lynette confronts her ex-husband and asks him why
he used to beat her (incidentally this is
the only such confrontation in the film).
The surprising aspect to this meeting is
that Lynette clearly doesn't care anymore about her past with this man. She
laughs   at   her   former   antagonist,   j
amused that he never changes while she
has grown stronger because ofthe experience and chooses now to focus oh her
future and the good times ahead.
1       I wish I could say this film involves
more women like Lynette, but it doesn't. The stories focus on the violence
and not the future of these women.
Because of this  You Can't Beat a
I    Womanl ends up being no better than
Die Hard or a Stallone movie—it is full
of senseless violence and offers no
peaceful alternatives. In fact, because
the stories of these women are so
similar and so depressing the subjects become banal and boring and
this film actually works against the
cause it apparently supports.
Yes, this film does explore the
reasons behind violence but the
' answers   are   usually   no   more
insightful than "men are bad' or
"that's the way things are." The
humour is mild and often invites
us to laugh at the expense of a certain culture or religion. There is
nothing in this documentary that
hasn't been shown in a dozen
other movies on the same subject.
In the end.   You Can't Beat a
Womanl is just another film about
abuse. ♦
Basically Brass
February 5
at the Chan Centre
by Jeff Bell
A truly unique selection of wind ensemble pieces
marked Thursday evening's contribution to UBC
Music's Basically Brass extravaganza. Despite a
near-empty Chan Centre, the UBC Symphonic
Wind Ensemble, the University of Calgary Wind
Ensemble, and the Vancouver Symphony Brass
Ensemble performed an inspired repertoire of
high musical calibre.
The opening piece, set the tone for the night as
musicians from the VSO supported the UBC
Symphonic Wind Ensemble through Eugene
Gigout's Grand Dialogue. A short but entertaiiung
musical conversation, this arrangement by W.E.
Rhoads played reeds and flutes off the darker
brass.
Music for Two Wind Bands followed, performed by just the wind ensemble. A lesser known
work of Handel's, it borrows from his Water Music
and Firework Music. The first movement was characterised by its contrasting light brass sound, while
impressive trombone runs highlighted the quick
second movement The third movement forced
director Martin Berinbaum to pull a smooth flowing style from the ensemble, but a bouncy fourth
movement with hiccuping rhythms seemed to have
a life of its own.
The VSO Brass members took their turn in the
spotlight with Canzon Duodecimi Toni by Giovanni
Gabrieli. Composed to be performed in St Mark's
Cathedral, Gabrieli didn't cling to tradition—splitting
the ten brass players into two fives across the chamber from each other, making it the first use of stereophonic sound. This technique translated brilliantly
to the upper level of the Chan stage as the brass
ensemble filled the hall with a musically mature
sound.
The climax of the evening came just before intermission as the Symphony Brass and UBC Wind
Ensembles collaborated on an exfraordinary work by
Gordon Jacob, Music for a Festival. The eight movement piece, written in 1951, is the only recognised
score specifically calling for the eight symphonic
brass members and a traditional symphonic wind
ensemble. In the style of a classical suite, the brass
and band play contrasting movements until the
'Finale'.
The Brass Ensemble opened well with a series of
thick chords before breaking into a very royal melody.
The quicker second movement, taken by the band,
built to a circus of honking and cymbals before the
brass countered with a soft movement filled with rising and falling themes. Dynamic contrast utilised by
the band in the fourth dearly depicts the sensation
'Air', which becomes a near-angry brass response in
the fifth. The sixth seems a journey through a dark
cave, the flutes errant beams of light, while the seventh
returns to the jubilant air of the beginning.
The 'Finale' merges the inherently opposing themes
of the ensemble into violence and then a contented
truce. Trading off at the start, band and brass each
seemed to challenge the other until the overlap solidified just before the end. Throughout the movement
there was a sense that the more experienced brass players formed the foundation rather than just colouring the
more numerous wind ensemble. In any case the performance was a spectacle.
The U of C also pushed for innovation in a traditional genre, performing Philip Sparke's award-wmriing
Dance Movements after the intermission—only a week
after it's Canadian Premiere. An eclectic production
going from harsh percussive beats to dream-like interludes, the Sparke work displayed the U of C Wind
Ensemble's musical versatility.
Between the three ensembles, the audience never
really had a chance to catch its breath. The brass theme
was a success and one can only hope that performances
in the future maintain this variety and high standard.**
I/' Killers emulates Woo
THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS
At theatres everywhere
by Vince Yim
In his North /American film debut Hong Kong action mega-star
Chow Yun-Fat is John Lee, an assassin who botches an assignment by refusing to kill a seven year-old boy. As expected, this
does not sit too well with his employers, resulting in John
attempting to leave the country to protect his femity. Enter Meg
Coburn (Mira Sorvino), passport forgery artist extraordinaire. .As
she becomes involved in John's plight it goes deeper tlian she
initially thought Bullets ffy and bodies fait they try to escape
from the crime family while preventing the replacement killers
from finishing John's botched assignment
While having a very diverse filmography. Chow Yun-Fat is
best known for working with Hong Kong action maestro John
Woo. The two have collaborated on some of the most popular
Hong Kong cult classics, including Hard Boiled The Killer, and
fhe original Once A Thief. Unfortunately, because of previous
commitments, John Woo could only serve as executive producer
for this venture—he was filming Face/Off at. the time.
The Replacement Killers also marks director aAntoine Fuqua's
action debut Better known for directing rap music videos
seems to know how do to is emulate John Woo's
directing style. And sure enough, many of John
Woo's trademark images find their way into the film.
Images like the protagonist shooting with a gun
in each hand, a seemingly endless supply of bullets
and the so-called "Mexican Stand-Off" (in which characters point guns directly at each other's faces) all
find their way into the film. The images show up
mostly to reinforce fhe Hong Kong style that is practically forced onto the audience. Despite the film's
slick appearance, it fails to make the same impact as
John Woo's films. Still, the hyperkinetic pacing ofthe
film makes the experience worthwhile.
The two lead actors put in decent performances.
Chow-Yun-Fat is charismatic on-screen, despite very little diar
logue. He is convincing as the assassin with a conscience, but it's
mostly because he has played similar characters before.
Mira Sorvino is above par as fhe tough talking document forg
er, even though this is a different type of role for her. However,
the background characters are not worth mentioning, as fhe
actors all give wooden portrayals.
The plot is okay. While not ridden with bad Hollywood cliches, Hong Kong films with similar overtones have already been
films anymore, only opting for fhe director's chair. Even his
Vancouver filmed remake of Once A Thief was written by someone else. .As a result gone are the emphasized elements of loyally and trust commonly associated with John Woo's Hong Kong
films
While the film is worth watching, its appeal may be limited to
connoisseurs of Hong Kong cinema. If the film has a mediocre
financial performance Chow Yun-Fat like Woo, may have to go
through two more films before finally attaining the level of
(including Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise"), the only tiling he    done better. .As well, John Woo doesn't even write scripts for his    respect that John Woo commands in Hollywood.**
limbleweed is an acquired taste that grows and grows
WEEDGARDEN
Tumbleweed
[Label]
by Alyah Amarshi
Bluegrass country music isn't for everyone.
Indeed, it's somewhat of an acquired taste. The
first time I listened to up-and-coming band
Tumbleweed's debut album, Weedgarden, I
wasn't entirely convinced that this genre of
music had anything more to offer than depressing lyrics, conveying essentially the same
theme, set to the same basic beat with perhaps
a slight alteration to the melody line. .And let's
not forget the vocals. Lead singer Cathy-Anne
Whitworth fits perfectly the stereotype which, I
must iidmit was ingrained in my mind—a high-
pitched, piercing voice with the potential to
shatter the sound barrier. Ouch.
But surprisingly, Weedgarden grew on me.
Eventually I was able to hear past the lead vocalist and listen to the harmonies provided by
Trisha Gagnon, who plays acoustic bass, and
Chris Stevens on guitar and banjo. The result is
an overall rich and incredibly full vocal sound,
impressively complemented by a skillfully cre
ated instrumental accompaniment of the
dobro, slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and, of
course, drums and percussion.
Tumbleweed's rendition ofthe Beatles' "All
My Loving" is not disappointing—in fact it's
quite a refreshing interpretation of a classic.
Some ofthe trio's originals, "Let Your Child Be
Free" and "No Big Deal" can also be heard on
Weedgarden and are worth a sampling—even
for those who haven't been great fens of blue-
grass in the past
What makes Tumbleweed so unique is
their amazing harmonies and instrumental
accompaniment They truly are musicians
who obviously aim to make music that will
leave a positive impression on their audience,
rather than forcing them to fhe depths of
depression. They do provide their fair share of
stereotypical lyrics, enough to satisfy any
ardent bluegrass fan; but these are offset by
their talent
Tumbleweed may have the potential to
flower into the ranks of a world-class country
group. Just a bit more experience and perhaps
another CD like Weedgarden and the world
will be the desert at Tumbleweed's feet*
HARBOU
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band. Chris Nuttall-Snuth. Hipping through 'Hovv-toiaat-that-bigtip.*
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Kendra Hibbert to spend the week fumigating her bed sheets
Martin Scbobell and Todd Silver comforted Richard Lam whose
astronaut parents were making nun spend the week practising his
Pngliah when he'd rather be looking for a new engine for his
Bronco (lost cause). Bruce Arthur's plans for a week-long romantic
seaside retreat were blasted away when Emuy Mak, Lisa Johnson
and Penny Cholmondeley insisted they tag along. -Dammitl'
screamed a frustrated Stanley Tromp who didn't have enough
money to travel to Washington to cover the Clinton sex scandal
Janet Ip. AUyah Amarshi and John Bolton put the finishing touches
on their appeal to the International Olympic Committee to include
cross-word design as an official Olympic Sport The cunning Wolf
Depner and Federico Barahona managed to funnel enough money
out of the UPS budget so they could travel to Nagano and catch the
men's figure skating finals. Casey Sedgman didn't have time to
think about the future, he was just relieved his story ran. 'Doesn't
anyone study anymore?' wondered Jeff Bell. Doug Quan bought
suntan lotion
Ignoring complaints won't help
UBC's Faculty of Law has some problems. Or at
least that's what we're hearing from some the
the faculty and students who've come to the
Ubyssey instead ofthe Equity Office.
The faculty's elite and competitive enviro-
ment is hemming more so. Feelings of margin-
alisation are starting to surface after racy and
racist articles appeared in the faculty's student
paper, and a professor assigned students to a
debate over fictional objects he called 'quim-
blets.' It seems harmless enough until you flip
through the Oxford dictionary and discover that
the term is not so fictional.
At the turn of the 17th century instead of
'cunt' you could say 'quim.'
But they're a close knit bunch in the Law
faculty and they're trying to keep their problems under wraps. With Dean Blom at the
helm, issues of equity are dealt with quickly
and quietly. A slap on the wrist and a forced
apology are often enough to calm the storm.
And its this quiet that some students find
unsettling.
They want people to know what's going on in
the Curtis Law building. Let's face it as long as
things stay under the carpet nothing will come
of isolated complaints to the Dean.
In fact, some students have felt uncomfortable and even more marginalised after making
a complaint Further jabs come at their expense
after the issue is made public and apologies
come tongue and cheek.
This is the kind of atmospohere that can sully
the name of a whole faculty.
Remember the McEwen report? That stack of
papers caused quite a stir in UBC's Poli Sci
department Enrollment into the graduate program was closed for one year following the
release of the report by lawyer Joan McEwen in
which she confirmed systemic sexism and
racism was ignored in the department There
are comparisons that can be made to the current situation in the Law faculty.
But it hasn't gotten that far yet and if the faculty is smart it never will.
Let students voice their concerns in a forum
that doesn't patronise or penalise.
Make clear guidelines for acceptable behavior and stick to them.
And take a vocal and public stand against
sexism and racism everytime it manifests
itself.
If the Law faculty—and other faculties—want
to stop problems before they start, they should
take these principles seriously. Had the Poli Sci
department followed these principles, Joan
McEwen's report would not have been necessary. We may not be able to stop racism and sexism, but let's deal with it properly when complaints arise.,>
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GSS should adopt
CSSA ways
I for one would like to heartily
applaud the efforts of the Chinese
Students and Scholars Association
(CSSA) to get the Graduate Student
Society to eat their actions regarding the Tibetan flag.
Without such outrage by these
upstanding members of the CSSA,
we might never have heard about
the flag-raising incident Heck, we
certainly wouldn't have gotten a
glimpse of how current Chinese
military 'policy* is working, even
over here. I mean, after all, those
1.2 million dead Tibetan people
were just poor serfs anyways, subject to a cruel and mean religious
master. I'll betcha those dead people are much happier in the afterlife after having been set free by the
'Peoples' Liberation" Army'—an
appropriate title, that
But back to the larger and much
more important issue—a Tibetan
'army* flag being raised over the
roof of an obscure building at UBC.
That's just absolutely scandalous! I
just can't imagine what demons
must have haunted GSS President
Kevin Dwyer and his bands of roving hooligans to perpetrate such a
grand offense. Perhaps they should
be liberated* as well—they are just
poor uneducated riff-raff anyhow.
Last I vote that we second the
GSS to the CSSA. The CSSA has
proven itself worthy to run the GSS
in a much more efficient and orderly way. While Kevin and his underlings prefer to do things secretly,
the CSSA has shown that it takes the
bull by the horns and gets its messages conveyed to all those concerned or unconcerned.
Join me and 1.2 million liberated' Tibetans in applauding the
CSSA for educating us on principles, Chinese army style.
Shane Duckworth
Civil Engineering 4
Show respect to
Thunderbird Shop
I am writing to express my deep
concerns about the recent treatment of the Thunderbird Shop in
the Student Union Building.
This small business has been on
campus for over 25 years, serving
the needs of students for pick up
items such as toiletries, greeting
cards and UBC wear.
The shop has employed more
than 200 students over the 25
years, earning their loyally and
trust by showing them dignity and
respect just as it treats customers.
Despite this long and exemplary
record of service, the AMS, at the
urging of your General Manager,
has voted not to renew the
Thunderbird Shop's lease.
I understand that your plan is to
take over the location yourself, open
a similar type of operation, and
keep the revenue for fhe AMS,
This is an abhorrent business
practice which amounts to confiscation of an individual's livelihood,
built up over twenty-five years with
absolutely no compensation.
Your approach is not behaviour
Canada's leaders in the twenty-first
century should be learning or
exhibiting today. What you are
doing may be legal, but mis course
of action is totally unethical and
immoral!
I decry what you have done. I
urge you to reverse this decision
and treat The Thunderbird Shop
with the same dignity, respect and
ethics it has exhibited towards the
students of UBC for the past twenty-
five years.
William W.Gibson
Do not condemn
individual choice
In regards to the 'Perspective* by
Erica Heathe on the pro-life opinion
of the abortion issue (February 3,
1998 edition), I wonder if Ms
Heathe has ever been in one of the
situations she described in her column.
I wonder if she has ever been
raped, stripped of her dignity and
self-worth, only to find out a few
weeks later that she was pregnant
Not only did the violator take her
soul, now he has created another
within her, without her permission,
without even a second thought
I wonder what she would feel
like having to feel that life growing
inside her and hate herself everyday for it
I wonder what she would do if
she had to make that agonising
decision, only to be accosted outside her doctor's office by people of
the same opinion; people who
scream at ther and tell her that she
is evil and a horrible person.
I wonder if she knows the pain
and sorrow of sitting in a hospital
bed all alone, crying her eyes out
while she signs the consent form
for doctors to take the life that
grows within, one that she desperately wants to love, but knows she
can't
I wonder if she knows what it is
like to wake up and know that th
very life is now gone and to fear th
it was her only chance to be a
mother.
I wonder if she knows the agony
of thinking of that life everyday, but
knowing she made the right decision, only to have others berate her
for having to make it
I know what all of it feels like. I
also know that until that moment, I
held the same opinion as Ms
Heathe. I hope you are never put in
the same situation as I, Ms
Heathe...but until you are, please
don't condemn others for having to
do what is not only right for them,
but right for the life that grows within.
A UBC student
Nome witheld by request
Pro-lifers missing
point
I would like to respond to your
February 3 article in the op/ed section of the Ubyssey entitled *Hard
Cases of Abortion* by Erica Heathe.
My response is as follows, and does
not represent the official opinion of
the UBC Humanists' Society:
The pro-life movement is once
again missing the point of the pro-
choice advocates. It's not that pro-
choicers want women to have abortions, it's that they want the women
to HAVE the choice, rather than
society denying them that choice.
The person most immediately
involved is the person who must
bear the consequences (good or
bad) and is the person in the best
position to determine what is best
for them.
Oh, and don't forget why abortion was legalised in the first place!
James Rosso
W (but not representing)
The UBC Humanist Society OiOUULOJl
Women choose abortions for many reasons
to mention that we could not possibly know from that brief quote
what this woman's reasons for regretting her choice were. The concept here is that a woman might end up regretting her decision, so
let's just take that choice away from her. How condescending. I
notice she did not include any quotes from the hundreds of women
who have had abortions and not regretted their decision
So long as sexual education is under-funded, and birth control is
cosfly and imperfect abortions will be the only option for many
women who have decided not to have children, or have decided not
to have any more children 'My heart cringes every time I think
about the pain we inflict on our unborn babies,* says Ms Heathe.
Well, I cringe every time I think about all the women who died
screaming in back-alley abortions. Would she prefer if women
reverted to coat-hanger method?
Ms Heathe makes it sound as though women are running off to
get abortions at the drop of a hat This decision comes after a very
complex and difficult process, and involves many factors (and I
doubt over-population is one that normally comes to a woman's
individual's exrjerience to evety mind). I would like to address some of the possible reasons a
Tibetans want to preserve culture and religion
by Joyeile Brandt
I am writing as a member of the Women's Studies Student
Association to address the 'pro-life' article written by Erica Heathe
in the February 3 issue of The Ubyssey. We had many questions to
ask regarding this article. Firstly, whose morality is she referring to
when she describes abortion as an immoral act? Ms Heathe obviously fells into a trap of her own in l)dieving that her values should
be our values. I, personally, do not see abortion as immoraL I do,
however, consider denying women access to a procedure that could
quite possibly save their lives (in more ways than just the physical) a
problem
Since Ms Heathe uses the example of a rape survivor who was
impregnated by the rapist let us take up that case. 'I soon discovered that the aftermath of my abortion continued a long time after
the memory of the rape had feded." She uses this quote from one
survivor who regretted having an abortion and assumes this means
that all women will regret the decision This gross generalisation of
woman might have an abortion Maybe she has three children
already, and cannot afford another child. Maybe she has been raped.
Maybe she was sexually abused as a child, and fears that the trauma
of childbirth will send her back to that horrific experience. Maybe
she has decided that having a career and time for herself is more
important to her than being a mother. Maybe she does not feel that
she is cut out for parenthood. Maybe she is terrified of pregnancy
and giving birth.
There are many reasons women make this choice, fer beyond
the few Ms Heathe chose to address, and far beyond the scope of this
article. However, whatever her reasons, the feet remains that a fetus
is not a separate, self-sustaining life force, and that it cannot exist
without a woman's body. My body, my choice. The final line of Ms
Heathe's article is *Dare to know the truth,' and my 151131 question of
her is whose truth?*
JoyeHeBrandtka
Women's Sadies student
Perspective
 by Bo Chiang
A graduate student from one ofthe best university
to this country should certainly believe to freedom
and human rights; but he must do so with rationality. I suppose that you wanted to raise the flag
with no hidden purpose and that you really sympathise with the Tibetan people. However, I wonder how weD-informed you were about the entire
issue, and how hard you had studied and thought
about it For it is easy for anyone to take an action
to make himself look like a freedoniloving hero,
but only hard thinking and learning about the
issue and "truly reflect his seriousness.
In fact even certain Chinese students at UBC
have made some inappropriate statements regarding whom they represent and what happened on
Tiananmen Square. Also, I do not even think that
all the Chinese students at UBC actually know
enough about the Tibet issue. (After all, they did not
come to this university to study Tibet history?) And
due to the Chinese propaganda, not only a few of
the Chinese international students hut also hundreds of millions of people in China know nothing
about what really happened in Tibet and on
Tiananmen Square. A few of them are like you,
defending an opinion with more passion than reason. But as they are in a defensive position and you
are offending them your lack of understanding of
the issue is much more unforgivable.
I am NOT a CSSA member, I believe that students DflJ get killed on Tiananmen Square, and I
also think that Qiina HAD abused human rights in
Tibet and elsewhere in the country. I can nevertheless tell you this: in 1911, the 13th Dalai Lama
declared the independence of Tibet simply in
order to negotiate with the European imperialists
free irom Chinese interference. He wanted to rely
on the British support against Russia and to maintain his own power in the absence of any support
from China which was too weak at the
time to protect Tibet As you can see, his
strategic declaration which was not recognised by
China and the international community, had nothing to do with the common Tibetan people's
demand for seff-determination. However, in 1957,
the 14th Dalai Lama's demand for selaktetemLiiia-
tion had eve"tything to do with the CCFs disrespect
for the Tibetan people's basic human rights.
The point is that although historically, Tibet has
been a part of China the Chinese sovereignty over
Tibet in itself causes no harm to the Tibetan people.
It is in feet that materialistic communist ideology
that has been incompatible with the Tibetan
minds, thus causing the demand for selfdetermi-
nation. After the Cultural Revolution the CCP had
admitted that great mistakes were made on the
policies in Tibet Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia, etc.
(See Resolution on CPC History, p81. Peking
Foreign Press, 1981) .And presently, freedom of
religious belief in Tibet is actually
fully respected. (See Ming Pao
Daily, Feb 1, 1998). On the other hand, the 14th
Dalai Lama, when speaking before the European
Parliament in June 1988, had actually relinquished his longstanding demand for Tibetan
independence by agreeing to accept Chinese control over Tibet's foreign policy, defense and cur
rency, in return for Tibetan autonomy over religious and cultural matters. Obviously, as there has
been some progress toward solving the Tibetan
problem, your act of raising the flag serves only to
worsen the relations between both sides. Other
than making you yourself a freedoinJoving hero,
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Texas accent. She defies her own husband saying, "If you try to
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achievements for a woman of
her time.
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Linda Bush as Birdie nearly steals the first act with her eccentric    personality—at    times    she
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Francis Boyle in the role of
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