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The Ubyssey Sep 19, 1997

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by Christian Obeck
House parties could eventually earn you a living. Find a
space. Scrounge the local flea
markets for furniture. Bring
in tango  dancers,  musical
acts, and decorate the walls
with art. Dress some guy in a
cook's outfit, serve beer and v
wine and the people will come.
Setting up a successful cafe
is not an easy task. But consider : '
the equation that led to the establishment of The Whip
Gallery, and you might rethink
this assumption.
The location, at Main and Sixth, is questionable. The ownership includes two tree planters.
And the room is filled with flea market furniture. But the Whip is slowly becoming a destination point for Vancouver's culturally and
artistically aware.
The task of drawing a crowd into Mt.
Pleasant for a night on the town would be
enough to put off most prospective cafe managers. On even the most agreeable day in
Vancouver, the Mt. Pleasant area has a hard
time living up to its name. Industry, in the form
of numerous autobody repair shops, rundown
and dreary apartment buildings, and streets
strewn with litter are made even more unpleasant by the Kingsway-Main Street intersection
where commuters race to and from a distant
suburbia. Even "The Captain" left his seat on
Main Street for a gentler clime.
Finding  refuge,  particularly at  a  place
named  after  a  torture  instrument,   at first
appears unlikely. But at the Whip, that's precisely what you find. Olive green walls are
adorned with avant-garde paintings; the ceilings are high,  as are the floor-to-ceiling
windows  that serve  to light the  room.
Scattered   chaotically   about   the   red
linoleum floor is an army of flea market
furniture—a 1920's red, high-back sofa,
lime green arborite topped tables, and
numerous chairs, all distinctly different
in size, colour, shape, not to mention
comfort. Filling out the decor, plants
climb the walls and intertwine with
mirrors and metalwork art.
The atmosphere is the creation
of tree planter Jonathan Kerridge, Al
Grimes,  a fellow tree planter and
cargo ship worker, and Kevin Patrick, a
graphic artist. Their backgrounds hardly seem
fit for setting up and running a successful enterprise. Yet, despite a lack of experience, the three have
managed to keep The Whip Gallery on its feet since they
opened the establishment as an art gallery/cafe in September
"My purpose was this: I wanted to create a place that was
accessible to artists or to anyone who appreciates art, or just
if you appreciate the comforts of a couch filled den," says
Initially, the Whip was founded in order to, as Kerridge
suggests, "carry the torch for The Grunt Gallery," having
taken over the space left behind by Mt. Pleasant's chief art
institution. But today, only two years after inheriting the
WHIPPERS: Al Grimes (left) and Jonathan
Kerridge (above), christian obeck photo
space, the Whip Gallery has begun to
carve out its own status as something
more than just an art gallery.
The history of The Whip dates back to
the "Blue House." Formerly the residence of Kerridge, Patrick, and Grimes,
the Blue House, located nearby the cafe's
present location, was a more infamous
Mt. Pleasant institution.
"We used to throw dinner parties,
potluck dinners and theme nights. It
was a really fun house," Kerridge remi-
The concept behind the Whip was
little different from a Blue House dinner
party. When Kerridge stumbled upon the site left
vacant by the Grunt Gallery, he wasn't thinking big. "When I
found this place I really liked the space and if it didn't work [
could always just live here." Later that day Patrick joined in
it works.
on the project and before long
the Whip had opened.
At the onset, The Whip Gallery was, as the name suggests,
an art gallery'. But selling art is a
difficult enterprise. The art show
currently underway at the Whip
has yet to sell a single painting.
Food and beverage became the
solution to the cash flow problem.
And another owner was needed to
alleviate  the  mounting costs,  so
Grimes was invited to join the fold.
Making art less of a focal point
hasn't killed  the  atmosphere.  The
room itself, built in 1913, is the most
appealing feature of the cafe. Jonas, a
local screenwriter, and one who utilises the cafe as a work space during tlie
daytime hours, takes on the air of a Greek philosopher when he says that "the dimensions of
the room are perfect, mathematically perfect."
Filled with furniture from just about every
decade of the twentieth century, the Whip has
the feel of an aged establishment. Red velvet
sloping chairs and a series of lilliputian white
wooden-framed  chairs  glow  under  a  red
lantern; black stemmed candelabras highlight
the drapes and paintings. An old English pub
sign, found only blocks away in a second-hand
store, hangs above the cafe's entrance.
Kerridge was primarily responsible for furnishing the
cafe. "It took me six months to gather all this stuff," he notes,
recalling many hours of scrounging through thrift stores, flea
markets, auctions and garage sales. "That fan up there is
from my apartment in Montreal; that there (pointing to an
old battered cupboard) I found in a warehouse in Yaletown;
the sound system is mine as well."
The centrepiece of the entire collection, however, is a
920's  red,  clamshell,  high-backed  sofa nicknamed the
"meeting couch." Kerridge refers to two separate occasions
whereupon total strangers have met
on the weathered antique sofa and
then left together at the end of the
While tlie cafe serves the needs of
local artists in need of an environment to write the world's next epic
novel, the Whip has a chameleon personality. Every Friday and Saturday live
music fills the gallery, featuring a variety
of musical acts that have included the
Molestics.   Argentine   Tango   dancers,
dressed to the nines, sweep across the red
linoleum floor twice monthly. And the
"Amazon Cabaret," an event showcasing
female-only acts, both comic and musical,
pops up every six to eight weeks. Social
events include a popular brunch serving up
eggs benedict at a reasonable price every
Saturday and Sunday, as well as a "cheap pitcher night"  every Wednesday. And every five
weeks, a new art show opens.
As appearance in the fine print of local culture
rags suggests, the Whip plans to expand as a destination spot. An easier task if the cafe rested in an
area such as Yaletown or Kits; a hard chore when
the establishment is situated in the industrial area of Mt.
Pleasant. Nevertheless, the Whip's triumvirate of owners
seem ready for the task.*>
Two tree flanters, some
flea market furniture,
and an industrial
neighbourhood don't
usually make for a
viable business
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Thrift and Bake Sale University
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1997, 10 to 4 PM. 6050 Chancellor
Blvd, (north of Gage Towers) fantastic bargains for students.
suspension mtn. bike 20" frame,
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Beaulieu 7008 Pro 8mm Movie
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5-shelf stand 30" wide, 12"deep,
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Lost Gold necklace. Has gold flowers as part of the chain.
Sentimental value 228-2630
UBC junior men's club vball.
Players born 1978 or later. All
practices at Osborne Gym 'B' Mon,
Wed 6:30-8:30 and Thurs 7-10.
Coach David Chiu (w)875-9012
local 19 or contact Dale Ohman
Varsity, head coach at 822-1215.
All age eligible players welcome
Take back the night! Join this
WOMEN ONLY public protest of
male violence against women.
Saturday September 27th, 1997.
Info 872-8212
The Student Environment Centre
presents: the Global Change Game.
October 6th 2:30-5:30. Hands-on
problem solving of world issues.
More info SUB 208:822-8671
In "Bank's future may be tied to
campus monopoly deal," in last
Tuesday's issue, the Ubyssey mistakenly suggested that Sheldon
Goldfarb thought UBC might not
have to give the Bank of Montreal
Space to the AMS when that lease
expires. Mr Goldfarb made no
such comment We apologise for
the error.
by Vasilis Pappas
Drug addicts and alcoholics. Why should we be
expected to support their addictions with our
hard-earned pocket change? Keep dreaming
"street performers" of the world.
A trip to downtown Vancouver or Granville
Island would not be complete without the deep
rumbling of engines, the honking of horns and
the haunting and often depressing music of
street performers, otherwise known as
Sometimes we drop some change into the outstretched hand or the open guitar case. It
depends upon the level of guilt in our consciences or how badly we want to impress a date.
However, normally we will walk right by muttering and grumbling justifications for our lack of
compassion or reasoning that our precious quarter will be used to purchase ten kilograms of
Strolling around downtown recently, I
encountered  a group  of peopl
crowding around an older gentleman and his "instrument."
Glancing at the  musician,  I
assumed one of the local boutiques was making an  early
Christmas advertising campaign  with  a  Santa  Claus
dressed   in  black.   Abruptly,
without   any   sudden   movements, my Santa began to play
mesmerising music.
Meet Desire. Yes, ladies and
gentlemen, Desire is a busker.
The whole package deal. Everyday,
»cently, I C^^^
Desire travels downtown from the
home he rents in Kitsilano,
sets   up   his   instrument,
attaches his microphone
and speaker, and
places   an   empty
basket in front of him in the
hope that it will be filled by the
of the day with grocery money.
Welcome to Desire's life.
Desire was going to have it all. He
was going to be a star. Ever since he
was a child, Desire dreamed of becoming a musician. That dream has been
fulfilled—sort of. Thirty years ago he
left his home in Winnipeg, following
the girl with whom he was in love across
the Rockies. Eighteen years later, Desire hit
rock-bottom and began collecting welfare and
playing guitar on the streets of Vancouver.
DESIRE plays the Oiid on
downtown Granville Street.
He makes ten dollars a day.
"I love the guitar, but I was making less
money than the panhandlers," Desire says, "so J
created my own instrument, the Oiid."
The "Oiid" is an instrument played with bows
and is made of guitar parts and recycled materials. The strings of the guitar
hang around the wooden frame
which sits on an old coffee
The result of this self-made
musical invention is extraordinarily captivating and bewitching music.
Initially, Desire was going
to call his creation the "Odd".
However, he ran out of ink so
the word appeared on his sign
as "Oiid."
Desire believes the music
he plays on his Oiid is spiritual
in nature. To Desire, it has a
therapeutic effect on his listeners, causing them to reflect on
the purpose of their lives. All this for the ten dollars he'll make on a good day on the streets of
downtown Vancouver.
"Panhandlers have no class, no style," Desire
comments while calmly rolling a cigarette.
"We're often associated with them, so people
sometimes get angry thinking that us musicians
are begging for cash to buy booze or drugs. Well
I ain't begging or buying drugs. How much dope
could I buy on ten bucks a day anyway?"
When asked why he plays on his Oiid downtown when his welfare check is sufficient for his
food  and  homo,   he  responded,   "I  love  my
People sometimes
get angry thinking
that us musicians
are begging for cash
to buy booze or drugs.
Well I ain't begging
or buying drugs."
music...it's my reason for being.'
The steps to fringe success
 by Bryce Edwards
Profit for a recent student run Fringe
Festival show: $300. Number of artists
involved: 9. Average number of hours
each person committed: ISO. Wage
works out to: 4.5 cents an hour. Why
would anyone go to all the trouble to put
up a Fringe show with that kind of
return? Love, baby. Love.
So here we go with another of the
Ubyssey's handy clip-n-keep guides.
Today it's 'How To Do the Fringe'.
First the facts. The government (Glen
and the art of votercycle maintenance)
has suddenly decided that British
Colombians want a Fringe Festival. So
they've backed the truck up and started
shoveling out the dollars. That's why the
Fringe is so much flashier than it used to
be. Coincidentally, if s also the reason
Glen, among others, leers out at you
from page two of the glossy Fringe
But application fees and acceptance
policies have NOT changed So despite
the arrival of Daddy Warbucks, anyone,
and we do mean anyone, can put a show
in the Friiige. Shows are accepted by the
post-date on the application. Nothing
Therein lies the beauty' of the Fringe.
It is an edgy, provocative festival. It's
one where the kids get to misbehave.
Moreover, it's one where new vision is
not only welcomed—it is expected. This
is where we, the undergrad volk of UBC
come in. The Fringe is a place for us to
call home—without ANY interference
iweH) maybe limitod by obscenity laws,
but artistic freedom is on our side).
All you have to do is get some friends
together and think of something to say.
Now is ah excellent time to start
puffing your show together because it
gives you plenty of time to waffle before
the curtain goes up. Get a group togeth
er and try to find a common vision, or
try to get clear on the story you want to
tell, if you're writing a play yourself. So
sit around a roaring fire and crack jokes.
Dream. The onfy responsible thing you
need to do is before December, is call
Theatrespace (the company that runs
the Fringe) and tell them to mail you an
In December comes the crucial part,
and if you want to get in to the Fringe,
you have to do this. Mail the application
back the same day you get it Don't
worry if the ideas are soil pretty fuzzy.
The show details they ask you for will be
updated in May, so you don't really need
to know what you're doing until then,
atad you can withdraw from the festival
up until the end of May, and still get all
$535 of your application fee back.
So what do you get for your five hundred bucks? You get between four and
nine shows (depending on length and
location) with basic stage lighting and
sound, and two technical crew persons.
You get to decide what to charge for tickets. You also get basic publicity in the
Fringe guide, and you get a spot in one
of the fastest growing theatre festivals.
You get all the receipts from the door,
minus a one dollar service charge on
each ticket You get in.
Alter January, which is when you find
out if you're in, there is little to do until
May. It's not a bad idea to start getting
your stage set together. Beg, borrow or
steal those props to keep costs down, but
expect to spend from two to four hua-
dred dollars more on a set, costumes and
publicity. .And if you are developing your
own script it helps to try to finish it two
months or so prior to your rehearsals.
a^lso, you can start looking for sponsorship if you spot any product tie-ins.
Sponsorship is an ugly reality. Companies and corporations are where the
money is. If you want money or prod
ucts to use, write to the president and
sell your show.
An insider tip on show length: Fringe
veterans shoot for sixty minutes.
So now it's May, and school is done.
Get on the phone and get everyone excited about the idea again. Work out schedules. In feet, just work out. Because
when June hits, you're going to be running.
June: start full-fledged rehearsals and
press kits. Get a good start and the last
crunch before the show will be much
The rest of the summer is where the
real work takes place. Rehearse, Then
rehearse some more. .An hour of
rehearsal for each minute on stage is a
good guideline. An insider tip for getting
rehearsal space: if one of the people
involved is a theatre student you can
book rooms free of charge at UBC.
Failing that try Community Centres.
And failing that rehearse in a park.
In August you need to do two things,
bom time consuming. First get your
publicity machine rolling. Put up
- posters, send tickets to Artistic Directors
or others you want at the show, and tell
your friends. Second, get a stage manager. Shows without Stage Managers are
life orchestras without conductors. Get
someone, and make sure they're good.
If you need advice about anything,
especially publicity and stage manager
duties, call the Fringe office. But remember, the closer it is to the start of the festival, the less likely they are to help you,
so ask early.
And in die end, after the final curtain,
you should have enough cash for one
great party. Forty years from now, you
can all sit down and reminisce about the
time you created something and put it
oat for the world to see. A time when you
didn't do it for the money. You did it for
love. ♦ THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1997 .
Festival b
Fourth Aboriginal Cultural Festival
Pacific Coliseum
of the festival, the organisers
removed the curtain, and I could concentrate on one drumbeat at a time.
A third venue for the Xipe Totec
Aztec Dancers, an enclosed theatre,
proved to be very successful. As the
purpose  of the drum and perfor-
by Susan MacRae
According to native prophecy, a medicine
woman who died in the late 19th century
said she would one day return as a female
white buffalo calf. The medicine woman
prophesied when she returned, her appearance as a white buffalo calf would mark a
period of great change and conciousness.
On August 20, 1994 a female white buffalo
calf was born on the farm of Dave and
Valerie Heider in Janesville, Wisconsin.
With a one in fifty million chance of being
born at all, the white buffalo calf was named
'Miracle' by the Heiders. First Nations people mark the birth of Miracle as the fulfillment of the medicine woman's prophecy,
and also as the beginning of the period of
peace and harmony that she prophesied.
The Fourth Annual Aboriginal Cultural
Festival is a celebration ofthe revival of First
Nations culture. As one of the introductory
speakers remarked, "If you want to know
who First Nations people are, then it is our
language and our art, our achievements.
This is who we are." With dancers, singers,
artists, youth, political and spiritual leaders
from First Nations across North America
and Australia, the Fourth Annual Aboriginal
Cultural Festival, under this year's motto of
'Bringing People Together', presented a
colourful and vibrant picture of diverse cultures to native and non-native people alike.
The entrance to the festival at the PNE
acted as a powerful metaphor for me as a
spectator. As I walked down the spiral ramp,
around the teepee, I had the sense of leaving
the outside world behind and entering a different place, a sacred place of song and cel
ebration. The spiral was repeated in
the 'Grand Entry' of dignitaries, representatives of First Nations on whose
traditional lands the festival is staged
on, and flagbearers of the visiting
nations of Canada, United States,
Mexico and British Columbia. As
young and old danced together in a
spiral on the floor, I could see in an
alive and moving form the First
Nations symbol for the continuity and
regeneration of life.
After the Grand Entry and opening
prayer, a curtain divided up the floor
into a Potlatch side, representing the
Northwest Coast style of celebration,
and a pow-wow side, representing the
Plains style. The idea of the organisers was
to illustrate the two different styles of celebration. Unfortunately, dividing up the floor
proved to be very distracting, for at one
point two different drum-beats could be
heard. Luckily, by the second and third days
rnance is to connect the spirit with the beat,
spectators sitting in a circle right in front of
the dancers, could feel the drums, sights
and sounds reverberating throughout the
entire body. Other events like medicine
wheel teachings also took place in the the
atre so that people could learn more about
First Nations culture on a one-to-one basis
with an elder.
Other highlights of the festival included
Beau Dick and the Kwakiutl Dancers who
danced out 'The Spirits of the Forest', a performance by Fara, an up and coming Cree
singer from Saskatchewan^
performance by the Kimak-
siutiksak Inuit Throat Singers, a group of young women
whose throat singing has
been handed down to them
through their grandmothers
based on thousands of years
of tradition also took place.
Artists like Bill Reid, Robert
Davidson and Susan Point
participated in presenting
some of their work in the
Aboriginal Art Gallery. The
highlight of the festival was
the food. Salmon, bannock,
and corn were served as tasty examples of First Nations
As the next generation of
First Nations people danced
to the last drum, I thought
'A'^sS.   J aDOut aDOut me female white
\xv\y    buffalo calf, and if indeed,
^"*- this is truly a time of great
change and conciousness. As
the drum beat, I thought
about the premiers' conference happening at the same
time in Calgary, and Lucien
Bouchard defending the
'unique character and distinct society of Quebec' I
thought about Phil Fontaine,
the newly elected Chief of the Assembly of
First Nations not being included in the premiers conference. If this is a time of great
change in consciousness, then I don't think
the Canadian government has caught up
Bask in Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat
At the Art Beatus Gallery
Sept 12-Oct 16
Geekgirl @ www.geekgirl.com.au/
by Jaime Tong
by Marina Antunes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to tattoo
someone? On their ass? If this thought has ever crossed
your mind, then the place to put your thoughts into
action is the Geekgirl website.
Geekgirl used to be an Australian zine that was once
a written publication but is now what I'd call a web phenomenon. Today Geekgirl is an interactive website on
the net. Warning: unless you have at least an hour to
kill, go to another site because when you log on to this
one, you won't want to log off.
This site is filled with fascinating and just plain
iunny links. Design a tattoo on the provided behind or
read about crime in America (issue #11 is done in a
crime theme). This web-mag has well written features,
good photography, and balancing it out, excellent content. Geekgirl provides the viewer with music reviews,
jokes, and a concert listing that, unless you're planning
to go to Australia anytime soon, is pretty much something you can pass over.
The best part of the entire site are the game links.
Games range from a tropical jackpot (which, even
though I have no idea what the point to the game is, it
is still entertaining) to breaking the code to a safe.
If you get tired of clicking away, enter the "arre-
stroom", lean back, and enjoy the sound bite provided
by robj. If you like that, make sure to check out the link
to Modified Studio and download from a variety of
wave files that they call "download music." "Download
music" being a continuous beat that keeps you entertained while surfing the web. Also, try watching the
"show grrrls" do their little dance but make sure that
you click inside the box. The grrrls will do a little trick
for you.
So, tattoo away or just enjoy a good reading. Just
remind yourself Lo visit this site in the next little
while. ♦
Jean-Michel Basquiat lived fast and
died young. Like Keats, who was another member of the young rebels club,
Basquiat was an artist who seemed to
sense that time was scarce and death
was an inevitable side effect of his
fancy for heroin. This sense of urgency
is evident in the works he produced
during his brief, but prolific nine-year
In the late seventies, phrases such
as "9 TO 5 CLONE" and "PLAYING ART
WITH DADDY'S MONEY" begin appearing on the sides of subway cars and
Manhattan buildings, all tagged with
"SAMO." Basquiat created the character
of SAMO, short for the phrase "same
old, same old shit", while he was a
member of a drama group during high
school. The SAMO project didn't begin,
however, until Basquiat met graffiti
artist Al Diaz. They collaborated and
found "a way of letting off steam"
through what some call guerilla art.
The first two pieces of Basquiat's art
you'll see even before you enter the Art
Beatus Gallery. Hanging in the display
window are large reproductions of
metal panels that have been tagged
SAMO by Basquiat. As you climb the
stairs to the entrance, a painted football
helmet is the next piece to greet you.
Don't spend too much time with these;
they're teasing appetisers rather than
the entree. Head straight to the paintings inside the gallery.
Initially, his paintings might seem
shocking to those unused to seeing graf
fiti as legitimate art. Some of
Basquiat's paintings, like
"Big Pagoda" and "Eye-
Africa", are surprisingly
simplistic, appearing as if it
were primary school children that painted them.
Others like "Prayer", and
"Pharynx" are complex and
vibrant constructions. Bas^
quiat's pamtings are like the
visual equivalent of poems
by T. S. Eliot, in that each
mark Basquiat scratched out
on the canvas was a reference to a much larger issue.
At times this technique is
chsfracting. "History of the
Black People" is one such
case. The painting verges on
a sensory overload. There is
almost too much crammed
onto the canvas for any one
viewer to absorb.
Some of Basquiat's most
effective pieces are simple
line drawings that are accentuated with
aggressive colours or were painted
directly onto canvases washed in red,
orange, black. Basquiat also explored
using the written word in his painings.
"Untitled" is a collage on a wooden box
that uses quotes from Leonardo Da
Vinci. In many of his works, one gets
the sense that he had much to say, but
not enough time to devote an individual project to each compulsion.
Critics either believe Basquiat was a
genius, or think that the fame and fortune placed at his feet were unjustified.
Should his works be labelled as art?
Judged as a thing of beauty? His works
might not measure up to that of Monet
or Van Gogh, for example, but that may
not have been Basquiat's objective. He
was one of the first black artists to be
invited into the downtown New York
art scene during the 1970s and since
that time his works have continued to
generate discussion and controversy.
Basquiat's paintings should be appreciated for their historical merit. They
should also be appreciated for how they
show the talent of a painter who was
consumed by the very society which
nurtured and inspired him. As sociopolitical art, Basquiat's works still
remain as powerful as the day the were
first created. The images will stay with
you long after you sign the guest book,
walk through the doors, and return to
your safe little world.<» 4the
1 Free Bagel
EXPIRES OCT. 15,1997
What's up at UBC
"Celebrating our Continuing UBC Heritage"
A Student Essay Competition
The UBC Almuni Association wants to know all about your UBC experience! No, not just studying and exams, but
the full range—the joys, the disappointments, the cinnamon buns, living in residence, cheering the Thunderbirds.
What has contributed to your adventure of mind and spirit at UBC?
WHY? Because we want to continue a heritage of current, past and future students to enjoy and relive the
highlights of UBC.
HOW? The contest is open to all UBC 97/98 registered students. Submit an essay of a maximum of 750 words telling
us what your UBC experience has been by 4:30pm, Fri. Sept. 26 to the UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green
Park Rd.
WHAT DO I GET? You will be eligible to win free tuition for your second term (maximum of $2000).
WHAT ARE THE RULES? Just sit down and write or type your experience in 750 words or less and submit on time.
Please bring your student ID card when you dorp off your submission. The Professors Emeriti Division of the Alumni
Association will be judging the competition. The Alumni Association reserves the right to withhold the award if no
essays of an appropriate calibre are submitted. The decision of the judges will be final.
WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED by Oct. 15th. The winner and winning essay will be recognized at the Great Trek
Remembered Lunch on Oct. 17 at Cecil Green Park.
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Jewel Heart
Allen Ginsberg
Memorial Tribute
Ellen Tallman
Bill Richardson
Michael Schumacher
Peter Trower
Stan Persky
Wyckham Porteous
Colin James
Sheri-D Wilson
Katya Goring
Morris Tepper
And... Special Guest
Harry ReidTs Photo Exhibit of The Beat Generation will be on display,
Vogue Theater
September 27, 1997
Doors 7:15   Show 8:00
Tickets $20
Show and V.I.P. Reception $40
 and Seniors $15
Tickets at Ticketmaster Outlets (280-8444)
The Fight Card
Who: University of Calgary Dinosaurs (2-0) at the University of British
Columbia Thunderbirds (1-1)
Where: Thunderbird Stadium
Birds looking for answers on offence
by Wolf Depner
When:    Friday   September
Kickoff 7 PM
Whaf s on the line? a win puts
UBC at 2-1 and in a first place tie
with Calgary, Manitoba, and the
Saskatchewan Huskies assuming
they beat 0-3 Alberta over the
weekend. A loss won't mean the
end of the world for UBC, but it
will make making the playoffs
that much harder.
The Streak Calgary has been 5-2-1
against the Birds dating back to
1993. UBC, however, won the last
meeting, beating the then defending
Vanier Cup Champions 30-18 at
home October 26. The win kept the
Birds in the playoff hunt while it
knocked out Calgary from the postseason picture.
Key Performers:
Calgary: Quarterback Darryl Leason
was named Canada West Player of
the Week after he passed for a conference season high 364 yards and
two touchdowns in 41-21 romp over
third-ranked Manitoba on September 12. He enters Saturday's
game having thrown 57 straight
passes without being intercepted.
UBC: Defensive back Paul Girodo
saved the day for the Birds against
the Alberta Golden Bears this past
weekend as he returned an interception 45 yards for the game winning
The Prediction: The cliche is that
a good defence will always beat a
good offefice, so expect the Birds to
win another close, ugly game the way
they did last weekend, but hey, as
they say, 'a win is a win'.
UBC 16 Calgary 14.
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When the football Birds take on the Calgary
Dinosaurs this Friday, they will have officially
passed the first quarter pole ofthe season. And two
games into the wide open Canada West Stakes, the
big question is why has tlie offence pulled up lame.
One offensive touchdown and fifteen points in
two games says it all. And had defensive back Mark
Girodo not intercepted a pass and returned it 45
yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to
give UBC a 14-10 win over winless Alberta last
weekend, the Birds could have dropped to 0-2.
So who is to blame for the Birds' scoring problems?
The obvious target would be second year quarterback Shawn Olson. He has been picked off four
times and has yet to pass for a touchdown in the
first two games.
Olson knows that the pressure is on him to perform and guide the team into the endzone. "The
bottom line is we have to start scoring points whatever it takes," said Olson. "We have to have guys
step up and start making some big plays. We have
only scored one touchdown all year so far and that
is not acceptable at this level."
"We just got to put plays together and put them
into the endzone. If we don't, we're not going to
win and it's only for so long that our defence can
carry us."
Olson also knows if he doesn't perform, he may
soon find himself watching from the sidelines. "I
think I'm one or two losses away from being
replaced, he said. "I am in there to win football
games and put points on the board. I think [head
coach Casey Smith] realises there is only so much
I can do, but in the same respect I still have to be
able to put points on the board. And if I don't do it
at some point we may to have to look at someone
That would be second-year backup Dan Delong,
but for the moment Olson is still sitting firmly in
the saddle, calling the shots. "I don't think it's just
Shawn," said head coach Casey Smith when asked
about the team's offensive struggles. "The quarterback is only as good as its supporting cast," said
Point taken. There is no doubt the ensemble
surrounding Olson has not lived up its advanced
billing, starting with the miming game. Last sea
son, UBC led the league in rushing as veteran Mark Nohra and
rookie Akbal Singh combined
for 1,607 yards. This season,
however, the running game
seems to be going nowhere fast
and Nohra and Singh are on
pace to combine for only 612
Running back coach Brad
Driscoll down-played the poor
state of the running game. "I'm
not concerned about it," he said.
"I realise that it needs some
attention and it has been given
some attention. I know what
these players are capable of
doing and once they do that
that, I think you are going to see
alot of positives."
While Singh said he is comfortable as the team's featured
ruruiing back, his numbers certainly do not back up his claim.
He has rushed for only 88 yards
and seems to have some trouble
reading holes.
"Things will come," said
Driscoll. "I think it is just a matter of him trying to find his
groove and once he does that,
he can do what everyone knows
he can do."
Receiver coach Craig Smith agreed. "[Singh] can
be the featured back. There are no two ways about
it. The guy is such an athlete. He can run inside, he
can run outside. We just got to go out there and
And Casey Smith, a former centre, is the first to
admit the offensive line needs to do a better job getting off the football and estabhsbing the run.
Case in point the September 13 game against
Alberta, which has the league's weakest run
defence. UBC rushed for only 103 yards. "We didn't do what was necessary to blow holes," admitted
right tackle David Pol.
Pass protection, however, has improved as the
offensive line is starting to gel. That has given
Olson more time to throw, but that has not stopped
the receiving corps from making some crucial
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drops. "Right now, we need more enthusiasm on
offense," added Singh. "We don't seem to be attacking the defense. We seem to be sitting back waiting
for things to happen."
For the moment, though, nobody in the Birds
camp has publicly pushed the panic button. "It is
just a matter of doing the job as far as individual
assignments are concerned," said Craig Smith.
"It's just little things, a missed assignment here, a
missed one there. It's not big things," he added.
"I think going into the season we knew the
offence was going to take a little time to come
around," said Olson. "We have a lot of talent, but we
have to gel still and we haven't gotten to that point
yet. Every week we see signs of things getting better and hopefully this week we'll break out and
have a good game»
Women's field hockey swings back into Canada West action
by Wolf Depner
When field hockey star Jen Dowdeswell sees a
chance, she is not likely to give up the ball, seven
goals and the 1996 Canada West title rookie of
the year bear witness. But she will pass on airline
catering whenever possible and brings food with
her on almost all away games.
This year she had to pack a lot of lunches as
she and fellow UBC teammate goalie Ann
Harada have raked up over 52,000 miles flying
the friendly skies, all for the love of their sport.
In the past eight months, they have been to
Argentina, Chile, Scotland, South Korea, Hong
Kong, with a return to South Korea where they
recently competed for the 12-team Junior
Women's World Cup.
They've travelled through more time zones
than Captin Kirk in Star Trek, and have seen too
many inflight movies—Dowdeswell loved Shine
but hated Everybody Says 1 Love You.
OK so Harada and Dowdeswell are not
Phileas Fogg and Jean Passepartout, (the two
dare devilling globe-trotters in Jules Verne's
novel In 80 Days Around the World), but hey,
they come close by 20th century standards. So
how do they handle it all ?
"Actually, right now it is taking its toll," said
Dowdeswell. "But it has been all worthwhile,"
she added quickly. "I love traveling," she said.
Harada echoed the sentiment, and said that playing against some of the best teams of the world
has been a real eye opener. Mind you, Harada
made international headlines herself. She was
mentioned in the London Times for her inspired
play in a 4-0 loss to England at the World Cup.
Both are now looking forward to get back
in the swing of things with UBC. That, however, may take some time as they are still trying
to catch up on their sleep and their classes.
And because the}' were in Korea for good
parts of August and the first two weeks of
September, both missed training camp.
However, fifth-year head coach Hash
Kanjee does not seem too concerned about
that. "They were playing hockey, so I'm not
really too worried about having them to fit in,"
he said. He later conceded that missing
Dowdeswell in practice might present problems because she is such an important field
player. "But she is such a talented young lady
I suspect she will just be able to fit in where
we intend to play here which is on the right
side ofthe field."
Dowdeswell is talented all right Starting
as a rookie, she made an immediate impact
and led the Birds to Canadian nationals
where UBC placed fifth, a somewhat disappointing finish, as the Birds never found their
scoring touch.
UBC only scored 23 goals in 12 regular season games and poor goal differential kept UBC
out of the medal rounds at nationals, a fact not
lost on Kanjee who vowed his team would play a
more aggressive style of field hockey this season.
"We got to score goals whenever [the chances]
present themselves to us," he said.
However the Birds' scoring problems have
not been due to a lack of chances. In one game,
UBC generated 16 penalty corners, but scored
only one goal off them. "Thatwas awful," recalled
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273-2294 6 THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 1997
September 19, 1997 • volume 79 issue 5
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Richelle Rae
Wolf Depner
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Richard Lam
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Columbia. It is published every Tuesday
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The first production had began on Ubyssey: the
movie and with joe Clark on as producer and
Federico Barahona as director, things looked to
be going full steam ahead But with the sudden
appointment of Richard Lam as DoP, that fragile
balance seemed threatened The encroachment
of Richelle Rae and Stanley Tromp, screenwrit-
ers-for-hire, looked to throw things up for a loop.
But the bloody intervention of Chris Nuttall-
Smith evil Movie Executive, threw it all in perspective. Douglas Quan (who died), Sarah
Galashan, and Bryce Edwards, the lowJy actors,
were left perplexed with the daily rewrites handed them by third AD Marina Antunes. Wolf
Depner, buff stuntman, was horribly massacred
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Vasilis Pappas and Susan MacRae were merely
extras to the grand scenes re^ncounting the tall
from power of Jamie Woods, while Christian
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from the balcony and down into the garbage
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THE HAVES of the busker world performing at the international Busker Festival in Ottawa last year.
Give 'em time if not a dime
Safeways, on street corners, and in Skytrain stations. Sometimes they're juggling, telling jokes,
playing violin or using their own voice as an
instrument. They give you a little laughter or
music in exchange for some coins tossed into a
hat an instrument case, or at their feet. Who
are these people? They're buskers. And their
venue is the street.
Aside from the obvious limitations that the
street presents to performers, all buskers have
one filing in common: they use the street as a
refuge. For some as a means to scrape by, for
others as a safe place to test a dream. Local success stories like the Hard Rock Miners and the
Colouriiics started out playing the street.
A lot of buskers—namely those at Granville
Island or Granville Skytrain Station—do well
from their craft. They earn respect and a little
money on the side.
But there are others, not all of whom are talented or sldlful. Those who strum out-of-tune guitars or churn out endless "C" chords on a harmonica just to keep their spirits up and make
some cash.
Too often a conversation to the tune of "I
wish I could sit on my ass all day as well" can be
heard as people walk by a busker. These people
are working, they are self-starters, inventors,
and entrepreneurs. Despite the depression or
mental illness that forced many of them onto
the street, these buskers find it a lot harder to
get respect. They play not for patrons but for
critics, for those with no time to drop a thank
you or a quarter. Buskers have to endure the
pennies thrown at them by high school students. They have to fight for prime locations,
which are often no better than the corner of
Hastings and Granville.
Written off as selfish and lazy for
indulging in a pursuit they may not exceed at,
they persist. While others in a similar situation just sit around, buskers have a pride that
insists they perform. It provides something
to look forward to, a job, and a way to better
They may not deserve your cash. But they
don't deserve your disrespect*
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The limits
of whining
Yelling and whining will only go so
far, until no one hears the noise
anymore and stops caring about
where it's coming from. Signs,
around campus with eye-catahing
slogans such as 'Fuck APEC* and
'APEC Go Home* have certainly
been heard, and has made many to
take a stand-you either support or
oppose the idea of using UBC as a
rental hall for this economic conference. However, it seems that an
important question has been left
out ofthe deliberations.
The issue of protesting against
a^PEC from being held at UBC
because of human rights violations
in the countries involved, is quite
different from protesting against
the idea of a<\PEC. From my understanding, it is an economic conference that has goals to further the
economic interests of Asian Pacific
countries. I suspect that this would
translate into creating industries,
jobs and capital for those countries.
As students and as Canadians,
we can definitely relate to the idea
of unemployment It is easy for us
to say, 'Go home APEC when the
sweat-shop industries liave nothing
todowithus.lt is easy for us to say
'No to APEC at UBC* when we live
in a country that has one of the
highest living standards in the
world. But can you tell me that a
person in Indonesia making
shoes for 30 cents per hour would
rather go hungry because students
in Canada do not want their campus being associated with ugly
images of oppression?
The reality is, aAPEC will be in
another city or another campus in
the future. Since aAPEC is here, we
can use this opportunity and use
our influence to give exposure to
the economic policies and deals,
and subsequently try to eradicate
exploitative practices and human
rights violations that often go hand
in hand with economics.
We cannot blindly oppose or
support APEC without asking
about the consequences of our
actions, and how they will affect
the people concerned. Trying to get
aAPEC out of our sight is not as
easy as getting APEC out of mind.
The problems of oppression,
exploitation and injustice will still
exist As students, we can ignore
them by saying we don't want any-
ijbing to do with them, or we can get
our hands dirty and try to clean it
Lilian Chau
2nd Year Arts
CFS does
have UBC reps
In the Friday September 12, 1997,
Ubyssey Article entitled "Is education ministry playing favorites with
student groups", Carol Gibson, UBC
director of Awards and Financial
Aid, argues that "if membership on
committees is restricted to representatives of CFS-member institutions, our confidence in the process
will be significantly compromised."
While I understand this argument, I
am perplexed that it is advanced in
the UBC context. Simply put, UBC is
a CFS-member institution, although
the channel of that membership is
not the AMS, it is the GSS.
The GSS is a full member of the
Nationla Graduate Council, the
graduate student component ofthe
CFS and, as such, the GSS represents UBC within the CFS. It may be
said that we act in the interests of
graduate students specifically, but,
in the absence of undergraduate
representatives from UBC, we do
consider undergraduate interests
as well.
Currently we have representatives (with the same short notice
Shirin Foroutan bemoans) to various provincial conrrnittees through
the BC Component of the CFS. Is
there bias? Sure. But that's obvious.
What's not so obvious is where the
bias is directed. To read Carol
Gibson's concerns that "CFS
schools could bias the comrnittee
and the entire BCSAP appeals
process" is to assume UBC is left out
ofthe process when that's not exactly the case (unless, of course, the
GSS reps, have no concern for UBC
students, graduate or otherwise).
Somehow she's been misinformed
about UBC representation on
porvincial corrimittees.
Ultimately, the arguments forwarded by Carol Gibson and the
AMS in this article thell us little
about the actual student representation of UBC provincial education
committees but much more about
the misinformation on campus and
the overall role of the AMS beyond
the confines of UBC.
Kevin Dwyer
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the   ubvssev THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1997
Disability access comes from Coke revenue
by Sarah Galashan and Jerome Yau
The University has allocated .$734,000 to help
improve disability access on campus. According to administrators, the funding comes
from revenues from UBC's deal granting Coca-
Cola a campus monopoly.
Improvements will include wheelchair
ramps in various campus locations including
the SUB, better wheelchair access and
upgrades to existing ramps. The funding will
also provide for two studies on access to tlie
Museum of Anthropology.
"There were more applications than there
was funding. We're quite happy with things
that went through. All of the applications were
good," said Steve Estey, an ad\isor on disability access for the Rick Hansen Institute, and one
of university's advising comrnittee members
on disability access. "We looked at all the applications and tried to come up with a list of those
that were most pressing,"
A comrnittee of vice presidents was responsible for the actual allocation.
In 1995, when the Cold Beverage
Agreement was signed, the university said
the money from the deal would go to disability' access. The university has refused
to release details of the agreement, but
sources say the university earns $849,000
per year for the deal.
Debora Sweeney, UBC marketing manager
for External Affairs, said part of the cold beverage money goes to pay university stakeholders
in the deal that distributes Coke products. The
AMS does not receive money from the univer
sity but is a separate signatory to the deal.
"Once the monies were allocated back to the
stakeholders the remaining funds were allocated to disability'," said Sweeney.
"The people who were on tlie committee
were the disability experts on the campus,"
said Sweeney. "(The university] was trying to
have a committee that had no vested interest in
any one specific area of campus."
She added that if other campus groups were
interested they were welcome to submit a proposal^
SUB signs of trouble
 by Ilka de Laat
The new signs around SUB don't
necessarily show the way or even
point in the right direction due to
shortfalls in what the AMS designer, Michael Kmgsmil], calls the
new "way-finding-system."
Students looking for either the
Pendulum restaurant or the AMS
Security Office will need to navigate for themselves since the new
signs indicate both are located in
the opposite direction from
where they really are.
Dispite the mistake, Rick
Kellough, the Pendulum manager, couldn't say if tlie screw up was affecting business. He didn't notice
the misleading sign before speaking with Uie Ubyssey. Nancy
Toogood, AMS food and beverage manager, hopes tlie sign will be
changed promptly.
Added to this are the recently corrected signs on tlie SUB's second
floor that previously showed even and odd numbered rooms to be on
the opposite sides ofthe hallway.
"There are some of what we call deficiencies...in the new way-finding-system," said Kingsmill. The other deficiencies, Kingsmill said,
were the late completion ofthe signs—they were due September 12.
As well, the floor plan directories that are supposed to go by the main
SUB entrances have not been completed.
Kingsmill said the Pendulum/AMS Security Office sign will be
changed next week. "We have a meeting on Friday, and this will be a
priority." A SUB proctor admitted that the misleading sign could result
in security problems but seemed satisfied with Kingsmill's reassurance that the change will be made next week."*
SFU President pro tern
to focus on 'basics'
by Pam Murray
The Peak
At a September 5 Simon Fraser University
(SFU) Board of Govenors (BoG) meeting Jack
Blaney, was appointed as the university's new
temporary president, replacing John Stubbs,
who is on medical leave following criticism of
his handling of a sexual harassment case at
Blaney, who has been at the university since
1974, and is vice-president for Harbour Centre
and continuing studies, will be at the helm until
Stubbs returns or a new president is selected.
The new president said one of his priorities
is to finalise a new harassment policy by
Christmas. "It is our aim to have the final policy go to the December meeting of senate. We'd
do it earlier if we could; it would be wonderful
to do it quickly and have the best policy in
"The process [of consultation on the new policy] will be transparent and open, reflecting the
kind of spirit that we want to develop for the
university itself," he added.
Blaney says he will emphasise increasing scholarship funds and improving university infrastructure.
These things, according to Blaney, are the fundamen-
JACK BLANEY fills in for John Stubbs. photo courtesy of the peak
tals that will attract quality faculty and students.
He did not comment on whether John Stubbs is
likely to re turn. ♦
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Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997
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undergraduate education at UBC.
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Faculty of Arts
Second Year Student Representatives
September 22 - 24
Following the call for nominations, the following students
have been nominated to represent Constituency B2,
Second-year students to the Faculty of Arts:
Alice-Marie Campbell
Miranda Lam
Susanne Milner
ExpressVote Code
Pending conformity to nomination requirements, there will be
an election to elect two (2) ofthe above nominees. All students
registered in second-year Arts programs (including B.A.,
B.Mus. and B.F.A. programs) are eligible to vote. Voting begins on September 22 at 9 am and ends on September 24 at
Students may cast their votes on TeleVote at 822-VOTE (822-
8683). In order to vote, students must enter their student number
and PIN number (originally set to birthdate in
YY/MM/DD format). Students who experience problems in
casting their votes may call 822-4367 for assistance.
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New BoG rep sidesteps politics
by Stanley L. Tromp
UBC's Board of Governors.
Ofthe three new appointees to the university's Board of
Governors (BoG) Linda Thorstad is probably best set to
help the university expand its ties in the Asia Pacific. But
for now she won't say where she stands on key campus
issues like university-corporate partnerships.
A UBC geology graduate, Thorstad is
vice-president of corporate relations for
Viceroy Resources Corp., a gold producer
with projects in North and South America
and Indonesia. For five years previous, she
was president of Interaction Resources
Ltd., an oil and gas exploration company.
Last year Thorstad was BC-Alberta
director of the Canadian Bankers
Association, as well as president of the BC
Association of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists. She also won the 1996
YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for
Management and the Professions and is
the United Way's campaign sector chair.
But within a year of the Asia Pacific
Economic Conference (APEC), part of which will be held
at UBC, and at a time when the university is focusing
on the Asia Pacific for students, business links
and donors, Thorstad's Asia Pacific ties will Qf COUfSC
likely be useful. Even UBC's mission
statement calls for the university to
"Strengthen its commitment to international development activities and
expand linkages with institutions in
other parts of the world, emphasising the Pacific Rim."
"I  expect UBC  asked for her
appointment because it would find
her business background useful," said
student BoG member David Borins.
In August, the provincial cabinet appointed Thorstad, as well as businessman Larry Bell, and
health educator Guninder Mumick, to BoG.
Thorstad declined to say where she stood on any
UBC issues, such as corporate partnerships.
"I'm new to the Board, and I've done a lot of
research, but I'd like to hear all sides ofthe story on lots
of things before I take any positions," she said.
Two years ago, Viceroy's partner Wildcat Resources
began two gold exploration projects in Indonesia, one of
them a joint venture with PT Aneka Tambang, the
Indonesian state mining company. Viceroy's partners
have also been involved in a diamond exploration project in Thailand and a gold mining joint venture in
Some UBC student activists voiced
disappointment in Thorstad's selection. According to Jaggi Singh, a former
UBC student who is involved in the
Anti-APEC movement on campus, said
Viceroy's Indonesian ties are troubling.
"It just shows UBC is placing a business
ethic above human rights," he said. The
Indonesian government has been heavily criticised for its invasion of East
Timor and its violent repression of students and independence activists
But Thorstad said her company
doesn't do business in East Timor, and
added she's never been to Indonesia.
She wouldn't comment specifically on
human rights. "I don't feel even remotely qualified to
comment on particular human rights questions
around the world. Of course I believe in
human rights. But a lot of these global
issues are really tough to manage."
Viceroy, which has strong federal Liberal ties, has been criticised over its use of cyanide to
extract gold.
At its new Brewery Creek
mine in  the Yukon, Viceroy
planned to soak 18 million tons
of ore in a cyanide solution and
leach out 800,000 ounces of gold
LINDA THORSTAD    .,   by ^ year, 2°°4' ^fu ^Z^
the process as environmentally sound.
Thorstad added that Viceroy has just been
named by the Social Investment Organisation of
Canada as the sole environmental leader in the rnining
industry, and was named as one of the five industrial
leaders in dealing with native affairs.
Thorstad assumes her position on BoG at its next
I believe in human
rights. But a lot of
these global issues
are really tough to
New system has
clubs in a daze
by Douglas Quan
Several of UBC's largest student clubs are upset the
AMS assigned them to low-traffic areas in the student union building for this week's Clubs Daze. But
the AMS said it wanted to be fair to smaller, newer
"This year is the first year that we've been up here.
Every year we've been downstairs. Newcomers can't
find this place," said Christina Chang of the Taiwan
Students Association, which has 500 members.
"[Location] should depend on the size ofthe club."
But Scott Ramsey, the student administrative
commissioner who assigned the locations, said it is
unfair that the same dubs get to set up booths on the
SUB concourse year after year.
"There's been a lot of drastic changes this year
and a lot of people have been upset, but I think it's
worked out all right," he said. "I tried to pick clubs
so that when you see the concourse, there's a wide
Ramsey also said preference was given to club members who handed in the necessary paperwork on time,
and who attended an information session earlier in the
Safety was another factor, according to Jennie Chen,
AMS director of adniinistration. She said traffic flow on
the SUB concourse was impeded last year because the
larger dubs attracted so many people to their booths
FIRST YEAR CLUB, Motor Sports Club gets a sought after
spot in the SUB concourse, richard lam photo
Not everyone was complaining about the changes,
however. Mike Kraft, president ofthe Humanists' Society,
which was allowed to set up on the SUB concourse for the
first time this year, said it was about time smaller dubs
were recognised.
"It's a vast improvement. I understand why they
used to do it differentiy, the idea that the big clubs
earned their position here, but I've always felt there
should be a few spots for the smaller groups.'
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