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Translink's future to be decided soon
by Laural Ralne and
 Sarah MacNeill Morrison
UBC students may have more at
stake in the future of Vancouver's
public transportation system than
they think when Translink votes on
its financial possibilities this Friday.
Translink, the Greater Vancouver
Regional District's (GVRD) transit
authority, is currently facing an
annual deficit of $40-to-$50 million.
Required by law to balance its budget, this month it has met with Lower
Mainland residents to gauge public
reaction to the different choices
being considered to improve its
financial situation.
Translink offered the public two
options. 'Choice one' would see no
additional revenue to Translink, and
would mean that between 15 to 20
per cent of all bus service would be
cut next year, four times the amount
of cuts made earlier this year.
'Choice two' involves raising new
funds through a two cents per litre
fuel tax, increased property taxes,
and a 25 cent increase in one-zone
transit fares, and would allow for
continued improvements to road
and transit services.
Under the proposed plan of raising revenue, regular transit users
will pay between $125 and $250
more per year, homeowners will
pay on average $22 more per year,
and the average vehicle owner will
pay between $30-60 more per year.
An Ipsos-Reid survey released by
Translink indicates that the majority
of Lower Mainland residents—68
per cent of those surveyed—would
rather pay more in taxes and fares
than see their transit service cut
The transit authority has also recommended to its board that it adopt
its second choice. Translink is asking that its board of directors ask the
provincial government to increase
gas taxes, and request that the GVRD
increase property taxes to generate
an additional $20 million. The
authority also recommended a fare
increase of 25 cents for one zone
and 50 cents for multiple zones for
The recommendations propose
several initiatives to compensate for the impact of the fare
increase, including a U-Pass
for all secondary students, a
Sunday/Holiday family pass, a
90 minute HandyDART transfer and a continuation of the
employer pass program.
When Translink held a public consultation meeting at
UBC at the end of October, the
majority of students who spoke
supported increased fees and
fares in exchange for improvements to the public transit system.
But while the proposed U-
Pass, a universal bus pass for
UBC students, was mentioned
only briefly at the forum, this
week's decision will have a
major impact on its future.
"Translink has invited UBC
to resubmit U-Trek proposal,
assuming 'Choice 2' decision
and September 2002 launch
date," stated a status report
presented by Gord Lovegrove,
UBC's director of transportation planning, to the post-sec-
onday ACCESS group on
November 13.
The U-Trek card is part of
the transportation section of
Trek 2000, a document that
lays out UBC's vision for the
21st century. While the Trek
program plans transport services including parking, benefits for people who car pool,
and more showers and bike
racks for those who cycle to
campus, the most ambitious
aspect of the plan is a mandatory universal bus pass for all
UBC students.
The mandatory bus pass is proposed at $18 a month—with a $5
monthly rebate for students living
on campus.
Lovegrove could not be reached
by press time, but a timeline for the
project sees UBC's Board of
Governors approving the plan in
mid-January in principle, a student
referendum in March 2002, and
implementation for the next school
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While past U-Pass proposals have
considered a phase-in period for the
bus pass—only requiring first-year
students to purchase it in the first
year of the plan—Trek's status
report on the U-Pass program
assumes full implementation,
implying that every student would
have to purchase the pass during
the winter 2002 term.
"If they get option two, which is
to increase funds...it's possible that
we could have a U-Pass by next
September," said Alma Mater
Society Vice-President, External
Kristen Harvey.
But Harvey couldn't confirm any
details, saying only that Translink is
currently in negotiations with the
university, and that Translink CEO
Pat Jacobson has taken a strong
interest in the plan.
"There's interest in both sides,"
said a transit authority spokesperson, but he added the process had
been slowed down as Translink has
been "distracted by its major funding issues."
The final recommendations for
future transportation funding and
services will be presented to
Translink's Board of Directors on
November 23 for a decision. A
Committee of the Whole meeting of
the Translink Board will be held on
Tuesday November 20 to gather
public input on the text of the final
recommendations currently posted
on Translink's website. ♦
Cities across the country participate in peace rally
by Gary Magee
Concerned citizens took part in a nation-wide peace walk and
rally Saturday afternoon.
Held in conjunction with other peace demonstrations in
several Canadian, cities, including Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa
and Halifax, the peace rally was the largest one to be held in
North America since the US started bombing Afghanistan.
Organised by the September 11th Peace Coalition, a group
comprised of thirty peace, environmentalist, cultural, labour,
women's, and student groups from across Canada, the aim of
the rally aimed to stop the cycle of violence that the the groups
believes the September 11 terrorist attacks have sparked.
About 3000 demonstrators gathered in the Peace Flame
Park at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge and walked
downtown to the Vancouver Art Gallery to hear speakers and
entertainers protest the bombing of innocent civilian Afghans
by the US and its allies.
Peter Coombes, co-chair of the September 11th Peace
Coalition, articulated the theme of the rally - that bombing is
not an appropriate or effective response to the horrific events
of September 11th.
"You don't have to look very far m history to see that when
people are satisfied, when their stomachs are fulL and when
they can look forward to a future for their children, they do
not engage in acts of terrorism. They build their nations, they
build their cultures, and they enjoy those cultures.
National president of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees Judy Darcy echoed the idea that Western governments have to look to the cause of terrorism in order to fight
"We condemn this monstrous act of terrorism. There is no
cause on earth to justify this kind of act But this is not the
time to retreat from the struggle to end economic inequalities.
The essential condition for the personal security is economic
equality and justice around the world."
The overall mood of the rally was upbeat People were
dancing, waving flags, and belting out songs asking for peace,
but many individuals seemed saddened and frustrated by the
actions of the US and Canadian governments.
Vancouver resident Brant Cheetam said that he disapproves of the US-led military campaign, and of the tactics
being used by the Americans to soften their image.
"We have to be asking more questions of our government,
and we need to be coming up with better solutions. There's no
question that the Taliban is a repressive regime, but at what
cost are we going to get them out of there? We should be locking at ways of doing it without displacing millions of people.
And this classic PR stunt of a food drop is only to get public
support here for their bombings."
Jean Moore, of the Raging Grannies, an elderly ladies'
activist group, said she believes bombing Afghanistan is mostly motivated by revenge.
"The actions of the government have been an outlet for all
of our anger and frustration. What we need to do is to get to
the root of the grievances of the people who are upset."
Robyn Smith, also of the Raging Grannies, agreed and said
that a solution to the problem of terrorism lies in empowering
international organisations.
"We can't just go in there and replace the government
with whoever we think would be appropriate. It has to be
some form of elected government formed with the help of
the UN." ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20/2001
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GUELPH (CUP)-The arrest of a student initially stopped for skateboarding by a University of Guelph
police officer has left witnesses of
the incident stunned and many
alleging that the officer used excessive force.
According to witnesses, on the
evening of October 25, Constable
Jim Armstrong entered the university's computer science building
where Scott Duke, a member of
the computer science club, was
Armstrong asked Duke if he had
been skateboarding and asked the
student for identification. Witnesses
say Armstrong became angry after
Duke told the officer several times
that he wasn't carrying any identification.
"He was very aggressive," said
Ann Marie Jakabfy, a first-year student who was studying in the building. "He was threatening to arrest
(Duke] for no apparent reason,"
Duke claims Armstrong forced
him into a corner of a small lab
room, pushed him into another student and then lifted him by both
arms and slammed him into a locker. Armstrong then handcuffed
Duke and removed him from the
building while other students
watched. Witnesses say they heard
the noise and ran in from the neighbouring labs.
"It was brutal," said student Matt
Fisher. "I've never seen anything
like it I didn't know the police could
do that"
Duke says he was informed he
was being arrested under the
Trespassing Act and was then
placed in a police cruiser.
Armstrong requested Duke's student identification, and Duke gave a
false student number.
"I was so scared. I thought I was
a criminal," said Duke. "I didn't
know what to do. All I thought was,
'I can't go to jail."
A $70 fine was issued and Duke
was released. While trying to collect
the fine, campus police discovered
that the identification number Duke
had given was false.
After a few days, Duke decided to
turn himself in to the police.
"They were going to my classes
and staking out the Reynolds [computer science] building, waiting for
me to come in," said Duke.
Duke is being tried under the
university's Student Judicial
Program for "impersonation with
intent," an offence which can carry
heavy penalties. He was, however,
not charged with a criminal offence.
The student tribunal is expected to
hear the case later this month.
"I do not understand how this
happened. I was only skateboarding
and now I am on trial," Duke said.
Armstrong declined to comment
on the incident with Duke.
Keith Mclntyre, director of security services, said that no comment
could be made about the allegations
of an arrest-related assault since
no official complaint has been
Mclntyre described Armstrong
as "a good officer who does his job
very well day to day." ♦
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The award is open to all returning UBC students, graduated, undergraduate
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contribution made, the individual being nominated, contact information of the nominator and the nominee, and an approximately
500 - word letter describing the contribution made and how the four criteria have been met. Students are welcome to nominate
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Science kids use remote controls in class
by Kathleen Peering
Remote controls are being used as learning
tools in several UBC science classes and professors say it enhances classroom leaning.
The aim of the Personal Response System
(PRS), introduced into several first-year
physics and chemistry classes last year, is to
get science students more involved in the education process.
The system encourages participation and
peer discussion in lectures, said professor
Javed Iqbal, who uses the system in his
Physics 101 lectures.
Students in classes using the PSR are given
remote controls at the beginning of the term.
After an idea has been covered in class, Iqbal
poses a conceptual question on the computer
screen in front of the class, and students are
given a short period of time to decide on one
of the multiple-choice answers.
After they press a button on the remote
control, students' replies are anonymously
broadcast onto a bar graph in front of the
class, so they can see which answer the majority of their peers chose.
Then, they have an opportunity to discuss
their responses with classmates. Heated discussion ensues for another short period while
students try and convince their peers that they
have the correct answer.
"It gets very animated, very loud at that
time. And that is the whole point of having this
system, for them to be able to convince each
other that their answer is the right answer,"
said Iqbal.
After the discussion period, students are
given the oppurtunity to respond to the question again, and according to Iqbal, the number
of correct responses often improves.
"In many cases what you see is that they
can and do teach each other" he said.
Iqbal says that one of the advantages of the
PRS is that students learn to question material
"I can walk into my first-year physics class
and say virtually anything and the students
willb>elieve it. This leads them to accepting the
concepts without questioning, which isn't a
good way to learn at all. With PRS the students
end up teaching each other the material," he
"When I tell them something, they will take
it for granted. They will not challenge me.
They will challenge each other. And I find that
once they start challenging each other, they
start to challenge me."
He said that the PRS also gives students
confidence in their own thinking ability—a
skill valued by employers.
Physics professor Andre Marziali convinced the university's dean of Science to give
the department a grant in the summer of
2000, to bring the Harvard-orginated PRS program, which cost $20,000 to install, to UBC.
Marziali used the PRS in his Physics 153
class lastyear and although he is not teaching
this year, he said will use it again. He says he's
found the response from students to be overwhelming.
While the department hasn't used the system long enough to determine whether it has
improved students' overall grades, the PRS
has many visible, positive benefits, the physics
professor said.
"I think there is one benefit that we have
absolute proof of, and that's that students
enjoy the class more," said Marziali "The bottom line is that they didn't feel bored in the
class. Tney felt they were being stimulated to
Engineering physics student Dylan Gunn,
who was one of Marziali's students last year,
would like to see the PRS used in all his classes.
"In conventional classes there's this large
gap of time between when the professor teaches a concept and when he knows if you understood the concept," said Gunn. "You get taught
something in class and the next time you get a
chance to look at the material is right before
the midterm. [The PRS] helped to level out the
class on the spot."
Devon Hemsworth, a second-year engineering physics student also praised the PRS.
"I thought the system was really great
because it broke up the lecture a little and
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helped maintain people's attention during the
class," he said.
Another benefit to the PRS is that it allows
professors to adapt their lectures to their students' learning needs, said Marziali.
"You can actually change [lectures] on the
fly," he said.
Iqbal says that using the PRS, he constantly
revises bis lectures.
"You're right on the ball, it changes your
teaching style tremendously. The feedback is
instant," he said.
Iqbal admitted that sometimes peer discussions don't always increase class knowl
edge, and that sometimes more students
choose the wrong answer for their second
response. But this is usually due to an ambiguous or misleading question, he said.    . .
But Marziali believes that this can still be
"If they've thought about it and still come to
the wrong conclusion, they've still thought
about the physics involved, it's not a waste of
"It does slow you down. I may not be able
to cover as much material as the other people
in other sections, but it's absolutely fantastic.
It really makes a difference," said Iqbal. ♦
Fair Vote Canada calls for PR electoral system
      by Gary Magee
BC discussions of electoral reform
are increasing, with Fair Vote Canada
opening a new office in Vancouver
next year, and Premier Gordon
Campbell promising to consider
future electoral changes.
Fair Vote Canada, a national citizen's group calling for reforms to the
way Canadians elect their government representatives, is forming
chapters across the country, including in Vancouver, and wants to generate nationwide debate on electoral
Planning a public education campaign, lobbying effort and national
petition for 2002, the group also
hopes to hold a referendum on elec
toral reform in 2004 or 2005 concurrently with the next federal election.
Arn Keeling, a UBC student and
Vancouver spokesperson for Fair
Vote Canada, says that Canada's
first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral
system has outlived its effectiveness, and that Canada needs a proportional representational (PR) electoral system, where parties receive a
share of the seats in the House of
Commons directly proportional to
the share of votes that they received
in the election.
All Canadian provincial and federal elections currently use the FPTP
electoral system, where political candidates compete in geographical ridings, and the candidate who receives
the most votes wins a seat in the
House of Commons.
In places with more than two
political parties, when the FPTP—
sometimes called the 'winner take
all'—system is used, the winning candidate is usually elected with less
then 50 per cent of the votes. In
recent federal elections, political parties have generally been able to win a
majority of seats in the House with
about 40 per cent of the national popular vote. Holding a majority of the
seats in the House of Commons gives
a government almost unassailable
power to pass legislation.
Forms of proportional representation are currently used in Germany,
Italy, Spain, Australia and New
Zealand. A commission in Great
Britain, the country that gave Canada
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its FPTP electoral system, recently
examined alternative voting systems
and recommended that in the interest of democracy, the country's voting
system become more proportional.
Keeling said he believes that while
PR won't solve all of Canada's problems, it cannot be worse than the
county's current electoral system.
"I'm sceptical that PR is a
panacea. I don't believe that we'll all
of a sudden get honest politicians
and 90 per cent voter turnout but
we've really got nothing to lose
because the current system is so
clearly dysfunctional,' he said.
UBC constitutional law professor
Robin Eliot agrees that the current
electoral system is flawed.
"A majority of voters lack through
their representatives sufficient clout
to make a meaningful impact on public policy decisions," he said.
But he adds that FPTP has some
advantages, and that FPTP elections
result in stable, majority governments.
"One advantage of first-past-the-
post is that it enhances functional
efficiency in that it makes it easier for
governments to formulate public policy and implement it," said Eliot
Eliot believes a balance could be
struck by using a mixed proportional
system where some seats in the
House of Commons were allotted to
ridings, and some were reserved to
correct the ratio of members so that
each party had a percentage of the
seats in the House which reflected
the percentage of the popular vote
they received.
"Through some kind of proportional representation, we could try to
retain some of the benefits [of FPTP]
in terms of functional efficiency,
while enhancing the democratic character of the electoral process," he said.
Keeling believes that the problems inherent in FPTP elections will
eventually lead to change.
"We want to start by generating
meaningful, interested debate about
our electoral system," he said. "It's
going to take a long time. This is a
long-term project Nobody thinks this
is going to happen overnight"
But Elliot is not optimistic that
Canada will change its electoral
"It seems to me that, at the federal level, that what you're asking the
government to do is give up their
handle on power. They'll take whatever steps necessary to delay or stall
any change in order to preserve their
own power. Do I think that we will
see any kind of PR in Canada? Not
any time in the foreseeable future.
"Just look at the BC liberals. They
lost in '96 because of FPTP—even
though a majority of the electorate
voted for them. But now that they're
in power, it's very unlikely that they
would do anything that would put
their power at risk."
But speaking to UBC Commerce
students last month, BC Premier
Gordon Campbell showed signs that
the Liberals are still considering electoral reform.
"We're going to have a citizens'
assembly that's going to allow you to
think about how you want to elect
people and whether the institution
we have today is the appropriate one
or not," the premier said. ♦
—with files from Sarah MacNeill
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The Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-A University of
Toronto professor who was spied on
by the secret service during the Cold
War fears a renewed crackdown on
dissenting views, including those
from academics.
John Gittins was one of two U of
T geology professors spied on by
the Canadian Security Intelligence
Service (CSIS) between 1986 and
Isabel Laurence was an informant for the RCMP and CSIS at the
University of Toronto. She was secretary to both Gittins and Anthony
Naldrett, who were suspected due
to contacts with scientists in former
Eastern-Bloc countries during the
Cold War period.
Laurence provided copies of the
two professors' private letters and
telexes to CSIS during her time
there, but found that the research
the academics were conducting
was legitimate.
Gittins says current policy
regarding government spying is
toothless and desperately needs to
be revised in wake of the new antiterrorism legislation the federal
government is poised to enact   '
"My colleagues who are still currently employed in the university
might be advised to look at this polity and say, 'Do I really believe that
assurance?" Gittins said.
The topic has become a top priority in discussions among faculty
across the country, according to the
organisation that represents
Canada's professors.
"There's a generalised discussion at universities all over about
whether there's going to be a return
to some of the less tolerant periods
in the past like the cold war years
and like the McCarthy period," said
James Turk, executive director of the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers (CAUT).
"If faculty members or students
are having to look over their shoulders wondering if there's a CSIS
informant in their midst it can
make people reluctant to speak
freely, and the essence of a univer
sity is a place where people can
speak freely and argue different
views," he said.
An agreement signed with CAUT
in the 1960s says CSIS cannot spy
on university campuses without the
consent of the solicitor-general, the
federal minister in charge of the
A 199S U of T policy supple-
memnted the agreement and was
supposed to protect professors.
"Disclosure of personal information contained in university
records should be regulated in a
manner that will protect the privacy of individuals who are the subject of such information," the policy
But Gittins does not feel comforted.
"It rather smacks of empty
words," he said. "Where are the
teeth in it? It doesn't say anything
at all about disciplinary action."
CSIS spokesperson Chantal
Lapalme says investigations at universities require senior level
"In some situations when it
involves direction of human
sources and the use of intrusive
devices, then ministerial approval
is also required," she said.
"We don't report to the public, so
we wouldn't report to campuses,"
she added.
Angela Hildyard, U of T's vice-
president of human resources, said
the university would need a subpoena or other legal document to
release information on professors
to government agencies.
Lapalme said that CSIS activity
is sensitive to the special considerations of academic and personal
freedom in a university setting.
"We don't investigate activities
that constitute lawful advocacy,
protest and dissent, unless carried
out in conjunction with threats to
the security of Canada," said
Turk raised concerns over current erosions of the Canadian privacy act, and Bill C-36, Canada's
new anti-terrorism bill, in light of
what happened with Gittins and his
"All of those things are being
justified in the name of September
11 but to what extent do we sacrifice the things that we allegedly
value in order to defend the things
that we allegedly value," he said. ♦
CSIS and the U of T
CSIS stated that they would have
no undercover agents on university campuses unless they had
specific and prior authorisation
from the solicitor-general.
Agreement was ratified by the
Pearson government and confirmed by governments in the
1970s and 1980a, and most
recently in 1996.
Isabel Laurence was an informant for the RCMP and CSIS at the
University of Toronto, She was
secretary to geology professors
Anthony Naldrett and John
Gittins, who were under suspicion due to contacts with scientists in Eastern-Bloc countries at
the time.
Laurence provided copies of
the two professors* private letters and telexes to CSIS during
her time there, but found that
the research the academics were
conducting was legitimate.
Isabel Laurence informed her
director at the University of
Toronto of her position as as
Gittins and Pearson were
informed of Laurence's spying,
Micheal Finlayson, U of T's
human resources director at the
time, gave her a job in his
by Sharon Liao and Sandy Braz
University students, brother and
sister, were found dead in their
home last week.
Naeem Amiji, 20, a first-year
business major and his sister
Nuzhat Amiji, 23, a second-year language studies/French major were
found in their Mississauga condominium last-Tuesday.
Peel regional police and
Mississauga firefighters responded
to an emergency call at 325 Webb
Drive at 8:36am and found the
brother with stab wounds to his
chest and arms. Naeem Amiji was
unconscious in the stairwell of the
22nd floor. Witnesses say he startled residents in the normally quiet
condominium shortly before he collapsed as he banged on doors to ask
for help.
Resident Dennis Zaidi was alerted to the situation by the sound of
fire alarms in the building, where
he has lived for three years, A mes
sage over the public address system
announced there was no fire and
that residents should remain in
their apartments.
"It sounds so cliche, but ever
since September 11, you worry,"
said Zaidi. "When you look out your
window and see about 30 cop cars
corning towards your building, it's
Naeem Amiji was taken to
Trillium Health Centre in
Mississauga, where he was pronounced dead.
After finding Naeem in the stairwell, police followed a trail of blood
that led them to the siblings' 24th
floor penthouse suite. It was there
that police discovered the body of •
Naeem's sister, Nuzhat ■
Police have arrested a suspect in
connection with the murders.
Mehaboobbhoy Adamjee, 32, of
Toronto, appeared in a Brampton,
Ontario court earlier this week on
two charges of second-degree murder. Adamjee is currently in police
custody and is scheduled to appear
for a bail hearing next Monday at
9am at Peel Superior Court
Peel Regional Police acting-
Inspector Rick De Facendis said
Adamjee was a member of the victims' extended family by marriage.
The university has been shaken
by the tragedy.
"We're very shocked and saddened," said York Faculty of Arts
Dean Robert Drummond. "That they
died violently is always upsetting."
Danielle Beausoleil, a French
studies professor who taught the
23-year-old woman, was grief-stricken by the news. She says Nuzhat
Amiji was a nice, lovely girl.
Michelle Brown, a second-year
religious studies major agrees. "I
remember seeing her this year so
happy, and I remember talking
about the strong relationship that
she shared with Naeem," said
Brown. "This shocks me as a resident of Mississauga, as a fellow student of York University, but most of
all as a friend." ♦
—with files from The Mississauga
Lord Black comes back
Former National Post owner returns to take on Canada
by Duncan M. McHugh
In his first statement since entering Britain's
House" of Lords, last Thursday former
Canadian media mogul Conrad Black took the
federal government to task for allowing what
he sees as a slip in Canada's prestige.
The newly-titled Lord Conrad Black of
Crossharbour was addressing a group of 6Q0
who attended a $65-a-plate luncheon, spdn-
cent of daily newspaper circulation in Canada,
but sold off his empire—which included The
Vancouver Sun, The Province and the paper
he founded, the National Post—in 2000.
Born in Toronto, Black was believed to
have renounced his citizenship largely due to
a long-standing fight with Prime Minister Jean
Chretien over his British peerage appointment, an appointment Chretien had blocked
on the grounds that a Canadian citizen should
sored by the Fraser Institute, a
Vancouver-based right-wing public policy think-tank, at the inaugural T.
Patrick Boyle Founders Lecture, named
after the Fraser Institute's founder.
With his legendary haughtiness
prominently displayed. Black offered
'persectives on Canada from an
"Renouncing my citizenship...was
the last and most consistent act of dissent I could pose against a public policy which I believe is depriving Canada
of its right and duty to be one of the
world's great countries," said Black.
He went on to call his actions an "act
of patriotism* and to characterise the
Canadian condition that initiated them
as, in the words of writer Irving Layton,
the tendency to regard "cowardice as wisdom,
Philistinism as Olympian serenity and the
spitefulness of the weak as moral
Black, who renounced his Canadian citizenship to take his title, is regarded by many
as a role model in the business community.
He is the chairman and CEO of Hollinger
International Inc., which owns newspapers
around the world, including the Chicago Sun-
Times and Britain's The Daily Telegraph.
At one time. Black also controlled 42 per
"I haven't left slamming
the door or screaming
obscenities at the country...! try to, you know,
thread the needle
between being interested/but not meddling [in
Canadian affairs].
on what he called the lethargy and
inadequacy of Canadian leaders, with
the fiercest scorn directed at Liberal
Black cited Canada's inability to
keep its most talented and successful
citizens and its squandering of its economic competitiveness as its greatest
faults. Still, he was not without advice.
"Canadians have an opportunity to
build a society worthy of
emulation...not by being
more socialistic than the
United States, which I never
did believe, but by skilfully
combining the British tradition of the benign paternalistic state with the American
tradition of triumphant popular fermentation."
Black avoided blaming
the university community
for this failure, although he
does feel they have been
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not receive such an honour from the Queen.
At an impromptu press conference after
the speech though. Black softened his message
"We all have to do what works for us, and
my career belongs to me...I have a right to
leave if I want to. I haven't left slamming the
door or screaming obscenities at the country...! try to, you know, thread the needle
between being interested, but not meddling
[in Canadian affairs]."
The majority of Black's speech meditated
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high-level of uniformity of
opinion, not only in the academic
community, but also in the highest of
the circles of most of the political field and
most of the media, for what, essentially was, I
don't doubt, a benign idea—almost unspoken,
intuitive idea—that Canada's destiny should
be a kindler, gentler, caring and sharing place
that defines itself, comfortably, against the
US, which is understandable," he said. "But I
wouldn't single out the academics for this."
To the appreciation of his audience. Black
also touched on the issue of the media, stating that, with the National Post, 'we shattered that oppressive little world in the
Conrad Black was in Vancouver last Thursday for
a speech. He spoke and ata a single jelly bean.
Toronto media."
"The Post gelignited the fetid little media
log-rolling and back-scratching society in
Toronto, where The Globe and Mail, the
[Toronto] Star, the CBC, and like a yapping little dog at the heels of the other three,
Maclean's magazine, zealously maintained
the soft-left orthodoxy."
The luncheon also saw Black receive the
first T. Patrick Boyle Founders Award from
the Fraser Institute. Black, as founder of the
National Post, was awarded in recognition of
the newspaper's contribution to "intellectual
vigour and debate in the Candian media." ♦
Rumours sparked by Post prove to be false
 by Fiona Isaacson
the Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Rumours sparked by a
National Post story stating that some international students will be banned from taking
science courses at Canadian universities are
false, insists Citizenship and Immigration
Kaye Francis, acting coordinator for the
University of Toronto's International Student
Centre, says she has been bombarded with
calls from media since the story was published on September 22, but says there is "no
source' to the rumour.
The Canadian Bureau for International
Education (CBIE), a national organisation
that advises the International Student
Centre on immigration matters has,
according to Francis,  "assured us that
everything is as was."
The CBIE has reported no change in policy
in admitting university students from abroad
to study in Canada, said Francis.
"We're not aware of any sort of denial of
students' authorisation based on a students'
background or certain courses they want to
take," she said.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
spokesperson Simone MacAndrew said the
events of September 11 have resulted in "no
changes whatsoever" to issuing foreign student visas.
"There's no basis to that rumour,"
MacAndrew said. "We always welcome foreign
MacAndrew did acknowledge there has
been "increased vigilance in security checks"
since the attacks, but couldn't comment
directly on any new security procedures.
In the US, attitudes towards international
students appear to be changing.
US senators Dianne Feinstein and John Kyi
have introduced legislation that would
increase the American government's ability to
track foreign nationals.
One of their suggestions is to "prohibit persons from obtaining student visas if they come
from terrorist-supporting states." Feinstein
and Kyi cited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Syria,
North Korea and Cuba as examples. They say
current policies are easily abused and that
background checks are necessary.
Feinstein originally called for a six-month
moratorium on the student visa program, but
later withdrew that proposal after receiving
complaints from schools and universities.
Jennifer Humphries, director of scholarships and awards at CBIE, said she understands universities' opposition.
"The US is very aware that 500,000 international students pump $ 11 billion a year into
the economy. They are not going to quickly
take that kind of action that would reduce
their economic benefit'
MacAndrew says any proposed changes in
US policy will not impact Canada, even though
the two immigration departments work
together and share information.
"The US makes their laws, we make our
laws," she said.
Joel Duff, chair of the Ontario division of
the Canadian Federation of Students, cautioned the Canadian government not to follow
in the steps of US reaction.
"There's a lot of pressure coming from
down south to impose tighter restrictions for
international students. We should remain vigilant in ensuring that our policy-makers don't
make those changes," he said. ♦
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Baflet British Columbia's latest collection of short dance pieces prove
that the once traditional art form of
ballet has changed dramatically.
The stiff pink tutus and one-piece
spandex suits have been replaced
with innovative and creative outfits,
matched by equally daring productions that challenge the form's
many elements.
Ballet BC's choreographer,
Dominique Dumais, reworked the
Russian classic Petrouchka, about a
puppet who falls in love with a
woman. The original Stravinsky
score has been given a heavy industrial/electronic twist The lights dim
to reveal three figures dressed in
stylish black and red outfits, standing at the base of long red curtains
hanging from the ceiling, highlighted by individual spotlights. The
show got to a fast-paced beginning
with the music intensifying as the
characters swung from the robes
and entangled themselves in the
background curtain.
Dumais approached the narrative of Petrouchka from a symbolic
viewpoint The three characters represent different fractions of
Petrouchka's character. He summons them to break free from the
confines of his box by building
strength and courage.
James Russell danced the lead
character with conviction and accuracy, relating Petrouchka's struggle
to free himself of fear and doubt
masterfully. His counterpart Andrea
Hodge, playing the role simply titled
"woman,* took a few noticeable missteps but did not mar this excellent
Andrea Hodge also danced the
female lead in the Pierre Wyss production of Blood Wedding. Based on
the play "Bodas de Sangre" by
Federico Garcia Lorca, the ballet
tells the stoiy of an unwilling bride
who escapes with her lover soon
after her wedding day. Pursued and
found by the jilted groom, both men
challenge each other to a duel, and
die. Left completely alone, the griev
ing bride is driven mad.
With a simple set made up of
long patterned screens, the ballet
concentrated on conveying the story'
and drawing in the audience. This
time around, Hodge seemed more
comfortable dancing in her role as
the tragic bride.
Although not dancing a lead,
Simone Orlando was the most riveting to watch. Playing the groom's
mother, she became the centre of
attention as her body moved with an
elegance unparalleled on stage.
The night finished with John.
Alleyne's production of Schubert
After two unconventional productions, the third and final ballet
retreated to a classical staging.
Alleyne created the ballet specifically to show the strength of the
women of Ballet BC. The nine
dancers didn't disappoint and
danced their parts with beauty and
power. For the sake of the audience's attention spans however, this
more conservative but beautiful
piece should've been placed
between the night's more risky
productions. ♦
Local dance in the Spotlight
by Courtney Bannon
Part of the Vancouver
International Dance Festival
Nov. 18
This year the Vancouver
International Dance Festival
showed more of the city's vibrant
and talented dance community than
ever before. Nowhere was this better achieved than last Sunday's
Spotlight on Vancouver, an evening
showcasing four innovative local
dance companies.
Audience members might have
been shocked to realise that they
would be seeing a brutal cockfight
This surprise was due to the creative-genius of Battery Opera, who
opened the evening with an excerpt
from Spektator, which premiered in
October. In it, dark themes of love
and desire are revealed through an
interdisciplinary performance
inspired by cockfights, sports, animal husbandry and sex.
Spektator proves to be a world-
class combination of outstanding
delivery and ingenious craft The
piece blurs the line between audience and dancer. The fight-commentator has a seat amongst the audience and performers casually walk
on and off the stage. The chicken-
roles are first presented as athletic
animal-machines, but as the piece
unfolds, their emotional, inherently
human side is unmistakable.
The second piece of the program
was Fos, part of a larger work-in-
progress by Kinesis Dance, titled
Stories of Laurel & Oleander.
Choreographer Paras Terezakis created an eerie piece inspired by
themes of alien-abduction and Greek
mythology. But rather than being
obtuse, the piece's exploration of
reality is widely approachable.
The third performance of the
evening must have been cursed.
First, due to the flu, dancer Kathryn
Ricketts could not perform Santa
Aloi's piece II Scaciato. Instead,
Rhonda Cooper danced Helene
Blackburn's Memento Mori, one of
the four Blackburn solos that will be
performed in January at the
Firehall Arts Centre.  Blackburn's
choreography uses gesture, speech,
sign language and repetition in this
piece. The curse resurfaced when
the wrong music was played for
Memento Mori. Ricketts soldiered
on and danced the solo. The mistake became only apparent when it
was announced after she had taken
her bow.
The evening came to a momentous close, with a heart-stirring solo
from Co. ERASGA titled Volt Part 2.
Conceived and danced by Alvin
Erasga Tolentino, it is a modern-day
story of the search for perfect love.
The piece embodies vulnerability
and honesty. Not only is Tolentino
nude, but his movements are
accompanied by the reading of a
courageously open love-letter. Read
first in French, the poetic letter is an
e-mail to his ideal love, a lonely
attempt to reach out to a man who
he hopes to find in cyberspace. The
results are simply beautiful, raw
emotion. It shows that the search
for idyllic love like great dance
exists regardless of time, culture or
sexual orientation. ♦
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'ilm directors are often notorious for the crazy lives they lead.
Take the controversial Italian
director Paolo Pasolini for example.
He chose to five a chaotic life that
defied political boundaries, which is
believed to have lead to his murder.
But, what if you don't choose to lead a
crazy life but rather find yourself in a
world that seems to have gone mad?
What if you were a Palestinian living in a refugee camp in Gaza? What
if you were a child with a dream of
creating a picture of your life, your
surroundings, your people and their
loves and sorrows in the midst of the
Palestinian film director Rashid
Masharawi was such a child and his
dream has been manifested in filmmaking. Last Friday night he was at
the Blinding Light!! for the Canadian
premiere of his feature documentary
Live from Palestine. It was presented
as part of the Canada Palestine
Network's (CanPalNet) film night and
showcased the work of two other
Palestinian directors: Jayce SaUoum
and Mai Masri.
I met with Masharawi before the
screening. His relaxed attitude
revealed an overall calm disposition.
But his eyes revealed strength and
"There are places in the world,
like [Vancouver], where th3re aren't
many Palestinian film activities
going on...It is important for people
to see more details about our lives,
not just what they see in the news,
but to get to know how life is over
there and see the little details that are
only found in films."
Having just arrived from Cairo,
Masharawi's Canadian trip will take
him from Vancouver to Edmonton
and then to Montreal, after which he
will head to Amsterdam. Traveling is
an important part of what Masharawi
does. His films have taken him to
many places, many international film
festivals and he has been duly
rewarded for his work. His feature
film Haifa won the UNESCO prize at
the Cannes International Film
Festival in 1996, to name just one.
As a result of this exposure
Masharawi's films have encountered
a broad range of audiences in different parts of the world and received
different responses.
"People's reactions are important
to me, no matter what the reaction is.
I am interested in seeing people's
reaction here regarding such films
and such subjects...I determine people's reactions through the discussions that takes place afterwards and
the nature of the questions asked. I'm
discovering that people don't know
much about us.. And a lot of people
have created their own picture of the
region, so it is very important to elaborate and clarify."
From his experience Masharawi
determines that "there's a need, a
need to make films on different
aspects of our lives as Palestinians, as
Arabs, as Middle Easterners..."
ut where did his love for film
.begin? Believe it or not, it all
started in the Al-Shati refugee
camp in Gaza where Masharawi was
born in 1962. He started drawing
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Masharawi fell in love with film.'We
had a cinema I used to go to. There
was this film that I watched twenty
one times when I was young....*
Masharawi smiles as he tries to
remember the name of the film, "a
Hindi movie with lots of dancing and
singing...they used to kick us out, but
we'd come back. We used to run away
from school to watch movies. We
would sweep the cinema to see free
From this first love Mashrawi
began to make his own films. "It was
a gradual process...I used to experiment by myself." His first film was a
four-minute short that "no one has
ever seen.* From there his craft
began to develop.
Entirely self-taught, Masharawi
needed dedication and a strong will
to keep his dream alive. Despite the
difficulties, the links to his childhood
at the camp have not been severed,
but cherished.
"I've never been cut off from the
camp, the children of the camp, or
the life of the camp...till today I am
part of the heartbeats of those
streets," Masharawi said.
As founding head of the
Cinema Production Centre in
Ramallah, Masharawi
realises the importance of escapism
for children. The centre runs what he
calls a "mobile cinema." "We have
equipment, crews and films going
around to the schools, camps, villages and cultural centres to show
The lack of screening facilities
often means the mobile cinema is the
only way many refugees are exposed
to films and one of the few sources of
entertainment they have. "We choose
the areas where there isn't much
[entertainment] going on, and where
children endure much suffering. We
also choose areas that have recently
been severely bombed...we try to
occupy children and get their minds
off of their struggles...It's a project for
entertainment as well as a project to
promote awareness."
In addition, the centre has been
running a children's film festival for
the last five years. Taking place in
four different cities, he estimates that
up to seventy or eighty thousand children attend the event each year.
The director also feels that film
can make a difference in a child's
life, like it did for him. "A human
being is a product of his history, his
past, his stories...and from that he
emerges, he makes decisions, he
loves, he hates..."
asharawi emphasises his
desire for his films to be
.first and foremost artistic
creations, then to deal with humanity
and finally to deal with the
Palestinian plight
"Cinema, in itself, is very important. I consider cinema as a mode of
cultural exchange more than...a way
of delivering political messages,"
Masharawi said.
Nonetheless it is difficult to ignore
the political, especially in a case like
Masharawi's. "Our daily lives are
filled with incidents and events, such
that if you want to create something,
you will subconsciously find yourself
dealing with your situation, your area
and the political and economic situations."
The director also feels that film is
a unique medium. "Television's role"
is to erase memory. The news you
watched yesterday or today, tomorrow becomes history. But films preserve memory, and that is important
for me."
For him, it is clear that the role of
the media is crucial for the advancement of the Palestinian cause.
"Palestinians are more conscious of
the role of the picture and the media;
the power of the picture and how it
can bring results."
"From my experience of making
films in Palestine, about Palestinians,
about real life, real emotion, real
things...it was always difficult to sell
our story to the world," he said.
And Masharawi believes the
Palestinian media falls short of its
responsibility to get the Palestinian
story out to the world.
"Palestinians, in my opinion, are
very far behind in the media. I don't
want to give them excuses, there's no
excuse...Palestinians working in the
media should exert more of an effort
and not wait for things to come their
way. They need to knock on every
door, and be everywhere...They need
to try and improve their methods,
technologies and their ideas because
the media in the world is developing.
[They need to] become more professional, to find a place, an area in the
world to claim to themselves."
Masharawi further criticises the
images being produced by
Palestinian media. "They produce the
same pictures all the time. If you turn
on the TV, read the newspaper, or listen to the radio, you will encounter
the same images from the beginning
of the Intifada till now."
Responding to these images,
Masharawi emphasises the importance of details. "I think we should
think about more details...and then
you can know how dangerous what is
happening really is."
This is exactly what his documentary Live from Palestine aims for. "I
try to show more details, or to name
things, like the man who died. I have
only one person in this film that was
killed by Israel. And you know, in [the
period of filming] two or three hundred died...I have one house that is
bombed, but I assume that you know
that there are many houses [being
He argues that details, as
opposed to generalisations and
numbers, lead to better understanding. "We don't want people who do
not support the Palestinian cause to
be simply against us. Nor do we
want people to blindly sympathise
with us because of the war and the
Intifada. No, I'd like there to be an
acknowledgement of Palestinians as
peoples, as a way of life, as an existence, as people who have their culture and traditions, their music,
their cinema—a life with positive
and negative aspects."
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inevitably becomes a spokesperson
for the Palestinian plight through
his films and his convictions.
Just as Masharawi believes that
blind sympathy is no good, he adds,
"I don't think anyone should give us
a country. Not the American president, not the Israeli prime minister,
nor the negotiations. Because if
someone gives us a country they can
also take it away. I believe that lands
can be liberated through a revolution
rather than through negotiations. In
such a country one would live with
more dignity...The price is too high
now; fifty three years of [suffering]...In my opinion, the Intifada
should continue. This will bring the
results and not all the talk."
Masharawi takes responsibility
for his beliefs by getting involved,
rather than being idle. Because he
believes that Palestinians should get
up and do something, he is making
films. Because he wants to elaborate
and clarify, each of his films gives a
unique perspective on Palestinians.
But, what is most exemplary of that
is the fact that he remains in
"I am probably the only
Palestinian director. living in
Palestine who has decided to stay
there...1 can live elsewhere, live
more comfortably, make more
money and bigger films,"
Masharawi said. His success in
Europe and the Arab world indicate
that he could have his pick.
ut something is holding
. Masharawi in Palestine: "We
have a story that hasn't
ended, us refugees," he said.
"Palestinian refugee camps are
all governed by the same mentality;
there's the same mixture of people,
they're all refugees, they're all
Palestinians, they all have the same
dream. They all dream of going
back to their homes. The refugees in
Gaza like the refugees in the West
Bank dream that one day they can
And so the story goes on. As far
as Masharawi is concerned, as long
as there is art to be made, as long as
their is love and sorrow, and as long
as there are displaced Palestinians,
there will be filmmaking. ♦ 8
foy Ancilla Chin
at the Frederick Wood Theatre <-
until Nov. 24
Strong, vulgar, provocative. These three words sum
up UBC Theatre's production of "Lysistrata."
Originally written by Aristophanes, the play is a
frank and idiomatic look at the basic structure of
human nature.
This play's premise would have been shocking
in ancient Greece. Lysistrata, played by Jessica
Clements, is angered by the war Athens has waged
against Sparta. She proceeds to rally the women of
the city to stop the war. The sisterhood makes a
pact to abstain from sex when their husbands come
back from the front. Their goal: make their men
crazed with lust and hopefully force a peace
Springing from this premise, the play becomes
an early piece of woman's liberation. War is
no longer solely the business of men Women
too have a right to speak about war. The play
empowers them with a stance and elevates
them as equals within the city state.
But Aristophanes was not only writing a
political treatise, "Lysistrata" is also Greek
comedy at its Tjighest' form. The play contains many double entendres from all participants, male and female, that are comical, but
often just turned into toilet humor.
Tension was heightened by the effective
use of a women's and men's chorus. With
each sex separated on either side of the stage,
amusing shouting matches often emerge
between the groups. The battle of the sexes
was led by a feisty grandma played by
Anastasia Filipczuk and an equally hot-headed male played by Adrian McMorran. Both
characters were convincing in their roles and
appearance. Unfortunately the women's chorus often fell short and was hard to understand at
times because its members were not synchronised.
By the time their protest begins to work, the
effects ■ are hilarious. Men from both Sparta and
Athens "start to walk around town with their
engorged members springing out of their pants.
Their antics to seduce their wives into bed are
undeniably comicaL
But again it is Lysistrata, the leader of the rebellion that takes centre stage. Clements' portrayal of
Lysistrata is strong, intelligent and brave, in tune
with the true spirit of the character.
The play was received wonderfully from the
nearly full audience. "Lysistrata" is proof that toilet
humour, even 2000 year-old toilet humour, can
still get a laugh. But more important is the play's
modern resonances. UBC's production managed to
capture both of these aspects and ultimately, this
play's spirit ♦
Heads will rol
at the Festival House Theatre
until Dec 1
My butt still hurts! If you are prepared to
cram and squeeze yourself into a tiny little
cloth fold-out chair for two hours, and are
willing to submit to abnormal doses of the
theatre-goers' fidgets and itches, you might
just last through Hoarse Raven Theatre's
production of the British comedy "Three
Heads Talking," a collection of monologues
written by playwright Alan Bennett
Tanja Dixon-Warren performed the
first monologue of the evening, "A Lady of
Letters.* It took a little while for the audience—myself included—to warm up lo the
quick-tongued Brit in front of us yammering on about tea cosies and the Queen, but
soon enough we settled into the rliythm.
Dixon-Warren's character turned out to
be quite amusing. And despite the faint
numbness creeping slowly through my der-
riere, I actually romped right along with the
rest of the audience, enjoying a good many
chuckles and hearty guffaw's at Dixon-
Warren's portrayal of Irene, a self-professed do-gooder, who knows a thing or two
about everybody's business. She also
knows a whole lot more about what they
can do lo get it a little more up to snuff. In
fact she doesn't mind providing a little free
advice from time to time to some of those
in charge of running matters about town.
Irene boasts at one point about how the
Queen was most grateful when it was
brought to her royal attention that there
were inexcusable and shameless lumps of
dog poo smelling up the pavement in front
of Buckingham Palace. Dixon-Warren was
a riot from start to finish. She did
admirable justice to Bennett's script,
exposing gently lhe waferthin layers of
noir that lay hidden within Irene's ^^
hilarious      distaste      for      the t^i
omnipresent incompetency that sur- }_^
rounds her. «h
The second monologue, "A Chip  S
in the Sugar," starred Ian Morton as   PS
Graham, a 40-somethmg man with a   t^&
penchant for self-pity, nudie mags   ^^
and servitude to his live-in mother.   ^*
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way through  once  Bennett had   p*
stopped bothering to develop his  ^*
characters. A rather nasty exchange   C"D
over a forgotten line between Morton  "
and the stage crew abruptly ruined the
flow. The plot began to meander aimlessly,
and my butt began to whine out for something soitish.
The final monologue, "Her Big Chance,"
brought Tanja Dixon-Warren back out on
stage as Lesley, a feistyyoung ditz who fancies herself as an actress, and gets conned
into starring in a soft-porn movie, all in the
name of art It took a while to stop seeing
flashes of Irene in Dixon-Warren's new
character, which in retrospect made her
first performance look a Ettle less original.
Still, once the story got going, remnants of
Irene faded and Lesley dished out some
good laughs to her audience.
If you have some dough to throw
around, and dig comedies about middle-
aged British wankers, you'll probably be
able to squeeze enough joy out of these
three performances, Do yourself a teensy
favour, though, and bring some earplugs
for those in-opportune moments during
which violinist Renee Cook hastily fumbles
through off-tempo, off-key solos. Oh, and
while you're at it, sneak in your own chair
if you can manage it ♦
Do you have a vision?      /'"JOBS
Each year the Alma Mater Society
makes a donation to the University. This
gift is in the form of a fund available to
ail students, staff and faculty. In an
effort to enrich and develop the social
and cultural climate at UBC, the
Innovative Projects Fund, (IPF) provides those with such a vision,
the financial backing to bring their idea to fruition.
So, if you think you have a really good idea, drop by SUB room 238
and pick up an application. Deadline for submissions: November
,30th, 2001. ^ .
Dony Blue souhd crew
The Pit Pub is featuring a series of pre-exam stress reliever
concerts. The first show, on November 24th, features BABY
BLUE SOUND CREW. Tickets can be purchased at
Subcetera for only $10.00.
Don't delay sending in your health and dental claims.
Sun Life must receive all claims from the past policy year
(Sept. 1, 2000 to Aug. 31, 2001) by November 29,2001.
After Nov. 29, 2001, Sun Life cannot accept any claims from
the past year.
Attention AMS Club Executives
You are invited to SAC s Wine and Cheese. Tuesday, November
20th, SUB Partyroom, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. RSVP to SUB Room
238. Please note: only two people from each club can attend.
We are looking to fill the following part-time paid positions
Elections Administrator
Duties include: administering, overseeing and promoting all AMS referenda and executive
elections. You will also chair the 5-member Elections Committee that conducts the
administrative and promotional functions of all AMS elections. 1-year term, beginning
December 1st, 2001. Honorarium of $ 3,500.
Clerk of the Court
The Clerk of the Student Court is responsible for receiving applications, arranging and
publicizing hearings, recording and publicizing the Court's decisions, and maintaining records.
1-year term, beginning December 2001. Honorarium of $ 900.
University Commission, International Students Commissioner
You will be responsible for representing and promoting International student issues. The
International Students Commissioner will be expected to attend International House meetings
and University Commission meetings and any other functions concerning International students
at UBC. Term will begin in December and end April 30th, 2002. Honorarium of $ 400 to $ 500.
Please address all above applications to:
Evan Horie, VP Academic & University Affairs,
Chair of the AMS Appointments Committee.
Room 248-6138 SUB Blvd. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Clubs and Constituency Commissioner, Finance Commission
You will be responsible for maintaining and enforcing AMS financial policies and procedures,
collecting and reviewing budgets of the Clubs and Constituencies and providing treasurer
orientations. A background in finance and/or AMS Club issues is preferred but not essential.
Applications are due immediately - term ends: April 30, 2002. Honorarium of $200 to $400.
Please address applications to:
Yvette Lu, Vice President Finance
Room 258-6138 SUB Blvd
Vancouver, BCV6T1Z1
Ph: (604) 822-3973
Fax:(604)822-9019 A THEUBYSSEY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2001      9
ball Birds sweep Vikes
by Sarah Conchie
The Victoria Vikes women's basketball team is
used to sailing in and robbing the Thunderbirds of
victory, but this weekend UBC's women sent their
long-time rivals back to the island empty-handed.
Despite some early hiccups and a rabid crowd of
Vikes supporters, the Birds swept the series
against Victoria for the first time in six years.
Friday night was a wild ride for the 300 people
in the crowd, as the lead swung between the two
teanis no less than four times, and victory
remained undecided right down to the last nail-biting minute.
The Vikes broke through UBC defences early on
and caused Ythe Birds to give up 16
points in the paint. Victoria built up an
11 point lead before fifth-year guard
Carrie Rodgers sunk a defiant three-
pointer and sparked a comeback, allowing the Birds to narrow the gap to six
points before the end of the half.
It was disconcerting to see a swarm of
seventh grade girls playing better
defence during the halftime show than the Birds
did in the first half, and the home crowd sat anxiously in the stands as UBC quietly trotted back
onto the court.
Such worries were soon put to rest, however, as
Charmene Adams opened the second half with a
crisp three, and big UBC centre Carlee St. Denis
tied up the game with a textbook lay-up. The Birds
quickly made up for their earlier fumbles, scoring
31 points in 15 minutes, and shutting down the
VikesY offence by switching to zone defence. But
Victoria also switched strategies, soon stripping
the Birds of a  14-point lead and stopping two
points short of a tie. With only two minutes left on
the clock, UBC's Brandie Speers pulled the match
t>ut of the fire with four precise free throws, and
the Thunderbirds won
Despite the victory coach Deb Huband had
mixed feelings about her team's performance.
"In the first half...we were atrocious. We couldn't defend person for person, and Vic showed a lot
more desire to win that game than we did. [They]
beat us to the loose balls and took care of the
boards, but in the second half we played a little bit
of zone and they had some trouble with that...I'm
happy with the win, but it wasn't a very positive
first half."
Saturday's game was bristling
with positivity. The Birds exploded
onto the court, pounding the flustered Vikes with a full-court press
and scoring 17 points off Victoria
turnovers in the first half.
Defensively, UBC was transformed,
forcing Victoria to pass the ball
around the perimeter as the seconds evaporated on the shot clock. Even four
thrilling three-pointers by Vikes veterans Lindsey
Anderson and Jennifer Diana couldn't stave off the
Thunderbird stampede. With St. Denis and Annie
Krygsveld dominating play under the hoop, and six
players scoring in the double digits, the
Thunderbirds slammed the Vikes 81-58.
"We came out and beat them at every aspect of
the game," said veteran guard Charmene Adams,
who ended the night with 11 points and six assists.
The rejuvenated Birds are on the road next weekend, where they will match up against the Calgary
Dinos, currently ranked sixth in the country. ♦
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.  by Scott Bardsiey
After'three years in the NAIA, the UBC men's cross-country team got
its^first taste of the league's toughest level of competition last Saturday
at the NAIA National Championship in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And if the
results were any indication, the UBC squad has what it takes to compete with the best of the American teams: the Thunderbirds placed
sixth overall out of 28 teams and two runners—David Milne and
Jonathan Luckhurst—placed in the top 20.
The team's top runner is undoubtedly Milne, who qualified for the
Nationals as an individual two years ago. He shot up the hill at the
course's start into the lead group, but a pack of five racers got ahead
of him and there was nothing Milne could do about it.
"I just couldn't catch up. The guys were running pretty quick, so
from there on I ended up running the whole race by myself. I ran
probably the last 6k...totally alone, which is a hard way to run," he
said. "I didn't really have to hammer at the finish. There was no race
to the finish. Basically from 2k on I knew my position and I was
happy with that."
Milne's sixth-place race clocked in at 25:10, which was 1:07 short
of the first-place runner's time.
Teammate Jonathan Luckhurst also had an amazing race. "A lot of
runners took it out pretty hard [on the first hill], so I told myself that I
was going to take it conservative for the first mile and I ended up about
100th after the first mile and I just kept working my way through the
field after that," he said.
He finished in 13th place with a time of 2 5:40, an impressive result
since he placed 16th at the less-competitive NAIA Regionals on
November 6.
Two of the team's other top runners had disappointing races.
Morgan Titus, who placed ninth at the Regionals, finished 76th. Byron
Wood, the only UBC racer other than Milne with NAIA Nationals experience, placed 95th. At last year's Nationals, Wood finished tenth.
"[Wood] got a lot of pressure on him to repeat that and I don't think
it was reasonable for everybody to expect a top-ten finish out of him,"
Milne said. "He's running well in practice and he just didn't get the
transition to the race...Sometimes things just don't go right He's had
a tough couple of weeks, he's battled hard, he ran his guts out and
that's all you can ask of a guy."
Kevin MacDonald, Jared Mawhorter and an ill David Roulston
rounded out UBC's showing, finishing 109th, 154th, and 204th in a
field of 240 racers.
The course in Kenosha was more challenging for UBC than typical
cross-country course because of its hills. The difficult terrain means
that small mistakes become critical ones.
"Some of the guys just didn't have the best races that they could
have," Milne said. "[Eastern Oregon, have] been there every year so
they know the course. Our guys, they knew the course [in Wisconsin]
before hand because we jogged the course, but they didn't know the
course to race it. And that's two different things. It's a very tough
course with the hill, but if it gets you, it gets you bad and that happened
to a couple of our guys out there."
The team will loose Milne, Luckhurst and Wood next year, but
Luckhurst is confident that the team will do better now that they all
have experience at the Nationals.
"It was a good experience for everyone and placing sixth is
a good start. I know in the future that we'll be able to do a lot
better," he said. ♦
The   University of   British   Columbia
The    Dal    Vrrauer    Memorial    Lectures
Canadian Army, Retired
PTSD: There is a New Generation
of Casualties Out There
12:00 pm, Friday, November 23
Buchanan A-104, 1866 Main Mall, UBC 1
Is Conflict Resolution the
New Peacekeeping?
Are there Casualties Involved?
Vancouver Institute
8:15 pm, Saturday, November 24
Hall 2, Woodward IRC, 2194 Health Sciences Mall,
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"We have conquered the Pit, the AMS and tie liquor laws/
Duncan McHugh bellowed 'Now the moonl"
And so it begun. OnB man's mad, mad dream was
about to be given a life. It would take many departments to
finish the *Ai Lin Choo" Project But mere were many volunteers. Coutrney Bannon, Chris Shepherd, and Julia
Christensen would head up the physics 'smizics department Refqa Abu Remaileh and Hansen Aba Remaileh took
charge of family values. Scott Bardsiey and Laura Blue went
to talk to the travel agent "Travel Agent! But you don't use
an agent to go to the mooni* Ron Nurwisah said in dismay.
So he sent Graeme Worthy and Sarah MacNeill Morrison to
steal some of NASA's rocket fuel Ancilla Chui and Aisha
Jamal picked up the nuts & bolts from Home Hardware.
Parm Nizher and Nara Mehlenbacher grabbed some steel
while Alicia Miller contracted Kaveh Emamzadeh to build
the damn thing. One month later it was finished Hywel
Tuscano was amazed. Nic Fensom just took some "fotoz."
Sarah Conchie and Rob Nagai got some pilot training at the
SUB arcade". Dustin Cook got the scoop for Kathy Deering
over at the Sun. Laural Raine watched in awe as Ga^ Magee
counted down the Ubyssey Space Ship launch.
And on December 5th.'the Ubyssey was indeed on the
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A threat to all of us
Being openly gay in Vancouver might seem easier when compared to other cities. The Pride
Parade is Vancouver's largest parade of the year.
MPs Svend Robinson and Libby Davies are
Canada's first male and female MPs, respectively, to acknowledge being in same-sex relationships, and both represent constituencies in the
Lower Mainland.
After a possible volatile (or empowering, joyful) coming out, you can comfortably settle into
Vancouver's gay community. Being out at work,
school and surrounded by supportive peers you
can often forget that, for some, your sexuality is
an issue.
With the notable exception of San Fransisco,
it's hard to imagine a place as safe as Vancouver
to be loud and proud. Check out Xtra West Go
to Davie Street Go to Commercial. Go to the
Dufferin, or the Lotus, or the Odyssey, or gay
bingo at the Royal Hotel. It's clear to see that
today's Vancouver is one that accepts gays, lesbians and trans-gendered peoples as equals.
But the brutal murder of Aaron Webster in
Stanley Park on Saturday morning is a stark
reminder of how dangerous it can be. Like the
nail bombs that ripped through London's gay
pubs in the summer 1999, Webster's murder
comes as a devastating reminder. You have to
ask, why now? Why here? Why?
Even a horror like the murder of Matthew
Sheppard could be explained away by some.
You see, he lived in Wyoming, and they're just
like that, it's different there. Here in
Vancouver, we're more tolerant and progressive. Evidently not
Webster's sexual orientation shouldn't distance you from the relevance of his attack. The
mentality that convinces three or four guys to
club a stranger to death can't be neatly compartmentalised. This is not something that only
affects 'those queers cruising in Stanley Park';
it's a threat to all of us.
If such a heinous and sickening act can serve
any purpose, it should put us on alert. It
reminds us that we have to look out for each
other. It doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is, when hatred goes as far as murder, we
are all affected.
While this crime is a horrible thing, it has
also proven how strong the gay community, as
well as those who support the gay community,
is. Sunday afternoon, 2000 people attended a
memorial and rally in the West End.
Even the police and the mainstream media
have stepped up. One could argue that the coverage was a bit discriminatory, but the story
was still put on the cover of both The
Vancouver Sun and The Province.
Furthermore, the police are not known for living harmoniously with the gay community,
here or anywhere else. Still, by all accounts,
they've done an exemplary job of handling the
case and consulting the community.
This is the first-reported hate-inspired murder targeting a gay man in British Columbia.
And while the devastation is terrifying, there is
still room for hope. Hope that the savages who "
committed this despicable act are brought to justice and spend the rest of their lives in jail. And
hope that the awareness raised by this event will
ensure that tragedies like this will never happen
again. ♦
Referendum results:
Advice to the AMS
So the referendum failed
("Referendum fails to meet quorum,* [Nov. 14]). To which I say:
Good! The president of the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) tells us that
some hard choices will now have to
be made because the increase in
fees was rejected. To which I say:
What the hell were you doing
before? Leaders are elected to
make hard choices from day one,
not after the electorate tells them
that they won't get any more
money. Call a spade a spade and
don't hide behind the fact that,
though quorum wasn't reached,
more people voted yes' than 'no.'
Don't take that as some form of
encouragement or pat on the back
that you're doing something right
The bottom line is that the AMS
failed long ago to capture the imagination of students on this campus.
The failure of the referendum is not
simply a matter of apathy or the
inability of the AMS to entice. The
failure to reach quorum is an
indictment of the AMS organisation
from top to bottom.
The AMS ought to take a long
hard look at itself, the programs it
runs and the personnel it
employs—particularly the full-
time/permanent staff. The AMS
should make it a, top priority to
engage students on a year-round
basis, not just when it needs more
money or when it elects the executive. The heyday of student activism
is gone and the models of student
governance put in place in those
days are inappropriate on our campuses today. So, to the leadership of
the AMS I say: Do something new.
Inspire my trust Don't try to bribe
me with beer or free tuition to give
you more money.
-Mike Weisbart
Graduate student-
political science
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From hot to cold
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2001   11
 by Rob Nagai
Sometimes you've got it, sometimes you don't—especially if you're the UBC men's basketball team, who
went from hot to cold in their two games against the
UVic Vikes this weekend.
On Friday night, the Birds started strong, winning
the tip-off and putting the first two points on the board
within five seconds. The Vikes fought back and by the
ten-minute mark it was tied at 23 each Then UBC
started falling apart Turnover after turnover, the team
could not pull it together. They struggled for the last ten
minutes, passing the ball badly and giving up crucial
rebounds. When the half was up, UVic had secured a
ten-point lead.
But something happened to UBC during the break
Kyle Russell flashed with brilliance in the second half,
leading the team with a total of 21 points, including
four three-pointers. But it was Jama Mahlalela that lit
up the court Mahlalela hit four crowd-pleasers from
beyond the three-point barrier, collecting 19 points for
the night UBC finished with a solid 79-70 victory.
For the Birds, the key to Friday's game was great
three-point shooting and consistent rebounding. The
Birds out-rebounded the Vikes 38 to 31. Mark Task,
one of UBC's starting forwards, made four impressive
plays inside the key during the second half to bring in
eight decisive points. Mahlalela was pleased with the
result and the team's performance. 'Finally we came
through and came together as a team,' he said.
But much to the UBC fans' chagrin, both teams'
Friday night performances were reversed on Saturday.
The T-Birds started well with five minutes of solid
play. Tasic came alive in the first few minutes, hitting
several good jumpers and nailing down good boards.
But the good play didn't last long and by the half s end
they had fallen behind by 18 points.
After some reflection in the locker room, the Birds
came back in the second half and were able
to narrow the deficit to seven points by the
13-minute mark. That was as close as UBC
could get though. As the Birds chased the
Vikes all over the court, their three-point
shooters just couldn't get the friendly rim.
They made only one of 12 attempted three-
pointers. UVic out-rebounded the Birds, hitting 33 per cent, while UBC could only
muster 16 per cent In the end, the Thunderbirds
FOUL PLAY? Fouls got UBC's Marc Tasic ejected from
Saturday's game, richaro lam/ubc athletics photo
were stomped, losing 74-59.
It seemed as if all the players' hands turned to stone
at some point on Saturday night.
Forward Aaron Frampton was the exception team, turning in consistent performances both nights.
The weekend leaves UBC with one
victory and one ugly loss, bringing the
Thunderbirds' record to 2-4. The men
will play their last games of 2001 this
weekend in Calgary before taking a
break from play until January. ♦
UBC Victoria
Hockey Birds run 'Cats ragged
by Dustin Cook
Starting this weekend with identical
1-7-2 records, the UBC men's hockey
team and the visiting Brandon
Bobcats battled out a series on
Friday and Saturday night to avoid
the bottom spot in the CIS. But don't
tell the Birds that they're one of the
two worst teams in the league; they
believe their team is, better than
their record indicates, and this
weekend they were determined to
end a five-game losings streak.
On Friday night, the Birds came
out strong and took the lead four
minutes in when team captain
David Penner scored his first goal of
the season on the power play. Three
minutes later, the Bobcats took
another undisciplined penalty and
Casey Bartzen scored. The Birds
kept up the pressure and, two minutes later. Nils Antons stole the puck
in the corner and made a brilliant
pass to Corey Lafreniere who buried
it in the top corner over the Bobcats'
sprawling netminder. When the
horn blew to end the first period, the
Birds were winning 3-0. They headed into the dressing room looking
like they would coast to an easy victory.
But it wasn't going to be that
easy. After a scoreless second period, the Bobcats scored one minute
into the third. Things got scary for
the Birds when the Bobcats added
another goal six minutes later.
UBC coach Mike Coflin felt that
the Bobcats' second goal was the
turning point. 'Once that goal went
in, we had a period of time where
there was a lot of nervous hockey
being played," he said. Tou've got to
get some confidence where you can
handle leads."
'Brandon was trying to draw us
into a lot of penalties," said Penner.
"We fell into that trap and that's part
of the reason that they came back."
The Birds took a foolish penalty
and Bjandon tied it up on the ensuing power play with nine minutes
, left. Surprisingly, the Birds' play
improved after they blew their lead.
With 22 seconds left, they came
close to winning the
game when Shon
Jones-Parry hit the
post on a deflection.
With yet another frustrating third period
collapse, the Birds
were forced to settle
for a disappointing 3-
3 tie.
On Saturday, the Birds came out
flying. Just seven minutes in, Penner
scored his second goal in as many
nights on the power play. At the 13-
minute mark, Bartzen added one of
his own to make it 2-0 going into the
second period. The Birds continued
their strong play in the second and
doubled their lead with goals from
Brennan Day and Nils Antons. With
just 36 seconds left in the frame, the
Bobcats scored one, but this time
they wouldn't blow their three-goal
lead. Instead, they continued to
dominate. When it was all over, they
had out-shot the Bobcats 56-30 and
outscored them 6-1.
The Birds' power play was critical to the T-Birds weekend success,
producing five goals in two games.
Forward Casey Bartzen had a break-
UBOy  7 Brandoi
out weekend, scoring two goals. "I
had a lot to learn about how to use
my skills, and my teammates have
been supporting me," said the second-year centre. 'I knew eventually
it would start to come together."
After what was clearly the best
week of their season so far, the Birds
can't help but be pleased by taking
three of a possible four points, even
if they were from the lowly Bobcats.
"We're happy to get three, but it's
hard because we've given up points,
and a point here and a
point there sometimes
separates you from the
^1 playoffs," said Bartzen
on Saturday evening.
| "Tonight inste ad of tak
ing a step back, we
took a step forward."
"We just need to get
a little bit of confidence," added
Penner. *I think we started to get
that this weekend and things will
just roll from now on."
The Birds must make up lost
ground to challenge for the post-season. Ranked last in the tough
Mountain Division of the Canada
West conference, the Birds will
almost certainly be unable to catch
up to powerhouses Alberta and
Calgary in the standings. Instead,
they'll have to win consistently until
the season ends in February 2002 to
overtake Lethbridge for the division's final playoff spot With a 2-2-2
home record, the Birds have proven
they play fairly well in Vancouver,
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5-1. And next week they're on the
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by Parminder Mizher
The UBC swim team is trying to
splash into CIS history this season.
The Birds started their season on
the right foot at the College's Cup
earlier this month, but the CIS
National Championship will be the
T-Birds' key to the record book. If
UBC wins the Championship, it will
be the team's fifth consecutive win,
and the first time in league history
that any team has won the Nationals
five times in a row.
February's Championship, which
will be hosted by UBC, is still a long
time away. For now the Birds are
busy dominating their fall meets. At
the November 3 College's Cup, both
the UBC men's and women's teams
beat out Calgary for first place. Mark
Johnston led the men, contributing
to each of the seven meet records the
team broke. His swim in the 200m
free earned him the 'Swim of the
Meet' honours. Kelly Stefanyshyn
took the women's title with her swim
in the 200m backstroke.
This weekend the team is headed
to Edmonton for the FINA World
Cup II. Women's co-captain Angela
Stanley is enthusiastic about the
meet. "We came off a pretty exciting
meet at the College's Cup. At the
World Cup meet there are a lot of
international athletes and we usual-
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ly do quite well in that level of competition,' she said.
"It's like a preparation meet to
get us racing in a fast international
situation. Our coaches will still be
expecting some fast swimming from
us," said men's captain Kevin Johns.
The odds of winning certainly
favour the 18 men and 17 women
on the UBC swim team. Among a talented crew, the Birds boast four
Olympians—Kelly Stefanyshyn,
Marianne Limpert,
: Brian Johns and Mark
"I think it's one of the
strongest teams we've
ever had," Stanley said.
"There are people
who win gold medals,
but the rest of us will
perform amazingly well.
Our low scores are in the
finals and that's amazing," said women's co-
captain Katie Brambley.
Head coach Tom
Johnson is pleased with
fifth-year captains
Stanley, Brambley and
Kevin Johns. "There is
definitely good leadership in the team captains. They have all been
in the program for a
while and they understand the tradition of
leadership. They are
coming to the training
sessions, performing at
the competitions, and
rallying the swimmers
around the common
goal," he said.
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who won gold in the 200m backstroke at the Canada Games this
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to the CIS [National Championship]
we're going to be a lot better in that
area," Johnson said confidently.
For the women's team, the
breaststroke has been a weaker
point. "We've got some work to do in
the breaststroke, but we have some
new kids, like Francine Ling, and
[we have] Kelly Doody, so I think
we'll be able to compete pretty well
when it comes time," Johnson said.
Although swimming is an individual sport, it is the Birds' collective results that allow the program
to stand out at meets.
"Everyone is willing to sacrifice
themselves just a little bit more,"
Stanley said.
"We have a couple of rookies who
can step up into the role and score
points. Others step down from their
best events and pick up slack in
ones we are weaker in," said Kevin
Kevin Johns is definitely excited
about the 'Strive for Five.' "Those of
us in our fifth year want to leave on
a high note," he said. "I don't want to
. make any predictions, but I think
we've a got a good chance of winning this year."
The captains of the women's
team are just as excited, but
Brambley speaks more modestly.
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teams...who always give us some
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