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Who is going to
lobby for you
AMS membership in the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations comes under fire this
week in a campus wide referendum. The
Ubyssey looks at the merits of and alternatives to CASA.
by Jamie Woods
with files from Alex Bustos
To stay or not to stay? The question of
whether the AMS should remain a member
of the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) presents no simple
At stake is the representation of UBC
students in a national lobby group, a group
which some say has been the cause of more
problems than they've solved.That's what a
carload of students from the University of
Victoria would have you believe. They've
come to UBC this week to join the 'CASA
Sucks' campaign.
But others, like the student president of
the University of Alberta, who will also
make his way to UBC, say that CASA's problems are behind them, and that 35,000 students would add a lot of weight to the
national lobby group's campaigns.
CASA was formed in 1995 when several
schools broke away from the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS) in frustration
over what they considered was the CFS'
overly bureaucratic structure and cumbersome focus on identity politics.
The founding members of CASA set up
an organisation that, when compared to
the Canadian Federation of Students, was
remarkably streamlined. CASA has four
paid employees compared to the CFS' 30.
And unlike the CFS, which speaks out on
student issues such as racism, violence on
campus, and date rape, CASA has chosen
to focus on only one: cheaper education.
"[Working with overseas students] may
very well be important, just as it is to save
the three-toed hogcrab in Indonesia," said
CASA's executive director Hoops Harrison.
"But the basic baseline concerns of students are: How am I going to get through
school? Is this going to be good for me? Am
I going to get a job when I get out?"
However, CASA suffered from teething
problems that nearly crippled the organisation. Its first executive director, Patrick
Fitzpatrick, was charged .with, and later
convicted of, fraud under $5000 after he
organised, and later cancelled, a conference that ran up nearly $30,000 in unaccounted expenses.
The following year, CASA's lobbying
strategy was leaked to Canadian University
Press. The strategy included recommendations that members "bump" into politician
by hanging out in government buildings,
establish good relationships with newspaper editors, and invite university administrators out for dessert and coffee in order to
become an "effective lobby organisation."
CFS national chairperson Elizabeth
Carlyle says the document proved that
CASA is more about kissing political butt
than effective lobbying.
"If you read CASA's documents on how
to lobby, it becomes painfully clear that they
are not interested in the principle of an
issue," she says. "It seems like [CASA] is getting somewhere with their demands, but in
fact what they're doing is tailoring their
demands to government statements.
"And that's not what I call lobbying,
that's what I call pandering to political parties."
But other students maintain that CASA,
despite its early problems, has been an
effective lobbying force. Ryan Marshall,
current AMS coordinator of external
affairs, says that CASA played a vital role in
the federal government's creation of the
Millennium Scholarship Fund and the billion dollar increase in education transfer
"We feel that CASA has definitely
improved over the last three years,"
Marshall said.
He added that it is far more expensive to
join the CFS than CASA: $400,000 ($12 a
student) as opposed to $24,000 (70 cents a
"We feel that CASA has definitely
improved over the last three years."
But current AMS President Vivian
Hoffmann says she doesn't think the AMS
should join either CASA or the CFS. She
cites the internal problems both organisations have faced over the last few years—the
CFS is currendy facing an internal inquiry
into racism and sexism—but more impor-
tantiy, she says, is that students will not be
an effective lobbying voice until they're
united under one organisation.
"I think the situation in the Canadian
student movement is problematic in that
it's divided between two separate organisations," she said. "As members of CASA, we'd
see "CASA" page 2
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Newfie tuition frozen solid
by Jeff Power
the Muse
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)—Students at Memorial
University can count on their tuition fees
remaining fixed for the next two years after
the Newfoundland government dished out
almost $12 million for post-secondary education last week.
Newfoundland's only university will get
an extra $7 million toward its operating
grant, while the remaining $4.9 million will
go to the College of the North Adantic,
Newfoundland's public college system.
Newfoundland Premier Brian Tobin
announced the funding increase at a
January 14 news conference, prompting
media analysts and opposition leaders to
call the move a case of pre-election spending.
"It is time to begin... reinvesting in these
institutions now that efficiencies have been
found," Tobin said.
"They've all played their part in restraint
for the first two or three years of this government's plan and now it's time—pru-
dendy—to re-invest."
Memorial responded to the news on
Friday by officially endorsing a tuition
freeze     for     the     next     two    years.
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only contribute to the infighting."
And Carlyle says the CFS isn't
likely to make peace with CASA
anytime soon. She says that CASA's
membership requirement—the
approval of student council rather
than that of the student body—is
the hallmark of an undemocratic
"We have a rule that we work in
coalition with groups that share our
basic views," she said. "And CASAs
newfie continued from 1
Undergraduate students at
Memorial currendy pay $1650 for a
full course load.
The university's budget is now
guaranteed to stay at $106 million
for the next two years. Since 1994,
the provincial government had cut
its payments to Memorial by $19.6
University officials hailed the
cash injection as "the best birthday
present" Memorial could receive for
its 50th anniversary year.
"I'm particularly pleased for our
students," said Memorial president
Art May.
"Their fees have been increasing
over the past number of years and
we were very concerned about the
impact that was having on accessibility and student debt loads."
May added the money would
bylaws are unacceptable to us. We
cannot work with an organisation
that membership doesn't support."
(The AMS passed a motion to
join CASA in June, when only
twenty-two councillors were on
hand to vote. It took a referendum
with more than a thousand signatures to force the referendum to be
voted on this week.)
Harrison, meanwhile, argues
that having two national student
lobby groups isn't such a bad thing
allow Memorial to be "the lowest
cost [university] in Atlantic
Canada... [and] that's a place
where we want to be."
Students attending the College
of the North Atiantic will also no
longer have to worry about tuition
increases, says Vince Withers,
chairman of the college's governing board.
"[The College was] going to
have to increase our tuition fees, in
the next two years, by between 20
and 30 per cent," he said, but that
will no longer happen.
But while government and university officials were pleased with
the money, student leaders say
more is still needed.
Dale Kirby, chair of the
Newfoundland and Labrador
Federation of Students, said while
he is glad the government is doing
after all.
"I wouldn't say [the student
movement] is split, I would say it's
diversified. It is changing to meet
the diverse needs of students. In
the eighties it was the CFS that did
the business, the Travel CUTS, the
work abroad, the political representation, social issues, campus
issues, you name it.
"Now you're seeing an organisation specialising in the specific
needs of students."»>
something, he doesn't see how the
announcement will help relieve
high student debt loads.
"The $12 million the government is reinvesting in post-secondary education falls short of the
reinstatement of funding to pre-
1994 levels that Newfoundland
students have asked for," he said.
Kirby said students need five
times the money the government
is currendy offering to offset the
250 per cent increase in tuition
fees over the last decade.
Brett Dawe, a vice-president
with Memorial's student union,
said he was "generally pleased with
the tuition freeze." But he agreed
with Kirby that there is nothing
new to address student debt.
"In the end, this is a Band-Aid
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Cruising for
by Mary Vallis
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—Picture it: a beautiful June day, the
warm breeze lifting off the water cools University of
Victoria president David Strong as he leans on the deck of
an elegant riverboat, the M.S. Cezanne. The air in France
is heavy and quiet; there is no sound other than the laughter of the other passengers and the slap of water against
the boat's hull.
Dressed in a crisp linen suit, Strong is eniovine an all-
expenses-paid cruise with his wife Lynda, thanks to the
university's Alumni Travel Program.
Though it seems like a lovely summer vacation for the
university president and his wife, Strong will actually be
working hard on this upcoming trip, which is being organised at his request.
At a cost of $4,500 per person—the price of two years of
tuition fees—the cruise is a fundraiser that's expected to
raise an amount of money in the range of five figures for
the Alumni Association. The association will in turn invest
the money into projects at the University of Victoria.
For Strong, visiting France is just another part of the job.
As the university's president, one of his priorities is raising
funds for the school. If that means taking a seven-day
cruise, complete with an up-front cabin, world-renowned
wines and delicious strawberry tarts, then that's what he's
prepared to do.
Don Jones, director of the university's alumni relations,
says tours led by a prominent University of Victoria member are nothing out of the ordinary.
That's because if a prominent member leads the tour,
then travelers with money to spend will follow, and the
Alumni Association receives part of each fare paid for the
But while Jones is quick to point out the cruises are university business, he's also quick to emphasise they're not a
direct fundraising tool. Instead, he calls them "wonderful
cultivation vehicles that reinforce connections and links
with alumni."
Strong sees trips like the upcoming France cruise as a
chance to forge links with potential donors.
"Every trip I take, mostly they're trips of opportunity,"
says Strong. "It's a process of gathering whatever support
you can."
If every trip Strong takes is about opportunity, then the
fall of 1998 may prove to have been a very fortunate time
for the University of Victoria, because Strong was away
from campus more than ever before.
He spent 45 per cent of the last semester's school days
away from Victoria, although he says he normally spends
only about five per cent of his time off campus.
Strong says his hectic schedule last semester was an
anomaly, but his various trips were necessary because he
had to attend certain events, such as the Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada meeting in St. John's,
Newfoundland, where he spoke about differential fees.
While many of those trips were speaking engagements,
conferences and meetings, Strong says he tried to work a
fundraising component into most of his major excursions.
Last fall, Strong's fundraising efforts included visits to
Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.
As university president, Strong has a mandate to raise
funds for the university, and it's clearly a duty he holds
close to his heart.
It's also a duty the university emphasised when it hired
him in 1995. A "proven record to fundraise" was one of five
major criteria for the position, putting it on the same playing field as academic leadership and government relations.
Indeed, he has proven a strong fundraiser. When Strong
was hired in 1995, the university was in the middle of a
five-year fundraising drive. By 1996, it had generated $67
million—nearly three times its $25 million goal.
Last year alone, the University of Victoria collected
$6.34 million in private-sector gifts.
And since Strong's arrival, the school has seen almost
one new building open its doors each year. Private donations have played a role in almost every one of them,
including the controversial new Centre for Innovative
Teaching, which officially opened in January devoid of the
corporate classroom names Strong promised to its corporate donors.
But while his ability to fundraise is notable, Strong is
also enjoying the fruits of his labours.
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Living as a lesbian in Bulgaria is not easy. Monika
Pisankaneva can attest to that. For almost a decade
she has lived an openly gay lifestyle in an area of the
world where homosexuality is still considered an illness cured by heterosexual marriage. It's a climate
she describes as "unaccepting" at best.
"The greatest part of the population think that
homosexuality is a disease," she says. "I don't know
how people who have had this understanding for 35
or 50 years... can be persuaded to believe in another
But rather than seek refuge in a more tolerant
society, the 30 year-old part-time university instructor has resolved to stay in Bulgaria in the hopes of
spreading awareness of gay issues. She already heads
up the lesbian caucus for the first legally registered
gay resource centre in Bulgaria.
All this week, Monika is visiting BC's major universities to discuss and compare the Canadian gay
movement with the situation in Eastern Europe.
"There is nothing available in this field in
Bulgaria," she says.
Monika says she first came to terms with her
homosexuality while finishing her studies in
Amsterdam. She was 25 at the time, an age when
most Bulgarian women marry and start having families.
Winning acceptance from her parents has proven
difficult. She wants them to meet her lover, but they
They want a normal daughter who is married with
children they can help care for. She says she does not
want to have any kids.
"Grandparents feel somehow unfufilled if they
don't take care of their grandchildren," she says.
"Since my parents don't have the opportunity to do
this they feel somehow betrayed by me."
Her parents even threatened to commit suicide if
she does not agree to marry a man, she says.
But rather than buckle to her parents' wishes,
speaks at UBC this Thursday, dale lum photo
Monika continues with her mission to educate herself and others.
This March, she will begin teaching two courses in
gay studies. She is also considering enrolling at UBC
to get a PhD in gay and lesbian related studies.
She's come a long way from her days as a high
school teacher, when she feared she would be fired if
anyone discovered her secret.
It's that fear of rejection and isolation that keeps
many of Bulgaria's lesbian women in the closet.
But Monika wants people to know she is gay, and
tries to appear in the media in order promote a positive lesbian role model. She is an activist for gay rights
and, as a director for the first lesbian organisation in
her country, she encourages other lesbian women to
recognise their sexual orientation.
"I try to tell people that homosexuality is not
immediately linked to loose moral values. I mean,
here I am, I'm a lesbian, and I'm not a failure." ♦
Monika Pisankaneva, one of few Bulgarian lesbian
activists, will speak at UBC this Thursday in
Buchanan A203 at 2:30 about the public hostility and
intolerance facing gays and lesbians in post-
Communist Europe.
Court rules for accreditation
by Jonathan Dyck
the Peak
BURNABY (CUP)—There's no reason Trinity Western
University's teacher education program should not
be accredited by the BC College of Teachers, a court
has ruled.
The ruling comes after a drawn-out conflict
between the college and Trinity, which has a code of
conduct that forbids homosexual behaviour on the
grounds that the Bible condemns it.
The college has refused to accredit the program
partly because it says the Langley-based school—the
only Christian university in Canada—was discriminating against homosexuals.
Its refusal to accredit the four-year program meant
that graduates had to go on to either Simon Fraser
University or UBC for another year of training before
they were eligible to teach.
But the BC Court of Appeal said last month that it
found no evidence of discrimination or intolerance
by graduates of Trinity's teacher education program,
and ordered the college to accredit the program.
John Westwood, executive director of the BC Civil
Liberties Association, which intervened in the case on
Trinity's behalf, said he was pleased with the court's
"It's wrong to enforce a secular morality on a private institution," Westwood said.
Doug Smart, registrar at the BC College of
Teachers, said the college plans to appeal the decision
before the Supreme Court of Canada. ♦
Morishita future uncertain
by Douglas Quan
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Independent AMS presidential candidate Scott
Morishita faces possible disqualification after he violated the student society's election postering policy.
Morishita set up three billboards, with the words
"Morishita for President" on them, along University
Boulevard and Southwest Marine Drive over the
According to Elections Administrator Chris
Gawronski, Morishita violated two policies: the signs
were too large and Morishita never brought his signs
in for approval.
But after meeting for a couple of hours on Monday
afternoon, die six-member Elections Committee
could nut decide what action they would take against
Morishita. Instead, they deferred a decision until
"We want to make sure we make a reasonable and
justified decisioni" Gawronski said.
He would not say what options the committpc dis
But AMS policy analyst Desmond Rodenbour said
that traditionally, when a candidate has breached
elections policy, the Elections Committee has withheld the refund that they're entided to if they win a
certain number of votes.
"In extreme cases," a candidate can be disqualified, he said.
 Reached at his office on Monday, Morishita, cur-
rent director of administration, said he was "completely shocked" to hear tiiat somebody had filed a
complainl lo the Elections Committee about his
Morishita maintains that he sought and received
Gawronski's verbal approval last week to put up the
Mgiih. Even so, he said, the policy only applies (o postering on campus.
"1 was completely under the impression [the
signs] were line," Morishita said. "Obviously, I wouldn't have done this on purpose...who would do
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It's big, it's Canadian, and it's very
different. Two years in the making,
Over the Moon is finally opening.
For those involved with the
production, it's been quite a ride.
at Frederic Wood Theatre
Opens on Jan 20
by John Zaozirny
"People always say to me, 'Is it based on real
life?' and I say, 'No, it's based on an unreal
Meah Martin is talking about her new
play, Over the Moon, which, as it happens, is
getting its world debut at the Freddy Wood
Theatre on Wednesday. Over the Moon is very
much Meah's play, in a way that most playwrights don't get an opportunity to grasp.
Meah's been there through the entire
process: the writing, the workshopping, the
rewrites, the planning, the producing, the
acting, the rehearsing, the directing, and
every tiny bit in between. It's been two years
in the making, not counting all those years
that bits and pieces of Over the Moon were
drifting around her head.
Meah grew up in Saskatchewan, waiting
until her kids finally left home to pursue her
dream of a university education. She'd
always wanted to go, but couldn't afford it. So
now, Meah's doing what everyone at UBC is
doing—getting a degree.
But in contrast to most students, she's got
a lifetime of experiences to draw from. Still,
she never did anything in theatre and little of
her life had much to do with it.
"Where I grew up," she says, "we didn't
have theatre, we didn't have any of those
things. But what we had was the [Catholic]
Church and all the rituals and the music. So
that was my theatre, but I didn't know it then... That was
really the only place, where I
grew up, where there was art
of culture or music. That
sounds really strange, doesn't
it? But that was it, except for
Coming to UBC, Meah got
her degree in Theatre, and is
now working on her Master's
in Creative Writing and
Theatre. Meah met Jan
Selman, who is directing Over
Che Moon, and who eventually
acted as Meah's dramaturge
on the piece, helping her
through the process. The
result was something different
from what's usually put onstage.
"Theatre now is having to write for three
or four characters maximum, because there's
no budget and things like that," she explains.
"I feel like if I had to write just to conform to
that, then one day I'd wake up and find out
someone actually wrote the really big play
that I wanted to."
Exacdy what Over the Moon is about is left
for the audience to decide, but the basic plot
of the piece concerns a woman, Clara
(played by Kathleen Weiss) who returns
home to put her Alzheimer's-stricken mother into a home. Although it may sound like
an ABC movie-of-the-week, Over the Moon
takes this premise and explores it from a
completely different angle.
First off is the fact that instead of the
stereotypical 'three boxes of tissues' tear-
jerker, perfect family formula, Over the Moon
is about a fractured family that never quite
"The main question in the
play is really, 'How do you put
an unloved one away?'" says
Martin. "They do films on
Alzheimer's and there's these
loving families. But they never
really cover what happens
when families aren't that."
Although she's playfully
evasive on how much of Over
the Moon is autobiographical,
Meah admits that she couldn't
have written the piece if the
issues hadn't been a part of her
"When I first began to
write," she explains, "I
thought, 'Gosh, I can only really write about myself.' And
then I felt terrible, because if I
was a real writer I could write
about other things. Then as I
discovered in the process, I
found that there's nothing out
there that's not in some way
I discovered
Jan Selman is very rushed. At
this point in the theatrical
process, her life is a huge blur,
with everything moving around in tight concentric circles. Think of it as a gigantic locomotive wheel, slowly turning as rewrites and
workshopping take place. Then it picks up
speed, with casting and production planning
taking up more and more time. Now with
rehearsals ongoing,
meetings never ending,
and the opening only
two days away, it's going
ahead at full steam.
Trying to get ten minutes to talk is like making time stop.
But it happens.
"The overwhelming
idea, for me, is about
having the nerve to
revisit yourself and your
demons," Selman
explains,  adding that
she encouraged people
to have their own personal take on the piece.
When asked whether
Over the Moon is a play about putting an
unloved one away, Selman considers the
"I think the difficulty of putting an
unloved one away is sort of short-hand for
the extreme difficulty of facing again someone who has hurt you deeply as a person,"
she says.
"It's very much about allowing some of
the things that you've shoved to the dark side
of the moon to come back out to take a look
again. And that can feel dangerous and can
feel joyful. So, imagistically when I think
about the play, I think about a huge choir, I
think about a moon, and I think about one
person in relation to all that."
Jenny Inkster and Diana Grove are members
ACTRESS MELISSA POLL is part of the huge cast in homegrown UBC play Over the Moon richard lam photo
found that
out there
that's not in
—Meah Martin
of the "huge" choir everyone talks about.
But, as with most things in Over the Moon,
the meaning of the choir is never explained
nor set in stone.
Somewhere in the middle of their interview, as Jenny and Diana are trying to
explain what they see as their role in the play,
Diana mentions that Selman asked them to
personally define what the role of the choir
was. Then Diana reads out her answer: "I
move with Clara on her journey, I represent
her and her memory. I am never against her,
in reality I continually support and am with
her. I backlash to force her to see what she
suppresses. I am her friend and I am also her
enemy, but I don't wish to see her suffer. I
wish for her to learn and grow. This is why I
stay with her and resist leaving her alone."
Which seems to be a good answer.
The choir is described as the aspect of the
play that keeps the whole thing from bogging down into depression and darkness. As
Jenny puts it, "When it gets too dark, that's
when the choir often comes and says, 'Okay,
enough of this, we don't want to deal with all
this heavy stuff anymore. This is too sappy.'
And we go into something else."
Working on Over the Moon hasn't been
the usual experience. The auditions, done in
groups, were improvised and consisted of
singing "London Bridge is Falling Down"
three different ways, with three differents
intents. And while the groups planned their
take, Selman sat in and watched them work.
Even when production wheels finally
began to turn, nothing was set in stone.
Meah Martin sat in on nearly every rehearsal
and was continually rewriting. Parts were
being crafted and new selections developed
almost daily.
"It was interesting, because up until really, really close when we actually started
working, nobody really knew who was doing
what," recounts Jenny. "And it's been changing constandy, all through the process. I have
a part that I was just given three days ago.
They said, 'We need you to improv some
thing [on saxophone], just something really
bluesy.' And it's like, 'Okay, I've got seven days
before we open. Let's see if I can do something bluesy.'"
While Jenny performs on saxophone for
one section, other choir members pick up
other instruments, or simply use their voices.
All sound effects in the play are created by
the choir, whether through voices or through
held instruments.
As well as having to figure out how to
make everything work, cast members also
found their creative brains being picked by a
director and a writer eager for input. Martin
and Selman were adamant that the play be a
collaborative effort, as Jenny proudly
explains. "You can see the individual all
through the play, because as you're going
through it, you go, 'Oh that was so and so's
idea' and, 'Oh, I thought of that,' and, 'Oh,
Norman wrote that whole rap that they're
doing.' It's nice because there's always a
sense of accomplishment when you get to a
play, but for this one you really feel like your
fingerprints are on it. Because you've had
such a part in bringing it to life."
Collaborative effort and all, theatre's still
gruelling work and Over the Moon's been no
different. There's lack of respect from friends
in Commerce, long nights and what Diana
and Jenny call "living out of a bag."
"It's basically like holding a job," Jenny
Diana adds: "And it's not [a job]. And you
have school on top of that."
So why do they do it?
'Because it's fun, because we love it,'
seems to be the answer that Meah Martin,
Jan Selman, Jenny Inkster and Diana Grove
all share.
"It's about getting to Wednesday or
Thursday, when we get out there and when
there's an audience. When we get to find out
that we're funny or we're not funny. And
when we get to hear the applause at the end
of the show." Jenny says this slowly and con-
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GOING FOR THE PANCAKE: Barb Bellini goes flat out for a dig Friday night against Alberta in UBC's 3-0 sweep of the defem
Birds get revenge on P
by Bruce Arthur
If it was a championship matchup preview, then UBC should feel pretty good
about the results.
The number two-ranked UBC women's volleyball team avenged the number one-ranked University of Alberta Pandas' season-opening sweep of them
by returning the favour and sweeping the weekend series against their archri-
vals at War Memorial Gym.
The Birds (9-3) cruised past a surprisingly listless Alberta team 3-
0 Friday (15-11,15-4,15-13) and then 3-1 Saturday (15-1,9-15,15-
13, 15-4) to move to within one game of the Canada West-leading
Pandas (10-2). UBC is still the only team that has taken as much as
one set in conference play from Alberta this season—four in the two
opening weekend five-set losses, and six this weekend.
"Big thing we were talking about before the game was to come
out and play for the sake of playing and for the love of volleyball,"
said power hitter Joanna Langley. "Instead of coming out and playing so we don't lose."
Friday, the Birds' Big Three—veteran Barb Bellini, Joanne Ross,
and Sarah Maxwell—came up big. In the first set, Ross and then
Cathy Chiang up front stifled potent Alberta power hitter Jenny
Cartmell and UBC took the set 15-11. In the second set, Bellini, who
started quietly, started to roll right along with UBC, who went from
down 1-3 to a 15-4 set win—Bellini dominated, including a block
and three kills in UBC's last five set points. She would finish with 14
kills and 14 digs.
"Once we started to get into a flow, I just fed off the atmosphere
our team play created," said Bellini. "We played with more assurance in ourselves."
Alberta led most of the third set, but UBC pulled ahead to win the game 15-
13 and sweep the Pandas, with the Big Three combining for 37 kills, 50 digs,
and five blocks. And though UBC swept past the four-time defending national champions, no one was crowing about it
"I don't think they played that well," said Ross, who still felt good about the
win. "Definitely, it's confidence-building. Winning a match like that, you feel
better about your team."
seven serves the entire set, as UBC play
blocked easily, attacked without hesitation
there was only one team on the court.
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pen, that's when they're really disappointed
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ball again leading to Alberta (the national cl
onships are held there), this was a weekej
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Saturday promised to be a tougher test for the Birds, as Alberta and head—home by identical game scores, but lost
coach Laurie Easier were sure to come in with adjustments and intensity. The
first set seemed surreal. UBC rolled out to a 6-0 lead before Alberta got the ball
back The score was 13-0 before the Pandas got a point. In fact, Alberta only got
national semifinal in five games. If they p
they played this weekend, though, it coui
very different story come March.«5>
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itation, and generally made it look as if
Maxwell. "Practice goes like that some-
nothing—the Pandas came out hard in
g and fighting their way to a 13-4 advan-
UBC rallied some, but fell 15-9. With the
lentum shifting, Alberta went to
nell, who sent thumping drives through
defenders to shoot the Pandas to a 5-1
n the third set. The Birds drew even, but
ta turned the momentum firmly their
as UBC's blocking fell apart and the
as took a 13-9 lead.
le match turned there. Bellini got two
; kills and a block, and it was Alberta who
; the mistakes that gave UBC the set, 15-
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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: One of the finest student-athletes
in UBC history bade farewell to War Memorial Gym this weekend as fifth-year volleyball star Mike Dalziel played what was
likely his final home game. Dalziel has not only been an All-
Canadian and has won the TSN award (for athletics and community service), but has also been an academic All-Canadian in
mechanical engineering all of his years at UBC. Dalziel closed
his home career with a disappointing weekend, as the T-Birds
were swept by the University of Alberta Golden Bears 3-0 Friday
(16-14, 15-11, 15-9) and 3-1 Saturday (12-15, 15-11, 15-12, 17-15) to fall to 4-
10 in conference play. UBC has four games to play and sits in fourth place in
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TAKIN' IT TO THE UMIT: Ann Harada stretches on a wide left penalty shot in the finals of the U BC Indoor Invitational Tournament at Osborne Gym this
weekend. Led by Harada's spectacular slide-a-minute goaltending and captain Jen Dowdeswell's fancy stick handling, the national champion Birds
ourscored their opponents 13-3 in four Saturday round-robin victories. In the Sunday semifinals, UBC met the University of victoria Vikes in a rematch of
last year's CIAU national championship game, and turned in an unassailable performance for an impressive 4-0 victory. The Birds met the highly regarded Vancouver Island Doves in the final and went into overtime tied at 2. The five-minute OT settled nothing, but the Birds won 3-1 on penalty shots
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Saturday in the Birds' 66-54 i-
victory. The Birds meet 10-0 :
Victoria next weekend at War
Memorial Gym.
The UBC men's hockey team
was also enjoying scenic~-%
Lethbridge, as they split With
the 8-9-1 Ptonghorns to
remain one point out of fourth
place and playoff position in ;
the Canada West. Friday, Jason
Deleurme scored twice while
Geoff Lynch and Brad English
tallied one each as the Birds
won 4-2. Saturday, UBC lost 3-
2, with Deleurme and Lynch
again scoring. The Birds now
sit at 7-9-2 on the season, and
will take to the road again next
weekend when they travel to
Winnipeg to face the
University     of     Manitoba
Sarah McDiarmid broke the
CIAU record in the high jump
at the Washington Invitational
with a leap of 1.71 metres,
which clears the existing
record of 1.69 metres. The second-year McDiarmid and the
rest of the UBC track and field
team will host the
Thunderbird Open at Minoru
Park in Richmond on
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The indie kids were out in full force Friday night at the Starfish Room, and
the waitress was pissed off. The small but loyal crowd that showed up to
see 764-HERO and gaze just wasnt buying any beer. But while it was a bad
news-night for the bar, everyone else went home happy after an energetic
post-punk show.
Dressed in matching cherry red jumpsuits, headliners 764-HERO
played a set composed mostiy of songs from their latest album, Get Here
and Stay. like their Up Records labelraates Modest Mouse, this slow-core
band from Seattle breaks up their moody song structures with blasts of
pure pop that got the strangely excited fens cheering and dancing.
Having added a bassist, James Bertram {also of Red Stars Theory), to
their lineup, 764-HERO's new sound is fuller and better suited to a loud live
show. Guitarist and lead vocalist John Atkins seemed genuinely impressed
that anyone turned out to hear the band play, and he responded by singing
and screaming convincingly enough to drown out the fact that Bertram
can't carry a tune.
Polly Johnson-Dickinson's understated drumming was the backdrop to
Atkins's jagged guitar and stark singing; the two original members of the
band played off each other, subtiy jumping from spaced-out noodlings to
punchy melodies.
The band lost points, though,
when they refused to play an encore
offering the weak excuse that they
were out of songs.
Playing their first Vancouver show
in over half a year, openers
gazeplayed a relatively energetic set to
a sympathetic crowd. Guitarist Miko
Hoffman's mom was in the corner
bobbing her head during the show,
and there were a healthy number of
campus radio types present to boot.
The band alternated between
songs from their debut full-length,
Mitsumeru, and their upcoming
album, Shake the Pounce, which is
slated for release in two weeks from K
gaze did miss the backing vocals of
their former drummer Rose Melburg
(of Softies fame), but the harmonies
between Hoffman and bassist Megan
Mallett were perfect as usual. Not that
they covered up the biting lyrics:
nothing made the crowd happier than
when Hoffman sang "You are a loser
and you are a jerk."
The waitress's thoughts exactiy*
Jazz and HiP hop meet
[Blue Note]
Young, aspiring, and gaining momentum among the jazz elite, Medeski,
Martin and Wood continue to ascend
with their latest release,
Combustication. With this album,
MMW add the turntable talent of DJ
Logic to create a record that is consistent with their fan base wl lile also likely to appeal to a wider audience.
Combustication marks their continued creative progression through
integrating modern contemporary
sounds to a distinct jazz rhythm, '.hat
this is the trio's iirst release under jazz
giant record label Blue Note reflects a
further rise in their notoriety.
 With   meandering   eurythmic
direction by John Medeski on the
keyboards, bass riffs by Chris Wood,
and tight drumming by Billy Martin,
Combustication produces an up,
down, then-up-again funky, fluid
mood interestingly enhanced by the
heavy-duty-powcr-tool-sounds of
DJ Logic. While it may be hard to
resist re-playing track one, "Sugar
Craft," slapping is discouraged as
the depth of this album can only be
appreciated from full play. Listeners
should keep their ears peeled for
song six, "Whatever Happened to
Gus," the sole lyrical track on the
album and one that offers a nostalgic journey into the dark, smoky
nightclubs of jazz folk lore.
On a histoiical perspective,
Combustication represents a new
summit between jazz and hip hop.
The past several years have seen hip
hop artists sampling jazz (A Tribe
Called Quest and Digable Planets
have achieved this fusion most
effectively); Combustication reflects
the reversal, as MMW flavour up
beats. This is a pioneering album
that serves as an excellent introduction for any open-minded music
fan to the world of contemporary
In Combustication THE UBYSSEY ■
Bacharach attack
[Attic Records]
So just why has Burt Bacharach come back
into style? With documentaries, a box-set, a
collaborative record with Elvis Costello, and
now a tribute album proclaiming the posterity of the king of the corny tune, it seems that
1998 was the year that marked the return of
Bacharach from the netherland of camp. A
little while ago, he was reduced to playing
car-top tunes for Austin Powers. Now he's got
Mike Myers prancing onstage at his tribute
concert. Think of One Amazing Night as
something to Elvis' Comeback Special. Only,
this being Bacharach-style, he's got other
artists singing his songs.
And it all comes off rather nicely, if a little
too mellow. As demonstrated by nearly every
review of Bacharach's recent box set,
of Love, it's easy to fill up space whining on
about which version of each song is "the
bestest of the best;" if One Amazing Night
proves anything, it's that the songs stand well
on their own, thanks very much. Whether it's
All Saints tossing off a sped-up and overwhelmingly upbeat "Always Something
There," Ben Folds Five taking on "Raindrops
Keep Fallin' On My Head," or Sheryl Crow
crooning "One Less Bell to Answer," the sunny
pop flavour of Bacharach (and lyricist Hal
David) stays intact. One gripe though: you'd
think constant Bacharach collaborator
Dionne Warwick would have more sense than
to try to cram three songs (and three classic
ones, at that) into a single short medley.
It's a nice, pleasant listen and hey, it's
probably the only CD with the "As seen on
TV" label that is actually good. Just wish I
could have seen Mike Myer's contorted version of "What's New Pussycat?" Where's that
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Bounty Killer suprises
[TVT/A&M records]
Wow, who'd have thought it. Reggae artist Bounty
Killer has actually managed to put out a solid sounding album chock full of funky dub-style beats and
dance-worthy tunes. Though he often takes a back
seat to other artists such as Mobb Depp and
Noreaga, his effort and contributions always shine
The majority of the tracks on Next Millenium are
collaborations. This leads to some rather interesting
genre cross-mixing, mostly between hip-hop and
R&B. Unfortunately, sometimes it's easy to forget
that this is supposed to be a Bounty Killer album,
not Bounty Killer and friends. On "It's a Party" with
Cocoa Brovaz, Nona Hendryx and Free, Bounty
Killer's vocals don't even show up until almost
halfway into the song.
This isn't the kind of music I usually listen to, but
somehow this album just gets into you. And though
I can't decipher half of the lyrics, it doesn't even matter. Bizarre sounding synthesized notes in "Deposit"
will hook you, while the funky beats of "Eagle and Di
Hawk" reel you in.
Somehow, Next Millennium ends up a really
good album with a plethora of funky tracks.
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Stephanie Keane
Shalene Takara
On the bus to school, Sarah Galashan had to
sit up front, because Nick Bradley was giving
her wet-wiilies, and Todd Silver was pulling
on her pig tails. Richard Lam got in trouble
for playing with Dale Lum's GI Joes in the
aisle. Federico Barahona was wrestling with
John Zaozirny, and by mistake he farted in
Jaime Tongs face. Phillip Lee was gaping,
and his gum fell in Julian Dowling's hair. He
began to cry. lorn Peacock was mooning
carsoutofthe emergency door, when it flew
open and Douglas Quan fell out and broke
his leg. Bruce Arthur was pitching baseballs
at Cynthia Lee's head, while Lisa Denton was
trying to copy Richard Lam's homework, but
luckily Duncan McHugh told on them.
Forget CASA-lef s join NASA!
The 1999 AMS election is in full swing, and
most of the swinging surrounds the age-old
(since 1995) debate over whether to join the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) or stay
with our newly-minted Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) membership. Oh,
the debate, it does rage on. Well, we at the
Ubyssey have a solution.
Don't join either one of'em.
There are plenty of organisations out there
that UBC could be a part of instead of those two
catfighting eye-gouging ships o' fools. Here's
just a few that the AMS should strongly consider. Let's join...
Way cooler. Launching the space shuttle
from beside Gage Towers would be an event
that could bring the whole campus together.
Good luck sleeping much in Gage Towers, however.
The Masons:
Secret handshakes. Deals. Secret handshakes. Much winking.
The Teamsters:
Yeah. You go ahead and try to raise mition.
You'll wind up in an oil barrel floating off Wreck
beach. Yeah.
Come to UBC! Play James Bond! Fight evil!
Yeahhh, baby! Alternatively, we could join
S.PE.C.T.R.E. and plot to take over the world.
Also cool.
We could host the conference here and push
the fences back until Jiang Zemin's hat floats.
Guns V Roses:
There seems to be a member turnover at the
moment, and UBC students could join the
band that was, for almost three full weeks, the
single most exciting band with someone
named Slash in it. Rock 'n' Roll!
The US Army:
UBC students could battle the eventual rise
of tuition by getting an education while Being
All That We Can Be. What UBC student wouldn't want to have the chance to lie face down in
the mud while being yelled at?
Everyone loves Friends. 'Nuff said.
The Frats:
In the Season of Hope
'Twas the eve of Christmas and I found myself in
the Station Square movie complex which houses
both Famous Players and Cineplex Odeon.
There I met Jacob Lorence and Richard Nantel,
two determined locked-out trade unionists who
took the time to talk to me and let me know the
scoop. Apparently Sony and Viacom, the owners
of Cineplex Odeon and Famous Players, locked
their projectionists out of their theatres when the
BC Projectionists Union refused to take a 60 per
cent pay cut.
"This is a first step in this province to
break the unions," said Jacob, "and if the
other unions don't support us, other companies will try the same thing."
"They are training the public to cross
picket lines," added Richard while handing out
leaflets. "They know that they have the market
cornered as far as first run movies and are
exploiting this to fund an attack on organised
labour." I was intrigued.
 1 found out that the fight for wages has been Only
by Alan Ward ists across Canada with the exception of BC, and
throughout the United States have endured yet
another wage roll back. Thanks to strong labour
legislation, BC Projectionists are holding out as
the last bastion in the face of the lockout Sony
(Cineplex Odeon) and Viacom (Famous Players)
have imposed on them after demanding another 60 per cent wage cut. According to Sony and
Viacom, projectionists are paid too much for
what they do.
But the companies have created a certain
public misunderstanding of wages. Let us be
clear. Projectionists are only guaranteed to work
20-24 hours per week. The highest paid projectionists are those operating at the 12-plex theatres, that is, the four projectionists in the
province in charge of running 12 screens at once.
these individuals are earning $38.31
alone, the combined profits ofSony and Viacom
totalled US $64.4 billion—enough to single-
handedly pay off about one fifth of Canada's
national debt Things are going so well, in fact,
that presently, projection wages can be paid with
four admissions per hour in a 3300-seat, 12-
screen complex. No, the movie industry is not
financially hard up. And as for helping the public, we can expect to pay the same outrageous
prices for movies even though they are not projected by professionals.
An interesting analogy has been circulating:
with  every movie ticket bought from
Cineplex Odeon or Famous Players, a vote is
cast in favour of corporate rights as opposed
to human rights. A vote of confidence to
ongoing globalisation on behalf of greedy
capitalists who will stop at nothing to maximise their profits, who will strive not come to
the aid of those unfairly paid but to ruthlessly
plunder and loot the savings and effort of the
working class. This corporate attack against a
group of workers who so far have unionised to
earn a decent living will soon become the
Canada Post Publications Sales Agreement Number 0732141
an ongoing one for BC Projectionists. In the late
1970s, when one needed a license to operate a
projector, pickets were much more effective:
"After 5 days of being completely shut down, the
movie houses would settle favourably," informed
Damon Faulkner, the Union president, picketing
at Riverport.
But when a Social Credit government
removed the licensing system, picketing became
much less effective. In 1989, a lockout where the
movie companies wanted 60 per cent wage cut
did result in a roll back: the projectionists' wages
were cut by 25 per cent. And recently, projection-
hour. As responsibility decreases, so does pay,
through 11 different wage scales, ending at $18
per hour. Sony and Viacom of course want to see
this all change. Instead of earning $38.31 for running 12 machines at once, BC Projectionists are
being asked to accept $16 for running 20 or more
machines at once. They also want to remove
their commitment to guarantee the mere 20-24
hours per week.
One might ask: Why the cuts? Are Sony and
Viacom fighting for survival? Are these wage cuts
going to help the public by lowering exorbitant
ticket or popcorn prices? Not likely. Last year
despair of every working person in a fight with
big business.
There is no middle ground and it is impossible to support the labour movement from the
other side of the picket line. So go to the Caprice,
go to the Hollywood, go to the Dolphin, go to the
Vogue, go to where you may pay lower prices
without compromising your social conscience.
Let's drive wages up, not down.*
Alan Ward is the secretary of
the New Democratic Youth of Canada. Post not very proper
by Teya Greenberg
For those of you who don't know the National Post,
Conrad Black's latest attempt to make his news monopoly
national, is now available free in Angus. Giving papers to
students is an ingenious distribution strategy. Take a population with little money, little time and, dare I say, little
interest in the goings on of the world outside the classroom, put a free paper in their unbiased place of learning
(hrm, hrm—excuse me while I choke) and you're almost
guaranteed to hit a demographic you wouldn't have otherwise have gotten to. While some of us might use the
paper for slightly more creative purposes than Mr. Black
had in mind: disposable carrots, dishcloths, cigarette filters, toilet paper, and the like, some of us actually read the
news and are concerned (to put it mildly) about the messages that the National Post promotes. One paper [28 Nov,
1998] contains
two contentious
and troublesome pieces.
The first, a full
page article
(page B5) looking at the relevance of the women's movement, runs with
a picture of Joan Grant-Cummings, president of the
National Action Committee on the Status of Women
(NAC), and the accompanying caption "...Grant-
Cummings says that, politically, women's rights are 'a
dead issue'." NAC is Canada's largest women's rights
organisation and represents a huge number of smaller
groups throughout the country. By insinuating that
Grant-Cummings no longer believes women's rights are
an important political issue, the National Post pits her
against the very groups she represents, groups that operate on the premise that women's rights are of utmost
importance. Grant-Cummings' words, taken from the
accompanying text, which were an attempt to take on the
voice of the government and justifications for cutting
funding, were totally out of context, making insidious
insinuations about her commitment to the fight for
women's rights and to NAC's commitment to their constituents. The second article, embedded in the "World"
section (those quotation marks are supposed to imply
sarcasm) runs with the headline "India's next PM?
Ghandi's widow/'Barbie in a Sari'." While the headline
implies that such a view of Mrs. Ghandi is commonly held
belief, the accompanying text goes on to point out that
she is only 'scornfully' known as "barbie in a sari" and is
in fact a very well educated and well-liked leader. In both
cases the headlines and captions are grossly misleading,
totally out of context, and function to trivialise and
degrade these two influential women (can anyone say
threat to patriarchal rule?). When you combine this gross
misrepresentation with the frequent trivialisation of
important news (the appearance of front page articles on
"twisty kat" and a story about a gorilla attacking his zoo
keeper alongside news of Honduran struggles to contain
flooding and an earthquake in Jakarta both in
the November 30 paper)
and the fundamentally
biased editorials (check
out the US nationalism
in Saturday's section) the
National Post starts looking more and more like just
another medium of right wing rhetoric.
The National Post is a paper that presents relevant
and important pieces of news but presents them from a
certain perspective backing a certain ideology. The
problem is, this ideology (a conservative, right wing,
white male, upper middle class view) is disgustingly pervasive in North American culture and promoted in
almost every available interactive medium.
Conservatism operates to benefit a select few at the
expense of many; when it starts to invade any news
medium (and this is a clear cut case where it has) we
need to recognise whose opinions are represented
under the veil of objective news and try to wade through
the bullshit and search out the truth. ♦
Teya Greenberg is an unclassified Arts 2 student
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Referendum   Questions
Whereas university radio stations, such as CiTR, offer a
level of free speech, expression and diversity not found in
most forms of media; and
Whereas CiTR offers UBC news and current affairs,
Thunderbird sports coverage, and a variety of music you
can't near anywhere else;
Whereas specific funding raised in a referendum would
ensure that CiTR could not only continue to fulfill its
mandate, but could also increase its services and
programming to meet the ever-changing needs of UBC
NOTE: this will result in a $3 increase to your AMS fee.
Therefore, I support a $3 increase to the AMS fee, refundable upon request, and a $2 allocation of the existing
AMS fee, to support the operations and programming of CiTR, UBC's student owned and operated radio
□ No
Whereas the AMS joined the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) in the summer of 1998, at a
cost to UBC students of over $35, 000; and
Whereas AMS Council specifically refused to run a
referendum on the issue, clearly not caring what students
think; and;
Whereas UBC students should have the democratic right
to choose membership in any organization.
UBC students, through a 1996 referendum, directed AMS
Council to do more government lobbying - and specifically
created a new $100,000 per year lobbying fund to do so.
CASA membership costs the AMS only $24,000. It would
cost us over $400,000 and a mandatory new $12 student
fee to join the Canadian Federation of Students, the only
other national student organization.
Major changes to post-secondary education are
happening at the federal level - UBC students have a right
to be heard!
NOTES:   DA successful 'NO' vote would require AMS Council to seek the approval of students in a future referendum if
they ever again wanted to join CASA.
2)Neitliei  u   'YES' or  'NO' vote will utter ytrui AMS fee.
Therefore, should the AMS be a member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations?
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by John Zaozirny
Sometimes all it takes is a single scene to sum up an
entire play. Picture this: eight year old Manuelita
sits in her room with the Hawaiian Barbie that her
mother got her. She opens a bottle of white-out and
painstakingly attempts to mm the brown skin of
her doll china white. Of course, it's only a matter of
time before Manuelita tries to mm her own brown
skin white as well.
ManuelMss got a lot to worry about. She's trying desperately to fit in with the Canadian kids at
her new elementary school. Manuelita's also terribly worried that she'll seem too Chilean. Then
she's got her parents' activism against the Chilean
military, as well as emotional concerns over family left behind. Not to mention Manuelita's own
ongoing protests over the logging of her special
tree, Cedar.
The fact that writer and actress Carmen Aguirre
is able to convey all of this by herself, with minimal help from props is praise in itself. Completely
enveloped in the world of an eight year old,
Aguirre scurries from setting to setting, always
slamming on the edge of the adults' territory.
Almost inevitably alternating from crippling
embarrassment to unbounded curiosity, and back
again, Manuelita is eager to help the audience
explore the world of the Chilean community in
exile and suburban Canada in the mid-1970s.
Appreciation of this piece does not hinge on
your knowledge of Chilean history, but with a
good number of jokes in Spanish, understanding
the language is a great help.
At little over an hour, Chile Con Carne isn't a
long play, but it feels like one. Playing the role of an
eight year old lets Carmen Aguirre investigate her
new world with unparalleled curiosity, but it also
lends itself to one-note emotions and easy, cliche'
situations. And while few native-born Canadians
have a chance to see what Canada is like from the
perspective of a new immigrant; Chile Con Carne
doesnt provide any fresh viewpoints.
Instead of seeing the usual hard-working
immigrant arid racist, ignorant middle-class
Canadian stereotypes, it would have been far
more interesting to see the world of high school
and its stratification of popularity, or the complex
relationships of the workplace, through the eyes of
What Chile Con Carne ends up being, unfortunately, is a one-woman play that comes off more
like an after-school special. Educational, dry and
with a very clear definition of right and wrong.*
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