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volume 77 issue 24
Tuesday, November 28, 1995
Minister gets mixed reviews
by Matt Thompson
NDP Premier hopeful Dan
Miller was at UBC last Friday to
defend his government's record
on post-secondary education-and
to fire a few vollies at his Liberal
opponents while he was at it.
In the key-note address to last
weekend's AMS-organized
forum on Post Secondary
Education, the minister of skills,
training and labour listed the
NDP's accomplishments since
coming to power in 1991.
He hinted at tough times
ahead, however, with the first
$100 million of over $800
million in federal cuts slated to
hit post-secondary education this
"I don't have all the answers,
and there's some tough, tough
issues we're going to have to deal
with," Miller told the audience
of students and conference
delegates. "One of those is
tuition fees, and they're going to
go up, and I don't know by how
much yet."
Miller used the opportunity to
scold BC Provincial Liberal
leader Gordon Campbell for his
statement that if elected he
would not fight the federal cuts.
"Liberals in Ottawa and
Liberals in BC collaborating
against the people of BC," Miller
admonished. "It's disgraceful,
quite frankly."
Miller spoke of the NDP's
"critical investments" in BC's
infrastructure to assist the
province in its shift from natural
resource exploitation to a "post-
industrial" economy.
Attacking those who "pay
more attention to rhetoric than
thought," Miller defended the
NDP against the Liberals'
allegation that they were a "tax,
borrow and spend" government.
He also boasted his
government's creation of
additional spaces in the post-
secondary system had
eliminated BC's perennial
college and university line-ups.
"We can virtually say today,
that if there is somebody who
wants to pursue a post-secondary
education in a college or
university, the space is there for
that individual to do it. And
that's a remarkable achievement," he said.
Michael Gardiner, BC chair of
the Canadian Federation of
Students, wondered out loud
whether the reduced line-ups
had something to do with
theprovince's prohibitive tuition
increases-a suggestion Miller
Gardiner later called Miller's
address a "hollow, political
campaign speech.
"His message seemed to be
'Vote for us or you'll be in
trouble.' I don't know if it was
terribly appropriate for this type
of conference," he said.
Gardiner paints a less rosy
picture of the NDP's record on
post-secondary education, citing
the government's attack on
student loan defaulters in last
summer's changes to the student
assistance program and their
failure to recognize tuition fees
as a barrier to access.
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs David Borins said
Miller's speech was so broad it
ignored education issues.
"I'd say it was really a
campaign speech," Borins said.
"I was hoping for more in
terms of what Miller had
planned in terms of policy for
post-secondary education, and
how his government planned to
respond to the federal cuts."
DAN MILLER crushes Cord Campbell's head
British Columbia students get Training for what?
by Jesse Gelber
Students who attend university
are not graduating with the skills
they need to function in the work
force, according to a new report
released by the BC Labour Force
Development Board (BCLFDB).
But the report has come under
heavy   fire   from   university
educators and student
organizations who call it simplistic
and short-sighted.
Minister of Skills and Training
Dan Miller was presented with
Training for What? and its
recommendations on the future of
post-secondary education last
Tuesday, as were delegates at the
AMS-organized post-secondary
education conference held last
The BCLFDB criticized the
current post-secondary system for
producing too many graduates with
academic degrees and too few with
technical or vocational training, and
recommended a complete review of
Poli Sci prof
wins BoG seat
by Matt Thompson
Outspoken McEwen report
critic Phil Resnick has been
elected to UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG), the university's
highest governing body.
Resnick, who received widespread media attention for his
condemnation of the university
administration's decision to
suspend graduate admissions in
political science, was one of two
candidates to win a BoG seat in
a faculty-wide vote held two
weeks ago.
Throughout the election
campaign, Resnick was highly
critical of the president and his
In a position paper circulated
to faculty, Resnick wrote of "a
deep sense of alienation'' between
faculty and administration, and
repeated his charge that the political
science suspension had "denied due
process and put a serious chill on
academic freedom."
Resnick said he wanted to
ensure UBC's next president, who
is scheduled to take over in June
1997, is "someone who, unlike
David Strangway and his entire
administration, will stand up for
principles of academic freedom
and for the core values of a liberal
He also blamed the
administration for "turning UBC
into a development park."
Resnick told The Ubyssey his
BoG bid was a direct result of the
political science controversy.
"I wouldn't have run, quite
frankly, if it hadn't been for the
suspension of admissions that
occurred in my department and
the larger controversy that
developed out of that," Resnick
When asked about Resnick's
election, student BoG representative Heather Hermant said "if
[Resnick] is championing liberal
values, the liberal aspects of
university also include students.
I think some students fear that
Resnick is concerned only about
professors and overlooks the fact
that academic freedom extends
to students as well."
Also elected to BoG was
anatomy Professor Joanne
high school and post-secondary
institution curricula
But UVic's Associate Vice-
President of Academics John
Schofield said the report's
emphasis on skills training ignored
the long term benefits of an
academic education.
"I don't think we should
overlook the advantage of broad-
based liberal education
programs," Schofield said. "These
provide many ofthe sorts of skills
that the report itself says students
will need for the 21st century."
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs and Post-Secondary Education Conference Organizer David
Borins agrees with Schofield and
says the report may do more
damage than good in the long run.
"Basing changes in the
educational system on projections
of the future economy is
shortsighted," he said.
Given BC's shifting
employment trends in the past ten
years, Borins says false predictions
ofthe need for a highly specialized
technical education could have
dire results for the province.
Ed Lavalle, president of the
college   institute   educators'
association of BC, says the study
fails to take the value of an
academic education into account
"An education that is too job-
specific may result in a lot of dead
ends for students."
Shawn Robbins, director of
communications for BC's
education ministry, defends the
report, saying that the report
backed up the government's
approach to education.
"[The report] reinforces many
ofthe things we have been saying
and working towards over the last
couple of years," Robbins said.
Robbins says only 35 percent
of BC high school students go on
to post-secondary education and
that the government has to do
more to train the other 65 percent
of the work force.
The report states that the
enrollment in degree programs
has increased by 26,000 over the
last ten years, while the number
of people in vocational programs
has only increased by 6,400.
Lavalle says Training fir What?
should be viewed as one part of a re-
evahiation process of post-secondary
education, but not the final word.
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Agenda for Wednesday, Nov. 29 Ubyssey staff Meeting...
• Letters
• Style guide
• e-mail
• Board Meeting
• Vs. a reminder
• Tobacco ads
• Vision meetings
• Other business
At the Council meeting of
Wednesday, Nov: 29th,
The Cold Beverage Agreement
is on the agenda for debate.
The meeting will be held in
SUB 206 at 6:00pm.
All AMS members are welcome.
The Ubyssey
Tuesday, November 28,1995 News
Men unite to fight violence against women
by Desiree Adib
Twenty five percent of women
at UBC have been sexually
assaulted or raped at one point
in their life, according to Dawn
Currie's 1995 Report.
The White Ribbon
Committee, a group for men
against violence against women,
say they are working to fight the
male attitudes that underly that
Begun by a group of men in
1990 to commemorate the
murder of the 14 women at
Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique,
the campaign aims to increase
awareness and prevention of
violence against women.
"It's about men taking
responsibility for violence
committed by men," says White
Ribbon Campaign Coordinator
Stephen Douglas. "We're not
interested in portraying women
as victims, because this only
further disempowers them."
Several of UBC's fraternities
have become involved in the
campaign. Last year Sigma Chi,
Kappa Sigma and the women's
students office joined together to
circulate over 500 white ribbons,
WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGNERS Alex Boston, Scott Walker, Stephrn Douglas
which are worn as symbols of
men's commitment to end
violence against women.
This year the campaign
organizers' goal is to double the
number of ribbons circulated.
Scott Walker, a member of the
Sigma Chi fraternity and an active
participant in the White Ribbon
Campaign, says he hopes the
campaign will help to improve the
fraternities' image and combat the
overtly sexist attitudes that still
linger in some fraternities.
"The White Ribbon Campaign
does help to change the negative
and Aaron White desiree adib photo
image of fraternities, and this is
important because we want to
change this image," Walker said.
The White Ribbon Campaign
encourages men to rethink their
understanding of masculinity and
to move away from equating
Tibetans protest abduction of religious leader
by Matthew Lumley
Carrying signs that demanded
a "Free Tibet" and shouting
"Where is the Panchen Lama?", a
crowd of Tibetan independence
supporters gathered outside the
gates ofthe Chinese consulate on
Granville Street last Saturday to
protest China's interference in a
sacred ritual of Tibetan religious
"The fate of the eleventh
Panchen Lama and his family is
not known," lamented Tenzin
Lhalungpa, vice-president of the
Tibet Canada Committee,
referring to the disappearance of
Gedhum Choekyi Nyima, the six
year-old boy who was recognized
by the Dalai Lama as the eleventh
reincarnation of the Panchen
Lama in May of this year.
Shortly after the Dalai Lama's
identification of Nyima, the boy
and his family disappeared;
Tibetans believe they are being
detained by the government in
Tibetans also fear Nyima and
his family may never be set free
because of Nyima's theat to the
legitimacy of a Chinese
government-sanctioned Panchen
Lama to be selected in a process
operated independently of the
Dalai Lama's Tibetan government
in exile.
"It's time that [the Chinese
government] learned that they
cannot interfere...and whoever
they choose will not be accepted
by the Tibetans," Lhalungpa said.
"The Dalai Lama is the paramount
leader-the religious and political
leader of the Tibetans-and the
Dalai Lama's choice will always be
the eleventh Panchen Lama as far
as the Tibetans are concerned."
Although Nyima is an
enormously significant religious
figure according to Tibetan
custom—second in stature only to
the Dalai Lama-his story is not
unique to Tibetan history since
Chinese occupation began in 1951.
"There's a form of colonialism
going on in there that's far more
regressive and repressive than
anything we've ever seen,"
Lhalungpa stated. "China, under
their constitution, is a democratic
country...and they keep saying that
they've created a 'socialist paradise
"There's a form of
colonialism going on in
there that's far more
regressive and repressive than anything
we've ever seen,"
Tenzin Lhalungpa
Tibet Canada Committee
on the roof of the world'—that is
their term for Tibet
"But if anyone gets up and says
'Long live the Dalai Lama,' they're
beaten to within an inch of their
life and in some cases they are
killed [or] they're thrown in jail and
never heard from again."
Some estimates ofthe genocide
in Tibet place the death toll at over
one million. Religious repression
has left only a few remaining
monasteries from the many
thousand that once served citizens
of Tibet
Slowly, the Tibetans are losing
hold of even subversive cultural
identity and sovereignty as they
are overwhelmed by a growing
Chinese population. Through an
internal immigration campaign
based on salary incentive, the
Chinese government has
encouraged workers in other
provinces to relocate to Tibet in
exchange for wage increases of 100
to 200 percent
There have also been reports
of forced sterilizations and
abortions to reduce the
indigenous Tibetan population.
"There are continued reports
from independent groups,"
Lhalungpa noted, "of many
instances of women who escaped
into India who reported being
forced to be sterilized, or having
their babies killed in hospitals and
being told the baby died at birth."
Many, like Lhalungpa, fear that
time is running out for Tibet.
"There may not be much of a
Tibetan entity left if this policy of
population control and this influx
of immigrants continues," he said.
"The Tibetans who are left are
left as beggars in their own
country...It's very reminiscent of
what happened in this country to
the aboriginal people."
Lhalungpa, along with other
speakers from Seattle and Oregon
Tibetan-rights groups, encouraged
supporters to stay active and vocal
in their protest because the only
representation Tibet may ever
receive will be from outside its own
Faced with a political climate in
which international trade
prospects with China are
becoming increasingly fa-vourable
and human rights concerns are in
danger of being trivialized,
Tibetans are aware that the little
political leverage they now have
may weaken further.
But Lhalungpa is resolute. "It is
what every Tibetan grows up with:
the only way the problem is going
away is if the Chinese leave and
give us our independence back.
The people of Tibet want independence...and, as a Tibetan, that's
what I want"
The Canada Tibet Committee's
address is PO Box 21584, 1850
Commercial Drive, V5N4A0.
masculinity with power and
Arsalan Ghari, a fourth year
arts student who spends time at
the Women's Centre, says seeing
these attitudes promoted by men
themselves is refreshing and
"Socially [the White Ribbon
Campaign] is very important
because men are much more
open to each other and they
aren't as intolerant as they might
be to some radical feminist
organization," she said.
As part of the campaign, the
White Ribbon Committee plans
to hold a workshop showing men
how to respond when they
witness an act of relationship
violence committed by another
The free seminar will take
place December 4 at 10 a.m. in
the SUB party room. Donations
to the Battered Women's Support
Services are encouraged.
For more information about
the White Ribbon Campaign and
the workshop, contact Stephen
Douglas at 731-7685 or Scott
Walker at 288-0599.
Future-U: a degree of success
by Matt Thompson
The AMS drew a mixed-bag
of delegates to UBC last weekend to discuss the uncertain future of BC's post-secondary education system.
The two-day conference
brought together over 100 representatives from business, labour,
government, faculty and student
groups for a series of panel presentations and roundtable discussions.
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs David Borins was pleased
with the conference's outcome.
"I think having a number of
people from diverse groups in
society coming together to discuss the issue is very positive," he
said, hopeful that the conference
will "form a good basis for discussion of post secondary education in the future."
Borins said the conference's
discussion groups had  "gener
ated a large pool of data to work
from to analyze questions and
problems in post-secondary edu-
cation"-information the AMS
plans to publish in a report circulated to conference delegates
and government thisjanuaru.
"The finished document
should be a good working document for the government to develop policy." Borins said.
Michael Gardiner, BC chairperson ofthe Canadian Federation of Students, said he found
the conference's dialogue
"thought-provoking" but emphasized the scope of the threat
posed by planned federal cuts to
the province's health and post-
secondary education budgets.
"If [the conference] sends the
message clearly that we still need
to be fighting the cuts then I think
it accomplished something," he
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It's Blowing Growin' & Glowin' on Bowen
at the Arts Club Mainstage until Dec 23
by Gillian Long
It is truly a shame that, while there are hundreds of Vancouver
writers who search in vain for a venue to produce their excellent
scripts, Nicola Cavendish can use her status as a well-known
actress to produce fluff.
And not even interesting fluff. Goofy, pointless, boring fluff.
And to add insult to injury, Ms. Cavendish seems to have appropriated the premise for her not-a-little-banal play from a superior writer: the Come On Inn bears a striking resemblance to Bill
Richardson's Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast. Cavendish's
establishment is run on Bowen Island by a lesbian couple, while
Richardson's inn features gay male proprietors on Saltspring.
Cavendish has nowhere near Richardson's comic writing ability,
and so manages to tokenize her lesbian characters.
In fact, the whole piece is a politically correct soapbox, the
principle plot line being the attempt by all the other characters
to convince Bernice Sharpley (Cavendish) that chopping down
trees is bad. It's a worthy sentiment, but we've heard it all before, and it certainly isn't present in a new or exciting way.
Cavendish's performance is amusing enough, but Bemice is
basically a stock character - Scrooge in knee-highs — and more
than faintly reminiscent of an Andrea Martin character. Entertaining enough in a skit, but in a two-act play it only creates
excessive ennui.
The other actors do the best they can with a lousy script, although Beatrice Zeilinger's Italian accent is somewhat transitory and makes some of her lines downright unintelligible.
Cavendish and Zeilinger, along with Leslie Jones, Allan Morgan,
Denis Simpson and Allan Zinyk, play a total of eighteen characters, which creates one of the few bright spots in the play — the
costume people deserve more than a nod for their smooth handling of some very quick changes.
David and Ted Roberts (these two are not related, as they emphatically announce in the press release) have created a beautiful set, although the cardboard cut-out cars quickly lose then-
charm. The final scene features a stage within a stage, which
offers an interesting comparison of text and reality, but it still
can't save the prosaic script.
In short, if you're feeling the need for Christmassy entertainment between now and December 23, skip the Arts Club -1 recommend The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The two minutes with
little Cindy Lou Who are more entertaining than the whole two
hours of Cavendish's piece, and its messages of peace and goodwill are far less impudent. Merry Christmas!
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remember the 14 women killed
at the l'Ecole Polytechnique
December 1, 1995.
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Money Train
at the Granville 7 theatre
by Robin Colwell
The titular 'money train' is a heavily-guarded
New York City subway car that tours the underground stations late at night, collecting the millions of dollars in transit fares accumulated during the day. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson
star as two NYC transit cops who attempt to hijack the train.
Chase scenes and punch-ups are the obvious leitmotif in this film. The action sequences
are slick and impressive (thanks to some 48 stunt
men and women) and the plot is surprising and
clever. The pace, however, is interrupted all too
often by ponderous, implausible dramatic segments, which flatten the usually snappy dialogue and bring the movie's momentum to a dull
The dialogue itself is witty, with the usual
wise-cracking aloofness of action heroes:
Snipes: (restrainingHarrelson) No no... You're
not going to hit him...
Harrelson: Why not?
Snipes: Because I'M going to hit him! (Whack)
Their banter also features a good-natured and
gentle playing-off of racial tensions, and their camaraderie of
quips and taunts makes room for
comedy even in moments of great
danger. At one point, when the
two are held up at gunpoint in a
dark street, they are too busy harassing each
other to care, and the nonplussed aggressors
are forced to abandon the robbery.
Harrelson and Snipes handle the acting very
well, but it is no great challenge; the one-
dimensionalism of the characters (this is an action movie) and the story's simple emotional
range make no great demands on their talent.
Newcomer Jennifer Lopez definitely holds her
own as the tough new cop who wins the hearts
of this butt-kicking duo, presumably because of
her ability to dish out knuckle sandwiches of
her own.
Despite the occasional misstep into plodding
and transparent drama. Money Train trips along
on the strength of its nimble plot and dizzying
action sequences, and the film ends with a crescendo of mayhem and destruction that will
leave you reeling, which may or may not be
your cup of tea.
Nick of Time
at the Capitol 6 theatre
by Noelle Gallagher
Time flies when you're under the gun, accountant Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) finds out
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Badham of Saturday Night Fever
fame (or notoriety, rather), the
main schtick of this flick is that it
occurs in 'real time'. That is, the
90-some-odd minutes the movie
plays for is the same amount of
time in which its ridiculous plot
is meant to occur.
Unfortunately, the time constraints allow for so little exposition that it is difficult to care about
the characters; the action happens so fast, it is almost impossible to suspend one's disbelief.
At 12:07, Gene Watson and his
daughter (Courtney Chase) arrive
at a train station in Los Angeles.
Within minutes, the geeky accountant finds his daughter kidnapped and himself the object of
a vicious, if totally implausible,
blackmail scheme. Two strangers,
who identify themselves only as
Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken)
and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia) tell
him he has a little over an hour
to assassinate the governor of
California if he wants to get his
daughter back alive.
Although Johnny Depp turns in
a fairly good performance as the
victimized average joe, the best
of the Royal Shakespearian Academy couldn't
make this script come alive. The dialogue is consistently stilted, and only serves to highlight the
many weak points in the plot. Case in point:
Walken (as the master bad guy) constantly attacks and threatens Watson in public, referring
quite openly to the assassination when any number of passersby could overhear. At one point in
the movie, Mr. Smith even hands Watson a
loaded gun, and proceeds to converse, unarmed,
with him.
Unfortunately, Watson doesn't shoot Mr. Smith;
instead, he tries to enlist the help of various
strangers in uncovering the malicious, far-ranging conspiracy which lies behind the assassination plot. Apparently, half of the governor's security staff is involved in the plot to kill her, which
leads us the question: why not just slip a little
poison into the governor's oatmeal one morning, and save us all the trouble of having to sit
through a truly predictable movie?
The bad guys, although they may be numerous, are neither clever nor ominous enough to
convince the audience that Nick of Time's protagonist is ever really in danger. Even the frequent use of suspense cliches - such as pounding heart sounds, slow motion, and Batman-style
triple takes - adds to Nick of
Time's ennui. Add to that some
bad editing and a predictable
conclusion and you've got yourself one boring suspense thriller.
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The Waitons
Nov 24 at the Town Pump
by Jenn Kuo
"Saskatchewan played host to the
world!" Jason Plumb proudly beamed -
referring to the Grey Cup, as he opened
what was probably The Waitons' last
show in Vancouver to promote their album Cock's Crow. Although the venue
didn't seem all that packed
while opening band Matthew Good was playing,
somehow, as soon as the
good ol' Prarie boys got
onto the stage, everyone
got up onto the floor and
started dancing. They
opened with 'Colder
Than You', a song from
Lik My Trakter. This
instantly got a good
cheer from the crowd,
as everyone sang
along. This was a
great concert because not only did
you get to hear the
songs live, but
since it was such a
small venue, you
also got to interact with The Waitons
and get a sense of what they are all about.
Both albums were well represented.
They ended the set with 'Surprise', and it
was done quite well despite the absence
of Spirit of the West, with whom they had
collaborated on the song. They tried out
two new songs, too: 'Soother', which they
said was about "a dependency of sorts",
and then a slower one called 'Streetcar'
during the encore. This was mildly annoying as the energy was quite high and
pumped up by then, and the song kind of
made you impatient for the faster
favourites that were promised afterwards.
For the encore, they also
played 'Under The Clocks',
a song previously heard
only in concert, and that
was finally released on
their EP last year. It was
good to see Keith
Nakonechny sing his heart
out to the audience. Some
really annoying drunks
were shouting all night
long to play some Abba or
something by "Jovi", and as
if to appease them, Keith
started to improvise and
play 'Paradise City' by Guns
n' Roses during the song's finale. Jason
also did a little joking around when he
played and sang a couple of bars from the
Sesame Street theme song. The last song
of the show was 'The Naked Rain' which
got everyone so hyper that people were
practically moshing along to the music.
"And I'm Mr. Dress-up," Jason introduced himself. Dress-up was something
The Waitons did not have to do, as I'm sure
the faithful but small crowd of fans
showed that they would
the boys
no matter what they do. For
big fans of the band, the Tickle-Trunk was
definitely open that night with all their
charm, magic, and musical talents pulled
out for performance.
The Philosopher Kings
Nov 23 at Dick's on Dick's
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
The old cliche says "if you've seen one,
you've seen them all." With a few incredible blips on their playlist, Gerald Eaton
and the Philosopher Kings didn't stray
from the great jazz, pop and r&b inspired
set they've brought to Vancouver about
five times before.
Not that the set was bad or anything. If
you'd listened to their eponymous debut
album and liked it, you probably would
have loved the small-venue show at
Richards on Richards.
But after touring for over two years and
jamming with the likes of jazz great
Terrence Blanchard and jazz-schlock
meister Bobby Watson, maybe the Philosopher Kings could mix their undeniable musical talent with a little
spontaneity. Even
the instrumental so-
los      from      ace
keyboardist     Jon
Levine sounded an
awful lot - no, exactly
— like the ones he
played at last year's
soggy Arts County fair
and this summer's jazz
fest appearance.
When the group did
stray from their seemingly cast in stone play
list to do a couple of new
tunes, the crowd cheered
louder and longer than for
any 'old' tune. And with
good reason. The two tasty
new tunes, one bluesy, one almost country and western, were exactly what longtime Philosopher Kings fans wanted to
hear — a new breath of life for a great
group that seems to be caught in between
grooves on a great record.
Just when you hope
they'll advance to the
next groove, they skip
back to the one they just
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Tuesday, November 28,1995
The Ubyssey opinion
Late last night a friend and I were engaged in some
(Vm^pn^TUtccd olaewni^l s\ir£ixii?: titNs^i. after &n evening
of rigorous procrastination. As my trigger finger guided
scantily-clad woman in full stride, running down a beach.
We stopped. After a long moment, we looked at her face
and discovered that it was Pamela Anderson, with the
Tramp-o-meter cranked up a couple of extra notches.
She was sweating and heaving, and this was more than
enough to kill whatever limited conversation we had
been having up to that point. Stunned, our incessant
channel-wandering ceased, and we settled in for the
remainder of the program.
Why watch Baywatch?
by John J. Bucher
First year forestry
As the show came to an end and an infomercial filled
its place on the airwaves, it occurred to me that what we
had just witnessed was thinly-veiled, soft-core
pornography. Baywatch is a liberal cocktail of sand, surf,
and nubile sun-worshippers interwoven with a sorry plot
to break up the monotony. Don't get me wrong, I'm not
complaining. I just think they could do away with the
storyline and easily maintain their core demographic of
viewers. Let's face it: at least 75 percent of Baywatch
watchers are guys, and they're tuning in for the T&A, not
some feeble attempt at conflict resolution and character
growth. Does a half-assed pseudoplot legitimize the
wholesale exploitation of the show's actresses? No...so
why bother?
In the past, I've often laughed at the show's inability to
develop any kind of story. But I was truly aghast at the
last episode I saw: a short sequence of David Hasselhoff
shaming the entire white race by playing two-on-two
basketball, followed closely by five minutes of Pamela
Anderson rubbing herself down with suntan lotion. The
most humourous part was when she finished stroking and
admiring herself, she put her hands on her hips and
pouted in the direction of the parking lot. I don't know if
this lifeguard gig is too much of a reach for her, but she,
as a lifeguard, could at least attempt to face the water.
Throwing up a dismissable plot as a smoke screen for
smut constitutes an insult to any viewer smarter than
pancake mix. If Pamela
Anderson's bra strap is to
be expected to carry the
joint weight of her
considerable surgical
endowment and the future
of the show, then why
undermine her by making
her act? Just as many
people would tune in to see
a full hour of her applying
suntan lotion. She could
make a routine out of it:
alternately oil up, jog down
the beach, and pout.
Although    this    would
actually condense the show into about 15 minutes of
hardcore voyeurism without all that plot crap needed to
fill the holes. Pamela Anderson is undoubtedly a beautiful
woman; though with a low-brow, street-corner appeal.
Trie producers know it, ana tney Know mat people
(okay...guys) tune in to watch Pamela flaunt her plastic
repertoire, however limited, and not to witness the
dramatic 20 ft. offshore rescue of the little boy who went
into the water too soon after lunch.
The plotline is already floundering and sick. By
eliminating it, you could immediately put to rest many
misconceptions about a show like Baywatch. Without
the plot to confuse them, the actresses would soon realize
that they are merely mannequins of questionable acting
ability. Similarly, without the plot to distract them, the
male viewers would recognize that Baywatch is trash,
and that if trash is what they desire, there's better to be
had in a coin-operated booth on Granville Street.
letters -
Aits faculty
Dear President Strangway,
It was barely a few weeks ago
that I realized, for the first time
in nearly four years at this godforsaken institution, how
dangerously disadvantaged the
Arts Faculty is at UBC.
At the request of a friend, I
picked up a course description
brochure from both the
linguistics department and the
department of computer science.
In the Linguistics office, a small,
cramped room in a building that
seems on the verge of collapse,
the woman was so reluctant to
give me a brochure ("It's our last
copy") I almost offered to
photocopy it myself and bring it
back. I then made the Great Trek
across campus to the new
computer science building, a
huge glass structure, practically
deserted but with enough room
to house all of what remains of
the Arts departments. No one
was manning the office - and
November 28,1995
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Sarah's mom, the Queen of LuUtla, bade for the White Knight Chris Nuttall-Smith to
save her child, who was kidnapped fay the Wicked Witch of the West Coast Jesse
Celber. And so, he gathered four knights, Ben Koh, Siobhan Roantree, Alison Cole,
and Demlan Scale, to help save the damsel In distress. He prayed for seml-dlvlne aid
from Archangel Joe Clark, Seraphim Matthew lumley, Cherubim Bureau Boy, and
Dominion Christine Price. The angels felt (Ike doing something "deus ex machlna"-
IsUc and gave him the Magical Nail Clipper made by the legendary Lucy Shlh. He and
his motley crew arrived at a cave where a cute little white bunny lopped off all four of
the white knight's fellow warriors. In a fit of rage, he took the daemon by Its head, and
clipped off its fangs. Suddenly, a dragon with seven heads {which were made up of
Matt Thompson, Scott Hayward, Wah Kee Ting, Peter T. Chattaway, Jenn Kuo, Noelle
Gallagher and Desiree Adib) appeared out of nowhere. However, three heads disagreed
with willful homicide, so all seven heads held a plebiscite. The knight took the
opportunity to run towards the fair maiden but the Wicked Witch appeared and tripped
him. The white knlghtwas Mttedl Fortunately, the Nail flipper happened to drop into
the lap of the maiden, Sarah O'Donnell, who dipped the witch's toenails so deep that
Coordinating Editor: Siobhan Roantree
Copy Editor: Sarah O'Donnell
News Editor: Matt Thompson
Culture Editor: Peter T. Chattaway
Sports Editor: Scott Hayward
Acting Production Coordinator Joe Clark
Acting Photo Coordinator: Jenn Kuo
stacks of course description
brochures lay unattended, with
colourful covers and separate
booklets for term 1 and term 2,
on the front desk. I took one of
each and then sat to organize my
things on new, colour coordinated, padded chairs in the
hallway outside the office.
It instantly brought home the
feeling that I had moved from a
place of poverty to one of wealth.
I thought of being charged for
photocopying in my Arts classes;
departments everyday losing
funding,. and courses and
professors as a result; and two or
three departments being
crammed into one hallway on
one floor in one wing of
Buchanan. I remembered being
in my biology class last year and
viewing a simple diagram ofthe
heart - one that could have been
drawn on a blackboard but was
instead projected on a screen
with the aid of a CD Rom
system. I saw the almost constant
and -exponential growth of
concrete buildings on campus
and I felt my faculty was being
swallowed and devoured
What the administration of this
university does not understand
is that no faculty is any more vital
than the other. Rather, all must
co-exist and work fully with one
another. It is true that some
abstract ideas explored in Arts
are of little practical use without
technology to ground them; but
more importantly, technology,
science, and commerce cannot
be designed to adequately fir
human needs and to progress
beyond a mechanical
repetitiveness without the
knowledge and understanding of
human thought
Arts courses - English, history,
economics, political science,
among others - are all essential,
fundamental, indispensable
elements of this and every
university. The problem with
UBC is that it has tailed, in every
sense ofthe word, to support and
nourish them. Ultimately this
depletes the very function of
what a university should be: to
give students a broad rang of
knowledge and abilities so as to
not just fiction in this world, but
to understand and change it.
Catherine Lovering
4th year Arts
Not just
another victim
Her memory is already
beginning to fade, despite how
the tragedy of her passing so
imprinted her face on my mind.
But I do remember her as a quiet
and gentle woman whose dignity
shone through her material
poverty, that winter morning of
our meeting at the Port Alberni
Food Bank where I worked.
Cecilia was tired that morning,
probably from the miles of
walking she'd had to do to reach
the food bank. She sat at a table,
and then lifted herself slowly to
receive her bag of goods. But
instead of leaving quickly, as
most did, Cecilia came to me and
asked if I needed help with any
food distributon.
From that day on, we packed
bags together, held kids for
parents in the food line, and
talked a lot. I learned about
Cecilia's people and their history,
and it reminded me of stories of
my own people of the west
Highlands, and of their loss of
Gaelic language, culture and
land. We became friends.
My friend died horribly on
Septemeber 5. She burned to
death in an apartment fire in Port
Alberni, a slum apartment with
no working fire extinguishers or
alarms. Cecilia died, trapped,
because there was no knob on
her door, another item never
fixed by the landlord. Many
others were made homeless by
that fire, including children, but
only Cecilia lost her life.
The survivors were treated by
society just as they had been
before the fire: they were
ignored. A call for help went out
over the Port Albeni radio
station, but not a single person
phoned to offer the families food
or lodgings.
The survivors were native
people, after all.
What am I to do with my anger
and grief? Unleash it on the
landlord, who forced human
beings to live in a squalor that
robbed Cecilia of her life? Or on
the city council, who refused to
enforce their own housing code
on uncaring landlords? Or on the
"good people" of Port Alberni,
who didn't lift a finger to help?
My people and Cecilia's have
a common belief: that the spirit
ofthe murdered dead lingers and
speaks through the living to bring
about the justice denied them in
life. I feel Cecilia speaking
through me these days, and these
are her words:
Open your eyes and your
hearts. We are not animals. We
are human beings like you. We
are not a label called "welfare
bums" or "drunken Indians." We
will not be treated like garbage
anymore. We will have justice,
not charity, hatred or
indifference. We are rising up
now, to make a stand for justice,
.and life, and you should rise up
with us. Remember me.
Kevin McNamee-Annett
The Ubyssey
guided by
The predominant message of
the Friday, Ncvei iber 24\h issue
of The Ubyssey v, is image. The
feature story, j profile on a poet/
musician named "Scat", failed to
provide any intelligent
commentary on issues which
should define his character:
specifically his poetry and his
music. Instead, the photo of
"Scat" alone provided more
information than the written
article. Coupled with The
Ubyssey's own version of "Fashion
File", the Friday, November 24th
issue was dominated by image.
Is UBC guided by external
Here is a poem providing the
other side ofthe story that The
Ubyssey failed to address:
I am sick of image: Shadow
Reality that only the eye's
To me such base thoughts do
destroy the mind-
Don't gaze at me! Define me by
my thought:
Language, allied with truth, far
excel base sight;
And when rightly learnt, or
primarily sought,
Uncover the fragile, shell who's
slave is delight!
False solution: "Anti-image"- an
image itself!
Sure, freed from the herd; but
only to be noticed:
Like a new-born idol placed
alone upon a shelf
With Goat-ee, cool shades,
tatoos- what else have you
When by sight you display, the
divine mind will flee:
Judge me by my thought, then
allow a look at me.
Christian Obeck
Faculty of English
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Tuesday, November 28,1995 AMS Update
Nominations for the Alma Mater Society Executive will be open from
December 1st, 1995 to Friday January 5th, 1996.  Nomination forms
will be available from the Executive Secretary in SUB 238 at the
opening of nominations and must be signed by twenty (20) active members
of the society and returned to SUB 238 by the close of nominations, January
5th, 1996 at 4:30 pm.  Candidates must then attend an All Candidate's
Meeting to be held at 5:30 pm on Friday, January 5th, 1996 in SUB 206.
Nomination forms and further information regarding the UBC Board of
Governors and Senate Elections are available from the Registrar's Office in
Brock Hall. Candidates are advised that campaigning (including any public
announcement of intention to run) before the receiving instructions at the
All Candidates meeting is prohibited. Candidates are further advised that
changes to the current Electoral Policy regarding conflict of interest, campaigning, and the Ubyssey Publications Society, will be brought before
Student Council at its next meeting.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting, to be held on
Wednesday, November 29th, at 6:00 pm in SUB 206.
General Duties of the Executive:
The AMS Executive are required to hold regular office hours, attend biweekly Wednesday evening Council meetings, weekly Executive Committee
meetings, regular commission and planning group meetings and perform
specific duties as assigned by Code. The Executive are members of the
Executive Committee, which has the following duties:
• supervise and provide direction for the implementation and administration of the policies and procedures of the society,
• be responsible for the internal and external communications for the
• present and make recommendations to Council on matters of concern
to the Society,
• provide full, succinct and timely disclosure of its activities and decisions to Council on an ongoing basis
• to coordinate and engage in (or delegate Such authority) negotiations
with parties on issues of a contractual nature
• to determine the resourcing needs of the Society in order to pursue its
Mission Statement
Duties of the President:
• to ensure that the policies and programs of the Council and Society
are properly implemented, and be responsible for all the administration
of all policies approved by Council
• be the official liaison between the Society and the General Manager
• coordinate in general the activities of the executive, including chairing the Executive Committee
• chair meetings of Council or delegate that responsibility to a Speaker
• be the Spokesperson of the Society and Council
• call and chair meetings of the Constituency Presidents
• chair the Communications Planning Group and the Communications
Working Group
Duties of the Vice-President:
• chair the University Commission (the body in the AMS that analyzes
and lobbies the University on issues such as academics, childcare, campus safety, equity, housing, and transportation)
• act as a liaison between the Council and the Senate Caucus and
maintain the flow of information
• coordinate the management of all student services (Safewalk,
Speakeasy, Volunteer Services, Rentsline, the Used Bookstore, ]oblink,
Student Discounts, Orientations, and Tutoring Services)
• create and coordinate projects on campus designed to respond to
issues facing the University Community
• supervise special project employees hired by Council
• liaise and work jointly with the Faculty Association, the Teaching
Assistants Union and the Graduate Students Society
• attend meetings of Student Senate Caucus
• act as a signing officer for the Society
Duties of the Director of Administration:
• chair the Student Administrative Commission (the body jn the AMS
that administers Clubs, Constituencies, Student Resource Groups/the
AMS Art Gallery, SUB Bookings, and Building and Function Security)
• chair the Renovations Planning Group
• be responsible for the management of the Student Union Building,
including its use, maintenance and condition, and to keep Council
informed of such
• be responsible for the administration, liaison, and maintenance of
information flow with the Constituencies
• be responsible for the administration of clubs as established by the
• represent the Society on the University Athletic Council, the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre Management Committee, and the
Student Recreation Centre Committee
• represent the Society on the Walter Gage Memorial fund Committee
• act as a signing officer for the Society
Duties of the Director of Finance:
• chair the Finance Commission (the body in the AMS that approves
contracts, administers grants and short term loans, and ensures adherence to fiscal policy of AMS Subsidiaries and coordinates fundraising
• chair the Commercial Services Planning Group
• cause to be prepared the financial statements of the Society
• be responsible for monitoring the financial affairs of the Society,
branch societies, and Subsidiary Organizations, and informing delinquent organizations of their obligations and, with the approval of
Council, taking whatever action may be necessary to rectify and such
• be responsible for all monies received and disbursed by the Society
and shall cause to be kept all bills, receipts and vouchers
• with the General Manager, negotiate changes in the contracts for the
union staff of the AMS Administration Office and all full time staff
(excluding the General Manager), and present those changes to Council
for approval
• act as a signing officer for the Society
Duties of the Coordinator of External
• chair the External Commission (the body in the AMS that analyzes
and lobbies the Provincial and Federal Government on issues of interest
to students)
• be responsible for relations with other student organizations, and
encourage productive relations
• be responsible for community outreach and public events of the society
• coordinate the lobbying of the local, provincial, and federal governments
• keep the Council informed of developments in provincial and federal
government educational policies,
• liaise and coordinate the activities of the Society with the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)
• liaise with the Alumni Association
• cause to be organized the Homecoming Activities and the Great
Trekker Ceremony
Executives of the AMS are salaried employees of the society and receive as
compensation: approximately $16,000 per year, 15% of salary as benefits,
and promotions at AMS Food and Beverage outlets.
The AMS Executive Elections will be held in conjunction with AMS
Referenda, and the UBC Board of Governors, UBC Senate, and Ubyssey
Publications Society Board of Directors Elections.
For further information regarding the AMS Elections, please contact Brian
Cross, Elections Administrator, c/o SUB Room 238.
Elections will be held: January 15-1 9th, 1996
Prepared by your student society
Tuesday, November 28,1995
The Ubyssey sports
Injured hockey Birds salvage weekend split
by Demian Seale and
Scott Hayward
After losing a 6-4 decision
Friday, the struggling T-Birds
fought back Saturday to win 5-3
and split its weekend series at
home against the Manitoba
At 2-10-2, the cellar-dwelling
Birds had their work cut out for
them against a strong 7-5-2 Bison
team, currently tied for fourth
with Lethbridge in the CWUAA
With one goal and eight assists,
Doug Ast had another stellar
weekend in a play-making role,
and was in on all nine T-Bird
goals. Matt Sharrers scored four
goals, including the winner on
Saturday night as the forward line
of Ast, Sharrers and Frank
Crosina combined for thirteen
Friday night's game began well
enough for the Birds, with Frank
Crosina banging home a goal
early with a snapshot from the
slot. However, things went
downhill as Manitoba racked up
three goals before the end of the
first period.
The second period began just
as well for the Birds, with a rare
power play goal by Loui Mellios.
But the Bisons went on another
stampede, scoring three unanswered goals to put them ahead
6-2. UBC clawed back to make
the score a respectable 6-4 on
goals by Sharrers and Pavel
"[Friday] night we had a lot of
people have an off game, and I
thought the score flattered us,"
said Birds' coach Mike Coflin. "It
was 6-4 and we weren't in the
hockey game at any particular
UBC also had trouble in goal as
netminder Dave Trofimenkoff let
in two weak ones, a fluttering
knuckler by Bison Brett Holmes
and a slapshot from beyond the
blue line by Mitchell Grant. "He
sort of lost his concentration a little
bit. A couple of goals happened
and then he took a penalty and I
thought at that point it was best to
get him out," Coflin said.
Saturday night, UBC spotted
the Bisons to an early 2-0 lead in
a chippy game dominated by
penalties, but the increased
intensity worked in the Birds'
favour. "You get fired up and the
next shift you're ready to go out
and hit," Birds captain Brad
Edgington said. "The big thing
about this league is you've got to
be physical and when you're
pissed off you're more inclined to
be physical."
Ast scored midway through the
first period, six seconds into a two
man advantage, and Sharrers tied
the game early in the second period
on another power play.
Things turned ugly when Bison
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Trofimenkoff while breaking in
on net. Two ten minute
misconducts and four minors
were assessed from the melee
that followed. The period ended
when David Stetch scoredto put
the Bisons back on top 3-2.
Sharrers from Ast and Crosina
was the story of the third period.
They first connected at 5:44 to
tie the game on the power play,
and again at 18:05 to put the
Birds up for the first time in the
game. The trio ended the scoring
with an empty netter at 19:53 to
give the Birds a 5-3 victory.
"I think tonight we just came
out     with     a    little     more
alone on Bison goalie Jason Carey. The
determination, and five on five
we executed better," Sharrers
said. "We were really determined
to expose their small
With the time off over
Christmas, injuries to Edginton,
Pavel Suchanek, Ryan Douglas
and Alain Suurkask should heal.
All four players are playing hurt
according to Coflin, who also
hopes that Shea Esselmont, Cory
Stock and Steve Williams will be
back in the line up in the new
"What these injuries have
forced us to do is develop the
depth of our team. That's the only
Bison won the battle, but not the war.
positive bit of it," he said. "The
results don't indicate how hard
these guys have played-we've
asked them to over-achieve, and
they have with a couple of
exceptions and regardless of our
record that's pretty impressive."
With a healthy team, Coflin
hasn't ruled out the possibility of
UBC making the playoffs. "If you
can get your team to the .500
level then you can make the
playoffs. Even though the teams
ahead of us are above .500, pretty
much .500 gets you in," he said.
"It's going to be a long road,
but it's something to challenge
us," Edgington said.
Bird Droppings—shorts
UBC beat Burnaby on their
own turf by a score of 36-26
Saturday afternoon. The Birds
were led by Martin Wheeler who
had two tries.
Women's Volleyball
The T-Birds dropped a pair of
matches in Manitoba this
weekend. The Bisons won a close
of each
One Woman fs Story:
When Jews Celebrate Christmas
Speaker: Naomi Weinberg-Elliot
Question period following.
Plus poetry, great music, and the Cafe.
Sunday, Dec 3, 7:30 PM
Regent College (University Blvd/Wesbrook Mall)
3-1 (15-8,17-15,13-15,15-9) match
on Friday night and a more
decisive 3-0 (15-4,15-12,15-5)
match Saturday.
The men's team beat the
Saskatchewan Huskies 97-71 on
Friday night and 102-86 on
The women's
team beat the
Huskies 76-55
Friday and 67-48
Stay tuned to
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complete    game
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Friday's paper.
The Ubyssey
Tuesday, November 28,1995


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