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Array Protesters
Province wide education
protest fizzles.
Stephanie Taylor says
no to gravity.
Sarah Craig discusses the
architecture of music
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TRYING TIMES: UBC's Kerry Webb tries to tackle a member of the Vancouver Rowing Club rugby team in Sunday's provincial final. UBC lost the game 25-7. richard lam photo
Women's rugby magic runs out
After a huge upset win
followed by a heart
breaking loss in the final,
the UBC women's rugby
team is still living
happily ever after.
 by Wolf Depner
The clock strikes midnight Sunday afternoon, but there is no horse-drawn carriage
to whisk away the T-Bird women's rugby
team. Their Cinderella season ends with a
25-7 loss to the Vancouver Rowers in the BC
But the studded metal cleats still fit and
the gala ball is far from over. Indeed, it's
just getting started.
Decked out in the finest blue-and-gold
rugby cloth, with ice packs sparkling on
freshly bruised limbs, the sun-reddened T-
Birds celebrate in the locker room for everyone to see—with bubbly and suds.
"Come on in, guys," urges half scrum
Sam Cook to teammates still lingering on
the field, talking to friends and family.
Coming down the steps leading into the
locker room, captain Angie Hays picks up
her pace when she hears Cook's call.
a\nd as Hays steps into the small room,
she is greeted by her older sister Christy
with a cold champagne shower. The room
erupts with laughter.
Make no mistake—Sunday's loss bothers
the Birds, but their frowns soon turn to
smiles as the players reflect on what a fairy
tale year it was.
Sunday's impromptu party was all about
celebrating the team's finest season in its
six-year existence. A long shot, UBC made it
to the final for the first time ever, with a
team short on experience, but long on heart
and athleticism.
"I keep reminding them that they are up
against people who played ten or fifteen
years of rugby and that they have all played
what, two or three," said head coach
Heather Miller. "So to make it to a final with
that Utile experience really says something."
They got there by beating the most experienced in BC women's rugby—the Ex-Brit
Lions. The Lions had held the crown for the
past six years and UBC's 24-14 upset sent a
shock through the rugby queendom.
All the subjects were asking: can the fair
Birds claim the crown themselves by toppling the wicked Rowers? Could Cinderella
find Prince Charming?
No, but no matter.
'We're already ahead of all the other university teams—SFU, UVic, UNBC—and practically ahead of all the other club teams as
well," Cook said. "I don't think we have a
damned thing to be ashamed of."
"It's disappointing to lose, but everything
considered it was a great season, a great
team," said full back Kim Bourbonais who
scored the Birds lone try. Her 30 yard scoring run pulled the Birds within three with
five minutes remaining in the first half.
Unfortunately, Bourbonais' run was the
lone offensive highlight for the Birds who
were without three regulars—most notably
prop Leslie Gunning, a force in the scrum
front row.
And the Rowers pounced on UBC's weakened front. "A lot of the rucks were collapsing and they were diving down on the ball,
which is actually illegal," Cook said. "It
| "If s disappointing to lose,
I but everything considered it was
| a great season, a great team/7
I -Kim bourbonais
made it really hard to get the ball back out.
It wasn't that our forwards weren't strong
enough to go over, they just had bodies
lying in their path."
That also made it harder to get the ball
to the halfbacks on the outside. UBC relied
on a strong running attack along the
wings to tame the Lions two weeks ago,
but never got on track against the Rowers
who themselves posessed a strong outside
"These guys didn't slow down and we
didn't get the ball to the wings like we really wanted to," Cook added.
The Rowers jumped out to a 10-0 lead
twenty minutes into the game with two
unconverted tries. Bourbonais' electrifying
scoring run made it 10-7, but the Rowers
weren't phased.
Their try just a minute later restored the
ten point margin and another early in the
second half put the game away.
"When they come right out and score right
in our face, right in the beginning, it's a little
tough to take," Cook said. "We found it a little
bit difficult to adjust"
While UBC played a
strong defensive game in
the   second   half,   they
couldn't move the ball
against the bigger Rowers.
"We didn't catch our
second wind quite fast
enough. We let down a little bit in the second half and they really
played on it," explained Angie Hay.
The magic simply ran out, leaving one to
ask whether or not the Birds used it all up in
the game against the Ex-Brits.
Miller doesn't think so. "Beating the Ex-
Brits gave this team the confidence it needed for this game," she said. "They know
they're up against teams that have national
team players on them...in the end, experience won out."»> 2    THE UBYSSEY, APRIL 8, 1997
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Jobs for youth fewer & poorer
by Desiree Adib
It's long been rumoured there are
fewer jobs for young people than
there were in the 1980s; a
Statistics Canada report has now
confirmed it.
The report found that since the
1980s, unemployment rates have
gone up while wages and hours
worked have dropped for young
people between the ages of 15 to
Craig Riddell, a UBC economics
professor and a specialist in youth
employment, says these differences are mainly due to the recession.
'It is well documented that
when the economy is in a recession [as it was in the early 1990s)
it affects people who are entering
the work force, such as youth,
more than it affects adults,' said
Riddell. 'Conversely, the [youth]
unemployment rates also come
down more during booms.'
The good news, he said, is that
as the economy improves, youth
unemployment rates, which stand
as high as 26 percent, could fall
faster than those for the rest of the
The news for students is also
slightly better than it is for other
young people.
"In the 1990s employers ar.e
much more inclined now to hire
workers with a post-secondary
education," said Riddell, "and
almost all the growth in employment has been in the sector of
people who have a post-secondary
People with only a high school
education experienced a decline
in employment growth in the
The bad news, the report said, is
that that the quality of jobs for
youth are also getting worse. Part-
time employment rates have gone
up 14 percent since 1976 and
earning power in 1995 had gone
down by nine dollars since 1989
for young people who are not students.
'There is a strong overall trend
toward stronger employment
growth for those who are more
skilled and weaker employment
growth for the less skilled,' said
The trend is worrying, he said,
because over time the gap
between the earning power of the
skilled and unskilled will grow,
creating significant income disparity.
Ottawa seems to share those
The  federal government an
nounced last month it would
spend an extra $255 million to
help young people get summer
jobs and internships. The Canadian Federation of Students, however, views the effort as superficial and misleading.
"For the federal government to
say that it has increased funding
to programs which address youth
unemployment is misleading,"
said Joey Hansen, a CFS representative, "because what they are
actually doing is restoring [funding] to the pre-1988 levels. Since
1988 the government has massively cut job creation funding
But Riddell questions how
much job-creation the government should be attempting. 'In
general, I think governments are
better at staying out of creating
jobs,' he said, "the only way governments can help youth is by providing more access to a quality
And that access, Hansen said,
is being limited by tuition fee
increases that are being imposed
across Canada.
"It is clearly the case that it hasn't been in the commitment ofthe
government to deal with the problem of youth unemployment," he
said. ♦
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10   -
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university (+20%)
some post sec. (+1%)
college (-1%)
high school grad (-21 %)
Freshmen imagine no classes
by Theresa Chaboyer
First-year' students coming to UBC next year still
won't be getting a frosh week, but they will get more
than just an eight-digit number.
For the first time in UBC history, the first day of
classes will be an official orientation day for all first-
year students.
According to Associate Dean of Arts, Neil Guppy,
the program, dubbed Imagine UBC, will attempt to
welcome new students to the university and give
them a chance to meet other students.
'What are the two most important days of your
university career? Your first and last,' he said.
In the past, Guppy said, one ofthe main problems
for first-year students was that simple facts about the
university were not adequately explained; as a result,
adjustment was difficult.
"Much of what UBC students learn they don't
learn in the classroom,' he said. "We want to try to
give to new students some awareness of the things
that will make students more successful."
Former AMS  Co-ordinator of External Affairs,
Allison Dunnet, is the student co-chair for the event.
She said current plans for the day include a freshmen meeting with both the university and AMS presidents, an academic scavenger hunt in the afternoon
and seminars with tips for first-year students. The
day will end with a festive barbecue or dance.
Dunnet, who made the initial proposal to the campus advisory board, said the project was a long time
'I think one of the reasons this hasn't been done
before is that nobody seems to have kind of gotten
around to it,' she said.
'People are going to be encouraged not to run
classes on that first day. Hopefully we'll get support.'
Shirin Foroutan, AMS co-ordinator of external
affairs, and a member of the frosh day steering committee said she hopes no classes at all will be held on
September 2.
She also said she was hopeful the event will compensate for the fact that many under-aged students
can not attend the AMS BBQ. "We want to make sure
all new students will be welcome to this event. It will
be dry, drug and alcohol free." ♦ TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 1997
AMS President's letter draws criticism
by Ian Gunn
An open letter to students by the Alma
Mater Society president is under fire from
other members of the student council.
In the letter, published in AMS adver-
stising space in the April 2 Ubyssey, Ryan
Davies urged students to cast ballots in next
week's student referendum on the new $90
Student Technology Fee.
But the letter, critics charge, went well
beyond that, flying in the face of council's
position on the fee.
"At the last AMS meeting, council had a
motion before it to support a yes' vote. It
was defeated and later we agreed to support
a neutral stance," said Jessica Escribano,
director of student affairs for the Graduate
Student Society and AMS councillor.
But what Davies published, she said, was
"basically a statement of support for the
'yes' vote, overriding AMS council's authority-"
Davies, though, defends the letter as having been fair. "I did make efforts to keep
what I wrote neutral," he said Monday. But
as a member of the committee that formulated the fee, he said, "I don't tiiink it was
out of line for me to have communicated
what I learned while sitting as the AMS rep
on the committee."
But Davies' attendance on that committee is also a concern for the GSS, Escribano
said. "Ryan was not present at many of the
meetings, so he's endorsing something he
didn't even help to form."
In response to what it describes as a
great many e-mails from members in
recent days, the GSS will present a motion
to council tomorrow asking for Davies to
retract the letter and apologise to council
for overstepping its authority.
The letter, Davies says, was written in
good faith and achieved its goal of letting
more students know about the technology
fee vote. "The majority of students I speak to
on campus now know about the fee, but
don't know that they can vote on it next
week. The important thing here is getting
students out to vote... [this letter] is not really the issue."♦
Student protest
has little impact
by Douglas Quan
Last-minute scheduling changes and confusion over objectives turned Monday's
province-wide student strike into an event
that was less unified than student organisers would have liked.
The strike, which was publicised as a
province-wide event, only took place at
Vancouver's Langara College and Northwest College in Terrace.
The Langara Student Union and their
supporters set up pickets around the campus early Monday morning to protest lack
of government funding to post-secondary
education. Everyone that drove onto the
campus was stopped and handed a flyer,
but allowed to go through; some students
had final exams.
Many of the banners posted around the
campus were directed at the provincial
government: "Tuition freeze equal hidden
"We are not anti-NDP, we
are anti-cuts to education.
-Kerri lattimer
Langara Students Union
fees," read one. "Liar. Liar. Liar. Live up to
your commitment," read another.
But at a lunch-time rally, Langara
Student Union Women's Liaison, Kerri
Lattimer, insisted the LSU was not just targeting the NDP.
"We are not anti-NDP, we are anti-cuts
to education," she told the crowd of about
100 people, which included a handful of
supportive faculty. "We want to join together and lobby the federal government."
However, she said the Premier has not
lived up to his commitment to education
by allowing universities and colleges to
implement hikes in other fees.
"Increased fees are increased tuition," she said.
Fifteen students from Langara occupied the Premier's
office for 36 hours last Tuesday to make that point.
Langara students decided
to hold the rally late last week
when a rally that was supposed to be held at Kwantlen
College was suddenly cancelled.
Kwantlen students had
planned a rally since February under the banner of
"Education Builds a Nation"
to coincide with rallies being
held across the country by
the Canadian Alliance of
Students Association.
Late last week, however, students
announced its postponement. Education
Minister Paul Ramsey, who had
been scheduled to speak at the
rally, changed his mind after the
event was publicised as a province-
wide student strike, and a day of
Outgoing student President
Kathryn Fleetwood said the event
was intended to be a friendly rally to celebrate the value of education. But she said
given the recent flurry of student protests,
including Langara's sit-in, she had no
choice but to advertise the event as a venue
for students to express their concerns.
"This is not the way we wanted it to be.
We wanted to show how united we are on
this issue. Their sit-in at the Premier's
office was their own doing, their own initiative.
"We admit that the word strike should
not have been used", she said. "The word
'rally' would have been more pro-active."
"There was definitely miscommunica-
STUDENTS protest hidden fees at Langara
tion through all this," added Jason Boon,
Kwantlen student-at-large representative.
Kwantlen was not the only one complaining after Langara's sit-in.
Malaspina College Student Union sent
out a press release last week criticising
recent Langara radio ads that call the
tuition freeze "a sham."
Malaspina Student Union Vice-
President of External Affairs, Steve
Beasley, said the tuition freeze has helped
students. "More has to be done, but not giving credit where it is due does not speak
well for students.
"The statements of the Langara
Student's Union make no mention of the
millions of dollars in funding cuts by the
federal government," he added.
Canadian Federation of Students Chair,
Michael Gardiner, also criticised
Langara's strategy. "Is it bad that ancillary
fees are increasing? Yes. But does it constitute a lie on the part of the provincial government? No."
Ramsey called yesterday's walkout at
Langara "frivolous" and "silly."*>
Light rail stops
short off UBC
by Todd Silver
Langara students occupy premier's office
by Douglas Quan
Sit-ins are the flavour-of-the-month for students protesting fee hikes at post-secondary institutions.
Last Tuesday, 15 Langara students
occupied Premier Glen Clark's constituency office. They said the government had
not honoured its promise to freeze tuition,
and demanded a public meeting with
"Universities and colleges have been
left to deal with a loss of revenue, and are
forced to institute ancillary fees and other
hidden fees, which, as far as we're concerned, are just another name for tuition
fees," said LSU Staff Relations Officer,
Jason Lewis.
Langara instituted $1.50/day parking
fees in March.
But Langara students insist the issue
has always been about more than just parking fees.
"It's kind of insulting that we would
fight about that," said LSU media representative, Chantel Taylor. "[The government] refused to acknowledge that it was a
bigger issue of how there are hidden fees,
and how extra fees are extra tuition."
At the time, Clark's only response to the
sit-in was: "I'm surprised they'd occupy my
office over parking fees."
Both Ramsey's ministerial assistant,
Lionel Yip, and Clark's youth advisor,
Renee Saklikar, who reviewed LSU's complaints over the parking fee issue, feel that
Langara students have changed their
tune .
"It's always been about parking, parking, parking. Suddenly, they're mouthing
the Liberal ideology of cuts to education
when there have been no cuts," said
Two students from Northwest College
in Terrace also participated in the sit-in.
Student association President, Rob Laluk,
said the college was forced to cut one-third
of university-credit offerings.
"Anywhere south of Prince George, and
you have access to a four-year education,
but north of it, you have nothing."
Yip said he would be meeting with
Northwest College officials to discuss the
matter this week.<»
A light rail system will cany commuters
along Broadway by the year 2005, but it
won't connect to UBC, BC Transit has
The eight-year process to build a light
rail system from Coquitlam to Granville
began recently after BC Transit made the
commitment to go through with the mas-
The light rapid transit route would be
similar to the current 99B bus which
travels down the Broadway-Lougheed
corridor, but terminates at UBC.
Trace, Acres, who speaks for BC
Transit explained the process to get lie
system up and running will be a long
one. "We are still eight years away from
that system being operational we still
have to go through the procedures of the
engineering of it all and the public consultation."
UBC commuters taking the train..
would have to stop at Granville and
board an express bus which woidd shaph
tie them to campus. There would als6.;bi|f
a new rapid bus route running lisal
Richmond to the downtown im&s$kk
would meet up with the light rail |
But while millions of dollars afei
ed to be spent on ihe new rail line, i iftu-
dent bos pass system is still not a certainty. Acres said negotiations on the
subject are still ongoing with the
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs,
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STEPHANIE TAYLOR hangs out on the wall, richard lam photo
Stephanie Taylor never
thought she'd find anything
she was truly passionate about
Then she hit the wall.
by Bruce Arthur
Stephanie Taylor climbs. Indoors or outdoors, it
doesn't matter, although indoors is just training for
real rock climbing, she says. For Stephanie, life is a
rock face: keep moving—there's still more to discover. And she has found that she is different from most
climbers—let alone women climbers.
"Many people climb recreationally with no real
desire to climb hard...I do," says Taylor who has been
climbing for only two years. "Most women won't lead
a climb. I've gone forward to lead a climb that the
guys thought was maybe too hard for me to lead.
"I've had some reactions where I've gone forward
to climb and get 'You gonna climb that?', like it hasn't made too much sense to them. But for the most
part, it's great being a minority-it's great fun climbing with a bunch of guys."
Born and raised near Lancastshire, Great Britain,
Taylor was never what you would call an overly athletic child. She wasn't even that interested in athletics. She ran long-distance in high school and played
squash for a while. It was fun, but something was
"I remember meeting this guy, and he was asking
me what I felt passionate about in regards to sports,
and I said I couldn't
one another," she grins. In fact, the people she's met
are very similiar.
"Often very smart, very concerned with their surroundings, with the environment, and just really
nice, neat, interesting people."
Taylor also appreciates being surrounded by the
scenic wonders ofthe outdoors.
"It's such a meditative experience..you're so oblivious to any people or thoughts or anything around
you except your next move. It's a constant puzzle.
"What I find so neat about climbing outdoors is
that there are so many different variables—you're
exposed to the weather, the rain or the heat, the
wind. I love to be put in an unpredictable environment—always have, whatever it is.
That may go a long way to explain her desire to
leave Great Britain and see the world.
When she was 22, she firmly decided to live  somewhere  other th
Great Britain, which, she knew had
been "in dire [economic] straights
for some time."
So she left, spending five
and half years in Australia
before    coming    to    Vancouver.
"I  wanted  to  experience life, and not just
travel through.  I felt
from an early age that
there had to be a better place to live than
Britain,   so   it  was
think of anything that I
felt strongly about.
So he explained to
me how he loved golf,
and downhill skiing. I
It like there was some-
ll ing wrong with me, like there was an absence or
imething. It was something I just couldn't relate to,
id then I started climbing." It all started one fine
() :tober day in 19 9 5. Driving through Squamish with
l friend, she spotted a climbing group. "I couldn't
1 ilieve that people on a rock face could be so grace-
I 1. I was in awe, and I was very, very curious. We
\ ound up climbing that afternoon."
What began as an impulsive afternoon adventure
)w borders on obsession for Taylor who supports
1 ;r climbing addiction with a full-time job in St.
I lul's hospital hematology department. She climbs
three to four times a week during the winter, more
still in the summer, with each session lasting from
three to five hours at a time.
"Yeah, it's pretty time-consuming," she admits.
"Climbing is like a drug—a damn good drug. It's so
I   hard to stop climbing...you get major withdrawal
Not even a suspected injury to her right shoulder
can slow her down.
"Climbers make pretty bad patients, as far as
being dedicated," she says with a crooked smile.
When Taylor discusses rockclimbing, her passion
for the sport is obvious. She leaves spaces between
words, as if to savour the strength of her feelings.
"If exciting...there's a real thrill to climbing outside. I
like the way my body feels when I climb."
Taylor also has a lot of other reasons to love what
she does. She has met two of her closest friends
through climbing. "When you have your life in some-
|one else's hands you tend to build a strong bond with
kind of a plan of
mine when I was
pretty young to go
to both Canada and
Stephanie Taylor hj-.
now lived in Vancouver lot
the past six years and *-.t\s
she's happy. For the momcnl
"I love it here. I'm finding il
a nice medium between Britain
and Australia.  The  British are
often  a little  uptight,  and Australians are just totally insane. There
are  so many places  I want to go
though, for cultural experience as much
as climbing.  South America, Thail.iim
this November, the south of France.
"There, they've got limestone. Miles and
miles of limestone. It's beautiful. People sit
down there, play guitars, tell stories—people climb
from such a young age—it's such a way of life, like
guys out here play hockey. South America, too. The
reason people climb in South America is because
there's this beautiful, amazing limestone. Kids just
go out and climb for a few hours."
If Taylor had her way she would climb forever. "I
hope I come back in another lifetime and climb, and
maybe get to keep my skills. Many, many lifetimes."
As she falls silent, she is left with a faraway look—
a gaze from the mountaintop, full of sunsets and
stone.♦ Kula shakes it up
by John Zaozirny I
Kula Shaker
Mar 29 at Graceland
With a giant flag behind them and incense thick in the air,
Crispian Mills and company took the Graceland stage ready to
make up for their previously cancelled show, and then some.
Most people are only familiar with Kula Shaker from their
breakthrough single 'Tattva' which singlehandedly propelled
Eastern mysticism back into style and vaulted Crispian Mills into
the burgeoning ranks of English rock star heartthrobs. 'Tattva' is,
however, simply the most extreme example on the album, K, that
adds Indian music to a grab-bag of influences, from the straight-
ahead rock of the Rolling Stones to Jimi Hendrix
licks and Doors keyboards. Put this toge-
| ther with a band that's so tight its
|j members even live togeth
er, and you have ;
on record and a captivating show live.
Driven by Mills' manic energy, Kula Shaker managed to drive
the level up a notch from the already hectic pace of their album,
throwing themselves headlong into their west coast tour, on
which Vancouver was the first date. Playing most of K, the group
put together a very fine and happily diverse set. The driving rock
and roll of '303' and 'Hey Dude' was complemented by the more
exotic riffs of 'Tattva' and 'Into the Deep'. There was the obligatory Grateful Dead tribute song — here 'Grateful When You're
Dead' — and even their recent Deep Purple cover, 'Hush'. The
band even test drove a brand new song, 'For This Love', which
managed to live up to Crispian's hope that it would "ride like a
And when Kula Shaker finally finished its heavily anticipated
show with the rich strains of 'Govinda', the audience trooped out
— sweaty, smoky and satisfied. ♦
The shadowy future lurks
by John Zaozirny
Jeru the Damaja/dj Shadow
Mar 30 at Richard's on Richards
Electronic music is getting a push
as the "next big thing" that shall
come from the shadows and
defeat the lumbering beast of
alternative. Just as independent
films cleaned up at the Oscars, so
too are electronic music acts
catching all the kudos. So if the
Chemical Brothers are electronic
music's Coen Brothers and the
bombastic Prodigy its Gregg
Araki, DJ Shadow must be
Quentin Tarantino.
Patching together swatches
and samples from every kind of
music, DJ Shadow creates a fresh,
vibrant and elaborate tapestry out
of contemporary rap, forgotten
albums and old soul music.
Unfortunately, despite his on-
record brilliance and innovation,
DJ Shadow is, like many other DJs,
not an exciting artist to see live.
Head down and locked into
the beat, DJ Shadow delivered the
goods, everything from 'Midnight in a Perfect World' and
'Stem/Long Stem' to newer,
more up tempo work, but he
failed to attract more than a few
restless dancers to the floor.
Most of the near sell-out crowd
just stared in wonder while the
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improvised, set. Latyrx brought a
refreshing social commentary to
the evening, rapping on the current state of the union and, as DJ
Shadow would say, 'Why Hip Hop
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Headliner Jeru the Damaja
came out later and suddenly
Richard's on Richards was
crushed with bodies squirming to
the beat. Jeru brought the audience back into the act, pulling the
crowd into the palm of his hand
and keeping them there. His vocal
fans couldn't even shut up for the
ten seconds of silence Jeru
requested so he could drink his
juice in silence and meditate on
"the state of hip-hop."
The evening proceeded quickly
and easily, with Jeru taking
requests while the crowd rapped
merrily along. He gave the audience what it wanted: a laid back,
loose and very personable show. It
might not be a new style of music
or an innovation a la DJ Shadow,
but as the show ended and Jeru
the Damaja shook the masses of
hands pressed in his direction, it
was most satisfying.♦
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Phone:   732-4147 Voting for a better
learning environment
April 9th - 16th
The Student Technology Fee Question
Do you support the implementation
of a student technology fee of $90
per year for a full-time student?
How much would I have to pay?
How much money would this fee raise
and who decides how it is spent?
What will I get?
The University is asking students to help it create a UBC learning environment where all students have good access to the
information technology (IT) tools and resources they need to succeed in today's world of digital media and information. From
April 9th to 16th UBC is holding a referendum on the proposed Student Technology Fee (STF).
Students have experienced longer lines to get into our crowded computer labs, gotten busy signals while trying to dial-in, tried
to get help from the desperately overworked staff on the help desk, or searched the campus in vain for up-to-date computers to access the web or play multi-media CD-ROMS. This situation can only get worse in the future unless action is taken
now. If the STF is approved, all funds generated would be allocated by a committee on which students have a voting majority
and would be used only to support projects that directly benefit students. The committee would have representatives from
every faculty to make sure that students from all parts ofthe university would benefit. Here are short answers to some of the
obvious questions. Additional information appears below and at www.stf.ubc.ca. Send any additional questions you have to
$90 per year, which works out to $7.50 per month.
It will raise $2.7 million/year which will be allocated by a committee  on which students have a voting majority.
Projects will likely include: new and enhanced computer labs, expanded dial-in access, better computer training and help for
students, docking stations for laptops, classroom IT-instruction equipment and special prices for purchases of computer hardware and software.
Why doesn't the University     UBC is already putting several million a year into information technology (IT) access for students but it's not enough.With the
pay for this itself?     budget cuts UBC is facing there is no way to allocate any further funds without effecting significant cuts.
Why doesn't the University get     UBC is constantly working with industry and government to get funds to support student IT access, but what we get isn't
someone else to pay for this?     enough.We'll do everything we can to leverage the funds we get from this fee to bring in still more from industry and  government.
Who Chose   $90 as the amount     The Student Information Technology Access Committee prepared the fee proposal and half its members are students nomi-
and were Students consulted?     nated by the AMS and GSS. The originally proposed amount was reduced as a result of student input. The committee's recommendation was approved by the UBC Advisory Committee on Information Technology (ACIT), and proposed to the UBC
Board Governors by the VP, Student & Academic Services.
HOW do I vote? Why have a referendum?     The Board of Governors has asked that a vote be held on the STF. proposal.The Alma Mater Society and the Graduate Student
Society strongly support having students participate in this process..
Will this fee be tax-dedUCtible?     Yes, the federal government recently announced that such fees are deductible.
How do I vote?
Phone 280-8228 and select option 3 for Televote. Or, call 822-VOTE anytime (except 4-6 a.m.) between April 9th and 16th.
Students with a hearing disability can call 822-3859 (TTY/TDD). Polling stations (with telephone access) will be set up throughout campus during the voting period (April 9th - 16th).
Maria Klawe, VP Student and Academic Services
To improve information technology for all UBC
faculty, students and staff, ACIT asked its subcommittee, the Student Information Access
Committee (SITAC) to consider instituting a
student technology fee at UBC. SITAC is composed of ten undergraduate and graduate students and ten faculty/staff members from different parts of the University. It was very difficult,
especially for the student members, to accept
the idea of ANY fee increase, but after lengthy
discussions, an assessment of the state of student computing on campus and an investigation
of experiences at other universities, SITAC supported (14 in favour, one abstention) the STF
proposal that went forward to the Board.
Principles that SITAC members felt crucial to their support for an STF included:
• STF funds will augment, not replace, current UBC
expenditures on information technology support
for students;
• STF funds will be specifically dedicated to projects that will benefit UBC students;
• the allocation of STF funds will be mode by a
committee having a voting majority of students;
• general information technology infrastructure projects will not be supported by STF revenue except
where these projects are required by a specific
STF-funded initiative;
• a review committee having at least SOX student
members will be established in the third year of
the program to undertake a rigorous review ofthe
" and, that the fee will be universal, charged to all
students (graduate and undergraduate) both full-
and part-time.
In addition to student input from SITAC, the
idea of the proposed student technology fee
was the subject of extensive discussion at the
January 15th "Your UBC Forum" on student
fees. It has also been discussed extensively by
both the Alma Mater Society and the Graduate
Student Society and in their meetings between
their executives and theVPSAS. In late February
and early March four separate forums were held
to discuss the STF and other fee increases and
an e-mail address <stf@interchange.ubc.ca>
was established to which students could send
questions about the fees.
How was the $90 fee determined?
Based on the experience of other universities of
similar size and facing similar problems to UBC,
an STF of $ 150 per year was originally suggested. Subsequent discussions amongst SITAC
members suggested that the fee be set below
$100. In discussing the size of the STF, SITAC
members had to weigh carefully the ability of
students to pay against the decreased services
that would be provided by a reduced fee. It was
subsequently decided to establish the fee at
$90. Because the $90 covers a full year, it actually works out to only $7.50 per month.The proposed fee would   generate an annual fund of
approximately $2.7 miljion which will be put
toward student information technology initiatives.
What are the consequences of not
adopting an STF?
Given the Universityis current financial situation, the only alternative to establishing an STF
. is to maintain expenditures on information technology at current levels and force students to
deal with the resulting problems individually and
simply purchase computer-based services as
their personal resources permit. This will promote inequities in access for students at the
University. In addition, this approach will result in
delays in effective use of IT in the curriculum
until such a time as students have provided
themselves with the necessary resources.
Moreover, as the use of IT in courses grows, students will have to endure longer lines to get into
inadequate computing labs, more difficulties in
dialing in to the UBC network and increasingly
inadequate computer training for students. TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 1997
by Tanya Dubick
ai ihe Arts Ciub uniii Apr 12
Thirteen Hands by
Carol Shields is a handsomely written play that
portrays its characters
with grace, moving us
through the changing
membership of abridge
group called the Martha
Circle over a course of seventy years.
The characters played by Nicole Roberl
Meredith Bain Woodward. Dolores Drake
and Suzie Payne-they go by the names
North, West, South and East—are as famiJ
iar as the friends and family members in
our own lives who often fail to get the recog
nition they deserve.
At various points, an actor walks in and
asks questions such as: "In ten words or
less, describe what the purpose of your lift-
is." These very impatient and demanding
figures represent the modern woman in a
society that is changing and challenging val
ues. Shields also uses them to present the
idea that, across the shifting sociological
landscape, the bridge club is a valuable circle of freedom in which these women can
express themselves.
announces she has something to say.
Immediately, her bridge partners assume
she is leaving her husband, sparking a
catharsis of emotions as the three women
proceed to discuss how they would like to
Changing hands in a
ladies bridge game...
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authentic Regency-style furniture and a working, gas
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Boy Wonder
Apr 10-12
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
 by Rachana Raizada
This week Ballet BC will debut Boy
Wonder, the first completely original, full-
length ballet to be created in Canada.
The interdisciplinary production is
the brainchild of choreographer John
Alleyne—Ballet BC's artistic director—
and 12 other creators: three choreographers, three composers, Touchstone
Theatre director Roy Surette, three
actors, artist Tiko Kerr and costumes and
lighting designers.
The blueprint for the project was laid
out in four days during which these 13
people locked themselves up in a room
and hammered out an agreement on
basic concepts. The choreographers
(John Alleyne, Jean Grand-MaiLre and
Serge Bennathan) threw the actors for a
loop by declaring that there would be no
strict narrative and no characters, specifically "a Boy Wonder."
The three-act ballet is loosely based on
the journey of a classical hero (the segments represent a calling, adventures or
tests, and a return); and the idea that
heroism often comes from unheralded
acts by ordinary people. Together, the
dancers represent various facets of heroism, such as faith, grace, humility and
successful perseverance through various
Dancers Andrea Hodge and Gail
Skrela of Ballet BC described the different textures the three choreographers
brought to the ballet. Not only did they
have very diverse styles, but each of them
worked with a different composer for his
respective segment. ♦
When Larissa Lai graduated from UBC, she had no
idea what to do; she has
since become a critically-
acclaimed emerging
Vancouver writer. Lai spoke
with The Ubyssey about
making the transition from
sociology to analysis to
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Larissa LAi-When Fox Is a Thousand
[Press Gang Publishers]
Larissa Lai is talking about Canadian-born
Asians. "We're here," she says. "We've been
here for centuries, as long as white people
have been here and we have a relationship
with this place."
The Vancouver author sits in a cafe on
Commercial, talking about her novel and
about the years of community activism
through alternative arts and media that led
up to it.
"What I'm trying to deal with in this book
is how impossible it is to know what [your]
homeland was because it can't be what we
imagine," she explains. "We don't come from
there; we don't live there; we don't have that
experience. Md whatever we flunk of as
homeland has changed and moved into the
Iwentieth-century at the same time we have.
It's no longer what our parents or our
grandparents or our great-grandparents left
behind. It's something new and different
yet again. So that relationship is, I suppose,
always an imaginative one."
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Shortlisted for the 1996 Chapters/Books
in Canada First Novel Award, When Fox Is
a Thousand has three narrators: the Fox of
Chinese mythology, a nameless contemporary Asian-Canadian woman and the ninth-
century poetess Yu Hsuan-Chi.
Lai created the character of the poetess
first. Through her involvement with the
Asian-Canadian art exhibition Yellow Peril:
Reconsidered, the feminist newspaper
Kinesis and the organization Asian Lesbians
of Vancouver, Lai sensed a real need for an
imaginative space where Asian lesbians
could relate freely to one another.
"The poetess comes very much out of
that desire to construct this kind of perfect
place of belonging and what that might
look like: very romantic, very idyllic,
very...utopic, would probably be the best
word to describe it. I saw the need there
and I suppose I felt it myself."
But Lai knew that Asian-Canadians didn't
really come from such a place. Artemis
Wong lives in the real, 20th century
Vancouver, a nitty-gritty place of irresolvable tension, struggling daily with her
sense of identity.
"In fact, the original a\rtemis was simply
a letter writer talking back to the voice of
the poetess and saying, 'These things can't
be and if you're going to talk about this
woman who was a courtesan, who was educated and privileged... Well, what about the
women—the girls who were sold in the sex-
trade in Asia or here at a very young age?'"
Fox, who has the ability to transform
into women, transcends that tension that
binds the poetess and Artemis—"the
impossibly perfect on the one hand and the
miserably imperfect on the other."
"The traditional Fox is very much a figure of the 'bad' woman. To call someone a
'fox' in Chinese culture is, I suppose, the
same as calling them a 'slut' in western culture. It's a fairly fixed archetype. It was
something I really wanted to take and turn
on its head. Hence my Fox suddenly
becomes this mischievous character that
can move through time and space—can see
things that are happening with other people that they can't necessarily see themselves."
While studying sociology at UBC (she
graduated in 1990), Lai felt frustrated by
her limited access to analyses of race, gender, sexuality, class and other issues of
"I'm talking about the anthology A
Piece of My Heart [the stories of 26
American women who served in Vietnam]
or This Bridge Called My Back [writings by
radical women of color, 1983], writers
like bell hooks and Dionne Brand, SKY
Lee, Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua.
It's quite alarming in a number of ways
that these texts were not introduced at
Through UBC Creative Writing professor George McWhirter, she met Jim Wong-
Chu, co-editor of Many-Mouthed Birds:
contemporary writing by Chinese
Canadians, who in turn introduced Lai to
the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop.
When SKY Lee's award-winning first novel
Disappearing Moon Cafe was launched at
the Chinese Cultural Centre, Lai met
Wong-Chu, who was putting together the
Yellow Peril: Reconsidered exhibition.
"I didn't consider myself an artist or a
writer at that time. I had just graduated,
kind of burnt out, and at a loss for what to
do. It was really empowering for me to
meet older artists who were dealing directly with issues of race and identity, also
elhptically sexuality and gender, class.
"I remember being in a restaurant with
my friend Anne, who's also a writer, and
her brother. There was this table of white
guys that was just staring at us, not infrequently. I remember turning around and
giving them hell and just feeling so great
that I could do that because it was something that I probably never would have
done up until that point. There was a
power equity [there] that I had a right to
address and that it wasn't okay for them
to stare at us like we were objects to be
She moved to Ottawa and worked at an
artist-run video production co-op, but left
due to blatant racism. When Lai returned
to Vancouver and got involved with the
Not Just Another Page collective at Kinesis,
in which women of colour talked about
issues of racism, sexism, homophobia
and classism.
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Adbusters and Angles, radio stations like Co-
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UBC graduatein sociology.
where the real creative work takes place,
where everybody gets their start, and I
think where people are at their sharpest
and most imaginative because they're
allowed to let their minds open as wide as
they can open."
Lai is currently at work on her second
book. Arsenal Pulp recently published the
anthology Bringing It Home: Women Talk
About Feminism in Their Lives.
Lai considers the articles and art
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particularly of women of colour, but also
people of colour, and to document the projects we did.
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project, which is about the construction of
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Sara Craig is an elegant young woman who displays that effortless poise, so seldom seen these days, which betokens a well-
brought up, even genteel, sort of person.
This makes her even sexier in real life than she is on all three
Sweet elegance
tar phrase repeated throughout the song. Says Craig: "I love the
sounds that Chris comes up with and the effects—it's a really
tasty production."
There's a distinct message in 'Mr Right' for those poor souls
desperately seeking a lover of some kind. The song's emphasis
switches from looking for Mr Right to becoming Mr Right, which
is kind of an empowering thing.
"That's when the person
found happiness," says Craig.
"It's like, when you realise
you're too good to be desperate to look for something,
that's usually when somebody
finds you. There's
of her CD covers, where Craig has made a
steady progression from undress on her first
EP to the ballerina leotard of Sweet Exhaust to
the bawdy, high-class undergarments on Miss
But Craig denies any suggestive intentions.
"I just want it simple, no complications. If they're sexy, that's
cool, but I think they're all really quite...elegant That's how I want
to be portrayed.
"I guess I think of the obvious sexy as being somebody looking at the camera, pouting lips with lip gloss and bedroom eyes."
Sexy or not. Miss Rocket has a slinky seductiveness generally
lacking in popular music. Like a really good bowlful of opium-
laced hash, it can veer from vaguely disquieting to dreamily
soporific. Perhaps its most distinctive feature is its melodiousness—the CD is replete with the sort of sweet hypnotic melodies
that have been long abandoned by a popular culture that values
being super hardass over actual music.
Not that Craig's music has always been so soft and dreamy.
In fact, her first two CDs are raunchier, betraying the usual
punky influences so de rigeur for any band debuting since 1976.
According to Craig, the differences in tone reflect the differences
in her ever-changing band membership.
"Back then I wasn't so specific and I really like to let people
create. I resent being told what to do, so I try to do my best not to
be like that with other people."
This willingness on Craig's part to let the creativity of others
influence her own inspiration extended to producer Chris
Tsangarides, who has also worked with, among others, The
Tragically Hip. 'Mr Right,' the opening song on Miss Rocket, has
a definite minimalist quality which wouldn't succeed nearly so
well were it not for the heavy reverb on the straightforward gui-
Miss Rocket herself
Sara Craig returns with a
new album, a new look
and another
suggestive cover
SARA CRAIG strikes
one rap part where I talk about not looking
any more—I'm just going to expend my
energy on my art and, as soon as you start
focusing on something tangible, when
you're productive and you feel good about
yourself—that's when you're so much
more attractive to everybody else."
Art is a crazy thing any way you look al
it; there are those who believe that art is
best created by finding a theme and
going after it hellbent for leather, forcing art to do what you want it to do, as
it were. Then there are those who
believe inspiration must precede creation and concepts like theme will fall
naturally into place whenever art is
allowed to have its way. Sara Craig
adheres to this latter school of thought.
"It's the most effective way. When you're deliberate, it doesn't
tend to work. But, at the same time, I've been proven wrong on
that So it's total luck. I woke up this morning thinking of two
words that I really love and I didn't write it down and I'm really
kind of mad. One of them is 'corridor.' And I'm not sure what the
other one was, but it sounded really very similar. I think it was
She pauses to mull over these words. "Cordonned off.
Corridor. I really love the way those sound together. Chances are
that might be in a song someday.
"Corridor. Cordonned. That might have been in my dream or
a video. That whole word could be the premise of a brand new
song about a restrictive architectural environment and the word
corridor never even comes up in the song.
"That happens a lot."
And thus, in one of those strange conversational quirks,
we've found ourselves discussing architecture, and it turns out
Craig shares my enthusiasm for Art Deco.
"Oh, I love Art Deco. That's my thing right now. I can't get
enough of it. That's
what's happening in
the fashion world
right now, all the
colours and everything are Art Deco."
Craig is also an
avid promoter of all
things       Canadian,
including the cross-cultural delights of
our decidely multicultural cities.
"I love culture; I mean, last night
we went out for sushi. I don't know
how people can survive when they're
eight hours from the big city and all
they have is, like, a burger joint I'd go
crazy. Being a city girl, I couldn't handle the quietness of the country. That
would just make me crazy. I'd be so
uninspired, I'd just sleep the whole
Craig thinks of herself as a big city
girl, but she actually grew up in the
smaller urban centre of Burlington in
southern Ontario. "It was so boring.
Very white and safe. Maybe I was
forced to be creative, use my imagination because it was so stale."
Although she says she couldn't actually live there, she found
nearby Hamilton more alluring. "Hamilton's a totally different
vibe than Burlington. Burlington's very perfect and Hamilton's
really rough'n'ready and there's a lot of characters there. A lot of
people love it"
Currently, Sara Craig makes her home in our country's
largest city, which is almost as multicultural as Vancouver. With
any luck, she may soon return to our rainy coastal town to play a
gig or two. I, for one, look forward to it. ♦
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by Peter T. Chattaway
It's not easy to discuss the meaning of life, the
universe and eveiything—in a word, God-
over a cup of coffee, but Alvin Plantinga, director of the Centre for Philosophy of Religion at
the University of Notre Dame, is willing to give
it a try.
with differing beliefs live together in harmony
and peace? It's a problem the world hasn't
found much by way of solution to. The best
solutions, I guess, you'll find in the western
democracies, but it's really a tough problem.
One hopes that everyone will adopt maximal tolerance with respect to other people's
views, but of course that means you might be
What makes it outrageous? Is it outrageous to
flunk that there's a material universe or other
Well, the other people are here. There's
evidence for them. There is no evidence
for God, just as there is no evidence for the
invisible pink unicorn that happens to be
The philosopher king
Since earning his PhD at Yale in 1958,
Plantinga has been a leading participant in the
philosophy of religion. He delivered three public lectures on Faith and Rationality at UBC last
You say that exclusivism is "necessary" for
"clear thinking." In the Christian tradition,
Paul says it doesn't matter whether you
believe one day is holy or all days are alike,
as long as each person is convinced in his
own mind. There are uie seeds of a sort of
pluralism in that
There are lots of things about which a person
might say, Well I just don't know if you have
to do this or not,' with regard to movies or
dancing or eating meat. But exclusivism is
really just the view that certain things are, in
fact, true, and that given a certain proposition,
any proposition incompatible with it is false.
And as long as you're proposing to have any
opinion at all on these topics, you don't have
any alternative to exclusivism!
The only way you can fail to be an exclu-
sivist completely would be not to believe anything on these topics, to say, "I just don't know
if this is true or false." Then you wouldn't be
an exclusivist, but you wouldn't be a pluralist
either. A pluralist believes that a certain way of
thinking is better than other ways of thinking,
namely the pluralist way of thinking. So there
is no way you can adopt any position, have any
view, without being exclusivist It's not logically possible. You can try, but it doesn't work.
But how does one translate one's exclusive
beliefs into practice? An extreme form of
exclusivism might lead to the Crusades.
Well, it's a general question: how can people
intolerant of the views of somebody who
thinks tolerance is a lousy thing. What should
I do about Nazis? Should I insist that they have
a right to teach their children all
this really wicked stuff? Or, on
the other hand, do I try to take
their children away from them?
Either way, I'm sort of stuck. I
don't like either one.
Are you trying to prove
that Christianity is intellectually credible, or
are do you want to per
suade people of youi
own belief?
Well, in my first lecture, I
was trying to persuade
people that naturalism is
not a credible position.
It's not one you can sensibly   accept.    I    am,
myself, a Christian, and I
would  argue  that  the
usual objections to the
rationality of Christian
belief don't really work at
all. And I want people to
see that Then they can
think about whether they
want to be Christians without having all this garbage
in the way.
What about the claim that
belief in God is untenable
because "outrageous
claims require outrageous
right here.
But there isn't any evidence for a material
world that isn't evidence from other things
one believes. You couldn't prove that perception is, in fact, a reliable way of processing
beliefs. You just assume that it is. And the
same for your belief that there are other people and not just other bodies. In my first book
God and Other Minds, I argued that arguments for other people, other minds, are
exactly like the arguments for the existence of
God. Neither argument is very good, in tlie
long run. But it seems to me the conclusion to
be drawn is not that one can stop believing in
other minds—that would be outrageous.
It's rather that, for lots and lots of
important beliefs, one can be perfectly rational in accepting them without
accepting them on the basis of arguments.
One might object, men, mat if
mere is a God who's got the
world so in control, why is the
world such a mess?
Well, Christians have their explana-
Philosopher Alvin Plantinga
flirts with hell to chat
about religion and God
tions about evil, and somehow it all arises
out of sin, but as to why God permits evil-
why did he give humans freedom, for
example? Human beings often misuse
their freedom and turn away from God,
and they love themselves instead of God
and they hate their fellow man. But why
does God permit evil, exactly? Well, I don't
really know. I think the right answer has to
be that one doesn't really know why God
permits evil.
But if one thinks that's a powerful argument against theism I think that's a mistake.
It is, perhaps, an argument with some force. It
could be that this argument from evil is enormously outweighed by other propositions, and
the real question here would be, "Well what's
the likelihood ofthe existence of God given all
that we know?"
We only see a small segment of it, but the
world as a whole could be absolutely magnificent There's heaven, there's the incarnation
and atonement, there's the fact that most people like their lives well enough that they don't
want to commit suicide or something like
that—if you consider the whole sweep of the
world, it might be absolutely magnificent,
even though certain pockets and corners are
pretty dark.
But what does that mean to the person who
gets stuck in that pocket and, perhaps,
ends up on the road to hell?
If you do go to heaven, then it doesn't matter
what the first initial tiny segment of your life is
like, from a certain point of view. If you go to
hell, then the same thing is true. I'm inclined
to think that only people who really want to go
to hell—and by that I mean they want to separate themselves from God—do that. Have you
ever read CS. Lewis's novel The Great Divorce"}
In there, everybody gets a second chance, but
most people turn them down. They like hell
better because, one theologian says, there's
much more intellectual stimulation. "There's
too much unanimity in heaven, everyone
believes in God. Give me hell, because there
we can get a good theological discussion."
So you could live with all this intellectual
stimulation—your life's work, basically—
coming to an end?
It might end. Thomas Aquinas was one of the
greatest thinkers of the western world, and
maybe Christianity's greatest thinker and
philosopher. Towards the end of his life, he
had a genuine mystical experience, and he
said all that he had done before was as straw.
But that doesn't mean that, for him, there
wouldn't be, henceforth, any such thing as
intellectual stimulation. There would be learning more and more about God. There would
be this infinite being. That might be something that would be enormously more intellectually stimulating than arguing about various things, the way that you and I do.«>
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Crippled political consciousness of UBC students a humiliation
I would like to let Sara Wong ("Crippled Statue, a humiliation,"
April 2, 1997), and any other concerned UBC student, know
that APEC Alert has not, and will not, vandalise the statue of
the Goddess of Democracy. Our group has made sure that the
AMS understands that we were not responsible for the damage to the statue. I sincerely hope that this is the last tune our
group is inaccurately and irresponsibly linked with the vandalism of the statue. As one of the few student groups at UBC
actually willing to stand up for democratic values, we deplore
the act of vandalism that was committed against a monument
to the thousands of students who were willing to stand up to
their government and die for democracy and social justice at
Tiananmen Square in the summer of '89.
Sara Wong could not be more incorrect when she says that
our group is making a "mockery of student sacrifices" made at
Tiananmen Square. The truth of the matter is that corporate-
ass-kisser Dr. Strangway and the conformist clique that make
up the UBC administration are the people at UBC who are
guilty of making a mockery of these sacrifices. I can think of no
greater mockery of democracy that inviting Jiang Zemin (the
Shanghai Party boss responsible, as President, for overseeing
the crackdown on tlie pro-democracy movement after
Tiananmen) to our campus as an honoured guest. Similarly, I
can think of no greater mockery of human rights than inviting
General-come-President Suharto (the man responsible for the
invasion of East Timor and the subsequent unrelenting campaign of extermination carried out against its people) to our
campus as an honoured guest. Our administration is either too
stupid, too greedy, or both, to comprehand that inviting bloody-
handed military dictators to our campus constitutes a severe
transgression of civilised ethics and democratic principles.
APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the largest
grouping of outwardly fascist and quasi-fascist nations since
the demise ofthe Axis powers in 1945 (NATO excluded). The
pandering to APEC that is going on at UBC is a travesty, a disgrace and an affront to everyone who gives a damn about
democracy, human rights, the well-being of workers, or the
protection ofthe environment. The nonchalant way the majority of UBC students have responded to APEC coming to our
campus is an outright humiliation, and I cannot find polite
words to describe the sycopantic opportunists among the UBC
student body and faculty who are in favour of having the APEC
leaders on our campus (you know who you are).
APEC Alert was formed in January to resist APEC's operations at UBC through protest and education. We have sacrificed our time and energy; we set up a table every week in the
SUB to inform the student body about APEC and to build opposition to the planned economic leaders' meeting; we have dis
tributed thousands of information pamphlets, gratis; we have
written perspective stories in The Ubyssey; we have explained
what we are doing on CiTR; we have put on forums, panel discussions, and teach-ins; we have invited everyone to join our
movement and come to our meetings. We will continue to
make every effort to fight against our adrninistration's and
our government's authoritarian attempts to force APEC's antidemocratic, monopoly capital nightmare down our throats.
We will continue to mobilise the UBC student body against
When our group labels the Goddess of Democracy the
"Goddess of Hypocrisy" we are expressing our opposition to
our university administration's unhesitating endorsement of
an organisation committed to dismantling democracy and
burying human rights to ensure that transnational corporations around the world can make the biggest profits possible
and be accountable to no one. If our protests make a few stu
dents angry or unhappy, so be it. The price of catering to the
demands ofthe superwealthy corporate elite is immense: millions of people will be effectively disenfranchised and have
their rights and livelihoods snatched from them, hundreds of
millions will suffer terribly and thousands upon thousands
will be killed for the sake of their gigantic profit margins.
Sara contends that the goddess has been shamed by students fighting against APEC at UBC. If the statue could be
offended, she certainly would be much more pissed-off at the
behaviour of relatively privileged UBC students and faculty,
who take democracy for granted and leave the hard work of
protecting it up to other people. What are you doing to defend
democracy? Nothing. As long as the political climate at UBC is
one of self-righteous ignorance and self-satisfied compliance,
I ftiink that it is better that the Goddess of Democracy be left
in her current sorry state and under wraps.
—DaveJago is a Phd candidate and member of APEC Alert
Democracy bound and gagged at UBC
As one of "the people who label the
statue the 'Goddess of Hypocrisy/' I
would like to respond to Sara Wong's
letter' "Crippled Statue, a humiliation'
in the last issue of The Ubyssey.
The Goddess of Democracy statue
was erected to commemorate the students who were killed by the government of China at Tiananmen Square
in 1989. It demonstrates our support
for the students who are still working
for democracy, the cause for which
the others died.
The label Goddess of Hypocrisy is
a result of the fact that the president
of UBC has invited the president of
China along with other major human
rights abusers, murderers and dictators to our campus. President
Strangway would like to welcome
them here as part of an APEC (.Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit meeting to be held in Vancouver
this coming November. Human
rights are explicitly not on the agenda
of these trade meetings.
There are many students, staff and
faculty at UBC who are deeply upset
by the hypocrisy of UBC's president
and adnrinistratian. We do not want
the leader of a government that kills
its students who speak out for democracy welcomed at this campus.
Our efforts to address this included presenting panel discussions,
workshops and presentations on
APEC, and handing out information.
We are gathering support from all
over UBC's community, and are
demanding that these leaders not
come here. We have been chalking
the outlines of bodies representing
the students who were run over by
government tanks at Tiananmen
Square so that we do not forget nor
become apathetic. We want to show
our solidarity with those students. We
are in no way indined to make a
mockery of their sacrifices.
We did not vandalise the Goddess
of Democracy. I too was outraged at
seeing the Goddess of Democracy
taped up in plastic, apparently bound
and gagged.
As for your concerns about being
proud of being a UBC student, 1 am
not proud of our president nor our
administration. However I am proud
that there are students, faculty and
staff who truly care about what happened at Tiananmen Square and
about what is happening to people in
other countries with undemocratic
leaders, and are working hard to do
something about it.
I hope that Sara now understands
that she mistakenly accused the very
people who are fighting to ensure that
UBC upholds the values of democracy, and that she has a better idea of
who at thus campus really is making a
mockery of those who have sacrificed
their lives for this ideal. Outrage is a
wonderful response to what is happening here, please express it loudly,
and direct it where it is needed.
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APRIL 8, 1997 • volume 78 issue 45
Editorial Board
Coordinating Editor
Scott Hayward
Ian Gunn and Sarah O'Donnell
Peter T. Chattaway
Wolf Depner
Federico Araya Barahona
Richard Lam
Joe Clark
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Joe Clark was looking for the ideal companion, someone with the sunglasses of
Sarah Galashan, the leather pants of
Scott Hayward, the verbosity of Charlie
Cho and the sassy snap of Sarah
Christiana O'Donnell.To his call
answered Jo-Ann Chiu, who had the
pedantic nature of Peter "Chatty*
Chattaway, the alcholism of Wolf Depner,
the troubling genius of Ian Gunn and the
hip musical taste of Federico Barahona.
Richard Lam matched up their photos
and smiled at his perfect match, yet Paul
Kamon couldn't figure out the attraction.
Meanwhile, Tara Murphy was responding to Douglas Quan's call for an invisible soulmate. -Andy Barham was on the
lookout an strangely attractive, intellectually quirky and crazily crazed girl of his
dreams. Could Harper Haddin meet his
call? Definitely. But she had to beat
Desiree Adib out of the way and push
Theresa Chaboyer out the window and
down the stairs. Todd Silver was only
looking for a simple friend to spend quality time with. When Bruce Arthur
showed up at his door, he realised he
should have been more specific. Tanya
Dubick just wanted to have fun and
Rachana Raizada took her up for a night
on the town. a\nd John Zaozirny doesn't
read the personals.
Between a rock and a hard drive
UBC students are being given a rare chance
to vote on a fee increase. This uncharacteristic flirtation with democracy on the university's part is a hard-won concession resulting
from lobbying efforts by student groups, the
student members of the Board of Governors
and, perhaps most importantly, thinly veiled
threats from the Ministry of Education in
It's a shame then that the choice on the
electronic ballot is such a difficult one to
Students are being asked whether or not it
is worth $90 a year for upgrades to student
technology access on campus.
Without the $2.7 million the fee will raise,
warns Maria Klawe, UBC vice-president and
pointman for the fee lobby, "students will
have to endure longer lines to get into inadequate computing labs, more difficulties in
dialing in to the UBC network and increasingly inadequate training for students."
It is a point well made, and much of it is
likely true.
And it raises the most troubling aspect of
the decision students have to make next
Saying yes' to the fee could well set a dangerous precedent. Students, it will say loudly
to every cash-strapped arm of administration
from here to Ottawa, are willing to dig into
their own pockets to provide themselves with
what would normally be considered core services. Today it's a much-needed technology
upgrade, tomorrow a user-fee for heat, light
and sewage.
Which is not as far-fetched as it may
sound. This time last year the brains on the
Board of Governors approved a $40 student
sewage levy. Only when the Minister of
Education stepped in did the university
change its mind.
For this reason, if no other, it is seriously
tempting to vote 'no'.
But the fee has its merits—as the copious
university advertising on the subject makes
clear. Not least of which is the obvious need
for access to adequate computer technology
for anyone hoping for a worthwhile education in the late 90s.
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The short-term benefits of approving the
fee are many; the long-term ramifications
have been little considered so far in the
debate and demand more sober analysis.
In the end, what is not in any doubt is the
need for students to demonstrate an interest
in the fact that we are being allowed to vote at
all. And on a campus where the student body
is notoriously hard to get excited about anything at all, there is a danger the vote could
become Ein embarrassing fizzle.
For despite its being widely used to
describe the event, next week's vote is not a
referendum at all. It is a plebiscite, with no
iron-clad guarantee that the university will
follow the outcome.
Because of which, arguably the most lasting and significant legacy of the vote will be
not the decision on a technology fee, but the
message it sends to the administration about
how involved students really want to be in
their education.
So if you do only two things at UBC next
week make them these: Think. Then vote.
Much depends upon your doing both.
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Goddess statue
on the mend
In response to the letter to the
editor titled "Crippled Statue, a
humiliation" in the April 2nd
issue of The Ubyssey, I would like
to give an update on the repair of
the Goddess of Democracy.
The AMS is responsible for
the restoration of the Goddess of
Democracy and although we
share the same respect for the
statue and for who and what it
represents (as expressed in your
letter) we must make sure it is
repaired properly, not just quickly. Information supplied by the
President's Art Advisory
Committee states that the statue
is comprised of polyester resin
and marble dust and in order for
it to properly cure it requires at
least 24 hours of above 10
degree weather. As soon as the
weather warms up the work will
proceed. The AMS has requested
the President's Art Advisory
Committee to oversee the
restoration ofthe statue by enlisting the services of the Fine Arts
department to do the work and
forward the costs to the AMS.
In the meantime plant operations will continue to do its best
to keep the statue covered
(despite the frequent mysterious
unveilings) so that no further
damage results.
If I can be of any assistance or
if you have any questions please
do call.
Waiting for warmer weather,
Mike Swan
Facilities Development Manager
Ph: (604) 822-6450
Fx: (604) 822-9019
e-mail: facman@ams.ubc.ca
Yikes! A caring
Oh, Maria Klawe! What a friendly-
sounding lady! She cares so
much for students! She has our
best interests at heart! So does
the Board of Governors! It only
took 35 students marching into
Davey Strangway's office and
staying there for six days to get
them to ask our opinion on this
new Technology Fee!
And why should they ask us
anyway? We're just dumb old students. That's why we're here
right? And that bad old province
put on this tuition fee freeze. So,
what's an administration to do?
Well, everyone knows students at
UBC have rich, rich parents. So,
let's add on this new fee and give
it a trendy name— Technology.
That's pretty cool and hip. And
tell these students that if this fee
isn't put in place, why the computer labs will become dustballs
filled with antiquated, hamster-
operated word processors.
Do students want state-of-the-
art technology at UBC? Yes. But
recent student protests across
this country are an indicator that
our pocketbooks are being
squeezed far too thinly.  $7.50
per month may not sound like a
lot to an administrator who has a
regular, perhaps quite comfortable salary. But to use the same
kind of numbers game, a course,
when broken up in cost-per-class
works out to about $ 13/class. So,
in other words, this monthly
addition to our pocketbooks is
almost the equivalent to adding
the cost of one class per month
for an entire year. Yikes!
Question: Where did the
money come from for the original computer labs? Why aren't
those funds there now? Why do
we have new buildings going up
but no money to put anything in
And, Maria? What's next? A
lightbulb changing fee? How
about a campus entry fee! Oh,
yes. We can put in rides, corporate logos on everything, sell
candy apples...
Colleen Subasic
2nd year MFA
Theatre, Film & Creative Writing
Technology fee
Unnoticed by most of us on this
campus, UBC administration is
continuing their old routine: a
void of communication, and the
"cold war" of bad propaganda.
We have a referendum on, did
YOU know that? Well, if you are a
frequent Ubyssey reader you
might have found out about it in
the last issue from April 2nd. But
if you don't, chances are you
wouldn't know. Unless you have
checked your e-mail just to find
another little incomprehensible
hint. But look around you on
campus, look in other publications—notice anything? Nothing?
Well, that's the way administration handles communication
with students, even after a week-
long occupation of the president's office which was just
about that: lack of communication and consultation (among
other things like YOUR money).
And here is the rule by which
administration has been playing
the game in the past at last
minute forums, and is still playing with the upcoming referendum: Nobody will know about
the referendum, therefore
nobody will show up, and bingo—
the implication is students don't
want to be consulted, or do YOU?
In case you feel you should have
a say where your money is spent,
come out and vote against or in
favour of the information technology fee.
Let us have a closer look at
Maria Klawe's (VP Student and
Academic Services) advertisement on page 16 in issue 44. If
you hadn't been informed properly by then, now you are—at last
a sign of goodwill. It's exacuy
what we as students had been
longing for: objective and clear
information about the information technology fee and a break
down on how the increased revenue will be spent. Or??? Well,
continued on page 15 TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 1997
continued from page 14
one has to be pretty dumb not to notice the
tactics in this campaign, a disgusting manipulation of students to vote yes for a fee they
know nothing about and to press more
money out of their already stretched pockets, despite the provincial government's
tuition freeze. How stupid and naive do you
think students are, Maria? Is that the attitude administration has towards their students, manipulative in such a primitive way
that I couldn't help myself laughing as I was
reading on. I certainly don't want to be
addressed like this, the virtual pat on the
shoulder, "yup" sure I will vote yes, because
it's so good for me. I must say I felt patronised and insulted, but not informed. Would
you kindly give me a breakdown of the costs
of improving UBC's information technology? Is that too much to ask for or could it
simply be that you don't know? I imply you
really just don't know, because it's a scam
designed to hide a tuition fee increase when
there is a freeze in place.
It's a bad design. Let's say your kid is asking you for 90 bucks, wouldn't you want to
know what that is for? And if your kid says
she will tell you after you have handed over
the cash, would you give it to her? I think you
probably wouldn't, especially when you earn
something close to a minimum wage or live
off a loan. Well, that's exacuy how we feel.
Another thing I noticed in the last issue
d The Ubyssey. Ryan Davies, President of
the AMS, how come your hands got untied
so suddenly? Not long ago you couldn't do
anything about the issue of ancillary fees
and now you are arguing so strongly in
favour. It makes me wonder, whether some
of this technology fee money will be allocated to...
Feel free to speculate, as we are anyway
left in the dark at UBC.
Annette Muttray
Microbiology and Immunology grad
Human rights spotlight: abuses against women in Mexico
Over the past twenty years Amnesty International has documented
a continuing pattern of gross human rights violations and impunity in Mexico. Although the underprivileged are most affected, evidence suggests that all citizens, regardless of social status or ethnic
origin, are at risk. In recent years there has been an increasing pattern of politically motivated human rights violations against
women in Mexico, including torture, rape, political killings and
"disappearances". In its recent report "Overcoming Fear: Human
rights violations against women in Mexico", Amnesty International
has documented many cases of human rights abuses against
women, targeted for their political activism, participation in community and human rights organizations and peasant unions, for
openly demanding that their rights be
respected, or in the case of young or
indigenous women, simply because
they are vulnerable. Women who
have suffered sexual or other abuse j
at the hands of the security forces
in Mexico are often afraid to pre-1
sent a criminal complaint or even^
make their abuse public, for fear oV
reprisals. However, Amnesty t
International has been receiving an
increasing number of reports relat-1
ing to human rights violations
against women. The fact that women are
reporting more of these crimes
may indicate that they and the organizations
which work with them will not be intimidated by these aggressions.
Despite repeated statements to the contrary'
by the government, human rights violators operate with impunity
in Mexico. Court sentences are rare, and officials accused of gross
human rights violations are frequendy transferred or even promoted to other jurisdictions or departments. Although it has ratified the UN Convention against Torture and other human rights
treaties, Mexico appears to have failed to live up to its international obligations to protect its citizens and women in particular
against human rights violations. Amnesty International believes
that only a firm political commitment from the Mexican
Government to eliminate impunity in all its pervasive forms will
make it possible to eradicate human rights violations against
women in Mexico.
Amnesty International recognizes the importance of steps taken
so far by Mexico to try to resolve some of these problems, and welcomes President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon's recently stated
commitment to create a National Women's Program. However,
Amnesty believes that the implementation of programs and legislative changes aimed specifically at improving the condition of
women in Mexico should go hand in hand with a political commitment to effectively end impunity for the perpetrators of human
rights violations in Mexico.
Amnesty International calls on the Mexican Government to:
• fulfill its stated commitments to ensure that women's human
rights are protected;
conduct investigations into all reports of "disappearances",
extrajudicial executions and torture, including rape and
sexual abuse, and death threats and harassment,
and ensure that those responsible are brought to
• ensure that violations perpetrated by the security forces are investigated and tried under civilian jurisdiction and not by the military courts,
which have been responsible for ensuring the
virtually complete impunity of members of the
security forces responsible for human rights
• ensure that victims and their relatives receive
compensation and medical care;
• ensure that government agents receive adequate
training on national and international standards which
protect the human rights of all women, and be instructed
that rape of women in their custody is an act of torture and
will not be tolerated;
• guarantee that women activists working peacefully for the promotion of human rights can carry out their activities without risk
of intimidation, harassment or physical attack;
• ensure that special steps are taken to uphold the UN Declaration
on the Elimination of Violence against Women and other relevant
international standards, including the UN Convention against
Torture. These steps should include a clear prohibition of gender-
based violence.
For further information about Amnesty International contact
Amnesty UBC at Box 24, SUB, UBC, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, or
visit our office at SUB 63.
Martin Otterson (Science 3) is a member of Amnesty International.
St. John's College
St. John's College is a new residential graduate college that will
focus on international research themes and issues. The College
is the realization of a dream held by local and international
alumni of the former St. John's University in Shanghai (SJU) to
revive the spirit of their alma mater. SJU was operational
between 1879-1952/ with a renowned international reputation
as one of the most prestigious and influential universities in
China. Its alumni can be found in key posts on both sides of the
Taiwan Strait, in Hong Kong, Singapore, and on every continent. Continuing in the tradition of its namesake, St. John's
College will strive to build bridges between different parts of
the world, serving as an intellectual and social centre for
graduate student and senior scholar residents, and for other
members of the University of British Columbia and wider
community who share the scholarly objectives of advanced
international studies. Its aim is to create a vibrant international
community in which students from different parts of the world
will learn from each other in a collegial setting.
St. John's College is located on the west side of the University
of British Columbia campus, close to ocean and forest. The
College is being developed in three phases, with completion of
Phase I by Sept. 1, 1997, and anticipated completion of Phase II
in 1998 and Phase III in 1999 on the 120th anniversary of the
founding of St. John's University. Upon completion, St. John's
College will have accommodation for 170 residents and will
include several lecture facilities, seminar rooms, as well as
dining facilities, lounge and social areas, and a landscaped
open air courtyard.
Upon completion of Phase I, the College will accommodate 35
graduate students, post doctoral researchers and visiting
scholars. In addition to these residential members, there will be
a number of members from various academic units on campus
and from the wider community who will enrich College life as
non-residential members.
Applications for graduate student, post doctoral researcher and
visiting scholar residential as well as faculty, graduate student
and post doctoral researcher non-residential membership are
welcome at any time. Residency in Phase I of St. John's Collge
will commence on Sept. 1,1997.
Call for
For further information or to receive
an application form, please contact:
Susanna James,
St. John's College
phone: 822-0533, fax: 822-5802
e-mail: st-johns@mercury.ubc.ca
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April 9th —April 16th, 1997
 ee Referendum
Do you support the implementation of a student technology fee of $90 for a
full-time student beginning September 1,1997?
Any questions about the TeleVote system? Call the
Registrar's Office at 822-4367.
Students with a hearing disability may call 822-3859
Results will be available on 822-VOTE on Friday April 18th.
3)   (7 lines)
Phone lines are open 22 hours per day
(not available 4:00 - 6:00 a.m.).
You may vote from any touch-tone phone.
1997 Student Technology Fee Referendum


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