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]Sex FM goes all gay,
all day, all the way
on CiTR
Tim Peterson is
unlikeliest swimmer
you'll ever meet
Did UBC do its
homework on the
Golden Key society?
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VOLUME 80 ISSUE 18
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1998
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
wordsdike
Regie Cabico is a poet. He writes
poems. It's what he does. He's been in
MTV, and did Lollapalooza with a
bunch of Tibetan monks. Tonight,
though.ne's in Vancouver, performing
his one man show, the poet talks to
his male muse.
y
REGIE CABICO
at Vancouver Little Theatre
(3102 Main St)
Tonight at 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM
by Federico Barahona
Regie plays the model in slo-mo. He lets down his hair and speaks like a diva
See, poetry is the thing, and everybody's doing it these days. Models are no
exception. Regie lets the character take over.
"Hi," she says, slowly turning her head to see|
if anyone is listening. "I'm a model." The audi
ence laughs, egging him on. She's writing poet
ry, and shed like to perform a piece. She pause;
for a bit and sighs. Her poem is calle'
"Eyeliner." She delivers it: Eyeliner. It's
Black,
Black,
Black.
The audience laughs.
It's a simple story, really. And Regie Cabico i:
improvising the whole thing. There is no scrip
for this New York poet dabbling in theatre. He'
putting on a show about a Filipino boy wh.
moves to New York to study theatre, and some
where along the line discovers he's really a gayH
poet. There are some characters he meets on
this journey, and the
CHECK ONE:
Regie Cabico
improvises
his way in
and out of
the poet welcomes his
male muse..
RICHARD LAM
PHOTOS
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he wanted were not available and instead he had to settle for things like
being an Asian cowboy for Kellogg's.
Eventually, Regie quit acting.
"I just didn't want to do it," he says. "When you're acting, you're at the
mercy of other people who perceive you in the way that they want to see
you. They won't give you the kinds of parts that you can play and that you
want to do."
He turned his attention to a different type of performance: poetry
slams. He started going to every open mike in the city, until he landed on
the stage of the Nuyorican's Poets Cafe.
"I did the open mike, and it was a contest," he says. "I'm like, this is a
joke. There were these judges, this is stupid."
As it turned out, the judges were people randomly picked from the
audience. The open mike winner received five dollars and a ticket to that
week's semifinals. Regie lost that first night, but he was hooked. He wanted to win.
"I was like, I'm gonna come back and win this," he says. "I want to win
this muthafucka."
It would take four tries before Regie Cabico would make good on his
word. But once he did, he breezed through the semis.
"On the Friday night, I'd won. I did my poems and I got a standing ovation. I was crying. It was like Miss America for me."
A year later, he would be unofficially crowned Miss Universe for his
poems "game boy" and "Check one"—both of them about colour. His
official title? 1993 NY Nuyorican Slam Champion.
More importantly, Regie had discovered poetry.
"You work as an actor, and you
[don't get acknowledged. You do one
[poem, and people get you. They get
our worth."
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model is one of them.
The show is a strange
mix—part stand up
comedy, part theatre,
and part spoken word—
but he manages to carry
it.
Regie wants you to
remember his one act
play, the poet welcomes
his male muse: a cabaret
poem in one act which
he's written and directed himself. He doesn't
want his show to be like
Independence    Day—
like, what was that all about. Regie wants you to leave thinking about something tonight. If the comedy routine doesn't get you, the poems will. He wants
you struck, somehow, with the poet dabbling in theatre.
REGIE MOVED TO NEW YORK BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BECOME AN ACTOR. AT
eighteen, he enrolled in NYU to complete a degree in theatre. But after graduating from college, he realised the parts he was getting—people with funny
accents in AT&T commercials—were not what he was interested in. He wondered why he had to stereotype himself to work as an actor. Or why the parts
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REGIE IMPROVISES HIS WAY IN AND
put of the poet welcomes his male
muse. Which really means that he
ever knows where he's going to
Igo—every night is different. Regie
ows where the piece will end and
hat poems he will include, but
[that's as far as he will map out a per-
brmance.
On some nights he feels like
Igoing all out, and others nights he'll
feel like holding back.
This happened last night. Regie
[admits there were things he wanted
to do, but didn't feel he could. He
anted to do his penis poem—the
[one about the guy who wanted
[Regie to jerk him off: "Hi, I'm in the
athroom and this guy's penis is
[there," but he didn't feel like he
[could do it. Maybe it was the space,
or the mostly Filipino audience, he's
not sure, but he didn't feel like he
could do it.
It's all part of improvising a show.
The reporter sitting in front of him wants to know if he could do "game
boy"—He buys me a glass of draft Bass and asks ifTm Japanese. As it turns
out, the reporter is bringing a friend to hear that poem, and he's worried
that Regie might not feel like doing it tomorrow night.
Regie laughs and promises to do it.
The reporter asks about the model character? Will it come out again?
"It may not," Regie answers. "But I may have to keep it."
"Cool."
"Just because it's really good," he adds laughing again.
REGIE'S MTV STORY: THIS IS AFTER REGIE BECOMES A POET, AND HE'S
slamming himself to a national championship—eventually he'll be the
national runner-up, but he doesn't know it then. Regie gets a phone call
See "Cabico finds his male muse"
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Friz adds that the whole point
behind Sex-FM is to point this out
and encourage discussion. She
believes it's important to do programming that is educational about
sex, and that regulations not try to
shut out those programs to the
under-18 audience. She says that
"kids who are under 18 might well be
gay and want to have information.
Why shouldn't they be able to get
some gay-positive programming?"
The programming day will be
varied, moving from the serious
issues to the more down-and-dirty
stuff. There'll be a discussion on
pirate radio stations in the US
because, according to Friz, censorship is more severe in the States
than in Canada. After that, there
will be interviews from the queer
community, including one of
columnist Dan Savage by
Nardwuar the Human Serviette.
"Then our usual show Queer
FM is going to do a spoof called
Straight FM, where they're going to
be interviewing people. 'When did
you decide to become heterosexual? And do you think there are any
good role models? Do you think
you're going to be good parents?'"
says Friz.
One of the edgier shows of the
day will be called "Sex toys for girls
and boys." Maren Hancock, one of
by Dale Lum
Tune your radio to CiTR this Friday
and you might be shocked. Or
embarassed. Or so inspired that
you'll want to take your sex toys out
of the closet and invite the neighbours over. In any case you'll probably learn a little something new.
And you'll definitely hear something that you wouldn't find on any
regular radio station. The program
is called Sex-FM, and it's become
an annual event for campus radio
stations around the country.
~ - If you've been.Ustening tffiGiTRSE
this week, you've probably heard
the voice ooze from your radio
speaker: "Seeeex-FM. Loud and
clear. Music, smut, interviews, discussion. A homocore lesbionic
bipolar multisexual extravaganza.
A day against censorship. Tune
in..."
Anna Friz, program director at
CiTR, says they are going to talk
about everything from queer
identity to sex toys to censorship
and pirate radio stations in the
United States. "We're going to be
stretching the boundaries of
what's allowed on the radio a little
more than usual."
The idea for Sex-FM originally
came out of a meeting of campus
radio stations from around the
country in 1994. The summer before,
Dalhousie University's CKDU aired
its annual "All Day, All Gay" queer-
oriented program. But the broadcast
didn't sit well with one listener who
brought two complaints to the CRTC
about the homosexually explicit
content and swearing in two of the
day's programs. One was a spoken
word piece, from the point of view
of two women discussing what
lesbian sex might be like. The
other was a radio play which followed the lives of a gay male character and a lesbian character.
CKDU's broadcast license happened to be due for renewal later
that December. But instead of
renewing their: ttcense^jexpect-
ed, the CRTC called the station in
for a hearing on the listener's two
complaints.
"Basically what happened was
the staff at the time was pretty much
raked over the coals by commissioners," says Shane Mackinnon,
CKDU's program director, and a staff
member of the station at the time.
"As far as anybody had ever known,
that had never happened before. No
other station had been called to a
hearing like that."
After the hearings, the CRTC
granted CKDU a four year conditional license, with restrictions put in
place pertaining to sexually explicit
material. The restrictions specified
that warning messages had to be
broadcast up to one week before and
every hour during a broadcast, and
that such material was limited to a
time slot between 9pm to 6am.
Mackinnon
says that at a national   campus/community
radio   association   (NCRA)
conference the following summer
there were a lot of people angry at
the CRTC's handling of the complaints against "All Day, All Gay."
I After     the     conference,     says
1 Mackinnon,   18   or   19   stations
1 broadcast their own version of
i CKDU's program, added a strong
j anti-censorship    message,    and
£? called it Sex-FM. "It was basically a
I protest against restrictions on our
I license," says Mackinnon.
1      Friz says that CiTR was one of
S those stations which took part in the
g first year of broadcast. "Our focus
"■■ was to play the two pieces that had j
I been controversial at CKDU and
|| then to play them at the same time
1 of day..and then to solicit feedback
f from our listeners to see if they
% thought that was appropriate airplay or not. And we also used it as an
excuse to talk about censorship
issues in general."
Although the CRTC disciplined
CKDU on the basis that they had
violated acceptable community
standards, none of the other stations which broadcasted the same
two programs garnered any complaints to the CRTC.
Part of the problem, says Friz, is
that 'acceptable community standards' are difficult to define. "Our
question to the CRTC was, 'What in
fact constitutes community standards? Which community speaks
loudest for this? Do we go out, do
we take a vote?"
t   h    e
show's hosts,
• says   they  will
bring in all their toys,
tell how they work and
basically have "good clean fun"
on the air.
"It's  not  going  to  be
raunchy. Everyone's really
worried because it's on
between nine and ten, but
it's not going to be that
raunchy at all," says Hancock.
What she hopes to do is
have fun but also look at
toys and masturbation as
less of a taboo. "What I
think   is   really  valuable
about sex toys, especially
in the nineties with
how scary sex can be,
and how dangerous sex
can be, and how prevalent sexually-transmitted
diseases are, things like
sex toys can facilitate sexual „ ..pleasure.,., .without
nsk.
As for the issue of censorship, Hancock is happy that
community radio can be a forum
for alternative viewpoints, but
she wishes that commercial radio
would be more open. "I think it
should be on more than just community radio, because sex is some
thing that is problematic—because in North
America, we use sex
to  sell  everything,
but sex itself is not
appreciated."
Hancock says that cen
sorship    is    generally
applied only to things
which offend mainstream values. "That's
why they censored Sex-
FM. It's because it was
queer. It's not because it
had to do with sex."
So far, CiTR hasn't had any complaints about its Sex-FM broadcasts.
But Friz says that most people who
have phoned in during the broadcasts are in favour of the program.
"We believe that people should be
able to make an educated decision.
If you don't want to hear what's on
the station, you can just turn the
dial. You don't have to write a letter
somewhere and try to get it off the
airwaves, you can just turn the dial."
Linda Scholten, CiTR's station
manager, remembers the first
NCRA conference after the CRTC
hearing. "It just struck fear in campus/community radio organisers
from across Canada because they
thought, 'The CRTC can do this,
they can do it to us.'"
Scholten stresses that the CRTC is
a complaint-driven body which
tends to respond to complaints
rather than initiate actions on its
own. Part of the problem with the
CKDU case, she says, was that the
staff at the time was inexperienced. It
was the staff, she says, which suggested its own broadcast restrictions
as a solution to the complaints.
"They never should have agreed to
those things," says Scholten. "They
never should have said those things
to the CRTC in the hearing."
In the end, Scholten feels that
the problem was that one person
dictated what the rest of the Halifax
community should be able to hear.
"Because of this one complaint
from one homophobic person,
they had all these problems, and
it'si^,auestionj.of>g'IfetJMs
'able?' Everybody else seemed to
appreciate their programming."
Scholten says that standards
should be dictated by a station's listeners. "Who decides what community standards is? Is it your listening community, or is it the community you live it? Really it should
be your listening community—if
it's acceptable to your listeners then
it should be acceptable."**
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CHECK TWO: Regie looks at his three-night Vancouver gig as an opportunity to fine-tune his solo show, richard lam photo
FROM PAGE ONE
Cabico finds his male muse
some
and it's MTV They want to give him
five thousand dollars to do a thirty
second video for "Check one"—the
government asks me to check one if I
want money—a piece about having
to check mark a single box, in an
application form, to define ethnicity.
Regie was excited. "I thought, I'm
gonna be on MTV. MTV is great. I'm
gonna be a star, baby. I'm gonna be a
star."
But it didn't turn out that way—
well, maybe it did in a way, but not
the way he'd anticipated. Regie
Cabico made MTV—his name was
spelled correctly, sure, and
people saw the video—
but there was something
about the way the project was done that bothered Regie.
The concept: Frame
1: Regie spinning inside
a box lit upTrom the
inside with candles—a
Filipino touch, the producers said. Come
again? Regie went.
Frame 2: Regie covered
in Vaseline while a huge
fan blows pieces of paper
onto his body. In slo-mo,
Regie's saying, "Check
one, check one, check one." Frame
3: Regie in kabuki make-up. Frame
4: A plain Regie reciting his poem.
Every frame made the final
video; every frame, that is, except
the one Regie liked the best—the
plain Regie one.
"The big lesson is that you have
no control," he says. Still, he has no
regrets. If anything, he says, the
video gave his poetry a wider exposure. From there, Regie did
Lollapalooza where he got to hang
out with a bunch of Tibetan monks,
recite in front of thousands of people, and eat a lot of burritos.
REGIE'S ONE ACT IS IN1HTHER FISH NOR
flesh. It's not stand up, though some
of it is comedy, and ifs not exactly
theatre either, the poet welcomes his
male muse lacks cohesiveness to be
considered that. Then there is the
poetry which eventually takes over
the piece, and virtually replaces the
stand-up routine.
"I don't know if this is a show,"
Regie says. "I don't know what it is.
It's not a comedy show. It's not a
poetry reading. It's a little bit more
than that."
He looks at his three-night
Vancouver gig as an opportunity to
workshop and fine-tune his play—
an opportunity, he says, he wouldn't
get in back home.
"The thing about NewYork is that
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Saturation something Regie
longed for. He says he
waited for someone to
offer to produce his
show, but that never
happened. Actually, it
did. But the producer
turned out to be someone from Vancouver,
Canada.
"Why is it that
Vancouver calls me? Why is it that,
even Boston will call me, but no one
from NewYork?"
But he's not giving up on the Big
Apple just yet. Regie will take the
poet welcomes his male muse to the
Seattle Fringe next year. After that,
he wants to do Broadway, and play
the Engineer in Miss Saigon—billed,
in big letters and above the tide, like
this: Regie as the Engineer. He says
he'll do that before he becomes the
centre square in Hollywood Squares.
For now, though, the poet welcomes his male muse will keep Regie
Cabico occupied. But only till he
gets back to New York and some
other character, like the model last
night, takes over. And the poetry
flows. See, Reggie doen't need a
script when that happens.*;*
pool. You can
be really
good and no
one will ever
see you"
—Regie Cabico
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A ring of journalists sit in a hotel
room, ringed in a half circle
around their interview subject,
with pens poised, tape recorders
rolling and eager anticipation for any
pearl of wisdom that might roll out.
Sitting in the midst of the circle and
centre of attention is famed author
William Gibson who regards the entire
situation with a bemused, slightly
weary expression. Gibson is extremely
tall and gangly, and he sits perched on
the edge of the couched, stooped over,
occasionaly glancing up to look at his
questioners.
Normally William Gibson is nearly
impossible to get a hold of and even
harder to get to talk. And if you're not a
fan, you wouldn't have dreamt that one
of the world's foremost science fiction—or fiction in general—writers
resides in Vancouver. But today is different. William Gibson is just as
enthused and eager as those here to
interview him, and he's more than
ready to talk.
"They're these human beings
trapped in a world that consists of
nothing but hotel suites, nightclubs,
and board rooms," Gibson is saying.
"And there's no exterior world. These
guys never get to the street. They seldom go there. In the end, they just go
there to die. They're like specialised
organisms who live in hotel suites. I
think there's one scene in a mall, and
that's kind of like the wilderness for
these guys, being in a mall."
Gibson's here to talk about New Rose
Hotel, the latest film adaptation of his
work, and a prestigious one at that.
Willem Dafoe and Christopher Walken
star as the "guys" that Gibson has just
spoken of, and Abel Ferrara, famed
director of King of New York and Bad
Lieutenant, is behind the camera.
Taken from Gibson's short story collection, Burning Chrome, New Rose Hotel
tells the tale of two characters, Fox
(played by Walken) and X (played by
Dafoe), who scheme to find a way to
manipulate a young girl into the heart
of an isolated scientific genius. Should
the scam pay off, the two will find
themselves much richer men, thanks
to corporate warfare; but as in all
William Gibson stories, nothing quite
goes as planned. The film recently
played at the Vancouver International
Film Festival and is currently looking
for a distributor.
This isn't exactly Gibson's first foray
into the film world. Those with long
memories, and Keanu Reeves fascinations, will recall the ill-starred production of Johnny Mnemonic that came
out a number of years ago. Of that fated
venture, all Gibson will say is that, "It
was re-cut by the American distributors, it was taken away from the director, given a new score, and the people
who re-cut it neither understood nor
cared about what we were trying to
do."
Who is William Gibson?
Well, think of him as the
man who created the idea
of cyberspace. When he appeared
onscreen in Oliver Stone's TV mini-
series Wild Palms and was introduced
as "the man who invented cyberspace,!'
Gibson turned to the camera and wryly replied, "Yes
and they won't let me forget it."
"The sky above the port
was the color of television
turned to a dead channel,"
went the first sentence of
Neuromancer, and it was
with this that Gibson
helped usher in the new literary world of
"Cyberpunk"—a new science fiction sense of
dystopia and corporatisa-
tion. Opening in the
Sprawl, an imaginary city
where people lived on the
edge of humanity in a world of drugs,
prostitution and hustling, Gibson created a vivid world that captivated readers with its style, its description and,
most of all, its possiblity of becoming a
reality.
Gibson's body of work influenced
films long before any of his novels were
adapted, although the results were less
than spectacular.
"There's a whole shelf of really low-
budget sci-fi movies that I look at and
think, 'Yeah, I know what they've been
reading,'" Gibson relates. "And I kind of
like that, it's kind of cool. Each one
always has one really great moment.
That was really what I wanted Johnny
Mnemonic to be. I wanted it to be all of
the really great moments in all of the
really bad science fiction movies that
I've watched over the years. A dangerous strategy."
Gibson's stories are, without
exception, set in the future,
but that vision of the future
has changed over his career. The
Gibson future worldview of
Neuromancer, written in 1984, is very
different from the Gibson future world-
view of his latest, Idoru. Although New
Rose Hotel is one of his earliest works,
Gibson sees it as relevant now as it was
when it was written 15 years ago.
"I never tried when I was writing
those stories to set out a kind of future
history, but a couple of my early stories
were obviously set in the same place.
New Rose Hotel, arguably, isn't. It
seemed to me an earlier future, it was
sort of like next Tuesday or three years
from whenever it was written. It's a lot
closer to the world of 1998 than any of
my short stories. One of the things
that's pre-supposed, but never mentioned in New Rose Hotel'is that global
capitalism is the only game in town.
When the story was written, the Soviet
Bloc was still very much a going concern and Marxism was still a going
concern...but that's not really true anymore, there is no driving force in the
world except global capitalism, except
for a few oddball, holdout places. If you
want to find the places where you'll
find guys like those in New Rose Hotel,
you'd have to go to Moscow and look at
the hustiers who are over there eating
the heart of the former empire ever
since the gates openened. It's the same
guys."
But for all the "dystopic' and "pessimist' labels thrown upon his writing—and make no mistake, a Gibson
novel isn't a sunshine story—William
Gibson feels that he gets quite a bad
rap. He sees himself, surprisingly, as an
optimist.
"I used to think that I was way more
optimistic than anyone gave me credit
for, because at least I was proposing
that there was going to be a future for
human beings. At the time I started
writing this stuff, I had grown up all my
life in the psychological shadow of the
idea that if the right button was
pressed, everything would end forever.
That was the pyschological state that
people my age inherited and it began
almost when we were born.
"That sounds more unbelievable
than science fiction in today's world. If
I made that up, nobody would believe
me. It was such a weird thing. I thought
it was kind of a radical assumption that
there would be this future."
Actually, Gibson thinks that he's
more optimistic than he should be.
"If you were living in Bosnia, you'd
happily emigrate to the world of
Neuromancer. People in "Russia would
be killing each other to emigrate to the
SprawL.I've always thought it was very
funny when people would say, 'Oh, you
have this very dark, pessimistic,
dystopian vision, Mr. Gibson.' I'd think,
Well it depends on where you're coming from. If they're from West
Vancouver, yeah, it's gonna look heavy.
But if you're from the South Bronx,
you'd say, 'Yeah, hey, I could make a
buck there.'"* 6 THE URYSSEV * FRIDAY NOVFMBFR U. 1998
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Heard one R&B album andl
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music industry, (take what's!
popular and shove it down!
their throats 'til they pop), it's!
increasingly difficult to write]
a review of a CD without referring to someone else's sound. Most of the
songs on this CD are indistinguishable from the next R&B act (be it Boys
II Men, Jodeci, or Brandy).
But all those things considered, it's not a bad album. While not
knock-your-socks-off-remarkable, Enter the Dru is a relatively pleasant
mix of R&B rhythms and soul-style vocals. Crammed to the gills with
songs of love and devotion (are there any R&B songs that aren't?), Dru
Hill easily capture the listener.
Unfortunately, that's where all the praises end.
While the music is well written and recorded with slick production
values, they seem unfulfilled and hollow. All the songs are slow, sappy,
and leave me with the sudden urge to brush my teeth for fear of sugar
rot. There are many good tracks on the CD (such as'T'U Be the One"),
but much of it is ultimately lost.
Despite my criticisms, the only thing that truly annoys me about
Enter the Dru is their pseudo-Chinese schtick that is prevalent throughout the CD. The only relevance all the Chinese characters seem to have
are the fact that they look cool. Which isn't much of a reason.
While Enter the Dru is a solidly assembled package, it's distinctly
geared towards a specific target audience. Although the style of music
will appeal to the core R&B fans, this album will have little meaning for
anyone, or anything, else.*>
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MORRISSEY—MY EARLY
BURGLARYYEARS
[Reprise]
These are tough times for
Morrissey fans. Most people's reactions to comments on Morrissey
amount to, "What do you
mean? Jim Morrissey's a
dead man." However, there
are still some people who
clamour religiously for
even the most insignificant
scrap of Moz. For them, Morrissey's latest, My Early Burglary Years
(MEBY), is a godsend. For everyone else, it's just a good album.
MEBFserves much the same purpose as 1990's BonaDragand 1995's
dodgy World of Morrissey, it's another collection of singles, b-sides and
live tracks. And though most of the tracks here are from 1995, early
gems like "Sister, I'm A Poet" and "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" are
also included. The album kicks off with the UK-only single "Sunny," in
which Morrissey pleads for a friend's return; it's a song that was allegedly inspired by the departure of his "special friend," Jake Walters. A tender sentiment voiced in catchy phrasing, the track is a definite highlight.
Also magnificent is "Nobody Loves Us," a b-side superior to anything on Southpaw Grammar, the album it supported. Here, with decadent sarcasm, Morrissey tells off his detractors, all the while ensconced
in swirling guitars. This song, along with all the other b-sides collected
here, are a testimony to the wealth of Morrissey's oeuvre. Be it the ele-
gaic "Michael's Bones" or the yearning of "I'd Love To," the strength of
these songs is astonishing, especially considering they were buried on
rare singles.
All in all, these 16 tracks are probably the best collection of
Morrissey's music since 1994's Vauxhall and I. The songs display his
range fairly well and, along with the rare b-sides, it's a good way to fill in
the hole of one's collection. For people unfamiliar with Morrissey's
music, there are probably better ways to indoctrinate yourself, but
casual fans should definitely give this album a listen. ♦
MAESTRO—BUILT TO LAST
[Attic Records]
-Duncan M. McHugh
After three albums, Canadian pop culture icon and rap artist Maestro
has dropped the "Fresh-Wes" part of his moniker and is back to leave
another mark on Canadian music.
Maestro's previous offering Naaah, Dis Kid Can't Be From Canada?!!
wasn't the success he'd hoped for. He couldn't match the three-single
success of Symphony in Effect, his breakthrough debut.
But Built to I^ast, the new album—featuring guest apppearances
from a ton of Canadian musical talent, including Snow, Michie Mee,
and Philosopher Kings' guitarist James McCoUum—may just be; that
success.
continued on page 7 THF UBYSSEY
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Live and direct
Chor Leoni serve rememberance well
CHOR LEONI WITH THE UNIVERSITY SINGERS
at Christ Church Cathedral
Novu
by Ronald Nurwisah
Something remarkable happens when words are sung.
When done well, the effects are magical. Talented voices, be it a tenor or a choir, can leave you soaring on an
uplifting chord one moment and sobbing over an emotional lyric the next.
The all-male choir Chor Leoni is one group that can
do all that and more. With this year's Remembrance
Day program, Chor Leoni, coupled with the University
Singers for an emotionally charged and technically
meritorious performance.
The night began by setting a mood of remembrance
with a performance of In Flanders Fields, with music by
local composer Stephen Chatman. The resulting fusion
was so effective that it became hard to imagine the
poem being merely recited and not sung.
Of the whole evening, the highlight was quite decidedly their performance of "Raua Needmine" (Curse
Upon Iron) by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. This
cont'd from page 6
Maestro is a bit of an oddball in modem hip-hop.
While admittedly influenced by the work of various
American hip-hop artists—name one and you'll probably find it in his list—his music is decidedly different.
Acknowledging his Canadian-ness, neat little tidbits of
Canadiana worm their way into the lyrical content;
the best line: "I represent Canada, fuck you and your
manager."
The end result is. a pleasing mix of funky beats and
surprisingly clever lyrics. "Clap Ya Handz/Tum it Out"
parts I and II are good examples of this. Part II is more
padded out, thanks to the addition of hip-hop artist
Stone Poat. Not surprisingly, many of the best tracks
are collaborations with other artists.
This is not to say that the Maestro isn't a competent
musician himself. "GOD. We Tru$t" is a well-written
devilishly difficult piece was tackled with courage and
an incredible amount of musical tenacity. The guttural
sounding Estonian language lent a resounding credibility to this curse.
Perhaps the most chilling moment was when the
University Singers womens' voices began to emulate air
raid sirens, not unlike those London residents would've
heard during the blitz. The "sirens" were quickly followed up by an impressive crescendo. It was as if I had
been swept away by a brutal wave of sound and was
now only finally coming to my senses.
In contrast to Tormis' numbing chaos was John
Tavener's blissful "Song for Athene", made famous by its
performance at Princess Diana's funeral. The two choirs
performed the work with great vocal confidence and
evoked the exotic Byzantine influence that Tavener's
music possesses.
Much praise should be given to the women of the
University Singers, who managed to hold their own and
make a distinct impression in a sea of men. Simply put,
the concert was a musical treat. The choirs had the
audience in their spell from the very beginning, and I
would gladly let myself be enchanted by them again.**
track about those
on the wrong side
of town, while
"Stick To Your
Vision" is a pleasant, jazzy tune
about the rapper's
own rise and fall in
the music business.
Mostly, this
album is a treat for
nostalgic Canadian pop-culture junkies who remember dropping the needle while letting their backbones
slide. Filling the entire CD to the top of Canadian hip-
hop goodness, you easily get your money's worth.**
—Vince Yim
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The campus community is invited to attend Open
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based on a topic of her choice. Those attending will be
asked to fill out a feedback form after the
presentation.
November 12: Dr. Marna Nelson
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in   Brock Hall 2001.
Head down
Tim Peterson gets great grades,
wants to be an aeronautical
engineer, and somehow manages
to swim 80 kilometres a week.
So why hasn't anyone ever
heard of this guy?
by Bruce Arthur
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out a bit," says Sallee of hi;
"[Peterson's] really well
Of all the high-profile athletes on campus, perhaps no one is more
innocuous than Tim Peterson. Even the name is self-effacing. Tim
Peterson— it sounds like some guy you knew in high school. You think
! he's working in a real estate firm, or something. You can't remember
what he looks like. Tim Peterson.
But Tim Peterson is a high profile athlete. All he's done since he
arrived at UBC in 1995 is develop from a solid but decidedly unspectacular swimmer to a member of the 1998 Canadian Commonwealth
Games team. So who is this guy?
"He's been a plugger all the way through," says UBC head coach
Tom Johnson.
"He's a very dedicated, hard-working swimmer," says teammate
Brent Sallee.
"I'm laid back, I guess," says Tim Peterson about himself.
"He's the hero!" says fellow Bird Kelly Doody. "He really is. Everyone
is so proud of him."
Actually, Tim Peterson is an engineer. And a pretty good swimmer.
Not noticing Tim Peterson seems like a perfectly excusable thing to
do. UBC varsity practices are full of the glare of Team Canada swimming stars: World Cup medalist Mark Versfeld, national team members Greg Hamm, Garrett Pulle, and Mark Johnston. All are sleekly
muscled, and all swim furiously fast for short distances. Tim
Peterson isn't remarkably big, and doesn't churn the water white the
first time down the pool. But Peterson swims fast for a long time—
the 1500 metre freestyle is where he works best. And until recently,
even though he was swimming fast, he was overshadowed on his
team in his own event: fellow freestyler Sallee is already on the
national team.
"[Peterson] always sort of indicated in his training ethic and his
performances in training that this guy was potentially a pretty good athlete, but he never
could really get it sorted out at the highest end," says Johnson.
At the trials for the Commonwealth Games team in August, Peterson all of a sudden swam
faster than he'd ever swum before. He tweaked his technique, reduced his frontal resistence,
and knocked 17 seconds off his best time to make his first international Games team. All of a
sudden, Tim Peterson had arrived.
"I thought he would be a solid, varsity team player," says Johnson. "But I would say...he's
exceeded our expectations in terms of what he's actually been able to do."
It didn't matter that Peterson finished eighth in the Commonwealth Games final. He didn't let himself get intimidated by the other superfish swimmers on the blocks. He just swam.
"If I thought, 'I'm next to the guy who was the world champion' or whatever, I'd probably
pee myself," says Peterson. "But I had a job to do. It turned out I didn't swim that great in the
final, but, I mean—I learned."
Tim Peterson swims hard. His event requires 30 laps of a 50-metre pool at a high rate of speed.
It is not fancy swimming. Head down, arms in rhythm, straight ahead. Workmanlike swim-
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Gold Birds, blue Bii
by Bruce Arthur
They're a different bunch from the group that finished fourth in the Canada West and was swept from
the playoffs in the first round last season.
This year, there is more youth and fire on the UBC
women's basketball team roster—and though melding eight new players into a team should be frustrating, head coach Deb Huband seems to be having a
fine time of it.
"It should be [difficult], but it seems to be going
pretty smooth for us, because the people who are in
have played a lot of basketball, a lot of provincial basketball, [and have] pretty good fundamentals," says
Huband. "Things have been coming together quite
well as far as what we're trying to do on the court."
UBC will build around second-team All-Canada
West forward Jessica "Boa" Mills, who led the Birds
with 15.1 points per game in 1997-98, and chipped in
4.6 rebounds and untold skinned knees. The 6'1"
Mills will be joined in the frontcourt by 6'2" Naomi
Dove, who redshirted with the team last season. And
while UBC may not be a big team, Huband says that
this edition of the Thunderbirds will have a lot going
for it.
"I think we have a lot of athleticism, and we're very
deep, so we have a bunch of people who can play,"
says Huband. "Everybody's so even."
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aril his lungs and his muscles seem to fill with the water, and then
in long-distance swimming, he swims six days a week, fifty weeks a
he swims 14 kilometres; the other two, only seven. Tim Peterson just
*ht ahead. Workmanlike.
nice swimming requires a toughness, a doggedness in the face of the
5 to fight through water to air, in the face of arms and legs that grow
ims to grow thicker by the stroke. He's got that.
gh the race your chest is starting to really burn, you arms start to give
lis and Peterson's chosen race. "From there on it's a mental battle."
jll-conditioned, sure, but he's tenacious," says Johnson. "He perse-
and then get to my 8:30 [class] 'til 10:30, two hour break, classes until 2:30, then a meeting
with a group for a project, [practice] at 4:30—weights til 5:30, swim 'til 7." And when he gets
home? "Crash."
Most students can't get to their 8:30s without a professorial death threat. Peterson has
biked to practice and swum seven kilometers by then.
SO WHAT DRIVES THIS GUYTO POUR HIMSELF UNTO TWO DISCIPLINES AS DEMANDING AND DISPARATE AS ENGI-
neering and swimming? Peterson claims to like them because he's good at them both. He
remembers the indication that he was getting serious about swimming.
"I guess the way I could tell I was getting motivated was my parents wouldn't have to drag
me out of bed for morning practice," he smiles.
He'd better be as motivated for his academics: his classes include electrical engi-
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rhen you watch him work," says Bennett of Peterson making the
. team. "It was a surprise that he hadn't made it earlier, maybe,
so hard."
3 worry about how far he swims in a day. "I'm not a person who adds
t we do every workout. I've been doing it so long—I mean, it's pret-
Dn approaches his entire life: straight ahead, workmanlike. He regis-
lis year, but dropped two when he found out he would miss the first
le in Malaysia. He has kept an Academic All-Canadian standing in
iding a quarter of his waking time underwater.
riming, I just sit around and sort of waste the two hours when I'm
iol," he says.
tify hard work that way. But Peterson's schedule is a nightmare. He
;sday during the current so-called "hard training" period like this:
ed out at practice from 5:30 to 7:30, head home to grab a bite to eat,
("appropriate," he grins), technical communication,
and a ten-credit beast called engineering project
design, for which he's helping design a solar-powered
car.
all SWam ^e seems relaxed, nonchalant, and noncommittal,
but is surprised when it's mentioned. And everybody
who is asked if he's a quiet guy nearly bursts out laughing before they shake their head and grin.
"Know that he's not a quiet guy," counsels UBC
assistant coach Randy Bennett.
"He's kind of like the quiet class clown," says teammate Sarah Evanetz.
"He makes me pee my pants when I swim beside
him," laughs Doody. She tells of a drill where Peterson
propelled himself through the water with one arm
while running two fingers of his free hand lightly along
the top of the water like a frantic, racing, little man.
Maybe it's the calm, half-hooded, eyes. Or the
slouch that makes him seem shorter and smaller than
his 5'11", 155-pound frame.
"He's got a little bit of a way about him," smiles Bennett, slouching a little and dropping his head. "Like he's sort of'geeky guy.'"
Quiet mannerisms don't make a man a geeky guy, though—according
to a UBC swimmer who asked to remain anonymous, "It's the general consensus of the women's team that he's the wanted man." Geeky guy that.
But Tim Peterson is not a quiet guy. He also isn't a shrinking violet in the
face of his brasher, louder UBC teammates. He'll play any game they like.
"ltd be pretty cool if this could go in," he grins. "Mark Versfeld and
Shawn Van Hoof—I don't know who it is, because I never see it—but they
.£$* always take my bike." He gestures at the side of the pool. '"Cause I park it
right there, so anyone can do anything with it, and, like, sometimes I'll find
it on top of the five-metre [diving] platform, and they'll have it upside down and all beat up.
I don't really like that, so I got some cayenne pepper, and sprinkled it in Marks swimsuit." He
breaks into a wide, easy smile. "He thought it was a little bit toasty."
Tim Peterson is not just swimming blindly through ufe though—all this work has a plan
behind it. While most undergrads' biggest concern about the future is choosing which beer
garden to go to next Friday, Tim Peterson has decided what he wants to do both in and out
of the pool. He's going on an exchange to Melbourne next year, and hopes to get his time
down another 15 seconds to Olympic—quality time. And he's clear about his career goals.
"I'm pretty set on being an aeronautical engineer. Aeronautical engineering itself is pretty dry, but I can work on just about anything to do with planes. I've always been really interested in airplanes."
That this pale kid who's been swimming straight ahead and head down since he was eight
years old wants to design a better airplane seems like a leap, and it is—it's a long way from
the water to the sky. But if anyone can make it, it's Tim Peterson.4*
rds, old Birds, new Birds
:ond year all-rookie team shooting guard Amy
recovering from arthroscopic surgery on her
tee, as well as the departure of four starters,
Is will need scoring to come from all points on
rt.
r offence has no focal point—it just sort of
is," said Mills, who has led UBC in scoring in
reseason game. "I think the offence comes to
:ause I'm one of the more experienced play-
e from the T-Birds is first-team All-Canada
rward Laura Esmail, as well as defensive spe-
J. Rawlinson.
i, it's a matter of blending all new players into
dt This is the first year a team of players
recruited solely by Huband will take the floor.
"We have 13 players who are on board, who are
committed to the team," she says. "Things are looking fairly good on the court—we're doing the right
things."
Mills agrees, and points to the fact that the team's
work ethic is higher this year.
"We've done so many 7 am sprint workouts that
everyone thinks it's crazy," says Mills.
Third-year guard Lisa Scharf agrees.
"We play a lot more as a team. We're all on the
ground [hustling]," she says.
How well UBC is knitted together during their 6-2
preseason will be readily apparent by Christmas—
UBC opens the 1998-99 season at defending national
champion University of Victoria, then is home to up-
and-coming Calgary, and then travels to national
number two-ranked Alberta. It will be a trial by fire,
and it won't take long for UBC to figure out where
they stand.
"It'll make us gel more quickly, because you can't
get away with many mistakes in games like that," says
Mills.
No matter where the Birds perch, Huband looks
forward to it.
"It doesn't really matter—you have no control, so
you just go with it. It's good, it'll give us a good measuring stick. It's motivating—if you're going to play
before Christmas, you might as well get down and
dirty."4*
RUGBY
The first-ever CIAU women's
rugby championship will be
held at McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario this weekend and the UBC Thunderbirds
will be there. UBC is the
Western representative due to
their 22-17 victory over the
University of Victoria Vikes.
Not only that, but Cher McKay,
who scored all four tries in the
Victoria game, was named the
first ever CIAU women's rugby
player of the year.
FOOTBAIX
As the Thunderbirds prepare
for the Canada West finals
against the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies this
weekend (Saturday, 11 am,
radio coverage on CiTR 101.9
FM), the Canada West all-star
teams have been announced
with a distinct UBC flavour.
Quarterback Shawn Olson,
tailback Akbal Singh, and
wideout Brad Coutts were all
unanimous selections on
offence. On defence, defensive
end Tyson St. James, linebacker Dan Elliott, and comer-
back Chris Hoople were also
unanimously voted in. Other
all-star Birds are offensive linemen David Pol and Stu Masi
and halfback Matt Young.
CROSSCOUNTRY
The raenfc and women's cross
country teams head into the
national championships in at
the University of Waterloo this
weekend. The men are ranked
eighth in Canada and have not
won a national title since 1993.
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the UBC swimming team host
one of their only home meets
of the year as they open their
1998-99 season as the number-one swimming club in
Canada at the College's Cup
(5:30 pm Friday, 4:00 pm
Saturday). The Birds will be
welcoming new stars into the
already crowded stable q£ talent, as Olympic silver medalist
Marianne Limpert and 18
year-old phenom Jessica
Deglau are in the mix for the
UBC. Not only that, but
national team members
Garrett Pulle and Mark
Johnston are T-Birds as well.
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Students disinterested in governance issue
by Irfan Dhalla
These are tranquil times, politically speaking, at UBC. Yet every
few weeks, four men and three women quietly convene to discuss a subject of enormous consequence.
Harold Kalke, chair of UBC's board of governors, believes
that the issue they talk about "is probably the most significant
thing this university has faced since 1922."
Sometime nextyear, Kalke and the other six members of the
Electoral Area A Governance Committee will recommend who
should control the region more commonly refened to as UBC.
At stake are the usual political prizes: tax dollars and the right
to control development.
It is widely known that the residents, landowners and businesses of the UBC area do not have a normal local government.
Community planning is provided by the Greater Vancouver
Regional District, schools fall under Vancouver's jurisdiction,
yet taxes are collected by the province.
Hampton Place residents pay an additional levy directly to
UBC, but are generally happy to do so. It is a confusing and perhaps unique situation.
But with UBC's resident population slated to double in the
next twenty years, the strain on the area's intricately tangled
governance structure might become unbearable.
In an attempt to bring order to chaos, the Governance
Committee is discussing about a dozen variants of three basic
options: incorporating the area as its own municipality, amalgamating with the City of Vancouver, or leaving things
unchanged.
Arguably, the committee's deliberations will affect students
more than anyone else in the area On the UBC lands, student
residents out-number non-student residents five to one, and if
a shopping mall is erected on Main Mall it will be students who
are forced to confront the eyesore on a daily basis.
Yet no students sit on the Governance Committee—representation is provided by Reverend William Phillips, principal of
the Vancouver School of Theology. Reverend Phillips, an amiable theologian who likes to be called Bud, earnestly tries to
meet with students.
But at an advertised meeting last Monday public turnout
was zero.
Chris Gawronski, a UBC graduate student, is a member of a
committee that provides technical advice to the Governance
NO SHOW: Electoral A Governance Committee member Reverend Bud Phillips disappointed that public forum Thursday
night failed to attract any students, richard lam photo
Committee. Gawronski believes students would be wise to take
more interest in the governance issue.
"The potential input that students could have is direct and
accountable representation regarding development,"
Gawronski said. "Where do new buildings go? How fast should
they be built?"
What Gawronski is most afraid of is retaining the status quo.
Under the current arrangement, student residents are taxed—
indirectly via rent—but have no elected representatives.
Gawronski worries that if students don't get involved, "the
other parties who are interested in keeping things the way they
are may prevail." He is referring primarily to residents of the
University Endowment Lands who fear that a governance
change would result in increased property taxes.
Ironically, while students have yet to comprehend their
political force, it is keenly appreciated by other members of the
campus community.
The province will probably require a referendum here
before any changes are made, and all residents will have a right
to vote. At a campus wide meeting on September 24 though,
one Hampton Place resident worried that the "province might
say students get one vote each."
She then made a magnanimous suggestion: students could
each have a vote, but the referendum should be held in the
summer.
The next campus-wide public meeting to discuss governance will be held at noon on November 26 in the Asian
Centre. ♦
The SUB: Asbestos it gets
by Sarah Galashan
Small amounts of asbestos were found in the
Student Union Building's [SUB] top floor
mechanical room last week and are being
removed to prevent it from becoming airborne.
Asbestos is an insulating material that can
be carcinogenic and damage lung tissues if
inhaled. Although its use in buildings was
banned in the '70s, the SUB was built while
asbestos was in wide use.
A makeshift containment area has been
erected in the second floor of the SUB, where
the hum of depressurising machines can be
heard behind a bright orange tarp. The air
and workers are being tested daily for contamination, and circulation fans within the
SUB have been shut down while the room is
being cleaned.
AMS designer Michael Kingsmill assures
that the necessary precautions are being
taken during the removal of the asbestos.
"There is virtually negligible likelihood that
any contamination could exit the work area
itself."
Most asbestos was removed from the SUB
15 years ago, but small amounts still remain
as insulation around pipes. Kingsmill says it's
not a threat as long as the pipes remain
undisturbed.
In addition to the SUB, many other buildings at UBC still contain asbestos.
Raymond Roch, a health and safely program manager of the Worker's
Compensation Board [WCB], says it's usual
for institutions as old and large as UBC to
have asbestos.
According to UBC's asbestos management department, plans to remove all
asbestos are considered 'very long term.' The
current cleanup in the SUB will cost between
$5,000 and $8,000.
"The cost would be astronomical if you
tried to do it all at once," said Roch. The WCB
requires that all asbestos be located, assessed
and inspected regularly, and must be
removed or repaired if it becomes airborne.
Roch says that while the risks of asbestos
are real, the threat to individuals is unknown.
Much like smoking, only some who inhale
the carcinogen suffer its effects.
Although the most dangerous sites of
asbestos have been removed from campus
buildings, Gail Townsley, supervisor for
asbestos management at UBC, told the
Ubyssey, "there is still a lot of asbestos around
campus."
Asbestos still remains in the ceiling of the
SUB concourse, but is sealed in with a texture
coat. Townsley says that it's safe as long as the
coat remains intact.
"We're monitoring it, and basically I'm
putting together a plan to start removing all
asbestos. It's going to take forever but basically we're going to start with the most accessible products and go from there."
The asbestos in the SUB was discovered
during an inspection in preparation for a six
week-long renovation of the elevator.
Construction will begin only after the insulation is removed sometime this weekend. ♦
Golden Key not in good standing with business watchdog
by Douglas Quan
A US-based international academic
honour society that has set up a chapter at UBC and has the official
endorsement of President Martha
Piper has refused several rimes to
hand over its financial statements to
the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
The Golden Key National Honour
Society, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a
non-profit organisation which claims
to have more than 270 student-run
chapters and 800,000 members at universities throughout the United States,
Malaysia, Australia and Canada.
The organisation invites the top 15
per cent of students in each degree
program to pay a one-time $80 (Cdn)
fee to become a member. Golden Key
claims to provide members access to
scholarships, career assistance and
networking opportunities.
Honour societies like Golden Key
have a long history in the United
States, and its members have traditionally been viewed with high
regard, not only for their academic
achievements, but for their community involvement
But according to the Atlanta Better
Business Bureau's report on this
organisation: "[The bureau] requested, but did not receive, information
on this charity's programs, finances,
governance, and fundraising poli
cies." A bureau representative said
"several" requests for the information
have been ignored by Golden Key.
In response, Mark Herndon,
Golden Key's director of international
development, said that the bureau's
report was probably the result of the
society's decision not to become a
member of the BBB a few years ago.
He added that the society issues an
independent auditor's report to the
Internal Revenue Service every year,
and that that indicates the society's
compliance with regulations for nonprofit organisations.
But Valerie MacLean, head of
Vancouver's BBB, called Hemdon's
response a "cop-out" and a "non-
answer.
MacLean said there was no reason
for Golden Key to refuse the BBB's
requests for document disclosure,
and said that the majority of her
bureau's reports are from non-BBB
members.
"Those companies that have
nothing to hide respond," she said.
Carol Gibson, UBC's director of
awards and financial aid and an advisor to the recently-formed UBC chapter, said that members of the Campus
Advisory Board on Student
Development did have a number of
concerns about the society's integrity.
But she said after two years of investigating the background of the organi
sation, the university was "reasonably
confident" of the way the society was
run.
"The benefits here are strong
enough to make it reasonable [to
join]/'Gibson said.
Gibson provided a copy of the
auditor's report on Golden Key.
According to that report, the society
had total assets of $5.7 million in 1997.
Over 800 UBC students signed up
this term to become Golden Key
members. On Monday night, there
will be a reception for the new members at the Chan Centre and President
Piper will give the keynote address.
Scholarships, worth $800 each,
will be awarded to three students.* ational
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THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Public
Information
Meeting
for the
campus community
on
Governance for
Electoral Area TV
Thursday, Nov. 26,1998,
12:30-2pm, Auditorium, Asian
Centre, 1871 West Mall
A Governance Committee has been established by UBC, the
Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), and the Provincial
Ministry of Municipal Affairs to make recommendations to the
Minister on future governance of the area on and around the
UBC campus grounds.
For further information, visit the Web site
www.govemance.ubcca or call Jim Carruthers, Campus
Planning and Development 822-0469.
Timber company seeks
injunction against protesters
VICTORIA (CUP)—Protesters camped out on a logging road leading to an old-growth forest valley
could soon face handcuffs if a timber company is
successful in obtaining an injunction against them.
Timber West Forestry Limited has applied to the
Supreme Court of British Columbia for an injunction
against the protesters, who have been camped out at
the Upper Walbran Valley since mid-September.
Protest organizer Ian Hunter says the five people—who have been in the area since September
and camping out since October 29—are willing to be
arrested for the cause.
"The only thing left after bureaucratic tricks and
legal maneouvers is to stand in the middle of the
road," said Hunter.
Although part of the Walbran Valley was protected in 1995 under the Vancouver Island Land-Use
Plan, the Upper Walbran Valley was designated as a
Special Management Zone, allowing companies to
practice limited logging there.
Alison Spriggs, campaign co-ordinator with the
Western Canada Wilderness Committee, said the
term Special Management Zone gives the public the
wrong idea about what kind of logging is going on in
the Upper Walbran.
"An SMZ is still about clear-cut logging," she said.
"We are trying to put the message out that the
Walbran Valley is being actively logged and southern
Vancouver Island is being overcut."
Only 6.6 per cent of Vancouver Island's low elevation forest is protected from logging, she added.♦
source: the Martlet
Students criticise U of O's
decision to award minister
OTTAWA (CUP)—The University of Ottawa awarded
federal Minister of Industry John Manley an honorary doctorate degree last month, but some people
are questioning the purpose of the academic ritual.
Manley, a graduate of the University of Ottawa,
was awarded the degree at the university's fall convocation on Oct 25.
The minister's acceptance speech touched a
nerve with some critics who say honorary degrees
should not be given to sitting politicians.
In it, Manley referred to the good work his department has done since he's been minister, including a
project linking a dozen Ottawa schools to the
Internet. "This program...is one of my department's
proudest achievements," he said.
Some students objected to the self-congratulatory
nature of Manley's speech. They also said the real
purpose of convocation—to honour academic
achievement—is compromised by the appearance of
political officials.
"Convocation is not a forum for politics," said
Terri Lacourse, who graduated with a master's in
geography at the ceremony. "We shouldn't be listening to (political speeches) there," she said. "It would
have been one thing if he gave a speech about education, [but he didn't].
"Giving active politicians doctorates is a very overt
support of [their] political party," she said. "It's like a
tradeoff; it's scratching each other's backs." ♦
source: the Fulcrum
Student sex in washrooms
concern at U of T
TORONTO (CUP)—Students concerned by the
University of Toronto's decision to close campus
washrooms that were being used for sexual trysts are
examining possible alternatives.
Last month, students and janitorial staff complained that two campus washrooms were being
used as meeting points for sexual encounters.
The university responded by locking the washroom doors and implementing limited usage hours
for some other facilities.
"It's just patronising that the university feels it has
the authority to shut washrooms," said Jaeson
Adams, communications co-ordinator for Lesbian
Gay Bisexual and Transgendered U of T. "They
should keep their nose out of students' sex lives."
Representatives from the campus women's and
sexual education centres plan to look at ideas such
as compiling a public sex etiquette brochure and
preparing a bathroom users' bill of rights that would
extol the right to sexual privacy.
Some university officials believe that discussion is
long overdue.
"People really need to get together and talk about
possible solutions and come to terms with washroom sex," said Paddy Stamp, U of T's sexual harassment officer, who is involved with the upcoming discussions.
"From my understanding, the sex that goes on is
not unwanted. People have been having sex in washrooms since time immemorial," Stamp said. "We all
need to use washrooms simply to go to the toilet. It's
just silly to close them. So long [as] it's clean and safe,
I have no problem with it."**
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The Thunderbird hockey team is about ready to be
packed in ice.
The injury bug has swept UBC's roster this season. And the wave of injuries the hockey team
incurred during the preseason has continued into
regular season play.
At this point, Geoff Lynch, Corey Stock, Jeff
Edelman, and Trevor Shoaf are on the list of casualties, but the injuries extend beyond that. According
to head coach Mike Coflin there are also five players
that are currently playing injured in an effort to help
the team.
"As far as I know, we will not have Geoff Lynch
back, we will not have Corey Stock back (for this
weekend)," explained Coflin. "[But] our performance has been pretty strong."
As it stands now, the Birds are 3-4-1 and in playoff position at this early point of the season. But in
order to stay afloat, UBC has had to rely on their
first-year forwards, and the rookies haven't let the
team down.
"The first year players are especially important.
They've had to play quite a bit bigger role than
maybe we would have thought," said Coflin.
"They've played very well"
However, with key players missing from the roster, the hockey team is lacking.
"The fact that we don't have as much depth at forward is affecting us," stated Coflin "We would have
as good a depth as anyone in the league if we added
those three forwards."
With three forwards and one defenceman (Shoaf)
out of the lineup, the Thunderbirds are having to
play with three lines instead of four. And Coflin says
the workload is affecting the team's play by the end
of a two-game weekend.
UBC's record is 3-4-1 without their veteran players, how the team play when they return is
unknown.
"We're playing pretty decent now, but you can't
help but look at the guys that are sitting out and say
how much better are we going to be when they're
back in there," said fifth-year forward Steve
Williams.
The Birds received a shot in the arm this weekend
with the return of Tom Zavediuk from a shoulder
injury, and the first-year forward scored his first goal
of the season against the Regina Cougars.
UBC can't expect a return from Stock any time
soon, however—he is still week-to-week with an
abdominal strain. Lynch (sprained ankle) has
another week to go before he can lace up his skates
again, and Edelman (leg problem) is also out. Shoaf
will be unavailable to the team until after the Valor
Cup tournament in December.
The Thunderbirds will play the Brandon Bobcats
this weekend. Here's to hoping no one else will be
Public
Information
Meeting
for the
campus community
on the
Acadia Park
Infill Housing Study
Thursday, Dec. 3,1998,
12:00-1:30pm, Activity Room,
Acadia Fairview Commons Block,
Acadia Park, 2707 Tennis Crescent
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the area bounded by Acadia Road, Osoyoos Crescent, Pearkes
Lane and Toronto Road. This study for increased residential
density conforms to the Official Community Plan and is subject
to Board of Governors approval.
For further information, call Jim Carruthers, Campus
Planning and Development 822-0469.
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Electing to ignore Electoral Area A
We don't count.
Really. If we did, you'd think that we'd have
a chance to determine how voting at UBC will
happen. The make-up of the Electoral Area A
Governance Committee—which according to
UBC President Martha Piper "[reflects] the
interests of the various stakeholder groups"—
proves that.
You probably don't know what the hell
Electoral Area A is. Well, it's UBC and the surrounding area It has no local government—and
when it was only a university it didn't need one.
But since development is on the minds of UBC
bigwigs, a local government is on the mind of the
province.
After all, you can't have Martha Piper, town
mayor. Not with the current rate of growth in the
Area A growing population needs a government,
not a Board of Governors.
Currently there are no students sitting on
the Governance Committee, which will rec
ommend on a municipal government. Who
will represent the interests of the thousands of
resident students at UBC?
But so far students have nothing much to say
about any of that. Not that they've been given
much reason to care. We should care. Here's why:
what's at stake is whether we will be able to vote in
local government elections. And of all the levels of
government, local and municipal government
has the most direct and real effect on your life.
But it's not just that students don't care. It's that
they don't know what's going on. And there are
plenty of fingers to point
We'll take some blame. We haven't done a
great job of presenting this complex issue to
our readers.
Second, the AMS seems too busy endlessly
debating how much money should be spent on
council meeting bonbons rather than getting students informed and involved.
Finally, the university should have insisted that
a student be appointed to the Governance
Committee. Hampton Place residents got a representative, but we didn't. So they pay more rent It
doesn't make their opinion any more valid than
that of the rest of us.
Such a significant governance change will
almost certainly require a referendum.
Students who live on campus will almost certainly have the right to vote in such a referendum and will probably hold the balance of
power, if only for a day.
Students at UBC might not yet be excited
about Electoral Area A governance, but they'd better be on referendum day. Unfortunately, by then
student input will be limited to a simple "yes" or
"no." And if students-reject the proposed governance changes, Electoral Area A will be stuck with
the undemocratic and increasingly unworkable
system of governance that we have now.
And then no one will get what they want.
Especially students.»>
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Body image
affects men
too
Excellent articles on eating disorders and image in females. It is a
problem that affects all of us to
certain degrees and despite
awareness and considerable discussion on media imagery it continues to grow in intensity. A lot of
focus now seems to be on fitness
and health and not only are both
sexes required to be slender but
also muscular and toned. The
largest area of growth appears to
be the depiction of men as physical sex objects. Not only are we
expected to be confident, exciting
and successful but also possess
washboard stomachs, no body
hair but a full head of hear. Any
trip to the Student Rec center will
reveal hundreds of young men
desperately pumping iron in
order to meet image requirements. I fear that this is also
spreading to the female population since just being thin doesn't
cut it anymore. The answer to this
problem is not simple and I doubt
whether blaming advertisers is
going to solve anything since they
are only pandering to our desires.
Luckily physical image tends to
become less important with age
and maturity, with no harm done,
but there are always going to be
unfortunate casualties.
Andy Laycock
UBC staff
via e-mail
Human being
is a person
This is in response to Martin
Hauck's statements regarding my
letter ("Shooting Dr's Wrong").
He was quick to state my interchanging of "person" and "human
being" as damaging to my point.
He claims a "person" is much
more because she/he "acknowledges her/himself as a rational,
conscious being, one that has
autonomy and possesses a will to
live." This definition, however,
excludes certain people. Is a
schizophrenic any less a person
because she/he does not have
rational ideas? Is Christopher
Reeves any less a person because
he doesn't have autonomy (free-
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dom from the control, influence,
support, or help of another)? Are
these examples just cases of
"human beings" who are only biologically human? Who don't entail
what it means to be a "person?"
His statements imply one is only
worthy of sustaining life if she/he
is a "human being" AND a "person." How can a being be one but
not the other?
Stephanie Gray
First year Arts
Cuts to school
board a horror
I read with horror, the NPA
Vancouver School Board's plan to
fire over 100 teachers, and other
staff. One NPA trustee was even
quoted as saying the school system
is over-staffed. This will come as a
shock to parents and staff that are
trying to deal with a system that has
been already been cut to the bone.
Readers should know, that previous cuts to funding and staffing
have already hurt our children's
right to quality education.
Students that qualify for special
needs and ESL assistance—are
not receiving it. Schools have been
scrambling to provide basic
resources. As parents like Lesley
MacLean are saying—any further
cuts will directly effect the education your children, your neighbours' children will receive.
It's time our NPA School Board,
and our NDP Provincial Government
got their priorities straight Neither
were given the mandate to gut the
education system in Vancouver. They
were both ejected on platforms
promising quality education. It is up
to us to remind them.
If you care about public education, come to the next School Board
meeting. Call your trustees. Call your
MIA Saying "No more cuts" may be
the greatest gift we can give this and
future generations of students.
Jane Bouey
Vancouver
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The UBC men's basketball team has been overhauled,
revamped and reconstructed as head coach Bruce Enns
returns from his year-long sabbatical for the 1998-99 season.
And he's looking forward to working with this particular team.
"I've enjoyed coaching this team as much as I've enjoyed
coaching any team before," says Enns.
Enns is back from his one year term of absence and has
brought a bevy of players with him: ten new Birds came into
training camp from all across Canada
And the players seem to be pulling together nicely.
"It's the most pleasurable team I've ever been involved
with," said team captain Dominic Zimmerman.
But more important than any new players to the team is the
absence of a returning one: stellar All-Canada West guard Nino
Sose will not play until at least December. The Croatian star,
who led the team with 18.7 points and 3.4 assists per game last
season, has a protruding disc in his back that will require
surgery. Even if the operation can be done within two to four
weeks, the six to eight weeks required for recovery would probably need to be extended before Sose could regain his acrobatic form.
"I guess we lose our flagbearer," says Enns. "I mean, he's the
guy who going to rally the troops. I think all the boys know not
only is he a forceful personality, but he's just so tremendously
skilled as a basketball player."
Also out until the New Year is 6'5" Langara transfer lason
Bristow, who along with Sose and Zimmerman is a team captain—Bristow has a stress fracture in his left leg that will shelve
him until at least January.
So with only one ambulatory captain and seven active
transfers, how will UBC fare in the cutthroat Canada West?
"I would say we've got three of the top six or seven teams in
the country in our conference," sighs Enns. "We have to go out
and battle them, and there's
no question that if we can get
J.B. and Nino back we're
going to be stronger, but in
the meantime we've just got
to scrape and scratch and do
everthing we possibly can to
put ourselves in a good position."
The T-Birds are hip deep
in terrific teams in the
Canada West. Lethbridge is
ranked number one in the
nation, Alberta sixth, and
Victoria seventh. UBC will
open their season at Victoria,
who return 1997 national
player of the year Eric
Hinrichsen and offer a bruising frontcourt. The Birds,
meanwhile, have no true big
man.
"We don't have a lot of
size, so we've got to have a
strong defensive team that's
going to look to put a lot of
pressure on the other team
WELCOME TO WAR: Brand new Birds Ion Fast (left) and Stanleigh Mitchell will try to fill the
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all over the floor," says 6'0"
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guard for the Birds. Mitchell is a veteran at 25, and will be
looked to for leadership on a team that is still struggling to let
to know one another.
"I'm like the dad on this team," smiles Mitchell. "A lot of
guys look up to me because I'm the oldest."
Mitchell isn't the only new Bird making an impact. In the
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• "Sherlan has been our leader," enthuses Enns. "Sherlan has
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and it's been infectious."
Zimmerman, who is in his final year of eligibility, likes the
way this team is coming together.
"There's more responsibility on more people this year,
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think any one of five or six people could be our high scorer or
high rebounder."
Returning from last season's UBC roster are 6'6" forward
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forward Jamie Wilmott But the T-Birds are rife with new faces:
6'0" guard Courtenay Kolla is a first-year player from
Saskatoon. 6'4" guard Ben Sansburn is straight out of G.E
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tranferred from Sir Wilfred Laurier University. 6'5" Kevin Keeler
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So what will all this add up to? While so much of this team
is an unknown quantity, Enns knows where he wants to be
come playoff time.
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February, regardless of where we stand, we're going to be able
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