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Array nllont elections supplement inside
ck out the candidates for AMS President, Vice President,
ector of Administration, Coordinator of Extrnal Affairs,
irector of Finance, Senate, Board of Governors and UPS.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1998 VOLUME 79 ISSUE 26
Reading between the lines
Somewhere
along
Kmgsway
Micliael Turner wri
blurring the lines
between
fiction, poetry, and
-Quentin Tarantino
may want his ass, but
Turner's staying put
where it's at.
 by Jamie Woods
Michael Turner presses the buzzer to get
into the members-only British ex-
Serviceman's Association. He walks in a little more cautiously than you might expect.
Turner has, after all, just seen the rights to
Hard Core Logo, the film inspired by his
book on a punk band, bought by Quentin
Tarantino. .And he's just published a novel
that's set to puzzle cafe society for months to
come. He should at least be sure of himself.
The problem is that he's a little short on
cash, and embarrassed about it
"You're Jamie, right Can I ask a favour?
Can I borrow some money off you? How
much do they charge for pints here? I trunk
I need a buck fifty.'
With empty pockets, Brylcreemed hair
and a debonair demeanor Turner strikes an
image immediately reminiscent of a fifties
working class hero like James Dean. But forget that Rebel Without A Cause thing.
Turner's carved a name for himself with
witty, punchy writing about the unconventional. Fishing towns. Punk rock. The urban
thoroughfare that he calls home.
Having greeted the familiar staff and
ordered a pint of Guinness, Turner sits
down in an old wooden chair. Portraits of
the Queen and Scottish bard Robbie Burns
hang on the wall. The TSN eight ball show
lights up the big screen. The pub sits on
Kingsway, in an area called "No Man's
Land" on past city plans, stuck between
Knight and Fraser in an area among the last
to be developed in Vancouver proper.
Turner lives right around the corner.
"I don't wanna live in a place that I like
too much," says Turner. "That's why I h*«p!"i»
a part of Vancouver that's really quite v;
and anonymous. There's, y' know, there's
no reference. I'm right by the Bino's. It's like
my sort of isolated place. I'd become a sex
maniac if I lived in Toronto y' know 'cause
there's just too much distraction there."
Turner may live in no man's land but it
would be tough to find a more idiosyncratic
MICHAEL TURNER lights a smoke in the British ex-Serviceman Association, paul kamon photo
writer. Kingsway, published in 1995, reads
like a drive between Edmonds and
Kingsgate Mall with stops at Metrotown and
Wally's Burgers along the way. Sometimes it
speeds up, sometimes it slows down, with
semi colons used as yellow lights and periods signifying stop signs. Turner, taking-a
drag on a Sportsman cigarette, says he did
n't model Kingsway into a poetic form s§
much as he modelled his poetry on ttMJI'
rhythm of driving the road.
"Vancouver's a grid, and I like Kingsiv^
cause it skews that, it goes against it, ^p „
x-(j5aws into the question the grid. Kingswayi
w{fe my poetics. Parucularly the first poem *
-in the' second section 'T am/ now that*you
are reading this/ in that this is not being
read to you/ minking that this will always be
driving the reading. That's what I'm all
about."
Turner's written about working class
subjects and areas, but he was raised in
Shaughnessy, where he attended Point Grey
cannery Turner's easy-going tone doesn't
change.
Turner penned his reflections on cannery life in his 1991 poetry collection called
Company Town. At the time, he'd already
earned his BA,^kr~ipttoopriogy at the
University ^'Vjctori'a^and wasNEpur years
into touri*og/with the HardT-kfd^Mihers, the
hillbilly |njnk group he'd helped form in
1987/When Turner quit the music business
in 19B3, (he plunged into writing fqll time.
Ptjetic movements such as Black
MoiAfcan, the San Francisco Renaissance,
and trA 1^60s Vancouver-based?;Tish/were
major iidjugnces on Turner, whdse^earlier
works tendedipito^ Jhe.yerse egjc. Turner
still feels moSe^romforteble^Jjalking about
poetry than abouf" other genres, but his
newest work is a novel. .And unlike earlier
books it's not about small, work-related
themes. It's about America.
"I do readings down there [in the US],
they don't get it, in a way. The popular audience isn't educated enough to understand
irony and mitigating against that irony is
this blank naivete, and that's what America
is, it's stupid and its naive. Butyet, I mean it
praises that, Dumb and Dumber, Forrest
Gump, y' know that's elevated and held as a
virtue."
American Whiskey Bar twists form and
convention into something crisp and chaotic. A Liberian, while butt naked in the bar,
talks about the horrors that freezers brought
to his village. At the next table, two filmmakers try to convince a garbage collector
that they're not secret police. Structurally,
the novel reads as a screenplay with a preface, introduction and afterword. The introduction and afterword are penned by fictional personalities, with the preface written
by Michael Turner, the character.
"[I wanted] to write a novel in screenplay
form to draw attention to what is a novel in
a time when the novel is very dialogue dri-
141 do readings down there [in the US], they don't
get it, in a way. The popular audience isn't educated enough to understand irony and mitigating
jaatstirhat irony is this blank naivete, and
*s wha& iuoaerica is, it's stupid and it's naive."
/school. He worked" siipaniers in a
ena River fish canittr^jnear Prince
„ .ipert where, in a sensg"?i£-got the start of
"his, formal educational wa^/a job he never
expteted to leave./MTwhefi he was 21, the
■S|i^iy-c^ed--itS.door^*lorever. "The fami-
lylfedt^&tesi^iFrlhis cannery so I was
suppose^tohasically work there for the rest
of my lifBfcd was quite prepared to do that.
And that was taken away by circumstance,
by the%anks, by foreign investment, bailing
by the Socreds, y' know that was sort of my
political moment" While remebering the
—MICHAEL TURNER
ven. I know that a screenplay signifies
something as does a novel and I wanted to
play with the expectations that they carry
and turn them on their heads."
Because of the critical acclaim of Hard
Core Logo both as book and as film, Turner
enjoys a rising profile both at home and
abroad. But he says, with only a tinge of
regret, that his career as a musician is dead,
and that he's now happy to be more home
see Turner on p.3 THEUBYSSEY • FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1998
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Corrections:
In "Students get final say on T-Bird Shop," (January 13, 1998, p. 3) the
Ubyssey innac curatelyeported that the referendum on the Thunderbird
Shop would cost the AMS a minimum of $ 15,000. In fact the referendum
will cost a minimum $ 1500.
In "Three Green College residents prepare APEC suit" (January 13, 1998,
p. 3) we mistakenly reported that Craigjones was being represented by
Heenan Blaikie. In fact, Joseph Arvay is his lawyer. Also, we reported that
Isabela Varela handed her placard to RCMP. But it was Jodie Morris who
handed over her placard. We regret the errors.
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Get  Ready
to   VOTE IN
ELECTIONS "98!
AT THE FOLLOWING POLLING LOCATlOlS/5
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DAY POLLS
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Membership has
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BRING YOUR
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Vote in the AMS Elections.
Jan 19th-23rd
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1) To what extent do you consider corporate deals an appropriate source of university and/or AMS funding?
2) How do you intend to involve and interest the constituency members of council (ie. arts, science reps) and the average student, in making AMS decisions?
3) As an elected representative of students is it the responsability of the AMS president to take a stand on student
issues? Why or why not?
Shirin Foroutan [Students fir Students]
1 There is no excuse for the cuts we are facing to education. We
must work together as a community to overcome the challenges that we face due to present constraints. We must not subject ourselves to any external influence, corporate or otherwise,
that will deter us from receiving the highest educational experience possible. Education must never be sacrificed for the allure
of extra funding. We must review each and every business proposal that UBC is offered. I have created a policy which outlines
that the AMS must be informed of UBC's decisions to engage in
business deals that will affect us.
<jOur students come from many diverse backgrounds and it is
.Cmy job to facilitate opportunities for alL Last year I worked to
secure Imagine UBC which introduced our newest and most
active members to UBC. I will actively seek out students to inform them of issues and to answer
questions and I intend to host meetings where I will meet with all Constituency and Club
Presidents. There are no average students at UBC. I am proud to say that I have been witness to a
re-birth of incredible student activity. There are thousands of students working on numerous projects who are achieving incredible lengths and my job as president will be to unite all our members.
^Absolutely. The President is here to meet with students and to show leadership to grasp
wopportunities and conquer challenges._The President is an integral liaison in our school.
They must have the skills to solicit student opinion, balance the views of all students, and follow through with these interests. Having dealt with the extraordinary challenges of my term, I
have a comprehensive knowledge of issues facing UBC and I have all the skills required to coordinate our executive to act accordingly. The President must also be responsible for communicating new issues to the AMS Council, and all AMS members. I will meet the challenges of our
society by uniting our diversities proactiyely.
John Hallett [Radical Beer Faction]
1 Corporate deals are an appropriate funding avenue. If
everyone wants a nice ale in the Gallery, then we can contract Russell to give us that ale. I could lower the price of
beer to 10 cents a pint with the revenue! If everyone wants a
cold beer and wine store right beside the Pit, then we can
get a big chain to come in. These are very important services, after all.
21 have to reach out and make the constituencies feel that
the AMS is working for the students. This is easy to accomplish. I have to get to know the elected officials of each faculty by taking them all to the Gallery and buying a few rounds.
The companionship that comes about as a result often to fifteen pitchers of beer would make everyone feel like brothers
(or sisters). Then we can really start to get things done.
3God yeah. What kind of president just sits around all day on his ass? I have take a stand on
issues in the field by spitting at police and harassing the Premier. If we want a tuition cut, I
have to do everything in my power to get it, even if that means ransoming Clark's children.
Don't underestimate me.
Here's how I'll represent the students better:
First, I'll declare myself to be king. It's good to be king, and kings get things done.'
Secondly, I'll declare the AMS a distinct society and start bitching to Ottawa about transfer payments. Third, I'll hold a binding referendum on campus separation. Then we annex
the endowment lands and Vancouver. Pretty soon we can take over the US sub base at
Nanoose. Once we get a missile boat or two, we can nuke Alaska. We'll be a world power! Yup,
I'm absolutely sure that the interests of UBC students will be best served by global conquest.
Vivian Hoffman [Action Now]
•jl Corporate funding should not be seen as an easy solution to
U the university's funding shortfall. A danger of corporate funding is the potential for a shift ofthe university's role away from
critical thmking toward pure job training. I am currently working with the University on a set of guidelines for corporate partnerships. I am pushing for those guidelines to include ethical
reviews of corporate partners, and to assure that "less marketable" programs also receive funding.
Contracts such as the banking deal, which compromise the
consumer choice of students, should not be taken lightly. We
should use our businesses in the SUB to offer maximum choice.
Most students are not well enough informed about the political work ofthe AMS. We must belter communicate our goals
and initiatives, through bulletin boards, the Ubyssey, and our web page. Petitions are an effective
tool for educating and involving large numbers of students.
AMS Council members should be informed of the issues facing students at UBC, across the
province, and throughout the country. I would invite representatives from provincial and federal
studentorganisation to talk to Council about the the work'they are doing and how we might cooperate to further our common goals.
3There is no point in electing an AMS president if not to take a stand on student issues. Over the past
year, the AMS president shirked this responsibility. While dozens of students occupied the UBC
President's office to oppose fee increases, and hundreds rallied outside, the AMS president was conspicuous in his absence. While thousands marched in protest against the APEC conference, the AMS
was silent It is sometimes difficult to articulate a position which represents all students at UBC. We
are a diverse group, from various backgrounds and with very different ideas. But I am a believer in
finding the common ground on which we can achieve a level of consensus, and working from there.
Tobias "don't vote for me" Itenveen [Independent]
1A11 corporations are good. Everyone should bow and love all corporations as the source of all that is healthy, moral and virtuous
on this earth. For this reason, I propose the following be done.
1. UBC should be turned into a corporation. 2. All students, staff
and faculty should be chained together into gangs of eight. 3. All'
profits from this Corporation should go to me. I highly encourage you to NEVER, EVER, VOTE FOR ME.
21 absolutely do not intend to involve anyone in the AMS by
never doing the following things: 1.Offering free flights to
Cuba. 2.Giving away plush teddy bears. 3J\busing student
iunds by kicking out longtime businesses in the Sub and
putting in AMS businesses like tbe Pendulum. Hmrnm.... wait...
maybe that would be too evil.
For these reasons and other, very good valid ones I would never and am never going to encourage you to vote for me. DON'T DO IT. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Ha! I caught you. DONT
EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. The Thought Police are watching...
3The AMS President should never have to stand anywhere on anything'. For instance, all AMS
Presidents, past and present, should: 1. Be aware ofthe dangers of "standing up" for anything,
and use 60% of the AMS budget to educate students, staff and faculty on the moral and very real
■ issues of standing. 2. Be continuously followed by a student-funded entourage which will carry
spare portable chairs should none be available for the President. 3. Have their legs removed so as
to disencourage standing or any upright, non-mobile position. For these reasons, I request you
NEVER, EVER to vote for Me. Not under any circumstances should any responsible or irresponsible person ever consider doing anything like voting for Me. Why ? Because if I never get elected
I promise: 1. To do absolutely nothing. 2. Suntan.
NEVER VOTE FOR ME. EVER.
The Student Guide to AMS/UPS elections is designed to (p@ students an introduction to the candidates running in this year's student elections. All candidates
were offered the chance to take a written interview,
given one hundred words to answer each question.
answers are printed here verbatim inm interviews conducted by the Ubyssey. All candidates were
ALMA MATER SOCIETY
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Q1I1S     1) The Vice President's responsible for addressing on campus issues to the campus as a whole. What on campus
issues do you feel should be addressed in the upcoming year?
2) Should the AMS be run as a student service or a business?
Jake "Not John-David" Bray [Radical Beer Faction]
1 The AMS has long been a snivelling pack of whin-
1 ers. Measures need to be taken to ensure we aren't
stuck for a whole year with useless wankers.
Secondly, there is going to be a huge hole left by the
removing of the Thunderbird Shop. We have a simple
yet elegant plan. The Thunderbird Cold Beer and
Wine Store. Not only will this generate much needed
revenue, but will also cut down drunken beer runs.
Its simply an issue of safety. On-campus beer consumption has been declining for five years. While a
valiant effort has been made by the Radical Beer
Faction to make up for everybody else, people are just sobering up. Something
must be done.
We live in hard times of economic reality and globilisation. In the world economy we don't have time to pick our noses. It's time people stood up and
grabbed life by its plaid lapells and yelled square in his face, T'M NOT GOING
TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!". While we realize that economics are a reality, it is not
the AMS's responsibility to deal with reality. As a student society, the AMS
should be thinldng how can I help students, not trying to figure out how to make
a buck.
3This question runs to the very core of why I'm running for AMS office. Its not too
often one gets the opportunity to strike fear into the very heart of bureaucratic
oppresion. Three words suffice. Fight The Power. I find it has become painfully obvious that the University Aclrrunistration is out to screw you, the student. In my four
years not once have I left Brock hall minking, "I'm glad uie Adniinistration is looking
out for me." More likely to think "Hey, my ass is really sore". If you're tired of the
University hovering around your anus just waiting for the right time to strike, vote
Jake Gray, I can be a serious pain.
Nadim Kara (Action Now!
1 Education issues include effective course evalua-
I tions, strengthened scholastic/career advising, and
wide-spread   access   to   information   technology.
Employment issues include the creation of a diverse,
cross-faculty paid internship program, promoting our
career services and examining the role of the student
and university in society. The building of a vibrant
community starts with the physical and mental health
of we students. Raising awareness of preventative
strategies for the crimes of rape, discrimination and
violence are a priority. Linking the Resource Groups of
the AMS with the student body is also a key goal. Underlying my program is a firm
belief in open student consultation.
,If a priority must be set, the AMS must be run as a student service first, and a business second. The bottom line of a business is profit - our bottom line is to provide
important services. If Copyright was losing money, but was the only convenient copy
place students had, that service would be maintained rather than replaced with a
'profitable enterprise'. AMS services which do make money will be used to subsidize
those which don't.
3The AMS must walk a fine line between cordiality and integrity in its search for
consensus based solutions. Cordiality is integral to the maintenance of open communication channels but the AMS must not be afraid to assert its own priorities.
When dialogue fails to bring about consensus, as elected representatives we must
stand by our convictions and assert what we feel is right and just. The challenge is to
maintain your integrity and ethical vision and at the same time be open enough to
recognize the diversity of other opinions. The exciting part is when you integrate
multiple strands of thought into an effective and just program of action. To sum up:
openness, integrity, vision and commitment to action.
Neena Sonik [Students for Students]
11 have spent the past year as a student representa-
1 five on UBC's Senate, the body which sets academic policy for the entire university, and this experience
has allowed me to develop a good understanding of
the challenges faced by UBC in the area of academics. Unfortunately, academic issues often receive
too little attention from the AMS and I believe that it's
time for the AMS to take a more active role in
addressing them. Each of us is here to receive an
education and the AMS should play a role in preserving the quality of education we receive.
In addition to focussing on academics, I would like to expand the AMS internship
program to include more positions directly relevant to students' areas of study. I
would also like to concentrate on improving safety on this campus. For a campus
of this size, installing a few blue light phones just isn't enough.
2The AMS is UBC's Student Society and its main function should be to provide services for students and not to pursue commercial interests. The AMS should operate primarily as a student service, providing services which students consider valuable, even if these services must be run at a loss. For example, AMS services such as
Safewalk and Joblink do not generate any revenues but I believe that these are central to the mandate of the AMS-to better the quality of life for all students.
3The AMS should work to bridge the gap between students and the university administration. Developing a cooperative relationship with the adrninistration and with
university bodies such as BOG and Senate will make the AMS a more effective voice
for students. The likelihood of the AMS achieving its goals will increase if it is able to
gain the support ofthe university administration. Even in cases where the AMS stance
on an issue differs from that of the university adrninistration, a good working relationship between the AMS and the university will at least ensure that the AMS has the
opportunity to address its concerns at the highest levels of this university.
Are you in favour of an increase in your
AMS student fees of $0.85 (eighty-five cents)
per annum to support Pacific Spirit Family
& Community Services?
Yes
No     □
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l)The SUB is currently facing many structural problems and former AMS executives and staff have commented on
the need for a new or highly upgraded Student Union Building. In light of this do you feel the changes proposed,
such as renovations and future club office swapping, are reasonable considering the probable expense entailed?
2) In the past year renovations to the SUB have consistently been substantially over budget, once to the tune of 65 per
cent ($23,000). Do you plan to solve this problem? If so how?
3) Do you believe it is in the best interest of the AMS not to renew the Thunderbird Shop's lease? Why or why not?
Craig "mister" Bavis [Politicians-In-Black]
*| The Student Union Building is highly valued by the Politicians-In-Black.
Ill For years, the UBC campus has acted as a refuge for intergalactic aliens
without a home, sort of like Casablanca without the Nazis. At any given time
there are approximately 1,500 aliens at UBC, most are quite harmless and go
about their own business, many involved in the AMS. The SUB acts a secret
customs and immigrations station for these aliens as well as headquarters
for the Politicians-In-Black. Obviously any modifications required for
ensuring the secrecy and integrity ofthe building are fully supported by tlie
PIB.
*jSThe Politicians-In-Black do not worry about the consistent and substantial
Kabudget overruns that SUB currently suffers as they are perfectly legitimate.
Really. There are no fraudulent cost overruns to pay for the operations of the
Politicians-In-Black or any other secret AMS project - just as overspending by
the Pentagon does not clandestinely fund the CIA. Really. And even if there were secret funding through cost overruns, we are UBC's first, last, and only line of defence against the worst scum ofthe universe... even though APEC
is over. ,    ■
3Since the AMS would be in breach of contract with Coca-Cola if the Thunderbird Shop lease was renewed
...oops... the Coke deal is still classified. Forget that it was mentioned. Really. There are no secrets in the Coke
deal, if there were, the Politicians-In-Black and the AMS would let students know. The deal in just confidential so
that the AMS can save money on photocopying. Don't even think about it any more, trust the AMS to look after
your interests. Just look into the litde red light and...
Ed Fidler [Students for Students]
II Every year about $15 from every student fee is allocated to a fund which is
II strictly used for renovations and upgrades to the Student Union Building.
This is approximately half a million dollars a year which carries over when the
amount is not used. Although these renovations may be cosdy there is a fund
in place for these situations. The Student Union Building is an integral part of
thousands of students lives, sometimes direcdy, sometimes indirectly and I
feel these renovations are very necessary to keep the Student Union Building a
comfortable place for students. What student wants to call a run down building with leaks and structural problems their own?
2In the past year there have been renovation projects that have gone over budget. However, as an ex-member of the Renovations Planning Group I would
not say that they have consistently gone over. Some renovation costs are very difficult too estimate. Sometimes you guess right, sometimes not. I feel those renovations which are more difficult to estimate should have a higher contingency for error. That way when unexpected expenses occur we can feel more comfortable paying them knowing that the higher amount was approved.
SThe AMS successfully runs most of the food outlets in the "Student Union Building which provide higher
than minimum wage jobs to hundreds of students. They also bring in a great deal of revenue which allows
the AMS to fund its many Student Services from Safewalk to Volunteer Services to JobLink, and maintain
and run its hundreds of student clubs. I believe this is a great opportunity for the AMS to run its own retail
shop and increase its revenue for its Clubs and Services, provide diversification to the type of businesses the
AMS run, as well as giving students more ownership and control over their own building.
Jeremy Thoop [Radical Beer Faction]
*l| It's a little known fact that the Constitution ofthe United States of America
II was written in a dilapidated barn, South of Marksville, Missouri. Now,
don't get me wrong; I'm not a flag-waving, camel-smoking, pie-eating
American; I'd just like to make a point. Sure, the SUB building would make
an excellent setting for a remake ofthe The Grapes of Wrath. That's not the
issue here; what is important is that we are all supporting the Marxist cause,
and that we all share the dream of a socialist society, where beer flows freely,
and a cool wind blows.
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SWhat most people don't know about the Thunderbird shop is that it was,
for several years, a front for the distribution of European pornography.
This would explain the 4000 'signatures' which they claimed to have collected for their 'petition.' Even a cursory scan ofthe names would reveal that over 40% of those listed are, in fact,
Swedish porn stars. The AMS should not, in any case, renew the Thunderbird Shop's lease. Instead, our fine
society should endevour to establish it's own adult video corporation, serving the 'needs' ofthe greater population of the University of British Columbia.
Michael Bowdridge [Action Now]
IThe SUB is the largest capital asset of
the AMS. From what I've learned, the
rate of depreciation of the building is at a
normal rate for commercial space. I think
it is unreasonable to plan for a new SUB
for quite some time. The renovations and
future club offices can actually be combined with the continuing upgrades
needed to keep the SUB to standard. The
CPAC fund allows a source of funding for
club and social space renovations.
Therefore, with this funding it is possible
to continue with these club & social renovations while in the process dealing with the structural problems in those
areas.
2Being heavily involved with SUB renovations in the past year, I know
there are ways to ensure projects do not go over budget. The most
important thing is to ensure that all building quotes on the renovations
are in before a budget is proposed to council. The downfall is when a
price has been approximated but the quote is not yet in. This means that
more time must be spent making sure that everything is in order before
brought to council, but this in itself will make a substantial decrease in
budget overruns.
3First off, I'm glad this question will go to referendum. With all the pros
and cons, I feel it is critical for the student body to make this choice.
However, I feel that the AMS should run the shop. I feel the revenue going
back to the students for services, such as Safewalk, and the increase in
student employment with higher wages outweighs the security of a set
rent and loyalty to the current shop. I feel that if there is something that
can be student operated, then it shouldn't be given to an off campus
owner.
Scott Moiiishrta [Independent]
II believe that the AMS should hire a
consulting firm to determine how long
the existing building will last. Based on
this study, the AMS should come up with
a long term plan with regards to the SUB.
If a new SUB is not feasible, we should
concentrate on improvements on the
existing structure. If it is more feasible to
build a new SUB, renovations should
cease and money should be saved to fund
a new building.
2If elected, I will attack the problem of
renovations going over budget. This
problem is the result of miscommunication between the AMS and the
designers, contractor, staff, and students. Renovations are the most
important aspect of the Dir. of Administration's portfolio. All major renovations should require the consent of students via referendum. Student
support of a project will provide the motivation for the AMS to work tirelessly to ensure that the project is completed on time and on budget.
3The AMS should not kick the Thunderbird Shop out for many reasons.
Currently,-the Thunderbird Shop pays over $65,000/year in rent. This
rent brings more money to the AMS than all but two of the SUB shops.
The Shop is prepared to pay the AMS approximately $80,000/year, spend
$3000/year to help fund Inside UBC and donate $5,000/year to the
Safewalk program. The AMS predicts that it could make more money if it
runs its own similar shop, however this prediction is based on extremely
optimistic numbers. Most importantly, the Thunderbird Shop should
not be kicked out because it has provided the students of UBC with great
service and reasonable prices for 25 years. It has consistently donated to
the university community, and shown a commitment to serving the students—is this any way to treat a good tenant?
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1) An AMS fund of approximately $98,936 is allocated for lobbying the university and all levels of government in the
interest of students. What issues do you believe should be highlighted in 1998/99 and what will you do to address
them?
2) Do you believe differential tuition for out of province students is necessary? Why or why not?
3) Will you work to ensure UBC tuition remains frozen at its current rate? If so how?
Ryan Marshall [Students for Students]
1 First of all, the AMS council must approve all expenditures from the lobbying fund. Currendy, a portion
of that fund is used to hire a policy annalist. I feel that
the AMS should continue to employ such a vital position. Secondly, I would like to lobby the provincial government on opposing differential tuition for out-of-
province students, and to ensure that UBC has more
student representation on provincial committees. Why,
because that is where the majority of decisions regarding students are made. For example, I currently am the
UBC//AMS student representative on the B.C. Student
Assistance Program, (BCSAP) Appeals Committee. This is only one committee out of
many. I believe we need more UBC students on these committees.
2The only province that has differential tuition for out-of-province students is
Quebec. If a student from B.C. would like to study in Quebec, they would have to
pay twice as much as a student from there. I think this is completely wrong. Currently,
the AMS is in contact with McGill University, where the Student Government is taking the province to court over this matter. I agree with McGill as well, differential
tuition is unconstitutional. In this country we have the right to free movement. If we
begin to impose differential tuition, it would cause even more tension between an
already fragile unity that we have in this country. I would Lobby the government to
the fullest against this implementation.
31 believe that the AMS should continue with its current policy on tuition. This is to
cap tuition to inflation. The provincial funding levels for UBC are steadily decreasing. This is causing an over crowding of class rooms and possible decreditation of
some faculties. The Government has said there is no more money for UBC, yet they
are talking about building another technical institute. This is forcing UBC to find revenue from other avenues. We must keep education open to all, but not decrease the
quality in the process.
Johan "vote for me" Thsrton [Radical Beer Faction]
1 Ninety-eight thousand dollars is' a lot of money. To
convert that to real currency, that's six hundred kegs.
The whole idea behind the lobby fund is to spend
money on getting what the students want. However,
this spending does not have to be done by the student
government. All students should be able to come up to
the AMS business office and extract money direcdy
from the lobbying fund. Furthermore, additional lobby
fund withdrawal booths should be placed inside the Pit
and the Gallery for convenience.
iThe important question is what value do the out-of-
iprovince students add to the university. Many people see them as moochers—they
come here and they drink our cheap beer.- Nobody has cheap beer so readily available"
as does UBC. We must work very hard to protect this. However, a diversity of culture
is essential in a community. For instance, students from other provinces often bring in'
novel drinking games and drinking songs. It works both ways, too — I want to be able
to travel to other universities and drink without oppression. Therefore, I think we
should charge exactly the same per beer for out-of-province students.
I tiiink the issue is not so much to keep tuition frozen, as it is to keep beer refrigerated. To this day, the provincial government continues to baffle us by selling
us warm beer. Immediate steps must be taken to lobby the provincial government to either
a) expand privatized cold beer and wine stores and place caps on the price they
can charge; or   *
b) install large refrigerators in all liquor stqres, with the proviso that no charge can
be levied for the cooling, or
c) refrigerate the entire liquor store, and have free loaner jackets at the front to
make beer browsing more comfortable.
Oded Mizrahi [Action Now]
11 believe the main issues to be highlighted in the
I upcoming year deal with accessibility to education
- this includes the level of tuition fees, student loans
programs and the level of student debt. In recent
years, we have seen both tuition fees and the level of
student debt in this country rise quite significantly.
In order to address these problems, I will work to
extend the tuition freeze, as well as lobby for the
establishment of a national grants system. I will also
fight income-contingent repayment schemes that
will raise the level of student debt.
21 do not believe that differential tuition for out of province students is necessary. UBC has a large number of out of province students and they should be
able to attend school outside their home province without being subject to higher tuition fees. It is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure funding is at a sufficient level to prevent the implementation of differential tuition
fees, because unfortunately some provinces are looking at such fees as an option
as a result of the federal cuts. I will oppose any attempts to introriuce differential
tuition fees in B.C.
3Yes, I will work to ensure that UBC tuition remains frozen at its current rate
because I believe this is essential to maintaining accessibility. In order to
achieve this, I will work with other student organizations to lobby both the federal and provincial governments. I will lobby the federal government to increase
the size of the transfer to the provinces (CHST) which would relieve some of the
burden on the provinces. I will lobby the provincial government to extend the
tuition freeze, and to increase the level of funding to UBC.
Over 10,000 AMS members belong to the
more than 220 AMS Clubs, yet these clubs
receive no direct funding from the AMS. To
enable the Society to better support AMS
Clubs, I want a fee increase of $1.50 to be
allocated to the AMS Benefit Fund.
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1) Does the AMS need more money? For what? If so, should this need be met by increasing the student levy?
einS     2) The AMS has begun to depend on funds from the Cold Beverage Agreement, signed with Coca Cola, in order to balance its budget. Is this appropriate?
3) In your opinion, what AMS services, clubs, resource groups etc. require increased funding?
Mikey Doetzkes [Radical Beer Faction]
IWell yes of course the AMS needs more money. I don't think that there is
anyone who could that. I mean I know that I need more money, why do
you all think that I am here anyway. For what will I use anymore money for?
Well that is a difficult question. I would have to say that the only thing that
we should spend it on is buying more beer. Oh wait lobbyists. We need to
lobby to get all those pesty liquor taxes removed and to lower the drinking
age to include everyone. Mmmmm let's jack up those fees.
2 Of course the Coca-Cola sponsorship is bad, really bad. It sets a terrible
precedent. I mean we can no longer buy Dr Pepper in the SUB or anywhere else on campus except for in the Freddie Wood Theatre. But what is
next? Will Budweiser come in and say that we can only drink that crap? It's
the same thing people! It would be the end of good quality beer. Then it is
only a matter of time before we are all sober walking around with the $1500
laptop that we just rented from IBM for 1 term and don't get to keep. Clones anyone?'
3They all need more money especially those that put on beer gardens. We must all stick together and fight
the oppression that is trying to take away our beloved beer gardens! We all know that oppression is bad
and we should fight it in every way. This of course means that we. have to form a lobbyists club to fight this
oppression. Lobbyists, is there anything they can't do? We also need to form a taxi club. I mean the security
bus is good but not good enough. Every student has the right to get blind drunk without worrying where
they will pass out.
Sandra Matsuyama [Action Now]
Iln all honesty yes. When the budget is being prepared each year, the AMS
services and programs submit a budget proposal and unfortunately they
often do not receive the full funding that they request. Regarding a student
levy, my slate, Action Now! advocates the use of referendum^ in deciding
whether to increase fees. Students should have the right to decide what they
would like to pay for. But before resorting to any increases I would like to
establish an endowment fund by appealing to alumni. The alumni would be
a valuable resource that the /VMS has yet to use. In this.way, people who do
have the money and are willing to donate it can help improve the services
and programs the AMS provides for students.
Currently, tlie AMS Finance Commission, which I have been involved in for
the last 2 years, has been working to establish a special fund for sponsorship
revenue to be placed in. This project was proposed in order to decrease the level
of dependency on sponsorship revenue like die Cold Beverage Agreement. It involves spending only the interest
accumulated on the revenue with the principal not being spent, this way the AMS can decide whether to enter
sponsorship agreements based on the merits of the proposal rather than the dependency and the need.
fljAll the AMS services have had some difficulties in the past receiving enough funding. As mentioned before
wthey do not receive all the funding that they request. Safewalk comes to mind. When Safewalk volunteers are
on foot, many students decide not to call. This problem could be resolved with extra funding for alternative
methods of transporting students. As for the clubs, all of them are able to apply for loans and grants to assist
them. And resource groups receive funding from the students and allocate it amongst themselves according to
what they would like to achieve during the year. Also there are special funds that can assist any of the groups with
funding. Better utilization of these funds can help to alleviate some ofthe constraints on the groups.
Jesse Sims [Gsidependeitt]
11 feel that the AMS needs more money to strengthen the quality of its
I clubs, services, and resource groups. We have clubs and services which
other universities could only dream of—this means a lot to me. ALL of our
clubs provide diversity and experiences for students. Life is about experiences. Experiences define who we are and where we are going. I want UBC
students to have the best experiences they can. I DON'T THINK THE
MONEY SHOULD COME FROM INCREASING THE STUDENT LEVY, rather
I feel the AMS needs greater efficiency with the businesses it operates.
^}It is unfortunate that the Cold Beverage Agreement was 'needed' to balance
iCithe budget—but limiting the students choices is my biggest concern. I recognize that this issue was thoroughly debated and accepted by those elected to
do so. I feel concerned that the agreement was 'needed' to balance the budget
and 1 would certainly strive to make the AMS more efficient in how it operates.
We need to be more efficient in how we operate the AMS*—financial dependency is not a good situation in my eyes,
flj I believe a safe campus is something which people sometimes take for granted—this shouldn't happen. I
Jiwould want to start from this side first (ensuring student safety should take top priority). I believe that all our
clubs play a vital role in creating diversity for students. Diversity is a strength in my eyes. I would ensure that the
'experiences' are as high quality as possible and that funding is given where it was needed. We are gifted to have
such things as the FILMSOC, SKI & SNOW BOARD CLUB, and SAILING CLUB. Services such as CITR are pillars
of strength in terms of diversity and quality and definitely need increased funding.
Patrick"nKtEr,'Um[Poiticians-lfrBbck]
1 Obviously the AMS needs more money—
who doesn't? That's a stupid question.
However, that's not a problem, because as the
Politicians In Black, we've confiscated a number of revenue-generating items from out-of-
galaxy visitors, that we now hold the patents
for. Velcro, tlie microwave oven, liposuction,
Elvis, even though he's gone back home. What
we need here is an indefinite revenue system
that places the burden on non-AMS members—to that extent, we should foster inter-
galactic exchange and tax those sonovabitch-
es from lupiter to the hilt This way, we don't
have to report to any government agency—they just ask too many questions.
2Most appropriate is the cost savings of wardrobe funds via the standard
issue of a P-I-Black suit The last suit you'll ever wear. Substantial cost savings are possible by dictating the actions of AMS members. You eat where we
teU you. You go where we tell you. You will be above the system. Beyond the
system. Over the system. Anonymity is your name, and silence is your language. You will sever all ties to your current family. You will have no identity or
remarkable features to speak of. This'will be more than adequate in the balancing of the AMS Budget—besides, there are PD3 agents in the banks who can
add a few zeros here and there.
*|As an organization unto itself, the P-I-Black Security Services will direct all
••existing and additional funding into the black hole which helps pay my PB
salary. This is entirely necessary as it is only for the stability and betterment of
society. 1500 years ago everyone knew the Earth was the center of the universe.
500 years ago everyone knew the Earth was flat And 15 minutes ago you knew
there was no alien life on Earth. A single person may be smart, but people are
stupid, emotional, dangerous animals. They are better off watching the X-Files,
as they simply are not capable of handling the knowledge and power we pos-
sess.We, and we alone will decide who is worthy of receiving funding. AMS
groups not ronforming to these conditions will have their funding cut
Strata Senft [Students for SMentsJ
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1 number of services with the lowest student fee in Canada. This is largely due to
the success of AMS businesses in the
SUB. The fee of $39.50 that we pay to the
AMS has not been changed for many
years, and inflation has decreased the
spending power of that fee tremendously,
making it difficult for the AMS to maintain current levels of funding for students. If the fee were indexed to inflation,
then the AMS could continue to provide
existing services without increasing the
real value of the fee.
GSSince the Cold Beverage agreement a few years ago, the AMS has
^received approximately $100 000 revenue per year from Coca Cola.
When the agreement took effect, the AMS was able to expand its programs and services, but now that this revenue has been fully incorporated into the budget, the AMS is dependent on it to maintain these services. This dependency on an outside commercial operation is not
appropriate, which is why Students for Students proposes to "pursue
alternatives to commercial funding of the AMS" by expanding our own
businesses.
The AMS is one of the only student societies in Canada that does not
provide funding for all its clubs. Clubs are probably the single biggest
contribution to student life - there are over ten thousand students
belonging to over 200 clubs on campus. In my opinion, because clubs
directly benefit such a large number and variety of students, clubs should
receive increased funding for conferences and activities tAMSIUPS
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1) How do you ensure students' voices are heard on the Board of Governors?
2) The BoG is prepared to pass a controversial motion and the AMS publicly opposes it; however, the majority of students you've spoken to directly are in favour of the BoG proposal. How would you vote and why?
3) How will you communicate the issues discussed by the BoG with the students you represent?
David Borins [Action Now]
IMy experience as past AMS External .Affairs
Coordinator, aAMS President and as a current member
of BoG will help to make students' voices on BoG heard.
I have consistently spoke out on issues that concern the
UBC student body. For example, last year I initiated the
motion calling for a referendum on the Student
Technology Fee. I also initiated a successful motion calling for policy on corporate deals at the University. On
aAPEC, I spoke strongly against holding the leader's
meeting at UBC. The best way to be influential on Board
is to be well prepared and speak out at Board meetings.
2If the aAMS actually took a position, I would take it into consideration. However,
the opinion of students I've spoken to would definitely play a greater role. When
controversial motions arise at Board the way I decide how to vote is by talking to
as many students possible, I then consider the discussions I've had and vote
according to my conscience. I attempt to make my decision by considering the
way the motion will affect the interests of students and how the motion will serve
the interests of the university. Although the AMS council may help to shape my
opinion, I have never and doubt I will ever feel obligated to vote according to AMS
positions.
3Last year I gave detailed, regular reports of Board issues at AMS Council meetings. I
made an effort to speak at any university related events I was invited to. I also was
available to students by e-mail and telephone. Furthermore, I kept regular hours at the
Gallery Lounge where I discussed Board events with students. This year I want to
increase my communication with students by writing a detailed report of each Board
meeting. I hope that the AMS will post this report on the new communications board
in the North stairwell of SUB.
James Pond [Action Now]
IThe first step to ensuring that students' voices are
heard on BoG is to communicate with students
(see question 3). I will then be informed of their
views which I can express at Board meetings. In the
event of upcoming, controversial decisions I will
endeavour to have interested students attend the
meetings and will take petitions and letters directly
to BoG. I will go to great lengths to ensure that the
interests of students are represented. For example, I
am now involved in legal action against the university over fee increases for all students. I believe that
being a member of BoG will allow me to represent the students' needs even more
effectively.
2It would be unfortunate for this type of situation to arise since students' views
should be supported by the aAMS. If it were to occur, and I truly felt that a majority of students strongly supported the BoG proposal, I would certainly vote in
favour of it. The duty of a student member of BoG is to represent students, not the
AMS, and to take decisions which will improve the quality of the university and
student life.
31 believe that communication between students and their representatives on
the Board of Governors is essential. To ensure that students' voices are heard,
I plan: to hold regular office hours when students can come and talk with me
about Board issues; to set up a Web site with information about previous and
upcoming Board meetings; to encourage students to contact me through e-mail;
to attend AMS and GSS meetings regularly; and, most importantly, to actively
inform students or groups of students who will be directly affected by upcoming
decisions and to encourage them to attend the relevant Board meetings.
Jennie Chen [Independent]
ITo ensure students' voices are heard, it is a priority
to communicate with Student Council and the students-at-large. Adequate student consultation
should occur at the Board level, committee level, and
among the general student population especially on
serious issues such as tuition, the development of
campus, and academics. Students are encouraged to
attend Board meetings and conversely, I would ask
Board members and university administrators to
come on out to meet their own students. With a campus this large, we must find innovative ways to communicate.
21 would vote on behalf of the majority of students on campus. Students are
the primary reason the university exists and it would be wrong of me to
ignore the sentiment expressed by the general student body. We have 30 000 of
the most intelligent people in the country at UBC, and I have faith in UBC students to generate their own opinions. My job would be to listen, to consider,
and to act.
3As the AMS Director of Administration for the last two years, constant contact
with a multitude of student organizations has provided me with a lively network of communication. Soliciting opinions from students across campus at club
meetings, AMS Council, or the person sitting next to me in class is what I have
always done, and will continue to do. I encourage anybody on campus to come
speak with me about anything or simply have coffee.
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1982. Inflation has caused the value of the
fee to drop by more than 60% from what the
membership initially intended. To protect
against future inflation, I want the annual
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BC Consumer Price Index starting from
January, 1997 baseline.
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1) What do you plan to bring to Senate and why is student
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2) The governing body of the proposed BC Technical University
has been designed without a Senate. As a result the UBC
Senate has publicly opposed the Tech U. Why is a Senate
important in a university?
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Senator-at-Large
IB If I were elected to Senate, I
1 feel that it would be important to provide students with a
pleasant academic environment. As a result, I plan to
strengthen the accuracy and
standard of teacher-course evaluations, and to improve the
conditions of many damaged and old buildings on
campus. Furthermore, I am determined to enhance
students' accessiblity to campus computer and technological facilities. More importantly, the Senate is representative of ALL the students on campus as a whole;
therefore, it is essential to encourage students to be
proactive in this decision-making process. The key to a
successful Senate is to REPRESENT the students, and I
intend to generate as much student input as possible.
iThe Senate is an extremely vital part of any educational institution; it actively and intimately deals with
the academic concerns that the University and its students are currently facing. The decisions that are made
can ultimately affect present and future students. It is
therefore crucial to have a strong Senate body that can
make quick, sound judgements. With my extensive
experience in the .AMS and community, I feel that I am
capable to diligently tackle many ofthe present academic issues. I would definitely place a strong emphasis
in ensuring that students' concerns are represented in a
mature, efficient, and responsible manner.
Karen Sonik [Independent]
Senator-at-Large
■fj Senate, as a purely academ-
II ic body, is the ideal forum to
bring up issues affecting
UBC's academic life. Some
issues I would like to see discussed in Senate are: the government's requirement that
UBC service more students in
an already overcrowded environment as well as
with inadequate funding, directly leading to
increases in class sizes and a decrease in the number of courses available. It-is extremely important
that students get involved in Senate as the priority
at UBC, at any learning institution, is education,
and the purpose of Senate is to safeguard, and
improve—if possible, the quality of the education
provided.
«|The importance of an academic body, such as a
finSenate, is of fundamental importance to any university because the mandate of Senate is to safeguard the
academic rights and interests ofthe students. Without
a Senate, students would be hard put to find a chance
to get involved in or voice concerns about the policies
that affect the course and quality of their educations,
especially as it is only through Senate that you can be
appointed to the various committees such as
Curriculum, Awards, and even fhe Library Committee,
which deal with issues directly relevant to students.
Chris fionnan [Independent]
Senator-at-Large
1 There are many issues that I
wish Senate to consider; however, I will only write on one as
space is limited. Having been a
member of Senate for the past
two years, I feel that this issue is
imperative, and needs to be
addressed immediately. Last
year, I was the editor of The Yardstick, the AMS teaching
evaluations guide. I found it very difficult to get co-operation from all Faculties. I have done some extensive work
and research on making the publication of teaching evaluations mandatory, and wish to see it addressed at the
Senate level when it becomes appropriate. Student
involvement in Senate allows students to positively make
a difference in the university lives of their peers.
In October, I formulated and presented the motion
that deplored the creation of the BC Technical
University. I did this for many reasons; one was the
concern of TECH-BC not having a Senate. The primary concern for universities without Senates is that
Senates provide appropriate safeguards for academic
freedom. Academic freedom is what makes universities unique institutions since it allows for minimal
influence from government, corporations, etc. on academics. .Also, Senates allows students the opportunity
to provide valuable input on existing and proposed
academic policies, the University's curriculum, and
other academic related services such as the Library.
Neena Sonik [Independent]
Commerce Senator
11 have spent the past year on
I Senate and an issue which I
am currently working on and
would like to continue pursuing next year is obtaining transcript recognition for inter-faculty minors. Under the current
system, Commerce students
who have completed the electives for a minor in, say,
Psychology will only receive a letter from the Faculty
of Arts corifirming their minor. I am working to draft
a motion, which, if passed by Senate, will grant students a notation ofthe minor on their transcript:
Student involvement in Senate is critical because
Senate is responsible for all academic policy at UBC.
Academic policy is the one thing which has a direct
effect on every single student at this university.
Student input ensures student concerns are not only
heard by the university aclministration, but that they
are also addressed.
WThe university Senate is the watchdog of academic
■■■freedom within a university. It is necessary to ensure
that academic interests are not compromised in favour
of political or commercial interests. While Senate is composed prirnariry of those people at a university most
qualified to make academic decisions universities without a Senate may find their academic policy dictated by
the government or by the university's Board of Governors
rather than people experienced with academic issues.
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Commerce Senator
Iff I am elected the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Adniinistration's student representative to Senate, I
plan to pursue the following goals: 'Smaller and more
manageable classes. 'Improved course availability.
•Latest learning technology. •First-rate learning environment •Accessible instructor evaluations. •Widespread
career development •Co-operative education programs.
Student involvement is of utmost importance because
this is the only way that the student populace of UBC will be fairly represented. Also, this is the only way that their best interests will be upheld and that
their perspective will always be taken into account.
EThe Senate is important in a university because it ultimately is the body which
decides all issues of academic governance, Universities are institutions of higher learning. When people attend university, their foremost aim is to get something
more than high school or college and to prepare themselves for the fiiture. That
is, they come to university with expectations of higher academic standards. They
expect superior instructors, people that are genuinely knowledgeable in their
respective fields. They expect improved learning environments and the latest in
learning technology. They expect courses and facilities which will prepare them
for their future careers. Not much of this is possible without a body to oversee academic operations. Hence the need for a Senate in the university.
iiflaifiieu "Frenchy" HAaflei [Radical Beer Faction]
Senator-at-Large
1 Today, students are unaware of what is happen-
1 ing at the university. Although the U.S. government thinks otherwise, Iraq is building a rail gun on
the roof of the SUB. Myself and the RBF, pledge to
put an end to this defiance of U.N. resolutions by
getting all the people who are working on this project drunk. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol
must become part of the curriculum so as to prevent the reactionary elements of our society from ever taking power. We
must fight against the Dark Forces with all the might we can muster, and
beer has been repeatedly proven to promote peace, love, and cooperation in all strata of society.
^Senate is'important because it unites people in a large, loving group of
&people. Love is the all-important factor in society. And it has been scientifically proven that love is most easily achieved through the drinking
of many beers (although it takes away the ability, which is why the
Internationa] Conference on the Status of Women promoted beer drinking as the best contraceptive.) If the RBF (of which I am a proud, albeit
drunk, member) is elected to office, I will work towards the promotion of
beer drinking on campus and towards the lowering of all beer prices.
Monte Zuniga [Independent]
Senator-at-Large
1 The issue of APEC and the way the student stu-
I! dent protests were handled. Many would have
liked to have seen more accountability and support
on the part ofthe university by allowing students to
express themselves vis-a-vis the visiting heads of
states. I would like to encourage senate to address
this concerns and to draft codes of procedure by
which the university and campus security would
abide by to protect students' rights in the future. Another issue that I
would like to be supportive of is that of the regulation of tuition fees based
on the inflation rate or CPI for BC.
Needless to say student involvement is essential if we want to be truly
heard by decision making bodies.
The importance of senate lies in its democratic nature since senates
are forums where different points of view and interests are discussed
and considered when drafting important decisions. They are a vehicle for
members of constituencies there-in represented to express their concerns. In our senate the 16 elected student senators ( about 19% of total
membership)have a valuable opportunity to have a say in fundamental
decisions affecting the lives of the students of UBC.
The following candidates for senate were unavailable for interviews:
At Large: Alexander Chui. Applied Science: Jordan Kuo*. Arts: Ben Liu*. Commerce: wm Au Yeung; James Kwong. (Education: Michael Edwards*, graduate Studies: Vighen
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The student representatives to the Ubyssey Publications Society
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President:
l)This year marks the Ubyssey's 80th aniversary. What do you think would be an appropriate celebration?
2) What do you see as the relationship between the UPS Board of Directors and the editorial board?
Directors:
1) What issues do you feel will be important to the society in the year to come?
2) What do you see as the relationship between the UPS Board of Directors and the editorial board?
Ryan Allworth - UPS Director
IThe paper's campus presence and its effective representation of the student body still remain the immediate issues facing the paper. Student's and alumni
should be proud that the Ubyssey has been alive and well
for eighty years now. .   ~
2The relationship between the UPS Board of Directors
and the editorial board is an autonomous one. The
board and its members are supposed to facilitate the
paper without meddling in the daily affairs ofthe editorial board.
Gordon Fitt - UPS Director
IWith the recent instillation of a new university president, UBC, as well as many other Canadian post-secondary institutions, is facing some important changes.
Martha Piper has big plans for UBC's future. The society
has an important role in keeping the UBC community
objectively informed as to what those changes will be
and how those changes will effect us individually, educationally, and financially. In addition, I feel that many
ofthe issues facing the society in the upcoming year will
be focused on the changing role of Canadian universities and the changing student dynamic.
2 The UPS board of Directors serves an important adrninistrative role for the society.
By making necessary budget, distribution, and staff decisions the board of Directors
leaves the editorial board free for the task at hand; the day to day creation and editing
of a quality campus publication. Although both boards work together toward a common goal their efforts are essentially separate. The editorial board is free from the
administrated tasks ofthe Board of Directors and the Board of Directors has no editorial influence on the society.
Craig Bavis - UPS President
IAn appropriate celebration would be one that informs,
involves, and returns as much to the campus community as possible. Readers should be aware ofthe role that
the Ubysseyhas played in the university's foundation and
development and how it has contributed to academic
and social debate and change. a-\n 80th celebration
should involve as many people as possible, including our
readership and present and former staff, and not be limited to a single event but include offering a scholarship or
bursary fund for UBC students, publishing special issues,
and sponsoring social events for all students and staff.
|The relationship between the Board and the editors is one of mutual respect and cooperation. Both groups cooperate to ensure that the goal of the society, publishing the
Ubyssey, is met by exercising authority over exclusive areas of jurisdiction. The Board is
responsible for the adnurustrative and financial aspects ofthe society, ensuring that the.staff
has the resources, such as equipment and money, to publish the paper. The editorial board
detenriines the content of the paper and organizes the writing and production of the
Ubyssey. Strong communication and cooperation is ensured by having the Coordinating
Editor and two staff members sit as voting members ofthe Board.
f&n&B KummoSo - UPS Director
11998 marks the Ubyssey's 80th anniversary. Both the edit
torial board and the Board of Directors should work
together to celebrate and promote our history. The recruitment and training of new writers and production staff is
always important and should continue to be in the upcoming year. Training is crucial to niaintaining the high standard of professional and creative production at the Ubyssey.
2Essentially, the Board of Directors should be concerned
with the long-term goals of the society, rather than
overseeing day-to-day activities of the Ubyssey staff. It is
important for the UPS Board member to be aware ofthe
history of the newspaper, including the past relationship between the paper and the
Alma Mater Society. Finally, the Board of Directors should be well-versed in the by-laws
and budget of the society in order to offer guidance and suggestions to the editorial
board. An effective board should be present in an advisory role, only intervening when
circumstances arise that are beyond the scope ofthe editorial board.
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Oasis: beware now?
TAKE ME THERE: OASIS, THE STORY
By Paul Mathur
Bloomsbury Paperbacks
 by Bruce Arthur
Books about rock n' roll stars tend to fall
into clearly demarcated, and often equally
nauseating, categories. There are the ones
written from afar, relying on whispers of
gossip and third hand accounts of incidents that if they did not actually happen, could have happened. There are
the press release specials, which
tell you what the band did, and
where and when they did it, followed by the author's own opinion—in other words, everything that you would know if
3*ou maniacally tracked a
band through the media.
Then, there are the "insider"'
books—usually written by an
author handpicked by the
band in order to portray
them in the most positive
and marketable fashion possible.
Well, this book manages to
be an insider's book with a
rather   distinct   twist.   Since
Mathur has been chromcling
Oasis' unavoidable rise to ever-present superstar status since their
inception, the Gallagher brothers trust
him. He not only travels with the lads, but
has extensive chats with them, parties with
them, and wakes up the next morning with a
rratriiing hangover.
Take Me There chronicles the band's rise
from obscurity in the working class Manchester
suburb of Burnage straight through to the release
of their current album, Be Here Now. As one
would expect, it focuses almost entirely on Liam
and Noel Gallagher, while reducing the rest of the
band to background noise—rather like the band's
songs do. Liam is portrayed as a fiery knight-
errant tearing up the world with a pint in each
hand, at once brash and secretly complex. Noel,
for his part is seen by Mathur as the driven, no-
nonsense songwriting genius whose songs are
timeless classics before the ink dries on the page.
Between the band's affinity for Mathur and
his getiiog-in-on-the-ground-floor credentials,
The book
manages to be
an insider's book
with a rather
distinct twist
Take Me There
chronicles the band's
rise from obscurity in
the working class
Manchester
suburb of Burnage
straight through to
the release of their
current album.
Be Here Now
this book allows a pretty full picture of what it's
really like to be in the most obnoxious,
omnipresent band there is. Frequent infighting,
particularly between brothers Liam and Noel, is
duly chronicled ("cue the inevitable fistfight") —
although when the fighting moves from
between Liam Gallagher and his songwriting
brother to between liam and tie band's first
(irurnmer, Tony McCarroll, Mathur wisely sides
firmly on the side of the band's front-man He
knows where the money will come from, and
pissing off liam Gallagher is not, in his business, a wise move.
What Mathur achieves is a book that both
reveals and revels in the Mancunian excess and
scruffy charisma that the Gallagher brothers
enjoy. Serious indiscretions involving drugs and
violence are notoriously glossed over, while
rock 'n roll hijinks and wildness are celebrated as being just part of
what makes these guys so
damn ("harming. One series
of events at a Portsmouth
hotel where the band "managed to fill a swimming pool
with chairs, steal several
hundred quids' worth of
booze, [and] get into a fight
with half the other residents," for instance—Mathur
descibes Oasis as having
been in "admirably tar-hinged form."
Therein lies the problem
with Take Me There. Oasis'
rise is an interesting story,
but Mathur   comes off as a
fawning sycophant swept up
in the glamour of hanging out
with Oasis, which he considers
by book's end to be "arguably one
of the ten most important rock
bands in musical history."
Mathur does give their poor
performances fair reviews ("the
{iig was a complete shambles"),
but still considers the lads akin to
gods. This man believes Oasis to
be about the greatest thing since
the inception of oxygen. The book
is worth reading if you're a fan—not only will you
identify with Mathur's slavering adoration, but
you'll come to share it with him. He is, for a rock
critic, a talented writer.
But if you don't share his stated belief that
"there could never be anything better" than five
guys from Manchester playing obvious guitar
songs, you'll find yourself wanting to vomit all
over this book more than once.**
Fallen does not add up that well
FALLEN
At theatres everywhere
by Holly Kim
A fallen angel tries to destroy hurnanity. No, I am
not talking about "Paradise Lost," it is the premise
ofthe movie Fallen. Denzei Washington grabs his
magnifying glass and takes on the role of
Detective John Hobbs. Hobbs is caught in the
middle and must save civilisation from the evil
forces that be.
This is a hard movie to follow if you have no
information beforeliand. The story is muddled
and confusing and it isn't until mid-way through
that a plot becomes apparent It's all action and
mayhem, and the audience is as puzzled as most
ofthe characters in the movie. But then suddenly
the writers and the cast get their act together, and
the message unfolds.
There isn't anything spectacular about the acting, but at least all the major characters are familiar. The stars play the parts they're famous for. At
least it's something to hold onto throughout the
film.
Denzei Washington plays the -famify-loving,
justice-protecting, responsibflity-driven, scared-
of-nothing cop. Sound familiar? It's a role remarkably similar to the one he plyed in Devil In a Blue
Dress. Washington is good in this 'good guy' role,
even if he is playing it safe by avoiding a challenge. And Washington's steady character is necessary to pull us through this edge of your seat
movie.
John Goodman also stays close to home with
his good guy image. He's charming as Jonesy,
sidekick to Hobbs and comic relief to this otherwise heavy and fast-paced story.
I would have been more satisfied if the actors
had been fresh faced instead of recycled.
There was a sense of deja vu throughout the
movie. I couldn't help thinking I've seen these
cops before." Then I learned that my 'spidey senses' were not wrong. Greg Hoblit the director of
this movie, directed NYPD Blue. With Fallen
Holbit proved he can make the jump to the big
screen with ease.
Although I am not the biggest fan of this kind
of the fantasy/detective/horror/suspence/sci-fi
movie, or whatever you call it I must admit that I
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But life at home hasn't dulled
his inspiration, if his new work's
any indication. Turner takes on
the Canadian literary canon in a
twelve page chapbook. Titled
Survivial, after Margaret Atwood's
Survival, it sees Turner taking a
bunch of epigraphs from
Canadian writing, twisting the
quotes, throwing in a heavy dose
of language poetry, and devoting
it "to the victims of a national literature everywhere."
Survivial was done partly as a
reaction to the bizarre fashion in
which Survival was reissued. In
1997 MacLellan Stewart published Survival exactly as it had
been issued by Anansi in 1972,
with the same addresses to the
same defunct literary organisations in the back.
Turner felt that Survival reissuing was symbolic of the stagnancy of Canadian writing in
general.
"I've always been more drawn
to the avant garde. There's really
very little avant garde writing in
Canada, I read it, I check into it all
the time, but it's a writing that
works on a certain level and it
shares something more with visual arts than it does with popular
writing in general."
The visual arts could provide
the new direction for Turner's
work. He's got a role in an upcoming movie based on a Michael
Ondaatje story. He's also been
commissioned to write the screenplay on a piece of fiction by a now
famous Canadian writer—Turner
wouldn't say more than that.
"I feel I belong more to ideas
and I go to where the ideas are
and I got to different media
because certain media are playing
with certain ideas and visual and
media arts. I think that's where
it's at now. The ideas that they're
working with, I don't find them in
Canadian lit*
Turner will soon be showcasing those ideas. The Vancouver
International Writers Festival has
commissioned him to select a
silent film and write a poem to
read over that film While travelling in the US last year, Turner
bought a bunch of 1960s Super 8
black-and-white porno stag films
and he'll use those as raw material for the January 25 Pacific
Cinematheque screening. "I've
gone and constructed basically
this 8 minute porno loop and written a poem over it and I'll read
that in front ofthe projection."
With the shift in Turner's writing, he could now be writing for a
different audience. But that doesn't appear to be the case. When
asked who he's writing for,
Turner takes a moment to
respond. When he does, it's with a
slight frown.
"Probably me.'*
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PAINT IT BLACK: the Goddess wil! get a
makeover, tara westover photo
Goddess of
Democracy
to get face lift
  by Chris Tenove
After six weeks of confusion, AMS
workers have finally been cleared to
clean layers of APEC-related vandalism from the Goddess of Democracy.
UBC Human Resources confirmed
last week that maintenance of the
statue falls within AMS jurisdiction,
nearly ending a stand-off between the
AMS, UBC Plant Operations, and
CUPE local 118.
And in a compromise yesterday
union officials agreed to let UBC Fine
Arts professor, Richard Prince repair
fhe statue as a union painter watches
to learn the process.
The statue in front of SUB,
drenched in black paint with a painted green sash over her left shoulder
and painted red lips, has been an eyesore and an embarrassment to many
at UBC.
Vandals painted the statue—a
replica of the pro-democracy protester's statue destroyed in Tiananmen
Square in 1989—several times before
and at least once after the Asia Pacific
Economic Leaders Meeting held at
UBC on November 25.
Prince said the job won't be easily.
'It's going to be a long and tedious
process/ said Prince, who this summer repaired a hole that someone
burned through the statue. He said
this time the clean up will probably
involve power washing, then using
chemical solvents and restoration
tools.
'It's a shame the statue isn't left
alone to speak as a voice...but I suppose it's inevitable that a statue with
different cultural resonances is going
to be a site for controversy. I just wish
the controversy wasn't quite so damaging to the statue, that's all.'
Barry predicted the cost of repairs
will run over $600 depending on how
deep the paint has penetrated the
sculpture.*
Sometime at the end of this month, a thicMsh document will land on the desk of Dan Miller, minister of
Employment and Investment. More than just a
bureaucratic memo to be lost among a political paper-
stack, this report will be particularly significant It will
contain a prescription for the deregulation of British
Columbia's electricity market and it will recommend
the rjismanfling of BC Hydro.
Created in 1962 by the provincial NDP government, BC Hydro supplies electricity to nearly
every person in the province. 32 hydroelectric
dams around the province crank out 90 per cent
of its generating capacity. From these facilities
electricity is piped along 72,000 km of transmission wires to local distribution systems. The
system provides BC residential customers with
the lowest electricity rates in Canada.
As a Crown corporation, BC Hydro is regu-
by Dale Lum to private companies. The report also recommends
fransfemng Hydro's transmission and distribution functions to a separate, pubhclyowned -company. Under the
report's time frame, mdustrial customers would immediately be able to buy up to 50 per cent of their electrici-
ty from private utilities. By 2001, industrial consumers
could buy all of their electricity on the open market
The report states that "the benefits for consumers
include greater choice,  customer responsiveness,
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market monopoly. Last year the province was the
recipient of $339 million in hydro profits, Including
other payments such as taxes, dividends, and water
licenses, the total return to the pro\*ince last year was
approximately $743 million.
By these standards, BC Hydro has been a successful
venture for the provincial government, but it's a venture that likely wouldn't fly today-in a modern economy
that shuns public investment BC Hydro's expensive
megaprojects on the Columbia and Peace Rivers during
the late 60s and 70s would be considered too costly
today, at a time when publicly-funded institutions are
facing severe cutbacks. For public utilities worldwide,
the trend is away from public ownership and towards
private ownership and competitive markets.
In 1995, the BCUC issued a report calling for
reforms to BC's electricity market In March 9 7, Miller
appointed a provincial task force to investigate the possibilities of market reform and to present a proposal.
Task force advisor Markjaccard submitted the second
draft ofthe proposal on December 19.
The first paragraph of the report states, "The
Stakeholders on the Task Force were unable to reach
consensus on the basic components of the electricity
market reform in BC jaccard, who is a professor of
Resource and Environmental Management at SFU,
chaired the BCUC when it issued its recommendations
for reform. Impeded by the task force's lack of consensus, jaccard wrote the task force proposal, representing what he calls a "middle ground* between the
differing opinions.
In the report, he proposes deregulating Hydro's
monopoly and opening the mdustrial electricity market
lower prices and less risk." jaccard feels that large utilities which integrate electricity generation, long distance transmission, and local distribution are no
longer the most efficient or cost effective. According to
the report smaller private companies using new technology can deliver services more effectively than BC
Hydro presently can. "With the demise ofthe rationale
for monopoly in generation, there is no justification
for preventing buyers and. sellers of electricity from
trading with each other if they wish to do so," it says.
The other key proposal in the report is the designation of power transmission and distribution to a new
public company called "BC Grid". The idea is to allow
other companies equal access to these facilities, and to
"free" BC Hydro so it can be an 'effective competitor."
One of the guidelines outlined by the province lo
the task force was that BC Hydro must remain publicly-
owned. Jaccard's report asserts that although portions
ofthe company will be dismantled, the public will still
retain control of its generating facilities. It also states
that other goals, such as rriaintaining equal prices for
all regions ofthe province, and job creation, are met
While the ideas of substantial market reform,
appeal to many on fhe task force, particularly those
representing industry, others object strongly to dis-
mantling what they see as a great resource to the
province. Last Saturday, the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives and the Institute for Governance
Studies at SFU hosted ibeir "Power Grab" conference
on the future of BC Hydro.
Power Grab was held at the SFU Haibour Centre
and attended by about 100 academic and industry
types. Speakers addressed topics like increased competition, the environment, social issues, and communities.
"People in BC are well served by BC Hydro and it's
not likely that this type of change will be popular with
the general public. So all the hype about consumer
choice, I think, is not likely to appeal to the general
public," says Maijorie Griffin Cohen, a professor of
Political Science and Chau of Women's Studies at SFU.
As a former BC Hydro board member, Cohen says
that there are problems with the power utility, but feels
that these do not justify "enormous measures." She
says the reasons being given for reform may apply to
other places such as California, but not to BC. In
California, prices are twice those charged by BC Hydro,
and Californian Hydro companies are mainly dependant on fossil fuels and nuclear power. BC, however,
has some of the lowest electricity rales in North
America. And hydroelectrici'iy, although destructive to
environrnental habitats, does not produce greenhouse
gases.
Cohen states that BC Hydro has lowered its operating costs since 1987. She also notes that Hydro's level
of efficiency is among the best in North America.
Cohen is wary of the "middle ground" stance claimed
by Jaccard. She says that his plan will open the door to
full retail competition and eventual privatisation of BC
Hydro. "Competition is not a halfway measure. Tlie
introduction of limited competition is a foot-in-the-
door approach which allows for a relatively small base
for the private sector initially, with the ultimate objective being the expansion of this base as much as possible," she says.
Under Margaret Thatcher in the late 80s, Britain
undertook sweeping changes of its public sector. Telephone, gas, and water companies were privatised,
mduding the electrical industry in March 1990. Since
then, electricity prices for most customers have gone
up and jobs have been lost, while utility company profits have soared. Cohen notes that one ofthe first effects
was the takeover of two-thirds of the industry by US
corporations.
Deregulation is further advanced in the US, where
Cohen says that free market competition has failed to
appear due to the private monopolies which have
replaced public ownership. She says this failure ofthe
marketplace is partly the result of predatory pricing,
in which a large, financially secure company
charges rates below cost to bankrupt smaller
companies out of the industry. Cohen refers to
an mterviow with John Hayes, Chairman ofthe
Board of Kansas Power and Light Hayes said
that only large corporations can "absorb
heretofore unthought-of losses of revenues
to competitors without experiencing significant damage to their overall financial
well-being."
Tne ability of very large mternational
corporations to engage in predatory pricing should not be underestimated/ says
Cohen.
Alex Netherton, a political economist at SFU and a
Research Associate of the Institute for Governance
Studies, agrees. "I think that British Columbia is headed on a policy course which will seriously deprive her
citizens of their effective control over energy
resources."
Netherton feels that the economic and political dominance of the US in North aAmerica means that US policy, such as the 1992 Energy Policy Act, forces sympathetic changes in. Canadian policy. He says Canada's desire to export electricity to the US gives the US the means
to make changes to the Canadian domestic market
Netherton says our governments are embracing
the same policies that led Thatcher to privatise large
portions ofthe British public sector. These policies, he
says, are in. the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and
NAFTA. Despite J accard's report, Netherton says if BC
were to deregulate its electricity market, BC Hydro
would not be allowed to survive as a Jarge public utility because under free trade. Hydro's naturally low
rates would be labelled anti-competitive on the export
market. "Globalisation and new regional trade
regimes such as NAFTA have dramatically changed
tlie concept of energy exports/ he says.
One of the warnings repeated throughout toe conference is that deregulation will lead to higher rates for
residential customers. One panelist draws an analogy
to the phone industry. Deregulation of the long distance market has lead to cheaper phone bills for businesses which mainly use those services. But as a
result, BC Tel has had to raise local phone rates for residential customers in order to remain profitable.
Jaccard s report might well be impUcitly admitting
that this is a valid comparison, since in his report only
industrial and large commercial customers are specifically said to benefit
In this context the words 'residential customer" are notably absent*
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Next week's election is about beer, 'co-operation,'
more beer and 'innovation.' At least that's what you
would flunk if, without a basic knowledge of UBC
student politics, you went to the sparsely-attended
AMS all candidate forum last Wednesday.
The Radical Beer Faction (RBF), a growing election tradition in UBC student politics, set the tone
early in the forum with their campaign platform of
12 cent beer available 24 hours at any AMS food outlet, turning the SUB art gallery into a drunk tank and
an offer of free cans of beer to anyone who asked a
question from the floor.
The Candidates in Black, meanwhile, promised to
put slot machines in the SUB concourse and a la
Preston Manning, to turn the council offices into a
bingo hall.
But the forum's format, which limited candidate
speeches and responses to audience questions to
one minute, left some of the audience members
unclear about what the different slates and candidates stand for.
One person asked the candidates to describe how
their platforms differed from each other.
Shirin Foroutan, the presidential candidate for
Students for Students, responded:
"Students for Students aren't here to rehash old
ideas, we set the innovation, we set the creativity,
the tone for this campus."
"We have accomplished a lot this year, sometimes not by jumping on what is being seen as the
political or public bandwagon. We take a leadership
role and we do it innovatively and creatively by
working with groups that have always been considered our enemies."
Vivian Hoffmann, presidential candidate for the
Action Now slate, said, "I saw my role as communicating with the different student groups that have been
very active on campus this year. I was the only AMS
executive who went to APEC-Alert meetings and talked
to people and found out what was going on—how we
can cooperate with students who are mobilising."
Hoffmann also outlined her support for students
who occupied past UBC president David Strangway's
office last year in protest of massive tuition increases
for international and professional students.
"Although it's important that we build ties and
cooperate with the university it's important that our
first priority is supporting students at UBC and
around the province/ Hoffmann said.
None of the candidates mentioned the words
left' or 'right' however, and the absence is significant. Hoffmann's Action Now slate is linked to the
provincial NDP party while Foroutan's Students for
Students has ties with the Progressive Conservatives. And Foroutan's and Hoffmann's subtle barbs
at each other were based as much on their political
preferences as on their stormy personal relationship this past year as AMS executives.
The AMS elections administrator, Karen .
said the forum was worthwhile, despite its foci:
beer. "Although some of the questions did degi
ate into a joke, it did shed some light on when-
candidates stand. It also showed students thai
elections don't have to be the staid and serious imt
cise that many see them as," said Vlug.
And the candidates did make promises on s.**iik
of the issues. To the question of whether the .i'■•*■:-
should sign more partnerships or monopoly deai.-
with corporations, Action Now finance candidal.*
Sandra Matsuyama said she would develop guide
lines and an endowment fund for all funds coming
from future deals.
Students for Students finance candidate Graham
Senft said students shouldn't have their choice limited by corporate deals unless they support the decision. "If students want corporate money and the
AMS needs it, put it to referendum.'
And independent Jesse Sims said he would listen to
students before deriding whether to limit student choice.
On the issue of a proposal from the university to
raise student athletic fees by $3 per year for the next
five years for a $15 total increase, the candidates
were divided. The UBC vice president of student and
academic services, Maria Klawe, last week asked
AMS council to support the increase, which won't go
to a referendum.
Ryan Marshall of Students for Students said he
supported the proposal, both to save Athletics pro-
m
RBF giving back to students, richard lam photo
grams, which the fee would support, and because
students should trust their representatives to decide
on issues rather than deciding in referenda, he saidC
But Action Now candidate Oded Mizrahi said the
fee should go to a referendum. 'I think fees should
go to a referendum otherwise every time UBC needs
a little more money they will just take it from students," he said.
As for the RBFs Johari Thornton, anything to keep
UBC's football team on the winning track and the beer
flowing at the victory parties is a good thing.
Although he couldn't remember what position he
was running for, it was Thorton who got the loudest
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JANUARY 16,1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 26
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It was a dark and stormy afternoon, and the staff of
the Ubyssey was hudted in 24 IK when all of a sudden,
they realised it was January 23. Complaining about the
week they were about to leave behind they suddenly
remembered that it was the last day for the AMS elections. *Heck, maybe we should vote!' said Federico
Barahona, It was an easy decision for Bruce Arthur, who
like most of the reporters voted exactly as Sarah Galashan
instructed. Joe Clark in the moou for a 10 cent ale convince Jamie Woods to skip the vote and go for a bruskie.
John Zaozirny and Holly Kim decided to run as a slate and
convinced Chris NuttaU^mith to fill their president position, ftchelle Rae, in her usual sneaky style, quickly began
printing up false ballots and with the help of Ron
Nurwisah began stuffing the ballot boxes. But her helper
was soon slaughtered by Dale Lum in an effort to preserve the integrity of the AMS elections. After the ballots
were counted the slate of Ed Yeung, Chris Tenove and
Tara Westover-headed by the presidential candidate Jeff
jakel were the victors. Shalene Takara was also
announced a winner but her position was revoked when
elections administrators realised people had tampered
with the ballots.
Don't vote: read on
Sometime during the 1980s when prayer in
school was sacred and ketchup was being considered a third time for approval as a 'vegetable' to save US money on school lunches,
there was an American network news special
about the ill-effect Ronald Reagan's policies
were taking on US children.
The voice-over was scathing.
But being network news, the program
depended heavily on flashy pictures and interesting footage, much of it being Rockin' Ronnie
surrounded by happy, smiling children. The
next week Reagan's people called the network
with profuse thanks—for the pictures. It seems
his ratings shot up after the special.
A UBC poli sci professor has a basic, but
accurate system of predicting a political candidate's chances of winning an election. The first
thing you need is a good name, bigh up in the
alphabet Most ballots list candidates alphabetically and voters tend to have famously short
attention-spans. Next, the press. Any press will
do and quantity is almost as important as quality. Name recognition is everytiung.
A good photo is crucial. Incumbents do better. And a party affiliation is important
These lessons have a lot of currency around
UBC. It's election season and a young batch of
faces are preened and primed and plying their
names to nauseated classes and disinterested
passers-by.
a4mi we re urging you not to vote.
That came like a moral from a used car lot,
didn't it? Maybe it would be more responsible
to throw an addendum on our urging: If you
step up to a poll next week and glance at your
ballot with a lengthy Uuuuuuuuuh and a lackadaisical sigh, don't vote.
We're convinced that there should be more
to democracy than white teeth and a good
name. We're convinced that voters should be
informed of what their candidates stand for.
Of course we're preaching to the converted.
If you're reading this, you probably know
what's going on around campus, and you've
heard something of the people who want to
represent you. Maybe you vote.
But do more than just read this newspaper.
Read the posters and talk to people about campus issues like tuition fees, like corporate
monopolies, like student services. Make sure
you're not just voting for someone because you
met them once at a beer garden or they were in
your first year English class.
Democracy, even student democracy,
deserves to be more than a popularity contest.
Don't forget the voice-over.
APEC protesters
had it coming
Although the vast majority of press
coverage on the APEC protester
pepper-spray incident was very
sympathetic towards the demonstrating university students, the
demonstrators—trampling the
RCMP-instafled fence, charging at
the RCMP and attempting a "citizen's arrest' on Suharto and Jiang
Zemin—basically got what they
deserved
Not to be mistaken, I do not in
the least support the likes of the
despicable above mentioned leaders of Indonesia and China, respectively; however, one must realise
that if the chaotic protest had
instead involved anti-abortionist
demonstrators outside an abortion
clinjc, they could have, been beaten
by police and none ofthe dominating left-wing elements in the established press would have given a
damn.
The feet remains that the fence-
trampling students who got pepper
sprayed while protesting the APEC
conference would have deserved
sympathy had they not been so
fanatical
FrankG.Sterle
White Sock
Pacific Spirit
deserves support
Pacific Spirit Family and Community
Services is a valuable agency at the
University of British Columbia for a
variety of reasons. Firstly, it is an
important teaching agency. Every
year Pacific Spirit offers a number of
placement positions for students in.
the School of Social Work at UBC. Also,
there is a position for a student studying art therapy available. This year
three students in the Masters of Social
Work program are involved with the
agency. Pacific Spirit offers practicum
students a safe and flexible learning
environment Furthermore, there are
many forms of supervision available
which are aD useful resources for feedback and skill development The
agency also allows for the use of a variety of therapeutic models as it has
unique fetilities such as an art room
and a play room. Therefore,
practicum students enjoy the opportunity to work with a large age range
of clients dealing with a variety of
issues.
Pacific Spirit offers many unique
services to the University of British
Columbia student body. The agency is
open to student families living in student housing and all First Nations stu
dents and their families As well,
Pacific Spirit remains the only counselling agency on campus that offers
services to children in student fami-
lies. Another distinctive feature ofthe
agency is that the services it offers are
not time-limited. Furthermore, Pacific
Spirit is a nonprofit organisation and
all client services are free of charge.
After collecting over one thousand
signatures of support Pacific Spirit
Family and Community Services has
been permitted to have a referendum
asking for a stable core funding
source. The agency is only asking for
eighty-five cents per student to be set
aside in an attempt to secure their
future at UBC. In my opinion, this
would be a useful and cost effective
way of ensuring a healthy fiiture for
student families.
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January 20th
Stffi Si APEC protesters not a homogeneous group
 by Craig Jones
I have read with interest the ongoing debate in tbe Ubyssey over the APEC
protests and the government's response to them. Since I am personally
involved with one such event I have preferred to this point simply to enjoy the
intellectual repartee of democratic discourse without comment in these pages;
however, the recent article by fourthyear Poli Sci student Andrew Szabo
(January 13th), which devotes an inordinate amount of time to an apparent (if
somewhat confiised) attack on me, my integrity and motives, compels me to
respond.
It would be fun to simply respond to Mr Szabo's piece with an analysis of
his remorseless assault on the grammatical norms of the English language;
however, some of Mr Szabo's points, while quaint in their childlike simplicity,
nonetheless deserve consideration on their merits.
Part of Mr Szabo's logical problem is the self-
contradiction that peppers his writing. He says the
RCMP'viofeted many human limits" (para. l),yet
attacks those -who wish to seek legal redress for
those violations as purveyors of 'bullshit uncre-
ative, unsuccessful and taxpayer-milking" lawsuits (para 4). Worse still, he claims that lawsuits
'alienate... the intellectually gifted" students,
among -whom he, of course, counts himself (poor
grammar notwithstanding). I would respond by
asking Mr Szabo what course he would suggest for those whose "many...
rights' he agrees were "violated." I have often said that if anyone can suggest
any means short of legal action that will ensure that these violations are not
repeated, I will gladly adopt that route instead; I can assure you it would save
me a lot of time and money, neither of which I possess in great quantify.
Mr Szabo also criticises some ofthe 'tactics' used by protesters, such as "the
persontoperson violent nature of fence-ripping." Huh? Fourth year Poli Sci
must be the only place on earth where a student can define a fence as a 'person.' This would be a trite criticism if Mr Szabo had not in virtually the next
breath, said that on several occasions he himself was "seconds away" from
committing violent (and illegal) assaults on 'rude and unwelcome' protesters
in his classroom (para 3). Violence is OK, buthands off those fences! Not exact
ly Gandhi, our Mr Szabo.
Mr Szabo, returning to the 'perverse, crapshoot lawsuit' that I have
launched (I can only assume he refers to me, as mine is so fer the only lawsuit
@
and I am the only 'plaintiff"), claiming that if it drains valuable resources from
real court cases involving rape and wife-beating. There are a couple of points
to make here.
First I agree with Mr Szabo that persons -who wish to engage the legal
process should be respectful of the society -which will fimd of the suit and think
long and hard, as I did, about -whether the benefits to Canadians outweigh the
costs. .As I said earlier, show me an alternative as effective, and I will take it
But under Mr Szabo's paradigm, any lawsuit that does not deal with the most
extreme forms of violent crime should not be pursued, a simply absurd position that deserves no further discussion
Secondly, Mr Szabo uses the horrors of spousal abuse and rape to align
himself with the principle of "women's dignity and security.' Why does Mr
Szabo not comment on the feet that out of 50-odd protesters arrested on
November 25th, only the handful of female arrestees were strip-searched
before being incarcerated? Presumably, he is only interested in the 'dignity
and security' of women with whom he shares common political views.
Even in the fects Mr Szabo seems piteousJy confused. He suggests that protesters should have used "private" lawns as areas to
erect signs and stage protests," to avoid threatening
their "weltbeing" (para 2). Mr Szabo proposes this as
though this was not exactly what I did. My signs, my
lawn, my side ofthe security fence, in silent peaceful protest early in the morning. That's -what got me wrestled to the ground and bundled off for fourteen
hours.
By far the greatest deficiency in Mr Szabo's analysis is its oversimplification. The APEC protests were a complex series of events, and the protesters,
which Mr Szabo characterises as a homogenous group and refers to interchangeably with APEC-Alert members, were in feet driven by diverse motivations, drawn from across political and social spectra Mr Szabo's article drifts
between accounts of classroom protest the fence-pulling event and my lawsuit as though it was the same people involved in each. Did some protesters
on November 25th go too fer? Perhaps some did (I don't know, I was in jail at
the time). Society has recourse against those individuals; it's called the law.
Surely, it is not too much to ask that the same recourse be available -when it's
individuals within the police and the Prime Minister's Office -who exceed their
own legal authority.*
Craigjones is a unrdyoar law student and
a director ofthe BCCivfl liberties Assc<3atian
Applaud dissent, don't reject it
by Patrick Williston
I would like to make a few comments with
respect to Andrew Szabo's criticism of the APEC
protests. To begin with Szabo mentions the 'cop
mtimidating brute-man-force' tactics of protesters. Had he attended the protest he would have
been exposed to the professional intimidation
methods employed by the RCMP which include
guns, police dogs, pepper
spray, and the threat of arrest
Szabo makes several suggestions for more effective protests
such as protesting on the street
where motorcades would pass
by. As police have indicated,
they were enforcing a 100m
buffer from the motorcades. A
protest 100m away from a
motorcade travelling at 50 km/hr is plainly not a
worthwhile endeavor.
Szabo suggests using home owner/renter's
land to erect signs of protest A student was
arrested for doing that very thing. Furthermore,
are not public lands the most appropriate place
to voice public dissent?
'[Use] your brains a bit', urges Szabo, '[w]hy
not plan "sneak attack" demonstrations [?]'
Could he not suggest anything more threatening
to the police? Would anything provoke as much
violence from the police as a sneak attack?
Organisers of the APEC protests made it public
knowledge exactly where and when the protest
would occur so as to avoid any potential surprise
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(   Perspective
that would endanger the safety of those democratically voicing their dissent
Szaho refers to the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms as a guideline for what protesters
ought to consider in organising a protest I can
assure Szabo that the charter of Rights and
Freedoms were foremost in the protesters'
minds as they were arrested for holding placards, and being asked to sign release forms that
denied their freedoms of speech and
X^"""      ^V^'        assembly. As the Prime Minister's Office so
/^ S\       aptly demonstrated, the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms
only     applies
when it is not
needed.
That no one left Szabo's classes during
the 24 and 25 when protesters announced
the events that were occuring is a testament to the suppression of democracy in today's
society. Being a fourth year political science student Szabo knows that the root of democracy is
the Greek 'demos' whic means PEOPLE. A
democracy is a system of government by the
WHOLE POPULATION. In Canada we normally
express our democratic beliefs by having an election every four or five years. But in a democracy
the public should be encouraged to express their
views and should have their views received by
the governing body at all times, not just once
every four or five years.
Remember, democracy is government by the
whole population. Yet in Canada's 'democracy'
governments stack the senate to pass NaAFTA leg^
islation despite polls that show an overwhelming
majority of Canadians oppose the deal.
Governments elected on the platform to scrap
NAFTA and the GST, and to support healthcare
and education do the aimplete opposite. Charter
rights are stripped away so as not to embarass
political figures. Even those not in fourth year
political science can see that we have strayed
from the original intention of the meaning of
democracy.
Generally speaking, we are discouraged from
expressing our democratic rights, that is why students and faculty remained in classes (like 'good'
citizens), even political science students, while
the singly most important meeting of politically
influential figures in Vancouver's history
occurred right here on campus! It would appear
that the 'intellectually gifted' Szabo believes that
he gained a greater understanding of politics by
staying in class then by viewing (not partaking
in) the events that were occurring outside his
classroom window.
Furthermore, in today's political climate
political activists do not count on anyone's
attendance other than their own. It is not wise
to anxiously anticipate the attendance of individuals whose political gumption is consumed
by expressing 'uncreative' criticism to democratizing movements. However, that nearly
2000 faculty, staff, and students stood together
to democratically voice their dissent is something that this university can be proud of.<-»
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training starting in February. Free
of Charge. Offered to UBC
students, as part of counselling
psychology research. Please call
822-5259, mention "Shyness
Clinic" and leave your name.
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^ Jan 21-Feb 7,1998
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by Bertoll Bredrt
Mar 18-Apr 4
BC TEL STUDIO THEATRE
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by Caryl Churchill & David Lan
^ Feb 4-14,1998
Endgame
«^, by Samuel Beckett
^ Mar 11-21
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Go figure!
If just 1% more Caradians Mere physically
active, annual savings in health-care costs
"*A4 N- as much as $12,000,000.
«I 1997
Boa tightens her grip on West
 by Bruce Arthur
Jessica JMiHs is almost never called Jessica
Not by her coach not by her teammates.
UBCs thirdyear forward is just called Boa—
and though she's putting a stranglehold on
the rest of the Canada West (CW), the nickname has nothing to do with the snake. With
her giant bundle of tousled, curly red hair and
her abundant freckles. Boa stands for Big
Orphan Annie—as a child Mills was a dead
ringer. But her play on the court is anything
but childlike.
*I have a lot more confidence in -what I'm
doing on the floor,* said Mills. 'I trust myself
more and I think my team trusts me a lot
more.*
Already in the top five for scoring in the
CW, Boa exploded last weekend against the
Lethbridge Pronghorns with 45 combined
points in the weekend doubleheader, including a career-high 31 on Saturday. For that, she
was named CW female Athlete ofthe Week for
the first time at UBC. Where did this barrage
come "from?
When this season began. Mills was considered one of the top three offensive options
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Canada West at barely over 60 points per
game), but Boa has surpassed all expectations.
"I think last year we got glimmers of what
she was capable of" said Head Coach Deb
Huband. 'She works hard on her game, and
now her limitations are just sliding off*
Hying off is more like it She's third in scoring (17.1 points per game), first in field goal
percentage (65.9 per cent which also leads
the entire CIAU) and second in free throw percentage (83.3 per cent).
Boa is tough to defend for a number of
reasons. Her footwork in the post is solid, and
once Boa has the ball she has a strong turnaround jumper, various little halfhooks, and
up-andnnder fakes that make her a tough finisher around the basket *Boa has wicked
skills down low, and she busts her ass in transition every single time,* said third-year guard
lisaScharf
Mills does score a lot in UBCs precision
transition game—she runs the floor better
than most perimeter players.
'She's a lot faster than anyone who guards
her,* said guard JJ Raw*linson.
So what can Boa do to extend her grip on
opposing forwards? Well, she isn't satisfied
with being an insideonly player, and wants to
diversify her game.
'My outside shot [needs work], and I've
been working on it And my dribbling.*
As for the reasons for her game-bygame
improvement there are several factors at
work here. For starters, the foul trouble that
plagued her earlier in the year is history.
'She stays in the game,' laughed Scharf
'She doesn't pick up her five fouls [per
game].'
But for Boa, the number one improvement has been in her state of mind between
the lines.
'Mentally, I've made a big improvement'
said Mills. "Now I just, feel a lot better. I trust
what I'm doing a lot more."
Her teammates agree, andi believe that she
is primed to continue her outstanding play.
'At the beghining of the year, if she
screwed up once, she'd just stop,' said
Rawlinson 'Now, she'll just keep going.'-*
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1998 UBC TRANSPORTATION SURVEY
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL
UBC STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY
READ YOUR EMAIL STARTING
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 21 ST & WIN!
A "made in UBC" Strategic Transportation Plan requires
your input- Tuum est! On Wednesday, January 21st a letter
and questionnaire will be sent by the UBC TREK Program Centre
to all UBC e-mail addresses regarding the future of transportation
to, from and on the UBC campus.
Students, staff and faculty are urged to respond on this very important
issue to be eligible to win one of over $4,000 worth of prizes, including:
•1 of 2 'Trek" mountain bikes (total valued at over $1,200)
•1of 12 Monthly Transit passes to anywhere BC Transit
serves (total valued at over $1,200)
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Foundation (total valued at over $1,200)
°1 of 5 $20 Gift Certificates for Local Merchants
"1 of 4 $50 Gift Certificates for the UBC Bookstore
While telling us valuable information on how to make a "made in UBC"
Transportation Plan that works best for everyone, you'll be eligible to
win one of the 35 randomly drawn prizes above, to be awarded at
noon on Thursday, February 5th in the SUB Conversation Pit.
Be there!
All responses will be kept strictly confidential and used only for
transportation planning purposes, in accordance with UBC and
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Blank questionnaires will also be faxed to UBC students, staff and
faculty on request.
To find out more about the UBC 1998 Transportation Survey, the UBC
Strategic Transportation Plan and/or the UBC TREK Card Program,
feel welcome to contact Gord Lovegrove, UBC Director of
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