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The Ubyssey Sep 12, 2000

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by Matthew Fnesen
High profile performers I '
Chris Sheppard were among '   t
played at last week's back-to    '     1
entatiori events, but the A    i " ' r
Society (AMS) will not dis       •       .
much UBC students paid to 1 ■   A     '!
The student, council's yearly budget
allotted ai total of $41,425 to First Week,
UBC's new week-long series of orientation activities; The AMS also indicated
thajt a combination of revenue
sources—including student fees and
sponsbrship-^paid for the activities.
While AMS President Maryann
Adamec did say that most bands played
at First Week for free, the specific figures of performers' contracts remain
"It's an [entertainment] industry
standard. Performers work in a competitive business," Adamec said.
According to the AMS between 1200
and 1500 people were in attendance
for the events that featured the two high
profile performers, though some eyewitness reported a much lower attendance figure.
Tom Booth, AMS Coordinator of
Student Services, said the AMS atten-,
dance numbers were similar to those
reported by sponsors and members of
the performance staff.
Adamec also said that the AMS can-
hot anticipate if First Week costs will be
on budget because the costs are
dependent on sponsorship figures that
are not yet available.
First Week is the
first time an orientation   week   has
been held at UBC in -
the last ten years,
and included other-
activities such as an!,
improv theatre per^
formance,- a foot-
b    a '-:i.;: £■
tailgate- party,   ,aV
jazz   concert  ancV
Shinerama, a charity fundraising event
"The intention is to expose students
to different aspects of campus life,"
explained Adamec. She added that
because First Week activities do not
fociisCas much on alcohol, it differs
from traditional frosh weeks held at
universities in Eastern Canada.
In past years, the AMS' main back-
to-school social event was the Welcome
Back Barbecque, which excluded students under the legal drinking age
because the event was licensed for
This year First Week had non-drinking events such as an AH Ages Comedy
Night featuring comedian Roman
Danylo, which drew a crowd of 800.
First Week drew a number of
favourable comments from students
who attended the events.
"It is good for meeting people and
getting involved," said first-year student
Andrew Sinclair, an Edwin fan.
Lorraine Pond agreed. 'It is an excellent way to build community."
. Others students like Jason Leggatt
said he just wanted "free beer." ♦
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YOU CAN'T TOUCH THIS GUY: Canada West's offensive player of     ing theThunderbirds' home opener against the University of
the week, UBC fifth year receiver Brad Courts caught nine passes      Regina Rams. UBC won the game 33-30 after being down by ten
for a total of 170 yards and one touchdown last Friday night dur-      points early in the game, tara westover photo
Who owns UBC's words?
The National PostIs not the only one Thinking About It
by Maya Papineau
A pro-life group and a mathematical organisation are among those found to be associated
with UBC's trademarked phrase, 'Think About
It':        -
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
records show that the Vitae Society, a pro-life
group based in Missouri, trademarked "Think
About It" in October 1998 forcommercial use-
one year after UBC's claim to the phrase.
CIPO records indicate that the Vitae Society
sells "video and audio recordings relating to pro-
life activities and services." •'■'•,,-.,y:"
But a year later, the organisation voluntarily
abandoned the trademark.
,'■. According to Francis Petitclerc, a CIPO information officer, it is possible for two groups to
hold the same trademark.
"But the first group to register a trademark
has the right to contest any other uses of it It's
decided oh a first-come, first-serve basis,' he
Since February, the Pacific Institute for
Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) has been running
an advertisement that featured the statement,
"Mathematics is everywhere. Think about it'
Klaus Hoechsmann, the PIMS education coordinator who managed the ad campaign, said he
was not "aware that UBC had trademarked the
"We haven't been approached by UBC about
it, but we would take out the line from the ads if
they didn't like it Our intention was not to steal
their line," he added,
Jason O'Malley, a fourth-year creative writing
student, says he thinks that trademarking the
phrase is 'ridiculous.'
"It's such a common phrase. It can be used
for pretty much anything," he said.
But preventing infringement is the main reason UBC trademarked its slogan, says Barbara
Drysdale, a spokesperson for the university. UBC
has held the trademark since 1997.
"It's standard procedure for an organisation
to trademark a symbol or slogan attributed to it
- to prevent other groups from using it negatively,* she said.
A National Post advertisement which ran' in
an issue of Saturday Night magazine used the
'Think About If phrase. "The mark "THINK
ABOUT IT is owned by and used with the consent of the University of British Columbia," ran
underneath the ad.
InteUectual property laws grant owners the
right to receive payment if other groups use
their trademarks.   .     '        . }
According to Drysdale, however, UBC doesn't
plan to profit from seUing the rights to the sentence. "As, far as I know," she said, "this is not a
source of revenue for the university."
She told the Ubyssey that UBC did not receive
any monetary compensation from the National
Post for the use of the phrase. ■■'■
The CIPO said a trademark such as the one
held by UBC costs $150 in application fees. The
office has a record of 39 trademarks registered
by UBC, including" "Thunderbirds' and "TREK
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In the article, "Everybody in lawsuits" [Septembers], the Ubyssey erroneously reported that the
Center tor Bio-Ethical Reform- (CBR) filed a lawsuit against UBC over the events related to the
Genocide Awareness Project. While the CBR stated its intention to file suit against the university
last October, the lawsuit was never filed. Tlie Ubyssey regrets the error.
ja/i September 21st is World Car-free Day!
Make your mark by choosing a transportation alternative!   ^fcr TREK Program Centre 1 Improving Your Transportation
Welcome Back to School!
Improving Your Transportation Choices
New TREK Rideshare Program
Want company on the way to UBC? Sign-up for the new ridematching
service. Just go to www.trek.ubc.ca, click on the Commuter Connections link, and enter the requested information. You will then
receive the first name and contact number or email address for
potential carpool mates. Contact them to make specific arrangements, including pick-up points and shared costs. If you have any
questions, call 827-TREK or email us at ride.match@ubc.ca.
Service Improvements from TransLink
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running every 15-20 minutes until 8 pm.
® New 41 st Ave Express from Joyce Station to UBC every 15
minutes during peak hours Mon to Fri, and every 30 minutes at
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downtown Vancouver. /"   ..
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and additional peak service to and from Lougheed Mall (every 10
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5:38 pm from UBC.      *
$£ #480 will operate in both directions with more frequent peak
trips,some limited stop routes, and daytime service expanded to
every 30 minutes.
Transportation Update
U-TREK Card r
A universal transportation pass has been in the planning process for J
several years now. It will cost about $20, and its benefits to students will
• unlimited 3-zone travel on transit *
• carpool ridematching
• night time on-campus shuttle service
• subsidized vanpool fares
• secure bicycle parking
• reduced prices for occasional daily parking
• guaranteed ride home in the event of an emergency
• discounts on goods/services at many merchants
Sounds too good to be true? That's because it still has to go through a
referendum, so make your mark when a referendum is called, and mark
your choice for better transportation alternatives.
Class Time Shift
During negotiations with TransLink, a class time shift of half an hour was
suggested. What will this mean for students? 1/3 of the classes (mostly
lab sciences) will shift from an 8:30 to 8;00 start. The other 2/3s of the
student body will shift from 8:3Q to 9:00. The proposed change will be
presented to the Academic Senate at their September meeting.
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Health plan deadline extended
-  by Cynthia Lee
The deadline for opting out of UBC's
mandatory health and dental plan
has been extended to September
29, the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
announced last week.
"It (will) relieve some of the lineups at the last minute/ said AMS
President Maryann Adamec, who
explained that the change was made
because staff are already scheduled
to work until, then to process forms
This extension comes after
the original September 20 deadline
was extended for seven days to meet
obligations in the "contract between
' the plan provider, Student Care
Networks (SCN), and the AMS and
the Graduate Student Society (GSS).
The plan—which costs $168 per
year—was implemented last
January after a fall referendum
found students in favour of receiving mandatory medical coverage.
. Adamec said that the plan is
important because students as a
group are 'quite disadvantaged when
it comes to getting health care."
"If you don't have health care
through your parents, spouse or
employer, it's very expensive to buy
an individual health care plan,'
said Adamec.
Students only qualify to opt-out
of the plan if they already receive
insurance coverage for both extended health and dental care.
EXPRESS? HARDLY, Job action by city bus drivers forced many students to be late for the first
day of school. And some of them missed Imagine UBC And they were complaining about that?
Strange, but true. vjei. STRUCK photo
GAP decision made
___ by Alex Dimson
UBC has created a new category of
student discipline in light of an
appeal by a UBC student who was
involved in tearing down an anti-
abortion display last year.
Students who violate the university's code of procedure may now
receive a new notation on their transcripts, university officials decided
last week.
Previously, a student disciplined
by the university could receive a
notation of academic misconduct,
which would remain on a student's
permanent record for at least two
years after graduation.
The new notation—student misconduct—would remain on a student's record for two years from the
date the penalty was issued, regardless of whether or hot the student
had graduated.
The decision came in a hearing
for Erin Kaiser, the student who was
appealing a penalty assessed by
Kaiser and two other protesters
were found in violation of the code
after tearing down the controversial
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)
display in November last year. GAP
uses graphic photos to equate abortion with forms of genocide, including the Holocaust
Kaiser said the new notation,
which will remain on her record
until January 2003, is better than
the notation of academic misconduct
"It made it so that I can potentially go to law school. If I was going
to have academic misconduct on my
transcript, it was going to be impossible.'
In March, a President's Advisory
Committee on Student Discipline,
"which is composed of top UBC officials, recommended that the three
students be suspended for their
actions and receive a notation of
academic misconduct on their per-
menant records.
UBC's legal counsel, Dennis
Pavlich, said UBC penalised the students because, by tearing down a
student display, they disrupted the
right to freedom of expression.
"This is an academic institution
in which people are entitlted to
express their point of view...the
infraction here was a disruption of
an important university value—academic freedom. That's what this
issue is about"
Kaiser appealed the decision
shortly after, and last week the
Advisory Committee decided to
change the conditions of her punishment by reducing her suspension from seven to six months and
by placing the new notation on her
Kaiser said that while she is not
happy with the university's decision
to penalise her, she is prepared to
accept the university's decision. She
added that she believes her actions
were justified based on the controversial nature of the display. ♦
In January, 23 per cent of UBC
students opted out of the plan. At
that time, a number of students
voiced complaints about the inconvenience of the opting out'
But Adamec defended the opt-
out process. "It just takes a little bit
of time for the culture at UBC to
adapt to having the health plan and
knowing to go through that
First-time UBC students must fill
out opt-out forms and provide evidence of alternate extended health
and dental coverage.
Returning students who opted
out of the plan last January are not
required to show proof of coverage
again, provided that they are still
under the same insurance policy.
While he could not provide a total
figure for opt outs so far, Damian
Giesinger, service manager for the
AMS/GSS plan, said that over 400
students opted out last week.
Recorifirming opt-outs every year
may be an additional burden to students, but SCN Executive Director
Lev Bukhman said that it is standard
policy for health plans offered by
other Canadian universities.
"The benefits may change from
year-to-year. Students may lose coverage from year-to-year, so we just
ask. them that they have to reconfirm their opt-out status," he said.
Benefits this year have changed
for UBC students who go abroad on
an exchange program. The plan will.
now cover the entire length of an
academic exchange-a significant
increase from the 60 days of travel
insurance covered by last year's
Under the SCN plan, students
can get additional discounts if they
go to specific dentists who agree to
reduce costs for students.
This network came under fire last
January after the College of Dental
Surgeons of BC issued an advisory
notice to dentists warning them that
by joining a dental network they
could breach the act that governs the
professional conduct of BC dentists.
Such breaches include any
arrangement that would allow financial considerations to affect the dentist's judgment in offering treatment
and result in discriminatory billing
based on insurance coverage.
The notice prompted some dentists to withdraw from participation
in the plan.
But last week Bukhman said that
the organisation's concerns are misplaced and the discount is only applicable if a dentist voluntarily agrees.
"If [dentists] wish...to reduce
their fees for students...then we will
communicate that fact to students
about which dentists wish to help
He added that the number of
dentists participating in the network has increased to 35, compared to 18 when the plan was first
implemented. ♦
Late start for school
Bus drivers strike on first day
by Sarah Morrison
Instead of getting on the bus for the
first day of school last Tuesday,
many UBC students had to think of
alternate ways to get to school
because of a wildcat strike by
TransLink drivers.
Three hundred bus drivers
walked off the job at 4:30am
Tuesday, protesting the privatisation of a North Burnaby shuttle service. Transit routes around the entire
Lower Mainland were affected,
including buses going to UBC.
Ya-ting Chang, a first-year Arts
student, said that the strike forced
her to miss part of her first day orientation.
"That day, I was at the Broadway
Station at 7:40, and I didn't get on
the bus until 8:30, which was when
I was supposed to be here for my
[Imagine group]/ she said.
Buses originating from transit
garages iri Burnaby were not operating, including the 99 B-Line that
runs' to UBC. Because of this, buses
that did run to the university were
packed tight
"Getting to school was hellish.
The 99 wasn't ninning, and the 10s
were all full—three of them went
right by me,' said Negin MirriahL a
third-year linguistics student
"I was in line here for about half
an hour, and it was very frustrating
because I had to get to work."
The university had no programs
in place to assist students inconvenienced by the strike, but Debbie
Haryie, UBC's director of Bookstore,
Parking and Campus Security, said
that she did not notice any serious
"Because it was such an unexpected strike, we didn't have anything in place for it, but we didn't
really experience any major concerns. Our parking facilities were
able to handle the extra traffic,* she ;
said. r
The bus drivers were ordered
back to work by the BC Supreme
Court at 3:30pm on Tuesday, and
normal bus service resumed shortly
Unions and their workers are
concerned about a loss of jobs to.
non-union workers, created by the
privatisation of the North Burnaby.
shuttle service, as well as the risks to
safety and service they say this decision could cause.
"The reason for the strike on
Tuesday was the 139 route in
Burnaby Heights that has been contracted out to Benny's Taxi", said
Doug McLeod, president of the striking bus drivers' union, Canadian
Auto Workers Local 2500. Bonny's
Taxi Ltd is a privately owned company.
"If they continue to break
[TransLink] up to the lowest bidder
every time, I'm afraid they're going
to lose this quality of service," said
Barry O'Neill, president of the BC
division of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE).
McLeod says that while
TransLink has a collective agreement that says any work contracted
out has to be done under comparable pay and conditions, the bus drivers, technically employees of the
Coast Mountain Bus Company, have
no such agreement and therefore
are more vulnerable to job losses
from contract deals.
• But according to Mike Bellavy, a
spokesperson for Coast Mountain,
the new bus shuttle will create new
jobs. He also said that the bus drivers' strike was inappropriate.
'At this point, we're going to deal
with the entire issue...with the
labour relations board as an illegal
act,' Bellavy said last week. ♦ 4     TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2000
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AMS takes texts
Used textbooks, store to stay in SUB year-round
 by Stephanie Sork
The UBC Bookstore is phasing out textbook buy backs as
part of a plan to hand the
reigns over to a new permanent used bookstore run by
the Alma Mater Society
The new store, called
SUBtitles, operates out of the
basement of the Student
Union Building (SUB) and
replaces the previous AMS
used bookstore which was
open only during the beginning of each school term.
The  store,  according to
SUBtitles    Manager   Tracy
Deans, aims to be the 'one-
stop shop' on campus for students,
carrying both new and used books
as well as a variety of school supplies.
Deans says that students will be
able to sell their books in a buy-
back program similar to the one
currently offered by the UBC
Bookstore, which buys back books
at prices based on demand.
She added that students will
also be able to sell on consignment, giving them the ability to
specify" prices, with the AMS taking
a 25 per cent commission.
Students may collect any unsold
books by February 28, regardless
of when they were brought into the
store. ;
Deans pledges that SUBtitles
will be run "first and foremost as a
service to students, secondarily
[as] a business."
'If we make money, that's
great—more money goes back into
student services. But we're more
concerned about making it a good
service for students.'
The book buy-back will be conducted by the AMS on behalf of
THE LIBRARY'S FREE But these shoppers seem to think that the used
bookstore is still a good deal, tara westover photo
both the UBC Bookstore and Follett
Book Company, a North American
used book wholesaler,
The bookstore will buy-back
textbooks at a price set either by
Follett's or, by the UBC Bookstore.
When the books are received by
either buyer, the AMS will have the
book cost refunded and will
receive an additional percentage of
the cost.
Deans said that having Follett's
as a buyer will be beneficial for
"It's a big deal for students
because even if a book isn't really
being used at the UBC Bookstore, it
might be in use at Missouri
University/ said Deans, who
added that students will likely get
more money for their textbooks.
The option of receiving instant
cash may come at a cost, however.
While at the beginning of term a
used textbook may earn up to 50
per cent of the new book cost, the
value of the book depreciates during the term.
Dean says the AMS approached
the UBC Bookstore about running
the buy-back service to complement its year-round consignment
sales at SUBtitles. Debbie Harvie,
Director of the UBC Bookstore,
says the bookstore was happy to
"What we're hoping to do with
this deal is expand our source in
used books because, of course, students really want a lot of used
books and the only thing that limits
us is our supply.'
Harvie says that currently used
book sales comprise roughly 12
per cent of overall sales at the UBC
Bookstore and hopes to raise the
number to 20 per cent
While things are running
. smoothly between the two campus
bookstores, there is also off-campus competition. Discount
Textbooks, formerly located in
University Village and now on West
10th Avenue, buys and sells used
textbooks as well as new books.
Ken Saul, manager of the bookstore, says that his store intends to
'pay more for the book3 [than the
UBC Bookstore] and sell them for
less.' ♦
Class space now more
by Jason Steele
While the offices of the Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS) are
undergoing relocation to a smaller
site, the Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) is preparing to build a new
student centre. ■" '
In a referendum to be held in two
weeks, the AUS plans to ask Arts students to approve a $6 increase to
student fees that will fund work on a
new student centre underneath D-
block in the Bunchanan building.
According to Jonathan Fast, one
of the project's organisers and an
Arts representative for the Alma
Mater Society, the new office would
be called the 'Arts Student Centre/
and would provide an array of services for students.
The centre would provide a stage
or an informal lecture area, study
spaces and beverage facilities, and
also a resource centre with the AUS
offices and bookable space.
Fast says one of the goals of the
centre would be to "break down
some of the barriers between faculty
and student'
The project has received the support from the Dean of Arts office.
Anne-Marie Fenger, Assistant
Dean of Arts said that the Dean's
office was blown away by the AUS'
'We were really impressed. It's a
very well thought out plan. They had
done quite a lot of work before they
came to us. We said, 'Go for itl"
Science students, however, face a
different scenario.
The Faculty of Science is moving
SUS offices from its current space in
the basement of the Chemistry
building to a smaller room in the
Hennings building.
Associate Dean of Science
Michael Fryzuk said that the move is
a necessary one. "The space that
they're in now is prime research
space," he said.
"It's a room that has all the
power requirements and plumbing,
more suited for a research lab than
it is for an undergraduate society
Fryzuk says that the space is'
required after the faculty received
increased funding from the
research grant body, the Canada
Foundation for Innovation, for a
molecular bio-physics project
Bree Baxter, a SUS representative, said while that recognises there
is little space for any initiatives, she
wishes that there was more social
space for science students.
"There's just no space, which is
unfortunate because... [the] Trek
2000 document points out [the need
for] more social space.'
Baxter said that it may be more
difficult to find a common area for
science because the Faculty of
Science is not located in a single
location as in the case of Arts in the
Buchanan buildings,
Fryzuk said he hoped that the
move would only be temporary. He
says a proposal by the Faculty of
Science for a Global Science
Learning Centre could provide additional student space for science students.
The Faculty, however, cannot
proceed with the plan until the BC
government lifts a freeze on spending for the university's Major Capital
Plan, which has been in place since
Fast said he is disappointed that
the SUS has experienced difficulty in
finding student social space for its
faculty, but he is looking foward to
the prospects of new space for arts
"Right now there isn't much in
the way of student space in
Buchanan and for arts students.
There is a lot of potential out there."
The plan will also allow the Arts
Advising Office, located beside the
current lounge in Buchanan to
expand, as the current lounge would
not be used to the extent that it is
today. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Study shows arts fees rising
 by Darren Stewart
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-A new report from
Statistics Canada shows that undergraduate arts tuition across Canada
increased by only three per cent last
However, the $3378 average cost
of tuition this fall is more than double the cost just ten years ago.
Graduate students, meanwhile, saw
an increase in tuition of 14 per cent
from last year, and more than 50 per
cent since 1996.
In 1999, government funding to
universities increased for the first
time since 1993, but still accounted
for only 55 per cent of total university revenue. In comparison, 74 per
cent of university costs were covered
by government contributions in the
early 1980s.
Despite tuition freezes in half the .
provinces, fee increases in Ontario,
Alberta and Nova Scotia drove up the
national average. The highest average increase was 7.5 per cent in
Nova Scotia, where students, still pay
the highest undergraduate arts fees
in the country, at $4408 per year.
"The report confirms that the
1990s was the worst decade in
Canadian history for tuition fee
hikes,' said Michael Conlon, national chair of the Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS).
Conlon called the huge increase
in graduate tuition fees the only real
surprise in the report- Joel Duff,
chair of the National Graduate
Council of the CFS, said that the
increase has had a devastating effect
on Canadian graduate students.
'At a time when Canada should
be investing in research infrastructure, the next generation of Canadian
researchers is faced with huge
tuition fees and a crumbling infrastructure.'
Mark Kissell, national director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, fears that the costs of
post-graduate work have become
Many people already have a
$15,000 to $20,000 student loan
when they begin graduate studies
and some have families they need to
support, he said.
Kissell said the Canada-wide
increase could be partially blamed
on deregulation of graduate tuition
fees in some provinces, including
Ontario. But he insisted that there is
no excuse for even a three per cent
rise in tuition costs.
"The thing is, we need to be looking for justifications on why tuition
needs to be raised," he said.
The report blames rising tuition
fees on the attempt by universities to
offset the reductions in education
spending by Ottawa and the
Tom Traves, president of
Dalhousie University in Halifax, said
that the high tuition fees in his
province are due to the lowest level
of per-student government funding
in the country.
"It has been that way for a
decade,' he said.
'But we're hopeful we may be
able to contain tuition [in the future]
because for the first time in over a
decade we've received an increase in
funding this year.'
Jim Turk, director of the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers, said that many institutions
have more than doubled ancillary
fees for students in an attempt to
make up for government funding.
"The only people that can afford
to go to the medical school at the
University of Toronto this year are
children of doctors,' he said. "This is
not the kind of thing we like to see
happening.' ♦
Faculty levels falling across Canada
 by Bernlce Pontanilla
The Manitoban
WINNIPEG (CUP)-A recent Statistics Canada
study reveals a decline in the number of professors at Canadian universities during the
1990s.    .''-..
Universities across the country currently
employ 9.7 per cent fewer full time faculty
than they did in 1992, according to the study.
Newfoundland suffered the largest decline at
18.6 per cent, followed by Manitoba at 15.9 per
cent Only Prince Edward Island maintained the
same employment levels. Meanwhile, the number of full time professorsjn Western Canada
has decreased by seven per cent
Assistant professors and other lower-ranking teaching staff were affected the most, the
report indicates. These positions have
decreased by 20.5 per cent since 1992.
The number of female professors, however, has jumped by more than 10 per cent,
although men continue to make up the majority in all ranks. Female professors also earn
less than men, on average making only 86 per
cent of the salary of a male professor.
Cuts in federal government transfer, payments in the early 1990s are to blame for the
falling employment levels, said Mike McAdam,
the University of Manitoba's vice-president of
administration. Less money from Ottawa has
made it difficult for provinces to maintain
funding levels to universities, McAdam added.
He also pointed to early retirement incentives as a reason for the rapid decline in professors.
"In many cases [faculty who retired early]
were not replaced, and that's the primary
cause all across Canada for the declining number [of] professors," he said.
A shortage of professors maybe imminent
because student enrolment is increasing at the
same time as faculty levels are falling, said
Michael Conlon, national chair of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
"The government is going to have to make
a decision fairly soon about funding.'
Peter Blunden, president of the University
of Manitoba Faculty Associatioa said that he is
worried about the estimated 30,000 new faculty positions that Canada will need to fill over
the next ten years. Blunden says that not
enough Ph.Ds are being produced to fill the
anticipated vacancies.
"This will mean tremendous competition
among universities in Canada and the US,' he
"Universities will have to work very hard to
not only hire people, but to hang on to people
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Judge hands
down verdict
New Brunswick youth charged in
last summer's beating of two men
by Gordon Loane
The Brunswickan
three people arrested for assaulting
two men who were holding hands
in downtown Fredericton has been
sentenced to two years probation.
The 18-year-old Saint John, NB
youth, who can't be identified by
law, was charged with two counts of
assault causing bodily harm after
the beating of two men walking
hand-in-hand, along King St on
November 21, 1999.
Fredericton Provincial Court
Judge Hazen Strange said at the
end of August that under the Young
Offenders Act, a youth can't be
charged with a hate crime, which
means that hate couldn't be considered an aggravating factor in the
sentencing. Aggravating factors,
allow courts to impose a higher-'
than-normal sentence.
Restaurant manager Majella"
Comeau and his friend, Scott
Anderson, suffered several injuries
in the beating. Comeau had bruises
on his ears, cheeks and lip, a broken rib, a broken shoulder, and a
dislocated jaw, while Anderson had
swollen lips and a cut over his eye.
The youth must serve the first
year of probation period under
house arrest, refrain from using
alcoholv and non-prescription
drugs, live with his parents, and
complete 20O hours of community
Also'charged in the beating were
Shawn Durning, 21, and James
Kaye, 20, both of Fredericton. Hate
was considered the primary aggra-,
vating factor when both men were'
sentenced on August 18 to serve a
one-year community sentence and
pay a $50 fine. ., „
Strange also ordered the two
men to receive anger management
instruction and treatment for alcohol abuse, a3 well as psychological
counselling. He also added a two-
year probation period and ordered
them to do 2 00 hours of community service. ♦ ,        ..
Grad students
unite to lobby
by Christie Tucker
Alberta Bureau Chief
EDMONTON (CUP)-Alberta graduate students have banded together in
an effort to address issues facing
graduate students in Alberta.
Intellectual property rights, rising
tuition, loan remission, and funding
inequalities among academic disciplines top the list of issues that graduate students from the University of
Alberta (U of A) and the University of
Calgary plan to tackle as the newly
formed Alberta Graduate Council
Brad Wuetherick, chair of the
National Canadian Graduate Council
sees the new Alberta organisation as
a major step forward in lobbying for
graduate students.
"The Alberta Graduate Council
fills a void as far as...rep resenting
10,000 graduates to the provincial
government," he said.
Another major issue the new
lobby group plans to address is the
funding of research work in the
social sciences. Students studying the
social sciences currently have few
funding sources in Alberta outside
the federal government
By contrast, grad students in science and engineering research have
benefitted from $500 million in contributions from the Alberta Heritage
Fund, with the promise of an additional $500 million over the next five
'By funding one discipline over
another you create inequality and
you pre-select what programs will be
accessible to graduate students," said
Shannon McEwen, ccKihair of the
■new group and president of the U of
A's graduate students.' association.
Edmonton-Strathcoha NOP MIA
and former U of A professor Raj
Pannu said that Alberta's
Conservative government is respon
sible for the shortage of funding in
graduate departments,
"Areas that produce knowledge
without perceived economic values
are underfunded/ he said. 'In the
long term you heed people who can
think. That comes through a broad-
based education."
The grad council will also fight for
lower tuition and better loan remission, according to Wuetherick. In the
past ten years, graduate programs
have gone up 208 per cent, while the
loan remission program's structure
has remained impractical for grad
'By the time you're. through a
Ph.D program, you've got more than
$50,000 in loans and no remissioa"
he said.
But Randy Kilburn, spokesperson
for Alberta Learning, said that the
government already contributes a
significant amount to financial aid
"In 1999-2000, Alberta students
carried $330 million in government
loans, and the government spent $34
million on remission," he said.
• St-Albert MLA Mary O'Neill urged
members of the new grad council to
increase communication with her
Conservative government
"I plead with you to tell U3,what
you are about The government is
confident that what you are doing will
enhance life in this province."
Pannu, however, remains sceptical,
"I have a. great, appreciation for
anyone who is asking for the Alberta
government to increase funding for
post-secondary education. But they
should be ready for a rude response,*
he said.
The AGC represents 98 per cent of
graduate students in Alberta, and
eventually hopes to include students
from the Universities of Lethbridge
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by Tom Peacock
After his game-winning kick late in
the fourth quarter of Friday night's
football home opener against the
University of Regina Rams, Duncan
O'Mahony and the UBC
Thunderbirds were flying high all
the way to the locker room.
But after the initial elation of
winning wore off, several key Birds
admitted that the margin of victory
was way too close for comfort, and
that some serious challenges lie
ahead for the UBC squad in what's
shaping up to be a very tough
Canada West conference.   -
For quarterback Shawn Olson,
the win was actually a disappointing
indicator of how far the squad has to
go before it will be a championship
- 'We've gotta play better than
that' he said after the game. "It was
a good win, and we showed a lot of
guts...but we've gotta play better if
we're going to be competing for the
Vanier Cup.'
After having defeated Calgary in
its first regular season game, Regina
came out hungry, and nobody but
Olson found out just how true this
"They surprised us. We expected
them to play a lot more zone, and
they came at us. During the first
three plays of the game, they hit me
harder than I've been hit in maybe
ten years of football/ he said.
The Birds fell behind by ten
points after only 12 minutes of play.
Then, after Olson patiently re-read
the defense, tossed a few balls, and
then snuck into the endzone, the
Birds were within three.
A consistent defensive effort
helped to put UBC in'controlof the
game. Defensive back Sandy
Beveridge made a huge^ interception, O'Mahony put a foot to it and
with five minutes left in the half, the
score was tied.
Then, with just over three minutes left in the half, a lateral pass
from Olson to slotback Dan Delong
caught the Rams defense totally off-
guard, and Delong sailed the ball 73
yards down field to wide-open
receiver Dan Lazarri, and
UBC was ahea'd by seven.
As if enough hadn't happened already in the half,
Regina then capitalised on
a UBC penalty for a field
goal, and then Ram's running back Ron Arnold came
barelling out of the land of
anonymity and into the
stats books with a 93-yard
run to score, leaving Regina
ahead by three at the
The  second hall
more of the same.
After another hug<
by Arnold that started
the Regina endzone
he miraculously fended . ..
three UBC tackles at the M i
same time, Regina kicked "-- *
to go ahead by six.
Sure, it was the Arnold
show for a while, but UBC
' had had enough, and decided to take over in the air,
and put the Olson-Coutts
passing game into effect
A signature pass from
veteran to veteran put the
Birds deep in Regina territory. O'Mahony kicked, and
it was good.
"De-fense, de-fense," the
3000-plus crowd screamed,
and sure enough, the UBC
defense saddled up and
held its ground, with defensive back Chris Frankowski
putting in his second deci-
. sive hit of the game.
UBC was in possession
once'again; Olson to Lazzari, Olson
to Scott Rintoul, Olson to Courts, and
then another touchdown. The score
was 27 23 for the Birds. The Birds
The UBC Thunderbirds
evened their season record
after Friday's win over the
University of Regina.
Whether they are strong
enough to contend in the
post-season, though, is
still anybody's guess.
I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANY MORE: Things were pretty tense on the sidelines as the score see-sawed over and over again between the
Thunderbirds and the University of Regina Rams, tara westover photo
soon found themselves in deep once again, and
an O'Mahony kick put them up by seven. But this
game was most certainly, most positively, most
absolutely not over yet
A controversial, late touchdown pass
by Regina's star pivot Darryl Leason to
Chris Warnecke was disallowed when
the referee called the receiver out of
bounds. But the ruling was overturned,
the touchdown was good, and the game
was tied with one minute and 23 seconds remaining.
The Birds rallied around the kick
return: running back Julian Radlein
rushed. Courts caught a first down pass,
and UBC was within striking distance of
the win. The rest is O'Mahony.
His kick from 42 yards out was good,
and the Birds moved ahead by three
points with only 36 seconds left The
game was finally over.   .
Even with the pressure on, with the Bird's season essentially hanging in the balance,
O'Mahony insists he was sure that he was going
to make that kick. -
"I've improved a lot in my training, and I told
■ coach, 'If we get to the 45, let's take it' I hit 50s
and 55s in practise so why not in a game? You
just need the opportunity to do it I hit that with
what, ten yards to spare?'
After Friday night, and last weekend's disappointing loss to Manitoba, UBC is 1-1 and not
exactly sitting pretty. The Birds are going to have
to pull up their socks and fast if they want to stay
in contention for post-season success.
Courts was glad to get the win, but, like Olson,
he knows that there are a lot of kinks to work out
in the team as a whole before they'll be taking
home any titles.
'It's only an eight-game season, and it's a
tough conference. We. should ha\e won by i:n..e,
but it's a good win for us, and a .\ ji's a aui, an 1
hopefully we can build on it We jot so::ie staius,
so we know we've got work to do,' lie sai 1
Fifth-year centre Chris, Pateifaon i\as f<i:iud io
sit out Friday's game when qucs'i >ii3 >.f his ju. i-
demic elgilibility arose.    . .
Next week, UBC travels to Cal^uy to fa«.e the
Dinos, who are also 1.-1, but it's um.tfil.am
whether Paterson will be able to uti.m 'o Ihe
• "We really miss Chris. He's a gieat leader for
us/ UBC head coach Jay Prepih .k said, befjie
admitting that he was unsure wl.tftiVr the \ttr-r-
an would be able,to return for n«r\t Friday's
'It's tough to say right now. It's just a matter
of a couple of things working out academically
before it happens, and hopefully it will happen.'
YOU CRAZY COUTTS: (Above) Brad Courts and his
seven-year-old brother Jordan celebrate the victory
with a b.g old hug. (Left) Courts gets down to business iBottom right) O Wahony lets one fly after a
UBC touchdown. (Let top) Receiver Scott Rntoul's
stuck between a rock and a hard place. 'Left bottom)
A UBC de'ense sandw ch, p'ease.
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soccer, team
has had ah auspicious start to the year, vvinning four
and tying one of their seven pre-season games. Last
Wednesday^ the team tied Calgary 1-1, and on
Thursday afternoon," they beat the Alberta Golden
Bears 1-0 at home on a cold, windy OJ. Todd field. This
Saturday, the Birds will play their season opener
against Victoria in Thunderbird Stadium at 2pm.
Women's sticcer
'. - UBC women's soccer team will travel to Victoria this
Friday for its season opener against the Vikings at 6pm
'   in Centennial stadiurnr The last time the Birds faced
UVic was in the semi-finals last season, when UBC won,
- 3-1.  "
Last weekend, the Thunderbirds trampled Western
,    Washington University 4-0, but the inexperienced team
js. expected to face a little suffer competition from
-, rivals closer to home, The Birds lost by a score of 3-0 in
,,_a, pre-season matchup against an older, more experienced University of Alberta team last Thursday. ♦
>&1 10 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2000
Nominations are invited for
Student Representatives
There will be a total of 24 student representatives:' ;% -."
a) 20 third- and fourth-year Arts students to be elected (one, representative from the
combined major, honours, or graduate program in each of the Departments and
Schools in the Faculty of Arts); and     _.        ■•/..
b) 4 first- and second-year Arts students fo be elected (two representatives from each
of first and second year).
Student representatives are full voting members in the meetings of the Faculty of
Arts, and are appointed to committees of the Faculty.
Nominations open on September 5th, 2000 ano close September 15,2000
Nomination forms will be available from School and Departmental offices, the Office
of the Dean (Buchanan 8130) and the Arts Undergraduate Society Office (Buchanan
A207). Submit completed nomination forms'to the Office of the Dean by 4:00p.m.,
Friday, September 15,2000.
In constituencies from which nq nominations have been received by the deadline,
there will be no representation. ,'■•'■-..
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Spanish Banks. Phase One of this process included the gathering of technical
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controlling, mitigating or eliminating
the cliff erosion. You are invited to
participate in ongoing public
consultation meetings that will help
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Internet access, the Discussion
Document is available at Campus
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Great expectations
goaftender Mike Mahood poses at the team's send off with national
teammates and former UBC players, Chris Gifford, Peter Milkovich,
Ian Bird and Scott Mosher, tom peacock photo
by Tom Peacock
The last, time the Canadian men's
field hockey team made it to "the
Olympics was in 1988 in Seoul
Korea Although Canada is not tradi-
"tionally a'strong contender in the
sport, for the squad competing at the
Olympics this time around, missing
the podium is not a foregone conclusion.
Recent showings at international
competitions add substance to the
team's confident attitude: of late, the
Canadian team has beaten or tied
most of the top teams in the world.
Canada placed second this summer at the Americas' Cup in Cuba,
and first last summer in Winnipeg at
the Pan-American games. Simply
put, the Canadian team, which
includes four former players from
the UBC club side and one who still
plays for the T-Birds, is a heavyweight contender.
s Scott Mosher is one of the UBC
representatives to the Canadian
Olympic team, and he, for one,
counts playing for UBC as one of the
most formative and fun times of his
field hockey career.
"When I was at UBC, we were battling at the lower end of the echelon.
But that's sort of what made it more
fun. Guys who were average players
were forced to step up and become
team leaders. And that's where a lot
of guy3 learned different things. You
look at myself, Pete, Ian and Giffy, all
people who have been captains of
that team. As soon as you're there,
you're automatically a leader within
that group.'
Pete, Ian and Giffy are all former
UBC players going to Sydney.
Returning Olympian Ian Bird, a
former UBC student and field hockey
player, will be representing Canada
in Sydney, along with former UBC
player Peter Milkovich and goal:
tender Mike Mahood, who still
attends .UBC.
Scott, son of UBC's women's soc>
cer coach Dick Mosher, has been
playing field hockey since the tender
age of ten, when Giffy, or Chris
Gifford, then his babysitter, introduced him to the sport
"[Giffordj is actually one of the
ones who introduced me to the
game. We started working on stuff,
and sure enough, ten years later...
Boom! 'Hey, How are you doing?
We're on the same team together,
and we're both going to the
Olympics.' that's probably One of the
coolest stories..."
Tlie mix of experienced, older
players like Gifford with younger,
faster players like Mosher on the
Canadian squad is no accident The
need for younger, fitter players has
developed as the game has evolved,
while older players like Gifford and
Bird, who have over 300 caps
between them, bring their experience and handling skills to the team.
Players like Mahood and Mosher
are counted among the young,
strong players. But neither athlete is
a stranger to international competition, having both recently accumulated a wealth of experience playing
in top-level tournaments.
'I got to play in the World Cup in
'98 and I've also played in the Pan-
Am and Commonwealth games, but
the Olympics is something...you hold
it on a different level,* Mosher said.
Going to the Olympics is not only
momentous for the athletes themselves, it's also good news for clubs
across Canada, including UBC.
The added exposure that a good
Canadian showing at the Olympics
would give to the sport would, in the
opinion of UBC women's coach Hash
Kanjee, only help UBCs hockey program, efforts to get an artificial turf
on campus, and the school's bid to
once again become a national training centre.
"It keeps the focus on field hockey. Lots of people will see that the
team is in Sydney and that a lot of
those kids come from BC," Kanjee
"UBC is applying to become a
national training centre and we've
been given the go ahead from the
national field hockey body, so that as
soon as we have this turf we would
The Canadian
men's field
hockey team is
returning to the
Olympics after
sitting out since
1988, and this
time they mean
business. Five
former UBC
players made
the cut.
certainly begin the process of becoming a national training centre similar
to the swimming centre here,* he
The coach also said, that having
the men's team in Sydney is a good
step towards creating a school league
that can compete at the CIAU. As it
stands, the UBC men's team plays in
a Vancouver club league, since no
other schools have the depth of players or the facilities needed to field a
decent team.
"Having a turf here, what we
might be able to do—and this is what
rugby has done really, really well—is
begin the process of getting other
universities really interested,* he
Kanjee, who often helped by filling in as coach for the UBC men's
team, had only good words to say
about the players who had made the
national team.
'I'm really, really glad to see
Scotty go [to Sydney). I coached him
ten years ago and then again a couple of years ago, so I'm pretty thrilled
that he's going. He was never really
sure...until he actually got the phone
call, he'd never let himself believe
that he was going. Ian Bird, I hope he
has a great tournament because he's
really, absolutely brilliant, and Mike
Mahood in goal is the key for them,
Most of the players on the
Canadian team agree the games in
Sydney are coming along just at the
right time for them. They are well-
prepared and confident Mahood,
who is taking time out from studying
urban geography, can't wait to take
to the fields in Sydney.
"We're exactly where we want to
be,' he said. "We're peaking at the
right time, and we're as confident
against anyone in the world right
now, so we want to get on with it
when that good feeling is still
around...Enough waiting and.
enough talk about it it's time to go
and do it'
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Steve is one of
these guys, and
why women gravitate towards' them
is no big mystery.
Why they . are
drawn to the Dexes
of the world is. And
this is what The
Ta,o of Steve
Dex doesn't even cut it as 'the
average guy." He's an overweight,
unkempt slacker. He teaches
kindergarten, thinks pot is the
breakfast of champions, spouts
Taoist philosophy, and sleeps
around enough to be a mattress
tester. His life
creed is based
upon the Steves:
Austin, McGarret,
and McQueen-
men who epitomised cool,
weren't afraid to
get roughed up,
never pursued
women and for whom things always
worked out His entire belief system
is thrown into disarray when he
meets Syd—a bright, headstrong
opera set designer, with a flair for
life and a sixth
sense for BS—and
Dex suddenly
finds himself iii
the role of the pursuer, not the pursued.   •
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rare. Rarer still is
one that approaches the subject
from a male's perspective, but that
isn't steeped in machismo. Almost
unheard of is the same movie with
a hilarious comedic tilt Unlike High
Fidelity, the recent pre-midlife crisis movie which only skimmed the
surface of relationships (but was a
brilliant movie nonetheless),, or
Autumn in New York, the shameless rogue-sees-the-light-tear-jerker,
The Tao of Steve is
the thinking
man's About Last
Night—the intangible mixed with
the right amount
Tads success
is twofold: it
boasts a tight,
witty script—how
many romantic comedies can you
think of that are peppered with quotations from Lao Tzu?—and true-to-
life characters. The "hero" is largely
biographical, based on a friend of
the director who contributed heavily to the script
Donal Logue
pulled a DeNiro,
gaining 45-pounds
for the role of Dex
Having seen
Logue previously
only in bit parts-
he has over 30 to
his credit—I didn't
think he could handle a lead. But he
quickly dismisses any doubts with
his impeccable timing, both dramatic and comedic, which garnered
him the Special Jury Prize at the
Sundance Film
Logue creates a
likable cad whose
deviousness we
both admire and
despise, making
lns^.epiphany that
if^uclifmofe enjoyable. Greer
Goodman (in her first screen role) i3
an admirable foil as Syd, the woman
who cuts through Dex's smokescreen and upsets his carefully
ordered world, a task which at Erst
seem.3 as unlikely as the prospect of
a decent relationship movie. Which
is exactly what this is. ♦
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Ex-reservoir dog makes prison movie
by Greg Ursic
at the Vancouver Film Festival
Sept 23, Van East Cinema
Sept 27, Tinseltown
Prison movies aren't usually box office hits. The
Shawshank Redemption didn't take off until it
hit video, and The Green Mile, while it did well
in the theatres, is more aptly described as a fantasy film. -
Fortunately for moviegoers, this didn't stop
Steve Buscemi from making his own prison
movie, Animal Factory. Frankly I'm quite surprised that this film did not go straight into com
mercial release—based on the novel by ex-con
Edward Bunker, it boasts a well-known cast, an
excellent screenplay, arid it has a genuine feel to
Directed by Steve Buscemi, who also directed
King of Indies, Animal
Factory tells the story of Ron,
a middle-class young
man sent to prison for
drug trafficking. He is
taken under the wing of
Earl, a tough prison veteran. While such a relationship might typically
consist of a sex-for-pro-
Buscemi's film
boasts a well-
known cast, an
excellent screenplay, and it has a
tection   arrangement, * •»    ■ — ■    . ■«
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young  charge  except
respect and the promise not to come back
when he is eventually released
Although there is no shortage of tension
and violence, the focus of the film is on
character development
Edward Furlong is no stranger to the
indie film scene, and is convincing as
Ron. His character, however, lacks any
real depth and is one of the few weak
spots in the film.
Thankfully, there is a strong supporting . cast: Tom. Arnold, as a sexually
deviant hillbilly who takes a liking to
young Ron, displays a chilling dark side
that is anything but funny. Seymour
Cassel is obliging as the weary head
prison guard who knows his role in the
system, and Mickey Rourke shines as Ron's
cellmate, a frightening transvestite who dispenses brutal philosophy. The best perform;
ance, however, belongs to Willem Dafoe, who
is the best he's been since 'Platoon."
than playing
Earl as a monster,     Dafoe
imbues   him
Resigned    to
his     internment,   Earl—
who looks like
a talking skull
thanks to his shorn-to-the-skin look—is a soft-
spoken diplomat and deal maker extraordinaire, who, for all intents and purposes, runs
the prison. He intimidates with subtlety, but is
also a realist and will not hesitate to use violence to facilitate immediate conflict resolution ashe deems necessary. As the film progresses, though, it is apparent that Earl is a
decent human being who evokes understanding and sympathy, past crimes notwithstanding.
Finally, the innovative cinematography, the
eclectic score, and the decaying setting give
the movie an appropriately gritty feel, making
Animal Factory an engaging journey into a
world everyone hopes they will never experience for real. ♦
A genre-bending
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at the Vancouver Film Festival
Sept 27
The Ridge
Having only read a brief synopsis of
the film, I went in to Tuvalu with
mixed expectations—the review
snippets lauded the film, but could a
two hour black-and-white film largely bereft of dialogue really be that
, Set in the dilapidated Central
Baths in Sofia, Bulgaria, the film
foloows the efforts of Anton, a clueless dreamer who yearns to. sail the
world, and Martha, the button-
obsessed cashier who maintains the
illusion for Anton's blind father that
business is thriving. Working to sabotage their efforts is Gregor, Anton's
brother, an amoral developer who is
determined to raze the entire town
and construct a sprawling condominium complex.-
Gregor engineers an accident
that seems certain to doom the business, and in the process steals away
Eva, the beautiful woman of Anton's
dreams. The movie hinges on the
question of whether Gregor's dastardly plan will succeed.
It is'difficult to categorise this
film as it refuses to fit neatly within
the confines of any particular genre.
Taken on its simplest merits, it's a
slapstick comedy in the tradition of
the Marx Brothers, Chaplin, and
the Keystone Cops. On this level,
alone, it will satisfy most viewers. A
closer examination, however,
reveals a beautiful fairy tale with
an innocent dreamer fighting to
save his world and loved ones from
Finally, there is the subtle rail
against the freight train of modernisation, particularly relevant to
many areas of the former
Communist world, where vast construction projects are radically
altering the cityscapes at the
expense of historical buildings.
Originally shot in black-and-
white, the film stock was laboriously tinted, giving the interior shots a
Sepia tone and colouring the exterior shots a muddy turquoise-grey.
The visual experience is further
enhanced by masterful cinematography, most notebly the underwater sequences, which take on a
wondrous ethereal quality.
The sound engineers have also
created a richly diverse auditory
realm that meshes uncannily with
the onscreen action. Finally, the
actors' exaggerated expressiveness,
both emotive and physical, keeps
the action flowing seamlessly. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Maceo Parker is the King of
by Michelle Mossop
Maceo Parker is the King of Funk. Never
mind that he was once considered a
sideman, a sidekick to some other, any
other musician. Never mind that the
only reason he became part of the James
Brown enclave is because Brown figured
that in order to hire Melvin Parker, he
would have to hire his brother as well.
Never mind that it took Maceo almost
half a century to go solo. Never mind all
that-he's still the King of Funk.
It's Wednesday night,, and Richard's
on Richards is sold-out The crowd is
patiently bopping to the opening DJ's
mixes. An hour and a half later, Maceo
Parker's horn section, string section,
backup singers, and drummer tread on
stage in formal wear—clingy dresses,
black suits, crisp shirts, and silver ties.
The crew opens the night with an instrumental version of "Uptown Up' from
1998's Funk Overload.
Then The King himself appears. The
audience gets loud and rowdy as Maceo
pulls his sax to his mouth. He's a small,
stocky man. His eyes are wide and focus
straight ahead, his cheeks puff out and
he begins to play.
As Maceo lays into "Shake Everything
You've Got" and the famous "Pass the
Peas" from his 1992 album Life on
Planet Groove, the audience makes
quick movements towards the stage.
Maceo speeds up his rhythm and the
crowd in the bar quickens. The result a
show that makes every other musical
event I've seen to this date pale in comparison.
Often described as 'two per cent jazz
and 98 per cent funky stuff,' Maceo's
signature style on the saxophone—first
with the baritone, then the tenor, now
the alto—is said to have defined not only
James Brown's brand of funk, but funk
in general. And he doesn't hesitate.to
admit it.
'I am Maceol* he declares as he
jumps into some tunes from his lastest
album. Dial M-A-C-E-O, a collaboration
with musicians such as James Taylor,
Ani DiFranco, and Prince' that features
reworkings of such classics as Marvin
Gaye's "Let's Get it Oa"
After he speculates about why one of
hi3 singers didn't show up, ("he probably got distracted by all the activity going
on on this street') Maceo slows the audience down with Prince's "The Greatest
Romance Ever Sold" and with an exquisite solo flute version of 'Georgia on my
Mind.' Then he speeds things up with
another Prince song, and the audience
is treated to an incredible solo by guitarist Bruno Speight, who would put any
death metal band to shame.
During the encore, Maceo's son
Corey raps in another version of
"Uptown Up,' showing the King's
extraordinary ability to weave the repetition of lyrics, musical bars, cover
songs, genres and generations of music
into something very funky. ♦
I AM MACEO! The supreme ruler of all things funky takes a break from blowing his horn.
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Are profs in it for the money?
Twenty-five thousand dollars.
That's how much of a salary increase 55
UBC professors can look forward to this year.
These professors might not have made breakthroughs in scientific research or win a Nobel
prize. They are just lucky enough to work in
either one of two university departments-
computer science or electrical engineering.  •
This summer, UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG) approved a proposal to increase the
salaries of professors in these departments.
But don't expect your Comp Sci 100 professor
to be holding any extra office hours.
UBC decided to increase the salaries of
these professors to prevent them from leaving
the university for more lucrative positions in
the private sector and at other universities.
The BoG argued that the professors' pay
must be in line with the marketplace to
ensure that it keeps the best professors in
these fields.
Unfortunately, the statistics support these
assertions. Last year, the two departments lost
a total of eight professors. As well, there are
only about 60 new PhD graduates to fill the
roughly 150 new computer science job openings available in Canadian universities. Over
half these students will likely choose to work
in the private sector or take jobs in the US.
Still, when the university starts singling
out specific departments for special pay
hikes, it promotes an environment in which
market demands are given top priority in the
academic community. The whole idea is antithetical to making quality research a top priority for university faculty.
By bumping salaries to stay in line with the
marketplace, UBC is not promoting research.
It is bribing professors who may or may not
be lured away, and who may or may not be
producing tangible results in the form of good
teaching or quality research.
In the past, the university has given bonuses , to individual faculty members based on
merit. This makes sense. A faculty member
who has made significant contributions to the
basic research in her/his particular faculty
should be rewarded.
In this case, however, UBC is simply trying
to retain faculty who might be. tempted by
greener financial pastures.
But if members of the computer science
and electrical engineering departments are
here simply to capitalise on their own marketable skills, and not to teach and initiate cutting-edge research, perhaps they don't belong
here in the first place.
Providing benefits to some professors
without regard to their skills serves only to
alienate other faculty. The increase in pay
won't necessarily have a positive affect on
how these professors teach or how they undertake their individual research projects.
The marketplace is anybody's game. It is
unrealistic for the university to promise faculty in related departments comparable financial rewards when dot-com start-ups and day
traders are making billions of dollars
Of course, UBC must strive to remain competitive,' and to maintain a highly-trained,
dedicated faculty. But at the same time, it
must remember that it is first and foremost
an institution of learning, not a competitive
corporation. Or at least it shouldn't be. ♦
Disabled student
supports U-Pass
Over the past several months I
have been watching the ongoing
negotiations between TransLink,
UBC and the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) regarding the U-Pass project. Up until this past week I was
not in support of the proposal
because it would have required
me to pay for this service,
although I would never use it. If
disabled students are allowed to
opt out, I may change my mind.
I am a disabled mature student. My disability stems from a
1981 injury I suffered while serving as a Naval Reserve Officer
aboard HMCS Qu'Appelle, one of
Canada's frigates (now decommissioned). While at sea, I had to
act to save a man's life, and in
doing so crushed my spine.
With the onset of middle age,
this injury has worsened., In
1997, I re-injured my back and
was hospitalised. Today I also
suffer from osteoarthritis, which
i3 discouraging for a 40-year-old
individual. I can't use the transit
system because it is a risk to my
health and my well-being. I have
returned to university to retrain
and take on a new career. I drive
to university because this is the
safest way for me to travel to and
from my home.
For a few brief weeks this past
summer I sat on the GSS and the
AMS hoping for the chance to dis
cuss the needs of the disabled
and the infirm students and the
wish that disabled and the infirm
students at UBC be granted the
chance to opt out of the U-Pass.
I would like to publicly thank
UBC student senator Dave
Tompkins. Over the summer, Mr.
Tompkins was the only person
who took the time to listen to my
concerns and I can see he has
taken this concern to heart. A full
reimbursement for disabled students has recently been proposed
for the contract between
TransLink, UBC, and the AMS.
If I am required to pay for this
U-Pass against my wish, I will
view this as a tax and will have
the whole matter overturned at
the legislature in Victoria. In the
area of transportation, neither
UBC nor the AMS has the legislative authority to tax, nor to act as
an agent for the purposes of taxation for a* municipal authority
such as the GVRD. This authority
resides with the legislature of BC,
and within the Municipal Act,
and the Vancouver Charter.
I understand that TransLink is
dragging its feet on the issue of
disabled and infirmed students.
This could defeat the whole
issue I
As for Tompkins, if you ever
decide to run for the legislature
in Victoria or the Parliament in
Ottawa, look me up. I will work
on your campaignl
-Patrick Brusklewich
Physics Graduate Student
The Ubyssey will not be providing coverage of the Vancouver Fringe
Festival this year. Until recently, the newspaper's culture editor was
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occurred. As a result, the Ubyssey has taken this action to avoid a situation that would call into question the integrity or credibility of the newspaper. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause
to our readers.
FREE PARKING? Not exactly. But the pool would seem like a convenient option as it's against driving into tha pool though, *since the'cost of having your car removed from
really close to the SUB and most of the lecture halls. Parking during peak school hours the water, and then repaired might just slightly exceed the current parkade rates for a
can sometimes drive people to do extraordinary things in order to get their vehicle single occupancy vehiQte.This car was put in the pool during filming at the UBC
just a little bit closer to Buchanan before their 8:30 lecture starts. We would advise Aquatic Centre last week, minnasu photo
ree camera.
Get a Clearnet phone before September 30th, 2000 and we'll give
you a free JoyCam Camera". Pick one up at the UBC Bookstore
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The Rough Guide Music
(World Music Network)
Just as the Rough Guide travel book
series tried to do in print, the Rough
Guide to Music series promises to
provide examples of 'real* local
experiences from around the world.
And just like the travel books, the
music guide falls short of what it
The selection of songs from
countries around the globe is generally pretty bad, and not at all representative of recent sounds in world
music. A major problem is that the
Rough Guide Music Sampler
emphasises folkloric and traditional
sounds instead of contemporary
productions. An example is the song
selected from the Rough Guide to
Jazz. Instead of a contemporary
song from any of the world's greats,
such as Diana Krall, the chosen song
is Bessie Smith's 'Nobody Knows
You When You're Down and Out," a
classic, but hardly an exciting
As a big fan of North African
music, I was excited to see that the,
first track on the CD is from Nubia,
. a region known in the world of Arab
music as musically diverse and creative. But Ali Hassan,Kuban's song
"Habibi* sounds more .like Arab
game show music. If that sounds
weird, it's because the song sounds
weird. It's hard to put your finger on
what exactly doesn't work, but perhaps if s the odd Caribbean feel that
the song has.
The Rough Guide Music Sampler
is basically a regurgitation of world
sounds that are already too famil-
iar-not at all what it promised. ♦
-Aisha Jamal
(Palm Pictures/Rykodisc)
Some of you may remember a
group called Oversoul 7 that put out
a few good songs and then seemingly vanished,-' Well, after having
renamed themselves the Supreme
. Beings of Leisure (SBL), this talented group has come up with a self-
titled debut good enough to blow
your socks off and right through the
According to its website, SBL
gained most of its current audience
from MP3s; apparently, the insanely catchy "Strangelove Addiction'
hit the number-one download spot a
while back. However, having listened to the album (over and over
and over), most of SBL's songs seem
to be at least as strong.
Each song has a distinct sound
and a different feel, and most hover
in the mid-tempo range; sometimes
this album sounds like torchy jazz
with scratches and abackbeat Lead
vocalist Geri Soriano-Lightwood's
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cool and thoughtful lyrics (I) make a
huge contribution to the album.
Along with the sitar solos, strings,
and strong mixing, her strong vocal
presence makes this ah accessible
and rewarding listen.
I like the organic feel of the
whole collaboration—computers are
obviously present but haven't
achieved total domination. Songs
like the Buddhist-influenced
'Sublime* and the moxie-filled
"Never the Same' are worth anyone's time. I especially like the jazzy
chromatics of "Truth from Fiction."
Despite all the programming,
SBL sounds more like high-end pop
with a worldbeat inflection. Tha
lyrics are strong and there is a surprisingly low sugar content. For
those who like their groove with a
little mysticism on the side, I'd
highly recommend that they spend
their hard-earned summer dollars
to support SBL. ♦
-Regina Yung


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