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Students getting bamboozled?
by Irfan Dhalla
Six-figure salaries, trips to Cancun, and glamorous conventions with paid speeches from Hollywood actors do not fit the
description of most non-profit organisations.
One exception to that is the Golden Key Honor Society, an
Adanta-based non-profit organisation that signed on UBC as
a member last fall.
At the time, about 3200 of UBC's top academic achievers
received invitations from UBC president Martha Piper to join
Golden Key—an organisation that promises scholarships and
contacts to high academic achievers. Over 800 UBC students
paid $80 each to join the society, a total of more than $64,000.
In her letter to students Piper strongly endorsed the honour
society, writing that she was "pleased to lend [her] support to
an organisation which shares many of the goals of the
University of the British Columbia."
UBC brings the number of Golden Key affiliates up to 271,
among them are Canadian chapters at the University of
Toronto, McGill, McMaster and the University of Alberta.
But Golden Key's submission to the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS), obtained by the Ubyssey, shows Golden Key
spent just $289,461 (US dollars) on scholarships, less than 5
per cent of their total expenditures for the fiscal year ending
June 30,1997.
And in this recent investigation of Golden Key's spendings,
the Ubyssey discovered the organisation would not provide the
Atlanta Better Business Bureau with its financial statements.
According to Valerie Maclean, general manager of the
Vancouver Better Business Bureau, this is a secretive tactic
highly unusual for a non-profit organisation.
Maclean, as well as the president of the UBC Golden Key
chapter, Fahreen Dossa, expressed concern over the Golden
Key's lavish practices.
While Golden Key literature makes no specific promises
regarding the amount of money dedicated to scholarships,
Dossa said she had expected scholarships would be "around
60 per cent" of total expenditure, and she called the high
salaries paid to Golden Key directors "ridiculous."
The society spent $1,822,837 (US) on salaries and other
employee benefits, executive director, James Ijewis, received
$247,600 (US) in compensation.
"Holy smokes. That's a lot of money...certainly substantially more than most directors of non-profit agencies," said
Maclean of the salary.
But Golden Key's representative in Vancouver feels that
Lewis's salary is not extraordinary. Kari Sivam, a former UBC
student who is now Golden Key's Assistant Director of
International Development, said that a recent study of for-
profit as well as non-profit organisations revealed that the
THE GOLDEN HANDSHAKE: Golden Key Honour Society represenative Mark Herndon and UBC awards and financial
aid director Carol Gibson at inauguration ceremony in the Chan Centre last term, richard lam photo.
average salary of a CEO in the US is $225,000.
She added," [Mr. Lewis's] salary is reviewed annually by the
Board of Directors," a group of university professors who are
not paid for serving Golden Key.
While salaries are a large expense for Golden Key, conferences and initiation ceremonies are even more costly—over
half of the society's budget is spent on these ceremonies which
Dossa described as "a lot of glitter, a lot of gloss."
Dossa and the other members of the local executive have
already had disagreements with Golden Key headquarters, the
most serious of which is the $80 fee, only $12 of which is kept
by the UBC chapter.
Petty disputes have also erupted over the spelling of the
word "honour" and whether or not to have a head table at the
UBC inaugural membership ceremony. The initiation, held at
the stylish Chan Centre, used up over half of the UBC chapter's
Still Dossa stood by the organisation. "On the one hand,
you can say that UBC students got ripped off. On the other
hand, it wasn't forced or highly recommended."
But the letter from Piper, along with strong support from
university administration, helped create the UBC chapter.
see bamboozled on page 2
UBC spinoff company jumps the gun
by Douglas Quan
An announcement last week by QLT
PhotoTherapeutics of a potential breakthrough in the battle against vision loss in
older people was premature, say investigators who are conducting clinical trials for
the UBC spinoff company.
The investigators told the Ubyssey this
weekend that while the 12-month analysis
of the two-year study on verteporfin thera
py is encouraging, there is still a lot more
testing that needs to be done before the
treatment will get regulatory approval.
Even so, QLT's claims that the therapy
has been shown to preserve the vision in a
"significant number" of patients with
severe age-related macular degeneration
(AMD)—the leading cause of blindness
among people over 50—was enough to
send the companys share price skyrocketing last week.
QLT's president and CEO, Julia Levy was
quoted in the Vancouver Sun as saying
"[the positive results] vindicates us from
any doubters about the role of photody-
namic therapy."
AMD is characterised by the formation
of abnormal leaky blood vessels on the
centre of the retina. The therapy works by
injecting the patient with a photosensitive
dye which collects in the vessels. The eye is
exposed to a laser light, activating the dye,
and destroying the bad vessels.
Vancouver is one of 22 centres worldwide that are testing the therapy on 609
According to QLT, vision was stable or
improved in 61.4 per cent of patients treated with the therapy, compared to 45.9 per
cent of patients administered with placebo.
But Allan Maberly, one of the project's
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Indeed, Carole Forsythe from UBC's
Awards and Financial Aid Office
recruited the first few students after
being approached by Golden Key.
Forsythe expressed disbelief when
told of the scholarship disbursement
figures in the IRS return, but said she
wasn't surprised by Lewis' quarter
million dollar salary.
According to UBC director of
Awards and Financial Aid, Carol
Gibson, members of the UBC committee charged with giving the green
QLT continued...
five UBC-based investigators,
called Levy's reaction to the results
"unduly optimistic."
"The shares will go up and then it
will settle down. There will be people who benefit from this treatment
but it's not the panacea that they're
talking about," Maberly said.
While he says the research methods are sound, he is troubled by the
fact that QIT and its project partner,
CIBA Vision Corporation, publicised
the early results before they underwent any peer review.
"The results should have been
collated, submitted for publication
[in an academic journal], and thenit
should have been released to the
public," he said.
Other members of the UBC team
of investigators were also critical of
last week's announcement Patrick
Ma said QLT officials came off
sounding "over[lyJ enthusiastic."
And William Ross said, "I think
we need to wait for an objective
light "reviewed all information available about Golden Key.
"Certainly the claims that they
have made to what the money is
used for are up front," she said.
She said material available
included an audit by the accounting
firm Smith and Hart. That audit
clearly shows the scholarship figure
and Golden Key conference expenses, but does not give a list of salaries.
Piper is not alone in her
endorsement of the academic
honour society. According to
Golden     Key     literature,     US
Even Michael Potter, the. chief
investigator of the Vancouver team,
admitted that there may have been
a rush to get the positive results out
"When we look at data, we need
to look at it carefully. We need to
analyse it fully, and we need to see
that it's accepted for publication in a
peer review journal. None of that has
occurred on my part," said Potter.
Neither Potter nor any of the
other investigators had access to the
complete results at the time of last
week's announcement.
QLT's Levy was unavailable for
comment on Monday, Company
officials were in San Francisco
attending an investment conference.
But Elayne Wandler, a
spokesperson for Levy said that the
Securities Exchange. Commission
requires all public companies to disclose to its shareholders any "significant material event"
"The minute we knew what
these topline results were, whether
good or bad, we were required by
law to put out a press release or
announcement,'' she said.
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Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald
Reagan, Nobel Prize winner Elie
Wiesel and American Red Cross
President Elizabeth Dole "are
proud of their association with this
dynamic organisation."
Former US President George
Bush even anointed Golden Key
with a "Daily Point of Light" award.
Golden Key directors were
unavailable for comment. The
receptionist who answered the
telephone told the Ubyssey that "all
the directors are at their mid-year
meeting in Cancun."«>
Wandler admitted that investigators were upset last week because
they were receiving calls from
patients anxious to know more
about the therapy.
"If we had a choice, both ourselves and our partners would have
chosen not to announce at this time,
and to watt for the [journal] publication," she said. "But you know yim
have to, and you try to manage
expectations as best you can.
"It's very standard among
biotech companies. They all do it,"
she added.
But just because this is happening more often, doesn't mean iis
right, says UBC research clhicist
lain Taylor.
"Over the last few years...whenever something really great happens, the solution has been to call a
press conference," he said.
"There's nothing wrong with
tiiat. [However], this presumes tire
work is in fact, if presented to the
peer community, would be acceptable as a reasonable statement of
the universe."*
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Zamboni emissions create air scare
 by Douglas Quan
UBC hockey players and figure skaters can breathe easy.
That's the message being sent out by managers of the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre following the release of
studies pointing to the dangers of exhaust from ice resurfacing machines (Zambonis).
But can UBC do more to keep the air clean?
The studies found that natural gas and propane-powered
ice resurfacers produced high levels of nitrogen dioxide, and
that prolonged exposure to those levels could lead to respiratory problems.
Bob Carruthers, head ice maker at the UBC facility, says
rink users don't need to worry. He says emission levels are
checked regularly to ensure they fall below regulations set
by the Workers Compensation Board (WCB).
"The air quality is fairly good," Carruthers said. "We do
our best to maintain a good quality at all times."
His statements are supported by the findings last year of
a group of students in UBC's Occupational Hygiene
Programme. The students found that all levels of carbon
monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide were below
WCB exposure limits for the period tested.
However, the UBC professor who. oversaw the study and
who has led research into air quality in ice rinks, says UBC
isn't completely in the clear. Michael Brauer says there are a
number of ways UBC can reduce these harmful emissions
even more.
The most simple and cost-effective method, Brauer says,
is by installing three-way catalytic converters in the ice
resurfacers, similar to those found in all automobiles. He
says they can reduce the level of pollutants by 90 per cent.
Currently, only one of UBC's three ice resurfacers has a
catalytic converter. But even that one only reduces carbon
monoxide, and not nitrogen dioxide.
Brauer points out that every year in Canada and the
United States, there are "a number" of cases where "something goes really wrong." A number of people — even whole
hockey teams— end up in hospital emergency rooms complaining of severe chest pains. Some even pass out on the
"It's kind of a problem that people aren't aware of, but it's
probably affecting their health in ways that they wouldn't
irs GOOD ON ICE: Zamboni emissions have been blamed for the air scare in the UBC ice rinks. While the air quality falls
within WCB guidelines, a study suggests that more should be done to limit the release of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. richard lam photo
expect," Brauer said.
But Pat Logan, manager of the Winter Sports complex,
says she just doesn't have the money right now to upgrade
the ice resurfacers. She says it's difficult enough coming up
with a couple of thousand dollars for a new ice edger, let
alone $130,000 for an electric ice resurfacer.
The Winter Sports complex is ancillary to UBC, so it
doesn't receive any subsidy from the university.
That said, Logan insists that the ice resurfacers are tuned
regularly. She adds that UBC's ice rinks are better ventilated
because of the numerous passageways and doors.
Still, that's little comfort to Sherisse Pham, a UBC student
and recreational figure skater.
"When you're working out or you want to do some sort of
physical activity, obviously you're going to be breathing
harder, and you need better air out there."
Juri Oja, an occupational hygeiene officer with the WCB,
says more stringent emissions regulations came into effect
in April of last year.
He said inspectors will be out this year to ensure ice rinks
are meeting the new standards, and said they could face
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APEC inquiry gets new chair
"I approach
this assignment with
an open
mind, without any
from the
Ted Hughes
Chair of the
APEC inquiry
 by Douglas Quan
Call him Mr. No-Nonsense.
Ted Hughes, the man appointed by the RCMP
Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to chair the
APEC inquiry, told reporters Monday that he is
ready to take on the "formidable challenge."
But the silver-haired, bespectacled, retired judge
and former conflict-of-interest commissioner for
BC was careful not to offer any opinions about how
the inquiry has gone thus far.
Nor would he address complaints that the scope
of the inquiry is too narrow and that it won't be able
to deal effectively with allegations that the Prime
Minister played a direct role in the quashing of student protest at the November 1997 summit.
"I approach this assignment with an open mind,
without any baggage from the past," Hughes said. "I
hope to be seen as a reasonable person who's fair to
all sides."
Hughes, who has previously headed three judicial inquiries, was appointed last month by
Commission chairwoman Shirley Heafey. The original three-member panel resigned over allegations
that its chair Gerald Morin was biased against the
At yesterday's press conference, student complainant Jonathan Oppenheim said Hughes'
appointment was a "good choice."
But he added: "The PCC is clearly not the right
venue, and Mr. Hughes can't change that."
Hughes first order of business will be to hear
complainants' applications for legal funding from
the federal government at the end of this month.
The actual hearing of evidence won't begin until
Experts warn of 'black market' in sale of internet addresses
__^ by Julian Dowling
'Black market' activity on the information
super highway could pick up in the wake of
changes lo the application process for
Canadian websites.
Starting this year annual fees of $30 to
SfiO will be charged to any individual or
organisation in Canada applying for a CA
domain (CA is Canada's two letter country
code thai appears at the end of some
Canadian-based website addresses). But
many former application constraints have
been lilted.
Applicants will no longer be required to
include their provincial location as part of
their web address (ie. the inclusion of be in
www.ubyssey.bc.ca). They will also be
allowed to buy more than one domain
name at a time and
may use the names "People will register hun
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system will
inevitably lead to a
rise in the illicit trade
in domain names.
"People will register hundreds of names and then auction
them off to the highest bidder." said Marv
Westrom, an assistant professor in UBC's
Curriculum Studies department. "It will
create a black-market."
Marilyn Hay, acting eo-
manager of .Vctwork
Engineering for UBC's IT
Services, says she already
knows of a number of people in the Lower Mainland
who make a living applying
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In fact the person in charge of assigning
domain names for the last ten years admits
the new system is not perfect.
"Real life being what it is,csome people
will try to abuse the system," said John
Demco, the UBC Computer Facilities manager who helped create the new Canadian
Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).
But Demcii says the changes were the
result of growing demand among local
organisations and businesses for CA
domain names that were short and catchy.
Demco also said it was necessary to start
charging people for domain names
because of the increased complexity of
managing the network.
Both Demco and Westrom agreed a formal process is needed to resolve contested
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Few students say 'Nay'
to barn renovation
by Jo-Ann Chiu
An abandoned horse barn out by El-
lot could become a new student
The barn renovation proposal—
an initiative of the Forestry
Undergraduate Society (FUS)—
received $9,500 from the AMS
Innovative Projects Fund.
Part of the money has gone
towards a structural survey of the
building. If the building is deemed
safe, the remaining money will go
towards a building code check and
the hiring of a contractor.
If the bam does not meet safety
standards, the FUS might look at
building a brand new site.
"There is no hang out spot for
students on the south end of campus," said FUS president Sarah
Fraser. "Forestry students now go to
the atrium of the Forestry building
to study."
The barn currentiy houses the
geology department's rock collection and other odds and ends.
There were previous attempts in
the 1980s to renovate the barn. But
they all failed because, each time,
the student who initiated the project graduated before it ever got off
the ground.
Fraser says even though she will
graduate this spring, there is
enough interest in this project to
keep the momentum going.
UBC architect Tom Liewellin
confirmed that the barn could be
turned into study and social space,
but considers it a long-term project.
Part of UBC's new Trek 2000
vision statement emphasises the
need for more social space.
The structural survey is expected to be complete by January 22.<»
Dope growing prof
by Darren Stewart
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—Sociology students at the University of Victoria
were met with a shock last week
when they returned to classes to
find out the university has suspended one of their teachers.
Following a recommendation
from university president David
Strong, the school suspended professor Jean Veevers and relieved her
of her duties.
Effective immediately, the interim suspension follows Veevers'
recent conviction in British
Columbia Supreme Court of cultivating marijuana for the purpose of
Veevers has been on medical
leave since April 1997, when police
raided her home and found an
elaborate marijauna-growing operation.
She pleaded guilty to the charge
of growing the substance for the
purpose of trafficking last October.
Her Dec. 4 sentence included a
$15,000 fine, a one-year conditional sentence that she can serve at
home and 60 hours of community
In a prepared statement, Strong
said the suspension was based on
evidence submitted to the court
during Veevers' trial.
While Veevers declined to speak
to the media herself, her legal
counsel, Mel Hunt, said she was
surprised by the suspension.
"She was quite astonished," he
said. "She certainly didn't expect
anything like that."
Hunt said Veevers plans to fight
for her career by invoking the university's arbitration process to
challenge the suspension.
"If the arbitrators decide there
is no just cause for dismissal then
that will be the end of this," said
Hunt. "But if they decide there was
just cause, the case goes to the
board of governors to decide. One
would expect them to follow the
president's recommendation."**
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Referendum  '99
Birds do the Husky two-step
by Bruce Arthur
Maybe the offence isn't running hot, but the defence never
cools off.
The UBC men's basketball team opened the New Year with a
pair of offensively lackadaisical but defensively strong victories
over the 0-8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
"We haven't gotten past that Christmas turkey and New Year's
cheer, and we were just a little bit out of sync," grinned assistant
coach Ross Tomlinson. "But we're just missing by fractions now,
and when we start to click it's going to be really nice."
The T-Birds (4-4) came out Friday looking for a blowout,
but were unable to shake the young and hard-working
Huskies and led only 34-27 at the break. And if not for
Saskatchewan's horrid free-throw shooting (three of nine at
the half, a sickening 29-for-61 over the weekend), the game
could have been closer. But in the second half, the Birds trot
ted out their now-trademark thumbscrew-tight defence and
limited the Sled Dogs to 4-of-22 shooting. If not for Husky
forward Ryan Kazakoffs lunchbucket-style 15 points, it
would have been even uglier than the final score of 72-48.
"We played well enough to win," said Sherlan John, who led
the Birds with 15 points and six rebounds. "We were
on cruise control most of the game. There were a lot
of spurts and windows [where] we turned it on."
Head coach Bruce Enns, obviously frustrated
while still recovering from a nasty bout of holiday illness that forced him to miss two games, cheerfully
groused at his team's performance.
"I'll be proud of them by the end of the season,"
he said, waving away questions.
UBC had even more of a tussle Saturday night,
although it didn't start out that way. The defence
again blanketed the Huskies, John made all of his
five shots for 11 first-half points, and the T-Birds
sailed into the intermission with a comfortable 45-
27 lead.
"I've never played on a team that was so strong
defensively," said UBC forward Jon Fast
But Saskatchewan refused to be buried. UBC's
lead stretched to 20 before Husky guard
Muhammed Wilson started firing away, hitting
three quick three-pointers for 11 points in only six
second-half minutes. Suddenly the Birds' advantage was whittied to six points, but they were saved
by Stanleigh Mitchell. As he has done so often this
season, Mitchell picked UBC up and carried them,
scoring 14 of his game-high 20 points after the
break, and UBC ran away 79-65.
"We played real well defensively, but we had lapses on offence," said a low-key Mitchell. "I'm disappointed in the way I played, but I'm pretty proud of
my teammates."
UBC is now 4-4 and solidly in possession of
fourth place in the brutally tough Canada West
conference. Saskatchewan and the University of
Calgary are both hopelessly mired in the basement at 0-8, while Lethbridge, Victoria, and
Alberta are all shaking up the national top ten.
And UBC travels to meet Lethbridge next weekend for the first time this year before returning
home for a rematch with the Vikes. But the Birds,
now stronger with the return of 6'5" forward Jason
Bristow from injury, are confident.
"I'm excited about Victoria because I know
we can beat them," said Fast. "Lethbridge, I'm
confident we're going to steal one from them at
their place—looking at tape and stuff, we match
up really well."
John is also looking forward to UBC's brutally toujh
stretch drive, as he feels the Birds are coming together nicely.
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by Sara Newham
It was a hockey lover's dream weekend.
The UBC men's hockey team wanted to get off on the right foot
to start the New Year this weekend as they faced off against the
Saskatchewan Huskies for a rematch of the Valor Cup final. A
sweep would have been ideal, but the Birds split with a 3-2 victory
on Friday, and a 4-1 loss on Saturday. The result keeps UBC in contention for a playoff birth.
"We got two points against a good hockey team," said new forward Jason Deleurme. "But we didn't rise to the opportunity."
Friday, both sides came out hard, playing fast, hard-hitting,
two-way hockey. Former junior sensation Deleurme opened the
scoring midway through the second period, firing a bullet into the
back of the net after UBC had set up on the power play.
"Getting the lead was really key, getting that first goal, that was
a big relief," said head coach Mike Coflin.
Nils Anton made it 2-0 less than three minutes later after some
great stick-work behind the Huskies' net
Troy Dalton made it 3-0 UBC just 25 seconds into the final
frame after he came out of the penalty box. The Thunderbirds continued to play well in the third period, but were unable to preserve
goaltender Dave Trofimenkoffs shutout as Saskatchewan finally
got on the board four minutes into the period. The Huskies scored
again with two seconds remaining on the clock, making Daltorfs
goal the game-winner.
"I think that goal by Dalton early in the third period was a huge
goal for us to have that cushion, and then to just hang on,"
Trofimenkoff stated, "I think it was a pretty interesting game.
They're a pretty good, strong team and we tried to match them
with playing physical."
Saturday, though, was a different story. The Birds were
penalised two seconds into the game, but killed off the penalty and
drew first blood as they were able to slip the puck pas
goalie. When they converged on the net, after a great
Lynch and Tom Mix knocked the puck in. I.ynch, 1
injured his wrist, and was examined by doctors fora
"I thought the first period was one of our best j
year," said Coflin after the game. "The tempo was higl
[but] our ability to play at that pace seemed to dii
game went on."
The wheels started coming off for UBC in the se
couldn't carry over their early momentum and allowe
to tie it up six minutes into the middle period, and the
go-ahead goal just four minutes later.
In the third period UBC had several scoring
chances, but Saskatchewan didn't give the
Birds much room to work The Huskies' third
goal took the wind out of UBC's sails, and the
Huskies added one more goal to make the
score 4-1. Not surprisingly, the Birds weren't
pleased with the way they played on Saturday
Deleurme was visibly upset with how the
team played. When asked what was missing, he
said, "Doing the little things. Five feet inside " '
your blueline, five feet outside their blueline.
You've either got to get it in, or get it out, and we
didn't do that tonight"
"It was a tough, well-fought hockey game.
It was a challenging heckey game and some
people didn't pass the test," added Coflin.
UBC's defense once again played strong
throughout the two games, but the player of the
weekend has to be Trofimenkoff, who earned
UBC has a new star in the stable
OUCH: UBC captain Troy Dalton (left)
says Jason Deleurme is already the best
player on the team, richard lam photo
by Sara Newham
Out with, the old, in with the new.
That is the theme of the UBC men's hockey team as
the Thunderbirds' roster has undergone some key
changes since the beginning of December.
Probably the most significant development with the
hockey team, other than Jon Sikkema's sudden departure to t
of 5'8" 180-pound right winger Jason Deleurme from the I
League (WHL).
Deleurme has created a whirl of excitement around the te
He started by netting 6 goals and 4 assists in just four games di
he was named Canada West hockey player of the week withot
goal and an assist during his first two regular season games..
"He's great," said team captain Troy Dalton, the team's lead
best player in my estimation and it shows. It's an honpur to p]
His decision to play for UBC was based on several factors,
didn't want to end up without either an education or a hocke;
"It was a tough decision," explained Deleurme. "I started
mates of mine that were 26,27 with no education and I thoug
The decision to start halfway through the season is due in j.
the Kelowna Rockets are footing the bill—expired on Decern
university by that date, he would lose the scholarship and h<
Asked about what Deleurme will add to the T-Birds, head c<
player. He's a goal scorer. He plays tough, [and] he's a leader."
And with all that on his resume, Deleurme knows whath
"I've come here to win and I've come here to definitely ma
a lot of potential. Let's start a winning tradition here at UBG"<
Lady Birds into the
by Bruce Arthur
The drought is over for the Birds.
The UBC women's basketball team broke through for their first Canada
West wins of the season with a key weekend sweep of their likely rivals for the
fourth and final conference playoff position.
"It's nice to get wins at this point of the year," said fourth-year forward
Jessica "Boa" Mills. "Back-to-back proves to us that it wasn't just a one-night
thing, it wasn't just a flash in the pan."
UBC (2-6) started this year the hard way—they measured themselves
against the three nationally-ranked Canada West heavyweights (Victoria
and Alberta, the top two teams in Canada, and Calgary, another top ten
team) and came out oh for six. So the young UBC women's basketball team
desperately needed to sweep the visiting University of Saskatchewan
Huskies this weekend at War Memorial Gym to prove that the Birds are, in
fact, a playoff-calibre team.
"They're going to be the people we're goL
second-year point guard Charmaine Adam
assists and five steals. "It's really important tl
The Birds again leaned heavily on their 'I
focal point as she piled up a combined 45 pc
Friday, the Birds started slowly but founc
through the first half, as Mills led a strong insi
club defensively. Averaging only fifty points p
West losses, the Birds rolled to a 46-30 halfn
"That's probably our nicest lead game,"
Saturday, UBC's resurgent offence again
a sizzling 72 per cent from the field on the
advantage, and set another season high in p 5 with Huskies
ick past the Huskies'
a great rush by Geoff
ynch* however, later
rs for a possible frac-
r best periods of the
vas high throughout,
i to diminish as the
i the second, as they
I allowed the Huskies
and then allowed the
his first win of the season Friday. The team's new number one
goalie played superbly all weekend, facing ninety-six shots on goal
during the two games, and letting in just six goals.
"I'd say Dave was the star. He's seizing the opportunity to be
number one and he's just proving to everybody that he is good
enough to do it," said Dalton.
After opening the year with an 8-0 bombing at the hands of
these same Huskies, the Birds have come a long way. In the
teams' four meetings since late December, UBC has taken two
"We should have beat them," said Shoaf after Saturday's loss.
, "I think we're a better team than we showed tonight." ♦
ONE OF THE FEW shots that
UBC goaltender Dave
Trofimenkoff let thorugh
this weekend, as the UBC
keeper stepped into the
number one spot by turning away all but six of an
incredible 96 shots.
ture to the Central Hockey League, is the addition
jm the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey
nd the team with his tremendous offensive talent
[ames during the Valor Cup tournament, for which
ik without playing a conference game. He added a
am's leading scorer with 21 points. "I think he's our
lout to play with him."
I factors, the most important being that Deleurme
a hockey career.
I started thinking about life and there were team-
d I thought that could be me a few years down the
5 due in part to the fact that his WHL scholarship—
i December 31st, 1998, and if he didn't register in
ip and have to sit out a year if he wanted to go to
s, head coach Mike Coflin said, "He's a tremendous
rs what he wants out of his future career with the
nitely make some noise, and I think this team's got
TUSSLIN': UBC's Andrea
Dufva (left) tangles with
Saskatchewan's Claire Dore
in weekend action. The
Birds won 'em both for
their first Canada West
victories of the year.
e win column
we're going to be playing for fourth," said
tie Adams, who finished Friday with five
portant that we beat them here, and by a
mi their 'Boa'—Mills was again the team's
lied 45 points and 14 rebounds in the two
but found their legs and rhythm midway
trong inside game and Adams sparked the
y points per game in their first six Canada
3-30 halftime lead en route to a 69-52 tri-
d game," said head coach Deb Huband.
ice again burst out of the gate. UBC shot
:ld on their way to a 43-28 intermission
l high in points in their 74-57 win. Several
young players showed solid game legs—
second-year college transfer Brandie Speers
showed sharp perimeter skills, scoring 13
points on six-of-seven shooting after scoring 10 Friday. As well, fellow transfer Stacy
Reykdal added 12 points Saturday. But
watch for first-year power forward Jen
MacLeod—she played 34 minutes on the
weekend, and came away with 16 points and nine boards. Not only that,
but her strength played a key role in shutting down fifth-year
Saskatchewan star Alison Fairbrother, who failed to get traction all weekend. And with the loss of the high-scoring Amy Jonker, who tore her left
anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) late against Alberta November 28, the
Birds will need their young guns firing.
"I think other people definitely picked up their games in response,"
said Mills. "It's a big loss, but not as much of a loss as it may have been
The women's volleyball team went
into their weekend series against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies
as the number two team in the country, but came out of the weekend with
a split. The Birds (7-3) rolled over the
Huskies (6-4) in economical fashion
Friday night 3-0 (15-7,15-8,15-5), but
stumbled Saturday, falling 3-1 (15-11,
15-11,4-15,15-11).UBC had only lost
to the three-time defending national
champion University of Alberta
Pandas in two five-set matches to
open the season. The Birds still occupy second place in the Canada West,
and play host to the Pandas next
weekend at War Memorial Gym in the
latest act in a rivalry that has spawned
two tide matches in the last three
The men's volleyball team continued
to struggle in the tough-as-nails
Canada West, dropping two matches
to the conference-leading University
of Saskatchewan Huskies (10-2). UBC
(4-8) lost both games by identical 3-1
scores—Friday, the Birds lost 11-15,
15-10, 15-8, 15-10, while Saturday,
they fell 15-8, 12-15, 15-6, 15-2. Jeff
Orchard led the Birds with a combined 32 kills and 15 digs. UBC has
played close to the powers that populate the Canada West, but now sits in
fourth place, eight points behind the
University of Calgary Dinosaurs.
MEN'S RUGBY vs New Zealand
Wednesday, January 13 at 3pm
Wolfson Field.
qualification races,
Wednesday, January 13 at 10am
Cypress Bowl
the University of Alberta
January 15-16.
Friday—women at 6:15pm,
men at 8pm
Saturday—men at 6:15pm,
women at 8pm
War Memorial Gym.
UBC Indoor Invitational
January 16-17 all day
Osborne Gym ♦
This series was especially important
for reasons other than the standings.
UBC badly needed to break into the
victory column, and they knew it.
"I think it's really important, not just
because we have to beat teams like
Saskatchewan and Lethbridge," said
Mills. "But also the fact that when we beat them, that gives us confidence and
experience in winning that we can take into the games against the other three
teams that are above us."
Huband, for her part, just wants her team to continue to play and improve
as they head into a key stretch of the season.
"I think we can play with those teams ahead of us right now, but those
are teams we may win against, we may not," she said. "But Saskatchewan
and Lethbridge are the teams we have to beat."«> 111
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Sometimes, seeing a film chock full of computer
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The days when stop-motion films like Jason and the
Argonauts were considered advanced; the days when
the audience had, as Ed Wood put it, a "suspension of
disbelief." Nowadays, audiences don't suspend their
disbelief, they suspend their belief. Films have to
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When you go to see Independence Day or
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studios that bankrolled Godzilla.
So what to make of Lawn Dogs, a modern fable that
takes place on the outskirts of fortified suburbia USA?
It's a film that still believes in magic and it's got something that's a fair bit more magical and unreal than a
10-story high lizard: a best friendship between a 10-
year old and the 21-year old who mows her lawn.
But, thankfully, this isn't The LmunmoW^Man 3.
Instead director James Guigan {Flirting, Sirens) has
created an old-fashioned Grimm Brothers flavoured
story. Taking its cue from the Russian myths of Baba
Yaga, Lawn Dogs spins the tale of Trent (Sam
Rockwell), 21-year old white trash who mows the
lawns of white bread residents in nearby Camelot
Gardens, and Devon (Mischa Barton), a 10-year old
newcomer who lives there. Out to sell her Young
Rangers cookies and forsaking the conff||§ of the
Gardens, Devon ends up at Trent's trailer home and
sets out to become his best friend.
In the hands of most |jp||nakers,
particularly those of the Rob Reiner
and Ron Howard persuasion, Lawn
Dogs would end up a cute morality
play with all its loose endings nicely
tied up. But Guigan's direction prevents it from veering near sappi-
ness, while Barton and Rockwell
somehow manage to create in very
little time a close relationship that's
both charming and believable. If
anyone can watch the »scene in
which they jitterbug to Springsteen's
"Dancing in the Dark" and not crack
a smile, then you've been stuck at
home far too long.
And when it's all got to end, Lawn
Dogs takes on a dark twist that is both
unpredictable and true to its preceding hour and a half. Which is more
than can be said for 90 per cent of the
films in release today. It may not have
high-shine gloss or an overflow of
good feelings, but Lawn Dogs has
more heart and truth than nearly any
of the seasons films. ♦
Barton plays Devon, a 10-year old
girl who befriends the 21-year-old
who mows her lawn in director
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by Lisa Denton
The title of Dave Carley*s play may be Two SJiips
Passing, but in the case of the work, both ships
endure a head-on collision before continuing
on their own merry way. The "ships" in question
are actually two old flames who reunite after ten
years and experience some very tumultuous
encounters. Described as romantic comedy,
Two Ships Passing is a nice change of pace from
the norm as it steers clear of the usual sugar-
coated sweetness of most romantic comedies.
Anna (Gillian Barber) is a newly appointed
judge, worried about making the right decisions
such as if she's remembered to wear a matching
pair of shoes to court. Anna's old flame Wesley
(Jackson Davies) is a newly ordained minister
who finds himself sexually aroused by women
in robes, notably the organists at his church.
The two of them get together and, after arguing
about life, politics and sex, find themselves
igniting that burnt-out flame.
Enter Anna's son, Jason (Peter Grier), a recent
graduate with a business degree and a bleak,
detestable personality. Arguments arise as
Wesley and Anna promote morality and liberalism, while Jason's pessimism exemplifies the
cynical modem youth. Scary stulf? Not really.
While the battle between left and right is taking
place on one level, the reunification of Wesley
and Anna is providing hysterical comedy on
another. .As they strive to have sex in each others'
offices, each attempted romp on top of a desk is,
of course, interrupted. But, bawdy sexual
humour aside, it's the dialogue between the two
characters that's most hilarious, especially a fabulous pun on a "missionary position."
Unfortunately, the political opposition that
occurs in the play is awkward at times, imposing a smidgen of heaviness on the overall comedy and with the character of Jason appearing
as little more than an uptight whiny brat.
However, Wesley and Anna's ridiculous actions
overwhelm the dark political struggles, keeping Two Ships Passing a very humorous comedy. It may seem outlandish at times, but what's
wrong with a laughable, harmless form of
entertainment?** THE UBYSSFY .lUESD/VOl
at Granville Cinemas
Now playing
by John Zaozirny
There are several points in The Thin Med /.iiu/where
less patient viewers will be forgiven for wondering if
they've perhaps made a mistake and wandered into
a nature documentary by accident. Which is fino,
since 77ie77iinj?ed Line forces its audiciu'cuito the
world of war: long, languorous penods of w.uting
interspersed with brief, violent and i-xliemuly terrifying scenes of action. At first, you're sceptical dbout
all those dreamily pretentious monologues,
voiced-over montages of children swimming,
monkeys climbing, birds fluttering and, overwhelmingly, foliage growing. Then, somewhere
around the middle, you get pulled in. And after the
whole, nearly three-hour experience is over, you're
snug in thts film's slow-motion world and it all
somehow makes sense.
What there is in the way of coherent plot—and
there isnt much—concerns the bloody, ruinous battle for Guadalcanal, where the turning point of the
Allied-Japanese batde in World War II occurred. In
particular, it concerns the battles of infantry
Company C, with a focus on each soldier's individual
war. At. times, it seems as if the entire company has a
speaking role, and with it's innumerable voice-overs
and frightened faces under loosely-worn combat
helmets, The Thin Red line forces the viewer to keep
track of what's going on and who's speaking now; it's
as if (he film itself couldn't be bothered.
Resembling Apocalyjise Now a great deal more
than Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line is the
latest from cult director Terry Malick. After telling
the tale of Charles Starkweather, Carol Fugate and
their muidei spree in die 1950s with his debut film
Badlands (from which Quentin Tarantino liberally
bonovvi'd in Irite Romance), Malick proceeded to
make Days oflleaivn in 1978 and then, seemingly,
dropped oil the law' of the earth. Fortunately, The
Thin Red Line should assure fans that alick's style
0ui& ever change, what with the terse dialogue,
|i'<HJtitiJlly worked shots, and haunting slow-
motion still in ]jliii c after .ill these years.
5 And aliei three huurs engrossed in that style, little tilings like* characters .ind plot cease to matter.
Tne Thin Red Line sulLs the viewer in and then
leaves you to wander bat k home in a prolonged
ifLri with a head full of poetic monologues, quietly moving figure i and the slow drift of palm trees. By
the time it takes everyone to figure out this one,
Malick will have'made another. That's only another
20 years away.*
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It hasn't always been the case. Each time we have attempted
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"Finally, all UBC teaching faculty will be able to speak with
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"After years of resisting this important principle the
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Stephanie Keane
Shalene Takara
Irfan Dhalla, Douglas Quan and Jo-Ann
Chiu were all pleased as punch to be back
at the paper. "Oh boy!", said Julian Dowling.
"1 get a chance to see Sarah Galashan again.
And hang out with the likes of Sara
Newham and Bruce Arthur!" The thrill was
in the air for everyone from Lisa Denton to
Dale Lum to Richard Lam. Todd Silver, was
readying to kick out some fresh new jams,
and Federico Barahona was looking forward to samplin' those tasty new tunes.
Nyranne Martin and Cynthia Lee were
hyper-active with joy at the thought of seeing Ron Nurwisah and Tom Peacock again.
Nick Bradley and Jaime Tong just smiled
prettily as John Zaozirny passed by.
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The $64,000 question unanswered
You probably got the letter in the mail last
term. An invitation to join the exclusive
Golden Key National Honour Society, written
on official UBC stationary and signed by
Martha Piper.
Access to scholarship money, networking
opportunities, corporate contacts—and that
all-important name recognition. All for only
80 bucks.
Who could resist? Well, 800 UBC students
But what exacdy did they get in return for
the $64,000 they shelled out? Not a heck of a
At the lavish inauguration ceremony of
Golden Key's UBC chapter last term, three
lucky UBC students received a whopping
$800 each in scholarship money. That's a
return in scholarships of 3.75 per cent. Where
do we sign up?
Of the $5 million in membership fees that
Golden Key receives every year, only five per
cent of that is given back in the form of scholarships (roughly $300,000).
Where does the rest of the money go, you
ask? That's what we'd like to know.
And we're not the only ones who are asking
these basic questions. The Better Business
Bureau in Atlanta, where Golden Key is based,
has been asking the society to hand over its
financial statements for years—to no avail. A
strange practice for a non-profit society.
Which brings up a big question: just what
sort of research did UBC and Martha Piper do
before they officially endorsed Golden Key?
It certainly seems as if the university has
failed to properly or thoroughly scrutinize
this particular partnership. Are the deals in
the best interests of students, or are they in
the best interests of the university?
Incidentally the Ubyssey tried to call the
directors of the society, but they were in
Cancun. Really.
So where do we go now? Will Martha
Piper's smiling mug show up beside grinning
Ed McMahon? You too may already have won
$10 million in tuition!
The biggest question in all this is whether
UBC students are getting screwed, and
whether the university is endorsing the
screwing. Think About That.*
In response to
"A. Johnson"
A Ubyssey opinion piece written by
one "A. Johnson" [Jan 5], supports
the position that "the Government
of Canada would have been wise
to enact the Emergency Act
and/or the War Measures Act during APEC 1997."
Anyone attending university
classes at the time of the APEC
meeting could report that war
measures were in effect during
that histrionic summit meeting. A
military zone of chilling proportions was set up at the site a full
day before the meeting. Any student who chose to walk through
the area was watched in her/his
every move by a full complement
of silent, uniformed men. The
quiet of the place gave it its chief.
Protesters at UBC on the day of
the APEC meeting drew attention
to the war zone erected on campus. They did service to a public
that is so often left in ignorance of
the true nature of corporate
My letter will be signed in full
with my name and faculty, unlike
the author of last week's opinion
piece, "A. Johnson," who remains
genderless and species-unknown.
Nancy Horsman
Unclassified Arts
Baha'is support peace
In the Ubyssey [Nov 24, 1998], you
graciously published an article by
Julian Dowling entitled, "Baha'is
denied education."
I wish to express my sincere
gratitude for supporting the plea
of the Baha'i students in Iran to
vindicate their basic right to education and to continue studying in
their "Open University."
However the last quote on my
behalf seems to be the reflection
of others' opinions, since no real
Baha'i would or could have suggested the use of force for solving a
relatively simple problem as the
right to education. The Baha'i faith
is a world religion advocating,
among other divine principles,
universal peace, concord, cooperation and unity of mankind.
Baha'is firmly believe in and aim
for a New World Order based on
rule of law and justice, international cooperation, mutual interests of mankind and particularly
based on spiritual foundations.
Bah'u'llah, the prophet founder
of the Baha'i faith addressed the
rulers of the world over a century
before with these powerful words:
"O rulers of the earth! Be reconciled among yourselves, that ye
may need no more armaments
save in a measure to safeguard
your territories and dominions."
Also: "We beseech God to assist
the kings of the earth to establish
peace on earth."
Furthermore present prevailing international law and Charter
of the UN prevent the international community to intervene in
internal affairs of countries.
National sovereignty is, presently,
an obstacle for humanitarian
intervention. Since 1994 over 800
million innocent people were
slaughtered in Rwanda.
Was the UN or international
community able or empowered to
prevent this genocide?
Houchang Zargarpour
West Vancouver
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Theft sours
SUB's open
[Re: "Theft on the Rise, RCMP
warn", Nov 24, 1998] It was ironic
to read Sarah Galashan's article on
theft last week given a theft incident that occurred on the morning of November 23 in the Student
Union Building.
The Christmas Market sales
were in full swing with the booths
on the main floor. One of those
booths on the main floor was
inhabited by the Brazilian Street
Project. This Project raises money
that has enabled the building and
staffing of a school and health
centre from the sale of Paris plaster mould angels made by impoverished street youth and young
single parents from NE Brazil. We
volunteers sit at booths like this
one during the Christmas season.
On this morning it so happened that Director Miriam
Ulyrch had volunteered to work at
the booth where her purse was
stolen. She lost $800, her ID, VISA
and various personal belongings.
Naturally she was shocked, upset
and felt violated.
The physical setup and atmosphere of the Christmas Fair entails
a certain level of trust and openness so as to enhance a more personal and assessible availability of
the public to sales reps and their
product(s). So does the atmosphere of the SUB in its partial
function as a living room for students, all of which creates a ready
made environment for theft.
This thirteen year old project
has been selling street angels for
five years predominantly in the
lower mainland at markets, malls,
shops and the SUB without incident. This is our first experience of
personal theft. As many of our volunteers are visitors from off campus it paints a picture as an unsafe
place to visit or partake in various
campus activities. This experience
has somewhat soured our experience in a venue where we look
forward to participating given the
mostly positive reception causes
of social development receive.
Students and visitors need
beware. The casual relaxed friendly atmosphere must, unfortunately, now include a more guarded
and vigilant attitude as it does
elsewhere in our society. How
regrettable, but how necessary.
I would also recommend that
the university management, student union and RCMP continue to
address this serious issue in
attempting to contain and minimize it at UBC. Perhaps signs
reminding people to "beware of
your belongings" need be posted
at various places around campus
for the protection and safety of all
who make use of the university.
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There are an estimated 1.2 billion
Muslims worldwide. In North
America, Islam is considered the
fastest growing religion with about 6
million Muslims and close to 2000
mosques, Islamic schools and Islamic
For Muslims around the world, the
end of 1998 marks the beginning of the
month-long fast of Ramadhan.
Ramadhan, which begins about 11
days earlier each
year, is the month
on the Islamic
Lunar Calendar
during which
Muslims abstain
completely from
food, drink, and sexual pleasures from
the break of dawn to sunset. Along
with the declaration of faith, daily
prayers, charity, and the pilgrimage to
Mecca, it is one of the five pillars of
Islam. A Muslim prepares for the fast
each day by having a meal called sahur
before dawn. And breaks the fast
directly after sunset with dates and a
drink of water (called iftar), followed
by a meal. Special prayers, called
Taraweeh, are performed every night
in the month of Ramadhan. By the end
of the month the recitation of the Holy
Quran is completed.
Fasting is compulsory for those
who are mentally and physically fit,
past the age of puberty, and are sure
fasting is unlikely to cause real physical or mental injury. Those who are
sick or travelling, as well as women
who are nursing babies, pregnant, or
in the state of menstruation are
among those exempted from fasting
and must make up the missed days at
another time. For Muslims, Ramadhan
is a time of remembrance and giving
thanks to Allah (the Arabic word for
Almighty God) for what they've been
given. It's also a time to contemplate
about God and the universe and ones
place in it. Fasting will increase ones
sincerity to Allah, strengthening the
relationship between the human
being and the creator, a sense of self-
purification and renewed focus on
spirituality. It is also during this month
that Muslims remember the poor and
needy more by giving alms of the
month of Ramadhan and by inviting
them to meals.
Muslims also appreciate the feeling
of togetherness shared by family and
friends throughout the month. The
practical benefits lie in the yearly lesson
in self-restraint, discipline, patience,
and unselfishness that can carry forward to other aspects of a Muslim's life,
such as work or education.
The end of Ramadhan is marked by
the feast of fast-breaking called Eid ul-
Fitr, one of the major Muslim holidays
besides the feast of pilgrimage (Eid ul-
Adha). Eid ul-Fitr begins with special
congregational morning prayers on
the first day of Shawwal, the month
following Ramadhan and lasts for
three days. During Eid, Muslims greet
each  other  with  the   phrase   "Eid
Mubarak" meaning Happy Eid. Eid is
as important to Muslims as Christmas
and Yom Kippur are to Christians and
Jews respectively. Therefore, it is very
important that Muslim workers and
students be given time to attend Eid
prayers. For non-Muslims who want to
share the celebration,
they can congratulate
their fellow Muslims
with   a   small   token
1   such as a card or simply by saying "Happy
The Muslim Students' Association
of UBC (MSA-UBC) actively organises
a series of events during Ramadhan
for Muslim students on campus such
as the daily Taraweeh, weekly Iftar
gatherings, and public speakers. MSA-
UBC is an AMS constituted club and
the only student organization on campus that among other things serves the
cause of Islam and presents Islam to
both Muslims and non-Muslims thus
promoting   friendly   relations   and
understanding between them. For further information about Ramadhan,
visit    the    MSA-UBC    website    at:
MSA-UBC/msapage.html, or send an
e-mail to: msa-ubc@cs.ubc.ca.
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Referendum 1999 Questions
Question #1
Whereas university radio stations, such as CiTR, offer a level
of free speech, expression and diversity not found in most
forms of media; and
Whereas CiTR offers UBC news and current affairs,
Thunderbird sports coverage, and a variety of music you can't
hear anywhere else;
Whereas specific funding raised in a referendum would
ensure that CiTR could not only continue to fulfill its
mandate, but could also increase its services and programming
to meet the ever-changing needs of UBC students;
NOTE: this will result in a S3 increase to your AMS fee.
Therefore, I support a $3 increase to the AMS fee, refundable upon request, and a $2 allocation of the existing AMS
fee, to support the operations and programming of CiTR, UBC's student owned and operated radio station.
□Yes QNo
Question #2
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Whereas the AMS joined the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) in the summer of 1998. at a cost
to UBC students of over $35. 000; and
Whereas AMS Council specifically refused to run a
referendum on the issue, clearly not caring what students think;
Whereas UBC students should have the democratic right to
choose membership in any organization.
UBC students, through a 1996 referendum, directed AMS
Council to do more government lobbying - and specifically
created a new $100,000 per year lobbying fund to do so.
CASA membership costs the AMS only $24,000. It would
cost us over $400,000 and a mandatory new $12 student fee
to join the Canadian Federation of Students, the only other
national student organization.
Major changes lo post-secondary education are happening at
the federal level - UBC students have a right to be heard!
NOTES:    1)A successful  NO   vote Mould require AMS Council to seek the approval of students in a future referendum if they ever
again wanted to join CASA.
2)Neither a 'YES' or  NO' vote will alter vour AMS fee.
Therefore, should the AMS be a member of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations?
□Yes ONo
This is your chance to ask the
candidates what their policies, plans,
and ideas are for your campus.
Wliat makes them the best person to
vote for? This is your opportunity to
find out.
For more candidate information tlie
Elections Supplement will be
available in this week's Page
Friday (Jan 15) oft/ie Ubyssey;
Wed, Jan 13, 1999 12:30-1:30pm
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