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For most people, getting around involves no
more thought than arriving at class on time.
For students with disabilities like Pamela Andrews,
going from one end of the campus to another can be
a small adventure. But if you have the
right attitude, small obstacles can
become major learning experiences.
by Audrey Chan
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But it's not always the easiest
or the most accessible. For those with a physical disability, seemingly minor obstacles
such as a steeply-inclined sidewalk, or an inconveniently-designed doorknob can be a
significant challenge.
At UBC, the buildings can either be accessible to disabled people or, as in the case of
the Main Library, virtually impenetrable. For students like Pamela Andrews who have to
move around on four wheels, reaching certain parts of campus takes strategising, a lot of
creativity, and an undefeatable attitude.
A year and a half ago, Andrews was an avid hiker and was cycling to school every day.
But then she started to notice significant health problems, which her doctor diagnosed as   L,
multiple sclerosis, a progressive, degenerative disease of the nervous system. Soon, she
found walking too difficult.
These days, Andrews gets around on an electric scooter. Despite its size, she is adept
at manoeuvering it; with a few quick turns of the controls she can pivot with remarkable
speed and with a twist of the handle she leaves any mere biped in her dust But when
faced with an awkward set of doors or a flight of stairs with no ramp, things get difficult.
But despite the difficulties, Andrews is grateful for a relatively well-designed campus.
"I think that UBC is a very accessible campus. It is one of the most accessible I have been
to." Andrews, an occupational therapy student at the
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, compares UBC's campus to McGill's and says that there would be no way for her
to get to her classes at the Montreal campus.
She notes that at UBC, there are about 300 students who
need some sort of assistance to navigate campus. "There
are tons of students who have to figure out how to get
around, up, over, under or through significant challenges—
both physically and non-physically." For herself, manoeuvring around campus means having to deal with everything from poorly-designed facilities to stray objects.
For a while, Andrews found herself blocked from much-
needed research resources at the Woodward Biological
library because of a badly-designed ramp. At one particular corner, the railing jutted just far enough into a hairpin
turn that her electric scooter couldn't pivot through the
Similarly, some classrooms posed problems for
Andrews. In the School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the
UBC Hospital, most classrooms are installed with wide,
weighted hospital doors and round doorknobs which are
difficult for Andrews to turn and pull open.
Andrews looked on the market for devices which would help her get through the doors,
but nothing she could find was both effective and cheap. With a clear idea in mind of what
she needed, she came up with her own gadget: a pocket-sized, nylon strap lined on the
inside with adhesive material. For a total production cost of $1.63, she can now slip the
device around any doorknob and twist it open with a quick wrist action. This creative invention won her a prize in Solutions 98, BCs annual health technology contest
For larger-scale problems, Andrews goes to the Disability Resource Centre {DRQ.
Established in 1991, the Centre currently provides direct support to approximately 300 students on campus with both physical and mental disabilities.
According to director Janet Mee, "accessibility is not just about physical disability." Mee
says the DRC also serves people with other types of disabilities. What makes improving the
who have to
figure out how
to get around,
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under or ^
—Pamela Andrews
TIME CONSUMING AND FATIGUING is how student Pamela Andrews describes getting around
buildings on campus a complex task, Mee says, is trying to design for that variety of students.
That includes using Braille and making buildings acoustically-friendly for the hearing
It was the DRC that Andrews went to with her problem of the Woodward library ramp Now,
after a visit from Plant Operations and Campus Planning the ramp has been renovated.
"They did an amazing job," she says about the planners and construction workers who
helped. "The thing that they [the DRC] are really, really good about—and the thing that helps
amazingly—is when you do need a place to be made accessible, they do it for you. Or, they
will move the class. They'll figure out a way so that you can get to class. You're never so stuck
that you cannot go to class."
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titcs **
at the Vogue
Till mid November
by Sarah Galashan
Life is a musical for the cast members
of RENT, or at least it seems to be as we
sit for a chat on the sidewalk patio of a!
Granville St cafe.
It's just as I'd hoped.
Several times throughout the con-!
versation, individual cast members!
break into song, showing off their
vocals. And they should, they've got al
lot to showoff.
The conversation goes something!
like this—sung to whatever high
pitched musical ditty comes to mind. \
Me: May I interview you? j
Saskia: Yes, you surely may! ]
Gavin: This coffee is hot; The Sound;
of Music is not!
Karen: RENT will rule the world!
OK, it isn't really like that, bu
wouldn't that be something? Still, w
do get strange looks from passers-b
who don't quite know what to make o
the three flamboyant actors.
Despite the
issues* its really
about me.     J
wme livin
-je issues. Si
about AIDS,
jjf the point is,not
meant 0
tne taboos
They all want to sing. And
ley do, in the Canadian tour
|of the New York based musi-
Karen Leblanc, who plays the part of Joanne—the
pesbian Harvard Law grad—says character is a challenge,
eblanc's training came from Ontario's Sheridan College
lere, for the most part, her profs didn't know what to
do with her.
"They had only one pop class," remembers Leblanc.
|"They were like, 'You're singing wrong.'" She says musi-
1 theatre classes at Sheridan focused on classical show
nes rather than the rock and roll style of RENT.
But she's obviously doing something right Leblanc is
performing eight shows a week as a lead of RENT'S
ladian tour. She adds that even though the demands
af the show put a strain on her vocal chords, she was
nore concerned for her pipes while touring with the Las
Vegas-based show Legends in Concert, impersonating
la Turner.
She's not alone in having an unusual bio, though.
r Shields, who plays Roger—the HIV positive musi-
lan—was last seen in a Turkish Pantene shampoo com-
lercial. According to Saskia Garel, who plays his on-
age romantic interest, Mimi, Shields was off "roaming
ound the place trying to write that one great song"
tien his mother actually set him up for the audition.
"Carey is Roger to me," Garel says. "I mean he even
MUSICAL SOULS: The cast of RENT rests before another night of issues
on the musical stage. They're candid about life on the road: they're
tired, but they love it. dale lum photos
dresses like Roger. You know, struggling musician.
"He even has a tattoo on his arm that says
'La vie Boheme,'" she adds. An Italian opera, La
Boheme is a nirining theme throughout
RENT—some of the characters are adapted from
Puccini's classic. Shields tells everybody he got the tattoo
long before he got the part
But says Garel, "He has a hard time trying to convince
Unlike Shields, not everyone finds it so easy to relate
to their character.
"For me, it started out as a job," says Garel. "But as far
as relating to my own character, as far as who she is, I
don't relate to her at all. I don't have that kind of life."
And understandably so. Her character, Mimi, is a
teenage, HTV positive New Yorker, living alone and in
poverty. But whether Garel is really Mimi or not, the
audience believes it
"As far as being afraid to open up yourself and be vulnerable to somebody else...I think we've all experienced
that," she says. 'And I think that's what the show really
deals with."
Despite the hype about how RENT is about issues,
it's really about the people living the issues. Sure, I
it's in your face about |
AIDS, drugs, poverty, and I
sexuality, but the point is I
not political. It's meant to [
normalise the taboos.
But is singing and|
dancing about AIDS normal? No, but Gavin Hope, I
one of the swing dancers and an
understudy for the parts of Tom I
Collins and Benny, says no member I
of the audience under the age of 801
has had a problem with it yet
"The music is infectious. It is real I
and I think that has an appeal which
crosses over to the audience," he|
Surprisingly lime negative feedback has come RENT'S way. Maybe I
the show is that good. Or maybe no
one wants to criticise the noble effort of the late |
Jonathan Larson to bring to the stage excerpts of his own
life and create characters out of the friends and people
he once knew.
Larson died before the show ever officially hit the
"The show is Jonathan. Even parts.of the show are
actual real things. The life support group, the life cafe,
they all existed in New York," Hope points out
Larson was a talent committed to his dream. The
show really does work There are a few slow tunes—like
Roger's solo about finding the one perfect song—but the
message is inspiring. It pushes RENT beyong the land of
entertaining eye candy, flashy lights, costumes and
fancy footwork
Its been a long journey for the members of the cast
From a casting call of over 3000, only 21 actors made
their way on to the Canadian staging.
Says Hope, "It's been a ride."* IE UBYSSEY * rftpAY, JfFTEMBER 18.1998
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The Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorships of Green College
and Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies Visiting Professorship
Thomas King
Department of English, Guelph University
Prize-winning novelist; author of Green Gross, Running Water and Medicine Man
and pre-eminent spokesman for aboriginal culture in North America
Fireside Chat in Graham House, Green College
7:30pm Tuesday, September 22, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Reading from New York
12.30pm Wed, Sept. 23, Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road
Native American Studies: On teaching oral and written literature
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A Wasted Evening with Thomas King   Vancouver Institute Lecture
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26 September 1998 Vancouver Community College
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Hang the DJ delves
into dance culture
Opens September 18
at Granville Cinemas
by Jaki Eisman
"Crucify the DJ" might be a more apt tide for this debut feature from directors Marco and Mauro La Villa, which explores the iconic stature to which
DJs—or "tumtablists"—have risen in the dance music subculture. As is,
Hang the DJ still succeeds in its attempt to offer some insight to the laymen
question: why?
Employing classic documentary style, the camera jumps from city to city,
nightclub to nightclub, with the frantic energy of a drugged-up, all-night
raver. The uninformed viewer is offered a behind-the-scenes peek into this
world, where music is the medium as social definer. In a purely Siskel and
Ebertian sense, the thumbs meet halfway.
The film works on a number of levels. In terms of greater purpose, the
directors, obviously huge fans of their subjects, manage to secure credibility
for the DJ as artist Going so far as to enlist an academic to deconstruct the
definition of what constitutes a "musician" (suffice to say the DJ makes the
cut), the debate over whether the hype is justified seems to resolve itself. If it
was simply a matter of slapping record after record on the turntable, the role
of the DJ would still be relegated to the wedding and bar-mitzvah circuit The
big name DJs were focused on exhibiting the ded-     f
ication, as passion and enthusiasm, in and for the   JLl it W3.S
music they were producing. Junior Vasquez, Q-
Bert, and Roger ■Sanchez, to name drop but a few,   silliolv 3.
embody the "consummate professional," demon-
strating that behind the glamour and fame, DJing  ~n a ffpr of
is, after all, still a job.
It is when the La Villas aim to frame their topic
in a wider context that the film falters. While the
bulk of screentime is given to the more mainstream "house" subgenre, being the vehicle of
choice for the aforementioned maestros, the dis- j
unction between hip-hop, jungle, techno, and  rCCOJTCl
garage is only briefly explored. What distinguishes
each genre from the other appears in the film to be  OH the
subtie to the point of being barely perceptible.
Therefore, the approximate 90-rninute ninning tli-TTLtCtOlC
time comes across as much of the same information recycled, regurgitated, and revisited.
A theme which emerges throughout, however,
is that of the dance culture as the "great equaliser"
(provided you're under thirty and have access to a
bank machine). The DJ phenomenon has infiltrated all comers of the globe. Within the subculture,
participants of all races, sexes and sexual persua- ^ t
sions meet in a sweaty mass, bodies throbbing to   DG relegated
the beats emanating from that coveted shrine: the
DJ booth.
The industry behind the music, the emergence
of the female DJ, and the sometimes vicious conflicts which erupt on the circuit are all touched on,
though not in any depth. Which begs the question:
is there any depth whatsoever to the world of
dance clubs, rave parties, and synthetic music?
Rather than risk a "Hang the Film Critic" sequel, I'll
let the viewers answer that one for themselves.*
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Danylo delightful,
delicious romp
playing Sept 1810:15pm and Sept 20 2:00pm
at the Legion as part of the Fringe Festival
by John Bolton
For my money (which, in this instance, is eight bucks) Roman
Danylo is one of Vancouver Theatresport's brightest stars. He's a
quick-witted comic who always creates strong characters and
action in his improvisations. As well, he brings a gende, bemused
quality to his work that provides a refreshing antidote from the
cyncial, ironic commentary that's been passing for improv comedy in this city lately.
It's shame, then, that this presentation isn't the best showcase
for Danylo's talents. Roman attempts in the Romp a freestyle
fusion of improvised and sketch comedy that hits about as often
as it misses. To be sure, there are great characters here: my
favorite scenes involved a bullshitting martial arts instructor who
keeps calling the same volunteer from the audience, and the
pathetic "Mentor the Magnificent" who attempts (unsuccessful-
In the end, Ih©w©V(gir, what
I really wanted was more
mmdmrnm im^©l^eimemt
and more of Danylo doing
what he does best—
ly) to hypnotize himself. I laughed. Hard.
But every scene ended with the same deadly combination of
blackout and blaring music (I did see the first show, and hopefully soundscape artist Laura Skelton has been easing back on
the volume for the rest of the run) and consequentiy the show
never built up any real momentum- The satire was also a little
scattershot—there isn't any obvious thematic thread tying these
sketches together, and this increases the sense of fragmentation.
And I would have liked to have seen some more serious scenes
filtered through the barrage of lunatic comedy if only for the sake
of pacing.
In the end, however, what I really wanted was more audience
involvement and more of Danylo doing what he does best—
improvising! The best sketch of the night involved a war-weary
combat veteran going behind enemy lines (i.e. into the audience)
to save Private Brigs (i.e. some unsuspecting theatregoer). Free
to finally cut loose a little, and play off someone else, Danylo
came to life and so did the crowd. At the end of the show, Roman
finally found time for some straight-up improv, and it's telling
that the elderly garbageman created in the final "moving-people"
scene (an old Theatresports standard) was far more interesting
than any of the more rehearsed characterisations in the sketches.
Don't doubt that Roman Danylo has the chops to synthesise
sketch and improv comedy within a one-man show. He just
needs a better ring in which to strut his stuff.*
Lennv rocks Vancouver
Lenny Kravto rocked the Fta of Nations on Saturday with a perfonrarice trial ple^bcft fans d^
throughout the second half of the concert, Kra^grtpeopteirflvingwrlhl^
ittg wrth an exterded venion of "E^Seve." And, despite
One woman Ecletic Chairs ambitous
playing Sept 18, ions PM and September 19,4:00 PM
at BlindingLight as part of the Fringe Festival
by Nyranne Martin
So what do you picture when you think of a one-woman
Fringe Festival play? An angst-ridden individual desperately
seeking to find an identity in a cruel and conformist world?
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it,
Eclectic Chairs shows the audience exactiy that.
The play maps a woman's lifelong journey towards self-discovery. As you watch the character ease in and out of different
chairs onstage, you also witness the different stages of her development as an individual. Brief clips of her life are brought to light
as she expresses her rejection of conformity in various ways.
In kindergarten, we see how she learns what is to be expected of her: to follow all that "teacher says." So with the character
at the age of four, the audience is asked to believe that she's
already questioning authority and rejecting feminine ideals.
Well, maybe I took it all too literally, but if s still a little much to
ask the audience to swallow.
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focus or tne play was to
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Next come the pre-teen and teenage years, feeling nothing
but intense anxiety and embarrassment. Soon after come the
difficulties of being a wife and mother, with the character also
striving for that pinnacle of recognition: being crowned Mrs.
Chatelaine. After all this, it's no small wonder she quickly
becomes a drunk, though she soon 'miraculously' pulls herself out of this slump and continues her journey. Next she
moves from businesswoman to old crone and, throughout all
these changes, continues to question authority—attempting
to unlearn her "childhood programming" and find her own
Strangely, though the focus of the play was to delve into this
woman's life, it remained difficult to get to know the character
in any real sense. Perhaps it was the excessive amount of cliches
the play contains or perhaps it was the fact that too many stages
of life were skimmed over. Or maybe it was because Eclectic
Chairs almost demands that you reject conformity and seek
self-discovery, defeating the very purpose of its own message.
In any case, that's the thing about the Fringe Festival: you
1 lever quite know what you'll get. Sometimes you may stumble
upon something absolutely fantastic, and sometimes the quality level can be a bit...eclectic? ♦ MRFR 18. iqq«
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And what it does?
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Interested in Commonwealth affairs?
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Still, campus is not without its
challenges. Andrews lives in family housing in Acadia with her fout
children. Because accessible
housing on campus tends to be 1-
or 2-bedroom units, Andrews is
forced to live in a non-accessible
4-bedroom unit with three floors.
With no easy way to get herself up
the stairs, she is still trying to figure a way to secure funding for a
Asked if she finds all these
small obstacles
bothersome, she
answers "not
bothersome, just
n..*c time-consuming
pilib   an(j   fatiguing."
DeOple She adds, "I need
" " to do it. I am the
one with my best
interests closest
to heart because
it's me. But it is
frustrating tc
have to figure out
all the small
However, the
hardest adjustments for her are
the social rathei
than the physical
barriers. "The
biggest change
for me is that I have to actively
pursue interacting with people.
The scooter puts people off sometimes—it's kind of a social barrier.
I have to make the first move, and
it's a lot harder...connecting with
strangers, with people who don't
know me."
Andrews explains that the different path that she has to take
from class means she misses out
on after class banter with hex
classmates. "All my friends exit out
of one side of the building, but 1
can't get out that side of the building because there are stairs. So, 1
have to take the elevator down to
another side of the building and
exit out the front of the building...so you miss- out on the social
Still, she tries to keep a positive
attitude about her disability. "Part
of it, I think, is everybody has fears
about things they are unfamiliai
with. And that's perfectiy normal. I
am afraid of things I am unfamiliar with. I don't in any way see it as
prejudiced or discriminatory."
It's that clear perspective on
her situation which seems to keep
Andrews upbeat. Not only that,
but it's been profitable too:
Andrews recently won a $2,500 US
scholarship in an international
letter writing competition. She
writes, "To cope with the uncertainty of my health, and in particular my mobility, I have had tc
learn to live in the moment.
"Finally I realised that, to live in
the moment, one must view
uncertainty as a journey through
dense fog." Pamela Andrews radiates a determination to have a
good time—no matter what. "No
matter the hand you are dealt, it
doesn't mean you can't play the
game, it doesn't mean you can't
have a lot of fun playing the game,
and it doesn't mean you can't play
a damn good game.",>
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So wfio is Garbage?
Basically, Shirley Manson, Butch Vig
and Those Two Other Guys.
Well.. OK, there's growling Scottish lass
Shirley Manson on vocals, Steve Markes on
guitars, Duke Erickson on bass, and Butch Vig on
drums. You may remember Butch Vig—he produced
such essential alterno-albums as Nirvana's Nevermind
and the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. You may
remember Shirley Manson from the cover of almost every
music magazine. You may remember Those Two Other Guys from
absolutely nothing.
What are they like?
Hectronica-guitar-driven-rock-pop. How's that for a genre? Well, nowadays they're
doing what a lot of groups (Republica, Joydrop, and countiess other useless imitations) are doing, but remember, Garbage did it first With their 1995 debut Garbage, they
opened the door for countless others. Take a dab of old-fashioned pop (singalong choruses,
anyone?) add in some impassioned vocals and crashing guitars, blend it all together with outrageously ornate production and you've got the recipe for success.
How's the new release?
Quite good actually. Considering that
their debut album seemed to have a "Will
Expire by 1998" tag stamped on it, Version
2.0 didn't exactly seem promising. But come
the sophomore album, Garbage are back
better than ever. Version 2.0 indeed. It's the
same old thing as last tme—sulking lyrics and
guitar-electronica   music—but   this   time
around there's a hell of a lot more kick Sure, it's
a bit formulaic, but that doesn't stop it from
being an awesome pop album. After all, they do
cite Brian Wilson as an influence.
Is it worth going to see them?
Now, the new album is good, even great But bear in
mind that Garbage is a studio band. Two session musicians, a famous producer-drummer, and a singer still
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Stella never
finds the
good Groove
At theatres everywhere
 by Jane Taylor
If you like visual humour, simple
story lines and Caribbean coast
lines, then this movie could be for
However, if you go to the cinema looking for innovative ideas,
thoughtful scripts and good acting, don't waste your time on this
movie. It relies heavily on beautiful bodies, sunshine and cliches
guaranteed to make you groan.
Stella is a successful stock market investor and single mother of
one. Yet (we sense) something is
missing from her life.
Booking a holiday to Jamaica is
the beginning of Stella's journey to
'get her groove back', which of
course, inevitably ends in
romance. Much of the film is dedicated to the difficulties a large age
gap can bring to a relationship
and focuses heavily on the reactions of the families. We are left
wondering (well actually, it's pretty obvious) whether or not the
relationship will last.
Unsurprisingly, the movie is at
its best when Whoopi Goldberg
graces the screen. In top form,
Whoopi amuses us by padding the
underpants of male mannequins,
flirting ceaselessly with somewhat
suspect lamaican males and teasing her best friend Stella (played
by Angela Bassett) about her
prospective younger lover.
Likeable and fun, Whoopi is
undoubtedly the highlight of the
Unsurprisingly, the
movie is at its best
when Whoopi
Goldberg graces
the screen. In top
form, Whoopi amuses
us by padding the
Mradl@[rTj3auiift§ of male
Another major highlight, at
least from the female perspective,
are the long drawn out shots of the
body of Taye Diggs, who plays
Winston and is quite a cutie. His
performance is better than that of
Angela Bassett and improves
steadily throughout the film.
Stella's sisters are quite also amusing at times and despite being caricatures (one is outspoken and
flirtatious, the other is uptight and
overly moral) they do have their
Overall though, How Stella Got
Her Groove Back fails to sufficiently develop any depth of character
and is unnecessarily long, with little of a coherent plot, especially
near the end. Instead of being
drawn in, empathising with the
characters and longing to see how
their lives turn out, you'll find
yourself slumped in your chair,
looking at your watch and hoping
for the end.*
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Tuesdays THE UBYSSFY >raiDAY <tf=PTEMBER 1A 1998 9
What's in prini
Haruld Murakami
Wind Up Bird takes flight
by Todd Silver
Everything starts off so innocendy. Toru Okada,
an out of work lawyer so normal he borders on
dull, is cooking spaghetti. His cat is missing.
The phone rings. From then on, things get
pretty strange.
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is the story of
Toru Okada and the people he meets as he
descends into a Tokyo underworld few
Japanese ever experience. The story centers on
Okada and the way he copes with his wife leaving Mm, but the plot weaves, becoming part
detective story, part fantasy. Okada passively
floats in a whirlpool dominated by distant, if
quirky, characters.
As Okada's marriage begins to disintegrate,
he begins to encounter people who live just
outside the sightlines of the average Tokyo resident. A soldier from the forgotten war in
Manchuria. A wig-obsessed teenager. Two psy-
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chic sisters who at one moment seem to never
leave Okada alone, only to then disappear
entirely from the story before reappearing
These are shallow descriptions to be sure,
but that seems to be the central theme of the
novel. Murakami asks if people can ever really
communicate or express themselves. Each
character is somehow alienated from the others, be it Okada's complete inability to deal
with his wife or Cinnamon's—a character who
never reveals his real name—childhood decision to never speak again.
Characters often lament on how they cannot express what they have experienced.
Frustration builds, for both the reader as well
as the characters, as it seems everyone is
trapped in his own private well, trying to
escape before the rising water level rises above
the head. Murakami succeeds in creating a
seemingly cookie-cutter cast of characters
while at the same time hinting that each has an
entire world hidden inside him, unable to
hatch out of its human shell.
But the inability to communicate goes
beyond the individual in Murakami's work.
Japan's unwillingness to deal with what happened during the War results in an entire
nation looking to a false history, a false image
of self which now dominates the national consciousness. Murakami tries to deal with this
with some intense flashbacks to the war in
Manchuria between the Soviets and the
Japanese, but his examination into the period
seems not to fully address what happened in
the Second World War—perhaps intentionally.
The world that these characters inhabit is
vivid and seems to have a heartbeat of its own.
The setting, thanks to Murakami's clear and
potent writing, often becomes as powerful as
any character. There is an abandoned house
full of demons from the past, a hotel of the
mind which contains a labyrinth of endless
corridors and the Manchurian battlefield
which can turn from rugged elegance to searing brutality in an instant.
If The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is any indication, Murakami is an author of the first order. ♦
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MIKE MOSHER UBC's men's soccer head coach will have
to rebuild the Thunderbirds. richard lam photo
1997 was a banner \
in every way but th
pionship banner.
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went undefeated th
a 7-0-3 record, UB
bore. But despite s
nents, the Thundei
shot the McGill Red
couldn't score, and
was a bitter way to
"It was a heartbi
Skinner. "I never f
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in 1998. But with o
returning from las
Skinner will have tc
new teammates be
"This is just my:
spent the summer
and just returned t
seen these guys in
about it—everyboc
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most. Midfielder
undergoing clavicli
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Mike Mosher says
wiped out by Mik
goalkeepers will hs
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The Ubyssey, UBC's official student newspaper, is celebrating its
80th year of publication this fall with a number of events including
an essay writing contest. Students of UBC are invited to submit
essays of up to 1000 words addressing the following issue:
What will UBC be like in another »0 years?
Entries will be judged by an independent panel consisting of UBC faculty on
the basis of content and creativity.
The winning essay will be published in the Ubyssey and the writer will
receive a $1000 award.
Please submit entries by 4.00 p.m., October 1st, 1998 to:
The Ubyssey Essay Contest
Room 245, Student Union Building
6138 S.U.B. Blvd
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z1
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tion when she's a
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is one of UBC's
question silenti}
speaking in carei
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ishing has been t
team, for four
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it a frustrating y<
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ourselves as the,
of deterioration
bitching betwee
anything. Our fc
too many side p
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success this seas
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defender Linds;
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is intensity and THEUBYSSFY.FRIDA'
ranks for the memories
rH stars such as   Chris and Mike Franks gone* UBC
3 Mike Mosher are looking to rebuild a powerhouse
by Bruce Arthur
nner year for the UBC men's soccer team
>ut the most important one—the cham-
Tiinating regular season in which they
ted through the Canada West (CW) with
1, UBC cruised into the playoffs at full
pite shutting out all four playoff oppo-
mderbirds couldn't win it all. They out-
II Redmen 20-0 in the national finals but
, and lost the game on penalty kicks. It
ay to end a terrific season,
sartbreaker, that one," said defender Jeff
ver thought we'd lose that game. Shit
11 go a long way to motivating the Birds
ith only seven players and four starters
n last year's squad, veterans such as
ive to worry about learning to play with
zs before worrying about opponents.
: my second practice," said Skinner, who
tmer playing with the Vancouver 86ers
led to school this week. "I haven't even
>re in a game yet. But I feel pretty good
ybody gives 100 per cent in Training.''
f the Franks brothers may be felt the
der Chris Franks, who will likely be
ivicle surgery, was named Canada West
fear. His younger brother Mike was an
n goal and is now trying out in Europe.
;r will especially be missed. Head coach
says that crosses last year were almost
Mike's height. This year, however, his
ill have big shoes to fill,
such a luxury with Pat Onstead and
apt six or seven years. In those two guys,
you've got two of the best goalkeepers in the country,
and nobody is going to step in and replace a Mike
Franks," he said. Now, Mosher says, UBC's goaltend-
ing will be on par with the other teams in the Canada
But while there will be an inevitable dropoff in
goal, Mosher feels that his back four will be the backbone of the team, with Jeff Skinner, Steve McCauley,
and Spencer Coppin providing the returning strength.
"[We'll be] strong enough that we'll be one of the
stingier teams in terms of giving up goals."
Up front, Mosher will be relying on Capilano transfer   Ali   Kashfia,   who   Mosher
believes to be a formidable offensive weapon at only 5'7". Kashfia
says he's ready for the challenge.
"Every time I play up front, my
goal is to score goals, and if I don't
score the goals, then I feel down
on myself," he said. "Because
that's my job, right?"
While it will take this young
team some time to mesh, Mosher
believes that the new playoff system in the Canada West will benefit the Birds. With the CW playoffs
expanding from two teams to four,
UBC will have a chance to gel during the season without the pressure of every game being a must-
win, get-your-three-points situation.
"In the past, if you finished second and Alberta finished first, you
were looking at playing in
Edmonton in the first week of
And with double the chances of making the playoffs, Mosher is looking at building throughout the season to a peak in November. So far, though, it has been
slow going.
"We've been going now for a month, and slowly but
surely we've been getting there, cohesively. But I
would also say last year it took us probably until mid-
season 'til we really started to gel as a team."
And Mosher believes that once the Birds come
together, they have the potential to go a long way.
"I think these guys can go as far as they want to go.
We do have the talent to win the whole thing."♦
laying A LICKING ON 'EM UBC kicked Alberta by a score ofl-0 last weekend. RICHARD LAM PHOTO
> prepare for new season
by Bruce Arthur
to know about the 1997 UBC women's
is in midfielder Lianne McHardy's reacts asked what went wrong,
row knits up in a frown, McHardy, who
D's three team captains, considers the
ltly for nearly twenty seconds before
irefully measured tones.
.Dick's said it a million times—our fin-
n our problem since I've been with this
tr years, and we had....geez, I don't
:e, and McHardy's frown deepens. Was
year? She responds immediately,
ating. We started to get frustrated with
te season went on, and that caused a lot
>n on the field, a lot of bickering and
3en the players, which doesn't improve
focus wasn't on the game, and we had
personal issues that we couldn't tacti-
d focus is crucial to the Thunderbirds'
ason, according to fourth-year defend-
ningham, who along with third-year
[say Clerkson and McHardy make up
we have to concentrate," said
"We have the ability, and the only thing
i concentration."
After a terrific run in the early '90s, the
Thunderbirds have fallen on hard times. At the 1994
national championship UBC wound up with a disappointing 4-5-1 record for their second consecutive
third-place Canada West finish. Head coach Dick
Mosher hopes that UBC is on the road back to prominence.
"Maybe we've stabilised, like the stock market. I'm
really positive. I mean, we've got to get this situation
turned around."
And while the 1997 T-Birds were submarined by
their lack of scoring touch, Mosher hopes that fresh
faces in 1998 will change all that.
"We had real difficulty finishing. In fact, to be very
honest, we didn't [even] look much like we'd finish,"
he grimaced. "That really was our Achilles heel, and I
think we've gone out and hopefully rectified the situation."
The reason for Mosher's optimism is the recruitment of two first-year players, striker Roz Hicks and
forward Vanessa Martino. Both bring natural forward
skills to the field, and Mosher believes that Hicks,
who is the younger sister of T-Bird stalwart Gillian
Hicks, has the potential to carry the load inside the 30
yard line.
"She is the most gifted striker to come out of high
school in the last few number of years, I feel, and she's
also come to a team that's going to give her good support"
That support will come from players who were
forced to play out of position last season and will be
returning to their natural spots, according to
"We had some players last year who could finish
but a lot of them were playing out of position due to
us trying to find the right combination," he sighed.
But he says that with players like Kim Spencer,
Lynsey Birkenshaw, and Liz Connor back in their
natural positions, UBC's offence is set to improve.
McHardy agrees, and says that she thinks that this
Thunderbird team could go a long way.
"I'm excited. I think we have the potential to go all
the way this year. Last year I don't think we had the
potential—it wasn't our year. This year, if everything
goes right, it's a definite possibility."
Mosher, who says he wouldn't be surprised if UBC,
Calgary, Alberta, and Victoria finish in a four-way tie
at season's end, wants this to be UBC's year.
"We've got to move to the upside and that means
getting back in the top two for sure. And I'm not even
meaning pointwise, I mean when we come off the
field at the end of the season we say, 'Hey, we are in
the top two. We are in that group.' And it would be
very nice to be in the top one."
The feeling about this year is summed up by
McHardy's response to the question of whether this
will be UBC's big comeback year.
"Yeah," she smiles.
No hesitation? She smiles again.
wins two
gold medals
by Bruce Arthur
UBC star Mark Versfeld added
to his medal collection
Wednesday at the
Commonwealth Games by
powering his way to gold in
thelOOm backstroke in a
Games-record 55.52 seconds.
Versfeld won his second
gold medal of the Games,
being held in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, while setting his second Games record. He won
the 200m backstroke earlier
this week in a time of 1:59.67.
The third-year Science student also won a bronze as part
of the Canadian 4 x 100m
medley relay team, which
included brand-new Bird
Garret Pulle. Pulle has been
busy, as he anchored the
Canadian 4 x 100m freestyle
team that won a silver medal
to a time of 3:21.27.
Pulle's fellow first year Bird
Jessica Deglau is only adding
to UBC's terrific pool performance as she ran her medal
count to four with a bronze in
the 200m butterfly in a time of
2:11.67 and a silver medal on
the 4 x 100 medley relay team.
UBC now has accumulated
10 medals at the Games—all in
the swimming pool.
The UBC contingent in
Malaysia includes swimmers
Versfeld, Pulle, Greg Hamm,
Jessica Deglau, Sarah Evanetz,
Brent Sallee, Tim Peterson,
Mark Johnston, swim coaches
Tom Johnson and Randy
Bennett, field hockey goal-
tender Ann Harada, and rugby
head coach Spence McTavish.
Canada's medal count
stands at 58—14 gold, 21 silver, and 23 bronze. The
Commonwealth Games run
until September 21st*
Of the 20-player< women's
soccer team, number that
were born in the 1980s—3
Of the 22-player men's soccer team, number that are in
their first or second year of
Of the 22-pJayer men's soccer team, number that have
graduated from the Faculty
of Law—1 ONick Hopewell)
Of the five main Canada
West football statistical categories, number that are led
by a UBC player-—4
Percent gain in rushing
yards for Akbal Singh from
all last season through two
games this year— +95 ♦ 12 THE UBYSSEY* FRIDAY; SEPTEMBER 18,1998
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by Michael Connors
The Muse
STJOHN'S(CUP)— Newfoundland
students say they were caught off
guard recently when the province
began enforcing a policy limiting
the number of semesters that students are eligible for loans.
Under the policy, which the
Newfoundland government
began enforcing during the summer, students are eligible for loans
for the length of time it normally
takes to complete their program of
study plus one extra academic
"Ultimately, and I hate
saying this, but we as
student borrowers
really have to keep a
check on these regulations and ask more
Dale Kirby
President Nfld and Labrador
Federation of Students
year. So a student doing a standard four-year undergraduate
degree can expect to receive funding for five years.
But the province's student aid
office defines an academic year as
two semesters, giving students on
loans a time limit of 10 semesters.
Some students say the limit isn't
fair, while others say they didn't
know about the policy before it
was enforced.
Peter Fletcher, a fourth-year
business student at Memorial
University, says he was taken by
surprise when he received a letter
last month stating while he would
receive loans for the fall semester,
he wouldn't be funded beyond
that because he had exceeded the
time limit.
Fletcher appealed that decision
and was told last week he would
be given a one-semester extension
because he will need just three
more courses to finish his program next winter. "The reason
why it took me ten semesters is
because of a domestic problem,"
he said. "My daughter has been ill
for some time and it takes up a lot
of my time, so I had to reduce my
course load."
The province's determination
that a four-year program equals
eight semesters is confusing
because Memorial University
offers three semesters a year,
Fletcher says. "[That] means technically 12 semesters. They need to
clarify whether it's semesters or
Dale Kirby, president of the
Newfoundland and Labrador
Federation of Students, says the
province didn't provide students
with advance warning that the
policy was going to be enforced.
"Ultimately, and I hate saying
this, but we as student borrowers
really have to keep a check on
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Opposition parties call for APEC debate
by Alex Bustos
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)—Federal opposition parties are calling on
the prime minister to clarify his role in the RCMP crackdown
of student protesters at last year's Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vancouver.
Recent documents obtained by UBC students—which
were leaked to the media—suggest the Prime Minister's
Office advised the RCMP to be aggressive with anyone
demonstrating against then-Indonesian president Suharto.
"[The leaked documents] leave the big question: is the
RCMP to be considered a political police force, and if yes, is it
appropriate?" asked Progressive Conservative House Leader
Peter MacKay.
The RCMP Public Complaints Commission looking into
the police force's role during APEC has been adjourned until
October 5.
But MacKay—who called on the prime minister to make a
formal statement next week when the House of Commons
resumes sitting—believes a formal parliamentary debate
must take place now.
"The necessity of debate stems from the growing lack of
confidence by the public in the PM's judgement," he said.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) joined the
Conservatives by also calling for an emergency House of
Commons debate on the APEC scandal.
"It's not clear whether the RCMP inquiry will get all the
answers from the Prime Minister's Office," said Hugh
Blakeney, the NDP's press secretary.
To assure the government comes clean with its involvement in APEC, he argued, a House of Commons debate must
take place.
"It's fundamental to have debate on this now, and not
three months down the road when it's too late," said
The Prime Minister's Office, however, is keeping mum
about its future intentions.
"Because the matter is before the RCMP inquiry, it's inappropriate to comment," said Jennifer Lang, deputy press secretary to the prime minster. "However, we have said in the
past that we acted in the best interest of security."
Lang refused to comment on whether the prime minister
would testify at the inquiry, saying the question was at present a hypothetical one.»>
AMS gives $10,001 to complainants
by Douglas Quan
Students involved in RCMP Public Complaints Commission
hearings will get $10,001 of AMS money to help pay their
legal costs after the student society voted Wednesday night to
allocate the money from its university and external lobbying
The students had worried they wouldn't be able to lodge
an effective complaint agianst the RCMP because of a federal government decision not to pay their legal fees. Some students had threatened to boycott the hearings.
But a string of financial contributions from the public in
recent days, including a $10,000 contribution from the BC
Federation of Labour, has given lawyers for the complainants—who've mostly been volunteering their time—
more certainty they will be paid, and thus, more hope to stu
dents that they can rely on their lawyers to see the hearings
The panel in charge of hearing the students' complaints
agreed last Monday to adjourn proceedings for three weeks to
give the students and their lawyers more time to prepare.
The students allege the RCMP used excessive force during
last year's summit by using pepper spray. They also say internal government and RCMP documents they've received from
the commission reveal Prime Minister Jean Chretien directed
RCMP to make sure there would be no visible signs of protest
because he didn't want to risk embarrassing then-Indonesian
president Suharto.
Not every AMS councillor agreed with donating the money,
however. Sandra Matsuyama, AMS director of finance, warned
councillors that of the $100,000 in this year's lobbying fund,
$75,000 had already been committed to cover the expenses of
joining the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and to
pay for the salary of AMS policy analyst Desmond Rodenbour.
After the council meeting, Matsuyama told the Ubyssey she
felt the lobbying fund was being depleted too quickly. She said
she was worried future lobbying efforts would have to be paid
for out of other funds in the society which is "in a deficit position."
"One of my goals was to ease ourselves out of the dependence on [the Coke money]," Matsuyama said, referring to the
society's exclusive deal with the beverage company. While the
AMS had hoped to put revenue from the deal into new initiatives, it has been used for general operations, she said.
But supporters of the motion said it's rare that council is
called upon to contribute to students' legal expenses. "It's the
rainy day that's just happened," said BoG representative James
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We are proud to present the recipients of
ubyssey Community
^Contribution award
1998 marks a special year for the Ubyssey. Not only is it the year in which we celebrate our 80th Anniversary, but it is also the year in which we have founded the
Ubyssey Community Contribution Award. While there are many awards, scholarships, and bursaries at UBC that recognise service, financial need, academic
and athletic achievement, there are none that primarily recognise the importance of UBC as a community and the efforts of those individuals that strive to
strengthen it This spring, the Ubyssey Publications Society established an
endowment to fund such an award.
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural award. Both individuals have made exceptional contributions to UBC and have done a great
deal to foster a sense of community on campus. Given the diversity of their contributions, it is impossible to value one's efforts above the other. The selection
committee has therefore awarded the 1998 Ubyssey Community Contribution
Award to Allison Dunnet and Michael Hughes. UBC is fortunate to have such
dedicated community members.
Michael Hughes
Over the last seven years, Michael has demonstrated an unparalleled dedication to the UBC community. Through principled and responsible activism
and dedicated leadership, Michael's efforts have encouraged students and
helped to raise consciousness of students and empower them as a community. Although Michael would be the first to state that activism is a collective
effort and not individual, his consistent dedication to social activism for an
extended period of years is exceptional and noteworthy.
Michael has been involved in the occupation of the President's office to
protest increased international student fees, helped to bring the recent lawsuit successfully challenging increased ancillary fees, campaigned for the referenda creating the Student Aid and Legal Funds, and was a key organiser of
the anti-APEC protests, as well as other activism on campus.
Michael has also served two terms as president of CUPE Local 2778, served as
an AMS Council Member for numerous terms, represented students on the
UBC Board of Governors from 1993-96, played a key role in the Graduate
Student's Society, and now serves as President of the Student Legal Fund
Society. Michael's concern for the UBC community is evident in his efforts to
making UBC more accountable, democratic, fair, and accessible to all.
Allison Dunnet
Allison's most significant contribution to the UBC Community has been her
pivotal role in the creation and organisation of Imagine UBC, the campus
wide first year orientation program. The commitment that Allison has
demonstrated in establishing a program to counter the alienation and frustration felt by many students at their arrival in such a large, complex institution is truly remarkable. In just a few short months, Allison, as a co-chair of
the Imagine UBC Committee, helped to achieve the formidable task of bringing together many different groups on campus and mobilising hundreds of
volunteers. The result of this event enjoyed by thousands was amazing.
Imagine UBC, more than any single campus event, has strengthened the
sense of UBC community among all participants and led to increased student
Allison's contributions to the UBC community extend beyond her role in
Imagine UBC. She has also demonstrated a commitment to the UBC community as AMS Co-ordinator of External Affairs in 1996-97 when she lobbied
for students on issues of housing, transit, education funding, student leadership and with her work on Humanities 101, a course on empowerment and
knowledge for students from the Downtown Eastside.
The Ubyssey Community Contribution Award is an annual prize awarded to a UBC student who has demonstrated an
exceptional commitment to developing and strengthening the UBC community. The award is administered by an independent
committee comprised of UBC faculty, administration, and students and is chaired by UBC Awards and Financial Aid. THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY.
UBC med school goes alternative
by Jamie Woods
UBC's medical school will become the first in Canada to offer a
comprehensive introductory course in alternative therapies
next year.
Structured as a clerkship, the fourth year course will offer lectures in acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, orthomolecular
medicine, shen therapy, Native American spiritual healing, and
therapeutic touch. Students will then spend up to a month
studying one or more of those fields with a certified practitioner.
Nazmudein Merali, a general practitioner (GP) who brought
the course idea forward to the faculty, says UBC needs to integrate alternative therapies into its teaching if it wants to keep
with the times.
"People are asking questions about complementary medicine and if we turn around and say, 'Look this doesn't exist,' then
we are only fooling ourselves."
Until now, UBC has only offered a second year course that
outlines the concepts of alternative or complementary medicine.
An October 1997 Angus Reid poll revealed that seven in 10
Canadians think provincial health care plans should cover alternative medicine costs, and that 56 per cent of British
Columbians now use alternative medicine. Andrew Chalmers,
associate dean of the faculty of medicine undergraduate program, says the widespread use of alternative medicine is the
reason why the faculty is introducing the course.
"Students need to understand what people are doing, they
need to understand what kinds of potential problems there are,
as some complementary medicines react very nastily with
some of our traditional therapies. They also need to understand
that complementary therapies have a therapeutic effect," he
But Jim Lane, president of the BC Medical Association, says
that while he doesn't think it's wrong to make students aware of
complementary medicine, he has concerns about the scientific
basis of alternative therapies.
"I'm a little surprised that [UBC is] putting the course on. I
think that our major concern would be that we would always
emphasize that medicine should be evidence-based, and some
alternative therapies are less than adequate in a scientific evidence base."
Chris Lam, a GP and acupuncturist who presented the
course proposal with Merali, says there are weaknesses in every
medical tradition that art integrative approach could help offset
"The weakness in traditional Chinese medicine is in the
aggressive surgical areas, acute medical conditions like trauma.
Conversely, the shortcomings of western medicine, such as
mind body conditions, chronic conditions, can be dealt with
much better by traditional Chinese medicine," he said.
Megan Corcoran, a first year medical student, says she'd consider taking the course. "I'm not a strong believer in that stuff,
but I'd take the course to be aware of it so I know what's oul
there and what it's all about"
The course will operate on a trial run from January to May. ♦
New AMS store
records a profit
CAMPUS CRUSADERS gave away free bibles and Christian rock CDs in the Chem Building
Wednesday, dale lum photo
Crusaders crossed
by Jaime Tong
The new AMS-owned retail outlet is
recording a profit But whether profits
exceed those of its predecessor—the privately-owned Thunderbird Shop—
remains to be seen.
AMS general manager Bemie Peets
says he's optimistic even though the
store recorded net profits of only about
$11,000 since its opening in May.
"They're kind of summary numbers,"
said Peets. "I think it would be a better
indication after we've had some back-to-
school numbers in there because these
are just from the summer period."
Peets said he expects the year end
profits to exceed $100,000.
"It took a couple of months, probably
six weeks to get rolling. Obviously it
takes a little while to get the proper merchandise assortment in, but we had a
really good August and back-to-school
has just been outstanding," said Peets.
by Douglas Quan
Members of a UBC student Christian group say
they're not affiliated with the Vancouver Church
of Christ, nor have they ever been banned from
But the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS)
called campus security on
Wednesday afternoon when they
discovered members of the
Campus Crusade for Christ were
distributing free bags of religious
material to first year students in
the Chemistry building.
The so-called "survival kit"
contained a copy of The New
Testament, a CD titled No Lies,
and religious propaganda disguised in the form of a glossy
sports magazine.
"I don't have patience for that
kind of crap," said SUS representative, Jake Gray who claimed
that the group had been banned
from campus two years ago.
But members of the group dismissed the allegations and said
they  were doing nothing more
than giving their club—which is registered with
the UBC Association of Christian Clubs—a little
bit of exposure.
They also said the SUS was probably confusing them with another religious group, the
I don't
for that
kind of
—Jake Gray
SUS rep
Vancouver Church of Christ, which was banned
from campus last year because of its recruitment
"It's the second time we've been here that
there's been some misunderstanding," said member Pam Wong.
Wong said the reason they were taking down
names and phone numbers was that they
wanted to conduct a survey of the students to see what they thought of the free
material, not to pressure them into
becoming members.
"If they're not interested...we'il throw
away their numbers," Wong said.
First year students who picked up a
bag of the religious material said they didn't think the club was doing anything
"They give you the option," said April
Green. "As long as they're not forcing it
down your throat"
A campus security operator said she
had called the I>ublic Affairs Office to verify what the university's policy on pam-
phleting was before sending a security
officer. But she did not receive an answer
by the end of the day.
When contacted by the Ubyssey, a
Public Affairs spokesperson said that she also did
not know what UBC's policy was, and was waiting to hear back from university lawyers on the
matter. They did not have an answer by press
time. ♦
Last spring, the T-Bird shop failed to
win a referendum that would have
forced the AMS to renegotiate a new
lease with the 25 year old store.
The AMS argued that owning its own
retail store would bring in more revenue
than the $84,700 the T-Bird shop paid in
But aside from a few minor alterations, including a new paint job and
new shelving, no substantial changes
have been made.
While most of the inventory is similar
to the T-Bird Shop, the new AMS store no
longer stocks tobacco and candy.
"We're very responsive to student
needs and right now I would probably
say that selection-wise we're about
halfway there. We're still expanding," said
Wing Yu, the new store manager. "The
one thing that I don't want to happen is
to have the store totally stay the same."
The store will not be named until the
begining of October. ♦
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UVic joins Pepsi
But how much revenue the deal will
pull in for the university is top secret.
By Mary Vallis
The Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)—Students and staff at the University of Victoria will
soon find it hard to get a glass of Coca Cola on campus.
In the latest chapter of the campus cola wars, the University of
Victoria has signed an exclusivity deal with PepsiCo, granting the company sole distribution rights of its cola, juices and bottled water on campus for the next ten years.
The deal brings the institution in line with other Canadian universities that have recently signed exclusivity deals with cola companies.
Just as in other cases, the deal between the University of Victoria and
Pepsi has raised questions about the trade-off between private financial
support for the university in an age of declining government support,
and the university's role as a commercial-free zone.
The deal means student groups will be encouraged to have Pepsi beverages at their events over other beverages because they'll be provided to
them at no cost, says Jim Griffith, the university's acting executive director of student relations.
Morgan Stewart, finance director with the university's student society,
disagrees. "There's nothing [in the contract] that says I have to encourage
students to buy Pepsi," he said, adding he will readily discuss the deal
with students in his office over a cold can of Safeway Select cola.
But just how much revenue the new deal is expected to pull in for the
university is unknown, as all dollar figures are confidential under an airtight non-disclosure policy modeled after UBC's contract with Coke.
Griffith says there's a clear reason why cola companies pursue such
deals. "I think the thing that drives the soft drink companies is their ego,"
he said. "They want those [exclusive] rights. If they can train you to drink
Dr Pepper for four years you'll probably drink it when you leave campus.
It's like they're buying into your future."
He maintains, however, that there's a limit to what deals the
University of Victoria will sign. "The institution will not sacrifice its corporate identity or its academic credibUity."
The university's student society has joined the trend toward corporate
partnerships. It signed onto the university's deal with Pepsi after aban-
"I think the thing that drives the soft
drink companies is their ego. They want
those [exclusive] rights. If they can train
you to drink Dr Pepper for four years you'll
probably drink it when you leave campus.
It's like they're buying into your future."
-Jim Griffith, UVic acting executive
director of student relations
doning its own deal with Coke six months early, a move that secured it a
one-time $40,000 signing bonus.
The society and other campus groups were invited in on the deal by
the university to help increase the campus's bargaining power when
dealing with corporations. It was a move similar to last year's partnership
between the student society and university administration to support
the dairy company Dairyland, for all campus eateries.
"We're going into these deals because we want to enhance the opportunities of the students, because it's the student who's consuming," said
Jeff Sims, who was hired by the university to develop revenue through the
commercial sector.
Sims views the university as a charity—and corporations as willing
donors. "The bottom line is no one wants to pay higher taxes...yet we
don't want to pay higher tuition [either]."
Meanwhile this summer, the student council, in conjunction with the
alumni association, approved a motion to join a five-year exclusivity deal
with the American-owned credit card company MBNA
Under the deal, MBNA will be the only credit card vendor allowed to
recruit students in the student union building this fall.
It also allows the student council to make money off every new credit
card membership and each transaction made by a cardholder. That will
likely amount to $9,000 in revenue in the first year, Stewart says.
"[The deal] is a good way to make money off other people without
doing a lot of work," said Anita Zaenker, director of services for the student council, when the deal was discussed in June.
Critics of that deal say in a time of rising student debt, inviting a credit card company onto campus spells trouble.
But Stewart says the deal doesn't encourage students to go into
greater debt—it offers them a chance to develop a good credit rating
instead. "I think people in this society need to have access to purchasing," he said. "Student incomes are at a level where credit is a good thing
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U of Manitoba faculty considering strike
by Krishna Lalbiharie
The Manrtoban
WINNIPEG (CUP)—Mandatory retirement age is the key dispute in contract negotiations between faculty and administration at the University of Manitoba. And although progress may
have been made between the University of Manitoba Faculty
Association (UMFA) and the University of Manitoba, the two
sides are deeply divided and a faculty strike has not been ruled
The UMFA has been working without a contract since April
1. Both sides have been in negotiations since February, but are
in strong disagreement over provincial legislation which seeks
to enforce a mandatory retirement age of 65 years or over on
all academic, professional and managerial staff at the U of M.
Other unresolved issues include faculty renewal, performance indicators and evaluation of members.
Although the UMFA's principal conciliator Robert
Chernomas is pleased that the administration began substantive negotiations on September 4, he says the Board's proposal "still falls far short in significant areas where the membership instructed us to seek improvements."
UMFA maintains that the Board's recommendations do not
consider university renewal and retirement incentives, cooperative policy development between the association and
the administration, and academic freedom and employment
rights of term and non-tenured members.
However, the university's Board of Governors feel that they
have already made substantial concessions.
"The Board's put together a package that is reasonable, sensible and quite a large departure from its previous positions,"
says Richard Lobdell, acting vice-provost (programs) and the
U of M's principal negotiator.
The Board's proposal recommends compulsory retirement
"Our proposal would save the
administration more money than
mandatory retirement will. It will
guarantee choice, and it mandates
Robert Chernomas
U of M Faculty Association conciliator
for UMFA members at age 69, as federal pension regulations
oblige members to collect pension monies at that time. Other
recommendations include the establishment of joint committees to consider intellectual property rights, promotion of
members, scaled salary increases and elimination of days off
without pay for U of M employees.
UMFA President Jay Goldstein is gready concerned over
what he believes to be one of the more serious issues—the
use of performance indicators to evaluate the performance
and productivity of professors and programs. He says they
are an unfair means of "measuring academic performance
and program relevancy in light of the economic and political climate"
"Given the extreme difficulties in measuring the academic
value of a program, [UMFA] would prefer that no performance
indicator be used to initiate an academic redundancy because
its very hard to measure the academic performance of a program," he said.
In 1997, the Board opted to terminate early retirement
incentive packages available for those qualified faculty seeking
Consequently, UMFA offered the Board funding of $1 million from the association's reserve fund to help finance the cost
of a retirement incentive plan.
" [UMFAs] proposal would ensure that faculties and schools
will be able to replace retirees on [a] one-for-one basis over a
period of a few years," said Goldstein.
"By refusing to accept the retirement incentive and renewal
package that [UMFA] is putting forward, the administration is
looking a gift horse in the mouth. Our proposal would save the
administration more money than mandatory retirement will. It
will guarantee choice, and it mandates renewal," added
UMFA will be holding a series of informational sessions and
meetings this week. A special general meeting of UMFA members will convene on September 24.
"The possibility of a strike has not been ruled out We'll know
much better where we're going after the 24th," says Goldstein.
"The membership will be informed as to where things
stand At that time, our membership will know better as to
whether a strike vote is to be called."*
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The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper
of the University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are art autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion
of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or
the University of British Columbia.
rhe Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey
is the property of The Ubyssey Publications
Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and
artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone number,
student number and signature (not for publication) as well as your year and faculty with
all submissions. ID will be checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office
of The Ubyssey. otherwise verification will be
done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300
words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
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letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the
latter is time senstitive. Opinion pieces will not be
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Fernie Pereira
Stephanie Keane
Shalene Takara
The Ubyssey team started off strong at the
Commonwealth Games Thursday night. In the pool, Joe
Clark and Dale ium defended theif gold medal in synchro
swimming, while Sarah Galashan and John Zaozirny
cheered them on. Federico Barahona beamed with pride
when their eyeshadow didn't run.. On the field hockey
pitch, John Alexander fired the winning goal for an overtime win. Todd Hallett racked up another shutout, and
coach Bruce Arthur looked forward to the medal round.
Things didn't run so smoothly on the track. The 4x.00m
relay team of Tom Peacock, Holly Kim, Orty Givton, and
Derek Deland dropped the baton, while Douglas Quan
lost his left hand to Nyranne Martin's stray javelin.
Cynthia Lee tripped over the hurdles, ami Ian Sonshine
speared himserf in the pole vault. Nicholas Bradley got
spiked by Ronald Nurwisah in the 1500m, Andrea Mitek
couldn't find her uniform, ami iane Taylor showed up late
for her semi-final. Jamie Woods, Tara Westover, John
Bolton, and Jerome Yang all tested* positive, but chef-demission Todd Silver daimed they were innocent. The
evening ended in disgrace when Jaime Tong was thrown
out of the athletes' village and Jaki Eisman and Audrey
Chan defected to Jamaica.
Selective censorship
You, if you are reading this, are likely a student. Where you go, clubs and organisations
will follow, wanting your attention, devotion, or cash. You've seen them. Clubs Days,
Imagine UBC, or those leaflet-pushers in
front of the SUB. They're everywhere. All
Some want volunteers, or members, or
customers, or disciples. Some use what the
university may deem "inappropriate propaganda."
The problem here is that there seems to
be precious few guidelines on campus that
define just what inappropriate material is.
Last year it was pamphlets handed out by
students protesting UBC's role in the APEC
summit. Those threatening leaflets brought
out the campus cowboys who insisted UBC
would not allow \that material to be distributed. Ditto at an anti-Coke demonstration
anticipating the visit of Coke CEO Henry A
Shimberg in early May, at which campus
security said the protesters first needed
"express written permission from our [campus security] department," according to This
Magazine [July/August 98].
This week Science undergrad reps took
issue with a group calling themselves
Campus Crusade for Christ. The devout
churchfolk had stationed themselves in the
Chemistry building and were handing out
bags of goodies including Christian rock
CDs, Christian sports magazines and snazzy
new Bibles. Free!
In both cases, neither campus security
nor the student execs had any actual authority to stop distribution or remove distributors, but each made threats to that effect.
The Campus Crusaders didn't leave.
Security didn't know if they had authority to
ask them to leave. The students didn't know.
UBC Public Affairs, who should know, didn't.
Finding out was near impossible. We tried.
What must be cleared up, to both UBC
administrators and students, is just what the
university deems 'inappropriate.' Is religious
material? Is pornography? Is hate literature?
No one knows.
If any of those were being distributed free
on campus, who would have the authority to
remove them? Not security. Not any student
society. There have been threats to enforce a
policy which is apparendy non-existent, and
which is used inconsistendy and only when
they happen to disagree with the material.
So the question is, what constitutes disagreeable material? How about those "campus grab bags" soliciting us to take out magazine subscriptions or sign up for credit
cards? Or those booths outside the SUB asking us to join their long-distance phone
plans? It seems that kind of material can be
distributed on campus with impunity.
So, unless the university wants the
appearance of enacting censorship, it
should find out just what their policy is.»>
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Equity Office
fights for diversity
In "Equity hiring tjiscriminatory"
{The Ubyssey, September 15,1998),
Brian Jen-Chang Yeh apparently
confuses UBC's employment equity program with affirmative action
programs in the United States.
UBC sets hiring goals to meet
the requirements of the Federal
Employment Equity Act, but UBC's
efforts to diversify the workforce
are intended to advance the merit
principle that informs all university
efforts to pursue excellence.
University policies 2 and 20
both require that UBC's employment equity program be consistent with the merit principle. This
consistency is achieved by requiring university departments to
strive to attract as many qualified
applicants as possible and to
choose the most meritious among
them, irrespective of gender, race
or other unrelated characteristics.
Accordingly, employment decisions at the university are to be
based on job performance criteria
such as skills, knowledge and abilities.
No evidence exists to show that
UBC's equity program has resulted
in appointments on grounds other
than merit For example, in the
area of gender, several years of data
on tenure-track faculty appointments demonstrates that UBC has
hired males for over 60 per cent of
its faculty positions. This ratio
roughly reflects the ratio of men to
women in relevant applicant
pools. Thus this pattern is consistent with hiring on merit and
inconsistent with bias in favour of
special groups.
Should Brian Jen-Chang Yeh or
others wish to learn more about
UBC's Equity Office efforts to
advance merit as the foundation
and guiding principle for all hiring
activities, I invite them to read
UBC's Equity Office Annual
Report This report is available on
the Equity Office website
(www.equity.ubc.ca) or at the
Equity Office (306 Brock Hall).
UBCEquity Office
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The skinny on being thin
by Orly Givton
A girl once told me she wished she could be thinner. She
wasn't at all overweight; in fact she was already quite slim.
However, she believed that if she were thinner, she would
automatically be more beautiful and popular as well. That's
what being thin means, right? At least that's what most people associate with the word "thin." Most of us would be surprised to read the Webster's Dictionary definition of the
word "thin." "Those sexy individuals who can stop traffic
with the swing of a hip and never have any problems," is not
listed as one of the possible interpretations of the word. In
fact, the word has a completely negative definition.
According to the dictionary, to be thin is to be "weak...flimsy
or unconvincing" and "lacking substance." Now what I
would really like to know is, why the hell does everybody
want to be thin? If everybody were thin, this would be a
world of lifeless individuals with no personalities or distinguishing characteristics. Is that really what we want?
Probably not. So why is it that you gush over people with
good bodies saying "Ooh, she's so thin," when what you're
really saying is "She's got a nice ass, but she's
we're thin. I'm not saying that slim people are dumb, I'm
simply stating what thin people are. So if you want to criticize your enemy (who happens to have a nice ass) by saying
he/she is frivolous and an insignificant addition to the
human race without saying so in such a blunt manner, go
ahead and gush "how do you stay so thin?" But if what you
really want to do is compliment a
an idiot." Is that actually something to be "P'Fl'R fl"P*Fili'|' I A/^T^) friend on looking healthy and fit,
proud of? Maybe that really is what you're  OPINION '  don't use the word thin. And the next
thinking. Perhaps you wish you had an ass as
nice as hers but you make yourself feel better by assuming
that she's got no personality. Or maybe, you're like the
majority of the population who just jumps on the bandwagon, regurgitating words with meanings about which you are
clueless. So why do we say thank you to people who tell us
time somebody tells you you're thin,
don't say thank you because basically that person is telling
you that you're a flake with a good body. And that is definitely nothing to be proud of. ♦
Orly Givton is a third year English major.
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