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Does the health plan measure up?
 by Daliah Merzaban
The central question in this week's Alma
Mater Society (AMS) referendum could
have an enormous effect on the bodies—
and wallets—of UBC students.
Students will head to the polls this week
to vote whether they want a health and dental plan, but comparisons with other
Canadian universities show that the AMS
may not have negotiated the best deal possible.
If UBC students vote in favour of the
plan during the referendum, which starts
Wednesday and runs for eight days, students will pay $168 per year ($14 per
month) for a mandatory health and dental
plan which will take effect in January,
The plan's cost breaks down to $75 per
year for medical coverage, and $87 for dental. The extra six dollars will help offset
future premium increases.
The proposed plan covers 80 per cent of
the cost of prescription drugs (including
oral contraceptives), makes $75 available
every two years for students who need
glasses or contact lenses, covers 40 per
cent of the cost of refractive laser eye
surgery, and provides additional annual
coverage of $300 for counselling, $ 150 for
vaccinations and $1 million for out-of-
country insurance.
In addition, the plan covers 70 per cent
of the cost of an annual dental check-up,
cleaning, and fillings, as well as 50 per cent
of the costs of minor surgery—including
root canals and wisdom teeth removal—to
an annual maximum of $ 750.
The scope of coverage is comparable to
that found at other Canadian universities:
prices for health plans range from $45.60
at the University of Toronto, which doesn't
cover oral contraceptives, to a $94 price
tag at the University of Victoria (UVic),
which offers such features as lanlimited
out-of-counhy coverage.
Dental plans across the country are also
extremely similar in price and in features
provided: The health provider chosen by the AMS, Student Care
Networks (SCN), is unique in offering an additional 20 per cent discount to students who go to specific
dentists. Any dentist who will give a
20 per cent discount to all UBC students will become a member of this
network of dentists.
And SCN is evidently confident
in its own plan.
"We've never lost a referendum," said SCN executive director
Lev Bukhman. "Our programs have
never been rejected by students."
But should UBC students choose
to accept SCN's health and dental
plan, those who don't want to pay
for the plan will have a hard time
opting out.
The rules in the proposed UBC
plan are specific: undergraduate
and graduate students may only opt
out if they have equivalent health
and dental coverage. Students with
equivalent medical coverage but no
dental plan will end up paying the
full dual plan fee, regardless.
But this was not always the case  HEALTH PLAN: UBC students head to the polls this week to decide the fate of the proposed health
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McGill students are covered by an SCN
health and dental plan. But undergraduates have the option of opting out of either
the health or the dental plan if they have
equivalent coverage.
This flexibility is also evident at SCN-
insured Concordia University, where
undergraduates have a universal opt-out
anybody can refuse either plan for reasons
of equivalent coverage, or simply out of
personal preference.
Jennifer Grier, Concordia's health plan
coordinator, said undergraduates voted for
more flexible rules rather than having conditions placed on the plan. She says undergraduates would be "pretty angry" if they
couldn't opt out of both.
"The fact that you have to actually prove
that you're part of another health insurance [is] infringing on people's personal
At the non-SCN University of Toronto,
meanwhile, undergraduates, who have had
a health and dental plan in place for two
years, also enjoy flexible opt-out rules.
"Students can opt out of the drug and
health plan if they have equivalent coverage," said Jack Ward, business manager for
the University of Toronto student council."
Students can opt out of the dental coverage
for any reason, including if they just want
The same holds true at the University of
Calgary. Amanda aAffonso, vice-president
operations and finance, agrees.
"I don't think our students would he
very happy if they weren't able to choose."
Other universities researched by the
Ubyssey, including Western Ontario, UVic,
and York, only have health plans. Students
can also opt out of these if they have equivalent coverage.
Naomi Persaud, health plan administrator at York, said that although graduate students have dental coverage, the undergraduates voted only for health coverage.
Graduate students are often more
restricted in terms of opting out At McGill
and Concordia, graduate students must
have equivalent health and dental coverage
in order to opt out
When theWjysseyaskedAMS president
Ryan Marshall about the opt-out rules, he
said looking at other universities is irrele-
continued on page 6
University's stop-GAP measures work
       by Nicholas Bradley
At the last minute, the Genocide Awareness
Project (GAP) has decided not to come to
UBC—for now.
Brian Sullivan, UBC vice-president students, said that while the university was still
in discussion with the Center for Bio-Ethical
Reform (CBR), the radical anti-abortion group
which organises GAP, UBC had received
word that G.AP would stay off campus.
"We have gotten a very clear assurance
that they will not be trespassing," he said.
GAP originally planned to bring its display of large, graphic pictures that equate
abortion with acts of genocide to campus
this week.
"We've received an undertaking—the
university has—from the [CBR] that they will
not be coming onto campus, and will not be
bringing the signs on campus," said
Sullivan, who added that because of this
promise, UBC has "not reactivated the
request for a court order" to keep GAP from
coming to the university.
CBRlawyers did not return the Ubyssey's
calls to confirm their plans by press time.
Discussions about the conditions for
coming to campus, however, will continue.
Gregg Cunningham, executive director
of CBR, told the Ubyssey last week that
"these images will be displayed at campus."
aAnd he may still be right
Stephanie Gray, president of Lifeline, the
campus pro-life club, said that although the
display will not proceed this week as
planned, the GAP signs would still be
"There will not be a display as planned
this week, but the signs will be here."
Gray said that pro-life students will carry
anti-abortion signs around campus. She
pointed out that these students would not be
acting on behalf of Lifeline, and that they
would not be here today.
Last week UBC filed an injunction against
CBR to prevent the GAP exhibit from coming
after CBR refused to comply with the conditions the university set out UBC wanted to
restrict GAP to Maclnnes Field, and charge a
security deposit of $ 15,000 per day, both of
which Cunningham said was unacceptable.
Meanwhile, students have been mounting opposition to GAP. UBC pro-choice
group Students for Choice has stated that it
will picket any display that comes to campus, and a rally has been planned for
Wednesday. Other campus groups, such as
Colour Connected, have also voiced their
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Question #1
Do you support the implementation of an extended health and dental plan, jointly
managed by the AMS and the GSS, at a cost of $168 per year, for twelve months of
coverage per student, indexed to CPI*?
This increase will be automatically applied to your current AMS Fee unless you have an
equivalent health and denta! plan and you choose to opt out of the AMS/GSS plan.
*CPI (Consumer Price Index)
The Plan will provide the following benefits until at least August 31, 2001.
80% of the cost of Prescription Drugs,
• Dental Accident: unlimited coverage
• Vaccinations: up to $150/ year
1 Vision Care: $75 every 24 months for eyeglasses
or contact lenses
• Refractive Laser eye surgery 40%
• Ambulance: unlimited coverage
• Counselling Services: up to $300/ year
Out of Canada Travel Insurance: up to
Question #2
Do you support an increase in your AMS fee of $9, refundable
upon request, to create a special AMS Student Services Fund,
which will be used to improve and expand AMS services such
• Safewalk • The Aquatic Centre
•JobLink • CiTR
• Speakeasy Peer Support
Note: This fee increase may only be applied to AMS Student Services, and
cannot be placed within the general operating budget of the AMS.
I      I YES
□ no
Question #3
Total coverage
in Network
Diagnostic & Preventative^ check-ups per year)     70%
Minor Restorative (Fillings) 70%
Oral Surgery (Wisdom Teeth)
Endodontics (Root Canals)
Periodontics (Gum Treatment)
Major Restorative (Crowns)
Annual Maximum
no max
Note: After August 31  , 2001, the AMS and GSS may modify benefits in negotiations with the Plan Provider.
Although the benefits may change, the cost of the plan will not exceed the amount approved in this referendum.
□ YES □ NO
Do you support the Alma Mater Society of UBC adopting a
stance that calls for a comprehensive harm reduction drug
strategy that includes:
• the legalization of marijuana;
• an increase of health services, including detoxification
centers and access to needle exchange programs;
• an increase in social housing, to decrease the number
of homeless and increase the number of safe healthy
• the prescription of injection drugs set up under
safe medically monitored conditions.
I    I yes □ no
Vote in Referendum '99
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Bring your Studetn ID card to vote THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28.1999   3
New U-Pass heading to UBC
U STILL DRIVING? Well, you won't be soon, tara westover photo
  by Nicholas Bradley
A proposed mandatory bus pass could have UBC students out
of their cars and on public transit in the new year.
It's really been a coming of age of both UBC in terms of
getting serious about this, and TransLink [formerly BC
Transit] in comfort level..I'm starting to see lights go on,"
said UBC director of transportation planning Gord
At the centre of the plan is a bus pass, which will be bundled
with a series of transportation-related services, such as change
rooms and showers for cyclists, preferential parking for car-
pools and vanpools, and even a campus shuttle, said Lovegrove.
The TJ-Pass' would be valid across all three transit fare
zones, and is part of a larger strategy which calls for
improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, discounted
transit passes for university staff, and support services, such
as a guaranteed ride home, for staff.
AMS Transportation Commissioner Jessejackson said
that the planning for the U-Pass is nearing completion, with
a service plan for buses already in place.
"The AMS is working towards a position of a referen
dum which they think they can win,
and that they think is equitable, [and]
that they think the univerisity is paying enough to make it fair," said
UBC and TransLink are currently
negotiating who will pay the costs for
the plan. Lovegrove said that the biggest
obstacle to moving forward with the
plan is negotiating with Translink.
"[Negotiations are] still very frustrat-
ingfy slow, but if you can get a bus pass
down around the $25, $20 [per month]
range for students...the indications
from our January '98 survey are [that
students would] love it"
Jan Pezarro, TransLink vice president
customer service and marketing, wouldn't comment on the negotiations, but
said that Translink is completing a
review of the current proposal.
"We're interested in it as a holistic program, and that's
what we're looking at from on our side," she said.
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs Nathan Allen said
that U-Pass cards would probably cost between $ 18 and $25
a month. Students will not be allowed to opt out
Once UBC and TransLink have completed negotiations,
the university will present a proposal to the AMS, which will,
in turn, negotiate with the university to determine the costs
of the plan. A referendum will then be held to approve an
increase in student fees.
Meanwhile, Jackson raised concerns about the transit
infrastructure's ability to serve the number of students who
may, if the plan goes through, start riding the bus.
"The disturbing thing about the whole system is that if peo
pie actually get on the bus, then the price has to go up.. .it sort
of banks on the fact that everyone's going to pay for it and
we're going have 20 per cent ridership at any given time.
"Certainly everybody couldn't hop on the bus at the same
time—there wouldn't be enough buses."
Questions also remain about certain details of the plan,
such as whether part-time students will be included. Jackson
pointed out that the AMS wants to have them in the plan,
while TransLink doesn't
The drive to create the U-Pass comes from the document
which governs all development on campus and the surrounding areas.
The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is the
civic planning authority for Electoral District 'A,' the area that
UBC and parts of Pacific Spirit Regional Park lie on.
The GVRD adopted the Official Community Plan (OCP) in
1997 in order to be consistent with the Livable Region
Strategic Plan that governs the rest of the city.
The OCP states that UBC will need to undertake measures
to reduce single occupant vehicle (SOV) travel from 1996 levels by 20 per cent as part of its mandate to take "vigorous
action to restrain single occupant vehicle use."
A report released this summer by Lovegrove and Todd
Litman, a member of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute,
says that the objective of the UBC TREK program is to reduce
the SOV traffic levels 20 per cent below 199 7 levels by 2002.
A similar plan began in September at the University of
Victoria (UVic), where students pay the equivalent of $ 11 a
month. But Jackson said that the UVic program's low cost to
students can't be replicated.
"Victoria has an underutilised system...it doesn't cost [BC
Transit] any more," said Jackson.
"We've got an overburdened system where we actually have
to add buses, no matter what" he continued. In order to accommodate the expected increase in demand if the U-Pass goes
through Translink will be forced to add 60 buses to the system.
The 1997 benchmark cites 46,000 daily SOV trips to UBC,
19,000 transit trips, and 2,700 cycling trips. The 2002 targets would reduce the percentage of SOV trips to 30 per cent
from almost 44 per cent
Lovegrove's report states that although the program may
seem unfair because "it forces students who continue to drive
to subsidise other students' transit passes," drivers will still
benefit from reduced traffic and parking congestion.
Men noted that people who ride the bus airrentty subsidise those who drive, for example through road maintenance costs.**
Petter unveils new interest relief plan
 by Nicholas Bradley
The provincial government announced a
new student loan interest relief plan which,
according to Advanced Education Minister
Andrew Petter, gives BC the most comprehensive student loan and interest relief program in the country.
The program, which begins November
1, will provide up to $5.1 million of debt
relief in its first year for students who have
graduated from university or college but
are unable to find work. Students who qualify on the basis of financial need will be
exempt from paying the monthly interest
on their loans for six months.
Petter noted that student organisations,
in consultation with the government, had
marked interest-relief as a priority. And so
far, this plan has met with the approval of
student leaders.
"Any help students can get on their student loans, particularly paying off the interest, is going to be important," said Mark
Veerkmap, BC chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
Before Petter announced the program
Saturday in Vancouver, he told members of
the student media that the goal of this program is to ensure not only that post-secondary education is accessible, but that students are able to find relief from debt both
before and after they graduate.
An estimated 9,000 students will benefit
from Petter's interest relief program. The cost
of the program Petter said, will eventually
drop due to the government's other debt
reduction plans, which are designed to
reduce the total number of students in need
of relief
The initial $5.1 million figure was determined through estimates of how many students will qualify, and their average debt loads.
"This is a program that will be costed
according to the pressures that drive the
program" said Petter, who noted that the
program is not contingent on the support of
other provinces or the federal government
But Veerkmap explained that despite
provincial programs, the lack of a national
student debt-relief program is "a gaping
hole in financial assistance for students."
"The real, fundamental problem with
student loans is the size of the principal,
which you borrow before you graduate, and
that's what makes the interest payment so
high, and that's what makes the debt payment so high," said Veerkmap.
"The 60 per cent portion of the loan that
is federal has no debt reduction provisions
in it that are substantial enough to reduce
the principal of that loan. .And that's where
the focus needs to be."
The federal and provincial governments
are currently negotiating a harmonisation
agreement for debt-relief programs.
Students would get one loan with very similar programs for interest and debt-relief:
Petter, who will attend meetings this
week in Victoria with other provincial ministers of education, said that the new plan
will strengthen BC's position when it comes
to negotiating with the federal government
"I hope we can gain agreement to push
very hard on the federal government to
restore [Canada Social Health and Transfer]
funding and post-secondary funding."
Petter also said that the provinces will
again be able to lobby the federal government at an upcoming meeting of federal
and provincial labour market ministers.
"What we in BC want to do is profile the
things we have done, make it clear that
we're committed to do even more, but if we
don't have a national commitment and a
national strategy, that far from being able to
do more, we will be under increasing pressure that may make it difficult for us to even
hold our ground."
Petter used the program as an opportunity to attack the provincial Liberals, insisting that access to education is key to economic development
To the extent that the Opposition party
doesn't share that view, they're the ones setting us up for a fall, and we've to work
bloody hard to make sure that they never
get the opportunity to push us into that fall."
Neither Petter nor Veerkmap was concerned that the debt relief programs would
be in jeopardy if the NDP doesn't win the
next election.
"I can't be reponsible for an Opposition
party that sems to think that cutting taxes
for corporations and big business is a
greater priority than keeping student debt
levels low, or seems to think that taxes are a
greater burden than student debt through
high tuition fees," said Petter.
Because this program has been on the
federal agenda for so long—and because
student debt is a very public issue—
Veerkmap explained, the BC NDP government's programs are not in danger.
Liberal party Advanced Education Critic
Reni Masi could not be reached for comment
This program is the latest development
in the government's post-secondary education strategy.
It follows a debt relief plan for third- and
fourth-year students announced by the NDP
government in July, which extended BC student grants to senior students, sparing
them up to $7,200 of debt collection.
The government has created 16,000
spaces in post-secondary institutions in the
last three years. During the past two years,
each of these spaces has been accompanied
by $7,000 in extra government jading.
The spaces are allocated based on demographics and the capacity of various institutions, and go to both universities and colleges. 3,000 spaces were created this
UVic dumps shares
by Tasha Marsden
 the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-The University of
Victoria (UVic) has dumped its shares
in West Fraser Timber, one of several
lumber companies responsible for
clear-cutting the part of BC's northern
coast environmentalists have dubbed
the 'Great Bear Rainforest*
According to UVic's most recent
quarterly investment report, published
June 30, the university has sold thc
5,000 shares it owned in the logging
company, which has students optimistic about the future of "ethical"
investments on campus.
Patti Pitts of        UVic's
Communications Services said that the
decision to pull out of the company
was made for economic reasons, but
student leaders are taking part of the
"If it's true that they've divested, it's
probably due to student pressure and
I'm delighted," said Kari Worton, UVic
Students' Society director of academics.
Along with political science student
Tim Harvey, Worton collected student
signatures this past April for a petition
demanding action on the West Fraser
j\nd although this campaign is over,
students say that their efforts to pressure the university into ethical investments are alive and well.
As part of a 10-point assessment of
the campus, the student-driven UVic
Sustainahility Project (UVSP) includes
research on the university's financial
Co-ordinator Lyndsay Cole hopes
that with proper research, she will be
able to offer recommendations on
questionable investments.
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Growing the ideal tree
 by Eric Jandciu
Genetic engineering techniques
could, change the face of the forest industry, according to a scientist at British Columbia
Research Inc. [BCRI], who
emphasises the importance of
biotechnological advances in the
David Ellis said in a lecture
given last Thursday at the
Vancouver Museum that the forest industry increasingly relies
on growing trees as a crop
rather than using limber and
fibre products from forests.
He stressed the distinction
however, between forests and
tree plantations. 'Intensively
growing trees/ he noted, "is
much like growing a field of
corn, but it is not a forest. [I am]
not an advocate of growing wild
forests like this."
During his lecture to an audience of roughly 50 people, Ellis
discussed the advantages of
growing perfectly straight lines
of trees as crops.
He noted, for instance, that
these trees are easier to manage
and are more amenable to farming techniques when it is time to
harvest them. The trees also
grow to a harvestable height
after only ten years, compared
to the 60 to 100 years that it
takes in the wild.
Genetics underpins Ellis's
ideas. Two healthy looking "parent" trees are cross-bred, yielding a variety of "children"—
some big and some small. The
larger trees are in turn crossbred. When the best cross has
been achieved, scientists can
"very selectively insert a single
gene that encodes for a single
trait" to make the trees even
more productive.
Selective breeding was one of
the main tenets behind the so-
called "Green Revolution" in
agriculture that began in the
1960s. The revolution included
improving seeds through breeding, adding fertilisers and pesticides to crops, and constructing
irrigation systems. Productivity
increased     between   u.  . .
100 and 400 percent.     intensively
Opponents of the growing trees,"
Green Revolution say  ha „nt«ri   «i
that such farming
practices have led to
reduced genetic
diversity in crops,
increased vulnerability to pests, soil erosion, infertility, and
nutrient deficiencies.
They also contend
that only the agro-
chemical industry—
which includes manufacturers of agricultural machinery, dam
builders and owners
of large land areas-
benefit from the
Ellis said that a new "Gene
Revolution" is beginning, which
could potentially give trees-and
crops innate resistance to insecticides and herbicides by
implanting them with a specific
gene to control a given characteristic.
Applying herbicide to trees is
most effective when weeds are
young and most susceptible.
However, this can't normally be
done because the chemicals are
also highly toxic to young trees.
Using herbicides leaves trees
brown and dry. However, Ellis
presented a slide which showed
that spraying genetically-altered
"baby" trees with herbicides
yields trees that are actually
he noted, "is
much like
growing a field
of corn, but it
is not a forest.
[I am] not an
advocate of
growing wild
forests like
- David Ellis
healthy and green.
Ellis also cited other benefits
of genetic engineering that
could save the industry time and
money, such as a possible 10 to
30 percent increase in the cellulose found in a tree. Cellulose is
used commercially, for example, in the production of newspapers.
Cellulose contains
a substance known as
lignin, which helps
plants and trees transport water and stand
up straight. But this
substance also causes
the newsprint to yellow when left in the
When high quality
white paper is made,
lignin is removed
with the extensive use
of chemicals. Ellis
raised the possibility
of encoding a single
gene that would permit lignin to be
removed more easily,
reducing both production costs and the environmental impact.
Like the Green Revolution,
the "Gene Revolution" is receiving its share of criticism. The
main concern presented by
members of the audience was
one of safety.
The natural evolution of living organisms is a slow process.
Critics argue that since genetic
engineering permits the genetic
make-up of a creature to change
overnight, it could have potentially dangerous consequences.
Activists warn against new animal and plant diseases, new
sources of cancer, and new epidemics.
Dr. Sally Aitken, professor of
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forest genetics at UBC, says that
the best safety precaution is to
make genetically engineered
trees sterile. She believes that
the results could be disastrous
if, for example, an insect-resistant tree enters a natural
ecosystem. Without food, the
insects would die, consequently
causing problems higher up the
food chain.
Aitken also pointed out that
most of the studies conducted to
date are for poplar plantations..
The forest industry in BC, however, is based on conifers,
which, genetically speaking, are
much more difficult to study.
The genetic codes for conifers
are ten times larger than that of
According to Ellis, however,
crops of genetically-engineered
trees could be grown in central
BC along the Fraser River on
marginal farmland or converted
He also said that Canadian
regulatory and monitoring practices are extremely strict, and
that researchers at BCRI are trying to make the trees infertile.♦
Posters, posters, everywhere!
by Maureen Hari
They're everywhere you go—on stop signs,
lampposts, benches, and fire hydrants.
They're posters, and UBC officials are worried that they're taking over campus.
"Definitely, overload in terms of posters
tend[s] to distract from the beauty of the
campus," says David Gregg, associate director of campus planning.
Kiosks and message boards were originally put up to help students communicate
with each other.
This idea, however, may have worked too
well. These kiosks now commonly have ten
to twenty visible posters or signs on them,
plus the layers of old posters beneath the
new ones.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Vice President
Maryann Adamec says that the sheer number of posters on campus drowns the message the posters are trying to convey.
"I don't think it helps the people who put
up the posters to get their message out
because people are so saturated with the different posters around the campus," said
Adamec also voiced concerns about commercial postering on campus.
"I wish the university was a little more
aggressive in enforcing [postering policy].
They certainly are taking steps towards
removing [corporate advertisements], or at
least that's what they've told the Alma Mater
Society," comments Adamec.
According to UBC policy, notice boards
and kiosks are there to serve students'
"I wish the university was a little
more aggressive in enforcing [postering policy]. They certainly are
taking steps towards removing
[corporate advertisements], or at
least that's what they've told the
Alma Mater Society,"
-Maryann Adamec
AMS Vice President
needs. The university must approve any
commercial posters.
Posters of any kind are not to be attached
to trees, lampposts, traffic signs, or building
exteriors. If these regulations are violated, the
signs must be removed within 48 hours, oth
erwise a $2,000 clean-up fee will be charged.
Meanwhile, some campus officials think
that students are to blame for excessive postering.
"Our biggest offenders are our students
who put their posters on lampposts [or] anything that seems to be around," says Gregg.
Not only are those posters an eyesore,
states Shelley Vandenburg, UBC waste management supervisor, but because workers
are paid nearly 20 dollars an hour to pick
up Utter and clean up poster, they also cost
students money that could be used to buy
new desks, renovate buildings, or finance
"That money's coming out of the core
funded budget," says Vandenburg. "If
administration has to pay costs "to do
[cleanup], then there's not enough money to
do other things that might benefit students."
Other universities across Canada face
similar problems regarding posters and
signs. One response from UBC Waste
Management Operations is to raise awareness among student populations.
Vandenberg reports that her office has
hired a student to work on "trying to come
up with an educational campaign to try and
make people more aware.♦ THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 28,1999   5
CBS questionnaire "discriminatory"
by Simon Grant and Matthew Kayahara
the Peak and the Rricrum
BURNaABY (CUP)-When Women's Studies
major Angela Hold learned that a blood
donation clinic was coming to Simon Fraser
University (SFU), she thought she would do
her part and give blood.
"There's been so much hype about how
there isn't enough blood," she said. "And
with the clinic being on campus it was super
But Hold had no idea that her bisexual
male partner made her ineligible to donate
blood under current Canadian Blood
Services (CBS) regulations. She didn't find
out until she read the pamphlet while waiting in line.
"I figured if I talked to the lady, and let her
know that I know the extensive histories of
pretty much every one of my partners,
they'd let me give blood."
She was wrong. After reading Hold's
questionnaire, which said she slept with a
bisexual, the nurse on duty refused to allow
the SFU student to donate blood.
Meanwhile, students at the University of
Ottawa (UO) raised concerns about the CBS
questionnaire—which all blood donors must
complete—during a recent blood drive.
"[The questionnaire] perpetuates the
stereotypes of HIV and AIDS being a 'gay-
only' disease," said Jason McCaUum, co-ordinator of the Pride Centre at UO. "The questionnaire is designed to suit public opinion
and not medical fact"
In past years, Carleton University, the
University of Toronto, Guelph University
and York University have all wrestled with
the controversial section of the questionnaire. Carleton only recently allowed blood
drives back on campus, while York banned
them last year.
The issue has become so widespread at
Canadian universities that the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), Canada's
largest student lobby group, is circulating a
petition opposing the issue.
"The questionnaire not only leads
women to believe that they are less at risk,
but it puts the nation's blood supply in further danger by denying that anal sex among
male-female sexual partners is quite common," reads the petition.
Back at SFU, Hold says that she was
shocked that the screening process doesn't
distinguish between protected and unprotected sex, and simply excluded anyone who
had had sex with a gay man.
"I don't think that's just being cautious,"
she said.
"I think they're being cautious with a
homophobic slant, and that's different"
A spokesperson for the CBS office in
Vancouver declined to provide Canadian
University Press with a copy of the pre-donor
questionnaire. A nurse with the CBS similarly refused to provide the Ubyssey with a
Nevertheless, Ina Jusufovic, CBS communications co-ordinator, defended the screening process.
"We're not there to preclude people
who are specifically homosexual," she
said. "What we need to do is preclude
high-risk activities. [And gay sex] has been
indicated through scientific study to be a
high risk activity for HIV, so we are
required to ask that question."
Jusufovic admits the gay sex question is
very controversial, but advised people like
Hold to "picture yourself as a recipient in
a hospital."
"Don't you think you would want us to
provide the best supply possible?" she
But Hold insists that CBS is only harming
its own supply when the screening process
turns away healthy blood such as hers.
"I'm positive that I don't have AIDS,"
said Hold.
"I've had regular AIDS tests, I know the
extensive sexual histories of my partners,
and I don't shoot up. My blood's great, but
they're not going to take it."
She also suggested the questionnaire
was discriminatory, noting it focused on
gay male sex, but ignored lesbirn sex,
while "in my experience with women,
there's a lot of blood exchanged."**
New regulations for CiTR
by Chris Bodnar
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-The Canadian Radio-
television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) is preparing to
release updated regulations for the
country's 43 campus and 50 community radio stations.
"The commission is trying to
streamline the regulatory process,"
said Annie Laflamme, a broadcast policy analyst at the CRTC, which is responsible for regulating and supervising
Canadian broadcasting.
"I believe for campus and community radio this will be some kind of
The CRTC is currently looking at several proposals that would change the
rules for campus and community radio
stations—such as lifting some restrictions on radio advertising, granting
low-power beginner stations start-up
licences, and increasing on-air
Canadian content to 35 per cent The
CRTC is expected to make its ruling this
"The new CRTC proposed policies
are quite favourable in a lot of ways,"
said Fiona York, president of the
National Campus and Community
Radio Association (NCRA) and station
manager of Halifax's CKDU. "They really seem to acknowledge our mandate
and they respect the campus and community model."
But Aaron Nakama interim station
manager at UBC radio station CiTR
says that it's too early to be so optimistic. "It's kind of doing more harm
than good to speculate what [the regulations are] going to be before they actually come out"
Nakama and CiTR program coordinator Anna Friz met with the CRTC last
year, but is hesitant to say how effective
the consultation has been.
"There's been two years of feedback
given to the CRTC, so it's going to be
interesting to see what feedback that all
campus stations in Canada gave them
over this twoyear period is going to
come into the new policy."
Others in the campus radio community believe the proposed changes
will help the industry grow.
"It might be a chance to get some
new stations," said Barry Rueger, station manager at CKCU, the radio station at Carleton University in Ottawa
"Most radio growth is in small towns at
the moment"
Rueger adds that the proposed developmental licenses
will help groups with few
resources establish radio stations.
But Nakama says that a policy
set out by the CRTC in 1998 is
doing exactly the opposite: making it harder for campus stations
to get space on the airwaves.
The 1998 commercial radio
policy allowed commercial companies to own more than two stations in the same market, a
move which Nakama says
threatens the smaller stations.
"There was outrage from the
campus sector in that respect
because there's limited frequencies left."
Nakama added that stations
such as Simon Fraser
University's CJSF will be constrained because of the competition for frequencies.
Meanwhile, CFCR, an independent broadcaster in
Saskatoon, is facing that exact
problem—the station serves a relatively
small market where available frequencies are becoming saturated with commercial stations. Rawlco, a large
Canadian corporate radio broadcaster,
has a virtual stranglehold on the radio
dial in this Prairie city of 200,000. .And
they have now applied for an additional license, this time for a top-40 station
/After the University of
Saskatchewan student union shut
down its campus radio station, CFCR
emerged from the ashes as an independent radio broadcaster in the city.
"People that listen to us are people
that totally dislike mainstream radio,"
said Phil Sapieha CFCR's station manager, who doubts that a new station
would affect his listenership.
Nevertheless, Sapieha admits the
big network stations have something
his station simply cannot afford—statistics.
"Most of flie advertising goes to the
big stations because they can back up
their marketing by waving around
their listenership stats."
From the CRTC's perspective, dropping the advertising restrictions for
community radio stations and lower-
ing them for campus stations will allow
these stations to maintain a more stable financial resource, says radio ana-
QTR: The UBC radio station will have to adjust to
new CRTC regulations, tara westover photo
lyst Laflamme.
.And Nakama says that what was
problematic for commercial broadcasters in the 1998 policy could be beneficial to the campus stations.
"I know the commercial radio
broadcasters were pissed off in many
ways about the fact that their [Canadian
Content] levels were going to be
increased' over a threeyear period.
Nakama added that campus stations
already fulfil this requirement
But NCRA president York warns
' against complacency once the new regulations are in place.
"It still means that we have a lot of
work to do to further our goals, and that
we shouldn't see the regulations as an
end result but as a position to go for1
ward and pursue more ideals and
more goals."
Atthe same time, Carleton's Rueger
says campus and community radio stations need to boost their image in the
eyes of both regulators and politicians.
"Campus radio has no profile," he
said. "There are 50 or 60 English stations in Canada, but they have no profile in Ottawa or in the government
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Academic plan
draws criticism
by Eric Jandciu
Class sizes, financial rulbarks. and thc quality of instruction head Lhn list of concerns raitsed b\ Si/ii'iicc ptudeiiLs
aL a meeting held last Thursday to discuss UBC's new
Draft Academic Plan.
According to Julyet Benbasat. a member of tho
.'VuiU'inic Plan Advisory ("omniiLLet..' J"d associate doan
of academic curriculum, thc coiiiiuillci., in drafting tho
new plan, wanted to "see whether there were new tilings
thai |th<! university] wanted to do.. .IVrhups expand on
some of tlie old ones, srr.ili.li somi-J of Iht: old ones and
bring in some now ones.''
But studpi.ki were more intent on asking tlie pai.el of
faculty, adminislratiun, and student representatives about
basic issues regarding the quality of Lhr-ir education.
"Will the plan bring back my labs?" afskod a fourth yrsir
cell biology and genetics major who lias been forced to
travel Lo another university to get a year or valuable lab
experience before continuing on lo graduate school. The
panpl ;issured her that hers Ls not tlie only department
tliathas been faced with tough financial times and loss of
Some sLudeuls were confused about how proposed
"learner centred* classes could be possible when classes
are so big. Vice President Academic and Provost Barry
McBride explained that the university would keep hying
to reduce class sizes through new, innovative methods
which make use of all the instructional resources available, such as Information Technology (IT) Services.
"Well do it!" responded an excited Dean of Science
Maria Klawe after an integrated sciences and biochemistry co-op student suggested using fourth year students
that have taken a course the previous year to teach the
course the following year for credit- Many panel members indicated that this is the type of creativity the committee is looking for.
But UBC administrators shared some of the students'
"Ifs not accepted by anyone altogether," Benbaset con-
tinued. 1 have parts of it that I love and there parts of it
that I'm not so crazy about'
Students also suggested ways of improving the instructor evaluation process and restructuring the credit system. McBride said that perhaps takuSg five 3-credit courses each term is not the optimal way of doing things.
However, it is undear where the: funding for charge
will come from. McBride said that many of the changes
require no funding and will need only internal reallocation of funds.
Other potential sources of revenue are the federal and
provincial governments, external sources, and a new
fund called the Academic Opportunity Fund.
McBride noted thatBC is currently $56 million behind
other provinces due to the provibcial government's
tuition fee freeze.
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they support both plans.
"We based our [proposal] on
the survey results that we did
three times, and students wanted
both plans," he said. "Over 80 per
cent were in favour."
The AMS and the Graduate
Students Society [GSS] surveyed
roughly 1,100 students over the
past year in three separate surveys, which asked students about
the type and price of coverage
they desired.
But Chuck Paltiel, Managing
Consultant for the Statistical
Consulting and Research Lab at
UBC, says it's difficult to make
reliable generalisations from a
voluntary survey.
"It's really hard to say that
results in that type of survey [a voluntary survey] are valid."
He said choosing a random
sample that targets specific
groups would provide a more
accurate view than a self-selecting
Marshall did say the AMS
plans to look into negotiating a
deal that would allow students
with dental coverage to opt out of
the entire plan, but no compromise has yet been reached.
Marshall denied that the referendum process was too far along to
change the deal.
The difficulty that students at
UBC wanting to opt out could face
if the referendum passes was
raised by AMS councillors earlier
this month. SCN Pacific Director
Kristin Foster said that because
the dental plan is "the greatest
chunk of the plan we're providing," the medical and dental plans
had to be packaged together.
Bukhman also defended the
current opt-out rules, contending
that if students were given the
choice to opt out of either the
health or dental plan, it would
result in a roughly five to ten per
cent increase in the plan's price
because of the greater risk it
would provide to insurance brokers.
Candace Hofmann, a psychology student who helped put together the proposal, said having two
separately-administered medical
plans would be "administratively
a nightmare."
But when the Ubyssey asked
Greg McKellar, information officer  for   Queen's  Alma  Mater
Society, if having separate health
and dental plan is difficult, he
said, "No, not really. They're separate, they're distinct, and we treat
them that way. There are a few
minor administrative problems
with the Registrar's Office, but
that's really an internal thing." At
Queen's, the health and dental
plan are administered by different insurance companies.
In addition, the potentially
high opt-out rate of is a barrier to
more flexible opt-out rules. At
schools with more flexible rules,
opt-outs have been significant,
which Bukhman claims would
raise the cost for students still in
the plan.
The reason that the
UBC plan is more
expensive is because
it is a joint undergraduate and graduate plan.
At UVic, an estimated 50 per
cent of students opt out of the
offered health plan because they
have equivalent coverage, said to
Morgan Stewart, chair of the UVic
Students' Society.
At the Western Ontario,
between 33 and 44 per cent of students opt out each year. Thirty-two
per cent of students at the
University of Toronto are expected to opt out this year, and at York,
opt-out rates range from 12 to 16
per cent. Roughly 15 per cent of
McGill students opt out, and 30
per cent at Concordia.
Foster said SCN expects roughly 17 per cent of UBC students to
opt out, but that they are prepared
for up to 33 per cent.
Bukhman says the level of opt-
outs varies at different schools
due to education levels.
"In our experience, with proper and good education and fact,
the level of opt-outs goes down,"
said Bukhman.
Marshall also noted that students at UBC who would like to
opt out for financial reasons could
apply to be compensated for the
plan costs, due to a $ 100,000 bursary that will be set up for this
And Bukhman says that stu
dents won't likely opt out if they
understand what the plan offers.
"There are a lot of diseases that
are still quite prevalent today that
frankly they don't want to be passing the receipts to their moms
and dads. It's awkward and most
insurance plans aren't really
designed to operate with the level
of privacy that they really should,"
he said.
Bukhman says the reason that
the UBC plan is more expensive is
because it is a joint undergraduate and graduate plan. He added
there is not a direct comparison
between provinces.
The cost of health coverage is
generally more expensive for
graduate students than for undergraduates. At McGill, undergraduates pay $144.60 compared to
$ 181 for graduates. At Concordia,
undergraduates pay $ 153 for coverage, compared to the $168
graduate bill.
Bukhman said a "graduate
plan is always much more expensive because the grad students are
older, they have more families,
they have more dependents, and
they use the plan more."
This disparity in cost raises the
question of why UBC has grouped
these two characteristically different groups under the same plan.
Marshall says the reason lies in
the representation of students in
student government. He points
out that at schools like McGill and
Concordia the graduates and
undergraduates are represented
under different associations,
while at UBC, the GSS is a constituency of the AMS.
Marshall acknowledged that
the price would be cheaper for
undergraduates if they had a separate plan, but said the cost can't
be avoided.
"I'm not going to discriminate
against grad students because
they are AMS members as well,
and I don't discriminate against
the students I represent"
When asked by the Ubyssey
if the plan would be cheaper for
the roughly 26,000 undergraduates if they were not grouped
together with the roughly 6,000
graduate students, Bukhman
replied "Yes it would." but
added, "if there was a plan that
separated men and women, the
plan for men would be cheaper..it's all how you divide it."»>
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and dental)
$168 (health
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Cancer scare in Toronto
 by Kelly Pedro
the Excalibur
TORONTO (CUP) - York University students sitting and eating on the grass have
a lot more to worry about than ants after
chemicals in a herbicide used on campus
lawns have been linked to cancer.
Weed and Feed, a herbicide to fertilise
the grass at York, contains 2-4D, a chemical some environmental groups believe
may lead to cancer, and which the
Canadian Cancer Institute has linked to
leukaemia in children, as well as various
respiratory and skin diseases.
But university officials insist they are
not threatening students.
"Safety is number one," said Bob
Smith, superintendent of Grounds and
Vehicles at York. "We do not want to
cause harm or injury to anybody."
Moreover, some groups who study
pesticides say 2-4D is safe. Donald Page,
executive director of the Industry Task
Force II on 2-4D in the U.S., says studies
show the substance is not harmful.
A 1992 University of Guelph study
sent volunteers to areas where the herbicide was sprayed. A urinalysis found no
2-4D levels in their bodies.
Page said that only trace amounts of 2-
4D remain in the body, but Thelma
MacAdam, chair of the Environmental
Committee for Health Action Network
Society, says the toxin can still be harmful in small doses.
a\nd Janet May, pesticide campaign
director for the Toronto Environmental
aAlliance, says even minute amounts of 2-
4D affect the human reproductive system
causing low sperm counts and other hormonal difficulties.
Last year, Environment Canada found
parts of 2-4D in Toronto's water.
But a 1994 Health Canada report, produced by the Pest Management Regulatory
Agency (PMRA), found 2-4D could not be
linked to numerous types of cancer.
In response, May says the study is
merely a reflection of how close Health
Canada works with the PMRA. Pesticides
are now regulated through Health
Canada, whereas previously they were a
subsidiary of agriculture.
"It's business as usual," said May.
"They don't want to take the chemical off
the market"
Antony Simpson, a PRMA communications officer, denies this, and says pesticide
exposure falls below the minimum standards set by Ottawa. But the true toxic line
for 2-4D has yet to be drawn.
Dr. Len Ritter, executive director of the
Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres,
says 2-4D is neither the safest nor most
dangerous pesticide. He concedes there is
evidence to prove both sides.
According to May, however, reports
from the U.S. indicate some people suffered chemical skin burns after coming
into contact with grass fertilized with 2-
Outpost posts a profit
OUTPOST: Making money hand over fist. Jennifer neilson photo
 : by Sarah Morrison
Business as usual at the Outpost has put last year's Thunderbird
Shop controversy at the back of the Alma Mater Society (AMS)'s
"Financially, it's been doing very well," said AMS Director of
Finance Karen Sonik, stating that the Outpost posted a surplus of
$115,000 in its first year.
In comparison, during the 1997-98 fiscal year, the AMS received
$64,000 in rent from the Thunderbird Shop, the privately-owned
predecessor to the Outpost, while UBC received $ 17,000 in licensing fees for the Shop's use of the Thunderbird logo.
The Thunderbird Shop had been in business in the SUB for 25
years before the AMS voted not to renew the store's lease in 1997.
A referendum was held on the issue, and although over three-quarters of the students who voted supported extending the lease, the
Yes vote failed by falling 73 votes short of quorum.
The AMS replaced the Thunderbird Shop with the Outpost, a
similar, AMS-owned business, on the main floor of the SUB.
"It was purely a business decision," stressed Sonik. "It was nothing against the Thunderbird Shop; it's just a question of what's best
for the students. The AMS is not separate from the students. We
provide the services for the students, so the more money that we
have, the better we can do that"
Though the AMS doesn't yet have any long-term projections for
the Outpost, Sonik expects that the store will increase its profits in
the future as it gets a better idea of what students want
"In terms of product line, we're still looking at what there's
demand for; that's just a process we'll be doing every year," she
"We're hoping to do a survey on our commerical services and
get students' input on what's needed and what they would like to
see in the store."
According to AMS General Manager Bernie Peets, students are
happy with the Outpost's selection.
"It's been very positive from the customer point of view. They
like what we're doing, and we've had a lot of good comments from
our students and customers in general," said Peets.
Peets noted that the Outpost has also boosted Subcetera's profits. Because the Outpost doesn't sell candy or cigarettes, sales of
these items have gone up at Subcetera.
"We didn't really feel there was any need to have two stores within fifty feet of each other selling the same product"
But not all UBC students are impressed by the AMS's venture
into the retail business.
"It seems to me a bit more crowded in there...I was in there
recently, and the service did suck, I must say. I don't know if it was
disorganisation or what, but I was looking for help and I couldn't
find it," said student Angela Kruse.
"I noticed that basically what they did was change the store a lit-   ■
tie bit but everything else was the same," said student Dawn Leung.   I
"The type of merchandise is pretty much the same. They might   3
have different types of pens or different types of whatever else they   i
have, but it seems pretty similar»
Internet slow
to hit Totem
by Alex Dimson
In the rush to connect the world to the
information superhighway, sometimes
a pothole slows everything down. At
UBC's Totem Park residence, such a pothole has left students without Internet
access and has the university scram-
bbng to fix the problem.
Totem Park residents expected the
wiring to be completed when they
moved in in September, giving them a
direct connection to tlie Internet.
Instead, they have spent three weeks
without access-a. service they pay $20 a
month for.
Despite getting an early start on the
project, when UBC's Information
Technology (IT) department set out this
summer to wire the residence for the
Internet, they ran into problems that
slowed the installation.
Susan Mair, a manager with the
Campus Connectivity Project, a division
of ITServices, blames the delay on
recent changes in the building code
which forced the reconstruction and
relocation of the closets that store
ResNet equipment
"If I want to check my e-mail I have to
go to the SUB, and the computers there
are always full," complained Caroline
Sniatymski, a first-year Arts student living in Totem.
But according to Mair, students will
be compensated for the inconvenience.
Roughly sixty-six cents per day without
Internet access will be deducted from
students' October or November housing
Students living in the campus' other
junior residence. Place Vanier, were
plagued by similar installation problems last September.
But Totem residents shouldn't have
to wait much longer for Internet service.
Mair says that the Dene and Nootka
houses should be connected sometime
this week, with the remaining four
houses scheduled to go online within
about two weeks.
She also said that the problem was
limited to Totem Park.
Once the Totem problems are solved,
ITServices will continue its plans to
wire the campus for the new millennium. Installation is already underway in
the Gage residence towers.
Despite a shortage in the housing
budget and the immense difficulty of
wiring the three high-rises, Mair
expects the project to be completed by
September 2000. As long as they avoid
any more potholes, that is.<*
Take back the night empowers women
 by Helenna Santos
Marching through downtown Vancouver
with hundreds of other women shoulder to
shoulder was an experience I know I will
never forget Take Back the Night transported me to a place where women were able to
walk down the street without fear, a place
where women felt safe in the company of
other women without feeling the need for
male protection. All around me were mothers, daughters, sisters, business women,
housewives, and students.
Run by the Vancouver Rape Relief and
Women's Shelter, Take Back the Night is a
march that protests any form of male vio
lence against women and the oppression of
women in today's society. The main purpose of the rally is to stand up for women
everywhere who have been abused, raped,
murdered, and disaiminated against, while
giving them and others an outlet to voice
their concerns.
The event commenced at 7 pm outside of
the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street
side with various women's organizations
bearing signs such as "No Means No" along
with an array of pictures of raped, kidnapped, and murdered women. The events
of the night moved smoothly with various
speakers taking center stage including well-
known radical feminist /Andrea Dworkin
who stated that "rape, prostitution, and battery need to end, [and] in no way should our
society continue to support the subordination of women."
Following Dworkin, the march began. We
took to the streets in a demonstration
demanding the right for women to walk
alone without fear. Many wore lavish costumes, walked on stilts, or carried banners
high overhead. Mega-phone holders chanted slogans such as "Hey Mister, get off my
sister," and "Women Unite, Take Back the
Night!" Spectators who had questions were
handed flyers and women were encouraged
to join in the march.
Traditionally men have been unwelcome
in the march as the rally has been intended
to empower women to feel safe on their own
without depending on men. Thus, many
women believe that male participation
would defeat the purpose of the protest
Others disagree, such as Students for Choice
organizer Erin Kaiser who states, "I believe
that Take Back the Night is a great show of
empowerment and a wonderful thing for
women to do, but in order to realistically
fight oppression we need both men and
women to band together."
Regardless of this debate, being among
so many women who came together for one
common cause was an empowering and
inspirational experience.** i:
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was fun and we went to Canada's wonderland and I went on the water-
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me a lot until I went and thenl went down the biggest one. It was fun.
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T-Bird men pu
in the win c<
by John Little
The UBC men's soccer team was
hardly tested this weekend as they
racked up victories on Saturday
and Sunday at Thunderbird
Stadium against the Calgary
Dinosaurs and Lethbridge
Pronghorns respectively.
For UBC, this weekend's games
would echo the weather of Friday
night. Just as the wind knocked
down trees all around campus, the
T-Birds knocked around their
opposition with their physical
play at forward and their aggressive defense.
Saturday, the Birds at times
looked as though they were playing a high school team. Calgary's
much   smaller   forwards    and
defenders were often unable to con- EGADS! HE'S COMING OUR WAY: The Dim
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was put on them by their comparatively gigantic oppo-     ahead to
Birds' newcomer Adam Plummer, a transfer from
Caribou College who was named last week's Canada
West Player of the Week, opened the scoring early in the
first half as he soared over two shorter Calgary defenders to head home a perfect cross from fourth year midfielder Aaron Keay. The two teams traded sparse
chances for much of the first half until Calgary evened
the score at 1 -1. A bad giveaway by Steve McCauley and
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an unlucky ricochet off UBC's goalkeeper, Julian
Phillips, resulted in this empty net goal for Calgary's
lone threat, forward Rajiv Mathur.
Ball control and ground-based soccer was not to be
the order of the day.
"The weather and the team today dictated more of
the play than us, and we didn't play our game at all,"
said Keay.
Calgary played a safe but boring
style where they attemped to kick the
ball away any time there was danger.
They packed the 18-yard box on free
kicks and corners and, despite many
UBC chances, they managed to hold
the score even throughout the second
half of play.
Their stingy defensive style couldn't
plug the dam forever though, and the
T-Birds breathed a huge sigh of relief
when Keay finished off a brilliant UBC
rush by putting home a loose ball with
less than two minutes to go in the
game, making the final score UBC 2,
Calgary 1.
After the dramatic victory, T-Birds'
head coach Mike Mosher was lookingWATER! NEED WATER!!! Keay gives
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Dinos try in vain to hold back the Birds'
; next day's game against Lethbridge:
rith Lethbridge, I don't think they'll kick
uch as these guys. One of their disadvan-
hey try and play and I think that's some-
it it they did! Playing against Lethbridge,
» 3-0 at half-time on goals by midfielder
1, striker David Wong—both in their first
-and Keay. UBC's toughness and strength
/ident in this game. Plummer, a force in
lad his head split wide open while going
ier in traffic. After leaving the game for
eturned in the second half. Keay also
3 toughness when he shook off a flying
in ineffective and frustrated Pronghorn
e then avenged the foul by scoring on the
en one can call a soccer team tough, but
the Lethbridge Pronghorns around like
unch of little kids in a playground,
and first year midfielder Joseph Marello
le scoring to bring the final score to 5-0.
ild actually have been worse as a number
xd players had strong games. Defender
d and Shepherd played well, as well as
jfender Kasra Asrar Hahighi, or "Kas,"
'eet, good ball control, and accurate pass-
i a standout in both games,
assed its opposition this weekend, but it
j seen how they will play against stronger
; University of Victoria, currently the third
in the CIAU and the University of Alberta,
nked team.
ir Chris Franks, a fifth-year returning mid-
1997 team that was robbed of the nation-
hip, best sums up this year's squad:
;ht in about four or five players that will
is year. A lot of players from last year got
sperience and they'll feel really comfort-
igue now...I think a lot will depend on how
as a team. As the year goes along, I think if
ying well together, then we have a really
of winning."
s play as tough throughout the season as
their home-opening weekend, they will
it winning the West and possibly getting
at the national title. ♦
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UBC dominates Dinos
by Vincent Lam
It was windy. Man, was it windy.
The women's soccer home opener on
Saturday proved to be as much of a challenge
against the elements as it was against their
opponents, the University of Calgary Dinos.
With a decisive 2-1 win over Calgary on
Saturday, the Birds found themselves playing a
different game with the cool fall temperatures
and relentlessly strong winds.
"Wind is the worst element to play in for a
soccer game. Absolutely." said newly appointed Birds' captain Gillian Hicks. "Snow,
rain.. .anything is better than wind. It alters the
way the ball moves."
In the first half, the Birds knew what they
needed to do: they had to take advantage of
being with the wind and put up a few points
early in the game.
Taking that mindset, the Birds came out of
the nest attacking. After some excellent offensive pressure, the Birds finally converted. A
technically sound corner kick by Kristine Jack
during the 12th minute of play in the first half
allowed the hall to find defensemen Courtney
Matheson, who after some nifty footwork in
the crease, blasted a shot that left little chance
for Dino goalkeeper Taryn Swiatek.
However, the Dinos bit back later in the
same half during the 18th minute of play to tie
up the game at 1-1. A floater from the top of
the crease by Dinos midfielder Kelly Matheson
just mananged to squeak under the crossbar
while just being out of reach of Birds' goalkeeper Sian Bagshawe.
Being against the wind in the second
half would prove to be a formidable task
but the Birds' stretched out their wings and
prevailed. In the beginning of the first half
it was the Birds' defense that would strike
first. An early breakaway in the second half
by Dinos player Herna Chengkalath was
stopped short by Matheson, who would
incidently, earned Player of the Game honors. Matheson led the team to victory and,
overall was pleased with the performance
of her teammates.
"We were aggressive and were playing with
a sense of urgency.. .we played with a bit more
pep in our game. We sometimes tend to sit
back a little, but today we came out really
KJCKJN' IT UP A NOTCH: Birds' striker Lianne McHardy unloads on the Dino defence, tara westover
strong," said Matheson.
The Birds added another goal in the 63rd
minute of the game when midfielder Lianne
McHardy, struck from point blank range, again
leaving little chance for the Dinos goaltender.
The T-Birds displayed their physical presence throughout the game but got a little carried away at one point. In the 72nd minute of
play, UBC defensemen Veronica Lie, literally
tackled her opponent to the midfield and, for
her efforts, was given a red card.
In the dying minutes of the game, U of C
began an aggressive offensive attack, but it
would be the Birds' defence, led by goalie Sian
Bagshawe, who would strike once again. The
first of two brilliant saves by Bagshawe came
late in the game when Dinos player, Tammie
Wilson, sped past a Bird defender on the side
and kicked a shot at a sharp but deceiving
angle. It looked to be in, but an excellently
judged save by Bagshawe ensured that it wasn't. The second brilliant save came with just six
minutes of regulation play left when a point
blank shot was tipped away by the Birds' keeper.
"Sian had a couple of great saves to keep us
in it.. .and keep us from ending with another
tie," said Hicks.
Despite the horrendous weather and a slurry of injuries, which has put players like Sarah
Cunnigham and Kim Spencer out of commission for the next little while, the Birds still
managed the wind. I mean win. Well, both I
guess. ♦
T-Bird women lasso Pronghorns
by Naomi Kim
The women's soccer team had no reason to lose on Sunday—so they didn't. Although the weather was chilly and fans scampered down to the few
benches that held a glimmer of sunlight, the Birds finished their perfect
home opener weekend with a 2-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
"Lethbridge isn't the greatest team," said second-year forward Roz
Hicks  about the  only team  in
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Canada West that has yet to see a
win. "But we played well. We have
more wins than we did the whole
last season, so we're pretty happy
about that" Last year's Birds finished the season 2-2-6—so far this
year, they're 3-1.
The final score did not indicate
the extent of UBC's dominance;
they ran circles around the
Pronghorns, who could not come
together as a team. The  Birds
seemed hesitant to get to the ball early in the first half, but as the game
wore on, UBC controlled the ball, made sharp passes and switches, and
physically controlled the game while the Pronghorns could only sit back
and watch their fifth-year goalkeeper Michelle Ratkai.keep them in the
"I was pleased with what we created today, not very pleased with how
we finished," said UBC head coach Dick Mosher. "We should have had a
fewmore [goals] and put this team to rest in the first half rather than making it a close game like it was."
Indeed, the sound of balls dinging off the crossbar was sprinkled
I think the fact that we do get three
wins out of four, that's a good start. At
least we're not getting all those ties
- Dick Mosher
ubc soccer head coach
throughout the game as the Birds rushed up to outside of the goalkeeper's
crease for most of the game, but just could not get the ball in the net. Then,
rushing towards the goal in the 49th minute, Roz Hicks faced the Pronghorn
goalkeeper alone and put the ball to rest in the left corner of the net.
UBC kept up the pace and Lyndsey Burkinshaw headed in a cross, just
over the outstretched fingertips of a surprised Ratkai in the 88th minute.
And that was enough to give the Birds their third win of the season.
"I think we've got a lot more in us than we showed today," said
Mosher. "We've just got to keep
working on finishing. We're working hard in practice and the girls
know we've just got to score a few
more goals. I think the fact that we
do get three wins out of four, that's
a good start. At least we're not getting all those ties again."
Even with the loss of players such
as Sarah Cunningham, a 1998
Canada West all-star who played
every game last season, and Kim
Spencer, who had two goals last
season, the Birds have been able to pull through.
"We have nineteen players Who can play...We do end up shifting positions and it's nice to choose players," said Mosher. "Replacements for
injuries have done remarkably well so far and we haven't missed a
beat...but we are also looking forward to [the injured players] coming
"I thought [we] were entertaining to watch," laughed first-year goalkeeper Nicole Wensink. The rookie proved herself in her first start as a
Thunderbird, even though—due to UBC's fine defensive performance—
she didn't see much action.** ■ 10
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UBC football Birds
crush Calgary 43-9
 by Bruce Arthur
CaALGARY-UBC's much-ballyhooed offence finally
broke out while its defence pitched a near-shutout
as the T-Birds crushed the 1-3 University of
Calgary Dinosaurs 43-9 Saturday afternoon at
McMahon Stadium. It was the Birds' first victory
in Calgary since September 6th, 1991.
The Birds, now 3-1 and tied for second place in
the Canada West, started slow, missing two field
goals in the first quarter and struggling to click
offensively—after fifteen minutes, the Birds led
only 1-0. But UBC's conference-leading defence,
led by defensive end Tyson St. James, harassed
Calgary quarterback Lincoln Blumell and the rest
of the Dino offence into a miserable performance.
Blumell finished the first half only 5-of-14 for a
measly 59 yards, and the entire Calgary offence
managed only six first downs.
"That was Thunderbird football," said fifth-year
Birds' linebacker Nathan Mellalieu, whose parents
traveled from Vancouver to see the game
"Winning and having fun."
The offence picked up in the second quarter,
led by fourth-year quarterback Shawn Olson.
Olson had his best game of the season, completing
20 of 32 passes for 316 yards and 1 touchdown, as
well as running 8 times for 51 yards and another
major. Olson directed the Birds' first touchdown
drive with long strikes to wideouts Dan Delong
(for 31 yards) and Brad Coutts (17 yards) before
sneaking in for a one-yard score to make it 12-0.
UBC ended the half with a 16-0 lead, and had
scored four different ways: a single, two field
goals, a touchdown, and a safety.
The Birds had I rouble wilh registration in their
first NAIA meet and reported Id running ay individuals to avoid disqualification.
On the men's .side, David Milne finished the
invitational race in .Will place al a time of 2d: 16.
In the upon race, Bvron Wood finished in f lh
place (26:28) and Jav Dolmage finished !3th
(27:03) out of tlie 143 nu-ii.
On Ihe women's side. Jenn Wakely finished
43rd (20:07) out of 135 participants. "
Head coach Marek Jf-dr/ojek was pleased with
the overall results;, but said that in "another two
to three weeks, we should be in much better
shape.* The cross-country team is working
towards the NAIA Championships on November
Shrum Bowl XXII, the annual football grudge
matrh against Simon Fraser University, will take
place at Swangard Stadium on Saturday, October
2. UBC won lastyear's Shrum by a score of 13-10.
The men s hockey team played their first of two
exhibition games this weekend as they played
host to the Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology (SMT). Despite a quick start Friday
night on a goal by new Bird winger Fraser
Renaud, UBC played catch-up most of the night as
SA1T tied the game in the first period and later
went on to grab the lead. UBC's Jason Deleurme
made it interesting for Ihe last six minutes of the
game, but the T-Birds were still edged 4-3.
After intermission, UBC's defence kept carrying
the game: Calgary's lone point in the quarter came
on a 54-yard punt by Jimmy Hartley that bounced
through the end zone. UBC managed only a field
goal, and headed into the final quarter with a 19-1
lead. But UBC's suffocating defence finished with
four sacks and four forced fumbles, and hit
Blumell several times as he released the ball.
But the fourth quarter was all Thunderbirds.
With the Dinos fading and the Birds in a rhythm, a
star may have been born in first-year tailback
Julian Radlein. The 6'2", 222-pound back rumbled
all over a tired Calgary defence for 125 yards and
one touchdown on 10 impressive carries. Radlein
showed impressive speed, strength, and poise,
and in so doing may have staked a claim to the job
as a true fullback in UBC's offence.
"Looks like we've got 'The Prince," smiled second-year left guard Bob McNeill, alluding to star
tailback Akbal "King" Singh's nickname.
Singh also had a terrific game, with 84 yards on
the ground and 110 in the air, and UBC's ground
game rolled up 284 yards and four touchdowns.
UBC racked up 24 straight points in the fourth
until a late Calgary drive netted the Dinos a ten-
yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left.
UBC returns home to face SFU in Shrum Bowl
XXII at Swangard Stadium Saturday night before
hosting the 3-1 University of Manitoba Bisons and
the 4-0 University of Saskatchewan Huskies the
following two Fridays. The defending champion
Huskies are currently ranked number one in the
CIAU and handed UBC their only loss to open the
season, a 28-20 decision at Saskatchewan's
Griffiths Field. ♦
1.11,C slartfd their first Canada \Wst Round Robin
Tournament .crimt; in Kdmnnlon with a 3 1 win
ovi'i- uV I'niviM-sity of ffilgary. Newcomers Mo
O Connor and \Wsk<' V.'ui Zoi-sl made their marks
in iheir debute a* T-Birds wilh O'Connor scoring
two gti.ij.s mid Van Zocst adding Hip oilier goal.
On Saturday afiaiiu-'t Ihe I'niwrsitv ofV'ictoiia, a
possible threat fur UBC in their qui'st to defend
Ihfir national field hockey championships, Ihe
Birds camo Lo a 1-1 Li(> with O'Connor scoring
the only l-'BC goal.
On Sunday, goalie- Ann Harada shut ouL both
the University of Manitoba and Lhc University of
.Alberta to bring Iln> Birds record to 301.
Colleen Jackson (2), Lesley Magnus (2), Steph
Hume, Dallas Plensky, Genevieve Adams and
Wieske Van Zoftst t-vori-d against the hapless
Manitoba Bisons in the .S-U rout. Van Zoest
scored again in the game- against tlie Alberta
Pandas, this lime the- game- winnor, for a final
score of 1 0.
The Thunderbirds will host the second
Canada West Tournament at Livingstone Park
on October 8 to 10.
On Wednesday night, tho Thunderbirds played
in tlie eleventh annual Challenge Cup against
Simon Fraser University. The game was close
and ended in penally kicks, with UBC finishing
up 3-2. This was the eighth straight Challenge
Cup victory for the Birds. Roz Hicks was named
the player of the game.
Tainting the victory was the loss of fourth-year
midfielder Kim Spencer who, in a freak collision
with the SFU goalkeeper, had her face fractured
in five places. She will be out for at least four
The T-Birds plaved to a fifth-place finish at the
Cougar Invitational, a preseason tournament
hosted \ry Ihe University of Regina, this past
weekend.* Takeout
at Granville Island
Sept 26
 by Andrea Winkler
Nobody wants to take out the trash, but what if your garbage
can was white and fuzzy with a duck head on top? Just think,
garbage day would be so much more enjoyable.
For 13 years Children's Hospital has put on the Annual
Garbage Can Art Contest. Anyone can enter, all you need is
a garbage can, some art supplies, and an imagination. This
year's first prize went to Laura Gibson who produced a beautifully painted angel because, "even angels have garbage".
The contest was situated in the Public Market Courtyard
where passerbys were able to view the artists at work from
10 until 3. The Irish band Blackthorn accompanied the
event, setting an upbeat tone.
The artwork ranged from serene wildlife scenes, and
intricate treasure maps to witty environmental statements
by none other than "Vincent Van Garbage". After the five
hours were up, the auction began, with all proceeds going to
the art therapy program at Children's Hospital.
What would you do with such a decorated garbage can you
ask? Suggestions included children's toy storage, that ever
handy conversation piece or the perfect gift for that "hard to
shop for" special someone. The Garbage Can Art Contest
was a fun way to spend the afternoon and it was for a good
cause. So, next year, book it off and check it out, or, if you're
feeling creative, enter the contests
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This year the AMS is asking students whether or not they want a student health and
dental plan? Whether or not they support an AMS Student Services Fund? And
whether or not they support a comprehensive harm reduction strategy for drug users?
The following are some of the frequently asked questions of the health & dental plan.
A growing number of important health
care services are not covered in our
public medicare system. For many
students, paying for these services can
lead to financial hardship; others
cannot afford them at all.
In order to help students pay for the
health care they need, student health
programs, covering 400,000 students
altogether, have been put in place at
universities across Canada, including:
McGill University, the University of
Toronto, the University of Western
Ontario, Queen's University, the
University of Calgary, and the
University of Victoria.
The AMS and the GSS are now trying
to institute a similar student health and
dental plan for students at UBC. UBC
students will, through this plan, obtain
health and dental coverage at the
group plan rate, which is much lower
than the cost of individually purchasing
health or dental insurance.
| Coverage for the AMS/GSS Health &
Dental Plan will cost $14 per student
per month. This means $168 for
September - August. If passed by
referendum, the plan will go into effect
in January 2000, and be pro-rated to
August at $112. The cost of the plan
vould be included in student fees.
The following is a brief description of some of the coverage offered.
• 80% of the cost of Prescription Drugs, including:
Oral Contraceptives            Insulin
Anti-depressants               Asthma medication
* Refractive laser eye surgery: approximately
40% of cost
• Dental Accident: unlimited coverage
• Ambulance: unlimited coverage
• Vaccinations: up to $150/ year
• Counselling Sen/ices: up to $300/ year
• Vision Care: $75 every 24 months for eyeglasses
or contact lenses
• Out of Canada Travel Insurance: up to
Diagnostic & Preventative^ check-ups per year)
70%                     +20%                     90%
Minor Restorative (Fillings)
70%                     +20%                      90%
Oral Surgery (Wisdom Teeth)
50%                     +20%                      70%
Endodontics (Root Canals)
50%                     +20%                      70%
Periodontics (Gum Treatment)
50%                     +20%                      70%
Major Restorative (Crowns)
20%                      20%
Annual Maximum
$750                   no max                   $750+
"All amounts are a percentage of the Provincial Fee Guide for General Practitioners.
Students already covered by ;
supplemental health and dental plan
(e.g., a parent's employee plan) will be
able to opt out and receive a full
refund of fees.
All undergraduate and graduate students
enrolled in degree programs would be
automatically covered by the plan. Students
will also be able to enroll their dependents
and spouses (including same-sex and
common-law spouses) by paying an
additional fee.
The following are some of the frequently asked questions of the AMS Student Service Fund
The AMS runs several services which
are of use to students - that means you!
These services include:
Joblink - the only student-run
campus  employment
centre in Canada;
Rentsline - helping you find the
best room or roommate at the
right price;
Safewalk - keeping you safe
on campus,
,   SpeakEasy - a peer support &
information centre;
Tutoring Services - helping
•paJP you make the grade;
Used Bookstore - providing
affordable, quality used
Volunteer Services - giving you
a chance to serve your
community and learn valuable
job skills;
Tbe Advocacy Office - advocating
on your behalf
CiTR - award winning student
Aquatics Centre - take a dip in
I. the pool
The fund will be an additional $9 in
student fees which will, be allocated to
AMS Student Services. Refundable
upon request!
Although all AMS Services will benefit
from this fund a few will receive special
consideration to help them along.
Safewalk works in collaboration
with others to make UBC
a safe campus. Increased
funding will help them
achieve their goals by: J
1. Allowing Safewalk to become a fully
funded, professional service of the AMS.
2. Maintaining a consistent service to
after dark - 7-days per week. Expanding
hours to accommodate the new Pit Pub
hours (2am closing).
3. Providing salaried positions for
Safewalkers, ensuring reliable service
and   an   increase   in   student   paid
4. Developing new campus safety
initiatives and establishing outreach
programs to help create a safe campus
Increased funding will guarantee more
free student swims.
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Last February CiTR achieved a majority
vote (2/3rds voted YES!) in a referendum,
but they fell short of the 3300 students
needed to affect a change (quorum). By
voting for the Student Services Fund you
will be providing much needed funding to
the campus radio station. Top five
reasons to vote.:
1. CiTR Radio provides a place for students
to create fresh, bold and innovative radio
programming for UBC and the surrounding
2. CiTR is an award-winning radio station
and is recognized around Canada as one of
the best campus radio stations.
3. CiTR provides student jobs and valuable
career training. Some of their DJ's have
gone onto careers with the CBC, BBC and
other major media outlets.
4. Increased funding will ensure that UBC
students will continue to have access to the
Vancouver Radio Waves!
5. This funding will enable them to take on
new projects such as RealAudio
Funding will help the AMS to take on
new Student Services projects such as:
UBC TV - a campus wide television
station serving the students of UBC
what's going on
at the ams ?
AMS Volunteer Fair
Volunteer Services proudly
presents its annual Volunteer Fair.
If you're looking for volunteer work,
the SUB Concourse is the place to
be from September 27-29. Over
30 organizations will be attending,
so don't miss this chance to find for
yourself the perfect volunteer
For more details on referendum please please visit us on the web www.ams.ubc.ca
12:30   Wednesay   in   the   SUB
Featuring: Peter Kelamis
Pit Welcome Pack Party
sponsored by Kokanee
Prizes and giveaways!
AMS Referendum '99
Voting begins on Wednesday.
Drop by the SUB for a free kickoff
Ask questions - get answers.
Student Health & Dental Plan
AMS Student Services Fund
A Comprehensive Harm Reduction
Strategy for Drug Users.
Be informed, know the questions
come out and vote!
Academic Plan Forum
12:30  Thursday     in  the   SUB
Conversation Pit
Interactive learning? Research in
the   classroom?   Co-op?   Take
more courses, take less?
The   University   reviewing   the
direction of academics here at
UBC.    Meet the authors of the
Academic Plan and have your
say. It's your degree! ViO-. #-
"Wanting good play are you?"
—Stephen Massicotte
modest Massicotte. "We don't
want people to quit their jobs as
shark lawyers and plant rice
fields in Africa; we just want
them to change the way they
behave in traffic or supermarket
checkout lines... Maybe people
will see my play and be nice to
someone tomorrow because
at Presentation House
Oct. 1-3
 by Julian Dowling
Actor/playwright Stephen
Massicotte of Calgary's Burning
Night Sky Productions is
no    stranger    to    the
"force."    A    native    of
Thunder Bay he went to
drama   school   at   the
University of Calgary. It
was there that he discovered the way to get the perfect role—write it. So what
began as a class project
ended up as a highly successful play.     The Boy's
Own Jedi Handbook has
given Massicote the chance
to tour Fringe festivals from
Winnipeg to Vancouver.
Jedi,   a  Fringe  Festival
holdover, is a coming-of-age
story based on Massicotte's
childhood.   The  play  links
childhood   with   the    1977  ___
release of Star Wars, which xHEV HAD A -— theatre
Massicotte credits as one of the experiences low-budge
reasons he became an actor. felt good seeing my play.
"The [Star Wars] myth is so
simple and it has everything to
do with civilisation since the
beginning of time. What's the
oldest fairy tale? The knight rescues the princess from the castle. In Star Wars they rescue the
princess from the Death Star. It
sounds like King j\rthur."
Massicotte feels that "the
force/ in a society that is jaded
about organised religion, is
something people are searching
for in their own lives. "These
days people are disheartened by
religion so they're finding their
own spirituality; be good to people and let go of anger and
hatred. That's 'the force.' People
really dig that. I dig it."
Nevertheless, changing the
world is not a priority for the
best film is entertaining and also
enlightening. Theatre is doing
clever, enlightening shows but it
has forgotten the entertainment
Massicotte laments the loss of
a lot of young playwrights to the
more  lucrative   "dark  side"—
movies. "Artists that have
good  ideas  want their
work to be seen, so people      like      [Quentin]
Tarantino make movies
instead of plays."
So how can theatre
:: companies   win   audiences back from the
multiplex      theatres?
Massicotte   sees   contemporary plays  and
festivals such as the
Fringe as a keys to
attracting young people to theatre. j\s far
as Massicotte is con-
I cerned,    there    are
s plenty of opportunities for young playwrights and actors
have done six plays and acted in
a few films. It's a choice you've
got to make."
In the meantime, Jedi has
done very well in Vancouver and
elsewhere thanks to the Star
Wars angle and good reviews.
However, the Vancouver
Performing Arts Center, where
the play was performed, didn't
help the success of the show.
"It's on East Cordova in the
grungier end of town. Some of
the larger audiences don't want
to come from West Vancouver to
hang around East Cordova.
Granville Island would be a really great place to have the Fringe,
but that might cost more."
Despite gripes about the
Downtown Eastside, Massicotte
will be back at next year's Fringe
with a new play, or possibly part
two of the Jedi's Handbook, a
play that has already been well
received in Calgary. Like the
,__ children's
book he is reading, The
Phantom Tollbooth, Massicotte
likes to keep things simple. He
reads Kurt Vonnegut and Henry
Miller, too, but he likes to keep
his mind "tuned to the simplest
story telling techniques."
Whatever he does next, it's
bound to make us yearn for
those carefree days when
Princess Leia wore a gold bikini, and rebel alliances could
still defeat the evil empires.
May the force be with artists
like Stephen Massicotte who
remind us of the wonder we all
felt when John Williams' music
made us freeze in our seats,
enrapt by a story from "a long
time ago, in a galaxy far, far
away..." ♦
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TV series like Honey, I Shrunk
the Kids.
In Vancouver, however, he
doesn't think the same opportunities exist, and this is reflected
in the relatively small audiences at the Fringe. "Out of all
the festivals we've been to,
Vancouver's Fringe festival is
a strange  one because it's
such a big film town. [The
organisers  of the  Fringe]
have done a great job, but I
think it will take a while for    |;|
people to catch on."
Massicotte has spent his
days between shows promoting Jedi and relaxing
on  the  beach.   "There's
always pressure to move
to Vancouver, but then I
could languish here for a   Vi^WMastph
year   waiting   for   work 'Uu*n»owLiNG"p™of
Massicotte is full of praise for
the actor who plays his younger
self. "Evan Davies is a kick-ass
actor. He burns the stage up with
his energy. A lot of funny lines
that he has improvised have
now become part of the script."
Several scenes, including one
where Davies invents a dialogue
between a Jawa and a Sandman,
vary from show to show as the
actors try out new fines. The
third actor in the troupe,
Shannon Leahy, plays several
characters in the play. "[Leahy]
is the girl of a thousand faces,"
jokes Massicotte..
Suggests Massicotte, "\Jedi\ is
a play like a movie...Film gives
people entertainment, and people go out for that because they
want to lose themselves. But the
whereas in Calgary I could
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at the Vogue Theatre
Sept. 24
 by Alicia Miller
In his third Law of Motion, Sir
Isaac Newton states, "for every
action there is an equal and
opposite reaction." This law of
physics was perfectly exemplified at the Vogue Theatre on
Friday night when Jennifer Scott
and Christine Duncan, two outstanding, equally dynamic jazz
vocalists, took to the stage.
Both highly individual performers, the women were pow
erful during their solo pieces
and even more powerful during
their duets in which they were
two equal and opposing musical
forces which complemented
each other perfectly.
Over the course of the
evening, the audience was held
silently rapt as Duncan and Scott
performed a solid two hours
worth of music. Fortunately, the
sound was impeccable and
sharp enough to do justice to the
vocalist's smooth-as-silk voices,
dynamic scatting, and precise
enunciation. Sliding in and out
of octaves and riding the
melodies' slippery waves, their
voices had an oveiwhelmingly
beautiful yet enigmatic quality
that was never harsh despite the
incredible falsetto range presented.
The band, which consisted of
a pianist, saxophonist, drummer, and bassist, did not seem
to be backing up Duncan and
Scott so much as playing on an
equal field with them. All of the
musicians took turns soloing on
their instruments. The constantly changing instrumentation
and vocal combinations did not
hinder, but rather strengthened
the overall performance. Each
vocalist was able to present a
diversity of styles and delight the
audience in different ways.
Vancouver born Jennifer
Scott performed a touching trib
ute to a friend who had recently
passed away from cancer entitled "Something to Live By."
Pure and gentle in its manoeu-
vrings, Scott's voice carried this
slow, melancholy piece ably and
assuredly despite one obvious
upset Later, it was Scott who
provided the audience with the
most comical moment of the
night when she somewhat
ashamedly admitted, "I just did
the first set with my shoes on the
wrong feet I just thought they
were uncomfortable shoes."
Christine Duncan, a young
but amazingly accomplished
vocalist, is accurately described
in her biography as a "musical
chameleon."      Indeed,      her
tremendous range of styles was
on full display Friday night as
her performances included a
lusty, soul-stirrings raise-the-roof
blues song entitled "Mean and
Evil Blues" as well as an original
folk song entitled "Princess,"
performed in typical Jewel-
esque fashion with just herself, a
guitar, and a stool.     *
The overwhelming musical
talent of the performers was
obvious throughout the night, as
was the audience's appreciation
of it In fact, there is only one
word that can be used to accurately sum up the experience of
watching these vocalists do their
thing: "wow." ♦ 14
Bruce Arthur
Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
Naomi Kim
Tom Peacock
Tara Westover
Todd Silver
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It started out sunny so Lisa Denton and Erin Shaw took Cynthia
Lee and Sara Newham for a picnic Jenn Neilson and Laura Blue
stopped by. David Rott and Naomi Angel were out for a drive, when
they saw Jenn Gardy and Flora Graham hitchhiking, together with
Vincent Lam. John IiQle and Jeremy Beaulne they drove to the picnic All of a sudden, it started to rain! Lucldjy Mel Streich and Tom
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for Bnice Arthur, Daliah Merzaban and Nick Bradley who brought
their umbrellas, and saved the day. Then Tristan Winch and Jaime
Tong showed up in their bathing suits, and they looked like they
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make oil with the rest of the picnic
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Is it a Band-Aid solution?
Since nobody seems to be asking questions
about the proposed health and dental plan,
one of the most important issues UBC students will face this year, we at the Ubyssey figured that we'd ask some of the questions for
you. The lack of publicity, as well as a lack of
time during which to scrutinise the plan—
which will result in the largest increase in student fees in recent memory—has led to the
usual high level of apathy and ignorance on
this campus. So let's take a look.
For starters, it is unquestionable that UBC
students should have access to health and dental coverage. Student coverage is currently an
often-inadequate patchwork quilt that fails to
provide some of the basic services that students need—so in a way, the referendum question on a health and dental plan is a much-
needed step in the right direction.
But the devil seems to be in the details of
the plan, which has holes—and particularly, a
lack of opt-out holes—that call into question the
value of the entire package.
The plan will cost $168 per year. If you
cannot prove that you have both equivalent
health and dental coverage, then you have
no choice but to pay for the AMS plan. By
and large, the plan provides good coverage-
including 80 per cent of the cost of prescription drugs, including extensively-used birth
control pills, and almost full coverage of
basic dental. This is good. Coverage like that
is a step in the right direction.
But just as UBC students should have
access to health and dental coverage, they
should also have the option to turn it down.
Any plan that costs as much as this one should
give students—many of whom are treading
water financially—a choice. The rhetoric over
the "administrative nightmares" and
increased costs does little to convince us that it
can't be done, since opt-outs seem prevalent at
other universities across Canada.
The 6,000 graduate students also benefit
disproportionately from the proposed plan at
the expense of the 26,000 undergraduates.
They enjoy both competitive price and coverage compared to other universities.
Undergraduates, on the other hand, are slighted in both price and flexibility.
Students need a plan, no question, but nagging questions persist Why is this plan being
rushed through? Most students will have no
clue what this referendum is about; to give students only September—the most overwhelming month of the year—to learn about this plan
is absurd. Despite claims that planning has
gone on for months, why does it feel as if this
plan is being rammed down our throats? The
fact that serious campaigning won't begin
until referendum week not only gives little
time to weigh the merits and drawbacks of this
proposal, but ensures that any opposition will
have very little time to fully mobilise.
In addition, why is their such a rush to have
the plan operational by January 2000? The
optimist in us would like to think that the date
is a coincidence, but the cynic in us notes that
AMS elections fall in late January, 2000. It may
be a stretch, but in the vituperative world of
student politics—and Council has been plenty
vicious this year—any election edge is a good
election edge.
So if you plan to vote in this referendum, do
yourself, and every student that will ever be
covered by this plan over the next year and a
half, a favour: Inform yourself about the plan:
the details are posted on the AMS's website
(www.studentcare.net/ubc-but keep in mind
that it's a site put together by the company that
stands to make a lot of money from your saying yes). Know what you're getting yourself,
and future students, into. Ask yourself whether
you really want a plan that doesn't give people
the chance to get out of it, whether you've been
given enough time to decide, and whether this
is the best plan that UBC students can get
Some coverage is better than no coverage, but
a bad deal is still a bad deal.
We're one of the largest (and therefore
potentially most profitable) universities in
Canada, and we should command one of the
best plans. But take it seriously, and give it a lot
of thought. This is a big, big deal. Don't make
a half-assed decision if this is, in your best
opinion, a half-assed deal.»>
to Arthur
Joyce Arthur's article belittling Christian anti-abortionists brings to mind the recent
shooting at the church in Ft.
Worth. Her hatred towards
those who believe the Holy
Bible is obvious. She thinks
Christians do not have the
right to publicly express their
views, 'but of course she
upholds that right for
sodomites and pro-choice
baby killers.
She tries to make an image
of women laying in their own
blood after trying to murder
their children. She tries to
make an issue of a baby-
killing abortionist laying in
his own blood. Why are they so
different than the children they
murdered? One way, the babies
they murdered were innocent
and deserved to be protected.
The baby-killers themselves
deserved no protection and
needed to be stopped.
Reverend Donald Spitz
Director, Pro-Life Virginia
Unfair to
Finally, in retrospect we see
what the ideal security arrangements for .APEC would have
been. Protesters should have
been relegated to Maclnnes
field and forced to pay 15 thousand dollars per day for security,    to    keep   people    (read
Suharto's thugs) from beating
them up. After all, they did
accuse him of horrible things
like genocide, didn't they? That
is just sooo offensive.
But wait a minute, abortion
is not tike that. It's okay to say
Suharto is genocidal because
he killed lots of East Timorese
for profit. It's okay for us to kill
a human being when we might
otherwise have to (of all great
tragedies) take jobs below our
ability, or pay for DAYCARE!
It's not like anyone ever does
anything to get pregnant, it just
happens sometimes, so it's no
one's responsibility, and if dad
is too lazy to care, mom shouldn't have to either. (Less than
10 per cent of abortions are
because of rape.)
It's also ok to make THEM
pay to protect themselves from
knife-wielding    pro-choicers.
mad at them for expressing
their beliefs, as allegedly happened at Ohio State. After all,
there is a possibility they might
make someone hate somebody
else. Besides, stabbing someone, or vandalising their property is okay when it's done for
good causes like pro choice
and not for bad ones like
hatred. (We don't 'hate'
Suharto, do we?) Besides, what
other statutory rights are these
guys going to ask for next? Free
And on top of that, the displays are ugly, and might just
make me think my pro-choice
stance is wrong. I mighi have
to reason! Or even try to justify my opinion! And I certainly
couldn't do that.
Trevor Epp
4th year computer science AMS dope vote g<
 by Patrick Bruskiewich
I am saddened to see that an
effort is underway at UBC to push
for the legalisation of a narcotic
and that such an issue has drawn
the attention and efforts of a
group of university students at
UBC. I am saddened for two reasons: first for the choice of such
an issue and second for the lack of
understanding of what representative government really means.
.Arguing that we should
legalise a narcotic and a controlled substance does not in any
way help Canada It is irresponsible. ;    .     ,\   ■:
Health and Wf§|§aii §a|iida|
has studied the effeft of substance
abuse on our country and they"
have found that, in aofiar terms, it
costs Canada about 5 per cent of
our GNP (over $20 billion each
year) to either treat substance
abuse, such as drug addiction, or
deal with the opportunity costs.
Looking at the criminal
aspects, you see that the cost to
Canada due to property and other
crimes done by drug addicted
individuals, amounts to around
8,000 crimes per 100,000
Canadians each year. Here in
Vancouver it is in fact 50% higher
than the national average, and
growing at an alarming rate. The
costs to Canada due to drug related crimes may exceed the Health
and Welfare cost estimates.
I have seen this first hand. My
wife and I have had four property
crimes occur in and around our
house this past year. If you add
the incidents with our immediate
neighbors, we have suffered
through over 12 property crimes
in three families in twelve
months, including a car theft. The
car was later found by the
Vancouver Police Department.
They determined it had been
used as a "drug den". In dollar
value the property loss and damage of these 12 crimes in three
homes exceeds $20,000.
I invite the members of the
/AMS governing body to spend a
weekend riding around
Vancouver in the back of a police
cruiser as the overtaxed and
underappreciated Vancouver
police respond to the hundreds of
property related crimes that
occur each and every week due to
1%e most stupid thing about
arguing whether we should legalize a narcotic and a controlled
substance is that you are arguing	
to increase sthe supply of; a suf>
stance thkt is" afready'daiising
harm to Canada. Please explain
to me how any intelligent and
compassionate individual can
support such a position?
My second concern has to do
with what is a lack of understanding of what representative government really means. The AMS
governing body, I think, should
take a step back and look closely
at what they are saying and really
ask themselves whether they
understand what their roles and
responsibilities really are.
What representative government means is that we elect people to a specific governing body
with specific responsibilities. We
do not elect people to junior bodies, such as student government,
to deal with matters that are the
responsibility of senior levels of
government Nor do we give
these junior levels of government
powers to represent anyone in
those  matters which are  the
responsibilities of the senior levels of government
The issue at hand, that of legalising a narcotic, is an issue relating to the Criminal Code of
Canada. We elect members to our
Parliament in Ottawa to act on
our behalf on issues relating to
the Criminal Code.
While we are free to express
our views as individuals on matters such as the Criminal Code of
Canada, we must be careful when
we start to think that election to a
junior governing body gives us a
right, a power, and a mandate to
represent people on matters that
are the responsibility of semor
levels of government
^becttes ^etifnore precarious wherithe matter at hand has
nothing to do withthe powers and
responsibilies of the junior governing body. The AMS governing
body is elected to deal with the
day to day operation of the AMS,
and issues like post-secondary
education and the services
offered to students at UBC, and
not with issues like the Criminal
If any member of the AMS
wishes to represent people in
Vancouver-Quadra on matters
like the Criminal Code, they are
welcome to resign their seat on
the AMS council and run for
Parliament If they are fortunate
enough to be elected to
Parliament then, and only then,
will they have a mandate to represent a constituency of people in
Vancouver-Quadra on matters
like the Criminal Code.
—Patrick Bruskiewich
Graduate Student, physics
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Pro-choicers deny students forum?
 by Ted Gerk
Joyce Arthur's diatribe against Christianity and members of
the pro-life movement begs a response.
I will dispense with the reminder how "atheism" is
responsible for the deaths of millions m the former USSR
and other "atheist" paradises...and how "tolerant" the atheists who run China are of those who hold opposing view-ss
points.  Not to mention the reality that Hitifjr might have
been a baptised Catholic, but he certainly llPPer prilSiilP
the Roman Catholic faith...choosing to refieWi:ldill!fflrlls
views of religion closer associated with those who also cling
to atheistic dogma.
But beside that, Joyce once again neglects to talk about
the real issue....the humanity of the unborn child. Now
Joyce might flunk that an unborn baby is just a blob of tissue...and that is her right (after all, there are still folks who
think the earth is flat).
But may I remind her and your readers that a university
is supposed to be a place where folks can debate and discuss
opposing viewpoints. The only ones opposed to a debate
are the ones afraid of losing...or leading an APEC member
So here's the challenge. Joyce and you folks who wave
the pro-choice banner: acknowledge the fact that the people
who attend university are mature individuals who are old
enough to make up their own minds on issues. They are
intelligent enough to wade through the gobs of information
they receive each day and are best in a position to decide for
tiVmi^ves what is factum and whM *|J
The Students for Choice group and tlie BC Pro-Choice
Action Network believe in anyftiing buf choice. The}' wave
the banner of "choice* as longias you agree with them.
*Si!S^rhefrxonteinpt'tt!your amfiiyiij deaWlfor jnurselvps
%'reS§i$i!*Gn J^e Arthur's website {man articIifrlWrlP
off the web in embarassment).
She writes, "In North America, the "debate" over abortion happened decades ago in our courtrooms, and the anti-
choice movement lost The debate is over-the task of the
pro-choice community now is to protect and enhance the
legal right to abortion, and educate people on the necessity
of legal abortion."
So there you have it The pro-choice movement has
declared the debate over. Case closed. You silly students out
there who thought you paid tuition to learn, debate and
make up your own minds on issues have had it decided for
Arthur doesn't even believe in having democratic votes
on abortion!
The current members of BC's pro-choice movement
exhibit far more qualities associated with hrownshirts and
the Nazis that any pro-lifer standing there with a sign.
Offended by the analogy? How about the commissars of the
felflner$ovit£-Unipn? The NKVD and KGB used similar tac-
tic§sin|pie]r quest to stifle unpopular opposition. (I should
know^many members of my family perished m labor
can^lj. in this "atheist" paradise.)
*    The point Is this.  Students for Choice and the BC Pro-
:s€hoieeAetion:Network are terrified you will see the GAP display and talk with a GAP staff member...and, horror of horrors might change your mind on the abortion issue.
And that is what this is all about, because beneath the
pro-choice rhetoric lies a fascist disrespect for the human
and democratic rights of a large part of humanity.
The fact they won't even take part in a public debate
demonstrates how far their contempt will go...but Hitler's
henchmen and Stalin's goons never were any good at
accountability either. And they didn't believe in the public's
ability to make up their own minds either!
-Ted Gerk
Pro-life Action Network
Pro-life supporter outraged by editorial
 by Florence Woo
I am outraged by the editorial that appeared in the Ubyssey
on Friday September 2 4 (GAP: a word of advice, and a wordP
of caution). Without giving us objective facts, the author tills
us how to react to the Genocide Awareness Project display,
which hasn't come to the campus yet. "Their tactics are ii^ly
... and they want you to react in just as ugly a way," the author
writes, and urges students to "voice [their] displeasure...
[and] call their displays offensive and disgusting." The display is labelled as "promoting hatred" and "putting the safety of UBC students at risk."
The editorial, I feel, is either misinformed or prejudiced,
or both. People who believe that pre-born life should be pro
tected do not necessarily promote hatred; in fact, they advocate the love and respect for all life. Those who go to extreme
rne^sures Jo force others into this belief, even if they call
themselves so, are not true profilers. The media often focus
oh the shootings of abortionist^ but have you ever seen cov-;
ejrage on the efforts of pro-life groups bringing counselling
and material help to women with unwanted pregnancies?
The image of pro-life people is vastly distorted, and this editorial does nothing to inform the public intelligently.
As for the safety of students being at risk, if the pro-abortion people do not initiate conflict, who will be at risk? If students do not hinder the freedom of expression by tearing
down displays, who will get sued? This argument based on
safety issues is surely flawed. If you jump off the Clock Tower
and break a bone or two, you cannot say that the Clock
Tower "puts the safety of UBC students at risk," either.
I agree with Keely Bright (Perspective, same issue) that
unwanted pregnancies reflect deep social problems. These
problems cannot be solved while pro-lifers and pro-choicers
keep yelling at each other across the centre line, and yet closing their ears when the others are speaking. What v.-g need
is an exchange of information and ideas, and to allow people to make an informed choice. We do NOT need emotional and prejudiced pieces of rhetoric to tell us what we have
to do.
—Florence Woo
4th year linguistics
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outlined in Trek 2000, student volunteers are wanted to assist in health and social
service agencies, schools and community centres in Vancouver's downtown
eastside. Volunteers must commit to working a minimum of three hours once a
week from November 1999 to April 2000. Orientation sessions prior to placement
and ongoing support during placement will be provided.
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Please submit a brief resume along with a one-page statement indicating the type
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Applications will be accepted up to Friday, October 29th. 1999.
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A storefront society providing settlement and orientation services for new
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Volunteers required for the literacy programme at local schools to read to
students on a one-on-one basis.
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community residents in the provision of services.
Sheway provides support for pregnant women and young children and is
looking for a student volunteer is needed to help in a variety of tasks.
Triage is an emergency shelter for men and women with mental health and
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