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' i' I Friday. September 29.2000
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Iii the article, 'Drug rumours arise from Pit* [Sept. 26, 2000] the
Ubyssey erronepusly reported that Laurie Minuk, a Women Students',
Office representative; was responsible for putting up posters that
warned about Rohypnol use oh campus, UBC studenljordarii Aziz is, in;
fact, individually responsible for creating and displaying the posters.
Minuk is hot affiliated with the initiative. The Ubyssey regrets the error.
In the article,/Arts space planned* [Sept 26, 2000], the Ubysseyincorrectly reported that the proposed Arts Student Centre would have
'rentable- spacer when the plan is in- fact to have-bookable* space. In
addition, the centre, if approved by Arts students, wpuld not be in the
"basement* of, but on the main floor of Buchanan D. The Ubyssey regrets
the error. YYV ■''Y'.>..>.■-'■■'.v/
The Sept 2 6 "Bird Droppings* stated that the Canadian men's field hockey team had finished second in their pool in Sydney. The Canadian
men's team actually finished last in their pool, and are currently battling
it out for positions nine through 12. The Ubyssey regrets the error. ♦ Y
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Friday. September 29.20001
Let's Talk About Sex
by Kim The
Since the launch party was for a book called Carnal Nation:
Brave New Sex Fictions, I expected to be titillated to the point
of an orgasmic climax. Being quite unenlightened about the
culture of erotica, I expected to be accosted with bawdy tales of
a most shocking nature that would either make me extremely
aroused or flushed with embarrassment
Neither happened. The porno flicks on the large, hanging
NICE BOO TS! But tha dancing wasn't orgasmic, kim th£ photo
movie screen (from Michael Turner's collection) in the Lava
Lounge club were more obscene and stimulating than any of
the stories read up on stage by the authors. Although the readings by the eight authors didn't make my pants wet, some of
the stories were hilariously lewd and raunchy, enough to capture the attention of the uninitiated.
Michael V. Smith, a graduate of UBC's creative writing
department had the audience
laughing while he read his
story, 'Gucci," a tale about a
male stripper'who has successfully buried the Coke bottle completely up his ass, so only the
small   round   bottle   cap   is
/\ exposed, looking like a tin ass
hole.' His raucous tale continued with the stripper sucking
the coke bottle up his ass, the
cap popping and Coke spraying
all over a bystander's face.
Another bold author, Clint
Burnham, the coordinator of
Humanities 101 at UBC, read
from his story called "Free
Country,* which was the most
sexually graphic and out right
carnal of the evening: "She
rolled over and she sat on him,
grinding her hips against him.
She bent her head over his cock,
drooling onto it and then moving her hand up and down it
She took some lubrication and
wiped it on his ass, sliding two
fingers into him." If you like this
coarse, sexual lingo of cock,
cunt, clit and fucking, the book
has about seven more pages of
sexually explicit detail from
Clint Burnham to hold your
My favourite story of the night was Mark McDonald's
"Penis," which, judging by the uproarious bursts of laughter
throughout the reading, wa also the audience favourite.
Original, comical and bizarre, this story traces the life of a couple who decides to 'make things official' by buying a new
penis, which is, of course, 'more sensible than getting married' in this day and age.
They bring the penis home in a 'special box lined with red
paisley fabric and with a little pocket for a twig of lavender."
They build a shelf for their admired treasure—an 'unlit beacon
to remind [them] of [their] love.' We learn how the penis brings
the couple closer together, becomes a conversation piece, is
jacked off by a friend. Finally, it loses its vitality by becoming a
flaccid prosthetic that is eventually sealed in a box and thrown
out to sea (after unsuccessfully efforts to flush it down the toilet).
Other readings were performed by Alison Acheson, a former professor of creative writing Professor at UBC, Tamas
Dobozy, a current UBC English professor; Anne Stone; R.W.
Gray; and Sonja Ahlers.
After the show, I had a chance to ask Burnham some questions. In response to my question about how authors were
invited to contribute to the anthology, he facetiously replied,
"We all sucked Brett's [the co-editor] cock!"
On a more serious note, Burnham started writing in 1978.
He began writing erotica in the nineties when gay and lesbian
culture became more popular. He also writes "East Van
Gangster' fiction—stories set in bars on Hastings which involve
elements of ethnic crime and gangs.
By the time I finished talking to Burnham it was around
9:30pm and I still felt unsatisfied-I needed to be titillated
some more. Since I expected the readings to be more theatrical
and entertaining, I stuck around the club to see the show afterwards. Around 10:15pm, two transvestites bounced on stage,
skipping and shimmying while lip syncing to Abba's
"Waterloo." Their simple dance routine barely piqued my interest, so I called it a night Feeling a bit disappointed that I wasn't more awake and aroused, I plodded out of the club with a
copy of Carnal Nation in my hand. Hey, at least I had a copy
that I could read at home while in bed. Maybe there's still hope
that I'll reach an orgasmic climax... ♦
Chekhov & the complications of life
by Lisa Denton
at the Telus Studio Theatre
runs until Oct. 7
Anton Chekhov once wrote, 'Let everything on
the stage be as complicated, and at the same
time just as simple, as it is in real life."
This statement is exemplified in UBC
Theatre's production of The Three Sisters in
which a family survives hardship while experiencing the joy of human interaction.
Chekhov's characters are in turmoil—experiencing emotions caused by forbidden love,
the need for companionship, and the dissatisfaction of being trapped by fate. The Three
Sisters is a tragedy, wherein the family finds
themselves living a life of hopeful dreams and
desires, only to experience a realisation that
alters their stagnant situation.
UBC's production manages to communicate Chekhov's multiple themes and emotions
in a very effective and engaging performance.
In the intimacy of the Telus Studio Theatre, the
viewer is absorbed into a time when Russia
was full of military men, and traditional families occupied estates.
In fact the venue is almost a character
itself—it plays a supporting role to the actors
and successfully adds depth to the overall production. The stage is a circle which allows the
audience to be on all sides of the action, breaking the traditional barriers of a front-only view
of the stage. The set-up also allows a very close
view of the characters, and the props, so close
that an actor may be only inches away from the
viewers who literally provide the circumference to the stage.
The ensemble cast pulls together to create
sad, yet incredibly funny characters as the
tragedy is juxtaposed with comic behaviours
and situations. The character of Natalya is
absolutely hilarious as a confrontational sadistic wife who displays her absurd nature by
maniacally shouting at old women and chasing
them with a fork in hand. Contradicting
Natalya's antics is the brooding lovesick Masha,
who feels nothing for her husband and finds
real passion in a secret affair with a military
The characters live complicated lives, and at
the end of the play, face hard decisions about
the future. But at the same time, they exist in an
ignorant and simple state of bliss, dreaming
about a reality that will never exist The complicated yet simple view of these characters is
essential to the play and Chekhov's vision of
depicting "real life".
The Three Sisters is a good start to UBC
Theatre's season. It provides a strong version of
a classical work, while adding some innovative
and modern stagecraft While the set is pretty
' bland for the most part (a consequence of the
round stage) and the costuming is a monotonous shade of gray, the play is engaging due to
its actors' capability to deliver the funny comical elements as well as the emotionally charged
tragic moments. The Three Sisters is an engaging and entertaining production featuring a
polished cast portraying fatalistic and very
human characters facing the challenges of
life. ♦ ^11 Friday, September 29.2000
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Confusing pillow talk
played at the Vancouver International Film
When watching Leos Carax's Pola X, be prepared to
be completely confused not only during its torturous two-and-a-half hours, but also during the car
ride home, in bed later that night, and at breakfast
the next morning.
Pierre (Guillaume Depardieu) is a writer who
lives with his mother, Marie, in a palatial French
chateau in Normandy. Pierre is engaged to the
beautiful Lucie (Delphine Chuillot), slipping into
bed with her every morning in another glorious
chateau across town. One day, on his way to see
Lucie, he encounters a gypsy (Kateriria Golubeva)
who claims to be his long-lost sister, Isabelle.They
move to Paris posing as husband and wife, and join
a cult that worships by playing death metal. The
rest of the film follows Pierre's self-indulgent
attempts to write a novel.
An adaptation of Herman Melville's Pierre, or
the Ambiguitues, the stark contrast Carax makes
between the pastoral and the industrial should
have been left for the 19th-century novel to tell. In
a modern context, this theme seems cliched and very
As well, the incestuous relations in Pola Xprove to be
quite tiresome. The never-ending rapturous bedroom
scenes between Pierre and his mother, and later, with
his sister, numb the audience.
However, other than Golubeva's performance, which
included a dreadful 20-minute monologue explaining
why she, as Isabelle, is Pierre's sister, the. acting was
excellent Depardieu's performance as the tormented
Pierre was convincing, and Catherine Deneuve gave a
brilliant supporting performance as Pierre's protective
But in the end, Pola -Y is just another tale about a wild,
tortured artist who tries to reinvent himself at the cost of
driving the people around him away. Including you. ♦
-Michelle Mossop
Enchanted Burmese days
played at  the   Vancouver
International Film
When Inge Eberhard, a young
woman from Austria, went to study
English in Colorado in 1951, her
only desire was to see the world.
She never dreamed that she would
fall in love' and marry a young engineer from Burma and follow him
Upon her arrival in Burma,
Eberhard discovered not only how
stressful being part of an interracial couple in the 1950s
was, but also that her husband was the crown prince,
meaning that she was now a Princess.
Filmed with a handheld camera without any fanfare
or special effects, the documentary is a first-person nar-
. rative about Eberhard's life, and includes rare footage of
home movies that she and her husband shot in Burma.
As the Celestial Princess of the Shan state of Hsipaw,
Eberhard discovered that she could make a difference
through agrarian reform and healthcare—two of the programs she and her husband vigorously pursued. In
time, the people grew to love the
Princess, and she grew to love them.
Eberhard and her husband raised a
beautiful family and reveled in each
other's company. Unfortunately, unlike
most fairytales, hers did not have a
happy ending—after a coup in 1961, her
husband was arrested and Eberhard
had to flee the country. They never saw
each other again.
While Eberhard's many anecdotes
keep the film's tone light, she makes it clear that she has
not forgotten the people that embraced her, and still do.
She was actively involved in human rights issues in
Burma, and currently helps with the resettlement of
Burmese refugees. This documentary provides a beautiful look into an extraordinary woman's life. ♦
-Greg Ursic
Teller's telling tale
at the Vancouver International Film Festival
Oct 3 at the Visa Screening Room
"I am become death, shatterer of worlds." Robert
Oppenheimer intoned this line from the Bhagavad Gita
after he witnessed the first nuclear explosion, at
Alamogordoin 1945.
Horrified by the spectre he had unleashed upon the
world, Oppenheimer spent the rest of his life lobbying
for a ban on nuclear weapons.
Narrated by David Suzuki, Gary Marcuse's new documentary, Nuclear Dynamite, tells the story about how
the Bomb came about, and how environmental concerns were ignored.
The film makes dramatic use of nuclear testing
footage to demonstrate the awesome power at issue.
Although, after the tenth time the overall effect of was
dampened, leaving the viewer with a sense of detachment Much more potent are the interviews with Edward
Teller, "The Father of the H-Bomb,' who was a strong
advocate of nuclear weapons and weapons testing.
Taking advantage of Cold War politics, Teller convinced
then-President Kennedy that atomic weapons could be
used peacefully as 'Nuclear Dynamite.' Teller suggested
that with a little finesse, he could blast a new and bigger
canal through Panama. Thus, Project Plowshare was bora
What Teller neglected to mention to Kennedy was
that his program would probably blanket the earth with
radioactiye dust, possibly dooming mankind. To this
day, Teller maintains that the danger of nuclear fallout
is a hoax, or at least greatly exaggerated, and marked the
emergence of an anti-scientific trend in society.
Teller notes that he is still intent on continuing his
testing plans. He blithely explains that all they need to
do to build the canal is to relocate thirty thousand of the
San Bias people while they do the blasting, wait a year
and let the San Bias return. They might have to put up
with a little more radiation than normal, but such is the
price of progress. As one of Teller's former colleagues
notes, it sounds like a great plan—if you've had your
brain removed. ♦
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Office denizens of the world:
Music® Work
Since their inauspicious beginnings as a cover band, the Tragically Hip have become one of
Canada's best-known bands. It is, perhaps, an awareness of this transformation that colours their
most recent alburn. Music @ Work.
The (semi-)title track of the latest album implies that the Hip have become conscious of their
popular appeal. With the simple mantra of 'my music at work' and a mindless "la-la-la,' singer
Gord Downie suggests that popular music provides nothing more than mindless entertainment
Downie enCOUrageS listeners tO be Critical of their social surroundings by offering them a "bird's eye view of a bird's eye view' on a lyrical tour that encompasses both the moon
and the deepest ocean trench. The lyrics in "Putting Down,' meanwhile, condemn "the corporate
Music @Work seems to be the Hip's conscious"effort to add a more artful, philo-
SOpniCal element to their music. "Tiger the Lion" paraphrases John Cage in proclaiming
that "art in our time was far less important than our daily lives." Certainly, the cinematic clarity
that once characterised Downie's lyrics
has given way to more cerebral lyrics
that necessitate closer consideration.
Music @ Work also marks a musical
broadening for the Hip—most of the
tracks feature guest players and vocalists. Notably, ex-Eric's Tripper and solo
musician Julie Doiron offers vocals on
"The Completists," "Toronto #4,' and
'As I Wind Down the Pines.' Many
tracks use unusual instrumentation, such as Sarah
Pinette's cello, and the Hammond
organ stylings of Chris Brown. I think
that Ian Hodkinson's description of his
cover design for Music @ Work best
explains the feel of this album; it is both
'a colourful, extrovert celebration
and...a brooding introversion.'
-Sara Young
The Tonight Album
Alert Music
The Tonight Album is a collection of new stylings from Johnny
Favourite, and is IliS fil*St
SOlO project He's
fronted the Johnny Favourite
Swing Orchestra, ajuno-winning
group, but it seems that after
leaving the group, Favourite
wanted to get a taste of the other
side of the musical divide.
From " the gospel-feel of
"Someday," to the Jamaican-
flavoured cover of Cole Porter's
"Let's Do It," to the bluesy
'Always      Coming      Home,'
Favourite stretches beyOfld Ills boundaries. However, he comes out
sounding out of place, like he's searching for a style he's comfortable with. He does hit home
with the swing tracks "Yeh Yeh,' "You And I, I And You," and "Tonight," which suit his lounge-
lizard vocals.
However, the album leans more towards pop-rock than swing, and there is such variation
in this collection that it feels disjointed.
Overall, the album wasn't a complete disappointment
One of the album's bright points is the strength of the horn arrangement, ear-pleasing
enough to make you want to keep listening to the album.
Having heard "Yeh Yeh' on the radio before, I was looking forward to listening to his latest album in its entirety. It was hardly what I expected, but maybe there's something to look
foward to on his next album, providing he realises where his strengths lie and plays up on
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Photos by Tara Westover
1 summer long, a steady stream of buses pulled through the
driveway, of the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), dropping off their
freight of tourists who diligently posed for photographs in front of totem
poles. The giggling children pointed at the more anatomically correct figures, and in some well-learned tourist ritual, just about everyone stood
for the camera so that the totem pole would appear to sprout up from
their heads.
._ flow of tourists has slowed now that school is back in
session, but there are still several people making their way around the
side of the museum to the grassy ridge behind it that overlooks the beach,
to where the totem poles are.
._. tourists come often, but only a few at a time. Even if
they have never been here before, they know that there is something different going on, something out of the ordinary; Cher's strained voice
doesn't usually blare from car speakers behind the MOA, disturbing the
usually tranquil setting. But it does today, and the team of carvers
hunched over the long, unfinished totem pole sing along.
GF pole is 49 feet long and almost five feet around at the
base, covered by a tent, and cordoned off from the tourists who snap photos, ask questions despite the MOA signs asking them to refrain, and even
offer the occasional compliment
a ^I 1 *%@r %^ job you've done there. Looks good,* offers one,
to which Jim Hart 7iidinso responds with a softly spoken 'Thanks.'Hart,
the head carver of this, the 'Respect to Bill Reid Pole,' is dressed in green
slacks, wears socks, and has his greying black hair pulled back tightly in
a ponytail, distinguishing him from the five other carvers, who are more
casually dressed in jeans or sweatpants. Shoes are optional, but knee-
pads help when the carver is perched on the log. A dog sleeps under the
shade of the tent while the carvers hunt for paint, scrape away at another section of red cedar, or smoke cigarettes they've rolled from the big
bag of Drum tobacco that lies next to the collection of tools. The music
stops after a while, when the car battery runs out, but jumper cables
appear eventually.
Reid, a distinguished Haida artist, died in 1998. And on
Sunday, a memorial totem pole will be raised behind the MOA in honour of Reid and the
Haida. The carvers arrived last Friday, and have been putting the final touches to the pole
they began in the summer on Haida Gwaii, and have spent, one carver, says, between 500
and 600 hours working on. Moya Waters, manager of administration at the MOA, explains
that the pole was funded by a grant from the Canada Council Millennium Fund, and will
replace a pole carved by Reid and Doug Crammer in 1962, which is now too fragile to
remain outdoors. 'It's getting old and needs conservation treatment,' she says.
pole, designed by Hart pays tribute to Reid and his people. 'It's paying
honour to Bill Reid. He did a lot for us,' says Hart to the onlookers. Waters, meanwhile,
explains that Hart was an easy choice for the job. 'He's a well-known artist and we've
worked with him in the past' says Waters of Hart, who once apprenticed with Reid. Reid
'played an instrumental role in the MOA,' says Waters. 'He was one of the artists that was
instrumental in working with our original curators and directors,' she says.
wolf at the base of the pole represents Reid and his K'aadaasGaah
Kiigwaay clan. The raven represents the Raven people of the Haida, and the eagle above
it the Eagle people. At the top of the pole are three watchmen, who keep watch over the
village. The pole is still mostly unpainted, and the drawn outline is still visible in places.
The air smells like cedar. 'It's a really soft wood,* says Hart. 'Since it's such a soft wood,
it's one of the hardest on your tools 'cause you're sharpening all the time.*
<2t public pole raising will be a lively affair. The last
time a pole was raised at the M~OA, in 1982, 2000 people attended, says Waters. This time
around, 7500 invitations have been sent out 'It's pulled by hand using ropes and pulleys,* explains Waters, adding that the whole procedure could take hours—not surprising
given that the pole weighs 8000 pounds. 'We've got hundreds of feet of rope coming." As
Hart explains to two observers, it will take 'a whole bunch" of people to raise it Until then,
though, the carvers keep working, interrupted only by coffee breaks, tourists, and, finally,
nightfall. ♦
FINAL TOUCHES: Master carver Jim Hart 7iidinso works on the pole (top).The eagle
figure represents the Eagle people of the Haida (middle). Oliver Bell measures the
design on the eagle's wing (bottom). Michael NicollYahgulanaas finishes the
watchmen at the top of the pole (opposite bottom). An existing totem pole
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Stadium to get
liquor license?
by Alex Dimson
In an effort to increase attendance at UBC football games, UBC Athletics is
exploring the possibility of getting a permanent liquor license for
Thunderbird Stadium.
Robert Philip, UBC's Director of Athletics and Recreation, said he was
impressed by the attendance of the Erst two home games, which hosted on-
field beer gardens. The Alma Mater Society also distributed free tickets to
first-year students.
As a result, Philip said he has made inquiries to the university and the
RCMP about obtaining a permanent license for the stadium.
Currently, if Athletics would like to make alcohol available at a game it
must apply for a special occasion licence. A permanent license, Philip said,
would allow a portion of T-Bird stadium to be set aside for those 19 and over
who wish to drink alcohol while watching the game.
"We talked to the RCMP and they agreed that if we cordoned off a section
of the stands and wanted to have that as an area with a license then we could
do that'
In doing so, Philips said that the university could
more efficiently serve drinks, enforce drinking age, and
provide patrons with a better view of the game than the
current field-level location for beer gardens.
Philips said that Athletics is trying to attract a
greater number of students from residence out to the
games and serving alcohol could be a way to do that
Jay Prepchuk, head coach of UBC's football team,
believes licensing the stadium is a good idea if it
attracts more fans to the stadium.
"If people can show that they can be responsible and
mature about it, I don't think there's a real problem,' he
said, adding that the only difference his players have noticed so far is that
games with beer gardens draw larger crowds than those without.
But even if T-Bird stadium was given a permanent license, Philip said
UBC would not serve beer at all games, nor at the Shrum Bowl-a traditionally rowdy game between the UBC's Thunderbirds and the Simon Fraser
University's Clansmen.
The Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre is the only major sporting venue
on campus which currently serves alcohol, although consumption is limited
to the bar overlooking the arena.
Executive Coordinator in the Vice-President Students Office Byron
Hender, whose office deals with the liquor licensing on campus, said he is
neutral on the issue but that it must be discussed before a decision is made.
'If you go to most football games or basketball games around the world
these days, you can have beer in the stands. On that basis, I don't see it as a
major obstacle,' he added.
Philip agreed but said he still has some concerns about permanently '
licensing the field, and has not decided whether or not to officially ask the
university's Board of Govenors for permission to go ahead with the plan. ♦
Business magazine ads
falsely portray women
by Jasmine Pul
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the Gateway
EDMONTON (CUP)-If pictures say
more than words, then Report on
Business (ROB) magazine has its
work cut out, says a professor at the
University of Alberta.
Political scientist Linda Trimble
investigated the relationship
between ads in the business publication and their societal impact
Although women own more than
one-third of Canadian businesses,
the messages in the ads portray
them as having an insignificant
place in the business world, said
'Whenever we think of power,
achievement and performance,
generally the same visual image of
a white male in a business suit is
used," she said.
Trimble cited ROB ads as exam:
pies. One depicts a businessman
walking on water, while another
shows a businesswoman who doesn't know how to use the Internet
"Androgynous ads are not necessarily more important than projecting an image of [women with] competence, efficiency and power,' said
Trimble. 'But the gender bias does
reflect our ideas of what shapes a
Sandy Muir, ROB/Globe and
Mail vice-president of advertising
and marketing, declined to comment on the ads.
Irene Brenner, executive director of Media Watch, a feminist
organisation working to eliminate
sexism from media, said the image
of women in advertising isn't truly
representative of Canadian women.
'You don't see women in professional roles. It's usually sexy models selling make-up and accessories."
But according to Jim Spaeth,
president of the" Advertising
Research Foundation, consumers
are motivated to a greater degree by
advertising they like, rather than
ads that irritate or offend.
'We are not aware of any
research that demonstrates that a
negative attitude towards an ad generates a negative attitude toward
the publication,* he said.
However, Brenner said her
organisation's research shows that
one in two women will avoid buying
products if they are offended by an
'We like to think that people will
respond with a complaint, but most
often women are so busy that they
don't have time to do that,' she
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Offensive election poster pulled
 by Alex Dimson
A comment in a campaign poster for this week's Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS) elections that some students have
called homophobic has led the Alma Mater Society (AMS) to consider changing its election code.
'Why don't you be a nice UBC student and vote for him? Look
at him. Isn't he just so cuddly? Like a little teddy bear? (if you're
a guy disregard that message or it's an ass whooping)/ read a
statement in the election poster for Saleh Tousi, a first-year student who is a candidate for general officer.
Arts student Amit Taneja told the AMS at Wednesday night's
Council meeting that he was offended by the comment, saying
that the statement was "homophobic."
But Tousi said that he did not intend for the poster to be
taken as a homophobic remark.
"The whole thing is meant more as a joke. It's meant to create humour,' he said. 'Politicians, when they put up posters or
campaign, they're either really serious or they appeal to the
humour side, Mine is the latter because I found it to be easier.'
Taneja said he doubted that Tousi had any ill intentions.
'Nonetheless, it doesn't change the fact that it is still
hurting other people."
Taneja, who reported the posters to UBC's Equity
Office, said the incident exposes a greater problem concerning the elections codes of both the AUS and the
AUS Elections Coordinator Christina Tinson said
the current code allows her to examine posters only for
size regulations and to ensure that they include a specific phrase announcing the election dates, but she said
that she has ho say over the content of the posters.
Tinson, who informed Tousi about the complaint,
said the four posters that were displayed were removed
by yesterday morning.
AUS President Aleksandra Brzozowski indicated that she
understands why the complaint was made.
'I think his complaint was fair to say and to bring forward,'
she said. "However, I don't feel that the AUS has any place or
authority to judge...on the content'
Brzozowski says that the matter should be left
between Tousi and Taneja, as well as possibly UBC's
Equity Office.
As a result of Taneja's complaint the AMS Council
passed a motion to begin discussion on an explicit
anti-discrimination policy in its election code.
"I think we all have to be very careful about what
we say and about what we place on a poster that goes
up across campus," said AMS President Maryann
She added that the AMS procedure gives more leeway to the election administrator than does the AUS
code to rule on appropriate content
The AUS elections end Friday afternoon. Results are expected to be announced Friday night ♦
Posters warning about Rohypnol removed
. by Cynthia Lee
A UBC student is concerned that posters
warning students about reports of Rohypnol
use on campus are wrongfully being taken
Jordana Aziz, the student who created and
displayed the posters, said she has postered
around campus three times over the past
week, but when she returned to the locations
the next day, the vast majority of posters had
been removed.
"I think it's ridiculous that they've been
taken down," she said. "I'm putting up
posters to warn women of what's going on
and to let men know that they have to stop
this and it gets taken down."
The poster is being displayed in light of
recent reports that Rohypnol and similar
sedative drugs have shown up at UBC. The
poster describes the effects of Rohypnol-a
drug often associated with sexual assaults.
The posters read, "Men, what could you
possibly get out of having sex with someone
who is unconscious?"
Aziz said she does not know who is taking
the posters down, but she admits that her
posters convey a strong message.
'This poster is letting women know that if
this has happened to you, please let someone
know and get safe. But basically this message
is to the men to stop doing this.'
Aziz said she doesn't think that the
incidents have any relation to a similar
poster being displayed on campus that is
endorsed by a coalition including the Women
Students' Office (WSO), the Alma Mater
Society (AMS), and Safewalk.
AMS President Maryann Adamec
confirmed that the student union and AMS
employees are not responsible for removing
the posters.
'Students are free to use the general use
boards to post whatever Sort of information
they wish to,' she said, adding that she is
aware that the posters are being tampered
with, but that the AMS has not received any
formal complaints.
"The [posters] provide some valuable
information to students. I don't know why
they are coming down," said Adamec of
Aziz's poster.
The university RCMP detachment told the
Ubyssey earlier this week that no conclusive
cases of Rohypnol use in a sexual assault
have been reported to the police.
The Women Students' Office (WSO),
however, indicated that these statistics could
be misleading. According to Laurie Minuk, a
WSO counsellor, roughly 90 per cent of the
sexual assaults that occur are not reported,
and when drugging is involved, the
percentage may be even higher.
"For students who have been drugged, it's
very difficult for them to come out and talk
about it because there's a lot of shame
- involved," said Minuk, who added that she
has heard about the recent incidents through
anectodal reports.
She also said that because the drugs leave
the body quickly, evidence of drugging is
difficult to trace.
Since the recent wave of publicity about
these drugs, a student has approached
Minuk about her personal experience with
'Every year we get some reports that this
is happening. But again, it's something that
people are reluctant to come forward about'
Minuk warned students that the
combination of the drugs and alcohol could
be life-threatening.
"I think it's very alarming...People are
drugging people in order to take advantage of
them and putting people in a situation where
they are totally unconscious and totally
powerless," said Minuk.
"Students need to look out for each
other." ♦
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Alex Dimson ate a buxrito and got sick. Cynthia Lee eluded him for his foolishness in selecting such poor food.
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and threw up, too. Greg Ursic, Daniel Silverman and
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that they might get sick, but Lisa Denton and Helen Eady
calmed their fears because Laura Blue had told them
about a week ago that Kim The was allergic to burrito,
and so, he was probably just allergic, too. Tom Abbott
told a funny stoiy about his cousin's run-in with
peanuts, but Michelle Siu, didn't think it was funny
cause she was allergic to peanuts. Parm Johal and
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So you think you're smart?
It's that time of year. The first round
of midterms, the first batch of
essays—eveiyone wants to know
what scanty bits of knowledge you've
managed to cram into your heads,
what arcane facts you can recite,
what respected critic you've stolen
your ideas from. But here at the
Ubyssey, we know that you have
more important things to worry
about—like how to avoid the coyotes.
And the owls. And food poisoning.
So whether you're a seasoned grad
student or a just a frosh, you need to
know how much you know. Here it
is—the 2000 Ubyssey quiz.
1. The Clock Tower is...
a) set according to the US government's atomic clock in Colorado
b) three minutes slower than the
bus schedule
.. c) a disgruntled TA's sniping
d) worth climbing—try itl
2. The wild cats on Southwest
Marine Drive are...
a) cute
c) food for coyotes
d) all of the above
3. Jesus loves you...
a) Yes, he does
b) No, he doesn't
c) Yes, he does, but he thinks
you're too cool to ask you out
d) So  does  the  guy in  the
Lasserre can
4. AMS stands for...
a) Alma Mater Society
b) A Million Students
c) A Million Squirrels
d) All of your Money-
5. The network of tunnels beneath
campus are...
a) a myth
b) part of Plant Ops' plan to control the world
c) home to a body or two
d) lamentably well-padlocked
6. The best time to schedule your
first class is...
a) 8:30—then you have the whole
day to yourself
b) 10:30—avoid the early morning rush
c) 3:30—so you don't sleep in
through it
d) It doesn't matter when you
schedule it, you always sleep
through the first class
7. The best place to eat on campus
a) Off campus
8. The distance from B-Lot to civilisation is measured in...
a) miles
b) light years
c) the number of times you
curse your 8:30 class as you run to
d) the number of passed-out
first-years you pass who are still
drunk from the weekend
9. The new AUS space programme
a) a waste of time
b) a waste of space
c) a disruption in the space-time
d) scheduled for take-off sometime in the next millennium.
10. The Engineering cairn is...
a) a religious shrine
b) missing
c) compensation
d) burnt Really—go look.
11. Blancais...
a) a street east of campus
b) an international border
c) too far
d) Martha Piper's last stand
12. The Gates are...
a) the entrance to school
b) not really gates
c) too far
13. Martha Piper is
a) the UBC president
b) really, really happy
c) no, we mean really happy
d) thinking about it
e) on crack
14. Lloyd Axworthy is...
a) a politician
b) a UBC-bound academic
c) a lumberjack
d) all of the above
a) the campus radio station
b) a haven for international
c) way cooler than you
d) bad at sports
16. The Pottery Club is...
a) a place to make pots
b) a great place to meet people
c) a front for a grow-op
d) full on Friday nights
17. The Surf Club is...
a) a cool new club
b) a waste of money
c) a place to get a free t-shirt for
only $5
d) full of large, pasty guys saying
18. The Storm Club is...
a) stormchasers
b) a great place to meet people
who also like weather systems
c) out buying umbrellas
d) full of people who think reading the weather on TV is hard-hitting journalism
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If you aced it, you cheated.
If you got 10-18 right you probably
read the quiz last year, but we tricked
you and changed some answers
around. You also live on campus.
If you got 5-10 right, okay, so you
failed. But really the odds were
stacked against you. You know the
stuff, but just didn't bother to study
for the test
If you got less than S right, that's
less than 25 per cent! You could
have done better rolling dice. Good
luck on that organic chem
midterm, you're gonna fail everything! ♦
AUS disappointing
The plans for the Arts student centre disappoint me. Yes, $6 is not a
lot of money, and if this centre was
to be a new study arid social area, I
wouldn't mind increasing my fees
by even $100. But if you study
those signs that the Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS) has
posted in Buchanan, you'll notice
that there is a greater emphasis on
beer—a pub. In fact, an entire paragraph is devoted to describing how
the current conditions of its beer
garden locations are "inadequate."
Boo-hoo. Yes, I admit that I don't
drink, but I have no problem with
beer gardens, as long as they do not
interfere with the non-participants
around them. So, is relocating to
Buchanan D a good idea? I know a
few people, including myself, who
have classes and lockers in this
building. And is this centre necessary? Why can't our money go to
renovating the dilapidated
Buchanan itself. Or installing an air
conditioning system? Do we really
need our own bar?
Still, what really bothers me is
how the AUS has conducted this
referendum. If the majority of Arts
students truly want to green-light
this project, then go aheadl And
they will, because "yes" is all
they've read about All the ads in
Buchanan are proponents of the
cause. The t/bjssey itself printed an
article ("Arts space planned" [Sept
26, 2000]) interviewing only avid
supporters. And when you go to
vote, the first thing the conductors
hand you is a sticker, "AUS Space
Programmer Isn't this the same as
if you were voting in the US election, and at the booth, they gave you
the ballot and an "Al Gore' pin? Oh,
and the AUS gives this to you
BEFORE you vote, too. My point is
that this poll is ridiculously biased.
A majority will vote yes, because
the other side just doesn't 'exist'
But then again, the AUS is here
to represent students, and what
they think should be what we think,
so if they want to build the tenth bar
on campus, why should I object?
-Kevin Low
Arts 3
Space programmers
correct article
On behalf of the AUS, we would like
to thank you for your interest in the
AUS Space Programme
Referendum, as covered in your
article on Sept 26, 2000 ("Arts
Space Planned"). This is an exciting
initiative to increase student study
and social space in the Buchanan
building for all Arts students.
However, we would like to correct several inaccuracies in the
article. Firstly, the new Arts
Student Centre will not be located
in the "basement* of Buchanan D.
In fact, the 5800-square foot facility will not only be located above-
ground, in the undeveloped space
on the main floOr of Buchanan D, it
will also have a beautiful view of
the mountains.
Secondly, the Arts Students
Centre will not be "rentable space."
In fact, the facility will not only be
freely accessible to all Arts students, it also resolves the current
plight faced by departmental clubs
and student associations, wherein
they are forced to rent space in
other buildings for their events at a
significant cost to their membership.
In closing, we are extremely
appreciative of the interest shown
by the Ubyssey and by Arts students in the AUS Space
Programme, as indicated by phenomenal voter turnout thus far. It
is a testament to both the value of
the project to Arts students and
also of the efforts of all AUS members to achieve it Polling stations
will be open until the end of this
week (at Koerner Library,
Buchanan, SUB, and Geography),
at which time we anticipate an
overwhelming mandate from students for a new Arts Students
-Aleksandra Brzozowski
AUS President
Jonathan Fast
Chair, Space Programme
Dea Lloyd
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Friday. September 29.20001
Men's attitudes
must change to stop
sexual assault
I just wanted to add some insight
regarding this year's September 16
Take Back the Night women-only
march. As a woman, my
involvement in Take Back the Night
brought feelings of excitement,
determination, and powerfulness.
Of all colours, all ages, and all
different backgrounds of life,
women from all over the Lower
Mainland united to fight for the
same cause to stop violence against
women and children. It was
incredible that women joined
together to bring awareness to
issues such as sexual harassment/
assault, physical violence, rape, and
keeping shelters and help centres
for women safe.
The support from men was greatly appreciated. Childcare was provided by boyfriends, husbands, brothers, etc., of women. The march was
rendered a success even though
there were negative and outright
rude exchanges between patrons at
Hooters on Robson and demonstrators. As well, after the march, certain
groups of males deliberately tried to
aggravate women, questioning their
intentions on a women-only march.
Women demonstrators patiently
repeated over and over again that
the protest was NOT an "anti-male*
or "blame all men' rally. It was to let
women experience how it felt to feel
safe in the company of each other
instead of having a male companion
or "protector" to keep them safe.
Men must realise the importance
of this march. Wouldn't it be nice if
one day their sisters, girlfriends;
mothers, daughters, etc., could walk
down a street without fear that
someone may attack them?
Wouldn't it be nice if the significant
women in their lives could wear
whatever they wanted, go wherever
they wanted at any time and NOT
have lewd sexist comments or objectified glances directed their way?
Women want the freedom to feel
safe at all times, and they are driven
to have this freedom for children—
the most vulnerable in today's
world. Not all men are rapists, but
the vast majority of rapists are men.
Rape is a terrible crime: against society, against oneself in a world
shared by two sexes, and most
importantly, against the victim,
female or male, young or old, as a
person. Men's attitudes must
change in order to stop sexual
assault men must stop committing
it—it is simply not up to women and
men to protect themselves.
Overall, Take Back the Night was
an amazing experience and I recommend all women to be a part of it in
the years to come. It would be great
to have women united in spirit and
presence at a rally passionately
against violence—a behaviour which
has affected us all—women, men,
children—whether individually or
within our family or friends.
-Hazel Chan
Fine Arts 3
Car-Free Day not fair
for suburban student
In response to the article 'Car-Free
Day* [Sept 22, 2000].
Look folks, eveiyone knows that
cars pollute, and yes, it would be
wonderful if no one ever needed to
drive anywhere, but it's time for
some people to face some facts. The
reason so many people drive to UBC
in those evil single occupant vehicles is that many of us simply have
no other choice. I live in South
Burnaby. My daughter has to be
dropped off at school at 9am, and
my first class is at 10am. If I take
transit I miss most or all of my first
class. It's that simple. Unlike those
of us who apparently have lots of
time to wander around issuing fake
tickets, my time is strictly limited.
That's why people drive everywhere
in this city—to save time.
Believe it or not, not all UBC students live at 10th and Alma, and if
the city can't get me from point A to
point B within the time I have, then
I'll get myself there. Yes, bicycles are
an option for those people who live
near enough to school, but the fact of
the matter is that Vancouver is by
virtue of climate, topography, geographical layout and roadway management a very bike-unfriendly city,
and those are factors that simply
aren't going to change. The U-Pass?
Good idea in theory, but seeing as
how TransLink can't even deal with
the number of riders in the city in
the first place, can you imagine the
mobs that would greet every coming
bus or SkyTrain if everyone really
did leave their cars at home?
Enough self-righteousness already.
You're never ever going to pry people out of their cars until you have
something approaching the same
level of convenience to put them
into. And that's the bottom line.
-Ian Goldie
Psychology 4
Rohypnol use a
reality for women
The 'rumours* of Rohypnol use at
the Pit Pub ("Drug Rumours arise
from the Pit* [Sept 26, 2000]) are in
fact a women's reality. It is also just
one of the many drags used by men
in their attempts to rape women.
Alcohol and other recreational
drugs are used far more frequently
then this trendy, relatively new,
'date rape' drug. Regardless, the
matter remains constant—that
women are being raped.
It is important for women to
know that rape is not about sex, or
sick and perverted men, or the popular myth of the stranger who lurks
in the bushes. Rape and all other
forms of sexual assault are about
crimes of aggression and power. We
are more likely to be raped by men
we know. Rape is not about women
'who were asking for it'; it is not our
fault that it happens every 17 minutes in Canada. Rape is not the
result of a woman walking by herself
late at night it is not our fault that
one in four of us have been, or will
be raped in our lifetime. As women,
we are consistently told to change
our behaviour, and to guard our
drinks, but the truth is that rape will
not stop until men stop raping.
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men are likely to get away unpunished for these sexist and violent
crimes against women. It is imperative that we expose the men who
attack us, and use each other, a rape
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VGH: 875-4995
Vancouver Rape Relief: 872-8212
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The Superfan
. by Tom Peacock
The results are in, and Canada's number one
sports fan of the year has been selected. His
name is Travis Bernarhdt and he lives in
Bernhardt, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student won a contest put on by TSN
earlier this month, called the Superfan
The 21-year-old Prince Rupert native sent
in an essay to the television network describing his Superfan lifestyle. His dedication to
sports put him ahead of the rest of the
GAME FACE: Life's not all stuffed hats
and sports scores when you're a
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Superfan wannabes, and he won himself a
trip to Toronto to appear on the sports talk
show, Off the Record
On the show, which aired September 15,
Bernhardt held his own in a weighty discussion with former Montreal Canadien Steve
Shutt film director Glen Farlinger, country
singer Stephanie Beaumont, and host
Michael Landsberg.
Luckily the Superfan was back in time to
watch last weekend's football game between
the UBC Thunderbirds and the University of
Alberta Golden Bears. After the hometeam's
loss, Bernhardt was worried.
"I don't know what's up with [Brad] Coutts,
but if he's hurt for an extended period of
time, that could be the season right there,
because he pretty much is the offence,"
Bernhardt predicted.
Bernhardt knows his Thunderbirds football because, like any devoted fan. he goes to
every home game. Then, in the winter, when
the basketball and volleyball seasons start,
Bernhardt says he and his friends can always
be found in the gym.
"The way it works is if the basketball teams
are out of town, the volleyball teams are in
town. And they all play double headers, so we
go to one game for sure, sometimes two.'
It sounds like some kind of personal crusade, but it's not; he assures.
'I enjoy it I think if s fun, and I think a lot
of people at school are actually missing out
It's a super good deal, and honestly,
lnunderbirds football is a lot better than BC
Lion3 football*
But football is only one of the Superfan's
favourite sports; another is car racing—the
reason Bernhardt decided to major in
mechanical engineering.
"I started following Greg Moore's career,
and it got me really, really interested in cars,
so that's kind of how I decided that mechanical [engineering] was where I wanted to be.*
After Moore's tragic crash last year,
Bernhardt painted the Engineering cairn blue
and white in memory of the local racer—a
stunt that definitely helped him achieve
Superfan status.
But a Superfan can't have any favourites;
he must know and love, every sport
"I also do like sports that are a litde bit further away from mainstream. I don't think too
many people are into auto racing or curling,*
Bernhardt said, admitting hi3 love of all
sports means sometimes he has to settle for
highlights because there's no time to watch
all the games or all the races.
"You can't just sit there and watch sports
all day, it just doesn't work.*
So being a Superfan doesn't mean being a
couch potato; it means getting out there,
watching live games, getting involved.
Between going to games, going to classes, and
watching Sports Central, Bernhardt also finds
time to work as a volunteer with UBC
The Superfan's knowledge of the wide
world of sports also extends beyond the campus gates, beyond the CART circuit and
beyond the frigid curling rinks of
Bernhardt on the Canucks: 'I'm hoping
they make the playoffs. They've got a pretty
young team, so I think it just depends on how
the Sedins can step in...*
On the Grizzlies: "I'm thinking they're
looking better...Swift was a good pick. He
looked good in the NCAA tournament last
On the Lions: 'I'm not a big Lions fan. I'm
more of a Roughriders fan...Both my parents
are from Saskatchewan, and all through my
childhood my dad watched the 'Riders almost
religously. So it's just something that's kind of
Next weekend is the Shrum BowL The
Superfan will be there. This weekend, the
men's and women'3 varsity soccer teams play
two home games each. So if you're driving by
the field, keep your eye out for a guy wearing
a baseball cap with a stuffed bird on top.
That's Travis Bernhardt Superfan. ♦
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The UBC men's soccer team is playing .host to
;both Calgaxy and Lethbridge this weekend, on
; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm in Thunderbird
The Birds are ZO-l heading into this week-
, end's games* Star .striker Adam Plummer,
\ injured during last weekend's match against
Alberta, is expected to play.
'The women's soccer team is also hosting
\ Calgary and Lethbridge this weekend. Kick-off is
^at 12 pm on both Saturday and Sunday in
" Thunderbird Stadium.
J     Saturda/s game agafost the first-place Dinos
* should be. a close one. but Lethbridge, last place
l- in the Canada West after suffering a miserable
118 goals against in their first three games, are
* not expected to cause the Birds any difficulties,
r The U BC football team is off to Saskatchewan to
* play the Huskies tonight Both teams have pos>t-
!" ed 2-2 records so far, this season^ but the Birds
die "ne jheid in the u>»v.i!I >f jndings dun to
thi'ir point ipr"jJ
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Ihe UBC men's vaisity kvun is r'djiog S>ui«j
Kvun Krtdn, aurneteity «Me from Korea, mi War
Memorial Gym tonight at <Spm. It is the final of
.' four games the' teams have played in the last
| week., .      ' -
,The   UBC   women's   team   is   off  to
' Saskatchewan for a prd-season tournament in
-Regina.* '


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