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THE UBYSSEY
September 15, 2000        Volume 82 Issue 3 We got rhythum since 1918
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Friday. September 15.200010
Students sick of health plan
     by Alex Dimson
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) may
be forced to hold another referen-,
dum on the student health and dental plan if two UBC students get their
way.
Computer science students Kathy
Lo and Matthew Laird are circulating
a petition around campus that asks,
'Should the AMS immediately withdraw from the AMS/GSS Health and
Dental Plan and refrain from seeking another Health and Dental Plan
without staging a referendum first?*
AMS bylaws state that a petition
signed by 1000 active students has
to be put to a student referendum,
but the petition must also contain a
"clear and unambiguous' yes-or-no
question.
Laird said that he and Lo have collected roughly 300 signatures since
early last week and that student
response to the petition has been
positive.
'A lot of people didn't even know
they were paying for it," he. said,
adding that some of students that he
has approached claimed to have had
problems with the health plan
claims process.
Lo added that she is 'pretty confident' that the required signatures
will be collected within three weeks.
AMS President Maryann Adamec
said that she is not sure about the
two students' chances.
"It's hard to say, I've talked to
some people who signed the petition
[but] who support the health plan.'
Adamec feels that these students
signed the petition because they
missed voting in the initial referendum. "I've also been receiving a lot
of calls from students who have been
Campus RCMP investigating
attempted abduction of boy
by Cynthia Lee
A four-year-old boy went missing
from the UBC Aquatic Centre on
Monday after an attempted abduction.
The boy's father was at the
Aquatic Centre registering his son
for swimming lessons when the boy,
whose name is not being disclosed
by the RCMP, disappeared from the
Aquatic Centre at around 6:50pm.
Constable Danielle Efford of the
UBC RCMP detachment said the boy
told RCMP officers that a man had
approached him and led him
towards to the Student Union
Building (SUB).
"The boy somehow got away and
ran downstairs (in the SUB]/ she said.
Leslie Grundy, UBC Aquatic
Centre Program Coordinator, who
was on duty at the time of the abduc-'
tion, said the boy's father indicated
that he had seen a man talking to his
son while he was registering for the
lessons,
"He looked behind him and saw
his son talking to a male stranger,'
said Grundy.
"The father continued to do his
registration and when he turned
over his shoulder again, the child
was gone. And this man was gone."
The boy was later found in the
SUB by a female student, who
returned him to his father.
Grundy said that the child was
missing for 12 to 15 minutes before
SUSPECT: Call us if you see a generic white guy.
Average height, average weight. RCMP SKETCH
he was returned.
The RCMP describe the suspect
as a very clean cut 5'9* Caucasian
male with dark skin, a medium
build, and dark brown hair in a
"buzz cut' style. He is around 35-
years old and was wearing dark blue
jeans and a dark long-sleeved t-shirt
According to the RCMP, this is
the first attempted abduction to be
reported at UBC.   r
Efford said she could not determine whether this incident is related
to other recently-reported abductions
in Vancouver.
Patty Hambler, residence life
manager of UBC's Acadia Park residence and University Apartments-
home to 800 families-said that
while she has never heard of a similar incident on campus, she is aware
of two occasions in the past year
where a child has wandered off and
is found elsewhere in Acadia Park.
'Our community is very safe and
we're very vigilant about reporting
any kind of suspicious behaviour to
the RCMP,* she said.
"But we do find that some parents
develop a false sense of security and
do allow their children to play outside
unsupervised,* Hambler added, saying she continually reminds parents
to watch their children.
John Carlow, a spokesperson for
the BC wing of the Missing Children
Society of Canada, agreed that vigilance is the most effective way of preventing child abduction, but said that
parents should take
care to perform at-
home child identification.
'If at some point
your children went
missing, would you
know what they were
wearing when they left
the house? Do you have
a current picture (of
your child]?" he asked
parents to consider.
The RCMP are also
reminding parents to
educate their children
about strangers.
"We urge parents to
talk to their children
about strangers and the
dangers of strangers,'
said Efford.
The RCMP are asking for assistance from
any witnesses to the
UBC incident and may
be contacted at 224-
1322. ♦
wondering about how that will affect
their root canals in January,' she
added!
AMS bylaws state that after the signatures are collected, the AMS will have 30
days to begin the referendum.
Adamec said that even if the students' efforts result in revoking the
health plan, it would not be cancelled
this year.
AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets said that if students vote in
favour of eliminating the health
plan, the AMS' Contract with Student
Care Networks (SCN), the plan's
provider, would likely not be
renewed at the end of this year.
Pacific Director of SCN Kristen
Foster said she is surprised at the
student petition.
T feel quite strongly that (the
health plan] is well supported by students and pretty popular.'
Lo and Laird claim that students
felt misled in previous AMS referen-
dums on the issue, explaining that
they believed students received
mixed messages from the AMS
about whether the plan was mandatory.
Foster disagrees. "The referendum question asked was so clear as
to make the Quebec referendum
question seem even more ridiculous.'
Lo said the inspiration for the
petition came from a successful
effort at Simon Fraser University
(SFU).
In 199 7, SFU students voted out a
health and dental plan only four
months after the plan was implemented, citing poor planning and
the $ 105 annual cost of the plan.
Meanwhile, UBC students in line
to opt out of this year's plan provid
ed mixed responses.
Mike Cormack, a second-year
Law student, said that despite the
fact that he is opting out, he would
not sign the petition. "I think [the
heath plan] is a good thing and you
have the option to opt out"
Students can opt out of the health
plan provided they have both extended health and dental coverage from
an alternate source.
But Tina Yang, a third-year
English student, said she probably
would sign the petition because she
doesn't think students are aware of
the cost
"$ 168 is a lot of money to pay and
too many people don't know that
the/re paying for it"
The health and dental plan was
approved by referendum held last
October, with 4458 students in
favour and 1911 opposed. ♦
THAT LIFESTYLE OVER THERE-IS BUCKS: The main concourse of the SUB has been flooded
ail week with alt those 'aitisitic' poster that people think wilt help them out late on Friday night.
'Cause everyone knows that a generic impressionist print makes a dorm room just that much
sexier. There's other posters, too, proving once again that movie companies are stupid to advertise since, apparently, people will pay good money to advertise these movies in their own
homes. TARA WESTOVER PHOTO
Gage residents irked
by Resnet installation
  by Ailin Choo
Problems encountered during
Resnet installation have left students living in residence anxious for
Internet access.
UBC Housing and Information
Technology (IT) Services halted
plans to install Resnet, the highspeed Internet network, in two of
the three high-rise towers of Gage
residence because of difficulties
related to the age and condition of
the buildings.
Students like Andrew Wu, a Gage
resident, are concerned with the
cost of access to high-speed Internet
without Resnet
'I think that access to Resnet is
necessary and by delaying its installation,-they're'making us pay extra,"
said Wu," who is' currently paying
$80 a month for the high-speed
internet access provided by IT
Services.
"We're not allowed to subscribe
to off-campus high-speed Internet
service providers," he added.
But before installation can continue, cables and wiring must be
replaced, said Susan Mair, the former manager of Resnet
Mair added that the highly intrusive nature of installing Resnet in a
large number of individual rooms is
another factor in tlie delay. These
setbacks, she said, made the installation more 'expensive. than
Housing anticipated.'
Darcelle Cottons, acting director
of Housing and Conferences,
acknowledged how important it is
for students to have access to highspeed Internet She said that providing access at a cost equal to or less
than off-campus service would give
students 'an educational advantage."
Cari Evans, another student living in Gage, agreed with the educational advantages and said she looks
forward to the convenience that
Resnet would provide.
"I think it [would] be a huge
asset, and would be really convenient as it will definitely reduce lineups at computer terminals around
campus," said Evans.
Cottons said that Housing is now
exploring alternative options with IT
Services, but added that changes to
Resnet installation will depend on
this year's budget proposal.
While UBC recently received a
$3.1 million grant from Ottawa for
the UBC Networking Project, the
money cannot be used for Resnet
installation. The terms of the grant
specify that the funds must be used
for research connectivity, ♦> AlFriday,
. September 15,2000
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Faculty reps wavering
on new Academic Plan
by Daniel Silverman
UBC's Faculty Association is now taking no position on UBC's Academic
Plan, despite once being its most
vocal opponent
Faculty Association President
Norma Wieland says that while the
association is keeping an eye on the
plan, it has taken no official position.
'We've asked people to monitor
planned developments and let us
know how they're working positively, negatively—whichever," said
Wieland. She indicated that a 'Plan
Watch* update will appear in the
Faculty Association newsletter every
month.
'It's a wait-and-see attitude,' she
added.
According to Vice President
Academic Barry McBride, the plan is
already underway via new UBC programs such as integrated engineering, expanded co-op programs, and
Foundations One, a first-year interdisciplinary social sciences program.
The Academic Plan grew out of
UBCs TREK 2000 initiative, which
emphasises "an integrated learning-
centred community."
Over the past year, faculty members have criticised parts of the plan.
In particular, professors had
opposed suggestions, for a more centralised decision-making process,
and plans to reward those units of
the university that advance the goals
of the plan. :
Some professors had also argued
that the plan would put departments
in competition with each other for
resources.
The plan
was approved
by UBC's Senate
last May. While
the vote found
the majority of
voting faculty in
opposition of
the plan, only
25 per cent of
the representatives submitted
ballots. KAZEMI
McBride said that the plan, which
will be implemented over the next
ten years, will not cost any extra
money this year. A combination of
federal and provincial grants, as well
as a redistribution of resources within each faculty, will cover the plan's
expenses.
Erfan Kazemi, vice-president academic affairs for the Alma Mater
Society (AMS), said that while the
AMS has not taken an official stance
on the plan, councillors are in favour
of it
'We've discussed it at round
tables with the VPs," he said, 'and we
do.support the initiatives of Trek
2000 and the Academic Plan."
Kazemi noted that the Academic
Plan will not affect the AMS directly,
but said that the plan's mandate for
retention and renewal of faculty is an
important one. He added that he
believes the plan is focused on students and the learning experience. ♦
briefs
Council criticises
differential tuition
Students criticised a revised proposal
to introduce differential tuition at an
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council
meeting Wednesday evening,
UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan
fielded questions from councillors
during a presentation about the university's controversial plan, which
would have students from different
programs pay a different amount of
tuition based on the cost of their program.
The AMS passed a motion in the
spring that opposed differential
tuition.
Sullivan argued that because students from lower cost programs compensate for the cost of more expensive ones, the policy is already 'very
differentiated." He also said the policy is 'not an argument for increasing
tuition."
But AMS President Maryann
Adamec said that little had changed
from the proposal that Council rejected last March. •.    .'
The major change in the propbsal
was the removal of a provision for a
standard tuition rate for all first-year
students.
The proposal is set to be debated
in a BoG meeting next Monday.
Opt-out option
An attempt to centralise the student-
fee opt-out process has been delayed.
A Graduate Student Society representative withdrew the motion at
Wednesday's AMS meeting, because
councillors said that the proposal
was poorly worded.
The proposal claimed that personal data revealed for opt-out fees is .
'often collected with people with
unknown employment status with
respect to UBC or AMS."
But Mike Warner, the AMS' Vice-
President Finance, said the claim
was untrue and students need only
to supply their student number to
opt out of AMS fees and that all
employees are known to the AMS.
'In principle, I think if s a nice
■ idea for students to be able to opt out
in one place, but the problem we
have is the administration of it," he
said, explaining that staff would have
to answer technical questions about
the health plan coverage along with
concerns about other student fees.
Warner said he oppposed the section of the motion that proposed opting out through the Internet
'They're going to opt out without
even knowing what the services provide."
A new version of the proposal will
likely be put forth at the next AMS
meeting.
AMS to caffeinate
non-beer drinkers
Designated drivers will receive free
bottled water today at the AMS
Welcome Back Barbeque.
In a joint initiative with
Counterattack UBC, the AMS will be
covering the costs of pop and other
non-alcoholic beverages at beer gardens and social events.
'It's to promote a safer campus
and community," said AMS VP
Acadecmic and University Affairs
Erfan Kazemi, adding that the AMS
takes a stance promoting the responsible use of alcohol.
The AMS voted in favour of allocating $ 1500 to the project at a student council meeting Wednesday. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
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Friday. September 15,20001    C
CFI funds boosts
research on health
by Sonla Grewal
An.attempt to prevent smoking in
childhood is among the research
projects that will receive an infrastructure boost thanks to a recent
funding boon from the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Chris Lovato, an associate professor of health care and epidemiology,
is conducting research on potential
young smokers and how to take preventative measures in early years.
Her work als6 includes the effects of
smoking on adolescents.
Lovato, who is also associated
with the Center for Community
Health and Research at the
Vancouver General Hospital, says
she sees her research as a potential
improvement to human lives and a
decrease in the rising medical costs
associated with smoking.
Lovato received a $56,000 CFI
grant, which she described as an
essential component in setting up
her laboratory, providing her along
with her students the necessary
space and equipment for research
and data collection in the area of preventative medicine.
Currently, Lovato and her team
are working on various projects
reviewing the effects of tobacco use
and its link as a major cause to premature death.
The federal government, through
the CFI, is investing a record $68
million in 20 UBC research projects—the largest amount granted to a
Canadian university.
The money will go towards
research infrastructure for UBC in
fields such as genetics, engineering,
environment, education, and
forestry. *
A $2 8 million portion of CFI funding was awarded to the Centre for
Integrated Genomics, the joint project developed with the BC Cancer
Society and associated with Nobel
laureate Michael Smith.
Michael Feller, an associate professor in Forestry, may have
received.a much smaller amount,
but he used his $3 3,000 grant to purchase equipment for his study on the
influence of forest operations on
streams, the only project of its kind
in Canada.
Feller and his team, composed of
faculty and students, are looking at
the effects on streams of such activity as cutting down of wood and
dearcutting.
CFI Coordinator for UBC Dr.
Donald Brooks says that the goes
beyond immediate improvements to
research infrastructure.
"[CFI funding] not only helps the
people that are already here, but it
gives UBC the opportunity to recruit
new faculty and students, as well as
giving UBC the capacity to raise
[other] research funds," explained
Brooks, who is also a professor of
pathology and laboratory medicine.
As it stands, CFI funding provides
40 percent of the expected costs of
the 20 UBC projects awarded,
matched by the provincial government through the BC Knowledge
Development Fund {BCKDF).
The remaining 20 percent is
raised by UBC fundraising efforts
and private donors. •>
Student questions
scholarship process
 by Andrea Milek
Bev Meslo was not pleased when, she
opened her mail to find that she had
been awarded a Canada Millennium
Scholarship last year.
Meslo, an Arts student at UBC,
received the needs-based
Millennium Scholarship and was
simultaneously notified that the
funds had already been sent to her
bank to be applied against her
provincial loan from the Ontario
Student Assistance Program.
The letter said "yes you got it and
no you can't have it because we're
giving it to the bank," said a frustrated Meslo.
The Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation (CMSF), first
announced in the 1998 federal budget, was hailed by the federal government as proof of its commitment to
post-secondary education.
The $2.5-billion federal endowment i3 managed by a non-profit
organisation which coordinates the
funding through provincial student
assistance programs.
Cory Huhn, a spokesperson for
the CMSF, said that it is standard
practice for the scholarship to be
applied to a provincial loan, rather
than to provide funding in addition to
the loan.
Meslo, however, is concerned less
about the debts she will have to pay
off later and more about being able to
afford schooling and living expenses
now.
"If what the Millennium
Scholarship is supposed to do is help
students to acquire and complete a
post-secondary education, the money
should go to. the student and shouldn't be deducted from the barebones
loan the student has to hve off of,"
said Meslo. "It would make the student's life easier if they had access to
those funds."
But Huhn said that students'
needs are assessed and met by the
loan. To have the scholarship on top
of the loan would be "overfunding"
the student, he said.
"Government policy can't
be based on ideology, but
actually has to be based on
whafs best for the citizens
of the province."
—Ryan Parks
executive director,
(Mario Undergraduate Student Alliance
Michael Conlon, national chairperson for the Canadian Federation
of Students, a national student lobby
group, said the payment procedure is
just one of the problems with the
Millennium Scholarship system.
"The     [Canada-    Millenmum
Scholarship] duplicates what [students]   are  already  entitled  to," p
Conlon said,
Huhn acknowledged problems of
duplication within the system, but
said 'the money [saved] is going back
into post-secondary education."
By having the federal government
partially compensate for the cost of a
loan, Huhn said that provinces,
which pay the interest oi} student
loans, save money because students'
loans are smaller and fewer students
default on their loans.
But Conlon said that a comparison between provinces shows that
some, including BC, have a better
record than others of reinvesting the
money. BC used its portion of the
fund to expand
the provincial
grant program.
'[Ontario
and Nova
Scotia] take the
money and
don't put it back
i n ... other
provinces do a
good job," he
said. MESLO
Huhn disagreed, saying that the
$77 million that Ontario saved was
appropriately reinvested into a variety of areas, including loan remission
and a graduate student program.
For Ryan Parks, executive director
of the Ontario Undergraduate
Student Alliance, the concern is that
politics interfere with solutions to students' problems.
'Government policy can't be
based on ideology, but actually has to
be based on what'3 best for the citizens of the province," Parks said. •>
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Washroom adverts may get flushed
by Pascal Montpetit
The Link
MONTREAL. (CUP)-Advertising in
washrooms has made an appear-,
ance here at UBC, but at Concordia
University, students are taking a
vote on whether these ad3 should be
allowed.
'Either we strike a blow against
corporate advertising and in favour
of free, independent campuses, or
student organisations will have
access to more financial resources,"
said torn Keefer, the Concordia
' Student Union (CSU)'s vice-president of communications.
"The [student association] is not
taking a position. We are bringing
these options to the students and it
will be their choice.'
Concordia students first took a
stand against on-campus advertising last year. In a spring referendum, 61 per cent of undergraduate
voters supported a motion demanding that either the ad panels be
stripped, or that 85 per cent of them
be turned over to the student association.
Following summer negotiations,
the CSU and the university administration agreed to give students a
choice. If students vote to keep the
advertisements, the money will be
split between the student association and the university. The 280
small panels scattered around
Concordia bathrooms have brought
$25,000 a year to the university,
which was funneled into the
school's recycling program.
Vice-Rector Services Michael Di
Grappa said that he would prefer to
keep the advertisements. But if students vote against washroom advertising, current negotiations with
Zoom Media to renew the contract
would be terminated.
"We are very pleased with the
agreement [signed with the student
association}, it is'fair and reasonable," Di Grappa said.;'We tried to
offer students i'win-win situation."
The agreernent however, does
not include the dozen giant Mega
Zoom panels, which bring in another $5000 a year* to the university, pi
Grappa said that these are subject to
a different contract, which will be
dealt with when it expires in about a
year.
"If that's what the students want,
they'll come down too,' said Keefer.
Zoom Media public relations officer Claude Breault said that negotiations had been underway with the
administration to renew the contract, which expired on July 31.
'We are negotiating with the
administration, and can only
assume that they have a dialogue
with the students."
He said the company is willing to
work with students to address their
concerns.
"We chose to reach 18 to 34 year
olds a3 a corporate mission so we
need to assume it will be rocky. If we
aren't ready to take risks we better"
do something else.'
If the meeting fails to reach quorum—about 500 undergraduate
students—the student association
will make a decision in late
September.
"We will hold the vote anyway,
and the result will be sent along to
the council as a non-binding recommendation," Keefer said.
Concordia isn't the only campus
in Montreal where washroom advertising is controversial.
The University of Montreal didn't
renew its advertising contract in
May, after a history professor
resigned in protest of campus ads.
And at Dawson College, 500 students have sighed a petition against
the ads. ♦ '-.'4. fi I Friday. September 15.2000
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At the Olympic Games
in Sydney, Australia,
members of the UBC
swim team will climb
the starting blocks for
the most important
swim meet in the
WOHd.!       i    by Nicholas Bradley
FASTER! UBC Olympian Mark Versfeld cheers on his teammates at a meet in November 1998 (above).The nine UBC
swimmers in Sydney will try to bring back medals to go with the Aquatic Centre's existing collection of championship
banners (below), tara westover/ubyssey file photo (above), cynthia lee/ubyssey file photo (below)
f*n 1956, the last time the Olympic Games were held in
j Australia, four UBC oarsmen won a gold medal for
"~" Canada in men's rowing, beating out the United States
by a decisive five boat lengths for the first-ever Canadian
Olympic gold medal in rowing. The US team had its revenge
in the eight, beating Canada by half a length, but in doing so,
three American oarsmen collapsed, two requiring medical
attention. In these two races, UBC athletes achieved the
highest success in amateur sports, an Olympic medal.
Forty-four years later, ULC athletes have returned to
Australia to take to the Olympic waters, this time not on
Lake Ballarat, but in the glistening pool in Sydney. Seven
current and two incoming Thunderbirds have made the
trip. And whether they can repeat the success of the 1956
oarsmen will be the ultimate test of a varsity program that
has aimed at becoming one Of the best in the world,.
'When I first came to UBC, I hoped that we could combine a world-class swimming program with a world-class
education' So says Tom Johnson, head coach of the UBC
swim team, and assistant coach of the Canadian Olympic
team. Sending nine swimmers to the Olympics is.proof
enough that UBC boasts an elite program. But when the
meet starts on Saturday, the team will soon find out just how
good it is.
T
ast Thursday, the day before the swim team left its
-training facility in Cairns, Australia, for Sydney, UBC
swimmer Mark Versfeld was quietly excited about his
prospects, and the team's, in .the upcoming meet
'It's going great," he said of the preparation for the
Games. The swimmers had reduced the volume of training,
and were focusing on resting for their races. 'We did a bit of
I
work when we first got here," he said, but explained
that the team had been tapering their workload and
were now just fine-tuning in the last few days before
Sydney. Johnson echoed these thoughts, saying that
'the morale is very high."
If the mood in the training camp was calm, though,
Versfeld was confident about his goals for his Olympic
debut making the medal podium in the 100m backstroke. He also sees potential in his 4x100m medley
relay team.
Versfeld, a native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, a double gold-medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games,
and a leader of the CIAU-champion UBC swim team, has
plenty of international experience, but knows that meeting
his goal is going to be tough. As Johnson said, this is "the
most important meet of their lives."
All of the preparations may indeed be going well, but
UBC's Olympic swimmers still have their work cut out for
them, something neither Johnson nor Versfeld tried to deny.
Versfeld's personal best time in the 100m backstroke,
55.17 seconds, was good enough for second place at the
1998 world championships in
Perth, Australia. "I would call
[the world championships] the
highest level of competition at
any meet I've been to until now,"
he said.
Since those championships,
though, American Lenny
Krayzelburg lowered the world
record in all three backstroke
distances. The new mark in the
100m is 53.60, over 1.5 seconds better than Versfeld's best
In August's US Olympic trials, Krayzelburg didn't match
his world-record pace, but has still posted the fastest time of
the year, a 53.67. Krayzelburg's teammate, Neil Walker, has
the third-best time this year, while Australians Matt Welsh
and josh Watson have the second- and fourth-best times,
respectively. In all, six swimmers this year have gone under
Versfeld's personal best. Clearly, Versfeld is on the right
track when he estimates that he will need to swim better
SWIMMING STRATEGY: Marianne Limpert andTom Johnson talk over the
race at an October 1999 meet at UBC. cynthia lee/ubyssey file photo
than 54.50 to make the podium in Sydney.
T
the world of international swimming has been focused,
recently, on all manner of events outside the pool.
JL. Much has been made, of the rivalry between the US-
swimming's traditional powerhouse-and Australia, which
calls swimming its national sport The new Fastskin suits,
supposed to reduce drag in the water, have been declared
legal for the Olympic meet, and there has been much speculation over who will be wearing what in Sydney, and how
much difference, if any, that will make.
And, of course, there has been much talk of doping and
drug testing. A German swim coach has suggested that 17-
yearbld Australian gold medal favourite Ian Thorpe ha3
been taking human growth hormone (which he has denied),
Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn has been accused pf using
drugs after setting world records "earlier this year, and .
promises of widespread drug testing at the Sydney games ;
have given doping an especially high profile.
The Canadian contingent, however, seems to be focused
exclusively on preparing for the meet at hand. Derek Schoof,
who is coaching the rest of the UBC team in Vancouver, says
that the reports from Sydney say that the Olympic contingent has been training well, and is ready to race. "It's just
final preparations. [They're) just a few days away."
In Cairns, Johnson was equally confident about the
team's preparations. "It's been pretty smooth so far," he
said, adding that the tone of the training camp has been
business-like efficiency.
As for what to wear, Versfeld has elected to wear either a
full-length pant version of the FastSkin suit, or a sleeveless
full-body one. He says that most of the team will be wearing
them. "I think the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages," he said. "We've had the chance to try it out and I
think we've all made our decisions.
This confidence in training camp
has clearly led to high expectations.
Or maybe high expectations have
created the focus within the training
group. In either case, the team
expects to do well. While Sports
Illustrated hasn't predicted a single
swimming medal for Canada,
Versfeld says that the team wants to
double its medal count from Atlanta,
which would mean six medals in all.
Like Johnson, he mentioned Marianne Limpert and Jessica
Deglau as top prospects.
, Indeed, much of the spotlight in Sydney, will be on ten-
year national team veteran Marianne Limpert, who with 76,
international medals, including a, silver, at the 1996
Olympics, is UBC's most accomplished swimmer. Limpert
will be racing in the 200m individual medley, the 100m
free, and two relays at what will be her. third and almost certainly last Games. _ ,--. -
.* Deglau, by comparison, is only in her second year at
U&C, but is already competing at her second Olympics. In
Atlanta, she managed a sixth in the 200m butterfly and a
fifth in the 4x200m free relay; in Sydney, she will challenge
for a medal, swimming in a total of five events. Johnson
warns, however, that the finalists in the 200m fly will all be
within one second of each other.
" Of the UBC athletes, Schoof picks both Deglau and
Limpert as medal hopefuls, and says that Versfeld, too,
'could have a shot* at making the podium. Of course, anything could happen. 'In swimming, it can be anyone's, race
on any given day.
' The rest of the Thunderbirds on the Canadian team will
likely have a more difficult task. Katie Brambley, a third-year
Arts student, will swim on the 4x200m free relay team, and
.Dustiri Hersee, somewhat of a surprise qualifier on the
team, will swim the. 20dm back. Mark Johnston, a computer
science "student, will raCe the 100m and 200m free, events
dominated this year so far by the Australians, as well as the
4x200m free relay. Tim Peterson will swim the 1500m free,
the longest event of the meet.
Versfeld explains that the team in Sydney ha3 been
well-disciplined, training, and resting and not doing
much of anything else, save a trip to the Great Barrier
Reef and some excursions into town. 'It's pretty tightly controlled," he said. After the meet though, Versfeld plans to
take a month's vacation, starting in Indonesia.
"We're all focused on doing what we need to do to have a
very fast meet," Versfeld said. 'We knew going in that this
was going be a very fast meet.'
The task at hand, however, ha3 not completely overshadowed the upcoming CIAU season. Versfeld asked about the
weather in Vancouver, and both he and Johnson are planning a successful return to university-level competition,
even though Versfeld anticipates some post-Olympic fatigue.
"I expect it might be a bit hard,' Versfeld says of gearing
up for the CIAU season But here in Vancouver, the rest of
the swim team are already gearing up for the defense of the
men's and women's CIAU championships.
'It's been very good," Schoof said of the team's first week
of practise. "The team looks' good. There's been very few
changes from last year."
One change for the better is the addition of what Schoof
, calls the two best recruits in the country, Richmond's Brian
Johns and Winnipeg's" Kelly Stefanyshyn, who are both
swimming for Canada at the Olympics as well.
Schoof says that the swimmers training at the Aquatic
Centre are very excited about watching their teammates
swim.: "We're in touch with e-mail all the. time. We'll be
watching all their races on CBC."
Understandably, Schoof-is also looking forward to the
"return of the Olympic team, which threatens to make'.UBC
completely unstoppable in CIAU competition. 'It'll be great.
They'll bring back all their Olympic experience."
.i Johnson, agrees, noting that the return of nine Olympic
swimmers can only improve the already deep team. And he
doesn't predict any difficulty in the season ahead. None of
JLhe Olympic swimmers will start school until January, but
after that,'it'll be business as usual.' '
But for now, the business is anything but usual. The
Sydney International Aquatic Centre holds 17,500 spectators and has been described as the best swimming pool in
the world. Versfeld eagerly described how loud the pool will
be. His parents and girlfriend will be in Sydney to watch
him. And the Australians, in front of their home crowd, will
be trying to show up the Americans. 'It's going to be pretty "
amazing," says Versfeld. And if UBC takes on tlie world and
wins, that will be pretty amazing as well. ♦-   J ':- Srotitle
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If you've paid your tuition, you're covered. $168 from your student fee has been allotted to providing you with these services. Coverage extends from September 1, 2000 to
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sports
Friday. September 15.20001
9
droppings
Men's Soccer
The UBC men's soccer le-im will
start its  regular season  Ibis
Saturday A 2pm in Humdetbird
Stadium with A game .ig,ims-t the ];
Unn erf ily of Vn toi i J Vikos.
UBC's Chris Franks and $1u\&
McCauley have)el lo finish their
post j*e<*son willi the Vancouver
fc(5ers, ind so will be missing
from the Birds hr.o up this weekend. Also, it is doubtful whether
Iaia Shepherd or Lucas Serres
will bo playing due to injuries.
Despitp the pliyera mining
from the UBC roster, head tnarh
Mike Mosher predkte (he game
between the fifth-ranked Birds
and the number-ono-ranked
Vikings should be a close one.
Women's Soccer
The Thunderbird Somen's s-'v-
cer team have (heir first game of
the regular season litis Friday
night in the University of
Victoria's Centennial Stadium
against the Vikes. The Birds
defeated the Vike 3-1 last reason
in (he semi-finals.
Head coath Pick Mother says
he's confident the tetun is ready
for the game, Mosher hopes veteran forward Vanessa Martino
will be able to play for at least
half of the game. Martino is currently recovering from a knee
injury, but played part of the
game against Western
Washington University last weekend and piovod how valuable an
astet she is for the team. The
Birds won that game 40.
Football
The Thundeibird football team is
heading to Calgary this weekend
lo face the U of C Dmos in their
third game of Ihe acisnn. CilR
will broadcast trie game live starting «it 6pm PUT.
Centre Chris Paterson, who
S3t out last week's game pgcriiist
tlie University of Regina Rams,
in^ts lh.it he h.is &uiU-d out
problems with his arademic
Ending tesulhrg from a pio-
longed absem.0 li'-L vear.
Al'iioii{Ji Tateiwn say? he's still
unsure whether he will play Ihis
Friday. 5>inre a hamstring injury
he suet lined during training
camp is slill in is-sue.
The 1-1 Biids are looking forward to tlie game against
Calgary, and hoping it will be
their break-cut game.
"That was how it was last ye xr.
We were 2-1 and a little shaky
going into tlie gnne against
Calgary,' said Pjlerson. The
Birds won tlul game 13-3, and
went on to win tlie next four regular season games.
But that was then and this is
now.
Right now, the Cilgaiy team is
ranked tenth in tlie country after
an upset victory against the
Saskatchewan Hus-kies last weekend
Volleyball
Women's and men's volleyball
play the alumni at 7p«u Saturday
in War Memorial Gym. ♦
One man's journey
His Story was rereleased to commemorate ihe
20th anniversary of Terry Fox's inspirational run.
by Dustin Cook
"He started running, taking a double
hop with the left leg and one long
step with his metal leg. Someone
called it the Fox Trot His hands
were clenched. He leaned forward
for more speed. Looks of disbelief
crossed the faces of the hundred or
so onlookers. Then they gave a
cheer and clapped."
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A CANADIAN LEGEND: Terry and his mother
Betty Fox hold hands during a press conference
at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New
Westminster.
Twenty jeais ag), a young man
from Port Co<juitlam named Terry
Fox launi hod a 'Marathon of Hope'
as he attempted lo run across
Canada to raise a million dollars for
cancer TL'seai i h.
Although he lost his leg to
osteogenic sarcoma, a rare form of
cancer Out develops in males aged
10 lo 2 3, Teny belii;\ ed that his disability \\a-n't a handicap, and he
it-solved to overLoine it With the
dream of u'-loclirg one dollar from
every Camdi in, he s«.t out running
on a pio»'.he'ic log to raise cancer
awaieneas
Tragic il!y, jft.-r 113 days of running at in j\erjge pace of 23.3
m Jos a day, Tci ly's journey was cut
short East of'Ihjnrl.-r Bay, the cancer he had beaten lh:ee years earlier returned and spread into his
lurgs.
After completing an amazing
3.339 of the 5 300 miles that link
Canada's east and west coasts, he
returned home, and nine months
later succumbed to cancer.
However, before Terry died, he
realised his dream by raising 24
iinllun dollais for tancer research,
one dollar for t:\ery Canadian.
Terry united an entire country
behind lus effort He set out to run
across Canada, and in the process
ran his way into the hearts of
Canadians and people all over the
world.
In mid-August, a revised version
of Leslie Scrivener's book Terry Fox:
His Story, originally published in
1981, wa,s released to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the
Marathon of Hope. When she wrote
the book. Scrivener was working
as a reporter,
assigned to follow Terry's run
across Canada,
Drawing on
exclusive interviews with Terry,
and the insightful use of his personal diary,
Scrivener's biography retells the
story of a
Canadian legend. The diary
excerpts allow
readers to know
Terry's daily
thoughts during
his journey. As
well, they reveal
some of his personality traits,
often hidden
from the public
eye.
Two weeks
into the run,
Terry demonstrates his determination and stub-
borness by writing, 'I would keep
going no matter what happened. If I
died, I would die happy because I
was doing what I wanted to do. How
many people could or can say that?"
- Teriy's diary also reveals the
hero's rarely-seen comical side:
"Having an artificial leg has its
advantages. I've broken my right
knee several times and it doesn't
hurt a bit"
His Story does an outstanding
job of retelling Terry Fox's legend
while portraying him as a strong, yet
grounded, personality. There is.no
denying that Terry's accomplishments make him one of the greatest
Canadian heroes of all time, yet
Scrivener presents him as a normal
man chasing a dream.
Scrivener's book skillfully captures the essence of Terry Fox. It
accurately depicts who he was and
what he stood for. The narrative distinguishes Terry's two sides, his celebrated endeavour and his guarded
personal life.
His Story is both uplifting and
sorrowful: it is the story of a simple
man following and accomplishing a
selfless dream, the tragic tale of a
hero who achieved greatness and
died too soon.
Yet perhaps the best review for
Scrivener's book comes from
Terry's younger brother, Darrell."
[His Story\ tells the story true to
heart about Terry," said Darrell,
under whose
encouragement
Scrivener rereleased her book
this year.
The younger
Fox has dedicated his career to
fulfilling Terry's
dream by working as the
National Director
of the Terry Fox
Foundation.
At a Tuesday
night book signing at die
Chapters on
Granville, Terry's
mother,    Betty,
echoed her son's sentiments for the
book.
His Story teaches people to set
[their] goals high and never give up
on a dream," she said.
On top of the book's endorsement by the Fox family, it should be
noted that the first edition was
approved by Teny
himself.
On his run and
throughout his life
Teriy showed
integrity in it's
purest form. He
refused to accept
any endorsements
or spongers that
wanted something
in exchange. Terry
was adamant that
every cent raised
was to go to cancer
research and today
ninety cents of
every dollar does
(the rest goes to
advertising and
organising). Not
surprisingly
Scrivener's book
upholds the tradition; all the proceeds from the sales f "1
of His Story go to
the Terry Fox
Foundation which
so far has raised
over 250 million
dollars for cancer
research.
All over Canada
and across the
world millions of
people will run,
rollerblade and
cycle this Sunday
September 17 in a
combined effort to
Terry united an
entire country
behind his effort.
He set out to run
across Canada, and
in the process ran
his way into the
hearts of
Canadians and
people all over the
world.
raise money for cancer research.
Terry's spirit is still alive today
and hauntingly, at a speech in
Ottawa near the end of hi3 run, he
forshadowed his fate and history,
'Even if I don't
finish, we need
others to continue. It's got to
keep going without me." ♦
The 20th annual
Terry Fox Run
will be held at
UBC on Sunday
September 17.
The five or 10km
cyclq or run
will begin outside
the UBC
Thunderbirds
Sport Complex at
9:30am.
Participants are
encouraged to collect pledges, with
all proceeds going towards the Terry
Fox Foundation for Cancer research.
For more information, or to make a
donation, call 1-888-836-9786 or
visit the official ^ website at
www. teriyfoxrun. org.
•v^ -■* *- ■'■■■ ■*
■4ksHMfcsUlllha4l*L
RAIN OR SHINE: Terry ran an average of 23.3
miles a day for 143 days.
Ten interesting Fox facts
• Fox used 21 pairs of shoes during the Marathon
of Hope; however, he only used one shoe on his
rightleg.
• Throughout his run, many drivers tried to run
Fox olT the road. To hi3 relief. Fox was granted a
police escort when he reached Ontario.
• Fox was the youngest man to ever receive the
Order of Canada, Canada's highest honour, in a
1980 ceremony held in Port Coquitlam.
• Fifty miles of the Trans-Canada highway
between Nipigon and Thunder Bay was named
the Terry Fox Courage Highway in 1981.
• In 1983, Fox was entered into the Guinness
' Book of World Records for being the top charity
fundraiser, collecting $24.7 million in 143
days.
• Fox's face was put on a stamp, a privilege normally reserved only for royalty and the governor
general of Canada.
• Terry was posthumously inducted into the
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
• Terry was named Athelete of the Decade' by
TSN, the sports specialty channel, in December
1990.
• The first Terry Fox Run raised $3.5 million.
•• Last year, the Terry Fox Run raised $17.9 million for Cancer research. ♦ .* 4 f) I Friday. September 15,2000
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER IS, 2000
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Health plan still hurts
The deadline for opting out of the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) headline is coming soon, on ■
September 29. A lot of students, for various
reasons, will take the time to opt out of the
health plan, but it seems that there are only
two students here on campus with the nerve to
try to take the whole plan down.
'Shall the AMS immediately withdraw from
the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan?* is the
question on a petition drawn up by computer
science students Kathy Lo and Matthew Laird.
Over 300 students have already answered
'yes' to that question. If 700 more people sign
the petition, then the AMS will be forced to
hold a referendum, within 30 days asking students if they want a health plan. Sounds like
last year all over again.
Apart from the fact that no one really wants
to suffer through yet another AMS referendum, ever, Lo and Laird are setting a prime
example for the rest of us. The plan was basically forced on students last October, and it's
about time someone said something about it.
Generally speaking, a health and dental
plan isn't a bad idea for students, quite the
opposite. But in terms of the process that
brought the plan to UBC, the petitioners have
every right to complain.
The; students who started the petition say
that they're concerned with the plan's lack of
flexibility, which infringes on a student's right
to decide whether s/he'd~ like to pay for medical coverage.
Since it came into effect last January, the
health plan has required all full-time and part-
time students to pay $ 168 per year for extended health and dental coverage.
Opt-outs are available only to students who
can prove that they have both equivalent
health and dental coverage, which doesn't
include the basic provincial Medical Services
Plan coverage.
Poor planning, lack of widespread understanding of the proposal, and a lack of time in
which to scrutinise the plan plagued the
process from the beginning. Simply put, the
health plan was dragged into'existence prematurely by last year's overzealous AMS Council.
Now that students have had to deal with the
plan for almost a year, it's about time Council
got some feedback. And if it has to be through
a referendum calling for the plan's demise,
then so much the better.
Students were given one month-
September of last year, the most overwhelming month of the year—to learn about the plan.
Serious campaigning didn't begin until referendum week, which left any opposition very
little time to fully mobilise against the plan.
Comparisons with other Canadian student
letters      	
health plans show that the AMS plan lacks the
flexibility characteristic of most undergraduate plans at Canadian universities. As well, the
plan resulted in the largest increase in student
fees in recent memory.
While it's important for students to have
the option of receiving extended coverage, it is
unfair that they don't have the option of turning it down. The AMS; in its drive to implement the plan, neglected to take this point seriously right from the beginning.
If the petitioners are successful, and the AMS
plan is eventually revoked, we wouldn't be setting a precedent In April of 1997, just four
months after implementing a health and dental
plan, a student referendum at Simon Fraser
University revoked a similar plan at that university, which cost students $ 105 per year. The SFU
student body was frustrated by precisely the
same thing that has driven Lo and Laird to draw
up their referendum; the inability of students
covered by only MSP to opt out of the plan.
So, while the petitioners scour the campus
looking for signatures, the rest of us will either
opt out, miss the deadline, or just accept the
health plan cost as part of the ever-increasing
financial burden of being a student But just
remember, you have an option. You have the
chance to say no, and we suggest that you do
just that. ♦
Kaiser decision
comes under attack
I felt sick to my stomach after I read
the 'GAP decision made" article
(Sept 12, 2000). The President's
Advisory Committee on Student
Discipline/composed of 'top UBC
officials," has essentially opened the
flood gates for mob rule. If you don't
agree with your neighbour's view
and she happens to express her
view by holding a display, GO
AHEAD and DESTROY IT! The most
you'll get is a six-month suspension,
wherei four of those months are in
the summer, and a 'student misconduct' notation on your record
for 'two years from the date the
penalty was issued, regardless of
whether or not [you have] graduated."
I believe in respect for all human
life, This includes life six inches in
the womb. Does this mean that
because I hold this "controversial"
view, I should put tape over my
mouth and not be able to express it?
I thought university was a marketplace of ideas. I thought university
was a place where differing beliefs
could come together and "people
were entitled to express their point
Of view* (quoted from Dennis
Pavlich, UBC's legal counsel, in the
article). I personally don't feel safe
on campus because of the "controversial" view that I hold. These feelings have been amplified by the
pathetic attempts of these "top UBC
officials* to try and discipline Erin
Kaiser, Jon Chandler, and Lesley
Washingtoa the people who felt justified in destroying my display
because it was "controversial."
What is happening to our freedom? Now, it's me that's being suppressed. Tomorrow it could be YOUJ
Suppression will hot silence me I
Imagine if Martin Luther King, Jr.
surrendered because he was being
suppressed, or Da Vinci, or Newton,
or Gandhi...the list goes on. The fact
that others have different or "con
troversial" views provides no justification for violence against them. I
thought university students had
enough self-control to resist the
impulse of violence. I guess I was
wrong. I thought 'top UBC officials"
had enough sense to properly discipline those university students who
resorted to violence because they
disagreed with another student's
view. AGAIN, I was wrong.
■^-Athena Macapagal
a third-year Environmental
Science student, is a member of
' the AMS Lifeline Club
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culture
by Tom Peacock
Friday. September 15.200014 4
THE COME-ONS
AND MOONEY SUZUKI
at the Brickyard
Sept 13
Though rock 'n' roll isn't dead, it has
been knocked senseless, and in
recent years it's begun to lose some
of its effectiveness. So what do you
do if you're one of its outspoken purveyors?
You step up, that's what you do.
And you just keep steppin' up
until you just can't step up no more.
And that's just what local band
the Come-Ons did on Wednesday
night at the Brickyard, in spite, of the
sleepy vibes emanating from a catatonic crew of mid-week regulars
slouched around the dance floor. •
The Come-Ons played a tight,
flawless set only stopping long
enough to thank headline act,
Mooney Suzuki from New York for
coming out
Come-Ons singer and guitarist
Shane Nelken belted out their brand
of fifties- and sixties-influenced
garage rock, only stomping on the
distortion long enough and hard
enough to remind us that this is actually the year 2000 and rock 'n' roll is
hot dead, just a little stunned maybe.
Bryce Dunn set about destroying
his drum kit and Jeff McCloy
bounced around with his bass and
the world's goofiest look ever on his
face, which by itself was worth the
price of admission-though to be
honest I didn't pay to get in.
The Come-Ons play with a complete lack of pretension and a sincerely heightened energy level that
harkens back to rock's glory days.
After a short break, Mooney
Suzuki took the stage and launched
into their own brand of garage rock.
But in spite of the fact that they had
come "all the way from New York,"
Mooney Suzuki were a" major disappointment
The four fellas emerged on stage
wearing tight black everything and
assuming a very staged and well-
practised rock 'n' roll attitude
that totally lacked conviction,.
But tired or not, you can't
just stand there and point at
the audience and make a face
like an overgrown turtle.
What's that?
Sporting the stupidest looking haircuts, the foursoume
thrashed about in a vain
attempt to sell us on their Big
Apple cool, but we're a hard
sell up here in Vancouver,
harder than anyone from the
centre of Western culture
might even begin to
think...especially on a school
night
And to add insult to injured
eardrums, the lead singer was
wearing sunglasses.
Sunglasses. So they jumped on
stage and started jumping around,
and playing their guitars, and rock
'n' roll suffered another blow to its
consciousness.
Maybe it .was the singer's silly
STEPPIN'UP FOR MORE: The Come-Ons kept on steppin' up 'til they
couldn't step Up no more at their recent Brickyard show, tom peacock photo
pointing habit or his awful voice, or
the bad dancing, or the sameness of
most of the songs. Or maybe it was
those stupid haircuts, or even the
sunglasses, or maybe 1 was just
rocked out from The Come-Ons' set
but I had to leave early.
Sorry Mooney Suzuki and thanks
for coming all the way out here to the
edge of the civilised world. Usually,
we really appreciate that sort of
thing. ♦
by Andrea Winkler
When you visit www.hissyfitcom, you are
greeted by the fitting image of a sassy anime
girl, arms crossed, one eye wide open, and
ready to bitch.
She is witty, she is in your face, she is Tara
Ariano aka Wing Chun, creator of
HissyStcom—a. website that rants about everything from the world's obsession with Jennifer
Lopez to the drudgery of bra shopping. All this
earned Ariano the title of Queen of Social
Commentary, and she's been one of "100
Canadians to Watch" by Maclean's magazine.
Imagine a place where you can rant to your
heart's content about all the things that make
you cringe, laugh, or just make you sick. Well
Ariano is doing just that and making money
from it
In 1997, after graduating with a degree in
English literature from the University of
Toronto, Ariano was working in southern
California, writing copy for websites. Her web
developer husband, known to HissySt fans as
Glark, set up and named the HissySt website
"My husband just suggested that we start a
site to vent all that irked me," Ariano explains.
"So that was the genesis."
Then it was time to find an alias, so she
came up with the infamous "Wing Chun."
"Wing Chun is a style of martial art3 and
if s also the title character in a movie starring
Michelle Yung," she explains. "I started calling
myself that because I needed a handle and
'Tank Girl' was already taken."
With a cool alias and a place to vent Ariano
has been happily ranting away.
Thi3 week, the website features a poll on
the slogan 'Got Milk?" and "Reviews of
Movies We Haven't Seen," where The Cell or
as Ariano dubs it The Smell, is shredded to
bits in the most delightful ways.
Wing Chun writes to Jennifer Lopez, the
movie's leading lady "Jennifer Lopez, were
you half or three-quarters" through a bowl of
crack when you decided that you could get
away with playing a forensic psychiatrist?"
But although Ariano loves to throw punches, Ariano says that HissySt isn't just about
pop commentary.
"It isn't pop culture in particular," she
explains. "There'r^ [pieces] about laundry,
one about our crappy cable company, one
about me not feeling veiy organised'
'It just happened that pop culture seemed
to be the thing that bothered me the most-it
was a bad year for movies," Ariano laughs.
For Ariano, seemingly mundane events
like laundry and cable hook-up disasters
became opportunities to display her witty
writing style. It wasn't long until the site
received positive reviews, including awards
from Yahool and Netscape, and until she garnered so much recognitioa
"I still don't know why HissySt is so popular," Ariano laughs. 'It's a mystery."
Now that Ariano is able to make a living
from her pet project she i3 now developing
new web projects. HissySt has spurred the
growth of Fametracker—a sarcastic commentary on star-obsessed culture—and Mighty Big
TV—witty one-liners on teen-oriented shows.
When asked if she has any advice for those
who want to start websites of their own, she
warns, "you should never start out thinking
that you are going to be making a profit immediately." .
"Start doing something that's fun enough
that you would want to do for free and the
recognition will follow.'*>
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Good art is luV? icd wir.e-it stains you. In Fiona
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or writing graffiti like poetry oft blank walls.
This is not an exliibit for Ihe faint-at heart
Cascading approximately five feet in height is
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"word&cjpe* of erutie prose printed against
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step closer, it's clear that tho letters are not just
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Banner is a yisual master when it catnes to
tho subjective expression between truth and
fantasy. With a knack fur the eccentric this Brit
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And, with her home base in London, Banner
has been featured in various distinguished
exhibitions at lha Tate Britain, the Cinema,
Cinema, And at the Stcdelijk Van Abbeinuseuia
where her sculptures, wordscapes, drawings
and designs have been met with international
acclaim.
Following tha minimalist tradition, her
drawings from tlie Full Stop series contemplate
tha finality of punctuation in the English laiv
guJge. Piei-es such as "Chircca! and Stan
Loe,'which appear only as rnea:'.ir*j>ss Hj'k
dv'& P>r 'he hyman, are works 'hat are re-i.1-
nisceni of banner's explor^Uon of \r\l an 1 ih.?
twuten wurd.
Enlarged from standard fonts, -Jiese 1*00-
point pencil drawings play with the ideas of
spacing,   shape,   and   co:..rasL   Moreover
Banner's tcLleiUou of Sower images, raptured
as snapshots from film sequences, challenge'
the notion of reality—is the perceived memory*-
of an event more real than the actual event that-
occurred in Ihe past?
Banner is always engaging, experimenting*
wilfi new forms and textures as a means of rep-s
resenting her subconscious and conscious real-*
ily. In a 1907 project Banner documented a;
train trip from London to Lithuania in an eIec->
Ironic journal, observing ihe landscape and.
people with terse poetic insight The artist's v«-r-«
aauiily in the face of tedmologicai IransforrnuM
lions is innovative, in a lulturo that usually eep |
arales ma< hine from art Here, Banner uses itj
as a communicative tool to express personals
relations about society and human behav-f
four. |
The British artist further explores Iheiei
themes in her lOOOpage book. The »V.vn, a*
doorstopper kind of book that is based on her j
memories of six well known Vietnam War*
flicks. The book is sold in the gallery for $105, J
doesn't contain any paragraphs, and is thicker;
than ten Toktoy no\els put together. Preiryi
heavy stuff, j
But if you go inlo a Fiona Banner exhibition!
without being a fan, j'uu will come out a ton-f
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red wine. As for rne, I couldn't get tlie stains;
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