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The Summer Ubyssey Jul 12, 1990

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Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, July 12,1990
Vol 9, No 2
Administration covets control
* by Nicholas lonides
> and Martin Chester
Students may lose control of
yet another facility which their
money helped to build.
The UBC president's office
informed the AMS in April that it
«~ hopes to assume management of
the centre, which at present is
* operated by a management committee consisting of representatives from both the AMS and the
university administration.
But AMS coordinator of exter-
• nal affairs Jason Brett said the
AMS is not going to lie back and
* allow arbitrary changes to the
working agreement.
"We have a legal opinion that
says they can't do this," said Brett,
"because when you enter and sign
a contract you can't unilaterally
alter that contract."
Brett said the AMS is willing
to take the administration to court
to settle the issue.
Vice-president of student and
academic services K.D. Srivastava
is not worried and said the president's office obtained legal advice
which indicated that they were on
safe ground.
"I am quite sure we the have
authority to terminate an agree
ment with proper notice," he said.
The proposed changes would
include the creation of a management advisory committee which
would be responsible for maintaining and booking all university
athletic facilities—including the
Aquatic Centre. The committee
would report directly to Srivastava.
The President's office would
appoint the chair of the committee.
In 1975, the AMS and the
Board of Governors entered into a
contract whereby the aquatic
centre would be managed jointly
by AMS and university representatives.
"One ofthe terms was that the
aquatic centre would be managed
equally by students and the administration and thafs how it's
been run for the last several
years," said Brett.
According to Srivastava, the
intent of the proposed changes is
to bring some coordinated management to all athletic facilities.
Srivastava said the present
structures are so fragmented they
do not help students and the
changes would allow for maximum use by all students.
The issue of coordinating athletic facilities has come up in the
past. In 1987 the UBC Task Force
to Review Athletic and Sports
Services was struck to find a better
method of managing the athletic
The 1987 Task Force recommended the proposed changes to
the Aquatic centre management.
"Nobody wants to go to court
but if they force a fight I think
they're going to lose," Brett said.
"It's not in anybody's interest
to have a legal recourse on the
issue," Srivastava said, "its only
the lawyers who benefit."
space for
more money
by Rebecca Bishop
Students will be soaked for
more money at the B-lot gates this
Drivers using B-lot next year
will pay 15centsanhourinsteadof
25 cents a day. The proposed
changes come from Parking and
Security Services, which is planning to change the entire structure
of parking on campus over the next
five years.
"I hate like hell raising the
price of parking, but it hasn't increased for six years" said John
Smithson from Parking and Security.
In 1985-86 a B-lot parking
decal sold for $35—the same price
as 1989-90 paying 25 cents a day
over a 140 day school year.
"Other parking areas have
been subsidizing the cost of B-lot.
Fifteen cents an hour is based on a
four hour average stay (per car),
averaging 50 cents a day per car to
operate," said Smithson.
"The cost of attendants is not
that high—they don'tget paid that
much, and also it provides more
security," he said.
Attendants at kiosks will collect the parking fees from 8 AM to
midnight. The attendants will also
be able to offer information to visitors and offer alternative parking
for the handicapped by radioing
different lots. The shuttle bus
from the library will be extended
to run from 8 am to midnight on
There will also be changes to a
number of parking arcades
throughout the university.
"There are several parking
lots that will be covered over in the
next five years. They are mostly
prefered parking lots so the people
about to suffer the most are grad
students" said Smithson.
L-lot will be covered over this
year with a new parkade with
between 900 to 1200 spaces, but it
will not be completed until December 1991. It is estimated that it
will cost 8,400.00 dollars per parking space to build.
To compensate for these
changes, grad students will be
permitted to park in staff-faculty
parking lots, but they will have to
pay the same price—144.00 dollars per year.
Other parkades proposed include one under the new Arts
Theatre complex, and a future
extensions to the Fraser River
parkade (by Asian Centre) and the
L-lot parkade.
The new parkades are supposed to pay for themselves.
"I don't like it, but I won't be
here next year so it wont affect me.
But I think it's garbage." said
Mark Paetkau, a UBC student.
"Certainly something has to
be done for campus security, but I
think the AMS should set up volunteer escorts like at Western" he
said. Tve never had a problem
with any break ins, so I don't know
how big the problem is at B-lot.
One positive aspect may be to
make more people take the bus.
But as a car driver I certainly don't
agree with it."
"If we get the services they
promise such as the shuttle bus
and security, then I think it is
worth it" said AMS Coordinator of
External Affairs, Jason Brett.
"Commuters might hate me but I
think it is a fair trade off."
"Part of the problem is not
only the increased cost, but less
parking spaces as lots disappear,"
he said. "We are trying to improve
alternative forms of transport."
"One of the problems with
that is that BC Transit is taking a
revenue-neutral stance," he continued. "There were $5 million in
revenue from students in 1986, so
if we wanted to reduce the price of
a bus pass from 50 dollars to 25
dollars, we would have to generate
2.5 million from somewhere."
"People from outside of Vancouver might see my remarks as
unthinking because buses are not
an attractive alternative, but if
students start cycling or taking
the bus then there will be more
spaces available for parking."
Lifeguard guarding student Interests.
VOLUME 9, Number 2
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The Ubvssey
... mote fun
than a
roof canal!
Volume 19, No. 2     July 12-19.1990
Hello and welcome to Summer Session "90
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and a friend. At SUB Plaza.
Thursday. July 12
Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16
Tuesday, July 17
Wednesday, July 18 -
Thursday, July 19
Soul Survivors
Basin Street Jazz Band
The Crows Jazz Trio
Gary Keenan Quartet
Free, Music Building Recital Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 12
Tuesday, July 17
Festival Players of
Canada play music of
Mozart, Martinu, Crusell
and Dahl.
The Panormo Guitar Trio
performs music by
Vivaldi, Steiner,
Almeida, Susato and
All films are FREE to everyone! 7:30 p.m.
Woodward IRC Lecture Hall#2
Monday, July 18:
Robin Williams as an innovative teacher
attempting to awaken his disinterested and
lethargic students to the world around them.
Wednesday, July 20:
TURNER AND HOOCH - this comedy
featuring Tom Hanks as an obsessively clean
policeman who assumes custody of Hooch,
an ill-mannered and slimy-mouthed junkyard
dog. (MATURE)
Thursday, July 19
- John Loban, violin and
Aiise Zaenker, piano
perform works of the 19th
and 20th centuries.
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Green plague
engulfs AMS
recycling program
implemented in SUB
by Mark Nielson and Paul Dayson
The AMS has succumbed to
the Green Revolution.
A comprehensive recycling
plan for the Student Union Building is coming into fruition.
The AMS has hired Anna
Brown, who has worked with the
Student Environment Centre, to
coordinate the new SUB recycling
Brown hopes to see a recycling
program in place that will encompass the Alma Mater Society offices and the rest of the Student
Union Building.
Moreover, she wants the program to be "self-operating" — one
that will continue to operate on its
own well after she's got the ball
rolling and has moved on after her
summer term is over.
She's also asked for cooperation from custodial staff in the
area of collection.
"The troops are behind it all
the way," said Physical plant custodial supervisor David Dale ofthe
custodians who clean the SUB.
"Everybody is taking to it very
Brown also wants the program to take in all recyclable
materials, including paper, glass,
high grade plastics and even food
wastes, that would otherwise be
thrown away.
Vincent Grant of Surplus
Equipment Recycling Facility said
"(SERF) will be implementing
food composting in the fall."
SERF, however, won't be beginning multi-material recycling
until June 1991.
Brown wants all of this in
place by the start of September. It
is ambitious enough to require a
full 40 hour work week on her
Even so, the third year geography student sees the plan as
only a small part of a larger
scheme in which recycling won't be
limited to the office and public
"In the process of implementing this system and getting everyone doing it, they'll learn that it's
something they should do outside
of just being on campus," she said.
In other words, there's more
too this idea than just setting up
the recycle bins at the most strategic locations. Brown also wants
people to understand and appreciate the need for recycling.
"We need to decrease waste
because we can't afford to produce
garbage," she said.
"We have to be putting back
into the system in nearly the same
capacity they were used before,
otherwise you'll just produce massive garbage."
Bigger picture aside, Brown
has launched into an eight week
plan to bring recycling to the SUB
that includes student participation and getting the AMS administration's habits in order.
Along with placing recycling
bins on all three floors ofthe SUB,
she wants to see the program include all the business and club
offices located in the building.
All of the materials to be recycled are being taken to SERF.
Grant said that SERF wants
"to tackle paper recycling now
across campus and get it running
smoothly by the end of the summer."
Although Brown admits she's
never really had to sell recycling to
the AMS, she says there have been
a few obstacles to overcome.
"Right now the AMS is being
run like a business, so they choose
and select what they're going to
spend their money on — the leading attitude is that they've got to
make some money here," she said.
"That makes my job a little
more difficult, because everything
I want them to do is going to cost
them money."
Grant said he hopes "to get
private sector industry involved
and use UBC as a model area for
many programs."
Body found on campus
Vancouver police continue to
investigate the death of 13 year old
Jamie Bains whose severely
beaten body was found on the University Endowment Lands on
Bains was known to east
Vancouver youth workers and,
according to the Vancouver police,
was no stranger to the streets.
The UBC detachment of the
RCMP reported that there have
been no new developments. They
had no evidence as to whether the
body was dumped on the Endowment Lands or if the killing actually took place on campus.
The RCMP believes Bains
knew his attackers and that his
death was the result of a "senseless beating." Vancouver police
are presently scouring Bains' east
Vancouver neighborhood for more
BC Team at opening of
Special Olympics at BC
Bumpy bike path burnished
by Saskla Ages
Bikers who habitually use the
tenth avenue bike route no longer
need be concerned about the danger and damage caused by tree
The tenth avenue route is
being repaired; the tree roots
smoothed over.
External Affairs Coordinator
Jason Brett requested the University Endowment Lands repair the
bike path after he had received
UEL Manager Bruce Stenning said the Greater Vancouver
Regional District is paying for and
conducting the path repairs.
"The ministry of crown lands
is paying," Stenning said. "It's in
the jurisdicton ofthe GVRD."
Stenning said the UEL initiated repairs because they also
recieved complaints from cyclists.
Stenning says the paths need
repairs every four years and that
the University was approached to
contribute towards costs but declined.
Brett said bike travel is an
important part of campus life and
it's a "fun way to travel and environmentally sound." But he said it
is no longer fun along tenth avenue and is dangerous for faster
Brett speculated that cyclists
might be using the roads and irritating traffic to avoid the bumpy
root infested bike path.
Stenning explained that UEL
only has jurisdiction over the residential areas of the Endowment
Lands and the GVRD looks after
the roads and paths.
"(The paths are) an odd jurisdiction out ofthe area ofthe UEL,"
Stenning said.
The repairs will be completed
by September.
Junior has bumpy ride.
July 12,1990
by Omar Diaz
OLD IT! Wasn't there a
movie a while back called
Talk Radio. It was by one of those
supermen performers who think
they can do it all. You know;
write, act ... . Well this is the
same show and it's playing at the
Talk Radio
Station Street Arts Centre
The unconventionality of actually putting on a play that's
already been done as a movie is
only the beginning ofthe detours
this play takes from what we've
come to expect.
The most unique thing about
Talk Radio is that what it does, it
does extremely well. The show is
polished and professional. The
technical complexity is pulled off
without a hitch and the audience
stays with the show throughout
the duration.
As you enter the theatre you
see a set that replicates a radio
broadcasting office in such eerie
accuracy that you can leave your
imagination at the door. It is this
extraordinary aura that separates
the audience and creates an atmosphere much more familiar to
cinema than to theatre.    If as an
audience we often act as voyeurs
to the action, then in this particular show we are truly such, for our
presence is almost inconsequential to what we see before us.
The show takes place in a
radio station on the eve of a
popular talk show going national.
The radio show is indisputably in
the hands ofthe lead, as is the
play. The weight ofthe character
is equal to the weight the lead
performer must cany if there is to
be any sort of success.  In other
words we watch a one man show
about a one man show. The
supporting characters have as
much impact to the play as they
seem to have in their technical
functions on set. They're all there
to make one guy look good.
The fortunate thing is that
they all succeed. Ross Wilson as
Barry Champlain is a dynamic
performer that exhausts the
audience through his amazing
energy. As each new caller comes
over the P.A. system, Wilson
effectively shifts gears to accommodate or more likely aggravate
whomever may be the recipient of
his scorn.
interesting non-present presence.
A total of twenty-four calls are
heard ranging from the animal
loving Glen, who likes cats more
than people, to a pregnant fifteen
year old girl who inlists Cham-       I
plain's help in tracking down the
The most interesting caller is
one named Kent who is apparently on a drug binge with an
overdosed girlfriend. We actually
get the privilege of meeting Kent,
an obnoxiously loud ignorant
youth played with great exuberance by Samuel Khouth.
Another notable in the show
is Michele Lonsdale, who while
appearing unassuming adds a
great dimension of interaction to a
show lacking just that.
The only really theatrical
moments in Talk Radio are soliloquy style monologues which fill in
some background on the Champlain character.
Talk Radio is an excellent
example of using cinematic
techniques in a live theatre
experience and on that note must
be put in a category of it's own.
If anyone plans to go to see
Talk Radio, we strongly advise
calling before going to the theatre.
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by Greg Davis
THE production of Cole, by
the UBC Summer Players,
was at times like a effervescent
glass of fine champagne. There
were, however, periods when it
was more like the champagne of
ginger ale that has gone a trifle
Dorothy Somerset Studio
Until August 11	
Cole Porter's songs represent
an era of conversations over cocktails and parties wild and witty,
when debonair sophistication
mixed with buffoonery. The
lyrics were often risque in
parodying the trends and people
of the time, while the music
made the songs seem to roll
along effortlessly. %
In order to convey this type
of setting, the Dorothy Somerset *■
Studio was transformed into a
ritzy dinner club with an intimate atmosphere, the stage
blending in with the tables ofthe
audience area. The cast was
splendidly attired in the nightclub dress of the 20's and 30's,    y
completing the milieu.
The performance showcased
the gems of Cole Porter's career
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July 12,1990 THE ARTS
Showcase heavy not lame
by Dale Fallon
HREE heavy guitar bands
thrown together on a
Monday night bill might sound
like a prescription for one of those
lame "Showcase" deals where .
most of Vancouver's new bands
end up playing.
Scatterbrain, Mary
and Fake it Big Time
Club Soda
July 9	
But the scene at Club Soda on
this past Metal Monday night
shows that there can actually be
some atmosphere associated with
early week live music. Scatter-
brain, Mary and Pake it Big Time
played their respective brands of
hard rock for a large, and even
somewhat appreciative crowd.
Killing time during the first
band, Fake it Big Time, proved
not so hard as my friends and I
tried to think up ways that a
Discorder reviewer might sum
things up. To be nice, the band
was nothing special. Anyway, we
were pleased to see that the
second band were soon getting
as obviously going
ready to play. .Mary has appeared
around town quite a bit in the last
yeai', but this was obviously going
to be a different type of crowd
than they were used to.
The ttio at first looked pretty
dubious about the sea of hair in
front of them, but soon got engrossed in their hard edged, yet
melodic set.
It's been said Mary's sound
isn't unlike Nomeansno's, and I
would agree to a certain point.
However, most ofthe eight songs
they played stuck to a more traditional rock verse-chorus-verse format than that found in
Nomeansno's stuff. An exception
was Big Fishes, a memorable tune
which even seemed to overcome
the murky sound, and interest the
skeptical crowd.
The filler songs between sets
were telling: early to mid eighties
metal classics by Accept, Ozzy etc.
The Club Soda veteran beside me
helpfully observed that "the crowd
is here for one kind of music, and
one kind only." Mary didn't
exactly provide this, but they did
appear to make at least a few
New York's Scatterbrain got
just one thing straight with the
sound man: crank it up. It's
always tough to figure out what
these thrashing bands are tryin
to say, but it was completely
possible wi
ie massive
volume that was provided for us.
These guys were actually
pretty decent - five long hairs
bouncing around the stage,
spurred on especially by the
fifteen or so avid headbangers
leaning on the stage. The band
has perfected the skill of wearing
those important looking facial
expressions which fool no one into
thinking that they are anything
but a good-times outfit.
Again, I don't think that Scatterbrain was exactly what most
Metal Mondaygoers had in mind
when they ventured downtown
the other day. The songs were
probably a bit too fast, and the
posturing too sparse to please
those audience members who
gravitated to the back ofthe bar.
With a three dollar cover
(that's even with a two buck coupon), and no deals on drinks, it
really impressed me that so many
people showed up. Now if only
some other non-commercial radio
rock acts could pull in such
numbers on a weekly basis.
New horizons for UBC Sci-Fi
>k out of Cole
n a musical cabaret style. The
ast did impressive justice to the
lost famous numbers, such as
anything Goes, Night and Day,
nd Fm a Gigolo, though the fake
ccent somewhat hampered the
attgr, even though purposely
xaggerated. The sultry Love
\>r*€>ale, sung by Laara Sadiq,
ms the highlight ofthe first act.
I Get a Kick Out of You
icked off the second act, which
owed along easier since the
roove had now been established,
lie performers hustled and
ua^ed about in a frantic yet
rganized manner, changing the
linimal set between numbers; a
istimony to the fine direction and
However, the momentum was
not consistent throughout the
show. At its best it was extremely
entertaining and amusing. At its
worst it was still enjoy*kble but the
cast came across in a strained and
awkward manner.
Cole serves as a great introduction to the music and times of
Cole Porter, or as a decent dose of
nostalgia, whether one has lived
through the era, or is a long time
appreciator of the jazz age and Tin
Pan Alley music. Seeing Cole
would be a casual, cavalier way to
spend a delightful, delicious, de-
lovely evening.
There may be a new sun (or
suns as the case may be) on the
horizon for science-fiction at UBC.
Dave New, current editor of
the sci-fi magazine Horizons SF,
has plans to upgrade the publication and increase its circulation.
According to New, in the past
the magazine has had no publicity. The number of copies circulated per issue were between 50-
60, as well as a copy for each
Garden Room Bar
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Licenced Bar & Snack
NEW Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm - 9pm
Friday 4pm - 11pm
Plus, Friday's Summer Folk Series
| with the Nyetz, the Wingnuts, Dead
Head Cool, Brace Jay Paskow performing in the Garden Room, July
20 to August 17 with a break on
August 3 for open stage talent night.
And Softball Dance on July 28 with
Dead Head Cool.
member ofthe UBC Science-
Fiction club— quite a miniscule
amount for the UBC market.
"I'm trying to make it more
professional, get hold of more advertising, and give it a new look.
And I'm paying contributors,"
New said.
New, who will also be editing
the Science undergrad newspaper
The 432, wants to increase circulation of Horizons SF to 200 for
the September issue, and 500 for
February. He is confident most
copies will be sold.
Currently he is networking
with other sci-fi magazines, such
as On Spec in Edmonton, collecting new ideas.
"I'm trying to make it a professional calibre journal, but
obviously I'm not going to get
writers who will win a Nebula
July 12,1990
1912 -1990"
This was seen spray painted on the side of a house at
7th and Granville last Friday. By last Monday the house
was gone.
This is not an isolated incident.
Houses have been torn down to make way for new
buildings for years, but there is a difference now. Where
once buildings were replaced by more modern, but still
affordable housing, much ofthe new construction caters to
a vastly different economic segment ofthe city's population.
The neighborhoods with character, such as the Commercial Drive area, are slowly losing their distinctive flavour as the traditional inhabitants are driven out by developers and replaced by wealthy people with quite different
life styles, needs and priorities.
Gone will be the old-style cafes and pubs, replaced by
pastel patisseries and BMW dealerships. The lower income
population will make room for those who have ample money
but lack taste in architecture.
But there are growing signs that these processes are
being questioned and even resisted. The spray painted
epitaph is only the tip ofthe iceberg.
Kerrisdale seniors have been seen on the streets at
night, spraycans in hands, leaving messages for the developers who are throwing them out of their apartments.
A strong housing lobby is growing with church groups,
tenants organizations and community associations joining
together in a united front to lobby city hall and challenge
Squatters for the first time in Vancouver have gone
public, taking a strong political stand.
There isa chance that these groups might save some of
the affordable housing. Unfortunately, most times the result is the now empty lot at 7th and Granville. The signs of
resistance appear, but the houses crumble to dust all the
Housing isa right. It has to be accessible to all. It's time
to rise up and oppose the destruction of our communities.
summer _ ■■
July 12,1990
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The Ubyssey has uncovered a money laundering
scheme headed by Jason Brett. Intrepid reporter
Brenda Wong, after many arduous hours in the
bowels ofthe AMS accounts, assistedbySaskiaAges
and Isobel Simpson. Photo evidence, supplied by
Mike Coury and his tripod supporters Peter Lankester and Omar Diaz, showed Brett passing a sum of
$300 to the notorious capitalist scumbag Paul
Dayson and his diabolical cohort Martin Chester.
Shocked at the news of her ex-classmates fall from
grace, Yukie Kurahashi screamed and wailed with
uncertain passion before being silenced by simultaneous sideways glances from Cirque Du Soleil performers Ernie Stelzer and Ted Aussem, much to the
chagrin of David Loh who was enjoying the show.
Tim Cromley, shocked at the unethical behaviour at
UBC, took his son Keanu and fled back to the OP,
advising Dawn from Saskatoon to do the same before
she fell victim to the debauchery of Rebecca Bishop
and Lyanne Evans. Hao li missed it all, though Don
Mah suggested he missed very little. Nicholas
Ionides suggested he might have quite enjoyed being
on the receiving end of the catch, Greg Davis disagreed, saying there is no way Nicholas would have
liked that. The laundering complete, Brett recieved
his money back less the $1.50 for the machine and
soap and enough to buy Dale Fallon and Mark
Neilson a nice two bedroom place on the lower east
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AMS faces
Global warming
I am writing as a member ofthe Global Development Centre. Many of us
are concerned about the
tension and alienation that
has arisen between certain
members of the GDC and
the AMS over the allocation of SUB concourse
space to service organizations. We hope we can
reconcile our differences.
We realize that there
are four other service or-
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ganizations that also need
concourse space, and we
appreciate the difficulties
that are involved in allocating a relatively small space
to several groups.
I hope the strong emotions of some of our members at various AMS meetings does not give the impression that we feel the
GDC is somehow better
than the other service organizations. We do not
want to prevent the other
organizations from being
able to function effectively
as a result of limited space.
However, we have seen a
draft of a five office plan
which we believe could
adequately accommodate
all five organizations.
A concern has been
raised that the GDC has
only been in existence since
May and that it may be premature to give us office
space. However, the GDC
emerged from the International Development
Centre, which was founded
over two years ago. Also, I
feel that the passion that
several GDC members
have shown over this issue
demonstrates   their  com-v
mitment to the organization.
We sincerely hope that
a compromise can be
reached that will fairly accommodate all five service1"
organizations. I hope that
the controversy that has*"
arisen will not hinder the
GDC or the other four organizations from performing their respective services for the students at UBC *
and for the community.
Isobel Simpson
Global Development
How Kurt spends his summer
(While making $2000 a month)
A Perspective
by Kurt Preinsperg
AMS President
It's hot out. Maybe
you're having a hard time
being captivated by some
droning prof in a steamy
Summers at UBC can
be marvellous. Take your
studies seriously, but don't
go overboard. Make time to
stroll around campus.
Revel in the uncrowded atmosphere, the bloom that
surrounds you, the pretty
sights of many sorts.
If you're new, take part
in a campus tour with our
superfriendly tour guides
who can introduce you to
many campus secrets.
Explore the enchanting University gardens. Go
birdwatching   in   Pacific
Spirit Park that fringes the
campus. And if you like
sunsets or you've set your
heart on a picnic, there're
incredibly romantic spots to
be discovered along the
Wreck Beach
cliffs all the
way down to
Head down to Wreck
Beach to enjoy the freedom
of clothes-optional frolicking. Or plunge into the
swimming pools next door to
SUB. Check out the friendly
faces in the whirlpool.
If you get thirsty,
there's the Gallery Lounge
or our student pub, the Pit.
The Pit is a vibrant social
place Wednesday to Saturday nights when there's
If you're like me,
browse in the library on
rainy days and have a look
at the myriad of academic
journals in which profs
proudly publish their stuff.
Pick up the
Ubyssey and
let off steam
in a Letter to the Editor. Observe the drama of a Students Council meeting
which happens every second
Wednesday in SUB 206 at
6.30 P.M. Free snacks and
refreshments provided!
Sit outside at
Tortellini's on lazy afternoons and feed the birds, or
strike up a chat with another lonely soul. On Fridays after 4 P.M. drop into
the Grad Centre beer-
Whenever opportunities present themselves to
reach out to someone, do it.
Invite him or her along to a
play, film or concert on*
campus, or just a walk.
Summer is a great time to
practice life's most valuable
skill: spontaneous friendliness.
Seize the moment. T
Yield to temptation. Experience the joy of summer at
UBC. Culturally, socially,
intellectually and recrea-
tionally, UBC is one of the
most favored places on
earth. "<
You can also see me,
your AMS President, in^
SUB 256. I've acquired a
new (well, second-hand)
couch that's nice and roomy,
and not too soft. Come try it
July 12,1990 OPINION
And what if confederation is lost?
by Martin Chester
*" The Canada that we know
and love may not survive should
the Meech Lake Accord fail. This is
the message we have been fed by
the experts in the media and government.
Well the accord is long since
**■*■ dead and buried, yet nothing has
A massive rift valley has not
formed on either side ofthe province of Quebec. Quebec is still a
:„ part of Canada. The Great Disintegration has not come.
4. But what if it did? Would it be
such a great loss if the marriage of
inconvenience, which bound a
bunch of colonies and territories
into one state, should end in a
series of grand and splashy divorces?
> Confederation is an anomaly
in today's world. It is based on a
19th century political situation
which led several quite separate
British colonies to unite, often
quite to the chagrin ofthe general
"     population in the face of a dwin-
^ dling British military presence
and increasing American political
and economic pressure.
While the pressure from the
south still remains, Canada is no
longer a British colony. Nor are
* the differences between Canada
and the United States so great.
Canada has already lost the battle
to remain distinct from the United
States. The battle the united force
of Canada was to fight with its
aggressive neighbor has long been
In this light, confederation no
longer makes sense. This fact is
evident in the internal relations
between the various levels of government, and amongst groups
within the civilian population.
The Meech Lake Accord
failed, not because of racism or any
high democratic ideals, but because at least three provincial
leaders, premiers Pilmon, Wells
and Bourassa, refused to bend to
find an arrangement suitable to
all. The spirit of compromise is
dead in this country, and perhaps
that is not all that bad.
"The spirit of
compromise is dead
in this country, and
perhaps that is not
all that bad."	
Perhaps as a result ofthe failure of Meech, the Federal government has found it prudent to delay
the slim chance of Atlantic Canada ever becoming solvent by put
ting off approval of the Hibernia
Oil project.
In the true spirit of Confederation,   Newfoundland's   great
hope for the future is being placed
in limbo at the whim ofthe federal
government. In the mean time the
people of Newfoundland will follow much ofthe capital which was
to be spent as a result of this enterprise, in search of more secure
projects in central Canada.
Meanwhile, the first ministers in western Canada plan to
hold an emergency meeting to
plan a collective strategy to fight
the injustices they perceive to be
afflicting their region.
Throughout the country complaints can be heard about the
federal government's economic
policy which is only effective in
southern Ontario. In the rest of
the country, high interest rates
are a scourge which hinders development.
The territories seem quiet
enough, but then again they have
not been given the right to speak
with any authority, and likely
never will.
Since the repatriation of the
constitution in 1982 it has become
increasingly apparent that the
political minorities of this country
are being disregarded by the political elites of our fair land.
There has been no appreciable movement on the righto of
First Nations people, nor on native
land claims, despite the earlier
promises from Ottawa. While in a
very few cases Natives have managed to successfully press their
claims, for the most part it is only
after great militant efforts from
indigenous peoples that the courts
and governments have acted.
If political minorities
are being disregarded
by the elite groups,
where is the sense of
union for them?	
Women have had equally limited success in righting the centuries of wrongs that they have to
bear. Women have yet to gain a
first minister's conference to discuss their rights, not that it would
do a lot of good as it would be
attended by predominantly male
politicians for whom equal rights
is a great election platform, but
little more.
A whole variety of other minorities, racial and social, from
Sikhs to youth, from the handicapped to the incarcerated, have
seen their concerns all but ignored.
So, where is the logic in confederation?
If only Ontario seems content
with the present situation, what is
keeping the other regions a part of
If political minorities are
being disregarded by the elite
groups, where is the sense of union
for them?
We are wasting a great deal of
effort and resources trying to fit
one dissenting group, the Quebecois, into a collection of other
groups who are equally unhappy.
What is the point?
What is the answer? Throw
out the arrangements we now live
under, which serve the interests of
the elites to the detriment of the
rest, and start again. Redraw the
structures of power so that they
can better serve the people. Begin
with the principals of justice and
equality for all, not just those the
majority feels are deserving.
Create a nation around the
basic unit of confederation— cooperation. Break the nation down
into smaller, functional unites
which can better serve local needs.
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China protests over
students extensions
by Tyrone Newhook
OTTAWA (CUP) — China is
threatening to bar Chinese students from coming to Canada unless the Canadian government
stops allowing those studying here
to stay on indefinitely.
"China is a developing country
and the Chinese government
spends a lot of money to send students abroad," said Zhao Zhenyu,
an official from China's Toronto
consulate. China wants them to
"go back to serve their own country,*' he said.
If Canada doesn't stop "encouraging" Chinese citizens to
stay in Canada, Zhao said China
will first temporarily reduce the
number of students coming and, if
Canada's policy doesn't change,
will eventually forbid studying
here altogether.
Last June, days after the massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators at Beijing's Tiananmen
Square, Immigration Minister
Barbara McDougall announced
that Chinese citizens in Canada
"need have no fear that they will be
asked to leave Canada as long as
the situation in China remains
threatening for them."
Since then, the federal government has given Chinese citizens in
Canada several options permitting them permanent residence.
They may retain their status
as students and have their visas
extended. Or they can apply for
permanent residence under humanitarian guidelines, apply for
an immigrant visa or make a refugee claim.
More than 8700 Chinese citizens — many of them students —
have applied for permanent residency since the Tiananmen massacre.
Canada's policy also states
that "students who have had their
financial assistance cut off can
obtain work permits and they are
eligible for assistance through the
Canada Assistance Plan."
External Affairs official
Robert Peck disagreed with
China's interpretation of Canada's policy.
"The Canadian government
hopes every student will go back to
China with new knowledge but if
they choose not to go back, ifs
their own choice," Peck said.
"That's a right any individual has
if they're in Canada and they can't
take that right away.
"We're aware of the Chinese
government's concerns but our
policy remains unchanged," Peck
Xiaogang Tian, first-secretary
of education at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, said the Canadian government does not understand the situation in China.
"(Students) are not persecuted
back home," Xiaogang said.
Zhao echoed that view: "We
don't blame them for what happened. The incident was a manipulation by a small group of
The Canadian Federation of
Students supports the Canadian
government's policy towards Chinese citizens in Canada, said CFS
official Catherine Louli.
"There should be no conditions
to study oversees," she said.
"(Canada) is simply recognizing
that opinion."
Students cooperate
on cooperative
by J.D. McCullough
MONTREAL (CUP) — A coalition
of Montreal student groups are
working together to help answer
the city's call to develop 10,000
low-cost housing units in downtown Montreal over the next 10
Student councils at McGill,
Concordia, l'Universite du Quebec
a Montreal (UQAM) and Quebec's
Public Interest Research Group
(QPERG) plan to set up non-profit
corporations at each institution to
develop student housing cooperatives.
They hope to have a final proposal for the city ready by mid-
"This is an incredibly worthwhile project," said Alex Usher,
McGill student council's external
vice president. "We plan on looking to the faculties—architecture,
urban planning, etc — to seek the
assistance needed. Once students
realize that they have the energy
and the creativity to get things
done, it will empower them."
Under the preliminary plan,
150 to 300 student housing units
will be built during the first year of
the project. The units would be
used for student housing during
the academic year and be converted to bed and breakfast residences during the summer. The
residences would employ students
remaining in Montreal during the
summer as staff.
One thousand such units
would be developed in downtown
Montreal over the next 10 years.
Richard Ryan, the finance vice
president for UQAM's arts and
sciences student association, said
his council is enthusiastic about
the project but still has some concerns.
"We want to be assured that
downtown green space is respected," Ryan said. "We could
possibly even add some bicycle
paths and some small student-run
corner stores."
The group is beginning to
wrap itself in the red tape necessary to get the project off the
ground. They are currently discussing the legal aspects and analyzing the demand for student
"Ifs going to take a lot of lobbying to set up the co-op," said
James Brown, Concordia student
council's external vice president.
"If the project is to succeed, it will
need the support of municipal,
provincial and federal politicians."
The U37SSE7
July 12,1990


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