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Serials cut
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by Douglas Quan
KNOCKED DOWN, KOCKED OFF, KNOCKED OUT? Troy Dalton lost this collision and the UBC men's hockey team lost ground in their fight for a
playoff spot, dropping three of a possible four points against the hapless 4-16-4 University of Regina Cougars. UBC is 7-12-3 and four points
out of a playoff spot with six games to play, richard iam photo full story on page 8
Skyrocketing costs and the devalued
Canadian dollar have been blamed for UBC's
decision to cancel $750,000 worth of serials
"It's huge," admitted UBC head librarian
Catherine Quinlan of the cuts. "We're beyond
the fat, we're chopping off arms."
But she added the move was unavoidable,
and in line with what research libraries across
Canada have had to do over the years.
Of UBC Library's annual budget of $25
million, $6 million of that is devoted to purchasing academic journals.
Quinlan said that over the past decade, the
cost of serials has increased by almost 10 per
cent each year. The problem, she said, is an
"explosion of profit-oriented publishers taking advantage of a captive market."
She added that the problem is compounded when you take into account that over 80
per cent of titles are not available in Canada.
On the whole, she said, faculty and students have been understanding. "They
understand the economics of the decision."
see "bookworm" on page 2
Jaggi Singh sings freedom
by Sarah Galashan
Two weeks before a trial was to begin, the lone APEC arrestee
still facing charges has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
There were about 50 student arrests made leading up to
and during the day of the APEC summit held at UBC in
November 1997.
"I haven't been found guilty of anything—nobody has,"
said Jaggi Singh, a former UBC student.
The assault charge against Singh stemmed from an
APEC protest November 7, 1997 held in the backyard of
UBC president Martha Piper's home.
Former UBC assistant patrol manager Dave Goodrich
alleged that Singh had damaged his eardrum by yelling at
him through a megaphone at close range.
But Singh was not arrested until over two weeks later—
the day before the summit.
While walking alone between campus buildings, Singh
was grabbed by plain-clothes officers, wrestled to the
ground, handcuffed and thrown into an unmarked vehicle
and driven away.
He was released later that same day on a promise not to
return to campus. When he breached that condition, he
was arrested again, and spent the next four days in jail.
An initial court date of September 28,1998 was pushed
back to February 17 of this year.
Then yesterday, Singh heard from his lawyer that the
charges had been officially dropped.
"Well it's done," Singh said. "But in another sense it begs
a whole bunch of other questions like why did I spend four
days in jail and why was I nabbed?"
Singh says the answers can be found in documents
released at the start of last year's RCMP Public Complaints
Commission hearings.
In his will say (an internal RCMP document), UBC
"Well it's done..But in another
sense it begs a bunch of other
questions like why did I spend
four days in jail and why was I
—Jaggi Singh
Former UBC student and activist
RCMP Staff Sergeant Lloyd Plante stated that "with the view
towards eliminating some of the more high profile members of APEC Alert we recommend that these charges be
Singh says Plante's comments show that there was a
clear attempt to stifle protest.
"Essentially the RCMP, under whose orders I don't know,
took it upon themselves to create a sanitised protest free
zone at UBC."
But Plante maintained yesterday that campus RCMP
were simply carrying out an arrest warrant. "That was really the end of our involvement," he said.
Plante added: "As I understand it, the reason that the
case is not proceeding is because the victim, I guess for personal reasons, doesn't want to continue with it."
That victim, David Goodrich, could not be reached for
comment by press time.
But Plante confirmed that, in addition to working for the
university during APEC, Goodrich volunteered as an auxiliary RCMP constable.
Singh, who now resides in Montreal, will return to testify in Vancouver when the hearing of evidence at the APEC
inquiry resumes in March.
"I'm definitely not going to be in it for the long haul,"
said Singh. I want to cross-examine Jean Carle, Martha
Piper and particularly Chretien. To be perfectly frank, to
embarrass the hell out of a lot of people who deserve to be
embarrassed—that's why I'm involved."
Meanwhile, Bruce Quayle, a lawyer for the City of
Vancouver confirmed to the Ubyssey yesterday that the city
is pulling out of the inquiry because it is taking up too
much time and money.
Quayle said accusations by student complainants that
the city is withholding incriminating documents are "outrageous."
But student Jonathan Oppenheim is convinced that's
the reason why the city is pulling out.
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"bookworm" from 1
A lengthy list of tides slated for
the chopping blocks has been
posted on UBC Library's website.
UBC worked with library liaisons
in each department to come up
with the lists. Those journals that
are high-priced, but rarely used are
the likeliest to go.
Quinlan said she'll wait until the
end of February before finalising
the list.
The Science/Engineering and
Life Sciences divisions will be hit
hardest with serials cancellations
of $300,000 and $318,000 respectively. Quinlan says this is because
journals in the sciences are much
more expensive to buy.
But another reason is that
mechanisms are already in place in
the sciences to transfer print-
based text into an electronic format.
Quinlan said that UBC is
exploring a number of different
ways of delivering information
through electronic means, and has
submitted a request to the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
for funding to develop an elaborate
electronic library network.
In the end, moving to an electronic format doesn't necessarily
save the university any money, but
"you are doing more with the same
money," Quinlan said.
In addition to this, UBC has
joined libraries across North
America in looking at ways to create more competition in the marketplace and stemming the near
monopoly that publishing companies have.
"We can't continue to be held
hostage by publishers," Quinlan
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The Multi-Lateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) is a proposed international
agreement which would ensure foreign investors the same rights as domestic
As the MAI currently reads, the post-secondary education market could be
included as one of those open to equal competition by foreign investors. If
Canada were to sign on to such an agreement, public funding of universities, and
the student financial aid system, could be threatened.
MAI negotiations have been temporarily stalled, but the MAI and / or similar
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The AMS will make a presentation this March to the BC Special Committee on the
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ESL students face new tests
by Robert Faulkner
In a bold move that challenges conventional theory, UBC's senate has adopted new
criteria for the way it evaluates the language
proficiency of student applicants.
Starting in September 2000, incoming
UBC students who are non-native English
speakers will be assessed not only on the
basis of their reading and writing skills, but on
their ability to speak and listen effectively.
According to Paul Harrison, chair of the
senate admissions committee, there was
growing faculty concern that the existing Test
of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
was an inadequate measure of the skills
needed in academic and professional life.
"There was a perception that there were
better ways of assessing English proficiency," Harrison said.
He pointed to a 1995 study out of the
University of Western Ontario that conclud
ed that "achievement on TOEFL had little, if
any, relationship to success at university."
Currently, most student applicants qualify as "English proficient" if they have
received a high-school education in
English, obtained high marks on provincial
English exams, or scored 580 or higher on
their TOEFL exam.
In addition, all students must pass the
written Language Proficiency Index (LPI)
before registration in first-year English
courses, Arts One, or Science One.
But these traditional measures of language
have been amended to place greater emphasis on a student's "active" language skills. More
consideration will now be given to a student's
performance on high school English exams or
alternative oral-based tests, and whether
they've come from an international school.
"In effect, UBC broke the tyranny of TOEFL
by bringing in these new tests," said Bill
McMichael,   Canadian   president   of  the
Teaching ESL Federation. "It's now more
accessible where it was once very elitist."
A problem shared by both TOEFL and the
LPI, explained McMichael, is that they may
bar qualified students on the basis of skills
they won't need while at UBC.
Much of the momentum for these changes
came from UBC's professional faculties.
Instructors of pharmacy and dentistry courses complained that students lacked an ability
to interact in an increasingly oral, seminar format.
McMichael, who is also the academic coordinator of the UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic
Exchange, also included "social and cultural
knowledge" as crucial factors of a student's
success at Canadian universities.
UBC's International House is a campus
institution that does attempt to address the
need for cross-cultural adjustment, concentrating on social involvement and a peer
(buddy) system.
Though quashed by the Senate this time
around, one aspect of the admissions committee proposal that may resurface is the
requirement for students who fail the LPI to
take the non-credit "Writing 098: A
Preparation for University Writing."
The 36-hour course costs $245 and is
designed to help students prepare for their
LPI retest—a retest priced close to $80.
Another source of instruction in both
language skill and cultural aspects is the
English Language Institute (ELI). The ELI is
part of UBC's Continuing Education department, and offers courses ranging from conversational English to North American business practices.
While cited by Senate as a "valuable"
program, the institute has drawn criticism
for its prohibitive cost. Tuition for an intensive 12-week (72 class hours) English program is $3417 and does not include accom-
ON THE HOT SEAT: AMS ombudsperson Trevor Franklin investigates complaints against the AMS elections committee.
by Douglas Quan
If there was ever a time to attend an ;\MS
student council meeting, this week would
AMS ombudsperson Trevor Franklin is
expected to report on iiis investigation
into two dozen complaints about the way
this year's elections were administered.
Franklin has the ability to recommend
that the election results be overturned.
"It's probably the most grave and serious power of his portfolio." said AMS policy analyst Desmond Rodcnbour.
But in the event thai Franklin makes
that recommendation, it would still have
to go lo council tor a two-thirds majority
Undl council deals with all of Franklin's
recommendations. Elections
Aoministrator Chris Gawronski has been
barred from presenting tifc own report to
Contacted on Monday, Franklin said
he was still wading through a number of
"Any delay in this
process will not be considered in the best interests of the AMS."
—Trevor Franklin
AMS ombudsperson
"Did 1 expert that it would gel to litis
magnitude? .Mo. certainly not," he said.
But he said he anticipated that he
would be able to compile a report I>y this
Wednesday night's council meeting.
"Any delay in this process will not be
considered in the best interests of the
AVIS," he said.
"I understand the nuniiicjilions of this
Outgoing AMS president Vivian
Hoffmann said she wouldn't be surprised
if Franklin recommended overturning the
election results. But she doubled council
would vote to accept the recommendation.
Presidential candidate Scott Morishita,
one of the people who has. launched a
complaint against the Elections
Committee, said "there's quite a bit of evidence that I'd support recommending
overturning results for president"
Morishita claims thai the Elections
Committee improperly dealt with a complaint about his campaign posters.
He also wondered why there was such
a discrepancy between the initial ballot
counts for vice president and the final
New efforts to
attract Aboriginals
by Nyranne Martin
UBC's vision to" enroll 1000 First Nations students by the
year 2000 may be shortsighted say some administrators.
"I think that was a very ambitious number," says
Herbert Rosengarten, executive director of the
President's office, in light of obstacles facing First Nations
With a high school drop-out rate of 30 per cent, a high
school graduation rate of 33 per cent, and with UBC currendy estimating that only 450 First Nations students
attend UBC, substantially increasing First Nations
enrollment will be difficult.
"In our admission policy we look at
other criteria for admission and it's
more flexible. But the graduation
requirements are the same as for
anyone in any faculty."
—Jo-Ann Archibald
Director of the First Nations House of
Still, Rosengarten supports the effort being made.
"There's general recognition that in the past it may have
been more difficult for Aboriginal students to meet all the
conditions for admission."
In order to make things easier, a new Aboriginal
admissions policy that uses the university's rrilnimum
average of 67 per cent for entrance into first-year programs is being implemented. As well, First Nations students are asked to provide references, and to describe
work and community leadership experiences.
"In our admission policy we look at other criteria for
admission and it's more flexible. But the graduation
requirements are the same as for anyone in any faculty,"
says Jo-Ann Archibald, director of the First Nations
House of Learning.
As well, students applying to UBC next year can
choose to identify themselves as First Nations students.
Determining the exact number of UBC's First Nations
students and creating links between the students and the
House of Learning will help ensure none of the students
fall through the cracks says Archibald.
As well, First Nations students without high school
math and science credits can still enroll in UBC sciences
through an access program. "It's ayear of skill-building in
the math and sciences at the grade 12 level," says
Archibald. "This program looks at science from a First
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NUMBER CRUNCHING: Grade 12 students are now required to bring
graphing calculators to their provincial exams, justin berger photo
An equation for success?
They were once expressly
forbidden in the exam
room. But now in the
age of satellite phones
and laptop computers,
the use of graphing
calculators in senior
high school math
provincial exams
is mandatory.
by Justin Berger
Before they took a seat in a university lecture hall, over 90 per cent of
UBC students had to sit in long
rows of tiny school desks to write a
provincial examination for the high
school course "Principles of
Mathematics 12."
A pencil was once the only
instrument that math students
used in the exam room. But the
grade 12 students who write this
year's provincial math exam will be
required to bring a new tool: a programmable graphing calculator.
Proponents of this rule say that
the calculators allow students to
understand complex equations
more easily, and saves them from
drawing out graphs by hand—an
often tedious and time-consuming
"Graphing calculators allow
many students to better appreciate
and understand complex math
concepts. They improve math
courses," says Jim Nakamoto, a
math teacher at Sir Winston
Churchill Secondary. "I have not
found that the basic math skill of
students have deteriorated."
Others, however, like Kelowna
teacher John Siggers, find the
increasing use of calculators troubling. He says students' grasp of
fundamental math skills have
declined, and that this is due in part
to a growing reliance on calculators.
"I'm totally against the use of
computers and calculators in trying
to improve understanding in math.
It's just another tool, but the tool
itself has become the object of
attention, not the mathematics. It's
a gimmick. As a parent I'm very
concerned," says Siggers.
Unlike a standard four-function
calculator or a scientific calculator,
large-screened graphing calculators can be used to plot lines and
points on a graph, and to store formulas and apply them to equations.
The opinion of UBC instructors
on the use of these calculators is
mixed. UBC curriculum studies
professor Cynthia Nicol believes
that the features of a graphing calculator allow some students to
tackle difficult problems and
explore areas that would be inaccessible otherwise.
"You can ask 'what if questions
more easily with a graphing calculator than you can when working
on paper," Nicol says.
"But we still want students to
have a good understanding of basic
concepts," she adds. "We don't
want students using a calculator to
multiply 10 by 10."
George Bluman, the head of
UBC's math department, supports
the use of calculators in schools,
but cautions that many students
approach a problem by picking up
a calculator without thinking about
the problem first "The teacher in
front of the class and howthe material is presented in class is very
important regardless of whether or
not calculators are used."
Many high school students are
equally ambivalent about the new
emphasis on the graphing calculator. "It's useful as a tool, it can save
you a lot of time in exams, but this
year the ministry of education is
basing the math curriculum
around the graphic calculator,
which is not as good as using the
graphing calculator as a tool within
the curriculum—a calculator is just
a tool," says Vancouver Technical
Secondary student Edmund Ho.
Ho's classmate, Namneet
Sandhu, finds that the calculators
are hard to use. "I think the graphing calculator is good, but only if
you know how to use it—I have difficulty with it.
"You can always use it to play
Tetris [though]," she adds jokingly.
The cost of graphing calculators
range in price from $80 to $150.
While schools do give the calculators out on loan, students are
encouraged to purchase their own.
Dave Ellis, head of the math
department at Eric Hamber
Secondary, believes the expense is
justified. "I think students will be
able to use it to solve other things in
other courses. Per course it's not
that cosdy."^
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UBC lags behind in enviro audits
by Daliah Merzaban
UBC is a Canadian leader when it comes to cross-
campus environmental audits, but university
researchers say they're down to the bone when it
comes to funding some of the auditors' more hefty
Under the Environmental Protection
Compliance Policy, approved by UBC's Board of
Governors in 1994, department heads are responsible "for ensuring that all operations and activities
under their control are compliant with [provincial]
legislation and UBC policies."
And although most audit suggestions deal with
basic inexpensive housekeeping, some department
executives who spoke with the Ubyssey are concerned about the lack of funding for bigger issues.
They say that their departments do not have specific funds set aside for improvements and believe
the university is responsible for helping out.
Maureen Murphy, department manager for
Pharmacology and Therapeutics, considered a high
risk facility, says funding is her greatest concern.
"I have seen a cut in my budget for the past six
years," said Murphy. "It's a fine idea to go around and
say, 'Gee-whiz, here's the problem,' but if no one is
going to come up with the funding solution then it's
a waste of everybody's time."
Audits evaluate wastes, emissions, and hazardous materials and classify sites as either high,
medium or low risk, depending on the amount of
hazardous material being used. As well, faculty,
staff and students are evaluated on how well they
handle equipment and waste disposal.
Once recommendations are made, departments are expected to address the issues stipulated within six months, at which time a follow-up
audit is conducted. According to Mark Aston,
manager of UBC's Environmental Planning, so far
70 per cent of the issues have been addressed.
But both Murphy and the head of her department, David Godin, say some of the issues addressed
by the audits are a bit excessive and do not take into
account safety awareness within the departments.
"They say, 'You use chemicals so you must have
spill kits,'" said Murphy. "It costs several thousands
of dollars for what they think we need when we
don't have spills." Godin added that in his 25 years
with the department he has never witnessed any
major problems.
Marsha Lang, administrative manager of Earth
and Ocean Sciences, agrees some of the suggestions are not practical, but says that overall the
audits have been useful.
"They've helped us prioritise issues. In that
respect they've really helped us get things going,"
said Lang, adding that the audit of her department
didn't identify any major problems. If it had, she
says it might have faced "some pretty major" fines
because it could not afford to make changes.
UBC's audits are funded from a portion of the
$600,000 the university committed to environmental programs in 1997.
Aston says UBC's efforts have attracted recent
attention. So far he has had visits from the
University of Saskatchewan and the University of
Technology in Sydney Australia.
"There's a lot of universities that are looking at
how we've developed our programs in a proactive
way," said Aston, "and are trying to model their
programs on what we've been doing."
Over the next two years Environmental
Planning hopes to complete audits of all 370 UBC
sites. ♦
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Universities set to battle it out to replace retiring baby-boomers
by Douglas Quan
Canada's major universities have their work
cut out for them as they compete with one
another to attract 'new blood' into their faculties in coming years.
This week, the University of Toronto will
present its version of UBC's Trek 2000 vision
statement to the university's governing council for approval. One of the goals set out in
Setting Our Sights is the hiring of 500 new professors by the year 2004.
Positions are quickly opening up because
many professors in the baby-boom generation are retiring. There have also been new
positions created in the high-tech, computer
science and engineering fields.
According to Adel Sedra, U of T's vice president and provost, the university will be
launching an "aggressive campaign" to lure
professors from across Canada and the world.
He cites the ongoing "brain drain" phenomenon—Canadian academics moving to the
United States where the pay and access to
research support is much greater.
Sedra says the U of T plans to attract new
faculty with competitive salaries, housing
assistance and spousal employment opportunities. "One hundred and twenty faculty
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organize a union. Sessionals just like us at a dozen
universities across Canada have already unionized. We
approached the Canadian Union of Public Employees,
which represents sessionals at 11 of these universities.
Let's stand up for job security, fair wages and
treatment for all part-time and full-time sessionals!
First-year sessionals at UBC earn 20% less than
our unionized counterparts at SFU. In addition,
SFU sessionals receive benefits to teach just one
course a term.
has started...
It's time for us to have
a union for UBC sessionals.
Drop by the CUPE office in the Graduate Student
Centre (Room 305) to sign a card, ask questions,
or get involved. An organizer will be available from
noon to 1pm, Monday to Friday. You can also give
us a call at 224-2192 with your questions or
concerns, or fax us at 224-2118.
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Birds blow
big chance
By Sara Newham
There's still a chance, but it's fading fast.
The UBC men's hockey team was fighting for its playoff life this weekend
at the Siberia-like Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, and it came out with
one foot still in the grave. The T-Birds (7-12-3) picked up only one out of
four points during their home stand against the lowly Regina Cougars (4-
16-4), with a 2-2 tie Friday, and a 3-2 loss Saturday. This weekend's disappointing showing left the Birds four points behind the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns for the third and final Canada West playoff spot
with six games to play.
"I didn't think we played that badly," says assistant coach Jeff Watchorn.
"I just don't think we got a lot of bounces."
The two teams came out playing physical Friday, hitting each other
along the boards and in open ice. Despite excellent scoring chances, it was
a scoreless draw going into the second period. Regina, though, broke the tie
when a bouncing puck found its way past Trofimenkoff and into the net.
The strange goal seemed to rattle UBC for a few minutes before they could
reorganise themselves. However, before they had a chance to get the tying
marker, Regina scored on the power play to make it 2-0.
"They [Cougars] tried to set the tone of the game early pressuring our
defensemen," said Watchorn. "So we had to start holding our checks, and
then our wingers, as the game went on, develop [ed] some sort of an attack."
UBC came out for the third period refreshed, and after a number of
blown chances, finally got on the board at 7:49 when forward Geoff Lynch
took a pass from linemate Jason Deleurme, skated in on Cougar goalie
Karlan Ethier and slipped the puck past the sprawling netrninder.
"Lynch's goal early in the third really gave us a spark. That was the turning point to our game," said Trofimenkoff.
However, Regina was still leading 2-1, and time was winding down. With
a minute to go, UBC head coach Mike Coflin pulled Trofimenkoff for an
extra attacker. The tactic worked and Tom Mix managed to stuff the puck
underneath Ethier with 18 seconds left. But overtime settled nothing
despite scoring chances by Deleurme and captain Troy Dalton. So the T-
Birds took the tie, and the point.
"We really came out in the third, and played like a desperate team, and
needed to," said Dalton. "I thought we dominated them in the overtime. We
deserved to win in the OT." .
Saturday night, UBC came out look-   Continued next page
The women's hockey team has
played two games in the
South   Coast   Female   AAA
hockey playoffs without either
team winning. The Birds tied
the   first-place   New
Westminster  Lightning 0-0
Wednesday thanks to goal-
tender Lucie Fortin's fourth shutout of the season. Saturday, the Birds
played to a 2-2 tie with the Lightning. The best-of-five series resumes
Wednesday night at 9:15 at Queen's Park.
What a turnaround. After opening die year 0-6, the women's basketball team has now won seven of their last eight games after sweeping
the University of Calgary Dinosaurs on the road this weekend. The
Birds (7-7) beat the Dinos 74-65 Friday and edged them 61-59
Saturday and now trail UC (8-6) by a mere two points for third place
in die Canada West. Forward Jessica Mills again led UBC widi a combined 47 points and 10 rebounds. The Birds face the University of
Alberta Pandas (12-2) this weekend at War Memorial Gym.
The men's basketball team has a bewildering weekend against
Calgary this weekend. Friday, the fourth-place Birds (7-7) were upset
64-58 by the 2-12 Dinos, but Saturday UBC came out with guns blazing. The T-Birds demolished Calgary 87-34 for their most lopsided win
of the season. UBC is now four points back of the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns (9-5) and will host the 11-3 University of
Alberta Golden Bears this weekend.
Without playing a game, the women's volleyball team had a pretty
good weekend. The Canada West-leading University of Alberta
Pandas (12-4) were swept at the Great Plains-leading University of
Manitoba (10-3), and now UBC (11-3) has one fewer loss than their
archrivals from Alberta. Widi weekends against the Universities of
Calgary and Regina remaining, UBC can win the division if they
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Birds had the opportunity to move up against the Cougars, but managed only one point richard lam photo
from previOUS page   ing for a much-needed two
points. They had some
early opportunities in the first period, but once again it was
Regina who drew first blood, making it 1-0 just five minutes
into the game. UBC regained some momentum halfway
through the period, but did not receive any results for their
"We had a lot of chances to win tonight, and we didn't put
the puck in the net," forward Tom Mix explains. "Sometimes
a team gets 4 or 5 chances and scores three times, and the
other team gets 15 or 16 and scores twice."
Regina had two players in the sin bin to start the second
period, but the Birds' anemic power play failed to capitalise
on the Cougars' misfortune. The Birds' Ben Hoy evened the
score at 1-1 midway through the period, but unfortunately
for the Thunderbirds, less than a minute later Regina
regained the lead.
The T-Birds pressed hard in the late stages of the second, and continued to do so throughout the final frame.
Their efforts finally paid off as UBC once again tied the
game on a goal by Deleurme, which, like the first goal, was
set up by first-year forward Tom Zavediuk However, Regina
again responded to make it 3-2. With the seconds ticking
away, Coflin put out all his snipers, but this time there were
no heroes.
"We have no room for error now. We need to go away next
weekend and have success," said assistant coach Paul
Carson. "We need to go with a vision of four points,"
And when Zavediuk was asked what they're going to have
to do to get a playoff spot, he replied simply.
"Win. Have four more points than either Calgary or
Lethbridge in the next six games." ♦
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At long last, vindication
So Jaggi Singh is a free man. How about that.
Singh is, of course, everyone's favorite
activist. He also holds the distinction of being
the only one of at least 50 protesters arrested
during APEC who was actually charged. Of
course, he was the only activist to be assessed as
even a "moderate threat" by the Department of
It was a pretty big deal when Singh was
arrested. It was the day before APEC, and he was
walking outside the SUB when he was tackled
by three or four unidentified men, handcuffed,
and thrown into an unmarked car.
Once word spread of the arrest, two hundred
students charged over to the campus RCMP
detachment to demand answers. The response?
Singh had "assaulted" a security officer at a
demonstration two weeks previous by blaring
through a megaphone near his ear.
Sound outrageous? We thought so, too. That
arrest of Jaggi Singh was an attempt by the
RCMP to stifle freedom of expression and eliminate a passionate anti-APEC voice. And let's be
honest—Singh never presented any sort of
physical threat to Suharto.
Evidence of the RCMP's intent became quite
clear once the Public Complaints Commission
got underway and police documents were
released. They were worried that Singh was
going to make a fuss.
His name appears thoughout internal government correspondance. He was the "key
organiser" and was being investigated as an
"individual threat"
And now he's off the hook. How about that?
Of all those arrests, all those strip-searches,
all of those handcuffs, and the only charge that
stuck has now been dismissed. So as the RCMP
Public Complaints Commission blindly lurches
onwards, any and all complaints against the students that day have disappeared.
Thank you.
We said it then and we're saying it again now.
It is a sham. The sole reason Jaggi Singh was
arrested and detained was as a pre-emptive
strike against freedom of speech. Think hard
about that. In this country, your country, the
RCMP can target you as a "moderate threat," can
throw you to the ground and arrest you, can
determine where you can or cannot be.
How about that. ♦
Four Corners
Thank you for your article [Ubyssey,
Jan 26] on Four Comers' presentation
to the Alma Mater Society. I would
like take this opportunity to thank
Robert Faulkner for writing the article, and thank the AMS for their support.
It is understandable that Four
Corners' complex organization was
not entirely understood, and I need
to clarify a few statements, so that
our position is not misinterpreted by
your readers.
In his article, Mr. Faulkner mistakenly refers to Four Corners
Community Savings being able to
draw unlimited funds from its guarantor, the BC Ministry of
Employment and Investment This is
incorrect in two respects:
1. Our guarantor is the provincial
government as a whole, not the
Ministry of Employment and
Investment The guarantee exists to
secure depositor's investments, not
for Four Comers to draw on in any
2. Four Comers was founded with
share capital from the provincial government It does not continue to
draw on any unlimited funds from
any part of the provincial government
I would also like your readers to
understand that all of us at Four
Comers are very concerned about
our deficit situation and we are mov
ing towards profitability. As Four
Comers' representatives stated in the
AMS presentation, we are on target
with our original five-year plan. This
is similar to the time-frame the
national banks give a new branch to
become profitable.
All of this said, I would again like
to sincerely thank the AMS for the
support they have given Four
Comers Community Savings which
will help us achieve our financial and
social goals.
Jim Green
CMefExecutive Officer I Chair,
Four Corners Community
Adjunct Professor, Anthropology
and Sociology
Equity benefits
allot us
Mr. Brian Yeh ["Equity Improper,"
Letters, Jan 29] argues that UBC's
merit-based employment equity policy should not allow programs that
address the underrepresentation of
groups designated by the federal government—women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities, and persons
with disabilities. I wish to draw attention to the following facts:
1. The Natural Science and
Engineering Research Council
(NSERQ offers special funds to assist
university departments in the natural sciences and engineering increase
the number of meritorious women
in tenure-track positions.
2. Conscious of the disproportionate ratio of women students to
women faculty in UBC's Department
of Physics and Astronomy, members
of the department chose to take
advantage of the NSERC offer of
Mr. Yeh seems to believe that a
department that rejected these
NSERC funds would give him a better education than a department that
accepted them. To the contrary, I
believe that taking advantage of
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representation of meritorious
women faculty enhances academic
opportunity and experience for all
Shawn Kahn
AssociateVice President Equity
Belkin gallery
holds no
I would like to congratulate Sima
Zerehi and Nyranne Martin on their
excellent article 'Another brick in the
wall," about the Belkin Art Gallery. As
someone who has not missed an
exhibition shown on campus in the
last ten years, first in the old gallery
under the Library and then at the
Belkin, I can say that I am deeply disappointed with the type of shows
that we get at the Belkin gallery. I like
contemporary art and follow all its
meanderings both in Europe and
North America, but I do not think
that it is appropriate for a university
campus gallery to take a posture of
such exclusivity and snobbishness
under the pretext of showing
"unconventional" art. From an educational point of view it has obviously failed its function. Isn't it ironic that
with all the "unconventional" shows
that have been mounted in the last
few years, only the 19th century
Romantic painter Gericault made it
to the classroom. Obviously, the
teachers did not find anything interesting or instructive in the dozens of
"unconventional" exhibitions which
have been drowning us in the dreary
conventions of "unconventional" art.
Who decides what direction and
what exhibitions the gallery should
follow? Whose interests does it serve?
If it does not serve the students,
which part of the UBC community
does it serve? Or, judging by the
perennially empty halls, which part
of the community at large does it
serve? On my visits to Seattle I like to
visit the Henry Art Gallery on the
University of Washington campus
and am always delighted by the
eclectic taste of its curators, the liveliness and variety of their exhibitions,
and the number and variety
of visitors who throng to see them.
To me, the Belkin Art Gallery looks
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like a giant white clam shell, which,
when opened, has no pearl in it But
who knows, it only takes "a grain of
sand" for a pearl to start growing in it.
UBC staff and art lover
Undergrads? Ban
'em all
I propose that the Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery ban all undergraduates from its premises immediately
and indefinitely. Furthermore,
undergraduate access to the
Museum of Anthropology, the SUB
Gallery and the Fine Arts Gallery in
the basement of the Main Library
should also be withdrawn. I admit
this sounds extreme; however, until
this section of the student populace
can demonstrate that they are worthy of these outstanding institutions I
believe that all their privileges vis-avis the visual arts on campus should
be revoked. In fact, perhaps a city-
wide ban is in order. I hereby declare
that all UBC undergraduates are
strictly forbidden entry into any
gallery, anywhere in Vancouver. No
more access to Access, no more little
visits to Catriona Jeffries, no more
volunteering at the CAG and VAG, or
the Canadian Craft Museum, no
more partying into the wee hours at
the OR, and most of all, no more free
booze, celebrity-filled, all night revel-
ings at Belkin openings, at least for
those snotty nosed undergraduates.
Let's keep the joy ofVancouver's cura
torial and artistic genius to ourselves. UBC students don't deserve
the Belkin and all the good things,
that it, along with the many other galleries throughout the city, provide
As far as I am concerned we
should let the ungratefuls drown in
their Dali and Escher posters, and
whatever other pathetic Tmaginus"
paraphernalia they've got on their
walls. Until I have some assurances
that these snivelers know who Jack
Shadbolt or Stan Douglas is, until I
am convinced they can differentiate
between a Starbucks and a Sterbak I
will stand my ground. Let them stare
in wonderment at their photomo-
saics of Yoda, Jedi Warrior. They can
have it all. Shameless elitists like me
will keep the really good stuff for
when after the kiddies have gone to
I might add that I reserve a special
disdain for the Ubyssey in this regard
as reviews and notices about what's
going on at the various cultural centres across campus have been close
to non-existent. Perhaps if you actually made a serious effort to be in the
know about these things I could take
your criticisms a little more seriously.
Victoria H.F. Scott
Master's student
Ode to
You have just learned a valuable
lesson in life, Mr. Morishita: You are
not a politician. This fact should
make you swell with pride as you
now know what politics is all about.
As one who holds rigidly to principles and fights fearlessly for what is
right, you, my friend, do not fit the
mould of a politician. The bitter
truth of politics in our society (UBC
student politics is no exception), is
that unless you are willing to be
stripped naked of your standards
when you take office, you will go
down in history as a one-term wonder.
As a long-term employee of the
AMS, I have watched many student
politicians come and go over the
years. Each February, I dredge up one
more glimmer of hope—naive as it
is—that these young, idealistic, UBC
students taking office will show
strength enough to maintain the
same sense of integrity they entered
the political arena with. And each
year, I am disappointed to see how
quickly ideals are abandoned. The
lure of political power or another
term in office makes hollow even the
noblest at heart
You, Mr. Morishita, are the exception. You walked into the AMS with
your eyes open, saw injustice and
corruption, and you waged a war on
both. With no thought to loss of political friends or future votes, you battled for what was right. Although it
was not an easy year for you, I want
you to know that you have made a
colossal impact on the lives of AMS
Having grown cynical from too
much political spectating over the
years, I am happy to have at least one
positive story of the idealism of
youth. In my eyes (and many other
AMS employees), you may not be a
politician, but you are truly a hero.
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Ubyssey editorial unfair
I am disappointed in how the
Ubyssey has chosen to report this
year's AMS elections. Your recent
editorial "Send in the Clowns?"
especially demonstrates the staff's
lack of information and disregard
for the procedures of the AMS and
the Elections Committee.
First, the factual errors are particularly distressing. As the paper
put it, "the Elections
Committee may have contravened their own bylaws by
accepting a last-minute complaint." The persistence of this
groundless rumor continues
to perplex me. Aside from the
fact that the Elections Committee
has no "bylaws" but operates under
the AMS Code of Procedures, a
reading of the relevant section of
the Code reveals that complaints
are deliverable to the Elections
Committee "up until the results of
the election or referendum are
released." There is no statement
which forbids the Committee from
accepting complaints after ballot
counting has begun.
Also, the Ubyssey has made an
issue out of the delay in announcing results in certain races. Reading
from the same section of Code I
quoted above, one finds:
"Elections Committee shall deal
with the protest or complaint
before releasing the results." This
clearly shows that not only was the
delayed announcement not an
irregularity, but a required action
on the part of the Elections
Second, at every turn, the
Ubyssey has opted to sensationalise situations related to elections. The flippant disregard for
the work and decisions of the
Elections Committee, indeed
Student Council itself, is appalling.
Early on, the Elections Committee
itself brought potential problems
to the attention of Student
Council, and Council ratified decisions made by the Elections
Committee and reaffirmed its faith
in the ability of the Committee to
properly conduct the elections.
Unfortunately, after the Council
meeting, the Ubyssey chose to
report the elections as "tainted," in
spite of the open discussion and
Council's expression of confidence. It appears that controversy
and emotionalism are the mainstays of the Ubyssey rather than
well-reasoned, properly-investigated reports and articles. How
telling, too, that no article has ever
mentioned the campaign irregularities that involved the Ubyssey
The 1999 elections were conducted in a very open manner to
say the least. All compaints have
been considered, at length, by the
Elections Committee and formal,
written responses have been
issued. The minutes of
Committee meetings are submitted to Council so that all
may know the deliberations of
the Committee. I believe that
in every case Elections
Committee acted fairly and in
good faith to ensure the proper
conduct of the elections. No decision was easy, and the Committee
was often constrained by numerous factors outside of its control.
It is the solemn duty of the press
to ensure that all public activities,
especially elections, receive extensive and balanced reporting.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, the
Ubyssey has not lived up to that
duty. Send in the Clowns? Indeed,
with the Ubyssey attempting to act
as Ringmaster, what else can students expect but a media circus.
Christopher Gawronski
AMS Elections Administrator
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