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TUESDAY. MARCH 14. 2000
Trouble for sessionals' union
by Alex Dimson
The BC Labour Relations Board (LRB)
will likely recognise UBC's Faculty
Association as an official labour union,
according to Faculty Association
President Mary Russell.
If the Faculty Association is granted
this status, the union drive initiated by
UBC sessional lecturers last year will be
invalidated since sessionals cannot legally hold membership in more than one
union.
This development comes after an LRB
panel—organised to assess the validity of
the sessionals' union drive—canceled a
hearing originally scheduled for yesterday. The panel was slated to hear arguments from lawyers representing the
Faculty Association and the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE) about
whether the Faculty Association can be
considered a union.
The Faculty Association is an independent body responsible for faculty labour
negotiations with UBC administration.
All sessional lecturers are members of
the Faculty Association. Although it has
full negotiating power with UBC, the LRB
does not currently recognise it as an official labour union.
But Russell and some CUPE officials
believe that the LRB has decided to
reverse its position.
"The Labour Relations Board has
already indicated in a number of preliminary decisions that their inclination is to
see [the Faculty Association] as the
appropriate bargaining union,' said
Russell.
While CUPE officials have said that
they are unwilling to speculate about the
LRB decision, at least one, who requested
anonymity, admitted that 'things don't
look good.'
CUPE has been asking the LRB to
recognise an independent CUPE sessionals union, separate from the Faculty
Association.
The LRB panel will meet this Friday to
read     written     submissions     from
each side.
Aaron Doyle, a
spokesperson for
Sessionals Organising
Sessionals (SOS), the
group that initiated the
sessionals union drive
in January 1999, said
that even if the LRB rules
against sessionals, the
union drive shouldn't be
considered a failure.
'I believe that the sessionals would be better
off with an independent
union, but at least sessionals would have a
union. Before we started
our union drive, sessionals had no representation at all,' said Doyle,
referring to a 20-year
period prior to January
1999 during which part-
time sessionals were
refused Faculty
Association membership.
In January 1999—just
days before the union
drive began—UBC
administration allowed
all part-time sessionals
to join the Faculty
Association. Part-time
instructors accepted the
same offer in February.
Peter Lane, business
manager of CUPE Local
2278—which represents
teaching assistants and instructors on
campus—is also cautiously optimistic.
'I don't have any difficulty whatsoever
with the Faculty Association becoming a
union. In fact I would encourage people
to vote to become a union. I'm not sure
what the sessionals will be able to do
within that union because they are certainly a minority, but they will be given
some representation,' he said.
For her part, Russell believes that the
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Faculty Association can represent sessionals' interests properly. She said that
she regrets that some sessionals don't
believe the Faculty Association provides
them with an adequate forum for their
concerns.
'I would encourage [sessionals] to
become active members of the Faculty
Association,' said Russell, who contends
that the Faculty Association has been
dealing with a number of sessionals' con
cerns on an ongoing basis, and has negotiated two agreements for them.
j\fter holding a mail-in vote last May
asking sessionals if they wanted to
unionise, the LRB was forced to seal the
ballot box when the Faculty Association
and UBC first appealed the validity of the
sessionals' union drive.
Results of that ballot have not been
counted pending the LRB decision,
which is expected in the coming weeks.»>
Government to fund student loans
by Alejandro Bustos
National Bureau Chief
HULL, QUEBEC (CUP)-The federal government will once again
administer the Canada Student
Loans program after some of the
country's major banks walked
away from the program last
week.
Thomas Townsend, director-
general of learning and literacy
at Human Resources
Development Canada (HRDC),
announced last Thursday that
the Royal Bank, the Bank of Nova
Scotia and the Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce
were no longer interested in
administering the national student loan system.
The cost to the federal government, however, is still
unclear.
■Although federal officials cannot provide an exact cost for the
program, HRDC spokesperson
Gino Trifiro said that the govern
ment will have to raise $1.8 billion in capital to administer the
program.
But Michael Conlon, national
chairperson for the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS),
says that HRDC officials have
told him several times that the
actual cost of the program is $ 1
billion per year.
Until 1995, Ottawa was in
charge of distributing and collecting student loans. That year
the  program was  privatised,
however, and the banks became
responsible for loans.
The federal government
negotiated a risk-sharing agreement with the banks under
which Ottawa paid an up-front
five per cent premium on every
student loan—worth between
$50 million and $75-milhon per"
year—to compensate banks for
high default rates on loan repayment
The   Ubyssey  reported   in
January that while banks project
ed a 20 per cent default rate on
the repayment of loans during
the five-year contract, the rate
has been a substantially higher
29.7 per cent.
Due to this unexpectedly high
rate, Ottawa offered to increase
the banks' premium from 5 per
cent to 9.75 per cent—a value of
$80 million peryear.
A few banks declined this
offer, demanding a higher $ 100
million per year.
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After reviewing the banks'
bids, Trifiro said that Ottawa
decided to reject these requests
and provide funding directly to
run the student loan program on
its own.
"There was not enough tenders to guarantee a viable
national system of delivery,*
said Trifiro.
The HRDC will be responsible
for administering the loans
beginning August 1, when the
current five-year contract
expires. Some 450,000 students
every year rely on the loan program, which has been in place
since 1964.
Student reaction to the HRDC
announcement was positive.
"Our general reaction is to
applaud the federal government
for standing up to the banks and
not bending to their demands,"
said Conlon.
Kieran Green, communications co-ordinator for the
Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations, said students will
now have more input into how
the student loan system works.
"No student could access the
negotiations between Ottawa
and the banks," he said. "Now
we can be involved in the negotiations."
Green added that students
should not see the announcement as a sign that the student
loan system is in trouble.
"Our key message to students
is 'don't panic, this is not the
end of the Canada Student Loans
system," he said. "Come August
1, there will be money for student loans."
The CFS was also pleased
with the news. The CFS has criticised the privatisation of the
loan program from the start,
arguing that the government
cannot accommodate the banks'
wishes while maintaining student loan distribution as a social
program.*!*
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THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, MARCH 14. 2000   3
New tuition policy put on hold
 by Daliah Merzaban
Official approval of UBC's controversial
tuition policy proposal will be delayed
for at least two months in response to
mounting student criticism.
Policy 72, which would regulate
future changes in tuition, was slated to
go before UBC's Board of Governors
(BoG) this Thursday, when it would likely be adopted as official university policy-
But UBC Vice-President, Students,
Brian Sullivan said UBC wants to
address student concerns before approving the policy, and has decided to table
the proposal until May.
"This is a very important issue and it
will undoubtedly benefit from some further discussions, taking a little more
time to consolidate some of the student
feedback and give all parties at the university a chance to discuss it further,"
said Sullivan, who added that although
he supports the delay, he would like the
BoG to review the policy soon.
The proposal has come under sharp
criticism from the Alma Mater Society
(AMS), specifically because it would
introduce differential tuition fees at
UBC.
During a February Council meeting,
the AMS adopted a motion opposing the
tuition proposal, and requested that the
university refrain from taking the issue
to the BoG this month.
Commerce professor Don Wehrung,
one of the heads of the tuition policy
committee, said that the committee is
anxious to have its proposal go before
the Board for approval, but added that
he understands the need for further consultation.
The policy initially proposed setting
undergraduate tuition fees according to
the cost of the program per student.
But last week, the tuition policy committee—which has been working on
Policy 72 for over a year—modified the
tuition fee proposal so that all students
would pay the same tuition for a given
course, but the per-course fees would
vary between faculties. All first-year students would pay a standard tuition fee,
regardless of their program of study.
Although many AMS councillors see
these changes as improvements, they
criticised the committee for revising the
policy only one week before the BoG was
set to hear the proposal.
"I was surprised that they were planning on trying to submit [the changes]
three or four days before as a radically
different policy," said Jesse Guscott, an
outgoing student BoG representative.
Guscott hopes that UBC will use the extra
time to listen to students' concerns.
Current BoG student representative
Tieg Martin—who supports implement
ing differential tuition fees because he
claims it will make faculties more
accountable to their students—also
applauds the delay.
Although he believes it would be
preferable for BoG to consider the
tuition policy in March—while most students are still on campus—he said that
he'd like to spend time listening to students' concerns.
"The AMS has raised some legitimate
questions and I think the Board has
undertaken to pay close attention to
those if we're bringing [them] up for a
final reading," said Martin.
He noted, however, that because the
provincial tuition freeze that has been in
place since 1996 may soon be lifted,
UBC requires a comprehensive guideline for future tuition changes.
AMS President Maryann Adamec
could not be reached by press time for
comment. ♦
UBC-BCIT team
up for a biotech
co-op program
by Karmen Ho
A proposal that combines existing co-op programs at UBC
and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) could
allow biotechnology students to enhance their competitiveness in the work force.
The purpose of the proposed honours co-op program is to
"combine technical experience and training with education
in other areas such as management, production, regulation,
and intellectual property," according to a UBC Senate document about the new undergraduate program.
Bill Ramey, a UBC undergraduate advisor in the department of immunology and microbiology, believes that the
new program could help meet the demands of the growing
biotechnology industry.
Ramey explained that while UBC offers the research training that the industry demands, BCIT offers students technical
training necessary to excel in the field. UBC students would
benefit from more hands-on laboratory work during their
time at BCIT.
"Industry consultants have indicated that the program
would produce the students that they're interested in. They
have a range of experience, both in Ihe areas of science and
in the areas of commerce and regulation and writing," said
Ramey, who emphasised that writing skills are essential in
entrepreneurial development
Paul Barran, head of BCIT's biotechnology program,
agrees that the program will better prepare students for the
workforce, as well as offer a unique alternative for students
in each institution.
The new program would take five years to complete—the
length of a typical co-op degree at UBC. Students would take
regular science courses in their first year at any college or
university. They would then spend two years at BCIT, and
their final two years at UBC, gaining work experience in the
brocess.
Specific details of the program have not been determined.
The program has been approved by UBC Senate, and is currently awaiting approval by the BC government and a provincial review committee.
Barran said that although BCIT will continue to offer its
traditional diploma program, most students will likely enroll
in the joint UBC-BCIT program for the added experience.
This would be the first program to combine studies at
BCIT with any university. But Barren and Ramey agree that
this could be the beginning of a future trend.
"Other departments at UBC have expressed interest in
what BCIT has to offer," commented Ramey.
"Further collaboration between the two schools would
depend on the departments involved, however," added
Barran.
UBC students interested in the program would apply
through the regular co-op process. At BCIT—which has traditionally served students on a first come, first serve basis-
qualified students will also have to have an interview and
write an essay.
The program could be available as early as September.**
WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? It's a gigantic computer monitor, bosido an equally sizeable keyboard and mouse, in the field near
the Rose Garden. They are props for the hightech computer movie Anti-Trust, starring Tim Robbins, that is filming on campus
this week. The Chan Centre-like structure in the background is actually a daycare. Weird, tara westover photo
Students reject Coke deal
by Jon Bricker
 The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-Students at
McGill University have voted
against a proposed deal that would
make Coke the exclusive beverage
supplier on campus.
While over 5000 students participated in last week's referendum
during student union elections,
2690 students cast "no* votes.
Following the vote, rumours
began to circulate on campus that
the student union planned to challenge the legitimacy of the referendum.
But the rumours didn't stop
members of the "no" campaign from
celebrating.
"We sent a message not only to
administration but to Coke as well,"
said "no"-campaign organiser Phil
Gohier. "It's quite obvious we're not
extending a welcome mat."
Jim Turk, president of the
Canadian Association of University
Teachers, said he was pleased with
the vote.
"The university's response now
has to be 'under no condition do we
proceed," he said.
Students opposed to the deal
have   questioned   Coke's  human
rights record and criticised the
-secrecy that has shrouded most of
the contract
But while McGill officials say they
recognise the referendum results,
they are in no rush to scrap the proposed deal, which has been estimated at $10 million.
"We sent a message not
only to administration
but to Coke as well."
-Phil Gohier
"no" campaign organiser
UBC and the j\lma Mater Society
signed a similar ten-year deal with
Coke in 1995.
"The students have definitely
given us a message," said Alan
Charade, McGill's director of
.Ancillary Services and the administration's lead negotiator in the deal.
He later added that the referendum results need to be taken with a
grain of salt
"A small minority even showed
interest in voting on this matter," he
said.
Campus student leaders who supported the deal, meanwhile, were
focusing on their call for more post-
secondary funding.
aAndrew Tischler, the student
society president, said a funding
crisis is forcing Quebec universities
to look for more money in the private sector.
Tischler said those who supported the Coke deal were only trying to
make up for government cutbacks.
In response, Turk said that relying on private fimding sends a message to governments that universities can replace money that has been
cutback.
"It absolutely does let the government off the hook and at a time
when they do have the resources,"
he said.
Coke officials, meanwhile, say
they are willing hear the concerns of
students about the proposed deal.
"Our business is just about how
do we satisfy peoples' thirst* said
Coca-Cola Bottling Vice-President of
Public Mfairs Sandra Banks.
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Chief Justice visits
by Michelle Mossop
When it comes to the Constitution, the courts are
the referees, says Canadian Chief Justice Beverley
McLachlin.
McLachlin, who was appointed Chief Justice of
the Supreme Court of Canada in January,
addressed the role of the courts in a modern
democracy before an audience at the Vancouver
Institute's public lecture series at UBC on Saturday.
"They blow the whisde when governments play
out of bounds, but they aren't the players and they
don't call the plays," she said.
"Before the 1980s, the Canadian judicial system was mainly composed
of dealings with contracts
and torts, settling disputes
between private parties,"
said McLachlin. But she
explained that population
growth, increases in
wealth and industry, and
the introduction of the
Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms in
1982 drastically changed
the role of the Canadian
judicial system.
The Charter, which
incorporated a made-in-
Canada bill of rights into
the Canadian Constitution,
allowed the courts to
expand their role in the
lives of Canadians.
"Canadians were used
to the idea that the courts
could strike down law that
the parliament and legislature had passed, on
grounds that one had
stayed into the other one's
backyard," said McLachlin.
"But  now  laws  were
being struck down on the
basis of rights like freedom of expression, liberty,
and equality.
HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Beverley McLachlin speaks
to a UBC audience on Saturday, tara westover photo
good that rights are being expanded and protected
by the courts," he said.
But this additional responsibility to safeguard
the Constitution created a backlog in the Canadian
judicial system.
"Courts were deciding on issues that had never
before found their way into Canadian courts: abortion, euthanasia, rights for same-sex couples, aboriginal entitlement—the hst goes on and on," said
McLachlin.
Different measures were taken to speed up the
process of hearing the cases. By replacing the oral
process of applying to appeal with a largely written
process and with time limits in discourse, the
courts of Canada became more efficient.
As a result of these
efforts, McLachlin said
that by 1990-the year
after she entered the
Supreme Court—the backlog had disappeared.
Although McLachlin
stressed her inability to
discuss the particular
decisions of the court on
the grounds of impartiality, she did address some
criticisms of the courts—
mainly the notion that
since judges are not elected, they are unaccountable.
"Judges are accountable. They operate under
constant public scrutiny.
The courtrooms are
always open other than in
rare situations where
security dictates otherwise," said McLachlin.
j\nd Elkins agrees, saying that the decisions
judges make are public
and open to criticism.
McLachlin also emphasised challenges for the
Canadian judicial system as it begins the 21st century.
UBC pohtical science professor David Elkins, "If I can do nothing else during my time as Chief
who specialises in Canadian politics, believes that Justice of Canada I hope that when I leave office I
the public is satisfied with this role. can say that the rule of law in Canada is intact and
"I think, by and large, most Canadians think it's the justice system is respected."**
Dean: aboriginal women's equality
issues still "not well understood"
by Irene Plett
Sharon Mclvor is not afraid to
use the word "racism," even
when it comes to presenting
legal arguments.
Mclvor—dean of Academic
and Indigenous Studies and
dean of Business
Administration at the Nicola
Valley Institute of Technology-
spoke to over 100 women at
the Women and the Law
Dinner held last week by law
students in the UBC Women's
Caucus.
Mclvor, a partner in the
Mclvor Nahanee Law
Corporation in Merritt, BC, is
the first aboriginal speaker to
address the annual dinner.
"It was important to the
Women's Caucus members to
have an aboriginal woman
speaker, to raise awareness
particularly around issues of
aboriginal women's equality
that are not well understood,"
said Violet Allard, one of the
event's organisers.
Mclvor argued the first
Native Women's Association of
Canada (NWAC) case in 1992,
when aboriginal women wanted to have a seat at the negotiating table in drafting changes
to Canada's constitution.
Mclvor argues that there is a
continuing male dominance in
Canadian as well as First
Nations, political structures.
Gender equality, she claims,
is further undermined when
established organisations create their own aboriginal
women's secretariats, allowing
them to compete with aboriginal women's groups for government funding.
Mclvor said that the
Canadian Human Rights Act
must be changed so that it
applies to First Nations people
on reserves. Currently, women
or others experiencing discrimination have no access to the
complaint mechanism or the
tribunal process of the Act.
"Matrimonial property on
reserve is not subject to any
kind of rules,"- she said,
explaining that if a husband
decides he wants to move in
with another woman, he can
take his current wife to the
edge of the reserve and tell her
to go away.
"The husband generally has
a huge influence on the band
council. He can make a [Band
Council Resolution] that you
can't come on the reserve or
you're trespassing," she said.
Mclvor blames what she
believes is the male-dominated
band council structure on the
result of colonial pressures.
"It was against the law for
traditional [hereditary] chiefs
to be elected chief [of a band
council]," she said. "The majority of aboriginal communities
were matrilineal or matriarchal. Members of the community had great input, and decisions affecting people were
made collectively."
Mclvor said that she was
seen as something of an oddity
when she first argued a case at
the Supreme Court of Canada.
But she still has a long way
to go, she says, before she gains
the respect of the legal establishment.
"We have lost almost every
case so far. We have several on
the go, and I don't anticipate
winning any of those either."
Susan Boyd, Chair in
Feminist Legal Studies at UBC,
said that there is a diversity of
perspectives among aboriginal
women.
"It is only recently that mainstream feminist women are
taking on aboriginal women's
issues," said Boyd.<» THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY. MARCH 14. 2000   5
ews
briefs—
Student Court says
elections were fair
Erfan Kazemi and Mark Fraser did not violate
any electoral rules in January's Alma Maler
Society (AMS) elections, the AMS Student
Court has decided.
Kazemi and Fraser, who are co-presidents
of the Place Vanier Residence Association,
won the positions of vice-president academic
and university affairs and vice-president
administration, respectively. Because the
election centred on residence-related issues,
however, some of their opponents charged
that they were using their positions to campaign unfairly. AMS regulations limit the
amount of campaigning permitted within residences.
After the elections, Jon Chandler, former
AMS external commissioner and unsuccessful candidate for vice-president external
affairs, filed a complaint with Student Court.
Last week, however, the court's Prima Facie
Committee ruled that there was insufficient
evidence to support a claim that Kazemi and
Fraser violated any AMS regulation, or acted
improperly during the election.
The Prima Facie Committee will meet
tomorrow to determine whether any regulations or principles were violated by other candidates, student groups, the AMS Elections
Committee, or the AMS Elections Appeals
Committee.
Two more arrests
made on campus
Campus Security arrested two suspects last
week in connection with break-ins on campus.
The arrests, made Wednesday and
Thursday nights, were part of Campus
Security's efforts to stop a small number of
frequently-reported individuals suspected in
a number of campus thefts.
Campus Security says that these individuals have used claims of bottle and can collecting to gain unauthorised access to campus
buildings. The most recent break-in occurred
at the faculty of Medicine's D.H. Copp
Building.
The university RCMP detachment has laid
formal charges against the .suspects, and forwarded them to Crown counsel. The first suspect has been charged with break-and-enter,
the second with break-and-enter and breach
of condition—the suspect "shouldn't have
been at UBC in the first place," said Jeff
Bingley, operations supervisor for Campus
Security.
Bingley added that Campus Security's
biggest problem is with people not reporting
suspicious activities.
Drunk? Stoned?
Don't drive home
Any drivers among the hordes of drunken
students leaving Arts Country Fair will have
to contend with RCMP roadblocks on their
way home.
AMS Council last week approved the allocation of almost $4000 to fund two roadblocks on April 6, the day of the annual event,
held on the last day of classes.
Because the local RCMP detachment is
busy providing security at the event itself,
officers must be brought in to operate the
roadblocks, hence the cost to the AMS.
The AMS, the Arts Undergraduate Society,
and Counterattack UBC will be working to
develop a long-term funding strategy for
future roadblocks.*
Fair trade coffee in SUB
by Miriam Torchinsky
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Caffeine addicts in the line-up at Blue Chip Cookies
now have a socially responsible choice.
The aAlma Mater Society (AMS) outlet is offering fair
trade coffee until the end of classes on a trial basis.
AMS Food Services is trying to implement ways to
allow students to make ethical choices.
According to Lesley Washington, AMS councillor
and a member of the AMS Impacts Committee, fair
trade coffee is "grown on cooperatives, and made
under conditions where fair labour practices are monitored and guaranteed."
Basically, when you buy this coffee you know that
nobody's been hideously exploited in the production
of it," she said.
Nancy Toogood, manager of AMS Food Services,
says that there has been much interest in fair trade
coffee, and that she has received some positive feedback.
"We will continue [to sell the coffee] if the feedback
is good, and if we're selling enough of it to warrant
keeping it for sale," she said.
However, selling only fair trade coffee is not currently an option, according to Toogood.
"All of the coffee equipment that we use is provided and serviced free of charge from [Nestle], It's not
an exclusivity deal like Coke, but a small individual
fair trade company would not be able to pay for [the
equipment]."
"What we're trying to do here is the same thing as
with the [green tax]—just offer people who want to
make that conscientious decision a choice and make
sure that we meet the demands of all our customers.
Some people would prefer to make the ethical choice
and buy tlie fair trade coffee, and there are people
who don't give a damn, they just want to get the cheapest cup of coffee, and this way we provide both."
The fair trade coffee costs the AMS about 85 per.
cent more to buy, and costs students on average 25
per cent more per cup.
Kate Blaszc2ynska, a Blue Chip Cookies employee,
is optimistic about interest in the coffee, but is worried that the aAMS administration is not getting a clear
picture of how much interest there is.
"I work here five days a week and people seem to
be buying it, but I don't think that we're doing a really good
trial run. We're not keeping good track," she said.
Impacts Committee member Darren Haines is pleased
with the way fair trade coffee, the committee's first project,
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has been received.
"It's an easy thing to [implement], because it's a consumer choice. The more people we educate about what fair
trade is, and the difference between fair trade and other
types of coffee, the better," he said.«>
US school considers Ontario campus
by Jason Maclean
: the Varsity
TORONTO (CUP)-Ontario's government is weighing a proposal from a
private .American university to establish a campus in the province, drawing criticism from the provincial
NDP.
"This is a direct assault on
Ontario's public universities and colleges by a big box -American education
conglomerate," said Ontario NDP
Leader Howard Hampton said earlier
this month.
'We don't need or want a post-secondary Wal-Mart education for our
children."
The University of Phoenix (U of P)
is the ^American school in question. It
is a private, for-profit institution that
has 67,000 students enrolled on campuses across 15 states, and another
10,000 online.
According to Hampton, the school
employs three full-time lobbyists
whose job is to woo Ontario Premier
Mike Harris. And the Harris government appears to be listening.
'We are considering the option to
allow private universities to operate
in Ontario," said Kerry Delany, a
spokesperson for the Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities.
Delany said that government officials
have met contacts from the U of P and
other private US universities.
Hampton   notes    that   the    US
Department of Education ordered the
school to pay $650,000 in fines after
an audit exposed "system-wide problems" in student aid programs. For
example, it refused to return public
funds even after students had
dropped out.
The U of P applied to operate in
New Jersey but withdrew its proposal
in November 1999 after opponents
charged that it failed to meet the
state's required levels of library
resources and qualified, full-time faculty.
Hampton's real worry, however, is
that once established here, the U of P
will aggressively seek public funds.
"Once they get their foot in the
door, the for-profit institutions
become high-powered lobbyists seeking more money from taxpayers," he
said.
But the provincial government dismisses this concern.
"If private universities are allowed
to operate in Ontario, they would be
fully funded by private money with no
support by Ontario taxpayers," said
Delany.
But the Conservatives' promise not
to provide public funds to privatise
educational institutions is misleading, says Jim Turk, executive director
of the Canadian Association of
University Teachers.
"There are several ways in which
private education would end up being
underwritten publicly," said Turk.
Students enrolled in private universities would, for example, be eligible for interest-free government student loans.
Private universities, especially in
their formative phase, would likely
borrow resources from public institutions, including library and laboratory
materials and even faculty members.
Donations to private universities,
meanwhile, would be tax-deductible.
And zoning changes to accommodate private universities and related
real estate developments would produce a huge, non-taxable boom to
these institutions.
"aAll of which amounts to a sizeable
and largely unaccountable subsidy,"
said Turk.
But according to Turk, a greater
concern is the local establishment of a
private, not-for-profit university in
Ontario.
A coalition—which includes local
MP Betty Stevenson and former UBC
president David Strangway—is
attempting to create such a university
in Queensville, Ontario, to be called
'Wolfe University."
'This proposal is more likely to succeed because it is more politically
palatable than the prospect of a for-
profit university, but it would be no
less of a drain on public resources
and therefore no less a threat to public higher education,' warned Turk.
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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR: Dejected members of the UBC men's field hockey team leave the pitch after a season-ending 3-1 loss to the number-one Victoria Selects, tom peacock photo
Men's field hockey
year disappointing
by Naomi Kim
It should have been a blowout.
It was a matchup of the first- and last-place
teams in the Vancouver Premier Division men's
field hockey league. The number-one Victoria
Selects—a club team from Vancouver Island—versus the last-place UBC Thunderbirds. In the last
meeting between the two teams, in Victoria, the
hosts shut out UBC 8-0. And this time, UBC didn't
even have its starting goaltender.
In the first game of the league playoffs, UBC's
season was on the line. Fortunately for the Birds,
their defence defused the potentially disastrous
situation. But despite some inspired play in the
first half, they didn't have enough and lost 3-1.
However, after the game, the UBC team was not
disheartened.
"I think we played beyond our expectations..."
said UBC co-captain Darrell Yip.
"...coming out to the playoffs and coming out
and bringing our best," finished co-captain Dave
Morgan.
Playing on their home field, downtown at
Livingstone Park, the Birds jumped out in the first
minute to score against Victoria, which set the
tone for most of the first half. The goal gave the
Birds confidence and their strong defence protected their lead.
"We knew that we'd be up for the game just
given the fact that it was a playoff game," said
Morgan, not surprised that UBC performed so well
against a top team.
Near the end of the half, Victoria tied the game
at one goal apiece.
UBC goalkeeper aAndrew Schouten, in only his
second appearance in goal—he usually plays in the
left-half position—stopped the Victoria shots with
divse and chest saves.
"He did really well in goal," said Yip. "His technique is different—not great for field hockey—but
he stopped a few shots from going into the net."
Just into the second half, Yip had a chance off a
corner but the Victoria goalie smothered the ball
at the doorstep. Three minutes later, as Victoria
was pressuring the Birds in their own end, the
Selects used a penalty to score the go-ahead goal.
UBC failed to convert on several corners, but
UBC's defence held up to the Victoria attacks. On
one play, after a UBC corner pass was broken up
by Victoria and the ball wound up on a Victoria
players' stick in front of a wide-open UBC net,
Birds defender Steve Nield dove in from the left in
time to stop the goal.
But just a minute later, with time running out
on the game, Victoria scored a quick shot from the
left side to end the game 3-1.
"[The Selects have] got some really skillful players on their team," said Morgan. "I think the last
time we played them we were a bit intimidated by
them. This time we just relaxed. We knew we could
play really well against them."
"We played way more aggressive, we had way
more chances...numerous corners, but just couldn't capitalise," said Yip.
It was the Birds' final game of the season, and
Hash Kanjee, the head coach of the CIAU champion UBC women's field hockey team, was there on
the sidelines, not as a coach, but as a spectator,
shouting out occasional pointers to the players.
"They're a good bunch," said Kanjee of the UBC
men's team. "They just need someone to look after
them."
For this season, it's mainly been Morgan and
Yip heading up the team. Since a substantial number of players graduated from UBC's league championship team four years ago, Morgan and Yip
have taken the initiative to lead the team.
"[There has] been a lot of new guys," said
Morgan, "and it's pretty much been the two of us
trying to rebuild, keep things going."
Morgan, in his fourth year, and Yip, in his fifth,
will both be graduating, but believe they're leaving
behind a good base of players on the team with a
future that doesn't look so bad. Even with a losing
record of 2-12-1, Yip admitted that the team
"improved a hell of a lot," especially after a positive final game.
"It's never going to go away," said Yip about the
men's program, "but sometimes it's a little bit of a
struggle to keep it going."
And one of the struggles has been the lack of
funding. While the team shares the women's field
hockey team's need for an artificial turf field at
UBC, the men lack even more than their counterparts.
"We basically don't have a coach," explained
Morgan. "Sometimes Hash [Kanjee] comes out
and runs our practices and we have another member of the national team who comes out and runs
practice sometimes. We'd love to have a coach, but
unfortunately the funding's just not there."
"Hopefully we'll have more funding next year,"
said Yip optimistically.
While increased funding is out of the team's
hands, a new season—the Birds will start practicing at the end of the summer—always brings about
new goals. A coach would be nice, but a longer
postseason wouldn't be so bad for next year
either—and that may be well within their reach.*!* THE UBYSSEY » TUESDAY. MARCH 14, 20001
UBC strong at CIAUs
BASEBALL
Tim Birds wen; busy over the weekend, playing four
games on tlie road. UBC was on a four-game winning
streak after coming back from a three-run deficit lo a 6-
4 win over the Western Oregon SLale Wolves on Salurday.
The streak ended in a 4-3 loss, however, in the next day's
rematch. Playing against Lewis-Clark State College later
that afternoon, UBC lost 8-U to NALVs number-one
ranked team. UBC's record is now 6-8.
SWIMMING
About 100 swimmers—including several from UBC—representing 85 clubs competed at tlie Spring Nationals this
weekend in Etobicoke, Ontario.
iMark Versfeld was UBC's golden boy, taking first place
in tho 50m, lUOm, and 200m backstroke events. Mark
Johnston took third place in tlie 200m freestyle, and
fourth in the 400m free.
Jessica Deglau finished in second in the 200m fly, Ibr
which she holds the Canadian record, and won the
bronze in the 200m free. Marianne Limpert won the silver in Ihe 200m IM and added a bronze in the 100m
free. Kelly Doody finished fourth in the 400m IM.
The Olympic trials will take place in Montreal from
May 28 to June 4.
MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP
At the first annual Thunderbird Millennium breakfast,
over 1000 athletes, alumni, friends, and family gathered
at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre yesterday
morning. The event met its goal of raising more than
$500,000.
The event is part of a ten-year plan to raise $G.3 million for athletic scholarships at UBC. ♦
 by Naomi Kim
The men's side of the UBC track and field team had
high expectations at the CIAU championships this
weekend at McGill University, but the women's
matched the men's pace as UBC brought home a total
of seven medals.
The men's and women's team scores together
resulted in a fifth-place finish with 49 points—scored
individually, the men placed fifth and the women
placed sixth.
While the teams placed strongly and the individual
athletes competed strongly in their respective events,
this year, there was additional incentive to do well.
"There was a huge rivalry between the men's team
and the women's team," said UBC head coach Carmyn
James. Apparently at the beginning of the year, one
Birds assistant coaches made the faux pas of not saying much of the women's team while suggesting that
the men's team could place in the top three at the
CIAUs. The women's team took that as a challenge,
and, according to James, "they were practically more
fired up to score more points man the guys as opposed
to beating the other schools."
The team of 15 that went to the nationals consisted
of nine men and six women. Although the women
were outnumbered by their counterparts, and having
acknowledged that the men's team—who were also
ranked higher—probably had a better chance at a top
finish, they were pleasantly surprised with the final
results: the men scored 24 points and placed fifth,
while the women scored 25 points and placed sixth.
"We just kind of made a competition," said Birds
high jumper Sarah McDiarmid with a laugh, "but the
girls beat the guys."
aAnd together, the small 15-member team finished
strongly, with almost half the squad earning medals.
Despite its lack of facilities, the UBC team worked
well with its talent. The sprinters trained at Minoru
Park in Richmond, St Georges field, and the Student
Recreation Centre—where the team speed trains on a
70-metre-long strip of track. The high jumpers, who
last season trained on the rubber floor in Osborne
Gym E, trained in War Memorial Gym this year.
■And with this training, McDiarmid successfully
defended her national title with a jump of 1.80m.
"It's pretty sad, we can only do partial run-ups,"
explained McDiarmid about training in War Memorial
Gym. Essentially, she trained outdoors for only three
practices, plus a training camp in Hawaii. "I was hoping to do well, but I wasn't expecting to necessarily
pull it off just because of the lack of training that I've
had this year"
Kerry McKelvie added another two medals, finishing first in the 1000m and third in the 1500m.
aAnother strong finisher was Heidi Dunkley in the
weight throw. /Although finishing just short of a medal
in fourth place, her 14.41m toss was a UBC record and
a personal best.
The men's side, which was expecting a team finish
in the top five, did just that. Since the team was not in
top form because of injuries, and sprinter Laurier
Primeau's health was in question after he underwent
surgery prior to the meet, it was decided that the team
would only compete in select races—it would take
away potential points, but would also let the team concentrate on finishing well in a few events.
"There was a little bit in question," said team captain Steve Walters, "but when it came down to it, basically everyone put themselves on the line and we
came out with a silver [in the 4 x 400m relay] which
was fantastic."
The aAll-Canadian relay team of Walters, Primeau,
aAlex Inglis and Chris Williams capped their medal-
winning performance with a UBC record time of
3:16.83.
Williams added to the medal count with a bronze in
the 600m in 1:18.86.
Sprinter Grayson Shillingford also won a bronze
medal in the 60m, and impressed many, including his
coaches.
"To make it to the final is great, but for him to win
a medal was huge," said James proudly. "[.And] he also
set a new school record." He breezed past the old
school record of 6.96 in a new time of 6.89
In the longer distances, David Milne also won a
bronze in the 1500m and fourth place in the 3000m.
"For the lone numbers [of member on the men's
team]," said Walters, "and for the number of events we
competed in, [it] was quality."
And as for the women's team—it did well using
even fewer athletes than the men.
"It's great because they only had six members
themselves and performed extremely high
quality...You couldn't ask for anything more from that
side either," said Walters. ♦
Cutbacks end track and field team
by Naomi Kim
aAfter the CIAU championships in Montreal, it took
three separate airplanes, 20 hours, and a luggage
mix-up to get the UBC track and field team home—
and that wasn't even the worst of it
The worst of it was that the end of the season
marked the end of the team.
The 85-year-old track and field program will no
longer exist at UBC due to budget cutbacks. The
track and field team will be reduced to the track
team. But the cuts will go even deeper, cutting the
sprinters from the team. What is left will essentially be a middle-distance running team, an unemployed coach, and a teamless national-champion
athlete.
For head coach Carmyn James, the end of the
team also meant the end of her job. Accompanying
the news that the field part of the team would be
scrapped was her notification last June about the
unexpected termination of her employment
The UBC Department of Athletics could not be reached
for comment by press time.
James' involvement in the sport began when she was a
student-athlete on the UBC track and field team in the
1980s. Despite her obvious disappointment in the decision to discontinue half the program—which James has
personally worked hard to keep going—she felt a sense of
responsibility watching the end of a long-running UBC
program.
"Even going back to my athlete days," she recalled, "I've
been going to [the CIAUs] for 20 years now and so there
were a lot of memories. I was doing a lot of memory lane
strolling."
James said that she understands the financial constraints the athletic department faces, but said that ratting
back the program would not make much of an impact on
the budget Costs are relatively low because of there are
few athletes competing in field events and no training
RUNNING ON EMPTY: The UBC track and field sprinters (shown above in competition in the Trinity Western University Invitational)
have had a successful season. But along with field events, this program will be discontinued at UBC. naomi kim photo
facility costs. James adds that her salary is "peanuts."
aAlthough the last day of her employment under her
contract is March 31, it was, in reality, the day after the
meet in Montreal. aAfter 12 years of coaching at UBC, she
has no choice now but to clean out her office and prepare
for the final awards banquet
"On the other hand," said James. "I've been here for 20
years, which is over half my life, and maybe this is an
opportunity to move on to something bigger, better somewhere else."
During the Canada West and CIAU championships,
James said it was difficult to hide her feelings about die
end of the team—especially considering the situation for
some of the athletes.
Of the two athletes in field events, one was graduating.
The other, Sarah McDiarmid, a two-time CIAU champion
in high jump still has two years of eligibility left
After winning the bronze medal during her first year of
eligibility, McDiarmid took the gold in the two years that
followed, but the McGill meet marked the end of her UBC
high jump career.
"I was planning on continuing for two more years [of
eligibility] at UBC," said McDiarmid. "It's really hard
because a major part of my life is track and field...Next
year's pretty much up in the air right now."
McDiarmid, along with other track and field athletes,
made the decision to stay and support athletics in Canada
rather than going to the US. She is unhappy with the decision to "oust" the athletes who remained in Canada.
"It's a really touchy subject..because I think it shows
lack of respect," said McDiarmid, who said she felt competing at this year's CIAUs—the team's last competition-
was different from other years.
"I think it motivated me not necessarily to win for
myself, but to show them that this is what they [will be]
missing." ♦ 11
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room. Poopay soon discovers she has travelled 20 years back, to
the year 2000, to the first Mrs. Welles' room on the night of her
planned murder. Mrs. Ruella Welles (Laurie Murdoch) is convinced to go through the "communicating door" herself and she
finds the second Mrs. Welles, Jessica (Tiffany Lyndall Knight) 20
years earlier in 1980. Ruella and Poopay take it upon themselves
to save both themselves and the second Mrs. Welles from the
hands of the man who carries out the murders ordered by Reece
Welles, the cold-blooded Julian (played by i\ri Solomon).
"Julian is definitely terrifying. Out of his stillness comes an
explosiveness," says Ari Solomon
during an interview about his character, ^though Julian spends very little
time on stage, it is the constant fear
that Julian is one step ahead of
Poopay and Ruella, lurking in every
decade that gives the play its driving
energy. "My character is based on
/Anthony Hopkins from Silence of the
Lambs—that sort of quiet and still
character. There appears nothing to
be going on with him, but there is lots
going on inside him. He's also part-
Anthony Perkins from Psycho."
Ayckbourn's character development is very reminiscent of the great
master of the cinema, Alfred
Hitchcock. Ayckbourn fleshes his
characters out slowly during the
play. Although it's a fast-paced play,
the characters unveil and develop in
their own time. The audience is not fed the motivations and
backgrounds of each character right off the bat.
"Ayckbourn intended this play to be an ode to the film noir,
to the Hitchcockian genre but still have some of the thunder
and hghtning of farce," noted Solomon, a big Ayckbourn fan.
"He is a very prolific writer and he's had a big influence on me.
In fact, my audition piece for Studio 58 was an Ayckbourn
piece."
Sir Alan Ayckbourn is Britain's second most produced playwright in the world, only after the Bard himself. The director
of the Stanley Theatre's production of Communicating Doors
studied under Ayckbourn for five months in 1995. In his lifetime, and he is still going strong, Ayckbourn has written more
than 50 plays. Most of his work centres around complex
themes played out in popular contemporary subject matter.
In Communicating Doors, Ayckbourn continues his longtime
fascination with space, time, relationships and sexuality.
In the eyes of Ari Solomon, the play is not just entertaining, it also has many lessons to teach. "Ayckbourn makes you
think and he teaches you something: it's never too late to
change. We can't change time but we can change our ways.
Don't ever think you have to be content with your station in
life." ♦
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Organ-happy and full of sugar. Such were thee Goblins as they kicked
off the first of seven Vancouver Special shows at the Marine Club.
Vancouver Special is a compilation of the best in local indie bands,
set for release on Mint Records April 1. To commemorate the album, Sean
Raggett, the man who brought the album to fruition, put together a concert series. .And Friday night's show was a good way to start.
Thee Goblins were fantastic, as per usual, clothed, as always, in white I
bedsheets and University of Washington cheerleader sweaters. Highhghts
included a transformation into thee Gothblins (which meant black bed-
sheets) and thee Skablins
(which meant a trombone), a
stunning rendition of "Mario
Cuomo Works at Domo,"
and Nardwuar's swan dive
off of an organ.
Yeah!
Up next were
the Riff Randells.
Due to my friend's
inability to find
vegetarian
samosas between        ,     ,i m * .§
sets, I missed their   cit    tOG    /MCUli
intro, but what I
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saw of their short
set was sweet. A
marriage of garage
rock and the best
girly-girl shoutouts
this side of the
Donnas, the Riff
Randells mean
Rock 'n Roll.
In what was a very fleeting appearance, the Ewoks,
featuring members of Full
Sketch and the Riff Randells,
made  a surprise  cameo,
kicking out a quick ditty
before  sitting  right back
down. Too bad, 'cos the last
act of the night couldn't
even come close to their
eminently cooler openers. Though Pepper Sands did a
good job on "So Fine" (their contribution to Vancouver
Special), they were too reserved and sullen to fit in with
the rest of the bill.
Look for Marine Club shows for the next three weekends, with the album launch happening Saturday, April
1, at the Helen Pitt Gallery. Net proceeds from these
shows, and from the sale of the album, go to A Loving
Spoonful, a local charitable organisation devoted to providing nutritious meals to those living with HIV and
AIDS.«>
jTOrcS "narratives  and the activity of
Oy LiZ MclQOr unknown personae obsessed with
at Contemporary Art Gallery squiirelling things away as insur-
i in+'l Anr  q ance ol survival against anticipated
Unill Apr. O disasters." And I doubt that
this exhibition poses any
ica-Ann Dozois
eezies and rocks. Mere words fail me when I try to
escribe the current exhibition at the Contemporary Art
iallery. This puzzling modern art exhibition includes
ieces—a backpack hanging above a small pile of pow-
cheese with pieces of elbow macaroni stuck in it, a
of plaster and plywood with carrots and potatoes hid-
lderneath, a bag and raincoat hanging on the wall, and,
. a pile of rocks with some Cheezies peeking out from
it.
Magor is an established artist who lives in Vancouver
known for her sculpture and amazingly realistic sili-
iibber casts of real objects. The exhibition is intended to
tie issue of storage, why humans stash things away and
, Like animals, we have a need for a stash of emergency
as, but unlike animals we hide it in man-made struc-
rhis idea explains the use of junk food and root vegeta-
stead of nuts and berries and the silicone rubber casts
is, bags, and building materials, rather than their real
rparts.
eed, once I realised the rocks weren't actually real but
er sculpture, the exhibition immediately became more
ting. I was shocked at how true-to-life the rocks, straw
ad the backpack looked and how easily I had been
The food was real, though, as an intended contrast,
11 still highly doubt that this contrast "renders the man-
eality questionable," as the gallery's literature said. In
loubt a lot about this exhibition,
ubt the ability of a pile of powdered cheese to represent
i. I doubt the ability of a bag and raincoat to suggest
questions other than "what's
the point?" Though the idea
of storage and our human
compulsion towards it is
raised, the connection
between that and the piles of
food and silicone sculptures
is too much of a stretch to
spur any profound thought
on the part of the average
viewer.
The pieces do show an
amazing sculptural talent in
that they look convincingly
realistic.  However, that's
where the interest stops.
Regardless of how talented
a sculptor Liz Magor may
be, that gift is lost in an
exhibition that attempts to
make serious sociological
comments with piles of
processed cheese products.   Although   others
may   rave   about   this
exhibit, its meaning was
lost on me. In retrospect,
pass the silicone rubber
sculptures,    hold    the
cheese.»>
Life and a Lover
fat the Frederic Wood
Theatre
by Nicola TaYlor until Mar. 18
It was rather appropriate that Lite and a Lover, a play about one
of the most renowned female writers of the 20th century,
opened at the Freddy Wood on International Women's Day.
In Life and a Lover, writer Natalie Meisner imagines the private relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
as it is conveyed through their life-long correspondences. A
vibrant cast of Bloomsbury characters surrounds these two individuals (from which Woolf s husband, Leonard Stephens, is interestingly absent). Though somewhat stereotypical, each of these
individuals has a distinct individuality in their representation.
Drawing together Woolf s imaginary and real worlds is the
character of Orlando, long-rumoured to be a character sketch of
Vita Sackville-West herself. Orlando serves as a metaphor of the
women's relationship, and combines Woolf s real world with her
literary world. Unfortunately, the somewhat comic portrayal of
this character reduces its poignant role in the final scenes of the
play.
Luisa Jojic, as Virginia Woolf, is perfect in presenting us with a
frail woman who makes up for her physical weakness with her
strong intellect and passionate vision of life. Trina McClure is also
striking in her characterisation of Vita Sackville-West. Watching
her, the audience has littie reason to wonder why Woolf may have
been attracted to such a strong and sensual woman.
Meisner is a graduate of UBC's MFA program in creative writing and won the Canadian National Playwriting Competition in
1999, for this play. It is easy to see why she won this award. Her
play offers intelligent insight into the possibilities of the relationship between Woolf and Sackville-West, while effectively portraying life amongst the Bloomsbury group.
Meisner manages to balance equal amounts of fiction in the
concise framework and flowing structure of her play. The acting is
tnatural enough that it does not painfully remind you that you are
watching a play. I highly recommend the play to anyone who has
ever had a slight interest in the, work of either of these women.
However, I believe this piece would appeal to anyone, and it is a
wonderful example of the talent we are surrounded by at UBC.*>
No, this is a play and it has nothing to do with the candid globetrotting television show
of the same name. This play is about the Greenland problem. Yes, we have a problem with Greenland. It's too big. At least, it looks too big when we see it on a two-
dimensional map. On most two-dimensional maps, it seems bigger than South aAmerica.
In reality, it's no bigger than Mexico. Everything you thought you knew about Greenland
is wrong. The small certainties that disappear too easily are Lonely Planets concern.
Other than Greenland, John James Hong's production in the intimate Pacific Theatre
takes on disease, friendship, and why we remember the wrong things, while forgetting the
important ones. It is a subtle and tragic examination of the perishable qualities of modern
life. AU. the action takes place in a map shop in downtown Vancouver. But this is not a
Vancouver story. The shop could just as easily be in New York or Saskatoon.
Its agoraphobic owner, Jodi, played by veteran John Innes, contemplates what is to be
lost over the course of a human life. His constant companion Carl, played by Kerry
VanderGriend, has nothing to do but listen to his pensive friend and add his own brand
of manic wisdom.
The two characters are opposites. Jodi loves certainty, the stable and unmoving, hence,
a shop that sells the charted and known:
maps. The younger Carl's life is without direction; he has a talent for making up elaborate
ties about his occupation, when it seems he
has none. The unlikely pair's existence is
complicated when Carl starts bringing chairs
into the map shop without explanation. More
and more chairs come, cluttering the shop
and making Jodi progressively more nervous
and upping the play's absurdity factor.
Despite blatant references to Ionesco, the
absurdist playwright, the play does follow the
laws of logic, and the chairs have a realistic
and sad point of origin.
Though the play attempts to tighten its mood with comedy, it is at its best when it trades
in intensity. At the moments when Jodi and Carl face the terrors of disease, or reveal their
desperate attempts to run away from it, the play is potent John Innes' professional performance gives a convincing portrayal of the weary and fearful Jodi. Without aspiring to
be profound, his simple observation in the midst of disease, "no one can prepare you for
the fear," carries great weight When Kerry VanderGriend brings his Carl down from the
usual excited state, he also makes striking observations. "I need my irony," sums up the
cynical, distanced world that we find ourselves in at the turn of the century.
The very busy, Jessie Award-winning John James Hong has put together a convincing
production. The set itself smacks of attention to detail, a realistic showpiece in its own
right Tight lighting schemes accent the play's more symbolic aspects (i.e. the map of
Greenland), while adding to the claustrophobic mood as the play reaches its climax. Even
| the use of Joe Cocker's rendition of "I Shall Be Released" gives a seemingly absurd premise
[ grounding and focus.
Watching the trials of Jodi and Carl is an attempt to understand modern living. Their
[philosophising goes past an embracing of absurdity, and instead searches for a piece of
[stability to hang on to. But it's hard to start looking when our maps can't even make
I Greenland the right size. In the end, Jodi and Carl have to let go of their preconceptions
Sand put their faith in Ionesco, with the quotation, "We will leave some traces, for we are
[people and not cities." This intelligently crafted piece of theatre will bend your head and
iheart around many other moments of wonderful comment
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11
MISSION TO MARS
now playing
 by Greg Ursic
There are many questions
that have enthralled
humankind over the millennia: What is Truth?
Does God exist? What happens to that little light
when you close the refrigerator door? But since the
dawn of the space age, one
question has taken centre
stage: are we alone in the
universe?
Humanity takes the next
big step in space exploration when the crew of
the Mars 1 touches down
on the Red Planet in 2020. What begins as triumph quickly turns to tragedy when an
unknown force attacks the crew and the
Mission Commander only has time to transmit
one short, cryptic message before communications are permanently severed. Not knowing
what has happened, NASA quickly dispatches
another ship, but the nagging question on
everyone's mind is whether it will be a rescue
mission or a recovery. No one could have
guessed what awaited the crew.
The technical aspects of Mission— from the
crew training, to the space vehicles, to the actual science of space travel—are very realistic,
mainly because NASA acted as a technical consultant for the film. Even before the script was
written, the producer spent weeks meeting
with the people in charge of the future manned
space program to ensure accuracy. Too bad
they didn't give the plot this kind of attention.
Unlike Apollo 13, which had likable characters that the audience could bond with (possibly
MISSIONARY POSITION: "I know AirTransat is budget, but this is ridiculous!"
due to the fact that they were based on real people), the cast here is bland at best. There are no
standout characters, the dialogue is cliched, trite
and unrealistic and their interactions seem
forced. Consequentiy, the only thing worth wondering about is how they're going to be grue-
somely disposed of. Will they get the centrifuge
treatment, be squished by errant boulders or
freeze?
Although the underlying premise of the film
is interesting, the execution is horrible. Not
only does the rescue crew appear to be
cursed—I stopped asking myself, 'What could
possibly go wrong next?"—but you are expected
to make colossal leaps of logic, and not only
suspend belief, but forget about it altogether.
By the time the Aiiyss-style climax rolled
around (it didn't work the first time), I was
fighting to stifle my laughter. .And I'm not even
going to talk about the aliens...
This mission crashed and burned in more
ways than one.*>
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ROSETTA
now playing
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by Greg Ursic
Rosetta lives in abject poverty with her alcoholic mother in a
trailer park in Belgium. Rosetta's only desire is to get a job so
she can escape her circumstances and lead a normal life.
However, her desperate attempts to stay employed ultimately
work against her; whenever she loses a job (as always happens
because of the temporary nature of her employ) rather than
accept it, she goes berserk demanding not to be let go, erasing
any possibility of being rehired.
It is rare to find a movie that is intentionally repetitious, and
devoid of entertainment value or plot, yet several critics have
lauded the film for these very reasons. They speak of its Italian
neo-realist roots, its unashamed leftist leanings and unflinching
views of reality, and argue that the judges at Cannes were right
to award it the Palme D'Or. I disagree.
I think it has received accolades because it was the last movie
they previewed and everyone was so dizzy from the bouncing
camera work (which earned it the Variety headline "Blair Witch
Viewers Pitch") that they didn't know what they were voting for.
I'm only being somewhat facetious—many people (including
myself) suffered motion sickness and several audience members actually left because of it. However, that alone is not enough
reason to miss this film.
A morally bankrupt,
hypocritical oppor
tunist—she condemns
her mother for selling
herself for sex—Rosetta
is willing to betray anyone, or do anything
(even contemplating
murder) to get a job. She
is not a heroine or anti-
heroine for she engenders neither pity nor
hate. Consequently, I felt
nothing for her or her
situation. And if I had to
watch her change her
shoes one more time...
Unless you are a masochist or enjoy feeling queasy, miss this
film.»>
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THE JD YEARS: QUEER ZINE
CULTURE FROM TORONTO
at the Helen Pitt Gallery
until April 1
by Aisha Jamal
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si
The first thing that strikes you about the JD
Years exhibit at the Helen Pitt Gallery is the
unconventional way the exhibit of zines is
presented. The exhibit is crammed into a
space so small it is hard to imagine two people visiting and walking through at the same
time. The zines on exhibit are photocopies of
the originals tagged to the wall with pushpins. Hanging from the ceiling are five old,
worn-out T-shirts on simple black hangers.
The exhibit does not look like much, but once
you start reading the zines and get a feel of
the culture they grew out of, it is hard to
imagine the gallery exhibiting this show any
other way without losing the integrity and
aim of the original artists.
JDS was a hugely influential queer zine
produced and distributed in Toronto
between 1985 and 1991. The zine was created partially in response to the lack of queer
coverage in mainstream commercial magazines. JDS was produced by the famous gay
underground director Bruce LaBruce and
G.B. Jones, a Canadian lesbian artist. The
zine was born from the punk do-it-yourself
culture of the late '70s and was independently produced with the help of a typewriter
and photocopier. LaBruce and Jones drew
the inspiration for the zine from the gay porn
magazine In Touch For Men. The zine's producers stated in JDS' no. 5 issue
'Homosexuals, old people, disillusioned radicals, and unloved children: that's who JDS is
made for.'
Most of the articles in the zine cover queer
punk bands,  from interviews to  concert
reviews, but there are also articles on queer
artists in film and art. The zine published a
lot of racy photography, the first issue featuring images of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the
Dead Kennedys and Fad Gadget exposing
themselves on stage. Every month, the zine
would chose a 'Prince of the Homosexuals"
from the queer community in Toronto and
award them a T-shirt, a hat and a special
spread in the zine. The old, gruffy looking T-
shirts hanging from the ceiling are the original prizes awarded to the select few.
G.B. Jones, one of the main founders of
the zine, regularly contributed drawings in
the style of Tom of Finland. Several of his
original drawings are included in the exhibit.
Jones' drawings are mainly done in soft pencil with tom-girls as the subjects. A book that
accompanies this art states G.B.Jones' target
in these drawings of dykes hanging out on
bikes and in prison cells as 'the women-hating, Christian, non-tolerant, stupid, mean
world we live in."
On exhibit are also other earlier zines that
influenced JDS. A personal favourite is the
witty zine Dr. Smith. This zine only published seven issues in Toronto, between
1984 and 1987. Among its coverage of punk
bands, Dr. Smith included queer and camp
content. A regular section in this zine was the
'Smitheen" pages, which featured appropriate articles from teen magazines, such as
Donny and Marie Osmond fan mail and articles on Matt Dillon, Boy George and David
Cassidy. Mixed in with the gossip, Dr. Smith
also has useful information on matters such
as buying used film equipment and Super-8
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the Faculty of Arts and have completed at least thirty credits at
UBC. They must possess good communications skills, and be
reliable and conscientious workers. Their duties will include
offering assistance to students in finding the correct path to
resolution of their inquiries, referring students to appropriate
Academic Advising Office staff, and scheduling appointments for
Faculty advisors. Pre-employment training is offered and required.
Employment will be 3 to 10 hours per week on regular shifts of
between 3 and 3.5 hours, morning or afternoon.  Payment is at the
rate of $12.45 per hour. Term of employment is September 2000 to
April 2001.
Applications, including a resume, two letters of reference, and a
statement indicating the qualities the candidate would bring to the
position must be submitted to:
Ms. Wendy Trigg, Associate Director
Arts Academic Advising Office
Buchanan A201
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS iVIARCH 31. 14
THE UBYSSEY-TUESDAY, MARCH 14,
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TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2000
VOLUME 81 ISSUE 42
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING
Bruce Arthur
NEWS
Nicholas Bradley and Daliah Merzaban
CULTURE
Duncan M. McHugh and Jaime Tong
SPORTS
Naomi Kim
FEATURES
Tom Peacock
NATIONAL/COPY
Cynthia Lee
PHOTO
Tara Westover
PRODUCTION
Todd Silver
COORDINATORS
CUP/VOLUNTEERS Nyranne Martin
WEB Flora Graham
letters/opinion  Lisa Denton
RESEARCH Daniel SSverman/Graeme Worthy
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper
of the University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organisation, and all students are
encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the
Ubyssey staff. They are the expressed opinion
of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or
the University of British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of
Canadian University Press (CUP) and firmly
adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey
is the property of The Ubyssey Publications
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without the expressed, written permission of
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Letters to the editor must be under
300 words. Please include your phone number,
student number and signature (not for publication) as well as your year and faculty with all
submissions. ID will be checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of
The Ubyssey, otherwise verification will be
done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300
words but under 750 words and are run
according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey
staff members. Priority will be given to letters and
perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is time
sensitive. Opinion pieces will not be run until the
identity of the writer has been verified.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising that if the Ubyssey Publications
Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an
error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad. The
UPS shall not be responsible for slight changes or
typographical errors that do not lessen the value
or the impact of the ad.
EDITORIAL OFFICE
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AD SALES
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AD DESIGN
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Jaime Tong and Greg Ureie noticed, in Michael Ursell's copy of an old
Ubj*Biy-bam ana before Bruce Arthur') time—and way before Aisha
Jamal's lime, a small ad for FJeth Cardan. 'Oh my GodI* Michelle Mossop
FrMJiinWi, and bfrgan lo *irplam herself to a curious Tara Westover and Ales
DimutL "It's the want sa^vslssh-ioAporn movie I've ever seen.* Laura Blue
had teen il too, over at Daliah Msnaban'a house with Jessica-Ann Doaoil at
Nkaia Tqdor's birthday party. Thqr were Just switching dunnels on the TV
they'd borrowed from Lisa Denton, before going on to watch Duncan
McHugh's new Dim starring Mel Streich aa Todd Silver and Miriam
Tordiinilry ai Flora Graham, when ttusy saw this little paper mache venion of
Tom 'Grand Master No-Stash' Peacock doing some strange paper mach6 sex
thing. It was UknHcab Gordon, Cat Umw ■!■-■ Jjiriny Wwiilm. Pirpla.^ th*
trolled by Evil Empress Cynthia Lee. So Tristan Winch and Naomi Kim Hew
out there in their space ship, while Daniel Silverman and Nicholas Bradley try
to Mop them. It's so low-budget and it's Just so had. And don't even mention
that 'Morgan spanking Melanie" scene. Who knew a ceramic dragon would
smash to easlfy?
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Human Resources Development Canada
takes over student loans:
The best-case scenario
Banks, but no banks
There's something altogether too sinister
about banks. In a very limited sort of way,
we trust our government and we trust our
schools to be looking out for our best interests, in their own misguided fashion. But
banks—those colossal, smoked-glass monoliths that post billions in profits while happily cutting jobs—they re up to no good.
The whole thing—surcharges, loans, mortgages, RRSPs, you walk up to a machine,
and it gives you money, you go to the bank
on Monday and it's closed—the whole thing
stinks of conspiracy. So is it any surprise
that these same banks have pulled out of
the no-profit-no-way student loan program?
Frankly, no.
Let's start at the beginning. Back in
1995, the government entered into a deal
with the Royal Bank, the Bank of Nova
Scotia, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce that essentially privatised the
student loan system. Students said that it
wouldn't work. Handing over a non-profit,
or even a money-losing, program such as
the student loan system to the most for-
profit institutions in existence was  a
recipe for disaster. And five years later,
the banks have finally figured it out.
They're losing money, which, to banks, is
just plain unacceptable. So they're pulling
out and handing student loans back to the
federal government.
This is a good thing. It is, in fact, the only
sensible thing to do. Whether or not the
program will change drastically under government control is debatable—some argue
that the government will loosen the measures placed on students by the banks,
such as outlawing bankruptcy claims and
the implementation of credit checks—but
it's hard to argue that the banks have more
incentive to encourage post-secondary
enrolment and accessibility than does the
government. After all, why should the
banks really care if we get an education?
So this is good. Five-year contracts don't
work with student loans—the default rates
in the short term are high (29 per cent over
the last five years) but the eventual repayment rates are excellent (95 per cent). So a
long-term approach is pretty much the only
approach. The government may not be
your best friend, but at least it responds to
all those polls citing education as a priority. Splitting responsiblity for student loans
with banks—this was never a viable option.
So the government is now in charge.
This is good—but it's not perfect. Having
the government running the loan program
opens the system up to a whole new set of
concerns—bureaucratic incompetence (we
should point out that the program will be
administered by Human Resources and
Development Canada, whose embattled
leader is one Jane Stewart—who handed
out some $ 1 billion in job grants and lost
track of where the money went), funding
cuts to the program, and endless squabbling between the feds and the provinces.
Now that the government has the
money behind 450,000 students in its
hands, we need to make sure that it lives
up to all its claims to caring about education. If the government can run the system
efficiently and provide students with the
money we need, and not 'lose* it in a pile
of paperwork, then we'll be even happier.
Here's hoping. ♦
Statistics are
subjective
I was disappointed by what I
must assume are shock tactics in
your March 7 frontpage caption.
Referring to the Clothesline
Project, put on by the UBC
Women's Centre, the statistics
are given that one out of three
Canadian women are beaten
every week!
While it is important that violence against women (or any
minority group) be brought out
into the open immediately, I feel
that it is irresponsible fdr a publication like the Ubyssey to fan
the flames of what, at times, borders on the edge of hysteria
regarding 'the danger of the
patriarchal system.*
Through repetition of such
extreme (inflated) figures,
women are informed of the dan
gers, but at the same time, often
become petrified into powerless
victimdom. When female
acquaintances complain of the
impossibility of walking to the
SUB from Koerner Library at
6:30pm because they have had it
pounded into their skulls that
one in four women are raped in
their lifetime. Publications that
repeat such figures must take a
look at their social responsibility.
This should especially be done if
the "definition* of rape in the
survey actually included in the
definition of rape (in the fine
print) 'verbal sexual abuse* such
as, but not limited to, calls of
'nice ass, honey.'
The fact that such surveys can
have such strong effects oh the
public necessitates that the
media examine the exact parameters used by 'researchers*
who supplies us with these numbers. Newspapers must be sure
that the facts and figures they
'inform* with are never subjective distortions that support the
cause of some special interest
group.
So, how about an appeal for
disclosure of the exact criteria
used in polls that determine
rates of incidence of abuse, rape,
racism, or what other social ills
are caused by (assumably) the
white male superstructure?
Perhaps I am far too innocent as
to what is going on in the world,
the naive product of far-too innocent Westside living. Still, the statistic of 33 per cent of women
abused every week in Canada,
makes me severely question
whether the definition of 'beaten* taken by the UBC Women's
Centre could be so wide as to
include "beaten down by the
weather,* "beaten down by ambition,* or "beaten by the bell."
Ben Ellison
Faculty of Graduate Studies
AMS needs to
"quit screwing
around"
I think the a^hna Mater Society
(AMS) should quit screwing
around with our student fees
and let us make our own choices. I ride my bike to school and
I don't need another AMS plan
shoved down my throat for a
bus pass. (Read: forced dental
insurance.)
Maybe they could offer
another opt-out program where
only people who had cars had a
choice of opting out?
Maybe the Ubyssey will get
off its lazy ass and cover this
issue before the referendum is
here?
ToddSorbo
UBC student THE UBYSSEY »TUESDAY. MARCH 14. 2000
15
BC Lions sign Singh
The Ubyssey
 by Naomi Kim
a4s a young child, Akbal Singh watched the BC Lions
and dreamed of playing for them. And as of
Thursday, March 9, he is one step away of making
that dream a reality after signing with the Lions.
Singh was drafted lastyear by the BC Lions in the
sixth round, 42nd overall, but the organisation felt
it would be in his best interest to return to UBC for
one more year.
"I really wanted to come into camp last year
just to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into,
but that didn't happen," said
Singh. But he admitted, "it actually worked out [to be better] for
me to do that just because I had
a better year here than I did the
year before."
He put up his best numbers in
his four years at UBC with a
school-record 1646 yards rushing
on 220 carries for nine touchdowns. He leads the CIAU in rushing yards and also broke the UBC
record for total offence.
aAlthough Singh has been
signed, he is not a Lion yet He will
be one of among approximately
70 hopefuls reporting to training
camp on June 10. The Lions will
keep about 50 of those players, will travel with a roster of 37 to 40 players, and will keep about five
names on the practice roster. But Singh is aware of
his chances and is just happy that he has the opportunity to prove himself at a higher level.
"I'm in for some tough competition," said Singh.
"The BC Lions squad is a veteran squad...It's going
to be really hard to try and make this team but
nonetheless, I feel like I can contribute to the team
in any way to either be special teams or just playing
tailback or whatever they'd want me to do."
But as far as his performance has gone so far, he
ROARING? UBC's Akbal Singh
signed with the BC Lions last week,
but he isn't a Leo just yet. richard
LAM/UBYSSEY RLE PHOTO
certainly has done enough to attract the interest of
the Lions.
"We know he's a good college player," said Neil
McEvoy of BC Lions Media Relations/Football
Operations. "Whether he is able to step up to the
next level, hopefully he does, but time will tell. So
we're bringing him in into camp hoping that he will
make the team."
aAmong the challenges that Singh will face aside
from competition is the transition from university to
professional football. Learning the extensive Lions
playbook—which McEvoy likens to a phonebook-
will be a difficulty, but McEvoy said
it's partly up to the player having a
good attitude, capacity to learn quickly, and of course, ability on the field.
McEvoy is aware that Singh is
"very fast, [and] has very good athletic ability," but at 57", his stature will
make it tougher, although not impossible to succeed. McEvoy pointed to
the success of other smaller players
on the team, such as Jimmy
Cunningham, the Lions' top kick and
punt returner.
"[Singh] is a little small but..it's
not the size that always counts."
Of advantage to Singh is that he is
a Vancouver native. In the CFL, each
team needs to have 17 Canadian
players on the team. In addition to Singh and four
other players, the Lions also signed Simon Fraser
University alumnus and CFL veteran Sean
Millington as a fullback Monday.
And although the possibility remains that he may
not make the cut, as a free agent, Singh—who still
has one course left in his geography degree and one
year of eligibility left—won't likely be back at UBC.
"The likelihood of me coming back next year
[to UBC] is...nil," said Singh. "I think I've accomplished what I needed to do and it's time for me
to move on."<*
is looking for a few good people to fill the following
positions for the 2000-2001 publishing year
editorial board
Coordinating Editor       news Editors (2)
Copy/volunteers Editor   photo Editor
culture editor sports editor
culture editor
Features editor
production Manager
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i due up by Monday, March 20 at
5pm. Voting will take place from Monday, March 17
to Sunday, April 3. Voters must be Ubyssey staff members in good standing. Please contact Bruce Arthur at
822.2301 if you have any questions
Start.
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Honourable Graeme Bowbrick,
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