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UBC's new Pres talks
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Strip club brawl sends students to hospital
by Joseph Lambert and Gina Stack
The Dalhousie Gazette
HALIFAX (CUP)-Two Dalhousie University
students were sent to hospital following a
bar brawl with bikers at a local strip club.
One student required 27 stitches to his
face, while the other received five stitches.
Doctors say the injuries were caused by
more than just fists.
The fight was prompted by a student
who jumped on the stage during an intermission. With encouragement from his
friends, he danced and removed his
Upon exiting the stage, he and other students were confronted by the bar's manager and bikers who "got into a huddle around
them," said one sober patron.
In response to the manager's request to
leave, one student asked, "Why?" and was
met by the fists of a goateed biker who,
according to the sober patron, "went
"Chairs and tables were flying," said
another student..
The students were all residents of Howe
Hall. While the event was not an official
frosh event, many students involved with
first year activities were in attendence, said
Howe Hall president Shawn Key.
Key said he feels badly about what happened to the students.
"It was pure, senseless violence. Rumour
has it [the bikers] were Hell's Angels, but we
don't know and the police didn't seem to
One student at the club said the fight was
unexpected as most patrons appeared to
enjoy the drunken dancing performance.
He said the spontaneity of the attack made
it "totally unfair" for the Howe Hall residents.
Several frosh squad members in attendance tried to free their fellow students
from the melee, but they were restrained by
bouncers, said one student.
"By the way the bouncer held me by the
throat, it looks as if the bouncer and the
[bikers] were friends," observed a squad
One student managed to return to the
bar, and upon entrance he was told: "We'll
fucking stab your ass."
Key said a valuable lesson" has been
learned by the residents. "The guys
involved have the same attitude; they're not
ever going to go back [to that strip club]."
Police could not be reached for comment. ♦
Proposed booze policy
could hurt beer gardens
by Michael McGowan
UBC administrators have had booze on their minds lately.
The university has developed a policy on serving alcohol
and drinking on campus, but the plan leaves key details and
regulations unclear.
Student leaders and beer garden organisers are worried
the proposed policy—likely to go before UBC's Board of
Governors for approval this fall—could leave them with a
serious hangover.
At a council meeting last week, Jenny Chen, the AMS
director of adrrrinistration, outlined the policy for council.
Right now the policy applies to all events where alcohol
is served on university premises, and doesn't make specific exceptions for events in the SUB or in fraternity houses.
Critics say a requirement that "Substantial, sufficient
food (not just snacks) must be available throughout the
event" could be a problem.
"What is substantial food," Chen told the Ubyssey. "Is it
chips and pretzels or is it hot dogs, hamburgers and potato
"Right now we're going around to constituencies asking
just how feasible serving food actually is. A lot run these
events on a break even basis so substantial food may not be
financially feasible for these student groups," she said.
Chen wants the SUB, which is run by the AMS, to be
specifically exempt from the plan.
Desmond Rodenbour, the AMS policy analyst, agreed the
student union has some problems with the policy. "The vast
majority of it is rational/ said Rodenbour. "However, there
are some subtle points that the AMS is going to respond to."
One of those points, according to Rodenbour, renewed
in the proposed policy, is the current requirement that
groups wanting to hold events involving liquor must get
their dean's permission.
"Our goal is to make sure that students will not be arbitrarily refused from holding a special event that involves
liquor. That said, we would also like to see a certain guarantee that if we uphold the policy, whether it be the students, a faculty, or whoever, that events will be given
But Dennis Pavlich, UBC's associate vice president of
legal affairs, said the proposed policy isn't an attempt to
turn UBC students into teetotallers.
"We were not in any way trying to clamp down on student drinking. What we wanted to do [with the new policy]
was to heighten awareness of the problems that arise from
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The streets of downtown Vancouver were ringing with
chants, whisdes and noisemakers Saturday as 3000
women gathered together to "Take Back the N-ght"
Women of all ages, races and lifestyles rallied on tlie
steps of the Vancouver "Art Gallery to wage a peaceful
protest in support of the women's liberation movement
and in an effort to raise awareness about male violence
against women.
A protective circle of women surrounded tlie
perimeter ofthe gathering area to ensure that men didn't enter the women-only event, an act symbolic of tlie
evening which united females in fighting for a common
A representative from the Canadian Federation of
Students called for women to "join the movement and
fight together against men's tactics."
"We're fed up," said Tamara Gorin of the Vancouver
Rape Relief Centre. "We should no longer take any more
shit from men."
Organisers said the event was not anti-man; however,
speakers and participants alike took a firm stand on the
issue that men are entirely to blame for their acts of violence.
- "Yes-rfieans yes and-no means no," was a common sentiment One.pai-ticipant said she hopes there will come a
time when she can wear whatever she wants and look at
whomever she wants without having to worry about the
Despite-the ram, the crowd marched for twelve blocks
through downtown's main streets with deafening enthusiasm. The ataiosphere was almost parade-like with walkers beating drums and shaking tambourines in accompaniment to the chanting. Many passersby on the sidewalks
were in full support of the women's message. Drivers
honked their horns to urge on the lively mass.
The route took the participants down Georgia and up
Granville, past nightclubs and bars, then down Robson
past trendy boutiques and restaurants. The walk finished
at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
"This is so amazing," said one participant. "I like the
idea of several thousand women walking together at night.
to prove a point," said another.
The walk was inspired by informal women's liberation
protests that took place in the 19 70s. Today it is an annual walk held throughout North America in which thousands of women participate.
Organisers like Gorin hope participation next year will
be double, this year's. "Our lives are at stake and we won't
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Memorial says no to Baptists
by Michael Connors
The Muse
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-Memorial University
(MUN)'s governing body on academic matters
has voted not to accept transfer credits from a
Baptist university in New Brunswick.
The Moncton-based Atlantic Baptist
University (ABU) had requested that MUN
recognise its courses for transfer credits. MUN
requires that an institution be a member ofthe
Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada (AUCC), a nation-wide body representing 88 universities and colleges, in order to be
recognised for transfer credits. ABU is not a
ABU asked that Memorial make an exception on the basis that it is
individually recognized by
other Atlantic universities
who are AUCC members.
Glenn Collins, MUN's registrar, said the Senate considered the matter in light
of a debate it had on Bible
colleges in 1994.
"The Senate debated
the general question,
'Should we recognise Bible colleges for transfer credits?' And the decision that Senate took
was no we should not," Collins said. "It was
based on a couple of reasons, largely because
most of these colleges require a statement of
faith from their professors, [and] most of them
don't conduct research."
Collins said there was an impression
among many Senators that a statement of faith
can, coupled with a lack of research responsibilities, negatively impact on the quality of
courses taught at an institution.
But Seth Crowell, ABU's registrar, disagrees
because he says ABU is not a Bible college.
Although his university's mission statement
promises to provide a "Christ-centred" learning environment, Crowell says students and
faculty are not required to conform to any religious faith.
While Crowell acknowledges that the religious basis of an institution might affect the
way courses are taught, he says secular institutions are no different.
"I guess I would argue that every ideology
has to struggle with that to some extent,"
Crowell said. "I wouldn't want to suggest at all
that there wouldn't be an issue where an individual's faith doesn't have a way of colouring
perspective, but no more so than if I was a
Marxist or a feminist or a conservative or a liberal. And professors are allowed to have those
The decision that Senate took was...based
on a couple of reasons, largely because
most of these colleges require a statement
of faith from their professors, [and] most
of them don't conduct research.
Glenn Collins
Memorial University Registrar
ABU is privately owned by the Baptist
Churches of Atlantic Canada, and has been
recognised as a degree-granting institution
by the New Brunswick government since the
early '80s. It last inquired about AUCC membership five years ago, but was turned down
because the association had placed a temporary moratorium on all new members while
it was doing a periodic review of its membership policy.
Crowell says ABU has not looked into membership since then, but will probably investi
gate it again in the near future.
Until such time, MUN's position on ABU
will remain the same, Collins said.«>
used to be referred to as the "iron fist ofthe AMS," since it
was the organisation that stepped in if o club function required a
police presence to prevent a riot. (MOTS.-IMAGINE THAT!)
SAC regulates bookings and security in SUB, and spends most
of its time dealing with the needs of over 1 80 clubs.
Vice Chair (SAC Secretary) Art Gallery Commissioner
Constituency Commissioner Clubs Commissioner
Special Projects Commissioner Commissioner At-farge
Building & Security Commissioner
UNIVERSITY COMMISSION:   deals with on-campus
issues such as housing, academics, safely, daycare, and
University policies through lobbying and recommendations.
Academic Issues Commissioner
Dissabilities Issues Commissioner
Commmissioners at Large (2)
ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR:  is responsible for
conducting the annual AMS Executive Elections in January
and chairing the Elections Committee.   Requires an intensive
time commitment during January (up to 30 hours per week),
but little during the rest of the year.   Note, due to the political
nature of elections, the EA cannot hold any elected or appointee
position in the AMS or Constituencies
ELECTIONS CQMMITTFF:  is responsible for conducting
the annual AMS Executive Elections in January.   Requires an
intensive time commitment during January, but little during the
rest of the year.   Note: due to the political nature of elections, the
members of the Elections Committee cannot hold any elected or
appointed position in the AMS or Constituencies.
Chief Returning Officer       Deputy Returning Officer
2 members-at-large
the Communications Cord, and is responsible for helping to
improve campus communications, designing promotional
materials and organising special events.
Several at-large members
Detailed descriptions for all of ihe following positions are
posted on the main concourse of SUB and available, along
with application forms, from AMS Volunteer Services and the
AMS Executive Offices, SUB 238.
EXTERNAL COMMISSION: is responsible for lobbying
various governments on issues such as post-secondary
education funding, universal access and student loans. Also
liaises with other student societies and organisations across
Canada and around the world.
Commissioners At-Large (3)
VICE CHAIRS assist the Executive (the student society that
you elect) that chairs the respective commission and handle
the administrative details of the commission, from planning
meetings to coordinating the activities of the commissioners.  Applicants should have excellent leadership skills and
organisational abilities.   Time commitment is approximately
fifteen (15) hours per week, including holding regular office
for th
procedural nuts and bolts that hold the AMS together,
committee is responsible for making recommendations
amendment of the AMS Code of Procedure and related
matters. 2 members-at-large
Information regarding honouraria and benefits may be
directed to AMS Executives responsible for individual
commissions and position.
TUES OCTOBER 14,1997 AT4.00 PM.
Please direct all inquiries and applications to:
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Student Union Building
Phone:  822-4403 Pager:   650-4374 THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30,1997 .
APEC sides oceans apart
by Todd Silver
APEC Alert, an organisation widely known for its protests
around the Goddess of Democracy, put away its paintbrushes and organised a panel discussion Friday on the
upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
The panel provided students with one of their first
opportunities to participate in an
organised discussion about the conference, part of which will be held
at UBC in November.
The goal of APEC, an economic
institution that encompasses 18
Pacific Rim countries including
Canada, is geared towards eliminating trade barriers and boosting
international commerce in the
The use of UBC as a venue for
APEC has been a contentious issue
since the then-president of UBC,
David Strangway, made the announcement last spring.
Last Friday's panel was split
unevenly on both APEC as an institution as well as on the conference
Those in opposition included the
Graduate Students Society, APEC-
Alert  and  the  AMS   director  of
finance, Vivian Hoffmann, who questioned the effect
APEC would have on the majority of people who live within the Pacific Rim.
Brian Fuller, who represented APEC-Alert, suggested
that APEC is a globalising force that supports unlimited
foreign investment and profit exportation, the privatisation of social services and the creation of a cheap and
docile labour force.
"(APEC) is not concerned with human rights, it is not
concerned with the environment. It's based on an ideology of free trade which is about increasing the freedoms
and rights of corporations and at the same time decreasing the freedoms and rights of people around the world,"
said Fuller.
Those who saw positives with the upcoming confer-
"(APEC) is not
concerned with
human rights, it
is not concerned
with the
Ifs based on an
ideology of free
Brian Fuller
Apec Alert
ence, namely Shirin Foroutan, AMS coordinator of external affairs and Arne Guha, president of the APEC university forum, said there is a distinct line between human
rights and economics.
Foroutan pointed to China as a nation that would benefit from the communication resulting from close trade
with democratic nations. She believes that economic
unions will have a democratising effect on APEC members like China.
Guha argued that the conference would initiate dialogue on campus because Canada is a
free country, and students would be more able
to protest their concerns than would the students of a less democratic nation. He stated that
APEC is a non-binding, non-institutional forum,
making it impossible to punish members for
human rights abuses.
But two campus APEC protesters have
already been arrested. Campus'RCMP arrested the students last week for mischief after
they painted an 'APEC free zone' around the
Goddess of Democracy statue outside the
Throughout the question period Guha
remained firm in his opinion and pointed to
the discussion panel as an example of how the
APEC conference has.shifted student interest
towards the human rights issues of the Pacific
The   conference,   which   will   begin   on
November 24, is expected to see world leaders
like of Bill Clinton and Indonesia's General Suharto meeting on the UBC campus.
Preparation for the summit began almost immediately following the announcement the leaders' summit
would be held at UBC. Construction upgrades for the
President's residence as well as the Museum of
Anthropology began and the RCMP have already begun
scouting the campus for security preparations.
APEC-Alert consists of former and current UBC students. They oppose some ofthe national leaders who will
be attending APEC. Leaders like China's Jiang Zemin,
whom critics blame for his role in the bloody crackdown
on students at Tiananmen Square and General Suharto of
Indonesia who is allegedly responsible for the deaths of
thousands of East Timorese people.♦
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Walking for life
 by Silke Hartmann
It wasn't a perfect day last Sunday, when 5,000 people made their
way around the seawall to raise money for people living with HIV
and AIDS.
But for the 5000 participants in the l Uh annual AIDS-Walk the
rata made no difference. Marty of them came in support of
friends and family with HIV or AIDS, others came to remember
One woman whose brother was infected in 1987 with HIV, the
virus mat causes .AIDS, said she came to the walk to raise awareness about the disease. ^wanted to poM out not onfy gay men,
drug addicts and blood transfusion recipients can get MV.
1 want to show the world we have to do something,* she said
They did Participants in the annual walk raised $150,000 that
will benefit people with a^IDS. Eighty per cent of the funds will
help supply inany s»Jtffering from the disease, with vitamins, massage and ciaropractic therapy. The idea being to promote health
through state of mind and relaxation.
the weather and said it didn't matter, lhat there is a crisis and that
: was why they were there.
% the time most ofthe walkers finished the 10 km route
around the Stanley Park seawall most of them had their umbrellas and rainjackets in thea' arms. They didn't think about the rain
or their cold wet bodies, they were warm inside and that was more
for the campus and CP
neighbouring community
on UBC's role in
APEC '97
and its impact on the campus and community
Oct. 7, 1997    • 12:30-1:30pm, Angus 104
• 7-8pm, Angus 104
2053 Main Mall
Nov. 6, 1997 . 12:30-1:30pm, Angus 104
•7-8pm, Angus 104
2053 Main Mall
For further information on the meeting call Carolyn McLean, UBC APEC
Office, 822-2080; fax 822-1936; e-mail apec@unixg.ubc.ca THE UBYSSEY • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1997
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Liberals pledge $1 billion to scholarships
by David Cochrane
OTTAWA (CUP)- The federal government will establish a
$1 billion scholarship fund for high achieving, low-
income students by the year 2000.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced September
24 that his government will establish the fund to provide
thousands of university and college scholarships to low
and moderate-income students.
The $ 1 hullon endowment will generate between $50
million and $ /0 million in interest each year to be awarded to eligible students.
The Prir, ie Minister's office will administer the onetime endow, nent, which Chretien is calling a commitment to the equality of all-Canadians.
"We'll put some of the money we have in tlie surplus
to give the chance to students to go to university so that
they will be equal with the sons of the rich people of
Canada," Chretien told the House of Commons.
But critics say a scholarship project for the new millennium ignores the financial needs ofthe 385,000 students who currently borrow money to pay for a post-secondary education.
"The crisis is now. So to peg [the fund] to three years
from now does nothing to deal with the crisis students are
facing today," said Libby Davies, the NDP youth critic.
Statistics Canada estimates average student debt levels
will triple to $25,000 in 1998 from $8,700 in 1990.
Davies says soaring debt loads are making highereduca:
tion inaccessible and that the $ 1-billion would be better
spent establishing a national system of grants based on
financial need rather than merit-based scholarships.
Canada's largest student organisation also says the
money could be better spent
"It is a good sign that the Liberals are initiating spending policies," said Brad Lavigne, national chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students. "The problem is
they are misguided; they're spending money in the wrong
He said scholarships only help a small percentage of
students and the money won't necessarily go to students
who most need the help.
But the Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada (UACC) is applauding the new scholarship fund.
The AUCC hopes the announcement signals a shift of government priorities to post-secondary education during its
second mandate.
"The Prime Minister didn't say that this is all they
were doing and that is very important for us," said
Robert Best,. director of government relations for the
AUCC. "It is a good first step, but other measures have to
be brought in."
The government hasn't revealed any eligibility
requirements for the scholarships.
Reports say specifics will be worked out over the next
two years.**
Intramurals boss runs innovative identity search
•by Jerome Yau
UBC has an identity crisis and
Innovation '97 is Nestor Korchinsky's cure.
Korchinsky, a Human Kinetics
professor, co-ordinator of intramurals and coordinator of the
Innovation '97 program, says
many students at UBC find the
campus too big, its atmosphere too
cold and its campus identity nonexistent.
He's hoping Innovation '97,
which he described as a year-long
umbrella event to put campus
sports, social and cultural activities under a 'single banner,' will
celebrate diversity at UBC and
bring the university community
"In developing Innovation '97,
it is very important for us to create
a Canadian identity for the university. A unique Canadian university
identity, in my mind, [based] on
diversity and opportunity," said
The intramurals coordinator
added that Martha Piper, UBC's
new president, supports the Innovation '97 concept signalling that
the university "does care, does
want to do something different and
is determined to make sure that
people feel welcomed."
"Martha Piper comes here with
a strong mandate [and the administration] wants to make UBC a
warm, friendly and welcoming university."
AN INNOVATIVE CURE for UBC's identity crisis?
Likewise, the AMS president,
Ryan Davies, is on side. "The AMS
agreed that UBC needs an identity
and feels great to be involved in
Innovation '97. I was there in the
opening ceremony and the event
was well attended and well received."  '
In order for the program to suc
ceed Korchinsky said event information must be accessible to all
students. "We want to create a highway of information."
This four-way intersection will
be composed of the
innovation calendar,
The Point, UBC-TV and
an Innovation web page.
Future plans include
a new theme and logo
for each approaching
year. The clock tower is
the 1997 logo. So as
many students have
already noticed the
tower chimes ring daily.
"[The following years]
will be known as
Endeavour '98, Discovery '99, Celebration
2000 and Odyssey 2001.
There will also be opening and closing ceremonies like the Olympic
Games," said Korchinsky.
At present, the
Department of Athletics and
Recreation plays an important role
in organising Innovation '97. But
changes may come due to the
department's limited resources.
Korchinsky said that the AMS
could play a more important role in
leading and organising this programme in the future.♦
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Who's afraid of Frida
Frida K
Sep 22-27
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
by Marina Antunes
Sitting in a nearly sold-out theatre to see the life story of one of
the most fascinating women of the 20th century was exhilarating. Mexican music played as the audience entered, setting the
mood. The lights dimmed and there was blackness. From
nowhere and everywhere, came the powerful voice of
Allegra Fulton, "I am more than an ordinary woman! I am
more than a man. I am complete!"
This is the beginning of Frida K, a play that finished its
brief five day run at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre on
Frida A'tells the amazing and painful life story of Frida
Kahlo, who was arguably one of Mexico's greatest painters,
and who has become a feminist icon known around the
world. Set in The Blue House, which was Kahlo's home in
Mexico, on April 13, 1953, the 44-year old Kahlo, sick and
almost at death's door, dresses for the opening of her one-
woman exhibition. What separated this exhibit from the
others, is that it was the only one-woman exhibit she had in
Mexico during her lifetime.
Allegra Fulton, who is a film and television actress in
addition to theatre, takes on the challenging and ambitious
role of Frida Kahlo. Her performance of Frida K won her
1996 Dora Mavor Award for best actress in a play, and
1994 Fulton was named "Best Theatre Artist of the Year" by
Now Magazine. Her performance is indeed deserving of
the accolades she has been awarded.
The show begins with a speech about politics, culture and her
life, giving the audience a "sneak peek" at what is to come. After
a 30 second blackout, Fulton reappears in a wheelchair. Lighting
a cigarette at the door, she rolls onto the stage.
The set is composed of a table, a human skeleton, an easel
with two paintings, a closet, and a stool.
The story begins with Kahlo commenting on American
journalists saying that they are "ungrateful bastards" who
don't care to learn about other cultures. From this point on,
we are taken through a labyrinth of time, traveling between
that day in 1953 and Kahlo's past.
Gloria Montero, the writer ofthe piece, takes the audience
into the most intimate and painful details of Kahlo's life.
From her marriage to Diego Rivera, a well known Mexican
muralist, to Kahlo's inability
Frida K tells the
amazing and
painful life story of
Frida Kahlo,
and who has
known around
the world
to have children, due to a
tragic accident at eighteen
in which a steel rod penetrated her body at her chest
and exited through her vagina, leaving her almost severed in half. It was a miracle
that she suryived.
The transitions from the
past to the present are done
so smoothly that they
almost appeared not to happen at all. Time blurs, and
the boundaries between
past and present seem to be
lost or almost fantastical.
Fulton's performance
didn't lose any energy or dra-     Kahlo suffering from sudden shocks of pain. At these times, it
ALLEGRA FULTON stars in Frida K, a play, based on Frida Kahlo's life.
matic tension with the sudden
time shifts; the pacing was brilliant Fulton develops a symbiotic relationship with the audience, providing a performance that was so intimate that at times
it felt as if the audience was literally peeking into Kahlo's room,
at others, they seemed to be communicating with her, breaking
the invisible wall that divides the performer from the audience.
Especially touching were the moments where Fulton played
seemed as if the whole story was coming to a stop, the intensity
made the room heavy until once again Kahlo would begin to
reminisce about a time past, relieving the audience of her terrible physical burden.
A powerful show, of one woman with a personality that stole
everyone's heart, Frida Kis not just about Kahlo's struggle, but
about the struggle of female artists in general. A wonderful story
full of grace and power, Frida K. is bound to be a sell-out show
when it opens in New York late this fall/*
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Open, energetic, over the top. There are a lot of words flying
around UBC to describe the new president, Martha Piper.
Last Friday after class, Sarah Galashan met her at Koerner
Pub to talk about funding, research, and the rumours.
by Sarah Galashan
Although Dr. Martha Piper's term as UBC President officially began September 25, she says she's been thinking
about it for some time now.
So the big question is... what's on her mind?
Piper has been given a unique role. She will lead UBC
into the 21st century. She must reign over a university"
the size of a small city and she has to find funding where
little exists.
She has made it clear that under her charge UBC will
see some big changes. Piper wants the university to be
the best in Canada, students to have more input, and tor
all of us "to think about our future in terms of what w*S
could do together if we get our minds around it."
Piper can't find enough good things to say about
UBC. This is assuring coming from the new president
someone who is ultimately in control of every aspect of
the institution. And if one thing is certain. Piper wants to
take UBC to the top.
Her installation ceremony last Thursday was almost
over the top. During her speech at the Chan Centre,
Piper slipped off her ceremonial cap and donned a blue
baseball cap emblazoned in yellow with think about it, a
new campaign to promote UBC research. When the
speech ended the lights dimmed to a spotlight on a chorus of students singing the praises of thinking in traditional gospel style.
Taking UBC to the top
"UBC is poised to be the pre-eminent university in
Canada," said Piper.
Sitting under a trellis behind Koerner Pub with
Vancouver's usually grey drizzle providing the backdrop, Piper could see only a bright future in store for
Indeed the best sounds like a great place to be. It also
sounds expensive. It will require bigger and better
research, efficient administration and excellent facilities. Where will the money come from?
Before she became UBC's 11th president, Piper was
the vice-president of research and external affairs at the
University of Alberta (U of A). There she dealt at length
with government cuts to education and the quest for
research funding.
She spent a lot of her time looking to industry for the
"What I've been involved with at U of A was primarily research sponsorship," Piper said. "Universities have
for years worked with industry and done research for
industry, and there are very clear guidelines for what
universities will and will not do within the research."
Corporate sponsorship of UBC at any level has
proven contentious. The result has been student protest
over the role industry should be allowed to play in education. Piper said she doesn't worry that sponsorship
taints research.
According to Piper, the scrutiny that academics give
their colleagues' research means that it will be kept hon-
est and objective, no matter where the funding comes
from. And private funding for research could only get
lDxS*eia*iportant at UBC, and more prevalent, as funding
from tuition keeps shrinking.
lhe provincial freeze on tuition for domestic stu-
. dents which makes British Columbia unique among the
provinces, could end this year. Piper is convinced the
.iyeeze is only hurting students.
A vear, maybe two years is understandable, but I will
fee v ery, very clear that I will be trying to move us away
from prolonged tuition freezes because I don't think
they re in the university's best interest or the students'
best interest," Piper said.
She said with scholarships and financial assistance,
iBition increases won't make a UBC education inacces-
'<Sble to any students.
"What (the level of tuition] should be is that we have
,#ie means either within our scholarships or our provincial operating grant to ensure that no student is denied
access," said Piper. "I'm suggesting that we look at our
scholarships and ensure that we're using them in a way
that helps students."
Piper pointed out that currently BC has one of the
lowest tuition rates in the country and that the national
average is something to keep in mind when determining the cost of a university education.
The national average tuition increase last year was
8.7 per cent.
"If we ask students for a tuition increase there has to
be a sense of trust and respect that we are going to work
together to create a better environment."
Student input
David Strangway was anything but open, and consultation with Strangway was often seen as a mere formality, a speedbump on Strangway's highway. Piper's open
style and flair for the dramatic are a change from her
predecessor's style.
She insists it's not intentional.
"This is me. I'm moving in the same direction I
would have been moving in had I stayed where I was.
This is just the way I think."
According to students at the U of A, she's been this
way since they can remember: open, enthusiastic.
Piper doesn't worry that her pep rally approach,
demonstrated at the installation ceremony, will deter
from critical thinking. She believes that it's important to
get people's attention. "My sense is that we do have to
somehow remain in people's consciousness. I'm big on
conimujiicating the importance ofthe university to society."
The new president said she will be committed to
involving students in the decision making process at
UBC. In her first few weeks Piper met with various student constituencies. On the day of her inauguration she
had breakfast with 25 students and later that day held a
student forum for almost 1000.
"Although we didn't really hear from 1000 [students]
we heard from a few," said Piper regarding the fact that
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only five students were actually given the chance to ask
a question. "It wasn't at [the forum] that people could
come out with all their ideas. What we were trying to do
was say 'look, this is the challenge, these are some ofthe
issues that we face now begin to think about it.'"
Thinking back, David Strangway made similar efforts
to meet and include students when he first took the time
to have a drink in the Pit with some ofthe locals. It could
be that the only difference this time was the venue. Only
the corning years will tell if the president is serious
about the importance ofthe student voice.
But Piper did say she wants to continue meeting with
students and is looking into the possibility of having official office hours for students to meet with her and voice
"We are crafting the vision," she said. "This is not
going to be Martha Piper's vision, this is going to be
UBC's vision and that's what we're engaged in for the
next 12 months. We are going to have an open debate
and dialogue about that vision."
And if her style remains the same, the UBC presidency may become one of campaigns. Her efforts to
boost research funding at the U of A resulted in
Research Makes Sense, a Piper-led campaign that is
intended to bring research funding at U of A to Canada's
third highest level.
Piper arrives at a time of increasing controversy about
UBC's role as a venue for the Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) summit this fall.
She says there is a need for campus controversy.
"There are very few issues that are black and white," said
Piper. "Universities are founded on dialogue, discussion, controversy, social issues....It's what universities
are about."
She said she is willing to engage in this debate... time
permitting, and that the university will be hosting
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Piper added that she supports dialogue over this contentious issue and defined peaceful and responsible
protest as that which does not hurt people or property.
Problems? What Problems?
"I don't see the world in terms of problems," Piper said.
But no matter how you look at it UBC has its fair share.
Class size, budgets, funding, dilapidated classrooms and
student apathy just to name a few.
"I guess that my philosophy is that with the people,
the mind power and the talent that we have we certainly can come up with a solution." Two changes are in the
works to solve budget problems that have resulted in
larger classes and fewer professors.
At the next meeting of Senate, Piper will announce a
March deadline for all faculty budgets, a change from
the former trickle effect that left many faculties without
a complete outline of their resources. In addition, she
will create a president's advisory committee, with a student representative, that will provide input on spending.
Piper has also been vocal about the importance of
undergraduate education, touching a nerve with many
undergrads who feel their programs play second fiddle
to prestigious graduate and research programs.
"I believe the most important thing research univer
sities are going to have to do is look at undergraduate
education and really challenge ourselves to think about
what's the purpose of undergraduate education in the
21st century and how are we delivering it and how are
we ensuring that the leaders and the opinion makers of
tomorrow are going to have the education they need."
From talking with Piper it's clear she understands
her position and has enthusiasm for her work. From
speaking with Heather Taylor, vice president external
for the U of A's student union, I was told "You're damn
lucky to have her."
That remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, Dr.
Piper is "convinced that UBC hired the best person for
the job."»>
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Race commemorates student march
by Douglas Quan
In the fall of 1922, UBC students marched
down the streets of Vancouver on a mission.
They demanded the provincial government
build a new campus on the current Point Grey
site. Their determination paid off. A new university was built in 1925.
Last Sunday morning, 300 current UBC
students braved the rain and came out to
campus to participate in an annual run to
commemorate the "Great Trek" 75 years
But the enthusiasm was a little difficult
to find at first.
"My advisor dragged me out of bed,"
said first-time runner Brent Carmichael
who was in a team from Hamber house in
Vanier residence.
His teammate, Rebecca King, also a
first-timer, was equally ambivalent about
the whole thing. "I have no training, I'm
just out to support my house."
But everyone was injected with a dose of
spirit after a charged warm-up in the Student
Recreation Centre gym, led by the UBC
Thunderbird mascot.
During the actual race, several rowdy engineers    added    some    laughs—and    a    few
headaches to event organisers—as they pulled
fellow 'geers in a large cart around the course.
Runners were in teams of eight: each team
member ran one and a half kilometres while
the anchor ran two kilometres.
This was the first year that the event was
held entirely on campus. In previous years, the
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run started at Vancouver General Hospital (site
of the old UBC campus) and ended up at what
is now the campus.
But because of the outside workers' strike
this summer, trek organizers were unable to
obtain the necessary permits from city hall.
However, Steve Laing, general manager of
UBC Intramurals Impact events, hinted the
run may be held on UBC campus from now on.
"Logistically it is a lot easier, you don't have
to worry about transporting people on buses.
And there's a sense of excitement having all
the people in one spot, rather than spread out
over 11.5 kilometres."
It also costs a lot less money to run the
event on campus. Laing said running the
event on city streets costs over $4,000,
and added that Intramurals is lucky if it
makes any profit from the event.
Ian Auld, anchor runner for the winning team of medical students, who
clocked in at just over 50 minutes, didn't
seem to have any problems with the new
"We all ran it last year, and we won it
by a lot. We won by a little bit this year,
but it's good enough," Auld said.
While the Med students went off con
gratulating one another, the team from
Hamber House were off to the side taking
group photos.
Despite the fact that they came in second in
their division, team anchor, Carmichael, shouted a triumphant, "We won!"
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The Birds won their third straight
game, beating the Manitoba
Bisons 32-0, and redeining the
term defence in tbe process.
Corner Curtis Galick tied a CIAU
record with four picks as UBC's
secondary collected a total of six
interceptions. Shane Summerfeld
and Chris Hoople had one pick
UBC's secondary also did not
allow three different Manitoba
quarterbacks to complete a single
pass as the Bisons only gained a
net total of 44 yards on offence.
UBC's defence also forced and
recovered five fumbles and collected five sacks. Defensive lineman
Travis Fehler had another monster
game, collecting two sacks and
recovering one fumble.
"Defensively, this has got to be
one of the best games ever played
in Thunderbird football history,"
said head coach Casey Smith. "And
what's really encouraging is that
our defence is playing better each
week," Smith added.
While UBC's defence seems to
be ready for Saturday's Shrum
Bowl against SFU, the big question
facing Smith is who will start at
quarterback. Backup Dan Delong
certainly made an excellent case
for himself in the second half of
the Manitoba game. Filling in for a
struggling Shawn Olson, who completed only one pass for 10 yards
on eight attempts, Delong threw
for 115 yards and two touchdowns
as the Birds erupted for 3 1 second
half points to improve their record
to 3-1.
"[Delong] executed very well
when he was in the game. He really stepped up," said Smith.
But Smith added he has not
made a decision yet on who will
start Saturday's game which will
be played under American rules.
"There are a lot of adjustments to
be made and it all depends on who
can make those adjustments better," said Smith.
The men's team dropped its fourth
game in as many tries against
Sung Kyun Kwan University from
South Korea. The women's team,
meanwhile, advanced to the final
of the University of Regina tournament where they lost 3-0 to the
University of Saskatchewan.
The Birds finished the University
of Saskatchewan tournament with
a 1-1 record. Friday night, the
Birds defeated the University of
Brandon Bobcats by a 3-1 score.
Corey Stock potted two goals while
Dan Nakaoka added a single. The
Birds then lost 4-3 to the University
of Calgary Dinos on Sunday. Steve
Howitt, Steve Williams, and
Nakaoka scored for UBC.
Water Polo
The Aqua Birds finished fourth this
past weekend at the UBC fall classic with a 3 2 record. The Birds
were 3-0 on Day 1 with wins over
English Bay (18-1), UVic (15-4),
and East Vancouver (8-3). The
Birds then lost a sudden-death
playoff game against Richmond by
a 10-9 score on Day two. After that
the Birds dropped a 12-4 decision
to East Van in the bronze medal
game. Team MVP was Aaron
Matkin with 13 goals. Birds win but struggle
by Wolf Depner
The UBC men's soccer team continues to sputter like an old Iada, but somehow the Birds
have kept the wheels moving and head into the
second half of the season undefeated (3-0-2) following wins over previously unbeaten Alberta
and lowly Saskatchewan this weekend.
Just don't ask how they did it
The Birds are nowhere near top form, a fact
not lost on head coach Mike Mosher who
admitted that watdiing his team not meet its
awesome potential has been frustrating.
He still put on a brave face, however. "Given
our history of last year (UBC dominated the
league with a 9-1 record before bowing out to
Victoria in the playoffs), maybe this is not the
time to fire on all cylinders. Let's be doing this
in a month's time," said Mosher. "But in the
same breath, we still got to do enough so to get
ourselves in the playoffs."
The Birds have done enough to move into
the second Canada West playoff spot. So far,
though, it hasn't been pretty.
Consider Saturday's must-win game
against Alberta which was the first game for
Vancouver 86ers Chris Franks, Jeff Skinner,
and Aaron Keay in a UBC uniform this season.
Much was expected from both
fans and the media but those
expectations soon turned
In the end, UBC got the
result it needed to stay in
contact with front-running
Alberta—a 1-0 win on a Chris
Franks' goal in the 47th
minute—but the Birds didn't
exactly drape themselves in
glory, playing uninspired
soccer throughout the first
45 minutes.
They played without intensity, displayed little field sense and took no charge of the mid-
field. Chris Franks tried to direct the Birds'
attack, but had no support and lost too many
Things got so bad for the star midfielder
that Mosher took him off to rest with five minutes left in the first half.
Franks was back on the pitch in the second
half and responded with a better effort. Most
of his teammates, however, continued to go
through the motions and only full back Mark
Rogers and sweeper Steve McCauley played
up to par.
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One of the reasons the Birds struggled
against Alberta was an obvious lack of team
chemistry on the field. Why? Because Franks,
Skinner, and Keay had not played with UBC
prior to Saturday's game as they had been
unavailable due to commitments with the
"It'll take maybe two or three games for us
to get in sync with each other," said Franks.
"People were making runs and the ball was
going somewhere else. I think given a bit
more time together we'll start to click a bit
The Birds certainly didn't click the next day
against Saskatchewan. Once again, however,
they did just enough to win.
The Huskies drew first blood with a tenth
minute strike, but Franks tied the game with a
penalty kick in the 16th minute and Troy
Wood notched the winner in the 82nd minute.
The Birds will play Simon Fraser this
Wednesday and Victoria on Saturday. While
the game against Simon Fraser determines
the best university soccer team in
Vancouver, Saturday's game is a rematch of
last year's Canada West final in which UVic
upset UBC 3-0.
Mosher expects his players to respond to
these two archrivals with much improved
efforts. If they don't, it could be time for a
major tune-up as UBC prepares for the stretch
Women's team stays afloat after weekend split
  by Wolf Depner
The women's soccer team should pay royalties to the Bee Gees.
Staying Alive seems to be the team's theme song as the Birds
bounced back Sunday with a 2-1 win over Saskatchewan following a heartbreaking 2-1 loss on Saturday to second-ranked
With Sunday's win, the Birds improved 3-2 this season and
remain in the Canada West playoff picture heading into the season's second half.
But getting to the playoffs won't be easy for this young and
inexperienced team. Only two of the five remaining games are
at home and the Birds still have to travel to Victoria and
The players know what is on the line.
"If we drop another three points, that's basically it," said
Gillian Hicks who was the Birds' best player Saturday.
"If we beat [Alberta] away and if we beat Calgary, we still
have a shot," added Lianne McHardy. "Everything is going to
be a fight from now on," she said.
Indeed it will be. But all things considered, the Birds deserve
better than the position they are in right now.
In Saturday's game against Alberta, the Birds showed they
can play with the best teams in the country, but had nothing to
show for in the end. With the score tied at 1-1 late in the game,
Alberta's Sarah Joly scored off a corner kick, sending the visitors
into a frenzy. The Birds didn't know how to hide their disappointment.
"You gotta get a lucky bounce. They got one, we didn't," said
head coach Dick Mosher who was nonetheless pleased by his
team's effort in the second half.
The first half, however, was a different story. Alberta dominated play and possession from the opening whistle and the
Birds seemed to be in awe ofthe Canada West leading Pandas.
Later in the game UBC played with an intensity that was
missing in the first half and thankfully started to dominate.
UBC's confidence rose with each minute and the crowd
responded to the Birds' inspired play with several rounds of
loud applause.
Hicks in particular had a strong game as she played with
unrelenting effort and intensity, winning ball after ball and
directing play from her right midfield position.
Finish, however, let the Birds down again. Just ask Lianne
McHardy who had a glorious chance in the 7 7th minute to score
her second goal ofthe day and put the Birds up.
"That could have changed the whole game around," a frustrated McHardy said afterwards.
"We created enough good chances against a good team to
win," said Mosher. "But we have to learn to win. We're young
and we don't quite believe it yet"
As expected, the Birds came out flat the next day against the
Huskies, but came away with the three points as Liz Conner
scored a spectacular goal in the 74th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock. Substitute Kristin Woron scored UBC's other goal.
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Coordinating Editor
Joe Clark
Sarah Galashan and Chris Nuttall-Smith
Richelle Rae
Wolf Depner
Jamie Woods
Richard Lam
Federico Barahona
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Scott Perry
The scene opens in Silke Hartmann's fun park
with John Zaozirny and Todd Silver, star attractions in the Alivah Amarshi sideshow. The pair, it
seems, were joined at the hips in a rather dubious
emergency surgery performed by Doug Quan in
a skid row llop house owned by Marina Antunes,
slumlord extraordinaire. Anyway, Federico
Barahona and Mauran Kim have come all the
way from the 'hood to see a taping ol' G-Live! with
prime-time talk jock Sarah Galashan. They'd
heard rumours from Richelle Rae and Bruce
Arthur that Zaozirny and Silver were doing Iheir
world famous 'dancing, prancing and romanc-
ing-from the hip' extravaganza that afternoon. So
much for G-Live! "She's interviewing transvestite
Hitler youth today anyway," Jerome Yao warned
Beth Yearwood when she stepped off the gyro-
tron. The ride was too much for her. Uuuughaaa,
she moaned, losing her mushroom soup and
candy apple breakfast right there on Jamie
Woods' Air Bruce Arthur sneakers. "Somebody
get a straw," Wolfy Depner screamed as Casey
Sedgman and Mike McGowan circled around
with dixie cups, "It's amazing what can come out
ofthe human bod}"," cooed Silver and Zaozirny, in
unison. Richard Lam and Holly Kim only groaned
and called Joe Clark to get a mop. Chris Nuttall-
Smith just stood back and laughed. "1 don't do
manual labour."
We're thinking
ut it
Following in the footsteps of our illustrious
former president is a difficult job for Dr. Martha
After 12 years of closed doors and little
consultation, students are naturally skeptical
of the presidency and Piper must earn their
She's the new kid on the block and she wants
to make friends. She wants students to know that
she is approachable and will listen to our concerns, take them seriously and incorporate what
she hears in the decisions she makes. As she's
said it's not hers but all of our ideas that will
shape the future of our university.
The Ubyssey congratulates Piper on, if nothing else, her ability to motivate students. So far
she's had students singing and dancing to her
new song. Think about it
But we'll reserve our applause for actual
'Here is someone who will listen to us, who
wants us to be involved, who wants to end the
tuition freeze?'
That's right ladies and gentlemen, all that
glitters is not gold, even if it is an emblem on
a free navy baseball cap. There are hard expensive realities ahead, we will have to think about
solutions, and chances are we're going to butt
We at the Ubyssey hope that despite future
difficulties Piper won't forget her promise to
listen and consult. And while were on the topic
of of what lies ahead we'd like to offer some
Formerly the vice president of research and
accademic affairs at the University of Alberta,
Piper is renowned for her expertise in drumming up funding by raising spirits to open wallets.
Corporate involvement in education is not
a new thing, industry has been providing universities with funding for years. The question
is who provides the regulations. Piper has
said she doesn't question industry's motives
because there are guidelines in place that
ensure all research is accountable to its peers.
But there is shoddy, unobjective research
going on at UBC that's geared more to boosting pharmaceutical sales than developing
knowledge. One such case was shut down last
year only after being exposed in the press.
The rules need to be tightened before the
UBC nudges up even closer to industry funding for research.
And in terms of the tuition freeze it would be
wise to ensure other measures are in place
before the thaw. Piper doesn't believe in the
tuition freeze. But before making students pay
even more, she might try pushing the provincial
and federal governments for funding.
Doing otherwise is a capitulation —an admission that the government shouldn't be expected
to support education. UBC students won't take
kindly to paying the national average of nine per
cent more per year.
Yes she's the new kid and yes she just wants
to fit in but we want to warn her that making false
promises won't make her popular... keeping
them just might<»
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Don't throw me
from APEC
Are we not all looking for a better
outcome? Are we not all trying to
find the truth? If you say no, then I
am naive and misinformed as
charged by Brian Fuller and Patrick
Williston. I am not going to waste
paper to try to convince you how I
do not believe economic development equates to universal prosperity, or that morality is guiding the
hand of capitalism. My objective is
asking students to keep another perspective in mind when they are
looking at APEC and the issues surrounding it.
If we are to look at APEC from a
broader standpoint, then we must
take a step back and ask these questions: What would be the social and
economic outcome for workers and
indigenous peoples if APEC was
stopped? Would exploitation and
environmental damage continue if
APEC was terminated? What would
be the direct impact of the lives of
the people involved with and without APEC? I agree with Mr. Williston
that most UBC students are apathetic (evident by the shallow turnout at
the APEC student forum last Friday)
and often take things only at face
value. Therefore is it not essential
for students to keep these kinds of
questions in mind as well?
Mr. Fuller has sadly misinterpreted my intent if he believed I was
telling "students in Canada to shut-
up and stop protesting lest exploited
workers in Indonesia should lose
their already-less-than subsistence
wage." I am not appealing to students to take the defeatist attitude,
nor am I trivialising the activities of
anti-APEC groups and their strategies. It is not to our interest in maintaining subsistence wages (versus
no wages) or simply be satisfied by
deciding to oppose exploitation. At
Friday's forum, the issue of alternatives was raised. Therefore, what
are the alternatives to the status
quo? What can we do to change it?
How can wages increase and
exploitation decrease? These are the
questions students should continue
to ask.
Here's a question to the apathetic and quasi-active student population of UBC; you finally decide you
are against APEC, so what are you
going to do about exploitation,
oppression, and injustice after
November 24? A small percentage
of UBC students are willing to get
arrested and sacrifice themselves
for their beliefs, what are you going
to do? Thinking "No" doesn't cut it.
Thinking "No" and lobbying for
environmental regulations for
multinational logging companies,
or deciding to be an astute con
sumer is something else; it is constructive. Mr.Williston points out
there's not going to be 10,000 of
you protesting against APEC in front
af the Anthropology Museum, but
most of you would have thought
about APEC by the time the CSIS
agents arrive. Saying "No" to some-
tiling ugly is easy, the challenge is
caring about what you are saying
At Friday's forum I spoke with a
member who belonged to anti-APEC
groups on campus and asked him if
either group has a program for
change, and what they plan to do
with the issues that were raised
after APEC leaves town. He said they
had talked about it, but their immediate concern is to raise awareness
and educate students about APEC.
Then he told me about their meeting. Like Patrick Williston said,
maybe after attending I'll "wake up
and smell the Java" or even realize
that people are not putting themselves on the line just for fun (please
note the sarcasm). In the mean
time, I'll try to understand APEC by
continuing to ask questions, contemplate and try to get as much
information as possible. Perhaps
my approach does not agree with
yours, but I hope you can see where
I am coming from gefore you hit me
over the head with a life-jacket and
dump me overboard.
Lilian Chau,
2nd year .Arts
Defend the
Tell me something, you the quiet
lamb of UBC — what exactly is the
purpose of a sterile Goddess of
Democracy? Perhaps a cue to go
back to sleep, rest assured that our
values are being defended by idle
In defending a symbol we rein-
vigorate it, call its purpose into
question, and hopefully revalidate
it. If those we honor in Tiananmen
were fighting for democracy. We
have to them a moral obligation to
ask: "what kind of democracy", and
where it exists? If it is here in "free"
Canada, we might want to stop and
look around our own somewhat
Beijing- like administration here at
UBC. Perhaps a defaced goddess,
blushing green from embarras-
ment with the world, is better than
a sterile, unnoticed, idle symbol.
I think that in defacing our
"Goddess" in the name of democracy potentialised, not capitalist pseudo-democracy realised. If you the
students, think your values are
guarded by a hundred pounds of
plaster — you might want to question what it is; especially as black
unmarked helicopters hover this
Tim Hecher
4th year a^rts 4.
TrttilJYSiiy .TJtSOaW S#T6MB£ft 30.I9JLI
letters cent from p. 10
dont hide from
APEC Alert
To those individuals who
have either destroyed the
APEC Alert -shelter, defaced the
Goddess of Democracy statue,
or are continually ripping
down APEC Alert posters -your
cowardice is unbecoming.
Whether you're afraid ofthe
truth or are not confident
enough to face APEC Alert
direcdy in debate - at least back
up your actions with some sort
of intellectual justificatiojri. If
APEC and its agenda match
your ideologies, then by all
means attempt to justify those
ideologies out in the open - if
you truly believe in them.
Engage in debate with your fellow students and question
your own (perhaps manufactured) opinions about "globalization", 'free trade* and 'economic development'.
APEC has three goals in
mind: 1. to erode state power,
2. to erode citizen power and
3. to increase corporate power.
APEC Alert is a group of people
engaged in exposing the APEC
agenda and in encouraging
dialogue and debate about it
Destroying a tent and ripping
down posters is just childish in
4th year Arts
lfcet to
3ut news
but w«t?e ainyfl
One less undergrad in favour of the law suit
by Antonio Zuniga
Towards August of this year, I
heard that the university was having financial problems, thus producing a balanced budget was not
easy. For that same reason the
faculties of Science and Arts were
going to be hit with funding cuts.
However, I did not give much
importance to the news until my
first week of classes when I tried
to register for some courses in
the relatively new Latin American
Studies program. Much to my disappointment at least four required courses were either cancelled or have not been offered
since '95/96, probably due to
unfilled positions of retired faculty members. Furthermore, according to one of my professors
who helped me get into her
course, since it was full, the number of students expected for that
course had more than doubled
with 45 or more students.
Thus, the freeze on provincial
funding to the university and the
mandated increases in student
enrollment are beginning to
affect directly students like
myself. I realized that the reports
of the financial crisis of the university are a reality, and an unfortunate one.
As a consequence of this crisis
that may eventually reach a breaking point among students and faculty, the university is in dire need
for funding. Today I can understand why the university increased the relatively low levels of
tuition for international students
to more reasonable amounts. The
3 to 5 million dollars expected
from the increases will ideally a)
help the university hire needed
faculty members and alleviate the
workload of overworked professors and b) help undergraduate
students be able to take required
courses to complete their programs.
Much has been said recently in
favour of the law suit that some
graduate students have launched
against the university to have the
international student fees rever
sed. According to The Graduate
the students behind the law suit
feel that they are doing it on
behalf of all the students of this
Nevertheless, and far from acting on my behalf, I
think that if successful the lawsuit will
mean that the university will not count
with those $3 to 5
million dollars in its
operating budget
that would otherwise be allocated to
those faculties that much need it
i.e. Arts and Science.
Thus to those graduate international students and Canadian
students behind the lawsuit, let
me state that you are not acting
on my behalf nor on the behalf of
students who like myself will be
affected by a tuition income shortfall.
It has been argued that if the
university is allowed to get away
with violating its own code of procedure and not consulting with
students raising tuition fees, the
administration may feel free to
further raise tuition with little or
no consultation.
I highly doubt that the university would do that as was demonstrated by the outcome of the
most recent referendum. Even
though such referendum was not
a binding one, the administration
respected the decision of students
who refused to pay for the proposed student technology fee.
Those graduate students
involved in the lawsuit claim that
they are contesting the fact that
the university violated its own
law. I have to grant that they have
a strong case since the vice-president of legal affairs almost admitted it. Furthermore, they may not
only win a legal victory but a
financial one. Unfortunately, it
will be to the detriment of Arts
and Science undergraduate students who will still have to suffer
the consequences of canceled
classes and overcrowded classrooms due to the foregone operating revenue that would have been
allocated to those faculties.
Despite speaking out for the
interest of BC residents and
undergraduate students, I sincerely sympathize with those
international students who were
already part of gradu-
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the increases in such a
short notice. I openly
support their situation and urge
the university to grant them
more time to cope with the
As for the argument that the
university will become an elitist
institution with the new generation of international students
coming from wealthy backgrounds let me say what you may
already now. As it is right now the
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problem knowing that thousands
of British Columbians like myself
may be subsidising the education
of those international students in
a time when my own education,
as well as that of many undergraduate students, may be threatened by the lack of essential university funding and by possible
further increases in tuition.
I invite other undergraduate
students to speak their minds on
this issue; for only by doing so
will we raise awareness about the
university funding crisis and
search for practical and fair solutions.
Antonio Zuniga is a 4th year
Arts student majoring in
Latin American studies.
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Saving the Earth?: Christians
and the Environment
October 5, 1997, 7:30 pm
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by John Zaozirny
It's a seemingly impossible task to put
Luna's music into words. It falls in
some gap in the English language, like
a word that can't be translated. There
just isn't a simple phrase for it, so let's
say that it encompasses slinky
basslines and purring guitars for some
songs, while, on others, sihger/gui
tarist Dean Wareham and Company
pour on the rock'n roll like a band
from yester-years. Their specialty
would seem to be pulsing songs that
have the feel of journeyman music
There's something transient about
Yet,  despite this  quality,  Luna is
really just a band doing something
very well, and that something is mak
ing good music. It's something Dean
Wareham has been doing for years
Before Luna, Wareham was with the
now semi-legendary Galaxie 500, who
are now enjoying a revival of sorts
thanks to the release of a box set ot
their previous albums coupled with a
new live album. Galaxie 500's breakup, however, was far
from amicable and Wareham admits that he hasn't spoken to bassist Naomi Yang  and  drummer  Damon
Krukowski since parting company with them in 1990. As
he says, "The longer you go without speaking to people,
the harder it gets, so the more pointless."
Since the implosion of Galaxie 500, the myth surrounding
the band grew beyond what even the band members could
have imagined. It's something that has made Wareham a little despairing about it all.
"It is kind of a myth. It's not like we were that popular at
the time, to begin with. We had hardcore fans, I suppose, and
the records were out of print for so long that people could
only talk about them. That's part of what made it mythic, I
suppose, and also that's why we split up," says Wareham.
Wareham quickly moved on from Galaxie 500 to form
Luna with guitarist Sean Eden, bassist Justin Harwood and
drummer Stanley Demeski (since replaced by Lee Wall) and
it's been upwards ever since. With each album garnering
more critical and commercial success than its predecessor,
Luna seems sure to break out of the ' cult band'
ghetto that Galaxie 500 fell into. They've even written the entire soundtrack for an upcoming film, Mr.
Jealousy, by director Noah Baumbach.
Wareham describes the soundtrack as thirty
minutes of instrumental cues and one song. "It's a
bit of departure for Luna,"
Wareham acknowledges. "Justin
did some stuff for it that was sort
of jazzy, where that was called for
in the script. It doesn't sound like
Luna, but some of it sounds like
As distinctive and inimitable
as Luna's music is, without
Wareham's evocative, surreal,
and simply strange lyrics, their
sound just wouldn't be complete.
Ranging from the sublime to
the silly, his lyrics have a knack
for capturing the odd moments
of life. Who else would use "in my
dreams/I slash your tires" as a
chorus? But for all their importance, lyrics are what Wareham
leaves until last.
"I generally don't really get
down to it until it's close to the
time that I'm going to have to
sing.     That's    why
there's a lot of pressure and anxiety that
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surrounds it."
His method of assembling lyrics from a multitude
of sources (and probably also     ■""
due to increasing pressure to
finish the album) even resulted in Wareham cribbing some
lines for the song "Bobby Peru" from Columbo. But hey, if it
works, who's complaining?
Still, even the resourceful Wareham was stumped when it
came time to choose an album title for the latest Luna
record. They eventually settled on Pup Tent, after one of the
songs, but a cursory glance through some of the proposed
titles ("Private Fantasy Booth, Giddy-up....") reveal one time
that even Luna's creative well dried up. Well, at least Pup
Tent doesn't sound like a porn film.<*
Career Girls
Playing at Fifth Avenue
by Casey Sedgman
Unlike the title suggests, Career Girls is not a film
about prostitutes.
It is, however, a Mike Leigh film and if you've seen
anything else he's done (Naked, and Secrets & Lies),
you'll know to expect something built more around the
characters, and less around the story.
The story, for what it's worth, finds Annie (Lynda
Steadman) and Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge), two former
university flatmates reunited in London after an eight
year lapse. They reminisce about the old times and talk
about their current lives.
But this reunion is really only a framework for Leigh
to explore other issues: friendship, desire, jealousy,
trust, personality, relationships, and growing-up in
much the same way as he explored the issue of adoption in his critically acclaimed film Secrets & Lies.
If you want to see good acting, then you can't miss
this film. Leigh has his actors live the parts of his
characters for the better part of a year before deciding
on a script. Each character is much less acted than created; right down to birthdays and favourite colours.
This attention to detail really shows in the finished
product because the characters appear as complete
Annie is shy and trusting. Hannah is gregarious.
Bonkers, really. It is an unusual match, to say the least,
but they manage to find a common ground in university through the writings of Charlotte Bronte and the
music of The Cure. They even lust after the same man,
who is "a real shit," by their own admission.
The modern Annie, we find, has learned to hold
her head a bit higher, and the dermatology she suffered through all of university with is all but gone.
Hannah, on the other hand, has mellowed. We find her
in London more compassionate and quite the smart
young professional. Leigh's message: you never really
lose yourself in growing up. There's still plenty of the
old Annie and Hannah in both of them.
The film will make you laugh and it will make you
cry. There are no car chases and only a little sex. And
if you're looking for a good story, then I'd try something else.
But if you liked Secrets & Lies, you'll like this one
too. I certainly did.<-
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