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allegedly committed by
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He takes along his
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Sceptical yet? I was,
and there is no doubt
that this movie can really irk you. There are
trite references to
African black magic and
gratuitous shots of
naked women. Mani
manages to play on
every Native American
stereotype you can think
of, from summoning a
pack of wolves to scalping the bad guys. Add on
a tacky and overworked
ending, and you could
almost write this movie
you can't.
It's also full of terrific action
sequences, and director Christophe
Gans deserves credit for transferring Hong Kong-style martial arts to
18th century France in an exciting
and plausible way. Though they can
be grisly, these fight scenes will
appeal to both Charlie's Angels and
Jackie Chan movie fans—no small
feat. The stoiy is quite gripping (for
the first hour and a half) and the
cinematography is stunning.  So
slick and powerful are the sound
effects that you'll have to reassess
your notion of 'French movies.'
This is no art-house flick.
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gained into the times. Brotherhood
of the Wolf presents, from a rural
perspective, the political, social and
religious turmoil that preceded the
French Revolution. It is unexpectedly fascinating.
It's cheesy, it's too long, and it's
full of tired stereotypes. Any self-
respecting student should hate this
movie. But the story has depth, the
setting is beautiful, and those fight
scenes really are entertaining. So
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Miller's Sons brings tears
by Svea Vikander
at the Stanley
until Feb. 24
The opening scene of Arthur Miller's
1947 play; "All My Sons," shows the
aftermath of the previous night's
windstorm. There are branches
strewn everywhere and a young tree
is snapped in half. The stage is set
for a play which focuses on an irreversibly changed society. The play,
written in a time of uncertainty and
expectation, is pervaded by an air of
Joe Kellar is a successful businessman with two sons, both of
whom fought in the war while their
father ran a factory that manufactured airplane parts. The younger
son, Larry, was a pilot, and is still
missing in action. (The tree that was
snapped in half during the storm
had been planted in his memory.)
The plot starts to roll when it
becomes apparent that the elder son,
Chris, is interested in Larry's former
girlfriend, Ann Deever.
The relationship between the
Deevers and the Kellars becomes
more complicated when we learn
that Ann's father, who is Joe's former business partner, is serving
time for producing faulty airplane
parts that led to the death of 21
pilots. Although the two men had
been neighbours, business partners
and friends, each blamed the other
in court for the faulty parts; Joe
Kellar was let off and returned to his
former life, while Mr Deever continues to serve time.
With its moral tensions and
dilemmas, "All My Sons" avoids the
enthusiastic didacticism of Arthur
Miller's later work. The play grapples with the questions that would
have plagued a nation recovering
from the Second World War. Chris,
the elder son, lost an entire battalion
and a brother. He survived and
returned home while many did not
Joe Kellar seems to have forgiven his
business partner for "betraying' him
in court, but lives with the guilt of
sending his former friend to prison.
Miller asks hard questions and
his complex writing style reflects
this. His writing transcends the
everyday situations in which it is
based.- "I don't see how you can write
anything decent without using as
your basis the question of right and
wrong," Miller once said.
A complex script like that of "All
My Sons," however, is only enjoyable
when it is delivered effectively and
smoothly. This cast doesn't fail.
All the actors—especially the
women—have challenging roles por
traying effective and realistic characters. Each woman in the story wants
either to get married or. to keep her
marriage intact The women have
about as much stage-time as the
men, but throughout the first half,
their roles are far less gripping,
reduced to those of peacemakers. By
the end, however, the character of
matriach Kate Kellar has broken the
mold. Under the superb interpretation of Martha Henry, Kate Kellar
changes from a mother lost in denial
to a woman who has survived
through drawing on inner strength.
Henry's performance is surprising,
as well as convincing.
Henry is undoubtedly a great
actress. However, her performance is
also enhanced by many of the play's
technical aspects. The stage, occupied by a- large Victorian-style house
with lots of windows, a veranda and a
large front yard, helps the actors
breathe life into Miller's script
Like many other Miller plays, the
story ends tragically. Some people
are stronger; many are freshly
ruined, and others were ruined to
begin with. 'All My Sons" is a powerful play and when it's well-acted it
can make you cry, as it did to several members of the audience when
the play opened at the Stanley last
week. ♦
Restless, Urban, Primitive
[Big Dog Music]
According to Canada's critics, Oliver
Schroer rides the leading wave of an
acoustic-music tsunami. My first exposure to this violinist's music conjured
up images of the screams of tickled
strings. Schroer's work is a wild display of the violin's potential in the
hands of a crazed fiddler romantic.
Schroer, a Juno Award nominee,
leads his own band, the Stewed
Tomatoes, and is a regular contributor at national folk and jazz festivals.
His heavyweight curriculum vitae is
packed with big names: James
Keelaghan, Don Ross, the
AfroNubians, Loreena McKennitt,
Valdy and CBCs Stuart McLean/Vinyl
Cafe Orchestra.
Restless Urban Primitive,
Schroer's most recent release tries to
strike a balance between working in
the avant-garde and avoiding artistic
The album is Schroer's musical
travelogue, with references to three
Norwegian sisters, a Turkish man
who lives in a Capadoccia stone
house, and a search for an elusive
spice market in Istanbul. This collection of post-excursion improvisations,
boasts the world's musical landscape.
You catch snippets of Schroer's varied
influences: Bach, bayou blues and
even the Beatles scattered in the minimalist repetitions of audio phrases.
One track, "Kitchen Interlude," a
beckoning siren song for those with
wanderlust, is reminiscent of John
Cage. One of my favourites is "Hymn
of the wondering souls," a collision of
solemn hymns and jazz. For those
accustomed to the clean gloss of syn-
thesised mass-pop perfection,
Schroer's raw style might be uncomfortable. But his concepts and his
efforts to push the limits of violin
music are refreshing and, with luck,
not just a passing trend. ♦
—Gregory Chan
Forever Cafe
[Tin House Records]
Listen to one moment of the new
album Forever Cafe by Adam's Bib and
it'll no doubt be the pop-rock sound
you love. The album sounds like early
Dave Matthews Band, with Dave's
brassy sound replaced by an interesting maritime Celtic influence.
Unfortunately, while Adam's Rib incorporates some interesting instruments
with pleasing effects, the band's overall sound never becomes anything
more than pleasantly generic.
One thing sets this Canadian band
apart from others: complete and utter
lack pf substance. Perhaps I am just
being picky when I think that decent
lyrics are a necessary part of a good
album, but Adam's Rib frontman and
songwriter Derek Lathrop can't seem
to take more than two steps away from
cliche. I wrote stuff like this when I
was a love-sick pre-teen.
My breaking point was the chorus
of "We'd be Together." Derek whines,
"Oh we'd be together/ If I called you
and you called me up/ Know we'd be
together/ If you called me and I called
you." If this is not painful enough for
you, take another song's chorus:
"Kaleidoscope, ain't you dope."
Adam's Rib is a fine example of
why the federal government should
encourage Darwinism in the
Canadian music industry. This band is
obviously diluting the country's musical gene pool.
"Time, check it out, only moves in
one direction," says the band's front-
man. I suggest you consider that
before listening to this album. ♦
—Lauryn Emberson Friday. February 8.2002
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It is nearly seven in the morning and
the campus is dark and quiet. In the
distance you can hear the crack of a
bat and the cool, crisp smack of a ball
hitting a worn leather glove. The
Thunderbirds baseball team is already
hard at work on the field perfecting
their technique and skills.
After finishing last year's season
with their first NAIA playoff victory
and a third-place standing in the
Western Regional finals, the team
has new-found confidence. And with
the Birds' first games in Phoenix
against the Universities of Portland,
Missouri and Washington coming
up on Valentine's Day, training is in
full swing.
Despite improving their overall
record to 36-23, up from 22-29 the
year before, the UBC team baseball
has not always been the contender it
is now. When the Thunderbirds
joined the NAIA two years ago, the
only Canadian team in the American
league had a rocky start.
"In the first few years we got beat
pretty badly and we weren't very good
together as a team and it was getting
to everyone mentally," head coach
Terry McKaig said. However, things
turned around last year with the help
of some key players like Jeff Francis,
Chad Tuck and Cavanagh Whitely.
UBC's pitching made big strides in
the off-season. Francis, the team's top
pitcher, started throwing pitches at
92mph, up from about 85.
"The change in the team this year CAPAK PHOTO
is the result of our successes lastyear
because we finally had a winning record, which gave
everyone a lot more confidence in themselves and in
what they are capable of doing," McKaig said.
"In the past we had some players who had problems
with their commitment level," he added. "But now we
have 31 players that are all on the same team and driving towards the same goal."
UBC's star pitcher, NAIA All-American Jeff Francis, is
optimistic. "It looks good, everybody is ready and we all
have opportunities going into that first game."
"There are going to be a lot of good teams," catcher
Chad Tuck said. "But I think being in that company will
make us realise our true potential."
In addition to preparing for a busy season, the team
has also been tested by Vancouver's recent freakish
weather. The snow made it difficult for the players to
actually get outside on the field and practice. "We just
'S THE GRASS?: Baseball Bird Chad Tuck, ellie
need to get out in some nice weather, get out on the
grass and play the game," McKaig said.
"The feeling of being out on the field is missing for us
and we are all looking forward to some warm weather
down south," Tuck said.
The team's training regime of weekly gym workouts,
mental training and the usual field work has some new
wrinkles this season—notably psychological training.
"By really working on the mental aspect of the game and
focusing on trying to calm ourselves down in the game
situation, will give us that extra edge on the competition," third baseman Cavanagh Whitely said.
With the T-Birds set to rattle a few cages down south,
the next season looks to be exciting. The "next time you
see them they might be on TV," McKaig said. Don't be so
surprised if you see some of these guys in the majors in
the years to come. ♦
V-ball playoffs tonight
" by Scott Bardsiey
This is a good weekend to be a
Thunderbirds fan.
On Friday night, the UBC
women's volleyball team will begin
its battle for the Canada West
Championship against Alberta in
War Memorial Gym. The nationally
ninth-ranked Alberta Pandas have
lost all four of their regular season
games against the Birds and were
obliterated three sets to nil, twice in
a row, when they came to Vancouver
three weeks ago. Now the stage is set
for another drubbing.
_ "We're playing well; we're
focused as a team. I expect wins on
Friday and Saturday," left side Leah
Allinger said. "The deciding factors
are going to be who wins the long
rallies, who can finish a game when
it's tied 23-23...Whoever wins the
big rallies is going to be the team
that comes out on top."
"We're really looking forward to
it Our team is really ready to go,"
coach Doug Reimer said. "To win
Canada West, we have to win three
weekends of play against three really
good teams, starting this weekend."
The Birds are ranked fourth
nationally going into the Canada
West quarterfinal. The team that
takes the weekend will head on the
road to play a semifinal against
Manitoba, the first-place team in the
Great Plains Division.
But injuries have cropped up for
the Birds towards the end of the season. Allinger and libero Jasmin Yip
were recently hurt, which hampered
the team's performance last weekend
in Winnipeg, when the Thunderbirds'
seven-game winning streak was broken by the Manitoba Bisons.
"We've been handed a little bit of
adversity these last weeks or so," left
side Izzy Czerveniak said. "We didn't
deal with it that well last weekend,
but people are starting to step up in
the situations that they need to and
we can handle it."
Fortunately Yip and Allinger are
both well enough to play this weekend. "In a lot of ways, it won't affect
the team. Obviously for me, Fm
going to have to change my shots, so
it's an individual thing," Allinger
said. "Jasmin [Yip] and I both have
to make different choices on the
court based on how we're doing."
Though the team had a rough
start to the season, things quickly
turned around for UBC, and the
Birds were buoyed in January by the
return of Kaley Boyd from the
National team. Reimer feels that the
team has the talent to shoot for a CIS
National title.
"Each year this team has been in
the hunt. Our chances are better this
year than lastyear [because] we're a
more solid team," he said. Last
year's UBC squad was filled with
rookies, and a year of experience
can only make the team stronger.
Reimer also feels the competition is fairly even this year. "If you
look at the country, there's been no
team that's been dominant If there
was a betting line, there wouldn't be
anybody with heavy odds."
Friday and Saturday's games will
both be at 7pm. If the series is tied
after Saturday, a tie breaker will be
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The swimmer girl
Elizabeth Collins is
a swimmer's
swimmer and she's
got the results to
prove it
 by Scott Bardsiey
Ever since she was a kid,. Elizabeth Collins
has been 'the swimmer girl.' To her
schoolmates, she was that girl who was
always away at swim meets, always at the pool
and never really at the parties. And now, in her
first year at UBC, she's spending 30 hours a
week training with the. other swimmer girls
(and guys) on the UBC swim team—and posting
eye-catching results.
At last January's CIS Canada West
Championships, Collins won three gold medals
individually and was on UBC's three gold-
medal-winning women's relay teams. She won
a silver and a bronze to boot—more medals
than any other woman on the swim team. On a
team that boasts four female Olympians, that's
no small accomplishment
"[She's] a professional level swimmer who
has aspirations to make an impact at the international level...We're hoping...to get her a spot
on the Commonwealth Games team," says
swim team head coach Tom Johnson.
That kind of success may not be typical of
first-year students, but not many first-years are
the swimmer girl.
Life has taken Collins westward. She grew
up in Ottawa, then moved to Regina with
her family; now she's living at UBC.
As a kid, Collins swam and played soccer,
but by age 12 she had given up soccer. "I think
I enjoyed swimming more," she says. "My
friends and I had a lot of fun. At the time it was
more like, 'Oh, I get to go swim and enjoy the
water every day.' I just enjoyed the water. I just
enjoyed swimming more than I did soccer or
any other sport that I could have played."
It didn't take long for swimming to become
a large part of her life. Collins' swim instructor
asked her to come out to the summer club: she
did and she loved it Then he asked her to try
out for the Napean Kanata Barracudas, a local
swim club. She did, she made it and, yes, she
loved that, too.
Then Collins' life turned upside down.
When Collins was 13, her dad quit his job in
Ottawa and her whole family moved to Regina.
Moving halfway through Grade 8 wasn't easy,
but swimming made the change a lot easier.
"That's kind of the transition point from
junior high to high school, and if you don't
know anyone, it's especially tough," she says.
"My firstyear was definitely really, really hard,
but the swim team helped me make friends
and get involved. I met a lot of people through
that and it made me mofe comfortable with
where I was."
Collins joined the Regina Optimist
Dolphins, the more competitive of the city's
two swim clubs. "I basically gave it a trial
period and if I hadn't liked it, I would have
quit, but I just enjoyed it so much I just kept
going," she says.
High school and swimming took up most
of Collins' time, a fact that didn't escape her
"I was definitely known as 'the swimmer
girl' who was always away on meets, always
framing. I wasn't a big partying person," she
says. "I did kind of cruise through my courses,
but I did well enough. You have to try and balance school and swimming...It's trying to balance it that's enjoyable."
Jasen Pratt, current coach of the Regina
Cougars' swim team, coached Collins in her
final year with Optimist Dolphins and again
later when she swam for Team Saskatchewan
at the 2001 Canada Summer Games. He says
coaching Collins "was probably one, if not the,
best coaching experiences I've ever
had...Everyone wants one of these kind of athletes to coach. She's very coachable, willing to
adapt and try new things."
When Pratt took over as coach of the
Optimists, Collins had been there for four
years. He says it took three months to get
Collins on a training program that would work,
but once it was in place, her remaining eight
months of the season were great
Collins won a bronze at the Summer
National Championship in July and two golds
at the Canada Games in August a rare feat
After her breakthrough year, Collins found
herself at another turning point university.
She wanted to stay in Canada and swim, giving
her two choices: McMaster and UBC. Moving
west to UBC would take her to the home of the
top collegiate program in the country, but it
would also be a daunting step up from the
small (swimming) town of Regina. McMaster,
with its smaller team and top-notch coach, was
less intimidating.
"Lots of people had said, Tou're coming
from a smaller club. You might not fit in with a
bigger club. You might not enjoy it as much.'
But I thought, 'I might as well take the chance.
Other people have done it and done well."
She signed up for UBC. And it paid off.
Joining the Thunderbirds and UBC's swim
club, the Pacific Dolphins, pushed Collins to
the next level of swimming.
"It has helped me immensely, going from
racing myself in practice and coming here and
racing really fast people and learning how they
"I was definitely
known as 'the
swimmer girl'
who was always
away on meets,
always training.
I wasn't a big
partying person.
You have to try
and balance
school and
trying to balance it that's
—Elizabeth Collins
UBC swim team
swim and getting perspective on your stroke,
on technique, on how to swim a race," she says.
Oh, and that transition from a small club to
a big club? Not an issue.
"I think it's a credit to her, and a credit to
the program she came from, that she was able
to make that transition," Johnson says. "Some
kids do struggle."
As part of the Thunderbirds, Collins has
been willing to try events she's not used to so
the team can finish well.
"Before she came I was one of the only people who would do 200m fly," current teammate Jessica Deglau says. "She hadn't done
one in a really long time, but she knew we
needed someone to swim it, so she wasn't
afraid to do it for us, to help us get the points
in an event where we needed the points. She's
a real trooper."
Her main events help the team too.
"She can swim the butterfly swim event, an
area that we're not really strong in/ says
Johnson, "and she can swim backstroke, so
she's pretty versatile and she covers a lot of
ground for us." Collins has also had strong performances with the relay teams.
The most important meet for the T-Birds
this season is the CIS National Championships,
to be held at UBC in late February. The men's
and women's teams are both aiming for their
fifth consecutive CIS National titles. Winning
both titles, five years in a row, is an achievement unmatched in Canadian university sport
It's not hard to tell that the Nationals have
got Collins excited.
"It's going to be amazing," she says. "The
team's really getting into it. We're really excited, and it's just exciting to be part of that. The
team is so focused...and we're really coming
together as a team.
"I just want to prove that I can swim at this
level and that I am good enough to be here,"
she says. "I want to show that I can be part of
this team."
With her eight medals at the Canada West
Championships and with four years of varsity eligibility ahead of her, it looks like
Elizabeth Collins will be the swimmer girl for
a while yet. ♦
The CIS Swimming National Championships will be held at the UBC Aquatic Centre
torn February 22 to 24. Look for a fuEpreview
in Tuesday's issue of the Ubyssey. r
Friday. February 8.2002
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Friday. February 8.2002
UBC's tuition
projected to rise to
national average
by Ai Lin Choo
While students anxiously await a
provincial announcement regarding the likely thaw of the tuition
freeze, university administrators
have begun planning their budgets
for the next fiscal year.
According to Brian Sullivan,
vice-president, students, UBC will
most likely follow the general
approaches outlined in this year's
report by BC's
University Presidents'
Council (TUPC).
"If   we're    allowed
flexibility with respect to
tuition fees, and we may
not be...or the  freeze
may end but there may
be provincial guidelines
and    regulations   that
accompany it, in which
case of course we just
comply with those—but
if there is a fair deal of autonomy...then we will be tabling a proposal in an approach that follows
the guidelines [of the TUPC]," he
The TUPC report states that
over the next three years, tuition
fees should be raised to reflect the
national average of comparable
research institutions. It also stipulates that a significant portion of
the revenue raised should go
towards financial support for students, and that the university
should maintain a clear and transparent approach in its accounting.
Sullivan said that as the current
national average for tuition is
$3580 per year, students can
expect about a 60 per cent increase
in their fees over the next three
"People have to come up with
innovative ideas," he said, adding
that he thought it might be a good
idea to implement fee increases
according to year standing.
Sullivan said that decisions
regarding the implementation of
the tuition increase will probably
occur in May. In the meantime, he
intends to hold public forums and
discussions to generate as much
student input into the matter as
He said that other
things under consideration
were factors such as changing procedures from per
credit payments to per program payments, or
whether or not to increase
fees for all students at
once, irrespective of their
^J year standing.
"We have been doing
planning,  and on
emphasising that decisions on tuition increases are
approved by the university's Board
of Governors (BoG), Sullivan said
that as a senior officer of the university considering what is reasonable, he would suggest the
approach outlined by TUPC.
A preliminary budget will only
be ready in March. Sullivan said
that the university will have to wait
until the government releases its
budget on February 19 before it
can begin planning or get a secure
sense of the amount of revenue it
will receive.
Sullivan acknowledged students' anxiety over the issue of
tuition hikes and assured that the
university was taking those concerns into consideration. Sullivan
said that he has been in communication with the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) and the Graduate Student
Society (GSS), and that another consultation meeting will take place
on Monday.
"It's been difficult to plan
because we have not had information from the ministry, but what
the student groups and the university administration have agreed on
is that time is running quite short
and that we'll in fact get together... and start talking about general
approaches," he said.   .
Tieg Martin, student representative to the BoG, said that the tight
timeline is a concern. He said that
as the hike will only be announced
after the BoG meeting in March,
students will not have a lot of time
to start planning their finances for
the next year.
principle we wanted to wait on the
consultation [with students] until
we knew something, but the meetings that we're starting at the
beginning of the week will involve
exchanging some ideas and a proposal will be shaped up shortly
after that with some more details,"
he said.
Meanwhile, speculation over
the amount of extra money students will have to chalk up to pay
for tuition next year has generated a lot of rumours, anxiety and
Renee Fernandes, a first-year
Medical student, is one such example. Fernandes said that in discussions in some of her classes, the
dean of Medicine told students that
tuition next year would increase
substantially, and that she had
heard other students had been told
that tuition may double, or even
triple, in the next year.
"So we're looking at $ 10,000 to
$ 15,000 tuition a year. So that raises the question who gets to go to
medical school?" she asked. "If I'm
graduating with a debt load of
$100, if not $150,000, why on
earth should I stay in a province
that has sold me out?".
But John Cairns, dean of
Medicine, who has been visiting
medical student classes to talk
about anticipated tuition hikes,
said that he had not heard of the
release of actual figures. He said
that in his visits to classes, he has
advised students that tuition will
likely rise to the national average
and that students can expect to pay
substantially more.
"The situation is that there's a
certainty that tuition will rise in the
Faculty of Medicine at the point
where a provincial freeze is lifted.
The only uncertainty is whether or
when that freeze is lifted," he said.
He said' that most of the concerns students have regarding the
potential increase surround not
only immediate financial impacts,
but also financial aid programs
and the quality of education.
"[Student have] asked me to
come [talk to them], but it's a very
natural thing. This is a big issue
and an area of major concern, so
I'm pleased that they've asked and
I'm eager for them to be part of the
decision-making process," he said.
Students march for Day of Action
National clay sees protests in BC, across Canada
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Students across the country joined together
calling for accessible education during the
Canadian Federation of Students' (CFS)
Day of Action Wednesday.
In BC, where rumours of the government's impending tuition fee thaw have
been flying across the province all year, the
protests were particularly timely.
At UBC, the pouring rain didn't stop students from rallying at the Goddess of
Democracy at noon. About 200 students
waved signs, listened to speakers and
chanted songs calling for affordable tuition
and quality education.
"People keep talking about BC having
the  second-lowest tuition in the country
like it's something to be ashamed of, but I
think it's the thing that BC should be most
proud of," said Julie Devaney, one of the
organisers of the event at UBC.
Devaney said access to education is
"essential to any fair and equitable society."
A street theatre performance depicted
a confrontation between a gigantic puppet of Premier Gordon Campbell and a
student. The puppet Campbell ripped
pieces off the student's graduation
gown—which had labels such as 'work
study' 'facilities' and 'innovative projects' on it—symbolising the Liberals cuts
to education funding.
"Gordo's stripping us of our education.
He's stripping our grants/cried organiser
Mia Amir,  a  second-year Arts  student.
"Shame Gordo, shame!"
"Gordon Campbell is essentially stripping us of our right to an education," she
said. "We need to pick up these pieces and
demand that they be left in our hands."
Speakers at the event included Alma
Mater Society (AMS) President Erfan
Kazemi and Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) president Barry O'Neill.
O'Neill told students that they had the
support of the 65,000 BC members of
CUPE, and criticised cuts to education programs such as work study.
"We truly are behind you in rallies
across British Columbia. What has been
done to you has been done to others—it's
not putting education first in this
province," he said.
Stephen Little, a fourth-year Law student, criticised the Liberals for making
decisions without student consultation and
called for Campbell to take students
"We're not whiny kids," he said. "We are
mature students, we are families. We are a'
diverse group of students. We are voters
and we are taxpayers."
Students and university community
members rallied by the Goddess of
Democracy for about 30 minutes, then prepared to march to UBC President Martha
Piper's office to deliver a petition calling
for a five per cent reduction in tuition fees,
as well as open consultation with students
if changes are made to tuition policy.
The petitions—signed by over 1000 people—were taken by UBC vice-president, students. Brian Sullivan, on behalf of Piper.
Sullivan promised protesters that students
will be consulted throughout the process of
tuition policy changes.
"There's a board process in place that's
already been discussed with the AMS and
the [Graduate Student Society]. That consultation has begun. It will be democratic,
it will have opportunities."
"A public forum of the type you describe
has been a prominent feature before of
consultation procedures and will be again
this time," said Sullivan.
However, Sullivan hinted that tuition
fees would have to go up.
"The two things we agree on particularly being the absolute importance of post-
secondary eduction [are] the importance of
participation, and the importance of sustaining a quality learning experience for
people while they're here," he said, provoking groans from the crowd.
"There's access to the university, there's
access to the courses people want, there's
access to professors, there's access to services. All those things are vitally important,
and we're working together to try to
achieve that."
But Devaney was still happy with the
outcome of the rally, which she said was
"way beyond what we expected."
And she thinks Wednesday's actions will
make a difference.
"The university often thinks that they
can sit behind their closed walls with their
token student representatives, and steam-
roll decisions, and I think this shows, actually, this is going to be a transparent
process, whether they like it or not." ♦
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AMS calls on administration to be more accountable
by Kathleen Deering
—with files from Sarah
MacNeill Morrison
Preparing for an expected end to BC's six-year tuition fee
freeze, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) passed a motion at
Wednesday night's Council meeting, calling on UBC to
,2be more financially accountable.
The new policy states that in line with Trek 2000,
UBC's vision document for the future, the university
should be more accountable with its spending for next
year, and should make budgetary statements available to
the AMS.
"This is obviously timely. A lot of people are concerned with the fee level increase of next year," said
AMS President Erfan Kazemi.
"Our strategy is that there may actually not be a need
for tuition increases given the university and the efficiency they have. But we won't be aware of that unless
the AMS has unfettered access to all budgetary statements."
Tieg Martin, a Board of Governors (BoG) student representative who was involved with the construction of
the policy, said that Council's demonstrated support will
help him when he makes a presentation to the board
suggesting that tuition increases be a last resort.
"The idea behind this policy is that I'll have some
legitimacy in the sense that Council has endorsed these
principles," said Martin, who said he has already started
to communicate these ideas to the administration.
"If I can persuade the board that we aren't doing
things as efficiently as possible, maybe we can decrease
the degree that [the] tuiton increase hurts people by selling the board on the concept that before we increase
tuition, we should first take a look at money we're
already spending in the system," he said
Martin believes that providing the public uninhibited
access to budgetary statements will force the university
to be more cost-effective in the future.
Brian Sullivan, UBC's vice-president, students, said
that budgetaiy information is late this year because the
university will not get information on the tuition freeze
and funding until the province brings down its budget
on February 19.
"In a normal budget cycle, discussions would have
happened earlier," said Sullivan. "There has been no
indication about what [the provincial government] is
intending to do with this legislation."
The university's budget is currently available to the
public, but Kazemi said the breakdown of individual
costs is often very difficult to obtain. Because UBC is so
large, these small details don't often get looked at.
"You need specific breakdowns, not just the end budget Rather than how much it costs to build the building,
we want to see how much it costs to build the rooms and
how much did it cost to put in one chair," said Kazemi.
This breakdown would allow the AMS to make recommendations about how the university could be more
"There's a lot of money currently in the system that's
being wasted, and if that money weren't being wasted
and that money was directed to the areas where the
tution increase is supposedly going to, then maybe we
don't have to increase tuition as much as we think we
do," said Martin.
In the likely event that there will be a tuition fee
increase, Martin said the AMS wants to ensure that the
money from a tuition fee increase contributes noticibly
to improving the quality of education at UBC.
■ "We've made a list of quality indicators," said Kazemi.
"It's almost like a contract. If there are tuition increases,
we want to make sure it goes into the labs, the classrooms. We don't want it going into things that aren't relevant to the students."
Sullivan agrees that there should be areas identified
where improvements can be monitored, but said that
until the university gets the provincial announcement,
the administration simply don't know what the budget is
going to be like, and it is difficult to make predictions
about where the money could go.
"I think we're all hopeful that investments can be
made in areas the students have indicated need it," said
He said that the university plans to publicly release
an annual account of information about where additional revenue has been invested. ♦
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Anger at province taken to City Hall
Students lobby Vancouver City Council to address provincial cuts
by Duncan M. McHugh
Student groups, frustrated by the recent service cuts by the
provincial government, were disappointed Tuesday afternoon when Vancouver City Council refused to take
a position on the   Liberal cuts to education and
work programs.
Student groups had taken their complaints to
Council, hoping to encourage the city government
to pass a motion asking the provincial to reinstate
student sendees cut on January 17.
, "What we're asking them for is for them to
take a stand against the provincial government,"
said Christa Peters, Regional Coordinator for the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) for the
King Edward campus of Vancouver Community
"All of the cuts [affect] students who live in
Vancouver...and, obviously, some level of government is going to have to pick up some of that slack
and, more than likely, it's going to be the municipal governments that are going to have things
downloaded onto them."
The motion, introduced by the two Coalition of Progressive
Electors (COPE) councillors, would have Council call for a reinstatement of cuts, the maintenance of the post-secondary
tuition freeze and a repeal of Bill 28, the Public Education
Flexibility and Choice Act. The Act, which was passed last week.
gives universities control over class sizes and the use of computer-driven and distance education courses.
But the predominantly Non-Partisan Association (NPA)
City Council refused to address the motion, and the student
This is urgent and the budget is
coming down shortly and it's
important that Vancouver City
Council stand up, like so many
other city councils are standing
up and saying: this is not right,
don't do this."
—Fred Bass
Vancouver City Council
delegation was not allowed to address Council. The Council
felt that it was inappropriate to debate cuts made by the
provincial government.
"I, personally, have no appetite for hearing delegations
about what another level of government is doing," said NPA
Councillor Sandy McCormick, a former AMS Councillor. "I
said this at the meeting [on Tuesday] and I've said it before,
that these cuts and the changes, whether it's tuition freeze or
welfare cuts or any of these things affect citizens throughout
British Columbia, not just citizens of Vancouver."
But Fred Bass, a COPE councillor, thinks the City
Council should take a stand against cuts to student
"Basically, [Council] says they're going to come
back with a report on cuts," said Bass. "Well that's all
fine and dandy, except that this is urgent and the
budget is coming down shortly and it's important
that Vancouver City Council stand up, like so many
other city councils are standing up and saying: this is
not right, don't do this."
One of Bass's primary frustrations was that the
motion was not even considered.
"The minority should be able to make a motion,"
said Bass. "The majority can dispose of it the way they
want, but the minority should be  able to make a
motion. And to proscribe a whole realm of motions
because  they happen  to  fall  under  the   aegis  of
'Campbell cuts' is wrong.
"I did not expect [the motion] to pass, but I think it's
important to go on record, and by not having a vote, there's
no record."
The motion was one of a series of motions that called on
Council to take a stance against many social programs that
have recently seen cuts. ♦
Leaked document projects doubled tuition at UVic
'      by Kevin Groves
the Martlet
VICTORIA (CUP)-A leaked document suggests
that the University of Victoria's board of governors will support a massive tuition fee
increase this September.
In a January 17 pre-budgetary report
obtained by the Martlet, the student newspaper at UVic, the board of governors said
the provincial government will allow UVic
to double current tuition fee levels of
$2,152 over three years. The report indicates revenue from tuition will nearly double, from $33 million this year to $64 million by 2004.
"While this would be a significant increase,
it would provide a significant source of funding over the years ahead," the report said.
Tuition fee levels in the province have not
increased in over five years under a government-mandated freeze. Last year, the former
NDP government decreased tuition fees by
five per cent.
Jaime Matten, chair of the UVic Student
Society (UVSS), said the report confirms her
organisation's worst fears about skyrocketing
tuition fees.
"This report proves that students are not
crazy when they-believe tuition could double
very soon," Matten said. "When you do a budget, you budget conservatively, and if this is
what [the board's] estimates are, then anything is possible at this point."
Morgan Stewart, a student representative
to the board, said the existence of the report
before provincial budgetary announcements
are made on February 19 confirms that university administrators have received advance
information regarding the tuition fee freeze.
But UVic President Dave Turpin said the
document is a draft for a new board of governors about what measures the university
would need to take to maintain service if
provincial grants remain frozen.
"At this point we don't know what the government is going to do about tuition and we
don't know if the freeze is going to be lifted or
not," Turpin said.
Turpin added he has been quite clear with
the UVSS that, if provincial grants remain
frozen, tuition fees would have to be raised.
"We're being put in a situation that is very
difficult for everyone, but if tuition doesn't go
up, there will need to be big, big cuts within
the institution," he said.
Stewart said the situation facing cash-
strapped students could become worse if
the provincial government does not, allocate
the money saved from scrapped programs
like work study into its core funding to universities.
"[The board of governors] is expecting that
funding [will] be rolled into the university's
budget next year and right now there is no
guarantee that this will happen," Stewart said.
He said students need to fight to keep
fees low now rather than hope they will be
able to get financial assistance to offset steep
tuition later.
"If students don't stand up now, the freeze
will be lifted and 100 per cent increases are
going to happen," he said.
Stewart added the board's forecast shows
the university presently has 710 undergraduate and 418 more graduate students than it
can currently'fond. He suggested the board
may have to cut those spots next year to make
costs sustainable.
Turpin denied the claim, but could not
comment on what the university plans to do to
address funding shortages until after the
provincial budget is released. '
"We probably won't get our budget letter
until two weeks after the budget comes out,"
Turpin said. "That will be the info we need to
determine our budget, so a lot of those questions won't even be thought about until
The report doesn't include recommenda
tions for revenue sources other than tuition
fees except to note that fundraising "figures
prominently in [the] strategic plan."
Turpin said his office and the board of governors have been working "non-stop" to
fundraise for student assistance such as bursaries and scholarships.
Earlier this week, access to the university
secretary's office on the fourth floor of UVic's
economics building was restricted. The floor
holds Turpin's office and the board of gover-
, nors' meeting room.
Stewart said he believes the measure is
proof UVic's administration know the policies
they are implementing will be unpopular.
"They're scared right now and I don't
blame them," he said.
University spokesperson Bruce Kilpatrick
said the precautions were taken to ensure
"that disruptions are kept to a minimum" and
to protect the staff who work on the fourth
"In the past we've had people coming in
from off campus and there's been pushing
and shoving," Kilpatrick said. "There are some
concerns that we don't have a similar situation on our hands given the political climate
right now."
Kilpatrick added the board of governors
locks its doors every weekend. ♦
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Angus Reid: The Liu
Centre's latest catch
by Ted Chen
Dr A.-'iitis Reid, one. uf Can ida's
:ri'i«i f,iiri"i!S pollsters, is 'he laie.-l
i Ii'.'i'iii to =i growing INt :■!'
:"ipri -i^fve fai'diy al UBC's I,iu
Centre  Tor the Study of Global
\ newly .i|)pi..iuli'.l senior fel-
I nv and adjunct prnfe-sor, R.'id is
slated In >lirei I a [ir'iiy.in on m1o!>
,il pwl «'ic op.ninn rt'.-.i'.ir' h that will
j Idreos issues such as idubal
.Ir-jnuirdlKii'ion, limits to sou-r-
e'gnlv and jtovnrly.
Reid's appoint me ui is another
}■>'■£ bii.-isL lo UBC's national pres-
1 ii:**, following former Foreign
Adairs Minister Ll:i\ J .Axworthy's
.ippj'Tilmwit .is director anil CEO
of the centre la-,lyear.
We're eUremely pleased to
■.".iv i line Dr Reid to tlie Liu Centre
and ilie Faculiy nf Graduate
studies/ said Ax»vortliy i:i a prey*
release, He added tint Reid's
"extensile I'Aperie'ite* would gi\e
!':e leuLre new insight un !he
Mime'isions of tlie new environment* responsible for bringm;?
"n.iiiuns .ind people mure closely
together ihnii ever before."
C"ra in Regina, Reid earned
1 is BA tiiil MA. in sociology from
the University of Manitoba lie
obh'ned hi' PhD in sociology
from C-irleton University .ind was
.in uSsutiatd professor al the
University of Manil'.iba before
founding the Angus Reid Group in
1979. The Argus Reid Group even-
1'j.illy grew to a SCO million opera-
i.i.>n, with ten offices across North
Anient a.
Reid's motivation by set up the
Ancus Reid Group came frtim a
desire to look at the world from a
JJTerwit perspective
"I had been a university profes-
.--\r fur six or seven years and
derided that I needed to understand the world outside a little
more adequately than could come
by ju^t looking at il ihrotujh the
lens of a university/ he said in an
"So I decided to set up a con-
MillirfT company lo get more
experience with rompames and
government agencies. I was aI«o
j.i entrepreneur and I was interests! :n seeing what I could
I'-cornpIi^h without the con-
-!r 'inls of die univ ersity"
l>.-ides del/, enng more than
2CnJ major addresses lo professional and business audien'cs in
Can irla and the Uni'ed Stales,
Reid has also penned miir.er-.ius
.irUi les and (\.>lmr.ns for newspa-
pers and trade journals. His 199(5
hi",t-»'!ler Sh-ikr'Jonn: How the
A'e'.v ficnomi' is Chinking our
l.i\ e-i jiut Canada's evperieiu e in
the rfrwin* glob-ihsa'ion phenomenon into words.
"I wrote Shike in 1996 largely
in response to my concern over
die w iy in whu« h ■. combination of
new fon.es, terhnoloyy, globalisation and changing demography
were providing a new reality for
Ctriidians in a number of areas.
ShiikeJown was my attempt to
understand what were so:ne prel-
1y gut-wren< hing changes that this
country was going through in the
Reid is currently working on
his second book. Brand America,
the Key to .imerica's Power <tnd
Influence m the 21st Century.
'Br ind Arofnt 3 [will be] a far
different book, [altemp'ir.st] to
e\ iinine tlie c^ob-il reputation -j'i 1
imige of the United Slates of
'\i:htii a It's premised un Ihe idea
that lhr> real power of Arienci In
the jur:» term isn't ih rough its md-
llary inlalit .ir even it's etonomi',
but 'lirci.'ijh Ihe id*-ds JiJl it pri\|-
e< ts tn the rest of the world"
Reid is op'imislir n!uii;l
Can f la's polcnLial Tor s-jci ess in
lo-iay's world, but is concerned
that Cii.di touJd easily find
;l&eif out of the loop of its global
neigh hours.
"J think it's a world of oppor-
turut)' and . there are Bignificunl
challenges for Canada. I third;
that we hn\e a lot of Ihin^s ^oIpiZ
for as inclu.hrg a very well-edu-
r tiled labour forr e, s'rona nafur'd
re&ourcea and a higli le\el uf mul-
!:c:iliura!i>-n). These and other
factors, I thhik, all give C.tnada a
yvid opp')r*unity m this world/
he Siid.
"If there's anything that worries me," he continued, 'it's lhat
we have to h\o ne\t to ihe hyjitr
power' in d:o ivjrlJ whJih is ihe
USA . So Lrjmj to fulJy understand tlie nature of our natioinl-
i->Tn in 'his context c.»n be rather
ihfficulL It's possible that C.tnada
ran simply be left out of this new
globalisation as people look a I the
United States, Europe, al China
and Japan.
"In the grand scheme of
things," he said, '(Canada] is a fairly small country It's easy for it to
he left out, or simply be counted as
pari of Ihe United States, and I
worry about diat"
Reid re&iMs the idea that
Canadians should fully integrate
witli the US, although he does
admit that integration co'ild present some benefits for Canadians
'We [would] ha\ e a lot to benefit [from], but we are a separate country. We -ilso have some
differences and I don't think
very many Canadians want to
become Americans,' he said
"Hying to define our unique
culture, our unique national
idenlily, rem'iins [challenging]
ti>r a lot of people ;n this country, particularly ;n a major gl»!>
alisjtion, in an age in whi'h ?o
"nuth of our own economy and
it would appear so tnin.v ac<;\i-
iies, are focused on 'he sou'h
fin Uie US] '
Reid sold 'he Ar.jjus Reid Group
in -0(K) to lhe Paris Based Ip-..a
SA in the lamest market lese.inh
iicquisilion in <" tnadian liislory
Besides Us new portion al
UBC, Reid is al--u lhe pre-i'lenl and
CEO of An^us Ri-id Stralegi.-s, a
Vancouser bawd global consulting
company specialising in marketing <^iv\ public affairs
"It's just a e-mail consulting offshoot in addition In serving as a
senior fellow at lhe Liu Centre for
Globil Studies/ said Reid. He
added that the business gives him
a basis for providing strategic help
to a number of friends and clients
involved in a variety of campaifais
and business endeavours.
In addition, Reid said, Ihe business "allows me to keep an office
downtown and while I love the
UBC campus, I've worked downtown Pt the last decade/
Obviously. Reid is a man who
finds it difficult lo sit still. ♦
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REPRESENTING? Premier Campbell's office was closed during yesterday's protests, nic fensom photo
Accountability demanded
 by Julia Christensen
People angered by recent government cuts gathered in
protest yesterday outside BC Liberal constituency offices
a< ross the province.
'lhe demonstrations were planned as part of
Accountability Day, a province-wide call for action, organised by the People's Opposition, a group of BC citizens who
feel that the Liberal government cuts have caused much
despair and frustration in the province.
The sidewalk in front of Premier Gordon Campbell's
constituency office at 3615 West 4th Avenue was lively
yesterday, as activist groups congregated to demand
accountability from the BC Liberal government At the
height of the protest, in the early afternoon, around 60
protesters were present to show their support for a wide
range of issues, from transit to childcare to homelessness
to seniors' rights.
About 30 protesters from the UBC Social Work Students'
Association (SWSA) marched lrom McBride Park at 4th and
Waterloo to Campbell's office. Karen Schiltroth, a fourth-
year Social Work student, said that the SWSA is concerned
about the provincial cuts for many reasons.
"There [are] a number of things that bother us, not just
about the individual cuts,. but about the process that
Campbell has undertaken," she said.
There's a lot of rhetoric going around about a structural deficit and the idea that Campbell has no choice,
but .government is about choice. And the first thing that
lhe [BC Liberals] did when they came into office was make
a la{ cut and now Gordon Campbell is running around
stealing seniors' bus passes and taking away child care subsidies from four-year-olds to pay for those cuts.
' He did have a choice and Jie made it, and now he needs
lo be accountable for making that choice," said Schiltroth.
Adults and children who gathered at Campbell's office
w aved homemade signs and banners while cars and buses
driving by honked 1heir horns and waved in support
Mark Dickson, a member of the Bus Riders' Union, said
he was "totally upset" about the cuts to government-subsidised bus passes.
"The primary reason why I went on government
assistance in the first place was to get the pass," said
Dickson, who is in a wheelchair. "[I] won't be able to go
anywhere now/
Marilyn Young, a volunteer with End Legislated Poverty
and a member of the BC Seniors' Advisory Council, said she
was at the protest to demand that the government address
seniors' concerns.
"[The Seniors' Advisory Council] was just told three
weeks ago that our advisory council is no longer viable,"
Young said.
"We got an e-mail [from the BC government] saying our
funding was being cut off. The Council has been government-sanctioned since 1978 and we have provided a very
valuable source of information to the Ministry of Seniors.
Now the Ministry of Seniors is no more either. It was decimated January 17, like a lot of other departments."
Young said that she had phoned Campbell's constituency office about her concerns, but none of her calls were
During yesterday's protest, the office remained locked
and closed to the public.
However, Cheryl Maitland, Campbell's constituency
assistant, said that the office was closed yesterday morning
because the office is staffed by one full-time employee who
had to conduct constituency business outside of the office
yesterday. She added that phone calls to the office were forwarded to that employee's cell phone.
"We do have to keep the office closed from time to
time, depending on whether or not there are meetings or
other events we need to attend outside of the office," she
said, adding that security was not a factor in the decision
to keep the office^ closed yesterday. She noted that the
office has been kept open in the past while protests were
staged outside. ♦
Students occupy president's office
by Robert Lewis
the Argus
U'dversity President Fred Gilbert
offered a stunned smile from his
office chair as about 70 students
seized senior administration offices
Wednesday to protest soaring
tuition fees.
Beating on drums and chanting
slogans as they marched past Gilbert,
the students handed senior administrators a letter informing the uni-
verisity of a three-day takeover of the
administration offices should a list of
demands not be met.
The letter, which was written by
Lakehead's   student   union,   was
given to administrators at about
3pm on Wednesday. It demanded
that the Ontario provincial government freeze tuition, and it ordered
the university to deal with a faculiy
shortage, cut administration and
eliminate a fee for students paying
tuition in installments.
Tension remained low despite
the presence of security in the office.
Having spoken with student union
President Jeremy Salter, Gilbert
agreed to send a letter to the provincial legislature calling for an immediate tuition freeze.
But since Gilbert offered only
"half-commitments" to the students'
other demands, the protesters don't
have plans to leave the office any
time soon, Salter said.
Gilbert thinks otherwise.
"I'm not going to allow occupation
of the office. I have too much work to
do in the next three days," he said.
The protesters, who by Wednesday
night were down to a committed
group of 20, armed with board
games, guitars and sleeping bags,
were not immediately asked to leave.
But Gilbert said he planned to
walk into his office Thursday morning and was "not going to be physically prevented from doing so." He
wouldn't comment on legal or academic consequences for the students
if they refused to let him enter.
"We'll deal with it when it happens," he said. ♦ Friday. February 8.2002
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x Ai Lin Choo
Sarah Morrison
Ron Nurwisah
Scott Bardsiey
Julia Christensen
Laura Blue
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Graeme Worthy
Alicia Miller
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"Sweep!!!!' screeched Lisa Denlnn In second Dan Silverman am!
third Laura Blue. 'Harrrrrrdd Harrnhi". Scott Bardsiey's guard
was light, again, ami everyone was ijuestjnniug his position as leail.
Helen Eady waited eager)}' in ill** wings U>r her chance tn no fur gold,
hut doubted if tlie skip would re-jig the team in tlip middle of a
match. Nobody hail seen a iuid-uiatr.-]i team shuffle .wince Nic
Fensum replaced "the Wrench" in Uie '78 Labatt Brier. Sure enough,
at Hie tup (if the 7th Denton signalled tn manager Einilie Cameron
that the team would remain the same. A devastated Eady threw her
hrnuio at Ai Lin Choo, whose nose promptly lealied onto the Ires],
sheet of ii:e, Rob Stoteshun'-Leeson pave hiuiself a really had paper-
cut in sympathy but of course it didn't drip in tlie chilly air. Alicia
Miller called fur composure, "we're Canadian fur Christ's sake.'*, hut
Graeme Worthy, who never could resist a fight, threw his lifer at her.
Michelle Fiirhacher struggled to get tlie rocks out n! rear!) nf Hywel
Tuscano and EUie Capak. who were known to make tiling go from
had to worse. Her effort was in vain, however, since they had
brought their own granite and were carelessly dropping rocks un
sheets J. '3 and H, Out camejulia Crislensen In settle things, but,
unaccustomed to curling shoes she lost her halancp and suffered a
mild rnnrussinn. Dazed, she held an enlarged photo of Duncan
McHugh to her face, hoping to conceal her presence at the event
I'nim reporters .Alexis Rnohani and Sarah Mac-Neil) Morrison. No
matter, they were glued to coverage of lhe men's figure skating
finals, where Ron Nurwisah was proving himself to lie the only significant threat lo Elvis Slnjkn.
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Be prepared or be afraid, very afraid
It's coming. Right now, as you read this editorial, it may be creeping around in dark alleys
or lurking in shady corners, waiting. And kid
yourself all you want to, but the truth is, it's
waiting for you.
So be warned: just when you think all you
have to be worried about is midterms and term
papers, just when you're stressing over finals,
just when you're starting to think about your
summer plans—it will make its move. And then
there will be no going back.
If you haven't guessed it, we're talking about
the thawing of BC's six-year post-secondaiy
tuition-fee freeze. And if it sounds like we're
being a little over dramatic, it's because the
tuition increase wiBbe dramatic.
The thaw is expected to be announced
February 19 wheii the BC Liberals present their
new budget. This means that UBC'a Board of
Governors (BoG) won't meet to discuss the
increase until March, when it's expected they'll
vote to increase fees in accordance with the
approaches outlined by The. University
Presidents' Council (TUPC).
TUPC has decided that tuition fees should be
increased over a period of three years to meet
the national  average of similar institutions.
Since the current national average for universities $3580, UBC students should expect their
tuition fees to increase a whopping 60 per cent
over the next few years.
And even though TUPC has also decided that
a significant part of the funds generated from
the increase should contribute to financial aid
for students, students are still undoubtedly
going to feel the impact of the tuition increase-
especially if they don't plan ahead. Not only will
the BoG not meet about the increase until
March, but the decision on how the increase will
be implemented won't occur until May. May—
when your exams are finished and you've
already begun your summer.
So although you don't know how much
your tuition will increase—or when—rest
assured, it will go up.
You might be planning to return to your
'cushy' job as a sandwich artist this summer or
to finally make that near-compulsory trip to
Europe. But if you leave university without looking back, you may find that when you return to
campus in September, your year's worth of education and living expenses isn't going to be as
easy to cover.
We know finding a decent-paying job can be
tough, especially when you're only available for
four months. This is even more true given that
the Liberals have cut the Youth Community
Action and Student Summer Work programs,
among others. But what other options do you
Well, you can protest. But judging from UBC's
poor turnout at the February 6 Day of Action
protest—especially compared to those at smaller
schools like UVic and SFU—not many students
take this option seriously. But you know what? It
works. You only had to watch Wednesday's
news, or pick up Thursday's paper, to see the
kind of reaction the student protests generated.
But if you're still afraid of the placards and
the shouts and the chants, never fear. You can
also elect to participate in the upcoming
forums and discussions that university
administrators will be holding in order to
gain student input on the increase. And again,
seeing as though not many UBC students take
the initiative to participate in such activities,
your voice will most definitely be heard. And
it will matter.
Of course, there's always the option of sitting
back and doing nothing. But if this is what you
choose to do, be prepared to pay for it ♦
Dismantling BC's
education system
On January 31, a local Kelowna newspaper
announced on its front page that School
District 23 would be laying off all counsellors, learning assistance teachers and
teacher-librarians. It went on to say that
there will be less support for special-needs
students next year and increased numbers of
special-needs children in larger regular
classes. Is this what the parents of this
province voted for? And do we just sit by
whde this government dismanties one of the
best education systems in the world? Yes,
one of the bestl In a recent study involving
32 countries worldwide, Canada's 15-year-
olds came second in the world in reading,
.fifth in science and sixth in math. And BC
students exceeded the Canadian average in
all three areas of study. It also found that our
public education effectively narrowed the
gap between the rich and poor, providing
opportunity and hope for a child's future
regardless of social position or wealth
(Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development, Paris, France, 2001).
Do you think this quality of education and
equality of opportunity wdl continue if the
government is allowed to strip the public
school system in order to promote private
schools? Come on parents, is this what you
want? You are truly our partners in education. Speak out! Maybe someone wdl listen to
you. They 're certainly not listening to us
'greedy, uncaring, no-good' teachers.
—Linda Chamberlayne
1977 UBC Education grad
Special Education Teacher, Kelowna BC
Protests can and do
I was an Engineering student in the 1980s, and
I took part in protest marches on campus and off
campus as part of the solidarity campaign
against the draconian policies of then-premier
Bill Bennett The present incarnation of all that
is geared to make the rich stronger is Gordon
Campbell, and his policies are even more
extreme than those of Bill the Terrible. Alma
Mater Society president Erfan Kazemi is off the
mark in his remark about the effectiveness of
student protest ("Day of Action planned for UBC
[Feb. 1]). Forget him and follow the advice of
Summer McFadyen and have a really large day
of protest CampbeE and his cohorts are once
again attempting to restrict access to a university education. Only the rich deserve to be the
rulers of tomorrow and you should be hewers of
wood and drawers of water like your working-
class parents. It is. time you let him know that
kind of tMnMng went out with Queen Victoria.
Remind President Piper that the major part of
her mandate as president is to be an advocate
for the students of UBC. She, the Board of
Governors and the faculty of UBC must make it.
clear to the Liberals that they support universal
access to a university education and that prohibitively large increases in tuition are antithetical
to that ideal.
—Marc Anthony Alexis
UBC alumnus
Nurses are not junior
Recently, there have been discussions about nurses doing medical tasks, such as physical examina
tions and suturing, in order to relieve pressure on
doctors. The medical profession is looking to relegate unwanted work to nurses without considering the consequences. Our primary concerns
about this issue are the redefinition of the nursing
profession and the increased stress that this will
place on individual nurses.
Nursing care is holistic, treating the basic
human needs of the person. As we all know, these
needs are more than just physical and embrace
social, emotional and spiritual dimensions. The
goal of nursing is to empower each individual to
meet his or her potential as a human. We call this
work caring, while medicine focuses on simply
curing a specific ailment and helping an individual solve health problems. If one understands
these lundamental differences between nusing
and medicine, one understands that medicine
should not delegate its menial work to nursing.
Nurses are not junior doctors; nursing is a unique
profession We are spending four years in university learning about how to provide ideal nursing
care, and we do not want to wind up substituting
our core values for being mini-doctors in the workplace. Nurses go beyond the call of duty to provide
high quality care, and this causes tremendous
stress when self-imposed standards are not
obtained due to workload pressures. It is no wonder that, according to Debra McPherson, the average nurse stays in the profession for three years,
leaving due to burn-out and dissatisfaction Nurses
are already doing non-nursing duties due to the
lack of auxiliary support, and yet the medical profession is asking us to take on more non-nursing
tasks? Considering the current shortage of nurses
and their overburdened workload, perhaps we
should be ask doctors to take on nursing tasks.
—Anya Andreeva, Susan Pendray and
Christina Solmonson
Nursing 4 Pace Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. February 8.200214 -|
UBC museum's
collaboration with
Iranian government
On Saturday, February 2, a prominent and active member of the
Iranian community called my
attention to a UBC ad published in
The Georgia Straight The advertisement is for an exhibition on
Islam at the Museum of
Anthropology that is being
endorsed by the government of the
Republic of Iran. Members of the
Iranian community deplore and I,
a UBC alumnus and a woman,
deeply regret that the university is
engaging in collaboration with
such a government.
The government of Iran has been
not only punishing dissent in the
most brutal fashion, it also has been,
for many years now, enforcing a
backward and repressive code of
conduct on its citizens, women in
particular, subjecting to torture and
often cruel death those who dare, or
are deemed to dare, not to comply.
The exhibition could be seen as
an event meant to counter the ill
feelings that many may have
against people of the Muslim faith
in reaction to the atrocious
September 11 events in the
United States. It is wrong, however, that in doing so the university
should assume that a repressive
fundamentalist government such
as that of Iran represents, or even
has something in common with,
most Muslims.
Out of respect for the many
Iranians who must either die or
lead an enslaved existence, I urge
the university to immediately sever
all collaboration with the government of Iran.
—Alicia Barsallo
UBC alumnus
State of a delusional
On November 11, 2001, precisely
two months after the attacks on the
World Trade Centre and the
Pentagon, the Iranian president
met with business leaders from
Canada and the United States in
New York to discuss future investments in Iran with the aim of
expanding the country's service
and industrial sectors. I repeat
again, the president of Iran met
with business leaders from both
Canada and the United States in
New York City. The Iranian president was assigned CIA security
guards whose responsibility was to
protect the president, a treatment
given to any foreign dignitary who
enters the country and whose life,
country and especially relationship
are worth something to the United
States. The US president made ho
mention of the leader of an 'evil-
axis power' entering his country.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2002,
the president of the United States,
George W. Bush, in his annual State
of the Union Address to Congress,
declared that Iran, Iraq and North
Korea were on his list of nation-
states under suspicion and who, in
the future, may expect military
action from the United States. It is
of deep concern when one considers the events of the past three
months and what type of policymaking road has been paved for
future military action in response
to terrorist, or even non-terrorist,
activities. There is currently no
proof that Iran, Iraq or North Korea
were involved in the terrorist
attacks on the US, yet it seems to be
the policy of Washington that any
state which is offensive in some
degree—either ideologically, politically, economically or geographically—and who interrupts US interests
in any fashion can now be bombed,
invaded and have a puppet government similar to the one in
Afghanistan instilled within it. I
suppose if the soft-wood lumber
dispute in Canada is not resolved,
we can expect an invasion force of
Americans to cross the border-
perhaps this time not embarrassing themselves as they did in 1812.
The policy road which the Bush
administration has chosen to follow
is not only detrimental to the survival of the United States, as it creates subterranean anger which will
not manifest itself for years but will
eventually surface as possible terrorist attacks, it also goes against any
rational, historically educated and
morally sound character of the leaders of a state. If the Bush administration continues the traditional oscillatory behaviour the United States is
historically known for when it comes
to nation-states—invading, instilling
puppet governments, withdrawing,
only to repeat the process several
years down the road—the 'greatest
democracy on Earth' will soon find
resentment and dissent growing
from within and encircling its invisible borders. And this type of dissent
cannot be cured with military action.
—Saleh Tousi
Arts 2
Small sfi^nfiP
 by Michael Baumann
On January 30, the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI), a
not-for-profit organisation established by the government of Canada
some five years ago, announced
that it will invest $779 million in
research infrastructure. This initiative will, according to the somewhat
vacuous braggadocio of CFI
President David Strangway, 'provide the extraordinary means to the
research institutions and their
researchers to become world-class
leaders in the global knowledge-
based economy."
Under the banner of progress,
universities and colleges will thus
again expand their research facilities and the public will once more
foot the bill for their construction
and maintenance. What remains
unclear, however, is how exactly
all these temples of knowledge will
make better science and produce
better research? (And Nobel honours have yet to be bestowed onto
a budding.)
This question, obviously, begets
the usual arguments: Blah blah
blah...intellectually stimulating environment..space for interdisciplinary research teams...state-of-the-art
research facilities...blah blah blah.
But real scientists, relative frequency not exclusivity, do not need fancy
buildings to thrive; it is science
administrators that do.
You can put the Einsteins and
Godels, the von Neumanns and
Morgensterns, the Bantings and
Bests, into a subway toilet and still
have an exciting research environment On the other hand, as a
researcher at the institution that
received a lion's share of the $76
million in CFI funding, let me say
that this university does not lack
potential space for professional
interaction nor does any other
academic institution I have ever
What modern science lacks is
fresh and exhilarating people that
are willing to take intellectual risks.
And, no golden palazzo can compensate for a mediocrity in mind and
spirit that academia has bred.
So investing in people rather
than buildings alone will not suffice
if the characterisation by an eminent British colleague is valid:
"Science has grown fat, la2y and cor-
rupt and, like an obese atherosclerotic man, imagines that more rich
food will cure his condition.* But
then, how can we find the human
capital necessary to innovate and
invigorate science? The short
answer is, we can't.
However, if it is true that abundance of money will spontaneously
create charlatans then its absence
might have the opposite effect Why
not make science small again by
capping the salaries of university
researchers—for the University of'
British Columbia, may I suggest
$ 75,000 annually. (Besides, in history, the separation between personal
income and professional expenditure is rather new.)
Of course, the same principle
should apply to science administrators. Power just doesn't taste as good
if it doesn't come with a huge compensation package. Shall I say, rats
leaving the sinking ship would not be
a completely inadequate metaphor.
Detractors will try to convince
you of two myths. First, how important publicly funded research is for
economic development Second,
that any research institution adopting a small-is-beautiful scheme cannot compete with other institutions
for top researchers.  •
But then the amount of money a
well-managed university can save in
salaries, it, can spend in research
support that can then be used to
attract and provide a decent salary
to bright graduate students. Also,
because any scientist can be considered lucky if he or she has one good
idea in his or her career, wouldn't it
be only prudent to spread the risk
among the players rather than over-
1 paying aging researchers? After all,
our society doesn't reward aging
athletes for less-man-mediocre performances either.
If the public gave us less money
but distributed it more uniformly,
wouldn't science become less incestuous and nepotistic, more honest
and culpable? (You might find it
revealing that, according to US
research propaganda from 1970,
the cure of cancer was actually
found in 1976. But if research is the
exploration of the unknown, how do
scientists know that they will find
what they are promising?)
All this is speculation and
nobody has answers to these questions. However, I believe it is high
time that scientists and their benefactors, i.e. the public, engage in a
constructive dialogue, not about the
contents of science, but about the
kind of scientists we want It might
be even worth it to do some social
-Dr Michael Baumann is a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC.
Science and God
In the last edition of the Ubyssey,
the final sentence of a letter (from
Glenn Harvey) about the possible
existence of God asserted that "If
you want to live life to the max,
then your search ought to be not for
spirituality but for knowledge,
experience and a relationship with
God" ("Oldrig-anity?': You decide,"
Letters [Feb. 5]).
Developing a relationship with
any alleged god is an increasingly
tenuous proposition, given recent
research into the connections
between brain states and religious
experiences. One thinks of the
work of Michael Persinger of
Laurentian University, Andrew
Newberg of the University .of
Pennsylvania and others, as well
as books such as The 'God' Part
of the Brain by Matthew Alper.
From this Glenn Hardie to that
Glenn Harvey, I would say that, to an
unbiased^ mind, reliable knowledge
of such scientific research mitigates
against the development of imaginary relationships with supernatural
entities. Tuum Est.
—GlennM. Hardie
UBC alumnus
Slash and burn
by Adam Yoshida
There are two things at play in the
present government cuts. First,
there are the things that we simply fcannot afford (and probably
could never afford]. A rational
government cannot spend tens, of
millions of dollars on negotiations that go nowhere, human
rights commissions that attempt
to impose a politically correct
morality upon all and, most
importantly, on massiye handouts
to those who simply refuse to
work. Now, there are those who
say, "WeE, we could still afford
; Sbose things if you hadn't given
massive tax breaks to tlie rick*
However, we must ask ourselves, just who are 'the rich' who,
some claim, have sucked the life
out of the working people of British
Columbia? The funny "thing about
that isj the rich are the working
people of British Columbia! A family of four with an income of
$60,000 Canadian a year may not
be poor, but by no rational line of
thought can they be considered
rich either. Yet
that is who is
being demonised
when people go
on television and
denounce      tax
" cuts for the 'rich.' They're not talking about Kennedys or
Rockefellers, they're talking about
the guy who works 14-hour days to
keep his small business running.
They're talking about the two parents who work full-time to save for
retirement and to pay for their children's education. According to the
twisted logic of the Left, not only
are the people who drive Jaguars
and eat caviar rich, but the ones
who drive old Honda Civics and eat
Hamburger Helper as well.
Well I reject that notion. There
are those who say that the 'rich'
should pay their 'fair share,' The
truth is that the 'rich' have already
paid their share and a dozen other
people's shares. It's far past time to
give lhe hardworking people who
just barely managed to keep this
province afloat over this past
decade a break, It's time for the
hardworking members of our middle class to be able to go out and
buy nice things again. More than
that, it's time that the poor learn to
pay their fair share!
There are far too many people
in our society who have an attitude
of unlimited entitlement "If one
"person has something," they say,
"well then I should have it too, and
if I can't afford it then the government should either buy it for me or
make sure that no one else can
have it either." This twisted communist logic is~the cause of most of
the ills of our society. It has allowed
for the creation of a new leisured
class made up not of old-stock, old-
money aristocrats hut rather of the
terminally shallow, stupid, shiftless, immoral and lazy,
This, new class is best personified hy many of the students who
go to school at what once were our
finest universities. This group of
terminally moronic hedonists ay
that you're advocating 'child
labour' when you say that
teenagers should have a part-time
job. They claim that anything they
do or say is none of your business
but that you should continue giving
them money to do and say it They
cry foul when, you tell litem that
they have to pay hack their debts.
They live lives of endless promiscuity and disclaim all personal
responsibility. Yet they have She
gal to tiy and tell responsible citizens how they should act. They
have the nerve to block the streets
and smash windows because they
don't agree with policies that they
are far too addled to understand.
These students certainly aren't
the only example of this new class.
Our society
is also infested with welfare queens
and bums.
While there
are some people who are on welfare for legitimate reasons, for
every person legitimately cashing a
welfare cheque, there are two abusing the system. The purpose of welfare is to give people a hand up, not
a hand out The old system fostered dependency which in turn
created lost children who had
never known any provider other
than the government
We lost the battle for the hearts
and minds of welfare recipients
when we took the shame out of
welfare. Yes, sometimes people
have to go on welfare, but there's
nothing good about it. People who
are on welfare without cause
should feel bad because they are a
burden to the rest of society,
instead of a productive member of
it. Instead of pushing people off
welfare as fast as possible, we've
normalised it. There's no real stigma to being on wellare; there's no
food stamps; and no one really
even has to know.
We don t need to cater to this
class. Who cares if they've got nothing better to do but take to the
streets in protest? If they just want
to shout, let them. If they want to
break things or threaten people,
then arrest them. The new era is
here in British Columbia, and its
full of promise for those who are
willing to work for it
-Adam Yoshida Is a first-year
political science student at SRJ. 12
Friday. February 8. 2002
Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Slates to stay
Councillors defeat motion
by Jesse Marchand
After debating the issue for more
than two hours Wednesday night.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council
defeated a motion to limit the
unfair advantages that slates have
in AMS elections.
In the AMS's electoral process,
students typically join political
'slates' to pool resources and gain
broader publicity.
Arts Councillor and Senate representative, Chris Eaton, brought
forward a motion at Wednesday's
Council meeting, calling for amendments to the AMS elections code.
The motion stated that "slates
compromise the integrity of our
Elections by giving affiliated candidates financial and promotion-sharing benefits that place them at an
unfair advantage
over independent
Code amendments would
have forbidden
candidates from
jointly incurring
expenses, and
would have eliminated the nicknames or slate
' names that
appear on ballots.
"I'm not saying this is a perfect solution,"
said Eaton, but he
said he felt his motion was necessary and called the current elections
a "sham."
AMS elections code forbids candidates from spending more than
$200 on their campaign, or from
putting up more than one poster in
a specific spot, so slates, Eaton said,
might run "dummy candidates" to
receive promotional and financial
Eaton said slate candidates have
a significant advantage over independent candidates, comparing the
combined advertising budget of a
slate of 12 people to the $200 available to independents.
Science representative Brian
Maclean spoke in support of the
motion, saying that slates at UBC
have outlived their usefulness and
students have become "disillusioned" with AMS processes.
"We've actually lost credibility in
the eyes of some students," he said.
But Law representative Brett
Horton supported the idea of slates,
and said he would "strongly
oppose" the motion.
"Political affiliations go hand-in-
hand with the political system."
Many councillors were particularly concerned with other more
controversial amendments that
would have forbidden candidates
from campaigning on behalf of, or
endorsing the candidacy of, other
candidates, and would have forbidden candidates from showing any
affiliation with any other candidate,
including having "similarly-styled
campaigning materials."
Arts representative Dea Lloyd
said it was "patronising" to assume
that students couldn't navigate the
slate system themselves, if they
wanted to do so.
She added that a week after the
elections was the wrong time to discuss the matter. Lloyd suggested an
ad-hoc committee to discuss the
motion further and "eliminate any
perception of bias."
"On average
across this
with slates
are crappie"
—Dave Tompkins
"It would just change the bias,"
retorted Eaton.
The debate was personal for
many and the meeting approached
near chaos on several occasions,
with rapid replies to comments flying across the room.
AMS President Erfan Kazemi
ran on the Students for Students
slate for the third year last month,
winning a position as a BoG student
representative. But he said he'd
been wavering back and forth on
the issue of slates.
"You'd be surprised where I
stand on the issue, you'd be very
surprised," he said.
Graduate Student Society (GSS)
representative Dave Tompkins
mentioned that he had ten years of
experience with student governments, and that he has been biting
his tongue on the
issue of slates for
the four years
that he has been
at UBC.
"When I first
came to UBC, I
was appalled at
the state of elections here," he
said. He then said
that he was going
to state a 'fact'
that many people
on Council might
not be able to
"On average
across this country, student councils with slates are
crappier," he said. "They do not
have the strongest quality executive
Tompkins also criticised those
who associated slates with freedom
of association, saying that unlike
AMS clubs, slates at UBC are not
accessible to all.
Currently, no formal selection
process exists for candidates to join
In a presentation to council earlier in the evening, Elections
Administrator Deanna Metcalfe
said that the issue of slates needed
to be addressed—that Council needed to either officially recognise
slates or ban them altogether.
"A slate name on the ballot is a
form of campaigning" she wrote in
her report "If you are part of a slate
you have an advantage."
But members of the Students for
Students slate maintained that the
slate system simply followed the
will of students.
While repeated motions were
made to refer the discussion to
committee, or to table the issue,
Kazemi and others said it should be
resolved that night.
"Vote it down or vote it in right
now," Kazemi said.
When the question, which would
have required the support of two-
thirds of Council to pass, was finally
called, 14 councillors voted in
favour of it, and 17 rejected it. It
failed. After two and a half hours of
debate, the discussion on slates
finally wrapped up after 12 am.
During discussion, Adamec said
she couldn't believe that Council
was "bellyaching about internal
matters" at a time when the government is expected to announce an
end to the tuition freeze in the next
few weeks.
"I'm really, really appalled," she
said. "We have much, much more
important things to do at this
time." ♦
THERE IS A VW BUG TIED TO THE MOLSON BREWERY: Early yesterday morning a group of
engineers performed an annual UBC prank/tradition, hanging a VW Bug off a local landmark.
Although impressive, yesterday's display will never beat last year's cross-border feat, when engi-
. neering physics students hung a bug off the Golden Gate Bridge,  nic fensom photo
Judge dismisses election appeals
        by Ai Lin Choo
The results of this year's Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections were ratified
at Wednesday's council meeting
after student judge Mandy Javahery
dismissed two election appeals
brought forward by the Students
Voice slate.
Students Voice was appealing
decisions made by the elections committee, who dismissed one of the
slate's complaints because it was not
registered on time.
According to AMS elections code,
all complaints or appeals in the elections process must be made within
72 hours after the election irregularity occurs.
Students Voice issued a complaint about an illegal e-mail message sent out to members of the
Pharmacy Undergraduate Society
promoting the Students for
Students slate.
During the appeals process,
Students Voice argued that despite
missing the deadline, penalties
should nevertheless be enforced, as
the spirit of the code does not allow
for breaches of elections rules to go
But Javahery dismissed the
appeals, stating she believed the
AMS elections committee had cor
rectly followed elections code.
"I cannot find any inconsistencies
here by the Elections Administrator
or the Committee in regards to their
following of the Code. They have not
failed to consider any relevant information nor have they acted in a
biased manner, or imposed different
penalties for similar infractions,"
she wrote in her report.
Students Voice also appealed the
elections committee's decision on
their complaints about the instructions given to voters by poll clerks.
A witness said that bad instructions had been given out by a poll
clerk, and the slate implied this led
to a large number of spoiled ballots
in this year's elections.
But this complaint was also dismissed by Javahery, who wrote that
one poll clerk's negligence couldn't
be used to represent all poll clerks at
the election.
"I am not convinced that the
respondents acted against procedure, or failed to take into account
relevant information, or acted in a
biased manner. The appellants have
not provided any proof of these
required criteria, and there was no
proof presented on the very technical issue of the correctly marked ballots either," she wrote.
Lia Cosco, who spoke on behalf of
Students Voice during the appeals
process, said that although she was
not completely happy with the
judge's ruling she was happy with
the amount of awareness the appeals
have raised.
"We went in knowing that the
odds were against us...our point was
made, I think people are now more
aware of what happened," she said.
Cosco said the occurrence of elections irregularities implies that
changes-such as trying to keep the
number of spoiled ballots down-need
to be made to the elections process.
At Wednesday's AMS council
meeting. Elections Administrator
Deanna Metcalfe said people on the
elections committee need more guidance in familiarising themselves
with their job descriptions. She
called on council to create a manual
for each position on the committee.
While Cosco said that her slate
will not be taking further action
against the campaign irregularities, she is hopeful that this year's
irregularities will not occur in
future elections.
"I know for sure that the people
who ran this year and are thinking
about the next ye ar will be a lot more
aware of what can go wrong,"
she said. "[Changes] will happen
eventually." ♦


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