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The Ubyssey Jan 30, 1998

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by Sarah Galashan
For a few minutes Tuesday night it
looked like UBC students had left a
band of piss-tanks and a few token
serious, but shell-shocked, politicians
in charge of the AMS' $2.3 million
As two women read results at the
mic in the Gallery Lounge, it looked
like the Radical Beer Faction had nearly swept the AMS executive election
with Shirin Foroutan and Neena Sonik
the lone serious types on the new executive. It took about five niinutes for the
AMS executive hopefuls and their
detractors, supporters and onlookers
to catch on. They announced the percentages, not numbers of votes.
Besides wouldn't the elections administrator make the announcement?
Tensions ran high that night in the
SUB's Gallery Lounge as most candidates waited around tables of beer,
sometimes immodestly speculating
on their chances. One independent
was overheard in the men's room
telling another candidate how.great
running for the election was for his
social life.
"My photo was plastered all over
every floor in the womens' residences...do you know how many
phone numbers I got this week," he
said, slurring the we-ee-ee-k on his
way into a stall.
About half an hour after the hoax,
Kaaren Vlug, AMS elections administrator, read the real election results.
The new AMS executive will take
office with Vivian Hoffmann, current
AMS director of finance, as president
Hoffmann will be joined by Nina Sonik
(vice president), Ryan Marshall (coordinator of external affairs), Scott
Morishita (director of administration)
and Sandra Matsuyama (director of
"I feel absolutely wonderful. I'm
surprised, to be honest, and I'm really
looking forward to this year. I'm looking forward to doing a lot of hard
work for the AMS," said Hoffmann.
James Pond, who gained some
fame when he joined with three other
students to successfully sue UBC over
ancillary fee increases, will join Jennie
Chen, outgoing AMS director of
administration on the UBC Board of
Governors (BoG). David Borins, who
was widely touted as a shoe-in after a
year as AMS president and last year as
a vocal BoG rep, said in light of the
results he is unsure how involved he
will be with student politics this year.
"I wish the people who were elected all the best," said Borins. "I hope
that they're going to do a good job. I
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hope they're going tl work in the
interest of students atid not in the
interests of themselv is."
UBC's Senate w 1 see some
new and familiar s udent faces.
The at-large student eps this year
are new comers Wir son Cheung,
Karen Sonik: and An onie Zuniga,
who will be joined by incumbents
Alex Chui and Chris Gorman.
The final results came just after
11pm, only five hours later than
expected. .And despite their political differences and often unsubtie
campaign barbs—Students for
Students and Action Now slam
med each other, Scott Morishita
slammed them all—Tuesday's
mixed bag of winners pledged tr
work well with each other.
"I think that I'll be able to worj
really well with the new exei
tive," said Morishita, the only exei
utive-elect who ran independen
and also the only one who ran on
promise to save the Thunderbiri
Elections staff this year seeme
to avoid most of the problems thi
plagued last year's election lo:
after it was over. So far there ar|
no public allegations of multip!
voting, impro|fe polling procedures or shotidy counting. The
committee scrapped the $16,950
ballot counter jfliat helped cause a
series of BoG~ position recounts
last year and the uriseating of one
supposed winner due to a ten-vote
According to Vlug the only current recall possibility is for the
Law Senator position. That race
was won by only four of 146 votes
cast I
Referenda to levy aii 85 cent
fee for Pacific Spirit Family services and for an increase in the
AMS fee to account for inflation
failed because they couldn't reach
quorum of 3000 yes votes. A proposal for a $ 1.50 fee for AMS clubs
also failed.
The annual elections are a phenomenon that create over night
politicians and see the infamous
stand-outs melt quickly into the
regular stream of students. UBC's
student politicians make up a
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Angry protest short on numbers
 by Todd Silver
Some 1,500 students marched through downtown
Vancouver Wednesday, part of a cross-Canada protest
against high student debt and heavy tuition increases.
But the UBC contingent there didn't even fill two of
the five BC Transit buses leased by the Alma Mater
Society to make the trip from Point Grey to downtown.
Vivian Hoffmann, the AMS president-elect and current director of finance, and James Pond, a student governor-elect on UBC's Board of Governors, stood outside
the SUB Wednesday morning urging passing students
to support the Day of Action.
Hoffmann said students had to fight to keep education accessible to all qualified students, regardless of
their financial situation.
"Who has the right to an education...Who has the
right to deny anyone an education... Since the early
1980's we have been seeing cutbacks to the education
program, this is ridiculous and we need to stop it now...
They have to freeze tuition and they need a federal
grant system,' she said.
The protest was tiny next to the one held two years
ago, when about 10,000 angry students gathered in
•front of the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest massive
tuition increases which at that time seemed imminent.
But at a time when the BC has absorbed much of the
federal cuts without raising tuition for Canadian students, there seemed little urgency at UBC yesterday.
Between the outgoing and incoming members ofthe
five   member  AMS   executive,   only
Hoffmann and Ryan Marshall, coordinator of external affairs-elect, attended
the protest.
In library square downtown, the
protesters rallied to the words of Ed
Lava, a long time college instructor,
faculty representative and a defender
of affordable education. Lava slammed
federal cuts to education transfer payments to the provinces and the resulting tuition increases across Canada.
Lava also questioned federal support for an income contingent debt
repayment scheme, which would
increase the amount of time graduates
can take to pay back their loans. That
extra time would translate into higher
interest charges-charges that some
models show would exceed the original
"[Students] are part of the edge of
the battle for the social safety net..For
those who want to oppress further, why don't we have a
income contingent repayment program for the medical
system?" he asked.
Lava continued his support for the CFS and student
activism saying that "the tuition freeze came from people
standing up for what they believe in."
Following members of the Squamish Nation, the
protest proceeded down Georgia to the Royal Bank.
Students wrote "national grants now," "free education"
and "capitulate, graduate and suffocate," in washable
markers on the bank windows.
As the protesters gathered around the bank, several of
them tried to enter the building before being stopped by
security. One protester, Steve Rode, was arrested for mis
chief after he allegedly wrote some of
the slogans on the windows.
The protest continued with students chanting slogans like "no justice, no peace" and "human rights,
student rights same fight," and marking up the walls of every nearby bank
with calls for a tuition freeze and
national grants.
The protest ended at Cordova and
Howe where speakers were set up and students listened to
supporters from local labour unions, the Squamish
Nation, The Simon Fraser Student Union and Kit Kreager,
the president of the BC Teacher's Federation (BCTF).
Following the rally, about a hundred students broke
away from the protest and marched on the Vancouver
Stock Exchange (VSE). A short sit-in ensued before the students left peacefully. Two were arrested while inside the
VSE. UBC student Aiyanas Ormand signed a release
promising that he would not return to the building. ♦
Cariboo residence sees Super bowl striptease
 by Liam Lahey
Super Bowl Sunday turned into the
"Stripper Bowl" at Place Vanier residence's Cariboo House last weekend,
when a group of male residents hired two
female strippers to entertain them in residence during half-time.
Ironically, Place Vanier that hosted a
seminar by anti-sexual assault advocate
Katie Koestner, one week to the day of the
Super Bowl. Koestner's speech dealt with
educating men on the issue of sexual
assault and male stereotypical views of
Residence Life Manager Tom Teasdale
said his advisory staff are investigating the
incident at Cariboo, an all male residence.
"I haven't spoken to all of my advisors
yet, but I will be receiving their reports
this week," Teasdale said in an interview
Thursday. "I can confirm that this did
happen in the basement of Cariboo
Teasdale added that Cariboo's three
advisors, Jason Singer, Ka-Kei Law, and
Mark Dandyk were away Sunday at a seminar. According to Teasdale, advisors are
supposed to be on hand for all residence
functions, but due to a scheduling conflict,
only a duty advisor was on call for the
entire Vanier complex. Teasdale pointed
out the duty advisor is not responsible for
patrolling floors.
The people who hired the strippers
could face eviction from Cariboo, but
according to Teasdale, that action is
"There is one prime organiser of this
event and I will be meeting with him over
the weekend," Teasdale said. "There's no
precedent setting incident to base future
disciplinary action on, and I'll have to take
into consideration the impact of the incident on the community and the nature of
the offense before a decision is made."
Teasdale wouldn't identify the person.
Janice Robinson, the assistant director
of residences, said the incident was regrettable.
"I am very disturbed that this sort of
thing would occur in residence," Robinson
said. "A stripper in residence is not a common occurrence."
"It is ironic and it is unfortunate that
this has happened right after Katie's
[Koestner's] speech," Robinson said. "But
our residents are adults, and adults make
decisions for themselves ... decisions that
UBC doesn't necessarily agree with."-*?*- THE UBYSSEY » FRIDAY, JANUARY iO, 1998
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Beautiful City a comedy of conflicting worid views
Beautiful City
at the Freddy Wood Theatre
 by John Bolton
From the oft-anthologised Zastrozzi to the so-
called "East End plays" and, most recently his six
pieces making up Suburban Motel, Canadian
playwright George F Walker has an impressive
body of work. He writes with an incendiary theatrical language all his own, and his plays are
packed with outrageous incidents and often
uncompromising pathos. Walker's work is
informed by genuine compassion for the suffering downtrodden of society, characters who hopelessly resist the systems that oppress them, forcing themselves into situations that are at once
hysterically funny and desperately sad. Beautiful
City, currently playing at UBC's Frederic Wood
Theatre is no exception.
It's one of Walker's lesser known works, and
one of his most comical. It's a comedy of conflicting world views held passionately by fhe characters for better or for worse. The story centres on
Paul Gallagher, an ailing architect hired by criminal urban developer Tony Raft to design his dream project a
massive mall on the city's waterfront Tony's ferocious
Mother Mary plays an important part with her vision for the
family: "The basic intention is to make money. Lots of money.
Very fast., with very little resistance and therefore very little
publicity." Paul can't handle either Tony or Mary, and eventu-
ally finds himself aligned with the benevolent witch Gina Mae,  willing to take the risks that Walker's high stakes writing
who also has a dream—namely communily centres, halfway demands.
The key to Walker's writing is his directness: his characters wear their hearts and guts on their sleeves. There's no
deciphering a Walker play-his characters think out loud and
say exactly what they mean. I wish director Patrick
MacDonald and his actors had more faith in the writing
itself; it seemed everyone struggled to find depths that sim-
demented Tony. Michael Schultz and ply aren't there. This should be visceral dangerous theatre,
Allen Morrison also do some fine bold and brave, and it occasionally was, but all the intro-
comic work. Tlie ubiquitous Jerry spection and contemplation kept dragging tilings to scream-
Wasserman is clearly enjoying him- ing halt.
I can't blame the audience entirely for this often deadly
houses, and "big bright wonderful stores where people can get
useful products at reasonable prices."
The actors give strong performances in this production, joe Procyk
is genuinely unstable as Paul; Graeme
Green   makes    an   appropriately
self as Walker's greatest loser Rolly
Moore, but seems slightly out of place
as a professional actor in a cast made
up of students. But the heart of the
play is the wonderful relationship
established between Simone Bailey's
Gina Mae and her daughter jane,
played with real honesty by Penelope
Corrin. The two actors make for the
best thing in this production.
However there were some serious problems with the particular
performance I saw. I'll qualify my
criticism in making clear that it was a preview performance
staged for an audience of massively indifferent high school
kids. This was a dead crowd, folks, and I think the actors
were counting on an energy that wasn't there. They never
really found their groove and the evening unfolded in fits
and starts. Without a supportive safety net the actors weren't
ALLEN MORRISON stars as Stevie
Moore in Freddy Wood's Beautiful
lack of momentum. There are problems with the overall conception. Ronald Fedoruk's sets along with the diagenic sound
seem a compromise between symbolism and realism and
between the busy and the basic. As a result there's a lot of
emply space, both literally and figuratively. The whole apparatus rotates to facilitate scene changes, but in order to take
advantage of this mechanism at the Freddy Wood the action
is set well upstage, far away from the madding crowd. The
sheer scale of the conception and the very conception itself
seriously compromise the hnmediacy of the performance.
Again, I did attend a preview performance, and in spite
of all this harsh criticism, by the end of the night I'd
laughed hard and been challenged by the work. I hope the
actors continue to push themselves during this run. Go see
Beautiful City, Walker's plays are rarely produced here on
the West Coast and there's simply no excuse for not attending affordable on-campus theatre productions. Give this
ensemble the supportive houses they're hungry for. ♦
Phantoms, a rollercoaster whie Zero doesn't roll that much Silent films and
poetry, a mixed bag
at theatres everywhere
by Alec MacNeili-
Pulp fiction novelist Dean
Koontz has managed to capture all the magic and
excitement of the classic
childhood rollercoaster ride
in his film adaptation of
Phantoms. Even though
every turn and stomach
churning dip is familiar, we
are somehow able to suppress our reason and let the
experience thrill us again
and again. Unfortunately,
there is a marked difference between films and
rollercoasters. While the
classic wooden rollercoaster will continue to thrill its
passengers year after year,
Phantoms will be buried in
the ever growing category of
instantly forgettable enter-
The day after watching
Phantoms, I could barely
recall any of its many plot
twists and hair-raising
scenes. Nor could I remember any of the character fod
der offered to us, except for
the unfortunate Peter
O'Toole—a magnificent
actor who is now too often
lured by money to star in
these B-grade films. This
movie serves as the epitome of the Hollywood thrill
machine: a complete construct of scary music, gore,
strange morphing fluke
worms and a hokey
Crichtonesque scientific
backbone, all wrapped
up with a classic heroic
struggle and the expected
unexpected plot twist.
Phantoms offers nothing
new in filmmaking, story
telling or even sheer entertainment value. So while
the rollercoaster gears up
for another season, check
out the clearance bin for
this film.
Zero Effect
at theatres everywhere
 By Tom Peacock
Perhaps I've just become a
little too expectant.
Meaning, when I can actually be bothered to see a
movie, it better be damn
good. Movie making is a
multi-billion dollar industry
brirrmiing with talent, so
why can't they get it right? I
want to see a movie that will
transport me into a spiritual and emotional
Netherworld. I want to exit
the theatre in a cloud, surrounded by the echoes of
laughter, softly muttering,
"God, yes! That's it, I've
seen it. Thank you! Thank
I think the movie people
are scamming us. They
know a flashy trailer, a thousand trillion posters, and a
few TV commercials can
sell us virtually any movie
idea. So beyond this initial
idea, the rest is filler. Zero
Effect is a perfect example.
The idea of a quack detective (Bill Pullman) who is a
total recluse with an incredible mind for observation
and deduction (a la
Sherlock Holmes) is interesting and potentially
ftmny. So for 20 minutes,
we expect great things, and
laugh at Pullman, and Ben
Stiller's pathetic jokes. Then
we begin to realise that: yes,
just like all the others, this
movie is just more shit.
It hopelessly assumes
the flavour of a detective
romance, as the relationship between Pullman and
his quarry intensifies into
love, and the plot takes
unexpected turn after unexpected turn. The comedic
flavour dissipates, and even
Pullman's wacky character
turns out fairly normal in
the end. Just another boring
suit who happens to like the
ego kick he gets from being
good at his work, more than
he likes the company of less
awkward people than himself.
Well seeing this movie
wasn't a total waste. I managed to burn off two hours
when I could have been
doing homework. Still, as
Leonard Cohen so aptly
puts it:
"There's not much entertainment and the critics are
severe. The maestro says its
Mozart, but it sounds like
bubble gum, when you're
waiting for the miracle to
come." ♦
Poetry Picks & Silent Fucks
at Cinematheque
Jan 25
by Richelle Rae
I am divided. Pari of me is
fiercely loyal to showing silent
films in me spirit that they were
intended to be, hut another part of
me is happy to see conventionality
ignored m much the same way a
sullen and spoilt child should be.
There is a danger in preserving art
or putting it on too high a pedestal:
the danger is of course in jailing it
Art should be controversial, political, whimsical, critical and alive.
And for the most part this is what
the Vancouver International
Writer's Festival Author's Series
provided on Sunday night, when
four Canadian poets presented
original works set to silent film. It
was like a reinvention of fhe
MICK AND the lads who are no longer lads, rolled into town last
Wednesday night and did the same old thing at BC Place. An old geriatric crowd had seen it all before, but it didn't matter: they got what they
paid to see. The Stones rolled out of town minutes after the show to
play Portland the night after, richard lam photo
Michael Turner's piece was the highlight of the evening, and not so
much for his poetry, though as usual it was exceptional. Turner recited a
poem to a "found" porno film. The audience was uncomfortably silent,
almost holding their breath, as Turner gave voice and life to what is commonly associated with seaminess and perversion. He managed to turn
Canadian decorum on its ear, proving that pornography can be poetry and
Bill Richardson's piece was also a success, but for very different reasons. After his grand introduction to the film the dadaist film, Entr'acte,
Richardson settled into a ftin and interactive performance. People came to
be entertained and Richardson did an admirable job of it From burping a
song to organising an audience funeral procession replete with noise-
makers, Richardson showed us how to be silly.
Though Alice Tepexoiintle's piece was not as polished as Richardson's
or Michael Turner's it was still interesting. Tepexcuintle's tactile language
and odd voice were a perfect combination for Meshes in tlie Afternoon, the
strange dadaist film she chose to work with. Unfortunately her lack of a
stage presence dragged the performance down.
Turner and Richardson proved that putting poetry to silent film can
work when thought and preparation go into fhe work, bill bisset on the
other hand proved that if neither happen the experiment is trite at its
best and offensive at its worst bissett's poem set to A Trip to the Moon
was a childish spew that was both insulting and embarrassing. An unfortunate bore in an otherwise provocative evening. ♦
Pre-pubescent Vancouver girls squeal at Our Lady Peace
Welcome to the Twilight Zone
Our Lady Peace
at GM Place
Jan. 26
by Nyranne Martin
There were women in tight dresses, men
wearing beer hats, eleven year-old girls with
"Our Lady Peace" T-shirts and everyone was
wasted. Needless to say, the crowd was varied at the Our Lady Peace concert on
Everclear, the opening act, established a
StrOIlg Connection with the crowd by energetically throwing themselves all around the stage. The lead
singer got passionate cheers when he commented on
the amount of pot smoke in the building. He said he felt
like *a thirteen jearold at a Led
Zepplin GOnCert When the band was taking
their bows at the end of their act one of the guitar players mooned the audience. They definitely got everyone
charged un and ready for what was the main attraction
for most Our Lady Peace.
Before, OLP came out on stagethey showed about
10 minutes of an episode of "Itfe Twilight
Zone. This definitely set the tone for the evening.
Throughout fhe concert there were interludes with clips
of the "old man in tights" that has been seen both in
OLFs videos and on their album covers. Like the visual images they use, some of their songs also have a distinct circus feel to them. While Everclear
joked about drugs, OLP told stories
about trapeze artiStS. These things would tend
to leave an audience with an ambiguous feeling of
detachment Jiom the band, were it not for OLFs lead
singer, Raine Maida  The   intensity' with
which Maida delivers their songs is
nfiWltinniTIg His jerky movements and strained
facial expressions keepjou hooked and reeled in.
"      " girls squealed and
as tne band played most of their
recent big hits, like "Superman's dead" and "Clumsy."
Still, they also played some of the less mainstream
songs from theirfirst album satisfying the die hard fans
The Georgia Straight recently declared that OLP
chaiienges "the Hip s status as Canada s
mOSt popular band," mostly because of the
universal themes of their songs, as opposed to ones that
are fetinctly Canadian. While the Tragically Hip is a
Canadian institution, perhaps it is the enigmatic
style of OLP that indeed could make them one of our
most popular exports.***
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Colleen 221-8303 I THE UBYSSEY • FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 1998
JANUARY 30, 1998 • VOLUME 79 ISSUE 29
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fia the presidential election of 2002 came to a close on planet Ubyssey
ihe Uby.-.s(-aiis experienced great scandal. Running for president were
jxedericc; Barahona, Liam Lahey, Richelle Rae ;ind Chris NutlaH-Smith.
following an investigation by the Ubyssey, the official paper ofthe plan-
let reporters Todd Silver and Joe Clark discovered that Chris' campaign
had beeu sabotaged by money that had been Filtered inu. Ihe campaign
by Richard Lam Inc and Tara Westovci* Inc. Yet another investigation,
jhis lime internal. John Bolton and Alec MacNeil-Richardsoa both officials of the Ubyssey Government discovered that Liam had been
involved with former head of slate Sarah Galashan and leaked die story
lo Wolf Depner News, a local Ubyssean gossip magasine. From here, lhe
Story reached the hands of the planet's largest publishing house, Marina
Antunes Publishing lnc who in lurn made the story a two million copy,
best selling novel. As if this wasn't enough scandal, Shalene Takara. live-
in girlfriend of the third candidate Federico, hired private investigator
John Zaozirny, the best on the planet, to follow him to a meeting wilh
yenound mobster Tom Peacock because she felt that Fed was embe**-
•fling money and not sharing it The result of the investigation was a
twenty year prison sentence with chance for parole after three years.
?The people, unhappy with the turnout of possible presidents, took over
tlie planet in a bloody revolution and voted Douglas Quan lo take the
position of leader, Wilh Ihe people's support, Douglas then appointed
Jamie Woods and Bruce Arthur as vice presidents and. after being
together for nearly 20years, Douglas married the woman of his dreams,
Holly Kim.
wa*  close. J
The campaign's over—the work begins
The AMS election results are in. So what do we
We've elected some true believers. The new
executive want to "find common ground" and
they're keen on "innovative communication"
with students. They promise to "focus on academics" and will "attack the problem of budget
over-runs." Our representatives plan to petition, listen, consider and act.
What exactly do these campaign promises
mean? Probably nothing. They're vague, centrist spew that everyone can agree on and that
a majority will vote for. A majority did.
We're not critising the victors or fhe voters.
There wasn't much choice. Everyone ofthe candidates (jokers aside) avoided objectionable
ideas. Few had anything concrete to say and for
the most part they could have been reading
directly from last, year's campaign posters.
As always it was same old, same old
around AMS election time. But we'd like the
new string of up-and-comers to know it doesn't have to be that way.
So we've devised ihe Ubyssey's tips for new-
•The tuition freeze ends this March. Lobby for
a cap, support a grant proposal, and fight for
an improved student loan repayment plan.
Students across campus are demanding
these objectives.
•Follow your own policy on fee referenda.
Last year two-thirds of council decided that
students, not the aclministration, should dictate ancillary fee increases. You've heard
about the intended hike to the Athletic fee.
Don't be hypocrites.
•Remember that being on speaking terms
with Martha Piper doesn't mean you have to
agree with her.
•You can afford to say no to corporate sponsors. Don't use poverty as an excuse to get in
bed with the suits. If you have to deal with
them get some guidelines together. You're
not professional negotiators yet.
•Don't falsely unite. Students elected you
based on your individual beliefs, so stand up
for what you believe is right. A lot of debate
in coucil meetings is a good thing.
•UBC is constantly criticised for being apathetic. Support political activism on campus.
Even if it's not your voice that's speaking
Lastly, for Gods sake don't take yourselves
too seriously. You are still students after all-
even if you're making 16 grand a year.-*
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presidential level, may have been influenced by anonymous student complaints about Prof Nicol's feminist
approach in class lectures.
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In its public statements, York
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beliefs. SAFS calls upon the adrninistration of York University to address
the issue of a tenured appomtment for
Prof Nicol on the basis ofthe quality of
her teaching and scholarship, without
undue weight to a small number of
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complaints based on academically
irrelevant criteria
University of Toronto
Dale Beverstein
Langara College
Wisdom of raising
Ttetan flag questioned
First, I would like to express my congratulations to the Graduate Students'
Association and all other student
activists who demonstrated against
Chretiea Clinton, Suharto and other
heads of states attending the APEC
summit at the Museum of
Anthropology in November. I think
however, that we have to question the
wisdom of planting a Tibetan flag on
top ofthe Graduate Students' Centre at
the time of the antiAPEC agenda of
imperialist globalisation and devastation ofthe worlds' people? Or did it in
effect play the US game of deflecting
attention from this agenda by trying to
make the Peoples' Republic of China
the issue? The graduate students from
China also raise an important issue
mat we must take into consideration
their legitimate national sensitivity
about actions, which wittingty or not
play into Clinton's antiChina politics.
The U.S. has been directing a propaganda attack against China for some
time now, and we must ask ourselves
why? Can we realty believe that Clinton,
whose government trains torturers
and assassins to operate in South
America at its infamous "Assassins
School" at Fort Benning, and whose
government conducts economic blockades and military aggression against
any country that does not submit to its
dictates - are we to believe that he is
concerned about human rights?
I think that in order to understand
why Clinton hyr-ocritically talks about
"human rights abuses" in China we
must examine the underlying rivalries
between multinational corporations
and their state political representatives,
as they strive for domination in various
parts of fhe world China, with one
quarter ofthe world's population, represents to powers such as the US,
Japan, and the EU (led by Germany) a
potential for huge investrnents and
profit and they hope that they can
bring this large country under the dictate of organizations such as the IMF
and the World Bank China, however,
whose people suffered humiliation
and plunder under the yoke of
European colonialism and imperial-
ism for over one hundred years until
the success of their revolution in 1949,
and whose people suffered cruel atrocities such as the Nanjing massacre during the barbarous attacks of Japanese
imperialism during WWH, continues
to assert her independence and her
own path of development China is a
thorn in the side ofthe US, which, since
the ending ofthe bipolar division ofthe
world in 1989, wants to establish itself
as dominant in a unipolar world
Chretiea on the other hand, has his
own reasons for taking fhe actions that
he did He thought nothing of trampling underfoot the civil rights of
Canadians in his efforts prevent any
political protest at al to be visible to the
participants of the summit Chretien
lias also shown his blatant disregard in
the past for human rights by his recent
statementthathe does not consider the
right to a livelihood to be a human
right nor does he recognise the right to
sovereignty of the Quebec people, the
Aboriginal peoples, nor of the rest of
the Canadian people who are marginalised from the political process.
I think we should welcome the
challenge to the GSS executive posed
by the letter of the students from
China as an opportunily to broaden
and deepen the continuing post-
APEC discussion and debate, by
holding a forum on the whole issue
of human rights, in Canada and
abroad. I would happily participate
in helping to organise such a forum.
Graduate Studies, Sociology THE UBVSSEV • HRHjAY, JANUARY 30, W98 ,
Chinese students concerns ignored
 by Zhang Dan
GSS council meeting approved the motion that GSS would
show its stand for human rights duriiig APEC by being offi
dally Anti-APEC. Based on this decision, Kevin Dwyer, the
president of GSS, put up a Tibetan Army Hag" over GSC.
Since the army flag is deemed as the symbol of Tibetan separatists and traditional serfdom, this action triggered a strong
wave of protests from GSS Chinese members (over 250
On November 26th, Mr. Dwyer sent an email to all councilors, sa-ying: "Chinese Student Society ordered GSS to take
down Tibetan Hag! Today, at 2pm,
the GSS will raise another Tibetan flag
despite Chinese protests!!!"
Although GSS executives claim
that they have consulted councilors
over the "flag issue," anddidnotget
any objection, it was from this email
that many GSS councilors, for ihe first
time, knew about tie decision of raising such a flag Also many ociuncilors
and members are deeply disappointed with the lack of trans
parency and representation in president Dwyer's way of ded
sion-making. Some councilors felt the decision was made
without their knowledge and called the action (raising the
Tibetan Army Hag) "a poor judgment" Some indicated that:
they are concerned about human rights issue in general, but
nevertheless do NOT agree with GSS regarding the Tibetan
army flag For the purpose of human rights, more generic
signs could be used, and they felt that the official stand taken
by GSS in this issue was naive and lacked political wisdom.
What we do know is that Mr. Dwyer commented on the
Ubyssey (issue Nov.28): "It's quite ironic that international
students who have no voting rights in this country, have full
voting rights in this society, but do not partake, and then
come to us and then cry foul"
Former councilor Michael Kyba (zoology) said on ubogen
eral newsgroup: "I did bring it (foreign Asian students sup
port for APEC) up in cciuncil, and was basically laughed off
stage. I was the only councilor to have asked any foreign
Asian students what they thought, unlike the proponent ofthe
anti-APEC motion I announced what I had learned, and I
f   Perspective
assured the council that they were taking a position that the
vast majority of foreign Asian graduate students would find
offensive. Not only did they ignore this advice, but later they
went on to make a political statement with the Tibetan army
flag that has effeda-vetyl'iyper-polarised an already polar situation and belittled every Chinese national studying at UBC. I
am sure that all of this was done out of ignorance, but my
point is that to not even bother asking foreign Asian students
about their thoughts on APEC, and to further ignore those
thoughts when confronted with them by a councilor who did
bother to do his job."
Former GSS councilor Dr. Mark WiMngson wrote to GSS
executives from Germany on December, 3rd "As a former GSS council member I would like to express my horror and shame at the
recent activities of the
GSS. It appears that the
'colonial mentality' (that
Caucasians know what is
best for everyone and have the -right to impose these
beliefe of the unwilling) has not dwindled in the past hundred years. It is sad, shameful ignorant and backwards.
My voice no longer represents a voice in the GSS, but I feel I
must express my sympathies and my shame that the organ-
isation I used to represent has become so corrupt and deaf to
the students.
Again, it truly saddens me to see the GSS 'representatives'
being so UNrepresentative!...worseyet they don't even CARE
that they are being unrepresentative. This is abuse of power
at its worst"
It is not too surprising now that all Chinese nationals and
many Asian foreign students feel brutally harassed by GSS
president Mr Dwyer's discrirninative actions and comments.
While GSS executives are coniplaining to the UBC administration that the decision to host APEC summit was made
without listening to UBC students, GSS executives are doing
the same thing regarding the Tibetan Army Hag by goring
GSS members' concerns. If a large group of GSS members'
(in this case over 250 Chinese graduate students) voices can
be ignored and against by the GSS president at UBC, will
other GSS members from smaller groups be represented
and fairly treated then?-*
ThangDanisa Grad Student
How to house a transportation plan
 by Katie Breen
By now most students have probably received a UBC transportation survery via their e-mail account I'd like to outline an issue on this campus which relates quite directly to
transportation issues and affects the entire UEL community, including UBC.
UBC's physical separation from the rest of the city by a
large area of land has resulted in a campus that sees itself
highly dependent on motorised travel, leading to marry ofthe
transportation problems we now lace. People who live on
campus often describe it as bleak, boring or even scary.
Entertainment food, basic amenities and, some would say,
sanity are to be found only when one has passed the distant
gates at University Blvd and Blanca. And yet every year there
are long lists of students waiting to get into residence.
As the population of Vancouver grows, UBC will be
forced to find the means to house a larger number of new
students, faculty and staff. The Official Comunity Plan
(OCP) is currently plarining for 10, 000 more residents to
be living on campus within 25 years.
The OCP has proposed development of the last remaining area of UBC's Endowment lands across from Hampton
Place on 16th Ave. The isolated community proposed for
south campus will be highly dependent on automobiles due
to the lack of services in the area and the great distance
between ne*^bouring communities to places of work.
The GVRD has set a goal to occupy 50 percent of south
campus with UBC students, faculty and staff, intending to
decrease car use since employees would be Jiving near
their place of work. They missed two points 1- the other 50
percent non-UBC affiliated residents will have to leave
campus to work and 2- of those UBC employees who move
into south campus, many will bring families who must
work or attend school off campus. When these additional
commuting requirements are taken into account it is evident that the traffic to and from UBC can only increase.
The pervasive mindset that allows for sprawl in our
urban envirionment has led not only to habitat loss and a
host of other biological threats but to the problem of transporting people across formidable distances across an ever
expanding cityscape. If for nothing else, the remaining
trees in our Endowment Lands could be used to absorb the
C02 from 16th Ave and Marine Drive traffic.
As government cuts to higher education continue, find
ing innovative ways to fund Universities today is at best
controversial. Coke, Nike, banks deals and south campus
developments are some ofthe ways being sought
For the latter I offer the following alternative. Rather than
devote energy to developing expensive sprawl in south campus, increase the density of some of our curren% developed
areas where an active infi*astructure already exists. Higher
density development not only maximises land use efficiency
but stimulates social diversity and contact increases public
safety, and miiumises car dependency.
Other Universities in Canada such as Queen's or McGill
have created around the clock dynamics on flieir campuses
due inpartto the continual presence of students. Unlike UBC,
these schools have evolved their own student ghettos where
most students, live usually in very close proximity to campus.
Where would you feel safer at 11pm, outside Koerner
Library or outside the Safeway on 10th? Walking to
Thunderbird Residence or walking down Broadway to the
The area around University Blvd. between Wesbrook
Mall and East Mall has the potential to become a vibrant
new housing area Despite appearances, only 10 percent
of this development area is covered by buildings the rest
is mostly asphalt What vegetation' there is is mostly turf
grass, the appearance and health ofthe area could be greatly improved by adding permanent low-maintenance
shrubbery and trees.
Students are generally unmarried and childless and constitute the largest group of human bodies on campus, however they have not been considered candidates for any newly
proposed housing mecca. Increasing the number of students
living on campus would decrease the overall traffic making
its way to and from UBC every day and
would relieve much ofthe burden on the
transit system, parking lots and bike racks.
A 'complete community' has been
defined as one where all of your basic
amenities are found within a 5 min.
walking distance. As of yet UBC has no
such community, and another satellite
development in south campus certainly
won't help us get there.-*
Katie Breen is
a fourth year Biology student
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Kurz's battle with cancer
mike KURZ fights for his life, richard
By Bruce Arthur
Eleven days after being diagnosed with cancer, UBC
volleyball star Mike Kurz is fighting back with a positive attitude and strong support from his friends and
'I've gotten awesome support-
getting visited in the hospital, and
the guys at practice,' smiled Kurz,
a fifth-year Human Kinetics major.
Kurz, the towering 6'9" native
of Parksville, BC, has already successfully completed the first stage
of treatment after being diagnosed
on January 19.
Kurz underwent surgery to
remove a tumor the size of a small
football from his back Tuesday
morning and has completed his
first round of chemotherapy.
Doctors at the BC Cancer
Control Agency said both the
surgery and the chemotherapy
have gone very well, and they
expressed optimism that Kurz will
be able to make a full recovery.
'[Mike] is a strong, fit individual, and he's as strong
mentally as he is physically,' said UBC head coach Dale
Kurz was one ofthe best players
in Canada last season with the
Birds, and was named a Canada
West (CW) Allstar. He was also an
honourable mention alfCanadian,
and played on Canada's World
University Games team, competing in Sicily last August
This season, however, Kurz
struggled, as his kills per match
dropped from 6.31 per game to
3.45, still good for 11th in the CW.
Kurz had back trouble all season, but attributed it to muscle
troubles. He continued playing and even though he
struggled, he still ranks in the top 15 in three CW categories.
As pain and spasms worsened this last month, doctors continued to investigate the pain. When doctors
finally determined it was cancer, Kurz remained
remarkably calm and says he suspected that might be
the problem.
Kurz underwent
surgery to remove
lor fhe size of
'1 foo
"I didn't react at first—I just sat there,' he said.
Kurz broke the news to teammates after practice the
night before the operation.
'Mike wanted to tell them himself,' said Ohman.
'Mike was there to meet them, and he broke the news to
them as a team. It was an emotional
evening—it hasn't been an easy
week for anyone,' Ohman said.
'It was pretty tough to say to
them—I mean, just looking up. I
kind of kept my eyes down," said
Less than 24 hours after the
operation Kurz was back out at the
gym for practise. But this time to
"It meant a lot to him [to be at
practice] and I think he knew it
meant a lot to the team as well,"
Ohman said.
Ohman credits much of the
team's success last weekend in
Victoria to the fierce love and
admiration teammates have for
'One of the ways the team got
through this weekend is they saw how courageous he
was—it made anything that might be bothering them
seem pretty small in comparison. The team is really ral-
^^mmmmmm.^ lying behind him."
With the sweep, the Birds
improved to 11-7, dmching a playoff spot in the process. UBC will
now play host to the number one-
ranked Saskatchewan Huskies (15-
3) this weekend at War Memorial
And Kurz will be there as a
member of the UBC squad.
"We're a team—it doesn't matter if I'm out there or not" he said.
"It's important for me, just to keep
that bond."
Kurz also refuses to give up volleyball, as he fervently wants to continue after he recovers.
"I still have goals in my future. I want to play for the
national team. Now, especially, it's something I want to
strive for."
Is Kurz going to beat this?
dently. "I don't see why not" ♦,
is hac
'For sure," he says confi-
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The Ubyssey Crossword
prepared by Johnny B
1. Goodall company
5. neither
8. they're fast
and flightless
12. Vancouver,
13. Cease-fire?
What cease-fire?
52. chemistry
53. plant genus
54. half-witted
56. commodity
57. dodge
58. modern
17. in the existing 24. heel over
19. business
20. Nabokovian
23. consider it
25. what a great
26. the end
27. joint of lamb
28. small wild ox
29. North Eastern
Rail Road
30. pen point
34. kind of cloth
39. British bathroom
41. not bases
44. of the ear
45. smallest
46. indicates
pitch of staff
47. big rig
48. youngster
49. spirit
50. with Yan?
51. descry
55. after BA
14. monetary unit 59. rum dis-
15. Muslim prince   tilled from
16. forceful
18. thereat
21. fool
22. he's company?
27. Burmese capital
31. hobbit country
32. afresh
33. goose egg
35. film director
36. calcareous
38. support
40. Duck
42. raincheck!
43. business is
48. launched by
Craig Jones
1. Fuck it?
Refuse it?
2. casually
3. Canadian
4. Presidential
5. nickel
6. voiced
7. blips!
8. Freddy's
9. Canadian
10. Grecian?
11. American
23       24      25      26
30 ■
34    ^mW
41   ^mW42
45       46       47
55    ^mW
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