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principle that Teaching Assistant
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MacEwan bums
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Lead by President Nathan Mison,
the Students' Association Executive
Council of Grant MacEwan College-
located in northern Alberta—voted
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Mison described CASA as an
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than $ 10,000 of students' money on
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UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
was a founding member of CASA—
which was created in 1994—and
which has 23 member associations.
AMS President Kristen Harvey
said Grant MacEwan's decision was
disappointing—CASA runs on a
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will mean a loss of funds.
She feels CASA works well for the
AMS, and said the AMS has no plans
to withdraw their membership from
"The Falstaff Project" at the Frederic Wood Theatre until Nov. 30
This play at UBC is adapted from four of Shakespeare's Henry plays.
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Jazz in my Trousers
[Ninjatune Records]
by Ian Duncan
What is trouser jazz? Is it dixieland
jazz played by men wearing flannel? Is it a new brand of biscuit?
Could it be the sound of a zoo at
night? Or a way of turning cod liver
oil into alcohol? The answer is simple: it's jazz for your trousers! And
that is that, plain and simple.
Untangling the mystery of
trouser jazz leads one to understand the whole simple beauty
behind Mr. Scruffs new album
TrouserJazz, released this year by
Ninjatune. The sound of Mr.
Scruffs unique style of jazz lies
somewhere in between a cheesy
1970s exploitation film, a 16-byte
Atari game and a swinging up-beat
jazz joint where the music never
slows down and the martinis never
stop coming.
Tracks like "Valley of the
Sausages" (a great song, for its title
if nothing else) stay true to their
jazz roots by progressively getting
more complex and sharing instrumental dominance. In the case of
"Sausages," Mr. Scruff creates a
steady melody for the female vocalist to scat out an impressive range
of vocal harmony. Other tracks like
"Come On Grandad" or "Vibrate"
make it clear the album is a child of
Ninjatune. They fuse jazz and hip-
hop beats together, but this time in
a fun and light way that hasn't been
done by his labelmates, making
Mr. Scruff a unique treat.
The greatest thing about this
album, simply defined by the artist
as jazz for your trousers, is that it is
simply fun. Although it comes off
as comically stylised, the music is
mature and does a successful job of
making you want to put the album
on in the morning and shake your
butt like some gangly adolescent
during the 'awkward stage' of
puberty. It is refreshing to listen to
an album that makes me want to
wriggle, jiggle and giggle—it's like
being surrounded and serenaded
by those cute, round 'scruffs' that
adorn the album's cover. I haven't
heard anything like Trouser Jazz
before, and now all I want is to
hear more. ♦
Theatre at UBC flies
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by John Hua
The compression of 12 hours of
theatre into a precise two-and-a-
half-hour play is no simple task.
"The Falstaff Project" accomplishes
this, amalgamating four of
Shakepeare's plays with masterful
fluidity and successfully demonstrating the capability, excellence
and charm of UBC Theatre. "The
Falstaff Project" is so overwhelming that after viewing the airtight
production, consisting of 31 cast
members, a sidecar motorcycle,
dizzying projections, fabulous costumes and a dog, the audience will
be left in blissful awe.
The dialectic of Prince Hal and
Hotspur is successfully conveyed
through solid performances.
Adrian McMorran achieves excellence in his portrayal of the young
prince. McMorran delivers a crisp
and raw version of the
Machiavellian Prince of Wales, who
evolves from a quick-witted and
mischievous young man into a
harsh and ruthless king. Through
his interactions with Hotspur, King
Henry and Falstaff, the tormented
human nature of Hal is brought to
life. McMorran takes hold of his
role, interpreting, grasping, and
ultimately transforming Prince Hal
into a dark yet captivating reality.
Jason Nicola delivers an equally
strong performance as he portrays
the over-ambitious Hotspur. Nicola,
occupying the role of the antagonist, portrays Hotspur in such a
charismatic fashion that one
becomes mesmerised. Second to
Falstaff, Hotspur is the next most
popular character in "Henry IV."
Nicola validates this fact as he finds
his niche in this exciting role.
Dr Errol Durbach's script is
seamless in its transition from
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scene to scene, which is highhghted
by director John Wright. The use of
light projection is utterly stunning,
boldly opening doors to effectively
incorporate media and film into the
realm of theatre. The costumes,
ranging in influences from the
medieval ages to the rocking 1990s,
blend nicely to create a stylish and
chic finished product Every aspect
of the play is performed flawlessly,
creating elaborate scenes such as
the battle of Shrewsbury.
Durbach and Wright made it a
point to allow every role to have its
moment such as the quirky Master
Shallow (Andrej Marko), and the
sultry women of "Falstaff"—Miss
Quickly (Lianne ISeykora) and Doll.
' Tearsheet (Jessica Watson)—who
are only a few ofthe talented cast.
The foundation of the play is set
in the dialectical relationship of
King Henry IV (Jerry Wasserman)
and Sir John Falstaff (Stephen E.
Miller). The two professional actors
, successfully capture the essence of
the roles and execute them flawlessly. Wasserman, who is also a
professor at UBC, plays a light-
voiced yet stern and authoritarian
King Henry IV. The strength of his
character is brought out through
the interactions with Hal, and indirect tension with Falstaff.
Wasserman presents the king as a
doubtful ruler and father, who
demands both sympathy and
hatred from the audience.
Stephen E. Miller has never performed Shakespeare before "The
Falstaff Project," a statement that is
neither fathomable, nor supportable, given his brilliant performance as Sir John Falstaff. Miller's
stage presence and physicality is
testimony to his perfect adaptation
of the jovial knight. Truly grasping
the essence of his role, Miller
exchanges quips and insults with
fluidity and effortlessness. Miller
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Shakespeare, and delivers an exceptional and memorable performance.
Whatever goals Errol Durbach
and John Wright have set for "The
Falstaff Project," I am sure they
have well surpassed them. This production has been the highlight of
the Freddie Wood's 50th anniversary. Demonstrating excellence
from beginning to end, "The
Falstaff Project" has officially raised
UBC theatre to a new level. ♦
When Harry met Secrets..Jn the chamber
Sequel magically
children's book
now playing
by Jose Velasquez
They're back, they're older, and they're as
magical as ever: Harry, Ron and Hermione
have once more captivated the world. In
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the
popular trio again battles the forces of darkness to save Hogwarts School for the
Magically Gifted and Talented, and stop that
vile Lord Voldemort from resurrecting.
When the movie opens, a strange elf
named Dobby pays Harry Potter a visit and
gets him into trouble with his uncle. Banned
from going to Hogwarts, Harry's friend Ron
Weasly.rescues him. However, Dobby interferes again and prevents Harry and Ron
from boarding the Hogwarts Express.
After some high-flying adventures the two
friends finally make it to school, but soon
find that all is not right. Harry hears whispers in, the walls and messages scrawled in
blood begin to appear, warning that the
'chamber of secrets' has been opened.
Swinging from adventure to adventure,
Harry discovers that Lord Voldemort is back,
and has kidnapped Ron's sister Ginny to
gain himself a proper body. Only Harry can
stop him before it's too late for Hogwarts,
Ginny and his friends.
- Nearly three hours long, the movie
remains fairly faithful to the book. It
includes many of author J.K. Rowling's
eccentric creations, such as the flying Ford
Anglia, the body changing poly-juice and the
impossibly intricate game of Quidditch.
Some of the dialogue comes straight from
the book, giving the movie some of the
enchantment that Rowling invested in her
The cast is well chosen, and most of the
actors play their roles marvellously, especially Kenneth Branagh as the suave but cowardly playboy, professor Gilderoy Lockhart.
Sadly, Alan Rickman fails to muster up the
dark and mysterious Professor Snape he
played in the first movie. In the sequel, he
makes Snape more understanding and
patient, something he is not in any of the
books. Meanwhile, series newcomer Jason
Isaacs does an amazing job playing the evil
and conniving Lucius Malfoy.
This movie is spookier than the first one
in the Harry Potter series, but it has tonnes
of laughs that will keep audiences wonderfully entertained. The special effects are
sometimes hypnotic, and make the movie
very exciting, while the action is intense and
magically coordinated with the musical
Despite its sudden ending, it's a wonderful movie, and a delight to sit through. If
you're feeling swamped with essays, deadlines and exams, then go watch this movie—
it'll be worth your time and a great way to
relax your thinking muscles. ♦ fv'
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Environmental degradation threatens Canadian national security
by Sean W Fleming
t would seem bad enough that
■ Canadians are dying from third-
world diseases in their drinking
water and that untamed wilderness—
the cornerstone of Canadian identity,
more crucial to the national character than even universal health care or
' multiculturalism—is being destroyed
at a dismally high rate. But can environmental degradation lead to war?
A growing number of analysts agree that,
indeed, it can and it has. Canada is not
immune to this alarming trend, which has
already led to Canadian military action in the
North Atlantic and may eventually require
the nation to take strong steps to defend the
Northwest Passage, the defining feature of
the Canadian northern frontier.
Environmental awareness has traditionally stemmed from concerns over the economic and human health impacts of pollution and
unsustainable development, a desire to preserve our natural heritage and a fundamental
respect for the ecological integrity of the natural world. However, environmental
activists, social scientists and security analysts from organisations as diverse as
Greenpeace and the CIA are increasingly worried about a new face to this now-familiar
problem: environmental security.
Economic, social, pobtical and military
upheaval arising from the destruction of natural resources, including farmland, forests
and water, already affects Canadians indirectly through its impacts on world trade, foreign relations, and the international flow of
migrant populations. However, environmental degradation also compromises Canadian
national security in more direct ways, and
may ultimately threaten the sovereignty of
our arctic borders.
"Environmental refugees are, for the first
tinH in the history ofthe world, more numerous than refugees from war," states Olav
Slaymaker, director of the Environmental
Security Program at UBC's Liu Institute for
Global Studies. Slaymaker cites this as "evidence of a new reality."
It is a global-scale problem and there is a
wide variety in the types of environmental
security problems. These include overt military conflict between Israel and Syria over
access to freshwater resources, which are
scarce in the region and growing scarcer due
to overexploitation and pollution; guerrilla
warfare in the Mexican state of Chiapas
resulting in part from local population
growth, deterioration of arable land and
deforestation which threatens the fuel supplies of aboriginal inhabitants; and diffusion
of radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which threatens the already precarious
livelihood of indigenous Lapp reindeer
herders in northern Sweden. Given the diversity of these issues, Slaymaker cautions that,
"it is very difficult to put precise numbers to
the nature and scale ofthe problem."
Environmental security threats are typically defined by the intelligence and military
communities as environmental problems
which compromise national security in some
way, either domestically or internationally.
This is a new and rapidly evolving field, however, and other perspectives exist Slaymaker
takes a somewhat broader view, stating that
"environmental security is a field of study
that is parallel to the field of human security
and concerns ways of determining the sensitivity, resilience and vulnerability ofthe environment to imposed change."
Ken Green, director of the Centre for
Studies in Risk and Regulation at the Fraser
Institute, a Vancouver-based think-tank,
places a greater emphasis upon deliberate
environmental destruction as a weapon of
warfare or terrorism. He regards environmental security as "protecting your environ-
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Northwest Passage. It currently resides in a Vancouver museum, nic fensom photo
mental systems from being an avenue of
attack through chemical or biological warfare," and suggests that "attacks on the environments of one's opponents are actually
common," though historically ineffective.
Although skeptical of wider notions of
environmental security. Green allows that a
nation could conceivably jeopordise its own
security inadvertently through gross environmental mismanagement. "Can you so over-
stress an environmental system, like water,
that you render yourself insecure on any
basis—health, safety, ability of a government
to protect the well-being of its population, the
ability to sustain markets and international
trading? Historically speaking, I think some
countries have come close to doing that," he
says. With growing populations and
economies, and the attendant increases in
demand upon natural resources and the environment, that threat grows ever-larger.
Of course, competition for limited natural
resources has always been a source of military conflict, and environmental degradation
and resource depletion have been linked to
the declines of numerous civilisations
throughout history. What's different about the
modern concept of environmental security?
"It was not until 1990 that the scale of
human interference with the environment
had achieved the same level of impact as the
geophysical changes," says Slaymaker. "That
human impact is accelerating."
In addition to the increasing severity of
human impacts on the environment, the spatial scale of degradation has grown from local
to regional, to global. This is particularly true
for Canada given that the impacts of global
warming, be it natural or anthropogenic, are
known to be most acute at high latitudes,
such as in the Canadian arctic. As well, awareness has also increased of both environmental and, since a year ago last September, security matters.
"The war on terrorism has become the new
razor by which you parse policy issues," notes
Green, with what seems to be a hint of distaste. This heightened emphasis upon security evidently spans the full spectrum of policy
matters, including environmental policy.
Canada is already subject to direct environmental security threats. The decades-old
controversy about selling Canadian freshwater resources to the more heavily populated
and water-poor US is intensifying, largely out
of concern about NAFTA's Chapter 11. This
portion of the North American Free Trade
Agreement, which Canadian nationalists contend has little to do with the economic concept of tariff-free international trade and
more to do with exploitation, effectively prohibits governments from stopping the flow of
a commodity across the border.
In the context of water resources, this
means that once any bulk economic export of
water to the US begins, the entire nation is
obliged to follow, and exports cannot be discontinued regardless of the environmental
consequences or Canada's own water needs.
Some argue, however, that the high cost of
transporting bulk water long distances would
stimulate entrepreneurship and public- and
private-sector research, resulting in low-cost
desalinisation or recycling facilities in the US
and reducing demand for Canadian water.
Indeed, purification of sea water and 'used'
water, although expensive, is already common in some parts of the world, and the
American demand for Canadian freshwater
resources would clearly depend in part upon
the cost-effectiveness of the various potential
solutions. Nevertheless, water is the lifeblood
of both ecosystems and economies, and
Canadian sensitivity to the prospect of losing
control of its water resources is growing
more acute.
Perhaps a clearer, and certainly more dramatic, example of direct Canadian environmental security threats is the so-called
Spanish-Canadian Turbot War of 1995.
Environmental destruction of the East Coast
fisheries largely by overexploitation, which
had already caused a cod stock collapse, was
also severely threatening turbot populations.
Failure of ongoing diplomatic, efforts to end
further decimation of these stocks by a large
Spanish fishing fleet stationed immediately
outside Canada's 200-mile economic exclusion zone led to more drastic action by the
Canadian government.
On March 8, 1995, after a four-hour
chase through dense fog terminated by a
shot fired across the bow of the fleeing
Spanish fishing vessel, the
Canadian Coast Guard boarded the
trawler Estai, arrested its captain,
and impounded the ship. Spain
responded by sending naval
frigates to the area; Canada in turn
dispatched the HMCS Terra Nova,
a destroyer with ship-to-ship missile capability. The incident was
ultimately resolved through negotiation and without serious injury.
Nevertheless, the ominous fact
that the first shot
remams that the lirst snot ever
fired by post-Confederation Canada in direct
defence of its own sovereignty was taken in
the context of environmental security.
Canadians may have to grow more accustomed to such historically uncharacteristic
gunboat diplomacy if a commercially viable
Northwest Passage—the dream of explorers
and empires from the 16th century onward—
finally becomes a reality due to climate
"You're (currently) looking at a
very small window of around eight
weeks when you can possibly get
through," UBC oceanographer Trish
Amundrud says of the Northwest
Passage, an ice-laden maritime
route through the Canadian arctic
that, when open, dramatically shortens the trip between the Atlantic
and Pacific Oceans. Global warming
may change all that
"The general historical trend
everyone's talking about right now is that we
have a decrease in ice thickness and a
decrease in ice extent," says Amundrud. She
cautions that the results are quite controversial because of the complexity of the phenomena involved and limited data availability, and that future trends may be complicated
by simultaneous increases in the amount that
ice cover fluctuates year-to-year.
Nevertheless, Amundrud acknowledges that
a majority of scientists regard the opening of
a commercially viable Northwest Passage
under climate warming to be, in the post-
9/11 vernacular, a credible threat.
Potential opening of the Northwest
Passage—which follows a circuitous route
often passing within a few kilometres of
Canadian shores—constitutes a pressing
national security issue because the passage is
not recognised by either the United States or
the European Union as sovereign Canadian
"An American ship went through this year
without Canadian permission," Amundrud
notes; this is not a rare occurrence. If the ice
clears sufficiently to permit substantial
marine traffic and sovereignty is not forcefully asserted over the passage, Canada will have
no control over what goes through it—be it
dangerous chemicals or dangerous people—
or what is dumped from ships into ecologically-sensitive arctic waters.
In contrast, if the passage is recognised as
Canadian rather than international waters,
Canada will have a great deal of legal authority to prescribe and enforce codes of acceptable conduct And while Canadian ownership
of the arctic archipelago is not currently in
question, loss ofthe Northwest Passage might
set a dangerous precedent
This environmental security issue could
ultimately present the most severe challenge
ever to the country's independence because
Canadians would have no one to turn to but
themselves: for the first time in history, neither Britain, France nor America would be on
Canada's side. Canada might, therefore, need
to back away from its traditional preference
for cooperative internationalism—and a
dependence upon the goodwill of powerful
allies—in favour of a more unilateral and self-
reliant approach to foreign relations.
What can be done to increase environmental security in general? Effectively
addressing the underlying environmental
degradation is obviously crucial, but opinions
differ on how this might best be accomplished. Green states that, overall, ecological
ruin arises "when you have a dysfunctional
system of government that doesn't allow
markets to function, and doesn't allow the
signal that people are overusing an environmental system to be worked into the way they
structure their lives and activities." Payment
for, and appropriate pricing of, the environmental services provided by natural
systems is key to their successful
management, he contends, as
increased scarcity drives up 'costs
and forces changes in behaviour.
Slaymaker argues that "increasing environmental security can only
come about with a change in human
behaviour: a mode of conduct that
respects, rather than exploits, the
environment." With regard to our
ability to negotiate internationally
for protection of Canada's environmental integrity, Slaymaker adds that, "If we
had a better national record of respecting our
environment, we would be able to argue from
a position of greater strength than that which
we presently have. The last decade has seen a
precipitous decline in Canada's record as an
environmentally-sensitive nation." Both
Green and Slaymaker seem to agree, though,
that fundamental changes are necessary in
how we interact with the ecological
fabric within which humanity exists,
and without which it can not.
Yet successful defence of
Canadian environmental security
might ultimately require something
with a bit more punch. Some evidence for this comes from the fact
that Russia is evidently not perturbed by the prospect of an ice-free
Northeast Passage across the arctic
shores of Siberia. Why not?
"The Russians have a Httle more
balls than we do," says Amundrud, only partly tongue-in-cheek. To be sure, addressing the
underlying causes of environmental degradation—such as curbing greenhouse gas emissions, which are widely held responsible for
observed climate warming trends and, by the
same token, gradual clearing of Canada's
Northwest Passage—is absolutely necessary.
Nevertheless, environmental issues are
increasingly synonymous with national
defence, and may need to be addressed in
that light This is most clearly apparent in the
case of preserving Canadian claims to internationally-contested maritime areas, such as
the East Coast fisheries and the Northwest
Passage. If foreign ships can travel for thousands of kilometres through the Canadian
arctic, for example, without seeing any convincing signs of Canadian presence—military
presence being the most convincing of all—
they will feel httle motivation to recognise
Canada's sovereignty over the region.
While Canada will likely never have an arctic battle fleet to rival that of the still self-
assured former Soviet Union, the nation may
nevertheless need to cowboy up a little—if
only to ensure a reasonable position at the
bargaining table. ♦
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Friday, November 22,2002
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Michael Schwandt
Kathleen Deering
Chris Shepherd
Michael Schwandt
Sarah Conchie
Duncan M. McHugh
Anna King
Nic Fensom
Hywel Tuscano
Jesse Marchand
Parminder Nizher
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You see, it's like this. Nic Fensom borrowed ray car, and he
promised he would fill it up, but he didn't Either that or Anna
King, my'lousy neighbour, siphoned off all the gas. I wouldn't
put it past her, or Hywel TUscano. So my car ran out of gas in
the middle of Broadway. I was with Duncan M. McHugh and
Kathleen Deering, on my way to pick up a new ink cartridge for
my printer. It had ran out the night before when I was finishing
up my other paper, Ihe one for Michael Schwandt's class. He,
Chris Shepherd and Sarah Conchie all planned it so their classes' papers were due on the same day. Assholes. Then Parm
Nizher walked up to me in my stalled car. I left the car with her
and hitched a ride to Jesse Marchand's Stationery Supplies with
S ean W. Fleming and Biyan Zandberg. When 1 Bna% got home
with the printer ink, I found L.V. Vander von Axander had
crashed my computer and Anthony Wtfo's dog had eaten my
notes. Well, John McCrank had taken all the books out of the
libraiy so I knew I was screwed. I tried to get Johnny Hua, Ian
Duncan and Jose Velasquez to fix my computer, but it was no
good. Laura Blue had spilt ketchup on it And, that Megan
Thomas, is why I don'thave my paper here. I swear it's true, but
111 get a new one written in the next 36 hours.
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Yesterday, the Ubyssey editors
were sitting around a table, enjoying platters,, of donuts and cream-
and sugar-laden coffee—as we do
everyday—talking about what we
were going to watch on TV that
night, when we started discussing
the probability of a tuition increase
for next year. Referring to our purses, as usual, we engaged in one of
our usual sessions of quantitative
bean-counting. It seemed lite this
issue would be an appropriate time
to talk trash. Or perhaps to offer a
balanced and informative examination of policy and to call for
The university's consultation
process regarding the increase in
tuition leaves much to be desired.
The process began two weeks later
than the university itself planned
on starting, and lacks any hard
numbers to back up the minimum
30 per cent increase that is facing
most students. Commerce and
Engineering students are facing
41 and 40 per cent increases
The administration has said
that it will continue to be able to
honour the Board of Governors'
commitment to ensure no qualified domestic student be denied
access to UBC because of monetary
concerns. It claims that by taking
1S per cent ofthe increased tuition
and using it for student financial
assistance UBC can achieve this.
Given that the university has as yet
been unable to produce any real
numbers demonstrating the need
for the tuition increase, how can
Uisrwezk, nf Trie
UBC know that 15 per cent will be
enough to deal with students financial needs?
Despite the concerns raised by
the Alma Mater Society and the
Graduate Student Society, the university seems intent on carrying on
with its plan to submit the tuition
proposal to the Board of Governors
on January 2 7. It seems that students will just have to accept the
idea of increased tuition. So, here
are the pluses and minuses of the
university diving into student pockets once again:
PRO: No more splinters from those
ancient,     wooden     chairs     in
CON: Scurvy to make a triumphant
PRO: Martha Piper may get a new
CON: May have to give up drinking
when you sell your second kidney
to help pay for your education (the
first one having been sold after last
year's tuition increase).
PRO: Varsity athletes now shuttled
to games in personal limos—no
more annoying sharing of the wet
CON: UBC student fans can no
Don't talk school spirit, Ubyssey
Please don't pretend to talk about
school spirit when you really want
to talk about funds. In your attempt
to please UBC student readers with
proposed savings (as in, you think
there should be some) in your
November 1 Ubyssey editorial, "Go
team...maybe not', by disrespecting UBC Athletics you've also
turned your backs on some of the
people and principles that have
made this university what it is
today. If you wish simply to complain, and 'dodge dimes' with a
bureaucratic institution (you do
realize that UBC is the largest
employer in the Greater Vancouver
Regional District [GVRD], and I'm
sure you have an alternate economic schematic for them?) that's one
thing, but don't think that you can
rip on student athletes, some of
your peers and classmates (most of
whom are too busy studying and
training to reply to your abusive
antics), and think that it will go
unnoticed and unashamed.
"School spirit and funds," you
say, but then familiar thoughts, 'I
pay too much for what I've got',
come creeping into the foreground.
But please tell me, Ubyssey editors,
when it comes to education and
your 'UBC experience,' what do you
get for what you bought? If you saw
how thick my wallet is (ha!) because
of how much the university gives
me, based on some level of technical excellence and
physical skills and
my commitment to
represent this university at the highest level of amateur
sport in Canada,
you'd tone down your ranting and
realise that just in being here you
have your own gifts placed in front
of you, waiting for you to choose.
Why won't you support students at
your university who desire a more
physically active lifestyle than your
own? I choose to participate in
sports, both recreationally and
competitively, in part because I
think it makes me a fuller person
and helps me to achieve a healthier
life educationally. • By slamming
Athletics and Recreation in the
name of funding, you dump on
everyone who wants to get in shape
by referring their efforts simply to
their purses.
When it comes to performance.
longer afford the $3 price of admission to home games—UBC
Athletics shuttles in acting students to fill the stands.
PRO: Space chairs in the JQinck
building will now make futuristic
hydraulic noises.
CON: See that? Up there by that
seagull way overhead...squint a little...yeah, that's the poverty line.
PRO: Squirrels can finally be
trained to guard the campus,
replacing the antiquated Campus
CON: A higher proportion of rich
assholes on campus sporting laptops and cell phones playing "The
PRO: Aquatic Centre adds new 20-
metre, 30-metre and 50-metre diving towers. YikesI
CON: Although the Aquatic Centre
still offers free swim times, students have to dive in wearing
underwear—by not buying swim-
suits for the next decade, they
might cover the cost of the tuition
PRO: Library patrol staff will be
equipped with weaponry as well as
verbal barbs to ensure that students do not drink coffee while
at least we know you attempt to
'talk trash.' But what makes you so
sure that your own efforts pass the
public's performance tests? Are
you so sure your stories are worth
reading? Can you raise the level of
your 'game', day-in and day-out? I
challenge you. Just as in sports,
some years there's a good crop,
and other
years...well, the
mirror's before us
1. But if your edi-
rial staff doesn't
due athletics or
care about varsity
sports, at least don't attempt to
speak for other students who do, or
suggest that UBC teams don't win.
UBC's women's soccer team
just WON a national championship
last weekend (!!!), our women's volleyball team is ranked number one
in the country, swimming has been
at the top of the nation for years
and has produced several
Olympians. Both basketball teams
have had promising starts, and are
ranked in the top ten in Canada,
and the returning CIS men's leading scorer is back for some rim-
rockin' this season. UBC rowers
just brought back gold medals
from the world championships.
The football team, often times a
CON: Students forced to start community living arrangements at
Wreck Beach—violent clashes with
hippies ensue.
PRO: More social space improvements will bring the campus from
the 1960s to the 1980s (see
Buchanan D for an example).
PRO: New tunes for the Main
Library clock tower. ("Who Let the
Dogs Out," anyone?)
CON: More money means more
events with the university picking
the music.
CON: "Student VISA" now used to
pay for tuition as well as textbooks
and food.
PRO: Plans to rent out space in
Main Library stacks as a 'bed &
breakfast" can be cancelled.
CON: Campus bottle collectors
complain about students begging
for spare change outside the SUB.
Turf wars break out
PRO: Streets paved with gold.
CON: Students skip classes to chip
gold off of ground, sell for lab
PRO: More steam geysers randomly blowing  out of the  ground.
CON: The donut fund: decimated.**
national contender, finished a
transition year with a couple of
wins. Baseball is sending players
to the big leagues. There's excitement in the varsity sports world at
UBC this year! You've just gotta
tune yourself to the right station if
you wanna hear it!
Neither spirit nor sport can be
measured by your quantitative
bean counting, or by the physical
analysis alone, by the number of
fans or by how loud (and sometimes frenzied) they are at sporting
contests. But we can reflect upon
the communities that we represent
when we see the pride people have
in getting together, encouraging
and cheering on their own (with the
occasional taunting of opponents
added in), like they do in the War
Memorial Gymnasium at UBC.
Here you will see an example of
well-coached university students, at
a high level of competitive sport,
stretching themselves to reach
their potential, who try to make the
most with the circumstances they
are given, instead of sitting around
a table with donuts and coffee complaining to the world!
—Greg Sandstrom
UBC men's basketball team,
fifth-year guard PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 22, 2002
by Sarah Conchie
The most successful women's volleyball team in UBC history captured two successive national university championships in 1977 and
1978, sandwiching an undefeated
season in 1978. And although the
hairstyles are mercifijUy different
and the name has changed from
'Thunderettes' to 'Thunderbirds,'
the current incarnation of the UBC
women's volleyball team looks strikingly similiar to their Wall of Fame
predecessors. They sport the same
square kneepads, the same boxy
blue shorts, and, most importantly,
the same potential for greatness.
Despite losing national team
player Kaley Boyd, who is taking a
year-long hiatus, the Thunderbirds
have been controlling the court
since' their first win against the
Trinity Western Spartans in
October. In the highly competitive
Canada West division of the. CIS, the
squad has gone 7-1 in regular season play after starting out the year,
ranked number-one in the country.
The Birds are now back on top after
weekend victories over the
Saskatchewan Huskies, and head
coach Doug Reimer hopes it stays
that way.
"These are two big weekends
coming up, against SFU and Alberta,
and if we get wins, it will help to
solidify our place in the rankings,"
Reimer said, pausing to contemplate the future of his team during
Thursday's practice. "With so many
teams so good in the Canada West,
that's going to be important. The top.
four teams make the Nationals, but
there's six good teams."
The competition may seem stiff,
but the Birds have a formidable
presence in the league, largely due
to their four returning starters.
Emily Cordonier, a second-year
power hitter from Vancouver,
checks in at six-foot-three, dominating the court alongside veterans Izzy
Czerveniak and Christine Bonish,
who provide solid left and right side
coverage. Setter Amy Schroeder
trained with the national team this
Reimer says that his squad is
winning because of their aggressive
style. "When our offence is good—we
have a lot [more] balance in our
offence than any other team right
now—and if we're passing well and
getting everyone involved in our
offence, that's when we're fun to
Thursday's practice was tinged
with anticipation, as UBC hosts the
young SFU Clan this weekend. "We
obviously expect to play very well,"
said Czerveniak, a fifth-year veteran.
"We tend to get up for games when
we're supposed to win, and it's
SFU's first year in the league.
They're young, they're aggressive...but we should come out on top
this weekend."   .
When talk turns to the playoffs
and the possibility of a championship run, Czerveniak gets animated. "Of course! It's always in the
back of our minds, always!" she
History may just repeat itself. ♦
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Fresh off of a second-place team finish at the NAIA Region I Cross
Country Championships in
Medford, Oregon, the UBC men's
cross country team is heading to the
NAIA National Championships in
Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Noveinber
T-birds Warren Hatch, Chris
Durkin and David Roulston placed
sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, on the muddy 8km course in
Medford, and are looking for more
good results at Nationals. Hatch, a
third-year Arts student, is hoping
that the team can place in the top
five at the NAIA championships.
"I'm probably the most fit I've
ever been in my life right now," said
Hatch, "and I have a lot of expectations for the team and myself." It is
a sentiment echoed by many of his
"The talent this year is just amazing," said fourth-year Science student Jared Mawhorter. "We have a
lot more depth than we've had in
any of the other years I've been
here, so that's really exciting to see."
Some of that depth comes from
second-year Forestry major Morgan
Titus and third-year civil engineering major David Roulston. Titus is
hoping to carry over his success
from last year, when he went to the
Junior World Cross Country
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running a solid race against some of
the world's best. While Roulston
himself didn't.have as successful a
season last year (he was injured for
eight months leading up to this season), he is regaining top form and
looks to be in good shape heading
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"At regionals, I had my best race
of the year," said Roulston, "and
placed eighth—third on the team—so
it's starting to come around and
hopefully by the time Nationals
come around I'll be peaked."
Roulston hopes to eventually qualify
for the World University Games next
summer in the 1500m event.
After the Nationals, the next big
meet for the T-birds will be on
November 30 in Moncton, N.B. for
the Canadian Open Cross Country
Championships. ♦
Yes, we're still talking
about Javier Glatt
He deserves it. The graduating
defensive lineman from this year's
Thunderbird football squad may have
ended his season early due to a broken
leg, but he's still getting kudos for his
54-tackle performance this year. Glatt
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Student groups concerned about lack of
information in proposal
by Chris Shepherd
The university began consultation this week
with students regarding the latest proposal to
increase tuition next year. The proposal has
met with opposition from student groups,
largely due to a lack of information being provided by UBC.
Vice-President, Students Brian Sullivan
made a presentation to the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council at Wednesday night's
council meeting outlining the increases and
the reasons for them.
The proposal calls for an increase in
tuition from $88.70 to $115.30 per credit for
j a basic undergraduate degree, a 30 per cent
increase from lastyear. Engineering and commerce students in their second to fourth year
will see their tuition increase 40 and 41 per
cent respectively.  Pharmaceutical Sciences
will have their per credit tuition increase 3 7
per cent Medicine students will see a 58 per
cent rise.
Sullivan said the principle reason for the
increases was the six-year tuition freeze that
ended earlier thisyear. "For six or seven years
there were no increases to tuition. Provincial
grant did increase somewhat over that time
but it was also frozen for part of that period."
Sullivan also pointed out that the general
operating fund of UBC has only 18.7 per cent
of the money coming from tuition, which was
raised 23 per centlastyear. Whenhe looked at
other comparable universities, such as the
University of Western Ontario, he noted that
tuition comprises a much higher percentage
of the general operating fund at those
"Clearly there's a sense in which we need
to meet more of our needs through tuition,"
he said.
Sullivan pointed out that UBC currently has
inadequate funds needed to sustain the quality of programs that it wants. It is also lacking
funds to hire and retain faculty and to offer
the teaching and learning supports the university wants. "Our best assesment right now
is that in order to sustain that and to restore
some of the things that we lost and to make
some additional targeted improvements a 30
per cent increase is necessary," said Sullivan.
AMS President Kristen Harvey is concerned that the consultation process cannot
be adequetely carried out if the university
does not provide all of the information needed for the AMS to make any informed comments about the proposal.
"There's nothing meaningful [in the proposal] to be able to comment on, especially
considering what kind of information we're
supposed to be able to have access to," Harvey
said, referring to a university efficiency
review that is due out soon and the need for
more data on student financial aid.
The university is currently behind its own
schedule for the consultation process. The
schedule—which was set out by the VP
Students office—originally called for the consultation process to begin November 6.
Sullivan says that the delay was due to
issues surrounding information gathering for
the modelling of the upcoming year's budget,
and that the administration waited as long as
possible in order to get as much information
as could be gathered.
After his presentation to council, Sullivan
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said one of the main messages that he got
from the councillors was that there was not
enough information for the AMS to be able to
comment on the proposal.
"And I understand that and we're trying
our very best to get that detail available and
shared with the student community," Sullivan
But Harvey beUeves the current consultation timeline—which had consultations
planned for late November and early
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"That's a major problem for undergraduates and graduates who are acting as TAs and
are expected to be marking exams and doing
their own end of term projects and work,"
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Sullivan said that the university is planning on adhering to the deadline given by the
BoG, which involves bringing the proposal to
the January 27 Board meeting.
The AMS and the Graduate Student Society
(GSS) both feel that not enough information
will be available at that point, and the university should wait until March.
Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator for
the vice-president, students, said that exact
dates and locations for consultation have yet
to be decided but that they will be advertised
in the Ubyssey. She hopes the university will
be able to work collaboratively with the AMS
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